The Republican Secret Weapon – Hillary Clinton

Republicans have a powerful weapon and don’t even know it. It’s Hillary Clinton. Let’s go to yesterday morning on Fox News.

Fox News broadcast a segment regarding the latest developments about Miss California (Carrie Prejean). Apparently Miss California might lose her crown over some not very revealing pictures of herself in underwear. The question at issue was whether the pictures are an excuse to get rid of Miss California, in retaliation for her anti-gay marriage views.

Here is how Andrea Tantaros, a conservative we would never have listened at all to before 2008, and almost 100% disagree with now, discussed the issue (VIDEO HERE):

“It’s about having a dissenting opinion from the progressive left. And we knew right away when she gave that answer that she would be attacked. It happens all the time. They’re not interested in any kind of debate they’re only interested in suppressing debate and if you disagree with them, and then — until the legislate. And — force their beliefs on you to the barrel of a bayonet. They”ll destroy your entire career. We saw it with Sarah Palin, anybody with traditional values. We see it with Bill O’Reilly. We see it with Sean Hannity. Even Hillary Clinton when she was not the annointed – Barack Obama, during the campaign – they went after her too.”

For the record, while we disagree with Miss California, we defend her right to express her views. It is shameful that gay-rights organizations have not come to her defense on the right to honestly answer the gay marriage question she was asked as part of the pageant proceedings. Also for the record we are not fans of Sean Hannity or Bill O’Reilly although we do adamantly believe they were fairer to Hillary during the primaries than were so-called liberals and progressives. Fox News was much more fair and balanced during the primaries than the other Big Media outlets.

What we found interesting was how Andrea Tantaros bolstered her argument when she invoked the name of Hillary Clinton as one who had been targeted by the same forces of ignorance and bullying. Those ignorant bullies parade about as forces of knowledge and understanding but we now know them for what they really are.

Republicans and Conservatives should take a clue from Ms Tantaros – utilize the history of the 2008 primaries and what was done to Hillary Clinton to expose the intolerant bullies who pose as progressives.

Sean Hannity in particular constantly attacks Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton in ugly, gratuitous ways. Hannity is living in the 1990s. Even the biggest Bill and Hillary haters, such as Richard Mellon Scaife, now recognize they were fools drunk with destructive Clinton hate. Hannity would make a stronger case against Barack Obama if he would invoke the nastiness of the Obama campaign against Hillary and stop the nastiness against Hillary himself.

Some Republicans will fan the flames of Hillary hatred. These are Republicans who are afraid of Sarah Palin and do not want to do anything that might help women, such as attack sexism and misogyny.

Other Republicans will finally realize that the stale Bill Clinton jokes on late night television will now be augmented by attacks on Republicans and fools like John “Are You My Daddy?” Edwards. But Barack Obama will be protected by his Big Media masters.

Obama recently made a fool of himself with a Cinco De Mayo joke. If George W. Bush or Hillary Clinton made fools of themselves the way Obama does with himself we would never hear the end of it. Even some comedians are noting how other comedians leap to Obama’s defense instead of making jokes out of his boobery.

What’s so unfunny?

That’s what some comics – citing the scarcity of satire directed at President Obama and his administration – want to know.

Claiming that his peers are “panicky” about “being called a racist,” stand-up legend Jackie Mason said too many once-fearless satirists are settling for “hero worship” of the new U.S. president.

Count Jackie Mason as a Bill and Hillary hater who now complains about a situation he himself helped set up.

Republicans and conservatives who want to defeat Obama need allies and evidence to make their case against Obama. They have a powerful weapon. She’s called Hillary Clinton.

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81 thoughts on “The Republican Secret Weapon – Hillary Clinton

  1. Actually the moderate wings of both parties have a powerful weapon IF THEY DECIDE to use it to form a NEW PARTY…this includes arlen spectre as well and I still think it is upto th elikes of Evan Bayh to storm ahead with this new party.

    And the moderates in the BO admin need to slam back at him and form the new party as well…the likes of Gates, Clinton, holbrook, Taucher etc etc….

  2. It is up to the middle of society to curb the insanity that the extremes have created, and the horrible situation they have placed the country in. Tolerance is a necesary attitude in a democratic society. It is not always the majority. In some instances a minority group has a position that needs to be protected also.

    Extremists have let their created hate of HRC and WJC drive rational from their agenda. There is no, what is best for the country here. That crap was used against WJC during his impeachment trials. The French are still laughing that we cared about who he was or was not sleeping with, and that he lied about it.

    The middle must restore some sanity to our Political process, or we are in for big trouble.

  3. Whiny, hypocrite Elizabeth Edwards appears on Oprah…could she not have gone somewhere else to moan about her “are you my Daddy” hypocrite hubbie edwards…

  4. No chance this will go anywhere with this sell out artist at the helm:
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    President Obama: Time To Bury Bush’s Leftover NAFTA Expansion Deals!

    Dear wbboei,

    Last week, thousands of you contacted your congressional representatives about the outrageous push by some in the Obama administration to revive Bush’s leftover trade deals. You told Congress that Bush’s Panama Free Trade Agreement (FTA) provides expansive new rights to crisis-causing, bailed-out corporations like American International Group and Citigroup, Inc. – while trashing President Obama’s campaign trade reform commitments. Because of your efforts, members of Congress are becoming increasingly vocal against attempts to revive Bush’s deal – and are highlighting Panama’s status as a tax-haven and the public’s opposition to any and all Bush FTAs.

    However, some officials in the U.S. Trade Representative’s office are still pushing the agreement. They want a vote on this retrograde NAFTA-style deal with one of the world’s major tax havens to be done by Memorial Day! So, it’s time we take this fight out of Washington and bury this Bush NAFTA expansion once and for all.

    Write a letter to the editor today alerting your neighbors to the unimaginable prospect of the Obama administration pushing a Bush NAFTA-style trade pact with one of the world’s major – and unrepentant – tax havens and the efforts of bailed-out banks like AIG and Citi to push forward this Bush NAFTA expansion. Then, tell a friend!

    Did you see President Obama launch his crackdown on tax havens and tax dodgers? Note to the administration: Panama is a tax dodger’s paradise! Many of the very financial institutions that are top-30 recipients of Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) bailout money have subsidiaries in Panama. Citigroup has a whopping 17 Panamanian subsidiaries, while AIG, Morgan Stanley and American Express each have one. Because Panama does not charge taxes on “offshore” subsidiaries, U.S. companies that set up subsidiaries there can avoid paying their fair share of taxes. And if the Panama FTA were to go into effect, TARP and other bailout fund recipients would not only be able to continue to avoid paying significant amounts of U.S. taxes – it would give these bad actors new powers to raid the Treasury and avoid tax reforms.

    Yup, the Panama FTA’s damaging provisions would grant these corporations expansive new rights to challenge U.S. government anti-tax haven initiatives – and the financial re-regulation that is so desperately needed – and claim U.S. taxpayer-funded damages as compensation in foreign tribunals!

    With public anger at these banks and insurance firms at an all-time high, the Panama FTA is the wrong handout for the wrong interests. However, if we do not make clear NOW the political liability of proceeding with this crazy idea of pushing Bush’s Panama NAFTA expansion, the least-favored U.S. corporations might get the Obama administration to implement Bush’s crazy agreement for them.

    Write a letter to the editor today explaining that you will not tolerate any more Bush NAFTA expansion deals and are incensed about the possibility of ANY agreement granting new powers and rights to financial corporations, many of which your tax dollars have already bailed out.

    Thank you for all you do,
    Bill Holland, Deputy Director
    Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch division

  5. Is it at all possible that the next U.S. federal election will be a nonstarter? Will apathy and disappointment in both parties result in the lowest voter turnout ever? Or will the bots fight dirty, tooth and nail, to keep their gumby man in office?

  6. Admin: the world of Obama is the world of En Folkefriende–Ibsens forgotten play with the English translation: “An Enemy of the People”. That is what we become if we question his superior judgment and do not fall on our knees and worship him–as big media does. In Obamaland, the truth is subordinated to the demand for unity. It is like Greshoms Law: the bad money drives out the good–and he is the only one left standing.

    The orchestrated attacks by Obama supporters were first directed against Hillary and Sara when they tried to bring truth and accountability to the corrupt system. Eventually, those kind of attacks will be launched against anyone and everyone who attacks them–sure as night follows day. What we see in Obama is the rise of the totalitarian mindset that brooks no dissent, and whose service is perfect freedom, etc. Anyone who goes along with it is a rube.
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    An Enemy of the People
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Dr. Thomas Stockmann is the popular citizen of a small coastal town in Norway. The town has recently invested a large amount of public and private money towards the development of baths, a project led by Dr. Stockmann and his brother, the Mayor. The town is expecting a surge in tourism and prosperity from the new baths, said to be of great medicinal value, and as such, the baths are the pride of the town. However, as the baths are starting to succeed, Dr. Stockmann discovers that waste products from the town’s tannery are contaminating the baths, causing serious illness among the tourists. He expects this important discovery to be his greatest achievement, and promptly sends a detailed report to the Mayor, which includes a proposed solution, which would come at a considerable cost to the town.

    But to his surprise, Stockmann finds it difficult to get through to the authorities. They seem unable to appreciate the seriousness of the issue and unwilling to publicly acknowledge and address the problem because it could mean financial ruin for the town. As the conflict ensues, the Mayor warns his brother that he should “acquiesce in subordinating himself to the community.” Stockmann refuses to accept this, and holds a town meeting at Captain Horster’s house in order to convince the people to close the baths.

    The townspeople – eagerly awaiting the prosperity that the baths will bring – refuse to accept Stockmann’s claims, as his friends and allies, who had explicitly given support for his campaign, turn against him en masse. He is taunted and denounced as a lunatic, an “Enemy of the People.” In a scathing rebuke of both the Victorian notion of community and the principles of democracy, Dr. Stockmann proclaims that in matters of right and wrong, the individual is superior to the multitude, which is easily led by self-advancing demagogues. Stockmann sums up Ibsen’s denunciation of the masses, with the memorable quote “…the strongest man in the world is the man who stands most alone.”

  7. JanH Says:

    May 7th, 2009 at 6:23 pm
    Is it at all possible that the next U.S. federal election will be a nonstarter? Will apathy and disappointment in both parties result in the lowest voter turnout ever? Or will the bots fight dirty, tooth and nail, to keep their gumby man in office?

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    Yes the bots will fight to keep TOTUS…..the rest of America will remain silent…..in the fear of beinf called racist!!!!

  8. Is it at all possible that the next U.S. federal election will be a nonstarter? Will apathy and disappointment in both parties result in the lowest voter turnout ever? Or will the bots fight dirty, tooth and nail, to keep their gumby man in office?
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    Jan–let me give you a Japanese Yes to your question. Yes, yes, and yes, PROVIDED we have significant job growth, a 1400 DOW, no hyperinflation, the Taliban throw up their hands and say no mas, osama converts to Christianity, Hamas admits they like Obama more than they hate the US and Israel, North Korea opens their doors to Disney, Meeshall renounces material gain and enters a convent, Biden sobers up, big media goes belly up, and all Halleys comment makes a surprise return to earth 66 years early. Then perhaps he will bet a second term.

