Narrative Control: BOob Obama, Chavez, Preconditions, Ahmadinejad and Tea

The battle to control the narrative of our present history is waged with ferocity and mendacity by Obama Hopium addled addicts who are untethered to reality.

We see the battle for narrative control waged on several temporal battlefields.

The Future

The first battlefield is for the future and that is why Obama supporters are seeking to poison the Tea Parties with their hemlock narratives. Obama supporters fear that the Tea Parties are a genuine expression of American anger at the looting of the economy by Obama to help his Wall Street donors. In order to prevent that anger from manifesting itself in the 2010 elections Obama supporters say the Tea Parties are a Republican astroturf operation and a Fox News production.

The Tea Parties are about Taxation Without Representation and they threaten to topple Dimocrats and Republicans who loot the economy. Still Obama supporters try to fool Americans that Tea Parties are a rear guard action by Republicans and some less discerning minds believe this narrative.

The Tea Parties are NOT a Republican production even if Republicans want to tie themselves to such a popular movement. Here is visual proof of our assertion: a Republican candidate for governor in South Carolina ferociously booed by Tea Party protestors:



We noted earlier that PINO Big Blogs tried to subvert the middle of the week Tea Parties with an earlier Saturday event which presumably should have attracted more attendance. As we noted, those fake weekend outings were a dud. Those fake events were promoted on TV and in the usual PINO websites. In this video all the main leaders of the fake event can be seen but very few followers surround them.



The Tea Party battle is increasingly being lost by the Obama supporters which will increase their cries of “racism” as the 2010 elections rapidly approach:

Fifty-one percent (51%) of Americans have a favorable view of the “tea parties” held nationwide last week, including 32% who say their view of the events is Very favorable. [snip]

While half the nation has a favorable opinion of last Wednesday’s events, the nation’s Political Class has a much dimmer view—just 13% of the political elite offered even a somewhat favorable assessment while 81% said the opposite. Among the Political Class, not a single survey respondent said they had a Very Favorable opinion of the events while 60% shared a Very Unfavorable assessment.

One-in-four adults (25%) say they personally know someone who attended a tea party protest. That figure includes just one percent (1%) of those in the Political Class.

David Axelrod, a top adviser to President Obama, on Sunday characterized the protests in dozens of cities on the day federal income taxes are due as potentially “unhealthy.”

The survey results show the big disconnect between mainstream Americans and the “political class”. Mainstream Republicans and mainstream Democrats viewed the Tea Parties favorably, but the “political class” understands the threat to Obama and sulks at Tea Party news. On many issues, there is a bigger gap between the Political Class and Mainstream Americans than between Mainstream Republicans and Mainstream Democrats.

The Obama mustache is fighting already to prevent the future electoral disaster that awaits foolish Obama led Dimocrats.

The Present

The same survey states that While Americans are slightly more optimistic about the economy’s improvement in the short term, they are growing more concerned that the government may do too much to try to help things along.

Obama Hopium addled supporters are also busy trying to control the present narrative on the economy. Knowing Americans are protesting at Tea Parties Obama and his Hopium addled supporters are in full bamboozlement about the economy:

Cut a latte or two out of your annual budget and you’ve just done as much belt-tightening as President Barack Obama asked of his Cabinet on Monday.

The thrifty measures Obama ordered for federal agencies are the equivalent of asking a family that spends $60,000 in a year to save $6.

Obama supporters are busy denigrating the Tea Parties but they are worried that Americans are catching on to Obama’s spend, spend, spend:

Obama made his push for frugality the subject of his first Cabinet meeting, ensuring it would command the capital’s attention. It also set off outbursts of mental math and scribbled calculations as political friend and foe tried to figure out its impact.

The bottom line: Not much.

The president gave his Cabinet 90 days to find $100 million in savings to achieve over time.

“Not much”. Not much change, not much substance, not much truth.

The Past

Obama supporters are working the hardest in a cover up of the massive “policy” flaw we fought to expose during the primary elections last year. The fight was over preconditions and meetings with world leaders. We quoted the Daily News:

Hillary Clinton has a more sophisticated and tougher perspective than Barack Obama does when it comes to the exercise of presidential power on the global stage. Obama was downright naive in promising that in his first year in office he would meet personally with antagonists like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong Il and Hugo Chavez. And Clinton was spot on in ruling out talks unless they had a goal, saying, “I don’t want to be used for propaganda purposes.”

Obama proved himself a boob and not qualified to be president when he staked out his foolish “no preconditions” boobery. Obama tried to bamboozle the American public, with the cooperation of Big Media, by lying about what he had actually said. Obama accused those telling the truth of lying about his own lies and foolishness. Big Media was complicit in the Obama lies.

Now Obama is indeed, as predicted, being suckered and used for “propaganda purposes” by world leaders.

An American President is supposed to represent the American people and this mighty nation, which exerts great authority world-wide. It is not a matter of being nice and “talking”.

An American President talking to dictators sends a message to those ruled by dictators that their dictator is playing on a big stage. An American President talking to nuts fortifies the nuts hold on power. An American President talking to leaders like Chavez, Castro, and Ahmadinejad has to be weighed carefully because such contact can be used for evil purpose. It is not about being hip or new or doing something “cool” – it is about doing something foolish which can hurt American interests.



Obama does not think it is a problem to empower and embolden Hamas by talking to them. Obama does not think it is a problem to talk to “moderate” Taliban in Afghanistan. Obama does not think it is a problem to talk with Hugo Chavez. Obama does not think it is a problem to talk with Ahmadinejad.

Obama can talk all he wants but he is not going to change the national interests of nations like Iran and organizations such as Hamas, nor leaders such as Chavez. But each and every one of these malignant forces appreciates Boob Obama giving them prestige time and the lime light. Obama will once again come out empty handed and looking like a used fool and the malignant forces will continue to be strengthened.

Giving malignant forces respect and prestige only emboldens – it does not deter – as we witnessed today when the willing to listen world community was forced again to walk out on a hatefilled leader.

British delegates joined a dramatic diplomatic walkout today when President Ahmadinejad of Iran told a major UN conference against racism that the state of Israel had been founded “on the pretext of Jewish suffering” during the Second World War.

Around 20 delegates, including envoys from the UK, France, and Finland stood up and left the room at what was considered an anti-Semitic remark by the Iranian leader, who has repeatedly called for Israel to be wiped off the map.

Obama the BOob emboldens malignant forces. It was Holocaust Remembrance Day, but not for those Obama wants to meet without preconditions.

Obama has tried to walk back his foolish “without preconditions” boobery but Obama has already met “without preconditions” with the wily Hugo Chavez who treated Obama to a lesson in how to take advantage of a boob.

Hugo Chavez met with Obama without preconditions, humiliated Obama repeatedly, and Obama exposed himself as a BOob, over and over and over again.

Obama supporters and Obama will try to control the narrative and assure Americans that the rude sounds they hear are celestial choirs. But the rude sounds are the rudes sounds that will wake Americans up to the fact that there is a BOob in the White House that is humiliating the United States on a daily basis.

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244 thoughts on “Narrative Control: BOob Obama, Chavez, Preconditions, Ahmadinejad and Tea

  1. Sorry Admin, some unfinished business
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    Unless you ARE Hillary you can’t possibly KNOW anymore than anyone else about her “strategy”. I do not have to defend myself to you. You know nothing of me or what I have done to promote Hillary. Judge yourself. I will not respond to anymore of your childish rants (I’m so much better than you because I never had any doubts ideologue). I always second guessed her support of the Fraud and his policies, period!

    Very Borderline personality stuff IMHO.

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    Mrs. Smith Says:

    April 20th, 2009 at 6:15 pm
    # gonzotx Says:
    April 20th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Mrs Smith

    First of all, I supported Hillary from the get go, so there! I reserve my right to criticize her, as I do anyone. That is my right as an American. I will not have blinders on any longer about anyone, nor any party. You are making assumptions you can not back up.

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    I’ve never worn blinders in my life. I wouldn’t know what it is to wear blinders. I TRUST Hillary’s judgement, maybe that is the difference between you and many of Hillary’s supporters. I would NEVER second guess her strategy. She has proven time and time again, she has a plan behind her actions. So, why create doubt, when you are not aware of all the facts.

    When you have ALL the facts then there is something to discuss, not merely point a finger and create uncertainty within the ranks.

  2. The thrifty measures Obama ordered for federal agencies are the equivalent of asking a family that spends $60,000 in a year to save $6.
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    Sometimes it is so blatantly absurd you want to cry…

  3. They have played the race card so often ever since the bambi plague arrived that it is becoming a very bad joke. If they keep trying to use it upwards of 2010, will anyone be able to snap of this snake’s head for good?

    Denigrating the tea party phenomenon is crass and totally in keeping with low self-esteem bullies the likes of the media and the drugged bots out there.

  4. I thought I would share this…

    Investment Banking Explained:

    Young Chuck moved to Texas and bought a donkey from a farmer for $100.

    The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the next day.

    The next day the farmer drove up and said, ‘Sorry Chuck, but I have some bad news, the donkey died.’

    Chuck replied, ‘Well, then just give me my money back.’

    The farmer said, ‘Can’t do that. I went and spent it already.’

    Chuck said, ‘OK, then, just bring me the dead donkey.’

    The farmer asked, ‘What ya gonna do with a dead donkey?

    Chuck said, ‘I’m going to raffle him off.’

    The farmer said ‘You can’t raffle off a dead donkey!’

    Chuck said, ‘Sure I can. Watch me. I just won’t tell anybody he’s dead.’

    A month later, the farmer met up with Chuck and asked, ‘What happened with that dead donkey?’

    Chuck said, ‘I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at two dollars apiece and made a profit of $898.00.’

    The farmer said, ‘Didn’t anyone complain?’

    Chuck said, ‘Just the guy who won. So I gave him his two dollars back.’

    Chuck now works for Morgan Stanley & is contracted to the Queensland Government!

  5. ok, I have worked too many days in a row with too little sleep. I was addressing a post to me by Mrs. Smith, not Admin if that is not clear @ 6:26. I will go and sleep now…

  6. You nailed it, Admin.

    At first i was furious at the Chavez fist-bump but after I watched old Hugo get the best of Bo and assume the dominant position, towering over our prez and thrusting the book on him, I cracked up.
    I may despise Chavez but the guy has b@lls.
    Having spent a lot of time in the Hispanic community and knowing a little something about Hispanic Alpha males, I gotta give the round to Hugo.
    BO got ‘tea-bagged’ on national television. 👿
    BTW, excuse my ignorance but who is the ‘political class?’ Is it the BO administration? Is it only dems?

  7. UH OH!!!!!!!!!!

    Sources: Wiretap Recorded Rep. Harman Promising to Intervene for AIPAC
    By Jeff Stein, CQ SpyTalk Columnist

    Rep. Jane Harman , the California Democrat with a longtime involvement in intelligence issues, was overheard on an NSA wiretap telling a suspected Israeli agent that she would lobby the Justice Department reduce espionage-related charges against two officials of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, the most powerful pro-Israel organization in Washington.

    Harman was recorded saying she would “waddle into” the AIPAC case “if you think it’ll make a difference,” according to two former senior national security officials familiar with the NSA transcript.

    (Join Jeff Stein for live Q&A about his column at 3:30 p.m., or submit a question for Jeff.)

    In exchange for Harman’s help, the sources said, the suspected Israeli agent pledged to help lobby Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif., then-House minority leader, to appoint Harman chair of the Intelligence Committee after the 2006 elections, which the Democrats were heavily favored to win.

    Seemingly wary of what she had just agreed to, according to an official who read the NSA transcript, Harman hung up after saying, “This conversation doesn’t exist.”

    Harman declined to discuss the wiretap allegations, instead issuing an angry denial through a spokesman.

    “These claims are an outrageous and recycled canard, and have no basis in fact,” Harman said in a prepared statement. “I never engaged in any such activity. Those who are peddling these false accusations should be ashamed of themselves.”

    It’s true that allegations of pro-Israel lobbyists trying to help Harman get the chairmanship of the intelligence panel by lobbying and raising money for Pelosi aren’t new.

    They were widely reported in 2006, along with allegations that the FBI launched an investigation of Harman that was eventually dropped for a “lack of evidence.”

    What is new is that Harman is said to have been picked up on a court-approved NSA tap directed at alleged Israel covert action operations in Washington.

    And that, contrary to reports that the Harman investigation was dropped for “lack of evidence,” it was Alberto R. Gonzales, President Bush’s top counsel and then attorney general, who intervened to stop the Harman probe.

    Why? Because, according to three top former national security officials, Gonzales wanted Harman to be able to help defend the administration’s warrantless wiretapping program, which was about break in The New York Times and engulf the White House.

    As for there being “no evidence” to support the FBI probe, a source with first-hand knowledge of the wiretaps called that “bull****.”

    “I read those transcripts,” said the source, who like other former national security officials familiar with the transcript discussed it only on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of domestic NSA eavesdropping.

    “It’s true,” added another former national security official who was briefed on the NSA intercepts involving Harman. “She was on there.”

    Such accounts go a long way toward explaining not only why Harman was denied the gavel of the House Intelligence Committee, but failed to land a top job at the CIA or Homeland Security Department in the Obama administration.

    Gonzales said through a spokesman that he would have no comment on the allegations in this story.

    The identity of the “suspected Israeli agent” could not be determined with certainty, and officials were extremely skittish about going beyond Harman’s involvement to discuss other aspects of the NSA eavesdropping operation against Israeli targets, which remain highly classified.

    But according to the former officials familiar with the transcripts, the alleged Israeli agent asked Harman if she could use any influence she had with Gonzales, who became attorney general in 2005, to get the charges against the AIPAC officials reduced to lesser felonies.

    Rosen had been charged with two counts of conspiring to communicate, and commnicating national defense information to people not entitled to receive it. Weissman was charged with conspiracy.

    AIPAC dismissed the two in May 2005, about five months before the events here unfolded.

    Harman responded that Gonzales would be a difficult task, because he “just follows White House orders,” but that she might be able to influence lesser officials, according to an official who read the transcript.

    Justice Department attorneys in the intelligence and public corruption units who read the transcripts decided that Harman had committed a “completed crime,” a legal term meaning that there was evidence that she had attempted to complete it, three former officials said.

    And they were prepared to open a case on her, which would include electronic surveillance approved by the so-called FISA Court, the secret panel established by the 1979 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to hear government wiretap requests.

    First, however, they needed the certification of top intelligence officials that Harman’s wiretapped conversations justified a national security investigation.

    Then-CIA Director Porter J. Goss reviewed the Harman transcript and signed off on the Justice Department’s FISA application. He also decided that, under a protocol involving the separation of powers, it was time to notify then-House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and Minority Leader Pelosi, of the FBI’s impending national security investigation of a member of Congress — to wit, Harman.

    Goss, a former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, deemed the matter particularly urgent because of Harman’s rank as the panel’s top Democrat.

    But that’s when, according to knowledgeable officials, Attorney General Gonzales intervened.

    According to two officials privy to the events, Gonzales said he “needed Jane” to help support the administration’s warrantless wiretapping program, which was about to be exposed by the New York Times.

    Harman, he told Goss, had helped persuade the newspaper to hold the wiretap story before, on the eve of the 2004 elections. And although it was too late to stop the Times from publishing now, she could be counted on again to help defend the program

    He was right.

    On Dec. 21, 2005, in the midst of a firestorm of criticism about the wiretaps, Harman issued a statement defending the operation and slamming the Times, saying, “I believe it essential to U.S. national security, and that its disclosure has damaged critical intelligence capabilities.”

    Pelosi and Hastert never did get the briefing.

    And thanks to grateful Bush administration officials, the investigation of Harman was effectively dead.

    Many people want to keep it that way.

    Goss declined an interview request, and the CIA did not respond to a request to interview former Director Michael V. Hayden , who was informed of the Harman transcripts but chose to take no action, two knowledgeable former officials alleged.

    Likewise, the first director of national intelligence, former ambassador John D. Negroponte, was opposed to an FBI investigation of Harman, according to officials familiar with his thinking, and let the matter die. (Negroponte was traveling last week and did not respond to questions relayed to him through an assistant.)

    Harman dodged a bullet, say disgusted former officials who have pursued the AIPAC case for years. She was protected by an administration desperate for help.

    “It’s the deepest kind of corruption,” said a recently retired longtime national security official who was closely involved in AIPAC investigation, “which was years in the making.

    “It’s a story about the corruption of government — not legal corruption necessarily, but ethical corruption.”

    Ironically, however, nothing much was gained by it.

    The Justice Department did not back away from charging AIPAC officials Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman for trafficking in classified information.

    Gonzales was engulfed by the NSA warrantless wiretapping scandal.

    And Jane Harman was relegated to chairing a House Homeland Security subcommittee.

    Jeff Stein can be reached at jstein@cq.com.

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    static.cqpolitics.com/harman-3098436-page1.html?docID=hsnews-000003098436&cpage=1

  8. Admin: Belated Congratulations on the 2nd Anniversary of Big Pink.

    I was here for the 1st Anniv when it was teeming with BO BOTS. It was tough going at the time but well worth the wait for the exorcism. Just thought you’d like to know we appreciated the eventual silencing of the hecklers so our voices could be heard.

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    “Cut a latte or two out of your annual budget and you’ve just done as much belt-tightening as President Barack Obama asked of his Cabinet on Monday.

    The thrifty measures Obama ordered for federal agencies are the equivalent of asking a family that spends $60,000 in a year to save $6.

    Obama supporters are busy denigrating the Tea Parties but they are worried that Americans are catching on to Obama’s spend, spend, spend:

    Obama made his push for frugality the subject of his first Cabinet meeting, ensuring it would command the capital’s attention. It also set off outbursts of mental math and scribbled calculations as political friend and foe tried to figure out its impact.

    The bottom line: Not much.

    The president gave his Cabinet 90 days to find $100 million in savings to achieve over time.

    “Not much”. Not much change, not much substance, not much truth.”

    We were laughing our asses off this morning in the Limo on the way home from the airport. We were watching the mini-tv they provided for the latest News. When we heard Obama set Congress to the task of cutting $100 Millon dollars from the budget (as mentioned by the news anchor), when BO is spending Trillions… was absolutely ludicrous!

    We wondered if Obama actually believes People are incapable of counting, when it comes to someone else spending their money for them?

    The other next Best thing…as you mentioned correctly upthread was: The reaction created when a US President behaves inappropriatley to an enemy and rogue dictator of the US. The propaganda generated from the seemingly innocuous public meeting goes viral and results in equivocating propaganda for use by Chavez.

    Within 24hr. Chavez’ book went from 54,295 on the list to #2 as a best seller.(good pic here of Bambi and Hugo)

    guardian.co.uk/world/2009/apr/19/obama-chavez-book-gift-latin-america

    I don’t rememember another time when a US president is so oblivious and unaware of US Policy and the prescribed protocols that go with them (carved in stone) for exactly these types of circumstances that has jumped head-first into insulting the people of this country by putting another country’s policies before ours and openly shaking hands with an enemy.

    Especially, when our Native Sons and Daughters have shed their blood protecting the values and freedoms we hold dear against these rouge dictators.

    It boggles the mind..

  9. Hillary was correct in 2007 when she argued that meeting people like Chavez and the lunatic from Iran without preconditions would undermine the power and prestige of the USA. Please understand I was no fan of Bush’s total disengagement, but you never saw President Clinton or really any former president being used so embarrassingly as Chavez did to BO. Likewise, his reaching out to Amadinijeah has resulted in even more outrageous actions by Iran as seen today at the farce that is Durban 2, and the “conviction” of the US journalist. Reaching out is ok, but not when you let the other side use you and make a mockery of our nation.

  10. jbstonesfan Says:
    April 20th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    JanH Says:
    April 20th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

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    Exactly! And lest we forget the BOW-WOW from the waste to the Arab King!

  11. Obama grinning as Chavez underlines the fact Obama is a boob (btw, where was the Secret Service? was this planned and OK’ed earlier?):

  12. And still the media gives him a pass no matter how many times he embarasses the country he is supposed to represent and no matter that he is as good as giving away the farm!

  13. Otto Reich: Obama’s Encounter With Chavez Damaged U.S. Foreign Policy

    Monday, April 20, 2009 1:27 PM

    By: Jim Meyers Article Font Size

    Former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela Otto Reich tells Newsmax that Hugo Chavez is calling President Barack Obama’s “hobnobbing” with the Venezuelan leader the “greatest triumph in Venezuelan diplomacy ever.”

    Reich, who also served as a special envoy and diplomat under President Reagan and both Presidents Bush, said it was an embarrassing mistake for Obama to be photographed accepting an America-bashing book from the Venezuelan strongman.

    Newsmax.TV’s Ashley Martella noted that photographs snapped at the weekend’s Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago showed Obama hobknobbing with Chavez, shaking hands, and smiling with the Venezuelan, and asked for his take on that.

    [Editor’s Note: Watch former Ambassador Otto Reich discuss Venezuela, Cuba and Obama’s foreign policy – Go Here Now]

    “I think it’s very unfortunate. I don’t think President Obama really understands, perhaps out of lack of experience in international affairs, the importance of symbolism,” said Reich, who was policy adviser on Latin America for John McCain’s presidential campaign.

    “You don’t go around slapping the back of a foreign dictator, a would-be dictator in the case of Chavez, who has done everything in his power to undermine U.S. interests in the region and who calls himself an enemy of the United States.”

    Martella asked whether people will “misinterpret” those photos.

    Reich responded that the pictures certainly are being misinterpreted in Venezuela “despite what President Obama wishes. I think he probably realizes now that he made a mistake.

    “But in Venezuela Hugo Chavez said last night this is the greatest triumph in Venezuelan diplomacy ever. Because what he is trying to do is to portray this as an endorsement of his policies, which is calls 21st century socialism but which is really just retread 20th-century fascism.”

    Chavez is seeking to “portray this warm handshake, and a slap on the back which came later, as an endorsement of Chavez, which I’m sure President Obama did not intend,” Reich said.

    “That is the way it is being portrayed not only in Venezuela but in the rest of the continent, all of Latin America.”

    Martella referred to photos of Chavez giving Obama an anti-American book entitled “Open Veins of Latin America,” which Obama accepted and posed with for the cameras, and asked whether that was a mistake on Obama’s part.

    “Absolutely it was a mistake,” Reich declared.

    “It was also frankly a mistake by the staff. They should have prevented that.

    “I worked for three presidents. I don’t think that would have happened with President Reagan or either one of the President Bushes. They should not have put President Obama in that embarrassing situation because this is very much an anti-U.S. book. Anti-Europe as well.

    “It’s a book that’s about 30 years old, written by a far-left Latin American, a very unknown author. And now Chavez has put this book on top of, I’m told, the Amazon sales list.”

    Reich, who was born in Cuba, was asked to comment on assertions from opponents of the trade embargo with Cuba that hurting the Cuban people is counter-productive.

    “Hurting the Cuban people is counterproductive, and that’s why we should do everything we can to see a regime change in Cuba,” Reich said.

    “The Cuban people have been hurt by 50 years of Marxist-Leninist dictatorship. It’s not the U.S. embargo that has hurt the Cuban people. Castro can trade with 175 countries in the world. It’s only the United States that doesn’t trade with him directly.

    “In fact we are the single largest provider of food to Cuba. We provided $700 million in food to Cuba last year, more than anybody else — in fact more than the next several countries combined.

    “So the United States is not hurting Cuba. What’s hurting Cuba is the Castro dictatorship — the last military dictatorship in this hemisphere.”

    [Editor’s Note: Watch former Ambassador Otto Reich discuss Venezuela, Cuba and Obama’s foreign policy – Go Here Now]

    http://video.newsmax.com/?assetId=V3679019

  14. I was here for the 1st Anniv when it was teeming with BO BOTS. It was tough going at the time but well worth the wait for the exorcism. Just thought you’d like to know we appreciated the eventual silencing of the hecklers so our voices could be heard.
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    Mrs Smith I see you are stll trying to make trouble…didn’t work. better luck next time…

  15. admin Says:

    April 20th, 2009 at 10:30 pm
    Scarborough and Buchanan make sense here:
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    Mika is NUTS..SHE JUST DOESN’T GET IT. SHE IS A TRUE kOOL AID ADDICT…

    Pat Buchanan is the MAN

    THESE WOMAN ARE REALLY NUTS!

  16. admin Says:

    April 20th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

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    SO MANY KOOLAID DRINKERS, OH THE WORLD LOVES OBAMA MORE THAN THEIR LEADERS…TAKE HIM. WTF…PLEASE!

    ITS OK WITH THESE IMBECILES THAT OBAM PUTS AMERICA ON THE SAME PLANE AS CUBA…AGAIN, WTF…

  17. admin Says:

    April 20th, 2009 at 10:04 pm
    Obama grinning as Chavez underlines the fact Obama is a boob (btw, where was the Secret Service? was this planned and OK’ed earlier?):
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    iTS ALWAYS PLANNED. NO ONE GETS CLOSE TO THE PRESIDENT WITH OUT IT ALL BEING PLANNED AHEAD

  18. JanH Says:

    April 20th, 2009 at 10:13 pm
    And still the media gives him a pass no matter how many times he embarasses the country he is supposed to represent and no matter that he is as good as giving away the farm!
    ****************************************One world order…How’s it working for us!

  19. Has Obama learned Spanish yet? Remember he admonished us all for not speaking a foreign language!

    What the hell is this woman saying by the way…

  20. I still can’t stand to look at the President shaking hands with the man that stood up in the United Nations and called Bush the devil and said, I can smell the sulfur! I don’t like Bush, but he did not deserve that statement. How could he now shake hands with the DEVIL that said that??
    It was probably Obama and his minions that told Chavez to stand up and say that at the UN. Soros probably wrote the script!

  21. “I think it’s very unfortunate. I don’t think President Obama really understands, perhaps out of lack of experience in international affairs, the importance of symbolism,” said Reich, who was policy adviser on Latin America for John McCain’s presidential campaign.

    “You don’t go around slapping the back of a foreign dictator, a would-be dictator in the case of Chavez, who has done everything in his power to undermine U.S. interests in the region and who calls himself an enemy of the United States.”

    Martella asked whether people will “misinterpret” those photos.

    Reich responded that the pictures certainly are being misinterpreted in Venezuela “despite what President Obama wishes. I think he probably realizes now that he made a mistake.”

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    I swear, I did not bump into Reich in the airport. He expressed my sentiments exactly and much better than I did. More importantly, in light of everything else said about Chavez, it’s TRUE, Chavez is the main supplier of Venezuelan Oil to Joe Kennedy jrs 100 gals. of FREE Oil to cash strapped homeowners. Another reflection of the evil tied to the Kennedy’s. The equivalent of the Devil passing out popsicles in the Sudan to thirsty children.

  22. Apr 20: A World of Trouble for Obama?

    A Trio of Triage can’t put Humpty Bumpty back together again..

  23. gonzotx Says:

    April 20th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

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    gonzotx, just as you are “good people” so is Mrs. Smith. I have enjoyed both of your contributions for a long time. I see this as if we want to have free speech here on 44, then we have to allow others to as well, including Mrs. Smith and ABM90.

