The Craigslist Killer And Barack Obama

The same Hopium addled addicts who demand we join the celestial choir and forget the race-baiting, and gay-bashing, and woman hating, primary and general election campaigns of Barack Obama now demand investigations digging into the tortured past.

It was ironic that as the calls for torture investigations mounted yesterday, in Boston the past was catching up with a very well educated and happily engaged collector of women’s panties.

The Craigslist Killer, alledgedly a Boston University medical school student with a wide Obama-esque grin, was arrested by police as he drove with his future wife.

Big Media and police mistakenly blame gambling as the motivator for the killer’s repeated attacks on women “lured to Boston hotels through ads they posted on Craigslist“. While the guilt or innocence of the Craigslist Killer will be determined by a jury of his peers we do know that the motivation is related to a hatred of women, however disguised.

We saw that hatred of women repeatedly expressed by Barack Obama and his supporters during the primary campaigns last year and we still see it every day on PINO Big Blogs.

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By now most sentient beings acknowledge that rape in most cases is about power not about sex. Since the days of Jack The Ripper most sentient beings acknowledge that sexism and misogyny can be expressed in lurid ways. Yet there is a strange disconnect between this intellectual understanding of sexism and misogyny and everyday, commonsense understandings of sexism and misogyny.

If an African-American is attacked because they are African-Americans the Democratic left “intellectuals” quickly shout “hate crime”. But a woman who is attacked because she is a woman is viewed as a gambling debt casualty, “asking for it”, “corrective“, in the wrong place at the wrong time, “complicated”, or some other excuse to avoid the ugly truth – sexism and misogyny kill.

Hillary Clinton supporters were especially disgusted with the excuses constructed by those we once respected in the Democratic Left. Most disgusting of all was the New Yorker’s Hendrick Hertzberg.

Democratic Left male writers such as Hendrik Hertzberg at the New Yorker belittled the struggles of women (not to mention African-American women) in comparison to African-Americans and ignored the testimony of people, women, such as Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm. Hertzberg wrote Competitions among grievances do not ennoble, and both Clinton and Obama strove to avoid one; but it does not belittle the oppressions of gender to suggest that in America the oppressions of race have cut deeper.

Males like Hertzberg, once respected by us as deeper thinkers than they proved to be, “belittle the oppressions of gender” with their gimmick of ignoring rape and battered women, including the supposedly loved wives battered by their husbands (or girlfriend/boyfriend violence). Struggles for the still NOT ratified Equal Rights Amendment do not enter into the Hertzberg equation. The struggles to get the right to vote, the right to “male” jobs, the right to serve fully in the most prestigious levels of the military, the everyday indignities of losing jobs to less qualified males – all are ignored.

Hertzberg and his fratboy friends pose as sophisticated “intellectuals” and up-to-date-with-it liberals with ostentatious support for the black guy as they “belittle the oppressions of gender”.

We took our cue from the long dead trailblazer African-American Congresswomen (notice how many powerful black women supported and continue to support Hillary? Maybe Chisholm’s statement explains why) Shirley Chisholm:

Shirley Chisholm, who should know, said she was discriminated more on the basis of being a woman than on the basis of being black. Shirley Chisholm was a true Democrat. Shirley Chisholm would not fit in today’s Dimocratic Party.

“I ran because somebody had to do it first. I ran because most people thought the country was not ready for a Black candidate, not ready for a woman candidate. Someday–it was time in 1972 to make that someday come.”

She also knew the challenges of being a woman in politics.

I’ve always met more discrimination being a woman than being Black,” she said. “When I ran for the Congress, when I ran for president, I met more discrimination as a woman than for being Black. Men are men.”

African-American Congresswoman Chisholm and her eyewitness, first hand experiences were dismissed by the Democratic Left.

Hertzberg thinks that “in America the oppressions of race have cut deeper“. Shirley Chishold disagrees. Hillary Supporters disagree. Big Blog males agree because they too exclude from the equation every day violence against women, the everyday indignities and sufferings of oppression based on the shape of the skin.

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PINO Big Blogs and the “intellectuals” who are nothing less than misogyny deniers will bask in the politically correct and very acceptable, as well as profitable, assaults on the ugliness of racism. However the PINO Big Blogs and Dimocrats only care about sexism and misogyny when it fills their pockets (for example NARAL and the abortion red flag wavers) or when it takes place in another country and it is safe for them to denounce.

The Taliban flogging a girl will be denounced with an air of superiority.



Blowing up a girls school in Pakistan will be denounced with an air of superiority

Hamid Karzi of Afghanistan and the rape law will be denounced with an air of superiority. Even Hillary Clinton is allowed to denounce sexism and misogyny, without being attacked as a shrill and bitter cackling woman, because the sexism and misogyny are taking place in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai, came under intense western pressure yesterday to scrap a new law that the UN said legalised rape within marriage and severely limited the rights of women.

At a conference on Afghanistan in The Hague, Scandinavian foreign ministers publicly challenged the Afghan leader to respond to a report on the new law in yesterday’s Guardian, and the US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, was reported to have confronted Karzai on the issue in a private meeting. [snip]

The Guardian reported that Karzai had signed the controversial law last month. The text has not yet been published but the UN, human rights activists and some Afghan MPs said it included clauses stipulating that women cannot refuse to have sex with their husbands, and can only seek work, education or visit the doctor with their husbands’ permission

The Democratic Left in America will pretend to be upset when men attack women who protest against discrimination – if it is in Afghanistan.

But if the sexism and misogyny takes place in America the Democratic Left will remain silent (unless the sexism and misogyny comes from Republicans – then there is profit to be made).

Crime statistics which tally the daily beatings and rapes and killings against women will not be considered by the Democratic Left and “intellectuals” like Hertzberg in their “grievance” competition. They are not interested in “gonadal politics“. These boys are safe when the woman bashing and the gay bashing take place.

John Lennon sang the words that Shirley Chisholm lived. In his song (which we can’t spell out because computer search engines will flag any use of racist language in a website and brand the website as “racist” – insults against women however are not flagged and the website is not categorized as sexist) Lennon wrote “Woman is the slave to the slave. The title of the song came from Lennon’s wife and partner.”

He was hoping to show how women were and still are being treated.

The song lambasts the perceived traditional role of woman’s subservience to man across all cultures. It was banned from radio airplay because of the word ‘n*gger’, though it was played on WHRW-FM, and many prominent blacks, including black comedian Dick Gregory, spoke out in defense of the song.


If Lennon would have written that song in 2008 he would have been branded a “rascist” by the Hopium addled. The Democratic Left would have denounced Lennon as a secret Hillary supporter filling the airwaves with coded messages.

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The Craigslist Killer will get his day in court.

There will be an investigation of torture which will eventually devour Obama hires.

And we will never forget the sexism and misogyny exploited by the Democratic Left and Barack Obama.

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  1. Admin,
    I agree with so much of what you say but I have to confess that as a woman and an aspiring sentient being, I have come to the conclusion that on many levels women are often the most insidiously powerful sexists on the planet.

    When I think about FMG, I blame not only the men and the Sharia Law which promotes the practice but the women who subject their daughters to the same barbaric butchery they were forced to undergo.

    When i think about the 2008 primaries I remember how many times it was women driving the nails into HRC’s coffin.

    Admin, I’m close to concluding that there is little difference between the genders, that women are no better than men on most levels. It’s human nature.
    TTTT, I’m not much of a fan of the human race, period.

  2. Admin: you make me think:

    1. Is the hard left our version of the Taliban?

    2. Powerful black women supported Hillary because they knew what Shirley Chisom said was true–more discrimination because she was a woman than because she was black.

  3. Basil9, the misogyny is so entrenched that in many instances it is not even recognized. Many women have “internalized” the sexism and misogyny and have become thier own worst enemies. The only good news here is that once misogynistic women are shown the reasons why they are behaving in a misogynistic way (after they get angry and go through a denial phase) they understand rather rapidly. This is one of the great areas where “mainline” womens groups have utterly failed.

    As to not being a fan of the human race, you are not alone. The Founding Fathers (and Mothers) thought humans were a pretty low bunch too – but they created a political system to restrain the rottenness. The system might be failing.

  4. Wbboei, the Taliban at least have a religious pretext for doing the ugly stuff they do. The Democratic Left, is now simply unprincipled.

  5. Basil: I think Hillary handled the question the contradiction between her position in the primary and bambis action last week in reaching out and swapping spit with anti-American dictators extremely well. She preserved her own voice and that was what I was worried sick about when I began my rant. She also clarified that she was there to serve the country which preempts the patriotic argument the Republicans wanted to invoke against her. Obama used her as a human shield and she deflected the bullet. Tapper tried to nail her for the contradiction and to subtley suggest she is not supportive of the boss. Instead, he ended up doing her a favor inadvertently. Tapper is a Barack Obama bootlicking jackass. Typical of the Georgetown social set.

  6. “As to not being a fan of the human race, you are not alone. The Founding Fathers (and Mothers) thought humans were a pretty low bunch too – but they created a political system to restrain the rottenness. The system might be failing.”

    😯

    You are SOOOOOO right!

    I don’t know whether to laugh or cry!!!!!!!

  7. Wbboei, the Taliban at least have a religious pretext for doing the ugly stuff they do. The Democratic Left, is now simply unprincipled
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    Admin, very true. They are a “godless” lot–to borrow a phrase from someone I know.

  8. Admin,

    Well said!!!

    That clip of that poor girl being flogged brought tears to my eyes. I will never understand brutality of this nature against women.

  9. So a friend of mine had an idea. Why should the “real” democrats have to evacuate the Democratic Party? Why shouldn’t the dims be forced to vacate and form a new party the likes of a mafia movement?

  10. “….once misogynistic women are shown the reasons why they are behaving in a misogynistic way (after they get angry and go through a denial phase) they understand rather rapidly.”

    I’m afraid you’re giving credit where credit is not due.
    Having spent years working with the “Fat Italian Wives Club and Honorary Members” (think Sopranos)(And just like AA’s can call one another ‘nigga’ I feel entitled to refer to others of my gender however d@mn way I please) I realized, much to my complete shock, that there are many women for whom the patriarchal system is a preference and they’re geniuses at manipulating it and the whole perverse family structure to their benefit and they wouldn’t have it any other way.
    Ehhhhh – what can I say. Most women don’t have good team-player skills.
    I still haven’t figured out if that’s cultural, biological, social or by choice.

  11. ‘Why should the “real” democrats have to evacuate the Democratic Party?’

    There aren’t enough of us left.

    😈

  12. Many women have “internalized” the sexism and misogyny and have become thier own worst enemies. The only good news here is that once misogynistic women are shown the reasons why they are behaving in a misogynistic way (after they get angry and go through a denial phase) they understand rather rapidly. This is one of the great areas where “mainline” womens groups have utterly failed.
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    Absolutely right! The media women we have listed are the enablers. They have internalized the sexism, they promote it and they profit from it. The mainline womens groups profit from the dialectic but fail to stand up for their principles against democratic politicians. I hope it is also true that they will come around if they are confronted with the evidence. Their lame response tends to be I support women politicians but not that woman. Hillary supporter called the game on them: if not her then whom–if not now then when? Echo answereth not. Some of them like Andrea Mitchell, Campbell are so corrupt that I doubt they are educable. They have been lying to themselves for too long

  13. ‘Basil: I think Hillary handled the question the contradiction between her position in the primary and bambis action last week in reaching out and swapping spit with anti-American dictators extremely well. She preserved her own voice and that was what I was worried sick about when I began my rant.’

    Wbboei,
    Sorry but I’m not convinced she has preserved her voice. I HATE to say that but it’s how I feel. WTH I didn’t.

  14. basil,

    size doesn’t alway equal success. There may be fewer “real” democrats out there now, but you have to start somewhere…lol…

  15. ‘The media women we have listed are the enablers. They have internalized the sexism, they promote it and they profit from it.’
    Wbboei, it’s not only media women – it’s the cheerleader’s moter, it’s the football player’s wife, it’s most prominent citizen of the town’s daughter.
    It’s the old gender lottery system, women hanging on for a chance of grabbing the brass ring and screw anyone who gets in their way.
    It’s one of the reasons Susan Boyle is such a phenomena. She refused to NOT go for the brass ring even when she was bullied – and I have no doubt it was by girls and women far more than boys and men – and told all her life she didn’t deserve it – she wasn’t good enough, thin enough, pretty enough – it makes women ashamed, at least those who realize how stupidly they were perpetuating what they IMAGINED was the male POV to their own benefit – Boyle gave them all a great big FU!

  16. I think Hillary is just going by bambi’s book until it slaps him in the face. The stuff that works, she will embrace. The stuff that doesn’t will be an “I told you so” moment. Hillary’s comments today have reinforced my belief that she is still her own woman and a mighty strong and powerful one at that!

  17. That’s our girl. Rohrbacher’s nickname is R.W. Loon. But the far bigger loon is our benighted media. They focus on a one liner and ignore the major issue which is that we do need to get to the bottom of this and see whether waterboading saved Los Angeles and if so how, which is the claim. If it did then we should not ban it but use it only under tightly controlled circmsatances to prevent mass murder. There needs to be clarity and alignment on this. Whether or not Cheney is reliable or not is hardly the point. But that is how the media chose to portray it. They really do dumb down and trivialize the debate dont they? Her answer was perfect.

    Hillary Clinton Blasts Cheney As Not ‘Reliable’

    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 1:32 PM

    By: David A. Patten Article Font Size

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton slammed former Vice President Dick Cheney in testimony before Congress Wednesday, saying she did not consider him a “reliable” source of information.

    Clinton’s jab came during testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

    Cheney says the Obama administration declassified only portions of Justice Department memos that invited criticism of the coercive interrogation measures used by the CIA. Other memos, he says, show the interrogations elicited vital intelligence that protected Americans, and urged Obama to release those documents as well.

    The pointed exchange began as Rep. Dana Rohrbacher, R-Calif., asked Clinton whether she would support releasing the memos Cheney described.

    “Well, it won’t surprise you, I don’t consider him a particularly reliable source of information,” Clinton replied, referring to Cheney.

    That response spurred Rohrbacher to redouble his efforts to get a straight answer, saying he was not asking for Clinton’s opinion of Dick Cheney.

    “Madam secretary, I asked you a specific question,” Rohrbacher reiterated.

    Clinton’s response: “Congressman, I believe we ought to get to the bottom of this entire matter. I think it is in the best interest of our country, and that is what the president believes, and that is why he has taken the actions he did.”

  18. Off topic but more confirmation of BO’srepulsiveness.

    From an NQ poster on the topic of BO an AA’s.

    ‘One of the people we interviewed about the Fraud said she saw him speaking in Chicago to a group of AAs in his district. Afterward, a 15 year old AA boy went up to him and said that he had no food, no money, he had no parents, was living with his grandmother and she died. He had nothing. Obama told him to get away from him and stop with the entitlement stuff. He said “don’t come to ME with these problems.” Get up and do it on your own. Well, isn’t that a far cry from the pitiful AAs who are waiting for their new cars and free houses? What a disgusting SHAM the Fraud is.’

  19. There are so many eloquent posters on blogs that often I find they express what I think far better than I could have.

    Here is a case in point.

    (Warning – don’t lynch me)

    From Paula Revere at NQ;
    HRC ended up getting the Fraud elected and my country is done with. She contributed to that for her own reasons.
    I do give her credit for being the only one in that SADministration that allows me to sleep at night. But, let’s don’t fool ourselves…just like the Obots, who are going to wake up from a big snooze, when the Obama SADministration goes down, everyone goes WITH HIM. Including those who support his insane so-called “foreign policies” and giving hummers to our enemies because he’s a sick f**k who wants to be popular with fascist scumbags. Obama has put us in grave danger…Do you really think Hillary will be unscathed by this? When she is AGREEING with Obama?
    So, if you love Hillary, you might not have wanted her to be part of this. Yes we all feel a LITTLE bit better having her around…but will it be worth it when we get nuked and the backlash against her is huge? Don’t kid yourselves; she will take as much blame, if not more, for the day America is no longer.

  20. turndownobama-com Says:
    April 22nd, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    wbboei Says:
    April 22nd, 2009 at 12:32 pm

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    Iirc poison for two in the library was traditional.

  21. Sorry I don’t have time to copy and paste, but the Hillary quotes from the hearing sound like the Hillary I know!

  22. basil9 Says:

    April 22nd, 2009 at 7:03 pm

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    I reserve the right to disagree.

  23. I think this little episode may strenghten Hillarys hand. Here is why:

    1. In the primary he said I will meet with foreign dictators of enemy regimes within one year without precoditions. (Later the lying mf claimed he said preparation–as opposed to preconditions.)

    2. In the primary she said I would not because they will use it for propanda purposes.

    3. Undeterred by reality he goes down there, engages Chavez in a livel discussion, puts his hands on him, gets blindsided with an anti American book, sayse he appreciated the gesture by Hugo, and then Hugo turns around and announces to the world that this is the greatest political coups since Simon Bolivar.

    4. Hillary goes before the house committee and is asked about her position now since the primary and she very definitely says this is his policy and he is the president. That is fine.

    I do not think it was necessary to go beyond that and compare that lovefest between two gangstas with the Kennedy Krushev summit. After all the USSR was not some Banana Republic. It was a first world country in a bi-polar world who had the nuclear weapon and a former ally in world war II. That is an adversary you have to meet with. It is unclear to me what national interest is served by Baracks Indian Love Call to Chavez. Obviously I am missing something,

  24. wbboei Says:

    April 22nd, 2009 at 6:12 pm
    Wbboei, the Taliban at least have a religious pretext for doing the ugly stuff they do. The Democratic Left, is now simply unprincipled
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    Admin, very true. They are a “godless” lot–to borrow a phrase from someone I know.
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    That is NOT religion. WHAT they do to WOMEN is not done in the name of the Lord, however you veiw your high power…make NO mistake about that…it is about POWER and CONTROL…nothing eles!!!!!!

  25. I completely understand your sentiments basil9. I dislike Obama so much that I am hoping everything he does is a complete failure, hence, it is hard to reconcile my love and respect for Hillary being , arguably, the most important appointee in his administration. I was always concerned that she would be blamed for anything that went wrong and or pushed aside for the TOTUS as we saw on his ego appeasing feild trips to Europe and S. America.
    On the other hand, what future did the “good ole boys” frat house in the senate hold with filth like Kennedy, Dodd, Leahy, MaCaskil , Reid, and others who turned on her during the primary? Hillary had to make a tough decision in either staying, becomming SOS, or branching off like Bill did and starting her own foundations and pushing her causes.
    iF i HAD TO PICK ONE FOR HER, i THINJK i WOULD Have liked her to have left the denate and become more like former President Clinton, leaving the door open for 2012.

  26. wbboei Says:

    April 22nd, 2009 at 6:07 pm
    Basil: I think Hillary handled the question the contradiction between her position in the primary and bambis action last week in reaching out and swapping spit with anti-American dictators extremely well.
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    I’m with Basil on this one. I actually think her comment was condescending toward Cheney. Personally, I have to wonder why we were not hit in 8 years, I expected more from the Taliban…

  27. News »
    World
    Troop deaths in Iraq

    What I LOVE about this article is that we are SUBSIDIZING health care for Cuba…You got to give it up to the 82 year old Dictator!
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    Fidel Castro: Obama ‘misinterpreted’ Raul’s U.S. remarks

    Yahoo! Buzz Digg Newsvine Reddit FacebookWhat’s this?HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro says President Obama “misinterpreted” his brother Raul’s remarks regarding the United States and bristled at the suggestion that Cuba should free political prisoners or cut taxes on remittances from abroad as a goodwill gesture to the U.S.
    Raul Castro touched off a whirlwind of speculation last week that the U.S. and Cuba could be headed toward a thaw in nearly a half-century of chilly relations. The speculation began when the Cuban president said 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.

    Obama responded at the Summit of the Americas by saying Washington seeks a new beginning with Cuba, but he also said Sunday that Cuba should release some political prisoners and reduce official taxes on remittances sent to the island from the U.S.

    That appeared to enrage Fidel Castro, 82, who wrote in an essay posted on a government website 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.

    FIND MORE STORIES IN: United States | Washington | Barack Obama | New Year | Americas | Fidel Castro | Cubans | Summit | Raul Castro | Cuban-Americans | Bay of Pigs | Fulgencio Batista | Castros
    “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 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% 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.

  28. Mary B // April 22, 2009 at 5:55 am From Bitterpolitiz!

    Did ‘enhanced interrogation’ save Los Angeles?

    americanthinker.com/blog/2009/04/did_enhanced_interrogation_sav.html

    Mary B // April 22, 2009 at 5:59 am

    100 Days In: Is Obama Blowing It?

    Key groups who helped vote in President Obama are having serious buyer’s remorse.

    http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/100-days-in-is-obama-blowing-it/

    We are reaching the 100-day mark in the Obama presidency. Historians are examining whether he has done as much as FDR (no), while pundits are considering whether he is more popular than other presidents (some) and just as polarizing as George W. Bush (yes). But a more interesting question is whether independents, conservative Democrats, and moderate Republicans are bothered by what they have seen and are losing faith in the agent of change. There is reason — actually there are six reasons — why that collection of key swing voters might be having serious second thoughts.

    First, the president’s budgetary scheme is a Ponzi scheme. Not just died-in-the-wool conservatives, but moderates like David Brooks, Democratic stalwarts like Alice Rivlin, and editorial boards of major newspapers have figured out that Obama is spending like a drunken sailor, fudging any budget savings, and passing on a huge and unsustainable debt to future generations. It is not only tea party protesters, but average independent voters who are wary of the spend-a-thon. Problem: Obama will have a hard time holding on to fiscal conservatives.

    Second, the agent of change has become the center of the swamp. He went to Washington promising to fundamentally change the character of politics. Instead, we have seen a parade of tax cheating appointees, a slew of ethics waivers allowing ex-lobbyists to impact their prior interest groups, and a hyper-partisan bout of chest-thumping (”We won”) which has buried hope of a post-partisan nirvana. Obama has plotted to operate the federal census out of Rahm Emanuel’s White House, run an amateurish smear campaign against Rush Limbaugh, and failed to attract more than three Republicans on his stimulus and budget plans. Even on education reform he has capitulated to the teachers’ union, disappointing his most ardent admirers. Problem: Young idealistic voters and independents who hate hyper-partisanship are going to be harder to lure to the polls now that they have seen President Obama, not only candidate Obama.

    Third, the stimulus isn’t stimulating and unemployment is going higher. Having rejected Republican ideas for payroll tax cuts and other private sector job-creating ideas, Obama allowed Nancy Pelosi to draft a pork-a-thon trillion dollar bill, which does not even have the benefit of funneling money swiftly into the economy. Businesses are petrified by the prospect of new health care and cap-and-trade mandates, labor law changes, and a never-ending set of financial sector rule changes. Unemployment is 8.5% nationally, in double digits in several states, and going higher. Problem: It is now Obama’s economy and voters usually hold the party in the White House responsible for bad economic news (see George W. Bush).

    Fourth, by disclosing the enhanced interrogation techniques memos, Obama has unleashed a furious partisan frenzy and likely opened up the prospect of endless hearings, leaks, and accusations about who knew what and when. Is Nancy Pelosi complicit? Should we have Colin Powell testify about what he knew? Didn’t we prevent an attack on Los Angeles by waterboarding a terrorist?

    The spectacle of a divisive and destructive witch hunt now looms before us. Moreover, as respected members of the intelligence community, including former CIA director Michael Hayden, step forward to condemn the decision to selectively release portions of memos which provide a road map to the terrorists, voters may wonder why this was all necessary and whether Obama incited a national catastrophe. Problem: Obama may have swapped his newly-minted image as a sober commander in chief for the mantle of netroot bomb thrower.

    Fifth, the Republicans are more united and more energized than at anytime since the 2004 Bush election victory. Republicans have found their sense of fiscal sanity, have remained resolute against Obama’s irresponsible budget schemes, and have begun laying the groundwork with a simple message: Obama “spends too much, taxes too much, and borrows too much.” That theme resonated with the tea party protesters and has the potential to lure fiscal conservatives (in places like New Hampshire, for example) who at the end of the Bush presidency could no longer discern much of a difference between the parties. The Republicans have both reconnected with their base and provided a foundation for attracting key swing voters on core economic issues. Problem: “No” will seem like a good position if the economy doesn’t bounce back and our fiscal predicament becomes the top-of-the-fold story.

    Sixth, you can’t be the change agent/grassroots community organizer from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Organizing for America has been a bust. It simply isn’t possible to keep supporters in a constant state of euphoria. Nor can Obama continue to be “all things to all people” once he has now announced his stands on controversial issues. The dizzying sense of being part of a once-in-a-lifetime post-political movement ended on Election Day. Problem: Obama is now a politician — still a popular one, but no longer a political messiah for many previously apolitical people (i.e., good luck getting all these people to the polls in a mid-term congressional election).

    None of this is to say that Obama does not enjoy a high degree of personal popularity or that Republicans have recaptured the hearts and minds of all their countrymen. But the extent to which Obama has frittered away the opportunity to create a lasting centrist majority is startling, as is the degree to which the hapless Republican Party has begun to set a course for recovery.

    As two key gubernatorial races play out, the economy limps along, and Obama struggles to quell the frenzy unleashed by the “torture” memos, we may see in 2009 a new storyline to replace “Are Republicans finished?”: “How did Obama blow it?” Stay tuned.

  29. Really great article!

    America’s ‘November Revolution’

    americanthinker.com/2009/04/americas_november_revolution.html

  30. iF i HAD TO PICK ONE FOR HER, i THINJK i WOULD Have liked her to have left the denate and become more like former President Clinton, leaving the door open for 2012.
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    She seriously considered that one. The problem with is was the Clinton machine had collapsed and Obamamites had menastesized throughout the party through the dnc, consequently the prospects for a resurgens if she stepped out of the party for four years were not great. There was also talk of forming a third party like TR did in 1912 but they decided they could not turn their back on the party. Legacy considerations were also in play. SOS was not just the least worst option it was and is an option she seems to be excited about. If there is a path to 2012 this may be the right one after all. If the domestic economy goes to hell he will be back on the international scene preaching to the great unwashed masses and sticking his nose where it does not belong. He and Hugo can listen to some old Gardel records and practice the tango–pasadoble I recon. But he will be judged by the performance of the economy.

  31. Cuba, Venezuella, China, Russia, France, Iran all have uncontrollable giggles now!

    bambi is doing such a great job…NOT!

  32. “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.

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

    !!!!!!!

  33. Paula Says:

    April 22nd, 2009 at 8:57 pm
    I have no problem with what she said about Cheney. He had to be among the worst VPs in history.
    ***********************************************

    He was certainly the most powerful, time will tell just how bad he was. I didn’t agree with many policies, most in fact, the War etc, but we had no more 9/11’s and that counts for something. I don’t like either the Fraud, anyone, even Hillary dissing the past Presidency. We can, we are different. I am not sure when that started I know Bush dissed Clinton, I don’t remember so much Clinton dissing Bush1, but it is something for backrooms, not the World stage. I have no great love for the Bush Presidency, but there are public lines of decorum. IMHO.

    Any parent knows that you don’t fight in front of the children…

  34. turndownobama-com Says:
    *****************************************

    I know, we are paying for NATIONAL HEALTH CARE IN CUBA!!!!!!!

