Governor Sarah Palin Makes Her Moves – Is Hillary Clinton Next?

Independence Day is officially tomorrow but Sarah Palin decided to celebrate one day early.

Is Hillary Clinton next?

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Hillary Clinton

We did not think Hillary Clinton should have anything to do with Obama and should remain a U.S. Senator. We knew however that Hillary had all the facts and deserved respect. We wrote at the time:

We are not worshippers at a Hillary shrine but we do recognize a remarkable jewel when we see one. We respect Hillary and listen with respect to what she says – but we do not genuflect. We do not bow and scrape and burn incense and chant – like those doopy-eyed commemorative plate and coin buyers in the Hopium dens.

On the Secretary of State situation – we will support Hillary’s decision, whatever it is, because it is a personal decision which requires balancing tests which Hillary herself is best positioned to weigh – even as we advise against Hillary placing herself inside a gilded cage. Of course, Hillary is a fabulous bird who has the capacity of pushing aside the bars and barriers of any cage.

The latest rumor about Hillary have been fed by her sending Obama off to Russia without love, wits or experience.

In fact, she’s slated to travel later this month — but without Obama.

Jim reminds us of the leaks during the Iran crisis that had both Hillary and Joe Biden questioning Obama’s reaction to the eruption of opposition protests. Those leaks didn’t come from Obama’s people, and even at that time raised questions about whether the partnership between Hillary and Obama was beginning to unravel.

Even the Republicans and right wing know Hillary is tops in the relationship:

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.

We stand by our statement that Hillary is best positioned to decide her own fate. Will Hillary leave after the 2010 elections and Dimocrats start to realize they are on board the Obama Titanic? Will Hillary leave as the American economy collapses and Americans need a champion for economic responsibility and common sense? Is Hillary simply so fed up with Obama’s boobery and foolishness and clownish behavior that even her famous patience has worn thin and she cannot bear to look at his grinning Joker face? We don’t know. Only Hillary knows.

We will continue to respect Hillary as the “best positioned to weigh” her options and her moves. We will rejoice on the day Hillary kicks Obama to the curb.

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Palin

Only Sarah Palin, on a late Friday news dump day, on a major holiday weekend, could knock Michael Jackson off the news headlines.

Governor Sarah Palin, like Hillary, is best positioned to determine her own fate. She continues to surprise as few others can or dare.

Like Hillary, Governor Palin is and has been under tremendous sexist and misogynistic attacks. The latest Vanity Fair hit piece targets Governor Palin as suffering from one of those women (postpartum depression) problem thingys that leads her to be crazed and erratic and crazed and ambitious and crazed and crazed – like every woman who has babies.

Such have been the attacks that Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post wrote this week that Palin was rebounding because of the attacks.

One needs only look back as far as the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton to see that phenomenon at work. The wall to wall coverage of Clinton had the effect — over time — of convincing people that Clinton had been beaten up enough and turning public opinion to his side.

That is what appears to be happening at the moment for Palin. The issue is whether she can take advantage of the softening of operatives’ attitude toward her to re-introduce herself to the political set in Washington. [snip]

“She has been vastly underestimated as a result of one or two interviews,” said Malek of Palin. “I have spent a lot of time around her and can state unequivocally she is smart, perceptive, curious, and absolutely on top of issues like energy which are pivotal to her role as Alaska’s Governor. “



There has been much speculation about Palin. The not very imaginative Larry Sabato thinks Palin’s decision is “absolutely bizzare”. Sleezy sexist and misogynist Josh Marshall is looking for sleeze and scandal – with absolutely no suggestion that there is any sleeze or scandal associated with Palin’s decision – the sleeze is all in Josh Marshall’s sleezy mind. Adele Stan at the sleezy Huff n’ Puff also drags in scandal, without any evidence, but at least recognizes some intelligence at play:

After all, if you’ve got a shot to become leader of the free world, it helps to have nothing but time to give the people of Iowa and New Hampshire in the year leading up to their caucus and primary, and that’s hard to do if you have to run a state from which you can see Russia.[snip]

But don’t count her out; she’s as tenacious a political fighter as I’ve ever seen. She’ll no doubt put the time gained of her early exit from the governor’s mansion to good use — perhaps studying up on issues for her visits to the people of Iowa and New Hampshire.

When I first speculated that she would be John McCain’s vice presidential pick, people said, Sarah who? Despite colossal missteps, she emerged from the 2008 presidential election as the darling of the Republican Party, her running mate returning to the Senate as a has-been. Mark my words: She’ll be back.

Others see yet another Republican hopeful in 2012 tarnished. The sleezey sexists and misogynists at DailyKooks simply yell “she’s crazy”.

Reuters suggests some non-Kook, non-sexist, non-misogynist reasons:

Having maintained her popularity at home in Alaska, why would she quit now? There are several possibilities:

* She frees herself from the constraints of daily governing so she can spend all her time pursuing national office. This would put her on a level playing field with potential Republican presidential primary opponents Mitt Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, and Newt Gingrich, a former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Another potential rival, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, also recently announced he would not seek re-election. Conversely, Palin’s decision could diminish a selling point — the fact that she has executive experience and knows how to run a state.

* She can make some money. Leaving her job would allow Palin to take a job in the private sector or take advantage of her popularity to bring in cash as a public speaker, author or talk-show host, possibly still making a run for national office.

* Palin could use the time to run for the U.S. Senate for Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s seat in November 2010. Palin could use that job as a springboard for a presidential race.

* Palin can add to her credentials as a “maverick,” something both she and McCain emphasized during the 2008 campaign. Palin said she wanted to put Alaska first. She could use her decision to step down as evidence that she would not seek higher office while governor and so do harm to her home state.

* Palin may have grown tired of being a lightning rod for the American media and decided she wanted a break. The announcement was made late on a Friday before a U.S. holiday weekend — an indication that she may have wanted to “bury” the news.

* She fears a looming political problem, perhaps even a scandal, and wanted out of the limelight, before the news broke. “If there is any evidence that the decision was a result of political problems or looming scandals, she is done,” said Julian Zelizer, a Princeton University history professor.

Note, the unevidenced “scandal” suggestion. At least no “crazy” from Reuters. At least no “postpartum” from Reuters.

Governor Sarah Palin reminded us today, yet again, of the strength of sexism and misogyny. Palin also reminds us that the next presidential elections are already underway. Please take note, on your own timetable and with your wisdom, Hillary.

For those of us sick of the Obama winter, Palin did indeed remind us that the horror will one day end.

Scatter, as from an unextinguished hearth
Ashes and sparks, my words among mankind!
Be through my lips to unawakened Earth

The trumpet of a prophecy! O Wind,
If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?

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215 thoughts on “Governor Sarah Palin Makes Her Moves – Is Hillary Clinton Next?

  1. 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.

  2. hey Admin, just reposting my last comment from the last article in case anyone misses it.

    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.”

  3. ‘We will rejoice on the day Hillary kicks Obama to the curb.’

    That day can’t come soon enough, Admin.

  4. Obama goes to Russia and Palin takes the headlines. She will be the story on TV this weekend. On Tuesday, Michael Jackson will take the headlines again. Poor Obama can’t catch a break – he misses his fake celebrity.

  5. i think most people can’t be ased with Obama on tv, most people i know just go, oh no its him again turn the channel.

  6. http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2009/07/kristol_a_contrarian_take_1.asp

    If Palin wants to run in 2012, why not do exactly what she announced today? It’s an enormous gamble – but it could be a shrewd one.

    After all, she’s freeing herself from the duties of the governorship. Now she can do her book, give speeches, travel the country and the world, campaign for others, meet people, get more educated on the issues – and without being criticized for neglecting her duties in Alaska. I suppose she’ll take a hit for leaving the governorship early – but how much of one? She’s probably accomplished most of what she was going to get done as governor, and is leaving a sympatico lieutenant governor in charge.

    And haven’t conservatives been lamenting the lack of a national leader? Well, now she’ll try to be that. She may not succeed. Everything rests on her talents, and on her performance. She’ll be under intense and hostile scrutiny, and she’ll have to perform well.

    All in all, it’s going to be a high-wire act. The odds are against her pulling it off. But I wouldn’t bet against it.

  7. The nasty posts have begun. NoQuarter has some pretty misogynistic statements. One commentor said ” I never knew there were so many mean people on noquarter”.
    People sometimes remind me of chickens in a chicken pen with one sick chicken in it, the healthy peck the sick one to death.

    The more people I meet the more I like my dog.

  8. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0709/24501.html

    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin plans to remain extremely visible and will give serious consideration to running for president in 2012, but has made no decision, a close friend said after her startling announcement Friday that she will resign her office.

    Friends say Palin plans to spend time writing her book, which is due this fall, then promote it heavily when it comes out in spring 2010.

    Palin is by far the Republican Party’s biggest draw for fund-raisers and conservative events, and the friends say she plans to spend a lot of time traveling in “the lower 48” states, as Alaskans call the continental U.S.

    Those friends say she plans to give a series of paid speeches, and will also make free GOP appearances, raising money for the party and for issues. She also plans to help other candidates, collecting political IOUs for herself.

    And she’ll be very busy as a mother of five, which friends say is her top priority. [snip]

    Palin had been considering for months whether to run for reelection and had concluded long ago that in order to be fair to other candidates, she needed to decide by this summer. The idea of resigning outright only came up in the last few weeks, the friends said, adding that she believes she would win if she ran again.

    Friends said Palin brushes off hostile news coverage but feels that the ethics complaints in Alaska – accompanied by attacks in the legislature, and the relentless pounding she was taking at home – were taking a toll on her family and her state. So she believes the decision was selfless, the friends said.

    However, she may be hurt by her announcement on Friday, where she apparently spoke without notes.

    “She has never been able to deliver a succinct message and this one was all over the place when this really needed to be one of her best performances,” a Republican congressional official said.

    “While it is absolutely true that people in Alaska were trying to tear her down with false charges, it doesn’t look good that when she was faced with adversity and attacks on her character that she threw in the towel. … She needed to go away for a while and bone up on issues. Truly bewildering.”

  9. I respect her decision but really, absent Obama , who of us would have voted for her? She is anti-choice!!!! Yes, in a perverse way, we empathized with her b/c of the misogyny , like Hillary, she endures on a daily basis. However, at least for me, she is way too right wing and not electable as POTUS in 2012 imo. Now, if it’s her versus Obama, like with MaCain, I will hold my nose and vote for her, but realistically, she has no shot. We need a moderate republican to have ANY shot of beating the fraud, and even then, it’s a long shot. As far as Hillary, she went from traveling around the entire world in the first few weeks to relative obscurity . She was also forced to be Obama’s “bad cop” towards Israel, contrary to her positions as NY senator. He has used and abused her, and she should indeed resign. Quite frankly, I think Obama only picked her to get Bill off his back, and he may very well ditch her after 2012, and then where is she at?

  10. one way to look at it…if the economy continues to falter and the jobs continue to disappear…Sarah will be the voice out there hammering O’s failures and cataloging how O after all the TARP $, all the BORROWED STIMULUS $, and all the added Obama debt – Obama still could not give the country the thing it needs most – economic stability and JOBS…

    …the more I think about her actions the more convinced I am that she does not want to waste anymore time slogging it out in Alaska and she wants to take that metaphorical basketball she spoke of and drive it to the basket…

    …and if the democratic congress and O continue on the path they are on, she will have a lot of momentum behind her…especially if, as many of us think, the mood, the overexposure and polls for O begin to decline…

    whatever she chooses to do, she is going to make it interesting, exciting and unpredicable…

    as for O…from the ‘progressive’ blog BUZZFLASH

    blog.buzzflash.com/node/8898
    BUZZFLASH EDITOR’S BLOG

    By Mark Karlin

    Our hearts and spirits soared as Barack Obama was swept into the White House in a landslide on election day in 2008.

    It was one of those historic moments of hope, of the dark cloud of the Bush-Cheney years being lifted from our shoulders, of a desire for a restored democracy being fulfilled, of a candidate worthy of our great nation being elected.

    During the days leading to the Inauguration and the cherished ceremony itself, we soared with the elation of a great experiment in governance, innovation, and freedom being vindicated and restored.

    But then we were disgusted and horrified by how Wall Street was paid ransom welfare to keep an economy from entirely collapsing that they had gambled away. We saw President Obama surround himself not with populist economic advisors that would restore financial power to Main Street, but rather with the very architects of America’s riverboat gambler financial swindles and collapse, many of them from Goldman Sachs which Matt Taibbi just definitively revealed as a predator financial institution.

    (see Matt Taibbi’s expose in Rolling Stone and his warnings about ‘cap and trade’ as the next theft on taxpayers)

    And if there is any doubt that the multi-national “globalist” corporations — who have left the American worker to rot — control Congress, just look at how much Obama’s “audacity of hope” has turned into the mush of “compromise.” Ironically, the audacity and hope have definitely been on the side of the “K Street” lobbyists representing the wealth that controls our Congress and our national domestic economic policies for the most part.

    Christopher Hedges wrote a remarkably insightful article, “The Corporate Media State Has Deformed American Culture — Time to Fight,” the other day about how corporations — through advertising, media and branding –control the “frame” through which far too many Americans see the issues facing us. Corporate “mainstream media” basically positions critical issues in their interests and their “take” becomes the mindset of the D.C. elite, advanced by propaganda news “reporting,” advertising and lobbying.

    In the face of this onslaught, Barack Obama’s rhetoric and strategy — except for some relatively minor social changes in regulations and laws — have relatively wilted. Obama too is now the vassal of the greater powers than those of the Presidency: the control of the majority of Congressional members by corporate contributions and influence. The President is the second most powerful force in the nation: the corporations are first. The people are distant also-rans who only count in the next-election vote mathematics of any elected official — and elected officials figure they can win them over with slick commercials and empty promises.

    …( as in – air goes out of the balloon)

    (snip)

  11. jbstonesfan, I agree for the exception, he put her in that position (SOS) to put a muzzle on her. Well, guess what now Sarah will do what Hillary can’t. Its makes no difference to me who does it as long as it gets done. I wish Sarah and her family happiness and safety. Bambi is known for elimiating his adversaries.

  12. Hillary Clinton ‘elbowed’ aside?
    Posted: 06:19 PM ET

    From CNN Senior State Producer Charley Keyes
    The State Department told CNN that Hillary Clinton has not been sidelined by her broken elbow.
    The State Department told CNN that Hillary Clinton has not been sidelined by her broken elbow.

    WASHINGTON (CNN) – Washington is a town where a sharp elbow is almost a job requirement. The ability to nudge political rivals off-balance and fight for bureaucratic turf can boost a career.

    So it’s easy to understand why the State Department on Thursday was quick to reject any suggestion that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been sidelined by her broken elbow.

    Clinton fell and broke her elbow in the State Department basement as she was walking toward her car June 17, bound for a meeting at the White House.

    Are Clinton and her international policy responsibilities being usurped by Vice President Biden? “Nonsense,” State Department Spokesman Ian Kelly told CNN.

    Full dialogue between reporter and Kelly after the jump

    Read the rest of this entry »

  13. weird. I could not log in for some time. HAd to get a new password sent to me.

    How do I change it? I thought it would direct me but it didn’t

    I am heart broken over Sarah. You just can’t quit and ever be looked @ seriously again. What I loved about her was that she is a fighter. This move just feeds into my thoughts that she is too impulsive. I don’t think this was well thought out if she ever wanted to further her career.

