Obama Plants Seeds Of Destruction

Marc Antony Ambinder of The Atlantic set out to praise Obama and instead buried him. Ambinder set out to answer the fake and loaded question Why Is Obama So Frackin Popular?  [The New York Post also has an assessment of Obama’s first 100 mistakes days.]

In his article Ambinder does not mention Obama’s penchant to distract and bamboozle – just like any ordinary con man three-card monte flim-flam man. For instance n this day 97 of the first 100 days of torment and torture Obama is busy golfing to distract Big Media boys while swine flu is declared a national emergency.

To his credit Ambinder does note “old guard” caveats that Big Media does not hold Obama to the same standards as Republicans (imagine if Bush went golfing while swine flu spread) and that Obama is basically as popular as most presidents in the first 100 days. The “old guard” also explains that the media and the political culture are treating the new president with too much respect…

Ambinder’s 5 reasons for why Obama is so frackin popular include the sensible notion that Democrats are providing most of the uplift (95%) with overwhelming support, just like Republicans did for George W. Bush. Ambinder is wrong when he expresses that Obama’s policy and personality are “perfect for moderate Democrats”. Ambinder is fluffing when he states that Obama is loved and trusted by independents. That is utter nonsense as polls show independents slipping away and worried about deficits and Obama’s spend, spend, spend philosophy.

Ambinder is on safer ground by saying that Republicans have not “begun to recover” from the past three to four years. But do Republicans really need to recover that much or do they simply have to wait for reality to set in with the American electorate? Ambinder fluffs again when he writes Obama’s figured out a way to appear bipartisan without getting Republican votes.

Ambinder eventually stumbles into Obama’s fresh dug grave and why spend, spend, spend makes for temporary popularity:

The first 100 days, the government created trillions of dollars out of thin air, has cut taxes, has given billions and billions to client groups, state governments and corporations. Give, give, give. Not much has been asked in return. Obama’s toughest call — whether to send troops to Afghanistan — is going to cost him politically when there’s a spike in violence — or when Pakistan explodes — but this hasn’t happened yet.

All grifting big spenders are popular, until they stop spending and leave unpaid bills and broken hearts. The drifter uncle with the “hot tip” on the race horse that will make everyone rich fools the kids as he spends, spends, spends… but wise parents know the money will dry up and they and the kids will wind up paying for the flashy, fast-talkin’, relative who will soon move on to scam others out of their money and pride.

And Obama is not that frakin popular. Obama ain’t all that. Obama ain’t that special. Obama should be kicked to the curb.

Obama isn’t that special. As Thomas Mann notes, the doubling of the the rate of disapproval among Republicans and the resulting pattern in the numbers suggests that Obama isn’t all that different from other, ideologically polarizing presidents. But, as Mann notes, it is one thing to remain popular when crisis aren’t pervasive; it is quite another to keep the numbers up when you’re forced to sell unpopular economic policies (TARP, bailouts) as a means towards keeping those numbers up.

Obama ain’t all that. Ambinder cites Thomas Mann of the Brookings institute and concludes:

He’s not terribly confident that this state of affairs will last forever, and he thinks that Obama will someone have to force the Republicans to cooperate with him at some point in the near future. And he thinks that, at some point, a receipt for the public’s veneration of Obama and the institution of the presidency will come due.

Conservative Reihan Salam thinks Republicans might not have to do anything to defeat Obama. Sure, he’s got 65 percent approval ratings now, but there are already signs of an economic calamity that could hand the next election to the GOP. Whether he is right or wrong about a sit and watch posture for Republicans, Salam thinks Obama will run out of luck by the next presidential election because of the seeds Obama is planting now .

At 65 percent, the president’s approval rating is nowhere near the bizarrely high 83 percent Ronald Reagan reached after his first 100 days. Granted, Obama has the added advantage of facing a self-immolating opposition party. It’s extremely hard to imagine the Republicans getting their act together in the near future, and by the near future I mean “the next decade.” Yet Republicans don’t actually need to get their act together to defeat Obama in 2012. The coming economic apocalypse will do the job for them.

Salam thinks the Establishment is so invested in Obama that when Obama fails a whole system will go down with him. Additionally Salem believes the economic crisis “is actually accelerating”.

When FDR took office in 1933, the economy had already been in a spiral of decline for years, and his first term saw a fairly dramatic fall in the unemployment rate. [snip]

Chances are that the sharp increase in unemployment has just begun. [snip]

Few observers doubt that the unemployment rate will soon reach double digits, and there’s reason to believe that it won’t stop there. FDR could honestly tell his battered and bruised Republican rivals that the unemployment rate was never as high as it was when he took office. Obama, in contrast, might be placed in the awkward position of acknowledging that the unemployment rate has never been as low as it was when he first took office.

Obama is planting his own Seeds Of Destruction and will take down the newly minted Dimocratic Party:

If the nation’s biggest banks face the prospect of going under, they’ll be bailed out. The same goes for the Big Three automakers, and the list will go on. There may well be good reasons for Obama’s itchy intervention finger, but there’s a real danger that we’ll be left with zombie banks, zombie industries, and a zombie economy that limps along, bleeding jobs and growth for years. Think of this as removing a Band-Aid really, really, really slowly.

What happens next? Honestly, what happens next is even scarier. The Establishment—the academic and policy elite, Wall Street, famous sexy people—are more invested in Obama than they’ve been in any president in decades. If Obama fails, a whole system will go down with him.

The Democratic Party will have to be rebuilt. The senseless Republicans will have learned nothing. The United States will continue to circle the drain.

The Republicans will win by default, and they’ll have learned nothing from over a decade of borderline-imbecilic unforced errors.

* * * * *

Hopium addled addicts will scoff. Things are not so bad they will say. But the view of America, Big Media Obama fawning, and Obama hypocrisy, from across the sea is bleak:

As the White House prepares to reach the 100 days milestone since President Obama’s inauguration, it is being true to the form shown over the preceding 99: to exploit ruthlessly American politics while simultaneously asking that the President be judged by a different standard. [snip]

His approval ratings, hovering in the low 60s, are almost identical to those of George Bush eight years ago. Aides say that Mr Obama’s popularity is neither unique nor permanent. One described how he no longer sits in meetings thinking: “Wow!, we’ve got this amazing black President!” Instead, Mr Obama is a politician grappling with enormous problems and making a slow descent to earth.

Even the Washington Post is waking up to the resistant, poignant, Hopium addled victims and addicts Going From ‘Fired Up’ to Tired Out:

Across the dark living room, one of Childs’s favorite pictures is displayed on a worn coffee table. It shows Childs with her arms wrapped around Barack Obama, his hand on her back, her eyes glowing. [snip]

But now, as Obama nears the 100-day milestone of his presidency, Childs suffers from constant exhaustion. In a conservative Southern state that bolstered Obama’s candidacy by supporting him early in the Democratic primaries, she awakens at 2:30 a.m. with stress headaches and remains awake mulling all that’s befallen Greenwood since Obama’s swearing-in.

On Day 4 of his presidency, the Solutia textile plant laid off 101 workers. On Day 23, the food bank set a record for meals served. On Day 50, the hospital fired 200 employees and warned of further job cuts. On Day 71, the school superintendent called a staff meeting and told his principals: “We’re losing 10 percent of our budget. That means some of us won’t have jobs next year, and the rest should expect job changes and pay cuts.” On Day 78, the town’s newly elected Democratic mayor, whose campaign was inspired partly by his admiration for Obama, summarized Greenwood’s accelerating fragility. “This is crippling us, and there’s no sign of it turning around,” Welborn Adams said.

On Day 88, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that South Carolina had set a record for its highest unemployment rate in state history, at 11.4 percent. Greenwood’s unemployment is 13 percent — more than twice what it was when Childs first started chanting.

“We have a lot of people who live in cold houses, with no jobs and no food,” Childs says.

Childs should have read our many articles on how Obama treated his constituents in Chicago in the freezing winter cold to understand that Obama can’t be trusted. Childs finds her enthusiasm has faded into a wary optimism.

“I never used to get tired, but I’m running out of energy,” she says. “It’s stressful. Maybe one problem gets fixed, but it’s not fixed for long, and while you’ve been doing that, four other people have called asking for help.”

Another Obama supporter, Hackett, lies to herself about Obama:

“There are no jobs in all of Greenwood,” she says. “I think we’re going to become a ghost town, or maybe some kind of town for rich, retired people.”

She voted for Obama and still holds out hope for the man she calls a “people’s president,” but she’s not interested in hearing his stories about flying to Europe or fighting pirates. “I guess he’s just working his way down the list, and he’ll get to us,” she says.

The Antoin “Tony” Rezko rich friends are first on the list but the Hopium is strong and Obama supporters will Hope themselves into oblivion and ignore the reality of Obama’s history.

During the final stages of the presidential campaign, Hackett obsessively tracked Obama on CNN and spent Election Day driving her neighbors to the polls so they could vote for him, but now she avoids watching the news. It puts her in “a dark mood,” she says. [snip]

“If I don’t distract myself, it starts getting depressing,” she says. “Every day is long, and I’m just looking for ways to pass them. It’s hard not to let my mind start thinking, ‘Am I ever going to get myself out of this?’ “

It is sad and painful to watch the Hopium addled.  At the end of the Post story the valiant and struggling, hopeful, Childs discovers Tea Parties, continues to defend Obama and regurgitates Dimocratic propaganda against those rotton Republicans and white people – but there is no denying the echo of the Tea Parties and the calls on her answering machine:

Just before 1 p.m., she pulls into Greenwood’s normally deserted downtown for a few more errands and notices a large crowd gathered in front of the courthouse. More than 200 people are dressed in red, white and blue and are waving miniature American flags. Childs asks a friend for details and learns that it is a “tea party” to protest Obama’s economic policies, one of about 1,000 similar events coordinated on Tax Day across the country.

“Of course it’s going to be a lot of white Republicans, and mostly men,” Childs says as she walks through the crowd and finds a spot alone at the rear of the plaza. “I want to see this, but I’m keeping my distance.”

In a state that voted 54 percent for Republican presidential candidate John McCain, Childs has heard plenty of anti-Obama rhetoric. “Most people around here know where I stand and let me be,” she says. “People are too polite to be nasty.” So she shakes her head in disbelief as she reads the angry messages scrawled on the poster boards in front of her.

