Grand Unified Theory: The Obama Scams And The Dimocrat Scams Exposed (And Why You Can Ignore The Side Stories Like – Nancy Pelosi, Notre Dame, Torture, Gay Rights, The CIA, Wall Street, GM, Chrysler, Guantanamo, Cheney, Military Tribunals, FISA, Renditions, Abortion Rights, Universal Health Care, Swine Flu, Immigration, The Environment, Foreign Policy, The Economy, Inflation, Deflation, Unemployment, TARP, Credit Cards, Israel, Russia, China, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Debt, Deficits, and The Supreme Court)

Ever wonder who believes in, then actually buys, that penis extension product advertised on TV which must have many customers because the commercial is always on? Ever wonder who believes, then actually responds and sends money, to the emails which typically begin “Dearest” and is from someone allegedly in Africa who just got a windfall of millions of dollars and wants to give it to you if you send money first?

Answer: the Obama target audience.

We’re not specifically referring to those sad boys with their blue blogs, their gamer networks, their oddly named ever-so-hip website hangouts who hang-doggedly feel they could use a little a lot of help from a little pill and who feel more secure grabbing their crotches and saying “dude” and “rick-rolling” and karate kid quoting and circulating their “clever” captions on pictures as they proudly exhibit their objectified African-American athlete friend who makes them feel so modern and enlightened and high minded.

No, we mean all the gullible, of all ages and gender, who buy super expensive “sports shoes” or team paraphernalia (or the equivalent) – not to display support but because purchasing products makes them feel as if in fact they are the team making millions off of the gullible. Think Obama logo.

Now, think of that target audience and what happens when they pay for their Extenz (or equivalent) and it does not work as they had dreamed, or should we say, hoped. Indeed, it does not work at all. They’ve been had by a pro but they are too embarrassed to have been so fooled and so don’t bother to ask for their money back.

The Extenz boys are not alone in their embarrassment. As we have written repeatedly, after the nomination was gifted to Obama by Dean/Pelosi/Brazile/Kennedy/Kerry, and the big electoral choices for most Americans became Obama and McCain, we wanted the Dimocrats to have uncontrolled power over the national government.

We wanted that because Americans need to see how nakedly corrupt the Obama Dimocratic Party is and how they only care about themselves. We understood that for Americans to see the thorough corruption that the once great Democratic Party has decayed into there could be no excuses – the Dimocrats needed to have undisputed, uncontrolled power. Like those Extenz users, the voters had to experience the ineffective flaccid crew they had just elected.

We published our regrets immediately after the Georgia U.S. Senate election determined that the Dimocrats would not get their 60th Senate Seat.

We rejoiced when defective Arlen Specter felt sufficiently comfortable with the level of corruption in the Obama Dimocrat Party to declare himself no longer a Republican but rather a typical, in it for the personal advancement, Dimocrat. Specter effectively became the 60th seat for the now filibuster-proof Dimocrats in the U.S. Senate.

This past Friday, bad news dump day, the regrets we expressed in The Jar Jar Binks Of American Politics came back to us. We wrote that back when the Republican victory in Georgia had earlier denied the Dimocrats 60 seats in the Senate. Our words came bitterly back to remind us of the gullible target audience which supported Obama. We wrote then:

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

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

Now, the Dimocrats themselves are saying what we predicted they would say. Shocking, no?

Here is the scam of scams complete with confessional quotes:

A series of setbacks in the Senate has Democratic leaders warning their supporters that they won’t be able to accomplish everything they set out to do this year — even if Al Franken joins them as a 60th vote.

The Dimocrats, after decades of saying what they would do if they would control the entire U.S. government – especially if they ever achieved the magical 60 vote filibuster-proof majority in the U.S. Senate – are now saying “WAIT”. Why?

We know that many Dimocratic senators are allowed and sometimes encouraged to vote in a politically advantageous way on votes that are procedural and sometimes even on votes for or against the final bill. This indulgence is allowed because the goal for years was to get full control and a filibuster-proof majority. But the Dimocrats have that super-majority now.

After decades of saying they needed undisputed control of the government before they could do what they promised now they are saying even the super-majority is not enough.

Recall after the 2006 elections when many thought that election meant no funding of the Iraq war? Didn’t happen. The reason given was “not enough votes”. Fair enough, there were not sufficient votes with George W. Bush in the White House. Now the Dimocrats have all the votes they ever wanted and still that is not enough.

They should not take anything for granted,” said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who as majority whip has the job of counting votes. “People keep saying, ‘Wow, if you get Sen. Franken up in Minnesota, everything is going to be fine — you’ll be at 60.’ I’ve never said that, I know, because I face these senators every day, and I know that each of them has their own mind.”

What was the point of working for decades to get a super-majority if not to finally get done what they said they would do when they got the super-majority?

There is an answer and will get to that soon.

All the gloating from the gullible appears to have been premature. The great big shift, the great big realignment, that the gullible have been gloating about seems to be extremely premature if what Chuck Schumer says is true:

Centrist Democrats like Begich and Warner — both freshmen — helped the Democrats get to the cusp of 60, but they’ll also make leaders’ lives more difficult. The Democratic caucus is more ideologically diverse than it has been in the past, thanks in large part to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the former head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee who over the past two election cycles recruited centrist and conservative candidates to compete — and eventually win — in red states.

Schumer said recently that divisions within the caucus are a natural outgrowth of its diversity.

The idea that now with 60 we can pass everything quickly and easily — no,” Schumer said. “And the beauty of our caucus is, first, it’s diverse.”

Where is the big realignment? Where is all that “change”? Is the only big change over at Disney? Remember when Hillary Clinton said she would fight for “core Democratic values“? This Obama Dimocratic Party appears only willing to fight for themselves and the big offices and spoils which go to the majority.

Republican turncoat Senator Susan Collins said “I don’t see the Democrats as having reached 60 in reality.” What she means is that a lot of the “Democrats” are not willing to fight for “core Democratic values”. These DINOs, like Specter, are in it only for themselves – and it is they who are in the super-majority. Real Democrats, like us, are left out of the Congress and White House controlling Dimocratic Party.

On May Day we were too full of love and joy to elaborate on this aspect of the Third Bush Term. We wrote:

Why don’t the Dimocrats pass now what they have been promising for years? [snip]

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

Remember how during the general election, the Obama Dimocrats finally began to address women’s issues after having ignored women and scourged Hillary during the primaries?

Recall how there was not a single debate or forum to discuss women’s issues. But come general election time the red flag of abortion was waved frantically to get women to forget about the sexism and misogyny. Even Dimocrat Chairman Dean discovered women and sexism, but only after Hillary Clinton had been smeared and mugged in order to gift the nomination to the Chicago master of excuses lacking core Democratic values.



Why won’t the Dimocrats do what they have been saying they would do for decades? Because the fundraising must go on. The money must flow. The promises must be broken.

Dimocrats also understand that accomplishments must meet expectations and that trying sometimes means failure – which could cost them at the ballot box.

Dimocrats also understand that fulfilling a promise to a constituency means that constituency might become satisfied and walk away to other pursuits and other fundraisers.

Dimocrats also understand that fulfilling a promise to one constituency often means angering another constituency. Money might then flow to opponents.

Dimocrats also understand that they didn’t really mean all that stuff they said – that was only meant for the gullible.

Albert Einstein searched for a unified field theory to describe the fundamental forces of physics.

To describe the current political situation in a way that explains the fundamental forces of politics in America today all you need to do is add “Dimocrats” to this basic formulation:

Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

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  1. Lot’s of “fool” songs to choose from to start the week. “poor little fool”, “fool on the hill”, “won’t get fooled again”, “what a fool believes”, etc.

  2. %$#@!#%^!!!!

    You KNOW I’m drinking my coffee at this time of the morning, admin!

    I’m gonna start sending you the bill for keyboard repair!

    ROTFLMFAO!

    ‘Ever wonder who believes in, then actually buys, that penis extension product advertised on TV’

  3. ‘Like those Extenz users, the voters had to experience the ineffective flaccid crew they had just elected.’

    EWWWWWWWWWWWWWW…………. What a visual.

    The Einstein Unified Field Theory . . . . hmmmmmm. . . . . is that the same as throw enough sh!t at the wall and eventually some of it will stick?

    😡

  4. So sorry for the digression but I just can’t get enough of Rachel Alexandra.

    Here’s a clip of her winning the Kentucky Oaks by 20 lengths and Borel saying she’s the greatest horse he’s ever ridden.

    And fabulous footage of her! What a beauty!

    www dot youtube dot com/watch?v=tRGvbUmqv-s&eurl
    (I’m not quite ready for more BO lies. The filly’s honesty is inspiring)

  5. Where is my post?

    Anyway, sorry for the digression but here’s a clip of Rachel Alexandra winning the Kentucky Oaks by 20 lengths!

    What a friggin inspiration! And she is specatacularly beautiful!

    Borel said she’s the greatest horse he has ever ridden.

    www dot youtube dot com/watch?v=tRGvbUmqv-s&eurl

  6. Where is my post?

    Anyway, sorry for the digression but here’s a clip of Rachel Alexandra winning the Kentucky Oaks by 20 lengths!
    What a friggin inspiration! And she is spectacularly beautiful!
    Borel said she’s the greatest horse he has ever ridde
    go to youtube and search for Rachel Alexandra Kentucky Oaks + post race.
    or youtube then dot com/watch?v=tRGvbUmqv-s&eurl

    com/watch?v=tRGvbUmqv-s&eurl

  7. Where is my post?

    Anyway, sorry for the digression but here’s a clip of Rachel Alexandra winning the Kentucky Oaks by 20 lengths!
    What a friggin inspiration! And she is specatacularly beautiful!
    Borel said she’s the greatest horse he has ever ridde
    go to you tube and search for Rachel Alexandra Kentucky Oaks + post race.

  8. Where is my post?

    Anyway, sorry for the digression but here’s a clip of Rachel Alexandra winning the Kentucky Oaks by 20 lengths!
    What a friggin inspiration! And she is spectacularly beautiful!
    Borel said she’s the greatest horse he has ever ridden

  9. Ok,

    Last try.

    I am still stoked about Rachel Alexandra and I found this great clip of her winning the Kentucky Oaks by 20 lengths.

    how inspiring!

    Do a search on u tube and type Rachel Alexandra Kentucky Oaks and post race.

  10. LMAO ADMIN….GREAT ARTICLE TODAY!

    The Obama extenz administration!!! LOL

    they are not boobs after all , that is just a disguise they are really short dicks HOPING for something bigger, hoping for some REAL CHANGE..something to suprise and fool you with

    but in the end it all is just a HUGE DISAPOINTMENT, fakery is all we get with the obama extenze program

  11. May 18, 2009

    McAuliffe blasted by rival for supporting Hillary Clinton: McAuliffe supported Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary campaign.

    (CNN) — Virginia gubernatorial candidate Brian Moran is hammering his Democratic primary rival Terry McAuliffe for backing Hillary Clinton instead of Barack Obama throughout much of the presidential race.

    The Moran campaign is hoping a new 60-second radio ad running on black radio stations in Virginia will remind African-American voters — likely to be a crucial voting block in the June 9 Democratic primary — of McAuliffe’s full-throated support for Clinton.

    “Terry McAuliffe may have a lot of big money for his campaign, but don’t let that hide the truth,” the ad’s narrator says. “The truth is, Terry McAuliffe led the campaign that ran the ‘3 a.m.’ attack ad against Barack Obama. McAuliffe worked to put up the ads that questioned Obama’s ability to be president.”

    The new attack is especially pointed because McAuliffe has gone to great lengths to model elements of his gubernatorial campaign after Obama’s, which won Virginia in both the Democratic primary and the general election. In March, McAuliffe’s campaign ran an ad on black radio stations proclaiming: “In 2008, our voices were heard when we elected our president, Barack Obama.”

