May Day Hooray

We are full of joy and love today. Big, Pink, Love. Big, Pink, Joy.

We recall it was Goethe who said something akin to “It is a hard heart that cannot love in May”.

Unfortunately we cannot find a link to authoritatively quote the wise poet. Notwithstanding our failed link quest, we are full of love and joy this first day of May.


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We’re too full of joy this first day of May to consider the somewhat surprising Justice Souter resignation (we think the replacement, even with opposition, will likely be Latina Judge Sonia Sotomayo of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals). There is some talk, among Obama supporters eager to bury her, of Hillary Clinton going to the Supreme Court. We doubt that will happen or even be considered by anyone.

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We’re too full of joy and love this first day of May to provide a full analysis of the skullduggery and nauseating deceptions and near waste of time associated with the phony balony fake “credit card bill of rights“.

We simply will not consider, today, this disgusting piece of deception posing as credit card reform. We won’t soil our beautiful minds today or get mired in the filth which is this supposed credit card legislation. We won’t, we won’t, we won’t, disgust ourselves, today, with this filthy bit of credit card garbage and flim-flammery – which does nothing for a year (it takes effect a year from now).

We refuse to dirty ourselves with analysis of this bilge credit card legislation which pretends to do something but in reality does very little.

We shun the opportunity to discuss, today, this fake credit card “legislation “which Hopium addicts say Obama is “eager” to sign.

We will not discuss, today, the related January 22, 2008 debate (the particularly dirty one in which Obama attacked Hillary and Hillary punched back by finally mentioning Antoin “Tony” Rezko – our debate coverage HERE and HERE in what we termed “the best debate ever”) and Obama’s laughable response to why he voted AGAINST a cap on credit card interest rates of very high 30%.

Clinton: There was a particular amendment that I think is very telling. It was an amendment to prohibit credit card companies from charging more than 30 percent interest. … I voted for limiting to 30 percent what credit card companies could charge. Senator Obama did not. …

Obama: It is a fact, because I thought 30 percent potentially was too high of a ceiling.

Hypocrite John Edwards exposed hypocrite Barack Obama with the mocking reply to Obama’s mendacious claim:

EDWARDS: You voted against it because the limit was too high, is that what you just said?

OBAMA: That is exactly what I just said, John, because…

EDWARDS: So there’s no limit at all.

No limit at all to Obama’s lies. Obama voted with the credit card companies against a 30% cap on credit cards and allowed unlimited credit card interest rates. Now Obama and fake Dimocrats pretend to be tribunes for the people oppressed by credit card companies.

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We’re too full of love and joy today to give a thorough scouring of Stuart Rothenberg’s article which echos our initial assessment of what the Arlen Specter defection and the 60 vote filibuster proof majority held by Dimocrats means.

The good news for Republicans now is that Democrats own everything, giving greater salience to the GOP argument that voters (and contributors) need to support Republican candidates and the party’s campaign committees so that Democrats don’t have a “blank check.”

Specter’s switch may also embolden Democrats in the nation’s capital to move further left than what the country is comfortable with, causing a voter backlash and internal party fissures. This could, in turn, bring a new focus by the media on differences within the Democratic Party rather than on differences between the two parties.

Democrats have every reason to be euphoric about Specter’s switch, but at the end of the day, it may not be the game changer that they hope.

Why don’t the Dimocrats pass now what they have been promising for years? Will Dimocrats go for a single payer health care system now that they are in full control? Will Dimocrats cap credit card interest rates at 30%, or 20%, or 10%, or go with Sharia law and demand no interest be charged by lenders at all?

We’ll ponder all the promises Democrats have made over the years – and how the Dimocrats in the White House and in Congress can, but won’t [hint: they rather have the issues still alive so they can continue to fundraise off controversy] fulfill all those long promised promises – on another day. We can’t today. We are too full of love and joy.

We’re full of love and joy today.

What are Obama, and his Dimocrats, full of?

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  1. To be clear, doesn’t the magical number of 60 that the Specter switch brings also include one “independent”, Joe Lieberman? Are there other indies in the Senate that regularly caucus w/ the Dems?

    And as for who is Minnesota’s next Senator, any developments? I know Franken supposedly has it almost locked up…

    admin, great article. Obama tries to “accomplish” things that on the surface seem to “look out for the little guy”, but when you look at the fine print, written by paid-for legistlators, they do the opposite. Just like Bush, where “Clear Skies” meant enabling pollution, “transparency” meant secrecy, Obama carries forth this oxymoronic Bush trait.

  2. In other other words, in his effort to be loved by everyone, the media will “sell” his phony bills as being good for America, so that he’ll be loved by the masses. Meanwhile, Wall Street is quietly pleased that they have another toadie inside the White House carrying out their agenda.

  3. Rgb44hrc, the credit card bill was probably written by the Financial Services Industry roundtable/lobbying group. We know these guys. Obama and the Dims wanted something that sounded tough and appeared to do something so they in all likelihood asked the Financial Services Industry to write it themselves. The instructions were like this: “make it sound tough but with as weak effects as possible – we don’t want to hurt you guys – and we’ll keep the pitchforks and teabags away from you with this fake legislation”.

    Just another flim-flam.

  4. The May Day pics from around the World are not so rosy…. For me, I am celebrating exhaustion, but thankful I have a job…

    news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/8028861.stm

  5. Ford April Sales Drop 32 Percent

    AP PhotoApril sales for Ford Motor Co. fall an alarming 32 percent, but the struggling automaker’s market share improved on record retail sales of its mid-size Ford Fusion.
    ***************************************

    Well we all have to look for that little something positive…

  6. GonzoTx, some more “positive” economic news:

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Washington-Post-reports-apf-15099973.html?.v=5

    The Washington Post Co. lost money in the first quarter, as advertising revenue fell 33 percent at the namesake newspaper and the company’s education and cable TV businesses couldn’t make up the difference.

    Washington Post stock slid $61.09, or 15 percent, to $357.50 in midday trading Friday after the earnings report.

    The publisher, whose properties also include Newsweek magazine and Kaplan education services, lost $19.2 million, or $2.04 per share, compared with a profit of $38.8 million, or $4.08 per share, in the year-ago quarter.

    The newspaper division reported an operating loss of $54 million. And to punctuate that unit’s decline, cable TV revenue overtook publishing for the first time. Now newspapers bring The Washington Post Co. less revenue than either cable or Kaplan education services, two units that have helped shield the company from the publishing industry’s woes. The Post Co. had seen nine straight quarters of declining profit before the loss this time around.

  7. pass it around

    ABC’s Shame

    weeklystandard.com/Weblogs/TWSFP/TWSFPView.asp#11389

    ABC runs a report showing the names and faces of two CIA contractors who may have had a role in the waterboarding of KSM and Abu Zubaydah. The network apparently outsourced this report to a freelancer named Matthew Cole, whose record in Nexis includes just three bylines — two stories for Salon (one of which about “how Bush administration aid to Pakistan helps fund insurgents who kill U.S. troops”), and one for the San Jose Mercury News just two days after 9/11 reporting “anxiety about a backlash” among Muslims, who assure the reporter that the attack “has nothing to do with Islam.”

    In other words, Cole is a left-wing partisan with questionable reporting chops. This is obvious from the quality of the story tonight. Cole repeats the now throughly debunked claim that Zubaydah and KSM were waterboarded 83 and 183 times respectively. He posts video of the two refusing to answer questions in what is staged as a faux perp walk with no discernible news value other than to portray them as criminals. And, most amazingly, Cole indicts the two men for not having any experience prior to their work for the CIA — as though being “previously involved in the U.S. military program to train pilots how to survive behind enemy lines and resist brutal tactics” isn’t relevant.

    ABC’s conduct here, exposing two men who will now become obvious targets for terrorists and left-wing extremists, is deplorable. Will the Obama administration investigate who leaked their identities? Or is it now open-season on Americans who were only doing what their government asked of them in order to protect their country from attack?

  8. Now we just need the NY Times and MSNBC to go out of business.

    If times get really tough Obama can charge for joy rides on Air Force I.

  9. Clinton says work just beginning as she completes 100 days

    2 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AFP) — Hillary Clinton, marking 100 days as chief US diplomat, said Friday she is heartened by a “positive” response to the new US foreign policy and joked that a gaffe with Russia may end up boosting ties.

    “This is my 100th day serving as secretary of state,” Clinton told foreign service officers who recalled her arrival for work at the State Department on January 22, two days after President Barack Obama took office.

    “We’ve reinforced our relationships with key allies and historic partners in Europe and Asia,” she said.

    “We’ve engaged emerging nations and pivotal regional actors on issues of common concern, from climate change and energy to democracy and good governance and regional and global security,” Clinton added.

    But she acknowledged that the Obama team’s efforts to repair ties frayed during president George W. Bush’s tenure represented just “a beginning” and that it does not “have any illusions” about the challenges ahead.

    But she said: “As I have traveled on behalf of our country, we have been heartened by the positive outreach that many, who had either withdrawn or become somewhat adversarial, are willing to evidence.”

    Clinton listed the key challenges as bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq as well as “charting the best course forward in the Middle East” and dealing with Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

    “We have worked to reset our relationship, even though we didn’t spell “reset” right in Russian,” she said, stirring laughter.

    “We have actually thought back on that as a moment of levity which may well have increased their willingness to cooperate with us,” she said. During their first meeting in Geneva on March 6 as top diplomats, Clinton gave her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov a “reset” button with an ironic misspelling. The gift was meant to underscore the new administration’s readiness “to press the reset button” in ties with Moscow, but instead of the Russian word for “reset” (perezagruzka) it featured a slightly different word meaning “overload” or “overcharged” (peregruzka). Russian newspapers poked fun at the incident. A correspondent for NTV television called it a “symbolic mistake,” pointing out that US-Russian ties had become overcharged in recent years due to discord over such issues as missile defence and last August’s war in Georgia.

    Clinton also talked of fighting trafficking in drugs and human beings, terrorism and pandemic diseases, such as swine flu.

    During her speech, Clinton appeared congested but State Department spokesman Robert Wood told reporters “she suffers from mild allergies. That’s all it is.”

    google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g8Yh08TiK400BsFcEtaMw36XOkpw

  10. from Bitterpolitiz

    POTUS Ponderings: I Didn’t See the Economic Crisis Coming

    pajamasmedia.com/blog/potus-ponderings-i-didnt-see-the-economic-crisis-coming/

    If someone asked me, “What was the most enchanting thing about the Obama press conference on Wednesday night?” I’d have to point to this nugget, which is also the most surprising and most troubling: President Obama was asked about the biggest surprise he’d faced.

