More Enormous Unprecedented Corruption

As we warned, the Obama Chicago Crimelords have moved to Washington and they seek to block any and all investigations and any and all transparency.

The corruption and hiding originates in the Oval Office.

The Obama administration is fighting to block access to names of visitors to the White House, taking up the Bush administration argument that a president doesn’t have to reveal who comes calling to influence policy decisions.

Despite President Barack Obama’s pledge to introduce a new era of transparency to Washington, and despite two rulings by a federal judge that the records are public, the Secret Service has denied msnbc.com’s request for the names of all White House visitors from Jan. 20 to the present. It also denied a narrower request by the nonpartisan watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which sought logs of visits by executives of coal companies.[snip]

“We are deeply disappointed,” said CREW attorney Anne L. Weismann, “that the Obama administration is following the same anti-transparency policy as the Bush administration when it comes to White House visitor records. Refusing to let the public know who visits the White House is not the action of a pro-transparency, pro-accountability administration.”

Obama is the Third Bush Term, this time with Chicago Crimelords, not Texas, in charge of the enormous unprecedented corruption. The Obama legal arguments have twice been rejected in federal court by a Republican judge when George W. Bush made them.

Remember the Obama flowery words on transparency? Well, there was a catch:

As a senator, Barack Obama denounced the Bush administration for holding “secret energy meetings” with oil executives at the White House. But last week public-interest groups were dismayed when his own administration rejected a Freedom of Information Act request for Secret Service logs showing the identities of coal executives who had visited the White House to discuss Obama’s “clean coal” policies. [snip]

The hard line appears to be no accident. After Obama’s much-publicized Jan. 21 “transparency” memo, administration lawyers crafted a key directive implementing the new policy that contained a major loophole, according to FOIA experts. The directive, signed by Attorney General Eric Holder, instructed federal agencies to adopt a “presumption” of disclosure for FOIA requests. This reversal of Bush policy was intended to restore a standard set by President Clinton’s attorney general, Janet Reno. But in a little-noticed passage, the Holder memo also said the new standard applies “if practicable” for cases involving “pending litigation.” Dan Metcalfe, the former longtime chief of FOIA policy at Justice, says the passage and other “lawyerly hedges” means the Holder memo is now “astonishingly weaker” than the Reno policy.

No transparency (while emitting flowery words about the value of transparency) is the first step. The other need of flim-flam men is to block investigations. And investigations are blocked:

The Obama administration’s disputes with government watchdogs do not end with fired Inspector General Gerald Walpin. Behind the scenes, the Treasury Department is embroiled in a disagreement with Neil Barofsky, the watchdog for the $700 billion government bailout Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP. [snip]

As part of his duties performing audits and keeping tracking TARP dollars, Barofsky asked the Treasury Department for some documents about a financial institution receiving tens of billions in taxpayer bailout dollars. The Treasury Department refused to hand them over, “on a specious claim of attorney-client privilege,” Grassley wrote. “It is my further understanding that this disagreement then escalated into broader questions about whether SIGTARP is subject to your direct supervision and direction, which may have been referred outside Treasury for an independent legal opinion.”

The ability of Inspectors General to secure agency records subject to audit or investigation is essential to ensure the integrity and reliability of their work on behalf of Congress and the American People,” Grassley wrote. “The Inspectors General were created by Congress as a means to combat waste, fraud, and abuse and to be independent watchdogs ensuring that federal agencies are held accountable for their actions.”

Nobody messes with Joe” Biden because Joe Biden will not mess with anyone. Joe Biden will accept, with a guffaw, that “Some people are being scammed already”. No kidding – they’re called Obama supporters who believed Obama.

Joe Biden won’t mess with scammers of billions of taxpayer dollars. The Special Inspector General For TARP will be blocked from messing with scammers by Obama and his Chicago Crimelords.

In a memo dated April 7, Barofsky – referring to his office under the name SIGTARP, Special Inspector General for TARP — clearly felt compelled to defend the independence of his office.

“SIGTARP believes that the Emergency Economic Stability Act of 2008…provides that SIGTARP is an independent entity within Treasury, that SIGTARP is not subject to the Secretary’s supervision, and that attorney-client privilege is not a bar to SIGTARP’s access to Treasury’s records or information,” Barofsky wrote to Geithner at the time.

In a statement, Grassley said, ”The grassroots is furious about the way TARP dollars have been used and what looks like a lack of accountability for this massive infusion of tax dollars. It’s added injury to hear about the Treasury Department putting up hurdles to slow down the work of the watchdog who’s supposed to track the money. One of the biggest lessons of the last year is that the public deserves more transparency and, in turn, accountability from New York and Washington.”

Iranians who think they have a government that steals elections and a corrupt political system and thieves and scoundrels running their government have nothing on Chicago Crimelords and Thugs currently in charge in the United States.

John Kass knows the Obama Chicago Crimelords playbook:

It’s amusing to watch the Washington political establishment feign shock, now that President Barack Obama’s reform administration has used a clay foot to vigorously kick one inspector general and boot another out the door.

One inspector general foolishly investigated a friend of the president. Another inspector general audited those juicy bonuses given to AIG executives as part of $700 billion federal bailout of the financial industry.[snip]

Barofsky now claims that his autonomy will be compromised if the Obama Justice Department rules that he is merely a functionary of the Department of Treasury.

“An adverse ruling … could potentially have a serious impact on the independence of our agency and our ability to carry out our mandate,” Barofsky wrote in a letter to ranking senators on Friday.

Just two weeks ago, inspector general Gerald Walpin, who watches over volunteer community programs, was fired. He investigated Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, an Obama pal and former NBA star. Walpin alleged Johnson misused $850,000 in federal youth grants.

The use of political muscle may be prohibited in the mythic transcendental fairyland where much of the Obama spin originates, sprouting green and lush, like the never-ending fields of primo Hopium.

The Obama Chicago Crimelords playbooK: Block transparency; Block investigations; Bolster other Crimelords.

But our president is from Chicago. Obama’s Media Merlin David Axelrod and chief of staff Rahm Emanuel come right from Chicago Democratic machine boss Mayor Richard Daley. They don’t believe in fairies.

Daley can’t wait to be rid of his own inspector general, David Hoffman, who had the audacity to question why Daley’s nephew received $68 million in city pension funds to invest. The mayor insists he didn’t know anything about it. Nobody with a functioning brain believes the mayor.

The second that Hoffman’s term expires, the mayor will change the locks on his office doors and move Hoffman’s house plants out into the cold. Daley might even send some of the same political tough guys who helped elect Emanuel to Congress years ago, all in the name of reform.

It’s the Chicago Way. Now, formally, it’s also the Chicago on the Potomac Way
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Meanwhile veteran crime-fighters are smeared:

I am now the target of the most powerful man in this country with an army of aides whose major responsibility seems to be to attack me and get rid of me,” Walpin was quoted as saying.

In a letter to Congress explaining Walpin’s firing, the Obama White House complained that Walpin failed to disclose exculpatory evidence that would have helped the mayor of Sacramento, and exhibited “other troubling and inappropriate conduct.”

The letter, by White House counsel Norman Eisen, also left the impression that Walpin, 77, was a doddering old man just shy of dementia, describing him as “confused” and “disoriented” and all but incapacitated. I don’t know whether that’s true. But I do know this:

Walpin alleged that Obama’s ally, supporter and fundraiser, Sacramento Mayor Johnson, played games with the $850,000 in federal money targeted for the AmeriCorps student volunteer program. Johnson allegedly paid “volunteers” to work on Democratic political campaigns, run his personal errands and even wash his car.

In an April deal with prosecutors in the Obama Justice Department, Johnson was not charged with a crime. But his St. HOPE Academy charity agreed to pay back half of the $850,000, including $72,000 from Johnson himself.

Obama’s Chicago Crimelords slimed Prosecutor Walpin in the same way they smeared John McCain – as a confused old man. But Walpin appears to have his wits. If Walpin was ever confused at a meeting, so has Obama been confused and inarticulate – repeatedly. More importantly, any “confusion” at a single meeting does not warrant firing.

“Gerald Walpin led an aggressive investigation of a political ally of President Obama that successfully recovered taxpayer dollars,” Issa’s statement read. “IGs aren’t supposed to have warm fuzzy relationships with the people they’re charged with overseeing. Gerald Walpin has struck our investigators as fully competent and able to answer all questions posed to him. We see nothing that supports the Administration’s ‘crazy old man’ theory.”



John Kass asks simple questions to his simple-minded fellow “journalists”:

During the presidential campaign, the message expertly spun by Daley’s mouthpiece, Axelrod, was that Obama would bring hope and change and transform the cynical politics of the past.

The Washington Beltway media pack, exhausted after the cynicism of the Bush years, was eager for change. Many fired up their Hopium pipes and waited, glassy eyed, for the rapture, all but chanting “Yes We Can.” Now they’re coming down hard.

So here’s my question:

What’s the big surprise? What strange, exotic land do they think Obama comes from?

Do they think Obama learned his politics in Narnia, while cavorting with gentle forest creatures, some of which have hooves and serve tea and cakes to journalists and well-mannered English schoolgirls on snowy winter afternoons?

Did Obama learn politics in Camelot, the magical kingdom where federal czars sit at a great round table, all for the good of the simple peasants? Or did he learn politics along that famous highway, you know, the one that’s always paved with good intentions?

No. Obama learned his politics in Chicago.

And now all of Washington can learn it, too.

In December 2008 we called for a Special Prosecutor to investigate Barack Obama We asked for the special prosecutor in order to stop the “Obama Chicago Culture of Corruption” from moving to Washington, D.C.

Too late, the Obama Chicago Crimelords are in charge. We need a series of Special Prosecutors to root them out.

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  1. “The Obama administration is fighting to block access to names of visitors to the White House, taking up the Bush administration argument that a president doesn’t have to reveal who comes calling to influence policy decisions.”
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    Inquiring Minds Want to Know!!

    Not just who’s “visiting”, but who’s writing the legistlation…

  2. Politico catches up to us:

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0609/24025.html

    Eroding confidence in President Barack Obama’s handling of the economy and ability to control on spending have caused his approval ratings to wilt to their lowest levels since taking office, according to a spate of recent polls, a sign of political weakness that comes just as he most needs leverage on Capitol Hill.

    The good news for Obama is that his approval ratings—57 percent in a Gallup tracking poll over the weekend—remain comfortably high by historical standards for presidents.

    But the trend lines among a variety of polls over the past several days are unmistakable: Independents and even some Republicans who once viewed him sympathetically are becoming skeptical, and many people of all stripes are anxious about economic and fiscal trends.

    Obama’s approval rating has dipped below 60 percent on other occasions according to Gallup, but while those slumps lasted only a day, this one appears to be more persistent.

    So is the intensity of partisan reaction to Obama, who ran on the promise of softening ideological divisions and unifying Americans. On Sunday, a Rasmussen Reports tracking poll found that 32 percent of Americans strongly approved of the president while 32 percent strongly disapproved.

  3. kansascity.com/340/story/1265286.html

    McCaskill right to question Obama on inspector general
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    U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill deserves praise for holding President Barack Obama’s feet to the fire over the dismissal of Inspector General Gerald Walpin.

    The Missouri Democrat has been one of the president’s biggest supporters, and she acknowledged she felt “awkward” criticizing him. But the former Jackson County prosecutor and Missouri auditor noted that the way Obama at first went about the dismissal was improper and had to be called out.

    McCaskill last year sponsored a bill protecting inspectors general from partisan firings. No longer can presidents simply note they have “lost confidence” in a watchdog. The new law requires the chief executive to note the actual reason for a firing and to allow Congress 30 days to investigate the claims.

