Swine Flew

Two videos and one report sum up the Obama boobery on this 99th day of torture and torment. We’ll discuss these two illuminating videos and the not startling report below. But first the big news from Pennsylvania.

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Arlen Specter, the single bullet theory man, today announced he will return to being a Democrat (in 1965 Specter ran for office as a Democrat). Specter, no doubt is attracted to Obama’s history of betrayals and therefore will feel very comfortable in the melange which is the contemporary Dimocratic Party. Specter’s defection stabs in the back every Republican who supported Specter in earlier elections at their own electoral expense. The problem with backstabbers, as Dimocrats will soon discover with Specter, is they never stop backstabbing.

On November 11, 2008 we suggested (our 9th suggestion) that Republicans dump their failed leadership and rejoice as some of those leaders resign and leave. Today, as Specter betrayed the fools at the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, the necessary job of dumping failed leadership just became easier for Republicans.

In The Jar Jar Binks of American Politics we wrote:

We truly regret the Dimocrats did not get a 60 vote majority in the U.S. Senate on November 4. Our regret is genuine.

Our regret stems not only from the re-election of the utterly distasteful Republican Saxby Chambliss. [snip]

No, our regret stems largely from our sense that now the cowardly Dimocratic leadership will avail themselves of the very remote possibility of a Republican filibuster in the Senate as an excuse to not do what they promised to do but don’t want to do in the first place.

And of course the national Dimocratics have as their leader the Chicago master of excuses.

Specter’s defection along with the likely results in Minnesota will provide Senate Dimocrats with a 60 vote filibuster proof majority. The Dimocrats now have no excuse, not that they did before, to do whatever it is they want. Labor unions will soon learn that Obama cannot be trusted and would rather have union money and manpower by dangling carrots than by actually doing what labor wants. Other groups beside labor will also learn that what Obama and his Dimocrats say and what they do are two different things.

Specter switched parties because he knew he would lose the Republican primary. Specter followed in Joe Lieberman’s steps and sidestepped the judgement of party members who supported him throughout the years.

For the Republicans, Specter has been as reliable and trustworthy as Swiss weather.

News of Sen. Arlen Specter’s party switch today comes after months of strong statements to the contrary by the Pennsylvania Senator.

In a March 17th interview with The Hill, Specter said he absolutely would not switch parties:

[Democrats] are trying very hard for the 60th vote. Got to give them credit for trying. But the answer is no.

I’m not going to discuss private talks I had with other people who may or may not be considered influential. But since those three people are in the public domain, I think it is appropriative to respond to those questions.

I am staying a Republican because I think I have an important role, a more important role, to play there. The United States very desperately needs a two-party system. That’s the basis of politics in America. I’m afraid we are becoming a one-party system, with Republicans becoming just a regional party with so little representation of the northeast or in the middle atlantic. I think as a governmental matter, it is very important to have a check and balance. That’s a very important principle in the operation of our government. In the constitution on Separation of powers.

Specter’s defection was a surprise to hapless Republicans. Michael Steele, the Republican chairman was surprised too. It is yet to be determined whether Specter’s rejection of the card check legislation as well as words of opposition to the “reconciliation” process in the Senate, which would let the Dimocratic leadership to pass bills without big majorities, is a surprise to Dimocrats who are gleeful to have Specter in the fox hole next to them.

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On this 99th day of torture, a nonpartisan report betrays the Big Media protection of stooge Barack Obama.

The Center for Media and Public Affairs along with Chapman University released a study which should clue Americans about the alleged Obama “popularity”. The study found that Obama got the best television news coverage since the studies began in 1988.

TV news election coverage of Barack Obama was twice as favorable as John McCain’s and Sarah Palin’s coverage, according to the a new report from the Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMPA) Election 2008 NewsWatch. Obama’s coverage was more favorable than any other presidential nominee’s coverage since CMPA began tracking TV election news in 1988. The study also found that Fox News Channel’s coverage was heavily negative toward Obama, but their coverage of McCain and Palin was also negative.

Among the major findings:

President-elect Barack Obama received 68% positive evaluations on the network evening news shows during the general election. His treatment was twice as favorable as John McCain’s 33% positive and Sarah Palin’s 34% positive evaluations. [snip]

Obama’s 68% positive press is the strongest showing CMPA has ever recorded for a presidential candidate, since we began monitoring election news in 1988. He easily eclipsed previous leader John Kerry’s 59% positive evaluations on network news in 2004. Conversely, McCain’s tally of 33% positive evaluations was the worst showing since George H.W. Bush received only 29% positive press in 1988. [snip]

Obama’s 2 to 1 lead in good press also held true for the candidates’ issue coverage, which includes evaluations of their policies and proposals. A slight majority (53%) of statements about Obama’s policies and proposals were favorable, compared to one out of four (24%) favorable comments about McCain and one out of six (16%) favorable toward Palin. The combined totals were 52% positive issue coverage of the Democrats and 24% positive toward the GOP. [snip]

The three broadcast networks were very similar in the tone of their coverage. ABC and CBS had 68% positive coverage of Obama. NBC gave Obama 73% positive coverage. The networks were similar in the negative coverage of McCain. McCain received only 31% positive coverage on NBC, 33% positive coverage on CBS, and 36% positive coverage on ABC. [snip]

…the more positive evaluations that his policies received, suggest that Obama’s more favorable coverage on the network broadcasts did not simply reflect the “good news” of his lead in the polls.)

On the network newscasts, the Democratic ticket received 91% positive comments about their standing and prospects in the horse race, compared to only 31% positive comments about the Republicans – a margin of 60 percentage points. On FOX the Democratic margin was smaller – 73% positive horse race evaluations compared to 49% positive evaluations of the Republican ticket – a 24 percentage point margin.

The study should put to an end any question, even among the Hopium addled, that Obama is a Big Media stooge and creation.

The nonpartisan research group Center for Media and Public Affairs along with California’s Chapman University released a study that found the nightly newscasts devoted 27 hours, 44 minutes to Pres. Obama’s presidency in his first 50 days. That compares to 7 hours, 42 minutes for Pres. George W. Bush and 15 hours, 2 minutes for Pres. Bill Clinton during the first 50 days of their first terms.

Not only has Obama gotten more coverage, but that coverage has been more positive than his predecessors.

On the ABC, CBS, and NBC evening newscasts, 58% of all evaluations of the president and his policies have been favorable, while 42% were unfavorable. That compares with 33% positive in the comparable period of Bush’s tenure and 44% positive for Pres. Clinton.

It does not matter what the vote count is if you are the one counting the votes. It does not matter how good or bad a contestant is when the judges will give a “10” no matter how bad the performance. Obama is a boob, but his Big Media masters approve and applaud of every boobery.

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While Americans are scrimping and saving Obama is living high on the hog.

Obama feasts on Arugula and $100 imported steaks. On Earth Day Obama wastes tons of jet fuel in order to “stand before windmills” and emit hot air.

Two videos betray what Obama is all about.

Yesterday Obama decided to burn expensive fuel required to fly a 747 and F-16 fighter jets – for a photograph.

An administration official says a presidential Boeing 747 and a fighter jet flew low near ground zero in New York City Monday because the White House Military Office wanted to update its file photo of the president’s plane near the Statue of Liberty.

No doubt that file photo will be worshipped and published by Big Media without discusson of cost.

There was a emotional cost as well to New Yorkers as the plane tortured and tormented them.

Mayor Bloomberg was not happy with Obama’s boobery but not so unhappy as to denounce spend, spend, spend, Obama. Bloomberg wants an Obama endorsement in the 2010 mayoral race.

Sources said the chief reason for the panic-inducing flight was to create souvenir pictures of Air Force One flying over the Statue of Liberty to be given out – like a presidential tie clip – to family, friends or supporters.

If Bloomberg does not get an Obama endorsement, perhaps he will get one of those expensive Obama photographs paid for by American taxpayers.

The planes appeared on the horizon around 10 a.m. and sent a chill through the city.

Flying in as low as 1,000 feet to 1,500 feet above New York City, they circled the Statue of Liberty before flying over Manhattan, Staten Island and New Jersey.

Before they vanished, hundreds of frightened people had jammed emergency phone lines, and thousands of terrified people evacuated from buildings in the city and across the river in New Jersey.

“I was crying and praying to God to forgive me my sins because I thought I was going to get killed,” said Kathleen Filandro, who fled from 1New York Plaza when she spotted the planes.

“It’s like someone coming up to you, sticking a gun to your head for 15 seconds, walking away and hearing 20 minutes later it was an undercover cop posing for a photo,” said Wall Street worker Bill Privett.

“I am still shaking,” he said.

Those left shaking will not get an expensive, taxpayer paid photograph, from Obama unless they contribute big bucks to Obama, or maybe get him a house in Chicago or Washington.

It was just another Obama photo op. It’s a photo op B.O. administration. It was an expensive and secret photo op because the waste of money had to be kept secret from sensitive tax payers who don’t want their money wasted.

Yesterday, insensitive photo op Swine flew.

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We confess. When George W. Bush was president we, along with our friends, fellow Democrats, enjoyed mocking the boob. There was almost a joy watching George W. Bush stumble and mumble. We Democrats felt so superior. We particularly got angry and mocking when we witnessed George W. Bush on September 11, 2001 reading My Pet Goat while planes hit.

We Democrats agreed: George W. Bush was a hapless boob. My Pet Goat was only a confirmation of what we knew to be true.

Yesterday we saw the same pathetic mindless boobery on Barack Obama’s face. The same lost look. The same hapless deer-in-the-headlights fear.

Someday, Dimocrats will wake up from their Hopium addled narcolepsy.

When will that day be?

When pigs fly.

Yesterday, Swine flew.


107 thoughts on “Swine Flew

  1. Specter’s defection along with the likely results in Minnesota will provide Senate Dimocrats with a 60 vote filibuster proof majority. The Dimocrats now have no excuse, not that they did before, to do whatever it is they want. Labor unions will soon learn that Obama cannot be trusted and would rather have union money and manpower by dangling carrots than by actually doing what labor wants. Other groups beside labor will also learn that what Obama and his Dimocrats say and what they do are two different things.
    Admin: you are correct. The defection of Spectre is significant. I always knew he had it in him–treason I mean. But the resulting acquisition of a veto proof majority means now the Dims have no excuse left for failing to do exactly what their handler and backers want–which is to loot the country for their own benefit at the worst possible time. This is one of those pivotal moments when bad news is really good news. It is like the battle of the Coral Sea–a tactical loss, but a stategic victory. Let others moan. I am at peace.

  2. Admin,

    Brilliant once again. I’m just wondering what bribes Specter took to rejoin the democrats. I’m sure his vote was a part of a bidding war with the spoils going to bambi who surely offered gold, frankincense, and myrr.

  3. Either that or Specter could see the righting on the wall, has turned yellow and is in survival mode. He obviously thinks bambi is a sure bet. It will be a pleasure to see him go down with the ship.

    I just hope Hillary has a life jacket.

  4. I wonder if Snowe and Collins will jump ship? The pork looks pretty good on the other side of political divide.

  5. basil9 Says:
    Savage takes it a step further, saying that in fact BO was blindsided by the flu outbreak
    suspicion that the flu is bioterroristic and planted by one of the al qaeda groups – or, wtf knows – maybe by a BO devotee?


    Obama blindsided by his own devotee would be interesting.

  6. turndown,

    he’s probably furious that this outbreak is taking over the airtime he wants for his teleprompter’s 100 day climb of Mt. Vesuvius.

  7. “99 problems but a Bitch an’t one of them” as the Fraud and his MOzilla walked out on stage after the Iowa Caucus thief!).


    This was discussed at the time at TM before she went mad. Apparently the song was played at a PRIVATE victory party hosted by a supporter — not at a public event — and it was unlikely that Obama himself knew what music the host planned.

  8. Ok, TDO.
    So my fingers got twisted.
    What i meant was an inept BO devotee thinking (s)he was helping distract attention from the OTHER 99 problems and a bytch IS one of them BO has.

    I admit it’s a stretch.!