    Me, I’d say, “Who knew that somebody could take Air Force One out for a joyride without my permission or even my knowledge, and terrify thousands of people? Actually, I’m not sure I believe that myself, but I’m sticking to it as long as everybody else clams up.” Or maybe I’d say, “Who knew I’d be taking over the car industry and finding myself forced to stand up here talking about government-backed warranties and pitching people Chevy Malibus?” Or maybe I’d play dumb and say, “Who knew the CIA would take umbrage if I revealed the top-secret details of all the things they have to do to obtain priceless information from terrorists to save American lives?”

    Yet Obama said his biggest surprise since arriving at the White House was the economic crisis. This was wrong. It happened last fall, before he took office. And it’s the primary reason he was elected. But it was uncommonly revealing when he said that when he began running for president (that would be in 2007), “Obviously I didn’t anticipate the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.”

    Obviously.

    Show me all the speeches where he said lax financial regulation was causing banks to write too many sub-prime mortgages, which in turn would cause bank failures, a stock market crash, a recession, and a big increase in unemployment. Obama’s sole issue back then was Iraq. To the extent he talked about the economy at all, he talked a little about trade, hinting that he was for protectionism and against outsourcing while simultaneously sending out advisers to say that he actually didn’t mean any of this. Then Lehman Brothers collapsed.

    Obama is like a shaman standing next to a house, warning that there’s a severe risk that an earthquake will destroy it. Instead, the house is suddenly hit by lightning. So he segues seamlessly into saying, “Obviously we need to make sure nobody’s house gets hit by lightning again. Haven’t I been warning you that this house was in danger?”

    In his Feb. 25 “Day of Reckoning” speech, Obama could scarcely contain his demon glee at the downturn that his inauguration and policies accelerated, thus creating his opening, “The fact is, our economy did not fall into decline overnight. Nor did all of our problems begin when the housing market collapsed or the stock market sank.” Then he began talking about health care, energy, and education, all of which had zero to do with the sub-prime mortgage crisis. Picture a Wall Street trader saying: “Wait a minute, Bill, you mean we’re importing oil from the Middle East? Sell, sell, sell!” The price of oil was, of course, plummeting at the same time the stock market was collapsing. Without a script to turn to Wednesday night, Obama said the opposite: When he began his presidential bid, “The economy appeared on the surface to still be relatively strong.” In other words, he didn’t see it coming.

    Obama is like a weather forecaster who has never managed to accurately predict the weather but can’t stop making forecasts. “We have lived through an era,” he intoned, “where too often, short-term gains were prized over long-term prosperity. … Regulations were gutted for the sake of a quick profit at the expense of a healthy market. People bought homes they knew they couldn’t afford from banks and lenders who pushed those bad loans anyway. And all the while, critical debates and difficult decisions were put off for some other time on some other day.”

    If all this were true, why didn’t Senator Obama notice these things? Why didn’t he, for instance, take some time out on the campaign trail to make a few speeches about these shadowy, unspecified regulations that were being gutted? Why didn’t he denounce the way Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had not only “pushed bad loans” but had done so by gambling our money? Maybe because he was too busy being the second-largest Senate recipient of Fan and Fred donations. Or maybe he was so busy running for president in 2007-2008 he just didn’t notice what was going on, as he candidly admitted Wednesday night: “Obviously, I didn’t anticipate.”

    Obviously.

  11. When he said he wasn’t going to see this done to his country, what specifically was he protesting about?

  12. JanH Says:

    May 1st, 2009 at 4:06 pm

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    WOW
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    My dad served in Patton’s 3RD Army during WW2. I learned many things about patriotism and the meaning of the American flag from him. Never, and I mean NEVER, is the American Flag to fly under another’s country’s colors. It is a show of submission and surrender.

  13. From the SC primary debate link:

    “CLINTON: Well, you know, Senator Obama, it is very difficult
    having a straight-up debate with you, because you never take
    responsibility for any vote, and that has been a pattern.”
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    Hill called a sociopath a sociopath and they booed her…

  14. really shouldn’t work a double shift over night, can’t spell to begin with …cell, cell, cell

  15. No matter how you spell it that is freaking outrageous. Thanks for FISA you piece of shit Obama.

  16. SHV, the video of that debate and the transcript incite anger.

    Hillary called Obama out on his spending money without paying for his proposals, the line you quoted about Obama not taking responsibility, and even Edwards chastised Obama for talking out of several sides of his mouth.

  17. Gee, the WH is going to have twitter! They want to know what you are saying! Really?… See above 5:20 post.

  18. Watching that video of the debate really is depressing. We could have had Hillary…if the media had done it’s job, and Hillary really should have hit him harder. I know she was in a no win situation, but she knew so much more than she used.

  19. I loved that Beethovan music. I just download Handel Messiah to my new Ipod. The music industry is having a hard time also, as it cost me like $5 for the whole think, and CDs would have been $20. The industry and Artists are not making the money they use to.

    I guess there are several industries going through some adjustments.

  20. The smug, arrogant ass can’t even let her talk. He has to put that boney finger up in the air like he’s parting water. )(&)&(**%&$*(

  21. Beethoven’s Ninth is my Fav! Even the urban kids in the schools where i taught loved it. The ode to joy is one of the first tune beginning pianists and recorder players learn.

    How excellent you’re celebrating May, admin.

    I’m sitting on my deck with my 4 parrots watching the apple tree blossom. 🙂

    It really is gorgeous – pink, white and green just like 44. (except for the green)

    .

    And I love wn eVEN THE

  22. NMF,

    Just when you think the music business is on its last legs (popular music, I mean) along comes someone like susan boyle who inspires the world and makes people realize what it is about perfect sound that is so irresistible.

  23. I just watched a video of Hillary at the state department talking about a young man that was murdered in the line of duty.
    She looked very sick, she was very congested and all they talked about was how emotional she was over the death of this young man.
    Personally I found her emotionalism heartning. She cares so much for us, I never saw Obama shed one tear. BUsh did, and I don’t think it was fake.

  24. Listening to that part of the debate again just got me angry all over again!

    That petulant, full of himself, thumb-sucking retard was voted in by petulant, full of themselves, thumb-sucking retards.

    What a joke!

  25. gonzotx Says:
    May 1st, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    BRAVO TO THAT VET THAT CUT THE AMERICAN FLAG DOWN AND THREW THE MEXICO ONE ON THE GROUND!!

    WHAT A PATRIOT!!

  26. basil9

    You are right about that.

    Ode to Joy was the song one of my flute playing daughters chose in a completion, small town of course. She did a great job of it. It is one of my all time favorite classical musice pieces. I have even learned how to whistle it (I get that from my Dad).

  27. Here is a great article about the 1934 Longshorman’s strike and Bloody Thursday
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    PumaSF: as the French say: plus ca change (the more things change, the more they stay the same).

    There is alot going on along the waterfronts on the West Coast at the present time. The industry tonnage levels are down over 20% compared to the same period last year due to the economic slowdown. Therefore the employer association has moved to cut hours. On the longshoreman side they have gone from 4 to 3 men under the hook. On the clerk side they have reduced the guananteed workday for steady clerks from 13 to 10 hours. This was done unilaterally–without the union’s concurrence. Consequently things are moving slowly if at all. Members are working to rule and the employers are monitoring this. I have no inside information but it appears to me that the union is slowing down in violation of the contract. It further appears that the employers are forcing this action so they can nail them for breach of contract and secure a major damage award which they can hold over their heads in future negotiations. The union convention is a few months off and the union does not want to look week, but they need to wise up to what the probable game is. My suspicion is the employer wants to reduce the pension. If this thing erupts, we shall see how effective the current administation is in handling it. Looking at the new secretary of labor I doubt she is up to it. But again I have no inside information and I am just guessing.

  28. wbboei: Hey, thanks for the info. Isn’t it funny that it was okay for the UAW to break their contracts to accept less money but god forbid the bonus contracts of the Wall Street bandits just couldn’t be broken. I’m not sure if you are local but this was in the comments of the article:

    Come to a public discussion about the 1934 General Strike and the Lessons for Today’s Labor Movement

    Speakers:
    Clarence Thomas, former secretary-treasurer, ILWU Local 10
    Sharon Smith, author of Subterranean Fire, Haymarket Books

    Plumbers Hall
    Saturday, May 9 at 6pm
    1621 Market Street at Corner of Gough Street
    (near Civic Center BART)
    Hosted by Haymarket Books

    Info at BayAreaHaymarket@gmail.com

  29. rgb44hrc Says:
    May 1st, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    In other other words, in his effort to be loved by everyone, the media will “sell” his phony bills as being good for America, so that he’ll be loved by the masses. Meanwhile, Wall Street is quietly pleased that they have another toadie inside the White House carrying out their agenda.

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

    Placebos? Make people think the problem is solved, the right thing has been done — so nothing real will get done.

  30. Where is the link to Hillary paying tribute to our fallen soldiers. Unlike Obama and his wife who hate the miliatary, but all of a sudden are “enchanted” by it for political gain, Hillary and Bill love our country and respect the sacrifices our armed forced make. MO is as phony as they come…maybe she can wear her $540 sneakers to work out with some poor guy at Walter-Reed who is trying to walk on prosthesis which the government won’t even pay for.

  31. A friend of mine had dinner last night with a retired executive from Weyerhauser. The executive had been a strong supporter of the fraud until quite recently. Now he had done a complete 180 and is a vocal critic of everything Mr. Obama does. What changed?

    It seems that he just turned over some 5% CDs and can only get 2% on that money in his money for the next term. Now of course he has managed to connect the dots and see how Obama’s programs damage him personally.

    I find this mildly encouraging because there is simply no way Obama’s economic program will work. And when they fail and damage other people like him economically then they too will wake up–en masse.

    In the meantime, he wears his heart of the sleeve and bitches about FOX news, tea parties and “people who don’t like me”. His narcissm far exceeds his common sense. Common sense would say ignore them.

  32. Taipan Daily: Fili-Busted – Why Arlen Specter’s Switch Is Bad
    News for Taxpayers
    by Justice Litle, Editorial Director, Taipan Publishing Group

    The term “filibuster” has colorful roots, as Wikipedia observes:

    The term ‘filibuster’ was first used in 1851. It was derived from the Spanish filibustero meaning ‘pirate’ or ‘freebooter’. This term had in turn evolved from the French word flibustier, which itself evolved from the Dutch vrijbuiter (freebooter). This term was applied at the time to American adventurers, mostly from Southern states, who sought to overthrow the governments of Central American states, and was transferred to the users of the filibuster, seen as a tactic for pirating or hijacking debate.

    Present-day use more soberly refers to “a form of obstruction in a legislature or a decision-making body.” (Whether that obstruction is good or bad depends on one’s point of view as to the matter at hand.) The filibuster was immortalized in a positive light – as a sort of last refuge of the honest man – in the 1939 movie classic, “Mr. Smith goes to Washington.”

    The term carries special weight in the U.S. Senate. If one party has a majority of 60 seats, they are said to be “filibuster proof,” meaning they can override any attempt to hold things up through a process known as “cloture.”