  14. S

    nice article. Thanks for posting it:

    “Christopher Hedges wrote a remarkably insightful article, “The Corporate Media State Has Deformed American Culture — Time to Fight,” the other day about how corporations — through advertising, media and branding –control the “frame” through which far too many Americans see the issues facing us. Corporate “mainstream media” basically positions critical issues in their interests and their “take” becomes the mindset of the D.C. elite, advanced by propaganda news “reporting,” advertising and lobbying.”

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

    Hedges calls it right. And I think it’s about time we start taking control of the media madness and just shut it down. I’m at the point I seldom watch mainstream tv anyway. I record the shows I’m interested in and watch later on.

    Boycott the advertisers until the corporations sustaining the media dry up and bankrupt themselves. Be mindful of the legislation going on about the Internet because Obama wants control of it too..

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

    Good for Sarah Palin. No one should have to put up with that crap.I’m glad she is taking the bull by the horns and will be starting to speak out against Obama and the most brazen, corrupt Congress we’ve ever seen in our lifetimes.

  15. We need a moderate republican to have ANY shot of beating the fraud,
    ***********
    That is an extinct breed at the National level of Republican politics. They were purged from the party decades ago by the economic looters, the wing-nuts and the christianists.

  16. Over on the dailykooks and TM, they are talking embezzlement, tax evasion should hit the fan in about 6 weeks. I hope not, they are putting her thru hell.
    I hope Sarah becomes a voice against Obama and his crap and trade.

  17. According to Reuters, NK has fired two balistic missiles. THe scud type able to travel over 300 miles. These could definitely hit all of South Korea and most of Japan and is in violation of UN sanctions.

    Well I wonder what tomorrow will bring???

  18. wbboei Says:

    July 2nd, 2009 at 11:03 pm
    Jan-those envoys report to him.
    **********************************

    I thought she said they were her Idea in that Stehanapoulous? interview?

  19. Confloyd
    on the dailykooks and TM, they are talking embezzlement, tax evasion should hit the fan in about 6 weeks. I hope not, they are putting her thru hell.
    I hope Sarah becomes a voice against Obama and his crap and trade.
    **********************************

    They don’t know anymore than us!

  20. NK just fired off the fourth missile. I wonder if Obama is talking on the phone to Hillary now?? Maybe he is just chitting his pants!

  21. gonzotx, I know just reporting what the little fools are saying. Hey, I voted for Sarah, I like her. She no Hillary, but I like her and she and her family have been thru hell.

  22. “NoQuarter has some pretty misogynistic statements. One commentor said ” I never knew there were so many mean people on noquarter”.”

    She said that because the bots are out in force, throwing slime around. The next commenters explained to her that they weren’t regulars, just the people who come out when they’re scared for Obama.

  23. Admin: you have struck the right balance in this article, and in all the analysis that preceded it. This problem trascends politics. The man is destroying our country.

    In the corporate world there was an expression we used for people like him: out of control. And whenever a business executive was out of control, he jeopardized the entire organization. But when the CEO was out of control and the Board failed to act it was the death of the company. To repeat, Barack Obama is out of control. I will prove it to you in a day or two. Better still, he will prove it.

    Hell the verdict is in: Buffett, Powell, Welch, Hedges, Krauthammer, Israel, Europe and everyone else who is in the know and not on the take. In the Path of The Common Law (Harvard Law Review 1896) Justice Holmes shrewdly observed: “If you want to know what the law is don’t ask a judge. Ask a thief.” Likewise, if you want to know what Obama will do next don’t ask his Press Secretrary. Ask a psychiatrist.

  24. Isnt it true that Bambi went to Russia before without Hillary. Kissingner went with him as I recall.

  25. Wbboei, Holmes is applicable to Obama too: “If you want to know what Obama is up to – ask a thief.”

  26. Jonathan Martin gives a fairly good overview of the Palin moves on Friday. We highlighted the Charlie Cook comment about governors in tough economic times. The unhappiest man today is Mitt Romney who is likely pushing anti-Palin stories. Obama can’t be too happy about having an attention getting Republican free to say what many Republicans have been afraid to say.

    http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=43AC4744-18FE-70B2-A879A77977A5CF32

    Sarah Palin’s jaw-dropping announcement that she is quitting her job as Alaska governor before finishing even her first term has divided Republican ranks and the wider political community in a very familiar fashion.

    Many establishment GOP operatives and political commentators of various stripes were withering, both about the decision and the way she announced it—in a jittery, hyperkinetic news conference that rambled between self-congratulation and bitter accusations at the foes she says are eager to destroy her.

    The performance, by these lights, adds credence to the claims of some associates that Palin—burned by the intense scrutiny on her and the crossfire that swirls around her—is so fed up that she’s ready to get out of elective politics. Even if it’s only the small stage of Alaska politics she hopes to escape, skeptics say Friday’s events also diminished and perhaps even demolished what was left of her viability as a 2012 presidential candiate.

    But her defenders believed an unorthodox move, even if risky, has a clear logic and may only further increase her standing with conservatives who don’t care what establishment figures in or out of the GOP think. Leaving the governor’s office at the end of this month leaves her free to travel the country, command large speaking fees, and begin the process of rallying her devotees without pesky home-state opponents criticizing every move.

    These varied reactions were an echo of the debates that have followed Palin every step since her nomination as John McCain’s running mate ten months ago—a surprise that turned out to be just the first of many surprises served up by one of the most colorful and polarizing American political figures in a generation.

    At the heart of these conflicting interpretations, say people close to Palin, is a woman who is herself deeply conflicted about her brief past in national politics and how to leverage her sudden fame for the future. [snip]

    Fred Malek, a longtime Republican fundraiser and Palin ally, played host to the governor and her husband, Todd, less than a month again in Washington and said it was “so clear to me that she was terribly unhappy with the position she was in and the role she was playing.”

    He didn’t learn of Palin’s decision until he got a phone call from the governor this morning, when she cited the pressures of a job that had become consumed with FOIA requests and ethics investigations and the demands it taken on her family and national political prospects. [snip]

    Meg Stapleton, Palin’s Alaska-based spokesperson, called it “a fighting move.”

    But even Stapleton acknowledged that the job Palin said she loved during the press conference had become a drag

    “It’s a liberating feeling…she can’t get out of there soon enough,” said Stapleton.

    But liberation comes at a potentially steep price. These include brutal reviews from many Republicans, who believe that quitting mid-term in the fashion she did amounts to political suicide.

    “There is just no good way to say quitting has made her more qualified to run for higher office,” said veteran GOP pollster Glen Bolger.

    Until Friday, after all, Stapleton and others close to Palin had been saying for months that the governor would take an Alaska-first approach and eschew national affairs. The hope was to compile more of a record and develop more policy authority.

    “I think Sarah Palin is on the verge of becoming the Miami Vice of American politics: Something a lot of people once thought was cool and then 20 years later look back, shake their heads and just kind of laugh,” quipped Republican media consultant Todd Harris.

    Even those who were less critical of her choice were taken aback by Palin’s rambling, hard-to-follow news conference by the side of a lake outside her home. The performance had shades of Richard Nixon’s “You won’t have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore” news promise in 1962, as well as Mark Sanford’s bizarre exercise in self-revelation just last month.[snip]

    But some believe Palin, for all the loose and improvisational feel of her news conference, was making a calculated guess that she is now bigger than Alaska’s small and remote political stage can handle.

    With a recent book deal and ability for paid speaking engagements giving her great financial freedom, reasoned GOP communications strategist Carl Forti, “If she wants to run for national office it makes sense to get out of Alaska and around the lower 48. Resigning makes that possible.”

    Malek and some of her other outside advisers expressed skepticism that she would run for president in 2012, but others saw in the move today the beginnings of a national campaign.

    “She’s now made sure that she is entirely a movement candidate,” said veteran Democratic strategist Bob Shrum. “She brings no real experience to the table at all, but now this frees her up to carve out her own Goldwater-like movement.”

    And then there is a practical matter, Shrum noted: Palin and her husband, with five children of their own and a new grandson, will likely never have to worry about money again.

    “She could make more in two weeks on just speaking fees than in the rest of her time as governor,” said Shrum.

    The move may also be pragmatic if Palin really does want to lay the groundwork for a presidential run.

    “I don’t think you can do a competent job of being a governor of a state next door to Russia and run seriously for president of the United States,” said Charlie Cook. “It’s hard enough to do one of those two, let alone both. While Bill Clinton ran while being governor of Arkansas and George W. Bush as governor of Texas, Little Rock and Austin are not that far by Cessna Citation or Gulfstream from New Hampshire or Florida or California.”

    And, Cook noted, there is little political upside to being a governor during difficult economic times, when the options usually range from tax or fee increases to budget cuts.

    “Bailing out early may avoid making some of those tough decisions,” said Cook.

    William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard and an outspoken Palin defender, acknowledged Palin’s move was “an enormous gamble” but said it could prove smart.

    “Now she can do her book, give speeches, travel the country and the world, campaign for others, meet people, get more educated on the issues–and without being criticized for neglecting her duties in Alaska,” said Kristol.

  27. Did Sarah take a point from Bill Clinton’s oft-stated advice: If the hole’s getting deeper, quit digging? I’m thinking she did.
    Then, and I’m not the first to dream this, would it not be stellar if the genius of BC, HRC and SP would be the catalyst for a third party?

  28. jbstonesfan Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 9:44 pm
    ——————————-

    with all due respect, jbstones, i will never be held hostage to the NARAL/NOW choice platform. they publicly denounced their one champion of women’s rights by siding with the devil. the dimocrats will never play the choice platform card with me again. ever.

  29. First it is emperor obama and his corps of black and white fruit cakes that want to be first in line for the restituyion scam.Then and for endless months it is MJ.The drug soaked talented boy man that tried white shoe polish and now his handlers are stealing everything in sight.God only knows how many young drug addicts are being produced as they are seduced by the MSM and Tabloids.And now lo and behold it is Ramblin Sarah Rose.What a wate of words saliva and our time.The republican hit squads do their work well and Americans suffer.None of these cradle to grave political crooks has learned a lesson during their money and power grubbing careers as financial con artists.
    Hillary has long known and practiced the wisdom of great honest public servants Quote “Do not bore our citizens with how much you know but show and tell them how much you care”Washington has become the hub for the axis of evil and the slaughter house for big money interests to ply their trade and Obama is their ace race card in their bloodless coup to change the world we have all loved for most of our lives.
    America time is fast running out and the stranger in the oval office is self destructing at a faster rate than anyone expected.Tea parties every day and in every community is the peaceful and honorable answer and Hillary is our only hope to save our country.

    BY ABM90 Happy Independence Day All and God Bless AMerica.

  30. Admin, please embed:

    This video and many more like it entitled

    “Obama’s Gangster Government”

    narrated by Rep Michele Bachmann (R) Minnesota

    encapsulates the situation we are up again with this administration.

    youtube.com/watch?v=rlxVyYjr_Jc

  31. Good Morning all and Happy 4th of July.

    I really don’t know what Gov Palin has in mind, but it is a move that will fight her own party, much like HRC was up against, only HRC got knifed in the back. I think Palin has a little more knowledge about the situation she is facing.

    It might be an amazing Independent ticket HRC Palin with BC as SOS.

    Oh well I can dream, can’t I.

  32. The independent ticket should be Senator Evan Bayh and Sarah Palin…..sorry it cannot be HRC/PALIN as much as I would love to see it…..

  33. Going to be busy day but I must take a little time and express my disgust with the vultures that destroyed poor youn and super talented Michael Jackson.They should all be made to pay the price for robbing this poor kid of the normal life and the assets that he generated for all of them including his own familynNow the jackels are hard at working at milking every dime they can by putting on all of these events called memoriums for this poor damaged soul.I think Obama should speak out about MJ being a victim not a drug addict.Of course all this media time does allow BO to work behind the scenes and further bring this great country to its knees.

    Rest in peace Michael.you have earned it
    By ABM90

  34. ABM90

    I thought it strange Obama had not offered his condolences to the family after hearing of the death of MJ.

    Yesterday, I heard Emanuel’s brother’s company or a subsidiary of it, is handling this whole event and overseeing the disposition and allocation of the assets.

    All control of major happenings and moneys flow back to Obama.

  35. wbb-

    “In the corporate world there was an expression we used for people like him: out of control. And whenever a business executive was out of control, he jeopardized the entire organization. But when the CEO was out of control and the Board failed to act it was the death of the company. To repeat, Barack Obama is out of control. I will prove it to you in a day or two. Better still, he will prove it.

    Hell the verdict is in: Buffett, Powell, Welch, Hedges, Krauthammer, Israel, Europe and everyone else who is in the know and not on the take. In the Path of The Common Law (Harvard Law Review 1896) Justice Holmes shrewdly observed: “If you want to know what the law is don’t ask a judge. Ask a thief.” Likewise, if you want to know what Obama will do next don’t ask his Press Secretrary. Ask a psychiatrist.”

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

    Yes, wbb- it seems Obama is escalating the destruction of the country to the tune of double time. That dynamic speaks to me as, the power behind Obama are a little frightened they are not getting the time needed to fully complete the job as planned.

    People are catching on much faster than Obama’s handlers thought they would to their malevolent scheme stripping our country of it’s freedom and Taxing our Citizens to death in a bloodless coup. By my calculation they needed at least a year to get the job done. It’s not happening for them. The Internet is threatening their chances of completing a full takeover of our country. They have boxed themselves in to an undoable timeframe. A fatal error, that will cause them to make fatal mistakes. The time is now for a poll to be taken of Congressional members who are against this tyranny and start a coalition against the New World Order.

    The Time to Act is Now because they are in a position of vulnerability.

  36. Pulling the wool over everyone’s eyes has become a lot harder to do, even impossible to do in the age of Internet blogging, and twittering. Iran would have preferred us to not know anything of what went on after the election.

    Next O on the phone or at the door gets asked if they blog or twitter, because that is where the true information lies, and even the older people are catching on. Of course that question will be followed up with are they still drinking the Kool Aid? and maybe they should think about changing their drink.

  37. Mrs.Smith:I agree with your take on
    the lack of interest by Stepin in sending MJ family genuine words of sympathy.Emanuel has said that every mistake or tragedy must be exploited to its limits to benefit the campaign and of course now the Obama handlers.
    I must say there are many,toomany of our citizens that watch a speech and its
    giver but do not listen to a speech and
    do not analyze the meaning of the words.They are celebrity watchers and care more about dress appearance and physical atributes.Poor Poor America.
    Forgive them oh Lord for they know not what they do.

    By ABM90 Thank you for your presence and wisdom on this great site devoted to a great Lady and a future President of this great country

  38. Happy holiday everyone, whatever it is you’re celebrating.
    I celebrate the people of this great land, not with cheers but with prayers; their government has betrayed them. It is no longer by, for and of them, and as we observe and question, we wonder if perhaps it ever really was.
    Hail to Chinese firecrackers!
    Hail to the Chump selected to be called Chief.
    And hail to the hot dog – what a great tradition that is!

    Where are our Jeffersons and Adamses, our Washingtons, where are the sorts of leaders who put their lives on the line in signing our Declaration of Independence?
    We have only one of their quality and we let them crucify her. We have others of near such quality and they, too, are crucified.

    The spirit of 76 is dead. The Tepid tea parties are not the spirit of 76.
    Where are those who take up arms against government by the few and for the few? Where are the marchers, the militias, the army of the people willing to put their lives on the line to defend the American Dream?

