Michelle Obama Shakeup Shakedown; Barack Obama Shakedown Shakeup

When Bobby Rush defeated Barack Obama (Bobby Rush called Obama “an educated fool”, Bill Clinton campaigned for Bobby Rush, which might explain Obama’s hate of Bill) for a congressional race, Michelle recognized what she was married to and Obama recognized what he was married to. We agree with Bobby Rush, Michelle, and Barack in their assessements:

“She was angry at his selfishness and careerism; he thought she was cold and ungrateful.”

That Obama/Michelle assessment by the people who know best is pretty much what we have been saying for a long time.

Barack Obama with his recent, never ending attacks on Bill Clinton has clearly never forgotten that congressional race he lost. It appears Bobby Rush has not forgotten that race either. On June 4, 2009 Bobby Rush struck. Michelle should be worried:

Bobby Rush, who beat Obama in his run for Congress, has a complicated relationship with his most famous constituent, and it’s not getting any warmer: The Sun-Times reports that he’s calling for an investigation of a hospital program closely linked to Michelle Obama and the president’s inner circle

The news must have sparked a new round of sleeve yanking by Michelle.

Rep. Bobby Rush has called for a congressional hearing into allegations that the University of Chicago Medical Center refused treatment to low-income, uninsured patients.

The issue has been a widespread problem in hospitals throughout the country, Rush said in the May 25 letter to Rep. Ed Towns (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Rush said “the pervasive impact of patient dumping are felt especially in more recent times, when so many Americans suffer under extreme economic hardship and diminishing access to health care.”

At issue is the hospital’s Urban Health Initiative, which steers patients who lack private insurance — primarily poor blacks — to other facilities.

The move puts Rush at odds with several people in President Obama’s inner circle. First lady Michelle Obama, as an executive at the U. of C. Hospitals, helped create the program. White House adviser Valerie Jarrett signed off on the program when she was the hospital board’s chairwoman. White House senior adviser David Axelrod was hired to promote the program. And Obama’s buddy Dr. Eric Whitaker currently runs the program.

In February, the American College of Emergency Physicians said it was concerned that the policy was “dangerously close to patient dumping” and “reflected an effort to ‘cherry pick’ wealthy patients over poor.”

Healthcare advocates should consider that Obama-style “patient dumping” as a warning regarding Obama and health care (recall 15 Million Lies). Further, health care advocates should remember that,

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

As soon as Bobby Rush called for an investigation, Michelle Obama started to circle the wagons:

First lady Michelle Obama has replaced her chief of staff with a longtime Chicago friend in a major shakeup of the East Wing Staff.

Jackie Norris, who bonded with Obama during the 2008 primary campaign, has been replaced by Susan Sher, who worked with Obama at the University of Chicago. Sher had been providing legal advice to the administration as well as working on health care reform. [snip]

In the same statement announcing the staff swap, Sher said: “Mrs. Obama and I have worked together for many years on issues that we both care deeply about and I appreciate the opportunity to be of greater service to her and this Administration.”


Patients, prepare to be dumped. Bobby Rush prepare to be stonewalled.

Imagine that, an investigation at the University of Chicago Medical Center is called for, and Michelle plucks cronys out of the line of fire.

Replacing Norris as chief of staff will be Mrs. Obama’s longtime friend Susan Sher. Sher joined the administration as an associate counsel to the president. Sher and Mrs. Obama worked together at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

As Obama enabler David Brooks for once wisely stated:

All smart analyses of the Obama administration begin with Chicago. That’s where the top members of the administration were tested and formed. The Chicago mentality is the one they take with them wherever they go.

Too bad Brooks and his Big Media pals preferred to pal around with unqualified Obama to polish their hip, not nerd, credentials, instead of vetting the Chicago politician with all those odd friends helping to pave and pay his way.

Now, some “journalists” are beginning to recognize what we spotted from the first. For instance, recall how we have stated repeatedly that the “stimulus” scam was about the 2010 elections, not the economy. Only now does that rather trite observation achieve credence with “journalist” “watch dogs”.

Since Congress passed President Barack Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus bill in February, administration officials have traveled to at least 66 events across the country to tout the massive spending program or hand out stimulus cash to grateful local officials.

But a POLITICO examination of the travel reveals a distinctly political trend line: Top officials have hosted events predominantly in states that Obama won in 2008.

What’s more, the examination revealed that Obama officials all but avoided Southern states that Obama lost.[snip]

Still, the stimulus bill has the potential to be a publicity bonanza for the Obama administration for years to come — through the 2010 midterm elections and beyond. As of mid-May, the administration had spent only 6 percent of the money Congress allotted for the program, and the White House says officials will continue to travel the country until all of the money is spent.

Other administrations have trumpeted their largess for political benefit. But Obama has extracted trillions (not billions or millions), trillions from American taxpayers and run up the debt and deficit by trillions.

“It’s always great to play Santa Claus when the sack is bottomless,” said Jack Pitney, a professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College in California.

Trouble is, the sack is empty and borrowing more every day. The Obama scams however are bottomless.

Taxpayers, like car owners and consumer groups are learning every day about Chicago style shakedowns and sly thefts:

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 protectio
n, 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.

The shakedowns and shakeups and shakes are just beginning.

American consumers and patients and taxpayers better get used to the Obama shakey or learn to fight back.

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175 thoughts on “Michelle Obama Shakeup Shakedown; Barack Obama Shakedown Shakeup

  1. The problem with the dead souls at Politico is they do not condemn the traitor’s use of public stimulus money to corrupt the 2010 election, rather they seem to applaud it as smart politics, which means they are not only late, but on the side of this ebulent nazi. Politico is a Washington Post organization. Politico is the employer of ratboy todd. Politico is a futher proof that Kessler is wrong when he applauds Washington Post as a credible institution. They are not.

  2. ok, He finished so I can watch again.

    An announce,ent was just made that a wreath would be laid at the tomb of an unknown soldier.

    BO popped up immediately while the other 4 waited for the end of the announcement.

    Then he led them down the corridor shaking hands with people like he was on the campaign trail.

    None of the others di that. he has no respect.

    REPEAT from other thread:

    Brown flubbed (purposefully) and called OMAHA beach OBAMA beach,,

    I have played TAPS at 911 ceremonies and the bugler today brought tears to my eyes. i don’t know how he finished it.

  3. My play-by-play account of the D-Day ceremony for those who are interested.

    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.

    ********************************************
    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?

    *****************************************
    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.
    ************************************************
    Women insulted and dismissed yet again in the symbolic snub of Queen Elizabeth.
    Instead we get jugjaw.
    Canada’s PM delivers the speech in English AND FRENCH!
    BO doesn’t look happy.
    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 contempt 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)
    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)
    ****************************************
    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 because he doesn’t recognize or acknowledge the significance of the American Sacrifice.
    Like his jusgjaw spouse, he’s never been proud of his country.
    There he goes again.
    “The nations that rose against Hitler were not perfect. They made their share of mistakes.”
    Criticizing the west.
    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.

  4. Henry–the answer to the question you raised about his paralysis is here. It was a diving accident. Wikkopedia.

    You may wish to note that when he was in practice, he and a colleague discovered a new kind of medical disorder which they subsequently catalogued for a medical journal.

    What this suggests to me is that Krauthammer is not merely a trained pyschiatrist, but a world class diagnostitician of mental disorders.

    It therefore follows that his concerns about Bambi’s mental state–namely that he will adopt a personal attachment to the Muslim world adverse to American interests are based on clinical observation by a qualified medical expert and are therefore worthy of belief.

    The empircal evidence obvious to laymen like us confirms Dr. Krauthammers diagnosis.
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    Charles Krauthammer is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist, a doctor of psychiatry, and a prominent political commentator. His weekly column appears in the The Washington Post and is syndicated in more than 200 newspapers and media outlets.[1] He is a contributing editor to the Weekly Standard and The New Republic. He is a Fox news contributor, a regular panelist on Fox’s evening news program Special Report with Bret Baier and a weekly panelist on Inside Washington.[2]

    Krauthammer was born on March 13, 1950 in New York City[3][4]. He was raised in Montreal, Canada where he attended Herzliah High School and McGill University and obtained an honors degree in political science and economics in 1970. From 1970 to 1971, he was a Commonwealth Scholar in politics at Balliol College, Oxford. He later moved to the United States, where he attended Harvard Medical School. Suffering a paralyzing diving accident in his first year of medical school, he was hospitalized for a year, during which time he continued his medical studies.[5] He graduated with his class, earning an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1975, and then began working as a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital. In October 1984, he became board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

    From 1975-1978, Krauthammer was a Resident and then a Chief Resident in Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital. During this time he and a colleague identified a form of mania resulting from a concomitant medical illness, rather than a primary inherent disorder, which they named “secondary mania”[6] and published a second important paper on the epidemiology of manic illness.[7] The standard textbook for bipolar disease (Manic Depressive Illness by Goodwin and Jamison)[8] contains twelve references to his work.

    In 1978, Krauthammer quit medical practice to direct planning in psychiatric research for the Jimmy Carter administration, and began contributing to The New Republic magazine. During the presidential campaign of 1980, Krauthammer served as a speech writer to Vice President Walter Mondale.

    In January 1981, Krauthammer began his journalistic career, joining The New Republic as a writer and editor. His New Republic writings won the 1984 “National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticism.” In 1983, he began writing essays for Time magazine. In 1985, he began a weekly column for the Washington Post for which he won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for commentary.

    In 2006, the Financial Times named Krauthammer the most influential commentator in America,[9] saying “Krauthammer has influenced US foreign policy for more than two decades. He coined and developed ‘The Reagan Doctrine’ in 1985 and he defined the US role as sole superpower in his essay, ‘The Unipolar Moment’, published shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Krauthammer’s 2004 speech ‘Democratic Realism’, which was delivered to the American Enterprise Institute when Krauthammer won the Irving Kristol Award, set out a framework for tackling the post 9/11 world, focusing on the promotion of democracy in the Middle East.”

    Charles Krauthammer is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist, a doctor of psychiatry, and a prominent political commentator. His weekly column appears in the The Washington Post and is syndicated in more than 200 newspapers and media outlets.[1] He is a contributing editor to the Weekly Standard and The New Republic. He is a Fox news contributor, a regular panelist on Fox’s evening news program Special Report with Bret Baier and a weekly panelist on Inside Washington.[2]

    Krauthammer was born on March 13, 1950 in New York City[3][4]. He was raised in Montreal, Canada where he attended Herzliah High School and McGill University and obtained an honors degree in political science and economics in 1970. From 1970 to 1971, he was a Commonwealth Scholar in politics at Balliol College, Oxford. He later moved to the United States, where he attended Harvard Medical School. Suffering a paralyzing diving accident in his first year of medical school, he was hospitalized for a year, during which time he continued his medical studies.[5] He graduated with his class, earning an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1975, and then began working as a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital. In October 1984, he became board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

    From 1975-1978, Krauthammer was a Resident and then a Chief Resident in Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital. During this time he and a colleague identified a form of mania resulting from a concomitant medical illness, rather than a primary inherent disorder, which they named “secondary mania”[6] and published a second important paper on the epidemiology of manic illness.[7] The standard textbook for bipolar disease (Manic Depressive Illness by Goodwin and Jamison)[8] contains twelve references to his work.

    In 1978, Krauthammer quit medical practice to direct planning in psychiatric research for the Jimmy Carter administration, and began contributing to The New Republic magazine. During the presidential campaign of 1980, Krauthammer served as a speech writer to Vice President Walter Mondale.

    In January 1981, Krauthammer began his journalistic career, joining The New Republic as a writer and editor. His New Republic writings won the 1984 “National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticism.” In 1983, he began writing essays for Time magazine. In 1985, he began a weekly column for the Washington Post for which he won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for commentary.

    In 2006, the Financial Times named Krauthammer the most influential commentator in America,[9] saying “Krauthammer has influenced US foreign policy for more than two decades. He coined and developed ‘The Reagan Doctrine’ in 1985 and he defined the US role as sole superpower in his essay, ‘The Unipolar Moment’, published shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Krauthammer’s 2004 speech ‘Democratic Realism’, which was delivered to the American Enterprise Institute when Krauthammer won the Irving Kristol Award, set out a framework for tackling the post 9/11 world, focusing on the promotion of democracy in the Middle East.”

  5. LMAO!!!!!!!

    The OBAMA BEACH comment by Gordon Brown is headline at DRUDGE!

    You KNOW that wasn’t a mistake! hehehehehe

  6. Apologies for my cynicism but I turned the sound off halfway through BO’s speech and apparently he spoke about an American D-Day veteran who had gone to the cemetery in France yesterday and then passed away in his sleep.

    Sounds like a granny moment to me. Remember when she oh-so-conveniently died during the campaign and yet he didn’t attend the funeral until weeks later?

  7. ABM,

    I hope you are right.

    “So just sit back and let him self destruct and Hillary will be our choice in 2012.”

  8. Bambi has no connection to d-day other than the relative who has the good sense to disown him for the anti American fool he is. It is unseemly to have this bozo over there speaking on behalf of a country his wife never admired until he became president reading someone else’s words, and expessing emotions he does not feel, about an experiences he cannot relate to, and secretly rejects. It is a small skit in the Theatre of the Absurd. For me however his finest line was the nations that rose against Germany (lest we forget it was not just Hitler) were not perfect (either). This is the same kind of false moral equivalency that reduces what is barbaric to what is trivial, and dismisses morality with false comparisons. In that sense he is not unlike the Al Pacino character in The Devils Advocate.

  9. Basil: hot air from him, or his big media cronies cannot suspend the law of gravity. Remember the childs story of Humpty Dumpty. He is a fool and his stupidity, arrogance, ego, and actions threaten too many interests for this to go on indefinitely. The bigger this ego grows, and the more sociopathology consumes him, the sooner the day of reckoning will occur. The stimulus he is subjected to on a daily basis will only hasten matters. When the polls slip, he will go nuts.

  10. Wbboei,

    What you said!

    “It is unseemly to have this bozo over there speaking on behalf of a country his wife never admired until he became president reading someone else’s words, and expessing emotions he does not feel, about an experiences he cannot relate to, and secretly rejects.”

    BTW, whaddaya think about Brown calling Omaha beach OBAMA Beach?

    I’ll be back later after I cover the local Agricultural Machinery Festival.
    I may even get to see my first ever tractor-pull. LOL

  11. My point got lost in the above post: the false moral equivalency he makes between Nazi Germany and the allies by boldly asserting they were not perfect is no different really than what big media let him get away with during the campaign. You may think that is a throw away line. It is not the precise words which stop short of saying what he is really saying, it is the inuendo they convey which is moral equivalency, and an opening to continue his relentless attack on the American tradition in order to destroy it. How Alinsky is that. Go to an event which was intended to commemorate the American tradition and deliver a speech which is subtley intended to undermine that tradition in order to advance his own personal agenda. That is his real game.

  12. BTW, whaddaya think about Brown calling Omaha beach OBAMA Beach?
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    I think he is a wack job–but a piker as wack jobs go compared to Bambi. My speculation would be that he is expressing the growing sentiment among Eurpean leaders to Bambis arrogant presumption that he alone speaks for the world, and the landmarks in the stuggle for life and against darkness made by all nations at one time or another are merely footprints in the sand, unless they are blessed by his holiness. Europeans are an arrogant lot in their own right, they are walking history books, and are not keen on this inexperienced upstart tampling on holy ground. But they will humor him and look for ways to exploit his naivetee to their own advantage. If the starts going over their heads to their own populations, they will have further cause to bring him down. The status quo never likes to get upstaged, and for sure they know an ugly American when they see one.

  13. wbboei, I left you couple of comments at the end of the previous thread. Mostly Evan Thomas, making the comment that Obama is the anti-dote to Osama. So all this speechifying to the Muslim world is a different kind of “Bring it on” to Osama and his cronies. But the problem is Obama does not have the serious personality nor the strong leadership to bring others together to counter Osama, especially when Saudis are playing a double game. On the other hand Osama’s goals are easier achieved than Obama’s. Look at their Nov effort in Mumbai.

  14. wbboei

    Maybe apoligizing, and calling his country people in essence Ugly American’s, he is using reverse psycology, so that he does not look like the Ugly American that he appears to be.

  15. wbboei, I left you couple of comments at the end of the previous thread. Mostly Evan Thomas, making the comment that Obama is the anti-dote to Osama. So all this speechifying to the Muslim world is a different kind of “Bring it on” to Osama and his cronies. But the problem is Obama does not have the serious personality nor the strong leadership to bring others together to counter Osama, especially when Saudis are playing a double game. On the other hand Osama’s goals are easier achieved than Obama’s. Look at their Nov effort in Mumbai.
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    Twenty years ago or more, I met with some people with Levi Strauss company, to help them figure out their labor relations problems.

    They are an old venerated San Francisco company. They were founded during the California Gold Rush. They produced fine products for consumers. Their personnel policies were strongly pro employee.

    They had a progressive CEO. He reached out to the new leader of the union UNITE–the so called needle trades. They met and recognized the changes confronting the industry, including competiton from off shore. They wanted to preserve union jobs as long as they could. But the negative bargaining environment did not foster that goal.

    Consequently, the new CEO and the new leader of the international union took a bold step. They jointly agreed to a memorandum of understanding which spelled out the terms of a labor relations partnership which was intended to keep the company competitive and protect American jobs. No one could argue with that. And yet after they issued that MOU they quickly discovered that the lofty words were not in and of themselves self enforcing.

    Upon closer scrutiny, they discovered the problem which was cultural, historical, political and personal. The bargaining history was surprisingly adversarial. Those who rose to positions of responsibility in that environment whether labor or management were products of that culture and conformed to its norms. You could do joint training to teach them new ways, you could provide incentives, you could move new people in, but in the final analysis it was an uphill battle.

    In the case of the Middle East, Obama cannot win a war of words against Osama. He does not have street cred. He does not have roots in that culture. He does not have the religious background. He does not have the organizational infrastruture to implement such a program. He does not have the television oriented american idol addicted audience that he has here. When Osama says Obama is the tool of capitalists it will be believed.

    If that is the game, then Obama cannot win.

  16. That said, all that Obama may be looking for here is a Potemkin village, which is to say not a real solution, but a facade he can present to the world that he made introduced change–as evidenced by a media enhanced paper moon over a cardboard sea in the spectacle of images which is intended to preempt critical analyisis. But that is a fools errand because reality will not allow it to go on indefinitely, and when it implodes it will be much worse than it was before.

  17. Maybe apoligizing, and calling his country people in essence Ugly American’s, he is using reverse psycology, so that he does not look like the Ugly American that he appears to be.
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    Which is Krauthammers point. No other leader in the world goes out of his way to diss his own country (which begs the question) on foreign soil. In some circles it is contra bonus mores, but to me it is a form of treason.

  18. ABM: can you call me when you have a chance. I have tried to call you several times to see how you are doing. The number I have is not accurate. I keep reaching this Mexican gentleman, he is very nice, but I hate to keep bothering him.

  19. Taipan Daily: “Delta House” Congress Could Send the U.S. Into Hyper Inflation
    by Sara Nunnally, Senior Research Director, Taipan Publishing Group

    This week, the jobless rate hit 9.4%, the highest rate in more than 25 years. Oddly, stocks were up on the news, as the wires were spinning this data with the “less worse” angle. It’s the new “good” as Adam Lass wrote in Taipan Daily this week.

    “It’s kind of like the line from the old blues song: ‘I’ve been down in the gutter so long, the curb looks like up to me.’ To these sunny-minded optimists, “a little less bad” is the new ‘good.’”

    If the economy appears to not get any worse, it must be getting better, right? Our astute editors aren’t falling for that line.

    Rather, they’re letting the truth out of the bag on hyperinflation… on junior gold stocks… on government takeovers… on the “recovery”… and on who really controls how much money is flooding into the market.

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    Hyper Gains From Hyperinflation

    It’s coming… And the stakes are getting bigger and bigger now. Hyperinflation. One doomsday analyst is 100% sure that we’re going into hyperinflation, and even if his prediction is only half as bad as he says it will be, we could be staring down the barrel of 115 million percent inflation!

