Barack Obama – The Queen Of Denial

Cleopatra, in the Egypt of the imagination, still might rule as the Queen of the Nile, but today, Obama in Egypt was, as the joke goes, the Queen of denial.

[Sleeveless Michelle was nowhere to be found in Egypt. Michelle avoided the flying rocks she would have encountered had she ventured into the Cairo streets in one of her trendy sleeveless frocks. Michelle will meet up with Barack in safe Paris, later in the week.]

Obama, in a speech as dry as mummy dust, denied reality and engaged in more of his dangerous hopey dopey talk, which his acolytes love to listen to, but which accomplishes little other than set the expectations of the listener up for a fall and encourage dangerous false hopes and unreality.

In this latest speech, a speech sure to be praised by Big Media enablers and those not paying much attention or foolishly filling the empty vessel with their own wishes, Barack Obama bowed before America’s chief adversaries and, as he did with his Jeremiah Wright race speech, muddied the waters to confuse mostly Arab (Iran is not Arab) Middle Eastern political forces with the worldwide religion of Islam.

[The full speech is HERE.]

Obama abandoned reality and again chose to ignore Lord Palmerston’s admonition that “Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests.” Well actually, Obama did speak about “mutual interests” but the mention did not refer to Israel. Iinstead, for Obama, the mutual interests are “between the United States and Muslims around the world”. Israel was reduced to a friendly sort of “bond”.

Obama also did not bother, in a speech sold by Obama and Big Media as “honest” to discuss terrorism. The word “terrorism” simply never came up. Murdered Iraqis who are gay were never mentioned. Gays and their oppression was not mentioned at all. Instead Obama quoted the “Holy Koran” with the verse “Be conscious of God and speak always the truth.” Then Obama proceeded to avoid telling the truth.

Obama did not engage in sufficient truth telling to discuss the possibility that perhaps there is, or isn’t, an ideological problem with Islam which requires airing in order to update Islam for the modern world just as Christianity and Judaism had to evolve and adapt to the modern world:

But there is a persistent and broad view that it is Islam itself which is responsible for the “democratic deficit” in much of the Muslim world. [snip]

The notion has increasingly been heard that Islam is essentially incompatible with democracy because it emphasizes God’s sovereignty rather than that of human beings; because it values men over women; and because it discourages dialogue and pluralism. Many Muslims contest such views by arguing that God has granted sovereignty to humans to govern themselves; and that Islamic justice disallows discrimination based on class, race or gender (because the noblest humans are the most pious).

Listeners of the Obama publicity stunt today can be forgiven for not knowing if the problem is Islam, unmentioned terrorists, Arabs, Persians, Arab Muslims, the Middle East, Jews, Chinese or Russian Muslims, male Muslims, Indonesians, African Muslims, Americans, American Muslims or perhaps Portuguese water dogs.

In his speech Obama praised the achievements of Islam (Obama mentioned algebra and the pen as achievements. Obama should consider that the word “assassin” is a Persian Muslim contribution and that he is playing a real game of three dimensional chess with the etymological masters of the “checkmate”).

Obama also dared to equate African-American slavery in the United States with the treatment of Palestinians by Israel.

Obama’s foolishness extended to Iran’s nuclear program. Obama approves of Iran acquiring “peaceful” nuclear power even though the energy resources Iran already has at its disposal are ample. Israel would be foolish indeed to listen to Obama as he smuggles more than enough time to Iran for development of a nuclear weapon which would eliminate Israel.

Slavery, and Koran verses, but not once did Obama bother to remind the audience about the Muslim lives saved by President Bill Clinton as he stopped “ethnic cleansing” and saved Muslim lives in Kosovo and Bosnia.

Obama has been too busy backstabbing and making up more bald-faced lies about President Bill Clinton to mention other facts:

President Clinton presided over the historic 1993 Israeli-Palestinian Declaration of Principles, the peace treaty between Jordan and Israel in 1994; the Interim Agreement on Palestinian self-rule in 1995, the Wye River Accords in 1998; and in 2000, from Camp David to Taba, brought the parties together for the first high-level discussions of all permanent status issues, and offered a proposal for a comprehensive peace, accepted by the Government of Israel but rejected by Yassar Arafat. After two years of renewed conflict, Arafat said he would accept the Clinton Plan.”

No mention of an American president, Bill Clinton and how he (General Wesley Clark too) saved Muslim lives. But Obama did have the audacity to mention women after primary and general campaigns dependent on misogyny and sexism against Hillary Clinton (and govenor Palin). Peter Daou, formerly of the Hillary campaign properly mocks Obama chiffon thin defense of women. Writes Daou (unfortunately for the repulsive Huff n’ Puff):

Take the issue of women’s rights, addressed in Obama’s Cairo speech with the most tepid language [snip]

Is that a joke?

With women being stoned, raped, abused, battered, mutilated, and slaughtered on a daily basis across the globe, violence that is so often perpetrated in the name of religion, the most our president can speak about is protecting their right to wear the hijab? I would have been much more heartened if the preponderance of the speech had been about how in the 21st century, we CANNOT tolerate the pervasive abuse of our mothers and sisters and daughters.

Daou has other equally clearheaded observations sure to be rejected by PINO Big Blogs and Big Media:

1. Aside from a few platitudes, it is disappointingly weak on human rights and specifically women’s rights.

2. It betrays a naiveté, perhaps feigned, about how the Arab world works.

I sometimes preface my posts by explaining that my Mideast perspective is that of an American-Lebanese-Christian-Jew who grew up in Muslim West Beirut at the height (or should I say depth) of the Lebanese civil war. The tumultuous and bloody intersection of religions and geopolitical interests is painfully real to me.

Yes, Obama is targeting the Arab ‘street’ and global public opinion – but to the corrupt regimes that dominate that region of the world, his oration means virtually nothing. Repression and suppression will go on uninterrupted. And to those whose abiding hatred of Israel (and thus America) is absolute, Obama’s words will be seen as empty and hypocritical.

Daou ends his article with a magnificent slap across Barack Obama’s face:

Enough with the perpetual campaign. True justice, true peace, these are earned through courageous decisions and bold actions. Real truth to power.

If we are to fix America’s image in the world and if we are to heal the planet’s myriad ills, it will not be done through contrite kumbaya speeches about how we are all one world and how we should all coexist peacefully, no matter whether the remarks are delivered in Cleveland or Cairo. It will be done by leading through example, by righting the many wrongs here at home, by seeking justice and fairness for all, by doing what is right, not saying what sounds pleasing to the media elite and the pliable punditocracy.

Ricki Lieberman in her latest electronic epistle discussed Israel in the 1970s:

There were no settlements, only decades of Arab refusal to recognize Israel, and vows to push the Jews into the sea. Israel was still struggling to resettle and absorb nearly a million Jews from Arab lands who had arrived penniless in the years after Israeli Independence. At the same time, 22 Arab states were leaving their Palestinian bretheren [sic] to rot in miserable refugee camps on Israel’s borders, rather than to take them in.

Today the Jews from Arab lands are productive tax paying citizens of Israel while the Palestinians continue to fester in the camps, radicalized by false hopes, rhetoric, and schooling which promotes anti-Semitism, hatred of Israel, and homicide bombers.

While I am no supporter of the settlements – they have diverted resources needed elsewhere – they are not the obstacle to peace. Long before there were settlements there was no peace and no impulse to peace. Had the Arabs accepted partition in 1947 or recognized Israel in 1948, there would have been no settlements. Had the Arabs made peace in 1967, there would have been no settlements. Had Arafat recognized Israel in 2000 at Camp David with President Clinton, there would today be a strong Palestinian state.

Tragically, as Abba Eban said, the Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

Let’s be really honest, Mr. President. The obstacle to peace is the lack of a critical mass of Arabs who will recognize Israel as a Jewish state, and work for a Palestinian state which both guarantees Israel’s security and benefits from the regional prosperity that will accompany peaceful co-existence. To acheive [sic] peace, this is where the real work needs to be done. Until this happens, the rest is a distraction…

Ricki is quite right. The conflict can only be resolved by two willing to negotiate parties – Israel and the Palestinians.

We remember when Bill Clinton tried to bring peace to Israel and the Palestinians. It was said that Bill Clinton knew where every boulder in Israel was as he negotiated detail after detail after detail with Yasser Arafat and Ehud Barak over boundaries and territorial lines.

Bill Clinton’s proposal was rejected by Arafat. Ehud Barak, while engaged in an election fight for survival, accepted the Clinton proposal. Ariel Sharon who was running against Ehud Barak stated clearly that “If Barak loses, I don’t have to honor a deal“. That reality did not matter to Arafat who denied reality when he rejected the peace proposal, which would have created a Palestinian state. Eventually, but too too late, Arafat accepted the deal – but by then Sharon was Israel’s Prime Minister and Sharon had made his “no” very clear well before election day.

Likud party leader Ariel Sharon, who is leading the polls by a wide margin in the election for prime minister on Feb. 6, spoke recently at his ranch in southern Israel with NEWSWEEK’s Dan Ephron. Excerpts:

EPHRON: If Barak manages to clinch a deal with the Palestinians and you win the election, you’ll face a lot of pressure to implement the agreement, from the United States among others.

SHARON: Look, no doubt I’ll have to deal with that. And as I said, it’s very complicated. But if I go on what Barak says, that [the election] is a referendum [on the peace

As today’s Obama Dimocrats like to say “Elections have consequences.”

Ricki is not the only one questioning the Obama strategy of attack your friends, appease your foes:

“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.

In today’s speech Obama once again put logic and American interests aside in order to boost his popularity.

What Obama did today was once again encourage rogue states such as Iran to do as they please and ignore American interests. Encouraging Iran to develop nuclear power for whatever use sends an uncertain message to unstable characters.

A wise president does not allow American interests and intentions to be misunderstood (think April Glaspie and the first Iraq war) nor American interests to be ignored by foes.

A wise president sometimes needs to make her intentions clear and the consequences of conflict very clear so that foes do not miscalculate to their own detriment. A wise president does not encourage false hopes and delusions and denial.



Obama has not heard the celestial choirs he expected to hear in the United States. Obama is now in search of celestial choirs in the Middle East. But celestial choirs are not reality – they are a hope and a dream – and a denial of reality.

Obama today denied reality.

Obama is the Queen of Denial.

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  1. Is it just me? Or does this “Cairo Speech” seem like another huge waste of time?

    Another “speech”.
    Another chance for obama to hog the spotlight, saying nothing but platitudes.

    Another in a series of faux apologies. Obama: “I’m sorry the US has been such a terrible world citizen for two centuries. I apologize. Now, as for doing anything specific, I’m at a loss.”

    Another media analysis frenzy: “Was it good?” “Did Muslims buy into it?” “What’s this mean?” Oh, STFU already.

    Meanwhile, Rome (the US, its economy, jobs, foreclosures, health care) burn while Nero visits Cairo. Obama is not leading Congress, he’s not crafting legistlation, he only knows campaign mode. At some point, people will realize that the emperor does no work.

  2. Brilliant, Admin!

    “At the same time, 22 Arab states were leaving their Palestinian bretheren [sic] to rot in miserable refugee camps on Israel’s borders, rather than to take them in.”

    Yes indeed! And yet no one, especially the twit in the oval office is pushing any agenda except one of total obeisance to these monsters.

  3. Also from previous thread:

    politico.com/news/stories/0609/23328.html

    Gay groups grow impatient with Obama
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    By BEN SMITH & JONATHAN MARTIN

    President Barack Obama’s promises of change are falling short for one core Democratic constituency: gays and lesbians, whose leaders say Obama’s administration isn’t keeping up with the times.

    Gay rights campaigners, most of them Democrats who supported Obama in November, have begun to voice their public frustration with Obama’s inaction, small jokes at their community’s expense and deafening silence on what they see as the signal civil rights issue of this era.

    His most important campaign promises repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and the military ban on openly gay and lesbian service-members have not been fulfilled.

    And the news, which emerged quietly earlier this year, that he’d supported same-sex marriage back in 1996, then changed his mind, especially rankles. As mainstream Democratic politicians such as Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) move to support same-sex marriage, gay rights advocates say that the barrier-breaking president looks increasingly odd for opposing what they see as full equality.

    “Obama is out of step with his party, which is overwhelmingly in favor of marriage at this stage,” said David Mixner, a veteran gay rights activist who is among the organizers of a march on Washington for same-sex marriage scheduled for this fall. “He’s out of step with the next generation.”

    Gay rights issues have been moving at breakneck speed, none faster than same-sex marriage. Most public opinion polls now show more than 40 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage, seen as a fringe issue just a few years earlier. Already, five New England states and Iowa have same-sex marriage laws on the books.

    “Politicians are finding out that their voters are moving faster than they anticipated,” said Democratic pollster Celinda Lake, who called Obama’s place behind that curve “surprising, because he is the next-generational candidate.”

    She noted that Obama could be concerned about alienating older voters in the Midwest who would be turned off if he came out in support of same-sex marriage.

    The White House has been reluctant to spend its political capital pushing Obama’s highest-profile pro-gay positions believing, White House allies say, that it could detract from priorities like health care. And it may be even less likely to do next year, with midterms approaching.

    [snip…lots more if you want]

  4. Rgb44hrc, the reaction to the speech, while praised, has not been as super praised as we thought. The articles you posted about Gay-Americans growing impatient show that the speeches are not having their former “buzz high” effect. Muslims too have not been as enraptured as we thought (or perhaps Big Media has not yet found sufficient Muslims who thought the speech was wonderful to broadcast interviews with them yet).

    Muslims appear too smart to believe Obama. They know Obama can’t be trusted. They’ve seen this act before. Muslims are now joining gays and jews on the “we don’t believe him” train.

    So, you are not alone. The speech was “as dry as mummy dust” and a huge waste of time because the problem is that there are 2 conflicting sides wanting the same bit of land. Until both sides negotiate in good faith and give up dreams of the other sides destruction all the speeches in the world don’t matter. Bill Clinton learned that when Arafat rejected his peace plan – it takes two to tango.

  5. This was a speech of pandering. It was a me-me speech. It was a slimy one. His list of omissions, especially where Bill Clinton is concerned did not surprise me.

  6. http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/tobin/68492

    But this speech was, like so many of his utterances since taking office, tarnished by a desire to be all things to all people. To be Barack Obama is to be, as he says, a person who can see all issues from all sides and defend American interests while at the same time being everyone’s best friend. He sees himself as someone who can achieve Olympian detachment. Speaking of the Arab-Israeli conflict, he says: “If we see this conflict only from one side or the other, then we will be blind to the truth.”

    But there is more than one type of blindness. The search for the truth is not merely an exercise in which all grievances are considered the same. To assert the truth of the Holocaust is appropriate — if unfortunately necessary when addressing an Arab audience — as is calling on the Palestinians to “abandon violence” and to cease “shooting rockets at sleeping children” or blowing up old women on buses.

    But the problem with this conflict is not that both sides won’t listen to each other or give peace a chance. That might have been a good point to make prior to the signing of the Oslo peace accords in 1993 when Israel recognized the legitimacy of Palestinian aspirations and began the process of handing over large portions of the area reserved by the League of Nations for the creation of a Jewish National Home for the creation of a Palestinian equivalent. But Israel offered these same Palestinians a state in virtually all of the West Bank and Gaza as well as part of Jerusalem in 2000 and again in negotiations conducted by the government of Ehud Olmert just last year. So, the problem is not that the Israelis don’t want the two state solution that Obama endorsed in Cairo. Rather, it is, as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said in Washington only a week ago, that the Palestinians aren’t interested in negotiating with Israel.

    Even more obnoxious than this refusal to see that the truth about the conflict isn’t to be found through an even-handed “plague on both your houses” approach is his comparison of the Palestinians’ plight to that of African-Americans in the United States before the civil rights era. Israelis have not enslaved Palestinians. The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians rests on the latter’s unwillingness to come to terms with the former’s existence. The plight of Palestinians in Gaza is terrible but it is a direct result of their own decision to choose war over peace, not a lack of understanding on the part of the Jews. Going to the Middle East while ostentatiously avoiding Israel and picking a fight with its leadership sends a message that will resonate throughout the Arab world. His signal that America is now an impartial broker rather than Israel’s ally can only encourage a Palestinian people that continue to reject peace.

    Another disappointment was his treatment of the threat from Iran’s drive for nuclear weapons. Again, he re-stated the history of our problems with Iran in a context of moral equivalence. While he has stated elsewhere — and promised as much during his run for office — that he will not allow Iran to achieve nuclear capability, such plain talk was absent in Cairo. Nowhere did he say plainly that Iran must stop its nuclear program or call upon other nations to join the effort to restrain Tehran. That was a major blunder and a missed opportunity to rally the Arab world that fears Iranian nukes as much as the Israelis, to step up on the issue before it is too late.

    Though he made a number of important points about fighting terror, religious tolerance and women’s rights and democracy, the speech was constructed and delivered as a series of moral equivalencies that undermine both the search for peace as well as the equally necessary drive to reform the Islamic world. As a statement of philosophy as well as a proclamation of American values it was as morally unserious a speech as an American president has ever made.

  7. admin, yep, Muslims are playing the “air kiss” game. Say nice things, nod your head. But they know Obama is just mouthing words, so not much to get excited about.

    Now for the Israelis, they have sore feelings from obama is dissing them, like an NBA star feels by being publicly dissed by some ex-teammate. “Yeah, I heard what he said. He’s entitled to his dumb-a## opinion, but it’s like, he’s over the hill and over-rated and over-paid”.

    So obama gets to feel good about himself for all the fake hugs, and the media push the “Obama makes great strides is healing rift, room being cleared on Mt. Rushmore for fifth head” story, but nothing tangible will come of it. Meahwhile, obama manages to alienate yet another key ally, just like he did with England.

    This guy is aimless, and this is dangerous.

  8. admin Says:

    June 4th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

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    Rarely have I heard these arguments stated so truthfully and eloquently. Thank you very much for posting this commentary.

  9. THE UNSTEADY HAND AT THE HELM

    More bumbling and stumbling from Obama:

    Not willing to grab the initiative, the leadership has to be outsourced.
    Not sure whom to please.
    Not sure what he wants.
    Not familiar with the specifics and the history.