    They are in Iran.

    Wholeheartedly, I celebrate Hillaryis44 and all its citizens crying in the wilderness. And gratefully, I celebrate our ADMIN screaming truth through the muck of corporatist propaganda.

  39. Yes, where is our Commander in Chief while NK shoots off scud type missiles?? He’s having a party and can’t be bothered by other countries are making a fool of him. Party, Party, Party, that is what he is about!

  40. Confloyd: Two interesting articles on this topic, especially the second

    “Russia, China and the US have all called for calm after North Korea test-fired a series of missiles.” — news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8134462.stm

    “North Korea: engage, appease, oppose?” — news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8066719.stm

  41. lil ole grape, All I see is that nothing is getting done and the chance that this regime and others could and are getting stronger. What I don’t understand is that no one seems to have any guts anymore.

    So we had a war in 1953, so we are alot stronger now, we are better equipped than we were in 1953. So why not get the draft back and clean out some of these problem areas?? There would be a loss of life on both sides, but we must remember these govts. only want to strengthen themselves to be able to kill us anyway, so I say do it now while they are weaker.

    We need a Truman, not another freaking Jimmy Carter!!!

  42. Girls gone wild
    How feisty females took over pop culture

    Julia Keller | CULTURAL CRITIC
    July 5, 2009

    Somewhere, Jane Austen is aghast. Queen Victoria is about to blow a gasket. And your sweet little great-grandmother, the one apt to blush when the word “corset” came up in mixed company, is positively apoplectic.

    These doyens of daintiness and decorum would doubtless be shocked, shamed and horrified by the female protagonists who have taken pop culture by storm: Feisty, reckless, rootless women increasingly dominate television, novels, film and music.

    They’re not meek. They’re not mild. They do as they please and they don’t play well with others. They’re misfits with moxie. And unlike the powerful female characters of a previous generation, they’re not depicted as witches, shrews, hags, evil stepmothers or shriveled-up spinsters who eventually get their comeuppance.

    From Grace Hanadarko (Holly Hunter) in the cable series “Saving Grace” to Mary Shannon (Mary McCormack) in another cable series, “In Plain Sight,” to the ticked-off, put-upon, fed-up woman in Carrie Underwood’s country music hit “Before He Cheats” (2006), the new paradigm for fictional females is a cheeky, tough-talking, hard-drinking renegade with good biceps and a bad attitude.

    From Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson), the chief resident in ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” whose steely glare can turn an intern’s insides to the consistency of cotton batting, to Nurse Jackie (Edie Falco), the brusque, headstrong healer in the new Showtime series of the same name, these women aren’t shy or humble. They want power. And when they get it, they like it.

    The new breed of brash, audacious woman has pushed into literature as well. Lisbeth Salander, heroine of the best-selling mystery novel “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” by the late Stieg Larsson, published last month in paperback by Vintage, is “prickly and irksome” but somehow still alluring: “She was like a nagging itch, repellent and at the same time tempting,” the narrator notes. With her tattoos and her piercings and her heavy boots, she’s no debutante. Instead, she’s a brilliantly efficient investigator. Ditto for Darlene O’Hara in Peter De Jonge’s “Shadows Still Remain” (2009), a sassy woman who breaks rules and gets results.

    To be sure, strong women characters have been around for centuries. Antigone was no slouch, and if you knew what was good for you, you didn’t mess with Lady Macbeth. But what’s new about the current pack of powerful females is that by and large they’re not punished for their bold, pushy ways. They get by with their brassiness. From the singer Pink to Jada Pinkett Smith — who plays a purposeful, principled nurse in the new cable series “Hawthorne” — such women aren’t forced to apologize for forthrightness and verve.

    “The really revolutionary aspect of these [characters] is that they don’t have to pay for their arrogance and toughmindedness and brashness with the usual penance and retribution,” says Molly Haskell, film critic and author of “Frankly My Dear: ‘Gone With the Wind’ Revisited” (2009). “Television in general is much more hospitable … to interesting, edgy women.”

    Another fresh aspect of strong women in pop culture is their attractiveness and desirability. In previous incarnations, the tough gal often was depicted as a wallflower. In Hunter’s breakthrough role in the 1987 film “Broadcast News,” she was no Grace; her Jane Craig was dynamite on the job, but she fizzled out when it came to a personal life. That was typical: During the work week, this kind of woman may have been the boss — but come Saturday night, she was stuck at home with her VCR and her cats.

    Nowadays, many female characters are both pugnacious and popular. Even with a smart mouth and comically poor housekeeping skills, Hunter’s character in “Saving Grace” is not exactly hard up for male companionship. She has a rich and varied social life. She’s a party girl, able to knock back a half-dozen Budweisers and fill up a trio of ashtrays in a single night, but somehow she’s on time for work the next morning. McCormack’s character in “In Plain Sight” is notoriously short-tempered and ill-mannered, but if you’re in trouble, you want her in your corner. And she’s dating a handsome pro athlete. In the current film “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” Amy Adams portrays Amelia Earhart as bold, dauntless, daring — and sexually aggressive with Ben Stiller’s character. The self-confident Stephanie (Sandra Oh) in the 2004 film “Sideways” has no problem speaking her mind — or filling her dance card.

    Why are such women showing up on our screens, pages and iPods? Tracking down a single tap root for a cultural shift is always tricky, but many of the works featuring powerful, alluring female characters — such as “Nurse Jackie” and “Saving Grace” — are created or produced by women. And some observers chalk up the change at least partially to the impressive showing by Sen. Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries. Clinton didn’t get the nomination, but she went further than has any previous female candidate.

    “I think Clinton is a sort of breakthrough figure, someone who initially inspired huge resistance and gradual, growing acceptance,” Haskell says.

    Meg Wolitzer, an author whose novels feature complex female characters, says, “If tough, outspoken women have entered the cultural mainstream now, it would indeed seem to have something to do with Hillary — or least with the churning times that led up to a Hillary ascendance.

    “When Hillary debated or campaigned . . . as a country we became comfortable with the idea that women could be strong and knowledgeable,” adds Wolitzer, whose latest novel “The Ten-Year-Nap” (2008) was a best seller.

    Yet neither Haskell nor Wolitzer is ready to say that intriguing female characters are the new norm. “We may not be comfortable yet with tough and outspoken women,” says Wolitzer, “but we now finally know they live and walk among us and they often have a great deal to offer.”

    Meanwhile, the feisty female continues to show up — often without calling ahead and certainly without knocking. In Anita Brookner’s new novel “Strangers” (Random House), a retired banker named Paul is offended by but still oddly drawn to Vicky Gardner, a vivacious, attractive divorcee of no fixed address. In many of Brookner’s previous 23 novels, such women endured sad or tedious fates as they discovered the price of female freedom: isolation and loneliness.

    Gardner, however, who “saw no reason why her wishes should not be granted,” who is depicted as “a life force, a prime mover,” does just fine. She pleases herself, not a husband — and doesn’t suffer for it.

    Somewhere, Edith Wharton is choking on her scone.

    chicagotribune.com/features/lifestyle/chi-0705-women-lit-life-coverjul05,0,7551916.column

  43. So we had a war in 1953, so we are alot stronger now,
    **********
    North Korea has an estimated 176 active army divisions and brigades (1.1 million) men and 4.7 million reserve troops in a country smaller than the state of Mississippi. They also have the most dense air-defense system in the world and the Chinese Army as a back-up. The only practical way to deal militarily with NK would be a stand off nuclear strike and the Chinese would not be happy with that.

  44. SHV, so your saying we have to stand by and watch them do whatever they want to. Seems like we went down this road and we got 911. We knew we should have got off of Middleeast oil many years ago, we didn’t and now look what we have.
    Now we have China letting her buddies do whatever they want. We are beholden now to China also, so this will not end well which ever we chose to do. Its seems to me after Vietnam, America has lost its spine.
    We need another Truman, not another Jimmy Carter. WE also need someone that isn’t in bed with Wall street and will concentrate on the folks who will actually have to give their lives for this country and not the ones who drain it dry.

  45. Thanks to those globalists like Bush, we have to put up with it, well what happens when that missile actually his the U.S. They someday will be embolden enough to do just that. Just like the Saudi lead strike force on 911.

  46. SHV, so your saying we have to stand by and watch them do whatever they want to
    **********
    I think that General MacArthur’s advice to JFK in 1961 is still correct: “Don’t get involved in a land war in Asia”.

  47. Ruh..Roh..Bambi is mad at MoveOn:

    “President Obama, strategizing yesterday with congressional leaders about health-care reform, complained that liberal advocacy groups ought to drop their attacks on Democratic lawmakers and devote their energy to promoting passage of comprehensive legislation. ”
    (snip)

    Specifically, Obama said he is hoping left-leaning organizations that worked on his behalf in the presidential campaign will now rally support for “advancing legislation” that fulfills his goal of expanding coverage, controlling rising costs and modernizing the health system.
    (His goal!!!)

    A fundraising video produced by Democracy for America suggests Landrieu is a “sellout” because she has received $1.6 million in campaign contributions from the health-care industry and has yet to endorse the concept of a government-run health insurance plan to compete against the private companies.

    ww.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/03/AR2009070302309.html?wprss=rss_nation

    (Ya..Think??… Obama doesn’t give a sh*t what is passed as long as he can have a big signing ceremony and give a Favreau speech full of I, me, my and mine.)

  48. Heads up folks a plot is thickening in gas bag city(DC).Palin is OUT,Romney
    is IN.The auto industry is loaded with cash and ready for action.Obama did
    the job for them and then comes the pay-off.This is my guess and I have no proof but I can smell a conspiracy theory being assembled,not cars.
    Hillary is needed like never before and she will never drop out and allow this to take place.Open your eyes America you are about to be stripped of all the freedoms that were given to us by our founding fathers and so many have shed blood and lives to keep them safe from this pack of thieves. Starting soon will be the campaign to destroy Palin and MSM will start advising us to save poor Hillary and ask her to resign
    and retire to bake cookies.No scenario is too down devious and dirty for these slime artists that have taken over our congress and destroying our way of life that was the envy of the world.Enjoy this Independence for it may be a long time until we see a good one again

    By ABM90 Hope I am wrong.Prove it.

  49. People are catching on much faster than Obama’s handlers thought they would to their malevolent scheme stripping our country of it’s freedom and Taxing our Citizens to death in a bloodless coup. By my calculation they needed at least a year to get the job done. It’s not happening for them. The Internet is threatening their chances of completing a full takeover of our country. They have boxed themselves in to an undoable timeframe. A fatal error, that will cause them to make fatal mistakes. The time is now for a poll to be taken of Congressional members who are against this tyranny and start a coalition against the New World Order.
    ———————
    Someone called the numbers for me: in

  50. Someone called the numbers for me: in the brief expanse of 5 months: 250 speeches, over two dozen press conference, more than 200 personal interviews. Millions of words written by others and read through a teleprompter by none other than him. And what do they all mean? Nothing. In due course, this dilbert on steroids will contradict whatever he says now, by his subsequent words and actions. And where is that Shangri-la he promised? Well . . uh uh uh, May was a gleam of light: we lost 476,000 jobs but the unemployment rate remained at 9.5 when some pessimists had said 9.6–which proves the stimulus package it working. Bullsit. When it comes to job losses of this magnitude, he sounds like Lenin: one death is a tragedy. One million deaths is a statistic.

  51. It would put my faith back into the people if they really expected honesty from, this man, and started judging him on his campaign promises, and actions, rather than his teleprompter speeches.

    But then not that many are listening to his speeches anymore, so that just leaves campaign promises, and actions.

    O YOU ARE IN TROUBLE. WE HAVE SEEN A LOT OF PRESENT (EVERY MAJOR CRISIS FOR AT LEAST 2 DAYS HE IS PRESENT), BUT NO ACTIONS.

    So, American on the 4th of July, who do you want leading this country, someone who is out front defending Democracy here and in the World, or do you want someone not saying a thing, and apoligizing all over the world for us.

    I have work, live, and am of Europeam heritage, and I don’t see the American President speaking for Democracy. Europeans are beating us to the punch.

  52. wbboei, yes the internet is causing the elitist’s that are taking over our govt. lots of problems. They know they only have a small time period to enact the things they’ve had in the works since 1976. People are tea partying and bloging and twittering. Just don’t believe the other side either, both are corrupt. We must pick the right person.

  53. A Primer On Jumping The Shark

    1. Big Media and Hollywood. How are they alike? Simple: they both are in the entertainment busines. But there are limits on how far you can go. If you push things beyond that point, things go blatto.

    2. Jumping the shark is the term most often applied to this. It hearkens back to the show Happy Days which was a characture of teenage life in the 1950s. The star of that show was the Fonz, whose bluster and bravado which always carried the day. But behind the scenes producer Gary Marshall needed to come up with a new and bigger stunt for the Fonz every week to hold the attention and vicarious admiration of audiences. Then one week they went too far. They conjured up for him a stunt which was beyond Evle Keneval and all plausibility. When they had Fonz jump the shark the iconic hero figure became a joke. Not long after that the show was over.

    3. Big Media is guilty of the exact same thing. It is an off Broadway Play in three wonderful acts. The final act will be the death of big media, as the public finally sees them for what they are. See if you agree with my line of argument, which was given to me today by a friend who is among other things a brilliant media analyst. I should prefence he comment with the observation that success in athletics, and in life requires the ability to live life in the moment, and that is beyond their capabilities. What they have said about the Navy is true of Big Media as well: always fighting the last war.

    4. Act I: big media jumped the shark when they hyped the lewinsky matter beyond all rationality. They entered into a perverse game of trying to drive down the Presidents poll numbers, and were unsuccessful. Those were times of peace and prosperity. The public stuck with the president, and big media never forgave him for it. When they finally realized that their misguided attacks had opened the door for the Republicans, they tried to reverse field. But it was too late.

    5. Act II: big media again jumped the shark when they embraced Bush as the antecdote to Gore who was Clintons successor. They attacked him for his wonkish akward ways, and they promoted Bush as a guy you would like to have a drink with. When they finally realized that their efforts brought us and them good old W they were despondent. They attacked him for his illiteracy and perceived stupidity. But it was too late.

    6. Act III: big media jumped the shark yet again when they embraced the Iraq War partly in response to 9/11. They failed the country as they coronated Bush, refused to do due diligence, and allowed him to plunge us head long into an elective war which had nothing to do with 9/11. When they finally realized it was a set up, and when Katrina hit, they turned on Bush. But again it was too late.

    7. Act IV: big media jumped the shark in the past when they embraced Obama without vetting him, and deployed the most vile form of sexist attack first against Hillary and later against Palin. Women like Campbell Brown, Andrea Mitchell, Gail Collins and Modo were willing participants in this treason against their country and their gender. And now, some of the male supporters like Gerghen, Brooks, and Will are seeing that the man is the antithesis of what they tought he was. Powell, Buffett and others are seeing the same thing. But again, it is too late. This time the damage to our counrty will be irreparable. If all we had was a weak President we could make provision. But when we have a sociopath it is fatal to our future.

    Act V: is the denoument. Time and again Big Media is mired in the past and are pushing a narrarative which is false, and malicious. Empires fall when their narrative can no longer explain objective reality. That is where they are with Obama today. And they are stuck with what they have done to the country because of it. The responsibility rests with them. Obama is what he is. Big Media is the one who has failed us. The public is feeling the pain and are waking up. The NBC network is captive to the agenda of GE. ABC has destroyed its credibility with the health care debacle and the condescension of Princeton Charlie Gibson. WashPo has been discredited with its pay to play practices toward the Administration. HuffPo has been destroyed by playing Charlie McCarthy to Bambis Edgar Bergan. In the immortal words of Reverend Wright: those chickens . . . . . . . . have come home to roost.

