The Persistence Of Memory

Bill Clinton is beginning to speak out about what happened during last year’s primaries and at the same time we learn more about how Obama’s friends protected Obama.

Big Media cheers on those that keep the Obama secrets but will demand everyone else reveal every single detail of their lives, their friends’ lives and their relatives’ lives and their business relationships.

Big Media did not investigate nor vet Obama but rather Big Media continues to cheer how Obama has thus far evaded instead of revealed.

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The L.A. Times is the latest cheerleader for the unvetted Obama.

Obama can thank Jack for keeping the roll of photographs she took of him in 1980 out of circulation until he was elected. Nine were first published in Time magazine’s December “Person of the Year” spread on Obama; now 21 of the 36 photos, plus a blow-up of her original contact sheet, make up “Barack Obama: The Freshman,” an exhibition opening Thursday at M+B Gallery in West Hollywood.

Jack rummaged for the long-ignored negatives in her Minneapolis basement early in 2008, after it became clear Obama was a serious contender for the presidency. The callow kid kicking back on a couch in a living room near L.A.’s Occidental College, where he and Jack were students, may not have been the image the Obama campaign wanted to project.

Instead of condemnation for keeping information from the voting public the L.A. Times celebrates the secreting of photographs which conflicted with the false image of Obama his campaign had concocted.

‘The public be damned, advance Obama’s personal interests’ is what the sleezy photographer prioritized. And Big Media cheers. And of course, who is the villian in this ugly Obama narrative told by Big Media? Hillary:

“I’m sure Hillary would have paid a fortune for them: ‘Is this who you want picking up the phone at 3 a.m.?’ ” Jack said from Minneapolis, her discourse earthy, humorous and freewheeling, sometimes salty. “I could have made a boatload of money, probably, but I wanted to do it right.”

The sleezy photographer thought her friend Obama’s interests were more important than Americans getting information about the flim-flam man from Chicago.

We learn from the sleezy photographer, who kept information from the voting public, that Obama has always calculated and created his image to impress the boobs that are easy to impress:

There was nothing out of the ordinary about the session, Jack says, although it impressed her that Obama had taken the initiative to bring the big, banded hat, a leather, bomber-style jacket with a fur collar and cigarettes as grist for her lens. “He obviously thought about how he wanted to have his picture taken.” Obama shared at least one characteristic with the other students who sat for her portraits: “I think the thing that everybody was trying to portray the most was how cool they were.”

Jack appreciated Obama when she ran into him that summer in a Honolulu nightclub — he a local, she a visiting summer student. “He was sitting there with a woman on each lap. They were babes, and I’m not a babe.” But the president-to-be extricated himself, came over to Jack’s table and chatted. That he’d show such courtesy while otherwise engaged “told me Obama was a cool dude,” Jack says.

The sleezy photographer knew she had information of value but decided to keep it secret in order to protect Obama. Time magazine also kept the Obama secrets. The Time photo editor who saw the Obama pictures before the election now works for Obama:

As his bandwagon rolled toward the White House last year, Jack knew her pictures would have both historical interest and cash value. At Time magazine, chief photo editor Alice Gabriner viewed the contact sheet Jack had sent on spec before the election and was impressed. “She’d captured something we hadn’t seen before.” When the discussion turned to payment, Gabriner said, “She was really a novice. I told her, ‘You have to think what’s the right home for these. I’m sure a tabloid would pay you a lot of money.’ She said, ‘No, no tabloids.’ ”

Gabriner, who left Time in March to become deputy director of the White House photo staff, says she’s never heard what Obama thought of Jack’s pictures.

Is there any question as to why the American public no longer values Big Media outlets when repeatedly, whether with regards to ACORN or these photographs, the Big Media goal is to protect Obama?

It is hard to measure who is sleezier: the photographer who kept information from the public which would have helped inform the public about who Obama really is; or the Time magazine photo editor who knew about the pictures and their value before the election but kept quiet and now works for Obama at the White House.

The sleezy photo editor has been paid back for her silence and loyalty with a White House job. The sleezy photographer expects to make huge amounts of money by selling pints for thousands of dollars each.

As with all Obama sleezy friends, payment from Obama is expected by the Rezko sleezy photographer, “I’m looking forward to my invitation to the White House, because he owes me.”

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The New York Times on Sunday will publish another handwringing profile on President Bill Clinton in the magazine section.

We learn a bit more about the ugly cynicism behind the “racist!” charge as well as the torments deserved by Ted and Caroline Kennedy:

People close to Clinton said he has largely got over his resentment at Obama but not toward Ted Kennedy and his niece, Caroline Kennedy. As Clinton sees it, they say, he did so much for the Kennedys over the years that he felt they became almost family. Nor has he forgiven Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico, who endorsed Obama even though Clinton appointed him to two cabinet posts. And the man once called the “first black president” remains deeply wounded by allegations that he made racially insensitive remarks during the campaign, like dismissing Obama’s South Carolina win by comparing it with Jesse Jackson’s victories there in the 1980s.

None of them ever really took seriously the race rap,” he told me. “They knew it was politics. I had one minister in Texas in the general election come up and put his arm around me.” This was an Obama supporter. “And he came up, threw his arm around me and said, ‘You’ve got to forgive us for that race deal.’ He said, ‘That was out of line.’ But he said, ‘You know, we wanted to win real bad.’ And I said, ‘I got no problem with that.’ I said it’s fine; it’s O.K. And we laughed about it and we went on.” The other side is moving on, too. Representative James Clyburn of South Carolina, who once recalled an angry Clinton berating him on the phone for criticizing the former president’s campaign rhetoric, is letting bygones be bygones, at least publicly. “No fence-mending is needed,” Clyburn said through a spokeswoman.

Bill Clinton is generous and might be willing to forgive being called a racist. But we will never forgive being called racists by the race-baiting Obama and his Hopium addled race-baiters.

We will never forgive the lies told by Ted Kennedy and we will never forget the nonsense spouted by the now discredited Caroline Kennedy who we will continue to thwart every time she emerges from her slimy environs.

Bill Clinton is generous and forgiving and has turned former enemies into friends. Christopher Ruddy who claimed (as did Obama’s Hopium addled supporters last year) that Bill friend Ron Brown had been assassinated and Bill friend Vince Foster has been murdered along with other lurid accusations now considers Bill Clinton a friend:

Ruddy today is the founder and chief executive of Newsmax, a conservative news-magazine. He told me he came around on Clinton after Ed Koch, the former New York mayor, introduced them. That led to lunches and more contacts, and now Ruddy says he was wrong about Clinton. “I do consider Bill Clinton a friend, and I think he would consider me a friend,” Ruddy said. “And to think of all the wars we went through in the ’90s, it seems almost surreal.

With the passage of time, Ruddy said he came to believe that Clinton was much less liberal than his enemies thought. After all, Clinton overhauled welfare, tamed the deficit and promoted free trade. While still a proud “Reagan conservative,” Ruddy said he now thinks the attacks on Clinton in the 1990s went too far. “Did we like and enjoy all the salacious reporting and all the stuff going on in the ’90s?” he asked. “I guess we thought, This is just politics. But looking back at my role, I was probably over the top. And if I knew then what I know today, I wouldn’t have pursued some of that stuff as aggressively as I did. I did an honest reporter’s job. But I have a different take on it now.”

Ruddy also attributes his change of heart to Clinton’s foundation, which has impressed him and other onetime foes. Richard Mellon Scaife, the billionaire publisher who financed Ruddy’s investigations and other anti-Clinton activities, is now a contributor to the foundation. So is Rupert Murdoch, the News Corporation chairman whose Fox News was a regular thorn in Clinton’s side. Clinton over the years has also made peace with other former adversaries, like Bob Dole and Newt Gingrich. The elder George Bush told me he now considers Clinton “a real friend.” When I asked what changed his view, he wrote in an e-mail message: “I didn’t know him personally back then. I knew him, but not up close and personal. Now I do.”

Never did we think that we would consider monsters like Christopher Ruddy and Richard Mellon Scaife and Rupert Murdoch and George H.W. Bush as more honorable than Ted Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy – but now we do and we will no longer defend Ted Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy nor moan about their miseries because in 2008 they exhibited a total lack of honor and decency.

The New York Times profile ends with a subtle story which says so much about who Bill Clinton is and why we and other Americans respect him so:

Still, as he boarded the plane in Medellín one night, he posed on the tarmac with the local security officers who had been guarding him, as he dutifully does at every stop. He seemed tired and not particularly interested, but he did not complain. Climbing the stairs to leave, though, he noticed some other officers. “Were you in the picture?” he asked. Then to an aide, he said, “These guys weren’t in the picture.” He came back down the stairs and posed again.

