Obama, Jew-baiter, And The Sudetenland

Not since the days of the Völkischer Beobachter has the world witnessed the tolerance for Jew baiting in the Big Media gossip sheets and in the American government.

The Jew baiting is taking place in the context of Barack Obama’s speech last week when he parroted Arab theories against Israel, as Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu prepares to deliver a response speech on Sunday, and as Iran votes on Friday.

The context for Obama’s speech and this week’s events is that there is, among many Americans and citizens of many nations, the notion that Israel is screwing the world and dreams of peace for their own narrow (self-preservation) interests. This notion, shared by many non-Jews and even many Jews (mostly those safely ensconced in the West Side of Manhattan and other precincts in New York City) is that if only Israel would cooperate and stop its silly self-preservation notions the celestial choirs would sing out and there would be peace in the Middle East region. Folly.

This magic wand philosophy is more properly termed a “Sudentenland” mentality – this time the calls are aimed at the existence of the Jewish state of Israel.

Much like in the Middle East, the Sudentenland region of the former Czechoslovakia had many, if not the majority, of Germans in the population. In 1938, echoing earlier pressures dating back as far as 1919, Adolph Hitler began many provocations amplified by propaganda minister Goebbels. Sudeten Germans at the time claimed they were “oppressed” and world powers believed the German Reich could be appeased if the region was annexed by Germany. The result was that the Sudenten region of Czechoslovakia was ceded to Germany by Britain and France. The celestial choirs of peace did not sing but rather the roar of the blitzkrieg was heard.



British Prime Minister Chamberlain had met with Hitler in Berchtesgaden and later in Godesberg. By the time Chamberlain had agreed to the German takeover of the Sudentenland, the German Reich had expanded its demands to even more territory. On September 29 1938 the Munich Agreement (proposed by Benito Mussolini but actually written by Herman Göring) was signed. The Czechs resisted but Britain and France forced German annexation of the Sudentenland which took place from October 1 – October 10.

It was a land for peace policy triumph.



In March 1939 the German guns were aimed at the entire Czechoslovak state and Czechoslovakia ceased to exist. [For an riveting history read the extensive excerpts online of William L. Shirer’s The Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich]

Poland was next. The celestial choir, magic wand, crowd were silenced in America only by the bombs of Pearl Harbor and the eloquent silence of the sailors of the USS Arizona.



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Last week, in his clever speech Obama appeared to support Israel, but to the wily Arab audience Obama supplied a Sudetenland wink.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where would Obama get such anti-Israel, anti-Jewish notions? The question has never been explored by Big Media – quite the contrary. Yesterday was a perfect day to discuss Obama’s views about Jews and their formation but Big Media remained protective of Obama and still audaciously hopes to hear celestial choirs at the price of land for peace.

Very early yesterday (updated later in the day with an audio track) the Hampton Daily Press published the latest from Obama’s mentor of 20 years.

In an exclusive interview at the 95th annual Hampton University Ministers’ Conference, Wright told the Daily Press that he has not spoken to his former church member since Obama became president, and he implied that the White House won’t allow Obama to talk to him.

Them Jews ain’t going to let him talk to me,” Wright said. “I told my baby daughter that he’ll talk to me in five years when he’s a lame duck, or in eight years when he’s out of office. …

“Them Jews” said Obama’s mentor of more than 20 years.

Reactions to Wright’s comments regarding Jews and Israel lit up Internet message boards and political blogs around the nation on Wednesday, and sparked national TV requests for an audio recording of the interview.

Obama’s Reverend Wright’s remarks might have lit up Internet message boards and websites, but Big Media was complicit in silence with Obama. Obama only denounced Wright, not because Wright had said “God Damn America” but because Wright called Obama a politician who was essentially lying in order to get elected.

Wright and “Them Jews” – silence from Obama regarding his mentor of 20 years and silence from Big Media.

Later in the day yesterday, there was a shooting at the Holocaust Museum by a “white supremacist“. Surely Obama’s Reverend Wright and the Jew-baiting remarks would make an appearance on broadcast news? No. Silence from Obama and Silence from Big Media. The same silence experienced when an American soldier was murdered by a Muslim convert in Little Rock last week.

Reverend Wright, Obama’s mentor of 20 years said yesterday: “Ethnic cleansing is going on in Gaza. Ethnic cleansing (by) the Zionist is a sin and a crime against humanity, and they don’t want Barack talking like that because that’s anti-Israel,” Wright said.” Silence from Obama and no questions from Big Media about where Obama acquired his views on Israel.

Reverend Wright once again made clear that he has been making the same sermons for more than 20 years with Barack Obama and Michelle Obama and their daughters hearing the Jew-baiting and use of the “N” word coming right from the pulpit – for more than 20 years. Obama lied repeatedly about his presence as his mentor spoke from the pulpit. The mentor knows Obama is lying.

“Regret for what … that the media went back five, seven, 10 years and spent $4,000 buying 20 years worth of sermons to hear what I’ve been preaching for 20 years?

“Regret for preaching like I’ve been preaching for 50 years? Absolutely none.”

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When Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu speaks on Sunday he should remember who Obama’s mentor for more than 20 years is and that it is the same Reverend Wright that has formed Obama’s views on Israel and Jews.

Some Israeli leaders remember the lessons of the Sudetenland and are saying some very unpopular things about magic wands and celestial choirs:

At the same time that they were meeting in Jerusalem, Minister-without-Portfolio Bennie Begin fiercely criticized the two-state solution in an address to veteran Likud activists at the party’s Tel Aviv headquarters. “There won’t be a Palestinian state,” Begin said emphatically. “The realities of the past 15 years gravely harmed the concept of two states for two peoples. The state they want is only intended to destroy Israel. The Palestinians are not interested in the two-state solution. They want the two-stage solution, after which there would be only one state: Palestine.”

Recalling what Israel offered the Palestinians in Oslo, Camp David and most recently in former prime minister Ehud Olmert’s talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Begin said “it is crazy to try the same thing that hasn’t worked over and over again.” He quoted former PA prime minister Ahmed Qurei, who said in a recent interview that Abbas had rejected Olmert’s offer of a Palestinian state in 98 percent of the West Bank plus a land swap of more than 2% of pre-1967 Israel, because “the gaps were too wide.”

Begin said this was proof the Palestinians would never accept any deal. He added that the Palestinians refused to recognize Israel as a Jewish state because they intended to keep the Palestinian refugee issue alive after a Palestinian state was formed in order to destroy Israel from within. Despite repeated attempts from the crowd, Begin refused to answer questions about Netanyahu or the content of his speech, or to insult Obama. “America is our friend, and we have to persuade our friends when they are wrong,” Begin said.

But fellow Likud MK Miri Regev did lash out at Obama at Netanyahu’s meeting with his party members. She said Netanyahu had to correct Obama’s mistakes in last Thursday’s speech in Cairo, such as hinting that Israel had been formed because of the Holocaust, and not mentioning the Jews’ ties to the Land of Israel going back to the time of Abraham. Regev brought polls showing that Obama’s support was falling in the US and that Americans wanted him to support Israel and not the Arabs. “The American people understand what makes sense,” Regev said. “Reach out to them and remind them of the result of our withdrawal from Gaza.”

We all would love to live in a world at peace without wasting money on weapons and sacrificing lives for political entities – but memories of the Sudetenland intrude.

The present day realities of Iran and Iranian elections on Friday also intrude even to peaceloving Ehud Barak:

Moving on to the Iranian nuclear issue, Barak said it was “a very serious threat, and all indicators show they are building a nuclear weapon. They are trying to hide it by saying they only want to build power plants. It is their right to claim this, but it is a bit of a funny claim when they have a lot of oil and produce some three million oil barrels a day. They hide their [nuclear] program behind a civilian program and that’s why it’s very hard to prove [they are building nuclear weapons]. “Now the Obama administration has said it wants to talk to the Iranians, try a ‘good’ approach, as they say. We can’t tell them, ‘Don’t do it,’ but we say we believe this dialogue should be short and to the point and that they shouldn’t let the Iranians fool them and string them along,” he continued. “When we [in Israel] said we were not taking any options off the table, it’s like a hint that we are also considering other things, without talking about them, and we mean it. But because there are cameras and recording equipment here, I cannot say any more than that.”

Netanyahu should remember that Obama cannot be trusted….

Obama also will not say whether he will abide by previous agreements with Israel even as he demands Israel abide by previous agreements.

Obama remembers and parrots the Jew-baiting words of his mentor of 20 years.

As we await the Iranian election returns, the Israeli Prime Minister should remember and be wary of Obama’s choice of mentor for 20 years as well as the lessons of the Sudetenland.

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84 thoughts on “Obama, Jew-baiter, And The Sudetenland

  1. Every Arab “peace” initiative including the Saudi “plan” that Obama mentioned, have as their bottom, non-negotiable, line UN 194 and 242. Begin is correct, for the Arabs their is no two State solution, there is only the “two stage” solution. The people and countries surrounding Israel don’t try to hide the agenda, they are very honest about their goal. It’s the magical thinking (anti-Semitism?) of the people who push Israel for more compromise that is the problem. Not every problem has to have or has a “solution”.

  2. Yes, Bibi has had ample time to carefully couch his words and deliver a speech that should throw Obama into a tailspin that most definitely will rock his fiefdom.

    Looking forward to his speech tomorrow. And may the daggers land where they may.

  3. The Rev Wright clarifies his statement about “Them Jews”****His explanation is similar to the right-wing anti-Semite who says “I don’t have have problem with regular Jews, it’s just those “Talmudic” Jews that are the problem.”…Well since Obama listened to this stuff for twenty years, I think it it now pretty clear how he came to his present positions on the I/P conflict.
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    In an interview on a liberal satellite radio show, Rev. Jeremiah Wright attempted to clarify his comments to the Newport News, Virginia. Daily-Press about “them Jews” preventing him from speaking to President Obama.

    “Let me say like Hillary, I misspoke,” Wright said. “Let me just say: Zionists.”

    Wright said “I’m not talking about all Jews, all people of the Jewish faith, I’m talking about Zionists.”

    The president’s former mentor and pastor made the comments on the SIRIUS LEFT show “Make it Plain” with Mark Thompson. You can listen to his comments HERE.

    Wright then criticized Israel, saying, “I quote Jews when I say this,” and referencing books by Jewish authors such as “Judaism Does Not Equal Israel: The Rebirth of the Jewish Prophetic” by Marc Ellis and “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine” by Ilan Pappe.

    “I’m talking about facts, historical facts,” Wright said. “I’m not talking about emotionally charged words or the fact that like Jimmy Carter’s book, that because he used the word that Jews use, ‘apartheid,’ he gets labeled anti-Semitic.”

