Marines’ Hymn

Today, we remind Obama and his lackey Hopium addled addicts the virtues of history, honor, and duty – and why Americans do not bow.

TripoliThe frigate Philadelphia burned in the harbor of Tripoli, on February 16, 1804, during the First Barbary War.

The First Barbary War (1801–1805), also known as the Barbary Coast War or the Tripolitan War, was the first of two wars fought between the United States of America (briefly joined by a small Swedish fleet) and the North African states known collectively as the Barbary States. These were the independent Sultanate of Morocco, and the three Regencies of Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli, which were quasi-independent entities nominally belonging to the Ottoman Empire.

Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli, although nominally governed by the Islamic Ottoman Empire, had been largely independent Muslim states since the 17th century.

Before the First Barbary War, Britain and France made extortion payments to the Barbary states in order to ward off pirate attacks. The Americans, after achieving independence from Britain, also decided to make extortion payments to the pirate states.

Ambassadors to Britain and France – Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, respectively, were asked by Congress to negotiate with the pirate states.

In 1786, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams went to negotiate with Tripoli’s envoy to London, Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdrahaman or (Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja). Upon inquiring “concerning the ground of the pretensions to make war upon nations who had done them no injury”, the ambassador replied:

It was written in their Koran, that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every muslim who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise. He said, also, that the man who was the first to board a vessel had one slave over and above his share, and that when they sprang to the deck of an enemy’s ship, every sailor held a dagger in each hand and a third in his mouth; which usually struck such terror into the foe that they cried out for quarter at once.

Jefferson reported the conversation to Secretary of State John Jay, who submitted the Ambassador’s comments and offer to Congress. Jefferson argued that paying tribute would encourage more attacks.

Jefferson lost the argument and the United States began the extortion payments. The United States at that point, just like today, was a nation deep in debt. Still about $1 million per year for 15 years was paid to pirate states to protect American shipping.

In 1801 Thomas Jefferson was inaugurated as president. When Yussif Karamanli, the Pasha of Tripoli, demanded tribute, Jefferson said “No.” Jefferson sent American ships to patrol pirate waters and in 1803 the frigate USS Philadelphia ran aground and the crew along with the ship was captured. The Philadelphia’s guns were then turned around to threaten American naval ships.

On the night of February 16, 1804, Lieutenant Stephen Decatur, Jr. led a small contingent of the U.S.’s first Marines in the captured Tripolitan ketch rechristened USS Intrepid, to deceive the guards on board the Philadelphia and float close enough to board the captured ship. Decatur’s men stormed the vessel and overpowered the Tripolitan sailors standing guard. With support from American ships, the Marines set fire to the Philadelphia, denying her use to the enemy, and captured the city. This action was memorialized in a line from the Marines’ Hymn — “the shores of Tripoli.” Subsequently, the bravery in action of Lieutenant Stephen Decatur, Jr. made him one of the first American military heroes since the Revolutionary War.

The Marines’ Hymn invokes “the shores of Tripoli” and the lessons of the First Barbary war. The lessons learned in “the shores of Tripoli” are recalled by every Marine, every Marine family, and should be remembered by American Presidents.



Inexperienced Obama requires a tutor to instruct him on everything, but especially now, regarding modern day pirates. Obama thinks the capture of American citizens are a mere distraction and responds with a show of force. More than a “show” will be needed. Hillary Clinton does know what to say and what to do:

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called the pirates “nothing more than criminals” and noted that they were not a new problem for the United States — though this was the first time in 200 years that pirates had captured an American vessel. “One of the very first actions that was undertaken by our country, in its very beginning, was to go after pirates along the Barbary Coast” of North Africa, Mrs. Clinton said at a State Department news conference, in which she called on the international community to “come together to end the scourge of piracy.”

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Obama will soon discover that sweet talk does not work with pirates (or other nations for that matter).

Inexperienced Barack Obama does not remember the lessons of Tripoli. Obama wants to be popular and in pursuit of that cheap bauble called popularity Obama has abandoned American interests. In pursuit of popularity Obama bowed before a foreign potentate and then lies to Americans:

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.

The Corrupt Bow To The Corrupt

The Saudi columnist knows Obama bowed before the Saudi monarch and Politico hid the rather astounding remarks written by the columnist and read by Saudis in and out of government and the Islamic world.

“Many Americans have been concerning themselves, even now, with Barak Obama’s religious affiliation, and whether he is a Christian, as he has said, or a Muslim whose political ambitions have forced him to conceal his faith. Public opinion polls indicate that almost ten percent of Americans continue to believe that Obama is a Muslim – and not a Christian as he claims – as his father is a Muslim, and his roots can be traced back to a Muslim country. Even though American law does not prohibit a Muslim from becoming President of the United States, law is not always the absolute with regards to the American presidency.”

“President Barack Obama’s bow in front of King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz during their meeting at the sidelines of the G20 conference in London has aroused suspicion once again over Obama’s religious identity. Gary Bauer, a former Republican Presidential primary candidate said that “he [Obama] is courting the Muslims in a way that arouses suspicion” and this makes clear that Obama’s opponents are omitting a lot of facts when interpreting this bow.”

Obama lived part of his childhood in Indonesia and in his meeting with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques attempted to evoke this. For bowing is an expression of affection in Indonesian culture and in East Asia in general. And so 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. And so the American right-wing –and the media which is sympathetic towards them- is reading too much into Obama’s bow.

Obama bowed and now is lying about it. Gary Bauer might call into question Obama’s religion, but certainly the columnist is doing quite a bit of nodding and winking to his readers too regarding Obama’s religion. Clearly Obama ingratiated himself to the Saudi king and his courtiers at the expense of American interests. Americans don’t bow. Obama is lying to Americans if he denies there was a deep bow.



Obama’s thugs are lying to the American people and do not like to be reminded that they are lying. Yesterday a CNN reporter (Dan Lothian) asked Robert Gibbs whether the president had bowed before the Saudi king. Gibbs answered like an Obama thug and with the old Bush W. imperial attitude. Donna Brazile later in the day was her usual inept self and denied the obvious bow.



George W. Bush and his entire family were entangled with the Saudi Royal House. Bush hugging and kissing the Saudi king was nauseating. Bush hugging and kissing the Saudi king proved how close he was personally to the Saudi king. The public displays of affection were made more repulsive because they demonstrated that very fact. But as disgusting as that closeness was/is there was no display of American subservience, at least in public.

In his quest for popularity, or to signal something nefarious, Obama bowed before the Saudi king and is now lying about it. The Saudi Royal House knows Obama bowed and that Obama is lying.

Lies to the American people are the Bush W. legacy to the Third Bush Term. Obama bows to the Saudis and lies to Americans. Nothing has changed.

Obama should listen to the Marines’ Hymn and learn Americans do not bow, and to get his honor clean.

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  1. I have a drawing like that of the Battle of Lake Erie and the War of 1812. Commadore Perry, won that battle by employing unusually naval battle techniques. He left his ship, which was never done, and commanded another in his fleet and won the Battle, some say was one of the piviotal battles of the War of 1812. He thought outside the box.

    You have to to survive. Well, first O needs 3 days to understand the position, and then I guess we act, or maybe we just vote Present.

  2. Very emotional article. Our armed forces deserve so much better than the lip service/photo opts Obama is giving.

  3. This bow is so infuriating because it is humiliating. Obama humiliated our entire country before the world. The fact that so many people in the media are denying what can be clearly seen in pictures boggles the mind. Don’t believe your lying eyes! I mean, it’s absolutely preposterous! Obama is on video and in still photos bowing – and Gibbs and Brazile are saying something else? I can’ even grasp that kind of stubbornness.

  4. DYB

    That sort of stubbornness is hurting our country, and is exactly what we experience with the Bush Administration.

  5. DYB, that’s Bush level stubborness and dishonesty.

    Jake Tapper is “sampling” from us today and wrote an article called On ‘State Secrets,’ Meet Barack W. Obama.

    In February, President Obama’s Justice Department quietly argued in a San Francisco court that it was maintaining the same position as President Bush’s Justice Department on a case involving detainees trying to sue a private company for its role in their (allegedly) extraordinary renditions.

    The Obama administration pushed the status quo administration argument by invoking the “state secrets” argument, also a Bush-era fave.

    “It is the policy of this administration to invoke the state secrets privilege only when necessary and in the most appropriate cases,” said DOJ spox Matt Miller.

    Last week, Team Obama did it again.

    And why wouldn’t they?

    Attorney General Eric Holder recently said he was reviewing the way the Bush administration used the “state secrets” argument, but “on the basis of the two, three cases that we’ve had to review so far — I think that the invocation of the doctrine was correct.”

    Huh.

    That seems a little different from the Obama-Biden campaign website where “The Problem” is described in part as the Bush administration having “invoked a legal tool known as the ‘state secrets’ privilege more than any other previous administration to get cases thrown out of civil court.”

    Because that’s just what the Obama administration tried to do.

    This time the issue was the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping program, and whether courts would be able to assess its constitutionality in a case called Jewel v. NSA, where the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is challenging the NSA surveillance by suing on behalf of AT&T customers whose records may or may not have been caught up in the NSA “dragnet.”

    Last Friday, while President Obama traversed throughout Europe, his Justice Department sought to have Jewel v. NSA dismissed because “the Court lacks subject matter jurisdiction with respect to plaintiffs’ statutory claims against the United States because Congress has not waived sovereign immunity” and “because information necessary to litigate plaintiffs’ claims is properly subject to and excluded from use in this case by the state secrets privilege and related statutory privileges.”

    Argued the Justice Department: Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair “has once again demonstrated that the disclosure of the information implicated by this case, which concerns how the United States seeks to detect and prevent terrorist attacks, would cause exceptionally grave harm to national security.”

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

    This of course is just the latest in Mr. Obama’s evolution on the matter. When the question came up last Summer as to whether then-Sen. Obama would support a filibuster of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act bill if it allowed telecommunications firms immunity for cooperating with the NSA program, Sen. Obama’s flip on the matter was worthy of an Olympic gold medal.

    Obama spox Bill Burton had told Talking Points Memo in October 2007 that “Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies.”

    His office reaffirmed that position in December 2007: “Senator Obama unequivocally opposes giving retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies … Senator Obama will not be among those voting to end the filibuster.”

    But things change. And Mr. Obama voted to end the filibuster.

    On June 25, 2008, Mr. Obama said, “It is a close call for me but I think the current legislation with exclusivity provision that says that a president — whether George Bush, myself or John McCain — can’t make up rationales for getting around FISA court, can’t suggest that somehow that there is some law that stands above the laws passed by Congress in engaging in warrantless wiretaps. … The underlying program itself actually is important and useful to American security as long as it has these constraints on them. I thought it was more important for me to go ahead and support this compromise.”

    DOJ spox Miller says that “the administration recognizes that invoking the states secret privilege is a significant step that should be taken only when absolutely necessary. After careful consideration by senior intelligence and Department of Justice officials, it was clear that pursuing this case could unavoidably put at risk the disclosure of sensitive information that would harm national security.”

    Continued Miller: “An examination by the Director of National Intelligence and an internal review team established by the Attorney General determined that attempting to address the allegations in this case could require the disclosure of intelligence sources and methods that are used in a lawful manner to protect national security. The administration cannot risk the disclosure of information that could cause such exceptional harm to national security.”

    But there’s a new wrinkle to the Obama DOJ argument, critics say.

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

    “Everything for which Bush critics excoriated the Bush DOJ — using an absurdly broad rendition of ‘state secrets’ to block entire lawsuits from proceeding even where they allege radical lawbreaking by the President and inventing new claims of absolute legal immunity — are now things the Obama DOJ has left no doubt it intends to embrace itself,” Greenwald writes.

  6. Beautiful, admin. Once again, our brave men and women in uniform are required to follow a Liar-In-Chief, and this time one who has no deep respect for or love for this country (which despite being a ideologically blind, lying, bullying A-hole of the highest order, I do believe Bush had). They deserve better.

  7. To those who are surprised at the jump in the stock market, and wonder if this means we are “recovering”:

    I expected this. Of course the DOW is rebounding – why wouldn’t it be? Mark-to-market is gone, and we are allowing them to value their own assets!

    Look at it this way – let’s suppose that the value of your house had drastically dropped, so that your net worth took a huge hit. But then, in a change of rules, you were suddenly allowed to set the appraisal on your own house. That’s right, you would be allowed to arbitrarily decide what your house was worth, regardless of what you could actually get for it if you sold today.
    What would happen to your “balance sheet”, to your personal net worth? Why, it would suddenly be looking rosy! You’d be waaaay in the black! “Poof!”, problem solved, your net worth goes back up!

    That’s pretty much what they’ve done. They’ve given the banks the tools to artificially re-inflate the values of their assets, without having to address the underlying problem.

    Those in the know are making money on this while the sun shines, and the market is booming. They also know (but aren’t telling the rest of us) that this is just as temporary and unstable as where we were at a year ago – but who cares, if they can make a buck today and then short it all and make another killing when the next (and worse) crash hits?

  8. Obama is indeed courting the Muslims, as he has all along. Why won’t people wake up?

    Of course it doesn’t surprise me that Donna Brazille would uphold him.

    This country is in deep decline.

    Why is he allowing a bunch of thug pirates to hold one of our Captains? Where is the Seals, the special trained peeps in our miliatary.

  9. This one will have us laughing for the rest of the month. Obama enabler and Hopium addled addict Chris Bowers at the site we call “NothingLeft” writes:

    Do you trust the Obama administration, or not? For progressives, in many ways this is the fundamental economic and political question of our times.

    Bowers writes a very long and foolish and tedious article about nothing. The answer is NO. Obama can’t be trusted. Bowers cites examples such as the FISA vote to distrust Obama. But FISA occurred before the convention in Denver and Bowers and his sad ilk did nothing then to stop Obama. The Bowers’ Hopium dens are not to be trusted either. And trust does not mean agreement. We trust Hillary by dint of her lifetime of work which demonstrates to us she can be trusted. But when she backed Obama we thought for ourselves.

  10. If Hopium addict Bowers wants an answer to his question, we have one:

    Obama cannot be trusted. He cannot be trusted by his friends. He cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

  11. two interesting articles that are also beginning to ask if Obama is Bush III…evidently the thought is beginning to occur others…finally

    businessinsider.com/henry-blodget-is-obama-in-wall-streets-pocket-2009-4

    bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aNMQDysdnKRc

    Obama Stakes his fortune on Failed Banksters

  12. btw…both the articles I posted above are questioning Obama’s motives in his strategy with the banks along with other comments and comparisons

    …as for transparency…forgetaboutit! banks are instructed not to reveal how they did with their ‘stress’ test…but we, the taxpayers, can continue to ‘blindly’ give them money..

    bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aEX9sBcofMYY banks cannot tell…

    and finally, Krugman continues to speak out…

    nytimes.com/2009/04/10/opinion/10krugman.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

    …fog is starting to lift with even the diehards…

  13. And trust does not mean agreement. We trust Hillary by dint of her lifetime of work which demonstrates to us she can be trusted. But when she backed Obama we thought for ourselves.

    EXACTLY, admin! Hillary may have many reasons, likely unknown to us, for why she feels it is best to do what she is doing. I am fine with that, and trust her judgement for her.

    But her reasons need not be my reasons, as I am not in her shoes. I am in MY shoes. Her judgement of what is the best course for her is not the same as saying it is the best course for me. Her role, and her responsibilities are not in any way the same as mine. Her role may be to limit damage from within. My role may be to vehemently oppose from without.

    I love Hillary, and she has earned my trust, but I am not her clone, nor should I be, as our roles are different. My responsibilities as a citizen lie in a different realm from hers. Let her do her job, and make her choices, and I will do mine and make mine.

  14. Pirates Foil U.S. Captain’s Escape Attempt: Navy Brings in Reinforcements as More Pirate Ships Converge on Lifeboat at Sea

    The American captain held hostage by Somali pirates made a desperate escape attempt Friday but was recaptured, escalating a dramatic Indian Ocean standoff. A Somali in contact with a pirate leader said the captors want a ransom and are ready to kill the hostage, Capt. Richard Phillips, the Associated Press reported.

    The U.S. was bolstering its force by dispatching other warships to the site off the Horn of Africa, where a U.S. destroyer shadowed the drifting lifeboat carrying Mr. Phillips. He was taken hostage in the pirates’ failed effort to hijack the cargo ship Maersk Alabama on Wednesday. The pirates’ strategy is to link up with their colleagues, who are holding Russian, German, Filipino and other hostages, and get Mr. Phillips to Somalia, where they could hide the hostage and make it difficult to stage a rescue. It would give them more leverage and a stronger negotiating position to discuss a ransom. Anchoring near shore also means they could escape onto land quickly if attacked. The Somali, who helped negotiate a ransom last year to pirates after they seized a Ukrainian ship carrying tanks, spoke Friday on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. He said he has spoken with a pirate leader in Somalia who is coordinating action on the lifeboat, the AP said.

    Around midnight local time, Mr. Phillips jumped off the lifeboat and began swimming, but was recaptured, according to Defense Department officials speaking on condition of anonymity because they aren’t authorized to talk about unfolding operations, according to reports. Sailors on the USS Bainbridge, which is patrolling nearby, were able to see Mr. Phillips moving around and talking after his return to the lifeboat, and the Defense Department officials think he is unharmed.

    A Pentagon spokeswoman refused to discuss whether the captain had made an escape attempt, but confirmed that there were “a number of naval assets” in the region in addition to the USS Bainbridge. Vice Admiral William Gortney, the commander of U.S. naval forces in the region, raised the specter of the pirates being joined by other Somali vessels in an interview with CNN Thursday.
    “We’re just seeing that they are communicating. And with communication comes — could — possibly comes coordination and cooperation with each other,” he said. He also described the capture of a U.S.-flagged vessel as a “game-changer” in the region.

    U.S. Central Command chief Gen. David Petraeus said U.S. warships 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. Meanwhile, a team of Federal Bureau of Investigation hostage negotiators, working via radio from Quantico, Va., is aiding Navy officers in dealing with the men holding Mr. Phillips.

    Maersk Line Ltd. said its cargo ship was in motion again Thursday and steaming toward its next port of call. The ship, carrying food aid to East Africa, was scheduled to call at the Kenyan port of Mombasa when it was intercepted by pirates early Wednesday. By late that day, the crew regained control, and the pirates were holding Mr. Phillips hostage in a lifeboat. Exactly how that happened isn’t clear. Maersk, a unit of Danish shipper A.P. Møller-Maersk AS, said the Navy was in radio contact with Mr. Phillips, and that he had been provided with provisions, including fresh batteries for his radio.

    Tom Coggio, Mr. Phillips’s brother-in-law, said the extended family is gathered at the captain’s Underhill, Vt., home. They are all watching television as throngs of reporters wait outside. Mr. Phillips’s wife, Andrea, is “wearing thin,” Mr. Coggio said. “I know Richard is a very calm, jovial person. Maybe he’s cracking jokes.”

    The standoff represents a test for the Obama administration, which has the world’s most powerful navy at its disposal but no easy way to defeat ragtag pirates who have used small arms to grab the world’s attention. Crew members don’t carry firearms because of safety concerns, according to Maersk officials. President Barack Obama is getting regular updates on the situation, said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the U.S. will take whatever steps are needed to protect U.S. shipping interests against pirates.

    In recent years, as the piracy problem off Africa has grown, Pentagon and U.S. Navy officials have been reluctant to engage in sea rescues of captured crews. They say it would strain an already thinly deployed naval force in the region and possibly lead to more bloodshed. A little-noticed 14-page blueprint issued in December by the National Security Council laid out more than a dozen antipiracy initiatives. The blueprint noted that nearly 12% of the world’s oil is transported through the sea lanes of the Gulf of Aden, off Somalia, and most of the guidelines were aimed at making sure pirates were blocked from reaching commercial vessels. But it provided only vague guidelines on hostage situations. The past two days have made clear why it’s hard to give guidance. With Americans involved, it is difficult for the Navy to stand aside as it did in other cases when ship owners and pirates negotiated ransoms. However, any move to seize the lifeboat could threaten Mr. Phillips’s life.

    The lifeboats are fully enclosed and hold enough food and water to last more than a week.

    “If we try to do some kind of hostage takedown, that’s a whole other ballgame than preventing an act of piracy in progress,” Rear Adm. Ted Branch, the Navy headquarters staff officer responsible for monitoring such crises at sea, told a congressional hearing on Somali piracy in February. “You certainly increase the risk to the crew members in that kind of takedown.” As a result, he said, there hasn’t been any appetite to attempt such operations.

    Peter Chalk, an expert on piracy at Rand Corp., said the best way to stamp out pirates is on land, by attacking their havens in Somali port towns. “I actually think this naval response is not the right thing to be doing at all,” said Mr. Chalk. “We have ratcheted up the situation.” He conceded that the U.S. had little choice, given the public and political pressure.

    online.wsj.com/article/SB123936170628308399.html

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    Captain Phillips,

    You are a brave and noble man.

  15. Admin: Great Picture…indisputable evidence of “THAT ZERO’s” effing ass in the air during the great ROYAL MOSLEM BOW!!!!!

  16. 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?

  17. 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.

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

    Bullshit diversion. If they can get nonsense names through the process, they can get dead people’s names through — or made up realistic names — and people can show up and vote using those realistic names.

  18. It’s Your Country Too, Mr. President

    By Charles Krauthammer
    Friday, April 10, 2009; Page A17

    In his major foreign policy address in Prague committing the United States to a world without nuclear weapons, President Obama took note of North Korea’s missile launch just hours earlier and then grandiloquently proclaimed: “Rules must be binding. Violations must be punished. Words must mean something. The world must stand together to prevent the spread of these weapons. Now is the time for a strong international response.”

    A more fatuous presidential call to arms is hard to conceive. What “strong international response” did Obama muster to North Korea’s brazen defiance of a Chapter 7 — “binding,” as it were — U.N. resolution prohibiting such a launch? The obligatory emergency Security Council session produced nothing. No sanctions. No resolution. Not even a statement. China and Russia professed to find no violation whatsoever. They would not even permit a U.N. statement that dared express “concern,” let alone condemnation. Having thus bravely rallied the international community and summoned the United Nations — a fiction and a farce, respectively — what was Obama’s further response? The very next day, his defense secretary announced drastic cuts in missile defense, including halting further deployment of Alaska-based interceptors designed precisely to shoot down North Korean ICBMs. Such is the “realism” Obama promised to restore to U.S. foreign policy.

    He certainly has a vision. Rather than relying on America’s unique technological edge in missile defenses to provide a measure of nuclear safety, Obama will instead boldly deploy the force of example. How? By committing his country to disarmament gestures — such as, he promised his cheering acolytes in Prague, ratifying the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

    Really, now. How does U.S. ratification of that treaty — which America has, in any case, voluntarily abided by for 17 years — cause North Korea to cease and desist, and cause Iran to turn nukes into plowshares?

    Obama’s other great enthusiasm is renewing disarmament talks with Russia. Good grief. Of all the useless sideshows. Cut each of our arsenals in half and both countries could still, in Churchill’s immortal phrase, “make the rubble bounce.” There’s little harm in engaging in talks about redundant nukes because there is nothing of consequence at stake. But Obama seems not even to understand that these talks are a gift to the Russians for whom a return to anachronistic Reagan-era START talks is a return to the glory of U.S.-Soviet summitry.

    I’m not against gift-giving in international relations. But it would be nice to see some reciprocity. Obama was in a giving mood throughout Europe. While Gordon Brown was trying to make his American DVDs work and the queen was rocking to her new iPod, the rest of Europe was enjoying a more fulsome Obama gift. Our president came bearing a basketful of mea culpas. With varying degrees of directness or obliqueness, Obama indicted his own people for arrogance, for dismissiveness and derisiveness, for genocide, for torture, for Hiroshima, for Guantanamo and for insufficient respect for the Muslim world.

    And what did he get for this obsessive denigration of his own country? He wanted more NATO combat troops in Afghanistan to match the surge of 17,000 Americans. He was rudely rebuffed. He wanted more stimulus spending from Europe. He got nothing. From Russia, he got no help on Iran. From China, he got the blocking of any action on North Korea.

    And what did he get for Guantanamo? France, pop. 64 million, will take one prisoner. One! (Sadly, he’ll have to leave his bridge partner behind.) The Austrians said they would take none. As Interior Minister Maria Fekter explained with impeccable Germanic logic, if they’re not dangerous, why not just keep them in America? When Austria is mocking you, you’re having a bad week. Yet who can blame Frau Fekter, considering the disdain Obama showed his own country while on foreign soil, acting the philosopher-king who hovers above the fray mediating between his renegade homeland and an otherwise warm and welcoming world?

    After all, it was Obama, not some envious anti-American leader, who noted with satisfaction that a new financial order is being created today by 20 countries, rather than by “just Roosevelt and Churchill sitting in a room with a brandy.” And then added: “But that’s not the world we live in, and it shouldn’t be the world that we live in.”

    It is passing strange for a world leader to celebrate his own country’s decline. A few more such overseas tours, and Obama will have a lot more decline to celebrate.

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/09/AR2009040903367.html?sub=AR

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    Actually it is more than “passing strange.” It should be considered treason!

  19. This uk writer nails it:

    Barack Obama: President Pantywaist – new surrender monkey on the block
    Posted By: Gerald Warner at Apr 10, 2009 at 10:20:05 [General]
    Posted in: Politics , Eagle Eye
    Tags:
    Barack Obama, G20, Kim Jong-il, nato, North Korea

    President Barack Obama has recently completed the most successful foreign policy tour since Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow. You name it, he blew it. What was his big deal economic programme that he was determined to drive through the G20 summit? Another massive stimulus package, globally funded and co-ordinated. Did he achieve it? Not so as you’d notice.

    Barack Obama in Prague on his astonishingly successful tour

    Barack is not the first New World ingenue to discover that European leaders will load him with praise, struggle sycophantically to be photographed with him and outdo him in Utopian rhetoric. But when it comes to the critical moment of opening their wallets – suddenly it is flag-day in Aberdeen. Okay, put the G20 down to inexperience, beginner’s nerves, what you will.

    On to Nato and the next big objective: to persuade the same European evasion experts that America, Britain and Canada should no longer bear the brunt of the Afghan struggle virtually unassisted. The Old World sucked through its teeth, said that was asking a lot – but, seeing it was Barack, to whom they could refuse nothing, they would graciously accede to his wishes.

    So The One retired triumphant, having secured a massive contribution of 5,000 extra troops – all of them non-combatant, of course – which must really have put the wind up the Taliban, at the prospect of 5,000 more infidel cooks and bottle-washers swarming into the less hazardous regions of Afghanistan.

    Then came the dramatic bit, the authentic West Wing script, with the President wakened in the middle of the night in Prague to be told that Kim Jong-il had just launched a Taepodong-2 missile. America had Aegis destroyers tracking the missile and could have shot it down. But Uncle Sam had a sterner reprisal in store for l’il ole Kim (as Dame Edna might call him): a multi-megaton strike of Obama hot air.

    “Rules must be binding,” declared Obama, referring to the fact that Kim had just breached UN Resolutions 1695 and 1718. “Violations must be punished.” (Sounds ominous.) “Words must mean something.” (Why, Barack? They never did before, for you – as a cursory glance at your many speeches will show.)

    President Pantywaist is hopping mad and he has a strategy to cut Kim down to size: he is going to slice $1.4bn off America’s missile defence programme, presumably on the calculation that Kim would feel it unsporting to hit a sitting duck, so that will spoil his fun.