    But Moran’s new ad claims that, “if Terry McAuliffe had his way, Barack Obama wouldn’t be our president today.” Referring to a light-hearted appearance by McAuliffe on The Daily Show last June, the ad says that “McAuliffe even went on national TV and joked Barack Obama could, quote, ‘kiss my ass.'”

    The McAuliffe campaign called the ad “false and misleading” and accused Moran of “trying to divide Democrats again, especially at a time when we all need to come together to help President Obama get the economy back on track.” The campaign said McAuliffe “fought tirelessly” for Obama after the primaries ended.

    Moran and McAuliffe are competing against Creigh Deeds for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. The winner of that contest will face Republican Bob McDonnell in the general election.

    politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/05/18/mcauliffe-blasted-by-rival-for-supporting-hillary-clinton/

  12. Clinton Announces Trip to El Salvador, Honduras: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Wednesday that she will visit El Salvador and Honduras in early June.

    “I will be traveling to the region again later this month to attend the inauguration of the president-elect in El Salvador …. and to attend the OAS general assembly in Honduras,” Clinton said.

    The inauguration of El Salvador’s president-elect Mauricio Funes is due for June 1, while the Organization of American States ministerial meeting is scheduled for June 2-3 in San Pedro Sula.

    This will be Clinton’s third trip to Latin America since she became chief US diplomat in January; she traveled to Mexico at the end of March before visiting Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago last month.
    She accompanied President Barack Obama for the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago.

    In Brasilia, a Brazilian foreign ministry official told AFP on Tuesday that Clinton may visit Brazil late this month. “The possibility exists,” according to the official, who declined to be named because the meeting was not yet confirmed. “The US secretary of state has been invited by (Foreign) Minister Celso Amorim and now the visit depends on us getting their agendas to coincide. The dates 27 and 28 of May are possible,” the official added.

    If Clinton does make the trip, it would signal an uptick in US attention towards Latin America’s biggest economy, which is being actively wooed by several states with which Washington has uneasy relations. Clinton on May 1 expressed concern over “disturbing” Iranian and Chinese inroads into Latin America and said she was keen on more engagement.

    “We are competing for attention and relationships with at least the Russians, the Chinese, the Iranians,” she said.

    insidecostarica.com/dailynews/2009/may/17/cam02.htm

  13. wbboei Says:

    May 16th, 2009 at 4:31 pm
    rgb: good analysis.

    I think skepticism is creeping into the minds of his most ardent media supporters, and certainly the far left.

    I have as much confidence in his approval ratings as I had in the poll projections in New Hampshire.
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    I so agree

    and I raise a toast to Rachel Alexandra, may daughter’s be born with her name…

    speaking of daughter’s…

    My daughter graduated Sat and Kay Baily Hutchinson was the keynote speaker. She talked about women’s rights…

  14. Thanks administrator for finally selecting a Rolling Stones song(see jbstonesfan!!). You made my day….at least for now!!!

  15. wbboei Says:

    May 16th, 2009 at 4:31 pm
    rgb: good analysis.

    I think skepticism is creeping into the minds of his most ardent media supporters, and certainly the far left.

    I have as much confidence in his approval ratings as I had in the poll projections in New Hampshire.
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    I agree!

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    And I raise a toast to my daughter who graduated Sat from college, will be teaching and coaching for a year and then it’s off to Dental school. Therefore, I could not see the filly Rachel Alexandra beat the boys. As usual, there are the excuses, but the lady lead all the way and that is undisputed fact….Jack!

    May there be many daughters born to the name Rachel Alexandra

    …and speaking of filly’s, Kay Bailey Hutchinson spoke @ my daughters graduation and she highlighted misogyny in her past getting into law school, job hunting etc! I was clapping the loudest….

  16. Admin, if you get time, could you see if they are caught in the filter? no links so have no idea….

  17. Panetta wrote Friday that “our contemporaneous records from September 2002 indicate …

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

    … indicate whatever the CIA wants them to indicate. Or rather, if those alleged records are ever published, they will indicate whatever the CIA wants them to indicate on the day published.

    Qui custodiat….

  18. indicate whatever the CIA wants them to indicate. Or rather, if those alleged records are ever published, they will indicate whatever the CIA wants them to indicate on the day published
    ***********
    I don’t think what happened or didn’t happen at the 2002 meeting really make any difference. She admits that she was informed that the US was employing torture in 2003 and she did nothing about. As a Senior Govt Official (I think the was the minority leader by then) she was involved in war crimes.

    “She went on to acknowledge for the first time that she had been told five months later, in February 2003, that top lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee had been briefed on using tough interrogation methods on terrorism suspects, including waterboarding.
    Pelosi said the account had been provided by a staff member who attended the briefing and said the fact she did not speak out at the time due to secrecy rules did not make her complicit in any abuse of detainees.”

    seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politics/2009222261_pelosi15.html

  19. wbboei Says:

    May 18th, 2009 at 10:53 am
    Moran is un-american.

    ——————–

    Well it worked for obama and his cultists so it will probably be put into action more and more as time goes on. Quite a statement on political ethics…sigh…

  20. Good for you, admin. I am sick of this “viva Viagra” mentality. I can’t believe that McAuliffe’s rival would use his support of Hillary against him. How pathetic and meaningless! Obama still isn’t ready to answer the phone at 3:00am. What a joke.

  21. Well this is a positive step:

    “WASHINGTON (CNN) — A coalition of progressive groups sought Monday to have 12 Bush administration lawyers disbarred for their roles in crafting the legal rationale for so-called enhanced interrogation techniques that many view as torture.

    Zeese called disbarment “an important step toward the ultimate accountability of criminal prosecution.”
    The group registered formal complaints against David Addington, John Ashcroft, Stephen Bradbury, Jay Bybee, Michael Chertoff, Douglas Feith, Alice Fisher, Timothy Flanigan, Alberto Gonzales, William Haynes II, Michael Mukasey and John Yoo.

    ww.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/05/18/torture.bush.lawyers/index.html

  22. GonzoTx, Basil9, apologies, the spam filter loved eating your posts today. They are now recovered.

  23. Repost from this morning.

    Anyway, sorry for the digression but here’s a clip of Rachel Alexandra winning the Kentucky Oaks by 20 lengths!
    What a friggin inspiration! And she is spectacularly beautiful!
    Borel said she’s the greatest horse he has ever ridden
    go to youtube and search for Rachel Alexandra Kentucky Oaks + post race.
    or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRGvbUmqv-s&eurl

  24. Oh Noooooooooo!!!!!!

    I am so embarrassed!

    Sorry for the multiple posts. As you can see I can be quite stubborn.

    😳

  25. Not sure of the validity of the following…

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    Exclusive: Clinton to be named UN special envoy on Haiti

    Mon, 05/18/2009

    Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will be named a U.N. special envoy on Haiti this week, sources close to the United Nations tell The Cable. The announcement is expected to be made as early as Tuesday.

    The office of the U.N. Secretary General wouldn’t comment on the expected announcement. The U.S. mission at the United Nations, and the Clinton Foundation did not immediately respond to queries; nor did the White House.
    Clinton traveled with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to Haiti in March, on his fourth trip to the impoverished island nation of nine million people.

    “I’ve been following this country for more than three decades,” Clinton told the Miami Herald. “I fell in love with it 35 years ago when Hillary and I came here. I think I understand what its shortcomings have been but I’ve always believed most of its problems were not as some people suggested; cultural, mystical. I think they were subject to misgovernment. They were either oppressed or neglected and they never had the benefit of consistently being rewarded for effort in education, in agriculture, in industry and in any area. And, therefore, they were forced to become incredible, if you will, social entrepreneurs and to make the most of daily life.”

    “The message I want to send to the rest of the world is what … the factory owner told me today,” Clinton further said. “‘These people work hard and they work smart. … Tell the world Haiti is a good place to invest’.”

    Haiti is important to the former president, a former Clinton administration official said, and was the first place his administration intervened abroad. In 1994, Clinton ordered the U.S. military to intervene in Haiti to restore Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power several years after the former president was ousted in a military coup. The UN took over the lead on the peacekeeping mission in 1995, and some 9,000 UN peacekeepers currently remain in the country. Hurricanes last year killed an estimated 800 people in Haiti and caused an estimated $1 billion in damage.

    Obviously, Clinton has good relations with the African-American community; he had a history with Haiti when he was the governor of Arkansas; and it was one of the first issues that bubbled up when he was president, the former official said. Clinton’s March visit to Haiti, where he remains popular, came as four south Florida lawmakers met with Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano, seeking temporary protected status for some 30,000 Haitians who had been scheduled to be deported back to Haiti.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Haiti last month, where she pledged an additional $57 million in additional U.S. aid for the Caribbean country as part of a $324 million Inter-American Development Bank aid package.

    thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2009/05/18/clinton_to_be_named_un_special_envoy_on_haiti

  26. JanH, that news about Bill can’t possibly be true. Bill Clinton was reported to be a “racist” during the campaign. Haitians are non-white. How could Bill care about an island populated by black people? For decades even?

  27. Lowe’s Beats Estimates, Stock Soars
    posted: 1 HOUR 1 MINUTE AGO
    filed under: Earnings
    Skip over this content
    Getty ImagesLowe’s, the nation’s second biggest home improvement chain, says its first-quarter profit fell 22 percent due to the housing market downturn, but the results topped Wall Street’s expectations.

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    Ridiculous…and the Dow is up 180

  28. Well if Bill gets named a special envoy I guess Olgerman and MessiahNBC news will shit their drawers.

    So much for ridding Washington of the Clintons, eh! Hillary is now the top diplomat with duties far overshadowing what numbnuts if doing in the whitehouse and Bill will continue working for the country.

    Reckon Donna Baby Brazil has croaked yet.

  29. basil9 Says:

    May 18th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Calvin Borel say’s Rachel breaks and says “just bring it on”

  30. The Botox Backstabber may deserve destruction for her treatment of Hillary.

    But making her a scapegoat for the torture investigation is just too ugly.

  31. Late last week FOX5NY’s ‘Money Authority’ Lisa Murphy told it like it is: Small car dealers must be sacrificed to make larger dealers more profitable.
    Now down the road a bit, let’s say the remaining guys, all now big, are in trouble. Will they not have to be bailed out for the reason that they are too big to fail?
    Is that why Wall Street is happy today?

  32. long, but verrrry interesting article

    from BP

    Secretary Loophole

    When Timothy Geithner worked at the International Monetary Fund, he managed a feat that probably very few Americans have even contemplated: he got himself reimbursed by his employer for taxes he never paid.

    (more @ link)
    spectator.org/archives/2009/05/15/secretary-loophole/

  33. 2nd confirmation…lol…sort of…

    Bill Clinton, U.N. Envoy To Haiti
    By Spencer Ackerman 5/18/09 2:08 PM

    Laura Rozen at the Cable has the scoop. This will provide an interesting test of the Clintons’ marriage. Will the Haitian government view Clinton’s envoyship for the United Nations as a backchannel to the Obama administration and the Hillary Rodham Clinton-run State Department? How can a husband and wife who both work in diplomacy not talk shop?

    washingtonindependent.com/43438/bill-clinton-un-envoy-to-haiti

  34. Turndownobama, I am with you, it is just too ugly. I can’t stand her, but in reality she isn’t the one that should be brought down. The rethugs are using this to confuse the public.

  35. Anglachelg’s current article suggests Pelosi is being “Framed” by the same treatment the press and enemies gave Bill Clinton, Gore, Hillary, Palin: misquote someone so you can accuse them of ‘lying.’


    [BobSomerby’s] write up of the current mendacity shows what Pelosi has been reported as saying for the last six months. He presents the original material (transcripts, Pelosi’s own press release, a TV clip) and then identifies how reporters, in this case the WaPo reporter Paul Kane) changed her words to make them fit the spin the press wished to “report”.

    h…./ no w’s
    anglachelg.blogspot.com/2009/05/framed.html

    Anglachelg has links to other anaylsis at Corrente etc.