    Symbolic, but Important

    To be “filibuster proof” is more symbolic than practical. There aren’t all that many filibusters taking place these days – although more of them took place in the 1991-1992 legislative session than in the entire 19th century.

    Nonetheless, a 60-seat senate majority is very powerful. In some ways, it’s like having a powerful sledge hammer. The sledge hammer rarely gets used, but everyone knows that it’s there. The fact that one party has it, and the other does not, means the opposition can be smashed if push comes to shove.

    In announcing his switch from Republican to Democrat this week, Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania – once an “R,” now a “D” – has given a filibuster-proof majority to the Dems. (Technically the Democrats will still fall one seat short, at 59, but the odds makers say Democrat Al Franken is all but a lock to soon win the nasty protracted battle for Minnesota’s open seat.)

    Specter’s switch was almost entirely based on the vagaries of Pennsylvania politics. He saw that to seek re-election as a Republican next year would probably mean losing, whereas a switch to the other side could let him win.

    The long run fallout from this move, though, could be anything but local.

    Time Magazine gushes that Specter’s switch has given President Obama a “100 day gift,” clearly altering the balance of power in the Senate. In my opinion that “gift” could prove to be a poisoned chalice… for taxpayers, for the Democrats, and for President Obama too.

    Gridlock Is Good

    Why do I say this? For starters, because one of the big political lessons hammered home over the years is that “gridlock is good.”

    Part of the reason the Bill Clinton years are looked back on as something of an economic golden age is because plenty of good old-fashioned gridlock kept the “wingnuts” of both parties at bay, preventing Washington from doing anything really and truly stupid.

    A filibuster-proof majority, especially when aligned with a president from the same party, is the polar opposite of gridlock. It is an open invitation to go hog wild, damn the torpedoes, storm the barricades… all those clichés one thinks of when imagining a political party drunk with power and unfettered by constraints.

    One reason “gridlock is good” is because it gives moderates the upper hand. When two parties on opposite sides of an issue are forced to hammer out a compromise, inevitably the cooler heads get together. This means less meddling, which is almost always better than more. Thanks to gridlock, those of the purist strain on either side of the aisle – the ones who would rather die than compromise – are forced to gnash their teeth, curb their enthusiasm, and otherwise go walk it off.

    But in the absence of gridlock, the purists get their revenge. The hardcore elements of the party (whichever party it happens to be) demand to take control of the process. The moderates are either politely muzzled or not so politely told to just shut up.

    Obama’s Ambition

    President Obama has always been ambitious. One of his noted mottos is “make no small plans.” That is why he ran for president in the first place, and in large part why half the country fell in love with him.

    The president’s deep ambition – on display now as the media gushes over the delirious amount of groundwork that has been laid in “the first 100 days” – further explains why Mr. Obama has been so oblivious to the ways in which Wall Street is screwing over Main Street.

    Our president is so busy thinking of all the myriad ways in which to save the world, he has had no time to take note of the way his chosen safe pair of hands (Geithner, Summers, et al.) are laying waste to the economy… setting America up for an economic aftermath somewhere between Zimbabwe and Japan.

    Note that these observations are not meant to favor one party over another. In Washington as much as anywhere else – likely more than anywhere else – power corrupts, regardless of who it is handed to on a silver platter. This is a sad truth of which we have been painfully reminded.

    After all, when George W. Bush (remember him?) won re-election in 2004, he declared to the nation, “I earned political capital, and now I intend to spend it.” We see how well that worked out.

    The trouble now lies in the fact that, for all the ambition our president holds, he is least ambitious in the area that matters most – fixing our badly broken financial system (and weeding out the failed charlatans who broke it in the first place). And in the areas where the Democrats brim and bubble with new ideas? Many of them, unfortunately, are fantastically bad ideas – at least as far as sustaining and fueling economic growth is concerned.

    That points out, too, why a filibuster-proof majority winds up being bad news for the majority party… after the inevitable over-reach, the consequences of reality delivers to the over-reachers what they deserve. President Obama’s best hope for re-election in the years to come was probably an at least semi-rigorous opposition able to keep some of the Dems wackier ideas in check.

    Various signs of “green shoots” have the market in a tizzy… such a tizzy, in fact, that one wonders if the bulls have been smoking said shoots like an especially potent form of marijuana. If Wall Street were not so distracted by its favorite pastime of blowing new bubbles – this one a short-term optimism bubble of epic proportions – traders might notice that Washington’s legislative floodgates are about to open, with all the ugliness that entails.

    Warm Regards,

    JL

  33. I’ve seen that SC video so many times it’s unreal. You want the definition of “tough?”

    Watch Hillary at the end of that video.

  34. Kingsgrove, the man Hillary paid tribute to was 25 years old. He sounds like one of the good guys who works hard and is not a showboat.

    Hillary might be cheered up a bit (thus far its very strong rumors) by the possibility that Chelsea will be married this Summer.

  35. admin

    When I had HRCs mother in the car I drove in IOWA, she sounded like she really liked that young man, and that Chelsea and he visited often.

    wbboei – commen sense would say to embrace the critics as that is a sign of a true and healthy Democracy.

  36. Andy McCarthy declines the Attorney General’s invitation

    May 1, 2009

    By email (to the Counterterrorism Division) and by regular mail:

    The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr.
    Attorney General of the United States
    United States Department of Justice
    950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, D.C. 20530-0001

    Dear Attorney General Holder:

    This letter is respectfully submitted to inform you that I must decline the invitation to participate in the May 4 roundtable meeting the President’s Task Force on Detention Policy is convening with current and former prosecutors involved in international terrorism cases. An invitation was extended to me by trial lawyers from the Counterterrorism Section, who are members of the Task Force, which you are leading.

    The invitation email (of April 14) indicates that the meeting is part of an ongoing effort to identify lawful policies on the detention and disposition of alien enemy combatants—or what the Department now calls “individuals captured or apprehended in connection with armed conflicts and counterterrorism operations.” I admire the lawyers of the Counterterrorism Division, and I do not question their good faith. Nevertheless, it is quite clear—most recently, from your provocative remarks on Wednesday in Germany—that the Obama administration has already settled on a policy of releasing trained jihadists (including releasing some of them into the United States). Whatever the good intentions of the organizers, the meeting will obviously be used by the administration to claim that its policy was arrived at in consultation with current and former government officials experienced in terrorism cases and national security issues. I deeply disagree with this policy, which I believe is a violation of federal law and a betrayal of the president’s first obligation to protect the American people. Under the circumstances, I think the better course is to register my dissent, rather than be used as a prop.

    Moreover, in light of public statements by both you and the President, it is dismayingly clear that, under your leadership, the Justice Department takes the position that a lawyer who in good faith offers legal advice to government policy makers—like the government lawyers who offered good faith advice on interrogation policy—may be subject to investigation and prosecution for the content of that advice, in addition to empty but professionally damaging accusations of ethical misconduct. Given that stance, any prudent lawyer would have to hesitate before offering advice to the government.

    Beyond that, as elucidated in my writing (including my proposal for a new national security court, which I understand the Task Force has perused), I believe alien enemy combatants should be detained at Guantanamo Bay (or a facility like it) until the conclusion of hostilities. This national defense measure is deeply rooted in the venerable laws of war and was reaffirmed by the Supreme Court in the 2004 Hamdi case. Yet, as recently as Wednesday, you asserted that, in your considered judgment, such notions violate America’s “commitment to the rule of law.” Indeed, you elaborated, “Nothing symbolizes our [adminstration’s] new course more than our decision to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay…. President Obama believes, and I strongly agree, that Guantanamo has come to represent a time and an approach that we want to put behind us: a disregard for our centuries-long respect for the rule of law[.]” (Emphasis added.)

    Given your policy of conducting ruinous criminal and ethics investigations of lawyers over the advice they offer the government, and your specific position that the wartime detention I would endorse is tantamount to a violation of law, it makes little sense for me to attend the Task Force meeting. After all, my choice would be to remain silent or risk jeopardizing myself.
    For what it may be worth, I will say this much. For eight years, we have had a robust debate in the United States about how to handle alien terrorists captured during a defensive war authorized by Congress after nearly 3000 of our fellow Americans were annihilated. Essentially, there have been two camps. One calls for prosecution in the civilian criminal justice system, the strategy used throughout the 1990s. The other calls for a military justice approach of combatant detention and war-crimes prosecutions by military commission. Because each theory has its downsides, many commentators, myself included, have proposed a third way: a hybrid system, designed for the realities of modern international terrorism—a new system that would address the needs to protect our classified defense secrets and to assure Americans, as well as our allies, that we are detaining the right people.

    There are differences in these various proposals. But their proponents, and adherents to both the military and civilian justice approaches, have all agreed on at least one thing: Foreign terrorists trained to execute mass-murder attacks cannot simply be released while the war ensues and Americans are still being targeted. We have already released too many jihadists who, as night follows day, have resumed plotting to kill Americans. Indeed, according to recent reports, a released Guantanamo detainee is now leading Taliban combat operations in Afghanistan, where President Obama has just sent additional American forces.
    The Obama campaign smeared Guantanamo Bay as a human rights blight. Consistent with that hyperbolic rhetoric, the President began his administration by promising to close the detention camp within a year. The President did this even though he and you (a) agree Gitmo is a top-flight prison facility, (b) acknowledge that our nation is still at war, and (c) concede that many Gitmo detainees are extremely dangerous terrorists who cannot be tried under civilian court rules. Patently, the commitment to close Guantanamo Bay within a year was made without a plan for what to do with these detainees who cannot be tried. Consequently, the Detention Policy Task Force is not an effort to arrive at the best policy. It is an effort to justify a bad policy that has already been adopted: to wit, the Obama administration policy to release trained terrorists outright if that’s what it takes to close Gitmo by January.

    Obviously, I am powerless to stop the administration from releasing top al Qaeda operatives who planned mass-murder attacks against American cities—like Binyam Mohammed (the accomplice of “Dirty Bomber” Jose Padilla) whom the administration recently transferred to Britain, where he is now at liberty and living on public assistance. I am similarly powerless to stop the administration from admitting into the United States such alien jihadists as the 17 remaining Uighur detainees. According to National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair, the Uighurs will apparently live freely, on American taxpayer assistance, despite the facts that they are affiliated with a terrorist organization and have received terrorist paramilitary training. Under federal immigration law (the 2005 REAL ID Act), those facts render them excludable from the United States. The Uighurs’ impending release is thus a remarkable development given the Obama administration’s propensity to deride its predecessor’s purported insensitivity to the rule of law.

    I am, in addition, powerless to stop the President, as he takes these reckless steps, from touting his Detention Policy Task Force as a demonstration of his national security seriousness. But I can decline to participate in the charade.

