The Rise Of The Obama Crimelords, Part II

Flaccid websites in unimaginative ubiquitous blue are still upset and in conspiratorial mode about a certain Big Pink website. We prefer the company of the ochre website Glenn who comes close today to agreement with us that Obama is the Third Bush Term (even though Glenn Greenwald foolishly credits Obama Hopium addicts with a degree of honesty as it finally dawns on them that Obama can’t be trusted….).

At the end of March, Comedy Central yet again (another blue website with a splash of red and white) mocked Big Pink (the juveniles pretend we have a “disregard for reality” and don’t understand the changed nature of our mission so that they can continue their frat boy antics and “comic” mission), and called us “utterly terrifying” although “strangely admirable”. The cause for the Comedy Central angst was our lack of Obama worship and “Obama is a Crimelord”.

Our article The Rise Of The Obama Crimelords was mostly a series of excerpts from Simon Johnson’s The Quiet Coup. As usual we were ahead of the curve, in that the Simon Johnson article confirmed much of what we have been writing about for almost two years (our second year anniversary is approaching in late April).

A few days after we published The Rise Of The Obama Crimelords, other websites, for instance Paul Krugman at the Times and Obama enabler Joan Walsh at Salon weighed in with their comments regarding The Quiet Coup.

Crimelords” upset them so much, herewith Part II:

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The Obama Crimelords are doing exactly what Vito Corleone did in the fictional book/film
The Godfather. I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.



Stuart Varney imitates author Mario Puzo and writes the Government version of Godfather:

I must be naive. I really thought the administration would welcome the return of bank bailout money. Some $340 million in TARP cash flowed back this week from four small banks in Louisiana, New York, Indiana and California. This isn’t much when we routinely talk in trillions, but clearly that money has not been wasted or otherwise sunk down Wall Street’s black hole. So why no cheering as the cash comes back?

My answer: The government wants to control the banks, just as it now controls GM and Chrysler, and will surely control the health industry in the not-too-distant future. Keeping them TARP-stuffed is the key to control. And for this intensely political president, mere influence is not enough. The White House wants to tell ’em what to do. Control. Direct. Command.

Varney is an apologist for the bankers, (now known as “banksters”). We don’t agree with Varney on protection of banksters, but Varney is right about the “horsehead” tactics of the Obama Crimelords. As Godfather fans know, when the Godfather made a demand of a movie producer and was turned down by the movie producer, the movie producer found the head of his prize horse in his bed. The Obama Crimelords will do to the banks what Godfather did to that fictional movie producer (not Jack Warner, but Jack Woltz).

If the banks are forced to keep TARP cash — which was often forced on them in the first place — the Obama team can work its will on the financial system to unprecedented degree. That’s what’s happening right now.

Here’s a true story first reported by my Fox News colleague Andrew Napolitano (with the names and some details obscured to prevent retaliation). Under the Bush team a prominent and profitable bank, under threat of a damaging public audit, was forced to accept less than $1 billion of TARP money. The government insisted on buying a new class of preferred stock which gave it a tiny, minority position. The money flowed to the bank. Arguably, back then, the Bush administration was acting for purely economic reasons. It wanted to recapitalize the banks to halt a financial panic.

That was George W. Bush. Now it is the Third Bush Term, Barack Obama.

Fast forward to today, and that same bank is begging to give the money back. The chairman offers to write a check, now, with interest. He’s been sitting on the cash for months and has felt the dead hand of government threatening to run his business and dictate pay scales. He sees the writing on the wall and he wants out. But the Obama team says no, since unlike the smaller banks that gave their TARP money back, this bank is far more prominent. The bank has also been threatened with “adverse” consequences if its chairman persists. That’s politics talking, not economics.

Varney, you are naive. That’s not economics talking. That’s not “politics” talking. That’s the Obama Crimelords talking:

Think about it: If Rick Wagoner can be fired and compact cars can be mandated, why can’t a bank with a vault full of TARP money be told where to lend? And since politics drives this administration, why can’t special loans and terms be offered to favored constituents, favored industries, or even favored regions? Our prosperity has never been based on the political allocation of credit — until now.

Political allocation of credit – like Obama got from Northern Trust (not to mention Antoin “Tony” Rezko) and Chris Dodd and other Senators received? It’s the Chicago Way, Varney. The fictional man of the fictional family called the Godfather also had politicians in his pocket “like so much loose change“. Now the government, under control by Obama Crimelords, has become the crime czar.

A typical Mafia protection racket. Bring on the horsehead.



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Big Blue Blogs – Think we are too tough on Obama by saying he is the Third Bush Term?

The Obama administration is again invoking government secrecy in defending the Bush administration’s wiretapping program, this time against a lawsuit by AT&T customers who claim federal agents illegally intercepted their phone calls and gained access to their records.[snip]

Kevin Bankston of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a lawyer for the customers, said Monday the filing was disappointing in light of the Obama presidential campaign’s “unceasing criticism of Bush-era secrecy and promise for more transparency.”

In a 2006 lawsuit, the AT&T plaintiffs accused the company of allowing the National Security Agency to intercept calls and e-mails and inspect records of millions of customers without warrants or evidence of wrongdoing.

The suit followed President George W. Bush’s acknowledgement in 2005 that he had secretly authorized the NSA in 2001 to monitor messages between U.S. residents and suspected foreign terrorists without seeking court approval, as required by a 1978 law.

Congress passed a new law last summer permitting the surveillance after Bush allowed some court supervision, the extent of which has not been made public. The law also sought to grant immunity to AT&T and other telecommunications companies from suits by customers accusing them of helping the government spy on them.

Nearly 40 such suits from around the nation, all filed after Bush’s 2005 disclosure, have been transferred to San Francisco and are pending before Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker. He is now reviewing a constitutional challenge to last year’s immunity law, which the Obama administration is defending.

The FISA vote informed the Hopium addled that Obama cannot be trusted…. Obama voted for FISA even though he had sworn to oppose telecommunication company immunity. Obama lied to his foolish supporters, including those on blue websites. Obama asked the Hopium addicts if they could swallow his lies. They responded “yes, we can“.

Now Obama defends, adopts, and extends, the Bush W. crimes.

Blue blogs are angry with us because we are of a different hue and call a crimelord a crimelord whether said crimelord is an Obama Dimocrat or a Bush W. Republican.

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245 thoughts on “The Rise Of The Obama Crimelords, Part II

  1. Hillary Clinton voted against FISA. http://www.hillaryis44.org/2008/07/09/hillary-votes-no-on-fisa/

    Obama voted FOR FISA and now defends criminality.

    Greenwald has more:

    http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/04/07/secrecy/index.html

    So candidate Obama unambiguously vowed to his supporters that he would work to ensure “full accountability” for “past offenses” in surveillance lawbreaking. President Obama, however, has now become the prime impediment to precisely that accountability, repeatedly engaging in extraordinary legal maneuvers to ensure that “past offenses” — both in the surveillance and torture/rendition realm — remain secret and forever immunized from judicial review. Put another way, Obama has repeatedly done the exact opposite of what he vowed he would do: rather than “seek full accountability for past offenses,” he has been working feverishly to block such accountability, by embracing the same radical Bush/Cheney views and rhetoric regarding presidential secrecy powers that caused so much controversy and anger for the last several years.

  2. The White House is denying that the president bowed to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at a G-20 meeting in London, a scene that drew criticism on the right and praise from some Arab outlets.

    “It wasn’t a bow. He grasped his hand with two hands, and he’s taller than King Abdullah,” said an Obama aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

    politico.com

    Obama thinks everyone will just accept that B.S.!! ha!!! NOT A CHANCE!!! he clearly bowed, in the video you can see his left hand is free from the king when he comes up from his “bow” you can see his left hand clearly coming up from the side of his left leg………there was NO HAND SHAKE…….IT WAS A BOW!

  3. I think JSFH speaks for all bots when he says:

    Just Some Fuckhead Says:

    April 8th, 2009 at 3:14 pm
    Can’t you just make the email addresses an image to prevent them from being scanned? I dunno, the kidz with their warez these days.

    Now I ask you. Are these the kind of hitlerjuegen you can carry on a rational discussion with?

  4. Admin,

    As awful as Bush was, I think it is very much possible that obama will become even worse and before his first term is even over. He is abetted by so many criminals and dimwitted dims that he is well on his way to surpassing even the worst of Bush.

    Great article!

  5. The White House is denying that the president bowed to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at a G-20 meeting in London, a scene that drew criticism on the right and praise from some Arab outlets
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    The King of Saudi Arabia and his fellow shieks are not universally loved. They exploit the wealth of their nation and do not share it with their countrymen. When Obama bows to them he bows to a social order which is corrupt and undemocratic. That plays poorly to many Americans and to the Arab street. But because Saudis helped him get into Harvard and have been his benefactors it is hardly surprising.

  6. “It wasn’t a bow. He grasped his hand with two hands, and he’s taller than King Abdullah,” said an Obama aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
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    I saw this yesterday and almost fell over laughing. Now Abudullah is mucho taller than the Queen and @ this rationalization the Fraud should have been perpendicular. What idiots all.
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    wbboei

    No I would not normalize relations with Cuba as long as the living dead is living, just saying that if the criteria for relations has to do with drug trafficking, we are very much alone…

  7. (as DJIA commented at 6:33) Just so no one misses the latest development on something we have extensively reported – Bush W. held hands with the Saudi monarch, Obama bows and lies:

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0409/White_House_No_bow_to_Saudi.html

    The White House is denying that the president bowed to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at a G-20 meeting in London, a scene that drew criticism on the right and praise from some Arab outlets.

    “It wasn’t a bow. He grasped his hand with two hands, and he’s taller than King Abdullah,” said an Obama aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

    The Washington Times called the alleged bow a “shocking display of fealty to a foreign potentate” and said it violated centuries of American tradition of not deferring to royalty. The Weekly Standard, meanwhile, noted that American protocol apparently rules out bowing, or at least it reportedly did on the occasion of a Clinton “near-bow” to the emperor of Japan.

    Interestingly, a columnist in the Saudi-backed Arabic paper Asharq Alawsat also took the gesture as a bow and appreciated the move.

    “Obama wished to demonstrate his respect and appreciation of the personality of King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, who has made one of the most important calls in the modern era, namely the call for inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue to defuse the hatred, conflict and wars,” wrote the columnist, Muhammah Diyab.

    The video shows Obama dipping toward the king as G-20 leaders greet one another at the ExCel Centre in London.

    HillBuzz has some funny stuff about cockroaches and Obama’s bow.

  8. wbboei Says:

    April 8th, 2009 at 6:44 pm
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    But WHY is the 3 trillion dollar question, why pay for this obscure boys education to Harvard, when he isn’t even Saudi or dare I say, MUSLIM?

  9. Question: When is a bow not a bow?

    Answer: When the president isn’t the president. When his birthplace isn’t the USA. When his best friends are on most wanted posters.

  10. Obama wished to demonstrate his respect and appreciation of the personality of King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, who has made one of the most important calls in the modern era, namely the call for inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue to defuse the hatred, conflict and wars,” wrote the columnist, Muhammah Diyab.
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    But alas, the Honorable King Obama, oh sorry, my bad, the Honorable King Abdullah was busy beheading his 23rd wife for sneezing and was not available for further comment. The Saudi nation is in morning that this infidel would dare to sneeze in his most high’s presence.

  11. “It wasn’t a bow. He grasped his hand with two hands, and he’s taller than King Abdullah,” said an Obama aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
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    Why would he speak on condition of anonymity? Is he afraid to be identified for fear that he will look ridiculous?

  12. My answer: The government wants to control the banks, just as it now controls GM and Chrysler
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    Stuart Varney is a moron or a right wing hack with a agenda. Obama and the banks is a massive Chicago pay to play using the economic future of this country as the pay-off. Obama’s regulatory agencies are in violation of existing Federal laws by not taking over the “Zombie” banks, replacing boards, replacing management, prosecuting the looters, etc. So instead of following the law and proper procedure, Obama feeds the Big Money boys at the treasury trough.

    US Code…TITLE 12 > CHAPTER 16 > § 1831o
    § 1831o. Prompt corrective action

    ww.law.cornell.edu/uscode/uscode12/usc_sec_12_00001831—o000-.html

  13. Did anyone see the media headlines recently that obama has invited gay couples to the Easter egg hunt at the White House?

    I’m just confused as to why the media has to differentiate in this way?

  14. The government wants to control the banks, just as it now controls GM and Chrysler, and will surely control the health industry in the not-too-distant future. Keeping them TARP-stuffed is the key to control. And for this intensely political president, mere influence is not enough. The White House wants to tell ‘em what to do. Control. Direct. Command.

    If the banks are forced to keep TARP cash — which was often forced on them in the first place — the Obama team can work its will on the financial system to unprecedented degree. That’s what’s happening right now.

    If the banks are forced to keep TARP cash — which was often forced on them in the first place — the Obama team can work its will on the financial system to unprecedented degree. That’s what’s happening right now. (snip)

    If Rick Wagoner can be fired and compact cars can be mandated, why can’t a bank with a vault full of TARP money be told where to lend? And since politics drives this administration, why can’t special loans and terms be offered to favored constituents, favored industries, or even favored regions? Our prosperity has never been based on the political allocation of credit — until now.
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    Admin: you have been right from the beginning. The above paragraphs from todays article calls the game on the Chicago crime lords. It will be cast as socialism, but the reality willl be cronyism. The bread and circuses for the masses will be the downfall of business leaders.

    I wonder if Alan Mullaly had some inkling of this when he declined to accept bailout funds for Ford. I met him before when he was President of Boeing Airplane Company. He is a very nice guy, and evidently a very smart one as well.

    Varney, you are naive. That’s not economics talking. That’s not “politics” talking. That’s the Obama Crimelords talking:

  15. OOOOOOOOOOOHHHH!!!!!!

    I LOVE it!

    ‘Blue blogs are angry with us because we are of a different hue and call a crimelord a crimelord whether said crimelord is an Obama Dimocrat or a Bush W. Republican.’

    Hehehehehe

    And this furious WH bow-spinning is priceless.

    Gonzo, i really laughed at this: he Honorable King Abdullah was busy beheading his 23rd wife for sneezing and was not available for further comment.

  16. He bowed, we saw it, the world saw. Only in “ObamaLalaLand” will a bow become a handshake.

    They disgust me.

    When he goes up in flames they will remember those of us at Big Pink who saw him for what he is from the very get go.

    To hell with them too!

  17. Admin: you have been right from the beginning. The above paragraphs from todays article calls the game on the Chicago crime lords. It will be cast as socialism, but the reality willl be cronyism.
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    Exactly..the Obama is a “Commie, pinko socialist” is the “bright-shiny object” distraction while the Big Money boys pick our pockets.

  18. OK, this is probably a no brainier

    My 22 year old daughter wants to go scuba diving with a group in Cozumel in May. It is @ an all inclusive diving hotel. She is naive but did make it thu 3 weeks in Belize with a school group last year. This is another school group type, but not for credit .

    My fear of course is the violence in Mexico. Cancun is a disaster but I the web keeps saying Cozumel is “safe’. I called the consulate. They do have a warning out of course for all of Mexico. Gave me the overview. I don’t want her to go. Mexico is not Belize.

  19. SHV: this one is for you. Its about the Obama bank bailout plan, which they try to pass off as the Geithner Plan. Crapo is the senior senator from Idaho and a good guy.
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    Geithner Facing New Round of Withering Criticism

    Two weeks after being introduced, Timothy Geithner’s bank rescue plan is facing a new round of withering criticism from economists who say the proposal is likely to produce major losses for taxpayers as banks and investors game the system.

    In public writings and interviews, some of the same figures that issued early warnings about the current financial crisis now say that Geithner’s designs for alleviating toxic assets from the nation’s banks are inherently flawed. As evidence, they point to the massive amount of federal funding, in the form of FDIC backing, being offered to prospective buyers of toxic assets. It is the “closest thing to risk-free investing — with leverage! — around,” wrote Andrew Ross-Sorkin of the New York Times.

    More specifically, they have highlighted the seeming ease with which a bank could effectively drive up the price on an asset it already owns by creating subsidiary entities to bid on those assets. “The amount of potential rip-off in the Geithner-Summers plan is unconscionably large,” said Columbia University’s Jeffrey Sachs.

    These critiques have produced a Washington rarity: the re-sparking of a debate that, in the wake of positive reviews from Wall Street, had largely subsided. Just as Geithner seemed to be finding his political footing, the spotlight has been placed right back on his cornerstone proposal, with critics calling into question both his projections and past testimony on the matter.

    Geithner has long insisted that his hybrid plan — which supplements private investors with large amounts of public funding as a way to create a market for toxic assets — is the best way to clean the banks at minimal taxpayer risk. Indeed, during a relatively overlooked portion of Capitol Hill testimony on February 10, he insisted that the government would not be guaranteeing any portion of the private investor’s purchase:

    SENATOR CRAPO: So there will not be any aspect of the federal guarantee of the asset purchase?

    GEITHNER: Not as we envision it in this proposal. In fact, part of the virtue of this proposal, again, is to try to bring a structure that allows a market mechanism to help catalyze market solutions to clean up these legacy assets.

    CRAPO: …. But would simply the financing that you’re talking about — do you believe that that would have an impact on the purchase price, in terms of the federal government being involved in some way of subsidizing the price?

    GEITHNER: Well, I wouldn’t think it requires a subsidy. I think you’re absolutely right. In a solution where the government is either purchasing or providing insurance or capping losses on a portfolio of assets, then you’re acutely vulnerable to the risk that the government is taking risks that it can’t understand, cannot manage, may get wrong, may end up providing a level of subsidy to the institution that is not appropriate. We’re trying to avoid that risk by using this kind of structure. And, again, by providing financing alongside private capital with private asset managers, we think we’re going to — likely to put ourselves in a better position to avoid that risk, very important to try to avoid that risk.

  20. The frat boys on blue Big Blogs will really get angry now.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090408/ap_on_an/us_piracy_analysis

    Analysis: Hillary warned there’d be days like this

    WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton said there would be days — and nights — like this.

    For the second time in four days and with less than three months in office, President Barack Obama has received the “3 a.m. phone call” that Clinton warned about. In their bitter presidential contest, Clinton suggested that her young rival was not ready for a national security crisis.

    The article names some of the issues:

    His tests are coming early: first from the borderline rogue government in North Korea, then from stateless bandits preying on shipping lanes off the East African coast.

    Those calls presaged what surely will be many more middle-of-the-night wake-ups for Obama as he battles a scourge of stateless brigands and terrorists operating with near impunity across an increasingly interconnected globe. His response to the early crises are being watched for signals of how he confronts enemies who operate outside the old rule book of international relations. [snip]

    Upon returning from his first European trip Wednesday — at about 3 a.m. — he got word that a U.S.-flagged cargo ship was in the hands of Somali pirates. The seafaring hostage takers were holding a 20-member crew, all Americans. Historians said it was the first time in 200 years pirates had taken control of an American-flagged vessel.

    As Air Force One was jetting west to Washington, Obama was still digesting the outcome of his travels, which included the first of the dreaded “3 a.m. calls.” That came when he was awakened early Sunday in his quarters in Prague with news that North Korea, in defiance of the world community, had launched a missile in what was believed to be the test of a nuclear delivery vehicle. [snip]

    Just a year ago, then-Sen. Clinton aired a brutal television ad that portrayed her as the leader voters would want on the phone when a crisis occurred at 3 a.m. “while your children are safe and asleep.”

  21. From Obamas standpoint, what those pirates are doing off Somalia is a matter of no consequence. Theirs is petty theft compared to the heist that he and his cronies are pulling off on the American People. His lack of an effective response is quite undersandable. Perhaps he should dress up like Abraham Lincoln, grab Tellie and go over there and make a speech to his muslim brothers (as in we are all brothers) about how a life of crime is no answer and the path to eternal blitz is to put their hand in the hand of the man who conquered europe, nato and g-20 just last week. If they happen to ask him what exactly did he accomplish, then he can turn the microphone over to dudley dooright brian williams who can read them some obamaproganda like it was legitimate news.

  22. bbbut you guys just don’t understand! whine…sniff…whine… Obama is a busy guy! He arranged for the Yankees to tour the WH this week and next week the Phillys are coming. I mean what could be more important than that and getting his favorite pizza shipped in from a few states away???