  9. Acorn submitted 91,002 completed forms in Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, of which 23,186 turned out to be valid new voters who voted in November, according to data provided by Mr. Miller’s office.

    Mr. Miller investigated Acorn at the behest of the Clark County registrar of voters, Larry Lomax, who noted a high number of forms turned in featuring the names of famous football players and cartoon characters.

    “This is not a case of voter fraud, it’s a case of voter registration fraud,” Mr. Miller said. “I’m very confident that none of these fraudulent voter forms found their way into the voter registration rolls or to cast votes.”

    The indictment includes 13 counts each against Acorn and its former Las Vegas field director, Christopher Edwards, who is accused of creating an incentive program called “blackjack” because $5 was paid for signing more than 21 prospective voters.

    Also indicted was Acorn’s former deputy regional director, Amy Busefink, on 13 counts of principle to the crime of compensation for registration of voters. Each charge carries a potential one- to four-year prison term and a $5,000 fine.

    Acorn’s national spokesman, Scott Levenson, called the indictments “political grandstanding” by Mr. Miller and Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, both Democrats.

    Mr. Levenson said Acorn had fired both employees and has cooperated with investigators.

    “This is in complete violation of Acorn national policy, and to indict us is a clear case of blaming the victim,” Mr. Levenson said. “We had an errant employee who violated our policy and he was ordered to stop.”

    Neither the former employees nor Las Vegas Acorn officials could be reached for comment.

    In the final month of the campaign, supporters of Senator John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate, charged that Acorn was trying to fraudulently enroll Democratic voters likely to support Mr. McCain’s opponent, Senator Barack Obama.

    Yet on Monday, Nevada Republicans said they doubted Acorn’s activity had any impact on the outcome of the 2008 election in Nevada. Mr. Obama won the state by 12 percentage points.

    “It wasn’t that close,” the state Republican chairwoman, Sue Lowden, said.

    But Ms. Lowden added, “This is just the sort of thing that we need to be cracking down on now for a clean 2010 election.”
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    Those are only the 91,000 we know of. Instead of fighting, the repubs want to minimize it, couldn’t have won anyway. And of course, it was only a few bad eggs and they have been terminated.

    Status quo, we won’t fight you, you won’t fight us next time when we win…. that way they both win and we lose.

  10. The racist charge against political opponents lost its currency when he was elected. He will be judged on performance. Only nut cases like Garafulo will conflate the two and make idiots of themselves in the process. That is one thing we do not need to worry about. The concern is that people want to be entertained more than they want to learn and face the truth of their own situation. When he UE runs out and there are no jobs, you may rest assured they will put the heat on him big time.

  11. NY Fed Chair Friedman Resigns
    AP

    Getty Images WASHINGTON (May 7) — Stephen Friedman, chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York ‘s board of directors, has resigned effectively immediately.

    Friedman was the subject of a recent Wall Street Journal story that raised questions about his ties to Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
    Goldman Sachs late last year received quick Fed approval to become a bank holding company. During that time, Friedman sat on Goldman’s board and had a large holding in the company, a violation of Fed policy, the Journal reported.
    But the New York Fed’s executive vice president and general counsel Thomas Baxter says Friedman’s purchases of Goldman Sachs stock in December 2008 and January 2009 “did not violate any Federal Reserve statute, rule or policy.”

  12. From admin’s link above, to the Washington Times story about lefty comedians having a hard time mocking Obama, we get a couple of quotes, from Letterman and Stewar, with my $$$ comments:

    “Late Show” host David Letterman was scathing in his mockery of President George W. Bush. But on his show recently, he scolded those who would mock the new president’s reliance on the teleprompter for “political nitpicking,” saying Mr. Obama is “at least out there trying” to cope with “impossible” political challenges.

    $$$ Wow, Dave, that was reeeeeeallly funny!!! Whoooahh. I gotta sit down after that one. Can’t wait to see the rating spike up after everyone finds out that Dave isn’t doing “the funny thing” any more.

    “What really can you say wrong” about the determined new president, Mr. Letterman asked rhetorically while introducing a short film called “Teleprompter vs. No Teleprompter.” The segment contrasted a clip of a fluent passage of rhetoric from a formal Obama address to Congress with one of a tongue-tied Mr. Bush trying to extemporize in a televised informal question-and-answer format.

    $$$ The fluent Obama passage, was that highly edited to get rid of the ums and ers? Or the one time he didn’t flub up? Come on, Dave. If Bush was an idiot, and Obama not that smart, just state, and get back to making jokes about the currrent president.

    Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show,” another erstwhile scourge of presidential foibles during the Bush years, has morphed into a political loyalist, rising to the defense of Mr. Obama with angry rants against critics of the president such as CNBC’s Jim Cramer and Internet news aggregator (and Washington Times columnist) Andrew Breitbart.

    $$$ Jon, mocking out those who attack the president is as funny as laughing at the carpet. It doesn’t translate. Let’s try one: “Hey, did you hear about the CRAZZZY Republicans? They’re mocking out Obama for..get ths…. relying on a teleprompter!!!” Yeah, that has them rolling in the aisles.

  13. RGB: stewart, letterman etc. are just moral cowards. Their excuses are immaterial. It is rather obvious who and what they are. Both have yellow streaks down their backs.

  14. wbboei Says:

    May 7th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

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    LOL…perfect answer! I got off track for a minute…thanks for bringing me back!

  15. Why is it that we are supposed to think that these television “celebrities” are political Einsteins?

    They are comedians, plain and simple. Their interviewing skills are ridiculously bad.

  16. She makes an excellent point. Where is NOW? Where is the outrage? I also like her take on the gay rights organizations. This is total BS and this crap has got to stop.

  17. Former President Clinton receives Truman award

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h46drFcaT8p2NfaywjEx_apJS0lgD9813C6O0

  18. Obama to cut slain officers
    program almost in half
    Associated Press, by DEVLIN BARRETT

    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration wants to cut almost in half a benefits program for the families of slain police and safety officers. The president’s proposed budget calls for cutting the Public Safety Officers’ Death Benefits Program from $110 million to $60 million. Justice Department budget documents say the reduction is being made because “claims are anticipated to decrease”
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    One comment:
    Posted by: lylewright, 5/7/2009 5:48:46 PM (No. 5501721)

    Yet he kept in the Bllions for ACORN, cut millions for MURDERED POLICEMEN.

  19. My suggestion for cuts for Obama are as follows:
    1) date nights
    2) stupid flyovers
    3) flying in special pizzas
    4) Wednesday night cocktails
    5) $100. a pound beef
    6) Argula
    7) What ever else the idiot does to throw away our tax money

  20. confloyd Says:

    May 8th, 2009 at 12:16 am
    My suggestion for cuts for Obama are as follows:

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    don’t forget the grey poupon (mustard)…for his ‘Hell burger’ : )

  21. S, yeah, I almost forgot. Did they actually get any pics of him actually eating this burger or was it just a photo op? He doesn’t seem the type to eat a regular burger like regular folks eat!

  22. wbboei, I notice that Cafferty is weighing in on the legalization of Maryjane. He seems to think its the answer to our prayers.
    Well, I am ready to add it to my list at the bar, although I just as soon make them smoke outside. Its smells nasty.
    Gee, I wonder what the license fee for it well be?? LOL!!!

  23. Confloyd: the real answer to our prayers would be a world without Cafferty and a few other really choice media whores. If Dr. Kevorkian was still open for business, I would refer Cafferty to him for thereapy–ours not his.

  24. A friend of a friend of mine who falls in love too easily with left wing politicians like Barack has come to the painful realization that Barack is just another agent of the corporate state. If that was all there was to him, there would be far less to fear. But at least it represents a critical step away from fantasy, toward light, and the road to full recovery begins with a single step such as this.

    That will be the fate of most bots over time. Why? Because as Andy Bacevich puts it in his book The Limits of Power: to believe that installing a particular individual in the White House who will resolve the great problems facing our nation is to succumb to the grandest delusion of them all. The 4 year cyle of electing (or re-electing) a president is NOT an exercise in promoting change, regardless of what the candidate may claim and the electorate may believe. The real aim is to ensure continuity and to keep intact those institutions and arrangements that define present day Washington. (snip)

    No doubt the race for the presidency matters. It just does not matter as much as the medias obsessive coverage suggests. Regardless of who moves into the White House, a yawning disparity between what Americans expect from government and what they are willing to pay for will remain stubbornly in place. (snip)

    Rather than seeing the imperial presidency as part of the problem, many people persist in the fantasy that a chief executive, given a clear mandate, will change the way Washington works and restore the nation to good health. Yet to judge by the performance of all presidents over the past half century including Kennedy and Reagan, a citizen who looks to the White House for deliverance is destined for disappointment.

    Politics required artful dissembling. Those who aspire to the presidency offer large promises, while delicately avoiding complications that might call into question their ability to deliver. The Big Lies are not the pledges of tax cuts, universal health care, family values restored or peace through American leadership. The Big Lies are the truths that remain unspoken: that freedom has an underside; that nations must live within their means; that regardless of solemn pronouncements, history’s purpose remains unscrutable. And above all there is this: power is infinite. Politicians pass over such as these in silence.

    At four year intervals, it becomes morning in America. The slate is wiped clean. The newly innagurated President takes office bouyed by expectations that history will soon be restored to its proper trajectory and the nation will be back on track. . .

    The trustful accepatance of a false solution for our perplexing problems Niebuhr wrote a half century ago adds a touch of pathos to the tragedy of our age. . . Americans are increasingly inclined to write off the future. So they carry on regardless of the consequences to themselves, their children and grandchildren. Thus does the tragedy of our age move inexorably toward its conclusion. Social orders will ultimately destroy themselves in an effort to prove they are indestructible. Willful self destruction.

  25. Calls for legalization (or at least decriminalization) of mj seem to be turning up from a lot of unexpected sources. A conspiracy for common sense?

  26. as Andy Bacevich puts it in his book The Limits of Power: to believe that installing a particular individual in the White House who will resolve the great problems facing our nation is to succumb to the grandest delusion of them all.

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    Counter-example: the Clinton 90s.

    Even with 6 years of GOP congress and an Impeachment, they did solve most of our problems.

  27. Counter-example: the Clinton 90s.

    Even with 6 years of GOP congress and an Impeachment, they did solve most of our problems.
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    You are correct: we had peace, prosperity and budget surpluses in the 90s. That is highly unlikely with King Obama.

  28. Hillary Clinton the top First Lady in History.

    A GREAT read, linked from hillbuzz.

    Put a smile on my face this morning.

    dougwead dot wordpress dot com/2009/05/07/hillary-clinton-ranks-as-greatest-first-lady/

  29. MP….
    I agree. We need a centrist party.
    My fear is we will boomerang back to the far right after the Obammanation.