“Say NO to Obama and Socialism!”


“Who cares what Obama says? America IS a Christian nation.”

Childs puckers her lips and listens as Greenwood residents take turns stepping to the podium and shouting through a megaphone. Their speeches revolve around the same themes Childs hears in her phone messages, except what she identified as the solution to Greenwood’s problems is what these speakers now disparage as the cause.

“We all know this president is the major problem,” David O. Davis III says. “I’ve got friends with families who are losing their jobs, getting laid off.”

We’re struggling to pay our bills and get by,” Cathy Heitzenrater says. “We’re feeling disenfranchised from our own country and disappointed about who’s running it.”

“Vote the bum out,” R.J. Fife says.

After each speaker finishes, Childs retreats a few steps farther from the crowd. A part of her would like to go grab the bullhorn and tell these people to “keep their mouths shut and give Obama a little time,” she says. But she woke up at 3 a.m. again this morning, and she can’t go home for a nap until she pays $100 on a constituent’s bill at the water company and stops by a city office to inquire about possible job openings for Hackett.

“Let them have their tea party,” Childs says. “They’re just looking for somebody to blame. My ears are full.”

She walks away from the courthouse as the crowd joins into chorus to sing the national anthem.


102 thoughts on “Obama Plants Seeds Of Destruction

  1. Obama’s swine flu scare after shaking hands with archaeologist who died 24 hours later

    A man who shook Barack Obama’s hand in Mexico died the next day from symptoms similar to those of swine flu.

    The White House insisted the President’s health was not in any danger, but he was said to be taking the threat of an epidemic ‘very seriously’.

    The President’s health advisers were already concerned about his visit south of the border after learning the contagious virus first struck in Mexico City on April 13 – three days before Mr Obama flew in to meet government officials.

    Their alarm grew after learning that Felipe Solis, an archaeologist who received Mr Obama at a city museum, had died from pneumonia.


    Mr Obama took some flak for playing golf on Sunday, but Mr Gibbs said he was being updated regularly on the outbreak by the State Department and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.


  2. Ahmadinejad asks Obama to clarify stance

    Sun, 26 Apr 2009

    Tehran asks Washington to clarify its real stance towards Iran after the US President threatened to keep ‘all options on the table’ over Iran. In a meeting with the families of the martyrs of the imposed Iran-Iraq war in Tehran on Saturday, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad urged the US “to spell out all the options on the table so that the world can understand your culture and literature.” Ahmadinejad’s remarks come in response to the Tuesday statement of the US President Barack Obama that he said he wanted direct diplomacy with Iran but without taking other options off the table.

    Obama expressed a willingness to engage directly in talks with Iran during his election campaign, yet now seemingly has begun a double-edged policy with Iran, continuing to accuse Iran of pursuing a nuclear program with a military goal. The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also recently threatened Iran with the imposition of fresh sanctions against the country if dialogue fails.

    The Islamic Republic has repeatedly expressed its opposition against setting up conditions for the country. The Iranian chief executive has basically welcomed Obama’s initiative, but has called for “fundamental and fair” changes in US policies in the region.

    “You have misbehaved for a hundred years, you have damaged the world. Now if you act properly and win the trust of the world, the world will help you,” Ahmadinejad said. “These conditions were also set by former US president George W. Bush and he saw the result,” said the Iranian President.

    The United States continues to pressure Iran into suspending its nuclear research program, which the US insists is geared toward a military application. Iran, however, argues that its nuclear program is peaceful and solely for the generation of power. Washington severed ties with Tehran following Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution which toppled Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, a US-allied monarch brought back to power after a US coup against the first Iranian democratically-elected Prime Minister Mohammed Mosaddeq, who nationalized the country’s oil industry. In a March 2000 address, former US Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright acknowledged the pivotal role of the coup in the troubled relations between the two countries and came closer to apologizing to Iran than any other US official.

    “The Eisenhower administration believed its actions were justified for strategic reasons,” she said. “But the coup was clearly a setback for Iran’s political development. And it is easy to see now why many Iranians continue to resent this intervention by America in their internal affairs.”



    Well obama opened up this can of worms. Now what is he going to do???

  3. Excellent, Admin.

    Since you linked to the Taliban beating clip in your last post I thought you might find this relevant.

    Warning. This time the Taliban murder a couple accused of adultery. The execution is shown on the clip.

    ad ht tp’s colon slash slash


  4. Jan…

    Yes he did…..and he don’t know but i am sure he will *uck it up!

    and even Ahmadinejad knows obama = Bush lll

    Ahmadinejad said. “These conditions were also set by former US president George W. Bush

  5. U.S. under U.N. law in health emergency
    Bush’s SPP power grab sets stage for military to manage flu threats
    Posted: August 28, 2007

    11:15 pm Eastern

    By Jerome R. Corsi
    © 2009 WorldNetDaily.com

    The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America summit in Canada released a plan that establishes U.N. law along with regulations by the World Trade Organization and World Health Organization as supreme over U.S. law during a pandemic and sets the stage for militarizing the management of continental health emergencies.

    The “North American Plan for Avian & Pandemic Influenza” was finalized at the SPP summit last week in Montebello, Quebec.

    At the same time, the U.S. Northern Command, or NORTHCOM, has created a webpage dedicated to avian flu and has been running exercises in preparation for the possible use of U.S. military forces in a continental domestic emergency involving avian flu or pandemic influenza.

    With virtually no media attention, in 2005 President Bush shifted U.S. policy on avian flu and pandemic influenza, placing the country under international guidelines not specifically determined by domestic agencies.

    The policy shift was formalized Sept. 14, 2005, when Bush announced a new International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza to a High-Level Plenary Meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, in New York.

    The new International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza was designed to supersede an earlier November 2005 Homeland Security report that called for a U.S. national strategy that would be coordinated by the Departments of Homeland Security, Health and Agriculture.

    The 2005 plan, operative until Bush announced the International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza, directed the State Department to work with the WHO and U.N., but it does not mention that international health controls are to be considered controlling over relevant U.S. statutes or authorities.

    Under the International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza, Bush agreed the U.S. would work through the U.N. system influenza coordinator to develop a continental emergency response plan operating through authorities under the WTO, North American Free Trade Agreement and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.

    WND could find no evidence the Bush administration presented the Influenza Partnership plan to Congress for oversight or approval.


    In Sept. 2005, Dr. David Nabarro was appointed the first U.N. system influenza coordinator, a position which also places him as a senior policy adviser to the U.N. director-general.

    Nabarro joined the WHO in 1999 and was appointed WHO executive director of sustainable development and health environments in July 2002.

    In a Sept. 29, 2005, press conference at the U.N., Nabarro made clear that his job was to prepare for the H5N1 virus, known as the avian flu.

    Nabarro fueled the global fear that an epidemic was virtually inevitable.

    In response to a question about the 1918-1919 flu pandemic that killed approximately 40 million people worldwide, Nabarro commented, “I am certain there will be another pandemic sometime.”
    Nabarro stressed at the press conference that he saw as inevitable a worldwide pandemic influenza coming soon that would kill millions.

    He quantified the deaths he expected as follows: “I’m not, at the moment at liberty to give you a prediction on numbers, but I just want to stress, that, let’s say, the range of deaths could be anything from 5 to 150 million.”

    In a March 8, 2006, U.N. press conference that was reported on a State Department website, Nabarro predicted an outbreak of the H5N1 virus would “reach the Americas within the next six to 12 months.”

    On Feb. 1, 2006, NORTHCOM hosted representatives of more than 40 international, federal and state agencies for “an exercise designed to provoke discussion and determine what governmental actions, including military support, would be necessary in the event of an influenza pandemic in the United States.”

    NORTHCOM and other governmental websites document the growing role the Bush administration plans for the U.S. military to be involved in continental domestic emergencies involving health, including avian flu and pandemic influenza.

    NORTHCOM participated in a nationwide Joint Chiefs of Staff-directed exercise – code-named Exercise Ardent Sentry 06 – to rehearse cooperation between Department of Defense and local, state and federal agencies, as well as the Canadian government.

    A pandemic influenza crisis was one of the four scenarios gamed in Exercise Ardent Sentry 06, involving a scenario of a plague in Mexico reaching across the border into Arizona and New Mexico.

    As has been customary in SPP documents and declarations, the Montebello, Canada, announcement of the North American Plan for Avian & Pandemic Influenza acknowledges in passing the sovereignty of the three nations.

    The announcement says, “The Plan is not intended to replace existing arrangements or agreements. As such, each country’s laws are to be respected and this Plan is to be subordinate and complementary to domestic response plans, existing arrangements and bilateral or multilateral agreements.”

    Still, the SPP plan argues the risk from avian and pandemic influenza was so great to North America that the leaders of the three nations were compelled “to work collectively and with all levels of government, the private sector and among-non-governmental organizations to combat avian and pandemic influenza.”

    Moreover, the SPP plan openly acknowledges, “The WHO’s international guidance formed much of the basis for the three countries’ planning for North American preparedness and response.”

    WND previously reported NORTHCOM has been established with a command center at Peterson Air Force Base, tasked with using the U.S. military in continental domestic emergency situations.

    WND also has reported President Bush signed in May two documents, National Security Presidential Directive-51 and Homeland Security Presidential Directive-20, which give the office of the president extraordinary powers to declare national emergencies and to assume near-dictatorial powers.

    Following the Montebello summit last week, the SPP North American Plan for Avian & Pandemic Influenza was published on a made-over SPP homepage redesigned to feature agreements newly reached by trilateral bureaucratic working groups.


  6. Fired up ! Tired out!

    morely likely burnt out with much of a fire!!!!! NO heat and NO warmth from the OBAMA Fire!!! Just let the ashes cool down

  7. This flu scare is just that…very scary. I hope North America, Mexico and the WHO can get a handle on it before any more lives are lost.

    And my thoughts and prayers go out to those families who have lost members or have members who are now sick.

  8. I wonder if the constituents in Os district that went without heat felt the same as Hackett, Don’t worry, he will get to us.

    It is my understanding that he never did get to those people in Chicago.

    Who ever fixed the slow response in WordPress. THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I am now typing real time.

  9. (CNN) — A potentially deadly new strain of the swine flu virus cropped up in more places in the United States and Mexico on Saturday, in what the World Health Organization called “a public health emergency of international concern.”

