Treachery Tales, Part II

When they wanted votes, the Obama Dimocrat Party waved the red flag of abortion and Supreme Court appointments in order to corral women they had treated with contempt in a campaign of misogyny and sexism. Now that it matters however, Barack Obama did not even bother to find out Sonia Sotomayor’s views on abortion:

Some liberal legal groups are raising questions about Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, citing her relatively moderate judicial record and her skimpy paper trail on crucial issues like abortion, gay marriage and the death penalty. [snip]

The concern from some liberal groups, however, is that despite her 16 years as a circuit and federal court judge, Sotomayor has not shown her hand on abortion, the death penalty, national security and gay marriage. And she’s not viewed as a major thinker in areas like constitutional rights, executive privilege, civil rights or human rights.

“Vote for Obama” the red flag wavers yelled. “It’s the Supreme Court, stupid” they would say in order to stop the brain from functioning and ignore the historical reality (our precient, right-on-target, June 6, 2008 Supreme Court argument response and why Obama could not be trusted on Supreme Court appointments HERE) regarding Supreme Court appointments.

A Souter in reverse? The red flag ain’t a-wavin’ now that it matters:

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.

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.” [snip]

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.

To hell with the Obama endorsing, Hillary trashing NARAL. Now that it is too late they care about vetting of an appointee. They should have vetted Obama.

We warned women and abortion rights supporters that Obama cannot be trusted.



It was about a year ago, May 31, 2008, that the ultimate treachery occurred when the Democratic Party became the Obama Dimocratic Party and effectively gifted the nomination to Obama. Big Media was a co-conspirator in the treacherous Obama campaign of misogyny and sexism (“the chief victim was Hillary Clinton, not John McCain“).

The tree is known by the fruit. Judge the tree by its fruit.



The fruit is bitter and it is rotten. Ask Ted Rall.

The liberal icon, President of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, op-ed columnist for Universal Press Syndicate, author of 14 books, beloved liberal Democrat, seller of anti-George W merchandise, and foolish Obama supporter and demander of votes for Obama, who attacked George W. Bush unceasingly, now says:

In all the ways that matter to liberals, Barack Obama is the second coming of George W. Bush. But in the same way that Republicans project their values of small government and low taxes on a party that doesn’t adhere to them, liberal Democrats project values of being antiwar and pro-civil liberties that they don’t make the slightest pretense of following.

Remember when we were mocked for saying Obama is the Third Bush Term? Now that the same analysis comes from Dimocratic hero Ted Ralls, whose cartoons were republished and lionized every time he (regularly) attacked George W. Bush, there is the usual hypocritical silence from the blue boy PINO Big Blogs.

The PINO Big Blogs and the Obama Dimocratic Party are a mirror image of the George W. Bush Republicans. Ted Ralls however won’t play the game:

Clever guy, Barack Obama. Launches the biggest attack against basic American jurisprudence in history the Friday before the long Memorial Day weekend, figuring that by the time Tuesday rolls around, a hung-over nation fattened on BBQ won’t have noticed.

I refuse to act like the Republicans who stuck by Bush after he crossed the line between garden-variety piggishness to authoritarian psycho. I regret not listening to my libertarian friends who warned me that Obama had dictatorial tendencies. They were right.

Bush was bad. Bush was evil.

Obama is worse than Bush.

Obama is worse than Bush! Little wonder thatTed Ralls is now calling for Obama to resign:

Obama is useless. Worse than that, he’s dangerous. Which is why, if he has any patriotism left after the thousands of meetings he has sat through with corporate contributors, blood-sucking lobbyists and corrupt politicians, he ought to step down now — before he drags us further into the abyss. [snip]

Obama is cute. He is charming. But there is something rotten inside him. Unlike the Republicans who backed George W. Bush, I won’t follow a terrible leader just because I voted for him. Obama has revealed himself. He is a monster, and he should remove himself from power.

Commentor “anoneros” sums up our feelings:

I don’t want to read this stuff Ted. You and your media cohorts elected this man. You’re responsible for him. You own him — and he owns you (by his own admission). Your are nothing but state-sponsored media. At this point you’re only job is to continue to write fawning articles of adulation. I never read any hard-hitting, critical and substantive investigation of BHO during the campaign. I don’t want to read any of it now, now that it’s too late. To echo the Left during the Bush years: Obama is not my president. But he is certainly yours Ted. All yours.

He’s all yours Obama Dimocratic Party, along with the looting of the American economy and the looting for bankers and GM. He’s all yours.

The stinking rotten B.O. with his Rezko house and his sleeveless rotten Chicago machine wife – he’s all treacherously yours.

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121 thoughts on “Treachery Tales, Part II

  1. Wolffe will discuss his new book on NBC’s “Today” show on Monday morning.

    Of all his transition choices, none was easier to make, or more complex to execute, than Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. Obama had long wanted his former rival on his team, no matter what his friends and aides said about her aggressive campaign…
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    This is a lie. I guarantee it.

    The same goes for his assertion that fellow senators did not want her back in the senate. Glenn Flush at Politico rebuts Wolffe on that point and he is persuasive.

    Wolffe is a propagandist who appears on MSNBC which is controlled by GE which is controlled by Immelt–one of Obamas puppeteers. His source is “a senior Obama aid”

    His false assertions that Obama wanted Hillary and the senate did not are part and parcel of his ungoing effort to undermine Hillary during the campaign and his concommitant attempt to create the Obama myth.

    The bottom line is Wolfe is an intellectual whore. And that is the God’s truth. He is not worthy of belief on any subject. Falso in uno. Falso in omnibus.

  2. wbboei,

    I guarantee you this is only the first of many whitewashes to come. It’s the only way they can keep the positive spin going.

    LOL…they live in dreamland.

  3. Admin,

    How quickly his house of cards has fallen. It’s unfortunate that the rest of us have to suffer just because a kool-aid drunk, racist bunch of pigs decided that they had found the new messiah and needed to trample on anyone and everything that got in the way of annoiting him.

    More like the antichrist if you ask me!

  4. Jan: you are right on (as usual).

    They say history is written by the victors. We cannot allow that to happen here.

  5. admin from the top:
    Some liberal legal groups are raising questions about Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, citing her relatively moderate judicial record and her skimpy paper trail on crucial issues like abortion, gay marriage and the death penalty.
    &&&&&&&

    Skimpy paper trail…where have I heard that before??? Hmmm.

  6. JanH Says:

    June 1st, 2009 at 10:51 am
    EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT FROM ‘RENEGADE’: Obama On Clinton Pick: “I’m Not Begging Her To Take This Job”
    ***********************************

    Total BS.I don’t know how the Clinton’s don’t go behind closed doors and demand retraction from the Fuhrer

    BP is Bitterpolitiz by the way….

  7. HRC CAMPAIGN INSIDER NOW WORKING OBAMA’S AUTO DEAL

    Deese worked for HRC before eventually winding up in the WH.

    nytimes.com/2009/06/01/business/01deese.html?_r=2&ref=todayspaper

    By DAVID E. SANGER
    Published: May 31, 2009

    WASHINGTON — It is not every 31-year-old who, in a first government job, finds himself dismantling General Motors and rewriting the rules of American capitalism.

    But that, in short, is the job description for Brian Deese, a not-quite graduate of Yale Law School who had never set foot in an automotive assembly plant until he took on his nearly unseen role in remaking the American automotive industry.

    Nor, for that matter, had he given much thought to what ailed an industry that had been in decline ever since he was born. A bit laconic and looking every bit the just-out-of-graduate-school student adjusting to life in the West Wing — “he’s got this beard that appears and disappears,” says Steven Rattner, one of the leaders of President Obama’s automotive task force — Mr. Deese was thrown into the auto industry’s maelstrom as soon the election-night parties ended.

    “There was a time between Nov. 4 and mid-February when I was the only full-time member of the auto task force,” Mr. Deese, a special assistant to the president for economic policy, acknowledged recently as he hurried between his desk at the White House and the Treasury building next door. “It was a little scary.”

    But now, according to those who joined him in the middle of his crash course about the automakers’ downward spiral, he has emerged as one of the most influential voices in what may become President Obama’s biggest experiment yet in federal economic intervention.

    While far more prominent members of the administration are making the big decisions about Detroit, it is Mr. Deese who is often narrowing their options.

    A month ago, when the administration was divided over whether to support Fiat’s bid to take over much of Chrysler, it was Mr. Deese who spoke out strongly against simply letting the company go into liquidation, according to several people who were present for the debate.

    “Brian grasps both the economics and the politics about as quickly as I’ve seen anyone do this,” said Lawrence H. Summers, the head of the National Economic Council who is not known for being patient whenever he believes an analysis is sub-par — or disagrees with his own. “And there he was in the Roosevelt Room, speaking up vigorously to make the point that the costs we were going to incur giving Fiat a chance were no greater than some of the hidden costs of liquidation.”

    Mr. Deese was not the only one favoring the Fiat deal, but his lengthy memorandum on how liquidation would increase Medicaid costs, unemployment insurance and municipal bankruptcies ended the debate. The administration supported the deal, and it seems likely to become a reality on Monday, if a federal judge handling the high-speed bankruptcy proceeding approves the sale of Chrysler’s best assets to the Italian carmaker.

    Mr. Deese’s role is unusual for someone who is neither a formally trained economist nor a business school graduate, and who never spent much time flipping through the endless studies about the future of the American and Japanese auto industries.

    He lives a dual life these days. He starts the day at a desk wedged just outside of Mr. Summers’s office, where he can hear what young members of the economic team have come to know as “the Summers bellow.” From there, he can make it quickly to the press office to help devise explanations for why taxpayers are spending more than $50 billion on what polls show is a very unpopular bailout of the auto industry.

    Several times a day he speed-walks to Treasury, taking a shortcut through the tunnel under the colonnade, near the kitchens. The other day he talked about how sharply perceptions of the industry’s future changed after Mr. Obama’s election.

    “At the first meeting with Rick Wagoner,” he said, referring to G.M.’s recently deposed chief executive, “they were in a very different place. He said publicly that bankruptcy was not a viable option. It’s been a long process getting everyone to look at the options differently.”

    In fact, from before Inauguration Day, few in Mr. Obama’s circle saw any other choice. Every time Mr. Deese ran the numbers on G.M. and Chrysler, he came back with the now-obvious conclusion that neither was a viable business, and that their plans to revive themselves did not address the erosion of their revenues. But it took the support of Mr. Rattner and Ron Bloom, senior advisers to the task force charged with restructuring the automobile industry, to help turn Mr. Deese’s positions into policy.

    “The president’s instruction to us was that we had to come up with a solution that would work on a commercial basis, that didn’t involve indefinite federal financing,” Mr. Deese said. “But we didn’t want liquidation, which would have even worse effects. So the question was how do you design a very substantial restructuring, and do it fast.”

    Mr. Deese’s route to the auto table at the White House was anything but a straight line. He is the son of a political science professor at Boston College (his father) and an engineer who works in renewable energy (his mother). He grew up in the Boston suburb of Belmont and attended Middlebury College in Vermont. He went to Washington to work on aid issues and was quickly hired by Nancy Birdsall, a widely respected authority on the effectiveness of international aid and the founder of the Center for Global Development.

    But he wanted to learn domestic issues as well, and soon ended up working as an assistant for Gene Sperling, who 17 years ago in the Clinton White House played a similar role as economic policy prodigy. Eventually, Mr. Deese headed to Yale for his law degree. But his e-mail box was constantly filled with messages from friends in Washington who were signing up to work for the Obama or Hillary Rodham Clinton campaigns. Mr. Deese chose Senator Clinton’s.

    “He was pretty quickly functioning as the top economic policy staffer through her campaign,” Mr. Sperling said. “He could blend the policy needs and the political needs pretty seamlessly.” On the day that the Clinton campaign ended, Mr. Deese left her concession speech and received a message on his BlackBerry from a friend in the Obama campaign urging him to sign on immediately to Mr. Obama’s team.

    He resumed his policy work there, and found himself stuck in Chicago — unable to fly to Washington with his dog — as the economic crisis deepened. Finally, one night, he decided to get into his car with his dog and just started driving back to Washington. Tired, he pulled over to catch some sleep in the car.

    “I slept in the parking lot of the G. M. plant in Lordstown, Ohio,” he recalled. The giant plant, opened during G.M.’s heyday in the mid-1960s, is where the Pontiac G5 is produced. Under the plan Mr. Deese worked on when he arrived in Washington, Pontiac will disappear.

    “I guess that was prophetic,” he said, shaking his head.

  8. We are a Dimicratic society that want to judge people on their promises and words, vs there actions or lack of action or experience.

    Words have always been cheap. It is only by actions or lack of action that we have even a glimmer of understanding how a person will behave.

    The O campaign was entirely about words, and nothing about action or lack of action and experience.

    You get what you pay for. Yes, I voted, and I am proud about the way I voted. Those who voted for O are responsible for his actions, and I am not. If you think you are not, you are fooling yourself. A vote is a responsibility which greatly affects everyone in this country.

  9. From BP

    Journalists who don’t kiss Obama’s feet

    americanthinker.com/2009/06/journalists_who_dont_kiss_obam.html

    The London newsies of Fleet Street have no respect — for very much at all, including the Queen, PM Gordon Brown or — shock! — not even for His Utterliness Barack Hussein Obama, He Who Must Not Be Laughed At. This lèse majesté will no doubt upset the ranks of the American media, which has transformed the fine art of butt-kissing into a veritable mob frenzy at any appearance of the One.

    The White House press corps is now completely supine, utterly shameless in its groveling cowardice. Stalin himself couldn’t have wished for a more slobbering press corps. Rather than mailing them nice little Lipton tea bags, millions of sane Americans might consider sending air sickness bags to our Reigning Media.