  23. Obamas point man Geithner offers a wonderful proposal to the American People which goes like this:

    we have devised a bailout plan

    which will allow crony banks

    to steal from you

    by inflating the value of toxic assets

    which they hold, and-

    you will be guaranteeing

    and then selling those assets

    to other private equity cronies

    who assume little risk

    with great rewards

    and you are left holding the bag

    no upside, big downside

    if you object, we will monitor your communications

    if you fail to pay your taxes

    we will hunt you down like a dog

    and prosecute to the full extent of the law

    More Change We Can Believe In–but only if we are morons.

  24. In all honesty, obama gives the words “hope” and “change” a bad name. I am so sick of hearing those words from the dims and him especially.

    Hillary,

    can the celestial choirs come now? I’ve been waiting and waiting!

  25. Geithner has long insisted that his hybrid plan — which supplements private investors with large amounts of public funding as a way to create a market for toxic assets — is the best way to clean the banks at minimal taxpayer risk. Indeed, during a relatively overlooked portion of Capitol Hill testimony on February 10, he insisted that the government would not be guaranteeing any portion of the private investor’s purchase:
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    . Indeed, during a relatively overlooked portion of Capitol Hill testimony on February 10, he insisted that the government would not be guaranteeing any portion of the private investor’s purchase:
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    REALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. TREASON

    A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly. But the traitor moves among those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the galleys, heard in the very hall of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor—he speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and wears their face and their garment, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation—he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city—he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.

    A murderer is less to be feared…….

    Cicero,
    42 B.C.E.
    ****************************

    Found it @ NQ

  27. Countdown-Professor Turley on TeamObama: “a breathtaking expansion of sovereign immunity” 04_07_09 visit: http://firedoglake.com
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    Countdown-Professor Turley on TeamObama: “a breathtaking expansion of sovereign immunity”

  28. http://video.newsmax.com/?assetId=V3666764&s=al&promo_code=7D96-1
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    This is about the energy consumption tax which Obama is pushing through congress. It will double your fuel and heating bill.

    If you can get past the commercial and Ashley Martella (Zero Mostelle with a rug on top of his head) you will see an interiew with of the diamonds, and rising stars of the Republican Party–Michelle Bachmann (R-Mn).

    She serves on the House Finacial Services Committee. She speaks directly to cap and trade initiative, sheer cost, the adverse impact upon jobs (leakage), etc. She is issuing a call to arms to the American People to resist Obama on this issue, which Harry Reid claims he will pass by the end of August. Also, Carol Browner, his secretary of energy may try to do this through her agency.

    Shortermer, this is one which might be a worth mentioning at the tea party in Florida, and elsewhere around the country.

  29. JanH, that media pillow-fluff about how Obama is SOOOO wonderful because he invited gay couples to the WH Easter Egg Hunt?

    So did Bush. Gay couples have attended for years. Nothing new. They just thing it’s so much COOOOOLER now that The One is doing it!

  30. Caution: Video of Obama enabler and Hopium addict Olberman with Jonathan Turley waking up to backstabbing, can’t be trusted, treacherous, FISA loving Obama:

  31. Caution: Video of Obama enabler and Hopium addict Olberman with Jonathan Turley waking up to backstabbing, can’t be trusted, treacherous, FISA loving Obama:
    ***********
    All of the “Good Germans” now saying we didn’t know, how could we have known, blah..blah. Give me a Fu*king break!!!

  32. Obie man makes me sick. NOW he says he will listen less closely to his words, and watch his actions.

    That’s what you should have been doing from the beginning, you fucking sexist pom-pom waving cheerleader.

  33. LMAO! Best comment of the day on the laughable White House “explanation” of how the bow wasn’t a bow:

    Uh… I would like to accept that explanation, but it would seem to require us to believe that the Saudi King is only 3 feet tall.

  34. חג כשר וסמח Chag kasher ve’same`ach to our readers observing the Passover.

    Corn syrup is very bad and for the Passover holy days Coca-Cola distributes a Kosher variety (with a yellow cap).

    And even non-Jews are thirsty for the limited batch of Coca-Cola because of a very special ingredient – it’s made with pure sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup.

    “I had somebody with an Indian accent call me one year to ask when Passover was so he would know when to look for the Coca-Cola made with sugar,” said Arlene Mathes-Scharf, who runs the kosher food information Web site Kashrut.com

    Jason Perlow, 37, founder of offthebroiler.com, a New York metro-area food blog, said he got thousands of hits when he posted an alert on March 12 that the kosher Coke had started appearing in local stores.

    “These are people who love Coca-Cola as it used to be,” he said. “Sugar lends a different flavor. It’s not as sweet and it’s much fizzier and foamier.”

    Coca-Cola used sugar as a sweetener before it switched to high-fructose corn syrup in the 1980s.

    Harriet Tolve, spokeswoman for the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of New York, said that for “at least 20 years,” it has been making the kosher-for-Passover beverages “in addition to our regularly produced product.”

    Passover, the eight-day holiday that commemorates the exodus of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, begins at sundown April 2 with the first seder.

    During Passover, Jews cannot consume “chametz,” defined as five grains -wheat, oats, barley, rye and spelt – that have come in contact with moisture for more than 18 minutes. Many Jews observe an additional Passover prohibition that includes rice, lentils, beans – and corn.

  35. admin, I remember Pepsi before the 80’s, and it was better! I need to see if my local stores have any of the kosher Pepsi.

  36. Admin

    I notice at my last trip to Costco, bottled Coca-Cola that said cane sugar. I thought that interesting, and did not understand. Now because of my blog I do. Amazing.

  37. And even non-Jews are thirsty for the limited batch of Coca-Cola because of a very special ingredient – it’s made with pure sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup.
    *************
    Maybe a side benefit of the Ethanol Scam is that cane sugar will end up being the lower cost sweetener.

  38. What does Olberman say when he is confronted with uncontrovertible evidence that the man he became a whore for is the dyametric opposite of who he thought he was, indeed a Manchurian Candidate? How does he reconcile the civil liberties he professes to believe in with the neo fascist policies of the man he adores who promised to protect those policies and then reneged on?

    It is a question every bot must decide for himself. Therefore his answer is interesting–now that it is too late. Does he say:

    I was a sucker? No.

    Mea culpa? No.

    Mea maxima culpa? No.

    We could have had Hillary. No, he is not honest.

    Well then how does he get himself off the hook?

    “We will listen less closely to the words and more closely for the sound of other shoes dropping in the background.”

    That is how a lying $7 million per year MSMBC asshole does it.

    Turley does it different. He calls this a terrible moment for those who believed in (a better word would be worshipped)

    A terrible roll back of civil liberties.

    But still he has respect for Obama and says people who support him will not support him here. So what will Obama say in response? I won the election.

    For all of them it comes down to this:

    Look into the pewter pot
    And see Barack as Barack is not
    For faith tis pleasant til tis past
    The mischief is that twil not last

    For then I saw the morning sky
    Hiho the tale was all a lie
    The world it was, the Bushworld yet

    Turley is a constitiutional scholar. He professes to believe in core principles, such as the right of privacy protected in the fourth amendment as well as others. He notes that other constitutional scholars believe that the constitution is a malleable document which lends itself to political expediency and changing times. Larry Tribe is an example of that. Interestingly, Earl Warren supported the Turley view. As Freckles could probably tell you he said the constitution is an eternal entity which applies backwards and forwards in time with equal majesty–or words to that effect. Pretty good stuff for a Republican.

  39. Why is it that the Obama Administration is denying the fact that this was a bow when the evidence to that effect is right there in plain view for all the world to see? There are so many other ways to play it that would not look ridiculous. I strongly suspect that it gets back to the psychological problems he has which we are discussing. There is nothing rational in denying what is obvious and empirically verifiable. He makes of himself a joke, but he cannot help it.

  40. It is a question every bot must decide for himself.
    ********
    I keep seeing the same “explanations”:
    1) Obama and Holder aren’t involved in the DOJ decisions.
    2)Lowly mortals can’t understand the underlying brilliant Obama strategy to protect our Constitutional rights.

  41. Oh…. Admin

    Awesome find……even though it took me an hour to download that video here on dial up

    but oh so worth seeing Obie & Turdley coming off the kool aid and oh so sweet to witness them begin to go through the DT’s!! 😀

  42. gonzo: and my toast is to you only my drink is diet pepsi. Ferraro was their spokeswoman so I have to go with them.

  43. OT..but this guy wasn’t taking any chances that Obama might change the gun laws.

    Heavily armed doctor lives near power plant
    (snip)
    Inside his car and home, state troopers and agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives found 110 fully automated machine guns, $50,000 in cash, and grenade launchers, along with the 98 grenades from the day before.
    (snip)
    Mann faces weapons charges on four of the 110 machine guns, which weren’t registered to him.
    Also, federal law prohibits anyone other than military personnel from owning the type of highly explosive grenades that were found.
    ww.commercialappeal.com/news/2009/mar/22/heavily-armed-doctor-lives-near-power-plant/

  44. wbbeoi

    because in the la la land of chi-townOZ if you click your heels 3 times and say it wasn’t a bow… it wasn’t a bow… it wasn’t a bow…
    the Mediawizard will make it so!

  45. wbboei Says:

    April 8th, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    She must of changed to koolaid as her tune “changed” there @ the end and my, my I was sooo disappointed. I had loved her for so many years. I really didn’t think she would give it up to him…

  46. I keep seeing the same “explanations”:
    1) Obama and Holder aren’t involved in the DOJ decisions.
    2)Lowly mortals can’t understand the underlying brilliant Obama strategy to protect our Constitutional rights
    —————————————-
    For now yes.

    But when Turley folds, and when Olberman redirects his rant then Obamanation may start to fall. These are the initial tremors.

    They are in the same position as Dabney Coleman in the movie On Golden Pond, as he straddles a rowboat with one foot on the dock (their professed values) and the other on the bow of the boat (Obama) as the boat drifts away from the dock.

    The lesser bots are nothing more than followers. They will not move at all unless and until they get the signal. Their way off the hook is to say we believed in him and he deceived us.

  47. SHV, a dear friend of mine knows that Dr. Mann, and worked with him. He is a psycho drug-dealing nutbag, and was LONG before 0bama ever came on the scene.

  48. OT..but this guy wasn’t taking any chances that Obama might change the gun laws.–110 machine guns, etc.
    ———————————
    I guess he figured a polite society is a well armed society, and wanted to be very polite in case worst came to worst.

  49. wbboei, there are hard-core bots who will defend hin to the bitter end, much like Bush’s 15%. But there are a lot who are hesitating, but will eventually come around to saying “I was deceived.” They will. of course, never admit that it was obvious from the beginning, but hey, I’ll take it.

  50. Lowly mortals can’t understand the underlying brilliant Obama strategy to protect our Constitutional rights
    ———————————
    As they said in Viet Nam, we will destroy the village to save it.

    I am beginning to think some of these bots have mental problems as well and that may be the fatal attraction between them and Obama.

  51. wbboei, there are hard-core bots who will defend hin to the bitter end, much like Bush’s 15%. But there are a lot who are hesitating, but will eventually come around to saying “I was deceived.” They will. of course, never admit that it was obvious from the beginning, but hey, I’ll take it
    —————-
    I think that will be the dynamic. Unless there is some intervening event.

  52. 0bama ever came on the scene.
    *********
    That was “snark”. This guy is as you say..bad news. He was investigated as a possible suspect in the car bombing of the chairman of the State Medical Board.

  53. Nite All. You can sure tell the basketball finals are over. There are a lot more comments tonight. Enjoyed it.

  54. # gonzotx Says:
    April 8th, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    djia

    how do you cross out words?
    **************************
    spaces are for demonstration, don’t have spaces at all when you type this

    your word to be crossed out here

    your word to be crossed out here

  55. okay that didn’t work so well LOL seems you can have spaces LOL

    lets try that again
    before the word to be striked out type a backwards arrow

    after the word to be striked out type a

  56. oh shoot…….they didn’t show up!!

    ok one more time
    greater & less than symbols = arrows in my verbiage

    in front of the word to be striked though (no spaces)
    type a left arrow then the word strike then a right arrow

    behind the word to be striked out
    type a left arrow then a forward slash then a right arrow

  57. gonzo: thanks for posting the video on The Barry Sisters. They were great entertainers. I still have their Fiddler On The Roof album.

  58. Obama to Push Immigration Bill Despite the Risks

    nytimes.com/2009/04/09/us/politics/09immig.html?_r=1&hp

  59. Caution: Video of Obama enabler and Hopium addict Olberman with Jonathan Turley waking up to backstabbing, can’t be trusted, treacherous, FISA loving Obama:
    ***********
    All of the “Good Germans” now saying we didn’t know, how could we have known, blah..blah. Give me a Fu*king break!!!
    —————-
    I suspect the media people who were complicit in this disaster will be held accountable if things get bad enough. How that will happen however I cannot say.

    The more immediate question is why do bona fide liberal democrat legislators like Russ Feingold who is strong on civil liberties stand idly by while Obama invalidates the Constitution.

    It is reasonable to assume that the people behind Obama are blackmailing some of those in Congress. But I cannot believe they have anything on Feingold that would prevent him from speaking out.

    What is at stake here is nothing less than the destruction of our constitutional rights. Generations of Americans have fought and died to protect them. Someone besides Turley needs to be talking about it.

  60. Obama to Push Immigration Bill Despite the Risks
    ———————————————-
    This is not something you do in a time of rising unemployment–unless your objective is to create a state of chaos. The safety nets are already strained.

  61. because in the la la land of chi-townOZ if you click your heels 3 times and say it wasn’t a bow… it wasn’t a bow… it wasn’t a bow…
    the Mediawizard will make it so!
    ———————–
    djia: is that what they call mind over matter or mind doesnt matter when one is a bot?

  62. The more immediate question is why do bona fide liberal democrat legislators like Russ Feingold who is strong on civil liberties stand idly by while Obama invalidates the Constitution.
    **********
    Russ has never shown an inclination to be a leader in the Senate…He does his “thing” in isolation..I’m no sure why. He is one of the few Dems to vote against TARP for example. Bernie Sanders, the only socialist in the Senate, is raising hell about the $2 trillion that the FED has given the Banksters without public disclosure but his legislation is going nowhere. True Liberals are a tiny and ineffective minority in the Senate.

  63. The more immediate question is why do bona fide liberal democrat legislators like Russ Feingold who is strong on civil liberties stand idly by while Obama invalidates the Constitution.
    ***********
    I really miss Paul Wellstone, he would be raising hell about the current situation.

  64. Obama is trying to front end load a statist and globalist agenda into the first six months of his presidency, while his popularity remains relatively high. The goal is to keep his approval rating high until the 2010 election. Thereafter he will expand the scope of ACORN activities in preparation for 2012. As previously noted a number of blue dogs are delivering a Japanese no. He is trapped alright. But so are we.

  65. I really miss Paul Wellstone, he would be raising hell about the current situation.
    ——————–
    I miss Wellstone too very much. I remember him for his courage and honesty which are of course rare in the political world. But I also remember him for the little things–like his refusal to ride first class when he travelled on airplanes, and the interest he showed in the lives of working people. I rode on a flight with him aboard and was impressed with what I saw. He never forgot who he represented and never succumbed to Potomic Fever. In those respects he was an anomoly. We need more like him.

  66. I have never been a great Will Rogers fan. I always thought he had a remarkable ability to state the obvious. But three generations ago, everyone seemed to admire him for that quality.

    I ran across a quote from him yesterday somewhere in my reading. It said every candidate is likeable until he is elected.

    That is true of most politicans and it will be true with Obama once he completes Bush’s task of destroying the country.

    But is was never true of Wellstone. What you saw in the election is what you got when he undertook to govern. It is called being honest.

    If Frank Capra were still living he could do a sequel of Mr Smith goes to Washington along those lines.

  67. Another guy I hope I never run into is Schuster. The guy is lower than a snakes belly. I just saw him in an old interview with Marsha Blackburn. It would be fun to see a good cross examiner take him apart on the witness stand.

  68. Russ has never shown an inclination to be a leader in the Senate…He does his “thing” in isolation..I’m no sure why. He is one of the few Dems to vote against TARP for example. Bernie Sanders, the only socialist in the Senate, is raising hell about the $2 trillion that the FED has given the Banksters without public disclosure but his legislation is going nowhere. True Liberals are a tiny and ineffective minority in the Senate.
    —————————————————–
    I think that is accurate. He did step forward once however on McCain Fiengold. I can remember a conversation I had with Mitch McConnell where he decried McCain for his role in this–limiting the supply of money which was free speech which is protected by the First Amendment. Turns out both of them were wrong. Once Soros got done tweaking that bill it became a votex for big money. Perhaps Russ learned a lesson and vowed to never again assume the point position.

  69. I learned that lesson years ago. I had written a bill on workplace violence. It sought to create a right of judicial review of arbitral decisions reinstating employees who engaged in workplace violence. I submitted my draft to Legislative Counsel for review and comment. Unlike other bills I drafted this one came back with no changes. I figured this would be a breeze. We got Congressman Sam Johnson to sponsor it. Sam was a Viet Nam war hero and pow much like McCain. In addition he was a conservative republican. Suddenly this bill got swept in with other legislation which was directed against the Teamsters Union with whom I had 50 contracts to negotiate. Believe me I heard about it. I lost control of the legislation just as Finegold probably did at some point in the process. The original intent of McCain Feingold was to limit the power of big money but in the end it accentuated it through the amendments that were attached to it.

  70. they have a mind??
    ————————-
    Djia: your objection is sustained. I assumed facts not in evidence.

  71. ADMIN: once again and so often, your research, political analysis, and insight about Barack Obama have been proven to be not only right, but right when everyone else was wrong. For now the same left wing pundits who vilified those who told the truth are forced to deal with it.

    I understand this is a terrible moment for them, but they need to understand that their pain and suffering is as nothing compared to what we endured as we watched the best hope for the future of our country be lost in a corrupt process which they helped to engineer. But dont cry for me Argentina.

    As I watch them squirm I am reminded of something Justice Frankfurter said namely that we should not despair when wisdom comes late because too often it never comes at all. I think that is true–generally speaking. But there are also times when wisdom comes too late and I greatly fear that this may turn out to be one of them.

    Any journalist, politican, businessman or woman who cares about the future of this country is missing the boat if they do not visit this site and read your wise comments. In ten minutes here there will get more truth than in four hours of mainstream media.

    The bottom line is thank you. You do marvelous work.

  72. Wbboei, this song from the late, great, almost unknown, Timi Yuro expresses the “terrible moment” Hopium addicts will undergo. It’s a defiant song. The lyric which suggests what the Obama Hopium addled addicts will undergo is: “And my hurtin’ is just about over, but baby, it’s just starting for you.”

    Timi Yuro:

  73. Admin,

    Thank you for the Passover good wishes. Sigh…seeing that clip of the Barry Sisters brings back great memories. My mother used to love listening to their records.

    We too used to get the “kosher” pepsi and coke as well as “kosher” chocolate and a lot of other products.

  74. djia Says:

    April 9th, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Obama to Push Immigration Bill Despite the Risks

    ————————–

    I’ve been watching this issue unfold with not just obama but especially with pelosi opening her big mouth. I keep thinking they are pitting people against each other and wanting riots to occur the likes of the 60’s.

  75. Charley Keyes
    April 8, 2009

    Clinton ‘deeply concerned’ about pirate attacks:
    Clinton called for international cooperation to combat piracy.

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton late Wednesday called for international cooperation to combat piracy like this week’s attack on a U.S. ship and crew off the coast of Somalia.
    “We are deeply concerned and we are following it very closely. Specifically we are now focused on this particular act of piracy and the seizure of the ship that carries 21 American citizens,” Clinton said at the State Department. “More generally we think the world must come together and end the scourge of piracy.”