    I want to have a viable choice.

  30. CHICAGO THUG-IN-CHIEF: AN OFFER YOU CAN’T REFUSE

    economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=13610871

    Barack Obama and the carmakers; An offer you can’t refuse
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    (In its rush to save Detroit, the American government is trashing creditors’ rights)

    May 7th 2009
    From The Economist print edition

    NO ONE who lent money to General Motors (GM) or Chrysler can have been unaware of their dire finances. Nor can workers have failed to notice their employers’ precarious futures. These were firms that barely stayed afloat in the boom and both creditors and employees were taking a punt on their promise to pay debts and generous health-care benefits.

    The bet has failed. The recession has tipped both firms into the abyss—together they lost $48 billion last year. Chrysler has entered bankruptcy, from which it may emerge under Fiat’s control (see article). GM could soon follow if efforts to hammer out a voluntary restructuring fail. America’s government, keen to protect workers, is providing taxpayers’ cash to keep the lights on at both firms. But in its haste it has vilified creditors and ridden roughshod over their legitimate claims over the carmakers’ assets. At a time when many businesses must raise new borrowing to survive, that is a big mistake.

    Bankruptcies involve dividing a shrunken pie. But not all claims are equal: some lenders provide cheaper funds to firms in return for a more secure claim over the assets should things go wrong. They rank above other stakeholders, including shareholders and employees. This principle is now being trashed. On April 30th, after the failure of negotiations, Chrysler entered Chapter 11. Under the proposed scheme, secured creditors owed some $7 billion will recover 28 cents per dollar. Yet an employee health-care trust, operated at arm’s length by the United Auto Workers union, which ranks lower down the capital structure, will receive 43 cents on its $11 billion-odd of claims, as well as a majority stake in the restructured firm.

    The many creditors who have acquiesced include banks that themselves rely on the government’s purse. The objectors have been denounced as “speculators” by Barack Obama. The judge overseeing the case has consented to a quick, “prepackaged” bankruptcy, which seems to give little scope for creditors to argue their case or pursue the alternative of liquidating the company’s assets. In effect Chrysler and the government have overridden the legal pecking order to put workers’ health-care benefits above more senior creditors’ claims, and then successfully argued in court that the alternative would be so much worse for creditors that it cannot be seriously considered.

    The Treasury has also put a gun to the heads of GM’s lenders. Unsecured creditors owed about $27 billion are being asked to accept a recovery rate of 5 cents, says Barclays Capital, whereas the health-care trust, which ranks equal to them, gets 50 cents as well as a big stake in the restructured firm. If creditors refuse to co-operate, the government will probably seek to squash them using the same fast-track legal process.

    Chapter and verse
    The collapse of Detroit’s giants is a tragedy, affecting tens of thousands of current and former workers. But the best way to offer them support is directly, not by gerrymandering the rules. The investors in these firms are easily portrayed as vultures, but many are entrusted with the savings of ordinary people, and in any case all have a legal claim that entitles them to due process. In a crisis it is easy to put politics first, but if lenders fear their rights will be abused, other firms will find it more expensive to borrow, especially if they have unionised workforces that are seen to be friendly with the government.

    It may be too late for Chrysler’s secured creditors and if GM’s lenders cannot reach a voluntary agreement, they may face a similar fate. That would establish a terrible precedent. Bankruptcy exists to sort legal claims on assets. If it becomes a tool of social policy, who will then lend to struggling firms in which the government has a political interest?

  31. Hamburger and Fries, probably still smoking, high stress, all sounds very unhealthy. I wonder if they have ever scanned his heart. Not that I want anything to happen to him, or we would be stuck with Biden. Has anyone done his first hundred days? Well I guess that would consist of vocal slips he has made in the first 100 days.

    Good Morning who ever is here.

  32. TGIK: THANK GOD IT’S KRUGDAY: “MUDDLING THROUGH”

    More nuts and bolts about the bank situation, further proof that Mr. Half Measure’s attempts are not going to bring REAL “change we can believe in”.

    Take home quote: “What we’re really seeing here is a decision on the part of President Obama and his officials to muddle through the financial crisis, hoping that the banks can earn their way back to health. ”

    nytimes.com/2009/05/08/opinion/08krugman.html?_r=1

    Stressing the Positive
    ===============

    By PAUL KRUGMAN
    Published: May 7, 2009

    Hooray! The banking crisis is over! Let’s party! O.K., maybe not.

    In the end, the actual release of the much-hyped bank stress tests on Thursday came as an anticlimax. Everyone knew more or less what the results would say: some big players need to raise more capital, but over all, the kids, I mean the banks, are all right. Even before the results were announced, Tim Geithner, the Treasury secretary, told us they would be “reassuring.”

    But whether you actually should feel reassured depends on who you are: a banker, or someone trying to make a living in another profession.

    I won’t weigh in on the debate over the quality of the stress tests themselves, except to repeat what many observers have noted: the regulators didn’t have the resources to make a really careful assessment of the banks’ assets, and in any case they allowed the banks to bargain over what the results would say. A rigorous audit it wasn’t.

    But focusing on the process can distract from the larger picture. What we’re really seeing here is a decision on the part of President Obama and his officials to muddle through the financial crisis, hoping that the banks can earn their way back to health.

    It’s a strategy that might work. After all, right now the banks are lending at high interest rates, while paying virtually no interest on their (government-insured) deposits. Given enough time, the banks could be flush again.

    But it’s important to see the strategy for what it is and to understand the risks.

    Remember, it was the markets, not the government, that in effect declared the banks undercapitalized. And while market indicators of distrust in banks, like the interest rates on bank bonds and the prices of bank credit-default swaps, have fallen somewhat in recent weeks, they’re still at levels that would have been considered inconceivable before the crisis.

    As a result, the odds are that the financial system won’t function normally until the crucial players get much stronger financially than they are now. Yet the Obama administration has decided not to do anything dramatic to recapitalize the banks.

    Can the economy recover even with weak banks? Maybe. Banks won’t be expanding credit any time soon, but government-backed lenders have stepped in to fill the gap. The Federal Reserve has expanded its credit by $1.2 trillion over the past year; Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have become the principal sources of mortgage finance. So maybe we can let the economy fix the banks instead of the other way around.

    But there are many things that could go wrong.

    It’s not at all clear that credit from the Fed, Fannie and Freddie can fully substitute for a healthy banking system. If it can’t, the muddle-through strategy will turn out to be a recipe for a prolonged, Japanese-style era of high unemployment and weak growth.

    Actually, a multiyear period of economic weakness looks likely in any case. The economy may no longer be plunging, but it’s very hard to see where a real recovery will come from. And if the economy does stay depressed for a long time, banks will be in much bigger trouble than the stress tests — which looked only two years ahead — are able to capture.

    Finally, given the possibility of bigger losses in the future, the government’s evident unwillingness either to own banks or let them fail creates a heads-they-win-tails-we-lose situation. If all goes well, the bankers will win big. If the current strategy fails, taxpayers will be forced to pay for another bailout.

    But what worries me most about the way policy is going isn’t any of these things. It’s my sense that the prospects for fundamental financial reform are fading.

    Does anyone remember the case of H. Rodgin Cohen, a prominent New York lawyer whom The Times has described as a “Wall Street éminence grise”? He briefly made the news in March when he reportedly withdrew his name after being considered a top pick for deputy Treasury secretary.

    Well, earlier this week, Mr. Cohen told an audience that the future of Wall Street won’t be very different from its recent past, declaring, “I am far from convinced there was something inherently wrong with the system.” Hey, that little thing about causing the worst global slump since the Great Depression? Never mind.

    Those are frightening words. They suggest that while the Federal Reserve and the Obama administration continue to insist that they’re committed to tighter financial regulation and greater oversight, Wall Street insiders are taking the mildness of bank policy so far as a sign that they’ll soon be able to go back to playing the same games as before.

    So as I said, while bankers may find the results of the stress tests “reassuring,” the rest of us should be very, very afraid.

  33. It has exploded a bit more 896 cases 2 deaths and 41 states.

    U.S. Human Cases of H1N1 Flu Infection
    (As of May 7, 2009, 11:00 AM ET) States Laboratory
    confirmed
    cases Deaths
    Alabama 4
    Arizona 48
    California 106
    Colorado 17
    Connecticut 4
    Delaware 38
    Florida 5
    Georgia 3
    Hawaii 3
    Idaho 1
    Illinois 204
    Indiana 15
    Iowa 5
    Kansas 7
    Kentucky* 2
    Louisiana 7
    Maine 4
    Maryland 4
    Massachusetts 71
    Michigan 9
    Minnesota 1
    Missouri 4
    Nebraska 4
    Nevada 5
    New Hampshire 2
    New Jersey 7
    New Mexico 8
    New York 98
    North Carolina 7
    Ohio 5
    Oklahoma 1
    Oregon 15
    Pennsylvania 2
    Rhode Island 2
    South Carolina 17
    Tennessee 2
    Texas 91 2
    Utah 8
    Virginia 11
    Washington 23
    Wisconsin 26
    TOTAL (41) 896 cases 2 deaths
    International Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection
    See: World Health Organization

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

    NOTE: Because of daily reporting deadlines, the state totals reported by CDC may not always be consistent with those reported by state health departments. If there is a discrepancy between these two counts, data from the state health departments should be used as the most accurate number.

  34. USING GOV’T MONEY TO HELP FAVORED CONSTITUENCIES

    Rewarding his political friends in exchange for future support is one of the few things Obama actually has a lot of experience in.

    meganmcardle.theatlantic.com/archives/2009/05/the_price_of_the_kings_shillin.php

    The Price of the King’s Shilling
    =====================

    06 May 2009 02:24 pm
    Megan McArdle

    Apparently, the $34 billion figure is good news because BAC has all those preferreds at Treasury that can be converted to common stock, leaving Treasury with $34 billion of common and $11 billion of preferreds. But Joe Weisenthal asks a good question:

    If this is how the conversion goes, and the bank does pay off the remaining $11 billion over the next year or so, are they considered to have repayed TARP? How does a bank that’s taken the conversion ever actually repay the TARP?

    This is troubling, because it’s now clear that the worry many of us had at the time of the bank bailouts has come true: the government is using its intervention in the banking system to pressure banks to give special deals to the government’s special friends.

    (The government is apparently still taking the line that they are only intervening because the automakers are splendid, robust companies that got caught in a “perfect storm”. If so, Chrysler must be stuck in the Bermuda Triangle, because owners have been playing “hot potato” with its dying brands for most of the last decade.)

    Countries that use their banking systems this way don’t get good results. If you’re a fairly uncorrupt developed country, you get slower growth and bloated “critical” sectors that are usually more critical in providing campaign support, lavishly remunerated make-work jobs, and photo ops, than any products the public actually wants. Then, if something like Japan happens, you have a twenty-year “lost decade” while everyone pretends as hard as hard can be that everything is all right, in the sincere but misguided believe that wishing hard enough will make it so.