    But not, thank haven, across the broad Atlantic. There free speech and even laughter are still alive, among the well-lubricated scribblers of Fleet Street. The journos of Britain show little respect for American Presidents regardless of race, creed or color. They laugh hysterically at all of them. Not that it takes much imagination.

    The Telegraph has done the awesome, and called Michelle’s wardrobe “frumpy.”

    Gerald Warner pitches in by announcing “Barack Obama: all the bad guys are giving President Pantywaist the finger” which says it all, really.

    And “Barack Obama and the CIA: why does President Pantywaist hate America so badly?”

    And how about “Barack Obama preaches the gospel of abortion at Notre Shame”

    Now admittedly these are Telegraph blog entries, the modern equivalent to a pub conversation over a beer. But it shows healthy skepticism, and the WaPo and NYT would rather foul their nice clean undies than get the White House Press Office upset with them. Robert Gibbs,warned to the press to “be very careful” in how they talk about the latest affirmative action nomination to the Supremes. Translation: We will lynch you as a racist if you dare to criticize. How’s that for unblushing Stalinism?

    Of course the Telegraph’s Christopher Brooker, the Last Sane Man on earth, is conducting a vigorous campaign against global frauding and all its little sister frauds. Daniel Hannan manfully hold his finger in the dike against the rising waters of the EU, which will drown Britain decades before global warming kills just one UN warmeaucrat.

    George W. Bush was unanimously howled at by the mad-dog media of the world, led by the New York Times, but joined by Der Spiegel, Al Jazeera and the Guardian. No Bush-hating smear was bad enough to satisfy the Left and its brotherly Islamofascist allies. The New York Times routinely tortured conservatives with its daily mendacities. Al Jazeera, which is fielded by the desert billionaires of Qatar, professed to be shocked by the scandalous videos of Al Qaida killers being forced to watch nubile female prison guards parading in the nude at Abu Ghraib, or subjecting three of the biggest throat-slitters to water dripping down their noses — with a medical doctor and a lawyer in attendance to protect their legal rights.

    A few weeks ago in Abu Dhabi a sheikh of the Royal House showed how desert Arabs do it, by flaying the skin off an Afghan acquaintance who had incurred his displeasure, and then repeatedly driving his car over his prone body. Unfortunately he was videotaped doing it, and the video went viral on the web, a source of some embarrassment to his tribal brethren. After watching the video the government of Abu Dabi promised an official investigation. We continue to await any results with bated breath.

    The American media were appalled, m’dear, just appalled by the barbarism of the Bush CIA — except for Nancy Pelosi, who did not, I repeat not, know anything about waterboarding from 2002 onward, seven years when Democrats were shamelessly demagoguing the War on Terror. Ms. Pelosi just fled to China to avoid being asked any questions about waterboarding. The media has kissed the floor in its usual fashion by stopping any more questions to Nancy. Can’t ask her about waterboarding on her trip to China, right? Wouldn’t be polite. And we know how much they care about good manners.

    For our Media Class such things as torture are only permitted in sado-masochistic sex play, as practiced every night in Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco — the kind of stuff that just got a WABC TV newsman in New York City killed by a teenage sex partner. Apparently our Ruling Media know a lot about such things, but only when it is done among consenting adults. At least in Britain the Telegraph and the Sunday Times have kept an iron grip on their teetering sanity. Even since the Incarnation of the One.

    With the American newspaper industry imploding, maybe it’s time to outsource the news to a free country?

  10. admin from the top:
    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.
    &&&&&

    So **now** NARAL wants a candidate to reveal their position? Why weren’t they pushing for Obama exhibit transparency in the primaries?? If they had insisted that he be candid about his views and his record, we might have a Pres. Clinton in the WH now, and we wouldn’t be wondering about Suprem Court nominees’ positions and track records.

  11. Torture is , I guess, is in the mind of the beholder. Since my above article is in moderation, that probably doesn’t make much sense right now.

  12. I want anaother woman in the SC but NOT THIS SOTOMEYER!!!!!

    She is nothing and has been chosen ONLY FOR BEING A LATINO WOMAN!!!!

  13. U.S. Debt $668,621 Per Household

    business.theatlantic.com/2009/05/us_debt_668621_per_household.php
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    just in case you were trying to decide to buy that new car, from GM!

  14. 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.”
    &&&&&&&&&&

    WRGB Times got the full quote from Gibbs:

    Gibbs: “….but the President did specifically speak with Plouffe and Axelrod about how Sotomayor would help his re-election prospects with respect to the Latino and women voting blocs. That part was important.”

  15. Admin: ananeros is saying what many of us feel right now. It is very well stated.

    I think what Rawls may be feeling now is some degree of responsibility for the destruction of our country, which I believe will be the legacy of Mr. Obama. Anyone who has studied his entire history with a critical eye knows that is the risk.

    What Rawls comments suggest to me is he made a grevious mistake and is man enough to acknowledge it. What he needs to do now is acknowledge the concommitant fact that Hillary was the one he should have supported, instead of being one of the vigilantes who hung the wrong person.

    As in The Oxbow Incident: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lljIrAfBzYs&feature=related

    Here is what I would like to see.

  16. JanH Says:

    June 1st, 2009 at 12:04 pm
    um…what exactly did bambi ask sotomayor specifically? Anything relevant at all?
    &&&&&&

    Obama grills the prospective nominee:

    “What is your favorite color?”
    “If you could be an animal, what would you be?”
    “Name your favorite TV show from the 70’s”
    “Did you vote for me or for Hillary in the primaries?”

  17. Yes wbboei,

    I’m still waiting for these reluctant teeth-pulling newby bambi critis to go a further step and admit that their crimes against Hillary.

    I think I will be 10 feet under before that happens.

  18. Gibbs: “….but the President did specifically speak with Plouffe and Axelrod about how Sotomayor would help his re-election prospects with respect to the Latino and women voting blocs. That part was important.”
    ——————————————
    What better proof could there be that obama is indifferent to the fate of the country but merely seeks to hold on to power? Axelrod, Plouffe and Gibbs are pathological liars. Thus, one wonders why they did not simply lie about this, and better still why they would offer an explanation which confirms the suspicion that he does not have the best interests of the country at heart. I guess it just slipped out of the Pillsbury doughboy in an unguarded moment.

    Frankly, I do not think this helps him with Hispanics nearly as much as they think it does. That is a male oriented culture. If the Republicans were smart (which they are not) they would run an Hispanic in the vice presidential slot. Also, this candidate will have a hard time bending over backwards for Hispanics after her foolish comments about white male judges. (Note: I do not dispute the merits of the statement so much as the political naivetee which they manifest.)

  19. lol…admin…

    If I wanted to know how the “bots” would treat Hillary if she runs again, I sure know now. I want to set up cult deprogramming for these idiots.

  20. There is even the pro forma attack on Big Pink.
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    Fan mail from the witch’s coven.

  21. wbboei Says:

    June 1st, 2009 at 12:29 pm
    Gibbs: “….but the President did specifically speak with Plouffe and Axelrod about how Sotomayor would help his re-election prospects with respect to the Latino and women voting blocs. That part was important.”
    ——————————————
    What better proof could there be that obama is indifferent to the fate of the country but merely seeks to hold on to power? Axelrod, Plouffe and Gibbs are pathological liars. Thus, one wonders why they did not simply lie about this, and better still why they would offer an explanation which confirms the suspicion that he does not have the best interests of the country at heart. I guess it just slipped out of the Pillsbury doughboy in an unguarded moment.
    &&&&&&

    wbb, if you note the source, RGB Times, you’ll know that that quote is as reliable as something from the Onion. The RGB Times is yellow journalism at its worst. Yet, despite their deplorable tactics, their instincts are impeccable.

  22. If I wanted to know how the “bots” would treat Hillary if she runs again, I sure know now. I want to set up cult deprogramming for these idiots.
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    I have just the man for the job. An old golfing buddy of mine who had a condominum on Doral. He was in charge of deprogramming Korean prisoners of war. The program was never implemented. He was the Miami city psychiatrist for twenty years. But the time I got to know him he had been chewing on loco weed so long that nothing he said made much sense. He hired a cop to dispose of someone and the cop arrested him. Knight Ridder had a story on him, and so did one of the news magazines. Worst of all, he lied about his handicap, and was always giving himself ten foot gimmies, and would drive down the middle of the fairway (and sometimes the greens) right after a rain storm leaving tank tracks behind him. I think he is the right man to deprogram the bots, provided he is still living.

  23. Hillary Clinton Arrives in El Salvador for Funes Inauguration

    SAN SALVADOR – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived Sunday in this capital to attend the inauguration of President-elect Mauricio Funes. Clinton, dressed in a bright blue outfit, arrived on a private jet at the capital’s international airport, where she was greeted by the vice minister of foreign relations for Salvadorans abroad, Luis Montes Brito.

    The head of the U.S. diplomatic corps broke protocol for a few moments to greet a group of children who had been waiting for her waving Salvadoran flags. She also shook hands with the protocol personnel and a group of paramedics who were on the runway near the terminal area.

    Clinton on Sunday will attend the second meeting of the “Caminos para la prosperidad” (Roads to prosperity) initiative that is being attended by Cabinet ministers and representatives of countries with whom the United States has free trade treaties.

    She is also scheduled on Monday to meet with Funes a few hours after his swearing in.

    Clinton on Sunday will participate in a round table on the role of women in society and will sign a rural electrification agreement, among other activities.

    laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=336167&CategoryId=23558

  24. wbb, if you note the source, RGB Times, you’ll know that that quote is as reliable as something from the Onion. The RGB Times is yellow journalism at its worst. Yet, despite their deplorable tactics, their instincts are impeccable.
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    rgb: can you prove that Gibbs didn’t say it?

  25. Oh yeah, this is one progressive nation…NOT!

    June 1 2009, 12:35 pm by Marc Ambinder

    White House Press Corps Warned: In Riyadh, Don’t Leave Your Hotel Or Photograph Women

    Via several e-mail chains comes today this authentic and plaintive e-mail from the United States Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Because the White House added the Saudi stop to the President’s oversees trip so close to the date of departure, the Saudi government is allowing U.S. journalists to enter the country without a visa. That’s nice of them. Through the U.S. embassy, though, the Saudi government insists that the White House press corps stay in the confines of their hotel (the Marriott in Riyadh) except for official events on penalty of “arrest and detention.”

    The embassy also passes along these tips and pointers about Saudi “law and custom.”

    · Do not photograph women, mosques, government buildings, airports, military facilities, souqs, old buildings, homes or Saudi nationals. Photographs should not be taken outside of official venues and events without consulting with White House press staff and US Embassy press staff on-site.

    · The wearing of attire considered appropriate by local standards is strongly advised.

    · Do not import or display any drugs, alcoholic beverages, pork products, any form of pornography, or any non-Islamic religious material.

    · The Marriott Hotel has an ATM in the lobby, thus no currency exchange will be available.

    Thank you for your cooperation.

    US Embassy

    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    politics.theatlantic.com/2009/06/white_house_press_corps_warned_in_riyadh_dont_leave_your_hotel_or_photograph_women.php

  26. Do not import or display any drugs, alcoholic beverages, pork products, any form of pornography
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    Candy Crowley needs to stay home.

  27. You know what we have lost in this country, a declaration by the media of where we stand politically upfront. On my trip back east I pick up a small town newspaper. It said the X Democratic News. Remember when it was the Republican whatever or the Democratic whatever.

    CBS should be the Democratic Evening News. Then up front we would know the slant. They present themselves unbiased all over the place, when those words should stick in their throats.

    On this blog, Hillary is 44, you should know the slant. You have not reason not to.

  28. In addition, if you read this blog, you see more than one side. You also see people correct lies etc.

  29. cbs is owned by westinghouse (who wants a piece of the nuclear power project), abc is owned by disney, nbc msnbc are owned by general electric (who needs the nuclear power project), cnn is owned by Time Warner (who employs Wolffe, Altar and the rest of the goebbels clones). Mr Obama will advance are their interests, at the expense of the American People. Nothing could be clearer.

  30. NMF,

    It is my personal belief, although I am often wrong lol…, that the media this time around is worse than ever before. I have never heard of such a blatant lack of honesty/twist of the truth/blackening and destroying of reputations.

    I don’t think labeling is necessary. To my way of thinking only two or three have not gone over to the dark side.

  31. Why does the NYT bother to note that someone who once worked on the Clinton campaign is now helping Obama to dismantle GM? It is irrelevant.

  32. There is even the pro forma attack on Big Pink.
    &&&&&&&&&

    I looked at the HuffPosting, did not see what you meant.

  33. It is my personal belief, although I am often wrong lol…, that the media this time around is worse than ever before. I have never heard of such a blatant lack of honesty/twist of the truth/blackening and destroying of reputation.
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    The corruption before was subtle, whereas now it is in your face, and epic in its proportion. In fact, it is so pronounced that fair minded people discount what they say for that reason. People want some semblance of truth from the news. As a result they look elsewhere. They are destroying what little remains of their good will for the sake of the multi nationals who own them.

    One question I was thinking about this morning. As NBC implodes where is Tom Brokaw. You know the guy who wrote The Greatest Generation and presented himself to us as a patriot. Mum is the word from him now. He is showing his true colors–and vice previous word, they aint red, white and blue. They are green and yellow.

  34. wbboei Says:

    June 1st, 2009 at 12:55 pm
    wbb, if you note the source, RGB Times, you’ll know that that quote is as reliable as something from the Onion. The RGB Times is yellow journalism at its worst. Yet, despite their deplorable tactics, their instincts are impeccable.
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    rgb: can you prove that Gibbs didn’t say it?
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    Like in foreign filmes with “subtitles”, it was there in the subtitles as he spoke.