    The WHO’s Gregory Hartl said the strain of the virus seen in Mexico is worrisome because it has mutated from older strains. When the flu spreads person to person, instead of from animals to humans, it can continue to mutate, making it a tougher strain that is harder to treat or fight off.

    Watch author John Barry discuss potential for a pandemic »

    Symptoms of swine flu include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, coughing, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, the CDC said.

    Besser advised people with flu-like symptoms to stay home from work or school and to see a doctor.


  10. call me crazy but…..I think this new flu was government “created” and is intentionally being spread (population control by NWO)

    just sayin….

  11. We found out today that there are three cases of this particular flu near us – at a high school about 20 miles outside San Antonio, in Cibolo. They announced yesterday that the school is closed, and are asking the kids not to socialize, etc.

    My daughter is now worried that it will pop up in her school, since she’s a senior and has prom next weekend. I told her if it does, no way are they having prom.

  12. JanH Says:
    April 26th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    For me, the Greatest Chess Move of the Week goes to: The Honorable Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton!

    When Hillary went before the Foreign Relations Committee and basically through the gauntlet into obama’s hands by saying words to the effect that he had won the election and it was his agenda they were going with, I got the biggest smile on my face.

    In other words she is being a good team player, letting bambi fall flat on his face with his handshaking and tea parties with dictators and letting everyone know that this isn’t necessarily what she would have done.


    Yes, that was GREAT!

  13. something to make you go Hmmmmmmmm? could be an important piece of the puzzle somewhere down the road??

    British banker shot in the head in Bahamas
    A British banker is under armed guard in a hospital in the Bahamas after being shot in the head in an execution-style assassination attempt.



    Barack Obama administration seeks to change police questioning law
    The Obama administration is urging the US Supreme Court to overturn a landmark decision that stops police from questioning suspects unless they have a lawyer present.

    The effort to sweep aside the 23-year-old Michigan vs Jackson ruling is one of several moves by the new government to have dismayed civil rights groups.

    President Barack Obama has already provoked controversy by backing the continued imprisonment without trial of enemy combatants in Afghanistan and by limiting the rights of prisoners to challenge evidence used to convict them.

    The Michigan vs Jackson ruling in 1986 established that, if a defendants have a lawyer or have asked for one to be present, police may not interview them until the lawyer is present.

    Any such questioning cannot be used in court even if the suspect agrees to waive his right to a lawyer because he would have made that decision without legal counsel, said the Supreme Court.

    However, in a current case that seeks to change the law, the US Justice Department argues that the existing rule is unnecessary and outdated.

    The sixth amendment of the US constitution protects the right of criminal suspects to be “represented by counsel”, but the Obama regime argues that this merely means to “protect the adversary process” in a criminal trial.

    The Justice Department, in a brief signed by Elena Kagan, the solicitor general, said the 1986 decision “serves no real purpose” and offers only “meagre benefits”.

    continue article:

  15. Admin says:

    “Obama is planting his own Seeds Of Destruction and will take down the newly minted Dimocratic Party”:

    Most definately! It appears whatever deal was worked out Pre-Election between the Republican Neocons and the Democrats has gone awry.

    Remember, it was the Republican Legislature who set the date for the Primary Elections in FL . They are responsible for the donnybrook that ensued when Dean put a freeze on the Florida Primary as their punishment until their electoral votes were needed for Obama to Win the Nom.

    Whatever deal was worked out between them for this Pre-Election favor has vanished as far as the Dems are concerned.

    Let the gnashing of teeth begin when the Republcans take on the Dem Party until they take them down utterly and competely.

  16. djia Says:

    April 26th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Barack Obama administration seeks to change police questioning law
    The Obama administration is urging the US Supreme Court to overturn a landmark decision that stops police from questioning suspects unless they have a lawyer present.

    If Bush and Company had pulled this the MSM would have been screaming bloody murder. But when O and Company pull it they hide it. I am more and more afraid every day that O and Comany are in charge, where does it all end????.

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  18. djia Says:
    April 26th, 2009 at 10:24 pm



    Yes- and why would Obama hire 5 (Intellectual property lawyers ) see h…pumasunleashed.wordpress.com it can’t only be to protect the record industry. There’s something stinky running amuck that will end up preventing anyone from using Obama’s words against him or some such technicality..

  19. Watched the local news, and disappointingly, they are spewing the SOS. They present only favorable stuff, and the one state that shows how roses it is for O. They never give there percentage breakdown of the different groups. I look at the news so differently now. It is almost they are completely fiction. I see such subtrafuge in what they do, that I had accepted at face value before.

  20. Remember, it was the Republican Legislature who set the date for the Primary Elections in FL . They are responsible for the donnybrook that ensued when Dean put a freeze on the Florida Primary as their punishment until their electoral votes were needed for Obama to Win the Nom.


    I think we’ve already talked about a good article at thecityedition.com with a lot of detail on this. I’m not sure where to find it in their archives.

  21. turndownobama-com Says:
    April 27th, 2009 at 1:01

    I think we’ve already talked about a good article at thecityedition.com


    I think most of us are aware of how Obama achieved the nomination. I may not have been clear enough on the point I was making..so, I will add this for help in clarifying.

    In order for the Dems to have control of the Dem nomination, early on, they needed co-operation and help from the Fla Republican legislature.

    There had to be a Quid Pro Quo in place for the Repugs agreeing to do this favor for the DNC.

    Anyone’s guess is as good as mine what it could be because I haven’t been following their movements closely enough.

    But, rest assured a deal was made by the two parties and it appears the Dems are not holding to the original agreed upon deal.

  22. Good Morning All,

    It looks like Rep in Florida were thrown under the bus. I also wonder how many deals were made and who keeps track of them. O surely can not, as he needs a paper handed to him 5 minutres before.

    Sounds like a full time job.

  23. Obama govt asks for change in law on Hamas: report

    WASHINGTON (AFP) — US President Barack Obama’s administration has asked Congress to allow continued aid to Palestinians, even if officials linked to the militant group Hamas become part of the government, The Los Angeles Times reported Monday.

    The move has nevertheless alarmed congressional supporters of Israel, the paper reported. Under the existing law, any US aid would require that the Palestinian government recognize Israel, renounce violence and agree to follow past Israeli-Palestinian agreements. Hamas does not meet these criteria.

    The newspaper said the administration had requested the changes this month as part of an 83.4-billion-dollar emergency spending bill that also contains funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill also would provide 840 million dollars for the Palestinian Authority as well as for rebuilding the Gaza Strip after the Israeli military assault earlier this year.

    But the Obama administration is not sure how to deliver the aid to Gaza because of the restrictions on dealing with Hamas, the report said. The requested changes may never be used. Power-sharing talks between Hamas and the US-backed Fatah faction appear to be deadlocked.

    They are watching for signs that the new Democratic team at the White House might be more sympathetic to Palestinians than the administration of former president George W. Bush, The Times said. The paper quoted Republican Representative Mark Steven Kirk as saying that the proposal was like agreeing to support a government that “only has a few Nazis in it.”

    US officials insist that the new proposal doesn’t amount to recognizing or aiding Hamas, the report said. However, the request underscores the quandary faced by the Obama administration in its efforts to broker peace in the Middle East.

    Obama has repeatedly called for a separate Palestinian state. But negotiating a peace agreement will be difficult without dealing with Hamas, which won Palestinian elections in 2006, The Times said.


  24. Hmmmmmmmmm………

    What does everyone think of this?
    (from Hillbuzz)
    “…. you all realize the media’s playing Americans for fools again over this FLU PANIC! thing, right?

    The news media today needs to sell papers and magazines and keep eyes glued to their cable news drivel — and, so, isn’t it interesting that a MASSIVE DEADLY FLU EPIDEMIC OF GIGANTIC PROPORTIONS! happens to coincide perfectly with the May network sweeps period — just when MSNBC, CNN, and the other Orwellian propaganda machines need to attract as many viewers as possible to keep their ad-revenues the highest.”

  25. 😳
    Here’s the rest.
    “Remember the Asian bird flu what was supposed to wipe out life as we know it?

    Before that, it was the deadly prions of American-mad cow disease that would kill your children at the dinner table.

    Smallpox and bed bugs were both promoted as making deadly or world-changing comebacks.

    Mercury in your fish!

    Asbestos in your child’s kindergarten!

    Demons and elves lurking in playground slides!



    Now, just when sweeps needs it most, a deadly epidemic sweeps across Mexico, endangering the entire American southwest, including high-marketshare-media-centers in Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Phoenix, Las Vegas, etc.

    We smell a rat, and it’s certainly not the kind carrying bubonic plague.

    Which, come to think of it, will most likely make a phenomenal comeback just in time for the next sweeps period.

  26. I confess.

    I’m in a BYTCHY mood this morning.
    BO stingy at Sidwell Friends auction.

    When Chelsea Clinton was a student at the Sidwell Friends School, the same school the Obama girls attend, the Clinton family’s involvement with the school’s annual benefit brought in big bucks. In 1996, a round of golf with Bill Clinton went for nearly six figures; another year Chelsea Clinton offered up her babysitting services to the highest bidder.
    This past weekend was the Obamas’ first chance to participate in the Sidwell Friends School Dollars for Scholars benefit, and some families who remember the Clintons’ support are disappointed in the Obamas’ first showing.

    According to a source with ties to the school, the only items up for bid from the Obamas included a signed copy of the Rolling Stone issue featuring the president and a signed copy of the January Vogue that featured the first lady.

  27. basil9

    I’m not surprised, considering that the queen got an ipod with bam’s speeches and photos and PM Brown got DVD’s that he’ll never be able to watch….. did they really expect anything at all???

    Obama’s are plain and simply a very BIG EMBARRASSING STAIN on America

  28. Hmmmmm again.

    Are people waking up?
    This poll is from MSNBC!
    Of 3,183,825 responders who graded BO’s performance in the WH 44%
    Gave him an A or B
    50% gave him a D or an F!!!!!!!

    This from MessNBC!!!!!!
    Specifically – 38% – F
    12% – D
    4.8% – C
    7% – B
    37& – A

  29. Dijia,

    He’s en embarrassing disaster and if i hear ONE MORE commentator gush about how lovely MO is I’m gonna go postal!

