Tomorrow’s Anti-Obama Ads Today

The future anti-Obama advertisements are already written. The ads will begin to air as soon as the 2010 election cycle begins in earnest. The ads will be deadly.

For those wishing to actually see what anti-Obama ads will look and sound like we already have samples. The samples are advertisements already airing in the New Jersey election for governor which will take place this November 2009.

The ads running against Jon Corzine are what we have been saying about Obama since 2007: “Watch what he does, not what he says.

The ad targets Corzine broken promises on jobs which, if only the name and picture changed, describes Obama to an “O”. Obama assured the nation with words that if his “stimulus” scam passed the unemployment rate would be kept under 8 percent. The unemployment rate is now 9.4 percent.

Obama can’t be trusted. Watch what he does, not what he says.

Another advertisement targets Obama Corzine for breaking a “read my lips, no new taxes”. Corzine considered a tax hike but abandoned abandoning the no tax hike pledge.

Obama is considering tax hikes on those earning less than $250,000 a year (taxes on those making over $250,000 are not part of the pledge Obama made). Indeed, Obama has already broken his pledge if the taxes raised on cigarette smokers is part of the equation. Honest reporting would conclude that raising that “sin tax” should fall under that now broken “no tax” pledge umbrella.

Obama is running away from the “no new taxes” honor pledge for those earning $250,000 and no doubt the Obama TelePrompter is already loaded with flowery words to justify the broken pledge as worthy of dishonor.

Jon Corzine faces a tough reelection fight. The self-financed campaign for reelection is sure to be generously funded by Corzine but right now the situation is so bad that Corzine is will bring Obama to New Jersey to campaign for him on July 16.

A new poll raises the question of Obama’s value at campaign events because his own poll numbers show his own poll numbers drifting down.

PPP finds Barack Obama’s approval rating at 53% in New Jersey, a level below that found in any other public polling since he took office, and a result fitting the trend of his slowly declining numbers nationally.

As is the case in most places Obama’s numbers are highly polarized on party lines, with 88% of Democrats but only 13% of Republicans giving him good reviews. Independents are pretty much split down the middle with 46% viewing his performance unfavorably and 43% giving him positive marks.

Obama continues to be very popular with the minority groups who gave him large majorities at the polls in the state last year- 85% of African Americans and 68% of Hispanics say they like the job he’s doing. But among whites he’s dropped into slightly negative territory with 47% disapproving to 46% approval.

It will be interesting to see if Big Media “journalists” will ask Obama about Corzine’s now strong support for Gay-marriage. We suspect that with Big Media it will continue to be a case of “don’t ask, don’t tell”.

Perhaps Jon Corzine will ask Obama why he has NEVER marched in a Gay Pride march. Perhaps Jon Corzine will show Obama the tax advertisement. We doubt Big Media will ask Obama about the waffle on the “no-middle-class-tax-kike vow”.

The White House seems to be retreating from President Barack Obama’s campaign promise that he would not raise taxes on families making less than $250,000.

Under persistent questioning from ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Sunday, Obama senior adviser David Axelrod declined to restate the vow and left open the possibility that the president might sign health care reform legislation that taxes high-cost, employer-provided insurance plans which some middle-class families currently receive tax free.

With Obama it’s always Waffle time.


ED HENRY: Robert, I just wanted to ask about health care. Yesterday on ABC, David Axelrod was asked repeatedly about whether the President would veto any health reform bill that has a tax on people making — a tax increase on anybody making under $250,000 per year. So I want to give you a chance, as well. (Laughter.) Will the President veto — will the President veto any health bill that has a tax —

ROBERT GIBBS: We should get David down here. You know, here’s what — I think we get this question once a week, in some form or another. I think in many ways, Ed, what marks the difference between this health care effort and other health care efforts in the past is exactly what the President described — a very large table with people sitting at it, trying to solve a problem that we’ve been working on for 40 years.

The good news is we’re making significant progress, and all those people are still sitting at the table. We haven’t drawn a lot of bright lines. We understand there’s some flexibility on the part of Congress to work through some of these policy issues. And we’re going to allow that process to continue to make — that process to continue in order to make progress.

HENRY: That may be true, but the President on the campaign said that — he made a flat pledge that he would not raise taxes on anybody making under $250,000. So is that pledge still operable?

GIBBS: Well, again, I think in some ways your question is hypothetical because there are any number of different bills, different proposals. I think the President has outlined what he believes is the very best way to pay for health care.

HENRY: It doesn’t have to be hypothetical. He made a pledge —

GIBBS: I understand.

HENRY: — he said, I am not going to raise taxes on anyone making under $250,000. Is that pledge still active?

GIBBS: We are going to let the process work its way through.



UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: So it’s not. (Laughter.)

GIBBS: We’re going to let the process work its way through. All right?

You have that awfully perplexed look on your face, Mr. Garrett.

MAJOR GARRETT: Well, what would be the reason for reversing among the most conspicuous, if not the most conspicuous, campaign promise that this candidate Obama repeated everywhere across the country?

The Laborers Union is not eating waffles. The Air Line Pilots Association, Amalgamated Transit Union, American Federation of Government Employees, American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada, American Federation of Teachers, American Postal Workers Union, Association of Flight Attendants, Association of Professional Flight Attendants, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way, Communications Workers of America, International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, Association of Fire Fighters, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, InternationalBrotherhood of Electrical Workers, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Longshore and Warehouse Union, International Longshoremen’s Association, International Union of Police Associations, Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO National Air Traffic Controllers Association, National Association of Letter Carriers, Professional Aviation Safety Specialists International Union, Sheet Metal Workers International Association, Transport Workers Union of America, International Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, United Auto Workers, United Mine Workers of America, United Steel Workers, and the United Transportation Union – are not eating waffles. These unions are all opposed to their health benefits getting taxed because in many instances they gave up other compensation in order to get good health care coverage.

Read Obama’s lips, “no new middle class taxes”:


272 thoughts on “Tomorrow’s Anti-Obama Ads Today

  1. S posted this earlier. We love watching it. Helen Thomas thinks the Obama operation is worse than the Nixon thugs:

  2. Good morning, Admin.

    Helen cleaned Gibbs clock yesterday.
    Maybe that old battleax will light a fire under the butts of her wimpish colleagues. How embarrassing that the lady with one foot in the grave is the one who took the bull by the horns (figuratively speaking as gibbs has neither horns nor balls) while her younger, toned, mostly male contemporaries passively lay back and let BO ram his agenda down their throats.


  3. Basil9, Helen’s toughness appeared to have embolded Chip Reid and he spoke up too, finally. “Chip” is sure to get a dressing down when Chris Matthews and the others at NBC/MESSNBC get to him.


    Following a testy exchange during today’s briefing with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas told that not even Richard Nixon tried to control the press the way President Obama is trying to control the press.

    “Nixon didn’t try to do that,” Thomas said. “They couldn’t control (the media). They didn’t try.

    What the hell do they think we are, puppets?” Thomas said. “They’re supposed to stay out of our business. They are our public servants. We pay them.”

    Thomas said she was especially concerned about the arrangement between the Obama Administration and a writer from the liberal Huffington Post Web site. The writer was invited by the White House to President Obama’s press conference last week on the understanding that he would ask Obama a question about Iran from among questions that had been sent to him by people in Iran.

    When you call the reporter the night before you know damn well what they are going to ask to control you,” Thomas said.

    “I’m not saying there has never been managed news before, but this is carried to fare-thee-well–for the town halls, for the press conferences,” she said. “It’s blatant. They don’t give a damn if you know it or not. They ought to be hanging their heads in shame.”

    During today’s briefing, Thomas interrupted a back-and-forth between Gibbs and Chip Reid, the White House correspondent for CBS News, when Reid was questioning Gibbs about who was going to decide what questions would be asked of President Obama in a townhall meeting that was scheduled to take place in Annandale, Va., today.

  5. Good Morning All

    When they brag that this problem has been around the table 40 years, and any campaign promise they want to violate is justified, they are not working for us. In fact they are putting us down. They are putting Helen Thomas down. Helen finally said it

    “What the hell do they think we are, puppets?” Thomas said. “They’re supposed to stay out of our business. They are our public servants. We pay them”

    I can still remember the smirking look on a Ranking Dims here in NM when I suggest that the Governor worked for me.

    That is a song I have been singing for a while, but obviously they don’t think they work for us.

  6. Did you also notice how he puts down Helen Thomas, but becomes more serious with the male reporter who is also discussing this. He treats Helen like she is a joke. Older people in the O campaign were told by Donna, they just were not necessary or important, as they could shove the caucus results down their throats, and they did. Just like Gibbs is embarrassing Thomas by calling her a joke. I wonder how much longer the older people of this country are going to stand by and take it. Oh that is right, you can count on the older Dims people who have trouble making it to caucus etc, to just FALL IN LINE.


    I want Helen on my team.

  7. NewMexicoFan, they obviously don’t think they work for us, or even work:

    Spending by lawmakers on taxpayer-financed trips abroad has risen sharply in recent years, a Wall Street Journal analysis of travel records shows, involving everything from war-zone visits to trips to exotic spots such as the Galápagos Islands.

    The spending on overseas travel is up almost tenfold since 1995, and has nearly tripled since 2001, according to the Journal analysis of 60,000 travel records. Hundreds of lawmakers traveled overseas in 2008 at a cost of about $13 million. That’s a 50% jump since Democrats took control of Congress two years ago.

    The cost of so-called congressional delegations, known among lawmakers as “codels,” has risen nearly 70% since 2005, when an influence-peddling scandal led to a ban on travel funded by lobbyists, according to the data.

  8. For those who think Helen Thomas is wrong (and Obama keeps stealing from the Clintons):

    In the stage-managed event, questions for Obama came from a live audience selected by the White House and the college, and from Internet questions chosen by the administration’s new-media team. Of the seven questions the president answered, four were selected by his staff from videos submitted to the White House Web site or from those responding to a request for “tweets.”

    The president called randomly on three audience members. All turned out to be members of groups with close ties to his administration: the Service Employees International Union, Health Care for America Now, and Organizing for America, which is a part of the Democratic National Committee. White House officials said that was a coincidence.

    The most dramatic moment came from Debby Smith, 53, of Appalachia, Va., who was near tears as she described for Obama her fragile health, including a recently discovered tumor for which she cannot get treatment.

    Obama waved her over and hugged her, saying, “I don’t want you to feel like you’re all alone.” He promised to “find out what we can do within existing law” and called Smith the “perfect example” of the kind of person his health plan is intended to help.

    Afterward, Smith seemed less than satisfied with Obama’s reassurances, telling reporters that it was still unclear how she would get the treatment she needs before she becomes eligible for government aid in nine years.

  9. WOW Admin! When you go for bambi’s jugular I love it. And especially with such amazing and detailed research to back up your claims. I am going to be the first in line to purchase the annals of hillaryis44 when you publish.

    As far as Gibbs is concerned, he is an empy-headed clown just like his boss. He goes around with a sarcastic smirk on his face and he makes a joke out of everything because he has no answers.

  10. Friendship between Ireland and US ‘vital’ to both, says Clinton

    Thu, Jul 02, 2009

    US SECRETARY of state Hillary Clinton has said the friendship between Ireland and the United States was “vital” to both and would deepen under the new US ambassador to Ireland.

    Mrs Clinton was speaking in Washington DC yesterday at the swearing in ceremony of new ambassador Daniel Rooney .

    “We are sending you one of our best” Mrs Clinton said. “There is no greater champion of Irish-American relations than Dan Rooney. The new ambassador was assuming his post “at a crucial time”, she said.

    Daniel Rooney is a prominent Irish-American businessman, the owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers American football team and co-founder of the American-Ireland Fund. He is taking over from Thomas C Foley.

    During a visit to Ireland in the early 1970s, Mr Rooney “saw for himself the destructive effects of deprivation and division, he founded the American-Ireland Fund,” she said. The Ireland funds operate in 11 countries “uniting people of Irish descent to further progress in their ancestral homeland,” Mrs Clinton said.

    Mr Rooney is due to arrive in Dublin today and is expected to present his credentials to President Mary McAleese tomorrow before assuming his duties.

    Mrs Clinton said Ireland and the US would would continue to emphasise the peace process in Northern Ireland. The countries are connected by “political, economic, cultural, and certainly familial ties” and share a “a deep and rich history” Mrs Clinton said. “We are so grateful to the Irish immigrants who sweated and sacrificed to build this country and who broke down barriers at every level of society.”

  11. July 1, 2009

    Specter, Gillibrand Face Primary Challenges

    Posted by Prerana Swami

    (AP)Al Franken’s victory in the Minnesota Senate race gives Democrats a filibuster-proof majority in that chamber, and President Obama wants to keep it that way. That’s why he has been asking Democrats across the country to refrain from challenging incumbent Democratic senators in primary races.

    But Representatives Joe Sestak and Carolyn Maloney, seen left, are disregarding Mr. Obama’s request. Both have announced their candidacy for 2010 Senate Democratic primaries.

    According to the Pennsylvanian Wayne Independent, Sestak said Wednesday that he will challenge Senator Arlen Specter, the Republican-turned-Democrat of Pennsylvania. Speculation about Sestak’s bid has been circulating for some time now. Last week, he wrote in a fundraising e-mail saying that he believed Specter would not be reelected to the Senate and that it was “time for a change.”

    “The leading polling organization in the state released its latest poll that finds a strong majority — 57% — of Pennsylvanians now believe Arlen Specter does not deserve to be reelected to the U.S. Senate; that it’s time for a change!” Sestak wrote,as Politico reports.

    According to a newly released Rassmussen poll, Specter is leading Sestak 51 percent to 32 percent, although Sestak hadn’t officially announced his candidacy at the time of the survey.

    Former potential challenger Joe Torsella has already endorsed Specter, saying that he will “work hard” on issues “most important to me and families across Pennsylvania,” Talking Points Memo reports. Specter defected from the GOP in part because it would boost his chances for reelection.

    A spokeswoman for Carolyn Maloney, meanwhile, announced today that the New York representative would run against incumbent New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the Associated Press reports. “She’s definitely decided to run,” a senior adviser to Maloney told the New York Daily News.

    According to the AP, a statement by Maloney’s chief strategist Paul Blank says that the representative feels New York needs a “strong, experienced and independent leader.” Blank also says Maloney will make the announcement herself in two weeks.

    A recent Quinnipiac University poll shows Maloney leading Gillibrand among Democrats 27 percent to 23 percent with 44 percent undecided, CNN reports.

    Gillibrand was appointed to the Senate by New York governor David Paterson to fill the seat vacated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

  12. NKorea fires three short-range missiles

    By Lim Chang-Won – 3 hours ago

    SEOUL (AFP) — North Korea on Thursday test-fired three short-range missiles, fuelling tension sparked by its nuclear standoff, as a US team held talks in China on ways to make UN sanctions bite against Pyongyang.

    The projectiles were thought to be ground-to-ship missiles and were launched in the early evening into the East Sea (Sea of Japan), South Korea’s defence ministry said.

    It was the first military action which the hardline communist state had taken since the United Nations on June 12 imposed tougher sanctions for its May 25 nuclear test.

    The North had warned Japanese ship operators on Wednesday to stay clear of some areas off its east and west coasts during military exercises lasting until July 11, raising the spectre of more tests in the near future.

    South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo newspaper, quoting an intelligence source, said the North in the coming days is likely to fire a series of short-range missiles.

    Apart from ground-to-ship weapons with a range of 140 kilometres (88 miles), it said these would likely include Scud-B missiles with a range of 340 km.

    The North may also fire Rodongs, whose 1,300-km range would likely be shortened to some 400 km for the current round of testing, the paper predicted.

    In the days after its atomic test — the second since 2006 — Pyongyang had fired a total of six short-range missiles and renounced the truce in force on the Korean peninsula.

    In response to the UN resolution tightening curbs on its missile and atomic activities it had vowed to build more nuclear bombs.

    US and South Korean officials believe ailing leader Kim Jong-Il, 67, is staging a show of strength to bolster his authority as he tries to put in place a succession plan involving his youngest son.

    Japan’s Prime Minister Taro Aso condemned the exercise, telling reporters: “We have repeatedly warned that such a provocative act is not beneficial for North Korea’s national interest.”

    In Beijing, a US delegation Thursday met officials for talks on giving the UN sanctions more teeth. The support of China, the North’s sole major ally and largest trade partner, is seen as crucial in making the sanctions stick. The delegation, led by Philip Goldberg — the State Department’s point man on coordinating implementation of the sanctions — met officials from the foreign ministry, the US embassy said.
    His team includes members of the National Security Council and the departments of Treasury and Defence.

    Goldberg declined comment on China’s position. “The US position is that we want all the various aspects of the resolutions to work,” he told reporters. “It is our intention to fully implement the resolutions.”

    US warships have since mid-June been tracking a North Korean ship suspected of carrying weapons. The Kang Nam 1 was reportedly headed for Myanmar but US officials said Tuesday it has now turned back.

    China, which stresses diplomacy over force with its neighbour, said its top envoy on the North Korean nuclear issue, Wu Dawei, had begun a visit to Russia, the United States, Japan and South Korea. They are members of a forum which has tried since 2003 to persuade the North to disarm in return for energy aid and diplomatic and security benefits.

    The North announced it was quitting the talks after the UN censured its long-range rocket launch on April 5. North and South Korea meanwhile held more talks about the fate of their last major joint business project, the Seoul-funded Kaesong industrial estate just north of the border. But they failed to narrow differences or set the date for their next meeting, Seoul officials said.

    The South rejects the North’s demand for huge pay rises and rent increases at Kaesong, and demands freedom for a South Korean worker who has been held for more than 90 days. The North alleges the man slandered its political system and tried to incite a local woman worker to defect. It refuses to grant access to him.

  13. I hope Specter get thrown under the bus. Maybe the voters are tired of him switching parties. I hope they can see right through him. Throw the old geezer out.

  14. The house of race cards is on a downward spiral and just in time for a great Independence Day.The circus clown of the the three ring bolgney is being dumped by the MSM.I believe that Helen Thomas should be named ;The true journalist and patriot of the year for her fight to expose the enemy within the White House.I will keep saying “Stay Ready Hillary Your Time To Lead Us Is Near”.Americans are finally showing some real signs of having awakened to the reality that they have been snookered,lied to,and made victims of the race card by the use of divide and conquer fueled by fear of restitution and redistribution.This may well be the most important Independence Day in our History and I may yet live to see America back in safe hands.

    By ABM90.



    Apparently obama is only able to stimulate a crisis.

    The numbers continue to prove that Krugman was right, the stimulus was too small, what was spent was misdirected, plus there are “shovel ready” projects on hold, and those who did not need help got $$’s in their pocket (if you contributed to Obama’s campaign).