  35. “OTHER TARGETS”?

    From politico.com article below is this nugget:

    “However, the release of just the one taped call could also mean that Patrick Fitzgerald, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois and the prosecutor in the Blagojevich case, does not want to release further evidence on Burris, fearing that it could imperil his corruption case against the former governor and other targets.”

    politico.com/news/stories/0509/23158.html

    Roland Burris tapes renew questions
    ==========================

    A transcript of a tape-recorded telephone call shows Roland Burris mulling over the idea of raising money for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich while seeking a Senate appointment from him — and the Senate Ethics Committee wants to know if there’s more where that came from.

    According to a newly unveiled document

    , the Ethics Committee has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to release a wide array of information on Burris stretching back over a period much longer than its “preliminary” investigation was previously known to cover.

    The ethics panel has requested that the Justice Department turn over all “intercepted oral, wire and electronic communications” in which Burris is a participant or is mentioned by name or where he discusses fundraising for Blagojevich or “the appointment of a replacement” to Barack Obama’s Senate seat.

    The Ethics Committee, led by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), is seeking information dating back to April 1, 2008, nine months before Blagojevich appointed Burris to replace Obama.

    So far, the Justice Department has turned over only the wiretap from a Nov. 13 telephone call between the former governor’s brother Robert, chairman of Friends of Blagojevich, and Burris, who desperately wanted to be appointed to the seat Obama vacated after winning the presidential election.

    The release of just that Nov. 13 tape — while presenting an immediate political problem for Burris, who has given varying accounts of his contacts with Blagojevich associates prior to his appointment — suggests several different possibilities.

    First, it could mean that the conversation was the lone piece of taped evidence in which Burris communicated with Blagojevich’s associates, even though Burris previously has acknowledged speaking to five other associates of the indicted former governor, as well as having three different calls with Robert Blagojevich.

    Two of those Burris-Robert Blagojevich calls came after the November elections, according to an affidavit filed by Burris. The FBI had begun taping calls made by Rod Blagojevich and his aides, including Robert Blagojevich, on Oct. 29, after receiving permission from a federal judge. It is unclear how many phone lines were taped, but the Justice Department has moved to keep dozens of those recorded calls under seal.

    Senate insiders have speculated that the FBI recorded a second call between Burris and Robert Blagojevich, but Burris’ attorneys do not believe that is the case.

    “It’s an assumption on my part, not anything that they have said — the assumption on my part [is] that that is the only recording that they have on Sen. Burris,” William Jeffress, co-counsel for Burris, said in an interview.

    However, the release of just the one taped call could also mean that Patrick Fitzgerald, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois and the prosecutor in the Blagojevich case, does not want to release further evidence on Burris, fearing that it could imperil his corruption case against the former governor and other targets. Robert Blagojevich was indicted for wire fraud along with his more famous brother.

    [snip…end of page 1, page 2 not shown]

  36. “So far, the Justice Department has turned over only the wiretap from a Nov. 13 telephone call between the former governor’s brother Robert, chairman of Friends of Blagojevich, and Burris, who desperately wanted to be appointed to the seat Obama vacated after winning the presidential election.”

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    Chicago transparency! Bambi learned from the best!

  37. UNMASKING THE STATE MOUTHPIECE FOR WHAT IT IS

    The Obama Infatuation
    ================

    By Robert Samuelson
    June 1, 2009

    WASHINGTON — The Obama infatuation is a great unreported story of our time. Has any recent president basked in so much favorable media coverage? Well, maybe John Kennedy for a moment; but no president since. On the whole, this is not healthy for America.

    Our political system works best when a president faces checks on his power. But the main checks on Obama are modest. They come from congressional Democrats, who largely share his goals if not always his means. The leaderless and confused Republicans don’t provide effective opposition. And the press — on domestic, if not foreign, policy — has so far largely abdicated its role as skeptical observer.

    Obama has inspired a collective fawning. What started in the campaign (the chief victim was Hillary Clinton, not John McCain) has continued, as a study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism shows. It concludes: “President Barack Obama has enjoyed substantially more positive media coverage than either Bill Clinton or George W. Bush during their first months in the White House.”

    The study examined 1,261 stores by The Washington Post, The New York Times, ABC, CBS and NBC, Newsweek magazine and the “NewsHour” on PBS. Favorable stories (42 percent) were double the unfavorable (20 percent) , while the rest were “neutral” or “mixed.” Obama’s treatment contrasts sharply with coverage in the first two months of the presidencies of Bush (22 percent of stories favorable) and Clinton (27 percent).

    Unlike Bush and Clinton, Obama received favorable coverage in both news columns and opinion pages. The nature of stories also changed. “Roughly twice as much of the coverage of Obama (44 percent) has concerned his personal and leadership qualities than was the case for Bush (22 percent) or Clinton (26 percent),” the report said. “Less of the coverage, meanwhile, has focused on his policy agenda.”

    When Pew broadened the analysis to 49 outlets — cable channels, news Web sites, morning news shows, more newspapers and National Public Radio — the results were similar, despite some outliers. No surprise: MSNBC was favorable, Fox was not. Another study, released by the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University, reached parallel conclusions.

    The infatuation matters because Obama’s ambitions are so grand. He wants to expand health care subsidies, tightly control energy use and overhaul immigration. He envisions the greatest growth of government since Lyndon Johnson. The Congressional Budget Office estimates federal spending in 2019 at nearly 25 percent of the economy (gross domestic product). That’s well up from the 21 percent in 2008, and far above the post-World War II average; it would also occur before many baby boomers retire.

    Are his proposals practical, even if desirable? Maybe they’re neither? What might be unintended consequences? All “reforms” do not succeed; some cause more problems than they solve. Johnson’s economic policies, inherited from Kennedy, proved disastrous; they led to the 1970s’ “stagflation.” The “war on poverty” failed. The press should not be hostile; but it ought to be skeptical.

    Mostly, it isn’t. The idea of a “critical” Obama story is a tactical conflict with congressional Democrats or criticism from an important constituency. Larger issues are minimized, despite ample grounds for skepticism.

    Obama’s rhetoric brims with inconsistencies. In the campaign, he claimed he would de-emphasize partisanship — and also enact a highly-partisan agenda; both couldn’t be true. He got a pass. Now, he claims he will control health care spending even though he proposes more government spending. He promotes “fiscal responsibility” when projections show huge and continuous budget deficits. Journalists seem to take his pronouncements at face value even when many are two-faced.

    The cause of this acquiescence isn’t clear. The press sometimes follows opinion polls; popular presidents get good coverage, and Obama is enormously popular. By Pew, his job performance rating is 63 percent. But because favorable coverage began in the campaign, this explanation is at best partial.

    Perhaps the preoccupation with the present economic crisis has diverted attention from the long-term implications of other policies. But the deeper explanation may be as straightforward as this: most journalists like Obama; they admire his command of language; he’s a relief after Bush; they agree with his agenda (so it never occurs to them to question basic premises); and they don’t want to see the first African-American president fail.

    Whatever, a great edifice of government may arise on the narrow foundation of Obama’s personal popularity. Another Pew survey shows that since the election both self-identified Republicans and Democrats have declined. “Independents” have increased, and “there has been no consistent movement away from conservatism, nor a shift toward liberalism.”

    The press has become Obama’s silent ally and seems in a state of denial. But the story goes untold: Unsurprisingly, the study of all the favorable coverage received little coverage.

  38. There is a parallel to big media in constitutuional law. It is called the doctrine of preemption. It says in effect that under the Commerce Clause the federal government is not only supreme but even if it has not passed specific legislation that the states are precluded from doing so within that area. I once saw a case argued before the Supreme Court on that issue, and the question was whether the state statute was preempeted.

    The parallel here is to big media. They feel they have preempted to field when it comes to political discourse, and everyone else, meaning blogs and people who seek to petition the government for redress of grievances against Obama are precluded from acting and being heard. Simply put, they use their control of the airways to censor conflicting opinion, and look at one narrow corner of a much larger canvass which happens to support the narrative they have constructed in further of their business interests broadly or narrowly defined. That is the change that I see, which has destroyed their credibility among thinking people.

    This is where people like broken bow brokaw have failed their profession, to say nothing of the country. They have the stature to speak out but they lack the courage to do so, even in a worth cause.

  39. RGB: thanks for the great article by Robert Samuelson. He is one of the few real heavy weights left on the scene, and he is a truth teller. The one thing he misses however is the overarching corporate control which guides the narrative, in furtherance of the business interests of the parent company. The result for the media is the dead cat bounce.

  40. GM Files for Bankruptcy, Plays Government for a Sucker

    June 01, 2009
    By Mary Kate Cary, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

    About a week ago, President Obama was asked by Steve Scully of CSPAN when we are going to run out of money:

    SCULLY: Yet, it all takes money. You know the numbers, $1.7 trillion debt, a national deficit of $11 trillion. At what point do we run out of money?

    OBAMA: Well, we are out of money now.

    And yet this morning, when GM announced its bankruptcy filing, it included an additional $30 billion in new bailout money from the government, according to the Washington Post. Despite the fact that we are “out of money,” senior administration officials announced the bailout deal last night, which raises the total amount of government funding for GM to $50 billion. However, the Treasury Department “does not believe or anticipate that any additional assistance to GM will be required,” the official said.

    Give me a break. The idea that Obama will hold the line at $50 billion for GM is just not credible. There are also no guarantees that taxpayers will ever get any of that money back. The Wall Street Journal agrees, in its unsigned editorial today, which points out that then-CEO Rick Wagoner predicted back in December that if GM wasn’t saved by the government, the bill to taxpayers could easily hit $100 billion.

    Well, GM was saved in December and again in March, and as early as today the feds will rescue it a third time in a prepackaged bankruptcy that is already costing at least $50 billion, and that’s for starters. Welcome to Obama Motors, and what is likely to be a long, expensive and unhappy exercise in political car making.

    Bob Samuelson, in a longer piece this morning about the free pass Obama is getting from the press corps, points out that this is bigger than the car bailout—it’s about Obama’s rhetoric and its constant inconsistencies. Obama promised a return to bipartisanship; instead he’s enacting a tough partisan agenda. “Both couldn’t be true,” Samuelson argues. He promised “fiscal responsibility,” yet we see budget deficits as far as the eye can see. He says he’ll control healthcare spending, yet he’s proposing billions in more spending in order to reform healthcare. Why isn’t anyone pointing this out?

    The administration says it doesn’t “believe or anticipate that any additional assistance to GM will be required,” but given the president’s track record so far, that’s just not believable. It reminds me of that great George Strait song: If you buy that, I’ve got some ocean-front property in Arizona.

    usnews.com/blogs/mary-kate-cary/2009/06/01/gm-files-for-bankruptcy-plays-government-for-a-sucker.html

  41. If I were inclined to register any sympathy for Obama–which I am not because he is machiavellian sociopath who will destroy the county–but if I were so inclined, I would be more inclined to cite the difficult set of problems he inherited. But so did Halsey when he took over in the South Pacific after Gormley. Halsey was man enough to tell Gormley I am sorry it happened this way, there is alot of things you did right that I will take credit for, and then he started making the touth decisions that turned the tide of the war within 9 months of Pearl Harbor after our battleship fleet was destroyed at Peal Harbor.

    What Halsey did not do was go on blaming his predecessor for past mistakes, offer the olive branch to Yamamoto, invite the press to fawn over him, abandon his principles, stage photo ops etc. Yet Obama has done all those things, plus he is in the hip pocket of people who are not on the side of the American People.

    In sum, Obama is a disaster for this country. Time will prove this was true, and big media will be hung from the yardarm for its betrayal of the country. Strike 1: Bush 43. Strike 2: The Iraq War. Strike 3: Barack Hussein Obama.

  42. Consumer Spending Falls as Americans Boost Savings

    By Courtney Schlisserman

    June 1 (Bloomberg) — U.S. consumer spending fell for a second straight month as concern over rising unemployment and record wealth destruction prompted households to boost savings rates to the highest level in 14 years. The 0.1 percent drop in purchases in April was smaller than forecast and followed a 0.3 percent decrease in March that was larger than previously estimated, Commerce Department figures showed in Washington. The savings rate rose to 5.7 percent, spurred by an unexpected jump in incomes linked to the fiscal stimulus.

    Household spending, which accounts for 70 percent of the economy, is likely to falter again this quarter even as confidence improves, extending the worst recession in half a century. Still, signs that other areas, such as housing and manufacturing, are stabilizing, signal that the economic slump will ease as the year progresses. “It will likely be a difficult quarter for consumer spending because consumers are still very nervous about their jobs,” said Ryan Sweet, a senior economist at Moody’s Economy.com in West Chester, Pennsylvania. “They’re going to be very cautious in their spending until there’s concrete evidence the recovery has really taken hold.”

    Treasuries, which had fallen earlier in the day, remained lower, while stock-index futures retained their gains. Yields on benchmark 10-year notes rose to 3.56 percent as of 9:06 a.m. in New York from 3.47 percent at last week’s close. Contracts on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Stock Index were up 1.6 percent at 932.80.

    Economists’ Forecasts

    Economists forecast spending would fall 0.2 percent, according to the median of 63 projections in a Bloomberg News survey. Estimates ranged from a drop of 0.3 percent to a gain of 0.2 percent.

    Incomes climbed 0.5 percent, the biggest gain in almost a year, reflecting increases in unemployment insurance benefits and social security payments associated with the Obama administration’s stimulus plan. Income was projected to also fall 0.2 percent, matching the March decrease. Wages and salaries were unchanged in April as job losses mounted. Pay fell 0.6 percent the prior month. The savings rate surged in April to the highest level since February 1995, from 4.5 percent the prior month.