    Adam Lass says that although he doesn’t know for a fact that this monumental disaster will happen, “unfortunately, it appears that this is exactly the road Washington is headed down as fast as its million little feet can carry it.”

    Just how are investor supposed to deal with hyperinflation? Adam Lass has a way to make “hyper gains” during hyperinflation, and you can learn about it here…

    Obama’s $400 tax cut = your $15,520 in FREE CASH

    How you could turn the modest sum his “stimulus plan” offers you into 38 times your money before June 30th…

    Will Junior Gold Stocks Take the Crown?

    In the latest race for haven-like assets, gold has once again taken top standings. But with so many different ways to invest in gold, how do you know which has the most potential for your portfolio?

    In an exclusive interview with Crisis Trader editor Christian DeHaemer, Justice Litle takes on junior gold stocks and how they can give gold investor an edge.

    Is your portfolio diversified with junior gold stocks? Chances are it is. Justice Litle and Christian DeHaemer lay out what you need to know about this sector here…

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    Government Motors Is Dead. Long Live Government Motors

    The toppling of the great American giant automaker, General Motors, came after a three-decade long death march, says Justice Litle. It’s corporate obesity that led to its downfall. After 80 years as top automaker, GM got so big and bulky, it thought it would remain forever.

    Justice said the company made long-term deals that gave more and more power and money to unions and politicians… And started its slow transformation to become Government Motors.

    Is this the first transformation of many? Is GM the tipping point for America to slide into Marxism? Justice Litle answers that charge here…

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    The Truth Behind the Second Valley Theorem

    With government officials calling for the end of the recession, Adam Lass says economists are having trouble forming a consensus. Like cats in a burlap bag, he says, there’s a lot of sound and apparent action, but little benefit.

    The struggle is between “The V-shaped bottom” folks and “The Second Valley” folks. In essence, is the recession really over, or will the U.S. economy plunge into a second valley?

    The question is, have we stopped bleeding because we’re healing or because we’re running out of blood? Adam Lass has the ugly truth that could lead to 79% gains here…

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    Bernanke Puts Congress on Double Secret Probation

    Is Congress like Delta House from Animal House? Are they going through this recession, as Justice parallels, “fat, drunk and stupid?” If so, then Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke just became Dean Wormer, putting Congress on notice.

    “We cannot allow ourselves to be in a situation where the debt continues to rise,” Bernanke said. “That means more and more interest payments, which swell the deficit, which leads to an unsustainable situation.”

    And when Congress adds hundreds of billions of dollars in new debt to the market, it’s the Fed’s job to absorb it all. Justice explains the complications of drunken frat boys spending billions here…

  20. I am sorry. I generally delete the investment advice stuff, but it showed up in the last post. It is the substantive analysis that is relevant here.

  21. To me the main barometers that count are job losses and cost of living. Those remain big down arrows, unless you believe a 40% rise in the cost of eggs in one month is an anomoloy, and the difference between losing 641, 000 jobs is a good thing because we lost 4000 more the month before. This proves how out of touch the Obama people are with the lives of ordinary Americans and the struggle of the middle class to survive. If hyperinflation hits his goose is cooked.

  22. great post…unf’king believable…if only the media will get off its rear and start doing the vetting and investigating they should have done a long, long time ago…or at the very least start revealing what they know…

    the problem is their are either bought and paid for or too itimidated by the all consuming power of this admin…

    basically avoid Bill Maher’s show these days but last night happen to catch Jeremy Scahill from rebelreports.com and he was not the usual suck up and blasted a lot of what O is doing that barely anyone in the media is reporting

    took a peek at his site which has lots of info defining O as worse than Bush III

    what a bunch of deluded saps the so called ‘left’, ‘liberal’, ‘progressives’ are…

  23. Scahill comes with the caveat that he was no friend to the Clintons, but an apparent independent voice is welcomed these days…

    anyone have any feedback regarding his authenticity or agendas?

  24. JanH Says:

    June 5th, 2009 at 10:17 pm
    Intelligence pick bows out over CIA tactic ties

    By EILEEN SULLIVAN

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s pick for intelligence chief at the Homeland Security Department withdrew from consideration Friday amid questions about his role in the CIA’s interrogations of suspected terrorists.

    Philip Mudd was scheduled to appear next week before senators considering his nomination as undersecretary of intelligence and analysis.
    &&&&&&&&&&

    His name truly is ….Mudd.

  25. What exactly was the nature of mudds distaction, and why did the vetting committe fail to uncover it? Guiness Book incompetence.

  26. pm 317: great post at No Quarter

    Question: do you think that Evan Thomas believes what he said or is merely doing a parody. If it is the former, then he is a certifiable lunatic whose prozac prescription just ran out. If the latter, then he had best be careful because it appears Larry Johnson and quite possibly others took him seriously. Remember Thomas is the same guy who called Bambi “creepy” a half a year ago.

  27. If you want to change a system–whether it is a company, a social organization, or the governement you need to define a critical path. You cannot get there with pseudo inspirational speeches. Napoleon said, veterans ignore them, and new recruits forget them at the first sign of cannon fire. Their perceived ability to win the world through 24/7 propaganda so capitalists can exploit new markets is doomed to failure. It is not merely foolish, it is inane.

  28. Basil: if you decide to purchase a pistol for self defense as opposed to target practice and it is a smaller calibre than 45 then I believe the kind of ammo you use becomes more important. You might ask your local gun store if they carry a high tech round called a glazer blue point safety slug. With that round, stopping power is not an issue, and it will not overpenetrate. They make a silver round as well, but I would not recommend it because it can overpenetrate and ricochet. With any gun, safety precautions and proper training are absolutely essential.

    One of the conseqences of this economic downturn is rising crime rates. The evidence I have of this is purely anecdotal. But within the last 60 days, two friends have had their purses stolen, one friend had he house broken into by thugs with balpane hammers, and a Brinks driver were murdered in his truck outside a Walmart store by three thugs and a Walmart accomplice. Each of these incidents occurred when no policeman was present to interdict the crime.

  29. “The assumption that every market ‘imperfection’ can be remedied by political intervention depends on the elementary non sequitur of perfect government.”–Lord Highcross.

    Okay Lord Haha. Tell that to Poopsie. As in stimulus bill.

  30. The Road To Serfdom–by Frederick Hayek (1945): spells out the danger of the Bambi regime, which becomes even more acute in hard economic times, for the reasons he cites in the following excerpt from Wikkopedia:
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    Hayek’s central thesis is that all forms of collectivism lead logically and inevitably to tyranny, and he used the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany as examples of countries which had gone down “the road to serfdom” and reached tyranny. Hayek argued that within a centrally planned economic system, the distribution and allocation of all resources and goods would devolve onto a small group, which would be incapable of processing all the information pertinent to the appropriate distribution of the resources and goods at the central planners’ disposal. Disagreement about the practical implementation of any economic plan combined with the inadequacy of the central planners’ resource management would invariably necessitate coercion in order for anything to be achieved. Hayek further argued that the failure of central planning would be perceived by the public as an absence of sufficient power by the state to implement an otherwise good idea. Such a perception would lead the public to vote more power to the state, and would assist the rise to power of a “strong man” perceived to be capable of “getting the job done”. After these developments Hayek argued that a country would be ineluctably driven into outright totalitarianism. For Hayek “the road to serfdom” inadvertently set upon by central planning, with its dismantling of the free market system, ends in the destruction of all individual economic and personal freedom.

    Hayek argued that countries such as the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany had already gone down the “road to serfdom”, and that various democratic nations are being led down the same road. In The Road to Serfdom he wrote: “The principle that the end justifies the means is in individualist ethics regarded as the denial of all morals. In collectivist ethics it becomes necessarily the supreme rule.”

  31. if you decide to purchase a pistol for self defense
    ***********
    IMO, for all of the reasons listed, penetration, skill level, safety issues, a shot gun is the better choice for home defense. Years ago, I owned a Mac-10 full auto .45 cal. machine pistol with Sionics Suppressor. I called it my “home defense” weapon.

  32. IMO, for all of the reasons listed, penetration, skill level, safety issues, a shot gun is the better choice for home defense. Years ago, I owned a Mac-10 full auto .45 cal. machine pistol with Sionics Suppressor. I called it my “home defense” weapon.
    ———————————-
    Yup. I agree. The original question was what kind of pistol. Basil has a rifle already. As between a shotgun and any pistol for home defense I agree the shotgun is better. That full auto pistol must have been something. I wish those were still legal.

  33. wbboei and others, if you would like to comment on my post at NQ about Evan Thomas’ idiotic comment about “0bama is a sort of God”…thanks in advance.

  34. If you look back on all the presidents we have had since washington can you think of a single one who is less quailified to deliver the Normandy speech than Mr. Obama? The man is a bon vivante. He has no experience, no deep insight, no gravitas whatsoever. Just more stop on his apology tour, which is endless, everlasting and eternal.

  35. I wish those were still legal.
    **********
    They are still legal, with restrictions. When I bought mine in the “80’s it was paper work and $200 tax stamp for the Mac-10 and $200 for the silencer….I wish that I had keep it, great conversation piece…At that time, I had a friend who owned about 2 doz. full auto, when he ordered his M-60 machine gun, on the Fed form, under reason for purchase, he put “Home defense”, paper work went through without a problem..I suspect, times have changed.

    “The manufacture of new machine guns that civilians could purchase was effectively banned by language in the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986. The language is found in the so-called Hughes Amendment, which was passed under legally questionable circumstances.[7] All machine guns legally registered prior to the date of enactment (ie, May 1986) are still legal for possession by and transfer among civilians where permitted by state law. The static and relatively small number of transferable automatic firearms has caused their price to be often over $10,000, although transferable M10 and M11 submachine guns (more commonly known as “Mac 10’s”) can still be purchased for around $3,500. Machine guns manufactured after the FOPA’s enactment can be sold only to law enforcement and government agencies, exported, or in some cases held as inventory by licensed manufacturers and dealers. Non-transferrable guns made after 1986 are usually priced only a few hundred dollars more than their semi-automatic counterparts, whereas a machine gun that can be legally transferred commands a huge premium.”

    /en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Firearms_Act

  36. pm,
    Just to let you know, I have such a hard time posting at NQ I seldom try anymore.

    Either my comments NEVER show up, show up in the wrong place, or show up hours after I wrote them.

    But I do read all of your great articles there.
    wbboei, SHV, Thanks for the advice. Top of my to-do list this summer is finding an instructor or a club so i don’t inadvertently injure myself. LOL.

    :LOL

  37. wbboei and others, if you would like to comment on my post at NQ about Evan Thomas’ idiotic comment about “0bama is a sort of God”…thanks in advance.
    __________________________________

    pm317: here is what I posted at NQ. I end with an attack on Jake Tapper because he is your prototypical child of privlege, charter member of the georgetown social set, called Hillary Tanya Harding, is a big gun control nut, and spars with Gibbs but bows to Bambi. In short a limosine liberal.

    Comment by wbboei | 2009-06-06 21:15:44

    pm 317: Excellent analysis as usual.

    If you compare Evan Thomas’s current ravings about Mr. Obama, namely that he is a global moral authority, with what he said about him a few months back, namely that Mr. Obama is creepy, it becomes obvious that Mr. Thomas is a more than a little–how shall I put it . . schitzophrenic. Needless to say his opinions should be discounted accordingly.

    http://macsmind.com/wordpress/2008/11/07/evan-thomas-obama-slightly-creepy/

    It would appear that during the last few months Mr Thomas has taken up residence on the big media version of Fantasy Island where people in tin foil hats walk around with press badges and pretend to be journalists. They call it Tapperville. No live ammo is permitted which is just fine with good old Jake.

  38. I find myself in a quandry about tomorrow.

    1. First, I want her to appear and speak to the foreign policy issues we are faced with. Why? Because she is the chief diplomat for the country, it keeps her front and center and it quashes rumors by enemies like Morris who claim she is the great shrinking Hillary.

    2. Second, I try to remember a lesson I learned my second year at Annapolis, namely that when a ranking officer gives an order you disagree with you tell him your objection privately but if he refuses to accept it he has the ultimate authority and responsiblity, so you say aye aye sir and carry it out, unless it violates the UCMJ.

    3. Third, when she advocates administration positions which I disagree with, I try to remember that her role is to advocate the administration position, just as an attorney may well argue a position she does not personally agree with. That is particularly true with defense lawyers.

    4. Fourth, it is less important what she says than how she says it. It may well be that alot of what she says is her policy as much as his, or maybe even more so.

    5. Fifth, I do not like the fact that the interview is with George Stepennwolfopolis. He is not a credible journalist. He has the same kind of conflict of interest that Richard Wolff does, which is to say he is bought and paid for by the administration. As you may recall, he is one of the gang of four who meet at the White House routinely and plot their media strategy. For that he is forever tainted in my mind at least.

    I do not intend to watch it myself, but I will be interested in the reactions of those who do.

  39. I DONOT GET IT
    WHERE are the voices of the families that lost loved ones on 9/ll Surely they have something to say

  40. My daughter jumped to her death and I don’t care if bambi wants to lube up his ass to get America fucked

  41. Thanks, wbboei. You know sites like this and NQ are becoming rare. We have become protest sites with our objective view and insightful analysis/questioning (we don’t sell republican garbage whatever is left of it nor do we sell the democratic propaganda). LJ throws crumbs at 0bama sometimes but by and large he has kept up the integrity of the site. They are all fiercely loyal and respectful of Hillary, still.

    As I said in reply to your comment there, we need more voices that are objective and insightful to drown out the idiots like Thomas.

  42. basil, thank you very much.

    It may be that your comment gets in the spam more because of the history of getting caught in it — like a catch 22. I am not sure why. We do regularly fish them out but I agree with you that if you retrieve at after a while, it loses its punch. Pl. try again. I hate to see you give up.

  43. That’s about the only way I can get through it wobboei. I will always give Hillary the benefit of the doubt, but it was for this very reason I feared her becoming SOS. Also, although you can tell by my posts that obviously Israel is a critical issues for me (why I feared Obama so much ) I am not thrilled with the way we are “handling : N. Korea either. I think our foreign policy is coming off very weak and tepid. We also seem to be very poorly treating staunch allies like Britain and Germany as well. It just seems very disconcerting that Obama is using Hillary to be the one seemingly really putting the squeeze on Israel. I understand she is no longer the senator from NY, and her view is global, but the ferocity of her comments are almost , if not in fact, hostile towards her long tern support of Israel.

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  47. Wbboei, I read that Mubarek did not meet “God” at the airport. Is that true, and if so, why would that be??
    There is a scarey pic of Hillary and Obama in Egypt on RBO, scroll to the bottom of the page. I think part of the pic is fake, but nevertheless its a good pic of Hillary wearing one of those scarves, which, btw, I don’t have a problem with.
    It is the custom there as it was as I was growing up Catholic while attending mass. I had to wear a head covering. I love that part of my religion, but after Vatican II we did not do it anymore.

  48. wbboei: Will call you today after church.

    For all the confused Hillary doubters.Be patient.Diplomacy takes time,planning,skills,knowledge, and an understanding of those you are dealing with including Emperor Bones.We must all support her or we will lose our only hope for peace and the return of respect for our poor country.Just stop and name someone more qualified to do the job.There are none.You political hotrodders need to take a deep breath and watch her use the awesome skills that she has in her SOS bag.

    By ABM90 My support for her gives me hope and energy to see this through.

  49. If you look at this whole Middle East initiative, you begin to see that speech was a horrible mistake–if what the fraud really wants is a bona fide peace agreement. With him it is all a game of perception: either something that can be passed off as an heroic attempt at a peace agreement, someone to blame if it does not materialize and to be seen as an icon in the Muslim World. I do not think it goes any further than that.

    The speech itself was a not merel a mistake.

    It was a pre meditated and deliberated foreign policy gaff which sets the wrong tone for future discusssions aimed at securing a bona fide agreement acceptable to all sides.

    It was more aimed at European leaders anxious about Muslim radicalism in their own countries, ignoranti in the Unitied States, and Middle East despots anxious to maintain Israel as scapegoat for their own oppression than it was toward the two primary players which are of course Israel and the Palestians.

    It was counterproductive with respect to the immediate parties to the issue. It is readily apparent that it antagonized thoughtful Israelis by its false poisonous moral equivalencies, it was dismissed by radicals as the words of a captalistic tool which is correct nothwithstanding the source, and to young Muslims in the region anxious for modernization is raised expectations through the roof while failing to recognize the chasm separating the parties.

    It was also a opportunity missed insofar as it failed to discuss the issue of Iran, which is Persian and not Arab. This is an issue which could draw common support within the region, yet the idiot ducked the issue in his remarks. You cannot square the circle that way but that is what he tried to do. As a result, he set up a footrace between the negotiation process which he may have killed ab initio through this speech and the culminatation of Irans efforts to secure a nuclear weapon, before Israel attacks, or Saudi Arabia buys one of its own.

  50. Transcript: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on ‘This Week’: First Sunday Show Interview Since She Left Presidential Race One Year Ago
    June 7, 2009 —

    GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, HOST: Madam Secretary, thanks very much for doing this.

    HILLARY CLINTON, SECRETARY OF STATE: I’m glad to see you, George.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: You know, we were just talking about Cairo, did you ever imagine you’d be here as secretary of state?

    CLINTON: Never. (LAUGHTER)

    CLINTON: Never crossed my mind. And what an extraordinary honor to be here, especially for this speech today.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: The president has a very high-powered team, Vice President Biden, General Jones, Secretary Gates. You’ve got envoys for Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea. How do you fit in?

    (LAUGHTER) CLINTON: Well, I&

    STEPHANOPOULOS: What is your role, exactly?

    CLINTON: Well, my role is as the chief diplomat for the United States of America. And, you know, when I agreed to do this job, I made it very clear to the president that I would be able to run the State Department and USAID, and that we would have to forge a team that I think we’ve done very well. And that I wanted special envoys, because we were inheriting so many hotspot problems that I knew you could never have one person possibly address all of that.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: It also gives you the ability to get out of the crisis management and carve out areas where you’re really going to take initiative. What are those?

    CLINTON: Well, I’m having to do both. I mean, I spend a lot of my time on the problems that you would imagine, Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Middle East, Iran. But I’m also working to create a strategic set of priorities that will guide our efforts.

    So for example, there are specific regional and country-based endeavors that we are teeing up. We are going to work really hard on our relationships with, for example, Indonesia and Turkey and India.

    We have a strategic and economic dialogue that will start the last week in July with China that Secretary Geithner and I are going to co-lead. I mean, we& (CROSSTALK) STEPHANOPOULOS: Plenty of work to go around.

    CLINTON: There is plenty of work to go around. But then there are transnational problems. I mean, the president asked me to lead the effort on food security. The president also wants us to focus on Haiti. And ironically the United Nations&

    STEPHANOPOULOS: The — you know, President Clinton&

    CLINTON: & secretary-general asked Bill to be the special envoy. So we’re really going to have a united effort by our government and by the international community. Those are just some of the, you know, very specific and more general challenges that we are taking on and managing.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: You’re also developing a reputation for blunt talk as secretary. You talked about Pakistan abdicating its responsibilities, about the idea that we get into negotiation with North Korea is implausible. And especially on this issue of settlements with Israel, you were very strong last week, so was the president. And I don’t know if you’ve seen the headlines in Israel, headlines talking about the American threat. Publicly the prime minister is saying that this is just unreasonable, these demands from the United States. And privately he was reported to have said, and this is a quote: “What the hell do they want from me?”

    CLINTON: Well, George, I think it’s very clear, as you heard in the speech from the president here in Cairo, that he wants to focus from the very beginning of his term in office on doing everything he can to try to bring the Israelis and the Palestinians together. We were very close in 2000. And it’s heartbreaking to see where we are today. And we can’t just stand by and expect time to work its magic. So that means, as the president said in his speech, and as he has said on several other occasions prior to it, that we have to do our very best to reassure Israel, to demonstrate our commitment to Israel’s security, that the bonds we have are unshakeable and durable. But we do have a view about Israel’s security. We see historical, demographic, political, technological trends that are very troubling as to Israel’s future. At the same time, there is a legitimate aspiration of the Palestinian people that needs to be addressed.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: So is there any room for compromise on the settlements issue?