    “They can jump on that one phrase if they want to,” Wright said, “but they can’t, they can’t undo history. They can’t undo the facts of Jewish historians and Jewish theologians who write about what’s going on, who write about the enormous influence that AIPAC has on our government and on United States policy and the United Nations.”

    /blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/06/rev-wright-i-meant-to-say-zionists-are-keeping-me-from-talking-to-president-obama-not-jews.html

  4. We shouldn’t let this article go without clear concise rebuttals before it finds it’s way into mainstream US newspapers.

    McAuliffe defeat is another blow to Clinton legacy!

    What the thrust of the article does besides declaring another derogatory smear on the Clintons is legitimize Obama’s grand all out winning of the presidency.
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    Mrs. Smith: here is how I would respond. These facts are from recollecton. If they check out and you want to run with it feel free.

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    The Associate Press has a long track record of hatred towards the Clintons which can be traced back to the primaries from Iowa to South Dakota. Those of us who were there remember the false stories, sexism and harrassment they perpetrated in support of their candidate Mr. Obama. This article is yet another example of the intellectual dishonesty and political skullduggery which emanates from that shop. Consider the following:

    AP would have you believe that Terrys loss is the real story here. They claim this is a reflection on the Clinton legacy because of Terrys long term association with them past. That is pure sophistry. Why? Because the candidate who won, Deeds, had something Terry did not have–something which had nothing whatsoever to do with the Clintons: a legislative track record within the state. That was the reason he beat Terry. But true to form, AP ignored that reason and fabricated one more to their political liking, namely that it was a rejection of Clinton. As always, they would rather lie to their readers than tell them the truth where the Clintons are concerned.

    But, the greater sin was AP’s concommitant failure to report the real story here–and that is this: Terry was not the only candidate who lost to Deeds. Moran did as well. Moran supported Obama in the primary, Obama won the primary, 44 state officials who supported Obama supported Obama, Obama supported Moran, and Moran had legislative experience. Yet inspite of all this Moran lost to Deeds as well. Thus, the real headline should read “Obama Has No Coattails In Virginia”. But AP is too corrupt to report the truth to its readers. They are in the same business as Goebbels–political propaganda.

    Thus, whenever you see an AP story, the wise adomonition is this: caveat reader (reader beware).

  5. Admin,
    An excellent, concise history. Thanks.
    I’ve been hearing BO compared to Chamberlain a lot, lately.
    But about your comment that MSM is ignoring both the holocaust and Arkansas murders, not true.
    “Later in the day yesterday, there was a shooting at the Holocaust Museum by a “white supremacist“. Surely Obama’s Reverend Wright and the Jew-baiting remarks would make an appearance on broadcast news? No. Silence from Obama and Silence from Big Media. The same silence experienced when an American soldier was murdered by a Muslim convert in Little Rock last week.”
    I listened to press conferences from Washington, today, and they are spinning the story furiously.
    Here’s some of what I posted on the other thread WHILE listening to the presser..
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    Why is such a big deal being made of the slain Holocaust Museum guard while there has been no mention of the slain Arkansas soldier?
    Not that I condone EITHER killing, of course, but I DO question why ONE is highlighted while the other is swept under the rug.
    Not to be inflammatory, but could it be because of race?
    A white supremacist kills a black guard?
    The opposite happened in Arkansas. A Black Muslim killed a white soldier.
    Sorry for going there but WTF!!!!!!!
    This is also being called a HATE crime against the guard. What about the Arkansas soldier???????
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    • Sorry for multiple posts but I’m listening to the press conference and I’m disgusted.
    WTF is the FBI Terrorism task force being called up for this incident and not for the Arkansas incident????????
    The FBI says Van Brauns picture is being displayed on the cover of every paper in the US and anyone with info about him should contact the FBI.
    Why wasn’t the same thing done with the Arkansas Muslim killer?
    Why isn’t the FCC investigating Letterman’s comments about raping Palin’s daughter?
    Why isn’t anyone questioning Jeremiah’s comments yesterday that “Them Jews won’t let him (BO) talk to me?”
    What about anti-semitism and misogyny in the BO administration and among his supporters?
    Sickening as it is to say this, in a way the Holocaust Museum Shooting is VERY useful to BO. He gets to link racism, anti-semitism and white supremacism and spin those trends in a way advantageous to him. more divide and conquer.

  6. Mrs. Smith,

    I soooooooo hope you’re right!

    “Bibi has had ample time to carefully couch his words and deliver a speech that should throw Obama into a tailspin that most definitely will rock his fiefdom.”

  7. Regarding McAuliffe and what his loss means. Frankly, we never reported much on the Virginia race because we thought it was a misplaced effort by Terry. McAuliffe had thought of running for office in Florida and New York and then finally decided on Virginia and that news was known to Virginia voters.

    Wbboei is right that the Clinton vs. Obama dynamic was not a key factor and cites to the loss of both the Clinton and Obama backed candidates.

    The local paper (Richmond Times-Dispatch) published an article in January which provides reasons for the loss:

    http://www.timesdispatch.com/rtd/news/state_regional/state_regional_govtpolitics/article/MCCA04_20090103-204311/168176/

    Political analysts say McAuliffe’s perceived outsider status may harm him as he seeks the nomination in a June primary against two rivals who have served in the General Assembly for years.

    State Sen. R. Creigh Deeds of Bath County has been in the legislature for 16 years and ran for attorney general in 2005, losing by a razor-thin 360 votes in a race that was settled only after a recount.

    Brian J. Moran of Alexandria just gave up a House of Delegates seat he held for 12 years.

    McAuliffe says he is not wedded to old alliances in the legislature and is not mired in old quarrels.

    But Virginia political analyst Robert D. Holsworth said he expects Deeds and Moran will challenge McAuliffe’s awareness of state issues. To overcome his perceived lack of experience, McAuliffe will have to display a vision for Virginia, Holsworth said.

    “He has to be careful he is not viewed as a political ATM machine,” Holsworth added, noting that “the moral authority of big money is somewhat diminished at the moment.”

    Dan Balz, no friend to the Clintons, summed up the situation today:

    http://mobile.washingtonpost.com/detail.jsp?key=398373&rc=to&p=1&all=1

    Terry McAuliffe hurled himself into the Virginia gubernatorial campaign with typical gusto. But in the end, his brassy personality, bundles of money and indelible ties to the Clintons could not compensate for his lack of deep roots in the state’s Democratic politics, party strategists said yesterday. [snip]

    If the Clinton connection proved to be of little help in attracting voters for McAuliffe, there was no sense among Democratic strategists yesterday that his defeat would tarnish the Clinton brand. One Clinton loyalist said that a measure of the Clintons’ lasting impact is the number of former Clinton administration officials now serving in senior roles in Obama’s government, and that the couple’s legacy will be affected far more by Hillary Clinton’s performance as secretary of state.

    “I don’t think the Clinton chapter is yet closed,” he said.

    For McAuliffe, everything seemed to be working in the opening stages of the campaign. He not only commanded the airwaves with his ads but also dominated free media with his outsize personality. But his early lead in the polls disguised the fact that none of the three candidates were well known to the state’s Democratic voters and that of the three, McAuliffe had the least connection to those voters.

    Democratic strategists also said McAuliffe’s lack of Virginia political roots — though he has lived in the state for nearly two decades — made it more difficult for him to explain why he wanted to be governor. As a novice candidate, that proved to be a weakness.

    “My guess is that the McAuliffe campaign did a few too many things that accentuated the fact that he was a Virginia outsider,” said Democratic pollster Geoff Garin. “This is a campaign that particularly needed to mobilize Virginia voices and needed to demonstrate that he connects to the state. But at most of the forks in the road, they made decisions that emphasized that he was a national figure and not a Virginia figure.”

    What may have been more significant in the Democratic primary than McAuliffe’s Clinton connection was how voters gauged the three candidates as potential successors to former governor Mark Warner, now a U.S. senator, and current Gov. Timothy M. Kaine.

    McAuliffe ran with a pledge to shake up Richmond but had more difficulty placing himself in the tradition of Warner and Kaine. He sought to identify himself with Warner’s business background, but his big personality represented the antithesis of both Warner and Kaine.

    Obama is the one that has to be worried considering the strength of the Republican candidate. With problems in New Jersey, Virginia is a must win state this fall and looking at the very low voter turnout, the state will be tough to win:

    Obama advisers see Virginia’s election as particularly crucial this fall, more so than the gubernatorial race in New Jersey, where incumbent Gov. Jon S. Corzine (D) faces a tough campaign against Republican prosecutor Christopher Christie.

    Given how much the Obama team put into Virginia last year, it is committed to continuing a string of Democratic victories. Advisers know that a loss in the state would be interpreted as a defeat for Obama far more than a loss in New Jersey would be.

    Deeds’s impressive performance in every region of Virginia gives them confidence that he can prevail in November against Republican Robert F. McDonnell, a former state attorney general.

    “The White House’s political interest is simple: Win the election,” Devine said of the Obama administration’s thinking about the Democratic field. “Who can best win the election? Probably Deeds.”

  8. Oh Reverend Wright, how priceless you are. You say you misspoke–when you said the Jews would not let you see the Messiah. And you say that when you say you misspoke it is like Hillary? Who do you think you are kidding. You make it sound like this was an isolated case, unintentional etc. Well . . . . what about all the words in all the sermons over all those years where you uttered anti American, anti white and anti semitic statements that inflame prejudice. Did you also misspeak on those thousand other occasions. Or are you not in fact a racist, a chronic and habitual liar, and the spirtual advisor for Obama. Your comparison to Hillary is as sick as you are. And dont worry your pretty little head off that your protogee will not speak to you until the fifth year when he is a lame duck. He is a lame duck already as the economy catches up with him. Your reunion will be sooner than you think–assuming of course that you do. By the way, do you have a spare room in the 10 million dollar house of yours? I need a place to stay when I am in Chicago. That is if you are not too busy catering to the poor and downtrodden.

  9. The Palestinians are not interested in the two-state solution. They want the two-stage solution, after which there would be only one state: Palestine.”
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    Bottom line: I firmly believe that is true of Obama too, regardless of the smokescreen of words he puts up.

  10. wbboei, I’m sure you noticed that AP story on McAuliffe was written by Clinton-basher Beth Fouhy, which explains a lot.