    This is the price of tentativity.

    politico.com/news/stories/0609/23320.html

    Democrats purse lips on Panama trade deal
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    Embracing populism and criticizing free trade on the campaign trail were the easy part. But now that Barack Obama is negotiating actual trade pacts, he’s learning why this issue has become a third rail for Democratic leaders.

    Trade cleaves Democrats like few other issues, and the administration’s confusing actions on a relatively minor trade deal with Panama, a country not quite the size of South Carolina, has inflamed the family feud. Earlier this spring, the administration looked as if it were going to hash out a Panama free-trade deal. Then the White House quickly changed course and slammed on the brakes just before Memorial Day.

    The political fallout: Both sides are angry. And the stumbling on this issue could undermine support from moderate Republicans the White House needs on other big-ticket agenda items.

    “The last thing that we need as a caucus is to try to move forward on a Bush-negotiated trade agenda that will definitely divide our caucus and will sidetrack the very important issue of trying to move forward with a good health care proposal,” where Democrats in Congress should be focused, Rep. Michael Michaud (D-Maine), a leading opponent of the Panama deal, told POLITICO.

    Meanwhile, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) — echoing the disappointment of other pro-trade Democrats — vented frustration at the administration for seeming to reverse its support for the deal.

    Citing Panama’s willingness to make labor changes and start negotiations on tax concerns, “I’m just scratching my head here — it sounds like a pretty good deal to me. Why doesn’t the administration just take it?” Baucus said to a top United States Trade Representative official during a recent hearing.

    Panama engaged in a “good-faith effort for the United States to help reach an agreement with Panama, and now [Obama] seems to be backing off, and I just don’t get it, frankly, personally,” Baucus said.

    The free trade agreement would immediately banish tariffs on nearly 90 percent of U.S. goods and more than half of agricultural exports to Panama. While trade between the two countries is modest, American machinery exporters such as Caterpillar Inc. are particularly keen to see the deal done before Panama finishes taking bids on its expansion of the Panama canal — a $5 billion-plus public works project.

    Critics say that Panama has not done enough to enact the labor law changes to protect workers’ rights that the country agreed to in a compromise struck between the Democrats and the Bush administration in 2007. They also say the pact should not go forward until Panama, which has been labeled a tax haven, changes its secretive banking laws

    The trouble with this deal started in April, when Obama shocked the trade world by sending positive signals on the Panama deal as well as a more controversial pact with Colombia during the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago. Both deals were negotiated and signed by the Bush administration, and Obama’s criticism of them during the campaign had free trade advocates glumly convinced that they’d see little progress on the stalled pacts.

    But at the summit, Obama directed his top trade negotiator, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, to head a review of the Colombia pact, with the aim of identifying and resolving outstanding issues blocking its ratification by Congress.

    Obama also directed Kirk to hold a series of high-level meetings with Panamanian officials to work through outstanding congressional concerns with the country’s labor laws and concerns that Panama has a reputation as an offshore tax haven.

    Publicly and in private meetings, Kirk and his aides repeatedly suggested that the administration could send the Panama pact to Congress this summer.

    “We’re doing everything we can to resolve the outstanding issues as it relates to labor and taxes so we can get that agreement up to Congress,” Kirk said in a May 18 speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, claiming the administration was “working furiously.”

    The news was welcomed by pro-trade Democrats such as Baucus and the New Democrat Coalition, a centrist group of pro-business Democrats, as well as most Republicans.

    But anti-free-trade groups would get their say, opening up a rare offensive of criticism against the Obama administration from a key part of the Democratic base.

    Opponents in the House scheduled a press conference to air their grievances on the same day the Senate Finance Committee was slated to consider the Panama deal in a hearing, the first step in the unique and regimented process by which Congress approves trade deals.

    Opponents drafted a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, asking for her help in working with the administration to revamp the trade agenda. The letter drew 55 signatures from Democratic members of the House Populist Caucus, the Progressive Caucus, the House Trade Working Group — a collection of trade skeptics — and one Republican, Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina.

    “After eight years of a failed Bush free trade agenda, the current demise of our economy and an ensuing massive increase in unemployment, it is difficult to justify to our constituents the passage of another badly flawed trade agreement,” the lawmakers wrote.

    Very quickly, the White House appeared to back away from its earlier enthusiasm for the Panama deal.

    In the Senate Finance hearing, Everett Eissenstat, the assistant trade representative for the Americas, threw cold water on the expectation of swift movement of the Panama trade pact, saying Obama “believes that it is very important that Panama be considered in the context of a broader domestic agenda.”

    Eissenstat testified that Obama would outline his vision of a “new framework for trade” in the near future, but no specific date for such a speech has been given. But lawmakers and lobbyists alike read it as a message that Panama wasn’t going anywhere soon — at least until Obama articulated his trade policy vision.

    Now, everyone is waiting for a clearer message from the White House about what to expect on trade.

    One pessimistic lobbyist said the Senate Finance hearing gave the impression that “not until there’s world peace and a cure for cancer can we move forward.”

    Yet another business source remained unconcerned and said the administration has communicated that “they’re not backing off. They’re not not doing trade.”

    “At this point, there’s still not a clear indication as to what has happened or what is going to happen moving forward on Panama,” said a House Democratic aide representing a pro-trade member.

    A number of trade watchers suspect that the strength of the pushback from House Democrats spooked the White House. Obama officials saw just how divisive the issue was — in part because trade pact opponents see Panama’s passage as a precursor to the administration moving more controversial deals with Colombia and South Korea — and realized they didn’t want to create any intraparty fights right before moving major health care legislation.

    A Senate Republican aide attributed the mixed messages to internal divisions in the administration on the issue. The fact that Baucus scheduled the hearing on the pact forced the White House to confront the issue, the aide said, and “once they did that, it became, I think, a very clear decision based on political considerations.”

    “I think that they did an assessment, and it was really very clear that their priority lies with the health care overhaul, and they were not going to take something up that was going to create turmoil in their caucus,” the aide said.

  10. In the previous posting, Bill Clinton probably would have said “I know this trade deal with Panama is not perfect, and I have the following specific reservations, but we need to get this done, to help Panama, and help create jobs here…”

    A more populist Dem president, say a Pres. Kucinich, would break sharply from Bush, “We need trade agreements, we don’t need bad ones”.

    obama, unsure, wears the first hat to one group. Then when he speaks to another group, he puts on the other hat. But like in soap operas and movies, where the guy is at the dance and both girls are there, he goes “homina homina homina….”, and they both slap him and leave.

  11. huffingtonpost.com/shirin-sadeghi/view-from-cairo-what-abou_b_211323.html

    View From Cairo: What About the People, Obama?
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    Shirin Sadeghi
    Middle East Consultant and former Journalist for the BBC and Al Jazeera

    The air in Cairo is noticeably cleaner than usual and the stifling traffic has been veered from its heart this week. Shops have been closed, streets have been blockaded, and the Egyptian police state has outdone even itself with the massive security presence throughout the city. Obama is in town and the Cairenes must suffer the consequences.

    Perhaps this paradox, more than his speech, has been Obama’s inevitable message to the Muslim world: that the United States will look the other way at your governments’ repressive policies because a working relationship with them is more important than a consideration of the peoples’ rights.

    Politics at its best – but where does that leave the people?

    “He’s here only eight hours, and yet my building has been taken over by security guards and I must show an ID just to go home to my family,” a downtown cabbie who lives near Cairo University in Giza told me. “Is this democracy?”

    Obama’s speech was a carefully constructed, second speech to the Muslim world – do not forget his speech in Turkey in April. Today in Cairo he touched on a great deal of the issues that Western observers think Muslim people care deeply about.

    On many fronts, Obama was right.

    Merely speaking words like “the situation for the Palestinian people is intolerable” or “civilization’s debt to Islam” is important and necessary and Obama deserves praise for providing these nuggets of appreciation and historical perspective.

    But his words today were more useful to the governments with whom the United States must engage during his administration – governments like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, The Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Islamic Republic of Iran, all of whom have a severely problematic regard for the rights of their people – than for the Muslim people whose living reality is too often stained by insufficient power to improve their lives.

    The White House promoted this speech as a discussion with the Muslim world, but most of what Obama said seemed geared either to the governments of the Muslim world or the Muslims who live in the West.

    Even when he touched on women’s rights, Obama framed it in a Western perspective: he disagrees with Western nations – perhaps an allusion to Germany and France’s recent problems – who struggle with Muslim women wearing hejab.

    But he didn’t come at the issue from the perspective that was promised — by addressing Muslims in Muslim countries. If that were indeed the case, we should have heard his analysis of women who are compelled or forced to wear hejab in these countries and women whose lives and livelihoods are severely impaired by the segregation of sexes that pervades much of the Muslim world.

    He commendably touched on the need for girls and women’s education in Muslim countries – but ignored the fact that in the Muslim countries where women have least access to education, Islamic fundamentalism is often strongest.

    At times in his speech, it was almost as if Obama in his elegant oration was pandering to the fundamentalists and the oppressive governments who have defined the Islamic dialogue for decades. He said that he does not want to be a prisoner of the past, but his speech was littered with history which, while accurate, is old news when it stands alone without direction or context.

    If for Obama the Muslim world refers to the Muslim people, then their lives now and their future are more important to them – regardless of their religious values – than a detailed analysis of where their religious and political leaders have been.

    “I don’t know who Obama is yet,” the cabbie told me, “but I wonder what he wants of our people.”

  12. At times in his speech, it was almost as if Obama in his elegant oration was pandering to the fundamentalists and the oppressive governments who have defined the Islamic dialogue for decades.
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    Almost as if? When Obama let his constituents freeze so he could ingratite himself to slumlord Rezko, it “seemed almost as if” he valued political constributions more than the welfare of the consitutents he was elected to serve. And when Obama’s constituents in Illionis came to him for help in preventing nuclear drinking water which is the next best thing to a mototov cocktail and he backed off after receiving a political contribution from the nuclear power industry it “seemed almost as if he favored narrow self interest over what was good for the people of the state. And when he regales the people of the Middle East with his I am the one you have been waiting for, they would do well to ask themselves whether it more than appearance that he is appealing to the terrorists and radical regimes in the region so they can go on oppressinng their people and make Israel the scapegoat, almost as if.

  13. wbboei

    the biggest star fades. Some take longer than other, because they are more flexible. The question is, how flexible is O. Some seem to be saying he is beginning to sound the same.

    It is probably a little like the first time you taste Icre Cream, it is a terrific experience. But as the years go by, you expect it to taste terrific, and it does, but in time you ask for more. In addition, over exposure can be a killer, so too many speeches can do you in.

  14. All day today all I could think of was when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, their diplomats were in Washington making promises to FDR.

    Wbboei, I closed the bar today, it was bleeding 3500. monthly, it really hurt, I lost over 30,000 in a period of less than 6 months.

  15. confloyd

    I am so sorry to hear that. You have my condolances also. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. As some say, when one door closes, another door opens. Sometimes it is a better door.

  16. Confloyd I am sorry to hear that. I know you put alot of time and money into that venture. But sometimes you just have to cut your losses. It is the right move. And you still have the job at the hospital.

    I would venture to guess that in the next year one million more small business owners will be facing the same decision. For your sake and for everyone elses I wish times were better and I wish we had a leader like Hillary who could guide us through this crisis as opposed to what we have now which is a propped up self indulgent sociopath Obama.

  17. the biggest star fades. Some take longer than other, because they are more flexible. The question is, how flexible is O. Some seem to be saying he is beginning to sound the same.
    —————————————-
    I think it is less a question of whether he is flexible, than whether his audience is flexible. This is not an American audience. There is a legacy of distrust. And religious absolutism is a major force in their society. Today, he set expectations unrealitically, trashed the country he represents, and failed to hit on the right points. When the effort fails they will look back on this speech and say he blew it.

  18. “Since when can you get out of huge national debt by creating trillions of dollars of new debt?” Palin asked. “It all really is so backwards and skewed as to sound like absolute nonsense when some of this economic policy is explained.”

    “We need to be aware of the creation of a fearful population, and fearful lawmakers, being led to believe that big government is the answer, to bail out the private sector, because then government gets to get in there and control it,” she said. “And mark my words, this is going to be next, I fear, bail out next debt-ridden states. Then government gets to get in there and control the people.”

    Sarah Palin yesterday

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

    …how I ‘wish’ Hillary (and Bill) was free to really speak her mind…

  19. wbboei

    Point well taken. The audience he is focusing on is definately less flexible that the US.

  20. S I would be gagging and working on a heart attack if I could not speak my mind. I am sooooo thankful for Big Pink.

  21. Muslim terrorist who shot two soldiers in little Rock said “they” made him do it:

    “By JON GAMBRELL
    Associated Press Writer
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The lawyer for a Muslim convert accused of killing a soldier outside a Little Rock recruiting center says the man was “tortured” and “radicalized” in a Yemeni prison.
    (snip)
    The lawyer says Muhammad went to Yemen to teach English to Afghani war refugees but was detained because of problems with his visa. In prison, according to the lawyer, “hardened terrorists” abused him

    ww.fox16.com/news/local/story/Lawyer-Ark-attack-suspect-radicalized-in-Yemen/Wrg9tQQFC0qaQHP_m2oAtQ.cspx?rss=315
    The “visa” problem was that they caught him traveling with a fake Somali passport…No MSM coverage of this story, wouldn’t want to spoil Bambi’s vacation.

  22. NewMexicoFan, I too, am thankful that ADMIN and Big Pink exist…an oasis in a very big desert…

  23. Where Bambi is concerned, overexposure will work against him. It is like the old saying familiarity breeds contempt.

  24. Admin,
    Have i told you latelu how much i admire your writing?

    not only is it informative, educational, insightful andreasoned, it’s funny as he!!!
    The Queen of De-Nile. LOL (and sleeveless MO)
    Also this:
    ‘Listeners of the Obama publicity stunt today can be forgiven for not knowing if the problem is Islam, unmentioned terrorists, Arabs, Persians, Arab Muslims, the Middle East, Jews, Chinese or Russian Muslims, male Muslims, Indonesians, African Muslims, Americans, American Muslims or perhaps Portuguese water dogs.”

    CONFLOYD, i am so sorry. Stay strong. My thoughts are with you.

  25. Greta Van Susteren offers Hillary Clinton interview tonight

    posted by halboedeker on Jun 4, 2009 4:02:15 PM

    President Obama’s speech today in Cairo will be seen “historically as a very significant turning point,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tells Greta Van Susteren in an interview that airs tonight.

    “One of the most important points that he made was how if the Palestinians had pursued a different path of non-violence, of following an example of a Gandhi or a Dr. Martin Luther King, who knows where we’d be right now?” Clinton says. “That violence is not the answer. It does not change hearts and minds. It hardens them.”

    “On the Record With Greta Van Susteren” airs at 10 tonight on Fox News Channel.

    Clinton says she is in Cairo with Obama to “send a strong signal that America is doing what the president said we would do in his inaugural address … Stretch out his hand and hopefully people will unclench their fists.”

    Clinton also discusses Cuba, North Korea and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Clinton also will be a guest on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos” this weekend. That program airs at 11 a.m. Sunday on WFTV-Channel 9.

    blogs.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment_tv_tvblog/2009/06/greta-van-susteren-offers-hillary-clinton-interview-tonight.html

  26. D@MN this not being able to see below the dialogue box thing!

    I meant to ask WHO is on Israels’ side, now? It seems they’ve been cut loose by the world!

    What a tragedy in the making.

  27. Hackers Decode Obama’s Blackberry Messages for Public Sharing…

    These messages were decoded by a virtual reality test group of terrorists called Kasper Hauser that are said to include private messages between the President, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others Brown has decided to circulate President Barack Obama’s private text messages after cyber hackers cracked into his Blackberry.

    Fox News considers this amusing enough to say that Western civilization could be at risk given the fact that people could hack Obama’s Blackberry and print the records.

    Barack Obama is the first President in history to use technology for personal communication in a major way. United States presidents prior to this didn’t usually possess cell phones and other high-tech gadgets to communicate messages with important officials.

    Recently Obama has been traveling in the Middle East where he conversed with Muslim leaders about sensitive topics. One must wonder if the interactions on his Blackberry with his key advisers, and some of the messages might be misinterpreted and used politically against him.

    Given the incessant barrage of criticisms from all directions, it must be disconcerting for an individual to find no private space, as Obama has admitted himself during interviews. It also should be of consequence given the fact there was special encryption for Obama’s Blackberry when he was provided a special one upon assuming the job as president.

    digitaljournal.com/article/273656

    ‘Terrorists’ successfully hack Obama’s Blackberry
    Thu, 04 Jun 2009 05:30:34 GMT
    American publisher Little Brown has decided to circulate President Barack Obama’s private text messages after cyber hackers cracked into his Blackberry.

    The publisher announced plans to expose the president’s messages on June 8.

    The messages, decoded by virtual reality ‘terrorist’ group Kasper Hauser, are said to disclose ‘sensitive’ data interchanged in presidential communications with Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton amongst others, Fox News reported.

    The far-right US television network went on to jocularly say that the ‘Western Civilization’ could be at risk, should Obama’s Blackberry records be laid bare.

    US presidents do not usually possess personal communication gadgets such as cell phones or other hi-tech contact gizmos while in office, and Obama is the first US president who continued to carry his Blackberry.

    It has been said that cracking such personal information would not be seen as a ‘breach of national security.’

    presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=96986&sectionid=3510203

  28. I did a little research into the country Bambi prefers–Saudi Arabia to the one he detests but theoretically represents–United States.

    The Kingdom it seems is a magical sort of place if you are the King. The sovereign is above the law. His subjects however are not. Here ar a couple of examples from the land Bambi adores:

    1. a doctor was given 150 lashes for malpractice. His medical mistake was giving a member of the royal family morphine, and the patient later became addicted.

    2. a well meaning member of the great unwashed threw acid in someones face. In a perfect example Sharia law, an eye for an eye, both of his eyes were surgically removed in punishment by the state.

    3. that is apparently okay with bambi, so long as everyone understands that waterboarding is an uncivilized and barbaric form of punishment when the United States does it.