    Don’t always have to agree, but we don’t always have to find something sinister either.

  24. Well, as of April 20th, the squatter at 1600 has been prez for 3 months = 1/4 year = 1/16 of his (hopefully only) term. And by my count, the “first 100 days” mark will be 4/29.

    Homework assignment. Compile a list of transgressions, flip-flops, acts of cowardice and boobery. We should be able to come up with 100 items for 100 days, easily.

    BTW, where is everyone? Yoo hoo… anyone home?

  25. Why wouldn’t BO ruB elbows with Chavez, Ahmadinijad, Castro?
    They’re his ‘hommies.’

    They reflect the ‘ghetto-thug’ culture BO immersed himself in along with the American terrorist groups.
    Just as gangsta types consider themselves a superior class beyond societal boundaries, and BO identifies with that class (witness the gangsta rap artists he associates with) he feels quite comfortable with other international criminals who despise the US as much if not more than the homegrown thugs.

  26. Why wouldn’t BO ruB elbows with Chavez, Ahmadinijad, Castro?
    They’re his ‘hommies.’

    They reflect the ‘ghetto-thug’ culture BO immersed himself in along with the American terrorist groups.
    Just as gangsta types consider themselves a superior class beyond societal boundaries, and BO identifies with that class (witness the gangsta rap artists he associates with) he feels quite comfortable with other international criminals who despise the US as much if not more than the homegrown thugs.
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    Brilliant.

  27. April 20, 2009, 7:27 pm

    Clinton and Kennedy, Together Again

    By Sheryl Gay Stolberg

    Barack Obama split Bill Clinton and Ted Kennedy apart. Now he’s bringing them back together. The current president, the former president and the ailing senator from Massachusetts will gather at the Seed School in Washington on Tuesday, where Mr. Obama is to sign the Edward M. Kennedy National Service Act into law. The legislation builds on Mr. Obama’s call to service by creating new opportunities for millions of America to volunteer.

    It is likely to be a poignant moment for Mr. Kennedy, who is being treated for brain cancer and whose late brother, former President John F. Kennedy Jr., created the Peace Corps four decades ago. Mr. Clinton has been invited because the bill would put Americorps – the so-called “domestic Peace Corps,’’ which he created – on a path to grow from its current level of 75,000 to 250,000 annual volunteers.

    The body language may be interesting to watch. Mr. Clinton grew furious with Mr. Kennedy during last year’s Democratic presidential primary campaign, when the senator broke with the Clintons and supported Mr. Obama over Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mr. Clinton’s wife. Mrs. Clinton, of course, now serves in the Obama cabinet as Secretary of State.

    But Mr. Clinton is reportedly still miffed.

    thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/20/clinton-and-kennedy-together-again/

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    miffed? So am I…Big Time!!!

  28. Joining Carville, Begala Helps Erase Clinton Debt

    April 20, 2009 1:29 PM

    Why should James Carville have all the fun? In an email sent today to supporters, Paul Begala also helps Hillary Clinton retire her campaign debt by peddling three donation door prizes. But interestingly, after Carville made a pitch for Clinton over the last couple weeks, the former presidential candidate effectively cleared her debt. With $2.3M outstanding to consulting firm Penn, Schoen and Berland, she reported $2.6M cash on hand at the end of March. It remains to be seen if she’ll use that money to pay political advisor Mark Penn’s team. So, readers, why is Begala helping Clinton raise more coin? What money is still outstanding? CNN reports that extra money could be donated to political causes or returned to donors.

    Dear Friend,

    Imagine yourself walking into an exclusive event in New York accompanied by none other than President Clinton. Picture yourself in California as part of the live audience of the most hotly anticipated TV finale. Think about sitting across from James Carville and myself discussing politics in the shadow of our Nation’s Capital.

    Well you don’t have to imagine anymore…you just have to pick. And if it were up to me, I’d pick door number three. By clicking here and making a contribution of even as low as $5 you could be on your way to one of these three once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. So don’t imagine, just click. Make a $5 contribution today, and you could be on your way to one of these once in a lifetime opportunities! Your contribution today will mean so much more than just a chance to take part in these fantastic prizes. It will also mean a great deal to our friend, Hillary Clinton.

    We’ve paid off most of Hillary’s presidential campaign debt and your gift today will help us get rid of the final bit that remains. Hillary Clinton has meant so much to me over the years as I know she has to you as well. So when they asked me to take part in this once in a lifetime contest, I was compelled to act. I hope you will be too.

    Sincerely,

    Paul Begala

    P.S. Remember these prizes are only available online and only for a limited time, so please don’t delay in acting. Click here to enter today!

    hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com/archives/2009/04/begala_joins_ca.php

  29. Cultural cold warriors face off in Canada: George W. Bush and Bill Clinton visiting Toronto forum to make their first public appearance together since Obama was elected

    JOHN IBBITSON
    April 21, 2009

    Former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush will appear together in Toronto next month on a public stage for the first time since Mr. Bush ended his presidency, in a remarkable twist on the cultural cold war that Barack Obama and others are trying to lay to rest. The two will be appearing at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on May 29 for a moderated “conversation” that is expected to last about two hours.

    It is odd to think of the two presidents seated side by side, chatting amicably about the events of the past 16 years, as they are expected to do, and about the global and domestic challenges facing the United States and Canada. After all, Mr. Bush set out to dismantle much of what Mr. Clinton accomplished, from balancing the budget to fighting global warming, even as President Barack Obama has set out to erase the Bush legacy by reversing his tax cuts, prohibiting the torture of terrorism suspects, withdrawing from Iraq and rejoining the campaign against greenhouse gases.

    Audiences hoping to witness the two men tearing at each other verbally will be disappointed. Presidents do not attack presidents, at least not directly, if only because only presidents know what other presidents go through. Nonetheless, the event is a reminder of the generational and ideological conflicts that some hope are finally diminishing, as combatants age and issues recede in importance. In that sense, their joint appearance is that of two veterans in a war that some hope may be drawing to an end.

    Mr. Clinton and Mr. Bush, both 62, are the only two presidents from the Baby Boom generation. (While Mr. Obama, at 47, technically qualifies, he identifies much more with the Internet-savvy, social-networking Gen-Xers and even the millennials who came along after.) It now appears the two presidents may be the last of their kind.
    As such, they embody the ideological struggles over Vietnam, the generation gap and other cultural values that ignited in the 1960s and that bedevil America still, in fights over gay rights, gun rights, God in the classroom, pot on the street, protecting the Earth or projecting American power. Although both presidents demonstrated an ability to compromise in the interests of bipartisan consensus – Mr. Clinton toughened welfare rules while Mr. Bush expanded public health care and funding for education – their opponents saw them only as the personification of the evil of the other side. So Mr. Clinton was impeached for abasing his office, after lying about an affair with an intern. And the wild-eyed are still trying to get Mr. Bush and his vice-president, Dick Cheney, tried for war crimes and crimes against humanity for their handling of the war on terror.

    The meter doesn’t exist to measure the time and energy that has been wasted on all of this.

    It is not known whether this occasion will be closed to the press, as was the first Bush event. Ticket prices were also not available. Although speakers’ fees are not divulged, there were reports Mr. Bush received as much as $200,000 for his March debut in Calgary. The event will consist of the two men seated in chairs between a moderator, who has not yet been chosen. No matter how civil the discourse, the thought of Mr. Bush and Mr. Clinton on stage together is bemusing, given the animosity of the past 16 years, and the efforts under way to overcome it.

    Moderate Democrats and moderate Republicans are struggling in the House and Senate – albeit with indifferent success – to forge an agreement on reforms to health care, education, energy and the environment that both sides can accept and that Mr. Obama can sign. And the President has taken repeated steps – in his overtures to Cuba, in efforts to create a bipartisan health-care consultation, in releasing the documents confirming that the CIA conducted what amounts to torture while shielding those who acted in what they believed to be legal good faith – to bury the us-versus-them stridency of the past decades. He might not succeed. The core of the left and the right stoke each other’s antagonism, increasing the difficulty of those seeking consensus.

    The media, who feed on conflict, and those who feed off the media also encourage ideological cleavage. So Fox News hosts anti-government tea parties, while MSNBC is mostly pro-Obama. On the Web, the Drudge Report can find nothing good to say about this administration, while Huffington Post huffs that it isn’t activist enough.
    But there are polls and pundits who suggest that, as the boomers age and socially liberal Gen-Xers and millennials shrug off the old animosities as not worth a tweet, the two former presidents and their most fervent supporters and antagonists might all be receding into historical anachronisms.

    It would be interesting to hear what these two old warriors make of all this, even if they are simply shilling for their suppers and their charities.But then, Mr. Clinton and Mr. Bush would be the very first to tell you that the times have passed them by.

    theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20090421.IBBITSON21ART2243/TPStory/Comment

  30. I didn’t understand why the secret service did not step in either? Is that proper protocol to allow someone (albeit a leader of a country) to just stand up and walk over to the POTUS andhand him something? Seems like it was either set up or a failure to at least screen what the hell Chavez was doing before he approaches the most powerful leader in the world with something in his hand.

  31. But there are polls and pundits who suggest that, as the boomers age and socially liberal Gen-Xers and millennials shrug off the old animosities as not worth a tweet, the two former presidents and their most fervent supporters and antagonists might all be receding into historical anachronisms.

    It would be interesting to hear what these two old warriors make of all this, even if they are simply shilling for their suppers and their charities.But then, Mr. Clinton and Mr. Bush would be the very first to tell you that the times have passed them by.
    ************************************

    What a pompous elitist!

  32. gonzotx Says:

    April 20th, 2009 at 11:26 pm
    I was here for the 1st Anniv when it was teeming with BO BOTS. It was tough going at the time but well worth the wait for the exorcism. Just thought you’d like to know we appreciated the eventual silencing of the hecklers so our voices could be heard.
    ************************************
    Mrs Smith I see you are still trying to make trouble…didn’t work. better luck next time…
    ******************************
    JanH Says:

    April 21st, 2009 at 8:41 am
    ************************************

    I was responding to Mrs Smiths accusation that if i doubted ANYTHING about Hillary i was Bot. I think you got the free speech part mixed up.

  33. By Sheryl Gay Stolberg
    ———————-
    a stupid woman who confuses a joint appearance for a raproachment. No judgment, just a mouthpiece.

  34. NY TIMES: “IF HE’S THAT TIMID…”

    From this past Saturday’s editorial, more wishes that obama had a spine, from the people who foisted him upon us in the first place. Key phrases to note:

    1. But these steps do not go far enough. We believe the economic embargo should be completely lifted.

    2. But he fell short on what’s required to fix the problem. During the 2008 campaign, Mr. Obama backed renewal of an assault weapons ban that expired in 2004. On Thursday, it was discouraging to hear him suggest that that would be politically impossible now because of opposition from the gun lobby. If he’s that timid, we do not see how he will fulfill his promise to Mr. Calderón to urge the Senate to ratify a long-stalled treaty aimed at curbing illegal arms trafficking.

    nytimes.com/2009/04/18/opinion/18sat2.html

    Mr. Obama and the Neighborhood
    ========================

    Published: April 18, 2009

    President Obama wisely began trying to improve the United States’ extremely sour relations with Latin America this week. He slightly eased the counterproductive embargo on Cuba, and in a visit to Mexico, he vowed to help confront the drug cartels. He also promised leaders at a regional summit a “new day” of practical cooperation in place of former President George W. Bush’s ideologically constricted policies.

    Mr. Obama tackled the most neuralgic issue in hemispheric relations when he abandoned longstanding restrictions on the ability of Cuban-Americans to visit family members in Cuba and send them money. Cuba’s people have paid a high enough price for nearly three decades of repression and isolation imposed on them by Fidel Castro and his cronies.

    Mr. Obama also allowed telecommunications companies to pursue licensing agreements in Cuba. Such deals are needed to pierce the wall of silence at the heart of the Cuban system by expanding access to cellphones and satellite television.

    But these steps do not go far enough. We believe the economic embargo should be completely lifted.

    President Raúl Castro responded to Mr. Obama’s overtures with a call for talks about “everything.” We hope the administration follows up and that Mr. Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton continue to insist that Havana reciprocate by freeing political prisoners and respecting human rights.

    Mr. Obama made a welcome commitment to help President Felipe Calderón of Mexico combat drug trafficking, which has caused a surge of attacks on both sides of the border. He acknowledged that America’s demand for illegal drugs fueled the trade and that its inability to stop the flow of weapons south fed the violence.

    But he fell short on what’s required to fix the problem. During the 2008 campaign, Mr. Obama backed renewal of an assault weapons ban that expired in 2004. On Thursday, it was discouraging to hear him suggest that that would be politically impossible now because of opposition from the gun lobby. If he’s that timid, we do not see how he will fulfill his promise to Mr. Calderón to urge the Senate to ratify a long-stalled treaty aimed at curbing illegal arms trafficking.

    The Bush administration left so much turmoil and resentment around the world that Mr. Obama might have been tempted to defer dealing with Latin America. We are encouraged that he seems prepared to take on the full plate of issues, including trade, immigration reform, economic recovery, poverty and climate change.

    Whether Mr. Obama will win over Washington’s fiercest critics, like President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, is unclear; the two men raised eyebrows on Friday by greeting each other warmly. But we suspect most Latin Americans will be willing to give him a chance. His challenge will be to stay seriously engaged — and to advance an even more effective agenda.

  35. I wonder why the big push to retire the campaign debt NOW. An innocent explantion could be ventured but I wonder if there is anything more to it. You do not hear much from Biden these days.

  36. Thanks wbboei and jan.

    BTW,

    Can you explain what ‘the political class’ means?

    I really am in the dark about that one unless it refers to the dems currently in power in the BO administration.

  37. MORE “CONTINUITY-OF-BUSH-POLICIES YOU CAN BELIEVE IN”, ANOTHER CAMPAIGN PROMISE BROKEN.

    Obama’s half measure disappoints both a) stem cell research advocates and scientists b) anti stem cellers.

    Notice the different emphasis of the online vs hard copy article titles:

    from Sat. 4/18 NY Times:
    Online:
    Some Stem Cell Research Limits Lifted
    ===========================

    Hard copy Saturday 4/18:
    Obama Plans to Retain Some Limits on Stem Cells
    ===================================

    nytimes.com/2009/04/18/health/18stem.html?_r=1

    By GARDINER HARRIS
    Published: April 17, 2009

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced Friday that it planned to lift some but not all federal financing restrictions on human embryonic stem cell research, drawing criticism both from abortion opponents and from scientists who had expected a more liberal policy.

    Guidelines proposed by the National Institutes of Health to carry out an order made last month by President Obama would allow research with federal financing only on stem cells derived from surplus embryos at fertility clinics. The money would still be prohibited for stem cell lines created solely for research purposes and for embryos created through a technique known as therapeutic cloning.

    During the campaign last year, Mr. Obama said he supported “therapeutic cloning of stem cells,” a policy his administration rejected Friday. A White House spokesman, Reid Cherlin, said the president “directed N.I.H. to formulate the best method for moving forward with stem cell research, both ethically and scientifically,” in an independent process.

    Many scientists praised the new guidelines as an expected compromise.

    “I think it’s a big step forward,” said Richard O. Hynes, a cancer researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “although there are aspects of stem cell research that will still be outside federal funding.”

    Others called the proposed rules a sellout.

    “I’m disappointed,” said Dr. Irving Weissman, the director of the Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Institute at Stanford. Dr. Weissman accused the health institutes of “putting this ideological barrier in the way” of treating disease.

    Abortion opponents predicted that the administration would soon embrace less restrictive stem cell policies.

    “This is clearly part of an incremental strategy to desensitize the public to the concept of killing human embryos for research purposes,” said Douglas Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee.

    The acting director of the health institutes, Dr. Raynard S. Kington, said that in writing the guidelines, officials had taken into account ethical considerations and “broad public support” for the use of discarded embryos from fertility clinics.

    “As science changes,” Dr. Kington said, “we will take note of that and, when appropriate, reconsider the guidelines.”

    Sitting on more than $10 billion in stimulus money, health institute officials have been eager to expand financing for stem cell research. Under restrictions put in place by President George W. Bush, just 21 stem cell lines have been eligible for federal financing. But researchers using private money have created more than 700 stem cell lines, some with specific diseases or mutations, many of which may now be eligible for federal financing.

    Some scientists said new rules requiring that donors be informed of all options could render too many new cell lines ineligible. And the rules could make ineligible for future federal financing even some cell lines approved by Mr. Bush.

    Dr. George Q. Daley, the director of the stem cell transplantation program at Children’s Hospital Boston, said his team had used private financing to create 15 stem cell lines from poor-quality embryos that clinicians had told couples they should discard. Not all couples may have been told that they could donate the weakened embryos to other couples, a requirement under the new guidelines.

    “My major concern,” Dr. Daley said, “is grandfathering all those medically important lines” made under less stringent consent policies, including some approved by Mr. Bush.

    The announcement on Friday is likely to kick off a rush of applications from scientists eager for federal support for stem cell research. The health institutes has approved 20 such proposals for financing, although the projects have been delayed until the stem cell guideline is finalized.

    In fiscal year 2008, the health institutes financed 260 research projects, at a cost of $88 million, that involved stem cell lines approved by Mr. Bush.

    “In a relatively short period of time, we’re likely to greatly increase the number of stem cell lines eligible for federal funding,” Dr. Kington said. “Ultimately, this will have a significant impact on human health and disease.”

    The new guidelines will be published next week in the Federal Register, and the health institutes then will accept comments for 30 days. The rules are to be final by July 7.

    Some in Congress have promised to introduce legislation that would allow financing of more stem cell lines. Representative Diana DeGette, Democrat of Colorado, said in a statement that the proposed legislation would “promote all forms of ethical stem cell research.” A statement from Representative Michael N. Castle, Republican of Delaware, said there was “opportunity for more expansive guidelines.”

    Staff members for both lawmakers said they could not describe details of the legislation or whether it would seek to legalize federal financing of research using embryos created by therapeutic cloning.

    Mr. Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee said the DeGette and Castle legislation would almost certainly undermine the few restrictions left in place by Mr. Obama.

    Many scientists believe that the development of matched organs for transplantation would be possible only with therapeutic cloning or somatic cell nuclear transfer, a process by which genetic material from a patient is placed in the nucleus of an egg to produce embryonic stem cells that are an identical genetic match.

    “You can’t even apply for funding now if you have a cell line derived by somatic cell nuclear transfer that faithfully reproduces, say, juvenile diabetes,” Dr. Weissman said.

    But Dr. Kington said this cell transfer process had never been successfully carried out in human cells. And other scientists have suggested that if scientists create 1,000 or more genetically distinct stem cell lines, organs could be grown that would be a close enough genetic match to avoid rejection by patients’ immune systems.

  38. To the larger question of whether it is permissable to say things critical of Hillary when they are out there. I myself believe we have to. There have been times when we deferred to her judgment and it did not work out. Patty Solis Doyle, Mark Penn, how Florida and Michigan were handled by the campaign. Our own judgment was better.

    I realize these are never simple questions and we do not want the tone to turn negative but even if that happens things get back to normal. We cannot ask the other side to be realistic if we are not willing to do so ourselves. My point the other day was that there is danger for all of us if Hillary follows the policy of Obama and the Chavez episode is a perfect case in point. This is not good for Hillary nor for the country.

    A friend is someone who supports you through thick and thin. A better friend is one who has the courage to speak to you when you get it wrong. That is what loyalty really means. To say that she must do what he says or he will fire her reduces it down to a simple yes no decision. There are always options in between. The main thing you never want to do is step in the bite of a line.

    What is really at stake here is a failing attempt to reassert US leadership over a chaotic world under a new formula. We are replacing top down managment with consensus based management in matters of defense and economic regulation. When you are the largest military force with the largest economy that is sympomatic of decline.

    This new attempt to control the world is built on smoke and mirrors–teleprompters and town meetings and control of media. Running through all the delusions of the media today is the naivve assumption that we have moved out of the dark ages and into the age of acquarius. The hard times ahead will show this to be delusional.

    A friend of mine went to a labor law conference and one of the featured guests was an economist who writes for the local newspaper. According to my friend this economist told the group of 500 union and management people attorneys etc that this thing will get rough and he went on to say “I know this is not a popular thing to say with this audience but this economic situation is bad and this Administation is doing nothing to confront the real issues”. On the other hand, Barack sees signs of improvement and his little budget director still sees a turnaround by year end. “You will see land where there is no land”.

    I cuss at every Obama bumper sticker I see. I call them deluded. But if you look hard at most of them they are economic losers and believe he represents their found hope that their day has come. They are the first ones he will let down. For the younger ones he is one of them. And for the wealthy people who lead wasted lives he means not having to feel guilty anymore.

    I was a little surprised to see that Pat Buchannan disagrees with me. He thinks this new policy is the right policy. I am not sure I understand his argument. But he certainly realizes the terrible faux pas he made with Chavez. It was equivalent to a first round k.o. and even now Barack is seeing stars. It was and is as Basil says–a ghetto rat fascinated by another ghetto rat is surprised when he gets bit. I doubt he realizes it but this is not the world he thought it was.

  39. basil9 Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Why wouldn’t BO ruB elbows with Chavez, Ahmadinijad, Castro?

    They’re his ‘hommies.’
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I, 2nd, the ‘Brilliant’ response from wbb and Jan’s affirmation of your statement basil9. Yes of course, they are his ‘hommies’. BO feels right at home with rouge subversives. As the spawn of two of them, he finds comfort and security in their words. The same ‘Hate America’ words his mother embedded in his brain from infancy on… compels him to gravitate towards like minded thinkers.

    See the pattern, Michelle, Wright, Farrakhan, Ayers, Malcolm X..

    To Obama, his ideology is innocuous and just another lens of perceiving America from it’s underbelly.

    The clear and present danger is having this thinking leading the country.

  40. The first time I heard the term “political class” was in the context of the term limits debate. It was a populist revolt against the defineable group of people who go to Washington to represent constituents and end up getting Potomic Fever. They forget about the interests of the people who elected them and take on the hue of the Washington crowd of party discipline, lobbyists, beltway snitches aka journalists, and the good life. Once in office, if they play the game (which often involves selling out their constituents) they are rewarded with party support, funding and all the other advantages of incumbency which make them bulletproof in the next election, and the one after, and the one after. And if at some point the constituents catch on to the hypocracy and they are voted out of office, they retire to lucrative jobs in K street law firms, lobbying firms, industry association, or government contractors.

  41. “So the United States is not hurting Cuba. What’s hurting Cuba is the Castro dictatorship — the last military dictatorship in this hemisphere.”

    [Editor’s Note: Watch former Ambassador Otto Reich discuss Venezuela, Cuba and Obama’s foreign policy – Go Here Now]

    h….l no w’s
    video.newsmax.com/?assetId=V3679019

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    Dunno about the larger issues here, but I must say that this paragraph strikes me as a very manipulative way of speaking.

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

  42. I started to say something profound like–are these charter members of the political class corrupt people–no–they are merely responding to the incentives and constraints of the Washington system . . . and then I said to myslelf–idiot! you are wrong . . . they ARE corrupt people–some of them at least–like honest Tom Daschell who prefers his smoking sputtering 1971 pontiac wreck to a mercedes benz limosene when the adverising cameras are rolling. Lord Acton was wrong–power does not corrupt, it attracts corrupt people as the science fiction writer so aptly put it.

  43. “the term “political class” was in the context of the term limits debate.”

    Maybe so- but we may be the midst of a transcendence of a dynamic equal to or eclipsing the Ruling Class. With the pervasive entrenchment of lobbyists growing exponentially, handed down to relatives or within familial strongholds as plum entitlements, could soon see a role reversal from slave to master.

  44. Tuesday, April 21, 2009

    Obama Cabinet Spending Cuts Ridiculed

    Yesterday, President Obama ordered his cabinet to identify $100 million in budget cuts. The CBS Evening News reported that “critics say the amounts are so small,” that “it’s nothing more than a publicity stunt.” CBS added that the President “admitted $100 million is a drop in the budget bucket, but insisted there’s a lot more cutting to come.” The New York Times says “budget analysts promptly burst out laughing. A reporter declared at the White House briefing that the initiative would become fodder for late-night talk show hosts,” and “the Republican Study Committee, a group of fiscal conservatives, put out a news release with the headline ‘Obama’s 0.0025% spending cut.'” The Cato Institute’s Dan Mitchell, appearing on CNBC’s The Kudlow Report, said, “I almost thought it was April Fool’s Day. Talk about a kick in the teeth for taxpayers. … And, oh by the way, these wouldn’t be spending cuts the way you and I understand it. These would be reductions in the planned increases that are already built into the government budgeting baseline. This was a spit in the face to hard-working American taxpayers.” Former labor secretary Robert Reich agreed that “this is pretty small potatoes. I mean, it’s the beginning. It’s at least a gesture, an important gesture. … Yes, Obama needs to do more.”

    The Wall Street Journal reports “Obama has left himself open to the charge of overspending as he focuses on jump-starting the stalled economy with the huge stimulus bill and shoring up its foundations with big overhauls of health care, energy and education.” And “anticipating the charge, the administration sought to build savings into its budget plans. But results so far have been modest.” The AP says the Obama move “set off outbursts of mental math and scribbled calculations as political friend and foe tried to figure out its impact.” Adds the AP, “The bottom line: Not much.” The Washington Post, however, reports that in addition to the $100 million, “many other planned reductions are already underway — and with total savings of far more than $100 million.” David Brooks, in his New York Times column, says that “Obama imposes hard choices on others, but has postponed his own. He presented an agenda that bleeds red ink a trillion dollars at a time. Now he seems passive as Congress kills his few revenue ideas (cap and trade) and spending cuts (agricultural subsidies),” and “huge fiscal gaps are opening this decade that can’t be closed by distant entitlement reform.”

    usnews.com/usnews/politics/bulletin/bulletin_090421.htm

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    Lou Dobbs said he figured these cuts will amount to less than zero as far as the deficit is concerned.

  45. And now bambi is smiling and taking pictures with the king of Jordan. I guess it’s one more dynamic moment for his scrapbook of hate.

  46. “Guidelines proposed by the National Institutes of Health to carry out an order made last month by President Obama would allow research with federal financing only on stem cells derived from surplus embryos at fertility clinics. The money would still be prohibited for stem cell lines created solely for research purposes and for embryos created through a technique known as therapeutic cloning.”
    ************
    That is a bit of a “bum rap” for Obama by the NYT and Mr. Harris. Those prohibitions are a result of what is known as the “Dickey Amendment” which has been attached to all HHS funding legislation since 1997. When Obama signed the Omnibus Spending Bill into law, the amendment also went into effect. If “therapeutic” cloning was going to be funded, the Dems in Congress had to remove the Dickey Amendment.

    These “so called” reporters, such as Mr. Harris, are too lazy to do a five minute search before writing inaccurate trash but of course, if they had done the minimal amount of homework during the primary, the Country would have know that Obama is a corrupt, sociopathic fraud.