    “This reform isn’t about Obama; it’s about keeping future auditors independent and free to prepare critical reports without political pressure,” McCaskill said.

    In the Walpin case, Obama initially only noted he’d “lost confidence.” After McCaskill made her concerns known, the president issued a more detailed explanation.

    In the case of the Walpin firing, which has provoked outrage among some conservatives, McCaskill noted that questions about the inspector’s work were first raised during the Bush administration.

    The public’s interest in independent auditors must be protected. It’s a good role for McCaskill to assume.

  4. If you sleep with thieves, you become one. Community Organizer my foot. Let us call it what it was, a breeding ground for taking the Democracy away from the American people, who believed every word a proven crook told them, because the media told them to.

  5. It will be interesting to see what petty punishment bambi doles out to McCaskill for daring to second guess his god-like authority.

  6. U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill deserves praise for holding President Barack Obama’s feet to the fire over the dismissal of Inspector General Gerald Walpin.
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    Once you realize whoyou are dealing with here, namely a gross politician who spits into the earphone before she hands it to Romney you realize that this is a faux conflict which they undoutedly discussed and agreed to before hand. For the newspaper to be this naiive is surpising really. It calls to mind the faux debates Obama would have with Soros at Jewish fundraisers where gorgeous george would attack AIRPAC and little bambi would defend it valiantly as the money poured in. Trust me, there is nothing legitimate about McCaskill, including this.

  7. Admin: I hope Bob Woodward has the opportunity to review your blogs and pursue all these avenues of inquiry. They would prove illuminating and highly productive. Kass is a good journalist.

  8. I am not a fan of McCaskill, but I find it hard to believe that bambi would deliberately allow himself to be dressed down.

  9. Today’s Washington Times editorial:

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jun/22/walpin-gate-opens-wider/

    President Obama’s excuses for firing AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin look weaker every day. The FBI has opened an investigation into a Sacramento program formerly run by a close ally of President Obama’s, giving credence to the IG’s work.

    The president fired Mr. Walpin June 11 after Mr. Walpin filed two reports critical of Obama friends. The highest-profile of the two reports focused on misuse of funds at Sacramento’s St. Hope Academy, then run by former NBA star Kevin Johnson before Mr. Johnson was elected Sacramento’s mayor in November. Mr. Johnson was a frequent stump speaker for Mr. Obama during last year’s campaign and has claimed in TV interviews to be particularly good friends with first lady Michelle Obama.

    The inspector general detailed numerous irregularities in St. Hope’s use of AmeriCorps funds, including AmeriCorps grantees being used to wash Mr. Johnson’s car. Mr. Walpin complained vociferously, though, that acting U.S. Attorney Lawrence G. Brown had negotiated far too lenient a settlement of the charges against Mayor Johnson and St. Hope.

    In turn, the U.S. attorney filed a complaint against Mr. Walpin, charging him with unethical behavior throughout the investigation. The White House fired Mr. Walpin long before the relevant committee would have finished its assessment of the U.S. attorney’s complaint.

    As The Washington Times reported in a previous editorial, U.S. Attorney Brown’s complaint included at least two major, easily discernible errors of fact. Many other complaints against Mr. Walpin, both by Mr. Brown and by other AmeriCorps officials, were strangely petty in nature.

    Now here is where the story gets really interesting. On the very same day that the president fired Mr. Walpin, St. Hope’s executive director, Rick Maya, left his job at St. Hope. He did not go quietly. His resignation letter charged Mr. Johnson and several St. Hope board members with numerous ethical violations. Most explosively, he charged that a board member improperly deleted e-mails of Mr. Johnson’s that already were under a federal subpoena.

    Suddenly, the problems at St. Hope begin to look as severe as Mr. Walpin had charged rather than being minor infractions.

    On Wednesday, the Sacramento Bee reported that Mr. Maya’s allegations have been deemed serious enough that the FBI is investigating potential obstruction of justice at St. Hope. In that light, the firing of Mr. Walpin, who properly blew the whistle on mismanagement and possible corruption, looks ill-considered.

    Early last week, Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, and Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, publicly questioned the White House handling of the firing, as did Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican. On Thursday, Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, and Sen. Michael B. Enzi, Wyoming Republican, sent a strongly worded letter to the White House indicating serious reservations about whether the administration had abided by the laws governing inspectors general.

    It also was learned last week that the White House is involved in major disputes with two other inspectors general who were poking around the administration’s business, including Neil M. Barofsky, whose job is to serve as watchdog for spending the $787 billion in controversial economic bailout funds.

    All of this suggests that the purported White House mistreatment of independent inspectors general is a scandal that might have real legs. As well it should.

  10. Wbboei, not to be too boastful, but check out this article from Big Media McClatchy news service (short version: Obama is the Third Bush Term):

    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/homepage/story/70383.html

    President Barack Obama is morphing into George W. Bush, as administration attorneys repeatedly adopt the executive-authority and national-security rationales that their Republican predecessors preferred.

    In courtroom battles and freedom-of-information fights from Washington, D.C., to California, Obama’s legal arguments repeatedly mirror Bush’s: White House turf is to be protected, secrets must be retained and dire warnings are wielded as weapons.

    “It’s putting up a veritable wall around the White House, and it’s so at odds with Obama’s campaign commitment to more open government,” said Anne Weismann, chief counsel for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a legal watchdog group.

  11. Whistleblowing is not allowed under obama’s watch. All roads of corruption lead directly to him and his wife.

  12. “What’s the big surprise? What strange, exotic land do they think Obama comes from?”

    That is an excellent quote and I was almost always impressed with Kass during the primary. People (emphasis on the press) were so silly, they really seemed to feel that somehow Sir Barksalot was the untainted, virginal statesman who flew in from some land of promise and enlightenment. Well, it wasn’t the land of enchantment, as the license plates say in New Mexico, it was the land of graft and slaughterhouses- Chicago. I always thought that if we were the ones we were waiting for, what need did we have for him (or should that be Him?)

  13. STATE DEPT. ON IRAN, HRC’S ELBOW

    June 22, 2009
    From NBC’s Libby Leist

    Filling in for injured Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a press conference with Georgia’s foreign minister, Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg reiterated today that the Obama administration believes “all voices should be heard” in Iran and “people should be allowed to express their opinions” about the election outcome. Steinberg dismissed Republican criticism that the administration is pulling its punches in its support for Iran’s protestors.

    He said this is not a partisan issue, and there are people on both sides of the aisle that agree with President Obama about ensuring this election is about Iran and not the United States.

    Also today, Steinberg confirmed that Secretary Clinton will not travel to Trieste, Italy later this week for a meeting with G8 foreign ministers, to be focused on Afghanistan and Pakistan. Instead, the No. 3 official in the State Department, William Burns, will attend in Clinton’s place, along with special envoys Richard Holbrooke and George Mitchell.

    This G8 meeting at one time was thought to be a chance for Secretary Clinton to encounter Iranian government officials. Italy had invited Iran to participate in the Afghanistan talks. But now, with political unrest in Iran and Clinton’s injury, a U.S.-Iran encounter appears unlikely.

    Clinton has also canceled a weekend visit to Corfu, Greece. Steinberg will represent her in talks there, he said.

    So, how is the patient? “The Secretary is doing better. She successfully came through her surgery. She was able to come by and visit with us in the Department this morning. She was very warmly welcomed in all her meetings, but she does have a road to travel in terms of her recovery and rehabilitation,” Steinberg said.

    firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/06/22/1973464.aspx

  14. Wbboei, not to be too boastful, but check out this article from Big Media McClatchy news service (short version: Obama is the Third Bush Term):
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    Admin. Congratulations. There is no doubt that your columns are read by journalists who have integrity and seek to discover the truth about Obama, rather than simply parroting the narrative of their editors ad infinitum, ad nauseum. The only thing missing in the passage you cite is the atribution, and I think that is probably less important to you than presenting the truth of the matter so we do not lose our democracy. Under Mr. Obama that is what is ultimately at stake.

  15. Admin, they’re PLAGARIZING you!

    On another note, I have had some experience with Americorp staff as there were many ‘working’ at the slum school I taught in.

    The staff to whom the americorps kids were assigned used them for fetching their lunch, moving their furniture, fixing their computers, and even doing their administrative paperwork.

    Guess who the americiorp kids were assigned to? Let’s just say they were women like MO with a penchant for luxury, an air of entitlement and an urge to ‘scam’ the system and take it for everything they could.

  16. I am not a fan of McCaskill, but I find it hard to believe that bambi would deliberately allow himself to be dressed down.
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    Jan-her loyalty to him is absolute. In fact, the preception is that she is little more than a puppet. This little stunt is designed to dispel that notion. He after all has such broad shoulders and such a commanding lead in all the polls that he can take a hit to to improve the credibility of one of his earliest and most passionate supporters. I have received evidence which convinces me that she is one of the most underhanded people in Congress. That is why I never give her the benefit of the doubt.

  17. I am not a fan of McCaskill, but I find it hard to believe that bambi would deliberately allow himself to be dressed down.
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    Jan-her loyalty to him is absolute. In fact, the preception is that she is little more than a puppet. This little stunt is designed to dispel that notion. He after all has such broad shoulders and such a commanding lead in all the polls that he can take a hit to to improve the credibility of one of his earliest and most passionate supporters. I have received evidence which convinces me that she is one of the most underhanded people in Congress. That is why I never give her the benefit of the doubt.

  18. “I have received evidence which convinces me that she is one of the most underhanded people in Congress. That is why I never give her the benefit of the doubt.”

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    I stand corrected. I Am very sad every time I think that maybe someone in his cult is moving away and standing tall that I have been duped. lol…I should know better.

  19. He is having yet , another press conference tomorrow. When in trouble, he turns to MSM and ther campaign mode.

  20. Have read in many places that he doesn’t have to votes he needs for his health plan and is going to the public with his fight.

    Can’t imagine why!!!!

  21. There is also this:

    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/galloway/story/70384.html

    What a difference a year can make. A year ago Barack Obama was on the campaign trail, promising an American electorate disheartened and disgusted by eight years of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney that he was going to change everything if he was elected President.

    He would be the new broom, sweeping out the dirt, collecting the trash, and fixing everything that was broken and tarnished and perverted in our government, in our nation’s capital, in our White House.

    He swept into office on a high tide of good will and anticipation. He was going to fix Wall Street. He was going to end the war in Iraq. He was going to bring a new era of transparency to government. He was going to stimulate a faltering economy and give new hope to a shrinking, frightened middle class. He was going to close the prison at Guantanamo and end the torture policies of his predecessors. There was even a hope that we would investigate how we went wrong and who ordered it.

    He came to town on a white horse, riding a staggering wave of popular approval in the polls, a golden leader in a golden moment with a golden opportunity, and then he did what? Nothing much. Nothing different.

    Oh, he can still talk the talk and he does that incessantly. But he seemingly can’t walk the walk. He may still sound like a revolutionary but more and more he looks and acts like George W. Bush, albeit a George W. Bush who can speak a complete sentence in the English language.

    and this, which we also wrote about just before it happened and while Dimocrats were singin praises and Big Media was shouting “Huzzah”:

    He needed to get moving on stimulating a floundering economy. And he screwed that up, too, reaching out to the very pirates who had looted their stockholders, their own companies, their own country to find someone to appoint as Treasury Secretary, thus reassuring Wall Street that he wasn’t going to turn over any apple carts.

    and this:

    His promises of transparency in government weren’t worth a pitcher of warm spit. He sent the new, cleaner Justice Department lawyers into court to use the same limp arguments of national security to ask judges to back off on doing their jobs.

    And bit-by-bit the possibility of change disappeared; bit-by-bit the hope of a renewed and reinvigorated American democracy and way of government faded away. Those who had held a dream in their hand closed their hand and crushed it.