    CLINTON: Well, I don’t think we want to pre-judge the effort. I think that if you look back, certainly from my perspective, every Israeli leader that I have personally known and others who I have looked at through an historical lens, has come to the same conclusion. Who would have predicted the Ariel Sharon or Ehud Olmert would have reached the conclusion they reached about what was in Israel’s best interest. Who would have predicted that even Prime Minister Netanyahu, in his earlier term, during the 1990s, would have made some of the decisions he made.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: But his team says now that if you continue to push this, it’s going to bring down his government.

    CLINTON: We are setting forth our views. Obviously decisions about how to go forward are up to the Israelis and the Palestinians. But I think it is an appropriate role for the United States, and certainly it is what the president has decided, to make clear some of the obstacles he sees. Now remember, the Israelis made a commitment in the road map in the prior administration —

    STEPHANOPOULOS: But they say that includes an understanding for natural growth inside the settlement.

    CLINTON: Well, that was an understanding that was entered into so far as we are told, orally. That was never made a part of the official record of the negotiations, as it was passed on to our administration. No one in the Bush administration said to anyone that we can find in our administration —

    STEPHANOPOULOS: Not only Elliot Abrams? You wrote about that.

    CLINTON: Nobody in a position of authority at the time that the Obama administration came into office said anything about it. And in fact, there is also a record that President Bush contradicted even that oral agreement.

    But, the fact is that the road map which was agreed to officially, adopted by the Israeli government said something very clear about settlements.

    So, I think that what the president is doing is saying, look, everybody should comply with the obligations you’ve already committed to. And for the Palestinians, let’s not forget. They must end incitement against Israel. They must demonstrate an ability to provide security.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: That’s what I wanted to ask you about. Abbas was in Washington, last week, He had an interview in the “Washington Post” where he sure seemed to suggest that he doesn’t have to do anything right now.

    CLINTON: Well, I think you’re seeing public positions taken, which is understandable in a process like this. But, we’ve made it very clear to President Abbas, what we expect from him, as well.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: How about Iran? You reported in the papers back in March, when you met with the Foreign Minister of the UAE that you were skeptical of the possibility that diplomacy would work to stall or stop Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Are you still that doubtful?

    CLINTON: Well, I am someone who’s going to wait and see. I mean, I want to see what the president’s engagement will bring. We have a team of people who we have tasked to work on this. I think there’s an enormous amount of potential for change if the Iranians are willing to pursue that —

    STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, what do you think they want deep down? You know, you read some of their public declarations by their supreme leader and others saying that they consider nuclear weapons un-Islamic. Yet, they continue to pursue the nuclear program.

    CLINTON: But George, one of the values of engagement is we need to have better information, and maybe about each other. Not just about a one-way street of information. The idea that we could have a diplomatic process with Iran means that for the first time, we would actually be sitting at a table across from Iranians authorized by the supreme leader to talk with us about a whole range of issues. That gives us information and insight that we don’t have. Of course there’s a contradiction because we don’t have any really clear sense as to what it is they are seeking.

    Now, one of the things that you heard the president say is, you know, we understand the legitimate right of nations to have access to peaceful, nuclear energy. If that is at the core of what they want, there are ways of accommodating that do not lead to a nuclear weapon. But, we have to test that and we have to be willing to sit and listen and evaluate without giving up what we view as a primary objective of the engagement, which is to do everything we can to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear weapons state.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: Your own envoy Dennis Ross has said one way to strengthen the position the United States going into these negotiations is to make it very clear that if Iran used nuclear weapons against Israel or any U.S. ally, that would be met as an attack on the United States — full response. Now, that was your position during the campaign, as well.

    Is it U.S. policy now?

    CLINTON: I think it is U.S. policy to the extent that we have alliances and understandings with a number of nations. They may not be formal as it is with NATO, but, I don’t think there is any doubt in anyone’s mind that were Israel to suffer a nuclear attack by Iran, there would be retaliation.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: By the United States?

    CLINTON: Well, I think there would be retaliation. And I think part of what is clear is we want to avoid a Middle East arms race which leads to nuclear weapons being in the possession of other countries in the Middle East. And we want to make clear that there are consequences and costs. Now, let me just put it this way. If Iran is seeking security, if they believe — and you know, you have to put yourself into the shoes of the other party when you negotiate — if they believe that the United States might attack them the way that we did attack Iraq, for example —

    STEPHANOPOULOS: Before they attack, as a first strike.

    CLINTON: That’s right, as a first strike. Or, they might have some other enemies that would do that to them. Part of what we have to make clear to the Iranians is that their pursuit of nuclear weapons will actually trigger greater insecurity because right now, many of the nations in the neighborhood, as you know very well —

    STEPHANOPOULOS: Because Israel will strike before they can finish.

    CLINTON: Well, but not only that. I mean, other countries — other Arab countries are deeply concerned about Iran having nuclear weapons. So, does Iran want to face a battery of nuclear weapons countries — (CROSSTALK)

    STEPHANOPOULOS: Can you get those other Arab nations to say that publically? That was part of the president’s theme today. CLINTON: Well, you know, we’ve been there a little over four months. And clearly a lot of what we’re doing is teeing up our framework for decision making. We are aggressively pursuing diplomacy, not as an end in itself, but as a means to try to resolve some of these outstanding and very difficult problems. We are trying to make clear that the United States is of course going to pursue our interests in values. But, frankly, we believe there are ways that we can make them consonant with the issues and values that are important to others, as well.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: You know, when I saw President Ahmadinejad last month, he said the U.S. wasn’t really walking the block here and he cited the idea that President Obama never responded to his initial letter of congratulations. Why not?

    CLINTON: Well, I think that President Obama has made very clear that he is going to put forth an open hand. But not as part of an electoral ploy or propaganda.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: So you have to let the elections play out.

    CLINTON: I think just like in every country. There is a process that takes place during an election. That will be over soon. And then we’re going to hope to get a positive process going.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: With North Korea it seems like nothing has worked. Engagement doesn’t work, isolation doesn’t work. They keep on pursuing their nuclear ambitions. And the problem with North Korea is that they’ve tried to sell every single weapon they’ve ever made.

    CLINTON: Right.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: So, what does that mean? How do we stop them now and what happens if they try to sell nuclear material?

    CLINTON: One of the positive developments, George, in the face of what has been very provocative and belligerent behavior by the North Koreans is that it has actually brought the members of — six-party process — Japan, South Korea, China, Russia, the United States, much closer together in how we view —

    STEPHANOPOULOS: But that process isn’t going anywhere, is there?

    CLINTON: Well, but I think what is going somewhere is additional sanctions in the United Nations. Arms embargo, other measures taken against North Korea with the full support of China and Russia.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: Including enforcing past resolutions which gives the U.N. the ability to board North Korean ships?

    CLINTON: Well, we are working very hard to create a mechanism where we can interdict North Korean shipments. Obviously some countries — not just the ones I named — but others have some legitimate concerns about setting precedent and alike. But, we are working very hard. I’ve personally talked with all the foreign ministers. Some of them many more times than just a couple. We’ve been in very close communication. Obviously we’re working closely with our team in New York. We think we’re going to come out of this with a very strong resolution with teeth that will have consequences for the North Korean regime.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: And what are the consequences if they try to ship nuclear material elsewhere?

    CLINTON: We will do everything we can to both interdict it and prevent it and shut off their flow of money. If we do not take significant and effective action against the North Koreans now, we’ll spark an arms race in Northeast Asia. I don’t think anybody wants to see that. And so part of what we’re doing is again, sharing with other countries our calculus of the risks and the dangers that would lie ahead if we don’t take very strong action.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: Several senators wrote the president a letter just the other day that North Korea should go back on list of the states who sponsor terrorism. Will you do that?

    CLINTON: Well, we’re going to look at it. There’s a process for it. Obviously we would want to see recent evidence of their support for international terrorism.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: Do you have any?

    CLINTON: Well, we’re just beginning to look at it. I don’t have an answer for you right now.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: Because the senators say they never stopped with these actions.

    CLINTON: Well, we — you know, we take it very seriously. I mean, obviously they were taken off of the list for a purpose and that purpose is being thwarted by their actions.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: One other issue on North Korea. The trial has begun for the American journalists.

    CLINTON: Right.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: And the families of the journalists have come out very clearly and said, the only way this is going to be solved is if the United States government gets involved directly. Have you been involved directly in any way?

    CLINTON: I have been. I have been involved directly in working with our team as they have made approaches and requests for information through the channels we use with North Korea. The Swedish ambassador in Pyongyang is taking care of our interests there. He has visited both young women I think, now three times, if I’m not mistaken. I’ve met with the families. We have made it clear through statements, both public and private that we view this as a humanitarian issue —

    STEPHANOPOULOS: We were told that you sent a letter saying that the girls didn’t mean — the women didn’t mean to go into North Korea, and asking for their release.

    CLINTON: I have taken every action that we thought would produce the result we’re looking for. We think that the charges against these young women are absolutely without merit or foundation. We hope the trial ends quickly, it’s resolved and they’re sent home.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: Have you gotten any hopeful signs back?

    CLINTON: We have gotten some responses but we’re not sure exactly who’s going to be making this decision and what the reasons for the eventual decision are. So, we’ve been very careful in what we’ve said because clearly we don’t want this pulled into the political issues that we have with North Korea, or the concerns that are being expressed in the United Nations Security Council. This is separate. It is a humanitarian issue and the girls should be let go.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: It’s an interesting point: you don’t know who is going to make this decision. Do you believe these reports that Kim Jong-il has tapped his youngest son as his successor? CLINTON: We obviously are following this very closely. We don’t yet know what the outcome of that decision& (CROSSTALK)

    STEPHANOPOULOS: What would that mean?

    CLINTON: We don’t know. I mean, we would have to wait and evaluate it, the time of it, who might be essentially, you know, put in place to supervise him, if he were the choice. We have to evaluate all of that.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: This week is also the anniversary of — the 20th anniversary of the massacre at Tiananmen Square. And you put out a very strong statement on that anniversary. Yet when you went to China earlier this year, you basically said the Chinese know what we think about human rights.

    And I guess what I’m trying to get at is, how do you approach that issue? When do public statements make a difference? When should diplomacy be conducted privately? And who is your real audience with these statements?

    CLINTON: You know, George, it’s such a great question. And there is no one easy answer, because I think so much of it depends upon what our objectives are. We have made very clear time and time again our concerns about religious freedom in China, treatment of Tibet, Tibetan culture. So that is — we’re on the record with that. We’ve had these, you know, very strong statements that we’ve made historically, going back years, and so of course we want everyone to know that we still feel very strongly about it. But we also would like to see if there is some way we could actually chip away at Chinese resistance to providing some more, at least cultural and religious autonomy for Tibetans. So we — it’s a constant weighing process. You know, I think a lot of times the public statements can turn out to be counterproductive. They can harden positions. Yet at the same time, the public statements can hearten those who are the dissidents. So trying to keep that in balance so that we don’t ever turn our backs on those who are struggling for the very rights that we believe in so strongly and that we think are universal rights, and yet looking for ways that we can actually get results, not just score debating points or, you know, have somebody say, good for you, you made a strong statement.

    So what we’re trying to do, and I think you hear it from what the president and I have been saying over the last four months is to really focus in on where we can make progress.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: A year ago, you bowed out of the presidential campaign, very graceful speech. It was a bitter campaign. And I’m just wondering, how did president Obama convince you to come on his team?

    (LAUGHTER) CLINTON: Well, you know, George, I never had any — any dream, let alone inkling that I would end up in President Obama’s cabinet. When I left the presidential race after getting some sleep and taking some deep breaths, I immediately went to work for him in the general election. I, you know, traveled the country. I worked hard on my supporters. I made the case, which I believed strongly in making sure that we elected him our president. And I was looking forward to going back to the Senate and, frankly, going back to my life and representing New York, which I love. And I had no idea that he had a different plan in mind. So when&

    STEPHANOPOULOS: Since the primaries.

    CLINTON: Well, but I had — I mean, that was certainly never expected. And after the election, I started seeing little, you know, tidbits in the press, I thought it was absurd. I thought, you know, this is the kind of silly stuff that ends up in the press. And then when he called and asked me to come see him, and we had our first conversation, I said, you know, I really don’t think I’m the person to do this, I want to go back to my life. I really feel like I owe it to the people of New York. And I gave him a bunch of other names of people who I thought would be great secretaries of state. But he was quite persistent and very persuasive. And, you know, ultimately it came down to my feeling that, number one, when your president asks you to do something for your country, you really need a good reason not to do it. Number two, if I had won and I had asked him to please help me serve our country, I would have hoped he would say yes. And finally, I looked around our world and I thought, you know, we are in just so many deep holes that everybody had better grab a shovel and start digging out.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: Final question. The Economist magazine said this week that the question you raised in that famous “3 a.m.” ad is right back in the center of American politics.

    Has the president answered it for you?

    CLINTON: Absolutely. And, you know, the president in his public actions and demeanor, and certainly in private with me and with the national security team, has been strong, thoughtful, decisive, I think he is doing a terrific job. And it’s an honor to serve with him.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: Madam Secretary, thank you very much.

    CLINTON: Thanks. Good to talk to you.

    abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/Politics/story?id=7775502&page=1

  51. Netanyahu plans major policy speech next week

    By MATTI FRIEDMAN

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he will deliver a major policy address next week laying out his proposed road to Mideast peace, after coming under stiff U.S. pressure to freeze West Bank settlement construction and endorse Palestinian statehood. Netanyahu offered no hint of what he might say. Bound by his hardline coalition and his own ideology, the Israeli leader has resisted the U.S. demands so far, deepening an unusually public faceoff with Israel’s most important ally.

    “It must be understood, we seek peace with the Palestinians and with the states of the Arab world while trying to reach as much understanding as possible with the United States and our friends abroad,” the Israeli leader said at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting. “Next week I will make an important policy speech in which I will present to the citizens of Israel our principles on achieving this peace and security,” he said.

    The Palestinians want the West Bank and Gaza Strip for their future state and say they won’t renew peace talks until Israel agrees to freeze settlement construction and negotiate Palestinian statehood.

    President Barack Obama’s administration hopes that halting settlement expansion would encourage the Arab world to make overtures toward Israel, as well as improving U.S. relations with Arab states. In speeches last week in Egypt and Europe, Obama pressed hard for a settlement freeze and a two-state solution.

    Israel has claimed that it reached unofficial agreements with former President George W. Bush’s administration to keep building in some existing settlements. It has also cited a 2004 letter signed by Bush saying any peace deal would recognize “new realities on the ground” in the West Bank, seen as a reference to main settlement blocs close to Israel. Many of the understandings were reached between 2001 and 2003, according to Dov Weisglass, who was a top aide to then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. The Bush administration agreed to allow construction within the boundaries of existing settlements, Weisglass told Army Radio.

    However, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said on Sunday that the White House would not recognize past informal understandings. “That was never made a part of the official record of the negotiations,” Clinton said in comments broadcast on ABC-TV.

    The U.S. pressure is pushing Netanyahu into a difficult position, caught between preserving Israel’s crucial alliance with Washington while placating his coalition government, dominated by hardliners. Netanyahu’s own long-held commitment to Israeli rule over the West Bank is also a factor.

    Since Israel signed its first accord with the Palestinians in 1993, the West Bank settler population has more than doubled to nearly 300,000. An additional 180,000 Jews live in neighborhoods in east Jerusalem, which Palestinians claim as capital of their hoped-for state.

    Obama plans to dispatch his special Mideast envoy, George Mitchell, to the region this week to try to break the impasse. Mitchell has long seen a settlement freeze as intrinsic to progress on peacemaking.

    While fending off U.S. pressure for a settlement freeze, Israel has dismantled several checkpoints that hindered Palestinian movement. On Sunday, troops removed two checkpoints around the town of Qalqiliya, home to 50,000 Palestinians. Last week Israel tore down two other checkpoints.
    Hundreds of checkpoints and unmanned roadblocks still dot the West Bank. Israel says they are a key part of a successful military strategy that has slashed Palestinian attacks, while Palestinians charge that they cripple trade and movement.

    In a separate development Sunday, Israel awarded $82,000 in compensation to 50 Palestinian families whose properties were damaged in rioting by Jewish settlers last year in the West Bank city of Hebron, according to military spokesman Maj. Guy Inbar. The settlers went on a rampage last December to protest their forced eviction from a disputed building.

    Israeli authorities also prevented from entering a contingent of protesters dressed like clowns from entering the blockaded Gaza Strip, including a group calling itself the Israeli Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army. Among the protesters was Hunter Campbell Adams, better known as Patch Adams, a U.S. doctor and clown who was the subject of a 1998 Hollywood film. The protesters brought toys they said they hoped to bring to children in Gaza.

    The military said the group had not requested permission to enter Gaza, which is ruled by the militant Palestinian Hamas group.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ioi_0jtO9RjMwPNRoXNCndRPRq3gD98LTBQ80

  52. One thing Hillary made clear in the interview is that SHE is the one who wanted special envoys. In fact, she is the one who proposed that idea and it was accepted. Now that is the truth. Yet as you will recall, Morris claims that this envoy system was cleverly crafted by Obama to diminsh her authority as Secretrary of State. Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear. For most journalists today, the impulse to make the news rather than to simply report is irresistable. Morris is more typical than atypical/

  53. I love Hillary and know that she should have been president and that we wouldn’t be in such a mess in the country if she were the leader.

    But no matter what, it is just difficult to listen to her praise THE FRAUD. That’s painful.

  54. When all is said and done, the only one who can guarantee Israel’s survival is Israel. The inside story on the pirate episode never came out, but the truth of the matter is that Obama was paralyzed by indecision, and but for the pressure that was placed on him by the scrubbed video on CNN (I chased it, it was gone, but I later confirmed that it happened) the pirates would have escaped. Now that story is known to Israeli intelligence, so they know that nothwithstanding the rhetoric the guy cannot execute. The implications for the Israeli Palestianian peace process are therefore clear: do not put yourself in a position where you must depend on Obama for your survival.

  55. STEPHANOPOULOS: The president has a very high-powered team, Vice President Biden, General Jones, Secretary Gates. You’ve got envoys for Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea. How do you fit in?

    (LAUGHTER) CLINTON: Well, I&

    STEPHANOPOULOS: What is your role, exactly?

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    Wow!! did he really ask that? Really, really?!!

  56. To play the devil’s advocate here, the alternative to Hillary “praising” her boss on national television would be to “trash” him on national television. As hard as it is to hear her mouth these empty platitudes, I think it is all part of the political game they all play.

  57. To play the devil’s advocate here, the alternative to Hillary “praising” her boss on national television would be to “trash” him on national television. As hard as it is to hear her mouth these empty platitudes, I think it is all part of the political game they all play.
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    Jan——–you are not the devils advocate. You are the voice of reason. The devils advocate is Obama. Or maybe he is the devil incarnate. We would need a geneologist to trace his slave trading ancestors back to the original source on that one. I am sure Dr Jack Wheeler could help.

  58. wbboei,

    LOL…you are making me laugh. Problem is, we can label obama as anything from the devil and worse, but all he really is, is a slimy toad with lofty ambitions.

  59. I fully understand that Hillary cannot trash THE FRAUD. I’m just sick of Hillary being trashed from every angle all the time while BO is praised and especially his vile disgusting wife.

    I turned off This Week with George when the two females on the program started sucking up and praising ME-chelle as a wonderful Post Femiist as compared to what Hillary was as First Lady.

  60. Seriously though, she accomplished some important things by this interview. First, she made it clear that she is the one running the state department. Second, she made it clear that the envoy structure is something she proposed rather than something that was forced upon her. Third, it is clear from her comments that her role is expanding. Fourth, she is having significant influence on a number of fronts. Fifth,
    she answered those critical of her bluntness. Sixth, she has established to all concerned that she is indispensible and left the Rices and Jarrats people worried about in the dust. Eight, she left no doubt in anyones mind that she is the chief diplomat for the United States. Ninth, there is no way she could have this kind of visibility and influence if she had stayed in the senate, or went into private life. Tenth, big media has nothing to shoot at.

