Barack Obama’s Psychology and Foreign Policy – Israel And Iran

We sympathize with the voters of Michigan and Florida Iran who have witnessed what is clearly a crooked caucus election delegate court with the preferred candidate of powerful interests and American Iranian Big Media getting delegates in an election he never ran in gifted an nomination election.

No doubt Barack Obama and his Hopium addled addicts will advise Democrats supporting Hillary the people of Iran to “just get over it” and accept the wisdom of Dean/Pelosi/Brazile/Kennedy/Kerry Big Media and the tricksy leaders who concocted the gifting of an election.

Iranians protesting in the Denver Tehran streets, ignored by American and Iranian Big Media, will take solace in knowing that gifted elections are not a strictly Persian affair.

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With long, black, rubber gloves on, lighting flashes starkly illuminating the family compound, rain pelting nearby bridges and filling tidal channels, Herr Doktor Kennedy – in his laboratory created life from dismembered nothingness. “It’s alive!” he shouted.



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Iranians can at least take solace in that their leader has experience. Iranians can also take solace in that their leader is brighter by far than the American who was gifted the nomination.

Miles away, but still in the small neighborhood, Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister prepares to speak to his people and the world about the current situation. As he stifles a loud laugh at the foolishness of Prima Donna Obama he must wonder if Obama as a child was dropped on his head.

How else to explain the recent foolishness in Cairo?

Perhaps, as Obama lover and worshiper Bill Maher now finally admits (we have known it all along) Obama craves applause – approval – adoration, beyond all logic and any expense. See, this is why I don’t want my president to be a TV star: Because TV stars are too worried about being popular — and too concerned with getting renewed.”

Perhaps that empty hole and sense of worthlessness inside Obama, which craves the applause, the approval, the adoration, can be traced back to when daddy dumped him immediately after Obama was born. Then daddy dumped him again when they finally met ten years later. Dreams Of My Father indeed.

Perhaps it is that sense of being trash, to be dumped, which drives him to somehow extract love from men like Daddy – far flung Muslims and crackpots, and sojourning disrespecters of women and hump and dump impregnators and giddy preachers with loose tongues and disheveled ideas.

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All that disheveled talk in Cairo about everything but what matters at the moment, as North Korea proves daily: Iran and Nukes.

Iran, and it’s wily, crackpot leader led many of the Hopium addled Obama fools to think (as the monumentally foolish New York Times put it) that there was “Hope of Change“. Suckers!

But for those who dreamed of a gentler Iran, Saturday was a day of smoldering anger, crushed hopes and punctured illusions, from the streets of Tehran to the policy centers of Western capitals.

Iranians who hoped for a bit more freedom, a better managed economy and a less reviled image in the world wavered between protest and despair on Saturday. [snip]

Some women wept openly. Some talked of “mutiny.” Others were more cynical.

It was just a movie,” said Hussein Gharibi, a 54-year-old juice vendor, scoffing at those who had gotten their hopes up. “They were all just players in a movie.”

The movie is “Frankenstein” dubbed into Farsi. We saw last year’s American version, years in the making in Massachusetts.

Netanyahu, revising his speech one more time, must sit back and exhale at times and say to himself ‘That boob Obama must have surely woken up from his Dreams now?‘ If Netanyahu is in fact thinking those thoughts, he will be let down. Obama has been insulted yet again but he will persist in his nonsense.

Far off, President Obama and other Western leaders who had seen a better relationship with Iran as potentially helpful in resolving the problems of Afghanistan, Iraq and nuclear proliferation faced the prospect of doing business with a man who, in addition to being a Holocaust-denying hard-liner, now stands suspected in a sham election. [snip]

Outside Iran, the result was comforting to hawks in Israel and some Western capitals who had feared that a more congenial Iranian president would cause the world to let down its guard against a country galloping toward nuclear weapons capability. (Mr. Moussavi, while promising a more conciliatory foreign policy, did not disavow the country’s nuclear-processing project, which Iran insists is for civilian ends alone.)

“In fact, Moussavi will be more difficult to deal with, because he will be nicer,” one skeptical Western diplomat said on the eve of the vote. [snip]

The optimists in Iran and abroad have to ask themselves whether the joyful ruckus that filled the streets represented a new popular force or just an opportunity to let off steam.

It was just a movie.

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It was just a movie – in Farsi. We saw the Frankenstein monster come to life last year. Now in the Iranian release, Hillary once again makes an appearance. You can’t have an election theft movie without Hillary Clinton making a cameo appearance as a sort of Banquo’s ghost appearing before the murderous, usurper, Macbeth.



Iranians are in the streets of Denver Tehran to protest the gifted election. In Israel, Binyamin Netanyahu continues work on his speech. In America, the inexperienced and unqualified giftee becomes ever more an object of quiet derision, a clown:

The notion of an “Obama effect” sweeping the Middle East appeared to collide with the realities of the Islamic Republic of Iran Saturday, as the country’s confrontational, anti-American president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, celebrated a landslide victory in Friday’s election amid wide doubts about the honesty of the official vote count. [snip]

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, at Niagara Falls, took a similar line, saying, “We, like the rest of the world, are waiting and watching to see what the Iranian people decide,” and that “We obviously hope the outcome reflects the genuine will and desire of the Iranian people.”

Oh Hillary, you sly bird. You “hope” the outcome “reflects the genuine will and desire” of the American people. How you must have laughed after saying those words knowing the Hopium addicts eventually will get the jibe aimed at them. If it wasn’t intentional snark, it certainly is a good imitation.

Even Politico is writing of dashed hopes for Mr. fake Hope and fake change.

Analysts across the political spectrum – including staunch supporters of Obama’s pledge to engage Iran in respectful negotiations – said that a second Ahmadinejad term seems to dash hopes of a warmer relationship with Tehran and complicate President Obama’s hopes of reaching a deal to stop Iran’s nuclear program by his own deadline of the end of this year. It comes as another target of Obama’s hopes for new engagement, North Korea, is defiantly threatening to test a nuclear weapon, in a dramatic weekend for two countries President George W. Bush placed in an “Axis of Evil.” [snip]

The dubious official result of the Iranian elections appeared to be a reminder that in most of the Middle East, the citizens’ aspirations don’t set the policies of their leaders. [snip]

“The key factor is that it’s Khamenei’s wishes, not the voter’s wishes, that matter,” said Middle East Forum director Daniel Pipes. “The voters are window dressing, think of it as an advisory role.”

Democrats who supported Hillary Clinton will nod knowingly at the notion that votes no longer determine, votes are merely “advisory“.

For those that want engagement, even with a partner that cannot be trusted and who does not bargain in good faith it is a time for excuses and a time to call realists “foes of engagement”.

For foes of engagement, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is expect to address Obama’s Mideast policy in a speech Sunday, the election is a clarifying moment.

“The Iranian election results are a slap in the face of those who believed that Iran was built for real dialogue with the free world and would halt its nuclear program,” said Israeli Vice Premier Silvan Shalom, according to the Jerusalem Post.

It’s the iron fist in the iron glove, rather than the iron fist in the velvet glove, which was the Israelis’ worst possible outcome,” said Aaron David Miller, a scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and former American Mideast negotiator.

For Obama and the Hopium addled the “clarifying moment” calls for another swig of Hopium, another injection of delusion. The Hopium addled will refuse to understand “Why Israelis Are Cool On The Obama Speech (What’s needed is an affirmation of Israel’s historical right to exist“) even if the explanation comes from murdered Daniel Pearl’s father:

A friend asked me to explain why people in Israel, including seasoned peace activists, felt less than buoyant about Barack Obama’s speech in Cairo last week. [snip]

Half a century later, the peace offers that Ehud Barak made to Yasser Arafat in 2000 and that Ehud Olmert made to Abu Mazen in 2009 prove that the idea of a two-state utopia is still firmly lodged in the psyche of most Israelis. Why then weren’t Israelis ecstatic over Mr. Obama’s speech?

There are two main reasons.

The first stems from crossed signals that are blocking the resumption of peace talks. Palestinians view Israeli settlement construction as the litmus test for Israel’s intentions vis-à-vis a future Palestinian state. Israelis view Palestinian textbooks, TV programs and mosque sermons to be the litmus test of Palestinian intentions. A society that teaches its youngsters to negate its neighbor’s legitimacy, so the argument goes, cannot be serious about respecting a peace accord as permanent. [snip]

The hoped-for reciprocal sentence — “It is time for Palestinian incitements to stop” — was conspicuously absent. Commentaries on Israeli TV noted disappointedly that not a single demand was addressed to the Palestinian Authority.

This has left many Israelis wondering if the Obama administration is aware of the fierce, subterranean “battle of intentions” that has prevented the peace process from moving forward. In Israel, even the harshest opponent of the settlement movement would not support the emergence of a sovereign neighbor, rocket range away, that is unwilling to invest in education for a lasting peace.

We have discussed Pearl’s second reason in earlier articles. Pearl reminds us again:

Secondly, Mr. Obama’s rationale for Israel’s legitimacy began with the Holocaust, not with the birthplace of Jewish history. “The aspiration for a Jewish homeland,” he said, “is rooted in a tragic history that cannot be denied.” Who else defines Israel’s legitimacy that way? Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad does. Iran sees Israel as a foreign entity to the region, hastily created to sooth European guilt over the Holocaust. Israelis consider this distortion of history to be an assault on the core of their identity as a nation.

An affirmation of “Israel’s historical right to exist,” based on a 2,000-year continuous quest to rebuild a national homeland, is what the region needs to hear from Mr. Obama. The magic words “historical right” have the capacity to change the entire equation in the Middle East. They convey a genuine commitment to permanence, and can therefore invigorate the peace process with the openness and goodwill that it has been lacking thus far.

I hope that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a policy speech this Sunday, makes historic recognition an axiomatic part of any peace agreement, and that Mr. Obama backs him up.

Israelis are not fooled by Obama’s fake Hope, fake Change. They know how dangerous the Middle East neighborhood is – as dangerous as Chicago is to an honest elected official.

Israel’s foreign minister said Saturday that the re-election of hard-line Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad highlighted the urgent need for the West to forcefully act against Tehran’s nuclear program.

Israel regards Iran as its most dangerous adversary and is particularly wary of Ahmadinejad, who has repeatedly called for the Jewish State to be wiped off the map. [snip]

The problem Iran poses to the international community is not of a personal nature, but rather is derived from its policies,” Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a statement.[snip]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that Iran’s nuclear program, rather than Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians, should be the main foreign policy concern of Western governments. Israel has been skeptical of the Obama administration’s aim of engaging in dialogue with Iran rather than threatening sanctions and military action. [snip]

Netanyahu is to deliver a major policy speech Sunday to clarify his positions. The re-election of Ahmadinejad could strengthen his arguments, however his aides have been keeping a low-profile before the address and have not indicated what, if any, effect the Iranian election will have. [snip]

The Palestinians were also watching the Iranian vote closely. Iran is the main backer of Hamas, the Islamic militant group that overran Gaza two years ago, ousting forces loyal to Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Abbas has accused Iran in the past of meddling in Palestinian affairs and making Palestinian reconciliation more difficult.

Realistic assessments are much better for peace and safer for all than all the Hope and Change logos that can be devised.

“If we had any shred of hope for change in Iran, the re-election of Ahmadinejad demonstrates the increasing Iranian threat,” Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said in a statement.

However, Ayalon added that there was no difference between the incumbent and Mousavi concerning “the nuclear issue and terror,” referring to Iran’s support for Hamas and Hezbollah militants in Lebanon.

Today Ahmadinejad spoke and reaffirmed Iran will continue its nuclear programs even as he, Obama-like, claimed the election was “clean and healthy”. Massive rallies, for and against Ahmadinejad, continue.

The movie continues.

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Binyamin Netanyahu will speak today at Bar-Ilan University at the Begin-Sadat Center. The speech can be seen live HERE. The speech will be at 8:00 p.m. Israel time and 1:00 p.m. Eastern in the United States.

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168 thoughts on “Barack Obama’s Psychology and Foreign Policy – Israel And Iran

  1. There has been a lot of speculation, which we have mostly refrained from, regarding Netanyahu’s speech.

    Clearly Netanyahu’s position has been made stronger and his timing (he was probably advised by Mossad that the Iranian elections were supervised by the Democratic Rules and Bylaws Committee) is very smart.

    There is fresh speculation that Netanyahu will utilize the Iranian elections to bolster his arguments.

    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20090614/D98QDK480.html

    “For Netanyahu, it could not be better. The world will be in a better position to accept Netanyahu’s position on Iran after having seen the pictures coming out of Iran in recent days,” said Menashri, who heads the Center for Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv University.

  2. As we watch this multi tasking, complex situation I get prepared to hear, well we just did not think it was going to be this HARD, as his serfs and slaves lay at his feet saying, POOR O, HE CAN’T HELP IT, HE WAS BORN WITH NOTHING IN HIS MOUTH. Thank you Ann R for one of the best lines ever.

  3. OH how I wish we had a President with some balls, this is the perfect time to bring the Iranian regime down. Where is our Harry Truman??? Oh thats right she was cheated out of the Presidency!

  4. So at noon CST we will hear Netanyahu?? Where can we hear it and will we be able to hear it in english??
    I hope Israel is loading the jets as we speak!

  5. Admin
    “Clearly Netanyahu’s position has been made stronger and his timing (he was probably advised by Mossad that the Iranian elections were supervised by the Democratic Rules and Bylaws Committee) is very smart. ”

    I haven’t followed this in detail nor do I have the slightest knowledge of the politics going on here but does the O administration really think that the observations/opinions he outlined in his recent speech will be reflected back by Netanyahus speech?

    And kudos to Netanyahu for having the political saavy to work the situation to his advantage..

  6. admin: great article. I just wonder how long it will take for us not to remember Hillary’s loss(win) in the primary when these fraudulent elections take place across the world??
    For me its an open wound that does not seem to heal. Just like a cancer that grows everytime I see happen again!

  7. according to someone on twitter there is a protest site in DC over the Iranian election results. They want the word to get out!

  8. Note to anyone using the Twitterfall website. It sometimes will time out and you just need to refresh. People are still posting messages about once a second. Their servers are probably getting hit by the numbers of people watching the real time reports.

  9. Right on the money as always Admin

    Israel Expected to Argue that Ahmadinejads Reelection Threatens World Peace”

    w w w.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,526222,00.html

  10. http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.f2acd17e4d1a4dffa33ba0d23e5b9c74.3a1&show_article=1

    Israel is headed for a clash with main ally the United States over the issue of Jewish settlements, former US president Jimmy Carter said in an interview on Sunday.

    Asked by the liberal Haaretz newspaper whether the Jewish state was looking at a “head-on collision” with the United States if it doesn’t comply with Washington’s demands, Carter said “Yes.”