    ‘suspicion that the flu is bioterroristic and planted by one of the al qaeda groups – or, wtf knows – maybe by a BO devotee?’


    Obama blindsided by his own devotee would be interesting.

  9. So, when Bush ran for the presidency, one of Rove’s first actions was to go corporate media, and promise to roll back the restriction on the amount of each market that one company could own – iow, Rove promised that under a Bush administration, the media conglomerates would be able to make a lot more money. That resulted in an awful lot of positive coverage.

    How did Obama earn their favor?

  10. Admin:

    Great post! Ha, I see you have your ear to the ground.

    “Specter’s defection along with the likely results in Minnesota will provide Senate Dimocrats with a 60 vote filibuster proof majority. The Dimocrats now have no excuse, not that they did before, to do whatever it is they want.”


    Yep, the only way the Republicans have for gleaning any info for what Obama’s long term plans are… is sending in a Trojan Horse to gather and share. Shameless one meet Shameless too!

  11. turndownobama-com Says:

    April 28th, 2009 at 5:04 pm
    “99 problems but a Bitch an’t one of them” as the Fraud and his MOzilla walked out on stage after the Iowa Caucus thief!).


    This was discussed at the time at TM before she went mad. Apparently the song was played at a PRIVATE victory party hosted by a supporter — not at a public event — and it was unlikely that Obama himself knew what music the host planned.

    It was discussed ad nauseum @ Bitter and I do remember a video of the “couple” walking out on stage, don’t know that that makes it private and really, could one please stop making excuses for him. I would have stopped and had the music cut off, much like the Rev Wrong he use to listen to. When does this guy take ANY responsibility for anything!

  12. i agree!

    ‘It was discussed ad nauseum @ Bitter and I do remember a video of the “couple” walking out on stage, don’t know that that makes it private and really, could one please stop making excuses for him.’

  13. Why? With few exceptions, the mainstream news media have been dutifully pushing the Obama message.
    Chris Matthews did say this was his job.

    Thanks Basil…

  14. Admin.: with the exception of FOX, big media is a lapdog for the Admininstration. The question is will that change now that the Republican Party has lost its ability to filabuster bad legislation.

    More specifically, will the loss of a credible political adversary to the Administration force the media into a different role–a more critical one? Honestly, I do not know. These are corrupt people we are talking about here. But their narrative typically requires an adversarial process, and you cannot have that if you have one party rule. It will be even harder when the policies he advocates do not work.

    For years, the goal of the New York Times, Washington Post, NBC and CNN has been to destroy the power of the Republican Party. Now that it has virtually happened the only thing they have left to write about is bambi and the democrats. This may force them to take on the burden of criticizing him, rather than relying on Republicans to do so.

  15. I wonder if Snowe and Collins will jump ship? The pork looks pretty good on the other side of political divide.
    Spectre could not have won the Republican Primary. Can the same be said of Snowe and Collins?

  16. Apr 28, 2009

    Hamas and Fatah deadlocked over unity


    Hamas and Fatah ended a fourth round of power-sharing talks without a deal Tuesday, but are to meet again on May 16, negotiators said.

    The key stumbling block remains the political program of a Palestinian unity government that would be in power until elections are held in January 2010. Prospects of a breakthrough in the next round are slim.

    The international community says it will only deal with a Palestinian government that recognizes Israel, a concession Hamas is unwilling to make. Egyptian mediators propose that Hamas stay out of the transitional government and instead enable Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to run it.

    As compensation, Hamas and other Palestinian factions would become part of an advisory committee that would be given a say in the government’s decisions. Fatah negotiator Nabil Shaath said the two teams met Tuesday with Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, who asked for a final response to the Egyptian compromise proposal when talks resume May 16. “Now all the concentration is on the Egyptian proposal, which says that … any government formed by President Abbas will conduct the contacts with the international community,” Shaath said.
    Shaath said Suleiman briefed the negotiators on his recent talks with Israeli officials, and on a meeting between US President Barack Obama and Jordan’s King Abdullah II earlier this month in Washington.

    US willingness to deal with a Palestinian unity government – provided it meets the international conditions – is seen as key to the success of the power-sharing talks. However, Hamas is unlikely to embrace the Egyptian proposal. Hamas leaders, pointing to the movement’s sweeping victory in 2006 parliament elections, have said it’s unreasonable to ask them to stay out of the government.

    Another Fatah negotiator, Azzam al-Ahmed, said progress was made on other issues, including the electoral system, security reform and possible Hamas participation in the Palestine Liberation Organization.



    And on a happier note, I would just like to say Mazel Tov to Israel as it celebrates its 61st Independence Day today!

  17. Apr 28, 2009 20:58

    Peres to meet Obama in US Monday

    President Shimon Peres will meet with US President Barack Obama on Monday while in Washington to attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, the Israeli Embassy announced Tuesday.

    Peres will be the first Israeli leader to be hosted by the new president, after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pushed back his inaugural visit to Washington until mid-May.

    The Prime Minister’s Office, which is coordinating the trip with Peres, has said Netanyahu needs more time to complete a policy review before traveling to the US.

    The president’s visit will come on the heels of Obama’s reception of King Abdullah of Jordan last week and amid outstanding White House invitations to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.


  18. Spectre could not have won the Republican Primary. Can the same be said of Snowe and Collins?
    Probably not. Spectre will be 80-81 for the ’10 election and he has health issues, he may not run. If the Dems can hold 60 votes for key legislation then Snowe and Collins will have lost their political worth. I doubt if either of those ladies gets much love in the Republican caucus.

  19. I always liked Snowe and was disappointed in her support of the Fraud. She was VERY quiet during the elections I remember and @ the time , I thought how much the Repubs needed to get her out there to support Palin. I think there was one photo stop @ the airport.I was always concerned with that

    Collins has always been distasteful to me.

  20. And They Chose an Insurance Commissioner, To Lead Them
    —Dave In Texas

    Sebelius confirmed for HHS.

    “It is essential for the health of the nation that President Obama has in place, and the nation has in place, a strong secretary of HHS to make sure our federal efforts on this potential pandemic are able to coordinate,” said Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.).
    I feel better already.

  21. “Republican Faith Chat” solves the problem of the swine flu..SWINE FLU: GOD’S LATEST PUNISHMENT OF IDOL-WORSHIP

    “The cultists in the country just south claim to see Mary in everything from a stucco wall to an enchilada. They worship mortal “saints” and pray to statues. It was only a matter of time before Jesus became fed up and released the Trinity’s holy wrath on those dog-eaters.”

  22. FAA Memo: Feds Knew NYC Flyover Would Cause Panic

    Threatened Federal Sanctions Against NYPD, Secret Service, FBI & Mayor’s Office If Secret Ever Got Out

    Furious Obama Apologizes: “It Will Never Happen Again”
    CBS News Interactive: Sept. 11 And Since

    Furious Obama Apologizes: “It Will Never Happen Again”


    Politico is reporting that Biden was the man on the Specter deal.

    In a sign of the critical role Biden played in convincing Specter to cross the aisle, the Pennsylvania party-switcher placed his first call this morning not to the president, but to Biden.

  23. HARRISBURG – Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement after hearing the news regarding Senator Arlen Specter’s decision to leave our Party:

    “I am deeply disappointed in Senator Arlen Specter’s decision to leave the Republican Party, as he has benefited from the support of our Party for many years. It is apparent that he chose to act in his own self-interest and put his political ambitions first. The Republican Party has room for conservatives and moderates because we are the Party of ideas.

    “I, like many of my fellow Pennsylvania Republicans, took Senator Specter at his word when he said that he would not switch parties, and I believe he owes every Republican who has supported him over the last three decades an apology. I would urge Senator Specter to do the right thing and proactively return any and all campaign contributions he has received in recent months to run as a Republican in the upcoming election. I am sure that most, if not all, of these donors would not have supported a Democrat candidate.

    “Senator Arlen Specter can rest assured that we are committed to winning this seat back for the Republican Party in 2010. I am confident that we will win this seat back.”

  24. EU health chief criticizes “swine flu” name
    Updated 17 hours ago

    BRUSSELS, -The European Union says the swine flu epidemic should be renamed “novel flu” because the current name is misleading and could unnecessarily damage the pork industry.

    Don’t know if I should laugh or cry…

  25. “President Obama is receiving a “D” for his handling of state secrets in a “rule of law” report card prepared by fellow Democrat Russ Feingold, a Wisconsin senator who heads a subcommittee on the Constitution.”

    But..but Obama is a Professor of Constitutional Law!!!!!!

    Go Russ!!!!!!

  26. The ACLU is not happy with Obama…they are trying to get a news “reporter” to ask this question at the Obama teleprompter reading tomorrow PM.

    [The so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” exposed in the torture memos include keeping detainees awake for up to 11 straight days, dousing them with cold water and placing them naked in a cell kept near 50 degrees. One prisoner — Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — was waterboarded 183 times in a month.

    Do you believe that a country – or a president – can afford to look at shocking evidence of illegal torture and simply look away?]

    There is no way in hell that any of those gutless wonders would ask the Bambi a question that might upset him. Might lose access,,,you know.

  27. Accuracy is important. We don’t want to spread stuff on the level of the rumors about Palin.

    There are plenty of REAL, verified outrageous actions by Obama.

  28. Duh. Two famouse planes flew around the Statue of Liberty and it was supposed to be a SECRET?!?!?!?

    Surely that’s a wrong report. Surely….? Please….? Pretty please???????

  29. I’m just wondering how biden and obama can actually believe that they can trust specter after all his flip-flopping. I think specter actually may outdo richardson as Judas of the year.

  30. Sebelius sworn in as U.S. health secretary

    Tue Apr 28, 2009
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius was sworn in as U.S. health secretary on Tuesday in an Oval Office ceremony attended by President Barack Obama just hours after the Senate confirmed her nomination.

    “We wanted to swear her in right away because we’ve got a significant public health challenge that requires her immediate attention, and that is the H1N1 flu outbreak,” Obama told reporters. “I’m thrilled that we have Secretary Sebelius taking the reins. She’s going to be immediately briefed on the issues that we’re working on right now,” he said after the ceremony, which was conducted by the executive clerk of the White House with the president holding the Bible on which she took the oath.

    After the swearing-in, Sebelius immediately went into a briefing on the flu situation with Obama’s Homeland Security adviser John Brennan, White House spokesman Reid Cherlin said.

    The Senate confirmed Sebelius as health secretary in a 65-31 vote earlier in the day, filling a crucial spot in Obama’s cabinet amid growing fears of a possible swine flu pandemic. The Senate brushed back Republican opposition to her nomination because of her support for abortion rights. Sebelius was tapped by Obama to lead his push to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system.

    But she takes office as U.S. health officials rush to prepare for a possible widespread outbreak of a new strain of flu that has killed scores of people in Mexico and sickened at least 64 in the United States.

    The confirmation of Sebelius allows Obama to fill the last open seat in his cabinet. Democrats said the swine flu outbreak made it all the more important to end the delay in filling that pivotal position. “It is essential for the health of the nation, that president Obama has in place and the nation has in place, a strong secretary of health and human services to make sure that our federal efforts on this potential pandemic are ably coordinated,” said Democratic Senator Mark Warner.

    The Sebelius nomination had been delayed by Republicans opposed to her support for abortion rights and a failure to initially report the full extent of her campaign contributions from a doctor who performs abortions. Sebelius, a former insurance commissioner, will lead Obama’s push to enact by the end of this year an overhaul of the $2.5 trillion U.S. healthcare industry, one of the main political goals of his administration.


  31. Obama’s Kindness to the Cruel

    By Victor Sharpe
    April 28, 2009

    There is an ancient saying best summarized as: “Those who are kind to the cruel in the end will be cruel to the kind.”