  47. In the “now I’ve heard everything” category…

    Kenya Muslims fume at move to convert Obama grandma

    NAIROBI (AFP) — A Protestant church in Kenya is trying to convert US President Barack Obama’s step-grandmother to Christianity against her will, a Muslim group said Monday, condemning the move as provocation. The Seventh Day Adventist church in the western town of Kisumu had invited 87-year-old Sarah Obama — a Muslim — to a function on Saturday, where she was allegedly to be baptised.

    According to relatives in her village of Kogelo, “Mama Sarah”, as she is popularly known in the US president’s paternal homeland, was surprised by the offer and declined to attend. “I regret the attempt by the Christian religion to force her to convert,” Sheikh Mohamed Khalifa, the organising secretary of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya, told AFP. “Why only her? Why not before Obama became president? Didn’t they see her before he became president? We are ready to protect our religion,” he said.

    A step-brother to the US president said the church pastors had approached Sarah Obama with news that she could become a Christian. “Mama (Sarah) was born a Muslim and wishes to die a Muslim. The issue of conversion is neither here not there,” he said.

    Khalifa denounced the move as a “provocation.” “They don’t have permission from Jesus to convert someone. I challenge them to quote a verse from the Bible allowing them to convert someone,” he said.

    Sarah became a national celebrity when her grandson visited the country in 2006 and her modest homestead has become a tourist attraction since the former Illinois senator’s November 2008 election triumph. The Kenyan government last month declared Kogelo a protected national heritage site.

    google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5galzJDLo5FMfA6pupZwd-Mz_ox9A

  48. Dunno about the larger issues here, but I must say that this paragraph strikes me as a very manipulative way of speaking.
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    To me all it says is it is not having much impact. That is true. But if it did not exist then a flood of US capitalists would descend upon Cuba and buy up all the beach front property in a manner not seen since the days of the Oklahoman Sooners, and that has as much to do with Obamas move. This is precisely what his backers want. The problem is has always been that a coherent and sensible foreign policy would wait until Castro dies. Once again we are dealing with the kind of dictator who Obama will find irresistable. Once again he will get bit by another ghetto rat. Venezuela, Cuba, these are easy things to concede if you are a man with no principles. And when you do so you prop up another dictator and make a mockery of the people who fought against him. Oh I can see it now–he will negotiate a deal which makes Cuban pharmasels available at bargain basement rates to the elderly. There are a million ways to spin these things but if they are wrong they are wrong.

  49. JanH Says:

    April 21st, 2009 at 1:11 pm
    In the “now I’ve heard everything” category…

    Kenya Muslims fume at move to convert Obama grandma
    &&&&&&&

    Instead of “baby daddy”, would that make her “obama mama mama”?

  50. Mrs. Smith Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    basil9 Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Why wouldn’t BO ruB elbows with Chavez, Ahmadinijad, Castro?

    They’re his ‘hommies.’
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I, 2nd, the ‘Brilliant’ response from wbb and Jan’s affirmation of your statement basil9. Yes of course, they are his ‘hommies’. BO feels right at home with rouge subversives. As the spawn of two of them, he finds comfort and security in their words. The same ‘Hate America’ words his mother embedded in his brain from infancy on… compels him to gravitate towards like minded thinkers.

    See the pattern, Michelle, Wright, Farrakhan, Ayers, Malcolm X..

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

    His stepfather in Indonesia (age 4-10, Obama, not the stepfather) was quoted as saying the US was the bully of the world (presumably a common opinion there), and the child’s only choice was to be bullied at school or to become a bully himself.

    As for Obama’s worldscale homies, look at all the radical chic art in the early part of his campaign.

  51. These “so called” reporters, such as Mr. Harris, are too lazy to do a five minute search before writing inaccurate trash but of course, if they had done the minimal amount of homework during the primary, the Country would have know that Obama is a corrupt, sociopathic fraud.
    ———————————————————
    I was talking with a friend the other day about what drives jouranlism–she is a good friend, and very smart, but this was a heated argument, Her premise–and I believe she is right is that the dynamic is this:

    1. the white house drives the headlines.

    2. they present only the information they want to.

    3. the hold back the rest unless/until they have to release it.

    4. the so called journalists are too lazy ignorant to investigate.

    5. so they accept it as a given

    6. it is dumbed down and calculated to evoke an emotional response.

  52. HUFFPO TOUTING OBAMA’S NEW FLEXIBILITY…

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is leaving the door to open to possible prosecution of Bush administration officials who devised harsh terrorism-era interrogation tactics.
    [snip]

    BUT NY TIMES FRONT PAGE SHOWS HE’S NOT LEADING, HE’S FOLLOWING…

    nytimes.com/2009/04/21/us/politics/21intel.html

    Pressure Grows to Investigate Interrogations
    ================================

    WASHINGTON — Pressure mounted on President Obama on Monday for more thorough investigation into harsh interrogations of terrorism suspects under the Bush administration, even as he tried to reassure the Central Intelligence Agency that it would not be blamed for following legal advice.

    Mr. Obama said it was time to admit “mistakes” and “move forward.” But there were signs that he might not be able to avoid a protracted inquiry into the use of interrogation techniques that the president’s top aides and many critics say crossed the line into torture.

    And while Mr. Obama vowed not to prosecute C.I.A. officers for acting on legal advice, on Monday aides did not rule out legal sanctions for the Bush lawyers who developed the legal basis for the use of the techniques.

    The president’s decision last week to release secret memorandums detailing the harsh tactics employed by the C.I.A. under his predecessor provoked a furor that continued to grow on Monday as critics on various fronts assailed his position. Among other things, the memos revealed that two captured Qaeda operatives were subjected to a form of near-drowning known as waterboarding a total of 266 times.

    Some Bush administration officials, including former Vice President Dick Cheney, accused the administration of endangering the country by disclosing national secrets. Mr. Cheney went on the Fox News Channel to announce that he had asked the C.I.A. to declassify reports documenting the intelligence gained from the interrogations. Gen. Michael V. Hayden, the former C.I.A. director, has also condemned the release of the memorandums and said the harsh questioning had value.

    On the other side of the spectrum, human rights activists, Congressional Democrats and international officials pressed for a fuller accounting of what happened. Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat and chairwoman of the Intelligence Committee, wrote Mr. Obama asking him not to rule out prosecutions until her panel completed an investigation over the next six to eight months.

    Mr. Obama tried to calm the situation with his first visit to C.I.A. headquarters since taking office. Concerned about alienating the agency, Mr. Obama went out of his way to lavish praise on intelligence officers, using words like “indispensable,” “courage” and “remarkable” and promising his “support and appreciation.”

    “Don’t be discouraged by what’s happened in the last few weeks,” he told employees. “Don’t be discouraged that we have to acknowledge potentially we’ve made some mistakes. That’s how we learn. But the fact that we are willing to acknowledge them and then move forward, that is precisely why I am proud to be president of the United States and that’s why you should be proud to be members of the C.I.A.”

    Aides said Mr. Obama struggled for four weeks about whether to release the memos in response to a lawsuit filed under the Freedom of Information Act, consulting with advisers, experts and intelligence professionals. It was on his mind so much, they said, that he talked about it with aides late at night in his hotel room during stops on his recent European trip.

    In meetings, they said, he served as “the interrogator,” as one put it, challenging people to defend their views. Advisers diverged, with some like Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. favoring the release of more information and others like Leon E. Panetta, the new C.I.A. director, urging that more be withheld. Aides said Mr. Obama worried about damaging morale at the C.I.A. and his own relationship with the agency.

    In the end, aides said, Mr. Obama opted to disclose the memos because his lawyers worried that they had a weak case for withholding them and because much of the information had already been made public in The New York Review of Books, in a memoir by George J. Tenet, the former C.I.A. director, and even in a 2006 speech by President George W. Bush.

    The decision to promise no prosecution of those who followed the legal advice of the Bush administration lawyers was easier, aides said, because it would be hard to charge someone for doing something the administration had determined was legal. The lawyers, however, are another story.

    On Sunday, Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, said on the ABC News program “This Week” that “those who devised policy” also “should not be prosecuted.” But administration officials said Monday that Mr. Emanuel had meant the officials who ordered the policies carried out, not the lawyers who provided the legal rationale.

    Three Bush administration lawyers who signed memos, John C. Yoo, Jay S. Bybee and Steven G. Bradbury, are the subjects of a coming report by the Justice Department’s ethics office that officials say is sharply critical of their work. The ethics office has the power to recommend disbarment or other professional penalties or, less likely, to refer cases for criminal prosecution.

    The administration has also not ruled out prosecuting anyone who exceeded the legal guidelines, and officials have discussed appointing a special prosecutor. One option might be giving the job to John H. Durham, a federal prosecutor who has spent 15 months investigating the C.I.A.’s destruction of videotapes of harsh interrogations.

    As the debate escalated, Mr. Cheney weighed in, saying that if the country is to judge the methods used in the interrogations, it should have information about what was obtained from the tough tactics.

    “I find it a little bit disturbing” that “they didn’t put out the memos that showed the success of the effort,” Mr. Cheney said on Fox News. “There are reports that show specifically what we gained as a result of this activity.”

    Other investigations promise to keep the issue alive. The Senate Armed Services Committee plans to release its own report after two years of looking at the military’s use of harsh interrogation methods. And the Democratic chairmen of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees are pushing for a commission to look into the matter. At the same time, the administration faces pressure from abroad. Manfred Nowak, the United Nations’ chief official on torture, told an Austrian newspaper that as a party to the international Convention against Torture, the United States was required to investigate credible accusations of torture.

    Others pushing for more investigation included Philip D. Zelikow, the former State Department counselor in the Bush administration. On his blog for Foreign Policy magazine and in an interview, Mr. Zelikow said it was not up to a president to rule out an inquiry into possible criminal activity. “If a Republican president tried to do this, people would be apoplectic,” he said.

    Frederick A. O. Schwarz Jr., who was chief counsel to the Church Committee, the Senate panel that investigated C.I.A. abuses in the 1970s, said Mr. Obama was “courageous” to rule out prosecutions for those who followed legal advice. But he said “it’s absolutely necessary” to investigate further, “not for the purpose of setting blame but to understand how it happened.”

  53. I is a little tiresome, hearing these young analysis, who have no experience tell people with experience how this is the new way, and how O is loved outside the US.

    Their are way in each domain of animal behavior, and let us face it, humans are a part of that of showing dominates. In order to have power you need to remain dominate. You don’t do that by appoligizing all over the place, and shaking hands with a dictator, and saying to the the guy running gangs and firing squads, I want to be your friend.

    Also, you should look at the reactions to your actions.

    It worked during his campagin to stay the course. Give me a break, he won by cheating. If you call that staying the course, I guess you can sit there an be proud of that. I hope and wonder if that will work internationally.

    If not, maybe the young analyst should enlist in the army to help dig us out of the mess O will leave internationally.

    Unfortunately, none of the people doing the analysis, either themselves or their children, are willing to now or in the future to put their necks on the line.

    However, they certainly are determining if the other part of the US population has to do it.

  54. Yep, thats the ticket, turndown!

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    # JanH Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 1:06 pm
    And now bambi is smiling and taking pictures with the king of Jordan. I guess it’s one more dynamic moment for his scrapbook of hate.

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

    King Hussein was very wise to pick Abdullah his heir to the throne. Some here may not like him, but I think he is a reasonable man who is skilled at playing both sides.

    However, I doubt, Obama can talk him into doing something he doesn’t want to do.

  55. ‘His stepfather in Indonesia (age 4-10, Obama, not the stepfather) was quoted as saying the US was the bully of the world’

    Interesting, Mrs. S.

  56. HUFFPOSTER REVEALS WHAT A SHAM THE BANK PLANS ARE:

    huffingtonpost.com/robert-kuttner/confidence-game_b_189269.html

    Robert Kuttner
    Co-Founder and Co-Editor of The American Prospect
    Posted April 21, 2009 | 09:25 AM (EST)

    Confidence Game
    ============

    Some time in the next two weeks, the Treasury will report on the result of “stress tests” conducted on 19 major banks. But you don’t have to wait to learn the results. It’s already clear that no major bank will be declared insolvent. The administration’s economic assumptions about the worst conditions banks will face err on the side of rosy. In fact, much of the stress testing will be done by the banks themselves. There is no army of examiners poring over bank books. At worst, some banks may be asked to raise additional capital or accept additional aid from the government.

    The difference between a “stress test” and the process of a government receivership is that the former allows the government to disguise how bad things are, while the latter forces the issue and gets on with the cure. But receivership is what the administration hopes to avoid. Hence the need for rosy test results.

    Originally, the stress tests were billed as rigorous examinations of the balance sheets of the banks, under various possible scenarios. The idea was to see whether additional government capital was needed, and to determine whether any of the major banks might be deemed too weak to continue in its present form. But taking banks into government receivership has been ruled out in advance. Instead, government will string along the weakest banks with dollops of aid — risking a needless prolonging of the crisis.

    Contrary to the implication, the stress tests are not true comprehensive, rigorous bank examinations to determine the condition and value of the banks’ balance sheets. Any such exercise just became a lot more difficult, since the Financial Standards Accounting Board gave in to political pressure and rescinded its rule requiring assets to be marked down to their current market value. So in principle toxic securities can now be carried on banks’ books at whatever valuation the bank chooses while it waits for markets to revive — a revival that may never come. If we truly believe that the big banks actually booked normal profits in the first quarter, as all of them claimed, then we have learned nothing from the era that began with Enron.

    The stress tests are best understood as part of a broad confidence-building offensive, one that may well be premature. Ever since the stress-test exercise was first announced, Treasury has kept moving the goal posts, rather like states or school districts that dumb down proficiency tests so that they can get high rankings under No Child Left Behind.

    Some weeks ago, it dawned on the Treasury that if a couple of large banks, say Citigroup and Bank of America, were given failing grades, there would be hell to pay. Treasury might have to go back to Congress for more bailout money. Congress might start asking nosy questions about how Treasury has spent the $700 billion that Congress gave it last fall. And the government might have to take one or two banks into receivership.

    The Treasury, rather, hopes to release as few details as possible, lest markets gain information at odds with the increasingly rosy scenario that the administration, the Fed, and the banks themselves are painting. In recent days, both the government and financial analysts affiliated with banks have been on a concerted campaign to talk up the economy.

    Last week, I attended the annual conference held every year on honor of the late economist Hyman Minsky, the man who presciently warned that a market economy, absent strong government regulation, is vulnerable to period bouts of financial excess and collapse. The conference included dozens of eminent economists and other experts on finance, ranging from Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz to analysts Henry Kaufman and Martin Mayer, as well as senior officials of the Federal Reserve. For the most part, the appraisals of the condition of the nation’s banking system were sober, if not dour. But when it came time for the representatives of the banks to present, you’d think there was only sunshine ahead.

    Bruce Kasman, the chief economist of Morgan, saw housing starts improving, the corporate bond market and the commercial paper market returning to normal, pent up consumer spending picking up, and a recovery starting in the second half of this year, with unemployment peaking at 9.4 percent. James Paulsen, of Wells Capital Management, had an even rosier assessment, seeing 3 percent economic growth in the second half of this year. “We have lacked not stimulus, but patience,” he told the conference.

    I’d sure like a hit of whatever these people are smoking. The fact is that the entire financial economy is still on life support from the government. And the government is asking precious little in return.

    While it’s true that the Fed’s policy of keeping short term interest rates at zero, and trillions of dollars ladled into financial markets by the Fed, plus $787 billion in legislated stimulus spending, and a budget deficit that will be around 12 percent this year, cannot fail to have some impact, the whole economy will still be dragged down by wounded banks. Nearly every responsible economist projects the economy to lose jobs at the rate of at least half a million jobs a month for much of 2009. The authoritative OECD projects that the unemployment rate will still be in excess of 10 percent in 2011.

    Top officials of the Obama administration, meanwhile, hit the Sunday talk shows to crow that they would not need more money from Congress, because some banks will be paying back the government ahead of schedule. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told George Stephanopoulos Sunday that the Treasury had the resources to provide any financial aid.

    EMANUEL: We believe we have those resources available in the government as the final backstop to make sure that the 19 are financially viable and effective.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: Without coming back to Congress?

    EMANUEL: Right. The resources that we have on hand, we believe — and it’s not just that, George, is that we have those resources; we have a facility to buy these troubled assets off their banks. If they need capital, we have that capacity.

    Emanuel added that “we have a facility to buy these troubled assets off their banks. If they need capital, we have that capacity,” and that the Treasury would proceed without any need for “nationalization.”

    The administration’s plan for the banks might be described as “kick the can down the road.” If we can just disguise the truly dismal condition of major banks’ balance sheets for a few months, until more of the stimulus and the Fed’s trillions kick in, maybe we can wish them back to life. Suspending accurate accounting helps. So does the kind of creative accounting that allowed even the most wounded banks to report profits for the first quarter. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s latest plan allows investment banks and hedge funds to gamble in distressed securities, in the hope that a massive amount of government subsidy will bid up their value.

    The trouble, however, is that some things just cannot be disguised. On Monday, the Wall Street Journal did its own calculation of bank lending between October 2008 and February 2009, and found that lending was continuing to fall.

    The financial press has also identified the heroic bookkeeping that allowed some of the most damaged banks to claim a return to profitability. (Curiously, the original headline on Eric Dash’s NYT piece was “Sharp Pencil Lets Citigroup Declare Profit.” By the time the piece made it onto the Times website, the headline was softened to, “After a Year of Losses, Citigroup Finds a Profit.”)

    As long as unemployment continues to rise, and even people who have not yet lost jobs worry about becoming jobless, consumer spending will not power a recovery. And while the stimulus package spends a lot of money, state and local governments are continuing to lose revenue at about three times the rate that Washington replaces it.

    At the heart of this mess is the severely impaired banking system. Administration officials go out of their way to disparage a more direct and orderly way of recapitalizing the financial system, deliberately using terms like “nationalization,” and contending that the government is not very good at running banks. But the fact is that ever since the Reconstruction Finance Corporation was originated (not by FDR but by Herbert Hoover), and the Resolution Trust Corporation of the 1980s was legislated to clean up the Savings and Loan mess (under that Bolshevik Ronald Reagan), government from time to time takes over failed banks, replaces management, and recapitalizes them with public funds. The FDIC does it several times a year.

    This process, known as resolution or receivership, is not the same thing as long-term nationalization. And it is just what the government is planning when it comes to the auto rescue. The same Treasury department did not hesitate to fire GM chief Rick Wagoner. But it seems determined to keep zombie banks and their zombie managers intact at all cost. And all cost, in this case, could be trillions.

    (Watch for two important Tuesday hearings. Tim Geithner will testify before the Congressional Oversight Panel, and leading critics Joseph Stiglitz and Simon Johnson will appear before the Joint Economic Committee.)

    Ironically, the administration seems to keep bumping into its own contradictions. In a story carefully fed to the New York Times, unnamed senior officials Monday declared that they would need no more money from Congress because they could always convert the government’s existing investment in zombie banks into common stock. However, as the story by Ed Andrews points out, this would leave the government as the largest shareholder — in other words nationalization by another name.

    Little is accomplished by putting a happy face on what is likely to be as difficult period, except prolonging the agony. Of course, it does save a lot of bank executives’ jobs, and it does pump up the bank stocks, at least in the short run. Cynics might be forgiven for suspecting that this is the true intent.

  57. yahoo.com/s/ap/20090421/ap_on_go_ot/us_meltdown_bailout

    Geithner defends bank rescue program amid warnings
    =======================================

    By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press Writer Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press Writer – 1 hr 40 mins ago
    WASHINGTON – Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner defended the bank rescue program devised by the Obama administration Tuesday as the International Monetary Fund predicted U.S. financial institutions could lose $2.7 trillion from the global credit crisis.

    Geithner, testifying before the rescue plan’s Congressional Oversight Panel, faced several questions about how Treasury is using the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program and how it intends to help rid financial institutions of their bad loans and securities.

    His testimony came in the wake of a watchdog agency report that warned Obama administration initiatives could increasingly expose taxpayers to losses and make the government more vulnerable to fraud.

    A special inspector general assigned to the bailout program concluded in a 250-page quarterly report to Congress that a private-public partnership designed to buy up bad assets is tilted in favor of private investors and creates “potential unfairness to the taxpayer.”

    Geithner said the new plan “strikes the right balance” by letting taxpayers share the risk with the private sector while at the same time letting private industry use competition to set market prices for the assets.

    “If the government alone purchased these legacy assets from banks, it would assume the entire share of the losses and risk overpaying,” Geithner said in his remarks. “Alternatively, if we simply hoped that banks would work off these assets over time, we would be prolonging the economic crisis, which in turn would cost more to the taxpayer over time.”

    Geithner said “the vast majority of banks” have more capital than they need to be considered well-capitalized. But he said the economic crisis and the bad assets have created uncertainty about the health of individual banks and reduced lending across the system.

    “For every dollar that banks are short of the capital they need, they will be forced to shrink their lending by $8 to $12,” he said.

    While credit conditions have improved in the past few months, “reports on bank lending show significant declines in consumer loans, including credit card loans, and commercial and industrial loans,” Geithner said.
    [snip]

  58. ‘His stepfather in Indonesia (age 4-10, Obama, not the stepfather) was quoted as saying the US was the bully of the world’
    ————————————————
    This, plus his grandfather who hated America, plus communist Franklin Marshall Davis, and that mother of his all before he reached puberty. If there is anything to the saying that the early formative years are important it is easy to see why he turned out the way he did.

  59. If we could just get barack the right audience with Kim Joe Ill or whatever his name is, I am sure the North Korean dictator and him woud be splashing in the surf of Inchon, eating sushi, and engaging in a love fest of anti-Americanism. He could give Barack a copy of the little red book personally authographed, and Barack could give him the House of Unamerican Activities Report on Uncle Frank. I will bet you Barack is lusting in his heart to spend some quality time with that anti-American nutcase too, especially since he got no help from the Security Council.

  60. If these actions are perceived as being weak, there will be a test. What kind of test, and if there will be serious consequences we can only wait and see.

  61. Mrs. Smith,

    Jordan’s king seems very manipulative to me but I’ll take a wait and see attitude for now. Still waiting to see if any of them will recognize Israel first.

  62. By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press Writer Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press Writer – 1 hr 40 mins ago
    WASHINGTON – Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner defended the bank rescue program devised by the Obama administration Tuesday as the International Monetary Fund predicted U.S. financial institutions could lose $2.7 trillion from the global credit crisis.
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    Dammit! How did this get by the AP editor desk? Doesnt anyone do their job around here anymore? This was supposed to make no mention of Obama dammit. It was to be called the Geihtener Plan. That way when he plan fails we can say our man Barack is not responsible?

  63. If these actions are perceived as being weak, there will be a test. What kind of test, and if there will be serious consequences we can only wait and see.
    ————————
    He is a schmoozer. And a schmoozer is not tough in the clinches. Typically, an aggressive adversary can run over them.

  64. does obama even understand? I mean whats a trillion lost here and there to him? He’s much more interested in invited sports teams and musicians to visit him. Such a boring life he leads.

  65. rgb44hrc Says:

    April 21st, 2009 at 1:36 pm
    HUFFPOSTER REVEALS WHAT A SHAM THE BANK PLANS ARE:

    huffingtonpost.com/robert-kuttner/confidence-game_b_189269.html

    Robert Kuttner
    Co-Founder and Co-Editor of The American Prospect
    Posted April 21, 2009 | 09:25 AM (EST)

    Confidence Game

    ————————————————-
    Thanks RGB. This guy knows what he is talking about. How the fuck did it ever get past the editors desk at huffpo which is in the business of suppressing truth and promoting let wing fiction. Its like WashPo, NYT this one pops up on my screen every morning and I delete them without reading a word they say. I am not prepared to sift through a moutain of bull maneure to find a diamond that may or may not be there. But this is a good one.

  66. wbboei
    *****************************

    What did Pat Buchanan say in support of the Fraud? He is such a protectionist, I can hardly believe he would support him in anything?

  67. Geithner says he doesn’t need any more allowance money

    Peter Cohan
    Apr 21st 2009 at 12:30PM Economy

    Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner told his dad — err, Congress — that he doesn’t need any more money for the TARP after all. He claims that the $109.6 billion left in the original pot plus the $25 billion he expects to be repaid will give him $134.6 billion — plenty of money to handle whatever problems will come his way.

    This sounds like great news, but it raises so many unanswered questions. What happened to the first $590 billion that’s been spent already? Why is lending down 23 percent if TARP banks have gotten all that money? What good is the money doing if it’s not being lent out? How can you be so sure that the banks won’t need more money if the stress tests are still underway? Will investors kill the stock prices of banks that don’t pay back the TARP money? With the TARP investments underwater by $104 billion, how will the taxpayer ever get back the TARP money?

    The good news is that Congressional Oversight Panel Chair Elizabeth Warren will be asking these and other questions. The bad news is that the answers are likely to be mealy-mouthed.

  68. JanH Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 1:51 pm

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

    I appreciate that, Jan. Much thanks for your rendering earlier upthread.

  69. Ironically, the administration seems to keep bumping into its own contradictions. In a story carefully fed to the New York Times, unnamed senior officials Monday declared that they would need no more money from Congress because they could always convert the government’s existing investment in zombie banks into common stock. However, as the story by Ed Andrews points out, this would leave the government as the largest shareholder — in other words nationalization by another name.
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    What I see here with the Obama Administration is the various paths of retreat being systematically shut down. When he is standing there all by his lonesome with gale force winds hitting at him from all sides will the consensus remain behind him. Will he be such a god like figure by then that no force can displace him. Or will people begin to question the doctrine of infallibility. By then it will be too late. The path he will have dug for the county will be wider and deeper than anyone imagined. But his fraud at least will be laid bare.

  70. Hi everyone! Nice to be back. 🙂

    BTW, sorry if that has been posted but here’s a story on how Hillary’s diplomacy (and that of others) helped defuse a tense situation in Pakistan.

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/15/AR2009041502843.html

  71. rgb44hrc Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Kenya Muslims fume at move to convert Obama grandma
    &&&&&&&

    Instead of “baby daddy”, would that make her “obama mama mama”?

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

    “Obama daddy mama.” Got to keep these things straight.

  72. American Thinker

    April 21, 2009
    Soros worms his way into the Pentagon

    Rick Moran

    Billionaire financier and convicted inside trader George Soros has never lacked for access to the highest levels of government. Now it appears he will have an ally strategically placed in the Pentagon where he might influence our defense policy Rowant Scarborough writes in Human Events.

    Democratic Party financier George Soros, who puts much of the blame for Islamic terrorists on America and former president George W. Bush, can celebrate his first foothold inside the Pentagon.

    It is in the person of Rosa Brooks, far-left former Los Angeles Times columnist. She was once counsel to billionaire Soros’ Open Societies Institute, whose funding arm bankrolls a number of hard-left pressure groups, such as MoveOn.org. MoveOn.org, of course, is the Washington outfit that smeared Gen. David Petraeus as a betrayer of his country, and depicted Bush in a Web ad as Adolph Hitler.

    Brooks, who has also likened Bush to Hitler and claims the former president is “psychotic” and “fanatical,” will not be a minor player. The Pentagon’s No. 3 official and top policymaker, Undersecretary of Defense Michele Flournoy, has selected Brooks as a “principal adviser.”