    The former president, who brokered the historic peace treaty between Israel and Egypt in 1979, said Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank were the biggest hurdle in the hobbled Middle East peace process, saying they were “illegal and (an) obstacle to peace.”

  11. Well, this takes a lot of nerve:

    http://thepage.time.com/2009/06/14/stimulus-apologies/

    Biden tells “Meet the Press” that “everyone guessed wrong” on the impact of the stimulus, economy was worse off than anyone thought.

    Backs away from the estimate that the funds could create or save 3.5 million jobs, instead promises 600,000 by the end of the summer.

    Plus: Doesn’t rule out his own presidential aspirations.

  12. And… we’re right again:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/13/AR2009061302035_pf.html

    After enjoying months of towering poll numbers, legislative victories and well-received foreign policy initiatives, the White House has become increasingly concerned that President Obama’s spending plans, which would require $9 trillion in government borrowing over the next decade, could become a political liability that defines the 2010 midterm elections.

    The concern was reflected in the aggressive response from administration officials to criticism that money from Obama’s stimulus plan is arriving too slowly to help the languishing economy, as well as in the president’s public endorsement of “pay as you go” legislation, which would require Congress to make room for new non-discretionary spending with equivalent cuts to other parts of the budget. Yesterday, Obama also outlined billions of dollars in savings that would be used to pay for his health-care reform proposal.

    But there is evidence of growing public concern over his fiscal policies. As he traveled Thursday in Green Bay, Wis., Obama was greeted by demonstrators holding signs that said, “No socialism” and “Taxed Enough Yet?” [snip]

    Other measures have held a whiff of desperation. In April, he publicly instructed his Cabinet secretaries to find $100 million in savings, a fraction of the more than $3 trillion annual budget.

    “Everything that the White House does concerning this deep recession contains an element of gambling because no one has been here before,” said Robert B. Reich, labor secretary under President Bill Clinton and a professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley. “There’s no formula that can be applied, and that’s why the president’s popularity and credibility are vitally important.”

    Reich noted, “Very soon we’ll be in the gravitational pull of the midterm elections, and it seems clear that Republicans want to challenge Obama on the economy and will run on tax cuts, deficit reduction, and a much more scaled-down and privatized health-care plan.”

    “If they can get their act together and come up with something that is halfway respectable, and if the public begins to lose patience by Election Day, Democrats could have some real problems,” he said. “And those problems, of course, could possibly extend through 2012.”

    And we love this:

    “President Clinton believed in the public sector, but he thought that his responsibility to the long-term fiscal condition of the country ruled out a significant expansion of the government in the economy as a whole,” said William A. Galston, a former Clinton policy adviser who is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. “What is unmistakably clear is that the trajectory of the Obama administration — whether it’s four years or eight years in office — will be the reverse.”

  13. Someone just twittered that Biden wants to get in on the peace talks with Iran now, during the riots. I wonder if that is true?

  14. Last night I was pondering what and to what degree we could draw a comparative analysis to what happened to Hillary in the elections and what happened in Iran yesterday. Admin, you, in you usual subtle way, hit on the parallels with perfect timing.

    As far as the U.S. being disappointed in what Bibi will say, can I just say the following:

    Your pompous bullying at the expense of Israel’s security is getting on my nerves. We all know that bambi will thug his way to his accomplishments and wants to be the first president to achieve the unachievable…thereby pushing the “I am God” rhetoric, but I do not want his halo to shine at the expense of the Jewish homeland.

  15. Jeebus…the situation is unstable in Iran and the lead story at CNN.com is about analog TV’s…I suspect that Ted Turner kicks himself everyday for what has happened to his former network.
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    I wish there was some way someone with the time energy and commitment to do so, could take the major developments which have transpired since Mr. Obama took office, and show how CNN–a network with a vast reporting apparatus thoughout the world, which is fully capable of reporting the smallest least consequential event (as they so often do), has systematically censored critical news develpments which would help the public understand what is really going on in the world, in order to dumb down the public, and promote simultaneously the big lie
    that Mr. Obama is a competent leader, a uniter and a problemsolver.

    The truth about Mr. Obama, which they wish to play down, is that you can take the boy out of the Trinity Church, but you cannot take Trinity Church out of the boy. Why? because that music is always playing in his head, and whenever he steps on foreign soil it is the first thing that comes out of his mouth.

    Listen to the subtext of what he says–the dog whistle: i.e. America tortures muslims (I hate America), Whites enslaved blacks (I hate Whitey), and Israels actions toward Palestinians is like what was done to them by the nazis (I hate Jews). And he of course is the salvation (Black Jesus). Those false moral equvalencies come from Reverend Wright and Mr. Obama coded words are a repugnant racist sermon.

  16. Well, this takes a lot of nerve:

    http://thepage.time.com/2009/06/14/stimulus-apologies/

    Biden tells “Meet the Press” that “everyone guessed wrong” on the impact of the stimulus, economy was worse off than anyone thought.

    Backs away from the estimate that the funds could create or save 3.5 million jobs, instead promises 600,000 by the end of the summer.
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    Everyone (?) Wrong: No one except the White House Budget Director.

    Guessed (?) Really: So they were just flipping a coin? No quant?

    Wrong (?) How about Disasterously wrong? Destructive? Nuts?

    On Impact of Stimulus Package (?) $300 billion interest in a recession

    No 600 k Jobs (?): Obama is guilty of malpractice on the economy.

    So what about his thousand year Reich? More fairy tales please.

  17. [posted this on the previous thread by mistake]

    admin, thank you for being the first to draw the parallel between our primary and the Iranian election results. I have been thinking about the same thing (like most other Hillary supporters have been for sure.) America is like a rich family that sweeps their dirty laundry under the rug. Until we confront the daemons within we are going to go downhill. 2000 and 2008, could we have had riots like Iran? No, we are too genteel for that.

    Here is the link to that poster in Jerusalem again.

    timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshowpics/4655277.cms

  18. There was alot of magic thinking by obama and his minions about the middle east. In my view, they are the ones who are “not adequate”.

  19. Until we confront the daemons within we are going to go downhill. 2000 and 2008, could we have had riots like Iran? No, we are too genteel for that.
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    Isn’t that really the point? How can Obama and big media sit in judgment of elections in other nations which violate the will of the people when they themselves are guilty of the same sin. Anyone who doubts that has not done their homework on the 2008 democratic primary. And the world knows, or will soon know that big media and Obama were in pare delicto. Consequently, they have no moral authority to lecture anyone on the subject of fair elections, and should have the moral decency to keep their mouths shut.

  20. A couple interesting excerpts from NewsMax:

    CNN IS TANKING

    As of May, CNN’s primetime ratings had plunged 22 percent compared to May of last year, and they have dropped steadily since the election. MSNBC’s ratings were down 2 percent, while Fox News was up 24 percent.

    JOE SESTAK (Hillary Supporter)

    Turncoat (edit) Sen. Arlen Specter could face a serious challenge from another Democrat as he seeks re-election in Pennsylvania next year — Rep. Joe Sestak is set to throw his hat in the ring.

    Sestak, a former Navy admiral, hasn’t formally announced his campaign, but he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: “I’m there. I’ve made a personal decision to get into the race.”

    Sestak recently traveled to Pittsburgh for interviews with the Tribune-Review and met with the paper’s owner, Dick Scaife.

    Sestak said 19 county party chairmen have asked him to visit their counties, according to Tribune-Review reporters Salena Zito and Mike Wereschagin.

    Specter has been endorsed by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell. But Sestak, who won election to the House in 2006, said Pennsylvania voters don’t want top officials selecting a candidate for them.

    He told the Tribune-Review: “They really do believe there should be a choice.”

  21. I think big media and obama may have been far more involved in the Iranian election than meets the eye–on the side of he challenger.

    Frankly, I see many of the same themes–raising of big money for the opposition candidate, the creation of a celebrity (wife of the opposition candidate), the attempt to split the generations through a direct appeal to the youth and an attack upon the old ways, etc.

    If that supposition is correct, then this was a major defeat for the American Media and for Bambi. Certainly it will make a settlement along the lines proposed by the Messiah more elusive than ever.

  22. Apologies for the server problems. There was an maintenance session without warning. In either case Netanyahu’s speech is hardly getting any broadcast time.

  23. Maybe CNN should change it’s name to: “obama’s Good News network”. If 24/7 of obama slanted news is their mandate, them I’m sure the koolaid drinkers would lap it up.

  24. Glad to see the website back online:

    Live English streaming of Netanyahu here w w w.atdhe.net/watchtv4.php?b=n

  25. Link I posted is BBC news–they went away from the speech. Analysis next

    Thanks for reposting the other link again Admin..

  26. Violence flares up in Gaza ahead of Netanyahu speech

    09-06-14

    GAZA, June 14 (Xinhua) — Violence flared up in the Gaza Strip Sunday, hours before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech outlining his approach to peace in the Middle East.

    On Sunday afternoon, Israeli sources said Palestinian militants fired a rocket from northern Gaza at an area near the port city of Ashkelon, causing no damage or casualties. No Palestinian group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Earlier, four Palestinians were wounded in an Israeli aerial bombing which targeted smuggling tunnels under Gaza-Egypt border, local sources said. Israeli F-16 jets dropped several bombs along the border line in southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, destroying entry shafts of five underground tunnels, the sources said.

    Meanwhile, Palestinian militants clashed with Israeli soldiers after they detonated an explosive device near an Israeli army jeep patrolling the security fence between Israel and central Gaza Strip, security sources said.

    Palestinian rocket attacks have largely decreased after Israel ended a military offensive in the Palestinian salient on Jan. 18 as Hamas maintained a level of self-restraint.

    Also on Sunday, Palestinian paramedics found a dead body near the Israeli border in northeast Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun. The medical sources said the body was identified as a Palestinian who was shot dead nearly 50 days ago apparently after trying to break into Israel.

    At 8:00 p.m. local time (17:00 GMT), Netanyahu will deliver his speech at a university in eastern Tel Aviv in which he will try to harmonize his vision with the U.S. calls for endorsing a Palestinian statehood and his right-wing coalition’s opposition to the two-state solution.

    The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) called on Netanyahu to declare his government’s commitment to a Palestinian statehood. The PNA “wants Netanyahu to announce his acceptance of the Israeli obligations under the Road Map,” Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told Voice of Palestine radio, referring to a U.S.-backed plan first endorsed in 2002.

    “These commitments are related to recognizing the principle of the two-state solution, recognizing all the signed peace agreements and stopping all settlement activities, including the natural growth,” said Erekat. The peace negotiations between Israel and the PNA came to a standstill last year after the government of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert decided to rebuild more housing units into several settlements in the West Bank and around Jerusalem.

    Meanwhile, Israeli commentators said Netanyahu will be like “walking under the rain and trying not to get wet,” referring to the dilemma that he is locked in. Israeli media reported that Netanyahu will not clearly announce his acceptance of a Palestinian statehood in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

    “Netanyahu is likely to say that Jerusalem is the Jewish capital that can not be divided,” the Israeli media quoted some of Netanyahu’s aides as saying.

    Netanyahu may announce his acceptance of the Road Map but will reiterate a series of conservation and conditions to it, according to the Israeli radio. He also will call for unconditional negotiations with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

    news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-06/14/content_11541975.htm

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    “The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) called on Netanyahu to declare his government’s commitment to a Palestinian statehood.”

    Sure! Just as soon as you and your terrorist mobster friends, including obama, recognize the State of Israel. Yep! Israel will get right on it!

  27. You’re welcome AmericanGal.

    Thus far a great many reports in advance of the speech appear to be confirmed. Netanyahu says no new settlements but we will have what have been termed “natural growth”. No to Hamas because they seek the destruction of Israel. A demilitarized Palestine with the demilitarization guaranteed by Western powers and we can have peace.

    Netanyahu appears to have bent with the prevailing winds but not given anything away. We’ll have specific language (always important in diplomacy and really important in this type of speech) when the speech transcript is available.

  28. Sestak, a former Navy admiral, hasn’t formally announced his campaign,
    ************
    I got a fund raising letter from Sestak last week for his Senate run. The letter said it’s not “official” but it’s looks as if the dire threats by the Obama thugs didn’t have much of an effect on the Admiral.

  29. admin Says:

    June 14th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

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    Thanks admin,

    I’ve been searching fruitlessly for a major network broadcast of this important speech.

    What a joke!

  30. The site went down just as Netanyahu was to give his speech. I tried to watch it on TV, but the showed a little of it and just had commentary. The is just plain filtering of the speech. They did this so they can put their spin on it.
    This is sick, sick, sick.
    I watched most of it on line, but he did not say much that I can understand except he wants peace.
    I understand that IDF is on high alert, has anyone else heard that. They probably are always like that though.

  31. Report: Mashaal to deliver diplomatic speech after Netanyahu

    Hamas politburo chief to deliver important address immediately after prime minister’s speech next week, to present new strategy for his organization, al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper reports
    Roee Nahmias

    Signs of optimism? Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal plans to deliver a special diplomatic speech of his own, immediately after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech next week, the London-based Arabic-language al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper reported Tuesday morning.

    According to the report, Mashaal will present in his speech a new strategy for the Hamas movement, in response to US President Barack Obama’s historic reconciliation speech to the Muslim world last week.

    Mediation

    Report: US forms plan for peace within 2 years / Roee Nahmias

    London-based al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper says US President Obama has laid out plan to resolve Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on two-state solution; Prime Minister Netanyahu given six weeks to respond

    A source close to Hamas reported that the movement was now considering a number of options and diplomatic alternatives which it might present, some of which will be presented by Mashaal soon, in light of the new diplomatic approach expected to be taken by the American administration.

    The same source added that following Mashaal’s speech, which will outline the general characteristics of Hamas’ strategy towards the diplomatic negotiations and agreement, Egypt is expected to official invite the Palestinian factions for a discussion on its territory.

    “Dealing with Hamas is vital’
    Exiled Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouk urged Obama on Monday to talk directly with his organization, saying it was the representative of the Palestinian people and the American president’s drive for Mideast peace is impossible without them. Marzouk, also told The Associated Press that the group would not renounce violence — a key US demand before Washington will agree to deal with the group that it considers a terrorist organization. The US and its European allies also want Hamas to recognize Israel, another step the group has refused to take.

    The Obama administration should change that position, Abu Marzouk said, “because they know that without Hamas their efforts will not succeed.”
    Abu Marzouk dismissed Obama’s call on the Palestinians to abandon violence, saying that “the real violence in the region is (the Israeli) occupation. It’s also unacceptable that Obama talked about violence and didn’t talk about occupation.” He praised Obama’s firm stand against Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank, which the Palestinians want for a future state along with Gaza and east Jerusalem. Israel captured those areas in the 1967 war. The Hamas leader said the Obama administration must talk to the group.