    If you are a badly managed country, you end up like much of Latin America or Africa, with a dysfunctional economy that booms only along with the price of some commodity you happen to produce.

    We are hardly Zimbabwe, or even Venezuela. But if we keep using TARP to create a sort of “Most Favored Borrower” status, we’ll erode the safeguards that keep election to office in America from being the kind of giant spoils system that’s common in much of the world. What the bankruptcy judge did was entirely right and proper–it’s his job to allocate losses among creditors. And it’s always true that some of the credtiors won’t like the deal they get. On the other hand, what the administration did really wasn’t. It got its pet majority stakeholders to screw both their own shareholders, and the other creditors, in order to give a powerful union a sweetheart deal.

    When the government gives money to favored constituencies–well, I don’t like it, but as PJ O’Rourke says, that’s basically what our government does. “It ought to be right there in the constitution: ‘We the People, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and give money to jerks . . . ‘ ” But when it starts stepping in and trying to bypass the bankruptcy rules in order to make someone else give money to jerks, that’s different in magnitude, and in kind.

    What particularly worries me is that it seems so unnecessary. I heard repeatedly from progressives, in the run-up to the bankruptcy case, that the holdouts were unreasonably holding out for a trivial improvement–about 500 million dollars. But if it was so trivial, why didn’t the government just put the extra money in, rather than jeopardizing confidence in the bankruptcy system–and the creditworthiness of a large swathe of unionized firms? $500 million is about the price of one cup of coffee per American, a trivial sum relative to the overall budget. This move has shown potential partners that government funds are dangerous, and potential lenders that union firms are risky bets; both have probably cost American citizens more than they saved. So why did the government risk so much for so little gain?

    You know the answer, don’t you? Because they’re planning to do it again.

  35. 9/11 FAMILIES FEEL “USED” BY PHOTO-OP

    Another one under the bus…Some of the highly quotables include:

    * “Believe . . . feel . . . hope. We’d been had.”

    * “The Obama administration is considering releasing the Uighurs on U.S. soil, and it has suggested that taxpayers may have to provide them with welfare support.”

    * “Given all the developments since our meeting with the president, it is now evident that his words to us bore no relation to his intended actions on national security policy and detainee issues. But the narrative about Mr. Obama’s successful meeting with 9/11 and Cole families has been written, and the press has moved on.”

    * “The Obama team has established a pattern that should be plain for all to see. When controversy erupts or legitimate policy differences are presented by well-meaning people, send out the celebrity president to flatter and charm.”

    online.wsj.com/article/SB124174154190098941.html

    Obama and the 9/11 Families;
    The president isn’t sincere about ‘swift and certain’ justice for terrorists
    ==================================================

    By DEBRA BURLINGAME

    In February I was among a group of USS Cole and 9/11 victims’ families who met with the president at the White House to discuss his policies regarding Guantanamo detainees. Although many of us strongly opposed Barack Obama’s decision to close the detention center and suspend all military commissions, the families of the 17 sailors killed in the 2000 attack in Yemen were particularly outraged.

    Over the years, the Cole families have seen justice abandoned by the Clinton administration and overshadowed by the need of the Bush administration to gather intelligence after 9/11. They have watched in frustration as the president of Yemen refused extradition for the Cole bombers.

    Now, after more than eight years of waiting, Mr. Obama was stopping the trial of Abu Rahim al-Nashiri, the only individual to be held accountable for the bombing in a U.S. court. Patience finally gave out. The families were giving angry interviews, slamming the new president just days after he was sworn in.

    The Obama team quickly put together a meeting at the White House to get the situation under control. Individuals representing “a diversity of views” were invited to attend and express their concerns.

    On Feb. 6, the president arrived in the Roosevelt Room to a standing though subdued ovation from some 40 family members. With a White House photographer in his wake, Mr. Obama greeted family members one at a time and offered brief remarks that were full of platitudes (“you are the conscience of the country,” “my highest duty as president is to protect the American people,” “we will seek swift and certain justice”). Glossing over the legal complexities, he gave a vague summary of the detainee cases and why he chose to suspend them, focusing mostly on the need for speed and finality.

    Many family members pressed for Guantanamo to remain open and for the military commissions to go forward. Mr. Obama allowed that the detention center had been unfairly confused with Abu Ghraib, but when asked why he wouldn’t rehabilitate its image rather than shut it down, he silently shrugged. Next question.

    Mr. Obama was urged to consult with prosecutors who have actually tried terrorism cases and warned that bringing unlawful combatants into the federal courts would mean giving our enemies classified intelligence — as occurred in the cases of the al Qaeda cell that carried out the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and conspired to bomb New York City landmarks with ringleader Omar Abdel Rahman, the “Blind Sheikh.” In the Rahman case, a list of 200 unindicted co-conspirators given to the defense — they were entitled to information material to their defense — was in Osama bin Laden’s hands within hours. It told al Qaeda who among them was known to us, and who wasn’t.

    Mr. Obama responded flatly, “I’m the one who sees that intelligence. I don’t want them to have it, either. We don’t have to give it to them.”

    How could anyone be unhappy with such an answer? Or so churlish as to ask follow-up questions in such a forum? I and others were reassured, if cautiously so.

    News reports described the meeting as a touching and powerful coming together of the president and these long-suffering families. Mr. Obama had won over even those who opposed his decision to close Gitmo by assuaging their fears that the review of some 245 current detainees would result in dangerous jihadists being set free. “I did not vote for the man, but the way he talks to you, you can’t help but believe in him,” said John Clodfelter to the New York Times. His son, Kenneth, was killed in the Cole bombing. “[Mr. Obama] left me with a very positive feeling that he’s going to get this done right.”

    “This isn’t goodbye,” said the president, signing autographs and posing for pictures before leaving for his next appointment, “this is hello.” His national security staff would have an open-door policy.

    Believe . . . feel . . . hope.

    We’d been had.

    Binyam Mohamed — the al Qaeda operative selected by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) for a catastrophic post-9/11 attack with co-conspirator Jose Padilla — was released 17 days later. In a follow-up conference call, the White House liaison to 9/11 and Cole families refused to answer questions about the circumstances surrounding the decision to repatriate Mohamed, including whether he would be freed in Great Britain.

    The phrase “swift and certain justice” had been used by top presidential adviser David Axelrod in an interview prior to our meeting with the president. “Swift and certain justice” figured prominently in the White House press release issued before we had time to surrender our White House security passes. “At best, he manipulated the families,” Kirk Lippold, commanding officer of the USS Cole at the time of the attack and the leader of the Cole families group, told me recently. “At worst, he misrepresented his true intentions.”

    Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder told German reporters that 30 detainees had been cleared for release. This includes 17 Chinese fundamentalist Muslims, the Uighurs, some of whom admit to having been trained in al Qaeda and Taliban camps and being associated with the East Turkistan Islamic Party. This party is led by Abdul Haq, who threatened attacks on the 2008 Olympics Games in Beijing and was recently added to the Treasury Department’s terrorist list. The Obama administration is considering releasing the Uighurs on U.S. soil, and it has suggested that taxpayers may have to provide them with welfare support. In a Senate hearing yesterday, Mr. Holder sidestepped lawmakers’ questions about releasing detainees into the U.S. who have received terrorist training.

    What about the terrorists who may actually be tried? The Justice Department’s recent plea agreement with Ali Saleh al-Marri should be of grave concern to those who believe the Obama administration will vigorously prosecute terrorists in the federal court system.

    Al-Marri was sent to the U.S. on Sept. 10, 2001, by KSM to carry out cyanide bomb attacks. He pled guilty to one count of “material support,” a charge reserved for facilitators rather than hard-core terrorists. He faces up to a 15-year sentence, but will be allowed to argue that the sentence should be satisfied by the seven years he has been in custody. This is the kind of thin “rule of law” victory that will invigorate rather than deter our enemies.

    Given all the developments since our meeting with the president, it is now evident that his words to us bore no relation to his intended actions on national security policy and detainee issues. But the narrative about Mr. Obama’s successful meeting with 9/11 and Cole families has been written, and the press has moved on.

    The Obama team has established a pattern that should be plain for all to see. When controversy erupts or legitimate policy differences are presented by well-meaning people, send out the celebrity president to flatter and charm.

    Most recently, Mr. Obama appeared at the CIA after demoralizing the agency with the declassification and release of memos containing sensitive information on CIA interrogations. He appealed to moral vanity by saying that fighting a war against fanatic barbarians “with one hand tied behind your back” is being on “the better side of history,” even though innocent lives are put at risk. He promised the assembled staff and analysts that if they keep applying themselves, they won’t be personally marked for career-destroying sanctions or criminal prosecutions, even as disbelieving counterterrorism professionals — the field operatives and their foreign partners — shut down critical operations for fear of public disclosure and political retribution in the never-ending Beltway soap opera called Capitol Hill.

    It worked: On television, his speech looked like a campaign rally, with people jumping up and down, cheering. Meanwhile, the media have moved on, even as they continue to recklessly and irresponsibly use the word “torture” in their stories.

    I asked Cmdr. Kirk Lippold why some of the Cole families declined the invitation to meet with Barack Obama at the White House.

    “They saw it for what it was.”

    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
    Ms. Burlingame, a former attorney and a director of the National September 11 Memorial Foundation, is the sister of Charles F. “Chic” Burlingame III, the pilot of American Airlines flight 77, which was crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

  36. 1984: “UP” MEANS “DOWN”

    Great op-ed piece. Illuminating.

    realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/05/08/the_obama_lexicon_96403.html

    The Obama Lexicon
    ==============

    By David Harsanyi
    May 8, 2009

    Washington always has been a thermonuclear cliché generator. But the Obama administration, with all its super-smarts, has taken the exploitation of the euphemism to spectacular new heights.

    This week, we learned a bit more about what the terms “sacrifice” (do what we want, you filthy, unpatriotic swine), “era of responsibility” (double the “sacrifice,” half the prosperity) and “investments” (we squander money so you don’t have to) really mean.

    “Transparency” is when Barack Obama promises that the enterprising citizen will be able to track “every dime” of the $787 billion forever-government stimulus bill via a nifty Web site, called Recovery.gov (sic).

    Reality is when that much-heralded site won’t be complete until next spring, when half the stimulus money will have been wasted and… well, it probably won’t be especially helpful.

    Earl Devaney, the chairman of the “Recovery Act Transparency and Accountability Board” — who, to absolutely no one’s surprise, admitted this week that fraud is a distinct possibility — claims the site won’t be ready for five months because there isn’t enough data storage capacity to hold it all.

    “Stimulus”: too big for cyberspace.

    In the “new era of responsibility,” Obama vowed during his campaign that his administration scrupulously would pore over the federal budget “line by line” to extract savings, eradicate waste and find inefficiencies.

    After teeing up a record-breaking $3.4 trillion budget — on top of bailouts, deficits, stimulus packages and other goodies for special friends — we know that’s bunk.

    But watching Obama engage in his act of false heroics this week — claiming that “we” were going to make tough budget cuts by trimming programs no one in this galaxy cares about in an effort to slice a subatomic fraction from the budget that no one will notice — well, that was a special treat.