    The title means Brooks will have the constant ear of the Defense Department’s policy chief as Flournoy weighs in on the budget, troop deployments, secret missions and weapons buying. In the Pentagon bureaucratic elevator, every major decision flows through Flournoy’s shop on its way to the defense secretary.

    According to the Pentagon, Brooks will be an advisor to Flournoy on how the military shapes its relations with other countries. But there is little doubt she will get her two cents in on other policy matters as well.

    To have a radical, anti-military leftist in such a high position – not to mention her close connection to Soros – is almost incomprehensible.

    Until you remember who is president and what party he represents.

  73. What did Pat Buchanan say in support of the Fraud? He is such a protectionist, I can hardly believe he would support him in anything?
    —————————————————-
    Gonzo: it is in that tape posted above but if memory serves he said he did not disagree with the policy Obama and Hillary are trying to pursue . . . I share Pat’s opposition to the policies of the Bush Administration from neocon doctrine to open borders–a republic not an empire I like that. But I do not know what he is talking about here nor is the video particularly definitive. It may have been a thow away line because the main point was that he got rolled by Hugo. Until I saw that big sucker punch I never had any respect for Chavez fighting ability. They are still using the steptic pencil and the cut under baracks eye is swelling up to where he cannot see out of it. The referee has declared a TKO but big media tries to pretend it never happened.

  74. “For the Obama administration, the Pakistani crisis posed the first big diplomatic test. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, joined by Holbrooke and Mullen, helped coax the Pakistani officials back from the brink. This intervention was deftly handled, but it deepened America’s involvement in Pakistani politics — a process that is creating a dangerous anti-American backlash.”

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    Paula,

    Thanks for the link! And once again I say “Thank God for Hillary Clinton!!!!!!!!!!!”

  75. basil9 Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    ‘His stepfather in Indonesia (age 4-10, Obama, not the stepfather) was quoted as saying the US was the bully of the world’

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

    That was me, and I’m sorry I don’t have a cite handy. It’s probably from some respectable profile before the koolaid. Chi Trib or Lizza.

  76. gonzotx Says:

    April 21st, 2009 at 2:32 pm
    American Thinker

    April 21, 2009
    Soros worms his way into the Pentagon

    —————————————-

    The title says it all! The damage will be irreparable!

  77. NewMexicoFan Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    If these actions are perceived as being weak, there will be a test. What kind of test, and if there will be serious consequences we can only wait and see.

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

    WEll, but it won’t be obvious or anything that could make Obama lose power within in the US. They WANT this wimp making the decisions! The goose laying golden eggs for them.

  78. wbboei Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press Writer Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press Writer – 1 hr 40 mins ago
    WASHINGTON – Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner defended the bank rescue program devised by the Obama administration Tuesday as the International Monetary Fund predicted U.S. financial institutions could lose $2.7 trillion from the global credit crisis.
    ———————————————-
    Dammit! How did this get by the AP editor desk? Doesnt anyone do their job around here anymore? This was supposed to make no mention of Obama dammit. It was to be called the Geihtener Plan. That way when he plan fails we can say our man Barack is not responsible?

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

    So the editor throws it in the trash, after in habit changing “till God sends us braver men” to “circumstances.”

  79. JanH Says:

    April 21st, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    I am afraid so! Things are moving so fast my head hurts. Obviusly this “plan” was in the works way before the election actually stared, they just needed a pawn. Got “One”

    wbboei Says:

    April 21st, 2009 at 2:32 pm
    *******************

    Thanks again

  80. Rosa Brooks, far-left former Los Angeles Times columnist. She was once counsel to billionaire Soros’ Open Societies Institute, whose funding arm bankrolls a number of hard-left pressure groups, such as MoveOn.org. MoveOn.org, of course, is the Washington outfit that smeared Gen. David Petraeus as a betrayer of his country, and depicted Bush in a Web ad as Adolph Hitler.
    —————————–
    An interesting metaphor from a very stupid ideologue who forgets the fact that her former client and patron Soros collected the personal effects of real people who were sent to the death camps and was to that extent a real live Nazi sympathizer–as opposed to a mere metaphor. We could blame it on his youth and the circumsataces but for the fact that as an old man her client Soros looked back on that time with Steve Kroft and expressed no remorse for what he had done. He described those people boarding the trains as no different than those who are on the wrong side of one of his economic transactions. (See 60 Minutes feb 20 1998). What weight is to be given to the opinion of an ideologue like this. Very little.

  81. billionaire Soros’ Open Societies Institute, whose funding arm bankrolls a number of hard-left pressure groups, such as MoveOn.org. MoveOn.org, of course, is the Washington outfit that smeared Gen. David Petraeus as a betrayer of his country,

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

    Sadly, moveon.org began during the Impeachment as a REAL grassroots movement to support Bill Clinton and elect moderate candidates on both sides — dumping the Impeachers.

    Slowly it began sending out alerts to more and more leftish radical causes (Eli Wiesel in charge?) till finally I unsubscribed.

    We need to watch for anything like this happening to teh Tea Party movement — or to Puma. Ie a real grassroots movement being infiltrated and co-opted.

  82. You’re welcome, JanH!

    BTW, I have no problem with people occasionally criticizing Hillary here. When that happens on this site it’s usually respectful, and that’s fine with me.

    And everyone here is right about the Chavez incident. It’s been basically ignored by the MSM.

  83. BTW, sorry if that has been posted but here’s a story on how Hillary’s diplomacy (and that of others) helped defuse a tense situation in Pakistan.
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    Very good Paula.

  84. I’m sure Hillary does quite a lot of valuable work behind the scenes that the public will never be aware of. Glad to see David Ignatius of WaPo giving her some recognition for that.

    Obama is very, very lucky to have her in his Cabinet.

  85. gonzotx Says:

    April 21st, 2009 at 2:32 pm
    American Thinker

    April 21, 2009
    Soros worms his way into the Pentagon
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    My God, Gonzo, what a story this is. And what it implies. If I were in Bibis shoes I would want to know all about this. I think real Americans should be interested too.

  86. Paula Says:

    April 21st, 2009 at 2:58 pm

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    Exactly! Which makes it even more surprising that WaPo reported on this!

  87. An interesting metaphor from a very stupid ideologue who forgets the fact that her former client and patron Soros collected the personal effects of real people who were sent to the death camps and was to that extent a real live Nazi sympathizer–as opposed to a mere metaphor. We could blame it on his youth and the circumsataces but for the fact that as an old man her client Soros looked back on that time with Steve Kroft and expressed no remorse for what he had done. He described those people boarding the trains as no different than those who are on the wrong side of one of his economic transactions. (See 60 Minutes feb 20 1998). What weight is to be given to the opinion of an ideologue like this. Very little.
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    After reading the rest of the article I see the word I should have used was not stupid–but vile.

  88. wbboei,

    the fact that men like Soros are allowed to prosper and push their “vile” agendas and crimes against humanity continues to upset me tremendously. Where is the justice here?

  89. Chavez Obama
    by noticias24
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    My Spanish is rusty but I think I got the sense of what they were talking about. Chavez was demanding a shutdown of the US Southern Command, and a cessation of all military bases and operations south of Miami without express consent of Chavez or his mistress and a worldwide apology for what the United States had done. And Barack is driving a hard bargain saying your demand is outrageous and the only way I could seriously consider it is if you were prepared to offer me something of value like lucractive speaking events and a timeshare in Trinidad Tobago or Maricabo. What do you think I am anyway. Chavez: we already know what you are. What we are trying to determine now is an agreed to price.

  90. wbboei Says:

    April 21st, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Chavez Obama
    by noticias24
    ***************************************

    Very funny, but sadly true.

  91. From Bitterpolitiz

    PRUDEN: The insults were only for America

    washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/21/the-insults-were-only-for-america/

    ANALYSIS/OPINION:

    The president’s critics ought to lighten up. We should give him credit for not knowing any better. (He was “finished” and “polished” at Harvard, after all.) Barack Obama is an accident of history, a street hustler from the South Side of Chicago with the gift of gab who landed on the world stage like a whale beached at the whim of a storm, the wrong man at the right time.

    He landed on that beach just as the nation, or a large part of it, desperately wanted absolution for the sins of the past, some real and some only imagined, and suddenly we had our own Susan Boyle, a honey-tongued idol of the moment. He not only had the gift of gab, useful for presidential candidates as well as aluminum-siding salesmen, but a gift for the seductive language of the black pulpit. The masses, for whom the poetry of the King James Bible and the musical cadences of Sunday morning are as foreign as the culture of rural Timbuktu, eagerly stepped forward to take the pledge of the cult.

    Only Barack Obama knows what’s in his heart, but there’s the possibility, not heretofore considered by his critics, that the blundering loose tongue he packs with his teleprompter, scorning the dignity and good name of his country for the cheap applause of tin-pot dictators eager to throw rotten bananas at their betters, comes easy and naturally to him.

    This wouldn’t be one of Dr. Freud’s difficult cases. He was born to a mother obsessed with the pursuit of inappropriate men who would treat her badly, abandoned by his father from Kenya, uprooted again from life with a stepfather in Indonesia and ultimately raised by a grandmother he would later publicly scold for her presumed racial bigotry. Why wouldn’t he feverishly pursue sanction and esteem, however mindless much of it would be, wherever he could find it?

    Only a man with a screwed-up psyche, the likes of which we’ve probably never had in the White House before, would fly off to foreign shores to campaign against his predecessor and to offer abject apologies to anyone listening for the harm he imagines his country did to others, while carefully excluding himself from any of the criticism.

    All for the embrace, physical and otherwise, of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez, of Evo Morales and Danny Ortega. Most of us would say, in word or deed, “insult my country, dude, and you’re insulting me, so back off.” But this is the kind of fierce pride in home, kith and kin that Barack Obama never knew; he even married a woman who said she never felt love of country until her husband reached the front gate of the White House.

    The president’s excellent adventure in Trinidad and Tobago began when he accepted a book from Senor Chavez, “Open Veins of Latin America,” a Marxist screed meant to insult and offend. Mr. Obama did not seem affronted, and let pass the opportunity to rebuke Senor Chavez for his manifold sins and abuses of his own people. The president didn’t even have a DVD of favorite movies to offer in return. (Mr. Obama might have given him a copy of a best-selling biography of Senor Chavez, “Guide to the Perfect Latin American Idiot.”)

    He let pass the further insult, given the timing, of the Chavez suggestion that after the president finished the book there could be talks about renewing diplomatic relations. This would have been the further opportunity to discuss Senor Chavez’ support of Colombian drug terrorists and his support of Ahmadinejad and his race to build a nuclear weapon to intimidate the Middle East.

    If President Obama judges his Latin American trip by the personal accolades, the trip was a roaring success. Nearly every criticism of the United States was prefaced with assertions that none of the insults of America were meant for Mr. Obama. The president let these cheap accolades pass with a grateful smile. He listened to a 50-minute diatribe by Danny Ortega, cataloging American sins over a century (and conceding nothing about the brutal sins of the Sandinistas). When he followed the commandante’s jibe at the United States for its support of the Cuban exiles’ attempt to land at the Bay of Pigs in April 1961, Mr. Obama said only that he was “grateful that President Ortega did not blame me for things that happened when I was three months old.”

    Everybody laughed, but Mr. Obama even got that wrong. He was born three months after the Bay of Pigs landing. The history of the country that elected him president has never been of much interest to Barack Obama – he once referred to “the 57 states” – and we shouldn’t be surprised by anything he does and says now.

  92. Lawmaker asks for release of spy case transcripts
    1 hour ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The former senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee asked the Justice Department on Tuesday to release all transcripts of her recorded conversations involving the treatment of two pro-Israel lobbyists accused of spying. Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., said in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder that she never interceded in a government investigation of the two lobbyists awaiting trial on charges of passing classified information to reporters and former diplomats.

    Congressional Quarterly reported Monday that Harman was overheard agreeing to seek lenient treatment for Steven J. Rosen and Keith Weissman, former lobbyists for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. CQ attributed the information to anonymous current and former national security officials familiar with a transcript of the recorded call. Rosen and Weissman were charged in 2005 with conspiring to communicate national defense information to unauthorized personnel in violation of the 1917 Espionage Act. The indictment said the classified material included information about the al-Qaida terror network, the bombing of the Khobar Towers dormitory in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 U.S. Air Force personnel, and U.S. policy in Iran.

    In her letter to Holder, Harman said she never contacted the Justice Department, White House nor anyone else seeking favorable treatment for Rosen and Weisman. But she maintained that it was “entirely appropriate to converse with advocacy organizations and constituent groups.” She said she learned from news reports that the FBI or National Security Agency secretly wiretapped her conversations in 2005 or 2006 while she was ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee. She urged Holder to investigate possible wiretapping of members of Congress and selective leaks of investigative material for political purposes, calling the recordings an abuse of power.

    Harman campaigned to become the committee’s chairman when Democrats won control of the House in the 2006. The transcripts raised the question of whether she agreed to intercede in exchange for help in persuading party leaders to give her the powerful post.

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi instead gave the chairmanship to Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas.

    In October 2006, a federal law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, told The Associated Press that Harman’s ties with AIPAC had been under scrutiny since the previous year. However, the inquiry had failed to turn up evidence of illegal activity, the official said at the time.
    CQ said Harman was said to have been picked up on a court-approved NSA tap directed at alleged Israel covert action operations in Washington. Contrary to reports that the Harman investigation was dropped for “lack of evidence,” it was Alberto Gonzales, President George W. Bush’s top counsel and then attorney general, who intervened to stop the Harman probe, CQ said.

    Three top former national security officials were quoted by CQ as saying Gonzales wanted Harman to be able to help defend the administration’s warrantless wiretapping program, which was about to be revealed by The New York Times. CQ said Gonzales declined to comment through a spokesman.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gjtlbtpqJczB9Qir_FLZBgNlhHNAD97N0LMG0

  93. Mary B // April 21, 2009 at 12:22 pm from bitterpolitiz

    What a difference a day makes!

    hotair.com/archives/2009/04/21/what-a-difference-a-day-makes/

    Not too many people caught this, but the same day Barack Obama announced that he would bravely reduce federal spending 0.0029% by demanding $100 million in cuts, he had already spent the savings. Obama announced an additional $100 million pledge to the IMF yesterday. Oops, I’m sorry … that’s $100 billion

  94. Clinton talks security with Gadhafi’s son

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says it is looking for ways to expand cooperation with Libya. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met Tuesday in Washington with Mutassim Gadhafi, the son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. The younger Gadhafi is the country’s national security adviser.

    State Department spokesman Robert Wood called the meeting productive and focused on security cooperation. He would not say if Clinton raised human rights issues.

    Relations between Libya and the United States have warmed since Moammar Gadhafi renounced terrorism in 2003 and gave up efforts to develop nuclear weapons. The move ended years of international isolation.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ioldoglB9NS7sO2LOY6qQtqgztTgD97N01DG1

  95. Senate panel OKs Sebelius as HHS secretary

    By Robert Schroeder

    April 21, 2009

    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The Senate Finance Committee voted Tuesday to approve Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Sebelius, governor of Kansas, was approved on a vote of 15 to 8. To become secretary, Sebelius must be confirmed by the full Senate.

    marketwatch.com/news/story/senate-panel-oks-sebelius-hhs/story.aspx?guid=%7BFCA0AFCC-C82F-4468-BA7A-FB12858C2477%7D&dist=msr_3

  96. the fact that men like Soros are allowed to prosper and push their “vile” agendas and crimes against humanity continues to upset me tremendously. Where is the justice here?
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    Me too Jan. And the problem is they can hide it so well from public view through good works and chartiable activities that when you try to tell people there is more there than meets the eye they dont believe it. Al Capone did chartiable things in Chicago and Cicero in his day, and many people loved him for it. They could not understand why Elliott Ness was after him. Go to Ozone Park today and say bad things about the late John Gotti and it wont be long before you have more trouble than you can handle. Good works cover up a multitude of sins and Soros is the master of them. His latest retort shows you how little he has changed since Hungary in 1944. I am having a fine crisis thank you.

  97. For you Jan
    **********************

    Jezebel
    Dapper diplomacy
    Who’s The Dude In The Chocolate Suit?
    By Dodai, 2:20 PM on Tue Apr 21 2009,

    By now you’ve seen the picture of Hillary Clinton and Mutassim Qadhafi. Perhaps you’re asking: So who is this guy in the chocolate suit?

    Mutassim Billah Qadhafi is 34 years old and the National Security Advisor to Libya, a job given to him by this dad, the uh, legendary Moammar Qadhafi. According to Spiegel, “Officially, Qadhafi has eight children, although there is speculation that there may be more.” Mutassim — pictured above with Secretary Clinton — is the youngest son. His big brother Mohammed is chairman of the Libyan Olympic Committee. The second son, Saif, is rumored to be the one who will succeed his father. When Saif showed up at University in Geneva, he arrived with four bodyguards and two Bengali tigers, and was like “what?”

    Third son Saadi (above) is a failed football player who flunked a drug test. Spiegel says, “Today he invests in European football clubs and the film industry, and occasionally launches into a public tirade against Israel.”

    Mutassim has a little sister, Aisha, “known at home by her nickname ‘Libya’s Claudia Schiffer.'” She’s awfully pretty:

    Aisha is a lawyer and was on the defense team when Saddam Hussein was in court.

    No one seems to know much about the other kids.

    Anyway, back to Mutassim — also known as “Hannibal.” He and his heavily pregnant wife were arrested in Geneva, Switzerland in 2008 on charges of making threats and assaulting their domestic staff. In 2005, he was in a “scuffle” at a hotel in Paris where he reportedly “beat a woman and brandished a handgun.” According to this blog which follows “Hannibal” closely, he also had a “violent incident” in Copenhagen in 2005; in 2004 in Paris, Mutassim “drove down the Champs Elysees at 140kph in his black Porsche in the middle of the night. Once stopped, his thuggish bodyguards attacked French police & destroyed a police transmitter.” In 2003 Mutassim was involved in a brawl in Rome which sent 6 photographers to the hospital. In Rome in 2001, he was “escorted to the airport” after a hotel fight in which he “attacked Italian police with a fire extinguisher.” Oh, and in 2001 in Sardinia, Mutassim was thrown out of a club for yelling at the waiters, so he “blocked the entrance to a disco with his Lamborghini.” Later, he blasted music aboard his 70-ft yacht the Che Guevara.

    All in all, as seen wearing a bright red shirt in this 2005 picture with his brother Saadi and an Italian movie producer, Mutassim seems like an exciting guy with whom you’d rather be friends than enemies.

  98. JanH Says:

    April 21st, 2009 at 3:56 pm
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    The paybacks continue for the traitors…

  99. gonzotx,

    I’m not sure what to think here. I just hope Hillary doesn’t get thrown under the bus for bambi’s terrible decisions.

  100. thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article2387203.ece

    Fatties cause Global Warning
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Another item for the Fraud to blame American for.

  101. In 2005, he was in a “scuffle” at a hotel in Paris where he reportedly “beat a woman and brandished a handgun.” According to this blog which follows “Hannibal” closely, he also had a “violent incident” in Copenhagen in 2005; in 2004 in Paris, Mutassim “drove down the Champs Elysees at 140kph in his black Porsche in the middle of the night. Once stopped, his thuggish bodyguards attacked French police & destroyed a police transmitter.” In 2003 Mutassim was involved in a brawl in Rome which sent 6 photographers to the hospital. In Rome in 2001, he was “escorted to the airport” after a hotel fight in which he “attacked Italian police with a fire extinguisher.”
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    Since this is really Barack’s policy some bot is sure to say . . . well, so what . . maybe he was provoked . . . and a mans gotta do what a mans gotta do. PS. Have they got any oil?

  102. I’m not sure what to think here. I just hope Hillary doesn’t get thrown under the bus for bambi’s terrible decisions.
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    That possibility is what set me off the other day.

  103. Senate panel OKs Sebelius as HHS secretary
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    It is early but I believe the people behind Obama have selected her to be President in 2016. She is being groomed for it and has been invited to meet with the one of the key international bankers groups awhile back. Granted she is not particularly charismatic or dynamic but that really does not matter, because in the eyes of the elites the American People do not matter. Just remember what I said and see what happens. She is someone who will do what she is told. The hard call is what condition the country will be in at that time since that will affect any long term plan to put anyone in office.

  104. wbboei Says:

    April 21st, 2009 at 4:36 pm

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    I find that a slap in the face to Hillary.

  105. I find that a slap in the face to Hillary.
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    which is a further incentive for them to do so.

  106. I do not mean to sound flippant, but this is very much a function of how they think. Left to her own devices Hillary is a populist and that is the last thing they want. Look at the way these same elites portray the people who attended these tea parties.

  107. These elites love to play the race card because that way they can play the other social strata off against eachother. They can assume the position of judge, and hand down verdicts on the rest of us. And finally, they can divert people from the real conflict in this society which is not race struggle but class struggle–but not in the same terms that Marx envisioned it. One of our prominent black radicals in the 60s told me one time we are all just buffalo soldiers.

  108. I’m with gonzotx,

    Things are happening so rapidly within months of bambi’s crowning that it makes your head spin. It’s almost like heavy subliminal suggestion so that one becomes so numb that any reaction after a while is lukewarm at best.

  109. Of course, if Hillary has no desire to run again for president, grooming Sebelius is a moot point from my perspective.

  110. Paula: it is not moot. The problem is bigger than the fate of Hillary. It is the effort by the people of this country to maintain some degree of freedom, some degree of economic security and some degree of control over their lives. Hillary herself said that one time herself. She said I am not worried about me-or the people in this room. I am worried about the rest of America.

    Selibius is like the other candidates chosen by the elites. She is a robot who will do their bidding–not ours. They are determined to wrest that control from us and give it to bureaucrats at the world level. That is what the real fight here is about.

  111. Now the inspector general is on his ass. He should refer the IG to his newfound buddy Chavez. Hugo will explain the facts of life to him now that they have done their dirty deal (supra). In the meantime Obama can talk about all the signs of hope he is seeing in the economy. I wonder if Hannibal has a spare irradescent brown suit. Satroically speaking Barack is beginning to look dull. He needs a new look.
    ——————————————————
    President Obama wants to build trust in his rescue plan but this report on the big Wall Street bailout passed last Fall doesn’t help.

    Six months into the $700 billion bank bailout, its own inspector general today voices concern about taxpayer risk.

    The Obama team’s plan to use tax dollars to spur a buy-up of toxic mortgage-related assets, the report says, opens tax money to potential fraud.

    It’s a hit to the president’s economic plan as he tried to build Americans’ confidence it will work.

    President Obama said “we’ve gotta earn their trust. They gotta feel confident that their dollars are being spent wisely.”

    The president said every bit of savings helps but Republicans mocked his order to cabinet members to cut $100 million.

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said “that’s what we spend per day, on the interest, on the stimulus package.”

    The president did get a rousing welcome at the CIA where he went to defend his release of bush-era torture memos.

    President Obama said “don’t be discouraged that we have to acknowledge potentially we’ve made some mistakes. That’s how we learn.”

    The memos show alleged 9-11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, for one, was waterboarded 183 times.

    Republicans said don’t believe the president wants to move on.

    Sen. Saxby Chambliss said “it seems that like this Administration looks for every opportunity they can to seek to embarrass the previous Administration.”

    Democratic pushback too. Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein asked the president not to rule out torture prosecutions until Congress has looked into it.

    Today, Congress looks into another Obama priority. Senators hold hearings on health care reform. Democrats say they’ll have an overhaul measure drafted by June, opening up another sure battle for the president.

  112. Zimbabwe: Clinton Offers Congratulations to Country
    21 April 2009

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    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton offers her congratulations to the people of Zimbabwe on the anniversary of the country’s independence.

    “I congratulate the people of Zimbabwe on the 29th anniversary of their country’s independence on April 18. The United States has long stood with the people of Zimbabwe in their times of need and will continue to do so,” she said.

    “We commend the efforts the transitional government has undertaken and the progress it has achieved towards reforms that will benefit the Zimbabwean people. The United States encourages the government to continue those important steps as it works for a more promising future for Zimbabwe,” she said
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    a jab at Mugambe

  113. WASHINGTON (AP) — The former senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee asked the Justice Department on Tuesday to release all transcripts of her recorded conversations involving the treatment of two pro-Israel lobbyists accused of spying. Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., said in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder that she never interceded in a government investigation of the two lobbyists awaiting trial on charges of passing classified information to reporters and former diplomats.
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    I have always like Harman, and I wonder about the timing of this–in terms of everthing else that is going on. Holder is doing Obamas dirty work here I think. These investigations are supposed to be secret until such time as a target is formally charged. Also the presumption of innocence applies. This is unseemly conduct by Holder and once again the timing is very suspicous. I think this is an attempt by Obama to embarrass and disable AirPac on the eve of Middle East negotiations. That is a guess.

  114. Oh my, our Tea Parties are a success in HuffnPuff and Rachel MadCow’s estimation. I just got the following email:
    More than 2,500 of you helped make our tea party coverage the biggest distributive reporting success since the election. Over the past week, we received more than 1,500 photographs, hundreds of individual reports, dozens of videos and a steady stream of tweets. This wealth of reports allowed us to provide comprehensive coverage on our Tea Party Big News page. Thank you all, and congratulations!

    No single news organization covered such a large scope of tax day events. That’s the power of distributive reporting. And because you were writing about a controversial subject, you all caught the eye of the blogosphere, on both conservatives and progressives. Rachel Maddow of MSNBC was among those watching your reports, broadcasting your photographs live on her show last Friday.

    In doing so, Maddow credited your photos to “Huffington Post’s Eyes and Ears Citizen Reporting Unit”, publicly launching our brand: Eyes&Ears. Check out the screenshot here. You’ll hear much more about Eyes&Ears soon, and the brand new E&E website devoted to HuffPost citizen journalism will launch in May.

    As is often the case with protest coverage, photographs told the most compelling stories of the day. The page of your photos, which features provocative signs, adorable, young protesters, and a slideshow of the entire HuffPost Flickr Photostream, has been viewed by over 400,000 people to date.

    We also featured dozens of your written dispatches describing the scenes at your local demonstrations, giving priority to those submitted first. Besides compiling these reports into two featured posts, we also chose the three best articles to feature the morning after Tax Day, which you can read here, here, and here.

    Thanks to Carla Cheshire, Jeannine Crook, Dan Diviney, Jim Dixon, Tino Fiumara, Syd Flatt, Joseph Freeman, Dave Hossler, Daniel Hough, Bess Kalb, Tanner McCracken, Louise McMillin, Dave Pridgeo, Jesse Russell, Lakshmi Sankar, Jake Tommerup, True Tourtillott, Alexandra Villanueva, RJ Walker, Cherirae Wright, Mathieu Young and all of you who sent in photos.

    And and a special thanks to Thibault Chareton and Kelly Van der Kwast, who worked through the night on April 15 to help read through every submission.

    You exceeded our wildest expectations and made this project something we hope to emulate in the future.

    Thanks for being HuffPost’s eyes and ears.

  115. Oh my, our Tea Parties were effective according to HuffnPuff and Rachel MadCow. I got this email:

    More than 2,500 of you helped make our tea party coverage the biggest distributive reporting success since the election. Over the past week, we received more than 1,500 photographs, hundreds of individual reports, dozens of videos and a steady stream of tweets. This wealth of reports allowed us to provide comprehensive coverage on our Tea Party Big News page. Thank you all, and congratulations!