    The secretary of state, speaking at a photo op with the Foreign Minister of Morocco, referred back to problems with piracy that both countries had faced together back in the late 1700s. “I think Morocco was the very first country that recognized us, going back a long time. We worked to end piracy off the coast of Morocco all those years ago. And we are going to work together to end that kind of criminal activity anywhere on the high seas,” Clinton said.

    politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/04/08/clinton-deeply-concerned-about-pirate-attacks/

  76. Hillary Clinton hails US’s relationship with Australia

    April 09, 2009 12:23pm

    UNITED States secretary of State Hillary Clinton last night said Australia was among her nation’s most important global allies. Clinton, who today meets with Australian officals as part of the annual Ausmin dialogue, underlined the importance of the relationship after her meeting with foreign affairs minister Stephen Smith in Washington yesterday.

    “(We) have few better friends in the world than Australia,” she said. “And it is such a joy to work with the Australian Government. “We have a lot of common values and common interests and common causes that we pursue.”

    Today’s talks are expected to cover the troop surge in Afghanistan, the Taliban in Pakistan, nuclear non-proliferation after North Korea’s failed rocket launch last week, the violent Indonesian elections and the explosive growth of China and India. The stability of Pacific nations will also be raised. During his meeting with Mrs Clinton, Mr Smith is understood to have backed the Obama administration’s new decision to participate in group talks with Iran.

    Ms Clinton yesterday announced the US would engage directly in future discussions with Iran, a marked departure from the approach of former president George W Bush who shunned the Islamic nation as part of the world’s “axis of evil”. “We believe that pursuing very careful engagement on a range of issues that affect our interests and the interests of the world with Iran makes sense,” Mrs Clinton said.

    Mr Smith said the US was vital to Australia’s global interests. “It’s an alliance thats served us very well for over 60 years,” he said. “Its an indispensible part of our strategic security and defence arrangements.” Defence Minsiter Joel Fitzgibbon did not expect a request for more troops at tomorrow’s meeting with Mrs Clinton and Defence Secretary Robert Gates. Mr Fitzgibbon said he would spend a full day discussing Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as other world trouble spots, and it was likely that the issue of additional Australian troops would be raised. “But again I am not expecting any such request to be forthcoming,” he said. “That is not to say that a request won’t be forthcoming at some time in the future.”

    news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,25313299-661,00.html

  77. April 8, 2009

    President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals for key administration posts: Jeffrey Feltman, Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, Department of State; Charles A. Hurley, Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation; Robert O. Work, Under Secretary of the Navy, Department of the Navy, Department of Defense; and Charles A. Blanchard, General Counsel, Department of the Air Force, Department of Defense.
    President Obama said, “I am confident that the skill and dedication these individuals bring to their roles will serve the American people well as we work to keep our nation safe at home and abroad. I am grateful that they have chosen to serve and look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

    Jeffrey Feltman, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, Department of State: Jeffrey Feltman, a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service since January 1986, assumed his current position as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Near Eastern Affairs on February 11, 2008. Since December 18, 2008 he is also the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Near East Bureau. Until January 25, 2008 he had served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Lebanon having been sworn in on July 22, 2004. From January to April 2004, Feltman headed the Coalition Provisional Authority’s office in the Irbil province of Iraq and simultaneously served as Deputy Regional Coordinator for CPA’s northern area. From August 2001 until December 2003, Feltman served at the U.S. Consulate-General in Jerusalem, first as Deputy Principal Officer and then, from July 2001 until September 2002, as Acting Principal Officer. He also served in Embassy Tel Aviv as Ambassador Indyk’s Special Assistant on Peace Process issues from the summer of 2000 to July 2001. From 1998 to 2000, Feltman served as Chief of the Political and Economic Section at the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia. He served in the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv from 1995 to 1998, covering economic issues in the Gaza Strip. Mr. Feltman studied Arabic at the University of Jordan in Amman from 1994 to 1995 after joining the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs in 1993. From 1991 to 1993, Feltman served in the office of Deputy Secretary Lawrence Eagleburger as a Special Assistant concentrating on the coordination of U.S. assistance to the formerly Communist countries of Eastern and Central Europe. Feltman served as an economic officer at the U.S. Embassy in Hungary from 1988 to 1991. Feltman’s first tour in the U.S. Foreign Service was as a consular officer in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Feltman speaks French, Arabic and Hungarian. He received his undergraduate degree in history and fine arts from Ball State University in 1981 and his Master’s degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 1983.

    Charles A. Hurley, Nominee for Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation: Chuck Hurley has been the Chief Executive Officer of Mothers Against Drunk Driving since 2005 and previously held senior leadership positions with the National Safety Council and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety over the last thirty years. In addition to his work on drunk driving issues, he has worked extensively with law enforcement on air bag and seat belt issues, teen driving, and child passenger safety. He was honored to work with then State Senator Obama on his successful efforts in 2003 to strengthen Illinois’ seat belt, teen driving, child passenger safety, and racial profiling laws. Prior to his career in highway safety, Chuck Hurley worked for a Governor, State Speaker, Mayor, and Member of Congress and was a naval intelligence officer.

    Robert O. Work, Nominee for Under Secretary of the Navy, Department of the Navy, Department of Defense: Robert Work is currently Vice President, Strategic Studies at CSBA (Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments). During a 27-year career in the Marine Corps, Mr. Work held a wide range of command, leadership, and management positions. His last assignment was as Military Assistant and Senior Aide to the Honorable Richard J. Danzig, 71st Secretary of the Navy. Since retiring in 2001, Mr. Work has focused on defense strategy and transformation and maritime affairs. He has written and spoken extensively on US Navy and Marine Corps strategies and programs; directed and analyzed three war game series for the Office of Net Assessment, Office of the Secretary of Defense; contributed to Department of Defense studies on global basing and emerging military missions; and provided support for the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review. He has also studied and prepared several reports on future defense challenges, including the changing nature of undersea warfare; power projection against regional nuclear powers, and power projection against future anti-access/area denial networks. Mr. Work earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Illinois; a Master’s of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California; a Master’s of Science in Space System Operations from the Naval Postgraduate School; and a Master’s in International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He is a member of the International Insitute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University, where he teaches defense analysis and roles and missions of the armed forces.

    Charles A. Blanchard, Nominee for General Counsel, Department of the Air Force, Department of Defense:
    Charles Blanchard is a litigation partner in the Phoenix, AZ office of Perkins Coie. During the Clinton administration, he served as the General Counsel of the U.S. Army (1999 – 2001) and Chief Counsel of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (1997 – 1999). Before assuming in those positions, he practiced law at Brown & Bain, P.A. (1988 – 1997) and served as Arizona State Senator (1991 – 1995). He also previously served as Associate Independent Counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel James McKay (1987 – 1988). Mr. Blanchard has clerked for Judge Harry T. Edwards on the DC Circuit and for Justice O’Connor. He is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Harvard Law School.

    whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/President-Obama-Announces-More-Key-Administration-Posts-4-8-09/

  78. JanH 8:42

    They came on the news last night about O latest crisis with the Pirates, and then they immediately shows HRC with her statement. I thought that was interesting.

    In addition, the bowing crap has hit AOL, and the WH is accused of not quite telling the truth. You think the staff would be smart enough not to issue statement when there is video tape all over the place. But they did. I really think they are all reading Big Pink, following the investigation here, and then producing the story. At AOL, they said O was either in over his head, or showing respect to the Prince that he should not.

  79. NMF,

    It is par for the course. How many times during the campaign did his handlers come up with a zillion different excuses for his ignorant actions until they finally had to come clean.

  80. What bothers me most is that the media by and large ignored what he did at the time. They were right there when he bowed like an idiot and yet they brushed it off. The NYT who were all over Bill Clinton years back for a similar but not as serious incident wrote zilch.

  81. Jan

    I think you’re correct….that is why i said to wbboei last night “nothing like a good crisis”

    even if it is a PURPOSELY CREATED CRISIS

    the real question is…….to reach what end???

    we need to pay less attention to the act on the stage and more attention to what goes on behind the curtain.

  82. djia Says:

    April 8th, 2009 at 6:33 pm
    The White House is denying that the president bowed to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at a G-20 meeting in London, a scene that drew criticism on the right and praise from some Arab outlets.

    “It wasn’t a bow. He grasped his hand with two hands, and he’s taller than King Abdullah,” said an Obama aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
    &&&&&&&&&

    HOW LAME ARE THY EXCUSES? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS…

    “The president thought his shoelace was untied, but after he looked down, it wasn’t”
    “He was about to sneeze”
    “He wasn’t sure if someone had yelled, ‘There’s a crazy guy with a gun, duck!!!’ “.
    “The sheik has an invisible dog, and the president was petting it”.

  83. President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts
    ————————————–
    Not a terribly impressive list

  84. I am so disgusted I could spit. Obama is REFUSING to even comment on the terrorist hostage situation (because yes, that’s what it is) of the Alabama captain.

    FOX reported that reporters pressed him 3 times for a statement, for a comment, for anything, and he declined to even comment, because he “wants to focus on the economy”.

    WTF kind of leadership is that? He can’t handle the economy and an AMERICAN HOSTAGE CRISIS at the same time? He can’t speak to and reassure the country that he cares, and is on top of things, even if he’s lying? Of course, he can go on Leno and do NCAA picks while dealing with the economy, no “loss of focus” there. But if you are an American citizen taken hostage by terrorists, you are just an irrelevant distraction to Dear Leader.

    What a spineless wimp. What an arrogant asshole.

  85. Proportionality.

    With economic crisis at hand, with an benighted plan which may well bankrupt the country, with the dismantling of our constitution and the liberties set forth in the bill of rights, with forclosures increasing, with Iran advocating the destruction of Israel and the United States, with North Korea slapping Obama in the face, with China mulling over the wisdom of continuing to support this economy when we are no longer supporting theirs to the degree we were, and with all the lies, distortions now generic to their trade propanda is in and honest journalism is out, what is that WashPo, NYT, NBC, MSNBC and CNN are now focusing on in their effort to distract us from what is important? Put differently, by their twisted lights what newest threat is there now that imperils the future of world civilization to the point that they must drop everything else and listen with rapt attention?

    Somali pirates. A mortal threat to civilization as we know it/

  86. wbboei, thanks for the heads up. Consider it done. I wonder if Admin would like an email of a couple of the posters that I am designing for the TeaParties? I personally think they are good and might accompany future articles.

  87. HFT,

    Don’t you remember him saying he needs a few days to comment on things because he likes to know what he is talking about? He practically chewed that CNN reporter’s head off at that town hall joke of a meeting about that very thing.

    All this means is that those 3 a.m. calls are now 72 hours long.

  88. He’s waiting for Hillary to do something, so if it works he can say it was all his idea and claim the glory, and if it goes south he can claim he was not involved at all.

  89. FOX reported that reporters pressed him 3 times for a statement, for a comment, for anything, and he declined to even comment, because he “wants to focus on the economy”.
    ———————————–
    What he means is focus on the looting. Never interrupt a dog in the middle of dinner. Never interrupt a thief in the middle of a crime.

    I have no idea how a sociopath like him processes this information. Its obvious however that he does not want to become a vicarious hostage to it-nor should he. But he should not refuse to comment.

    Meanwhile the media should get on his case about the economy, if that is his excuse for ignoring Somali and ride him hard on it.

  90. wobbei, well his pattern on the campaign trail was to dodge questions by claiming to be above all that “silly season politics”. Now his pattern seems to be to assert that he’s above all that “silly specific governing stuff”.

    Everything REAL or CONCRETE is always beneath him, he always claims to be focused on something “greater”, on some nebulous noble thing that we peons down here in the dirt don’t comprehend.

    I keep wondering how long the public will buy that BS before they realize that he is not focused on “the greater thing”, that “the greater thing” is either non-existent, or ill-defined or imaginary, and he is trotting it out as a convenient excuse so as not to be nailed down or accountable on a damn thing.

  91. He’s waiting for Hillary to do something, so if it works he can say it was all his idea and claim the glory, and if it goes south he can claim he was not involved at all.
    ——————
    Correct. But will it be believed? If it does not work, people will say then why werent you involved? When he said I trusted Hillary and she let me down. Bu that will not wash either because she is handling the media piece of this herself. The problem with being in the point position in situations like this is you get second guessed. If the pirates execute the hostage that will occur as a matter of couse. I am not watching this myself. I am simply reading the blog.

  92. wbboei

    That is why last night when the news reported it, and they went straight to a statement by HRC, it was evident he had not made a statement, and it looked like she had taken the 3 a.m. phone call. However, the Kool Aid drinkers will view this as his being careful about what he says. We saw this honeymoon with Bush, and it lasted long enough for him to get re-elected. It was only after he was re-elected that people started jumping ship.

    It is this blind loyalty to party, and who was elected that is killing this democracy.

  93. wobbei, well his pattern on the campaign trail was to dodge questions by claiming to be above all that “silly season politics”. Now his pattern seems to be to assert that he’s above all that “silly specific governing stuff”.

    Everything REAL or CONCRETE is always beneath him, he always claims to be focused on something “greater”, on some nebulous noble thing that we peons down here in the dirt don’t comprehend.

    I keep wondering how long the public will buy that BS before they realize that he is not focused on “the greater thing”, that “the greater thing” is either non-existent, or ill-defined or imaginary, and he is trotting it out as a convenient excuse so as not to be nailed down or accountable on a damn thing.
    —————————-
    That is really a question for big media. Do they like an evasive witness who never answers their questions? Are they content to let him loot? Are they sanguine when he destroys the right of privacy? How many lies must they tell themselves in order to suspend disblief? Is schmarmy Ann Compton the state of the art as it is practiced today? Are they afraid to ask the right questions because he is black? Is there some pot of gold at the end of this rainbow in the form of taxpayer money for them if they continue so shill for him and behave like the three little monkeys? For me anymore it is an imponderable. But when the lights go on it has been my experience that cockroaches who have been roaming freely find someplace to hide. Here it will be no different.

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    About Thomson ReutersClinton says Somali pirates’ lifeboat out of gas
    Thu Apr 9, 2009 9:42am EDT Email | Print | Share| Reprints | Single Page[-] Text [+]
    WASHINGTON, April 9 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday the lifeboat on which a U.S. captain was being held hostage by Somali pirates had “apparently” run out of gas.

    “We are watching this very closely,” Clinton told reporters, with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates at her side. “Apparently the lifeboat has run out of gas,” she said before a joint meeting with Australia’s defense and foreign secretaries.

    reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSWBT011015

    —————————————

    My prayers go out to the Captain and his family. I’m glad at least Hillary is monitoring the situation.

  95. 9 April, 2009

    Piracy off the Horn of Africa: out of control?

    The Maersk Alabama was the sixth ship seized off Somalia in the past week. The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has called for international action against piracy following the latest hijacking off the coast of Somalia.

    An American navy destroyer has been deployed to help the American crew of the Maersk Alabama, which has been attacked by pirates.

    There have been more that 130 attacks on ships off the coast of Somalia in the past year and more than 40 ships have been seized. The hijackings are threatening to destabilise one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.

    bbc.co.uk/worldservice/news/2009/04/090409_piracy_wt_sl.shtml

  96. Oops! Obama’s press office has an e-mail snafu Story Highlights: E-mail of President Obama’s schedule includes back-and-forth between staffers

    (CNN) — The White House Press Office accidentally e-mailed a draft version of President Obama’s Thursday schedule on Wednesday night that included the back-and-forth between White House staffers.

    Members of the media got a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into President Obama’s schedule. The e-mail, sent on a daily basis to inform the media of the next day’s events, at first appeared to be like any other press schedule. But at the bottom of the e-mail, there was a series of exchanges from the press team, as well as a draft of the schedule.

    The first section of the schedule noted that in the morning, Obama planned to talk with homeowners who have refinanced their homes and benefited from lower mortgage payments. One staffer, recommending changes to that line, wrote to “put more emphasis on the real people aspect of this.”
    The draft version said Obama will talk “with his economic team,” and also attending the meeting “will be a handful of households.” The final version took the emphasis off the economic team and said “Attending the meeting will be a handful of homeowners … as well as members of President Obama’s economic team.”

    The draft schedule also showed the president hosting Seder to celebrate Passover. The dinner was marked “closed press,” meaning no reporters allowed.
    One staffer asked, “Can we remove the dinner at the end of the day?” “We put it on yesterday’s deal — so folks already know that it’s happening. They’ll wonder why it’s not listed if we don’t include it on there,” another staffer replied. The staffer who asked to remove the dinner from the schedule replied, “Apparently Jewish here and in neighboring states are now calling wondering why they have not been invited.” The dinner was not listed on the final schedule.

    In another exchange, one staffer recommended nixing a line about Obama meeting with leaders from the Veterans Service Organizations and Military Service Organizations since the president was now meeting with them before his remarks in an event closed to the media. “Can we keep it and just change it to say before. Its good for us to say we are meeting with them,” another replied. The final copy kept the line, noting that the VSO and MSO leaders would meet with Obama before his remarks.

    The White House says the error was made by a sleep-deprived staffer, adding that the staffer will not suffer repercussions for the mistake.

    cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/04/09/press.office.email/

  97. Obama’s Record Is One Of Weakness In Foreign Policy

    By Herb Denenberg
    April 09, 2009

    The North Koreans, in violation of a U.N. Resolution, launch a rocket that flies over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean, possibly with the capability of reaching the U.S. What do we do? We send it to the United Nations, which doesn’t even pass another U.N. Resolution, which would certainly be ignored. It agrees to meet again. Yes, the U.N. is so pathetically weak, it can’t even come up with another toothless tiger resolution. It can’t even say North Korea is in violation of a resolution adopted in 2006 after a North Korea missile launch of July 5 and a nuclear test on Oct. 9 of that year. The resolution demanded that North Korea refrain from any more nuclear testing and ballistic missile launches. So much for resolutions. If the North Koreans ignored the 2006 resolution why will they suddenly take a 2009 resolution seriously?

    And after the tough talk of Barack Obama — words have consequences, violators must be punished, blah, blah, blah, etc. — we come home to his usual response of words, diplomacy, negotiation, consideration and everything but action and forbid the thought of a military option. Our U.N. ambassador pressed for “strong condemnation” of the North Korean action. I’ll bet they’re still trembling as they celebrate the rocket launch and another chance to defy the international community.

    What does our president do? He is busy downgrading and killing our missile defense program — which should have been accelerated instead of abandoned in the face of a growing missile/nuclear threat from North Korea and Iran. Mr. Obama cuts back on defense, as he continues a wild spending frenzy on about every liberal proposal that could be dreamed up. And he proposes unilateral nuclear disarmament, while proposing a grand world order to eliminate all nuclear weapons. I’m sure North Korea and Iran can’t wait to discuss Mr. Obama’s proposal. North Korea may even be laughing as it made his nuclear disarmament speech look silly.

    When you view his foreign policy, national security and defense positions, you realize he’s turned the patriot’s great statement on its head. The patriot said, “Millions for defense, not one cent for tribute.” Mr. Obama seems to say, “Millions of tributes, not one cent for defense.”

    How many different ways can an American president tell terrorists and the rest of the world that he is weak and ineffectual and is unlikely to do anything but deliver speeches and sweet talk while all of our enemies get free passes? Yes, Mr. Obama has the talking disease, mistaking rhetoric for reality, and the campaign disease, thinking he is merely campaigning in Europe while he is supposed to be governing in the U.S. When he’s not slashing defense programs, he’s busy apologizing for and smearing America. He goes to Europe and accuses his own country of arrogance. He complains again about our problems with slavery and Native Americans. He denies American exceptionalism explaining to Europeans, in effect, that we’re just another country on the list.

    Mr. Obama is not interested in the fact that we saved the world from Nazi fascism and from Soviet communism, not to mention saving the world from Germany during World War I. He doesn’t mention that after World War II, for more than 60 years, we provided a defensive shield for the world, with Europe assuming almost none of the burden of fighting the Cold War and the other enemies of the West. He doesn’t mention the fact that we took up the torch of freedom to fight Islamofascism, while Europe and most of the world continued to bask in the peace zone created by America.

    When he’s addressing the Muslims, he ought to remind them of how many times we’ve gone to war to save Muslims, such as in Kuwait and Bosnia. He doesn’t bother to mention our rebuilding Europe with the Marshall Plan after World War II, and that rebuilding included even the enemy powers we had defeated. He doesn’t mention the tradition of America coming to the help of all nations hit by natural disasters. Mr. Obama doesn’t bother to relate the glorious history of the greatest country in the history of the world. To Mr. Obama, apparently, America isn’t the shining city on a hill; it’s just another country in the ditch.