At all the fancy Democratic dinners and events we have attended we make it a point to thank and be respectful to waiters and receptionists and all the “help”. We have always noticed how few Democrats take that time to be courteous to the “servants” while making great speeches about the “little people” and how much Democrats care about the “little people”.

Bill Clinton has always cared about people, Put People First, and never thought of them as “little”. Bill Clinton always made sure to thank the band that played at his events and took time to thank the waiters and the cooks at his events. We are glad to see Bill is still that decent man from Hope.

We remember. We won’t forget.


71 thoughts on “The Persistence Of Memory

  1. Admin, that is a wonderful tribute to BC. :sniffle:

    I agree with you.

    “But we will never forgive being called racists by the race-baiting Obama and his Hopium addled race-baiters.”

  2. Basil9, the attacks on Bill (for telling the truth) and Hillary are sure to come after publication of the article.

  3. OT:

    May 24, 2009
    Hitler as management guru in India sparks row: Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar joined the Jews to oppose the widespread marketing in India of Adolf Hitler’s autobiography, Mein Kampf.

    An article in London’s Daily Telegraph last month reported that sales of Mein Kampf ‘are soaring in India where business students regard the genocidal dictator (Hitler) as a management guru’ and consider the book to be a ‘management guide.’

    “Anyone seeking to teach tomorrow’s business leaders of India should reject globalisation of hate and racism, not facilitating it,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, a leading Jewish NGO at the United Nations. “Using Mein Kampf as a self-improvement and strategy guide for India’s young is an outrage that dishonours six million Jews murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Adolf Hitler’s murderous Third Reich. Honouring and promoting Hitler’s white racist ideology mocks the values of the world’s largest democracy, and flies in the face of India’s noble history of protecting minority peoples, Jews among them” he added.

    “India has always been a haven to people of all religious identities and has had a legacy of protecting them. We should be happy to promote lessons from the lives of people who have helped unite mankind. There are many available books that would serve as inspirational management guides for India’s youth,” Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said. “We request that publishing companies, bookstores and educators across India immediately cease marketing Mein Kampf as a management guide. This book ought only to be studied in the context of the tragedy of the Holocaust,” Cooper and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar concluded.

    The Simon Wiesenthal Centre is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organisations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. The Wiesenthal Centre and the Art Of Living Foundation have collaborated on a multi-faith anti-terrorism conference in Bali, Indonesia and in the presentation of an exhibition on the Nazi Holocaust, Courage To Remember at the Gandhi Cultural Centre in New Delhi and in Bangalore.

    An article in Jewish Chronicle published from London said that ‘sales of Mein Kampf topped 10,000 in New Delhi alone in the past six months and are expected to rise further. A spokesman for Embassy Books in Mumbai [ Images ], who publish Mein Kampf, said people are looking at it from a business angle, especially as Hitler had such a strong influence on the world.’ ‘Students are told to use Mein Kampf and draw parallels with India to learn business strategies. Even for non-students Hitler’s books are popular texts and are clearly displayed in most book stores around India.’ ‘A business student living in Mumbai said that many people in India see Hitler as a good role model for directing a company and cite him as an inspiration in people management,’ the article said.

  4. I think this sleazey photographer has an over-inflated sense of self to imply that somehow her suppression of these photos of young bambi sitting around an apartment dressed like a pimp–which is what she is suggesting without saying, made a decisive difference. It would have been excused by big media as so many other things were including the 20 years he spent in the pews of Wright’s church. That sleezy photographer is just a nobody pretending to be somebody.

    As for Ted Kennedy, I have never had any illusions about the man. He is right out of Dantes inferno. A man of low moral character, he was handed a life of privledge and proceeded to squander it in every possible way. From early youth the man has been a cheater–kicked out of Harvard for it as I recall, a backstabber, someone who used his tenure in the senate for personal gain, a rummy, an adulterer, a killer, a coward and to pretend he is anything but a human obscenity and to make of him an idol is the greatest act of self delusion, symptomatic of national decline. It is hardly surprising he would behave as he did toward the Clintons because Kennedy is an evil man.’

    I doubt they will tell the truth about him at the wake. How could they?

    As bad as he is big media is worse–for the country.

  5. I just finished reading the NYT Magazine article on Bill Clinton. I think he held his own very well. One comment in the article really annoyed me though…

    “Unless Obama messes up, says a former top Clinton aide, “President Clinton is irrelevant.” Obama does not need him.”


    um…bambi has messed up a zillion times already. And no way will Bill Clinton ever be irrelevant!

  6. Not surprisingly, FDR called Teddy’s father “the most evil man I ever met”. (See Blood and Power). Teddy inherited that trait, but not Joe’s ability. And he wrecked many lives along the way–regardless of what his ditzy niece may say about him.

  7. Israel snubs Clinton’s call for settlement halt

    Ed Harris

    Israel will continue construction in West Bank settlements despite US calls to stop, an Israeli government spokesman said today. Mark Regev said the fate of existing settlements will be decided in peace negotiations but that in the meantime “normal life” in the settlements “must be allowed to continue”. His remarks appeared to be a snub to Hillary Clinton, who called yesterday for a halt to construction.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel will continue to allow “natural growth” in the settlements, referring to further construction at existing sites.

    The US Secretary of State’s comments came hours before Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was due to meet President Barack Obama at the White
    House. Speaking after a meeting with her Egyptian counterpart, Mrs Clinton said the president was “very clear” with Mr Netanyahu at their recent meeting that there should be a stop to all settlements. “Not some settlements, not outposts, not natural growth exceptions. We think it is in the best interest of the effort that we are engaged in that settlement expansion cease,” Mrs Clinton said, with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit at her side.

    Mr Obama has made clear he supports the creation of a Palestinian state and last week he noted that under a previous arrangement known as the
    “roadmap”, the Israelis agreed to halt West Bank settlements, along with certain steps by the Palestinians. “Settlements have to be stopped in order for us to move forward,” Mr Obama said. “That’s a difficult issue. I recognise that, but it’s an important one and it has to be addressed.” The US considers Israel’s 121 settlements to be obstacles to peace, since they are built on territory claimed by the Palestinians.

  8. “Unless Obama messes up, says a former top Clinton aide, “President Clinton is irrelevant.” Obama does not need him.”
    Obama lovers come in all sizes and shapes. The only thing they really have in common is political stupidity. If we knew who wrote that ridiculous comment, we could send them the Hedges article on the Obama brand, to help the commentor understand what a rube he is. As for messing up, one wonders what that means. Given the situation we are in, it is hard to imagine that it would be otherwise. The law of probablility ensures it will happen and then perhaps people will wake up. History will be used to explain how the frog got boiled, and it will come back to the very things he has done since taking office to move us away from free market capitalism and toward state capitalism which Thomas Sowell points out is another word for fascism. Interesting article on that subject in foreign affairs magazine this month. I may summarize it here if I get the chance.

  9. Three Obama bundlers get ambassadorships

    Thursday, May 28, 2009
    by Domenico Montanaro

    Three of President Obama’s top fundraisers are getting plum jobs as United States ambassadors. Among the 12 ambassadors named last night by the White House, three — Charles Rivkin, Louis Susman and John Roos — were so-called “bundlers” for candidate Obama.

    Rivkin (named ambassador to France) and Roos (named ambassador to Japan) both raised $500,000 or more for Obama, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. Susman (named ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) raised between $100,000 and $200,000 for Obama’s campaign.

    Top campaign fundraisers have long gotten these plum posts in past administrations — Democratic and Republican alike. And then-President-elect Obama, in a Jan. 9 press conference, said, “There probably will be some” ambassadors chosen who were top donors. “It would be disingenuous for me to suggest that there are not going to be some excellent public servants but who haven’t come through the ranks of the civil service,” Obama added.

    Several administration officials, including Valerie Jarrett, Greg Craig, Eric Holder and Tina Tchen, for example, were also Obama bundlers.

  10. Barack Obama to Hollywood: Without you, no Obama White House

    When rock stars need to replenish their bank accounts, they hit the road and go on tour. President Barack Obama demonstrated again Wednesday night that he is the current star money-raiser of American politics, as he brought his support-the-Democratic National Committee tour to Beverly Hills and packed not one room, but three at the Beverly Hilton there.

    How big a draw is the president? Well, big enough to convince 250 Hollywood bigwigs and stars like Seth Rogin, Marisa Tomei, Kiefer Sutherland, Jamie Foxx, Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith, Holly Robinson Peete, Tyler Perry, Nicky Hilton, Lawrence Bender and the entire Avant family. Not to mention newly minted Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter and healthcare go-to guy Sen. Chris Dodd — to spend more than $30,000 a couple to eat dinner in one of the hotel’s private ballrooms.