  35. Got to love Warren County, Ohio…maybe we should adopt them! Founf link @ Bitterpolitiz….

    Warren County Ohio: to Obama: Keep your ‘filthy money ”

    By Marie Rossiter
    Staff Writer
    Updated 3:37 PM Wednesday, April 22, 2009
    LEBANON — Warren County is saying “no thank you” to federal stimulus funds.

    The county is the only one in the state that has rejected stimulus money for transportation improvements, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

    Commissioners rejected $373,000 in stimulus money to buy three new transit buses and upgrade their fleet, citing their opposition of deficit spending for buses and vans.

    “I’ll let Warren County go broke before taking any of Obama’s filthy money,” Commissioner Mike Kilburn said.

    ODOT spokesman Scott Varner said the money was specifically for transit improvements in rural areas to improve transportation for disabled people, seniors and others needing access to health care and educational opportunities.

    “I’m tired of paying for people who don’t have,” Kilburn said. “As Reagan said, ‘Government is not the answer, it’s the problem.'”

    County Administrator Dave Gully said the Ohio Department of Transportation sent the county a letter saying it was eligible for the money, but the commissioners decided not to apply for the funds.

    “It was an act of omission, rather than rejection,” Gully said.

    “About $180 million was allocated for this,” Varner said.

    “We had hoped to share those dollars with all counties, but Warren County has decided against it.”

    Commissioner David Young said the commissioners also are looking for a way to give back $1.8 million in stimulus money allocated for energy efficient windows and roofs on government buildings.

    “We are working with the prosecutor’s office to find a way for us to give back the money and make sure that no one else spends it,” Young said.

    “We want to make clear that we are saying ‘no, thank you’ to spending this money and we are reducing the $787 billion being spent by $1.8 million.”

    Gully said there is still a possibility the money could be used for efficiency improvements as part of the county courthouse expansion project, but a final decision has not been made.

    Young said while the conservative board of commissioners is against the $787 billion stimulus package, even they might support using funds for larger infrastructure projects.

    “I understand the federal government should be doing some spending in a down economy,” said Young.

    “But, it should be on big projects like highway improvements. We might not like deficit spending, but at least we could live with it if the funds were being used for those things. To use it for vans? That’s crazy.”

  36. Pelosi knew NSA had listened to Harman phone calls

    WASHINGTON—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that she was aware a few years ago that Rep. Jane Harman had been overheard on a government wiretap.

    “A few years ago, maybe three years ago, they did brief me,” Pelosi told reporters at an event hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

    She said that when a member of Congress is recorded as part of a wiretapped conversation, intelligence officials inform congressional leaders.

    “That happened at that time,” Pelosi said. She added that the classified briefing was not detailed, and she did not tell Harman at the time.

    “All I knew is that she was wiretapped,” Pelosi said.

    “When you are briefed on something, it isn’t your information to share with anybody else,” she added. “Even if I wanted to share it with her, I would not have had the ability to share it with her.”

    Harman has said she first learned of the wiretapping last week from a reporter who had knowledge of the transcript of the recording.

    Congressional Quarterly reported Monday that Harman was overheard in a National Security Agency wiretap agreeing to seek lenient treatment for two former employees of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee who were under investigation and later indicted for unlawfully possessing and disclosing classified information.

    In exchange, according to CQ, prominent pro-Israel contributors would press Pelosi to appoint Harman to the chairmanship of the House Intelligence Committee.

    Harman has vehemently denied contacting the Justice Department or White House to intervene in the case and has asked Justice to release a transcript of the intercepted phone conversation.

    Pelosi, meanwhile, issued a lukewarm statement of support for Harman.

    “It was not my position to raise it with Jane Harman,” Pelosi said. “I have great confidence in Jane Harman. She is a patriotic American. She would never do anything to hurt her country.”

    The two veteran Democratic lawmakers from California, both experts on intelligence matters, have long had a tense personal and political relationship.

  37. With this I will retire for the Night…

    hotair.com/archives/2009/04/22/obamas-dni-reminds-obama-that-enhanced-interrogation-worked/

    Obama’s DNI reminds Obama that “enhanced interrogation” workedposted
    at 8:44 am on April 22, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

    Barack Obama’s top man in the intelligence community sent the President a memo defending the use of enhanced interrogation techniques, which the White House edited before releasing to the press de-emphasizing that defense. Dennis Blair, the Director of National Intelligence, pointed out that most of what we know about al-Qaeda came from using those techniques on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Zubaydah, countering leaks last week from the Obama administration that claimed the methods produced no data:
    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.
    Admiral Blair sent his memo on the same day the administration publicly released secret Bush administration legal memos authorizing the use of interrogation methods that the Obama White House has deemed to be illegal torture. Among other things, the Bush administration memos revealed that two captured Qaeda operatives were subjected to a form of near-drowning known as waterboarding a total of 266 times.
    The New York Times, which got a copy of the memo, also notices some odd redactions from the version released by the White House:
    Admiral Blair’s assessment that the interrogation methods did produce important information was deleted from a condensed version of his memo released to the media last Thursday. Also deleted was a line in which he empathized with his predecessors who originally approved some of the harsh tactics after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
    “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.”
    In other words, the Obama administration covered up the fact that even their own DNI acknowledges that the interrogations produced actionable and critical information. When Dick Cheney demanded the release of the rest of the memos relating that information, he wasn’t just going on a fishing expedition. Cheney filed a request to declassify those memos in March, and the CIA has yet to decide on his request, but we can no longer doubt that records exist showing the success of those interrogations.
    Obama has occasionally suggested a truth-and-reconciliation approach to probing the use of torture by the Bush administration, but this establishes that Obama isn’t terribly interested in “truth”. Withholding the truth that waterboarding produced information that saved hundreds of American lives, perhaps thousands, shows that Obama values public relations more than he does the truth. He wants to argue that none of this was necessary to secure the nation against terrorist attacks. In order to make that argument, he redacted Blair’s memo, including his defense of his predecessors, whom Blair acknowledges had to face some tough decisions to uncover plots against America.
    Maybe Obama could learn a lesson from Blair in that regard.
    We need to have an honest debate on interrogation techniques and securing America against attack from radical, committed terrorists. Conservatives should stop pretending that waterboarding isn’t a form of torture that the US has opposed for decades when used abroad, especially against our own citizens. But everyone else should stop pretending that it doesn’t work, and that we would have been safer without its use. The real question — the one Obama wanted to avoid in his cover-up of Blair’s memo — is how many American lives is it worth to say we don’t waterboard? Ten? A hundred? Three thousand? Fifty thousand, the intended result of 9/11 and presumably the Second Wave waterboarding stopped?

  38. Apparently there’s more to it??????

    Wednesday, Apr 22
    Fox News Files Request For Entire “Right-Wing Extremist” DHS Report

    HuffPo’s Danny Shea reports Fox News has field a Freedom of Information Act request with the Department of Homeland Security seeking the entire report on “right-wing extremist groups” identified as a national security threat.

    Earlier this month, DHS issued a report warning law enforcement agencies that right-wing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on fears about the recession and the election of the first African American president.

    There was no specific information that domestic terrorists are planning acts of violence. In its request, Fox News’ SVP of Legal and Business affairs writes, “Fox News has a particular urgency to inform the public about the facts behind this much-discussed Assessment.”

    mediabistro.com/tvnewser/fnc/fox_news_files_request_for_entire_rightwing_extremist_dhs_report_114760.asp?c=rss

  39. The Scoreboard: Tuesday, April 21
    25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

    Total day: FNC: 391 | CNN: 176 | MSNBC: 117 | HLN: 147

    Prime: FNC: 646 | CNN: 287 | MSNBC: 258 | HLN: 225

    5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
    FNC Beck: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly:
    615 440 474 725 653 561 642
    CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Dobbs: Brown: King: Cooper: Cooper:
    150 166 203 177 367 317 231
    MSNBC Matthews: EdShow: Matthews: Olbermann: Maddow: Olbermann: Maddow:
    117 142 150 321 286 168 111
    HLN Prime: Prime: VMitchell: Grace: Dobbs: Grace: Showbiz:
    117 127 273 322 82 282 177

  40. THE BOYCOTTING IS WORKING!!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!

    GE Shareholders Meeting: ‘The Crowd Was Very Upset With MSNBC’
    By Noel Sheppard | April 22, 2009 – 20:05

    General Electric held its annual shareholders meeting Wednesday, and attendees apparently were very upset with the increasing leftward tilt of MSNBC.

    According to the Hollywood Reporter, during the question and answer phase of the meeting, shareholders repeatedly brought up the company’s far-left leaning network, and often had their microphones turned off as a result.

    Here are highlights from the THR report (link loading slowly due to appearance at the Drudge Report):

    NEWSBUSTERS.ORG

  41. 😀 😀 😀

    CNN’s Marciano to Obama: ‘Let’s Park the Jumbo Jet’ for Earth Day
    By Ken Shepherd | April 22, 2009 – 16:36

    Hinting at but not explicitly charging President Obama with eco-hypocrisy, CNN weatherman Rob Marciano chided the chief executive for flying out to Iowa and back just for one Earth Day speech. Marciano took to the camera shortly after 10 a.m. EDT for a weather report. His comments came on the heels of Heidi Collins describing Obama’s agenda for marking Earth Day [audio available here]:

    ROB MARCIANO, CNN meteorologist: Is that the 747 Air Force One I see on the tarmac getting ready to go fly to Iowa for Earth Day?

    HEIDI COLLINS, CNN anchor: Yup.

    MARCIANO: I mean, it’s a pretty big carbon footprint just to make a speech in front of a windmill.

    NEWSBUSTERS.ORG

  42. djia Says:

    April 22nd, 2009 at 10:54 pm
    THE BOYCOTTING IS WORKING!!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!

    GE Shareholders Meeting: ‘The Crowd Was Very Upset With MSNBC’
    ————————–
    djia: your internet research is fantastic. You consistently uncover highly relevant materials that I for one could never find. Great work!

    I wonder whether there isn’t some corporate goverance maneuver that could be invoked, or someone who could run for the board who would raise these issues every board meeting. There are ways to do that.

  43. Commissioners rejected $373,000 in stimulus money to buy three new transit buses and upgrade their fleet, citing their opposition of deficit spending for buses and vans.
    ODOT spokesman Scott Varner said the money was specifically for transit improvements in rural areas to improve transportation for disabled people, seniors and others needing access to health care and educational opportunities.

    “I’m tired of paying for people who don’t have,” Kilburn said. “As Reagan said, ‘Government is not the answer, it’s the problem.’”
    ….

    Young said while the conservative board of commissioners is against the $787 billion stimulus package, even they might support using funds for larger infrastructure projects.

    “I’m tired of paying for people who don’t have,” Kilburn said.

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

    Who don’t have what? I hope this is a misprint or a misquote. Vans for senior transportation is a very valid cause. It’s also transparent and hard to lose money on. Bids are public and easy to understand. If the seniors don’t like them, the vans can be used by some other agency. Government vans are a staple item, and this is a good time to buy them.

    It’s big construction projects that are more likely to include ripoffs and/or turn out roads to nowhere.

  44. ditto djia! Great work!

    “and often had their microphones turned off as a result.”

    dissing the shareholders…yep that’s the way to go. What a bunch of morons!

  45. Freddie Mac Acting CFO Kellermann Found Dead

    online.wsj.com – The acting chief financial officer of Freddie Mac (FRE), David Kellermann, was found dead at his home early Wednesday, according to Fairfax County police.

    There were “no signs of foul play,” said Officer Shelley Broderick of the Fairfax County Police Department. She said police found Kellermann’s body after responding to a call made at 4:48 a.m.

    Kellermann’s wife told local police he committed suicide, Washington, D.C., television station WUSA reported, citing sheriff’s deputies in Fairfax County, Va.

    Broderick would only say the case is under “active investigation.”

    Kellermann, who was 41, became acting chief financial officer of Freddie Mac in September, replacing Anthony S. Piszel amid a broader overhaul of top management. He had previously been the company’s controller and principal accounting officer
    ***************************

    Just too weird, am really going to bed…

  46. The Scoreboard: Tuesday, April 21
    25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

    Total day: FNC: 391 | CNN: 176 | MSNBC: 117 | HLN: 147

    Prime: FNC: 646 | CNN: 287 | MSNBC: 258 | HLN: 225
    ————————————————–
    Looks like the goosesteppers at cnn and msnbc are losing audience. Looks like what his blind dates said about Olberman is true: big mouth–little weenie. If I were a ge shareholder I would be pressing the board to sell off msnbc because it is a bad investment. Sell it to Hugo who after defeating barack mano a mano now answers only to the name Simon Bolivar II/

  47. Decided to take our new train to Santa Fe and spend the day. On the way back, two young men boarded the train and decided to begin a conversation with us. I don’t bring up politics, but all of a sudden that was the topic. They felt O was being picked on, and he needed more than 90 days to prove himself. I stopped the conversation cold by telling them I was a HRC supporter, she won, and he was not any more picked on than GWB.

    We found a new topic.

    I think the bots are worried, discussing this with strangers must be their way of assuring themselves that everything was OK. I guess it did not work today, as the response was not what they expected.

  48. ROB MARCIANO, CNN meteorologist: Is that the 747 Air Force One I see on the tarmac getting ready to go fly to Iowa for Earth Day?

    HEIDI COLLINS, CNN anchor: Yup.

    MARCIANO: I mean, it’s a pretty big carbon footprint just to make a speech in front of a windmill.

    NEWSBUSTERS.ORG

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

    Oh, bravo for him!

  49. MARCIANO: I mean, it’s a pretty big carbon footprint just to make a speech in front of a windmill.
    ———————–
    I wish we could say that the only pollution surrounding barack is a carbon footprint. He has the smell of sulfur about him, to quote his new best friend.

  50. turndownobama-com Says:

    April 22nd, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Yes it is a good use of money, not so sure it is something we should be billing taxpayers across the Country. There are countless wonderful projects for unwed mothers, disabled children, chronic disease, acute disease, housing issues…under socialism we could fund them all 100% and we do fund many of them as we should. I think they are saying heres the line. we will pay for them (although they don’t say that) some other way and we won’t be beholding to the Gov on this one. I don’t know if there were other strings attached that just didn’t make it a good deal for them.

  51. A REVOLUTIONARY IDEA
    Independence Day tea parties in 350 cities
    Round 2 of tax protests scheduled for 47 states

    worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=95657

    ALSO A NEW PETITION……WORTHY OF SIGNING…… I DID 😀

    RE-DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE:
    PETITION TO PROTECT U.S. SOVEREIGNTY
    wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=94298

  52. Barack Obama’s top man in the intelligence community sent the President a memo defending the use of enhanced interrogation techniques, which the White House edited before releasing to the press de-emphasizing that defense. Dennis Blair, the Director of National Intelligence, pointed out that most of what we know about al-Qaeda came from using those techniques on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Zubaydah, countering leaks last week from the Obama administration that claimed the methods produced no data:
    ——————————————
    Bwack promised transparency, and we now know what the word means when he uses it. Declassifying half the files that deal with torture techniques so everyone can go OMG, and hiding the other half of the files which deal with the efficacy. Then getting a report from his own Director of National Security and editing out the part that further corroborates their efficacy. Now that is change you can believe in.

  53. There are countless wonderful projects for unwed mothers, disabled children, chronic disease, acute disease

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

    Vans are a safer financial investment than salaries for project managers, supplies, space rental, overhead, etc (and potential for embezzlement).

    Vans are the best of both worlds, the goldilocks. Solid physical lasting objects — but transparent and off the shelf guaranteed to be what they say they are. No building contractor required … who was that Rezko buddy who took a lot of money to build a park and never built it?

    Who can doubt the secret hid
    Under Cheops’ pyramid
    Is that the contractor did
    Cheops out of several millions.

  54. So if these 4th of July tea parties show up at the national celebration, and other such parties around the country, I guess that MSNBC will just edit it out. So much for free press.

    Been a busy day, good night all.

  55. Wobboei

    LOL thanks……. I spend way too much time on this thing!

    I just wish i always understood everything completely enough to draw the right conclusions and to be able to write
    as well as the likes of you!! I truly admire those of you here that can and often do.

    you analysis’s always make it much easier for me to put the pieces together and reach the same conclusions as such deep thinkers and long time political minds.
    I have not followed politics much…until obama that is…. unfortunately i was like all the others who are caught up in their little world of work, kids etc

    I woke up, and am now active!!! PROOF that america can wake up…. the question is how long will it take??

    and will it be way too late??? I sure pray hard that it’s not.

  56. Freddie Mac Acting CFO Kellermann Found Dead …….he hung himself!!

    YEA RIGHT!!!!!!! I SMELL A DEAD FISH STORY HERE!!!

  57. On the … ‘intorrogation’ issue….

    Iirc, Jan had the key. Releasing the information and declining to prosecute, publicly justifying and defending the actions … is the horribly worst of both worlds!

    Either denounce and prosecute (at least Bush and Cheney etc) — or cover it up! Don’t release and condone it!

    To admit we violated the Geneva Convention (or whatever it is) is bad enough — but to defend the actions attacks the treaty itself, the standard itself!

    Imo we should publicly support the standard. If some agent on the ground thinks he has a good reason for violating the standard .. then the reason and the outcome had better be good enough for his superiors and other insiders to agree to cover it for him.

    Violating the standard is a very serious thing (for reasons that RGB gave). When an agent risks the damage to the standard and to the reputation of the US and the certain damage to a prisoner who has not been convicted and sentenced to cruel and unusual punishment — then that agent should also be risking his OWN career, at least.

    Aside from the private vs public venue, imo it’s like ‘justified homicide.’ Certainly there are extreme situations where it might be excusable — but you’d better be ready to convince a jury, and to pay the price if you cannot convince them. (In this case ‘jury’ = superiors in the agency etc, all the way up to the politicians.)

  58. Hillary is a known quantity with a voting record and a decades long record of progressive accomplishment. He cannot taint her. She is too well known. If she walks, he’s badly hurt because she is what gives him credibility on the national stage – not vice versa as one would expect. She’ll come out of this with so much foreign policy experience that no one can say she is unqualified to run. The only thing I wonder is if she will stay for all eight years.

    Admin – I’m intrigued by your statement that Obama hires will be devourced.. Do you mean the people at the DOJ that he kept on from the Bush admin or did you have something else in mind?

  59. The only thing I wonder is if she will stay for all eight years
    —————————————————
    Hi Basement Angel: then you are convinced he will get two terms? I do not think you can keep a hot air balloon aloft for that long. Not in these uncertain economic times. In fact, I think it is damned near impossible–unless the Republicans shoot themselves in the foot.

  60. Iirc, Jan had the key. Releasing the information and declining to prosecute, publicly justifying and defending the actions … is the horribly worst of both worlds
    —————————-
    That is why I advocated full hearings and laid out the questions to be asked. I would make him do it. In a court of law you have the evidentiary rule of completeness. You do not cherry pick–if any of it comes in it all comes in–which includes the information gleaned from enhanced interrogation techniques and to what extent it prevented the Los Angeles attack. Bambi has opened the door, and if I were a Republican I would make him wish he never had.

  61. wbboei,
    Bush got re-elected. To my mind, Obama will likely be the worst Democratic president since the 19th century, still that is an improvement over Bush being the worst president in history and a bad executive for the ages. Obama’s biggest handicap is that the world so desperately needed brilliant leadership and instead we got the quintessence of mediocrity. Had Obama been elected in 2000, he may have muddled through reasonably. but at this point in time, he has no ability to rise to the challenge.

    Do I think he’ll be re-elected? Who knows? I know that he has a better cabinet than Bush did by far and that’s about it. But Bush did get re-elected so I don’t think it’s out of the question that Obama will.

  62. The two veteran Democratic lawmakers from California, both experts on intelligence matters, have long had a tense personal and political relationship.
    ————————
    The problem is Harmon is smart and Poopsie isn’t. As in Poopsie to bedroom–mirror mirror on the wall who is the smartest of them all. Answer: Harmon, not you Poopsie.

    The suggestion that Poosie is an expert on intelligence matters does not pass the red face test. She is the greatest general since Burnside who Lincoln said was the only general he knew that could snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

    If she rates as an expert on the issue of intelligence work then I would start looking around for somebody–anybody to surrender to. Why prolong the agony?

  63. After watching and hearing Hillary at the hearings yesterday,there cannot be any doubt that she is the SOS that we have waited for and the president that we must elect soon.Obowma must go before there is nothing left of our great country to save.She is truly a political caring and brave national treasure.I also caught Charles Grodin on the mat with Hannity and he gave this egocentric Hillary hater a real beating for almost the full half hour and showed what a real American patriot is made of.Grodin needs his own platform to speak to our citizens.

    By ABM90 Obowma you are on your way down and out.

  64. Well of coarse he will get re-selected as did BUsh in 2000 and 2004.

    Maybe we should realize that Bush/Cheney/Soros got Obama elected. Maybe that is why Hillary was condescending at the hearing.

    I fully believe the American people have not really elected a POTUS since Bill Clinton. That is why we are in such a horrid mess. The power elete (combine) aren’t good at making the selection because they are of one mind and that is to strip American for their own greedy needs!

    I still believe Hillary was blackmailed!

  65. THE WHEELS ON THE BUS GO ROUND N ROUND …. ROUND N ROUND……

    COULDN’T HAPPEN TO A “BETTER” GUY! POOR UNCLE TEDDY! LMAO!!

    ECO MOVE THREATENS OBAMA-TEDDY WINDSTORM

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration yesterday released new environmental rules that could put offshore wind farms in Sen. Ted Kennedy’s beloved sailing playground off Cape Cod.

    The move sets up a Highly charged showdown between the new president and Sen. Kennedy, one of Obama’s earliest and most powerful supporters.

    “We are establishing a program to authorize — for the very first time — the leasing of federal waters for projects to generate electricity from wind as well as from ocean currents and other renewable sources,” Obama said in a speech in Iowa, laying out his vision for America’s electric future.

    “This will open the door to major investments in offshore clean energy,” he added.

    Among the offshore wind farms waiting for approval from the federal government is Cape Wind on Nantucket Sound, which has almost single-handedly been thwarted by Sen. Kennedy, an avid sailor.

    Kennedy, the beloved liberal lion of the Senate, usually favors environmental concerns, but doesn’t want his family’s Hyannis Port compound’s ocean views to get cluttered by windmills.

    In his speech yesterday, Obama said there is “enormous interest” in wind projects off the coasts of New Jersey and Delaware, and that those projects will be helped under his administration’s new rules.

    But he notably did not mention the Cape Cod project, even though it is possibly the most famous such project in the United States and recently won high plaudits in an environmental-impact study by the Department of the Interior.

    nypost.com/seven/04232009/news/nationalnews/eco_move_threatens_obama_teddy_windstorm_165755.htm

  66. djia this is probably the reason for the huge effort to put Caroline in some where with power to thwart the windfarm effort.
    He is a noble man isn’t he. He only wants the poor to have to look out and see oil wells and windfarms. The Kennedy kings must not let their eyes see such things!

  67. 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.”
    ————————————————–
    I agree the set up was humorous. However the joke is on bambi. Hugo played him for a fool. Spin it all you want, that is what it comes down to. Obviously, he does not represent the same threat level as say North Korea, Iran, or Taliban control over northwest territories (Swan Valley, etc.). It is not the threat level, or even the anti-American rhetoric, or even his involvement it drug trafficing which is the real concern. It is the pattern of poor judgment Bambi shows as he goes around the world dissing the country he supposedly represents and bending to interests hostile to our own and lying the American People. We wonder, given all that, whether he still intends to meet with the Supreme Leader and sell out allies the way he has sold out the United States. We wonder who these crippling economic sanctions will cripple, whether they will be supported by China and Russia and if not whether he will fold once more. We wonder whether with his secret relationship with Saudi Arabia who apparently got him into Harvard whether that corrupt regime will support such sanctions. And the answer to these question ultimately depends on who owns him and what their goals and motives are. We know who some of them are but do not know the full story. One day we probably will. If it is too late then it wont matter.

  68. turndownobama-com Says:

    April 22nd, 2009 at 7:03 pm
    Perhaps way off topic…. But here’s twice Hillary has cited Goldilocks.
    &&&&&&&&&

    The obvious thought is that it might be self-referential…

    But if you think about it, who was the one who entered into someone else’s residence, took whatever they wanted, and fell asleep. That might ahem, Little BO Peep.

  69. Never understood Kennedy’s objection to the wind farm in Nantucket Sound. I have read and heard many arguments pro and con over the years. The CEO of Cape Wind says it will supply 75 percent of the electricity needed on the Cape and islands, with zero emissions, zero water consumption, zero waste discharge, and zero foreign energy. Fishermen, at first, feared it would disturb the ecology, but investigations of wind farms around the coasts of Northern Europe revealed that not only do the structures not inhibit the fish population, they have actually become spawning areas and sea life abounds around them. There was talk of oil leakage, but that, too, was found to be an unlikely threat. Boaters complained of causing congestion in the sea lanes, but that, too, is avoidable, and besides, how important is recreational boating? As for aesthetics, gosh, they really are beautiful and whispery quiet. Furthermore, I don’t think they could be seen from the Kennedy Compound. Makes one wonder if somebody wasn’t paying enough for the privilege of a congressman’s support. ….and deliver us from the Kennedys, Amen.
    ADMIN: I’m always pleased when you mention one of my favorite sheros, Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm – “Unbought and Unbossed” – who also said:
    “We need men and women…who will dare to declare that they are free of the old ways that have led us wrong, and who owe nothing to the traditional concentrations of capital and power that have subverted this nation’s ideals.”

  70. Take it for what it is worth. It does present a logical theory for the Administrations actions. The other thing it does it reflect poorly on John McCain. He seems almost oblivious to what is going on. The Republican Party needs a competent leader if it is to have any constructive impact on the deteriorating situation. That is not at all what he is.
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    Obama Slyly Maneuvers for Socialism

    Thursday, April 23, 2009 8:27 AM

    By: Dick Morris & Eileen McGann Article Font Size

    President Obama showed his hand this week when The New York Times wrote that he is considering converting the stock the government owns in our country’s banks from preferred stock, which it now holds, to common stock.

    This seemingly insignificant change is momentous. It means that the federal government will control all of the major banks and financial institutions in the nation. It means socialism.

    The Times dutifully dressed up the Obama plan as a way to avoid asking Congress for more money for failing banks. But the implications of the proposal are obvious to anyone who cares to look.

    When the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) intervention was first outlined by the Bush administration, it did not call for any transfer of stock, of any sort, to the government.

    The Democrats demanded, as a price for their support, that the taxpayers “get something back” for the money they were lending to the banks. House Republicans, wise to what was going on, rejected the administration’s proposal and sought, instead, to provide insurance to banks, rather than outright cash.

    Their plan would, of course, not involve any transfer of stock. But Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., undercut his own party’s conservatives and went along with the Democratic plan, ensuring its passage.

    But to avoid the issue of a potential for government control of the banks, everybody agreed that the stock the feds would take back in return for their money would be preferred stock, not common stock.

    “Preferred” means that these stockholders get the first crack at dividends, but only common stockholders can actually vote on company management or policy.

    Now, by changing this fundamental element of the TARP plan, Obama will give Washington a voting majority among the common stockholders of these banks and other financial institutions. The almost 500 companies receiving TARP money will be, in effect, run by Washington.