  11. wbb and admin:

    “Deeds, had something Terry did not have–something which had nothing whatsoever to do with the Clintons: a legislative track record within the state. That was the reason he beat Terry.”
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    Agree- Terry was a fish out of water in VA and should have moved his residence there for a year or two before coming in as a stranger to the state asking for their vote.. He left himself wide open for the label, ‘carpetbagger’ and an embarrassing defeat. Which btw, had nothing to do with the Clintons.
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    again, wbb says:

    “But, the greater sin was AP’s concommitant failure to report the real story here–and that is this: Terry was not the only candidate who lost to Deeds. Moran did as well. Moran supported Obama in the primary, Obama won the primary, 44 state officials who supported Obama supported Obama, Obama supported Moran, and Moran had legislative experience. Yet inspite of all this Moran lost to Deeds as well.”
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    Yes and by cumalitive reference should have been the association brought out in the article. What made my blood boil were this little jibs and jabs by Beth Phooey:

    NEW YORK (AP) – Terry McAuliffe’s crushing defeat in Virginia’s gubernatorial primary is the latest blow to former President Bill Clinton’s political legacy, still reeling from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s loss to Barack Obama in last year’s Democratic presidential contest.
    [snip]
    The sheer scope of Deeds’ victory—he won nearly 50 percent of the primary vote and carried 10 of the state’s 11 congressional districts—made one thing breathtakingly clear: The Clinton star power doesn’t necessarily translate into votes.

    “I’m not sure I’d say the Clintons’ influence is over—Hillary is still secretary of state and former President Clinton certainly still has cachet. But this primary does tarnish it to some extent,” said Harry Wilson, a political science professor at Virginia’s Roanoke College.

    [snip]

    Hillary Clinton learned the hard way in 2008 that there are limitations to the celebrity her last name confers.

    [snip]

    The former first lady and New York senator had been anointed the “inevitable” Democratic presidential nominee, largely because of the national network she and her popular husband had built. But that didn’t stop Obama from surging past her in the Iowa caucuses and ultimately winning the nomination.

    Hillary Clinton’s spokesman Philippe Reines said Clinton considers McAuliffe “one of her oldest and closest friends and thinks the world of him” but as secretary of state, her political activity is limited by federal law. He declined to say what, if any, political counsel she might have lent McAuliffe in his race.

    “If there were (any conversations) they’d be private,” Reines said.

    Obama bested Hillary Clinton by a whopping 29 points in Virginia’s presidential primary last year, helped in part by his popularity among black voters. Obama was running to be the first black president, and many blacks had grown alienated from the Clintons after Bill Clinton seemed to belittle Obama in the heated early contests. .

    All this vital information coming to you from the BO Crack Head Propaganda machine!

  12. basil9 Says:
    June 11th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Mrs. Smith,

    I soooooooo hope you’re right!

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    I am more than hoping for it- I expect Bibi to tell him to go to Hell and look forward to the trip!

  13. Mrs. Smith,

    I too pray that Bibi stands up for his people and doesn’t let that weasel and his miserable terrorist friends win.

  14. More on Letterman. The author of this piece is an idiot and in my humble opinion, both Letterman and Griffin are no-talent morons…

    David Letterman vs. Sarah Palin: ‘This very well could be my last show’…not
    Jun 11, 2009, | by Ken Tucker

    Last night on The Late Show, David Letterman said that Gov. Sarah Palin had called him “pathetic” for making jokes about her and one of her daughters. “I haven’t been called pathetic once since [my] honeymoon,” he joked. “This very well could be my last show,” he said, as though the controversy was making him an endangered species. “Oh, great,” he said. “I pissed off a hunter.” The Late Show host responded to accusations by Gov. Sarah Palin that he had made inappropriate jokes about her and her family in his Monday-night Top Ten List. Here’s what he said last night in his semi-defense:

    To Palin’s accusations that he was making a joke about “raping” one of her daughters, let’s go to the text: Letterman’s self-admittedly “ugly” joke was that 18-year-old Bristol was “knocked up” by baseball’s Alex Rodriguez. That phrase doesn’t carry the implication of forced sex. I mean, I didn’t hear that association applied to the title of the Judd Apatow movie Knocked Up, did you? (And: “Where’s Alex Rodriguez’s [complaint]?” he asked parenthetically.)

    But of course, breaking down any joke into serious, word-for-word analysis misses the spirit and context in which it was told. Letterman said he knew they were “cheap laughs” he was going for; in his usual self-deprecating way, he noted that’s what he’s been doing “for 35 years.” As for his joke about Palin’s “slutty-flight-attendant look,” he said unrepentantly, “I kinda like that joke.”

    “I mean, look at me,” he said, facing the camera directly. “I would never, never make jokes about raping.”

    It seems absurd to have to say this, after all the years we’ve all spent seeing what an interesting, complex, funny man Letterman is, but here it is anyway: I believe him.

    Then later Kathy Griffin came out and, with typical bluntness, said blithely that Palin is “a moron” and her husband Todd “a tool.” “But that’s just my opinion,” she said. Jokes and opinions: what trouble-makers.

    Did you watch The Late Show last night? What did you think of Letterman’s response to Palin’s accusations? Do you think Sarah Palin should accept Dave’s invitation to appear on his show?

    watching-tv.ew.com/2009/06/david-letterman-vs-sarah-palin-this-very-well-could-be-my-last-show-not.html

  15. Part of what I hope Bibi does here is give people a day in the life sense of what it means to be an Israeli, how it feels to live under the constant threat of annihation and why security steps which are hard for others in safe venues to understand are necessary in this one. Also, he needs to refute Bambis attempt to explain the whole of Israel in terms of war guilt in WWII. He needs to tell the world that the history of Israel is nothing less than the history of civilization itself and survival is not subject to compromise by any responsible leader.

  16. Obama Breeds Climate of Hate Against Jews
    By Rabbi Dr. Morton H. Pomerantz

    Our new president did not tell a virulent anti-Semite to travel to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington to kill Jews, but he is most certainly creating a climate of hate against us.

    It is no coincidence that we are witnessing this level of hatred toward Jews as President Barack Obama positions America against the Jewish state.

    Just days ago Obama traveled to Cairo, Egypt. It was his second trip in a short time to visit Muslim countries. He sent a clear message by not visiting Israel.

    But this was code.

    In Cairo, Obama said things that pose a grave danger to Jews in Israel, in America and everywhere.

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    And if his views are not vigorously opposed they will help create a danger as great as that posed by the Nazis to the Jewish people.

    Just last week, Obama told his worldwide audience — more than 100 million people — that the killing of six million Jews during the Holocaust was the equivalent of Israel’s actions in dealing with the Palestinians.

    This remark is incredible on its face, an insult to the six million Jews who died as a result of Hitler’s genocide — and it is a form of revisionism that will bode evil for Jews for years to come.

    While Obama acknowledged that “six million Jews were killed — more than the entire Jewish population of Israel today” — his discussion about the Holocaust was followed by this statement: “On the other hand, it is also undeniable that the Palestinian people — Muslims and Christians — have suffered in pursuit of a homeland.”

    “On the other hand . . . ”?

    Obama’s clever construct comparing the mass genocide of six million Jews to the Palestinian struggle will not be lost on the estimated 100 million Muslims who tuned into to hear him.

    Perhaps it was not lost on James W. von Brunn, the 88-year-old white supremacist identified as the alleged attacker Wednesday at the Holocaust Museum. He apparently felt that he could easily take retribution against the Jews for the atrocities Obama implies they are guilty of.

    At first blush Mr. Obama’s speech seemed rosy, optimistic — one that espoused tolerance and understanding.

    If you scratch the surface it is a dangerous document that history will view as a turning point for America and Israel — one that will lead to dangerous times ahead for both Jews and believing Christians.

    The immediate danger posed by Obama’s speech is in its incredible re-writing of the history of Jews, Christians and Muslims from Medieval times to the present.

    Obama, continually throughout his speech, talks of Islam’s peaceful intent. And while there are certainly Koranic verses that support this interpretation, Islam has a long and bloody history of violence against fellow Muslims, Jews and Christians.

    Has Obama not heard about the Muslim’s violent conquest of the Middle East, Spain and half of Western Europe? Was he never taught that the Crusades sought to turn back this Muslim onslaught that demanded subjugated populations convert or die?

    In his almost hour-long speech, there is not a single word about Islam’s well known and checkered past.

    Ironically, the American president offered plenty of references to what he sees are America’s evils, such as its “colonialism” and history of slavery.

    “For centuries, black people in America suffered the lash of the whip as slaves and the humiliation of segregation,” Obama told his audience, citing a litany of American shortcomings. He failed to mention that Arab Muslims were the greatest slave traders in the history of humanity.

    According to Obama, Israelis, too, are guilty of wrongdoing, especially when it comes to their supposed maltreatment of the Palestinians.

    Isn’t it odd an American president would go to a foreign country and slander his own country and its long-time ally?

    At the same time he praises — unconditionally — a religion and culture that has a long history of being antithetical to the very values that have made America a great nation?

    Mr. Obama even has the unbelievable gall, when talking about the treatment of Muslim women, to condemn Western countries for attempting to stop Muslim women from using the full facial cover, or hijab. This is a symbol of Muslim subjugation of women.

    Listen to what Obama said: “Likewise, it is important for Western countries to avoid impeding Muslim citizens from practicing religion as they see fit – for instance, by dictating what clothes a Muslim woman should wear.”

    And Obama not only ignores the gross subjugation of women in many Arab societies — he does not mention even once the almost total religious intolerance throughout the Muslim world against Christians and Jews.

    In his speech, Obama’s only plea for Muslim women living in Muslim countries is that they should be afforded an education.

    How about a discussion of the beheading of Arab women for “crimes” such as adultery? How about the malicious treatment of women in Muslim countries who choose not to wear the hijab?

    Obama insists that Islam has promoted tolerance and that in Islamic societies such ideals have flourished.

    Obama claimed that “as a student of history” he understands more than most the truth about “civilization’s debt to Islam.”

    He added, “And throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.”

    Does he not know that a Jew or Christian would be beheaded in Saudi Arabia for practicing their religion today, now, this minute?

    Of course, Obama offers not one example of where religious freedom is truly tolerated in the Muslim world. Yet, he proudly told his audience that in every state of the union and throughout the U.S. there exist more than 1,200 mosques.

    But why, Mr. President, is there no Christian Church or Jewish synagogue operating within the borders of Saudi Arabia? Not even one.

    Why in many countries, including your host Egypt, Christian churches have suffered vicious and continual persecution? Why is a once vibrant Cairo Jewish community — a home for the likes of Maimonides — today practically extinct?

    Why, dear president, has the ancient Christian community in the West Bank and places like Bethlehem been almost completely wiped out by the modern Muslim onslaught?

    “On the other hand,” to quote you Mr. President, you avoided mentioning some other truths.

    Let’s start with the Israeli Arabs who can claim one of the highest standards of living in the Arab world. Indeed, they have more rights than Arabs in any Muslim country, their religious freedom is completely protected, and they even vote in free elections.

    Tell me what Muslim country matches Israel’s record in protecting its minorities?

    Even Arabs in the West Bank, during the time of Israeli control, saw their standard of living rise dramatically. Today, Arabs there are among the best educated in the world, thanks to Israel.