    Finally, let me repeat that I respect and admire the dedication of Justice Department lawyers, whom I have tirelessly defended since I retired in 2003 as a chief assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York. It was a unique honor to serve for nearly twenty years as a federal prosecutor, under administrations of both parties. It was as proud a day as I have ever had when the trial team I led was awarded the Attorney General’s Exceptional Service Award in 1996, after we secured the convictions of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman and his underlings for waging a terrorist war against the United States. I particularly appreciated receiving the award from Attorney General Reno—as I recounted in Willful Blindness, my book about the case, without her steadfastness against opposition from short-sighted government officials who wanted to release him, the “blind sheikh” would never have been indicted, much less convicted and so deservedly sentenced to life-imprisonment. In any event, I’ve always believed defending our nation is a duty of citizenship, not ideology. Thus, my conservative political views aside, I’ve made myself available to liberal and conservative groups, to Democrats and Republicans, who’ve thought tapping my experience would be beneficial. It pains me to decline your invitation, but the attendant circumstances leave no other option.

    Very truly yours,

    /S/

    Andrew C. McCarthy

    cc: Sylvia T. Kaser and John DePue
    National Security Division, Counterterrorism Section

    nrinstitute.org/mustread.php

  37. Kingsgrove Says:

    May 2nd, 2009 at 6:11 am
    video from ABC World News, Friday

    ————————–

    Hillary spoke from the heart. Obama wouldn’t know how! I am impressed for once with the way ABC handled this sad moment. No slings and arrows at Hillary for not being “more professional.” No “she’s just being a woman” comments either.

    How sad that such a young man, with so much more to offer the world of diplomacy, lost his life in such a violent way.

    Thanks for the link.

  38. djia Says:

    May 2nd, 2009 at 8:40 am
    Andy McCarthy declines the Attorney General’s invitation

    ——————————

    They are far and few, but thank God the list of brave men and woman who refuse to tow the obama line is growing.

  39. admin, JanH

    HRC always speaks from the heart, and you can spot a phoney when you see one. The only turthful thing I have seen come out of the O family mouth was the statement of Finally I am proud of my country. The media does nothing to hid HRC public personna; however, we have had very few glimpes of O and his family, and how they truly respond. When we get them, they are glossed over.

  40. Obama Needs Clintonomics — and Soon

    Friday, May 1, 2009 12:32 PM
    By: Christopher Ruddy

    CIA Director Leon Panetta has some urgent advice for President Obama: Read “Clintonomics” and use it!
    Panetta’s advice is no secret. He is referring to a new book just out, “Clintonomics: How Bill Clinton Reengineered the Reagan Revolution,” (AMACOM) by Dr. Jack Godwin, a political scientist.
    newsmax.com/ruddy/Clinton_book_Reagan/2009/05/01/209743.html

  41. Ready to lead from Day one, ah, day 100, ah after he reads “Clintonomics”. Sorry, just could not resist.

  42. Lil Ole Grape, that book advice is ironic and humorous. Chris Ruddy was one of the premier Clinton haters and employee of the biggest Clinton hater Richard Mellon Scaife. Scaife went on to admire and endorse Hillary and Ruddy went on to civil conversations with Bill Clinton.

    It must be wondered if Panetta is openly mocking Obama with the advice to read the book. Even if Obama reads the book it won’t help. It would be like a master cook loaning a recipe book to a six year old child. You could give the recipe book and all the ingredients to the child but you will wind up with mountains of inedible, burnt, substances.

  43. djia Says:

    May 2nd, 2009 at 8:40 am
    Andy McCarthy declines the Attorney General’s invitation
    ——————————————————
    I think what you have posted here is so important that I have sent copies to some influential people. It calls the entire game on them. Its beatiful. And the accuser has bulletproof credentials. Once again Djia your are the best. Here are my introductory comments to the letter:
    ——————————————————————

    In Mr. Obamas relentless quest to be loved, he leaves our nation naked before its enemies. The danger is real and palpable. The following will give you a clear picture of how things are moving–regressing on the legal front with respect to terrorism. It aint pretty.

    I know McCarthy only by reputation. However, as Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York through Democratic and Republican administrations, he is highly regarded. Patrick Fitzgerald trained under him and so did many other reputable members of the Federal Bar charged with criminal law enforcement. His credentials in fighting terrorism are beyond dispute–he prosecuted the bad guys.

    If you look at Eric Holder you see a very different kind of public servant–and I use the word loosely. His bona fides–or lack thereof were minted when he prevailed upon then President Bill Clinton to pardon Mark Rich. His credentials as a terrrorism fighter were forged when he represented United Fruit corporation on civil charges that their agents massacred political opponents in South America a few years back. When I think of Eric Holder I am reminded of the old expression “for sale to the highest bidder.”

  44. JanH says:

    Hillary spoke from the heart. Obama wouldn’t know how!

    ********************************************************

    Oh come on Jan H…O would just bring a signed copy of himself on ‘Rolling Stone’ and everything would be fine…

  45. wbboei – commen sense would say to embrace the critics as that is a sign of a true and healthy Democracy.
    ————————————
    As that silver tongued devil (or flophouse whore depending upon your point of view) what is his name . . . . oh, thats right Robert Gibbs so eloquently put it what the vice president meant to say was (as he proceeds to put words in Joes mouth, which he has to do because Joe is busy leading the nation by avoiding trains, subways, crowded areas and is curled up under his carpet with a quart of Ballentines Irish Whiskey unavailable for comment, and muzzled for now)

    I meant common sense in the narrow context of the Obama strategy which is to play rope a dope with the press and the public. Judging by the effusive reports of his first hundred days in office (wherein he sewed the seeds of his defeat unbeknowst to the giddy members of his press corps) it is working. Dont worry. Stalingrad is just ahead General Paulus.

  46. I have always felt that the Smart Leader micro manages the areas in Crisis, but leaves the areas where they have no problems in competent hands.

    I think O leaves everything in hands of who ever will do it. I can’t remember is it is in this string or the last, but the quote from O at the Press conference where he did not know the Economy was going to be in as bad a shape as it is, is truely revealing. It is somewhat like the Kastrina reaction where so many people were killed before the Bush administration realized the grave situation.

    You must expect the worst, and prepare for the worst. Unfortunately, O has to wait for his teleprompter to tell him how bad it is before he believes it.

    I agree, he is probably grateful for the Flu problem to get the country off of the economy.

  47. Here is part of the explanation for why the press corps is so far off the mark. Perception is not reality.
    ——————————
    The mind is a truly miraculous machine. But it also has its flaws.

    One of the most astounding “tricks” the human brain pulls off is giving each one of us the impression of seamless and complete reality. Very few people go around complaining about the giant, gaping holes in their visual spectrum – or in their memories. And yet the gaping holes are there.

    The reason you never notice these holes (and why I don’t notice them either) is because your brain “fills in the gaps” automatically. Much of what you see, and even more of what you remember, is actually a product of your imagination… an uncanny reconstructed version of events, based on your brain’s split-second calculations of what the holes should be filled with.

    This filling in of holes is a good thing, not a bad thing, and the mind is incredibly good at what it does. Whether we realize it or not – and mostly we don’t – the brain pulls off amazing feats every day. Like assessing a negotiable gap in traffic, for instance, while merging onto a busy highway at 65 miles per hour. No robot on Earth can do that… yet we routinely do it while sipping hot coffee and fiddling with the radio.

    The trouble comes when we forget that perception and reality are not the same thing. Arien Mack, an expert on cognitive psychology, observes that “Most people have the impression that they simply see what is there and do so merely by opening their eyes and looking.” But all too often – and especially in markets – this really isn’t the case at all.

  48. The above posting by Justin Little at Taipan, makes the excellent point that perception and reality are not the same thing. The closer one is to the other the more likely that corrective responses can be taken in real time. The further they are apart the more difficult it is to correct the situation in a timely manner and get back on course. If perception is at odds with reality then irreparable damage is likely. And that is what is fundamentally wrong with Mr. Obama. In other words, it is a matter of degree. The same thing held true with the Bush Administration.

  49. S Says:

    May 2nd, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    ————————–

    LOL…I’d rather have a signed copy of his teleprompter on Rolling Stone. Much more meaningful! 🙂

  50. wbboei

    Clinton told O to be more optimistic. That is excellant advise, but you can’t just be optimistic, you have to deliver. In this case, the media etc have endorsed this optimistic tone. If they cannot deliver, there will be hell to pay.

  51. Clinton Says U.S. Should Counter Iran, China Influence In Latin America

    May 02, 2009

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said the United States must try to reach out to Latin American leaders to counter the trend of growing Chinese and Iranian influence in the region. Clinton said the Bush administration’s policy of isolating leaders who have led opposition to U.S. policies in Central and South America has failed and damaged Washington’s interests.

    Speaking to State Department employees on May 1, Clinton described as “disturbing” the inroads that Iran and China have been making in Latin America. “They are building very strong economic and political connections with a lot of these leaders. I don’t think that’s in our interest,” Clinton said.

    Clinton’s comments come as Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad is set to visit Brazil on May 6 for talks expected to focus on trade. Ahmadinejad is expected to also visit Venezuela on the same trip to Latin America.

    Clinton described the new world as “multipolar” where the United States is competing with countries such as Russia, China, and Iran. “I don’t think in today’s world — it’s a multi-polar world where we are competing for attention and relationships with at least the Russians, the Chinese, the Iranians — that it’s in our interests to turn our backs on countries in our own hemisphere. So we’re going to try some different approaches,” Clinton said.

    Clinton did not explicitly refer to inroads by Russia, which has said it could seek the short-term use of bases in Cuba and Venezuela. The top U.S. diplomat defended new moves to engage anti-U.S. leaders in Latin America. She said Washington was exploring how to deal with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Nicaragua’s Daniel Noriega, Ecuador’s Rafael Correa, and Evo Morales of Bolivia.

    “When we look around the world, we see a number of countries and leaders — Chavez is one of them but not the only one — who over the last eight years have become more and more negative and oppositional to the United States,” Clinton said. “Certainly, from my perspective, the prior administration tried to isolate them, tried to support opposition to them, tried to, you know, try to turn them into international pariahs. It didn’t work.” Clinton said the United States and Venezuela were exploring the possibility of restoring ambassadors after each country expelled the other’s envoy last year.

    She acknowledged the United States stands alone in the region with its policy toward communist Cuba. “We’re facing an almost united front against the United States regarding Cuba. Every country, even those with whom we are closest, is just saying: ‘You’ve got to change. You can’t keep doing what you’re doing,’” Clinton said. “We would like to see some reciprocity from the Castros on political prisoners, human rights, and other matters.”

    U.S. President Barack Obama has said he wants to improve relations with Latin America after years of decline. He also has made overtures to the Cuban leadership, raising hopes of scrapping a decades-old U.S. embargo on the island.

    rferl.org/content/Clinton_Says_US_Should_Counter_Iran_China_Influence_In_Latin_America/1620140.html

  52. NewMexicoFan,

    The problem with obama is that he does things to extreme…either too optimistic or too pessimistic…but never a balance. He listens to too many people, doesn’t have an original idea of his own that isn’t flawed from the very beginning. And then refuses to take any responsibility for any decision that falls flat on it’s face, which are most of them.