    Watch out, France and Co, there is a new surrender monkey on the block and, over the next four years, he will spectacularly sell out the interests of the West with every kind of liberal-delusionist initiative on nuclear disarmament and sitting down to negotiate with any power freak who wants to buy time to get a good ICBM fix on San Francisco, or wherever. If you thought the world was a tad unsafe with Dubya around, just wait until President Pantywaist gets into his stride.

    blogs.telegraph.co.uk/gerald_warner/blog/2009/04/10/barack_obama_president_pantywaist__new_surrender_monkey_on_the_block

  20. This is off topic. DO YOU KNOW CPR? I do. There is a story online today at AOL about this 12 who got hit in the chest with a baseball stealing third. His heart stopped. His Mother (who is a nurse) and two other nurses at the field immediately perform CPR. There is 15% survival rate when your heart stops like this. He is alive and well today because they did immediate CPR.

    If you don’t know CPR, please sign up today. I think they should teach this in schools, churches and community centers. But it will do no good, unless you sign up for it.

    OK I will get down off my soapbox.

  21. Dear Jake-

    What a wonderful man you are–intelligent, honorable, decent in every sense of the word. Just like “our” president.

    I commend you for supporting “our” president throughout the primary and the general election. You shielded him from irrelevant racist inquiries about his background, experience and job qualifications. You treated him with reverence and understood his flexible positions.

    I commend you as well for the way you and your colleagues savaged Hillary in the primary and John in the general election so we could have Barack as “our” president. You measured their every word, suggested the worst nuances, and found contradictions even where there were none. In the end you achieved your objective which was to ensure that their candidacies were dead on arrival, regardless of ignorant majority opinion in the primary and widespread voter fraud in the general.

    Most of all we appreciate why you did it. It was not for a paycheck– after all, what’s in a paycheck? It was not for the Georgetown social set you hang with, peer group pressure aint your thing, is it? No sir. We know why you did it: you did it for America, so we could have real, substantive change from the benighted policies of Bush, Cheney (and Jefferson–he was a slaveowner you know) and bind our racial wounds. Right? How lucky we are to have an honest media. Think how much worse it would be if we had to read The Economist or Der Speigel.

    Which brings me to the real purpose of this letter. I happened to be watching that video clip where our smooth, knowlegable, affable White
    House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs tried to make a small innocent joke and you had the audacity to take him to task in front of all your colleagues. This was not unity. It was bad form. And when Barack himself spoke to the TARP issue your colleague Ann Compton asked him a properly worshipful question, but some other reporters asked him questions which went to his bona fides. I am sure you gasped, at the disloyalty. He is our president. We must all be worshipful like Ann.

    But now you show your disloyalty to our President by questioning his right to invalidate the Fourth Amendment. He promised change, and you
    never really asked him what he meant during the election so you have no right to do so now. You are undermining our president, and it has racial overtones.

    You may not have intended it that way anymore than that hayseed Republican did when he made an unscripted comment and you thew a hissy fit over it but there it is. What right do you have as a journalist to question the bona fides of our president when he has declared a crisis? He is protecting the American People. Forget about that quaint document that Jefferson wrote and support our program. Barack, Bush and Cheney know what is best.

    P.S. Jake, I am sorry to do this to you, but you need to know there are
    millions of Americans who have lost faith in you guys. You know as well as we do that big media abandoned what we used to call journalistic ethics to put this guy in office, and we will all live with the results. When Turley says we must tell Barack we won’t support him Barack will ask Turley who won the election: you or me? If you want to unravel the mystery of Barack google three words: sociopath, ADD and ODD.

  22. HillaryforTexas,

    I am so glad that there are at least a few in the media who are still honest and ethical when it comes to evaluating this charleton.

  23. I have to tell you, getting rid of our nuclear stockpile is crazy. If you are any age at all, if you have read miltary history at all, you know, the country with the biggest best weapons has the power, and you don’t ever throw that away. Why, because you cannot trust other countries, I don’t care how you inspect. Countries and leaders want power, and many of them are not peace loving and honorable.

    The cold war only changed because Russia was afraid of what American had, not of what we did not have.

  24. New Mexico: your comments are astute.

    The original premise was to have enough nuclear arms in your arsenal to absorb a first attack and retaliate. Proliferation made sense for that reason. It was a deterrent to first attack.

    Today, many a number of nations have nuclear weapons. If we reduce our arsenal and the Russians reduce theirs that does not per se make the world safer–unless the weapons are aging or are subject to theft.

    I can see a modest in our arsenal in exchange for having the soviets clean out the old ones and properly secure the rest. But maintaining the largest arsenal has symbolic and therefore strategic importance since for many nations their possession is coin of the realm.

    The real problem is dirty bombs, biological agents, less so chemical weapons. The arms limitations talks are by comparison largely for show. That is my opinion.

  25. and again….here we go

    Obamas fly in chef 860 miles… just to make pizza

    When you’re the president of the United States, only the best pizza will do – even if that means flying a chef 860 miles.

    Chris Sommers, 33, jetted into Washington from St Louis, Missouri, on Thursday with a suitcase of dough, cheese and pans to to prepare food for the Obamas and their staff.

    He had apparently been handpicked after the President had tasted his pizzas on the campaign trail last autumn.

    ‘It’s surreal, it’s a huge honour,’ said Mr Sommers, who owns Pi restaurant in St Louis.

    ‘It will be a casual lunch and hopefully we’ll have a chance to say hello to the president.’

    Mr Somers was accompanied by this business parnter Ryan Mangilardo who will help prepare the dinner for 140 this evening.

    It will feature his signature dishes – ten deep dish and ten thin crust creations.

    He is also planning a pizza especially for the president – the Hyde Park topped with chicken and hot sauce.

    ……

    What they don’t have Domino’s number and saved the taxpayer a huge bill because you know the freeloaders dont pay for nothing, we do!.

  26. My thinking is that the real problem is the maniacs in power behind some of the nations who have or are soon to acquire nuclear arsenal.

    obama comes to mind. Iran’s idiot leader, North Korea’s idiot leader. It’s like giving a three year old a loaded gun to play with.

  27. If Obama signs a treaty with the Russians they can give him a Nobel Prize. I used to know a guy like him in business. He would always say I will not be here long–only long enough to build a resume.

  28. The bots may be downplaying obama not getting an honorary degree by dissing the university involved, but this decision speaks to much more.

    How will any other university, more prestigious or less prestigious, justify giving him an honorary degree in the near future? Are they going to manufacture experience for him? Forge a new resume?

    More or less, this decision is an outright attack on all those koolaid drinkers who thought they could railroad this guy into prominence. Well they did. So now what???

    As far as being nominated for a Nobel Prize. How ridiculous to put him in the company of so many other worthy individuals, when he is by far the most empty suit around.

  29. It’s Clinton’s responsibility as former first lady and senator to back Obama. It’s comes with the territory and I accept that. But I’m nto a former office holder with the Democratic party and I’ve never lived in the White House so I don’t owe that debt of loyalty. I”m damn glad she’s SOS and I bet she will impact more people positively there than she could as a US senator.

    But Obama is to the right of Bush on state secrets and to the right of Reagan on this banking crisis. He is somewhat good on some other issues of note but that simply makes him a liberal Republican with a deep fascistic, pro-corporate bent. I bet there is nothing that is actually to the left of Bush ßr. on.

  30. NewMexicoFan Says:
    April 10th, 2009 at 2:14 pm
    I have to tell you, getting rid of our nuclear stockpile is crazy.
    ************
    This is Sec. Gates talking and not Obama. Gates was talking about stockpile reduction before Obama was elected. The problem is that we have a huge stockpile of aging nuclear weapons, many are more than 30 year old and are past their “shelf life. It’s a major problem and Gates thinks that getting rid of the old bombs by treaty reduction is the best way to go.

  31. djia Says:
    April 10th, 2009 at 1:14 am

    RUSH: Obama Votes “PRESENT” on Pirates
    &&&&&&&&&&

    Back prior to the election, we here at Big Pink knew obama was a Man of Inaction, and cautioned others, “You can’t vote ‘present’ as President”.

    But for a President, there are plenty of ways to duck taking a stand, or letting “fruit die on the vine”. We saw how Bush said that this or that “needs further study”. And obama has a whole range of stalling tactics:

    “There’s a lot on my plate.’

    “I’d do something about this, but the President has no direct input on this, this is the responsibility of (Congress, the UN, the generals, the Boy Scouts)”

    “That’s important too. We’ll get to that as soon as all the other crises are under control”.

    “It’s good to see that you as a citizen are passionate about this issue X. Keep on caring. It makes this country great”.

  32. SHV Says:
    April 10th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    NewMexicoFan Says:
    April 10th, 2009 at 2:14 pm
    I have to tell you, getting rid of our nuclear stockpile is crazy.
    ************
    This is Sec. Gates talking and not Obama. Gates was talking about stockpile reduction before Obama was elected.
    &&&&&&&&&

    Last time I checked, obama was “the boss”, and Gate was the “employee”. If Gates is calling the shots on some issue, that means obama is ducking his responsibility: “The buck stops over there”.

    If obama is calling the shots, then a general’s stance prior to your taking office would be brought in line with the current boss. Control your people. It can be done quietly, so that all the 11 players in the huddle are running the same play. Is obama a bad quarterback?

    Most likely obama doesn’t want a change in course, and he’s using Gates’ prior stance on this issue to say, “I am powerless to change the previous administration’s policy. I am only the President of the United States of America”.

  33. Just did a google search of an old college friend
    We worked together as children calling people on behalf of dukakis
    Times changed and we lost touch but were roommates and friends for ten years. I was beyond disgusted to google her on a whim and find that she is trumpeting obama on her home page. We have not talked in years but I happen to care desperately for her and am contempating calling her out on her beliefs. Ten years later without any contact between us she is still the person I adore more than anyone I have ever known in my life. PS way back when as college students discovering the world one of our roomates was Holly Margolies Mezvinsky. The older sister of the man Chelsea is rumored to be engaged to.

  34. Great article, Admin. I used to do the Marines Hymn with the kids for Flag Day and Memorial Day and I always wondered where the line “to the shores of Tripoli” came from. (I’m also not too sure about the Montezuma part. Anyone know about that?)

    H4T,
    I saw that article. I LOVED this phrase!
    “Words must mean something.” (Why, Barack? They never did before, for you – as a cursory glance at your many speeches will show.)
    Too bad American journalists aren’t as honest as the Brits.

  35. I wonder about thuis Somali Pirate happening and coincidences….

    —-
    Minnesotta had some US resident somalis leave the country and go to Somalia….they gave BO a lot of support last election as well as a local congressman…

    BO’s so called “non intervention” may be staged…..I bet he will come out after the event saying he knew all along what was happening…and these Somali folks will praise him no end…I betcha you…

    Hope they have RIGHT PEOPLE in the FBI working for the US folks and not BO…

  36. the best way to act on this pizza issue is to BOYBOTT the chef’s restaurant in Missouri….

    I bet that fatty ass dem senator McCaskill will be eating a lot of them pizzas from her own state.

  37. Have any of the non-bambi sites published/gone on line with a comprehensive list of waffles faux paus. i can send th e newly kool-aid detoxed here to get todays reality, but I would love to know of a site I can refer my friends to which is a bit more coprehensive.Almost every single gan man I know who cast a vote for zero regrets it

  38. Last time I checked, obama was “the boss”, and Gate was the “employee”.
    **********
    The “boss” is an idiot and the employee is a smart guy who is worried about what to do with the deteriorating nuclear bombs. This question is the highest priority at both Los Alamos and at Y-12 in Oak Ridge. I don’t know what Gates is thinking but if many of the older bombs can’t be re-built and need to be taken out of the “stock-pile” then reduction should be negotiated with the Russians because they are in the same “fix” or worse.

  39. I just heard the ‘official’ definition of ‘bowing.’

    It’s when one person’s forehead goes below the other person’s chin.

    By that definition, BO is clearly bowing!

  40. But Obama is to the right of Bush on state secrets and to the right of Reagan on this banking crisis. He is somewhat good on some other issues of note but that simply makes him a liberal Republican with a deep fascistic, pro-corporate bent. I bet there is nothing that is actually to the left of Bush ßr. on.
    —————————-
    I dont know what he is good on. I really dont. In the area of words he is manna from heaven. In the area of action he is somewhere to the right of Nero. Let us hope that he does not turn out the be worse than Bush. W was a disaster. He was unthinking. He was blundering. But he was not a socipath. He was not the leader a movement. And we were not in the perfect storm until the tail end of his term. As a result he did have the same opportunity Obama has to formulate the cure which is worse than the disease. Never underestimate the significance of his denial that a bow was a bow. I can make them believe anything I want them to believe is what he told a friend of mine. What we are talking about here is something that is Orwellian with the powers of the state at his command. We have seen him disenfrachise Americans, expand his control over the internet, reach into our networth to finance his relection schemes, reward his friends, punish his enemies. We worry about his mistakes, his glitches, his hyperbole, his egotism, and all the minutae. The larger issue is what he will do to this country under the rubric of change. Therein lies the great danger. One of the things people have to do is see the difference between normal cylical change and what Breznivsky calls a point of departure. What we are seeing now is a point of departure, from the America we knew, loved and understood, to something of a very different design and the manifetations of it are beginning to emerge.

    Obamas ability to deny that a bow was a bow when it is obvious to the world and clearly set forth on video is not just humorous–it is Orwellian.

  41. Obama again today declined to comment on the pirate situation where one of our own is being held. I would think the President would at least make a public comment about it.

    I guess he is too worried about getting his pizza chef flown in.

  42. Last time I checked, obama was “the boss”, and Gate was the “employee”.
    *********
    I agree..Bush is a psychopath..the stories of animal cruelty as a child…the pleasure he derived from branding people with hot coat hangers, his behavior signing execution warrant as Texas Gov.. Bush even freaked out Tucker Carlson when he talked about executing Karla Faye Tucker.

  43. Well,

    In some ways I am glad obama is keeping mute about the piracy situation. Everytime he makes a statement lately, he screws up royally. He weakens the U.S.A., gives up the farm, tortures the market and on and on. Maybe the FBI and others have gone down on their knees begging him to just shut up for now.

  44. Jan, I don’t know. Bambi is not open to being told what to do, as we’ve witnessed by his omnipotent gaffes.

    I think he should say something. At least ask American’s to remember the hostage in their prayers, whatever. His silence speaks volumes to me. I dread when we need a real leader. We’re screwed,

  45. Obama won’t take questions about the pirates because he is “focused on the economy”. Obama comment on the economy:

    “The administration is detecting “glimmers of hope across the economy,” Obama said at the White House.
    Obama specifically mentioned a significant increase in mortgage refinancing as homeowners seek to take advantage of low interest rates. He also mentioned, among other things, progress in spurring lending to small businesses and the mailing of stimulus tax cut checks in April.”
    If those are his “glimmers of hope”, then the economy really sucks. Here are some facts about the economy:

    In just the first quarter of 2009, retail tenants at these centers have vacated 8.7 million square feet of commercial space, according to the latest report from New York-based real estate research firm Reis. That number exceeds the 8.6 million square feet of retail space that was vacated in all of 2008.

    The Association of American Railroads recently reported that freight traffic was down 17% in March.

  46. The pirates are sending in more hijacked vessels that are full of pirates and more mother ships are steaming to the area. Looks like President pantywaist has a full scale international drama on his hands. Lets hope he has enough sense not to tie the hands of his Secretary of State. He probably will tie them and then blame her for things getting screwed up.

    I can’t believe they just didn’t get the seals to free the captain when there were only 4 pirates. Stupid, stupid. Stupid is what Stupid does!!

    I am seeing another Black Hawk Down scenario getting started! The stupid Dems play right into the hands of the enemy, they are weak and the American people can see this. Bowing to the King and now this!

    We aren’t even to the 100 day mark yet, God help us all!!

  47. Burden of Proof is On Obama
    10 April 2009 3:17 pm by Taylor Marsh
    —————————————–
    is traitor-marsh waking-up, or am i miss-reading her post? anyway, the pic of the tarleton twins is worth the peek.

  48. “The administration is detecting “glimmers of hope across the economy,” Obama said at the White House.
    ——————————————
    Like Captain Ahab, he sees land where there is no land. The glimmers of hope he spies are the afterburners of businesses leaving the country to avoid his energy consumption tax or the dying embers the fires lit by people just to stay warm in the long dark winters across the upper midwest and Alaska who cannot afford a doubling of their heating bill–men like Sam McGee:

    There are strange things done in the midnight sun
    By the men who moil for gold;
    The Arctic trails have their secret tales
    That would make your blood run cold;
    The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
    But the queerest they ever did see
    Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
    I cremated Sam McGee. (snip)

    Till I came to the marge of Lake Lebarge, and a derelict there lay;
    It was jammed in the ice, but I saw in a trice it was called the “Alice May”.
    And I looked at it, and I thought a bit, and I looked at my frozen chum;
    Then “Here,” said I, with a sudden cry, “is my cre-ma-tor-eum.”

    Some planks I tore from the cabin floor, and I lit the boiler fire;
    Some coal I found that was lying around, and I heaped the fuel higher;
    The flames just soared, and the furnace roared — such a blaze you seldom see;
    And I burrowed a hole in the glowing coal, and I stuffed in Sam McGee.

    Then I made a hike, for I didn’t like to hear him sizzle so;
    And the heavens scowled, and the huskies howled, and the wind began to blow.
    It was icy cold, but the hot sweat rolled down my cheeks, and I don’t know why;
    And the greasy smoke in an inky cloak went streaking down the sky.

    I do not know how long in the snow I wrestled with grisly fear;
    But the stars came out and they danced about ere again I ventured near;
    I was sick with dread, but I bravely said: “I’ll just take a peep inside.
    I guess he’s cooked, and it’s time I looked”; . . . then the door I opened wide.

    And there sat Sam, looking cool and calm, in the heart of the furnace roar;
    And he wore a smile you could see a mile, and he said: “Please close that door.
    It’s fine in here, but I greatly fear you’ll let in the cold and storm —
    Since I left Plumtree, down in Tennessee, it’s the first time I’ve been warm.”

  49. Great great article. I was listening to talk radio and a Marine was talking about this very thing and the meaning of the red strip down their uniform leg.

    Thank You

  50. “At least ask American’s to remember the hostage in their prayers.”

    Dot,

    I amend my first thoughts on this. You are right. He could at least show sympathy in this way.

  51. Better he should be looking for glimmers of hope in the somolian pirate skirmish than in the economy.

    What I would recommend is that take airforce 1 to the shore, marine helicopter 1 aboard ship, slip into the rubber dingy with the navy seals, assume the cocksun position and shout row, row, row your boat gently down a stream.

    When they get to the pirate flotilla he can whip out tele and deliver a spell binder to the pirates, emphasizing how we are all muslim brothers and there are still some empty seats in his administration in the area of procurement where they could be gainfully employed.

    This might not be enough to carry the day, but it would make it appear that he is on top of matters more so than appears now.

  52. The Arbitrator provided me with the most convincing explanation I have heard to date on why that bow was not really a bow.

    As he approached the Saudi King told him dont look now but your flie is unzipped.

  53. Nobel prize for Obowma, the Affirmative Action President?????? Now that would be a Social Promotion without having Time in the Grade.
    Right, basil9?

  54. alcina, I will never trust someone who betrayed everything they said they stood for and that includes Taylor Marsh. She is in it for the buck. I wonder how many she has earned to date?

  55. The second verse is my favorite:

    If the army or the navy
    Ever look to heaven’s scenes
    They will find the streets are guarded
    By United States Marines

    While Barack looks for signs of hope in the economy

  56. ShortTermer, the only good thing about Taylor Marsh “coming around a little bit” is that it’s a sure sign that the wind may be changing – because she is an absolute mercenary opportunist who will jump on whatever bandwagon looks to be the most popular.

    She’s scum, she’s a carrion-bird, but as such is a good indicator that there’s a stink of decay coming off the 0bama administration.

  57. HillaryforTexas Says:

    April 10th, 2009 at 6:49 pm
    ShortTermer, the only good thing about Taylor Marsh “coming around a little bit” is that it’s a sure sign that the wind may be changing – because she is an absolute mercenary opportunist who will jump on whatever bandwagon looks to be the most popular.

    She’s scum, she’s a carrion-bird, but as such is a good indicator that there’s a stink of decay coming off the 0bama administration
    ——————————————————–
    Well put!

  58. Haiti readies for Hillary Clinton visit

    BY JACQUELINE CHARLES

    WASHINGTON — Signaling the United States’ strong commitment to Haiti, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to visit the storm-ravaged Caribbean nation next week to meet with Haitian President René Préval. State Department officials have not yet confirmed the visit, but Haitian officials say they have been told that Clinton plans to make a brief visit to the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on Thursday while enroute to Trinidad and Tobago to attend the Fifth Summit of the Americas alongside President Barack Obama.

    The Haiti visit would come just two days after Clinton leads the U.S. delegation at a critical Haiti donors conference in Washington and three days before Haitians head to the polls on Sunday to choose among 105 hopefuls vying for 12 Senate seats. The elections are the first of two legislative elections Haiti is expected to hold this year and will be a critical test of the country’s fledgling democracy. Like Tuesday’s donors conference, which is being hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank, the elections are long overdue.

    Haiti has faced a gloomy prognosis since spiking global food and fuel prices triggered days of deadly riots last April and two tropical storms and two hurricanes battered the country in less than a month last summer. The storms killed nearly 800 people and left nearly $1 billion in damages. With the the global economic crisis, the country now faces a $125 million budget shortfall, rising double-digit inflation and a slowdown in remittances.

    In February, Préval became the first head of state to meet with Clinton following her confirmation as secretary of state. During the meeting, he pleaded for urgent aid support on behalf of his cash-strapped government, which was facing a $125 million budget shortfall. Those familiar with the bilateral talks told The Miami Herald that at the donors conference, the United States is expected to announce at least $50 million in additional aid for the poverty stricken country, including money for direct budget support.

    For months, Haiti supporters have been calling on the international community to help keep the fragile nation from slipping deeper into misery and help keep instability at bay. Among those who have come to the country’s aid is former President Bill Clinton, who along with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, visited Haiti last month and pledged to help garner donor support. Both are scheduled to attend the donors meeting at which Haitian authorities are seeking at least $2 billion toward a three-year poverty reduction plan in the hemisphere’s poorest nation.

    Ahead of the meeting, Ban has personally written to donors telling them that the conference is “of fundamental importance for consolidating the fragile stability of Haiti.” But he warned that while international aid is needed, it “alone will not provide economic security, and what’s required is sustainable social and economic development to enable Haiti to move beyond recurrent crises.”

    Just what Clinton’s message to Préval will be remains unclear. The day before, she’s scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Michèle Pierre-Louis, who will attend the donors meeting. But Pierre-Louis will first travel to New York, where powerful New York Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel is hosting a Monday meeting with textile business leaders to take advantage of the U.S. Congress-approved HOPE legislation. The law has helped inject 11,000 new jobs into Haiti’s once ailing textile industry. Nine companies have moved to the country to take advantage of the nine-year window of duty-free access to the U.S. market for textiles.

    Following the meeting in New York, Pierre-Louis will be the guest of honor at a dinner hosted by Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno, again aimed at fueling investments into the country.

    The United States is Haiti’s single largest donor, and the additional aid would bring its commitment to $287 million for the fiscal year.

    miamiherald.com/news/breaking-news/story/994195.html

  59. wbboei!
    LMAO and keyboard bath! “dont look now but your flie is unzipped.”

    shorttermer.
    Agreed. 😀

    I’m covering a local ‘tea party’ for the daily paper next week and i’m shocked as heck that there’s any activism being displayed up here in Appalachia in the Catskills.
    I read that Huffpoo and other blogs and rags are sending ‘citizen journalists’ to these tea parties hoping to incite violence or provoke some ‘racist’ act (self-generated) that can be spread all over MSM and flame the cries of anti-BOism. Every day i am more ashamed of ever having considered myself a dem.

  60. Nobel prize for Obowma, the Affirmative Action President?????? Now that would be a Social Promotion without having Time in the Grade.
    ——————————————————-
    What a grand idea! It would weed out politics, and avoid the quandry of deciding whether a candidate who cured cancer is more deserving of recognition than one who solved the problem of global warming. It could be called the Nobel Nobama Award in his honor and would be awarded each year to a world figure whose character, experience and qualifications are inversely proportional to the requirements of the job, but happens to have the racial credentials the Academy is looking for.

    Then I take it we could waive qualifications, performance, work product, invention, contribution to science, literature and just give this Nobel prize on the basis of race.

  61. This is interesting:
    “Another significant step was taken by the UN Security Council with the adoption of Resolution 1851 on 16 December 2008 which authorises ‘shiprider’ agreements to facilitate more effective law enforcement capability. The Resolution also permits the international community to operate not only within Somali waters but also within the land territory of Somalia which is used to plan, facilitate or undertake acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea.
    *********
    Looks as if the UN Security Council has given a green light to do whatever is needed to take out the pirates. I wonder what Obama excuse will be if he does nothing.

  62. Obama’s missed opportunity

    April 10, 2009,
    By Lawrence Solomon

    No country on Earth is more responsible for the abolition of slavery than the United States of America. Barack Obama’s blackening of America’s past — he repeatedly referred in his European trip this week to America’s “darker periods” of slavery without acknowledging Americas redemption through its abolition — did America an injustice and cost him a precious opportunity to promote security in vulnerable regions. Ironically, Obama repeated his references to slavery in Turkey, the very nation more responsible than any on Earth for the institutionalization of slavery.

    Of the countries that Obama visited in his diplomatic tour of Europe, Turkey, which he courted purposefully, is the most consequential. Without Turkey — the only conduit by which Central Asia’s natural gas can reach Europe — Germany and other EU countries will remain dependant on Russia for their energy supplies, and thus incapable of fully exercising their sovereignty.

    The Central Asian energy producing countries, meanwhile, will return to Russian domination without Western export markets. The vital importance to the West of fastening Turkey to its sphere of influence explains why Obama courted Turkey by, for example, supporting its aspiration to join the European Union.

    But another part of Obama’s courtship — his attempt to soften America’s image by dwelling on Americas past failings — could backfire. For one, Turkey’s slave past is far more extensive than that of America. Turkey needs no reminder that it has no less to live down than the United States, any more than it would welcome a reminder of the Armenian genocide. For another, Turkey does need a reminder of Western idealism, and assurances that it did not err a century ago when it broke with Orientalism and the Islamic state to embrace Western values.

    Throughout most of the world, and throughout much of human history, slavery was the norm, whether in great civilizations such as that of the Chinese and the Romans or in remote tribal societies in Africa and the Americas. The Turkish empires of the Seljuks, and especially the Ottomans — one of the world’s greatest dynasties — did more than any others to institutionalize slavery throughout a highly structured society. Slaves — most often white Christians — not only performed menial work but formed crack fighting forces, served in the bureaucracy and, of course, sumptuously supplied the sultan’s harems. Constantinople’s slave market was the world’s largest. Slavery was so entrenched in Turkey that it continued into the 20th century; not until 1933, a decade after it had become a secular republic, would Turkey ratify the 1926 League of Nations convention on the suppression of slavery. In all, slavery thrived in Turkey for a millennium.

    The contrast with America could not be more stark. Even before the United States of America was founded in 1789, the American colonies were a hotbed of opposition to slavery. Pennsylvania’s Quakers’ first declaration against slavery was signed in 1688 (it would be another century before British Quakers started the British abolition movement, in 1783; William Wilberforce, the U.K. evangelical and parliamentarian often credited with stopping the slave trade, began his opposition to slavery in 1787). Rhode Island limited slave trading in 1774, Vermont’s 1777 constitution abolished slavery, followed by laws to emancipate slaves in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania in 1780 and Connecticut in 1784. By the time George Washington was elected the first president of the United States, abolition movements pervaded all states and territories.