    “Dealing with Hamas is vital because he (Obama) cannot deal with people who don’t represent the Palestinian people,” Abu Marzouk said, in a reference to Abbas’ Fatah movement.

    ynetnews.com/Ext/Comp/ArticleLayout/CdaArticlePrintPreview/1,2506,L-3728448,00.html

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    I wonder how much media attention his ridiculous rebuttal will receive.

  32. Perhaps it is that sense of being trash, to be dumped, which drives him to somehow extract love from men like Daddy – far flung Muslims and crackpots, and sojourning disrespecters of women and hump and dump impregnators and giddy preachers with loose tongues and disheveled ideas.

    —–

    hump and dump impregnators…..that is it….his father was just that!!!!! nothing else…and as for his mother…I do not even want to mention her…

  33. Admin,

    Thank you for the video. It’s not being shown on MSM, as you well know.

    After watching the Iranians protesting and risking their lives in doing so i am even more ashamed of our fellow citizens in the US who let BO steal our election.

    Moussavi better be careful. Remember what happened to Benazir Bhutto?

  34. ‘he was probably advised by Mossad that the Iranian elections were supervised by the Democratic Rules and Bylaws Committee)”

    I don’t know whether to laugh or cry, Admin.

  35. admin Says:
    June 14th, 2009 at 11:19 am
    That is TOO rich! I heard about the “economy was worse than we thought” line but didn’t know he announced he wasn’t ruling out another run for prez!

    LMAO!

  36. Watched the speech streaming live on Fox. Very reasonable and moderate in tone. Recognize Israel as a Jewish Stare which has the right to exist, and we can live in peace. I am glad, however, he reminded our Muslim President that Israel was the Jewish Nation long before Obama’s lame /Arab towing line that Israel came about b/c of the Holocaust.
    I went to the Jerusalem post, and like in America, the extreme right claims he “sold out” by acknowledging a PA state and the left saying he if offering a “stateless state”. In most Arab/Muslim countries, you only get the state verdict (see Iran).

  37. Netanyahu speech – key excerpts

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced Israel is ready to endorse creation of a Palestinian state as long as it is demilitarised and the Palestinians accept that Israel is a Jewish state. Here are key excerpts from the major policy speech on 14 June 2009.

    PALESTINIAN STATE

    The key condition is that the Palestinians recognise in a clear and public manner that Israel is the state of the Jewish people. The heart of the conflict has always been the Arabs’ refusal to accept the existence of the Jewish state.

    If we have guarantees on demilitarisation and if the Palestinians recognise Israel as a state of the Jewish people, then we arrive at a solution based on a demilitarised Palestinian state alongside Israel.

    Each will have its flag, each will have its anthem. The Palestinian territory will be without arms, will not control airspace, will not be able to have arms.

    TALKS

    I call on you, our Palestinian neighbours, and to the leadership of the Palestinian Authority – Let us begin peace negotiations immediately, without preconditions. Israel is committed to international agreements and expects all the other parties to fulfil their obligations as well.

    I appeal, from here this evening, to the leaders of the Arab states and say – Let’s meet. Let’s talk peace. Let’s make peace. I am willing to meet with you any time, any place – in Damascus, in Riyadh, in Beirut.

    SETTLEMENTS

    We have no intention of building new settlements or of expropriating land for new settlements. But there is a need to allow settlers to lead normal lives, to allow mothers and fathers to raise their children like all families around the world.

    REFUGEES

    The refugee problem must be solved outside of Israeli borders. Their return goes against the principle of Israel as a Jewish state. I believe that with goodwill, and international investment, this humanitarian problem can be solved once and for all.

    newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8099749.stm?ad=1

  38. Comment by ziggy | 2009-06-14 14:48:13

    While Mr. Krauthammer is a keen and insightful observer, I disagree with his interpretation of the approach Obama takes when speaking to foreign Muslim audiences.

    Obama is very much aware of the fact that there are mutual barriers of cultural distrust and suspicion that get in the way of truly productive discussion. He understands that you don’t begin to get through such barriers by speaking from an assumed position of moral superiority. Thus his approach isn’t a one-sided You people have serious problems that you need to work out. Instead, it’s We and you have serious problems that we all need to work on; solving those problems is a moral imperative and to everyone’s advantage.

    That’s not just good diplomacy and good psychology; it’s also a statement of truth. It’s a difficult sort of truth, because we’re all accustomed to viewing ourselves in a far more favorable light than we view others, and we aren’t at all accustomed to hearing leaders who aren’t speaking as unilateral cheerleaders for our own positions on all things at all times.

    It’s easy to interprate this as equivocation, or even as a tendency toward appeasment, and to think that a leader taking this approach might be holding himself (or herself) “above the darkling plain”. I don’t believe any of that is the case. I believe the approach is carefully calculated to get things moving in the direction we need. Only time will reveal if it will work.

    Reply to this comment
    Comment by wbboei | 2009-06-14 15:09:54

    May I suggest that you take a sabatical, remove the pro Obama bumper sticker from your car, and think about the osmois which occured during the 20 years Obama spent in the hate America, hate whitey, hate Jews Trinity Church of Christ. Then perhaps you will cease and disist in this multi culturalist drivel. I hate to be the one to tell you this but there is not tooth fairy. And the world does not need black jesus with sermons. The real world needs concrete solutions, which are not in his repertoire.

  39. Bibi Gets Support from Kadima; Coalition Voices Criticism

    by Maayana Miskin

    (IsraelNN.com) Members of Knesset from across the political spectrum reacted Sunday night to a speech by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu outlining his diplomatic goals. Netanyahu called for the creation of a Palestinian Authority-led Arab state in much of Judea and Samaria, but also insisted that the PA first recognize Israel as a Jewish state, which it has so far refused to do, and that it agree to disarm.

    In addition, Netanyahu said Jerusalem would remain the undivided capital of Israel.

    MKs from Likud were largely enthusiastic about the speech, but some criticized Netanyahu’s use of the term “Palestinian state.” The Kadima party, on the other hand, praised the Prime Minister for stating for the first time that his goal is a “Palestinian state,” but criticized his other positions.

    MK Danny Danon of Likud said he and fellow Likud MKs would pressure Netanyahu to rescind his statements regarding a PA-led Arab state. “The Prime Minister said ‘Palestinian state’ – we’ll try to get that part erased,” he said.

    “The speech was brilliant, but Netanyahu gave in to American pressure,” he added. “The residents of Israel are not laboratory mice of the new American president,” he said. “Enough Israeli citizens have been killed because of unilateral concessions on our part.” “I will use all of my influence, among members of the faction and the coalition, to make sure the Prime Minister fails in his aim to create a Palestinian state.”

    Another Likud MK, Yariv Levin, said he supports efforts to reach peace – and therefore, will oppose Netanyahu’s call for a PA state. The creation of a PA state would bring conflict, not peace, he said.

    “There’s no chance that the Arabs will accept the Prime Minister’s terms, and therefore continued building is what will determine the future,” Levin explained, calling on the government to allow Jews to build in Judea and Samaria.

    Responses from within the Kadima party were more positive. Kadima head Tzipi Livni called the speech “a step in the right direction,” but added that Kadima would wait to see Netanyahu’s actions, and would not be impressed by words alone.

    MK Otniel Schneller took a stronger stance, calling on his party to support Netanyahu. “The Prime Minister has recognized that Israel has an immediate interest in establishing a Palestinian state. Kadima has a responsibility to provide support,” he said.

    Kadima “cannot act like an opposition party when it comes to this issue,” he warned.

    Kadima MKs Magali Whbee and Zeev Boim were less enthusiastic. Whbee called the speech “an improvement, but a very small one,” noting with satisfaction that Netanyahu used the phrase “Palestinian state,” but adding, that “he made sure to wrap them inside innumerable conditions that could make them unpracticable.” Whbee called Netanyahu’s oration “the speech of two states and one thousand conditions.”

    Boim accused Netanyahu of torpedoing negotiations with the PA by setting too many conditions, saying, “This is not how you move forward.”

    PA: Bibi Sabotaging Talks
    A spokesman for Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas accused Netanyahu of harming Israel-PA talks by insisting that Jerusalem remain the undivided capital of Israel and that millions of foreign Arabs claiming the right to live in Israel be settled elsewhere.

    “Netanyahu’s remarks have sabotaged all initiatives, paralysed all efforts being made and challenges the Palestinian, Arab and American positions,” said spokesman Nabil Abu Rdainah

    The Palestinian Authority secretary, Yassir Abed Rabo, called Netanyahu’s speech “worthless,” and insulted the Prime Minister personally, calling him “a fraud, a cheat and a liar.”

    Nationalist Camp: PM Betrayed his Voters
    Responses from the nationalist camp were largely negative. Netanyahu “betrayed the voters’ will,” said MK Michael Ben-Ari of National Union. The Prime Minister’s willingness to change his stance on a PA state “demonstrates that the Israeli elections are unnecessary – the decisions are made in Washington,” he said. He called the speech “a speech of surrender to the dictates of Obama.”

    MK Zevulun Orlev of the Jewish Home party expressed disappointment as well. “Unfortunately, Netanyahu paid lip service to a Palestinian state, and in doing so, disappointed most coalition parties, particularly the Jewish Home,” he said.

    “The Netanyahu speech requires a serious discussion in the coalition in order to ensure that the democratic decision in the polls will find its expression in the government’s national policy,” Orlev added.

    israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/131864

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    Well given that the Palestinians and their friends will never demilitarize, or recognize Israel, I would say that obama’s peace plan is dead in the water.

    Too bad. So sad. NOT!

  40. Obama’s DOJ supporting DOMA. This link has good long readable analysis.

    h…./…w
    volokh.com/archives/archive_2009_06_07-2009_06_13.shtml#1244844195

    Of most interest is what [Obama’s] DOJ has to say about the due process and equal protection claims, rejecting just about every single variation of an argument that gay-rights scholars and litigants have made over the past 30 years.

  41. Judging by what is posted Bibis speech was masterful. Also, I think it navigated successfully through the political minefield internal and external. In a sense, it put the turd in Obamas pocket where it belongs. All that Obama needs to do now is sit down with Hamas and get them to recognize Israel as the Jewish homeland. In like Flynn. Only dont wing it Bambi–bring Tele to do your thinking for you.

  42. I have not been a fan of Netanyahu BUT ANYBODY WHO STICKS IT TO “THAT ZERO/NOBODY” has my deepest admiration.

  43. wbboei, I agree the turd is in Obama pocket now. The demilitarized zone, and the right of Israel to be a state is reasonable. So lets see if he can get the tyrants to accept this. I doubt they will, because the Palestians DO NOT WANT peace. They never have. That’s the problem. Everyone should read BC book and see what he says Arafat did. You then will see the left wingers are stupid to think by extending a hand to peace will ever get these monsters to accept peace. The believe a eye for an eye, and tooth for a tooth. Thats how you have to deal with them.

  44. Jan–Ziggy is an old familiar troll who used to pretend to be a Hillary supporter on the Taylor Marsh web site, but was always making an underhanded pitch for the fraud. That is why I responded the way I did. I think he is a paid Obama operative, but am not sure.

  45. Well given that the Palestinians and their friends will never demilitarize, or recognize Israel, I would say that obama’s peace plan is dead in the water.
    ***********
    Brilliant move by Bibi…he just tossed the hot potato back to Bambi. Netanyahu position is totally reasonable, which removes the Obama’s “It’s the Jews fault” excuse. I think Obama (Sam Power) had hoped that Bibi would have delivered a total “NO” to two States, so they could say see “We told you so.” The bottom line is that no government in the region could recognize Israel as a “Jewish State” and survive.

  46. The believe a eye for an eye, and tooth for a tooth
    **********
    The Jews came up with that idea and at the time, and still is a very liberal point of view. Basically what “eye for eye” says is that justice should be proportional. If member of your family steals, the penalty should fit the crime and not involve killing you and the rest of your family. Unfortunately, the concept of proportional justice never made it to the Koran.

  47. A twitter just said that they were bringing in the tanks into tehran. Has anybody else heard this??

  48. The Jews came up with that idea and at the time, and still is a very liberal point of view. Basically what “eye for eye” says is that justice should be proportional. If member of your family steals, the penalty should fit the crime and not involve killing you and the rest of your family. Unfortunately, the concept of proportional justice never made it to the Koran.
    ———————————
    Is that because the Arab world which gave us the Koran was a hierarchical society, and a warrior culture? Mohammed was a warrior”. Those circumstances call for discipline, obedience, absolute authority.

    Proportionate justice presupposes greater equality of bargaining power between the individual and government than the Arab leaders were prepared to offer to their subjects.

    Why speculate. All we need to do is ask Ziggy who is an expert on all things Obama.

  49. A twitter just said that they were bringing in the tanks into tehran. Has anybody else heard this??
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    Tiananman Square.

  50. Its on twitter. Everyone on there says the tanks are in front of the interior ministry. I pray for these brave souls fighting for a little freedom.

  51. World peace has gone to hell in a handbasket since “you know who” brandished his wonderful new form of diplomacy.

  52. they are reporting that Monsavi got 19 mil and Almandeanajob got 5 to 7 mil. Doesnt that sound familiar. Hillary had the most votes but Dumbass got the Presidency.
    Sorry for the spelling!

  53. It’s no wonder that they are rioting then.

    The only way to fix this is to have another election and to allow international observers to watch every single vote being tallied.

  54. confloyd,

    I know. This is such a farce. I guess both he and bambi subscribed to the same rule book.

  55. they are reporting that Monsavi got 19 mil and Almandeanajob got 5 to 7 mil. Doesnt that sound familiar. Hillary had the most votes but Dumbass got the Presidency
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    Naaaaaaawww. My gut tells me those numbers are bullshit. Either side can say whatever they want. I do not think the United States is competent to oversee an election. That much we know for sure based on the way the dims rigged the primary. But forgetting about the big media bullshit, if more people voted against him than for him he has got problems. I will see what I can find out from sources more reliable than main stream media who are incapable of deciphering this.

  56. When someone tells you the United States must monitior elections just remember there were 2000 complaints filed by actual voters in the 2008 primary for fraud, intimidation and procedural irregularities perpetrated by Obamathugs and none of them was investigated by the party, the media or by government. Not a single one–as in the inexorable zero. Ergo, we have zero moral authority to tell other nations how to conduct elections. It is stone cold hypocracy to presume to do so. Big Media as well as Obama are forever tainted in that respect.

  57. hmmm…first the U.S., then Iran, I see a trend starting, democratic nations failing and/or becoming the minority.