  22. Have read in many places that he doesn’t have to votes he needs for his health plan and is going to the public with his fight.

    Can’t imagine why!!!!
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    I can’t either. Hell, all we are talking about is a 2 trillion dollar boondoggle which leaves 35 million uninsured. Whats wrong with that? His big pitch is it will cut precription drug costs for seniors. Fine. But is this the most efficent way to do that?

  23. I think this was a foolish gamble for him to undertake at this time. These telebambi speeches are getting old. And when they no longer move the needle for him because the narcotic he is pushing on the public is too toxic, well that will be a come to jesus moment for him. He has a messiahic belief that he can convince people that chicken shit is chicken salad and it taint necessarily so. When he fails to move the needle his self concept will be dealt a serious, perhaps mortal blow.

  24. June 22, 2009

    White House Changes the Terms of a Campaign Pledge About Posting Bills Online

    By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE

    During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised that once a bill was passed by Congress, the White House would post it online for five days before he signed it. “When there’s a bill that ends up on my desk as president, you the public will have five days to look online and find out what’s in it before I sign it, so that you know what your government’s doing,” Mr. Obama said as a candidate, telling voters he would make government more transparent and accountable.

    When he took office in January, his team added that in posting nonemergency bills, it would “allow the public to review and comment” before Mr. Obama signed them.

    Five months into his administration, Mr. Obama has signed two dozen bills, but he has almost never waited five days. On the recent credit card legislation, which included a controversial measure to allow guns in national parks, he waited just two.

    Various watchdog groups have slapped Mr. Obama’s wrist for repeatedly failing to live up to the pledge. Politifact.com, the fact-checking arm of The St. Petersburg Times, has branded it a “promise broken.”At the same time, many have questioned the value of the promise, saying it was too late in the process for anything to change in a bill.
    “There isn’t anybody in this town who doesn’t know that commenting after a bill has been passed is meaningless,” said Ellen S. Miller, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan group dedicated to making government more transparent.

    Now, in a tacit acknowledgment that the campaign pledge was easier to make than to fulfill, the White House is changing its terms. Instead of starting the five-day clock when Congress passes a bill, administration officials say they intend to start it earlier and post the bills sooner. “In order to continue providing the American people more transparency in government, once it is clear that a bill will be coming to the president’s desk, the White House will post the bill online,” said Nick Shapiro, a White House spokesman. “This will give the American people a greater ability to review the bill, often many more than five days before the president signs it into law.” Mr. Shapiro said the move would provide more transparency because the White House site drew so much traffic. It also stretches out the time in which a bill will be posted, making it easier for Mr. Obama to abide by the pledge.

    Currently, after a bill passes Congress, the White House posts it by linking to the site of the Library of Congress. From now on, the White House plans to link to the site earlier, though Mr. Shapiro did not specify when. The move marks a departure in the White House position on the pledge. Since January, when Mr. Obama broke the pledge with the first bill he signed, the administration has said it would implement it “in full soon.”

    The Obama team has also said that it found unexpected technical hurdles in translating its campaign goals to governing. This is especially true regarding the posting of online comments. Ms. Miller of the Sunlight Foundation said that while the pledge was well intentioned, it was “meaningless” because it would not change anything and it had no mechanism for public comments or initiating a national conversation. More useful, she said, would be for Congress to post bills earlier in the process, when language can still be changed. (Representative Brian N. Baird, Democrat of Washington, introduced a bill last week that says the House must post bills 72 hours before debate begins; a similar measure has not been introduced in the Senate.)

    Jim Harper, director of information policy studies at the Cato Institute, a libertarian-leaning research organization, has tracked Mr. Obama’s bill-signing history. He said posting bills before final passage could be problematic because of last-minute changes. One glaring example came in February, when it was discovered that the 1,071-page federal stimulus bill allowed millions of dollars in bonuses for American International Group executives.

    If members of Congress know that final language will be “sitting out there” for five days, Mr. Harper said, they might be less likely to try to slip in questionable items. And if Mr. Obama keeps his pledge to wait five days, Mr. Harper said, he might set an example for Congress.

    nytimes.com/2009/06/22/us/politics/22pledge.html?_r=1&ref=us&pagewanted=print

  25. I despise Macaskil as she totally pimped herself for Obama at Hillary’s expense…a despicable woman imo..

  26. wbboei,

    I doubt that will happen. He’s too sociopathic to let reality interfere with his grandiose vision of himself.

    ‘When he fails to move the needle his self concept will be dealt a serious, perhaps mortal blow.’

  27. I can’t either. Hell, all we are talking about is a 2 trillion dollar boondoggle which leaves 35 million uninsured
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    Of the $ two trillion, the Insurance companies will suck off at least 35% off the top for “over head”, administrative costs (six-seven figure salaries) and profits. In 2008, the California Blues, after sucking their profits away from patient care, sent close to a $ billion out of California to the home office in Omaha Neb. The Obama Insurance company welfare plan will make the Bank bailout look like a nickle and dime scam. As far as the insurance companies are concerned, it’s the equivalent to running Social Security dollars through private investment companies. Obama did the same sort of scam as a State Sen. He pushed legislation to mandate that Teacher pension fund money be given to minority fronted “investment” firms, to pay off his campaign bribes.

  28. Obama did the same sort of scam as a State Sen. He pushed legislation to mandate that Teacher pension fund money be given to minority fronted “investment” firms, to pay off his campaign bribes.

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    And lets get the FBI investigating this as well. A double whammy against the idiot would make my day.

  29. Further confirmation about Hillary…

    Clinton to skip G8, OSCE meetings in Europe

    Reuters
    Monday, June 22, 2009 5:14 PM

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will not attend international meetings in Italy and Greece this week because of an injury to her arm, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.

    The top U.S. diplomat had surgery on Friday to repair her right elbow, which she broke on Wednesday when she tripped and fell in the State Department’s basement.

    Clinton was to travel to Trieste, Italy for a Group of Eight foreign ministers meeting and to the Greek island of Corfu, where she was to take part in an Organization for Security and Cooperation gathering and meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a NATO-Russia meeting.

    Clinton decided to skip the meetings on the advice of her doctor, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters, adding that she had come to the department on Monday and was “on top of her game” despite wearing a cast and sling.

    “The secretary is doing better. She successfully came through her surgery. She was able to come by and visit with us in the department this morning … but she does have a road to travel in terms of her recovery and rehabilitation,” U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg said at a news conference with Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze.

    Undersecretary of State William Burns will represent the United States at the G8 discussions in Trieste.

    U.S. special representative Richard Holbrooke will also be in Trieste to take part in talks on Afghanistan and Pakistan, where the Obama administration is trying to defeat al Qaeda and Taliban insurgencies.

    U.S. special envoy George Mitchell, who helped end the Northern Ireland conflict, will also be in Trieste for talks on Israeli-Palestinian peace, including a planned meeting of the Middle East peace mediators that groups the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States.

    Steinberg will take Clinton’s place in Corfu for the OSCE gathering and for the NATO-Russia ministerial meeting, the first to be held since last year’s war in Georgia.

    Russia pulled out of a ministerial meeting with NATO planned for May because of the alliance’s expulsion of two of Moscow’s diplomats in a spy scandal. NATO has previously said such meetings are hard to arrange given Clinton and Lavrov’s packed schedules.

    Asked about the Corfu NATO-Russia ministerial, NATO spokesman James Appathurai said: “We continue to plan for the meeting to … be held as scheduled.”

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/22/AR2009062201426_pf.html

  30. Admin:

    “The Obama administration is fighting to block access to names of visitors to the White House, taking up the Bush administration argument that a president doesn’t have to reveal who comes calling to influence policy decisions.”

    Just a few Arab oil deals is all-

    The WH seems to be infected with the “ATL” Virus. (Above the Law) Since Clinton, everyone who sits in the Oval office exhibits Nixonian symptoms, “When the President does it; it isn’t a crime!”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    JanH Says:
    June 22nd, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    This G8 meeting at one time was thought to be a chance for Secretary Clinton to encounter Iranian government officials. Italy had invited Iran to participate in the Afghanistan talks. But now, with political unrest in Iran and Clinton’s injury, a U.S.-Iran encounter appears unlikely.

    Thank you, St Elbow!

  31. PA to free hundreds of Hamas detainees

    Jun. 22, 2009
    Khaled Abu Toameh , THE JERUSALEM POST

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to free hundreds of Hamas members being held without trial in PA prisons in the West Bank, officials here said on Monday.

    The decision is aimed at paving the way for the resumption of reconciliation talks between Abbas’s Fatah faction and Hamas, the officials said.

    They added that the move was also meant as a message to the US and Israel to the effect that the PA leadership was deeply disappointed by Washington’s failure to force the Israeli government to stop construction in the settlements and accept the two-state solution unconditionally.

    Azzam al-Ahmed, a top Fatah legislator closely associated with Abbas, said the PA president had instructed the Palestinian security forces in the West Bank to start releasing Hamas detainees in the coming days. He said the instructions also related to those detainees who were arrested for security offenses, on condition that they didn’t pose a threat to public order and security.

    Ahmed, who was a member of the Fatah team during the previous reconciliation talks with Hamas, confirmed that the decision was linked to Abbas’s desire to patch up his differences with the Islamist group.

    The Egyptian-sponsored talks were called off due to Hamas’s insistence that Abbas’s security forces stop arresting its supporters in the West Bank and release some 700 detainees being held without trial.

    PA security officials said the massive crackdown on Hamas supporters was part of preemptive measures aimed at foiling the movement’s efforts to topple the PA regime in the West Bank. Fatah and Hamas negotiators have been invited to another round of talks in the Egyptian capital on July 7.

    A PA official here told The Jerusalem Post the Egyptians planned to impose an agreement on the two parties if they did not settle their differences in the next few weeks. “General Omar Suleiman is very serious about forcing the two sides to sign an agreement over the formation of a Palestinian unity government,” the official said, referring to the head of Egypt’s General Intelligence chief, who has been personally supervising the talks.

    Ibrahim Abu al-Naja, a senior Fatah representative from the Gaza Strip who has also been involved in the talks with Hamas, revealed that, on Abbas’s instructions, more than 20 Hamas detainees had already been released over the weekend. “Fatah is prepared to do many things for the sake of achieving national unity,” he said. “The divisions have seriously harmed the higher interests of our people.”

    A special legal committee established by Abbas has begun reviewing the cases of the Hamas detainees as a first step toward setting them free, another PA official told the Post. He said that the committee’s job was to recommend which detainees would be released and when.

    Ashraf Juma’ah, a Fatah legislator, called on Hamas to respond to the “goodwill gesture” by releasing Fatah detainees held in its prisons in the Gaza Strip.
    Juma’ah praised Abbas’s decision as “bold and wise,” saying its main objective is to create a better atmosphere for resuming the reconciliation talks. “We urge Hamas to reciprocate by releasing all the Fatah detainees, including senior Fatah officials, from its prisons,” he said, adding that some of the detainees had been tortured. “We also hope that both sides would end the campaign of incitement against each other.”

    Hamas officials responded to Abbas’s initiative with skepticism, pointing out that this was not the first time that the PA leader had promised to release Hamas detainees. “We want to see deeds, not words,” said Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri. “It’s premature to judge Abbas regarding his claim that he will release political detainees.”

    Abu Zuhri claimed that in the past the PA security forces refused to obey Abbas’s orders to free Hamas detainees.

    Sources close to Hamas told the Post that Abbas’s decision was aimed at “distracting attention” from the continued campaign against Hamas supporters in the West Bank. The sources said that in the past 48 hours alone, security forces loyal to Abbas arrested 39 Hamas supporters, including 15 elected members of municipal councils, five school teachers, two civil engineers, two university students and two imams.