    Rising Unemployment

    The world’s largest economy has lost 5.7 million jobs since the recession began in December 2007, the biggest employment slump of any downturn. The unemployment rate, already at a 25- year high of 8.9 percent in April, may still average 9.6 percent in 2010, according to economists surveyed earlier this month.

    Today’s report also showed inflation eased. The price gauge tied to spending patterns climbed 0.4 percent from April 2008, compared with a 0.6 percent increase in the year ended in March. The Federal Reserve’s preferred measure, which excludes food and fuel, increased 0.3 percent, after a 0.2 percent increase a month before, and was up 1.9 percent from a year earlier.

    Adjusted for inflation, spending decreased 0.1 percent following a 0.3 percent drop the prior month.

    Disposable income, or the money left over after taxes, jumped 1.1 percent. Tax cuts enacted by the Obama administration as part of its economic stimulus package took effect April 1, helping to boost the figures.

    Automakers are among industries suffering most from the cutbacks in spending. General Motors Corp. today filed for bankruptcy protection and will sell most of its assets to a new company. It follows Chrysler LLC, which filed in April.

    Bankruptcy Impact

    The uncertainty surrounding the car companies may be one reason consumers are unwilling to spend. Once the bankruptcies are settled, Americans may step up purchases again. “There will be more visibility for consumers who want to buy a car or a truck once these bankruptcy proceedings are behind us,” said Jonathan Basile, an economist at Credit Suisse Holdings Inc. in New York. “It makes it difficult for consumers to come to a spending decision when you’re not sure that the maker of something you’re going to buy is going to be there.”

    The economy shrank at a 5.7 percent pace in the first quarter, the government said last week. While that was less than previously estimated, it capped the worst six-month performance in five decades. Costco Wholesale Corp. the largest U.S. warehouse-club chain, said May 28 that third-quarter profit fell 29 percent, partly because consumers cut spending. Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti said sales of goods other than food have waned. The retailer suffered from “ongoing weakness in sales, particularly sales of higher-ticket, discretionary items,” Galanti said.

    Still rising stock prices are making Americans less pessimistic. Confidence jumped in May by the most in six years, the New York-based Conference Board reported last week. The Reuters/University of Michigan’s index also climbed. Dell Inc. Chief Executive Officer Michael Dell said last week he expects customers to replace aging computers in 2010 after Microsoft Corp. releases Windows 7 and Intel Corp. introduces faster chips for the machines. “I think there will be quite a powerful cycle of upgrades” in 2010, Dell said. “The users are getting restless as the machines get to the fourth year or fifth year, and at home they have a brand new product that’s got the latest operating system and latest capabilities. That can’t go on forever.”

    bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601068&sid=ay2vEcgKJnaM&refer=home#

  43. U.S. consumer spending fell for a second straight month as concern over rising unemployment and record wealth destruction prompted households to boost savings rates to the highest level in 14 years. The 0.1 percent drop in purchases in April was smaller than forecast and followed a 0.3 percent decrease in March that was larger than previously estimated, Commerce Department figures showed in Washington. The savings rate rose to 5.7 percent, spurred by an unexpected jump in incomes linked to the fiscal stimulus.
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    Is this perchance one of the encouraging signs Barack Insane Obama said he was seeing a month ago on the economy? Was this the sign of light or was it perhapse the light from an uncoming freight train? It is reassuring to know that his Robert MacNamara look alike White House Budget Director projected a 1.2% contraction this year (first quarter was just under 6%), and a robust 3.1% recovery next year (he sees land where there is no land). People do not spend the monies they receive from the stimulus package because they may or may not like Obama after the Hollywood makeover he has been given but they do not like his policies–and therein lies the rub.

    But that is not the end of the story. It gets back to the conversation with the Cuban banker, who has seen this scenario before. Obama is a hard left politician and the hard left cannot sell its programs to the public on their merits. The public is too bourgeois for that. So what a dictator like Obama will do, according to him, is generate false crises which will bring the opposition to its knees. He will offer legislation which provides them with a lifeline, and once he has regained their support he will rush through some very tough legislation that will strip the country of its liberty. I disputed this of course. He told me I have lived through this. Obama has the mark. What I am saying will happen.

    As Obamas chief of staff so adroitly put it: never let a crisis go to waste. The corollary to that is, when a crisis is needed, create one.

  44. At one time there was an arbitrator in New York City named Buron Turkis. His claim to fame was in his earlier days, he was an assistant United States Attorney, who successfully prosecuted Louis Lepke who controlled the Jewish half of Murder Incorporated. The Italian half was controlled by Albert Anastasia who was himself murdered at the barbershop of the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan in 1957.

    As an arbitrator, Turkis claimed that regardless of the issue, his goal was to figure out who was lying and decide the case against them. And of course, since that was primarily what he was interested in over the years he acquired a sixth sense about that. Assuming the testimony was credible, he looked for clues in their demeanor–particularly their eyes. And even though a good con man will look you in the eye and say honest injun Turkis could see throught the facade.

    If he were looking at Edwards, it might have taken him a few minutes, but with a guy like Wolfe, he would have figured it out while he was administering the oath. Watch the prick sometime and you will see what I mean.

  45. gonzotx Says:

    June 1st, 2009 at 11:59 am
    U.S. Debt $668,621 Per Household

    business.theatlantic.com/2009/05/us_debt_668621_per_household.php
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    just in case you were trying to decide to buy that new car, from GM!

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    wow! that figure is unbelievable…it seems like just a while ago it was way under $100,000 – wow!
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    admin Says:

    June 1st, 2009 at 12:22 pm
    The Huff n’ Puff people are discussing the Wolfe book.

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

    be forewarned…that is a nasty, hateful, sounds very immature and uniformed crowd…so sad and pathetic when you hear so called ‘democrats’ who actually had ‘their guy’ win…and they still cannot help themselves and continue to spew the worst republican talking points against the Clintons…

    …they remain as hateful as they were in the primaries…I get the feeling there are still a lot of knives out for Hill…they would love to see her fail…along with Wolfe (appro name) and the rest of the nbc/msnbc crowd…

    …as has been said before but bears saying again Hillary and Bill Clinton have more grace and class in their pinky finger than most of these new dims…

    there is no trust or goodwill from the Huff Puff crowd and a whole lot of denial…
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  46. I suppose most of you have already heard about the late-term abortion doctor being killed…

    yahoo.com/s/ap/20090601/ap_on_re_us/us_tiller_shooting

    Suspect jailed in Kansas abortion doctor’s killing
    ==================================

    By ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press Writer Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press Writer – 2 hrs 10 mins ago
    WICHITA, Kan. – A man suspected of fatally shooting abortion doctor George Tiller in church was in jail Monday while investigators sought to learn more about his background, including his possible connections to anti-abortion groups.

    Tiller, 67, was serving as an usher during morning services Sunday when he was shot in the foyer of Reformation Lutheran Church, police said. The gunman fired one shot at Tiller and threatened two other people who tried to stop him.

    The suspect, identified by one law enforcement agency as Scott Roeder, was taken into custody some 170 miles away in a Kansas City suburb about three hours after the shooting.

    Sedgwick County District Attorney Nola Foulston (FOHL’-stuhn) indicated that charges will not be filed Monday. Foulston noted that the state has 48 hours to charge anyone who is in custody and said she planned to take the full two days to decide. She said any charges would be filed in state court.

    “We have taken jurisdiction,” she said.

    Also, a law enforcement official says investigators have searched two homes as part of the inquiry into Tiller’s killing. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the investigation, says the homes are in Merriam, Kan., and the other is in Kansas City, Mo.

    The official did not know what turned up during the searches.

    Roeder’s former wife, Lindsey Roeder, said he had lived at a house in Merriam but moved out months ago and was currently living in the Westport area of Kansas City.

    Tiller had been a lightning rod for abortion opponents for decades. The women’s clinic he ran is one of three in the nation where abortions are performed after the 21st week of pregnancy, when the fetus is considered viable, and has been the site of repeated protests for about two decades.

    A protester shot Tiller in both arms in 1993, and his clinic was bombed in 1985.

    Roeder, 51, was returned to Wichita and was being held without bail on one count of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault.

    Outside the clinic Monday morning, flowers were placed along a fence, and the anti-abortion group Kansas Coalition for Life left a sign saying members had prayed for Tiller’s change of heart, “not his murder.”

    In Washington, the U.S. Marshals Service said that as a result of Tiller’s shooting, Attorney General Eric Holder had ordered it to “increase security for a number of individuals and facilities.” It gave no details.

    Tiller himself last had protection from the U.S. marshals in 2001, and he and other doctors received such protection at different times in the 1990s.

    A man with the same name as the suspect has a criminal record and a background of anti-abortion postings on sympathetic Web sites. In one post written in 2007 on the Web site for the militant anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, a man identifying himself as Scott Roeder asked if anyone had thought of attending Tiller’s church to ask the doctor and other worshippers about his work. “Doesn’t seem like it would hurt anything but bring more attention to Tiller,” the post said.

    But police said Sunday that all early indications showed the shooter acted alone.

    Operation Rescue condemned the killing as vigilantism and “a cowardly act,” and the group’s president, Troy Newman, said Roeder “has never been a member, contributor or volunteer.” He may have posted to the organization’s open Internet blog, Newman said, but so have thousands of nonmembers.

    But Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry, whose protests have often targeted Tiller, called the slain doctor “a mass murderer,” adding: “He was an evil man — his hands were covered with blood.”

    In 1996, a 38-year-old man named Scott Roeder was charged in Topeka with criminal use of explosives for having bomb components in his car trunk and sentenced to 24 months of probation. However, his conviction was overturned on appeal the next year after a higher court said evidence against Roeder was seized by law enforcement officers during an illegal search of his car.

    At the time, police said the FBI had identified Roeder as a member of the anti-government Freemen group, an organization that kept the FBI at bay in Jordan, Mont., for almost three months in 1995-96. Authorities on Sunday night would not immediately confirm if their suspect was the same man.

    Morris Wilson, a commander of the Kansas Unorganized Citizens Militia in the mid-1990s, told The Kansas City Star he knew Roeder fairly well.

    “I’d say he’s a good ol’ boy, except he was just so fanatic about abortion,” Wilson said. “He was always talking about how awful abortion was. But there’s a lot of people who think abortion is awful.”

    The slaying quickly brought condemnation from both anti-abortion and abortion-rights groups, as well as President Barack Obama.

    “However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence,” Obama said in a statement.

    Wichita Deputy Police Chief Tom Stolz said Tiller apparently did not have a bodyguard with him in church, although the doctor was routinely accompanied by one. An attorney for Tiller, Dan Monnat, said the doctor’s wife, Jeanne, was in the choir at the time of the shooting.

    Monnat said in early May that Tiller had asked federal prosecutors to step up investigations of vandalism and other threats against the clinic out of fear that the incidents were increasing and that Tiller’s safety was in jeopardy. However, Stolz said authorities knew of no threats connected to the shooting.

    Church members said anti-abortion protesters have shown up outside the church on Sundays regularly.

    “They’ve been out here for quite a few years. We’ve just become accustomed to it. Just like an everyday thing, you just looked over and see them and say, ‘Yup they’re back again.'”

    The last killing of an abortion doctor was in October 1998 when Dr. Barnett Slepian was fatally shot in his home in a suburb of Buffalo, N.Y. A militant abortion opponent was convicted of the murder.

    One of Tiller’s lawyers and friends, Dan Monnat, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that Tiller had been supported by his wife and children in his decision to continue providing abortion services.

    “If Dr Tiller is not going to service a woman’s right to chose, who will do it?” Monnat said.

    “Many of those have been terrorized and run off by protesters,” he said about other abortion providers.

  47. The slaying quickly brought condemnation from both anti-abortion and abortion-rights groups, as well as President Barack Obama.

    “However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence,” Obama said in a statement.
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    From obama, just words.

    Has there been any *action* by obama’s Justice Dept. in investigating these “domestic terrorists”?? I’m not saying there hasn’t been action, I’m just asking if anyone knows if there has been any…

  48. Clinton vows to fight for gay rights abroad

    WASHINGTON (AFP) — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vowed Monday to fight for gay rights, calling for all nations to stop violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation. Clinton made the appeal ahead of the 40th anniversary this month of New York’s Stonewall Riots, often seen as the launch of the US gay rights movement, in which gays and lesbians fought back against police who raided their bars.

    “The example set by those fighting for equal rights in the United States gives hope to men and women around the world who yearn for a better future for themselves and their loved ones,” said Clinton, a former senator from New York.

    While acknowledging that gays and lesbians still had a long path to equality in the United States, Clinton deplored that gays in some parts of the world live in constant fear of arrest or violence. “The persecution of gays and lesbians is a violation of human rights and an affront to human decency, and it must end,” she said.

    “As secretary of state, I will advance a comprehensive human rights agenda that includes the elimination of violence and discrimination against people based on sexual orientation or gender identity.”

    Under President Barack Obama, the United States has switched gears from the previous George W. Bush administration by supporting a United Nations resolution calling for the global decriminalization of homosexuality. Homosexuality is punishable by death in seven countries — Iran, Mauritania, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

    Last month, Congressman Howard Berman said Clinton had promised him that the State Department would offer equal benefits to partners of homosexual US diplomats stationed overseas.

    Clinton in her statement saluted the service of “our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees in Washington and around the world.”

    google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iK55iF9iRAkkyC08btkW-NyjSN2g

  49. admin Says:

    June 1st, 2009 at 3:20 pm
    Rgb44hrc (”I looked at the HuffPosting, did not see what you meant”), the reference was to a comment:

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

    one last word on posting at Huff Post…they definitely do not post all the positive Hill and Bill comments…they will post ANYTHING against them, but they delete many of the comments in defense or pro Hillary…and Bill

    …much like the rest of the coverage in our MSM…no criticism allowed…follow the leader…

  50. White House declines to say what NY trip cost
    25 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — White House spokesman Robert Gibbs is declining to say what it cost for President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, to eat dinner and take in a play in New York over the weekend.