    If all that’s not bad enough, Mr. Obama turns down an invitation to visit the American military cemetery near Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. The British newspaper, The Telegraph (April 2, 2009), headlined the story, “Barack Obama rejects Normandy trip to avoid offending Germany.” It said: “Barack Obama concerned about offending Britain and Germany, rebuffed strenuous attempts by President Nicolas Sarkozy of France to persuade the new American president to make a trip to Normandy this week.”

    This political sicko thinks he’s still campaigning, now in Europe rather than governing in the U.S. He thinks that by bowing and scraping to enemies and allies we will get them to do our will. But as he learned in Europe, they applaud his rhetoric and ignore his entreaties. He went to Europe to get a stimulus package and combat troops for Afghanistan and got neither. And he was probably angling for help in Iran, in the U.N. and with Russia. No results there, either. He won the popularity contest for himself, but he lost the foreign policy contest, which he is supposed to try to win for America.

    Mr. Obama not only turned his back on America’s heroes resting in Normandy, but also bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia. We know he’s soft on Muslims, but should an American president be bowing and scraping to the King of Saudi Arabia? Should President Obama send a message of subservience to a Muslim king? And then to make matters worse, when the White House is asked about this incident, the response was that he did not bow. He was merely giving a double handshake with a shorter man, so he had to bow down. Give me a break. I’ve seen thousands of handshakes with shorter men and taller men, and not once did one of those look like a handshake. This has got to be another giant Obama lie about on the order of the Rev. Wright lie: I’ve been sitting in his church for 20 years and closely associating with him, but I never really heard any of those anti-American views. If you can’t come up with a better lie than that, it’s time to tell the truth.

    His domestic policies are so wildly leftist and spending crazy that he’s even criticized by European socialism for excessive spending. He gets advice on how to protect a capitalistic economy from communist China. And China and other countries talk of a world currency because they know that Mr. Obama’s spending jag will inevitably lead to printing money and inflation. That will devalue the dollar and devalue all those who hold American debt. Even the European socialists think he is spending too much. And Daniel Hannan, a member of the European Parliament, points out even in Zimbabwe, a newspaper is amazed at the fiscal mess America is getting itself into.

    But all this should come as no surprise. That is, it should come as no surprise if you happen to be familiar with the Obama record and background. Many were not because he simply wasn’t questioned or vetted by the mainstream media. They sold America Mr. Obama, the cat-in-a-bag presidency, the first in our history. So don’t be surprised at Mr. Obama’s viewing America as arrogant, Mr. Obama’s obsession with slavery and the mistreatment of American Indians, and his failure to appreciate and speak of American exceptionalism. This is the man that sat in the Church of Rev. Jeremiah “God Damn America” Wright for 20 years. This is the man who associated with the terrorists William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. He associated with another America hater, Father Michael Pfleger.

    Mr. Obama even indirectly insulted America by telling the Europeans we have some special responsibility for nuclear weapons as we were the first to use them (Hiroshima and Nagasaki). Brit Hume of Fox News says this was just to win the favor of Muslims who like to think of America as the bad guy. But it is an outrageous comment as dropping those nuclear bombs saved perhaps one million American lives that might have been lost in an invasion of Japan. Mr. Obama should have paid respects to a great Democratic president, Harry Truman, who had the good sense to properly use this most powerful of weapons. He should have not condemned America or Truman for saving a million American lives.

    Those who know his record will not be surprised by his weak approach to foreign policy and the war on terror. He was one of the first to call for retreat and defeat in Iraq and was the darling of the anti-war movement. Even while a state senator in Illinois, right after 9/11, instead of calling on a war against such terrorism, he was explaining, analyzing and making excuses for the terrorists in terms of poverty and the like. He has an administration that doesn’t want to call an act of terrorism by its right name, but instead labels it a man-made disaster and the war on terror is an overseas contingency operation. This is semantic and political insanity, and reveals a president who can’t even identify our enemy — and who is, therefore, setting us up to lose to that enemy.

    Don’t be surprised by Mr. Obama’s lack of bipartisanship and his hard-left party line approach. His record showed he never even once made any significant bipartisanship gesture in his political career and was always a party-line legislator. And don’t be surprised by his socialist, hard-left, radical views. He was the most liberal member of the U.S. Senate — more liberal even than Sen. Ted Kennedy and Sen. John Kerry, both from the most liberal state in the union. As a socialist, he wants a big government and he wants power to the government. That’s the explanation for the Obama administration forcing bailouts on financial institutions and refusing to accept the pay-off of bailout. Stuart Varney explains this in the Wall Street Journal (April 4, 2009), “The government wants to control the banks, just as it now controls GM and Chrysler, and will surely control the health industry in the not-too-distant future. Keeping them TARP-stuffed [with the bailout money] is the key to control. And for this intensely political president, mere influence is not enough. The White House wants to tell ’em what to do. Control Direct. Command.”

    So if you expected him to be the great uniter, that’s because you listened only to his campaign oratory and the propaganda for him featured by the mainstream media. Because he is so radical left and so partisan, he is proving to be the great divider, not the great uniter. That’s why the Pew Research Center found “Partisan Gap in Obama Job Approval Widest in Modern Era” (April 2, 2009). The Pew Center found: “For all his hopes about bipartisanship, Barack Obama has the most polarized early job approval ratings of any president in the past four decades. The 81-point partisan gap in opinions about Obama’s job performance is the result of a combination of high Democratic ratings for the president — 88 percent job approval among Democrats — and relatively low approval ratings among Republicans (27 percent).” Other presidents, from Richard Nixon to Bush II, had differentials ranging from 25 to 51.

    You should also not be surprised at Mr. Obama’s love affair with the new world order, and his enthusiasm for participation in international bodies and willingness to surrender American sovereignty to them. That’s part of the radical liberal tradition from which he comes. So it should surprise no one that he, in Dick Morris’s words, repealed the Declaration of Independence on his recent trip to Europe. Mr. Morris writes in his April 6, 2009 column: “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.” This FSB will regulate and oversee all “systemically important financial institutions, instruments and markets … [including] systematically important hedge funds.” The FSB will also regulate executive pay and will enforce its idea of corporate social responsibility on “all firms.” Mr. Morris concludes, “Obama, perhaps feeling guilty for the U.S. role in 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.” In this the U.S. will have only one vote in a 12-member body.

    We are finding out now what the mainstream media should have been telling us during the campaign. Yes, the last presidential election was the biggest election fraud in history, courtesy of the mainstream media, and the likes of The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, ABC, CBS, NBC and NPR.

    thebulletin.us/articles/2009/04/09/herb_denenberg/doc49dd9d55cdc19637748387.txt

  98. Jonathan Turley said on Olbermann (admin’s video imbed): “The president is more interested in programs than principles”.

    I’d take that even further. I don’t think he even cares about programs. He just craves adoration and adulation.

    Does he really care about health care? Or is he actually concerned that people will be angry with him if he isn’t seen to be at least feigning to advance this issue?

    Does he worry at night about unemployed people losing their homes? Or does he worry, “This is making me look bad, even though all this bad stuff happened before I got here”.

    Does he worry about the finanical system collapsing? Or is it “I know they’re going to try to pin that on me”.

    Name an issue, you can see what “he’s trying to do”, and how half-hearted his attempts are.

    Mr. Status Quo, Mr. AirKiss Let’s All Get Along, doesn’t want to fight for real change because that would mean upsetting the powers that installed him. But he still wants to be loved by the public, even as he quietly sides with thems that has rather than thems that don’t.

  99. No, no, Obama wasn’t really bowing. He just had his head down to read his teleprompter on his secret decoder ring.

  100. “Apparently the lifeboat has run out of gas,” [ Hillary ]said before a joint meeting with Australia’s defense and foreign secretaries.
    reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSWBT011015

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

    My first thought — and it’s probably still right! — is that Hillary would be telling us the make and model of the lifeboat and how much gas it holds, so as to know the maximum time it could have. She would know or get such details.

  101. Admin, you have got to get a video of this and post here!!! I was just watching CNBC [husband had left that channel on]. I kept it there because Larry Summers was about to do a rare Q&A that included questions from the media. While the Summers was talking the picture broke up. The host broke in and scrolling at the bottom was text something about DROPPING THE BALL and as the host finished his sentence there was a very loud audio OF A TOILET FLUSHING!!!!!
    I guess it was those pesky rightwingers of those pesky REPUBLICANS!!!
    roflmao, roflmao, rolflmao,roflmao, roflmao, rolflmao,roflmao, roflmao, rolflmao!!!!!!!!!!

  102. HillaryforTexas Says:

    April 9th, 2009 at 1:45 pm
    birdgal, because they have a hostage?
    ——————————————————————

    Yes, I realize that. But, generally, why can’t some countries provide armed escort for these cargo ships?

  103. I’m really worried about the “hostage” element of this situation. I pray that it turns out positively and that he comes out of this okay.

  104. So why is this not a banner on AOL. As I remember it was a Hostage situation that did Carter in. Someone mentioned that this is just not one ship. That there are many ships that they have confiscated. I don’t know of any other hostages.

  105. This is a terrorist situation, and the hostage situation is unacceptable. Why is our POTUS not talking about this????????????

    NMF: I believe around 40 ships have been attacked by pirates, and held for ransom.

  106. Are they sending the ship to its orginal destination so they will be free to take on the captors of the hero Captain?

  107. This is long:

    NAIROBI, Kenya – FBI hostage negotiators joined U.S. Navy efforts Thursday to free an American cargo ship captain held captive on a lifeboat by Somali pirates. A U.S. destroyer and a spy plane kept a close watch in the high-seas standoff near the Horn of Africa.

    The pirates tried to hijack the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama on Wednesday, but Capt. Richard Phillips thwarted their takeover by telling his crew of about 20 to lock themselves in a room, the crew told stateside relatives.

    The crew later overpowered some of the pirates, but Phillips surrendered himself to the bandits to safeguard his crew, and at least four of them fled with him to an enclosed lifeboat, the relatives said. It was the first such attack on American sailors in about 200 years.

    Kevin Speers, a spokesman for the Maersk shipping company, said the pirates have made no demands yet to the company and the captain’s safe return is its top priority.

    The Maersk Alabama is again sailing toward the Kenyan port of Mombasa — its original destination, according to Capt. Joseph Murphy, a professor at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy whose son, Shane Murphy, is second in command. A person reached by The Associated Press by phone on the bridge of the vessel confirmed: “We’re moving.”

    A U.S. official, speaking on grounds of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, also said a military team of armed guards was aboard the Maersk Alabama. Joseph Murphy said there were 18 guards aboard.

    Earlier Thursday, the USS Bainbridge arrived near the Maersk Alabama and the lifeboat with the pirates and Phillips, Speers told AP Radio, adding that the lifeboat was out of fuel and “dead in the water.”

    The U.S. Navy sent up P-3 Orion surveillance aircraft and had video of the scene.

    The lifeboats usually are about 28 feet long, designed to hold a maximum of 34 people, and made of reinforced Fiberglas, Joseph Murphy said. They carry water and food for 34 people for 10 days and with portholes closed, no one can see inside, he added.

    President Barack Obama, facing one of his first national security tests, declined to comment on the standoff. Attorney General Eric Holder said the FBI was assisting the Navy.

    “We’re in contact with the people on the scene off the coast of Africa,” he said. “The FBI people are here at Quantico and so they are using telecommunications means to stay in touch with them.”

    FBI spokesman Richard Kolko described the bureau’s hostage negotiating team as “fully engaged” with the military on ways to retrieve Phillips.

    One senior Pentagon official, speaking on grounds of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, described it now as a “somewhat of a standoff.”

    Though officials declined to say how close the Bainbridge is to the pirates, one official said of the bandits: “They can see it with their eyes.” He spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of talking about a military operation in progress.

    The Bainbridge was among several U.S. ships that had been patrolling in the region when the 17,000-ton Maersk Alabama was attacked. It was the sixth vessel to be hit by pirates in a week.

    After the pirates came aboard the Maersk Alabama, Phillips told the rest of his crew by radio to lock themselves away in a room, according to the wife of Ken Quinn, a second mate on the vessel.

    “He said the pirates were desperate,” said Zoya Quinn of Bradenton, Fla., who spoke to her husband via phone and e-mail. “They were going all over the stairs, back and forth, trying to find them and they couldn’t find them.”

    Quinn and the crew held one of the pirates for about 12 hours before releasing him in hopes of winning Phillips’ freedom, she said, adding that the crew communicated with the bandits with hand signals until they left with the captain.

    Quinn said he dressed an injured pirate’s cuts with bandages “because he was bleeding all over the ship,” she said, adding it was unclear how he was hurt.

    The Maersk Alabama is expected to arrive in Kenya on Saturday, said Murphy, who spoke to the shipping company.

    “From the standpoint of the families, we’re ecstatic,” he said. “The families, the crew themselves have been under a lot of stress.”

    Somali Foreign Minister Mohamed Omaar told the AP that the pirates “have got themselves into a situation where they have to extricate themselves because there is no way they can win.”

    Phillips’ family was at his Vermont farmhouse, anxiously watching news reports and taking telephone calls from the State Department.

    “We are on pins and needles,” said Gina Coggio, 29, half sister of Phillips’ wife, Andrea. “I know the crew has been in touch with their own family members, and we’re hoping we’ll hear from Richard soon.”

    Phillips surrendered himself to the pirates to keep the crew safe, Coggio said.

    “What I understand is that he offered himself as the hostage,” she said. “That is what he would do. It’s just who he is and his response as a captain.”

    Steve Romano, a retired head of the FBI hostage negotiation team, said he doesn’t recall the FBI ever negotiating with pirates before, but he said this situation is similar to other standoffs. The difficulty will be negotiating with people who clearly have no way out, he said.

    “There’s always a potential for tragedy here, and when people feel their options are limited, they sometimes react in more unpredictable and violent ways,” Romano said.

    The question now, he said, is: “How much do they value their own lives? Because their only motivation now is to try to survive this incident.”

    With one warship nearby and more on the way, piracy expert Roger Middleton of the London-based think tank Chatham House said the pirates were in “a very, very tight corner.”

    “They’ve got only one guy, they’ve got nowhere to hide him, they’ve got no way to defend themselves effectively against the military who are on the way and they are hundreds of miles from Somalia,” he said.

    The pirates would probably try to get to a mothership, he said, one of the larger vessels that tow the pirates’ speedboats out to sea and resupply them as they lie in wait for prey. But they also would be aware that if they try to take Phillips to Somalia, they might be intercepted. And if they hand him over, they would almost certainly be arrested.

    Other analysts say the U.S. will be reluctant to use force as long as one of its citizens remains hostage. French commandos, for example, have mounted two military operations against pirates once the ransom had been paid and its citizens were safe.

    Many of the pirates have shifted their operations down the Somali coast from the Gulf of Aden to escape naval warship patrols, which had some success in preventing attacks last year.

    Ship owners often do not arm their crews, mainly because of the cargo. A Saudi supertanker hijacked last year was loaded with 2 million barrels of oil. Tdhe vapor from that cargo was highly flammable; a spark from firing a gun could cause an explosion.

    There is also the problem of keeping the pirates off the ships — once they’re on board, they will very likely fight back and people will die.

    Pirates travel in open skiffs with outboard engines, working with larger ships that tow them far out to sea. They use satellite navigational and communications equipment, and have an intimate knowledge of local waters, clambering aboard commercial vessels with ladders and grappling hooks.

    Any blip on a ship’s radar screens is likely to be mistaken for fishing trawlers or any number of smaller, non-threatening ships that take to sea every day.

    It helps that the pirates’ prey are usually massive, slow-moving ships. By the time anyone notices, pirates will have grappled their way onto the ship, brandishing AK-47s.

    news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090409/ap_on_re_af/piracy

  108. Sully for President and Captain Phillips for VP. Impeach now and replace the toads with these patriots and heroes!!!

  109. NMF and birdgal,

    I agree. And the media should be attacking obama for left and right for his “nose up in the air” attitude about this.

  110. President Barack Obama, facing one of his first national security tests, declined to comment on the standoff

    ——————————————————————————————————

    Good going POTUS! When they have his speech on the teleprompter, then he will make a statement. Unbelievable.

  111. admin Says:
    April 8th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    to our readers observing the Passover.
    Corn syrup is very bad and for the Passover holy days Coca-Cola distributes a Kosher variety (with a yellow cap).
    …..
    “These are people who love Coca-Cola as it used to be,” he said. “Sugar lends a different flavor. It’s not as sweet and it’s much fizzier and foamier.”

    Coca-Cola used sugar as a sweetener before it switched to high-fructose corn syrup in the 1980s.
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&

    So was the sode prior to the 80’s “Original Classic Coke”? Or “Classic Classic Coke”?

    I too don’t like the newer corn fructose. Also, it is a health concern. The body doesn’t recognize corn fructose as a sugar correctly, and fails to correctly utilize insulin. I’ll have to dig up something on the health effects.

    Meanwhile, here’s a web site with some interesting info:

    westonaprice.org/motherlinda/cornsyrup.html

    The Murky World of High-Fructose Corn Syrup
    ================================

    By Linda Joyce Forristal, CCP, MTA

    [snip]
    The process for making the sweetener high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) out of corn was developed in the 1970s. Use of HFCS grew rapidly, from less than three million short tons in 1980 to almost 8 million short tons in 1995. During the late 1990s, use of sugar actually declined as it was eclipsed by HFCS. Today Americans consume more HFCS than sugar.

    High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is produced by processing corn starch to yield glucose, and then processing the glucose to produce a high percentage of fructose. It all sounds rather simple–white cornstarch is turned into crystal clear syrup. However, the process is actually very complicated. Three different enzymes are needed to break down cornstarch, which is composed of chains of glucose molecules of almost infinite length, into the simple sugars glucose and fructose.

    First, cornstarch is treated with alpha-amylase to produce shorter chains of sugars called polysaccharides. Alpha-amylase is industrially produced by a bacterium, usually Bacillus sp. It is purified and then shipped to HFCS manufacturers.

    Next, an enzyme called glucoamylase breaks the sugar chains down even further to yield the simple sugar glucose. Unlike alpha-amylase, glucoamylase is produced by Aspergillus, a fungus, in a fermentation vat where one would likely see little balls of Aspergillus floating on the top.

    The third enzyme, glucose-isomerase, is very expensive. It converts glucose to a mixture of about 42 percent fructose and 50-52 percent glucose with some other sugars mixed in. While alpha-amylase and glucoamylase are added directly to the slurry, pricey glucose-isomerase is packed into columns and the sugar mixture is then passed over it. Inexpensive alpha-amylase and glucoamylase are used only once, glucose-isomerase is reused until it loses most of its activity.

    There are two more steps involved. First is a liquid chromatography step that takes the mixture to 90 percent fructose. Finally, this is back-blended with the original mixture to yield a final concentration of about 55 percent fructose–what the industry calls high fructose corn syrup.

    HFCS has the exact same sweetness and taste as an equal amount of sucrose from cane or beet sugar but it is obviously much more complicated to make, involving vats of murky fermenting liquid, fungus and chemical tweaking, all of which take place in one of 16 chemical plants located in the Corn Belt. Yet in spite of all the special enzymes required, HFCS is actually cheaper than sugar. It is also very easy to transport–it’s just piped into tanker trucks. This translates into lower costs and higher profits for food producers.

    [snip]

    “The medical profession thinks fructose is better for diabetics than sugar,” says Dr. Field, “but every cell in the body can metabolize glucose. However, all fructose must be metabolized in the liver. The livers of the rats on the high fructose diet looked like the livers of alcoholics, plugged with fat and cirrhotic.”

  112. US navy sends FBI to free hostage from stranded pirates

    MOMBASA, Kenya (AFP) — The US navy rushed in FBI negotiators and a destroyer Thursday as Somali pirates holding an American hostage on a lifeboat were drifting on the Indian Ocean with no fuel. A day after pirates hijacked the Maersk Alabama aid ship before being overpowered by the unarmed US crew, the high-seas drama unfolded unabated, with both the pirates and the US navy sending reinforcements.