    Moreover, the leaders of the abolition movement were not fringe activists but establishment elites, including America’s founding fathers. John Jay and Alexander Hamilton founded in 1785 the New York Society for Promoting the Manumission of Slaves, and Protecting Such of Them as Have Been, or May be Liberated, and Benjamin Franklin in 1787 became president of the Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery and the Relief of Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage. The U.S. Constitution itself included a provision banning the importation of slaves within 20 years. By 1807, the United States had prohibited slave trading with Africa. In another half-century, after a civil war waged in good part over slavery, the United States had emancipated all slaves through the 13th amendment to the United States Constitution. No country of slave owners before or since would so quickly overthrow an established slave-owning order. Along the way, much of the Western world abolished slavery, often inspired by the example set by the U.S.

    The American democracy’s swift consignation of slavery to the dustbin of history, and the American role in ending a universal scourge that, until recent times, was unrecognized as an evil, is a story Barack Obama could have told with conviction, reigniting the American ideal in Europe and reassuring Turks of their wisdom a century ago in choosing Western values. Instead, in his description of slavery and of other wrongs, President Obama has become the face of a kinder, gentler, apologetic America. Whether this new America can help a Turkey torn between its Western and Islamic factions, a Central Asia unable to export energy and a Europe without an alternative energy supplier to Russia, will be seen soon enough.

    network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fpcomment/archive/2009/04/10/lawrence-solomon-obama-s-missed-opportunity.aspx

  63. Rep. Charlie Rangel is hosting a Monday meeting with textile business leaders to take advantage of the U.S. Congress-approved HOPE legislation. The law has helped inject 11,000 new jobs into Haiti’s once ailing textile industry. Nine companies have moved to the country to take advantage of the nine-year window of duty-free access to the U.S. market for textiles.
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    Rangel is shipping 11,000 jobs out of the country. Whose side is he on? Not ours. What has happened to this guy. I once thought he was a stand up guy. He came apart like a cheap watch. Another Judas. He was once a close friend who convinced her to run. Hes dirty.

  64. Looks as if the UN Security Council has given a green light to do whatever is needed to take out the pirates. I wonder what Obama excuse will be if he does nothing.
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    That right has existed under The Law Of The Sea for centuries. The damned problem is how to safely extract the hostage–unless that situation has been resolved. If the extraction is successful, Barack will invite (summon) the rescuers to the White House, give them some high honor (CMH if they are military), and then give them was they really wanted when they put their lives at risk: a box set of the top 20 Hollywood Movies.

  65. Rangel is shipping 11,000 jobs out of the country.
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    The US lost the textile worker jobs decades ago…Haiti is probably one of the few countries in the Western hemisphere that can compete with Bangladesh and Vietnam for needle and thread jobs. China is even getting priced out of that market.

  66. The Association of American Railroads recently reported that freight traffic was down 17% in March.

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    Well since I have moved near a train load out facilitity (and its driving me fcuking crazy) I can’t say that is bad news.

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    Taylor Marsh is a skank. Low life, turn coat. She turned on Hillary so fast my head swam. She in it for the bucks and I BET she is about bankrupt right now. I would never give her the hit on that so called news site.

  67. I can’t believe they just didn’t get the seals to free the captain when there were only 4 pirates.

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    Swim under the boat and make a hole in it that the pirates couldn’t repair. Killing the hostage wouldn’t stop the boat from sinking.

    Did Obama tell them not to?

  68. I got a call today from someone who is older, and not that computer savey. They knew about the local tea party. Amazing that we are seeing such protest at this point, and people know about this.

  69. henry Says:
    April 10th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Just did a google search of an old college friend
    We worked together as children calling people on behalf of dukakis
    Times changed and we lost touch but were roommates and friends for ten years. I was beyond disgusted to google her on a whim and find that she is trumpeting obama on her home page. We have not talked in years but I happen to care desperately for her and am contempating calling her out on her beliefs.

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    Give her time … I have a dear bot friend and they’re in a painful situation right now, still clinging to denial. As time goes on, more and more evidence wlil turn up and they’ll come round on their own.

  70. turndowobama-com

    I am not sure how I would deal with Henry’s situation. I am grateful that the close friend who live near by feels the same way I do and voted Rep. The others that are close but do not live near by, some of them did vote for him. I find that my feelings for them have changed. Their rational was a Dim was better than McCain and his conservative views. However, I don’t think they really knew what Os views were, and how he would behave. I did, and I find it hard to understand why they did not. I am not sure what the future holds with those relationships.

  71. # SHV Says:
    April 10th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Taylor Marsh is a skank.
    ********
    1+
    She even uses a phony name.
    &&&&&&&&&

    Yes, Taylor is another one waking up “too late”.

    My real name is “Reginald Gagroneous Baxter”, but you can call me “R.G. Biggiesmalls”

    taylormarsh.com/2009/04/10/burden-of-proof-is-on-obama/

    has a great goofy photos of W (potus 2001-2009) and “W. III”

    Burden of Proof is On Obama
    10 April 2009 3:17 pm by Taylor Marsh

    Reagan-era legal eagle Bruce Fein is miffed. He was an Obama supporter on many things, and let’s just say on this one he’s got lots of company. Some of us, as I’ve said before, are less surprised than others at what’s now unfolded. But as supporters of President Obama, in the end it all ends up the same. It’s another person getting executive fever thinking that being president in a democratic republic is good, but playing king is better.

    The “state secrets” privilege has been around since 1953 and how it came into being is nothing that makes us proud. Dan Froomkin laid it out yesterday. It seems at this point the Obama administration is headed into making the same mistakes through their overreach of claiming that national security could be endangered in several cases if they produce documents, the trouble being that they’ll never have to prove their point. Not even to judges. That’s a problem and always has been, especially for Barack Obama who is now seen as going back on his word regarding transparency.

    Greg Sargent reveals another issue, and has the screen capture as well. On the White House web site, the Administration is still crowing about the Bush administration even as they mimic what Bush did on “state secrets.

    The only possible good news came in Attorney General Holder’s interview with Katie Couric, though he only went as far as to say a review was being done, also not guaranteeing we’d see the review, then citing one instance where the Obama administration could change its mind. Not exactly impressive.

    Holder: … I have ordered a review of the state secrets doctrine. All the cases in which – we have invoked that doctrine. I think there are a total of maybe 20 or so, just to make sure that it was properly invoked. And to see, in those cases, where it was properly invoked, if there’s a way we can be more surgical, whether there is a way in which we can share more information.

    A report is in the process of being prepared. I’ll expect I’ll have it in the not too distant future. And my hope is to be able to share the results of that report with the American people. So they’ll understand exactly – why we’ve had to use the state secret – state secrets doctrine in certain cases. And why we – decided not to use it in – in certain other cases.

    Couric: So you think it’s appropriate to invoke it at certain times?

    Holder: At certain times. But I want to make sure that we only do it where it’s absolutely necessary. I would only apply the doctrine where – national security was at stake, where the lives of the American people were at stake. Where sources and methods used by our intelligence – at – our intelligence assets were used. This is a very transparent administration.

    This is going to be a very transparent Justice Department. But I’m not gonna sacrifice the safety of the American people or our ability to protect – the American homeland. And that is – as I said, first and foremost.

    Couric: Having said that, do you believe the state secrets doctrine was abused by the Bush administration?

    Holder: Well, I’m in the process of looking – that is being reviewed now. And so, I’ll see what the result of that – review is. And as I said, try to share the results of that review with the American people.

    Couric: What’s your gut though?

    Holder: Well, I don’t know. On the basis of the two, three cases that we’ve had to review so far – I think that the invocation of the doctrine was correct. We – we reversed – are in the process of looking at one case. But I think we’re likely to reverse it. …

    Part of this whole problem began with one statement, impeachment is off the table, which unfortunately came from Speaker Pelosi, but which ended up sending a message, not only to Republicans, but especially to Democrats who don’t have the spine to hold Bush-Cheney accountable for their misdeeds, including investigations of possible crimes that have us looking back, including the act of torture, that was ordered on George W. Bush’s watch. As someone who was against impeachment of Bush, there can be no question that the lack of serious investigation of Bush administration actions helped cause the situation in which we now find ourselves. My point against impeachment was that it was putting the goal ahead of finding out what happened through serious investigation first. Unfortunately, that never happened. I also made it clear that due to the Iraq war I felt it was counterproductive on keeping our country’s eye on the ball when we were drowning in Iraq. But again, that shouldn’t have precluded Congress taking a strong investigative approach once the Dems got into power, but yet it actually did, because Pelosi’s singular statement became the facade behind which the Bush-Cheney administration remained in hiding, which now unfolds on to President Obama and his administration claiming the same types of egregious power grabs as his predecessor, while accountability goes poof. Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi is caught in between, with her strong loyalty to Obama, and her job, stretched across a cleaver threatening to cut her power in two. Just watching her twist during Jon Stewart’s recent interview (as well as with Keith Olbermann) brought that reality into focus.

    At the foundation, however, we have Barack Obama, someone who never presented himself when he was a candidate as someone who is confrontational or who seeks out to punish the power structure he sought to sit atop. As a candidate, Mr. Obama made it clear on FISA, voting in favor of warrantless wiretaps. So it’s really not a very far jump where we find ourselves today; that President Obama and his Justice department have claimed “state secrets” now that he’s part of the presidents’ club. His bipartisan zeal on the altar of allowing him to get things done, along with his passion to find common ground, also stops him, because he wants to make sure he has enough friends so that his agenda can get passed, because the goal of greatness is never far from any president’s mind.

    The popularity of President Obama weighs down any inspiration he also might have for changing the page from Bush-Cheney “state secrets” privilege, citing national security, because at the foundation of the strategy is “protecting the American people,” something for which we all should be grateful, but which we should never allow to become a shield to protect the executive over the citizenry’s rights.

    As in the case that began it all, United States v. Reynolds (1953), which Froomkin points to in his post, by the time the records are unsealed and the truth is known, the government culprits seeking cover are long gone and justice is too long denied to be served.

    Sam Stein has more, including a statement from Justice on one case, Jewel v. NSA:

    The administration recognizes that invoking the states secret privilege is a significant step that should be taken only when absolutely necessary. After careful consideration by senior intelligence and Department of Justice officials, it was clear that pursuing this case could unavoidably put at risk the disclosure of sensitive information that would harm national security.

    An examination by the Director of National Intelligence and an internal review team established by the Attorney General determined that attempting to address the allegations in this case could require the disclosure of intelligence sources and methods that are used in a lawful manner to protect national security. The administration cannot risk the disclosure of information that could cause such exceptional harm to national security.

    While the assertion of states secrets privilege is necessary to protect national security, the intelligence community’s surveillance activities are designed and executed to comply fully with the laws protecting the privacy and civil liberties of Americans. There is a robust oversight system to ensure this compliance.

    What “robust oversight system”? At this point all we’re getting is that the Obama administration says so. Not good enough. President Obama has to prove it.

    For my money, Louis Fisher was exactly correct. A “robust oversight system” would mean that a judge gets involved, behind closed doors so that no “state secrets” privilege claim can be violated, without knowing exactly who did it, a judge, which is unlikely, able to hear the Administration’s case, or seeing, at least in part, the national security issue that needs protecting. After seeing proof, then and only then can the “state secret” issue be satisfied through a “robust oversight system.”

    No one wants national security violated.

    But no citizen should allow the executive or judicial branches to protect themselves over the citizenry.

    Via Glenn Greenwald, Sen. Feingold on the issue:

    I am troubled that once again the Obama administration has decided to invoke the state secrets privilege in a case challenging the previous administration’s alleged misconduct. The Obama administration’s action, on top of Congress’s mistaken decision last year to give immunity to the telecommunications companies that allegedly participated in the warrantless wiretapping program, will make it even harder for courts to rule on the legality of that program. […]

    TPMMuckraker has been all over the issue as well. Along with the Jepesen case, as well as the al-Haramain Islamic Foundation regarding illegal wiretapping, where the Obama administration has claimed “state secrets,” long-time supporters of Barack Obama have found themselves betrayed, the trust they put in Mr. Obama used, with the result being a president just like Bush on these critical judicial matters for which Barack Obama, the candidate, lifted himself up.

    The Obama administration does have some allies, however. Bill O’Reilly and the Red State crowd love pitting Obama against “the far left,” as they come down on Obama’s side because he’s supposedly “protecting national security,” all the while President Obama or his administration do not have to prove “state secrets” are actually at stake.

    Emailing Dan Froomkin, Louis Fisher asks the bottom line question: “What check would exist for illegal actions by the executive branch?”

    Under the Obama administration, just like Bush-Cheney, at this point, there are none.

    –comments are closed–
    Tags: Barack Obama, civil rights, Democrats, George W. Bush, investigations, media, Nancy Pelosi, national security, Republicans, right wing, torture

  72. The US lost the textile worker jobs decades ago…Haiti is probably one of the few countries in the Western hemisphere that can compete with Bangladesh and Vietnam for needle and thread jobs. China is even getting priced out of that market.
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    Good analysis. We did for the most part. You still see traces of it parts of New York City. But JP Stevens, the great textile mills of New England and Pennsylvania are a thing of the past. I remember something Buffet said to his partner Munger one time that he hoped the new technology did not work because if it did he would have to shut down the factory. Berkshire Hathaway was originally in that business.

    There are a number of benefits in creating jobs in Haiti. It is the poorest country in the Hemisphere which is why it can compete effectively on world markets provided people can be adequately trained and I see no reason why they cannot. If this inititiative is successful it can raise the standard of living and help build a medical system capable of handling the AIDS problem. It can reduce the incentive for illegal immigration and lives lost at sea in transit to Miami.

    What about the Wrangel part. He was one who pushed her to run for the Senate job and supported her run for President. But at the very end he became a vocal critic and was the point man in ending her campaign. He had tax problems and other problems which Obama people threatened to expose. He did not attend her suspension speech nor did he go to the convention. He knows what a Judas he is. As Mark Anthony said of Brutas who was Caesars closest friend but helped stab him to death–his was the unkindest cut of all.

    What is your take on him?

  73. Taylor Marsh= Headcase. I really dont know what to make of that meandering its not Barack its his adminintration diatribe tisk tisk tell ya what were gonna do: John Turley will tell him he wont support him on the fourth amendment issue (wow), Jeffery Tubehead can stick out his jaw and say something courageous like this may or may survive close constitutional scrutiny depending on whether stevens finally retires, ginzberg steps down, Larry I will do anything you ask Barak Tribe steps up, and two of the three possible nominees are appointed and confirmed which may depend on what happens in Minnesota, and Trader Taylor Marsh aka Shank can stand on principal and say the burden of proof is on you Barack but that doesnt mean we cant still see eachother.

    And all Obama has to do is look those three nitwits in the eye and say this: who won the election you or me. The proper form of the question is who stole the election and then among the four of them the answer would be up for grabs.

  74. I would love to have the opportunity to spend the day with President Clinton but maxed my contributions in the primary. It would be amazing to be able to have one of us from this site be able to find out the inside story of what really happened if President Clinton would discuss. I remember speaking to Bill down here briefly as well as one of Hillary’s top finance guys and they were absolutely convinced if she won TX, Ohio, and PA she was “in”. She did just that, yet she was denied the nomination. I know it’s old news and I have been called a”sore loser”, but one day I want to find out exactly how the Obama machine “defeated” the Clinton machine. I don’t think I will ever get “over it” and no matter what BO does, I can never even remotely consider him my POTUS. I guess I am one of those bitter Americansd BO talked about in San Fran, except I have plenty oof money and never owned a gun.

  75. What is your take on him?
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    Over all life?? Positive..Harlem, high school drop out, joins Army fights in Korea in segregated unit, wounded.. bronze star..goes to college and law school..turns his life around. Is given credit for getting arms to Israel during Yom Kipper war..Generally positive record in congress..recent problems..not so good.

  76. After four years of hyperpolitical Holder I wonder how he will fare against the estimable Judge Gonzales. The bar is not that high you say? Worst AG in history? Just be patient.

    Concern has been expressed as to how Judge Gonzales is doing since he decided to step down, thus relieving a burden on Bush and also avoiding a possible impeachment.

    You will be glad to know he is doing well. In fact, he has moved to Crawford, and the back 40 of the Bush ranch. That way both he and Bush will have someone in the world willing to talk to them.

  77. wbboei Says:
    April 10th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    After four years of hyperpolitical Holder
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    Holder is scum..being the lead attorney for Chiquita Brands and their “death squad” problem should have disqualified him for AG…He was also a registered lobbyist who got a “pass”.

  78. It would be amazing to be able to have one of us from this site be able to find out the inside story of what really happened if President Clinton would discuss.
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    Not necesarily. We might find it even harder to live with Barack Obama and the Chicago thugs he bought with him than we do now.

  79. Notre Dame will give Obama honorary degree, ASU won’t

    By Evan Vucci,

    PHOENIX (AP) — If President Barack Obama expects an honorary degree when he gives the spring commencement address at Arizona State University, school officials will have to tell him “no we can’t.”
    Obama, who will to speak May 13 to ASU graduates on the Tempe campus, will not be given an honorary degree, an honor universities typically give to commencement speakers. “It’s our practice to recognize an individual for his body of work, somebody who’s been in their position for a long time,” Sharon Keeler, an ASU spokeswoman, told The Associated Press. “His body of work is yet to come. That’s why we’re not recognizing him with a degree at the beginning of his presidency.”

    The school, in fact, has no plans to give out any honorary degrees this year. A six-member academic committee oversees the process, reviewing nominees which usually come from faculty. The group then recommends candidates to the university president. Recent recipients of honorary degrees at ASU include J. Craig Venter, an internationally known scientist credited for developing high-volume genome sequencing, and Wu Qidi, vice minister of education of the People’s Republic of China.

    Obama will, however, receive an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Notre Dame when he delivers the commencement speech May 17.
    University spokesman Dennis Brown said it’s customary at Notre Dame to confer a degree on every guest speaker. The university tries to select speakers who have made significant contributions to society or can give a compelling message. But Brown said any comparison of the two schools’ differing decision on extending Obama a degree was inappropriate.

    “ASU is an outstanding university,” Brown said. “Every university has its own traditions and has its own missions. I don’t think it’s at all fair to gauge one against the other. Everybody’s different.”

    Keeler said people should not look upon ASU’s withholding of the honor as a presidential dis. “First of all, they should inquire as to what the university’s practice is before making a judgment by what another university might do,” Keeler said.

    Unlike Notre Dame, ASU has not heard any protests surrounding Obama’s commencement invitation. Many Catholics have been angered by Obama’s planned appearance at Notre Dame, the nation’s largest Catholic university, because of his decisions to provide federal funding for embryonic stem cell research and his stance on abortion.

    usatoday.com/news/education/2009-04-10-obama-honorary-degrees_N.htm

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    “The university tries to select speakers who have made significant contributions to society or can give a compelling message.”

    What a bunch of idiots to even thing obama qualifies.

  80. Holder is scum..being the lead attorney for Chiquita Brands and their “death squad” problem should have disqualified him for AG…He was also a registered lobbyist who got a “pass”.
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    SHV: I am aware of this. I mentioned it here a few months back to
    jbstonesfan in connection with Holders playing the race card. He is an agitator and that is not a good thing to be when you are attorney general. The old saying a prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich applies. It is the nightmare of every innocent defendant in a high profile case to come face to face with a hyperpolitical prosecutor who will wrap himself in the American Flag and squash that defendant like a but. I have known one or two of them like that and they made Hannibal Lector look like a choir boy. Judge Gonzales was dumb and conniving. Holder on the other hand is not stupid.

  81. NARL and Notre Dame. What have they in common? Both renounce core principles for the sake of political access and influence. But if they are willing to do that then what do those core principle really mean to them? It’s a tough question I know. But the moment should not go unnoticed. I know Catholic Priests who would condemn this action, and so most likely do you.

  82. Over all life?? Positive..Harlem, high school drop out, joins Army fights in Korea in segregated unit, wounded.. bronze star..goes to college and law school..turns his life around. Is given credit for getting arms to Israel during Yom Kipper war..
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    Which was my view as well for many years . . . until the music stopped.

  83. SHV: I am aware of this. I mentioned it here a few months back
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    I think that was were I was made aware of what a piece of crap Holder is.

  84. Which was my view as well for many years . . . until the music stopped.
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    There is that problem…

  85. 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?
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    Youbetcha Turndown

  86. Turndown: a little more on that. By chance today I ran into an Alaska politician and judge at the local coffee shop. Turned out he and his wife had been introduced to eachother by a dear departed friend of mine. I thought about asking him for his reaction to Palin but was certain from the moment he first opened his mouth that he was part of the old boy network up there. The tip off came when his wife mentioned he had been appointed head of the marine highway system by then Governor Murkoski who was the kingpin of it. His daughter is now the senior senator and was not a friend of Hillary. So I have no use for her. I have a neigbor and friend who was Mayor of Juneau during territorial days. He is old Alaska like sourdough days. Served with General Simon Bolivar Buckner in World War II in Alaska and later Okinawa where the General was killed by sniper fire. He is the kind of small town Republican I was talking about. He is in his 90s. Oldest member of the Bar. I will ask him about Palin. I guarantee you he will like her.

  87. …just need to vent something…earlier today I saw Gene Sperling on TV as a spokesperson for Obama’s economic strategy…that really bothered me…I remember the young, smart, articulate, nerdy Gene during President Clinton’s administration…I always liked his smart ‘nerdiness’ and the way he would explain Bill’s economic strategy…Gene always seemed so earnest and trustworthy…and kind of innocent…he always struck me as a brainaic and one of the smartest, unassuming “propellerheads’ from those days…

    …to see him speaking for Obama’s fraudulant economic strategy just disheartened me…I want to yell out…Gene, run…now, as fast as you can…do not tarnish yourself by this association…

  88. ROTFLMAO!

    I just heard a Lt Col. on Fox, speaking of Obama’s total lack of knowing what the hell to do as president, say he was like

    “the dog who caught the fire truck”

    Cracked my ass up. How apt.

  89. Our president came bearing a basketful of mea culpas. With varying degrees of directness or obliqueness, Obama indicted his own people for arrogance, for dismissiveness and derisiveness, for genocide, for torture, for Hiroshima, for Guantanamo and for insufficient respect for the Muslim world.
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    You know where this shit comes from–don’t you?

    Same place as this if the first time I have been proud of my country.

    The mouth of his erstwhile spiritual advisor Jerimian Wright

    That tune is playing in his head 24/7

    Even though he sat with his children in that church for years

    And never heard a thing . . . just ossmosis or something.

  90. Heres another one that eluded me until just now

    Q: why did he embrace white conservative ante diluvian gay bashing Rick Warren of all people???

    A. to put the stench of reverend wright as far behind him as he could hoping no one would remember

    You can take Barack Obama out of the black liberation church but you cant take the black liberation church out of Barack Obama–24/7.

    Loretta Lynn had a song like that in the 60’s: you can take Barney out of the barroom but–you can’t take the bar out of barney.

  91. If it is 20 miles across the English Channel then Obama has swam only 1.3 miles, we have yet to hit rough sea, but already he is sinking.

    If this were a boxing match we are roughly half way through round 1 of a 10 round fight and already he is staggering around the ring and leaning on the ropes.

    Big Media is the cocksun in scenario 1 and are telling us the next 19 miles will be easy.

    Big Media is the referee in scenario 2 and is praying that he stays on his feet until they can sound an early bell and talk to him.

  92. Never let a little thing like the truth stand in the way of a good story, right Joe. I doubt that Rove lies–unless he is under oath:
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    Karl Rove Calls Joe Biden ‘Exaggerator,’ ‘Liar’

    Friday, April 10, 2009 10:43 AM

    By: Jim Meyers Article Font Size

    Republican strategist Karl Rove has called Vice President Joe Biden a “liar” and a “serial exaggerator” for concocting a story about President George W. Bush “out of whole cloth.”

    What set Rove off were comments Biden made in an interview with CNN on Tuesday regarding what he claimed was a meeting with President Bush in the Oval Office.

    “Well, Joe, he said, I’m a leader. And I said, Mr. President, turn around and look behind you. No one’s following.”

    Asked about the comments by Fox News’ Megyn Kelly on Thursday, Rove — who was a close adviser to Bush — said: “It didn’t happen. I hate to say it, but he’s a serial exaggerator. If I was being unkind, I’d say he’s a liar. But it is a habit he ought to drop.

    “You’ll notice every one of these incidents has the same structure. Joe Biden courageously raises the impudent question. The president befuddledly answers, and Joe Biden drives home the dramatic response. And I mean, it just — it’s his imagination. It’s a made-up, fictional world.”

    Kelly asked: “So you’re saying he just made this thing up out of whole cloth with no basis in fact?”

    Rove responded: “He’s making these things up out of whole cloth.”

    Rove also disputed Biden’s claim that he had spent “a lot of hours alone with” Bush.

    “Joe Biden was never alone with the president for more than a few moments,” Rove said. “There was staff in the room at all times…

    “I think there are very few presidents who spend hours with somebody in the Oval Office, particularly a — with all due respect, a blowhard like Joe Biden.”

    Rove also said: “These are the kinds of things you can get away with if you are a United States senator or a backbencher in the U.S. House of Representatives. You should not exaggerate and lie like this when you’re the vice president of the United States.”

    Biden spokesman Jay Carney told Fox News earlier this week: “The vice president stands by his remarks.”

    Rove pointed out that Biden dropped out of the 1988 Presidential race because he was found to be plagiarizing a speech by Neil Kinnock, the leader of the British Labour Party, “and recounting an episode in Kinnock’s life as if it were in his own life.”

    Biden was also criticized for claiming last July that he had been “shot at” during a trip to Iraq, Fox reported. He later amended that assertion, telling The Hill newspaper: “I was near where a shot landed.”

  93. Nobody else blogging tonight–not even turndown or confloyd. So boring that I did the unthinkable an played the bow video with Perino and the blob. Dana was fine to listen to, if she can defend Bush and keep her cool as she did then she gets my vote. The blob had nothing to say that I would be interested in and was easily censored out. But I noticed that Wolf is back, back from what was supposted to have been retirement, retired for a weekend and back for another 40 years. Is this the way it works, I tell my audience I am retiring on Friday, Friday night the drinks with the crew, Saturday night the formal dinner with the roast, Sunday the hangover all day long, then Monday I am back in the office. No wonder nothing changes at CNN, at least for the better.

  94. In yet another attempt to cover for Bambi, I see Blitzer tried to suggest that Bambi committeed no transgression because he merely bowed to the king of Saudi Arabia, whereas Bush actually kissed him. Perino pointed out that the kiss was per protocol, whereas the bow was a sign of deference and subservience. I wish she had gone one step further however and said Bush never denied it or had his staff lie about it.

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  95. wbboei,

    WEll, I’m back for a few minutes anyway. So I don’t have to go out for news, what’s the latest from Penzance?

  96. What puzzles me is so many other pirate ships joining this one. Why are they risking more and more of their people and resources — just to try to rescue these few pirates on the lifeboat? The ransom for the captain can’t be worth that much to them all, and as things are going, he may end up dead and no ransom at all. Why don’t the rest of the pirates write this off as a bad investment and stay home? They are escalating this into something that may get them all wiped out, and their bases too.

    Hm, who’s running Somalia now, some darkside mirror image clone of Obama?

  97. What puzzles me is so many other pirate ships joining this one. Why are they risking more and more of their people and resources — just to try to rescue these few pirates on the lifeboat? The ransom for the captain can’t be worth that much to them all, and as things are going, he may end up dead and no ransom at all. Why don’t the rest of the pirates write this off as a bad investment and stay home? They are escalating this into something that may get them all wiped out, and their bases too.