  58. So what do the new CNN numbers tell you and the shift to Fox. Yet, CNN do not understand what they did. There interview someone local here, and they indicated that people were going all over for their news and facts to include blogging and twitter. It is twitter and blogging that had the inside story on what was going on in Iran. So why would I tune in CNN, so watch the late filtered news.

  59. The nation’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called the election a “divine assessment.”
    —————————————-
    If you want the bottom line, there it is in one short sweet sentence. He holds the power, he calls the shots, and he selected the head of state, regardless of what the majority of the electorate want.

    Just like in the United States. Which means Obama and Ahmadinejad have a great deal in common.

    1. Both are Muslim

    2. Both hate America

    3. Both hate Israel

    4. Both were selected

    5. Both rigged the vote

    6. Neither was elected

  60. The talk in Israeli newspapers was that no matter who one the election in Iran, the enemy would still be Israel and anti-semitism would still be rampant.

  61. admin, I cited the top part of your post here and used the video in my brief NQ post — “Democrats are Hypocrites and too Genteel.”

  62. Jan-thanks for posting the speech by Bibi. The man is a leader. He has gravitas. He states his case directly forcefully and truthfully. And he has both feet on the ground.

    Obama is different. He is no leader. He has no gravitas. He deals in platitudes, false moral equivalencies and hidden messages. He is as detached from terra firma– as Mary Poopins with a parsol in a windstorm.

  63. Well, Larry is saying Iran is in turmoil etc. And then he turns to someone named Steve Clemmons who just finished a program with Oberstrumfuerer who talked to an unimpeachable source somewhere in Iran who knows everything nobody else does, who says there is a split i the leadership of the Revolutioary Guard, the Supreme Leader has fallen into disfavor, Ahmadinejad is afraid of Iranian society and all these other juicy tidbits. Clemmons–a left wing think tank type fails to tell us who this oracle of wisdom is, and what his partisan motives are but we are supposed to assume he is credible because Clemmons presents him as credible which assumes we believe Clemmons is credible after “just getting off Olbermans Show” which is like visiting Bedlam. So Clemmons who considers himself a genius says oooohhhh, if we play our cards right we can make something of this. Hard to do from a distance Steve. Whats say you go over there personally and make something happen. I am sure the ayotolla wont mind.

  64. “Bibi. The man is a leader. He has gravitas. He states his case directly forcefully and truthfully. And he has both feet on the ground.”
    “Obama is different. He is no leader. He has no gravitas.”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Bibi has gravitas because he can relate to Israel’s history personally. Obama has no peers at the level of government he pretends to lead except for Trinity Church and the Hate speech he has embraced for the last 20 or so years.

    Everyday that goes by, Obama demonstrates is so out of his depth in Domestic and Foreign Affairs.

    He is an actor put up by the DNC to play the role of a US President, and fails miserably to convince the world he is the real deal, p because Axelrod and Emmanuel themselves have never dealt with running a government at this level.

    Please read this when you have a minute: pumasunleashed.wordpress.com

  65. If you want the bottom line, there it is in one short sweet sentence. He holds the power, he calls the shots, and he selected the head of state, regardless of what the majority of the electorate want.
    ************
    That is the key factor that very few people understand. Calling Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a dictator or implying that he has any significant say in Iranian policy is a joke. Anyone running for the office of president has to be pre-approved by the “Council of Guardians”.

    Ahmadinejad is a sock puppet just like another president that I can think of. All of the significant power is in the hands of the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei. Under the Iranian Constitution, the Supreme leader is responsible for delineation and supervision of the general

    policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran.[107] The Supreme Leader is Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, controls the military intelligence and security operations; and has sole power to declare war or peace.[107] The heads of the judiciary, state radio and television

    networks, the commanders of the police and military forces and six of the twelve members of the Council of Guardians are appointed by the Supreme Leader.[107

    It would be damn hard for any Iranian President to become a dictator without control of the military, secret police, media, etc.]

  66. so in the meantime, focus is directed away from bambi, the economy, healthcare, pelosi, etc. And all the focus is on Iran, North Korea, and Israel et al.

    smooooooooooooooooooth!

  67. Mrs. Smith,

    bambi makes it up as he goes along. Especially his family history…his parents at Selma…NOT…a relative in WWII who had the decency to shoot bambi’s lies down…and on and on…

  68. Where is Bambi, with the sh*t hitting the fan in Iran??

    “Politico reports that Obama is playing golf today:

    Sunday golf, again—Obama tees off again, same as last Sunday. The dispatch from pool reporter Samuel Rosenfeld of the Houston Chronicle:

    Motorcade left White House grounds at 12:34 p.m. as Sasha and Malia played on the swingset located on the South Lawn. POTUS to take a round of golf at Fort Belvoir, a military base in northern Virginia. Press pool was told to “be prepared for a long day.”

  69. I liked everything about Bibi’s speech as the burden was appropriately and justifiably placed on the PA. It gave Obama and Co. little room to criticize as Bibi made a huge concession adopting a two state approach, with the realities that go along with that. Obama came in hot and heavy and rather than push back, Bibi took the stormy wind from under BO’s sails and blew back in his face in clever way. Obama , the big baby who thinks he will get anything he wants (I understand how he would feel this way as his whole life he has conned people and worked the ultimately sting with big media and powerful forces behind him to get elected) will finally realize there are still some people out there who understand exactly what they are dealing with and will not let any cult of personality deternine their future.

  70. Where is Bambi, with the sh*t hitting the fan in Iran??
    —————————————————-
    Can I use the venacular? Can I be crude but truthful? Thank you. He is fucking off. And for him that is par for the course.

  71. Well nothing much is going on that bambi would even have a clue how to fix so he’s trying to improve his golf game.

    Good luck with that!

  72. Bibi has gravitas because he can relate to Israel’s history personally.
    ——————————————————–
    I have always liked Bibi and consider him one of the great leaders of my generation. If he had the luxury of a reliable counterpart he could find the way to lasting peace. But looking at what he has to deal with on the other side it is as Yeats said:

    The best lack all conviction
    While the worst are
    Full of passionate intensity.

    Meanwhile Bambi, tele and the umbe float across the evening sky like Mary Poppins, looking for the golf ball he shanked.

  73. If all of the MSM wasn’t in the “tank” they would show a split screen of Iranian students being beaten, next to a picture of Obama playing golf today.

  74. Concerning golf and Bambi I have a story.

    Twenty years ago we were playing Merion Golf Course outside Philadelphia. That course is famous because it was the site of the 1950 US Open and that famous long iron shot by Hogan to the postage stamp 18th hole green.

    But six holes back there is a plaque commenorating a golf champion of an earlier generation–Bobby Jones. He won the Grand Slam on the 12th hole match play during the late 1920s.

    Jones once described golfers as ” the dogged victims of inexorable fate”. But it was never a joke until Bambi took up the game.

  75. # JanH Says:
    June 14th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Mrs. Smith,

    bambi makes it up as he goes along. Especially his family history…his parents at Selma…NOT…a relative in WWII who had the decency to shoot bambi’s lies down…and on and on…

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    There is a black pastor out there, his name escapes me at the moment, on the net calling Obama’s mother nothing more than “White Trash” because at the time of Obama’s conception, interracial relationships were strictly taboo. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if Obama mother was the “ass” spoken of in Bible text.

  76. If all of the MSM wasn’t in the “tank” they would show a split screen of Iranian students being beaten, next to a picture of Obama playing golf today.
    ————————-
    And the caption would read:

    On the Seventh Day He Rested (Played Golf) or-

    What Me Worry?

  77. I liked everything about Bibi’s speech as the burden was appropriately and justifiably placed on the PA. It gave Obama and Co. little room to criticize as Bibi made a huge concession adopting a two state approach, with the realities that go along with that. Obama came in hot and heavy and rather than push back, Bibi took the stormy wind from under BO’s sails and blew back in his face in clever way. Obama , the big baby who thinks he will get anything he wants (I understand how he would feel this way as his whole life he has conned people and worked the ultimately sting with big media and powerful forces behind him to get elected) will finally realize there are still some people out there who understand exactly what they are dealing with and will not let any cult of personality deternine their future.
    =====================================
    Agreed. I understand it is the same speech he previewed with Bambis people which they found “not adequate”. I wonder whether it was the organic growth issue or something else that was deemed not adequate.

    Bibi is ready to negotiate for a long term stable peace based on recognition of Israel and a dmz. I wonder if Mr. Abbas is. Bambis job is to Abbas to belly up to the bar, and get the rest of his Arab friends in line. You can sure see now where his support came from-Saudi Arabia.

  78. What was there to find inadequate about it?

    Did they want him to agree to a palestinian state without state recognition or demilitarization? In other words did they want him to sign Israel’s death warrant?

  79. And the caption would read:

    On the Seventh Day He Rested (Played Golf) or-

    What Me Worry?
    *********
    CNN did that to Bush I. The split screened Bush laughing and playing golf with his cronies while they were unloading the coffins of Golf I KIAs at Dover.

  80. Intro to a long analysis and many good informative comments.

    http://www.americablog.com/2009/06/choice-to-defend-doma-and-its.html
    Richard, who worked quite literally in the Oval Office as a top aide to the president (he’s pictured above, in glasses, standing between President Clinton and Janet Reno), says categorically that the DOJ had a choice, and they chose wrong. He goes on to explain exactly how it works when the president is confronted with a choice such as DOMA.

    Richard is the most senior former administration, and only former White House, official to weigh in on this matter. He was quite literally there when these types of decisions were being made in the White House. It appears we finally have our definitive answer to the much-talked-about post I wrote about the other day on this matter. Here is Richard’s piece.
    _________________________________________

    The Choice to Defend DOMA, and Its Consequences
    by Richard Socarides

    Like many other gay people who support the president, and as someone who had hoped he would be a presidential-sized champion of gay civil rights from the start, I was disturbed by his administration’s brief defending the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), filed late last week, in opposition to our full equality.

    It had such a buckshot approach to it, a veritable kitchen sink of anti-gay legal theories, that it seemed expressly designed to inflict maximal damage to our rights.

  81. One thing that is clear about Iranian politics is that Ali Khamenei runs the country and Ahmadinejad, as President, is the ventriloquist’s dummy. In the US, it is very clear who the dummy is, the big question is who is the ventriloquist or ‘ists?

  82. “In the US, it is very clear who the dummy is, the big question is who is the ventriloquist or ‘ists?”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    We’ve established who they are long ago. The IMF, CFR, TLC, and the Central World Bank, George Soros.

    They hand Bambi’s speech writer a script, he digests the info into teleprompter friendly verbiage and voila-

  83. Someone just twittered that Biden wants to get in on the peace talks with Iran now, during the riots. I wonder if that is true?
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    Confloyd it has got to be true. Its Joe remember. His sense of timing is always impeccable. Comes from have rode the Amtrack Special from Wilmington to Washington to Wilmington every bloody workday he worked for damned near forty years. Time, tide and the Amtrack Special wait for no man, even when he is a heartbeat away from the Presidency. Of course these days he is probably hanging out at the Naval Observatory watching the stars and packing his bags for Iran.

  84. Well after reading some information about Mir-Hossein Mousavi, he sounds like a very bad “actor”. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad runs his mouth a lot but hasn’t really acted out that behavior. Mr. Mousavi was on the “ground floor” of the revolution. When he was in the govt., he was involved in mass murder of political prisoners in the early ’80’s and in 1988, the mass murder of up to 30,000 people. His idea of reform is to return to the “ideals” is the early years if the Islamic revolution. Maybe he is an example of “Be careful what you wish for”.

  85. The world has really gone to hell in a hand basket since Obama has taken office! The king plays golf while the world burns.
    Our only hope is that Hillary is working non-stop since the riots began and North Korea has been threatening a nuclear war!

  86. I have been watching that twitterfall all day and apparently someone from the current president regime has found twitter. His comment was:
    Amadeanajob has won, get over it. Did we not hear the same thing here last June. Obama won, get over it! Hmmm, well that statement is being used alot around the world. Maybe we should tell George Soros he needs to change his speech up a little so its not so obvious.

  87. OT – (sorry for the length and the crammed spacing – i can’t see below the dialogue box)

    “It’s war on white women, only this one is being fought with water balloons and whoopee cushions wielded by men who think statutory rape and racial slurs are funny.”

    At least someone gets it.
    Here’s Andrea Peyser from the NY Post on the Hate-Show Hosts, Conan and Letterman.

    JOHNNY CARSON is rolling over in his grave. Even the late Lenny Bruce is having a fit.
    While you were watching David Letterman — a bitter guy who never saw a woman or a Republican he could stand — trash Sarah Palin’s 14-year-old daughter by “joking” that she was date-raped by Alex Rodriguez and stalked by Eliot Spitzer, you may have missed the memo. Dave’s in good company.
    His struggling brother up the dial, Conan O’Brien, on Thursday night was having a blast slurring women and Jews — two groups that may constitute the last permissible sick-comedy staples.
    Here’s Conan:
    “Political experts say that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to endorse what he calls a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians to live side by side but have no contact,” he said. Ba-dump.
    “Netanyahu said it will be exactly like being married to a Jewish woman.” Ba-dump-bump.
    ****************************************
    It goes without saying that if you change the races — make a “joke” about African-American women or Latinas — you’ll be groveling at Al Sharpton’s feet before the show ends.
    But women, specifically white women, make up the last group that one may freely stereotype to get a cheap laugh.
    Not surprisingly, the left has been notoriously silent on the issue. Where are the marches? The boycotts? The National Organization for Women did elect Letterman into its “Media Hall of Shame.” How scary.
    It’s war on white women, only this one is being fought with water balloons and whoopee cushions wielded by men who think statutory rape and racial slurs are funny.
    I’m not laughing.

  88. OT
    At least someone gets it.
    Here’s Andrea Peyser from the NY Post on the Late-Hate-Show Hosts, Conan and Letterman
    “It’s war on white women, only this one is being fought with water balloons and whoopee cushions wielded by men who think statutory rape and racial slurs are funny.”
    While you were watching David Letterman — a bitter guy who never saw a woman or a Republican he could stand — trash Sarah Palin’s 14-year-old daughter by “joking” that she was date-raped by Alex Rodriguez and stalked by Eliot Spitzer, you may have missed the memo. Dave’s in good company.
    His struggling brother up the dial, Conan O’Brien, on Thursday night was having a blast slurring women and Jews — two groups that may constitute the last permissible sick-comedy staples.
    It goes without saying that if you change the races — make a “joke” about African-American women or Latinas — you’ll be groveling at Al Sharpton’s feet before the show ends.
    But women, specifically white women, make up the last group that one may freely stereotype to get a cheap laugh.
    Not surprisingly, the left has been notoriously silent on the issue. Where are the marches? The boycotts? The National Organization for Women did elect Letterman into its “Media Hall of Shame.” How scary
    (see the rest at the NYpost dot com)

  89. Good Morning All

    news.aol.com/article/iran-supreme-leader-fraud-probe/526348

    H stuff no ws

    It looks like the courts in Iran are going to investigate the election. I don’t know what side to be on. Who did O support, really, would this have happened in the US if HRC had won the Convention. I am getting to the point I trust nothing.