  54. But what about the rest of us, wbboei!!!!!
    ——————————–
    The public is moving far faster than the media. The 20 somethings are graduating and there are no jobs for them. If you are 50 or over and do not have a job–forget it. The last group to wake up–other than the delusional rich, will be the 35-45 group who are employed. They have seen older people in their organizations leave, and they are thrust into positions of responsibility which they were not ready for. They are finding out that it is damned difficult and the answers are not to be found it books like First Break All The Rules which sit on their desk to create the illusion that they are not in over their heads–which they are. And so is their messiah. The identification to him from this group is strong. They will be the last fort to fall. The key to this is Hillary. By the time Obama destroys this country, whatever is left of it will want a leader who can restore us, and of the last three administrations they only one that delivered peace and prosperity was hers and her husbands. Somehow, it does not seem so daring to say that now.

  55. wbboei, yes the internet is causing the elitist’s that are taking over our govt. lots of problems. They know they only have a small time period to enact the things they’ve had in the works since 1976. People are tea partying and bloging and twittering. Just don’t believe the other side either, both are corrupt. We must pick the right person
    ————————————————-
    Which is why part of their plan is to regulate the internet.

  56. Guess that’s supposed to make me feel better . . . except I’m afraid it’s gonna be too late for us.

    I was reading the Declaration of Independence today to find an excerpt for an article on a local celebration and I came across this.

    Sound familiar?????
    (One of the complaints against King George)

    ‘He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.’

  57. Admin: I commend you again for this posting. Hillary is the only one who can weigh all the equities here and decide what is the best course of action. The scenario is constantly changing as the resignation of Palen, the actions of North Korea, Obamas bait and switch from Cairo to Iran clearly attest. The further riddle is what will Obama do from one minute to the next. Hillarys genius as a leader is not merely the ability to balance these dynamic factors, but to know from experience and wisdom what factors to balance, and how vs when to act or react. The future of our country is at stake here.

  58. I have work, live, and am of Europeam heritage, and I don’t see the American President speaking for Democracy. Europeans are beating us to the punch.
    —————————-
    NMF: that is part of what he meant by change.

    Domestically, Presidents have since world war II have aimed their policies toward the middle class. Obama is a demagogue. He aims his policies at the elites and the underclass.

    Internationally, Presidents have with rare exceptions identified with the British, Israeli and European coalition in world affairs, and have been its leader. Obama is anti American. He aims at the third world and our historical adversaries.

  59. wbboei,

    Much as I adore HRC, I confess I was less than impressed when she didn’t dismantle the inadequate ineffective Mark Penn strategy early enough for it to have helped her cause.

    I don’t know what’s up with SP but her remarks that she’d been advised to ‘go with the flow’ but she’s a fisherman and she knows only dead fish go with the flow knocked my sox off. At least she’s taking action. i just hope there is no other ‘shoe to drop.’

  60. Interesting exchange between Africans on the all African.com blog. The contention well defended by its advocate is that Hillary would have been a better president than Obama from their prespective. The rebuttal that symbolism trumps material gain is effectively rebutted, and it is suggested that Obama is from their perspective as well as ours nothing but a Trojan Horse.
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    Africa: President Barack Obama And Global Africa

    The Monitor (Kampala)

    4 July 2009

    Barack Obama’s Africa policy may become more active in a positive sense in the months and years ahead. But on the evidence so far it does seem credible that the African continent itself would have been better off if Hillary Clinton had become President of the United States.

    [ See Article ]

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    Author: Jude Sat Jul 4 13:01:57 2009 Even if Africa would have benefited more had Hilary Clinton won, it would have been on short term bases. In a true sense, the benefit of Obama’s presidency in the US to Africans is psychological and more on long term rather than material thing. His ascendancy to the Oval office is meant to inspire Africans both at motherland and in Diaspora to engage in positive changes that will transform Africa in 21st C. We at http://www.nigeriacando.org believe that the greatest benefit of Obama presidency is what we Africans can inspire ourselves and our people to do to be our best.

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    Author: kaparah Sat Jul 4 19:30:20 2009 Regardless of who is head, black or white, the relationship between US/EU and Africa has always been that of un-equals. Even African Americans have learned from whites to look down on, and even exploit their African brethren rather than have any sense of obligation to be thy brothers’ keepers. From the Washington Post’s Keith Richburg (“but for the grace of God go I” during the Rwanda genocide) to Colin Powell’s (famous “all Nigerians are corrupt”) comments about African plight. Moreover, former Senator Mosley-Braun (Abacha) to Rep Jefferson (Atiku) monetary exploits, are as deadly as Shell’s environmental pollution of the Niger Delta or the Firestone Rubber plantation in Liberia. Even President Obama, on the advise of Mrs Clinton, has joined in the UK led-sanction to punish the hapless Zimbabweans for not getting rid Mugabe fast enough. It doesn’t help either that the Western-trained African – Kofi Annan – was the head of the UN-Peace-Keeping Operations when the genocide of all times occurred in Rwanda under his watch, yet he became the UN Sec. Gen., almost as a reward for his callousness. US/EU-Africa relationship, although now seems to be more paternalistic (an improvement over the former master/slave relationship) that I am inclined to warn my Ghanaian brethren to beware of the Trojan Horse. As the old African proverb says, in essence, that the whip that was used to flog the first wife into shape is waiting in the corner to flog the second into better shape. Just look across your border to their first “darling”, Ivory Coast, until the Western toady, Alassane Dramane Ouattara came from the IMF to challenge Henri Konan Bédié after Houphouët-Boigny’s death and the center has never hold for the unsuspecting Ivoirians, since, now ranked in the Top Ten of the current Failed States Index of FP. You had better obey the masters of the universe at all times.

  61. Much as I adore HRC, I confess I was less than impressed when she didn’t dismantle the inadequate ineffective Mark Penn strategy early enough for it to have helped her cause.
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    From my perspective it was less a failure to react, and than a failure to anticipate. They failed to anticipate the ground strategy being directed against them by the DNC. You could just as easily blame Robert Z for that, since he was a Clinton supporter in the DNC at that time. Once this shortcoming became apparent it was too late to react. Why? Because the campaign was underway, and she had to focus on her role. Put differently, it is nearly impossible to change the engine of a 747 during a transoceanic flight. This is no great revealation however–Hillary has said so herself. What amazed me was her ability to weather the story and fight back against all the forces arrayed against her. I have never seen that kind of heroism on display in politics. And she did find her voice, and the hardest thing for her supporters to see is for her to lose it. Let us hope it will grow louder now before Obama creates the catastrophe which the Repbulicans and others now are anticipating as he moves the needle into the red zone, and staggers and sways on the world stage intoxicated by power detached from rational policymaking and counterproductive organizational behavior. The balance he strikes is not between what is good for the country vs bad for the country, but what is good for Obama vs bad for Obama.

  62. I did not mean to single out Robert Z, because they are others like Harold I who was also in the DNC and if they did not see the plot that was beign hatched by dean pelosi and fatso, then that is not her fault. And there were alot of others who should have had an ear to the ground in the DNC and did not. Penn is an eccentric. A friend of mine had a gentlemen who wanted to volunteer his services to Penn. He was the leading national expert on correllating polling and media message. Penn blew him off. But Penn had come thorough for her in the past, and you have to trust the people you trust. Sometimes they let you down. It happens to all of us. And Lord knows these are not easy questions, except in hindsight. All I know is I have never in my life been prouder of a political leader than I was of her in that primary. Like many of you I would have stormed the Bastille for her if she had asked us to.

  63. You know, every politican must have what Irving once described as an ounce of wisdom and a pound of gall (and the hostess with the mostest on the ball). However, in Obamas case this narcissism, this aggragavation of self, this tumor which kills his sympathies (for the welfare of Americans and leads him to side with crooks and tyrants) grows and grows and grows, until at some point he will prevail upon Nassau to launch into space a new moon larger than the old one with his maniacal grinning face on it, to orbit around the earth with the words GE: WE BRING GOOD THINGS TO LIFE posted just below it.

  64. wbboei

    Yes, Hillary made some mistakes, but so did Obama. The difference was that he was rewarded for his mistakes. For example, taking his name off the ballot in Michigan was a mistake, but rather than suffer the consequences in a tight race, he was rewarded.

    It is very hard to win a corrupt race that is unfair unless you are also willing to be corrupted. I do not blame Hillary for not achieving the nomination. She did not lose….he did not win…it was given to him. Remember that she won just about every big important Democratic state….what an achievemnet. What is unbelievable is how that was taken from her by the DNC and the media and a very stupid public.

  65. The difference is this:

    IN the interests of historical accuracy, Hillary did not know her campaign mgr Patti Solis Doyle was for all intents and purposes, a mole in her campaign, a mole for Obama.

    Solis Doyle’s brother was actively working for Obama at his Chicago headquarters. There isn;t a doubt in my mind Hillary’s campaign was monitored by the Obama campaign through PSD passing campaign plans and strategies along to her brother. Which ultimately were dissected by the Axelrod team.

    This is why BC exploded in a fury when he saw the inept job PSD was doing. Bill saw very few Campaign offices in Iowa considering how important Iowa was to Hillary’s image. PSD ensured there were skeletal boots on the ground, lack of offices and the existing offices basically unmanned… and afaik, seeing this, BC threatened to fire the whole crew.

    But Hillary’s long friendship with ‘Et tu Brutus’ PSD tugging at Hillary’s heartstrings is what ultimately was the long knife inflicting almost a mortal blow to her campaign as well as the unforgiveable behavior of her statistician Mark Penn, who was only there for the ‘gelt’ and was aware of the master plan as well as the collusion of PSD with the Obama campaign.

    Seeing Penn was comfortable involving himself in a Columbian Connection signing a contract with the Columbian government while under the employ of the Clinton campaign…which, I’m sure was part of Axelrod’s plan to expose as a scandal when the time was right (just before voters pulling a lever in the voting booth) casting doubt on Hillary’s integrity.

    Unbeknown to Hillary, she was up against the biggest man-made political tsunami in the history of American politics. She never quit and she never gave up. She carried on because she believes in her country, she believes in what America stands for, but most of all, she care about us, the people.

    Hillary pulled off the biggest ‘coup’ of her life just by being who she is…in spite of being surrounded by so many Judas’… Her electoral vote total bested Obama’s… The DNC/RBC was forced to STEAL electoral votes from her… gifting them to Obama. to declare him the democratic nominee.

    Our biggest satisfaction and cold comfort is knowing, that in the end, the people chose Hillary over Obama. This presidency does not belong to Obama… It belongs and always will belong to Hillary.

  66. TEA Party activists rally at Capitol

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — Instead of celebrating the Fourth of July holiday with barbecues and sparklers, about 2,000 small-government advocates, toting signs and chanting slogans, rallied outside the U.S. Capitol Saturday.

    Activists said the TEA Party Day — an acronym for “Taxed Enough Already” — was in response to what they called runaway government spending.

    They are taking to task the Obama administration’s stimulus program and health care initiative, and say Congress is not giving constituents enough information about where their tax money is spent.

    People at the rally expressed outrage at the $787 billion economic stimulus plan passed earlier this year, saying the bill racked up a huge national debt that will be passed onto their grandchildren. They said President Obama’s push for health-care overhaul is “socialism,” and believe it would negatively affect the quality of care.

    “They are wasting all of our money,” said Sean Albert of Richmond, Virginia. “They’re not running our government like we would run our own checkbooks. When I’m out of money, I stop spending the money.”

    The rally followed a national effort that drew thousands of activists to TEA Party events across the country on April 15, when income taxes are due.

    Organizers said similar July 4 rallies were planned for nearly 1,500 cities. In Washington, people held signs saying “End the Fed,” “No Socialism,” and “I’ll keep the freedom, you keep the change,” in reference to Obama’s campaign buzzword.

    Organizer Lisa Miller said it was appropriate for the rally to be held on Independence Day. “We are regular citizens speaking for our rights and it’s part of taking personal responsibility for your own life,” Miller said.

    The activists hoped their message would reach lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
    “Nobody is listening to us — we call, we fax, we e-mail, nobody cares,” said Dora Lynn Derue. “Today we’re going to make them listen.”

    cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/07/04/tea.party/index.html

  67. “Unbeknown to Hillary, she was up against the biggest man-made political tsunami in the history of American politics.”

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    Mrs. Smith,

    As par for the course, I couldn’t agree more.

  68. Thanks, JanH-

    My adrenaline and BP is up now.. there is a book in there for sure documenting the lengths the Obama campaign went to for the nomination.

  69. My gut tells me that I just don’t know what went on behind the scenes with Hillary during the election. I don’t know all the backstabbing incidents or the lying that went on behind her back. So as far as I’m concerned, she worked her heart out and did all that she could. I honestly believe that if she felt she could have won, nothing would have stopped her.

  70. JanH

    I really think the tite of that book should be THE CRIME COMMITED TO STEAL THE PRESIDENCY FROM THE PEOPLE.

  71. NMF,

    It would be a bestseller for sure! And I hope either Bill or Hillary finally decide to write it.

  72. Yes, Hillary made some mistakes, but so did Obama. The difference was that he was rewarded for his mistakes. For example, taking his name off the ballot in Michigan was a mistake, but rather than suffer the consequences in a tight race, he was rewarded.

    It is very hard to win a corrupt race that is unfair unless you are also willing to be corrupted. I do not blame Hillary for not achieving the nomination. She did not lose….he did not win…it was given to him. Remember that she won just about every big important Democratic state….what an achievemnet. What is unbelievable is how that was taken from her by the DNC and the media and a very stupid public
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    Carol: I wrote a 60 page dissertation on the primary documenting primarily the bad things which the press and the Obama campaign committed. I posted all parts of it here at one time or another. I went all over the country campaigning for her as a voluteer. I have followed this blog since a shortly after its inception and taken a scathing apporoach to obama. I know the story. I was merely responding to Basils point and saying where our problem was. Hillary herself has said the exact same thing. This does not exhonerate anything Obama or the press did. We need to be prepared on those fronts next time.

  73. “I honestly believe that if she felt she could have won, nothing would have stopped her.”

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    Death threats have a detrimental effect on people.

    A huge walkout was planned at the Denver Convention before the nomination A walkout that would have drawn the media’s attention.

    The walkout was to be led by long trusted Clinton friends Ark. Dem Chairman, Bill Gwatney, and Rep Stephanie Tubbs Jones. They planned to stage a protest for getting Hillary’s name on the ballot and filing a complaint with the Democratic Ethic’s committee. Gwatney was shot and killed in his office on Aug 13 and Stephanie Tubbs Jones died on Aug 20 of an aneurysm.

    —-> Gwatney story: h… w… wwj.com/pages/2780565.php?

    Coincidence?

  74. For me at least the campaign is over. To me the issue de jour is the destruction of our economy, the decimation of our foreign policy, and the corruption of our election process. What Obama did in the primary is relevant to all three of those, but especially the third. Especially as it relates to ACORN and the census, the call for a private army, the fraud and intimidation. Obama has infected our political system with that variant of the AIDS virus, and that is what we must find a cure to. To me that is the continuing relevance of the primary at this point. That is where this all strated. If Hillary decides to run again, I fully expect she will have a ground game. And she will have the voice she found in New Hampshire. But first she and other loyal Americans must find a way to save the country from this idiot and his corporate goons.