    In your revisionist view, Israel has acted to harm these people. But it was not Israel that could not abide by United Nations resolutions clearly setting borders for both the state of Israel and an entity that had never existed before named Palestine.

    You cleverly omitted any discussion of these facts, or the continual attacks against the state of Israel over six decades by its Muslim neighbors. Nor is it the Israelis who persecute from time to time the Coptic Christians of Egypt.

    No, Mr. President, I do not accept your assertion that you are seeking religious tolerance or that you are seeking to protect Jews. I do not accept it because you are inventing a false history to fit your own agenda.

    Mr. President, I am deeply disturbed that you would offer such a distortion of truth in the hopes of creating a lasting peace. A lasting peace cannot be created out of lies, distortions and half truths.

    You profess to be a Christian. But you seem more intent on protecting Muslims. In your speech you talked openly of your Muslim heritage, your admiration of their way of life, and so forth. You said in your speech that you have made one of your chief aims of your presidency repairing the image of Islam.

    Why did you hide these views from the American public during the recent presidential campaign?

    Why, as president, did you fully bow to the Saudi king, who refuses to allow any religious freedom for any Christian or Jew?

    You have made clear, by your words and assertions, that you are re-positioning the United States away from Israel, America’s lone democratic ally in the Mid-East.

    You have made clear through your statements and those of your minions that Israel should, under no circumstances, prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons.

    And yes, you have promised to retaliate against Iran if it ever attacks Israel with nuclear weapons.

    But you know full well that if Iran succeeds in its admitted goal of “wiping the Jewish state off the map” — and hits this tiny nation with nuclear warheads — there will be no Israel for the U.S. to retaliate on behalf of.

    Some Jews may be naïve, but we are not stupid.

    Rabbi Dr. Morton H. Pomerantz is a member of the Reform movement of Judaism and serves as a chaplain for the State of New York. A former Navy and Marine Corps officer and chaplain, he has also served as deputy national chaplain for the Jewish War Veterans of the United States.

  17. Bambis attempt to explain the whole of Israel in terms of war guilt in WWII.
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    I would consider that particular lie to be equivalent and just as dangerous as the “Blood Libel” of the Middle Ages.

  18. Paula: no I did not see it was Fouhey who wrote it. I did not see a name at top or bottom on my copy. Or else I missed it.

    I talked with people who met Fouhey in Iowa. She is a head case. Young, bitter, low energy and no fun to be around. Not particularly bright. Just a snake.

    As you may recall she is the one who wrote that article on the morning of the South Dakota election saying that Hillary would resign that evening. This was an attempt to suppress voter turnout.

  19. “But this was code.”

    “But you know full well that if Iran succeeds in its admitted goal of “wiping the Jewish state off the map” — and hits this tiny nation with nuclear warheads — there will be no Israel for the U.S. to retaliate on behalf of.

    Some Jews may be naïve, but we are not stupid.”

    ———————-

    He breaks bread with the Saudis, reduces the establishment of the State of Israel to a WWII soundbite, goes to one of the smallest concentration camps ever in Germany, gives a speech in a country (Egypt) that has huge human rights gaps and remembers every hateful word his mentor ever spoke against the Jews and the White People.

    I don’t know how this monster sleeps at night.

  20. I would consider that particular lie to be equivalent and just as dangerous as the “Blood Libel” of the Middle Ages.
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    Yes. Particularly when it is addressed to 100 million Muslims.

  21. Yes. Particularly when it is addressed to 100 million Muslims.
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    Obama is very good at using a “dog whistle”. To the average American, the Cairo “on one had and on the other..” speech probably sounded positive, certainly the MSM pushed it with the “best ever” meme. His target audience, however, heard a very different speech as Dr. Pomerantz points out.

  22. Again with Obama, the question is: Who is directing and writing these speeches. Obama certainly isn’t. Except for some very bad poetry, I am not aware of anything that Obama has written that has ever been presented to the public in any form.

  23. Thank for this article . Obama , in less than 5 months, has done more harm to Israel than any previous administration. That Obama despises Israel and Zionists was very clear for anyone to see. From Wright to Farakahan , this man has surrounded himself with some of the great race baiters of all time. Lets also be very clear and understand that black anti-semitism has been a tool used by so called AA leader/preaches for decades. The historical alliance of Jews/Blacks in the civil rights movement is but a distant memory, and from Malcolm X to Jesse Jackson, the Jew and Israel have always been the bogey man. The fact that American Jews backed this race baiter (see S. Carolina) makes it even more disturbing. WI sincerely hope someone from the Jewish community steps up and calls Obama out for this and that jewish members of Congress regain theior “balls” and stop drinking the kool-aide.

  24. Wbboei, thanks for the article by Rabbi, Dr. Pomerantz. It is right on target. We had not seen it before we wrote our article but it is clear we see what Pomerantz sees.

    For those that think it is all innocent, Politico wrote an article in March about how Obama spoke in code:

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0309/19538.html

    On matters of racial identity, many observers in the African-American community say he benefits from what’s known as “dog-whistle politics.” His language, mannerisms and symbols resonate deeply with his black supporters, even as the references largely sail over the heads of white audiences.[snip]

    Or a year ago in South Carolina, when he tried to swat down the persistent rumors that he is Muslim. “They try to bamboozle you, hoodwink you,” Obama said that night, in what many listeners heard as an unmistakable reference to activist Malcolm X, as portrayed in Spike Lee’s movie.[snip]

    As for Obama, an aide declined to talk about whether it was a matter of strategy.

    Beyond speech, blacks have picked up certain of Obama’s mannerisms, particularly his walk, that signal authenticity. Bush had his cowboy strut, and Obama has a swagger — a rhythmic lope that says cool and confident and undeniably black. It was most noticeable on his first post-election trip to the White House, some said.

    “The swagger was out of control, dragging the left foot, it was like, ‘Barack, you have got to calm down,’” said Melissa Harris-Lacewell, a Princeton University professor who teaches courses in politics and black studies. “The swagger thing just got worse and worse during the campaign. … I am sure David Axelrod told him to stop swaggering. … I can’t imagine that anyone is telling him to do that.”

  25. Admin, I caught on to the Swagger walk a long time ago. What is amazing to me, is how you can walk with such confidence when you literally have achieved nothing. The first 5 months have not accomplished one thing.

    I find these mannerism amoung those who don’t have confidenct or experience, and they are used to pretend they have accomplished something.

    The proof will be in the Economy, and the management or lack there of, of the debt.

  26. Jewish Lesbians watch out! 🙂

    Obama’s list of targeted groups in order: Women, Gays, Jews.

    Those who don’t understand our “Obama can’t be trusted….” mantra should listen to James Pietrangelo II, the gay Ohio soldier whose challenge to “don’t ask, don’t tell” was not heard by the Supreme Court in great part because of the legal posture of the Obama thugs.

    http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1903545,00.html?imw=Y

    James Pietrangelo II, the former Army infantryman and lawyer whose case the high court declined to review, reserved most of his ire for President Obama instead of the court. “He’s a coward, a bigot and a pathological liar,” Pietrangelo said in an interview with TIME shortly after the high court declined to hear his appeal. “This is a guy who spent more time picking out his dog, Bo, and playing with him on the White House lawn than he has working for equality for gay people,” he added. “If there were millions of black people as second-class citizens, or millions of Jews or Irish, he would have acted immediately” upon taking office to begin working to lift “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” Pietrangelo fought in Iraq in 1991 as an infantryman, and returned as a JAG officer for the second Iraq War, before being booted out in 2004 for declaring he was gay as he was readying for a third combat tour. He was representing himself before the high court.

    We think Pietrangelo overestimates what Obama would do for Jews. He’s already discovered Obama can’t be trusted on Gays.

  27. We think Pietrangelo overestimates what Obama would do for Jews. He’s already discovered Obama can’t be trusted on Gays.
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    Or African Americans, just ask the Rezko tenants in South Chicago.

  28. James Pietrangelo II, the former Army infantryman and lawyer whose case the high court declined to review, reserved most of his ire for President Obama instead of the court.
    *************
    The people at Time are idiots. Of course James Pietrangelo reserved his ire for Obama. James is a JAG and is well aware that the SCOTUS rarely involves itself in administration and oversight of the Uniform Code of military Justice. Obama is the CIC, he can’t duck the responsibility.

  29. Re Letterman, as of an hour or so ago this number was still working, did accept a message, though it also gave another number where it tried to direct Letterman calls. Sorry I didn’t get the other number down.

    Call CBS and let them know your disgust. Call CBS: 212-975-4321

  30. I want to see someone, anyone make a deeply sexist comment about MO just to see how the media will react. How about all her cleavage showing slutty cocktail dresses, sleeveless of course?

  31. now.org/issues/media/hall-of-shame/index.php/television/letterman-palin-daughter

    finally…NOW has grown a spine…and inducted Letterman into its hall of shame…

    The sexualization of girls and women in the media is reaching new lows these days — it is exploitative and has a negative effect on how all women and girls are perceived and how they view themselves. Letterman also joked about what he called Palin’s “slutty flight attendant look” — yet another example of how the media love to focus on a woman politician’s appearance, especially as it relates to her sexual appeal to men. Someone of Letterman’s stature, who appears on what used to be known as “the Tiffany Network” (CBS), should be above wallowing in the juvenile, sexist mud that other comedians and broadcasters seem to prefer.

    On that point, it’s important to note that when Chelsea Clinton was 13 years old she was the target of numerous insults based on her appearance. Rush Limbaugh even referred to her as the “White House dog.” NOW hopes that all the conservatives who are fired up about sexism in the media lately will join us in calling out sexism when it is directed at women who aren’t professed conservatives.

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

    I cannot tell you how sick it makes me to hear all these so called liberals and MSM twisting and turning to defend Letterman…what is wrong with these people? total loss of integrity…

  32. Krauthammer on moral equivalence:

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/06/12/hovering_on_high_obama_surveys_the_world_96964.html

    (A) He told Iran that, on the one hand, America once helped overthrow an Iranian government, while on the other hand “Iran has played a role in acts of hostage-taking and violence against U.S. troops and civilians.” (Played a role?!) We have both sinned; let us bury the past and begin anew.

    (B) On religious tolerance, he gently referenced the Christians of Lebanon and Egypt, then lamented that the “divisions between Sunni and Shia have led to tragic violence” (note the use of the passive voice). He then criticized (in the active voice) Western religious intolerance for regulating the wearing of the hijab — after citing America for making it difficult for Muslims to give to charity.

    (C) Obama offered Muslims a careful admonition about women’s rights, noting how denying women education impoverishes a country — balanced, of course, with “meanwhile, the struggle for women’s equality continues in many aspects of American life.”