    Asked if he would outline the costs, Gibbs said Monday the Obamas would have preferred using a commercial airline shuttle to New York and back but the Secret Service would not allow such unprotected travel.

    The president has been criticized for the trip to New York in the midst of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and with thousands of auto workers facing unemployment as General Motors prepared to file for bankruptcy and Chrysler was about to emerge from court-guided restructuring.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ga76ags9HzLD0heImvfz_5SJN3XwD98I2HP03

  51. In an exclusive excerpt from Richard Wolffe’s new book, “Renegade: The Making of a President,” the author details the internal debates within the Obama camp over whether to select Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.
    &&&&&&

    I think the book is mistitled, should be:

    “Reneged: The Faking of a President…How Obama Ran Against Bush’s Record, Only to Embrace It”

  52. rgb44hrc Says:

    June 1st, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    good one!

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

    or 21st Century Stand-In President – will send teleprompter – no human needed…just words, because words matter! (and words, and words and more words infinitum)

  53. CARTER VIDEO: STILL WIMPY, AFTER ALL THESE YEARS

    realclearpolitics.com/video/2009/06/01/carter_disappointed_in_obamas_refusal_to_release_photos.html

    Former President Jimmy Carter told CNN’s Campbell Brown some of President Obama’s supporters are disappointed in him. “Most of his supporters were hoping that he would be much more open in the revelation of what we’ve done in the past,” said the former president, although he added that he still respects Obama’s judgment on the issue: “I don’t agree with him, but I certainly don’t criticize him for making that decision.”
    &&&&&&&

    He is basically saying he is disappointed, otherwise, why bring up that “most of his supporters were hoping…”?

    But then he doesn’t own it, he does a cosmic wimpout: “I don’t agree, but I don’t criticize”???? WTF!!! Then why are we even listening to you???

  54. Carter is feeling sorry for himself. He probably got a lot of pressure from the bots, maybe even a few threats.

    LOL…how they turn on a dime.

  55. I think if bambi even offered to pay for some of the NYC trip out of his own pocket I would be a happy camper.

    But there goes his oversized sense of entitlement again.

  56. Lets be honest, MO is not that an attractive woman. She has a full time make up artist and yes, a lot less rough than what we saw on the campaign trail, but not an attractive woman . Hillary, at her age, was much more attractive and still looks great imo. Moreover, Hillary has an inner beauty while we all the the hate filled heart MO has towrds our country.

  57. Maybe it is their way of saying Hillary would have done the same, and maybe with the same guy even.. If they just indicate the guy worked for Clinton, it is their cover for whatever 0bama makes that person do.

    # wbboei Says:
    June 1st, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Why does the NYT bother to note that someone who once worked on the Clinton campaign is now helping Obama to dismantle GM? It is irrelevant.

  58. admin, you made me go to that wretched site to see what they said about Big Pink. Very painful — seems like a bunch of 20 year olds who know nothing of life and experience, but just the hubris of having “won”.

  59. What NYC trip?

    jbstones, i agree about MO. There are many attractive AA women. She is not one of them. Partly, it’s the jaw thing. But I have seen many people whose inner beauty eclipses any perceived physical imperfections.

    Case in point, Barbara Streisand…

    Ooops, let me take that example back. I’ll try to think of a non-bot.

    But yes, Hillary is just over 60, and a few lines in the face from age and the stress of being incessantly hammered by the right and the left, and yet…radiance!

  60. admin, you made me go to that wretched site to see what they said about Big Pink. Very painful — seems like a bunch of 20 year olds who know nothing of life and experience, but just the hubris of having “won”.
    ————————————————————-
    That is the thing about life they do not understand. There are no permanent wins, or permanent losses. I have been reading a book by a neurosurgeon on the brain, and he says the frontal lobes which moderate destructive adolescent behavior do not develop until early adulthood. These people are cases of arrested development.

  61. Maybe it is their way of saying Hillary would have done the same, and maybe with the same guy even.. If they just indicate the guy worked for Clinton, it is their cover for whatever 0bama makes that person do.
    ————————–
    They are trying to create a false association, but it does not work. It hangs there like a dangling participal, an irish pennant, a loose end–in sum, an unpersuasive non-sequirir which comes across as irrelevant, because it is.

  62. rgb44hrc Says:

    June 1st, 2009 at 4:07 pm
    What NYC trip?

    ————————-

    bambi and the wife went to NYC for a date just this last weekend.

  63. Actually I took the “Clinton” mention in a different way. To me it shows that bambi isn’t the “new and improved”. He keeps dipping into the personnel resources of the Clinton dynasty. So……maybe the Clinton way wasn’t as monstrous as he tried to imply during the campaign.

  64. wbboei Says:

    June 1st, 2009 at 2:21 pm
    **********************************

    I love your examples. True men and woman of courage. True Americans

  65. June 1, 2009 at 11:53 am from BP

    Interesting…

    Some headlines about what it costs cities when Teh One shows up or what it costs taxpayers when he takes one of these trips: Just a few.

    #1 Local police agencies now have a pretty good idea what they spent on presidential protection during Notre Dame’s commencement last weekend.

    Obama overtime bill hits $45,000

    tinyurl.com/ozop5o

    #2 Scare Force One’s fiasco in NY

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

    tinyurl.com/laacup

    #3 Presidential Fundraising Trips Leave Taxpayers With Hefty Tab (Trip to Vegas)

    But when the president hit the road Tuesday for a two-day fundraising tour to pack the party coffers, he also was racking up a $265,000 partisan bill for just one leg of the trip, according to a watchdog group — part of which taxpayers, regardless of party affiliation, will have to pay.

    tinyurl.com/l8nz42

    And finally a report on the Cost to Taxpayers for Presidential and Vice Presidential Travel (which Henry Waxman did to highlight the cost of Bush/Cheney travel)

    tinyurl.com/arc4l2

    This report came out in 2006 and is based on numbers from the year 2000 adjusted for inflation. Would you believe almost $57,000 dollars per hour for AF1 and $14,500.00 per hour for AF2. Cargo plane costs $7000.00 per hour. Plus you have salaries and expenses for all those accompanying Teh One on his trips.

  66. OK, I KNOW THIS IS A SERIOUS SITE, BUT THIS REALLY IS TOO FUNNY

    unnyordie.com/videos/52e5bc745b/cuban-gynecologist-local-car-commercial

  67. Pm317, it was a dirty trip for sure. It does bring a tear to our eyes to know they care so much and think of us so often in the Hopium dens. We used to ignore them but lately we decided a good “I told you so” is a good anti-psychotropic for them to combat the Hopium.

  68. I have been reading a book by a neurosurgeon on the brain, and he says the frontal lobes which moderate destructive adolescent behavior do not develop until early adulthood.
    *************
    From my reading, “adolescence” last until age 25-26 …ending the prime age for Obots 16-26. Here is a link for a short guide to development of the adolescent brain.

    “The Teen (Obot) Brain: Implications for Pediatric Nurses: The Teen Brain: Under Construction”

    w.medscape.com/viewarticle/504350_2

  69. Hi Admin.
    What a terriblre anniversary – the one-year death of democracy with the corrupt RBC ruling against HRC.

    As usual, your words express my thought far more coherently that I can! You truly are a mind reader. Are you also a magician? COuld you cast a few spells to rid the country of Oblahblah?

    don’t want to read this stuff Ted. You and your media cohorts elected this man. You’re responsible for him. You own him — and he owns you (by his own admission). Your are nothing but state-sponsored media. At this point you’re only job is to continue to write fawning articles of adulation. I never read any hard-hitting, critical and substantive investigation of BHO during the campaign. I don’t want to read any of it now, now that it’s too late. To echo the Left during the Bush years: Obama is not my president. But he is certainly yours Ted. All yours.

    He’s all yours Obama Dimocratic Party, along with the looting of the American economy and the looting for bankers and GM. He’s all yours.

    The stinking rotten B.O. with his Rezko house and his sleeveless rotten Chicago machine wife – he’s all treacherously yours.

  70. 😳

    I did have one semi-original thought about the BO letdown.

    It feels more and more like the entire country is locked in the throes of abusive-wife syndrome and doesn’t have the will to leave the bullying husband. I have known too many women like that, who feared divorce more than continued spousal abuse.

    Luckily for me, I wasn’t one of them.

  71. SHV: I assume you saw the blueprint offered by Porter which I posted late last night. If not you might be interested.

    On the other point, the book I am reading is entitled Think Smart-a neurosurgeons prescription for improving your brains performance.

    At page 16, he describes the adolecents brain as follows, and its eventual maturity as follows:

    As the neurons and their connections become increasingly networked during adoloesence, more evolved feelings and behaviors first begin to express themselves, sometimes to excess and the uncompromising sometimes exascerbating idealism of the adolescent. In time the frontal lobe function becomes more balanced, with youthful idealism coexisting alongside recognition of practical realities. But the balance isnt fully achieved until WELL INTO ADULTHOOD (emphaisis added).

    The other thing about the adolescent brain is it does not react well to stress.

    Question: if this is a problem with adolescence and early adulthood, how can anyone explain Ariana Huffington?

    I am going out for a walk to ponder that one. Please let me know your reaction to Porters blueprint etc.

  72. NY TIMES SUDDENLY WANTS SPECIFICS FROM THAT OBAMA GUY?

    Too late. You bought this guy, and now, he won’t listen to you. Go ahead and pontificate all you want, your brilliant “insight” will be ignored by this guy because you are not his master, he has other controlling interests.

    Editorial
    Owning G.M.
    =========

    May 31, 2009

    The government is about to own a controlling stake in one of the largest car companies in the world, if, as is virtually certain, General Motors files for bankruptcy protection on Monday. If all goes according to plan, the American and Canadian governments will own nearly 75 percent of the company that emerges from the process — and could end up holding their stake for several years.

    President Obama owes American taxpayers and voters a candid and detailed explanation of the government’s goals and the levers it intends to use to achieve them. He should make clear that the overarching objectives are to create a profitable company that makes cars that people want to buy, and that are more fuel-efficient.

    In particular, he should be explicit about how the government will handle the conflicts between those goals, the administration’s perception of the public interest and the narrower goals of members of Congress.

    Owning a car company like G.M. is likely to be politically trickier than it appears at first blush. The administration’s insistence that it has no intention of getting involved in the day-to-day decisions of General Motors is a reasonable response to concerns that the vagaries of the political process could run the company into the ground.

    We agree that if taxpayers’ interests as shareholders are to be protected, G.M. cannot be micromanaged from Washington. Neither the Treasury nor members of Congress should decide which plants or dealerships are to be closed, how many workers are to be laid off or hired, what specific designs G.M. adopts and where it should make them. If the objective is to turn G.M. into a profitable carmaker as soon as possible so it can be sold back into private hands, it is a sound decision to let professionals run the company.

    The government would still have the votes to appoint a majority of the members of the board, and should make certain that its appointees are dedicated to the big goals of profitability and fuel-efficiency.

    Mr. Obama must tell the American people that these, indeed, are the overriding objectives. The decisions of G.M.’s new managers should not become entangled with the government’s other policy priorities — such as maximizing employment in the United States or reducing job losses in Michigan. And he should specify what is supposed to happen if the goals of profitability and fuel efficiency collide.

    It was only March when the Obama administration let G.M. slide toward bankruptcy by denying it more taxpayer money, partly on the grounds that the company was too heavily dependent on S.U.V.’s., while its biggest stab at fuel economy, the Volt, was too expensive to work in the near future. Since then, a government task force has been deeply involved in all sorts of strategic decisions about the structure of the company’s operations.

    It is not unimaginable that the government could have similar qualms about G.M.’s strategy in the future and may want to intervene again. The president should tell Americans what to expect if that time comes.

  73. Barack INSANE Obama!

    Wbboei, you are brilliant!

    Gonzo, I read that $600,000 number somewhere, too. Today, as i was driving though the country roads to the local grocery store i was trying to wrap my puny mind around the concept of value, what things cost, how land was the original thing of value – how people came to this country for the only things of value that really seem to matter – freedom, a home, independence – wtf does it mean that each American is $600,00 in debt – it’s so preposterous it’s almost impossible to be afraid of it.
    The earth is shrugging the fleas off her shoulders.

  74. admin Says:

    June 1st, 2009 at 4:58 pm
    Pm317, it was a dirty trip for sure
    ****************************************************

    like I said earlier ADMIN and PM317…they don’t even fight fair at HP…they take all kinds of shots at Bill and Hill…the provoke negativity with their skewed headlines and then they let the immature Clinton haters have a field day and when a few of us bother to check in and give props to Bill and/or Hill, HP does not even post our comments…

    they are a bunch of dishonest cowards…the like to attack but they won’t even allow a fair playing field for balance…that is what our ‘liberals’ have become…self-centered, negative liars…

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

    on another topic…what is with the dems dissing Joe Sestak (sp) over Spector…very disappointed to see Rendell being quoted as saying Sestak would get killed by Spector…all the PA dems are lining up behind Spector against Joe S…WTH?

    Joe has great credentials, was solid for Hillary, then loyal to O and they are going to go against him…they are basically telling him to shut up….god help us…these definitely are no longer your parents dems…

  75. huffingtonpost.com/lionel-beehner/bad-timing-for-a-broadway_b_209875.html

    hmmm…from the article

    There is nothing wrong with a night on the town now and then but Obama seems to be taking more than his fair share. Here he is hamming it up with reporters (“my base”) at a black-tie event. There he is appearing topless and Matthew McConaughey-like on a magazine cover. The Oval Office seems like a day at the beach.