    And whoever controls the banks controls the credit and, therefore, the economy.

    That’s called socialism.

    Obama is dressing up the idea of the switch to common stock by noting that the conversion would provide the banks with capital they could use without a further taxpayer appropriation.

    While this is true, it flies in the face of the fact that an increasing number of big banks and brokerage houses are clamoring to give back the TARP money. Goldman-Sachs, for example, wants to buy back its freedom, as do many banks. Even AIG is selling off assets to dig its way out from under federal control.

    The reason, of course, is that company executives do not like the restrictions on executive pay and compensation that come with TARP money.

    It is for this reason that Chrysler Motors refused TARP funds.

    With bank profits up and financial institutions trying to give back their money, there is no need for the conversion of the government stock from preferred to common — except to advance the political socialist agenda of this administration.

    Meanwhile, to keep its leverage over the economy intact, the Obama administration is refusing to let banks and other companies give back the TARP money until they pass a financial “stress test.”

    Nominally, the government justifies this procedure by saying that it does not want companies to become fully private prematurely and then need more help later on. But don’t believe it.

    They want to keep the TARP money in the banks so they can have a reason and rationale to control them.

    The Times story did not influence the dialogue of the day. People were much more concerned with the death of 21 horses at a polo match.

    As much as we will miss these noble animals, we will miss our economic freedom more.

  71. Poor Ted – caught between personal sacrifice of his view – and political sacrifice of his views. We hope he “volunteers” Hyannis Port as a windmill farm now that he wants people to volunteer for that program with his name. However, we fear hypocrisy will rear its head here.

  72. # admin Says:
    April 23rd, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Poor Ted – caught between personal sacrifice of his view – and political sacrifice of his views. We hope he “volunteers” Hyannis Port as a windmill farm now that he wants people to volunteer for that program with his name. However, we fear hypocrisy will rear its head here.

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

    The Kennedy’s usefullness has become obsolete. Caroline, the lesser, can’t stir a pudding pot boiling on the stove with both hands. The view from under the bus is not reserved just for the common political folk.

    It looks like Obama has reserved a special place (under the rear axles) for the Camelotians who have been deposed of anymore worthwhile gift giving.

    Kerry must be terrified.

  73. Personally, I think Hyannisport should be the first windfarm constructed, I would think Teddy should see it before he meets his maker, afterall its such a NOBLE cause, green energy!

  74. In the area of foreign policy, there is nobody better than Anthony Bracevich–a USMA graduate, field then staff grade officer, Boston University Professor, Obama sceptic (as opposed to critic) and eloquent anti-neocon. No Quarter had a link to this article, and I think it is useful to us as a template by which to judge Obama foreign policy adventures and mistakes as he stumbles along.

    Tony’s premise is correct: that our foreign policy must move beyond bush hate and stumbling reaction to world crisis, to a strategic vision where the military footprint shrinks and other agencies move higher up in the pyramid. Hillary has outlined that vision in her call for smart power. But the hard part will be the political turf wars and bureacratic battles with vested interests who support a continuation of the status quo. There can be no illusions about that.

    Obama is a weak man. He will be inclined to “take the easier course of dodging the vision thing, taking whatever problem happens nest and muddling on through”. That way he can avoid the hard battles with entrenched interests. He has neither the stomach or attention span to fight that kind of war. It is beyond his competencies. Cronies like Power and Rice will mislead him for their own partisan reasons.

    Therefore, the fate of our country depends to a large extent on whether Hillary runs our foreign policy–or he does. She needs to be the one in charge. That is the thing to really watch.
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    (CNN) — At every stop during his recent trips abroad, President Obama went out of his way to assure observers that he is the un-Bush: a pragmatist rather than an ideologue, with both his feet firmly planted in the reality-based world.

    To yesterday’s untouchables, like Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, the cordial Obama offers smiles and handshakes. Although all to the good, this falls well short of being good enough.

    Pragmatism devoid of principle provides an inadequate basis for coherent strategy. At the end of the day, there is no avoiding what the elder George Bush once called “the vision thing”: a conception of how the world works, where it is headed and the role the United States should play in getting it there.

    Obama’s sympathetic nod to “soft power” and willingness to listen rather than preach do not qualify as that vision. Nor does his pledge to engage the Islamic world in respectful dialogue while working toward the abolition of nuclear weapons. They are at best markers that may suggest the outlines of something larger.

    When it comes to national security, “changing the way Washington works” will require Obama to provide concrete answers to three distinct sets of questions.

    First, what defines the current hierarchy of U.S. security interests? To what degree does that hierarchy take into account non-traditional or previously secondary concerns such as climate change, international organized crime and demography? Where does Islamic radicalism, George W. Bush’s obsession, fall in that hierarchy? Absent clearly defined priorities, strategy inevitably takes a back seat to improvisation.

    Second, with the United States today overstretched, debt-strapped and facing the prospect of prolonged economic distress, does the concept of “American global leadership” still retain any salience? If so, what exactly does that phrase mean? If the concept has become obsolete, what then defines the proper U.S. role in the international order?

    Third, given the frustrations and failures of recent American wars, what exactly is it that we should look to our military to do? Does the Pentagon’s sacred trinity of global presence, global power projection capabilities and global activism still make sense?

    For his part, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates seems bent on reconfiguring the force to take on more challenges like Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet down that path lies the prospect of permanent conflict. Do we have a sufficient supply of soldiers, dollars or will to sustain such commitments?

    Although neoconservatives and devotees of America as Indispensable Nation will howl, answering these questions with the honesty they deserve points toward the following:

    • A definition of national interest in which the traditional great power competition is subordinated to the need to collaborate; against threats that transcend borders, going it alone is simply not an option.

    • An approach to leadership that abandons fantasies of remaking the world in America’s own image, striving to serve instead as an exemplar of a society nurturing genuinely liberal and humane values, a goal that will require urgent and sustained efforts to put our own house in order and to address long-neglected domestic problems.

    • The rejection of post-Cold War illusions about the efficacy of military power, reaching their apotheosis in the Bush Doctrine of preventive war, and the return to classic “just war” thinking whereby war is permissible only for defensive purposes and as a last resort.

    To base a strategic vision on such principles implies a radical transformation in the way Washington does business. That transformation would manifest itself in myriad ways: When it comes to claiming resources, agencies other than the Pentagon would move to the front of the line; the global footprint of the United States military would shrink; “soft power” would no longer serve as an afterthought.

    For that very reason, individuals and institutions with a vested interest in the status quo would mount a fierce resistance. Obama would quickly learn that even the most popular president cannot impose his own vision by fiat. Instead, he will have to educate, cajole, negotiate, demand and expend precious political capital. Even then he will, at best, end up settling for half-a-loaf.

    Yet should our pragmatic president choose the easier course of dodging “the vision thing” — in effect, taking on whatever problem happens to crop up next — he and the country will simply muddle along, one crisis following another in endless succession. The resulting strategic drift will not bode well either for his presidency or for the rest of us.

  75. connie —

    78 Mass. Lawmakers Urge Approval of Cape Wind
    Tuesday, April 07, 2009 capewind.org/Smizik_040609.pdf
    Seventy-eight Members of the Massachusetts Legislature have signed onto a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar that urges him to approve Cape Wind “as soon as possible”. In so doing, these legislators in both chambers and both parties are representing the overwhelming majority (86%) of Massachusetts citizens who support Cape Wind. The letter was written by House Chairman Frank Smizik and Senate Chairman Marc Pacheco of the Global Warming and Climate Change Committee.

  76. April 23, 2009
    By Lance Fairchok

    Ideology versus Competence: Janet Napolitano

    Sorry Canada, its going to be a long four years. In an article called “The Border for Dummies” Canada’s National Post asks a salient question: “Can someone please tell us how U. S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano got her job?”

    I think I can offer some enlightenment. You see, Janet is an ideologue. She is the kind of person who will pursue ideological goals without regard for truth, a person who can be expected to reinvent reality to fit the ideological vision of the administration, which she does with abandon. She is the perfect Obama Administration appointee. Madame Secretary has no real security bona fides to qualify her as Homeland Security Secretary other than being a two term governor from a border state and having a political ideology in harmony with the new administration. She is not particularly competent and she does not articulate policies well, if at all. She is as gaffe prone as Vice President Biden. During a recent interview by the CBC Napolitano equated the Canadian border with our corrupt and violence plagued pseudo border with Mexico, even claiming that some of the 9-11 terrorists had crossed from Canada into the US. “Nonetheless, to the extent that terrorists have come into our country or suspected or known terrorists have entered our country across a border, it’s been across the Canadian border. There are real issues there.”

    When confronted about those outrageously incorrect remarks she said: “I can’t talk to that. I can talk about the future. And here’s the future. The future is we have borders.” As nonsensical a comment as can be imagined and more so when one realizes the abysmal job she did in Arizona on border and immigration issues. But Janet has other problems with the pesky details of her job. When asked about Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio’s policy of actually enforcing immigration laws she had this to say: “What we have to do is target the real evil-doers in this business, the employers who consistently hire illegal labor, the human traffickers who are exploiting human misery. “And yes, when we find illegal workers, yes, appropriate action, some of which is criminal, most of that is civil, because crossing the border is not a crime per se. It is civil. But anyway, going after those as well. “But the notion that you’re going to fill every prosecutor’s time, every law enforcement official’s time, and that’s literally what he’s talking about, on immigration, he doesn’t answer the other question, which he has been criticized for, by the way, in Maricopa County, because he is not going after murders, armed robberies, other more serious crimes, because he is so focused on this one.” [emphases added]

    Incredible comments, incomprehensible logic, borne of the talking points from the Obama-La Raza disinformation machine. Since when is it not a crime to illegally enter the US? Sheriff Arpaio, by all accounts an effective and popular law enforcement officer, is ignoring more serious crimes to pursue illegals? A national cabinet member criticizing an honorable local law enforcement official and accusing him of criminal dereliction of duty is stunning.

    It gets worse. The Canadian Press reported these Napolitano comments from a recent Brookings Institute Border Conference: “One of the things that we need to be sensitive to is the very real feelings among southern border states and in Mexico that if things are being done on the Mexican border, they should also be done on the Canadian border,” Janet Napolitano told a Canada-U.S. border conference in Washington, D.C. “We shouldn’t go light on one and heavy on the other,” she said of the Canadian and Mexican borders. “We shouldn’t go light on one and heavy on the other,” despite the obvious fact that one cannot with any honesty make comparisons between the two. Mexico is violent and corrupt and its civil society is crumbling. It will milk what it can from the US and continue to feed its population concocted grievances to cover its own ineptitude. Thousands of Mexican Army deserters, including Special Forces fill the ranks of the drug cartels. Mexico has proven incapable of controlling its internal affairs.

    Canada on the other hand is an eminently peaceful nation under the rule of law, as fine an ally as any country could hope for, which the US is blessed to have on its northern border. There are no hordes of Canadians illegally entering the US to find work and send billions of dollars home each year. There are no brutal drug cartels murdering US and Canadian citizens and fighting the police and army with machineguns and grenades smuggled from Guatemala, Cuba and Venezuela.

    Yet in Napolitano’s world the same draconian measures absolutely necessary on the Mexican border are also necessary on the northern border regardless of the enormously different situation. It is a policy so divorced from reality, so ridiculous, it is almost comical, too absurd to be true, but dismayingly, it is. This is what happens when you hire for ideology not competence, when you wish to stack the deck with inept sycophants and fellow travelers that will follow your agenda lockstep. At a time when the dangerous problems of our southern border could erupt into a region wide conflagration we have a bumbling fool insulting our most trusted ally and espousing nonsensical policies, failing to understand or address the deadly serious issues facing us.

    Sorry Canada, it’s going to be a long four years down here in the US, but for what its worth, most of us yanks know Canada is not Mexico and the 9-11 terrorists did not come from your territory. We consider Canada a friend and neighbor who deserves our consideration and gratitude and to be treated as such. Secretary Napolitano is an embarrassment, but as I have recently grown fond of saying: You ain’t seen nothing yet, unfortunately.

    americanthinker.com/2009/04/ideology_versus_competence_jan.html

  77. Clinton doubts Palestinians will reach unity deal

    WASHINGTON (AFP) — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday expressed doubt that rival Palestinian factions will clinch a deal on a unity government, but wanted to keep options open if they do. “We doubt there will be such a unity agreement. There doesn’t seem to be one in store, but we don’t want to bind our hands in the event that such an agreement is reached,” Clinton told the House appropriations committee.

    With talks between the US-backed Palestinian Authority and the Islamist Hamas movement set to resume shortly in Egypt, Clinton told lawmakers that any unity government would have to meet high standards of transparency. “No aid will flow to Hamas or any entity controlled by Hamas,” she promised concerned lawmakers as Clinton asked for 840 million dollars in supplemental funds for the Palestinians this year.

    The chief US diplomat promised that Washington would not deal with any unity government that failed to meet international principles for peace such as halting violence against Israel and recognizing Israel’s right to exist. Clinton did not spell out whether President Barack Obama’s administration would refuse to deal with a unity government unless every Hamas member in it embraced that set of principles. “If the government complies with it, that is what we’re looking for,” Clinton said.

    A delegation from the Islamist Hamas rulers of Gaza is already in Cairo ahead of the next round of unity talks with secular rivals Fatah, which Egyptian state media say will start on Sunday. Hamas and Fatah, led by Palestinian Authority president Mahmud Abbas, have been bitterly divided after Hamas seized control of Gaza in a week of dealdly factional fighting in June 2007. Egyptian efforts to reconcile them have been unsuccessful so far because of disagreements on the composition and obligations of a Palestinian unity government.

    Hamas and Fatah adjourned their last round of meetings in early April, with Fatah saying it wished to discuss new proposals by Egyptian mediators with the leadership.
    With hopes of a unity government fading, Egypt has proposed that the two sides instead coordinate their rival administrations — in Gaza and the West Bank’s Ramallah — through a joint committee. Several rounds of talks between the long-time rivals have failed since Hamas, winners of a 2006 parliamentary election, seized the Gaza Strip.

    Fatah retains control of the Palestinian Authority in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and its government is recognized by the West and Israel — which boycott Hamas as a terrorist group. The factions had agreed to form committees to try to resolve their differences and form a unity transitional government that would prepare for a general election early next year. But the talks were adjourned after they failed to agree on a new government, with Hamas insisting it would not commit to previous agreements between the Palestinian Authority and Israel.

    The stakes are high after a devastating 22-day war between Hamas and Israel in the impoverished Gaza enclave over the new year. In March, countries pledged 4.5 billion dollars in reconstruction aid to Gaza at a conference in Egypt and the supplemental funds requested Thursday by Clinton were part of the US pledge made at the time.
    But many donors, backed by Abbas’s government, have said they will not deal with the Hamas authorities in Gaza.

    google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gYE4MSHsN86pXnZOkNFCxktMoOag

  78. APRIL 23, 2009

    Presidential Poison: His invitation to indict Bush officials will haunt Obama’s Presidency

    Mark down the date. Tuesday, April 21, 2009, is the moment that any chance of a new era of bipartisan respect in Washington ended. By inviting the prosecution of Bush officials for their antiterror legal advice, President Obama has injected a poison into our politics that he and the country will live to regret.

    Policy disputes, often bitter, are the stuff of democratic politics. Elections settle those battles, at least for a time, and Mr. Obama’s victory in November has given him the right to change policies on interrogations, Guantanamo, or anything on which he can muster enough support. But at least until now, the U.S. political system has avoided the spectacle of a new Administration prosecuting its predecessor for policy disagreements. This is what happens in Argentina, Malaysia or Peru, countries where the law is treated merely as an extension of political power.

    If this analogy seems excessive, consider how Mr. Obama has framed the issue. He has absolved CIA operatives of any legal jeopardy, no doubt because his intelligence advisers told him how damaging that would be to CIA morale when Mr. Obama needs the agency to protect the country. But he has pointedly invited investigations against Republican legal advisers who offered their best advice at the request of CIA officials.
    “Your intelligence indicates that there is currently a level of ‘chatter’ equal to that which preceded the September 11 attacks,” wrote Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee, in his August 1, 2002 memo. “In light of the information you believe [detainee Abu] Zubaydah has and the high level of threat you believe now exists, you wish to move the interrogations into what you have described as an ‘increased pressure phase.'”

    So the CIA requests a legal review at a moment of heightened danger, the Justice Department obliges with an exceedingly detailed analysis of the law and interrogation practices — and, seven years later, Mr. Obama says only the legal advisers who are no longer in government should be investigated. The political convenience of this distinction for Mr. Obama betrays its basic injustice. And by the way, everyone agrees that senior officials, including President Bush, approved these interrogations. Is this President going to put his predecessor in the dock too?

    Mr. Obama seemed to understand the peril of such an exercise when he said, before his inauguration, that he wanted to “look forward” and beyond the antiterror debates of the Bush years. As recently as Sunday, Rahm Emanuel said no prosecutions were contemplated and now is not a time for “anger and retribution.” Two days later the President disavowed his own chief of staff. Yet nothing had changed except that Mr. Obama’s decision last week to release the interrogation memos unleashed a revenge lust on the political left that he refuses to resist. Just as with the AIG bonuses, he is trying to co-opt his left-wing base by playing to it — only to encourage it more. Within hours of Mr. Obama’s Tuesday comments, Senator Carl Levin piled on with his own accusatory Intelligence Committee report. The demands for a “special counsel” at Justice and a Congressional show trial are louder than ever, and both Europe’s left and the U.N. are signaling their desire to file their own charges against former U.S. officials.

    Those officials won’t be the only ones who suffer if all of this goes forward. Congress will face questions about what the Members knew and when, especially Nancy Pelosi when she was on the House Intelligence Committee in 2002. The Speaker now says she remembers hearing about waterboarding, though not that it would actually be used. Does anyone believe that? Porter Goss, her GOP counterpart at the time, says he knew exactly what he was hearing and that, if anything, Ms. Pelosi worried the CIA wasn’t doing enough to stop another attack. By all means, put her under oath.

    Mr. Obama may think he can soar above all of this, but he’ll soon learn otherwise. The Beltway’s political energy will focus more on the spectacle of revenge, and less on his agenda. The CIA will have its reputation smeared, and its agents second-guessing themselves. And if there is another terror attack against Americans, Mr. Obama will have set himself up for the argument that his campaign against the Bush policies is partly to blame. Above all, the exercise will only embitter Republicans, including the moderates and national-security hawks Mr. Obama may need in the next four years. As patriotic officials who acted in good faith are indicted, smeared, impeached from judgeships or stripped of their academic tenure, the partisan anger and backlash will grow. And speaking of which, when will the GOP Members of Congress begin to denounce this partisan scapegoating? Senior Republicans like Mitch McConnell, Richard Lugar, John McCain, Orrin Hatch, Pat Roberts and Arlen Specter have hardly been profiles in courage.

    Mr. Obama is more popular than his policies, due in part to his personal charm and his seeming goodwill. By indulging his party’s desire to criminalize policy advice, he has unleashed furies that will haunt his Presidency.

    online.wsj.com/article/SB124044375842145565.html

  79. Yahoo has this:

    news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090423/ap_on_bi_ge/bank_of_america_testimony

    WSJ: BofA CEO says was told to be quiet on Merrill

    1 hr 17 mins ago
    NEW YORK – Bank of America Chief Executive Kenneth Lewis told the New York attorney general he believed former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke wanted him to keep quiet about the worsening terms of the bank’s acquisition of Merrill Lynch, according to testimony reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

    The New York AG’s office plans to release the testimony on Thursday to federal regulators and overseers of bailout funds and banks, the newspaper reported after reviewing a transcript.

    “We believe we acted legally and appropriately with regard to the Merrill Lynch transaction,” Bank of America spokesman Scott Silvestri told The Associated Press Thursday.

    He declined further comment about the report.

    Lewis testified in February to New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s office, which has been trying to determine if Merrill and Charlotte, N.C.-based Bank of America failed to provide adequate disclosures to shareholders about the more than $15 billion in losses Merrill incurred in the 2008 fourth quarter and hefty bonus payments. Had they had that information, BofA shareholders might have voted down the deal.

    The Journal said in Thursday’s edition that Lewis doesn’t say in the transcript that he was told specifically to remain silent about Merrill’s burgeoning losses. But the paper quotes Lewis as testifying that disclosing that information “wasn’t up to me,” and that he was warned by Paulson and Bernanke that failing to complete Merrill’s takeover would “impose a big risk to the financial system.”

    Citing a person familiar with the matter, the newspaper said Paulson told the NY AG’s office last month that Lewis may have misread some remarks about Treasury’s disclosure requirements as instead pertaining to his bank’s obligations.

    The government helped orchestrate the acquisition of Merrill by Bank of America over the same weekend in September that another investment bank, Lehman Brothers, went under and insurer AIG received its initial government support. Both the government and Wall Street were under substantial pressure to contain the financial meltdown.

    Bank of America had received $25 billion in federal bailout funds, but was later given an additional $20 billion as Lewis showed trepidation about completing Merrill’s purchase and said the bank needed help offsetting the losses it was absorbing from the troubled brokerage.

    Just a few weeks after the deal was completed, Bank of America’s earnings report showed the major hit its balance sheet would take on the Merrill transaction, quickly making Lewis the target of much shareholder fury.

    Two of the nation’s largest state pension funds are seeking to lead a class action lawsuit against Bank of America, alleging the bank’s management “misstated or omitted” important information about Merrill’s financial health before the deal was completed.

    And Finger Interests Number One Ltd., which owns about one-fifth of one percent of Bank of America stock, is asking shareholders to vote against re-electing Lewis as well as lead director O. Temple Sloan and Jackie Ward during the bank’s annual meeting April 29.

    Bank of America warned of worsening loan default problems this week even as it posted a first-quarter profit of $2.81 billion. The amount of its problem loans more than tripled to $25.7 billion and Lewis said he couldn’t predict when the bank’s credit morass would end.

  80. When poor Teddy’s time is up, perhaps it would be appropriate for him to be laid to rest under one of those beautiful wind mills in Hyannis Port……I’m sure Obama’s eulogy will be with a portable teleprompter. Hopefully Bill and Hillary will have an important scheduling conflict, like a cocktail party, and can avoid attending.

  81. rgb44hrc Says:
    April 23rd, 2009 at 9:50 am

    turndownobama-com Says:

    April 22nd, 2009 at 7:03 pm
    Perhaps way off topic…. But here’s twice Hillary has cited Goldilocks.
    &&&&&&&&&

    The obvious thought is that it might be self-referential…

    But if you think about it, who was the one who entered into someone else’s residence, took whatever they wanted, and fell asleep. That might ahem, Little BO Peep.

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

    Good heavens, you’re right! It wasn’t Goldi who was ‘just right’, it was the porridege and the bed etc.

    Istr that on the gas holiday she did say “I’m Goldilocks here.” Well, Goldi FOUND the just right middle way.

  82. # JanH Says:
    April 23rd, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Well not to be insensitive or anything, but the could always name a windmill after that windbag kennedy.
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    The Windbag Windmill

  83. Dick Morris said:
    Now, by changing this fundamental element of the TARP plan, Obama will give Washington a voting majority among the common stockholders of these banks and other financial institutions. The almost 500 companies receiving TARP money will be, in effect, run by Washington.

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

    Which could protect Obama’s fat cats against a stockholders’ revolt by ordinary stockholders.

  84. The sad thing is 65% of the country thinks we are headed in the right direction and are very happy with BO. As someone pointed out yesterday, the reality is that just as in the primaries, the kool-aid drinkers are spreading and multiplying and there may be no turning back…

  85. Sorry, but ….

    “Criminalizing policy advice” ????

    “Hey, tell us how can we get by with torturing these people?”

    Sure, the torturers who requested the advice were at fault … and so were Bush and others who approved the intent.

    But I don’t think that advice was given under torture. The advisors accepted the task and gave aid and comfort to the torturers. I think they are ALL guilty.

    But it should have been handled secretly. Lock them all in the library with some sort of poison that will mimic an honorable heart attack.

    Sorry….

  86. jbstonesfan Says:
    April 23rd, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    The sad thing is 65% of the country thinks we are headed in the right direction and are very happy with BO.

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

    Those are the polls that get publicized. They must be asking different questions than Rasmussen, who keeps coming out with polls showing only a few percent points difference between those who approve Obama’s job performance, and those who disapprove it.

    And those two lines on the chart keep drawing closer. The approval line is dropping and the disapproval line is rising.

    (I’ve got some of them at florasteele.blogspot.com)

  87. Slow foreign aid risks loss of US clout to China: Clinton

    WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States risks losing influence to China because it is sometimes too slow to deliver aid to needy nations, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned here Thursday.

    Speaking to a congressional committee, Clinton cited the example of an emergency deal signed by China last month to help bail Jamaica out of its financial crisis. “They (Jamaicans) have just signed a memorandum of understanding with China … and now they have got a government-to-government relationship with China,” Clinton said.
    “We have to be sure we have in place the safeguards so that the money goes where we intend it to go,” Clinton told the subcommitee on foreign operations of the House Appropriations Committee. She also urged Congress to move more quickly to deliver promised aid for Mexico’s drug wars.

    “It’s just too slow, and when I was in Mexico, that’s what I heard from both the president and the foreign secretary,” Clinton said referring to her talks with Felipe Calderon and Patricia Espinosa last month in Mexico City. She said the United States, for example, has been slow to release the money needed for Blackhawk helicopters needed to fight the drug cartel. “Let’s try to get to the bottom of this because you all do your work, you get it appropriated, I go around talking about what we need to do and it’s kind of hollow, and we’re losing ground,” the chief US diplomat said.

    “And we’re seeing particularly China come in right behind us, because countries get tired of talking to our bureaucracy and decide they’re going to cut a deal with someone else,” said Clinton. Clinton cited a report in The Washington Post saying China and Jamaica, a traditional US ally in the Western hemisphere, signed contracts for loan packages totalling 138 million dollars in March. The newspaper also said China had signed multi-billion dollar loans for oil with Russia, Kazakhstan, Brazil and Venezuela. It also showed Beijing had signed multi-billion dollar currency swaps with Hong Kong, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Argentina, Belarus and Russia.

    The newspaper said Jamaica went to China because the United States was preoccupied with its own financial problems.

    google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hqe2Gpt2z0qoWPEnDEkmT8myUOkw

  88. “It’s just too slow, and when I was in Mexico, that’s what I heard from both the president and the foreign secretary,” Clinton said referring to her talks with Felipe Calderon and Patricia Espinosa last month in Mexico City. She said the United States, for example, has been slow to release the money needed for Blackhawk helicopters needed to fight the drug cartel. “Let’s try to get to the bottom of this because you all do your work, you get it appropriated, I go around talking about what we need to do and it’s kind of hollow, and we’re losing ground,” the chief US diplomat said.

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

    Now THAT’s the HIllary I know! After the crowds leave and the lights go down — she’s there in the office alone following the gritty details.

  89. Hamas rebuffs Clinton’s demand that it recognize Israel

    23 / 04 / 2009

    Gaza – Ma’an – Hamas harshly criticized on Thursday a comment by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the US will not recognize Palestinian government unless the Islamic movement recognizes Israel.

    “We will not deal with or in any way fund a Palestinian government that includes Hamas unless and until Hamas has renounced violence, recognized Israel” and abided by earlier agreements with Israel, Clinton told the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives on Wednesday. Clinton said that for now, the US would not discourage unity talks between the Hamas and its main rival Fatah. “We want to leave open the door that that can happen,” she said, referring to the possibility Hamas may change its positions. “We’re not betting on it.”