    Well, yes. On the one hand, there certainly is some American university where the women’s softball team has received insufficient Title IX funds — while, on the other hand, Saudi women showing ankle are beaten in the street, Afghan school girls have acid thrown in their faces, and Iranian women are publicly stoned to death for adultery. (Gays, as well — but then again we have Prop 8.) We all have our shortcomings, our national foibles. Who’s to judge?

  33. Krauthammer ends with this:

    Obama undoubtedly thinks he is demonstrating historical magnanimity with all these moral equivalencies and self-flagellating apologetics. On the contrary. He’s showing cheap condescension, an unseemly hunger for applause and a willingness to distort history for political effect.

    Distorting history is not truth-telling, but the telling of soft lies. Creating false equivalencies is not moral leadership, but moral abdication. And hovering above it all, above country and history, is a sign not of transcendence but of a disturbing ambivalence toward one’s own country.

  34. admin- his moral equivalency diatribes remind me of those silly “compare and contrast” essays that we had to write in Junior High. Inevitably, there was some paragraph involving “on the other hand” or “however”. Apparently Barky is operating somewhere between 7th and 8th grade level English Composition. I hope I am not being too generous.

  35. Confloyd asked why the media keeps going after the Clintons. NBC set her up to look bad the other night, by asking for her help and then as she sat there taking hidden photos which they later pasted together to support the Brian Williams narrative that she was still despondent that she did not win the election. Today there was the AP article with the ridiculous headline that Terry’s loss was another blow to the Clintons.

    So why do they continue to attack her a year after she suspended her campaign, less than a year after she travelled across the country campaigning for him, and four months after becoming a key member of his cabinet, and the secretary of state the country desperately needs?

    Let me add a few facts, give you my theory and see if you agree.

    The same media attacked McCains wife and his running mate relentlessly in the campaign. The continue to conduct their little witch hunt against Governor Palen even today. And they attack the Reupublican Party relentlessly. They say it is ineffective. They say it will not regain the White House for 30 years. And they hold up “castrades” like Crist as examples of what the Party should become knowing he is too weak to ever resist Obama.

    Again the question: why do they do this? Some say hate women and they hate Republicans. While that is demonstrably true, I do not think it explains their behavior. Some say they do it because they can, but if that is the explanation then the cost does not justify it. This sort of behavior has earned them emnity in many circles, and will continue to produce negative unintended consequences. No, in my opinion, the answer must lie elsewhere.

    I think the real game here is to destroy any credible anyone who might challenge Obama. Surely they realize that this little cake walk of his cannot continue forever. Surely they know they cannot defend him forever. And most important, surely they know the deteriorating economic situation we are facing will ultimatel redound to him. In that case, Hillary would be the logical internal alternative with the party, and the Republicans would be the logical external candidate. And they know, and surely must know, that when Obama fails they will be held accountable for the way they have overreached to put him in office, and that if Hillary or the Republicans succeed him, then the White House door will be slammed in their face, because of their past misdeeds. How could it be otherwise.

    If they are blamed for the debacle and lose access and influence with the succeeding admnistration, then that will kill their business. It therefore follows that when big media denisons attack Hillary, attack Sara Palin, and say the Republican Party is really done, finished, caput, they do so for a very perverse reason: to protect their bloated paychecks. And that is what makes them the whores that they most certainly are.

  36. “He’s a coward, a bigot and a pathological liar,”
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    That is a good description of Mr. Obama. If it were up to me, I would be tempted to add one more descriptive phrase: “traitor in high office”.–which is the nightmare of any democracy. We shall see if my instincts on that point are correct.

  37. Wbboei, thanks for the analogy of why the BM keeps attacking Hillary, Palin and the Republicans. I’m not sure about the Republicans though because they attack Hillary themselves. If they would just quit doing that I might listen to them, but I am tired of all the fighting, it is paralizing our country.
    Bravo, Krauthammer! I just don’t know how this country is going to survive 3 years and 6 months more of the sob in office, surely we could find a way to impeach the idiot.
    I am waiting for the speech by the Israelie President. I hope he shuts the Obamameister down, while at the same time is sending jets with nuclear warheads attached to Iran.
    I am thinking of buying a T-shirts that bares a pic of two testicles on the front that says ” the tiny nation with the biggest pair”!

  38. At least SHE admits it! Gotta give her credit for that. Notice her scores haven’t been made public, either, just like her prospective boss’s?
    (from NYT)

    WASHINGTON — Judge Sonia Sotomayor once described herself as “a product of affirmative action” who was admitted to two Ivy League schools despite scoring lower on standardized tests than many classmates, which she attributed to “cultural biases” that are “built into testingHer comments came in the context of explaining why she thought it was “critical that we promote diversity” by appointing more women and members of minorities as judges, and they provoked objections among other panelists who pointed out that she had graduated summa cum laude from Princeton and been an editor on Yale’s law journal.
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    But Judge Sotomayor insisted that her test scores were sub-par — “though not so far off the mark that I wasn’t able to succeed at those institutions.” Her scores have not been made public.
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    “With my academic achievement in high school, I was accepted rather readily at Princeton and equally as fast at Yale, but my test scores were not comparable to that of my classmates,” she said. “And that’s been shown by statistics, there are reasons for that. There are cultural biases built into testing, and that was one of the motivations for the concept of affirmative action to try to balance out those effects.”

  39. At least she graduated summa cum laude. Where is MO? There were comments back and forth about the quality of her Princeton thesis on NQ regulars — not good.

  40. The Israeli writer and peace activist David Grossman said about the settler movement last week:

    “Now, 200,000 people have been allowed to enslave the future of Israel for their own messianic hallucinations…The settlers have trapped us in a historical mistake. To begin to correct this, we must have a removal of the most extreme, remote settlements. I know this process will be painful, violent, and there will be bloodshed, but this must be done. They are a limb that has to be amputated so the body can stay alive.”

    This shows me that at least some Israelis have sense and can see that the zionists have taken Israel hostage by trying to take everything away from the Palestinians based on some historic right they think they have to live on other people’s land. The zionist movement does predate the Shoah, but that still doesn’t mean the Palestinians should just give up their homes and land and walk away without looking back.

  41. wbboei:I would add another description of this dangerous and growing threat to all people of this troubled world as he spreads the germs of anarchy and socialistic poison.He is a :Typhoid Barry spreading his Boobonic Plague that infects every thing and everyone that he intimidates with his race card and the promises of restitution and the all consuming promise of restitution.Keep him alive and in office and under constant observation until Hillary is elected to the presidency in 2012.

    By ABM90 It is heartbreaking watching our great country being destroyed by this power drunk sicko.

  42. Jeswezey,

    God gave the jews the land, not the Palestinians. That is the history your talking about. The Palestinians have no right to the land, why doesnt’ any of the Arab countries want them?? You have to ask yourself that??
    You state the Zionist movement predates Shoah, but that doesn’t mean the Palestinians should just give up their homes and land and walk away, but YOU THINK THE JEWS SHOULD, WHY???

  43. Wbboei, Did you catch that pic of Obama with his feet up on the Oval Office desk and an official WH photo of him with the soles of his shoes showing front and center while speaking with Netanayuh?? Apparently it was seen by some as an insult to Israel.
    I ask you why would there even be an official WH photo of him speaking with the Israelie President?? Why would there be one with him in this position with this angle of the camera if this is not what Obama wanted to be seen by the world?

    OBAMA IS A DANGER TO WORLD PEACE!

  44. Good Morning All

    Confloyd, he either does not know or does not care. His staff does not know or care either. Historically, things like this could cause significant international problems, but obviously over and over again, they do not know and do not care.

  45. confloyd Says:

    “God gave the jews the land, not the Palestinians.”

    Spoken like a true-blue Zionist. We also had the idea of Manifest Destiny in the 19th century so we could justify taking land from the Native Americans.

    “The Palestinians have no right to the land…”

    Oh, dear, that’s true zionism as well. You know, when I went to France in the seventies, I found our family homestead, five centuries old. My forefathers had left it in the midst of repression of protestantism in 1525, first to go to England and then to America in 1629. Now, finding that home with the family escutcheon and motto over the door, I suppose I could have made a case for taking over the house and expelling the present owner, saying he had no right to my family home. However, in modern France there is a rule of law. Inconvenient. The present owner does have a right to the house and land, and he didn’t want to sell even at a high price. It was just no-go.

    Twice in our family history my forefathers have married Jews. One of them was my mother, who made sure I had a Jewish first name because I was born in the year Israel was born. So, racially I am a Jew, but I am an evangelical, a protestant. I learned the Torah and thus some Hebrew, and had many Jewish friends when I was young. And I visited Israel twice. But it never entered my mind that I had some God-given right to settle anywhere I pleased in the Holy Lands or to take land or homes from their rightful owners, just because they are not Jews.

    “…why doesnt’ any of the Arab countries want them?? You have to ask yourself that??”

    Many countries, starting with Lebanon, have accepted the Palestinians expelled from Israel. Notably in Lebanon, the Palestinians are treated as citizens whereas they are treated as terrorists on their home turf.

    “You state the Zionist movement predates Shoah, but that doesn’t mean the Palestinians should just give up their homes and land and walk away, but YOU THINK THE JEWS SHOULD, WHY???”

    I never said and do not think that the Jews should give up their homes and walk away. They already did that once in the Diaspora. That was my point on yesterday’s thread, and also my point in telling my own story above, about trying to recover my family’s homestead. Once you’ve abandoned your home, after a few generations you’re out.

    But there were more than a million Arabs expelled in 1948 and 1967. Their homes and land were simply taken over. These people are still alive and kicking. This takeover of Palestian land has got to stop. I don’t accept God as an excuse.

  46. jeswesey, this is a pro israel blog, why don’t you spread your antisemitism over on the big orange blog. Here we believe that israel belongs to the jews as it states in the Bible.
    No doubt you believe that the Palestinians have the right to bomb and kill jews because they were given the land in 1948.
    In this country we have a law call “imminient domain” the govt. can come in and take our land and do what they think they want and I guarantee you the people that are displaced have NO right to kill and mame in the name of anger. Sorry, you won’t convince me that the Palestinians should have a thing since they chose violence over learning to get along with the Jews and making what they could of their lives.

  47. jeswezey Says:

    June 12th, 2009 at 9:14 am

    “But it never entered my mind that I had some God-given right to settle anywhere I pleased in the Holy Lands or to take land or homes from their rightful owners, just because they are not Jews.”

    ————————————

    So I guess you were fine Native Americans having their lands taken from them?

    You almost make the term “true blue Zionist” sound like an insult. I would at least consider your arguments objectively if the name calling was left out. Believing in the survival of Israel and it’s people does not necessarily label anyone as a true blue zionist.

    You are welcome to your opinions, please have respect for those of us who disagree. As well, you haven’t, if I’m not mistaken, posted here for a long time. I find it interesting that you are doing these “fly by night” posts now.