    Hm, who’s running Somalia now, some darkside mirror image clone of Obama?
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    It makes no sense tactically speaking. Therefore, the explanation must lie elsewhere. Possibly, a tribal or family relationship between the pirates on the lifeboat and those who are putting themselves foolishly at risk in an effort to save them from arrest.

  98. Good Morning all

    I had seen on the ticker at the bottom of the page about other pirates coming to join them. That makes it a much more difficult situation.

  99. Morning, all you late-nighters- missing you all.

    I’ve been awol through no fault of my own. Work interfering with available time left for posting.

    Obama’s incompetence becoming blarringly obvious to every man woman and child on the planet. Big Media, singing his praises far and away from reality, wearing thin on everyone’s nerves, for how much longer? Then what?

    There is a new DVD out “The Battle of Seattle”. The WHO protest during the Clinton Administration. Protesting the corporate takeover of the World putting corporate rights before peoples. This movie demonstrates the IMF creep to where we are now. Don’t miss it.

  100. This is from Larry Johnson @ No Quarter excerpted from longer piece.
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    I am sad to report that the Obama Administration is performing more ineptly than the Bush Administration in managing the crisis response. (Sad because I initially had high hopes that Jim Jones would bring some tough love to a broken interagency system.) So far they have not convened the necessary interagency video conference that should be used to coordinate a full up response and ensure that the White House has a full understanding of the options and capabilities. This is being handled as primarily a DOD operation with the FBI playing an ancillary role. I am surprised that NSC advisor Jim Jones and the NSC chief for counter terrorism, John Brennan, are acting like novices when it comes to handling the interagency responsibility competently.

    I am still hopeful this will turn out well and the Obama team will declare victory. But it will be a hollow victory because it exposes how unprepared the Obama team is to handled a full interagency response.

    If reports are true that other Somali pirate ships are en-route to the scene to attempt to rescue their colleagues then the Obama team will face a significant test of will. The appropriate response will be to declare the area off limits and shoot any boat out of the water that attempts to approach the lifeboat carrying Captain Phillips. If the Obama team does this they will earn some tough guy points and allay fears I’m hearing from military friends that this group has no spine. If the Obama team fails to stop such an attempt then Obama will have surpassed Jimmy Carter for being a surrender monkey.

  101. wbboei

    Where did he grow a spine and learn complex inter agency coordination, neighborhood organizer? We all want this to end well for the sake of the Captain, who has shown such bravery.

    There has never been anything there but Kool Aid. I hope the pirates like Kool Aid.

  102. Obama’s incompetence becoming blarringly obvious to every man woman and child on the planet. Big Media, singing his praises far and away from reality, wearing thin on everyone’s nerves, for how much longer? Then what?
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    Big media’s game is now transparent to most people. The way he has handled this minicrisis by keeping a very very very safe distance from it, and refusing to say anything about it to the press, is not good for him. There is a difference between micromanagement and avoidance and he has not found it. This contributes to the absentee landlord and party animal image. His extravagant taste in of all things pizza in a time of austerity from most Americans is classic noveau riche and provides a nice counterpoint for his non involvement. If the hostage is saved credit goes to the rescuer. If he is lost, there will be second guessing. It almost does not matter what the media tries to do. There is no legitimate reason for them to go on lying for him.

  103. Where did he grow a spine and learn complex inter agency coordination, neighborhood organizer?
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    There is nothing in Obamas ACORN PLAYBOOK FOR CORRUPTING VOTER REGISTATATION AND DISRUPTING CAUCUSES that quite prepares him for this kind of situation. Nor does his LITTLE BLACK BOOK ON THE LOVE THY NEIGHBOR SERMONS OF REVEREND WRIGHT OFFER much guidance since this is one he cant blame on white people. Shucks what is an intelligent, thoughtful man like Bambi to do but hide and try to spin the outcome and hope that people are naiive enough to believe him.

  104. turndownobama-com

    I was thinking the same thing yesterday…..re the hostage. Put divers in the water and put several holes in the boat at once…causing chaos, confusion and putting all of them in the water at a disadvantage. I don’t understand why they haven’t taken control of this situation. That lifeboat is a sitting duck.

  105. I am not a tactical expert, but in the past it appears that they think you kind of talk and starve them out. However, I am not sure what they will do with the Pirate ships headed there with more hostages.

    They keep saying time is on their side.

    Admin, I had a phone conversation with a former Marine Officer, and he knew about the history of Tripoli. You made me really sound Smart.

  106. Obama’s incompetence becoming blarringly obvious to every man woman and child on the planet.
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    This is true..The strange thing is the explanation for Obama’s refusal to respond to the question. “He is focused full time on the economy”…WTF???? The pirates are, in the big picture of possible bad sh*t than can happen, trivial and he can’t handle it. All he or his press sec. had to was the the “Pres. is aware of the situation and additional comment is not warranted at this time”….the “can’t walk and chew gum” explanation showed utter incompetence.

  107. According to news reports ANOTHER U.S. ship has been captured by pirates and they have 16 Americans hostage.

    WTF is our President on this? Oh, I forgot, he’s enjoying his pizza’s.

    What a doofus we have. God help us when BinLaden and company attack US again. It’s only a matter of time.

    We are looking weaker by the day.

    I am ready for cowboy diplomacy again, at least we didn’t cower in any corner with Bush.

    Yes, he can’t walk and chew gum at the same time. Incompetent.

  108. As I remember, Carter made a failed attempt to rescue the Americans in the Embassy, and that really sealed his failure.

    It looks like Os test is coming early in his Presidency, so I guess if there is any failure here it will be blamed on the Marines, Seals, Navy, SOS, and the fact he has only been in office 3 months. That stuff usually sells to the Kook Aid group.

    DDDAAAAMMM this job is HHHAAARRRDDD.

  109. This is true..The strange thing is the explanation for Obama’s refusal to respond to the question. “He is focused full time on the economy”…WTF????
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    That may be the truth. He has probably got 20 lawyers in his office right now trying to unravel the hidden mysteries of the GM warranty which is one more bad bet made by corporate America which he intends to have taxpayers cover.

    Why you might ask should he care? The only reason I can think of is he might be asked an intelligent question by some reputable journalist who is not in the hopium den and he wants to know how to bamboozle him.

    At that point some supporter would probably step up and say I wonder if you would have asked that question if he was white. I hope that journalist looks him in the eye and tells him race is no excuse for incompetence.

  110. They keep trying to indicate that September is the turnaround date. These economist, who have been so dead wrong in the past, we are now confident that they are right. I sure hope they are.

    As these lost jobs hit home, it will be interesting to see how long the Kool Aid effect continues to numb the pain from what the economy is doing to your own family.

  111. It looks like Os test
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    NewMexico: I would argue that his test has already occurred. I think the North Korea incident was the test. The Krauthammer article spells it out clearly–in terms of the provocation and the lame response. This may not be the kind of thing CNN wants to mention, but it is the kind of thing our enemies fixate on and calibrate in terms of their own next moves.

    This rescue mission may evoke memories of Iran, and big media may draw parallels if it turns out well just as conservatives have drawn parallels because so far it has gone badly, but some adult somewhere has to point out that this is more like a police hostage situation than a confrontation with a revolutionary government. And then they must say as Krauthammer did that the real test has already occurred and the darling of big media showed himself to be a paper tiger. Here again is the relevant excerpt:

    In his major foreign policy address in Prague committing the United States to a world without nuclear weapons, President Obama took note of North Korea’s missile launch just hours earlier and then grandiloquently proclaimed: “Rules must be binding. Violations must be punished. Words must mean something. The world must stand together to prevent the spread of these weapons. Now is the time for a strong international response.”

    A more fatuous presidential call to arms is hard to conceive. What “strong international response” did Obama muster to North Korea’s brazen defiance of a Chapter 7 — “binding,” as it were — U.N. resolution prohibiting such a launch? The obligatory emergency Security Council session produced nothing. No sanctions. No resolution. Not even a statement. China and Russia professed to find no violation whatsoever. They would not even permit a U.N. statement that dared express “concern,” let alone condemnation. Having thus bravely rallied the international community and summoned the United Nations — a fiction and a farce, respectively — what was Obama’s further response? The very next day, his defense secretary announced drastic cuts in missile defense, including halting further deployment of Alaska-based interceptors designed precisely to shoot down North Korean ICBMs. Such is the “realism” Obama promised to restore to U.S. foreign policy.

  112. I watched Gretas interview with Gingrich over the Notre Dame flap and when he announced that he recently converted to Catholicism the thought crossed my mind that he will run for president in 2012.

    Now that may not be good news to any of us but I can tell you one thing about him that is true. He is a fast thinker, a well informed mind, and a creative one. He could lick the barack big media tag team with one hand tied behind his back. And bad as he is he is better than what we have now. I have no illusions remaining about any of this.

  113. wbboei

    I think you are right, that Gingrich will do anything to win and he has no code of ethics, which McCain seemed to have. He will through them all under the bus.

  114. Gingrich and Obama are the same thugs category. If you shake them it’s hard to say who would come out of the bag first.

    We need Hillary in 2012!

    There is still debt that she has from the campaign though .. I just sent in a small contribution this past week.

    Wonder if there would be interest in a Money Bomb here at Hillaryis44.

    Just think, this time last year we were fighting hard for her nomination! It seems like an eternity, not a year

  115. They keep trying to indicate that September is the turnaround date.
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    I cannot tell you how relieved I am to hear that. I now realize how wrong I was to be worrying about little things like 50 trillion in bad derivatives, bankbailouts that reward robber barrons and rob taxpayers, taxpayer financed pork and boondooggles, the failure of g-20, rising debt which may bankrupt us, the continuing decline in the 23 trillion dollar housing sector and all the other concerns which are now rendered moot.

    September it all turns around and celestial choirs chime. To whom do we owe this divine prophesy? Robert MacNamara Orzag Jr? The Groper? Or the Expert Economist himself Obama?

    This does raise one pertinent question however: if Obama is truly the expert he claims, then why does he need to focus on the economy. He already knows what needs to be done. So why cant he show just a little interest in the Somali situation? SHV’s suggestion that the man cannot walk and chew gum at the same time is the most likely reason, unless he is too busy showing sports teams around his new digs.

  116. Gingrich and Obama are the same thugs category. If you shake them it’s hard to say who would come out of the bag first.

    We need Hillary in 2012!
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    Well said DOT. I was hoping to hear that. But it does raise the question of how we get the DNC and state parties back from the left wing cabal, tame the media dragon, raise the necessary funds and develop an exit strategy from this benighted administration before it is too late. And when Obama fails would the party turn instead to Al Gore. These are all imponderables at the moment. We must wait to see what happens after the gotterdammerung. NB Gingrich was a key player in suspending mark to market for client banks so he is as you say like the creep in office now–only 50 IQ points smarter.

  117. He already knows what needs to be done.
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    He defers to Larry Summers who tells Geithner what to say and do. ADHD Obama can’t sit still long enough to even begin to understand the economy.
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    “I was to be worrying about little things like 50 trillion in bad derivatives”
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    As of a year ago the total “face” value of all derivatives was $1244 TRILLION and the toxic credit-default swaps was $58 TRILLION…For perspective, the US GDP is ~$14 trillion, the total US money supply is $15 trillion and the World GDP is $50 trillion.

  118. He already knows what needs to be done.
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    I was being facetious when I said that. I think Obama is the blind man in the dark room looking for the black cat that isnt there. He is a puppet, an empty suit and a schmoozer– not a leader on the economy or on anything else–except when it comes to ordering an expensive Pizza. That is his only claim to immortality. Lets carve that pizza instead on the side of Mount Rushmore so he is receives proper recogniton.

  119. We do need Hillary in 2012. We need her right now. I just hope obama doesn’t destroy her chances with mistake after mistake that leaves the world tottering on its axis. If the Republicans start looking good again, Hillary may just be painted with the same brush as obama, that is if he isn’t already preparing to leave her holding the bag.

  120. Barack o’ Barmecide is still fooling some of the people some of the time, but their numbers are fewer and fewer. We run a business where we are in contact with customers all day long in a county and a state that supported him in the selection and the election… a few are still drunk, many are sobering up and lots of liars are lamely denying they voted for him! But most are fearful that something disastrous is happening to their country. Two guys used almost the same words on different days and don’t know each other: “We thought we were doing the blacks a favor. (We did it for the blacks) Why didn’t we find out more about him?” Hearing this one a lot: “Sonuvabxx actually bowed down to a middle eastern king!” And variations on this one are becoming a chorus: ”He’s an amateur! He doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing! He’s nothing but a bullshitter! etc.

    ADMIN! Wish you had been here to witness three twenty-somethings on a ferry boat chanting loudly: “Obama cannot be trusted! Obama cannot be trusted by his friends, Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies, Obama cannot be trusted on any issue, Obama cannot be trusted!” I didn’t know them but I wanted to kiss them! Paul to Corinthians: “Greet ye one another with a holy kiss.”

  121. Janh

    My exact thinking.

    wwboeihttp

    The media is trying to paint a fantasy to save the economy by themselves, as they need O. Let us face it, it worked during the campaign.

  122. ———————-
    It makes no sense tactically speaking. Therefore, the explanation must lie elsewhere. Possibly, a tribal or family relationship between the pirates on the lifeboat and those who are putting themselves foolishly at risk in an effort to save them from arrest.
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    Or maybe than know the stuff this president is NOT made of!

  123. Tibits from Bitterpolitiz
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    hey you guys is this one really true? Did any of you happen to see it?

    Posted by: llr
    Apr 10, 12:31 PM Report Abuse

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    Did not someone say publicly yesterday that the pirates are not terrorists but entrepreneurial people w/a business plan. I know I heard this statement on the news and just about lost it.
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    You heard correctly. I believe it was CNN and the situation room with the former commander of the U.S.S. Cole. I was dumbfounded.
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    : ASU caves, will probably award honorary degree to Obama

    http://hotair.com/archives/2009/04/10/inevitable-asu-caves-will-probably-award-honorary-degree-to-obama/
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    Obama’s Abominable Obeisance: Cultural Perspectives

    In the ancient world and throughout much of the Middle East today, bowing is just about the worst thing someone can do

    http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/obamas-abominable-obeisance-cultural-perspectives/

    Is Obama’s deep bow

  124. We do need Hillary in 2012. We need her right now. I just hope obama doesn’t destroy her chances with mistake after mistake that leaves the world tottering on its axis. If the Republicans start looking good again, Hillary may just be painted with the same brush as obama, that is if he isn’t already preparing to leave her holding the bag.
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    That is very astute. They will use campaign video to do it. That is why those of us on this website were keen to have her attack Bush but not go beyond that to praise him. Not only was she contradicting what she said in the primary but was putting herself in a bad position if he failed. And no one knew better than she did what his deficiencies were. Realizing at the time that she was going too far some of us stopped listening. But when she was able to engineer her way into the State Department job, some of us took hope and believed with him so bogged down with domestic matters this would be an important opportuity for her to assert her voice. What I have seen in the interim however was her gaining her voice on her asian trip and then being taken to the woodshed for it when she got back. My only evidence was the snub he gave her, the catty comment by his wife, the way she looks now as opposed to then, and the lower profile. And then when I saw him go on that fautuous trip to Europe where he fucked up by the numbers, and drop the ball on North Korea, I became a little discouraged. The key to this thing is for Hillary to remain visible and to demonstrate to the world that she is the problemsolver we know she is and he most definitely is not.

  125. The continuing alliance between the republicans and hard left dems like the Blob (Brazille) to promote Obama and destroy Hillary which will lead to a catastrophic result is not without precedent.

    During World War I the German High Command (i.e. the Republicans) sought to defeat the Czar of Russia (i.e. Bill Clinton) so they transported Vladimir Lenin leader of the Bolsheviks a violent revolutionary group (Obama) into Russia to foment revolution and force the Czar to abandon the playing field. But then as now they miscalculated and they ended up installing a monster who threatened the future of civilizaton and social order as they knew it. Prisoners of their own tactics. Not a perfect analogy but an intriguing one.

  126. Just read this on another forum about Bambi bowing to the Saudi thug:

    “Obama looked like he wanted to fellate the Saudi pig” ..

    LMAO

  127. What did MO say about Hillary, I missed it?
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    Secretary Clinton . . . s e c r e t a r y clinton . . I just luuuuv to call you that . . . . (at that event to honor women which hillary had the grace and good will to invite the first lady of hate to, and right after Hillary gave her a warm glowing introduction). Michelle is a pig.

  128. OBAMA INACTION; NO, NOT “IN ACTION”.

    The stalling / delaying tactics are on display again.

    RGB Times reports Obama was quoted as saying, “Change is coming to Washington. A black guy is president. And the drapes are a different color. We have arugula in the garden. But don’t worry, I won’t change anything else. You can feel safe that my mantra of ‘change you can believe in’ was merely a slogan to get elected.”

    Today’s NY Tijmes has this:

    nytimes.com/2009/04/11/us/politics/11climate.html?ref=politics

    Obama, Who Vowed Rapid Action on Climate Change, Turns More Cautious

    By JOHN M. BRODER
    Published: April 10, 2009

    WASHINGTON — President Obama came to office promising swift and comprehensive action to combat global climate change, and the topic remains a surefire applause line in his speeches here and abroad.

    Yet the administration has taken a cautious and rather passive role on the issue, proclaiming broad goals while remaining aloof from details of climate legislation now in Congress.

    The president’s budget initially included roughly $650 billion in revenue over 10 years from a cap-and-trade emissions plan that he wants adopted. But the administration, while insisting that its health care initiative be protected, did not fight to keep cap-and-trade in the budget resolutions that Congress passed last week, and it wound up in neither the House’s version nor the Senate’s.

    Overseas, American officials are telling their counterparts that they need time to gauge the American public’s appetite for an ambitious carbon reduction scheme before leading any international effort.

    Has the administration scaled back its global-warming goals, at least for this year, or is it engaged in sophisticated misdirection?

    Maybe some of both. While addressing climate change appears to be slipping down the president’s list of priorities for the year, he is holding in reserve a powerful club to regulate carbon dioxide emissions through executive authority.

    That club takes the form of Environmental Protection Agency regulation of the gases blamed for the warming of the planet, an authority granted the agency by the Supreme Court’s reading of the Clean Air Act. Administration officials consistently say they would much prefer that Congress write new legislation to pre-empt the E.P.A. regulatory power, but they are clearly holding it in reserve as a prod to reluctant lawmakers and recalcitrant industries and as evidence of good faith to other nations.

    Industry lobbyists and members of Congress who are engaged in writing energy and global warming bills say they are well aware of the E.P.A. process bearing down on them.

    “Once the Supreme Court declared carbon dioxide to be a pollutant under the Clean Air Act, E.P.A. had no choice but to act,” said Representative Rick Boucher, a moderate Democrat from a coal-producing region of Virginia. “Most people would rather have Congress act. We can be more balanced; we can take into account the effects on the economy. But if we don’t undertake this, E.P.A. certainly will.”

    Still, the agency’s regulations would take months to write and years to become fully effective. Meanwhile, Congress is already starting work on energy and climate legislation, though without significant guidance from the White House, at least in public.

    Carol M. Browner, the White House coordinator of energy and climate policy, issued a surprisingly bland statement last week when two top House Democrats unveiled a far-reaching plan to cap greenhouse gases and move the nation toward an economy less dependent on carbon-rich fuels like coal and oil.

    Ms. Browner stopped short of endorsing that plan, issued by Representatives Henry A. Waxman of California and Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, saying instead that Mr. Obama “looks forward to working with members of Congress in both chambers to pass a bill that would transition the nation to a clean-energy economy.” She gave little clue as to what she and the president believe such a measure should say.

    At an international climate conference in Germany that ended Wednesday, some delegates said they were disappointed in the Obama administration’s lack of robust leadership. The explanation offered by Jonathan Pershing, a leader of the American delegation, was that the administration was waiting to measure the American technological and political capacity to address climate change and was looking to Congress to set specific targets for reducing carbon pollution.

    Business lobbyists welcome the White House’s go-slow approach, saying the issue is too complicated and too costly to be rushed, especially in a recession.

    “We have not until now had a national debate on a climate change proposal, period,” said Karen A. Harbert, a former senior Energy Department official who now heads the United States Chamber of Commerce’s energy institute. “That has to happen for any piece of legislation to achieve broad support across the country.”

    Ms. Harbert and other business lobbyists also welcomed the administration’s hesitancy to undertake regulation of climate-altering gases under E.P.A. authority, saying the matter should be fully aired before Congress so that all interests and regions could be heard.

    Keith McCoy, vice president for energy and resources policy at the National Association of Manufacturers, said his organization was “strongly opposed to an E.P.A. regulatory process for greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act.”

    Mr. McCoy said his members would prefer a binding international treaty that would cover all nations, particularly those whose industries compete with energy-intensive American manufacturers. “Absent that,” he said, “we would prefer a robust and transparent debate within Congress.”

    The administration’s caution leaves many environmental advocates frustrated, although most are reluctant to speak on the record for fear of alienating their allies inside government.

    One environmental and energy lobbyist with close ties to the White House said the administration had been inhibited by a number of factors, including vacancies in many top policy jobs, an intense early focus on the financial and economic crises, and an unwillingness to alienate business and Congressional leaders with a heavy-handed approach.

    “With those realities, coupled with the fact that the president himself realizes this is harder to do in the midst of recession, they are basically content to see what Congress will do,” this lobbyist said. “Plus, Henry Waxman has put together a very serious piece of legislation, and that in my mind justifies their lack of forceful intervention. That’s just where they are now.”

  129. jbstonesfan, I hope I live long enough to read the books that Hill and Bill and Chelsea will write. In her book, “Living History” Hillary states that it was her idea to bring the Toe Sucker into the WH because he was so good at what he does, but she stated something like he can not be trusted and he plays both sides at once. She stated the facts and did in so in as kind of a way as possible, whereas, the Toe Sucker has shown such Hillary Hate that he could probably fill volumes. But, like Hillary, I listen to him and he is smart and should be listened to except when bashing our girl. Hopefully, the books will be used to counter the events in the future like what happened in the first decade of the 2000’s.
    Maybe I am just hoping, but he has changed from bashing Hillary to putting Obowma under the microscope. And I very much appreciate that.

  130. From my 1:27, a couple of quotes from the Times articles worth highlighting:

    Carol M. Browner, the White House coordinator of energy and climate policy, issued a surprisingly bland statement last week…

    $$$ “bland”, as in, “Wow, there’s no appetite for a fight on the environment in that obama whitehouse”

    Business lobbyists welcome the White House’s go-slow approach, saying the issue is too complicated and too costly to be rushed, especially in a recession.

    $$$ Bush III anyone? Another administration that Big Business doesn’t have to worry about?

    Ms. Harbert and other business lobbyists also welcomed the administration’s hesitancy to undertake regulation of climate-altering gases under E.P.A. authority, saying the matter should be fully aired before Congress so that all interests and regions could be heard.

    $$$ Yet another administration saying, “Great idea. Needs further study. And more “dialog”. We need to hear from all sides. And I mean everyone. We will not implement anything on the environment until every man, woman child, fetus, pet, and house plant has spoken their piece.”

    The administration’s caution leaves many environmental advocates frustrated, although most are reluctant to speak on the record for fear of alienating their allies inside government.

    $$$ 2008, many environmentalists were saying “Save the environment, vote for Obama”. What say ye now, Bots?

    One environmental and energy lobbyist with close ties to the White House said the administration had been inhibited by a number of factors, including vacancies in many top policy jobs, an intense early focus on the financial and economic crises, and an unwillingness to alienate business and Congressional leaders with a heavy-handed approach.

    $$$ TOO MUCH TO POKE FUN AT…HEAD EXPLODING… MEPS MEPS. But I’ll give it a try: a) “obama is a great manager, and the transition since November is the FASTEST EVER”. b) Yeah, he’s doing such a great job on the economy…btw, anyone ever tell thisclown that most “managerial jobs” entail multitasking? c) Unwilling to piss of big biz and congress??? What was all this CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN crap???

    “With those realities, coupled with the fact that the president himself realizes this is harder to do in the midst of recession, they are basically content to see what Congress will do,” this lobbyist said.

    $$$ Is obama trying to say, “I’ll leave politics to the politicians. I have no frikkin’ clue what I am. I suppose one of those celebrities who are famous, but no one recalls why.

  131. Just viewed a program on the seven wonders in the US. Mount Rushmore was amoung them. Of course we know it dipicts George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abe Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.

    I am going to display my historical ignorance here. What were the Great Accomplishment of Theodore Roosevelt. The others I can understand, and I definately remember the rough riders but I am not coming up with anything else.

    Also, is Theodore Roosevelt the only President to lose a child in a War?

    I guess I was asleep during history class.

  132. What were the Great Accomplishment of Theodore Roosevelt.

    ==========

    My cynical approach: when was the sculpture done? who was in office and paid for it? who got the money?

    They money and rock available might determine how many faces. If 4 faces were most profitable, and TR or FDR were responsible, then TR would be the obviuos choice for #4.

    Who can doubt the man portrayed
    Above the money hid beneath
    Is the one who wrote the check
    — Thus t’new Cheops on its face

    Sorry, no time to work this up….

  133. What were the Great Accomplishment of Theodore Roosevelt.
    *********
    I think it is his political philosophy that made him a great President.

    ” I stand for the square deal….We must drive the special interests out of politics… For every special interest is entitled to justice, but not one is entitled to a vote in Congress, to a voice on the bench, or to representation in any public office. The Constitution guarantees protection to property, and we must make that promise good. But it does not give the right of suffrage to any corporation. The true friend of property, the true conservative, is he who insists that property shall be the servant and not the master of the commonwealth; who insists that the creature of man’s making shall be the servant and not the master of the man who made it. The citizens of the United States must effectively control the mighty commercial forces which they have themselves called into being.”

    ” — “Conservation means development as much as it does protection. I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us…
    — Of all the questions which can come before this nation, short of the actual preservation of its existence in a great war, there is none which compares in importance with the great central task of leaving this land even a better land for our descendants than it is for us,

  134. TR, cont.
    “— “Of course there are many sincere men who now believe in unrestricted individualism in business, just as there were formerly many sincere men who believed in slavery — that is, in the unrestricted right of an individual to own another individual.
    There are, first, the big corporation men, and the extreme individualists among business men, who genuinely believe in utterly unregulated business — that is, in the reign of plutocracy; (Not much has changed..In TR’s time it was the “Trusts” now it’s international “big money”)

    Immigration:
    “In an 1894 article on immigration, Roosevelt said, “We must Americanize in every way, in speech, in political ideas and principles, and in their way of looking at relations between church and state. We welcome the German and the Irishman who becomes an American. We have no use for the German or Irishman who remains such… He must revere only our flag, not only must it come first, but no other flag should even come second.”[73]

    There was TR and now there is Obama.

  135. From NQ;
    Looped link of BO bowing clearly showing his left hand at his side and destroying the official WH response that BO bent down coz the king was shorter and did a two-handed shake.
    http://www.breitbart.tv/?p=315553

    Also, An NQ poster on the Muslim journalist response to BO’s European adventure.
    Very interesting.

    You’re so wrong – the Muslims care. Watched a BBC program today – a sort of round table, where they invite foreign journalists to comment on the political stories – 3 of the 4 were Muslim journalists, and there was one American. All of them were in raptures of delight that 0bama has revealed his ‘Muslim roots’ and they congratulated him on hiding it during the election campaign. So, they’re in no doubt that he is one of them, and let’s face it, with the diabolical refusal of the US msm to report and analyze 0bama, it may take a while for main stream Americans to have any chance of cottoning on to what’s really going on.

  136. From NQ;
    Looped link of BO bowing clearly showing his left hand at his side and destroying the official WH response that BO bent down coz the king was shorter and did a two-handed shake.