    I’m reminded of the mini-fuss that followed Obama’s 60 Minutes interview in which he laughed his way through a serious discussion about the war and economy. Where’s the “I feel your pain” empathy so characteristic of Democratic presidents (and their judicial nominees)? Is Obama trying to sail through his presidency the way he sailed through the U.S. Senate?

    …..

    Obama shouldn’t be seen kicking his feet up while the world is crashing around him. His too-cool-for-school demeanor and Camelot-like escapades on Broadway remind me of a line from a 1970s musical: “I came from the people, they need to adore me… I need to be thrilling. I want to be rainbow high. They need their escapes, and so do I.”

    end.

  76. A reminder of what the 1-year RBC debacle did to us.

    Harold Ickes, speaking on behalf of “fair reflection” as embodied in the constitution of the Democratic Party, against a motion by the Rules and By-laws Committee to convert 600,000 votes cast for Hillary Clinton in Michigan, into votes counted for BO, by taking 4 pledged delegates away from her and giving them to him

    May 31, 2008 – the day democracy died.

  77. gonzotx

    I went to the birth certificate site and you can donate toward the cause.

    shop.wnd.com/store/item.asp?DEPARTMENT_ID=13&SUBDEPARTMENT_ID=84&ITEM_ID=2866

    h stuff, no wwws.

  78. Gonzo,
    Another BO-bashing Brit blog.
    Robert Gibbs’ rant against the British press, especially the UK Telegraph, is attacked in kind with promises of more. More signs of diplomacy Obama style, from the no class administrative arm.

    “Memo to Obama attack dog Robert Gibbs: stop pooping on our lawn

    That’s only the beginning of your problems, matey. Your treatment not just of the British media, but of Britain generally smacks of a risible ineptitude. First, you let President Obama send back the Winston Churchill bust. Then, you insult our visiting prime minister with a dismally low-key reception (worthy of a minor African head of state, not your closest and most loyal ally) and shoddy gifts (those DVDs). Then you compound the insult by having one of your monkeys declare, Chicago-politics-style, “There’s nothing special about Britain. You’re just the same as the other 190 countries in the world You shouldn’t expect special treatment.”

    Insulting the British print media. Big mistake. ….we have fewer qualms about telling it like it is. So far, you’ve had a pretty easy ride. …. But just you wait till we start showing our teeth.

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/james_delingpole/blog/2009/05/29/memo_to_obama_attack_dog_robert_gibbs_stop_pooping_on_our_lawn

    “millions of Americans are turning to online UK news websites for cutting edge reports on American politics and U.S. foreign policy that the mainstream media refuses to cover in the States, especially if it is unflattering to the Obama White House.”

    For all its talk of “raising America’s standing” in the world after the Bush years, the Obama administration is doing a spectacularly bad job of reaching out to its allies.

    Congratulations Gibbs – you’ve just made an enemy out of the entire British media, quite an achievement for the man in charge of selling the President’s message.

    //blogs.telegraph.co.uk/nile_gardiner/blog/2009/05/29/robert_gibbs_should_apologise_to_the_british_press_for_his_sneering_rant

  79. basil9 Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    June 1st, 2009 at 6:54 pm
    Gonzo,
    Another BO-bashing Brit blog.
    Robert Gibbs’ rant against the British press, especially the UK Telegraph, is attacked in kind with promises of more. More signs of diplomacy Obama style, from the no class administrative arm.

    “Memo to Obama attack dog Robert Gibbs: stop pooping on our lawn

    That’s only the beginning of your problems, matey. Your treatment not just of the British media, but of Britain generally smacks of a risible ineptitude. First, you let President Obama send back the Winston Churchill bust. Then, you insult our visiting prime minister with a dismally low-key reception (worthy of a minor African head of state, not your closest and most loyal ally) and shoddy gifts (those DVDs). Then you compound the insult by having one of your monkeys declare, Chicago-politics-style, “There’s nothing special about Britain. You’re just the same as the other 190 countries in the world You shouldn’t expect special treatment.”

    Insulting the British print media. Big mistake. ….we have fewer qualms about telling it like it is. So far, you’ve had a pretty easy ride. …. But just you wait till we start showing our teeth.

    “millions of Americans are turning to online UK news websites for cutting edge reports on American politics and U.S. foreign policy that the mainstream media refuses to cover in the States, especially if it is unflattering to the Obama White House.”

    For all its talk of “raising America’s standing” in the world after the Bush years, the Obama administration is doing a spectacularly bad job of reaching out to its allies.

    Congratulations Gibbs – you’ve just made an enemy out of the entire British media, quite an achievement for the man in charge of selling the President’s message.

  80. Obama must have something against the British as his behavior /actions towards Queenie, Brown, and now the British press has been quite hostile.

  81. bambi is sure going to have to do a lot of apologizing to people, countries, religious groups, you name it…during his reign of terror.

  82. Barack Obama ‘ will get the Queen an invitation to D-Day commemorations’

    President Barack Obama has waded into the row over whether the Queen would attend next weekend’s D-Day commemorations in Normandy, and is working with organisers to secure her an invitation, the White House said on Monday.

    Robert Gibbs, the president’s spokesman, said Mr Obama wants the Queen to be present at the event on the Normandy beaches on Saturday. “We are working with those involved to see if we can make that happen,” he said.

    The failure of the French to invite the Queen has reportedly caused a trans-Channel rift over the guest list for the ceremonies on the beaches where Allied troops landed 65 years ago in a decisive turning point in the course of the Second World War.

    ‘A spokesman for the French government said last week that the Queen would be welcome to attend the event, along with Mr Obama, Gordon Brown, Nicholas Sarkozy, the French president, and Stephen Harper, the Canadian prime minister.

    But the Queen did not specifically receive an invitation from the French government, Buckingham Palace has said, even though she was present for the 60th anniversary event in 2004.

    Reports claimed that Mr Sarkozy was so focused on hosting Mr Obama, who according to polls is far and away the most popular politician in the world, that he snubbed the Queen by failing to invite her, prompting claims that the British monarch was annoyed at being excluded.

    But Paris hit back, saying that an invitation had been extended to the British government and it was up to Prime Minister Gordon Brown to decide who would attend. “The Queen of England, as British head of state, is naturally welcome,” said French government spokesman Luc Chatel. “It’s not up to France to decide who will represent Britain,” he said.

    However, a Buckingham Palace spokesman made it clear that the Queen would not be attending the events in France marking D-Day, and stressed she was not upset about the situation. “Neither the queen nor any other members of the royal family will be attending the D-Day commemorations on June 6 as we have not received an official invitation to any of these events,” the spokesman said.
    “We would like to reiterate that we have never expressed any sense of anger or frustration at all, and are content with all the arrangements that are planned.”

    If the White House is successful in its efforts to extract an invitation for the Queen, it would be an embarrassment for Gordon Brown, who last week said he would arrange for the her to attend. He reiterated his intention on Monday.
    “If the Queen or members of the Royal family were able to go to the D-Day commemorations or wanted to go, I would ensure that it would happen,” he said.

    The Conservatives have criticised the government for failing to secure a royal invitation from their French counterparts – protocol dictates that they cannot solicit an invitation themselves. David Cameron, the Tory leader, said the Government has created a “complete mess”. “To start with they didn’t recognise the importance of the 65th anniversary of D-Day,” he said. “So they have been too slow off the mark in planning what is an appropriate commemoration of what was one of the most important days in the history of Western Europe.”

    telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/5425414/Barack-Obama–will-get-the-Queen-an-invitation-to-D-Day-commemorations.html

    ——————————–

    I agree. What a mess.

  83. Strange how the person that killed the doctor, finds it ok to kill a human being. Yet they are against abortion. What is wrong with this picture.

  84. Re Sotomayor and abortion.

    During the primaries I had a cite with a quote from an Obama campaign official saying that they couldn’t scare voters with a threat to Roe because the voters thought Roe was safely part of jurisprudence (forget the exact words) and could not be threatened.

    Appointing an anti-abortion judge would help bring back that threat so the Dems can use it again for re-election. Choosing an openly anti-abortion judge would anger some bots. So he chooses Soto without a track record and without even admitting asking her policy — so he can play innocent if and when she does put Roe in jeapordy.

    I hope Soto is in fact better than this, but this is what the known evidence points to so far.

  85. Indeed May 31 2008
    “The Day Democracy DIED”

    Those videos break my heart over and over again. However many have forgot what happened
    I can not!

  86. @Jan H,
    Thanks for posting that story on Clintons ongoing outreach to equality for the gay community. She has never been afraid to do the right thing for equality.

  87. I have to say
    that my rage regarding who actually who won the primaries has not been duiscussed
    She won every contest

    PA OH TX and others.
    Bambi sucks and Big Media will never acknowledge that they elected an incompotent douche bag to the highest officeI am drunk and I am angry,drunk and very angry!!!

  88. So whats up with the WH press corp being told to stay in there room. What do they not want the press to see??? Obama being driven in to downtown Ridyah, Saudi Arabia and palms being waved at his feet??

    What has happened to the air france airliner that has disappeared?? No discussion on what Pampers is going to do about North Korea aiming a missile at Sarah Palin. My guess thats exactly where Pampers wants it aimed!

  89. Feds spike voter citizenship checks in Georgia

    By SHANNON McCAFFREY

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Justice Department has rejected Georgia’s system of using Social Security numbers and driver’s license data to check whether prospective voters are citizens, a process that was a subject of a federal lawsuit in the weeks leading up to November’s election.

    In a letter released on Monday, the Justice Department said the state’s voter verification program is frequently inaccurate and has a “discriminatory effect” on minority voters. The decision means Georgia must halt the citizenship checks, although the state can still ask the Justice Department to reconsider, according to the letter and to the Georgia secretary of state’s office.

    “This flawed system frequently subjects a disproportionate number of African-American, Asian and/or Hispanic voters to additional, and more importantly, erroneous burdens on the right to register to vote,” Loretta King, acting assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s civil rights division, said. King’s letter was sent to Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker on Friday.

    The decision comes as Georgia awaits word on whether a law passed in the spring that requires newly registering voters to show proof of citizenship will pass muster with DOJ. Under the law that takes effect in January, people must show their proof up front compared to doing checks through databases.

    A three-judge federal panel in October ordered the state to seek Justice Department preclearance for the checks under the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the same reason the federal agency must sign off on the new law that made Georgia only the second state after Arizona to require such proof. Georgia is one of several states that need federal approval before changing election rules because of a history of discriminatory Jim Crow-era voting practices.

    Secretary of State Karen Handel blasted DOJ’s decision, saying it opens the floodgates for non-citizens to vote in the state. “Clearly, politics took priority over common sense and good public policy,” said Handel, a Republican candidate for governor in 2010.

    Justice Department officials said the citizenship match through driver’s license and Social Security data has flagged 7,007 individuals as non-citizens but that many have been shown to be in error. “Thousands of citizens who are in fact eligible to vote under Georgia law have been flagged,” the Justice Department letter said.

    The Justice Department decision marks the first time the new Democratic Obama administration has weighed in on Georgia’s election laws. It is also the first time the Justice Department has rejected a change in election procedures by Georgia since the 1990s, according to a spokesman for the Georgia attorney general.

    “We are pleased with this decision,” said Elise Shore, Southeastern Regional Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. “It vindicates our filing of the lawsuit.”

    But Handel said that more than 2,100 people who attempted to register in Georgia still have not resolved questions regarding their citizenship. Her office’s inspector general is investigating more than 30 cases of non-citizens casting ballots in Georgia elections, including the case of a Henry County non-citizen who said she registered to vote and cast ballots in 2004 and 2006. Handel said the checks were designed to follow federal guidelines to ensure the integrity of the vote and that those eligible are casting ballots.

    But the ACLU and the Mexican American defense fund sued, saying the efforts amounted to a “systematic purging” of rolls just weeks before the election.

    Separately, the U.S., Supreme Court is considering a challenge to the portion of the Voting Rights Act requiring Georgia and select other states to seek approval before tinkering with election law.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jKbnt8hNDF4uWrTudYii_cvprHcwD98I5V8G0

  90. June 2, 2009

    A New Iran Overture, With Hot Dogs

    By MARK LANDLER

    SAN SALVADOR — Having sent the Iranian people a video greeting on their New Year, President Obama is now inviting them to help celebrate a quintessentially American holiday, the Fourth of July.

    Last Friday, the State Department sent a cable to its embassies and consulates around the world notifying them that “they may invite representatives from the government of Iran” to their Independence Day celebrations — annual receptions that typically feature hot dogs, red-white-and-blue bunting and some perfunctory remarks about the founding fathers.

    Administration officials characterized the move as another in a series of American overtures to Iran. The United States has not had relations with Iran since the American Embassy in Tehran was seized by protesters in 1979; the country’s diplomats have not been formally invited to American events since then. “It is another way of saying we are not putting barriers in the way of communicating,” said one administration official. “It is another way of signaling that there is an opportunity that should not be wasted.”

    A second official said the ban no longer made sense, at a time when the United States was actively engaging with Iranian officials elsewhere. In March, the administration’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard C. Holbrooke, chatted with Iran’s deputy foreign minister, Mohammad Mehdi Akhondzadeh, at a conference in The Hague.

    The authorization to issue the invitations was disclosed by a senior State Department official on the eve of a three-day visit to Latin America by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the new policy was not public.