  36. gonzotx, this is all after the bilderburg meeting last friday, all fakery and boobery. The boobs will believe it.

    WTF, is this a good thing that BC is going to be a diplomat????

  37. turndown, is this Obama or the republicans?? Its so hard to figure which one is up to no good?? Oh Heck, did I just say that??

  38. confloyd Says:
    turndown, is this Obama or the republicans?? Its so hard to figure which one is up to no good??

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

    Both of them are up to no good, imo. Republicans like Gingrich are openly attacking Pelosi, calling her a liar and traitor. Obama’s appointee Panetta (who was supposed to reform the CIA) is also strongly attacking Pelosi.

    Of course the CIA is covering its own ass, which is best done by attacking Pelosi to distract attention and discredit the investigations.

  39. basil9 Says:
    May 18th, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Here’s a clip of her winning the Kentucky Oaks by 20 lengths and Borel saying she’s the greatest horse he’s ever ridden.

    I didn’t post your clip because of the link… ahem…

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    Mrs. Smith Says:
    May 17th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Now, seeing Rachel win brings back bittersweet memories of our hopes for HRC but just as 8 Belles portended what was to come for our girl last year, maybe Rachel does, too.
    3 champions. Hillary, Rachel and Belle.

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

    Yes, I felt the same way when 8 Belles faltered at the finish line. Thereafter, the feeling of dread swept over me like a billowy black cloak I could not shake for the life of me. I’m a great believer animals portend the external forces surrounding us… things we can not see that are hidden from view, they act out. If we are aware, we see it and know what is in the offing of a future event and comport oneself accordingly.

    I guess it’s unanimous. We’re all in love with Rachael Alexandra. Here is a fresh article about her future up today. Some very sage advise to her new owners in the lower portion of the article..enjoy

    Go back to yesterday’s thread at the 10:20 pm mark for the link…

  40. I just wanted to know what everyone thinks of BC being a diplomat to Haiti. I was thinking this is what the trade off of support was, if so, I think it sucks!

  41. Obama, Netanyahu lay out Iran, Palestinian divides

    WASHINGTON (AFP) — US President Barack Obama on Monday held crucial talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu which highlighted divisions on confronting Iran and the notion of a Palestinian state.

    The two leaders met at the White House for an intense first summit which stretched an hour over its allotted time of two hours, coming amid signs of tension between two allies with new leaders at the helm.

    Obama said that Iran must show it is committed to progress in nuclear talks by the end of the year, while Netanyahu graphically described his fears that a nuclear-armed Iran could pose an existential threat to his nation. The US president meanwhile praised Netanyahu’s “historic” vision, renewed his call for a Palestinian state which the Israeli leader has yet to endorse, and said Israeli West Bank settlements must be “stopped.”

    Netanyahu, sitting feet from Obama in the Oval Office, stopped short of talking of a future Palestinian state, in friendly but frank exchanges in front of the cameras.

    Obama said that US diplomacy with Iran would likely not get far until after the Iranian elections in June. But he added: “We are not going to have talks forever,” addressing Israel’s fear that Iran will prolong diplomacy for months just to give it more time to build nuclear weapons. “My expectation would be that if we begin discussions soon, shortly after the Iranian elections, we should have a fairly good sense by the end of the year as to whether they are moving in the right direction,” Obama said.

    Netanyahu warned that the “worst danger” Israel faces was Iran with nuclear weapons. “Iran openly calls for our destruction, which is unacceptable,” he said.

    Obama also pressed Netanyahu on his vow to work towards a Palestinian state.
    “I believe it is in the interest not only of the Palestinians but also the Israelis and the United States and the international community to achieve a two-state solution,” Obama said.

    Netanyahu did not mention the word “state” and said the two sides should not get hung up on “terminology” warning of dire consequences if the West Bank fell, like Gaza, under control of the Hamas Islamic organization.
    But he hailed Obama as a “great leader” and pledged he was ready to open talks with the Palestinians “immediately.” “I want to make it clear that we don’t want to govern the Palestinians — we want to live in peace with them,” Netanyahu said. “We want them to govern themselves absent a handful of powers that could endanger the state of Israel.”

    “The goal has to be an end to conflict. There’ll have to be compromises by Israelis and Palestinians alike. We’re ready to do our share. We hope the Palestinians will do their share as well.”

    The White House meeting marked Obama’s most testing diplomatic challenge yet after he made clear that he would push for a peace deal based on a Palestinian state and seek to defuse Iran’s nuclear drive with diplomacy.

    Netanyahu, at the head of a hawkish Israeli governing coalition, is working on his own regional policy, focused on countering Iran. Netanyahu was also set to have a working dinner with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton later Friday, and to hold talks with national security advisor James Jones. His visit was the latest in a string of visits of Middle Eastern leaders to the White House in the run-up to Obama’s long-awaited address to the Muslim world in Cairo on June 4.

    Obama has already hosted Jordan’s King Abdullah II and will meet Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas in the next few weeks.

    google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5j-mcXwyZDtPRo2CMkmfDo1lnrM0Q

  42. The election showed that all you gave to do is pull out the race card and any AA will beat any non AA in an election in a Dem race. BC doing this will not change anything in the future. He did try to do something for Haiti when he was Prez but it seemed like a half measure and that country is so messed up we would have been tied down in a very “Ugly American” .

  43. visits of Middle Eastern leaders to the White House in the run-up to Obama’s long-awaited address to the Muslim world in Cairo on June 4.

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

    I can wait

  44. Obama tells Netanyahu US backs two-state solution

    (Prime minister says he supports Palestinian self-governance, but so far has not explicitly endorsed establishment of independent state. No agreement on Iran either, as President Obama says Washington will not set artificial deadline for diplomacy with Tehran)

    Roni Sofer 05.18.09

    WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at their meeting Monday that he is committed to the two-state solution. Netanyahu on his part told reporters that he fully supports the idea of Palestinian self-governance, but did not use the terminology coveted by Washington that would mean an endorsement of an independent Palestinian state.

    “We talked about restarting serious negotiations on issues of Israel and the Palestinians,” Obama said at the subsequent joint press conference, adding that it was in the interests of both sides to achieve a two-

    Domestic Demands

    “We have seen progress stalled on this front, and I suggested to the prime minister that he has a historic
    opportunity to get a serious movement on this issue during his tenure,” Obama said. “That means that all the parties involved have to take seriously obligations that they have previously agreed to.” The US president stressed that he believes Israel has a clear obligation to stop building settlements in the West Bank. “I think that there is no reason why we should not seize this opportunity and this moment (for peace),” said Obama.

    Netanyahu said only that Israel does not want to govern the Palestinians but to see them govern themselves, choosing not to employ the language of the US ‘Road Map’ agreements of 2003. The prime minister said he is ready to resume peace talks immediately, but that progess is contingent on the Palestinians’ acceptance of Israel’s right to existas a Jewish state.

    An aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas praised Obama’s commitment to the two-state solution. “The statements by Mr. Obama are encouraging while those by Prime Minister Netanyahu are disappointing,” Nabil Abu Rdainah said.

    No deadling on Iran

    Obama also said he saw no reasons to set an artificial deadline for diplomacy with Iran, but that his administration would like to see progress with Tehran by the end of the year. The US president said he expects a positive response from his diplomatic outreach to Iran on stopping its nuclear program by the end of the year. He said the United States wanted to bring Iran into the world community but declared “we’re not going to have talks forever.” Obama said he was not closing off a “range of steps” against Iran, including sanctions, if it continues its nuclear program. “Iran is a country of extraordinary history and extraordinary potential and we want them to be a full-fledged member of the international community, and be in a position to provide opportunity and prosperity for their people but that the way to achieve those goals is not through the pursuit of a nuclear weapon,” Obama said.

    Netanyahu warned that a nuclear Iran would pose a threat to the entire world, not just Israel. “It could give the nuclear umbrella to terrorists or worse, it could actually give nuclear weapons to terrorists I believe it would put all of us in great peril,” he said.

    Netanyahu left the official state guest residence, the Blair House, at 2:30 pm (GMT) and made the short journey to the White House. President Obama exited to Oval Office to greet him. A handful of protestors gathered outside the White House to speak out against the two-state solution. The two were intended to meet in private for an hour and then be joined by their advisors, though the tête-à-tête was extended by half an hour. Afterwards Netanyahu was joined by top aide Ron Dermer and his National Security Advisor, Uzi Arad. Obama was joined by the US National Security Advisor, James Jones.

    ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3717801,00.html

  45. gonzotx, so you think this appt. for BC is to try and patch up afro-americans with the Clintons??

  46. confloyd,

    Since it is a U.N. appointment, that in itself makes me smile. To me it says that only bambi and his playmates were/are pushing the racist agenda with the Clintons. I may be naive, but I think this could be a good thing. Something that makes that very “racist” connection suspect.

  47. MODO FOUND TO BE “UNORIGINAL”???

    You naught Pulitzer Prize winning girl. No cookies for you tonight.

    Politico finds eerie similarities.

    Please note that going to the link brings has links to things it references:

    politico.com/blogs/michaelcalderone/0509/Dowd_lifts_TPM_passage_updates_column.html?showall

    Dowd lifts TPM passage; updates NYT column
    ================================

    A TPMCafe blogger charged plagiarism earlier after picking up on a striking similarity between a passage in Maureen Dowd’s column today and a recent post by TPM editor Josh Marshall.

    Dowd: “More and more the timeline is raising the question of why, if the torture was to prevent terrorist attacks, it seemed to happen mainly during the period when the Bush crowd was looking for what was essentially political information to justify the invasion of Iraq.”

    Marshall: “More and more the timeline is raising the question of why, if the torture was to prevent terrorist attacks, it seemed to happen mainly during the period when we were looking for what was essentially political information to justify the invasion of Iraq.”

    Since then, Dowd’s column has been updated with a reference to Marshall and notes that there hadn’t been proper attribution in the original Times piece.

    While it might be assumed that Dowd accidentally cut-and-pasted the passage in her notes, and forgot the attribution, she tells Huffington Post that she never actually read Marshall’s item. So how did it wind up on today’s op-ed page?

    i was talking to a friend of mine Friday about what I was writing who suggested I make this point, expressing it in a cogent — and I assumed spontaneous — way and I wanted to weave the idea into my column.

    but, clearly, my friend must have read josh marshall without mentioning that to me. we’re fixing it on the web, to give josh credit, and will include a note, as well as a formal correction tomorrow.

    So Dowd unknowingly quoted Marshall without attribution, while assuming she was knowingly quoting a friend without attribution — a friend who apparently has a great memory for remembering TPM posts verbatim and feeding them to Times columnists.

    UPDATE: A reader points out that it was Dowd who reported on Joe Biden plagiarizing a British political leader in 1987.

    UPDATE 2: Bloggasm reached out to Marshall and the TPM blogger, both of whom wished not to comment.

    UPDATE 3: Dowd responded to POLITICO by email: “Its a friend I talk to by phone and email; I just had no idea that point was josh’s; josh is now credited on the web in my column and I asked [editorial page editor Andy Rosenthal] to do another formal correction. And I owe him lunch.”

    So was Dowd taking notes from a friend talking on the phone (who could have been reading straight from TPM)? Or did this friend simply cut-and-paste the TPM passage, and send it her way? It’s still unclear.

    Either way, in a follow-up email, I asked Dowd if it’s common practice to take an entire passage from a friend and weave it into her column. I haven’t yet received a response but will update when I do. I also emailed Rosenthal, asking if it’s common for his opinion writers to take passages from friends, and have not yet heard back.

    UPDATE 4: Dowd and Rosenthal have not responded, but a Times spokesperson on Monday defended Dowd in a statement to POLITICO.

  48. and toward the end of MoDo’s Sunday column, we find a) the correction and attribution, b) mild chafing with obama being Bush III.