    By the way, for that check the diners got Sonoma greens, marinated artichokes, pepper goat cheese, roasted tenderloin, kabachi ravioli, grilled organic chicken and sunchoke rosemary mashed potatoes. Last night, as we reported here earlier, Obama helped raise $2 million for a lesser Las Vegas crowd of Harry Reid supporters, while VP Joe Biden had another fundraiser in Denver, also for the DNC.

    The president was introduced by Katzenberg, who said, “If you look in the dictionary under ‘grace under fire,’ it will say Barack Obama.” Obama, ever the basketball fan, quipped about the Lakers-Nuggets playoff game, by then underway at Staples Center, “It was tied in the first quarter,” he said. “That’s the story. We will get out of here before the end of the third. Some of you will get out of here before halftime.”
    And they did, lining up for their cars behind police lines and opposite a group of protesters on Wilshire Blvd.

    The president went on to thank Katzenberg, saying “If it weren’t for you, we would not be in the White House.” Addressing the assembled big-ticket donors, Obama added that, it’s “because of Americans like you, who are willing to dig deep,” not just with money but also going door to door and volunteering … that we have the chance to bring about change.”

    One of those particularly thrilled by the president’s remarks was Bender, an early Obama supporter who had to miss the inaugural because he was in Berlin working on a film with Brad Pitt. Bender said he had to pinch himself to make sure he really was in the same room with the president.

    After dinner, it was on to a bigger ballroom for a concert by the other sort of rock stars (Earth, Wind and Fire and Jennifer Hudson). Obama still got the biggest applause. And an estimated $4 million from the party for the party.

  11. Israel will continue construction in West Bank settlements despite US calls to stop, an Israeli government spokesman said today. Mark Regev said the fate of existing settlements will be decided in peace negotiations but that in the meantime “normal life” in the settlements “must be allowed to continue”. His remarks appeared to be a snub to Hillary Clinton, who called yesterday for a halt to construction.
    Good for Bibi. He is playing it the right way. You never ever give away a bargaining chip as a pre condition to negotiation. Organic growth in existing settlements may not be something to give away at all–but certainly not now. Alot of what you are seeing at this stage from the American side is posturing–and attempting to ingratiate themselves to Egypt (Mubarak worries about his own radicals who killed his predecessor Sadat), and Saudi Arabia–Obamas master. Hillary will never do anything to hurt Israel. Bambi would not for maybe but for sure.

  12. Mubarak is a corrupt dictator. Aligning/ingratiating themselves to anything connected with this despot makes no sense to me.

  13. Jan–what a bunch of meaningless drivel that Hollywood article is. Again, their role in this disaster was not that big. Next to big media they were nothing more than a fly on the wall. And they are the kind of people who do not understand that what they are so “thrilled” about is really a warmed over version of Bush III. Many of these people are cases of arrested development anyway. They live for the high and never think about the morning after–which is why they make their living in LaLa land.

  14. Mubarak is a corrupt dictator. Aligning/ingratiating themselves to anything connected with this despot makes no sense to me.
    Agreed Jan. Agreed. I was not vouching for him. Nor do I vouch for Saudi Arabia–who is equally corrupt. All I am saying is they are the key players, whom Bambis planners look to as stable forces and bulwarks against Iran and terrorism. To me, they are protectors of a corrupt status quo, who seek to preserve their own economic advantage, while keeping their own people subjugated. In fact, they are largely responsible for the rise of terrorism in the region.

  15. wbboei Says:

    May 28th, 2009 at 11:18 am


    Yes indeed! When I see a bunch of egos like this wasting large sums of money just to be in the idiot’s presence, it upsets me. Given the state of the economy in California, the poverty/homeless level et al, the imbalances here are disgusting!

  16. On Sotomayor, Some Abortion Rights Backers Are Uneasy
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    WASHINGTON — In nearly 11 years as a federal appeals court judge, President Obama’s choice for the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor, has never directly ruled on whether the Constitution protects a woman’s right to an abortion. But when she has written opinions that touched tangentially on abortion disputes, she has reached outcomes in some cases that were favorable to abortion opponents.

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    Now, some abortion rights advocates are quietly expressing unease that Judge Sotomayor may not be a reliable vote to uphold Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 abortion rights decision. In a letter, Nancy Keenan, president of Naral Pro-Choice America, urged supporters to press senators to demand that Judge Sotomayor reveal her views on privacy rights before any confirmation vote.

    “Discussion about Roe v. Wade will — and must — be part of this nomination process,” Ms. Keenan wrote. “As you know, choice hangs in the balance on the Supreme Court as the last two major choice-related cases were decided by a 5-to-4 margin.”

    Because Judge Sotomayor is the choice of a president who supports abortion rights at a time when Democrats hold a substantial majority in the Senate, both sides in the debate have tended to assume she could be counted on to preserve the Roe decision.

    Immediately after Mr. Obama announced his selection on Tuesday, leaders of several other abortion rights groups spoke out in support of Judge Sotomayor, and several conservative groups opposed to abortion rights attacked her, saying they were convinced that the president would not nominate someone who opposed abortion rights.

    But in his briefing to reporters on Tuesday, the White House spokesman, Robert Gibbs, was asked whether Mr. Obama had asked Judge Sotomayor about abortion or privacy rights. Mr. Gibbs replied that Mr. Obama “did not ask that specifically.”

    Presidents have miscalculated in their assumptions about the abortion views of Supreme Court nominees before. When the first President Bush nominated David H. Souter in 1990 to fill the seat that Judge Sotomayor would assume if confirmed, Mr. Souter was known as a “stealth nominee” with no paper trail on abortion.

    But conservative and liberal advocates alike believed that Justice Souter would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, so much so that abortion rights advocates protested outside his confirmation hearing with signs reading “Stop Souter, or Women Will Die.” Then, two years later, Justice Souter shocked the political world by voting to uphold abortion rights.

    As president, Mr. Obama has sought to avoid being drawn into the culture wars of the last several decades and has encouraged each side in the abortion debate to be respectful of the other’s opinions. But there are clear political advantages to his choice for the court not being perceived as having a strong position on abortion rights.

    Judge Sotomayor’s views on abortion rights could still become clear if a past writing comes to light. During Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.’s confirmation process in late 2005, for example, the National Archives released an old Justice Department job application in which he said the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion.

    But at this point, Judge Sotomayor’s views are as unknown as Justice Souter’s were in 1990, said Steven Waldman, the editor in chief of, a religious Web site, where he has blogged about her lack of an abortion rights record.

    “Everyone is just assuming that because Obama appointed her, she must be a die-hard pro-choice activist,” Mr. Waldman said, “but it’s really quite amazing how little we know about her views on abortion.”

    None of the cases in Judge Sotomayor’s record dealt directly with the legal theory underlying Roe v. Wade — that the Constitution contains an unwritten right to privacy in reproductive decisions as a matter of so-called substantive due process. Several of her opinions invoke substantive due process in other areas, however, like the rights of parents and prisoners.

    She has also had several cases involving abortion-related disputes that turned on other legal issues. While those cases cannot be taken as a proxy for her views on the constitutionality of abortion, she often reached results favorable to abortion opponents.

    In a 2002 case, she wrote an opinion upholding the Bush administration policy of withholding aid from international groups that provide or promote abortion services overseas.

    “The Supreme Court has made clear that the government is free to favor the anti-abortion position over the pro-choice position,” she wrote, “and can do so with public funds.”

    In a 2004 case, she largely sided with some anti-abortion protesters who wanted to sue some police officers for allegedly violating their constitutional rights by using excessive force to break up demonstrations at an abortion clinic. Judge Sotomayor said the protesters deserved a day in court.

    Judge Sotomayor has also ruled on several immigration cases involving people fighting deportation orders to China on the grounds that its population-control policy of forcible abortions and birth control constituted persecution.

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  17. What do you make of the fact that Emperor Gleuteus Maximus awards ambassadorships to Britain, France and Japan to his money whores rather than to career diplomats who have earned it. What does that say about the United States, and the seriousness of our diplomatic efforts toward those key allies. It is no defense to say this is always done, because first of all it is not, second it is not always done in critical times as it is now, and third is this what is meant by the words change. He is such a phoney mf–only an idiot could cheer about this. More info for the far left, if they have awakened yet to how they have been played by corporate forces.

  18. wbboei,

    What it says to me is that obama is mesmerized by the glamor and power. I am sure he had many corrupt promises to fullfil upon being knighted.

    In his case it is not a matter of: “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” It has been amended to say: And so my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for me…me…me…

  19. Carol–this guy Savage is not a credible reporter. Oh he has gotten awards for what is essentially a popularity contest anymore–journalistic standards no longer exist. What makes him a whore is right after he was fired by the Boston Globe, they hired him in New York and he tried to fabricate a story that Hillary had done special favors for a donor in her capacity as senator, and he tried to use that to deny her the sos positon. It failed but it branded the word WHORE across Charlie Savages forehead from now to eternity.