    467K jobs cut in June; jobless rate at 9.5 percent

    By JEANNINE AVERSA, AP Economics Writer Jeannine Aversa, Ap Economics Writer – 24 mins ago
    WASHINGTON – Employers cut a larger-than-expected 467,000 jobs in June, driving the unemployment rate up to a 26-year high of 9.5 percent, suggesting that the economy’s road to recovery will be bumpy.

    The Labor Department report, released Thursday, showed that even as the recession flashes signs of easing, companies likely will want to keep a lid on costs and be wary of hiring until they feel certain the economy is on solid ground.

    June’s payroll reductions were deeper than the 363,000 that economists expected and average weekly earnings dropped to the lowest level in nearly a year.

    However, the rise in the unemployment rate from 9.4 percent in May wasn’t as sharp as the expected 9.6 percent. Still, many economists predict the jobless rate will hit 10 percent this year, and keep rising into next year, before falling back.

    All told, 14.7 million people were unemployed in June.

    If laid-off workers who have given up looking for new jobs or have settled for part-time work are included, the unemployment rate would have been 16.5 percent in June, the highest on records dating to 1994.

    “We were on the road of things getting less bad in the jobs market, and that has been temporarily waylaid,” said economist Ken Mayland, president of ClearView Economics. “But this doesn’t change my view that the recession will end later this year. We’re probably two months away.”

    On Wall Street, the employment news pulled stocks lower. The Dow Jones industrials lost about 170 points in morning trading, and broader indices also fell.

    Since the recession began in December 2007, the economy has lost a net total of 6.5 million jobs.

    As the downturn bites into sales and profits, companies have turned to layoffs and other cost-cutting measures to survive. Those include holding down workers’ hours and freezing or cutting pay.

    The average work week in June fell to 33 hours, the lowest on records dating to 1964.

    Layoffs in May turned out to smaller, 322,000, versus the 345,000 first reported. But job cuts in April were a bit deeper — 519,000 versus 504,000, according to government data.

    Even with higher pace of job cuts in June, the report indicates that the worst of the layoffs have passed. The deepest job cuts of the recession came in January, when 741,000 jobs vanished, the most in any month since 1949.

    And there was some other encouraging job news Thursday.

    In a separate report, the department said the number of newly laid-off workers filing applications for unemployment benefits fell last week to 614,000, in line with economists’ predictions. The number of people continuing to draw benefits unexpectedly dropped to 6.7 million.

    Meanwhile, the Commerce Department said orders placed with U.S. factories rose 1.2 percent in May, the most in 11 months. The increase also was better than economists expected.

    Still, job losses last month were widespread.

    Professional and business services slashed 118,000 jobs, more than double the 48,000 cut in May. Manufacturers cut 136,000, down from 156,000. Construction companies got rid of 79,000 jobs, up from 48,000 the previous month. Retailers eliminated 21,000, up from 17,600. Financial activities cut 27,000, following 30,000 in May. The government cut 52,000 jobs, up from 10,000 the previous month. Leisure and hospitality cut 18,000 jobs, erasing a gain of the same size in May.

    One of the few industries adding jobs: education and health services, which added 34,000 positions last month and 47,000 in May.

    Mayland and other economists said a good chunk of June’s job losses likely were affected by shutdowns at General Motors Corp. and fallout from the troubled auto industry, which should let up later this summer. The government said employment at factories making autos and parts fell by 27,000 last month.

    Payroll losses and the unemployment rate are derived from two separate statistical surveys. The jobless rate probably would have moved higher if not for people dropping out of the labor force.

    With the weakness in the job market, workers didn’t see any wage gains in June. Average hourly earnings were flat at $18.53. Average weekly earnings fell from $613.34 in May, to $611.49 in June, the lowest level in nearly a year and the first drop since March. That raises fresh questions about consumers’ willingness to spend in the months ahead.

    The worst crises in the housing, credit and financial markets since the 1930s have plunged the country into the longest recession since World War II.

    Many think the jobless rate could rise as high as 10.7 percent by the second quarter of next year before it starts to make a slow descent. Some think the rate will top out at 11 percent. The post-World War II high was 10.8 percent at the end of 1982, when the country had suffered through a severe recession.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke predicts the recession will end this year, with many economists forecasting that the economy will start to grow again as soon as the current July-September quarter.

    But recoveries after financial crises tend to be slow, which is why economists predict it will take years for the job market to return to normal. Some predict the nation’s unemployment rate won’t drop to 5 percent until 2013.

    An elevated unemployment rate could become a political liability for President Barack Obama when congressional elections are held next year. The last time the unemployment rate topped 10 percent, the party of the president — then Ronald Reagan’s GOP — lost 26 House seats in midterm elections in 1982.

    So far, many people are saving — rather than spending — the extra money in their paychecks from Obama’s tax cut, blunting its help in bracing the economy. Much of the economic benefit of Obama’s increased government spending on big public works projects won’t kick in until 2010, analysts say.

    The White House last week said federal money was being shoveled out of Washington quickly, but states aren’t steering the cash to counties that need jobs the most.

    Large job cuts have continued this week. Newspaper publisher Gannett Co. said it plans to cut 1,400 jobs in the next few weeks, about 3 percent of the work force, as it faces a prolonged slump in advertising revenue. Farm machinery company Deere & Co. said 800 salaried employees, or 3 percent of its salaried work force, took a voluntary buyout offer.

  16. I have finaly figured out what it is about Robert Gibbs that I don’t like! It absolutely doesn’t make any difference what question someones asks him he sidesteps and banters, never does he give an anwers.
    He so much reminds me of Bagdad Bob, do you guys remember him?? We were flying overhead and dropping bombs in Bagdad and he was saying the skies are clear and there was no one in the skies over Bagdad. This GIbbs guy says and does the same thing. I can see why before Obama’s first 6months in office takes place Helen Thomas is just SICK of the whole BS. THey freaking never answer a question, you see this in all communists states.

  17. So what would happen if Gibbs held a news briefing and nobody showed up? Not that it would happen with the obama media cult, but wouldn’t it be wonderful to slam Gibbs and his master like that.

  18. JanH, I read an article that very few came to hear Biden speak in Erie, Pennsylvania, so people are getting tired of the circus.


    I could imagine loudly screaming if a President McCain or Clinton did a partial pullout of Iraq. “They call it a pull-out, but they just relocated them out of the cities. Totally bogus, dude!!!”

    I could imagine them yelling, “We’re attempting to drawn down in Iraq, but now we’re escalating in Afghanistan, and there doesn’t seem to be much planning.”

    So what say ye now? “Um, er, Obama realizes we need to refocus on Afghanistan, because killing civilians in pursuit of bin Laden is justified…I think. He’s a man of peace, dammit. Stop the hate.”


    Good luck using the big hammer approach on the sneaky Taliban in Afghani-Paki-stan. You put a big presence HERE, they move over there.

    I’m not saying “give up on Afghanistan”, but let’s see if obama has a game plan. Or is he a rookie who’ll let generals tell him what they want?

    Marines exchange fire with Taliban in searing heat

    Associated Press Writer

    NAWA, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Marines hiked through searing heat and took fire from small pockets of militants Thursday after landing in this Taliban-controlled southern region of tree-lined fields, mud homes and crisscrossing waterways in the first major operation under President Barack Obama’s strategy to stabilize Afghanistan.

    Elsewhere, the U.S. military announced that insurgents were believed to have captured an American soldier missing in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday. The missing soldier was not involved in Operation Khanjar, or “Strike of the Sword,” under way in southern Afghanistan.

    The southern offensive was launched shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday (4:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday, 2030 GMT), as thousands of Marines poured from helicopters and armored vehicles into Taliban-controlled villages in Helmand province, a Taliban stronghold and the world’s largest opium poppy-producing area. The goal is to clear insurgents from the hotly contested region before the nation’s Aug. 20 presidential election.

    The Marines have not suffered any serious casualties and have seen only a sporadic resistance, said Lt. Abe Sipe, a spokesman for the unit.

    “The enemy has chosen to withdraw rather than engage for the most part,” Sipe said. “We had a couple of heat casualties, but not deemed serious in nature at this time.”

  21. rgb, it’s asinine. Did we learn NOTHING from the long Soviet-Afghan war? You cannot fight them by going in with a big push, when they disappear into the hills and fight a guerilla war. It’s insane.

    They melt away, come back later when you’re gone. It’s a game of wack-a-mole, and there are more moles than there are soldiers. We are repeating the Soviet war there.

    Clearing the villages of taliban for the election sounds great – don’t want the people intimidated in their vote. But get a CLUE – those villagers know damn well that the Taliban will be back as soon as the election is over, and the American troops disappear. These people are NOT stupid, and are not going to bank their lives and their homes on the temporary protection of US troops, when they will be left ALONE again to face that Taliban in a month.

  22. rgb, it’s asinine. Did we learn NOTHING from the long Soviet-Afghan war?
    Nothing whatsoever. Of all the places on earth to invest, of all the enemies, of all the allies, of all the terrains, Obama condemns way and then doubles down in quicksand, while the uber despicalbe maggots of move on dot org avert their eyes, and betray the very principles we knew they never had, which were merely political positions of convenience as they bounce against the walls and slobber over the object of their repressed sublimated sexual instincts which have morphed into politics. I have now talked with one too many of them to believe that is not part of the motivation, and Hedges confirms that this was in fact part of the marketing strategy of Brand Obama. Politically speaking there is no lower form of life than these little tyrants. Their closest relative is the smallpox virus.

  23. Terrain is a huge factor in Afghanistan. Read Clausewitz. The moutainous terrain affords the defenders huge advantages, and elevates defensive war over offensive war. We have chosen the offensive positon. So did Russia in the twentieth century and Britain prior to that. And what about the Afghan Army. Are they poppy groing tribes or people with the vision of a nation state. Can we make an army of them, or will they prove to be a rag tag band of party animals and deserters. The video I saw a few months back in not encouraging. So where is that fucking Marcos, Move On Dot Org. My hat is off to the US Military in general and our beloved Marine Corps in particular. But lets not give them an impossible mission to die for so politicians of the left like the right can feel important. In some respects it presents the age old question of engagement vs containment.

  24. As one who has admired Helen Thomas for oh, sooo many years, I want to say that when Helen Thomas dies, she ought to be named the patron saint of journalism.
    Her book “Watchdogs of Democracy?” ought to be required reading in high school.
    Helen Thomas is the epitome of courage and integrity in journalism, and she always aims her barbs with intelligence and piercing insight. We have seen the slippery clay feet of so many journalists we respected, but Helen has never sold out or backed down. Long may she live!!

  25. I am quite sure the people advising Obama are telling him we cannot allow an Islamic Republic to arise in Afghanistan. But if that is true, then why did traitor Obama fail to respond to the democratic forces in Iran. The man is a human question mark. No one knows what he will say or do from one moment to the next. To try to make policy with this yo-yo bouncing off the walls, changing his position from minute to minute. He praises by morning what he condemns by night and bots belive his last position right. But what about the people who are trying to make policy, lead departments, adjust their position to conform to his, or adversaries calibrating their position in respose to his. Simply put we have an idiot at the helm who listens to no one but his inner child and reserves the right to change his opionion with no notice. The only useful mechanism for predicting what he will do next is the three part test alluded to earlier.

  26. NK seems to be shooting off rockets today, I guess in anticipation of the ones that are suppose to hit Alaska and Hawaii. I guess we are just sitting by and watching them. Our do nothing President no doubt is ready to start grillin in the WH for the 4th.

  27. “Watchdogs of Democracy?”
    Thank you Grape! That was once the role of the press in a free society, with no question mark behind it. At times, it was honored more in the breach than in the observance. But the standard was to be a credible check and balance on power.

    Today, the press is controlled by corporations like GE. When the corporations who control the press also control the administration the role changes from check on power to propagadnist and enabler of power. The press is reduced to a shill and paid for puppet of the administration which is all that the NBC/MSNBC organization is now. An old dead tree in the forrest, still standing but infested with fungus, termites and parasties which will fall to the ground in the next big windstorm.

  28. wbboei,

    Regarding the press and the recent financial successes of Goldman Sachs and Citibank, one need only look at Obama’s top donor list to understand:

    University of California $1,385,675
    Goldman Sachs $980,945
    Microsoft Corp $806,299
    Harvard University $793,460
    Google Inc $790,564
    Citigroup Inc $657,268
    JPMorgan Chase & Co $650,758
    Stanford University $580,904
    Sidley Austin LLP $574,938
    Time Warner $547,951
    National Amusements Inc $541,251
    WilmerHale $524,292
    UBS AG $522,019
    IBM Corp $518,557
    Skadden, Arps et al $510,274
    Columbia University $503,566
    Morgan Stanley $490,873
    US Government $479,956
    General Electric $479,454
    Latham & Watkins $467,311

  29. JanH Says:

    July 2nd, 2009 at 10:55 am
    So what would happen if Gibbs held a news briefing and nobody showed up? Not that it would happen with the obama media cult, but wouldn’t it be wonderful to slam Gibbs and his master like that.

    Why bother going to old school news briefings when they can be at Obama-News for sale events?

    …this time they got caught red handed… CANCELLED…oops!

    Washington Post Publisher and Chief Executive Officer Katharine Weymouth said today she was cancelling plans for an exclusive “salon” at her home where, for as much as $250,000, the Post offered lobbyists and association executives off-the-record, nonconfrontational access to “those powerful few”: Obama administration officials, members of Congress, and even the paper’s own reporters and editors.

    The astonishing offer was detailed in a flier circulated Wednesday to a health care lobbyist, who provided it to a reporter because the lobbyist said he felt it was a conflict for the paper to charge for access to, as the flier says, its “health care reporting and editorial staff.”

    With the newsroom in an uproar after POLITICO reported the solicitation, Weymouth and Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli both said they were not aware of the flier.


    Brauchli told Kurtz he was “appalled” by the plan.”It suggests that access to Washington Post journalists was available for purchase,” Brauchli told Kurtz. The proposal “promises we would suspend our usual skeptical questioning because it appears to offer, in exchange for sponsorships, the good name of The Washington Post.”

    Earlier this morning, Brauchili said in a staffwide e-mail that the newsroom would not participate in the first of the planned events — a dinner scheduled July 21 at the home of Katharine Weymouth. Brauchli,was named on the flier as one of the “Hosts and Discussion Leaders.”

    The offer — which essentially turns a news organization into a facilitator for private lobbyist-official encounters — was a new sign of the lengths to which news organizations will go to find revenue at a time when most newspapers are struggling for survival.


    IMO, Helen Thomas, our patron saint of old school journalists, just spoke TRUTH TO POWER about the tip of this Obama iceberg…

    this whole charade needs constant exposure…

  30. ADMIN…just a thought…maybe you can ‘find’ a copy of the ‘Washington Post flier’…and ‘circulate’ here…

  31. NK seems to be shooting off rockets today, I guess in anticipation of the ones that are suppose to hit Alaska and Hawaii. I guess we are just sitting by and watching them. Our do nothing President no doubt is ready to start grillin in the WH for the 4th.
    Oh come on Confloyd. They are just celebrating the Fourth of July, a few days early. Obama aint worried. What–me?–worry?? Getoutahere!

    Fine and dandy. But here is the rub: Obama signalled weakness when he backed down on interdicting the North Korean ship. Now they are pressing the advantage–and threatening Japan. And Obama is begging China to pull everyones chessnuts out of the fire.

    A thoughtful man, in a thoughtful house, in a thoughtful adminiatration so goes the big media refrain. Let China do it.

    Is it really in Chinas interest? China has certain strategic interests. They want to lure Japan away from us, China wants us out of Asia and the south China Sea. China want us look to weak.

    In other words, they benefit from this state of uncertainty. If we will not defend our own interests, then we cannot reasonably expect them to do so.

    But Obama does not care because he hates America and hates to make a decision. Indecision is his stock in trade. Change is now understood to mean changing his mind minute to minute.

  32. But if that is true, then why did traitor Obama fail to respond to the democratic forces in Iran.
    That is the question that needs to be asked of the WH foreign policy “team”. As Robert Gibbs described Obama at the beginning of the term: “He is a restless soul”..A “restless soul” only has time for B-ball games,golf, parties and travel, not for thinking about problems. He just reads the words that his handlers shove under his nose.

  33. California Starting to Pay With I.O.U.’s

    Published: July 2, 2009

    LOS ANGELES — Its budget gap growing and its political process for addressing the gap unhinged, California will begin Thursday to pay vendors and taxpayers with i.o.u.’s, only the second time the state has adopted the emergency payment method since the Great Depression.

    A state board will meet Thursday morning to set the interest rate for the i.o.u.’s — known officially as warrants — as well as their maturity date. By Thursday afternoon, state officials said, 28,742 warrants worth $53.3 million will be printed and readied for distribution.

    The bulk of the warrants will be issued to Californians waiting their income tax refunds, though some will be issued to local governments as well as vendors doing business with the state. Federal and state laws prohibit paying state employees, schools, or Medicaid recipients with the warrants.

    The issuance of i.o.u.’s comes after state lawmakers and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger failed to agree on how to close a state budget hole — now roughly $27 billion — by the end of the fiscal yearon Wednesday. The state is essentially too short on cash to pay its bills, and will continue to issue warrants — with potential long-term serious damage to the state’s credit rating — until the budget impasse is resolved.

    In the meantime, Mr. Schwarzenegger, a Republican, has ordered state workers to take a third furlough day each month, beginning next Friday, to help stave off a further cash crisis in the state. On Wednesday, he proclaimed a fiscal emergency and called for a special session to continue the budget debate.

    Vendors and state residents who receive warrants may take them to a bank or credit union that accepts them for cash, or hold on to them until their maturity date — which will probably be sometime in October — and get their cash plus the accrued interest.

    The setting of the interest rate, which can range from zero to 5 percent under state law, will likely be a matter of contentious debate; a low rate could mean fewer financial institutions will find it profitable to accept the i.o.u.’s, causing further financial turmoil in the state, while a high rate could drag state finances further down the hole.

    Democrats in the State Legislature tried unsuccessfully to stave off the need for the warrants through piece-meal budget cutting earlier in the week that was blocked by Republican lawmakers. The Democrats, who are in the majority in both houses of the legislature, are at bitter war with the governor, who said he would sign no budget legislation that did not close the entire budget gap and include several significant policy changes that would have impact on future budgets.

    The governor held his first of two planned news conference in Southern California here Thursday intended to denounce the lawmakers, whom he has already taken to task in every possible media — television, video and Twitter feed — for mulling, in one instance, changes to a law concerning the tail of cows while the budget stalemate continued. He also promoted several policy initiatives, including some that are sure to run afoul of public employee unions, which have historically been aligned with Democrats.