    &&&&&&
    Josh Marshall said in his blog: “More and more the timeline is raising the question of why, if the torture was to prevent terrorist attacks, it seemed to happen mainly during the period when we were looking for what was essentially political information to justify the invasion of Iraq.”

    I used to agree with President Obama, that it was better to keep moving and focus on our myriad problems than wallow in the darkness of the past. But now I want a full accounting. I want to know every awful act committed in the name of self-defense and patriotism. Even if it only makes one ambitious congresswoman pay more attention in some future briefing about some future secret technique that is “uniquely” designed to protect us, it will be worth it.

    This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

    Correction: May 18, 2009
    Maureen Dowd’s column on Sunday, about torture, failed to attribute a paragraph about the timeline for prisoner abuse to Josh Marshall’s blog at Talking Points Memo.

  49. turndeown,

    “The Botox Backstabber may deserve destruction for her treatment of Hillary.
    But making her a scapegoat for the torture investigation is just too ugly.”

    I know you’re not feeling well, tdo, but i disagree. She deserves everything coming to her. She’s arrogant, obnoxious, and doesn’t know when to zip it. She brought this on herself and i’ll applaud her political demise just as I’ll celebrate those she drags down with her. Hopefully that will include brazille, Dean, BO, etc.

  50. Mrs. Smith,
    where’s the link?
    ‘I guess it’s unanimous. We’re all in love with Rachael Alexandra. Here is a fresh article about her future up today.”

    BTW, about animals and their perceptive abilities, I remember reading that during the Tsunami a couple of years ago almost no dead animals were found. They sensed the wave long before it reached shore and sought higher ground.

  51. ALL THE NEWS THAT’S FIT TO PRINT…THAT WILL HELP THOSE WHOM WE WANT ELECTED

    This article was found at RealClearPolitics. The paragraphs referred to by “John” are indicated by preceding them with $$$. It might just be easier to go to the link:

    powerlineblog.com/archives/2009/05/023580.php

    Killing A Story: How It’s Done
    ====================

    May 17, 2009
    Posted by John at 8:33 AM

    In today’s New York Times, Public Editor Clark Hoyt reveals the result of his investigation into the charge that the paper killed a story during the 2008 Presidential campaign in order to help Barack Obama. Hoyt concludes that the claim is “nonsense.”

    $$$ ON March 17, a Republican lawyer, quoting a confidential source for a Times reporter, testified to Congress that the newspaper killed a story last fall because it would have been “a game-changer” in the presidential election.

    $$$ The charge, amplified by Bill O’Reilly on Fox News in April and reverberating around the conservative blogosphere, is about the most damning allegation that can be made against a news organization. If true, it would mean that Times editors, whose job is to report the facts without fear or favor, were so lacking in integrity that they withheld an important story in order to influence the election.

    But the facts as related by Hoyt don’t rebut the charge; they support it.

    Times reporter Stephanie Strom was looking into ACORN, and she had a source, a former ACORN employee named Anita Moncrief. Moncrief told Strom that she had evidence of “constant contact” between ACORN’s Project Vote and both the Obama and Clinton campaigns:

    $$$ On Sept. 7, Moncrief wrote to Strom that she had donor lists from the campaigns of Obama and Hillary Clinton and that there had been “constant contact” between the campaigns and Project Vote, an Acorn affiliate whose tax-exempt status forbids it to engage in partisan politics. Moncrief said she had withheld that information earlier but was disclosing it now that the conservative columnist Michelle Malkin was “all over it.”

    $$$ “I am sorry,” she wrote, “but I believe in Obama and did not want to help the Republicans.”

    A key part of Moncrief’s story was that the Obama campaign had furnished ACORN with lists of maxed-out donors so that ACORN could mine them for contributions. In fact, Moncrief provided the Times reporter, Strom, with such a list that ACORN allegedly obtained from the Obama campaign. Hoyt does not dispute that this story, if true, was evidence of violation of the campaign finance laws.

    So why did the Times pull the plug on Strom’s ongoing investigation? The story became public because a Republican lawyer named Heather Heidelbaugh testified, apparently based on information she got from Anita Moncrief, that the Times had been working on an Obama-ACORN story but that “Ms. Strom reported to Ms. Moncrief that her editors at The New York Times wanted her to kill the story because, and I quote, ‘it was a game-changer.'” Hoyt undertakes to show that this charge was false.

    He admits, though, that Strom’s editor, Suzanne Daley, “called a halt to Strom’s pursuit of the Obama angle.” So the Times did kill the investigation and any further reporting. The only question is why. Hoyt uncritically accepts Daley’s explanation:

    $$$ “We had worked on that story for a while and had come up empty-handed,” Daley said. “You have to cut bait after a while.” She said she never thought of the story as a game-changer and never used that term with Strom.

    But wait! Hoyt also relates that shortly before Daley pulled the plug, “Moncrief finally agreed to go on the record” and Strom had scheduled a meeting with her. It was when she called Moncrief to cancel the meeting that Strom allegedly told her that her bosses had killed the investigation to protect Obama. Obviously, if Strom was about to hit pay-dirt with an on-the-record witness, Daley’s assertion that she killed the story because Strom “had come up empty-handed” is false.

    Hoyt doesn’t appear to notice the contradiction. He does, however, labor manfully to defend the Times. He goes to great lengths to refute the claim that Strom told Moncrief the Times killed the story because it was a “game-changer,” as though that particular phrase had some talismanic significance. Yet, if you read Hoyt’s column to the end, you find that in an email to Hoyt Moncrief attributed exactly that statement to Strom:

    $$$ She said Strom told her “it was their policy not to print a game-changer for either side that close to the election.”

    Hoyt also argues that the story about Obama and ACORN would not have been a “game-changer” in that it would not have swung the election to John McCain. I agree. But since when is that the standard? Is Hoyt telling us that the Times’ policy is only to print stories that have the potential to change the result of a Presidential election? Of course, if the story did have the potential to change the outcome of the election, that, too, would have been offered as a reason not to print it.

    Hoyt also volunteers that Moncrief had a “credibility problem” because she had been fired by ACORN for putting private expenses on an ACORN credit card. So she is that classic newspaper source, a disgruntled former employee. Is Hoyt telling us that the Times doesn’t run stories on the basis of leads from disgruntled former employees? Hah! If the paper followed that policy, it would lose out on its best exposes. And it bears repeating that Moncrief was attesting to first-hand information, not just passing along a rumor she had heard at ACORN. By her account, “it was her job to identify” maxed-out Obama donors who might contribute to ACORN’s Project Vote.

    Hoyt interviewed Strom, of course, but–rather remarkably–he does not reveal what Strom told him about her conversation with Daley in which Daley killed Strom’s ongoing investigation. That’s a rather significant omission, isn’t it? Instead, Hoyt merely quotes Strom’s observation that she did write a story on ACORN that appeared on October 22:

    $$$ [B]efore they were to meet, Strom said, another source gave her an internal report detailing concerns about impermissible political activity by Acorn and its tax-exempt affiliates. The resulting article was published on Oct. 22.

    That story is here. It addresses another topic entirely, the lack of any real distinction between ACORN and Project Vote. It does, however, address the Obama controversy, very briefly:

    $$$ Republicans have tried to make an issue of Senator Barack Obama’s ties to the group, which he represented in a lawsuit in 1995. The Obama campaign has denied any connection with Acorn’s voter registration drives.

    There you have it. That’s the last word the Times’ readers got on Obama’s very likely illegal relationship with ACORN.

    If the Times didn’t kill the story for the reason illogically asserted by Daley–it hadn’t panned out–then why did they kill it? Perhaps Stephanie Strom’s email reply to Anita Moncrief, quoted by Hoyt, suggests an answer:

    $$$ Am also onto the Obama connection, sadly. Would love the donor lists. As for helping the Repubs, they’re already onto this like white on rice. SIGH!

    For the New York Times, Republicans are simply the enemy. By October 2008, it was time to circle the wagons.

  52. ABM 90: I thought of you when I wrote the first paragraph of this letter this morning. It is a satirical attempt to tie Obama to the Pelosi mess, since he was ultimately the one who created it. Whether he did so intentionally as I originally surmised or negligently as others have concluded is no longer the issue. The important thing is that Bambi is the architect of this mess, lest we forget.
    ———————————————————-

    Occupant
    White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
    Washington, D.C. 20036

    SAVING NANNIE POOPIE

    Dear Messiah Obama:

    History duly records that in the dark days of World War II, an agent of light was dispatched from heaven to Fortress Europe, where it confronted the deadly line of defense devised by Field Marshall Erwin Rommel—the Desert Fox. That agent scaled the cliffs of Normandy, circumnavigated the pill boxes, machine gun nests and entrenched army and Waffen SS units that stood in its path. All this it did for one purpose alone: Saving Private Ryan. (Note: I realize this chapter of history and sacrifice is irrelevant to you because it does not coincide with the views of your spiritual advisor, but to patriotic Americans it is a source of inspiration.)

    I represent the Botox Industry, our member companies contributed huge sums of money to your campaign and we are deeply concerned over the ring of fire that has enveloped Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi since you elected to release the torture memos. I realize of course that your unfailing political instincts favor a path of plausible deniability, and retreat in these in response to this public relations disaster. I also understand that that your closest advisors including Newt Gingrich are urging you to hide from the firestorm as you are currently doing. Nevertheless, I implore you to discount that advice and do what is fair and reasonable in these circumstances. In essence, I urge you to intervene for the laudable purpose of Saving Nannie Poopie.

    As you know, Nannie Poopie is the poster child and unofficial spokesperson for the botox industry. Our motto is better living through chemistry. Our fine products have given her that mummified smile that have graced the corpse of every Egyptian Pharoh since the salad days of Ptolomey. Yes, our roots in antiquity. But our minds and our hearts are in the present. We anguish over the destructive forces unleashed against Nannie Poopie by your disclosure of the torture memos. Those forces include the rat pack press, the spooks, the bushies and worst of all her own eggregious political stupidity as guardian of the most vital security interests of the nation. But above all, this Gotterdammerung is bad for our business and that is intolerable.

    In our view, Pelosi is a victim. The villain here is you. Clearly, you knew these memos were toxic. You knew they would inflame the Arab world. You knew or should have known they would implicate members of your own party—specifically the Speaker of the House. And you knew or should have known that when Poopie was confronted with this evidence she would be compelled to deny it because what she acquiesced in cannot be reconciled with the values she purports to stand for as a San Francisco limousine liberal. It is axiomatic that such people do not approve of torture. It is de classe.

    Mindful of these risks, you had the option of letting these memos move through the court system to a judicial conclusion where they may well have been suppressed, or reviewed strictly in camera rather than vomited to the world. Nevertheless, you saw fit to release those documents to the public, while suppressing contrary evidence of their efficacy in preventing further terrorist attacks of the kind that killed 3000 Americans. The only plausible conclusion is that you did this for cheap political gain. But in so doing, you have jeopardized not only the career of a key supporter, but no less the lives of American soldiers, intelligence officials and citizens throughout the world and energized terrorists. Nice work!

    Under the circumstances, you have a non-delegable duty to intervene and save Nannie Poopie. At the present time, you send 12 e-mails per day to the pack of lapdogs otherwise known as the White House Press Corps, so they can communicate the party line. You call on them like little children at pressers and ostracize them if they deign to ask critical or thought provoking questions. You are their master, they are your slaves and you can save Poopie if you want to. We can help by dumping more money in your coffers, and sending prayer rugs to the White House Press Corps adorned with your image and a built in GPS device pointing to Mecca and Medina. Matching knee pads for Tapper et al.

    On behalf of the botox industry and everyone who has supported you that has not yet been thrown under the bus, I implore you to show some intestinal fortitude and Save Nannie Poopie.

    With eternal admiration,

  53. I am enjoying watching Pelosi twist in the wind. I hope Dowd experiences the same. If they can dish it out…lies, manipulations etc…then they should be able to take it.
    One by one I want to see those who put BO where he is suffer the consequences and fall.

    do unto others and all that….