    We saw this warning vividly and sorrowfully cast aside at the Summit of All Americas as President Obama smiled and warmly embraced the thug, Hugo Chavez, who sits astride Venezuela while its frail democracy dies by a “thousand cuts” under his growing dictatorship.
    Obama greeted Hugo Chavez 24 hours after the Venezuelan ruler said, “The United States Empire is on its way down and will be finished in the near future, inshallah!” The Arabic word Chavez uttered loosely means, “Allah wills it.”
    No doubt, Chavez has now morphed into an Islamist after his love fest with the Iranian racist and bigot of the day, Mahmoud Ahmedinijad. Indeed Iran has found a willing ally in Chavez.

    We have seen the ancient wisdom flouted as our president held hands with the Castro brothers while their political prisoners watched in mute torment from their Cuban jails. And even after Obama’s naïve outreach, Fidel Castro called President Obama, “superficial.”

    We have seen this misplaced kindness in the endless prattle that President Obama dispenses to all and sundry as he preaches that America is no longer a super power imbued with an innate decency and morality: it is merely the equal of all other nations.

    Mr. President, is America now the equivalent of the Iranian theocracy, the Sudanese, Syrian and Saudi Arabian autocracies, the North Korean dictatorship, the basket cases of Zimbabwe and Somalia? According to President Obama, the United States of America has much to apologize to the world for; a theme he obsessively returns to on his foreign jaunts.

    While in Europe he shrugged off the pleas of French President Sarkozy to visit the WW II graves of some 12,500 American soldiers who died on the Normandy beaches because, “it might offend the Germans.” Perhaps he is not moved by the graves of American soldiers who died in their thousands to liberate Europe during two world wars and which dot that blood stained Continent’s landscape.

    In the Obama vision, America is now merely the equal of every tin pot tyranny, dictatorship, oligarchy and Islamic theocracy in the world. We can call this the new President’s twilight zone vision of America, or the Obama Moral Equivalency Nation, OMEN for short. And what a frightful and dire omen it portends for our future.

    We have seen what the President does with our natural enemies; those who practice the worst human rights violations. He reaches out to them oblivious of the fact that these hard hearted monsters will play him like a skilled angler that has just reeled in a freshly caught fish. His kindness to the assorted international thugs and gangsters from Iran to Cuba and from Syria to Venezuela may well kill the greatness that is America.

    The memory of the American President bowing obsequiously to the Saudi King or listening in silence for nearly an hour while Daniel Ortega lectured him on all the perceived ills of the United States is one that is beyond demeaning. This is especially so when Obama not once stood up for America during the impudent harangue.

    What are we to make of Obama’s attitude towards Iran when he makes humiliating overtures to the evil Ahmedinijad who plumbed new depths of squalor in his anti-Semitic ravings at the so-called UN Racism Conference in Geneva. Iran’s reply to Obama’s olive branch was to put an American woman journalist, Roxana Saberi, in jail on trumped up charges of espionage. This poor woman may well endure real torture and it remains to be seen if her plight moves our new president as much as his concern for the Islamist monsters in Guantanamo.

    The President has proven by his inactions that America under his leadership is humiliated and ridiculed, North Korea launches a missile while ignoring with contempt the empty warnings of President Obama and his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

    As President Barak Obama nears his hundred days in office, much has already changed in America as the President promised, but it is not for the good. Despite his Amen Chorus in the mainstream media, which sees no evil and hears no evil, the country is slowly awakening. There is an unease, which is becoming palpable. Tea Parties are a manifestation of this grassroots fear, which became evident in the streets of America. All this occurring while a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party continues apace in the Congress and the White House. Let us hope that cruelty, which always follows misplaced kindness, will not yet be meted out to the kind.

    And who are the kind?


  32. turndownobama-com Says:

    April 28th, 2009 at 8:44 pm
    Accuracy is important. We don’t want to spread stuff on the level of the rumors about Palin.

    There are plenty of REAL, verified outrageous actions by Obama.

    And this is in regard to what?

  33. drummajor66 // April 28, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    gonzotx // April 28, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Yep, scrubbed.
    Not only was it scrubbed but most articles about it was scrubbed.
    Google scrubbed off their search engine so fast you thought it was a figment of your imagination.

    The u -tube of the Fraud and Jaycee has been scrubbed. But it was real….

  34. Obama Orders Review of New York Flight as Cost Put at $328,835


    The flight by the VC-25, a modified Boeing Co. 747, and two F-16 fighter jets cost $328,835, Air Force spokeswoman Vicki Stein said.

    Three-Hour Mission

    That includes $300,658 for the larger plane, which flew a three-hour mission, and about $28,178 for the F-16 jets, which flew 1.8 hours each, Stein said in an e-mailed statement.

    From Bitter….

  35. There is no way to otherwise explain, imo, how BO seemingly gets everything he wants, and or is “excused” by simply saying “we made a mistake”. If Bush, Hillary or any other person was Prez and that plane flew over NYC, “impeachment” would be on the table. As for Spector, he knew he was “switching” for some time and team Obama had him break the news to distract from the plane fuck up and to make Obama seems invincible as he approaches his 100th day. When is this guys luck going to run out???

  36. Benedict Arlen

    Now that is funny
    On Foxnews

    wish i had thought of it…

  37. GUILTY: Voter Fraud In Ohio

    dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2009/04/28/three_voters. h t m l

    3 voting advocates guilty
    Tuesday, April 28, 2009 3:33 PM
    By Barbara Carmen
    Three staff members for Vote Today Ohio, an independent get-out-the-vote organization supporting Barack Obama, pleaded guilty in Franklin County this afternoon to improper voting.

    The three came to Ohio from states where Obama was likely to win in an effort to swing Ohio’s electoral college vote toward their candidate, Judge Charles A. Schneider said. The judge gave all three 60 days in jail but suspended it if they paid a $1,000 fine. He also ordered a year’s probation.

    The three are Daniel Hausman, 32, and Amy Little, 50, both of New York, and Yolanda Hippensteele, 30, of California. They told the court they had good intentions when they registered to vote and cast ballots the same day in early voting at Veterans Memorial.

    “I was paying rent and living full-time in Ohio,” Hippensteele told the judge, “I didn’t attempt to vote in another state. … I think it’s all a misunderstanding. I have a profound respect for the voting process.”

    Assistant Prosecutor Brian Simms said the three later tried to rescind their registration and cancel their votes; two were successful. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien had warned visiting campaign staff members that they shouldn’t vote here if they didn’t plan to stay after the election.

    Schneider told the three that “rescinding your request is like giving back the money once you’ve been caught.”

  38. Great psot admin…..I give Obabami a F-..poor judgement ,broke our grandkids, has lied so many times ,someone else telling him what to say on the telebabmi
    and that speech writer is running the country NOT Obama..very scary.Impeach Obama…

    what happens to arlen spectors supporters who gave him money..
    can they get it back..

  39. dija ..i think this is wHat people did in lotts of states he won….“I was paying rent and living full-time in Ohio,” Hippensteele told the judge, “I didn’t attempt to vote in another state..i think people moved to Iowa from illinois too…he had it all in place people to do voter fraud so he could win..so he had people move to states and i think axelrod did this i wonder how much people got paid to move to another state..to rig elections.

  40. jbstonesfan Says:

    April 28th, 2009 at 10:04 pm
    Yes…he is offering “refunds”.

    You can only imagine the millions he was offered to be a traitor…

  41. I found this @ Ace of Spades, it is long and maybe people are tired of discussing torture. I thought it was interesting considering how far back it goes and how the political winds change depending on recent memory and party affiliation

    May 16, 2004
    Flashback: When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
    Under the control of Richard Clarke, the CIA’s Counter-Terrorism Center (CTC) had established a specal bin Laden unit in 1996, and by 1998 had over one hundred case officers and intelligence analysts.

    ” With the help of the CTC, forty terrorists from the former Yugoslavia were captured and turned over to Arab governments, usually Egypt. Egyptian security is believed to have tortured, tried, and executed many of them. In this way, al Qaeda cells were quickly smashed in Albania, Bosnia, and elsewhere.”

    — Losing Bin Laden, by Richard Miniter

    We didn’t hear the press complaining then. Indeed, Clinton’s use of torture (which, by the way, we supported, and continue to support) was treated as proof of his “seriousness” about the issue of terrorism. It proved he was no limp-wristed hand-wringing liberal bleeding heart. It showed he was tough.

    What a difference a partisan registration makes, eh?

    This article is reprinted on what seems to be an anti-war site, but it’s originally from the Washington Post, written by Dana Priest and Barton Gellman, with reporting by Bob Woodward.

    We’d like to make several points here.

    The article is completely nonjudgmental on the issue of torture. It’s straight reporting. Actually, one could even claim it’s somewhat positive on the subject, since most of the quotes from experts state that torture is necessary and effective, and there isn’t prominent placement of “we should be above this” quotes from human-rights whiners.

    Maybe that’s just because Dana Priest wrote it, who seems, to the extent we’re familiar with her (and we’re not especially familiar with her) a fairly straight reporter.

    But it might also be indicative of the general press attitude — indeed, the general American attitude — towards such nasty techniques in the aftermath of 9-11.

    It seems strange to us that reporters used to claim they understood that this is a different kind of war, and that the old rules had to go by the wayside.

    But now it’s a whole year and a half later. Apparently the press is upset because while they supported tough interrogation tactics a year and a half ago, they’ve now changed their mind, and they’re very, very angry that Bush hasn’t changed his mind with them.

    Either that, or it’s an election year. What was accepted as being a necessary but repugnant practice in late 2002 is suddenly deemed abhorrent and anti-American and just plain godawful because it’s far more important to drive George Bush out of the White House than terrorists out of their caves and sanctuaries.

    On Fox News Sunday, Juan Williams claimed that he was terribly, terribly outraged about the Abu Ghraib abuses, but also claimed that he was in favor of using “legitimate” interrogation tactics to wrest crucial, life-saving information from terrorists.

    He didn’t specify what those “legitimate” tactics might be. He just asserted that the Geneva Conventions permit such tactics, without troubling himself to list them.

    Indeed, one of the tactics Williams mentioned as especially abhorrent was “putting hoods over the heads” of prisoners. Sensory deprivation and deliberate disorientation would seem to us to be the least coercive and least brutal of all possible coercive techniques. And yet, Mr. Williams, claiming there are a whole host of tough tactics he supports which are in fact permitted by the Geneva Conventions, is outraged even by “hooding” prisoners.

    Since the Geneva Conventions ban all coercive practices, we’re not sure what “legitimate” tactics Juan Williams might have in mind. He objects passionately to even the least-brutal techniques known.

    Perhaps he would lower himself to using harsh language, as Corporal Hudson once suggested.

    Either that, or it’s an election year, and Juan Williams has decided that it’s okay to compromise American security by being suddenly “outraged” about practices he knows are completely necessary and justified, and which were, indeed, deemed just jake with him a scant year and a half ago.

    More… The mainstream/liberal Atlantic Monthly headlined an article thus in January 2002:

    A Nasty Business

    Gathering “good intelligence” against terrorists is an inherently brutish enterprise, involving methods a civics class might not condone. Should we care?

    The writer is torn by self-doubt and his precious conscience, as all good liberals always should be, but he recounts this story:

    cannot use his real name, so I will call him Thomas. However, I had been told before our meeting, by the mutual friend—a former Sri Lankan intelligence officer who had also long fought the LTTE—who introduced us (and was present at our meeting), that Thomas had another name, one better known to his friends and enemies alike: Terminator. My friend explained how Thomas had acquired his sobriquet; it actually owed less to Arnold Schwarzenegger than to the merciless way in which he discharged his duties as an intelligence officer. This became clear to me during our conversation. “By going through the process of laws,” Thomas patiently explained, as a parent or a teacher might speak to a bright yet uncomprehending child, “you cannot fight terrorism.” Terrorism, he believed, could be fought only by thoroughly “terrorizing” the terrorists—that is, inflicting on them the same pain that they inflict on the innocent. Thomas had little confidence that I understood what he was saying. I was an academic, he said, with no actual experience of the life-and-death choices and the immense responsibility borne by those charged with protecting society from attack. Accordingly, he would give me an example of the split-second decisions he was called on to make. At the time, Colombo was on “code red” emergency status, because of intelligence that the LTTE was planning to embark on a campaign of bombing public gathering places and other civilian targets. Thomas’s unit had apprehended three terrorists who, it suspected, had recently planted somewhere in the city a bomb that was then ticking away, the minutes counting down to catastrophe. The three men were brought before Thomas. He asked them where the bomb was. The terrorists—highly dedicated and steeled to resist interrogation—remained silent. Thomas asked the question again, advising them that if they did not tell him what he wanted to know, he would kill them. They were unmoved. So Thomas took his pistol from his gun belt, pointed it at the forehead of one of them, and shot him dead. The other two, he said, talked immediately; the bomb, which had been placed in a crowded railway station and set to explode during the evening rush hour, was found and defused, and countless lives were saved. On other occasions, Thomas said, similarly recalcitrant terrorists were brought before him. It was not surprising, he said, that they initially refused to talk; they were schooled to withstand harsh questioning and coercive pressure. No matter: a few drops of gasoline flicked into a plastic bag that is then placed over a terrorist’s head and cinched tight around his neck with a web belt very quickly prompts a full explanation of the details of any planned attack.