    Thus, viewed through the lens of power, this was a tour d force. Viewed through the standpoint of the future pursuit of the presidency it was postive. Viewed from the standpoint of what might have been–and ought to have been, if the process had been democratic, and lawful, it was a disappointment, one that we all cannot help but feel.

  61. wbboei, wait for my piece on NQ..
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    # wbboei Says:
    June 7th, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    George is paid to be “impressed”. His bona fides are non-existent.

  62. I turned off This Week with George when the two females on the program started sucking up and praising ME-chelle as a wonderful Post Femiist as compared to what Hillary was as First Lady.
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    Post feminism? The unstated premise here is that women should not be leaders, but should follow their husbands.

    Let us be clear on this. Some of the best work in this area was done by Professor Christine Hoff Summers. She makes a critical distinction between what she calls gender feminists who claim entitlement based on status and a so called history of discrimination, and equity based feminists who believe they should be recognized for their merit and ability without regard to gender.

    When it comes to equity based feminists, I think of two people: Hillary Clinton and Amelia Erhardt–the aviation pioneer. They are the real thing, and they walk the walk. Society conflates the two categories, and at times equity feminists speak out on the broader themes, but in general they lead by example as opposed to rhetoric.

    I am no expert on Obamas wife nor do I aspire to become one. However, she is extremely ambitious, conniving and manipulative, from behind the scenes the way some wives have traditionally operated. But in their case, it was because in times past there was no good option. In Michelles case this is a conscious decision. It is phony and it is fraudulent. She is not post feminist. She is the worst form of traditional and it is all by design.

  63. # Southern Born Says:
    June 7th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    I love Hillary and know that she should have been president and that we wouldn’t be in such a mess in the country if she were the leader. But no matter what, it is just difficult to listen to her praise THE FRAUD. That’s painful.
    &&&&&&&

    I believe it is helpful to consider the situation. Let me use a basketball analogy. Lebron Crybaby James makes a fool of himself when he overtly disses his opponents.

    Kobe Bryant, on the other hand, is full of praise for his opponents, not wanting to give them anything provocative to motivate them. But on the court, he knows what weaknesses to go after.

    So lets watch what Hill does. Expect her to be the major mover and shaker she is, but the smart kind, who doesn’t pick needless fights. Believe me, any leverage she does have is from smarts and mental toughness. Just like Kobe fighting for position down on the post.

  64. My dad was stationed in South Florida in the first year of World War II. The wife of the commanding officer was a woman who reminds me a great deal of Michelle Obama, except of couse she was white.

    Like Michelle, she was imperious, and had a chip on her shoulder. To my knowledge, she never took her children to racists churches, or accepted a doubling of her salary when her husband acceded to higher office but I am quite sure she found other ways to bilk the system. And she too managed to spend taxpayer money in lavish fashion.

    One of her more endearing behaviors was that whenever she entered a room the wives of the junior officers were required to stand at attention, which rankled them for obvious reasons. The other thing she did was she reported my dad to her husband for hitting a golfball into her foursome, and rather than put up with her harrangue he cut orders the next morning sending my dad to the USS Enterprise which ended up in all the major naval battles in the Pacific, except for the Battle of the Coral Sea.

    I guess if those talking heads would consider her to be a post feminist too–a pioneer in that movement, or some other ridiculous statement of that nature. And the only thing they could say about Amelia Erhart–a contemporary of that era was not that she was a pioneer like Hillary, but that she was a lousy pilot because she never returned from her last flight (mission).

  65. The interview was OK…the commentary was crap sans Wills. Tweety once again, after actually being somewhat positive, had to run the SNL skits mocking Hillary and Bill for no real reason!!! The British lady and AA from Atlanta also seem to get quite “tingly” over Obama.

  66. wbboei Says:

    June 6th, 2009 at 11:16 am
    My point got lost in the above post: the false moral equivalency he makes between Nazi Germany and the allies by boldly asserting they were not perfect is no different really than what big media let him get away with during the campaign. You may think that is a throw away line. It is not the precise words which stop short of saying what he is really saying, it is the inuendo they convey which is moral equivalency, and an opening to continue his relentless attack on the American tradition in order to destroy it.
    **********************************

    And that should have been the HEADLINE of every newspaper and media outlet the next day, the Fraud dissing America and it’s allies on honored soil. Instead, nothing but praise.

    America’s economy is in the shit hole and Sasha spends her 8th birthday in Paris, on our dime. It’s great to be God!

  67. I started watching George, turned off the tv when Hillary started praising O. Could not take it.

    Sometimes i wish she would have stayed a senator.

  68. wbboei Says: June 7th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    “When it comes to equity based feminists, I think of two people: Hillary Clinton and Amelia Erhardt–the aviation pioneer. ”

    I also think of Coco Chanel and Shirley Chisolm, who ran for POTUS the year Chanel died.

  69. The next big thing to watch for now is bibis speech. It will be targeted to many audiences, but the one that counts most is the one in Israel. Obamas foolish pereoration leaves his position open to attack, but it will be done in the subtle style of Mark Anthony of brutas makes this claim, and brutus is an honorable man, however . . .

  70. Every word/line spoken by obama is a throwaway one and that is just how he intended them to be. The whitewash has come full circle and whether he accomplishes one tiny iota of good or not, the dye is cast.

    As far as bibi’s speech is concerned. You are exactly right, wbboei. obama’s ultimatums don’t mean anything. He has given himself 2 years to accompish what no other U.S. leader has in the past. Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran will not allow peace under any circumstances other than total annihilation of the Jewish homeland and it’s people and the idiot muslim president is playing right into their hands.

  71. If the twit actually thinks that Bibi will sacrifice his people for a smile and regal nod from him, he is more dillusional than I thought.

  72. wwoebi’s question: What can you tell me about a law in Canada which allowed foreign nationals from places like China to emigrate to Canada and be granted automatic citizenship if they made an investment in real estate over and above a certain threshold amount?

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    Part I:

    * According to my contact at Citizenship and Immigration Canada, there has never been any law which allowed “automatic” citizenship to anyone if they made an investment.

    * There is an Immigrant Investor Program which is outlined on the webpage:

    cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/business/investors/index.asp

    but applicants must reside in Canada for 1,095 days (of the previous 5 years) as a permanent resident and then apply for citizenship.

    A secondary source that I contacted was the Law Society of Upper Canada, Great Library: Jeanette Bosschart, the Reference & Instructional Service Librarian concured with my first contact’s response. She reviewed several of their citizenship and immigration law resources, going far back, but did not find any information specific to “foreign nationals being granted automatic citizenship for investment in real estate.” The closest provision, she came across, to this may be the immigrant investor program which was initiated around 1986 (same link as above), specifically the requirements found in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, ss.90-96.

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    wwoebi,

    That is the first portion that we have dug up. We are still linking the French Canadian response as well as the Chinese spy connection that you asked about and I will hopefully be able to comment on these to issues, with some authority…lol… next week sometime. Still waiting for a few responses from my network of friends.

    Thanks for your patience.

  73. Thank you very much JanH.I just new that you would provide me with the Hiiiary interview with Stepinfetchinopoulis.I had to make the choice between going to church or staying home and watching Hillaryis45.I had the feeling you would come through for us. enjoying both great events was a gift.Thank you.

    ABM90

  74. ABM90,

    I’m very selective with what I try to post here. Hillary news always comes first! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  75. Picket threat prompts Biden to skip visit

    June 7, 2009

    PROVIDENCE, R.I., June 7 (UPI) — A planned union picket line by city firefighters has prompted U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to cancel a trip to Providence, R.I., officials said. Biden and several high-ranking members of the Obama administration were to attend next weekend’s annual U.S. Conference of Mayors in the city, but White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Friday the administration has agreed to a request to not cross a planned picket line, the Providence Journal reported.

    The newspaper said the request from Providence Fire Fighters Local 799 comes as a blow to Mayor David Cicilline, a member of the mayoral group’s advisory board who had lobbied hard to bring the conference to the Rhode Island capital for the first time. The White House move means U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and several Cabinet members in addition to Biden will not be attending.

    “I’m disappointed we won’t have the opportunity to meet with members of the administration,” Cicilline told reporters Friday. “I’m disappointed they won’t be here.”

    Contract disputes between the firefighters and the city have been going on for nearly a decade, the Journal said. The city reportedly has resolved about six of the 10 years’ worth of unresolved contracts.

    upi.com/Top_News/2009/06/07/Picket-threat-prompts-Biden-to-skip-visit/UPI-80651244407516/

  76. Good read–the authors of this article aren’t happy at all with O and how he has been handling the economic crisis.

    “The Economy is Still at the Brink”

    w w w.nytimes.com/2009/06/07/opinion/07cohanWEB.html?_r=2

  77. AmericanGal Says:

    June 7th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    “Huge structural flaws remain in the architecture of our financial system, and many of the fixes that the Obama administration has proposed will do little to address them and may make them worse.”

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    Pretty much par for everything bambi sticks his dirty little fingers into.

  78. I have got one question…with this endless parade of speeches and town halls O has given and that never stop, does this man ever, ever once, take a few seconds in all these words to make any positive statements about the term democratic president bill clinton that paved the way for him…

    I hear O praise everyone, Reagan, and now O is expanding many of Bush’s policies, but does he ever give any props and respect to Bill Clinton??? ever?

  79. Krauthammer gives a history lesson:

    realclearpolitics.com/video/2009/06/07/krauthammer_obama_made_disturbing_analogy_about_israel.html

  80. From Bitterpolitiz
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    Saudis to US: Issue Ultimatum to Israel

    by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

    (IsraelNN.com)
    The United States should cut off all to Israel if the Jewish state does not accept the terms of the 2002 Saudi Peace Plan, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal told Newsweek magazine.

    In answer to a question if U.S. President Barack Obama should use financial help as a tool to force Israel to implement the plan, the Foreign Minister stated, “Why not? If you give aid to someone and they indiscriminately occupy other people’s lands, you bear some responsibility.”

    He also made it clear that the only concession the Arab world can make to Israel is diplomatic recognition, meaning that all other terms of the Saudi peace initiative are non-negotiable. “We don’t have anything to offer Israel except normalization, and if we put that before the return of Arab land we are giving away the only chip in the hands of Arab countries,” he told the news weekly.

    The interview was conducted the day after President Obama’s speech calling on a “new beginning” in relations between Muslim nations and the U.S.

    Foreign Minister al-Faisal said that Israel “must be reasonable and make reasonable concessions.” Echoing the Arab demand that the Obama government take concrete steps, he revealed that during the president’s visit to Saudi Arabia the day before his Cairo speech, the monarchy told him it wanted to see action.

    “But we did not expect him [Obama] to be so specific,” the Foreign Minister revealed. “He called Israeli settlements in the West Bank ‘not legitimate’ — and this is more important, and stronger, than ‘not legal.’”

    The Saudi Peace Plans calls for the 22-member Arab league to recognize Israel as a country, but not necessarily as a Jewish state, on condition that it surrender all of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, including numerous neighborhoods in Jerusalem and the Old City, where the proposed PA state would be headquartered.

    It also wants to allow the immigration to Israel of five million foreign Arabs who claim ancestry in Israel.

  81. No “S”..the only statement I read was Obama allegedly calling Bill a bald face liar. Yet, the Clintons, god love ’em, must have some big picture plan as Bill remains silent, and Hillary has become BO’s biggest cheerleader.

  82. PJB: Breaking Bibi
    By Patrick J. Buchanan

    “I have to admire the residents of Iroquois territory for assuming that they have a right to determine where Jews lives in Jerusalem.”

    Thus did Israeli government press director Daniel Seamen caustically dismiss President Obama’s opposition to Israel’s right to “natural growth” of its settlements in Arab East Jerusalem and on the West Bank

  83. I believe Hillary has not left her moral compass off and has went over to the other side. She may be a little more liberal than Bill, but I don’t think so. All these buy outs cant be what Bill and Hillary would have done. I think she is giving Pampers enough rope to hang himself. You notice she always begins her statements with ” The President’s policy is this”, so I think she is letting him do himself in, which seems possible since now the people of Israel are picketting against the American President. I think this is the first time in history for this to happen!

  84. “I have to admire the residents of Iroquois territory for assuming that they have a right to determine where Jews lives in Jerusalem.”
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    I was thinking of precisely that analogy a few days ago. The elites in the original 13 colonies had no moral qualms about using scotts-irish clans to settle in Indian land and thus protect their lives and scalps from the predations of hostile tribes. Nunc pro tunc (then as now).

  85. Saudis to US: Issue Ultimatum to Israel

    by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

    (IsraelNN.com)
    The United States should cut off all to Israel if the Jewish state does not accept the terms of the 2002 Saudi Peace Plan, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister told Newsweek magazine.

    In answer to a question if U.S. President Barack Obama should use financial help as a tool to force Israel to implement the plan, the Foreign Minister stated, “Why not? If you give aid to someone and they indiscriminately occupy other people’s lands, you bear some responsibility.”
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    Dear Prince Saud al-Faisal

    I have your proposal. I would be most happy to give it my undivided attention provide you are willing to:

    1. stop oppressing and torturing your own people to the point that next to crude oil your biggest export is terrorism,

    2. take the money that you are now spending on golden crappers in 747 aircraft for the Royal Family and redistribute it to your subjects in the form of education and health care.

    3. make stooge Obama stop bowing to his Exelency King Abdullah, because he keeps splitting his trousers in the seat area.

    If that is unacceptable then just remember people who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

    VTY

  86. Huge structural flaws remain in the architecture of our financial system, and many of the fixes that the Obama administration has proposed will do little to address them and may make them worse.”
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    That is absolutely right.

  87. Jan–thanks. I hope you saw the Royal Canadian Mounted Police document which I posted for you a couple days ago.

    I just got back from a birthday celebration for a Chinese Grand Master in the Buddhaist religion. It was an amazing spectal and it was broadcast over the internet. They had masters there from all over the world. He is from Taiwan and his sect believes in reincarnation. He told a story about another grandmaster who was on his deathbed, and a student asked him where he intended to come back to in the next life. He answered the same place he had been living. The master who was telling the story scorned this response, and said it was too narrow. He said the proper answer to the question was anywhere and everywhere. The vision of a true Buddhaist must be wide enough to encompass the universe. It is the same with us if we are to penetrate the velvet fog that surrounds the fraudulent Mr. Obama.

  88. I believe Hillary has not left her moral compass off and has went over to the other side. She may be a little more liberal than Bill, but I don’t think so. All these buy outs cant be what Bill and Hillary would have done. I think she is giving Pampers enough rope to hang himself. You notice she always begins her statements with ” The President’s policy is this”, so I think she is letting him do himself in, which seems possible since now the people of Israel are picketting against the American President. I think this is the first time in history for this to happen!
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    Confloyd–I think you are absolutely correct. In the meantime, she may save both Israel and our country, by working effectively behind the scenes.

    Here are three basic lessons in negotiation (or mediation) which the man with no experience but impeccable judgment fails to comprehend:

    1. First, if you want to baragain tough fine. But if you do so to the point that you generate an emotional response from the other party, then you may not get any agreement. Obama has done that now with Israel, and it will be hard to come back from it.

    2. Second, what you say at the beginning of a negotiation and how you say it sets the tone for the entire negotiation. If you adopt a partisan approach you at the outset, that will infect the process for the duration. The false moral equivalency between how the jews were treated in world war II vs how arabs are treated today is destroys his credibility in the mind of many people.

    3. Third, if you want an agreement you do not announce a firm deadline, because the other party will drag its heels and squeeze you against that deadline. If you want to

    Yet that is what Mr. Obama has done foolishly. I find his stupidity here to be shocking, at least on the surface. But as Napoleon said never interrupt an enemy in the middle of a mistake.

  89. “But we did not expect him [Obama] to be so specific,” the Foreign Minister revealed. “He called Israeli settlements in the West Bank ‘not legitimate’ — and this is more important, and stronger, than ‘not legal.’”
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    So the Saudi stooge went even further than his handlers expected him to go in condemning Israels actions. Yes, Bambi, words matter. And this time, you and your big media suck asses will be rebutted.

  90. So the Saudi stooge went even further than his handlers expected him to go in condemning Israels actions. Yes, Bambi, words matter. And this time, you and your big media suck asses will be rebutted.
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    Why would he go further than he needed to? There are two possibilities I can think of: i) he is personally biased toward Israel, and/or ii) he does not understand that words matter.

    With respect to the first point, there is an eerie similarity between his condemnation of Israel and his condemnation of the United States. I believe it can be traced back to Reverend Wright and his infamous goddam America sermons.

    With respect to the second point, big media never held him accountable for his words and savaged those who dared to criticize. My sense is in the days and weeks ahead Mr. Obama will be held accountable, not by big media but by legitimate watchdog groups.

  91. Obamas speech suggests a moral condemation–the substitution of the word not legitimate for not lawful, his equating concentration camps with security precautions, but we are supposed to forgive him why? Because he has “no patience with Holocaust deniers”. Say what? What has Holocaust deniers got to do with the Arab Israeli dispute?

  92. jeswezey Says:

    June 7th, 2009 at 2:35 pm
    wbboei Says: June 7th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    “When it comes to equity based feminists, I think of two people: Hillary Clinton and Amelia Erhardt–the aviation pioneer. ”

    I also think of Coco Chanel and Shirley Chisolm, who ran for POTUS the year Chanel died.
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    I concur.

    Coco Chanel is a person of interest to me as well. Her life and work were of the grand style which you see nothing of today. She would be uncomfortable, I think, in the kind of celebrity culture we have now. Her observations about life were cynical, hopeful and instructive to those who would listen. Here is one of many that speaks truth:

    Jump out the window if you are the object of passion. Flee it if you feel it. Passion goes, boredom remains.”

  93. Here is what a wack job at The Gothamist said about Hillarys interview. My reply is below:

    Interesting choice of words… “serve with him” rather than “serve under him.” Heaven forbid she admit that she serves at the pleasure of the President and they are not equals.

    So far Obama’s seemingly bizarre choice has worked out brilliantly, but at the end of the day I hope no one is surprised when Hillary revisits the classic Clinton proclivity to screw things up. But even then, perhaps it was inevitable given the problems at home.
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    The problem with you my friend is you are so consumed with Clinton hate that you cannot see the forest for the trees. I thought they were both there to serve the country, but you imply that everyone is there to serve this nickel plated messiah. I have no more patience with you than Mr. Obama says he has with Holocaust deniers. I weary of his false moral equivalencies. If you want the truth you have to dig to get it. People like you settle for the big media narrative and get duped. Read the Chris Hedges article on the Obama brand. It will set you on the path to enlightenment.

  94. Don’t know if you recall my saying I lived in an area with the largest Muslim populaton in the US.
    Now this, from a town a couple of miles away.
    I know the sheriff and i know the area.
    Coincidence?
    I think not.
    WAYNE, N.J. — Three pipe bombs were found in a northern New Jersey town on Sunday, spurring numerous evacuations and road closures but causing no injuries.

    Passaic County Sheriff Jerry Speziale said the bombs were in a black plastic bag when they were discovered in a wooded area of Wayne around 3:30 p.m.

    BTW – check the pic of Meanchelle glaring at Carla on Drudge. I think the NYPost is also carrying the pic. PM posted it yesterday.

  95. “Words matter.”

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    This brings me to something that really upsets me. obama has taken the English language and destroyed it for me. He’s taken words and phrases that should and used to mean something important and tainted them forever. I wish he would just shut up or just use pig latin.

  96. June 9, 2009

    N. Korea Sentences 2 U.S. Journalists to 12 Years of Hard Labor

    By CHOE SANG-HUN

    SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Monday sentenced two American journalists to 12 years of hard labor in a case widely seen as a test of how far the isolated Communist state was willing to take its confrontation with the United States. The Central Court, the North’s highest court, held the trial of the two Americans, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, from Thursday to Monday and convicted them of “committing hostilities against the Korean nation and illegal entry,” the North’s official news agency, KCNA, said in a report monitored in Seoul.

    Ms. Ling and Ms. Lee were detained by North Korean soldiers patrolling the border between China and North Korea on March 17.