    On Thursday Hamas slammed these remarks as “failed blackmailing attempt to pressure Hamas in way that would satisfy the desires the Zionist Lobby that controls the decisions of the US administration.” Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum said, “These statements is a sliding in wrong direction [toward the] policies of the previous US administration of [President George W] Bush and [Secretary of State Condoleezza] Rice.” “These statements totally contradict with Obama’s statements about freedom and respect for peoples’ the democratic choices,” added Barhoum, alluding to Hamas’ 2006 electoral victory, which was not recognized by the US.

    He also referred to a “double standard” in US policy, and said that the Obama administration is offering “a lifeboat to the extremist Israeli government at the expense of Palestinians’ rights.”

    maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&Do=&ID=37320

  90. JanH Says:

    April 23rd, 2009 at 1:13 pm
    Maybe the polling is still as skewered as it was during the elections.
    &&&&&&&&&

    The same forces that tried to convince everyone that obama would win NH in Jan 2008 (“The call is Obama by 10 points, given his Iowa win”), that he’d win California on Super Tuesday (“Last minute polls show he’s now even pulled ahead of Clinton”), that he might pull of PA on 4/22/2008 (“he’s unstoppable”), etc., are working overtime to make it seem as if he’s leading us in the right direction.

    These media sycophants expended so much effort to get him into office that their reputations are now harnessed to his fate. They don’t want to be responsible for helping to create a disaster.

    Also, you can ask these stupid questions in very leading ways. And how come poll results have been showing that generally, “I approve of obama’s performance, but I don’t like what he’s trying to do”.

    Another factor is….stupid people. Stupid people trusted obama in the primaries, voted for him in the general election, and they did so because they didn’t research the candidate, and now, they’re not keeping track of how many promises he broke and how many lies he’s told. They care about twittering and texting and IMing their friends about their team or American Idol or whatever.

    Questioner: “Do you think the country is on the right track?”
    Respondent: “I’m not sure”
    Q: “I’ll put that down as a ‘yes’ ”

    Q: “Is Obama doing a good job?”
    R: “I liked his Easter Bunny speech when they rolled the eggs”

    Q: “Do you trust Obama to handle the economy”
    R: “I mean, sure. Isn’t he like some dude from Harvard”

    Q: “Do you approve of the bank bailouts”
    R: “I heard that it’s a huge giveaway, and that the banks are still not lending”
    Q: “I’ll put that down as ‘not sure’ ”

    Q: “Is Obama’s policies helping with the employment situation”
    R: “My job just cut my hours in half. Most of my friends are working in crappy jobs, or none at all”
    Q: “We’ll consider that a ‘no comment’ ”

    Q: “Is Obama more popular that a) Jesus, b) the Beatles c) Ryan Seacrest?”
    R: “Definitely the first two, but I’m not sure about Ryan”.

  91. I do not put much faith in that poll. The number I was given last week was 56%. Either way, it is because we are in a bubble for now. History shows the numbers do not fall off immediately.

    The abuses of this fledgling administation will pile up. Today we are losing 600,000 jobs per month, and further deterioration is forseeable. Will rational people cling to him when his policies are proven not to work? Not if they understand them and it will be the job of the RNC to make sure that they are understood.

    A friend of mine just got back from a breakfast meeting with Al Gore. Al is sceptical of Obamas economic program. He told that group he should not say this but you cannot buy your way out of the trouble we are in and it will only make matters worse. Two Nobel Prize winners and other experts have ventures similar views. The emerging consensus of expert opinion is now tilting in that direction and when we have another drop in the stock market the heat will be on Mr Obama.

    On the issue of National Security, Obamas own Director of National Security ventured a view about enhanced interrogation methods that they worked, those comments were then redacted from a memo released to the press and then he did an about face before Congress. I sent copies of that to major news outlets hoping that it would not be missed. Mr Obama is elevating politics over protection of the country.

    And now he has committed the greatest mistake of his presidency. Forget about his passionate embrace of Hugo, his dissing the United States before world bodies, etc. When he opened the door to the prosecution of Bush official (something I personally favor as a step toward developing a coherent national security strategy moving forward) he put himself between a rock and a hard place. Now he is caught between the demands of the far left including Soros for their heads at the end of a mistake and his competing objective of neutralizing Republican opposition to his policies and spreading the risk.
    It only remains for the Republican leadership to push aside McCain and install a leader with a fighting spirit.

    In that respect I agree with Gonzo that it was unwise for Hillary to take the cheap shot at Cheney. She needs to rise above this. Her battles will need to be with the status quo elements who stand in the way of a more enlightened foreign policy, and to do that she willl need help from the other side of the aisle. I do not want her to become the one they attack because they are reluctant to attack a president who for now at least is riding high in the polls.

  92. I honestly think the media is making her one comment about Cheney a huge deal/blowing it out of proportion. The repubs constantly denigrate the dims and vice versa.

  93. The Arab/Muslim logic is quite simple…we will not recognize Israel until there is no Israel…..

  94. In that respect I agree with Gonzo that it was unwise for Hillary to take the cheap shot at Cheney. She needs to rise above this.
    &&&&&&&

    If you’re talking about the recent HRC comment that she wouldn’t put much credence in anything Cheney says, I don’t think that’s a cheap shot. Considering that the man was a manipulator and a liar in the highest degree, and that he orchestrated some of the biggest fiascos in US history, I’d say Hillary’s comments were accurate, and humorous.

    And let’s not forget how many nasty things Cheney said directly and indirectly about Hillary, as First Lady, Senator, presidential candidate, and SoS. He probably even made mean-spirited remarks about her cookie-making prowess.

  95. MORE ON BANK OF AMERICA / MERRILL FROM NQ

    noquarterusa.net/blog/2009/04/23/ken-lewis-great-american-or-mere-corporate-pawn/

    Ken Lewis: Great American or Mere Corporate Pawn?
    =====================================
    By Larry Doyle

    When Ken Lewis, CEO of Bank of America, purchased Merrill Lynch last Fall did he put country first but his shareholders’ interests second? The WSJ Reports Lewis Testifies U.S. Urged Silence on Deal.

    The BofA purchase of Merrill did not feel “right” to me from the outset. Why? Recall that at the time of this deal, Lehman had just failed and other investment banks’ stocks (Merrill, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs) were plummeting. Given that dynamic, why did BofA pay a fairly sizable premium for a firm in distress? Merrill’s stock was trading somewhere in the mid-teens but BofA paid the equivalent of $29 a share. It is said that Lewis paid such a premium in order to retain the renowned Merrill retail brokerage staff, but it struck me as more directed by Uncle Sam than anything else.

    In early February I questioned What Really Happened With Merrill and B of A. I summarized then that normal business decisions and strategy do not occur when operating in uncharted waters. Well, in the last two and a half months our economy and financial industry have moved into even deeper waters.

    In looking back at the height of the waves swamping the Merrill ship, the WSJ report reminds us:

    ####### start of WSJ quote #########
    Under normal circumstances, banks must alert their shareholders of any materially significant financial hits. But these weren’t normal times: Late last year, Wall Street was crumbling and BofA faced intense government pressure to buy Merrill to keep the crisis from spreading. Disclosing losses at Merrill — which eventually totaled $15.84 billion for the fourth quarter — could have given BofA’s shareholders an opportunity to stop the deal and let Merrill collapse instead.

    “Isn’t that something that any shareholder at Bank of America…would want to know?” Mr. Lewis was asked by a representative of New York’s attorney general, Andrew Cuomo, according to the transcript.

    “It wasn’t up to me,” Mr. Lewis said. The BofA chief said he was told by Messrs. Bernanke and Paulson that the deal needed to be completed, otherwise it would “impose a big risk to the financial system” of the U.S. as a whole.

    Mr. Lewis’s testimony suggests how aggressively federal regulators have been willing to behave in their fight to fix the U.S. financial system. The testimony for the first time spreads some of the blame to Messrs. Paulson and Bernanke for Mr. Lewis’s decision to keep problems at Merrill under wraps.
    ########## end of WSJ quote ##########

    The immediate question I have is whether the shareholders at Bank of America can bring action against Lewis, Paulson, and Bernanke. Can the shareholders in turn bring action to remove the board at B of A?

    These are questions which will likely remain unanswered. However, the mere thought that they are being raised is amazing. If ever there were an individual who held leverage over Uncle Sam it was Ken Lewis. Or did he? When Lewis indicated he wanted to slow the merger process and further review the deal, Paulson pressured him. As the WSJ reports:

    ########## start of WSJ quote ##########
    Mr. Lewis described a conversation with Mr. Paulson in which the Treasury secretary made it clear that Mr. Lewis’s own job was at stake. Mr. Lewis still was considering invoking his legal right to terminate the Merrill deal. Mr. Paulson was out on a bike ride when Mr. Lewis phoned to discuss the matter, according to the transcript.

    “I can’t recall if he said, ‘We would remove the board and management if you called it [off]‘ or if he said ‘we would do it if you intended to.’ I don’t remember which one it was,” Mr. Lewis said. “I said, ‘Hank, let’s de-escalate this for a while. Let me talk to our board.’ “
    ########## end of WSJ quote ##########

    Lewis has experienced enormous pressure from every corner. Where have Paulson, Bernanke, and now Geithner been when he needed support?

    Is Ken Lewis a “great American” serving the interests of his country, or a mere pawn in the hands of a government official and central banker?

    Check out additional interesting viewpoints on this topic at Memeorandum.com.

  96. The only “double standard” I see here is that Israel is supposed to recognize palestinian statehood/right to exist but the palestinians don’t have to reciprocate.

  97. UPDATE:

    The polling of people who think we’re going in the right direction morphed to 48% and now is at 41%.

  98. Oh I disagree rgb. I think throwaway lines like that and baking cookies which can be justified in the moment but they come back into the middle of other negotiations like bats out of Transylvania, when you need cooperation and good will from the other side. Again, she is not a politican at this point but a secretary in a cabinet whose duties are to report to Congress and to move the status quo in a different direction. The evidence on Cheney is in and the minds have been made up. But he was the standard bearer in the prior administration and the question was a fair one which she answered on the merits. She looked tired that day, and there were alot of partisan attacks re. our refusal to precondition negotiations with China on them agreeing to tear down their wall on religious persecution, forced sterization etc–instant impasse. It is frustrating to deal with those people. But I will be you if she had it to do over again she would not have said that. I am on her side and I do realize she is only human like the rest of us.

  99. The polling of people who think we’re going in the right direction morphed to 48% and now is at 41%.
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    Music to my ears. The public is not as dumb as Axelrod thinks. Thanks Freckles.

  100. The polling of people who think we’re going in the right direction morphed to 48% and now is at 41%
    ———————————
    If that is the case, then that may be why the bambi loyalists have decided to go negative on the Republicans. In that case, the decision to open the door and Hillarys remark about Cheney were pre planned. I am inclined to resist that interpetation myself but I could be wrong. Part of the reason I say that is because it lends some credibility to the disgusting suggestion made by the malignant dwarf this morning that Hillary has reduced herself to being a loyal Obama subordinate, whereas I prefer to view her as someone who is working for the best interests of the country. My earlier comment, which I have felt guilty about saying rises once again to the surface, but I have suppressed it on the notion that as rgb says the inside and outside game are different.

  101. Clinton says Israel risks losing support on Iran
    Thu Apr 23, 2009 2:13pm EDT

    By Sue Pleming

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cautioned Israel’s right-wing government on Thursday that it risked losing Arab support for fighting any threats from Iran if it shuns Palestinian peace talks.

    Signaling U.S. impatience with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reticence over peace talks, Clinton said Arab nations had made clear to her that Israel must be committed to the Palestinian peace process if it wants help countering Iran.

    “For Israel to get the kind of strong support it is looking for vis-a-vis Iran, it can’t stay on the sidelines with respect to the Palestinians and the peace efforts. They go hand in hand,” she told the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee.

    Israel sees a nuclear-armed threat as a mortal threat.

    “They (Arab countries) believe that Israel’s willingness to re-enter into discussions with the Palestinian Authority strengthens them in being able to deal with Iran,” she added.

    Since coming into power last month, Netanyahu and his right-leaning coalition have avoided recognizing the Palestinians’ right to an independent state as his predecessor Ehud Olmert did.

    The United States is committed to pushing for a two-state solution, with Israelis and Palestinians living side by side, and would like to revive stalled talks.

    Netanyahu is set to visit Washington early next month. Clinton said she was not going to prejudge the Israeli position until there had been face-to-face talks with him.

    “The prime minister will be coming to Washington in May, and we think that it is important not to prejudge what their view is and how that can best be approached,” she said.

    FUNDS TO HAMAS?

    Lawmakers put pressure on Clinton over a funding request for the Palestinians, saying there must be strong assurances that none of the money would go to the militant group Hamas if it were included in a future unity government under discussion.

    Clinton said the State Department would carefully track assistance and additional steps being taken to ensure that no U.S. taxpayer money goes to Hamas.

    “No aid will flow to Hamas or any entity controlled by Hamas,” she added.

    But New York Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey, who has previously put holds on money earmarked for the Palestinians, questioned what she said was some “flexibility” in the Obama administration’s approach.

    Clinton reiterated that the Obama administration expected any new government that included Hamas to meet three conditions — to recognize Israel, renounce violence and sign on to previous Palestinian peace accords.

    But Clinton hinted that some flexibility might be needed, pointing to U.S. funding for Lebanon, whose government includes the militant group Hezbollah.

    “We are doing that because we think, on balance, it is in the interest of the United States,” she said.

    (Editing by Will Dunham)

    © Thomson Reuters 2009 All rights reserved

  102. REASON #524 WHY OBAMA IS SO POPULAR:

    New jobless claims rise more than expected to 640K
    =====================================

    By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer Christopher S. Rugaber, Ap Economics Writer – Thu Apr 23, 11:08 am ET
    WASHINGTON – New jobless claims rose more than expected last week, while the number of workers continuing to filing claims for unemployment benefits topped 6.1 million.

    Both figures are fresh evidence layoffs persist amid a weak job market that is not expected to rebound anytime soon. New housing data also were worse than expected, diminishing optimism about a recovery in that battered market.

    The Labor Department said Thursday that initial claims for unemployment compensation rose to a seasonally adjusted 640,000, up from a revised 613,000 the previous week. That was slightly above analysts’ expectations of 635,000.

    Economists are closely watching the unemployment compensation data because they believe a sustained decline in the number of initial claims could signal the end of the recession is nearing. Jobless claims have historically peaked six to 10 weeks before recessions end, according to a report by Goldman Sachs. Initial claims reflect the level of job cuts by employers.

    But the latest report shows job losses remain high. The four-week average of claims, which smooths out volatility, dropped slightly to 646,750, about 12,000 below the peak in early April. Goldman Sachs economists have said a decline of 30,000 to 40,000 in the four-week average is needed to signal a peak.

    Abiel Reinhart, economist at JPMorgan Chase Bank, said further declines in the four-week average “would show that our forecast for a resumption of economic growth in (the third quarter) is reasonable.” Other economists said despite the rise in new claims being more than expected, the range has remained mostly steady for about two months, a signal that the pace of layoffs may be leveling off.

    But in another sign of labor market weakness, the number of people continuing to claim benefits rose to 6.13 million, setting a record for the 12th straight week.

    As a proportion of the work force, the total jobless benefit rolls are the highest since January 1983. The continuing claims data lag initial claims by a week.

    Meanwhile, the National Association of Realtors said home sales fell 3 percent to an annual rate of 4.57 million last month, from a downwardly revised pace of 4.71 million units in February. Sales had been expected to fall to an annual pace of 4.7 million units, according to Thomson Reuters. The median sales price plunged to $175,200, from $200,100 a year earlier, but up from $168,200 in February.

    On Wall Street, stocks turned lower after the disappointing housing figures were released. The Dow Jones industrial average lost about 45 points in morning trading, and broader indices also fell

    A year ago new jobless claims stood at 353,000, while there were 2.93 million continuing claims. The Labor Department also said an additional 2.3 million people were receiving benefits under an extended unemployment compensation program enacted by Congress last year, as of April 4, the latest data available. That provides an additional 20 to 33 weeks on top of the 26 weeks typically provided by the states.

    The high level of continuing claims is a sign that many laid-off workers are having difficulty finding new jobs.
    [SNIP]

    For the rest…

    news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090423/ap_on_bi_go_ec_fi/us_economy;_ylt=An4piXkzICf9v5llTINRIFVH2ocA;_ylu=X3oDMTJkcG1wODdpBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMDkwNDIzL3VzX2Vjb25vbXkEY3BvcwM0BHBvcwM0BHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcmllcwRzbGsDbmV3am9ibGVzc2Ns

  103. The only “double standard” I see here is that Israel is supposed to recognize palestinian statehood/right to exist but the palestinians don’t have to reciprocate.
    —————————————–
    Not much of a two state solution there.

  104. Regarding the above, I respectfully disagree with Hillary, but understand her position. For us (USA) it is all about keeping the so called “moderate” Arab states on board, even if it means pressuring Israel into more concessions. For Israel, it’s about preventing Iran doing in six (6) minutes what Hitler did to us Jews in sic (6) years. I’ll would take my chances if I was Bibi, and like Begin, hit Iran and hit them very soon. Even the extreme left self-loathing Jews here in the USA want Israel to survive(I think).

  105. I could be wrong but I believe the attack on Jane Harmon is being orchestated by Obama people in preparation for the middle east negotiations. The timing of it, the substance etc. are what make me most suspicious.

  106. I’ll would take my chances if I was Bibi, and like Begin, hit Iran and hit them very soon.
    —————-
    Exactly what I was going to say. If it were me I would act now, change the status quo to my advantage and let the negotiations begin after that. Israel has more freedom to act now against the Iran threat than it will have in the future. The emerging consensus on the other side is not favorable to her interests, and will get worse with time.

  107. O-PREZ TOPIC OF THE DAY: “I’M COMING AFTER THE CREDIT CARD COMPANIES…FOR FURTHER DONATIONS”

    Another day, more hot air, more empty promises. Make a speech, sound like you’re active, outline timeframes, but don’t do it because you have hidden arrangements not to spoil the rich from slopping at the money trough. Today, it’s **sounding** tough on credit card companies. See my $$$ comments for “the wiggle room”

    Obama pledges protections for credit-card users
    ==================================

    By BEN FELLER, Associated Press Writer Ben Feller, Associated Press Writer – 16 mins ago
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said Thursday his administration is determined to get a credit-card law that eliminates tricky fine print, sudden rate increases and late fees that give millions of consumers headaches.

    $$$ Sounds noble… we’re listening…

    “I trust that those in the industry who want to act responsibly will engage with us in a constructive fashion, and that we’re going to get this done in short order,” Obama said, delivering a pointed message to leading executives of credit-card issuing companies seated at his side.

    $$$ Is there anyone “in the industry who want to act responsibly”?
    $$$ Hasn’t history shown them to be usurers?
    $$$ Don’t they have Biden in their back pocket?
    $$$ Won’t they fight any meaningful reform tooth and nail, and buy every vote until some meaningless, toothless bill is sent to the president to sign, and they’ll have a nice ceremony, and the politicians will smile, because they just got away with appearing like they are looking out for the little guy, but they are mere handmaidens to Big Money?

    Both the House and the Senate are pursuing bills to give consumers greater protections. Obama said his economic advisers will examine the various proposals and work with Congress and the industry, but he made clear he intends to sign a law.

    $$$ Yes, examine proposals. Work with congress (Obama actually does that???) and industry (who will buys congressmen’s votes)?
    $$$ Yes, “a law”. Any law. Let’s get that photo op. “ooh, his approval ratings rose two points after that”.

    At issue is how to protect consumers, particularly in a severe recession, while not imposing the kind of rules that could make it harder for banks to offer credit or put credit out of reach for many borrowers. Industry advocates are wary of those consequences and hopeful Obama will listen.

    $$$ Aren’t the banks already NOT lending? NPR had a feature last night that the credit card companies are terminating accounts and not lending.

    Obama outlined the principles he wants in any legislation: Protections so that consumers won’t face sudden, surprising jumps in fees; requirements that companies publish their forms in plainspoken language, with no more fine print; the availability of customer-friendly comparison shopping on credit-card offers; and greater enforcement so that violators feel the “full weight” of the law.

    $$$ Can’t wait for the fine print…

    The president also acknowledged the importance of credit cards; almost 80 percent of U.S. households have one. Credit cards often serve as a vital source of liquidity, both for individuals and small businesses.

  108. It’s a little confusing for me that Hillary said what she did yesterday about Israel and Hamas. Obama has been sending out the opposite message as has the media up until yesterday.

  109. Positioning as pointed out above to pressure Bibi into the two (2) state solution, which is fine as long as 1) all parties first recognize Israels right to exist 2) Iran is not permitted to weaponize it’s centrifuges and 3) if/when Israel gives up any more land, the first terror attack from said territories will result in Israel having the right to go back in and re-claim their land.

  110. THANKS TO DAILY KAOS FOR THE ROVE EDITORIAL

    Rove’s piece contains a few good quotes:

    “When a president desires personal popularity, he can lose focus on vital American interests.”
    “The desire for popularity has led Mr. Obama to embrace bad policies.”

    Enjoy.

    online.wsj.com/article/SB124044156269345357.html

    The President’s Apology Tour:
    Great leaders aren’t defined by consensus
    ==============================

    By KARL ROVE

    President Barack Obama has finished the second leg of his international confession tour. In less than 100 days, he has apologized on three continents for what he views as the sins of America and his predecessors.

    Mr. Obama told the French (the French!) that America “has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive” toward Europe. In Prague, he said America has “a moral responsibility to act” on arms control because only the U.S. had “used a nuclear weapon.” In London, he said that decisions about the world financial system were no longer made by “just Roosevelt and Churchill sitting in a room with a brandy” — as if that were a bad thing. And in Latin America, he said the U.S. had not “pursued and sustained engagement with our neighbors” because we “failed to see that our own progress is tied directly to progress throughout the Americas.”

    By confessing our nation’s sins, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that Mr. Obama has “changed the image of America around the world” and made the U.S. “safer and stronger.” As evidence, Mr. Gibbs pointed to the absence of protesters during the Summit of the Americas this past weekend.

    That’s now the test of success? Anti-American protesters are a remarkably unreliable indicator of a president’s wisdom. Ronald Reagan drew hundreds of thousands of protesters by deploying Pershing and cruise missiles in Europe. Those missiles helped win the Cold War.

    There is something ungracious in Mr. Obama criticizing his predecessors, including most recently John F. Kennedy. (“I’m grateful that President [Daniel] Ortega did not blame me for things that happened when I was three months old,” Mr. Obama said after the Nicaraguan delivered a 52-minute anti-American tirade that touched on the Bay of Pigs.) Mr. Obama acts as if no past president — except maybe Abraham Lincoln — possesses his wisdom.

    Mr. Obama was asked in Europe if he believes in American exceptionalism. He said he did — in the same way that “the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks in Greek exceptionalism.” That’s another way of saying, “No.”

    Mr. Obama makes it seem as though there is moral equivalence between America and its adversaries and assumes that if he confesses America’s sins, other nations will confess theirs and change. But he won no confessions (let alone change) from the leaders of Venezuela, Nicaragua or Russia. He apologized for America and our adversaries rejoiced. Fidel Castro isn’t easing up on Cuban repression, but he is preparing to take advantage of Mr. Obama’s policy shifts.

    When a president desires personal popularity, he can lose focus on vital American interests. It’s early, but with little to show for the confessions, David Axelrod of Team Obama was compelled to say this week that the president planted, cultivated and will harvest “very, very valuable” returns later. Like what?

    Meanwhile, the desire for popularity has led Mr. Obama to embrace bad policies. Blaming America for the world financial crisis led him to give into European demands for crackdowns on tax havens and hedge funds. Neither had much to do with the credit crisis. Saying that America’s relationship with Russia “has been allowed to drift” led the president to push for arms negotiations. But that draws attention away from America’s real problems with Russia: its invasion of Georgia last summer, its bullying of Ukraine, its refusal to join in pressuring Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions, and its threats of retaliation against the Poles, Balts and Czechs for standing with the U.S. on missile defense.

    Mr. Obama is downplaying the threats we face. He takes comfort in thinking that Venezuela has a defense budget that “is probably 1/600th” of America’s — it’s actually 1/215th — but that hasn’t kept Mr. Chávez from supporting narcoterrorists waging war on Colombia (a key U.S. ally) or giving petrodollars to anti-American regimes. Venezuela isn’t likely to attack the U.S., but it is capable of harming American interests.

    Henry Kissinger wrote in his memoir “Years of Renewal”: “The great statesmen of the past saw themselves as heroes who took on the burden of their societies’ painful journey from the familiar to the as yet unknown. The modern politician is less interested in being a hero than a superstar. Heroes walk alone; stars derive their status from approbation. Heroes are defined by inner values; stars by consensus. When a candidate’s views are forged in focus groups and ratified by television anchorpersons, insecurity and superficiality become congenital.”

    A superstar, not a statesman, today leads our country. That may win short-term applause from foreign audiences, but do little for what should be the chief foreign policy preoccupation of any U.S. president: advancing America’s long-term interests.

  111. Well rgb-here is an article (one of several actually) which agrees with you and disagrees with me:
    ————————————————————
    Feisty Clinton Takes Capitol Hill By Storm
    Secretary Of State Stands Her Ground On Family Planning, Rips Cheney On Interrogation Tactics During Testy Review
    Sums Up Her First 100 Days In Office As “Pretty Good” Reporting
    Don Dahler WASHINGTON (CBS) ―

    The former Senator from New York looked confident, even feisty, in her new role as Congressional questionee, not questioner. When grilled about her push for family planning and contraception in international aid efforts, Clinton was unapologetic.

    “I have spent a lot of my time trying to bring down the rate of abortions and it has been my experience that good family planning and good medical care brings down the rate of abortion,” Clinton said. “Keeping women and men in ignorance and denied the access to services actually increases the rate of abortion.”

    The topics of discussion before the House Foreign Affairs committee ranged from the $900 million in aid pledged to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza to Dick Cheney’s claim that classified documents prove the Bush administration’s interrogation methods on suspected terrorists yielded vital intelligence.

    “Well, it won’t surprise you that I don’t consider him a particularly reliable source of information,” Clinton said of the former vice president.

    The secretary of state also detailed the administration’s plans for keeping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

    “Yes, we are more than willing to reach out to the Iranians to discuss a range of issues assuming they’re willing to reach back as the president said in his inaugural address,” Clinton said. “We’ll hold out our hand; they have to unclench their fist.

    “But we are also laying the ground work for the kind of, I think you said, crippling sanctions that might be necessary in the event that our offers are either rejected or the process is inconclusive or unsuccessful.”

    Secretary Clinton requested additional funding from the committee in order to bolster her diplomatic efforts across the globe, powered by, in her words, partnership, pragmatism and principle.