    It seemed widely understood, even by liberals, that such methods might be brutish and nasty, and possibly even forbidden, but they did seem to have an appreciation that “outrage” was out-the-window. After 9-11, it was no longer an easy moral call that “of course” torturing terrorists was outrageous.

    And yet, now in this presidential campaign season, liberals seem to have recovered all of their moral certainty and moral posturing, conveniently just in time to make a political issue out of the techniques.

  42. April 17, 2009

    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20500

    Mr. Obama:

    I have had it with you and your administration, sir. Your
    conduct on your recent trip overseas has convinced me that you are not an
    adequate representative of the United States of America collectively
    or of me personally.

    You are so obsessed with appeasing the Europeans and the
    Muslim world that you have abdicated the responsibilities of the President
    of the United States of America. You are responsible to the citizens
    of the United States. You are not responsible to the peoples of any
    other country on earth.

    I personally resent that you go around the world apologizing
    for the United States telling Europeans that we are arrogant and do
    not care about their status in the world. Sir, what do you think the
    First World War and the Second World War were all about if not the
    consideration of the peoples of Europe? Are you brain dead?
    What do you think the Marshall Plan was all about? Do you not
    understand or know the history of the 20th century?

    Where do you get off telling a Muslim country that the United
    States does not consider itself a Christian country? Have you not
    read the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the United
    States? This country was founded on Judeo-Christian ethics and the
    principles governing this country, at least until you came along, come
    directly from this heritage. Do you not understand this?

    Your bowing to the king of Saudi Arabia is an affront to all
    Americans. Our President does not bow down to anyone, let
    alone the king of Saudi Arabia. You don’t show Great Britain, our best
    and one of our oldest allies, the respect they deserve yet you bow
    down to the king of Saudi Arabia. How dare you, sir! How dare you!

    You can’t find the time to visit the graves of our greatest
    generation because you don’t want to offend the Germans but make time to
    visit a mosque in Turkey. You offended our dead and every veteran
    when you give the Germans more respect than the people who saved the
    German people from themselves. What’s the matter with you?

    I am convinced that you and the members of your administration
    have the historical and intellectual depth of a mud puddle and
    should be ashamed of yourselves, all of you.

    You are so self-righteously offended by the big bankers and the
    American automobile manufacturers yet do nothing about the real
    thieves in this situation, Mr. Dodd, Mr. Frank, Franklin Raines, Jamie
    Gorelic, the Fannie Mae bonuses, and the Freddie Mac bonuses.
    What do you intend to do about them? Anything? I seriously doubt it.

    What about the U.S. House members passing out $9.1 million in
    bonuses to their staff members – on top of the $2.5 million in
    automatic pay raises that lawmakers gave themselves? I understand the
    average House aide got a 17% bonus. I took a 5% cut in my pay to save jobs
    with my employer. You haven’t said anything about that.. Who
    authorized that? I surely didn’t!

    Executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be receiving $210
    million in bonuses over an eighteen-month period, that’s $45 million
    more than the AIG bonuses. In fact, Fannie and Freddie
    executives have already been awarded $51 million – not a bad take. Who
    authorized that and why haven’t you expressed your outrage at this group who
    are largely responsible for the economic mess we have right now.

    I resent that you take me and my fellow citizens as brain-dead
    and not caring about what you idiots do. We are watching what you are
    doing and we are getting increasingly fed up with all of you. I
    also want you to know that I personally find just about everything you
    do and say to be offensive to every one of my sensibilities. I
    promise you that I will work tirelessly to see that you do not get a
    chance to spend two terms destroying my beautiful country.


    Every real American

    for all Americans to wake up!



  43. wbboei Says:
    April 28th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    HARRISBURG – Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement after hearing the news regarding Senator Arlen Specter’s decision to leave our Party:


    Yes, Republicans, the famous Coolidge pictures of ole’ dogs playing, in this case, Liar’s Poker. The paintings, commissioned at the turn of the last century by Brown & Bigelow to advertise cigars.

    Specter is an old salt at playing this game. Watch for Newt. He’s overdue for another grand scheme. He won’t let Arlen garner ALL the attention.

  44. The three came to Ohio from states where Obama was likely to win in an effort to swing Ohio’s electoral college vote toward their candidate, Judge Charles A. Schneider said. The judge gave all three 60 days in jail but suspended it if they paid a $1,000 fine. He also ordered a year’s probation.
    That judge is part of the problem. In his court, election fraud is a trifling. He has no comprehension of deterrence. If he is going to give them probabtion the sentence should be five years, to cover 2010 and 2012. If this is his idea of a justice, then his head should be examined.

  45. A friend told me yesterday that it looked to her like Hillary has not slept in several days. I think that is probably true. I hope she does not let her health deteriorate. There is only so much she, or anyone else can do, so it is not worth killing herself or wrecking her health. Que sera.

  46. Chris Matthews Thinks Michelle Obama Knows Her Place »
    By AnicloseAuthor: Ani Name: Ani Ai
    Email: susanunpc@gmail.com
    About: See Authors Posts (126) on April 28, 2009 at 9:15 PM in Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, MSNBC, Michelle Obama | 42 Comments

    I would like to open this rant against the ever sexist blowhard Chris Matthews by sending a shout out and loving thank you to my husband — who would never behave in a disparaging way toward his partner, or toward any other woman for that matter. To my dear hubby, and all other men out there with the decency to respect the qualities that any forthright woman brings to the table, I applaud you. Keep on keeping on and maybe your good influence can somehow rub off, you should pardon the expression, on those more clueless among you! Ah, now to Mr. Matthews. In his latest drooling pronouncement, he intimates how Michelle Obama is the perfect first lady because among other things, wait for it…she knows her place! What place would that be, Mr. Matthews?

    While his rhetoric in this attached video is far more subtle than usual, I believe his message is clear. He is portraying Michelle Obama as the anti-Hillary – someone who is staying away from policy and is “by choice,” according to him, assuming a more classically feminine background role of tilling her victory garden, in designer jeans, of course, and visiting with cabinet staff, federal employees and military families – a good will ambassador for her husband, as it were. He points out that Mrs. Obama is a very intelligent, educated woman who is “choosing” this background role for herself, rather than being more ambitious. This seems an odd contradiction for a woman who is always out in public making reference to the fact that she isn’t getting paid for her work as First Lady.

  47. From the Atlantic Monthly

    Goldberg: How’s Obama doing, Bob?

    Kaplan: Jeff, I think the most interesting thing is the real break in foreign policy was not between Bush and Obama, but between Bush in his first six years and his last two years.

    Goldberg: You think that was more dramatic.Kaplan: Yeah, more dramatic. I think that Obama is basically–on Iran, on Europe, on China, on a lot of things except for missile defense and except for Cuba and maybe one or two other things–in many things, he’s operating along the same policy lines as Bush, which to me says that Bush didn’t get enough credit for his last two years.

    Goldberg: Post-Rumsfeld Bush?Kaplan: Post-2006 elections Bush, yeah.

    Goldberg: So what you’re saying is that Bob Gates is essentially serving in the same administration.Kaplan: Yes, that’s a very good way to put it.

    Goldberg: Thank you. [laughter]

    Kaplan: He may have different battles and this and that, but remember, Gates and Condi Rice became very influential in the last two years of Bush, and Cheney’s influence diminished. I think we’re seeing a carryover effect. Except on issues like Cuba and the willingness to negotiate with Russia on missile defense, where there is a break.

    Goldberg: I think the tonal difference–and tonal differences can sometimes lead over to actual substantive differences–is enormous. Obama is hyper-consciously doing what pre-9/11 George Bush said he would do, which is to have a humble a foreign policy. My basic take is that national interests are permanent and a president is there to advance American national interests. If he does that through charm or bullying or bribery or glibness or appeals to morality or military force–it doesn’t actually matter as long as he advances American national interests in the appropriate way.

    Kaplan: I agree. And I would add that in a global media environment, charm and packaging matter a lot more than they used to matter.

    Goldberg: This is where tone actually become substance in a way.

    Kaplan: Yes. We do live in this fishbowl media environment where setting the right tone matters so much. But that’s been the real shift. In actual policy, there hasn’t been a shift. Where there has been a shift is the organization of foreign policy. The National Security Council is predominantly working with George Mitchell on Israel/Palestine while the State Department has taken control of India/Pakistan/Afghanistan. And Richard Holbrooke, the Special Envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, he’s poaching already into Iraq and Iran.

    Goldberg: He just hired Vali Nasr.Kaplan: And Vali Nasr is the preeminent Iran expert.

    Goldberg: I’m glad that you were struck by that because I was struck by that too.

    Kaplan: Vali Nasr is very impressive.

    Goldberg: He’s very impressive, but Iran is not really entirely in Holbrooke’s purview. This is obviously a clear sign that’s it’s becoming his purview.

    Kaplan: You can see how Holbrooke is extending this special envoyship to the entire near-east with the exception of the booby-prize of Israel/Palestine.

    Goldberg: This is not to disparage George Mitchell or Dennis Ross in any way, but Richard Holbrooke is a human hurricane, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he essentially becomes the off-shore Hillary Clinton.

    Kaplan: That’s a very good way to put. I would say at the moment when you have such a right-wing Israeli government and the Palestinians are so divided among themselves and incapable of negotiating, the next year or two in Israel-Palestine is not going to bring much hope for any movement there. So I think Holbrooke will bide his time before poaching on Mitchell. Let Mitchell be stuck with the failure for a year or two. Because you may get a new Israeli government in two years or so. I think Holbrooke will leave that aside for the moment. Another interesting facet of these special envoys, is that they allowed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to go to China, South Korea, Japan and Indonesia on her first trip abroad. Because one of the faults of the Bush administration was that it was so consumed by the greater Middle East that it ignored our allies in Southeast Asia, Japan, South Korea. But by appointing special envoys to that region, this frees up the Secretary of State to devote more time to what’s going to be the center of world power at some point in the 21st century.Goldberg: Remember what Bill Clinton said about his wife, “two for the price of one?” When you have Holbrooke in the State Department, it’s like having two secretaries of state. And that’s a good thing. Maybe it’s difficult for Hillary Clinton, but the world is big and there are five or six crisis points.Kaplan: Exactly. The world has gotten to a point where it’s too much for one person at the top. There’s got be a devolution of responsibility.

    Goldberg: Can I ask you a small-bore question that interests me endlessly. What do Ambassadors do now that you have this super envoy system? You spent your whole life waiting to be ambassador to Egpyt, ambassador to India, and all of a sudden…

    Kaplan: …you have Holbrooke. Ambassadors actually do a lot, except they’re not going to make the big decisions any more. They’re not going to have the influence they had before. Take a really complex country like Indonesia with 235 million Muslims and it’s got relations with the U.S. at like 15 different levels, with military exchanges, with agricultural exchanges, with this and that. There are daily crises all the time that are not important enough to get into the newspaper, but which somebody has to handle at the scene. Constant visits from Congress–and substantial visits, not like going to a Caribbean island over Christmas kind of visits. Ambassadors to big, big countries like Egypt, Indonesia, India are overworked and do a lot.