    “We are deeply concerned by the reported sentencing of the two American citizen journalists by North Korean authorities and we are engaged through all possible channels to secure their release,” Ian C. Kelly, a State Department spokesman, said in statement quoted by Reuters. “We once again urge North Korea to grant the immediate release of the two American citizen journalists on humanitarian grounds.”

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has called the charges “baseless” and the government had demanded that the North forgo the legal proceedings and release the two women.

    The trial was closed to foreign observers, including diplomats from the Swedish Embassy who have met the journalists on Washington’s behalf because the United States and North Korea have no diplomatic relations. The sentence, which cannot be appealed, came amid rising tensions between Washington and Pyongyang. Earlier Monday, North Korea threatened to retaliate with “extreme” measures if the United Nations punished it for its nuclear test last month, and Washington warned that it might try to restore the North to its list of states that sponsor terrorism, a designation that could subject the impoverished state to more financial sanctions.

    “Our response would be to consider sanctions against us as a declaration of war and answer it with extreme hard-line mes,” the North Korea’s state-run newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, said in a commentary.

    Ms. Ling and Ms. Lee were on a reporting assignment from Current TV, a San Francisco-based media company co-founded by Al Gore, the former vice president, when they were detained by the soldiers. The reporters were working on a report about North Korean refugees — women and children — who had fled their homeland in hopes of finding food in China. The circumstances surrounding their capture remain unclear.

    Analysts said they were pawns in a rapidly deteriorating confrontation between the United States and North Korea — a potential bargaining chip for the Pyongyang regime and a handicap for Washington in its efforts to pressure the government over its recent missile and nuclear tests. The sentence to North Korea’s infamous prison camps came despite repeated appeals for clemency from the journalists’ families.

    International human rights groups and defectors from the Communist state deplore the conditions at North Korean labor camps, where they say malnutrition, beatings and other rights abuses were rampant.

    Ms. Ling is said to suffer from an ulcer and needs medication. Ms. Lee has a four-year-old daughter at home.

    The sentence surprised some observers.
    “They meted out a verdict somewhat harsher than I had expected. It means that North Korea doesn’t want to release them without Washington paying a price,” said Lee Woo-young, a North Korea specialist at the University of North Korea Studies in Seoul. “It sends a signal to Washington to become more active in negotiations.”

    Lee Sang-hyun, an analyst at the Sejong Institute, said that North Korea would eventually free the two journalists — _ as Iran expelled Roxana Saberi, an American journalist who spent four months in an Iranian prison — but not before Washington sends a prominent envoy to Pyongyang.

    Ms. Saberi was originally sentenced to eight years in prison on charges of spying for the United States but was released May 11 after an appeals court reduced her sentence to a two-year suspended sentence.

    Defying not only its traditional foes — the United States, Japan and South Korea — but also its longtime ideological allies, China and Russia, North Korea launched an intermediate-range rocket on April 5 and conducted an underground nuclear test on May 25.

    nytimes.com/2009/06/09/world/asia/09north.html?hp

  97. N. Korea Sentences 2 U.S. Journalists to 12 Years of Hard Labor
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    I have no problem with this as long as they let me pick the “journalists”. I expect that hard labor will kill them.

  98. Most people have enough common sense not to go down dark alleys at night, cruise through Central Park after dark, or wander into countries who are at war with the United States defacto if not de jure. But journalists seem to revel in this practice and when they suffer the inevitable consequences they become an international incident. It would seem that with the other problems we have to deal with right now we will reach a point where we are too busy to do this. And, if we do expend the effort, the taxpayers should be entitled to the royalties these flakes right when they are ultimately freed and write self serving books about their harrowing experience which are intended to make them look heroic which they are not, rather than stupid which they are. But as I said above, if we can do a hostage swap–these two for modo and olberstrumfuerer, then I have no problem with it.

  99. Analysts said they were pawns in a rapidly deteriorating confrontation between the United States and North Korea — a potential bargaining chip for the Pyongyang regime and a handicap for Washington in its efforts to pressure the government over its recent missile and nuclear tests. The sentence to North Korea’s infamous prison camps came despite repeated appeals for clemency from the journalists’ families.
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    It is unclear to me what North Koreas end game is here. It has the bomb. It needs foreign aid. How is this course of action advancing that agenda. If the goal is to get the worlds attention, then they have succeeded. But once that happens, what usually follows is a demand of some kind, rather than more provocation. It makes you wonder if the end game here is not nuclear war. Mr. Obama will avoid military confrontation and settle for more international sanctions. But that ma trigger the very response he hopes to avoid. Where is Judas Richardson when the county needs him. All 250 pounds of dirty laundry, a stylish gotee and soon a striped prison suit one can only hope.

  100. If you analyze the ebb and flow of politics by the pronouncements of public figures by this public pronouncements, you will be misled. The actions are more revealing. In the case of the 3am call, Hillary told Stepandfetchit that bambi could handle it, but notice that when the North Korea provocation occured she was in the room with him at 3am making the calls to world leaders. What he was doing at that point is less clear. Probably asking Soros and the Saudi King what do I do now?

  101. Three pipe bombs were found in a northern New Jersey town on Sunday, spurring numerous evacuations and road closures but causing no injuries
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    Since they were Muslims, I am sure Obama would say they were planning a Fourth of July celebration, their supplier was out of firecrackers so they decided to improvise. Obamas buddy Bill Ayers the Nail Bomber was a devotee of similar celebrations.

  102. EUROPE LURCHES RIGHT so reads the headline of Foreign Policy Magazine. The electoral trend away from markets and toward resurgent nationalism is in evidence. This trend will be worrisome to Obamites who will see it as a leading indicator of 2010. That assumes the Republican Party gets its act together the sooner the better.

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    Top Story: It was a big night for European Conservatives, who picked up European Parliament seats in Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Britain, and Spain in continent-wide elections marked by record-low turnout. European Commission President blamed governments for voter apathy about the EU, saying, “National politicians, whose debates all too often remain largely national in their focus, must acknowledge themselves more consistently as both national and European actors.”

    One national leader who is celebrating is French President Nicolas Sarkozy who became the first French president to lead his party to European victory since 1979, with the opposition socialists barely beating out the third-place green party. Sarkozy will meet this week with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, another winner, ” to open up new projects” for the Union.

    Across the English Channel, the mood is not so bright. After the Labor Party’s worst electoral result since 1910, rebel Labor lawmakers will meet today to decide whether to mount a campaign to remove Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The British political establishment has also been shaken up by the strong showing of the widely reviled, anti-immigrant British National Party, which won its first ever seat in the European Parliament.

  103. RECALL THE STIMULUS:

    A worthy read on the financial situation, and how obama’s string-pulling of the Fed is making things worse. Great technical details.

    Granted, if you look at the bottom, this is one of the folks who gave us Reaganomics, but still, that does not invalidate valid criticism.

    First, two quotes from the article:

    “Economic blogger Scott Grannis says “recall the stimulus.” Prof. Russell Roberts of George Mason notes that only $36 billion of the stimulus has been spent through May, out of a total $787 billion. And USA Today reports that $209 billion in countercyclical automatic safety-net stabilizers — which is apart from the stimulus package — has already been spent on unemployment insurance, food stamps, Medicaid, and early Social Security retirements.”

    “Here’s the moral of this story: Excessive Fed pump-priming and over-the-top federal spending is what matters, not the budget deficit. If we keep paying people not to work by piling on more transfer payments and government subsidies, economic growth will suffer mightily. And if the Fed keeps buying bonds issued by Uncle Sam, inflation will ratchet higher.”

    realclearmarkets.com/articles/2009/06/its_the_printing_presses_stupi.html

    It’s the Printing Presses, Stupid
    ======================

    By Larry Kudlow
    June 04, 2009

    Testifying before the House Budget Committee this week, Ben Bernanke said that when the time comes, the Fed will raise interest rates in order to stop inflation from building in the next recovery. He also asked for “fiscal balance” to sustain financial stability. On the surface — in terms of keeping prices stable and restoring value to the softening U.S. dollar — this is positive. Surely Mr. Bernanke wants to do right for America, and he’s giving it his best shot.

    But when you talk to traders and economists, the whisper story is that Bernanke and the Fed are no longer truly independent of the Obama White House and Treasury. As a result, Bernanke will not be able to slow down the printing presses and gradually lift the near-zero target rate in a timely and effective manner. Already the Fed has created more than $1 trillion in new cash, and the M2 money supply is growing at its fastest pace in 25 years.

    This monetary explosion explains what’s really driving the dollar down and Treasury rates up (alongside rising gold and oil prices). It’s not huge budget deficits, but the growing fear that a less-than-independent Fed will keep pushing new money into the financial system in order to fund Obama’s liberal spending policies.

    This week, German chancellor Angela Merkel launched a broadside against the Fed, saying she views the Fed’s powers “with great skepticism.” It was an important rebuke. Here’s the elected leader of a major country actually telling a central bank to stop the printing presses and avoid creating yet another inflationary bubble during the next recovery cycle. In other words, it’s the printing presses, stupid.

    Rising inflation and interest rates are always a monetary problem. When Dick Cheney said a few years ago that deficits don’t matter, he was basically right. There is no clear relationship between budget deficits, inflation, and interest rates. In fact, for most of the’80s and ’90s, and much of the 2000s (excepting the 2003–05 bubble), interest rates and inflation fell while deficits averaged over $200 billion a year and got as high as 6 percent of GDP at some points. This is because Paul Volcker and Alan Greenspan restrained money-supply growth in a non-inflationary manner.

    Now surely today’s $2 trillion deficit — which is 13 percent of GDP and likely to remain very high — is a shocking number. But if the Fed refuses to monetize the deficit, inflation will stay low and long-term interest rates will normalize. Conventional economists and most politicians do not understand that excess money is the root cause of inflation, spiking rates, and a bad, unwanted dollar.

    Unfortunately, with the Fed purchasing Treasury bonds, mortgage-backed securities, and other asset-backed bonds, the growing suspicion is that Bernanke & Co. is too entangled in Obama economic policy. Therefore, a timely Fed exit strategy is just as unlikely as a timely fiscal exit strategy to remove unnecessary budget spending and TARP money.

    With clear signs of economic recovery on the horizon, some are now calling for an end to the unnecessary stimulus package and a de-TARPing across-the-board. Along with a big rise in the money supply, there’s been a rebound in commodities, a stabilization in housing, falling unemployment claims, a booming stock market, narrowing credit spreads, and rising ISM manufacturing reports. All this is telling us that additional stimulus is unnecessary.

    Economic blogger Scott Grannis says “recall the stimulus.” Prof. Russell Roberts of George Mason notes that only $36 billion of the stimulus has been spent through May, out of a total $787 billion. And USA Today reports that $209 billion in countercyclical automatic safety-net stabilizers — which is apart from the stimulus package — has already been spent on unemployment insurance, food stamps, Medicaid, and early Social Security retirements.

    On the eve of recovery, with all this prior spending, why on Earth do we need more?

    Policy analyst Dan Clifton tells me that the $200 billion spending increase scheduled for 2011 to 2019 should definitely be rolled back from the Obama stimulus package, before it’s built into the current-services spending baseline. And let’s not forget that the Obama Democrats already passed a $400 billion omnibus spending bill for 2009. So anybody in Washington who is serious about spending and deficits can save hundreds of billions of dollars by rolling back the stimulus package and TARP. The financial system is healing, and banks want to pay TARP down anyway.

    Here’s the moral of this story: Excessive Fed pump-priming and over-the-top federal spending is what matters, not the budget deficit. If we keep paying people not to work by piling on more transfer payments and government subsidies, economic growth will suffer mightily. And if the Fed keeps buying bonds issued by Uncle Sam, inflation will ratchet higher.

    Republicans, are you listening? Rollback the unnecessary stimulus and restore the Fed’s independence.

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    Lawrence Kudlow is host of CNBC’s The Kudlow Report and co-host of The Call. He is also a former Reagan economic advisor and a syndicated columnist. Visit his blog, Kudlow’s Money Politics.

  104. Netanyahu to Outline Talks

    By JOSHUA MITNICK

    TEL AVIV — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he plans an address next week on how he will advance negotiations with the Palestinians, following two weeks of U.S. pressure over Jewish settlement growth that have put him on the defensive.

    President Barack Obama’s public diplomacy, culminating with last week’s speech at Cairo University, has gotten favorable coverage in Israel — even though he is demanding Mr. Netanyahu buck the base of his coalition and become the first Israeli leader to freeze settlement construction in the West Bank and Arab East Jerusalem.

    Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu, above, at a Sunday cabinet meeting, plans a policy address this week on negotiations with the Palestinians.
    Mr. Netanyahu is insisting Israel continue with a “natural expansion” of the settlements. This stance is coming under criticism in Israel, not for the actual policy but for not being diplomatically nuanced enough to satisfy to both the U.S. and Mr. Netanyahu’s hard-line coalition partners.

    The daily Yediot Ahronot newspaper said Mr. Netanyahu’s stubbornness risks a “head-on collision” with the U.S., Israel’s most important ally. The last time such a rift in U.S.-Israel diplomacy occurred was in 1991, when, in response to then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir’s refusal to freeze settlements, U.S. President George H.W. Bush held up loan guarantees to help resettle former Soviet Jewish immigrants in Israel. Mr. Shamir’s defeat in the 1992 elections is blamed in part on this rift.

    Some Israeli commentators are faulting Mr. Netanyahu for allowing the U.S. to gain the upper hand. Mr. Obama “gave a sweeping, sometimes moving, statesman-like, and brave speech at Cairo University,” wrote Ben Caspit, a political columnist in the Ma’ariv newspaper in Tel Aviv. “The Americans changed the rules, and to their credit, it should be said they gave prior notice. The mistake of Netanyahu is that he didn’t take it with the necessary seriousness.”

    Mr. Obama’s Middle East envoy, George Mitchell, arrives in the region Monday to continue another round of talks with Israel to resolve differences.

    online.wsj.com/article/SB124442486510292957.html

  105. Bambi’s best friends are at it again…

    Booby-trapped horses used in failed terror attack

    Jun. 8, 2009
    YAAKOV LAPPIN

    Under the cover of morning fog, a group of around 10 Palestinian gunmen armed with “huge amounts of explosives” launched a failed Gaza border assault at the Karni Crossing on Monday, in which booby-trapped horses were used, a security source told The Jerusalem Post. At least four terrorists were killed in an ensuing exchange of fire with the IDF. No Israeli soldiers were wounded in the incident. The terror cell belonged to the Janud Ansar Allah (Soldiers Loyal to Allah) organization, a small group which is linked to Iran and Hizbullah, the security source added.

    Members of the cell, some of whom had suicide bomb belts strapped around their bodies, led the horses from trucks and began planting explosive devices along the fence. They were identified by IDF soldiers on patrol, of Golani’s 13th Battalion. The gunmen proceeded to open fire on the troops, while mortar fire from deep within the Gaza Strip was also directed at the soldiers.

    Soldiers returned fire, and called for backup. At first, tanks were dispatched to the scene, and fired on the terror cell. Air Force combat helicopters then joined the fight, also firing on terrorist targets from above. “A very big terror attack was thwarted,” the security source said. “These terrorists were armed with a huge quantity of explosives. They launched a combined attack, using mortars, and attempted to approach the border fence with booby-trapped horses to harm our soldiers, before firing on our force.”

    “Hamas did not carry out this attack but they certainly provide general coverage for these small groups,” the source continued, adding that it was too soon to know whether the cell had planned to kidnap soldiers. “The area turned into a war zone,” the source said. “Southern Command forces are prepared for these types of attacks, and are aware of the dangers present in the morning fog. There is always the chance terrorists will try to use it for an attack,” he added.

    Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Monday afternoon praised the army’s “effectiveness” in foiling the attack, and said it was quite possible that one of the aims of the assault was to kidnap an IDF soldier, a claim made by Hamas television. “The results speak for themselves, and prove the preparedness and the alertness of our forces along the Gaza border,” Barak told a Labor faction meeting. “I hope that all future operations end with the same type of result.”

    Ismail Haniyeh, who heads Gaza’s Hamas government, praised the attackers as “martyrs,” and said the violence confirmed Israel’s “aggressive intentions” toward the Palestinians.

    Following the attack, Israel closed the Karni crossing, the main commercial terminal between Israel and Gaza, as well as the Nahal Oz fuel depot. However, 30,000 vaccine units against foot-and-mouth disease were transferred to Gaza via the Erez crossing, despite the thwarted attack. The IDF said that 125,000 units had been supplied to the Strip in the last three months in three separate transfers, due to the importance of preventing the outbreak of the disease.

    In addition, 140 truckloads of humanitarian aid was scheduled to be transferred via the Kerem Shalom crossing.

    jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1244371036350&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

  106. Poll: Obama’s policies bad for Israel

    Jun. 8, 2009
    Gil Hoffman , THE JERUSALEM POST

    A majority of Israelis believe that the Middle East policies of US President Barack Obama are not good for the Jewish state, according to a Dahaf Institute poll taken ahead of Obama’s speech to the Muslim world.

    The poll of 501 Israelis, sponsored by Yediot Aharonot and representing a statistical sample of the population, found that 53 percent believed Obama’s policies were not good for Israel and just 26% said they were good. The rest did not respond. Fifty-one percent said Obama cared more about the Palestinian desire for a state than about Israeli security, and just 22% said he put Israel’s security needs first.

    Asked whether they were disappointed with Obama’s policies, 51% said yes, 41% said no and the rest declined to answer. Half the respondents said they blamed both Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for the perceived crisis between Israel and the US, 28% solely blamed Obama and 16% just Netanyahu.

    Forty-seven percent approved of Netanyahu’s performance thus far as prime minister, while 45% disapproved. But when asked specifically about his handling of relations with the US, 47% were dissatisfied and only 34% approved. A majority (56% vs. 40%) said Netanyahu should give into Obama’s demands. However, most respondents (50% vs. 44%) said they did not believe Netanyahu would allow the formation of a Palestinian state.

    On the settlement issue, Israelis, unlike the Obama government, differentiate between established settlements and unauthorized outposts. Seventy percent called for removing outposts, and just 25% supported keeping them. However, regarding freezing current settlements, the gap was much smaller, with 52% in favor and 43% opposed. Regarding natural growth in settlements, 54% said it should be considered and 42% said it should not.

    The first poll taken after Obama’s speech will be published in The Jerusalem Post later this week.

    jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1244371037911&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

  107. The Bond War

    Why Paul Krugman and Niall Ferguson are hammering each other about T-Bill interest rates.

    By Daniel Gross

    Posted Thursday, June 4, 2009, at 4:25 PM ET

    Paul KrugmanIt’s fair to say that 10-year and 30-year Treasury bonds are not subjects that enthrall the American public the way, say, Kate Gosselin does. In the last six months, however, the state of those bonds has become the subject of feverish argument in the economic elite. The interest rate of the 10-year Treasury bond has spiked from 2.07 percent in December 2008, when the world was falling apart, to a recent high of 3.715 percent on June 1—a 79 percent increase. The 30-year bond has risen from 2.5 percent last December to about 4.5 percent today. Now factions led by economist Paul Krugman and historian Niall Ferguson are feuding bitterly about the import of these charts. In late April, Krugman and Ferguson squared off at a New York Review of Books/PEN panel, and they’ve continued with an op-ed war in the Financial Times and New York Times (Ferguson here and Krugman here).

    In a nutshell, Ferguson and his allies believe that the rising bond yields prove that markets are worried about the inflation that will inevitably result from the fiscal policies of the Obama administration and the Fed. Given the large deficits and rising concerns about the viability of Social Security and Medicare, Ferguson writes, “It is hardly surprising, then, that the bond market is quailing. For only on Planet Econ-101 (the standard macroeconomics course drummed into every U.S. undergraduate) could such a tidal wave of debt issuance exert ‘no upward pressure on interest rates.’ ” Ferguson’s fears have been echoed by the planet’s leading inflation-phobe German Chancellor Angela Merkel and by influential Stanford economist John Taylor. Turn on CNBC, and you’re likely to hear talk about bond-market vigilantes, the mass of traders who sell bonds and push interest rates up in order to warn governments not to spend freely.