  112. Breaking News Alert
    The New York Times
    Thursday, April 23, 2009 — 3:24 PM ET
    —–

    U.S. Is Said to Prepare Bankruptcy Filing for Chrysler

    The Treasury Department is preparing a Chapter 11 bankruptcy
    filing for Chrysler that could come as soon as next week,
    people with direct knowledge of the action said Thursday. The
    Treasury has an agreement in principle with the United
    Automobile Workers union, whose members’ pensions and retiree
    health care benefits would be protected as a condition of the
    bankruptcy filing, said these people.
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    Pension should be protected but NOT retiree health care benefits. That is where the big financial problem is.

  113. Yahoo’s Pft Tumbles; Co Will Cut 5% Of Work Force Article

    By John Letzing

    Yahoo Inc. (YHOO) on Tuesday posted a nearly 80% drop in first-quarter profit as online advertisers drastically cut back on spending, and said it will eliminate roughly 700 positions in the next couple of weeks in only the latest round of job cuts at the embattled Internet company. Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo said first-quarter net income fell to $117.6 million, or 8 cents a share, from $536.8 million, or 37 cents a share in the same period a year earlier. Net revenue fell to $1.2 billion for the period ended in March. Analysts on average had estimated Yahoo would post first-quarter earnings of 8 cents a share, on $1.2 billion in net revenue, according to data from Thomson Reuters.

    While Yahoo’s share of the U.S. Internet search market has been seen stabilizing recently, the company relies heavily on the sale of relatively expensive graphical display advertising, which has been more directly affected by the recession. Yahoo said first-quarter display advertising revenue declined 13% worldwide compared to the same period last year. “The economy will clearly remain a challenge for us,” Yahoo Chief Executive Carol Bartz acknowledged during a conference call, though she said the company is well-positioned for any future up-tick in advertising spending.

    The first-quarter results were in line with expectations, said Frost & Sullivan analyst Ronald Gruia. But Gruia added that the news of job cuts isn’t necessarily a positive, as it remains unclear which parts of the company will be affected. “You don’t want to cut anything with growth potential,” Gruia said. Yahoo itself had set expectations for its first quarter relatively low, announcing in January that it should see as little as $1.1 billion in net revenue in the period. That helped tamp down Wall Street estimates.

    Yahoo has been attempting a turnaround under Bartz, who was hired in January following a trying period that saw an unsolicited takeover bid from rival Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and increasingly difficult competition with Google (GOOG) in the Internet search market. Shares of Yahoo rose more than 4% in after-hours trading to $15.02 following the earnings announcement. For its current, second quarter, Yahoo said it expects to report between $1 billion and $1.2 billion in net revenue. Analysts had estimated Yahoo would post second-quarter net revenue of $1.2 billion, according to Thomson Reuters.

    Yahoo has in the past been criticized for lacking focus, and spreading resources across too many disparate services and products. Bartz said Tuesday that the job cuts, which will amount to roughly 5% of the company’s current 13,500 employees, will allow it to reinvest in more strategically important areas – and personnel. For example, Bartz bemoaned the fact that Yahoo has traditionally employed an excessive number of product managers, which had often served to stifle engineering progress. “We sort of had one product management person for every three engineers,” Bartz said. “Were getting rid of a lot of those product people.”

    The job cuts are only the latest in a string of reductions at Yahoo. The company finished the fourth quarter last year with 13,600 employees – some 1,600 fewer than had been reported in the prior period. Future areas of increased focus and investment, Bartz said, will include Yahoo’s international properties. “We can do much more interesting things with Sports, with Finance, with partnerships in these areas,” the CEO said. But Bartz declined to comment on one key strategic move many analysts have been anticipating: A partnership or sale of its search business to Microsoft Corp. In a previous conference call, Bartz said she needed to become more familiar with Yahoo’s search business in order to come to any decision, though her instinct was to keep it. “I haven’t changed my position on that,” Bartz said Tuesday. “I’m well versed enough in the search business at Yahoo to say it’s absolutely critical to Yahoo.”

    online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20090421-720078.html

  114. Obama pledges to confront Holocaust deniers

    WASHINGTON (AFP) — President Barack Obama pledged Thursday at a ceremony remembering the millions of Jews who were slaughtered in World War II to confront “those who tell lies about history” and deny the Holocaust. “There are those who insist the Holocaust never happened, who perpetrate every form of intolerance — racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, xenophobia, sexism and more,” Obama told a gathering in the Capitol Rotunda, including Jews who survived the World War II slaughter and non-Jews who sheltered them. “We have an opportunity and an obligation to confront these scourges,” said Obama, speaking just days after Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at a UN conference on racism, denounced Israel as “the most cruel and repressive racist regime.” “We have the opportunity … to commit ourselves to resisting injustice, intolerance and indifference in whatever forms they may take, whether confronting those who tells lies about history or doing everything we can to prevent and end atrocities like those that took place in Rwanda, those taking place in Darfur,” said Obama, who spoke after Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.

    Wiesel, who survived the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz, where his mother and sister perished, directly took on Ahmadinejad. The Iranian leader has become “the number one Holocaust denier in the world,” said Wiesel. “He used the solemn setting of a United Nations gathering again to insult the state of Israel in a way that no civilized person should ever do,” the Nobel laureate said. The United States and several other countries, including Israel, did not attend the UN meeting in Geneva, and many European delegates walked out in protest at the Iranian leader’s statements.

    Israeli deputy prime minister Silvan Shalom said Tuesday in Poland, where the Nazis ran many of their death camps, that what Iran was trying to do “is not far away at all from what Hitler did to the Jewish people just 65 years ago.”

    google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hV18fZB0yVFj1F0eCha8PGWvVD_Q

  115. Yahoo’s Pft Tumbles; Co Will Cut 5% Of Work Force Article

    By John Letzing
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    Jan–what do you see as the ramifications of this on the political scene?

    Another question: in your opinion is SOS a line position or a staff position. The maligant dwarf who has an obsessive jealously toward Hillary calls it a staff position. It think that is bullshit. I think it is a key line position. The distinction in my mind is this: a line position has the power to formulae execute and monitor stategy whereas a staff position is primarily advisory. Here again Mitchell cannot tell the truth. This is why nobody listens to NBC, MSNBC anymore.

  116. wbboei,

    While you know I don’t wish ills on others, yahoo is beyond contempt in my opinion. There attacks on Hillary were beyond unfair and disgusting. And just yesterday night, djia posted that article about the shareholders anger being muzzled with another less than reputable communications conglomerate. So I see this as honest journalism getting nudged to the top again, and those koolaid media losers sinking to the bottom, slowly but surely.

    I don’t think it will stop cnn or msnbc from their love affair…the egos involved are too addicted to their messiah to even care.

    So I say this is one of those “win one for the gipper moments!” LOL…and I have a smile on my face.

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    As far as Hillary’s position goes, I see bambi wishing it was a staff position but so inexperienced and needy that by force, and with Hillary in charge, it is now a line position he can’t do with out.

  117. Obama pledges to confront Holocaust deniers
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    More words which allow him to assume an air of moral superiority. This is no substitute for concrete support for Israel on Iran and in the negotiations. Talk is always cheap. There are others with credentials who have and will continue to confront Holocaust deniers. Since he is fond of saying I am not responsible because I was only 8 when Ayers was setting off nail bombs, or only 3 months old when Kennedy invaded Cuba I take no responsibility it is like it when he invokes a civil rights movement he was never involved in. He should devote his time to policies which support our ally. What I sense in this is an attempt to demonize the right by equating them to certain fringe elements. The Neopolitano comments are the tip off.

  118. While you know I don’t wish ills on others, yahoo is beyond contempt in my opinion.
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    Jan–I must be missing something. We are talking about yahoo–not msnbc or cnn. I was not aware that they were attacking Hillary. Is that what you are saying. Do they have a blog? I just thought they were a search engine.

  119. The Iranian leader has become “the number one Holocaust denier in the world,”
    ************
    That is true but he is a distraction from the real radical treat to Israel, which is Pakistan. Pakistan is on the same political course that Iran was on with the Shah. Pakistan has at least 100 nuclear weapons cores and has weapons that are small enough to be delivered by fighter aircraft or missile.
    The Iranian govt maybe evil but they aren’t crazy…..A Taliban takeover of Pakistan would give crazy people control of nuclear weapons and they would use them.

  120. wbboei,

    whenever I did searches for news on Hillary during the primary, the hits that came up from yahoo were among the most skewered and disgusting. I know they are not the same as msnbc, but I just lump all of them together. Sorry about that.

  121. House vote expands Clinton-era police program

    By JIM ABRAMS

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved federal funds to help local police departments hire and retain 50,000 officers over the next five years. The House vote was an endorsement for the Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, grant program, which struggled to survive under the Bush administration.

    COPS was created in 1994 by the Clinton administration, which saw it as a vehicle to put 100,000 new beat cops on the nation’s streets. But the Bush White House consistently tried to cut its budget, arguing that it was not cost-effective.

    The economic stimulus plan enacted in February also contained $1 billion for the COPS program to help cash-strapped police departments keep and hire officers.

    The House-passed bill approves $1.8 billion a year over five years for COPS. It now goes to the Senate.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jEHKXCBhnowdtzQBgI-XDKVTtyDgD97OB5CG0

  122. That is true but he is a distraction from the real radical treat to Israel, which is Pakistan. Pakistan is on the same political course that Iran was on with the Shah. Pakistan has at least 100 nuclear weapons cores and has weapons that are small enough to be delivered by fighter aircraft or missile.
    The Iranian govt maybe evil but they aren’t crazy…..A Taliban takeover of Pakistan would give crazy people control of nuclear weapons and they would use them.
    ———————————————–
    Excellent point.

  123. Good point…that Khan guy virtually laid the blue prints out for every terrorist organization for obtaining the means to make nuclear weapons, and the let him out of jail the other day.

  124. China: Obama should not meet the Dalai Lama

    BEIJING (AP) — China said Thursday that President Obama should not meet the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, when he visits the United States in October.
    Although a meeting has not been confirmed, every president since George H.W. Bush has met the Dalai Lama, raising the ire of China, which says the Nobel Peace laureate is bent on splitting Tibet from China. “We firmly oppose the Dalai’s engagement in separatist activities in any country under whatever capacity and under whatever name,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said when asked to comment on a possible meeting. “We have made representations to the United States urging the U.S. to honor its commitments and not allow the Dalai to engage in separatist activities in the United States,” she told a regular news conference.

    Jiang did not say what would happen if a meeting did take place. China canceled a major summit with the European Union last year because French President Nicolas Sarkozy met the Dalai Lama.

    A White House visit for the Dalai Lama would be seen as a powerful message to Tibetans and others struggling for human rights around the world, but would come as the United States seeks crucial Chinese cooperation on several crises, such as the global economic recovery efforts and dealing with nuclear standoffs in North Korea and Iran. The Dalai Lama is celebrated in much of the world as a figure of moral authority. In response to China’s claims that he seeks Tibetan independence, the Dalai Lama has said repeatedly that he wants only “real autonomy” for Tibet.

    Obama’s administration has already faced criticism that a growing emphasis on U.S-Chinese economic and diplomatic cooperation has fueled reluctance to confront the Chinese on sensitive human rights and trade issues.

    In February, the Obama administration delighted China when Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said during her trip to Beijing that the United States would not let its human rights concerns interfere with cooperation with Beijing.

    usatoday.com/news/world/2009-04-23-china-obama-dalailama_N.htm

  125. JanH Says:

    April 23rd, 2009 at 4:40 pm
    House vote expands Clinton-era police program

    By JIM ABRAMS

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved federal funds to help local police departments hire and retain 50,000 officers over the next five years. The House vote was an endorsement for the Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS,
    &&&&&&&

    All these programs always have acronyms that “sell” their product. For once, I’d like to see the chips fall where they may, rather than rigging the acronym. Like:

    PROFOC: Police Randomly Opening Fire On Civilians
    F*CK: Feeding Undernourished Children Knowledgably

  126. Obama Lets Congress — and Lobbyists — Do the Work
    By Michael Barone

    The balance between the executive and legislative branches in writing laws has changed over the centuries. In the 19th century, Sen. Stephen Douglas wrote the Kansas-Nebraska Act, with President Franklin Pierce just an interested bystander. In the 20th century, President Lyndon Johnson reportedly insisted that Congress change not one word of the Great Society legislation he sent down from the White House.

    The first presidents of the 21st century have taken approaches between those two extremes. Under George W. Bush, the White House pretty much drafted the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts and negotiated the numbers with members who cast the critical votes. On the No Child Left Behind Act and the 2003 Medicare-prescription drug bill, the White House presented its plans and then negotiated with committee leaders — a bipartisan group on education, mostly Republicans on Medicare.

    Barack Obama spelled out his positions on the issues during the campaign, but is letting members of Congress do almost all the heavy lifting now that he’s in office.

    Thus the $787 billion stimulus package was largely written by members of the Appropriations committees, with concessions made to the three Republicans whose votes were needed in the Senate. Health care bills are now being fleshed out by Chairman Max Baucus and ranking Republican Charles E. Grassley in the Senate Finance Committee, and by Democratic committee chairmen in the House. The administration has proposed cap-and-trade legislation to limit carbon dioxide emissions, but the sole working draft made public has come from House committee chairmen Henry A. Waxman and Edward J. Markey.

    For those who remember Obama’s promise to be a transformative leader, it comes as a surprise to see such deference to Congress. Obama insiders explain that when Hillary Clinton tried to draft a health care bill without input from Congress, the project crashed and burned.

    One might add that Obama never acquired much legislative expertise in his three years and 10 months as a senator, most of which he spent campaigning for president. Better, perhaps, to leave it to Congress, where Democratic senators have considerable experience legislating and the relevant House committees are led by experienced and unusually competent chairmen.

    But there are problems with Obama’s approach, as there were with Stephen Douglas’ and Lyndon Johnson’s, and for that matter with George W. Bush’s.

    The first problem is that the congressional sausage factory can produce laws with embarrassing amounts of gristle and waste matter. Appropriators wrote their wish lists into the stimulus bill, and while the results might look attractive to their constituents, they were held up to ridicule by Republicans and bipartisan critics of pork-barrel spending. The stimulus package hasn’t gotten any more popular as the details have come out.

    Second, there is a danger of being whipsawed between competing extremes. In a story on the front page of Tuesday’s Washington Post, advocates of a government health insurance plan threatened to withhold 70 votes if the House Democratic leadership propitiated moderate Democrats who have qualms about destroying private insurance. Douglas cobbled together the Kansas-Nebraska Act with some provisions supported by one half of the Senate and others backed by the other half, with the only overlapping vote being Douglas’ own. It’s not clear that today’s party leaders have the skill to achieve this impressive political feat.

    Finally, there is the problem that Congress can simply ignore the president’s priorities, as the Republican Congress ignored George W. Bush on Social Security in 2005. That could be the fate of cap-and-trade legislation. Nearly half the Senate Democrats voted against including this in the budget resolution, which would have made it easier to pass — a clear sign that members from states and districts that depend on coal-fired electric plants don’t want to impose high utility rates, not just on those evil folks who make more than $250,000 but also on the considerably larger number of their constituents who use electricity.

    In the meantime, we are presented with a scene that would have delighted Mark Twain. A president who campaigned for office promising to banish lobbyists from his midst has left it in the hands of Congress to work out all the details of complex legislation that would have enormous effects on economic activities of all sorts. The entirely predictable result is a profusion of lobbyists such as Washington has never seen. Quite an accomplishment for the candidate who promised hope and change.

  127. wwoebi,

    excellent article!

    “but is letting members of Congress do almost all the heavy lifting now that he’s in office.”

    Did we expect anything different???

    “It’s not clear that today’s party leaders have the skill to achieve this impressive political feat.”

    Oh how true!

  128. Something we need to keep in mind: The House is more overtly partisan than the Senate and less collegial, so I wasn’t at all surprised the GOP members went after Hillary. And she was, naturally, well-prepared. when she testifies in the Senate, I doubt it’ll be as confrontational. Senators also served with her, and know firsthand her many atributes – even members of the GOP.

    I also agree with wbboei that the decision to allow torture prosecutions could backfire bigtime. If this is an example of Obama kowtowing to the left, what a stupid knee-jerk move.

  129. wbboei Says:

    April 23rd, 2009 at 5:03 pm
    Obama Lets Congress — and Lobbyists — Do the Work
    By Michael Barone
    ***********************************

    Because he has no vision other than what is feed into his mind by Soros’s and Co, besides, make the White man pay

  130. A more candid assessment of Mr Obama at the 100 Day mark: AVERAGE APPROVAL RATING, ULTRA POLARIZING AND HOLDING THE CENTER . . . SO FAR. But the real shit has not hit the fan–yet.
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    Obama Nears 100: Average Approval & Ultra-Polarizing
    By David Paul Kuhn

    As he approaches the 100th day of his presidency, Barack Obama’s public approval stands in the middle of the ten presidents who preceded him, based on an extensive analysis of historic Gallup polling.

    Obama’s standing is as remarkable as it is distant from the grand expectations that greeted him on Inauguration Day. Obama has indeed earned historically lofty support from his base. But the historically paltry support from his political opposition keeps Obama well short of the more popular presidents of less partisan eras.

    The president who campaigned on “turning the page” will hit his 100th day in the same black and white standing as George W. Bush. Obama may in fact cross the milestone as the most polarizing president of the modern era.

    Wednesday will mark day 100. Media will both fixate on the milestone and belittle it. It’s a Washington ritual. And although an artificial ritual at that, 100 days has become the traditional first landmark for reflecting on a new president.

    Obama will come to that milestone a more popular president than his two recent predecessors. He will also be short, on mean and median, of the public standing of half the presidents’ since Dwight Eisenhower. Ike was the first president that Gallup repeatedly polled over the first 100 days.

    Americans view of Obama has stabilized in recent weeks, allowing for a firm sense of where the president stands on the cusp of a milestone no president has wished to highlight since Franklin Roosevelt.

    It was Roosevelt who began the 100-day count. FDR signed a breathtaking 15 major bills into law before the milestone passed. Obama, like most presidents since Roosevelt, has wrestled with the long shadow of FDR’s precocious scorecard.

    Obama will need all the public support he can muster to compete with FDR’s legislative tally. As Americans gauge their president on the eve of his 100th day, below are three significant trends to watch.

    Obama’s popular, but no JFK

    The bar is 65. That’s the average 100-day approval rating for the ten presidents between 1953 and 2009. Obama will likely be narrowly underachieving when the milestone comes to pass, perhaps earning 63 percent. That would place Obama between Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter in the public’s view.

    John F. Kennedy matches Lyndon Johnson for the highest modern 100-day approval rating. But Johnson, like Harry Truman, owed his vaulted status to the death of a president.

    Americans’ early view of Kennedy is the most impressive in the modern era. JFK won the White House by the narrowest of margins. He struggled with policy in his first 100 days–including the Bay of Pigs debacle. Yet at the close of the first chapter of his presidency, Kennedy was able to unite the country like no other figure in the modern day.

    Only 6 percent of Americans on average disapproved of Kennedy over this period. Obama will likely average four times JFK’s disapproval by next week. That’s twice the modern average. It’s a disapproval level only topped by Clinton. And the reason? Polarization.

    The Polarizing ‘Post-Partisan’

    Obama may be the most partisan 100-day president of the modern era, but only by a hair’s margin. Obama’s partisan gap averages 60 percentage points. Bush was the most partisan modern president at 57 points. Clinton closed his first 100 days with a 51-point gap. The partisan gap is the margin between the high approval of a president’s political base and the low approval of the opposition party.

    The polarized view of Obama would hardly be notable if not for the tenor of Obama’s candidacy, as partisanship has steadily risen since Clinton. Transcending the two tribes of Washington was the nucleus of Obama’s campaign.

    Polarization is rooted in trends from gerrymandering to partisan migration. Northeastern moderate Republicans became Democrats. Conservative southern Democrats became Republicans. Polarization became so pervasive over the past decade that more Republicans approved of Bush early on than Eisenhower or Ronald Reagan.

    Obama’s polarization was not fated. Republicans approval of Obama dropped from 41 to 30 percent between Obama’s first and fourth week in office. Conservative Republicans drove that decline, their support fell from 36 to 22 percent.

    By late February, Obama was a polarizing figure in the mold of Bush, as RealClearPolitics first reported. Obama’s partisan gap has shifted between 63 and 65 percent in the past seven consecutive weeks.

    Obama will likely close his 100 days with the same level of support from Democrats that Bush enjoyed from Republicans, nine in ten. Meanwhile, Obama trends a couple points worse than Bush with the opposing party. It’s a slight difference. And notably, GOP ranks have slimmed down since 2001. It’s likely more moderate Republicans who remain. That would leave a more conservative party to gauge the new president.

    Eight years ago, even Bush attempted to convey a bipartisan tone. “We are beginning to get a spirit here in Washington where we are more agreeable,” he said on the anniversary of his first 100 days.

    It’s the contradiction that spotlights Obama’s polarization problem. At Obama’s inaugural address, the new president said, “the stale political arguments, that have consumed us for so long, no longer apply.”

    Holding the Center

    It was Yeats who once wrote that when “things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.” In broad terms, a president’s mandate ebbs and flows with the support of that center.

    Obama has held the center thus far. Obama is likely to close the 100-day milestone with about six in ten independents behind him. That would place Obama where Nixon stood, ranking perhaps seventh of eleven presidents.

    Seven is no ranking to sniff at. Obama will likely close about 5 points higher than Bush with independents, and surpass Clinton by about twice that margin. George H.W. Bush closed his first 100 days with the approval of only 51 percent of independents.

    But the center is not assured. Last week Obama’s independent support ebbed below 60. Absent significant GOP backing, the center is the keystone to Obama’s mandate. And Obama can ill afford the average approval that now defines that mandate. He is a president with historic legislative ambitions who wins only standard public support. That’s not the equation for major legislative prizes. For Obama to turn historic bills to law, in the months ahead, the center will have to do more than hold. Obama will have to wield a center overwhelmingly behind him.

    David Paul Kuhn covers national affairs for RealClearPolitics and is the author of The Neglected Voter. He can be reached at david@realclearpolitics.com

  131. By the way, on the way home I was listening to Hannity, who would have thought, and he had actually some nice things to say about Hillary. He doesn’t believe she has bought the obamafarm, but @ some point, she and Bill will say enough is enough.

    I hadn’t heard a decent thing about Hillary from the right sence the election…

  132. Only 6 percent of Americans on average disapproved of Kennedy over this period. Obama will likely average four times JFK’s disapproval by next week.
    ***************************

    They will say because he is Black and we are RACIST!

  133. Obama will likely close his 100 days with the same level of support from Democrats that Bush enjoyed from Republicans, nine in ten.

    Obama has held the center thus far. Obama is likely to close the 100-day milestone with about six in ten independents behind him
    **********************************8

    I DON’T BELIEVE EITHER OF THOSE STATEMENTS

  134. They will say because he is Black and we are RACIST
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    It is like profanity. If you do it all the time it has no impact. Nietsche said it best: when you make common currency of virtues you wear the gold off them. When everything is racist nothing is racist. I hope they do more of that because it will turn the center against them. I do not visit bot sites. I do not need to be dumbed down anymore than I already am and besides my arteries won’t stand it. But my sense is they are quieter than usual and some of them have probably awakened to who he really is–a corporate pig–yes, yes, with lipstick and saville row habidashers.

  135. I DON’T BELIEVE EITHER OF THOSE STATEMENTS
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    Well, ya know gonzo, you are probably right to be sceptical. Al Gore is. But even if its right the rest of it –mediocre and polarizing is pretty good stuff, and it spits in the face of emaciated dwarfs like Mitchell who invent this once upon a time fairy tale and prove themselves to be idiots in the process.

  136. Yesterday at the FRC Meeting, Hillary made a candid remark about Cheney’s credibility. She was probably referring to her remembrance of the Libby Trial when they were looking for potential jurors who would believe Cheney IF he testified. I know I did, the minute I heard her say it. Of course, my heart smiled at her prudent use of opportunity…

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    WASHINGTON – Former White House aide “Scooter” Libby is looking for potential jurors who trust Vice President Dick Cheney.

    Cheney’s credibility has emerged as a key issue in the jury selection phase of the CIA leak trial. He is expected to be called as a witness on behalf of his former chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby, who is accused of lying to investigators about his conversations with journalists regarding an outed CIA officer.

    Libby’s attorneys say it’s critical they know whether potential jurors view the vice president as credible. Two people who expressed doubts about that were dismissed from the jury pool Tuesday.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070117/ap_on_go_pr_wh/cia_

  137. Yesterday at the FRC Meeting, Hillary made a candid remark about Cheney’s credibility. She was probably referring to her remembrance of the Libby Trial when they were looking for potential jurors who would believe Cheney IF he testified. I know I did, the minute I heard her say it. Of course, my heart smiled at her prudent use of opportunity…

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

    WASHINGTON – Former White House aide “Scooter” Libby is looking for potential jurors who trust Vice President Dick Cheney.

    Cheney’s credibility has emerged as a key issue in the jury selection phase of the CIA leak trial. He is expected to be called as a witness on behalf of his former chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby, who is accused of lying to investigators about his conversations with journalists regarding an outed CIA officer.

    Libby’s attorneys say it’s critical they know whether potential jurors view the vice president as credible. Two people who expressed doubts about that were dismissed from the jury pool Tuesday.

    news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070117/ap_on_go_pr_wh/cia_..

  138. A friend of mine just got back from a breakfast meeting with Al Gore. Al is sceptical of Obamas economic program. He told that group he should not say this but you cannot buy your way out of the trouble we are in and it will only make matters worse. Two Nobel Prize winners and other experts have ventures similar views. The emerging consensus of expert opinion is now tilting in that direction and when we have another drop in the stock market the heat will be on Mr Obama.
    **********************************

    You run in incredible circles!

  139. I got this lovely email from Karen Thurman with FL Dems today:

    Dear Short,

    It’s been a great few weeks here. We not only reached our goal of 500 donors standing up last week, but over 512 people reached into their wallets for the first time to make a stand to help Floridians get the help they need and President Obama fought to get us.

    Your support of our party in Florida is overwhelming, and we let the Republicans in Tallahassee know where you stand. In the last week of the legislative session, our Democratic legislators are:

    Working to get all of the recovery money to Florida, so we don’t let Republicans block President Obama’s efforts to jumpstart our economy.
    Protecting our right to vote from a last minute partisan assault, because the Republican Leaders are trying to make it harder for Floridians to vote and end the type of voter registration drives that helped President Obama win Florida.
    Fighting to end the Republican waste, fraud and abuse in government and balance the budget without hurting Florida’s working families.
    Blocking Republican plans to drill for crude oil just 3 miles off Florida’s coasts, which further endangers Florida’s tourism economy and risks polluting our precious beaches.
    Your support is helping us fight back – thank you.

    While the state faces a dramatic budget deficit and 11th hour bills are being pushed through with almost no debate or transparency, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink and our Democratic Legislators are working hard every day to protect taxpayers’ dollars and hold government more accountable.

    Senator Bill Nelson and our congressional Democrats are fighting for us in Washington – and now that Senator Martinez has announced his retirement, we are working to make sure that another Florida Democrat will join Nelson to serve in the Senate.

    This next election in November of 2010 is going to be a great opportunity for us to build on our victory in 2008. With an open US Senate seat, legislative races, and the possibility of more open seats in the next few weeks, we could have a once in a generation opportunity to change Florida and turn it blue for years to come.