    “I know that the legislature historically is kicking that can down the aisle,” Mr. Schwarzenegger said during his news conference in Los Angeles. “Right now we don’t have the time.” He added: “The legislature has decided it is more important to protect state employees and special interest other than protecting the people.”

    As the political circus showed no signs of ending, residents and businesses across the state braced for the shock of being paid with a promise.

    As of Thursday morning, only a credit union in Sacramento and Bank of America had formally agreed to accept the warrants, which would be mailed Thursday afternoon or Friday morning, depending on how long they took to print, according to the state controller’s office.

  34. Is it really in Chinas interest? China has certain strategic interests. They want to lure Japan away from us, China wants us out of Asia and the south China Sea. China want us look to weak.
    Excellent point!!! The Chinese have been playing these games for three thousand years. The Chinese know that the NKs are no threat but are useful “boogeymen” to make the US look impotent and to have Obama (“tiu lien”) lose face in SE Asia.

  35. Independent Ben Says:

    July 2nd, 2009 at 1:57 pm
    Independent Ben, I noticed UBS somewhere in the middle. That is very deceiving. Two points here are noteworthy.

    First, the contribution belies the central role they played in Obamas financial empire. There is a man named Wolf with UBS who helped planned Obamas campaign and his fundraising scam. Soros introduced him to Obama in January 2008.

    Second, UBS is a Swiss Bank who keeps the names of its depositors secret and they have done for centuries. Those depositors in turn may be part of the group who are controlling this fool, and looting the middle class. That may be part of the reason why it is so hard to get to the bottom of this, without being accused of being a conspiracy nut.

    I do not mind being called a conspiracy nut because all history is about conspiracies. I just want to make sure the conclusions are accurate and the evidence is there to support it because the accusation is always followed by denial, and then you need to have the goods.

    And here they are hidden behind bank secrecy laws.

  36. Text from the WP Lobbyist Flier below…

    July 02, 2009

    Washington Post’s pay-to-play flyer leaked

    The Washington Post tried to sell access to its health care reporting staff, senior managers and even to Obama administration officials.

    The scheme was so brazen that it shocked the conscience of a health care lobbyist (!), prompting said lobbyist to leak a promotional flier to Politico.

    Officially, the Post was offering lobbyists and CEOs a chance to sponsor an off-the-record dinner “salons” where they could interact with the aforementioned bigwigs in an a non-confrontational environment:

    The flier says: “Spirited? Yes. Confrontational? No. The relaxed setting in the home of Katharine Weymouth assures it. What is guaranteed is a collegial evening, with Obama administration officials, Congress members, business leaders, advocacy leaders and other select minds typically on the guest list of 20 or less. …

    “Offered at $25,000 per sponsor, per Salon. Maximum of two sponsors per Salon. Underwriters’ CEO or Executive Director participates in the discussion. Underwriters appreciatively acknowledged in printed invitations and at the dinner. Annual series sponsorship of 11 Salons offered at $250,000 … Hosts and Discussion Leaders … Health-care reporting and editorial staff members of The Washington Post … An exclusive opportunity to participate in the health-care reform debate among the select few who will actually get it done. … A Washington Post Salon … July 21, 2009 6:30 p.m. … [Politico]

    The post’s executive editor, Marcus Brauchli, says he is appalled and the flier: “As written, the newsroom could not participate in an event like this. We do believe there is an opportunity to have a conferences and events business, and that The Post should be leading these conversations in Washington, big or small, while maintaining journalistic integrity. The newsroom will participate where appropriate.”

    In his e-mail to the newsroom, labeled “Newsroom Independence,” Brauchli wrote: “Colleagues, A flyer was distributed this week offering an ‘underwriting opportunity’ for a dinner on health-care reform, in which the news department had been asked to participate. The language in the flyer and the description of the event preclude our participation. [Politico]

    The Post is spinning this story as a case of overzealous marketing executive promising things they should have known the paper would never deliver.

    Brauchli says that the newsroom won’t participate because of how the event was described in the flier, not that he’s opposed to the paper pimping our his reporters to lobbyists in general.

    Sadly, there’s nothing unusual about lobbyists buying access to decision-makers and reporters by underwriting events under the auspices of news organizations. In fact, it’s such an entrenched racket that an entire think tank/industrial complex has sprung up to facilitate this kind of elite schmoozing disguised as journalistic or scholarly activity.

    Investigative journalist Ken Silverstein went undercover to expose the seediest aspects of international lobbying in his book Turkmeniscam. He went lobbyist-shopping disguised as an agent of Turkmenistan, a Stalinist dictatorship in central Asia. Lobbyists told him that for a price they could custom-craft a Turkmenistan-friendly panel and get it sponsored by a respected publication.

    No wonder the Post canned Dan Froomkin, champion of accountability journalism. It’s ironic that publications like the Washington Independent have been denied press passes on Capitol Hill on the grounds that they are non-profit news outlets. The official line is that non-profit news outlets aren’t eligible because they could be underwritten by lobbying interests. Whereas, if you make a half-assed effort to turn a profit by selling access, you’re a legitimate news organization. God bless America!

  37. California Starting to Pay With I.O.U.’s
    That’s the joke with the “the jobs report could have been worse” analysis. We are just beginning to see the unwinding of the State employment system. People aren’t spending, sales taxes are falling, and Obama is giving money to the looters of the economy rather than help the States.

  38. JanH Says:

    July 2nd, 2009 at 2:19 pm
    Text from the WP Lobbyist Flier below…

    thanks, JanH…oh the tangled web they weave…

  39. [sigh] Obama is preparing to make a speech, from the Rose Garden, about jobs. Does this man have to be on television and in our faces “every” single day?

  40. Appropos of my earlier comment, I see that Foreign Policy Magazine has a lead article about a campaign by our Marine Corps to build an effective fighting force among the Afghan tribes. They rely on the diary of a British Cavalry officer in 1840. A better source would be the writings of Lawrence of Arabia (The Seven Pillars of Wisdom) but they do not mention that. In any event, if you are interested here is what they say:

  41. I guess with dropping polls, floundering health care plan, etc…it makes sense that bambi is taking his show on the road. I wonder if it will be complete with magic tricks, canned music…er questions…paid audience attendance.

  42. Obama’s handlers have to be sh*tting their pants over the continuing job loses…it hard to spin a “real” unemployment rate of >16.5%.

    “The losses for June brought the tally of jobs shed since the beginning of the recession to 6.5 million — a figure equivalent to the net job gains over the previous nine years.

    “This is the only recession since the Great Depression to wipe out all jobs growth from the previous business cycle,” Heidi Shierholz, an economist at the labor-oriented Economic Policy Institute in Washington, said in a research note. She called this fact “a devastating benchmark for the workers of this country and a testament to both the enormity of the current crisis and to the extreme weakness of jobs growth from 2000 to 2007.”

  43. Obama’s handlers have to be sh*tting their pants over the continuing job loses…it hard to spin a “real” unemployment rate of >16.5%.
    This is the issue the Tea Parties should be taking on. The tax implications of Obama policies are easily dismissed because much of their real impact is deferred. Job loss, growing unemployment, no bottom and no recovery in sight (although seasonal factors may arrest the downward spiral for now) those are the wolf at the door. And for every one who loses their job, the second shoe drops when they run out of unemployment compensation. And for everyone who loses their job there are at least three who are worried about it. And this months losses were 30% worse than projected. If these facts were properly highlighted the CNN ploy of sending their little shill in to interview the silliest attendee at the tea party and dismiss the message of the group would be dead on arrival. The hard issue of unemployment needs to be throw in Obamas face, somethere between his meetings with the bulls, nights on the town, Napoleonic gestures and dance of Salome for the likes of Sullivan.

  44. Give it a year or two and there will be marches on Washington. At that point, the funnyman from Minnesota who is “thrilled” to be seated in the Senate, and who among us is not “thrilled” for him, can decide whether he is still “thrilled” with the way things are going under Obama.

  45. If the administration thinks they can convert the current economic crisis into a discussion of who lost china they are mistaken. Possession is nine points of the law when it comes to disputed propery, and to economic crisis. He is after all the one who promised change, hope and all the rest of that happy horseshit.

  46. um…timid little me is not so thrilled about him becoming a senatory. I may be dating myself but I can’t forget his Saturday Night Live background. Hard to take him seriously now.

  47. wbboei @ 2:04, Obama’s approach to foreign govt.’s acting out is to say to them, “Now, you all just be nice to us and each other or we will have to put in time out, now you all just run along and be nice and we can all live on this shared planet harmoneously”.
    THis guy sucks, we should have boarded that ship and kick their asses back to NK.

  48. um…timid little me is not so thrilled about him becoming a senatory. I may be dating myself but I can’t forget his Saturday Night Live background. Hard to take him seriously now.
    I was being facetious. The man is a 14 carrot asshole. Next thing you know Bambi will be offering some high position in government to Ed Schultz who is one french fry short of a happy meal.

  49. bbbut wwoebi….if you describe him like that, then I think he will fit in well with the rest of those “14 carrot assholes.” Of course with bambi leading the pack.

    It’s almost like Hollywood Squares…lol…with bambi in the middle one.

  50. Independent Ben Says:

    July 2nd, 2009 at 2:35 pm
    [sigh] Obama is preparing to make a speech, from the Rose Garden, about jobs. Does this man have to be on television and in our faces “every” single day?

    The RGB Times has obtained **exclusive** access to (parts of) Obama’s “Jobs Speech”.

    ““Today, the unemployment numbers have been released, and you have to say to yourself, ‘That is definitely a very promising trend. Less jobs are being lost every month. 700,000, then 650,000, now under 500,000’. I too am excited about the progress we’ve been making in creating and saving jobs. There are many new jobs in federal government that involve the juggling of statistics and fudging of facts. This is something my administration really needs. I have a full time staff to handle the spin of what on the surface looks like an entirely botched stimulus plan, what some have referred to as “Obama’s Katrina moment”. I too am encourage that at staged events, paid actors with planted questions can keep a positive spin on what has been a disaster. I applaud Mr. Axelrod in keeping America’s chin up. Enjoy your July 4th, I know I will.”

  51. I guess Obama’s other strategy is to get out the big bully China and sic them on the NK.

  52. Scandal at the Washington Post via DailyBeast

    When a lobbyist schools the Washington Post on ethics, you know the media’s in trouble. After Politico reported Thursday morning that the newspaper was selling face time with its elite sources—Obama administration officials, members of Congress—as well as its own reporters and editors, for $25,000 to $250,000, the newspaper has reversed its plans and cancelled the event. An appalled health care lobbyist leaked the flyer advertising the pay-for-access scheme to Politico because he felt it was unethical for a paper to charge money for access to its health care reporting and editorial staff. “This should never have happened,” publisher and CEO Katharine Weymouth said. “The fliers got out and weren’t vetted. They didn’t represent at all what we were attempting to do. We’re not going to do any dinners that would impugn the integrity of the newsroom.”


    the real scandal is that O broke another promise about his admin and dealing with lobbyists…basically, this appeared to be a very cozy meeting for sale of press, obama officials and health lobbyists…

    call me niave but isn’t that really what is scandoulous…or maybe it is just routine government for sale at private get togethers…

    …more “change we can believe in” and O’s new “change in the direction” of how things are done in DC…(not to mention Congressional officials in on the mix too!)

  53. July 2 (Bloomberg) — U.S. consumers made 675,351 bankruptcy filings in the first half, a 36.5 percent increase from a year ago, according to the American Bankruptcy Institute.

    If previous analysis of consumer bankruptcy filings is still valid, 65% of those bankruptcies were due to medical bills and 75-80% of those people had health “insurance”.

  54. wbboei @ 2:04, Obama’s approach to foreign govt.’s acting out is to say to them, “Now, you all just be nice to us and each other or we will have to put in time out, now you all just run along and be nice and we can all live on this shared planet harmoneously”.
    THis guy sucks, we should have boarded that ship and kick their asses back to NK.
    Power either negotiators with power or it succumbs to power. Obama capitulates. If one is inclined to negotitate with power, he or she must reckon with the fact that any negotiation involves three things:

    1. institutional prestige

    2. bargaining position

    3. reciprocal moves

    Bambi destroys our institutional power and leverage when he disses the United States. The precise motivations are his hatred of America, and his quest for absolute power which are deep character flaws that animate his actions.

    Bambi destroys our bargaining position when he changes his position, telegraphs his weakness, and spills his guts in the lap of his adversary. Also, when he fails to face up to a challenge and freezes up, because he is such a weak man–as even Brooks is now willing to concede.

    Bambi destroys the notion of reciprocity, when he goes to Europe, tells them the United States is responsible for the world economic crisis, and surrenders our soverignty to a body of 20 world bankers. Merkele is so taken aback and pleased with his response that she abandons her baragining position to attack the United States and defend Germany and says lets give this fool some rope.

    The more alert you are to what is occuring the more you realize he is taking us all down one of those paths that George Kennan wrote about, paths which lead only to despair and from which no one ever returns.

    testing the water, formulating a bargaining position, and reciprocity. Only an amateur disses his own position, gutspills, and fails to hold a credible position when the other side tests him. If negotiation were nothing more than an alignment of interests, then it could be reduced to a simple computer exercise where we took your interests and my interests and let the computer determine an optimal objective solution.

  55. Interesting list of who get cash and who get IOUs in California…As expected the people who can least afford it get screwed: the old, disabled, poor and small business vendors. The people getting cash: Legislators, legislative employees, and appointees. etc.


  56. There is a story about Edison. He wanted to sell his invention. He needed the money. He was prepared to accept $2000, but wanted $3000. He did not want to lose the deal. So he did the smart thing and asked the other side what they were prepared to offer. $40,000 came the response. Same story when Carnagee sold out to Morgan. Now that the deal is done, tell me what if I had asked for another billion dollars? You would have had it, Morgan said.

    Surely that is what Merkel thought when she heard Bambi. Never interrupt an enemy in the middle of a mistake.

  57. So I’m wondering if Howard will skip over this Washington Post scandal on his Sunday CNN show.

    Should be interesting.

  58. I read somewhere that Obama has been secretly trying to mess with the 22nd amendment which limits Presidential terms. If so, no wonder he does not mind what the Honduran and the Venezuelan Presidents have done. He truly is setting himself up as King Obama!
    Having said that, it kind of makes you wonder where he was born and grew up, we have no kings here in the U.S., only Presidents!
    I heard another interesting story the other day, someone on another blog was questioning the fact no one has ever seen a baby pic of Obama with or without mom,grannie or grandpa. Has any of you seen one??


    July 2, 2009
    Obama’s Selective Meddling
    By Cal Thomas

    Help me out here. President Obama immediately “meddles” in the affairs of Honduras, denouncing a military coup, the intent of which is to preserve the country’s constitution, but when it comes to Iran’s fraudulent election and the violent repression of demonstrators who wanted their votes counted, the president initially vacillates and equivocates.

    Are we expected to accept this as a consistent foreign policy? Even Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was reluctant to call the removal of President Manuel Zelaya a coup, if for no other reason than it would stop U.S. aid flowing to the impoverished Central American nation.

    The fingerprints (or in this case the boot prints) of the Castro brothers, Venezuela’s dictator Hugo Chavez and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua are all over this. If one is known by the company one keeps, the specter of the Castros and their protege dictators joining Mr. Obama in denouncing the Honduran military coup is not reassuring.

    Clearly Mr. Zelaya was the choice of the dictators to help spread “revolution” to America’s back door. The coup is a setback for them, although perhaps temporary, depending on how much pressure “world opinion,” which can be as fickle as some politicians’ marriage vows, can assert.

    One of the flaws in U.S. policy in this and in the Bush administration has been our commitment to elections as an end and not a means. Elections can put scoundrels in power and the election that elevates them is often the last one a country sees until the miscreants are overthrown. That has been true of Hamas in the Palestinian legislative elections of 2006, Germany under Adolf Hitler, as well as Mr. Ortega and Mr. Chavez in their countries, among others.

    The United States should be supporting electoral processes that put people in office who are committed to the rule of law and representative government.

    The threat by Mr. Chavez to send his troops into Honduras should be another signal to the Obama administration that thugs can’t be made nice by talking to them. So far, the world’s tyrants have been unresponsive to Mr. Obama’s offer of a new start and a pushing of the “reset” button, which Mrs. Clinton famously offered Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The word on the device she gave Mr. Lavrov was meant to say “reset” in Russian; instead, roughly translated, the word meant “overcharge.” Overly optimistic might be a better word to describe this nascent administration’s approach to bad guys. They are getting the message, but it’s a different one than Mr. Obama hoped to send. The message is that Mr. Obama is weak and can be had.

    It is one thing for a president to be liked, but in a dangerous world with dictators who have, or wish to acquire, nuclear weapons and by these and other means destroy the United States, it is better that an American president be feared.

    Does this administration have a Plan B for dealing with thugs and dictators should their rules of social and diplomatic etiquette fail to produce their announced objectives? Suppose Kim Jong-il follows through on his threat to launch a missile at Hawaii on July Fourth? If he does and America shoots it down, what happens then? If missile defense fails (the administration and Congress are cutting the budget for a missile shield) and the missile hits Hawaii and kills a lot of people, what then?

    Will there be strong denunciations, United Nations resolutions, or a rapid and devastating retaliation? Given this administration’s commitment to “dialogue,” I’m not betting on retaliation. More like hand-wringing and wondering aloud what we might have done to make them hate us, as we heard from many leftists after Sept. 11.

    The administration is being tested on several fronts, as Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. predicted. Honduras is one of many challenges. Will the administration meet them, or retreat? We may know sooner than many of us might expect.

  60. This should never have happened,” publisher and CEO Katharine Weymouth said
    She doesnt know because she doesnt want to know. When they get caught the response is always the same: this should never have happened.

    There is a doctrine in white collar crime law called benign neglect. That is what is going on here.

    Kessler was waxing eloquent the other day about how WashPo has turned over a new leaf under Weymouth. Weymouth was also ceo when the cleavage controversy arose. I sent him an email telling him he is dead wrong. This is more proof of it.

  61. The only thing I find remarkable about this revelation is that Politico exposed it. It is not often you find a subsidiary calling its parent organization to task for an unethical practice. It is not predictive of a long career path, believe me.


    Again, in public, he puts on the optimistic smiley face. Then they close the doors and resume panicking.

    Time to bust out the funny numbers, and new categories for jobs:

    “jobs saved”
    “jobs not (yet) lost”
    “I’m working at BurgerKing now” half-jobs-created.
    “people who died who no longer need jobs”

    Obama confident in recovery despite jobs report

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said Thursday that he remains confident the economy will turn around in the short term and the nation will prosper in the long term despite another dose of bad unemployment news.