  54. Since it is a U.N. appointment, that in itself makes me smile. To me it says that only bambi and his playmates were/are pushing the racist agenda with the Clintons. I may be naive, but I think this could be a good thing. Something that makes that very “racist” connection suspect.
    ——————————
    Yes, it would indeed appear that even though Bambi, Clyburn, Jessee Jackson III and other big media appointed spokesmen for the black community have successully peddled to African Americans the lie that Bill (and Hillary) are racists, the United Nations rejects that premise altogether and sees the truth through all the Obamalies the Chicago thugs can perpetrate. Frankly, I wish the role were bigger.

  55. May 18, 2009

    McAuliffe lands Daschle’s endorsement

    Under fire for his full-throated support of Hillary Clinton in the presidential primary, Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe is firing back with an endorsement from one of Barack Obama’s most high-profile supporters.

    Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, a national co-chairman for Obama’s presidential campaign, endorsed McAuliffe over his Democratic primary rivals Brian Moran and Creigh Deeds. As the national co-chair of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and one of his earliest supporters, I was impressed by the time and energy Terry put into traveling across Virginia and the country on Barack Obama’s behalf during the general election,” Daschle said in a statement.

    “From the day Hillary Clinton ended her historic bid for president, Terry worked tirelessly to unify our party around Barack Obama and get him elected President. His energy and enthusiasm were tremendous assets on the campaign trail and we were grateful to have him on our side.”

    The strong comments from Daschle are intended to help him push back from attacks that he’s not fully supportive of Obama. Moran has begun airing a hard-hitting radio ad saying: “If Terry McAuliffe had his way, Barack Obama wouldn’t be our president today” because he chaired Clinton’s presidential campaign.

    Daschle’s son, Nathan, serves as executive director of the Democratic Governors’ Association, which will be pouring money into the off-year Virginia gubernatorial election once Democrats choose a nominee next month.

    politico.com/blogs/scorecard/0509/McAuliffe_lands_Daschles_endorsement.html

  56. WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at their meeting Monday that he is committed to the two-state solution. Netanyahu on his part told reporters that he fully supports the idea of Palestinian self-governance, but did not use the terminology coveted by Washington that would mean an endorsement of an independent Palestinian state.
    ———————————
    I think Ben should stay the course. Obama will cave in. Change his position. He will not spend any time at the table–just do these meaningless drivebyes. Still campaigning.

  57. basil9 Says:
    May 18th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Mrs. Smith,

    where’s the link?

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

    Look for the 10:20pm post in yesterday’s edition. I didn’t want to repost it again and have the post go to NeverLand.

    The recommendation made for Rachael Alexandra is to pass on the Belmont and wait for the Breeders Cup and run her in the Horse of the Years Stake. She has nothing to prove at this point and the possibility of injury is real after the race she just ran.

    I agree with the sage advise given by an experienced horseman.

    Will the owners listen? Probably not!

  58. Oops- our posts are playing dodge the spam filter I’m afraid..

    Basil9- when the post is released by a good Samaritan you shall find it here.

  59. # Carol Says:
    May 18th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    I am enjoying watching Pelosi twist in the wind. I hope Dowd experiences the same. If they can dish it out…lies, manipulations etc…then they should be able to take it.
    One by one I want to see those who put BO where he is suffer the consequences and fall.

    do unto others and all that….
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    She can’t twist enough, afaic… for all the damage she has done to this country!

  60. Jan H, thanks for your thoughts on BC’s appt., I just really want things to be good for BC and HRC, there are the last of the american patriots that care about little folk. I just really don’t trust the govt. anymore, this appt to China is upsetting. I been thinking that the govt. has put out the swine flu to kill us fat, old and infirmed folks before UHC comes in, that how I don’t trust the govt. anymore. I am scared!

    The latest H1N1 death was an overweight man with gout. Wow, do you know how many of those there are in America??

  61. Living in SA. Fla for close to 39 yrs, all I can say is that Hait has been an unequivocal disaster and tragedy. The Cubans get to come here for so called “political” asylum while Haitians are turned back, put in Chrome detention center and then sent back, or like this past week drown trying to reach our shores. Bill Clinton is a great man, a good man, and a honorable man, but this challenge will be very daunting imo.

    ================================================\
    As far as Netanyahu /Obama, no surprises at least on the surface. I agree with the above that Bibi should play hard ball as Bambi will fold, particularly when the Muslim/Arab world rejects his weakness. Yes, he will get a bump with his kow-towing speech in Egytpt, but rest assured, the Arabs/Muslims will percive his “message” of love as a sign of a fool. Bibi is many things, some good, some bad, but he is no fool when it comes to his duty to ensure Israel’s survival. Look, it can’t be much worse than it was under Bush 1 and Reagan, both very hostile to the Jewish state.

  62. So, just a head’s up on Jennifer Granholm. Maybe this had been covered, but in case it hasn’t, you should know. When Michigan moved up it’s primary in 2007, the bill was written by Republicans and passed with a Republican majority. All of the Democrats in the State Senate opposed it and in House, as many voted for it as voted against it or abstained. The bill did not survive a court challenge on its constitutionality however. So the Republicans modified it to pass a court review and it went before the state legislature again. This time it passed with only Republican votes. To be clear, not one single Democrat voted the primary date up – not even the Obama supporters who had originally backed. The Democrats understood that their delegate representation to the national convention would be docked if they voted for the bill – so none of them voted for it. Granholm, however, in defiance of her state legislature and the DNC, signed the bill into law. In the end, she aligned herself with the Republicans in the state legislature at the expense of her state’s participation in the national convention. Had it not been for her signature, Clinton may very well have been the nominee. Now, Granholm is arriving at the White House tomorrow, and there is speculation that she may be Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court. Considering the fact that it is her action which allowed Obama to take the nomination, I think we have the right to ask if there was a quid pro quo.

  63. admin, wbboei, anyone, I want to know if any of you have heard of the ICC treaty?? The Bilderburgs are trying to get it past and it would make our constitution null.

  64. For the New York Times, Republicans are simply the enemy. By October 2008, it was time to circle the wagons.
    ————————————
    rgb: it is bigger than that. When you are a propagandist, your ultimate enemy is the truth and your ultimate victim is the audience who trusted you to provide it to them. Simply put, the New York Times and its big media countrparts are nothing less than a cancer which menastizes throughout the body politic and eventually kills the victim.

  65. admin, wbboei, anyone, I want to know if any of you have heard of the ICC treaty??
    ————-What is it?

  66. basement angel, Oh how I hate the rethugs, I always knew they were the one that stole it for Obama, and with the help of Akorn and BUSH. I knew it, I knew it, I knew it!!!!

  67. Admin: I agree completely with your unified theory. This is about branding and H.L. Menken’s famous observation that nobody ever went broke (or lost an election) by UNDERESTIMATING the intelligence of the American People. They have trapped themselves with this jackass at the worst moment in history and no good can come of it. This brand is adulterated and when it gets tested and fails they will be compelled to come to their senses. But for many of them it will be too late.

  68. Pelosi’s approval rating plummets

    May 18, 2009

    Embattled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has approval ratings nearly as low as Newt Gingrich when he was the primary lightning rod in Congress, a new poll says.

    The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released this afternoon found that the approval of how Pelosi is doing her job as speaker has dropped from 51 percent in January to 46 percent in March to 39 percent now.

    In the new survey, conducted Thursday through Sunday while Pelosi was embroiled in controversy over how much she was told about waterboarding of terrorist suspects, 48 percent of respondents said they disapproved of her performance.

    In a news conference on Thursday, she said she had been misled by the CIA — an accusation that prompted officials of both parties to defend the spy agency and that provoked some angry Republicans to say she should put up proof or shut up and apologize.

    Gingrich, the former GOP house speaker during the mid-1990s, has called on Pelosi to resign as speaker. He had his approval rating drop into the low 30 percent and as low as 25 percent in March 1997.

    boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2009/05/pelosis_approva.html

  69. Obama’s US FDA pick wins Senate clearance

    WASHINGTON, May 18 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted on Monday to confirm Dr. Margaret Hamburg to run the Food and Drug Administration, the agency that oversees a vast array of products from foods to prescription drugs and medical devices.

    Hamburg has pledged to restore confidence in the FDA after accusations that officials placed politics ahead of science during the George W. Bush administration and were slow to respond to food contamination and drug safety problems.

    The FDA regulates prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vaccines, medical devices, most foods and other products that account for about one-quarter of the U.S. economy.

    Criticism of the FDA escalated after the 2004 recall of Merck & Co Inc’s (MRK.N) arthritis medicine Vioxx, a drug taken by millions that was linked to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.

    Hamburg is a Harvard-trained doctor and former New York City health commissioner known for her work in bioterrorism preparations and other public health issues. At her confirmation hearing, Hamburg said her priorities would include improving the safety of medical products and foods. She also said she would see if more could be done to make flu-related medical products and laboratory tests available amid concerns about the new H1N1 swine flu strain.

    “Her expertise and judgment will serve FDA well,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said after the Senate unanimously confirmed Hamburg’s nomination to head the agency.

    Democrats and Republicans praised Hamburg as well-qualified for the job.

    reuters.com/article/governmentFilingsNews/idUSN1837971020090519

  70. A REBUTTAL TO THOSE WHO SAY OBAMA MUST BE SUPPORTED BECAUSE HE IS NOT BUSH from our friend Chris Hedges:

    Our permanent war economy has not been challenged by Obama and the Democratic Party. They support its destructive fury because it funds them. They validate its evil assumptions because to take them on is political suicide. They repeat the narrative of fear because it keeps us dormant. They do this because they have become weaker than the corporate forces that profit from permanent war.

    The hollowness of our liberal classes, such as the Democrats, empowers the moral nihilists. A state of permanent war means the inevitable death of liberalism. Dick Cheney may be palpably evil while Obama is merely weak, but to those who seek to keep us in a state of permanent war, it does not matter. They get what they want. Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote “Notes From the Underground” to illustrate what happens to cultures when a liberal class, like ours, becomes sterile, defeated dreamers. The main character in “Notes From the Underground” carries the bankrupt ideas of liberalism to their logical extreme. He becomes the enlightenment ideal. He eschews passion and moral purpose. He is rational. He prizes realism over sanity, even in the face of self-destruction. These acts of accommodation doom the Underground Man, as it doomed imperial Russia and as it will doom us.

    “I never even managed to become anything: neither wicked nor good, neither a scoundrel nor an honest man, neither a hero nor an insect,” the Underground Man wrote. “And now I am living out my life in my corner, taunting myself with the spiteful and utterly futile consolation that it is even impossible for an intelligent man seriously to become anything, and only fools become something.”

    We have been drawn into the world of permanent war by these fools. We allow fools to destroy the continuity of life, to tear apart all systems—economic, social, environmental and political—that sustain us. Dostoevsky was not dismayed by evil. He was dismayed by a society that no longer had the moral fortitude to confront the fools. These fools are leading us over the precipice. What will rise up from the ruins will not be something new, but the face of the monster that has, until then, remained hidden behind the facade.

  71. basement angel Says:
    May 18th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    So, just a head’s up on Jennifer Granholm. Maybe this had been covered,

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    Yes, basement angel. We knew it a year ago. To be exact on May 30, 2008 when the DNC held their infamous meeting in DC allocating the votes for choosing the Democratic nominee. Many still aren’t prepared to accept the premeditated collusion between the two political partys giving, literally giving the nomination to Obama. Granholm sealed the deal. And yes, it’s her quid pro quo Pay Day for twisting the knife in our Hillary’s back.

    And it goes on-

  72. Great move on the part of former president Clinton accepting the post of UN Envoy to Haiti. Bill has accepted the position of Knight to the Queen. Brilliant!

  73. From JANH

    “Virginia gubernatorial candidate Brian Moran is hammering his Democratic primary rival Terry McAuliffe for backing Hillary Clinton instead of Barack Obama throughout much of the presidential race.”