  90. 14/06/2009

    Full text of Netanyahu’s foreign policy speech at Bar Ilan

    Honored guests, citizens of Israel.

    Peace was always the desire of our people. Our prophets had a vision of peace, we greet each other with peace, our prayers end with the word peace. This evening we are in the center named for two leaders who were groundbreakers for peace -Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat – and we share their vision.

    Two and a half months ago, I was sworn in at the Knesset as the Prime Minister of Israel. I promised that I would establish a unity government, and did so. I believed, and still believe, that we need unity now more than ever before.
    We are currently facing three tremendous challenges: The Iranian threat, the financial crisis, and the promotion of peace.

    The Iranian threat still is before us in full force, as it became quite clear yesterday. The greatest danger to Israel, to the Middle East, and to all of humanity, is the encounter between extremist Islam and nuclear weapons. I discussed this with President Obama on my visit to Washington, and will be discussing it next week on my visit with European leaders. I have been working tirelessly for many years to form an international front against Iran arming itself with nuclear armaments.

    With the world financial crisis, we acted immediately to bring about stability to the Israeli economy. We passed a two-year budget in the government and will pass it through the Knesset very soon.
    The second challenge, rather, the third, so very important challenge, facing us today, is promoting peace. I discussed this also with President Obama. I strongly support the idea of regional peace that he is advancing. I share the President of the U.S.A’s desire to bring about a new era of reconciliation in our region.

    I discussed this in my meetings with President Mubarak in Egypt and with King Abdullah in Jordan to obtain the assistance of these leaders in the effort to expand the circle of peace in our region.

    I appeal tonight to the leaders of the Arab countries and say: Let us meet. Let us talk about peace. Let us make peace. I am willing to meet at any time, at any place, in Damascus, in Riyadh, in Beirut, and in Jerusalem as well. (Applause)

    I call upon the leaders of the Arab countries to join together with the Palestinians and with us to promote economic peace. Economic peace is not a substitute for peace, but it is a very important component in achieving it. Together we can advance projects that can overcome the problems facing our region. For example, water desalinization. And we can utilize the advantages of our region, such as maximizing the use of solar energy, or utilizing its geographical advantages to lay pipelines, pipelines to Africa and Europe. Together we can realize the initiatives that I see in the Persian Gulf, which amaze the entire world, and also amaze me. I call upon the talented entrepreneurs of the Arab world, to come and invest here, to assist the Palestinians and us, to give the economy a jump-start. Together we can develop industrial zones, we can create thousands of jobs, and foster tourism that will draw millions, people who want to walk in the footsteps of history, in Nazareth and Bethlehem, in the heights of Jericho and on the walls of Jerusalem, on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, and at the baptismal site of the Jordan. There is a huge potential for the development of tourism potential here. If you only agree to work together.

    I appeal to you, our Palestinian neighbors, and to the leadership of the Palestinian Authority. Let us begin peace negotiations immediately without prior conditions. Israel is committed to international agreements, and expects all sides to fulfill their obligations.
    I say to the Palestinians: We want to live with you in peace, quiet, and good neighborly relations. We want our children and your children to ‘know war no more.’ We do not want parents and wives, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, to know the sorrow of bereavement. We want our children to dream of a better future for humankind. We want us and our neighbors to devote our efforts to ‘plowshares and pruning hooks’ and not to swords and spears. I know the terror of war, I participated in battles, I lost good friends who fell [in battle], I lost a brother. I saw the pain of bereaved families from up close ? very many times. I do not want war. No one in Israel wants war. (Applause)

    Let us join hands and work together in peace, together with our neighbors. There is no limit to the flourishing growth that we can achieve for both peoples – in the economy, in agriculture, in commerce, tourism, education – but, above all, in the ability to give our younger generation hope to live in a place that?s good to live in, a life of creative work, a peaceful life with much of interest, with opportunity and hope.

    Friends, with the advantages of peace so clear, so obvious, we must ask ourselves why is peace still so far from us, even though our hands are extended for peace? Why has the conflict going on for over 60 years? To bring an end to it, there must be a sincere, genuine answer to the question: what is the root of the conflict? In his speech at the Zionist Congress in Basel, in speaking of his grand vision of a Jewish homeland for the Jewish People, Theodor Herzl, the visionary of the State of Israel, said: This is so big, we must talk about it only in the simplest words possible. I now am asking that when we speak of the huge challenge of peace, we must use the simplest words possible, using person to person terms. Even with our eyes on the horizon, we must have our feet on the ground, firmly rooted in truth. The simple truth is that the root of the conflict has been and remains – the refusal to recognize the right of the Jewish People to its own state in its historical homeland.

    In 1947 when the United Nations proposed the Partition Plan for a Jewish state and an Arab state, the entire Arab world rejected the proposal, while the Jewish community accepted it with great rejoicing and dancing. The Arabs refused any Jewish state whatsoever, with any borders whatsoever. Whoever thinks that the continued hostility to Israel is a result of our forces in Judea, Samaria and Gaza is confusing cause and effect. The attacks on us began in the 1920s, became an overall attack in 1948 when the state was declared, continued in the 1950s with the fedaayyin attacks, and reached their climax in 1967 on the eve of the Six-Day War, with the attempt to strangle Israel. All this happened nearly 50 years before a single Israeli soldier went into Judea and Samaria.

    To our joy, Egypt and Jordan left this circle of hostility. They signed peace agreements with us which ended their hostility to Israel. It brought about peace. To our deep regret, this is not happening with the Palestinians. The closer we get to a peace agreement with them, the more they are distancing themselves from peace. They raise new demands. They are not showing us that they want to end the conflict.

    A great many people are telling us that withdrawal is the key to peace with the Palestinians. But the fact is that all our withdrawals were met by huge waves of suicide bombers. We tried withdrawal by agreement, withdrawal without an agreement, we tried partial withdrawal and full withdrawal. In 2000, and once again last year, the government of Israel, based on good will, tried a nearly complete withdrawal, in exchange for the end of the conflict, and were twice refused. We withdrew from the Gaza Strip to the last centimeter, we uprooted dozens of settlements and turned thousands of Israelis out of their homes. In exchange, what we received were missiles raining down on our cities, our towns and our children. The argument that withdrawal would bring peace closer did not stand up to the test of reality.

    With Hamas in the south and Hezbollah in the north, they keep on saying that they want to ‘liberate’ Ashkelon in the south and Haifa and Tiberias.
    Even the moderates among the Palestinians are not ready to say the most simplest things: The State of Israel is the national homeland of the Jewish People and will remain so. (Applause)

    Friends, in order to achieve peace, we need courage and integrity on the part of the leaders of both sides. I am speaking today with courage and honesty. We need courage and sincerity not only on the Israeli side: we need the Palestinian leadership to rise and say, simply “We have had enough of this conflict. We recognize the right of the Jewish People to a state its own in this Land. We will live side by side in true peace.” I am looking forward to this moment. We want them to say the simplest things, to our people and to their people. This will then open the door to solving other problems, no matter how difficult. The fundamental condition for ending the conflict is the public, binding and sincere Palestinian recognition of Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish People. (Applause)

    For this to have practical meaning, we need a clear agreement to solve the Palestinian refugee problem outside of the borders of the State of Israel. For it is clear to all that the demand to settle the Palestinian refugees inside of Israel, contradicts the continued existence of the State of Israel as the state of the Jewish People. We must solve the problem of the Arab refugees. And I believe that it is possible to solve it. Because we have proven that we ourselves solved a similar problem. Tiny Israel took in the hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees from Arab countries who were uprooted from their homes.

    Therefore, justice and logic dictates that the problem of the Palestinian refugees must be solved outside the borders of the State of Israel. There is broad national agreement on this. (Applause)
    I believe that with good will and international investment of we can solve this humanitarian problem once and for all.

    Friends, up to now, I have been talking about the need for the Palestinians to ecognize our rights. Now I will talk about the need for us to recognize their rights. The connection of the Jewish People to the Land has been in existence for more than 3,500 years. Judea and Samaria, the places where our forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob walked, our forefathers David, Solomon, Isaiah and Jeremiah ? this is not a foreign land, this is the Land of our Forefathers. (Applause) The right of the Jewish People to a state in the Land of Israel does not arise from the series of disasters that befell the Jewish People over 2,000 years — persecutions, expulsions, pogroms, blood libels, murders, which reached its climax in the Holocaust, an unprecedented tragedy in the history of nations. There are those who say that without the Holocaust the State would not have been established, but I say that if the State of Israel had been established in time, the Holocaust would not have taken place. (Applause) The tragedies that arose from the Jewish People’s helplessness show very sharply that we need a protective state.
    The right to establish our sovereign state here, in the Land of Israel, arises from one simple fact: Eretz Israel is the birthplace of the Jewish People. (Applause)

    As the first PM David Ben Gurion in the declaration of the State, the State of Israel was established here in Eretz Israel, where the People of Israel created the Book of Books, and gave it to the world. But, friends, we must state the whole truth here. The truth is that in the area of our homeland, in the heart of our Jewish Homeland, now lives a large population of Palestinians. We do not want to rule over them. We do not want to run their lives. We do not want to force our flag and our culture on them. In my vision of peace, there are two free peoples living side by side in this small land, with good neighborly relations and mutual respect, each with its flag, anthem and government, with neither one threatening its neighbor?s security and existence.

    These two facts: our link to the Land of Israel, and the Palestinian population who live here, have created deep disagreements within Israeli society. But the truth is that we have much more unity than disagreement.

    I came here tonight to talk about the agreement and security that are broad consensus within Israeli society. This is what guides our policy. This policy must take into account the international situation. We have to recognize international agreements but also principles important to the State of Israel. I spoke tonight about the first principle – recognition. Palestinians must truly recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people. The second principle is demilitarization. Any area in Palestinian hands has to be demilitarization, with solid security measures. Without this condition, there is a real fear that there will be an armed Palestinian state which will become a terrorist base against Israel, as happened in Gaza. We do not want missiles on Petah Tikva, or Grads on the Ben-Gurion international airport. We want peace. (Applause) And, to ensure peace we don’t want them to bring in missiles or rockets or have an army, or control of airspace, or make treaties with countries like Iran, or Hizbullah. There is broad agreement on this in Israel. We cannot be expected to agree to a Palestinian state without ensuring that it is demilitarized. This is crucial to the existence of Israel, we must provide for our security needs.

    This is why we are now asking our friends in the international community, headed by the USA, for what is necessary for our security, that in any peace agreement, the Palestinian area must be demilitarized. No army, no control of air space. Real effective measures to prevent arms coming in, not what?s going on now in Gaza. The Palestinians cannot make military treaties. Without this, sooner or later, we will have another Hamastan. We can’t agree to this. Israel must govern its own fate and security. I told President Obama in Washington, if we get a guarantee of demilitarization, and if the Palestinians recognize Israel as the Jewish state, we are ready to agree to a real peace agreement, a demilitarized Palestinian state side by side with the Jewish state. (Applause)

    Whenever we discuss a permanent arrangement, Israel needs defensible borders with Jerusalem remaining the united capital of Israel. (Applause) The territorial issues will be discussed in a permanent agreement. Till then we have no intention to build new settlements or set aside land for new settlements. But there is a need to have people live normal lives and let mothers and fathers raise their children like everyone in the world. The settlers are not enemies of peace. They are our brothers and sisters. (Applause)

    Friends, unity among us is, to my view, vital, and unity will help with reconciliation with our neighbors. Reconciliation must begin now. A strong Palestinian government will strengthen peace. If they truly want peace, and educate their children for peace and stop incitement, we for our part will make every effort, allow them freedom of movement and accessibility, making their lives easier and this will help bring peace. But above all, they must decide: the Palestinians must decide between path of peace and path of Hamas. They must overcome Hamas. Israel will not sit down at conference table with terrorist who seek to destroy it. (Applause) Hamas are not willing to even let the Red Cross visit our abducted soldier Gilad Shalit who has been in captivity three years, cut off from his family and his country. We want to bring him back whole and well.
    With help of the international community, there is no reason why we can’t have peace. With help of USA, we can do we can do the unbelievable. In 61 years, with constant threats to our existence we have achieved so much. Our microchips power the worlds computers unbelievable, we have found cures for incurable diseases. Israeli drip irrigation waters barren lands throughout the world. Israeli researchers are making worldwide breakthroughs. If our neighbors only work for peace, we can achieve peace. (Applause)

    I call upon Arab leaders and Palestinian leaders: Let’s go in the path of Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat, Yitzhak Rabin and King Hussein. Let’s go in the path of Prophet Isaiah, who spoke thousands of years ago, they shall beat their swords into plowshares and know war no more.

    Let us know war no more. Let us know peace

    haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1092810.html

  91. Obama’s flight to Chicago: $236,000

    June 15, 2009

    Obama will continue pushing his health care agenda next week when he meets with the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates in Chicago.

    CHICAGO, June 15 (UPI) — The flight aboard Air Force One to fly President Obama trip to Chicago Monday to speak on healthcare reform costs $236,000, governments officials indicated. U.S. Secret Service protection, motorcades and helicopter transports are extra for the estimated 2 1/2 hours Obama is expected to be in the Windy City, the Chicago Tribune reported.

    A 2000 Government Accounting Office report showed Air Force One cost $54,100 to operate each flight hour, or roughly $67,000 in today’s dollars, the Tribune reported, adding that a true cost is tough to estimate because of so many variable and costs that could either be included or excluded.

    Security and communications requirements make the huge tab largely unavoidable, White House aides said. The government picks up the cost because he is always the commander in chief and might be pulled into a crisis. Some limited cost-sharing is done if the president travels to a political event, such as a fundraiser.

    “The White House is committed to following all of the relevant rules and regulations regarding the reimbursement for travel expenses,” spokesman Tommy Vietor told the Tribune.