    3 w’s than breitbart.tv /?p = 315553

    Also, An NQ poster on the Muslim journalist response to BO’s European adventure.
    Very interesting.

    You’re so wrong – the Muslims care. Watched a BBC program today – a sort of round table, where they invite foreign journalists to comment on the political stories – 3 of the 4 were Muslim journalists, and there was one American. All of them were in raptures of delight that 0bama has revealed his ‘Muslim roots’ and they congratulated him on hiding it during the election campaign. So, they’re in no doubt that he is one of them, and let’s face it, with the diabolical refusal of the US msm to report and analyze 0bama, it may take a while for main stream Americans to have any chance of cottoning on to what’s really going on.

  137. wbboei Says:

    April 11th, 2009 at 1:07 pm
    Thanks
    ************************************

    I loved TR. He seemed so ahead of his time but a man for all time.

  138. has revealed his ‘Muslim roots’
    *********
    Whatever his roots his is still a sociopath with ODD and ADHD.

  139. basil9 Says:

    Saw that @ Bitterpolitiz, was so revealing.

    They really are destroying us from within. All hands aboard!

  140. artsykr // April 11, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    OK this line from an article about the pirates just cracks me up….

    Sailors on the USS Bainbridge, which has rescue helicopters and lifeboats, were able to see Phillips but at several hundred yards away were too far to help him.

    The U.S. destroyer is keeping its distance, in part to stay out of the pirates’ range of fire.

    Sorry but I don’t know how to bold….anyway the NAVY SHIP is trying to stay out of the range of fire of a fuckin lifeboat….!!! Or they fucking kidding me…whoever is sending out these press reports had really better get their shit together
    ********************************

    From Bitterpolitiz..unbelievable

  141. Here is an article about all the ships and hostages held by the pirates right now.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gE1L5mqP4iprVog6We61MnaPl_TAD97FRQLO0

    At least a dozen ships and more than 200 crew members are currently being held by pirates off the coast of Somalia, according to the International Maritime Bureau and NATO. Four of the pirate-held ships are believed heading toward the lifeboat on which bandits are holding the American captain of the U.S.-flagged Maesrk Alabama, in an effort to provide assistance, according to sources close to the pirates and diplomats. A look at some of recent hijackings:

    ___

    Ships currently held off the Somalia coast and the dates they were seized:

    _ April 9: Yemeni fishing boat Shugaa Almadhi with 13 crew hijacked.

    _ April 6: British-owned bulk carrier, the Malaspina Castle, hijacked in the Gulf of Aden. It is carrying iron and has a crew of 24 from Bulgaria, the Philippines, Russia and Ukraine. Lloyd’s Marine Intelligence Unit says the ship is owned by Navalmar U.K. Ltd and managed by BNavi SpA of Italy.

    _ April 4: German 20,000-tonne freighter Hansa Stavanger seized 400 miles off the Somali coast. It has 24 crew members on board: 5 Germans, 3 Russians, 2 Ukrainians, 2 Filipinos and 12 Tuvalus. It is owned by Hamburg-based Leonhardt & Blumberg Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH & Co.KG. Two men who are either pirates or affiliated with pirates have said the Hansa Stavanger is one of four vessels pirates have directed toward the Maesrk Alabama.

    _ April 4: Taiwanese ship, Win Far 161, seized near the Seychelles islands. It has a crew of 30, including 17 Filipinos, six Indonesians, five Chinese and two Taiwanese. Two men who are either pirates or affiliated with pirates have said the Win Far 161 is one of four vessels pirates have directed toward the Maesrk Alabama.

    _ March 25: Panama-registered, Greek-owned Nipayia with 18 Filipino crew members and a Russian captain is seized by pirates. The Nipayia is managed by Athens-based Lotus Shipping.

    ___

    Two ships hijacked by pirates were released or freed Friday:

    _ The 23,000-ton Norwegian-owned Bow Asir, captured March 26 250 miles (400 kilometers) off the Somali coast with a crew of 27 from Philippines, Poland, Russia and Lithuania. Salhus Shipping AS owns the ship, but the company does not say whether it paid a ransom for the release.

    _ French naval forces storms the French yacht Tanit, which had been held by pirates since April 4. The assault, triggered by threats the captive passengers would be executed, frees four French tourists, including a child, but one hostage and two pirates die in the operation.
    ********************************

    Also from Bitterpolitiz, a busy bunch of sea hags over there…A name we call ourselves by the way!

    Anyway, I say it is time to take out the entire pirate consortium in Somalia, enough is enough.

    Let’s see if the Fraud has any balls. He is down one already!

  142. NewMexicoFan Says:
    April 11th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Just viewed a program on the seven wonders in the US. Mount Rushmore was amoung them. Of course we know it dipicts George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abe Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.

    I am going to display my historical ignorance here. What were the Great Accomplishment of Theodore Roosevelt. The others I can understand, and I definately remember the rough riders but I am not coming up with anything else.

    &&&&

    Yes, Rough Riders was his initial claim to fame, making him a war hero. That helped propel him to become veep and eventually the youngest president to date, at age 42, when McKinley died.

    He established the National Parks system, to preserve our treasures such as Yosemite.

    He was known for taking on the greedy capitlalists, earning him a reputation as a “trust buster”.

    H

  143. More info on why TR was Mt. Rushmore “head worthy”:

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Roosevelt

    Theodore D. Roosevelt[2] (IPA: /ˈroʊzəvɛlt/;[3] October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919), also known as T.R., and to the public (but never to friends and intimates) as Teddy, was the 26th President of the United States. A leader of the Republican Party and of the Progressive Party, he was a Governor of New York and a professional historian, naturalist, explorer, hunter, author, and soldier. He is most famous for his personality: his energy, his vast range of interests and achievements, his model of masculinity, and his “cowboy” image. Originating from a story from one of Roosevelt’s hunting expeditions, teddy bears are named after him.

    As Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Roosevelt prepared for and advocated war with Spain in 1898. He organized and helped command the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment—the Rough Riders—during the Spanish-American War. Returning to New York as a war hero, he was elected governor. An avid writer, his 35 books include works on outdoor life, natural history, the American frontier, political history, naval history, and his autobiography.[4]

    In 1901, as Vice President, the 42-year-old Roosevelt succeeded President William McKinley after McKinley’s assassination by anarchist Leon Czolgosz. As of 2009, he remains the youngest person to become President.[5] He was a Progressive reformer who sought to move the dominant Republican Party into the Progressive camp. He distrusted wealthy businessmen and dissolved forty monopolistic corporations as a “trust buster”. He was clear, however, to show that he did not disagree with trusts and capitalism in principle, but was only against corrupt, illegal practices. His “Square Deal” promised a fair shake for both the average citizen (through regulation of railroad rates and pure food and drugs) and the businessmen. He was the first U.S. president to call for universal health care and national health insurance.[6][7] As an outdoorsman, he promoted the conservation movement, emphasizing efficient use of natural resources. After 1906 he attacked big business and suggested the courts were biased against labor unions. In 1910, he broke with his friend and anointed successor William Howard Taft, but lost the Republican nomination to Taft and ran in the 1912 election on his own one-time Bull Moose ticket. He beat Taft in the popular vote and pulled so many Progressives out of the Republican Party that Democrat Woodrow Wilson won in 1912, and the conservative faction took control of the Republican Party for the next two decades.

    Roosevelt negotiated for the U.S. to take control of the Panama Canal and its construction in 1904; he felt the Canal’s completion was his most important and historically significant international achievement. He was the first American to be awarded the Nobel Prize, winning its Peace Prize in 1906, for negotiating the peace in the Russo-Japanese War, an interesting irony considering his promotion of national warfare as a useful tool.

    Historian Thomas Bailey, who disagreed with Roosevelt’s policies, nevertheless concluded, “Roosevelt was a great personality, a great activist, a great preacher of the moralities, a great controversialist, a great showman. He dominated his era as he dominated conversations….the masses loved him; he proved to be a great popular idol and a great vote getter.”[8] His image stands alongside Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln on Mount Rushmore. Roosevelt has been consistently ranked by scholars as one of the greatest U.S. Presidents. Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt were fifth cousins but were close and Theodore gave away his orphaned niece, Eleanor Roosevelt, in marriage to “cousin Franklin” in 1905. [9]

  144. I wonder what trumped up “experience” and “accomplishments” they will come up with to carve chia-obama’s smarmy face on Mount Rushmore.

    Because I have no doubt that some idiot bot will come up with the idea and shove it down our throats.

  145. wbboei Says:
    April 11th, 2009 at 9:06 am

    This is from Larry Johnson @ No Quarter excerpted from longer piece.

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    I am sad to report that the Obama Administration is performing more ineptly than the Bush Administration in managing the crisis response. (Sad because I initially had high hopes that Jim Jones would bring some tough love to a broken interagency system.)

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

    Obama’s defense team live in fear if they make the wrong call, it is they who will be publicly crucified and gutted. We all know Obama loves pointing the finger of blame at anyone other than himself when a strategy backfires and fails.

    So, they will mark time until his back is up against the wall and up to him to make the final decision. This is where Hillary has to walk carefully and not volunteer any solutions. Hillary has to contend with the Tempest in a Tea Pot (the unseen, unheard) constant din of MO on Obama’s back whinning about all the attention garnered by Hillary wherever they go. With MO, undermining BO’s confidence in her daily. MO is the more dangerous of the two to Hillary’s wellbeing.

  146. ASU honors President Obama with scholarship program

    Arizona State University invited President Barack Obama to speak at its graduation ceremony out of the greatest respect for him as an individual and world leader. “I apologize for the confusion surrounding our invitation to President Obama to address ASU students at commencement,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow. “The entire ASU community has been electrified with excitement since we learned of his participation in our commencement ceremony. We hope that the recent discussion of honorary degrees will not detract from the honor and thrill that ASU – and indeed all of Arizona – is experiencing in anticipation of his visit. I am honored, as are our faculty, staff and students, that President Obama will give his first commencement speech as president of the United States at ASU.”

    In recognition of President Obama’s commitment to educational access and to an entire career dedicated to public service, ASU is naming and expanding its most important scholarship program in his honor. Going forward, this program will be called the President Barack Obama Scholars and will offer thousands of students with the greatest financial need the opportunity to go to college. “It has always been our intention to recognize and honor President Obama’s accomplishments during his visit,” said Crow, “but we had not yet determined the best or most appropriate way to do so. Although the focus and attention of the media and others has been on an honorary degree, we never felt that was the only—or even the best—means of honoring his tremendous service to our country. Naming this scholarship program after President Obama that will affect the lives of thousands of students is an honor befitting, not only the president’s exceptional achievements, but also his values as an individual. The President Barack Obama Scholars program will be a legacy that will endure and inspire others for generations to come.”

    asunews.asu.edu/20090411_obamascholarship

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    I wonder how many threats they got and who sent them…

  147. Apparently the university started getting death threats after the Huffington Post broke the story…

    huffingtonpost.com/dawn-teo/asu-faculty-receive-threa_b_185801.html

  148. Thank you all for the education on Theodore Roosevelt.

    Does anyone know of another President who lost his son in a War? I am sure just the other day, I read that Theodore Roosevelt JR died in WWI and was buried in France.

  149. Wow, this whole LSU thing is disturbing and quite indicative of where we’re at. These are Obama followers in a nutshell.

  150. wbb..

    I will say this though, BO has a weakness for white woman. From viewing his interaction lately with the crowds at his town hall meetings, leaning over and whispering in one woman’s ear, then a pause… looking back with a smile, he is ripe for the pickins.’ The match has been lit… all he needs is to be faced with the right opportunity, and a candid camera. With the net gain of an insurance policy in the vault.. Sorry, I’m not a nefarious individual, however this is war and a fight for our very survival. I prefer anyone else being the moving party, rather than him.

    In this case, all bets are off.

  151. I read that Theodore Roosevelt JR died in WWI…..
    ********
    It was his youngest Quentin:
    “Quentin, the youngest Roosevelt, quickly became known for his humorous, and sometimes philosophical, remarks. To a reporter trying to trap the boy into giving information about his father, Quentin admitted, “I see him occasionally, but I know nothing of his family life.”
    (snip)
    Quentin was a sophomore at Harvard and showing promise as a writer when World War I made him decide to join the Air Force. Just engaged to Flora Payne Whitney, he set out, winning admiration from fellow flyers.
    On July 14, he was shot down by two German fighters, and he died behind enemy lines. There his body was buried, though his grave was later moved to rest beside that of his brother Ted, in France.
    *****
    T.R jr was a General in WWII, landed at Normandy and died in France a month later of a heart attack…T.R. jr is buried at Normandy, Quentin’s body was moved and buried next to his brother “Teddy” at Normandy.

  152. SHV, thanks as I did not realized that two sons were there, and it was actually the first that died in battle.

  153. gonzo,

    Re your 3:43 post.
    I heard yesterday that the American navy has been WARNED not to harm the Somalis or face severe charges from you-know-who.

    i kid you not.
    I heard it twice on different talk radio shows but i don’t have a link.

  154. BTW,

    Anyone else see the Drudge story about BO’s half brother being denied entrance to the UK coz he sexually threatened 13 year old girls????

  155. basil @ 3:01, yeah his has shown his muslim roots. I often wondered if that flubbed inauguration was just another ploy to enable him to hold the Koran while taking the oath of office. The official pic doesn’t show his hands, my guess he’s holding the Koran in his right hand. Just a guess though, I don’t trust him or the people who put this fraud in power.

  156. Military History of Sons of presidents:

    “A number of Presidential children have served in the armed forces. Frederick D. Grant graduated from West Point. During the Spanish-American War, James Webb Cook Hayes, son of former President Rutherford B. Hayes, won a Medal of Honor in the Philippines. Aviator Quentin Roosevelt, son of Theodore, was shot down and killed in a dogfight in France in World War I. Roosevelt’s two other sons, Archibald Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., also served in that war, and Theodore, Jr., was killed in the Normandy campaign during World War II. The four sons of Franklin D. Roosevelt—James, Elliott, Franklin, and John— also served in World War II. John Eisenhower graduated from West Point and served in the Korean War, turning down an opportunity to leave the combat zone offered by President Harry Truman, who finally ordered him to a different command.
    ***********
    It looks as if only Quentin and Theodore, jr died while in military service.

  157. So, they will mark time until his back is up against the wall and up to him to make the final decision. This is where Hillary has to walk carefully and not volunteer any solutions. Hillary has to contend with the Tempest in a Tea Pot (the unseen, unheard) constant din of MO on Obama’s back whinning about all the attention garnered by Hillary wherever they go. With MO, undermining BO’s confidence in her daily. MO is the more dangerous of the two to Hillary’s wellbeing.
    ————————
    Michelle is evil. I suspect what she says to Obama is Barack they are laughing at you. You cannot let them get away with it.

  158. Pirates seize Italian-flagged tugboat, 16 crew

    Sat Apr 11, 2009
    By Duncan Miriri

    NAIROBI, April 11 (Reuters) – Pirates captured an Italian-flagged tugboat with 16 crew including 10 Italians on Saturday, in the latest hijacking in the busy Gulf of Aden. The tugboat, with enough fuel and food on board to last a month, was believed to be heading toward the Somali coast, the head of the Italian company that owns the boat told Reuters.

    “I’ve entered into contact with the families (of the crew),” Claudio Bartolotti, head of Ravenna-based Micoperi Srl, said, adding there were also five Romanians and one Croatian on board. Bartolotti denied reports the 75-metre-long tugboat was U.S.-owned, saying his company had recently purchased it.

    NATO alliance officials on a warship in the region had previously described the boat as U.S.-owned, Italian-flagged. Andrew Mwangura, of the Mombasa-based East African Seafarers’ Assistance Programme, said the tugboat’s crew were believed to be unharmed. He said the tugboat was towing two barges at the time of capture but there were no details about their cargo. “This incident shows the pirates are becoming more daring and violent,” Mwangura told Reuters by phone.

    NATO alliance officials on board the Portuguese warship NRP Corte-Real, which is patrolling the Gulf of Aden, said a distress call came from the MV Buccaneer tugboat but communications were lost six minutes later.

    Bartolotti said he received an email around midday (1000 GMT) informing him that the pirates had taken the ship. He said it came from the tugboat captain’s email address but did not appear to be written by him. He said calls to the boat so far had not been answered. Bartolotti said he had received word that an Italian navy warship, the Maestrale, was heading toward the area where the tugboat was hijacked.

    Somali pirates have stepped up attacks in March after a lull at the start of 2009.

    International interest has focused this week on the plight of an American hostage, Richard Phillips, held by four pirates on a lifeboat flanked by U.S. naval warships in a high seas standoff since Wednesday.

    reuters.com/article/africaCrisis/idUKLB80287

  159. wbboei, You mention that you fear Hillary is losing her voice but I find it significant that she made a public comment on the piracy crisis (at a press conference Thursday) while Obama has not despite several opportunities. I think that shows how vitally important she remains to this administration.

  160. i am sure barry and michelle plan on celebrating an easter sunrise service. anyone know where they will be attending?

  161. wbboei, You mention that you fear Hillary is losing her voice but I find it significant that she made a public comment on the piracy crisis (at a press conference Thursday) while Obama has not despite several opportunities. I think that shows how vitally important she remains to this administration
    ———————————–
    I know Paula. I thought about it too. You could read it as a positive signal its true. But it is also obvious that he does not want to get involved in the issue therefore the responsibility to speak for the Administration defaults to her, or Gates, or Jones. I want to believe in fairy tale endings here, and I half believed they were possible a few months ago but the factors I mentioned above changed my thinking. If we see her taking the lead on foreign policy issues and speaking for the administation on other issues then I could be persuaded that he is learning and his wife is under some degree of contol but with her looney tunes comments and outbursts (behind scenes) she is like a loaded grenade. I think of those kids and that church and I can never be sanguine about her.

    Do you think that was because he deferred to her or because he wanted to stay out of the fray. My sense he is risk adverse meaning scared. And when he is scared he pushes other people to the forefront. There have been a number of negative signals and he is after all a sociopath so what is true one minute may not be true the next. His wifes lady macbeth influence over him is another. I will need to see a few positive sighs where no alternative motive

  162. Just a thought, but I hereby make a prediction – you heard it here first:

    The dog will make it’s appearance on Wednesday. It’s already being planned, so that the 0bama-loving Big Media will have an excuse to gush over that all day, and thus have cover to avoid covering any tax day protests.

    Anyone want to bet I’m wrong?

  163. Whatever his roots his is still a sociopath with ODD and ADHD.
    ————————————————
    And I will say it again–brilliant.

    Too much time is spent by all of us analyzing obamas inexperience, political agenda, financial assets, backroom handlers, evil allies, cultural revolution devotees and oratory in guaging the harm he will do to our counry during the balance of his term.

    Too little time is devoted to analyzing his alpahabet soup recipe of pathologies referred to above. Those pathologies in turn will be aggravated by power and an already inflamed ego. They tell you far more about him and what he is capable of than the factors enumerated in the preceding paragraph do, standing alone.

  164. I heard about that dog but I thought it was a Tuesday announcement?

    If not, and it is on Wednesday, and the media does decide that it is the #1 news item for the day, well….they all need to be locked up in padded rooms.

  165. Negotiations Break Down in Standoff With Pirates

    April 11, 2009

    Negotiations over the American captain taken hostage by Somali pirates broke down on Saturday, according to Somali officials, after American officials insisted that the pirates be arrested and a group of elders representing the pirates refused.

    Somali officials said the American captain, Richard Phillips, and the four heavily armed pirates holding him hostage remained in a covered lifeboat floating in the Indian Ocean about 30 miles off Gara’ad, a notorious pirate den in northeastern Somalia.

    The negotiations broke down hours after the pirates fired on a small United States Navy vessel that had tried to approach the lifeboat not long after sunrise Saturday in the Indian Ocean. It was the first such approach since the standoff began on Wednesday, and the vessel returned to a nearby Navy destroyer, the Bainbridge, after the pirates fired warning shots in the air, according to an American military official.

    The American boat did not return fire and “did not want to escalate the situation,” said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. The developments surrounding the fate of the captain came as his ship, the Maersk Alabama, a 17,000-ton cargo vessel, pulled into port at 8:30 Saturday evening in Mombasa, Kenya, with its 19 remaining American crew members.

    In Norfolk, Va., John Reinhart, the chief executive of Maersk Line Limited, said at a televised news conference: “The crew is relieved, obviously. It’s been harrowing for them.” He added, “They won’t consider it done until the captain comes back.” Mr. Reinhart also noted that the crew was not allowed to leave the ship because the F.B.I. — whose New York office has been charged with investigating the seizure — considered the vessel a crime scene.

    Crew members indicated in brief, shouted exchanges with reporters that Captain Phillips, 53, had given himself up in order to save the crew, which was able to regain control of the Alabama.
    “He saved our lives!” said Second Mate Ken Quinn, of Bradenton, Fla., as the ship was docking, according to The Associated Press. “He’s a hero.” In Captain Phillips’s hometown of Underhill, Vt., just outside Burlington, yellow ribbons adorned fences and trees as residents of this town of about 3,000 reacted with dismay when they heard that talks had broken down. Michael Willard, who is also a merchant seaman and is a friend of the Phillips family, said : “It’s obviously of concern because we are not trained for being kept captive for hostage situations.” He added, “He is their safety card.” Not far from the Phillips home, at the Wells Corner Market, an owner, Laura Wells, said: “If the Navy is going to do something, they better do it now, because they cannot let him get to shore. Once he gets to shore, he is lost, because we don’t know where he would be taken.”

    The pirates — demanding $2 million in ransom — seized Captain Phillips on Wednesday and escaped the cargo ship in a motorized lifeboat. According to a senior military official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the continuing talks, Captain Phillips is still alive, and the pirates have put him on the phone roughly once a day.

    On Saturday, a group of Somali elders from Gara’ad, mediating on behalf of the pirates, spoke by satellite phone to American officials, according to Abdul Aziz Aw Mahamoud, a district commissioner in the semiautonomous region of Puntland in northeastern Somalia. The elders proposed a deal in which the pirates would release Captain Phillips, with no ransom paid, and that the pirates would then be allowed to escape. But Mr. Abdul Aziz said that the Americans insisted that the pirates be handed over to Puntland authorities, and the elders refused. By noon local time, the Americans cut off communications with the elders, he said.

    continued at:

    nytimes.com/2009/04/12/world/africa/12somalia.html?ref=africa

  166. In reading the above article, I was struck by the heroism of captain phillips vs the cowardice of barack obama, who is too busy looting the economy to be bothered with a hostage situation.

    Whereas Phillips gives himself up to the pirates to save the crew, Obama gives up the nation he is supposedly the president of to promote his own sorry image as a transcental world leader.

    He apologizes to counties like Germany for our arrogance, to countries like Libya for bad relations with the Muslim world, and to the entire world for the global economic crisis which we did not start, contrary to what he suggests.

    He blames America for everything, gives it credit for nothing, and sounds like his sprirtual advisor reverend wright without the expletives.

  167. Vatican blocks Caroline Kennedy appointment as US ambassador

    The Vatican has blocked the appointment of Caroline Kennedy as US ambassador, according to reports.

    By Alex Spillius
    11 Apr 2009

    Vatican sources told Il Giornale that their support for abortion disqualified Ms Kennedy and other Roman Catholics President Barack Obama had been seeking to appoint. Mr Obama was reportedly seeking to reward John F Kennedy’s daughter, who publicly gave her support to his election bid. She had been poised to replace Hillary Clinton as New York senator, but dropped out amid criticism that she lacked enough experience for the job.

    The Italian paper said that the Vatican strongly disapproved of Mr Obama’s support for abortion and stem cell research. The impasse over the ambassadorial appointment threatens to cloud his meeting with the Pope during a G8 summit in Italy in July.

    Ms Kennedy, 53, has said that she supports abortion. Raymond Flynn, a former US ambassador to the Vatican, said earlier this week that Ms Kennedy would be a poor choice. “It’s imperative, it’s essential that the person who represents us to the Holy See be a person who has pro-life values. I hope the President doesn’t make that mistake,” he told the Boston Herald. “She said she was pro-choice. I don’t assume she’s going to change that, which is problematic.”

    The White House refused to comment.

    telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/vaticancityandholysee/5138135/Vatican-blocks-Caroline-Kennedy-appointment-as-US-ambassador.html

  168. Caroline Kennedy-to-Vatican rumor sparks Catholic outrage

    By Hillary Chabot
    April 10, 2009

    Reaction to Caroline Kennedy’s potential appointment as U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican continued to sour yesterday as one conservative Catholic group called the possible nomination “a calculated insult to the Holy See.” “It’s inappropriate to appoint someone who pretends to be a Catholic but rejects the fundamental teachings of the Church,” said C.J. Doyle, executive director of the Massachusetts Catholic Action League.

    Buzz continued unabated yesterday that Kennedy was under consideration by President Obama for the post, despite the fact she is pro-choice. U.S. Catholic officials are closely scrutinizing the appointment. Former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Raymond L. Flynn told the Herald on Wednesday the strong pro-choice stance taken by JFK’s daughter is “problematic,” and giving her the Vatican appointment would be “a mistake.”

    Attempts to reach Caroline Kennedy have been unsuccessful, and a spokeswoman from U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s office declined to comment.
    According to Italian publications, U.S. Sen. John Kerry has asked Obama to consider Caroline Kennedy for the ambassadorship. Kerry’s office declined to comment.

    Kennedy has laid low since her failed bid to win appointment to Hillary Clinton’s New York Senate seat earlier this year.

    bostonherald.com/news/national/general/view/2009_04_10_Caroline_Kennedy-to-Vatican_rumor_sparks_Catholic_outrage/srvc=home&position=also

  169. funny….pitiful……..pic
    twitpic.com/36opu
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    Found it @ Bitterpolitiz. Picture tells a thousand words.
    Captain Phillips in being held hostage in a raft boat and the Fraud…well, let him eat pizza1

  170. # wbboei Says:
    April 11th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Michelle is evil. I suspect what she says to Obama is Barack they are laughing at you. You cannot let them get away with it.

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    hmm.. Her love of her Black Liberation ideology where she thinks of herself as a societal misfit among whites, leads one to believe predicting a rational, response from her is beyond our understanding of normal contradictions. That woman is so consumed with self-hatred and self-loathing, I doubt I can muster the words she evokes when I allow my mind the momentary latitude of drifting aimlessly into that twisted morass of bile laden depravity without running for a hot shower and a cocktail.

  171. I don’t care one way or another if Caroline Kennedy is pro-abortion or not. That is her choice. What I do care about is kerry and obama thinking she is qualified, entitled, whatever to be rewarded with the Vatican position or any other position for that matter.

  172. hmm.. Her love of her Black Liberation ideology where she thinks of herself as a societal misfit among whites, leads one to believe predicting a rational, response from her is beyond our understanding of normal contradictions. That woman is so consumed with self-hatred and self-loathing, I doubt I can muster the words she evokes when I allow my mind the momentary latitude of drifting aimlessly into that twisted morass of bile laden depravity without running for a hot shower and a cocktail.
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    Mrs. Smith: I am with you 100%. When all is said and done it all comes back to one thing: no mother in her right mind would subject her two young daughters to the the kind of vile racism which emanated from the pulpit in that church unless she her self harbored those same views. The natural instinct of parents, and all other mammals is to protect their young, and to shield them from harm. Those statements from the pulpit were not for young ears to here, and yet by bringing them to the church with her she subjected here two daughters to that obscene, nauseous and hateful themes. That is more than enough to tell me at least that she is twisted.