    Hillary and Bill know that most of his “diplomatic” errors were just disasters waiting to happen.

  53. JanH

    You are so right. He boomerangs from one side to the other. When you have such a person, I image it is hard to continue to do damage control, like with Biden.

    Just like with children’s who’s behavior you have to continually explain or save them from their own actions, at a point it explodes on you. Then people say, I did not know this was coming. Ya, sure.

  54. Around another 20 with H1N1 Infection.

    U.S. Human Cases of H1N1 Flu Infection
    (As of May 2, 2009, 11:00 AM ET) States # of
    laboratory
    confirmed
    cases Deaths
    Arizona 4
    California 24
    Colorado 2
    Connecticut 1
    Delaware 4
    Florida 2
    Illinois 3
    Indiana 3
    Kansas 2
    Kentucky* 1
    Massachusetts 8
    Michigan 2
    Minnesota 1
    Missouri 1
    Nevada 1
    New Jersey 7
    New York 50
    Ohio 1
    South Carolina 13
    Texas 28 1
    Virginia 2
    TOTAL (21) 160 cases 1 death
    International Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection
    See: World Health Organization

    *Case is resident of KY but currently hospitalized in GA.

  55. The problem with obama is that he does things to extreme…either too optimistic or too pessimistic…but never a balance. He listens to too many people, doesn’t have an original idea of his own that isn’t flawed from the very beginning. And then refuses to take any responsibility for any decision that falls flat on it’s face, which are most of them.
    ———————————————————–
    This is so consistent with the pathology. Isn’t this a textbook case of the disorder we have been talking about?

  56. wwoebi,

    Does this disorder also talk about placing trust in the wrong people and being attracted to the dark side? And also having a deep down insecurity that manifests itself in arrogance?

    If so, then yes it is a textbook case.

  57. JanH anyone who believe that he can run the US with Neighborhood Organizing experience, has some sort of disorder.

  58. Another reminder about the danger of islamist extremists.
    In Holland, they’re attacking Dutch girls.
    Today there is this article in the Dutch Newspaper “Algemeen Dagblad”:

    In the city of Gouda, which is already known for the attacks of muslim youth on bus drivers, ambulance helpers, fire workers and police officers, now 2 Moroccans are arrested because of stoning Dutch girls.

    Monday afternoon, two girls riding on their bicycles were first verbally attacked and called “cancer-ho” and other insulting illnesses by islamic youth. They started bicycling faster to get away from that area, but the muslims followed them and caused them to stop. They then started throwing stoned at them, hitting the heads of the girls. They also took the bicycles from the girls and threw these on the girls.

    At least 5 muslim boys were involved, but only 2 young ones were arrested by the police in the age of 13 and 15.

    Comment: After the already going on violence of Muslims in The Netherlands, by assaulting ambulance workers and fire workers, putting cars on fire, is it now going to be a common “ritual” in the Dutch streets that Dutch girls are going to be publicly stoned?

  59. And THIS illustrates what we face.
    WARNING.
    VERY VIOLENT.

    3w’s dot youtube dot com/watch?v=LfxVVw7dK_4&eurl

  60. I feel I have to post this.
    DOUBLE WARNING.
    What really happen to our troops.
    Extremely disturbing images.
    One of the soldiers I interviewed from this area lost his colon and part of a leg in one such attack.
    He will wear a colostomy bag the rest of his life.
    He’s only 26.
    atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/05/they-tell-you-that-you-are-safer-with-the-people-who-want-to-kill-you-on-the-lose-than-locked-up—–obama-administration.html

  61. BO WH threatens creditors who won’t go along with the Chrysler bankruptcy.

    “One of my clients was directly threatened by the White House.”

    That’s a quote, folks, from a lawyer representing firms which lent Chrysler money on behalf of their clients, including pension funds, teachers, labor unions, college endowments, et al.

    Threatening creditors may be common practice in the underworld. In the world of business and politics, commonly accepted rules of law, business practices and ethics are widely accepted and adjudicated by the courts to prevent abuse. Did the White House just cross those lines in the process of engaging Chrysler’s non-TARP creditors? Tom Lauria, an attorney with White & Case representing a few non-TARP Chrysler creditors, believes the White House did exactly that.

  62. Tom Lauria, an attorney with White & Case representing a few non-TARP Chrysler creditors, believes the White House did exactly that.
    —————————————————————
    I know this law firm from over 30 years ago. They are a real blue chip Wall Street firm. They are staid and conservative. They carry a big stick. When they sound the warning bell, something is clearly amiss.

  63. wbboei,
    Here is the audio link.
    3w’s dot wjr dot com/Article.asp?id=1301727&spid=6525
    Here is an analysis from jbjd at NQ.
    What do you think?
    Between this and the blackballing of Major Garrett from FOX from asking questions at the presser coz FOX didn’t carry it it’s just more and more like Stalin everyday.

    “In lay terms, what Attorney Lauria alleges in this interview, is that one of his 3 clients, an investment fund that acts as fiduciary to investors like teacher credit unions, invested in Chrysler, with the knowledge that, under the law, should the company declare bankruptcy, these clients would be the first to receive back the initial amount of their investment, at a rate of 100 cents on the dollar. But, when the government took over Chrysler, BO said to these 3 “1st tier” investors, ‘You will take less than that or, nothing. We will pay off lower tier investors, first. And, in addition, if you refuse to meet our terms, we will engage the White House press corps to ruin your reputation.’ (Evidently, the 3 investment funds agreed to reduce their lawful rate of return but, not to a level low enough to mollify the White House.) Attorney Lauria initiated a court suit, on behalf of his 3 clients, to stop this forced taking – one of his clients acquiesced to the pressure from BO, leaving 2 clients – arguing what he called Constitutional issues. 1) His clients had the right to privately contract, the terms of which contract must be judicially enforced; and 2) the court – the judicial branch of government – has the right to oversee bankruptcy cases, without forced intervention from the President – the executive branch of government.
    Having just begun to look into this issue, I am not certain yet whether Attorney Lauria is also arguing that, by extorting private contractors to give up property in this way, the government is effecting a taking without due process, in violation of the Constitution. I am also unclear on whether he intends to report this threat involving the White House press corps, to the DA.

  64. To see a FABULOUS pic of our girl in PINK, got to pumas unleashed.

    It’s the second pic down.
    I would try to link the pic but don’t know how.

    pumasunleashed dot wordpress dot com/

  65. Honest to God, I have a friend who goes around telling people that Mr. Obama is Satan–and that is why plague, famine and pestilence are at the door. He does this partly for effect and partly because he believes it. He reports that they dismiss him as a nut and of course he is but we can forgive him for that because his spent too many years as an exectutive in large companies. But they also think about it.

    I myself have no time for people like this, except to point out the profound error of his ways. I tell him that just because he flubbed the oath, swine flu is at the door, he is wrecking our economy and leaving us naked before our enemies is no reason to believe he is Satan. Just because he acts like Satan does not mean perforce that he is Satan. He may be nothing more than an imposter.

    That kind of a joke usually gets him to lighten up. But not this morning. And especially not after I showed him the letter by the Chief US Attorney from the Southern District of New York. It caused him to become very menacholy and more worried than ever for our future.

    believes Obama is Satan. I thought that one was way way way over the top. I tried to talk some sense into him and I am not sure it succeeded. I tried very hard to convince him that just because he acts like Satan does not mean he is Satan.

  66. wbboei Says:
    May 2nd, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    djia Says:

    May 2nd, 2009 at 8:40 am
    Andy McCarthy declines the Attorney General’s invitation
    ——————————————————
    I think what you have posted here is so important that I have sent copies to some influential people. It calls the entire game on them. Its beatiful. And the accuser has bulletproof credentials. Once again Djia your are the best. Here are my introductory comments to the letter:

    ************************************

    Thanks wbboei……we all have our own talents here, some are intellectual and articulate and can write beautifully
    and prose their thoughts well

    others like me have a harder time seeing the bigger picture until someone like you, admin, mrs smith etc puts it all together in one article for me to read. I envy those of you like that.

    so i try to find little bits of info and bring it here for the rest of you to use in your analysis for me to see the bigger picture 😀

    have a great day and thanks for what you do here (all of you!)

    djia

  67. By the way, my friend is not serious. But he is sure as hell worried. You cannot politicize the security of this country. Remember the old saying that politics stops at the waters edge. It means that you do not diss your country abroad or show disunity in the face of the enemy. That is the point Mr. Obama fails to understand. And, it makes all the difference in the world. They had a big march in this town yesterday thousands of people who cannot pay rent, unemployment run out. Things are not improving at all under Mr. Obama. But as the saying goes may the cure be not worse than the disease.

  68. wbboei

    I am not sure obama is satan…. and i would probably think this guy a wack job too (somewhat)
    as i don’t believe that famine,disease, etc are because obama is satan…

    but…..what about if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck…its probably a duck …..just saying LMAO!

    BHO may not be satan……but he is most definitely 👿

  69. I SELDOM post long articles but this seems like a slow day at 44 and wboei and dija, i wondered what you thought of it.

    It’s VERY entertaining.

    Obama laughingstock
    100 DAYS OF BEING A LAUGHINGSTOCK IN PARIS

    Paris, France. It is very cool to be a French intel guy. A spectacular meal at a Parisian bistro with $90 entrées and a $200 bottle of Bordeaux? No problem. I’d known this fellow since he got me out of a jam in Sudan years ago. His James Bond days are over, but still, riding a desk for the DGSE — Direction générale de la sécurité extérieure (General Directorate for External Security), France’s military intel agency – in Paris has its decided benefits.

    One of them is not being infected with Obamamania. “My agency considers him a joke,” he confides. “Every day there is some fresh lunacy that we cannot believe. Mr. Bush would often make us angry. But at this man we just laugh.”

    “In truth, it also makes us sad,” he continued. “French resentment towards America is strong, so being able to laugh at your country feels good. But it is such a sad and strange thing to see America – America The Great! – do something so crazy as to elect this ridiculous man.”

    “There are many people in America who think he isn’t a legitimate president as he wasn’t born in the US and isn’t a natural citizen. What do you think?” I asked.

    He shrugged. “I wouldn’t know. I’ve never had reason to make an inquiry.”

    “There are a lot of people convinced he is a traitor who hates America and is actively determined to destroy it. Any opinion on that?”

    He didn’t shrug at this. After a long slow sip of wine, he mused, “I would not go that far. Many of his actions, however, are very puzzling because they are so counter-productive regarding America’s best interests. There seems to be a consistent pattern in that direction.”

    “What does Sarkozy think of him?”

    “Nothing but contempt.”

    After a pause he asked, “And Langley?”