    When it comes to “investments,” the general idea is this: Every unproductive and superfluous job or project that an army of pencil pushers and special interest groups have conjured up needs someone to fund it. And because you won’t do it voluntarily, the administration will do it for you in the name of “community.”

    After all, what other than a top-down economic model could sustain a place called the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport, which is in Pennsylvania and services an average of 20 passengers a day?

    An Investor’s Business Daily analysis found that $154 million in stimulus funds were going to rural airports that hardly anyone uses — many already receiving subsidies and tax breaks.

    Why should taxpayers have an opportunity to buy things they value, go to airports they actually need, and grow the economy as they see fit when we have far smarter congressional Democrats and an extraordinary president to decide what is good for us ahead of time and invest “appropriately”?

    Which bring us to “sacrifice.” After investing billions of tax dollars in Chrysler — your average return on this venture will be zero — the failing company declared faux bankruptcy. The Obama administration then went ahead and made an offer to bondholders — 33 cents on the dollar — without allowing a judge to decide what the bonds were really worth.

    Well, some of these selfish companies who hold Chrysler’s debt (the ones who accepted TARP funding, a subsidiary of Obama Co., went along with the administration) want to head to court to determine the actual worth of the bonds in bankruptcy proceedings.

    Obama responded that these firms were “hoping that everyone else would make sacrifices and they would have to make none.”

    No sacrifices? Everybody else?

    So now those who take real risk, who invest real money, who refuse government welfare and create real jobs are selfish. They can be bullied by the president and have their legal contracts arbitrarily dismantled.

    Well, at least we’re getting a better sense of what Obama means when he speaks.

  37. nationaljournal.com/njonline/ps_20090506_1057.php

    It’s Alive!
    Obituaries For The Republican Party In The Northeast Appear To Have Been Premature
    =============================================================

    by John Mercurio
    Wednesday, May 6, 2009

    Voters can be sneaky people. While political insiders are busy embracing a story line in Washington and packaging it as fact, folks outside the Beltway often have a way of quietly proving us wrong.

    Take, for example, the Beltway proclamation that Arlen Specter’s decision to switch parties is the final nail in the coffin of Republicans throughout the Northeast. Almost as quickly as that claim gathered steam, a fresh round of polls showed solid signs of life for the GOP — in almost every Senate and gubernatorial race in that region.

    Democrats in 2010 could be victims of their own success in 2008.

    Let’s start with the Specter race in Pennsylvania, where, we were frequently reminded last week, Democrats dramatically expanded their voter files last year. That much is true — thanks to a contested presidential primary. But Republicans also have reason to be sanguine. A new Susquehanna Polling & Research poll shows that Republican Tom Ridge, the former governor and Homeland Security secretary under President Bush, narrowly leads Specter in a two-way race. Ridge, who’s seriously eyeing the race and will announce his plans later this month, may struggle to distance himself from Bush. But Specter, who proudly displayed Bush’s support in his 2004 re-election race and was a loyal foot soldier for much of Bush’s agenda, may not be the most effective messenger for those attacks.

    If Democrats are quietly concerned about Pennsylvania, they’re openly terrified about Connecticut, where President Obama took 61 percent last fall. Perhaps no Senate Democrat is more vulnerable in 2010 than the Nutmeg State’s Christopher Dodd, a 29-year incumbent who has never been re-elected with less than 59 percent. Through a series of missteps, Dodd now trails his likely GOP challenger, former Rep. Rob Simmons, by double digits, according to some recent polls. How vulnerable is Dodd? So much so that he’s frequently mentioned these days in the same breath as former Sens. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., and John Sununu, R-N.H., two Northeast Republicans who were trounced in re-election bids earlier this decade.

    But one of those Republicans may have reason to consider a comeback. In New Hampshire, a new Granite State Poll shows Sununu leading Rep. Paul Hodes, the likely Democratic nominee in the race to succeed retiring Sen. Judd Gregg (R). If he decided not to retire, the poll shows, Gregg could win that race in a cakewalk.

    Even in Massachusetts, one of the country’s most solidly blue states, Democrats are increasingly nervous about Gov. Deval Patrick (D), who recently drew a wealthy GOP challenger and has seen his approval ratings plummet since February.

    Patrick’s counterpart in New York, Gov. David Paterson (D), is widely dismissed these days as a dead man walking and, according to polls, would lose to either Republican eyeing the race, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani or former Rep. Rick Lazio. A survey this week showed that voters, so dissatisfied with Paterson, wish his disgraced predecessor, Eliot Spitzer, had never resigned. The silver lining for New York Democrats: Paterson will likely lose a Democratic primary to state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who then looks strong next fall against both Republicans. But Paterson’s legacy could linger until November, when his Senate appointee, Kirsten Gillibrand (D), could face a tough race.

    As Gillibrand’s case illustrates, Democrats in 2010 could be victims of their own success in 2008. While Gillibrand struggles to win a seat that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton likely would have retaken with ease in 2012, Democrats also could be fighting uphill battles to hold Senate seats vacated by Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. In Delaware, a new Susquehanna survey showed Beau Biden, the vice president’s son and likely Democratic Senate nominee in 2010, trailing Rep. Mike Castle (R) — by 21 points. Castle, a moderate, enjoys a 2-1 edge among independent voters. The fourth Senate vacancy caused by the election is in Colorado, where polls show appointed Sen. Michael Bennet (D) is also struggling.

    We might not have to wait until 2010 to see signs of a Republican revival in the Northeast. A Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey survey released last week shows Gov. Jon Corzine (D) continues to trail his Republican challenger, former U.S. attorney Chris Christie, in an election less than six months away. Corzine’s biggest problem: High unfavorable ratings, most notably among independent voters.

    There is, however, another piece of conventional wisdom that does ring true: The 2010 midterms, still roughly 540 days away, will be largely determined by Obama’s popularity next fall and the success or failure of his first two years in office. Polls conducted these days say little about the eventual winners of these races. But they clearly indicate one thing: Voters appear more than willing to give the GOP another chance.

    And that alone should be reason for Republicans to celebrate.

  38. RGB44hrc, the batch of stories you posted sum up neatly the current state of play regarding Obama.

    Here’s another:

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2009/05/07/work-life_balance_a_challenge.html

    First lady Michelle Obama called her “current life” in the White House “a very blessed situation, because I have what most families don’t have — tons of support all around, not just my mother, but staff and administration. I have a chief of staff and a personal assistant, and everyone needs that.”

    “Everyone should have a chief of staff and a set of personal assistants,”

  39. Admin: after reading Michells latest rendition of let them eat cake, and reflecting on how she dismissed Hillary as a mere secretary to barack and obviously her, it fully appears that she is as much of a gaff prone idiot as her husband. Moreover, she is tone deaf. Finally, there is a mean spirited racism smoldering below an artificial exterior meticulously constructed by dream factory merchants to hide what is really there.

  40. “The many creditors who have acquiesced include banks that themselves rely on the government’s purse.”

    ——————————–

    And that says it all! Obama and his Chicago thug mentality can hold anyone he wants hostage!

  41. “Everyone should have a chief of staff and a set of personal assistants,”

    ————————-

    Yeah sure! Take a reality check, Meeeeechellllllllllllllle! Maybe trying giving something back for a change instead of take…take…taking!

  42. The Hamas ‘Peace’ Gambit

    By Charles Krauthammer
    Friday, May 8, 2009

    “Apart from the time restriction (a truce that lapses after 10 years) and the refusal to accept Israel’s existence, Mr. Meshal’s terms approximate the Arab League peace plan . . .”

    — Hamas peace plan, as explained by the New York Times

    “Apart from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?”

    — Tom Lehrer, satirist

    ————————
    The Times conducted a five-hour interview with Hamas leader Khaled Meshal at his Damascus headquarters. Mirabile dictu, they’re offering a peace plan with a two-state solution. Except. The offer is not a peace but a truce that expires after 10 years. Meaning that after Israel has fatally weakened itself by settling millions of hostile Arab refugees in its midst, and after a decade of Hamas arming itself within a Palestinian state that narrows Israel to eight miles wide — Hamas restarts the war against a country it remains pledged to eradicate.

    There is a phrase for such a peace: the peace of the grave.

    Westerners may be stupid, but Hamas is not. It sees the new American administration making overtures to Iran and Syria. It sees Europe, led by Britain, beginning to accept Hezbollah. It sees itself as next in line. And it knows what to do. Yasser Arafat wrote the playbook.

    With the 1993 Oslo accords, he showed what can be achieved with a fake peace treaty with Israel — universal diplomatic recognition, billions of dollars of aid, and control of Gaza and the West Bank, which Arafat turned into an armed camp. In return for a signature, he created in the Palestinian territories the capacity to carry on the war against Israel that the Arab states had begun in 1948 but had given up after the bloody hell of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

    Meshal sees the opportunity. Not only is the Obama administration reaching out to its erstwhile enemies in the region, but it begins its term by wagging an angry finger at Israel over the Netanyahu government’s ostensible refusal to accept a two-state solution.

    Of all the phony fights to pick with Israel. No Israeli government would turn down a two-state solution in which the Palestinians accepted territorial compromise and genuine peace with a Jewish state. (And any government that did would be voted out in a day.) Netanyahu’s own defense minister, Ehud Barak, offered precisely such a deal in 2000. He even offered to divide Jerusalem and expel every Jew from every settlement remaining in the new Palestine.

    The Palestinian response (for those who have forgotten) was: No. And no counteroffer. Instead, nine weeks later, Arafat unleashed a savage terror war that killed 1,000 Israelis.

    Netanyahu is reluctant to agree to a Palestinian state before he knows what kind of state it will be. That elementary prudence should be shared by anyone who’s been sentient the last three years. The Palestinians already have a state, an independent territory with not an Israeli settler or soldier living on it. It’s called Gaza. And what is it? A terror base, Islamist in nature, Iranian-allied, militant and aggressive, that has fired more than 10,000 rockets and mortar rounds at Israeli civilians.

    If this is what a West Bank state is going to be, it would be madness for Israel or America or Jordan or Egypt or any other moderate Arab country to accept such a two-state solution. Which is why Netanyahu insists that the Palestinian Authority first build institutions — social, economic and military — to anchor a state that could actually carry out its responsibilities to keep the peace.

    Apart from being reasonable, Netanyahu’s two-state skepticism is beside the point. His predecessor, Ehud Olmert, worshiped at the shrine of a two-state solution. He made endless offers of a two-state peace to the Palestinian Authority — and got nowhere.

    Why? Because the Palestinians — going back to the U.N. partition resolution of 1947 — have never accepted the idea of living side by side with a Jewish state. Those like Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who might want to entertain such a solution, have no authority to do it. And those like Hamas’s Meshal, who have authority, have no intention of ever doing it.

    Meshal’s gambit to dress up perpetual war as a two-state peace is yet another iteration of the Palestinian rejectionist tragedy. In its previous incarnation, Arafat lulled Israel and the Clinton administration with talk of peace while he methodically prepared his people for war.