    To Admin and the rest of you–Happy Fourth of July. And to pistol packing Kim Jon Ill- lay them pistols down babe, for at least a day. Bambi is busy roasting weenies and we dare not disturb that oblivious fool.

  75. The walkout was to be led by long trusted Clinton friends Ark. Dem Chairman, Bill Gwatney, and Rep Stephanie Tubbs Jones. They planned to stage a protest for getting Hillary’s name on the ballot and filing a complaint with the Democratic Ethic’s committee. Gwatney was shot and killed in his office on Aug 13 and Stephanie Tubbs Jones died on Aug 20 of an aneurysm.

    —-> Gwatney story: h… w… wwj.com/pages/2780565.php?
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    Yes, I know about that. But we were never able to find direct proof of a connection were we? The thing about it is this. The political scene is constantly changing like the glass chards in a collideascope. But the economic forces, the dysfunctional organization, the lies and flip flops those are a catching up with him. That is where he will find his gotterdamerung. It is what Hillary said in the campaign. It is one thing to talk, and quite another to deliver.

  76. wwoebi,

    I read an article today, I think it was on the USA Today site that talked about the national debt. It stated that the rising debt would very likely be the basis for the next huge economic crisis.

    Given that bambi shows no signs of stopping his spending extravaganza, it certainly looks as if he is determined to crush the country in more ways than one.

  77. I have a friend who is Hillarys level of intellect and charm. She tells me that the women in her husbands family do not possess those same virtues to the extent that she does, even though she is affable and supportive towards them. Instead, they chatter about her and try to find some fault as if there is some win in that. When I was in Charleston West Virginia I stood in the rain holding a Hillary sign, next to a female candidate who was running for state office. She was a remarkable woman in her own right, and a big Hillary supporter. I asked her why women would not see the sense of supporting a woman like Hillary who supports them and their issues. She said it is because often the ones who do not are still in the highschool clique, and resent the top girl. I do not know the answer. I just know that I do not pay attention anymore to all the White House Project, NOW and other stuff that comes into my inbox because after their non defense of Hillary and Sarah, how can anyone respect them. (Note: the New York chapter of NOW is the conspicous exception–I highly respect their leadership).

  78. I read an article today, I think it was on the USA Today site that talked about the national debt. It stated that the rising debt would very likely be the basis for the next huge economic crisis.

    Given that bambi shows no signs of stopping his spending extravaganza, it certainly looks as if he is determined to crush the country in more ways than one.
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    At some point, they willl have to put him in a straight jacket. I understand they have some very fashionalble ones on sale now on Saville Row, low button position, drape look, three fittings with a ascott gag to match an only $10,000 a throw. Nearly enough to give Matthews a tingle down his leg, or Sullivan serendading a dish souvenier of Obama.

  79. If that is the truth, then we have lost our guts and courage in this Democracy. That truth should have been exposed, and people should have gone ballistic over it.

    Good Night On. You have made it a nice 4th.

  80. OMG, I have spent 8 hrs on this computer trying to get to this site. My computer crashed when I was looking over at the trilateral commissions list of members. It went down instantly. My computer is not going to any of the anti Obama sites. I finally got thru on msn, how I don’t know!!

  81. The guy that shot Gwatney, I know he committed suicide, but has anyone followed up on his family members to see if they’ve come in to some money or other things lately???
    It is a huge coincidence that both are dead!! I had not realized that they were going to stage a huge walk out!!

  82. Why why why
    would I discuss politics on the 4th? Central issue was the vonunteerism advocated by bambi and mrs waffles. I asked if they were aware of any volunteer work either of them had done. Got the expected community organizer spiel. I reminded them that he was paid to do that and used it as a stepping stone. Even if poorly paid it was not volunteer work. On a good note everyone (all democrats )were very impressed by Palin.

  83. wbboei Says:
    July 4th, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    “Yes, I know about that. But we were never able to find direct proof of a connection were we?”

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    The suspect who shot Gwatney 3x in the chest was identified as Timothy Dale Johnson. During a high speed police chase, the police shot and killed Johnson before anyone could question his motives for the assassination. Stranger still, neither man knew each other. And police have never released any evidence or information found about either killings after their investigation.

    I hope this has cleared things up for some wondering why Hillary didn’t do more or fight harder before the nomination. There simply was no time left before the 20th.

  84. I was never a fan of Hillary taking the SOS position. I thought she should have stayed on as Senator or run for Governor of NY……though she is probably on good terms with Cuomo .

    However, her poll numbers have gone up and she is out of that corrupt organization in DC.

    I can see a benefit to her leaving soon and claiming differences with Obama on policy etc. I would love to see her lead an opposition centrist movement.

  85. wbboei:

    I just think it is important to dispel the myth that Hillary was inept and couln’t run a campaign and that is why she lost. I constantly try to eduacate people I encounter as to what she was up against and how they were mislead.

  86. Mrs. Smith,
    So do you believe the seeds for the ‘coup’ were sown during the 2007 Florida RBC Committee Meeting which stripped Florida and Michigan of their delegates? Brazille, Germond and the other usual suspects, the ones who presided over the May 31 RBC, were running the show.

    But HRC went along with that ruling.

    Don’t get me wrong, I adore HRC. Sometimes I am infuriated, however, that the smartest, most deserving, competent woman of this generation is not in the WH and we’re now faced with obammageddon.

  87. In retrospect I think Hillary was smart to leave the Senate. Think about what’s been going on in the Senate, think about all the nonsense. As a “junior senator” she would have no power to affect policy. People like Ted Kennedy made it very clear that she was going to the back of the bus. So as a “junior senator” she would have two options: 1) Go along with the Senate and Obama or 2) Oppose the Senate and Obama – and get further destroyed by the media. I think by voluntarily removing herself from that snake-pit of hell she did the right thing. What now happens to her as SoS – we can wait and see.

    Switching gears:

    Palin released a few statements on facebook about her future. I thought this one was very interesting:

    “I am now looking ahead at how we can advance this country together with our values of less government intervention, greater energy independence, stronger national security, and much-needed fiscal restraint.”

    I was struck by the fact that social issues (abortion, gay rights, etc.) are not listed as part of her platform. For a conservative, I think it’s a very good thing! Remember the last debate between Obama and McCain when they were asked about abortion and both candidates said that choice wasn’t at the top of their list for choosing SCOTUS. When a conservative says it I rejoice, when a liberal says it – I get afraid! So if Palin isn’t planning to declare war on the immoral masses in the lower 48 states – she appears to be to the Left of our Democratic President on social issues.

    Also, her lawyer said that they will sue anyone claiming that Palin is under any kind of investigation by the Feds. He said that some blogger made the accusation which has been repeated in articles by MSNBC, NYTimes, WaPo, and HuffPoop. I’d like to see Palin take all of these to court! And apparently the FBI confirmed that Palin is not being investigated for her activities as Governor or Mayor.

  88. I just think it is important to dispel the myth that Hillary was inept and couln’t run a campaign and that is why she lost. I constantly try to eduacate people I encounter as to what she was up against and how they were mislead.
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    She won the primary based on popular vote and they stole the nomination. That I agree with. Hyporcrites like Halprin, who pretend to be journalists, but had their hand on the scale all the while, have since offered a number of reasons, which are intended to avoid the biggest factor of all which was the irrational bias and corporate driven motives of so called journalists like him. These people have managed to lead our country down one blind alley after another for their own aggrandisement. They have no honor, no decency and no judgment. If you taught a gorilla to sit in the corner of a cage and flip quarters, he would flip heads 50 percent of the time. If you read the jump the shark meme above you realize the press monkeys as a group are doing much worse, which is to say zero. That is a truly remarkable accomplishment if you think about it–getting everything wrong.

  89. The suspect who shot Gwatney 3x in the chest was identified as Timothy Dale Johnson. During a high speed police chase, the police shot and killed Johnson before anyone could question his motives for the assassination. Stranger still, neither man knew each other. And police have never released any evidence or information found about either killings after their investigation.
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    Now that would be an interesting project for an honest investigative journalist. If both men were dead how can they say they did not know eachother. The only ones who could say that are the men themselves. That is where I would start investigating. Then I would want to find out everthing I cold about the killer. If there was nothing in his background to indicate a connection, then the inference would be a contract hit of some kind. The timing, his intent to push for Hillary, and the general stench around axelrod warrants a suspicion that he or someone acting on his behalf did this. But that is pure supposition, and supposition is not evidence.

  90. If you think that I have jumped the shark on dear old david axelrod, the following story, told to me by a journalist on three occasions will illustrate why I believe the man is evil incarnate. His daughter had a congenital condition of some sort, and he and his wife begged Hillary to internvene with the medial authorites and help find a cure. Hillary did and the daughter was saved. Later Axelrod let the effort to destroy Hillary not only as an opponent but as a human being, by fabricating and then pushing the racist charge, by recruiting Patty Solis Doyle and by serving the Chicago crime lords in their evil effort to take over the country. He is a really, really, really bad guy.

  91. It’s not the first time history has been so blatantly rewritten by corrupt newsmakers for a false messiah, and I doubt it will be the last time.

    What makes it so difficult a hurdle for me personally to get over is:

    1/ Actually living through it and the difficulty of accepting that evil triumphed over good with complicit help from once admired politicians, stars, media representatives.

    2/ Seeing the results and how media continues sinking into a black hole.

    3/ The dismantling of an ethical framework I once believed in.

    I can say that I am over Hillary losing, but the truth is, I don’t think I will ever be over her being defrauded of what should rightfully have been hers.

  92. basil9:

    “Don’t get me wrong, I adore HRC. Sometimes I am infuriated, however, that the smartest, most deserving, competent woman of this generation is not in the WH and we’re now faced with obammageddon.”

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

    Believe me, I was as heartbroken as everyone else at the Chicago style politics employed against Hillary, especially after his announcement, Obama stated unequivocally, he was bringing a new style of political campaigning to Washington bearing no scandals or smears… blah-blah-blah.. The 1st lie of many 1000’s to come.

    The only reason I will drag up the details of the history surrounding Hillary’s campaign is when I hear the same old memes about Hillary..she didn’t try hard enough or her campaign was less than impressive…. I feel there is a need for clarification of facts because it isn’t as simple as what meets the eye.

    Carol said:

    “just think it is important to dispel the myth that Hillary was inept and couln’t run a campaign and that is why she lost. I constantly try to eduacate people I encounter as to what she was up against and how they were mislead.”

    and in the interests of staying true to historial facts happening at the time. There are many new Hillary supporters, who supported other candidates and were watching from the sidelines after their candidate of choice dropped out and weren’t privy to what was happening to Hillary behind the scenes. The facts I’ve stated are just the tip of the iceberg. I’m sure there is much more to it than I am aware of… that would be at the discretion of Bill and Hillary to reveal at another time.

    The fact is she went above and beyond any other persons tolerence to such outright lies and public abuse. And I say again, in spite of it all, she endured the calls for her to drop out or that she couldn’t win through all 50 states, an unheard of campaign marathon in party nomination history.

  93. What really amazes me is that we have no further information about Gwatney’s killer. Why has no one looked to see where this guy Johnson came from or if he had family?

  94. What I have noticed in the course of my lifetime is this: For every Maciavellian like Axelrod, who is riding high for the moment because he backstabs people who have helped him, there is always someone out there who will do to him what he has done to others. It may be a political adversary, it may be a prosecutor, it may be a journalist, or it may be someone who turns on him. The law of attraction will bring them together and when it does Axelrod will be ruined. I don’t call the numbers, I do not pray for it, but in my experience, and especially for someone who is shady and high profile like he is that is the way it generally seems to work.

  95. What really amazes me is that we have no further information about Gwatney’s killer. Why has no one looked to see where this guy Johnson came from or if he had family?
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    Sounds like something Ed should dig into.

  96. wbb:

    “If both men were dead how can they say they did not know each other”

    Besides a postit with the name Gwatney written on it found in Johnson’s room.. and that Gwatney and Johnson had never met, these were the only 2 facts released after the police investigation..

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

    Here’s another bit of info I received from Hillary supporters on the ground in Denver at the Nomination Convention center..

    Delegates were not permitted to leave their hotel rooms. There were hallway monitors in each hotel where delegates were staying. They were told to hand over their voting sheets to the hallway monitors when they were ready to leave. If the voting sheets allocating which candidate their votes were going to was not to Obama, their sheets were handed back to them with the instructions, until they were filled out “properly”.

    Delegate’s lives were threatened. Their re-election campaigns threated…as was John Lewis… who spoke out against Obama terrorism.

  97. I can say that I am over Hillary losing, but the truth is, I don’t think I will ever be over her being defrauded of what should rightfully have been hers.
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    If I want to get over it, I remember two things:

    1. first, the issue here is bigger than just Hillary. It was a betrayal of her, but even more important it was a betrayal of the country which patriots risked their lives to build and defend. WE–all of us are the ultimate victim of Kennedy, Bambi, Axelrod, et al. and big media.

    2. second, like the unsinkable Molly Brown, Hillary aint done yet.

  98. Delegates were not permitted to leave their hotel rooms. There were hallway monitors in each hotel where delegates were staying. They were told to hand over their voting sheets to the hallway monitors when they were ready to leave. If the voting sheets allocating which candidate their votes were going to was not to Obama, their sheets were handed back to them with the instructions, until they were filled out “properly”.
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    That is true. It was confirmed by people who were there. Hillary delegates were physically intimidated by Obama goons, a legal complaint was filed in California against Obama goons for attempting to bribe Hillary delegates, it was one of the sorriest chapters in history, coupled with the 2000 complaints of voter intimidation and harrasment in the caucuses which were never investigated. It was the sorriest chapter in my political experience. But the bottom line is this: no LEGITIMATE mandate can emerge from such a process which is why I tell his supporters that Bambi is not my president and never will be. He is to use an old English term: the usurper. What he did to the electoral process. But what he is doing to the governing process is far worse. He is destoying our country. Powell is the latest one to call the game on him. People know they cannot go on a spending binge when they are deeply in debt. If they do the results are inevitable.

  99. Besides a postit with the name Gwatney written on it found in Johnson’s room.. and that Gwatney and Johnson had never met, these were the only 2 facts released after the police investigation..
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    If the cops killed this guy in a high speed chase, it would be in their interest to say there was no connection between the two men, because if there was a connection then people would say if you had not killed him we would know what the motive was. The most they can say is they found no evidence of a connection, but on the odds they did not look very hard. I think this was probably a piece of bad police work. One thing I would look for in his background is any connection to Chicago, or people in Chicago. I would expect it to be covered up. It may be the trail is too cold to pursue now but who knows. If you had a lead, you could start spreading money around and see what little gems turned up. I do not believe in random events either. The problem we have now there is no evidence to tie this to anyone. But you can be reasonably someone knows more about this.

  100. wbboei, isn’t this what they did to Oswald, he was killed before the public could find out if he did it or who hired him to do it?? Its the very same people who did this.
    I have been fighting a huge virus on my computer in the last two days because I went to a trilateral commission website that gave the names of members. The powers that be, don’t want us to know.
    I know most of you don’t like conspiracy theories, but what else could it be??