    No single news organization covered such a large scope of tax day events. That’s the power of distributive reporting. And because you were writing about a controversial subject, you all caught the eye of the blogosphere, on both conservatives and progressives. Rachel Maddow of MSNBC was among those watching your reports, broadcasting your photographs live on her show last Friday.

    In doing so, Maddow credited your photos to “Huffington Post’s Eyes and Ears Citizen Reporting Unit”, publicly launching our brand: Eyes&Ears. Check out the screenshot here. You’ll hear much more about Eyes&Ears soon, and the brand new E&E website devoted to HuffPost citizen journalism will launch in May.

    As is often the case with protest coverage, photographs told the most compelling stories of the day. The page of your photos, which features provocative signs, adorable, young protesters, and a slideshow of the entire HuffPost Flickr Photostream, has been viewed by over 400,000 people to date.

    We also featured dozens of your written dispatches describing the scenes at your local demonstrations, giving priority to those submitted first. Besides compiling these reports into two featured posts, we also chose the three best articles to feature the morning after Tax Day, which you can read here, here, and here.

    Thanks to Carla Cheshire, Jeannine Crook, Dan Diviney, Jim Dixon, Tino Fiumara, Syd Flatt, Joseph Freeman, Dave Hossler, Daniel Hough, Bess Kalb, Tanner McCracken, Louise McMillin, Dave Pridgeo, Jesse Russell, Lakshmi Sankar, Jake Tommerup, True Tourtillott, Alexandra Villanueva, RJ Walker, Cherirae Wright, Mathieu Young and all of you who sent in photos.

    And and a special thanks to Thibault Chareton and Kelly Van der Kwast, who worked through the night on April 15 to help read through every submission.

    You exceeded our wildest expectations and made this project something we hope to emulate in the future.

    Thanks for being HuffPost’s eyes and ears.

  116. PROMISES, PROMISES: Obama and black farmers

    By BEN EVANS

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As a senator, Barack Obama led the charge last year to pass a bill allowing black farmers to seek new discrimination claims against the Agriculture Department. Now that he is president, his administration so far is acting like it wants the potentially budget-busting lawsuits to go away.

    The change isn’t sitting well with black farmers who thought they’d get a friendlier reception from Obama after years of resistance from President George W. Bush.
    “You can’t blame it on the Bush administration anymore,” said John Boyd, head of the National Black Farmers Association, which has organized the lawsuits. “I can’t figure out for the life of me why the president wouldn’t want to implement a bill that he fought for as a U.S. senator.”

    At issue is a class-action lawsuit known as the Pigford case. Thousands of farmers sued USDA claiming they had for years been denied government loans and other assistance that routinely went to whites. The government settled in 1999 and has paid out nearly $1 billion in damages on almost 16,000 claims.
    Farmers, lawyers and activists like Boyd have worked for years to reopen the case because thousands of farmers missed the deadlines for participating. Many said the filing period was too short and they were unaware of the settlement until it was too late. The cause gained momentum in August 2007 when Obama, then an Illinois senator, introduced Pigford legislation about six months into his presidential campaign.

    Although the case was hardly a hot-button political issue, it had drawn intense interest among African-Americans in the rural South. It was seen as a way for Obama to reach out in those areas where he was not well-known and where he would need strong support to win the Democratic primary. The proposal won passage in May as sponsors rounded up enough support to incorporate it into the 2008 farm bill. The potential budget implications were huge: It could easily cost $2 billion or $3 billion given an estimated 65,000 pending claims. With pressure to hold down costs, lawmakers set an artificially low $100 million budget. They called it a first step and said more money could be approved later.

    But with 25,000 new claims and counting, the Obama administration is now arguing that the $100 million budget should be considered a cap to be split among the successful cases.
    The position — spelled out in a legal motion filed in February and reiterated in recent settlement talks — would leave payments as low as $2,000 or $3,000 per farmer. Boyd called that “insulting.” Boyd noted that Obama’s legislation specifically called for the new claimants to be eligible for the same awards as the initial lawsuit, including expedited payments of $50,000 plus $12,500 in tax breaks that the vast majority of the earlier farmers received. “I’m really disappointed,” Boyd said. “This is the president’s bill.” “They did discriminate against these farmers, maybe not all of them, but a lot of these people would prevail if they could go to court,” he said. Boyd, whose organization is planning a rally in Washington next week, estimated that 40 percent to 45 percent of the farmers filing claims will be successful.

    The administration wouldn’t discuss specific budget plans or commit to fully funding the claims. But in a statement to The Associated Press, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the department agrees that more must be done and is working with the Justice Department to “ensure that people are treated fairly.” Kenneth Baer, a budget spokesman for the White House, also suggested that the administration plans to do more. “The president has been a leader on this issue since his days as a U.S. senator and is deeply committed to closing this painful chapter in our history,” Baer said in a statement.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hTyNjxLD4WoFQoyJoU3PMMblaJRQD97MVPTO4

  117. In doing so, Maddow credited your photos to “Huffington Post’s Eyes and Ears Citizen Reporting Unit”,

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    now there’s a scary statement

  118. Susan Boyle more popular than Obama on YouTube

    Tuesday, April 21, 2009

    Clocking up the hits, sensation Susan goes global: Unlikely superstar Susan Boyle has eclipsed the internet fever commanded by US President Barack Obama.

    The Britain’s Got Talent contestant has clocked up 100 million YouTube views of her rendition of I Dreamed A Dream.
    The hits easily surpassed the 18.5million that Obama racked up during his January inauguration ceremony.

    The Scot, 48, is now just 18million views shy of the all time record on the website currently held by Judson Laiply’s Evolution of Dance, reports The Sun. The star from Blackburn, West Lothian, is now hailed as the website’s fastest mover of all time. A YouTube spokeswoman Julie Supan said: ‘She’s really the world’s singer right now.’

    But it seems not everyone is a fan.

    US TV star Rosie O’Donnell attacked the fame hopeful saying: ‘Here is this freaky miss, a fat, ugly girl – like Shrek come to life – directing energy towards her soul.’

    metro.co.uk/fame/article.html?Susan_Boyle_more_popular_than_Obama_on_YouTube&in_article_id=628626&in_page_id=7

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    O’Donnell should shut the H*ll up!!!

  119. Someone posted this on Bitterpolitiz, we were talking about this a few posts back……
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    so now Bambi is thinking of prosecuting the CIA officers who “tortured” people at Gitmo? how is this any different than when Jack Murtha was calling for the prosecution of Marines who were “murdering” people in Iraq? here is Jack Nicholson’s quote before the famous “you cant handle the truth!” from A Few Good Men

    Jack Nicholson (Col. Jessup): Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Whose gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have more responsibility here than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And that my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. I know deep down in places you dont talk about at parties, you don’t want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, then question the manner in which I provide it. I prefer you said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand to post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to!

  120. US TV star Rosie O’Donnell attacked the fame hopeful saying: ‘Here is this freaky miss, a fat, ugly girl – like Shrek come to life – directing energy towards her soul.’
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    Actually O’Donnell was looking in the mirror!

    When she had her show, never did I think there was this angry psycho BI*CH inside. She fooled me…initially anyway.

  121. Washington Times

    EXCLUSIVE: Senator’s husband’s firm cashes in on crisis
    Feinstein sought $25 billion for agency that awarded contract to spouse
    By Chuck Neubauer Tuesday, April 21, 2009

    On the day the new Congress convened this year, Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to route $25 billion in taxpayer money to a government agency that had just awarded her husband’s real estate firm a lucrative contract to sell foreclosed properties at compensation rates higher than the industry norms.

    Mrs. Feinstein’s intervention on behalf of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was unusual: the California Democrat isn’t a member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs with jurisdiction over FDIC; and the agency is supposed to operate from money it raises from bank-paid insurance payments – not direct federal dollars.

    Documents reviewed by The Washington Times show Mrs. Feinstein first offered Oct. 30 to help the FDIC secure money for its effort to stem the rise of home foreclosures. Her letter was sent just days before the agency determined that CB Richard Ellis Group (CBRE) – the commercial real estate firm that her husband Richard Blum heads as board chairman – had won the competitive bidding for a contract to sell foreclosed properties that FDIC had inherited from failed banks.

    About the same time of the contract award, Mr. Blum’s private investment firm reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission that it and related affiliates had purchased more than 10 million new shares in CBRE. The shares were purchased for the going price of $3.77; CBRE’s stock closed Monday at $5.14.

    Spokesmen for the FDIC, Mrs. Feinstein and Mr. Blum’s firm told The Times that there was no connection between the legislation and the contract signed Nov. 13, and that the couple didn’t even know about CBRE’s business with FDIC until after it was awarded.

    Senate ethics rules state that members must avoid conflicts of interest as well as “even the appearance of a conflict of interest.” Some ethics analysts question whether Mrs. Feinstein ran afoul of the latter provision, creating the appearance that she was rewarding the agency that had just hired her husband’s firm.

    “This clearly gives the appearance of a conflict of interest,” said Kent Cooper, a former federal regulator who specializes in government ethics and disclosures. “To maintain the people’s trust in government, it is incumbent on a legislator to take the extra steps necessary to ensure that when she introduces any legislation that it does not cause people to question her motives or the business activities of her spouse.”

    Mrs. Feinstein and Mr. Blum, a wealthy investment banker, are a power couple in both Washington and California who sat behind President Obama during his inauguration in January. Mrs. Feinstein also is mentioned as a candidate for California governor.

  122. I’m sorry to hear this about Senator Feinstein. I’ve always admired and respected her. I hope there is more to this story.

  123. I’m sorry to hear this about Senator Feinstein. I’ve always admired and respected her. I hope there is more to this story
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    That makes two of us Jan. I remember an event I went to for her when she was mayor of San Francisco. She was a strong Hillary supporter.

  124. Seems that anyone that was not a supporter of the Frauds is being ratted out
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    Sure seems like the pattern. Of course a few of his nominees came under the kleig lights–like Honest Tom Daschell proud owner of the batmobile. I wonder who the source of the information was. It would be just like Eric Holder.

  125. Clocking up the hits, sensation Susan goes global: Unlikely superstar Susan Boyle has eclipsed the internet fever commanded by US President Barack Obama.
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    In that case you can be sure Axelrod is having her investigated.

  126. I think in the end the blacks who voted overwhelmingly for Barack will have to settle for the symbolism of it. If they had supported Hillary there would have been policies beneficial to them, but not the symbolism. Which is more important: policies or symbolism? Evidently, the latter.

  127. Iran’s mixed signals challenge Obama
    Criticism of Israel, sentencing of journalist come as U.S. reaches out
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    I am sure Adminijad would like to meet him and learn how to use a teleprompter. And from Baracks standpoint there may be some time share palaces he could claim in the monsoon season. Wouldnt need Rezko to swing that deal. I see a beautiful friendship in the works. And he could give a Hayes Commission approved set of the top 25 movies to the Supreme Leader as tribute. A gift fit for an Ayatolla.

  128. I think Adminijad, like a few others are just playing bambi for the fool that he is. They are making him the biggest political laughingstock in history.

  129. ‘Seems that anyone that was not a supporter of the Frauds is being ratted out.’

    gonzo, my sentiments, exactly.

    BTW, anyone else hear about BO signing a bill to TRIPLE the number of americorps volunteers??????

    Tomorrow I will post some of the horrendous experiences i had with the young koolade drunk americorps zombies who infiltrated and further destroyed some of the inner city public schools where i taught.

    Too tired tonight.

  130. John Kerry to hold Senate hearings on future of US newspaper industry: US Senate commerce committee to focus on financial crisis facing papers including Boston Globe and Chicago Sun-Times

    Former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry will hold a series of hearings in Washington next month to examine the future of the struggling US newspaper industry. The hearings by the Senate commerce committee, of which Massachusetts senator Kerry is a member, begin on 6 May, and will examine how the dire financial state of many leading newspaper titles in the US has left them fighting for their survival.

    This move by Kerry, who is the Democratic senator for Massachusetts and chairman of the SCC subcommittee on communications, technology and the internet, comes after the New York Times Company threatened to shut the Boston Globe earlier this month. The New York Times publisher demanded that unions representing Boston Globe staff agreed to a $20m (£13.7m) reduction in costs or face the closure of the paper “in 30 days”.

    Kerry, who as Democratic presidential candidate failed in 2004 to oust George W Bush from the White House, wrote to those union leaders last week to lend his support.
    According to the Boston Globe, Kerry stated his commitment to the troubled newspaper industry and vowed to ensure the “vital public service newspapers provide does not disappear”. “America’s newspapers are struggling to survive and while there will be serious consequences in terms of the lives and financial security of the employees involved, including hundreds at the Globe, there will also be serious consequences for our democracy where diversity of opinion and strong debate are paramount,” Kerry wrote in his letter, addressed to “the Boston Globe family”. The Boston Globe published extracts of the letter online yesterday evening and the Boston Herald followed up by publishing the full letter. “The increase in media conglomerates has resulted in an increase in agenda-driven reporting and over time, if those of us who value a diversity of opinion and ideas, and are unafraid to be confronted with pointed commentary and analysis, do not act, it is a situation which will only get worse,” Kerry added.

    The announcement of the Senate committee hearings on the future of US newspapers follow earlier moves last month in Washington to aid the beleaguered industry.
    A Democratis senator, Benjamin Cardin, introduced a bill aimed at allowing newspaper companies to restructure as non-profit organisations with a variety of tax breaks.

    Washington’s reaction comes as the industry faces an unprecedented financial crisis. The Sun-Times Media Group, owner of the Chicago Sun-Times, filed for bankruptcy protection last month, becoming the fifth US newspaper company to seek protection from its creditors by filing for a petition under chapter 11 of the US bankruptcy code in recent months.

    guardian.co.uk/media/2009/apr/21/john-kerry-senate-us-newspapers

  131. April 21, 2009 2:26 PM

    Obama Borrows A Line, And A Burden, From Bush

    In the Oval Office today, citing the “dangerous world” in which we live, President Obama spoke of the awesome responsibility he faces on that score:

    “I wake up everyday thinking about how to keep the American people safe.”

    If that sounds familiar, it should. We frequently heard nearly the exact same words from Mr. Obama’s immediate predecessor.

    “I wake up everyday thinking about how best to protect America,” said President Bush in his the debate with his Republican rival John Kerry on September 30, 2004.

    In fact, in at least seventy five speeches I could find, Mr. Bush reflected on how the burdens of his office had changed so dramatically since the attacks of 9/11.
    During his 2004 campaign for re-election, he ended scores of political speeches by speaking about how he wakes up “every morning” or “every day” “trying to better figure out how to protect America.”

    There can be no doubt that President Obama has inherited that burden as well.

    cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/04/21/politics/politicalhotsheet/entry4959598.shtml

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    There can be no doubt that bambi is making the world more dangerous than ever before. His only “burden” is whether he will see arugula on his plate at dinner.

  132. I agree with Wbboei as I was very critical of Hillary’s campaign team, and many of us called for her to get rid of the incompetent people she had , but it was too late. I had, mistakenly assumed, that both Bill and Hillary were aware of the danger Obama posed and knew how to handle it. Unfortunately, they were ill advised by their respective “pollsters”/campaign managers as the dirt shoudl have been out on Obama on day one…it definitely would have cost him a a couple of million votes, and that would have thrown the campaign to Hillary.
    Nonetheless, it is painful and difficult to criticize as both Hillary and President Clinton have been savaged on a daily basis for over 17 yrs, despite doing more good for mankind than Obama has evere dreamed of.

  133. Just checked Rosie O’donnell’s blog and she actually has a little poem for Susan Boyle there

    when magic happens
    04.19.09 at 10:53 pm in love, family, fun fun fun

    susan boyle – once in a lifetime
    authentic real
    the kind of tv we hardly see anymore
    in r pre packaged world

    out she came
    like fionna in shrek
    reminding us all
    how 2 shine inside

    2 c the 2 boy brits
    eyes brimming
    simon even
    showed his soul

    20 million people watched
    over and again

    finished wowing the world
    she turned and walked off stage

    u couldnt write that

    all life is about
    is found there
    a cottage in a village in scotland
    a dying mom and a kitty named pebbles

    susan boyle

    a woman i hope never gets a make over
    her brows forever bushy
    reminding the world
    where beauty lives

    no matter what happens next
    nothing will compare to that moment
    that song – that woman
    a perfect storm

    all together now
    amen

    rosie.com/

  134. I just thought it seemed out of character. The woman may occassionally be a little off but she has done a lot of good.

  135. Henry,

    I know she has done some good but I have also heard her say things that really annoyed me.

    Still I guess I should have double-checked my sources and for that reason I apologize.

  136. Just went to listen to the Cry Me A River song by Susan Boyle and I think the same people who spewed such bile during the primaries on various websites have found a new outlet. Vile. Those boys sure do hate women with cats.

  137. Selibius is like the other candidates chosen by the elites. She is a robot who will do their bidding–not ours. They are determined to wrest that control from us and give it to bureaucrats at the world level. That is what the real fight here is about.

    WOW I could’nt have said this any better, you are dead on.

  138. SOME SERIOUS SHIT IS ABOUT TO COME OUR WAY….WAKE UP AMERICA!!

    These articles are too long all together for me to post them all here
    so i will give you 3 links….. follow up and read them…..i will be interested in hearing any ones thoughts on these.

    Alan Keyes: Government Will Stage Terror, Declare Martial Law
    infowars.com/alan-keys-government-will-stage-terror-declare-martial-law/

    NLE 09: FEMA Takes Preparations for Martial Law to the Next Level
    National Level Exercise 2009 (NLE 09) is scheduled for July 27 through July 31, 2009. NLE 09 will be the first major exercise conducted by the United States government that will focus exclusively on terrorism prevention and protection, as opposed to incident response and recovery.

    NLE 09 is designated as a Tier I National Level Exercise. Tier I exercises (formerly known as the Top Officials exercise series or TOPOFF) are conducted annually in accordance with the National Exercise Program (NEP), which serves as the nation’s overarching exercise program for planning, organizing, conducting and evaluating national level exercises. The NEP was established to provide the U.S. government, at all levels, exercise opportunities to prepare for catastrophic crises ranging from terrorism to natural disasters.

    NLE 09 is a White House directed, Congressionally- mandated exercise that includes the participation of all appropriate federal department and agency senior officials, their deputies, staff and key operational elements. In addition, broad regional participation of state, tribal, local, and private sector is anticipated. This year the United States welcomes the participation of Australia, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom in NLE 09.

    EXERCISE FOCUS …

    infowars.com/nle-09-fema-takes-preparations-for-martial-law-to-the-next-level/

    here is fema’s website and the
    fema.gov/media/fact_sheets/nle09.shtm

  139. Alan Keyes: Government Will Stage Terror, Declare Martial Law
    infowars.com/alan-keys-government-will-stage-terror-declare-martial-law/

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    Sounds kind of recycled.

  140. I had one of my Supervisors stop by office, and she started to tell me you were right and I was wrong. I asked her what are you talking about and she said Obama I can belive I belived everything he said. She asked me how I knew he was just saying what she wanted to hear. I looked her and said I have’nt got where I am today without seeing my fair share slick bullshit like him, the problem is at first lots of people buy into the bullshit here, and once they realize it then I get to fire them. It does me no good to try and tell them upfront its just another empty suit, they have already made up there mind he’s here to save us, and than they screw everthing up. If I say anything I am told your just not playing nice give him a chance. I never say in the end I told you so, I just say I’m glad you woke up. I told her I’m glad you woke up and your not alone. She asked me can you fire him and I told her I wish.

  141. One of the things we used to ask eachother when we were sitting around a bar table in some town was if you were in real trouble say an indictment, a massive civil complaint or something else that could potentially wreck your life and you needed someone whose judgment loyalty and intellect you can trust implicitly do you have a list of 5 people you could go to. Most of us could only come up with 3. The list changes as you move through life and those people die quit or retire.

    I spoke to one of those people today, and he gave me a report on another member of that short list. Senior partner in a big dc firm with top worldwide business clients, travels in the business circles more so than politics. His crystal ball is better than most. He was saying recently that he sees the center of the Western financial world moving from New York to London in the next several years. Furthermore, he sees this as a positive development, because it will spur a rebirth of lean and clean manufacturing which has been on the decline for years.

    He is optistic as am I that this will cause a rebirth of the union movement. My other friend says David Bonyer from Michigan is working hard on this issue and Arlen Spectre is drafting some language on the freedom of choice act because Philadelphia Unions are an important part of his constituency. On the other side of the fence you have Senator DeMint from South Carolina leading the fight against it. That will be a real test for Mr. Obama–he will need five teles for that one.

    I told my friend that is all very encouraging but in places like Detroit we still have the problem that it costs us $100 to build a car which we can only sell for $80. He told me that “Barack” is talking about the thing that you have always preached–fair trade, as opposed to free trade. I told him that Barack has a solution for everything only he never gets anything constructive implemented, whereas if Hillary were president then that which ought to be done would be done–quickly,

  142. # turndownobama-com Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Alan Keyes: Government Will Stage Terror, Declare Martial Law
    infowars.com/alan-keys-government-will-stage-terror-declare-martial-law/

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    Sounds kind of recycled.
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    can you explain what you mean by “recycled” what about it is recycled?? alan keyes or infowars?
    how is this fema NLE 09 recycled??

    I only posted those articles as a support to this.. fema.gov/media/fact_sheets/nle09.shtm

    did you read it??

    i am going to sign off for the night now, but if not in the morning i will be back here in the evening and will look for your response 😀

  143. I had one of my Supervisors stop by office, and she started to tell me you were right and I was wrong. I asked her what are you talking about and she said Obama I can belive I belived everything he said. She asked me how I knew he was just saying what she wanted to hear. I looked her and said I have’nt got where I am today without seeing my fair share slick bullshit like him, the problem is at first lots of people buy into the bullshit here, and once they realize it then I get to fire them
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    Lisaque: you had it right because you understood it was a hiring decision for the most important job in the world. Others looked on it as a matter of generational solidarity, vindication of an ancient wrong, a game of American idol. If you want to really drive home the point you can tell her that it was fundamentally a clash between two great social movements–the drive for racial equality vs the drive for gender equality and the great wrong is the elites favored an underqualified black man over a highly qualified white woman and put their own narrow interests over those of the country. What we learned in the end is what black women have said which is there is far more gender bias than racial bias in this country. And it isnt just the flaming assholes like Matthews and Olberman, it is the snide backstabbing enablers like Andrea Mitchell, Campbell Brown, RachelMadCowDisease, Beth Phoney, Ann Kornbluff, and others. That is the tragedy of it beyond the fact that we hired the wrong applicant.

  144. Yes, Hugo scored a huge public relations coup thanks to Barack’s naivetee. Like Sowell says for ever rookie you have on your team, you will lose one game. But when the quarterback is a rookie its worse.

    But on the lighter side of things, it appears that Hugo and Barack took quite a shine to eachother. Hugo looked into Baracks eyes and told him–hey just between us gangstas if you want to be are real man of the people then you need to ditch that $5000 Saville Row monkey suit and put on one of these $7.99 Banana Republican Safari Shirt with matching puka shell necklace. It is a magnet for chicks.

    Barack looked back into Hugos eyes as they grew misty. Barack toughed Hugo once on the shoulder and then on the back. He said uh uh uh ok but I want you to autograph it right below the embroidered words Yankee go Homeboy. And just between us gangstas I aint no Yankee. I was borne in Kenya.

  145. Obama to host Palestinian president in May

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AFP) — President Barack Obama will host Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in May, an official said Wednesday, as the new US administration bids to advance the stuttering Middle East peace process.

    Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said the meeting was scheduled in Washington on May 28, 10 days after Obama is due to host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has so far refused to endorse the creation of an independent Palestinian state. “This is an extremely important meeting,” Erakat told AFP. “President Abbas will ask President Obama to work toward the vision of two states and to introduce mechanisms toward that end, which will in effect mean the immediate stop to settlement activity in all Palestinian territories.”

    Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory — supported by Netanyahu’s largely right-wing government — are one of the main stumbling blocks in the troubled peace process.

    Labelling Abbas’s scheduled trip “a turning point for the Middle East peace process,” his spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said Washington’s efforts should be “accompanied by pressure on the Israel government to clearly state its position.” Netanyahu’s government, which officially assumed office on April 1, has yet to formulate its policy on the stalled peace process, but the hawkish premier refusal to publicly endorse the two-state principle may put ties with the United States under heavy strain.

    The Palestinians are demanding that Netanyahu back the two-state solution — to which Israel committed itself under the roadmap peace plan launched by the international community in 2003 — before the two sides resume their talks.

    The announcement of Abbas’s trip came a day after Washington announced that Obama had invited Abbas, Netanyahu and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to visit the White House to try to advance peace efforts.
    Obama has “invited other key partners in the effort to achieve a comprehensive peace in the Middle East to the White House in the coming weeks,” State Department spokesman Robert Gibbs said on Tuesday after Obama met Jordanian King Abdullah II. “With each of them the president will discuss ways the United States can strengthen and deepen our partnerships with them, as well as the steps all parties must take to help achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and between Israel and the Arab states,” Gibbs added.

    Netanyahu is due to travel to Washington sometime around May 18, with no exact date set for the visit so far. Obama has vowed to vigorously pursue stalled efforts to solve the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to signal a new US policy in the region in a break with his predecessor George W. Bush.
    After his inauguration on January 20, Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named George Mitchell as the special envoy for Arab-Israeli peace, a move analysts said signals constant and focused high-level involvement.

    Israel and the Palestinians relaunched their negotiations at a US-backed conference in Annapolis, Maryland in November 2007 but the talks have made little progress since.
    Netanyahu’s firebrand Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman stirred a storm of controversy when he took office on April 1 by saying that the new cabinet was not bound by the agreement at Annapolis to relaunch the negotiations. He said the Israeli government was only bound by the 2003 roadmap which calls for the two sides to take a series of steps before launching into negotiations on a permanent settlement.

    google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jcRF_NBbKtIuNvLJPzMDoZ1afagQ

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    So far it seems to me that bambi wants Israel to give up everything and nobody else. I’d rather see this fail than have him push his sinister agenda.

  146. Wednesday, April 22, 2009

    China’s Stealth Abandonment of the Dollar Has Begun (Part Two)
    by Justice Litle, Editorial Director, Taipan Publishing Group

    In part one of this two-part series we talked about China’s not-so-little “problem”: a paper mountain of U.S. dollar reserves in excess of $1.3 trillion (out of some $1.9 trillion total). We also laid out China’s two-part goal of 1) getting shed of U.S. dollar exposure and 2) hastening the end of the greenback’s reign.

    It should be emphasized, again, that China is thinking longer term here. In the West we are more used to short-term thinking on the part of our leaders. This is, in part, due to a flaw in the system of representative democracy. Politicians are always thinking of the next election – never more than a few years away – and hardly if ever beyond that. This leads to a constant stream of easy promises, a tendency to put off hard choices, and an almost stubborn refusal to think clearly and soberly about the future.