    “And I’m absolutely confident that we can, at this period of difficulty, prove, once again, what this nation can achieve when challenged,” Obama said in the Rose Garden after a meeting with executives from energy companies.

    Earlier, the government reported that employers cut a larger-than-expected 467,000 jobs in June. The unemployment rate climbed to a 26-year high of 9.5 percent.

    Obama called that report sobering news but better than the last economic quarter and a sign that the recession is slowing.

    “Obviously, this is little comfort to all those Americans who have lost their jobs,” he said.

    Obama and his team have pointed to energy companies in citing ways to steady the economy and put people back to work. The White House is working to keep energy in the spotlight even as Congress takes a break this week for the July 4 holiday.

    The House last week narrowly approved the first energy legislation designed to curb global warming following furious lobbying by White House advisers and personal pressure by the president himself.

    “So these companies are vivid examples of the kind of future we can create,” the president said Thursday in the Rose Garden, flanked by energy industry leaders. “But it’s now up to the Senate to continue the work that was begun in the House to forge this more prosperous future. We’re going to need to set aside the posturing and the politics, and when we put aside the old ideological debates, then our choice is clear.”

    He added: “It’s a choice between slow decline and renewed prosperity. It’s a choice between the past and the future.”

  63. Obamas response to the job numbers is pathetic. He would be better off having that wife of his plant a garden for the unemployed and another perimeter around the White House when they unemployed when they descend on Washington to petition the administration for a reredress of their grievances. It will grow out of their tea parties. Obama will probably summon that tin soldier of fortune mcpeak to disperse the crowd at sabrepoint, shades of McArthur, or better still his buddy the Supreme Leader. But for now, on the surface at least, its about empathy and little pearls of wisdom from this do nothing fool.

  64. The administration is being tested on several fronts, as Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. predicted. Honduras is one of many challenges. Will the administration meet them, or retreat? We may know sooner than many of us might expect
    Wrong question Cal. The right question is in what direction will they retreat.

  65. Okay, this whole thing just keeps getting deeper and deeper. After the recent articles shedding light on Goldman Sachs (Obama’s best buddies) and their involvement in market manipulation, I am looking at the whole cap and trade thing with a much more jaundiced eye.

    Dakinikat and others have already mentioned that GS is positioned to be the major player, with rights to buy and sell and trade the “pollution rights” generated by this thing.

    But a commenter on another blog brought this to my attention: Could the entire IDEA of treating pollution rights as a “commodity”, and making money buying and selling them, have originated with Obama and his Chicago cronies?

    Add to this the CCX Chicago Climate Exchange… fortuitous no? This same idea being born in Chicago of all places…who knew? The “notion” of a CCX got it’s initial funding from the Joyce Foundation…

    which Barack was the director of for eight years.

    I’m wondering how far back Obama’s ties to these hucksters go, and just HOW LONG he’s been in bed with them. And whether he was groomed and prepared and ushered to power deliberately, for YEARS.

    Tinfoil hat? Maybe. But given how truly shockingly amoral and greedy these bastards have been proving to be, color me suspicious.

  66. I’m happy to note admin calling out Jon Corzine. What did anyone ever see in him? Both he and Mike Bloomberg purchase their elections. Sickening.

  67. hmmmmmmmm….
    I found this very interesting analysis of what some posters are calling the Clinton-BO rift.

    “……. she may be tiring of him more than the other way around. As Jim notes, Hillary has options right now; she can run for governor in New York, or she can try another run at the Senate, if she doesn’t mind bumping Gillibrand out of her old seat. Obama has curtailed her reach since she took the job, promoting UN Ambassador Susan Rice to a Cabinet-level position and appointing czars to bypass Hillary in other areas.
    Obama needs Hillary more than the other way around, especially as his economic policies start to tank. He needs a strong connection back to the DLC Democrats, which Hillary provides. He also needs a fall person on foreign affairs when things get bad. If there’s a split, it will damage Obama much more than Hillary, and it would set her up for a run at him in a 2012 primary, which may be her goal if Obama falls apart at the midterms.

  68. I’m wondering how far back Obama’s ties to these hucksters go, and just HOW LONG he’s been in bed with them.
    I still think that Obama is an opportunistic, corrupt, sociopathic, fraud whose only concern is his life style. If you want to know the corrupt economic connections and who is pulling the strings, start with the people who raised the 700+ million in campaign bribes: Penny Pritzker, Valerie Jarrett, et al. IIRC. Penny had at least a $1 billion business deal with Goldman.

  69. wbboei,
    Excellent analysis at 3:31.

    I saw that list, too. Sickening, isn’t it.

    The carbon trading concept is pure insanity. I never thought I’d see the day when humans would be charged for taking up air on the planet. If he can regulate CO2, why not water, why not oxygen, why not
    hair color, why not life span? I mean, I’m all for cleaning up the environment but for God’s sake, these so-called green alternatives haven’t even been invented, implemented on a large scale much less proven to work. WTF?????? And now that I cover all these Agriculture meetings and have been learning about alternative energies from the experts and the fact THEY DON’T think it’s feasible YET beyond small projects I am even more astounded by the scam BO is perpetuating on the US.

  70. I wouldn’t normally link hotair, which i go to for context and conservative perspective, but aside from the usual sporadic HRC bashing there are some excellent points , IMHO, about what she should, could and might do.

    hotair dot com/archives/2009/07/02/a-hillary-obama-rift-in-the-making/

  71. I would love to see a Governor Hillary Clinton, I would not mind at all if she left the SOS job as she has put in some great Hillary supporters there.
    Just think, 2012 maybe be Hillary vs. Sarah! Then this country will have a real choice for a change. I vote Hillary of coarse, but I do like Sarah!

  72. THEY DON’T think it’s feasible YET beyond small projects
    That ‘s true but the US should be preparing for a change to “renewable” energy. Rather than p*ssing away billions on corrupt bankers they could have spent the money on re-building the US power grid and planning for the major changes that will happen with warming. As far a global warming, the turning point may have been 100 years ago. IMO, it’s basically too late to prevent catastrophic climate change and I think it is likely that people living today will see the results. Every prediction of the rate of warming has to be revised because the reality far exceeds the prediction. The current models of climate change don’t yet include the melting of polar ice, especially in the Arctic Circle. Over the past two years, more money has been allocated to arctic research and the findings are very bad.

  73. SHV, so what is this republican thing that says there is no climate change that man is responsible for?? They were sure promoting this during the cap and trade bill negotiations.

  74. There is a good article post right now on noquarter about this cap and trade crap. They are really hoping the American people don’t find out too much about this before they zip it thru congress. All the showboating done by the republicans is horsecrap, most of them want it to go thru, after all the carlylse group (bush) is already investing in it.

  75. SHV, so what is this republican thing that says there is no climate change that man is responsible for??
    Pure, utter Bullsh*t. I don’t think there is a reputable climate scientist that denies that man made CO2 production is the most significant factor in the current phase of global warming. I don’t pay much attention to the wing-nut deniers, but many are receiving money from the energy industry. Man made CO2 production is now about 27 billion per year. The research now being done in the Arctic is showing rapid melting of the permafrost and Arctic ice. Trillions of tons of Methane gas are trapped in the perma-frost and in the Arctic ocean. Over the next few decades, Methane will likely become the driving force for catastrophic change. A recent paper that I read, which wasn’t trying to be alarmist, said that it may be possible to stabilize the Arctic melting is worldwide CO2 release was reduced by 80% by 2037; ain’t now way that will happen.

  76. SHV,
    The global warming theory is losing credibility fast.
    Over 1000 world scientists have questioned the theory. (Of course we don’t hear about that).
    I will try to find a link.
    And if this year and last year in the Catskills are any indication, we’re on the verge of another ice age. This past winter was brutally cold. My neighbors, most of whom have lived here for generations, say it’s the worst they remember in decades and i had the propane bills to prove it.
    And while the calendar says it’s summer, the past three months have felt more like the last few months of autumn.
    I’m not at all convinced about global warming. Personally, I think much of it is a scam.

  77. SHV – 2 links and an excerpt.

    More than 31,000 scientists have signed a petition denying that man is responsible for global warmingThe academics, including 9,000 with PhDs, claim that greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane are actually beneficial for the environment.
    www dot telegraph dot co dot uk/news/worldnews/2053842/Scientists-sign-petition-denying-man-made-global-warming

    500 Scientists Whose Research Contradicts Man-Made Global Warming Scares
    List of scientists with studies they have published
    Written By: Dennis T. Avery
    Published In: News Release
    Publication Date: September 14, 2007
    Publisher: Hudson Institute

    The following list includes more than 500 qualified researchers, their home institutions, and the peer-reviewed studies they have published in professional journals providing historic and/or physical proxy evidence that:
    1) Most of the recent global warming has been caused by a long, moderate, natural cycle rather than by the burning of fossil fuels;
    2) The sun’s varying radiance impacts the Earth’s climate as more or fewer cosmic rays create more or fewer of the low, wet clouds that act as the Earth’s thermostats, deflecting more or less solar heat out into space.
    3) Sea levels are not rising rapidly nor are they likely to;
    4) Wild species are not being driven to extinction but rather are increasing the biodiversity of our wildlands;
    5) Fewer human deaths are likely rather than more as the current warming continues, since cold is far more dangerous and the Earth is always warming or cooling;
    6) Food production is likely to thrive during the decades ahead, rather than collapsing due to climate overheating; or
    7) Our storms are likely to be fewer and milder as the declining temperature differential between the equator and the poles reduces their power.

  78. I couldn’t resist posting this one!
    Branding blunder gives Russia-Nigeria energy linkup a bad name
    Joint gas venture brokered by Dimitry Medvedev is labeled: :DRUMROLL:

    Nigaz NIGAZ

    It probably seemed a good idea at the time. But Russia’s attempt to create a joint gas venture with Nigeria is set to become one of the classic branding disasters of all time after the new company was named Nigaz.
    The venture was agreed last week during a four-day trip by Russia’s president Dmitry Medvedev to Africa. The deal between Russia’s Gazprom and Nigeria’s state oil company was supposed to show off the Kremlin’s growing interest in Africa’s energy reserves.

  79. And while I’m still laughing:

    ADMIN! Can you EMBED!
    Boehener, who really hit it out of the park the other day when he took on Waxman and Crap in trade, has released a “Where’s the Stimulus” ad.
    Love those bloodhounds.
    OK – it’s a bit hokey but the message is loud and clear.
    www dot youtube dot com/watch?v=tl_q0afUl0E&eurl

  80. Basil9, I think this is why we have the bumbling barack, to broker a deal with africa. I think little bush tried and couldn’t so the hired the blessed one from africa to reel it in. If the Kremlin is interested in African oil maybe we should be too!

  81. Hillary is not going to Russia with the blessed one from Africa this trip, they say her elbow physical therapy can’t be suspended while she is away keeping us safe and keeping bumbling barack from freaking up.





    Hillary, the test of a true friend is their willingness to tell someone they respect, admire and love what they do not want to hear.

    You are the greatest leader of this generation. You would be president right now if you were a man.

    You have gone where no woman before you has gone. You are an inspiration to millions of people. You are a patriot in the finest sense.

    During your career you have converted many adversaries to friends and supporters–Scaife, Johnson, Ruddy and many others.

    You are now Secretrary of State in an Administration which you know and we know did not want you. You did this for the party and for us.

    You have exercised all your powers of persuasion on Obama. You have charmed, cajoled and persuaded with great skill.

    His words may have given you encouragement. But his actions tell the real story: he won’t sign your dance card.

    Instead, he appoints envoys responsible to him. He refuses to accept your advice. He switches positions and leaves you standing in the rain.

    What he is saying is stay around if you like but I will marginalize you. Because I can and you are likeable enough.

    We are about to celebrate July 4. Let this be your Independence Day as well. Right now you are in a losing game.

    Hold a press conference. Tell him that you hoped to make this work. But the organizatonal moves he is making preclude that.

    Tell him that is his prerogantive. He is leader of the free world, leader of the party, etc. Wish him luck. No questions.

    Then go back into private life for now. You have never given yourself the opportunity to grieve the loss of the GE. Do it now.

    The press headline will read: Quitter. Don’t worry. It will not stick. Not when Obama leads us into the Valley of the Shadow of Death.

    Then people will look back on what you did and say she was a patriot. You cannot save the country by destroying yourself.

    Your first instinct will be to persevere. But to what conceivable end. Better you should face the truth: he won’t sign your dance card.

    Time is of the essence. The press is now on the defensive. They are ratting eachother out. To save themselves they will attack him.

    If you leave now, you will survive politically. If you stay on. You have the responsibility but not the authority.

    Your power and prestige will diminish. And then you will become his scapegoat. The media will also blame you rather than themselves.

    To paraprase Shakespeare time and tide wait for no one, and most important dear girl for once in your life forget about us and to thine own self be true.

  83. ‘We are about to celebrate July 4. Let this be your Independence Day as well. Right now you are in a losing game.’


    That is beautiful.

    Made me sniffle.

  84. ABM90, that video is so arch. Michelle Obama must be hunting for sleeves from her “assistants” to yank, now that she has sheared all her sleeves, everytime she sees Hillary. And Hillary obliges with tweaks at BO and MO by mentioning BO in her presidential style address as we approach July 4. Hillary look hearty and healthy and sends Obama to Russia without love.

  85. More evidence that Obama is starting to slide. If that smug, charcoal voiced half wit from Salon tried to tell us there is no bias in the press and all they have been doing this past year or so is refecting the popularity of the public sees this, he will need to change his story.

    Breaking from

    Dick Morris’ ‘Catastrophe’ No. 1 on NY Times Best-Seller List
    More bad news for Barack Obama.

    The first major book to be published on his presidency has shot up to the #1 spot on The New York Times’ bestseller list the very first week of its release.

    Unlike the fawning media coverage the Obama White House has come to expect, this new bestseller — ‘Catastrophe’ — paints a deeply negative picture of Obama and his policies.

    “Catastrophe: How Obama, Congress, and the Special Interests Are Transforming a Slump Into a Crash, Freedom Into Socialism, and a Disaster Into a Catastrophe . . . and How to Fight Back” is authored by Dick Morris and his co-author, wife Eileen McGann. Their book will debut on the Times list on July 12.

  86. Here’s the response I received from Sen Casey re Cap and Trade
    Any suggestions for a reply would be most welcome.

    Thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding climate change. I appreciate hearing from all Pennsylvanians about the issues that matter to them most.

    The international scientific community concluded human activities that add a large amount of heat-trapping greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, to the atmosphere are a leading cause of climate warming. I believe Congress must take action to reduce and eventually reverse the hazardous effects of climate change, including extreme weather, famine, population displacement and the escalated spread of disease.

    The House of Representatives recently considered global warming legislation. H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, introduced on May 15, 2009 by Representative Henry Waxman of California and Representative Ed Markey of Massachusetts, takes a comprehensive approach to reducing greenhouse emissions through a number of proposed programs, such as capping carbon emissions, renewable energy requirements and energy efficiency standards. H.R. 2454 passed the House on June 26, 2009. When this bill comes before the Senate, it is likely that the Senate will divide the contents into two separate pieces of legislation, one focused on global warming policy and one on energy policy.

    As the Senate considers global warming legislation, I will continue to advocate strongly for the people and the economy of Pennsylvania. In fact, I have introduced a bill focused on climate policy, S.1134 the Responsible Use of Coal Act, focused on carbon capture and storage technology. I am also working on a program which provides assistance to workers as they train for new clean energy jobs in a transitioning economy. In addition, I introduced a budget amendment for funding to help accelerate research and development of carbon capture and storage technology in the fiscal year 2010 Budget. Throughout the upcoming debate I will continue to fight to ensure that clean coal is included in the national strategy to reduce carbon emissions, and that affordable electricity and assistance to ratepayer programs remain available. It is of great importance to me that American families are not left behind as the country addresses the challenge of global climate change.

    As a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, I am also closely monitoring international negotiations leading up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this December. I believe that a global agreement is necessary to alleviate rising energy prices, to transform the world economy, and to protect our national security.

    If done properly, our national global warming policy will reverse the global environmental impacts of man-made greenhouse gas emissions while cultivating new clean energy jobs, re-energizing the manufacturing sector in Pennsylvania, and revitalizing the national economy. Please be assured that I will keep your views in mind as I continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to develop climate legislation that will help Pennsylvania’s workers and economy.

    Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about this or any other matter of importance to you.

    If you have access to the Internet, I encourage you to visit my web site, I invite you to use this online office as a comprehensive resource to stay up-to-date on my work in Washington, request assistance from my office or share with me your thoughts on the issues that matter most to you and to Pennsylvania.

    Bob Casey
    United States Senator

  87. I think there’s bad news for Obama looming in more than a few places, but Dick Morris’ book being No. 1 on the best seller list isn’t one of them. That’s a misleading barometer because conservatives buy these books in bulk to make it look like they’re popular. They used to do that when anti-Clinton screeds came out every 5 minutes during Bill’s presidency.

  88. BTW, this is same Dick Morris who’s quoted in that idiotic anti-Hillary movie calling Hillary a European socialist. Guess he said that before Obama came onto his radar, lol.

  89. Barack sees glimmer of hope in Fargo North Dakota where the unemployment rate is only 3.5%. Nice job Barack. You really know how to inspire a nation. And by the way, thanks for losing only half a million jobs in May. I feel much better now knowing that. You can always play with the percentage by moving people off the list of unemployed because they have given up. That most likely is why the percentage did not increase. The point is its up from last month, higher number of jobs lost than expected, and the bleeding continues. Nice job Obama. Your stimulus plan is sure working–right Lucy May? Woof/
    From the BLS website:

    Nonfarm payroll employment continued to decline in June (-467,000), and the unemployment rate was little changed at 9.5 percent. Job losses were widespread across the major industry sectors, with large declines in manufacturing, professional and business services, and construction.

  90. Unemployment rate also does not take into consideration the number of people who are under employed. I know a guy who was getting the max on unemployment but was losing his mind from boredom and spending as he had nothing else to do and so he toook a job working as a runner for a law firm making about the same as he was getting on unemployment. But he is busy and his work ethic requires him to be productive.

  91. BTW, this is same Dick Morris who’s quoted in that idiotic anti-Hillary movie calling Hillary a European socialist. Guess he said that before Obama came onto his radar, lol
    Paula: I carry no brief for Morris. He is a self serving scumbag. It is the public reaction to his book critical of Bambi that I find significant. People are voting with their dollars, and the content of the book will reinforce existing doubts aboutt Obama. By contrast the worshipful tone of Richard Wolffe was barely noticed. Clinton hate is not selling these days, Bush is the forgotten man, and it is Obamas baby. It is sink or swim time. He will twist in the wind on health care, and the media will turn on him once it senses that the public does not want it. This Administration is in a perfect storm and hasnt the sense to batten down the hatches. He is captain, commodore and admiral of an unseaworthy ship of state.