    “Well, if you thought the war they waged against Bush was intense, it was nothing compared to how they’re going to screw Obama. He has tried to gut them with the ‘torture memo’ release and slashing their budgets. The morale is depressed, sullen, and enraged. You know what a left-wing outfit Langley is. They thought he was their boy and they feel betrayed. All kinds of damaging stuff on him will be appearing via their media friends.”

    He nodded. “And in Tel Aviv City?”

    He was referring to the huge underground city complex of Langley’s underneath the US Embassy in the Israeli capital. “That’s an interesting question. You know how vast and deep the relationship is there. Langley is making every effort to overcome the total and massive distrust their Israeli colleagues have for Obama, whom they know is selling them down the Jordan River. So far though this effort is in words. The Israelis are waiting to see what Langley does.”

    He said nothing. I smiled. “You guys wouldn’t be Langley’s cutout for thwarting BO regarding Israel, would you? I’d never suspect that…”

    He continued to say nothing, gave me only a slight smile in return, and poured me another glass of wine. “The Bordeaux is good, yes?” I nodded.

    “You know, the French media worships this man the same as yours in the US. All of this ‘100 days’ talk, it is impossibly stupid. Most anyone in the French elite, the business leaders, Sarko’s people, they all know this. They all think this is some crazy joke of the Americans. But it is a very, very dangerous joke. For 100 days your president has been a laughingstock among the tout le monde No one may be laughing 100 days or 10 months from now.”

    He leaned forward. “The world can go – how do you say – sideways with this man very quickly. No one he has working for him knows what they are doing – possibly excepting Mrs. Clinton – and he certainly does not. All of us in our little community are worried – us, our friends in Berlin, London, Tel Aviv, and Langley too as you say. It is not like the barbarians at the gates. It is everythere are no gates. The Somalis, Chavez, Iran, Putin, Beijing, the ‘Norks” as you call them, the list is long and it is growing. We are not sure what to do.”

    It took me a moment to respond. “The best thing that has happened now is Obama making Langley his enemy. They will be cooperating with you more, be more a part of your worried community. Working together, you can undermine his efforts more effectively, block and maybe even repair the damage.”

    It was my turn to lean forward. “Then again, all together you could be more pro-active. The man is a mystery. Nobody can make public his actual birth certificate, or even the particular hospital he was born in, or his college grades, or how he got into Harvard, or how he made editor of the Harvard Law Review and never wrote a single article for it. It goes on and on. He really is a Zero. I think all of you guys should find all of this out and make it known.”

    I added, “The quicker the better, before the laughing stops and the real dangers begin.”

    “What is that phrase you use?” he asked. “Something to consider?”

    I laughed. “Yes, there is much to consider – and much that you can do. I mean, really, if the Soviet Union could be dismantled, so can this presidency.”

    It was a beautiful April afternoon in Paris. He walked me back to my hotel. It could be that the times we live in may get even more interesting

  70. I have got to believe that the people in the press, if they care about the country and have any faith in their profession must be deeply conflicted. If he tells them who can ask questions, and lets them do so again only if they ask easy questions and harasses honest reporters when they ask legitimate searching questions then isnt this an assault on Freedom of the Press? Why does nobody call them on this? We have got to keep pressing those points with anyone who will listen.

  71. So nice to come home from work and see a $9,500 dollar horse give it up and win the Derby, beating out 2 million dollar colts. And an American horse from New Mexico @ that! Brought in by a trailer over 20 hour drive. The trainer has a broken foot to boot! And a cowboy hat…ya hoooooo

  72. I am not sure obama is satan…. and i would probably think this guy a wack job too (somewhat)
    as i don’t believe that famine,disease, etc are because obama is satan…

    but…..what about if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck…its probably a duck …..just saying LMAO!

    BHO may not be satan……but he is most definitely
    ———————————————-
    He is a humorous guy, and is in full possession of his faculties. He is 80 years old. He engages in this kind of hyperbole to get people to think. It is like Swifts essay A Modest Proposal. Somehow, we need to shock people out of a sense of complaceny and see where this Obama train is taking the country. At the same time we have to challenge the Media to engage in critical thinking. At this point they are celebrating and the country has nothing to celebrate that I can see.

  73. I SELDOM post long articles but this seems like a slow day at 44 and wboei and dija, i wondered what you thought of it.

    It’s VERY entertaining.

    Obama laughingstock
    100 DAYS OF BEING A LAUGHINGSTOCK IN PARIS
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    I do not know if this is art imitating life or acutal life but I firmly believe this is exactly what people in the know are thinking now, throughout the world. The other thing they are thinking is how can I exploit this situation to my own advantage and how can I protect myslelf from its disasterous consequences. The idea that this kind of incompetence and radicalism could be dangerous both to our country and to the world is an understatement. More than armies we need honest journalists.

    The other thing my friend said that I forgot to mention was that this surge in Afghanistan has got failure written all over it. At this time we do not need a second Viet Nam. Among other things we cannot afford it. This is a serious misstep for the country, and I am just old enough to remember how we got into the same kind of trap over 40 years ago.

  74. Wbboei,
    Here is a link to where I found it.
    It’s by Jack Wheeler.
    I don’t know much about him.

    atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/05/a-laughingstock-in-paris.html

  75. politicsdaily.com/2009/05/01/video-sarah-palin-a-grizzly-bear-and-the-guy-from-american-cho/?icid=main|htmlws-main|dl5|link4|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.politicsdaily.com%2F2009%2F05%2F01%2Fvideo-sarah-palin-a-grizzly-bear-and-the-guy-from-american-cho%2F#addcomments
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    They are so afraid of a strong woman, they have vomit spewing out of their mouths.
    ************************************
    Video: Sarah Palin, a Grizzly Bear, and the Guy From American Chopper

    Raw Story is running the video below, along with a shocked screen grab of Palin lounging by the bear, which is somehow the lede to their story:

    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, whose 2008 vice presidential campaign made her a household name–as well as a lightning-rod for controversy–chats with the gang from American Chopper while sitting on a dead grizzly bear.

    The governor is seen nestling against the bearskin rug, draped over a couch in her office. Reportedly, the bear was shot by her father, Chuck. Palin’s mother told the Daily Mail last August that the bear “was a mean son-of-a-gun, so Sarah had it skinned with the mouth in a permanent growl.”

    Is it a story that Palin was indirectly mean to a grizzly bear? I would have been more surprised to find her in an office without a dead animal in it.

    The occasion for the meeting was the American Chopper team’s trip to Alaska to research a bike they’re building to commemorate 50 years of Alaskan non-secession. Did you know Alaska has been a state for 50 years?

    What I loved about this was the weird, uncomfortable dialog, as Palin uses up her quotient of notifications that Alaska has been a state for 50 years, and tells American Chopper patriarch Paul Tuetel, Sr., how he’s got all kinds of patriotism up in him.

    I sympathize. If I went to Alaska, I’d burn through all of my “A” tundra material in 3 seconds and be left twiddling my thumbs, planning fishin’ trips I’d never take. And if I met the guy from American Chopper, who seems like a nice guy, I’d be good for “So, why do they call ’em choppers?” and not much more.

  76. basil

    re: the article you posted above.

    you offered no link to it…. where did you find it??

    it’s hard for me to offer my thoughts without knowing who wrote it and where it was published.

    if legitimate and is true…… i would say obama should be shaking in his boots and if true will most likely become even more aggressive in going after all he seeks to do before the curtain goes up on this emperor with no clothes.

    we should continue to fear his agenda, continue to fight it continue to speak loudly about it and continue to hope and pray that those with the power to bring down this presidency {in time to save America}will do just that

  77. W.H.O fears complications if HIV and H1N1 viruses combine

    alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L2516414.htm

  78. How about that New Mexico horse, and he did not just nose someone out. That cowboy was really sporting the Turquoise. Amazing that happened. It looked like he had to fight through traffic also. Way to go.

  79. Basil: Jack Wheeler is a very interesting guy. I would love to go on one of his hunting expeditions. If you read his bio you come away with the distinct impression that he is more CIA than Larry Johnson ever was. Consequently, I expect that the views he expresses above about the CIA are spot on. His take on Obama and his popularity is summed up in the final line: The absurdity of Hypocrisy Clothed In Human Flesh being their Savior is all the more cause for liberals to worship him: Credo quia absurdum, I believe it because it is absurd. Also note he has a PHD in anthropology, so his observations about Obamas lineage have some basis in scientific fact.
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    Jack Wheeler is a brilliant man who was the author of Reagan’s strategy to break the back of the Soviet Union with the star wars race and expose their inner weakness. For years he wrote a weekly intelligence update that was extremely interesting and well structured and informed. He consults(ed) with several mega corporations on global trends and the future, etc. I think he is in semi-retirement now. He is a true patriot with a no-nonsense approach to everything. He is also a somewhat well known mountain climber and adventurer.

    —– Original Message —–

    Subject: Dr. Jack Wheeler Regarding Obama

    Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler

    The O-man, Barack Hussein Obama, is an eloquently tailored empty suit. No resume, no accomplishments, no experience, no original ideas, no understanding of how the economy works, no understanding of how the world works, no balls, nothing but abstract empty rhetoric devoid of real substance.

    He has no real identity. He is half-white, which he rejects. The rest of him is mostly Arab, which he hides but is disclosed by his non-African Arabic surname and his Arabic first and middle names as a way to triply proclaim his Arabic parentage to people in Kenya . Only a small part of him is African Black from his Luo grandmother, which he pretends he is exclusively.

    What he isn’t, not a genetic drop of, is ‘African-American,’ the descendant of enslaved Africans brought to America chained in slave ships. He hasn’t a single ancestor who was a slave. Instead, his Arab ancestors were slave owners. Slave-trading was the main Arab business in East Africa for centuries until the British ended it.

    Let that sink in: Obama is not the descendant of slaves, he is the descendant of slave owners Thus he makes the perfect Liberal Messiah.

    It’s something Hillary doesn’t understand – how some complete neophyte came out of the blue and stole the Dem nomination from her. Obamamania is beyond politics and reason. It is a true religious cult, whose adherents reject Christianity yet still believe in Original Sin, transferring it from the evil of being human to the evil of being white.

    Thus Obama has become the white liberals’ Christ, offering absolution from the Sin of Being White. There is no reason or logic behind it, no faults or flaws of his can diminish it, no arguments Hillary could make of any kind can be effective against it. The absurdity of Hypocrisy Clothed In Human Flesh being their Savior is all the more cause for liberals to worship him: Credo quia absurdum, I believe it because it is absurd.

  80. If you look at Eric Holder you see a very different kind of public servant–and I use the word loosely. His bona fides–or lack thereof were minted when he prevailed upon then President Bill Clinton to pardon Mark Rich.
    **********
    I totally agree that Eric (Death Squad) Holder is a piece of crap but, from my reading, this and the accusation that BC “sold” the pardon for a $100k donation to the “library” is Republican slander. Clinton and others have said that the Marc Rich pardon was a result of a direct request from Ehud Barak. The Israeli govt and Barak specifically wanted a pardon for Jonathan Pollard and Rich was the second choice. Holder negotiated the deal with I. Lewis Libby. (Of course, this version could also be complete nonsense and CYA by BC but I doubt it…$100k wasn’t anywhere near enough money for the grief that BC got for this pardon.)