  20. U.S. and Israel face off over settlements


    Top Story: Israeli official say the government will press ahead with housing construction in the West Bank, despite U.S. objections. This comes after an unusually strong condemnation of the program by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who said the Obama administration “wants to see a stop to settlements — not some settlements, not outposts, not natural-growth exceptions.” Clinton made her comments after a meeting with Egypt’s foreign minister.

    Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has said it would be willing to dismantle a number of recent wildcat settler outposts and would refrain from building more communities, but that allowances must be made for the “natural growth” of existing settlements. Nearly 300,000 Israelis now live in the West Bank.

    Speaking of the Obama administration’s position, veteran Middle East negotiator Aaron David Miller told the New York Times they seemed unlikely to budge. “They’ve concluded, ‘We’re going to force a change in behavior,'” he said.
    Jan–I made a mistake in syntax. We must not refer to the position of the Obama administration in the middle east as the “American position”. It is not Hillarys position either. It is Obamas position–to try to force Israel to make a preliminary concession. It is an un-American position because it is unethical, non-reciprocal and is directed against the only democracy in the middle east. This issue should be addressed, if at all, during the negotiation process, not prior thereto. If it is dicussed during negotiation, then reciprocal concessions relating to security can be discussed as well, and bilateral agreement is possible. Whereas, Obamas attempt to force a unilateral concession on Israel before bargaining begins is fundamentally wrong, and betrays his bias.

  21. Obama should thank Bill everyday for making it possible for him to have become POTUS. For 16 yrs the the republicans/media tormented this man, along with Hillary , while this fraud gets a pass on everything from a racist preacher to his still unknown place of birth. Bill can be relevant anytime he wants by simply opening his mouth. He has chosen, for the most part, to remain silent on what Bambi and his thugs did ti Hillary and him during the primaries as his wife, for better or worse, is the SOS.
    As for Hillary, she is playing the “tough” cop for Obama on Israel-inevitable and understandable, but still disappointing.

  22. ADMIN!!!!
    Please embed.

    Joe does it again. ROTF!
    (from BO’s teleprompter blog)

    “I’m sure some of you have seen the footage of Joe Biden’s speech today, where after the wind has knocked a Teleprompter screen over, he said, “What I am going to tell the president when I tell him his teleprompter is broken. What will he do then?”

    First, it wasn’t me.

    Second, we don’t bother giving Joe a real Teleprompter. It’s just two screens that plays “Tom and Jerry” cartoons on a loop.”

    www dot youtube dot com/watch?v=q-BL46iWf4g

  23. The problem you get into when you try to force an agreement is more often than not it is a bad agreement. Since Gleutus prefers campaigning to governing, it is unlikely that he has any grand strategy in mind. He smells deal heat, and is whoremongering for a headline, rather than for an agreement which addresses the legitimate needs of the parties, offers security, a long term path for peaceful coexistence, the protection of jews in Arab lands, and long term economic partnerships. It is not hard to project an outcome when only 2 out of 10 in the area want a settlement, history and religious differences conspire against it, and the slightest unforseen act of provocation can cause the entire effort to come unravelled. If I were bronfman right now and had promised everyone Obama would be alright I would be feeling a bit uneasy. The good cop bad cop role was foreseeable here. I would not get too disappointed. The real question is not what Hillary says publically, but what she says privately to reign in Gleuteus’s worst instincts–and that goes unseen. Notice how she did not say this was her policy, or Americas policy but it was what “the President” told Bibi.

  24. “What I am going to tell the president when I tell him his teleprompter is broken. What will he do then?”
    Basil . . . . that is a serious question.

  25. pm 317: I too am at a loss to explain what has happened to Larry. I have seen a steady detrioration quality, and the sharp edges in his analysis which I valued have been warn down. Maybe he is subbing some of this out to bots. What we have is a miasma of opinion, pc and crap like the article I reacted to. I do not think it is the strain of yellow fever we saw from traitor taylor marsh, because Larry is a great American. We just need to figure out what he is smoking and ban its usage. It is another tribute to admin, and why I value this site above all others. Anyone who really wants to understand Obama needs to pay attention to what Admin says because it is the unvarnished truth.

  26. “What I am going to tell the president when I tell him his teleprompter is broken. What will he do then?”


    Blow his nose to a standing ovation, as many times as it takes till someone fixes it. The tp not the nose.

  27. Both Bill and Hillary Clinton follow the tenets of their religion more closely than any other people I know, and they do it in the face of continuing unjustifiable adversity.

  28. Had a chance to read entire NYT article online regarding President Clinton. With a few exceptions , fairly positive. Again, it is his own people who now work for Obama who treat his presidency with less respect and credit than many of his former “enemies”. His former staff show very little loyalty and a lot of pettiness considering they would be “nobody’s” without Bill. God Bless this man and his family. Chelsea was noticeably not mentioned at all in the article.

  29. God Bless Bill and Hillary Clinton. When I think of what they were going through this time last year, I still want to cry. We are much less a nation for lack of Hillary being our commander in chief. I still predict Bambi will be impeached before it is all over. My gut is usually right. I’m waiting.

  30. I pray you are correct dot48. Watching his arrogance and complete disrespect for traditional American values has been devastating. Hillary is doing her best, but as many of us feared, she still has to play the game under Obama’s thumb……I sincerely hope Bill will be able to discuss more openly the true fraud that Obama is once his term is up…

  31. The president was introduced by Katzenberg, who said, “If you look in the dictionary under ‘grace under fire,’ it will say Barack Obama.”


    are you freaking kidding me? grace under fire…let me correct you Mr Katzenburg – “If you look in the dictionary under ‘grace under fire’, it will say Hillary Clinton first, Bill Clinton second”

    how soon the Hollywood crowd forgets…how select they are in what they will excuse and ignore…

    as for the times story…another excuse for the blogs to pile on the Clintons with every slimy republican talking point they can utter…pathetic if you think the Obama dems care one tiny bit about the Clintons or anything Hill and Bill did for O after he ‘stole’ the nomination…

    Bill and Hillary Clinton have more grace and class in their pinky finger that the whole O admin and half of the Democratic party put together…the comments from other so called dems regarding that Times article are revolting…enough to make the angeltour at HP hit back at all the dimwits…such total ignorance from these new ‘dems’ is disgusting…they know nothing about loyalty or anything of Bill’s admin and not only what he did during very conservative times in the 90’s or what Bill has done since his two successful Democratic Presidential terms with his continued life of good works and making the world a better place for all kinds of people from around the world

  32. May 29, 2009

    South Korea and U.S. Raise Alert Level


    SEOUL, South Korea — One day after North Korea warned of a possible attack against the South, the United States and South Korea ordered their forces here to their highest alert for three years, increasing surveillance flights and satellite reconnaissance to counter what officials termed a “grave threat.” The move was the latest sign of escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula after North Korea conducted its second nuclear test on Monday, sparking a confrontation with South Korea and the international community that has built into ever more bellicose rhetoric. North Korea reinforced its menacing language by test-firing six short-range missiles earlier in the week.

    The South Korean Defense Ministry said allied troops, including, 28,000 U.S. soldiers based in South Korea, raised their Watch Condition, or Watchcon, to the second-highest level from Watchcon 3 to Watchcon 2. South Korea has put its military on such a high level of alert only five times since hostilities in the three-year Korean War ended in an armistice in 1953, most recently when North Korea conducted its first nuclear test in October 2006. The upgraded alert provides for a significant increase in the use of reconnaissance planes and spy satellites, as well as a more vigorous gathering and analysis of electronic signals from the North, ministry officials said.

    The Defense Ministry declined to confirm South Korean news reports that its military has moved or planned to move warships and artillery to islands near the western sea border with North Korea. But a South Korean military official said that in recent months, North Korea has increased training exercises among its coastal artillery units opposite the South Korean islands.

    The North’s state-controlled media warned on Thursday that “even a minor accidental clash could lead to nuclear war.” “It’s a matter of time when a fuse for war is triggered,” the North Korean government’s official newspaper, Minju Joseon, said in a commentary carried by the state-run news agency KCNA.

    As the South Korean government urged its people to remain calm, there was no sign of anxiety among villagers along the border. In Seoul, with a population of 10.4 million and just 35 miles from the border, preparations continued for the funeral on Friday of former President Roh Moo-hyun who committed suicide last Saturday.

    North Korea intensified its threats against South Korea and the United States on Wednesday with warnings of a “powerful military strike” if any North Korean ships were stopped or searched as part of an American-led operation to intercept vessels suspected of carrying unconventional weapons.