    In a rare admission it was ready to negotiate with pirates suspected of links to terror-listed groups, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it was assigning negotiators to help secure the release of the ship’s captain. “FBI negotiators stationed at Quantico (Virginia) have been called by the Navy to assist with negotiations with the Somali pirates and are fully engaged in this matter,” spokesman Richard Kolko said in a statement.

    When the four pirates were ousted from the 17,500-tonne Danish-operated container ship, they took the captain hostage on a lifeboat.

    “Apparently, the lifeboat has run out of gas,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said ahead of a meeting in Washington.

    “Most recent contact with the Alabama indicated that the captain remains a hostage but is unharmed at this time,” Kevin Speers, a US-based spokesman for Maersk, told reporters on Thursday. Meanwhile the freighter was boarded by 18 armed guards and was headed to its destination port of Mombasa, in Kenya, with its cargo of aid destined for African refugees, the second in command’s father told the CNN network.

    The guided missile destroyer USS Bainbridge arrived overnight to monitor the situation and prevent the pirates from securing their hostage on a larger ship.
    It was believed to be the first US merchant ship hijacked since the North African Barbary Wars in the early 19th century, underlining the anarchy raging off Somalia despite an international naval effort against piracy.

    A commander from the group of pirates who took the ship said pirate reinforcements were on their way to try and help those holding the hostage, who are effectively surrounded. “We are planning to reinforce our colleagues who told us that a navy ship was closing in on them and I hope the matter will soon be solved,” Abdi Garad told AFP by phone from the northern pirate lair of Eyl. “They are closely monitored by a navy ship and I think it will be difficult for us to reach the area promptly,” he admitted, with US helicopters swirling the area. “But we are making final preparations and will try our best to save our friends.”

    The Maersk Alabama’s chief officer, Shane Murphy, told his father that the crew used “brute force” to overpower the pirates, who were armed with AK-47 assault rifles, ABC News reported.

    The attack was the latest in a string of incidents in the area, a vital global shipping lane where increasingly brazen pirates on small skiffs have hijacked anything from small sailing yachts to huge super-tankers. “These waters are infested with pirates that highjack ships daily,” Murphy had written on his Facebook page recently. “I feel like it’s only a matter of time before my number gets called.” There are upward of 15 foreign naval vessels operating in the area in a bid to deter piracy at any given time. They include ships from a US anti-piracy task force, a NATO force, a European Union mission as well as from China, India, Japan, Malaysia and Russia.

    The Maersk Alabama had been due to dock in the Kenyan port of Mombasa on April 16 to deliver more than 5,000 tonnes of relief food supplies to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). “This is going to Africa to people in need. We’re just bringing relief cargo,” Maersk Line chief executive John Reinhart said.

    Over the past week, pirates have seized a German vessel, a small French sailing yacht, a British-owned Italian-operated cargo, a Taiwanese fishing vessel and a Yemeni tugboat. The flurry of attacks, one of the worst ever off the coast of Somalia, shattered a relative lull in hijackings since the start of the year which now appears to have owed more to weather than increased naval presence.

    google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hzkUurKxCWJl3NKkklsnZFE7vQNQ

  113. We can expect any minute now the Breaking News on MSM that OBAMA IS TO BAILOUT THE PIRATES!!! A few trillion should do!!!! And, an insert complemented with full lenth photos and reports that MO looks ravishing in her latest couch material outfit.

  114. I’m sure he will take full credit when all is said and done. Would be nice if he gave credit to all those working hard to solving this moment of international terror. But then again he has never learned how to play well with others.

    Read a news report this morning that he has the worst ratings of any president for bipartisanship.

  115. ADMIN!!!!!

    Please embed!!!!!!

    THIS is how to respons to American concerns over the hostage situation.
    Here’s HRC, looking CLASSY, speaking teleprompterless and articulate.
    link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1705667530?bctid=19052660001

    If you can’t link, go to NQ and it’s the second or third article down.

  116. NewMexicoFan: you are quite correct that it took awhile for people to wake up to the dangers of the Bush Presidency. But I do not think that scenario provides much guidance on how long it will take for Obama to melt down. He is different from Bush in so many ways, and the times are different as well. He is slick whereas Bush was fumbling. He is pathological whereas Bush was not. He pretended to be many things he is not, whereas with Bush it was more like what you see was what you got–Cheney was the wild card.

    The truth is many people supported Obama because he was not Bush just as many supported Bush because he was not Clinton, but the truth is once they realized who their new light of love was they backed off. In Obamas case, they are now learning who he really is and the hopium is starting to wear off, although I do agree there is still alot of cognitive dissonance. But the consensus is moving.

    Consider for example his recent move to eviscerate the right of privacy. This particular move has antagonized some of his strongest supporters. It has caused them to become skeptical of who he is and where he is taking the country. Shame on them for failing to realize it before. It may indeed be too late. But at least there are some signs of intelligent life in the hopium dens.

    Other groups will turn against him as well as he makes similar power grabs in areas of imporance to them. And at some point enough people will come to the same realization that we did long ago that Barack Hussein Obama represents a clear and present danger to the liberty, our finacial security and future of the American People. And when that happens a tipping point will occur. I believe that will happen sooner as opposed to later.

    Today everyone is caught up in the drama of the Somolian Pirates and before it is over Obama will find a way to claim credit for the fact that the boat ran out of gas. A few days ago big media was enraptured by his basketball pool–bread and circuses for the masses. But there are three systemic problems which do not go away with the passing news cycle and they will be an albatross around his neck–notice I did not say abs for fear of offending the heavy breathers at WashPo.

    They are: i) the economy, ii) Afghanistan, iii) terrorism. These problems are megapolitical in nature. Axelrod can distract us from them for a moment but it always comes back to those three. And because they are critically important to all Americans the question is not what are you doing, but show us tangible, verifiable signs that it is working.

    With respect to the economy problem is vast and the solution is highly uncertain. How do we stave off a world depression? Fifty trillion dollars worth of bad derivatives? Thats more than the combined GDP of the top 50 countries. When he went to G-20 Mr. Obama told the world that this debacle is the fault of the United States. In doing so he pleaded us guilty to a crime we did not commit and made us guaranator to a solution that may not be possible. Words matter. At the same time he subordinated our economy to the collective will of 20 nations.

    Meanwhile at home, he campaigned for a bank bailout bill which Nobel Prize winning economists say destroys the net worth of working Americans and rewards bad bankers, forced taxpayers into the beleaguered auto industry, committted to a 3.6 trillion dollar budget which his former Secretary of Commerce says will bankrupt the nation and failed to secure similar coodinated action from the othe members of G-20 who were shell shocked by his prior admission of liablilty.

    With respect to Afghanistan, the surge he has ordered commits this county to an unwinnable war. The Afghan army is vastly inferior to the one it is fighting in terms of commitment, combat readiness and leadership. Consequently, we will be forced to assume the combat role. The battlefield favors the defensive position and lends itself to ambush. The inevitable result is a war of attrition similar to what the Soviets experienced and the British before them. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. He may cast this as a good war to begin with but as reality sets in and the body bags come home, how long will the move-on. org scumbags hang with him?

    With respect to a terrorist attack on US soil, there is credible evidence from the FBI and sources in London that this may happen. Certainly our open borders and unprotected ports are an open invitation. If such a thing were to happen, then depending upon its scope and severity, it could provide Obama with the justification to impose marshall law. His stated desire to create a paramilitary civilian force is indicative of same. This would lead to a further erosion in civil liberties, but in such circumstances the public mind wants only security.

    Short of a shock doctine type takeover, his Director of Homeland Security would be thrust into the public spotlight, and would be subject to withering second guessing. How would she fare in that instance. The evidence to date suggests she would fare poorly. Her demeanor and manner of delivery do not inspire confidence. Her dismissal of terrorist reports coming out of the FBI indicate she is not on top of the issues. If events come cascading down on her head she will look bad and so will her boss Obama.

    These risks which are likely to undermine his presidency–sooner rather than later.

  117. FYI,

    Some people at NQ found HRC’s laughter at the end of the clip disconcerting but I thought she was reacting to the irony of the situation.

    She looks fab in a tasteful grey outfit and black pearls. She doesn’t say umm–uh—errr—she looks at the Turkish representative when he’s speaking, shakes his hand in a professional and commanding way —-
    WTF is that other POS doing in her job???????

  118. This incident calls to mind the life and death of a friend of mine who was a fine San Francisco attorney. I will not mention his name of my respect for his widow, who has moved on with her life. If he were living today he would be celebrating the same holiday as some of our friends on this website.

    He began his career as an ALPA (Airline Pilots Association). His negotiation skills were excellent, so much so that he was given a one year leave of absense to work for the State Department. He was directly involved in a number of sensitive hostage negotiations which were all successful, but underereported or not reported at all due to national security concerns. I never pressed him much on the details, I did not think it would be appropriate to do so.

    Years later, he became a management labor attorney. That was when I met him and worked with him on a number of difficult negotiations which involved mob dominated local unions in New York. One day he was in his office in downtown San Francisco. A deranged client of another partner entered the main lobby with a handgun. My friend was in an arbitration in one of the offices, heard the commotion and went out into the lobby. He tried to negotiate with the man, and the man shot him dead. Then he turned the gun on four other people and killed them as well–five dead as I recall. Then he killed himself.

    I feel for what those negotiators are going through now. It is a dangerous business to confront armed desperate people in any forum.

  119. Like I said: Obama pleaded the America guilty to a crime they did not commit and by implication he made us responsible for finding a solution where there is none. Words matter. The recession he blamed on us: i) was caused by oil prices as opposed to the mortage mess, and ii) began in Europe well before it hit the United States. That said, I do believe the mortage mess will exacerbate the already existing problem, and make it a u-shaped rather than a v-shaped downturn–but that is not what Obama said. Words matter.
    ————————————————
    IT DIDN’T START HERE
    THE GLOBAL DOWNTURN BEGAN LONG BEFORE US FINANCIAL MESS
    (New York Post)

    AT the recent meeting of G-20 nations in London, officials from many nations agreed on one thing — that the United States is to blame for the world recession. President Obama agreed, speaking in Strasbourg of “the reckless speculation of bankers that has now fueled a global economic downturn.”

    One problem with this blame-game is that last year’s recession was much deeper in many European and Asian countries than it was in the United States.

    By the fourth quarter of 2008, as the nearby table shows, real US gross domestic product was just 0.8 percent smaller than it had been a year earlier. The contraction was twice as deep in Germany and Britain and much worse in Japan and Sweden.

    In February, US industrial production was 11.8 percent lower than a year before — while Singapore was down by 22.4 percent, Sweden by 22.9 percent and Japan by 38.4 percent.

    What was the mechanism by which US problems were supposedly spread to other countries? It wasn’t international trade. The dollar value of US imports didn’t start to fall until August 2008, and imports of consumer goods didn’t fall until September — many months after Japan and Europe fell into recession.

    Indeed, most of the economies that fell first and fastest were not heavily dependent on exports to the United States. Even Japan accounted for just 6.6 percent of US merchandise imports last year, compared with 15.9 percent for both Canada and China — whose economies fared relatively well.

    Even if all of the weakest European and Asian economies could plausibly blame all their troubles on the relatively stronger US economy, how could anyone possibly blame banks? There were no bank failures last year in Japan, Sweden, Canada or any other country on this list except Britain. And US and British banks didn’t fail until September-October — at least nine months after the Japanese and European recessions began.

    Yet it’s clearly US/UK banks being fingered as the villains. German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck, for example, criticized an “Anglo-Saxon” attitude in America and Britain that encouraged risky lending and investment practices because of “an exaggerated fixation on returns.”

    But Germany’s GDP and industrial production was down 19.2 percent for the year ending in January — versus an 11.4 percent decline in Britain and a similar US drop. Are we supposed to believe that German (and Japanese) firms are more dependent on US and UK banks than American and British firms?

    Another problem with blaming the United States is that the timing is all wrong. If the US recession had simply spread to other countries like a mysterious infection, shouldn’t the US economy have been the first to start contracting?

    Yet US industrial production only started to decline from its peak after January 2008 — long after production began to slow in Canada (July 2007), Italy (August 2007), France (October 2007) and the Euro area as a whole (November 2007). Aside from a one-month uptick in February 2008, Japan’s industrial production peaked in October 2007.
    By January 2008, when both the US and European recessions are said to have begun, the OECD leading indicators were lower by nearly 0.8 points from a year before in the US — but down 2.3 points in Sweden, 2.8 points in Japan, 2.6 points in Korea and 4.1 points in Ireland.

    Those leading indicators correctly anticipated much deeper recessions in the latter four countries. And the most famous leading indicator — monthly stock prices — peaked in October 2007 in the US and UK, four months after stocks had peaked in Japan and the Euro area.
    What did all the contracting economies have in common? Not all had housing booms — certainly not Canada, Japan, Sweden or the other countries at the bottom of the economic-growth list.

    What really triggered this recession should be obvious, since the same thing happened before every other postwar US recession save one (1960).

    In 1983, economist James Hamilton of the University of California at San Diego showed that “all but one of the US recessions since World War Two have been preceded, typically with a lag of around three-fourths of a year, by a dramatic increase in the price of crude petroleum.” The years 1946 to 2007 saw 10 dramatic spikes in the price of oil — each of which was soon followed by recession.

    In The Financial Times on Jan. 3, 2008, I therefore suggested, “The US economy is likely to slip into recession because of higher energy costs alone, regardless of what the Fed does.”

    In a new paper at cato.org, “Financial Crisis and Public Policy,” Jagadeesh Gokhale notes that the prolonged decline in exurban housing construction that began in early 2006 was a logical response to rising prices of oil and gasoline at that time. So was the equally prolonged decline in sales of gas-guzzling vehicles. And the US/UK financial crises in the fall of 2008 were likewise as much a consequence of recession as the cause: Recessions turn good loans into bad.

    The recession began in late 2007 or early 2008 in many countries, with the United States one of the least affected. Countries with the deepest recessions have no believable connection to US housing or banking problems.

    The truth is much simpler: There is no way the oil-importing economies could have kept humming along with oil prices of $100 a barrel, much less $145. Like nearly every other recession of the postwar period, this one was triggered by a literally unbearable increase in the price of oil.

  120. birdgal Says:
    I believe around 40 ships have been attacked by pirates, and held for ransom.

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    And the captives treated well and released when ransom is paid, I’ve heard?????

  121. The truth is much simpler: There is no way the oil-importing economies could have kept humming along with oil prices of $100 a barrel, much less $145. Like nearly every other recession of the postwar period, this one was triggered by a literally unbearable increase in the price of oil.
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    But when you have the leader of the United States of America bowing down to shine the shoes of the corrupt Saudi Prince this information will never surface. WE are the problem AMERICA is the problem, just ask the Fraud.

    And guess what? Wells Fargo showing billions of dollars of profit! Well you don’t say…it was all bad dream…bless Allah

    Beam me up Scotty…

  122. ShortTermer Says:

    April 9th, 2009 at 11:26 am
    IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

    I would love to see them

  123. So the Dow went upover 200 points because Wells Fargo did well? They were doing well before they were forced to take the Stim $. All BS.

    I can not believe this will last.

  124. Not a doctor or even a person who can comprehend the effects of pure sugar versus corn syrup. I may be wrong but I have heard it is a dumbing down tool. And also that it apparently hurts a woman’s kidneys in a big way. Very difficult to find a kids beverag without corn syrup and a carton of simply lemonade costs me two dollars more. From my perspective the two bucks is well spent but does the shopper on a budget know about these studies??

  125. Gonzo- two things to keep in mind. The DOW is not a predictor of the economy. The last report I received from Merrill Lynch emphasized this point. Also, the bank stimulus plan plus the doubling of the money supply have provided an artifical floor to the market for the time being. The bank stocks have been dragging the market forward, but I am afraid it is not sustainable.

  126. turndownobama-com Says:

    April 9th, 2009 at 4:50 pm
    birdgal Says:
    I believe around 40 ships have been attacked by pirates, and held for ransom.

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

    And the captives treated well and released when ransom is paid, I’ve heard?????

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    Yes, that is what I have read.

  127. Just 53% Say Capitalism Better Than Socialism
    Thursday, April 09, 2009 Email to a FriendAdvertisement
    Only 53% of American adults believe capitalism is better than socialism.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 20% disagree and say socialism is better. Twenty-seven percent (27%) are not sure which is better.

    Adults under 30 are essentially evenly divided: 37% prefer capitalism, 33% socialism, and 30% are undecided. Thirty-somethings are a bit more supportive of the free-enterprise approach with 49% for capitalism and 26% for socialism. Adults over 40 strongly favor capitalism, and just 13% of those older Americans believe socialism is better.

    Investors by a 5-to-1 margin choose capitalism. As for those who do not invest, 40% say capitalism is better while 25% prefer socialism.

    There is a partisan gap as well. Republicans – by an 11-to-1 margin – favor capitalism. Democrats are much more closely divided: Just 39% say capitalism is better while 30% prefer socialism. As for those not affiliated with either major political party, 48% say capitalism is best, and 21% opt for socialism.

    (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.) Rasmussen Reports updates also available on Twitter.

    The question posed by Rasmussen Reports did not define either capitalism or socialism

    It is interesting to compare the new results to an earlier survey in which 70% of Americans prefer a free-market economy. The fact that a “free-market economy” attracts substantially more support than “capitalism” may suggest some skepticism about whether capitalism in the United States today relies on free markets.

    Other survey data supports that notion. Rather than seeing large corporations as committed to free markets, two-out-of-three Americans believe that big government and big business often work together in ways that hurt consumers and investors.

    Fifteen percent (15%) of Americans say they prefer a government-managed economy, similar to the 20% support for socialism. Just 14% believe the federal government would do a better job running auto companies, and even fewer believe government would do a better job running financial firms.

    Most Americans today hold views that can generally be defined as populist while only seven percent (7%) share the elitist views of the Political Class.

  128. I heard on the radio that the Americans have been warned by the BO administration not to mistreat or harm any Somalis!

    Yet no word about the American being held hostage!

  129. I heard on the radio that the Americans have been warned by the BO administration not to mistreat or harm any Somalis!
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    I doubt this even occurred to the American People until the Obama Administration mentioned it.

  130. Jimmy C. II, that is what Obama is!! He never could get the Iranian hostages free and screwed everything up as well. You know Carter also had a BIG TOOTHY GRIN.

    Immigration reform=replacing the votes he has lost in the last two months, LOL!!

  131. Just 53% Say Capitalism Better Than Socialism
    Thursday, April 09, 2009 Email to a FriendAdvertisement
    Only 53% of American adults believe capitalism is better than socialism.
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    If capitalism means 45 million dollar bonuses on Wall Street and people who want to work grow hungry then I am surprised anyone supports it.

    If socialism means rewarding people for work not performed, denying people just rewards for their contibutions and stifling initiative then I am surprised anyone supports it.

    If the paradigmatic example of capitalism is capitalism is Gordon Gecko and the paradigmatic example of socialism is Joseph Stalin then I am surprised they do not vote none of the above.

    Why does Rassmussen ask such stupid questions? Why do they not define the terms? Who paid them? What is the end game?

  132. End game is: “the World has changed, we, the American people have changed.It is time to go forward into out collective future with the World…We are “One”…BHO

  133. Jimmy C. II, that is what Obama is!! He never could get the Iranian hostages free and screwed everything up as well. You know Carter also had a BIG TOOTHY GRIN.
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    Congratuations Confloyd. Or perhaps I should say Sherlock Holmes. You have solved the mystery! Removed the final mask! How did you do it? What was the magic clue? Was it the total incompetence in the face of a national crisis? Was it the white house warning to be kind to somolians (not that we wouldnt be)? Was it in fact that big toothy grin? Or was it all of the above? And before you say it is elementary dear watson tell me how big media managed to miss it.

  134. I feel like we are fighting the terminator, he just won’t die, he keeps coming back to try to kill us in our time and like Freddie the what, 30th, we have to keep winning one more battle.

  135. I feel like we are fighting the terminator, he just won’t die, he keeps coming back to try to kill us in our time and like Freddie the what, 30th, we have to keep winning one more battle.
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    Then go back and read some of my prior posts. They may cheer you up. He has got one foot in quicksand and the other on a banana peel. And as they say the evening is young.