    From the “long game” perspective, the near-term ups and downs of the dollar don’t matter as much. To get a sense of China’s perspective, it might make sense to look at charts of the US Dollar Index from a weekly or monthly perspective, rather than a daily one.

    But with that said, the game is definitely afoot. Here are the three “peripheral actions” (see part one) China is taking to bring about the dollar’s demise, each bigger than the last.

    Peripheral Action #1: Speaking to Those With Ears to Hear

    China’s recent rhetoric on the dollar has been a curious mix of strength and weakness, boldness and timidity.

    On the one hand, a key Chinese official, central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan, stated flat out in recent weeks that the dollar should be replaced as the world’s reserve currency. On the other hand, when pressed on the matter, China waved off concerns of fiat currency regime change, calling the statement simply a matter of “academic opinion” put forth in essay form for discussion.

    Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has also appeared alternately hard and soft. “We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S.,” Mr. Wen said in March. “Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.”

    There are mixed signals here. At times China has seemed to hold the whip hand, and at other times China has played the role of anxious creditor subject to the whims of its massive debtor client.

    I suspect the mix of tones is deliberate. By sounding sometimes strong and sometimes weak, China is presenting a sort of Rorschach ink blot – a muddled message that biased listeners can resolve to their liking. Those who want to believe China is strong on the dollar question have evidence to support that idea. So, too, do those who believe the opposite.

    Meanwhile, the very fact that a conversation is being held is a subtle victory. One might say a whisper campaign against the dollar has begun, and China (with a touch of help from Russia) has begun probing for ways to keep the conversation going… and perhaps even gradually turn up the volume.

    This is how a delicate campaign begins, especially when the ultimate idea (replacing the dollar as world reserve currency) is so bold. You test the waters at first… get people thinking… use subtle channels to get your message to those with ears to hear, being careful not to pressure those for whom it’s still too early to hear.

    As the stakes get higher, this low-level background chatter should increase. By the time there is widespread and serious talk of “what to do about the dollar,” if China’s mission is accomplished, it will feel like the subject is not new or taboo, but had already been on the table for quite some time. And those who heard China’s message early on will be prepared.

    Peripheral Action #2: Quietly Circulating the Yuan

    China’s second course of action is more substantial. But because the details are a little too complex for the average layman to grasp, the media has all but ignored the implications.

    Here is the gist from Bloomberg, as reported some three weeks ago:

    China’s leaders… are making it easier for trading partners and consumers to do business in yuan.

    The People’s Bank of China has agreed to provide 650 billion yuan ($95 billion) to Argentina, Belarus, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and South Korea through so-called currency swaps. More such arrangements are being planned so importers can avoid paying for Chinese goods with dollars, the central bank said. In Hong Kong, which has pegged the currency to its U.S. counterpart since 1983, stores from Park’n Shop supermarkets to jewelers accept yuan.

    The Chinese yuan is not yet what’s known as a “convertible” currency. In other words, the yuan is not yet freely tradable on the open market. Currency traders can’t buy or sell yuan in the same manner as dollars, Swiss francs or euros.

    Over time, this status will change. Beijing has long placed trading restrictions on the yuan as a measure of protection for the home market. But now, through various “currency swap” agreements, China is looking to end the role of the U.S. dollar as transactionary middleman in various trading partner transactions.

    Part of the role of a world reserve currency is to grease the wheels of commerce by acting as an acceptable medium between two countries. If Argentina wanted to trade with Israel, for example, there might be a currency problem – while Argentina has little need for Israeli shekels, Israel probably has even less need for Argentine pesos. Enter the dollar. If both countries agree to do their trading in U.S. dollars, the problem is solved. This is so because, in theory at least, the world’s reserve currency is universally useful and desirable.

    With these new currency swaps, China is in effect saying to its major trading partners, “You know what? How about we dispense with this intermediary dollar stuff? We’ll agree in advance to do a swap – providing you a line of credit of sorts – so that you can pay for your Chinese imports in Chinese yuan. And in turn, when China imports your products – beef, grain, natural resources or what have you – we’ll pay you in your local currency too. No greenbacks necessary.”

    This “stealth action” has quite a long ways to go. The amounts involved are still very small in the context of global trade, and there are a lot of kinks to be worked out.

    But in a way that’s the point. Challenging the world’s reserve currency -truly challenging it in the logistical sense, not just with rhetoric – is not something you just pull off in a fortnight. This is how “change at the periphery” works… small, seemingly innocuous, below-the-radar type developments that gather momentum and force over time.

    Peripheral Action #3: Embracing the Industrial Inflation Hedge

    A week or so ago I wrote the following in these pages:

    A very important question is whether the rally in copper is real. Because “Dr. Copper” is known as the metal with a PhD in economics, a lot of people look to copper as a global barometer of economic activity. I am coming around to the view that Dr. Copper’s message may well indeed be for real… but that the good doctor is more likely predicting the imminent return of inflation as opposed to renewed economic prosperity.

    In hindsight, I think that assessment has turned out to be more or less correct – but with a twist. As Ambrose Pritchard with the UK Telegraph reported last week, China has been buying copper like crazy:

    Hard money enthusiasts have long watched for signs that China is switching its foreign reserves from US Treasury bonds into gold bullion. They may have been eyeing the wrong metal.

    China’s State Reserves Bureau (SRB) has instead been buying copper and other industrial metals over recent months on a scale that appears to go beyond the usual rebuilding of stocks for commercial reasons.

    Nobu Su, head of Taiwan’s TMT group, which ships commodities to China, said Beijing is trying to extricate itself from dollar dependency as fast as it can.

    “China has woken up. The West is a black hole with all this money being printed. The Chinese are buying raw materials because it is a much better way to use their $1.9 trillion of reserves. They get ten times the impact, and can cover their infrastructure for 50 years.”

    “The next industrial revolution is going to be led by hybrid cars, and that needs copper. You can see the subtle way that China is moving into 30 or 40 countries with resources,” he said.

    “I wish I could just get back to where I was!”

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    This is big news. The hybrid car element is further intriguing given Warren Buffett’s 10% investment in Chinese hybrid car maker BYD, and the fact that China’s auto sales recently surpassed U.S. auto sales for the third month in a row.

    But the bigger picture aspect of China as major league buyer, storer and horder of base metals is this. When paper can’t be trusted and precious metals markets are too small, raw materials are the way to go. This “industrial inflation hedge” concept could catch on like wildfire in the coming years.

    It just makes sense. Gold and silver will do very well in an environment of global currency debasement and serious inflation problems – exactly the type of world we’re headed for. But the trouble with precious metals for countries like China has always been their relative lack of size. China alone could drive the price of gold up to many thousands of dollars per ounce, simply by attempting to ratchet up its percentage of gold holdings from one percent of reserves to some large multiple of that.

    Raw materials, on the other hand, are far more abundant, and ultimately more pragmatically useful too, in terms of being plugged in to the demand equation. Hard assets like copper and nickel and zinc are immune to the whims of the printing press, and China will need all those metals and more, in substantial quantities, to build out the vision of economic prosperity it holds for the coming years. And what better time to stock up than in the quiet period before a stimulus- and debt-fueled inflation tsunami returns?

    There is still more to the story… which is wholly to be expected, as it is a very BIG story… but that’s enough for now. In the short run, just remain aware that investing and trading are two different things, and thus the time to begin accumulating hard assets from a long-term investment point of view is not necessarily the time to trade them. There could be periods in the near future where the dollar looks quite strong and hard assets again look weak – but remember, this is the short game, not the long game.

    In many ways I expect the second half of 2009 to prove tricky and challenging for buyers of hard assets. But the dynamics of the long game seem clearer by the day, and China’s embrace of the industrial inflation hedge concept (along with other peripheral measures to get shed of the dollar) will play a large role. We will be trading and investing accordingly.

    Warm Regards,

  147. The top guy from Freddy Mac has supposedly killed himself. Lots of folks doing themselves and their families in. Its a shame. Especially since most of this is just BS to elect and defend the fraud’s presidency!!
    Most of it is manufactured!

  148. I would sure be helpful to the American People if we could get a clear snapshot of what our budget and national debt look like. Specifically:

    1. Budget

    a. total amount (broken down by department, program)

    b. revenue source (tax revenues vs. borrowing)

    c. taxpayer burden (individual vs corporation vs small business)

    d money supply (printing of new money vs. inflationary impact)

    e gross national produce (by country with 3 year projecton)

    f currency exchange rate (import export effect)

    g economy diagnosis (financial vs manufacturing)

    h economic behavior (consumption vs savings rates)

    2. National Debt

    a. total amount ( principal + interest)

    b. breakdown by creditor

    c. repayment schedule

    d. cost per taxpayer

    e risk of default

  149. Clinton sets conditions on Palestinian government with Hamas

    Wed Apr 22, 2009

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday the United States would not deal with or fund a Palestinian government that included Hamas unless it met three international conditions.

    “We will not deal with nor in any way fund a Palestinian government that includes Hamas unless and until Hamas has renounced violence, recognized Israel and agrees to follow the previous obligations of the Palestinian Authority,” Clinton told the House of Representatives foreign affairs committee.

    reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE53L3NU20090422

  150. Clinton Threatens ‘Crippling’ Iran Sanctions if Talks Rebuffed

    By Viola Gienger

    April 22 (Bloomberg) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. effort to reach out to Iran will be coupled with the threat of “crippling” sanctions should the regime in Tehran rebuff the diplomatic effort to curb its nuclear program.

    Clinton, in testimony to a House committee today, described a two-track strategy to reach out to Iran while gathering support from allies for sanctions.

    “It is our commitment that we will pursue that if we are either unsuccessful or stonewalled” in the diplomatic strategy, Clinton told the House Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington.

    bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aDRrjrOdyA08&refer=home

  151. dija,

    I was just popping off. Wasn’t the same thing said about Bush? He was supposed to stage some sort of excuse for martial law to prevent the Nov 2008 election (and maybe the Nov 2004, too).

  152. GOP To Question Clinton About President’s Greeting For Venezuelan Strongman Hugo Chavez

    April 22, 2009

    Washington, D.C. (AHN) – Republicans are planning to question Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday about President Barack Obama’s controversial greeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez during last week’s Summit of the Americas. Clinton is testifying for the first time as a Cabinet member before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

    Obama is under fire for having shook hands and posed for photographs with Chavez during the summit. The Venezuelan president, a strident critic of U.S. foreign policy, also gave Obama Eduardo Galeano’s “Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent.” The American leader’s interaction with Chavez had been the focus of observers even before the regional conference since he has repeatedly said he would reach out to hostile nations as part of his administration’s new approach to foreign policy.

    Obama has recently eased rules against traveling in Cuba and last month reached out to Iran in a video message marking the Iranian new year. “The United States wants the Islamic Republic of Iran to take its rightful place in the community of nations. You have that right — but it comes with real responsibilities, and that place cannot be reached through terror or arms, but rather through peaceful actions,” he had said.

    The GOP had blasted Obama for the exchange with Chavez. Sen. John Ensign (R-NV), former chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, had said on CNN the President’s interaction was “irresponsible.” “You have to be careful who you’re seeing joking around with,” he added. House Republican Conference chairman Mike Pence (R-IN) told the Hill on Tuesday that the exchange was “an enormous propaganda victory for the socialist dictator,” and tha they would “confront” Clinton about the exchange during the committee hearing on the Obama administration’s foreign policy priorities.

    Obama had defended the exchange during a press conference at the summit in Trinidad and Tobago, saying a “polite conversation” with Chavez is unlikely to “endanger the strategic interests of the United States.” “I think it was a nice gesture to give me a book; I’m a reader… we had this debate throughout the campaign, and the whole notion was, is that somehow if we showed courtesy or opened up dialogue with governments that had previously been hostile to us, that that somehow would be a sign of weakness,” he said. “I have great differences with Hugo Chavez on matters of economic policy and matters of foreign policy. His rhetoric directed at the United States has been inflammatory. There have been instances in which we’ve seen Venezuela interfere with some of the — some of the countries that surround Venezuela in ways that I think are a source of concern,” he added.

    White House spokesman Robert Gibbs also said in a briefing on Monday, “The President ran on a policy of changing the way we conduct our foreign policy… Look at what we got just simply out of this weekend. Two years ago, Hugo Chavez kicked our ambassador out of Caracas…Now, in engaging in the world, the Venezuelans have put names forward to put an ambassador back in place here.”

    Chavez is quoted by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty as telling reporters after his exchange with Obama, “I appreciate his gesture of drawing close directly to shake my hand. I could not reject such a sensitive gesture, and I took advantage and said to him the same thing I said to Bush eight years ago, shaking his hand at the Summit of the Americas in Canada: ‘I want to be your friend.'”

    allheadlinenews.com/articles/7014884795

  153. Wednesday, April 22, 2009

    Fireworks on House Foreign Relations Hearing with Hillary [David Freddoso]

    With an unusually dramatic display of placards bearing the photographs of Cuban political prisoners, Rep. Chris Smith (R, N.J.) began his questioning in today’s hearing by urging Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to demand their unconditional release. This was the calm, bipartisan moment before the fireworks.

    Smith then questioned her rather vigorously over her reception of a Planned Parenthood award named for that organization’s founder, Margaret Sanger, complete with several quotes from Sanger’s writings on the need to rid the human stock of “undesirables” and “delinquents.”

    corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=NzUzMWQxOTRmNDljOWJiNmE2ZTA0MzA5ZTM2NDJlM2I=

  154. 31 min 27 sec ago

    Clinton: Core goal is to ‘dismantle,’ ‘defeat’ al-Qaida

    (NECN: Washington) – “In Afghanistan and Pakistan, the president has outlined a strategy centered on a core goal: to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaida, and to prevent their safe return to havens in Afghanistan or Pakistan,” said Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in testimony this morning before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

    “In Iraq, we’re working toward the responsible re-deployment of our troops and the transition to a partnership based on diplomatic and economic cooperation,” said Clinton.

    “We’re maintaining our bedrock, core commitment to Israel’s security,” said Clinton.

    Clinton also noted that stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons is “imperative” for the United States.

    “We are deploying new approaches to the threat posed by Iran and we’re doing so with our eyes wide open and with no illusions,” she said. “We know the imperative of preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons,” she added. “After years during which the United States basically sat on the sidelines, we are now a full partner” in international talks on Iran.

    necn.com/Boston/NECN-Extra/2009/04/22/Clinton-Core-goal-is-to/1240410017.html

  155. ‘Republicans are planning to question Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday about President Barack Obama’s controversial greeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez during last week’s Summit of the Americas.’

    #$#!@
    This is precisely why I didn’t want her as SOS. Now she’s gotta justify this obscenity among dozens of others sure to pop up?????

    I still say she never shoulda taken the job. 🙁

  156. basil,

    Hillary is there to clean up his messes, take the heat, and show just how much stronger she is than the bimbo.

    Speculatively, if she does decide to run again, this could work both for or against her.

  157. WTH does Hillary accepting an award from Planned Parenthood have to do with this country’s foreign policy? Just another example of stupid congressional grandstanding.

  158. Clinton To Campaign With McAuliffe: He’s coming…

    After considerable speculation about what role former president Bill Clinton would play in campaigning for his best friend, Terry McAuliffe, the answer should become considerably more clear Monday. Clinton will campaign with the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Richmond and Roanoke.

    For years, Clinton has made a powerful case for Democratic candidates around the country. But this time it’s personal. The two were thick as thieves during Clinton’s two presidential bids, and McAuliffe was chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign last year. Clinton made a surprise appearance at a New York City fundraiser for McAuliffe, and served as the keynote speaker at the Jefferson Jackson dinner. But this will be his first trip to Virginia specifically to campaign for McAuliffe.

    “We’re thrilled to have President Clinton join Terry on the campaign trail,” McAuliffe campaign manager Mike Henry said. “As a former governor and close friend of Terry’s, he’ll talk with Virginians about why Terry is best suited to turn Virginia’s economy around. And as America’s last great job-creating president, he’ll help make the case as to why Terry will be Virginia’s next great job-creating governor.”

    So how will the former president play with a Virginia audience?

    Democratic strategists say Clinton could be a strong tool in helping McAuliffe win over the same working-class white votes that proved to be a major engine for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The former president was also once a powerful motivator in the black community, which is up for grabs in the governor’s race, though its unclear how the much-publicized friction with the Obama campaign during the 2008 presidential primaries has resonated.

    voices.washingtonpost.com/virginiapolitics/2009/04/clinton_to_campaign_with_mcaul.html

  159. confloyd Says:
    April 22nd, 2009 at 9:17 am

    The top guy from Freddy Mac has supposedly killed himself. Lots of folks doing themselves and their families in.

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

    For the financier to jump out a window is traditional, a US version of hari-kari for honor. But not the family too.

  160. GOP To Question Clinton About President’s Greeting For Venezuelan Strongman Hugo Chavez
    —————————
    The minute I saw the handshake I knew this would happen. It is a valid question, but the only one who can answer it is Mr. Obama himself.

    The question should be posed to him like this: What IF ANYTHING was on your mind when you sought out Hugo Chavez, twice copped a feel and posed for the camera?

    They could also ask him why he gave up US sovereignty to world bankers in the area of regulation without prior discussion with Congress and full consideration of the economic impact.

    They could ask him why must you go around the world blaming the United States for the crisis, calling us arrogant, etc?

    Unfortuately, Hillary will be forced to field those questions. In essence she must defend his mistakes. How can she do it?

    She can talk generally about the need for a new direction in foreign policy which involves greater consensus, sharing of the economic burdens and the need to engage all players. She could say we to curtail the drug problem and they can play a role. She can point out that she is talking to all players not just Castro and Chavez. She can say a policy of isolation has not worked.

    But at the viceral level it will not play well with a major part of her base–Reagan Democrats. It is fundamentally inconsistent with their values. Also, it is inconsistent with what she said in the primary–about not meeting with foreign dictators without preconditions.

    It does not help the Republicans however. She will give articulate answers to their questions and rebut their main points. Sometimes it is better to not confront an adverse witness on cross examination but save it for closing statement. She can turn this into a political debate over the failures of the Bush foreign policy and score points there, but not with the audience that counts for her in 2012.

    There are others of course who believe we should talk to every leader whether he is duly elected or seized power through unlawful or immoral means. We should try to enagage them in common problems and solutions. Obamas little seance with Hugo and Castro will be no problem to them. But these people are typically slow to pick up on the way those entres are used for propaganda purposes, and the way it legitimizes corrupt regimes.

  161. Democratic strategists say Clinton could be a strong tool in helping McAuliffe win over the same working-class white votes that proved to be a major engine for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The former president was also once a powerful motivator in the black community, which is up for grabs in the governor’s race, though its unclear how the much-publicized friction with the Obama campaign during the 2008 presidential primaries has resonated.
    ——————————–
    I would be surprised if Terry could count on overwhelming black support. I hope I am wrong but I think the black white battle lines have been drawn in the democratic party. Whatever Mr. Obama says they do as a group. Individuals may act differently.

  162. LOL, Check out this from The Onion (satire):

    CHAPPAQUA, NY—Unveiling a bold scent described by its manufacturer as “steely, bracing, and curt, with notes of patent leather, sandalwood, and wool serge,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched her own line of soaps, eaux de toilette, and body splashes Thursday. The new fragrance, called “Authorité,” was designed to evoke the olfactory equivalent of sensible shoes clicking purposefully down a marble-tiled hallway. “Our distinguished parfumeurs—and, more importantly, Madame Secretary—have created exactly the right tone, a scent that brooks no argument,” spokesperson Etienne Falbaum said. “This is a controlled, competent, and, above all, patient essence that makes men sit up, take notice, and not speak until spoken to.” Advertising inserts scented with Authorité will be featured in upcoming editions of Elle, The Economist, and The New York Review of Books.

  163. basil9 Says:
    April 22nd, 2009 at 11:07 am

    ‘Republicans are planning to question Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday about President Barack Obama’s controversial greeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez during last week’s Summit of the Americas.’

    #$#!@
    This is precisely why I didn’t want her as SOS. Now she’s gotta justify this obscenity among dozens of others sure to pop up?????

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

    Hillary is great at deflecting attacks even without warning. Remember her great reply when asked at a debate: “What is the worst thing that ever happened to you?”

    She said: “I think everyone already knows the worst thing that happened to me. But as John McCain and I learned while visiting a military hospital, nothing has ever happened to any of us in this room compared to what has happened to those people. etc etc” [ not her exact words ]

  164. and bambi’s men’s cologne will be called “Reek”, a new “manly fragrance” with a bold scent described as “boy who cried wolf, racist to the extreme.” An egotistically challenged cologne that will bite you in the ass at least three times a day and cause everyone to run for cover when they see you coming!

  165. McAuliffe is going to have a very tough time in Va. The race baiting that BO and his conspirators did has forever divided the Clintons and the African American community. They voted purely along racial lines (see pride) and their leaders in Congress turned their backs on the Clintons, and now seek to reach out to every thug, dictator and/or Jew bashing group all over the world (see Durban 2).
    I never considered myself prejudice, per se, before this election, but my feelings towards some AA’s, and in their particular, their so-called leaders has changed immeasurably.

  166. This is an interesting one. The question is not only how far would Mr. Obama go to protect American lives, but how far would the New York Times go. The question for them should be: would you have engaged in waterboarding (simulated drowning) to acquire the kind of information that would have prevented the 4000 (approx.) American deaths that occurred on 9/11–and now we learn of the waterboarding which did in fact acquire information which prevented a similar attack on Los Angeles. Ooops I keep forgetting. Those elitists don’t care about us. What they care about is that their limosene gets there on time and the matre d remembers their name.
    ———————————————————-
    MR. OBAMA-HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO SAVE AN AMERICAN LIFE?

    Posted by Bobby Eberle
    April 22, 2009 at 8:00 am
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    In case you hadn’t heard, America is no longer fighting a “war on terror.” That’s right… Obama and company have decided to drop the phrase along with the term “terrorist.” Apparently, it’s fine to use the word “pirate,” but we can no longer send the “wrong” message by referring to terrorists as “terrorists.”

    Do Obama and his left-wing cohorts remember what happened on September 11, 2001? I certainly do. Given the fact that Obama felt it necessary to release previously classified memos regarding American interrogation techniques, it seems to me that he is more concerned with the rights of terrorists than the lives of the American people. Yes, that sounds like a harsh statement, but read on, and let’s put the facts together. It all comes down to this fundamental question that any American could ponder, “How far would you go to save an American life?”

    First a bit of a timeline to bring everyone up to speed. Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the CIA and Bush administration performed a review of interrogation techniques: what was allowed, what was not allowed, etc. Over the course of this review it was determined that additional “enhanced interrogation techniques” could be used on terror suspects under very specific conditions. These enhanced techniques included the use of water boarding (simulated drowning).

    CNSNews.com has provided a concise review of one of the interrogation memos dated May 30, 2005.

    Following the capture of Khalid Sheik Mohammed (KSM), the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, the CIA was following leads regarding another proposed terror attack on the West coast of the United States. This attack, known as the “Second Wave,” planned to “use East Asian operatives to crash a hijacked airliner into a building in Los Angeles.” KSM and two other top al Qaeda leaders were questioned regarding the Second Wave. KSM’s response was, “Soon, you will know.”

    Here comes the big question… What would you do now? There is intelligence that a terror attack is being planned for Los Angeles. How many hundreds or thousands of Americans could die in this attack? Sitting in front of you are three top-level terrorists whom you believe have vital information on the plans. Traditional interrogation techniques have not worked. What would you do?

    The CIA went to the next step and waterboarded KSM and the two others. These were the only three terrorists ever subjected to waterboarding. The memo describes that waterboarding may be used under very strict limitations:

    “It may be used on a High Value Detainee only if the CIA has ‘credible intelligence that a terrorist attack is imminent’; ‘substantial and credible indicators that the subject has actionable intelligence that can prevent, disrupt or delay this attack’; and ‘[o]ther interrogation methods have failed to elicit the information [or] CIA has clear indications that other … methods are unlikely to elicit this information within the perceived time limit for preventing the attack.'”

    The memo notes that “the interrogation of KSM — once enhanced techniques were employed — led to the discovery of a KSM plot, the ‘Second Wave,’ ‘to use East Asian operatives to crash a hijacked airliner into’ a building in Los Angeles.”

    There are many moral questions that arise if you really study what went on and what the results were. I remember writing a column back in 2005 about Abu Ghraib and the feedback I received. In that incident, some prisoners were paraded around and humiliated. I received a number of e-mails suggesting that as Christians, we should never resort to “torture.” Does that depend on what you define as torture?

    In trying to sift through some of the moral questions that arise from America’s war on terror (oops, I said it again), I turned to my friend Deal Hudson, who is the Director of InsideCatholic.com. In addressing “torture,” Hudson put it in the context of the “just war” philosophy.

    Hudson: As with just war theory, there must be a clear threat; there must be reasonable chance for success; there must be a reasonable use of force (in the case [of torture] death or impairment should never be the result), and the consequences should not cause greater harm.

    Hudson further explained to me that “the precise issue is whether or not the state can inflict suffering in order to protect the common good. If we say ‘yes,’ the circumstances have to be tightly prescribed.”

    So, did the U.S. follow “just war” thinking? Did the U.S. do what it needed to do from a moral perspective? The New York Times apparently does not think so. In a story appearing today, the NY Times describes the enhanced interrogation techniques as “brutal methods” and procedures of “gruesome origins.” Barack Obama appears to side with the New York Times, as he is now leaving the door open to prosecuting some Bush administration officials for “torture” violations.

    Back to the primary question to Obama and anyone who cares to ponder it. How far would you go to save an American life? Apparently, had Obama been president a few years ago, and given that the CIA had information about a proposed attack on Los Angeles, he would not have given the order to use waterboarding to get the information. Would you? Considering that the plot was thwarted, and hundreds or thousands of lives were saved, was waterboarding three terrorists worth the price? Obama says no. What do you say?

  167. gonzotx Says:

    April 21st, 2009 at 8:06 pm
    Washington Times

    EXCLUSIVE: Senator’s husband’s firm cashes in on crisis
    Feinstein sought $25 billion for agency that awarded contract to spouse
    By Chuck Neubauer Tuesday, April 21, 2009

    On the day the new Congress convened this year, Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to route $25 billion in taxpayer money to a government agency that had just awarded her husband’s real estate firm a lucrative contract to sell foreclosed properties at compensation rates higher than the industry norms.
    &&&&&&&&&&

    Is there not one uncorrupt politician in DC?

  168. “it seems to me that he is more concerned with the rights of terrorists than the lives of the American people.”

    ——————————

    Exactly!

  169. People who posit that “torture can save lives” may have a valid point…but I see a few reasons to undermine the value of that:

    1. Overall, it is more likely that the net benefit vs. negative of torture is on the more negative side. That’s not to say that for some particular instance, it might save a life here or there. But the key words in my previous sentence are “overall”, and “net benefit”. In the long run, I feel this is not a good way to save lives. You might be able to “save a life” by other drastic actions, but a) is it right, b) is it effective?