  173. OT:
    “Islam ‘insulted’ by alleged child killer’s mug shot, says husband”
    (snip)
    The police booking photo of alleged child killer Nour Hadid released Tuesday is an “insult against our religion,” says Hadid’s husband, Alaeddin.
    Orland Park police detectives say the 26-year-old Muslim woman was treated as any other suspect in a murder probe would be, and they did not intend to humiliate her when they photographed her Sunday without her headscarf and wearing only a skimpy top
    Nour Hadid is accused of beating her 2-year-old niece Bhia Hadid to death over four days at her home on the 9000 block of West 140th Street. The child had 55 separate bruises and was beaten “from head to toe,” according to prosecutors, who say Hadid confessed.
    But Alaeddin Hadid – who insists his wife is innocent – said Orland Park police are “really going to be in big trouble” for releasing the woman’s booking photo to the news media after she was charged with first-degree murder.
    The Hadids are Muslims and Nour “never leaves the home without covering up,” said Alaeddin, who’s vowed to sue.
    ww.southtownstar.com/news/1520478,041009mugshot.article
    $$$ Boo fu*king Hoo!!!!

  174. I saw the re-run of the barney frank confrontation with the young law student. Frank of course is a total idiot, and has never realized that it is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it as he did and remove all doubt.

    He was worse than bad–he was pathetic.

    As for the law student–he was very impressive. Very. To keep his cool as Barney ranted–and to throw the same question back at him each time he tried to evade it, modify it, dismiss it–showed real ability on that part of that lawsuit. The coup d gras came when Barney ran out of schtict and stormed out of the room–what you might a strategic retreat.

    With any luck, ten years hence that law student will be a judge, Barney Frank will be in jail and the cosmic order will be in balance once again.

  175. Maybe this is the Fraud’s plan. We will send in the AmeriCorps, not the Marines or Navy Seals!

    Bitterpolitiz

    The Obama brown shirts are coming…

    Obama AmeriCorps ‘Volunteers’ Actually Paid Employees

    Thursday, April 9, 2009 4:08 PM

    By: Ronald Kessler Article Font Size

    Under the guise of promoting volunteerism, President Obama and congressional Democrats have created a massive government program that will push their agenda.

    The legislation that Obama is about to sign will triple the size of the existing AmeriCorps program over the next eight years to 175,000 people. The idea is to enlist so-called volunteers to focus on education, health care, clean energy, and veterans.

    The expansion will cost nearly $6 billion over the next five years. But contrary to Obama’s claim that the program will promote volunteerism, it is in fact another massive government employment program. The volunteers, who are between the ages of 18 and 26, will receive $11,800 a year to cover their living expenses and another $5,350 toward college costs or student loans, for a total of $17,500.

    That is $3,526 more than if those who sign up for the volunteer program were hired by private companies or local governments to provide the same services and were paid the minimum wage. Meanwhile, the federal civilian workforce is being increased by more than 13 percent.

    “We’re talking about a government program that will hire a quarter of a million, supposedly as volunteers that we pay,” Sen. Jim DeMint, chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, tells Newsmax. “That will be the 14th largest employer in the country, assuming the federal government can actually manage this thing.”

    DeMint says knows what volunteerism is all about. He has served on a local United Way board.

    “I know there are thousands of volunteer groups out in every community,” DeMint says. “That’s what works in America; government doesn’t work. Civic duty is something you can’t get from government.”

    In the past, AmeriCorps volunteers have been put to work to promote the causes of Democrats, such as lobbying against the “three-strikes” anti-crime legislation in California or for expanding housing subsidies and rent control.

    There is a place for paid volunteers. The Peace Corps spreads goodwill in foreign countries where Americans normally would not go to help. But in the U.S., the private sector and true volunteer organizations help people far more efficiently than would a government program. Obama’s unsuccessful attempt to cap tax deductions for charitable contributions shows how little he understands the powerful force of real volunteer organizations.

    By putting a vast army of young people on the government payroll, the Democrats are expanding their reach by teaching the young that government is the answer to every problem. Instead of giving young people an incentive to help others through the free enterprise system or though genuine charity work, Obama and congressional Democrats are creating a make-work boondoggle that will further their control over the political process.

  176. wbboei Says:

    April 11th, 2009 at 10:39 pm
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    And the student said he had been previously a Dem, had even held a high postion in the Dem students org @ the university Then he started to do his research and in fact became conservative leaning.

  177. The police booking photo of alleged child killer Nour Hadid released Tuesday is an “insult against our religion,” says Hadid’s husband, Alaeddin
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    But beheadings are not (an insult against Islam) is that your point Aladin. Say whatever became of your casino in Las Vegas–I heard they tore it down.

  178. gonzotx Says:

    April 11th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Americorps volunteers get paid, and have always received a stipend. The money helps with living expenses. Peace Corps volunteers also receive money for living expenses, and a small amount upon completion of services. For me, the issue is the expansion and the potential for political activity.

  179. And the student said he had been previously a Dem, had even held a high postion in the Dem students org @ the university Then he started to do his research and in fact became conservative leaning.
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    He sure did. A very difficult opponent for Barney to intimidate, rebut, or roll over. Which is why he threw a hissey fit and stormed out of the room.

  180. Say whatever became of your casino in Las Vegas–I heard they tore it down.
    ************
    The “old” Aladdin was blown up in 1998…A new Aladdin was opened in 2000. It was a financial bust and was sold and became the Planet Hollywood.

  181. alleged child killer Nour Hadid
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    Will probably WIN damages fromt the city in court!

  182. I don’t care one way or another if Caroline Kennedy is pro-abortion or not. That is her choice. What I do care about is kerry and obama thinking she is qualified, entitled, whatever to be rewarded with the Vatican position or any other position for that matter.
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    The Pope may take a dim view of an ambassasdor who is an adultresss and believes in abortion. My guess is there will be alot of confessing to do. And she may not want it if it means fidelity, chastity and obedience in the Papal State. On the other hand that never stopped uncle Ted from making an ass of himself or killing a young woman. Did it?

  183. The “old” Aladdin was blown up in 1998…A new Aladdin was opened in 2000. It was a financial bust and was sold and became the Planet Hollywood
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    Which one did Debbie Reynolds own?

  184. The Fraud probably left him there on the Tour
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    Bitterpolitiz

    and a story from the other side of the pond:

    “OBAMA’S BROTHER REFUSED ENTRY TO UK

    President’s half-sibling is denied British visa over claims of attempted sex assault on girl in Berkshire

    AMERICAN president Barack Obama’s half brother was REFUSED a visa to enter the UK after being accused of an attempted sex attack on a young British girl.

    The News of the World can reveal that Kenya-based Samson Obama tried to get into Britain on his way to Washington for his family’s big day, the historic inauguration in January.

    But eagle-eyed immigration officials at East Midlands Airport, using the latest biometric tests, discovered he was linked to an incident here last November.

    Details on the hi-tech database revealed that Samson-who manages a mobile phone shop just outside Nairobi -was in fact the same man who was arrested by police in Berkshire after he approached a group of young girls, including a 13 year-old, and allegedly tried to sexually assault one of them.

    He then followed them into a cafe where he became aggressive and was asked to leave by the owner.

    That’s when police were called to the scene and Samson was arrested.

    But he gave officers a false ID – claiming to be Henry Aloo, a genuine refugee and asylum seeker – and supplied his mother’s address in Bracknell.

    The UK’s border controls are among the toughest in the world

    Mum Kezia, 67, has lived in the town for six years. She married the US president’s father Barack Obama Snr in Kenya when she was a teenager.

    Following Samson’s arrest he was fingerprinted but not formally charged and then left the country. However, all his details were stored on the Home Office’s new database of prints and biometric details.

    And that’s what finally pinpointed Samson’s link to the world’s most powerful leader-as he attempted to slip back into Britain to visit relatives en route to joining the two million crowd at the swearing-in ceremony.

    The White House was informed and a Home Office source told the News of the World: “This was obviously an extremely sensitive issue when it was flashed up by the database.

    “But the system is designed to flag up people who have come to the attention of the police in the UK and are then trying to return.

    “This was a good example of how people who may be undesirable can be refused another visa.”

    It is thought that Samson Obama-one of the President’s 11 half brothers and sisters by his father who had four partners -managed to travel on to Washington for the inauguration after boarding a connecting flight to the States from East Midlands.

    He was able to do so despite not having a UK visa because he remained in transit and never left the airport.

    Last night a Home Office spokesman confirmed Samson Obama was refused a visa after immigration officers noticed one of the documents he supplied with his visa application was false. That led them to make further inquiries.

    A UK Border Agency spokesman said: “We consider all visa applications based on their merits. We will oppose the entry of individuals to the UK where we believe their presence is not conducive to the public good.

    “The UK’s border controls are among the toughest in the world. All visa applicants are fingerprinted and checked against watchlists.

    “Using this hi-tech system we have detected more than 5,600 attempts to use false identities since December 2007.

    “Our officers in 135 countries around the world are working with law enforcement agencies and airlines to clamp down on forged passports and visas.”

  185. I’m sure, given the pass his aunt keeps getting that if this were the U.S.A. that obama’s half brother were trying to get into, it would be no problem.

  186. JanH Says:

    April 11th, 2009 at 11:26 pm
    I’m sure, given the pass his aunt keeps getting that if this were the U.S.A. that obama’s half brother were trying to get into, it would be no problem.
    =======================

    Do we know for sure that he’s not still here? The article says that he continued on his trip to the inauguration…maybe he’s staying with Auntie!

    We really need to shut the borders as well as the gates of the country and take inventory…we really should know who we’re harboring!

  187. JanH, he DID come into the USA with no problem. He tried to stop in the UK en route to Washington for the inauguration, the article says. He was here, and for all we know may still be here.

  188. Thanks HillaryforTexas,

    I guess I read it too quickly and missed that. Why wasn’t he red-flagged by U.S. authorities then?

  189. JanH Says:
    April 11th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    I don’t care one way or another if Caroline Kennedy is pro-abortion or not. That is her choice. What I do care about is kerry and obama thinking she is qualified, entitled, whatever to be rewarded with the Vatican position or any other position for that matter.

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

    Ambassador to Monaco? Grand Fenwick?

  190. I think Joe Biden is one of those well travelled people who have seen more things than they remember-and remember more things than they have see.

    The latest example is the imaginary conversation he had with Bush which nobody else seems to recall. He claims he spent alot of time with Bush as a mentor of sorts–which he fancies to be as well. An 80 proof consigliere.

    According to Traveller Joe, Bush was thumping his chest and claimed to be a leader. Whereupon Joe told him that he only needed to look behind him and he would realize nobody was following.

    Hennie Youngman move over. Right? . . . Wrong. Nobody’s buying it. They checked the record. There was no such conversation. Only in his rum ridden mind. But it makes great copy.

    So what you are left with is a liar as president and a liar as vice president. Now that is a pair to draw to.

  191. AS BARACK STRUTS BY

    You must remember now
    A bow is just a bow
    A lie is just a lie
    The fundamental things apply
    As Barack struts by

    He tells a Muslim King
    I’d love to kiss your ring
    On that you can rely
    He trashes all of us
    As he struts by

    Black liberation theology – never out of date
    Reverend Wright – preaching jealousy and hate
    Michell has brought the kids – to take the bait
    That no one can deny

    It�s still the same old story
    A fight that has no glory
    So he can rule the world
    As other men like him have tried
    As Barack struts by

  192. Larry Johnson offers some additional insights on the situation that New York Times censors to protect Bambi. Article appears on the No Quarter website under the heading Long Since Out Of Control.
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    The pirates are not aimless fools in skiffs who drift around for plunder. They are sent by two masterful clans from the Somalia coast, the Hawiye around Haradhere and the Darod around Eyl. My best signals source reports there are long standing jihadist links through Sudanese contacts who use the coast for gun-running. The whole of the Somalia coast is Sharia; the word of the jihadists is armed medieval absolutism. There is no indication the four pirates who have Phillips are jihad; however the clan chiefs and their sub commanders on the coast are all informed by the jihadists, depend upon the jihadists like great lords from afar, and by now the Phillips drama is a useful confrontation with the US. Note the incomplete reports of negotiations, with the Americans insisting upon arrests, the pirates demanding freedom, the return of their comrades, cash.

    Pentagon spokesman Major Stewart Upton said he had no information about an agreement to release Phillips. The New York Times quoted Somali officials as saying negotiations had broken down after U.S. officials insisted that the pirates be arrested and a group of Somali elders representing the pirates balked at that demand.

    “It is possible to say the talks may break down hour by hour because the Americans are afraid of losing their captain and in turn we suspect they may arrest my colleagues after they get their man,” said the pirate, who identifies himself only as Da’ud, in an interview

    American policy has failed along this coast since at least 1992. But now the clans have found the weakness — maritime security — are are exploiting it with sophistication and cunning. Three American warships with air cover — enough to dominate a city — are now paralyzed by the hostage standoff by four pirates in a borrowed lifeboat. The jihadist websites have another lesson to preach: America is a pitiful, helpless giant.

  193. the greatest respect for him as an individual and world leader. “I apologize for the confusion surrounding our invitation to President Obama to address ASU students at commencement,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow. “The entire ASU community has been electrified with excitement since we learned of his participation in our commencement ceremony. We hope that the recent discussion of honorary degrees will not detract from the honor and thrill that ASU – and indeed all of Arizona – is experiencing in anticipation of his visit. I am honored, as are our faculty, staff and students, that President Obama will give his first commencement speech as president of the United States at ASU.”
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    He calls himself Crow but it should be Worm.

  194. President’s half-sibling is denied British visa over claims of attempted sex assault on girl in Berkshire
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    So is it the plan to bring this asshole here? We have a high enough crime problem already. We do not need an even greater influx of undesireables.

  195. BARACK’S STATE OF MIND (CONT.)

    ADULT ADHD SYMPTOMS

    1. INATTENTION: where a person often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes, often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks, often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly, or often does not follow through on instructions.

    Tasks: Where a person often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities, often avoids, dislikes or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort, often loses things necessary for tasks or activities, often easily gets distracted by extraneous stimuli, or is often forgetful in daily activities.

    2. HYPERACTIVITY: Where a person often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat, often feels restless, often has difficulty engaging in leisure activities quietly, or often talks excessively.
    Impulsivity: Where a person often blurts out answers before questions have been completed, or often interrupts or intrudes on others.

    There is a growing consensus that the central feature of ADHD is disinhibition. Patients are unable to stop themselves from immediately responding, and they have deficits in their capacity for monitoring their own behavior. (Note: this is what big media mistakes or misleads us to believe is his calm reaction to serious complex consequential events.)

    Hyperactivity, while a common feature among children, is likely to be less overt in adults. Utah criteria may be called the imperative criteria for this.

    For adults, it is used like this:

    What is the childhood history consistent with ADHD?

    What are the adult symptoms?

    Does the adult have hyperactivity and poor concentration?

    Is there any affective lability or hot temper?

    Is there the inability to complete tasks and disorganization?

    Is there any stress intolerance, or impulsivity? (Wender, 1998)

    Wender developed these ADHD criteria, known as the Utah criteria, which reflect the distinct features of the disorder in adults. The diagnosis of ADHD in an adult requires a longstanding history of ADHD symptoms, dating back to at least age seven. In the absence of treatment, such symptoms should have been consistently present without remission.

    In addition, hyperactivity and poor concentration should be present in adulthood, along with two of the five additional symptoms: affective lability; hot temper; inability to complete tasks and disorganization; stress intolerance; and impulsivity.

    The Utah criteria include the emotional aspects of the syndrome. Affective lability is characterized by brief, intense affective outbursts ranging from euphoria to despair to anger, and is experienced by the ADHD adult as being out of control. Under conditions of increased emotional arousal from external demands, the patient becomes more disorganized and distractible.

  196. “Bowers writes a very long and foolish and tedious article about nothing. The answer is NO. Obama can’t be trusted.”

    Is Chris Bowers behind the curve or what?

  197. Tonight I am thinking about what the executive team at Maersk Line Limited must be going through. Their general counsel was previously head of the labor section of a prominent dc lawfirm which I used very extensively for twenty years. He is a great lawyer, and if he is still there–I know he was wanting to go back into private practice and was trying to set up a replacement–whichever one of them it is must be burning the midnight oil right now. As for the captain of the vessel, it must be very tough not knowing how it will turn out or how his captors will react when they understand that there is no way out for them.

    If they could fax a picture of mr abs as he was a few months ago splashing through the Hawaiian surf , rather than as he is now hiding under Washingtons bed in the presidential bedroom hoping to avoid press inquiries about the damned thing in Somalia then perhaps the pirates would accept his aplology, surrender and give up the hostage.

  198. wbboei, has you seen this video??h t tp ://w ww .yout ube.co m/wa tch?v=KCHXLvlTTng&feature=PlayList&p=03EAEEE8267F8C0F&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=22

  199. It talks about Obama and his quest for the new world order as per H.W. Bush and Soros!! Its chilling!

  200. Darn, don’t those Pirates know who O is, and that he needs to be followed. I am sure they are preparing the ads in those areas, telling everyone how the new world leader’s wishes are not being followed and how dare they

  201. Confloyd: that link did not work. Are you sure its correct.

    New Mexico: The Leader Of The New World Order (LNWO) is looking a little impotent at the moment. All he has done so far is hide from the crisis, issue a ridiculous warning not to attack Somolians, and focus on the economy to the exclusion of all else which is a make weight excuse for a failure to lead. Never around to solve the problem, always there to claim unearned credit, the best friend a terrorist or enemy dictator ever had at the top level Barack Hussein Obama. The best dance partner tele ever had. We realize this is a complex extraction fraught with risks. But the impression in gives of a cowardly, non-assertive leader who promised us all a new heaven and a new earth is beginning to look a little Carteresque. Up til now he has been so . . . inspiring. Our enemises are watching the LNWO, seeing the same weakness they saw at G-20, and are impressed only by the incompetence.

    It is a complex extaction operation and I do understand that the White House has order everyone including the rescuers not to touch a single hair on a muslims head (I am still trying to verify that comment–it goes beyond their earlier threat not to attack Somolians in this country even though

  202. Re: Caroline Kennedy,

    BO’s WH Advance Team seems a bit clumsy when fitting candidates to government positions. Two strikes against Caroline. Now that she has been rebuked by the Pope himself, she might as well pack it in and forget about public service.

    I’m getting the feeling Obama/Michelle are feeling a bit of satisfaction over this, where once again, the Kennedy name hasn’t done squat for elevating Camel-o(u)t to it’s former unrivaled glory.

    As time passes, Ted and Caroline become more irrelevant as stalwarts of the Dem Party.
    Kerry is due for a boondoggle soon. Although, Biden has done a great job in his place as the VP of buffoonery pro tempore.

    I’m off for the Annual Easter Egg Roll/Hunt with the kiddies. HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!

  203. Carteresque I like that.

    The Superduds came about to prevent a Carteresque, as they felt the public could be emotionally swayed into putting another like him in office.

    However, the Superduds were emotionally swayed (pressure and greed we all know). They should have had a clue when Carter liked him.

  204. Rasmassen Report is out

    The good news is that people think the economy is turning around. I am not sure based on what.

    The bad news is that O approval rating of 34% approve he is doing a good job vs 32% think he is doing a bad job has sunk to an all time low of 2% difference.

    So we have confidence that the economy is turning around but we don’t have that much confidence in the President. Interesting.

  205. NewMexicoFan Says:

    April 12th, 2009 at 10:26 am
    Rasmassen Report is out

    The good news is that people think the economy is turning around. I am not sure based on what
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    What people? In my state people are losing jobs everyday

  206. Something is missing right now. Its not Obamas courage–how can you lose what you never had. No, it is something else and I just can’t figure out what it . . . . I’ve got it: the Big Media daily bjs have abated. I doubt that it is in tribute to Easter. More likely they do not want to show what a coward hiding under the bed in the presidential bedroom looks like. It is ludicrous to claim he is focused on the economy. He is no more foused on the economy than he was focused on the plight of his constituents in Chicago when they were freezing or had nuclear spillage in their drinking water. Or he was when he was president of Harvard Law Review and never showed up for work. He can claim he is focused on the economy but it is a lie. What if anything he is focused on is how to steal the next election. I guarantee it. It is the thought that never leaves his socioapthic mind.

  207. First North Korea and now Somalian piracy. Neither is making obama look like the leader of the free world. No one is listening to him (exception being his dummy bots), countries are mocking him. He’s damned if he does at the moment and damned if he doesn’t.

    And that poor captain is in the middle of his fumbling diplomacy.

  208. The good news is that people think the economy is turning around. I am not sure based on what
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    What people? In my state people are losing jobs everyday
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    Well, the Somalian pirates of coures, they are making MILLIONS!

  209. What is really being held hostage here is the pretense of American leadership. It does not really matter how this ends, the fact remains a rag tag group of pirates were able to hold the would be leader of the free world hosage and hidden away in his own White House. None of this is surprising since Biden promised he would be tested. The test came with North Korea however and this is episode is simply a further demonstration of Obamas weakness. In fact, he is so weak that even with the sober and precise mind of Joe Bide there to advise him he has frozen up and shut down. When big media interviews him after the fact and he provides a phony account of what he is really doing now, we should ignore it.

  210. I hope Hollywood does a movie about this. If Frank Sinatra could sing Old Man River then Tom Kruise or maybe Nick Noelty could play the pirate leader. They could make him into a schwashbuckling immitation of Erroll Flynn and the real pirate could be an assistant director so the realism came through. Barack Obama could play Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama, since they are really the same character. Alec Guinness could be the captain. Butterfield McQueen for Brazille and Abe Vigoda could play Michelle.

  211. Whitehouse puppy makes splash
    The little guy is a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog given to the Obama girls by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, the Washington Post reports.
    Bo, the Portuguese water dog, is all over the Web before official debut
    http://tinyurl.com/d2kzsk
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    here’s the latest from Reuters:

    * Lifeboat holding captain drifts toward Somalia

    * Helicopters fly over pirate lair

    * Hijacked Italian tugboat reaches shore
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    http://www.nypost.com/seven/04112009/news/worldnews/hang_em_high__163979.htm?page=0

    Just as we encouraged those strutting wizards of finance not long ago, we now embolden pirates.

    In this infernally complex world, some things are simple. If there’s no serious penalty for lucrative bad behavior, the bad behavior will spread. That’s the story of Somalia’s Skull and Bones club.

    Coping with pirates is also simple. We make it hard by agonizing over the “human rights” of these seagoing terrorists. This week, as a powerful US warship loomed over a bobbing lifeboat, FBI negotiators begged for understanding from thugs who had attacked a ship flying our flag.

    The correct approach would have been to lower boats with armed sailors and take the Somalis, dead or alive. Does anyone really think the pirates would’ve harmed their hostage captain, adding to their crime?

    Historically, civilized nations understood how to handle pirates: When captured, pirates were hanged. When found, their bases were destroyed. That worked. But threatening to put one pirate in a thousand in a posh European cell where he gets free visits from a prostitute isn’t much of a deterrent when a single successful raid on a ship can bring in millions of dollars.

    Yeah, “citizens of the world” will cry that “You can’t just hang pirates!” Sure you can. It’s easy. If you’re short of rope, wire will do. The only serious question arises once the noose is around the pirate’s throat: Should we drop him over the side and let the rope snap his neck, or raise him up on a spar and let him suffocate slowly?

    Our talk-talk president needs to get serious now: We can’t let a handful of pirates in speedboats make an ass of our trillion-dollar Navy while seizing ships flying our flag. Even Thomas Jefferson, one of our most anti-military presidents, understood that pirates had to be met with violent force. Jefferson put an end (well, almost) to the tribute money the Barbary pirates demanded as part of their seagoing jihad. Any ransom money paid to redeem a US-flagged ship today is tribute money, even if a private corporation provides the cash.

    Force isn’t the answer to every problem, but it’s the only answer to some problems.

    More @ link
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    reporters from Bitterpolitiz

    I will say a prayer for the Captain @ Easter dinner today….

  212. NewMexicoFan Says:
    April 12th, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Darn, don’t those Pirates know who O is, and that he needs to be followed. I am sure they are preparing the ads in those areas, telling everyone how the new world leader’s wishes are not being followed and how dare they

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    They’re being racist, too. They wouldn’t treat Obama this way if he looked like the other presidents on the money.

  213. wbboei

    I know that North Korea probably in the long run will turn out to be more significant. But they managed to sweep that under the rug quickly.

    The Pirates issue has visibility, and seems to be going on for a while. So what will be remembered in the voters mind. But then it does not matter about the voters, in the Dim party, only what the superduds remember.

  214. Trans-national law at State: Not the American way

    Could international laws override American laws even if the United States has refused to ratify a treaty accepting a foreign authority? Harold Koh, President Obama’s nominee to be the chief legal counsel at the State Department, thinks so. That’s reason enough for the Senate to reject this Yale Law School dean. Koh is a prominent advocate of the “trans-nationalism” approach to global jurisprudence. To quote his own words from a 2006 essay, “The trans-nationalists view domestic courts as having a critical role to play in domesticating international law into U.S. law, while nationalists argue that only the political branches can internalize international law.”

    Think about that for a minute. To translate, what Koh is saying is that he and others who espouse his view reject the idea that Americans should only be governed by laws made by their elected representatives. The Founders put it more simply – “No taxation without representation.” Indeed, this nation is founded on the fundamental principle that Americans are governed only by their own consent, as expressed through our elected representatives – in other words, through “the political branches.” And “we, the people” ratified a Constitution saying that the “supreme law of the land” resides in the Constitution and the laws “made in pursuance thereof” – and that American judges “are bound thereby.” In short, Americans are governed by American law first, last, and always. To the extent that any foreign law applies to Americans, it must do so with our prior consent expressed through duly approved treaties with other nations.

    There are other good reasons to keep American law superior to foreign law in the U.S. Foreign statutes are issued by all sorts of tribunals to which no American has or even can give consent. For many such tribunals, their own subject populations similarly have not consented. Such foreign authorities are no more legitimate sources of law for the people of, say, Texas, than Star Trek’s fictional Klingon empire can be for the planet Earth.

    Koh thinks American courts should “moderate” certain of our rights that create “conflicts,” such as “our exceptional free speech tradition.” He has also explicitly endorsed criticism of Americans’ “embrace of the First Amendment.” This is no mere theoretical dispute. In Koh’s preferred world, a federal judge could impose on Americans terms of the international Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, which has been ratified by 185 countries. We would then likely be ordered to to legalize prostitution, eliminate official observances of Mother’s Day, adopt school curricula free of gender “stereotypes,” and even promote “redistribution of wealth.” This is the kind of thing the State Department’s lawyer should be fighting, not endorsing it
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    Thought the lawyers here could have a field day with this. Found @ Bitterpolitiz

  215. wbboei Says:
    April 12th, 2009 at 1:46 am

    Larry Johnson offers some additional insights on the situation that New York Times censors to protect Bambi. Article appears on the No Quarter website under the heading Long Since Out Of Control.
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    The pirates are not aimless fools in skiffs who drift around for plunder. They are sent by two masterful clans from the Somalia coast, the Hawiye around Haradhere and the Darod around Eyl. My best signals source reports there are long standing jihadist links through Sudanese contacts who use the coast for gun-running. The whole of the Somalia coast is Sharia; the word of the jihadists is armed medieval absolutism.

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

    Somali elders, hm? Are those the same elders who wrapped Obama in toilet paper in a famous photograph seen in the campaign?

  216. To be fair, here is a BBC story saying the toilet paper has no special or religious meaning and does not need to be applied by an ‘elder’.

    h…./ no w’s
    news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7265115.stm

  217. Sheesh,

    Those pirates aren’t playing fair with obama. Neither are the North Koreans, Iran, Russia, and France to name a few. Aren’t they supposed to be propping up the messiah?