  136. Back to the pool cleaning and house work.

    By the way wobboei, I would be interested in your opinion of scuba diving in Cozumel. Way off track I know, but..I am struggling. I know I am overprotective, but this is a violent world right now and Mexico, not so good. I am going to say no I believe. It’s my money so I do have the ace…

    I guess I have conflicts because I remember working with this male RN 20 some years ago and he would work 6 months out of the year and travel to third world countries, including Afghanistan, share caves with the Mullahs, go behind the iron curtain the other 6…Such adventures. My kids were young but I longed to go with him and told myself I would take such journeys after they had grown. I have become too scared or see live as too fragile, or both. I don’t know. In my business, you see it all. I don’t think Las Vegas counts as an adventure. I don’t want to hold her back, but I don’t want to lose her to some drug thugs…

  137. I would say no. It is not a prudent risk. And given your initial concerns if anything bad happened you would never forgive yourself. My next door neigbor had property in Costa Rica. Last time he was down there he was walking back from dinner with a friend. He fell and broke his leg. It did not set properly. He was in pain for a long time. And now two years later he walks with a cane. He owned a construction company but this never happened to him. As my pediatrican used to tell us–always trust a mothers intuition.

  138. henry Says:
    April 9th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Not a doctor or even a person who can comprehend the effects of pure sugar versus corn syrup. I may be wrong but I have heard it is a dumbing down tool. And also that it apparently hurts a woman’s kidneys in a big way. Very difficult to find a kids beverag without corn syrup and a carton of simply lemonade costs me two dollars more. From my perspective the two bucks is well spent but does the shopper on a budget know about these studies
    *********
    I’m not an expert either but from my reading, recent studies don’t show any difference in obesity or appetite control between HFCS or Cane sugar (sucrose)…earlier studies showing harm were based on animal studies using diets of 100% fructose. HFCS/55 which is the one used in drinks is 55% fructose 45% glucose..cane sugar is 50-50. I think HFCS has contributed to the obesity epidemic because it was so cheap that food companies could add it to many foods for little cost. Maybe a positive side effect of the “ethanol scam” is the rising cost of HFCS. After clearing away all of the BS about food and obesity, it still boils down to calories in vs calories out.

  139. Gonzotx…..

    I know you didn’t ask me ….but as a mother of 5 kids ages 25yrs to 11 yrs old
    I just have to say if it was me i would not allow anyone in my family no matter their age or gender and that includes extended family and friends to go to Mexico

    I learned along time ago to trust my instincts…..yours are definitely talking to you too

    would it be possible to get these kids to choose another place to go vacation at??

  140. Gonzo: one thing I forgot to mention about my neighbor. When they got him back from Costa Rica, they treated him at the hospital and sent him home. One day I ran into his wife at the elevator. Before I could say hello she apologized to me for all the noise emanating from their apartment at night. I told her that either the walls were too thick or else I was too drunk but I did not hear a thing. I asked her what was it. She said her husband–Gene is his named was high on prescription drugs, and believed he was having heated arguments with Al Gore of all people. Well, stupid me. I knew they were Republicans, and I knew he was in the construction business, but I never put 2+2 together and realized that they would not like environmentalists. This also explained some of the difficulty I had selling them on Hillary. I cannot wait to ask him about Obama. We may find common ground after all.

  141. Clinton Says US Seeking More Help for Anti-Piracy Task Force

    By David Gollust
    09 April 2009

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday the United States is trying to recruit additional countries to join anti-piracy naval operations along the African east coast in the wake of this week’s pirate attack on a U.S.-flagged cargo ship. Clinton vowed to bring the hijackers of that ship to justice. Obama administration officials are working to augment the international anti-piracy task force off the Somali coast, even as efforts continue to free the American captain still held by pirates on a lifeboat from the container ship.

    At a State Department press event, Clinton called those holding ship captain Richard Phillips nothing more than criminals. She said numerous U.S. assets including the Navy and Federal Bureau of Investigation are being brought to bear to end the hostage situation and bring the pirates to justice.

    An anti-piracy resolution by the U.N. Security Council in December authorized countries around the world to deploy patrol vessels in anti-piracy operations off Somalia and warships from at least a dozen countries – including the United States, Russia, China, India and Japan — are currently deployed.

    Clinton spoke after concluding a meeting that included the piracy issue with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and their Australian counterparts. She said the administration is seeking a 21st-Century response to a centuries old problem, which should involve more task force contributors and also address the issue of Somalia’s chronic instability.
    “We are looking for ways to increase the effectiveness of what we are doing, including the recruitment of additional partners to be part of the surveillance work that is done. But we also understand that the instability in Somalia is a contributing factor to those who take to the seas in order to board ships, hijack them, intimidate and threaten their crews, and then seek ransom,” she said.

    The incident involving the container ship Maersk Alabama began Wednesday when pirates boarded the vessel some 500 kilometers off the Somalia coast. The 20-man crew regained control of the Danish-owned, U.S.-flagged ship. But captain Phillips was taken hostage – an apparent voluntary act to spare other crew members – as the pirates fled aboard a lifeboat. A tense confrontation has continued since, with a U.S. Navy destroyer on the scene and negotiators led by the FBI talking to the pirates. Defense Secretary Gates was sparing in his remarks about the situation, given the sensitivity of the case. “We are monitoring the situation very closely. The safe return of the captain is the top priority. We obviously have a naval presence in the area and other assets. And we are obviously looking at our options. But again foremost in our minds is the safety of the captain,” he said.

    The United Nations says Somali pirates carried out at least 120 attacks on ships last year and netted combined ransom payoffs of about $150 million dollars. The rate of hijackings slowed early this year as international patrolling increased in the relatively narrow Gulf of Aden, but there has been a surge of attacks in recent days in the Indian Ocean far off the Somali coast.

    Over the past week, pirates have seized a German cargo ship, a French yacht, a Taiwanese fishing vessel and a Yemeni tugboat. The seized American ship had been bound for Mombassa, Kenya with a load of relief supplies for the U.N. World Food Program.

    voanews.com/english/2009-04-09-voa61.cfm

  142. April 9, 2009

    Carville Helps Fund-Raising Effort for Hillary Clinton

    Democratic strategist James Carville is lending his name to a fund-raising effort to help Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pay off millions in remaining debt from her unsuccessful 2008 White House bid.

    “I knew it was going to take an extraordinary effort to help pay off Hillary Clinton’s campaign debt. But now, I think we can do it and have some fun at the same time!” writes Carville in an email soliciting contributions as small as $5 for a chance to win one of three prizes. They include spending a day with former President Bill Clinton in New York, a ticket to the American Idol season finale, or lunch with Carville and Democratic cohort Paul Begala. “We will talk about politics, you will get to tour all the amazing sites DC has to offer and who knows what else could happen!”

    Clinton’s most recent filing with Federal Election Commission through the end of 2008 lists almost $6 million in remaining debt. The vast majority of that debt, $5.4 million, is owed to Penn, Schoen & Berland–the firm of Clinton’s former campaign manager and chief pollster Mark Penn. Her next disclosure report is due later this month.

    Jan Baran, a veteran Republican campaign finance lawyer at Wiley Rein, noted that there’s no legal restrictions on how Clinton, as a cabinet official, can pay off her campaign debts but that it’s “probably prudent” politically to have it run by a third party.
    The harder part is finding willing donors, he said. “It’s difficult to pay off $6 million when a losing candidate has already exhausted his or her base contributors,” he said. “I think the only thing more difficult than raising money to pay a pollster is raising money to pay lawyers.”

    Michael Toner, a Republican and former FEC commissioner now at Bryan Cave, said there are ethical guidelines in the executive branch that could hinder how Clinton can raise funds to pay off debts. Generally, cabinet secretaries refrain from directly partisan activities, such as headlining a political fund-raiser. “It historically has not been done,” he said. He noted, however, that Clinton is under no deadline to pay off the debts. Former Ohio Democratic Sen. John Glenn ran for president in 1984 and only closed the books on his debt in recent years. “It could be any number of years” before Clinton’s debt is fully paid, he said.

    On Wednesday, Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain set an email solicitation from his Country First political action committee asking supporters to help retire the campaign debt of former Republican presidential contender Rudy Giuliani. “My very good friend, Rudy Giuliani, invested his heart and soul in the Republican primary and conducted himself with all the qualities of the exceptional American leader he truly is,” McCain wrote. “Rudy’s campaign still has some outstanding debt, and I want to do all I can to assist him in closing his books debt-free.”
    Giuliani’s most recent FEC filing reports nearly $2.5 million in debts for a broad spectrum of campaign services, from travel to legal fees and telephone access.

    Other Democratic contenders with remaining debts according to the most recent FEC reports include Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich with $50,000, Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd with $558,000, and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson with $27,000.

    Aside from Giuliani, Republican contenders with remaining debts include former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee with $76,000 and former California Rep. Duncan Hunter with $10,000 in accounting fees.

    blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2009/04/09/carville-helps-fund-raising-effort-for-hillary-clinton/

  143. The U.S. African Chamber of Commerce (USACC) is appealing to United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to address international maritime law violations off of the Somali coast.

    Washington, DC. (Vocus) April 9, 2009 — The U.S. African Chamber of Commerce (USACC) is appealing to United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to address international maritime law violations off of the Somali coast. These violations include piracy, illegal dumping of chemical toxic waste, illegal fishing, illegal trafficking, travel by unregistered vessels, unauthorized militarization and command centers, and the development of risk management and business for nuclear waste.

    If the international community is to come together to address this issue, it must be done in coordination with the people of Somalia whose waters are currently being entered illegally on a regular basis. Furthermore, the focus of regulation should be equally as strong on the international vessels that are entering the waters illegally as it is on the pirates. The explosion of piracy and illegal activity off of the coast of Somalia in recent years began with the U.S. supported overthrow of the Somali government by Ethiopia. The previous government provided Somalia with rule of law and a functional society. Since it was overthrown, Somalia’s new central government has struggled to maintain the rule of law and the economic infrastructure has severely broken down, leaving the people of Somalia in dire conditions. It has also left the Somali coast unprotected. As a result, international vessels have taken advantage of the lack of enforcement and have engaged in the dumping of chemical waste, and the numerous other activities described above. Without employment options, some local people have engaged in piracy both as a means of income and to protect the coast. Operating from remote fishing communities in northeastern and central Somalia, pirates have earned tens, perhaps even hundreds of millions of dollars in ransom. The lucrative nature of piracy has also attracted war lords and other undesirables to the area. Somali and other pirates operating off the Somali coast have grown sophisticated in their operation, with international networks that monitor and communicate maritime activity leaving for Somali waters from Abu Dhabi, Kenya, and other ports.

    The piracy and illegal activity off the coast of Somalia has exposed a weakness in the United Nations maritime law that makes high seas piracy illegal throughout the world. Warships from more than a dozen countries have formed what U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recently described as ”one of the largest anti-piracy flotillas in modern history” to monitor Somalia’s 4,000 kilometer-long coast. This unauthorized military build-up in Somali waters concerns the U.S. African Chamber of Commerce, and many others. USACC President, Martin Mohammed, said “If the international community is to come together to address this issue, it must be done in coordination with the people of Somalia whose waters are currently being entered illegally on a regular basis. Furthermore, the focus of regulation should be equally as strong on the international vessels that are entering the waters illegally as it is on the pirates.”

    U.S. African Chamber of Commerce requests that Secretary Clinton immediately push for action within NATO, the European Union and the IGAD-AU and the immediate investigation and the enforcement of commerce regulations that respect the sovereign nations of East Africa. All tankers entering Somalia and East African waters must be held accountable for truthful registration, declaration of exports, and payment of applicable taxes. Illegal entrance and activities must be curtailed and perpetrators assessed heavy fines. The excuse that Somalia does not have a central government and is therefore not protected by international rules threatens trade and causes significant geo-political concerns. The USACC is the Leading Advocacy Organization for U.S. African Relations and promotes Emerging Markets. The USACC is the umbrella organization for African Chambers of Commerce and Professional Trade and Business Associations throughout the United States and abroad.

    emediawire.com/releases/Maritime_Law_Piracy/Somali_Coast/prweb2314294.htm

  144. Thanks all for your advise. I would NEVER forgive myself. EVER. I am sure I would die of a broken heart. It’s one thing if you don’t know, but when that general got tortured and executed with his bodyguards and driver in Cancun, well I just freaked. This is way bigger than the boarder towns and a few bad comrades on the roads and in the mountains…

  145. JanH Says:

    April 9th, 2009 at 7:29 pm
    The U.S. African Chamber of Commerce (USACC) is appealing to United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to address international maritime law violations off of the Somali coast.
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    Because they know who will get the job done…

  146. Gene is his named was high on prescription drugs, and believed he was having heated arguments with Al Gore of all people.
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    probably benzo’s and narcs. I treat a lot of people with benzo hallucinations

  147. Home Page Today’s Paper Video Most Popular Times Topics
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    BOWLEY and MICHAEL J. de la MERCED
    Published: April 8, 2009

    During World War I, Americans were exhorted to buy Liberty Bonds to help their soldiers on the front.

    Today’s Business with Graham Bowley on Bailout Mutual FundsNow, it seems, they will be asked to come to the aid of their banks — with the added inducement of possibly making some money for themselves.

    As part of its sweeping plan to purge banks of troublesome assets, the Obama administration is encouraging several large investment companies to create the financial-crisis equivalent of war bonds: bailout funds.

    The idea is that these investments, akin to mutual funds that buy stocks and bonds, would give ordinary Americans a chance to profit from the bailouts that are being financed by their tax dollars. But there is another, deeply political motivation as well: to quiet accusations that all of these giant bailouts will benefit only Wall Street plutocrats.

    The potential risks — politically for the administration, and financially for would-be investors — are considerable.

    The funds, the thinking goes, would buy troubled mortgage securities from banks, enabling the lenders to make the loans that are needed to rekindle the economy. Many of the loans that back these securities were made during the subprime era. If all goes well, the funds will eventually sell the investments at a profit.

    But, as with any investment, there are risks. If, as some analysts suspect, the banks’ assets are worth even less than believed, the funds’ investors could suffer significant losses. Nonetheless, the administration and executives in the financial industry are pushing to establish the investment funds, in part to counter swelling hostility against the financial industry.

    Many Americans are outraged that companies like the American International Group paid out many millions in bonuses despite crippling losses and multibillion-dollar rescues from Washington.

    The embrace of smaller investors underscores the concern in Washington and on Wall Street that Americans’ anger could imperil further efforts to stimulate the economy with vast amounts of government spending. Many Americans say they believe the bailout programs — and the potentially rich profits they could yield — will benefit only a golden few, including some of the institutions that helped push the economy to the brink.

    “This is an opportunity to forge an alliance between Main Street, Wall Street and K Street,” said Steven A. Baffico, an executive at BlackRock, referring to the Washington address of many lobbying firms. BlackRock, a giant money management firm, is playing a central role in the government’s efforts and is considering creating a bailout fund. “It’s giving the guy on Main Street an equal seat at the table next to the big guys,” he said.

    The new funds are still under discussion, and they are unlikely to be established for several months, if indeed the plans go through at all.

    But the comparison one industry official uses to illustrate the mistake that America must avoid is the large-scale privatization in Russia in the 1990s, which involved a transfer of entire industries to a few, well-connected oligarchs. That experience tarnished the idea of free-market capitalism in Russia and undermined its program to move toward a market economy.

    “It is really, really important to allow Main Street in,” said the official, who was involved in discussions about the plan but who asked for anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about it publicly. “They are getting taxed for this problem. They should have an opportunity to participate in the recovery.”

    Still, it is unlikely that everyday investors would play a major role in financing the bailouts through these funds. Hedge funds and other private investment firms are expected to invest far more money. The Treasury has not said how much money it intends to raise from individuals; first it wants to select about five fund managers to participate in the program to buy beaten-down securities. These firms must demonstrate an ability to raise about $2.5 billion among them. It may select several more fund managers later.

    Perhaps more important than the money would be the political bonus of having thousands or even millions of taxpayers — whose portfolios have nose-dived during the crisis and whose tax dollars are financing bank bailouts and stimulus packages — profit from the toxic asset plan.

    To head off the political risk of using public subsidies to move the assets from banks into the hands of private investors, the Treasury has already announced that, as part of its plan, it will retain part ownership of the toxic securities and loans, thus ensuring that taxpayers will share some of the gain if the assets’ prices rise.

    But the plan to allow small investors to participate directly with their own money goes further.

    Critics like Joseph E. Stiglitz, a Nobel Prize-winning economist, argue that the bailouts merely privatize profits and socialize losses.
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    This is part one of a link @ NQ…unbelievable…

  148. If Rassmussen wants to be constructive it would forgo this discussion of ambiguous isms and focus on the trade-offs inherent in a specific area of policy. For example, take the issue of globalization:

    1. Do you want goods at the least possible cost?

    2. Do you want goods at the least possible cost if they are of inferior quality? Inferior safety?

    3. Do you want goods at the least possible cost if it means the loss of four million jobs over the next five years?

    4. Do you want goods at the least possible cost if it means a loss of four million jobs and the corresponding loss of taxbase and social services?

    5. Do you want goods at the least possible cost as a consumer if it means that as a wage earner you must compete with a world labor pool comprised of 2 billion people linked together via the internet, outsourcing, offshoring and supply chain management?

    6. Would you therefore favor a mild form of protectionism to protect US jobs, social services and your ability to earn a decent living?

    7. Would you favor protectionism if it created inefficiencies in the economic system which caused the cost of goods and services to rise?

    8. Would you favor protectionism if it caused other nations to retaliate which caused the cost of goods and services to rise?

    9. Would you favor fair trade over free trade on the one hand and protectionism on the other? Fair trade is defined as adjusting tariff schedules to equalize government subsidies and regulatory costs?

    The end result of this process is a more nuanced set of answers and a more educated subject. If pollsters want to help drive public policy, the questions should be directed along such lines–rather than crafted to produce a predetermined result which is more typical of the plebesite used in Germany during the Nazi era.

  149. (Page 2 of 2)

    But if the plan goes well, including everyday Americans as buyers of the assets may encourage them to support the government’s program and avoid another American International Group-style firestorm. If investors lose money, however, the effort could backfire. (REALLY?)

    Today’s Business with Graham Bowley on Bailout Mutual Funds“If this turns out to be great but you have kept it away from Mom and Pop and the rich are favored, that looks bad, but it’s also bad if you have people who are burned,”(YA THINK?) said Jay D. Grushkin, a partner at the law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.

    Some of the biggest investment managers in the United States, including BlackRock and Pimco, have been consulting with the government on ways to rebuild the country’s broken financial markets.

    On the day the plan was announced by Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, both Bill Gross, the co-chief investment officer of Pimco, described it as a “win-win-win policy,” and (OH MY GOD)(MY WORDS)

    Laurence D. Fink, BlackRock’s chairman and chief executive, said his firm would take part.

    The fund industry has been in discussion with the government but insists the Treasury has not been prescriptive about the type of funds it wants established. In its letters to potential investors, however, the Treasury requires fund managers to set out how they will include retail investors, saying applicants “must note whether, and if so how, it plans to structure the fund to facilitate the participation of retail investors in the fund.”

    Individuals could participate in the funds by investing just a few hundred dollars, although the details are still being worked out.

    If selected — likely to happen by mid-May — money managers like BlackRock could begin a fund within weeks.

    As well as BlackRock and Pimco, Legg Mason, another big mutual fund company, and BNY Mellon Asset Management, a big asset manager, have said they are interested in starting retail investment funds to participate in the government’s plan.

    For the investment managers, the benefits are potentially large. These big firms can charge healthy fees to investors for taking part.( SO MOM AND POP HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET IT COMING AND GOING, OH,FORGOT, WE ALREADY ARE, BUT WHY NOT COMPOUND IT!) They will also have the marketing prestige of being the firms the government turns to at a time of crisis to help sort out the country’s financial mess.
    (OH MY GOD, SORRY, DID I SAY THAT ALREADY?)

  150. I am glad I dont watch television anymore, sometimes.

    This msnbc is such a cesspool of corruption, I would question the rationality of anyone who watches it. None of my friends watch it anymore.