    Salah Bardaweel, a member of the Hamas delegation to the reconciliation talks, condemned the campaign as a “crime” and an “obstacle” to achieving national unity. He said that Abbas’s latest decision, if implemented, would be a “good step” toward ending schism in the Palestinian arena.

    jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1245184899095&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FPrinter

    ————————

    Bravo obama! Well done! You got what you wanted! And now these poisonous snakes have been let out of their cages to destroy what will be left of Israel after you are finished with your demolition plans!

  32. Steinberg will take Clinton’s place in Corfu for the OSCE gathering and for the NATO-Russia ministerial meeting, the first to be held since last year’s war in Georgia.
    ——————————-
    Forgive me for saying so, but I am skeptical of this mans. He turned on Hillary once before. Let us hope history does not repeat itself. Its not his compence that troubles me. It is his loyalty.

  33. JUNE 22, 2009, 7:05 P.M.

    Trains Collide, Killing Two

    Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — At least two people were killed Monday in a rush-hour collision between two Metro transit trains in northeast Washington.

    District of Columbia emergency workers at the site of a rush-hour collision between two Metro transit trains in northeast Washington.

    A number of other passengers were severely injured, said District of Columbia fire spokesman Alan Etter, in what he describes as a “mass casualty event.” He said crews were cutting apart the trains to get people out.

    The collision happened about 5 p.m. EDT — the height of the city’s rush hour — on the Metro system’s red line near the Washington-Maryland border.

    Officials said it was too early to determine what caused the crash.

    Metro general manager John Catoe said at least 60 people had been taken off the trains. “I don’t know the reason for this accident,” he said. “I would still say the system is safe, but we’ve had an incident.”

    online.wsj.com/article/SB124570674389438637.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

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    Apparently the death toll has risen to 4 now.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone.

  34. It is my understanding that General Electric is doing business in Iran despite the US embargo. Nuclear business. And of course General Electric is Obamas strongest corporate backer. It shills for him on NBC and MSNBC. Its chairman Jeff Imelt is one of Obamas closest advisors.

    Perhaps this is why Obama has preferred to remain silent on the rebellion in Iran. If it succeeds, it could interrupt a profitable business venure by his biggest shill and backer. But if that is the case, I will not scruple to call him a traitor because Americas interest, as opposed to GE’s is to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear power, to prevent them from funding terrorists, and to prevent them from helping the China, Russia, India et al from replacing the dollar as the world reserve currency and thereby undermining our economy.

  35. Forget your troubles, come on Get Happy – Get Ready For The Judgment Day:

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-06-21/john-edwards-baby-daddy-to-tell-all/?cid=bsa:featureline

    Another player in the John Edwards love child drama is speaking out, telling editors he feels betrayed by the once-friendly Edwards family. Campaign worker Andrew Young—who claimed to be the father of Rielle Hunter’s child and was paid to take her into his home for eight months—is shopping a tell-all book proposal dishing about the sex scandal.

    Elizabeth Edwards’ memoir may not be the only book John Edwards has to worry about. Last week, Andrew Young, a lifelong friend of Edwards and a longtime aide, began shopping a book to New York publishers; according to his proposal, represented by David McCormick at McCormick Williams, the book would chronicle the tale of his long friendship with the Edwards family, his attempt to help Edwards by taking a pregnant Rielle Hunter into his home to live with him and his wife, Cheri, and their three children, and the fallout when the press (and Elizabeth Edwards) caught wind of the plan.

    Young submitted a 20-page proposal and began a round of visits to New York publishers the week of June 15.Included in the proposal are photos of Edwards with the alleged love child. Under pressure, Edwards admitted to having an affair with Hunter but has denied paternity;it was originally reported that Hunter would submit baby Frances to a DNA test to determine her paternity, but she quickly rescinded that offer. The space for “father” on Frances Hunter’s birth certificate was left blank.

    According to editors who saw the proposal, Young went along with the plan—for an undisclosed sum of money—and took Hunter in for eight months. Aided by the late Fred Baron—the Texas lawyer who was an unofficial “uncle” to Edwards and who admitted paying to move the Youngs-plus-Hunter to Santa Barbara, California—Young wanted to help his friend, he says. But the situation became too much for Edwards, Young’s proposal alleges, when the National Enquirer outed the senator for his affair with Hunter, and when Elizabeth Edwards became aware of the financial arrangement. But when Young voiced his concerns to Edwards, he was cut off by the candidate, and has had virtually no contact with him or his family since. (Young could not be reached. David McCormick declined to comment on the project.)

    When initial reports of Young-as-baby-daddy surfaced, he was portrayed as a clean-cut campaign worker, but in the intervening year, reporters found a history of arrests (for check forgery and burglary) and convictions (for driving while intoxicated). Young told editors he has met with that he feels his reputation is in tatters, and that he wants to “set the record straight.” He sees himself as a victim of the press and of the Edwardses, whom he once thought of as among his closest, personal friends.

    Ordinarily we would condemn this type of activity. But Elizabeth Edwards and John Edwards behaved horribly towards Hillary and pretended to be morally superior to Bill Clinton.

  36. GE is doing corrupt business in Iran. Obama is keeping his corrupt silence about Iran.

    Nope! No connection at all.

  37. But Elizabeth Edwards and John Edwards behaved horribly towards Hillary and pretended to be morally superior to Bill Clinton.

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    It’s laughable! Not a one of the Clintons enemies are morally superior and the list just keeps getting longer and longer.

  38. I’m back, been away on a very long assignment, well worth it.

    How are you guys. Whats been happening. I see dogface and his bitch McCaskill are still up to their necks in it.

  39. Maybe the reason we haven’t seen pics of Hillary is because she doesn’t want them shown. Its the law according to Hippa.
    I do however wish she would release the pics pre-surgery and post surgery. I would like to know if she had a rod or pins. Just curious though.
    I did wonder if it could be bogus, like she had some sort of elective surgery and had it done now. WHo knows, with the crooks running the WH I would just about believe anything!

  40. Missed you guys too, nice to see you all here and not rounded up by the goon squad for insubordination.

  41. admin Says:
    June 22nd, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Forget your troubles, come on Get Happy – Get Ready For The Judgment Day:
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Oh, dear- The Edwards fiasco! I wouldn’t doubt there is a reality series in the making there. Better still, Andrew Young selling the movie rights to his book and making a killing on the Hedge Fund croupier gone Wild.

    Elizabeth’s awful comments about Hillary have boomeranged and come home to roost, big time.

    Hi moonpluto!

  42. n 22, 2009 21:28 | Updated Jun 22, 2009 21:45
    Our World: The Obama effect
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    ‘Could there be something to all the talk of an Obama effect, after all? A stealth effect, perhaps?” So asked Helene Cooper, the New York Times’ diplomatic correspondent in a news analysis of the massive anti-regime protests in Iran published in Sunday’s Times.

    It took US President Barack Obama eight days to issue a clear statement of support for the millions of pro-freedom demonstrators throughout Iran risking their lives to oppose the tyranny of the mullahs. And after eight days of vacillating and hedging his bets and so effectively supporting Iranian dictator Ali Khamenei against the multitudes rallying in the streets, Obama’s much awaited statement was not particularly forceful.

    He offered no American support of any kind for the protesters. Indeed, it is hard to say that in making his statement, the American president was speaking primarily as an American. He warned the likes of Khamenei and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose goons are currently under orders to beat, arrest and murder protesters, that “the world is watching… If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international community, it must respect the dignity of its own people and govern through consent, not coercion.” According to several prominent Western bloggers with direct ties to the protesters, Obama’s statement left the Iranians underwhelmed and angry.

    But as Cooper sees it, the protesters owe their ability to oppose the regime that just stole their votes and has trampled their basic human rights for 30 years to Obama and the so-called “Obama effect.” Offering no evidence for her thesis, and ignoring a public record filled with evidence to the contrary, Cooper claims that it is due to Obama’s willingness to accept the legitimacy of Iran’s clerical tyranny that the protesters feel emboldened to oppose their regime. If it hadn’t been for Obama, and his embrace of appeasement as his central guiding principle for contending with the likes of Khamenei and Ahmadinejad, as far as Cooper is concerned, the people on the streets would never have come out to protest.

    By this thinking, America is so despised by the Iranians that the only way they will make a move against their regime is if they believe that America is allied with their regime. So by this line of reasoning, the only way the US can lead is by negative example – which the world in its wisdom will reject.

    While Cooper’s analysis gives no evidence that Obama’s policies toward the ayatollahs had any impact on the tumultuous events now sweeping through Iran, it does make clear that the so-called Obama effect is a real phenomenon. It just isn’t the phenomenon she claims it is.

    THE REAL OBAMA effect on world affairs relates to the US media’s unprecedented willingness to abandon the basic responsibilities of a free press in favor of acting as propagandists for the president. From Cooper – who pretends that Obama’s unreciprocated open hand to the mullahs is what empowered the protesters – to Newsweek editor Evan Thomas who referred to Obama earlier this month as a “sort of God,” without a hint of irony, the US media have mobilized to serve the needs of the president.

    It is hard to think of an example in US history in which the media organs of the world’s most important democracy so openly sacrificed the most basic responsibilities of news gatherers to act as shills for the chief executive. Franklin Delano Roosevelt enjoyed adoring media attention, but he also faced media pressures that compelled him to take actions he did not favor. The same was the case with John F. Kennedy.

    Today the mainstream US media exert no such pressures on Obama. Earlier this month NBC’s nightly news anchorman Brian Williams bowed to Obama when he bid him good night at the White House.

    On Wednesday ABC News will devote an entire day of programming to advancing Obama’s controversial plan to nationalize health care. Its two prime time news shows will be broadcast from White House. Good Morning America will feature an interview with Obama, and ABC’s other three flagship shows will dedicate special programming to his health care reform program.

    On the other hand, ABC has refused Republican requests for right of reply to Obama’s positions. The network has also refused to sell commercial advertising time to Republicans and other Obama opponents to offer their dissenting opinions to his plans.

    This media behavior has been noted by the likes of Fox News and the handful of other US news outlets that are not in the tank for Obama. But the repercussions of the Obama effect on US politics and world affairs have been largely ignored.

    THE MOST IMPORTANT repercussion of the US media’s propagandistic reporting is that the American public is denied the ability to understand events as they unfold. Take for instance The New York Times’ write-up of Khamenei’s sermon this past Friday in which he effectively declared war on the protesters. As Russell Berman pointed out in the Telos blog on Saturday, the Times’ write-up was misleadingly selective.

    The Times did not mention that Khamenei ascribed world events to a Zionist conspiracy which he believes controls the US. It similarly failed to mention his long rant against the US for the FBI’s 1993 raid on David Koresh’s Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas.

    Had the Times – and other major media outlets – properly reported Khamenei’s speech, they would have made clear to their readers that he is not a rational thinker. His view of world events is deeply distorted by his hatreds and prejudices and paranoia.

    But then, if Times readers were permitted to know just how demented Khamenei’s views of the world are, they might come to the conclusion that Obama’s intense desire to sit down with him, and his constant pandering to Iran’s “supreme leader” are ill-advised and counterproductive. They might come to the conclusion that it impossible to achieve a meeting of the minds with a man who calls Americans “morons” and leads his subordinate government officials in chants of “Death to America,” “Death to Britain” and “Death to Israel.”

    And if they came to these conclusions, how could Obama be expected to affect anything? Sunday, Cooper argued that Obama has changed the course of history in Iran simply by being the US president. In her words, unnamed Obama supporters claim that “the mere election of Barack Obama in the United States had galvanized reformers in Iran to demand change.”