    Goldberg: And then the gloryhound comes in and takes the credit. Bob, speaking about Asia, is China a threat and what is Obama likely to do on China?

    Kaplan: China is a long-term threat, not a short-term one. When you look at its naval acquisitions and purchases and building. They have a shop-’til-you-drop policy on submarines, including nuclear ones. China wants to dominate the western Pacific, it wants to have a presence in the Indian Ocean. It’s going to be a peer competitor of the United States on some future ‘morrow, but not now. And the important thing is to kind of hedge against it by supporting allies like Japan, India, Indonesia, etc. But also by trying to draw China into the Pacific alliance system. Because the last thing we want to do is kind of bring about the very thing we’re worried about through our own hostile actions. I think that while Bush and Rice had the right policy towards China, they were too absent in Asia. Just showing up at Asian summits and meetings to a much greater extent then we have is probably the most responsible way of balancing against China. The President is going to the APEC summit in November in Singapore. He’ll probably make a visit to Indonesia at that time. As we said before, the envoy system has liberated the President, the National Security Advisor, the Secretary of State to kind of bore in on Asia.

    Goldberg: Let’s talk about the burgeoning Bolivian threat. [laughter]

    Kaplan: Well, I think in terms of South America, there’s one thing I want to say, Jeff. Each political party, the Democrats and the Republicans, have their weakest points, their stupidest points. And the stupidest Democratic position during the Bush years was the hostility to a Colombian free trade pact.

    Goldberg: Absolutely. Here we are agreeing again.

    Kaplan: Because Colombia is like your image of a success story. We actually won there. We have a democratically elected president who’s got an 80% approval rating, who has beat back the FARC drug lords to a significant extent. And all they want to do is trade freely with us. I think Obama’s going to push that through.

    Goldberg: Colombia brings up an interesting point actually, and maybe this was inevitable. If you look at the sum total of the President’s two main trips, he has, in short order, unsettled Japan and South Korea with his response to North Korea; Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, UAE in his opening to Iran; India, by talking about Kashmir; the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Georgia, etc. by resetting the relations with Russia; and Colombia, by the way, with his more than perfunctory hello to Hugo Chávez.

    Kaplan: Who is the arch-enemy in Bogotá. Hated in Colombia like Hamas is hated in Israel.

    Goldberg: Hugo Chávez, very notably, once referred to Colombia as the Israel of South America. The point is that in every region Obama has unsettled stalwart American allies. Now maybe that’s the inevitable byproduct of doing some rethinking about how much of an enemy does Hugo Chávez really have to be? Or, maybe there is a way to talk to the Iranians. I find it unsettling in a way because, on the one hand, you want to friends of your enemies or at least neutralize them. On the other hand, you don’t want to scare the hell out of your actual friends in doing that.

  48. OMG!!!!!

    ANYONE who needs a laugh today go to:


    and check the pic Beethovenqueen!

    ADMIN!!!!! Please embed!

  49. Here’s a better link.


  50. Good Morning All

    So, on the channels airing his first 100 days of accomplishments, are the Reps getting equal air time to air his 100 days of mistakes? I thought they had to do that. Or maybe Fox should do that. They get the bigger audience anyway.

  51. Now with Specter joining Aladdin and his forty thieves, the dims will be able to push through UHC. I just hope it doesn’t affect my job! We have been forced to go to meetings to discuss the union disadvantage at the hospital I work so who know what will happen now.
    I was quiet irratated to have to go to these propaganda meetings to discuss union propaganda.
    I was the only one that spoke up at the meeting, and they took notice to the point of coming over an looking at my name badge. LOL!
    My point was some hospitals needed to unions to discourage “flex-time”, which many hospitals are going to. In essence, its if you not busy you go home and use your paid time off to cover your absence.
    Which keeps you from accumulating very much time off (vacations). It also keeps overtime down. Its great for the hospital, but not so great for the healthcare workers. I have been thru this, you can work so hard you can barely walk out to your car after work and they next day its so slow you are actually having time to do to real patient care and enjoying your day, thats when the hospital sends you home. WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE GRATEFUL FOR THIS!

  52. Some insights on Hillary which may explain how and why Hillary has been able to adjust to the netherworld of this administration:

    “As a girl and then as a woman has always been a passionate participant and at the center of events: familial, generational, experiential, political, historical. Call it ambition, call it the desire to make the world a better place–she has always been driven. Rarely has she stepped aside into passivity. Introspection has not been her strong suit; faith in the Lord and in herself has.

    Three pillars have held her up in a life created by personal difficulties and public and private battles: her religious faith, her powerful urge toward service and its accompanying sense of self importance, and a fierce desire for secrecy and privacy.

    Hillary is neither the demon of the rights perception, or a feminist saint. Hers is the story of inner strength and vulnerability. She is an intelligent woman endowed with energy, enthusiasm, humor, tempetuousness, inner strength, spontaneity in private, lethal powers of retribution, real life lines that come from deep wounds and the language skills of a sailor (and of a minister), all evidence of her passion–which deep down is her most enduring and endearing trait.”

    A Woman In Charge–Carl Bernstein (Note: he is over all a Hillary hater, a man who has had trouble with women in his own life, a manic depressant and other characteristics which could cause you to question his judgment as I have done many times. He epitomizes the view of the Washington media establishment, and is highly suspect for that reason as well. I selected these paragraphs only because they provide some insight on why she made the decision she did to join an administration and a man who villified her–Barack Hussein Obama, who in my judgment is a charlatan who will destroy this country.)

  53. # NewMexicoFan Says:
    April 29th, 2009 at 8:26 am
    Good Morning All
    So, on the channels airing his first 100 days of accomplishments, are the Reps getting equal air time to air his 100 days of mistakes? I thought they had to do that. Or maybe Fox should do that. They get the bigger audience anyway.
    That would have been so when there was an FCC “Fairness” Doctrine”. The Right Wing Republicans hated the Fairness doctrine and it was killed in 1987 by the Reagan era FCC chairman.

  54. If Kaplans view is correct and with Holbrooke as Undersecretary of State you have two secretaries of state that is something to watch. Most members of the public and press know who Hillary is–I would say all but that would give them far too much credit. Few know whom Holbrooke is, except for insiders. Hillary likes the spotlight whereas Holbrooke does not. I think he is a friend and ally to Hillary.

    My instincts tell me that at some point, it will come down to a test of wills between him and Bibi. Mitchell will get nowhere for the reasons described above–which are circumstantial not personal. When the time comes Obama will sell us down the river. At that point the operative question will be who if anyone will stop him. I am sorry to say it but that is the way it is.

  55. The current scenario is troubling for anyone who is a patriot and believes in this country. The markers I see are the reduction of our political system to a one party system, a journalistic community which is little more than a purveyour of lies and administration propananda devoid of critical thinking, an economic policy which will bankrupt the nation and reduce our standard of living, the destruction of our sovereignty, the reduction of our civil liberties to hollow shibbloeths, a Faustian pact between Bambi and international business interests, the dumbing down of the electorate and racial strife which will coincide with declining economic prospects. So tell me this: where is the light at the end of this tunnel? For the life of me I do not see it.

  56. My instincts tell me that at some point, it will come down to a test of wills between him and Bibi.
    Richard Holbrooke is Jewish and he is well thought of in the Jewish community. That should give him some “creds” with Bibi that Mitchell doesn’t have. When he was Amb. to Germany, he made it very clear that his family were German Jews.

  57. rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/mood_of_america/congressional_ballot/generic_congressional_ballot
    h and w stuff.

    This poll says in a generic congressional ballot of Dims vs Reps, 41% would choose Reps vs 38% Dims. First time this has happen int 5 years.

    With all of the over Dim exposure by the media, I think this is amazing.

  58. Breaking News Alert
    The New York Times
    Wednesday, April 29, 2009 — 8:36 AM ET

    Economy Contracted at 6.1% Annual Rate in First Quarter

    The United States economy contracted at a
    steeper-than-expected pace in the first quarter, hurt by
    sharp declines in exports and business inventories, according
    government data. Gross domestic product, which measures total
    goods and services output, dropped at a 6.1 percent annual
    rate, the Commerce Department said, after shrinking 6.3
    percent in the fourth quarter.
    Gee what a surprise. A 6.1 percent contraction as opposed to the 1.2 contraction for the year, as projected by the White House Budget Director. That 1.2 contraction is the revenue projection on which the budgetary looting is based. Does anyone in their right mind believe Orzag who says 1.2 percent contraction this year and 3.1% growth next year? What are the implications of such projections on the economy, and on our ability to afford lavish spending programs. Iceberg ahead, steady bearing, decreasing range.

  59. My instincts tell me that at some point, it will come down to a test of wills between him and Bibi.
    Richard Holbrooke is Jewish and he is well thought of in the Jewish community. That should give him some “creds” with Bibi that Mitchell doesn’t have. When he was Amb. to Germany, he made it very clear that his family were German Jews.
    That is all to the good.

  60. This poll says in a generic congressional ballot of Dims vs Reps, 41% would choose Reps vs 38% Dims. First time this has happen int 5 years.

    With all of the over Dim exposure by the media, I think this is amazing.
    This would imply that some people are waking up to the fact that if Obama is left to his own devices he will bankrupt the country. There is always a need for checks and balances, but never more so than now.

  61. Economy Contracted at 6.1% Annual Rate in First Quarter
    Quelle Surprise!!!!!!!!!

    That is about the same amount of contraction experienced by the German economy. I suspect that the Asian economies are the same or worse. No f’ing what that this is hitting “bottom” this year.

  62. APRIL 29, 2009

    U.S. Confirms First Swine-Flu Death; Cases Rise to 91


    A worker at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the emergency operations center. The agency confirmed the first U.S. death from the swine flu on Wednesday. A toddler who crossed the border from Mexico into south Texas died from a new strain of swine flu in a Houston hospital, in the first confirmed death from the virus in the U.S. Total U.S. confirmed cases has surged. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said confirmed U.S. cases have risen from 66 to 91, and that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to announce Arizona, Nevada, Massachusetts and Michigan as among the states dealing with the outbreak.

    The updates come as the World Health Organization said Wednesday it was moving closer to declaring a pandemic alert phase 5. It would be a significant step. The WHO has said it might raise its pandemic alert level to phase five — the second highest.
    Earlier Wednesday, he CDC confirmed the death of a 22-month-old boy who was initially treated for flu symptoms in Brownsville, at the far southern tip of Texas, on the Mexican border, said Porfirio Villarreal, a spokesman for the Houston Department of Health and Human Services. His condition was considered severe enough that he was taken to a Houston hospital for further treatment. The boy had several underlying health problems, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

    President Obama suggests schools with confirmed cases of swine flu consider shutting down. So far, 66 people were infected in the U.S., including an infant who died from the disease. Video courtesy of Fox News.
    CDC officials have said over the past few days that they expected the virus would cause deaths in the U.S., because the strain is the same as the deadly virus that is believed to have killed more than 150 people in Mexico. President Barack Obama said the death underscores the government’s decision to take aggressive action to combat the threat. He said the U.S. continues to closely monitor the outbreak and urged Americans to take precautions. “This is obviously a serious situation — serious enough to take the utmost precaution,” he said. He also suggested that school closings may be necessary to stem the spread of the disease. On Wednesday, an elementary school on Chicago’s North Side was closed after at least one student was suspected of having swine flu, according to local news reports. If confirmed, it would be the first case of the virus in Illinois.

    Meanwhile, more evidence of the global spread emerged Wednesday, as an eighth country confirmed the disease’s presence. Germany’s national disease control center said it has confirmed three swine flu cases. Austria later confirmed its first case of swine flu — making it the fourth country in Europe where the disease has surfaced.

    continued at: online.wsj.com/article/SB124099457700067617.html


    Very sad. My thoughts and prayers go out to this baby’s family and friends.