  92. Unemployment rate also does not take into consideration the number of people who are under employed. I know a guy who was getting the max on unemployment but was losing his mind from boredom and spending as he had nothing else to do and so he toook a job working as a runner for a law firm making about the same as he was getting on unemployment. But he is busy and his work ethic requires him to be productive
    Henry: a very excellent point you make.

  93. Paula, you may be right but my sense is this. First, not everyone buying his book are conservatives. Second, conservatives who buy the book will learn the arguments they need to be making. Third, independents who read the book will have a sense of what is happening. Fourth, Morris is a sleezy man, but his book is not sleezy as were many of the attack books on Bill. Fifth, we are in a different place than we were in the 1990. It aint a matter of parlor games at this point. Now it is a question of survival, and everything ratchets up as a consequence.

  94. I have written multiple letters worded very politely asking my Senators to not vote for the climate change bill(s). Casey who is not up for re-election responded the next day with the letter I posted above. I have heard nothing from Specter who is. I think he is probably a little to daft to be holding office. He switched parties, why? The majority in PA voted for Hillary during the primary and then voted against Bush. Does he not realize bambi’s army won’t have the same effect during an off year election? And plenty of people have been alienated by the dims.

  95. wbboei
    my under employed 48 year old friend happens to own flat out his own home and had to tell his daughter she cannot attend Penn State in the fall as they get zero financial aid. They put money away from her birth and had planned on paying for the rest. He voted for waffles and is definately not a happy camper. She is instead going to attend Slippery Rock. What’s sad is the education may be the same but the name recognition is not and these people did the right thing.

  96. I find the media speculation about Hillary, her falling from grace, her reduction of influence, her possible jump to governor of NY or back to the senate to be just premature mumbo jumbo by a media who is quick to change the news cycle as soon as something bad this way comes about their messiah. He is floundering so of course she is weak.

    It was my understanding that it was Hillary who asked for the envoys. She has stated so over and over again in interviews.

    I am not a mind reader, nor do I have a crystal ball that tells me what Hillary will decide to do. Her injury was a set back for her but only in as much as it has curtailed some her her traveling. She is still SOS and no matter what little games or “surprises” the bystander president and his media buddies decide to play on her, no matter what spin they put…which we all know will be negative, I don’t think she has suddenly become less intelligent.

    I wish her well no matter what she decides.

  97. July 2, 2009

    Bill Clinton to attend Maloney fundraiser

    (CNN) — Former President Bill Clinton will attend a fundraiser for a congresswoman from New York City who’s challenging Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in next year’s Democratic primary.

    The fundraiser is for Rep. Carolyn Maloney. Her campaign’s chief strategist, Joe Trippi, tells CNN that Maloney has made her decision to run against Gillibrand and will soon formally announce her Senate bid.

    Gillibrand, a former congresswoman from upstate New York, was named by Gov. David Paterson in January to succeed Hillary Clinton.

    The White House has been hoping to prevent a primary fight next year in New York by trying to clear the field for Gillibrand. Steve Israel, another congressman from New York who was considering a run against Gillibrand, decided against such a bid after lobbying by the White House.

    Former President Clinton has not made an endorsement in the race, but his appearance at a Maloney fundraiser will raise some eyebrows. Clinton also attended a fundraiser for Gillibrand earlier this year.

    Last year, both Gillibrand and Maloney backed Senator Hillary Clinton in her run against Senator Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination. The former president has made a point of thanking former Hillary Clinton supporters.

    A spokesman for the former president, in reports today, confirmed that Clinton would attend the fundraiser on July 20, but said Clinton agreed to the Maloney event well before the congresswoman decided to challenge Gillibrand.

    A Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday indicates Gillibrand trails Maloney in a hypothetical Democratic primary matchup, with 27 percent of those questioned supporting Maloney and 23 percent backing Gillibrand. Forty-four percent are undecided.

  98. Palestinian PM meets US Secretary of State

    Palestinian Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad, has held talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington.

    Wednesday’s meeting was Fayyad’s first with a member of US President Barack Obama’s administration. And in the Gaza Strip, Hamas has condemned Israeli forces for intercepting a boat carrying humanitarian aid to the territory.
    Economy, security and political issues are on top of their agenda.

    Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State, said, “Prime Minister Fayyad is someone who has worked very hard on behalf of the Palestinian people. I’m looking forward to our meeting and discussing ways forward on economic and security and political progress and I thank his very much for being here.”

    Fayyad was expected to ask the US to speed up promised donations of nine hundred million US dollars to the Palestinian National Authority.

    Meanwhile, in Gaza, Hamas condemned the Israeli navy for intercepting of a ship carrying foreign peace activists who were trying to break the Israeli blockade. The ship was forced to sail to a port in Israel.

  99. Lavrov, Clinton discuss preparations for US president’s visit to RF

    02.07.2009, 18.36

    MOSCOW, July 2 (Itar-Tass) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had a telephone conversation on Thursday to discuss the preparations for U.S President Barack Obama’s visit to Moscow on July 6-8, a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry said after the telephone conversation.


    hmmm…doesn’t sound at all to me that Hillary is being marginalized in the slightest.

  100. JanH
    This statement will most likely be my last here as I realize this site is about Clinton. But I have to say looking at everything which has transpired over the last 5 months that I cannot support her — seems to me my country is in a steep decline and had she not supported bambi perhaps he wouldn’t have won. She could have just remained silent after the DNC larceny but she did not. Sorry if I offend but she helped put him where he is. Wish I could see it another way but as I view the actions of bambi as borderline criminal I have to look at those who aided and abetted. Our country is changed forever and she played a role in enabling it.

  101. …this is off topic and just a sideline bit of info but i thought it was interesting…happen to catch a repeat of 30 Rock tonight…the repeat was from 2006 and essentially it was about incorporating ‘product integration’ for their parent company, GE, into the show Tina Fey was producing…and Baldwin and Fey kept going back and forth about GE and the propriety of using the show to sell GE products, etc…

    …there was a bit with Tracey Morgan and Tina Fey that brought up “white guilt” and racism and at one point Fey’s character says something about white guilt being saved to use to support Barack Obama…

    …hmmm…so I am thinking this show was produced and first aired in 2006 and GE and NBC were already pushing and promoting O…they just slipped it in there complete with a GE product placement ‘spoof’…way before the primary season had begun…

  102. wbboei,

    Do they not also report to her?



    I disagree, but wish you well.

  103. hmmm…doesn’t sound at all to me that Hillary is being marginalized in the slightest.
    Jan-she is calling to brief her counterpart on his visit. What he tells her now, and what she tells them in response, will change on the spur of the moment when he gets there. The US role on the world stage is only big enough for him.

    He struts aross the world stage like a peacock. They ask him questions and there are ten little words he cannot bring himself to say: I dont know the answer, I will need to confer with Secretary Clinton. Under those conditions a partnership is not possible.

  104. wwoebi,

    Maybe I am just being stubborn, but I don’t believe Hillary Clinton would stick around just to be pushed around.

  105. wbboei,

    Do they not also report to her?
    If you envision this as an organizational chart, my understanding is this: The bold organizational line is to him (and by inference to his 3 camp followers). At best, there is a dotted line to her. They are not part of her State Department. And neither is the new czar he is hiring to cover part of her area which I was told about today. Just dig into this yourself and see if you agree. It is not what I want, but it is what I believe to be true here.

  106. wwoebi,

    I will take your trustworthy word for it. If I am wrong, and she is being battered away, then God help him. Because without her, he is a joke.

  107. Maybe I am just being stubborn, but I don’t believe Hillary Clinton would stick around just to be pushed around.
    If you want the truth, you need to think about that. And that is what makes this decision doubly difficult for her. If I saw a strategy here that was good for Hillary, then I would say hang in there and fight babe we are with you. But the older I get the more I see the traps we all get ourselves in when we try to do what is right. The old saying about the law of holes is apt: when you are in one stop digging. If it is any consolation to you Jan, I do not think she will do what I am suggesting. I will say no more on this subject, and hope I am wrong.

  108. I can wait until Obama is forced out of office facing resignation or impeachment.. ala Nixon.

    Biden moves up a notch and chooses Hillary for the VP slot..

    Much better plan than bowing out when the going hits a rough patch!

  109. Mrs. Smith: I do not believe in bowing out when the going gets rough any more than I believe in driving down dead end alleys. The latter was my whole point.

  110. Henry:

    I have been limitinh my comments here…just like you, I cannot support Hillary fully right now…..I want A FIGHTER AGAINST OBAMA!!!!!

  111. Henry,

    I think most people here respect your opinion. I don’t like everything that has gone on with the Hillary campaign, but it was obvious that the Dim leadership and the superduds made the decision, not the voters. You can stand up from within or outside. We are standing outside, and she is standing in. I guess I have to respect that.

    Of the people in his administration, only HRC is performing at an outstanding level, in sharp contrast to O. She would have not had this performance level as a Senator.

    Today, two gray haired ladies came to me door to discuss O health plan. I live in a gated community, and you have to figure out how to get in the gate to enter. Obviously the gate meant nothing to these O bully type vounteers. I was the first home they called at, and of course that was mistake for them. I told them that I was a Hillary support, would never be an O supporter, and knew more about the medical plan than they did. They asked if most in the community felt that way, and I said we were a mix. I also told them they were not suppost to come in the gates unless they had board approval.

    So Henry I do it my way, and HRC does it hers. I could never work with that group. I think she is a bigger person than I am. However, you better not knock on my door or call me.

  112. I have been a Hillary supporter from the beginning. We understand her and we accept her for what she is… I’m not trying to change Hillary and make her into someone else to satisfy my self-induced anxiety for her welfare based completely on hyperbolic semantics.

    Hillary is a skilled politician and I trust her judgment as SOS. She is not in Campaign mode and she is leading foreign policy with 2 sets of eyes wide open.

    The worst thing that can happen to her imo… is for her own troops to keep pressuring her to cut and run out of FEAR… Might as well join the Howard Dean
    chorus telling her to get out of the race for all the good it’s doing.

  113. 500 Scientists Whose Research Contradicts Man-Made Global Warming Scares
    Look at where the funding for the Hudson Inst. come from, big corps. many of whom stand to lose money with carbon reduction. There are a lot of “scientists” who believe in “young Earth creationism” also. Like I said, I think global warming has gone into an out of control phase where the idea of carbon taxes and reductions will not change anything. When the Polar Ice began to melt in the ’80s, that was the point of no return.

  114. Henry, MP

    You are respected voices of the conversation. I think this blog is not about doing one way or another. It is about doing it in each our own ways. To me that is what a democracy is, doing it our own ways.

    Please at least read if you do not comment.

  115. Henry: take a deep breath and take this one step at a time.

    First, none of us have perfect foresight.

    Second, we needed a change from Bush.

    Third, Hillary was committed to supporting whoever the nominee was.

    Fourth, she campaigned in the general election for that reason.

    Fifth, she believed she would retain a position of influence.

    Sixth, she got a cold reception when she returned to the Senate.

    Seventh, she saw in the SOS position an opportunity to restore our image, and create a constructive foreign policy which was humane on the one hand, and realistic on hth other.

    Eighth, she saw a way to serve county, party and herself.

    In sum, she is on the side of the angels. But now those assumptions have been tested. He has proven to be Bush III. Our foreign policy is in shambles. And she is being marginalized.

    Those are the facts to which I am responding. And in doing so, what I am interested in is what is best for the country and for Hillary.

    I would not reject her at all. I would simply offer my advice on what I think is most beneficial.

    This little disclosure may have shaken him up a bit for the moment. If she leaves the blow to his leadership is mega political. Especially with big media on the defensive and a backlash on the horizon.

    I want her in a safe position when his administration goes tits up. The position she is in now is one of responsibilty without the requisite authority. He has built himself a Rupe Goldberg organizational model.

    But hang in there with her Henry. You too mp. I think her faith in the country is sublime. Her faith in the party is pricnipled regardless of the bots. Things will get worse before they get better. But she must not become a casualty of war.

  116. SHV..

    The sleeping giant (general public) is beginning to awaken to the fraud they elected as the Leader of the FREE World. There is not going to be a segment of the population that will be able to match their anger when they commiserate with each other and the words “we’ve been duped” becomes as common to them as the words HOPE and Change..

    Obama is kidding himself if he thinks his position is as secure as the loyalists who believed in him with their money and their HOPE.

    The day of reckoning is close at hand for Obama from his own supporters.

  117. Here is the match lighting the wick to the power keg.

    Senate bill fines people refusing health coverage

  118. Senate bill fines people refusing health coverage

    By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR – 7 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans who refuse to buy affordable medical coverage could be hit with fines of more than $1,000 under a health care overhaul bill unveiled Thursday by key Senate Democrats looking to fulfill President Barack Obama’s top domestic priority.

    The Congressional Budget Office estimated the fines will raise around $36 billion over 10 years. Senate aides said the penalties would be modeled on the approach taken by Massachusetts, which now imposes a fine of about $1,000 a year on individuals who refuse to get coverage. Under the federal legislation, families would pay higher penalties than individuals.

    In a revamped health care system envisioned by lawmakers, people would be required to carry health insurance just like motorists must get auto coverage now. The government would provide subsidies for the poor and many middle-class families, but those who still refuse to sign up would face penalties.

    Called “shared responsibility payments,” the fines would be set at least half the cost of basic medical coverage, according to the legislation.

    In 2008, employer-provided coverage averaged $12,680 a year for a family plan, and $4,704 for individual coverage, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s annual survey. Senate aides, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said the cost of the federal plan would be lower but declined to provide specifics.

    The legislation would exempt certain hardship cases from fines.

    The new proposals were released as Congress neared the end of a weeklong July 4 break, with lawmakers expected to quickly take up health care legislation when they return to Washington. With deepening divisions along partisan and ideological lines, the complex legislation faces an uncertain future.

    Obama wants a bill this year that would provide coverage to the nearly 50 million Americans who lack it and reduce medical costs.

    In a statement, Obama welcomed the legislation, saying it “reflects many of the principles I’ve laid out, such as reforms that will prohibit insurance companies from refusing coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and the concept of insurance exchanges where individuals can find affordable coverage if they lose their jobs, move or get sick.”

    The Senate Health Education, Labor and Pensions bill also calls for a government-run insurance option to compete with private plans as well as a $750-per-worker annual fee on larger companies that do not offer coverage to employees.

    Sens. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., and Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., said in a letter to colleagues that their revised plan would cost dramatically less than an earlier, incomplete proposal, and help show the way toward coverage for 97 percent of all Americans.

    In a conference call with reporters, Dodd said the revised bill had brought “historic reform of health care” closer. He said the bill’s public option will bring coverage and benefit decisions driven “not by what generates the biggest profits, but by what works best for American families.”

    The two senators said the Congressional Budget Office put the cost of the proposal at $611.4 billion over 10 years, down from $1 trillion two weeks ago.

    However, the total cost of legislation will rise considerably once provisions are added to subsidize health insurance for the poor through Medicaid. Those additions, needed to ensure coverage for nearly all U.S. residents, are being handled by a separate panel, the Senate Finance Committee. Bipartisan talks on the Finance panel aim to hold the overall price tag to $1 trillion.

    The Health Committee could complete its portion of the bill as soon as next week, and the presence of a government health insurance option virtually assures a party-line vote.

    In the Senate, the Finance Committee version of the bill is unlikely to include a government-run insurance option. Bipartisan negotiations are centered on a proposal for a nonprofit insurance cooperative as a competitor to private companies.

    Three committees are collaborating in the House on legislation expected to come to a vote by the end of July. That measure is certain to include a government-run insurance option.

    At their heart, all the bills would require insurance companies to sell coverage to any applicant, without charging higher premiums for pre-existing medical conditions. The poor and some middle-class families would qualify for government subsidies to help with the cost of coverage. The government’s costs would be covered by a combination of higher taxes and cuts in projected Medicare and Medicaid spending.

  119. If I remember correctly, Obama used the imposition of fines meme against Hillary during the campaign in an attemt to frighten potential voters to vote for him because he would not make Health Care a mandate with penalty’s ie.. “fines” impossed on the uninsured.

    This man has no bottom to the brazen outright lies and broken promises he thinks he will get away with scott free.

    wbboei, is right on- Obama is a sociopath without a conscience and will lie to your face and sleep like a baby at night no matter who he hurts because of it. Obama is a garbage eating scumbag. His wife too!

  120. Wrong place to vent my frustration with the Secretary of State and for that I apologize as this is a pro -hillary site. However that frustration is because I felt so strongly about her candidacy. I may have watched one to many Beck shows but I am worried not for me but for a little one and for my parents. I can see no way that the climate bill will not kill jobs and raise utilities. My father has COPD and needs to maintain a certain temperature in the home. They worked all of their lives and just lost about 40% of their retirement and so some fat ass in the Senate sitting in a climate controlled environment at the tax payers expense is going to tell them they have to pay for global warming, while jetting off all over the globe.
    The argument I got from a bot is that they must have these “things” because of their position and a couple of hundred people in Washington reducing their carbon footprint pales in comparison to what they can command of 200 million.
    When did these people become our rulers?

  121. henry:

    If it makes any difference to you, I can see Obama being run out of the WH on a rail replaced with Biden and hopefully Hillary in the VP slot ready to go for the top position in 2012.

    But first, the public has to admit to themselves they made a horrendous mistake electing him. It will take a little more time, but it’s happening, happening now… the scales are slowly falling from their eyes and they for the first time are seeing Obama as the blaggard we knew he was all along.

    We’re all in the same boat. Some of us a little further away from disaster than others but the same boat nonetheless.

    Obama is going to pervert every government system he can with a Tax.. now I heard, we will be taxed for mileage on our cars to support rebuilding statewide infrastructure.

  122. Mrs Smith
    Thankyou and I pray you are right.
    Funny thing with each attack on the Alaskan Governor my respect for her grows immensely. The whole ridicule her over and over again at this point seems to only legitimize her. We are going to need a genuine salt of the earth person to get this country back in shape. Hillary has it and so does Palin in my humble opinion. Unfortunately I can not think of a man in politics with the same disposition. Maybe because its a boys club which just reards the members and no guy sticking to his guns will get anywhere? Hillary and Palin both paved their own paths.