    South Korea agreed to join the operation after North Korea’s nuclear test on Monday. The North had earlier warned the South not to participate in the operation, known as the Proliferation Security Initiative.

    In their Wednesday statement, the North Koreans also said that they “no longer feel bound” by the 1953 armistice. Technically, the two Koreas have remained at war for more than 50 years, because the 1953 armistice was never replaced with a final peace treaty. The North Koreans had previously called the armistice a “useless piece of paper” and declared that they no longer felt bound by it. Washington and Seoul consider such North Korean statements a gambit to raise tension and draw the United States to bilateral talks.

    In Washington, Secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton said, “North Korea continues to act in a provocative and belligerent manner toward its neighbors.” “There are consequences to such actions,” she said, adding that discussions were under way at the United Nations “to add to the consequences North Korea will face.”

    Diplomats said American and Japanese officials were drafting a Security Council resolution that would concentrate on five or six ways to flesh out existing sanctions against North Korea that had never been enforced. Although China supports the idea of sanctions, it wants to work slowly and to bolster measures first passed in 2006 rather than creating new ones, they said. The proposals include banning imports and exports of all arms — only heavy weapons are restricted now. “We want to dry out their resources for the military,” said a senior Western diplomat, speaking anonymously because of the sensitivity of the negotiations.

    Since inter-Korean relations began deteriorating a year ago, analysts at government-run and private policy institutes in South Korea have often warned of a possible naval skirmish. In interviews in recent weeks, they have said that if South Korea joined the global interdiction program, the chances of a North Korean provocation would increase. The analysts said North Korea might stage a limited armed provocation along the disputed western sea border, where the two navies clashed in skirmishes in June 1999 and June 2002 during the crabbing season. Any clash between the Koreas would probably be on a similarly limited scale, the analysts said.

    South Korea’s president, Lee Myung-bak, lauded his people on Wednesday for their “mature response” to the North’s behavior. He noted that the North’s nuclear test and its subsequent missile launchings did not affect stock indexes and foreign exchange markets beyond initial jitters. Seoul, the South Korean capital, with a population of 10.4 million, is just 35 miles from the North Korean border and well within the range of North Korean missiles and artillery. But most South Koreans and foreign investors here are accustomed to threats from the North.

    Meanwhile, analysts said, South Korea’s decision to join the antiproliferation initiative — a global effort that seeks to interrupt air and sea deliveries of nuclear and other unconventional weapons, missile parts and delivery systems — is largely symbolic. Seoul has said that it will stop only suspicious ships in its own territorial waters, a sovereign right it already has. In addition, the chance that the North would send ships carrying such materials into South Korean waters is low.

  33. MAY 28, 2009

    Abbas Meets Obama, Pushing Arab Peace with Israel

    WASHINGTON — Talks between President Barack Obama and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas faced new complications Thursday as Israel rejected a U.S. and Palestinian demand that the Jewish state stop settlement construction in the West Bank.

    Mr. Obama, in a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week, told the Israeli leader that his government must stop putting up or expanding Jewish housing in the West Bank, land the Palestinians want for a state separate from Israel — the so-called two-state solution. In the Obama meeting, Mr. Netanyahu refused to commit to ending settlement activity and wouldn’t sign on to the two-state solution, even though previous Israeli governments had accepted that as part of a “road map” to guide peace negotiations.

    The Israeli government’s blunt rejection of the call for ending settlements was issued after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton restated the U.S. position on Wednesday. Mr. Obama “wants to see a stop to settlements — not some settlements, not outposts, not “natural growth” exceptions,” Ms. Clinton said. “That is our position. That is what we have communicated very clearly….And we intend to press that point.”

    Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev said Thursday that “normal life in those communities must be allowed to continue.” He confirmed that this meant some construction will continue in existing settlements.

    An end to settlements was a top priority for Mr. Abbas as he sat down with Mr. Obama Thursday afternoon. Top Palestinian officials traveling with Mr. Abbas said he was working to repackage a 2002 Saudi Arabian plan that called for exchange of land occupied by Israel since the 1967 war in exchange for normalized relations with Arab countries.
    Mr. Abbas was to hand Obama a five-page proposal that would keep intact the requirement that Israel withdraw from Arab lands captured in 1967 in exchange for a guarantee of peace from all Arab countries, according to chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. The Abbas document also calls for a mechanism to monitor a required Israeli freeze on all settlement activity, a timetable for Israeli withdrawal and a realization of a two-state solution.

    Mr. Obama’s meeting with Mr. Abbas is the third of four key sessions the administration had planned as the president tries to reinvigorate the push for Middle East peace, an accord that has eluded American leaders, the Israelis and their Arab neighbors for more than a half-century. Mr. Obama has made brokering peace in that region a top priority but has found Mr. Netanyahu a particularly recalcitrant partner.

    Jordan’s King Abdullah II opened the round of visits by Middle East leaders on April 21. Talks with President Hosni Mubarak, originally scheduled for Tuesday, were postponed after the unexpected death of the Egyptian leader’s grandson. The two leaders now plan to meet June 4 in Cairo, where Mr. Obama plans to deliver a major speech to the Muslim world. On his way to Egypt, Mr. Obama plans to meet next Wednesday in Saudi Arabia with King Abdullah.

    Apparently realizing the difficulties he faces on a bilateral basis with Israel, Mr. Abbas will be trying to sell — with the help of Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia — a more ambitious peace plan that would include benefits to Israel and the larger Arab world. Mr. Obama has appeared open to that approach, one that experts believe can be expanded and built upon given the growing fear of Iran that is shared by Israel and the Arabs. Arab diplomats said earlier this month that the U.S. had asked the 22-member Arab League to amend the 2002 Saudi initiative so that it would be more palatable to Israel.

    “What we are discussing today is a combined approach of bringing together Arabs, Europeans and the United States as a team to create the circumstances over the next several months that allow Israelis and Palestinians to sit at the table, but also with Lebanese, Syrians and Arab nations,” Jordan’s King Abdullah said at the time during a conference in Berlin. All that suggests that Mr. Abbas would get a sympathetic hearing from Mr. Obama, with some exceptions. The Palestinian leader is very weak politically, having lost control of the Gaza Strip in a violent takeover by the militant Hamas organization. Mr. Abbas also has been unable to remove or diminish the number of Israeli checkpoints that badly interrupt life for Palestinians in the West Bank, a fact that hurts his standing in the territory he still controls. He has made progress, with the help of U.S. trainers, in improving his own security forces against militants in the West Bank still bent on Israel’s destruction. The Israelis want to see far more improvement. Corruption is rampant.

  34. May 28 2009
    by Chris Good

    Obama To Visit Landstuhl

    President Obama will visit the military hospital at Landstuhl, Germany on June 5, the White House announced today. Landstuhl became the center of a campaign controversy last summer when Obama canceled a stop there to visit wounded soldiers (Landstuhl receives wounded U.S. troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan). A military official at the hospital said he “didn’t know why” the stop had been canceled, and John McCain aired a TV ad alleging Obama was more concerned with publicity than U.S. soldiers and canceled the stop because the Pentagon wouldn’t let him bring cameras. Some critics questioned Obama’s patriotism.

    The Obama campaign later said the visit would have violated Pentagon rules against campaigning at military facilities, given the presence of Obama’s campaign staff and the use of his campaign plane.

    The June 5 trip will be Obama’s first visit to the facility.

  35. US to host G20 summit in Pittsburgh in September

    WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States will host the next G20 economic crisis summit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 24 and 25, the White House said Thursday.

    “The United States will host the next G20 summit on September 24 and 24 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said. He added that the gritty Pennsylvania city was chosen because it was an example of a formerly industrial heartland which had shown progress in changing its economy to embrace new kinds of job generation.

    At the previous G20 summit in London in April, President Barack Obama and other leaders of Group of 20 developed and emerging economies agreed to commit one trillion dollars to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other global bodies to help struggling economies. They also agreed to push for greater regulation of the global financial system to tackle the deepest global crisis in decades.

  36. Thursday, May 28, 2009

    After Losing 16,000 Jobs Each Day– Obama Tells Dems “Not to Rest On Our Laurels”

    After losing 16,000 jobs each day since the Spendulus Bill was passed 100 days ago, Barack Obama congratulated himself yesterday at a campaign stop. Obama also told the crowd that now is not the time to “rest on our laurels.”

    16,000 Jobs Lost Each Day Since ‘Stimulus’ Became Law
    After 100 days of ‘stimulus’ we have to ask: Mr. President, are you looking at the same numbers we are?

    When you look at the economy right now, I think it’s safe to say we have stepped back from the brink, that there is some calm that didn’t exist before,” Obama said at a fund-raiser for the Democratic National Committee.