    Isn’t this the “why can’t you get over it” crowd? Why don’t they take their own advice: shut up and move on.

  74. The Health Care Cave-In
    By Robert Reich|May 18, 2009|Author’s Website

    “Don’t make the perfect the enemy of the better” is a favorite slogan in Washington because compromise is necessary to get anything done. But the way things are going with health care, a better admonition would be: “Don’t give away the store.”

    Many experts have long agreed that a so-called “single-payer” plan is the ideal, because competition among private insurers who pay health-care bills inevitably causes them to spend big bucks trying to find and market policies to healthy and younger people at relatively low risk of health problems while avoiding sicker and older people with higher risks (and rejecting those with pre-existing conditions altogether), and also contesting and litigating many claims. A single payer saves all this money and focuses on caring for sick people and preventing the healthy from becoming sick. The other advantage of a single payer is it can use its vast bargaining power to negotiate lower prices from pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and suppliers.

    Not surprisingly, insurance and drug companies have been dead-set against a single payer for years. And they’ve so frightened the public into thinking that “single payer” means loss of choice of doctor (that’s wrong — many single payer plans in other nations allow choices of medical deliverers) that politicians no longer even mention it.

    On the campaign trail, Barack Obama pushed a compromise — a universal health plan that would include a “public insurance option” resembling Medicare, which individual members of the public and their families could choose if they wished. This Medicare-like option would at least be able to negotiate low rates and impose some discipline on private insurers.

    But now the Medicare-like option is being taken off the table. Insurance and drug companies have thrown their weight around the Senate. And, sadly, the White House — eager to get a bill enacted in 2009 rather than risk it during the mid-term election year of 2010 — is signaling it’s open to other approaches. What other approaches? One would create a public insurance plan run by multiple regional third-party administrators. In other words, the putative “public plan” would be broken into little pieces, none of which could exert much bargaining leverage on Big Pharma and Big Insurance. These pieces would also be so decentralized that the drug companies and private insurers could easily bully (or bribe) regional third-party administrators.

    Another approach now being considered in the Senate would have states create their own insurance plans. That’s even worse: Big Pharma and Big Insurance are used to buying off state legislators and officials. They’d just continue their current practices.

    A third option is to create a public plan that pays for itself and, according to the office of Senator Charles Schumer, who came up with it, “adheres to private-insurance rules.” But adhering to private insurance rules is exactly what the public plan is not supposed to do. How can it possibly discipline private insurers and get good deals from drug companies and medical providers if it adheres to the same rules that private insurers have wangled?

    It’s still possible that the House could come up with a real Medicare-like public option and that Senate Dems could pass it under a reconciliation bill needing just 51 votes. But it won’t happen without a great deal of pressure from the White House and the public. Big Pharma, Big Insurance, and the rest of Big Med are pushing hard in the opposite direction. And Democrats are now giving away the store. As things are now going, we’ll end up with a universal health-care bill this year that politicians, including our President, will claim as a big step forward when it’s really a step sideways.

  75. Great move on the part of former president Clinton accepting the post of UN Envoy to Haiti.
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    I think it is too. He is still young and has a lot to offer. I think the Clinton Foundation has been hamstrung by the Clinton haters. Haiti has been a basket case for 300 years and because the country has no geo-political significance no one really has cared. It will be interesting to see what this very bright, micro-managing, workaholic can accomplish. Bill Clinton has worked for everything he as accomplished and is not afraid of adversity or hard work. Go for it!!

  76. Great move on the part of former president Clinton accepting the post of UN Envoy to Haiti.

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

    I’m puzzled by his choice, unless it’s temporary. Seems like it would tie him down to a very small country very close to the US, taking time that he could better use in a larger-scale role all over he world (whether official or not). When will he and Hillary get to see each other? Better he should stay in NY or DC to make connections with her.

  77. small country very close to the US, taking time that he could better use in a larger-scale role
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    He can’t do it, IMO. The Rethugs and the Obots are looking for any excuse to trash Hillary. Bill and Haiti, a huge personal challenge, and hard to trash the Hill for Bill trying to help the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Maybe I take that back..it is condescending and racist for Bill Clinton, a white man, to try to improve the lives of Afro-Caribbeans. MoDo and Sulli will have that in their columns this week.

  78. wbboei, that treaty supercedes our constitution and put everything in the hands of the world order. I read about it over at texasdarlin blog. She has been discussing the bilderburgs. You know they just had a meeting and the sources are saying that this treaty will be signed, sealed and delivered after the 2010 elections when we will have more of a majority and Obama the great orator will talk the senate into passing it. I just wonder if this is why they want Hillary out of the Senate and Nancy out of the House???

  79. I think this appt by this republican to china and all that is coming down now shows how they are consolidating power to get this ICC treaty thru.

  80. wbboei, that treaty supercedes our constitution and put everything in the hands of the world order. I read about it over at texasdarlin blog. She has been discussing the bilderburgs. You know they just had a meeting and the sources are saying that this treaty will be signed, sealed and delivered after the 2010 elections when we will have more of a majority and Obama the great orator will talk the senate into passing it. I just wonder if this is why they want Hillary out of the Senate and Nancy out of the House???
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    Confloyd: forgive my scepticism on this one. Bambi is a sociopath and he has no regard for the welfare of this country. That much is a given. But something of this nature, i.e. the negation of soveignty could not be done sua sponte (on his own motion). It would require the approval of congress. And that is where it would fail. You might find a Crist type of Republican willing to betray his country. But I doubt it. And I also doubt he could muster the requisite 51 Dims to negate our sovereignty and flush this country down the toilet even though Obama pressured them to do so. If there were such traitors, lets just say I would not want to be the company writing their life insurance.

  81. Hey, Reich is wrong. Obama’s plan did not contain a “public option”. Edwards’ plan did and then later Clinton’s did. But Obama’s never did. In fact, he made fun of the public option and lifted the GOP Harry and Louise talking points on the issue. Interesting. Reich knows better. Why would he write that?

  82. Wbboei, this bill has been written and is being held for the proper time to bring it out, many people know about it. The one world govt. people are pushing it. This whole thing is moving towards it. There is not two parties anymore, the are working together to rip everything we hold dear away from us.

    I doubt Bambi is really going to enact healthcare, if he does it will be because big business is tired of paying the premiums for us.

  83. Tom Daschale is one of the most disreputable people in politics. I dislike him for his betrayal of Hillary. I dislike him for the way he misrepresented who he really was to his constituents. And, this part is viceral and subjective but I dislike him because he looks too much like the actor who played the Zodiac Killer in Dirty Harry. That said, let us hope his endorsement of Terry negates the tactics of his race baiting opponent Moran in the Virginia Primary and Terry wins. He is a great guy and the state would be well served if he does win the primary and the ensuing election.

  84. Wbboei, this bill has been written and is being held for the proper time to bring it out, many people know about it. The one world govt. people are pushing it. This whole thing is moving towards it. There is not two parties anymore, the are working together to rip everything we hold dear away from us.
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    Is there a copy of this bill that we can look at. If so, it should be circulated in every state, and it should be given to the major networks except for the GE media empire (NBC. MSNBC.) and CNN.

    On heath care, it is like SHV said the other day. We need single payer and that is not what Bambi will get. How much longer will Kennedy survive with that brain tumor.

  85. Is Hillary Clinton too outspoken?

    Mon, 05/18/2009

    The Chicago Tribune reports today that Secretary Clinton’s outspoken style is “raising eyebrows,” a subject I touched upon in my post “Was Clinton too verbally hard on Pakistan?”

    Some comments of hers that have stirred debate:

    In April 22, she said the Pakistani government was “abdicating” to the Taliban. (At the time, the Taliban was 60 miles from Islamabad, the Pakistani capital.) Her comments on Pakistan “really went over the top,” Brian Katulis of the Center for American Progress told the Tribune.

    On April 30, she said North Korea’s return to talks seems “implausible if not impossible.”

    On May 1, she said that China, like Iran, has made “quite disturbing” gains in Latin America.

    Basically, Clinton has been boldly telling it like it is when normally in the diplomacy world unpleasant facts aren’t addressed with such candor. “She’s saying the emperor has no clothes,” L. Gordon Flake of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation told the Tribune. “She’s saying the things that nobody else would say, but that 99 percent of the people in Washington agree with.”

    Clinton might be stating her views “undiplomatically,” but perhaps such tough talk gets results. Regarding her comments on the Pakistani government, an unnamed State Department official told the Tribune “They weren’t doing anything before she said that. Then after she said it, they suddenly were taking it pretty seriously, and met with greater success. … I think she got their attention.”

    So far, President Obama hasn’t told Clinton to tone it down, but Condoleezza Rice’s former speechwriter thinks the current secretary of state should hold her tongue.

    hillary.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2009/05/18/is_hillary_clinton_too_outspoken

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    I checked out the Chicago Tribune article…very negatively slanted against her speaking out so bolding…what a joke they are…

    Here is the link…

    chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-clinton-assess-richter_18may18,0,5344497.story

  86. # SHV Says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 12:41 am

    Great move on the part of former president Clinton accepting the post of UN Envoy to Haiti.
    ************
    I think it is too. He is still young and has a lot to offer. I think the Clinton Foundation has been hamstrung by the Clinton haters. Haiti has been a basket case for 300 years and because the country has no geo-political significance no one really has cared. It will be interesting to see what this very bright, micro-managing, workaholic can accomplish. Bill Clinton has worked for everything he as accomplished and is not afraid of adversity or hard work. Go for it!!

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

    I think we should join him.. as The Big Pink Brigade! (a supporting arm of the Clinton Foundation) I can see myself donating a month or so of my labor working in Haiti helping coordinate business models for the locals. As it is my day job is done remotely anyway and my previous work experience at the local level with the Economic Development Commission and executive position in our local Chamber and Tourism Council fits right in with what he is looking to accomplish. Drawing business to Haiti will wash over the people creating jobs and giving them a sense of pride in their accomplishments.

    A friend of mine, Don Smith is involved in building free standing generators as their power source next door in the Dominican Republic. Bill taking over in Haiti is just what is needed. Building a new governemnt structure from the gound up is a fun task for him. He must really be excited this opportunity has presented itself at this time in his life.

  87. JanH Says:

    May 19th, 2009 at 8:24 am
    Is Hillary Clinton too outspoken?
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    Let me guess. If obama said the exact same words, verbatim, the Excuse Making Media Machine would have headlines:

    “Obama Dares to Tell it Like it Is”
    “TRUTH-TELLER IN CHIEF”
    “Tough Love and Tough Words”
    “Is Obama the Next Reagan?”

    When obama gets all namby-pamby wishy-washy, as he is more apt to do, we get:

    “Obama Displays Tact”
    “Nuanced Views from the White House”
    “Obama Sooths Old Wounds Left Raw from Bush”

    Now for the Hillary take. a) When she’s viewed as too tough:

    “Hillary Clinton: Trouble Magnet”
    “Hillary’s Hissyfit”
    “Clinton Disgraces White House and her Position”
    “Will Hillary Start World War III??”

    b) Too soft:

    “Clinton Indecisive”
    “Clinton Makes Nice: Too Nice?”
    “Hillary Hems and Haws, Needs Obama’s Firm Hand”

  88. rgb44hrc Says:

    May 19th, 2009 at 9:57 am

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    Exactly! It must be a slow newsday for them or something…

  89. As I posted above, I have serious reservations about Haiti. It seems Bill can do more good on issues like the Mmiddle East/Pakistan/Russia…..Sadly, part of the” bargain”, imo, for Hillary getting SOS, was that Bill would be kept on a tight leash.