    The media pool traveling with Obama on Air Force One for government and political trips reimburses the government for the cost of seats.

    upi.com/Top_News/2009/06/15/Obamas-flight-to-Chicago-236000/UPI-80601245068118/

  92. At least someone gets it.
    Here’s Andrea Peyser from the NY Post on the Hate-Show Hosts, Conan and Letterman
    “It’s war on white women, only this one is being fought with water balloons and whoopee cushions wielded by men who think statutory rape and racial slurs are funny.”
    While you were watching David Letterman — a bitter guy who never saw a woman or a Republican he could stand — trash Sarah Palin’s 14-year-old daughter by “joking” that she was date-raped by Alex Rodriguez and stalked by Eliot Spitzer, you may have missed the memo. Dave’s in good company.
    His struggling brother up the dial, Conan O’Brien, on Thursday night was having a blast slurring women and Jews — two groups that may constitute the last permissible sick-comedy staples.
    It goes without saying that if you change the races — make a “joke” about African-American women or Latinas — you’ll be groveling at Al Sharpton’s feet before the show ends.
    But women, specifically white women, make up the last group that one may freely stereotype to get a cheap laugh.
    Not surprisingly, the left has been notoriously silent on the issue. Where are the marches? The boycotts? The National Organization for Women did elect Letterman into its “Media Hall of Shame.” How scary
    (see the rest at the NYpost dot com)

  93. Well after reading some information about Mir-Hossein Mousavi, he sounds like a very bad “actor”. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad runs his mouth a lot but hasn’t really acted out that behavior. Mr. Mousavi was on the “ground floor” of the revolution. When he was in the govt., he was involved in mass murder of political prisoners in the early ’80’s and in 1988, the mass murder of up to 30,000 people. His idea of reform is to return to the “ideals” is the early years if the Islamic revolution. Maybe he is an example of “Be careful what you wish for”.
    ======================================
    In that case, big media was right after all, for once. His wife is, most likely, the Iranian Michelle Obama. You don’t suppose this whole thing, including that mawkish line by NYT “the Iranian people hoped for a little bit of freedom, etc” was another big lie perpetrated by big media. I am relieved to hear that the Supreme Court of Iran will be looking into the election results which the Supreme Leader called “a divine assessment”. If they throw those results out then they will be saying, in effect, that the Supreme Leader and Allah were wrong about that assessment. That will be slightly problematic, given the fact that the Supreme Leader most likely appointed the Judges, the Supreme Leader is the interlocutur with Allah, and Allah’s word is law. The only way it gets serious is if the rioting continues, and cannot be contained, in which case the Supreme Leader may instruct the independent judiciary to make provision, etc.

  94. If you are on Twitter (or want to sign up), the best place to follow events in Iran real time is at

    twitter.com/#search?q=%23iranelection

    There are Uni students and others giving updates, I’ve been glued to that stream for 2 days. @persiankiwi was at UNI of Tehran when the police kicked down doors last night.

  95. persiankiwi is posting stuff like this:

    Ferdowsi Ave – confirmed – thousands marching – peaceful. #Iranelection
    8 minutes ago from web
    no confirmed sighting of Khatami yet. #Iranelection
    10 minutes ago from web
    unconfirmed – students killed last night at Tehran Uni dorms. #Iranelection
    11 minutes ago from web
    I am hearing that Karoubi is in a car and being escorted through the streets with tens of thousands of people. #Iranelection
    13 minutes ago from web
    am being told that there are injured students stuck in Tehan dorms. surrounded by baseej. #Iranelection
    34 minutes ago from web
    my last ISP downed. have redialed new ISP, slow process. streets are packed with people. seems peaceful. #Iranelection
    36 minutes ago from web
    keeps timing out. hearing rumours that Mousavi and Khatami are in azadi square now, unconfirmed. #Iranelection
    41 minutes ago from web
    can hear helicopters, cannot see them. more than one. #Iranelection
    about 1 hour ago from web
    call in from Enghelab Sq. Baseej outnumbered, just watching people march. #Iranelection
    about 1 hour ago from web
    the city is very busy. seems like everone is out but most shops are closed, business all quiet. not much normal traffic. #Iranelection
    about 1 hour ago from web
    just received call from street. enghelab square is packed with peaceful marchers. #Iranelection
    about 1 hour ago from web

  96. More from persiankiwi: The govt keeps blocking servers, and others on Twitter keep sending him/her new proxy addresses to use to get around the blocks:

    we have 40kb speed now. will post as fast as possible. #Iranelection
    1 minute ago from web

    have secured good proxy service. cannot display adds – will be cut as soon as displayed. #Iranelection
    2 minutes ago from web

    I cannot see directly from my position but am being told many many people in streets – too many to count. #Iranelection

  97. Well after reading some information about Mir-Hossein Mousavi, he sounds like a very bad “actor”. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad runs his mouth a lot but hasn’t really acted out that behavior. Mr. Mousavi was on the “ground floor” of the revolution. When he was in the govt., he was involved in mass murder of political prisoners in the early ’80’s and in 1988, the mass murder of up to 30,000 people. His idea of reform is to return to the “ideals” is the early years if the Islamic revolution. Maybe he is an example of “Be careful what you wish for”.
    ————————————————
    If that is the case then what we have here is yet another example of big media in general and the New York Times in particular, manipulating the facts to suit their narrative. Clearly, they have led us to believe that this man is the welcome voice of reform. If he had been elected there would be a new heaven and a new earth in Iran and throughout the middle east. Another Tiannamen Square perpetrated by an evil dictator so they say. But as the truth comes out we begin to learn that this reformer, this media darling, this hope for a new democratic Iran is part of the same evil cabal that swept these theocrats into power and will do their bidding. In that case, if the riots continue it is possible that the Supreme Leader will hear the voices of the people and put this puppet into power through the good offices of the independent Iranian Supreme Court whom he appoints. If that happens, then this guy will get a faster makeover than michelleobamanation and the NYT will say it is dawn in the middle east and today will be beautiful. No one can trust that paper–no one.

  98. @wbboei

    Oh, Mousavi is no savior, not by a long shot. But the people there have few choices in candidates, and the point is that if THEY voted for him (even as the lesser of 2 evils), then their vote should count. They should have the right to elect who they wish, period.

  99. HillaryforTexas 9:54

    Too bad the Dims and Superduds did not feel that way, and that the Delegates did not stand their ground. I know that O was prepared to go this way, if he had won the popular vote, but lost the Superduds. I lost my democracy at the Dims convention.

  100. The Good Soldier: Hillary Clinton As Secretary of State
    6/14/09 at 10:28 PM
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    The Good Soldier: Hillary Clinton As Secretary of State

    Photo: Getty Images

    How is Hillary Clinton doing as secretary of State? Two recent quotes tell you all you need to know.

    On May 27, frustrated by unusually thoroughgoing U.S. opposition to Israeli settlements on the West Bank, Benjamin Netanyahu complained, “What the hell do they want from me?” They: Clinton and Barack Obama.

    A couple of months earlier, Colin Powell, asked to comment on Clinton’s attempt to redirect American foreign policy toward diplomacy and foreign aid, said: “We all know we ought to be moving in this direction, but it takes money.” We: Clinton, Powell, and the foreign-policy establishment.

    Just over a year ago, Clinton was bottoming out in her doomed presidential race, telling reporters she was soldiering on against Obama because, after all, “we all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California.” Now, she has turned herself into Obama’s greatest asset, on Capitol Hill as much as around the world, in fashioning a national-security policy that has closed off all policy differences between the former Democratic rivals, co-opted many Republicans, and left the rest of the administration’s opponents astoundingly marginalized.

    On the inside, Clinton has steadily accumulated power while expending hardly any political capital. For one thing, she has stirred an effective mix of politicos and diplomats into the top tiers of the State Department. Hillary has Cheryl Mills, a lawyer best known for defending Bill Clinton during impeachment, running her staff. And she has divided the position of Deputy Secretary of State into two jobs: supersmart Jim Steinberg, who was deputy national security adviser under Bill Clinton but supported Obama in 2008, is her policy maven, while Jack Lew is her management chief. Lew helped Hillary secure a 10 percent increase in the State Department’s budget from Obama while Tim Geithner was still figuring out how to turn the lights on in his office.

    Further, Clinton hasn’t made mistakes. There have been no Joe Biden–like gaffes, Tom Daschle–like embarrassments, or Judd Gregg–like turnarounds coming from Hillary. Or from her husband — these days, Bill Clinton would have us believe he spends his time shopping for trinkets, unable even to get Hillary on her cell phone.

    Meanwhile, nobody else has developed an alternative foreign-policy power center within the administration. Obama likes Biden, but the vice-president is no match for Hillary in mano-a-mano bureaucratic combat. For example, Clinton favored sending 21,000 more troops to Afghanistan, while Biden opposed the move. The result: “She crushed him,” according to Republican Mark Kirk of Ilinois. At the same time, National Security Adviser Jim Jones has been an utter cipher; when Time’s Mark Halperin graded the Obama administration, he gave Hillary an A- (“significant, powerful, worldly, respected”), but had to give Jones an “incomplete.” And Obama’s presidential envoys, such as Richard Holbrooke in Afghanistan and Dennis Ross in Iran, are mostly old Clinton hands who aren’t about to usurp any authority from Hillary.

    In public, Clinton has spent the last six months fundamentally realigning American foreign policy away from reliance on military force, toward what she calls (in a wise abandonment of the lefty academic phrase “soft power”) “smart power” — more diplomacy and international economic assistance. She has also been striving to ensure zero daylight between her and Obama on any issue, big or small, whatever positions she might have taken as a New York senator or presidential candidate. If Clinton minds toiling in Obama’s shadow, or representing her former rival as America’s best face to the world, she hasn’t shown it. With Hillary, it’s always hard to tell where duty stops and happiness begins, and her new job has brought out her cheerfulness and indefatigability at the same time; as she put it on her first trip to Asia, “Showing up is not all in life, but it counts for a lot.” And whether it’s laying down conditions for Cuba’s readmittance to the Organization of American States or appearing on the Indonesian teen variety show Awesome, Clinton has been showing up, albeit fairly quietly, all around the planet.

    On April 23, Hillary smacked down Representative Mike Pence, an Indiana Republican who had tried to scold Obama for “warmly greeting” Hugo Chavez. “We spent the last eight years trying to isolate Chavez, and what has been the result?” Hillary replied. “We want your feedback, but President Obama won the election. He beat me in a primary, in which he put forth a different approach, and he is now our president.” Something similar happened last weekend, when she told George Stephanopoulos that Obama had passed the “3 a.m.” test that she had posed in the primaries. Clinton has become a master of selling Obama simply by stating her support for him. And conversely, by expressing that support as an act of volition, she is demonstrating her power, if not her independence.

    The overall effect of Hillary’s efforts has been to bolster her reputation for being smart, effective, and a team player without associating her too strongly with the wrenching policy changes, such as in Iraq and Afghanistan, where Obama has thrust himself far into the spotlight. And the results have been fairly amazing. Clinton’s approval ratings have been consistently above 70 percent — higher than Obama’s — with majority support even among Republicans. And media coverage has been orgiastic, probably peaking so far with Andrea Mitchell calling Clinton a “foreign-policy superstar” on the Today show. Even Obama probably never imagined how much mileage he and Clinton would be able to get out of their “kiss, make up, and go off to work around the globe” routine.

    Finally, nobody has enabled Hillary’s rehabilitation like congressional Republicans and their talk-radio allies. Since Obama’s election, the neocons have doubled down on full-throated Cheneyism, pushing torture and preventive if not endless war. And from William Kristol and Newt Gingrich calling for an attack on North Korea to John Bolton wanting Israel to bomb Iran to Daniel Pipes saying, “I would vote for Ahmadinejad,” the leading lights of today’s GOP are pushing George H. W. Bush–type Republicans, such as Powell, Brent Scowcroft, and a large chunk of the country straight out of the Republican Party. There’s nothing but upside in that dynamic for Clinton: Already established in the public mind as less multi-culti and quite possibly tougher than Obama, she now also appears to be a sane, sober alternative to the crazies running the GOP.

    And for the moment, the opposition doesn’t realize how much it should care. “I realized today that I’d be a happier person if Hillary Clinton were president,” a financial contributor to National Review Online wrote last week. “That scared me enough to make a donation.” Keep sending those $100 checks, pal, and your fantasy could still come true.
    By: Peter Keating Filed Under: the new clintonism, barack obama, early and often, foreign policy, hillary clinton, politics

  101. HillaryforTexas: I agree with you. The will of the people should be respected, there as here. It is sacrosant. However, the information provided by SHV suggests that the challenger is part of the same thugocracy, controlled by the same people and may turn out to be no better. The same can be said of Obama to the extent that he has endorsed so many Bush policies. He is far worse however in terms of his socialitic policies which are a formula for economic stagnation. I just got an ear full of that from Wall Street. 70% tax rates on high income earners, capital flight, and no growth. Fundamentally, there is a reluctance to engage in economic risk taking which creates business expansion which creates jobs which create economic prosperity.

  102. And she has divided the position of Deputy Secretary of State into two jobs: supersmart Jim Steinberg, who was deputy national security adviser under Bill Clinton but supported Obama in 2008, is her policy maven, while Jack Lew is her management chief.
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    I would be leery of Steinberg. His loyalty is for sale to the highest bidder.

  103. wbboei 12:11

    Which means Steinberg would drop O at the first sign he can not be re-elected. SounHds like the only successful part of O administration is HRC.

    The economy, joblessness is the key here.

  104. Sounds like the only successful part of O administration is HRC.

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    Agreed!

  105. Chicago on the Potomac:

    WASHINGTON – An inspector general fired by President Barack Obama said Friday he acted “with the highest integrity” in investigating AmeriCorps and other government-funded national service programs.
    (snip)

    Obama’s move follows an investigation by Walpin finding misuse of federal grants by a nonprofit education group led by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who is an Obama supporter and former NBA basketball star. Johnson and a nonprofit education academy he founded ultimately agree to repay half of $847,000 in grants it had received from AmeriCorps.

    (snip)

    The inspector general found that Johnson, a former all-star point guard for the Phoenix Suns, had used AmeriCorps grants to pay volunteers to engage in school-board political activities, run personal errands for Johnson and even wash his car.

    /news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090612/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_national_service_inspector_general

  106. SHV, yeah he questioned Obama’s Good Ole Boy network and you can’t do that. Those basketball buddies can do NO wrong.

  107. I enjoyed the reactions to the article about Hillary being a good soldier for The Great Pretender. See what you think. (Note: I deleted two of them which reflected the lie that her success is attributable to him because he chose her like Lincoln would which is a mawkish lie, and there is not enough time in the day to refute the rubes who buy it. I particularly like the one by Fishy, and the report card, item last.)

    • I really wouldn’t be surprised if she did run again. It’s kind of doing it in a back-door way. Smart. I’m sure that this whole…”democrats and republicans together!” thing isn’t going to go away by the next election. This way she can show the people how popular she is with everyone on the hill, and with their support it means more votes for her. Though it would be interesting if she was facing off Palin.

    BY HAUNT_FOX on 06/15/2009 at 9:33am
    • Once again the power of hard work becomes evident – too bad we have a president who doesn’t understand what hard work is – all he wants to do is gives speeches and smile at people who applaud him – it is “American Idol” 24/7 in his world.