    Obama took credit for a large share of the turnaround, saying his young administration had accomplished as much or more in its first four months as any administration since Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s in the 1930s…

    “We can’t rest on our laurels because we’ve got a lot of work to do” in areas ranging from healthcare to education to curbing dependence on foreign oil, he said.
    Of course, not everyone was excited to see Franklin Roosevelt socialize the economy back then either.
    General Douglas MacArthur thought FDR was a communist.
    Joe Hard sent this in:

    When Franklin Roosevelt was elected president, many Americans worried the country was moving towards socialism. In the book Maverick Military Leaders, published in 2008, the author Robert Harvey notes that General Douglas MacArthur after having served as the chief of staff under President Hoover, was distraught after the election of President Franklin Roosevelt in 1932.

    “MacArthur watched with grim apprehension as Roosevelt was swept to power at the expense of Hoover and the Democrats seized control of both houses of Congress. To MacArthur it almost seemed that the very forces of communism and revolution had won at the ballot box.”
    MacArthur wasn’t too far off.

    Related… Mere Rhetoric reported that after announcing they’ve created or saved 150,000 jobs since the stimulus passed (while actually losing 16,000 each day) the White House is now shooting for creating or saving 600,000 jobs in the next 100 days.
    Let’s hope it goes better than those first 100 did.

  37. The president was introduced by Katzenberg, who said, “If you look in the dictionary under ‘grace under fire,’ it will say Barack Obama.”
    oh really? and when was this grace under fire on display? when he sat in the pew and listened to wright diss this country and over half its population? Is that what he means by grace under fire? Or was it when he changed his story nine times to explain? Or was it when he played the race card in South Carolina. Or was it the blackmailing of people during the campaign to betray the country. Or when he caved in to corporate interests on protecting his constituents, wiretapping, campaign finance reform, renditions, military tribunals, Afghanistan, bowing to the Saudi King, giving away our soverignty on the economy, embracing Hugo. I am serious. When was this grace under fire on display? I must have blinked.

    Then again, havent we all met uriah heap bootlickers in our lifetime, people who bow and scrape to power. That is Jeff Katezenberg for you.

  38. Now now gonzo lets not get carried away. By his math–actually he doesnt do math–thats for his budget director, and of course Poopie who has been known to misplace a decimal point now and then–by their math, that stimulus bill saved 3 trillion jobs.

  39. wbboei, I am really scared, so many fronts in this world that are powder kegs waiting to burst. I thank God we have Hillary, but I think she has to do want the idiot wants. Sure looks like we are almost at a world war. North Korea is really waving the saber, Pakeeston is in just a horrible condition, and then theres Iran and Israel. OMG, and to think we have this numskull running the show, where the hell is Bush??

  40. gonzotx Says:

    May 28th, 2009 at 5:46 pm
    Thursday, May 28, 2009

    After Losing 16,000 Jobs Each Day– Obama Tells Dems “Not to Rest On Our Laurels”

    After losing 16,000 jobs each day since the Spendulus Bill was passed 100 days ago, Barack Obama congratulated himself yesterday at a campaign stop. Obama also told the crowd that now is not the time to “rest on our laurels.”

    16,000 Jobs Lost Each Day Since ‘Stimulus’ Became Law
    After 100 days of ‘stimulus’ we have to ask: Mr. President, are you looking at the same numbers we are?

    When you look at the economy right now, I think it’s safe to say we have stepped back from the brink, that there is some calm that didn’t exist before,” Obama said at a fund-raiser for the Democratic National Committee.


    what are these people smoking? especially in LA…California, a once thriving state, is bankrupt and laying people off by the hundreds, the entertainment industry and the studios are in debt and cutting back and that effects all the other businesses connected to the industry…salaries are being reduced or eliminated…

    the rest of the country is beginning to look like a ghost town…strip malls already barren, once populated malls are losing not only their anchor stores but everything in between, foreclosures are increasing, unemployment is still averaging over 500,000 lost jobs a month and that does not even account for people who have stopped looking or are leaving advanced degrees off their resumes so recruiters won’t consider them overqualified…so goes the dumbing down of america…service jobs are being fought over between seniors and boomers and college kids…

    our once thriving auto industry collapsed, our insurance companies need a bailout, our media is going out of business…our banks continue to rob us blind and use us for their bank…Obama’s hearlded credit card reform is going to push our interest rates higher…

    …local, state and federal governments are trying to come up with every single solitary thing they can come up with to tax…before you know it there will be a morning tax, an afternoon tax and a night tax (I better not give them any ideas!)

    …we are in debt as far as the eye can see and the USA may lose AAA credit rating…by Obama’s words himself on c-span…our country is out of money…and inflation is on the way…

    oh yeah, and now we have the threat of new wars in afghanastan, pakistan, north korea and the continuing divide between palestine and israel…costing us, the taxpayers, billions and billions of more dollars … and the troops will remain in Iraq while we build a billion dollar building in Pakistan…as our streets continue to crumble at home

    …so those are the laurels Obama does not want to rest on…god help us…our commander in chief and his supporters are delusional…

  41. wbboei,

    Somehow I thought you made find this clip of a reporter being kicked off BO’s airforce 1 amusing.

    She claims she’s a Catholic Priestess and was just trying to hide POTUS.

    Notice it took 3 agents to carry her away. ROTF!

    rightreborn dot com/2009/05/28/journalist-dragged-air-force/

  42. The emerging Republican theme re Obama seems to be this: BAIT AND SWITCH. That is a valid theme, especially when Bambis policies are seen to not only fail, but to exacerbate the situation. It could be the theme that chases Bambi and his money changers from the temple. I ran into a business owner with many retail operations throughout the state, and he spoke for many others in his financial position when he said they never realized this guy had a “hidden agenda”, and it will stifle business. I told him that the real goal here is to move our country from private capitalism to state capitalism, and our political system will change to the fascist model in the process. Big media has become his mouthpiece–his unfailing Goebbels.

    Dear Fellow Republican,

    Last year the Democrats told voters they would bring “change” to Washington, but their version of change has been to push America to the left farther and faster than I think anyone could have imagined.

    That is why I believe America needs the Republican Party now more than ever before.

    Across our nation, some people who were willing to take Barack Obama at his word when he campaigned as a reasonable, moderate candidate are coming to realize the unfortunate truth.

    Candidate Obama talked about fiscal responsibility, about government living within its means. But President Obama is spending with reckless abandon and saddling our children and grandchildren with mountains of debt.

    Candidate Obama boasted about cutting taxes. But President Obama will have to raise taxes to pay for his massive top-down government explosion.

    Candidate Obama talked a lot about being bipartisan, but he has yielded his legislative agenda almost entirely to Nancy Pelosi who has repeatedly shut Republicans out of negotiations on important legislation, from economic stimulus to the budget to health care.

    President Obama and his Congressional allies have shown America their true agenda.They are leftist radicals bent on transforming our constitutional republic into a socialist “utopia” by dismantling the free enterprise system, eroding the rule of law, imperiling our national security, and curtailing our freedom.

    A groundswell of popular grassroots opposition to the Obama Democrats’ unprincipled power grab and failed policies is rising across America.
    Tea Party movements to protest outrageous confiscatory taxation by Washington, renewed enthusiasm for strong local government, and concern for the loss of traditional American values are growing.

    I have travelled extensively since being elected RNC chairman, meeting with state party leaders and grassroots activists alike.

    There is genuine enthusiasm for a Republican balance to the reckless excesses of the president and congressional Democrats. I believe the Republican Party can ride that wave of local enthusiasm to victory in upcoming elections.

    And that is why I’m asking you to continue your support of our efforts. America is looking for leadership and it’s our responsibility to step up and provide it. Please help us lay the groundwork to win back government for the American people by making a contribution of $1,000, $500, $100, $50 or $25 to the Republican National Committee today. Your gift will support the recruitment and election of principled candidates who will roll back the Democrats’ damage and govern with humility and respect.

    Our time is coming. We can and must be ready to lead the fight. Thank you.


    Michael Steele
    Chairman, Republican National Committee

    P.S. America is waking up to the dangerous excesses of the Obama Democrats, and the Republican Party must be ready to provide the good governance the American people deserve. That’s why I hope you’ll take this opportunity right now to support our efforts to be ready when the time comes to lead again by making an online contribution of $1,000, $500, $100, $50 or $25 to the RNC today. Thank you.

    P.P.S. We need every American concerned about our nation’s future to get on board in our fight. Help us increase the groundswell of support for defeating the Obama Democrats! Please forward this message to all of your friends and ask them to join our GOP team today!

  43. Question for anyone interested. I remember the debate here when Hillary was nominated for SOS. How do you feel about it now? Was it a good move on her part? Why do you think obama picked her?