    Even as the United States reaches out to Tehran, it is trying to reclaim American influence in Latin America, where Iran has made inroads while the United States has been waging wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    On Monday, Mrs. Clinton was in El Salvador to attend the inauguration of Mauricio Funes, whose election as president represents the first time the country has swung to the left since its civil war ended in 1992. She will be in Honduras on Tuesday for a meeting of the Organization of American States. The United States is expected to face intense pressure from Cuba’s neighbors to reinstate the island’s membership in the group.

    Mrs. Clinton has said Iran’s rising influence in the region is “quite disturbing.” In May, she told State Department employees that the Bush administration’s policy toward Latin America had created an opening for Iran and China, which are using commercial and other assistance to bolster anti-American leaders like Hugo Chávez of Venezuela and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua. “They are building strong economic and political connections with a lot of these leaders,” she said. “I don’t think that’s in our interest.”

    While Iran’s influence in the region is dwarfed by that of China — which is a huge buyer of raw materials from Latin American countries — Tehran’s role has touched a nerve among senior administration officials like Mrs. Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who has also spoken publicly about it.
    “The specter of Iran raises red flags in a way that China doesn’t, because China tends to respect the American sphere of influence,” said Julia E. Sweig, a Latin American expert at the Council on Foreign Relations.

    Iran’s motives are murkier, according to administration officials. It has cultivated wide-ranging economic ties with Venezuela and, to a lesser extent, Nicaragua. But it has also been linked to the bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in 1994, which killed 85 people.

    Iran is not known to have a big presence in El Salvador, officials said, and it was not represented at Mr. Funes’s inauguration. But the change in power after 17 years of a pro-American right-wing government could offer an opening.

    Mr. Funes’s victory continues the ascension of the political left across Latin America; some analysts worry he will adopt the anti-American rhetoric of Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador. His party, the F.M.L.N., has its roots in guerrillas who fought El Salvador’s American-backed army in the 1980s and 1990s. But Mr. Funes is viewed as more centrist than his party. American officials said Mrs. Clinton’s presence was meant to signal that Washington would not take El Salvador for granted.

    “Some might say President Obama is left of center,” Mrs. Clinton said after meeting with Mr. Funes. Speaking earlier to American diplomats, she alluded to the vagaries of American influence in the region. “Some of the difficulties we’ve had historically in forging strong and lasting ties in our hemisphere,” she said, “are a result of our perhaps not listening, perhaps not paying close enough attention.”

    nytimes.com/2009/06/02/world/02diplo.html?ref=americas

  91. neetabug Says:

    June 1st, 2009 at 10:43 pm
    Strange how the person that killed the doctor, finds it ok to kill a human being. Yet they are against abortion. What is wrong with this picture.
    &&&&&&&&&

    Exactly. “Life is sacred, so I must kill you to save lives”.

  92. “Exactly. “Life is sacred, so I must kill you to save lives”.”

    ————————

    Isn’t that the definition of war?

  93. JanH 10:24

    I see the same thing in the new health care discussions. That Older people don’t need the latest in medical care. In fact I see that now. Every child with a life threatening illness is entered into an experimental program. Older people, they just look at and say, now you know what will kill you. I am all for saving the young, but older people have value in a society also.

  94. NMF,

    My personal belief is that seniors are the foundation of society. The wealth of knowledge and experience that they have is priceless. To just discard their needs is criminal.

    We will all be old someday. How do we want to be treated when that happens?

  95. DEMS WORRYING ABOUT OBAMA’S STANCE ON ISRAEL

    I thought he was the most brilliant, analytical mind ever to set foot in the WH.
    I thought he was a born leader, with impeccable instincts…
    I thought he could be entrusted with the tough decisions that a president has to make.

    That’s what the Dem leaders kept telling us, through the primaries, and through the general election.

    What Dems, is it too late to realize that the apple you bought is rotten inside, but you don’t have the receipt and can’t return it?

    The Dems don’t like what Obama is trying to convey to Israel. The Repubs are even more adamant in showing they don’t like Obama’s attitude toward Israel.

    But the Muslim world is probably happy that “obama is on our side”.

    He is inherently lazy and unconcerned. But when he does get interested in something, does finally lift a finger, it’s almost always in the wrong direction. The only solution is to get him out of office.

    Democrats pressure Barack Obama on Israel
    ================================

    As President Barack Obama prepares to depart for his first trip to the Arab world, the administration’s escalating pressure on Israel to freeze all growth of its settlements on Palestinian land has begun to stir concern among Israel’s numerous allies in both parties on Capitol Hill.

    “My concern is that we are applying pressure to the wrong party in this dispute,” said Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.). “I think it would serve America’s interest better if we were pressuring the Iranians to eliminate the potential of a nuclear threat from Iran, and less time pressuring our allies and the only democracy in the Middle East to stop the natural growth of their settlements.”

    “When Congress gets back into session the administration is going to hear from many more members than just me,” she said.

    Presidents from Jimmy Carter to George H.W. Bush saw attempts to pressure Israel draw furious objections from Congress, but members of Congress and observers say Obama will most likely prevail as long as he shows that he’s putting effective pressure on Israel’s Arab foes as well.

    But even a key defender of Obama’s Mideast policy, Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.), is seeking to narrow the administration’s definition of “settlement” to take pressure off Obama. And the unusual criticism by congressional Democrats of the popular president is a sign that it may take more than a transformative presidential election to change the domestic politics of Israel.

    Other Democrats, in interviews with POLITICO, raised similar concerns. While few will defend illegal Jewish outposts on land they hope will be part of a Palestinian state, they question putting public pressure on Israel while — so far — paying less public attention to Palestinian terrorism and other Arab states’ hostility to Israel.

    “There’s a line between articulating U.S. policy and seeming to be pressuring a democracy on what are their domestic policies, and the president is tiptoeing right up to that line,” said Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), who said he’d heard complaints from constituents during the congressional recess. “I would have liked to hear the president talk more about the Palestinian obligation to cut down on terrorism.”

    “I don’t think anybody wants to dictate to an ally what they have to do in their own national security interests,” said Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.), who said he thinks there’s “room for compromise.”

    “I have to hear specifically from the administration exactly how they define their terms and is there room for defining the terms,” he said, referring to the terms “settlement” and “natural growth.”

    And Republicans have been more sharply critical of the pressure on Israel.

    “It’s misguided. Behind that pressure is the assumption that somehow resolving the so-called settlements will somehow lead to the ultimate goal” of disarming Iran, said Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the House minority whip. “A backward assumption is being made that if we deal with the Israel-Palestine question, somehow all the problems in the Middle East will be solved,” he said.

    So far, anyway, Obama isn’t backing down. He told National Public Radio Monday that he believes the U.S. must be “honest” with Israel about how the situation in the region needs to improve. He also renewed his call for a freeze on all Israeli settlements, and said the Palestinians must do more to improve security.

    “I don’t think we have to change strong support for Israel,” Obama said. “We do have to retain a constant belief in the possibilities of negotiations that will lead to peace. And that’s going to require, from my view, a two-state solution.”

    “Part of being a good friend is being honest,” Obama said. “And I think there have been times where we are not as honest as we should be about the fact that the current direction, the current trajectory, in the region is profoundly negative, not only for Israeli interests but also U.S. interests. And that’s part of a new dialogue that I’d like to see encouraged in the region.”

    The pro-Israel lobby AIPAC last week got the signatures of 329 members of Congress, including key figures in both parties, on a letter calling on the administration to work “closely and privately” with Israel — in contrast to the current public pressure.

    On his recent visit to the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pressed Obama to take on Iran first and argued that a weakened Iran would set the stage for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

    The Obama administration, however, appears to have rejected that view and believes the appearance of American pressure on Israel, and progress in peace talks, will make it easier to wring concession from Arab allies on both Iran and on Israel.

    On his upcoming trip to Riyadh this week, Obama is expected to press Saudi Arabia, along with other Arab states, to move toward normalizing relations with Israel, a breakthrough that might satisfy Israel’s domestic allies and allow him more room to push the question of settlements, analysts said.

    “If he gets the Arabs to stand up and produce normalization, it becomes easier for him to create a decision point for the Israelis and to outmaneuver his domestic political critics,” said Aaron David Miller, a veteran former Mideast negotiator under Republican and Democratic administrations.

    Despite the administration’s efforts to make clear, public demands that Netanyahu freeze all settlement growth, however, the administration’s allies have sought to loosen that commitment. One key question is what the Israelis call “natural growth,” in which new buildings are constructed within existing settlements to accommodate, for instance, growing families.

    Critics say it’s a loophole that’s been used for dramatic expansion, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explicitly ruled out making an exception for natural growth last week.

    “I think that most people could understand somebody having a child and their child living with them, as long as it’s not a ruse to expand” the settlement, said Ackerman, who said two of a dozen questions to Netanyahu during a meeting with members of Congress had concerned settlements.

    Wexler, an early Obama ally and a staunch defender of his Middle East policy, said in his view, the settlement freeze should apply only to settlements outside Israel’s security fence, or wall, and should exclude territory that appears likely to ultimately remain part of Israel.

    “To expect Israel to have the same policy outside the security fence as inside the security fence is unrealistic; it’s counterproductive,” he said. “I don’t think [the administration’s] public statements have been specific enough” to resolve the question of whether they were referring to all settlements or only settlements outside the barrier, Wexler said.

    “I’m comfortable with the whole package,” Wexler said, pointing to pressure on Iran and demands for “visible and concrete steps toward normalization” and improved security in the Palestinian territories, as well as demands for a settlement freeze.

    “Bibi Netanyahu can’t be expected to perform his obligations if the broader Arab world is not willing to take serious steps toward normalizing relations with Israel,” he said.

    Other Democrats allied with Israel didn’t respond to questions about Obama’s policy, however. And the rhetoric, even from Obama’s critics, remains relatively sedate compared with the open insurrection other presidents, from Carter to the elder Bush, have triggered with attempts to apply direct pressure on Israel.

    “There’s such a desire for him to be successful that he’s lived this charmed life that most politicians, and most presidents, dealing with Israel wouldn’t have,” said one congressional Democrat. “In the early months, the finger is off the hair trigger on these issues.”

  96. OBAMA WILLING TO LISTEN TO LEADERS, AS LONG AS THEY ARE NOT AMERICAN

    mcclatchydc.com/homepage/story/69213.html

    Why’d Obama switch on detainee photos? Maliki went ballistic
    ===========================================

    By Nancy A. Youssef | McClatchy Newspapers
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama reversed his decision to release detainee abuse photos from Iraq and Afghanistan after Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki warned that Iraq would erupt into violence and that Iraqis would demand that U.S. troops withdraw from Iraq a year earlier than planned, two U.S. military officers, a senior defense official and a State Department official have told McClatchy.

    In the days leading up to a May 28 deadline to release the photos in response to an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit, U.S. officials, led by Christopher Hill, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, told Maliki that the administration was preparing to release photos of suspected detainee abuse taken from 2003 to 2006.

    When U.S. officials told Maliki, “he went pale in the face,” said a U.S. military official, who along with others requested anonymity because of the matter’s sensitivity.

    The official said Maliki warned that releasing the photos would lead to more violence that could delay the scheduled U.S. withdrawal from cities by June 30 and that Iraqis wouldn’t make a distinction between old and new photos. The public outrage and increase in violence could lead Iraqis to demand a referendum on the security agreement and refuse to permit U.S. forces to stay until the end of 2011.

    Maliki said, “Baghdad will burn” if the photos are released, said a second U.S. military official.
    [SNIP]

  97. Looking at the pattern, you’ll notice that as obama starts exercising more (bad) self-judgment, the worse and more impacting the results will be. Those who agreed to seat him as president, thinking that he would be a mere puppet who would comply with their instructions, will get less and less control over him. At some point, they’ll realize that the monster is out, but that they can’t get him back into the laboratory.

    Then they’ll have to reconsider what it will take to remove him from office.

  98. Much like Bush was supposed to be a puppet, but every once in a while, they let “the kid” actually take the car out for a drive. And when he did, and opened his mouth, and made bad decisions, then they started regretting ever giving him any real authority.

  99. NOW, IN ARLEN SPECTER NEWS…

    realclearpolitics.blogs.time.com/2009/06/02/pa-senate-poll-democrats-want-to-see-primary/

    PA Senate Poll: Democrats Want To See Primary
    ==================================

    June 2nd, 2009

    As Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) says he’s likely to enter the race, a new poll shows that a majority of Pennsylvania Democrats want to see Arlen Specter earn the party’s nomination in a contested primary.

    A Susquehanna Polling and Research survey finds that 63 percent of Democrats believe the Republican-turned-Democrat should face a challenge for the Senate nomination, while 28 percent said he should be the party’s nominee. The firm did not test a Specter-Sestak race; other polls have shown Specter with a comfortable edge at this point.

    They did test a Specter-Toomey general election:

    Senate General Election Matchup
    Specter 46%
    Toomey 37%
    Undecided 13%

    The poll was conducted May 26-30, surveying 700 registered voters (the Democratic primary sample was 364 voters). Among “super voters” who have voted in three of the last four general elections, Specter leads by just 3 points, 42-39 percent. Susquehanna reports that Toomey leads in the “T” region, the Lehigh Valley and the Harrisburg area, while Specter leads in the Southwest, Southeast and Allegheny County regions, in addition to his immense 81-10 margin in Philadelphia.

  100. THREE CARD MONTE YOU CAN BELIVE IN

    I wonder if this sleight of hand will be documented on obama’s truthiness.guv web site?

    politico.com/news/stories/0609/23208.html

    Barack Obama plays budget games
    =========================

    By DAVID ROGERS | 6/1/09 8:55 PM EDT
    Updated: 6/1/09 10:49 PM EDT

    Having agreed on a budget for the coming year, Congress and the White House are doing what follows next in Washington: trying to get around it.