    Arafat waited seven years to tear up his phony peace. Meshal’s innovation? Ten — then blood.

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/07/AR2009050703054_2.html?sid=ST2009050703548

  43. I agree, MO is a hater and has had an incredible makeover by the White House PR/make up department. This is a lady who despises her country and in particular, white people who earned their success like Hillary. Her hatred slipped out quite a bit in the primary, but all was forgiven. I wonder how Rahm feels as her “Chief Of Staff”.

  44. regarding MO’s $540.00 Keds, chief of staff, personal assistant, mean-spirited undertones, etc.. another blogger commenter referred to her as ” Michelle Antoinette”. perfect.

  45. OBAMA LAYING PLANS FOR HIS OWN RE-ELECTION

    Obama lover Chris Cillizza lets us in on obama’s tactics.

    obama may not expend much effort on behalf of Dems in 2010, as a president would normally do for his own party, ya know, to help along their own plans. But personally, I think obama may not want to be saddled with an ironclad majority in both houses, because that would mean “owning it”: the economy, a listless recovery, what’s going on in Iraq and Pakghanistan, etc.

    But the one thing this guy is good at is self-promotion. He won’t want to look bad in 2012. He’ll buy whomever it takes with “manna money from heaven”. So wooing the Hispanics, the biggest minority group and growing yet, is high on his priority list.

    Now if they’d just wake up, notice that he used them in 2008, and continues to drive the bus over them, then maybe they won’t get suckered in again.

    “Hey, man, last time, your promised A, B, and C. But you gave us X, Y, and Z. You were supposed to be different than Bush, but you continued most of his policies”.

    washingtonpost.com/thefix/cheat-sheet/050809white-house-cheat-sheet.html?wprss=thefix

    White House Cheat Sheet: Obama’s Latino Courtship
    =====================================

    By Chris Cillizza

    Today’s Spanish-language town hall meeting hosted by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is the latest evidence of the White House’s active courtship of Latinos — the nation’s largest minority group and a (still) sleeping giant in electoral politics.

    The town hall, which will be anchored by Univision’s Edna Schmidt and will focus on the swine flu outbreak, is being billed by the White House as “an unprecedented effort to engage our nation’s largest minority group.”

    Luis Miranda, director of Hispanic media for the White House, said outreach to Latinos has been a “priority” for Obama.

    The town hall comes several weeks after Obama traveled to Trinidad & Tobago to attend the Summit of the Americas — a major geopolitical event in the Spanish speaking world — and staged the first bilingual press briefing in White House history. Obama has also granted one-on-one interviews to Univision anchors Maria Elena Salinas and Jorge Ramos in the days since being elected president.

    The biggest test of Obama’s commitment to the Latino community, however, may well come over the next few months as he chooses the next Supreme Court justice and decides how hard to push a comprehensive immigration reform proposal — both issues of critical importance to the Hispanic community.

    “So far so good, said Gil Meneses, a Democratic consultant, of the Obama administration’s effort at Latino outreach. “All eyes on immigration reform and of course, [Supreme Court] nominee. That will be a milestone for Latino community”

    Already a number of Latino legal groups have been making the case for Obama to make history by naming the first Hispanic American to the Supreme Court, filling an opening caused by Justice David Souter’s retirement from the bench.

    “I can think of no better moment for him to nominate the Supreme Court’s first Hispanic and someone who will uphold our Constitution’s promise of equal justice and freedom for all,” said Henry Solano, president and general counsel of the Mexican America Legal Defense & Education Fund (MALDEF).

    Several Hispanics appear to be under active consideration including 2nd District Court of Appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor who isregarded by many as the current frontrunner for the nomination.

    As for immigration reform, there are conflicting reports of how high a priority it is for the president.

    The New York Times reported in April that Obama was ready to put his political capital behind efforts to overhaul the immigration system but White House aides cautioned that nothing had changed from the president’s initial stance that immigration reform was one of a handful of priorities for the administration.

    Immigration reform is a dicey political issue as it is of tremendous importance to the Latino community but is viewed far more skeptically by non-Hispanic voters — particularly those living in Rust Belt states where the loss of blue-collar jobs is blamed — broadly — on America’s immigration policies. (The Post’s E.J. Dionne wrote a terrific column on the political perils of immigration reform earlier this week.)

    What is beyond dispute is that the Latino vote is a critical piece of both parties’ electoral math in future national elections.

    In 2004 then President George W. Bush stunned the political world by winning 44 percent of the Hispanic vote, repeating the successes he had demonstrated in courting this community as the governor of Texas.

    Four years later, however, President Obama crushed Sen. John McCain among Hispanics — 67 percent to 31 percent — despite the fact that Obama had struggled to win over Latino voters during his prolonged primary fight against then Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    Obama is working to consolidate his demonstrated strength in the Hispanic community in advance of his 2012 reelection race. But, how he handles his Supreme Court nominee and immigration reform will do much to inform how he — and Democrats more generally — are perceived in Latino circles in coming years.

  46. “The many creditors who have acquiesced include banks that themselves rely on the government’s purse.”

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    And that says it all! Obama and his Chicago thug mentality can hold anyone he wants hostage!

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    What will they say to their investors and shareholders when they have to defend this bad deal–and it does not work? Will they keep their mouths shut? Or will they say they were threatened? As his numbers fall, they will put the blame on mame–O=Zero, as the CIA boys say.

  47. Chris Cillizza is a total unthinking hopium addled bot. There is no depth or substance to the man. He is a geek.

  48. Chris Cillizza is a completely objective, impartial reporter…who just happens to have a shrine dedicated to Obama The One in his home.

  49. obama may not expend much effort on behalf of Dems in 2010, as a president would normally do for his own party, ya know, to help along their own plans. But personally, I think obama may not want to be saddled with an ironclad majority in both houses, because that would mean “owning it”: the economy, a listless recovery, what’s going on in Iraq and Pakghanistan, etc.
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    rgb: control of both houses plus the presidency is fine in halcion times. But in times like this, and given the liklihood of an L shaped recovery, it is a sell sign on 2012. It is hard for him to see it now, because he is surrounded by people who will not tell him the truth, and reality has finally set in. In some ways he is at a loss because he can no longer attack somebody elses record with the vague political attacks he is accustomed to but must defend his own record and the growing schism between what he promised and what he delivered with no republican fillabuster to use as a defense for non performance. With the defection of Spector which he celebrated at first, as leader of the party and president bambi unwittingly became the guarantor of every sweeping political promise he ever made, and will be responsible for the condition of the economy. And Republicans will be in a position to ask voters whether they are better off than they were four years ago.

  50. Chris Cillizza is a completely objective, impartial reporter…who just happens to have a shrine dedicated to Obama The One in his home.
    ————————————————————-
    Then I stand corrected. What he does in the privacy of his home is his own business. However, it is actionable if it spreads to the workplace and his columns. Do you think perhaps it has?

  51. Then I stand corrected. What he does in the privacy of his home is his own business. However, it is actionable if it spreads to the workplace and his columns. Do you think perhaps it has?
    &&&&&&&&&

    Ummm, perhaps just a tad…

  52. rgb: I find it rather strange that only 100 days after his historic intergalactic inauguration that Obama would be worrying about his re-election, as opposed the job of governing. It would appear that he is not terribly worried about little things like, oh hell, I don’t know, uh uh uh, like maybe the economy, half a million lost jobs per month, his out of control budget, his stewardship over Detroit, terrorism, Pak ee ston, and a few other things. Those are problems of the here and now. And his reelection prospects will depend on them. Thus, the only plausible assumption is that he knows how to campaign but has no clue how to govern. That will not change.

  53. This post from Foreign Policy Magazine highlight a few minor issues that Bambi might want to think about assuming that he is not too busy planning his 2012 election strategy–after 100 days in office:

    United States

    After concluding their “stress tests” of the health of the nations banks, U.S. regulators yesterday ordered 10 of them to raise $75 million in equity as a buffer in case of further economic downturn. In a worst case scenario, the Fed predicted that losses at the country’s 19 largest banks could reach $599 billion in 2010.

    The banks have until June 8 to present regulators with a plan for raising the capital. The stress test results may also force the government to take a larger stake in several regional banks.

    The test results was less dire than many analysts had feared, leading to some optimism that the worst is over for the U.S. banking sector. The stock market rose with the news.

    But while the tests may have stopped the bleeding, the rigor of the Fed’s confidence-boosting measure has been questioned and many continue to wonder what will happen if the Fed’s worst case scenario proves hopelessly optimistic.

    Asia

    Local residents say that 147 people were killed in U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan’s Farah Province earlier this week. The U.S. military has admitted it caused at least some of the deaths.
    Pakistan’s humanitarian crisis continues to worsen as nearly half a million people have fled the fighting in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.
    China’s vice premier said he saw the financial crisis spreading and the world economy worsening before it gets better.

    Europe

    Georgian government officials have agreed to meet opposition leaders after month-long demonstrations in Tblisi turned violent.
    A right-wing Croatian MP was sentenced to 10 years in prison for war crimes.
    The EU is holding a summit in Prague with Middle Eastern and Central Asian countries to restart work on the stalled Nabucco pipeline project.

    Middle East

    The Pope left for his first trip to the Middle East, with planned stops in Jordan, Israel and the West Bank.
    Israel’s government is debating withdrawal from a disputed village on the Lebanese border.
    The former head of Iran’s revolutionary guards has registered as a presidential candidate.

    Africa

    At least 12 were killed in fighting between Shabaab rebels and pro-government militias in Somalia.
    Sudan’s government says it will open the country up to more international aid groups.
    Preparations are under way in South Africa for Jacob Zuma’s inauguration tomorrow.

    Americas

    Over 50,000 people have been left homeless by flooding in Brazil.
    Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez announced plans to further nationalize the country’s oil industry.
    The handling of the flu crisis has emerged as an issue in Mexico’s election season.

  54. Let’s see, unemployment up to 8.9%, lost 500,000 jobs last month…just add that to the 1,800,000 jobs lost the pervious 3 months and the Dow is up 165 points because, drum role please, “we expected the numbers to be worse”

    WOW…REALLY?

  55. From Bitterpol

    CIA Says Pelosi Was Briefed on Use of ‘Enhanced Interrogations’
    May 8, 2009 ·
    By Paul Kane

    Intelligence officials released documents this evening saying that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was briefed in September 2002 about the use of harsh interrogation tactics against al-Qaeda prisoners, seemingly contradicting her repeated statements over the past 18 months that she was never told that these techniques were actually being used.

    In a 10-page memo outlining an almost seven-year history of classified briefings, intelligence officials said that Pelosi and then-Rep. Porter Goss (R-Fla.) were the first two members of Congress ever briefed on the interrogation tactics. Then the ranking member and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, respectively, Pelosi and Goss were briefed Sept. 4, 2002, one week before the first anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

    The memo, issued by the Director of National Intelligence and the Central Intelligence Agency to Capitol Hill, notes the Pelosi-Goss briefing covered “EITs including the use of EITs on Abu Zubaydah.” EIT is an acronym for enhanced interrogation technique. Zubaydah was one of the earliest valuable al-Qaeda members captured and the first to have the controversial tactic known as water boarding used against him.