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    Related in Slate
    Dan Gross talked sense on the last bond bubble, gendered the world of stocks and bonds, and pooh-poohed the prognostications of America’s irreversible decline. Jack Shafer defended Paul Krugman from the righteous onslaught of Andrew Sullivan. Gross also gloried in the history of the government as lender of last resort.Krugman and his fellow travelers couldn’t disagree more. Far from being a sign of failure and impending disaster, they say, the rising bond yields actually signal success and impending improvement. Government bonds were so low last December because the world’s investors were totally freaked out about risk. They sold everything—U.S. stocks, emerging market government bonds, corporate bonds in Europe, Indian stocks—and parked their cash in the safest, most liquid investment around: U.S. government bonds. In the months since then, as the stimulus and bailouts have helped stabilize the economy, investors have started to relax. The indicators of market stress have improved. And so investors this spring began to sell the low-yielding bonds and start buying stocks and other assets again. Check out these six-month charts of the main stock market indices in Brazil and India. Clear-headed as always, Martin Wolf of the Financial Times notes: “The jump in bond rates is a desirable normalisation after a panic. Investors rushed into the dollar and government bonds. Now they are rushing out again. Welcome to the giddy world of financial markets.” This line of argument makes sense, especially when you look at a very long-term chart of the 30-year bonds, which shows just how much of an aberration the December 2008 lows were. Does that chart look like a market that is worrying about the prospect of long-term inflation and high-interest rates in the future?

    In evaluating the relative claims of the pessimists and the optimists, you also have to evaluate the messengers. And in this instance, the Fergusonians lack credibility. H.L. Mencken tagged the Puritans as people possessed of the “haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” Ferguson represents a strain of intellectual Toryism bedeviled by the haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be getting social insurance. (Fellow sufferers include Clive Crook, Andrew Sullivan, and George Will.) Their solution to the problem of large deficits always seems to be to cut entitlements and never to raise taxes.

    As for the bond vigilantes, have you noticed that they seem to surface only when a Democrat is in the White House? Stanford’s John Taylor didn’t write many articles about the inflationary aspects of rapidly expanding deficits when the Bush administration and Congress were turning surpluses into huge deficits, massively increasing government spending, and creating a new Medicare prescription drug entitlement. He was working in the Bush Treasury Department. As Krugman notes, “But it’s hard to escape the sense that the current inflation fear-mongering is partly political, coming largely from economists who had no problem with deficits caused by tax cuts but suddenly became fiscal scolds when the government started spending money to rescue the economy. And their goal seems to be to bully the Obama administration into abandoning those rescue efforts.”

    What’s more, the theory of bond vigilantes rests on the notion that the stock and bond markets function as a sort of daily tracking poll, rendering a thumbs up or thumbs down on the efficacy of President Obama’s economic plans. If you watch CNBC, though, the market seems capable of showing only its disapproval. All the yahoos who shrieked about the “Obama bear market” when stocks struggled in the first quarter of 2009 haven’t turned around and declared an “Obama bull market” even though the S&P 500 has rallied 37 percent since March.

    Both the Fergusonians and the Krugmanites (of whom I count myself one) err in reading too much into short-term fluctuations in bond prices. There’s so much more at work. Randall Forsyth of Barron’s explains a technical reason for the short-term spike in 10-year and 30-year rates. Banks and financial institutions that own mortgages hedge their exposure to refinancing by buying and selling Treasury bonds. When mortgage rates start to rise, as they’ve done in recent weeks, institutions do the opposite and sell. “While mortgage investors previously had bought noncallable Treasuries to offset the risk of their mortgages, mortgage investors have unwound that hedge, selling their Treasuries,” Forsyth writes.

    Finally, the notion that the market is telling us something—anything—ultimately rests on the erroneous assumption that financial markets represent the collective wisdom of rational actors processing information efficiently. There are plenty of cool-minded forward-thinking investors in the markets. But there are also a lot of lunatics, fools, sharks, widows and orphans, government actors with ulterior motives, algorithmic traders, greedy speculators, and whack jobs. The markets resemble the Star Wars bar scene more than they do the economics faculty lounge at Princeton.

    One former denizen of that lounge, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, seemed to split the difference yesterday. “However, in recent weeks, yields on longer-term Treasury securities and fixed-rate mortgages have risen,” he told Congress. “These increases appear to reflect concerns about large federal deficits but also other causes, including greater optimism about the economic outlook, a reversal of flight-to-quality flows, and technical factors related to the hedging of mortgage holdings.”

  108. I do not know if she is the same person but 10 years ago I met a young woman named laura ling. We were doing a a volunteer thing like dress for sucess. I had to get everything going at 5 am. She was there with coffee in hand. The area was what I guess they know call noho- noirth of houston. Anywho we had a bunch of donated clothing intended to be worn by women going on interviews. 100 percent charity we got zero for our efforts and we picked up stuff all over the city for free. Treated very poorly by lots of the upper east side donators. AgainI wonder if it is the same laura ling. If so she is an amazing gift to the world who doesn’t deserve being played with.

  109. PROMISES, PROMISES

    How many of these “600,000” stimulus jobs are:

    new?
    saved?
    hope to be new?
    hope to be saved?
    extrapolated based on prorated job creation projections?

    Yeah, I thought so…

    yahoo.com/s/ap/20090608/ap_on_bi_ge/us_obama_stimulus

    Obama promises more than 600,000 stimulus jobs
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    By BRETT BLACKLEDGE, Associated Press Writer Brett Blackledge, Associated Press Writer – 1 min ago
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is promising to deliver more than 600,000 jobs through his $787 billion stimulus plan this summer, repackaging a pledge the administration made weeks earlier as the economy continues to lose hundreds of thousands of jobs each month.

    Obama spotlighted billions in federal agency spending planned this summer in an announcement Monday designed to draw attention to his stimulus program. Much of the spending he announced already was in the works, including hundreds of maintenance projects at military bases, about 1,600 state road and airport improvements, and federal money states budgeted for 135,000 teachers, principals and school support staff.

    Obama’s promise to create large numbers of jobs — a vow that Vice President Joe Biden made last month — quickly drew criticism from oponents and economists who have argued his stimulus plan thus far hasn’t delivered.

    “I think these estimates are overly optimistic,” said Arpitha Bykere, a senior analyst with RGE Monitor.

    Bykere said it likely will be later this year before any meaningful job creation occurs from stimulus spending.

    The administration had always viewed the summer as a peak for stimulus spending, as better weather permits more public works construction and federal agencies had processed requests from states and others.

    The government reported last week that the number of unemployed continues to rise; the unemployment rate now sits at 9.4 percent, the highest in more than 25 years. Hundreds of thousands of Americans continue to lose jobs each month, although fewer jobs were lost last month than expected.

    Just how much of an impact Obama’s recovery program had on the pace of job losses is up for debate. Obama has claimed as many as 150,000 jobs saved or created by his stimulus plan so far, even as government reports have shown the economy has lost more than 1.6 million jobs since Congress approved funding for the program in February.

    Republicans remain critical of the stimulus spending, slamming it as a big government program that ultimately will do little for recovery. With only a fraction of the federal money actually spent thus far, it’s premature to give the stimulus plan credit for economic trends, congressional Republicans said last week.

    “I think the economy is just as likely to begin to recover on its own, wholly aside from this, before much of this has an impact. So I’m very skeptical that this massive sort of spending binge that we’ve engaged in is going to have much of an impact,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

    Obama initially offered his stimulus plan as a way to put people back to work, a promise that 3.5 million jobs would be saved or created. The administration’s predictions that unemployment would rise no higher than 8 percent already have been shattered, leaving Obama’s advisers to caution that job growth takes time, even as recovery spending intensifies.

    Federal agencies will release billions of stimulus dollars to states in the coming months.

    Health and Human Services will provide funding for 1,129 health centers to provide expanded service for 300,000 patients; Interior will begin improvements on 107 national parks; Veterans Affairs will start work on 90 medical centers in 38 states; the Justice Department will fund 5,000 law enforcement jobs; the Agriculture Department will begin 200 new rural waste and water system projects; and the Environmental Protection Agency will begin or accelerate the cleanup of 20 Superfund sites.

  110. “Obama has claimed as many as 150,000 jobs saved or created by his stimulus plan so far, even as government reports have shown the economy has lost more than 1.6 million jobs since Congress approved funding for the program in February.”
    &&&&

    What type of math is obama using?

    Trig? Calculus? Bogus Field Theory Cominatrics?

    Or do they just go up to the podium and lie?

  111. I find it fascinating that bambi would dispatch a man of no honor like Axelrod to defend his misbegotten gutspilling blame america and blame israel first speech rather than his chief diplomat.

    Axelegrease says inflamatory statements of this nature are necessary to jump start the process? Really???

    This is not frank talk it a dissembling rehash of reverend wright. It happens every time he finds himself on foreign soil. Someone then has to apologize for it. In this case he picked a dirty man for a dirty job.

    He is an idiot.

  112. For Bambi to go out as far as he did on a limb suggests one of two explanations. He is either delusional or he intends to use blackmail–which is his tactic of choice to force a bad deal down Israels throat, while he maintains plausible deniablility. We have seen it before. I hope nobody has given him any opening. Still that does not preclude a smear. If he pulls that shit, they need to go after him politically.

  113. bibi needs to stand firm and not take the bait. If Bambi threatens to withdraw support, etc… and bibi doesn’t bite, then where does that leave Bambi?

  114. bibi needs to stand firm and not take the bait. If Bambi threatens to withdraw support, etc… and bibi doesn’t bite, then where does that leave Bambi?
    ———————————
    He has got to be as solid as the rock of Gibralter. He knows he has lots of friends here and around the world, jews and gentiles alike. Many of them see the juggarnut of bambi and big media as a bullying force, whose bona fides are suspect. Also, Israel has many friends in Congress and throughout government. Whatever money Bambi might withold in service of his Saudi masters can be easily replaced with private donations.

  115. youtube.com/watch?v=1QCvMXFYyQk&feature=related

    H stuff and Ws.

    This young man can play Beethovan on the piano with no Sheet Music. I have some musical talent, but this young man is truely amazing. Just thought I would add some music to the blog.

  116. THE OBAMA / MEDIA WEB:

    Article in Vanity, quite lengthy, excellent insight into obama’s Fuhrer-level control of the media. I provided excerpts, but it turns out to be like 60% of the article. Sorry.

    vanityfair.com/politics/features/2009/07/wolff200907?printable=true&currentPage=all

    The White House
    The Power and the Story
    The Obamas may have the smartest, most finely calibrated press operation in White House history, parceling out scoops (The New York Times), partisan talking points (the Huffington Post), and First Family tidbits (the celebrity mags) to a desperate media. Just don’t ask them to admit it.

    Some great excerpts:

    1. “The Obama presidency is striving to be the most open and available in modern history, hence—and I am here on the 98th day—its first 100 days of remarkable staging, including dogs, wife, children, mother-in-law, bailouts, and handshakes and bows with dubious world leaders. But what it doesn’t want to be open about is the staging itself. One of its least favorite subjects is media. As much as the Obama-ites don’t want to be as defensive and recalcitrant as the Bushes were when it came to the press, having methodically reviewed all lessons from recent administrations, they also don’t want to seem as clever, pleased with themselves, and publicity-crazed as the Clintons, who talked endlessly of media strategies—precisely because they are much more clever and publicity-crazed.”

    2. “Even though I’ve been invited to the White House for a talk with Gibbs, there’s an abrupt cancellation when, after some chitchat with Burton, it becomes clear that my interest is in process rather than, per se, message. And then a kind of sudden vaporization—no Gibbs, according to Marissa Hopkins, his assistant, “for the foreseeable future.” ”

    3. “In part this meticulousness is just good management. The Obama administration has started with 14 professionals working in the office of the press secretary—and an astounding 47 more devoted to other aspects of media and message—which is significantly more than the communications staffs of many Fortune 500 corporations. But the media operation goes deeper than that. It’s more central than in any previous administration, and run more knowledgeably. Gibbs may be personally closer to the president than any press secretary in history; Rahm Emanuel, the president’s chief of staff, is not only a press hound himself but a master at manipulating the media with juicy leaks (unlike, say, Bush’s Andy Card, who may never have had a one-on-one conversation with a reporter before becoming chief of staff); and David Axelrod, the administration’s main media strategist, is a former reporter for the Chicago Tribune.”

    4. “But even a president predisposed to the press (and with a press predisposed to him) is sooner or later going to snap. And, worth noting, no president, after years of campaigning, is all that predisposed. Presidents, on a good day, regard almost all members of the press as mean-spirited, lazy, and only occasionally useful.

    All presidents begin with a theory on how to tame the beast.

    The Clinton administration came to Washington with the logical, if boneheaded, idea that the best way to deal with the press was to move it out of the West Wing and keep it at arm’s length—a gambit which cost the Clinton White House, from the get-go, the goodwill of the people whom, next to Congress, it needed most.

    The Obama approach has been more subtle but, in its way, more threatening. Even before formally taking possession of the White House and pressroom, the team began to talk about keeping Obama’s much vaunted peer-to-peer network of millions of small contributors in place, of making it a central outlet of its communications strategy. The implication seemed clear: newspapers and networks had a swiftly declining market, while the Obama administration had created an audience that it could reach through its own distribution prowess and that hung on its every word.”

    5. “Gibbs has reversed this dynamic. It’s not just that he successfully holds the pressroom at bay. It’s that he clearly doesn’t take the press very seriously. Gibbs is perfectly affable and even, in his way, courtly. And yet he seems to be not quite listening. Nothing touches him. This is no doubt partly because everybody understands he’s in like Flynn. Unlike with most press secretaries, where the press has the leverage of often knowing more than the press secretary, who is usually a relatively weak West Wing link, Gibbs really knows all, apparently—he’s as present as anyone in the creation of Obama policy. There is too the Obama 30-point advantage—he’s got America eating out of his hand. Gibbs has, at least so far, an easy product to sell. And then there’s the personal insecurity on the part of members of the incredible shrinking press—their days are numbered and they know it.

    All of which might have something to do in the dominance-and-submission equation with why, at the president’s 100-day press conference, there were no questions about the bailouts or Afghanistan, perhaps the two most intractable issues facing the administration. When the other guy is strong and you are weak, you try to behave yourself.”

    6. “In fact, it almost seems as though the Obama people have abandoned that grail of all White Houses, to bypass the mainstream media and go directly to the people, to get the message out, pure and unfiltered—which, with their millions of e-mail addresses and Twitter followers, never seemed so possible as now.

    Instead, they’re wooing The New York Times as assiduously as Pierre Salinger did on behalf of John Kennedy in 1962. And, perhaps not surprisingly, The New York Times woos back—rewarding the president with a lavishness of coverage not seen since, well, J.F.K. in 1962. It’s an establishment lovefest.

    It’s some perfect re-creation of a relationship between president and news media that has not been seen since the White House pressroom was a clubby place with reporters invited into the press secretary’s office for whiskey and cigars. It’s cozy. Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod, who would have been, in previous administrations, the highest and most exclusive White House sources, have become almost casual quotes for the Times.

    It is, curiously, a return to a time when the press was so much more dependent on the goodwill, and susceptible to the care and feeding, of the president. Indeed, The New York Times, and the rest of the established press, needs Barack Obama a lot more than he needs them.”

    7. “Courting the dinosaurs, the Obama people feed the increasingly hungry new media the scraps—and manage, mostly, to have them thankful for them.

    The Huffington Post has become an ideal back door for the most partisan stuff. It’s being used in a way that suddenly seems not all that dissimilar to how the Bush White House used Fox News. It’s as obvious and as unfiltered.

    “The Times, it appears, gets soft, thoughtful, and complicated stuff. HuffPo gets the mean and simplistic,” says Michael Tomasky, The Guardian’s Washington-based American editor-at-large.

    In other words, the Obama people have purchase on both established media and partisan media. If the Bush people ran a singular, blaring, drumbeating message, the Obama people are running a message across numerous spectra of purpose and subtlety and payoff. Indeed, while the Times seems reserved for the more weighty exegesis, and the HuffPo for its attacks, Politico, the politics-focused site that began during the last political campaign and is now trying to build an off-election-cycle business, has become the prime outlet for Obama White House gossip—the fuel of the day’s political kibitzing, the candy by which an odd intimacy is created with both the media and the political hard core. It’s politics as a short take—politics as an item. “They use it for the quick pops. They get the headline out there. They short-circuit analysis. They keep momentum going. All day, rat-a-tat-tat,” says one pressroom-watcher. “They essentially write it themselves.”

    8. “And this may not even be the most powerful part of the White House press strategy. If most of the press is failing, one part is rising: the celebrity press. Now, the central formulation of the celebrity press, codified in the early days of People magazine by its first and legendary editor, Dick Stolley, is that, in the descending preference of who makes a good cover, from movie star to television star to sports figure to sick child, the one category of celebrity you ought never to choose is politician.

    Arguably, the celebrity press came into existence and has grown with such force as a reflection of America’s disenchantment with and lack of interest in politics and politicians. Civic life lost its connection to popular culture.

    Until Obama. Now, in the hierarchy of celebrities, nobody ranks as high, or is as cover-worthy, as the president and his family.

    Inside Edition, the syndicated tabloid show which specializes in the frothiest celebrity news and goriest celebrity scandals, now looks for an Obama angle on whatever story it’s pursuing. “Any story gets hotter if you’ve got Obama in it,” says a producer on the show.

    As for Michelle Obama, she may seem to be everywhere—the most revered and omnipresent woman in the land—but this is in fact a function of her lack of availability. The First Lady appears in public only about three days a week. Exclusivity and unattainability make the brand.

    Indeed, the efforts at control—negotiating all the nuances of celebrity coverage—by the White House press team are pretty much at the levels of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.”

  117. Where is the outrage that these terrorists used horses to commit terror? How do you engage this so called partner for peace?

  118. “As for Michelle Obama, she may seem to be everywhere—the most revered and omnipresent woman in the land—but this is in fact a function of her lack of availability. The First Lady appears in public only about three days a week. ”
    &&&

    Good. The less, the better. “She was a handsome woman, in a kind of horse-like handsomely way. Great biceps, hon.”

  119. AND NOW, MORE BACK-DOOR SPOON FEEDING FROM POLITICO:

    politico.com/news/stories/0609/23467.html

    Barack Obama to increase stimulus spending
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    President Barack Obama is announcing Monday that he is ramping up stimulus spending exponentially in the next three months, allowing the administration to “save or create” 600,000 jobs — four times as many as during the first 100 days since he signed the bill.

    The spending plans include national parks, summer youth jobs, veterans’ medical centers, police and teachers.

    Obama will make the announcement during a late-morning Cabinet meeting, when Vice President Joe Biden will present a Roadmap to Recovery, which the White House calls “an administration-wide effort to accelerate implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in its second 100 days.”

    “As a result of this accelerated pace of activity, over 600,000 jobs are expected to be created or saved by the Recovery Act in the second 100 days,” compared with roughly 150,000 in the first 100 days, the White House said.

    While the administration is sensitive to criticism that stimulus spending has been too slow, a new Gallup Poll shows danger in the other direction. For the first time, a majority of respondents disapprove of Obama on the issue of “controlling federal spending” (51 percent to 45 percent), compared with the 67 percent who view him favorably overall.

    Could “deficit politics” return as the economy steadies? The poll suggests that the nation’s exploding red ink could be an issue in next year’s midterm congressional races.

    Obama also will face increasing questions not only about the deficit explosion, but uncertainty about the effectiveness of the $787 billion stimulus bill. Republicans say the “save or create” metric for jobs is meaningless, since it’s impossible to prove or disprove.

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a quote provided to POLITICO: “I’m very skeptical that the spending binge that we’re on is going to produce much good and, even if it does, anytime soon.”

    In prepared remarks, Obama declares: “We have a long way to go on our road to recovery but we are going the right way. Our measure of progress is the progress the American people see in their own lives. And until that progress is steady and solid; we’re going to keep moving forward. We will not grow complacent or rest. Surely and steadily, we will turn this economy around.”