  48. Clinton to visit Canada to mark environmental treaty
    18 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AFP) — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit both the US and Canadian sides of Niagara Falls on Saturday to mark the 100th anniversary of the Boundary Waters Treaty, US officials said.

    State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters Thursday that Clinton will meet Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon after the centennial celebration for what is touted as the world’s first environmental agreement.

    Clinton, who will make her first trip to Canada as secretary of state, is due to join Cannon for a press briefing afterward, he added.

    The official commemoration in both Niagara Falls, New York and Niagara Falls, Ontario is taking place on June 13, even though the treaty was signed on January 11, 2009.

    “The treaty provides principles for Canada and the United States to follow in using the waters they share,” according to a Canadian government website.

    “For example, both countries must agree to any project that would change the natural levels or flows of boundary waters,” it added.

    “Far ahead of its time, the treaty states that waters shall not be polluted on either side of the boundary to the injury of health or property on the other side,” the website said.

    With the Great Lakes and other bodies of water, around 40 percent of the US-Canadian boundary is water, according to the independent International Joint Commission set up by the treaty to prevent and resolve boundary disputes.

    google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g5TZ83p96H850DOTOhtSRGV-OVRQ

  49. jeswesey, actually I am a German, Texan, a Christian. The closest I have ever been to a Jew is I once was engaged to one. I would not convert so the relationship ended.
    I believe in the Bible totally so converting to Judaism is not for me, but I love their devotion to God and I am a peace loving individual.
    I don’t even own a gun, would never hurt another person, so the Palestinians and their hatred/ bloodletting is appalling to me.

  50. JUNE 12, 2009

    Mideast Envoy Presses for Palestinian State

    BEIRUT — President Barack Obama’s special Mideast envoy said Friday that Washington supports the creation of a Palestinian state “as soon as possible.”
    George Mitchell also sought to reassure Lebanon that U.S. efforts toward a comprehensive peace in the Middle East — including reaching out to Syria and Iran — will not come at Lebanon’s expense.

    “President Obama remains committed to actively and aggressively seeking comprehensive peace in the Middle East. This includes supporting the establishment of a Palestinian state as a homeland for the Palestinian people as soon as possible,” Mr. Mitchell told reporters in Beirut. Mr. Mitchell spoke after talks with President Michel Suleiman and Prime Minister Fuad Saniora in Lebanon, his latest stop on a Mideast tour that will also take him to Syria.

    The tour follows the Obama administration’s fresh efforts to revive the stalled peace process. It comes just a week after Mr. Obama’s landmark speech to the Muslim world in Cairo in which he promised to work aggressively to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Mr. Obama specifically demanded Israel freeze all settlement construction on land Palestinians claim for their future state and endorse the concept of such a state — something Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has so far refused to do, leading to the most public U.S.-Israel disagreement in a decade. Mr. Mitchell is the first high-ranking U.S. official to visit Lebanon since the pro-Western coalition defeated the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militant group in Sunday’s parliamentary elections.

    Hezbollah’s loss removed one potential obstacle to Mr. Obama’s Mideast peace efforts. Hezbollah and its ally, the radical Palestinian group Hamas, are staunchly opposed to Israel.

    Mr. Mitchell also stressed that “there can be no lasting solution reached at Lebanon’s expense.”

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other U.S. officials have said before that Beirut does not have to fear that Washington’s efforts to engage Damascus could hurt Lebanon.

    Lebanese factions have long been concerned that an improvement of U.S.-Syrian relations might revamp Syrian influence in Lebanon. Syria caved to international pressure and withdrew its troops from Lebanon in the wake of the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, a crime many Lebanese blamed on Damascus. Syria, which has denied the claim, still wields some influence over its smaller neighbor, mostly through Hezbollah. The Lebanese also worry an Arab-Israeli settlement could prompt many of the 400,000 Palestinian refugees that live in the country to stay permanently here, altering Lebanese delicate sectarian demographic balance.

    online.wsj.com/article/SB124481044440509835.html

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    Um shouldn’t the response here be that there will be that U.S. efforts toward a comprehensive peace in the Middle East will not come at “Israel’s” expense?

    And “The Lebanese also worry an Arab-Israeli settlement could prompt many of the 400,000 Palestinian refugees that live in the country to stay permanently here…” Huh? Why isn’t bambi jumping all over this?

  51. JanH Says:
    June 11th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    He breaks bread with the Saudis, reduces the establishment of the State of Israel to a WWII soundbite, goes to one of the smallest concentration camps ever in Germany, gives a speech in a country (Egypt) that has huge human rights gaps and remembers every hateful word his mentor ever spoke against the Jews and the White People.

    I don’t know how this monster sleeps at night.
    &&&&&&&&&&

    With fluffy pillows provided by “moderators” of the presidential primary and GE debates.

    And he sleeps soundly, thank you very much.

  52. Confloyd:
    “this is a pro israel blog, why don’t you spread your antisemitism over on the big orange blog. Here we believe that israel belongs to the jews as it states in the Bible.”

    As far as I know, this is not a pro-Israel blog but a generally pro-Hillary site, and I am making statements that are entirely in keeping with HRC’s recent remarks on the expansion of Israeli settlements. The fact that Obama agrees with her may bother you, but I can handle that. My remarks are also in keeping with those of David Grossman, whom I quoted above but whom you do not accuse of antisemitism, perhaps because he is an Israeli?

    “No doubt you believe that the Palestinians have the right to bomb and kill jews because they were given the land in 1948.”

    There is indeed some doubt about that. You needn’t put words in my mouth.

    “In this country we have a law call “imminient domain” the govt. can come in and take our land and do what they think they want and I guarantee you the people that are displaced have NO right to kill and mame in the name of anger.”

    Yes, imminent domain is used to purchase private property, and the owner can bargain to get a good price for it. This is different from expelling people from their homes so God’s people can get a place to live, or just squatting on the land, which is what the settlements are all about.

    “… the Palestinians… chose violence over learning to get along with the Jews and making what they could of their lives.”

    Well, I guess they did have an opportunity to learn to get along with the Jews. After all, the two breeds did live together peacefully for about 1300 years, even during the early zionist movement. But once Israel was created, there was a massive influx of Jews and people started to get pushed out of their homes or, more gently, expropriated (by imminent domain). It was a takeover and expulsion. And the world (the US, in any case) turned a blind eye to the Palestinians’ plight.

    Thus the choice of violence, to get attention. Military people make a convenient distinction between force and violence: essentially, the other side is violent but our side uses force, in defense. The Palestinians’ line of reasoning is about the same.

    JanH:

    “So I guess you were fine Native Americans having their lands taken from them?”

    Not at all. I discussed that with you on a previous thread, when I compared Israeli settlements to the taking of the West from the Indians.

    “You almost make the term “true blue Zionist” sound like an insult.”

    Well, it’s only a term, after all. There are Jews, there are Israelis and there are Zionists, and they are by no means all the same. A Zionist has a belief system that I simply don’t agree with, but that does not make me hostile to Israelis (some of whom are Arabs!) or Jews (since I’m one of them). I generally cut about as much slack to Zionists as is usually accorded to Barack Obama on this site.

    “Believing in the survival of Israel and it’s people does not necessarily label anyone as a true blue zionist.”

    We can certainly agree on that and, as I said just above, I too believe in the survival of Israel. I do not condone all of Israel’s activities, however.

    “As well, you haven’t, if I’m not mistaken, posted here for a long time. I find it interesting that you are doing these “fly by night” posts now.”

    Thanks for keeping track of my postings. In fact, I check in every day. What’s a ‘fly by night’ post?

  53. And that’s been shown by statistics, there are reasons for that. There are cultural biases built into testing, and that was one of the motivations for the concept of affirmative action to try to balance out those effects.”
    **********
    It make a good story but I doubt that her SATs were “sub-par”, she graduated #2 in her class at Princeton and Phi Beta Kappa. There certainly is a cultural “bias” on the math section, Asians are far ahead of other demographics. (or maybe they work just harder)

  54. Lets start the hit parade this morning. A couple days one Spenser Ackerman posted a pro Obama article, with a headline that read: President Obama “Instructs” Clinton to prepare military assessment on Israel etc.

    So I get out my copy of the Frank Lunz book on how to go up and down the scale of increasingly pejorative words, and while I am doing that I say wait a minute, who the hell is Spenser Ackerman?

    Suddenly, my magic thinking takes flight and I begin to fancy one of those blue blooded chauffuer driven caviar consuming residents of a sprawling Long Island estate which they have now turned into golf course because there simply isn’t enough old money left from the Gilded Age to water the lawn.

    So what cretan mind wrote this deplorable piece of junk journalism and will the real Spenser Ackerman please step forward.

    Wikkopedia to the rescue. It turns out my magic thinking was wrong. No Lord Fauntelroy there. Only a very young nerd with his nose turned in the air like you know who.

    We quickly learn that he likes comic books and heavy metal so much that he inserted that in his bio. And he was fired from the New Republic for insubordination. Now that is what I call a credible source. Obviously a bot.

    Is this case of arrested development what we all have to look forward to from the next generation of big media ignoramuses? If so, then they need to go out of business sooner rather than later.

  55. basil9 Says:

    June 12th, 2009 at 7:43 am
    At least SHE admits it! Gotta give her credit for that. Notice her scores haven’t been made public, either, just like her prospective boss’s?
    (from NYT)

    WASHINGTON — Judge Sonia Sotomayor once described herself as “a product of affirmative action” who was admitted to two Ivy League schools despite scoring lower on standardized tests than many classmates, which she attributed to “cultural biases” that are “built into testing
    ****************************
    But Judge Sotomayor insisted that her test scores were sub-par — “though not so far off the mark that I wasn’t able to succeed at those institutions.” Her scores have not been made public.
    &&&&&

    …scores not made public….hmmmm, where have I heard that before?

  56. jeswezey Says:

    June 12th, 2009 at 10:58 am

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    Posting once in a blue moon and then disappearing only to post again at some point. I am simply stating that I don’t like dignified labels being thrown at people in posts especially when they are surrounded by wording that is sarcastic.

    I apologize if that wasn’t you intention, but that is how I took it.

  57. NY TIMES: OBAMA CAN’T CONTINUE BLAMING EVERY PROBLEM ON BUSH…

    but they attempt to present his foreign policy as “effective”. Hah!!!

    nytimes.com/2009/06/12/us/politics/12memo.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper

    Blaming the Guy Who Came Before Doesn’t Work Long
    ======================================

    By PETER BAKER
    Published: June 11, 2009

    WASHINGTON — As President Obama struggles to turn around the moribund economy and confront multiple international issues, he wastes few opportunities to remind the country that the problems are not of his making.

    “The financial crisis this administration inherited is still creating painful challenges for businesses and families alike,” Mr. Obama said this week as he proposed spending limits.