    Never mind that a human life is at stake. Isn’t it more important for obama to wear his cape and come out the hero? What the heck is wrong with these people?

    Follow the program already!!! Drink the koolaid!!!

  218. wbboei

    I know that North Korea probably in the long run will turn out to be more significant. But they managed to sweep that under the rug quickly.

    The Pirates issue has visibility, and seems to be going on for a while. So what will be remembered in the voters mind. But then it does not matter about the voters, in the Dim party, only what the superduds remember.
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    NewMexico: I agree with you.

    From a public relationships standpoint this issue is more important. If the boat has run out of fuel and the critical area is quadrooned off then I see only one of two outcomes here. Either the pirates will surrender and turn over the hostage. Or they will fight to the death and kill the captain. The Chicago crew is prepared to play it either way so Obama comes out the hero. Believe me rough drafts of his speeches have already been written. Big media will broadcast them as if they were true. The most senior survivor, hopefully the captain will go to the White House and receive the distinuished citizenship award, and big media will bring him on their morning programs and the first thing they will ask him will be how did it feel to speak to the president. And they will say this proves he is not Carter.

    That is how they will attempt to cover up his incompetence, and failure to engage on the issue. Alert people will read through the lines and see the leadership vaccuum. Foreign leaders will apprehend that he is not a leader. Our enemies will laugh a us. But big media will bamboozle the public and his ratings will rise for doing nothing but raising his head above the foxhole after the shooting stopped.

    My thought was to nail their hide to the wall over their strategic failure to engage North Korea, since that is already a fait a compli. Something big media TRIED to hide, but will be remembered by those who seek the truth as the gift that keeps giving. Why? Because when he told the world that violations would not be tolerated and then turned around and tolerated a big one, he defined what he is to allies and enemies alike. His cowardice will embolden our enemies and discourage our friends from following his leadership. He desperately wants to be the leader of the entire world. Instead, he is now preceived as a paper tiger who can be easily trifled with without serious consequences other than more hot air speeches.

  219. In other words the North Korea episode proves that Obama is nothing more than a windbag. Not to be trusted by friends. Not to be feared by enemies. It is a big black mark on his presumtous claim to leadership. All parties will calibrate their future actions and dealings with him accordingly.

    It is no different when a plebe, a pledge, or any other newcomer comes into an organization. There is a vetting process that goes on by all the existing members. Sometimes it is formal, sometimes it is highly ritualistic and sometimes it is inconspicuous. But it always happens. And the reason it happens is because inevitably the existing players need to determine where he will slot in to the existing power structure.

    In the case of Mr Obama, as with every other chapter in his fairy tale life he was determined to start at the top, and to ensure that happened he brought 500 confetti throwers with him–the largest contingent of butboys seen on the face of the earth since Sciprio Africanus defeated Hannibal and returned victorious to Rome.

    The only problem was there was no victory, except for the tomfoolery big media tried to conjure up. In fact, it was one self inflicted wound after another. There were few banana peels on the floor that he did not manage to step on and even now he does not realize it.

    After he gave away our sovereignty, apologized for the arrogance of America, apologized to the Muslim World, and acted out the rest of his Reverend Wright goddam america routine, he made a solemn promise that the rule of law would be enforced, and then failed to enforce it. If what the world saw in Bush was arrogance what they see in Barack is appeasement which is a dangerous policy in a dangerous world.

  220. I have to think that there must be a countdown going on here for when obama will do his next primetime soliloquy . Surely it can’t be long now?

    I mean doesn’t he have to talk about his new puppy, his pizza craving, arugula, anything important?

    I heard somewhere that teletubby was enjoying a Hawaiian getaway from his master. Time to bring him/her back.

  221. Obowma is well aware that he is a failed president and he will soon be deposed in some manner.My feeling is that this may well be a well and long game plan devised to project him into the Black Muslim Leader worldwide.Even the Somali pirates are waiting to go to the polls for him.Laugh if you disagree but this was not planned overnight.Farrakahn has blessed him and this scenario of of a revolution is well on its way.It may take time but it is happening under our very noses. The solution is to rally behind Hillary and keep her ready and free from MSM vultures if they survive their current slide into bankruptcy.

    By ABM90 Prove me wrong and I will retract.

  222. Like the rest of us on this blog, I threw my heart and soul into the primary and came up empty handed. The system was rigged to circumvent the will of the people. We all have personal takeaways from this experience. Mine is that even though we call ourselves a democracy, the people do not really decide anything in our electoral process. They are simply one more issue that the obligarchs contend with in their effort to rule the nation for their own benefit. I never would have thought so before I saw what happened in the primary. Now as a result of it I find the contrary argument naive and mawkish. The best thing we can do is to raise hell and keep them off balance.

  223. Even the Somali pirates are waiting to go to the polls for him
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    They will vote alright by absentee ballot. Axelrod will be there to ensure there is no discrimination based on non-citizenship, and that each pirate vote is counted 1000 times. In his mind the moral imperative is clear: if you are a non-citizen vote early and vote often.

    Happy Easter ABM 90.

  224. “The trans-nationalists view domestic courts as having a critical role to play in domesticating international law into U.S. law, while nationalists argue that only the political branches can internalize international law.”
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    Yet another way to disenfrancise the American People. I bet you he regrets saying that now. I hope the Republicans get someone better than Vitter to make this traitor eat his words. Who picked this totalitarian bastard and whose interests does he serve?

  225. Great news:

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Navy has rescued the American sea captain held by Somali pirates.

    A senior U.S. intelligence official said hostage Richard Phillips was not hurt in what appeared to be a swift firefight off the Somali coast on Sunday. Phillips was safely transported to a Navy warship nearby.

    The official said three pirates were killed and one was injured.

    The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

    news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090412/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_piracy

  226. APRIL 12, 2009

    Cargo Ship Captain Is Rescued

    The kidnapped captain of the Maersk Alabama has been rescued ans is safe aboard a U.S. Navy ship, U.S. officials said. Official said three pirates who had been holding Capt. Richard Phillips hostage had been killed in the rescue and one pirate was in custody. The Navy planned to hold a briefing on the rescue operation shortly.

    Sailors aboard the ship the U.S. merchant ship offered the first, eyewitness account of the tumultuous day last week that saw a band of pirates throw themselves aboard the container vessel. Just hours later, they fled with Capt. Phillips. Crewmembers said pirates used grappling hooks and rope to pull themselves aboard, taking the ship’s American crew by surprise early Wednesday. The ship, hundreds of miles from land, was steaming toward Mombasa with a shipment of food aid.

    The crew quickly regained control, after the ship’s engineering officer, wielding an ice pick at one point, overpowered one of the pirates and took him captive, crew members said. Capt. Phillips, meanwhile, volunteered to leave the ship with the pirates. Negotiations to trade the captured pirate for the captain ultimately failed. The pirates escaped with Capt. Phillips on one of the vessel’s enclosed life boats, where he remains.

    Late Saturday evening, several hours before the rescue operation, the ship docked in Mombasa. About seven crew members, clad in blue overalls and hard hats, watched from the railings as the ship pulled into its berth. A few waved and one pumped his fist as the ship approached the dock. Several applauded the captain they were forced to leave behind.

    “He’s a hero,” one of the ship’s officers, Ken Quinn, shouted to reporters from the railing as the vessel pulled in. “The whole crew misses him. … We owe the captain our lives.”

    The port was crawling with journalists wielding cameras and notebooks. A helicopter rented by the Associated Press hovered overhead. Security was tight. Several men in flak jackets, camouflage and automatic weapons moved about the ship. The details of the pirate storming and the crew’s actions are still sketchy. Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service were still debriefing crew members Sunday and gathering evidence on the ship.

    But short interviews with a handful of crewmembers over the weekend provide a rough outline of the attack. The pirates came shortly before 7 a.m. on Wednesday. The ship’s chief engineer, A.T.M. Reza, was the first to see them. A short, quick man with a black mustache, he said he was on deck, near the stern and watched the pirates speed toward the boat in a single skiff.
    They tossed hooks over the side and began shimmying up the ropes, firing in the air as they went. The attackers moved fast, and surprised much of the crew — including waking Mr. Quinn up in his bed. Alerted to the boarding, other crew scrambled into a designated safe room aboard the vessel. Williams Rios, a crewmember from Manhattan, was one of them.

    On deck, Mr. Reza said he volunteered to take one of the pirates, a small, scrawny man who identified himself as Abdul Mohamed, down to the engine room. When he got down there, the engineer overpowered him, thrusting an ice pick between the man’s thumb and index finger in the struggle. Other crew members quickly came to help. The pirate appeared shocked at the pain and frightened. The crew bound his hands and feet with rope, and locked him away in a secure room on the ship. The captured pirate turned out to be the band’s leader, said Andrew Brzezinski, another crewmember. The crew now had a bargaining chip. And while they didn’t have guns, the Maersk Alabama’s 20-man crew greatly outnumbered the four attackers. The crew demanded the other pirates leave the ship.

    But the pirates had scuttled their own small boat. They demanded an escape boat, fuel and food. Amid the standoff, Capt. Phillips offered himself as a hostage to safeguard the crew. “They agreed, and we agreed,” said Mr. Brzezinski. “They promised to let go of the captain when we sent back the hostage.” Once the pirates settled into the lifeboat, the crew released their hostage. But the pirates refused to let Capt. Phillips free. “They wanted us to follow them to Somalia,” said Mr. Brzezinski.

    The crew continued to try to negotiate with the pirates but nothing worked, crewmembers said.
    Several crewmembers said they were upset about turning back to Mombasa without their captain. “I can’t describe my feelings,” said Mr. Brzezinski.

    Bernard Odemba, a harbor captain in the Mombasa port, boarded the Maersk Alamaba Saturday evening when it arrived to help pilot the vessel in. Mr. Odemba said the crew told him the pirates had tried to damage the ship, smashing a few of the winches on the stern, or back, of the vessel. He said the crew was relieved to see him. “They were still suspicious,” he said, and nervous about other boats approaching the ship. “Whenever they saw any kind of boat…I had to calm them down.”

    Port security and American officials tried Saturday to seal off the ship to the throng of reporters that had gathered. They stacked rows of containers to partially block the ship. Emotions were high after the ship arrived at the port. One crew member cursed at reporters. “We’ve got a man out there in a lifeboat dying so we can live,” he shouted. He hurled a coffee mug at a metal cargo container near the reporters, shattering it into pieces.

    On Sunday, American officials boarded the ship again around 9 a.m. to meet with the men. The crew is expected to remain on the ship until officials finish gathering evidence for their investigation, officials said. That could take at least a few days. Sunday morning, Mr. Rios wandered on deck for a smoke and explained to reporters what was going on inside the ship: “A lot of meetings,” he said.

    online.wsj.com/article/SB123953580718311447.html

  227. On Stephanolos’ This Week is the “Sunday Funnies” segment, and one was a clip of Colbert, showing first

    Lou Dobbs: “Gates announced sweeping cuts to the Pentagon spending”
    Fox: “Drastic cuts…”
    (some other news): “major reduction”
    Peter Jennings: “Huge cutbacks on military spending…”

    Then Colbert comes in, “That’s right, Gates announced that they’ll be cutting back from $513 billion all the way down to $543 billion”.
    &&&&
    You have to think that lefty comedians like Steward and Colbert, who made their reputations by mocking Bush, and supported Obama, now are going through their “Bot Wake-up Moment”. And they can still be funny, and mock “conservative hypocrisy”, even though it’s now a Dem being a conservative hypocrite.

  228. The U.S. Navy has rescued the American sea captain held by Somali pirates.
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    The Navy deserves the credit for this. It is all the more impressive that they killed the pirates and still managed to rescue the hostage. In a shoot out like this one, the hostage is normally the first casualty. They must have had a good sniper–I doubt it was hand to hand. Will wait for the details. Like I say, the credit and luck goes to the Navy on this one. If Obama stays out of the process, then positive results like this are achieveable. He can come out from under the bed now–the coast is clear.

  229. rgb: is that what they are–lefty comedians. I just never found anything they say creative, interesting or funny. It just sounds like a political script they are reading and nothing could be duller.

  230. Yay for Capt. Phillips.

    Now, set your stop watches, this is going to happen faster than a 100m dash at the Olympics: obama will make a “statement”, and insert himself into the situation.

    A situation he was willing to distance himself from until now. Because he was too busy dealing with the economy, or whatever. But now that the guy is safe, it’s time to steal the spotlight, and use this as a moment to distract the media and the public from his inaction and ineptitude.

    The POTUS was AWOL, but suddenly shows up when the pizza is delivered.

    Start your stop watches now.

  231. JanH Says:

    April 12th, 2009 at 2:05 pm
    oops…birdgal,

    I guess we both had the same idea.

    I’m so glad he was rescued!

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    Me too! I was really worried about him.

  232. Well we all know that obama single-handedly saved the captain. I’m sure his face is being carved on Mount Rushmore as we speak.

  233. Years ago a highly New York Police Officer was killed in the line of duty and a large group of people came to the funeral to honor his memory and pay their condolences to his widow. In his last will and testament the officer had left explicit instructions that when he died no politicans be invited to the funeral. And they were not.

    In this successful Navy Mission we see the same kind of heroes. Men who are focused on doing the job for its own sake and not to get the credit. The Navy will exploit this episode for publicity purposes, and these guys will be ordered to make the rounds. But how do they look at a guy like Obama and say I did it for him. They did it for the Constitution which they are sworn to defend, for the country, and the navy and the mission. But surely not for a jackass like him. So when he tries to wallow in their glory, it will be pretty sickening. This assumes he musters the courate to come out from under the bed by then.

  234. Will obama pardon the living pirate?

    Will he issue a mea culpa: “We apologize for tempting you with our juicy targets floating so close by under your nose. We apologize for the inequities in the world that made us a rich country with nice boats and the Somalians in poverty with their crappier boats.”

  235. Just once I would like to see obama in humble-mode take a back row seat, thanking those who really worked hard to rescue the Captain.

  236. But what about the rest of the hostages — the ones that the pirates brought in as human shields during Obama’s inaction?

    Because one US captain is rescued — does not mean the crisis is over.

  237. As I remember, there are 40 ships now being held, and other hostages. But I guess they are not American.

  238. It would say a lot if the American Navy and other resources at hand worked together to rescue all the hostages.

    It would send a very strong message to the pirates at large.

  239. This was the second time the Captain had jumped out and tried to swim — followed by swimming pirates.

    This time he was given cover by the US forces. Why did the US forces not give him cover the FIRST time?

    Had Obama ordered the US not to shoot pirates — and finally the US Navy disregarded Obama’s order?

  240. YEP……. El Presidente “AWOL” Obama has the AUDACITY of comment after the crisis is over.

    Obama: Rescued captain showed model heroism

    WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says the captain who survived capture by Somali pirates has courage that is “a model for all Americans.”

    Obama says he’s pleased that Capt. Richard Phillips has been rescued and is on board a Navy ship. Obama says Phillips’ safety was his main concern after being held hostage aboard a lifeboat.

    Obama says he is proud of the U.S. military and other agencies that worked to free Phillips. The president says the United States needs help from other countries to deal with the threat of piracy and to hold pirates accountable.

    The president praised Phillips for his bravery, courage and selfless concern for his crew.

    breitbart.com/article.php?id=D97H40I02&show_article=1&catnum=0

  241. Commanding Officer: Hello Mr. President. It is nice to hear from you now that the mission is accomplished and the danger has passed.

    Obama: On behalf of me, me, me la da de da de do, and Axelrod, Emanuel and that woman I am married to–no not tele . . Michelle. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I have surpassed Jimmy Carter.

    Commanding Officer: Oh no Mr President. It is I who should be thanking you–for keeping your nose out of this so the people who knew what they are doing could do their job. I know it was hard for you to step away from the podium but I am grateful you did. This mission was too important to fuck up.

    Obama: There is no need for you to thank me Captain. My leadership in the midst of this crisis will go down in history beside the Alexanders campaign against the Prussians, and Julius Caesars campaigns in the west against the Gauls. Ahh, ahhm ahh, would you not agress. Before you answer let me just say you look like Admiral material to me.

    Commanding Officer: Well Mr President I agree you belong in history alright. And if you are asking me where then I would be constrained to say General Horatio Gates in the Revolutionary War. He was the one with the big reputation who desserted the battlefield when the going got tough and never stopped running until he got to Philadelphia.

    Obama: evidently I was wrong Captain. You are beginning to look more like ensign material to me. How long has it been since you were a one striper captain. As I told Congressman Fazio the other day when he voted against my stimulus bill because his constitents opposed it–I am the one you need to worry about and I am are keeping a record on you.

    Commanding Officer: in that case, it has been nice to talk to you. Oh my, I forgot to say sir.

    Sir is a word surviving from the surly days in old Serbia when certain serfs too ignorant to remember their lords name yet to survile to blaspheme them circumvented the situation by inventing the surupy word sir by which I now address a befuddled cic who incorrectly assumed that I was surypy enough to call you sir.

    Obama: I dont care who you just saved. You are now a third class petty officer.

    Commanding Officer: not as petty as you are sir.

  242. other breaking details:

    WASHINGTON (AP) – US defense official: Sea captain was in “imminent danger” of being killed before rescue

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – Shipping company boss: Captain saved from lifeboat defers credit for rescue to Navy Seals.

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Officials: Obama gave order to use military to rescue hostage held by Somali pirates

  243. Somali pirate in custody, could face life sentence

    By MATT APUZZO

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Somali pirate captured during a hostage standoff in the Indian Ocean was in military custody Sunday and could face life in a U.S. prison. “He’s in military custody right now,” FBI spokesman John Miller said. “That will change as this becomes more of a criminal issue than a military issue.”

    Both piracy and hostage-taking carry life sentences under U.S. law.

    Three pirates were killed Sunday in a military operation that rescued Capt. Richard Phillips, who had been held hostage aboard a lifeboat for days.

    Both Miller and Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said no decisions have been made regarding charges against the lone surviving pirate.
    “The Justice Department will be reviewing the evidence and other issues to determine whether to seek prosecution in the United States,” Boyd said.

    Phillips was taken hostage after his cargo ship was attacked by pirates. The crew thwarted the hijacking but the pirates fled with Phillips into a lifeboat.

    Attorney General Eric Holder said this past week that the U.S. hasn’t seen a case of piracy against an American ship in hundreds of years. U.S. prosecutors do have jurisdiction to bring charges when a crime is committed against a U.S. citizen or on a U.S. ship.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5icIjNMpcM0y3fjQ6BPjCXoBOHCnQD97H3P500

  244. King of Jordan to meet Obama on April 21

    Sun Apr 12, 2009

    (Reuters) – King Abdullah of Jordan will meet U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on April 21 to lobby on behalf of Arab states for a stronger U.S. role in Middle East peacemaking, palace officials said on Sunday. They said the staunch U.S. ally, the first Arab leader to hold face-to-face talks in the White House since Obama took office in January, will urge him to do more to bring about a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians.

    The monarch will also convey Arab concerns about the prospects for peace under the right-leaning Israeli government led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has said his priority is to focus on economic and security issues rather than negotiating core issues such as statehood, borders, and the fate of Jerusalem and Palestinian refugees.

    Diplomats said the monarch, backed by the Arab League and Arab allies of Washington in the region, will tell Obama that Arabs are still committed to an Arab peace initiative. A palace official said the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt and Lebanon and the Palestinian Authority met the king on Saturday in Amman and officially asked him him to “convey the unified Arab position”. The Arab initiative, approved at an Arab summit in 2002, offers Israel peace and normal relations with all Arab countries in return for withdrawal from all land captured in the 1967 war.

    Successive Israeli governments have either ignored or rejected the offer, which would require Israel to dismantle settlements which house hundreds of thousands of Jews.

    Officials say the monarch will tell Obama that only a Palestinian state and an Israeli withdrawal from occupied Arab territory could end the spiral of violence and bring real security to Israel.

    reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSLC275626

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    I’m sure obama will give him the key to the city, White House, country…whatever the heck he wants.

  245. I’m sure obama will give him the key to the city, White House, country…whatever the heck he wants.
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    Correct. This is why I did not want to rest my case on this crisis. It is a minor sideshow in the larger scheme of things. A distraction from the larger issues at hand. Take the whole idea that he gave the order with a grain of salt. The military advisors were running the show. The man is bought and paid for. That is the issue.

  246. Just the symbolic gesture of meeting with Jordan before meeting with Israel angers me immensely.

    He will probably bow down to him as well. I really hate this guy!

  247. Is there a differnce between rescuing an escaping hostage and defeating the Taliban in Afghanistan. The point I am making is thank god we had the right advisors, the right people on the scene, a captain who was willing to initate his own escape and lucky that the pirates did not kill him. You never know how these things will go. But whatever you make of this episode and whether you think the United States gained or lost credibilty–reasonable minds could differ and no doubt they will, the larger point is this tells us nothing about the surge we are pursuing in Afghanistan in this Bush redux. There we have a well organized foe, firing back at us from well protected terrain. This one was bound to end with a killing of the hostage or a surrender and it turned out to be the latter. Afghanistan is where we will encounter the furies and the real test will occur.

  248. Just the symbolic gesture of meeting with Jordan before meeting with Israel angers me immensely.
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    I agree. It is a tell.

  249. wbboei

    They did not rescue him, he started to escape again, and they covered him. That man is amazing.

  250. Can someone please close my mouth because my jaw just hit the floor in anger. This stuff makes my blood boil.

    Saudi judge refuses to annul 8-year-old’s marriage

    A Saudi judge has refused for a second time to annul a marriage between an 8-year-old girl and a 47-year-old man, a relative of the girl told CNN.

    The most recent ruling, in which the judge upheld his original verdict, was handed down Saturday in the Saudi city of Onaiza, where late last year the same judge rejected a petition from the girl’s mother, who was seeking a divorce for her daughter.

    The relative said the judge, Sheikh Habib Al-Habib, “stuck by his earlier verdict and insisted that the girl could petition the court for a divorce once she reached puberty.” The family member, who requested anonymity, added that the mother will continue to pursue a divorce for her daughter.

    The case, which has drawn criticism from local and international rights groups, came to light in December when al-Habib declined to annul the marriage on a legal technicality. The judge ruled the girl’s mother — who is separated from the girl’s father — was not the girl’s legal guardian and therefore could not represent her in court, according to Abdullah al-Jutaili, the mother’s lawyer.

    The girl’s father, according to the attorney, arranged the marriage in order to settle his debts with the man, who is “a close friend” of his. At the time of the initial verdict, the judge required the girl’s husband to sign a pledge that he would not have sex with her until she reaches puberty, al-Jutaili told CNN. The judge ruled that when the girl reaches puberty, she will have the right to request a divorce by filing a petition with the court, the lawyer said.

  251. The Captain is a courageous man! Had he not kept trying to escape and SAVE HIMSELF, he probably would be there till the food ran out. Bambi showed no leadership in this, he never even made a statement. Bambi was too busy ordering pizza and picking out dogs. Kudos to the Captain, he’s the kind of man that I can admire.

  252. moon,

    and that is why obama bowed down to their king.

    What monsters that judge and 47 year old man are!

  253. The Seals were dropped out of a plane, along with all of their gear (including their boat), under the cover of darkness into the ocean far enough away, so that they weren’t heard by the pirates. Amazing. This happened within the past 36 hours, so it seems that during the first escape attempt, the Navy was not prepared to assist the Captain. This will make a great movie.

  254. “This will make a great movie.”

    ————————————-

    As long as obama doesn’t get top billing…

  255. Hopefully, this will start some serious reforms to prevent piracy on the these cargo vessels. They need to have protection, so that they are not sitting ducks for the pirates. I heard on FOX News that that the captured pirate is 16 years old!!!

  256. Sorry if this has already been posted

    Jamac Habeb, a 30-year-old self-proclaimed pirate, told The Associated Press from one of Somalia’s piracy hubs, Eyl, that, “our friends should have done more to kill the captain before they were killed. This will be a good lesson for us.”

    “From now on, if we capture foreign ships and their respective countries try to attack us, we will kill them (the hostages),” he said. France and India have both taken deadly military action against pirates in recent months and seen no significant retaliation, however.
    full article
    news.yahoo.com/s/ap/piracy

    I pray that the international community responds with an unprecedented collective show of force.

  257. WTF!!! Has the Entire World gone MAD???

    Gordon Brown’s plan for army of teen volunteers

    Gordon Brown has vowed to make every young person do 50 hours of voluntary work by the time they reach the age of 19.

    Last Updated: 9:40AM BST 12 Apr 2009

    The Prime Minister said a pledge to introduce compulsory community service would be included in Labour’s next general election manifesto.

    Under the scheme, the work – which could include helping out charities in the UK and abroad – is likely to become part of the National Curriculum. It would be integrated into moves to make everyone stay in education or training until the age of 18 by 2011.

    Writing in the News of the World, Mr Brown insisted: “It is my ambition to create a Britain in which there is a clear expectation that all young people will undertake some service to their community, and where community service will become a normal part of growing up in Britain.

    “And, by doing so, the contributions of each of us will build a better society for all of us.”

    He went on: “That would mean young people being expected to contribute at least 50 hours of community service by the time they have reached the age of 19.

    “This will build on the platform provided by citizenship classes as they develop in our schools. But because the greater part of what I envisage as community service takes place outside the school day, it will require the close involvement of local community organisations. and charities”

    There would also be a “clear system of accreditation” to mark what youngsters have achieved through voluntary work, he added.

    Mr Brown proposed the idea of a National Youth Service to channel teenagers into voluntary work last year. It is due to be formally launched in September, and would become compulsory if Labour was re-elected.

    telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/5143911/Gordon-Browns-plan-for-army-of-teen-volunteers.html

  258. Another story is that Phillips swam only once; the actual rescue happened at the last minute as the rowboat was being towed to shore where the pirates would have disappeared into their own territory, taking Phillips.

    The story is that he was tied in the boat and a pirate was pointing a gun at his head — which the US forces finally decided was ‘imment danger’ such that they could finally fire on the pirates. Good for them.

    But why was the boat being towed ashore, and by whom? And by whose orders, need we guess?


  259. blackfive.net/main/2009/04/how-the-rescue-happened.html
    I just finished listening to the press conference w/ ADM Gortney about the rescue of Captain Phillips. At the time it happened the USS Bainbridge was towing the lifeboat to calmer waters as the sea state was deteriorating. One of the pirates was on board the Bainbridge as the talks about obtaining Phillip’s release continued. The lifeboat was approx. 25 m behind the Bainbridge when snipers on the fantail observed one of the pirates in the pilot house of the lifeboat pointing an AK-47 at the back of a tied up Phillips and the other two pirates on board were visible (at least shoulders and heads). The standing authority gave them clearance to engage the pirates if the life of the captain was in imminent danger. The on scene commander deemed this to be true and gave the order to fire. All three bad guys were taken out and then a rigid inflatable boat went to the lifeboat to retrieve Phillips. It is unknown at this point whether the shooters were SEALs or Marine Scout Snipers as both would have been available.

    This was not a rescue attempt ordered by National Command Authority i.e. the President. It was a reaction by the on scene commander under standard authority to safeguard the life of a hostage.

    The AP is reporting that President Obama gave the order to use military force to rescue the hostage, that is misleading.

  260. TDO

    this article has different information about the rescue of Captain Phillips

    telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/somalia/5146518/US-Navy-rescues-American-sea-captain-and-kills-three-pirates.html

    such as this:

    However, negotiations had become “heated” in the last few hours before the snipers opened fire, said the admiral.

    “If he was not in imminent danger, they were not supposed to take this sort of action, they were supposed to let the negotiation process work it out,” he said.