  81. I apologies in advance to anyone who doesn’t like really long posts here….. believe me i understand and do my best to respect that; how ever, I felt that this post NEEDED to be posted in it’s entirety and should pass around the internet
    via comment sections, emails, face book pages etc

    I realize it appears to have a GOP base to it…… but the meat of it is IMHO right on and is not intended to be about a particular party but more about AMERICANS UNITING TO SAVE THERE COUNTRY!

    it is the first time i have read a good “step forward” for how we as AMERICANS not DNC or GOP party members
    but true Americans have to gather together in UNITY to SAVE OUR BLESSED COUNTRY.

    THIS ARTICLE HAS A MESSAGE THAT NEEDS TO GO VIRAL…….I HOPE YOU AGREE

    Obamanation Cannot Be Stopped!
    But they CAN be Debunked, Defunded, Derailed and Deposed

    By JB Williams Saturday, May 2, 2009

    The Obamanation is steamrolling over the American people, the US Constitution, freedom and liberty and the momentum is clearly on their side at the moment. Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals have already proven to be extremely effective when used by very extreme people on a do-or-die quest for extreme central powers…

    In my opinion, the momentum is so much on their side, that there is quite literally NO means of stopping them. If you step in their way, you will simply get run over.
    This does NOT mean that there is nothing you can do, however.

    Hundreds of emails and thousands of comments from readers per day ask the same question over and over again, “What can we do?”
    You can Debunk, Defund, Derail and Depose…

    Let’s make this simple… Real American patriots should do all of the following, for starters…

    Debunk every leftist lie coming from the White House, the Democratic Socialists of America Congress and their minions in the leftist press. Let NO lie stand unchallenged, anywhere, any time, especially in the press.

    Defund their Democratic Socialism… Socialism requires the confiscation of YOUR earnings. As Senate leader Harry Reid put it on YouTube – “Taxation Is Voluntary” – They can only take away what you agree to let them take. Realize that your silence IS your consent and stop consenting! – Protesting “taxation under diabolical misrepresentation” is one thing, but refusing to go along with it anymore is quite another. One is easy to mock, the other, hard to survive…

    Since you can’t stop a speeding locomotive, you have to derail it. The leftist agenda is only able to advance in an ill-informed society. Society is ill-informed when the press is not held accountable and forced to report the truth. Hold your July 4th TEA Party on the steps of Fox, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC and CNN, and watch them mock you then… While there, demand to know why they never asked for Obama’s birth or college records, and still won’t?

    Depose the fraudulent Resident-in-Chief. If Obama had nothing to hide, would he be spending millions in legal fees to keep his birth and college records under lock and key and far from any US courtroom? Consider holding one BIG TEA Party on the steps of the US Supreme Court, focused solely on demanding the court hear the cases surrounding Obama’s eligibility. Sit a million-man TEA Party on the front steps of the Supreme Court and then see how long it takes to drag Obama’s file into court…

    These are the four basics “must do’s” for every American patriot currently heartbroken by the daily attacks on all things American.

    That’s because a massive united pursuit of these four things CAN derail the leftist locomotive currently rumbling down the track.

    Hundreds of times a day, I am asked, “What can I do?” – My answer is always the same… alone, nothing. But together, everything that needs to be done!
    It’s Time for the Right to Unite!

    There are roughly fifty 3rd parties in America, most of them focused only on the handful of “issues” that motivated their split from one of the hijacked primary parties. There are literally thousands of initiatives to awaken and motivate the American people to take their nation back from the Democratic Socialists currently running roughshod over everyone else.

    Fractured and alone, none of them can succeed! It’s akin to fighting a world superpower with spitballs and plastic straws… We MUST unite to become effective!

    The people are starting to wake up and they don’t like what they see. But they have NO idea what to do about it… I know, because they ask me what to do, every day. Read our founding documents… They tell us what to do!

    The TEA Party was a great start, but it must develop into a strong follow-through with real teeth in it, and an even stronger finish!

    To do this, the time has come for the Right to unite! The time has come to focus all of that patriotic energy into a single purpose with a single plan of attack, in which all of the patriot horses are placed in front of one wagon, all pulling in the same direction.

    I am still convinced that the left is an American minority. But they are a VERY united and active minority and as a result, they are a very effective political minority.

    Belong to whatever political organization you want. But realize that America is, always has been and always should be a “two party” political structure designed for “self-governance.” As such, no matter what political party or group you choose to affiliate with officially, you will need a seat at the table to get anything accomplished.

    If in God you trust, – in life, liberty and freedom you believe, then you will NOT be able to find a seat at today’s Democratic Socialist table, nor do you want one.

    To have a ticket to the big show, you will have to take a seat at the Republican table, where you will most certainly be welcomed by everyone, except the current RINO brand temporarily in charge of your party, and of course leftists over at the DNC, who are desperate to keep the GOP forever divided and powerless.
    The Road to Useful Unity

    The Right can never unite around the laundry list of micro special interests designed to keep us divided. When your single issue is on the table, be glad you have a seat at the table to make your case…

    Otherwise, leave individual personal agendas on the shelf long enough to gain some political power by uniting around the ONLY issue that matters in the end, FREEDOM!

    Today’s Democratic Socialist Party is focused only on confiscating your property for redistribution, in an unbridled effort to purchase more power with promises of FREE-STUFF for their constituents…

    It’s all about FREEDOM! A government in control of your personal economic condition is also in FULL control of YOU! No personal economic freedom means, NO freedom at all.

    The left wants to control individual economics because that’s how they gain control of both the federal dependent, and the private producer needed to pay for it all. Both live in tyranny in the end and only the leftist leaders live in luxury, free to do anything they want, to anyone they want. They call it “economic justice,” but the correct label is “totalitarianism.”
    Unite in Defense of FREEDOM alone!

    Sorry to be so blunt, but if you claim to be a true patriot concerned about restoring American freedom and greatness, but won’t even claim your seat at the table, you are nothing but a bad joke to me. If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is around to hear it, does it still make a sound? Who cares? Nobody is there to hear it even if it does make a sound!

    Work through any party or organization you believe in, take a stand for any issue you want, but get a seat at the table and WORK! Don’t expect anyone else to do your heavy lifting.

    If you don’t have a seat in one of the two major political parties, then you don’t have a ticket to the show. If you are tired of the wrong people running the GOP, step up and run it yourself. If you won’t step up, then learn to shut up and take it in the shorts…

    All that is wrong with the GOP is that it is currently run by the wrong people. People who don’t believe in the founding principles and values of the party they are running. What do you do? – Replace the wrong people with the right people and expect nobody to do it for you!

    America does not need one more fractured movement. America needs its true patriots to take a stand, together! The Democratic Socialists of America took over the DNC. The Patriots of America must unite and take back the RNC.

    Meanwhile, Debunk, Defund, Derail and Depose the enemy… every Democratic Socialist in Washington DC, no matter which political party we find them operating within.

    Oh yeah, one last thing…. DO IT NOW!

  82. . Obamamania is beyond politics and reason. It is a true religious cult,
    *********
    That, IMO, is totally accurate. Most humans are born with “magical thinking” hard-wired into their brains. What evolutionary benefit this has, I don’t know. The people who crafted the Obama campaign, pushed all or most of the right psychological buttons to activate the magical thinking about Obama among the members of his cult. (I don’t include AA’s this group, as their motivations for voting for Obama may have a component of magical thinking but the over-riding reasons are historical and cultural.)

  83. I wish Hillary would dump that goddam midriff belt. It is the most unflattering contraption I have ever seen. It is the same kind of thing the first lady of hate wears and it is being noticed.

  84. Wheeler’s piece is brilliant. (I’ve reposted it at floraseele.blogspot.com). It reminds me of a similar brilliant analysis of Axelrod’s work, “The Vampire”, by a poster at TM then Bitterpoliticz.

  85. wbboei,

    Thanks for the feedback and info about Jack Wheeler.

    He has a daily blog, subscription, for $9 per year.

    I think i might sign up for it.

  86. GRRRRRRRRRR……………
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

    ZO does it again.
    This is great!
    ADMIN, please embed.

    3 w’s dot youtube dot com/watch?v=X1E-V0QHets&eurl

  87. Also from Wheeler’s site
    freewebs.com/drjackwheeler/index.htm
    here’s Voltaire re Koolaid.

    then Mahomet
    Was but a bold and factious citizen,
    But now he is a conqueror, and a king;
    Mecca’s impostor at Medina shines
    A holy prophet; nations bend before him,
    And learn to worship crimes which we abhor.
    Even here, a band of wild enthusiasts, drunk
    With furious zeal, support his fond delusions,
    His idle tales, and fancied miracles:
    These spread sedition through the gaping throng, invite his forces, and believe a God
    Inspires and renders him invincible.
    ….

  88. Most humans are born with “magical thinking” hard-wired into their brains. What evolutionary benefit this has, I don’t know. The people who crafted the Obama campaign, pushed all or most of the right psychological buttons to activate the magical thinking about Obama among the members of his cult. (I don’t include AA’s this group, as their motivations for voting for Obama may have a component of magical thinking but the over-riding reasons are historical and cultural.)
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    I recall a lady who was interviewed by Harley Schlanger. She had a doctorate in Russian affairs and was very very very conversant with what was going on over there, in terms of the rose revolution in Russia, the Orange revolution in the Ukraine, and the flash mob techniques which were used in that venue.

    The Obama type chant, the reduction of the message to three words repeated over and over again, the uniform the intimidation. According to Harley, and this lady these propanda techniques were developed by Professor Gene Sharpe at the Einstein Institute as a way to indoctinate the populations of eastern Europe into a democratic way of life. I have no doubt that the people like Sharpe borrowed heavily on the propanda techniques of the Nazi era. Those techniques were also prevalent in the Obama campaign although his worshippers would recoil at the suggestion. That is where alot of this stuff came from IMHO.

    If that is the case, then the question becomes how do you counter these techniques? Do you have any ideas on that?

    There were programs initiated in the aftermath of World War II which went by the precatory title de-nazification. Those were also the model which sought to root out mafia influence within the Teamsters union. However in each case they fell conspicously short of their objective. They relied primarily on a snitch system, a Court of the Star Chamber (through whence went some of my friends), and counter propanganda. I do not think they ever reversed the mindset, but drove it underground. So I have no confidence that the answer is there.

    So once again the question: How do you pierce the veil of magic thinking which has been triggered and corrupted by propaganda to the point that citical thiking capabilites are blocked, suppressed and negated? To the point where black is white, up is down, day is night, and the collect whose service is perfect freedom–as Leaned Hand once wrote. How do you liberate people from this yoke. There has to be a way. On the other hand, perhaps there isnt and that is why some tribes survive and others fail. That may be the evolutionary purpose, a form of social darwinism.