    President Barack Obama’s spending plan would effectively use funds from his stimulus program to pad next year’s accounts in the Department of Homeland Security. The House wants to go in the opposite direction: front-end-loading 2010 foreign aid money into 2009 to buy more room for domestic spending next year.

    And for all the talk about honest budgeting, the administration badly understated the military’s true personnel costs when the president submitted his war funding request in April.

    In response to questions from POLITICO, the Pentagon said Monday it now estimates it faces an additional $2.35 billion shortfall in personnel accounts for the remainder of this fiscal year ending Sept. 30. Nearly three-quarters of the money would go to the Army and Army National Guard, which have blown far past their 2009 manpower targets, thanks to a bad economy and a system of often costly enlistment bonuses.

    All these forces come to play this week as House and Senate negotiators hammer out a $91 billion-plus war funding bill, which in the parlance of budget writers, is the last “free money” before Democrats are pledged to turn over a new leaf in 2010, beginning Oct. 1.

    “I think we have a general agreement. … It will be good to move onto something else,” House Appropriations Committee Chairman Dave Obey (D- Wis.) told POLITICO late Monday after talking with his Senate counterpart, Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii.).

    Persons close to Inouye also said there is general agreement between the two men, but many key details must still be hashed out in late-night talks among the clerks for the two committees.

    Obey won an important concession, securing an extra $2.6 billion for foreign aid accounts and thereby relieving some of the budget pressure next year. And the two chairmen were aiming for a “ high split” in their defense numbers, meaning the final number will likely be $4 billion to $5 billion higher than the administration’s request.

    The administration was hopeful of getting new financing for the International Monetary Fund, and Obey appeared more open to this outcome. But a final decision is expected to rest on whether the House leadership believes it can summon enough votes given strong Republican objections.

    Come Oct. 1, Democrats have pledged to cut $10 billion from Obama’s nondefense appropriations requests — a task that Obey doesn’t relish. And the defense establishment isn’t all that happy itself with the prospects of only 2 percent real growth for the Pentagon’s core budget.

    Major contractors like Boeing, Lockheed and General Dynamics are looking to the same war funding bill to get a leg up now by adding billions to the war funding bill for transport planes and armored vehicles — some of which are budgeted in 2010. In this context, the Army’s problems underscore what’s become an ever-bigger competition between the all-volunteer military’s personnel costs vs. procurement dollars for new hardware.

    The House and Senate Appropriations committees got a warning that something was amiss with the Army last December, when the Pentagon belatedly asked for a $200 million reprogramming to cover personnel costs for fiscal year 2008, which had ended months before.

    There was increased concern as the Army continued to report monthly end-strength estimates 15,000 to 16,000 over its budgeted target of 532,400 for 2009.

    From February through April — the last three months available — the numbers for both the active Army and National Guard have exceeded not just the authorized levels but also the added 3 percent flexibility allowed by Congress.

  101. And now Obama is “legitimizing” Iran’s need for nuclear energy…it’s quite amazing if not so frightening.

  102. wbboei, Thanks for mentioning that Glenn Thrush rebutted that argument that senators wanted Hillary gone. I knew that was crap. Didn’t they have some posts they were going to offer her if she turned down SoS?

  103. BROOKS: “GOVERNMENT MOTORS” LIKELY TO BE OBAMA’S IRAQ

    “You break it, you bought it”.
    W. “broke” Iraq.
    Obama’s GM???

    The quote at the very end sums it up:

    “We’ve seen this before, albeit in different context: An overconfident government throws itself into a dysfunctional culture it doesn’t really understand. The result is quagmire. The costs escalate. There is no exit strategy.”

    nytimes.com/2009/06/02/opinion/02brooks.html?_r=2&adxnnl=1&ref=opinion&adxnnlx=1243962241-bYAYc0Zx2aA0/NqGqLyfyw

    The Quagmire Ahead
    ===============

    By DAVID BROOKS
    Published: June 1, 2009
    On Jan. 21, 1988, a General Motors executive named Elmer Johnson wrote a brave and prophetic memo. Its main point was contained in this sentence: “We have vastly underestimated how deeply ingrained are the organizational and cultural rigidities that hamper our ability to execute.”

    On Jan. 26, 2009, Rob Kleinbaum, a former G.M. employee and consultant, wrote his own memo. Kleinbaum’s argument was eerily similar: “It is apparent that unless G.M.’s culture is fundamentally changed, especially in North America, its true heart, G.M. will likely be back at the public trough again and again.”

    These two memos, written by men devoted to the company, get to the heart of G.M.’s problems. Bureaucratic restructuring won’t fix the company. Clever financing schemes won’t fix the company. G.M.’s core problem is its corporate and workplace culture — the unquantifiable but essential attitudes, mind-sets and relationship patterns that are passed down, year after year.

    Over the last five decades, this company has progressively lost touch with car buyers, especially the educated car buyers who flock to European and Japanese brands. Over five decades, this company has tolerated labor practices that seem insane to outsiders. Over these decades, it has tolerated bureaucratic structures that repel top talent. It has evaded the relentless quality focus that has helped companies like Toyota prosper.

    As a result, G.M. has steadily lost U.S. market share, from 54 to 19 percent. Consumer Reports now recommends 70 percent of Ford’s vehicles, but only 19 percent of G.M.’s.

    The problems have not gone unrecognized and heroic measures have been undertaken, but technocratic reforms from within have not changed the culture. Technocratic reforms from Washington won’t either. For the elemental facts about the Obama restructuring plan are these: Bureaucratically, the plan is smart. Financially, it is tough-minded. But when it comes to the corporate culture that is at the core of G.M.’s woes, the Obama approach is strangely oblivious. The Obama plan won’t revolutionize G.M.’s corporate culture. It could make things worse.

    First, the Obama plan will reduce the influence of commercial outsiders. The best place for fresh thinking could come from outside private investors. But the Obama plan rides roughshod over the current private investors and so discourages future investors. G.M. is now a pariah on Wall Street. Say farewell to a potentially powerful source of external commercial pressure.

    Second, the Obama plan entrenches the ancien régime. The old C.E.O. is gone, but he’s been replaced by a veteran insider and similar executive coterie. Meanwhile, the U.A.W. has been given a bigger leadership role. This is the union that fought for job banks, where employees get paid for doing nothing. This is the organization that championed retirement with full benefits at around age 50. This is not an organization that represents fundamental cultural change.

    Third, the Obama approach reduces the fear that impels change. The U.S. government will own most of G.M. It would be politically suicidal for the Democrats, or whoever is in power, to pull the plug on the company — now or ever. Therefore, the current managers can rest assured that they never need to fear liquidation again. There will always be federal subsidies for their own mediocrity.

    Fourth, the Obama plan dilutes the company’s focus. Instead of thinking obsessively about profitability and quality, G.M. will also have to meet the administration’s environmental goals. There is no evidence G.M. is good at building the sort of small cars the administration demands. There is no evidence that there is a large American market for these cars. But G.M. now has to serve two masters, the market and the administration’s policy goals.

    Fifth, G.M.’s executives and unions now have an incentive to see Washington as a prime revenue center. Already, the union has successfully lobbied to move production centers back from overseas. Already, the company has successfully sought to restrict the import of cars that might compete with G.M. brands. In the years ahead, G.M.’s management will have a strong incentive to spend time in Washington, urging the company’s owner, the federal government, to issue laws to help it against Ford and Honda.

    Sixth, the new plan will create an ever-thickening set of relationships between G.M.’s new owners — in government, management and unions. These thickening bonds between public and private bureaucrats will fundamentally alter the corporate culture, and not for the better. Members of Congress are also getting more involved in the company they own, and will have their own quaint impact.

    The end result is that G.M. will not become more like successful car companies. It will become less like them. The federal merger will not accelerate the company’s viability. It will impede it. We’ve seen this before, albeit in different context: An overconfident government throws itself into a dysfunctional culture it doesn’t really understand. The result is quagmire. The costs escalate. There is no exit strategy.

  104. NY TIMES ON OBAMA’S PUNY EFFORTS RE FORECLOSURES

    They lament that he does not go far enough in:

    a) advocating reduced loan principles, which mortgage companies are resisting
    b) creating jobs
    c) promoting the middle class agenda he outlined in the campaign

    Gee, it almost sounds that if they wanted Hillary Clinton sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office.

    nytimes.com/2009/06/02/opinion/02tue1.html?ref=opinion

    Foreclosures: No End in Sight
    =====================

    A continuing steep drop in home prices combined with rising unemployment is powering a new wave of foreclosures. Unfortunately, there’s little evidence, so far, that the Obama administration’s anti-foreclosure plan will be able to stop it.

    The plan offers up to $75 billion in incentives to lenders to reduce loan payments for troubled borrowers. Since it went into effect in March, some 100,000 homeowners have been offered a modification, according to the Treasury Department, though a tally is not yet available on how many offers have been accepted.

    That’s a slow start given the administration’s goal of preventing up to four million foreclosures. It is even more worrisome when one considers the size of the problem and the speed at which it is spreading. The Mortgage Bankers Association reported last week that in the first three months of the year, about 5.4 million mortgages were delinquent or in some stage of foreclosure.

    Not all of those families will lose their homes. Some will find the money to catch up on their payments. Others will qualify for loan modifications that allow them to hang on. But as borrowers become more hard pressed, lenders — whose participation in the Obama plan is largely voluntary — may not be able or willing to keep up with the spiraling demand for relief.

    One of the biggest problems is that the plan focuses almost entirely on lowering monthly payments. But overly onerous payments are only part of the problem. For 15.4 million “underwater” borrowers — those who owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth — a lack of home equity puts them at risk of default, even if their monthly payments have been reduced. They have no cushion to fall back on in the event of a setback, like job loss or illness.

    This page has long argued that a robust anti-foreclosure plan should directly address the plight of underwater homeowners by reducing the loans’ principal balance. That would restore some equity to borrowers — and give them a further incentive to hold on to their homes — in addition to lowering monthly payments. The mortgage industry has resisted this approach, and the Obama plan does not emphasize it.

    With joblessness rising, lower monthly payments could quickly become unaffordable for many Americans. In a recent report, researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston argued that unemployment is driving foreclosures and to make a difference, anti-foreclosure policy should focus on helping unemployed homeowners. The report suggests a temporary program of loans or grants to help them pay their mortgages while they look for another job.

    The government will also have to make far more aggressive efforts to create jobs. The federal stimulus plan will preserve and generate a few million jobs, but that will barely make a dent — in the overall economic crisis or the foreclosure disaster. Since the recession began in December 2007, nearly six million jobs have been lost, and millions more are bound to go missing before this downturn is over.

    President Obama needs to put more effort and political capital into promoting the middle-class agenda that he outlined during the campaign, including a push for new jobs in new industries, expanded union membership and a fairer distribution of profits among shareholders, executives and employees.

    There will be no recovery until there is a halt in the relentless rise in foreclosures. Foreclosures threaten millions of families with financial ruin. By driving prices down, they sap the wealth of all homeowners. They exacerbate bank losses, putting pressure on the still fragile financial system. Lower monthly payments are a balm, but they are no substitute for home equity. And until more Americans can find a good job and a steady paycheck, the number of foreclosures will continue to rise.

  105. I know a person trying to sell their home now. They have come down considerable in price. They just got an offer, below what there last reduced price was. They countered, showing a slight decrease. The buyer’s counter did not budge. The agent says that buyers believe they can dictate their own low price. In this case, the person can rent.

    So we are not only facing foreclosures, and home below puchase price. We also are seeing people bleed people like dictators. We saw that with sellers in CA for a number of years.

    Seeing the whole section of foreclosures in Clinton, TX on my recent trip, and this buyer dictatorship going on, I am not convinced we are seeing a recovery at least before the 2010 election. Home ownership is a core of our democracy, and right now people either cannot sell, or will not sell. Many buyers also are holding a wait and see attitute.

    They can say things are turning around, but I think people are behaving with a wait and see attitude, or they don’t believe it.

  106. President Barack Obama’s spending plan would effectively use funds from his stimulus program to pad next year’s accounts in the Department of Homeland Security. The House wants to go in the opposite direction: front-end-loading 2010 foreign aid money into 2009 to buy more room for domestic spending next year.

    And for all the talk about honest budgeting, the administration badly understated the military’s true personnel costs when the president submitted his war funding request in April.
    —————————————
    rgb: this squares with something Jack Welch said the other day too:

    “I don’t particularly like where he’s taking us,” Welch said, referring to Obama, during an interview yesterday at the Boston Convention Center. Welch, 73, who led GE from 1981 to 2001, was a guest speaker at the New England Business Xpo.

    “To get the money he needs, he has to have a fake budget,” Welch said. “He’s fooling people about how we’re going to have the top line support the programs in the middle without enormous taxes and some programs not going.”

    Who in Washington and our mainstream media are calling Obama and team on the carpet for this charade? In order for capitalism, free markets, and ultimately democracy to thrive there needs to be accountability and transparency in the process.

    We will not achieve the necessary accountability and transparency without serious questioning and rigorous debate on the issues. Given the current makeup of our legislative bodies, the risks to our country are significant. Without a legislative check, the pressure on the media to expose the massive costs – financial and otherwise – of the Obama agenda are paramount. Aside from Bloomberg and typically the Wall Street Journal, what other outlets are holding Obama accountable?

    Who will challenge Obama on his anemic cuts to his MASSIVE budget? When an administration is only able to cut one half of one per cent from a $3.5 trillion budget, you know we have problems.

  107. WE COULD SURVIVE 100 CORRUPT WOULD BE DICTATORS LIKE OBAMA. BUT WE CANNOT SURVIVE AS A NATION WITH A CORRUPT PRESS WHO EMPOWERS HIM.

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