    And Obama’s power as president to change the world is not limited to Iran. As far as his media servants are concerned, his “mere election” is responsible for everything positive that has occurred in the US and throughout the world since last November.

    TAKE HIZBULLAH’S defeat in the Lebanese parliamentary elections two weeks ago. As far as the US media are concerned, it was Obama’s speech to the Muslim world on June 4 that emboldened the Lebanese to back the anti-Syrian March 14 slate of candidates. Never mind that his speech – which refused to condemn Iran for its support for terrorism and its nuclear weapons program – actually strengthened Hizbullah’s position by demonstrating that the US would take no action against its Iranian masters. As far as the US media were concerned, Obama won the election for Hizbullah’s pro-Western rivals.

    Yet this is not true. According to actual electoral data, what swung the balance towards Saad Hariri’s March 14 camp was Hizbullah-allied Christian leader Michel Aoun’s failure to convince Lebanon’s Christian minority to acquiesce to Hizbullah’s takeover of the country. And Lebanese Christian voters did not reject Hizbullah because Obama is president of the United States. They rejected Hizbullah because the Maronite Christian Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir warned them on the eve of the election, “We must be alert to the schemes being plotted for us and thwart the intense efforts which, if they succeed, will change the face of our country.”

    WHILE OBAMA’S supporters in the US media are certain that Obama’s “mere election” is responsible for every positive development on the world scene, they are equally certain that he bears no responsibility for the negative developments that have happened so far on his watch.

    For instance, the fact that North Korea chose to escalate its nuclear brinksmanship shortly after Obama took office with a promise of appeasing Pyongyang is considered irrelevant. The fact that he ordered deep cuts in the US missile defense budget as North Korea tested a long-range missile and a nuclear bomb, and that he has maintained these cuts despite North Korea’s announced plan to launch a missile against the US on July 4 has gone largely unreporte

    Furthermore, the US media was quick to celebrate the UN Security Council’s recent resolution against North Korea which calls for inspections of suspicious North Korean ships travelling in international waters as a great Obama achievement. But they failed to inform the public that the resolution has no enforcement mechanism. Consequently, today the USS John McCain, which is tracking a North Korean ship suspected of carrying ballistic missiles, lacks the authority to interdict it and inspect the cargo.

    OUR WORLD today is complex and fraught with dangers. Some of these dangers are new, and some are old. All require serious discussion.

    In free societies, the media’s primary responsibilities are to report current events to the public, place those events into an historical context to enable the public to understand how and why they occurred and to present the public with the options for going forward. It is due to the media’s historic role in maintaining and cultivating an informed discussion and debate about current affairs that they became known as democracy’s watchdog. When media organs fail fulfill their basic responsibilities, they degenerate quickly into democracy’s undertaker. For an uninformed public is incapable of making the sorts of decisions required of free citizens.

    Obama and his media flacks would have us believe that by speaking of American values and by distinguishing friend from foe, former president George W. Bush raised the hackles of the world against America. Perhaps there is some truth to this assertion. Perhaps there isn’t.

    What they fail to consider is that by genuflecting to tyrants, Obama has made the US an international laughingstock. Far from sharing their adulation of Obama and his cool demeanor, most of the nations of the world believe that the US has abandoned its leadership role. And unlike the US media, they realize that America has no understudy.

    Unfortunately, unless the Obama effect wears off soon, by the time the American people become aware of this fact it may be too late to make a difference.

  43. Maybe the reason we haven’t seen pics of Hillary is because she doesn’t want them shown
    ***********
    Here is a pic of Hillary with cast and sling…I like her glasses, unfortunately a sociopath is also in the photo.

    /alegrescorner.soapblox.net/showDiary.do?diaryId=3181

  44. There is a pic of her on CNN’s political ticker (scroll down)web site…she is with Obama and wearing glasses. She lis wearing a blue jacket and looks as well as could be expected under these circumstances.

  45. “And if they came to these conclusions, how could Obama be expected to affect anything?”

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    Affect…Destroy…means the same thing. Anything he puts his finger into will cause massive problems for everyone.

  46. jbstonesfan Says:
    June 22nd, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Updated Jun 22, 2009 21:45
    Our World: The Obama effect

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

    I read the US is doing more business with Tehran in the last 5 mos because of deals struck with the BO WH than we ever did the 8yrs Bush was in office.

  47. Sherry, what is the significance of 2 pins and 1 rod put in? Sounds gruesome. (And Welcome.)

    MoonOnPluto, so far the Obama Basij have not gotten us. Good to see you’re safe too.

  48. admin- I don’t have any specific knowledge about hillary’s fracture, but sometines in a bad break about the elbow, there may be a rod placed in one of the long bones that articulate there, such as the humerus, and pins to hold fragments together, such as at the tip of the elbow, the olecranon, or the protrusions at the sides, the epicondyles. Unfortunately, it oftentimes requires quite a bit of rehab to get full range of motion at the elbow, which is a hinge joint, after a significant fracture or any period of immobilization. I am sure Hillary will know what to do, in any case.

  49. I friend called me tonight and said Hillary got up out of a sickbed at risk to her health because she wanted to see Obama. There are so many issues which are in the red zone now including Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Taliban that she was determined to see him despite the fragile condition of her current health as described up thread, and provide him with the sound judgment he sorely lacks on these issues. Hillary is the greatest leader of this generation and she proved it again. I am worried about her health–this was too soon with the kind of injury she sustained. Let us pray it heals properly inspite of this.

  50. wbboei- I wouldn’t worry too much about her health in that regard. They frequently want people to get up and about after such a surgery. As long as it is well immobilized and she has the opportunity to elevate it and rest, she should be ok.

  51. My friend was watching CNN while we spoke. She believes the Iran crisis will prove Obamas Katrina moment, the instant at which a crisis hits and the sitting president proves he is not up to the task at hand.

    My friend has forty years experience in journalism and based on that he felt CNN did a masterful job of covering the rebellion. She claims the images themsleves are arrresting and the spectacle generates a powerful emotional reaction in the audience–of a defiant opposition leader, an Iranian Hillary, a martyr whose name means hope, people telling America we dont need your guns, we need a word of support.

    On the other side of the ocean we find Mr. Obama speechless on the issue, taking his daughter out for ice cream, telling us his Father’s Day wish is for health care to pass and demanding that cherios cereal be subject to federal government regulation. Some would say cool and detached. Others might say delusional and deranged.

    Which begs the question what did shameless Obama whore David Gerghan say about Obams cool detachment? He condemned it in spades. He compared it to standing idly by when Bull Connor beat the civil rights advocates with clubs. He said it was terrible for Obama to call them out in Cairo and then turn his back on them when they took action at great personal risk. (Note: Admin. if we can find the video we can get his exact words.) Evidently, Gerghen figured out for the first time who Obama is and who he is not.

    Finally, my friend reiterated her belief that the business connection between the Iraqi Administration and General Electric is a major contributing factor in Bambis failure to support the freedom fighters, and instead vote present. I asked her whether GE had perhaps agreed to broker a meeting between the clerical government and Obama and she said she thought that was the case, ergo this revolt is a major inconvenience to bambi in his quest to address the nuclar issue. Perhapas that is why Kissinger who is involved in arms control with Russia claimed Bambi is playing this right, but of course K is wrong.

  52. lililam thank you. That is not the way it was explained to me and I blogged this morning what I was told, i.e. 2 weeks convolence and then therapy. But evidently you are right, because she is indeed up and around. Thank God Hillary is in the middle of this and hopefully she will be able to rein in this worst instints.

    The one other thing the same friend told me is that in studying Obamas record in great detail as she has, she is convinced that the has two dominant personality traits, i.e. one is to attain absolute power, and the other is to destroy the United States. The former she traces back to the words he carved into cement as a young boy, i.e. “King Obama”. The latter can be traced back to the anti American sermons of his spiritual advisor Jeramy Wright. Needless to say this is a dangerous combination.

  53. A Navy friend of mine is frustrated at Obamas failure to authorize intercepation of the North Korean vessel. It is like the pirate issue all over again. He says he understands Obamas preference to use the United Nations and multi national pressure to resolve the issue. However, we are the nation which has been threatened with nuclear attack by North Korea–Alaska or Hawaii. And even under the UN Charter there is a provison which allows a member nation to take preemptive action to protect itself in such circumstances as these.

  54. WHAT OBAMA FAILS TO REALIZE
    Re. Iran, Aghanistan, Pakistan, it does no good to hide because:

    There is a tide in the affairs of men.
    Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
    Omitted, all the voyage of their life
    Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
    On such a full sea are we now afloat,
    And we must take the current when it serves,
    Or lose our ventures.

    Julius Caesar Act 4, scene 3, 218–224

  55. On such a sea are we now afloat in re. Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, thanks to Mr. Obama, and his prechant to procrastinate:

    We at the height are ready to decline.
    There is a tide in the affairs of men
    Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
    Omitted, all the voyage of their life
    Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
    On such a full sea are we now afloat,
    And we must take the current when it serves,
    Or lose our ventures.

  56. Last note of the evening.

    I had coffee with the arbitrator this afternoon and you will be happy to know he has recovered nicely from that sumo wrestling bout with the 40 raccoon. I asked him what the latest was on our favorite subject bambi, and he got a big shit eating grin on his face.

    He whipped out the local newspaper and showed me a front page story about how $235,000 worth of stimulus money is being directed toward replacing the windows of the oldest private club in our town, which is haven and home to our landed aristocracy, new money need not apply. They may need new windows, but they sure as hell do not need taxpayer money to buy them. They have plenty of their own.

    Well, that set the arbitrator off and he launched into a fifteen minute pereoration on what an asshole bambi is, and is hell bent on destroying this country. Finally, a woman who looked like a cross between Claire McCaskill and a brahama bull decided she had had enough of both of us. She got up to leave and as she was walking out she said you two are assholes and Obama will save our country. I yelled back you may be right about us, but you are dead wrong about Obama. And a year from now, even you will see the light.

  57. Clarification: when my friend described Bambis default in leadership during the Iranian freedom movement as his “Katrina Moment”, she was using a term of art to describe the practical effect it will have on him.

    Definition: a Katrina moment is that pivotal point in a major crisis when the supposed leader fails to understand the gravity of the situation and the need for effective action, but tries instead to look the other way. Typically, the Katrina Moment begets a serious erosion in his mandate to govern and foreshadows a downward trajectory in his presidency from which he never fully recovers.

  58. I think the best term to describe the Obamas is

    “about as useful as a pair of stillettoes on a soggy lawn”

    Somehow you just get that sinking feeling that you’ll get stuck in the mire and then fall you over into the shit, can’t get up and then realise it was the wrong thing to choose all along. Just about as perfect a description for the Obamas as you can get.

  59. I believe Obama ‘marks time’ at each station of his pathetic life’s journey, doing just enough to survive while he’s working on getting to the next rung up. As quickly as possible, of course, so that the crap doesn’t stick. Here’s another disappointment for those with scruples:

    General Electric, a top-20 source of funds for Obama in 2008, and owner of the Obama-friendly MSNBC, already has strong ties to Democrats, but the company has bolstered that relationship, according to recently filed federal lobbying registrations.

    GE’s transportation business has hired as a lobbyist Linda Hall Daschle, wife of Tom Daschle….

    3w dot washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/GE-hires-Linda-Daschles–lobbying-firm-48798437.html

  60. wbboei, nowadays after surgery they get them up the very same day. They never want you to stay in bed because of the threat of embolism. Embolism’s are a very real and dangerous threat for someone recuperating from any kind of surgery. Hillary must get up. The more she moves around the less likely of an embolism and there is also the threat of pneumonia.
    Its best if she gets up and uses the least amount of pain meds. I am sure she has the very best doctors and nurses taking care of her. Thankgoodness!!
    I just want to thank her for getting back to work, what would we do without Hillary?? Scary to think about!!