    2. It’s not right. Torture undermines our standing in the world.

    3. How can we ask other countries to not torture our citizens, if we do it to whomever we feel is a “bad guy”?

    4. The information is suspect. “Is it safe? Is it safe”. The person being tortured will confess or say whatever the torturer wants to hear. Even without torture, people confess to crimes after being subjected to aggressive interrogation techniques.

    I don’t care who is president, the US should not act like some backwater third world dictatorship. And people in previous administrations who ordered the use of illegal interrogations methods, and the people who “simply followed orders”, need to be investigated and brought to justice.

    Obama’s argument, “Hey it’s in the past, let’s move forward”, is gutless.

    “Hey, why don’t you government people get off my back about taxes owed two years ago. It’s in the past dude, get over it”.

  170. I just wonder why bambi thinks he has to give out all this classified information when other countries are not. I can’t help thinking that he did this to undermine the Republicans.

  171. Hillary is there to clean up his messes, take the heat, and show just how much stronger she is than the bimbo.

    Speculatively, if she does decide to run again, this could work both for or against her
    —————————————–

    There is a great line from the movie Rommel with James Mason. He is speaking with his commanding officer probably Von Rumstead. The conversation concerns the delusional and self destructive ways of Hitler whom they refer to as the Bohemian Corporal which is what he was in World War I. From memory: ” After you have interceded time after time in the affairs of your leader to prevent him from destroying himself and the country time, there comes a point where you are inclined to just sit back and regard the entire affair with a certain degree of detachment”. In other words, it does no good because the leader learns nothing and will turn around and do the same thing the next time around. Clearly, that is no excuse for silence but merely an acknowledgment that you cannot reform a sociopath and any attempt to do so is a lifetime exercise in futility.

  172. wbboei,

    and yet even after having come to that conclusion, they still fought, still murdered and all in the name of that German monster.

  173. Looks like Hillary’s conference with the Senate was another success…strong, competent, honest, and realistic.

  174. I had wondered what ChaCha Chavez reported back to his homeland. I knew it would be some form of the phrase, ‘he had SUCKER written all over his face. Ignoramus!!!!’
    The following article was found at cnsnewsdotcom. I have never accessed this site before, but this article caught my eye:

    Hugo Chavez Says Venezuelan Socialism Has Begun to Reach U.S. under Obama
    Tuesday, April 21, 2009
    By Edwin Mora

    (CNSNews.com) – Inspired by his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Americas Summit, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez declared on Sunday that Venezuelan socialism has begun to reach the United States under the Obama administration.

    “I am coming back from Trinidad and Tobago, from the Americas Summit where, without a doubt, the position that Venezuela and its government has always defended, especially starting 10 years ago, of resistance, dignity, sovereignty and independence has obtained in Port of Spain, one of the biggest victories of our history,” Chavez said.

    “It would seem that the changes that started in Venezuela in the last decade of the 20th century have begun to reach North America,” he added.

    Chavez made the comments Sunday to a crowd gathered for the 199th Commemoration of the Independence Declaration of Venezuela.

    “In one year we will be celebrating 200 years of ‘April 19,’ the day that … initiated this revolution that is underway 200 years later at the forefront of the people of our America, at the forefront of change, at the forefront of a new world, at the forefront of a new century that will construct Bolivarian socialism,” said Chavez.

    “Bolivarian socialism” is the term Chavez uses to refer to his 21st century Latin American form of socialism, which he claims originates from the revolution launched by Simon Bolivar, a Venezuelan and Latin American revolutionary leader of the 19th century.

    “We have assumed the commitment to direct the Bolivarian Revolution towards socialism and to contribute to the socialist path, with a new socialism; a socialism of the 21st century which is based in solidarity, in fraternity, in love, in justice, in liberty and in equality,” Chavez said in a speech in mid-2006, according to the Venezuelan government’s official Web site.

    Last Friday, during the Americas Summit, Obama greeted Chavez before the first plenary summit, the first time the two presidents had met.

    “I want to be your friend,” Chavez said to Obama as both of them shook hands. After the encounter, Chavez told reporters, “It was a good moment.”

    At the United Nations in September 2006, Chavez referred to then-President Bush as “the devil.”

    The Venezuelan president has also suggested that he would “use oil” to fight U.S. influence, which he often refers to as “the imperialist power.” Venezuela is one of the world’s major oil producers.

    Prior to the Americas Summit, Chavez had even attacked the Obama administration.

    In January, Chavez accused the not-yet-inaugurated president of “throwing the first stone,” after Obama called Chavez a “disruptive force in the region.”

    Chavez responded by calling Obama “ignorant” and inviting him to look over the realities of Latin America.

    At their meeting last week, Chavez gave Obama a copy of the book, “The Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of Pillage of a Continent,” written by Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano. The book is about alleged U.S. and European exploitation of the region.

    “I think it was a nice gesture to give me a book. I’m a reader,” Obama told reporters. Obama and Chavez spoke once again–in private–during the final day of the summit. Chavez told reporters that they talked about a new era in U.S.-Venezuela relations.

    “I told Obama that we have decided to appoint a new ambassador (to the U.S.),” said Chavez.

    President Obama, defending himself against criticism coming from those in the U.S. who disapprove of talks with Chavez, said, “Venezuela is a country whose defense budget is probably one six-hundredths of the United States. They own Citgo [oil refinery and retailer].

    “It’s unlikely that as a consequence of me shaking hands or having polite conversation with Mr. Chavez, we are endangering the strategic interest of the United States,” Obama told reporters.

    “You would be would be hard pressed to paint a scenario in which the U.S. interests would be damaged as a consequence of us having a more constructive relationship with Venezuela,” he added.

    Venezuelan opposition to the Chavez administration criticized President Obama on Sunday for warming up to Chavez before demonstrating concern about Venezuela’s democracy, apporrea.org, a Venezuelan news outlet reported.

    “The president’s (Chavez) authoritarianism, which grows by the day, has to be discussed,” Milos Alcalay, former Venezuelan ambassador to the U.N., who resigned in 2004 due to differences with Chavez, told aporrea.org.

    The U.S. needs to talk to “the opposition, church representatives and others, who are really concerned about the democracy in Venezuela,” added Alcalay.

    According to the U.S. State Department and other official government sources, the Venezuelan government has been guilty of numerous human rights violations under Chavez’s rule.

    “Politicization of the judiciary and official harassment of the political opposition and the media characterized the human rights situation during the year,” said the State Department’s Country Report on Human Rights in Venezuela for 2008 that was released last month.

    The report credits the Chavez regime with unlawful killings, arbitrary arrests and detention, discrimination based on political grounds, widespread corruption at all levels of government, official intimidation and attacks on the independent media.

    “According to HRW [Human Rights Watch], ‘Government officials have removed scores of detractors from the career civil service, purged dissidents employees from the national oil company, denied citizens access to social programs based on their political opinions, and denounced critics as subversives deserving of discriminatory treatment,” says the State Department report.

    A recent report by the Congressional Research Service also outlined human rights concerns in Chavez’s Venezuela.

    “Under the populist rule of President Hugo Chavez … Venezuela has undergone enormous political changes, with a new constitution and unicameral legislature, and a new name for the country, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela,” states a Feb. 5, 2009 CRS report.

    “U.S. officials and human rights organizations have expressed concerns about the deterioration of democratic institutions,” the report adds, “and threats to freedom of expression under President Chavez, who has survived several attempts to remove him from power.”

    Last February, Venuzuelan voters approved a constitutional amendment that eliminates presidential term limits, thus allowing Chavez to run the country for an unlimited succession of 6-year terms as long as he can win a majority of the vote in a Venezuelan election.

  175. Something weird just happened. As I refreshed there was a warning that popped up on my post above that said something like this: Warning: International web address accessed. What is up with that, Admin? It showed in a dialogue box much like when you mouse over a photo.

  176. NY TIMES BIZ SECTION: BANKS HOLD SWAY OVER DEMS

    nytimes.com/2009/04/22/business/22consumer.html

    Banks Sway Bills to Aid Consumers
    ========================

    By STEPHEN LABATON and ERIC DASH
    Published: April 21, 2009
    WASHINGTON — They may be held in low esteem around the nation, but the country’s largest banks still wield considerable influence in Washington.

    The banks have made it difficult for Congressional Democrats and the White House to give stretched homeowners a stronger hand in negotiating lower monthly payments on mortgages and to prevent credit card companies from imposing higher fees and interest rates.

    Having won some early skirmishes by teaming with Republican allies, the banks now appear to have the upper hand and may wind up killing — or at least substantially diluting — both pro-consumer measures.

    To turn the tide, Democrats are calling in their big gun — President Obama — to pressure the executives at the largest credit card lenders. In coming weeks, officials say, the administration intends to make a major push on consumer finance issues, possibly including tough new lending standards for homeowners seeking mortgages.

    Mr. Obama is set to meet at the White House on Thursday with executives from American Express, Bank of America, Capital One Financial, Citigroup, Discover Financial Services, JPMorgan Chase and others to discuss what officials say are abusive credit card fees and practices.

    During the presidential campaign, Mr. Obama made an issue of what he considered excessive credit card fees, but he has been largely silent on the matter since his arrival in Washington. As a candidate, he also favored legislation to make it easier for troubled homeowners to use bankruptcy court to ease the terms of their mortgages, a proposal he again endorsed last month.

    Despite the president’s support and strong Democratic majorities in Congress, both proposals are in jeopardy because of lobbying by banks and their trade groups, particularly in the Senate.

    On Wednesday, the House Financial Services Committee is expected to approve credit card legislation proposed by senior Democrats that would reduce many of the fees and limit the ability of the companies to charge penalties. The legislation puts into law most of the credit card restrictions adopted last year by the Federal Reserve, although the industry strongly opposes the bill because it says it believes a law would be harder to overturn than a regulation.

    But the bill, sponsored by Representative Barney Frank, the Massachusetts Democrat who heads the Financial Services Committee, and Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, a New York Democrat, faces an uncertain future in the Senate. A tougher counterpart to the House bill was adopted on a narrow, party-line vote in the Senate banking committee three weeks ago. It has yet to find any Republican support, which would be necessary for it to survive.

    The banking industry has also succeeded in working closely with Republicans to water down and then block a measure that would give bankruptcy judges greater authority to modify mortgages, including reducing principal payments. Senate Republican leaders say they have the support of all 41 of their members — enough to kill the provision by making it impossible to get the 60 votes necessary to cut off debate.

    Senate Democrats, hoping to resolve the impasse, have opened negotiations in recent days, but not with their Republican counterparts. Instead, in an effort to divide the industry, the Democrats, led by Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, Charles E. Schumer of New York and Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut, have been in talks with Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo, along with a group of credit unions. The lawmakers’ hope is that those institutions would exert pressure on Republican lawmakers and reluctant Democratic moderates.

    Even if those negotiations are successful, the Democratic lawmakers are still likely to water down the bankruptcy bill further in the industry’s favor.

    Before the negotiations, Citigroup had been the only major bank to support the bankruptcy measure, often referred to as “cram-down” legislation because it would give judges the authority to dictate terms to lenders and investors who own mortgages bundled into securities.

    “The cram-down provision, if it became law, would raise the costs of all mortgages for everyone,” said Edward L. Yingling, president and chief executive of the American Bankers Association. “It’s a fact that if you undermine the value of the collateral by allowing cram-downs, you make the loans riskier and banks will price that risk accordingly by rates going up.”

    Supporters of the bankruptcy measure had been planning to tie it to another banking bill that the industry favors.

    That legislation would make permanent the temporary increase in deposits guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, to $250,000 from $100,000. It would also increase the F.D.I.C.’s credit line with the federal government to $100 billion, from $30 billion, thus enabling regulators to reduce a proposed special premium the banks will owe the F.D.I.C. later this year by more than 50 percent — a $7.7 billion savings.

    But as the opposition to the cram-down provision has firmed in recent days, senators say there is a growing recognition that the bankruptcy measure might have to be detached and voted on separately. Democratic lawmakers have already agreed to the industry’s demand that the bankruptcy provision be unavailable to homeowners if a lender offers to modify a mortgage through the Treasury Department’s new foreclosure mitigation program. And over the objections of Ms. Maloney, a House subcommittee handed the industry a significant victory when it delayed the effective date by a year. Ms. Maloney said that she expected the measure to move swiftly though the House, but that it faced an uncertain future in the Senate unless it got some Republican votes.

    “We need bipartisan support in the Senate,” she said. “We got 84 Republicans in the House on the same bill last year.”

    Republican supporters of the industry have been helped in part by the decision by some Democratic campaign committees, fearful of voter reaction, to reject contributions from banks that have received bailout money.

    Some prominent Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, also are refusing donations from bank political action committees. Mr. Frank will not take money from employees of banks that received bailout funds.

    Republicans “are never going to beat the Democrats in the fund-raising game in D.C. as long as they are the minority,” said Sam Geduldig, a lobbyist for several banking trade associations at Clark Lytle & Geduldig. “To the extent the Republicans can show they can impact policy, it causes professional donors and lobbyists to look at them in a different light, as opposed to when they just got bludgeoned” in the last election.

  177. nytimes.com/2009/04/23/business/23freddie.html?_r=1&hp

    Executive at Freddie Mac Is Found Dead
    ============================

    By CHARLES DUHIGG
    Published: April 22, 2009
    David B. Kellermann, the acting chief financial officer of the troubled mortgage giant Freddie Mac, was found dead Wednesday morning at his home in Northern Virginia, the police said.

    The executive apparently committed suicide by hanging himself, according to people with knowledge of the investigation.

    A spokeswoman for the Fairfax County police said there were no signs of foul play. A police spokesman said that they would not comment on whether a note was found, but did say that no files or anything except the body have been removed from the house.

    [snip]

  178. Hugo Chavez Says Venezuelan Socialism Has Begun to Reach U.S. under Obama
    Tuesday, April 21, 2009
    By Edwin Mora
    —————————
    Duet: Hugo and Bwaak (Gangsta Rap)

    Wherever we go
    Whatever we do
    We are gonna go
    Through it together

    Talk about being USED for propanda purposes!

    Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaak! Hope, change, revolution.

    He can put that anti American book Hugo gave him (plus a Banana Republic gift certificate) in the White House right where the bust of Winston Churchill used to sit—caption to read The Enemy From Within.

  179. OBAMA’S “CAR CZAR” FAR FROM PAR:

    nytimes.com/2009/04/22/business/22quadrangle.html?hp

    Quadrangle Facing Questions Over Pension Funds
    ===================================

    By LOUISE STORY
    Published: April 21, 2009

    Two months after Steven Rattner left Wall Street for Washington, his private investment company is facing a widening investigation into corruption in public pension funds — and fighting for its future.

    As state and federal authorities examine Mr. Rattner’s dealings with the New York State retirement fund, questions are emerging about his efforts to gain business from several other public funds, including ones in New Mexico and New York City. His private investment firm, the Quadrangle Group, is moving to calm anxious pension managers, who have entrusted the firm with hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Mr. Rattner, who is leading the Obama administration’s efforts to revamp the auto industry, has left his small but prominent firm in a bind. Because he was integral to Quadrangle, investors can try to withhold additional money that they have pledged to the firm now that he has left.

    The deadline for their decision is Friday, according to four people familiar with the matter. For Quadrangle, the stakes are high. If its investors balk, the amount of fees that it collects annually on its funds would fall to about $19 million, from $35 million, according to a Quadrangle investor. Mr. Rattner’s firm also would lose its ability to make investments in new companies.

    No charges have been filed against Mr. Rattner, who did not respond to e-mail messages on Tuesday, or against Quadrangle, whose executives declined to comment.

    While Quadrangle’s funds have not suffered as much as some other private equity funds, its investors have suffered losses in other parts of their portfolios. Some of them might try to capitalize on the inquiry to avoid making good on their pledges.

    Another crucial question, however, is whether money from one Quadrangle fund was used to lure investors to a second fund. That possibility that might expose Quadrangle to investor lawsuits.

    Quadrangle hired a firm that had been run by Hank Morris, a now-indicted associate of New York’s former comptroller, to help gain business in New York, state and federal authorities contend. While the New York fund accounted for a only a small portion of Quadrangle’s investments, the prestige associated with it helped the firm lure other big investors.

    Quadrangle also hired Mr. Morris’s firm, Searle, to help raise money from pension funds in New York City, New Mexico and Los Angeles, according to a person with knowledge of the arrangement.

    Mr. Rattner was personally involved in discussions about using Mr. Morris to gain pension business. In 2005, for instance, Mr. Rattner discussed hiring Mr. Morris with the head of the New Jersey pension fund, who told him such a move would not benefit Quadrangle, according to a person briefed on the investigation, which is being led by the attorney general of New York and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    Mr. Rattner, a major Democratic fund-raiser, has social and political connections. He is friends with the mayor of New York City, Michael R. Bloomberg, and Quadrangle manages the mayor’s personal fortune. Mr. Bloomberg said in a statement on Tuesday that he had no plans to move his money and that Quadrangle was doing “a great job.”

    Mr. Rattner headed much of Quadrangle’s effort to raise money from pension funds in 2005, when the firm attracted money from the New York fund and others.

    Mr. Rattner forged close personal ties in New Mexico, which invested $20 million in Quadrangle. He met with Senator Jeff Bingaman, a Democrat from that state, on at least one occasion, according to a person with knowledge of the meeting. From about 2004 until early this year, Quadrangle also employed the senator’s son as an associate.

    A spokeswoman for Senator Bingaman said that the senator’s son did not raise money for Quadrangle, but instead helped make investments. Senator Bingaman was not involved in the pension process, she said.

    The accusations involving Quadrangle were included in an S.E.C. complaint last week that detailed a three-year-long investigation into corruption in New York state’s pension plan. Quadrangle and several other private equity funds, among them the Carlyle Group, were named in the complaint.

    Mr. Rattner turned to Mr. Morris after meeting Josh Wolf-Powers, then managing director of private markets for the New York City comptroller, about the beginning of 2005. Mr. Wolf-Powers told Mr. Rattner that he could not think of any investment firm that had persuaded the city’s pension fund to invest without using a placement agent.

    Mr. Rattner left the meeting irritated that his own considerable connections did not seem to be enough. He soon hired Mr. Morris.

    Payments to placement advisers like Mr. Morris, can be legal but often raise questions about conflicts of interest and would be illegal if used to bribe public officials.

    After Mr. Rattner left, Quadrangle executives flew to California to try to persuade three pension funds to stick with the firm.

    Before Mr. Rattner left, Quadrangle stood to earn about $60 million more in management fees on its second fund, which is allowed to make new investments through the end of 2010. The partners at the firm are now offering to cut about $5 million of those fees. In early April, Quadrangle organized a conference call for its investors. Calpers, the big California pension fund, pushed other investors to demand that Quadrangle reduce its fees, according to two investors who were on the call. The Pennsylvania teachers’ pension fund was among those willing to support the firm without any concessions.

    One investor, Amos Hostetter, who made a fortune in the cable business, said some Quadrangle investors have committed too much money to such private equity investors and are pushing to reduce fees. But he said it would be unwise to cut fees drastically, because such a move would force Quadrangle to dismiss some employees who are managing its investments.

    “It would hurt everyone’s financial interest to see the fund reduced in size,” Mr. Hostetter said.

  180. So is this Steven Rattner the same one as that “great guy” who’s going to reform the auto industry?

  181. Liberia: President Sirleaf Holds Talks With U.S. Secretary of State

    21 April 2009

    The United States Government has assured Liberia of its continuous support toward Liberia’s development programs. Addressing the press Tuesday at the State Department in Washington, DC following discussions with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, U.S. Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, praised the progress Liberian continues to make under the leadership of President Johnson Sirleaf. The Obama administration, Mrs. Clinton said is impressed with the progress Liberia is making and will continue to support the country.

    An Executive Mansion dispatch from Washington says, Mrs. Clinton recounting United States’ support towards Liberia’s recovery, congratulating the Liberian President for the recent progress to relieve Liberia of its debt burden when the World Bank slashed more than US $1-billion of the country’s commercial debt. Mrs. Clinton said the United States was instrumental in the process and promised that U.S. Government will go beyond the debt clearance by canceling a hundred percent of the debt Liberia owes the United States when the country reaches the Completion Point under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative (HIPIC).

    Responding, President Johnson Sirleaf thanked the US Secretary of State for the support the United States Government continues to give Liberia. The President spoke of her Government’s development programs aimed at addressing the economic situation in the country. Liberia, the President said, will continue to count on the support of the U.S. Government to achieve its development objectives. The Liberian leader assured the United States Government that her Government will continue to adopt policies of transparency and accountability to ensure that the resources of the country are used for the benefit of its citizens.

    Tuesday’s meeting at the State Department was attended by Liberia’s Foreign Minister, Olubanke King-Akerele and Liberia’s ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Nathaniel Barnes.

    allafrica.com/stories/200904220717.html

  182. Clinton says U.S. ready for talks with North Korea

    Wed Apr 22, 2009

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday that Washington wanted to resume six-nation nuclear talks with North Korea and urged the world to not “give in” to the North’s “unpredictable behavior.” “We are prepared to resume the six-party talks,” Clinton told lawmakers, adding North Korea had not shown any willingness to resume those stalled negotiations on its nuclear program.

    The North announced this month it would boycott the six-nation disarmament talks after the U.N. Security Council approved a call to tighten existing sanctions on the reclusive state to punish Pyongyang for its April 5 launch of a long-range rocket. In addition, the North said it would restart a plant that makes bomb-grade plutonium and threatened war with South Korea if it joined a U.S. initiative to halt the proliferation of illicit weapons.

    Clinton said the world needed to remain tough against North Korea. “We have to be strong, patient and consistent and not give in to the kind of back and forth and the unpredictable behavior of the North Korean regime,” said Clinton at a hearing of the House of Representatives foreign affairs committee.

    uk.reuters.com/article/usPoliticsNews/idUKTRE53L4IT20090422

  183. Clinton: Pakistan ‘mortal threat’ to world

    April 22, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    WASHINGTON, April 22 (UPI) — Nuclear-armed Pakistan is becoming a “mortal threat” to the world, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday. “Pakistan poses a mortal threat to the security and safety of our country and the world,” Clinton said. “And I want to take this occasion … state unequivocally that not only do the Pakistani government officials, but the Pakistani people and the Pakistani diaspora … need to speak out forcefully against a policy that is ceding more and more territory to the insurgents … .”

    Taliban militants Tuesday took over the northwestern Pakistan district of Buner, just 60 miles from the capital of Islamabad. Militants were patrolling its streets with no signs of government law enforcement personnel, Pakistan’s English-language newspaper Dawn reported. The move came after the Taliban last week imposed Shariah, or strict Islamic law, in the neighboring Swat Valley as part of a peace agreement with the government.

    “(We) cannot underscore the seriousness of the existential threat posed to the state of Pakistan by the continuing advances now within hours of Islamabad that are being made by a loosely confederated group of terrorists and others who are seeking the overthrow of the Pakistani state,” Clinton said. “I don’t hear that kind of outrage or concern coming from enough people that would reverberate back within the highest echelons of the civilian and military leadership of Pakistan,” Clinton said.

    upi.com/Top_News/2009/04/22/Clinton-Pakistan-mortal-threat-to-world/UPI-34481240421045/

  184. and yet even after having come to that conclusion, they still fought, still murdered and all in the name of that German monster.
    —————————————————-
    A neigbor of mine was an army officer who fought against Rommel in North Africa. He became friends with Rommels son after the war. He owns a large Mercedes dealership and the son Manfred was mayor of one of the major cities–maybe Stutegarten I dont really recall.

    Rommel came to terms with his mistake shortly after that conversation. He became part of the plot to kill Hitler. When the plot failed, the plotters were tried in a political court and summarily hung. But Rommel was a separate case due to his popularity.

    Some of the details of this run together but according to Manfred army officers showed up at Rommels home and offered him two choices: suicide with a heroes funeral family to be spared, or a hanging of him and his family in the town square the following day. He chose the former.

    I think he was a pretty simple man when it came to politics. I doubt he was aware of the autrocities. The British soldiers who fought against him thought he was a gentlemen. There is no evidence that he was anti semitic or was aware of the autrocites. I have asked that question. If he had seen them himself I think he would have committed suicide for the very reason you mention.

    The problem of realizing the mistake when it is too late is not confined to Rommel. Sooner or later it will be the fate of many bots and people who believed in this country, its Constitiution, and its traditions.

  185. JanH Says:

    April 22nd, 2009 at 1:01 pm
    I just wonder why bambi thinks he has to give out all this classified information when other countries are not. I can’t help thinking that he did this to undermine the Republicans.

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

    bingo!, JanH…

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

    thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-04-22/obamas-about-face-on-prosecution/

    Members of the White House press corps struggled to explain the shift, many of them suggesting that Obama was pandering to his political base. But the winds of change blew in from an address just down Pennsylvania Avenue. The Daily Beast has learned that senior Justice Department lawyers were “incensed” at the Emanuel and Gibbs statements, as one put it—not because they disagreed with Obama’s apparent opposition to an investigation and prosecution, but because the statements violated well-established rules separating political figures in the White House from decisions about active criminal cases. The statements were viewed as a frontal assault on the autonomy and independence of the criminal-justice system. “Emanuel got far ahead of the process and described it in a way that clearly suggested that political judgment was driving the entire process,” one senior Justice official told me. “It was depressing and amateurish.”

    …etc…it goes on…

  186. “I doubt he was aware of the atrocities…”

    wwoebi, this just smacks to me of the “we didn’t know…how could we have known” category that so many Germans at the time used as their excuse to explain why they either stood by and did nothing, or became nazis, i.e. a part of the problem and not the solution.

  187. Jan–great articles you posted. They are a perfect showcase for Hillarys excellent work. This is the stuff the American people need to know about.

    Notice as well it is not coming through the corrupt Associated Press wire service but through UPI and Reuters who are driven by truth, whereas AP is an agenda driven entity that hides the truth that does not conform to its agenda. What value are they to anyone?

    Are the NYT and WashPo interested or are they more focused on waterboarding? I do not read them so I dont know. But if they were speaking to the issue I suspect someone would have posted them.

  188. Looks like the Carville/Begala fundraisers for Hillary are working as her debt has been virtually eliminated!!!

  189. But Jan I am not talking about all Germans–and I am no fan of the Germans I promise you, but we are talking about one German who was rather busy fighting a war. Probably the strongest piece of contrary evidence which supports your position as opposed to mine is the story that he did join or support the Nazi Party as a means of military advancement. If that is true it changes the game. I asked my neigbor about this and he said it is emphatically not true. As far as the Germans who lived in proximity to the death camps or those like Soros who collected the personal effects of those who boarded the trains, I find it hard to believe they were ignorant of the detentions. I think they were living in a police state and were predisposed to follow orders. But I do not know. If it is any consolation, I have refused to go to Germany for that very reason.

  190. Looks like the Carville/Begala fundraisers for Hillary are working as her debt has been virtually eliminated!!!
    ——————————
    I am always looking for hopeful signs. Why the big push now?

  191. wbboei,

    I need to read more about him. I admit to not having studied his part in the war as much as I should have. Thanks for the information.

  192. wbboei,

    I look hard for articles that spin positively about Miss Hillary. I don’t give her a pass on all the critical ones, but I love finding ones that are unbiased and truthful…as hard as they are too find.