    The issue of what Pelosi knew and when she knew it has become a matter of heated debate on Capitol Hill. Republicans have accused her of knowing for many years precisely the techniques CIA agents were using in interrogations, and only protesting the tactics when they became public and liberal antiwar activists protested.

    In a carefully worded statement, Pelosi’s office said today that she had never been briefed about the use of waterboarding, only that it had been approved by Bush administration lawyers as a legal technique to use in interrogations.

    “As this document shows, the Speaker was briefed only once, in September 2002. The briefers described these techniques, said they were legal, but said that waterboarding had not yet been used,” said Brendan Daly, Pelosi’s spokesman.

    Pelosi’s statement did not address whether she was informed that other harsh techniques were already in use during the Zubaydah interrogations.

    In December 2007 the Washington Post reported that leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees had been briefed in the fall of 2002 about waterboarding — which simulates drowning — and other techniques, and that no congressional leaders protested its use. At the time Pelosi said she was not told that waterboarding was being used, a position she stood by repeatedly last month when the Bush-era Justice Department legal documents justifying the interrogation tactics were released by Attorney General Eric Holder.

    The new memo shows that intelligence officials were willing to share the information about waterboarding with only a sharply closed group of people. Three years after the initial Pelosi-Goss briefing, Bush officials still limited interrogation technique briefings to just the chairman and ranking member of the House and Senate intelligence committees, the so-called Gang of Four in the intelligence world.

    In October 2005, CIA officials began briefing other congressional leaders with oversight of the intelligence community, including top appropriators who provided the agency its annual funding. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a prisoner-of-war in Vietnam and an opponent of torture techniques, was also read into the program at that time even though he did not hold a special committee position overseeing the intelligence community.

    A bipartisan collection of lawmakers have criticized the practice of limiting information to just the “Gang of Four”, who were expressly forbidden from talking about the information from other colleagues, including fellow members of the intelligence committees. Pelosi and others are considering reforms that would assure a more open process for all committee members.

  56. This is in relation to the Pelosi mess…from bitter

    Hoekstra considers hearings on Pelosi, interrogations

    thehill.com/leading-the-news/pelosi-under-renewed-fire-over-interrogations-2009-05-08.html

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is under renewed fire after the Obama administration released documents that critics say contradict her claim that she was never told that U.S. detainees were being waterboarded.

    Rep. Pete Hoekstra (Mich.), the top Republican on House Intelligence, in an interview Friday said the document proves that Pelosi knew waterboarding occurred but has denied is because of political pressure from the liberal base of her party.

    “Clearly her left wing is outraged that waterboarding was used,” Hoekstra said. “The bottom line is she and her key staff, they all knew about it.”

    Now that these documents have been released, Hoekstra is calling for additional CIA documents to be made public including some that he has read that provide a more complete account of what was discussed in lawmaker briefings.

    He is also considering calling for congressional hearings on what members knew and when they knew it.

    “I wouldn’t have a problem with the intelligence committee or the Judiciary Committee having hearings on this,” he said. “If [House Judiciary Chairman] John Conyers [D-Mich.] wants to have hearings, they shouldn’t call in the Department of Justice attorneys as their first witnesses. The first people that should be called in and held accountable ought to be Congress.”

    Hoekstra also indicated he is considering sending Conyers a letter requesting such hearings.

    “He now has a list of who should be the first witnesses,” Hoekstra said.

    Pelosi’s critics had already deemed her answers convoluted when she explained that she’d been briefed in 2002 that waterboarding had been approved but not that it would be used on terrorism suspects.

    But a 10-page summary of briefings of congressional officials prepared by the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) indicates Pelosi, then the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee was briefed with then-Chairman Porter Goss (R-Fla.) on Sept. 4, 2002. It says they were briefed on interrogation techniques used on a terrorism suspect who is now known to have been waterboarded.

    Still, it doesn’t conclusively answer the question of what Pelosi knew, and when she knew it. It says that they were briefed on the methods used to interrogate suspected al-Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah, but doesn’t specifically mention waterboarding.

    Pelosi (D-Calif.) did join in a protest filed after the first briefing that specifically mentioned waterboarding in 2003.

    Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly said Pelosi stands by her account of when she learned about waterboarding.

    “As this document shows, the Speaker was briefed only once, in September 2002. The briefers described these techniques, said they were legal, but said that waterboarding had not yet been used,” said Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly.

    The summary, titled “Member Briefings on Enhanced Interrogation Techniques,” says Pelosi and Goss, who later became CIA director, were briefed on so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques,” including their use on Zubaydah and a “description of particular EITs that had been employed.” They were also provided “background on authorities.”

    President Obama and other Democrats have deemed the interrogation techniques “torture.”

    Republicans claim that Pelosi has known for years that intelligence agents were waterboarding terrorism suspects, but complained only when the practice was made fully public and liberal activists protested.

    Pelosi has said she was powerless to do anything after being told that Justice Department lawyers determined waterboarding and other tactics had legal approval.

    “You’re really a hostage if you’re notified that something has happened. They’re not asking for your thoughts,” she said in a television interview.

    But Pelosi has also said she concurred with a protest Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) had filed with the CIA after a 2003 briefing, the first time waterboarding is specifically mentioned in the DNI sumary.

    Harman had succeeded Pelosi as the top Democrat on the panel.

    The documents’ release note that they might not settle the debate over who knew what and when.

    “In the end, you and the Committee will have to determine whether this information is an accurate summary of what actually happened,” states the May 6 cover letter from CIA Director Leon Panetta to Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

  57. Republicans claim that Pelosi has known for years that intelligence agents were waterboarding terrorism suspects, but complained only when the practice was made fully public and liberal activists protested.
    Pelosi has said she was powerless to do anything after being told that Justice Department lawyers determined waterboarding and other tactics had legal approval.
    “You’re really a hostage if you’re notified that something has happened. They’re not asking for your thoughts,” she said in a television interview.
    *******
    The DOJ should indict Pelosi under US Code Title 18…21441…That would shoot down the “Political witch hunt” meme . Pelosi is also a good one to start with because she is a hypocrite.

  58. i just think that all these hearings and investigations should be conducted with all suspects and their supporters naked in a 50F room and being waterboarded every hour.

  59. gonzotx Says:

    May 8th, 2009 at 5:28 pm
    Let’s see, unemployment up to 8.9%, lost 500,000 jobs last month…just add that to the 1,800,000 jobs lost the pervious 3 months and the Dow is up 165 points because, drum role please, “we expected the numbers to be worse”
    =============================================================
    The numbers are not worse because some people have exhausted their unemployment. Some have just top looking. Are they considering these people?

    When there is a job advertised 2000 people respond.

  60. Under Restructuring, GM To Build More Cars Overseas

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/07/AR2009050704336.html

    The U.S. government is pouring billions into General Motors in hopes of reviving the domestic economy, but when the automaker completes its restructuring plan, many of the company’s new jobs will be filled by workers overseas.

  61. The U.S. government is pouring billions into General Motors in hopes of reviving the domestic economy, but when the automaker completes its restructuring plan, many of the company’s new jobs will be filled by workers overseas.
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    GM will inflict major cut in the North America operations…they will also try to get out of their pension and health care obligations…US money will stabilize GM so that they can expand where they are doing well, esp. China. American workers and tax payers are getting screwed.

  62. The other “dirty” secrete with “American” cars is the amount of American labor content. The Japanese, German, Korean cars made in the US quite often have more American content. Part of capitalism is “Darwinism”. We now privatize the privatize the profits and socialize the losses…bail outs aren’t going to save GM and Chrysler and certainly aren’t going to save jobs.

  63. I believe the Fraud and Co are well aware that the American car industry will be no more. This is actually the way to speed that conversion up. The big auto unions will be crushed and then the auto workers can join the lower income class where “they” want us all to be anyway. Easier to control and God, won’t we love those socialized benefits since we won’t have any discretionary money to spend. Beholding to Big Brother…

  64. What is this “KINDLE” thing that is having some problems pronouncing BO’s name???

    Whatever it is, I must say it must be pretty smart!!!! 🙂

  65. The U.S. government is pouring billions into General Motors in hopes of reviving the domestic economy, but when the automaker completes its restructuring plan, many of the company’s new jobs will be filled by workers overseas.
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    WASHPO: I know this is difficult for you to do, but could you be honest and forthright–just this once.

    It is your hero, BARACK OBAMA (CITIZEN OF THE WORLD) who is pouring billions of dollars in U.S. TAXPAYER MONEY into General Motors in hopes of reviving the domestic economy, KNOWING FULL WELL THAT WHEN the automaker completes its restructuring plan, many of the company’s new jobs will be FILLED BY WORKERS OVERSEAS.

    Now that is change you can believe in–but only if you are really ignorant fool or a bot.

  66. I just hope all the people from Aipac and the Jewish community remember in 4 yrs how hostile this administration has been to the lone democracy in the middle East, Israel, while kow-towing to every dictator in the world. It ceases to amaze me how Jews continue to vote for someone like Obama who will associated his entire adult life with known anti-semites and the blame America “first” crowd. Sorry I sound like a “rightie”, but this fraud has changed my entire outlook on the democratic party.

  67. There is no reason in the world why US taxpayers should pay the cost of free health care for UAW retirees. That was a labor relations mistake made by management negotiators at the bargaining table at or near the time that ERISA (Every Ridiculous Idea Since Adam) was passed. Who else do you know in the private sector has free retiree health care? That is the big cahuna that drives up labor cost and makes them non competitive. I would exclude pension paid pursuant to the Taft Harley Plans from the bankruptcy agreement as they have done. But not retiree health care. Let them pay like everyone else. Remember the investors are only getting 29 cents on the dollar. I am pro union, but I am not for keeping this retiree health care. Not if we want those companies to be competitive. This bailout program that the Chicago thug is pushing should be sent to davey jones locker if it force the company to continue paying retiree health care. If the big three were stupid enough to agree to this then let them pay for it. Do not put this monkey on the beleagered taxpayers back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  68. I see people getting excited because the real estate inventory is down. I don’t understand their reasoning. In our area, people are simply taking their homes off the market, as they are refusing to sell at such low prices. Buyers are really coming in with low offers.

    I feel like they are looking at a stat without looking at other views of it, and trying to indicate we are coming around. While I hope this is true, in this real estate market I have seen at least 90 % of the properties I have been watching not sell but go off the market.

  69. I see people getting excited because the real estate inventory is down. I don’t understand their reasoning
    ***************

    In my county, compared to a year ago, home sales are down 34% and prices are down by 44%. Job loses continue. People are talking about up-swing in fourth quarter???