    4. just to show you how flexible I am, I believe any of those three punishments would be suitable for Sarandon–the would be conscience of the world.

  29. Food for thought from the Asia Times via Atlas Shrugs.

    The Asia Times said Obama made a mistake by speaking in Cairo. “Why should the president of the United States address the ‘Muslim world?,” it asked. “What would happen if the leader of a big country addressed the ‘Christian world’? Half the world would giggle and the other half would sulk.”

    “To speak to the ‘Muslim world’ is to speak not to a fact, but rather to an aspiration,” the paper stated, “and that is the aspiration that Islam shall be a global state religion as its founders intended. To address this aspiration is to breathe life into it. For an American president to validate such an aspiration is madness.”

  30. I hope you realize I am not serious. None of those punishments really fit that stupid ass. They are too lenient. The only appropriate punishment for her is to let her go on living with herself.

  31. wbboei,

    Recently i posted a link to a video of a Saudi Royal repeatedly running over one of his servants with his Hummer coz he didn’t like something the guy did.

    The clip also shows him cutting the guy and pouring something nasty in his wounds.

    I agree Sarandon should be subject to some of the same practices as BO apparently supports.

  32. This link is too graphic too post but here’s another example of what radical Muslims do.

    From 2006
    THREE Christian high school girls were beheaded as a Ramadan “trophy” by Indonesian militants who conceived the idea after a visit to Philippines jihadists, a court heard yesterday.
    The girls’ severed heads were dumped in plastic bags in their village in Indonesia’s strife-torn Central Sulawesi province, along with a handwritten note threatening more such attacks.
    The note read: “Wanted: 100 more Christian heads, teenaged or adult, male or female; blood shall be answered with blood, soul with soul, head with head.”
    Javanese trader Hasanuddin appeared in Jakarta Central Court yesterday charged with planning and directing the murders in October last year. He faces a death sentence if found guilty under anti-terrorism legislation.
    Hasanuddin allegedly returned from a visit to members of Philippines Islamist group the Moro Islamic Liberation Front with tales of how that organisation regularly staged bombings to coincide with Lebaran, the festival that ends the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. He later spoke with a preacher in Poso, Central Sulawesi, about whether such a plan could work in Indonesia, but expressed doubt about whether it was appropriate.
    However, after further discussion with friends, he decided that beheading Christians could qualify as an act of Muslim charity.

  33. great post!

    I believe the greatest danger from BO’s speech and general bully pulpit on the Israeli / Palestinian issue is that he is rewriting history. If he continues this narrative that treats Israel and the Palestinians as equals in this search for a peacful solution, many people will forget the facts…..that the Palestinians have been the obstacle to peace. Every country that has sought peace with Israel has reached an agreement.

  34. “To speak to the ‘Muslim world’ is to speak not to a fact, but rather to an aspiration,” the paper stated, “and that is the aspiration that Islam shall be a global state religion as its founders intended. To address this aspiration is to breathe life into it. For an American president to validate such an aspiration is madness.”
    —————————————-
    Absolutely right. And didnt pm317 say it exactly right. Bambi is a one trick jackass, trying to fit his predetermined solution into a problem and a relationship which he has no comprehension of. As a result, he has unwittingly strenthened our enemies, weakened our allies, and made the world wonder who we really are.

  35. basil,

    As hard as it is to read articles like the one you posted at 7:51 p.m., thank you for bringing them to our attention.

  36. Carol, that is a valid concern. It is difficult enough to piece together some semblance of reality and history without some cad re-writing it. I can hear many busy, mislead people repeat his half-truths and out and out lies without the time or resources to know any better. How sad, to be in an information age and be raised in an environment of disinformation.

  37. I went to see Angels and Demons yesterday. What was happening with the plot (or inside the Vatican), and what they told the Masses was such lies. I wonder when that starts bothering people. They justify it, but the church came off looking poorly.

  38. Obama seems to think that if you treat enemies with open arms and long term allies with coercion, you gain credibility. It is a fundamentally flawed ideology and one that puts both America and our friends abroad at risk. Egypt’s so called peace treaty with Israel has prevented open warfare, but Egypt’s “arab street” anti-semitism is equal to or greater than that of even Iran. Moreover, why is Israel’s settlements (they are actually Israeli towns and villages) being compared to the barbaric, stone age, misogyny prevalent in most Arab/Muslim countries.
    Finally, I am convinced that Obma’s so called communication skils have been vastly overrated and perpetuated since the primaries. In front of a telepromter he is OK at best, and not nearly as comfortable and relaxerd as Bill Clinton was . Bill could give a speech and never look down once at his notes or teleprompter.

  39. Looks like Larry Johnson has recovered his sanity and is now back on track. He was flirting with bot-u-lism for awhile on torture and this court nominee. But this one is fairly good–especially the alpha dog is barack. If a bot bows to Barack and Barack bows to the Muslim dictators then what is a bot to do when he sees a muslim dictator? How about just a muslim? How about a dictator? Oh, I see, fine as long as the dictator is not a republican. That makes perfect sense . . to an ignorant bot.
    ——————————————-

    RODNEY KING GOES TO CAIRO

    Amid the public adulation of President Obama’s as both the 21st century messiah and the bane of radical Islamists was this telling image–when Barack arrived in Egypt President Hosni Mubarak did not go to the airport to greet the “savior.” Nope, he made Obama come to him. It was not quite the bow to Saudi Prince Abdullah but the effect was the same. Obama came to Mubarak. Within the Arab world of authoritarian leaders Mubarak made it clear who was the alpha dog and who was the lap dog. With the help of TOTUS, Barack gave a swell speech and the media swooned. The Valley Girl syndrome gripping the media (e.g., Oh my God!!, He’s so rad) does little to enlighten. The fact that Barack Obama got an enthusiastic reception at a speech where the audience was handpicked chosen is not news. If they didn’t cheer? That would have been news.

    I do give the Obama team credit–they are pros at manipulating the media and ensuring the news shows adhere to the storyline the White House wants. Nothing surprising or unique in this.

    The Obama team is not the first to excel at Presidential propaganda and, sadly, will not be the last. Remember how the supposedly inept Bush Administration sold the American people and the world on the need to invade Iraq? High-minded speeches with beautiful rhetorical flourishes, seasoned with religious phrases and quotes, does not translate into actual peace agreements. Today was not, as James Carville proclaims, “engagement.” Today was classic Obama pandering.

    Let’s recall that George W. Bush traveled to various military bases and gave speeches in front of uniformed men and women (who had little choice but to welcome their Commander-in-Chief) but his words, albeit stilted and awkward, accomplished little in altering the strategic situation in either Afghanistan or Iraq. Although Barack rocks in reading the tele-prompter the substance of his soaring oratory was more Rodney King goes to Cairo than Winston Churchill rallying the world in the face of Nazi oppression. Barack pleaded, “Can’t we just all get along?”

    Barack delivered a winner for cable news channels desperate to justify their existence and eager to hype a clever political gesture into a celestial event on par with Nixon opening China. Good Christ!! Nixon at least got the Chinese to sign important agreements. Barack? He got a couple of standing ovations. Those are great ego boosters but provide little in the way of substantive accomplishment. Two years from now Barack’s Cairo speech will have faded into the mists of history. If Barack’s moment today was not Rodney King then maybe the more apt comparison is Macbeth’s lament:

    Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
    And then is heard no more: it is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.”

  40. wbboei,

    Regarding your question yesterday about Chinese immigration to Canada, etc… I should have an answer for you probably on Sunday. Two of my contacts have gotten back to me but I won’t have time to put the info together until later this weekend.

  41. Well isn’t this special:

    “ABORTION FOE TO LEAD HHS FAITH-BASED OFFICE.”

    ww.prospect.org/csnc/blogs/tapped_archive?month=06&year=2009&base_name=abortion_foe_to_lead_hhs_faith

    I’m shocked!!!!!! Maybe in another life….Obama, corrupt, sociopathic, fraud. Obots=mindless dupes.

  42. Hillary Clinton is a genius and Obama is a jackass. His true colors came out today. In his speech and his actions. He is such a closet case. He absolutely despises women.

  43. If Bambi were the messiah then he would challenge the leadership of both sides. Instead, he criticizes only the United States explicitly and Israel by inference. He places no responsibility on the Muslim despots. They are like Rezko or Immelt. He sees them as masters to serve, while he pontificates to big media.

    I am so fucking sick of this traitor . . . but we digress . . .

    The reason Europe wants this mea culpa from Bambi is because they are worried about the Muslim populations in their own countries, and intellignence reports indicate they are a petrie dish for terrorism. But this cultural sensitivity is an exercise in futility which only makes us look weak. Under this clown, we have lost the fear factor, and the people who have lived there tell me that is sine qua non.

  44. Admin
    How can the gay community remain silent as waffles embraces a culture in which a homosexual is put to death for being who he/she is. Is homosexuality punished by death in any of the countries he has visited?

    I am at a loss. I knew several attorneys in Manhattan who travelled to Ohio during the previous election because of gay rights!!!! All turned into bambi zealots and not one has returned an email with my questions about how many gay people are put to death/criminalized/ abused. I find it inexplicable that these affluent individuals would trek to Ohio in the name of gay rights for others that would have no bearing on their economic or social status, and now sit silent as icky icky pooh pooh gives legitamacy to these perverse governments that we take the lives of

    of gay persons.

  45. correction
    gives legitamacy to these perverse governments that take the lives of

    gay persons.

    sorry after so many lines cannot see what I am writing.
    I’d love to speak my mind on a political gay blog but as this site was my first to ever feel the need to comment and I am less than computer savvy- I’d love a heads up on where I can raise some issues.
    Thanks all in advance.

  46. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/06/05/the_settlement_canard_96840.html

    It’s farcical to suggest that the peace process is moribund because a teacher in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem is making an addition to her house to accommodate new grandchildren — when Gaza is run by Hamas terrorists dedicated to permanent war with Israel and when Mahmoud Abbas, having turned down every one of Ehud Olmert’s peace offers, brazenly declares that he is in a waiting mode — waiting for Hamas to become moderate and for Israel to cave — before he’ll do anything to advance peace.

    In his much-heralded “Muslim world” address in Cairo Thursday, Obama declared that the Palestinian people’s “situation” is “intolerable.” Indeed it is, the result of 60 years of Palestinian leadership that gave its people corruption, tyranny, religious intolerance and forced militarization; leadership that for three generations — Haj Amin al-Husseini in 1947, Yasser Arafat in 2000, Abbas in December 2008 — rejected every offer of independence and dignity, choosing destitution and despair rather than accept any settlement not accompanied by the extinction of Israel.

    In the 16 years since the Oslo accords turned the West Bank and Gaza over to the Palestinians, their leaders — Fatah and Hamas alike — built no schools, no roads, no courthouses, no hospitals, no institutions that would relieve their people’s suffering. Instead they poured everything into an infrastructure of war and terror, all the while depositing billions (from gullible Western donors) into their Swiss bank accounts.

    Obama says he came to Cairo to tell the truth. But he uttered not a word of that. Instead, among all the bromides and lofty sentiments, he issued but one concrete declaration of new American policy: “The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements,” thus reinforcing the myth that Palestinian misery and statelessness are the fault of Israel and the settlements.

    Blaming Israel and picking a fight over “natural growth” may curry favor with the Muslim “street.” But it will only induce the Arab states to do like Abbas: sit and wait for America to deliver Israel on a platter. Which makes the Obama strategy not just dishonorable but self-defeating.

  47. Henry,

    ‘How can the gay community remain silent as waffles embraces a culture in which a homosexual is put to death for being who he/she is’.

    I feel exactly the same way about how American women can support him

    Here’s another horrifying anecdotes about the treatment of women, I mean, girls, in some countries.

    From an LJ post.
    13-year old Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow was stoned to death in Somalia by insurgents because she was raped. Reports indicate that was raped by three men while traveling by foot to visit her grandmother in conflict capital, Mogadishu. When she went to the authorities to report the crime, they accused her of adultery and sentenced her to death. Aisha was forced into a hole in a stadium of 1,000 onlookers as 50 men buried her up to the neck and cast stones at her until she died. When some of the people at the stadium tried to save her, militia opened fire on the crowd, killing a boy who was a bystander.

    A witness who spoke to the BBC’s Today programme said she had been crying and had to be forced into a hole before the stoning, reported to have taken place in a football stadium. … She said: ‘I’m not going, I’m not going. Don’t kill me, don’t kill me.’ “A few minutes later more than 50 men tried to stone her.” The witness said people crowding round to see the execution said it was “awful”.

  48. Admin,

    Thanks for that article.

    I asked this yesterday. Perhaps you can answer it? Who sides with Israel now or is she completely on her own?

  49. “I am convinced our daughters can contribute just as much as our sons.”

    B@stard!

    Seattle Moss at NQ has it right.

    ‘Obama by validating Islam as an equal has set in motion the beginning of the end of Women’s rights I dare say.
    Today Obama lit the fuse of tyranny and oppression.
    So these countries that batter their women and treat them as virtual slaves in a burka in 100 degree weather all day
    Obama told the world that were no better than those barbaric countries and that we are at fault.
    Everyone’s way of life is in jeopardy especially women and gays as Islam gets the blessing from Obama as the moral righteous and dominant religion of the world

  50. I am saddened by all that has taken place
    And then i look at a little one that I believe in and i am overwhelmed with dread for her future. Thank you o sick me to my stomach for stealing hope. I hope the rat prick bastard rots in hell.

  51. I couldn’t bring myself to watch Greta’s interview of HRC last night.

    Apparently, she called BO brilliant.

    Anyone catch the clip?

    If that’s her position now there’s no way I will watch the Sunday interview.

    :disappointed:

  52. Henry,

    I know how you feel Henry.

    The reason i sometimes post these shocking stories is as a reminder to all of what really lies below the surface of kowtowing to Islam.

    That goes for the treatment of gays as well as women.

    And I didn’t mean to upset you about your little one’s future. With you in her life I have a feeling she’s gonna shine.

  53. Question
    What can we do in November?
    Focus needs to be on what states are vulnerable and huge emphasis on accountability. Me thinks any voter frad should be akin to life in prison with no parole.

  54. basil9
    always a temendous thankyou and to big pink a ditto but damn it I am angry. My anger has almost made me exhausted. But lucky me as long as I have my little one I know something is important beyond me. But such disjointed actions will amount to nothing. Icky controls the media. Where can a difference be made in November?

  55. BTW, Henry,

    You might try hillbuzz for commentary.

    The blog is run by a group of gay HRC supporters and they are brutally honest about what they often perceive as the hypocrisy, the idiocy, of the gay community. (and anyone else who supported BO)

  56. henry,

    I’m mad, too. And frustrated and disgusted and sometimes paralyzed by the thought of what can be done to stop this.

    Another site you might check is atlas shrugs.

    They are VERY GRAPHIC but they pull no punches.

    What i’d like to know is why we never read stories about other large scale mainstream religious organizations carrying out the monstrosities that the jihadists do. And I ask that question form the perspective of an agnostic.

  57. basil9
    thankyou– again I was very new to blogging when i found this site. Confloyd how much are you asking for your place?

  58. basil9
    I am 42
    lived all over the place and never ever will ever ever forget picking up my infant niece at eight months old in a cheap assed daycare. I may never cure cancer but I know I put my life on hold to make sure she was brilliant and if given a choice my decision would be for her.

  59. Basil89
    I forgot to add
    LUCKY LUCKY ME
    and I don’t know shit about gay adoption. pre- pain -in my-ass i’d been against but hot damn I love my crud and if there is a baby out there that needs love and someone has love to give– so be it

  60. basil9
    will you hate me if I say no gay people should go to clinics to create a baby? When there are already so very many children that need a loving home? WHY create a child just because it looks like you?

  61. henry,

    Why would you think that?
    ‘will you hate me if I say no gay people should go to clinics to create a baby?’

    You’re entitled to your opinion. Personally, I have none on that issue.

    🙂

  62. basil9
    sorry my bad
    i just think there are so many, many little persons in the world that could use a great big dose of love. and in my very limited experience I have seen more people do in vitro than go through adoption and when I asked why it was usually about vanity. Continuing on kind of thing. They will have the kid and pass it off to a nanny. My life, by others, standards stopped when I picked up a little baby at 20.50 per day day care but for me that is were it began. All I can say is lucky Lucky me. But damn I do get pissed off when waffles or even worse mrs waffles tells me or rather instructs me that I should be more generous with my time???????????????????????????????????

  63. wbboei Says:

    June 5th, 2009 at 1:02 am

    ——————–

    LOL…you’re doing my job for me. Thanks!

  64. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ‘On the Record’

    Friday , June 05, 2009

    This is a rush transcript from “On the Record,” June 4, 2009. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

    MARTHA MACCALLUM, FOX NEWS GUEST HOST: And after much anticipation, President Obama made his speech to the Muslim world in Cairo, Egypt, today. He wasn’t the only one in the Middle East. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went along for the trip, and our own Greta Van Susteren was there, as well. Secretary Clinton went “On the Record” with Greta in Cairo.

    (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

    GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Madam Secretary, nice to see you.

    HILLARY CLINTON, SECRETARY OF STATE: Very good to see you, Greta.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Now, I don’t want to make it a pop quiz, but I’m just curious. Since January, how many countries have you visited, any idea?

    CLINTON: You know, I could stop and count, but I’ve been all over the world on behalf of our new administration and President Obama and our country. It has been the most extraordinary honor to go from Latin America to Asia, representing American values and interests.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Obviously, here in Cairo, Egypt, and the — it must be particularly important to the administration because not just the president of the United States but the secretary of state is here, as well. Why did you both come?

    CLINTON: Because this is a very important part of our new diplomacy, our outreach, our policy of engagement and partnership. This is something the president promised to do early on in his term. And it is my second trip to Egypt since I’ve been secretary of state.

    I came and was at Sharm el-Sheikh for an important conference. And it is really critical that we make clear, as the president did in this magnificent speech he gave, that we want to work with people all over the world, regardless of religion — we have, you know, no feeling of hostility or conflict with Muslims everywhere, we have very specific principles and values that we believe in, which the president outlined today — because we’re looking for ways to solve problems and promote progress and prosperity with people of good faith.