  101. It seems to me that Hillary was doing a wonderful job as SOS up until a few months ago. The photos and news reports were glowing about her reception, and how effective she was around the world…until that ‘approval rating poll’ came out …Hillary 70%..bo 60! That’s when the leaks, little smear reports, she’s too outspoken jabs, etc, started and then of course the FALL!

    With everything that went down during the primary and convention…imho, that ‘fall’ should be investigated too, right along with Gwatney.

    I totally agree with those of you that say Hillary and Bill are politically astute, exceptionally bright and capable. Choosing their battles, knowing when to advance as well as retreat, and of course ‘timing’ is everything…this is what I hold on to daily, because bo and the chicago thuggery must be stopped, and hopefully the Clintons will be instrumental in doing it.

  102. Senator Al Franken: Goodbye to the Class Clown

    By all accounts, Sen.-elect Al Franken will downplay humor and focus on policy when he takes his seat.

    By KEVIN DIAZ and PAT DOYLE, Star Tribune staff writers
    July 4, 2009

    After Al Franken is sworn in to the U.S. Senate this week, the nation will be watching to see how the former entertainer performs in a theater where cooperation trumps controversy and wise politicians survive wiseguys.

    Preparing for his new role, one of the first people Franken sought out was Tamara Luzzatto, chief of staff for Hillary Clinton when she was in the Senate.

    “A number of people have told me to study the Hillary model of being a senator,” Franken said after they met last February. “Put your head down and do the work.”

    Franken appears determined to establish credibility as a serious lawmaker. No acerbic wit. No bombastic attacks on conservatives. Goodbye Stuart Smalley, the goofy, mincing self-help guru from “Saturday Night Live.” Hello, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”

    “We’re going to see a new Al Franken,” said analyst Steven Schier, who teaches politics at Carleton College. “Or at least the same Al Franken we’ve seen in recent months, an Al Franken on Valium, so to speak — very low-key.”

    Franken’s attempts at a muted tone will likely be tested by the news media horde that will greet his arrival in the Capitol, along with a jam-packed legislative agenda. “It’s going to be about as crazy as one can imagine,” said longtime Franken friend and Congress observer Norman Ornstein, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. Without a chance to catch his breath and ease into the job, Ornstein said, Franken’s arrival will be “like being dropped into the middle of a tsunami.”

    He will also have to contend with an emerging Republican strategy to treat him as a symbol of the filibuster-proof super-majority that his victory could deliver to the Senate’s Democratic caucus. “What each party needs is a piñata from the other side,” Schier said. “Clearly the Republicans are looking for a flamboyant, inviting target for their fundraising and media strategy, and Franken probably suits that role better than anybody on the Senate side.”

    Republicans will get plenty of help from conservative pundits outside Congress who want to keep a target on Franken’s back. “They’re going to have some eager allies,” Ornstein said, “Because [conservative talk show hosts] Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly have all felt his barbs.”

    Franken first made a splash as a political satirist with his 1996 book “Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot (And Other Observations).” He initially dubbed his liberal talk radio show on Air America “The O’Franken Factor,” just to goad O’Reilly. Fox News sued over the name and Franken won.

    Franken’s temperament also could be tested inside the Senate, which still places a premium on an old-school collegiality. One of his assignments is the Judiciary Committee, where some of the Senate’s biggest egos delight in taking on judicial nominees and, occasionally, one another.

    “If Franken can turn his edginess into a sort of frank authenticity, I think he can do well,” said St. Olaf College political science Prof. Dan Hofrenning. “Some people might say that on the campaign trail he wasn’t funny enough, wasn’t edgy enough.”

    But on one occasion, he might have been a bit too edgy. A former leader of Carleton College Democrats recalls Franken crossing the line in exchanges with a conservative student, Peter Fritz, over economic issues during a 2008 appearance in Northfield.

    “Franken was aggressively challenging Peter on why he supported tax cuts,” recalled Pablo Kenney, 22, who was president of Carleton Democrats. “He was … dismissing his arguments in a very, in a light way, in a mocking way. I thought it was inappropriate … the tone that he took with him.” Franken was “playing to the crowd,” when he “probably should have just walked away from that conversation,” said Kenney, who voted for Franken.

    After Franken’s appearance, spokesman Andy Barr was quoted in an e-mail saying that Franken recalled having a “spirited” conversation with a “College GOPer” at the urging of some of the student’s Democratic friends. “Seemed like everyone was having a good time, or as good a time as you can have debating Reaganomics,” Barr wrote.

    Constituent work first

    In Franken’s first months in the Senate, battles over weighty national issues may take a back seat to the more parochial matters of constituent service.
    Advisers such as Drew Littman, who organized Clinton’s Senate office, have counseled Franken to focus on Minnesota issues and the details of policy. “It’s tempting in the Senate to see it as a place where you can work on any national issue,” said Littman, Franken’s new chief of staff. “He’s going to dig in on the local stuff.”

    Clinton, who played down her celebrity as former First Lady, answered many of her early critics by working hard in the Senate and doing well for her adopted state of New York. “With her, it was about whether she’d be a work horse or a show horse,” Franken said, adding that he wants to copy Clinton’s no-nonsense style, even at the risk of being boring. “She came to her committee meetings well-prepared, she worked across party lines, and found areas of agreement. She impressed her colleagues as someone who was going to work, not take the spotlight.”

    Will he also copy her run for the White House? “Not that part,” Franken said.

    To Littman, it’s all about building relationships in the Senate. “Despite what they say on the campaign trail or in their fundraising letters, they don’t care how ideological you are, as long as you’re a reasonable person they can work with and you won’t embarrass them.”

    Stance on health care

    Franken has, at times, been decidedly left-of-center on health care, and once said he wanted to be a senator “so we can go to universal health care.” During the campaign he said he supported a hybrid system where states cover their residents using federal funds and all minors fall under a single-payer system like Medicare, although he stopped short of an all-out endorsement of universal single-payer health care. In an interview last week, Franken said he supports universal care that is “accessible and affordable.”

    Franken wrote in 2008 that he supports a cap-and-trade system for regulating carbon emissions, and he criticized the Bush administration for rejecting the Kyoto Protocol — an international commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He would also like the country to launch an Apollo-style effort to fund research of renewable fuels — especially corn and cellulosic ethanol, which have become a major business in Minnesota.

    Franken’s Judiciary Committee assignment will put him at the center of the looming confirmation debate over Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Though it will not likely be an issue in that confirmation, Franken told Minnesota Public Radio in 2007 that he would “most likely vote against” a nominee opposed to Roe vs. Wade, the landmark abortion rights decision.

    However Franken positions himself on the issues, his advisers say he will generally leave humor aside — a prospect, they say, that might ultimately cause the national media to lose interest. “It’s basically about countering a set of expectations,” Ornstein said. “I don’t think he’s going to have enormous difficulty overcoming that, because he is basically a policy wonk.”

    startribune.com/politics/state/49939822.html?elr=KArksi8cyaiUo8cyaiUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU

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    Apart from the pep rally moments by Franken’s allies in this article, one thing got me thinking…

    “A number of people have told me to study the Hillary model of being a senator,” Franken said after they met last February. “Put your head down and do the work.”

    How many, including bambi have gone this route because of Hillary?

  103. Confloyd: if you talk to Ed tell him the story of Earl Rogers, the great defense lawyer. He practiced in the early twentieth century when Los Angeles was shedding its sleepy border town bordello image and becoming the modern metroplis we know today. He had a murder case in Avondale on Santa Catalina Island. The police report had his client, a low life thief, confessed and convicted. The trial was to be a mere formality, the verdict a preordained certainty, not unlike the dnc concept of a political convention I might add. What he did for a month before the trial was set up shop in the local bar, and bought drinks for everyone who knew anything about the incident, the victim, others with possible motive–the entire res gestae. In vino veritas–in wine there is truth. Through this process he uncovered so many facts the police had missed that by that the police report was shown to be a joke and his client, whom he personally detested was exhonerated. In fact when his client turned around to shake his hand his words to him were this: get away from me you slimey whore. There is alot more I could say about Rogers, but the point I am making is someone, maybe Ed should spend some time digging into the mysterious death of this strong Hillary supporter days before the convention. Maybe the tabloids should do it. These days, big media is so corrupt that you have to discover the truth wherever you can find it.

  104. ALL IN WHITE HOUSE WORKING EXTRA HARD FOR THE “OBAMA AGENDA”, EXCEPT OBAMA.

    NY Times reveals that the purportedly “family friendly” WH is not so, except for the Obamas and their kids and their dog and their Arugula. These slaves are starting to sound bitter. Hey, they’re free to quit any time.

    nytimes.com/2009/07/04/us/politics/04parents.html?ref=global-home

    ‘Family Friendly’ White House Is Less So for Aides
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    By RACHEL L. SWARNS
    Published: July 3, 2009

    WASHINGTON — When President Obama talks up the family-friendly vibe at the White House — the nightly family dinners, the flexibility to attend school presentations and join impromptu plunges in the pool with his girls — his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, sets him straight. “Family friendly to your family,” Mr. Emanuel counters.

    The schedule of Christina D. Romer, the president’s chief economist, is so packed, for example, that her first visit to her son’s school this year came at 10 p.m. on a Friday. “It felt wretched, just wretched,” Ms. Romer said of the evening that her 12-year-old boy pointed out his classroom in the dark.

    Peter R. Orszag, the White House budget chief who is a divorced father of two, works so many weekends that he often imports his parents to help care for his 9-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son. “We’re still sort of groping here,” Mr. Orszag said.

    As for Mr. Emanuel, he recently squeezed in a swim with his two daughters, 9 and 11, at 5 a.m. “No matter how much the president tries — and he and Michelle try, they do — the White House is brutal on family life,” said Mr. Emanuel, who has struggled to make time for his wife and three children since they moved here from Chicago.

    The Obamas have vowed to create an accommodating workplace for their employees. For many advisers, though, the work-family balance that the Obamas enjoy remains elusive.

    White House advisers often work 60 to 70 hours a week and bear the scars of missed birthdays and bedtimes, canceled dinners and play dates, strained marriages and disgruntled children, all for prestigious posts that offer a chance to make an impact and unparalleled access to the president. At a time when the nation is in recession and at war, the public expects no less, many argue.

    Still, the Obamas, who also have young children, remain committed to making life more manageable for their aides who are parents, officials say.

    Those aides include Robert Gibbs, the press secretary, who has a 5-year-old son; Mona Sutphen, the deputy chief of staff, who has a 4-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son; Nancy-Ann DeParle, the chief health adviser, who has two sons, 8 and 9; and Cynthia Hogan, the vice president’s general counsel, who is leading the administration’s efforts to get Judge Sonia Sotomayor confirmed to the Supreme Court, as she raises her 12-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son.

    To support working parents, the Obamas distributed laptops to aides with families — before those without children — so they could work from home. They invited the children of some advisers to a White House screening of the film “Madagascar” and a Take Your Kids to Work Day hosted by the first lady. They have created some flexible work schedules and encourage their aides to take their children to work when child care arrangements fall through, as well as to swim in the White House pool or play outside.

    “Part of the reason that we built the swing set out there was to say, you know, on weekends or after school, bring the kids here, set them loose, because, you know, we want to make sure that you’re staying in contact with your family,” Mr. Obama said in an interview on “NBC Nightly News.” “That, ultimately, I think, makes people work better.”

    Mr. Obama takes that thinking to heart. The president, who often cheers his girls at sporting events, interrupted an economics briefing to call his daughter Sasha, who was celebrating her eighth birthday in London. (Her sister, Malia, turns 11 on Saturday.)

    His aides say they are encouraged by his example. Jay Carney, communications director for Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., accompanied his 4-year-old daughter on a school trip to Annapolis, Md., even though the trip came shortly before Mr. Biden was to appear on “Meet the Press” on NBC.

    Mr. Orszag, who watches his son’s soccer matches, dashed out to see his daughter’s play, which started at 6:45 p.m. And for families, there are giddy encounters with the president, vice president or first lady. “You have so upped our cool factor,” Ms. Romer’s 23-year-old daughter told her.

    Even so, two aides with young children — Ellen Moran, Mr. Obama’s former communications director; and Jackie Norris, the first lady’s former chief of staff — have left the White House for administration jobs kinder to their families.

    Those who remain recount stories of scrambles to the pediatrician before meetings, conference calls on the drive to day care, family dinners delayed or discontinued. They rely on extra hours from nannies, help from parents and in-laws and the forbearance of their spouses. They know that many working families face tougher challenges, but that does not ease the ache that settles in around sunset.

    “There’s this daily tug in the evening when inevitably, at about a quarter to 8, you ask yourself: ‘Can I get this done? Can I get out of here in time to get home?’ ” said Lisa Brown, the White House staff secretary, who has a 6-year-old son.

    Mr. Orszag, who has missed his children’s doctor appointments and school trips, said reconciling the demands of work and fatherhood remained difficult despite the president’s support.

    “There are moments when the concept that I can sort of keep everything functioning well and the kids happy and the job working well — it all comes crashing down,” said Mr. Orszag, confessing that he would rather not recall the instances “when the kids are in meltdown and there’s a crisis in the office.”

    So family time is savored in increments.

    Courtney O’Donnell, communications director for Jill Biden, the vice president’s wife, kisses her 11-month-old son outside the White House gates when her baby sitter strolls by on sunny afternoons.

    Ms. Romer has taken to sightseeing with her family around 10 p.m. on Fridays when she can count on free time. “It has been longer and harder than I ever dreamed,” she said.

    These days, Ms. Romer’s husband, an economist, does laundry and grocery shopping. Claire Shipman, Mr. Carney’s wife and a correspondent on “Good Morning America” on ABC, often handles bath time and bedtime for their daughter and son, 7.

    “The first few months, we all thought, ‘This is so exciting!’ — and it is exciting,” Ms. Shipman said. “But I have to say, starting about a month ago, it really kicked in that I could really use a little more help.”

    Mr. Emanuel said he knew the Obama-mania was waning in his household when he told his son recently that they would again be savoring father-son bonding time at the White House on a Saturday.

    The 12-year-old did not jump for joy. He set conditions.

    “I’ll go,” his son said, “but I don’t want to sit through another Iranian meeting.”

  105. Senator Al Franken: Goodbye to the Class Clown
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    I have a strong hunch he will continue to be a joke.

    I wish we had Paul Wellstone.

  106. The schedule of Christina D. Romer, the president’s chief economist, is so packed, for example, that her first visit to her son’s school this year came at 10 p.m. on a Friday. “It felt wretched, just wretched,” Ms. Romer said of the evening that her 12-year-old boy pointed out his classroom in the dark.

    Peter R. Orszag, the White House budget chief who is a divorced father of two, works so many weekends that he often imports his parents to help care for his 9-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son. “We’re still sort of groping here,” Mr. Orszag said.

    As for Mr. Emanuel, he recently squeezed in a swim with his two daughters, 9 and 11, at 5 a.m. “No matter how much the president tries — and he and Michelle try, they do — the White House is brutal on family life,” said Mr. Emanuel, who has struggled to make time for his wife and three children since they moved here from Chicago.
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    Think how much better off we would all be if these three were devoting their time to their families rather working for policies which can only lead to the demise of our country. Take Orzag for example. Lest we forget he was the one who assured us we could afford the trillion dollae stimulus package because we were looking at a V shaped recovery. His metrics were as close to reality as home plate is to center field in Yankee Stadium. Is that what you would call service to the nation? Does it justify importing his parents to look after his kids? Or is he just one more public be dammed narcissist. Or, take Rahm Emanuel. Flotsam and jetsom of the Chicago sewer. He is so busy working for the crimelords that he can scarely squeeze in a swim. Is this really a good thing. NYT implies yes. But because they are corrupt, there is a slight spoliatory inference to be drawn here.