  44. Jan-

    1. time will tell whether it was a good move or not. I thought at the time it was. Now I am not as sure. We shall see where it all ends up.

    2. as previously noted, he did not want her as sos. He wanted the world stage all to himself. He was outmaneuvered.

    More the deponent sayeth not.

  45. wbboei,

    We were debating this at work today and just kept getting more depressed. I’m starting to worry about Hillary being thrown under the bus.

  46. We were debating this at work today and just kept getting more depressed. I’m starting to worry about Hillary being thrown under the bus.
    Jan- I have been wrong before but for the life of me I do not see that happening. First, he needs her for her wisdom, contacts and strength which he lacks despite what bootlicker Katzenbaum says. Second, she is a global celebrity with a world wide following. Third, I am quite sure there is stuff on Bambi which is within their care custody and control that was never released, and is far more damaging photographs of bambi than sitting around someones apartment during the missing years dressed like a Dunbar Avenue primp in his Occidental days. Fourth, this would divide the party forever. Fifth, the uncertain state of the economy hangs like a sword of damoceles over his head. Sixth, I am quite sure she has noted and memoranda on the sound advice she has given to him which could be released in that case which would illuminate things now hidden. I could go on. I think they all see a middle east deal here on their terms. I think they are wrong.

  47. I agree about Afghanistan. I also think by aligning himself with Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the Palestinians…and wanting to talk to the Iranians, etc…that he is going to fall flat on his face. Playing hardball with Israel is not the way to go. Everyone keeps saying that Israel needs the U.S. and it is true. But I also think that the U.S. needs Israel as well. You don’t punish democracies like this.

  48. The next time Bambi bows to the Saudi King he had better have his back to the wall–for the same reason you do not pick up a bar of soap in the showers of a prison facility. Now wouldnt that be a wonderful example of grace under fire. And when it was over he could rest on his laurels. I speak figurtively of course.

  49. Admin,
    What this story fails to mention and perhaps it is due to space are the racist attacks Geraldine Ferraro had to endure for having the guts to speak the obvious truths. I was deeply hurt by what I read she was going through and have always loved her. This was a pioneer of her time the disrespect and hate that I saw spewed was just appalling. Someone who always stood for equal rights and was a symbol for it
    long before the name Clinton and Palin were ever around. On the campaign trail in 1984 she campaign for equality and the equal rights ammendment yet she was demonized for speaking her mind
    the truth that this black man does not deserve to be where he is…..he didnt earn it he didnt accomplish a damn thing to be rewarded for a job he was not qualified for. A white man with his qualifications would NOT have gone past Iowa.

    Bill Clinton is a more forgiving man then I perhaps politics turns your skin into a cowhide, I dont know but
    I cant forgive what I witnessed as a supporter and am grateful to have sites such as this to relate to. I do get here as regularly as I would like but I enjoy everyones comments and I know the feel as I do.

  50. ADMIN:


    Rachel Maddow destroys Obama on lying to the American people


  51. @Dot…I “HOPE” your right and teleprompter in chief is exposed and impeached.

    Regarding the questions above Im not sure if it was such a smart move for Hillary to take Sec of State.
    While she is shining and her poll numbers are sky high she is also under Obama’s thumb and accountable for any floundering on the international stage on his part. However the glass being half full she could resign at the first sign of serious trouble and not be blamed too dramatically. Also the word ive read is that if bambi steals his second term she is planning to bow out in the secord term to focus on another run in 2016

  52. As much as I dislike the NYT, the piece was ok, yet, other MSM outlets focusing only on the negative stuff with headlines like “Clinton still angry over 2008″…… is truly frightening how anti-Clinton and pro Obama MSM continues to be………..I don’t see much hope and truthfully, my health has gone to hell the past two yrs with depression, an enlarged prostate, and chronic back pain, and I’m only 46!!! Thank god for the wife and 3 kids (3, 13, 16).

  53. Germans Angry with US Role in Opel Negotiations

    Despite an entire night of non-stop negotiations in Angela Merkel’s Chancellery, there is still no plan in place to save Opel from following GM into bankruptcy. The problem, say Berlin politicians, is a lack of transparency — and a surprise 300 million euro demand — from the Americans.


    the flash of anger was likewise unmistakable — anger at Germany’s negotiating partners from the US.


    But on Wednesday night, General Motors made a surprise demand for an additional €300 million ($415 million), catching German negotiators off guard. To make matters worse, the US had only bothered to send a low level representative who frequently had to confer with his superiors in Washington.

    Complaining that the night had been “absurd in parts,” Guttenberg also said that he expected “more seriousness and a greater willingness to compromise on the part of the US.”


    For now, though, the US has managed to succeed where Berlin’s political elite has failed for months: getting the CDU and SPD to agree. Both parties are unified in their excoriation of America’s role in Opel negotiations thus far. “It seems to me,” said Steinbrück on Thursday morning, “that transparency is in short supply on the US side. The half-life of the information received by Germany is very short.”,1518,627380,00.html

  54. Germany calls on Clinton to resolve GM fight

    Hillary Clinton has intervened in talks over the future of Opel and Vauxhall at the request of German ministers as the American Government unveiled plans to sink more taxpayers’ funds into the European carmakers’ US parent, General Motors (GM).

    Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German Finance Minister, spoke by telephone today with Mrs Clinton to seek “support in the search for a solution,” his spokesman said. Mrs Clinton pledged to intervene to demand “the greatest possible American support” from Timothy Geithner, the Treasury Secretary, the spokesman added.

    Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, the Economics Minister, also denounced the US Treasury for dispatching a junior official who had to consult Washington through a video link at regular intervals during the night.

    Mr Guttenberg said the talks had been “absurd in parts” and demanded “more seriousness and a greater willingness to compromise on the part of the US.”

  55. Djia, we heard about the Maddow “skit” on her show earlier today. Your post has been updated with the video, but frankly, we simply cannot tolerate to even look at Maddow. Others with strong stomachs will do the watching but our eyes will not be sullied with Maddow’s garbage now that it is too late.

  56. Brandon82, we did not include Ferraro this time but we have written repeatedly about what was done to her and anyone who refused to take the Hopium. Ferraro held out from endorsing Obama as long as anyone who sort of “had to” because of party position. Ferraro is one of the few women leaders who did what should have been done when she spoke out strongly.

  57. Maddows show is tanking, look at Mediabistro . com Can’t wait till she is cancelled, I wanna gloat. She should have had bambi’s dick on her desk ( and I know she is a lesbian) She sucked so hard it was heard round the country.

  58. I sent maddow an email last night with the Hedges article, proving that bambi is not the great white hope she and others of her ilk believed him to be, but rather a corporate shill who is the Houdini of lies and broken promises. I told her that she would have to choose between her professed liberal values and her love for bambi, because the two could not live together under the same roof, and are mutually exlusive. Yes, I know it is too late for the election, but never too late to hold them accountable. They are the fools who fell for the lies, and brought this tragedy to the nation. The bill will come due.

  59. Notice it took 3 agents to carry her away. ROTF
    Yea, they are real tough guys.

  60. Speaking of Bill and Hillary.

    Two strong and great people.

    If you would remember the old saying, if you are caught with someone who does a crime you are just as guilty.

    I wish Bill and Hillary would get as far away from Bambi as they can. The man is evil.

    I guarantee you if Bambi goes down. It will be Bill and Hillary you will hear about. Not Bambi

  61. PA official: Abbas expects US pressure to push out Netanyahu

    May. 29, 2009

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will not resume negotiations with Israel unless the Netanyahu government agrees to a complete settlement freeze and publicly accepts a two-state solution, Abbas has told The Washington Post in an interview. And since he does not believe Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will lift his opposition on these issues, Abbas and his leadership expect American pressure to gradually force Netanyahu out of office, the paper reported on Friday. “It will take a couple of years,” it quoted one of Abbas’s officials as saying. Abbas was interviewed the day before his Thursday meeting at the White House with US President Barack Obama.

    Setting out what the newspaper called “a hardline position,” the Palestinian leader conditioned a resumption of talks with Israel on Netanyahu’s agreement to a halt in all settlement building – a demand being repeatedly stressed by Obama, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other senior US officials – and formal Israeli government acceptance of Palestinian statehood. Abbas added that he would not even assist Obama’s special envoy, George Mitchell, in trying to encourage Arab states to begin warming relations with Israel until Israel accepted these conditions. “We can’t talk to the Arabs until Israel agrees to freeze settlements and recognizes the two-state solution,” Abbas was quoted saying. “Until then we can’t talk to anyone.”