    And I thought that it was important that we all be here to send a strong signal that America is doing what the president said we would do in his inaugural address, you know, he’ll stretch out his hand, and hopefully, people will unclench their fists.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Well, it seemed to me in listening to the speech — I think the president said that the point of the speech was sort of to reboot America’s relationship with the Muslim world. But it seemed to me that all roads lead back to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, that if — you know, if that could be resolved, it would certainly go far towards solving lot of the other problems in the area. Am I right?

    CLINTON: I think, as the president pointed out in his speech, that is certainly a very important part of our relationships with people all over, in particular Arab countries, majority Muslim countries.

    But extremism exists apart from that. Democracy and human rights need to be pursued in spite of that. Women’s rights have to be elevated and respected. Economic opportunity has to be made broadly available. The threat of nuclear proliferation is a threat to people of all faiths, in every corner of the world.

    So it is an important part of what we have to work on, and the president and I have been very engaged in that from the beginning. But he wanted to put it rightly in a broader context, which is important because we don’t want people saying, Well, if only that issue were resolved, then everything would be fine. That is not the case. There are other, you know, concerns that we have to be honest in addressing, and I think the president did an excellent job in setting those forth.

    VAN SUSTEREN: But if we — if that one doesn’t get addressed — and I don’t know that it can — I mean, certainly, many administrations have tried it. It may be sort of the problem that can’t be solved. I know everyone valiantly tries to solve it from the United States. But if that one can’t be solved, you’ve got so many other sort of companion issues.

    CLINTON: Well, yes, and that’s why we’re working on all of them. I mean, we’re going forward as early in this administration as we possibly can. It’s why I recommended appointing special envoys. But we know that there are independent sources of challenge.

    The threat of Iran having a nuclear weapon is one that has to be addressed with the same high-level priority. The problem of extremism in Afghanistan and Pakistan has to be put on the front burner.

    So we’re not elevating one of these issues over the other. We are addressing all of them because they are interconnected, and that was part of the point the president was making.

    VAN SUSTEREN: It was sort of interesting listening to the audience, though, is that there were — there was a lot of applause when he mentioned something like, you know, no more settlements or anything that was favorable to the Palestinians.

    And then when he said things like, you know, You can’t threaten — it’s wrong to threaten Israel, or you know, that there are Holocaust deniers and things like that, there were no applause lines. I realize we’re in Egypt, but it was — it seemed like sort of a — this is sort of a friendly environment for Israel and the United States and the Palestinians. I thought that was unusual.

    CLINTON: But you know, Greta, what was so important about the president’s speech is that that is a speech that he could give anywhere. It will be read by, I would bet, hundreds of millions of people in the next weeks and months.

    And it was, as he said, the truth as he saw it, obviously, from an American perspective but nevertheless, one that has, you know, basis in evidence and history. And I think the fact that he came here and talked about everything — of course, there was going to be some greater reaction to parts of it because it was familiar terrain. But he planted seeds. He encouraged people to have to have a conversation and to think hard about their perspectives and points of view.

    I think he also challenged Americans, you know? He went right at how we can’t have stereotypes for other people, as we don’t want to have stereotypes about us. This was a speech that I believe will be viewed historically as a very significant turning point.

    You know, one of the most important points that he made was how, if the Palestinians had pursued a different path of non-violence, of you know, following an example of a Gandhi or a Dr. Martin Luther King, who knows where we’d be right now, that violence is not the answer. It does not change hearts and minds, it hardens them.

    I don’t know whether people who have such a different perspective will hear that and think to themselves, Well, you know, there’s something there that I should perhaps ponder. But without saying it, without offering the challenge in such an eloquent and reasoned way, one thing I know for sure is that nobody will have that conversation. And I think it will happen now.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Well, and I agree that the speech was eloquent, and I – – you know, I think more than anything, we all would like to see all the principles laid out, the democracy, women’s right. But the thing that sort of stuck me is that he said very — and he’s said it before — no more settlements. And at the same time, I know that Netanyahu is talking about sort of natural growth, which doesn’t mean no more settlements.

    So now here’s — here we’re saying, This is not going to happen, but in fact, it is happening, you know, unless you say natural growth construction is not new settlements.

    CLINTON: Well, we’re at the very beginning of this effort. I think it is important for the president to set forth his concerns about the Israelis and the Palestinians because he made it very clear, no more incitement against Israel, security, not violence, to set that out as part as what we have directed George Mitchell to do, which is to get in depth with both sides, really not just the Israelis and the Palestinians, but also the Arabs, and to say very clearly, Here’s what the United States believes is in the best interests of the Israelis and the Palestinians.

    We know we can’t get there by imposing such an ending. That’s not our position or role. But we want to be as clear in our description of what we think will lead to a more peaceful and secure future for Israel and for the Palestinians.

    And then we have to work with the parties. Now, we’ve made progress over the past, you know, 30, 35 years. We’ve really seen progress. You know, who would have thought that Egypt and Israel would have ever made a peace, Israel and Jordan, that certain concessions would have been made by successive Israeli governments, regardless of their political parties. So I think the president, as he said, is patient.

    You know, we’re starting early because we know what a hard road we’re asking people to travel. But that patience, that persistence and perseverance that he and I feel toward this very difficult challenge means that we are going to keep saying what we believe and we’re going to keep working with those who have to make the decisions.

    (END VIDEOTAPE)

    MACCALLUM: Very interesting. Up next, we’re going to have more of Greta’s interview with Secretary Clinton. What is being done to release the two American journalists whose trial in North Korea reportedly got under way today? The women could face hard labor in a prison camp. Will the U.S. let this stand?

    And part two of Sean Hannity’s exclusive sitdown with radio titan Rush Limbaugh. Rush talks about Reverend Wright, Bill Ayers, and why he believes those men are important to what the president is doing now.

    (COMMERCIAL BREAK)

    MACCALLUM: And now for more with Greta’s interview with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. A major topic, Cuba. Secretary Clinton talked about the decision by the Organization of American States to lift the 47-year-old suspension of Cuba’s membership and allow a process of dialogue about human rights and other issues. Now, that could lead to Cuba one day rejoining the group, was the idea. Since Greta’s interview, Cuba has reportedly decided it doesn’t want to rejoin the OAS.

    (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

    VAN SUSTEREN: We talked about the travel. I know you’ve been to Honduras. The OAS, after you left — it looks like Cuba’s going to be invited back in.

    CLINTON: No, that wasn’t the outcome.

    VAN SUSTEREN: It wasn’t the outcome? What happened?

    CLINTON: Well, we were very adamantly opposed to those who wanted to lift the 1962 suspension and leave it at that. That was not acceptable to the United States. That’s, unfortunately, the path that they were on earlier. And we made the case to many countries and found a receptive audience that we could agree to lift something from so long ago that was really part of the cold war, but we had to reaffirm the values and principles of the OAS. We had to explicitly reaffirm democracy and human rights. And then we had to have a process.

    So yes, you can lift the suspension, but that’s the beginning, that’s not the end. Then Cuba has to decide whether it wishes to become a member of the OAS. And then the OAS must, according to its practices, purposes and principles, enter into a dialogue with Cuba and make a decision.

    So this was the beginning. Unlike what some had hoped, to have a kind of fait accompli, we were able to create a consensus that the majority of countries in the OAS agreed with the United States.

    VAN SUSTEREN: So we haven’t been snubbed.

    CLINTON: Oh, not at all. In fact, this was a very good example of the kind of diplomatic engagement that we want to be involved with. Now, of course we had to make the case, and I did it very vigorously with many of my counterparts, that we believed that we needed to do exactly what I said. We couldn’t throw over the OAS, throw over democracy and human rights, which we have worked so hard on in the hemisphere, but we would welcome changes by the Cuban government. We really want to see the Cuban people brought back into the hemisphere and be part of what we hope will be a more prosperous and progressive future.

    VAN SUSTEREN: A thorny problem. We have North Korea, two Americans on trial starting today.

    CLINTON: Right.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Any — I mean, I know that you — that the State Department — I know you’ve been monitoring this, watching this. Is there anything that — are we getting any progress? Can we do anything?

    CLINTON: Well, we’ve been very deeply involved. And it’s been a painful process, especially for the families. We are clear in our position that the charges against these two young women should have never been brought. They should be released. As you say, there is a trial that they’re undergoing, which we hope will end quickly and be resolved in a way that allows them to come home and rejoin their families.

    We obviously are hoping that there will be an opportunity for North Korea to begin to rejoin the diplomatic efforts that have been undertaken, on both a multilateral and even bilateral basis, so that we can work with the North Koreans.

    But they have to know that there is a united opposition to their recent actions. I’ve been very heartened by the support we’ve gotten not just from Japan and South Korea, but from China and Russia and from other countries that have viewed with alarm some of the recent behavior of the North Koreans.

    So we want the young women released. It’s a humanitarian issue. It never should have been even come about unfortunately. And then we have to begin to deal with the North Koreans again on nuclearization and the other actions that are proving so disruptive to the region and the world.

    foxnews.com/story/0,2933,525178,00.html

  65. June 5, 2009

    BY LYNN SWEET blogs.suntimes.com/sweet
    WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama shook up her staff Thursday, elevating Chicago pal Susan Sher to be her chief of staff, while President Obama tapped Chicago attorney David Jacobson, the deputy finance director of his presidential campaign, to be U.S. ambassador to Canada.

    Sher replaces Jackie Norris, whom the first lady got to know before the crucial 2008 Iowa caucus, with a friend who was once her boss at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Sher served as Mayor Daley’s corporation counsel between 1993 and 1997; while there, she was the one who passed to her City Hall co-worker Valerie Jarrett the resume of a young lawyer, Michelle Robinson.

    Sher already was at the White House as a legal counsel for the East and West Wings and liaison to the Jewish community.

    Mrs. Obama said, “Sher is a trusted adviser, longtime mentor and friend.”

    Two top positions in Mrs. Obama’s East Wing are now held by women who were part of her close Chicago circle: Sher and White House social secretary Desiree Rogers.

    Jacobson is also already at the White House, where he is handling appointments as a special assistant to the president for presidential personnel. He was the deputy finance director of the Obama presidential campaign who, with finance chairwoman Penny Pritzker created the major donor network that was crucial to Obama winning the White House.

    Jacobson, 57, grew up in north suburban Highland Park and was a partner at the Chicago office of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP.

    suntimes.com/news/sweet/1608421,CST-NWS-sweet05.article

  66. LOL…this is the article from above…

    Chicago insiders get key posts
    Comments

    June 5, 2009

    BY LYNN SWEET blogs.suntimes.com/sweet
    WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama shook up her staff Thursday, elevating Chicago pal Susan Sher to be her chief of staff, while President Obama tapped Chicago attorney David Jacobson, the deputy finance director of his presidential campaign, to be U.S. ambassador to Canada.

    Sher replaces Jackie Norris, whom the first lady got to know before the crucial 2008 Iowa caucus, with a friend who was once her boss at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Sher served as Mayor Daley’s corporation counsel between 1993 and 1997; while there, she was the one who passed to her City Hall co-worker Valerie Jarrett the resume of a young lawyer, Michelle Robinson.

    Sher already was at the White House as a legal counsel for the East and West Wings and liaison to the Jewish community.

    Mrs. Obama said, “Sher is a trusted adviser, longtime mentor and friend.”

    Two top positions in Mrs. Obama’s East Wing are now held by women who were part of her close Chicago circle: Sher and White House social secretary Desiree Rogers.

    Jacobson is also already at the White House, where he is handling appointments as a special assistant to the president for presidential personnel. He was the deputy finance director of the Obama presidential campaign who, with finance chairwoman Penny Pritzker created the major donor network that was crucial to Obama winning the White House.

    Jacobson, 57, grew up in north suburban Highland Park and was a partner at the Chicago office of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP.

    suntimes.com/news/sweet/1608421,CST-NWS-sweet05.article

  67. WOULD YOU LIKE KRAUT W/ YOUR DOG?

    I would.

    realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/06/05/the_settlement_canard_96840.html

    June 5, 2009
    Obama the Humble
    By Charles Krauthammer

    WASHINGTON — Obama the Humble declares there will be no more “dictating” to other countries. We should “forge partnerships as opposed to simply dictating solutions,” he told the G-20 summit. In Middle East negotiations, he told al-Arabiya, America will henceforth “start by listening, because all too often the United States starts by dictating.”

    An admirable sentiment. It applies to everyone — Iran, Russia, Cuba, Syria, even Venezuela. Except Israel. Israel is ordered to freeze all settlement activity. As Secretary of State Clinton imperiously explained the diktat: “a stop to settlements — not some settlements, not outposts, not natural-growth exceptions.”

    What’s the issue? No “natural growth” means strangling to death the thriving towns close to the 1949 armistice line, many of them suburbs of Jerusalem, that every negotiation over the past decade has envisioned Israel retaining. It means no increase in population. Which means no babies. Or if you have babies, no housing for them — not even within the existing town boundaries. Which means for every child born, someone has to move out. No community can survive like that. The obvious objective is to undermine and destroy these towns — even before negotiations.

    To what end? Over the last decade, the U.S. government has understood that any final peace treaty would involve Israel retaining some of the close-in settlements — and compensating the Palestinians accordingly with land from within Israel itself.

    That was envisioned in the Clinton plan in the Camp David negotiations in 2000, and again at Taba in 2001. After all, why turn towns to rubble when, instead, Arabs and Jews can stay in their homes if the 1949 armistice line is shifted slightly into the Palestinian side to capture the major close-in Jewish settlements, and then shifted into Israeli territory to capture Israeli land to give to the Palestinians?

    This idea is not only logical, not only accepted by both Democratic and Republican administrations for the last decade, but was agreed to in writing in the letters of understanding exchanged between Israel and the United States in 2004 — and subsequently overwhelmingly endorsed by a concurrent resolution of Congress.

    Yet the Obama State Department has repeatedly refused to endorse these agreements or even say it will honor them. This from a president who piously insists that all parties to the conflict honor previous obligations.

    The entire “natural growth” issue is a concoction. It’s farcical to suggest that the peace process is moribund because a teacher in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem is making an addition to her house to accommodate new grandchildren — when Gaza is run by Hamas terrorists dedicated to permanent war with Israel and when Mahmoud Abbas, having turned down every one of Ehud Olmert’s peace offers, brazenly declares that he is in a waiting mode — waiting for Hamas to become moderate and for Israel to cave — before he’ll do anything to advance peace.

    In his much-heralded “Muslim world” address in Cairo Thursday, Obama declared that the Palestinian people’s “situation” is “intolerable.” Indeed it is, the result of 60 years of Palestinian leadership that gave its people corruption, tyranny, religious intolerance and forced militarization; leadership that for three generations — Haj Amin al-Husseini in 1947, Yasser Arafat in 2000, Abbas in December 2008 — rejected every offer of independence and dignity, choosing destitution and despair rather than accept any settlement not accompanied by the extinction of Israel.

    In the 16 years since the Oslo accords turned the West Bank and Gaza over to the Palestinians, their leaders — Fatah and Hamas alike — built no schools, no roads, no courthouses, no hospitals, no institutions that would relieve their people’s suffering. Instead they poured everything into an infrastructure of war and terror, all the while depositing billions (from gullible Western donors) into their Swiss bank accounts.

    Obama says he came to Cairo to tell the truth. But he uttered not a word of that. Instead, among all the bromides and lofty sentiments, he issued but one concrete declaration of new American policy: “The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements,” thus reinforcing the myth that Palestinian misery and statelessness are the fault of Israel and the settlements.

    Blaming Israel and picking a fight over “natural growth” may curry favor with the Muslim “street.” But it will only induce the Arab states to do like Abbas: sit and wait for America to deliver Israel on a platter. Which makes the Obama strategy not just dishonorable but self-defeating.

  68. US Jewish concerns over Obama speech

    Anne Davies, Washington
    June 6, 2009

    AMERICAN Jewish organisations have reacted with emotions ranging from disappointment to deep concern to US President Barack Obama’s speech in Cairo, while conservative commentators have accused him of selling out US interests.

    In Israel, the Government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formally welcomed the speech, but could do little to disguise the gap between its position and that set out by Mr Obama.

    Among American Muslim groups, the speech was hailed as a groundbreaking acknowledgement of the importance of Muslims in US society and a fundamental break with the knee-jerk linking of terrorism with Islam.

    Mr Obama did not break with the orthodoxy of US policy towards Israel in what he said — he repeated his demands that Israel accept a two-state solution and stop the expansion of settlements in the occupied West Bank — but there were subtle emphases that have alarmed some elements of a very important voting bloc for Democrats: American Jews.

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), one of the oldest organisations dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism, said Mr Obama’s speech was “groundbreaking and honest” but that he missed an opportunity to put the Israeli-Palestinian conflict into historical context.

    “While he made strong statements against anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial, it should have been made clear that Israel’s right to statehood is not a result of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. We are disappointed that the President found the need to balance the suffering of the Jewish people in a genocide to the suffering of the Palestinian people resulting from Arab wars,” said Glen Lewy, the ADL’s national chairman.

    The Institute of Public Affairs, which represents Orthodox Jews in America, described several elements of the speech as “worrisome”.

    These included allusions to a shared Jerusalem, Mr Obama’s reference to “a Jewish homeland” rather than “a Jewish state”, and a portrayal of Israel as “a colonial upstart” that had “displaced” the Palestinians.

    In a statement, the Israeli Government said that it shared “President Obama’s hope that the American effort heralds the beginning of a new era that will bring about an end to the conflict and lead to Arab recognition of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people, living in peace and security in the Middle East”.

    “All in all, it’s not bad. I don’t think there’s anything we disagree with here,” said Danny Seaman, the director of Israel’s Government Press Office, adding that current disagreements between Israel and the US were “well known”.

    But Michael Ben-Ari, an MP for the right-wing National Union Party who was recently arrested during rioting by settlers in the occupied West Bank, said that Mr Obama’s “hatred for the people of Israel led him to deliver a most dangerous speech that exposed his pro-Islamic trends”.

    Yuli Tamir, an MP for the Labor Party, which is part of Mr Netanyahu’s ruling coalition, said that “Israel will make a big mistake if it ignores (the speech)”.