    Really! She is the UGLIEST woman! Her face is flat, her jaw like a jar, her nose squished and she is just friggin repulsive!!!!!!!

    (sorry – told you i was bytchy today)

  30. Sunday, April 26, 2009
    It Pays to Go Green! Al Gore’s Net Worth Jumps

    So what has Al Gore gained from his Big Green escapades?

    According to public disclosure information, Gore was worth somewhere between $1 million and $2 million in 2000. Not quite eight years later, Gore is estimated to be worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million.


  31. Obama Reverses Rule, Gives Unions Cover for Corruption
    Aaaaand Obama’s big payoffs to Big Labor keep rolling.

    Posted by Warner Todd Huston (Profile)

    Monday, April 27th at 6:01AM EDT

    Well, we can’t say no one saw this one coming, but Obama has turned back rules that had been put in place to force unions to be more transparent in their financial reporting. These rules were meant to stop union fraud, theft, and embezzlement but in an effort to pay back his supporters, Obama has turned these rules back so that unions can find it easier to hide illicit financial transactions.

    Naturally, one of the chief opponents to union transparency that fought the Bush administration, Deborah Greenfield, is now in the Obama administration. It was Greenfield that fought the financial reporting rules when she was a lawyer for the AFL-CIO. She was against forcing unions to account for all their illicit cash and secret accounts then. Now that she is in charge of implementing such rules she has been a major part of eliminating them so that unions could more easily hide their financial dealings from union members and the government.

    The Washington Times reports this expected turning back of transparency rules.

    So, what we see here is the Obama administration making more efforts to payback his supporters from the campaign. What could be a better gift than eliminating rules that keeps union criminality at a minimum?


  32. Have a friend that use to know a treasurer in one of the big counties here for the Dems. They had no budget, and the treasurer was told that the County Chair could spend what ever money collected anyway they wanted to. They do report to the state, but one has to wonder if anyone reviews the information. The suggestions was that they payed more attention to the candidates contributors and spending than they did to the Dem organization itself.

  33. dijia,

    What do you think about Hillbuzz’s comments that the swine flu scare is a media hoax to increase ratings?????

  34. Speaking of “gushing,” rumor has it that media bambi addicts, i.e. cnn and others plan to over-saturate their viewers with documentary after documentary of how wonderful the false messiah is this coming Wednesday. And all to commemorate his 100 days of hell er miracles since descending the plastic throne.

  35. Clinton campaigns in Richmond today

    April 27, 2009

    Former President Bill Clinton makes a stop this morning in Richmond to campaign with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. They will appear at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market at 9:30 a.m. The event is free.

    McAuliffe and Clinton will also make an appearance in Roanoke later today.

    In Clinton’s 1992 and 1996 presidential victories, McAuliffe was his adviser and chief fundraiser. He filled the same role last year for Hillary Clinton.

    McAuliffe is running against former delegate Brian Moran of Alexandria and Sen. R. Creigh Deeds of Bath County for the Democratic nomination.

    Seventeenth Street between Main and Broad streets will be closed until about 1 p.m. because of security for the former presdient’s appearance.


  36. Iran asks U.S. not interfere with U.S.-Iranian reporter’s case


    TEHRAN, April 27 (Xinhua) — Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi asked the United States and the Europeans not to interfere with the U.S.-Iranian reporter’s case, local Press TV reported Monday. The case of reporter Roxana Saberi is a strictly domestic matter, other countries should end hyping the issue, Qashqavi was quoted as saying. “Saberi is of Iranian nationality and will therefore be treated according to Iranian laws,” he told the weekly press briefing in Tehran.

    Saberi, 31, was arrested in the second half of January 2009 on charges of espionage for the United States. Last week, Saberi’s lawyer said Iran’s revolutionary court sentenced Saberi eight years in jail for espionage and he had made an appeal against the verdict.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Iranians for a re-examination of the spy case against the Iranian-American journalist, saying that “We hope the actions will be taken as soon as possible by the authorities in Iran…to bring about the speedy release of Ms. Saberi and her return home (to the United States).”

    On Monday, Iran’s daily Tehran Times reported that “Roxana Saberi in Tehran has reportedly gone on a hunger strike.” Iran’s judiciary spokesman Ali Reza Jamshidi has expressed hope that her sentence would be reconsidered in the appeals court.


  37. Clinton tells nations US acting on climate change


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is telling representatives from 16 major world economies that the United States is moving quickly to address global warming. At an international forum on energy and climate change Monday, Clinton said the U.S. is fully engaged and no longer doubts the urgency or magnitude of the climate change problem. She cited the recent finding by the EPA that six greenhouse gases pose threats to human health and welfare as a sign that the Obama administration was taking action.

    The Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate Change was announced in March by President Barack Obama. Its goal is to work toward a successful new international agreement to curb climate-changing pollution.


  38. basil9 Says:

    April 27th, 2009 at 9:25 am

    He’s en embarrassing disaster and if i hear ONE MORE commentator gush about how lovely MO is I’m gonna go postal!

    Really! She is the UGLIEST woman! Her face is flat, her jaw like a jar, her nose squished and she is just friggin repulsive!!!!!!!

    (sorry – told you i was bytchy today)

    I have a new name for MO, it’s MOzilla!

  39. djia Says:
    April 26th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Mr Obama took some flak for playing golf on Sunday…

    I guess normally, I’d feel, “Jeez, everybody needs to blow off a little steam, get some exercise, etc. This is being a little overly picky”.

    And pointing out that so-and-so was *golfing*, rather than something more blue collar like bowling, seems a bit unfair.

    But if someone has such an ambitious hobby schedule that it interferes with their job, that’s a whole different issue. And I think that has some merit, that he doesn’t put in the hours.

    Do we have an idea of his daily schedule? Like with Clinton, he wasn’t too early of a rise, but they routinely put in late nights. Then W., he was in early, took time off for exercise, and clocked out promptly every day. And he set records for presidential vacationing. A record that is bound to last… just a couple of years.

  40. basil9 Says:

    April 27th, 2009 at 9:14 am
    I confess.

    I’m in a BYTCHY mood this morning.
    BO stingy at Sidwell Friends auction.

    When Chelsea Clinton was a student at the Sidwell Friends School, the same school the Obama girls attend, the Clinton family’s involvement with the school’s annual benefit brought in big bucks. In 1996, a round of golf with Bill Clinton went for nearly six figures; another year Chelsea Clinton offered up her babysitting services to the highest bidder.

    This past weekend was the Obamas’ first chance to participate in the Sidwell Friends School Dollars for Scholars benefit, and some families who remember the Clintons’ support are disappointed in the Obamas’ first showing.

    According to a source with ties to the school, the only items up for bid from the Obamas included a signed copy of the Rolling Stone issue featuring the president and a signed copy of the January Vogue that featured the first lady.

    It really is….ALL ….ABOUT ….THEM.

    Not flattering behavior.

    I hope that helped raise $6.58.

  41. rgb44hrc Says:

    April 27th, 2009 at 11:51 am


    It’s almost as if the Beverly Hillbillies have invaded the White House.

  42. Clinton urges ‘caution’ over travel to Mexico

    Mon Apr 27, 2009

    WASHINGTON, April 27 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday urged caution over travel to Mexico due to an outbreak of swine flu and said the United States took the issue “very seriously.” “We have put up on our website information and urging caution with those who are planning to travel,” Clinton told reporters. “We are taking this very seriously and working also with the World Health Organization and other countries to try to develop a strategy to prevent the spread of this form of swine flu,” she added.


  43. JanH Says:

    April 27th, 2009 at 12:15 pm
    Clinton urges ‘caution’ over travel to Mexico

    Mon Apr 27, 2009

    WASHINGTON, April 27 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday urged caution over travel to Mexico due to an outbreak of swine flu and said the United States took the issue “very seriously.”

    Apparently, Hillary was too busy with official business to squeeze in a round of golf.


    Of the more interesting quotes from today’s Krugman op-ed are:

    1. “There’s a palpable sense in the financial press that the storm has passed: stocks are up, the economy’s nose-dive may be leveling off, and the Obama administration will probably let the bankers off with nothing more than a few stern speeches.

    2. “We can only hope that our leaders … carry through with real reform. ”

    $$$ By “leaders”, I suppose PK does not include Obama. He doesn’t “do” legistlation, that’s for Congress.


    Money for Nothing

    Published: April 26, 2009

    On July 15, 2007, The New York Times published an article with the headline “The Richest of the Rich, Proud of a New Gilded Age.” The most prominently featured of the “new titans” was Sanford Weill, the former chairman of Citigroup, who insisted that he and his peers in the financial sector had earned their immense wealth through their contributions to society.

    Soon after that article was printed, the financial edifice Mr. Weill took credit for helping to build collapsed, inflicting immense collateral damage in the process. Even if we manage to avoid a repeat of the Great Depression, the world economy will take years to recover from this crisis.

    All of which explains why we should be disturbed by an article in Sunday’s Times reporting that pay at investment banks, after dipping last year, is soaring again — right back up to 2007 levels.

    Why is this disturbing? Let me count the ways.

    First, there’s no longer any reason to believe that the wizards of Wall Street actually contribute anything positive to society, let alone enough to justify those humongous paychecks.

    Remember that the gilded Wall Street of 2007 was a fairly new phenomenon. From the 1930s until around 1980 banking was a staid, rather boring business that paid no better, on average, than other industries, yet kept the economy’s wheels turning.

    So why did some bankers suddenly begin making vast fortunes? It was, we were told, a reward for their creativity — for financial innovation. At this point, however, it’s hard to think of any major recent financial innovations that actually aided society, as opposed to being new, improved ways to blow bubbles, evade regulations and implement de facto Ponzi schemes.

    Consider a recent speech by Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve chairman, in which he tried to defend financial innovation. His examples of “good” financial innovations were (1) credit cards — not exactly a new idea; (2) overdraft protection; and (3) subprime mortgages. (I am not making this up.) These were the things for which bankers got paid the big bucks?

    Still, you might argue that we have a free-market economy, and it’s up to the private sector to decide how much its employees are worth. But this brings me to my second point: Wall Street is no longer, in any real sense, part of the private sector. It’s a ward of the state, every bit as dependent on government aid as recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, a k a “welfare.”