    “We inherited a financial crisis unlike any that we’ve seen in our time,” he said last week as he thrust General Motors into bankruptcy.

    His advisers and allies follow the same script. “The Obama administration inherited a situation at Guantánamo that was intolerable,” James L. Jones, the national security adviser, said of the military prison in Cuba. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton defended the Obama foreign policy in the same vein. “We inherited a lot of problems,” she said.

    Mr. Obama is hardly the first president to point to his predecessor. Ronald Reagan blamed Jimmy Carter for the poor economy he inherited, just as Bill Clinton blamed the first President Bush and the younger Mr. Bush then blamed Mr. Clinton. Former Bush aides like Karl Rove argue that Mr. Obama has done it more extensively and routinely than other presidents have, although the Obama team denies that.

    But at a certain point, a new president assumes ownership of the problems and finds himself answering for his own actions. For Mr. Obama, even some advisers say that moment may be coming soon.

    Mr. Obama got a taste of that in recent days as he and his White House were put on the defensive trying to explain why the unemployment rate had risen to 9.4 percent when his staff had predicted it would peak at 8 percent as long as Congress passed his stimulus plan, which lawmakers dutifully did. Mr. Obama obviously did not create the recession passed to him, but it was his administration that set the expectation that his policy would keep it from deepening as far as it has.

    Challenges stacking up overseas may increasingly be seen as Mr. Obama’s soon enough too, say advisers, critics and some outside experts. By sending an extra 21,000 American troops to Afghanistan and replacing the commander there, Mr. Obama has now made that war his, as many analysts in Washington see it. The forceful position toward Israel that Mr. Obama has adopted in recent weeks over settlement expansion may also make the Palestinian conflict more and more his own problem.

    “I think they’ve got till summer” until these issues become fully vested with Mr. Obama, said Ed Gillespie, a former White House counselor to Mr. Bush. “But the novelty’s already starting to wear off.”

    Like many other former Bush aides, Mr. Gillespie bristles at the fingers pointed at his onetime boss. “Blaming Bush just is not going to resonate” soon, he said. “And it’s not what people are looking for in their president. They’re looking for somebody who’s not blaming somebody but is going to solve problems.”

    David Axelrod, Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, said the White House was not trying to shift blame with its frequent invocation of the “inheritance” it had from Mr. Bush, but to seek public patience for policies that may require months and in some cases years to pay dividends.

    “Whatever problems he inherited walking in the door, they’re his responsibility now,” Mr. Axelrod said. “Nobody’s trying to duck responsibility or make excuses for them. But it is important at times to put it into perspective, not to fix blame but to underscore that some of these problems are complex and they’re going to take time to solve.”

    Analysts and historians say presidents can usually deflect fault in this way until their own policies have time to take effect.

    “When a president tries new policies to deal with old problems and then new policies appear to be failed policies, then he owns it,” said George C. Edwards III, a presidential scholar at Texas A&M University. “That’s the challenge for a president.”

    David Winston, a Republican strategist, said that could happen even when people began to question whether those new policies were working. That is one reason the White House has pushed hard in recent days to make the case that its expansive spending program is beginning to show results even as it tries to reassure the public that it will rein in the spiraling budget deficit.

    The spurt of public events came as the latest employment numbers showed that job losses were slowing even though the unemployment rate continued to rise.

    Mr. Obama and his advisers assert that the $787 billion stimulus package enacted in February has already created or saved 150,000 jobs and will create or save 600,000 more this summer. But hundreds of thousands of jobs are still disappearing each month, and White House claims about “saved” jobs are hard to document.

    The White House was forced to explain why its stimulus plan did not stop unemployment from rising above 8 percent, as it said in January that it would. White House economists said that forecast was consistent with independent predictions at the time and did not account for just how deep the recession really was in the last quarter of last year — in other words, under Mr. Bush.

    “The recession just turned out to be deeper than was predicted,” Mr. Axelrod said.

    Without the Obama plan, the White House argued, it would be even worse today.

    At the same time, one by one Mr. Obama is effectively assuming ownership of the foreign policy issues he found when he took over from Mr. Bush. Some are easier than others to continue blaming his predecessor for. As North Korea defies Mr. Obama, he can point out that Pyongyang developed its nuclear weapons on Mr. Bush’s watch.

    But on other issues, Mr. Obama is clearly applying his own imprint, and will get credit if it succeeds and criticism if it does not. The most obvious example of that is Afghanistan, where he has increased troop levels far beyond what Mr. Bush had in the field and ousted the previous military commander.

    “At that point I really think Afghanistan became Obama’s war,” said John A. Nagl, president of the Center for a New American Security, a research organization founded by national security specialists who now work in the Obama administration. “When you choose your commander, you are accepting full responsibility.”

  58. I don’t know if occasional poster’s view points are any less valid that the regulars. Heck, someone new can start posting today, and we’d just have to see what they write and assess it. And we can all have different takes on it.

    In fact, I welcome bot drop-by’s, they’re kind of fun to deal with. (We never run out of room for our posts…) rickroberts’ recent shark-jumping, “get over it”, “do you really want obama to fail” post was so filled with juicy stuff to respond to, I’m really glad he stopped by with that one.

    This process will never be perfect. But this site does have excellent give and take, and room for diverse opinions…just don’t mess with our Hillary.

  59. The recession just turned out to be deeper than was predicted,” Mr. Axelrod said.

    At your level, you get paid to make sure your predictions are accurate. I had to meet 100% prediction rates, at a much lower salary. Yes, our expectations are high, but you said you were ready (with all your community organizer experience), to take the job day ONE.

    I see a slight upturn in the home sales market, but this I think is for two reason

    1), people are more likely to want to sell, and many have to sell at this point to take jobs

    2) the first time home owners credit ends this fall, and the sales must be make now to make sure they can take advantage plus the mortgage rates have just turned down.

    I see the second item a direct result of the stimulus package. However the first is a result of people still losing their jobs.

    I hope he can reach his prediction of new jobs this year, as I don’t think industry can adjust that fast.

  60. confloyd Says:

    “…actually I am a German, Texan, a Christian. The closest I have ever been to a Jew is I once was engaged to one.”

    Hey, that’s pretty close!

    “I would not convert so the relationship ended.”

    With my parents, there was no such problem. My mother was a “reformed” Jew and hadn’t been browbeaten by her own mother to find a nice Jewish boy. There is the faith and then there is the race.

    “I believe in the Bible totally so converting to Judaism is not for me, but I love their devotion to God and I am a peace loving individual.”

    I’ve read the Bible several times (actually, only the Pentateuch and the New Testament) but I realize it was written by men (and not women) a long time ago who were living in another world. Lifting things out of the Bible to justify modern-day actions is not part of my ethic.

    “I don’t even own a gun, would never hurt another person, so the Palestinians and their hatred/ bloodletting is appalling to me.”

    No guns or bombs for me either, ever. And I have long mulled over the wisdom of the Christian principle “Love thine enemy as thyself.” I think the Palestinians could have learned something from Gandhi and MLK: the power of peaceful protest.

    However, I do have respect for people who have taken arms to stand up for themselves or a cause, and also admit that in some cases peaceful protest would not have done much good. For example, how far would the Jews – or anyone else, for that matter – have gotten in a peaceful protest against Hitler and his gang? The only way of handling Hitler was by force of arms, with a lot of bombs to boot, and lives lost on all sides. (Gandhi himself let up on his protest movement during WWII because he didn’t want to put undue pressure on the British who were saving the world!)

  61. confloyd Says:
    pic of Obama with his feet up on the Oval Office desk and an official WH photo of him with the soles of his shoes showing front and center while speaking with Netanayuh?? Apparently it was seen by some as an insult to Israel.

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

    In many parts of Asia, “pointing your feet at someone”, particularly the soles, is seen as an insult. India, Thailand….

  62. confloyd Says:
    this is a pro israel blog […] Here we believe that israel belongs to the jews as it states in the Bible.

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

    This is a PUMA blog — mostly pro-Hillary, always anti-Obama. No particular position on Israeli issues is required sfaik — especially since on those issues Hillary herself seems in disagreement with some posters here. I usually follow Hillary on most issues.

    I believe in separation of church and state — including on the international level.

    “God gave this land to me” is a religious statement, ie ‘church.’

  63. The recession just turned out to be deeper than was predicted,” Mr. Axelrod said.

    Thinking people see this for what it is: meta-talk. Here is what it means to anyone who thinks about it:

    Axelrod has known all along that the economic projections tendered by Orazag were surreal. Wall Street was clear on that. What has changed is he cannot fight it anymore.

    What he needs to add is that this mistake will lead to deeper deficits, because we will not have the revenue to pay for his polifigate spending programs and stimulus slush fund which will wreck the economy.

  64. I had it happen to me today. A former Hillary supporter from Kansas City told me she does not want Obama to fail because she does not want our country to fail. This is the mirror image of what they told Hillary supporters in the general election that they must support him because we cannot have another George Bush.

    Well the answer is very simple. If you consider the fact that the man is a dictator, who will break this country financially, throw allies under the bus, play the race card whenever it suits his fancy, undermine our civil liberties, pursue policies of endless war, surrender to our worst enemies, corrupt what little is left of our media and impugn the country he represents on foreign soil, do you really want him to succeed?

    If you want the country to succeed you must hope that he fails.

  65. Caroline Glick of the Jerusalem Post
    ********
    Ms. Glick and I should think most Israeli’s heard the Obama “dog whistle” directed toward Hamas very clearly:
    (snip)
    So, too, Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal made clear on Tuesday that he sees the Obama administration as a potential ally for his Iranian-controlled genocidal jihadist movement. Mashaal has four good reasons for viewing things this way. First, in his speech in Cairo, Obama accepted the Arab view that Israel is an alien entity to the Middle East which owes its legitimacy to the genocide of European Jewry by Europeans in Europe, and which has the moral standing of white slaveholders in the antebellum American South.
    (snip)

  66. Massive turnout in Iranian elections

    Jun. 12, 2009
    Associated Press , THE JERUSALEM POST

    Iranians packed polling stations from boutique-lined streets in north Teheran to conservative bastions in the countryside Friday with a choice that’s left the nation divided and on edge: Keeping hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in power or electing a reformist who favors greater freedoms and improved ties with the United States.

    Crowds formed quickly at many voting sites in areas considered both strongholds for Ahmadinejad and his main rival, reformist Mir Hossein Mousavi, who served as prime minister in the 1980s and has become the surprise hero of a powerful youth-driven movement. At several polling stations in Teheran, mothers held their young children in their arms as they waited in long lines.

    The turnout was massive – with some officials predicting a record-breaking surge to the polls – and voting was extended by three hours to 9 p.m. (1630 GMT). There were no reports of unrest or serious problems at the polls. But a top Mousavi aide, Ali Reza Beheshti, said some polling stations in northwestern and southern provinces ran out of ballots, claiming it was a “deliberate attempt by the government to keep people from voting.”