  123. Mrs. Smith Says:

    July 3rd, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Senate bill fines people without coverage

    has the Democratic party completely lost its mind (and soul) – are they so out of touch in their isolated power hungry binge that they do not understand that thousands of people have either lost their jobs or will be losing their jobs and they are tapped out…

    people are worried about paying the bills, buying food, gas in their cars without jobs, without income and with loss of savings thanks to a govt that screwed them and the Senate is going to start putting fines on people who do not accept their health reform…yeah, that sounds really affordable…great reform…

    …talk about putting the cart before the horse…the democratic party should be focusing like a lazer beam every single day on creating JOBS, JOBS, JOBS…and then concentrating on health reform, energy, etc in a focused, well thought out process…not this rushed, forced frenzy they are in…razzle, dazzle, throw everything at us and rush it thru and get whatever they can as fast as they can…screw the consequences…

    Mrs. Smith…when people start getting wind of this, we are going to see poll numbers move fast…this is not the time for this kind of pressure on people…maybe a year or two ago when things were not in such a crisis, but not when we are losing 400,000-600,000 jobs MONTH…OMG!

  124. Anyone else concerned about the privacy issues? Your medical history will follow you for life. Treatment for chemical dependency, an STD an abortion, depression, hepatitas will all be available. How many people will not opt to get treatment because of this. The information will as they say only be available to health officials (tell that to the family of Farrah Fawcett) but everyone I talk to says there will be a coding system eventually implemented and any physical for a job will permit access. Gee your mental and physical health will soon be available online.
    Maybe obama is right at least this will give the guys who sing that catchy ditty about in a stable position for a few years.

  125. has the Democratic party completely lost its mind (and soul)
    Teddy is to push the Mass. Health Care Plan on the US. It worked pretty well for a couple of years while the economy was OK; now with the economy in the tank, Mass Care is in trouble. Any UHC system that is based on “private” insurance companies is doomed to an expensive failure.

  126. Yes, Henry, that does bother me. However, if I were injured in an auto accident or other, and could not speak for myself, I would want my history available. I am not sure how to protect us, but at the same time have that information available when we need it.

    You are right though, everytime we make things easier, some crook takes that and uses it to hurt us.

  127. “Hillary and Palin both paved their own paths.”

    Yes, I agree,henry. Hillary and Sarah are paving the way and why we just can’t give up by suggesting Hillary leave the WH. She needs to be in the public eye as much as possible. The press she is getting is wonderful and a dramatic change from the last 10 yrs. It has freed Hillary up to be who she IS-

    Her accomplishments are finally being recognized for the special women she is and she is thriving because of it. The American people are loving her because any doubt they had in her capabilities has since vanished because she has proven she can produce successful results.

    I’m sure Hillary sensed the 3 vultures circling her job trying to marginalize her… and she hung them out to dry..

    If you read the wiki on SOS, she and she alone is weighted with more authority than the 3 put together. Sure, Obama created a cabinet position for Rice but it is a title in name only having no authority except for name recognition.

    IMO- Sarah Palin needs coaching to have clever answers at the ready for quicker bolder responses burying her attackers with their own words…

  128. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I use very few credit cards, but the one I use on line is constantly replaced, because something keeps using it. We go over our monthly bills with a fine too comb.

    Henry, you know what has bothered me lately is those little bar codes they give you at grocery stores, which I thought got me only some discounts, and maybe some special coupons in the mail from them based on my buying patterns. Then you hear that they are selling information collected on you. Just like those room keys that have information that I never expected.

    Somehow in today’s world I don’t know why they don’t know people don’t want that, and I think they should have to disclose that prominately.

  129. S

    “Mrs. Smith…when people start getting wind of this, we are going to see poll numbers move fast…this is not the time for this kind of pressure on people…maybe a year or two ago when things were not in such a crisis, but not when we are losing 400,000-600,000 jobs MONTH…OMG!”
    Exactly! I’m posting a few remarks from hard core Obama supporters who had (us) Hillary supporters kicked out and banned from Democratic Underground.. because we fought tirelessly for Hillary as the better candidate.

    the tide is slowly turning-

    edwardian Thu Jul-02-09 08:43 AM

    I am sorry fellow DUérs but I now believe that Obama was a bait and switch candidate. His promises of change were all bunk and he is rapidly trying to become a full blown liar, more “conservative”than the Monkey and this guy has been given a wide berth for his BS. When will we ever learn?


    More conservative than Bush?

    From what I read, conservatives do not believe in nationalizing anything – banks, automotive companies, health care industry…

    They want lower taxes believing it is the only way to stimulate private sector investment the economy.

    Obama’s health care and cap and trade bills are going to add 10 trillion to our national debt, I loathed Bush for adding a trillion.

    So how is Obama more conservative than Bush? I think he is way more marxist/statist than anything I signed up for.

    We’ve all been had.

    Wow, that’s quite a statement.

    I haven’t been as happy with him as I expected; however, I did vote for him and am willing to give him more than a few months.

    Regarding the subject of the OP, I have to agree. He is making himself look suspicious with his tactics regarding the media.

    Also, I was very offended by his “come over here and let me give you a hug” response to the woman with cancer and no health insurance.


    I actually thought this administration was going to be much more open & transparent. It sucks that there not like that at all. & I think more Americans are realizing O’s first priority is Banks & the Military & now even Medical Insurance & Pharm’s look like they have more control, then active citizens.

  130. New Mexico Fan
    I believe that anything you want included in your medical history should be there. Like wearing an internet medical alert bracelet, but I think you should be able to decide if you want it online. I have mixed feelings about things like HIV at first i thought yes a doctor should be able to punch in your SSN and get that info to protect the patient as well as the staff. Have had many challanging arguments(back when you could still debate without being a racist) on the subject. One being that the medical professionals should always take the same precautions no matter who the patient and that secondly an HIV person may not receive the same level of care due to the stigma. I can see both sides and in a big city I’d say that a patient with HIV would most likely be trated with the same level of care as anyone else but what about a small town in the middle of nowhere? I on one hand think the professionals should know but they should always be performing their job at the same level regardless of risk and the latter makes me feel more comfortable.

  131. Mrs Smith
    The fact that big medea keeps attacking Palin speaks volumes. She is a real threat. A real McCoy if you will. You might not agree with her but you know where she stands.

  132. NewMexicoFan
    If you have had problems with online purchases try using paypal, or if your local bank offers try getting a preloaded card. Some banks charge 9.99 for the initial card and free to add additional monies(they make their money from the seller). I got one for my parents as they will not give out cc info online and everytime it is used they get a notification from the company. One downfall is that if you don’t use it they charge you a monthly fee for maintenance but not applicable if you make a purchase every so many days.

  133. “The fact that big media keeps attacking Palin speaks volumes. She is a real threat. A real McCoy if you will. You might not agree with her but you know where she stands.”


    Palin is a serious threat to the Rs.. they want to maintain a party dominated primarily by males. Palin turned out to be a wild card they thought would fail.

    Instead, we witnessed the birth of new star twinkling in the night sky. The people responded accordingly to her candor as the all American girl with a husband and huge responsibility balancing a career and family.

    I think she did great for her first outing on the National scene..

  134. I agree with the medial bracelet, or even a chip they could plug in might work. I also agree that sensitive information that might result in prejudical care should be closely guarded, and when you find a Doctor or Hospital that has acted inappropirately, they need to have their license taken away.

    We have protected some bad medical situation for far too long.

    Good Night all. I am up later than usual.

  135. Palin
    If not destroyed by the media before she has a chance to run again actually represents something to a lot of people. She didn’t go to an Ivy league college and has been beaten up and looked over because those that didn’t know her made assumptions. Guess what lots of Americans didn’t go to Ivy League schools and I think some are learning that dropping a g at the end of a sentence is far less important than crafting a million lies cloaked in inspirational drival.

    If I cannot have Hillary I’d take Palin. Not because of gender but because of what I see as a sense of integrity. The liar in chief has shown zero.

  136. More on the foreign policy genius of Obama–the gift that keeps giving. By the way, a young man who works in my building told me tonight that there is great disappointment among the young people he knows toward obama. He said they wish they had voted for Hillary. He hopes she runs in 2012.

  137. IMHO
    The youth can be understood for their fervor and getting caught up in a phenom. It’s those 25 and over who swallowed the media fed hogwash that repulse me. “oh My children told me to vote for him” Yuck. Wasn’t that CK’s reason for endorsing him. madonna oprah and bono like him and they are such wonderful filthy rich people. Each is worth close to if not more than a billion and if they care so much about making the world a better place why don’t they donate the bulk of their wealth to charity. I am sure each could live quite well on a 100 million.

  138. Good Morning, all.

    Anyone else catch the news that BC is partnering with Carol Maloney. a possible challenger to the Gillibrand seat? Very interesting.

    What about the 31,000 unaffiliated independent scientists?

    Mrs. Smith, You said this 3 times on this post and I pray you are right.
    Is this based on instinct – gut feeling – what?
    If it makes any difference to you, I can see Obama being run out of the WH on a rail replaced with Biden and hopefully Hillary in the VP slot ready to go for the top position in 2012.

  139. y KIMBERLY HEFLING, Associated Press Writer Kimberly Hefling, Associated Press Writer – Thu Jul 2, 6:01 pm ET

    WASHINGTON – In a slap at President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton will headline a fundraiser for a New York congresswoman challenging White House-backed Sen. Kristen Gillibrand in the state’s Democratic primary.

    Clinton has not endorsed in the race, but his efforts to help Rep. Carolyn Maloney could be seen as a snub to Gillibrand and the Obama White House. Matt McKenna, a spokesman for Clinton, said he will be attending a July 20 fundraiser in New York.

    The White House has played an active role in clearing the field for Gillibrand, who was appointed earlier this year to fill the seat vacated when Obama tapped Hillary Rodham Clinton to be his secretary of state. Obama asked Rep. Steve Israel not to challenge Gillibrand, a request he honored. Just days ago, Vice President Joe Biden called Maloney to discuss the race, a clear sign that the White House didn’t want a primary fight next year.

  140. basil9
    Any thoughts as to why BC would be taking a stance?
    I think they made a monumental mistake here in PA where Arlen SPECULATOR is concerned. Especially if he votes for cap and trade. Those who elected him a plenty pissed.

  141. I dunno, henery but it does seem a bit odd, no?

    Of course BC and Maloney go way back and maybe he’ fulfilling a promise. One thing’s for sure – I’ll bet BO and biden are PO’s.


    BTW, Henry. i am in agreement with this; “had she not supported bambi perhaps he wouldn’t have won. She could have just remained silent after the DNC larceny but she did not. …..she helped put him where he is.” My only hope is that she bails out ASAP and then either runs for NYS Gov or starts planning a 2012 bid.

  142. I was of the understanding that Gillibrand was pretty moderate. Wasn’t she elected to the house from a largely Republican district? I cancelled my Times subscription over a year ago, but for A NY Senator she hasn’t gotten very much national press.

  143. oops forgot about the http bit here
    this one’s got some spunk

    “I’ve never lost an election,” she added. “I don’t intend to start now.”

  144. And the race baiter,s mouthkeeps on giving and giving.What a reception he has in store when he meets with Putin and Medveded later this month.Satchel
    mouth made this public statement quote”Putin still has one foot in the past and does not realize the cold war is over and Medveded is smarter than Putin” WOW what a greeting he is in for.Hillary must be furious hearing him undo all the good hopes that she is in the process of returning to a very troubled world.This nut job has damaged our country and our allies are furious.Buyers remorse is increasing every passing day and he must be removed fron office.NOW

    By ABM90 Hillary must not and will not quit so please America do not let the MSM cook the news for us and i must disagree with my friends that fear for her life and future.Can you all not see that she is our future all wrapped up in a beautiful smart,loyal and unselfish Patriot that we may never see again if we follow the Media poison pill news snipits 24/7.

  145. “Wasn’t she elected to the house from a largely Republican district?”

    Yes. She was a congresswoman from my district, in between Albany and Dutchess County.

    ABM, Agreed. It’s time for her to get out of the way and let him self-destruct by himself.

  146. Basil,

    Is he “partnering” with her? From the article I posted last night on this, it mentioned that he had also attended an event for Gillibrand earlier in the year, that Maloney had not confirmed she was running when he had agreed to appear at her event, and that both Gillibrand and Maloney had supported Hillary in the primaries.

  147. Good Morning all. I had a late night last night, and I am still tired. Company for the 4th got here late.

    Anyway my two cents: As far as the NY primary for this position is concern, they will have a state convention to select the nonminee. No suderduds, but I am sure they will have offical people running the ballot box. The question is do they work for Acorn. At ours, it was like this group from out of town with black suits and no nonsense expressions on their faces. They looked like they would pounce on you.

    Anyway, it comes down to the party selecting her as a nominee, and I trust the party much less than I trust the Voters. I saw and continue to see the bullying techniques of the O group first hand.

  148. Sessions rebukes White House on Sotomayor documents

    By: Susan Ferrechio
    Chief Congressional Correspondent

    The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee is calling “absurd” an assertion by the Obama administration that some of the documents Republicans have requested relating to Supreme Court nominee Sonya Sotomayor are not relevant to her upcoming hearings.

    Sen. Jeff Sessions, of Alabama, and other Republicans have accused Democrats of rushing the hearings, slated to begin July 13 in the Judiciary Committee. Republicans want more time to acquire and review documents related to Sotomayor’s dozen years at the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF). The group delivered 300 pages of requested material in recent days and the papers, said Sessions, “may provide insight into her judicial approach” used when she upheld a lower court decision to throw out the New Haven Fire Department’s promotional exams because blacks did not earn qualifying scores.

    The documents showed that during Sotomayor’s time with the PRLDEF, the group used race to contest the test scores of municipal employees in other states.

    Sessions said Thursday that the PRLDEF has reviewed only three of more than 300 boxes of materials and Republicans want to see more, with help from the White House. “Rather than simply defend PRLDEF, the White House should respect the Judiciary Committee’s important bipartisan request that these documents be delivered to the Committee in a timely manner so they can be reviewed before Judge Sotomayor’s hearing, which is now just five legislative days away,” Sessions said in a statement.

  149. Rangel defends Maloney’s bid for Gillibrand Senate seat; criticizes Obama for butting into primary

    BY Michael Saul
    Friday, July 3rd 2009, 4:00 AM

    Rep. Charles Rangel defended colleague Carolyn Maloney’s right to take on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and lashed out anew at President Obama for butting into New York’s Democratic primary.

    “I really cannot say anything negative about a senior member who wants to run and whose polls, at this point in time, appear to be in her favor,” Rangel, dean of the New York House delegation, told the Daily News.

    Rangel stood up for Maloney while the state’s senior senator, Chuck Schumer, and the Democratic establishment are rallying around Gillibrand. “Nobody can challenge that she’s not a hardworking member of Congress,” Rangel said of Maloney, citing her work on behalf of 9/11 victims and her landmark legislation protecting credit card holders. “She is certainly one of our most active members,” he said.

    In May, President Obama phoned Long Island Rep. Steve Israel to nudge him away from a challenge – a move that also prompted Rangel to criticize the President. Last month, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said publicly Team Obama favored Gillibrand.

    “I really don’t understand why President Obama got involved in our primary,” Rangel said. “I don’t want to use the word wrong, but it doesn’t seem like the astute political thing to do,” he said.

    Rangel said he hasn’t yet decided between Maloney and Gillibrand, who was named by Gov. Paterson in January to replace Hillary Clinton. “I would have to really think hard for me wanting to remove her from her office that she has been duly appointed,” he said of Maloney, a House member who represents Manhattan’s East Side and a slice of Queens.

    Meanwhile, a spokesman for former President Bill Clinton said Thursday the ex-President will not take sides in the primary.

    Clinton headlined a fund-raiser for Gillibrand earlier this year and is scheduled to headline a cash bash for Maloney on July 20. A Clinton spokesman said he is keeping his promise to help Democratic lawmakers who supported his wife’s presidential bid.

  150. Maybe the only reason BC is appearing for Maloney is that he doesn’t believe the President should pick sides. Maybe he believes the people should vote and get WHO they want. Maybe BC believes in freedom.

  151. Amsterdam is bailing out the prostitutes, so exacting when can an ex-bar owner in the US expect to get bailed out??? LOL!!

    Just on Drudge, they are able to see Soviet parts on the missiles getting ready to be fired!

  152. Al Franken — Democrat From Acorn


    The former Stuart Smalley becomes the 60th Democrat in the U.S. Senate, thanks to the community organizers at Acorn and the little-known Secretary of State Project. Is the system being rigged?

    Incumbent Republican Norm Coleman conceded defeat in the mother of all recounts in Minnesota’s U.S. Senate race after the state’s Supreme Court unanimously rejected his lawsuit. Arguably, his seat may have been lost the day in 2006 when Democrat Mark Ritchie defeated two-term incumbent Republican Mary Kiffmeyer to become Minnesota secretary of state.

    It was Ritchie who orchestrated the recount that gave Democratic challenger Franken a lead some six weeks after Coleman appeared to win by 725 votes on Election Day. Ritchie has extensive ties to the Acorn organization now under federal investigation for vote fraud and was endorsed by the community activist group in 2006.

    In 2006, the Minnesota Acorn Political Committee endorsed Ritchie and contributed to his campaign. Other contributors to his campaign included George Soros, along with the likes of Deborah Rappaport, a Saul Alinsky disciple who co-founded the Midwest Academy, a radical Acorn clone. “Mark Ritchie as we all know is a hard-core liberal who was endorsed by Acorn and funded by Acorn,” Matthew Vadum, senior editor of, a nonprofit think tank, recently told NewsMax. “It is not surprising that he has a permissive attitude toward the recount process.”

    Also contributing to Ritchie was James Rucker, the former director of grass-roots mobilization at and reportedly a co-founder of the Secretary of State Project that played a critical role in this and other elections and will do so in the future.

    Ritchie gave partial credit for his 2006 election to the liberal 527 political organization, the stated goal of which is to replace conservative secretaries of state with liberal Democrats. “I want to thank the Secretary of State Project and its thousands of grass-roots donors for helping to push my campaign over the top,” Ritchie said in a posting on the project’s Web site.

    After recounts in Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004, both of which were key to Bush victories, the left realized that who is secretary of state is as important, if not more so, as which candidate got the most votes. Control the election process and you control the future.

    The Secretary of State Project Web site holds up Katherine Harris of Florida and Ken Blackwell of Ohio as the type of people they want to defeat. Naturally, Ritchie is the sort they want to elect. It was ruling after ruling by the Ritchie-led State Canvassing Board that went against Coleman that put Franken in the Senate.

    In 2006, along with Minnesota’s Ritchie, the SOS project endorsed and helped elect Jennifer Brunner in Ohio. Democrats supported by the group also won that year in the key swing states of New Mexico, Nevada and Iowa.