  107. wbboei, On youtube their is a video of the actual car chase and killing of Johnson. It is very questionable as to who actually did the shooting. You can see the smoke as several shots were fired inside the cab of the truck, but it looks very funny.
    Go to you tube, type in bill gwatney, then look there for the video that is labeled gwatney car chase. Its very interesting.

  108. wbboei, Our friend Ed Hale was really a McCain supporter and a republican. I think he latched on to Hillary just because he did not want Obama, but when she was cheated and McCain got it he was a happy camper. Thats why he and Momma E parted ways, she was an actual Hillary supporter.

  109. It felt wretched, just wretched,” Ms. Romer said of the evening that her 12-year-old boy pointed out his classroom in the dark.
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    We feel wretched about is as well. We feel the same way about your economic policies.

  110. As far as I’m concerned, Rahm and the other idiots in the castle can whine, whine, whine about their lot. I could care less. They deserve what they get for enabling bambi and his twit of a wife.

  111. wbboei, Our friend Ed Hale was really a McCain supporter and a republican. I think he latched on to Hillary just because he did not want Obama, but when she was cheated and McCain got it he was a happy camper. Thats why he and Momma E parted ways, she was an actual Hillary supporter.
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    Thats right alright. However, the question is how does he feel about Bambi. Because that is now the issue. The reason I suggest him, despite all his bullshit, is because he IS the kind of guy who could ferert out the truth in that environment. Also, he has a nose for conspirancies, as evidenced by his hot pursuit of the bc issue.

  112. No one can tell me that they didn’t know their candidate of choice was an empty-headed, lazy to the bone, inexperienced bigot when they signed on, so I have only 3 words of advice for them…. Get Over It!

  113. I agree you Wbboei, I feel just wretched about his economic policies too! That’s a perfect description of Obama and his henchman—-wretched!

  114. I can’t wiat until the book about the 2008 Dem Primaries is written. I will be first in line to buy it.

    It still doesn’t seem possible that BO slid into the selectee position on blind luck and sporadic planning.
    When WAS the plan hatched? Was it at the 2004 Dem Convention? Was it in August 2007 at the RBC meeting? Was it further back than that?

    And how and when did they get the media on board? Don’t you think they must have been fed the storyline long before that string of caucus victories? How could all the stars align so perfectly for BO to get to the WH?
    With every day I become increasingly concerned about the country and more angry HRC isn’t in charge.

  115. The subtext of this article is that these wonderful are making self less sacrifices for the sake of a president and a nation which they adore. That is the seed NYT is trying to plant in the public conscious. They conflate hard work with the public good (pro bono publico), just as others conflate democracy with the public good.

    People must reject that argument, absent a specific showing of evidence that the policy ends these people are working for, which are burying this country in debt, are good for the nation. Otherwise, the hard work and sacrifice which they they reportedly expend toward to develop and enact those policies is hardly a virue.

  116. This is WAY off topic = sorry – but I thought it deserved posting.
    Iran clerics call election illegitimate.

    ‘The most important group of religious leaders in Iran called the disputed presidential election and the new government illegitimate on Saturday, an act of defiance against the country’s supreme leader and the most public sign of a major split in the country’s clerical establishment.
    A statement by the group, the Association of Researchers and Teachers of Qum, represents a significant, if so far symbolic, setback for the government and especially the authority of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, whose word is supposed to be final. The government has tried to paint the opposition and its top presidential candidate, Mir Hussein Moussavi, as criminals and traitors, a strategy that now becomes more difficult — if not impossible.
    “This crack in the clerical establishment, and the fact they are siding with the people and Moussavi, in my view is the most historic crack in the 30 years of the Islamic republic,” said Abbas Milani, director of the Iranian Studies Program at Stanford University. “Remember, they are going against an election verified and sanctified by Khamenei.”

  117. hmmmmmmm……

    Biden says US won’t stop Israel from targeting Iran.

    What a 180.

    Biden was asked in the interview that if the Israelis decide they need to try to take out Iran’s nuclear program, would the U.S. stand in the way militarily?

    “We cannot dictate to another sovereign nation what they can and cannot do,” the vice president replied. “Israel has a right to determine what’s in its interests, and we have a right and we will determine what’s in our interests

  118. “This crack in the clerical establishment, and the fact they are siding with the people and Moussavi, in my view is the most historic crack in the 30 years of the Islamic republic,” said Abbas Milani, director of the Iranian Studies Program at Stanford University. “
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    Precisely. And the greatest policy failure of the Obama Administration to date was the failure to recognize that and take appropriate action. By the time he woke up, it was too late. And everyone–friend and foe alike knows it. The center of gravity of any American President is the Anglo Eurpean Isaeli coalition. He rejects that coalition, and caters to the anti American coalition which is no longer based on ideology, but is based on state capitalism and economic competitition. The group he gravitates toward seeks to undermine American power and indirectly our standard of living. The one thing he has never understood is there are lines in the sand, they are there for a reason, and when you pretend they do not exist, you undermine the people you represent. This man is only interested in himself, he has no allegiance to those he represents, etc.

  119. And there’s also THIS!

    Saudi Arabia won’t block Israeli flights over their territory.

    WTF is going on today? Palin resigns. BO’s freezing in Russia. The Iranian election results denied by the mullahs. Biden says US won’t stop Israel. Saudi Arabia says Israel can use its air space. The Honduran military won’t let the ex-prez’s plane land.

    Am I missing siomething?
    The head of Mossad, Israel’s overseas intelligence service, has assured Benjamin Netanyahu, its prime minister, that Saudi Arabia would turn a blind eye to Israeli jets flying over the kingdom during any future raid on Iran’s nuclear sites.
    Earlier this year Meir Dagan, Mossad’s director since 2002, held secret talks with Saudi officials to discuss the possibility.
    The Israeli press has already carried unconfirmed reports that high-ranking officials, including Ehud Olmert, the former prime minister, held meetings with Saudi colleagues. The reports were denied by Saudi officials.
    “The Saudis have tacitly agreed to the Israeli air force flying through their airspace on a mission which is supposed to be in the common interests of both Israel and Saudi Arabia,” a diplomatic source said last week.
    Although the countries have no formal diplomatic relations, an Israeli defence source confirmed

  120. The one thing he has never understood is there are lines in the sand, they are there for a reason, and when you pretend they do not exist, you undermine the people you represent

    Well-said.

    But BO will probably say his Cairo speech made them do it.

    👿

  121. What a 180.
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    Absolutely. Was Joe speaking for Bambi, or for himself. In this administration one never knows. The answer depends on what Bambi says the next time someone sticks a camera in his face. Or when Immelt whispers some sweet nothing in his ear.

  122. What’s really weird is for Biden to have made that statemnt about Israel at the same time the US is meddling in Honduran affairs. He said it on one of the SUnday talkshows – think it was abc.

    This is one heckuva strange news day, don’tyathink?

    And Pravda has this to say about BO.

    He’s a swindler, a cheat, a liar, a deciever and a conman.

    ‘He shows no loyalty to America and in fact publicly displays his contempt for America. On youtube.com, you can type in the search bar: “Obama refuses to salute flag” and see a video of him refusing to pledge allegiance to the flag and acting as if he is making a point that he has no respect for the American flag.’

    Guess they’ve got his number.

  123. But BO will probably say his Cairo speech made them do it.
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    Which suggests the follow up line of questions:

    Q: You claim your speech made them do it?

    A: Yes !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Q: And by “it” you mean speak out for democracy?

    A: Yes.

    Q: You saw the election abuse?

    A: Yes.

    Q: You saw them take to the streets?

    A: Because of your Cairo speech?

    Q: You saw them get beaten?

    A: I do not have cable television.

    Q: You heard about Nedra who was killed?

    A: I was busy entertaing the Chicago Bulls.

    Q: They asked you for a showing of support?

    A: I do not recall.

    Q: You said it was an internal matter?

    A: It was, and still is.

    Q: Then you disagree with the allies who spoke out?

    A: They are soverign nations.

    Q: Then they are free to disregard your advice?

    A: Of course.

    Q: Then you must feel the same way about Israel?

    A: . . . .

    Objection: Your Honor, counsel is badgering the witness.

    Court: Overruled. Proceed Counselor.

    Q: Let the record show the witness refuses to answer the question.

    Q: In fact you told them you saw no distinction between the man they supported and the brutal regime.

    A: Correct. He was part of that regime.

    Q: But he opposed that regime in this election did he not?

    A: Yes.

    Q: And the rebellion you now take credit for rallied round him?

    A: They did not know him like I do.

    Q: Then you have met him?

    A: No, never.

    Q: You have said that Iran has a right to develop nuclear power?

    A: Yes.

    Q: You know they have threatened to annihalate our ally Israel?

    A: Of course.

    Q: And you see no connection between the two?

    A: I do. But I can talk sense into them.

    Q: By them you mean the people who are killing their own citizens?

    A: That is one of the things I intend to speak to them about.

    Q: Before or after you bow to the waist.

    A: That is a venerated custom in the Arab world.

    Q: It is antithetical to the Constitition and American tradition.

    A: We must be citizens of the world. Those strictures are archane.

    Q: Jeff Immelt is ceo of general electric is he not?

    A: I barely know the man.

    Q: Then he is not one of your eight economic advisors.

    A: I will have to check with Axelrod.

    Q: GE wants to build nuclear plants all over the worl?

    A: I believe in clean energy.

    Q: Do you consider toxic waste clean energy?

    A: Well, there are some problems, but we will fix them.

    Q: Fix? Interesting choice of words, coming from you.

    A: You know what I mean.

    Q. I am afraid I do. And so does this jury.

    Q: Is GE doing business now with the Mullahs?

    A: I have no idea.

    Q: Really. If they were, that would be in violation of UN sanctions?

    A: I do not know.

    Q: They are your largest corporate benefactor and you dont know?

    Q: Let me see if I understand your testimony: you made your Periclean speech in Cairo, it reached the ears of the politically repressed people in Iran, men, women, childen, they voted for the change you pontificate about, their dream was stolen, they took their objections to the street, they were cut down, chased down, hunted, hundreds were killed and thousands were imprisoned, they turned to you for help–you who encouraged them to rise up in support of freedom and democracy, whereupon you, bright shining you fell through your ass and supported the crass ambitions of big business over the plaintiff pleas of an oppressed people, and all the hope, change and I am the one you have been waiting for rhetoric you have been peddling was exposed for the mawkish tripe it has always been. When it counted you did worse than nothing. You supported the oppressors. And when you finally spoke out, the parade had long since passed by and big media ever obedient to your agenda dropped it coverage.

  124. Q: GE wants to build nuclear plants all over the worl?
    A: I believe in clean energy.
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    Profits from the possible sale of a few new reactors would be “icing on the cake”…the big bucks will be in the brokering of “Carbon Credits”. It has all of the hall marks of a “New Bubble” Let’s see we had the Tulip Bulb bubble, the .com bubble, the real estate bubble and now for the second decade of the 21st century, The Carbon Credit Bubble

    “Obama’s hidden bailout of General Electric”

    “GE — a member of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, which advocates cap and trade — leads the push for greenhouse gas restrictions.

    In the fourth quarter of 2008 as the company’s stock fell 30 percent, GE spent $4.26 million on lobbying — that’s $46,304 each day, including weekends, Thanksgiving and Christmas. In 2008, the company spent a grand total of $18.66 million on lobbying.Reviewing their lobbying filings, you might think you were looking at Al Gore’s agenda. GE’s specific lobbying issues included the “Climate Stewardship Act,” “Electric Utility Cap and Trade Act,” “Global Warming Reduction Act,” “Federal Government Greenhouse Gas Registry Act,” “Low Carbon Economy Act,” and “Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act.”

    This isn’t altruism or public relations. GE has started a joint venture called Greenhouse Gas Services, which invests in — and hopes to manage the trade in — greenhouse gas credits. But these investments and this trading floor are of basically no use and nearly no value without government restrictions on greenhouse gases.

    Hence the lobbying, buttressed by generous campaign contributions: Employees and executives gave $1.35 million to politicians in the past election while GE’s political action committee shelled out $1.55 million. About 64 percent of this $2.9 million went to Democrats, with Obama easily the top recipient of GE money.

    ww.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/Obamas-hidden-bailout-of-General-Electric_03_04-40686707.html
    Obama’s budget includes the payoff, promising to start a multibillion-dollar greenhouse gas industry by 2012. In a letter this week, GE’S Immelt told shareholders that current events present an “opportunity of a lifetime,” because “capitalism will be ‘reset.’ ”

  125. OK, does anyone know how to access one’s profile under WordPress to change a password? And then does it change the password for ALL WordPress sites ? I am having trouble here, had to access lost password and get a 100 symbol password to log on and then it blocked me out again and had to have it reset again. IT, not so good at. Don’t know why it happened in the first place. Is there a site on one’s computer that I may have accidental messed with that keeps your passwords, websites and I may have turned on or off accidentally?

  126. And Pravda has this to say about BO.

    He’s a swindler, a cheat, a liar, a deciever and a conman.

    —————————————-
    When the devil quotes scripture it does not cease to be scripture.

  127. LOL!

    Brilliant, wbboei.

    SHV, I agreee that if crap and trade gets thru the senate it will be the next dotcom bust.

    It makes ZERO sense. I mean, if there had been a model set up somewhere that had been verified to work I might take it semi-seriously but to sing its priaises before the research has been done – sounds like the scam of the millenium to me.

  128. Oh, gonzo,

    I wish I could help you but I count myself among the technologically challenged.

    Confloyd has been having pc problems, too, if it’s any consolation.

    The only thing that comes to mind is to click the ‘forgot password’ link and have them email it to you.

  129. SHV: brilliant. That is big casino. It is why he pushed the thing though the House as fast as he did. I have got an article from Rolling Stone about Goldman Sacks which has been involved in every tulip bulb market action since the turn of the century. They are involved in this cap and trade as well. They are there in the beginning and they are also there apres le deluge. I will see if I can find and post.

  130. SHV: the icing on the cake is pretty thick. $4 trillion dollars to build 40 reactors around the country in the next 20 years. GE would get a big chunk of that.

  131. sounds like the scam of the millenium to me.
    **********
    from the same article:

    “A tax on greenhouse gas emissions could accomplish this, but Obama’s preferred policy — and the approach embraced by a few congressional bills in recent years — is called “cap and trade.” In short, cap and trade requires businesses to spend “credits” to pay for their emissions. Businesses can buy or sell these credits, and the market — not the government — would directly set the price of a credit. Government would initially auction them off, generating revenue.”

    A logical way to encourage a move away from burning carbon would be a slowly progressive tax over several decades to encourage movement to other means of electric production. The tax money would be reinvested in R&D and start-up cost. Setting up a govt sponsored scam of Carbon “Credit Default Swaps” is, well, another financial scam. And you are right, at this point in time, the only “new” tech that is ready for use now are Wind turbines. There is no over all plan for conversion to non-combustion electrical production.