    While US Republican leaders were largely silent on the speech, conservative commentators and former Republican aides came out in force to criticise Mr Obama.

    “President Obama … struck a balanced tone with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and that’s what was wrong with this speech,” said Matthew Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition. “American policy should not be balanced — it should side with those who fight terror, not those who either engage in it or are too weak to prevent it.”

    The same line was taken by Ari Fleischer, a White House spokesman under George Bush, in an interview with CBS News.

    Conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh went further, telling listeners: “To me, he threw Israel over the cliff.”

    But the speech came as a relief to Muslim Americans after the Bush years.
    “He acknowledged the genuine challenges and aspirations of Muslims,” said Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Chicago. “He showed genuine goodwill on behalf of the US.”

    theage.com.au/world/us-jewish-concerns-over-obama-speech-20090605-bykk.html

  69. JanH Says:
    June 5th, 2009 at 9:57 am

    BY LYNN SWEET blogs.suntimes.com/sweet
    WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama shook up her staff Thursday, elevating Chicago pal Susan Sher to be her chief of staff, while President Obama tapped Chicago attorney David Jacobson, the deputy finance director of his presidential campaign, to be U.S. ambassador to Canada.
    &&&&&

    When will the rest of the Chicago clan (Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers, Tony Rezko) be brought into the WH, as “advisors”? Surely there is a place for those who were so crucial to him in his formative years.

  70. rgb44hrc Says:

    June 5th, 2009 at 10:08 am

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    Exactly! Another stellar piece from Mr. Krauthammer

  71. Settlers build ‘Oz Yehonatan’ outpost

    Jun. 5, 2009
    JPost.com Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST

    A day after US President Barack Obama reiterated his call to stop settlement activity during a speech in Cairo, defiant settlers continued to erect illegal structures in the West Bank, building a new outpost on Friday morning between Migron and Kohav Ya’akov.

    At the outpost, named Oz Yehonatan, the settlers built a wooden structure they mockingly called the “Obama Hut,” saying it was a sign of appreciation for the US president for his actions that had led to a dramatic rise in the number of outposts.

    Overnight Thursday, settlers and right-wing activists once again rebuilt the illegal Maoz Esther outpost that was dismantled on Wednesday by security forces. Among the structures erected was a synagogue in which activists placed a Torah scroll dedicated in the name of Yohonadav Hirschfield, who was killed in last year’s terror attack at Jerusalem’s Mercaz Harav Yeshiva.

    One of the activists said of Obama, “He’s an Arab Muslim and a gentile, he is fighting against the Jewish people and has declared that he will continue to do so. We already stated our intention to continue to build, no matter who is fighting us – Egypt, Germany or the US.”

    Among the 200 activists that gathered at the Maoz Esther site was Hebron-Kiryat Arba Chief Rabbi Dov Lior, who explained why peace was impossible in the Middle East. “It’s all illusions. With these savages, there was never peace, there is no peace and there will not be peace,” he said. “It’s not because we don’t want it, but because they are enemies of peace. We just have to hope that our entire country is cleared of terrorists, their supporters, their backers and their camels. They should all be sent to Saudi Arabia.”

    National Union MK Michael Ben-Ari voiced his support for the settlers’ actions saying the West Bank’s Jewish communities were an established fact that could not be changed.

    “Obama, in his audacity, dreams that 350,000 Jews can be removed from Judea and Samaria, but they are a fact that cannot be changed,” he was quoted by Army Radio as saying.

    jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1244035005732&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FPrinter

  72. JanH Says:

    June 5th, 2009 at 10:10 am
    US Jewish concerns over Obama speech
    &&&&&&&

    I wonder how many of this group voted for Obama. I know they tended to support Hillary, but after she was forced out, many thought obama would be more of a change from Bush than McCain would be.

    McCain would NOT have been Bush III. Some policies, yes. But obama has “changed his mind”, done complete 180’s, since 1/20/2009. McCain would have been far superior.

    JM would not have gone trotting around the world in an endless campaign to seek praise and adulation, and given emptry trite speeches in a feeble attempt to…to.. what, win a Nobel Peace prize? Seriously, I think obama wants to be Gandhi-fied.

    Nor would a Pres. Clinton be globetrotting in search of personal celebrity. Neither JM nor HRC would be caught trying to lecture the world. obama does, and looks foolish.

  73. “Neither JM nor HRC would be caught trying to lecture the world. obama does, and looks foolish.”

    ————————-

    You’ve got a psychopath with no experience, no education, and no ethics trying to force his terrorist ideas on everyone else.

  74. BAD PRECEDENT

    Mmmmmm, juicy details.

    bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=washingtonstory&sid=aN_5hvV_xqHM

    Chrysler Speeds Past Legal Limits in Race to Live
    ==================================

    by Ann Woolner

    June 5 (Bloomberg) — Today was supposed to be the day that Chrysler LLC sold itself to Fiat and embarked on a new, government-designed chance at survival. Instead, its lawyers are arguing in a federal appeals court this afternoon to please, please let the sale go through.

    It probably will. No matter what the law says, it’s hard to picture a three-judge appellate panel throwing itself into the path of a speeding train carrying the futures of Chrysler and General Motors Corp. and, with them, a segment of the ailing U.S. economy.

    However messy, derailment is what the law seems to demand. But that’s not what these judges are likely to order.

    “Circumstances have conspired to force them to find a way to approve the sale,” says Daniel Glosband, a bankruptcy lawyer with Goodwin Procter in Boston.

    The package the White House hammered together to convert big, old, dying Chrysler into a smaller, healthier car company looks a lot like a massive violation of bankruptcy law. A few dissident creditors, namely three Indiana pension funds that banded together, remain defiant enough to say so.

    The Chrysler plan “seeks to extinguish the property rights of secured lenders, trampling the most fundamental of creditor rights in disregard of over 100 years of bankruptcy jurisprudence,” the funds argued in bankruptcy court papers.

    Their share is tiny, to be sure. Out of $6.9 billion in senior secured loans, the Indiana funds have $42 million. They paid 43 cents on the dollar, and would get roughly 29 cents after the sale.

    The Gall
    ———-

    What galls them is that the United Auto Workers’ retiree health care trust fund, the most prominent of the unsecured creditors, would own 55 percent of the new company and get a $4.5 billion note for its $10.5 billion unsecured claim.

    Putting unsecured creditors ahead of secured lenders isn’t how bankruptcy law is supposed to work.

    Plus, the government has no business giving Chrysler money meant only for financial institutions under the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the funds say.

    They say the sale is really reorganization in disguise, which is illegal under bankruptcy law. By claiming it’s a sale, Chrysler avoids months of court scrutiny and legal wrangling over how much to give each creditor. They slip past rules that reorganization requires.

    “If there ever was a stealth reorganization plan, this is it,” David Skeel, law professor the University of Pennsylvania, told Bloomberg Radio.

    Heated Debate
    ——————-

    It looks like a sub rosa reorganization to me, too, but bankruptcy experts hotly debate the point in blogs and in news interviews.

    U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Arthur Gonzalez this week declared it a bona fide sale, a fair deal for creditors and the best possible result under dire circumstances.

    As for using TARP funds to save a car company, Gonzalez didn’t rule on that, saying the Indiana funds had no legal authority to raise the issue in the first place.

    It would have been almost impossible for him to turn down the Chrysler-Fiat deal. If you think the Second Circuit Court of Appeals feels pressure to give Chrysler what it wants, imagine the stress on a sole bankruptcy judge.

    The Obama administration decided Chrysler and, behind it, General Motors, are too American to fail, no matter how poorly they’ve been run. It’s pumped billions into the companies while structuring this quick sale and dragging most secured creditors into agreement. If the sale doesn’t go through this very minute, or at least by June 15, Fiat can walk away, leaving liquidation as the only option, Chrysler and its partners in the deal declare.

    Contrived Emergency
    ————————–

    But the urgency is largely self-inflicted. The government, as financier-in-chief, created the emergency in fashioning the sale the way it did.

    It’s a common tactic for debtors to declare themselves in imminent danger of total demise while demanding a rushed sale to avoid reorganization, says Glosband, the Boston bankruptcy lawyer. Judges usually see through it.

    If Chrysler gets away with it, and he predicts it will, the precedent will ripple through bankruptcy courts for years to come.

    “It basically circumvents the bankruptcy code provisions that deal with how you address the rights of all the different constituencies in the case,” says Glosband.

    Those rules are there to make the process fair. But in this case, the Obama administration played the lead role in figuring out who gets what, and providing the finances to make it work before the matter ever got to court.

    Fast Moving
    —————

    After today’s argument in New York, the Second Circuit judges could rule as soon as this weekend. That’s extraordinary speed for a federal appellate court.

    “If Chrysler wins,” says Stephen Lubben, bankruptcy law professor at Seton Hall University, “it takes the wind out of a lot of objections likely to be filed with GM.”

    Lubben considers that a fine result, as he believes the Chrysler sale’s legit.

    But those who argue Chrysler can’t win if the courts follow law worry that when judges let big cases bend the rules, they erode the rule of law for everyone.

  75. The business model of General Electric has failed. Their survival depends on keeping Obama in office. Through him they hope to force green policy on the country, and ultimately the world. This is part–but only part of the reason why Obama will not prevent Iran from pursuing a technology which will give them the bomb. Their immediate goal is to build 41 nuclear plants in this country. Westinghouse will get a part of it too. The cost estimate is 4 trillion dollars, and it will not happen unless there is a federal government guarantee. Though their media controlled affilliates (nbc, msnbc, cbs), they will continue to wage a propaganda war in favor of this traitor. I am not sure what the specific inducements for time warner (cnn, newsweek) and abc (disney) migt be but you can be certain they are there. In the broadest sense this is a takeover of our country by big media, the global interests behind the traitor, and the chicago thugs. There is nothing new in these observations but it is important to keep them in mind.

  76. If Judges do not enforce the law then they are not judges but political hacks. That is what these people will prove themselves to be–if they accede to this pressure. How do you bend the law in this instance and then turn around and tell the next petitioner that the same law stands? What does that do to certainty, predictability and fairness? Are not those the goals of the very law itself? Pretty soon you don’t know who you are. Perhaps that’s why they say hard cases make bad law. It is definitely why the law must be enforced in this instance, even though I agree with the writer that most likely it will not be.

  77. Watch how Wall Street is getting raped by this administration. Yet in the primary, they were some of his biggest supporters. If it were as simple as simply saying what comes around goes around that would be one thing. But there is alot of middle class money invested in these financial instruments which are being thrown under the bus as well. And to suggest that government motors is too American to fail misses the essential point I mentioned the other day which is you cannot sustain a company whose cost and infrastructure are such that it costs them $100 which they can only sell for $75. To put a 31 year old drop out in charge is further proof they are not serious. Too American? Just remember that little nugget when a year or two down the line he moves those jobs to China as a cost cutting move when his budget deficits and irresponsible monetary policies lead to hyper inflation.

  78. Blaming Israel and picking a fight over “natural growth” may curry favor with the Muslim “street.” But it will only induce the Arab states to do like Abbas: sit and wait for America to deliver Israel on a platter. Which makes the Obama strategy not just dishonorable but self-defeating.
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    That is what I have been saying. It was clear from the words and actions of Abbas. The quid pro quo here will be a reiteration of security promises to Israel, money, and inspections for Iran. That has got to be part of the end game they are aiming for. But it gets back to why I belive it is prudent for sane law abiding citizens should have a gun. It is why every gun control nut–like Jake Tapper is wrong. The state cannot be counted upon to protect you in the moment of truth. Only you can do that. It is a non delegable duty. That does not mean I love guns. It means that if you are rational and realistic, you know you need them. I have spoken to enough law enforcement officers about this to know that if there was a breakdown in civil authority, the cops would not be out there protecting you. They would be home protecting their families. This is also why it is madness for Israel to rely on anyone else to protect their security, particularly when the putative guaranator is named Barack Hussein Obama.

  79. henry Says:
    June 5th, 2009 at 7:28 am

    basil9
    will you hate me if I say no gay people should go to clinics to create a baby? When there are already so very many children that need a loving home? WHY create a child just because it looks like you?

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    I’d say that about all people, straight or gay.

    It’s ridiculous to spend so much money on creating one child instead of adopting and spending the money to help existing children who need it.

  80. henry Says:
    I’d love to speak my mind on a political gay blog but as this site was my first

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

    See DailyPuma.com

    It’s a wonderful sort of spreadsheet with ALL the Puma blogs on the same page with their current headlines so you can click on any that has a subject that interests you, and on many of them your name will already be in the comment box because you’re registered with Big Pink.

  81. As Secretary of State Clinton imperiously explained the diktat: “a stop to settlements — not some settlements, not outposts, not natural-growth exceptions.”
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    Wait a minute Krauthammer. You are now distorting the truth. You make it appear that Hillary is the problem, when the exact opposite is true. You fail to note that Hillary clearly stated that this was “the President’s policy”. In other words, the “imperiousness” you deplore is not hers but Obamas. In the future sir use the exact quote.

  82. Rgb44hrc, the article on Chrysler is interesting. The sale has to go through by June 15 or Fiat can abandon the deal. The Appeals Court of the Second Circuit heard the case today and a ruling is expected this weekend. The Second Circuit could delay issuing a ruling however. There is also the matter of an appeal to the Supreme Court. An appeal to the high court could prove to be the undoing of the deal. A full panel of the Appeals Court could also agree to hear the case.

    This unsecured creditor issue has implications on which the Supreme Court might want to be heard. Woolner is correct that the deal will likely be approved and go through, but the Supreme Court might decide to weigh in.

  83. This unsecured creditor issue has implications on which the Supreme Court might want to be heard. Woolner is correct that the deal will likely be approved and go through, but the Supreme Court might decide to weigh in.
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    I hope so for this reason. There has to come a point where organized resistance to this takeover forms and holds. I thought it was forming on the other side of the aisle when they dissected all the pork in the stimulus bill, and yet the counterproposal to the prolifigate spending program proposed by the traitor is so craven and cowardly that I wonder if they should not simply revoke their charter as a party. A friend of mine hoped yesterday that resistance would form around the Supreme Court nominee, but I doubt that will happen. Too many quislings like Crist. So what is the point of being a repubilican if all you do is go along with this corporate sell out. How can you criticize him in 2010 if you failed to do so in the moment. Or are you so foolish as to think you can build your whole case around Pelosi? Where the Chrystler issue is concerned it too could provide a point of resistance to this grand scheme of the Administration. The allies stopped Hitler in North Africa. We need to do so at some point, the sooner the better.

  84. My literary giants(defined as those who touched me profoundly) were Weisel,Morrison,Kafka, Bambari. Egads three of four have lent their statue to contributing to the o myth. Thank god Kafka is dead.

  85. You’ve got a psychopath with no experience, no education, and no ethics trying to force his terrorist ideas on everyone else.
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    Attorney: I call Barack Hussein Obama to the stand.

    Clerk: Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

    Witness: Would you mind doing that with the Koran?

    Clerk: You mean you want a do over? How bout we go to the Map Room for it?

    Attorney: Mr. Obama, you have very little experience on the powers and duties of the President. You were a legislator for only one term. But you were a community organizer employed by ACORN, right?

    Witness: Yes. Judgment is more important.

    Attorney: And you never let a little thing like the truth stand in the way of a good story?

    Witness: The truth is whatever I say it is. I am free to change it as I see fit. Any one who objects is a racist. My people will lauch a Holy War against them.

    Attorney: And you are also an undiagnosed sociopath, propped up by big media are you not?

    Witness: Maybe. But I am the one GE stockholders, terrorists and the enemies of the United States have been waiting for. Oh man have I got alot of people bamboozled. The rest are scared of me.

    Attorney: Your honor, I ask that this witness be qualified as an expert on the question of how to cure the ills of the world and bring harmony to our planet. I also ask that he be allowed to roam the world like a free range chicken, teleprompter in hand, disparaging the United States and its allies, and sucking up to the worlds worst dictators.

    Court: Mr. Crist–have you any objection?

    Crist: No your Honor. I love him almost as much as he loves himself. Which is much more than his wife does. I would never object, criticize or say a bad thing about him.

    Court: Then it is so ordered. Go forth you incompetent fool. Destroy the world as you see fit. You are without question an expert.

  86. CLINTON: You know, I could stop and count, but I’ve been all over the world on behalf of our new administration and President Obama and our country. It has been the most extraordinary honor to go from Latin America to Asia, representing American values and interests.

    If hillary was representing our values, how come I saw her wearing a “schmata” of some sort on her head. Why would an important American statesperson allow herself to conform to their values?

  87. Has anyone else noticed O’s body language on this trip…since it is impossible to avoid newsclips I have found it very interesting to observe his body language…

    …beyond that nose always being up in the air with the eyes looking down…it does not matter who he is standing with or where…he either has his arms and hands folded in front of him, his arms and hands clasped behind his back, or his hands in his pockets…he cannot stand there simply with his hands by his side…there is such a distance and aloofness in his body language…particularly when he was with Elie Wiesal, Merkel, or while in the Middle East…

  88. Wbboei, the unsecured creditor issue appears to be precisely what the Supreme Court is there to decide. It would take a lot for the Justices to decide to take Obama on when Big Media and Congress are all on his side. But that is what the Court did during the Roosevelt years when Roosevelt had much more skills and abilities as well as allies, as well as the right issues. The Supreme Court might be the ones to take Obama’s illegalities to task because they are the last power center independent of him, even as he will be able to begin to influence the makeup of the Court.

  89. CLINTON: You know, I could stop and count, but I’ve been all over the world on behalf of our new administration and President Obama and our country. It has been the most extraordinary honor to go from Latin America to Asia, representing American values and interests.

    If hillary was representing our values, how come I saw her wearing a “schmata” of some sort on her head. Why would an important American statesperson allow herself to conform to their values?
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    She represents our country. He represents himself–plus GE, international bankers and the Chicago thugs. She has worn those contraptions before as First Lady, and dresses in accordance with local customs as we saw on the far east tour. Sun Tzu.