    However, The Washington Post went on, “Abbas and his team fully expect that Netanyahu will never agree to the full settlement freeze – if he did, his center-right coalition would almost certainly collapse. So they plan to sit back and watch while US pressure slowly squeezes the Israeli prime minister from office. ‘It will take a couple of years,’ one official breezily predicted.” Abbas, the article continued, “rejects the notion that he should make any comparable concession – such as recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, which would imply renunciation of any large-scale resettlement of refugees.”

    Abbas intends to remain passive, he told the paper. “I will wait for Hamas to accept international commitments. I will wait for Israel to freeze settlements… Until then, in the West Bank we have a good reality . . . the people are living a normal life.” Abbas also told The Washington Post that former prime minister Ehud Olmert accepted the principle of a “right of return” to Israel for Palestinian refugees and offered to resettle thousands of Palestinians in Israel. And he said Olmert proposed a Palestinian state on 97 percent of the West Bank, and showed him its contours on a map. Abbas said he turned down Olmert’s peace offer because “the gaps were too wide.”

    “What’s interesting about Abbas’s hardline position,” wrote The Washington Post’s Jackson Diehl, who conducted the interview along with a colleague, “is what it says about the message that Obama’s first Middle East steps have sent to Palestinians and Arab governments.” While the Bush administration placed the onus for change in the Middle East on the Palestinians, Diehl wrote, the Obama administration had shifted the focus to Israel. The upshot, wrote Diehl, is that “in the Obama administration, so far, it’s easy being Palestinian.”

    The Palestinians, under Bush, knew that “until they put an end to terrorism, established a democratic government and accepted the basic parameters for a settlement, the United States was not going to expect major concessions from Israel,” wrote Diehl. But Obama, with his repeated demands for a settlement freeze, “has revived a long-dormant Palestinian fantasy: that the United States will simply force Israel to make critical concessions, whether or not its democratic government agrees, while Arabs passively watch and applaud.”

    As Abbas told his interviewers, “The Americans are the leaders of the world… They can use their weight with anyone around the world. Two years ago they used their weight on us. Now they should tell the Israelis, ‘You have to comply with the conditions.'”

    Diehl wrote that Netanyahu and the Likud party had not reconciled themselves “to the idea that Israel will have to give up most of the West Bank and evacuate tens of thousands of settlers” for a permanent accord. “But Palestinians remain a long way from swallowing reality as well. Setting aside Hamas and its insistence that Israel must be liquidated, Abbas – usually described as the most moderate of Palestinian leaders – last year helped doom Netanyahu’s predecessor, Ehud Olmert, by rejecting a generous outline for Palestinian statehood.” Olmert’s offer “was more generous to the Palestinians than either that of Bush or Bill Clinton,” wrote Diehl. “It’s almost impossible to imagine Obama, or any Israeli government, going further.”

    “While the Bush administration placed the onus for change in the Middle East on the Palestinians, Diehl wrote, the Obama administration had shifted the focus to Israel”

    So under this bastard (excuse the language) the terrorist issue as well as the recognition of Israel means absolutely nothing! Israel must prostrate itself and give everything up while the Palestinians and other Arab countries are laughing themselves all the way to the bank!

    This turnabout in Israeli-U.S. relations makes me sick to my stomach!

  62. Obama to cement Saudi ties on surprise trip

    Fri May 29, 2009
    By Ulf Laessing – Analysis

    RIYADH (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama is likely to hear Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah air his worries about the festering Arab-Israeli conflict and rising Iranian influence when he visits Riyadh next week. Obama, who meets King Abdullah on June 3, added a surprise Saudi leg to his trip to Europe and Egypt, where he plans to deliver a much-anticipated speech to the Muslim world. The decision reflects the enduring importance of a bilateral bond based on guaranteed oil supplies in return for U.S. protection for the Saudi monarchy that was sealed in the 1940s.

    Washington is keen to prevent any spike in oil prices that might threaten economic recovery — U.S. crude hit a year-high on Tuesday. For their part, Saudi officials fret that Obama’s diplomatic overtures to Iran might rejig regional relationships at Riyadh’s expense.

    They also want him to get tough with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has balked at Palestinian statehood. “Saudi Arabia wants reassurances that Obama is rejecting Netanyahu’s statements,” said Mustafa Alani, at Dubai’s Gulf Research Center, who is close to Saudi policymakers. The Saudis can take heart from Obama’s stern line against any expansion of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

    But Alani said they would make no concessions beyond a 2002 Arab peace plan promoted by King Abdullah offering Israel recognition in return for withdrawal from Arab land occupied in 1967 and a just solution to the issue of Palestinian refugees.
    Saudi rulers believe the collapse of Middle East peacemaking has given Iran opportunities to expand its regional reach via Sunni Islamist groups such as the Palestinian Hamas, as well as its traditional Shi’ite Hezbollah allies in Lebanon. The kingdom, which sees itself as the bastion of majority Sunni Islam, fears an eventual U.S. deal with Iran would make the Shi’ite power part of a new political and security order. But with no clear strategy on how to tackle Iran, the Saudis can only rely on the United States to halt Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, analysts and Riyadh-based diplomats say.

    “The Saudis are in a very, very tough spot,” said Rochdi Younsi at political risk consultant Eurasia Group. “They don’t know what they want. On one hand they want the U.S. to pursue a policy of strict containment of Iran. At the same time, they don’t want the situation to escalate to an armed conflict.”


    The United States itself might appreciate a Saudi role in countering Taliban insurgencies in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Saudis hosted talks in September between pro-government Afghan representatives and ex-Taliban officials on how to end a conflict which also involves the Taliban’s al Qaeda allies. “The Saudis have developed some influence that might come in handy for the Obama administration that is trying to refocus its efforts in Afghanistan,” said Younsi.

    Diplomats in Riyadh said the kingdom would have to weigh the benefits of such a role against possible damage to its campaign to improve its image in the West after the September 11 attacks of 2001, in which 15 of the 19 al Qaeda hijackers were Saudis.
    “They might do it, but would be also a bit worried at being perceived as having close Taliban links, while trying to present themselves in a new light,” said a Western diplomat. Saudi Arabia is often criticized abroad for its human rights record, but Younsi said Obama was unlikely to raise unwelcome questions about political reforms, despite the government’s decision this month to delay municipal elections for two years.

    The United States needs Saudi Arabia, which has over a fifth of global oil reserves, to play its customary moderating role in the OPEC cartel against price hawks such as Iran and Venezuela. “The Saudis are the only ones who have spare capacity,” said Alani, the Dubai-based analyst. They will be able to pump even more crude to brake prices when the 1.2 million barrel per day Khurais field opens in June.

    Saudi Arabia is among America’s top 15 trading partners, with two-way trade worth $67.3 billion last year. The kingdom, whose currency is pegged to the dollar, has expanded trade with Asia in recent years, but still needs high-tech U.S. goods. “The United States will remain the biggest individual country trade partner for Saudi Arabia, although its role is likely weaken a bit due to increased trade volumes with Asia,” said Monica Malik, a regional economist at EFG-Hermes.


    So oil is more important than the survival of Israel.

  63. “Abbas and his team fully expect that Netanyahu will never agree to the full settlement freeze – if he did, his center-right coalition would almost certainly collapse. So they plan to sit back and watch while US pressure slowly squeezes the Israeli prime minister from office. ‘It will take a couple of years,’ one official breezily predicted.” Abbas, the article continued, “rejects the notion that he should make any comparable concession – such as recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, which would imply renunciation of any large-scale resettlement of refugees.”
    This is the move of a weak ineffectual leader. He is playing a game of chicken before the game has even begun. Now would be a good time to send an open letter to Obama posted in the New York Times, stressing one or more of the following points:

    1. first, the issue here is the safety and survival of one of Americas most reliable allies in the world. Those are not issues to be trifled with.

    2. second, the elites in Washington cannot dictate a timetable for a stable settlement in the Middle East. It must come from the parties. Currently, the people in Israel and Palestine do not want an agreement.

    3. third, Israel is willing to enter into negotiations to seek a stable agreement. But Abbas has thrown down the gauntlet.

    4. fourth, if you want an agreement, you do not give the other side an ultimatim prior to negotiation which leaves them no face saving way out–as Abbas has done.

    5. fifth, if you want an agreement, you do not tell the world that your goal is to use friends of your opponent pressure him into submission or force him out of office–as Abbas has done.

    6. sixth, if you want an agreement, and you want a concession from your opponent you offer one of your own: recognition of Israel contingent upon the conclusion of a satisfactory agreement.

    7. seventh, in that case you go with the flow, and have the greatest leverage with the world behind you to get the two state solution you want, and Israel gets recognition and security it deserves.

    8. eighth, under this approach, nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed to–and everyone knows what the deal is.

    9. ninth, it fully appears from Abbas’s actions that he does not want to negotiate. For him it is my way or the highway.

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