    BY SUETEXAS on 06/15/2009 at 10:05am
    • @ SueTexas- your comment is totally hilarious and your veiled reference to affirmative action is just goofy. I guarantee the pres works harder in one day than you will work in your entire lifetime.

    BY VFW22 on 06/15/2009 at 10:26am
    • Hillary rocks! That RFK comment was completely distorted by the Obama campaign and the press. The point she was making was that primaries have continued well into June in the past. It was repellent to suggest that she meant anything more sinister than that–and you repeat it again here. People have very preconceived notions about Hillary without studying her history. These caricatures were deliberately created to undercut her (and her husband’s) influence. Unfortunately, many on the Left have parroted the same right wing lies about her. If you research her work since law school, you will find a brilliant, incredibly hard-working public servant who has given almost 40 years of service to this country. She did great things right out of Yale for the Children’s Defense Fund, has worked tirelessly in AK & DC (and then NY) for human & civil rights, health care, education, and economic development. She brought Muhammad Yunus to AK 30 years ago–long before he won his Nobel Prize in Economics–to create microfinancing for poor rural people. She’s also as disciplined and strong as they come. I hope she does want to run again–I’ll be first in line to volunteer.

    BY FISHY550 on 06/15/2009 at 11:09am
    • What to make of all these “We Love Hillary” articles now all over the press and the “internets.” On the one hand, good to see her finally recognized for being a hard-working, experienced, and smart public servant. Other than her move slightly rightward (as 90% do when they age) this is who she’s always been. But I don’t like subtext of all the praise: you can’t be CEO, little girl, but become secretary for the chosen man and we’ll love you. I suspect it’s a case of buyer’s remorse as Hillary’s success proves she was right. Meanwhile, The One is disappointing, compromising principles, flip-flopping, and spending like a drunken sailor on furlough. Hillary warned us that the light would not come down and celestial choirs would not sing just because Obama reads well from a Teleprompter. Where’s the change, Obama? The people’s uncertainty about his leadership is a reflection of his own uncertainty: he’s in over his head, and it shows. Hillary 1, Media 0.

    BY BRANDOPOLO on 06/15/2009 at 12:39pm
    • Great article! As someone who was very disappointed in the Dems’ choice of Obama as their candidate and supported her candidacy with my money and my time, I sincerely hope that HRC will be the next POTUS. She has proven herself over and over that she is a brilliant strategist, powerful leader, and all-around amazing human being.

    BY MERRIM on 06/15/2009 at 12:41pm
    • She certainly has bigger balls than Barry.
    I wonder what it would be like with her as prez now….certainly harridan Pelosi and Senator Reid wouldn’t be pushing her around like they are Barry.

    BY HENRY22 on 06/15/2009 at 12:47pm
    • the idea that this writer is either too stupid or such an ass to put in that RFJ reference shows how ridiculous so many in the press really are. What a pig

    BY NYCVOTER1 on 06/15/2009 at 1:29pm
    • HILLARY CLINTON IS ACES. Not only does she show up, she works her butt off and she still has the energy of a 21 year old. Obama and Clinton have chemistry that is off the charts and it’s not fake smiles and photo ops with them, but genuine admiration and true partnership. They’ve always needed one another and their working relationship proves why. It’s a magic combination because they feed off one another’s unique brilliance and experience. They compliment each other in a way that simply just clicks – no other analysis needed!

    BY DAVACE25 on 06/15/2009 at 1:38pm
    • Hillary is a wonderful Person how so fortunate we are having her as Sec. Of State. She extremely intelligent. God Bless Madame Secretary. 18 million are still watching your back.

    BY PCFS on 06/15/2009 at 1:52pm
    • Hillary Clinton will remain a good little “Obama Soldier” until things start to unravel for the current administration, which may be sooner rather than later given the so-so results of Obama’s first six months in office. At that point the good little “Obama Soldier” at the State Department will turn into a fully armed rabid Revolutionista with the sole intent of seeing herself in the White House in 2012.

    BY GLMOYOZIM on 06/15/2009 at 2:08pm
    Obama —- Went to speak to arabs befoere elections about the quaran to stop them from voting extremist , now there is chaos in Iran its self wanting a change in leaders….still you think Obama is a fool, apologist only who is naive…

    Clinton ==”A-”
    Jones ==”B”
    Biden ==”B-”
    Robert Gates==”A-”
    Obama ==”C-”
    Dick Cheney==”C+”
    Bush Geoarge ==”C-”

    Ha? what kind of grading is it?
    Report
    BY GLMOYOZIM on 06/15/2009 at 2:08pm
    • Obama Chose Hillary for SOS
    (People wanted her for VP) — still you think Obama is not clever and you are…
    Obama chose Jones

    Obama choose an easy going VP with experience but I ‘will bet-talkie(He wanted to look good himself while Biden bites around) —still you praise those people he chose and —think he is a fool….

    Obama —- Went to speak to Arabs before elections about the Quaran so as to stop them from voting for extremist , now there is chaos in Iran its self moderate people wanting a change the leaders….still you think Obama is a fool, apologist only who is naive…
    Obama chose – Pres Bush SOD and you give that man an “A” grade and call Obama a fool…

    Clinton ==”A-”
    Jones ==”B”
    Biden ==”B-”
    Robert Gates==”A-”
    Obama ==”C-“

  108. If Obama earned a C minus for the first quarter, I think his grade will be headed south for the next quarter like maybe D leading eventually to F. But it is critical for some voices to emerge who can circumnavigate the propaganda stream emanating from big media.

  109. It does say something else though. How desperate I am to hear and read positive media representation for her.

    Pretty sad.

  110. A short seminar on how politicians and media work together to bamboozle the public into supporting would be leaders and policies that are contrary to the interests, all summed up in one short sentence: “You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war.” Also, the limited attention span of the public.
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    Taipan Daily: The Invisible Plague
    by Adam Lass, Senior Editor

    There is a myth in this biz that “if it bleeds, it leads.” The idea is that what truly makes mainstream media moguls happy is guts, gore and conflict. Drama sells, and sells well. Death, war and sex sell even better.

    It’s commonly held that when Frederick Remington cavilled to William Randolph Hearst that conditions in Cuba were not bad enough to warrant hostilities, Hearst told Remington to shut up and draw: “You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war.”

    The truth is, as always, somewhat more complex. Yes, a good tale of death and destruction will hold the public’s interest for a while. But it has to be something they can easily wrap their minds around. And it has to go somewhere if it’s going to have legs.

    Just because it’s boring…

    An example: For a week or so, the H1N1 Virus – AKA Swine Flu – was the talk of the town. Old folks in Asia and Europe were dying, elementary schools in N.Y.C. were closing, men in white isolation suits were rushing about doing things that looked important, and the international authorities were bandying about scary words like “Level 5 Epidemic.”

    All that hubbub got our attention but good – for a minute of two anyway.

    But then it turned out that all we were talking about was yet another iteration of the flu. No piles of corpses on wagons. No quarantine posters on front doors warning off visitors and salesmen. Heck, all some people got were bad chest colds.

    And those doctors: who can really understand all the gobbledygook about reservoirs, global transmission paths and such? “What kind of plague is this” people wondered? “Ah fergeddaboudit. I just wanna hear about ex-Chrysler dealers burning cars they can’t sell.”

    … Doesn’t mean it’s going away!

    Now just because a subject isn’t holding the public’s interest at the moment doesn’t mean that it isn’t important. In fact, while the public at large may be “over” Swine Flu right now, there is every indication that it will reclaim center stage come this winter.

    Just last week, the World Health Organization’s Director General, Margaret Chan announced that H1N1 had attained official “Pandemic Status,” warning that the virus was spreading quickly around the globe, with some 30,000 reported cases in 74 countries.

    View larger image here

    The authorities now tell us that this was simply H1N1’s initial wave, the first round of what might very well be a long, bruising fight. Now that it is entrenched worldwide, H1N1 is simply waiting for winter in the northern hemisphere to unload its real round house punch.

    And this will not be “a mere head cold.” Nor will it strike mostly the old, young, sick or poor. The WHO now reports 144 H1N1deaths, with most of those fatalities striking adults between the ages of 30 and 50 – the prime productive figures in most economies.

    Not the plague, but not a mere head cold either

    Now please understand that I am not, repeat NOT suggesting that this will be some kind of return of the Black Plague or such. You do not need to buy a ranch in Montana and secure it with barbed wire or anything that extreme.

    What I am saying is whether we like it or not, whether we ignore it now or not, Swine Flu IS coming, and it WILL have an impact.

    It’s that old “wisdom gap” again. Once again, we know everything we need to, but most folks are simply not paying but so much attention.

  111. Are you guys watching the twitters from Iran?? They say the tide of people is 5 mi. long and is marching to Khomeni’s house even as many as 7 have been killed.
    One twitters has said he is waiting for confirmation that Khomeni has been taken out of Tehran! Maybe they will overthrow the whole govt.

  112. confloyd,

    I can’t watch from work so thank you for the updates. Even one life taken is too much.

  113. Hillary is getting great overall marks….I am thrilled for her. Yes, I am disappointed on her stand on Israel, but I knew this would be the central conflict I would have as her acting as SOS and accept to agree to disagree. I think Hillary, if POTUS, would still have gone for the two state solution, but I certainly do not see her going to Cairo and making that ridiculous speech.

  114. I have been locked out all day and I’m in Big Pink withdrawal!

    I hope this post, sent from the laptop, gets through!

  115. WTF!!!!!!!

    ADMIN!!!!!! Why can’t I post from my pc?

    Anyway, confloyd, thanks for the twitter update.

    And wbboei, it’s good to read positive comments about HRC but that will never make up for what should have been. 😥

  116. Clinton swears in women’s issues ambassador

    Mon, 06/15/2009

    Back in early March, Secretary Clinton and President Obama jointly announced the creation of a new position: ambassador at large for global women’s issues. The move “reflects the elevated importance of global women’s issues to the president and his entire administration,” the White House said in a statement at the time.

    Well last Friday, Clinton swore in the first-ever U.S. ambassador at large for global women’s issues: Melanne Verveer. Verveer is a cofounder and former chief of Vital Voices Global Partnership, the organization that gave Clinton its Global Trailblazer award in late March. She also served as chief of staff to Clinton when she was first lady. (Both links show how interconnected everything in the Beltway is, for better or for worse).

    In her remarks at the swearing-in, Clinton said Verveer is famous for the more than 6,000 names in her Rolodex, which includes the names of the women leaders, entrepreneurs, and activists she has met in the more than 80 countries she has visited. Clinton also said:

    Melanne is most famous for the unwavering passion she brings to her causes. And for the last 15 years, that cause has been women and girls; their rights, their opportunities, their central importan[ce] to the future of our world’s progress and prosperity.

    It’s high time for the State Department to have such a position, given the second-class status of so many women worldwide.

    hillary.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2009/06/15/clinton_swears_in_womens_issues_ambassador

  117. confloyd,
    I’ve read there were hundreds of thousandsw of protestors in iran.

    Much as I despise the suppression of women in that country I admire those who fearlessly protested against Ahmadinejad. Can you imagine if that had happened when the DNC stole the nomination from HRC?
    And some of the pics in the link above show women bravely rushing to rescue people from the Iranian police.

    MUST SEE LINK!
    www dot boston dot com/bigpicture/2009/06/irans_disputed_election.html

  118. “per Iranian tweeters, BBC Persia claims it was one or two million. CBS says the crowd stretched for more than five miles.”

  119. And wbboei, it’s good to read positive comments about HRC but that will never make up for what should have been
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    Basil: I agree it cannot make up for what might have been. Let us hope that it is a harbinger of what could be.

    Somehow big media needs to be discredited and broken financially. Otherwise there is no hope for this country.

    A democracy can suffer soundrels, traitors and fools and survive. What it cannot deal with is gatekeepers who have so little respect for the American people that they treat them like laboratory rats to be manipulated though false dramas, spectacles and manipated stories qua images.

    The words of Hearst renonate through everything we are seeing today from NBC, MSNBC, NYT, WashPo, Politico, etc: “You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war.”

    They are the sworn enemy of democracy. They are the greatest impediment to another run. They are the rot from within.

  120. basil9, I just go to Yahoo and type in twitterfall and on the left side I click on Iranelection and it just rolls down. The comments are coming in so fast its hard to keep up. The news media is of coarse putting their spin on it, so its nice to see what those kids are saying is happening to them as it happens.
    Those kids that are fighting so bravely, I just hope they are really fighting for something tangible because this Mousavi isn’t much better than Ahmadinijad. They need to take out Khomeni, which I don’t know if they can since Hamas and Hezbellah are now involved and are killing the kids.
    Its amazing to hear them say “I am here hiding and I can hear them looking for me”. Terrifying!

  121. confloyd,

    Check this from the UK Telegraph.

    Obama’s deafening silence over the Iranian election is a disgrace. According to The New York Times, the president “did not even convene any high-level White House meetings or conference calls on Sunday”. That’s not the mark of a leader but a clear display of weakness. It’s a sad day when the greatest power in the world withholds criticism of a brutal, tyrannical and illegitimate regime for fear of upsetting its rulers.

    Wbboei, I agree.

  122. Much as I despise the suppression of women in that country I admire those who fearlessly protested against Ahmadinejad. Can you imagine if that had happened when the DNC stole the nomination from HRC?
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    We looked for the signal. Had she given it, an army would have appeared.

  123. Why didn’t she? I wonder how she feels about now with the world in chaos, NK on the verge of attacking SK, ISrael fighting for its survival and Iran on the brink of revolution.

    I wonder how McCain can live with himself knowing he didn’t fight to keep the POS out of the WH.

  124. wbboei, we would have. We should have. We would not be in this shape now. I bet if we have one more fraudulent election it will look like Iran does today!!

  125. According to the tweets Obama will make a statement and take questions today at 5 pm. Don’t know if its true or not.
    The Iranian govt. has now figured out twitter and they have infiltrated it.

  126. Obama’s deafening silence over the Iranian election is a disgrace. According to The New York Times, the president “did not even convene any high-level White House meetings or conference calls on Sunday”.
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    Basil: you have got to understand: golf can easily preoccupy your attention. To play well you must concentrate and avoid distraction. Hogan is the prototypical example. Bambi is merely emulating one of the masters. It took me fifty years of golf at all competitive levels to finally figure out that for me the cause if hopeless. With Bambis attention to detail I think it will take him much longer. In the meantime, please do not bother him with little things like massive protests in countries who threaten world peace. He is working on his handicap, and wants more than two strokes a side from Shakeel.