  63. Citigroup wants to pay big bonuses

    Douglas McIntyre
    Apr 29th 2009

    Citigroup (C) wants to pay some “key” employees big bonuses and it is seeking government approval to do so. Most of the people Citi wants to compensate are heavy hitters with a history of creating big profits for the bank. Top traders and bankers have been leaving large U.S. financial institutions because of compensation restrictions. Citi is making the case that its most critical talent will walk out the door.

    According to The Wall Street Journal, “The request comes as Citigroup is grappling with broad government pay restrictions that could break apart its legendary energy-trading unit.”

    Even though Congress and the public will howl their disapproval, the government needs to help Citi retain its key profit makers. It they are allowed to leave over compensation issues, especially ones where the very best people should be paid for their performances, it sets a bad precedent for all of the major banks. The government can turn the departure of the best traders and bankers into an exodus, but that will only make it harder for big American financial firms to make money.


  64. NewMexicoFan Says:

    April 29th, 2009 at 11:12 am
    h and w stuff.

    This poll says in a generic congressional ballot of Dims vs Reps, 41% would choose Reps vs 38% Dims. First time this has happen int 5 years.

    With all of the over Dim exposure by the media, I think this is amazing.

    In one sense, yes, it is amazing, given how much bad press the GOP gets (and quite frankly, much of it deserved).

    But when you think how consistently low the public’s opinion is of “Congress”, then you get the feeling that they are all polling low.

    But then they go ahead and re-elect the incumbents all the frikkin’ time…go figure.

    It seems that they’re saying, “Congress sucks, they never look out for the little guy. But my Congressman Swindler is pretty good at gaming the system to bring home pork to our district”.

  65. BO is CAMPAIGNING with “Toad” McCaskill in our county not too far from our house this morning.

    I guess we have another 3 years and 265 days of Obama CAMPAIGNING to endure.

  66. Southern Born Says:

    April 29th, 2009 at 12:09 pm
    BO is CAMPAIGNING with “Toad” McCaskill in our county not too far from our house this morning.

    I guess we have another 3 years and 265 days of Obama CAMPAIGNING to endure.

    He only is good at one thing…running for higher office.

    Notice the catch there. He always had an escape hatch: some better job. His excuse for not doing his current job was that he was so DAZZLINGLY AMAZING, that he had to answer the higher calling.

    Pray tell what job is more important and prominent?

    So if he is going to be on an endless campaign, it will remind people, “Why is sucking at the job he’s doing? This campaign appearance just reminds me that he’s never around to do his real job. And whenever he is trying to do something, it’s the wrong thing, and I wish he’d stop”.

    Obama: not even qualified to run a bait shop.

  67. Looks like they are dumming up his performance for the first 100 days. I still wonder what his transcripts look like, but with them safely locked away, there is nothing to fear there. However, with his performance now out for experts and people to view, you need extensive media brainwashing to convince people that he is really doing an A job.

    I see where he got an A for reaching out to the international community. However, what they should have said is reaching out to our foe’s like they were long lost friends, as our friends sit there and watch.


    From yesterday’s paper, page 18. Notice how the only mention of Obama in this Times apology-fest was that “aides told reporters that Pres. Obama was furious about the flyover when it was brought to his attention”.

    a) If this was a publicity stunt meant to showcase him and elevate his standing, doesn’t it reveal what an incompetent person he is when it goes wrong?

    b) If it was delegated, didn’t obama select the people making those decisions? In other words, the buck stops where?

    c) Notice how the director of White House Military Office has to fall on the sword to cover up the incident to shield obama. Why would the WH Military Office want to conduct photo-ops to benefit the president? You’d expect them to not be involved in that kind of overt politicking.

    d) WH did NOT issue a statement or formal apology for more than six hours!!!

    e) later, everyone was pretending to be furious, including the pres and his Chief of Staff.

    My $$$ comments sprinkled throughout.


    US. Jet Frightens NY in Photo-Op Gone Wrong

    Published: April 27, 2009

    It was supposed to be a photo opportunity, a showcase of Air Force One alongside the sweep of New York City skyline.

    But as the low-flying Boeing 747 speeded in the shadows of skyscrapers, trailed by two fighter jets, the sight instead awakened barely dormant fears of a terrorist attack, causing a momentary panic that sent workers pouring out of buildings on both sides of the Hudson River.

    “I thought there was some kind of an attack,” said Paul Nadler, who sprinted down more than 20 flights of stairs after watching the plane from his office in Jersey City shortly after 10 a.m. “We ran like hell.”

    In fact, the blue and white plane with “The United States of America” emblazoned on its side was one of two regularly used by the president. It was soaring above Lower Manhattan, Staten Island and Jersey City so government photographers could take pictures near the Statue of Liberty for publicity purposes.

    Aides to President Obama, who was not on board, said he was incensed when he learned of the event Monday afternoon. The White House later issued a formal apology.

    $$$ Obama: “I’m shocked. I’m shocked to find out that politics is being conducted on my behalf. And no one told me what they’re doing with MY PLANE”

    Witnesses described the engine roar as the planes swooped by office towers close enough to rattle the windows and prompt evacuations at scores of buildings. Some sobbed as they made their way to the street.

    “As soon as someone saw how close it got to the buildings, people literally ran out,” said Carlina Rivera, 25, who works at an educational services company on the 22nd floor of 1 Liberty Plaza, adjacent to the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack. “Probably about 80 percent of my office left within two minutes of seeing how close it got to our building.”

    Under federal regulations, in urban areas, airplanes must fly at least 1,000 feet above obstructions like buildings and bridges, and jetliner flights over Manhattan are typically at 8,000 feet or more. And planes do not typically approach local airports by flying low over the harbor.

    As the fright wore off, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and other local leaders questioned why the Federal Aviation Administration had ordered local officials, including the New York Police Department, not to alert the public in advance.

    An F.A.A. memo last week said information about the exercise “should only be shared with persons with a need to know” and “shall not be released to the public or the media.”

    The breakdown of communication went deeper. Mr. Bloomberg said he first learned of the exercise when his BlackBerry started buzzing with messages from people asking if he knew what was going on.

    “First thing is, I’m annoyed — furious is a better word — that I wasn’t told,” Mr. Bloomberg said.

    $$$ Another furious individual. Hey, didn’t this rat bastard say that Giuliani shouldn’t seek a third term, that the two term limit for NYC mayors was sacrosanct? Oh yeah, for non-billionaires.

    “Why the Defense Department wanted to do a photo-op right around the site of the World Trade Center catastrophe defies imagination,” he said. “Had I known about it, I would have called them right away and asked them not to. It is the federal government, and they can do in the end what they please, but I would have tried to stop it.”

    He said that the Police Department and an official in his administration — he did not say who — had not advised him of the exercise.

    White House and City Hall officials later said the notice had gone to the director of the city’s event coordination and management office, which handles permits for events like block parties, street fairs and parades. The director, Marc Mugnos, was formally reprimanded for failing to notify his superiors, said a senior city official, who was given anonymity because this was a personnel matter.

    $$$ Hey, now we’re up to the second scapegoat.

    As the uproar reached Washington, dozens of officials at the White House, the Pentagon and the Department of Transportation rushed to find out who had authorized the flyover.

    $$$ Obama’s right hand man. Duh. And thereby, the proxy reflects on the person for whom he is carrying out the transaction. If you hire a hit man, you too are responsible for their actions.

    The White House did not issue a statement, or a formal apology, for more than six hours. At first, the White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, dismissed questions, saying: “You might be surprised to know I don’t know of every movement of Air Force One or what happens to it.”

    $$$ Some pretty inartful dodging there, buddy.

    Later, aides told reporters that President Obama was furious about the flyover when it was brought to his attention. The White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, conveyed the president’s anger in a meeting with the director of the White House Military Office, Louis Caldera, who issued the apology.

    $$$ The first scapegoat.

    “Last week, I approved a mission over New York. I take responsibility for that decision,” Mr. Caldera said. “While federal authorities took the proper steps to notify state and local authorities in New York and New Jersey, it’s clear that the mission created confusion and disruption. I apologize and take responsibility for any distress that flight caused.”

    $$$ Reporter from RGB Times: “Sir, if you approved that mission, who requested it???”

    Neither the White House nor the F.A.A. explained why the mission was deemed a secret, even though officials conceded the primary purpose was picture taking. Other images of the plane, taken at picturesque sites like Mount Rushmore, are sold as souvenirs and used in promotional materials. Officials at the Department of Transportation and at the Pentagon each denied responsibility for the secrecy.

    $$$ Transparency you can believe in.

    The lack of warning meant that Notify NYC, a pilot emergency service intended to quickly alert New Yorkers who sign up, did not send out text messages and e-mail messages explaining the flyover until well after the exercise had ended.

    $$$ So the obama administration is not working with homeland security, in fact, they are fighting them. And frightening the public. Nice 98th day, Mr. President.

  69. Here Comes Hillary: Foreign policy is set to move center stage

    By Michael Hirsh
    Apr 29, 2009

    Thanks to the global financial crisis, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has enjoyed something of a grace period over these first 100 days of the Obama administration. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner has garnered most of the attention—and nearly all the criticism. That’s about to end. Now that the fog of economic catastrophe seems to be lifting—if barely—the outlines of a fairly grim foreign-policy landscape are becoming visible. And it is very likely that Clinton and her boss will be more occupied with the challenges abroad in the next 100 days than with the recession and crisis at home.

    Clinton is expected to deliver a major speech, possibly next month, to outline the administration’s broader foreign-policy goals, according to administration officials. The aim is to build on dramatic new efforts at engagement with Iran, Cuba and the G-20 nations, to move past crisis management and set out a positive agenda. With the State Department at the forefront, the United States will seek reclaim leadership on everything from energy to global health to nuclear non-proliferation.

    Despite these big plans, it’s all but certain that in the coming months several flashpoints on the map will dominate the headlines. The most urgent of all these problems, by far, is Pakistan. Dubbed “the world’s most dangerous country” by NEWSWEEK in an October 2007 cover story, it is looking more perilous than ever. Relations between the United States and Pakistan are badly frayed—despite the frenzied efforts of Clinton’s “special representative,” Richard Holbrooke—and the Pakistani Taliban have gained dramatically in strength, coming within 60 miles of the capital of Islamabad before the army launched a counteroffensive this week.

    Holbrooke has been working almost nonstop on the problem, but he must deal with a weakness at the center of this nuclear-armed nation. The government of Ali Asif Zardari is very unpopular, and the army chief of staff, Ashfaq Kayani, is increasingly seen as indecisive. Since the failure of the peace deal with the Taliban in Swat, the Pakistani government has been embroiled in a debate over the best approach to dealing with the jihadists. Many on the civilian side in Zardari’s government now realize that the “counterinsurgency” approach, whereby they try to isolate “irreconcilables” and win over “reconcilables,” is not working. That’s one reason why, unnoticed by the news media, the head of Pakistan’s intelligence service, the ISI, Ahmad Pasha, flew to Washington last week to meet with CIA Director Leon Panetta. Some in the Zardari government are pushing the army and ISI to take a more aggressive “counterterrorism” approach and to move in and clean out the more hard-core areas of jihadi activity. But they lament that the army under Kayani is still mostly focused on India as the main strategic threat. Holbrooke may be planning to use the $5 billion pledged at the recent Tokyo donors conference as leverage to pressure the Pakistanis to take a harder line against the insurgents. He is also constantly on the phone with Zardari and his chief political rival, Nawaz Sharif, to push for a reconciliation.

    Next up, Iran. As Tehran continues to build up its uranium enrichment program – it is now believed to have enough low-enriched uranium for a bomb – Israeli patience is growing short while the Obama administration attempts to launch a dramatic strategic shift. While the administration is not talking in specifics right now, the new approach to Iran appears to have at least two new elements: One, American negotiators will take the lead from the Europeans, if Tehran agrees; and two, everything will be put on the table at once, from the nuclear program to Iran’s support for Hezbollah and Shiite factions in neighboring Iraq. The Bush administration, by contrast, refused for most of its eight years to engage Tehran directly, except in a piecemeal fashion on individual issues such as Afghanistan and Iraq. U.S. officials have also begun to use different language related to what is acceptable: While the Bush administration talked about shutting down Tehran’s uranium enrichment entirely, the Obama team talks simply about preventing a bomb. That suggests Washington may be willing, for the first time, to condone some Iranian enrichment under tight safeguards and monitoring. Tehran is still temporizing on whether to talk, but Obama’s biggest problem in the months to come may be selling the new approach to Israel. The Jewish state’s new hardline prime minister, Bibi Netanyahu, is scheduled to meet with President Obama in mid-May, and it appears the two already disagree on “sequencing.” Netanyahu wants to address Iran before he takes up the peace process with the Palestinians, while the Obama team wants to push ahead on all fronts together.