  70. I am perhaps the biggest idiot who posts here and for that I apologize. But I have to say as a former liberal I am at a loss to the piece I watched on Hannity tonight about environmental groups shutting down the water to crops in order to protect a minnow. Several thousand have lost their jobs already and the local congressman sees the number reaching 80k. Save a fish let a child grow up with inadaquate nutrition. And it is not just the children of the farmers but most who buy fresh produce on a budget. Sorry I don’t have the link but it was an Ainsly Aerhart(sp) piece she did for hannity. The first time a person caught a fish was not the ecological order upset? As i understood the piece the minnows were dying as they entered the pumps so now the water is dumped into the ocean to protect the smelts as it seems bambi is able to give them the ability to now live in sea water????/

  71. Who eats arugula and a medium well burger? With my apologies to anyone who eats well done meat- noone who enjoys the taste of a real burger would ever go above medium rare. I know its silly but when I listened to the piece were he and joe ordered burgers all I could think of was his hypocrisy!!

  72. I am still here and as soon as I rid my rickety bones of self inflicted kinks by doing some plumbing and serviced my lawn tractor,I will be back full throttle.My take on emperor jones is that he cares not if his agenda is not carried out,the economy worsens,and most jobs will never return.By throwing money,diplomas,cars,all expenses connected and jobs for the welfare gang that supports him,he will keep piling up votes race issues and of course he will fulfill his “Legacy of restitution and retribution”.He knows he will never get a second term but he will be well on his way to being the second coming of Farrakahn on a world wide basis with support of Africans,Latinos and the Banana Republics.In time these poor fools will figure it out and only the drug dealers will be his base.The big money of international power giants will have the largest captive work force in the world and their slavemaster “Gummie Puppen Obama”

    By ABM90..Our true leader Hillary will lead us and the world out of this valley of crime and deception that Telebama has created.

  73. ABM90

    Honeymoons always wear off. The question is when. With Bush it got him the second term, and then people really saw through him. But he knew he was not getting another term, and so his true agenda came out. I guess I expect the same from O. If people don’t take of the rose colored glasses, based on some event, or due to the economy, the he will not be seen for himself. Those who read blogs know that his true acts have resulted in, but prime time continue to paint some fantasy.

    Here O is visiting today, and they are worried about the tea parties. They ended their event story by saying the group will show respect to the President. I thought that was funny, but in my mind they are afraid that they will not, or it would not have been mentioned. It will be interesting to see what the followup stories say if they have any. At least the tea parties made the local news. In fact they showed reruns from the original event on tax day.

  74. Look at this hike in cases, 1639, still only 2 deaths and 43 states infected. I knew by my state there was a lag hanging out there. But this was a leap of 1,000 as I remember.

    U.S. Human Cases of H1N1 Flu Infection
    (As of May 8, 2009, 11:00 AM ET) States* Laboratory
    confirmed
    cases Deaths
    Alabama 4
    Arizona 131
    California 107
    Colorado 25
    Connecticut 4
    Delaware 39
    Florida 6
    Georgia 3
    Hawaii 5
    Idaho 1
    Illinois 392
    Indiana 29
    Iowa 5
    Kansas 12
    Kentucky** 3
    Louisiana 7
    Maine 4
    Maryland 4
    Massachusetts 83
    Michigan 49
    Minnesota 1
    Missouri 9
    Nebraska 4
    Nevada 8
    New Hampshire 3
    New Jersey 7
    New Mexico 8
    New York 174
    North Carolina 7
    Ohio 6
    Oklahoma 4
    Oregon 15
    Pennsylvania 2
    Rhode Island 7
    South Carolina 29
    South Dakota 1
    Tennessee 36
    Texas 93 2
    Utah 24
    Virginia 14
    Washington 33
    Washington, D.C. 1
    Wisconsin 240
    TOTAL*(43) 1639 cases 2 deaths
    International Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection
    See: World Health Organization

    *includes the District of Columbia

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

    NOTE: Because of daily reporting deadlines, the state totals reported by CDC may not always be consistent with those reported by state health departments. If there is a discrepancy between these two counts, data from the state health departments should be used as the most accurate number

  75. NewMexicoFan Says:

    May 8th, 2009 at 10:51 pm
    I see people getting excited because the real estate inventory is down. I don’t understand their reasoning. In our area, people are simply taking their homes off the market, as they are refusing to sell at such low prices. Buyers are really coming in with low offers.

    ————————-

    Yep! It’s called “fixing” the numbers to put a positive spin on it. The economy and everything attached to it is a big negative/albatross around obama’s skinny neck, whether he wants to finger point or blame anyone else for the problem or not. If he and his handlers can pull any positives out they will. It’s just like the comment he made the other day about how he knew the unemployment numbers were bad but he still saw a silver lining.

    Any numbers coming from this cult is suspicious and not to be taken verbatum.

  76. White House aide resigns over NYC flyover

    By PHILIP ELLIOTT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House official who authorized a $328,835 photo-op of an Air Force jet used by the president soaring above New York City resigned under fire Friday as the administration tried to move past the embarrassing incident that sent panicked workers rushing into the streets amid flashbacks of Sept. 11.

    As former Army Secretary Louis Caldera took the fall for the flyover, the White House released the findings of an internal investigation that portrayed him as out of the loop in a cycle of missed messages and questionable judgments as plans for the photo shoot proceeded.

    Caldera said he didn’t know the plane, known as Air Force One when the president is on board, would fly at 1,000 feet during the April 27 photo promotion, according to the investigation findings. He also failed to read an e-mail message describing the operation and seemed unaware of the potential for public fear, the findings said.

    Local officials had been notified in advance. But it was a shock to New Yorkers who looked up to see the Boeing 747 and its fighter jet escort flying near the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan’s financial district, a terrifying reminder of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in which jets brought down the two towers of the World Trade Center.

    The Federal Aviation Administration told local officials in advance of the flight, but asked them not to disclose it to the public, the White House report said. There was a prepared statement for the FAA’s New York regional office and for the Air Force in Washington to release if anyone called to ask about the flight.

    In his resignation letter, released by the White House, Caldera said the controversy had “made it impossible for me to effectively lead the White House Military Office,” which is responsible for presidential aircraft. “Moreover, it has become a distraction in the important work you are doing as president,” he wrote in the letter addressed to President Barack Obama.

    Last month, Obama called the flight a mistake and vowed it would not be repeated. Obama had no statement Friday; White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said the president had accepted Caldera’s resignation.

    Caldera’s office approved the photo-op, which cost $35,000 in fuel alone for the plane and two jet fighter escorts. The Air Force estimated the photo shoot cost taxpayers $328,835.

    White House officials said the purpose of the flight was to update the official photo of the plane. In releasing its report and the resignation letter, the White House also released a photo of the blue-and-white plane high above the Statue of Liberty, with New Jersey in the background. The White House report, which did not address officials’ conduct outside the White House, portrayed Caldera as deaf to concerns. After the flight, Caldera met with top administration officials and was asked if the White House had been notified. “The director responded yes, someone had mentioned it to him,” according to the report.

    Later in the meeting, a White House official presented Caldera a letter accepting responsibility. He made some edits and took responsibility because he thought it was the “standup thing to do.”
    The White House report also indicated the operation was packed with potential opportunities for administration officials to call it off.

    Deputy military director George Mulligan said he first told Caldera about the proposed photo shoot on April 20 — a week before it was scheduled to take place. The same aide also said Caldera should notify deputy chief of staff Jim Messina because it was an unusual move. Caldera told officials he didn’t recall the conversation. Ultimately, Caldera didn’t tell Messina or Gibbs. “When asked why he failed to do so, he did not offer a coherent explanation,” according to the report.
    Caldera also told officials that he didn’t read an e-mail detailing the flyover plans until it was over. Mulligan, Caldera’s second-in-command, sent him an e-mail message on April 24 advising him again to tell Messina and Gibbs about the photo shoot.

    Caldera said he hadn’t seen the e-mail because he has two official accounts. He also said he was suffering from severe muscle aches and had been prescribed pain medication. The report said Mulligan believed “the breakdown was the lack of public notification.” Col. Scott Turner, head of the White House military office’s presidential airlift group, said “the FAA had taken the lead on public affairs and coordination,” according to the report.

    FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown declined to comment.

    Friday’s release is hardly the end of the matter for the White House. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has ordered a review at the Pentagon; the Air Force is conducting its own review as well.

    In a May 5 letter to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Gates apologized for the incident, saying “we deeply regret the anxiety and alarm that resulted from this mission.”

    McCain posted the letter on his Web site Friday. “I am concerned that this highly public and visible mission did not include an appropriate review and approval by senior Air Force and (Department of Defense) officials,” Gates wrote.

    Gibbs said Obama has ordered a review of how the White House Military Office is set up, and how it reports to the White House and the Air Force. That review, to be conducted by Messina and Gates, will also offer recommendations to Obama designed to ensure that such an incident will not happen again, Gibbs said.

    When Obama appointed Caldera, who was Army secretary in the Clinton administration, he said: “I know he’ll bring to the White House the same dedication and integrity that have earned him the highest praise in every post.”

    Caldera’s resignation takes effect May 22, but he is done at the White House Military Office. He said he will use the two weeks of his employment to complete the necessary steps to leave the White House.

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  77. It is an epistomological question. What is knowledge? What do we really know? If we do not have a job, if we cannot sell our house, if we cannot get a loan, do we say that is bad–we need a new leader. Or do we say it is my fault, it is economys fault, it is Bush’s fault–but we must not blame bambi. The former is the mindset of rational people. The latter is the mindset of pavlovs dog.

    To state the obvious, more pavlovian dogs than rational people who went to the polls. Will those same conditions prevail in 2012? Or will more people say the country is worse off than it was four years ago, my family is worse off than it was four years ago, I am worse off than I was four years ago, he had his chance and this has got to change? I doubt 10% of the Republicans will stay home.

    By then the Republican Party will have its act together, they will have an actual record to run against, the bloom will be off the rose. Their task will be to unify the party around the single principle that we must defeat these totalitarians, they must put Bush behind them, and they must target their appeal to independents–and Hispanics.

    Big media will stick with him to the end. They are glorified lapdogs. Their treachery must be laid bare to the world. The article by Christopher Hurst on brand Obama and others like it that call the game on him with a liberal audience must go viral. He can be held accountable now since he has complete control of both branches of government. He promised a “v” shaped recovery and what we will get is an “L”. His only hope is to make enough people dependent on government that they vote for him despite his bad record. That will be hard to do if the cupboard is bare.

    In this past election more pavlovian dogs than rational people voted.

  78. henry,

    When I see horror stories about protecting some fish, I treat them the same way as horror stories about Palin and wolves or rape kits, or stories about Hillary wanting Obama to be assassinated, etc etc.

    I look at the source of the story — usually it’s some media that has always been against that person. The facts very seldom check out, or the context is being misrepresented.

    Nobody has got the actual clout to divert needed water from its current use just to protect fish. At most, someone might be trying to block approval of some proposed new project. But it’s very unlikely they could succeed at even blocking something, if the facts were as your source stated.

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