  127. To give you an example of how bad it can get, consider the time Hogan was in sudden death playoff and came to a 175 yard par 3 over the water to a postage size green with a strong crosswind to deal with. He hit a 6 iron which he banked against the wind with a fade and it landed softly 10 feet from the hole. The crowd applauded, he went over to his caddy and lit up a cigarette and refused to watch his partner hit. His partner did hit, the ball went in the hole, the crowd went wild and Hogan never looked up. When they got to the green he marked his ball and said to his opponent you are away. That is what I mean by concentration. He was oblivious, just like bambi, only Hogan was an excellent golfer not a slacker.

  128. Folks we use to light candles for Hillary Lets go light some for the people in Iran fighting for their freedom!

  129. Wbboei,

    D@mn but you always make me laugh!

    ROTFLMFAO!

    confloyd,
    I can’t quite bring myself to go that far.

  130. In the meantime, here’s something I missed during last week’s Albany side show.

    “Protesters who were part of an angry mob that included many ACORN activists nearly knocked New York state Sen. James Alesi, a Republican, down to the floor and also spat in the face of his chief of staff, according to reports.

    The protesters were reportedly upset that two Democratic senators had decided to caucus with Republicans — a move that, when finalized by the state Senate, would hand Republicans control of that body. Majority Democrats have shut down the chamber to prevent the transfer of power.”

  131. File this one under What MSM Is Not Telling Us. To refresh your recollecion, the author Chris Hedges was the mideast bureau chief for the New York Times, and a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. He is a credible member of the American Left who I find credible. His premise is that continuous war (Bush before and now Bambi) is causing a rapid reteat from the dollar as the world reserve currency. The stimulus plan cannot help either. Whether this evenuates in the nightmare scearion he forecasts however remains to be seen.
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    The American Empire Is Bankrupt
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    Posted on Jun 14, 2009

    Wikimedia Commons

    By Chris Hedges
    This week marks the end of the dollar’s reign as the world’s reserve currency. It marks the start of a terrible period of economic and political decline in the United States. And it signals the last gasp of the American imperium. That’s over. It is not coming back. And what is to come will be very, very painful.

    Barack Obama, and the criminal class on Wall Street, aided by a corporate media that continues to peddle fatuous gossip and trash talk as news while we endure the greatest economic crisis in our history, may have fooled us, but the rest of the world knows we are bankrupt. And these nations are damned if they are going to continue to prop up an inflated dollar and sustain the massive federal budget deficits, swollen to over $2 trillion, which fund America’s imperial expansion in Eurasia and our system of casino capitalism. They have us by the throat. They are about to squeeze.

    There are meetings being held Monday and Tuesday in Yekaterinburg, Russia, (formerly Sverdlovsk) among Chinese President Hu Jintao, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and other top officials of the six-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The United States, which asked to attend, was denied admittance. Watch what happens there carefully. The gathering is, in the words of economist Michael Hudson, “the most important meeting of the 21st century so far.”

    It is the first formal step by our major trading partners to replace the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. If they succeed, the dollar will dramatically plummet in value, the cost of imports, including oil, will skyrocket, interest rates will climb and jobs will hemorrhage at a rate that will make the last few months look like boom times. State and federal services will be reduced or shut down for lack of funds. The United States will begin to resemble the Weimar Republic or Zimbabwe. Obama, endowed by many with the qualities of a savior, will suddenly look pitiful, inept and weak. And the rage that has kindled a handful of shootings and hate crimes in the past few weeks will engulf vast segments of a disenfranchised and bewildered working and middle class.

    The people of this class will demand vengeance, radical change, order and moral renewal, which an array of proto-fascists, from the Christian right to the goons who disseminate hate talk on Fox News, will assure the country they will impose.

    I called Hudson, who has an article in Monday’s Financial Times called “The Yekaterinburg Turning Point: De-Dollarization and the Ending of America’s Financial-Military Hegemony.” “Yekaterinburg,” Hudson writes, “may become known not only as the death place of the czars but of the American empire as well.” His article is worth reading, along with John Lanchester’s disturbing exposé of the world’s banking system, titled “It’s Finished,” which appeared in the May 28 issue of the London Review of Books.

    “This means the end of the dollar,” Hudson told me. “It means China, Russia, India, Pakistan, Iran are forming an official financial and military area to get America out of Eurasia. The balance-of-payments deficit is mainly military in nature. Half of America’s discretionary spending is military. The deficit ends up in the hands of foreign banks, central banks. They don’t have any choice but to recycle the money to buy U.S. government debt. The Asian countries have been financing their own military encirclement. They have been forced to accept dollars that have no chance of being repaid. They are paying for America’s military aggression against them. They want to get rid of this.”

    China, as Hudson points out, has already struck bilateral trade deals with Brazil and Malaysia to denominate their trade in China’s yuan rather than the dollar, pound or euro. Russia promises to begin trading in the ruble and local currencies. The governor of China’s central bank has openly called for the abandonment of the dollar as reserve currency, suggesting in its place the use of the International Monetary Fund’s Special Drawing Rights.

    What the new system will be remains unclear, but the flight from the dollar has clearly begun. The goal, in the words of the Russian president, is to build a “multipolar world order” which will break the economic and, by extension, military domination by the United States.

    China is frantically spending its dollar reserves to buy factories and property around the globe so it can unload its U.S. currency. This is why Aluminum Corp. of China made so many major concessions in the failed attempt to salvage its $19.5 billion alliance with the Rio Tinto mining concern in Australia. It desperately needs to shed its dollars.
    “China is trying to get rid of all the dollars they can in a trash-for-resource deal,” Hudson said. “They will give the dollars to countries willing to sell off their resources since America refuses to sell any of its high-tech industries, even Unocal, to the yellow peril. It realizes these dollars are going to be worthless pretty quickly.”

    The architects of this new global exchange realize that if they break the dollar they also break America’s military domination. Our military spending cannot be sustained without this cycle of heavy borrowing. The official U.S. defense budget for fiscal year 2008 is $623 billion, before we add on things like nuclear research. The next closest national military budget is China’s, at $65 billion, according to the Central Intelligence Agency.

    There are three categories of the balance-of-payment deficits. America imports more than it exports. This is trade. Wall Street and American corporations buy up foreign companies. This is capital movement. The third and most important balance-of-payment deficit for the past 50 years has been Pentagon spending abroad. It is primarily military spending that has been responsible for the balance-of-payments deficit for the last five decades. Look at table five in the Balance of Payments Report, published in the Survey of Current Business quarterly, and check under military spending. There you can see the deficit.

    To fund our permanent war economy, we have been flooding the world with dollars. The foreign recipients turn the dollars over to their central banks for local currency. The central banks then have a problem. If a central bank does not spend the money in the United States then the exchange rate against the dollar will go up. This will penalize exporters.

    This has allowed America to print money without restraint to buy imports and foreign companies, fund our military expansion and ensure that foreign nations like China continue to buy our treasury bonds. This cycle appears now to be over. Once the dollar cannot flood central banks and no one buys our treasury bonds, our empire collapses. The profligate spending on the military, some $1 trillion when everything is counted, will be unsustainable.

    “We will have to finance our own military spending,” Hudson warned, “and the only way to do this will be to sharply cut back wage rates. The class war is back in business. Wall Street understands that. This is why it had Bush and Obama give it $10 trillion in a huge rip-off so it can have enough money to survive.”

    The desperate effort to borrow our way out of financial collapse has promoted a level of state intervention unseen since World War II. It has also led us into uncharted territory.

    “We have in effect had to declare war to get us out of the hole created by our economic system,” Lanchester wrote in the London Review of Books. “There is no model or precedent for this, and no way to argue that it’s all right really, because under such-and-such a model of capitalism … there is no such model. It isn’t supposed to work like this, and there is no road-map for what’s happened.”

    The cost of daily living, from buying food to getting medical care, will become difficult for all but a few as the dollar plunges. States and cities will see their pension funds drained and finally shut down. The government will be forced to sell off infrastructure, including roads and transport, to private corporations. We will be increasingly charged by privatized utilities—think Enron—for what was once regulated and subsidized. Commercial and private real estate will be worth less than half its current value.

    The negative equity that already plagues 25 percent of American homes will expand to include nearly all property owners. It will be difficult to borrow and impossible to sell real estate unless we accept massive losses. There will be block after block of empty stores and boarded-up houses. Foreclosures will be epidemic. There will be long lines at soup kitchens and many, many homeless.

    Our corporate-controlled media, already banal and trivial, will work overtime to anesthetize us with useless gossip, spectacles, sex, gratuitous violence, fear and tawdry junk politics. America will be composed of a large dispossessed underclass and a tiny empowered oligarchy that will run a ruthless and brutal system of neo-feudalism from secure compounds. Those who resist will be silenced, many by force. We will pay a terrible price, and we will pay this price soon, for the gross malfeasance of our power elite.

  132. OMG!

    That is a terrifying article, especially this short comment;
    “The United States, which asked to attend, was denied admittance.”

    That says it all, doesn’t it?

    I had been delaying another round of treatment for recurrence of a health problem. This article is enough to convince me I better do it now, while I can still get it.

  133. Also, what is the 6th country?

    The article lists Russia, China, India, Pakistan and iran.

    Whose #6?

  134. Foreign Policy Magazine

    Khamenei steps in

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    Top Story: Iran’s post-election turmoil may be winding down as the country’s main opposition group postponed a planned rally for today after supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for calm and promised an investigation of irregularities in last Friday’s election. Just after the initial announcement of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s victory, Khamenei had called it a “divine assessment.”

    Between 150 and 200 students were reportedly arrested last night in protests at Tehran University. Authorities have also reportedly blocked access to a number of online news services, and social networking sites. President Ahmadinejad has dismissed this weekend’s arrest as similar to “passions after a soccer match”.

    A number of international figures have expressed concern about events without explicitly condemning the Iranian regime’s actions. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said that “It sure looks like the way they’re suppressing speech, the way they’re suppressing crowds, the way in which people are being treated, that there’s some real doubt.”

    B Story: Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a speech at Bar Ilan University on Sunday in which he endorsed the concept of a demilitarized Palestinian state, but only under conditions unlikely to be accepted by Palestinian leaders. He promised that no new settlements would be constructed on the West Bank, though left the door open for “natural growth” of existing communities. He also reiterated Israeli demands for an undivided Jerusalem.

  135. OMG!

    I just heard a talk show host refer to Russert’s old tv show as:

    Meet the Depressed!

    hahahahahahah

  136. wbboei, Iran was not able to attend that meeting because of the unrest, but I certainly hope this is not true.
    The republicans started this mess and Obama(bushII) made it worse. I think they all know this is about to happen. I have been keeping my eyes open on what Russia and China have been saying about our dollar.
    Its bad, I just hope we all will be able to get thru the worst part.

  137. Well apparently bambi is “deeply upset” about the violence in Iran. I sure hope it didn’t hurt his golf score.

  138. here we go again…

    ABC, Obama Team Up for Prime-Time Special on Health Care

    Monday, June 15, 2009

    By JOYCE ENG
    TV GUIDE

    President Obama is back on prime time: ABC News will present an interview and a town-hall discussion with the president on health care issues next Wednesday. Obama will host the discussion at the White House with ABC’s Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer, who will moderate the discussion with the live audience and take viewer-submitted questions.

    The one-hour special will air June 24 at 10 pm/ET on a two-hour tape delay. After breaking for the news, the special will continue on Nightline at 11:35 pm/ET. Earlier that day, Sawyer will interview Obama on Good Morning America, while Gibson will anchor World News from the Blue Room of the White House in the evening.

    Obama most recently appeared in a two-part sit-down with NBC’s Brian Williams.

    seattlepi.com/tvguide/407236_tvgif15.html

  139. Seeking Answers on IG Firing, Sen. Grassley Asks About Possible Role of First Lady’s Office

    June 15, 2009

    In an email and fax sent late Friday, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, demanded that Alan D. Solomont, the chairman of the Corporation for National and Community Service, provide “any and all records, email, memoranda, documents, communications, or other information, whether in draft or final form” related to President Obama’s firing of CNCS Inspector General Gerald Walpin.

    Walpin had investigated Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s community service organization, St. HOPE Academy, which confessed to misusing AmeriCORPS grants. In April of this year, St. HOPE Academy agreed to pay a $423,836.50 settlement — $72,836.50 of which would be paid personally by Mayor Johnson.

    “For reasons that I do not yet understand, the OIG was excluded from this proceeding and the settlement lifting the suspension, was done in complete disregard of the OIG’s findings, as well as the previous determination of wrong doing identified in the Notice of Suspension,” Grassley wrote. “Perhaps the settlement agreement was reached without any input from the OIG, because less than half of what was misused by the Corporation grantees is being returned to the taxpayer and the OIG would not have agreed to this arrangement. In fact, an argument can be made that not even half of the misused funds is being returned, because the settlement does not require that payment in full be made. Rather the settlement places the grantees on a type of payment plan that will occur over a decade; to date less than 10% of the misused money has been recovered.”

    During the course of his investigation, Walpin clashed with the US Attorney’s office; eventually Acting US Attorney Lawrence Brown, complaining that Walpin acted “as the investigator, advocate, judge, jury and town crier” in his investigation, wrote to the chair of the Integrity Committee for the Counsel of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency “to express my Office’s concerns about the conduct” of Walpin.

    In his Friday email and fax, Grassley told Solomont, who backed Walpin’s termination, that he wanted to see all materials related to Walpin’s performance as Inspector General, his removal, any contacts CNCS had with the United States Attorney’s Office, St. HOPE Academy, Mayor Johnson, the White House, or the First Lady’s office.

    This appears to be related to a report in Youth Today, an independent, nationally distributed newspaper for professionals in the youth service field, which reported that “Some decisions about CNCS are being made by First Lady Michelle Obama, according to service advocates (who asked not to be named). Last week, Mrs. Obama announced that her chief of staff, Jackie Norris, would move to CNCS as a senior adviser. Officials said yesterday that Norris is scheduled to arrive on June 22.”

    The White House has not yet reacted to this letter; we will add their response when they do so.

    blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/06/seeking-answers-on-ig-firing-sen-grassley-asks-about-possible-role-of-first-ladys-office.html

  140. That is a terrifying article, especially this short comment;
    “The United States, which asked to attend, was denied admittance.”
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    Basil: the guy who sent me the article highlighted this comment as well. Perhaps it is a question of what this group comes back to us with. If there was ever a time to have a loyal American as President, rather than a puppet of global banking interests who is indifferent to the fate of our country surely this is it.

  141. wbboei Says:
    June 15th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    File this one under What MSM Is Not Telling Us.
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    wbb- the article you posted should be read far and wide. BO is using Health Care as a distraction to the Public while our economy is about to be irreparably bankrupted by China’s galvanizing an anti-American union with Russia, India, Pakistan and Iran hellbent on breaking the dollar into worthless paper.

    China IS the “Pale Horse”.

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