  90. Wbboei, the unsecured creditor issue appears to be precisely what the Supreme Court is there to decide. It would take a lot for the Justices to decide to take Obama on when Big Media and Congress are all on his side. But that is what the Court did during the Roosevelt years when Roosevelt had much more skills and abilities as well as allies, as well as the right issues. The Supreme Court might be the ones to take Obama’s illegalities to task because they are the last power center independent of him, even as he will be able to begin to influence the makeup of the Court.
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    Admin: I was thinking about the Roosevelt example as well. And I imagine SHV was too. In theory, we have three independent branches of government. The role of the judicial branch is to declare what the law is independent of political pressure. That is why they serve for life and good behavior. I know they read election results, but their fundamental obligation is to the law. And if the law is unambiguous, they must enforce it as written, and tell Congress to change it if it is displeased. There is a ridiculous parallel here–but when I was a rookie, I had an arbitration over a clause in the contract which was overly restrictive from a business standpoint. It was boilerplate language, but in that instance it was lethal. The Arbitrator told me I am not in the business of putting companies out of business, but if your company wrote contract language you cannot live with now, dont look at me to save you. That is the judical principle I am talking about.

  91. wbboei Says:
    June 5th, 2009 at 11:36 am
    Wait a minute Krauthammer. You are now distorting the truth. You make it appear that Hillary is the problem, when the exact opposite is true. You fail to note that Hillary clearly stated that this was “the President’s policy”. In other words, the “imperiousness” you deplore is not hers but Obamas. In the future sir use the exact quote.
    &&&&&&&&

    Nice catch, wbb.

    From now on, your Delta Tau Chi name is….Eagle Eye

  92. Wbboei, thanks for pointing out the distinctions between Hillary and Obama regarding Israel.

    We were going to address the issue you discussed (Krauthammer’s quote of Hillary) in the current article but the article was long enough without adding that bit of information.

    We will now.

    The Hillary quote on the settlements is much more subtle than Hopium eaters will admit.

    The Hillary quote is from the New York Times article headlined “Israeli Settlement Growth Must Stop, Clinton Says“.

    Here are the relevant parts of the article:

    The Obama administration reiterated emphatically on Wednesday that it viewed a complete freeze of construction in settlements on the West Bank as a critical step toward a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians.

    Speaking of President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said, “He wants to see a stop to settlements — not some settlements, not outposts, not ‘natural growth’ exceptions.” Talking to reporters after a meeting with the Egyptian foreign minister, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, she said: “That is our position. That is what we have communicated very clearly.”

    Mrs. Clinton’s remarks, the administration’s strongest to date on the matter, came as an Israeli official said Wednesday that the Israeli government wanted to reach an understanding with the Obama administration that would allow some new construction in West Bank settlements.

    Hillary speaks the mother tongue sufficiently well (we don’t think we are parsing the words of diplomacy too much even though Obama Hopium eaters will surely accuse us of that even though they will have to admit we make a very astute observation) that she could have infused several “I”s to her statement if she wanted to convey that meaning. Instead she choose to conflate “Obama” with “administration” and came up with “our”.

    The New York Times appears to have seized that distinction in the article when it said the statement came from the Obama administration and “speaking of” Obama at the beginning of the second paragraph. The headline of course tells a completely other story, but that is the fault of headline writers and why readers should not simply repeat headlines.

    The rest of the article is also interesting regarding the issue of settlements and possible agreements the Israeli’s have to grow them. It is clear the current government supports “natural growth” and that Obama will have to thug it out with Bibi.

    Part of the thugging, which we did not discuss either is that Obama went to the Middle East and did not visit Israel. It was another Obama snub clearly intended as a snub. We suspect the Israeli government knows it was an intended snub but they are laughing because they don’t want to see Obama’s Joker-grin mug in Israel anyway.

  93. S, Obama’s arms are folded because he knows he is being played for a sucker again. Notice how he had to travel from the airport to Mubarak, and was not greeted at the airport by the Egyptian president.

    Merkel of Germany also brushed off Obama in March when she did not go to Washington to meet with Obama but instead talked to him by video conference (that B.O. problem must be getting worse 🙂 )

    As we have and will continue to document all these world leaders know how to handle Obama – flatter him in public and make a great show of him but treat him like dirt behind closed doors – knowing Obama is too dumb and insecure to do anything but bow and scrape.

  94. “It is a non delegable duty. That does not mean I love guns. It means that if you are rational and realistic, you know you need them.”

    I came to that same conclusion around this time last year. There’s a rifle under my bed to prove it.

  95. BO’s presidential approval index is now ZERO.

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 34% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-four percent (34%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of 0. That’s the highest level of strong disapproval and the lowest overall rating yet recorded (see trends).

    Overall, 54% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance so far. Forty-six percent (46%) disapprove. For more Presidential barometers, see Obama By the Numbers and recent demographic highlights.

    (More Below)

  96. There’s a rifle under my bed to prove it.
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    Good for you Basil. For forty years, I have had pistols. During the past thirty, I do not shoot them. I do not look at them. I do not think about them. But I know they are there if they are needed to protect me or someone else from the threat of violent death. That is the first obligation of the State according to Hobbs. But with the open borders we have today, how is that even possible. We buy an insurance policy to protect us from certain risks. Guns are the same way, provided proper safety precautions are taken.

  97. THE OBAMA ECONOMIC “BOOM” CONTINUES:

    The NY Times tries to put a smiley face on the corpse. As Krugman and other economists and real progressives have stated, with stimulus money is not being spent wisely: trickle down economics by Obama is as effective as under Reagan. And for the “shovel ready” projects, many are sitting, raring to go except for that money in the pipeline problem.

    Obama to the states and municipalities: “The check is in the mail. You may already be a winner”.

    nytimes.com/2009/06/06/business/economy/06jobs.html?_r=2&hp

    Joblessness Hits 9.4%, but Slowing Losses Raise Hopes
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    The American economy shed another 345,000 jobs in May as the unemployment rate spiked to 9.4 percent, but the losses were far smaller than economists expected, amplifying hopes of recovery.

    “It supports the idea that before the end of the year and maybe even by late summer we could be at flat employment,” meaning no more net job losses, said Alan D. Levenson, chief economist at T. Rowe Price in Baltimore. “During the course of next year, we’ll probably start to feel better.”

    Wall Street saw some fresh signs of potential revival in the better-than-expected report from the Labor Department on Friday, and stocks moved moderately higher after some hesitation.

    But many analysts emphasized that the marked slowdown in the pace of job market deterioration — while positive — did not alter the reality that the economy remained very weak, with grave challenges still bearing down on millions of households and businesses.

    “These are still terrible numbers,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief United States economist at High Frequency Economics. “We’re a million miles away from a recovery.”

    Rather than a sign of renewed vigor, the latest monthly snapshot of the job market suggests the end of the acute panic suffered last fall, when the investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed and credit froze throughout much of the economy.

    “That wild disgorging of inventories and workers that we saw in the aftermath of Lehman, what you’re seeing is the reversal of that dynamic,” said Robert Barbera, chief economist at the research and trading firm ITG. “You had companies throughout the world that suddenly had serious concerns about access to capital and they slashed spending and cut workers well beyond any connection to demand. There’s now a better tone to the data.”

    But conspicuously absent, Mr. Barbera said, was any sign of a fresh engine for economic growth. Although home prices appear to have hit bottom in some areas of the country, construction remains weak. The auto industry and retailing remain mired in distress. The job market is likely to remain in the doldrums for many months, he said.

    For more than a decade, economic growth and attendant American job opportunities were fueled by swelling wealth and liberal access to credit. As home prices soared, homeowners availed themselves of myriad forms of credit that turned increased real estate values into cash. They sprinkled this money on an array of industries, generating jobs from auto factories and lumber mills to construction companies and restaurants.

    Now, as paychecks disappear, consumers are increasingly inclined to save — a source of broad grief in a country in which consumer spending makes up roughly 70 percent of economic activity.

    “It’s welcome news that payrolls are declining more in line with other recessions, but we need consumption,” said Lawrence Mishel, president of the labor-oriented Economic Policy Institute in Washington. “People are not going to be moving forward based on housing wealth, and they’re not going to be taking on debt. They’ve got to get wage growth.”

    Indeed, wage growth has been stagnating even as gasoline and medical costs rise, putting pressure on household finances. Wages were 3.1 percent higher in May than a year ago, but that growth slowed drastically this year. In April and May, average hourly wages grew just 0.1 percent, to a seasonally adjusted $18.54, from $18.52, according to the Labor Department. Wages for manufacturing workers fell 0.1 percent.

    The jobs report presented a statistical puzzle. On the one hand, the net decline in jobs was much smaller than expected and the lowest figure since September. The economy lost an average of more than 700,000 jobs a month during the first three months of the year. The pace of losses eased to a revised 504,000 in April and then fell more in May, a welcome sign of improvement.

    At the same time, the unemployment rate leapt to its highest rate in more than a quarter-century, reinforcing fears that joblessness will probably reach double digits.

    This disconnect is a reflection of the way in which the government collects jobs data. The number of jobs comes from a survey of employers, while the unemployment data is derived from a survey of households. In April and May, the number of people who told surveyors they were actively looking for work increased by more than one million. These people would have previously been excluded from the unemployment calculation as not being part of the labor force. Now, they are back in the hunt — an apparent sign of improvement — yet struggling to secure positions in a still awful market.

    The jobs report underscored the lean offerings, with May bringing another brutal stretch of layoffs, furloughs and pink slips. Manufacturers cut 156,000 jobs, including big losses for workers who make machinery, cars and car parts and computers.

    That picture will almost surely worsen: this week, General Motors, now in bankruptcy, announced it was closing or idling 14 plants across the country, including several in Michigan, which has the nation’s highest unemployment rate. The closings will affect as many as 20,000 workers.

    Construction jobs fell by 59,000, though that was a marked improvement from just a month ago, when 108,000 construction workers lost their jobs.

    Health care remained a rare bright spot, adding 23,500 jobs. Professional and business services shed 51,000 jobs, though that represented a slower pace of loss than in recent months.

    Over all, the economy has now shed six million jobs since the recession began in December 2007, and some economists expect an additional two million job losses. Even after the economy resumes growth, perhaps later this year, businesses are likely to be conservative in their expansion, credit will probably remain tighter than in years past, and consumers will be more inclined to save.

    Instead of hiring full-time workers, many employers will probably rely on temporary hires or simply add hours for their existing employees.

    “There’s no question that the jobless rate is going to continue to rise,” said Bernard Baumohl, managing director of the Economic Outlook Group. “It’s a dismal job market. It’s going to remain awful easily for the balance of this year. Even when the economy begins to recover, we might be witnessing the mother of all jobless recoveries.”

    That would keep the pressure on the seven million Americans who have been out of work for 15 weeks or longer — the largest number ever.

    Dante Whitfield is among those ranks. Since losing his job as a legal courier in February, Mr. Whitfield, 35, said he had been riding the bus around San Jose, Calif., in a futile quest for work, subsisting on unemployment checks and the value menu at McDonald’s.

    “There’s days I come home in tears,” he said. “You just feel lost. You don’t know what to do.”

  98. Basil: I have only one of those unmentionables now. It is registered which I believe in because we need to be able to keep track of these things. And it was selected for its balance, its accuracy, its reputation with the detective unit of the SWAT team and because it adheres to advice of the Marines in Iraq:

    6. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun whose caliber does not start with a ‘4.’ (Note: that was also the lesson of the US Army in the Phillipines early in the 20th century–moros hopped up on drugs could not be stopped with 38 calibre standard issue, so they switched to the 45 peacemaker. Now I hear they have gone to the 9 mm which is not enough.)

    It is a Kimber 45 SIS. I have had COLTs and SWs before but this one has them all beat. You can google it if you are interested. It is made in the Bronx which was still in the United States last time I checked. When I get back there I hope to see their factory.

  99. wbboei,

    But I confess i still haveta learn how to use it.
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    I would encourage you to do so. But even if you never fire it, its mere presence can be a deterrent. Bambi does not believe in deterrence, he believes in free love (of him) by all nations. For the rest of us, however, it is often a game of perception, and often deterrence works.

  100. I still cannot find online reference to what I heard on the radio, NPR news, on Wednesday, about the GM/Chrysler bankruptcies providing them immunity from lemon law lawsuits, now that the government is part owner.

    The story told of protesters lamenting deaths and injuries of family and friends, and how the lawsuits were an important part in making sure that some positive reform could come out of their deaths and injuries.

    I swear, it’s a conspiracy. Oliver Stone’s next movie.

  101. http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=YjdiMjk5ODk2OGYwYmRjNmRhYmNlZjFjNDljNTdkYTE=

    From an Israeli perspective, Pres. Barack Obama’s speech today in Cairo was deeply disturbing. Both rhetorically and programmatically, Obama’s speech was a renunciation of America’s strategic alliance with Israel.

    Rhetorically, Obama’s sugar coated the pathologies of the Islamic world — from the tyranny that characterizes its regimes, to the misogyny, xenophobia, Jew hatred, and general intolerance that characterizes its societies. In so doing he made clear that his idea of pressing the restart button with the Islamic world involves erasing the moral distinctions between the Islamic world and the free world.

    In contrast, Obama’s perverse characterization of Israel — of the sources of its legitimacy and of its behavior — made clear that he shares the Arab world’s view that there is something basically illegitimate about the Jewish state.

    In 1922 the League of Nations mandated Great Britain to facilitate the reconstitution of the Jewish commonwealth in the Land of Israel on both sides of the Jordan River. The international community’s decision to work towards the reestablishment of Jewish sovereignty in Israel owed to its recognition of the Jewish people’s legal, historic, and moral rights to our homeland.

    Arab propaganda finds this basic and fundamental truth inconvenient. So for the past 60 years, the Arabs have been advancing the fiction that Israel’s existence owes solely to European guilt over the Holocaust. As far as the Arabs are concerned, the Jews have no legal, historic, or moral right to what the Arabs see as Islamic land.
    [snip]

    Just as abominably, Obama compared Israel to Southern slave owners and Palestinians to black slaves in the antebellum south. He used the Arab euphemism “resistance” to discuss Palestinian terrorism, and generally ignored the fact that every Palestinian political faction is also a terrorist organization.
    [snip]

    As Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas made clear in his Washington Post interview last week, Obama’s trenchant campaign against Jewish construction in these areas has convinced the Palestinians they have no reason to be flexible in their positions towards Israel.
    [snip]

    After all, why would the Palestinians make a deal with Israel when they know that Obama will blame Israel for the absence of a peace agreement?

    Even more strategically devastating than his castigation of Israel as the villain in the Arab-Israel conflict is Obama’s stated policy towards Iran. In Cairo, Obama offered Iran nuclear energy in exchange for its nuclear-weapons program. This offer has been on the table since 2003 and has been repeatedly rejected by the Iranians. Indeed, they rejected it yet again last week.

    Obama must know that his policy will not lead to the hoped for change in Iran’s behavior. And since he must know this, the only rational explanation for his decision to adopt a policy he knows will fail is that he is comfortable with the idea of Iran becoming a nuclear power. And this is something that Israel cannot abide by.

    The only silver lining for Israelis from the president’s speech in Cairo and his general positions on the Middle East is that Obama has overplayed his hand. Far from bending to his will, a large majority of Israelis perceives Obama as a hostile force and has rallied in support of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu against the administration.

  102. Rgb44hrc, here you go:

    http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/06/03-11

    Consumer Groups Call for Reversal of Bankruptcy Court’s Decision to Exempt Chrysler from Accountability
    Ruling that Undermines Lemon Laws in 25 States Should Be Overturned

    WASHINGTON – June 3 – Leading national consumer groups late Tuesday appealed the decision of the federal bankruptcy court overseeing the Chrysler bankruptcy proceeding, asking the court to preserve consumer protection laws and the rights of victims injured by vehicle design flaws and defects to seek compensation from Chrysler.

    With the stroke of a pen, the bankruptcy court exempted the new Chrysler/Fiat company that will emerge from bankruptcy proceedings from accountability to consumers who have suffered or will suffer injury or loss caused by defects.

    Today’s appeal was filed on behalf of the Center for Auto Safety, Consumer Action, Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS), National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) and Public Citizen.

    “Even in the event of bankruptcy, consumers must be able to hold corporations like Chrysler accountable,” said Adina H. Rosenbaum of Public Citizen, lead counsel for the consumer groups.

    Added Clarence Ditlow, director of the Center for Auto Safety, “The bankruptcy court is eliminating key provisions in 25 state lemon laws that consumer groups have worked for 30 years to get on the books. These crucial protections went out the door with the stroke of a pen in the Chrysler bankruptcy order.”

    If the bankruptcy court decision for Chrysler is any indication of how General Motors’ bankruptcy will play out, more than a third of all vehicles on the road covered by lemon laws will lose protection, said Ditlow.

    If the ruling is allowed to stand, the new Chrysler will not be responsible for any of its vehicles on the road today after it emerges from bankruptcy. There will be zero liability for the new company for consumers who suffer injury or death due to egregious defects, nor will those with pending claims have any legal recourse against the new company.

    The decision also will have long-lasting consequences for lemon laws throughout the country. Owners of Chrysler vehicles who seek refunds under state lemon laws will be left with severely limited remedies; the Chrysler/Fiat sales order approved by the judge contains language that would exclude it from certain civil penalties and other liabilities for defective vehicles.

    there’s more.

  103. Concerning the FOX intervies. Osama issues a statement about Obama wherein Osama says Obama is a front man for capitalists. That is the most ridicuolus statement Jeff Immelt ever heard. But for the rest of us it has the ring of truth to it, regardless of the source. Does it mean Osama is scrared of Obama as Juan suggests? Hardly. Is the White House correct that this is good for Obama. Hardly.

    If you look at the before and after you will find the truth. Osama played Obama brilliantly. Before the fact, he told his world how to interpret Obamas soaring rhetoric. After the fact, Osama can point to what Obama said and tell the world we have been right about the United States, and we will never ever be bamboozled by this tool. Obamas Reverend Wright like sermon was manna from heaven for them. It says in effect America is the problem. If the White House is delighted at this point, which they probably are due to all the incestuous thinking, then they are delusional.