    I’m not just talking about the $600 billion or so already committed under the TARP. There are also the huge credit lines extended by the Federal Reserve; large-scale lending by Federal Home Loan Banks; the taxpayer-financed payoffs of A.I.G. contracts; the vast expansion of F.D.I.C. guarantees; and, more broadly, the implicit backing provided to every financial firm considered too big, or too strategic, to fail.

    One can argue that it’s necessary to rescue Wall Street to protect the economy as a whole — and in fact I agree. But given all that taxpayer money on the line, financial firms should be acting like public utilities, not returning to the practices and paychecks of 2007.

    Furthermore, paying vast sums to wheeler-dealers isn’t just outrageous; it’s dangerous. Why, after all, did bankers take such huge risks? Because success — or even the temporary appearance of success — offered such gigantic rewards: even executives who blew up their companies could and did walk away with hundreds of millions. Now we’re seeing similar rewards offered to people who can play their risky games with federal backing.

    So what’s going on here? Why are paychecks heading for the stratosphere again? Claims that firms have to pay these salaries to retain their best people aren’t plausible: with employment in the financial sector plunging, where are those people going to go?

    No, the real reason financial firms are paying big again is simply because they can. They’re making money again (although not as much as they claim), and why not? After all, they can borrow cheaply, thanks to all those federal guarantees, and lend at much higher rates. So it’s eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow you may be regulated.

    Or maybe not. There’s a palpable sense in the financial press that the storm has passed: stocks are up, the economy’s nose-dive may be leveling off, and the Obama administration will probably let the bankers off with nothing more than a few stern speeches. Rightly or wrongly, the bankers seem to believe that a return to business as usual is just around the corner.

    We can only hope that our leaders prove them wrong, and carry through with real reform. In 2008, overpaid bankers taking big risks with other people’s money brought the world economy to its knees. The last thing we need is to give them a chance to do it all over again.

  45. rgb44hrc, Yep, she is the one working, and working HARD. She looked very tired on the video of her and that congressman.

    Everyone I talk to is so scared this country is going to hell in a handbasket under Obama!


    He doesn’t criticize Obama directly here, but he could pose the question, “Why isn’t Obama doing something about assault rifles?”.

    The correct answers to that are:
    “Because he is that ‘timid public official”
    “Because he won’t stick his neck out for anyone else or any cause that doesn’t directly reflect on him”
    “He’s bought and paid for”
    “What else can you expect from the third Bush administration?”

    Now for that link:


    What Happened to the Ban on Assault Weapons?

    Published: April 26, 2009

    THE evolution in public policy concerning the manufacture, sale and possession of semiautomatic assault weapons like AK-47s, AR-15s and Uzis has been very disturbing. Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and I all supported a ban on these formidable firearms, and one was finally passed in 1994.

    When the 10-year ban was set to expire, many police organizations — including 1,100 police chiefs and sheriffs from around the nation — called on Congress and President George W. Bush to renew and strengthen it. But with a wink from the White House, the gun lobby prevailed and the ban expired.

    I have used weapons since I was big enough to carry one, and now own two handguns, four shotguns and three rifles, two with scopes. I use them carefully, for hunting game from our family woods and fields, and occasionally for hunting with my family and friends in other places. We cherish the right to own a gun and some of my hunting companions like to collect rare weapons. One of them is a superb craftsman who makes muzzle-loading rifles, one of which I displayed for four years in my private White House office.

    But none of us wants to own an assault weapon, because we have no desire to kill policemen or go to a school or workplace to see how many victims we can accumulate before we are finally shot or take our own lives. That’s why the White House and Congress must not give up on trying to reinstate a ban on assault weapons, even if it may be politically difficult.

    An overwhelming majority of Americans, including me and my hunting companions, believe in the right to own weapons, but surveys show that they also support modest restraints like background checks, mandatory registration and brief waiting periods before purchase.

    A majority of Americans also support banning assault weapons. Many of us who hunt are dismayed by some of the more extreme policies of the National Rifle Association, the most prominent voice in opposition to a ban, and by the timidity of public officials who yield to the group’s unreasonable demands.

    Heavily influenced and supported by the firearms industry, N.R.A. leaders have misled many gullible people into believing that our weapons are going to be taken away from us, and that homeowners will be deprived of the right to protect ourselves and our families. The N.R.A. would be justified in its efforts if there was a real threat to our constitutional right to bear arms. But that is not the case.

    Instead, the N.R.A. is defending criminals’ access to assault weapons and use of ammunition that can penetrate protective clothing worn by police officers on duty. In addition, while the N.R.A. seems to have reluctantly accepted current law restricting sales by licensed gun dealers to convicted felons, it claims that only “law-abiding people” obey such restrictions — and it opposes applying them to private gun dealers or those who sell all kinds of weapons from the back of a van or pickup truck at gun shows.

    What are the results of this profligate ownership and use of guns designed to kill people? In 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 30,000 people died from firearms, accounting for nearly 20 percent of all injury deaths. In 2005, every nine hours a child or teenager in the United States was killed in a firearm-related accident or suicide.

    Across our border, Mexican drug cartels are being armed with advanced weaponry imported from the United States — a reality only the N.R.A. seems to dispute.

    The gun lobby and the firearms industry should reassess their policies concerning safety and accountability — at least on assault weapons — and ease their pressure on acquiescent politicians who fear N.R.A. disapproval at election time. We can’t let the N.R.A.’s political blackmail prevent the banning of assault weapons — designed only to kill police officers and the people they defend.

    Jimmy Carter, the 39th president, is the winner of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize.

    $$$ He is also a current “Jilted former Obama supporter”.



    Clinton’s Mideast Pirouette

    Published: April 26, 2009

    The sparring between the United States and Israel has begun, and that’s a good thing. Israel’s interests are not served by an uncritical American administration. The Jewish state emerged less secure and less loved from Washington’s post-9/11 Israel-can-do-no-wrong policy.

    The criticism of the center-right government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has come from an unlikely source: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She’s transitioned with aplomb from the calculation of her interests that she made as a senator from New York to a cool assessment of U.S. interests. These do not always coincide with Israel’s.

    I hear that Clinton was shocked by what she saw on her visit last month to the West Bank. This is not surprising. The transition from Israel’s first-world hustle-bustle to the donkeys, carts and idle people beyond the separation wall is brutal. If Clinton cares about one thing, it’s human suffering.

    In fact, you don’t so much drive into the Palestinian territories these days as sink into them. Everything, except the Jewish settlers’ cars on fenced settlers-only highways, slows down. The buzz of business gives way to the clunking of hammers.

    The whole desolate West Bank scene is punctuated with garrison-like settlements on hilltops. If you’re looking for a primer on colonialism, this is not a bad place to start.

    Most Israelis never see this, unless they’re in the army. Clinton witnessed it. She was, I understand, troubled by the humiliation around her.

    Now, she has warned Netanyahu to get off “the sidelines” with respect to Palestinian peace efforts. Remember that the Israeli prime minister and his right-wing Likud party have still not accepted even the theory of a two-state solution.

    In House testimony last week, Clinton said: “For Israel to get the kind of strong support it is looking for vis-à-vis Iran, it can’t stay on the sidelines with respect to the Palestinians and the peace efforts. They go hand in hand.”

    That was a direct rebuke to comments from Netanyahu aides who told the Washington Post Israel would not move on peace talks until it sees the United States check Iran’s nuclear program and rising regional influence.

    Although I don’t agree with the forms of linkage being made by Netanyahu and Clinton between Iran and an Israeli-Palestinian peace — the issue is not how to threaten Iran but how to bring it inside the tent — I agree with both of them that a link exists. At Madrid, at Oslo and at Annapolis, over a 16-year span, attempts were made to advance peace while excluding Iran. That doesn’t work; it won’t work now.

    The trick is to usher Israel-Palestine peace efforts and the quest for a U.S.-Iran rapprochement along in parallel.

    That’s why it’s so important that Clinton told Netanyahu that he can’t slip away from working for peace — and that means stopping settlements now — by taking an Iran detour.

    Clinton also indicated an important shift on Hamas, which the State Department calls a terrorist group. While stressing that no funds would flow to Hamas “or any entity controlled by it,” she argued for keeping American options open on a possible Palestinian unity government between the moderate Fatah and Hamas.

    So long as a unity government meets three conditions — renounces violence, recognizes Israel’s right to exist and abides by past agreements — the United States would be prepared to deal with it, including on $900 million in proposed aid, Clinton indicated. Washington does business with a Lebanese government in which Hezbollah controls 11 of 30 seats, although Hezbollah is also deemed a terrorist group.

    Such a changed U.S. policy makes a lot more sense than the previous one, which insisted on Hamas itself — rather than any Palestinian unity government — meeting the three conditions. No peace can be made by pretending Hamas does not exist, which is why advancing Palestinian unity must be a U.S. priority.

    This sensible shift will anger Israel, although it deals indirectly with Hamas through Egypt. Israel’s de jure stand on Hamas — that it must recognize Israel before any talks begin — is wildly at odds with Israel’s de facto methodology since 1948.

    So it’s a week in which I cheer Clinton, although her reference to “crippling sanctions” against Iran if the proposed rapprochement fails was a mistake. Sanctions haven’t worked and won’t.

    Tehran will not come to the table if it sees Obama’s extended hand as just a deceptive prelude to “crippling” measures. My advice to Tehran: watch what Obama says. He’s driving Iran policy.

    Obama’s doing it in a way that means the Israeli-American friction evident in Clinton’s remarks will be a theme of his first year in office. As Lee Hamilton, the president of the Woodrow Wilson Center, told me: “Initiatives are underway that show the United States is going to have some major differences with Israel.”

    He also said Netanyahu is “a little more flexible than maybe he’s given credit for.”

    Netanyahu as Begin the peacemaker? It’s not impossible. Nor is Obama to Tehran. Provided the president pushes on the two fronts at once.

  48. Vote on Obama’s first 100 days. Check out the percentages..

    w w w .orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/todaysbuzz/friday/orl-obama-poll-042409,0,3056278,post.poll

  49. http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0409/Weiner_whacks_Obama_bow.html?showall

    New York Rep. Anthony Weiner reportedly criticized President Obama’s apparent bow to the King of Saudi Arabia, which the White House denied was meant as a bow.