  193. wbboei Says:

    April 22nd, 2009 at 2:44 pm
    Looks like the Carville/Begala fundraisers for Hillary are working as her debt has been virtually eliminated!!!
    ——————————
    I am always looking for hopeful signs. Why the big push now?
    &&&&&&&&&

    Maybe they know something we don’t know…obama to be pushed out due to birth certificate? Then a weak Biden tries to grab the reins? Power vacuum for 2012?

    Hey, I can dream, can’t I?

  194. Or maybe they just like keeping up with their fund-raising chops.

    “It’s like a muscle. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it”.

  195. I for one favor hearings on these torture cases. I want to know the following:

    1. were there only three cases where waterboarding was applied (Note: it has been reinacted more often than that in the press).

    2. in each case where it was applied, what was the information sought, the methods interroation methods used up to that point, the specific justification for going beyond those methods in that case, the information obtained as a result of those methods and the role that information played in preventing the second wave attack on Los Angeles?

    3. then we need to ask those who object to the application of those methods whether they would deem they worthile if they gave us information not otherwise available that prevented that second attack.

    The rest of this, including the testimony by this hack Dennis Blair is just political posturing. We need to minimize the politics and maximize the problemsolving. My sense is that Blair has not studied the record in sufficient detail to be able to answer these questions but is up there to score political points.

  196. I am OK so far with what I have read about the so called “torture”. They killed 3k Americans, hit the Towrs, Pentagon and where going for the Capital, and we knew very little about them. Then we had the anthrax scare. I think we were justified using every means possible to find out what their next targets where. I know this much, if one of my relatives was killed or could have been saved by such methods, I personally would do it…..I have to give Bush/Cheney credit where credit is due, and they did what they had to to protect the country. Look at the damage Obama has already done..We are the laughing stock of Europe, South America, N. Korea blasts a rocket in space, and Iran keeps making more and more outrageosyu threats.

  197. Please forget what I said about Blair. He is a great guy (USNA-1968), CINCPAC commander etc. He is just wrong thats all.

  198. wbboei Says:

    April 22nd, 2009 at 3:30 pm
    rgb44: stop reading my mind.
    &&&&&&&&&&

    Put down that chocalate eclair…

  199. A Q Khan world’s greatest proliferator: Clinton

    Washington, Apr 22 (PTI)

    Pakistan’s rogue nuclear scientist A Q Khan is world’s greatest proliferator, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said today.

    “With respect to A Q Khan, there’s no doubt he is probably the world’s greatest proliferator. The damage that he’s done around the world has been incalculable,” Clinton said in response to a question from a lawmaker at the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

    Khan, who was slapped with US sanctions along with those on his network, was released by a Pakistani court from years of house arrest early this year.

    “We have made it very clear that the network had to be dismantled and it was. There are people who were connected with A Q Khan who are out of business or who were imprisoned. And there are ongoing efforts to continue to obtain useful information,” Clinton said. When asked about the conditions to be imposed on Pakistan in lieu of the billions of dollars of US aid, she said. “We do think that there need to be the right kind of conditions”.

    “It’s a little bit like the Goldilocks story. If they’re too weak, we don’t get changes. If they’re too strong, we get a backlash. So we’re trying to figure out sort of what is the area that will influence behaviour and produce results,” Clinton said.

    ptinews.com/pti%5Cptisite.nsf/0/14D8D45F29441167652575A0006B6101?OpenDocument

  200. We cannot allow Iran/N. Korea to continue their path to nuclear weapons. Even if they don’t use it, it will be readily available to their proxies . I now I sound like an extreme rightie on this issue, but we must take out their ability to further their nuclear ambitions or we face the real threat of a nuclear “dirty” bomb here or abroad. At least help the Israelis clandestinely as they have the ability, with our logistical support, to take out Iran’s nuclear facilities. Begin did so in 1981, aqnd while publicly he/Israel was scorned (what else is new) we have all learned how fortunate we were that Israel acted. The Begin doctrine…”Begin took Saddam Hussein’s anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic threats very seriously and therefore took aim at Iraq. Israel attempted to negotiate with France so as not to provide Iraq with the nuclear reactor named Osirak or Tammuz 1, but to no avail. On June 7, 1981, Begin ordered the bombing and destruction of Osirak by the Israeli Air Force in a successful long-range operation called Operation Opera. Soon after, Begin enunciated what came to be known as the Begin doctrine: “On no account shall we permit an enemy to develop weapons of mass destruction (WMD) against the people of Israel.” Many foreign governments, including the United States, condemned the operation, and the United Nations Security Council passed a unanimous resolution 487 condemning it. The Israeli left-wing opposition criticized it also at the time, but mainly for its timing relative to elections only three weeks later……..” must be followed in my opinion .

  201. Fidel Castro: Obama Got ‘Overture’ Wrong

    Apparently Raul Castro didn’t mean it when he said Cuban leaders would be willing to sit down with their U.S. counterparts and discuss “everything.”

    Wednesday, April 22, 2009

    HAVANA — Fidel Castro said Tuesday that President Obama “misinterpreted” his brother Raul’s sentiments toward the United States and bristled at any suggestion Cuba should free political prisoners or reduce official fees on money sent to the island from the U.S.

    Raul Castro touched off a whirlwind of speculation that the U.S. and Cuba could be headed toward a thaw in nearly a half-century of chilly relations last week, when he said Cuban leaders would be willing to sit down with their U.S. counterparts and discuss “everything,” including human rights, freedom of the press and expression, and political prisoners on the island.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she welcomed the “overture,” while Obama responded at the Summit of the Americas by saying Washington seeks a new beginning with Cuba. But he also said that Cuba should release some political prisoners and reduce official taxes on remittances from the U.S. as a sign of good will.

    That appeared to enrage Fidel Castro, 82, who wrote in an essay posted on a government Web site that Obama “without a doubt misinterpreted Raul’s declarations.” The former president appeared to be throwing a dose of cold water on growing expectations for improved bilateral relations — suggesting Obama had no right to dare suggest that Cuba make even small concessions. He also seemed to suggest too much was being made of Raul’s comments about discussing “everything” with U.S. authorities.

    “Affirming that the president of Cuba is ready to discuss any topic with the president of the United States expresses that he’s not afraid to broach any subject,” Fidel Castro wrote of his 77-year-old brother, who succeeded him as president 14 months ago. “It’s a sign of bravery and confidence in the principles of the revolution,” he said, referring to the rebel uprising that toppled dictator Fulgencio Batista and brought the Castros to power on New Year’s Day 1959. “Nobody should assume that he was talking about pardoning those sentenced in March 2003 and sending all of them to the United States, if the country were willing to liberate the five Cuban anti-terrorist heroes,” Castro wrote.

    He was referring to 75 leading political opposition leaders who were rounded up and imprisoned six years ago. Some 54 of them remain behind bars, though Raul Castro suggested last year that Cuba would be willing to liberate some political prisoners if U.S. authorities would free five imprisoned Cuban spies. Castro compared the prisoners arrested in 2003 to exiles who attacked the island’s southern coast during the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 and said they were “at the service of a foreign power that threatens and blockades our country,” referring to charges they conspired with Washington to destabilize the communist system.

    The ex-president had previously expressed his admiration for Obama, but this time Castro blasted the new U.S. president for showing signs of “superficiality.” He also defended Cuba’s right to levy a 10 percent fee on every U.S. dollar sent to relatives on the island by Cuban-Americans, saying if the money arriving from abroad “is in dollars, all the more reason we should do it because it is the currency of the country that blockades us.”

    All top Cuban leaders routinely call the 47-year-old trade embargo against this country a blockade. “Not all Cubans have family members overseas that send remittances,” Castro said, adding that Cuba uses the revenue from fees on exchanging dollars to provide free health care, education and subsidized food to all of its population.

    foxnews.com/politics/first100days/2009/04/22/fidel-castro-obama-got-overture-wrong/

  202. Clinton questioned on abortion, torture

    April 22, 2009
    By Farah Stockman

    WASHINGTON — House Republicans grilled Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton today on renewed US support for abortion overseas and on recently released memos detailing harsh interrogation techniques against terrorist suspects in CIA custody, prompting frank and often feisty exchanges with the nation’s top diplomat.

    At Clinton’s first appearance before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Representative Dan Burton, an Indiana Republican, told Clinton that the harsh interrogation techniques — which included mock drownings known as waterboarding — “were cleared with the leadership of both the House and the Senate,” apparently referring to classified briefings that some members received on the tactics. “They knew about them,” he said, adding that the CIA officials involved in the interrogations should not be prosecuted. “We need both hands untied with our intelligence agencies to really stop terrorism.”

    Representative Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican, repeatedly asked Clinton whether the administration would declassify documents that former Vice President Dick Cheney has said paint the CIA interrogators in a more heroic light and show the important information produced from the interrogations.

    Clinton said she had no knowledge of such documents. “It won’t surprise you that I don’t consider him a particularly reliable source,” she said, to some laughter.

    The Obama administration has walked a fine line on the issue, last week releasing the documents detailing the torture and declaring that those techniques would not be used again. But Obama has said he would not prosecute CIA officials who followed techniques they believed were lawful, although he left the door open for the investigation of those who went beyond the legal guidance and the Bush lawyers who gave the guidance.

    Republicans also repeatedly attacked Clinton for repealing Bush-administration-era rules that prohibited US support for family planning overseas to abortion providers.
    Representative Chris Smith, a New Jersey Republican who is strong anti-abortion advocate, criticized Clinton for recently accepting an award in the name of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, saying the group had “killed over 305,000 children by abortion in the US and millions more worldwide.”

    Clinton told Smith she respected his views, but gave a vigorous defense of the new family planning policy, to applause from the gallery. “We obviously have a profound disagreement,” she told him.

    Representative Jeff Fortenberry, a Nebraska Republican, asked Clinton if “forcing US taxpayers to fund abortion [overseas] is in keeping with the highest values of America,” while Representative Bob Inglis, a South Carolina Republican, asked why Clinton had not been more outspoken during her visit to China about forced abortions.

    Clinton said that she deeply opposes China’s policy on forced abortion, and has been on record opposing that policy since her time as first lady.

    “Why didn’t you say it as Secretary of State?” Inglis asked.

    “I just did,” Clinton replied.

    Clinton also promised not to deal with a power-sharing Palestinian government that did not recognize Israel’s right to exist and did not renounce violence, although she said the administration wanted to “leave the door open” to Hamas participating in a unity government. Clinton also said that, while the Obama administration wants to reach out to Iran to solve the impasse over its nuclear program, Tehran would face “crippling sanctions” if such talks do not succeed.

    But Clinton reserved some of her most urgent statements for Pakistan, the troubled ally in the war against the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and the border region straddling the two countries. “Pakistan poses a mortal threat to the security and safety of Americans and the world,” Clinton said. She urged Pakistani-Americans to “speak out more forcefully against a policy that is ceding more and more territory to the insurgents” who have advanced to territory that is “within hours” the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. She said the “existential threat” posed by the extremists to the state of Pakistan should not be underestimated, painting the picture of a nuclear-armed state that is in danger of collapsing.

    boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2009/04/clinton_questio.html

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    Go Hillary!!!

  203. GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY KAOS, BUT LEAD US NOT, INTO SUPPORTING OBUMMA

    daily kos blogger writes:

    dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/4/22/723012/-The-Value-of-High-Value-Information

    The “Value” of “High Value” Information
    by mcjoan
    Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 09:20:08 AM PDT

    Perhaps Adm. Dennis Blair has divided loyalties. Today the NYT reports that:

    (link to NYT here:
    nytimes.com/2009/04/22/us/politics/22blair.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss
    for the article called: “Banned Techniques Yielded ‘High Value Information,’ Memo Says”)

    NY TIMES article quote: “President Obama’s national intelligence director told colleagues in a private memo last week that the harsh interrogation techniques banned by the White House did produce significant information that helped the nation in its struggle with terrorists.

    “High value information came from interrogations in which those methods were used and provided a deeper understanding of the al Qa’ida organization that was attacking this country,” Adm. Dennis C. Blair, the intelligence director, wrote in a memo to his staff last Thursday.

    McJoan: But, and this is a major “but” in a follow-up statement from Adm. Blair:

    TIMES: “The information gained from these techniques was valuable in some instances, but there is no way of knowing whether the same information could have been obtained through other means,” Admiral Blair said in a written statement issued last night. “The bottom line is these techniques have hurt our image around the world, the damage they have done to our interests far outweighed whatever benefit they gave us and they are not essential to our national security.”

    McJoan: And yet, Adm. Blair defends torture, perhaps out of misplaced loyalty:

    TIMES: “I like to think I would not have approved those methods in the past,” he wrote, “but I do not fault those who made the decisions at that time, and I will absolutely defend those who carried out the interrogations within the orders they were given.”

    McJoan: We also get this nugget: “Admiral Blair’s private memo was provided by a critic of Mr. Obama’s policy.” A critical question for Admiral Blair, and for Mr. Obama, is who among the colleagues with whom the Admiral shared this private memo was enough of a critic to run with it to the NYT. There’s whistleblowing, and then there’s sabotage. Perhaps that report from Seymour Hersh that there Cheney left moles behind him should be seriously considered by the new administration.

    Treating the issue of torture as a he said, she said proposition, as though this was a valid, legal policy choice made by the Bush administration, is for the NYT following down the same road they took in 2002. The road that helped take us into the Iraq debacle.

    And speaking of Iraq, here’s some of the “high value” information they got from torture: there was NO link between Al Qaeda and Iraq. That was high value information they tortured to obtain that they chose to ignore, high value information that did little to save any American lives. Instead, it’s taken 4274 of them.

    I wonder if the new knowledge that, in those early days, the impetus for torture was not all about discovering immediate threats to the U.S. but instead an effort to provide justification for attacking a country that had not attacked us would change Adm. Blair’s mind about the war criminals.

  204. Representative Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican, repeatedly asked Clinton whether the administration would declassify documents that former Vice President Dick Cheney has said paint the CIA interrogators in a more heroic light and show the important information produced from the interrogations.

    Clinton said she had no knowledge of such documents. “It won’t surprise you that I don’t consider him a particularly reliable source,” she said, to some laughter.
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    Schweeeet comeback.

  205. Defending President Obama’s Photo with Chavez, Secretary Clinton Says: ‘He Beat Me in a Primary, in Which He Put Forth a Different Approach’

    April 22, 2009

    At a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing this afternoon, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended her boss’s foreign policy views in a way that seemed to suggest that she personally holds a different view than does President Obama, but that he beat her in the Democratic presidential primaries, so his view wins.

    The remark came after Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., challenged Clinton on “the issue of the president being photographed with the virulent anti-American socialist dictator of Venezuela,” President Hugo Chavez. Pence called Chavez “a Castro wannabe” who has “oppressed the media,… bullied economic interests,… (and) blacklisted political opponents.”

    The Indiana Republican quoted remarks then-Sen. Clinton, D-N.Y., made in July 2007 regarding potential meetings with the leaders of North Korea, Venezuela, or Cuba: “I will not promise to meet with the leaders of these countries during my first year. I don’t want to be used for propaganda purposes.”

    Pence asked: “In light of your previously stated insight, isn’t it true that having the president of the United States be seen on the world stage warmly greeting a virulent anti-American socialist dictator that intentionally or unintentionally our president was used ‘for propaganda purposes,’ to borrow the phrase that you used?”

    Said Clinton: “President Obama won the election. He beat me in a primary, in which he put forth a different approach. And he is now our president, and we all want our president, no matter of which party, to succeed, especially in such a perilous time.”
    The Secretary of State also said that the U.S. “spent eight years trying to isolate Chavez, and what has been the result? I don’t think it’s been in America’s interest. So we’re going to try some different things.”

    She also said she recalled, during the Cold War, “virulent anti-American communist dictators threatening our country on a regular basis, and I remember our presidents meeting with them, shaking their hands, and negotiating. They did not do so without conditions or without strong principles, but they did so … Your strong feelings about Hugo Chavez are certainly understood, because he has clearly been someone who has behaved in ways that don’t accord with our values and our principles, but so were the Soviet leaders, and so did so many others with whom we eventually created an environment in which we could see some changes that benefited the United States of America.”

    Concluded the former first lady, “my bottom line is, I am here to serve my country, which I have loved ever since I was a little girl. And I’m going to support my president, because he is committed to doing whatever he can in the time he is given to serve to make this a better, safer, more secure world. So I appreciate your strong feelings, but I think that we are pursuing a course that may very well open up some additional opportunities that we hope will be in our interests, and advance our values, and protect our security.”

    blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/04/defending-presi.html

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    I’m not a Tapper fan, but I did find this interesting.

  206. April 22, 2009
    Emily Belz

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defends the administration’s diplomatic approaches to Iran, Venezuela, and others

    WASHINGTON—It wasn’t a year ago that then-Sen. Hillary Clinton called then-Sen. Barack Obama’s plans to meet with the world’s dictators without preconditions “irresponsible” and “naive.”

    Wednesday, as secretary of state to now President Obama, Clinton defended the administration’s outreach toward Iran and Venezuela, among others. “Our engagement, which we have no illusions about, puts us on much stronger international footing,” she told the House Foreign Affairs Committee. It is always in our interest to explore and test the waters.”

    The chair of the committee, Howard Berman, D-Calif., expressed concern that Iran has continued its aggressive pursuit of nuclear capabilities, at the same time the administration has been reaching out to the government—most recently expressed in a letter Clinton delivered to Iranian officials at The Hague at the end of March. Iran’s deputy foreign minister has said his government has no intention of negotiating with Americans. Criticism has mounted concerning the Obama administration’s attempts at direct dialogue with Iran, especially following Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s comments at the U.N. anti-racism conference on Monday, where he called for the annihilation of Israel, referred to the Holocaust as a myth, and accused Israel of being “racist perpetrators of genocide.” Still, the State Department maintains that the speech would not “preclude” direct diplomacy with the Iranians.

    The continuing detention of Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi and the disappearance of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson in Iran—whose presence in the country the Iranian government refuses to acknowledge—have also served as examples against negotiating with Iran. Clinton called Saberi’s detention “unfair, unprecedented, unjustified.”

    On the nuclear question, Clinton said the administration would pursue more crippling sanctions at the same time as it pursues diplomacy.

    Media furor broke out last weekend when President Obama shook hands with leftist President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, whom President Bush had snubbed. Chavez in turn has called Bush “the devil” and a mass murderer. Obama has said that Chavez has “interrupted the region’s progress.”

    Clinton said the president shouldn’t be afraid of shaking Chavez’s hand, adding that she found Chavez’s obvious set-up “amusing.” The countries’ frosty relations are, she said, “the result of eight years of isolating him. He’s a very sociable guy. He’s finding friends in places we wouldn’t like him to find friends.” So she said the administration would seek friendships in a way the past administration had not—to “build up the reservoir of goodwill. We’re going to have to see it paid down.”

    worldmag.com/webextra/15299

  207. Said Clinton: “President Obama won the election. He beat me in a primary, in which he put forth a different approach. And he is now our president, and we all want our president, no matter of which party, to succeed, especially in such a perilous time.”
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    Dear Hillary, we know you are extremely skillful and tactful and diplomatic.

    We know that when you say, “He beat me”, we can read between the lines and know that it was a much larger cabal that ensure obama “won” the nomination. It was deplorable, and reveals that the Democratic party ain’t (democratic). And we do conceded that he “won the election” either.

    We know that you have an inside game to play.

    We’re taking care of the outside game, the expose, of how obama “won”, and how he seeking to break every single campaign promise, except the one promise that he would finish his waffles and go on endless vacations.

  208. MR. “MOONSHOT” COVERS UP HIS INABILITY TO GET A SINGLE THING DONE WITH MULTIPLE “GRAND PLANS”

    “He tried for the moon, but only got two inches off the ground. Might sad.”

    Here’s another Yahoo “borrowing” from AP that will get added to AP’s law suits:

    yahoo.com/s/ap/us_obama_earth_day

    Obama seeks a new era of energy exploration in US
    =====================================

    By PHILIP ELLIOTT and MIKE GLOVER, Associated Press Writers Philip Elliott And Mike Glover, Associated Press Writers – 13 mins ago
    NEWTON, Iowa – Marking Earth Day with a pitch for his energy plan, President Barack Obama on Wednesday called for a “new era of energy exploration in America” and argued that his proposal would help the economy and the environment at once.

    “The choice we face is not between saving our environment and saving our economy — it’s a choice between prosperity and decline,” Obama said in his first post-election trip to Iowa, the state that launched him toward the White House. “The nation that leads the world in creating new sources of clean energy will be the nation that leads the 21st century global economy.”

    But Obama’s promise of preserving natural resources and jump-starting the economy ran smack into the reality of this economically struggling town about 30 miles east of Des Moines. The wind energy plant where he spoke, and received a tour beforehand, is a shadow of what it replaced — a Maytag Corp. appliances plant that built washers, dryers and refrigerators.

    It employed some 4,000 in a town of 16,000 residents in jobs that paid about $30,000 to $40,000 a year.

    Trinity Structural Towers has roughly 90 people working at the old Maytag site, a number that is expected to grow to about 140. Mark Stiles, a senior vice president at Trinity, which builds the towers that support wind turbines, said workers at his factory make about $17 an hour, plus benefits.

    “This is a piece of the recovery, but we think it’s a nice piece,” Stiles said.

    Newton Mayor Chaz Allen said many are still trying to recover after the loss of Maytag in 2007.

    “You know, 115 years with one company was a great thing, but it’s a different world now,” Allen said. “Our economy has to be diverse and we can’t put all of our eggs in one basket.”

    Obama was at the plant to highlight his energy proposal that has slowed on Capitol Hill. Skeptical Republicans and some Democrats from coal-producing states complain that it will increase costs for consumers, send jobs overseas and hurt businesses.

    Obama said the nation needs more domestic production of oil and natural gas in the short term. But “the bulk of our efforts,” he said, must focus on transitioning the U.S. to more renewable energy.

    He pushed personal responsibility, calling on every American to replace one incandescent light bulb with one compact fluorescent. The president also said the leaders of the world’s major economies will meet next week to discuss the energy crisis.

    For his remarks, Obama chose Iowa, second only to Texas in installed wind capacity.

    [snip]

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    RGB Times notes, that Iowa is second only to OBAMA IN WIND CAPACITY

  209. rgb44hrc Says:

    April 22nd, 2009 at 4:47 pm

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    When I first read those comments that Tapper attributed to Hillary, I wondered if it was a spoof. LOL…I wasn’t sure whether to post it or not.

  210. jbstonesfan,
    ‘I am OK so far with what I have read about the so called “torture”. They killed 3k Americans, hit the Towrs, Pentagon and where going for the Capital, and we knew very little about them.’
    I couldn’t agree more. In fact, i’ll take it one step further. I couldn’t care less what’s done to those Islamic-facist thugs and I get boiling mad at the inordinate amount of time and money spent debating their fates, with or without torture.
    Perhaps I sound a bit harsh, i dunno. I do know I can never and will never give the benefit of the doubt to any POS who wants to impose Sharia Law. With regards to terrorists, I have an especially negative perspective having lived a couple of miles from the apartments of 4-6 of the WTC hi-jackers, including Mohammed Atta. I passed the partment of 2 of them every day on my way to work.
    Living for a time in a region with the heaviest population of Muslims doesn’t help, either.
    And, about HRC, the more I see her behind the MF, the more I dislike it. Sorry but I honestly think she made the wrong decision and I fear she’s being diminished the longer she sits in his shadow, Please don’t crucify me for that. I still adore her. I just can’t bear seeing her associated with him in any way. I recognize it is possible that my hatred for him is beginning to extend to everyone in his coterie, even HRC. 🙁

  211. A POST HERE THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CRITICIZING OBAMA??? WHAT’S BIG PINK COMING TO??

    Sorry, a little off topic, but while perusing HuffPo for a) valid criticisms of obama b) further examples of PINO fawning and excuse-making… I came across funny man Jim Carrey’s interesting article on

    The Judgment on Vaccines Is In???
    =========================

    Jim Carrey
    Actor
    Posted April 22, 2009 | 10:02 AM (EST)

    Recently, I was amazed to hear a commentary by CNN’s Campbell Brown on the controversial vaccine issue. After a ruling by the ‘special vaccine court’ saying the Measles, Mumps, Rubella shot wasn’t found to be responsible for the plaintiffs’ autism, she and others in the media began making assertions that the judgment was in, and vaccines had been proven safe. No one would be more relieved than Jenny and I if that were true. But with all due respect to Ms. Brown, a ruling against causation in three cases out of more than 5000 hardly proves that other children won’t be adversely affected by the MMR, let alone that all vaccines are safe. This is a huge leap of logic by anyone’s standards. Not everyone gets cancer from smoking, but cigarettes do cause cancer. After 100 years and many rulings in favor of the tobacco companies, we finally figured that out.

    The truth is that no one without a vested interest in the profitability of vaccines has studied all 36 of them in depth. There are more than 100 vaccines in development, and no tests for cumulative effect or vaccine interaction of all 36 vaccines in the current schedule have ever been done. If I’m mistaken, I challenge those who are making such grand pronouncements about vaccine safety to produce those studies.

    If we are to believe that the ruling of the ‘vaccine court’ in these cases mean that all vaccines are safe, then we must also consider the rulings of that same court in the Hannah Polling and Bailey Banks cases, which ruled vaccines were the cause of autism and therefore assume that all vaccines are unsafe. Clearly both are irresponsible assumptions, and neither option is prudent.

    In this growing crisis, we cannot afford to blindly trumpet the agenda of the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) or vaccine makers. Now more than ever, we must resist the urge to close this book before it’s been written. The anecdotal evidence of millions of parents who’ve seen their totally normal kids regress into sickness and mental isolation after a trip to the pediatrician’s office must be seriously considered. The legitimate concern they and many in the scientific community have that environmental toxins, including those found in vaccines, may be causing autism and other disorders (Aspergers, ADD, ADHD), cannot be dissuaded by a show of sympathy and a friendly invitation to look for the ‘real’ cause of autism anywhere but within the lucrative vaccine program.

    With vaccines being the fastest growing division of the pharmaceutical industry, isn’t it possible that profits may play a part in the decision-making? That the vaccine program is becoming more of a profit engine than a means of prevention? In a world left reeling from the catastrophic effects of greed, mismanagement and corporate insensitivity, is it so absurd for us to wonder why American children are being given twice as many vaccines on average, compared to the top 30 first world countries?

    [snip]

    for the rest, go to:

    huffingtonpost.com/jim-carrey/the-judgment-on-vaccines_b_189777.html

  212. rgb44hrc Says:

    April 22nd, 2009 at 4:47 pm
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    your letter is artful and correct

  213. wbboei Says:
    April 22nd, 2009 at 12:32 pm

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    Iirc poison for two in the library was traditional.

  214. Perhaps way off topic…. But here’s twice Hillary has cited Goldilocks.

    “It’s a little bit like the Goldilocks story. If they’re too weak, we don’t get changes. If they’re too strong, we get a backlash.

    The first time was in the debates about a gas tax holiday. She said Obama opposed a holiday, McCain favored it, and she was Goldilocks becasue she wanted to give holiday and also pay for it.

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