  89. The next time I speak to Harley I will ask him if he has any thoughts on this. It striikes me that it is an important question.

  90. I do believe in God but I also believe that religion is a human invention which may or may not be divinely inspired. In a secular sense, it can certainly be used to trigger the same kind of magic thinking faculties that we are talking about. As such, it can be used to either defend or attack the existing social order. Today is Sunday.

    Take Buhaddism for example. I have been to see The Master. He is the Master because he has he has been a Buddah in several prior lives. He became a Buddah in the first place by living seven virtuous lives before that. By contrast, people who suffer hardship do so because they were did something bad in a prior life. The concommitant threat is that if they are not virtuous in this life they will be suffer in the next one. (Note: I have done legal work for Japanese Buddahist Monk who does not buy into the reincarnation part, but it is prevalent in other sects.)
    The clear social message this conveys is do not make too many waves.

    On the other hand, take the hate doctines toward whites and Jewish people advanced by Obamas spiritual advisor the estimable Reverend Wright proud owner of a multi million dollar estate who tends to his flock of poor people. What social message does that miasma impart to its paritioners? Does it inflame their magic thinking into anti social actions. It certainly provides a pretext for that sort of thing. Catholic liberation theology as practices by some priests in South America who support violent guerilla movements works the same way.

    I have a friend who was one of the top computer executives with AOL. After a bitter divorce, he left the corporate world and went out to Oregon to join the religous cult of that Indian spiritualist who tended to his flock, set up a communal system and had several Rolls Royces, a variation of Thomas Hobbes theme that the sovereign is above the law. Today, he is living in public housing and survives on dialysis. He has a long white beard and walks around with a large cane. He is a very ethical man and is always up on current events. He is thoughtful and logical, but the magic thinking is still with him.

    The problem with magic thinking is it can be manipulated by those with a motive or inclination to do so. The Obama campaign is a perfect example of this. For that reason, it can always be darkness at noon.

  91. basil9 Says:

    May 3rd, 2009 at 6:09 am
    wbboei,

    Thanks for the feedback and info about Jack Wheeler.

    He has a daily blog, subscription, for $9 per year.

    I think i might sign up for it.
    ————————-
    I may do the same thing if I can get PayPal to work.

  92. wbboei

    I think someone brought up something the other day that is relavant to this. That is people are unhappy with politics and the democratic party, but they are OK with their representatives, and the President they voted for. WHY, because in a sense they have united with these people because they voted for them, and they are like family, and also it is hard for people in this society to admit they are wrong.

    We see similar things with parents and children. They can acknowledge that teens are on drugs and how many problems they have, but they do not see problems with their teens (reference the teens that go on killing sprees). They also behave that way with a spouse. Many spouses cheat, but not my spouse.

    So I think the biggest technique used is getting people to buy into this is their family, their representative, their president, their what ever, and surly their judgements could not be wrong.

    Usually a big crisis has to happen to change that thinking, and even then some do not. Case in point is representatives that have been found in scandals that continue to be re-elected. Of course many say, he does thier job, so what. I guess the same could be said for BC.

    However, I think people might be a little less forgiving if the scandal involves their tax payer money and fraud. Or when the economy is not going well, and they or many in thier family are feeling the effects.

    But you still have to wonder at Chicago and Illinois, because they never seem to elect anything but crooks.

  93. I think we should also go back and look at the following, who did not get a second term, rep and dims. (Carter, Johnson, I am not sure but what about the President before FR). I guess Johnson was done in by Viet Nam, Carter was done in by failed attack to retrive the hostages. I am sure there are many on this blog who can add some historical analysis to this, better than I can.

  94. New Mexico: it is so early and he has not been tested. Not- been- tested. He has not had to face a real crisis or a fomidable foe–ever in his life. He has always gotten a pass.

    The question I asked above should be bi-forkated this way:

    1. what will it take for an independent voter or a blue collar democrat who voted for him to see him for what he is–a fraud?

    2. what will it take for a bot to realize that the man they invested all their political hopes and deranged libido in (as in disguises of love) is a sociopath who will throw them under the bus?

    The first group will respond to a decline in their own economic situation and the promises not kept. They will want solutions. They will hold him accountable for his broken promises.

    The second group includes pathetic journalist like Ann–please call on me so I can ask whether it has been harder for you because you are black-Compton. What a nevish. I wonder if they are worth trying to reach or are not in fact The Lost Generation.

    Someone with what used to be called intestinal fortitude should ask him whether it has been harder to govern being the descendant of Arabic slave traders–based on Wheelers analysis above.

  95. The Governor of Washington Christine Gregoire is being mentioned as a possible candidate for the Supreme Court. When she was Attorney General she was heavily criticized. One of the cases she mishandled on behalf of DSHS cost the state almost 10 million dollars because of a failing to file in a timely manner. She blamed the assistant ag who in turn blamed her. It was all very messy. The bar tenders around town will tell you they have patrons who wander in at night to complain about how difficult she is to work for. During the campaign there was evidence that she enacted policies favorable to the Indian Tribes in exchange for massive contributions. She was an early supporter of Mr. Obama and that is why I did not vote for her this time around, or ever again. But the idea that someone with these tarnished credentials would be proposed for the Supreme Court over so many other potential candidates who are qualified but not even considered is further proof of how far off the mark the Obama Admistation really is. Unbelievable.

  96. Oh no! Say it aint so-Joe!! Not our beloved poopsie!!!
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    Pelosi: Utterly Contemptible
    By Charles Krauthammer

    WASHINGTON — Torture is an impermissible evil. Except under two circumstances. The first is the ticking time bomb. An innocent’s life is at stake. The bad guy you have captured possesses information that could save this life. He refuses to divulge. In such a case, the choice is easy. Even John McCain, the most admirable and estimable torture opponent, says openly that in such circumstances, “You do what you have to do.” And then take the responsibility.

    Some people, however, believe you never torture. Ever. They are akin to conscientious objectors who will never fight in any war under any circumstances, and for whom we correctly show respect by exempting from war duty. But we would never make one of them Centcom commander. Private principles are fine, but you don’t entrust such a person with the military decisions upon which hinges the safety of the nation. It is similarly imprudent to have a person who would abjure torture in all circumstances making national security decisions upon which depends the protection of 300 million countrymen.

    The second exception to the no-torture rule is the extraction of information from a high-value enemy in possession of high-value information likely to save lives. This case lacks the black-and-white clarity of the ticking time bomb scenario. We know less about the length of the fuse or the nature of the next attack. But we do know the danger is great. We know we must act but have no idea where or how — and we can’t know that until we have information. Catch-22.

    Under those circumstances, you do what you have to do. And that includes waterboarding.

    Did it work? The current evidence is fairly compelling. George Tenet said that the “enhanced interrogation” program alone yielded more information than everything gotten from “the FBI, the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency put together.”

    Michael Hayden, CIA director after waterboarding had been discontinued, writes (with former Attorney General Michael Mukasey) that “as late as 2006 … fully half of the government’s knowledge about the structure and activities of al-Qaeda came from those interrogations.” Even Dennis Blair, Obama’s director of national intelligence, concurs that these interrogations yielded “high value information.” So much for the lazy, mindless assertion that torture never works.

    Asserts Blair’s predecessor, Mike McConnell, “We have people walking around in this country that are alive today because this process happened.” Of course, the morality of torture hinges on whether at the time the information was important enough, the danger great enough and our blindness about the enemy’s plans severe enough to justify an exception to the moral injunction against torture.

    Judging by Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress who were informed at the time, the answer seems to be yes. In December 2007, after a Washington Post report that she had knowledge of these procedures and did not object, she admitted that she’d been “briefed on interrogation techniques the administration was considering using in the future.”

    Today Pelosi protests “we were not — I repeat — were not told that waterboarding or any other of these other enhanced interrogation methods were used.” She imagines that this distinction between past and present, Clintonian in its parsing, is exonerating.

    On the contrary. It is self-indicting. If you are told about torture that has already occurred, you might justify silence on the grounds that what’s done is done and you are simply being used in a post-facto exercise to cover the CIA’s rear end. The time to protest torture, if you really are as outraged as you now pretend to be, is when the CIA tells you what it is planning to do “in the future.”

    But Pelosi did nothing. No protest. No move to cut off funding. No letter to the president or the CIA chief or anyone else saying “Don’t do it.”

    On the contrary, notes Porter Goss, then chairman of the House intelligence committee: The members briefed on these techniques did not just refrain from objecting, “on a bipartisan basis, we asked if the CIA needed more support from Congress to carry out its mission against al-Qaeda.”

    More support, mind you. Which makes the current spectacle of self-righteous condemnation not just cowardly but hollow. It is one thing to have disagreed at the time and said so. It is utterly contemptible, however, to have been silent then and to rise now “on a bright, sunny, safe day in April 2009” (the words are Blair’s) to excoriate those who kept us safe these harrowing last eight years.

  97. About de-progamming the white guilt Obama cultists … the one I know well isn’t ready for that. He’s still nurturing and protecting the dream he got sold on.

  98. Turndown: did you see Jack as a young man on I’ve Got A Secret with Steve Allen, and Bess Myerson, and Bess Myserson and Bess Myerson . . . excuse me she was always a distracting thought.

    Back then Jack had done a lifetimes worth of accomplishments and all before he was twenty. Yeah, I dont really care what the left says about him–he looks to me like the real thing–CIA.

    Michelle is a distracting thought too but not in the same way as Bess. Michelles declasse sense of fashion distracts me, her angry I hate whitey but I gotta be nice distracts me, and her cheap shots at Hillary all distact me not just a little– but alot.

    One day I fully expect to see Michelle standing alone center stage with a tiara, a magic wand and a Cinderella dress chortling if they could see me now that little gang of mine to an empty theatre . . .

    Except for Oprah who takes up a full row (but promises to go back on a diet next week), Chris Matthews who is wondering about a menage a toi and Olberstrumfuerer who is standing out front serving as carnival barker. Sorry, my magic thinking is getting the better of me.

  99. Black candidate,white president and the results are what should be called “The Bait and Switch CIC”.The race card has served him well and his supporters are now secretly experiencing buyers remorse big time and afraid to say it out loud.When we invaded Omaha Beach the airforce dropped fake models of our paratroops at night near SteMereglise and threw the germans into all kind of reactions and wasted much fire power.It also gave away their locations to real airborn troops. These puppets were made of rubber and the germans called them “Gummie Puppen”.Folks I know there is one in the oval office now but there are many that hate to admit the fraud that they have swallowed “Hook Line and Sinker.”Got buyers remorse? Take heart.Relief is just a swallow away as the seltzer ad tells you.IMPEACH and we can still have Hillary in 2012.

    By ABM90 Thanks Hillary The world needs you now.

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