    I know we are going to win in 2010. We are going to do it the same way we won Florida for President Obama 2008 – with the hard work of thousands of Floridians like you. I know from what you’ve done in the last few weeks – from standing up to Attorney General Bill McCollum to helping President Obama pass his budget by writing letters to the editors of Florida’s newspapers – we will be able to count on you for help as we we’re gearing up for the mid-term elections by recruiting candidates, training activist, developing our message, and registering new voters.

    Thank you for everything you’ve done for Florida- standing with us and creating change in Tallahassee. I promise to keep you up to date as the legislative session ends and as we get ready for our annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Miami at the end of May.

    Sincerely,

    Congresswoman Karen L. Thurman
    Chair, Florida Democratic Party

    P.S.- If you are interested in attending our Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Miami on May 31st, tickets are already on sale, you can buy them here

  140. The usual crap from the pollsters! Found @ Bitterpolitiz!
    ***********************************

    Mary B // April 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    How to produce high approval ratings for Obama

    americanthinker.com/blog/2009/04/how_to_produce_high_approval_r.html

    Just read an AP report: the percentage of Americans that think the country is on the right track rose to 48% in March as compared to 40% in February. In light of the unemployment rising, the debacle in foreign affairs etc, I found it unlikely. So I looked into the details of the poll.

    73% of the Democrats polled thought we were on the right track
    17% of Independents
    10% of Republicans

    That made it even more suspicious as to how those numbers could result in a 48% overall right track vote.

    So digging deeper, it turns out

    36% of those polled were Democrats
    18% Republican
    26% Independent
    18% None claimed

    In the 2008 election the spread between Democrats and Republicans was 6.5 percentage points not 18 and independents made up 22% of the vote not 26%.

    It appears that there have been similar distortions in the various polls measuring Obama’s approval ratings.

  141. also found this at Gateway.
    From a MSNBC poll
    40% of 2.7 million voters gave Obama an “F” for his first 100 days in office.
    ***************************************

    From Bitterpolitiz

  142. Obama warned at Holocaust memorial

    politico.com/news/stories/0409/21632.html

    President Barack Obama’s visit to Capitol Hill for the Holocaust Day of Remembrance ceremony turned into more than just a solemn memorial event Thursday morning. As the president sat waiting for his turn at the podium, a series of speakers admonished him, in terms both veiled and direct, to confront Iran’s government as a threat to Jews and to Israel.

    “Honoring the dead must not be the sole purpose of remembrance. It must help us shape a better future,” said Israeli Ambassador Sallai Meridor. “When a regime is again … terrorizing its neighbors, threatening to destroy the Jewish people, how will we meet this challenge before it’s too late?”

    Meridor kept his message implicit, but the subtext was clear: The world must stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

    Joel Geiderman, the vice chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, was more blunt, drawing a comparison between the Nazis in Germany and the present-day government in Tehran.

    “At least one whole nation has been targeted for destruction with the threat to wipe it off the map,” Geiderman said, alluding to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s belligerent remarks toward Israel. “History should have taught us that democracies that let such pledges stand do so at their own peril.”

    “In the names of the victims, I call on the assembled leaders and the rest of the world to ensure that no country that threatens such destruction will ever obtain the means to achieve it,” he continued. “Nuclear weapons in the hands of aggressor fanatics can’t be allowed.”

    Obama received not just prodding, but also some praise, as Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel lauded his decision to withdraw from the United Nations Durban II conference, where the Iranian president launched a bitter rhetorical assault on Israel.

    “Thank you, Mr. President, for deciding that America should boycott that gathering,” said Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, prompting applause from the crowd.

    But Wiesel, too, described the Holocaust as a cautionary tale for the world’s leaders, declaring the world could have done more to stop atrocities late in the war, well after they became public knowledge.

    “Washington knew. London knew. Switzerland knew. Stockholm knew. The Washington Post and The New York Times knew,” said Wiesel.

    The moment recalled a more piercing exchange 16 years earlier, when Wiesel, at a ceremony for the opening of the Holocaust Museum, turned to the seated President Bill Clinton with a message on Bosnia: “As a Jew, I am saying we must do something to stop the bloodshed in that country. … Something, anything must be done.”

    Wiesel’s words Thursday were softer, but still offered in the spirit of counsel as well as remembrance.

    In his own remarks, Obama did not directly refer to the Iranian regime, but he mentioned the existence of “those who insist the Holocaust did not happen.”

    “Today and every day we have an opportunity, as well as an obligation” to fight those assertions, Obama said, including “doing anything we can to prevent and end atrocities like those that took place in Rwanda” and Darfur.

    For the moment, the 44th president was focused on the memorial event at hand.

    “How do we assure that ‘Never again’ isn’t an empty slogan?” Obama asked. “I believe we start by doing what we’re doing today: by bearing witness.”

    But in closing, he also issued a slightly firmer-sounding message: “May each of us renew our resolve to do what must be done.”

  143. Bill O’Reilly was on Glenn Beck this afternoon. I do not usually watch Glenn Beck, but my curiosity was piqued when he mentioned Bill had news that would astound the citizens. So, if you can not watch Bill O’Reilly tonight, record it. It will be an eye opening show [GE, Immelt, Zucker, oBOWma]

  144. usatoday.com/news/world/2009-04-23-china-obama-dalailama_N.htm

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

    Now how did that go in Nevada, ‘ como se lama obama ‘ ?

  145. gonzotx Says:

    April 23rd, 2009 at 6:15 pm
    The usual crap from the pollsters! Found @ Bitterpolitiz!
    ***********************************

    How to produce high approval ratings for Obama

    Just read an AP report: the percentage of Americans that think the country is on the right track rose to 48% in March as compared to 40% in February. In light of the unemployment rising, the debacle in foreign affairs etc, I found it unlikely. So I looked into the details of the poll.

    73% of the Democrats polled thought we were on the right track
    17% of Independents
    10% of Republicans

    That made it even more suspicious as to how those numbers could result in a 48% overall right track vote.

    So digging deeper, it turns out

    36% of those polled were Democrats
    18% Republican
    26% Independent
    18% None claimed
    &&&&&&&&&&

    Yeah, things are getting worse, but his approval rating climbs??? WTF (and that’s not the World Trade Fenter)!!!

    They probably oversampled people who work for daily kaos and huffpost.

    Cooked numbers. I knew it. Same way they got polls favorable to obumma in the primary and general.

  146. wbboei said:
    In that case, the decision to open the door and Hillarys remark about Cheney were pre planned. I am inclined to resist that interpetation myself but I could be wrong. Part of the reason I say that is because it lends some credibility to the disgusting suggestion made by the malignant dwarf this morning that Hillary has reduced herself to being a loyal Obama subordinate

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

    I’m sure Hillary knew just what she was saying and had a good reason for it.

    Hopefully she and Bill explained it all to Obama in advance and told him just what he is to think, and they programmed his tele appropriately.

  147. What is it with this media love affair for bambi and bimbette?

    Just stood in the grocery line for 10 minutes and at least 5 of the magazines had their pictures smeared across.

  148. JanH Says:

    April 23rd, 2009 at 7:10 pm
    What is it with this media love affair for bambi and bimbette?

    Just stood in the grocery line for 10 minutes and at least 5 of the magazines had their pictures smeared across.
    **********************************************

    I ALWAYS turn them around!

  149. gonzotx,

    I usually do as well, but I had family with me and a few are actually fans of the idiot.

    Hard to believe, I know.

  150. White House, Senator, against interrogation probe

    WASHINGTON (AFP) — The White House and its top US Senate ally poured cold water Thursday on hopes of creating an independent commission to probe harsh Bush-era interrogation techniques widely seen as torture.

    Lawmakers escalated their feud over who knew what, and when, and where, as well as what to do about the people who planned, justified and used tactics like the near-drowning known as waterboarding on suspected terrorists. And there was fighting over whether the methods approved by then-president George W. Bush had produced intelligence that helped foil plots, or whether information could have been obtained with traditional questioning.

    The White House pointed to increasing hostility between Obama’s Democratic allies and his Republican critics as evidence that the president was right to say Tuesday that he would not champion the creation of a special commission. “I think the last few days might well be evidence of why something like this would likely just become a political back and forth,” said spokesman Robert Gibbs, who stopped shy of flatly opposing assembling such a panel. “By (definition), an independent commission would probably not be something that I would weigh in on if Congress were to create one of those,” he told reporters.

    He spoke after Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he opposed talk of an independent probe at least until the Senate Intelligence Committee concludes its investigation into the interrogations and produces a public report, perhaps “sometime late this year.” “I think it would be very unwise, from my perspective, to start having commissions, boards, tribunals, until we find out what the facts are. And I don’t know a better way of getting the facts than through the Intelligence Committee,” said Reid, senator from Nevada. He spoke as Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who reportedly favors creating a special commission, said lawmakers briefed on CIA interrogations were never told the agency was using the harsh methods.

    “We were not, I repeat, were not told that waterboarding or any of these other enhanced interrogation methods were used,” said Pelosi, one of the eight senior lawmakers who attended the classified briefings. Pelosi said the briefers told lawmakers in the highly secret sessions that they had legal advice that the methods “could be used, but not that they would.”

    Republican congressional officials immediately pointed to a December 2007 Washington Post report that Pelosi was among a handful of key lawmakers to whom the CIA’s special program and new tactics were disclosed in 2002. And House Republican Minority Leader John Boehner declared that “all of this information was downloaded to congressional leaders of both parties, with no objections being raised.”

    Reid told reporters he had received “a number of briefings” over the years on the tactics being used and said: “When I disagreed with what was given to me, I raised those objections.”

    After talks at the White House, Boehner said he had pressed Obama to release classified documents detailing the results of harsh questioning and said the president was “examining whether to release this information.”

    The White House did not immediately comment, but Gibbs earlier said it was impossible to know whether information collected through harsh methods might not have been gathered through traditional interrogations. “People will tell you that there was information that was procured that was helpful, and information that was procured that was made up. Nobody could ever likely tell you that any information derived couldn’t also have been derived from another mean,” he said.

    The feuding came after a blizzard of disclosures — including memos detailing the kinds of methods used, a timeline of CIA interrogation decisions, and a Senate report detailing how harsh interrogations became currency at Guantanamo Bay then spread to Afghanistan and Iraq. Escalation could imperil Obama’s legislative agenda, especially in the Senate, where the Democratic majority needs support from at least a few Republicans to ensure passage of major bills.

    google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iFfQcWw80F0pmigOmWAQxFhjEI0w

  151. CHECK OUT THE PICTURE OF SUMMERS SLEEPING WHILE OBAMA IS EXPELLING HOT AIR!!! LMAO!!
    (notice the reflection on the table……there is nothing in front of summers to be reading……he’s snoozing!!)

    his constituents should ask for a refund on what they are paying him!! and then fire his arsssss!

    Barack-a-Bye Baby — Obama Advisor Nods Off

    Posted Apr 23rd 2009 7:01PM by TMZ Staff
    Lawrence Summers, Director of the White House’s National Economic Council, was caught dozing off during a meeting with credit card officials.

    tmz.com/2009/04/23/barack-a-bye-baby-obama-advisor-nods-off/7#comments

  152. The White House pointed to increasing hostility between Obama’s Democratic allies and his Republican critics as evidence that the president was right to say Tuesday that he would not champion the creation of a special commission. “I think the last few days might well be evidence of why something like this would likely just become a political back and forth,” said spokesman Robert Gibbs, who stopped shy of flatly opposing assembling such a panel. “By (definition), an independent commission would probably not be something that I would weigh in on if Congress were to create one of those,” he told reporters.

    We were not, I repeat, were not told that waterboarding or any of these other enhanced interrogation methods were used,” said Pelosi, one of the eight senior lawmakers who attended the classified briefings. Pelosi said the briefers told lawmakers in the highly secret sessions that they had legal advice that the methods “could be used, but not that they would.”

    What a joke, does she think with that mind…really? This is the best she can do? Another case of Botoxmenigitis. People…We can do better than this!

    Reid told reporters he had received “a number of briefings” over the years on the tactics being used and said: “When I disagreed with what was given to me, I raised those objections.”

    And Reid leaves her blowing in the Wind

    They are all running for cover.

  153. Lawrence Summers, Director of the White House’s National Economic Council, was caught dozing off during a meeting with credit card officials.
    ******************************

    Because he knows they will do nothing and the meeting is BS all for show and tell.

  154. rgb44hrc Says:

    April 23rd, 2009 at 6:55 pm
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    Wonderful job of calling the game on them. His overwhelming popularity is a fairey tale propped up by phoney polls and twisted news reporting. This proves statistically what is going on. It destroys the credibility of AP which is what we want. It is worth saving to the hardrive.

  155. Gonzo: if that was your post what I said goes for you too. Great job unmasking their phoney polling.

  156. gonzotx Says:
    April 23rd, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Lawrence Summers, Director of the White House’s National Economic Council, was caught dozing off during a meeting with credit card officials.
    ******************************

    Because he knows they will do nothing and the meeting is BS all for show and tell.

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

    I do like that fellow Summers!

  157. What a joke, does she think with that mind…really? This is the best she can do? Another case of Botoxmenigitis. People…We can do better than this!

    Reid told reporters he had received “a number of briefings” over the years on the tactics being used and said: “When I disagreed with what was given to me, I raised those objections.”

    And Reid leaves her blowing in the Wind

    They are all running for cover.
    —————————–
    Which is why this needs to be pursued. I would think Public Citizen and other pressure groups would do so. I will write them an email so stating. Obama opened the door–lets see what is behind it and which skeletons fall out. Someone knows and can testify as to whether Pelosi and Reid were briefed on waterboarding. My bullshit detector tells me that Pelosi is lying. Lets find out. Since this implicates our image on the one hand and our ability to protect ourselves against a nuclear holocaust the public has a right to know. I would be very suspicious of anyone who says no–particularly Obama after he opened the door. If we knew who the leftist groups are we should light a fire under their asses–but how would you know where to start.

  158. This Garagalo is a real head case. Her thinking is so flawed as to be laughable. But it is a common disease in its less virulent form that we see in her cause. It is the inability to distiguish between correllation and causation. For example, Obama is black, he advances policies which adverely affect the economic interests of middle class white Americans and they object for that reason. That is casation. Garafalo never gets that far in her twisted brain. She says he is black and they are protesting therefore they are racist. That is correlation. The truth is they dont like the policies and if Biden who is white were out there on the stump they would be protesting against him for that reason. People like her pollute the marketplace of ideas with shrill ideological lies detached from reality.

  159. I would love for someone to get up close and personal with bambi and say the following:

    “You give race a bad name!”

  160. I went to real clear politics today and the bots inserted a screen with an advertisement for the puppets energy program where the screen faded away but is supposed to leave a subtle psychological marker in the brain. It has the erie feel to it, and it works well on impressionable people. What we have here is a totalitarian agenda. McCain is not up to the task of fighting this battle-he should step down. I do not know the current crop of Republicans well enough to say who should replace him. Lindsey Graham is goofy looking but is more aggressive and energetic. He is a wack job on immigration but for other things he is alright. But they need a leader if they are going to have any impact.

  161. I would love for someone to get up close and personal with bambi and say the following:

    “You give race a bad name!”
    ————————-
    His racebaiting tactics have poisened the well. And as the article I posted above states it is clear after 100 days that he is ULTRA POLARIZING. Bi-partisanship is a dead letter after he opened the door on political trials, and it is no surprise that he is doing his level best to shut it now. And has become ulta polarizing faster than other presidents. It is never wise to push partisan advantage to its bitter limits but that is what he is doing and payback he will find is hell.

  162. Pelosi is twisting in the wind.

    1. she was briefed on the enhanced interrogation techniques

    2. given the threat to the country she wondered whether they were enough.

    3. not realizing this, bambi released the memos on the methods and held back on the reports of their efficacy in preventing further attacks

    4. he sought to gain political advantage over the republicans and ended up killing the chances for bipartian support for his policies

    5. harry reid says, yea we (me and poosie) were briefed on them.

    6. but poopsie says no, no, no we (harry and me) were never briefed.

    7. bambi who began by opening the door to prosecutions suddenly decides this might be a good time to shut that door–and rise above evil partnership for the good of the country (Saudi Arabia).

    8. just as idiots like bitchell and the rest of his amen chorus wax eloquent about his amazing success in the first hundred days.

    9. so tell me again how long can they keep this hot air balloon aloft.

    If we could whistle up zero mostel and mel brooks they could do a broadway comedy on this ship of fools.

  163. Bill has been particularly quiet and when he has spoken has been complimentary, In fact, Obama immediately followed Bill’s advice to be more optimistic when discussing the financial crisis and for better or worse, his new tone helped him immeasurably.

  164. Barry’s Got the Nuke Codes, But No Security Clearance!

    By Joy Tiz Thursday, April 23, 2009

    Is it possible that as brilliant as our Founding Fathers were, perchance they gave us a little too much credit? Notwithstanding their sagacity, the Founders likely never envisaged a scenario in which the American people would elect a Commander in Chief who is a national security risk.

    Numerous government positions require some level of security screening, as do sensitive jobs in the private sector involving certain types of government contracts. The job of President of the United States, regrettably, does not require any level of security clearance.

    The process of applying for a national security clearance starts with the Questionnaire for National Security Purposes. Even a cursory review of the application shows there are a few sections that could have been troublesome for Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Obama.

    The process is explained:

    “Background investigations for national security positions are conducted to gather information to show whether you are reliable, trustworthy, of good conduct and character, and loyal to the U.S. The information that you provide on this form may be confirmed during the investigation. The investigation may extend beyond the time covered by this form when necessary to resolve issues. Your current employer may be contacted as part of the investigation, even if you have previously indicated on applications or other forms that you do not want your current employer to be contacted.”

    Note the requirement of loyalty to the US. Obama’s recent canoodling with anti- American tyrants would merit further investigation if he were applying for a security clearance.

    Barack Obama would benefit from the magnanimous seven year limit on requests for information about illegal drug use. A bullet dodged, if Obama were required to have a basic national security clearance. A private in the military could be required to be cleared if assigned a position which gives access to classified information. Access to the nuke codes will be gleefully granted without preconditions.

    Section 16: People Who Know You Well. Should provide interesting reading. In my research for Obamanutz: A Cult Leader Takes the White House, I came to the inescapable conclusion that Barack Obama does not know a single normal person. If he were a truthful man, he would have to list Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko and Bill Ayers among those who know him best. That ought to generate some further probing. The process would be streamlined by the large volume of information about many Barack associates already in the possession of various law enforcement agencies.

    Section 9: Citizenship. This could also be a bit of a sticky wicket. At last, Obama would have to produce that birth certificate he claims to have but has invested nearly a million dollars in keeping secret. We can assume that he currently holds a US passport, but take a look at Section 10. While Barry may well have been born in Hawaii, his father was not a US citizen, nor was his stepfather. Barry went to live in Indonesia at the age of six and was enrolled in a Muslim school by his stepfather. A truthful applicant would certainly provide detailed information about his years in Jakarta.

    While we’re at it, could the reviewer be interested in Barry’s travels to Pakistan in the early 1980’s? The nation was under martial law at the time and United States citizens were not permitted to enter. We know Barry took one trip, possibly more. More cynical types of reviewers would probably want to find out a little more about those trips. All of the other kids went to Daytona that year for spring break.

    Section 19: Foreign Contacts. This could be vexatious if the Commander in Chief were required to apply for a security clearance. A vigilant examiner may want to probe Obama’s relationship with the murderous Raila Odinga of Kenya, a fomenter of radical Islam and yet another Friend of Barry about whom questions could be asked.

    The security questionnaire takes another whack at the passport issue in Section 20B, 6. Have you EVER held or do you now hold a passport that was issued by a foreign government?

    Personally, I’d like to know this about any potential Commander in Chief.

    Section 29: Association Record. Another potential snare, if Barack Obama had been required to obtain a security clearance. Note, there is extra space provided if needed.

    Have you ever been an officer, member or made a contribution to an organization dedicated to terrorism? Another germane question! We know about Obama’s ties to Jeremiah Wright, who gave an award to Louis Farrakhan, a creature Wright characterizes as the “epitome of greatness”. The Nation of Islam makes no secret of its wish to destroy white society and has no discomfort with using violence. Obama’s relationship to Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam certainly would have to be explored by any halfway competent examiner, if the president were required to obtain a security clearance.

    Barack Obama’s friendship with Rashid Khalidi could prove inconvenient as well. Former Arafat spokesman, Khalidi, uses his post in academia to champion Islamic extremism and anti-Semitism while raking in funding from the UAE. Obama has made grants via Bill Ayers’ Woods Fund to Khalidi’s Arab American Action Network. Another relationship probably worthy of scrutiny before granting the applicant access to sensitive government data.

    Section b. asks about associations with organizations dedicated to overthrowing the US government. Surely, Obama would acknowledge his membership in the socialist organization, Chicago’s New Party. Support for Obama from the New Party required his membership and it was made abundantly clear that there would be zero tolerance for an in name only type of membership. In the interest of veracity, Obama couldn’t disregard his former mentor, Alice Palmer an unashamed supporter of the Soviet Union and member of the US Peace Council, identified by the FBI as a notorious Communist front group. Even the most somnambulant bureaucrat would raise a red flag and feel compelled to dig a little deeper.

    A personal interview may be required of the applicant, providing an opportunity to explain information on the form more completely. It’s a safe wager that Obama’s application would earn him a personal interview. That is, if the Commander in Chief of the most powerful military in the world were required to obtain a national security clearance.

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    Joy has written extensively on a wide range of topics including the legal aspects of self defense, canine behavior and politics. Her book I Love My Dog, But . . . (Avon 1999) received excellent reviews. Joy’s next book, Obamanutz: A Cult Leader takes the White House is due out later this spring.

    An unapologetic capitalist, Joy currently owns a small real estate brokerage. She is also the proud owner of three magnificent and staunchly conservative German Shepherds, a Quarter Horse mare lacking in work ethic and Zirc the Wonder Colt.

    canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/10498

  165. I also agree that Obama has total control of the media and it is very big brother like….his use of the internet , with seemingly “unbiased” sites having links all which tie into his “new world order” are creepy at best, and terrifying when you realize just how effective they are. He, imo, is preparing already for 2012 and quite frankly, I don’t see anyone remotely beating him. If we could re-elect Bush in 2004, Obama will be a shoe in. Sadly, groups like us will be considered “fringe” when all we really wanted was our traditional democratic values to be adhered to and not have a [man]churian like candidate paid for, selected by, and carrying out the agenda of people whom despise America and seek our country to be more like tghe EU, It is , imo, a full frontal assault on a way of life.

  166. Here we go again…

    April 23, 2009, 4:02 pm
    Obama to Hold News Conference at 100-Day Mark

    By Sheryl Gay Stolberg

    So much for the Hallmark holiday. The White House, which had been assiduously resisting engaging in any self-examination to mark President Obama’s first 100 days, has given up. Press secretary Robert Gibbs, who has repeatedly called the 100-day marker ‘’a Hallmark holiday,’’ said during his briefing this afternoon that Mr. Obama will hold his third prime-time news conference next Wednesday evening, his 100th day in office, after returning from a trip to Missouri.

    “There will be a whole lot of cards for you to pick up,’’ Mr. Gibbs said, provoking laughter in the room, “where you can inform your loved ones what you’ve been doing for the last 100 days.’’

    thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/23/obama-to-hold-news-conference-at-100-day-mark/

  167. Barry’s Got the Nuke Codes, But No Security Clearance!

    ————————–

    All I can say is thank God!

  168. This is outrageous……….he is playing politics with virtually everything from torture memos to trying and act modest while having his henchman claim he is the greatest president since FDR…….I simply can’t believe how he gets away with outright lying by the hr…….if this was any other politician there would be outrage over the unmitigated hypocrisy this White House engages in.

  169. JanH Says:

    April 23rd, 2009 at 10:26 pm
    Barry’s Got the Nuke Codes, But No Security Clearance!

    ————————–

    All I can say is thank God!

    ——————————–

    And I meant that with extreme sarcasm, in case anyone wondered.

  170. Just perused 100 photos of TOTUS to be featured in “Time “magazine,….intimate behind the scenes stuff….not one pic of Obama and Hillary together. Plenty of Michelle, Biden, Gibbs, Axelrod, and Emanuel…………..all of them smug and arrogant imo.

  171. jbstonesfan Says:

    April 23rd, 2009 at 10:01 pm
    Bill has been particularly quiet and when he has spoken has been complimentary, In fact, Obama immediately followed Bill’s advice to be more optimistic when discussing the financial crisis and for better or worse, his new tone helped him immeasurably.
    *********************************************
    I agree.I thought so when he said it and Jesus, I wish he hadn’t.
    **********************************************
    jbstonesfan Says:

    April 23rd, 2009 at 11:08 pm
    Just perused 100 photos of TOTUS to be featured in “Time “magazine,….intimate behind the scenes stuff….not one pic of Obama and Hillary together. Plenty of Michelle, Biden, Gibbs, Axelrod, and Emanuel…………..all of them smug and arrogant imo.
    ********************************************

    Was Emanuel wearing his TUTU with a dead fish around his neck?

    You have to wonder. The Fraud has gotten away with everything that no one, no one could have. All this high fiving the Anti-American dictators, dissing America @ every turn. Only the media and Soro’s and Co could do this. But time is working against him. Lay offs are mounting. people are scared. The Taliban are as we write winning major battles in Pakistan. Musharuff should never have been forced out…he might be a dictator, but at least he kept the Taliban @ bay.

    Just like Saddam was a necessary evil in the Middle East… the cards are falling. These are terrifying times.

    Who will have the courage to lead the World back from the brink of insanity as I fear we are on the verge of the abysis…

  172. jbstonesfan Says:
    April 23rd, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    Just perused 100 photos of TOTUS to be featured in “Time “magazine,….intimate behind the scenes stuff….not one pic of Obama and Hillary together. Plenty of Michelle, Biden, Gibbs, Axelrod, and Emanuel…………..all of them smug and arrogant imo.

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

    I’m glad Hillary didn’t let herself be seen with that crowd.

  173. want to know what the USA media will not tell you??

    read this article!!

    Crisis Plunges US Middle Class into Poverty

    spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,620754,00.html

  174. Bottom Line: Obamas brand of universal health care will lead to rationing and the government will decide whether your health and your life are worth the cost of saving them. Hillary would never have attempted this in a down economic time. He is creating a financial disaster for all of us. It is madness.
    ———————————————
    Obama: The Grand Strategy
    By Charles Krauthammer

    WASHINGTON — Unified theory of Obamaism, final installment

    In the service of his ultimate mission — the leveling of social inequalities — President Obama offers a tripartite social democratic agenda: nationalized health care, federalized education (ultimately guaranteed through college) and a cash-cow carbon tax (or its equivalent) to subsidize the other two.

    Problem is, the math doesn’t add up. Not even a carbon tax would pay for Obama’s vastly expanded welfare state. Nor will Midwest Democrats stand for a tax that would devastate their already crumbling region.

    What is obviously required is entitlement reform, meaning Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid. That’s where the real money is — trillions saved that could not only fund hugely expensive health and education programs but also restore budgetary balance.

    Except that Obama has offered no real entitlement reform. His universal health care proposal would increase costs by perhaps $1 trillion. Medicare/Medicaid reform is supposed to decrease costs.

    Obama’s own budget projections show staggering budget deficits going out to 2019. If he knows his social agenda is going to drown us in debt, what’s he up to?