    The vice president said in a statement: “We’ve laid a good foundation in the first 100 days of the Recovery Act and in the next 100 we plan to build on that foundation and accelerate our efforts so we can accomplish even more. We’re going to get more dollars out the door, more shovels into the ground and more money into the pockets of workers and families who need it most.”

    The White House is launching WhiteHouse.gov/Recovery, a new webpage “that will allow the public to follow America’s Recovery story and hear from people across the country whose lives are being influenced by the Recovery Act. “

    “The new site provides snapshots of Recovery Act dollars at work, the latest Recovery news and opportunities for visitors to share their Recovery stories through comments, photos and videos, while Recovery.gov remains the go-to site for tracking Recovery Act spending,” the White House said.

    Here are the projects to be spotlighted by the administration:

    —Enable 1,129 Health Centers in 50 States and 8 Territories to Provide Expanded Service to Approximately 300,000 Patients – Department of Health and Human Services

    —Begin Work on 107 National Parks – Department of the Interior

    —Begin Work on Rehabilitation and Improvement Projects at 98 Airports and Over 1,500 Highway Locations throughout the Country – Department of Transportation

    —Fund 135,000 Education Jobs Including Teachers, Principals and Support Staff – Department of Education

    —Begin Improvements at 90 Veterans Medical Centers across 38 States – Department of Veterans Affairs

    —Hire or Keep on the Job Approximately 5,000 Law Enforcement Officers – Department of Justice

    —Start 200 New Waste and Water Systems in Rural America – United States Department of Agriculture

    —Begin or Accelerate Cleanup Work at 20 Superfund Sites from the National Priority List – Environmental Protection Agency

    —Create 125,000 Summer Youth Jobs – Department of Labor

    —Initiate 2,300 Construction and Rehabilitation Projects at 359 Military Facilities across the Nation – Department of Defense

  120. RGB-this is another Wolff. His name is Michael–not Richard. Like his namesake he is an efete snob. Like his namesake, he is a Koolaid drinker. And like his namesake, he is on the dole.

    I do like his suggestion that Gibbs has the White House Press Corps in the palm of his hand. Should make people like Tapper feel cheap having to play second fiddle to this bumpkin.

  121. At dictionary.com, today’s word is:

    tergiversation \tuhr-jiv-uhr-SAY-shuhn\, noun:
    1. The act of practicing evasion or of being deliberately ambiguous.
    2. The act of abandoning a party or cause.

    ….which reminds me of obama, for some reason (item 1), and the Dims (item 2).

  122. wbboei Says:

    June 8th, 2009 at 12:40 pm
    RGB-this is another Wolff. His name is Michael–not Richard. Like his namesake he is an efete snob. Like his namesake, he is a Koolaid drinker. And like his namesake, he is on the dole.

    I do like his suggestion that Gibbs has the White House Press Corps in the palm of his hand.
    &&&&&&&&&

    Even the koolaid drinkers can provide valid critiques and exposes on the Ofraud administration. I think they get desperate to regain a shred of credibility. I thought the Michael Wolff piece provided good insights.

    Also, he reveals that he was snubbed. Obama cannot help but leave his supporters in the dust. Where is John Kerry’s job as veep or SoS? What happened to all those broken promises? So that his former supporters will turn on him is no surprise.

  123. jbstonesfan,

    The use of any animal for this purpose is abhorent. So I, just like you am asking where is the world’s outcry that beautiful horses were used as terrorist weapons.

  124. BUSINESS PROPONENT WARY OF OBAMA’S DICTATORIAL POWERS

    Hassett was a McCain advisor.

    bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&refer=columnist_hassett&sid=aaaBdVMkjPnU

    Obama Tells American Businesses to Drop Dead: Kevin Hassett
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    June 8 (Bloomberg) — I’ve finally figured out the Obama economic strategy. President Barack Obama and his team have been having so much fun wielding dictatorial power while rescuing “failed” firms, that they have developed a scheme to gain the same power over every business. The plan is to enact policies that are so anticompetitive that every firm needs a bailout.

    Once that happens, their new pay czar Kenneth Feinberg can set the wage for everybody and Rahm Emanuel can stack the boards of all of our companies with his political cronies.

    I know, it sounds like an exaggeration. But look at it this way. If there were a power ranking of U.S. companies, like the ones compiled by football writers for National Football League teams, Microsoft would surely be first or second to Google. But last week, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer came to Washington to announce what Microsoft would do if Obama’s multinational tax policy is enacted.

    “It makes U.S. jobs more expensive,” Ballmer said, “We’re better off taking lots of people and moving them out of the U.S.” If Microsoft, perhaps our most competitive company, has to abandon the U.S. in order to continue to thrive, who exactly is going to stay?

    At issue is Obama’s policy to end the deferral of multinational taxation.

    The U.S. now has about the highest combined corporate tax rate, second only to Japan among industrialized countries. That rate is so high that U.S. firms have an enormous disadvantage versus competitors. The average corporate tax rate for the major developed countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in 2008 was about 27 percent, more than 10 percentage points lower than the U.S. rate.

    Tax Burden
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    U.S. firms have nonetheless prospered because our tax code allows a business to set up a subsidiary in a low-tax country. When that subsidiary earns profits, they are taxed at the rate of that country, and don’t face U.S. tax until the money is mailed home.

    The economically illiterate partisan Democratic view is that this practice is unpatriotic and bleeds jobs from the U.S. The economic reality is that American companies use this approach to acquire market share overseas. The alternative is losing the business to foreign competitors.

    Don’t just take my word for it. A recent paper by Harvard economists Mihir Desai and C. Fritz Foley and Berkeley economist James Hines and published in the distinguished American Economic Review, gathered data on American multinationals to explore the impact of foreign investments on domestic U.S. activity.

    Encourage Overseas Sales
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    Their conclusion was striking. The authors found that “10 percent greater foreign capital investment is associated with 2.2 percent greater domestic investment, and that 10 percent greater foreign employee compensation is associated with 4 percent greater domestic employee compensation. Changes in foreign and domestic sales, assets, and numbers of employees are likewise positively associated; the evidence also indicates that greater foreign investment is associated with additional domestic exports and R&D spending.”

    So when firms expand their operations abroad, taking advantage of the lower foreign tax rates, it helps their workers in the U.S. Higher sales abroad (surprise, surprise) are good for domestic workers.

    It is worth noting that this study, which is confirmed by a boatload of evidence elsewhere, was coauthored by the same James Hines who recently wrote a sweeping review of international tax policy with Obama’s top economist, Larry Summers. Summers has to know what the literature says.

    Inexplicable Stance
    ————————
    So the question is, why does Obama advocate a policy that so flies in the face of everything that economists have learned? How could Obama possibly say, as he did last month, that he wants “to see our companies remain the most competitive in the world. But the way to make sure that happens is not to reward our companies for moving jobs off our shores or transferring profits to overseas tax havens?” Further, how could Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner call a practice that top scholarship has shown increases wages and employment in the U.S. “indefensible?”

    I have to admit I am at a loss. Maybe it is good politics to bash American corporations, and Obama isn’t really serious about making this change happen. But if the change is enacted, and domestic corporate taxes aren’t reduced to offset the big tax hike, the result will be a flight from the U.S. that rivals in scale the greatest avian arctic migrations.

    If that occurs, the firms that stay in the U.S. will be at such a huge tax disadvantage that they will absolutely need a “rescue.”

    (Kevin Hassett, director of economic-policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, is a Bloomberg News columnist. He was an adviser to Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona in the 2008 presidential election. The opinions expressed are his own.)

  125. msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/31051003#31051003

    msnbc does a story on O’s “overuse” of his teleprompter

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    was happy to hear Hillary got to set the record straight for herself on This Week when she said she had initially refused SOS and O had to persuade her…sounds like he was ‘begging’ her…he needs her so much more than she needs him…

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    link to thirdestatereview.blogspot over at NQ has a very different slant on NBC propganda…brutally honest

  126. Bipartisan WMD Panel Criticizes Obama Plan To Fund Flu Vaccine

    By Spencer S. Hsu
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Monday, June 8, 2009

    President Obama’s contingency plan to help finance production of a swine flu vaccine with funds set aside to develop defenses against biological attacks would weaken the nation’s preparedness for terrorism, the leaders of a bipartisan commission on weapons of mass destruction said yesterday.

    The White House asked Congress on Tuesday for authority to spend up to $9 billion more for an H1N1 flu vaccine and other preparations against the novel flu strain that first appeared in April. Of the total, the administration asked Congress to provide $2 billion in “contingent” funding. Another $3 billion could come from the Project BioShield Special Reserve Fund, created in 2004 to field countermeasures against nuclear, biological or chemical threats; $3.1 billion from stimulus funds appropriated to spur economic recovery; and $800 million from the Department of Health and Human Services.

    “Using BioShield funds for flu preparedness will severely diminish the nation’s efforts to prepare for WMD events and will leave the nation less, not more, prepared,” the commission’s chairman, former senator Bob Graham (D-Fla.), and vice chairman, former senator James M. Talent (R-Mo.), wrote to Obama in a letter sent yesterday and in another dated Wednesday to his budget director, Peter Orszag. Raiding BioShield would weaken the ability of private firms to raise credit and sustain long-term research and development on drugs to respond to bioterror threats, for which there is no private market, industry officials said. The former lawmakers said the H1N1 influenza virus poses a public health threat that merits its own funding. They also encouraged Obama to name Vice President Biden to take charge of the administration’s efforts to counter weapons proliferation and WMD terrorism.

    “You already know what he offers: long experience working on WMD, an understanding of how to move the levers of power to meet urgent goals, and most important, the unique credibility and stature of his office,” Graham and Talent wrote.

    The Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, created by Congress in 2007, warned in December that an attack involving such weapons was more likely than not to occur somewhere in the world by the end of 2013, probably involving a biological weapon. The commission’s opposition followed other criticism of the administration’s flu vaccine funding plans. Congressional Republicans attacked the White House’s request for authority to use up to 1 percent of $311 billion in discretionary stimulus funds, or $3.1 billion, saying Democrats were using the economic recovery money as a “slush fund.”

    “It’s not necessarily the policy issue that we’re concerned about,” said Jennifer Hing, minority spokeswoman for the House Appropriations Committee. “It’s the concern that this could potentially open the door for stimulus monies to be used for other Democratic priorities that turn up, instead of having extra money lying around being used to pay down the deficit.”

    White House officials said they expect that the request for $2 billion marked “Unanticipated Needs for Influenza” will be adequate for flu preparations, when combined with another $1.5 billion to $2.05 billion that Congress is already set to approve. HHS officials have already committed to spending $1.4 billion and said last month that plans were moving forward to develop as many as two doses of H1N1 flu vaccine for each American, or about 600 million doses, although a formal decision has not been made. But the president asked for the additional BioShield, stimulus and HHS discretionary funds as a matter of prudence in case the virus mutates into a much more lethal form and a swift and massive response is needed in coming months, Obama aides said.

    “Except in extraordinary circumstances, BioShield funds will not be accessed,” said Kenneth S. Baer, spokesman for the Office of Management and Budget.

    The BioShield fund has $3 billion left of $5.6 billion it was given to spend over 10 years to research and develop medicines to care for Americans after a WMD terrorist attack, an OMB official said.

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/07/AR2009060702549.html

  127. Why Obama is wrong on Israel and the Shoah

    Jun. 7, 2009

    On Friday, President Barack Obama placed a single white flower at the Buchenwald memorial for the estimated 43,000 people – among them 11,000 Jews – murdered at the concentration camp. In subdued tones, he said that the passage of time had not made the crematoria lose their horror. He spoke of his great uncle, who under Gen. Dwight Eisenhower had been among the camp’s liberators. He recounted how Eisenhower had toured the camp so he could personally challenge anyone who might claim that the Allies had exaggerated the Nazi horrors for propaganda purposes.
    This gave Obama another opportunity to declare that Holocaust denial is “baseless,” “ignorant” and “hateful.”

    In his Cairo address the day before to the Muslim and Arab worlds, the president had justified Israel’s right to exist on the basis of the Holocaust: “The aspiration for a Jewish homeland is rooted,” he said, “in a tragic history” that culminated in the Shoah.

    At Buchenwald, he said: “The nation of Israel [arose] out of the destruction of the Holocaust.”

    That rationale, standing alone, set the stage for Obama to assert: “On the other hand, it is also undeniable that the Palestinians… have suffered in pursuit of a homeland.”

    BARACK OBAMA has been terribly misinformed if he thinks Israel’s legitimacy hinges on the Shoah. Of course, had the Jews achieved a national homeland in Palestine before the outbreak of WWII – as Britain promised in the 1917 Balfour Declaration and as the League of Nations affirmed in 1920 – the doors to this country would not have been barred to Jewish refugees seeking to escape from the Nazi killing machine. History would have turned out very differently indeed.

    What the Holocaust proved is that the world is too dangerous a place for Jews to be stateless and defenseless. But we Zionists were making that argument long before Hitler came to power. Granted, modern political Zionism developed in the late 1800s and early 1900s. But the president needs to better appreciate that Israel’s legitimacy is not dependent on the consequences of the war waged against the Jews between 1933 and 1945. It is, first and foremost, rooted in the historic connection of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel. The Zionist movement rejected Uganda as a safe haven in 1903, the need to save Jews from violent anti-Semitism notwithstanding, because Uganda did not belong to the Jews.

    However one chooses to understand Jewish civilization – as sacred history, or through the modern lenses of secular history and archeology – the ancient bond between the Jews and their land is indisputable.

    By 1000 BCE, the Twelve Tribes had formed a united monarchy. Then, when in 586 BCE the Jews were defeated and exiled, “By the rivers of Babylon… we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.” We returned and rebuilt our commonwealth – only to be defeated and exiled again, in 70 CE. As early as the 9th century, Jews had reestablished communities in Tiberias; and, in the 11th century, in Gaza.

    SO YOU see, Mr. President, long before Christianity and Islam appeared on the world stage, the covenant between the people of Israel and the Land of Israel was entrenched and unwavering. Every day we prayed in our ancient tongue for our return to Zion. Every day, Mr. President. For 2,000 years.

    At every Jewish wedding down through the centuries, the bridegroom has crushed a glass beneath his foot while declaring: “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem…” Perhaps it’s because Palestine was never sovereign under the Arabs that even moderate Palestinians cannot find it in their hearts to acknowledge the depth of the Jews’ connection to Zion. Instead, they insist we are interlopers.

    When Obama implies that Jewish rights are essentially predicated on the Holocaust – not once asserting they are far, far deeper and more ancient – he is dooming the prospects for peace. For why should the Arabs reconcile themselves to the presence of a Jewish state, organic to the region, when the US president keeps insinuating that Israel was established to atone for Europe’s crimes?

    jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1244371033928&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

  128. Buchenwald memorial for the estimated 43,000 people – among them 11,000 Jews
    ***********
    By going to Buchenwald, Obama gave support to the “It wasn’t about Jews” Holocaust deniers. I have seen the 43,000, 11,000 numbers quoted in AP stories and blogs followed by “Jews and other European minorities”. IMO, turning the Holocaust into an everyone suffered story, is more corrosive than out right denial. If Obama wanted to make a strong statement about the Holocaust, he would have gone to Auschwitz, or Treblinka, or Chelmno, etc.

    ““The nation of Israel [arose] out of the destruction of the Holocaust.”

    Direct quote from anti-Israel propaganda. The unstated followup is “the only reason that Israel exists is because of European quilt”.

  129. “If Obama wanted to make a strong statement about the Holocaust, he would have gone to Auschwitz, or Treblinka, or Chelmno, etc.”

    —————————-

    Exactly! He is in bed with anyone who is anti-Israeli and the list keeps growing.

  130. Craig Della Penna @ Heraclitan Fire, March 9: he sees signs of recovery in Portland. I hope it spreads north.
    ———————————–

    The signs (of Obamania) are far fewer now, one by one they’re disappearing, usually in the middle of the night, the cars are showing bumpersticker scraper stigmata, the eager young canvassers are now back to self-righteously assuming you care nothing about starving children or dying whales or evaporating boreal forests. No one advertises Obama block parties in the community newpapers. The “Yes, We Did!” signs have vanished, their spaces sometimes replaced with “Quitting Business” signs. The street buskers are more numerous, they now have turf scuffles with the old familiar beggars who believe they have squatter’s rights to prime territory, the corner by the bank, the service doorway of the supermarket…

    Late winter reflection time, the gray days when you look in the mirror a lot. I think the Obots are poised at the edge of the abyss, so…

    I’m proposing we set up a 12-step recovery group for them – someone’s got to do it, we can’t have them wandering glassy-eyed about the landscape, arms outstretched, grasping blindly for another hit of the “O-juice”.

    First: what to call it? OA is taken, I believe, (Overeaters Anonymous) so I’m proposing OBA (pronounced: obey) for ObamaBots Anonymous.

    The ObamaBots Anonymous 12-step Recovery Program:

    Step 1 – We admit we are powerless over our Obama addiction – that our lives have become unmanageable and that we are prone to hissy fits and screaming “I don’t understand!” at inappropriate moments.

    Step 2 – We have come to believe that a Power greater than ourselves can restore us to sanity but that this Power is NOT Obama.

    Step 3 – We have made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of Obama as we understood Him – no, wait, we already did that… we mean we have decided that we will NOT turn our every waking thought over to Obama.

    Step 4 – We have made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. We have looked into the mirror and said ”I am a moron who has thrown his/her rational thought processes out the window in favor of mindless adulation of a sociopathic, narcissistic sock-puppet.”

    Step 5 – We admit to the world, to ourselves and to another human being – preferably someone who told us we were idiots to support Obama – the exact nature of our wrongs: see Step 4.

    Step 6 – We’re entirely ready to have a frying pan to the side of the head or a dentist with a high-speed drill or a construction worker with a jackhammer, remove all these defects of character depending on just how dumb we were.

    Step 7 – We have humbly asked if there’s some kind of capable Power which can remove our shortcomings and return our brains.

    Step 8 – We’ve made a list of all persons we have harmed, and are willing to make amends to them all: you know who we are and we know you know – we prefer cash, please.

    Step 9 – We have made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others – you don’t get to make these kinds of judgment calls anymore, the evidence shows you’re spectacularly bad at it – pay up.

    Step 10 – We continue to take personal inventory and when we are wrong promptly admit it. …we’re waiting…

    Step 11 – We seek, through prayer and adoration to improve our conscious contact with Obama as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of Obama’s will for us and the power to carry out His will… NO, NO, NO! Stop trying to get O’s Blackberry address, put down the tripleshot, soy chai latte and remember Steps 1-10… Jeez! Get a grip willya!

    Step 12 – Having had a rational thought process re-awakening as the result of these steps, we will carry this message to other Obamabots, and attempt to de-program these poor fools and bring them back to reality.

    I think that a whole-hearted embrace of these steps by recovering Obamabots will go a long way toward re-integrating them into the real world again. Of course they’ll probably have to go to OBA meetings for a long, long time and we should be as gentle as possible with them, don’t shock them by pointing out things like: all O’s ‘ideas’ are stolen in part or as a whole from others (like Hillary) who actually had thought about how to implement their plans. This kind of shock may be too much for OBAs, cases have been known where they go directly into CDS and may require hospitalization.

    Remember, they were thinking humans once, with time and care they may become so again – they can Change and there’s always Hope.

  131. Exactly! He is in bed with anyone who is anti-Israeli and the list keeps growing.
    ************
    Another interesting story is the “Slave Soldiers”. I have been reading about the American POWs sent to Berga and their fight to gain recognition for what happened to them. When the stories first came out, it was made very clear that this group of POWs was “selected” for special treatment for only one reason; they were all Jews. Now that they are getting honored for their sacrifices, there is no mention or only one line buried in the story that they were sent to Berg because they were Jews. Is there a pattern of behavior developing?

  132. By going to Buchenwald, Obama gave support to the “It wasn’t about Jews” Holocaust deniers. I have seen the 43,000, 11,000 numbers quoted in AP stories and blogs followed by “Jews and other European minorities”. IMO, turning the Holocaust into an everyone suffered story, is more corrosive than out right denial. If Obama wanted to make a strong statement about the Holocaust, he would have gone to Auschwitz, or Treblinka, or Chelmno, etc.