    What got me on this tear was an interview I saw on line of a female congresswoman from Tennessee–a republican. I forget what exactly they were discussing but all of a sudden that that scumbag David Schuster lit into her. He demanded to know the name of the last casualty from her district in Iraq. She did not have the anwer on her finger tip whereupon he demanded to know why didnt you know that?

    That may light the fire of a really immature audience. But to anyone else it comes across as out of line. Who is this jackass to pretend to be the grand inquisitor of Seville? He is the same one of course who made the wisecrack about Chelsie beign pimped, and whined like a baby when Hillary wrote a letter and he got a two week suspension. That made him a hero among the lowlifes who infest that network.

    But what about him. I dont know what you make of him, but to me he looks like a guy with a glass chin, all mouth and gutwind. Yet he is one of their stars. It is the handiwork of their whoremaster Steve Capus. He is such a poor negotiator that he lets Olberman extract a seven million dollar salary from him without reservation, and gives five million chump change to Matthews. The corruption of an organization starts at the top and Capus is living proof of it.

  151. Jimmy C. II, that is what Obama is!!

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    First we must eliminate the impossible. Obama cannot be Carter.

    Carter was a good guy.

  152. I don’t watch it anymore either. It’s the gotcha question they were always trying to get Hillary with, and never could. It’s amazing what I thought I believed in and what i thought was the “truth”. Silly, misinformed and uniformed me. And to think I thought blog’s were the den of misinformation.

  153. turndownobama-com Says:
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Must be a different Carter than the one that I know

  154. Laurence D. Fink, BlackRock’s chairman and chief executive, said his firm would take part.
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    Another “Bad Day At Black Rock” (1955) without Spenser Tracy, Robert Ryan and Ann Francis.

    Patriots that they are they will “take part”. Part of whatever is left in the taxpayers wallet.

    Pimpos is patriotic as well despite they checkered past. They too will “take part”.

    Suddenly I feel reinsured and inspired–to buy gold.

  155. RETURN TO THE WORLD SCIENCE HOME PAGE

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    Straw bale house survives earthquake tests

    April 6, 2009
    Courtesy University of Nevada, Reno
    and World Science staff

    It huffed and puffed, but an earth­quake-simula­t­ion ta­ble with a force re­port­ed as 82 tons could­n’t knock down a straw bale house de­signed and built by civ­il en­gi­neer Dar­cey Dono­van.

    The 14-by-14-foot (4.3 me­ter) dwell­ing with clay plas­ter walls un­der­went twice the ac­celera­t­ion and shak­ing as recorded at the 1994 Northridge, Ca­lif. earth­quake, the larg­est meas­ured ground ac­celera­t­ion in the world, Dono­van said.

    A straw bale house is test­ed for quake re­s­is­tance at the Uni­ver­sity of Ne­va­da, Re­no. (Cre­dit: Mike Wol­ter­beek, U. of Ne­va­da, Re­no)

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    In the last of sev­en in­creas­ingly vi­o­lent tests, the house cracked, swayed and sent out a small cloud of dust and straw — but stayed erect. Dono­van over­saw the tests March 27 at the Uni­ver­s­ity of Ne­vada, Re­no, where she is an alum­na.

    She has been build­ing si­m­i­lar homes since 2006 through­out the north­west fron­tier of Pa­ki­stan, in the Him­a­la­ya foothills be­tween the trib­al ar­eas and Kash­mir. A 2005 earth­quake in Kash­mir, meas­ured at mag­ni­tude 7.6, killed 100,000 peo­ple, most of whom per­ished af­ter their flim­sy homes fell on them as they slept.

    Dono­van uses bales for struc­tur­al sup­port rath­er than just as in­sula­t­ion as in oth­er straw-bale de­signs.

    “Our goal is to get the larg­est num­ber of poor peo­ple in­to earth­quake-safe homes. We want to make it as af­ford­a­ble as pos­si­ble,” Dono­van said. “S­traw bale hous­es are used around the world, but those have posts and beams for sup­port and rely on en­er­gy-intensive ma­te­ri­als, skilled la­bor and com­plex ma­chin­ery, mak­ing it un­af­ford­a­ble for the poor.”

    “Our de­sign is half the cost of con­ven­tion­al earth­quake-safe con­struc­tion in Pa­ki­stan,” she added. “The ma­te­ri­als we use — clay soil, straw and grav­el — are readily avail­a­ble; and we uti­lize un­skilled la­bor.”

    Part of the trick to Dono­van’s de­sign, she said, is simply pack­ing the straw hard. “We build a small, steel com­pres­sion box, pack it with straw, which is readily avail­a­ble from the Pun­jab Dis­trict, lit­er­ally stomp on it to com­press it, add a lit­tle more, stomp on it a lit­tle more, and then fi­nally use stand­ard farm-type hand jacks to do the fi­nal com­pressing of the bales,” she ex­plained.

    “We fill old vegeta­ble sacks with grav­el, like sand­bags, for the founda­t­ion. The bags are fully en­cased, or boxed, in a mor­tar made from clay soil and ce­ment. It’s as low-tech as pos­si­ble.” The build­ings are 80 per­cent more en­er­gy ef­fi­cient than mod­ern con­ven­tion­al build­ings, con­tin­ued Dono­van, whose group al­so trains lo­cal res­i­dents how to build the homes.

    While the re­gion lacks build­ing codes, Dono­van and a group she founded, Pa­ki­stan Straw Bale and Ap­pro­pri­ate Build­ing or­gan­iz­a­tion (paksbab.org) are seek­ing an en­dorse­ment from Pa­ki­stan’s newly formed Earth­quake Recon­struc­tion and Re­ha­bilita­t­ion Au­thor­ity.

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    It takes a Woman to build a Village…Just felt good to say that, sorry guys, no disrespect intended!

  156. wbboei Says:
    April 9th, 2009 at 8:26 pm
    I am glad I dont watch television anymore, sometimes.
    This msnbc is such a cesspool of corruption,
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    I don’t watch either. I turned msnbc and KO off when he defended Vic’s dog fighting…so I missed his anti-Hillary psychopathology.

  157. I don’t watch either. I turned msnbc and KO off when he defended Vic’s dog fighting…so I missed his anti-Hillary psychopathology
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    You figured it out before I did. They are a freak show. When they started in on Hillary, I wrote five letters of protest–three to Capus, one to Griffin and one to their corporation counsel whose name escapes me. They went into a blackhole, never any acknowledgement and then I realized this was not a legitimate feedback channel but simply a mechnism to feed the beast, and stoke the fire. At that point I decided they were no good and have said so to anyone who will listen ever since. I have convinced others to walk away from them simply by pointing this out, and letting them see the game being played. I let them discover it themselves–you cannot forcefeed these things.

  158. wbboei,

    They were sent thousands upon thousands of letters and didn’t respond to anyone. When I think of all the letters that were sent it boggles the mind. In the past corporations would freak out and listen, call you, write, make changes. They couldn’t have cared less. They were and are being bankrolled by Soros and co.

  159. Clinton Skeptical About Claimed Iranian Nuclear Strides

    By David Gollust
    10 April 2009

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Thursday expressed skepticism about Iranian claims of new advances in its uranium enrichment program. But she said the claims underscore the need for Iran to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency and return to negotiations on its nuclear program.

    The Iranian claims of major advances in its nuclear program came only a day after the Obama administration said it was ready to reverse previous U.S. policy and directly engage Iran over the issue.

    But in a talk with reporters, Clinton declined to call the Iranian statements a rebuff to the U.S. overture and also expressed some skepticism that Tehran has actually made enrichment gains.

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Thursday opened a plant he said was capable of producing uranium fuel in industrial quantities and said Iran is testing two new high-capacity enrichment centrifuges. An Iranian nuclear official announced separately that Tehran is running 7,000 enrichment centrifuges at its Natanz enrichment complex, more than 1,000 more than previously reported.

    Clinton, speaking after U.S.-Australian security talks that included the Iranian nuclear issue, said U.S. officials do not attribute any particular meaning to the latest Iranian claims. “We don’t know what to believe about the Iranian program. We’ve heard many different assessments and claims over a number of years. One of the reasons we are participating in the P-Five-Plus-One is to enforce the international obligations that Iran should be meeting to insure that the IAEA is the source of credible information, because there is a great gap between what the IAEA observed about six or seven weeks ago, and what the Iranians are now claiming,” she said.

    In a mid-February report, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran had about four thousand centrifuges in operation at the Natanz plant and another 1,500 being tested. Iran contends its enrichment operation is part of peaceful nuclear program while the United States and European allies believe it is at least partially weapons related.

    The P5+1, the five permanent U.N. Security Council member countries and Germany, have offered Iran a range of economic and political incentives to end enrichment and return to negotiations over the program. The Bush administration had refused to take a direct role in the talks unless Iran first suspended the enrichment drive. But the State Department said Wednesday the United States is dropping that pre-condition and would sit at the table at the next P5+1 meeting with the Iranians, being arranged by European Union chief diplomat Javier Solana.

    Clinton said Iran would benefit if it cooperated with the international community on the nuclear issue and abided by obligations of transparency in its program to which the United States believes Iran is bound.

    voanews.com/english/2009-04-10-voa1.cfm

  160. EVEN ARIZONA STATE U KNOWS THAT EXPERIENCE MATTERS……… LMAO!!

    University won’t award Obama degree

    Arizona State University will not award President Barack Obama an honorary degree when he speaks at commencement on May 13.

    The university decided against awarding Obama the degree because it is customarily awarded for “lifetime achievement,” ASU spokeswoman Sharon Keeler told POLITICO.

    It’s normally awarded to someone who has been in their field for some time,” she said. “Considering that the president is at the beginning of his presidency, his body of work is just beginning.”

    politico.com/news/stories/0409/21092.html

  161. # jbstonesfan Says:
    April 9th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Only 53% support capitalism!!!! We are living in scary times .
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    AFTER EVERYTHING……all the polls that have come and gone and have not been accurate and proven to be propaganda polls

    why would you even think for a second that this poll is nothing more than propaganda and false??

    Clearly, it’s a tool to get americans to “think” that Americans in majority are behind obama’s gangster governments socialistic plans

    where i live…… i have yet to come across one person that is for these plans of his.

    so who are they polling??? the illegals???

  162. I started to post an article by Grand Kamen of the Washington Post. He droned on for 12 paragraphs or so about the non use of the words war on terror. By the time I was done I knew even less than when I started. The only thing of value is there is a Journalist Protective Fund which you can contribute to for journalists they send to what he describes as “nasty places where journalists can get injured or killed”.

    I looked at his picture and was struck by the physical similarity between him and Top Gun Duke Cunningham, who is currently working on his abs at Club Fed because it is cheaper than LA fitness. They are similar in another respect as well. Kamen knows as much about substantive journalism as the Duke knows about good government.

    But then a terrifying thought struck me. What if. . what if Kamen and Old Tippacanoe Broader who was a cub reporter right after the War of 1812 decided to do a joint column. That might be enough to sober Ben Bradley up from the opiates his lovely wife Sally who thinks she is Elsa Maxwell Quinn has been feeding him and cause him to go to that newspaper he was once the head of and proceed to kick ass and take names. It needs a thorough house cleaning.

  163. They were sent thousands upon thousands of letters and didn’t respond to anyone. When I think of all the letters that were sent it boggles the mind. In the past corporations would freak out and listen, call you, write, make changes. They couldn’t have cared less. They were and are being bankrolled by Soros and co.
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    Yup. They were scamming their audience.

  164. Re: the poll on capitalism, it’s interesting that when you said “do you support free markets” the numbers went up considerably.

    Methinks some of those polled have no idea what capitalism is.

  165. “body of experience?” “He’s just beginning?”

    GMAB! He has less experience now that when he was inaugurated! He’s gone from a D to an F- and continues to drop in experience as we speak.

    Darn right he shouldn’t be given an honorary anything!

  166. Time in grade is not the same thing as experience. Experience comes from confronting problems rather than blaming others, working on them instead of running away from them, solving them yourself rather than taking credit for other peoples work. But when you are a sociopath, with ADD and ODD it is impossible. You need propandists to hide what you are and project what you are not, F- may be too high.

  167. JanH

    Amazing that the University has the guts to make that call. So much of our country has just rolled over, or appears to have. It is Like the University is saying THE EMPORER HAS NO CLOTHES.

    Nah, they really would not be saying that, right.

  168. I can just bet the bots will be all over this slap in the face for their messiah.

    Better yet, let them say the emperor has no brain!

  169. wbboei

    You are right about time in grade does not equal expereince. Education does not always mean you can do the job.

    In my experience, the proof of doing the job, is doing it.

    Thanks for your reply to my earlier message. You are so knowledgeable, I always feel honored that you took the time to explain your views to me.

  170. I say we write Arizona State and thank them. I am sure a coordinated group is protesting against that decision right now. Acorn anyone, I am sure it’s racist somehow.

    By the way, you all heard that Acorn has infiltrated some of the Tea parties? Ridiculous. I am sure they will be dressed conservatively and make a ruckus to put a bad name on the events.

  171. his body of work is just beginning.”
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    translation: sequence of mistakes. But we will not use the word bow. It is racist.

  172. JanH Says:

    April 9th, 2009 at 11:18 pm
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    He doesn’t leave home without it!

  173. well then maybe they can give his teletubby the honorary degree instead. totus has much more experience that bobo does.

  174. If you suspect that Acorn types may seek to infiltrate these tea parties, and disrupt the proceedings it is very bad for Obama given his affiliation with them, his budgetary support for their activities and the abuses they committed for him in the primaries. Accordingly, you may wish to consider one of more of the following precautions:

    1. Alert local law enforcement. Officers or bonded security present.

    2. Review Alinsky tactics so you are fully prepared

    3. Videotape the proceedings and have cameras available

    4. Hold event in an enclosed area

    5. Issue name tags based on drivers license large lettering

    6. Designate media contact–articulate young woman

    7. Have dossier on prior ACORN abuses (Dr Lynette Long)

    8. Have copies of US Constitution for distribution

    9. Have city permits where needed

    10. If ACORN disrupts do not overreact

    11. Have disruptive people removed

    12. If ACORN assaults as in primary arrest and prosecute

  175. wbboei

    I know now that ACORN was integrated into this states Dimocratic system, long before O was chosen. There were always these strangers feeding data bases at the state office. I am amazed that I thought Reps were the enemy. Now I look at them much like I was, snookered into thinking that a political party in this country really did care about me and my issues.

    What they care about is money and power. The pieces of their souls that they sell to succeed in their party is sad.

  176. What they care about is money and power. The pieces of their souls that they sell to succeed in their party is sad
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    They are the devils brigade–and they know it. As a matter of fact, they should be required to wear tee shirts so stating when they go out to collect census information, so no one is fooled. Their dirty work and fraud are a matter of record. They are the last people in the world who should be involved in monitoring the census or voter eligibilty. Their mere presence corrupts the process. They are the flotsam and jetsome of Saul Alinsky. Other than that I have no problem with them.

  177. I know now that ACORN was integrated into this states Dimocratic system, long before O was chosen.
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    Little know ACORN trivia…the organization was started in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1970 as the Arkansas Community Organizations for Reform Now. It’s been around for almost 40 years.

  178. They are the flotsam and jetsome of Saul Alinsky.
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    (Alinsky)>Cloward-Pivin>NWRO>Wade Rathke>(Arkansas)ACORN>ACORN

  179. LMAO!! found a new site with tea party slogans posted that you can vote up or down on…..

    teapartyslogans.com

    here is one i want made into a really large bumper sticker!

    “You Can’t Fix Stupid, But You Can Vote It Out “

  180. # JanH Says:
    April 9th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    I can just bet the bots will be all over this slap in the face for their messiah.

    Better yet, let them say the emperor has no brain!
    **********************************

    YEPPERS!!! that is how i found out about this….. there is a rec’d diary on it up on the daily kooks with as you can image
    a ton of comments….

    but the funny thing is, most don’t seem to be too outraged by them “snubbing obama” but rather dismissing it because
    ASU is only a state college and obama is a grad of harvard……so who needs it anyways is the basic sentiment LMAO!!

    MY QUESTION IS: how do we really know obama graduated from harvard with a passing grade???

  181. Thanks SHV. I will read it in a second. Here is where my research was at at the conclusion of the primary last year:
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    H. Soros Ground Game: was developed at the Albert Einstein Institute at Harvard University by Professor Gene Sharpe during the 1990s as a blueprint for aggressive non-violent revolution under programs financed by Soros. Those techniques were first used in Serbia later in the Ukraine (Orange Revolution) and Russia (Rose Revolution), and now in the Obama Campaign. They rely on the Flash Mob technique whereby trained organizers show up en masse at a particular site to intimidate voters, commit inappropriate acts and then receding into the background. They are taught to dress in the same color and chant a single word over and over, i.e. O-BA-MA, O-BA-MA. They use viral marketing through the internet to create an initial buzz about their candidate, and they teach their organizers to reduce their world view to three sentences and their message to three words, i.e. hope, change etc.

    Six months prior to the primary, thousands of committed volunteers attended “Camp Obama”, a four (4) day indoctrination program, geared at teaching pre-screened Obama volunteers grass roots organizational strategies. The training, which specifically focused on the caucus states, taught volunteers to be “ruthless,” “take risks,” and win at all costs. Obama’s campaign and Camp Obama’s strategy which focused on the vulnerable caucuses and the early primaries worked. The efficacy of these tactics can be seen in the fact that Obama won 13 out of 14 causes but only 17 out of 38 primaries. In the general election these groups will focus on voter education, registration and get out to vote activities. Obama will have a 50 state strategy but the emphasis will obviously be on the swing states.

    One key player in this effort is ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). Obama began his career working for them. This is an activist organization funded by George Soros and subsidized by taxpayers. One of its key roles is to promote get out to vote efforts and it has a long history of voter fraud. A new whistleblower report from the Consumer Rights League claims that Chicago-based ACORN has commingled public tax dollars with political projects. Recently, the Obama campaign was caught trying to hide $800,000 in contributions to ACORN in their FEC filing. In addition, he will have the unions working for him, e.g. SEIU A union organizer I know offers the following advice to the McCain campaign: Obama has a system of precinct by precinct organizing and are now hiring ground troops for this fight. Hundreds of people are being recruited around the country as we speak. If you blink you are going to miss it. The other thing that will be in BHO’s favor will be that “all” unions will unite behind him for this election instead of being split between him and Hillary, and that is an amazing amount of manpower at his finger tips. Let me repeat….this will be a major battle even in previous red states and they have the resources to pull it off. Don’t forget those resources include manpower not just money!!!

  182. oh i forgot to mention the diarist has requested/suggested that his fellow bots write to the college and “politely” “respectfully”
    “request” that ASU give obama the award.

    but it didn’t seem to go over well with everyone else as i said above LOL!!

  183. ACORN is a grassroots political organization that grew out of George Wiley’s National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO). (For additional details on NWRO, see the separate database entries for George Wiley and the Cloward-Piven Strategy.) In the late 1960s, ACORN founder Wade Rathke was a protegé of Wiley and a NWRO organizer. Rathke also organized draft resistance for the militant group Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) during the same period.
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    SHV: I went to the link you posted and found the above comment. I was unaware of the SDS connection to ACORN.

    I have made alot of jokes about Obamas abs after Bernie Golberg revealed that WashPo is mad about them. But I must say I have never actually seen them, or had any earthly desire to do so. But the link you posted had a picture and I have gotta tell you they do not exist. I know three ladies personally who are national level bodybuilders and they have six pack abs–you could bounce quarters off them if they let you. Now as for Barack he just has a floppy little belly which is wide in the girth. Arnold had it right spindly arms and nothing to write home about. So as Mondale would say where is the beef?

  184. BHO’s favor will be that “all” unions will unite behind him for this election instead of being split between him
    ************
    I think Obama is going to do his ODD thing and poke a sharp stick in the eyes of the unions. The scenario is likely to be bankruptcy for GM and/or Chrysler…throwing out UAW contracts and reduction/elimination of pensions for 600+ thousand retired auto workers.