    “I hope to defeat Ahmadinejad today,” said Mahnaz Mottaghi, 23, after casting her ballot at a mosque in central Tehran. Outside the same polling station, 29-year-old Abbas Rezai said he, his wife and his sister-in-law all voted for Ahmadinejad. “We will have him as a president for another term, for sure,” he said.

    The fiery, monthlong campaign unleashed passions that could bring a record turnout. The mass rallies, polished campaign slogans, savvy Internet outreach and televised debates more closely resembled Western elections than the scripted campaigns in most other Middle Eastern countries. In a sign of the bitterness from the campaign, the Interior Ministry – which oversees voting – said all rallies or political gatherings would be banned until after results are announced, which are expected Saturday.

    The outcome will not sharply alter Iran’s main policies or sway high-level decisions, such as possible talks with Washington. Those crucial policies are all directly controlled by the ruling clerics headed by the unelected Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. But Mousavi has offered hopes of more freedoms at home. If elected, he could try to end crackdowns on liberal media and bloggers and push for Iran to embrace President Barack Obama’s offer of dialogue after a nearly 30-year diplomatic freeze. He favors talks with world powers over Iran’s nuclear program, which the United States and others fear is aimed at making weapons. Iran says it only seeks reactors for electricity.

    Iranians around the world also took part in the vote. In Dubai, home to an estimated 200,000 Iranians, the streets around the polling station at the Iranian consulate were jammed with voters overwhelmingly favoring Mousavi. “He is our Obama,” said Maliki Zadehamid, a 39-year-old exporter.

    With the race considered too close to call, a top election official predicted turnout could surpass the nearly 80 percent in the election 12 years ago that brought President Mohammad Khatami to power and began the pro-reform movement. A strong turnout could boost Mousavi. He is counting on under-30s, who account for about a third of Iran’s 46.2 million eligible voters. Even before the vote was over, Khatami predicted Mousavi will emerge the winner. “All indications suggest that Mousavi has won,” Khatami told reporters.

    In Teheran’s affluent northern districts – strongly backing Mousavi – voters waited for up to an hour to cast ballots. Mahdi Hosseini, a university student, blasted the firebrand Ahmadinejad for “degrading Iran’s image in the eyes of the world.”
    Ahmadinejad brought international condemnation by repeatedly questioning the Holocaust.

    In the conservative city of Qom, home to seminaries and shrines, hundreds of clerics and women dressed in long black robes waited to vote in a long line outside a mosque. Ahmadinejad’s campaign has heavily courted his base of working-class families and tradition-minded voters with promises of more government aid and resistance to Western pressures over Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Mousavi’s rallies in Teheran drew tens of thousands of cheering supporters, who later spent their nights shouting anti-Ahmadinejad slogans and dancing to Persian pop songs on the streets.

    The highly charged atmosphere brought blistering recriminations against Ahmadinejad – whom Mousavi said was moving Iran to a “dictatorship” – and a stunning warning from the ruling establishment. The political chief of the powerful Revolutionary Guard warned Wednesday it would crush any “revolution” against the Islamic system by Mousavi’s “green movement” – the signature color of his campaign.
    Mousavi hammered Ahmadinejad for mismanaging the economy, burdened by double-digit inflation and chronic unemployment despite vast oil and gas riches.

    For the first time in Iran, the forces of the Web were fully harnessed in an election showdown. That catapulted Mousavi, a 67-year-old former prime minister from the 1980s, into a political star. On Friday, dozens of Iranians using Twitter posted messages including one that proclaimed: “For Iran, this is the Day of Decision.”
    Another tweet: “Keep my fingers crossed for green wave to win.”

    Mousavi’s stunning rise also has been helped by his popular and charismatic wife, former university dean Zahra Rahnavard, and their joint calls for more rights and political clout for women. Iranian women work in nearly all levels of society – including as parliament members. But they face legal restrictions on issues such as inheritance and court testimony, where their say is considered only half as credible as a man’s.
    In a possible complication for Mousavi’s backers, Iran’s mobile phone text messaging system was down. Many Iranians, especially young voters, frequently use text messages to spread election information quickly to friends and family. “Unfortunately, some of my representatives were blocked from entering polling stations and SMS (text messaging) is also down, which is against the law,” Mousavi said after voting, according to his campaign Web site. “We should not be fearful about the free flow of information, and I urge officials to observe the law.”

    Telecommunication Ministry spokesman Davood Zareian confirmed to The Associated Press that the text message system has been down since late Wednesday. “We are investigating,” he said.

    Iran’s elections are considered generally fair, but the country does not allow international monitors. The ruling clerics, however, put their stamp on the elections from the very beginning by deciding who can run. More than 470 people sought to join the presidential race, but only Ahmadinejad and three rivals were cleared.
    During the 2005 election, there were some allegations of vote rigging from losers, but the claims were never investigated.

    After casting his vote in the white ballot box, the Supreme Leader Khamenei urged Iranians to remain calm. “As far as I see and hear, passion and motivation is very high among people,” Khamenei told reporters. “If some intend to create tension, this will harm people,” he added.

    After voting at a mosque on Friday in eastern Teheran, Ahmadinejad commented on the high turnout. Interior Minister Sadeq Mahsouli said reports to election officials indicate an “unprecedented turnout will be recorded in the country’s election history,” according to the official IRNA news agency.

    Mousavi voted with his wife at a mosque in Teheran’s southern outskirts.

    In the southern city of Shiraz, people waited for hours with temperatures nudging 37 C. About 500 people stood in line to vote at the Shahchragh shrine, the burial site of a Shi’ite saint.

    In the southeastern city of Zahedan – where a bomb blamed on Sunni militants killed at least 25 people at a Shiite mosque last month – there were no reports of tensions. The bombed mosque was used as a polling station.

    The race will go to a runoff on June 19 if no candidate receives a simple majority of more than 50 percent of the votes cast. Much depends on how many votes are siphoned off by the two other candidates: Conservative former Revolutionary Guard commander Mohsen Rezaei and moderate former parliament speaker Mahdi Karroubi.

    jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1244371081271&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

  67. Massive turnout in Iranian elections
    *********
    Jeebus…If the Iranians change leadership with a fair election, what does that say about the POSs that taken over our political system.

  68. jeswesey, I hardly equate the Jews in Israel to Hitler and his gang, although our dearest Prez did. I do not agree with that. I don’t see furnices being filled with Palestinian bodies.
    How you could possible think Hitler and the Israeli Jews are on the same level is beyond me.
    Sorry, Turndown, I did not mean to say this blog is a religious blog, although there are many Christians that blog on here, but this person has irritated me beyond belief. I would just love to know sometimes who in the hell I am talking to. I do however believe this is not a jew hating blog.
    Probably some little 20 y.o. still wet behind the ears.

  69. Jeebus…If the Iranians change leadership with a fair election, what does that say about the POSs that taken over our political system.
    ———————————————————
    It says we need Iranian election monitors in this country and armed guards to protect them from the predations of bots and black panthers.

  70. David Miliband calls Hillary Clinton to voice anger over Guantánamo inmates’ transfer to Bermuda: A high-level transatlantic row has broken out over the Obama administration’s failure to consult Britain over the transfer of four Guantánamo Bay inmates to Bermuda.

    By Toby Harnden in Washington
    Published: 12 Jun 2009

    David Miliband has telephoned Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State, to express the government’s disappointment at the deal.

    British officials were informed the four Chinese Uighurs were heading to the United Kingdom’s oldest dependency only as they boarded their plane for Bermuda on Wednesday night. A British diplomat said: “The Foreign Secretary registered his surprise. It was a regrettable mistake. Bermuda, the UK and the US now need to work together to fix it and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

    A senior State Department official said this diplomatic understatement masked a real anger over the Obama administration’s oversight among British officials, telling ABC News: “They’re pissed”.

    The State Department denied it had bypassed Britain but admitted that it dealt directly with Bermuda, a territory under the sovereignty of the UK, which is responsible for foreign policy and security. Ian Kelly, State Department spokesman, said: “We understand that there are some concerns about some of the details of the resettlement, and we’re confident that we can work these things through with the government of the UK.”

    Britain’s anger is directed principally at Ewart Brown, the Bermudan premier. But the UK’s responsibility for the security of Bermuda is well known to US diplomats and the decision to ignore this could be a sign of diminished British clout in Washington. Mr Brown said that the Uighurs, a Muslim minority from China’s Xinjiang province would be “provided with the opportunity to become naturalised citizens and thereafter afforded the right to travel and leave Bermuda, potentially settling elsewhere”.

    Adbul Nasser, one of the four freed Uighurs, hailed Bermuda’s decision.

    “Today you have let freedom ring,” he said in a statement.

    telegraph.co.uk/news/5517458/David-Miliband-calls-Hillary-Clinton-to-voice-anger-over-Guantanamo-inmates-transfer-to-Bermuda.html

  71. wbboei, It doesnt speak very well of the United States if the government of Iran can have a free and fair election without thugs overpowering the older folks.
    Gee, I have always thought we were the model of democracy as far as elections. Anytime Chicago is in it they are not in the least bit fair!

  72. http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meast/06/12/iran.election/index.html

    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was leading in early results from Iran’s presidential election Friday, the election chief said.

    With polls closed and about 20 percent of ballots counted, Election Commission Chief Kamran Daneshjoo said Ahmadinejad was ahead with just over 69 percent of the vote.

    Daneshjoo said Ahmadinejad’s chief rival, reformist candidate Mir Hossain Moussavi, had 28 percent.

    Both candidates, however, were claiming victory.

  73. Carol Says:
    June 13th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Admin, would you consider removing the Bush into Obama photos on the side? I just can’t stand looking at his face. As it is, I turn off the TV every time he’s on. I wonder if anyone else feels the ssame way?

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    If I didn’t already have Opera browser (free), I’d download it for the purpose. It is totally easy to toggle images on or off for each separate page, any time. The icon is always at the bottom of the screen.

  74. WHAT MATTERS TO OBAMA?
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    Shaquille O’Neal Traded to Cleveland Cavaliers

    In a bold stroke aimed at winning the championship, the
    Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Shaquille O’Neal from the
    Phoenix Suns in a multiplayer trade that will have
    ramifications across the N.B.A. The deal gives Cleveland a
    second star to share some of the offensive burden with LeBron
    James.

    WHICH MEANS HE WILL BE TWO HOURS CLOSER TO THE WHITE HOUSE, AND AVAILABLE FOR CONSULTATION IF OBAMA NEEDS HELP FIGURING OUT WHICH BUTTON TO PUSH. LET US HOPE THE RED BUTTON HAS BEEN DISABELED. HATE TO HAVE HIM PUSH THE WRONG BUTTON.

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