    Weiner told a conservative, pro-Israel group that “until Saudi Arabia changed its behavior it shouldn’t be hand-held by president Bush or ‘bowed to by President Obama,'” former New York Sun editor Ira Stoll reports.

    “They are not our friends,” Weiner said.


    This op-ed is filled with quotable gems.


    Strong job approval, higher personal ratings”–that’s pollster Andrew Kohut’s assessment of President Obama at roughly the 100-day point. “A bravura performance,” wrote David Broder of the Washingon Post. The president’s flacks take the Muhammad Ali approach: Obama is The Greatest. What comes to my mind, however, is the guy who falls off a skyscraper and halfway down declares, “So far, so good.”

    Maybe there’s a soft landing ahead for Obama or even a takeoff as his policies succeed. But my expectations are low. One reason is the Obama contradiction. Two of his stated goals (economic recovery, energy independence) are undermined by his actual policies. Another reason is history. There’s no evidence to suggest Obama’s policies of courting enemies and airing the country’s supposed misdeeds will lessen threats to national security or strengthen America’s role in the world.

    Obama, for the moment, is riding a wave of announcements, claims, hopes, and possibilities. This is what new presidents thrive on. It’s what makes them popular, especially because there’s no accountability. But a year from now, perhaps sooner, the joy ride will be over. Results will matter. Obama’s policies will either be working or not. And if not, even a friendly media won’t be able to sugarcoat the bad news or alleviate the political consequences.

    The economy is Obama’s biggest problem. According to his projections, a sharp recovery will begin this fall and accelerate in 2010. It’s doubtful the president’s economic advisers believe this scenario, though they’re forced to defend it publicly. The $787 billion “stimulus” package probably won’t help because its vast spending is backloaded past next year. And it’s not very stimulative in the first place.

    It’s true the American economy is resilient. Its natural tendency is to grow, leaving recessions behind. What arouses this appetite for growth are incentives to invest that, in time, produce a booming economy and new jobs. But rather than incentives, Obama favors impediments: tax hikes for the investor class, more regulation, higher energy prices. He’s created the most antibusiness climate in Washington since the New Deal. The best hope for a robust recovery is the trillions in liquidity that Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke has injected into the economy. That will surely help, but who knows how much, when, or at what cost in inflation.

    Like every president since Richard Nixon, Obama has proclaimed energy independence a priority. If all goes well with his plans to rely increasingly on renewable energy (wind, solar, battery-powered electric cars, etc.), the nation could free itself of dependence on Middle East oil in 20 or 30 years.

    But what about now? What about the years before the green utopia arrives? Obama is proposing nothing to fill that gap–quite the contrary. He’s blocking offshore drilling for oil and gas, including in places (like the Gulf of Mexico) where production could be increased in a few years. He’s delayed leases for energy development in the West. Nuclear power? Forget it. Rising gasoline prices may weaken demand, but not enough to reduce the need for Middle East oil.

    The president’s decision to continue propping up Detroit, particularly General Motors, is a self-inflicted wound. He wants the auto companies to manufacture low-mileage green cars, not the more popular (and profitable) trucks and SUVs. The problem is Detroit loses money on every green car it sells. Meanwhile, GM is closing its factories for the summer. The company, now an appendage of the federal government, is a money pit. Providing more bailout billions for GM seems inescapable. But it will put Obama sharply at odds with public opinion.

    In foreign policy, Obama appears confident his overtures to America’s adversaries will pay off. In fact, being respectful and accommodating to Iran, Cuba, and others in the hate-America camp is part two of the Obama Doctrine (part one is multilateralism). But as nice as diplomatic deference sounds, it invariably fails. The enemies of freedom and democracy never reciprocate.

    Nor are Iran and Cuba in a reciprocating mood. Obama’s civility toward Iran, and a key concession in arms talks, have been answered with the jailing of an American reporter, sped-up efforts to produce nuclear weapons, and fresh attacks by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. After Obama eased travel restrictions to Cuba, he was encouraged by Cuban leader Raúl Castro’s willingness to discuss all issues. Within days, Fidel Castro trumped his brother and shot down any prospect of softening Communist rule.

    Obama is probably correct that confessing America’s sins before the whole world increases our moral standing. But there’s a catch. The effect is temporary, and even then it’s only in Europe and democratic countries. Enemies, equipped with more fodder for hating America, take advantage. And terrorists, thanks to Obama’s statements on torture, now know they can expect an easy time if captured and interrogated.

    Presidential honeymoons don’t last. Trouble catches up with presidents in many forms: unexpected events, screw-ups at the White House, egregious decisions, failures of policy, and worst of all, a bad economy that lingers. Obama is clever and persuasive, but he’s not immune to the way the world works.

    Fred Barnes is executive editor of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.



    Strong earthquake felt in Mexico City

    By PAUL HAVEN, Associated Press Writer Paul Haven, Associated Press Writer – 16 mins ago
    MEXICO CITY – A strong earthquake struck central Mexico on Monday, swaying tall buildings in the capital and sending office workers into the streets.

    The quake had a magnitude of 5.6 and was centered near Chilpancingo, about 130 miles (210 kilometers) southwest of Mexico City or 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the resort of Acapulco, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

    Televisa television network quoted Mexico City officials saying there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

  52. Media Elite’s Secret Dinners


    Rush was talking about this on my way home from the Dr. Gee, MM is in the bag, newspapers. Now they want TARP $, the newspapers that is. All makes sense doesn’t it. I was going to look this up but Mary @ Bitter found it first!

  53. I support Hillary’s humanitarian aims. I also support her telling Bibi to get off the sidelines. My only argument here is that Israel shouldn’t be the only one. Arab countries surrounding Israel should also have to get off the sidelines, donate land, and assist financially in creating a separate state for Palestinians. It shouldn’t be all Israel sacrificing here.

  54. Hm? I thought GM was in trouble because they were building dinosaurs and everyone was buying green imports?

  55. LARRY SUMMERS IS INSANE….got link @ Bitter

    April 27th, 2009 10:31 AM Eastern
    JOHN LOTT: Uh Oh…Team Obama Claims Americans Use TOO MUCH Health Care
    By John R. Lott, Jr.
    Senior Research Scientist, University of Maryland/Author, “Freedomnomics”

    “If you got health insurance, then you can keep it . . . and we won’t do anything about that,” at least that was what President Obama promised during the campaign last year. Well, add that to a very long list of broken campaign promises, including: cutting government spending, reducing the deficit, and “no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase.”

    Just as bad, on Friday it was revealed that Obama and the Democrats have no problem pushing through Senate votes on these radical health care changes that strip away normal procedural protections for those who oppose such changes.

    Last Sunday on “Meet the Press,” Larry Summers, Obama’s chief economic adviser, let the cat out of the bag on health care. In explaining why universal health care wasn’t going to increase the deficit, Summers said that people are just getting too much unnecessary care. Summers claimed: “whether it’s tonsillectomies or hysterectomies . . . procedures are done three times as frequently [in some parts of the country than others] and there’s no benefit in terms of the health of the population. And by doing the right kind of cost-effectiveness, by making the right kinds of investments and protection, some experts that we — estimate that we could take as much as $700 billion a year out of our health care system.”

    This sure seems like rationing. Total health care expenditures in the United States in 2008 came to $2.4 trillion, implying that Summers believes that the proper government regulations can cut health care expenditures by almost 30 percent. That would cut back health care a lot. Summers softened the blow by saying that right now the government wouldn’t have to cut expenditures by more than a third of that $700 billion.

    Tonsillectomies have primarily been done because of acute or chronic throat pain. Where different people are willing to draw the line between pain and surgery is a choice that we have traditionally left up to patients, but unless you know something about the patient’s preferences it is hard to claim that a surgery was a “mistake.”

    The selective use of statistics by Summers and others in the Obama administration is startling. In 2000, New York had 501 abortions per 1,000 live births, Wyoming had 1. New York had 31 abortions per 1,000 women, Wyoming had fewer than 1. Abortion procedures rarely involve the health of the mother. Yet, presumably, Summers wouldn’t argue that these gaps, which are 10 to 167 times greater than the 3-to-1 ratio that so upsets him for other procedures, imply that abortions should be rationed.

    It’s strange that the Democratic Party, a group that doesn’t think the government should intervene between a doctor and a woman when it comes to determining whether or not to have an abortion, appears to have no problem in telling doctors whether they can perform “tonsillectomies or hysterectomies.”

    Ironically, the Obama administration isn’t confident enough that they can simply explain to people what medical procedures they should have. If people are getting costly, unnecessary procedures, don’t you think that the insurance companies would already have learned about it? For anyone who thinks that insurance companies are too stingy, the Obama administration has a news flash: insurance companies have been paying for too much health care.

    But the Obama administration apparently doesn’t think that they can simply convince people of the value of their advice. Sadly, Summers and the rest of the Obama administration have no problem forcing people to do what they think best.

    Yet, not only is Obama going to break his promise on interfering with these decisions, he has no problem with forcing this change on people. Democrats have apparently figured out a way to pass health care legislation without mustering the 60 votes normally needed to pass things in the Senate. To do this, health care won’t be voted on as a separate piece of legislation, but as part of the budget. The proposals also won’t be voted on in the Senate when the budget legislation is first brought up, but only after the final budget bill has gone through the process of “reconciliation” with the House.

    Possibly Americans should ask Canadians and Brits –- people who have long suffered from rationing — how happy they are with central government decisions on eliminating “unnecessary” health care.

  56. It’s strange that the Democratic Party, a group that doesn’t think the government should intervene between a doctor and a woman when it comes to determining whether or not to have an abortion, appears to have no problem in telling doctors whether they can perform “tonsillectomies or hysterectomies.”

    I especially love this line…

  57. I am troubled by this remark as are other bloggers from different sites

    Clinton also indicated an important shift on Hamas, which the State Department calls a terrorist group. While stressing that no funds would flow to Hamas “or any entity controlled by it,” she argued for keeping American options open on a possible Palestinian unity government between the moderate Fatah and Hamas.

    So long as a unity government meets three conditions — renounces violence, recognizes Israel’s right to exist and abides by past agreements — the United States would be prepared to deal with it, including on $900 million in proposed aid, Clinton indicated. Washington does business with a Lebanese government in which Hezbollah controls 11 of 30 seats, although Hezbollah is also deemed a terrorist group.