  104. It is a Kimber 45 SIS
    *********
    That is nice 1911 style pistol….I have several Colt single actions but I really don’t like to keep a “cocked and locked” single action, it’s not logical, but having the hammer back on a loaded chamber makes me nervous unless I am shooting.

  105. From an Israeli perspective, Pres. Barack Obama’s speech today in Cairo was deeply disturbing. Both rhetorically and programmatically, Obama’s speech was a renunciation of America’s strategic alliance with Israel.

    Rhetorically, Obama’s sugar coated the pathologies of the Islamic world — from the tyranny that characterizes its regimes, to the misogyny, xenophobia, Jew hatred, and general intolerance that characterizes its societies. In so doing he made clear that his idea of pressing the restart button with the Islamic world involves erasing the moral distinctions between the Islamic world and the free world.

    In contrast, Obama’s perverse characterization of Israel — of the sources of its legitimacy and of its behavior — made clear that he shares the Arab world’s view that there is something basically illegitimate about the Jewish state.
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    Yes indeed. There is alot here for Mr. Wexler to defend. I hope he rots in hell. As for Obama–its like Wild Bill Hickock said about outlaw John Wesley Harden: “I never met a man who required so much defending.”

  106. That is nice 1911 style pistol….I have several Colt single actions but I really don’t like to keep a “cocked and locked” single action, it’s not logical, but having the hammer back on a loaded chamber makes me nervous unless I am shooting.
    ——————————
    You are right. The other problem is the slide on this one is so tight that it is hard to cock it. It could lead to bursidis. It is not as bad as that estimable weapon the 610 Nitro Express–that darling of the by gone British Empire that was a constant companion of elephant hunters who in their waning years could slouch in the overstuffed chairs of mens clubs from Capetown to Cairo, and complain about how they lost their hearing and dislocated their shoulder firing at the one that got away.

  107. The only silver lining for Israelis from the president’s speech in Cairo and his general positions on the Middle East is that Obama has overplayed his hand. Far from bending to his will, a large majority of Israelis perceives Obama as a hostile force and has rallied in support of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu against the administration.
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    Correct. He is not seen as an ally, or even as a neutral. Barack Huessein Obama is seen now for what he has always been–an adversary of the United States and Israel. If big media had done its job and if the Wexlers had not covered for him and lied to constituents things would be different. And if things were different they wouldn’t be the same. Many of us have tried to assume the role of peacemaker in a dispute. We have withstood the challenges by those who did not want an agreement because we have stood on principle and not succumbed to the tempatation to be partisan. That is the fundamental mistake that Obama and big media have made jointly and severally.

  108. wbbioei,

    That’s what i figured.

    ‘But even if you never fire it, its mere presence can be a deterrent.’

    I am going to look into a local sports club.

    BTW, any recommendations for small, effective women’s pistols? I picked up a permit a couple of months ago.

  109. CLINTON: You know, I could stop and count, but I’ve been all over the world on behalf of our new administration and President Obama and our country. It has been the most extraordinary honor to go from Latin America to Asia, representing American values and interests.

    If hillary was representing our values, how come I saw her wearing a “schmata” of some sort on her head. Why would an important American statesperson allow herself to conform to their values?
    ————————————————
    She represents our country. He represents himself–plus GE, international bankers and the Chicago thugs. She has worn those contraptions before as First Lady, and dresses in accordance with local customs as we saw on the far east tour. Sun Tzu.

    I vigorously disagree. She does not chose to dress that way anywhere else in the world. she is allowing herself to be pressured into conforming so as not to offend rather than be a symbol of free women around the world who chose to have uncovered heads.

  110. admin Says:

    June 5th, 2009 at 2:47 pm
    Rgb44hrc, here you go:
    *********

    Dang, you ARE good.

  111. Hi friends: I am still around and have been slowed down by some back problems,but hoping to get back to venting my disgust with Telebama.I am very upset with his claiming just about anything he cares to as his knowledge and experience is inflated to downright lying.His white uncle a veteran of WWII disclaims all the stories about Buchenvald and the great one’s boastings.Too bad the air hovering over these death sites was not bottled for posterity so that phonies like BO could really smell death and rotting corpses of poor innocent victims of the holocaust.I still have memories and that smell will be with me forever.
    What has this country done to itself in allowing the race card bearing evil one to destroy everything that we hold dear and become our enemy within.

    By ABM90 Hillary please do not give up the fight and never turn your back on this force of evil.

  112. Admin, they will start charging enormous rent for his next speeches (or they should) or they should be asking, what is in it for me? (which Mubarak seems to ask already.) I also think they will start to resist giving him a podium in the near future, especially for his self-glorifying speeches.

    —————
    # admin Says:
    June 5th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    S, Obama’s arms are folded because he knows he is being played for a sucker again. Notice how he had to travel from the airport to Mubarak, and was not greeted at the airport by the Egyptian president.

    Merkel of Germany also brushed off Obama in March when she did not go to Washington to meet with Obama but instead talked to him by video conference (that B.O. problem must be getting worse 🙂 )

    As we have and will continue to document all these world leaders know how to handle Obama – flatter him in public and make a great show of him but treat him like dirt behind closed doors – knowing Obama is too dumb and insecure to do anything but bow and scrape.

  113. Please don’t get mad, but I am so disappointed at having to watch Hillary follow this frauds policies. It has been very difficult and hearing her praise Obama’s speech yesterday was upsetting. I understand why she does what she has to, but it does not make it any easier.

  114. OT…I am a little surprised that with the mortgage meltdown that “Medical bills” are still rising as the % cause for bankruptcy. As I have said before, no matter how good you think your health insurance is, the vast majority of Americans are one illness away from bankruptcy.
    **********
    “This year, an estimated 1.5 million Americans will declare bankruptcy. Many people may chalk up that misfortune to overspending or a lavish lifestyle, but a new study suggests that more than 60 percent of people who go bankrupt are actually capsized by medical bills.

    Bankruptcies due to medical bills increased by nearly 50 percent in a six-year period, from 46 percent in 2001 to 62 percent in 2007, and most of those who filed for bankruptcy were middle-class, well-educated homeowners, according to a report that will be published in the August issue of The American Journal of Medicine.

    “Unless you’re a Warren Buffett or Bill Gates, you’re one illness away from financial ruin in this country,” says lead author Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., of the Harvard Medical School, in Cambridge, Mass. “If an illness is long enough and expensive enough, private insurance offers very little protection against medical bankruptcy, and that’s the major finding in our study.”
    (snip)

    ww.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/06/05/bankruptcy.medical.bills/index.html

  115. For home defense you may be better off with a revolver than an automatic. That is the general experience of most women. A 38 calibre with a 2 inch barrel would probably be best. My first pistol out of the militiary almost forty years ago was like that–a smith and wesson. It will run maybe $350 today. Hollow point bullets are generally best because they do not richochet. But the thing to do is check with gunstores in your area. Again, I think this is a sensible precaution, and every peace officer I have spoken to has one in addition to regular issue.

    On a different note, they had a professor on the news who says the recession will end in the third quarter. I should repost that Rogers and Hammerstein song from South Pacific by Lena Horne Cockeyed Optimist. Someone needs to ask him whether how soon the 6 million jobs which have been lost to date and the 2 million more between now and then will be restored. And while he is busy with that one, ask him how soon the housing market will recover. And after that, ask him about the L or the second valley others are predicting as the debt becomes stifling and taxes go up like a rocket at the insistence of our creditors.

  116. jbstonesfan Says:

    June 5th, 2009 at 4:53 pm
    Please don’t get mad, but I am so disappointed at having to watch Hillary follow this frauds policies.
    &&&&&&

    It’s hard not to cringe… But SoS is better for her than being say, a community organizer.

    I think we’ll have to be content knowing that she’s fighting from the inside, and that for her to have any impact, she has to put on a brave face, and put her personal feelings to the side.

  117. Carol,
    I feel the same way about HRC’s head covering. Did you also notice how she walked several paces behind BO and Mubarak, like a good submissive woman?
    Also, Jarrett didn’t cover her head in a presser yesterday.

    JBstone,
    I couldn’t listen to her praise him, either. It is just too depressing.

    ABM!!!!!
    I was wondering what happened to you! Glad you’ve recovered and can post again. back and hope your

  118. For a bunch of left/centrist progressives, we sure seem to have a lot of firepower.

    Will the first meeting of Big Pink be held near the local firing range?

    Me, I like target archery (not for hunting), like they do at the Olympics. I haven’t done it in a while, but I know I’ll get back to it. It is way cool. I want to get me one of those latest Hoyt competition bows.

  119. http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0609/Report_Syrian_Lebanese_Reporters_wouldnt_interview_Obama_with_Israeli.html?showall

    An Israeli newspaper reported today that two Arab journalists refused to participate in an interview with President Obama because an Israeli reporter would be one of the eight present.

    Yedioth Ahronoth’s Nahum Barnea wrote, according to a translation from the Hebrew original, of an incident that seems to underscore the size of the gap Obama is seeking to bridge:

    After Obama’s speech yesterday at Cairo University, we gathered, six senior journalists from all over the Muslim world and I, the reporter for Yedioth Ahronoth, around a circular table in a side room. The president wanted to give us an interview.

    The original group had eight. The Syrian did not show after hearing that a reporter from Israel had been invited. The Lebanese, Naoum Sarkis, had been sitting with us all at the front of the hall but when he realized where I was from and whom I was representing, he passed on the opportunity and fled.

    The others accepted the edict with respect, and some even happily. They included the Saudi Jamal Khashoggi, the Egyptians Fahmi el-Awadi and Magdy el-Galad, and the Palestinian woman Wafa Amr, Malaysian Shahnaz Habib and Indonesian Bambang Harimurti, who were flown by the Americans all the way from the Far East. I was the only one who knew Obama from previous meetings.

  120. I vigorously disagree. She does not chose to dress that way anywhere else in the world. she is allowing herself to be pressured into conforming so as not to offend rather than be a symbol of free women around the world who chose to have uncovered heads.
    ——————————————-
    I guess I see it differently. It is not that she is being pressured by anyone. Praising the speech publicly is strictly forma. It comes with the job. She is a strong leader. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that she is expressing her views to him forcefully. That is her way. But he is trying it his own way, and it will not work. That is the real story of what is happening now, for me at least.

  121. LATEST LOWDOWN ON LEMON LAW LAWSUITS

    The earlier article showed where Chrysler could get off the hook, but the second article now seems to indicate that they may be forced into playing nice (but I’ll believe it when I see it).

    1.
    mylemon.com/blog/2009/05/chrysler-seeks-to-leave-lemon-law.html

    Thursday, May 21, 2009
    CHRYSLER SEEKS TO LEAVE LEMON LAW CONSUMERS HIGH AND DRY
    ================================================

    In the wake of Chrysler’s bankruptcy, many individuals have been effected. Most thoughts go first to the automakers themselves, then the suppliers, on down to the individual car dealerships and their employees. There is one group that remains forgotten – and now it seems Chrysler is seeking to keep it that way.

    Those persons who have brought Lemon Law and Breach of Warranty suits for their defective vehicles are in a state of limbo. All cases that are currently filed in state and federal courts are stayed. Anyone who had settled a lawsuit but had not yet been paid at the time Chrysler filed for bankruptcy has yet to see their recovery. This means that in addition to countless persons being owed money by Chrysler for unpaid claims, there are others whose vehicles were to be bought back by the manufacturer or replaced, and are now stuck with defective vehicles, or in the worst cases left without vehicles that the manufacturer had taken possession of and without the money to replace them.

    Normally when a company emerges from bankruptcy those cases that were stayed may be re-listed by courts; the settled matters, if part of a bankruptcy sale, will be paid, giving consumers a light at the end of the tunnel. Chrysler, in its agreement of sale to Italian automaker Fiat, appears to oblige the purchaser to honor warranties and warranty based claims, their conduct however, appears a complete contradiction.

    Having advocated for consumer rights for years, this is a troubling sign of things to come. Should Chrysler have all claims filed prior to the bankruptcy discharged, those consumers who purchased these defective products will be without any recourse. If General Motors files for bankruptcy June 1, we could see the same issues emerge. I urge all consumers to contact their state representatives and tell them to fight for their rights.

    2.
    munciefreepress.com/node/20263

    Submitted by kpaul.mallasch on Thu, 06/04/2009 – 2:06pm

    Bankruptcy Court approves agreement with State Attorneys General

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced today that Fiat and the new “Chrysler Group, LLC” have agreed to honor the “Lemon Law” rights of Chrysler buyers when the new company takes control of the U.S. auto maker.

    State “Lemon Laws” provide consumers with rights and procedures to obtain a refund or a replacement vehicle if a new vehicle develops a significant problem that can’t be repaired after a certain number of repair attempts.

    “I commend Fiat and the Chrysler Group, LLC partners for reaching a formal consumer protection Lemon Law agreement,” Zoeller said. “While we always hope the numbers of those who are required to take advantage of the Lemon Law are low, this marks a significant ‘win’ for Hoosiers and for consumers across the country.”

    The agreement reached Tuesday was negotiated by state attorneys general and was reached with the new Chrysler Group, LLC, which will be owned by Fiat, the UAW, the U.S., and Canada. Specifically, the agreement orders that Chrysler Group, LLC will “…recognize, honor and pay liabilities under Lemon Laws for additional repairs, refunds, partial refunds (monetary damages) or replacement of a defective vehicle.”

    Zoeller said the states will be watching the GM bankruptcy carefully for similar issues.

    Indiana’s Lemon Laws

    Lemon Law rights, known as The Motor Vehicle Protection Act in Indiana, vary from state to state, but they generally apply for several years or up to certain mileage limits for new vehicles purchased or leased by consumers.

  122. rgb,
    I don’t think me wielding a bow and arrow would scare anyone which is why I bought a rifle i still don’t know how to shoot. LOL

    wbboei,
    I confess I’m disappointed by hRC.

    ANYONE!
    I can’t STAND to listen to BO’s speech but on another site I read that he said this;
    ‘I reject the view of some in the west, that a women who chooses to cover her hair is some how less equal”.
    Anyone know if he actually said that?????????

  123. “If hillary was representing our values, how come I saw her wearing a “schmata” of some sort on her head. Why would an important American statesperson allow herself to conform to their values?”

    ——————————

    Carol,

    Traditionally, anyone going into a religious structure follows dress code, et al out of respect and tolerance for other religions.

    At our synagogue, women wear head coverings and men where kipot. To not do so will not gain you entrance. It holds great historical and religious significance to practise this custom.

    As far as Hillary is concerned, she did the right and honorable thing. She is a representative of the U.S. government. Her position is that of dealing with many countries and said customs.

  124. wwoebi,

    I missed that one comment of Krauthammer. It is the idiot’s policy she is spouting.

    I stand corrected and thank you for pointing that out.

  125. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0609/23411.html

    Governor Sarah Palin paused Friday afternoon in front of a monument bearing the Declaration of Sentiments, an early feminist touchstone.

    “We anticipate no small amount of ridicule,” she read, and remarked: “Some things never change.”

    America’s most famous Republican elected official quietly took a commercial flight into sleepy Central New York Thursday and spent Friday on a private tour of landmarks of early feminism — Harriet Tubman’s house, the Women’s Rights National Historic Park, and the National Women’s Hall of Fame — for the low-key beginning of a week-long return to the lower 48 states and another step in the attempt to recalibrate her public image. [snip]

    But as the first woman on a national Republican ticket, the party’s top grass-roots star and an obvious contender for the 2012 nomination, she’s a sought-after guest whose every move will be studied for political intent. And for some, the buzz is too good to pass up. She’s expected to join former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani at a Yankee game. And though she riled Washington allies earlier this year by turning down an invitation to headline this week’s joint fundraiser of the House and Senate Republican campaign committees in Washington, she may now stop by the event, a source said, though Stapleton declined to comment on her schedule. [snip]

    “It was so recent, yet it feels so foreign,” she said of the time before women had the right to vote, standing in front of pictures of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott.

    Palin also remarked with pleasure on a black-and-white photograph of four women aiming pistols, and passed in silence under another of a woman holding aloft a sign reading, “Black lesbian feminist.”

    She then toured the National Women’s Hall of Fame a block away, concluding with a handshake for the town’s mayor, Diana Smith, and a word of cheer for “mommy mayors and girl governors.”

  126. If nothing else, this charleton of a president has opened up a whole new level of degradation of females, hate crimes/racial prejudice.

  127. More and more articles are now beginning to agree with our reaction to the latest Obama publicity stunt.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/06/world/middleeast/06mideast.html?hp

    Iran seems to be hurtling toward nuclear weapons capacity, Hezbollah could win Sunday’s election in Lebanon and Hamas is smuggling long-range rockets into Gaza again. So why is President Obama focusing such attention on the building of homes by Israeli Jews in the West Bank?

    That, in essence, is the question being angrily posed by the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and underscores one of the biggest shifts in American policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in three decades. While every administration has objected to Israeli settlement building in occupied lands, the Obama administration has selected it as the opening issue that could begin to untie the Gordian knot of the conflict. [snip]

    While stopping the bulldozers seems like a relatively easy request of Israel, it is politically dicey for Mr. Netanyahu and technically complicated. His governing coalition includes parties with right-wing constituencies whose central goal is to expand settlements. Moreover, 40 years of settlement building have created interlocking bureaucracies and constituencies that will be hard to stop.

    As Yossi Verter, a political analyst, put it in the liberal newspaper Haaretz on Friday, Mr. Netanyahu “will have to decide over the coming weeks whom he would rather pick a fight with: the powerful American administration, whose president sees himself in an almost messianic role, or his own coalition and members of his party.”

    Whether Mr. Netanyahu can do it and survive politically is not the only question here. A second is whether this new American approach holds any promise.

    “I am not a Greater Israel guy and I have no objection to dismantling settlements as part of a peace deal, but getting so hung up on freezing settlement growth is not wise because it is not the most important issue out there,” argued Efraim Inbar, director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar Ilan University.

    The far bigger concern, he said, is that the Palestinians are unable to make similar concessions because of their political divisions and weakness.

    Israelis have turned rightward and most analyses suggest that the reason is a growing fear of regional threats, notably Iranian-backed parties like Hezbollah and Hamas, on Israel’s borders.