  61. Just went over to see that pic of Hillary post surgery and she looks great! I imagine she would have trouble putting in contacts for awhile, hence the glasses.
    Looks like Bambi is following her around asking “what should I do next Hillary?” LOL!! He looks as dumb as usual.

  62. Goodmorning NMF! Have you heard anything on Iran? I haven’t and don’t know if protesters are dwindling.

  63. I have heard nothing except an AOL lead story says they have certified the elections. I thought we heard that some cities had over 100% recorded in their voting. If that is true, I find it hard to believe that they certified the elections.

    I feel just like I did when they went in an crushed an uprising in Eastern Europe in the late 60s, and how I felt when the young man stood in front of the tank. We obviously go in for oil, but human life, seems to be something we are not interested in, in saving.

    But then since we don’t support a democratic election in our own country, why should we in anyone elses.

  64. h t t p ://w w w.y outu be. com/ watch?v= jq4tx cgxRM0, have you all seen this. Its interesting!

  65. Its CIa, Iran and the Election Riots by Brian Ross. Its interesting especially the ending statement by some left wing nutcase.

  66. “Which begs the question what did shameless Obama whore David Gerghan say about Obams cool detachment? He condemned it in spades.”

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    It occurs to me that people like Gerghan must be bleeding inside after having to turn, even briefly, on their messiah.

  67. Clinton seen as surprisingly subordinate

    June 23, 2009

    WASHINGTON, June 23 (UPI) — The star power of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has played a subordinate role to the power of the White House in foreign policy, analysts say. Interviews conducted by the Washington publication Politico indicated Tuesday Clinton has played a surprisingly secondary role to President Barack Obama in the formulation and carrying out of U.S. foreign policy, despite expectations that Obama’s former presidential rival would be the brightest star in his Cabinet.

    The publication said the arrangement appears to suit Clinton and the Obama White House. But it has reportedly contributed to chatter in foreign policy circles that Clinton doesn’t have much clout within the administration, with some close observers saying she hasn’t done enough to preserve the State Department’s influence.

    But Politico said an array of senior officials lined up to say that wasn’t the case.

    “Her star power has been an enormously effective tool for us,” said Tom Donilon, deputy U.S. national security adviser. “She’s a pretty tough customer in private negotiations, as you would imagine, and expects partners to behave like partners and expects people to do what they say they’re going to do.”

    upi.com/Top_News/2009/06/23/Clinton-seen-as-surprisingly-subordinate/UPI-88961245768444/

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    She’s a great poker player. She plays things close to her chest, gives bambi credit for his few successes and much more credit for his many diplomatic messes/failures.

  68. Iranian ‘special courts’ to try rioters

    Jun. 23, 2009
    AP and jpost.com staff , THE JERUSALEM POST

    Iran’s rulers stiffened their stance against protesters Tuesday, firmly rejecting demands to annul the election over fraud allegations, setting up a special court for detained demonstrators, and keeping troops in riot gear on the streets to break up any gatherings.

    Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi has not been seen in recent days and there were no reports of violence on Tuesday, perhaps a testament to the effectiveness of the crackdown. However, protesters came up with new techniques, such as turning on the lights in their cars at certain hours of the day and honking their horns or holding up posters.

    “People are calmly protesting, more symbolically than with their voices,” a Teheran resident said in a telephone interview, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of government retribution.

    In recent days, members of the elite Revolutionary Guard, the Basij militia and other security forces in riot gear have been heavily deployed across the capital, preventing any gatherings and ordering people to keep moving. A protest of some 200 people Monday was quickly broken up with tear gas and shots in the air, while helicopters hovered overhead.

    Mousavi claims he was the true winner of the June 12 election, but the electoral commission declared President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won by a landslide.

    Another opposition figure, reformist presidential candidate Mahdi Karroubi, called for a day of mourning for the at least 17 people killed in protests since the election.

    The US and many European countries have refrained from challenging the election outcome directly, but have issued increasingly stern warnings against continuing violence meted out to demonstrators. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has demanded an immediate end to “arrests, threats and use of force.”

    However, the Iranian regime appeared determined to crush the post-election protesters, rather than compromise.

    Mousavi has charged massive vote fraud and insisted he is the true winner. However, Iran’s top electoral body, Guardian Council, found “no major fraud or breach in the election,” a spokesman, Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei, was quoted by Press TV as saying Tuesday. “Therefore, there is no possibility of an annulment taking place.”

    The 12-member council has the authority to annul or validate the election. On Monday, it acknowledged in a rare step that it found voting irregularities in 50 of 170 districts, including vote counts that exceeded the number of eligible voters. Still, it said the discrepancies, involving some 3 million votes, were not widespread enough to affect the outcome.

    Iran has 46.2 million eligible voters, one-third of them under 30. The final tally was 62.6 percent of the vote for Ahmadinejad and 33.75 percent for Mousavi, a landslide victory in a race that was perceived to be much closer. The huge margin went against the expectation that the record 85 percent turnout would boost Mousavi.

    jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1245184909895&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

  69. “Which begs the question what did shameless Obama whore David Gerghan say about Obams ?
    **************
    cool detachment=lack of empathy=sociopath

    When are people going to realize that, for Obama, cool detachment means he doesn’t give a sh*t because it’s not about him.

  70. setting up a special court for detained demonstrators,
    *********
    That is what is what they did in the early ’80s and in ’88. In ’88 an estimated 30,000 people were executed.

  71. They always come out with that statement from the press that Hillary is not doing much. I think that is a smoke screen to keep us from figuring out Obama can’t do a thing without her.

  72. TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE…

    Bob Herbert continues his attempts at repentance, feeling used as a $5 “tramp” (rhymes with “bore”).

    He covers several ways how Obama is Bush III, but leaves out some because the list is too long.

    Oh, Bob, we tried tellin’ ya…but isn’t this long list of transgressions worth “This Historical Presidency”???

    Who Are We?
    =========

    By BOB HERBERT
    Published: June 22, 2009

    Policies that were wrong under George W. Bush are no less wrong because Barack Obama is in the White House.

    One of the most disappointing aspects of the early months of the Obama administration has been its unwillingness to end many of the mind-numbing abuses linked to the so-called war on terror and to establish a legal and moral framework designed to prevent those abuses from ever occurring again.

    The president deserves credit for unequivocally banning torture and some of the other brutal interrogation techniques that spread like a plague in the Bush administration’s lawless response to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. But other policies that offend the conscience continue.

    Americans should recoil as one against the idea of preventive detention, imprisoning people indefinitely, for years and perhaps for life, without charge and without giving them an opportunity to demonstrate their innocence.

    And yet we’ve embraced it, asserting that there are people who are far too dangerous to even think about releasing but who cannot be put on trial because we have no real evidence that they have committed any crime, or because we’ve tortured them and therefore the evidence would not be admissible, or whatever. President Obama is O.K. with this (he calls it “prolonged detention”), but he wants to make sure it is carried out — here comes the oxymoron — fairly and nonabusively.

    Proof of guilt? In 21st-century America, there is no longer any need for such annoyances.

    Human rights? Ha-ha. That’s a good one.

    Also distressing is the curtain of secrecy the Obama administration has kept drawn over shameful abuses that should be brought into the light of day. Back in April, the administration rightly released the “torture memos” detailing the gruesome interrogation techniques unleashed by the Bush crowd. But last month, Mr. Obama apparently tripped over his own instincts and reversed his initial decision to release photos of American soldiers engaged in the brutal abuse of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    We saw the profound effect of the disclosure of the photos from Abu Ghraib in 2004. Imagine if they had never been released. Now, in an affront to a society that is supposed to be intelligent and free, the Obama administration is trying to sit on photos that are just as important for Americans to see. The president’s argument for trying to block the court-ordered release of the photos is a demoralizing echo of the embarrassingly empty rhetoric of the Bush years:

    “The most direct consequence of releasing them, I believe, would be to further inflame anti-American opinion and to put our troops in danger.”

    The Obama administration is also continuing the Bush administration’s abuse of the state-secrets privilege. Lawyers from the Obama Justice Department have argued, as did lawyers from the Bush administration before them, that a lawsuit involving extraordinary rendition and allegations of extreme torture should be dismissed outright because discussions of such matters in court would harm national security.

    In other words, the victims, no matter how strong their case might be, no matter how badly they might have been abused, could never have their day in court. Jane Mayer, writing in the June 22 New Yorker, said of the rendition program, in which suspects were swept up by Americans and spirited off to foreign countries for imprisonment and interrogation: “As many as seven detainees were misidentified and abducted by mistake.”

    The Bush and Obama view of the state-secrets privilege effectively bars any real examination of such egregious mistakes.

    It was thought by many that a President Obama would put a stop to the madness, put an end to the Bush administration’s nightmarish approach to national security. But Mr. Obama has shown no inclination to bring even the worst offenders of the Bush years to account, and seems perfectly willing to move ahead in lockstep with the excessive secrecy and some of the most egregious activities of the Bush era.

    The new president’s excessively cautious approach to the national security and civil liberties outrages of the Bush administration are unacceptable, and the organizations and individuals committed to fairness, justice and the rule of law — the Center for Constitutional Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and many others — should intensify their efforts to get the new administration to do the right thing.

    More than 500 of the detainees incarcerated at one time or another at Guantánamo Bay have been released, and, except for a handful, no charges were filed against them. The idea that everyone held at Guantánamo was a terrorist — the worst of the worst — was always absurd.

    Vincent Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, noted that Mr. Obama had promised to bring both transparency and accountability to matters of national security. It’s the only way to get our moral compass back.

  73. Not sure what to make of the Hillary article regarding her status or lack there of at State Department. The one I read on RCP seemed more complimentary and that she was just being her typical hard working self. She appears to have accepted her fate and is trying to make the most of it.

  74. Well I think its unusual that Obama gave a paper statement over the weekend on Iran and two days after Hillary is back on her feet and is seen at the WH, he is now making a statement on live TV!! hmmm

  75. I will be seeing my friend the Iranian doctor today. I will see what he has to say, about the deteriorating situation in his old country where he still has many friends and relatives.

    He was supportive of Obama when he first seized power, and I will be interested to see if he retains that view now. I will ask him if he agrees with me that this is Bambis Katrina moment. I will ask him about not only that but everything else, including his sense of the end game.

    If he has anything positive to say about Obama, I promise you that I will hue to the editorial standards of NBC, MSNBC, the New York Times, Washington Post, HuffPo when it came to Hillary–and NOT report it. But I rather suspect that now that will not be a problem.

    SHV: if the issue here is decided on the basis of what is best for GE. and Stalins question how many guns does the Pope have, and we are presented with the scenario of massive convictions by Iranian Revolutionary Courts, then I suspect Bambi will petition the Supreme Leader (through GE of course) to banish them to the United States. For that his minions will call him the prince of peace. Then he can get down to the dirty business of protecting GE and destroying America–two of his favorite pass times.

    The picture I am painting here is intentionally satirical. But it is intended to highlight what is fundamentally wrong with the man. And the motivations and tendencies referrred to–I love me, I hate America, I do what the money men say are deeply embedded in his character, and one of the three will seventy five per cent of his deviant behaviror. The remaining twenty five percent is sheer incompetence.

  76. Well I think its unusual that Obama gave a paper statement over the weekend on Iran and two days after Hillary is back on her feet and is seen at the WH, he is now making a statement on live TV!! hmmm
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    This one you can take to the bank: she has given him his marching orders, despite the opinion of those unidentified experts Politico referred to who say she has adopted a secondary role and the foreign sources who say she has not clout.