    And then, of course, there is that old stalwart of the axis of evil, North Korea, which provocatively launched another test of its intercontinental Taepodong 2 missile in early April. The test was not a total success, but neither have been U.S. efforts to dismantle Pyongyang’s nuclear program. With leader Kim Jong Il still apparently suffering from the effects of a stroke, the Obama administration may have to start from scratch here. During her trip to Asia in February, Clinton bluntly said that U.S. officials need to prepare for Kim’s possible departure from power.

    Beyond that, Obama and Clinton are trying to strike a new tone with China—Hillary astonished many with her frank acknowledgement that America is literally in China’s debt, appealing for continued purchases of U.S. Treasuries—as well as with Russia. Obama has floated the idea of using missile defense as a bargaining chip, in return for Moscow’s help in containing Iran, and he wants a new round of nuclear arms reduction talks.

    It’s going to be a busy hundred days.



    First off, I don’t think Hillary has been given a “grace period” at all. She has worked her butt off and continues to do so. The media has either ignored her hard work or nitpicked at whatever minute issue they can in order to criticize, demean, and lower her standing. And this has all been done while propping up a useless bag of air aka barack obama.

    Yes the coming 100 days will be busy, but Hillary will go without sleep to get the job done. I don’t think we can say the same thing about the false messiah.

  70. Apr 29 2009
    by Chris Good

    Valuating Clinton’s Base

    How much is one of the largest political bases in the country worth? According to The Wall Street Journal, it’s worth $4.5 million: that’s how much Hillary Clinton’s campaign (which still exists) made in the first three months of 2009 by selling or renting out its supporters list.

    With her presidential campaign no longer in debt, the Journal reports, Clinton’s Senate campaign will “hold onto her presidential mailing list for possible use in the future.” The Journal’s reporters see this as an effort to “retain a part of her political operation” while Clinton serves as secretary of state.

    None of this is shocking. Why wouldn’t Clinton try to make money off her list? This is something people with lists do. But it’s fun to think about the future of Clinton’s political career. It’s liberating, in fact, given that it has almost nothing to do with the problems facing our country at present. Should Clinton run for president again–that’s the suggestion here, when we talk about her retaining a political operation–she would presumably get the help of President Obama’s political operation, which is now in possession of the Democratic National Committee. Then again, there’s a hardcore attitude held by some Clinton backers, and retaining the ability to communicate with them would be valuable…I’m going out on a limb to predict Clinton defeats a plucky Jim Webb and a resurrected Howard Dean, who has found a way to conduct grassrots fundraising via GPS and Skype and rallied his way into contention, for the Democratic nomination in 2016.


  71. Anyone believing O did not know about Air Force One photo opt, need to have their head examined.

    What does he have on these people?..

    What time is O’s speech tonight. I want be watching, I will have my Tv turned to Fox, so they can get the ratings. If they decide to broadcast his speech, i will not watch Fox.

  72. It’s a double whammy regarding the Air Force One fiasco. First up is the terror felt by so many New Yorkers. The idiots who planned this either have no consciences, short-term memories, or just could have cared less that memories of 9/11 might be reinforced by the White House’s extremely selfish and thoughtless actions. I don’t believe for a second that obama’s hands are clean here.

    Secondly, the money spent to take these pictures, given how dire the economy is right now, is criminal.

  73. JanH Says:

    April 29th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Secondly, the money spent to take these pictures, given how dire the economy is right now, is criminal.

    Didn’t obama promise to be the WAY forward, and touted his team’s internet prowess in gaining every conceivable edge?

    Couldn’t he hire a couple of his whiz kids to PhotoShop Air Force One “flying over” various places of interest: Statue of Liberty, Mt.Rushmore, Santa’s Workshop, Saturn?

    And would a press hostile to a President McCain or President Hillary gone ape-shit over their abuse of presidential power, lack of concern for the public’s safety, ignoring Homeland Security alert systems, and completely wasting the taxpayers’ money??? You betcha.

  74. JanH Says:
    April 29th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    It’s a double whammy regarding the Air Force One fiasco. First up is the terror felt by so many New Yorkers. The idiots who planned this either have no consciences, short-term memories, or just could have cared less that memories of 9/11 might be reinforced by the White House’s extremely selfish and thoughtless actions. I don’t believe for a second that obama’s hands are clean here.


    It’s not just a matter of emotional upset. Violation of air space regulations is OBJECTIVE cause for OBJECTIVE precaution taking — such as evacuating tall buildings.

    As to Obama Admin Stupidity(tm), this is even more stupid than the treatment of PM Brown. I wish the GOP press were on the job to track down just where this stupidity is coming from. It can’t all be the work of ONE idiot….

    (Otoh Bloomberg’s staff dropped the ball too.)

  75. turndownobama-com Says:
    April 29th, 2009 at 3:05 pm
    (Otoh Bloomberg’s staff dropped the ball too.)

    Like obama, isn’t Bloomberg given the same “oohs and aahs” treatment by the press, that Bloomberg is so amazingly efficient, analytical, brilliant. Yet he clowns up things just as much as the next guy.

  76. Hillary Clinton worried about looking ‘too feminine’ in Vogue? Hard to imagine

    Hillary Clinton graced the cover of Vogue in 1998. When will our new secretary of state make her next appearance on the cover of Vogue, as First Lady Michelle Obama did? That might be a cold day in fashion hell. Remember that Hillary snubbed an appearance on the cover of Vogue last year during the presidential race.

    A Vogue spokesperson said at the time: “We were told by Ms. Clinton’s camp that they were concerned if Clinton appeared in Vogue that she would appear too feminine.”

    Oh, no worries there, Hillary.

    Anna Wintour, Vogue’s barb-tongued editrix, was pretty darn peeved at the time and briefly addressed Hillary’s Vogue diss in her February editor’s letter: “The notion that a contemporary woman must look mannish in order to be taken seriously as a seeker of power is frankly dismaying.”




    Except for the fact that Hillary is an extremely beautiful, feminine and smart woman. But she was in a damned if she did and damned if she didn’t position given the biased media reporting she was receiving.

  77. Control of Senate comes with danger
    Geoff Elliott | April 30, 2009

    THE only thing Democrats have to fear is Democrats themselves. While much of the analysis in Washington yesterday centred on the sad, southern rump that Republicans are reduced to as moderate voices of the party are weeded out or defect, it’s worth contemplating that yesterday may mark the nadir of the conservative collapse.

    With the opportunity for Democrats comes the danger. That’s the danger of overreach. We should remember that the last time any party held a filibuster-proof 60-plus seat majority was in 1977-78, the first two years of the Carter administration.
    That’s an ominous comparison. Jimmy Carter’s presidency imploded, ending with the Reagan revolution in 1980. Republicans like to compare Barack Obama to Carter, characterised as a dove on foreign policy and a big spender on social programs. The hope is that Obama’s fortunes will go the same way after one term. The problem is that Carter’s filibuster majority was not what it looks like today. He faced a greater conservative Democrat faction, which put a handbrake on spending.

    Republicans charge this is a strongly leftist Congress with a leftist President determined to try to change the course of the US. It’s never that simple. It won’t take long for the fights to break out among Democrats, particularly in the Senate, as members vie for power and concessions for their states.

    So while Arlen Specter’s defection from the Republicans is a boon for Obama’s administration and the party for now, it still takes a strong president to corral Democrats. Obama’s agenda and polls numbers can quickly go up in smoke. Obama has shown few signs of taking on his party in Congress, although he is capable in the intramural fight stakes, having disposed of Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary. And Specter’s defection looks good for Obama’s plans for universal healthcare coverage – that appears to be politically achievable – but it is unwise to rush to judgment on other programs.

    Climate change, for instance. Democrats (and the Rudd Government) will hope for much-needed momentum, but don’t be so sure. Any cap and trade system and penalties on carbon emissions is a hotly contested regional issue in the US, and plenty of Democrats from coal mining states are sceptical. Others, such as Specter, might support cap and trade but he has also proposed environmentally unsound uses of coal to keep jobs in his state, Pennsylvania.

    That could be a price too far for other Democrats, and for environmentalists.


  78. I had coffee with the head of a company I spent most of my career with. He was once named Fortune Magazine CEO of the year. He is not an economist but I trust his judgment in financial matters. In more normal times, he was proven right time and again.

    1. he agrees that we are looking at an L shaped recovery and not the V shaped recovery Mr. Obama is predicting.

    2. he sees some optimism in the current gdp contraction of 6.1 percent. Half of that reduction is inventory shrinkage, which means that it will need to be replaced.

    3. he also cited a jump in consumer confidence in February.

    4 once bottom is reached, the recovery will be postponed by the drag in the credit markets which has not hit hard yet.

    5. he says the banks will not loan money the way they did before because they have learned their lesson about bad loans. So liquidity will be a continuing problem. Real estate will languish.

    6. he does not think that the administation will move toward nationalization because the entrepenural tradition is too deeply rooted in the psyche and traditions of this country.

    7. he agrees with some of the things the administation is doing on national health care and education. He is concerned with how far we have slipped especially in math to 20th.

    8. he is not sure about the stimulus package and worries about whether it will lead to runaway inflation and an oppressive debt burden on our children and grandchildren. I mentioned Gore’s comment to him.

    9. on the bank bailout he thinks it is more important to revitalize the credit system than to worry that someone may get windfall profit. He disagrees with the two Nobel Prize winning economists in that respect. He is not sure the current approach will work.

    10. he does not see the financial center moving to London because London has been harder hit than Wall Street and the people of London want to reduce the influence of the financial sector.

  79. wbboei Says:

    April 29th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    He sounds more optimistic than I would imagine.

    What about Foreign policy and the world apology tour?

  80. I think that these reports that the recession is easing is such BS. How many jobs have been lost, 600,000+ per month for how many months? How many foreclosures, tens of thousands without an end in sight. How many business’s have disappeared and not replaced? How much money has the average tax payer lost in their 401’s?

    These are the same people that denied we were ever in a recession in the first place! Now they think they can pull the wool over the eyes of the public again to what? Buy and invest in their ponzi schemes?
    I for one am tired of working to bail out billionaires.

    I am tired of bailing out billionaires myself….

  81. wbboei,
    you have interesting friends.

    Apparently Bo DID know about the tea parties Gibbs said he had no idea were happening.
    In some presser today, he commented that he knows he’s not so popular on ‘certain’ new channels where people wave ‘tea bags.”

    This guy is such a pathetic, nasty, malicious ,vindictive POS.

  82. Citigroup wants to pay big bonuses

    Douglas McIntyre
    Apr 29th 2009

    Citigroup (C) wants to pay some “key” employees big bonuses and it is seeking government approval to do so. Most of the people Citi wants to compensate are heavy hitters with a history of creating big profits for the bank.

    This is a joke, right?

  83. Hillbuzz has terrific insight into the plane-buzzing incident. (IMHO)

    For, going all the way back to Cassandra at Troy, colossal disasters are presaged by the smaller-scale hubris of the vain and narcisisstic: being so painfully myopic about a photo open identifies fatal flaws in an administration we do not believe will take seriously enough the chatter and background noise that could prevent another attack on this nation. We hope for Heaven’s sake we are wrong, but we truly do believe this President is having so much fun with his celebrity and all the many perks of his “historic presidency” that he and his staff are now completely removed from reality.