    He has an idea. But he dare not speak of it yet. He has only hinted. When asked in his March 24 news conference about the huge debt he’s incurring, Obama spoke vaguely of “additional adjustments” that will be unfolding in future budgets.

    Rarely have two more anodyne words carried such import. “Additional adjustments” equals major cuts in Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid.

    Social Security is relatively easy. A bipartisan commission (like the 1983 Alan Greenspan commission) recommends some combination of means testing for richer people, increasing the retirement age, and a technical change in the inflation measure (indexing benefits to prices instead of wages). The proposal is brought to Congress for a no-amendment up-or-down vote. Done.

    The hard part is Medicare and Medicaid. In an aging population, how do you keep them from blowing up the budget? There is only one answer: rationing.

    Why do you think the stimulus package pours $1.1 billion into medical “comparative effectiveness research”? It is the perfect setup for rationing. Once you establish what is “best practice” for expensive operations, medical tests and aggressive therapies, you’ve laid the premise for funding some and denying others.

    It is estimated that a third to a half of one’s lifetime health costs are consumed in the last six months of life. Accordingly, Britain’s National Health Service can deny treatments it deems not cost-effective — and if you’re old and infirm, the cost-effectiveness of treating you plummets. In Canada, they ration by queuing. You can wait forever for so-called elective procedures like hip replacements.

    Rationing is not quite as alien to America as we think. We already ration kidneys and hearts for transplant according to survivability criteria as well as by queuing. A nationalized health insurance system would ration everything from MRIs to intensive care by a myriad of similar criteria.

    The more acute thinkers on the left can see rationing coming, provoking Slate blogger Mickey Kaus to warn of the political danger. “Isn’t it an epic mistake to try to sell Democratic health care reform on this basis? Possible sales pitch: ‘Our plan will deny you unnecessary treatments!’ … Is that really why the middle class will sign on to a revolutionary multitrillion-dollar shift in spending — so the government can decide their life or health ‘is not worth the price’?”

    My own preference is for a highly competitive, privatized health insurance system with a government-subsidized transition to portability, breaking the absurd and ruinous link between health insurance and employment. But if you believe that health care is a public good to be guaranteed by the state, then a single-payer system is the next best alternative. Unfortunately, it is fiscally unsustainable without rationing.

    Social Security used to be the third rail of American politics. Not anymore. Health care rationing is taking its place — which is why Obama, the consummate politician, knows to offer the candy (universality) today before serving the spinach (rationing) tomorrow.

    Taken as a whole, Obama’s social democratic agenda is breathtaking. And the rollout has thus far been brilliant. It follows Kaus’ advice to “give pandering a chance” and adheres to the Democratic tradition of being the party that gives things away, while leaving the green-eyeshade stinginess to those heartless Republicans.

    It will work for a while, but there is no escaping rationing. In the end, the spinach must be served.

  175. In Canada, they ration by queuing. You can wait forever for so-called elective procedures like hip replacements.

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    Dunno about Canada, but I seem to be running into effectively the same thing here with Medicare (tho I’ve just got in it and am still learning the ropes).

    I requested diagnosis for memory problems to check the easily checked possibilities (with CT scans etc): Alzheimers, hardening of arteries, unnoticed mini-stroke, etc. The Medicare doctor refused, saying he wanted to try ‘diagnosis by treatment’ with various pills for various other things which sometimes cause memory loss.

    In other words, trial and error pills in hopes one of them will work (or you will give up), just to save Medicare the cost of the scan.

    (Of course I refused and am shopping for a better doctor.)

  176. Incredible. 6 AM broadcast on Fox5NY, Lisa Murphy, (the station’s ‘Money Authority’) segment:

    “…Tune in later tonight for more about a federal job fair which is recruiting Wall Street talent for the FBI, Federal Reserve, FDIC and maybe CIA. All government jobs.”
    I’ve double-quoted what Lisa said but it is a paraphrase. To see the video yourself, go to 3w’s dot myfoxny.com/subindex/your_money/Lisa_Murphy and pick the video entitled “Bank Stress Test, Home Sales Reports”. The job fair statement is at the end of that video.

  177. jbstonesfan, Everyone else has time to pose for pics, Hillary is out doing the work for the American people, the others are window dressing, the show horses. Hillary the workhorse is WORKING!!

  178. This supports the theory about ge that many of us were advancing roughly a year ago. Only now are the conservatives waking up to what was obvious to those of us who were and still are paying attention as opposed to sitting around in a daze saying isn’t it wonderful that we now have a black president, aren’t we all wonderful people, rather than what cliff will this sociopath take the country over and how do we prevent it?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBbX6tlvP40

  179. Did anyone know about the payment for the airlines rides, and this considertion? I guess I missed it on the blog.

    YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BELIEVE THIS. IT WAS SENT TO ME & I WONDERED, IS THIS POSSIBLE? SO I LOOKED IT UP IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER. SURE ENOUGH THERE IT WAS. BELOW IS A LINK TO THE FEDERAL REGISTER WHERE IT WAS ENTERED

    http://www.thefederalregister.com/d.p/2009-02-04-E9-2488

    President Barack Obama has signed an executive order presidential determination allowing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to settle in the United States at American taxpayers’ expense. Sure, what can go wrong when we allow hundreds of thousands of people who have been, as Mark Steyn memorably described, “marinated” in a “sick death cult,” who voted for Hamas, and 55% of whom support suicide bombing/murders in the United States .

    By executive order, President Barack Obama has ordered the expenditure of $20.3 million in migration assistance to the Palestinians. Egypt won’t take them. Jordan won’t take them. Syria won’t take them. Saudi Arabia won’t take them. All of the Arab countries – every one of them – has allowed the Palestinians to fester for over 60 years. Meanwhile, generation after generation have become more and more radicalized. Their lives are unproductive – they “live” to die as martyrs – yearning for the rewards of the world beyond.

    The “presidential determination” will allow hundreds of thousands of Palestinians with ties to Hamas to resettle in the United States . The determination was signed on January 27 and appeared in the Federal Register on February 4.
    President Obama’s decision, according to the Register, was necessitated by “the urgent refugee and migration needs” of the “victims.”

    Few on Capitol Hill took note that the order provides a free ticket replete with housing and food allowances to individuals who have displayed their overwhelming support of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the parliamentary election of January 2006.

    Let’s review some of Barack Obama’s most recent actions since he was inaugurated a little more than two months ago:
    * His first call to any head of state as president was to Mahmoud Abbas, leader of Fatah party in the Palestinian territory.
    * His first one-on-one interview with any news organization was with Al Arabia television.
    * He ordered Guantanamo Bay closed and all military trials of detainees halted..
    * He ordered all overseas CIA interrogation centers closed.
    * He withdrew all charges against the masterminds behind the USS Cole and 9/11 .
    * Today we learn that he is allowing hundreds of thousands of Palest inian refugees to move to and live in the US at American taxpayer expense.

    Anyone else seeing a pattern here?

  180. Did anyone else notice this, or was this discusse don the blog, and I missed it?

    YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BELIEVE THIS. IT WAS SENT TO ME & I WONDERED, IS THIS POSSIBLE? SO I LOOKED IT UP IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER. SURE ENOUGH THERE IT WAS. BELOW IS A LINK TO THE FEDERAL REGISTER WHERE IT WAS ENTERED

    thefederalregister.com/d.p/2009-02-04-E9-2488 (ws and h stuff)

    President Barack Obama has signed an executive order presidential determination allowing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to settle in the United States at American taxpayers’ expense. Sure, what can go wrong when we allow hundreds of thousands of people who have been, as Mark Steyn memorably described, “marinated” in a “sick death cult,” who voted for Hamas, and 55% of whom support suicide bombing/murders in the United States .

    By executive order, President Barack Obama has ordered the expenditure of $20.3 million in migration assistance to the Palestinians. Egypt won’t take them. Jordan won’t take them. Syria won’t take them. Saudi Arabia won’t take them. All of the Arab countries – every one of them – has allowed the Palestinians to fester for over 60 years. Meanwhile, generation after generation have become more and more radicalized. Their lives are unproductive – they “live” to die as martyrs – yearning for the rewards of the world beyond.

    The “presidential determination” will allow hundreds of thousands of Palestinians with ties to Hamas to resettle in the United States . The determination was signed on January 27 and appeared in the Federal Register on February 4.
    President Obama’s decision, according to the Register, was necessitated by “the urgent refugee and migration needs” of the “victims.”

    Few on Capitol Hill took note that the order provides a free ticket replete with housing and food allowances to individuals who have displayed their overwhelming support of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the parliamentary election of January 2006.

    Let’s review some of Barack Obama’s most recent actions since he was inaugurated a little more than two months ago:
    * His first call to any head of state as president was to Mahmoud Abbas, leader of Fatah party in the Palestinian territory.
    * His first one-on-one interview with any news organization was with Al Arabia television.
    * He ordered Guantanamo Bay closed and all military trials of detainees halted..
    * He ordered all overseas CIA interrogation centers closed.
    * He withdrew all charges against the masterminds behind the USS Cole and 9/11 .
    * Today we learn that he is allowing hundreds of thousands of Palest inian refugees to move to and live in the US at American taxpayer expense.

    Anyone else seeing a pattern here?

  181. NewMexicoFan Says:

    April 24th, 2009 at 9:11 am

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    To my knowledge this is the first time this information has been posted here. I am stunned and disgusted by this disgusting chess move of his.

    obama should be labeled an enemy of state of the highest order. What he is doing is not going to advance peace, contrary to the lip service he keeps spewing. His penchant for breaking the rules and protecting and championing terrorists is frightening to say the least.

    If he thinks he will only get “innocent” family members moving here, he is sadly mistaken.

    Finally, I have to wonder, if this monster had been in power during WWII, if he would have given the same consideration to European Jews. I doubt it very much.

  182. wbboei Says:

    April 24th, 2009 at 8:54 am

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    Thanks for the link. I found the message extremely disturbing. It’s one thing for us to discuss bambi’s takeover moves as each one occurs, but when they all begin to add up, it is scary to say the least.

    A dictatorship in the making. He is becoming the American Castro.

  183. Hillary Clinton to attend Asian summit

    24/04/2009

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has confirmed she will attend the ministerial meetings of Asean and its dialogue partners in Thailand in July, Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya said on Friday. Mr Kasit, who is on a one-week official visit to the USA, was speaking after a meeting with Mrs Clinton.

    “I’ve informed her that the Abhisit Vejjajiva administration is working for national reconciliation,” he said. “Some parts of the constitution will be amended to enhance the democratic system.”

    He said Mrs Clinton did not question him about political stability in Thailand or the political movement backing ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra as she was kept well informed by the US ambassador to Thailand.
    However, she had her concern about the border disputes between Thailand and Cambodia.

    “I have affirmed that Thailand will resolve the border disputes through peaceful means and Thailand will continue to support Cambodia in its infrastructure projects despite any conflicts,” he said.

    Mrs Clinton hoped to strengthen the long-term ties between Thailand and Washington during her visit, he said.

    bangkokpost.com/news/asia/141533/hillary-clinton-to-attend-asian-summit

  184. North Korea to Put Two U.S. Journalists on Trial

    By Heejin Koo

    April 24 (Bloomberg) — North Korea will put two U.S. journalists detained last month on trial, risking an escalation in tensions triggered by the nation’s April 5 missile test.

    “The relevant agencies of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have concluded the investigation of the U.S. journalists,” the official Korean Central News Agency said today. “They decided to formally bring them to trial, based on their documented crimes.” The report didn’t elaborate. North Korea detained Euna Lee and Laura Ling on March 17 for allegedly entering the country illegally from China. They were reporting for San Francisco-based Current TV on the plight of North Koreans fleeing the country.

    The U.S. Embassy in Seoul said it’s looking into the report. South Korea is also seeking verification, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Sun Ju Yearn said. The U.S. has been working with the government of Sweden on the case, U.S. Special Representative on North Korea Stephen Bosworth told reporters in Washington on April 13. Sweden, unlike the U.S., has a diplomatic mission in Pyongyang.

    U.S. State Department spokesman Robert Wood said April 17 that Sweden’s ambassador had visited the two journalists on March 30. The Vienna-based media rights group International Press Institute said April 20 the two reporters are being held as “political hostages” in negotiations with the Obama administration.

    Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called today for a measured response from the international community following the April 5 rocket test by Kim Jong-Il’s regime. “We urge related nations to take an unemotional and calm response on this very difficult matter,” Lavrov told reporters today in Seoul, after a two-day visit to Pyongyang. Lavrov met with North Korean Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun and other officials to discuss North Korea’s situation following the launch, and subsequent condemnation by the United Nations Security Council. North Korea said the rocket carried a satellite, while the U.S., Japan and South Korea have accused the country of seeking to develop ballistic missile technology.

    The Russian minister was the first high-ranking foreign diplomat to visit Pyongyang since the test and North Korea’s April 14 withdrawal from six-party talks aimed at eliminating the nation’s nuclear-weapons program, and its expulsion of UN atomic inspectors.

    North Korea told Lavrov that the six-nation talks are “no longer needed,” the official Korea Central News Agency reported earlier today. “North Korea has no intention to return to six-nation talks as of today,” Lavrov said via an interpreter. “North Korea wants other member nations to fulfill their part of the agreement reached in the six-party forum.” Imposing sanctions on North Korea isn’t “constructive,” he said.

    bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601101&sid=aOVL8xokeMUs&refer=japan

  185. djia Says:

    April 23rd, 2009 at 10:19 pm
    Barry’s Got the Nuke Codes, But No Security Clearance!

    By Joy Tiz Thursday, April 23, 2009
    &&&&&&&&

    Really interesting stuff. wbboei was right, djia turns up good stuff. djia might just the “Pinky Award for Research”. There will also be Pinkies in the following categories:

    * most humorous posting
    * most scathing analysis of Dear Leader
    * Troll Buster
    * best spelling
    * wurst speling
    * edgiest
    * best use of special fonts

  186. This is terrible news about the new immigrants being allowed in the US. I worked with an Israeli Palestinian in Conroe,Tx and she was an avowed American hater. She was horrible and absolutely hated the white american female.

    I often wondered if she was in some sort of sleeper cell after 911, I guess not she is still working in another area of Houston.

    Has anyone driven near Bush Intercontinental Airport. Its all Arab complete with a mosque facing the backside of the airport. Its real frigging scarey. Now we know where and why he got all that money from overseas!!

  187. Hope and change. Little did we know that referred to fashion. Some major designers don’t like it, but it must be sour grapes.

    stylelist.com/blog/2009/04/23/designers-question-michelle-obamas-style/?icid=webmail|wbml-aol|dl4|link4|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.stylelist.com%2Fblog%2F2009%2F04%2F23%2Fdesigners-question-michelle-obamas-style%2F

    h stuff and ws.

  188. I ever so slightly revised the Joke of the Year that a friend emailed me:
    A Russian arrives in New York City as a new immigrant to the United States . He stops the first person he sees walking down the street and says, “Thank you Mr. American for letting me into this country, giving me housing, food stamps, free medical care, and a free education!”

    The passerby says, “You are mistaken, I am a Mexican.”

    The man goes on and encounters another passerby. “Thank you for having such a beautiful country here in America ..”
    The person says, “I not American, I Vietnamese.”

    The new arrival walks farther, and the next person he s ees he stops, shakes his hand, and says, “Thank you for wonderful America !” That person puts up his hand, er middle finger, and says, “I am from Middle East . I am not American.”

    He finally sees a nice lady and asks, “Are you an American?”
    She says, “No, I am from Africa ..”
    Puzzled, he asks her, “Where are all the Americans?”
    The African lady checks her watch and says, “Probably at work.”

  189. wbboei Says:
    April 24th, 2009 at 1:43 am
    Bottom Line: Obamas brand of universal health care will lead to rationing and the government will decide whether your health and your life are worth the cost of saving them
    ************
    I would rather the govt make those decisions than the insurance companies. I wonder how many people on Medicare would want to go back to private insurance if given the option? I sure wouldn’t.

  190. I would rather the govt make those decisions than the insurance companies. I wonder how many people on Medicare would want to go back to private insurance if given the option? I sure wouldn’t.
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    I would prefer to have those decisions made by the patient and the doctor.

  191. rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics2/53_say_next_president_likely_to_be_a_republican

    Rasmmasen Reports for the first time since O was elected now says a poll says 53% now say next President a Republican.

    Boy that did not take long.

  192. To make sure you understand that could be 2012 or 2016. Coming this early in the game, one has to wonder though. I don’t expect the Superduds to really make the right decision in 2012 unless something disasterous happens.

  193. Posting by Bob Eberly–not the big band crooner–the blogger. The logic here is so direct, obvious and unassailable that only a corrupt media outlet like the five witches of McBeth–NBC, CNN, NYT, WashPo, USA Today and their affiliates could deny it–or censor it. I note with interest that USA Today reports that Bambi is strong after first hundred days which is a joke. The way they rig the polls these days (as rgb and gonzo pointed out in their posting yesterday) any score of less than 120% is marginal.
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    One of the problems of TARP (Troubled Assets Relief Program) is the complete lack of accountability in how the funds are spent. A lending institution or other entity could be billions of dollars in debt, come to the federal government for a bailout, and then waste it on parties or trips. In addition, these companies could also use the money to fund left-wing fringe groups, and we have no say whatsoever.

    If a company requests taxpayer money, then the taxpayers need to know how that money is being spent. More importantly, since the entire program is designed to help “troubled” companies, the money should be focused on restoring the company to “good health,” not funding groups like ACORN whose sole job is to promote a left-wing agenda.

    Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe is addressing this problem with an amendment to S.386 — the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009 (FERA). Inhofe’s amendment (announced with Sens. DeMint, Vitter, and Ensign, “would require TARP recipients to fully disclose any expenditures that are not essential to restoring their solvency.”

    As Inhofe notes in his press release, “Some of these companies have donated to ACORN, Friends of the Earth, Planned Parenthood … to name just a few. The vast majority of Americans do not support the agendas of these fringe groups, whose excesses have been well-documented over the years.”

    Inhofe’s objective is simple: “If they’re not focused on increasing their solvency or liquidity, if they’re not working on lending to small businesses and individuals, if they’re not helping get this economy back on track, and are instead financing extremist organizations, then the American people need to know about it.”

    Transparency and accountability are two processes that are in short supply in Washington. To give away billions of taxpayer dollars with no accountability and no real plan should be criminal. To use that money to fund groups like ACORN is beyond crazy. It’s OUR money! Obama, CNN, and the Congress seem to forget that fact.

  194. Fascinating post about that AP poll. When I read his approval rating from Repubs in that poll was just 24 percent and his overall rating was 64 percent, I knew they had to be undersampled.

    That’s why Rasmussen consistently has Obama’s approval 5-10 points lower than every other poll: He samples more GOPers.

  195. wbboei Says:
    April 24th, 2009 at 11:45 am
    I would prefer to have those decisions made by the patient and the doctor
    =====================================
    wbboei – you’re awfully lucky if you found a doctor who isn’t working for the insurance companies or the drug companies or the hospital boards of directors, etc – doctors are not what they used to be – few of them question authority, few have integrity enough, courage enough to stand up for the patient.

  196. To make sure you understand that could be 2012 or 2016. Coming this early in the game, one has to wonder though. I don’t expect the Superduds to really make the right decision in 2012 unless something disasterous happens.
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    If you look at the situation which exists right now you will get a false reading. The media is promoting a fiction and the fundamentals do not support it. I have a background in risk management, and when I apply what I remember about that discipline, I can tell you for a fact that the prospects for a second term are not good. I think he will get hit with two or three things all at the same time, he will be second guessed by others, big media is being outed–you have got to look at this thing in terms of all the forces in play. Even in the Soviet Union where the population was subjugated and the meida was controlled it all fell apart when their economy did. Gorbuchav is not fondly remembered.

  197. wbboei – you’re awfully lucky if you found a doctor who isn’t working for the insurance companies or the drug companies or the hospital boards of directors, etc – doctors are not what they used to be – few of them question authority, few have integrity enough, courage enough to stand up for the patient.
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    The ones I know feel boxed in by that system, hate the fact that they must fill out all those goverment forms and in some cases they quit the practice because they cannot devote the time they wanted to to their patients. My mothers doctor quit delivering babies because of the malparactic insurance premium. I see what has happened in the area of geriatric medicine–an assembly line with little doctor patient contact. I have seen what happens when expensive hospital procedures come into play. It is fundamentally a funding decision and the two main options are goverment vs private insurance as SHV noted. My statement was prefer–but prefer may no longer be possible. Since I have not had to face expensive in hospital procedures and am not geriatric at this point, I guess I have been lucky. My doctors are not driven by forces you mention as it relates to the care they have provided to me. The doctor patient relationship there is not threatened.

  198. I just did a broadcast email to a huge number of people I know, even Republicans. The email is below. Pass it on, if you see a benefit to it:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBbX6tlvP40

    Please everyone,

    I am not a praying person, but I fervently pray that our country CAN be saved and that it WILL be saved, and that ordinary, regular everyday citizens will get off their soapboxes and DO something. Just anything, no matter how small. If Americans do not come together soon, our nation will no longer be free and our children are doomed. It may already be too late. That is another prayer of mine – that it is not yet too late.

    Over the last two plus years I have witnessed America’s leaders of both parties take our country and turn it into a wasteland of corruption! I started out as a strong Hillary supporter and witnessed first hand how vile another candidate and his minions could be toward someone who loves our country deeply – and then experienced their vile behavior personally as did all of her supporters. There was massive thievery, thuggery, sexism, and misogyny. This is not a world you want your children to have to live in.

    I became a very hard worker and supporter of the McPalin ticket with deep admiration for Sarah Palin and the patriot John McCain. The abuse continued, and continues still, for Sarah Palin.

    And it continues for Sarah Palin’s supporters even now. The Republican Party is doing our nation a disservice by not courting those, like me, who hate what The One has done to our nation. Most of us were Democrats, but refuse to be a part of the party that is now Dimocrats and some, like me, were registered Independents.

    There were 18+ million of us who voted for Hillary and refused to vote for the assigned Messiah, even going against their party. Almost 5 million of us voted for McPalin. Collectively we must put aside the issues that divide us, we must forget party lines, WE MUST SAVE AMERICA, if it is not already too late.

    I have NEVER before been active in politics. But, I have been on the front line and I have the pictures to prove it, not for me for I am too old and could live/suffer through most anything that comes at my age, but I am tortured by current events for my children’s children’s children.

    After the candidacy of Hillary was stolen and what we witnessed first hand, scores of former Hillary supporters began to use their websites, blog, and influence to boycott those elements detrimental to our country’s welfare. We also, sent hundreds of thousands of emails, faxes, letters, and boy did we protest. We continue this to date – but now against the destruction of our once great nation and the Hopium addled who are intent on doing just that, but after they have made boatloads of money for themselves and their cronies. Their families are well taken care of, is yours?

    Likely the most important thing we did collectively was to turn our websites, blogs etc into research centers. As a part of our boycott of GE, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, Huffington Post, MoveOn.org, NYT, politicians et al we set out to send solitary patriots to these vile to review the news and report it back to our sites and blogs where we critiqued them. There is over two years of research on the thievery of our nation on these blogs and sites. There are just regular everyday people on there,different age groups, attorneys, teachers, business people, and other highly educated people. There are a number of members who are in different countries who report what their news media is saying about the topics here – VERY different from the Payola Mediahere! Facts I have learned in more than two years have scared the BeJesus out of me. Please watch the video above and know that we have been trying to get this message out for more than two years!

    If you love your children, if you love this country, you will put forth the effort to learn about the deconstruction of our country andyou will work yourself to death trying to save it! Amen?

    My name
    aka ShortTermer

    The Great-Grandmother of a three year old great-grandson and a great-granddaughter to be born in June who are already relegated to a lifetime of insurmountable debt and are citizens of a country that is or soon will be a dictatorship!

  199. If we get a republican president the next time around, I will really believe the average joe public is really an idiot and unable to make an accurate decision in voting. Could they really believe the republicans are guilt free in this situation.
    Do people really forget the state of the economy when Bush II left, can they remember back far enough to remember when the Rethugs had 12 years of rule, et la Reagan and Bush I?? THe economy and the national debt soars under the republicans!!!! Obama is the third Bush term. We need Hillary and Bill. THE IDIOTS!!

  200. I have often wondered how each of us went about naming ourselves for our online moniker. At first I was Disinfranchised in FL [spelled incorrectly as to distinguish myself from other disenfranchised people]. You know the story about the disenfranchisement of voters in FL and MI I am sure. Both parties were complicit in that.

    My name ShortTermer came from a lovely lady in an assisted living community that oBOWma visited where he was questioned about a hot topic and he stated that was ‘a short term fix.’ She proceeded to tell him that was okay because most of us are “ShortTermers” anyway. He did not have an answer, so he gave a derisive laugh. So, I adopted that moniker as a tribute to that wonderful lady and as a protest of him-The One.

  201. Inhofe says:
    As Inhofe notes in his press release, “Some of these companies have donated to ACORN, Friends of the Earth, Planned Parenthood … to name just a few. The vast majority of Americans do not support the agendas of these fringe groups,

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

    Nonsense. Planned Parenthood is not a ‘fringe group.’

  202. Mrs. Smith told me that Soros has modified his website to conform to Bambi’s agenda. That is hardly surprising based on something I posted here maybe a year ago. It was based on third party research. Soros major objectives have been reported to be: non regulation of hedge funds, open borders, legalization of drugs (marijuana and more), the Iraq War and a pathological hatred of Bush. There is a guy named Don Iverson who was quoted as saying Soros now runs the party. To what extent that is true I cannot say. But he sure was a godfather.
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    Whereupon Howard Dean introduces Obama to George Soros who become his godfather. In March 2004 George Soros met with Obama while he was a mere state senator. He contributed to his U.S. Senate Campaign. (Note: Obama was the only candidate in country met personally with in that election cycle.) Then in June 2004 Soros threw a fundraising event for Obama at his New York home for Obama. He raised an unspecified amount of money for him on that occasion. In December 2006 George Soros met with Obama at his mid-town Manhattan office. After a one hour interview he took Obama into a room and introduced him to a group of global capitalists including Union Bank of Switzerland US Chief Robert Wolf and hedge fund manager Orin Kramer. One week later Wolf had dinner with Obama in Washington D.C. to map out Obama’s presidential campaign strategy.

    In early January, 2007 Obama announced his Presidential candidacy, and the New York Times announced that candidate Obama had nailed the support of the two highest level fundraisers George Soros and Robert Wolf. By mid-January Wolf ran a dinner for Obama in Washington D.C. and potential bundlers including Orin Kramer from the original meeting. In March Wolf and the perennial Edgar Bronfman Jr. held fundraisers for Obama. In mid-March Soros initiated a bad cop-good cop dance with Obama by denouncing the right wing Israeli lobby, AIRPAC in the New York Review, so Obama could rebut that, distance himself from Soros and shore up his credentials with skeptical Jewish voters. On May 30, Soros held a campaign event for Obama and was photographed with Gluckstern the former head fo Soros’ Democracy Alliance. Soros was enthroned as the only one in the room seated, stationed between the host, Gluckstern and Obama. There were 300 attendees each of whom paid $2300 each to attend the soiree.