  90. LENGTHY PIECE ABOUT CHICAGO-STYLE POLITICS

    chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/June-2009/Chicago-Straight/

    Chicago Straight
    ============

    The arrest of Governor Rod Blagojevich in December cast a shadowy light on the relationships among four leading players in the Illinois Democratic Party—Blagojevich, Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, and David Axelrod. The new president and his two aides would like to minimize their dealings with the disgraced ex-governor. But the record tells a more complex story

    By David Bernstein

    In the days following his arrest on corruption charges last December 9th, Governor Rod Blagojevich did his best to appear busy. He visited his 16th-floor suite at the Thompson Center, once even showing up in a jogging outfit. He signed bills, issued press releases, expunged criminal records. And he hardly wasted an opportunity to sling mud at other local Democrats, taking particular delight in sullying the veneer of President-elect Barack Obama and his Chicago team headed for the White House.

    “Give me a chance to call in witnesses like Rahm Emanuel, the president’s chief of staff, who said there was nothing inappropriate in his conversations with me,” Blagojevich said on NBC’s Today show, during one in a round of interviews he gave in the weeks before he was ousted from office. “Give me a chance to bring in Valerie Jarrett,” now a White House senior adviser. When Greta Van Susteren of Fox News asked if he would try to call Obama as a defense witness, the governor replied, “I would not rule anything in or rule anything out.”

    “His whole thing was—dirty everybody up, show that everybody’s just as dirty as him,” says one former aide to Blagojevich. “He never wanted to go down alone.”

    Whether the ex-governor succeeds in soiling others will be determined in the coming months, as federal prosecutors press their case against him. An indictment handed down in April charged Blagojevich and a small circle of aides and colleagues with wide-ranging corruption, including the notorious effort to personally profit from filling Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat. More charges may follow as the investigation continues.

    At this writing, U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald had said nothing to implicate Obama or his aides in wrongdoing. Still, with at least 40 references to Obama and his associates in the original 76-page criminal complaint, the scandal has cast a shadowy light on the connections between Blagojevich, Obama, and Emanuel, whose careers often overlapped, and who all drew on the skills of David Axelrod, the architect of Obama’s Senate and presidential campaigns and now a White House senior adviser.
    [snip]
    (3.5 more pages to go)

  91. Confloyd: Wikipedia has good notes on the ICC (International Criminal Court) its history and purpose, and here is a link to Bill Clinton’s statement as to why he signed the treaty. He recognized that it is not perfect, but imperfection is not a threat; it’s a challenge – only by signing can we have a voice in how it operates.
    news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/1095580.stm

    IMO, we are hearing the same anxieties about our national autonomy which surfaced during the formation of The League of Nations and then again regarding the United Nations. Many of us seem to be sort of schizophrenic about our place in the world: we insist on being part of the world’s decision-making without joining world organizations. That duality needs to be examined through serious consideration of questions such as:

    Is the world potentially a better place by having world governing bodies and world justice systems to address atrocities by rogue nations?
    Were we wrong to set up a war crimes court at the end of WW2?
    Should there be no international court to try those guilty of war crimes, genocide, etc, which is the purpose of the ICC? etc

  92. Go to this link, which has hypertext links to other references, and it also has a worthy chart showing Obama’s projections of the economy from a couple months back, “With Stimulus vs. Without Stimulus” , and then the reality (from March and April number) being even worse than the Without Stimulus projection.

    gregmankiw.blogspot.com/2009/05/accountability.html

    Greg Mankiw’s Blog
    Random Observations for Students of Economics

    Accountability?
    ==========

    When the Obama stimulus plan was proposed, the president’s economic team put out a report in January 2009 that purported to show what would happen with and without the fiscal stimulus. The chart above is from page four that report, together with the actual results over the past couple months. As you can see, the actual outcome is significantly worse than the projection with the stimulus plan and is, in fact, roughly on track with what was projected without the stimulus.

    What does this mean? One interpretation is that the fiscal stimulus has failed to achieve what Team Obama thought it would. Another interpretation is that the baseline was worse than they believed at the time. I am confident the report authors would adopt the second interpretation. If so, that fact is consistent with what I said in a previous post: In light of the shifting baseline, it is impossible to hold the administration accountable for whether its policies are achieving their intended effects.

    To be clear, this lack of accountability is not a feature on this specific administration but is, instead, a reflection of the inherent uncertainties associated with macroeconomics. The administration, however, has not been particularly forthright in admitting to this lack of accountability. Indeed, the act of releasing quarterly reports on how many jobs have been “created or saved” gives the illusion of accountability without the reality.

  93. We are now in full crisis mode and iron jaw i’ll duche is getting to the point in his evil campaign to rule the world as no other human being has ever accomplished and he got this far with a simple card that has paralyzed this nation and mesmerized our greedy and spineless political hacks and the msm that have the stupid notion that they can reign him in when he is no longer of use to them.The world that so many have fought and died for no longer exists.Contrary to the words of a golden oldie “I wanna be around to pick up the pieces when somebody breaks my heart”.I truly feel heartbroken to see what this phoney junk of flotsam has done to my country and I am too old to put up a fight.Americans you have given the keys to our future to a forked tongue slick dictator that makes Adolph Hitler look like local drug dealer.

    By ABM90 Hillary is the only hope we can trust and rely on to save the remains of our once great DEMOCRACY

  94. Another question: International efforts to control drug trafficking have been hampered by lack of international law — do we continue to rely on each nation to act according to its own justice system or do we bring the perps to an international court where the same rules apply to all nations? Are we all in this together? or is each nation to reserve the right to do as it sees fit without regard for its neighbors? I don’t pretend to know how such a world court ought to be set up so as to insure everybody’s rights, but I suspect the ICC could be a very good thing.

    As for sovereignty, well, sovereignty is a very big box of parts, some parts unshakable and some need to be flexible. No man and no nation is an island unto itself.

  95. THE “OBAMA BOOM”. YEP, RECOVER IS ALREADY HERE…

    finance.yahoo.com/news/Housing-construction-drops-apf-15288681.html

    Housing construction, permits hit record lows
    ================================

    Housing construction, permits plunge to record lows in April; more signs of a bottom

    Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer
    On Tuesday May 19, 2009, 10:49 am EDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A modest rebound in single-family home construction in April raised hopes Tuesday that the three-year slide in housing could be bottoming. But with the supply of unsold homes bulging, foreclosures rising and prices falling, no broad recovery is expected until next spring at the earliest.

    The Commerce Department said construction of new homes and apartments fell 12.8 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 458,000 units — the lowest pace on records going back a half-century. Applications for new building permits dropped 3.3 percent to an annual rate of 494,000, also the lowest on record.

    All of last month’s weakness, though, came in the volatile multifamily part of construction. Single-family construction and permits both rose, a signal that this bigger sector of home construction is starting to stabilize.

    Construction of single-family homes rose 2.8 percent to an annual rate of 368,000, following a 0.3 percent gain in March and no change in February. Building permits for single-family homes were up 3.6 percent to a rate of 373,000 last month.

    “U.S. housing remains very weak, but the stability in single-family units is encouraging,” Benjamin Reitzes, an economist at BMO Capital Markets, said in a research note.

    Multifamily construction plunged 46.1 percent to an annual rate of 90,000 units after a 23 percent fall in March. Permits for multifamily construction dropped 19.9 percent to 121,000 units.

    Analysts said apartment construction is being hurt by a glut of condominiums on the market and by tightening credit conditions for commercial real estate.

    They also said a real rebound for single-family construction remains distant as heavy job layoffs and record levels of foreclosures will continue to weigh on this sector.

    The number of unsold homes on the market at the end of March fell 1.6 percent from a month earlier to 3.7 million, not including new homes, according to the National Association of Realtors. But since sales remain sluggish, it would take almost 10 months to rid the market of those properties, compared with about 6.5 months in 2006.

    “Home building conditions remain weak,” Paul Dales, U.S. economist for Capital Economics, said in a note to clients. “The excess supply of new homes for sale is still high and heavy discounts on foreclosed properties have made new homes less appealing. Any rebound in starts will be modest.”

    On Wall Street, stocks rose modestly in morning trading. The Dow Jones industrial average added about 20 points and broader indices also edged up.

    The nation’s current recession, the longest since World War II, began with a collapse in housing that triggered rising loan losses and the worst crisis in the financial sector in seven decades. The government has provided billions of dollars in support to try to stabilize the financial system and get banks to resume more normal lending to consumers and businesses.

    Housing construction and sales are expected to bottom out in the second half of this year but economists are forecasting that prices will keep falling until next spring.

    The median price of a new home sold in March was $201,400, down 23 percent from a peak of $262,600 two years earlier. The median price is the midpoint, which means half of the homes sold for more and half for less.

    In April, housing construction fell 30.6 percent in the Northeast, the largest drop for any region. Housing starts dropped 21.4 percent in the Midwest and 21.1 percent in the South.

    The West was the only region showing strength with a 42.5 percent jump in housing starts.

    The National Association of Homebuilders reported Monday that its survey of builder confidence increased for the second straight month in May, reflecting growing optimism on the part of many builders.

    The Washington-based trade group’s index rose two points to 16, the highest reading since September. Even with the rebound, the index remains near historic lows. Index readings lower than 50 indicate negative sentiment about the market.

    The housing slump has affected related industries such as home remodeling, but two nationwide chains reported better-than-expected earnings this week.

    Home Depot Inc. said Tuesday its first-quarter profit climbed 44 percent on fewer charges, and the nation’s largest home improvement retailer beat Wall Street’s expectations despite lower sales. Smaller rival Lowe’s Cos. on Monday reported a quarterly profit that also beat analysts’ expectations and the company boosted its full-year outlook.

    But the nation’s top three homebuilders reported financial results earlier this month that give little hope the spring selling season will be strong enough to stop the red ink.

    Pulte Homes Inc. and Centex Corp., which agreed to combine this year to become the largest U.S. homebuilder, said that while their quarterly losses narrowed, they continued to be battered by falling prices and a glut of unsold homes.

    D.R. Horton Inc., currently the industry’s No. 1 home builder, also reported that its losses had shrunk, but the company said it still faces challenges from foreclosures, high inventory levels, tight homebuyer credit, low consumer confidence and job losses.

    The economy contracted by more than 6 percent in the final three months of last year and the first three months of this year, the steepest six-month downturn in a half-century. Analysts believe the recession will end sometime in the second half of this year but they are looking for the jobless rate, now at a 25-year high of 8.9 percent, to keep rising into 2010.

  96. rgb44hrc Says:

    May 19th, 2009 at 9:57 am
    JanH Says:

    May 19th, 2009 at 8:24 am
    Is Hillary Clinton too outspoken?
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    It is a phony article. Suppose, for the sake of argument, that you had an ally nation, that was armed to the teeth with nuclear weapons, that was being invaded by a fanatical group who stone and decapitated people, who have move to within 60 miles of its capital, while has deployed its forces far away from the center of gravity.

    Questions:

    1. is this not a crisis? (damned near said a Crist)

    2. does inaction in these circumstances not equate to abdication?

    3. is it wrong to call it what it is, if prior warnings were not heeded?

    4. has the declaration not spurred the government into action?

    5. have they not re-deployed troops in response to same?

    6. have the march of enemy troops to the capital not been halted?

    7. has Bambi not acknowleded that he approved the statement?

    8. was Condi an effective Secretary of State?

    9. if not, what gives her the wisdom and stature to criticize?

    10. is it customary for former sos to publicly criticize her successor?

    11. why should we listen Brian Katulis a think tank staffie?

    12. has he walked the walk, or is he one more asshole with an opinion?

    13. is there an factual basis for this story?

    14. if not, what is the motive?

    15. is the Chicago Tribune interested in the truth?

    16. or are they merely looking for a bail-out?

  97. Housing construction, permits plunge to record lows in April; more signs of a bottom

    Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer
    On Tuesday May 19, 2009, 10:49 am EDT
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    This is not not not the issue. Eventually we will hit bottom. It is inevitable. The question is–has always been what about the recovery. Will it be the V shaped recovery Bambi claims, or will it be a Japanese L shaped recovery. The former means a quick return to prosperity whereas the latter entails years of employment, and the pain and suffering it entails. Moreover, the 3.6 trillion dollar budget, banker bailout, credit bailouts, auto bailouts, and doubling of money supply guarantee a lower standard of living thanks to bambi. Lets put it this way: if Bush owns the drop then Bambi owns the recovery. And if the recovery is not what he promised, or it plunges further the responsibility lies with bambi. In that case, big media will find it impossible to deny what is happening because it will be visible.