    In 2008, the group helped fund Democratic victories in Montana, West Virginia, Oregon and Missouri, spending some $280,000, according to the watchdog group Center for Public Integrity. Brunner will be remembered for refusing in October 2008 to hand over to county election boards some 200,000 names on voter registration forms in which the driver’s license or Social Security number on the form did not match the name.

    Shortly before the 2008 election, Vadum observed in the American Spectator: “Brunner, a Democrat, has declined to enforce the provisions of the Help America Vote Act that requires her to use a database to allow the verification of 600,000-plus registrations from new Ohio voters.” Vadum added: “It’s a recipe for disaster, but that’s exactly the way her allies at Acorn like it.”

    If this trend continues, our elections may soon be no more honest than the one recently held in Iran. If the Secretary of State Project and Acorn are allowed to so manipulate the process, there will be more “victories” like Al Franken’s to come.

  153. “I really don’t understand why President Obama got involved in our primary,” Rangel said. “I don’t want to use the word wrong, but it doesn’t seem like the astute political thing to do,” he said.
    Rangel is a gutless windbag and a tax cheat.

  154. Jan- yes he does make a good point, but then he backs away from it. The headline is better than what he actually says. If he thinks what Bambi is doing is wrong, then why does he feel compelled to qualify it in the very next sentence. By god, if he thinks it is wrong, he should say it is wrong, not that it is not politicially astute. When he betrayed Hillary he was very blunt about that. The man is a total scumbag–even for a politician. He is a friend to Hillary in the same way that Brutus was a friend to Caesar.

  155. wbboei,

    Again I agree fully. I guess my qualification here is that his comments made me look at this issue in a broader way. I’m sure it wasn’t his intention, but his words make him as well as bambi look like the thugs they are. The evidence keeps adding up, no matter how bambi’s minions qualify, bluster, and make excuses for his actions.

  156. Jan–by the way, that was not my initial reaction to Rangel. I can remember defending him on this site when Blue Dem first raised this issue. But after I did a little investiation I realized Blue was right. And then I saw him wimp out and not even go to the convention. They made no joint appearances together after that. That is why I have the reaction to him I do now. When I hear his name, I see red.

  157. Honestly, I think Rangel and some of the veteran dims are scared silly of bambi and his thugs. I hate how he treated Hillary, but I wonder what threats were thrown at all of her previous supporters to ditch her for organized crime. It doesn’t make their actions ethical or right, but as I don’t know just how much went on behind the scenes, it makes me wonder.

  158. wbboei and Jan H, all these people are being blackmailed by the “ONE”, it called self-preservation. I know Rangel did not go to the convention, ever think maybe he was ordered not to??
    What happened to his tax fraud thing, haven’t heard much about it now, since he buckled under and did what the gestapo wanted. Huh??

  159. Someday, probably when we really find out who shot JFK is when we will find out WTF happened during the primary and Bambino’s administration, that is if we are still called America then!!

  160. You are right Jan. But it is hard for me to feel any empathy or trust for that nest of vipers who betrayed her. My visceral reaction to ANYTHING they say is falso in uno falso in omnibus. THEY are the ones responsible for the tragedy which is about to befall our country. If Wrangel were drowning I would not throw him a life ring. I would tell him it’s too bad you never learned to swim.

  161. confloyd,

    It’s like a damn Pandora’s Box bursting at the seams to come out. And when it does, democracy as we know it will be in a shambles.

  162. If I really look at the conspiracy here, I wonder if this was Rangel going as much on a limb as he is now allowed to. I read between the lines and hope there is still some decency there no matter how tight a leash they have on him.

    Further to this, I never say never. If one of these dims were to ever redeem him/herself sufficiently to protect Hillary and Bill, I would take a second look.

  163. If I were a politician, and somebody was blackmailing me for something I had done in the past which was embarrasing or even illegal I’ll be damned if I would betray my country. I would step down. If you continue as a politican under those circumstances you are no longer capable of representing your constituents. The other way to do it is to dare them to do it, and tell them if they do you will take a whole bunch of them down with you. I met a guy whose family ran two or three cathouses in Memphis and did collection work. I was not a patron, just an acquaintance. He told me when someone threatens you, what you do is you make em do it. In one of the British shows on public broadcasting there was a vignette of a member of Parliament who did that very effectively. He stared the blackmailer, in that case a member of Scottland Yard down and won.

  164. In the last election, Tod Purdham was the accomplice to blackmail. Tod Purdam should be called on the carpet for it.

  165. basil9:

    “Mrs. Smith, You said this 3 times on this post and I pray you are right.
    Is this based on instinct – gut feeling – what?

    If it makes any difference to you, I can see Obama being run out of the WH
    on a rail replaced with Biden and hopefully Hillary in the VP slot ready to go
    for the top position in 2012.”


    Remember the Bastille? It can happen if that is what it takes.

    wbboei’s post expresses the changed sentiment of the young people here:

    “wbboei Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 3:05 am

    “More on the foreign policy genius of Obama–the gift that keeps giving. By the way, a young man who works in my building told me tonight that there is great disappointment among the young people he knows toward obama. He said they wish they had voted for Hillary. He hopes she runs in 2012.”

    This change of opinion in US college students and the 30s crowd mirrors the sentiment of the youthful Iranian protesters.

    What Obama has done is activate the consciousness of students and the young working class mindful of promises made during the campaign. Obama is being scrutinized and scored on the promises vs his actions to date.

  166. Mrs. Smith, he also told me that these young people were really excited because this was their first time to vote.

    One of the central themes of Western European literature down through the centuries is the betrayal of youth and the loss of innocence.

    Think about that in the context of what this manipulative big business shill did and how he is betraying them.

    I mentioned the aborted interview I had with the cub journalist from the Baltimore Sun in West Virginia. He believed jouranlism is an honest trade and editors do not dictate what is published.

  167. another enabler who is suddenly “concerned”.


    State of the Union: Powell ‘concerned’ about Obama’s agenda

    WASHINGTON (CNN) – In a wide-ranging interview set to air Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, one of President Barack Obama’s most prominent Republican supporters says he is ‘concerned’ about the new president’s ambitious agenda and the high price tags accompanying many of Obama’s initiatives.

    “I’m a little concerned,” former Secretary of State Colin Powell says. “I’m concerned at the number of programs that are being presented, the bills associated with these programs and the additional government that will be needed to execute them.”

    Powell also seems to sound a note of warning to the young president.

    “I think one of the cautions that has to be given to the president — and I’ve talked to some of his people about this — is that you can’t have so many things on the table that you can’t absorb it all. And we can’t pay for it all.”

  168. JanH Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 8:20 am



    Yes, I know we are in a minority here. Thanks, ABM and Paula.

  169. Man o man if Colin Powell is jumping ship that looks bad for Bambino! Maybe his republican cohorts has talked him into speaking up about Bambino’s agenda.

  170. # wbboei Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Mrs. Smith, he also told me that these young people were really excited because this was their first time to vote.

    Granted- The current student generation is not a generation of patience. Instant gratification is a ‘must’ because they have never experienced waiting for anything. Their expectations are based on that premise and they will be the most vocal and vociferous challengers to Obama’s policies very soon.

    One of the central themes of Western European literature down through the centuries is the betrayal of youth and the loss of innocence.

    Think about that in the context of what this manipulative big business shill did and how he is betraying them.

    As I posted earlier. The anger expressed in the coming months from Obama’s most loyal supporters will be akin to Obama reaping the whirlwind he inherited when he made those promises to the young and uninitiated. He will rue the day he led them on with lie after lie after lie. And the day we have a repeat of Kent State public outcry will precipitate his final demise.

    I mentioned the aborted interview I had with the cub journalist from the Baltimore Sun in West Virginia. He believed jouranlism is an honest trade and editors do not dictate what is published.

    Wow- just wow. He might be right in one sense. You had better advise him to increase his life insurance and put you down for $50K

  171. alcina Says:

    July 3rd, 2009 at 12:50 pm
    another enabler who is suddenly “concerned”.
    Thank you! I think he was probably a good general, but the man is slower than molyasis in January when it comes to politics.

  172. Mrs Smith: bambis broken promise to youth. It calls to mind a verse from The Cremation of Sam McGee. Youth is always impatient, but tv and the internet have made it worse:

    A promise made is a debt unpaid
    And the trail has its own stern code.

  173. A comment made by Taylor Marsh on her blog was that “it have her the willies when Obama hugs the woman that had cancer told her he was going to take care of her”. Hmm, is she changing her tune also?? She also apparently would rather Hillary meet with these heads of govts. first, rather than the “One”.

  174. Mrs. Smith,

    I sure hope your crystal ball is right.

    ‘He will rue the day he led them on with lie after lie after lie. And the day we have a repeat of Kent State public outcry will precipitate his final demise.’


    FYI…this site has a copy of the flier that was sent out by the WP re: lobbyists, journalists and O admin all meeting for a price…if you click on the flier it will expand and become very readable…

  176. basil, rarely do I go over there, that is why I was so surprised by not only her statement, but some of the commentors. They were very unflattering towards Obama.
    As far as traffic, I can tell most of her blogs have only 5 to 10 comments, so I imagine she isn’t doing well at all.
    She of coarse is still slamming Sarah, so she is still a skank!!

  177. Powell also seems to sound a note of warning to the young president.

    “I think one of the cautions that has to be given to the president — and I’ve talked to some of his people about this — is that you can’t have so many things on the table that you can’t absorb it all. And we can’t pay for it all.”

    Ya think???????

    And here is the best part: you cannot build yourself an organization based the rupe goldberg model, with turf wars, time bombs, crossed wires, bridges to nowhere, blind alley and whoopie cushions. Another day, another layer of bureacracy to clog the arteries of decisionmaking.

  178. She also apparently would rather Hillary meet with these heads of govts. first, rather than the “One”.
    Why? With him it is a disaster regardless of the protocol. I think we should close all our foreign embassies, withdraw our military, and let this nevesh travel from country to country with his three camp followers in tow, not counting Michelle, and have him condemn the United States and offer them anything they want. That way everyone will know he is the one. That is the end game of his presidency.

  179. # basil9 Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Mrs. Smith,

    I sure hope your crystal ball is right.

    ‘He will rue the day he led them on with lie after lie after lie. And the day we have a repeat of Kent State public outcry will precipitate his final demise.’


    I may not always be right; but my track record indicator gage has stayed consistently in the 3.9 out of 4.0 zone for a pretty long time.

  180. Anyone have any special 4th of July recipes you want to share?

    I have a recipe for scrumptious Corn Chowder. It calls for melted Velveeta Cheese, light creme and bits of chopped onion, butter… I hope I can find the original recipe card with all the ingredients listed.

    This is not something we make every week… because of the hi fat content… but man alive it sure is appreciated when we break 2 or 3x a yr for luxury dining.

  181. confloyd,

    You still check that skanK?

    What’s she up to these days? How’s her traffic?
    Michelle Marshall AKA Taylor Marsh needs go back to her roots: the P0rn industry.

  182. S, well lets hope she isn’t going out of politics, we need people like Sarah, even if she a republican. Maybe she’s going into the Senate??? Hillary running for Governor, well I guess they are trying to get ready for the big run in 2016.

  183. maybe she has a tv show and a better platform in DC, NY or LA…and she has that book coming out…she may feel she has freedom to spread her political wings outside of Alaska…she is confined in Alaska…

  184. Hey guys still trolling even though i don’t post…. news on sarah is shocking could it be health related, i hope not.

  185. AS of July 26th, that is really quick! Lets hope it is a positive thing and not blackmail.

  186. She also apparently would rather Hillary meet with these heads of govts. first, rather than the “One”.


    So that Hillary can do all the hard work and he can swoop in and either take the glory or screw things up.

  187. no confloyd, I do not think it is O having something on her…she just came back from Bosnia…she has all kinds of media opportunites for her “voice’ and exposure ahead of her…I could be wrong but I really think she is flying her Aquarian wings onto the national scene…

    …she probably also has a lot more opportunites for $$$, but I don’t think that is it…I thinks she is launching herself in her own way…

    I am speculating and could be wrong but I think she feels she has done what she can in Alaska – she is open for only ridicule with the wasilla hillbilly meme…and I think she has had a taste of the national scene and is taking the gamble…the unpredicable gable to “go for it”…start writing her own chapters…

    interesting…we’ll see…either way, I think she has ‘outgrown’ Alaska…

  188. Yep, I think your right she wants to spare Alaskan’s all the legal expenses and she is going to move on.

  189. msnbc is hyperventilating…i will say one thing, she has knocked the Michael Jackson story right off the air…her liberation is freaking out all the cable networks – I think she has a plan and she leaves them all guessing…so funny!

  190. Where Palin is concerned, I think I will wait for Lou Dobbs. His reporting is usually accurate and more detailed.

  191. WOW! I am listening to SP’s entire press conference and she is on fire!

    She said, “Some people say you should go with the flow but we’re fishermen and we know only dead fish go with the flow.”
    What a classic SP line.

    She says the press has made it difficult for the state’s work to get done and she chooses to walk away and step down now.

    She says she and Tod have over a half million in legal bills.

  192. I bet bambi is laughing his head off about this, but I think when all is said and done, she will have the last laugh.

  193. sarah is twittering that it’s not a scandal, it’s not health, it’s all good, she’s happy and the family is happy.


  194. OT,

    Some are saying,

    ‘If it’s true that she’s leaving the governorship before her first term is complete, her national political career is done.”

  195. Palin says on Twitter: “We’ll soon attach info on decision to not seek re-election… this is in Alaska’s best interest, my family’s happy… it is good, stay tuned”

  196. I dont know, why would she chose to do this on a Friday/Holiday news dump??? It doesn’t make sense.

  197. basil and confloyd…i have just been going back and forth with the cable tv reactions…i can only handle a few seconds of Messbc…but it is the usual trying to call her a quitter and put the worse spin on it…and reducing her to not being up to it and her family, and her speech is rambling…bla, bla, bla…and then you have the repubs that are against her popping up (romney supporters) with their spin about her being finished and if she is planning on going national it isn’t going to work

    then bill kristol and pat Buchanan came on and they are leaning that she is going national and they think this is her opening act for her presidential run…

    also even her critics are commenting she has been hit over and over again with frivolous lawsuits and that every time she leaves the state to give a speech or whatever she gets hit with another lawsuit, now with over $500,000 in lawsuit bills…

    that’s the gist…but i lean towards she was too boxed in for how ‘big’ her personality has become and now she is free to fly or fall on her own…and go for the opportunites now while they are there…she said she isn’t wired for lame duck status…

    think about it…now she can get the coaching she needs…brush up on national topics and still keep her personality but prepare herself for other things beyond Alaska…

    either way whether it is politics or tv, giving speeches – whatever it is – she will not go quietly into the background…’aquarians’ don’t shy away from challenges… : )

  198. Fox talking about the Vanity Fair smear article recently published, and McCain’s people hating her guts and having it out for her during the campaign.

    Whatever her reasons, and I’m sure the media attacks on her and her family, the huge legal bills, etc… I hope she makes a huge comeback down the road.

  199. I agree with this poster.
    . Accomplished a hell of a lot as Governor and has met all her goals and promises.
    2. Ethic complaints cost state 2 million dollars. Cost her half a million personally. Money Alaska needs for teachers and infrastructure. Opponents will continue to use the state to further their campaign negatively as long as she is governor.

    Summation. She fell on her sword to allow the state govt to move on with her agenda. She is going to hit the ground running as a private citizen to earn money for her legal bills and she will be free to do and say whateverthehell she pleases from here on out and no one can say Boo to her ass. She was restrained by McCain. She was restrained by the office of Governor. Now? She’s not.

    Jesus.H.Christ – an ass whooping is coming for someone – a lot of someones. This is not so much a quitting as an unleashing of the demon.

  200. Basil, I thought as first it was a mistake because the dems could say shes a quitter, but I have been told Reagan also quit his governor ship also very early. Does anyone know if this is true??

  201. I think the poster I copied has it right.

    now, it doesn’t matter who says what about her. She’s flyng solo and I hope to see a lot of a$$ whoppings.

    My gut says this takes testicular fortitude and she’s blessed with an abundance of that.

    She ain’t afraid to walk off cliffs.

  202. I liked this POV, too.

    She just stood there in front of god and everyone and told the god’s honest truth. That’s what real change looks like. That’s what transparency looks like. That’s what it looks like when a normal person is slam danced by the machine and decides to unchain the shackles and fight back. Those were not the words of a politician. Those were the words of an American – old school. It’s payback time. I.can.not.wait. What a gift on the fourth of July. I’m listening to the pundits and thinking – guys – you just don’t get it. You don’t have the slightest clue. Spin until your heads explode but you will never understand just how disgusted we all are with the BS and the crap called Washington and NY. That speech with the baby fussing and the ducks quacking in the back ground – Sarahs nerves clearly strung tight as a piano wire – was historic. She coming for all of you. You’ve thrown down you best hits and she was held back by the candidacy and the office – but as a private citizen with her popularity and the clear support of middle America behind her – there are no limits.

  203. basil…i think your comments are on target…the media is going to try to spin everything to marginalize her (just like they did to Hillary)…they are saying she was intimidated by VF article and that she is ‘erratic’ – Greta von Sustern lashed into the Fox commentator when he tried to say it was because of her family…she basically called him a sexist and said ‘you do NOT WANT TO GO THERE’

    confloyd – as for fri news dump…it is ‘independence’ weekend and like i mentioned she has literally knocked the MJ story off the air…Sarah Palin is all anyone is talking about…so her story is not getting buried…

    the main thread with all of the analysis is that they are all left guessing about what she is up to next, they can say what they want, they do not know what her plans are…she is now in her own driver’s seat…whether i, we, like her or her politics or not, got to like her spunk…

  204. ADMIN,

    Please embed.

    Sarah says her decision has to do with the ridicule piled on Trig. She also said as a former basketball point guard she knows when to pass the ball.

    www dot youtube dot com/watch?v=ACKm0AwStA8&tsp=1

    I don’t want to waste time and money on the superficial political blood sport.

  205. HOORAYYYYY for SARAH!!!!!!!

    This is the day she claimed her Independence, just in time for July 4th!

    Symbolic? I think so.

  206. basil…this will make your blood boil…


    bottom line…i think she is going out there to play ball with the big boys…romney is free to raise money and do what he wants – now she can raise money and do what she want

    Lynn Forrester on fox now talking about her and Hillary and the ‘sexism’ factor…

  207. “My gut says this takes testicular fortitude and she’s blessed with an abundance of that.”

    Basil, with all due respect, I hope that as we start seeing more women running for high office, we can finally stop saying that strength and courage require a manly quality. Can’t we just say she has fortitude?