  58. gonzotx,

    I am surprised as well, but I am taking a wait and see attitude. Keeping your options open is a far cry from actually following through with funds. The key for me here is how the funds would be distributed and to whom. If they are used strictly for humanitarian causes and oversight is severe and in place, then I could see it happening.

  59. April 27th, 2009 10:31 AM Eastern
    JOHN LOTT: Uh Oh…Team Obama Claims Americans Use TOO MUCH Health Care
    By John R. Lott, Jr.
    Senior Research Scientist, University of Maryland/Author, “Freedomnomics”
    I wonder how much money Mr. Lott receives from insurance industry for speaking engagements. The bottom line is that health care is rationed now and will be rationed in the future…there wasn’t, isn’t and will not be enough money in the US economy to support unlimited delivery of health care. Right now the insurance companies do the rationing or loose your job, can’t afford $1,000 a month for COBRA, well you are SOL. The question is do you want the rationing to be done by funding what works or by what the insurance company needs to make a profit. Last year, I had lung surgery and the insurance co denied >$30,000 in medical costs because the charges didn’t meet their “profiles” or because the “in network” surgeon didn’t operate in an “in network” hospital.


  60. JanH Says:

    April 27th, 2009 at 2:41 pm


    We can’t keep over site of the billions we have handed out to the Financials, why would we have any ability in a foreign country, which is full of Muslim terrorists, do we think we would fare any better?
    They must laugh as they pay the weapons brokers with our money to kill our innocent sons and daughters.

    We have been giving billions of dollars to Palestinian Govs and from what I know most had been pocketed by Arafat and the rest went to weapons. Very little to the people it was meant to help.

  61. The bottom line of the scare tactics of “socialized medicine” is, how many wing-nuts over the age of 65 are willing to give up their Medicare “socialized” medicine? Medicare is single payer, rations medical care based on evolving scientific outcome data and has an over head cost of 5%. Private insurance rations medical care base on maintaining profits for the investors and has over head costs of 25-35%.

  62. SHV Says:

    April 27th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    I don’t want the Gov to ration my health care anymore than it is.

    What I want is to take the for profit out of it as it was prior to the Nixon era. When he allowed HCA to be the first for profit it has been down hill ever since. I have no idea if that can of worms could ever be closed again, but this is not working and the Gov making health care decisions, well Soylent Green anyone?….

  63. gonzotx Says:

    April 27th, 2009 at 2:54 pm


    I agree with you. Oversight won’t be successful so I don’t think the funds will be transfered. I’m just saying that Hillary is wanting to appear fair in all of this, but the onus is on the Palestinians and their thugs aka Hamas will screw it up before she even signs on the dotted line. And she will be able to say she tried.

    Not sure if I’m making sense here.

  64. gonzotx,

    And that is the scary part of this. If bambi is calling the shots, then he might just insist on throwing the money at his terrorist buddies and then come up with an: “oh well” moment; “how could I have known” moment; or try and throw Hillary under the bus.

    I am taking a wait and see attitude because I just don’t know what else to do.

  65. I don’t want the Gov to ration my health care anymore than it is.
    Who do you trust to ration your health care? From personal experience, if you have health insurance and you need to use it, you also need to hire a lawyer. The usual pattern for the insurance companies to screw the patient is denials of about 10%…not enough to justify the mountain of paper work and legal fees to justify the appeals. The insurance companies also screw the doctors by demanding more documentation, delaying payments, charges don’t meet their arbitrary payment profiles. If you don’t believe that people should have health care and that having health care should be based on the patients socio-economic status, then then the current system is OK. In 2007, California Blue Cross sent nearly $1 billion in profits out of state to their parent company in Omaha. That was a billion health care dollars not spent on health care for the people of California…I may be a commie pinko socialist but I consider that kind of behavior criminal.

  66. SHV Says:

    April 27th, 2009 at 3:24 pm
    I don’t want the Gov to ration my health care anymore than it is.
    Who do you trust to ration your health care?

    I am an old fashioned RN. I believe it is a matter between a Dr and the patient….We will get what we fight for. Most Gov people I know, actually know nothing about medicine…Surprise! Who do you want to make your health decisions?

  67. I may be a commie pinko socialist but I consider that kind of behavior criminal.

    Maybe you are.

  68. ‘Iranian arms ship destroyed near Sudan’


    An Iranian vessel loaded with weapons to transfer to Hamas via Sudan was recently sunk in the Red Sea by an unidentified missile ship believed to be Israeli, according to Arab media.

    Iranian workers load humanitarian aid to be send to Gaza.
    Photo: AP [file]

    SLIDESHOW: Israel & Region | World The vessel was attacked by either an Israeli or American ship and destroyed, according to a report Sunday in the Egyptian weekly Al-Usbua.

    “The ship was destroyed at sea near the Sudanese coast,” sources told the weekly, adding that the cargo was to be taken through the Sudanese and Sinai deserts. They said the incident occurred within the past two weeks.

    The unidentified ship that fired missiles at the Iranian boat was “likely an Israeli” one, according to an Egyptian security source quoted on Saturday in the Amman-based weekly Fact International.

    ‘IAF planes bombed Gaza-bound weapons convoy’
    Strike reportedly obliterates Iranian ship at sea
    Security analyst: ‘Sudan strike told Hamas, Iran: Your smuggling route is exposed’
    The Iranian vessel was completely sunk and all personnel on it were killed, an event “expected to lead to further tension in Israeli-Iranian relations,” the paper said.

    Last month, Sudan said it believed that Israel carried out air strikes on its soil in February that targeted weapons smugglers.

    While Israeli spokespeople did not comment on allegations of the country’s involvement, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert hinted that Israel carried out the strikes, vowing that it would hit terrorist infrastructure wherever it was.

    Sudanese sources said that one of these strikes destroyed an Iranian ship, possibly on its way to Sudan.

  69. I am an old fashioned RN.
    I’m just an old fashioned heart surgeon who never sent a patient’s bill to a collection agency and has seen patients abused by insurance companies for more than 30 years..I am sick of it.

  70. And I’m an old-fashioned loom-operator, weaving vegetables the way it was done hundreds of years ago.

  71. And I’m just old-fashioned about the constitution and stuff. 😉

    rgb – obamectomy – isn’t that what they’re tryong to do to us now?

    gonzo – i like mozilla and since it doesn’t imply little blue soap pads i guess we’re safe from accusations of racism.

  72. I WASN’T going to post this but it’s the third article I’ve seen about it.


    Barf alert.

    3 w’s then dot then


  73. Thanks for the barf alert. Highly necessary.

    Here’s a short snippet regarding “The Truth” painting:

    “According to a statement released about the portrait, “The 30″ x 54″ acrylic painting on canvas depicts President Obama appearing much like Jesus Christ on the Cross.”

    Wouldn’t it be more appropriate if it were painted on crushed velvet, like all those Elvis and other idols’ renditions? Ya know, like in cheap motels…

  74. LMAO!!!!!!

    I NEEDED a laugh today. Bet you guys could use one, too.
    From TOTUS blog via NQ

    I cannot believe the level of incompetence I have to deal with on a daily basis. If it isn’t the cold hand of my operator, it’s Big Guy not moving his lips fast enough to keep up with my text.

    I can say this much: there’s no truth to the rumor that swine flu had anything to do with my scroll this morning.

    Would it be possible to blame President Bush for this too?

    Now that last line is pretty snarky, TOTUS.

    BONUS: TOTUS let slip all the plans for this week:

    Big Guy’s got a lot on his plate this week, what with the celebration of his phenomenal First 100 Days, the publication of his book documenting his First 100 Days, his weekly TV show on Wednesday, the release of the commemorative plate, coin, and stamp of his First 100 Days, the speech he’s making in St. Louis recounting his First 100 Days, and then film, fashion, and musical retrospectives of his First 100 Days.

  75. hehehehe.

    ‘Wouldn’t it be more appropriate if it were painted on crushed velvet, like all those Elvis and other idols’ renditions? ‘

    I am Soooo glad I have no plans to visit NYC anytime soon and won’t have to actually see it, in Times Square, i think.

  76. A couple of miscellaneous tidbits I picked up the past few days.
    1 – from wikipedia on Jon Favreau, the fratboy speechwriter who groped cardboard HRC,

    Favreau credits Dungeons & Dragons with giving him “…a really strong background in imagination, storytelling, understanding how to create tone and a sense of balancea.
    Also, about earthday – did you know that ther founder (forgot his name) was convicted of murdering his lover, stuffing her in a suitcase and storing her in his apartment for a couple of years?

    When he was arrested he got a wealthy liberal to post bail and skipped the country.
    I always knew there was something not right about ‘earth day.” 😈

  77. This is too rich not to post.
    His name Is Ira Einhorn.
    While a student at the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Einhorn dated a Bryn Mawr College graduate by the name of Holly Maddux. When the affair ended in 1977, Mr. Einhorn went into a jealous rage and murdered her.

    He concealed his crime for 18 months by stuffing Ms. Maddux’s body in a trunk that he kept in his apartment. The foul odor of the decomposing corpse coming from Mr. Einhorn’s Powelton Village apartment caused neighbors to complain. In 1979, police found the trunk stored in a closet in Mr. Einhorn’s apartment.

    Ira Einhorn, member of the counterculture pantheon, one of the founders of the environmentalist movement, icon of the liberal intelligentsia, was charged with murder. But it was not just a simple murder, it was a gruesome case of domestic violence.

    At the bail hearing, Mr. Einhorn was praised by a contingent of luminaries — all testifying to his character. There were Ivy League professors, an Episcopalian minister and corporate executives who worked with Mr. Einhorn raising funds. They all stated under oath that he was a man of the greatest integrity.

    Arlen Specter, currently Pennsylvania’s senior United States Senator, was Mr. Einhorn’s attorney. He managed to get the bail set at the unheard of amount of $40,000 for the suspected murderer. Only 10 percent was needed to free him. Barbara Bronfman, heiress to the Seagram liquor fortune, paid it.

    Proclaiming his innocence, Mr. Einhorn told all that he was framed. He said it was the CIA or the FBI who committed the murder and they were trying to frame him for it because of his political activities.

    Some will note that another notorious Philadelphia murderer, Mumia Abu Jamal, used this defense a few years later.