    ““The nation of Israel [arose] out of the destruction of the Holocaust.”

    Direct quote from anti-Israel propaganda. The unstated followup is “the only reason that Israel exists is because of European quilt”.
    ———————————————————-
    His twenty year association with the Trinity United Church and its anti-American, racist, anti semitic founder Jerimiah Wright made an indelible impression on him. Even when he tries to be diplomatic those buzz words, catch phrases and false moral equivalancies show up in his speech patterns. They significantly affect his thought processes and the more power he arrogates to himself the more blatant and obvious it becomes. He does not understand what Eichman was about. And those who claim Israel is the result of European guilt are ignorant about the Balfour Declaration, and ancient history.

  133. false moral equivalancies show up in his speech pattern
    ***************
    Since he is a highly socialized sociopath, “it’s all about him” and what better way for it to be about him than to be all things to all people. That is the joke on people talking about Obama moving to the right or Obama is a Marxist, etc. He has no social, political or moral philosophy. As he said himself..,”people project their own hopes and ideas onto him”. He can equate head-scarves to beaten and beheaded women and girls and the “cultural equivalency” PC’ers love him and then he appoints an anti-abortion, anti-contraception woman to HHS to oversee programs to reduce unintended pregnancy. What the idiot obots don’t understand is that he is “just mess’n wit-cha” and that is the whole point of his behavior, it the purest expression of power, contradictions in behavior.

  134. JanH Says:

    June 8th, 2009 at 1:16 pm
    Why Obama is wrong on Israel and the Shoah
    &&&&

    Obama constantly tries to get away with thie deceitful oratorical device, of credibility transference. If he states “the sky is blue”, he hopes that the next thing he mentions will be believed. So his somber pronunciations about the holocaust and then used as a segue to appease oppressive Muslim state heads (not the “street”).

    It’s like him telling me, “Thanks for letting me borrow your hedge clippers, oh, and for sleeping with your wife”.

  135. OBAMA MANY OF MANY WORDS, FEW ACTIONS…

    The country, the world, await for something more tangible than “a speech” to come out of Obama. When are they finally going to learn that he’s not going to lift a finger? When will they just finally give up and let him just bask in his celebrity and sunshine?

    online.wsj.com/article/SB124441577582992341.html

    Obama’s Speeches Setting a High Bar for Results
    ==================================
    Cairo Address Raises Pressure to Carry Through on Several Initiatives; Domestic-Policy
    Goals Face Crucial Period

    JUNE 8, 2009
    By JONATHAN WEISMAN and LAURA MECKLER

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama returned home from abroad Sunday to find that his own oratory laying out an ever-more-ambitious agenda, both in foreign and domestic policy, is ratcheting up demands for concrete achievements.

    “Expectations are rising with every speech,” said Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat professor for peace and development at the University of Maryland, who was consulted by White House aides on the president’s speech to Muslims in Cairo on Thursday. “And the more issues you articulate, the more pressure you create to produce actual policies and achievements.”

    While the president is popular among many Europeans, he returned from his second trip to Europe with little more progress on key issues than he achieved during his first trip there in April, including over committing additional troops for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    White House officials have said the president’s address to the Muslim world has been overwhelmingly positive — among Arabs and beyond. Mr. Telhami said Mr. Obama’s even-handed, tough assessment of the Israeli-Palestinian issue and his promises of progress have grabbed the region’s attention and stimulated constructive debate.

    But it also has raised the pressure on the administration to carry through, not only on peace initiatives but also on the withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq, the closure of the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the enforcement of a ban on torture.

    White House aides said they hoped Mr. Obama’s Cairo speech would help decrease tensions with the region and win Arab government support for U.S. priorities, notably resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Mr. Obama wants Arab governments to help pressure Palestinians to reach a peace deal, a point he pressed in public and in private meetings with the president of Egypt and king of Saudi Arabia.

    In the longer term, Mr. Obama hopes the speech could reduce some of the influence among Muslim youths of Islamic extremists, who use hatred of the U.S. as a recruiting tool, his aides said.

    We were able to reach the target audience we had wanted to reach, namely young Muslims in communities throughout the world, to get them to take another look at the United States,” said Denis McDonough, deputy national-security adviser for strategic communications.

    The president is facing a challenge to the key breakthrough from the April summit of the Group of 20 economic powers. Last week, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was forced to pull a war-spending bill from the House floor over objections to a measure that would provide billions of dollars to the International Monetary Fund. The G-20 had pledged that assistance at the London summit.

    A failure to secure the U.S. end of that promise would be a major embarrassment for Mr. Obama ahead of the Group of Eight summit July 8, said Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and an opponent of the IMF funding.

    Meanwhile, global-warming legislation has passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee but will need a heavy push to get moving in the Senate. For now, the president is focusing on health care. Saturday, Mr. Obama publicly pressed the case for quick action on a national plan to make health-insurance coverage nearly universal while bringing down costs.

    Regaining the high ground on the budget issue is critical, as the deficit soars toward $2 trillion, aides said. For health-care legislation to pass this year, White House officials said, a plan must be passed out of Senate committees by the end of this month and a legislative package passed out of both houses of Congress before August.

    In bilateral meetings in Europe, Mr. Obama and his French and German counterparts discussed issues from climate change to the financial crisis that could be a barometer of future U.S.-European cooperation.

    The leaders appeared to enjoy consensus on the approach to Mideast peace talks, North Korea and Iran. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he had personally pressed the U.S.’s offer to work with Tehran on improving ties with the Iranian foreign secretary in “very frank and open terms,” telling him it is important that he “take the hand outstretched by President Obama.”

    But at a joint news conference, Messrs. Sarkozy and Obama spoke openly about their disagreement over whether Turkey should be admitted to the European Union.

    In Germany, tension was apparent regarding the nations’ differing approaches to the economic crisis. “We also obviously debated the situation on world markets,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a news conference. “We exchanged views on the different stimulus programs that we pursue in our countries.”

    She added that Germany is closely monitoring the president’s push for legislation to address climate change.

    The issue of what to do with detainees at Guantanamo also came up. The U.S. hopes European countries will take some of the detainees, but in Germany, Mr. Obama said of his counterpart: “We have not asked her for hard commitments, and she has not given us any hard commitments beyond having a serious discussion about are there ways that we can solve this problem.”

    Mr. Obama’s July trip to Moscow also is expected to have major ramifications for a range of global issues. The White House has moved to damp tensions with Moscow by accelerating nuclear-disarmament talks with President Dmitry Medvedev’s government and indicating that the U.S. could slow the deployment of a missile-defense shield in Europe. But it remains uncertain whether Mr. Obama’s moves would result in greater cooperation from Russia on U.S. foreign-policy priorities, such as restraining Iran’s and North Korea’s nuclear programs.

  136. Yep a teleprompter speech a month will definitely yield “concrete results” and achievements.

    If nothing else, I’m sure he’ll at least get a few emmys before he’s done as well as a star on the walk of fame.

  137. From the 2:52pm post:

    In the longer term, Mr. Obama hopes the speech could reduce some of the influence among Muslim youths of Islamic extremists, who use hatred of the U.S. as a recruiting tool, his aides said.

    “We were able to reach the target audience we had wanted to reach, namely young Muslims in communities throughout the world, to get them to take another look at the United States,” said Denis McDonough, deputy national-security adviser for strategic communications.
    &&&&&

    Yes, “a speech” will make the Whole World a Happy Face. Obama’ Rodney King moment.

    Imagine a big city Chief of Police saying, “In our outreach efforts, the speeches, the balloons, the parades, we were able to reach our target audience of inner city kids, to get them to take another look at the Narcotics Law Enforcement Division. I am very happy to report that the kids loved the balloons.”

  138. June 7, 2009

    FROM ASSOCIATED PRESS

    AMES, Iowa — The Rev. Jeremiah Wright says Barack Obama has made mistakes but is “like my child” and he says he’ll always love the president. The former pastor of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ spoke to around 400 people at the Methodist Federation for Social Action awards in Ames.

    Saturday’s ceremony honored those who helped immigrants or fought for the successful legalization of gay marriage in Iowa. Wright says the award winners show that not all Americans are “stuck on stupid.” He also joked that when Obama was considering a presidential bid, he told Wright not to say anything that would upset Iowa farmers.

    Wright became a flashpoint in the presidential campaign when videos surfaced showing his sometimes provocative sermons.

    Wright agreed to take written-only questions after the talk, according to the Ames Tribune. He was asked why he remained defiant in his spring 2008 appearance before the National Press Club. “I condensed 500 years of African church history into 30 minutes, and not one question I was asked afterward had anything to do with my paper,” Wright was quoted as saying.

    suntimes.com/news/politics/obama/1611321,w-jeremiah-wright-obama-gay-marriage060709.article#

    ————————————

    Nope! The only ones “stuck on stupid” are Wright and his “child.”

  139. Senator chides Obama on healthcare

    By Associated Press | June 8, 2009

    WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley says that President Obama has “got nerve” to go sightseeing in Paris while telling lawmakers it’s time to deliver on a healthcare overhaul. Grassley, the top Republican on the Finance Committee, is key to any bipartisan healthcare deal. Using Twitter, the Internet-based social connection service that allows users to send mass text messages called “tweets,” the Iowa Republican issued two angry “tweets” yesterday morning as the president wrapped up an overseas tour.

    For months Obama had left the details of healthcare legislation to Congress, then inserted himself firmly into the debate in recent days, including using his weekly radio address Saturday to declare “it’s time to deliver” on health reform.

    Grassley’s first tweet: “Pres Obama you got nerve while u sightseeing in Paris to tell us ‘time to deliver’ on health care. We still on skedul/even workinWKEND.”

    A short time later: “Pres Obama while u sightseeing in Paris u said ‘time to delivr on healthcare’ When you are a ‘hammer’ u think evrything is NAIL I’m no NAIL.”

    A Grassley spokeswoman verified that the senator was the author of the messages. A White House spokesman had no immediate response yesterday to Grassley’s Twitter commentary. His attitude is significant because any hope for bipartisan consensus on healthcare rests on an alliance between Grassley and Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus, Democrat of Montana.

    boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2009/06/08/senator_grassley_says_obama_has_got_nerve_to_push_lawmakers/

  140. SHV: what do you think it will take for the country to wake up to the threat to economic stability and peronal liberty which a sociopth like Obama clearly represents.

    He is the beneficiary of a parade of spectacles, a fawning press and a moribund political adversary. Nevertheless, I see people waking up gradually, as things do not approve materially.

    But the question I am asking really is what event or sequece of events or conflunece of events will become the tipping point?

    There are many issues that can bite him in the ass, and he is foolish to expand the agenda–anything from Afghanistan to the Middle East to Pakistan to Iran to the economy to high taxes to too much bureacracy to bad relations with the CIA to his overreaching (See Stan Fish article on his assumption of dictator speech pattern) etc.

    Where do you see the tipping point?

  141. For those interested, the May, Bureau of Labor Stats., are out.

    “The number of unemployed persons increased by 787,000 to 14.5 million
    in May, and the unemployment rate rose to 9.4 percent.”

    and

    “The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more)
    increased by 268,000 over the month”

    ww.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm

  142. “The number of unemployed persons increased by 787,000 to 14.5 million
    in May, and the unemployment rate rose to 9.4 percent.”
    —————————————————–
    Is that what Obama means when he claims to see signs of recovery?

  143. The Greeks drew a distinction between Tragedies, Comedies and Histories. Obama has obliterated that distinction. He is the living embodiment of all three in one twisted character.

  144. Is that what Obama means when he claims to see signs of recovery?
    **********
    The “unwinding” of Chrysler and GM hasn’t begun to hit the labor stats yet. I think the only question now is, “how high in double digits with unemployment rate go”? The White House econ. team has got to be sh*tting themselves. They are now scrambling to front load more of the stim money, which will screw the White House political teams plans to spread the political pay-off and bribes over two years with the greatest impact coming before Nov ’10.

  145. SHV: what do you think it will take for the country to wake up to the threat to economic stability and peronal liberty which a sociopth like Obama clearly represents.
    ************
    14% unemployment rate and rising inflation.

  146. 14% unemployment rate and rising inflation.
    —————————————
    The Cuban banker agrees with you–that is the critical metric that will determine his fate. He said 15%, but I like your number better. Once it becomes obvious that he cannot manage the economy his credibility will go down King Abdullas golden crapper–where is belongs.

  147. Oh yes, and you did say rising inflation–runaway perhaps. Again we agree. Brian William cannot stoop and fetch it for him on that one. “Yet another political lesson”-and all that jazz won’t keep the zombies on the dance floor.

  148. “…long before Christianity and Islam appeared on the world stage, the covenant between the people of Israel and the Land of Israel was entrenched and unwavering. Every day we prayed in our ancient tongue for our return to Zion. Every day, Mr. President. For 2,000 years.”

    Some did stay, though, and some did return from the Diaspora long before the establishment of modern Israel. And then, many have still not returned, preferring the lives they live in far-flung host countries. In the meantime, and also before the Hebrews first settled in Palestine, other non-Jewish people have lived there. The ancient Hebrews slaughtered nearly all of them, and modern Israel has made a practice of expelling them from their homes, treating them as “illegals.”

    “…they insist we are interlopers. ”

    In a very real sense, you are.

    “When Obama implies that Jewish rights are essentially predicated on the Holocaust – not once asserting they are far, far deeper and more ancient – he is dooming the prospects for peace. For why should the Arabs reconcile themselves to the presence of a Jewish state, organic to the region, when the US president keeps insinuating that Israel was established to atone for Europe’s crimes?”

    Just after WWII, Israel declared its independence and there was a large influx of Jews from eastern Europe. o’s speechwriter is right in making a connection.

  149. Bottom line we (Jews) get what we deserve unfortunately for Israel. The whole campaign he and his Jewish backers assured us, via our Rabbis, Jewish Congressman, and Jewish Lobbying groups, that Obama was a true friend of Israel and would not seek to force her to make unreasonable concessions. Some of us, however, looked at the facts and they pointed to a man, who at best, has a very misguided approach to the middle east conflict, and at worst, some of us thought he would be Israels worst nightmare. Now, a mere 5 months after taking office, his number one goal is to squeeze Israel to give up more land and will not stop Iran from procuring nuclear capabilities. In fact, incredibly, he has encoraged Iran to have nuclear power!!!! Israel is in great peril and Bibi is scared b/c he does not have the Jewish support he is so use to on capitol hill. The Jews in congress are as caught up with Obama as any of the other kool aide drinkers and will gleefully sell Israel down the river to gain favor with this snake chramer.

  150. The Cuban banker agrees with you–that is the critical metric that will determine his fate. He said 15%,
    **********
    We are closer to that number than people think…Obama is “tamping” down reality inorder to save his butt. A closer look at BLS stats: Here is the real numbers that affects the most people; unemployment among full time workers:

    (unemp. # in thousands) (rate)
    May Apr. May May Jan Feb. Mar. Apr. May
    2008 2009 2009 2008 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009

    7,049 12,037 12,802 5.5 8.0 8.6 9.2 9.6 10.2

    The unemployment rate went up 2.5% in 9 months before Obama took charge of the economy and 2.2% in the 4 months after….IMO, unemployment among full time employees will be over 12% by the fall of this year.

  151. goal is to squeeze Israel to give up more land
    ************
    Obama is pushing the meme that if the Israeli Jews were just reasonable and stop settlements, the IP problem would be solved. Again, that ignores the history including the association of Arafat’s uncle with Hitler.

    “Who was the Grand Mufti, Haj Muhammed Amin al-Husseini?”

    ww.palestinefacts.org/pf_mandate_grand_mufti.php

  152. Supreme Court just extended the stay on the sale of Chrysler to Fiat.
    ————————————
    Hahahaha. Now watch the White House scramble. Its those conservative judges who are playing politics with president’s plan to save the auto industry, and no less the country. Spare me please.

    To many of us his real plan is to destroy the village to save it. How? By taking over gm as he has done, and then when it fails, selling the whole damned thing to China. I suppose this stay of execution on Chrystler also affects the Hummer sale to China, or not?

  153. Darn it, first Iran, then Korea, then the pirates, then Hamas, now the judges…when are they going to get with the program? How is bambi supposed to be the best thing since sliced bread if this continues?

  154. Its those conservative judges who are playing politics
    ************
    From what I have read, Justice Ginsberg was the Justice who was assigned this case…She could have decided to extend the sale herself or she could have involved the whole court…The story doesn’t say and IIRC, the SCOTUS tends to keep mechanics of decision making to themselves. She may have decided it herself….the issue was that Obama’s, play to “populists” and unilaterally screw “greedy” bond holders ended up screwing pension funds for teachers, firefighters etc.

  155. screwing pension funds for teachers, firefighters etc.
    ————————————————
    I predicted this to a friend of mine from Indiana who called me yesterday. She was worried about the pension funds more than the well heeled bond holders. Also she clings to the quaint notion that we should be a government of laws not men–and especially not deomogogues. Obviously, that is not the position of the global capitalist who control big media. They have their man in Obama and he is doing their bidding til hell wont have it anymore.

    For what it is worth, I predicted to her that they would hear the case. However in fairness, I expected the opposition to this power grab would come from the conservative judges. If Ginzberg was the moving party it means the support for hearing the case is broader than I at least anticipated. That is a good thing.

  156. “Supreme Court delays Chrysler sale” so reads the MSNBC headline as they continue to mislead their audience. This is not a delay of the sale. It is a stay of exection so the court can hold a formal hearing determine whether the sale as agreed to is lawful and it will not go forward as constituted if it is determined to be unlawful. It is materially misleading for MSNBC to tell its audience that this is a mere delay.

  157. wbboei,
    SHV,
    Thanks for the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
    14% unemployment and hyper-inflation sounds like it SHOULD be the ticket but who knows?
    I’m sure BO and his crew are perfectly capable of fudging those numbers to make them seem (to kool-ade drinkers) that they’re not what they appear.
    Like today when JOBO swore they’d create 600,000 jobs this summer and made it sound like that was sufficient to cancel out the millions that have been lost in the past 4 months.

  158. LMFAO!!!!!!!!

    HOORAY!!!!!!!

    2 NY Senate Dems switch to GOP! Serves race-baiting Paterson and Rangel right.

    Perhaps this is the beginning of the end of the dems? I swear, never in my wildest dreams did i think i’d ever pray for the dems to fail but this past year has been epiphanal. Now that I’m an Indy I will back the better person, whoever that may be and regardless of what they’re party is.!”

  159. “What better way to complete a day in which Barack Obama’s economic policies lose the majority in a Gallup poll, Dems lose the edge on the GOP in a Rasmussen poll on economics, and the Supreme Court apparently blocks Obama’s dictatorial dissolution of an American carmaker than to highlight a “parliamentary coup” in Albany, NY? Manic Monday turned literal in the New York state Senate, where Democrats Pedro Espada and Hiram Monserrate switched sides and gave control of the chamber to the Republicans, only five months after losing control of it:

    Republicans appear to have retaken control of New York’s Senate after two dissident Democrats jumped the aisle in a parliamentary coup.

    The flip of senators Pedro Espada Jr. of the Bronx and Hiram Monserrate of Queens gives Republicans a 32-30 edge in the chamber. Within an hour of the overthrow, Republicans named Espada temporary president of the Senate Dean Skelos of Nassau County vice president and majority leader. Skelos is the former majority leader.

    WKBW uses some incendiary language in this reporting. It’s not a “coup” at all; it was a leadership change accomplished through a democratic process, rather than a Democratic process. Perhaps that’s why WKBW considers it a “coup” rather than a consequence of bad Democratic leadership.

  160. This is just too delicious.

    “One person backing the revolt to put Republicans back in charge was Tom Golisano, the Rochester businessman and founder of Responsible New York, a political action committee that gave thousands of dollars to Senate Democrats last year to help them take control of the Senate, but who has become increasingly critical of the party. Mr. Golisano recently announced that he was moving his legal residence to Florida out of anger about the budget deal crafted in April by Democratic leaders in Albany, which included an increase in taxes on high earners.”

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