    Which merely proves what has been obvious to most of us all along, Confloyd. You are smarter than all those overeducated idiots in the Washington DC chattering class who have lost track of a little thing called common sense and pretend to know what they dont about what is really happening.

  77. His statement on Iran showed he was clearly nervous when making his statement. Now he is just rambling and saying nothing.

  78. wbboei, Thankyou, I really think she has alot to do with what is going in as far as international problems. I think she made a deal with them during the primary. WE must remember Hillary is NO shrinking violet although I think at this point in time she would like for some (republicans) to think she is, but I doubt it. She and Bill are strong as ever and are at least working on international things.
    The economy, I am watching and waiting to make my decision of what is really going on.
    I have lost all trust in LaRouche.

  79. She’s a great poker player. She plays things close to her chest, gives bambi credit for his few successes and much more credit for his many diplomatic messes/failures
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    Precisely. And the beauty of it is when he hangs himself as he bounces from crisis to crisis, no one can accuse her of not being a good team player. The media would label this Machiavellian if they knew. But they do not get there because they are too consumed with their shrinking Hillary meme. When he fails, and they try to blame her, the answer will be simply this: you can lead a jackass to water but you cannot make him drink. Hillary is a great leader and a great American. As such, she has been telling him all along what is best for him and the country and he has systematically rejected her advice. And in the process he has sent the signal to the world that America is indecisive, preoccupied with its domestic problems (health care) and is no longer competent to lead the world or defend its strategic interests. Before he is done, Mr Obama will lead this nation into a catastrophe, and the tragedy is I do not know how with the corrupt media we have in this country today it can be prevented.

  80. Our on hope is as he screws things up and his ratings decrease, he may rely on Hillary’s advice more than those who are pulling his strings.

  81. massive convictions by Iranian Revolutionary Courts, then I suspect Bambi will petition the Supreme Leader (through GE of course) to banish them to the United States.

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    That’s not a bad idea. Yours, I note, not his.

  82. Obama is trotting out the old Bush style of “I am the decider”. He is very defensive at this presser. He knows he is losing the glow. Big Media is still trying to polish him up. Poor Obama does not appear happy.

  83. admin: I agree, he is losing his glow. I couldn’t exactly put words on how he looks at this press conference, but its different!! Losing is glow is right on!

  84. BTW, he is no antichrist, he is just a unprepared idiot that the big company’s put in for their own best interest. (GE)

  85. he has been telling him all along what is best for him and the country and he has systematically rejected her advice.
    ************
    I don’t think Obama can imagine that a person can act in a way that goes beyond their self interest. Obama is trying to play “What is Hillary’s motive” when she give him advice; he truly can’t believe that her motives are based on what she thinks is best for the National interest. I think Obama is acting on advice from people who’s motives he can understand, Power, Rice, Jarrett, et al.

  86. Well, I think I have just witnessed Obama telling the TRUTH. He was talking about his smoking. LOL!! He was telling the truth about that.

  87. Rome led the world for centuries. When Rome fell the Dark Ages ensued. The old New World Order which Bush the elder declared after the fall of the Berlin Wall is now defunct. It lasted only twenty years, which was as long as it took for America to lose control of its financial destiny. We are moving to a new New World Order. Bambi is not the right leader for such times, even if he was mentally stable– which he is not. If the transition from a uni polar to a multi polar world is too abrupt, and nations react in a beligerant manner economically and/or militaritarily, La Rouche could turn out to be right. That would be the kind of nightmare I dont want to think about.

  88. I think what the O promoters forgot is prepared inspirational speeches gets old, and extemporanious opportunities abound when you are elected. O is not good at extemporanious stuff.

    More people are looking to fox, blogging, and twitter for their information. You can defend in some of those arenas, but it is difficult to near impossible to control. Iran has found that out, as the world knows what went on there.

    The perception of leadership really does not revolve around inspirational speeches, once you are elected. It revolves around how successful your programs are, and how quickly people perceive you have reacted to potentially dangerious situations.

    O is always strangely quiet and detached from the current events scene. It is almost like he needs to figure out which situation is the winner, not what is the right reaction.

  89. SHV, maybe on some things, but I think he listens to Hillary too. He is a pacifist and so is Rice/Jarrett/Power. So when things heat up in the press, he realizes he must listen to Hillary. So when the Navy says lets shoot the pirates and the media has been on his ass for a week he does what Hillary told him to do. That is the indecision we are seeing. That is also when things straigten out. The only problem I see is how long is it going to take before he realizes he must always listen to Hillary???That’s the 64 million dollar question??

  90. I don’t think Obama can imagine that a person can act in a way that goes beyond their self interest. Obama is trying to play “What is Hillary’s motive” when she give him advice; he truly can’t believe that her motives are based on what she thinks is best for the National interest. I think Obama is acting on advice from people who’s motives he can understand, Power, Rice, Jarrett, et al.
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    I agree completely. That is precisely the dynamic, i.e. his suspicion about her, his lack of experience and his addiction to the flattery of the know nothings you mention that is leading us all to a shipwreck.

  91. figure out which situation is the winner, not what is the right reaction
    **********
    Exactly right..he is faced with situation which may be a “no win” for him no matter what he does and he doesn’t know what to do..it’s mess’n with his mind. All those years where he avoided responsibility for his actions are biting him in the a**. Unlike most politicians that have taken many hits during their careers, Obama never developed mental toughness.

  92. When it comes to the sensitive matter of diplomacy in dangerous times, Power, Rice, Jarrett are three of the last people on earth that a competent President would ever presume to rely on. Simply put, those three are incompetent to protect the strategic interests of this country. Two of them lives in the cloud cuckoo land of Harvard academia, and the other one is a bottom feeder from the mean streets of Chicago. If they are calling the shots then there should be no doubt in anyones mind the inmates are running the asylum. And the results of their efforts speak for themsleves: res ipsa locitur.

  93. SHV 1:22PM

    Unlike most politicians that have taken many hits during their careers, Obama never developed mental toughness.

    _____________________

    EXACTLY, it is called Executive Experience, which he has none of.

  94. Inadvertently, CNN has managed to unmask their hero. For now everyone can see how a repressive regime kills the soul of its people and how Bambi stands idly by as they do so and tries to change the subject, while his minions proclaim that he is handling it brilliantly. Now finally people can see with their own eyes what a monumental hypocrite he is, why it is just words, and how his propaganda machine covers for him. Since he has projected himself on the world stage as the man who will save humanity, this is his Katrina Moment. The world is paying close attention and his brand is becoming obsolete as we speak. If this thing ends badly the blood will be on his hands, much as he has tried to avoid it.

  95. His forte is not governance. It is spending money we dont have, serving his corporate patrons and bamboozling the masses. It would be interesting to add a question to the poll a year from now: Is Obama Bush III or is he worse?

  96. I couldn’t listen to the Bo presser.

    Could someone give some more details about his demeanor and his delivery (so i don’t haveta suffer through it later – LOL)

  97. Since he has projected himself on the world stage as the man who will save humanity, DONE NOTHING TO PREVENT THE SLAUGHTER OF PEOPLE WHO SEEK TO PETITION THEIR GOVERNMENT FOR A REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES this is his Katrina Moment, etc.

    As a constitutional scholar I am quite sure Mr. Obama is familiar with the letter and the spirit of the First Amendment and will act upon them with all deliberate speed. Good old do nothing Obama. By the way Obama what are you doing at the moment to interdict the passage of the North Korean vessel with presumed fissionable materials on board, from the nation whose leader has declared his intention to attack Hawaii or Alaska. Do you intend to give them a pass?

  98. awww…I hope this isn’t his Katrina moment. I’m still waiting for him to part the waves like Moses.

  99. Obama is getting to be a bad vaudville act. Where is that damned cain when we need it. If he stays on stage much longer world audiences will start throwing tomatoes at him. And that would be a waste of tomatoes. The way he is mismanaging the economy, tomatoes are becoming too expensive to waste.

  100. wbboei, I just said” Welcome back Bush”. what would he be saying to NK right now. Would he stand down and not board the ship with the missiles on them??

    Here’s a funny story about my yellow dog democrat mom before she died, I decorated by Christmas tree with red, white and blue and had a pic of Bush (whom my mom hated) as a tree topper. She was pist everytime she came to my house. I am not a republican but I thought at the time he did his best to keep us safe. She did too, but would have never admitted it because of the way they did her favorite President Bill Clinton. She died in 2004, I wish I knew how she would have felt about Hillary. She never spoke of her.

  101. awww…I hope this isn’t his Katrina moment. I’m still waiting for him to part the waves like Moses.
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    Big Media will see to it that he does, i.e. part the waves. Its either that or learn to swim. The latter is too much work.

  102. wbboei, I wonder what is being said in Alaska and Hawaii from the people?? How do they like that he is merely following the vessel that could spell doom for some in the state?? Big media is not covering that, are they?? Surely they have something to day about it.

  103. Confloyd: safety is the first obligation of goverment, according to the political philosopher Hobbs. Most philosophers and practioners who have come after him agreed. Bambi is different. He lives in the land of loons where flamingos fly and obama is king. The safety of our nation is of secondary importance becasuse once again it isnt about him.

  104. confloyd

    Doesn’t Gov Palin have control over the Air National guard in Alaska? Does that mean she could launch a anti-missile? Just curious. I think I remember something about this during the election.

  105. wbboei, I wonder what is being said in Alaska and Hawaii from the people?? How do they like that he is merely following the vessel that could spell doom for some in the state?? Big media is not covering that, are they?? Surely they have something to day about it.
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    If they are aware of the threat, they have got to be asking themselves what is he doing to prevent such an attack. And why does he refuse to give the order to interdict the North Korean vessel. Does he think that by turning the other cheek they will tire of slapping him around. Or will they in fact escalate.

  106. Doesn’t Gov Palin have control over the Air National guard in Alaska? Does that mean she could launch a anti-missile? Just curious. I think I remember something about this during the election.
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    They have got to be communicating on that very point with Washington. I assume whatever star wars capability we have is in the hands do the US military–as opposed to the air national guard. So once again they find themselves waiting on Bambi who is unable to make a decision. It must be hellish. My guess is the more you know about this guy from the inside, the more you worry about where we are heading.

  107. wbboei, Do we know there are missiles on board of the NK ship??
    This is just like the pirate story. He is waiting and finally he will listen to Hillary. What if its too late, he waits and waits, eventually it will not come out as good as the pirate story. People will die in America. It must be heartwrenching for Hillary. She knows, but the idiot has to be convinced, surely she would like to thump him in the head and say “listen up you idiot we must act NOW!”

  108. 9 of 10 Americans worry about Obama’s spending deficits: Poll

    Most of today’s news attention will focus on the White House Rose Garden and President Obama’s news conference (live blogging starts here, latimes.com/ticket, at 9:30 a.m. Pacific, 12:30 p.m. Eastern, 4:30 p.m. GMT). Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden flies way out West to Ohio today to talk about helping the middle class and the nation’s economy.

    But just a few months after congressional passage of the administration’s whopping $787-billion economic stimulus plan, a new national poll shows Americans’ confidence in its efficacy fading, especially in the Midwest, where Biden is heading.

    Just about half (52%) believe the much-touted stimulus plan will or has had any impact restoring the economy, down from 59% in April. The Washington Post-ABC Poll found Obama’s personal popularity remains high, in part because his Republican opposition remains in such disarray unable to offer a coherent political alternative.

    The poll found:

    The shift in public assessments of the stimulus package has clear political ramifications: At the 100-day mark of Obama’s presidency, 63 percent of people in states that were decided by fewer than 10 percentage points in November said the stimulus act had or would boost the economy.

    Today, in the telephone poll of 1,001 Americans conducted Thursday through Sunday, the number has plummeted to 50 percent in those closely contested states, with nearly as many now saying the stimulus program will not help the national economy.