    “The on-scene commander thought that the captain was in imminent danger and then made that decision, and he had the authority to make that decision and he had seconds to make that decision

    SNIP

    The riskiness of the rescue operation was revealed by Vice-Admiral William Gortney, head of the US Naval Forces Central Command.

    He said the snipers, understood to be special forces SEALS, were on board the destroyer USS Bainbridge some 25 to 30 yards from the lifeboat when pirates were seen levelling AK-47 assault rifles at Mr Phillips’s back.

    Despite being able to see the pirates’ heads and shoulders in a small boat pitching in increasingly rough seas as night fell, the snipers shot all three pirates in what was described as a “swift firefight”.

  261. YOU ALL WILL LOVE THIS ARTICLE and news papers will HATE IT 😀

    Russell Crowe tells it like it should be
    Russell Crowe’s brilliant turn in the forthcoming newsroom thriller ‘State of Play’ makes a compelling case for the importance of reporting in exposing lies

    telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/film-news/5141550/Russell-Crowe-tells-it-like-it-should-be.html

    snip

    it is a lament for truth, honesty and courage. Even sceptics who believe those qualities are as redundant as a green visor in modern journalism may leave cinemas with tears in their eyes. State of Play is not simply the best suspense movie you will see this year: it is also a death notice.

    snip

    In the US, the Los Angeles Times is in crisis and the Chicago Tribune in administration. In Seattle, Philadelphia and other major centres, newspapers are struggling to survive. So what, some might ask. Many people are losing their jobs. If papers, including national titles, are killed by the double hit of technological advance and financial crisis, who cares? The brilliance of Crowe’s performance is to explain why such an outcome would not simply result in fewer stories about Cheryl Cole. Democracy itself is under threat.

    SNIP

    Who, if not newspapers, would continue to pick away at the inventories of patio furniture and soft furnishings for which MPs and ministers are claiming, under rules that would strike any normal citizen as a kleptomaniacs’ charter? No journalist has risked life and limb – as Russell Crowe’s character did – to expose the truth about the Home Secretary’s bathplug. Someone leaked the details, and newspapers piled in.

    But heroics, though sometimes necessary, are not the staple of good journalism. The importance of newspapers often turns on the painstaking, the mundane and the banal. Local newspapers, dismissed for their “churnalism” by the Guardian journalist Nick Davies in his book, Flat Earth News, are not dull chronicles stuffed with PR handouts and pictures of amusingly shaped vegetables.

    At their best, they are the heartbeat of democracy, staffed by those ideally placed to sleuth out corruption, blight and heartbreak. The world does not begin and end at Westminster. Babies are not tortured or pensioners left to rot in the marbled atriums of Whitehall. The scandals of modern Britain often take place in council offices, sink estates and courtrooms far from London. Bloggers and the internet may rule the world, but without a vibrant local press citizens will forfeit their only whistleblower and communities will lose a vital bond.

    Harold Evans, the former Sunday Times editor and guru of journalism, will devote much of his forthcoming memoir, My Paper Chase, to the vital role of newspapers. As he told me last week: “A good independent newspaper is the best watchdog in the public interest – better than Parliament, the law courts and all the vested-interest lobbies, because of its capacity to gather facts others would prefer to suppress and bring them into the public focus.”

    According to Evans, commentators in US regions where newspapers have been closed or starved of resources are already “raising the alarm about the resurgence of corruption and wrongdoing”.

    So hooray for Kevin Macdonald and Russell Crowe. Their film is not simply a taut thriller or a treat for those with ink for blood. It is also a requiem for freedom. As newspapers begin to die unmourned, State of Play sounds the warning on how terrifying unchecked power would be.

    State of Play opens in cinemas on April 22 ( stateofplaymovie.net )

  262. TURNDOWNOBAMA

    absolutely!!l obama’s orders were to continue negotiating the on scene commander was the only one to give orders to
    do anything other than “negotiate”

    Bambi is a PUSS

  263. Hm. Imo — so finally the commander observed the pirates making a move that could be interpreted as ‘immenent danger’ to the hostage. Making it okay to fire in spite of Obama’s orders.

    Good shooting in late evening light.

    Good observation by the commander, too.

    Any witnesses to the contrary?

    Thought not. At ease.

  264. Remember “That ZERO’s” photo in the muslim garb…now that other guy was in Kenya – the ones who supoorted Raila Odinga – Bo’s violent cousin; he lives at the tip of the Kenyan/Somali border….. I bet these guys wanted a long drawn negotiations involving these guys in the name of “being the Good guys” working with “THAT GLOBAL ZERO”…

    Good on ya.. the navy seals…and the commander…..and I am glad Sec. Gates is in charge of the defence dept….

    And Hillary needs to praise them as well….she does not have to wait from “THAT ONE” to do so first!!!!

  265. What is the district in Minnesota sayonmg about these events….they have a high population of Somalis’ – US residents….

    And now the story about “THAT ZERO’s” pervert half-brother has disappeared in the limited media!!!

  266. here’s something the MSM won’t tell you about……..

    Around 30 Islamist students protested on Thursday against US President Barack Obama.

    Students burn pictures of U.S. President Barack Obama shaking hands with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, in front of the former U.S. embassy during a gathering to mark the anniversary of freezing Iran and US diplomatic ties in Tehran April 9, 2009.

    Marking the 30th anniversary of the breaking of diplomatic ties between Washington and Tehran, the students gathered outside the US embassy complex in Tehran and chanted “Death to America!” and “Death to Obama !”.

    Burning portraits of US presidents past and present, they referred to Obama as “Barack Yazid Obama”, referring to Sunni caliphate Yazid whose troops killed revered Shiite Imam Hussein in the battle of Karbala in 680.

    continue reading and see the pictures……..including the very same ones of bush morphing into obama that we have here on Big Pink!

    europumas.over-blog.com/article-30141850.html

  267. # JanH Says:
    April 12th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    “This will make a great movie.”
    ————————————-

    As long as obama doesn’t get top billing…
    &&&&&&&&&

    obama would take time out of his not-so-busy schedule to play himself. Top billing, of course. You know, for all he “did” during this crisis.

  268. turndownobama-com Says:
    April 12th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    The AP is reporting that President Obama gave the order to use military force to rescue the hostage, that is misleading.
    &&&&&&&

    Is this the same AP that wants to make sure that their “information” is copyright protected? If you have a copyright, doesn’t the copyrighted material itself needs to be “accurate” and “true”, if what the AP is advertising falls under the category of “non-fiction”…

    If it’s “fiction” or “commentary”, then the application of that law would have more leeway.

  269. # wbboei Says:
    April 12th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Like the rest of us on this blog, I threw my heart and soul into the primary and came up empty handed. The system was rigged to circumvent the will of the people. We all have personal takeaways from this experience. Mine is that even though we call ourselves a democracy, the people do not really decide anything in our electoral process. They are simply one more issue that the obligarchs contend with in their effort to rule the nation for their own benefit. I never would have thought so before I saw what happened in the primary. Now as a result of it I find the contrary argument naive and mawkish. The best thing we can do is to raise hell and keep them off balance.

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

    The pot is simmering on the back burner, wbboei. With the advent of the internet, people are much more aware of happenings in real time. Blogging has exploded exponentially into the political vacuum of 2000 and the Bush years. There are many more of us on the same page then we could ever imagine. The final blow of this Financial crisis does have a unifying effect. It has become an issue everyone identifies with. The janitor who lost his state job is fretful and as unhappy as the junior executive with a pregnant wife purchasing a $400K home 3 yrs ago in the hopes of rising through the ranks to an upper level management position who was pink slipped last Friday wondering which will be his fate; finding a comparable job in the short term or the unthinkable, losing his home in the long term.

    People are hungry for information. This is the time for seepage of the May 31st DNC RBC Meeting detailing where and how the Primary was stolen from Hillary. A made for tv movie (HBO) Special certainly will dovetail with Hillary’s high profile SOS’s performance.. and the Ready on Day 1 president who’s inexperience at governing is Greener than the Environmental issues he purports to reform.

    The expose of what when on behind the scenes with Dean, Brazile, and the RBC Committee concluding violating electoral rules, handing electoral votes won by then Senator Clinton to Barack Obama was in any way legitimate inflicting irreparable harm to Sen Clinton and the intimidation suffered by Clinton delegates at the DNC Convention, to me, would put things right in the minds of “good” democrats who supported Hillary throughout the Primary.

    Not only does the series of events leading up to the Dem Nomination need to be put right for it’s historical value but most of all, crystallizing the truth in everyone’s mind that voted in the last election.

  270. Mrs. SMith and others,

    Here is info about viewings of Zeigler’s “Media Malpractice” in NYT Ap 17, and other viewings:

    h…./ no w’s

    pumaresponders.blogspot.com/2009/04/media-malpractice-viewings.html

  271. ADMIN: THIS IS IMPORTANT. While big media is praising “Barack” for the remarkable leadership he displayed in rescuing the hostage, others are taking a closer look at the relevant facts and reaching the opposite conclusion. To them and to me as well this entire incident proves beyond cavil that Barack is an ineffective leader and a clueless liar.

    A friend of mine is a university professor and media analyst. She has been following the hostage stand-off and rescue as it has unfolded over these past three (3) days. Not surprisingly, she has discovered a number of contradictions in the White House story. For Obama that is par for the course. However, she has also discovered two other things which are far more serious: first, contrary to what he would have you believe, Mr. Obama proved unable to make a command decision as President. Second, when he was forced by the Navy and CNN to do so, he fabricated a story which was intended to cover this up and make it appear he was in charge when in fact he was not. Here are the incontrovertible facts which prove each of these charges:

    1. Obama Had No Coherent Policy Position: If you examine the successive policy positions offered by the Administration over the course of the past three days, it becomes obvious that each one contradicts the one that preceded it. That inconsistency proves that Mr. Obama did not have a handle on the situation.

    For example, last Friday he told the country that he did not intend to get involved with the hostage crisis because he was focused on the economy. Then on Sunday morning CNN read a statement by the White House stating that he did not intend to get involved with the hostage crisis because he did not want to be blamed if it turned out badly. Then on Sunday afternoon he gave an entirely different story. He claimed that he was involved after all and gave an order to the Navy on Thursday, and again on Friday to attack the pirate boat if it appeared that the Captains life was in imminent danger. Three days, three different stories. But are any of them true?

    2. Obama Was Unable To Make A Command Decision: The pirate boat has been out of gas and drifting with the current for several days. The first Navy ship arrived on station on Thursday and the second Navy ship arrived on Friday. Hostage negotiations were convened and failed. No rescue attempt was made at either time, or by Sunday morning. The White House maintained its position that Obama would not get involved. The problem was that by then the pirate boat was drifting toward shore, and if it moved in closer the Navy ships would be unable to follow because of their deep draft. If the pirate boat reached shore then the pirates and their hostage would disappear into the hinterlands. And the Navy would be blamed for losing them.

    Consequently, the Navy had to find a politically acceptable way to force Obama to make a decision. Therefore, a Navy Seal appeared on CNN on Sunday morning at approximately 11:20 a.m. However the Navy wanted CNN to hide his identity so the Obama Administration could not retaliate against him through its newly appointed Secretary of the Navy for speaking out. So they projected a silhouette only and disguised his voice. After establishing the fact that the pirate boat had been drifting for several days and was now moving toward shore where escape would be possible the moderator asked the Seal why we had not attacked the pirate boat?

    Whereupon the Seal told the moderator that the Navy practices such rescues on a routine basis and has been ready, willing and able to execute this rescue for three days but for one crucial thing: this is not a military decision but a political one. Translation: the White House has not had the political will to act. Mr. Obama was unable to make a command decision. Suddenly, the captives problem, the company’s problem, and the country’s problem while Obama was too busy shooting hoops was ultimately Barack’s problem. Worse, if the pirates got away everyone would know is was his fault.

    Within one (1) hour Navy seals attacked the boat, killed two pirates, apprehended the others and rescued the captain. Thereafter, Obama claimed that he had given an order on Thursday when the first Navy ship arrived to attack the pirate boat if it appeared that the Captains life was in imminent danger. He further claimed that he reissued the same order on Friday when the second ship arrived. Thereafter, he called the family of the captain which he had not done before, promised to rid the area of pirates and basked in the glory of it all.

    3. Obama Fabricated A Self-Serving Story: If you examine the evidence, it becomes obvious that Obama never issued such an order when the first ship arrived on Thursday. The reason we know that is because the captain tried to escape on Thursday after the first ship arrived. He jumped overboard and the pirates fired at him. At that point, the captain’s life was clearly “in imminent danger”. Thus, if such an order had been issued as of that time then the Seals would have attacked then as opposed to four days later. And while it has suggested that the reason they did not attack at that time was because it was too dark, the truth is a light was trained on the pirate boat at all times. To repeat, if the order had been given on Thursday as Barack now contends, then the Seals would have attacked the pirate boat then. The fact that they did not proves that no such order was given.

    It was not until Sunday, one hour after the anonymous Navy Seal appeared on CNN and called the Administration out on its lack of political will that the Navy finally attacked the pirate boat and freed the hostage. The rationale they offered was that the pirate had a gun pointed at the head of the captain, but the threat on Thursday was far greater because then the pirates were not merely aiming, they were also firing. Obviously, the rescue was not authorized until Sunday. The authorities refused to release details of the attack to make sure the story jibed with what Obama fabricated. This allowed the Navy to look good, Obama to look good, and now Obama owes one to CNN.
    Conclusion: If you believe as I do that when he was confronted with a relatively minor crisis like this one: i) Obama had no coherent policy position, ii) Obama was unable to make a command decision when it was required, but had to be schivied into one and iii) Obama fabricated a self-serving story about an order he never gave in order to make himself look good, then what does that say about his ability to deal with a major crisis? Simply put, this cover-up is not in the interests of the American People. It will neither fool our enemies, nor convince our friends. It should be roundly condemned for those reasons.

    Admin.: it may be prudent to wait until the initial euphoria has passed before we attack his story. If we act now it will get lost in all the euphoria of having the hostage back alive and well. But as the smoke clears and Obama supporters use this as an example of what an inspired commander-in-chief he is then perhaps we should confront his lies with this evidence. Or we can act sooner. What do you think?

  272. Mrs. Smith: I wrote a 50 page analysis of the primary. It was a contemporaneous document, and covered what we knew at the time. Looking at it now, the one thing I missed was the psychological angle to this thing. Also, I did was not aware of the Kevin Phillips explanation of what has happened to our econonomy. But the rest of it is still valid. If you thing it would be of interest let me know I can make arrangements to sent it. Here is what the outline looks like, and the introduction has that great picture of Hillary giving a speech in the rainstorm. Here is the table of contents.

    -TABLE OF CONTENTS-

    I. INTRODUCTION…………………………………………………………. p. 1

    II. THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT
    A. The Golden Age……………………………………………………. p. 2
    B. The Catalyst………………………………………………………… p. 2
    C. The Transition……………………………………………………… p. 3
    D. The Winners………………………………………………………… p. 3
    E. The Losers………………………………………………………….. p. 3
    F. Hillary Position……………………………………………………. p. 4
    G. Obama Position…………………………………………………… p. 4

    III. WHO IS HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON?
    A. A Remarkable Woman…………………………………………. p. 4
    B. The Affirmative Case…………………………………………… p. 5
    C. The Opposing Case……………………………………………… p. 5
    D. Hillary Hate……………………………………………………….. p. 6
    E. Reagan Democrats………………………………………………p. 6
    F. Practical Solutions………………………………………………p. 7
    G. Our Heroine……………………………………………………….. p. 7

    IV. WHO IS BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA?
    A. A Human Question Mark…………………………………… p. 8
    B. Radical Roots……………………………………………………. p. 8
    C. Multiple Identities…………………………………………… p. 10
    D. Machiavellian Character…………………………………… p. 10
    E. No Core Values…………………………………………………. p. 11
    F. No Qualifications……………………………………………….p. 11
    G. No Respect For Women………………………………………p. 12
    H. Big Business Shill………………………………………………. p. 13
    I. The Corrupt DNC………………………………………………..p. 13
    J. The Kennedy Machine…………………………………………p. 14
    K. The Chicago Crew……………………………………………….p. 14
    L. The Global Capitalists…………………………………………p. 15
    M. Neo-Lib Agenda…………………………………………………p. 15

    V. THE OBAMA PLAYBOOK
    A. Media & Message……………………………………………….p. 17
    B. Create New Coalition………………………………………….p. 17
    C. The Dean Plan……………………………………………………p. 18
    D. Terrorize The Internet……………………………………….p. 18
    E. Dupe The Media………………………………………………..p. 19
    F. Smear Opponents……………………………………………..p. 19
    G. The Race Card……………………………………………………p. 20
    H. The Soros Ground Game…………………………………….p. 21
    I. Espionage………………………………………………………… p. 22
    J. Follow The Money………………………………………………p. 22

    VI. COMPLAINT AGAINST BIG MEDIA
    A. Nature Of Proceeding………………………………………… p. 23
    B. The Parties………………………………………………………. p. 23
    C. Stipulation……………………………………………………….. p. 23
    D. Breach of Fiduciary Duty…………………………………….p. 24
    E. Fraud on The American People…………………………..p. 25
    F. Discrimination Based On Gender………………………….p. 26
    G. Conspiracy To Hijack An Election……………………… p. 28
    H. Quid-Pro-Quo……………………………………………………. p. 30
    I. An Equitable Remedy…………………………………………..p. 30

    VII. HOW TO STEAL AN ELECTION
    A. The Conspiracy…………………………………………………..p. 31
    B. A Fine Romance………………………………………………….p. 32
    C. The Secret Coronation…………………………………………p. 33
    D. The Caucus Debacle…………………………………………… p. 34
    E. Judas Richardson………………………………………………. p. 35
    F. The Kangaroo Court…………………………………………… p. 36
    G. The Primary Election Results………………………………. p. 37
    H. The Machiavellian Pundits………………………………….. p. 37
    I. The Corruption of Superdelegates………………………. p. 38
    J. Suspension of Candidacy…………………………………… p. 38
    K. Supporter Reaction…………………………………………… p. 40
    L. Party Unity My Ass…………………………………………….. p. 40
    M. Convention Debacle……………………………………………. p. 41
    N. Transcendence…………………………………………………… p. 43
    O. Our Solution………………………………………………………. p. 44

    IX. SAVING OUR DEMOCRACY
    A. The Greatest Generation………………………………………p. 46
    B. Our Challenge…………………………………………………….. p. 47
    C. Why This Matters…………………………………………………p. 48

  273. wbboei and admin,

    Larry Johnson has good background here:

    h…/..w’s
    noquarterusa.net/blog/2009/04/13/obamas-role-in-the-rescue-operation/

  274. last night i posted this article i found in the uk telegraph……..it has me on “red alert”
    because of Obama’s little “GIVE” program set and ready for him to sign right here
    and now it appears PM Brown has one too!

    WTF!!!

    djia Says:
    April 12th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    WTF!!! Has the Entire World gone MAD???

    Gordon Brown’s plan for army of teen volunteers

    Gordon Brown has vowed to make every young person do 50 hours of voluntary work by the time they reach the age of 19.

  275. Well if you watch the British Parliament, and read there newspapers you will find one big difference. They will call their PM an idiot, and a liar, and even laugh at him. Try that in this country, under this administration. In this country you get harassed if you even leave a disenting blog going.

  276. wbboei:

    “Consequently, the Navy had to find a politically acceptable way to force Obama to make a decision. Therefore, a Navy Seal appeared on CNN on Sunday morning at approximately 11:20 a.m. However the Navy wanted CNN to hide his identity so the Obama Administration could not retaliate against him through its newly appointed Secretary of the Navy for speaking out. So they projected a silhouette only and disguised his voice. After establishing the fact that the pirate boat had been drifting for several days and was now moving toward shore where escape would be possible the moderator asked the Seal why we had not attacked the pirate boat?”

    Woo-Hoo! Meaning- Obama was asking Hillary for advise while sitting at the picnic table the other day. Haha.. she must have scared the bejusus out of him, outlining several scenarios, one scarer than the next!

    “Whereupon the Seal told the moderator that the Navy practices such rescues on a routine basis and has been ready, willing and able to execute this rescue for three days but for one crucial thing: this is not a military decision but a political one.

    Translation: the White House has not had the political will to act. Mr. Obama was unable to make a command decision. Suddenly, the captives problem, the company’s problem, and the country’s problem while Obama was too busy shooting hoops was ultimately Barack’s problem. Worse, if the pirates got away everyone would know is was his fault.”

    My translation is a little more oblique, wbboei. No one in or on Obama WH staff of advisers wanted to be held responsible for the wrong advise, (as mentioned earlier). They rightly left that ‘hot potato’ sitting squarely in Obama’s lap warming his ……

    Can you hear the staff’s rumblings to each other behind the scenes? “He wanted to be president, so, let him do his job!” “We’re working our butts off while he’s perfecting his bowling form…Grrrh!” “Tell him to ask, Jay Leno?” haha!

    “Within one (1) hour Navy seals attacked the boat, killed two pirates, apprehended the others and rescued the captain. Thereafter, Obama claimed that he had given an order on Thursday when the first Navy ship arrived to attack the pirate boat if it appeared that the Captains life was in imminent danger. He further claimed that he reissued the same order on Friday when the second ship arrived. Thereafter, he called the family of the captain which he had not done before, promised to rid the area of pirates and basked in the glory of it all.”

    We can rest assured news of Obama’s weak leadership skills will go like wildfire through the Navy and the Nation’s military, followed by burning resentment from our manpower risking their lives daily while Obama is safely directing the Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn this morning.

  277. wbboei Says:

    April 13th, 2009 at 1:50 am

    “Mrs. Smith: I wrote a 50 page analysis of the primary. It was a contemporaneous document, and covered what we knew at the time. Looking at it now, the one thing I missed was the psychological angle to this thing. Also, I did was not aware of the Kevin Phillips explanation of what has happened to our economy. But the rest of it is still valid. If you thing it would be of interest let me know I can make arrangements to sent it. Here is what the outline looks like, and the introduction has that great picture of Hillary giving a speech in the rainstorm. Here is the table of contents.”

    Yes, I’m definitely interested. Send it in pdf if you want to, to: smithmrs41@yahoo.com..

  278. have a good day everyone…. today i work a double shift 🙁

    so won’t be around till after midnight

  279. wbboei, would you consider emailing your writing to be posted, with credit to you, to tawattheamericanwoman.org? Just use the @ instead of the word ‘at’. And would you consider adding the elements you say were left out?
    I left a comment thanking you on the blog for The American Woman for pointing out the Bachmann video, and the Blackburn video was added as well.
    You analyze and report complicated things and break them down so that everyone can understand them, as does Admin, I also tell everyone about this blog, even the Republicans! lol

  280. Harold Evans, the former Sunday Times editor and guru of journalism, will devote much of his forthcoming memoir, My Paper Chase, to the vital role of newspapers. As he told me last week: “A good independent newspaper is the best watchdog in the public interest – better than Parliament, the law courts and all the vested-interest lobbies, because of its capacity to gather facts others would prefer to suppress and bring them into the public focus.”
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    And where were they in 2008? Bought and paid for.

  281. MO has a full time hairdresser/make up asst. First time ever for a First Lady. Apparently it takes a lot to make her look less “angry”. They worked on her eyebrows bigtime because they thought this was adding to her ‘angry’ look.

    Maybe it is because she really is an ANGRY, HOSTILE WOMAN!

  282. ShortTermer Says:

    April 10th, 2009 at 6:43 pm
    alcina, I will never trust someone who betrayed everything they said they stood for and that includes Taylor Marsh. She is in it for the buck. I wonder how many she has earned to date?
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    I DON’T THINK SHE OR HER BLOG ARE RELEVANT

  283. Gonzo: something I wrote to a friend on that subject just this morning:
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    No longer content to report the news, or even to project their biased opinions, big media has taken the final step of actually controlling the process. The outlets I refer to are New York Times, Washinton Post, HuffPo, Politico, MSNBC, and as here CNN. Yes, it all sounds conspiratorial. But if you look at the facts in the cold light of day it is impossible to reach any other conclusion. Just think back for a moment to the way they treated John McCain’s wife, and Sara Palin, and ignored Michelle Obama. Look at how they gave Obama one pass after
    another, and unfairly attacked everything his opponents said and did.

    Simply put, if the analysis below is correct–and I for one believe it is, then it raises profound and troubling questions about Obama’s putative leadership in crisis and the role of the media in controlling and directing both the electoral and the governing process. We cannot run our country, much less the world that way, but that does appear to be their ambition. Not reporting, not merely influencing, but controlling.

  284. Warning that Pakistan is in danger of collapse within months

    http://www.smh.com.au/world/warning-that-pakistan-is-in-danger-of-collapse-within-months-20090412-a40u.html

    PAKISTAN could collapse within months, one of the more influential counter-insurgency voices in Washington says.

    The warning comes as the US scrambles to redeploy its military forces and diplomats in an attempt to stem rising violence and anarchy in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    “We have to face the fact that if Pakistan collapses it will dwarf anything we have seen so far in whatever we’re calling the war on terror now,” said David Kilcullen, a former Australian Army officer who was a specialist adviser for the Bush administration and is now a consultant to the Obama White House.

    “You just can’t say that you’re not going to worry about al-Qaeda taking control of Pakistan and its nukes,” he said

    More @ link
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    FROM Mary B @ bITTERPOLITIZ

  285. wbboei Says:

    April 13th, 2009 at 12:34 pm
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    I agree. I use to LOVE reading the newspapers. I would scour EVERY word. It was a ritual. Now, I give the sports pages that I find at work a once over. Nothing else means anything to me. Newspapers, TV… Jesus. I listen to talk radio and blog. I will turn on Lou Dobbs. I do feel he is closely aligned with many of my philosophy’s.

  286. Big media has separated journalism from the interests of the middle class and are no longer speaking to them anymore. They are speaking instead to an international audience and to schmarmy elites who share their world view. They are bamboozling the masses by appealing to racial fears and economic insecurities. If the people they are seducing had any inkling of how badly their interests are being betrayed they would be burning newspapers and turning off their televisions. It been easy enough to ignore or rationalize this behavior in the past, but now the move to control the process is blatant and they are destroying the fabric of our country.

  287. Harold Evans, the former Sunday Times editor and guru of journalism, will devote much of his forthcoming memoir, My Paper Chase, to the vital role of newspapers. As he told me last week: “A good independent newspaper is the best watchdog in the public interest – better than Parliament, the law courts and all the vested-interest lobbies, because of its capacity to gather facts others would prefer to suppress and bring them into the public focus.”
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    He is either the stupidest man in the world or the most intellectually dishonest. How can he reconcile that mawkish civics lesson diatribe with the cold realities of what he and his newpaper have done to the polical process. Far from the beacon of truth he claims they are bastions of lies and propananda. The TRUTH here is what I said: big media has moved way past jounanism, or event biased opinion to something envisioned only by dictators: total control of the process–through lies, censorship and distortion. No good can come of it. The hostage story is instructive in that respect on many levels.

  288. Apart from Lou Dobbs, are there any other televised news shows that are worth watching?

    I was a news junkie for so many years. I’ve gone cold turkey for many months now and really miss it.

  289. re Taylor Marsh,

    I was a regular at her blog (as 1950democrat) when she supported Hillary. When she switched and became hostile to Pumas, I eventuallly left. I don’t feel like visiting there again, but I’m interested to know what is going on. Morbid curiosity maybe.

    If we’re to hope for more bots to drop their koolaid by 2012, imo it’s good to watch the stages of their progress.

  290. Jim Lerher (minus brooks and shields), McLaughlin (minus clift and zuckerman), Dobbs (minus goodwin), Ted Koppel (if he is still around) are trustworthy.

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