    Not realizing buzzing New York with a massive jet plane would cause many New Yorkers to head home for a change of undies is a sure indication of a deep, lasting, permanent, terrifying flaw in the abilities and competence of this administration. Evidence keeps coming out that the White House was directly warned by New York officials that its plan would cause mass chaos and emotional distress, but the current President chose to do this needless and expensive photo op anyway.

  84. The Pakistani military is fighting to retake the Buner district, just a few dozen miles from Islamabad, from Taliban militants. Both air and ground forces were deployed in Tuesday’s assault. Military commanders now claim to have retaken control of the strategic down of Daggar and to have killed 50 Taliban in the fighting.

    Pakistan’s redeployment of troops away from the border with India its troubled Northwest comes after heavy U.S. criticism that it was not doing enough to fight the Taliban on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and domestic outrage over the unchecked spread of the Taliban.

    The Taliban’s advances into the Pakistani heartland will likely prompt a shift in emphasis in the U.S. Af-Pak strategy toward the “Pak.”


    Mexico City continues to be locked down as residents avoid human contact in order to prevent the spread of swine flu. The U.S. confirmed its first death from swine flu.
    On his 100th day in office, President Obama will meet with defecting senator Arlen Specter and hold a primetime news conference.
    Iran’s defense minister is visiting Venezuela to talk about strengthening military ties between the countries.

    North Korea has promised more nuclear tests unless the U.N. apologizes for condemning its missile launch in April.
    The French and British foreign ministers called on Sri Lanka to adopt a humanitarian ceasefire with the Tamil Tigers, in order to let civilians leave the area of fighting.
    The U.S. military says 32 militants have been killed in clashes with U.S. and Afghan troops in Southern Afghanistan.

    Germany and Austria are the latest countries to report swine flu infections.
    Britain charged three men with helping plan the 2005 London terrorist attacks.
    In a sign of more gloom ahead for Eastern Europe, Lithuania’s GDP fell 12.6 percent in the first quarter of this year.

    Indicted war criminal Bosco Ntaganda has been working with the U.N. mission in Congo.
    A Russian warship seized a boat carrying 29 suspected pirates off the Somali coast.
    Madagascar now has two governments after supporters of ousted leader Marc Ravalomanana declared one.
    Middle East

    A U.N. tribunal will rule today on the case of four Lebanese generals accused of plotting the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
    A senior Saudi prince has called for sweeping political reforms in the kingdom.
    Property prices in former boomtown Dubai fell 41 percent in the first quarter.
    -By Joshua Keating
    TARIQ MAHMOOD/AFP/Getty Images
    Iran and Baracks newbud Hugo. A menage a toi.

  85. gonzo,

    i heard that, too. but the more i read about how the bondowners and shareholders of these companies are being royally screwed out of their investments, the real investments that built the companies, i get more confused.

    for example, yesterday i read that the GM ‘bankrupty’ divides the company up with the WH getting 50%, unions getting 39% and investors only 10% even though they put up the initial money. i dunno – the whole thing is so friggin corrupt. makes me glad i never bought stock although the pension plan i contributed to for decades probably does . . . . . there’s almost no one left to trust anymore. i’m so glad my current mortgage is with a small local bank which only operates in the county where i live. if they ever f**ed with people’s money they’d be lynched. they know the people and the people know then and there’s no where to hide. i like it like that.

  86. as a nurse, gonzo, you may find this interesting.

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The 39-year-old woman who was the first to die in Mexico’s swine flu epidemic spent the last eight days of her life going from clinic to clinic to find out what was wrong with her but doctors were baffled.

    The woman, from the southern state of Oaxaca, died shortly after being admitted to hospital as an emergency case. Experts only identified the virus that killed her 10 days later.

    Meanwhile janet napolitano says closing the border now would be ineffective. wtf didn’t she do it friday?????

  87. Just in case y’all haven’t seen this.
    (barf alert)

    WASHINGTON – Everyone knows President Barack Obama can deliver a great speech, including the president himself, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

    The paperback version of Reid’s book, “The Good Fight,” is coming out May 5 with an epilogue called “The Obama Era.” Reid said he was impressed when Obama, then a freshman senator from Illinois, delivered a speech about President George W. Bush’s war policy.

    Reid, D-Nev., writes: “‘That speech was phenomenal, Barack,’ I told him. And I will never forget his response. Without the barest hint of braggadocio or conceit, and with what I would describe as deep humility, he said quietly: ‘I have a gift, Harry.'”

  88. basil9 Says:

    April 29th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    That’s what is happening here. Tons of Mexican nationals are crossing the boarders and going to the clinics and hospitals.

    I was stuck in a computer class @ work for 4 hours in a 200 sq foot room with another nurse that coughed and fanned herself the whole time. I said “Shirley, what the hell, “Is this sinus allergies or the flu, I think we all need to know”. Her answer was, “I don’t know”.

    I totally did not want to hear that!

    Napolitano is so stupid I don’t think we could register her IQ. When she speaks, she is an embarrassment. She and the fraud will be responsible for what ever happens re: this “Napolitano flu”. She is right in one sense, she should have acted a long time ago…

  89. WHO raises pandemic alert level

    WHO’s Dr Margaret Chan: ‘All of humanity is under threat during a pandemic’

    The UN’s World Health Organization has raised the alert over swine flu to level five – one short of a full-blown global epidemic, or pandemic.

    A phase five alert means human-to-human transmission in at least two countries.

    The move comes after a 23-month-old Mexican child died in Texas – the first death from swine flu outside Mexico, where the outbreak originated.

    In Spain, officials confirmed the first case of swine flu in a person who had not travelled to Mexico.

    Announcing the latest alert level after an emergency WHO meeting in Geneva, Director General Margaret Chan urged all countries to activate their pandemic plans, including heightened surveillance and infection-control measures.

    Mexico: 159 suspected deaths – seven confirmed
    US: one death, at least 91 confirmed cases
    Canada: 13 confirmed cases
    UK: 5 confirmed cases
    Spain: 10 confirmed cases
    Germany, New Zealand: 3 confirmed cases each
    Israel: 2 confirmed cases
    Austria: 1 case

    Mexico: First swine flu cases
    She said action should be undertaken with “increased urgency”.

    She added: “It really is the whole of humanity that is under threat in a pandemic.”

    But she also said the world was “better prepared for an influenza pandemic than at any time in history”.

    Ms Chan said that for the first time, the pandemic could be tracked in real time.

    This was necessary, she added, because the virus could mutate at any time into a more dangerous strain – or a milder one.

    Border controls?

    The Mexican boy fell ill during a visit to relatives in southern Texas earlier this month.

    He was transferred to a hospital in Houston, where he died on Monday night.

    Speaking in Washington, President Barack Obama offered his condolences and said the federal government was doing the utmost to contain the virus.

    He also urged local public-health bodies to be vigilant and said schools with confirmed cases “should consider closing”.

    Officials put the number of suspected deaths from swine flu in Mexico at 159, although just seven deaths have been confirmed, with 26 infections positively tested.


    Phase 1: No infections in humans are being caused by viruses circulating in animals.

    Phase 2: Animal flu virus causes infection in humans, and is a potential pandemic threat.

    Phase 3: Flu causes sporadic cases in people, but no significant human-to-human transmission.

    Phase 4: Human-to-human transmission and community-level outbreaks.

    Phase 5: Human-to-human transmission in at least two countries. Strong signal pandemic imminent.

    Phase 6: Virus spreads to another country in a different region. Global pandemic under way.

    Post-peak: Pandemic activity appears to be decreasing though second wave possible.

    Texas Governor Rick Perry said closing the US border with Mexico was an option, but added that taking that step now would be “a little premature”.

    Since the virus emerged last week, it has also spread to Canada, Europe, Israel, and New Zealand.

    Several countries have restricted travel to Mexico and many tour operators have cancelled holidays.

    France will ask the European Union on Thursday to suspend all flights going to Mexico because of the flu outbreak, Health Minister Roselyne Bachelot said.

    The WHO, however, says measures like travel bans are unlikely to prove effective.

    ‘Social distancing’

    In Spain, the government said the first person to contract swine flu without having travelled to Mexico was the boyfriend of a young woman who had recently returned from there.

    Spanish Health Minister Trinidad Jimenez said such cases were to be expected.

    In total, the number of confirmed cases in Spain rose from two to 10 on Wednesday. None of the patients is seriously ill.

    Swine flu symptoms are similar to those produced by ordinary seasonal flu – fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, chills and fatigue
    If you have flu symptoms and recently visited affected areas of Mexico, you should seek medical advice
    If you suspect you are infected, you should stay at home and take advice by telephone initially, in order to minimise the risk of infection

    Q&A: What is swine flu?
    Swine flu: How serious a threat?
    Can masks help spread?
    The quest for a swine flu vaccine
    In Mexico, the search for the source of the outbreak continues, with the focus on the vicinity of a pig farm in the eastern part of the country.

    The Mexican government is urging against jumping to conclusions and is suggesting the possibility remains that the virus originated outside the country.

    Schools across Mexico have closed, public gatherings are restricted and archaeological sites have been placed off-limits.

    Mexico City’s chamber of commerce estimated restrictions in the city were costing businesses there at least 777 million pesos ($57m, £39m) per day.

    WHO official Keiji Fukuda said other countries also needed to consider “social distancing” measures such as closing schools and delaying public meetings.

    Meanwhile, Ghana has become the latest country to ban pork imports as a precaution against swine flu, though no cases have been found in the West African country.

    Ms Chan, the WHO director, stressed on Wednesday that there was no danger from eating properly-cooked pork.

    She advised hygiene measures such as hand-washing to prevent infection and said it was important “to maintain a level of calm”.

  90. Possibly???? The REAL TRUTH of air force one fly over of lady liberty!!!!!

    ok so i am reading the article : “They Knew” nypost.com/seven/04292009/news/regionalnews/they_knew__166773.htm

    and in the comment section i read this comment:

    User Image
    eagleeyeannie wrote:
    The F-16 was from the 187th Fighter Wing of the Alabama Air National Guard. The red tail is the markings of the Tuskegee Airmen. Now does it make sense? 0bama knew all about this and probably directed it to happen. So, did Obama approve the Air Force One attack on NYC so George Lucas could film a movie about Tuskegee Airmen? It seems this movie, “Red Tails,” is now in production, starring Cuba Gooding.

    4/29/2009 2:40 PM EDT

    ok so this is easily checked…… googled ….red tails, george lucas

    and sure enough!!!


    which would definitely explain WHY? they didn’t just use photoshop !!!!!!

  91. Mexico City’s chamber of commerce estimated restrictions in the city were costing businesses there at least 777 million pesos ($57m, £39m) per day.
    Which goes to show that a case of swine flu can be devastating to an economy–but not nearly as devastating as a case of Barack Obama.

  92. The new definition, that required sustained transmission, made it clear that the progress of phases from 4 to 6 would just be a matter of days as noted in yesterday’s lengthy interview.

    The pandemic is quite predictable, as detailed in the video above, has much in common with the 1918 outbreak, including the start in the late spring as a mild infection, the targeting of previously healthy adults, and the origin as swine H1N1. Over the summer the swine H1N1 will proliferate in the southern hemisphere and recombine with H1N1 seasonal flu, leading to a much more virulent H1N1 in the fall.

    Active surveillance and the developing a vaccine that targets the predicted product is critical. Tamiflu resistance will almost certainly develop in swine H1N1, leading to a heavy reliance on a well matched vaccine.

    The CDC has been quickly released swine H1N1 in humans. Similar release of seasonal flu H1N1 in the southern hemisphere, as well as the private swine sequence database maintained by WHO consultants should also be made public immediately

    Phase 6 should be announced within the next few days.

    It is time for serious vaccine targeting of emerging sequences.

    The above from HIllaryis44, looks like the worst of the flu will come in the fall after it recombines…

  93. Anna Wintour, Vogue’s barb-tongued editrix, was pretty darn peeved at the time and briefly addressed Hillary’s Vogue diss in her February editor’s letter: “The notion that a contemporary woman must look mannish in order to be taken seriously as a seeker of power is frankly dismaying.”




    Palin would agree.

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