    The new poll confirms other surveys showing the president’s popularity dipping slightly, his disapproval rating jumping about 5% and particular unhappiness focused on his handling of the automobile manufacturing crisis and the federal deficit. They add up to a serious warning signal, with unemployment lines (see photo) expected to increase even further.

    Currently, 90% of Americans are worried to some degree about the exploding federal spending deficit, a galactic number certain to gain politicians’ attention on both sides. And yet the come is the final bill for Obama’s healthcare legislation.

    latimes.com/washington/2009/06/obama-poll-economic-stimulus-confidence-down.html

  109. Can you imagine what John McCain is thinking? I really would like to have a beer with John McCain right now to hear his theory!

  110. June 22, 2009

    EDITORIAL: Walpin-gate opens wider

    President Obama’s excuses for firing AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin look weaker every day. The FBI has opened an investigation into a Sacramento program formerly run by a close ally of President Obama’s, giving credence to the IG’s work.

    The president fired Mr. Walpin June 11 after Mr. Walpin filed two reports critical of Obama friends. The highest-profile of the two reports focused on misuse of funds at Sacramento’s St. Hope Academy, then run by former NBA star Kevin Johnson before Mr. Johnson was elected Sacramento’s mayor in November. Mr. Johnson was a frequent stump speaker for Mr. Obama during last year’s campaign and has claimed in TV interviews to be particularly good friends with first lady Michelle Obama.

    The inspector general detailed numerous irregularities in St. Hope’s use of AmeriCorps funds, including AmeriCorps grantees being used to wash Mr. Johnson’s car. Mr. Walpin complained vociferously, though, that acting U.S. Attorney Lawrence G. Brown had negotiated far too lenient a settlement of the charges against Mayor Johnson and St. Hope.

    In turn, the U.S. attorney filed a complaint against Mr. Walpin, charging him with unethical behavior throughout the investigation. The White House fired Mr. Walpin long before the relevant committee would have finished its assessment of the U.S. attorney’s complaint.

    As The Washington Times reported in a previous editorial, U.S. Attorney Brown’s complaint included at least two major, easily discernible errors of fact. Many other complaints against Mr. Walpin, both by Mr. Brown and by other AmeriCorps officials, were strangely petty in nature.

    Now here is where the story gets really interesting. On the very same day that the president fired Mr. Walpin, St. Hope’s executive director, Rick Maya, left his job at St. Hope. He did not go quietly. His resignation letter charged Mr. Johnson and several St. Hope board members with numerous ethical violations. Most explosively, he charged that a board member improperly deleted e-mails of Mr. Johnson’s that already were under a federal subpoena.

    Suddenly, the problems at St. Hope begin to look as severe as Mr. Walpin had charged rather than being minor infractions.

    On Wednesday, the Sacramento Bee reported that Mr. Maya’s allegations have been deemed serious enough that the FBI is investigating potential obstruction of justice at St. Hope. In that light, the firing of Mr. Walpin, who properly blew the whistle on mismanagement and possible corruption, looks ill-considered.

    Early last week, Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, and Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, publicly questioned the White House handling of the firing, as did Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican. On Thursday, Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, and Sen. Michael B. Enzi, Wyoming Republican, sent a strongly worded letter to the White House indicating serious reservations about whether the administration had abided by the laws governing inspectors general.

    It also was learned last week that the White House is involved in major disputes with two other inspectors general who were poking around the administration’s business, including Neil M. Barofsky, whose job is to serve as watchdog for spending the $787 billion in controversial economic bailout funds.

    All of this suggests that the purported White House mistreatment of independent inspectors general is a scandal that might have real legs. As well it should.

    washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jun/22/walpin-gate-opens-wider/?feat=home_headlines

  111. “Obama, endowed by many with the qualities of a savior, will suddenly look pitiful, inept and weak”–Chris Hedges.

  112. Does that mean she could launch a anti-missile? Just curious.
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    Unfortunately, I think the anti-missile system is another corporate welfare scam. The last successful test was in Sept 07. That test completed the test series with 7 hits out of 12. You have to read the fine print to know that the hits were on war heads with know launch times, know missile trajectories and no counter measures. The last scheduled test was in May of ’08 and it was canceled because of equipment failure.

  113. MEMO

    TO: ALL BIG MEDIA EDITORS

    FR: CORPORATE OWNERS

    RE. RETALIATION AGAINST WHISTLE BLOWERS

    Gentlemen:

    I do not need to remind you where our corporate interests lie and we expect you, our wholly owned subsidiaries to follow our orders.

    Our goal is to ensure the reelection of Barack Obama. We need this puppet for eight years to complete our reconstruction of the global economy.

    Obviously, this will not benefit the critical mass of the American People, so we are relying upon you to continue doing what you have done up to this point which is to say bamboozle them.

    We do not intend to tell you how to do your business. However, we note with approval your past use of the race card and prognostications of disaster to advance and protect his candidacy.

    Our present concern is that a few of you are beginning to show some signs of independence, some tendency to criticize our man and if you value your job and pension you would be wise to reconsider.

    If we are compelled to take precipitous action against you, then obviously we will. But that is not in your interest or ours. We realize you could sue us for wrongful discharge, but you need to understand that we could tie you up in court for years. Dont be stupid.

    Just continue to do what you have been doing up til now and everything will be just fine. Protect Obama at all cost, hide his mistakes and imbue him with the attributes of a god, and you will have no problem from us.

    In fact, you might discover that come Christmas time Santa has been very good to you.

    Cheers

  114. Geez, I am sick of media asking the freaking doctors what they think of Obamacare. What the hell, do people really think the doctors are going to cut off their arm to save their hand. Hell no!! Thats like asking the banking industry if they like that interest rates are going down.
    People that are poor are waiting for care now and it is often given miles from their homes, away from their family. The rich will always get care.
    OMG, I am sick of this healthcare debate. The republicans and others own millions of shares in hospitals, pharmacology companies, long term care facilities, companies that provide equipment to hospitals for diagnostics and all the way down to wax that the use to keep the floors shining. Please listen to the freaking people. WE NEED UHC!!!!!

  115. Confloyd: the Chamber of Commerce is fighting this. They have their own panel of experts. Besides which what do we really know about these doctors, and is there any evidence they understand our needs and circumsances. Often the battle of the experts does not decide the issue–at least before a jury. If the proceeding is before a judge it may or may not be different. Judges are not trained medical experts either and as Cardoza once opined about fine distinctions made by the law of evidence–discrimination so subtle is a feat beyond the compass of ordinary minds, which truth to tell is all that most judges really are. Once in a blue moon you get a genius like Holmes, but typically and even on the Supreme Court they are pretty pedestrian.

  116. wbboei, I have worked with so many doctors that went into the field because of the money. They are the doctors that stand at the door of the exam room and refuse to touch the patient and order a multitude of tests. THis is the reason we have a problem in healthcare.
    The doctors from other countries aren’t any better. They hate americans and will not touch them either. Until we get capitalism out of healthcare we will be in this shape. The republicans are always lookings for ways to make a dime. It makes no difference if it means life or death for poor folk or not.
    Sorry for the uncut truth, but this is the way I see it after 20 years of doctors ordering B.S. exams to find out what is wrong instead of being real doctors and palpating and talking to patients. You see I know after working side by side with these assholes for 20 years.

  117. “this is his Katrina Moment, etc.’

    Much as I’d like that to be true i think the fact that the crisis is occurring on another continent in another country doesn’t (in the eyes of his worshippers) compare to katrina, a disaster involving US citizens on our shores.

  118. “When it comes to the sensitive matter of diplomacy in dangerous times, Power, Rice, Jarrett are three of the last people on earth that a competent President would ever presume to rely on. Simply put, those three are incompetent to protect the strategic interests of this country.”…
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    This is 100% accurate Wbboei……….

  119. Confloyd: I suppose that is true. There is always a bell curve. The ones who inspire us are the ones who have not forgotten the oath they took at the beginning of their career and realize that what separates them from most other professions is their earnest desire to help people within the constraints of a largely dysfunctional system. The weaker ones get discouaged with the battle and succumb to the profit motive. The strong ones persevere, fight on for the rights of their profession, and point the rest of us in the direction of an improved health care system which respects and caters to the needs of its patients. That is the essence what comes though when I read the comments of SHV, for whom I have immense respect. It is more than enough to convince me that there are good doctors out there, just as there are a few good lawyers too. As is often true, the problem is systemic. Fix the system and there will be even more good doctors, lawyers and politicians. The arbitrator told me yesterday that the problem with this country today is everyone can be bought, you just need to figure out the right price. Fortunately, that is not true.

  120. wbboei, I have to say very few of the doctors that I have worked with in 20 years actually give a crap about their patients and neither does the hospitals.
    Its quiet funny everytime I changed jobs and went to a new hospital they had a mission statement that stated how they care for the sick. B.S. it was all about money everytime.
    Healthcare is a dirty industry, it cares about money only, don’t kid yourselves.

  121. I have been very lucky with family doctors. My mother’s was amazing and went above board to take care of her needs. My doctor is the same. I have had her for over 15 years now.

    I have heard horror stories from others though. The biggest problem here is that most of the good doctors are not taking on new patients. Having to go far out into the city outskirts is the result for many. Others just go to medi-clinics as the need arises.

  122. confloyd,

    I guess I’ve been relatively lucky with doctors.

    The one who helped treated me for my previous condition was a doll and his staff made it possible for me to qualify for treatment. He actually called me several times when blood test results were low when he was worried that I needed ‘helper’ drugs.

    My current Dr. (for lymphoma) is equally concerned. True, i have gone for repeat tests but i have thought it’s so she can rule out other possible disease causes and administer the best treatment.

    BTW, I have been equally impressed by 99% of the nurses I come in contact with. You guys are amazing. I go for 6-hour treatments and i cannot believe yet competent and efficient, not to mention kind, the staff is.

  123. Basil9 and others, you have been lucky, there are many out there that are in it for the money.
    They are intelligent and went into the field that make the most money, and many have told me that why they went into the field.
    I worked with a Canadian trained doctor, and I have to say he really is the only one that tried to save money and give the best care. He also was in the field because he really care about patients.

    WE Need to get capitalism out of healthcare!!!!

  124. Much as I’d like that to be true i think the fact that the crisis is occurring on another continent in another country doesn’t (in the eyes of his worshippers) compare to katrina, a disaster involving US citizens on our shores.
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    But Basil, the images are in our living room. Look, I will agree with you to this extent. We do not need to worry whether this is THE Katrina moment of his presidency. Why not? Because by the time we do the post game wrap up to determine why we lost there will be many more Katrina moments of his presidency to choose from. Why? Because we have intractible problems, a deeply flawed leader and a dishonest media that denies us accurate feedback from reality.

    To Bambi I would simply repeat the words of Demosthenes before the Athenian Senate when they were confronted with a similar series of catastophes when confronting the threat posed to that democracy by the autocratic Phillip of Macedon:

    “You take your marching orders from the enemy (not interdicting the North Korean ship, etc.); you have never formed any plan of campaign for yourself (his uncoodinated stabs on the economy); never forseen any event until someone tells you it has happened (the pro democracy rebellion in Iran). . . Our business is not to speculate on what the future may bring but to be sure it will bring disaster, unless you face the facts and consent to do your duty.”

  125. I am an atty and have sued doctors but also have a fed doctor friends. By and large, most doctors could care less about patients. They are very arrogant and view themselves as better than others. My doctor friends openly admit it’s all about the money/billings. I actually joined this MDVIP program down here and pay an extra $1500 a yr (in addition to my monthly premium of $3053 for family of 5 PPO) so I can have immediate access to my doctor whom happens to be a rare exception to the rule.

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