    Sarah Honig, a columnist for The Jerusalem Post, a conservative paper, put it this way a week ago in a column: “Settlements aren’t the problem and removing them isn’t the solution. Israel foolishly dismantled 21 Gaza Strip settlements in 2005. Did peace blossom all over as a result? Precisely the reverse occurred. The razing of Israeli communities was regarded as terror’s triumph, expediting the Hamas takeover.”

  128. I suppose I am probably very niave, but I question why we never hear anything from any of the families of the 9/11 victims. What 3000 people died they had spouses parents, children, siblings, nephews , nieces and cousins.Yet I have not heard anything pro or con when it comes to bambi. How can it be? If there existed a stipulation banning a recipient of monies to speak to the media, but I cannot fathom that the neighbors-the cousins- the brother in law has no statement to make with regards to terrorism(is it still legal to use that word) or bambi’s overture to the mideast. Has there been a response and as every paper would bury it I may have missed?????

  129. I hope his about face miserly prejudice towards Israel slaps him in the face big time. Basically, I just hope he rots!

  130. JanH
    not jewish but as a gay man when I think of the number of young persons who suffered just today because of accepted interpretations of the Koran legitimized by waffles acknowledgement I am sick to my stomach. Said it before I knew close to 50 lawyers who got together to ride busses during the last election– all about gay rights. I will estimate and say 99.99% of them jumped on the bambi wagon. Funny thing we argued at the time and I said stand down. If you make Ohio a wedge issue the dems will lose the state. To me it was commen sense but alas I was not listened to and well we all know what happened in Ohio. None of my former lawyer friends has responded to a single email since bambi won

  131. Clinton to attend G8 meeting alongside Iran: US

    WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States confirmed Friday that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will attend a meeting of Group of Eight foreign ministers in Italy at the end of June alongside Iran’s diplomatic mission.

    “Yes, the secretary will attend,” said State Department spokesman PJ Crowley.

    Italy officially invited Iran on Thursday to the meeting which will deal with the crises in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Italy, which is holding the G8’s rotating presidency, is hosting the meeting to be held June 25-27 in the northeastern city of Trieste.

    Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said in May that Clinton was in favor of inviting Iran to the meeting.

    The G8 groups the world’s leading industrialized nations, the United States, Canada, Japan, Russia, Britain, Germany, France and Italy. Some 20 other countries have been invited to the meeting, including China, Egypt, India, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

    google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h2NFB0uKIBFcwwirjsjzJfiw6Cpw

  132. Intelligence pick bows out over CIA tactic ties

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gKb8yA95LYLoB_RghzDwem05wN4QD98KOO3G1

  133. June 5, 2009

    White House Set to Appoint a Pay Czar

    By DEBORAH SOLOMON

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration plans to appoint a “Special Master for Compensation” to ensure that companies receiving federal bailout funds are abiding by executive-pay guidelines, according to people familiar with the matter.

    The administration is expected to name Kenneth Feinberg, who oversaw the federal government’s compensation fund for victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, to act as a pay czar for the Treasury Department, these people said. Kenneth Feinberg, who oversaw payouts to 9/11 victims, will keep tabs on executive pay at companies in bailout. Mr. Feinberg’s appointment could be announced as early as next week, when the administration is expected to release executive-compensation guidelines for firms receiving aid from the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program. Those companies, which include banks, insurers and auto makers, are subject to a host of compensation restrictions imposed by the Bush and Obama administrations and by Congress.

    Wall Street has been anxiously awaiting more details on how the rules will be applied. “The law is confusing and a bit ambiguous, and so we’re looking for certainty as to how to structure pay incentives,” said Scott Talbott, senior vice president of government affairs for the Financial Services Roundtable, a trade association.

    The move comes amid a series of sometimes-overlapping efforts to curb pay at financial firms following perceived industry excesses that led to the lending boom and bust. The Obama administration earlier this year issued guidelines that include limiting salary for top executives at some firms receiving TARP funds and requiring that additional pay be in the form of restricted stock, vesting only after the company repays its debt, with interest, to the government. Congress then chimed in with even tougher rules curbing bonuses for top earners at firms receiving TARP money. As part of that effort, lawmakers barred those firms from paying top earners bonuses that equal more than a third of their total compensation.

    The White House has been wrestling with how to marry those two efforts, which in combination are more punitive than administration officials had intended. The government is also pursuing a separate revamping of financial-sector rules that could change industry compensation practices more broadly. For instance, the Federal Reserve is considering rules that would curb banks’ ability to pay employees in a way that would threaten the “safety and soundness” of the bank.

    Mr. Feinberg is expected to focus on pay restrictions related to firms receiving TARP bailout funds, helping companies to interpret the rules and ensure that they are being followed. For instance, companies have been confused about whether to pay 2008 bonuses, since restrictions on incentive pay didn’t go into effect until early 2009. Some firms have made the payments while others have held off. Many firms are also unsure whether the “top earners” targeted by Congress include rank-and-file employees or just executives.

    — Kathryn Reagan Mr. Feinberg will report to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, but he is expected to have wide discretion on how the rules should be interpreted. Firms likely won’t be able to appeal decisions that Mr. Feinberg makes to Mr. Geithner, according to people familiar with the matter. Mr. Feinberg, founder and managing partner of the law firm Feinberg Rozen LLP, spent several years overseeing payouts totaling more than $7 billion to victims of the 9/11 attacks. He personally reviewed every claim, approving or denying awards and allocating sums to be paid out of the Treasury.

    online.wsj.com/article/SB124416737421887739.html

  134. JanH
    don’t give a rats ass about them but I care a lot about some little people and I am becoming frightened at what kind of a world will await them.
    I also care about the confused twelve year old little boy somewhere who cannot turn to his family or community and will end up in a truck stop with a straight man being diminished all the more. Exposing himself to abuse or worse death. To me bambi not demanding certain basic rules with regards to behaivor is in itself a justification of the abuses. I bet in the time since you left your message a young gay islamic man was a vistim. It all just maKES ME SAD. i DO NOT NEED OR WANT TO UNDERSTAND OR FORGIVE OR ACCEPT A RELIGION WHICH CALLS ME VILE. aND i WILL NOT

  135. JanH
    sorry about the caps
    didnot mean to yell– you get so far here and cannot read your own post, but all I wanted to say is I truely ache for the children who are gay whose lives will be at best repressed.
    I am lucky fortunate , blessed whatever I do not know but my very best friend is 2 and a half and when she went potty I took her to lincoln centet. Way way way up cheap seats and we left after about twenty minutes. Commoners we had McD’s afterwards and chatted. We are on the poor side but

  136. Obama now has over 15 czars…WTH? who does he think he is a king in Russia?
    they report to him – no congressional oversight and one can only imagine how much they all cost with their staffs, etc…as someone said today, why bother having a cabinet with all these czars…

    does he just get to pull all these power trips and no one reigns him in…calling the Congress? what happened to all that criticism of an imperial Presidency the left has been screaming about for the last few years??

    seems like he is creating his own little empire within the WH – skipping past the USA and going right for ruler of the world

  137. JanH
    she got to have an experience.
    I guess what I want to say is fuck all stimulas shit unless it reaches the kids.
    By the way round trip from Pittsburgh to New York for me and a little one with a trip to lincoln center, the ferry to Staten Island and 4 meals cost me about 110. — Almost as much as it costs for 4 people to go to the movies.

  138. S
    Above my pay grade as I am simply a taxpayer but a friend of mine said for every job bambi creates there will be ten beneath him and a hundred and so forth. So when it comes to election time people are going to vote to keep the job they have. And that doesn’t even touch upon all of the businesses that make money as a result. We are screwed. He has already socialized America. hE PUT A BAND-AID ON SOMETHING THAT NEEDED THE AIR TO HEAL.;.

  139. basil, carol: there are some things to watch: first the requirements of local custom: second the requirements of organizational behavior; third not what she says but how she says it–there is nuance here. Remember what she has said in the past–that nothwithstanding her own views in the primary, he is president and therefore we will try it his way. You can be sure she is exerting influence internally. Also, Jarret is not the chief diplomat of the administration, she is just staff. It is irrelevant how she dresses.

  140. When his juvenile diplomatic house of cards falls down on him, it will be because of his policies and not Hillary’s. She’s following orders but covering herself in the process.

  141. For those not happy to see Hillary in captivity and still with wounded hearts – a morose love song in the night to Hillary:

  142. wbb

    I guess I see it differently. It is not that she is being pressured by anyone. Praising the speech publicly is strictly forma. It comes with the job. She is a strong leader. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that she is expressing her views to him forcefully. That is her way. But he is trying it his own way, and it will not work. That is the real story of what is happening now, for me at least.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    JanH

    Traditionally, anyone going into a religious structure follows dress code, et al out of respect and tolerance for other religions.

    At our synagogue, women wear head coverings and men where kipot. To not do so will not gain you entrance. It holds great historical and religious significance to practise this custom.

    As far as Hillary is concerned, she did the right and honorable thing. she did the right and honorable thing. She is a representative of the U.S. government. Her position is that of dealing with many countries and said customs.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I agree with both comments on our Secretary of State’s choice to respect other people’s values. She’s a diplomat for cripes sakes. As we’ve said before, Hillary is not a petty person and most likely why she has been so successful- she focuses in on the bigger picture.. always!

  143. Wondering why MoBo hired a new Chief of Staff. She recently replaced Jackie Norris with Susan Sher, one of her old Chicago malfriends. Norris, is apparently seeking real CHANGE… in the private sector as Senior Adviser to the National Corporation for Community Service. A quantum upward leap from her previous position, I’d say!

    There definitely is a story lurking in there somewhere. hmm…

    h…w… politicsdaily.com/2009/06/05/michelle-obamas-chief-of-staff-shake-up/

  144. Admin,
    Love the video from above. Ah yes her interview on Iran I just shake my head at what a disgrace this
    woman is not president! What a disgrace we live in a nation where two strong women running for office
    Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin can be so disrespected and thrown under a bus for this lieing manipulative cheat of a president who cant see past a teleprompter. The media has such a scary powerful presence on this nation its alarming.

  145. Re. The Cairo Speech

    1. If obamas goal was to promote a two state solution, then the speech was counterproductive. In fact, it was so bad it killed any prospects for a deal. Why? Simple: to achieve that result both parties must agree. Yet the tone he adopted, and the examples he chose inflamed Israel, and did not inspire the Arab street.

    2. In fact, it was so bad that I am sceptical that he even wants a deal. If he wanted a deal he would never equate Israeli actions with the Holocaust, nor would he describe terrorists as the resistance. Nor would he put the blame on the United States because that diminishes our capacity to broker a deal and empowers the terrorists. Nor would he fail to mention Iran. And I am sure that his minions are desperately trying to assure Israel the same thing Goolsby told the Canadian Minister about his NAFTA remarks, namely do not worry nothing will change, this is just for public consumption. But here it will not work.

    3. The question then becomes this: if he does not want a deal on a two state solution despite his claim that he does, then what does he want? I believe he wants to be perceived as the leader of the Muslim world with its billion people. In that case, his decision to take Israel and the United States constitutes a direct appeal to the Arab street. In that case, his real motive may be to become another Saladin. Granted, this would not be a normal reaction. But in his case, he is so consumed with the issue of race, his ancestors were Arabic slave traders, and is such a sociopath that it does not seem the least bit farfetched. This is ABM 90’s theory and I am beginning to wake up to it.

  146. Krauthammer, a psychiatrist by training, has this assessment of Obama which lends further support the theory that his real goal is to become the leader of the muslim world.

    “What I worry about is that Obama will glory in his connection to Islam and make a personal connection to it rather than a connection on behalf of America . . . which has already caused him to blame America and denegrate his country on foreign soil which a leader should never do. ” (above vide @ 2540 et seq).

  147. Be so subtle that you are invisible.
    Be so mysterious that you are intangible.
    Then you will control your rival’s fate.”

    Sun Tzu,

    The Art of War (c. 509 BC)

  148. wbboei
    did Krauthammer have a spinal injury? Often when he speaks and he speaks quite well I am mesmerized by his posture. I had always assumed there had been something, but damn the man when I am laying about as a sloth on my loveseat and he comes on I become so aware of the fact that I am a slouch.

  149. The Supreme Court might be the ones to take Obama’s illegalities to task because they are the last power center independent of him, even as he will be able to begin to influence the makeup of the Court.

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

    They had their chance with the birth certficate, but didn’t.

  150. BARF ALERT!!!!!!!!

    Apparently, Newsweek editor Evan Thomas said on the Tweetie show,

    “I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above – above the world, he’s sort of God.”

    I wish I knew the code for a barf smilie.

  151. A burkha-clad fanatic shouts obscenities at people attending a memorial event for slain Arkansas solider, William Long.

    No mention of this in BM.

    youtube dot com/watch?v=mqopnIAnmAw&eurl

    From Geller:

    ‘It is fascinating watching the mainstream jihad-loving media spin the story of the Muslim convert who attacked a military recruiting station in Arkansas, shot and killed a US soldier, and targeted Jewish organizations, a Baptist church, a child care center, a post office and military recruiting centers in the southeastern U.S., New York and Philadelphia, according to a joint FBI-Homeland Security intelligence assessment obtained by The Associated Press.’

  152. ABM,

    I have been watching footage of BO and jugjaw at the D-Day memorial event and I can only imagine how repulsed you must be by this gum-chewing, clueless, unqualified, undeserving fraud and his for-the-first-time-in-my-adult-life-I’m-proud-of-my country wife representing the sacrifices of so many thousand American soldiers 65 years ago.

    I’d like to thank you for your service.

  153. What a disgrace that Queen Elizabeth, who FOUGHT during WW11, was not invited to the ceremony.
    What a disgrace to see I’ve never been proud of my country jugjaw scowling and frowning.
    Nauseating.

    A deliberate snub of our biggest ally. My mother lived through the London blitz and was part of the land army, as was everyone in England. This is disgusting. What was the fight for? To give this POS control of the most powerful country in the world?

  154. # wbboei Says:
    June 6th, 2009 at 3:17 am

    Krauthammer, a psychiatrist by training, has this assessment of Obama which lends further support the theory that his real goal is to become the leader of the muslim world.

    “What I worry about is that Obama will glory in his connection to Islam and make a personal connection to it rather than a connection on behalf of America . . . which has already caused him to blame America and denegrate his country on foreign soil which a leader should never do. ” (above vide @ 2540 et seq).
    ————————————-

    That would explain a lot of things, wouldn’t it? The Saudis were not content with having white, christian guys in the WH licking their feet, now they have a “Muslim” mouthpiece right where they need him bamboozling their own masses (even as far as Indonesia) from no less a place than the WH. I wonder how Indian Muslims feel about this guy. My sense is that they are not impressed.

  155. Basil, found the link, it is on newsbusters.

    wbboei, one more piece in the puzzle to 0bama’s motives. Osama delivered on his promise to his constituency with 9/11, but can Obama deliver on his promise of being God as Thomas calls him?

    [Evan]Thomas elaborated on Obama as God, patronizingly explaining: “He’s going to bring all different sides together…Obama is trying to sort of tamper everything down. He doesn’t even use the word terror. He uses extremism. He’s all about let us reason together…He’s the teacher. He is going to say, ‘now, children, stop fighting and quarreling with each other.’ And he has a kind of a moral authority that he – he can – he can do that.” In response, Matthews wondered: “If there’s a world election between him and Osama Bin Laden, he’s running a good campaign.” Thomas agreed: “Yes, he is.”

  156. Sarkozy is delivering a brilliant, emotional, authentic , heartfelt speech.

    He recognizes the US sacrifice and significance far more than the POTUS.

    He called BO a ‘symbol’ of America’s sacrifice and mentioned his great uncle.

    A moving speech.

  157. Women insulted and dismissed yet again in the symbolic snub of Queen Elizabeth.

    Instead we get jugjaw.

  158. basil9 many thanks for your kind words
    I would like to speak up on my thoughts about Hillary.She is doing just fine as SOS and is supporting the party as she should as a cabinet member.For her to critisize would be detrimental for her eventual rise to the presidency.For her to run and win as the nations choice for POTUS OBama must not be impeached or run out of office but must fill out his term in order to avoid the rules of succession and save us from Biden Pelosi.Hillary will enjoe the return of all of her supporters and a large share of the AA votes that will have figured out just how much he has hurt this country and the world around us.So just sit back and let him self destruct and Hillary will be our choice in 2012.It will be a hard choice to let him go on but we need her to restore our country,s stability and trust by the world leaders.

    By ABM90 Do I hear a second?

  159. OH JEEZ!!!!!

    It’s hard to find anything funny about this ceremony by PM Brown just called OMAHA beach OBAMA beach.

    ROTF

    They are ALL getting their digs in and showing their contemopt for dear leader, IMHO.
    (But NOT for Americans and American soldiers) (On the contrary, these 3 speakers have displayed more respect for the US in a few minutes than BO has during his entire life)

  160. BO has his index finger raised over his lips like he’s thinking. “Oh Sh!t! Where’s TOTUS when I need him?”

    (Of course BM will spin this as his triumph, we all know that, but this event showcased brilliant proven leaders and BO doesn’t look too good compared to them, IMHO)

  161. They are ALL getting their digs in and showing their contemopt for dear leader, IMHO.
    —————–

    basil, tell us more!! 🙂

  162. His speech is cold, impersonal, detached, academic and generic, like his speechwriter compiled a bunch of D-Day FAQS from Wklipedia.

    What a POS!

    He has nothing personal to say becasue he doesn’t recognize or acknowledge the signifcance of the American Sacrifice.

    Like his jusgjaw spouse, he’s never been proud of his country.

    btw – i THINMK totus ARRIVED)I

  163. There he goes again.

    “The nations that rose against Hitler were not perfect. They made their share of mistakes.”

  164. You can tell as he mechanically recites the stories of the soldiers selected by his speechwriters to highlight that he doesn’t give a d@mn about their sacrifice.

    There he goes, talking about his grandmother, his uncle, his great uncle working to win the war.

    And you know it he doesn’t give a sh!t.

    I can’t listen anymore.

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