  185. This is an example of the ACORN modus operandi in just one town–Seattle. I canvassed for Hillary is Indiana and they overran the town of Gary where there were more ballots cast then residents. Their corrupt mayor threw in thousands of absentee ballots which were frauduent. By the end of the campaign we had 2000 complaints against Obama many of them of them involving ACORN. They are destroyers of our democracy and that is why they should never receive taxpayer funds. That is not a Republican positon; it is an American positon.
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    ACORN’s record: clean up or shut down
    The ACORN case — what Secretary of State Sam Reed called “the largest case of voter-registration fraud in the state’s…

    The ACORN case — what Secretary of State Sam Reed called “the largest case of voter-registration fraud in the state’s history” — has resulted in a settlement that looks at first like a slap on the hand. It is more than that when the details are examined. ACORN has done things similar in other states, and it needs to be cleaned up or shut down.

    ACORN is an acronym for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, a group that promotes left-wing and progressive causes. Its aim clearly is to change the outcome of elections. The effort here, apparently, was lower and sleazier than that: A group of employees tried to keep their $8-an-hour jobs without doing the work. Their task was to go into the community, find eligible citizens and help them fill out voter-registration cards. What they actually did was go to the library, or sit at home, and fill out hundreds of voter-registration cards with names like Tom Tancredo, Dennis Hastert, Fruito Boy Crispila and Leon Spinks, usually giving the addresses of homeless shelters.

    All this was supposed to fool elections workers. It didn’t.

    The registrations were accepted for a while. Officials watched to see if anyone voted claiming to be Fruito Boy or his friends. No one did. If anyone had, it would have been an effort to corrupt an election. Still, the mass filing of fake registrations could be a first step in corrupting an election.

    The King County Canvassing Board has invalidated 1,762 ACORN registrations, and another 55 have been tagged in Pierce County. Felony charges have been filed against seven persons, some of whom have criminal records and two of whom are in jail for other things.

    Some of them, says King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, “are people you wouldn’t want to hire to mow your lawn.”

    To avoid prosecution, ACORN has agreed to pay $25,000. It has agreed to train paid canvassers to state specifications and sign every registration they turn in, to have a paid supervisor responsible for their conduct, and to notify county prosecutors when they’re coming.

    All this puts ACORN under a public microscope — which, as its conduct shows, is where it belongs

  186. Is a Conservative Blogging Renaissance Coming?
    By Stephen Gutowski | April 9, 2009 – 10:09

    Several months following the 2008 presidential election, most politics websites have experienced an expected downturn in monthly visitors. Most attribute the slower traffic to the inevitable short-term loss of interest in politics following such a major election. However, despite this reality, there is a bright spot for those of us on the right.

    It seems that while visitors drop off they don’t do so equally across the web. According to Simon Owens, the left is falling much harder and faster than their conservative counterparts:

    My recent political blog traffic studies found that web traffic is down all across the board for all political blogs, but left-of-center sites have on average taken a much steeper hit (a 58% drop compared to the right’s 36% fall).

    And as they point out, many center-right web sites are weathering this traffic storm quite well. In fact Red State is seeing more visitors than they have in comparable times:

    newsbusters.org

  187. BHO’s favor will be that “all” unions will unite behind him for this election instead of being split between him
    ************
    I think Obama is going to do his ODD thing and poke a sharp stick in the eyes of the unions. The scenario is likely to be bankruptcy for GM and/or Chrysler…throwing out UAW contracts and reduction/elimination of pensions for 600+ thousand retired auto workers.
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    That is what he will do alright. And to Hoffa who thinks he has a special relationship with Barack, its ok if I call you Barack isnt it, well only if I can call you Jim. (Swoon). Well okay Jim heres how it is. I will lift the trusteeship–that was a Guilani sort of think but I am gonna let thousands and thousands and thousands of Mexican trucks in the country in furtherance of the North American Union. I am sorry Jim but it cant be helped.

    I make light of it but it is tragic. I like the Teamsters Union but I dislike the way they supported Obama over Hillary. In the end, she would have protected their members. In the end Barack will not. Hillarys goal was to preserve the middle class. Baracks goal, I believe is to treat it as his cash cow and thereby destroy it. Until now, the goal of all national politicans was to preserve the middle class whereas that is no longer true of dims. I am not sure about Republicans.

  188. I am not sure about Republicans.
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    I am sure Republicans have never been for the middle class except to pander to their fears to get votes and then pick their pockets. Certainly true since Reagan/Atwater. As far as Republicans go, the enemy of my enemy is not my friend nor a friend of the middle class. Hillary is a true Democrat and an example of what the word liberal means as opposed the the definition given by Limpdick and the other wing-nuts.

  189. I am sure Republicans have never been for the middle class
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    I just though of an exception…T. Roosevelt and he got there by “accident”.

  190. ALINSKY RULES

    RULE 1: “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood. (These are two things of which there is a plentiful supply. Government and corporations always have a difficult time appealing to people, and usually do so almost exclusively with economic arguments.)

    RULE 2: “Never go outside the expertise of your people.” It results in confusion, fear and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone. (Organizations under attack wonder why radicals don’t address the “real” issues. This is why. They avoid things with which they have no knowledge.)

    RULE 3: “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty. (This happens all the time. Watch how many organizations under attack are blind-sided by seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to address.)

    RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules. (This is a serious rule. The besieged entity’s very credibility and reputation is at stake, because if activists catch it lying or not living up to its commitments, they can continue to chip away at the damage.)

    RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions. (Pretty crude, rude and mean, huh? They want to create anger and fear.)

    RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones. (Radical activists, in this sense, are no different that any other human being. We all avoid “un-fun” activities, and but we revel at and enjoy the ones that work and bring results.)

    RULE 7: “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Don’t become old news. (Even radical activists get bored. So to keep them excited and involved, organizers are constantly coming up with new tactics.)

    RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new. (Attack, attack, attack from all sides, never giving the reeling organization a chance to rest, regroup, recover and re-strategize.)

    RULE 9: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist. (Perception is reality. Large organizations always prepare a worst-case scenario, something that may be furthest from the activists’ minds. The upshot is that the organization will expend enormous time and energy, creating in its own collective mind the direst of conclusions. The possibilities can easily poison the mind and result in demoralization.)

    RULE 10: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog. (Unions used this tactic. Peaceful [albeit loud] demonstrations during the heyday of unions in the early to mid-20th Century incurred management’s wrath, often in the form of violence that eventually brought public sympathy to their side.)

    RULE 11: “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem. (Old saw: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Activist organizations have an agenda, and their strategy is to hold a place at the table, to be given a forum to wield their power. So, they have to have a compromise solution.)

    RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)
    http://www.geocities.com/WallStreet/8925/alinsky.htm

  191. I am sure Republicans have never been for the middle class
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    I just though of an exception…T. Roosevelt and he got there by “accident”.
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    He sure was. He was the original trust buster.

    Perhaps I mentioned this before: when Teddy Roosevelt ran under the Bull Moose Party in 1912, young Learned Hand was a strong supporter, and recalled in his later years one of the slogans of that short lived third party which was drawn from the poet Oliver Goldsmith:

    Ill fares the land
    To hastening ills aprey
    Where wealth accumulates
    And men decay.

  192. I am sure Republicans have never been for the middle class except to pander to their fears to get votes and then pick their pockets. Certainly true since Reagan/Atwater. As far as Republicans go, the enemy of my enemy is not my friend nor a friend of the middle class. Hillary is a true Democrat and an example of what the word liberal means as opposed the the definition given by Limpdick and the other wing-nuts.
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    I think the Govenor of Pennsylvania put it best when he called Hillary an intelligent sophisticated populist. It is hard to find anyone like that in the Republican Party today. It is overrun with big money, neocons and religous right figures like Dobson. But there is an older iteration of Republican which is populist as well. Robert LaFollette, small town Republicans who represent the people–I have known them and the congresswoman I have written about here from time to time was most definitely one of them. They are out there but you do not hear much from them and they do not command the respect of the party because they are too honest and too close to their constituents. Big media head hunts them whenever it can. But they endure. The congresswoman whose video I posted yesterday strikes me as that kind of individual. You find them in the House of Representatives, not the Senate where tenure and seniority are more important than constituents.

    I despise Bush and his neocon handlers–again I agree.

    I have no use for the religous conservatives–again I agree.

    But the traditonal small government If you mean big government republic then the statement is unequivocally true. If you mean Reagan again I agree. But there are some old school Republicans of the LaFollette school, and some small town farmers and merchants and some small business people who are definitely middle class and are supported by the Republican Party. They are not right wing nuts, they are not neocons they are family people with sold American values and Republicans.

  193. Learned Hand
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    Probably the most deserving jurist that never made it to the SCOTUS. His opposition to Lochner defines who he was as a judge.

  194. sorry, disregard the last three paragaphs. I was trying to formulate my answer and neglected to erase them.

  195. Probably the most deserving jurist that never made it to the SCOTUS. His opposition to Lochner defines who he was as a judge.
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    Are you sure the Lochner dissent wasn’t Holmes?

  196. But there are some old school Republicans of the LaFollette school,
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    Lindsay, Javitz, Rockefeller, et. al. That wing of the Republican Party died when Reagan opened his presidential campaign in Philadelphia, Mississippi.

  197. SHV: as you know, Learned Hand gave a number of speeches over the course of his career. Probably his most famous one was entitled The Spirit of Liberty which if I recall correctly was delivered in the dark days of World War II. His core argument was not the kind of thing you could ever teach to a bot or a bushie but it came down to this: the spirit of liberty is the spirit that is not too sure that it is right.

    But the finest speech I have ever read by a jurist was A Soldiers Faith by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes who delivered the speech at the reunion of the company of Massachusetts Volunteers he led in the Civil War. The scope and power of that speech is breathtaking. It appealed to Teddy Roosevelt as well, and helped him decide to appoint Holmes to the Supreme Court in ’02.

    So much for ancient history. I am sure Barack knows all this. After all he was a constitutuional whatever he was I can no longer keep the stories straight.

  198. Lindsay, Javitz, Rockefeller, et. al. That wing of the Republican Party died when Reagan opened his presidential campaign in Philadelphia, Mississippi.
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    But I always thought of that as big money. I knew Javitz son. He was on the National Mediation Board, which supervises collective bargaining under the Railway Labor Act which covers railroads and airlines. Nice guy and a good lawyer.

  199. Are you sure the Lochner dissent wasn’t Holmes
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    Lochner v, New York, 5-4 Harlan, Holmes dissent..several years later Hand published a paper In 1908 titled “Due Process of Law and the Eight-Hour Day”,where he attacked the 1905 Supreme Court ruling in Lochner v. New York, I think hand deplored the idea of “activist” judges. Especially the period of Republican judicial activism that lasted from Plessy to Justice Roberts and West Coast Hotel.

  200. 1908 titled “Due Process of Law and the Eight-Hour Day”,where he attacked the 1905 Supreme Court ruling in Lochner v. New York,
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    Very good. I was not aware that Judge Hand wrote a paper on that. He foresaw the future path of the law and the Bull Moose slogan is consistent with same. Substantive due process protecting property rights at the turn of the century eventually became substantive due process protecting personal rights by the time of the Warren Court. If Freckles was on line now I am sure she would agree.

  201. What Holmes and Hand were railing about at the turn of the century was something called federal common law. It was a body of law which the judges of that era derived from natural law and the rights of man. Holmes once said the common law is not some brooding omnipresence in the sky but the articulate voice of some soverign or quasi sovereign that can be identified. He objected to Lockner Judges finding a property right under the due process clause of the fifth amendment which was spelled out nowhere but derived from their consciences, especially when it was used to strike down legislation passed by duly elected legislative bodies. Holmes also believed that the states should serve as laboratories for the incubation of new ideas because he was at heart a social darwinist. He once said God is the majority vote of the country with the most guns.

    By the time the 1960s rolled around the whole situation was turned on its head. It was liberal justices on the Supreme Court who were looking into their consciences and finding personal rights–as opposed to property rights which were not spelled out anywhere, and running them through the due process clause of the fifth amendment and the incorporation clause of the 14th Amendment to override state legislation inconsistent with same. It was then that jurists like Holmes and Hand were cited with approval by conservatives as jurist who rejected judicial activism and favored judical self restraint. People like Alexander Bickel at Yale made the further argumeent that judicial activism made an end run around Congress and impeachment proceedings were commenced against Justice Douglas by Gerald Ford.

    Hand did deplore activist judges and was cited by conservatives as a counterpoint to warren, douglas, goldberg et al. Hand by c was looked upon as a model of judicial self restaint. Of course there were others on the Warren Court who were like Hand–Frankfurter, Harlan (the younger). Alexander Bickel at Yale always contended that

  202. Good morning all:I am back with a new dsktop and in the processing mode of re-installing all the info that I lost when my buddy crashed because of old age.It did not take my survivers advice for old stuff and old guys.May take a few more days but my Hillary crusade will resume big time.One solid week of solitary confinement without Big Pink is cruel punishment.Got a lot of catching up on my plate.

    By ABM90 Obowma did it again.

  203. Warships, more pirates converge on hostage scene

    The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Bainbridge, one of the warships that has converged on the Indian Ocean scene where the captain of a U.S.-flagged ship is being held hostage by pirates, is seen in Crete, Greece, in October 2007.

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Escalating a dramatic Indian Ocean standoff, more U.S. warships — as well as pirate reinforcements with an international gallery of hostages — rushed Friday toward the spot where four Somali bandits are holding an American sea captain aboard a drifting lifeboat.

    The pirates apparently fear being shot or arrested if they hand over Capt. Richard Phillips — captured in a failed effort to seize the Maersk Alabama on Wednesday — and hope to link up with their colleagues who are using Russian, German, Filipino and other hostages captured in recent days as human shields.

    Central Command chief Gen. David Petraeus said U.S. warships also are headed to the area, more than 300 miles off Somalia’s Indian Ocean coast.
    “We want to ensure that we have all the capability that might be needed over the course of the coming days,” he said.

    Pirates have been holding Phillips hostage aboard the lifeboat since his crew thwarted the attack Wednesday on the 17,000-ton U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama. Mohamed Samaw, a Somali resident of the pirate stronghold in central Eyl town, who claims to have a “share” in a British-owned ship hijacked Monday, said four foreign ships previously captured by pirates are heading toward the lifeboat. A total of 54 hostages are on two of the ships, citizens of China, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, the Philippines, Tuvalu, Indonesia and Taiwan. “The pirates have summoned assistance — skiffs and motherships are heading towards the area from the coast,” said a Nairobi-based diplomat, who spoke on condition on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media. “We knew they were gathering yesterday.” Samaw said two ships left Eyl on Wednesday afternoon. A third sailed from Haradhere, another pirate base in central Somalia, and the fourth one was a Taiwanese fishing vessel seized Monday that was already only 30 miles from the lifeboat. He said the ships include the German cargo ship Hansa Stavanger, seized earlier this month. The ship’s crew of 24 is made up of five Germans, three Russians, two Ukrainians, two Filipinos and 12 Tuvalus.

    Another man identified as a pirate by three different residents of Haradhere also said the captured German ship had been sent to the rescue. “They had asked us for reinforcement and we have already sent a good number of well-equipped colleagues, who were holding a German cargo ship,” said the pirate who asked that only his first name, Badow, be used to protect him from reprisals. “We are not intending to harm the captain, so that we hope our colleagues would not be harmed as long as they hold him,” Badow said. “All we need, first, is a safe route to escape with the captain, and then (negotiate) ransom later,” he added.

    Phillips thwarted Wednesday’s takeover of the Maersk Alabama by telling his crew of about 20 to lock themselves in a room, the crew told stateside relatives. The crew later overpowered some of the pirates but Phillips, 53, surrendered himself to the bandits to safeguard his men, and four of the Somalis fled with him to an enclosed lifeboat, the relatives said. At his home, family members maintained a nervous vigil, awaiting word on his fate. Sister-in-law Lea Coggio said Thursday that a representative of Maersk called to let Phillips’ wife know that food and water had been delivered to the lifeboat. “I think he’s coping, knowing Richard,” she said. “He’s a smart guy, and he’s in control. ”

    The freighter that was the target of the pirates headed away from the lifeboat Thursday, Maersk shipping line said, and a teams of armed Navy SEALs is on board, according to a U.S. official who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the situation. The Alabama was sailing toward the Kenyan port of Mombasa — its original destination — and was expected to arrive Saturday night, said Joseph Murphy, a professor at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy whose son, Shane Murphy, is second-in-command of the vessel.

    FBI hostage negotiators started Thursday to work with the U.S. military to secure Phillips’ release. The sea captain has a radio and has contacted the Navy and the crew of the Alabama to say he is unharmed, Maersk said. Company spokesman Kevin Speers told AP Radio the lifeboat was out of fuel and “dead in the water.” Most of the lifeboats are about 28 feet long and carry water and food for 34 people for 10 days, said Joseph Murphy. The lifeboats are covered and Murphy, speaking after a briefing by the shipping company, said he suspects the pirates have closed the ports to avoid sniper fire. Maersk said the lifeboat is within sight of the USS Bainbridge, the Navy destroyer that arrived on the scene earlier Thursday.

    Gen. Petraeus said other warships would arrive shortly. U.S. officials said the guided-missile frigate USS Halyburton was among ships en route. The show of force follows an increase in the number of attacks and the first one on a U.S.-flagged ship. The vessels strengthen surveillance of the area and may dissuade pirates from seizing another ship, but there are not enough to mount a blockade in the danger zone that sprawls across 1.1 million square miles, said a senior U.S. defense official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss operational matters. The Alabama was the sixth vessel in a week to be hit by pirates who have extorted tens of millions of dollars in ransoms.

    President Obama is getting regular updates on the situation, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said. Attorney General Eric Holder said the United States will take whatever steps are needed to protect U.S. shipping interests against pirates.

    Steve Romano, a retired head of the FBI hostage negotiation team, said he doesn’t recall the FBI ever negotiating with pirates before, but he said this situation is similar to other standoffs. Although pirates release the vast majority of their hostages unharmed, the difficulty will be negotiating with people who clearly have no way out, he said. “There’s always a potential for tragedy here, and when people feel their options are limited, they sometimes react in more unpredictable and violent ways,” Romano said.

    usatoday.com/news/world/2009-04-10-piracy-Friday_N.htm

  204. Good Morning ABM90. I wondered where you were.

    When I was running around with the Dims, they indicated that people would be enthusiastic and then drop off. They were always concerned about losing them, but more concerned about keeping the inner circle intack. These were the people that knew how to play the game, and would fold in.

    I think the same thing is happening on the blogs. The Hard Core people are there, however with the exception of people on the blog are hanging together to make sure they understand what is really going on in this administration. If anything, the Blogs represent the diverse opinions, and are keeping score. This probably did not happen in the past at such a national/international level, so it will be interesting to see how this affects the process.

    As we said before, it give people a place to not only gather and share, but it allows the support of diverse opinions,. That is Not a welcoming thing when you are trying to create a reality that is not there. We use to have local newspapers and
    TV doing this, but since they have been bought up by conglamorates and only give corporate opinions now, the people are looking for more.

    We use to have local banks also. Now we have conglamorate banks who don’t service the people either.

    Socialogically, you have to wonder how this will play out for politics as well as the community, etc.

  205. So if I am reading this right the Seals are on the Ship and it has sailed on to its target destination. So now they have this little life surrounded by the military and they are merely watching while these pirates shake down an American company and/or insurance company.

    Now this sounds like Obama’s leadership, lets shake some more money out of America!!

    Exactly why can’t the seals go quietly in the night and take out the pirates before they can hurt the captain. I think they do this kind of thing regularly. Oh, I get it, we can’t hurt a muslim even when his threatening an American,and an american company.

  206. I also wanted to let you all know that I am reading this fictional novel, “Angels and Demons”. It talks about the luminati’s/bilderburgs and CHANGE. Pretty ironic, and real scarey in this age of Obamanation!! If you haven’t already read it, I recommend it, it will scare the socks off you, especially right now with Obama.
    Amazing how the students at Notre Dame aren’t ready to say “yes we can”!!

  207. wbboei said:

    But there is an older iteration of Republican which is populist as well. Robert LaFollette, small town Republicans who represent the people– …. They are out there but you do not hear much from them and they do not command the respect of the party because they are too honest and too close to their constituents. Big media head hunts them whenever it can.

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    Palin.

  208. Two sides of the Messiah.A bow for his Arab leaders ,and a moon for his American citizens. He is truly Barack Hussein OBOWma.

    BY ABM90 Hillary we need you.

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