  78. First to basil9. Yes. Lifetime or someother entity produced and aired a documentary on this. Good old Arlen never mentions it, does he? It’s just amazing to find what is in people’s pasts. Someday we may even know Obama’s deepest secrets.

    Now for two articles. One shows outrageous misjudgment. The other offers a glimmer of hope.

    1. By Stephen Power of The Wall Street Journal

    A Boeing airplane escorted by a military jet flew low over lower Manhattan on Monday, frightening office workers and spurring evacuations in what turned out to be a U.S. government-approved publicity operation. The maneuvering of the 747, which circled around some skyscrapers, recalled memories of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, which resulted in the deaths of thousands after two hijacked commercial airplanes rammed into the World Trade Center. Onlookers and evacuated workers said they were incredulous that government agencies didn’t issue an advisory to alert a public still scarred from 9/11.

    just as shown here: online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20090427-714247.html

    2. WASHINGTON (CNN) — A new national poll suggests that President Obama is personally more popular than his policies.this needs 3 w’s: cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/04/27/poll.obama.policies/

  79. “A Boeing airplane escorted by a military jet flew low over lower Manhattan on Monday, frightening office workers and spurring evacuations…”


    Some heads should definitely roll over this monstrous action…namely obama’s.

  80. holdthemaccountable Says:

    2. WASHINGTON (CNN) — A new national poll suggests that President Obama is personally more popular than his policies.this needs 3 w’s: cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/04/27/poll.obama.policies

    People like the concept of the Obamas walking around the White House grounds and waving, but they don’t want him behind the Oval Office desk.

  81. HTA,

    I heard about that. Bloomberg was livid.

    The ignorance of those who ordered the flyover without taking into consideration New Yorkers well-founded fear of low-flying aircraft is . .
    typical of the BO adminstration.

    We have a bunch of frat-boy zombies in the WH.

  82. Two from the front page of today’s NY Times:


    Member and Overseer of Finance Club (Geithner’s Ties to Wall St. Questioned)

    Published: April 26, 2009

    Last June, with a financial hurricane gathering force, Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. convened the nation’s economic stewards for a brainstorming session. What emergency powers might the government want at its disposal to confront the crisis? he asked.

    Timothy F. Geithner, who as president of the New York Federal Reserve Bank oversaw many of the nation’s most powerful financial institutions, stunned the group with the audacity of his answer. He proposed asking Congress to give the president broad power to guarantee all the debt in the banking system, according to two participants, including Michele Davis, then an assistant Treasury secretary.

    The proposal quickly died amid protests that it was politically untenable because it could put taxpayers on the hook for trillions of dollars.

    “People thought, ‘Wow, that’s kind of out there,’ ” said John C. Dugan, the comptroller of the currency, who heard about the idea afterward. Mr. Geithner says, “I don’t remember a serious discussion on that proposal then.”

    But in the 10 months since then, the government has in many ways embraced his blue-sky prescription. Step by step, through an array of new programs, the Federal Reserve and Treasury have assumed an unprecedented role in the banking system, using unprecedented amounts of taxpayer money, to try to save the nation’s financiers from their own mistakes.

    And more often than not, Mr. Geithner has been a leading architect of those bailouts, the activist at the head of the pack. He was the federal regulator most willing to “push the envelope,” said H. Rodgin Cohen, a prominent Wall Street lawyer who spoke frequently with Mr. Geithner.

    Today, Mr. Geithner is Treasury secretary, and as he seeks to rebuild the nation’s fractured financial system with more taxpayer assistance and a regulatory overhaul, he finds himself a locus of discontent.

    Even as banks complain that the government has attached too many intrusive strings to its financial assistance, a range of critics — lawmakers, economists and even former Federal Reserve colleagues — say that the bailout Mr. Geithner has played such a central role in fashioning is overly generous to the financial industry at taxpayer expense.

    An examination of Mr. Geithner’s five years as president of the New York Fed, an era of unbridled and ultimately disastrous risk-taking by the financial industry, shows that he forged unusually close relationships with executives of Wall Street’s giant financial institutions.

    His actions, as a regulator and later a bailout king, often aligned with the industry’s interests and desires, according to interviews with financiers, regulators and analysts and a review of Federal Reserve records.

    In a pair of recent interviews and an exchange of e-mail messages, Mr. Geithner defended his record, saying that from very early on, he was “a consistently dark voice about the potential risks ahead, and a principal source of initiatives designed to make the system stronger” before the markets started to collapse.

    Mr. Geithner said his actions in the bailout were motivated solely by a desire to help businesses and consumers. But in a financial crisis, he added, “the government has to take risk, and we are going to be doing things which ultimately — in order to get the credit flowing again — are going to benefit the institutions that are at the core of the problem.”

    The New York Fed is, by custom and design, clubby and opaque. It is charged with curbing banks’ risky impulses, yet its president is selected by and reports to a board dominated by the chief executives of some of those same banks. Traditionally, the New York Fed president’s intelligence-gathering role has involved routine consultation with financiers, though Mr. Geithner’s recent predecessors generally did not meet with them unless senior aides were also present, according to the bank’s former general counsel.

    By those standards, Mr. Geithner’s reliance on bankers, hedge fund managers and others to assess the market’s health — and provide guidance once it faltered — stood out.

    His calendars from 2007 and 2008 show that those interactions were a mix of the professional and the private.

    He ate lunch with senior executives from Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley at the Four Seasons restaurant or in their corporate dining rooms. He attended casual dinners at the homes of executives like Jamie Dimon, a member of the New York Fed board and the chief of JPMorgan Chase.

    Mr. Geithner was particularly close to executives of Citigroup, the largest bank under his supervision. Robert E. Rubin, a senior Citi executive and a former Treasury secretary, was Mr. Geithner’s mentor from his years in the Clinton administration, and the two kept in close touch in New York.

    Mr. Geithner met frequently with Sanford I. Weill, one of Citi’s largest individual shareholders and its former chairman, serving on the board of a charity Mr. Weill led. As the bank was entering a financial tailspin, Mr. Weill approached Mr. Geithner about taking over as Citi’s chief executive.


    There are 6 more pages, an extremely long (in depth) article

  83. And the second one:


    Shortage of Doctors an Obstacle to Obama Goals

    Published: April 26, 2009
    WASHINGTON — Obama administration officials, alarmed at doctor shortages, are looking for ways to increase the supply of physicians to meet the needs of an aging population and millions of uninsured people who would gain coverage under legislation championed by the president.

    The officials said they were particularly concerned about shortages of primary care providers who are the main source of health care for most Americans.

    One proposal — to increase Medicare payments to general practitioners, at the expense of high-paid specialists — has touched off a lobbying fight.

    Family doctors and internists are pressing Congress for an increase in their Medicare payments. But medical specialists are lobbying against any change that would cut their reimbursements. Congress, the specialists say, should find additional money to pay for primary care and should not redistribute dollars among doctors — a difficult argument at a time of huge budget deficits.

    Some of the proposed solutions, while advancing one of President Obama’s goals, could frustrate others. Increasing the supply of doctors, for example, would increase access to care but could make it more difficult to rein in costs.

    The need for more doctors comes up at almost every Congressional hearing and White House forum on health care. “We’re not producing enough primary care physicians,” Mr. Obama said at one forum. “The costs of medical education are so high that people feel that they’ve got to specialize.” New doctors typically owe more than $140,000 in loans when they graduate.

    Lawmakers from both parties say the shortage of health care professionals is already having serious consequences. “We don’t have enough doctors in primary care or in any specialty,” said Representative Shelley Berkley, Democrat of Nevada.

    Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Republican of Utah, said, “The work force shortage is reaching crisis proportions.”

    Even people with insurance have problems finding doctors.


  84. rgb,

    I’ve had several primary care physicians tell me they were going out of business coz of the absurdly low medicare payments.


    …well, it seems like he’s pre-empting the prime-time schedule every night:

    From HuffPo, they seem to be outraged that Fox will not air Obama’s 100 Day Love Fest, also known as a press conference. What questions will be asked during this? Isn’t this just further self-glorification?


    Fox Not Airing Obama Press Conference

    NEW YORK — The Fox network is sticking with its regular schedule over President Barack Obama this week.

    The network is turning down the president’s request to show his prime-time news conference on Wednesday. The news conference marks Obama’s 100th day in office. Instead of the president, Fox viewers will see an episode of the Tim Roth drama “Lie to Me.”

    It’s the first time a broadcast network has refused Obama’s request. This will be the third prime-time news conference in Obama’s presidency. ABC, CBS and NBC are airing it.

    …and Fox will trounce them in their ratings, even if they were to broadcast “Lifestyles of the Frugal and Ornery”.

  86. Sorry to clog the blog, but this is a really bad day for O:

    April 27, 2009 2:09 PM

    ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller report:

    Police have started to arrest some of the disabled protestors picketing outside the White House right now. Almost all of the 400 demonstrators are in wheelchairs.

    “Shame on you, Obama is a liar! Shame on you, Obama is a liar!” some are chanting.

    They’re here from all over the country — Texas, Montana, New York, Pennsylvania — to protest what they see as President Obama not sufficiently supporting the Community Choice Act, a bill that would amend the Social Security Act to provide those with disabilities and older Americans the ability to use federal funding for community-based attendant services instead of just for nursing homes.

    as shown: blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/04/police-arrestin.html

  87. The largest city in NM medicare is reimbursed at the rural rate. This is what the State decided. therefore, many doctors state they will not take patients over 65. Therefore, for medicare patients there is a shortage of general practicianers in this state.

  88. SHV said;
    Right now the insurance companies do the rationing or loose your job, can’t afford $1,000 a month for COBRA, well you are SOL. The question is do you want the rationing to be done by funding what works or by what the insurance company needs to make a profit.


    Yes, now the insurance companies are doing the rationing. I’m not sure the government under Obama would do what ‘works’, though. Hillary’s mixed plan would probably have worked, but with Obama in charge of the government, I hope there is still some possibility of competition somewhere.

    Still, Summers is a good guy (Clnton 90s Treas Sec) and a smart guy, so maybe he can make it work.

  89. rgb44hrc Says:
    April 27th, 2009 at 5:30 pp

    Member and Overseer of Finance Club (Geithner’s Ties to Wall St. Questioned)
    Don’t forget that the person telling Tim what to do (LS) was paid $5.2 million for consulting one day a week for a Hedge fund.

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