  203. SHV Says:
    April 24th, 2009 at 11:41 am

    wbboei Says:
    April 24th, 2009 at 1:43 am
    Bottom Line: Obamas brand of universal health care will lead to rationing and the government will decide whether your health and your life are worth the cost of saving them
    ************
    I would rather the govt make those decisions than the insurance companies. I wonder how many people on Medicare would want to go back to private insurance if given the option? I sure wouldn’t.

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

    I’m reading upwards on the thread so I may be missing the point. But now people on Medicare can get as much private insurance as they want to ‘supplelment’ Medicare, from many different insurance companies.

    In theory competition among the insurance companies should benefit the consumer. In practice for some reason that doesn’t seem to happen — with medical insurance or credit cards or supermarkets. They all seem to be basically the same thing, same prices, just different signs on the building.

    Maybe we should look at WHY competition isn’t working.

  204. April 24, 2009
    American History Did Not Begin With Obama
    By Rich Lowry

    THE calendar says President Obama took office in 2009, although that’s only a technicality. In his own mind, Obama ascended in Year Zero, a time of ritualistic cleansing in preparation for the relaunching of an America free from its past sins.

    Has a US president ever appeared less vested in his nation’s history than Obama? He shrugged off a rancid attack on America by Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega at the Summit of the Americas, including a rant on the Bay of Pigs operation in 1961, by saying he was only 3 months old at the time. Nothing to do with me. It’s Obama’s own personal novus ordo seclorum. Or as an Obama official put it, “His expectation is that these debates of the past can remain that, debates of the past.”

    Obama’s theory is that “if we are practicing what we preach and if we occasionally confess to having strayed from our values and our ideals, that strengthens our hand.”

    This is an old strand in US foreign policy, associated with what the historian Walter Russell Mead calls “the Jeffersonian tradition.” It is characterized, Mead writes, by the belief that America can best serve “the cause of universal democracy by setting an example rather than imposing a model,” and by a diplomacy of “speak softly, and carry the smallest possible stick.”

    But Obama has been speaking softly to the point of national self-abasement. It’s as if we elected not so much a president as a University of Chicago law professor who — holding his country at a critical distance — analyzes its strengths and weakness in a boffo traveling lecture series.

    In Obama’s serial apologies — for America’s arrogance, for its mistreatment of the Indians, for Hiroshima and so on — can be detected muted versions of the multiculturalist orthodoxies of academe and of the themes of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

    In the first sermon Obama heard from Wright, the pastor inveighed against Hiroshima and against how “white folks’ greed runs a world in need.” Hugo Chavez needn’t have bothered needling Obama by giving him the anti-American tract “Open Veins of Latin America” when, if he could have found a collected works of Jeremiah Wright, he could have scored many of the same ideological points through Obama’s erstwhile mentor.

    Obama’s overseas performance sheds light on Michelle Obama’s infamous formulation during last year’s primary campaign — that the rising tide of hope in the Democratic primaries made her proud of her country for the first time in her adult life. Listening to Obama’s dreary depiction of American faults, one wonders what possibly she could have found to be proud of prior to her husband’s rise.

    Obama hopes that throwing America’s past under the bus will win him diplomatic chits abroad, as we “break free” from “stale debates and old ideologies.” What he doesn’t realize is that for enemies like Iran and Venezuela, the debates aren’t stale and the ideologies aren’t old. For these players, Obama’s rhetorical concessions aren’t ways to move beyond the debates but to make advances within them.

    Obama seems to take pleasure in saying that there are no senior or junior partners on the international stage. The danger is that foreign governments will believe him. Obama may think he’s being magnanimous and admirably humble about his own country, but adversaries could be forgiven for detecting weakness.

    The nightmare scenario is that, while soaking up all the applause, Obama has had a Kennedy-Khrushchev moment. The young, well-intentioned US president got pushed around by the Soviet premier in summit meetings in Vienna. After taking Kennedy’s measure and finding him lacking, Khrushchev embarked on a campaign of international assertion that eventually led to the Cuban missile crisis. This is the risk in Obama’s showy pliability and detachment from his country circa 1776-2008.

    No president can be an island unto himself. It’s not Year Zero. History is still in full flower, for better or worse.
    Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review

  205. Inhofe says:
    As Inhofe notes in his press release, “Some of these companies have donated to ACORN, Friends of the Earth, Planned Parenthood … to name just a few. The vast majority of Americans do not support the agendas of these fringe groups,

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    Nonsense. Planned Parenthood is not a ‘fringe group.’

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    Point taken. That is Imhoffe. But the balance of the article is not nonsense. By the way, did Planned Parenthood support Hillary or Obama in the primary? We all remember the treason by NARAL.

  206. Well said, Rich Lowery! Americans, read it and weep!

    Also, did you know that CNBC/Immelt/Zucker sent our hero Rick Santelli to a Re-Education Program for his Tea Party Time snippet? I think it is time Fox Business News recruited Rick Santelli!

  207. In Obama’s serial apologies — for America’s arrogance, for its mistreatment of the Indians, for Hiroshima and so on — can be detected muted versions of the multiculturalist orthodoxies of academe and of the themes of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
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    A point I made right when it happened. The wonderful thing about these conservatives, they do catch on, sooner or later, mostly later.

  208. 🙂 jbstonesfan. It was heartfelt. I refuse to die until I know that I have personally done EVERYTHING I can to save our nation! I gues that means either I will die soon or I will live to be a really really really old lady. I think I prefer to live to be a really really really old lady so I can be a thorn in the side of the fake Messiah. lol

  209. Shorttermer, I think something got glitched here:
    “There were 18+ million of us who voted for Hillary and refused to vote for the assigned Messiah, even going against their party. Almost 5 million of us voted for McPalin.”

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

    18 million voted for Hillary in the primaries. About half of those went on to vote for Obama in November.

    Exit polls in Nov showed that about 9.5 million of McPalin’s voters would have voted for Hillary. That was approx 2.6m Dems, 4m GOP, 4m Ind.

    These exit polls of course could not count HIllary people who stayed home. Telephone polls throughout the summer and early fall showed about 7 million Hill people planning not to vote for Obama: approx 3 million planning to vote GOP and 4 million planning to stay home.

    I’ve often cited the source for the exit polls and can source it all if needed.

  210. As a Canadian who has seen both the positives and the negatives of our national health care system, I will say the following:

    What the government giveth, the government can take away. People here are struggling to find family doctors now. Many are not taking new patients. At this very moment provincial governments are reducing coverage for a number of benefits. That is not to say that in good times many nice but not essential benefits were added, but I also had to pay an arm and a leg for medicine for my mother that was not covered. National/provincial coverage by itself is never enough. We have to get additional coverage (Blue Cross) to cover meds and other necessities. Premiums have gone up. Deductions for health-related issues definitely make a dent in my paycheck. Waiting lists get longer and hospitals are filled to the maximum.

    I appreciate the coverage I do get from the government. I also appreciate the excellent support and customer service my mother’s doctor gave to her in the last few years of her life. She fought hard to ensure that those were comfortable years. She even made house calls.

    I’m not sure what the answer is here, but I think a healthy balance of government and doctor might be it.

  211. I feel depressed more and more each day as we watch our nation transformed and mutated into something totally opposite of that which the founding fathers envisioned. I take solace in my wife and three(3) children, but my enjoyment of life , in general, had diminished greatly since Hillary was robbed in the primary. I am sure that I am clinically depressed, but do not have the time or energy to seek treatment. I use this sight as therapy knowing so many of you did such much more than I, and are carrying on the good fight to the very end.

  212. JanH,

    Another factor for the future is high tech small scale private enterprise (sorry).

    Medicare (and presumably private insurance companies) don’t want to pay for things like MRI or CT scans which use new expensive equipment. Lucky for us, the manufacturers’ entreprenuer customers are offering those scans direct to the public, for prices that ARE competitive with each other — no doctor required. Same with blood test packages.

    So an approach I’m looking at (being a nutty organic type anyway), is to see a Medicare doctor (well recommended in the nutty community) for consultation about what high tech tests would be relevant, go pay for the tests myself, then back to the doctor to get them interpreted and suggestions — then off to the health food store and yoga studio etc.

    I’m told that Medicare doesn’t mind paying the M.D. just to sit there and argue with me….

  213. I have never been able to persuade an opponent to the merits of my position on the spot. Human psychology does not work that way. You must bring them along in stages, teach them what to look for and let them discover the truth for themselves. Dont you think that is what is happening here? I do. If you look behind these polling figures you see the fraud that is being committed. I do not get discouraged when they are presented. I ignore them. FOX has taken tremendous market share away from the propanda ministry. His economic program will be a disaster. And people who voted for him are going back to his campaign speeched and getting very tired of him. There is so damned much to work with here. Just go back to the military thinking of Sun Tsu and you will see this is an eminently winnable war–if we do not get discouraged and play out the hand we were dealt. They are the ones who have to defend an indefensible position. Sooner or later it will catch up with them. The law of probability guarantees it.

  214. I forgot to summarize my point. High tech stuff gets very cheap very fast as soon as there is a big enough market for it. Apparently the medical scanners are about where the paper scanners were a while back: to copy a paper you went to Kinko’s and used their enormous scanner. Now my own little paper scanner is right here, and does a better job than the big ones used to.

    Diabetes blood test meters are also high tech and sold in Walmart for under $20 iirc. Other chemical test tech must be getting cheaper or these ‘complete blood workup’ test packages couldn’t be sold (over the net!) for like $200.

    So the price of these procedures is eroding, and the tech is becoming more available to the public.

  215. wbboei,

    I feel like my last post and your last post are seeing the same big principle: decentralizaiton of information, people able to by-pass the middlemen and get the facts for themselvs.

    And in both cases it’s due to high tech.

  216. I feel like my last post and your last post are seeing the same big principle: decentralizaiton of information, people able to by-pass the middlemen and get the facts for themselvs.

    And in both cases it’s due to high tech
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    It is like Sun Tzu: the forces disperse to the wind and then coalesce, reconfigure and direct irresistable force against the enemy at some unguarded point at the critical moment and tear their heart out.

  217. …Hang in there, JBStonesfan…many of us feel the way you do…and frankly South Florida sometimes just adds to the malaise…but things will change…seek out and focus on as much positive as you can find…the negatives are overwhelming right now for many people…

  218. For those who need to be subsidized for medical care, they should have the option of getting it from government or not. For those who can finance their own care, they should have the option of opting out.

    At the very heart of this is capitalism, but at the same time, the gross overcharging by pharmaceutical firms et al needs to be addressed.

  219. This may lighten things up a bit. If not I am quite sure it will make Basil happy:
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    Editorial Director’s Note:

    Get ready for a fresh dose of high-powered (and maybe rifle-scoped) controversy… Taipan’s own freedom-loving contributor-at-large Jim Amrhein is back, and today he has a question: Got Guns?

    As a long-time Nevadan, your humble editorial director is embarrassed to admit he (still) doesn’t own a firearm, having let the item languish on his to-do list for many years. But that may soon change… How about you? Do Jim’s strong words resonate? Send your cheers (or jeers) here and I’ll pass ’em along: justice@taipandaily.com

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    A Kind Word and a Gun (Part One)

    by Jim Amrhein, Contributing Editor, Taipan Daily
    Now that I’ve settled comfortably into the rotation as a regular contributing editor to Taipan Daily, it’s time to take the gloves off. But before I do that, I’d like to thank all those who’ve written in response to my four articles in this venue thus far in 2009.

    Your voluminous feedback has meant a lot to me, whatever its tenor. Just as I have over the past six years of regular contributions to the freedom and free markets debate in other forums, I read and carefully consider all reactions from Taipan Daily readers – be they affirmations, condemnations, kudos or criticisms.

    That’s why today, I want to start off by firing a shot back at one particular species of critics that so often fire at me from all points on the spectrum. I’m talking about that handful or so who continually write in with variations on this theme:

    “I subscribe to Taipan Daily for investing advice, not for political rhetoric. Keep your opinions to yourself, or I’m canceling my subscription…”

    Let me get this straight: You would cancel your subscription to a FREE source of proven contrarian investment intelligence to avoid spending 10 minutes a month pondering the erosion of liberty, the bastardization of the Constitution, the institutional racketeering and extortion on The Hill, the corruption of the “watchdog” media, and other major issues confronting us as Americans – or as members of the human race?

    If you’re one of these people, skip to the bottom of this page right now and unsubscribe to this e-letter, I beg you. You’re part of the problem in this country, because you believe that wealth generation is simply a matter of speculating appropriately on the right information…

    But there’s something you just don’t get. Wealth – not the wealth of a state, but the individual, personal kind you’re so hungry to receive tips on FOR NOTHING in this forum – only flourishes where liberty flourishes. History has proved this time and again.

    And where does liberty flourish? Where government stands aside and allows it room to grow, and gives it the proper nourishment. Like what used to happen in a place called America. Think about it this way…

    Without the systemic liberty that allows companies and entrepreneurs to innovate, free of arbitrary regulation and punitive taxation, there are no hot new investments to ride to wealth.

    Without the individual liberty that allows free consumers to choose how they live without the Nanny State making them buy this kind of car and eat that kind of food and carry this much insurance and use that type of light bulb, there’s no free market to innovate in.

    But most importantly, without the liberty that we all have to voice our opinions with our dollars, there is no demand for all the things that give us the ability to show our support for, or opposition to, the modern Ameri-comedy. Things like burgers for those for whom cholesterol is just a number, and tofu for those who really want to die young…

    Big trucks and mansions for those who scoff at the global warming hype, and electric roller-skate-cars and pre-fab mud huts for those who buy into it…

    Harley-Davidson Road Kings for those who want to have enough horsepower to tote a passenger and a POW/MIA flag off their backseat at highway speed, and little imported Italian scooters for those who need only putt-putt their own metrosexual selves between a city flat and the local coffee shop…

    To my handout-happy critics, here’s the bottom line: I would argue that the topics I write about in this forum – and have written about for years in other venues – have as much of an impact on your money and bottom line as the tips, market analysis and economic projections you’re getting the other 28 days a month. You should worry less about the value of what you’re getting free, and worry more about the value of being free.

    That having been said, here’s some cool irony for you: Today, I’m actually caving to the critics I’ve just given both barrels to. That’s right – instead of reflections, warnings and genius commentary about freedom and other such apparently worthless dreck, I’m actually going to offer you readers some real, actionable and important investment advice. Here it is…

    Buy a gun. Now.

    “One man with a gun can control 100 without one.”

    – V.I. Lenin

    Everywhere you look, the mainstream media is screaming about guns.

    A Wall Street Journal headline from April 16 trumpets: Fear and Greed Have Sales of Guns and Ammo Shooting Up.

    The article opines that “… no one knows exactly what is behind the gun-buying craze” that has seen a 27% year-over-year increase in firearm-sale background checks. But clearly the authors have an opinion (even though it was a Page One news piece, not an Op-Ed): The boom in sales is due largely to speculation on firearms of types that gun owners fear are soon to be banned by the Obama administration. The piece cites several examples of people who are indeed viewing their firearms and ammunition collection as investments…

    The subtle implication of the piece is that the “fear” at play in this sales boom is more the worry of not being able to obtain certain kinds of guns under anticipated restrictions than public safety concerns in an increasingly shaky economy – and in an America in which psychopaths seem ever more regularly to shoot up schools, malls and workplaces.

    The fact that the very kinds of high-capacity, semi-automatic, night-sighted and Mil-Spec guns that are surely soon to be in the Obama/Democrat crosshairs are EXACTLY the kinds one would want in defending his home or person is not mentioned in the Journal article at all…

    Further, an April 14 New York Times Op-Ed piece by Bob Herbert pithily titled The American Way characterizes incidences of wrongful-death gun violence as “common to the American scene as changes in the weather.”

    His claim that 120,000 Americans have been killed since 9/11 in “non-terror homicides, most of them committed with guns” cites no source (of course), and is misleading in several ways…

    According to FBI crime statistics, there were 10,100 domestic murders committed with firearms in the year 2005. Using this as a rough baseline average, multiplying by 7.5 times (the number of years since 9/11/2001), you end up with a figure of around 76,000. Of course, not every year is the same, and other credible sources have slightly different numbers – some more, some less. And none of these are small numbers, to be sure…

    Or are they?

    What the Times piece doesn’t talk about is the estimated 2.5 million crimes thwarted annually by Americans with lawfully owned and carried guns. Things like home invasions, robberies, carjackings, theft, rapes, assaults and domestic disputes that threaten to get out of control. Of course, since they were prevented, there’s no way of proving how many unlawful homicides these crimes would have resulted in…

    However, if even an absurdly low 1% of these crimes would have led to a homicide had it not been halted by a lawful firearm, that number of saved lives would dwarf the number of gun murders in the U.S. annually, no matter what numbers you claim as the gospel.

    This begs a logical question:

    Where are the “Gun-wielding citizen thwarts crime” headlines in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, or any other major news outlet?

    There are two possible answers:

    1) The Mainstream Media is biased against guns. (Nah, couldn’t be!)

    2) The “hero gun” story ISN’T NEWS.

    Think about this second reason for a minute, because it’s an angle on the gun-rights debate that I’ve never seen in any other discussion, anywhere. It may be out there somewhere, but I’m betting it isn’t…

    The famous journalism quote attributed to New York Sun Editor John Bogart goes like this: “When a dog bites a man, that is not news, because it happens so often. But if a man bites a dog, that is news.”

    Translation: Even if the media were 100% unbiased about the role of guns in American culture, the use of a gun in the prevention of a crime or in defense against bodily harm still would not be in the headlines – because it is so commonplace compared to random gun terror.

    And anyone who’s done even a cursory review of the facts would come to this same conclusion. Yes, even journalists…

    The fact that they are in the headlines proves that the shocking gun homicides we read about in the MSM are the freak exception in America.

    The rule – blasphemous as it may be to politicians, newspaper editors, mainstream rock musicians, and other high-profile anti-gun voices who can afford to live in patrolled, gated communities – is that the presence of a gun anywhere in America is far more often a deterrent to harm than the cause of it.

    That’s why you should buy and carry one, if you aren’t already doing so. And if you’re in a state that won’t let you carry, you should move yourself and your money to a state that allows you the right you’re guaranteed under your own Constitution…

    “If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would
    be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.”

    – The Dalai Lama

    As my long-time readers know, I don’t give much in the way of financial advice. I leave that kind of thing to the money wizards I work with…

    However, there is one cardinal rule of money and investing that EVERY ONE of the world-class investment minds you’re used to reading in Taipan’s sources would put at the very top of their list of personal financial recommendations. Here it is:

    You can’t make money if you’re dead.

    And given the rash of random mass murder that does in fact pervade modern life in the United States, the very best safeguard against sudden death that the average American can get isn’t a seat belt or a bottle of cholesterol pills or a portable defibrillator – but a firearm and training in how to use it instinctively and effectively.

    The truth of this needs no statistician’s hocus-pocus, government report, or newspaper article of peerless integrity to bear out. The mass murderers, cop killers, and hard-core gun criminals themselves show us what exactly what they’re afraid of every time they go nuts and start shooting…

    They’re afraid of guns and bullets.

    Why do you think Seung-Hui Cho chose the Virginia Tech campus in which to unleash his hellish slaughter? In such a state-mandated “Gun Free Zone,” (one of the few he’d have been able to find in liberal-carry-law Virginia) no one else could shoot back…

    And why did Cho, Binghamton shooter Jiverly Voong, Pittsburgh cop-killer Richard Poplawski, the 1997 North Hollywood bank robbers, and so many other infamous modern gun-criminals wear body armor?

    Because these gunmen sought protection against the only thing they knew could stop them: Another gunman. Like V.I. Lenin, the Dalai Lama, Julius Caesar, Ronald Reagan, John Wayne, and anyone else with half a brain, killers know that the only match for their force is equal or greater force…

    My question today is: Do YOU know it? And do you have the guts to grapple with this unpleasant truth – if not for the fundamental rightness of standing against terror and rampant criminality, at least for the protection and enhancement of your own assets?

    Aiming to please,

    Jim Amrhein
    Contributing Editor, Taipan Daily

  220. Paula Says:

    April 24th, 2009 at 12:11 pm
    Fascinating post about that AP poll. When I read his approval rating from Repubs in that poll was just 24 percent and his overall rating was 64 percent, I knew they had to be undersampled.

    That’s why Rasmussen consistently has Obama’s approval 5-10 points lower than every other poll: He samples more GOPers.
    &&&&&&&&&&

    And don’t forget, there was some ambivalence among Repubs in the 2008 general election:

    * McCain was not that partisan
    * McCain didn’t throw the extremists “red meat”
    * even among Repubs, there was some feeling that after Bush, let the Dems inherit Bush’s mess
    * some of them may have bought into obama’s “post-partisan” rope-a-dope non-antagonistic schtick

    Now:
    * they see how bad obama really is (even while he’s been disappointing his own left-wing base!!!)
    * NOW they see what Hillary and McCain were talking about when they mentioned “the ‘experience’ thing”
    * now they’re livid, they want obama out (why wait, raise the birth cert issue)

  221. ShortTermer Says:

    April 24th, 2009 at 12:49 pm
    I have often wondered how each of us went about naming ourselves for our online moniker. At first I was Disinfranchised in FL [spelled incorrectly as to distinguish myself from other disenfranchised people]. You know the story about the disenfranchisement of voters in FL and MI I am sure. Both parties were complicit in that.
    &&&&&&&&&&

    I raised this a while back.

    rgb are my initials, my real name being Regis Geronimo Blofeld (okay, you might be suspicious if that’s real).

    44 and HRC were just completely randomized alphanumeric characters.

  222. This is what SHV made reference to yesterday as a grave threat to a number of countries, especially India and Israel. If this was posted already please ignore. I did not see it if it was.
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    Clinton warns of Pakistan nuke risk
    U.S. concerned over Taliban fighters creeping toward Islamabad

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Thursday that Pakistan has dispersed its nuclear weapons throughout the country, increasing the risk they could fall into terrorist hands as Taliban fighters move closer to the capital.

    Her comments came as new satellite images suggested Pakistan is increasing its capacity to produce plutonium, a fuel for atomic bombs.
    Mrs. Clinton, testifying on Capitol Hill for the second day in a row, had earlier accused Pakistan’s government of abdicating to the Taliban. She was referring to a truce finalized this month that gave Taliban fighters control of a scenic valley just 100 miles from the capital, Islamabad, after two years of fighting.

    “Why are we so concerned about this? One of the reasons is nuclear weapons,” she told a House Appropriations subcommittee Thursday when asked about the truce. “We spend a lot of time worrying about Iran. Pakistan already has them, and they are widely dispersed in the country – they are not at a central location.”

    The imposition of Islamic law was part of the truce that gave the Taliban control of the Swat Valley. Within days of the agreement, the Taliban used Swat as a base from which to take control of another valley just 60 miles away from Islamabad.

    Pakistan’s Foreign Office defended the Swat peace deal even as it deployed about 100 paramilitary troops in an attempt to reverse the Taliban’s latest conquest.

    “Pakistan continues to play a positive and constructive role in the war against terror. It is victim of terrorism and with its inherent national resilience and strength, the country will succeed both against internal and external threats,” Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit told reporters.

    Gunmen attacked the Pakistani force, killing one officer as local officials made an unsuccessful attempt to negotiate yet another truce with the Taliban.

    On the nuclear front, U.S. officials said that Pakistan continues to expand and improve its nuclear capabilities, but they conceded that Washington has not discussed the issue with the Pakistanis in depth for several years.

    The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic, declined to be more specific.
    The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) released images Thursday from Pakistan’s Khushab plutonium-production facility that appear to support the U.S. assessment.

    The organization said the images show that “major construction of the buildings associated with the second Khushab reactor is likely finished and that the roof beams are being placed on top of the third Khushab reactor hall.”

    “This suggests that Pakistan is increasing its plutonium capacity, and went from one reactor several years ago to having three,” with the third yet to be completed, said Paul Brannan, senior research analyst at ISIS who co-authored an analysis released with the satellite photos. The institute is led by former U.N. weapons inspector David Albright.
    Another think tank, the Arms Control Association, says on its Web site that Pakistan has about 60 nuclear warheads.

    The latest satellite photos show a cylinder, a core component, inside the third reactor building. It is visible because the roof has not been completed.

    In addition to the plutonium effort, Pakistan’s uranium-based – and its original nuclear – program, started by Abdul Qadeer Khan, has experienced “enormous growth” in recent years, Mr. Brannan said.
    Throughout the expansion of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal, the United States has been a “worried bystander,” he said.

    “The anti-terrorism agenda has pushed out the concerns about expansion of the nuclear program,” he said. “l’d like to think that you can do both at the same time.”

    Pakistani officials have always insisted the country’s nuclear facilities are safe from terrorists.

    “What we are sure of is that there is no likelihood of nuclear weapons falling into the hands of terrorists or extremists,” a senior Pakistani official told The Washington Times. He requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.

    After the Sept. 11 attacks, the Bush administration reportedly spent $100 million to help Pakistan upgrade security at its nuclear sites.
    Daniel Markey, a senior fellow at Council on Foreign Relations, said Pakistan’s nuclear weapons “are as safe as anything in the Pakistani military,” which he said “is the institutional backbone of the Pakistani state.”

    But when it comes to defending the country from the Taliban and its allies, the Pakistani army suffers from “weakness and a lack of capacity” and “needs to be jolted out of complacency but it hasn’t happened. We are in for a tough slog,” Mr. Markey said.

    The explosive mix of a growing nuclear arsenal and a growing Islamist insurgency reflects shifting ground beneath Washington and Islamabad even before the Obama administration has a chance to implement its strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    “Pakistan is facing societal shifts of great consequence,” Lisa Curtis, a South Asia specialist at the Heritage Foundation, told a recent symposium on the region.

    “The spread of a well-armed, well-prepared Islamic insurgency is starting to consume the country,” Ms. Curtis said.

    She accused the government of President Asif Ali Zardari of “pursuing a policy of appeasement” by signing a peace deal in Swat, as well as a separate decision last week to free a militant cleric who led a 2007 standoff with security forces at the Red Mosque in the heart of Islamabad.

    The siege brought militant Islam within walking distance of Pakistan’s parliament, Supreme Court and presidential offices. In the months leading up to the siege, Red Mosque vigilantes terrorized the city by attacking movie and music shops, kidnapping Chinese entertainers and heavily arming the mosque compound.

    “We need a contingency containment strategy if the Pakistani military decides it’s not going to hold the line against the militants,” Ms. Curtis said.

    Pakistan’s army has suffered a series of embarrassing defeats in nearly every battle against Taliban forces in the mountainous northwest. The Taliban has killed hundreds of Pakistani troops and captured scores, sometimes without firing a single shot, and traded its hostages for imprisoned terrorists.

  223. That’s why Rasmussen consistently has Obama’s approval 5-10 points lower than every other poll: He samples more GOPers.

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    Maybe I’m missing a point, but I don’t follow this. By the most common technique, AFTER SAMPLING, you ADJUST for how many of each party are actually in your target area.

    For example, suppose you’re phoning random numbers and you only have enough money to phone 100 people. Suppose you get 75 women and 25 men, and all the women say No and all the Men say Yes.

    You don’t report ” 75% of residents oppose X ” even though that is waht your raw data says. You ADJUST for how many men and how many women actually live there — presumably 50/50 — and report ” 50/50 support/oppose X “

  224. turndown, I miswrote what I meant. Rasmussen’s ADJUSTED sample has a smaller Dem-GOP gap than other polls.

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