  208. Obama’s Top Five Health Care Lies

    Shikha Dalmia,

    President Barack Obama walked into the Oval Office with a veritable halo over his head. In the eyes of his backers, he could say or do no wrong because he had evidently descended directly from heaven to return celestial order to our fallen world. Oprah declared his tongue to be “dipped in the unvarnished truth.” Newsweek editor Evan Thomas averred that Obama “stands above the country and above the world as a sort of a God.”

    But when it comes to health care reform, with every passing day, Obama seems less God and more demagogue, uttering not transcendental truths, but bald-faced lies. Here are the top five lies that His Awesomeness has told–the first two for no reason other than to get elected and the next three to sell socialized medicine to a wary nation.

    Lie One: No one will be compelled to buy coverage.

    During the campaign, Obama insisted that he would not resort to an individual mandate to achieve universal coverage. In fact, he repeatedly ripped Hillary Clinton’s plan for proposing one. “To force people to buy coverage,” he insisted, “you’ve got to have a very harsh penalty.” What will this penalty be, he demanded? “Are you going to garnish their wages?” he asked Hillary in one debate.

    Yet now, Obama is behaving as if he said never a hostile word about the mandate. Earlier this month, in a letter to Sens. Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., he blithely declared that he was all for “making every American responsible for having health insurance coverage, and making employers share in the cost.”

    But just like Hillary, he is refusing to say precisely what he will do to those who want to forgo insurance. There is a name for such a health care approach: It is called TonySopranoCare.

    Lie Two: No new taxes on employer benefits.

    Obama took his Republican rival, Sen. John McCain, to the mat for suggesting that it might be better to remove the existing health care tax break that individuals get on their employer-sponsored coverage, but return the vast bulk–if not all–of the resulting revenues in the form of health care tax credits. This would theoretically have made coverage both more affordable and portable for everyone. Obama, however, would have none of it, portraying this idea simply as the removal of a tax break. “For the first time in history, he wants to tax your health benefits,” he thundered. “Apparently, Sen. McCain doesn’t think it’s enough that your health premiums have doubled. He thinks you should have to pay taxes on them too.”

    Yet now Obama is signaling his willingness to go along with a far worse scheme to tax employer-sponsored benefits to fund the $1.6 trillion or so it will cost to provide universal coverage. Contrary to Obama’s allegations, McCain’s plan did not ultimately entail a net tax increase because he intended to return to individuals whatever money was raised by scrapping the tax deduction. Not so with Obama. He apparently told Sen. Baucus that he would consider the senator’s plan for rolling back the tax exclusion that expensive, Cadillac-style employer-sponsored plans enjoy, in order to pay for universal coverage. But, unlike McCain, he has said nothing about putting offsetting deductions or credits in the hands of individuals.

    In other words, Obama might well end up doing what McCain never set out to do: Impose a net tax increase on health benefits for the first time in history.

    Lie Three: Government can control rising health care costs better than the private sector.

    Ignoring the reality that Medicare–the government-funded program for the elderly–has put the country on the path to fiscal ruin, Obama wants to model a government insurance plan–the so-called “public option”–after Medicare in order to control the country’s rising health care costs. Why? Because, he repeatedly claims, Medicare has far lower administrative costs and overhead than private plans–to wit, 3% for Medicare compared to 10% to 20% for private plans. Hence, he says, subjecting private plans to competition against an entity delivering such superior efficiency will release health care dollars for universal coverage.

    But lower administrative costs do not necessarily mean greater efficiency. Indeed, the Congressional Budget Office analysis last year chastised Medicare’s lax attitude on this front. “The traditional fee-for-service Medicare program does relatively little to manage benefits, which tends to reduce its administrative costs but may raise its overall spending relative to a more tightly managed approach,” it noted on page 93.

    In short, extending the Medicare model will further ruin–not improve–even the functioning aspects of private plans.

    Lie Four: A public plan won’t be a Trojan horse for a single-payer monopoly.

    Obama has repeatedly claimed that forcing private plans to compete with a public plan will simply “keep them honest” and give patients more options–not lead to a full-blown, Canadian-style, single-payer monopoly. As I argued in my previous column, this is wishful thinking given that government programs such as Medicare have a history of controlling costs by underpaying providers, who make up the losses by charging private plans more. Any public plan modeled after Medicare will greatly increase this forced subsidy, eventually driving private plans out of business, even if that weren’t Obama’s intention.

    But, as it turns out, it very much is his intention. Before he decided to run for office–and even during the initial days of his campaign–Obama repeatedly said that he was in favor of a single-payer system. What’s more, University of California, Berkeley Professor Jacob Hacker, who is a key influence on the Obama administration, is on tape explicitly boasting that a public plan is a means for creating a single-payer system. “It’s not a Trojan horse,” he quips, “it’s just right there.”

    But even if Obama wanted to, it is simply impossible to design a public plan that could compete with private insurers on a level playing field and without “feeding off the public trough” as Obama claims. At the very least, such a plan would always carry an implicit government guarantee that, should it go bust, no one in the plan would lose coverage. This guarantee would artificially lower the plan’s capital reserve requirements, giving it an unfair edge over private plans. What’s more, it is simply not plausible to expect that the plan wouldn’t receive any start-up subsidies or use the government’s muscle to negotiate lower rates with providers. If it eschewed all these things, there would be no reason for it to exist–because it would be just like any other private plan.

    Lie Five: Patients don’t have to fear rationing.

    Obama has been insisting, including during his ABC Town Hall event last week, that the rationing patients would face under a government-run system wouldn’t be any more draconian than what they currently confront under private plans. This is complete nonsense.

    The left has been trying to address fears of rationing by trotting out an old and tired trope, namely, that rationing is an inescapable fact of life because every system rations whether by price or fiat. But there is a big difference between the two. If I can’t afford caviar and champagne every night, any rationing involved is metaphoric, not real. Genuine rationing occurs when someone else controls access–how much of a particular good I can consume.

    By that token, Obama’s stimulus bill has set in motion rationing on a scale unimaginable in the land of the free. Indeed, the bill commits over $1 billion to conduct comparative effectiveness research that will evaluate the relative merits of various treatments. That in itself wouldn’t be so objectionable–if it weren’t for the fact that a board will then “direct financing” toward approved, standardized treatments. In short, doctors will find it much harder to prescribe newer or non-standard treatments not yet deemed effective by health care bureaucrats. This is exactly along the lines of the British system, where breast cancer patients were denied Herceptin, a new miracle drug, until enraged women fought back. Even the much-vilified managed care plans would appear to be a paragon of generosity in comparison with this.

    Obama has repeatedly asked for honesty in the health care debate. It is high time he started showing some.

    Shikha Dalmia is a senior analyst at Reason Foundation and writes a biweekly column for Forbes.

  209. JanH, do you really believe that article? If you don’t think we should all have access to Medicare then you should be very pleased with Obama. None of the so-called public options being discussed in Congress are open to most of us. There is no Trojan horse. Indeed, all they are doing is forcing us all to buy private health insurance. Obama is no liberal. It’s shocking to me that anyone who supported Hillary could see his health insurance proposal or really his willingness to let the likes of Max Baucus design health reform as some sort of far-left liberal policy. Why on earth does anyone who supported Hillary think Obama is to the left of her on health care? It make utterly no sense.

  210. Now she can be the female Rush Limbaugh, reporting everything if she can get the press.

    There is a tea party here in this little town I live in, I just saw it in the paper. I am going to go see how many democrats that were at the county convention pushing BO over Hillary will be there? Maybe I should wear my Hillary buttons!!!

  211. Just for anyone who gives you that cut and run bull, I’ll just remind them of a certain senator from illinois that took office in 2005 and spent the whole time running for President in 2008 neglecting his state of Illinois. If she wants to run in 2012, I’m behind her 100% and to do that you cannot neglect your curent office, you can get away with that as a senator but not when you are a Governor. She has made the right move if thats the case.

  212. oh, lorac!

    I was joking about the ‘testicualr fortitude’ comment thrown at Hrc during the primaries. i will never forget the look on her face and the charming way she dealt with it. It was priceless.

    Some are saying SP’s announcement today marks the beginning of her presidential campagin.

  213. mj,

    Give it a rest. I post an article on health care and that means I personally believe every word it says 100%? Does that mean that every article I post, whether negative or positive is my mandate as well?

    I believe that every American deserves fair and equitable health care.

  214. Senator, i don’t think so, this has to do with 2012 or nothing. She is free now to travel, take in a shitload of money and rip the entire policies of Obama to shreds without recrimination. 3 years travelling getting your face very very known. She’s got a headstart on the rest, she didnt set up a PAC for nothing.

  215. If Sarah Palin can be the constant thorn in Obama’s side for the next 3 years, I’ll be so happy to see him have to deal with her on a constant basis. She will just take him to pieces without having to worry about it. The woman is not going away. Does she seriously look like the type of woman to just fold up tents and walk away.

    Fuck no!

  216. “I believe that every American deserves fair and equitable health care.” Well, ok. But neither Obama nor the writer of the article agree with that position.

  217. moon,

    Agreed. Kristol just said she’s crazy like a fox. She’s declaring her independence from everything and everyone.

    By resigning she removes the target from the lefty loonytunes and now she’s as free as they are to say any damn thing she wants.

    That point guard anaolgy was pretty impressive – about keeping your eye on the rim while passing the ball and then getting in position to take it back and make the shot. I think that’s what she meant.

  218. Yeah!

    She can really be a thorn in his side! ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!

    About that sports analogy – so who is she passing the ball to while she gets in position to take it back and make the slam dunk?

  219. If Sarah Palin can be the constant irritant in Obama’s side for the next 3 years, she’ll effectively be the opposition, lord knows the Repug party aint stepping up to it.

  220. moononpluto Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Yep, I think she’ll run for the US Senate.

  221. I am beginning to wonder what Obama has in mind for me when and if his culling of the aged from the system that I have long and hard for.I paid into the fund from day one in 1936 to last day I stopped working at age 85 and I am now 91 and according
    to the mortuary president,I am a drain on our economy and his healthcare scheme.I could get downright mean and vent my anger on this race baiter but I have decided to just sit back,keep on blogging and get my jollys watching him self destruct.Saving my energy for the song and dance routine at his wake.
    Now on to Sarah the much adored and then much maligned darling of the repug political machine.A word from Harry Truman “If you can’t take the heat get out of the cauldron”Hillary suffered more than any other woman in our political system by the MSM and males from both sides of the aisle.She will not quit ever as long her America is in danger from within.This bunch of idiots in congress are being herded by the Messaih and the only two political parties ,The Black and The White.Divided we fall is happening and much sooner than expected.To those that would have Hillary stop and quit,just watch what they do to Sarah.The vultures are circling no matter what she chooses to do.

    By ABM90 Our National Treasure Hillary will decide what is best for our country and then she will fight on.

  222. “To those that would have Hillary stop and quit,just watch what they do to Sarah.”

    Mhmm, very true. That was my first thought when I saw what they were saying today about Ms.Palin.

  223. ABM!

    You crack me up!

    ‘according to the mortuary president,I am a drain on our economy and his healthcare scheme’

  224. mj,

    i posted the video link. check it out and report back. i don’t know ollie north quotes.

  225. By ABM90 Our National Treasure Hillary will decide what is best for our country and then she will fight on.


    I don’t think Palin will run for president. It’s going to take her quite a while to get her machine in motion to do that… On the other hand, she is in just the right position to run for the US Senate in Nov. and apparently she already has a PAC in pace..

    There she can for the next two years get some experience under her belt.

  226. Hey if Obama can win with zero shit experience, a coke habit, a heffer of a wife, nasty evil connections, then so can she.

    God knows he lowered the bar enough that a serial killer could take a run at the Whitehouse.

  227. mj,

    Okay. I will stop posting any articles at all. Obviously there are new rules here where you can only post articles that you agree with verbatim.

  228. Nah Palin would only be running for Sen in 2010 if she intended to only run in 2016. A 6 year stint in the sen after a run as gov after a run as mayor.

    Hang on thats more experience than most of those idiots put together.

    May not be such a bad idea, if Hillary doesnt go in 2012 or 2016.

  229. Jan, that wasn’t my point. I just think Obama is such a disappointment on the Democratic side that these sorts of articles are not helpful because they make him out to be some sort of socialist or even Lefty. He is not. I don’t think giving huge amounts of money to the banks and the insurers is a liberal position.

  230. I hope she makes it into the senate, wow, if she get to get up there a talk about bambi’s BS all the time, it will irritate the crap out of him. I imagine thats why they wanted Hillary out of the Senate. I fully believe she would be gripping about the crap and trade, the bailouts, the signing statements which he said he would not do.

    They are going nuts over at the daily kooks, guess I’ll check out the ex porn queen’s site now! I”LL BE BACK!!!

  231. # JanH Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 6:25 pm


    Okay. I will stop posting any articles at all. Obviously there are new rules here where you can only post articles that you agree with verbatim.



    Don’t you dare stop posting the articles you feel we need to know about.



    Obama didn’t WIN anything; he stole the election from Hillary... your criteria is false.

  232. To those that would have Hillary stop and quit,just watch what they do to Sarah.”

    HRC could bow out for any number of reasons, from health to principals.

  233. batchelore’s got a sarah-feva!

    ‘Palin’s sudden announcement that she will resign the Alaska governorship at the end of July, delivered alongside the fireworks of the 4th of July, underlines her self-awareness that she must respond to the pyrotechnics of her stature in the GOP—and must respond in an explosive fashion. Discarding the demands of an Alaska job that is at best part-time, undemanding, predictable, banal, means that she will now devote full-time to traveling the “lower 48” in order to speak, speak, speak. Wherever she goes, she is Alaska, moose-hunting, and Wasilla. As a candidate, she begins the nomination hunt with a formula that none of her rivals can match, not even Mitt Romney, not only because she gave up something in order to go for the White House but also because she reached this decision by being drafted.

  234. How Palin’s resignation makes her the true Frontrunner. – Batchelor.

    What Palin begins with an announcement from Wasilla is not only a campaign, it is an Iditarod of a crusade.

  235. More from John Batchelor at the Daily Beast.What is going on right now in the Republican Party—even as the professionals scramble to react with grins and snorts to the news of Palin’s Alaska resignation—are the early scenes of the 2012 campaign for the presidency with Sarah Palin as the once and future hero. Like Joan of Arc, Catherine the Great, Elizabeth Regina, and, skipping four centuries of quarrelsome princes, Margaret Thatcher, the Republican Party has already decided that the governor of Alaska will rescue the GOP from its ruination. What Sarah Palin begins with an announcement from Wasilla is not only a campaign, it is an Iditarod of a crusade—first woman, first mom, and second moose-hunter into the White House.

    If you scoff at Palin for president, you are likely insufficiently cynical to work on a national campaign. Eight months after the election, the governor is as natural and gifted a presidential candidate as anyone since Huey Long. The farther she stays away from Washington and the longer she pushes away those sharpies clamoring for her to raise PAC money, to prepare gray-bearded policy positions, network at the barbecues in Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina (well, maybe not South Carolina right now), the more box-office irresistible she will be to Republican primary voters. What most recommends the Palin boom is that she is now, 40 months to the election, as celebrated by the GOP right wing as she is reviled by the Democratic left wing.

  236. You guys keep talking about Hillary’s health. OMG, she broke her freaking elbow, its not like she has a heart condition or anything. Is the news media talking about her health all of the sudden???

  237. Obama is a pos and a bald face liar. In the last five months, he hasn’t given any indication he is doing anything to help People. People are still being foreclosed on- Job losses are running closer to 16%- 17% counting the people who are off the rolls and ineligible to collect any longer.

    The Banks and the Corporate sectors are the only place Obama focuses his attention. They are his big money donors.

  238. confloyd,

    I haven’t heard anything about her health but I’m just saying, she could use that as an excuse, if she wanted to, that’s all.

  239. Over at TM, they are conjuring up some scandel about some health officials in Alaska and some kind of scandal called the iceberg scandel, whatever that means??

  240. I wonder if Sarah is playing the media here, she is not saying why she is resigning, letting the msm vent its vitriol and then come out with the real reason making them look like complete asses.

  241. Well this explains it, Sarah is basically going to become the voice of the republicans, she’s so running for 2012.

    The head of the Republican Governor’s Association said on Friday that in emails sent to him moments before she announced her resignation as governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin discussed expanding the role she played in the Republican Party.

    “Part of her decision is she wants to spend more time campaigning for candidates,” Nick Ayers, the executive director of the RGA, told Fox News.

    “Haven’t conservatives been lamenting the lack of a national leader?” he asked, in a post on the Standard’s site. “Well, now she’ll try to be that.”

    While Ayers may have had a direct heads up as to Palin’s intentions, he wasn’t entirely on cue with the Governor’s talking points. Asked why Palin was stepping down as opposed to finishing her term (which ends in 2010), the RGA header sited pesky bloggers and activists as the reason. Palin had insisted she didn’t want to put Alaskans through two years of a lame-duck governorship.

    “I don’t think this is buckling to pressure,” said Ayers. “I think this is her coming to the realization that the legislature in Alaska and that some bloggers and activists in Alaska are going to do everything they can to stymie her progress. This is a governor who didn’t run for the office because she wanted a title. She wanted to make significant change in the state. She realized that that was no longer going to be able to happen, because things had become so partisan there.”

  242. I’m posting this because it made me furious and of course typical Huffington post. Talk of your sexist mysoginistic bastards writing shit.This is the same shit Hillary had to put up with and I am only reposting it here so you can all see what kind of shit posts at Huffington Post.

    The article was authored by Erik Sean Nelson and was posted at the Huffington Post at 6 p.m. EDT.

    Palin Will Run in ’12 on More Retardation Platform

    In Sarah Palin’s resignation announcement she complained about the treatment of her son Trig who always teaches her life lessons. She said that the “world needs more Trigs, not fewer.” That’s a presidential campaign promise we can all get behind. She will be the first politician to actually try to increase the population of retarded people. To me, it’s kinda like saying the world needs more cancer patients because they teach us such personal lessons.

    Her first act as President: To introduce a Pre-K lunch buffet that includes lead paint chips. Sort of a Large HEAD-START Program.

    She will then encourage women to hold off on pregnancies until their 40’s just to mix up some chromosomes.

    She now is in favor of abortion only in case of diploid birth.

    Her policies will increase jobs because Wal-Mart is building new stores each day and someone has to be the greeter.

    This will lead to smaller government because fewer Americans will have the cognitive ability to hold a government job.

    Look, she says she’s resigning as governor because people are making attacks on her and Trig. If she ever did become president, all Osama bin Laden would have to do to defeat the United States is Photoshop a picture of Trig and she’d surrender the country that night. As she said, “That’s not politics as usual.” It isn’t. Politicians don’t usually quit for so stupid of reasons.

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