  98. 15. is the Chicago Tribune interested in the truth?
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    We have it on very good authority here in Chicago that Chicago Tribune columnist Paul Richter gets his talking points directly from the current administration, and most likely from Rahm Emanuel himself. Richter, and the Tribune as a whole, is a propaganda tool of the current president, and has been since Dr. Utopia was just a candidate for said office.

    hillbuzz.org/2009/05/18/is-the-white-house-using-the-chicago-tribune-to-attack-hillary-clinton/

    Real??? Haven’t got a clue but fits the “pattern”.

  99. It is not a question of being an island. It is a question of accountability. Under our constitution the people are sovereign. Under international government they are not. If we the people are unhappy with the policies and decisions of the govening class we have the collective power to do something about it. If we have surrended that accountablility to a world body we are essentially powerless to determine our future. If you have ever tried to negotiate with people from a different culture you soon discover that the opportuities for misunderstanding abide. That alone is a reason to be cautious in what you give away. And what exactly do we the people get back from the world in exchange for this. It can turn out to be a very bad bargain. On certain matters, the commonality of interest is such that it is sensible to do this, whereas in most matters not.

  100. # jbstonesfan Says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 10:52 am

    As I posted above, I have serious reservations about Haiti. It seems Bill can do more good on issues like the Mmiddle East/Pakistan/Russia…..Sadly, part of the” bargain”, imo, for Hillary getting SOS, was that Bill would be kept on a tight leash.
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    Bill would be criticized by the Pressers for interfering with Foreign Policy. And further, giving BO’s sycophants an opening for saying “We Told You So!”, if his focus were on Mmiddle East/Pakistan/Russia. You know that as well as I do. heh!

    part of the” bargain”, imo, for Hillary getting SOS, was that Bill would be kept on a tight leash.

    The announcement for Special Envoy to Haiti doesn’t include Bill making his residence there.. Most of his work can be done from Chappaqua overseeing the project from home or at his office in Harlem or just about anywhere for that matter. Initially, I think he would have to spend some time there laying the foundation for his plans. Once that is done, if he checks in every other week or so overseeing their progress would work well for him. A friend of mine works for a business man where his residence and home office is in Tenn. He flys in every other week or so to oversee his second office location servicing local contracts he has with the State of MA.

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    You mean “short” leash, don’t you? And what is the definition of short anyway?

  101. THE NEW NEVILLE CHAMBERLIN?

    Weakening our allies is risky
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    Obama approach makes U.S. less secure

    By Frank J. Gaffney Jr.
    Tuesday, May 19, 2009

    This is a lousy time to have a president in the White House who is, apparently, contemptuous of Winston Churchill. At this writing, President Obama was poised to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, the latest in a series of efforts aimed at weakening Israel and otherwise bending it to the U.S. administration’s will – a practice against which an historian/statesman like Churchill would have strenuously warned.

    In his extraordinary memoir, “The Gathering Storm,” the future British prime minister recalled how he had publicly pronounced in the run-up to World War II that he could not “imagine a more dangerous policy” than one then being practiced by the British government. It involved trying to appease Adolf Hitler by encouraging Britain’s principal continental ally, France, to disarm – even as Nazi Germany was remilitarizing in increasingly offensive ways.

    This practice was subsequently applied by both the British and French as they compelled another powerful ally, Czechoslovakia, to surrender its formidable Western defenses and military-industrial capabilities to the Nazis. The results of these misbegotten initiatives produced not peace, but an unprecedented conflagration. Extreme care should be exercised to avoid a repetition of this tragic history.

    Yet, every indication is that Mr. Obama is determined to weaken Israel, America’s most important and reliable ally in the Middle East, by forcing the Jewish state to surrender territory and make other strategic concessions in order to create a Palestinian state. As in the past, this weaken-your-friend approach to achieving the so-called two-state solution will not work. It will encourage, not eliminate, the abiding ambition of other nations in the region and their terrorist proxies to “wipe Israel off the map.” It will actually exacerbate regional instability, not alleviate it.

    Fortunately, another thoughtful student of history and accomplished statesman has come forth in Churchill’s footsteps (and follows his example) by laying out a markedly different approach to the idea of creating a second state out of the 22 percent of the original mandate Palestine west of the Jordan River that was not given to the Arabs in 1922. (The other 78 percent became “Transjordan,” known today simply as Jordan.)

    At a Washington dinner hosted on May 6 by the Endowment for Middle East Truth, R. James Woolsey was recognized as a “speaker of the truth.” In his brief acceptance address, a man who has served presidents of both parties as undersecretary of the Navy, conventional arms control negotiator and director of central intelligence laid out preconditions that must apply before there is any likelihood of a Palestinian polity with which Israel might actually be able to live “side by side in peace.”

    Mr. Woolsey’s analysis is informed by the status Israeli Arabs enjoy in the Jewish state today. They make up roughly one-fifth of the population of Israel. They are able to have their own places of worship and schools. They are free to own and publish their own newspapers.

    Israel’s Arab citizens are also entitled to vote for real representation in a real legislature. Currently, they have 10 of the 120 seats in the Israeli Knesset. There is an Arab justice on the Israeli Supreme Court. And an ethnically Arab Druze holds a seat in Mr. Netanyahu’s Cabinet.

    Most importantly, as Mr. Woolsey notes, law-abiding Arab citizens of Israel “can go to sleep at night without having to worry that their door will be kicked down and they will be killed” by agents of the Israeli government or others among the majority Jewish population. In short, they enjoy real security as well as opportunities in a society in which Israeli Arabs are a distinct minority.

    Regrettably, as Mr. Woolsey notes, the world has a tendency to “define deviancy down for non-Jews.” As a result, governments around the world, including the Obama administration, never even mention the possibility that Jews should be able to enjoy the same rights and privileges in any future Palestinian polity that Israeli Arabs exercise today in the Jewish state.

    So, instead of what amounts to a Hitlerian program of Judenrein in any prospective Palestinian state – meaning, as a practical matter, if not a de jure one, that no Jews can reside or work there – there could be about twice the number of Israeli Jews as currently reside in so-called settlements on the West Bank. They should be free to build synagogues and Jewish schools. And newspapers that serve the Jewish population in any future state of “Palestine” should be permitted to flourish there.

    Jews should also have a chance to elect representatives to a future Palestinian legislature. They should be able to expect to be represented as well in other governing institutions, like the executive and judicial branches.

    In order for the foregoing to operate, Jews in the Palestinian state must be able to live without fearing every day for their lives. In Mr. Woolsey’s view, “Once Palestinians are behaving that way, they deserve a state.”

    By establishing full reciprocity as the prerequisite basis for a two-state solution Mr. Obama might just be able to make useful progress toward peace in the Middle East. If, however, he persists in distancing the United States from Israel and otherwise weakening the Jewish state, he will likely get war, not a durable end to hostilities. As Churchill and Mr. Woolsey might attest, no good will come of Mr. Obama ignoring history and his efforts to euchre Israel into doing the same.

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    Frank J. Gaffney Jr. is president of the Center for Security Policy and a columnist for The Washington Times.

  102. This is a pretty good rebuttal to Richters propaganda piece.. The bottom line is this: what the igoranti business as usual stargazers and arm chair quarterbacks like Richter and his witnesses perceive as Hillary blunders in style and tone, are part and parcel of truth with the bark off which is the cutting edge of smart diplomacy.
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    The Outspoken Hillary Clinton: What Is the US’ Top Diplomat Up To?
    Submitted by christine on Mon, 05/18/2009 – 12:21pm. Analysis
    A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
    by Christine Bowman

    What has Hillary Clinton been up to? So far, her diplomacy has held surprises for observers worldwide.

    Paul Richter’s report on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (“What will she say next?”) in the May 18 Chicago Tribune raises interesting questions about the Secretary’s diplomatic style. He writes, “Her candor is raising eyebrows.”

    It’s true, she accused the Pakistani government of “abdicating” to the Taliban. Since that comment, President Zardari’s government launched an all-out effort to rout the Taliban from the Swat valley.

    In February, Clinton upset human rights groups by seeming to brush off Beijing’s stonewalling on improving their human rights record. A few months later, she risked China’s ire by calling their involvement in Latin America “quite disturbing.”

    From Mexico, she pointedly commented on the fact that assault weapons flowing southward from the US, fueling drug-trade violence: “Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the deaths of police officers, soldiers and civilians. I feel very strongly we have a co-responsibility.” That really upset the NRA back home.

    On April 30, she called North Korea’s return to nuclear talks “implausible if not impossible.”

    Are these blunders and missteps? Perhaps, but it’s also possible such unaccustomed honesty from a top diplomat is simply a new approach. This may be a time when the US’ top diplomat has chosen to cast aside the old “speak softly” approach to diplomacy and to stop tiptoeing around sticky issues. Maybe Clinton favors a stir-the-pot approach. Maybe the best thing the US can do following a period of intense international disapprobation is to admit it when “the emperor has no clothes.” When the Secretary chooses to use “tough talk,” career diplomats further down the chain of command can still parse their words and smooth ruffled feathers as well as they ever have.

    Clinton’s personal history certainly is one of direct outspokenness. It is possible in 2009 as Secretary of State that Clinton has found the ideal match for her temperament and talents.

    Where is President Barack Obama on the issue of diplomatic bluntness? Richter notes that Clinton’s approach has not drawn a rebuke from Obama.

    Talk of Clinton’s style and hints about possible errors also demands comparison to the diplomatic style and legacies of Clinton’s predecessors.

    To his chagrin, Secretary of State Colin Powell will be remembered for his persuasive UN presentation about weapons of mass destruction on the eve of the Iraq war, and for his role as an outsider in the Cheney-dominated Bush inner circle. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice famously pushed support for democratically elected governments, but then Hamas came to power. Rice also will be forever known for her fear-mongering in the lead-up to war: “… we don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.” Her footwear, too, raised eyebrows. President Bush himself was known for his “gut-check” diplomacy, as Eleanor Clift at Newsweek puts it. He was better at massaging German Prime Minister Merkel’s shoulders than he was at implementing nuanced policy.

    Now we have Clinton at State telling the world the truth as she sees it. Couple that with the kind of toughness she showed in the presidential primary, and it could be a winning combination for US diplomacy. “Smart power” is the Obama/Clinton strategy for the future. That would be a break in substance and style from the recent diplomatic past.

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  103. I think Bill Clinton chose this position after looking at all the ins and outs. I’m sure both he and Hillary discussed all the pros and cons before he said yes. I also think that anything he wanted reassurance on, he got in writing. He isn’t stupid and neither is Hillary.

  104. wbboei Says:

    May 19th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

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    Brilliant rebuttal. The difference from being objective and fair to having an obvious anti-Hillary prejudice.

  105. I have gone back and forth in my head about this Haiti thing. Here is where I am at right now. In some respects it is an off broadway act for a former broadway mainliner. However, if that was all there was to it, then it would be easy enough to have passed. He could stuck with the Clinton foundation, which may be less viable now than before because of the disclosure requirement. I do not think the racist think cuts much ice except with the ignoranti in the American electorate, but disclosure is a problem for countries like Saudi Arabia. Beyond that it may well be a fixable problem after centuries of neglect–fixable in the sense that the country could be placed on a constructive path for the future and the immediate problems of poverty, unemployment, lack of medical support could be addressed with lazer focus. Finally, it puts Bill in a power structure which is not dependent on the thug in the White House but is world wide in scope, with global power and the ability to build an international consensus through good works as opposed to national power. The jury is still out for me on this one, but as I say this is where my head is at right now.

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