  132. I see where the Moscow Times is hyping this Obama meeting. They know a rube when they see one. I am sure they are particularly glad that Hillary will not be going along. They know she would defend American interests, whereas Obama is only interested in himself. All he really wants is a headline. That alone is his price. He is a pure polician, utterly devoid of the qualities of a statesman or stateswoman as the case may be. I am telling youi the truth. They have figured out how to play him.

  133. sounds like the scam of the millenium to me.
    ——————————————
    If there is money to be made in this, that money must flow to the taxpayers and not to General Electric.

    Henry, if you are still with us, there is your answer to Bob Casey. He will do nothing with it becasuse he is what he is. But at least you will have put the truth front of him before he votes. We can be reasonably certain that a man like him will vote for anything Obama wants, regardless of its adverse impact upon the people of Pennsylvania.

  134. basil9 Says:

    July 5th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

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

    That is the only way I got on, a new password, but it is VERY long and of course I have to paste it in each time AND it works for like a day, so I was thinking I must of messed something up while cleaning up files and such. I can not get on other WordPress sites either, so I thought someone here might know what I might have done.
    I should be able to access my profile but I can’t find it and it really should have led me there when I put in the temp password.

  135. SHV: the icing on the cake is pretty thick. $4 trillion dollars to build 40 reactors around the country in the next 20 years. GE would get a big chunk of that.
    ************
    I don’t think that will happen. The first generation nuclear plants are reaching end of life and I don’t think anyone knows how much it will cost to decommission them. Long term storage has to be developed for the highly radioactive reactors and containment structures. All that I know is that the tax payer will be stuck with the bills. The other big bite on tax payers is cleanup of all of the by products of burning coal. The “blow out” of the containment dam in TN is the tip of the iceberg on that problem. A month ago, Sen. Boxer held hearing on this subject. Initially, the Obama Adm. tried to “stone-wall” the committee by saying the number and location of these dumps was a “State Secret”. I think that the info was finally gotten and there are at least 48 major dump sites that are highly toxic.

  136. SHV,

    Wind turbines aren’t ready for much more than single family houses, either. I’ve sat in on enough town board meetings and heard enough local presentations to know that. And there’s the tiny issue of zoning – the 3 towns I cover that are considering turbine construction are demanding height restrictions, setbacks, variances – in other words, the legislation is not in place to permit them.

    As far as ‘wind farms,’ I haven’t read much positive about them. Do you know of any real research?

  137. Top 10 Obama Apologies
    by Human Events

    06/17/2009

    Excerpted from article by Niles Gardiner, director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at the Heritage Foundation.

    1. Apology to Europe: Speech in Strasbourg, France, April 3. “In America, there’s a failure to appreciate Europe‘s leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.”

    2. Apology to the Muslim world: Interview with Al Arabiya, January 27. “My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy. We sometimes make mistakes. We have not been perfect.”

    3. Apology to the Summit of the Americas: Address to the Summit of the Americas, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, April 17. “While the United States has done much to promote peace and prosperity in the hemisphere, we have at times been disengaged, and at times we sought to dictate our terms.”

    4. Apology at the G-20 Summit of World Leaders: News conference in London, April 2. “I just think in a world that is as complex as it is, that it is very important for us to be able to forge partnerships as opposed to simply dictating solutions.”

    5. Apology for the War on Terror: Speech in Washington, D.C., May 21. “Unfortunately, faced with an uncertain threat, our government made a series of hasty decisions. I believe that many of these decisions were motivated by a sincere desire to protect the American people. But I also believe that all too often our government made decisions based on fear rather than foresight, that all too often our government trimmed facts and evidence to fit ideological predispositions.”

    6. Apology for Guantanamo in France: Speech in Strasbourg, France, April 3. “In dealing with terrorism, we can’t lose sight of our values and who we are. That’s why I closed Guantanamo. That’s why I made very clear that we will not engage in certain interrogation practices. I don’t believe that there is a contradiction between our security and our values. And when you start sacrificing your values, when you lose yourself, then over the long term that will make you less secure.”

    7. Apology for America before the Turkish Parliament: Speech to the Turkish Parliament, Ankara, Turkey, April 6. “The United States is still working through some of our own darker periods in our history. Facing the Washington Monument that I spoke of is a memorial of Abraham Lincoln, the man who freed those who were enslaved even after Washington led our Revolution. Our country still struggles with the legacies of slavery and segregation, the past treatment of Native Americans.”

    8. Apology for U.S. Policy toward the Americas: Editorial “Choosing a Better Future in the Americas,” April 16. “Too often, the United States has not pursued and sustained engagement with our neighbors. We have been too easily distracted by other priorities, and have failed to see that our own progress is tied directly to progress throughout the Americas.”

    9. Apology for the Mistakes of the CIA: Remarks to CIA employees at Langley, Va., April 29. “Don’t be discouraged that we have to acknowledge potentially we’ve made some mistakes.”

    10. Apology for Guantanamo: Speech in Washington, D.C., May 21. “There is also no question that Guantanamo set back the moral authority that is America’s strongest currency in the world.”

  138. I glad to see so many people are back on this site again, your voices were missed. Mrs. Smith WOW keep your comments coming on Hillary.

  139. SHV: here is the link to that article. I offer it to you with this caveat. If memory serves, the author is the same individual who published a false defamatory article in Rolling Stone a few years back about a New York businessman who was a friend of mine. He acused him of being an associate of the Genovese organized crime family. This lie caused him to lose alot of business and personal problems. He had to struggle to get his reputation back. Also, the bank has responded to this article.

    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/28816321/the_great_american_bubble_machine/print

  140. gonzo,

    I gave you my only suggestion – hit forgot password and wait for wordpress to email you.

  141. As far as ‘wind farms,’ I haven’t read much positive about them.
    ********
    Most of the things that I read on the web are hype. I think the wind farms Texas, CA, and Idaho are pretty successful but are limited by the antiquated US power grid and the ability to “store electricity” in non peak times. It certainly is helping farmers in those areas. I would doubt if wind turbines would be cost effective in small installations, it’s too variable.

  142. Maybe I worry too much. But I am worried about Obama going to Russia without a chaperone. I am worried about the little side deals he makes for benefit and not ours. By now they have studied him closely. They know his psychological m.o., and how to play him. Now that is a fact. And regardless of the going in strategy, he will make some deal adverse to the interests of this country. Just remember, this the nation that is competing with us for the heart and soul of western Europe, and the nation that is determined to undermine the dollar. They are a leading force in the anti American coalition he gravitates toward, and it is the side deals he will make wiht them that have me particularly worried. Also, it is highly unusual for the president to enter the negotiation process before a deal has been worked out. Is that where we are? Or is this meeting merely a pretext for something else?

  143. July 05, 2009

    ‘Them Jews’ of Obama: From Kvell to Kvetch
    By Stuart Schwartz

    “Them Jews aren’t going to let him talk to me.”
    That’s the complaint of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the anti-Semitic, radical minister who was Barack Obama’s spiritual mentor for two decades. In other words, a nefarious group of people around Obama are forcing the president to behave contrary to his interests and instincts. Such are the Sauron-like powers ascribed to Obama advisors who, having eaten of the fruit of the matzo, now control the president and vast swaths of the nation.

    “Them Jews” around Obama have been the object of much attention, especially eliciting the adoration of secular Jewish liberals who comprise roughly half of the American Jewish community of five million. One observer from the Jewish counterpart to Reuters was moved to kvell (Yiddish for “to feel delighted and proud to the point of tears”) during the presidential campaign “am I the only one noticing that Obama and Biden are not so much assembling staff, as gathering a minyan?” A minyan is a quorum required for Jewish public worship.

    But pride has turned to alarm as even some liberal American Jews are getting it: the Obama administration, including “them Jews,” is uniquely hostile to Israel. For the first time since its founding, Israel is viewed by a U.S. president as the impediment to peace in the Middle East. And “them Jews” around him are working hard to make sure the anti-Israel views of the president are carried out in policy. Rahm Emanuel, for example, the president’s Jewish chief of staff, has been reported by Richard Baehr to be behind the effort to force Israel to submit to Palestinian demands while the president cultivates Arab despots. And there is ample evidence that Obama, assisted by his minyan, will put more pressure on a Jewish state that is anathema to his radical allies.

    As a result, the attitudes of American Jews are changing, however slowly. Kvell has turned to kvetch (the wonderful Yiddish word for whine or complain) as even the Jewish press, which spent the past year vying with Newsweek and mainstream television networks for a place at the Obama altar, realizes the truth of one of those rules around which God centered his scripture: “They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.” One prominent Jewish weekly did not need the Weather Channel or Winston Churchill to note the gathering storm at the six month mark of this radical administration, asking frankly “Will U.S. Jews Stand With Israel — Or Obama?”

    Reality beckons. “Them Jews”, it turns out, are a collection of individuals afflicted by the overweening pride and ambition of much of inside-the-beltway Washington, but more so. And for whom Judaism is not a description of a special relationship with God, but a tool to leverage in the pursuit of power.

    They share a single, irreligious characteristic: a self-centered worldview that focuses upon personal ambition, gain, and the applause of the media and cultural elite. “Them Jews” are not so much a sinister cabal as a motley assortment of garden-variety, leftist politicos. Forget spirituality and the splendid notion of “tzedakah”, the Hebrew word that denotes the doctrine of adherence to moral principles that Jews introduced to civilization. Instead, we have a combination of John Dean and Sammy Glick (What Makes Sammy Run), leavened with the charm of Martha Stewart.

    The distinguishing feature of “them Jews” is not their Judaism; rather, it is the successful pursuit of personal power. Power is what motivates David Axelrod, whose manipulative abilities were approvingly described by the New York Times as his “unique West Wing kind of way” (the Grey Lady and Hollywood, a liberal twofer); Rahm Emanuel, who the Times compared to “a different Emanuel” and the United Church of Christ hinted may be “a higher power” (classic liberal, not Jewish or Christian theology: Rahm as Jesus or, perhaps, part of the Trinity with the boss a Newsweek editor declared “sort of God” (and, perhaps, Michelle); and Dennis Ross, an adaptable Middle East policy butterfly flitting from administration to administration, whose latest tome on the Middle East does not recognize anti-Semitism, preferring instead to use the expression “ideological animus,” and referring to the predilection of Arab despots to slaughter Jews as “very troubling” (rather Obama-esque).

    Obama’s Jews are nothing if not flexible. That’s what happens when your moral compass is set to True Obama. You want them to be for Israel? Dennis Ross assured Florida Jews during the campaign that “preventing Iran from going nuclear is a very high priority” for an Obama White House, that the candidate’s love of Israel was a “commitment of the head and heart.” After the election, however, Ross was a key player in developing a policy that culminated with the announcement of Obama, as head of “one of the largest Muslim countries in the world,” that he would not oppose Iran’s development of nuclear energy.

    Rahm Emmanuel worked his Jewish connections with the kind of single-minded intensity that the Democrat left showed in attacking them. He assured the largest pro-Israel lobby in the U.S., the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), that “the bond between the United States and Israel is unbreakable today, tomorrow, and forever.” The passing of forever was marked by the New York Post six months later in “Israel Betrayed: President Obama Is Treating Our Friend Like A Fiend, And Turning Public Opinion Against An Ally”. End of story.

    David Axelrod cemented his Jewish credentials by engineering an image of himself as a friend of the underdog. He arranged adoring profiles such as this one by the reliably left Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom, which noted that Axelrod “was smitten by John F. Kennedy, then saw his hero reborn” in Obama.

    But the real Axelrod was simply another cynic — albeit a talented one — on the political scene. He had no apparent moral qualms, for example, about helping Michelle Obama steer poor patients away from her employer, the University of Chicago Medical Center, which then cornered the market on high-margin private insurance patients. In what has become a classic Axelrod approach, he used a public relations campaign to misrepresent the program to the community, assuring them that inner city residents would have better care by avoiding the best hospital in Chicago. They didn’t — but so what? Axelrod won.

    He used the same approach with American Jewish organizations. I’m a Jew, he assured them. The result, as one blogger — self-described as a purveyor of Talmudic analysis and liberal opinions — put it, was to empower “a (real) Jew” who can be trusted — read my lips — with the best interests of the Jewish community. The prestigious Jewish Daily Forward chronicled the joy: “At Jewish Inaugural Gala, Axelrod ‘Kvells'”, while Axelrod reaffirmed “Obama’s willingness to work closely with Israel upon taking office.”

    The election won, however, he did to the American Jewish community and Israel what he did to Chicago inner city residents: turned around and pressured Israel to submit to the demands of Iran, Hamas and other terrorists and thugs in the Middle East. Obama declared Israel to be the chief obstacle to peace and Axelrod, true to form, used his public relations prowess to pressure dissenters in the Jewish community. It was evident, as one Israeli newspaper noted, that Axelrod was behind the clash between the administration and Israel.

    So what have we learned? If you are Israel, last names do not matter. Classic American Jewish street creds do not matter. Morality, a dedication to Judeo-Christian traditions, does matter — in other words, “do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight,” as Moses (a hopeless moralist who would have never made it into the Obama inner circle) put it. And strength matters. Israel must stay strong and resist an administration that embraces totalitarian thugs and murderers (who are, as Dennis Ross might put it, “humanitarian-challenged”).

    And there is now another Yiddish word for what Israel and its supporters might expect from “them Jews” of Obama: bupkis (rough translation: “goat droppings” — go figure!).

    Stuart H. Schwartz, Ph.D., is a former newspaper and retail executive. He is on the faculty at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

  144. SHV,

    Here’s what I understand. (WARNING _ Elementary level explanation).
    The turbine creates energy whenever the blades are moving and the power created is stored in the energy grid. Excess energy created over the year arer repaid to the turbine owner by the electric company.

    But, see, the turbines need the electric grid to exist and the stateof the US grid is deteriorating – at 40 years of age, most national grids are way past their primes. So the electric grid has to be addressed FIRST!
    “Until now, additional wind capacity has simply piggy-backed on the general capacity of the grid. According to Stow Walker of Cambridge Energy Research Associates, spare capacity is now depleted, and new transmission capacity will need to be added to accommodate more wind energy. Even with the existing amount of wind energy (only about 9,339/405,582 = 2% of Texas’s total electricity, based on EIA production data for 2007), there have been reports of near rolling-blackouts in Texas, when the amount of wind energy suddenly dropped.”
    There is NO simple answer to th energy problem and that is what crap and trade is claiming – and it’s all BS! (IMHO, of course)

  145. basil9 Says:

    July 5th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    I have that, and thanks. It however is temp it appears and really unusable. I will figure it out eventually.EVENTUALLY being the key word here.

  146. gonzo, I feel for you with the pc problems, I have been going thru a nightmare since yesterday afternoon when I got a virus on a trilateral commission site. I wish I could help you, but I am going to have to take this cpu to my son and see if he can fix it. I can’t get on the net except for this site because after 8 hrs of messing with I got it to come up and I made this site my home site. My computer doesn’t seem to like any political sites, although I can get on red state. Does that make sense to anyone??

  147. I’d love to be a fly on the wall if BO meets with putin.

    And I wonder how chic and glamorous Moscow considers Meesh? Wonder if she brought along extra sweaters.

    👿

  148. confloyd,

    do you have norton anti-virus?

    If so, you can have them walk you through an online analysis and repair of your problem.

  149. basil9 Says:

    July 5th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    It is 105 in Austin, TX and it has been for weeks. Solar will be the answer. When they figure out how to make the really big bucks from the sun, that’s when the energy nightmare will be addressed successfully. In the meantime there is so much we can do everyday that only a fraction of the public and private sector do to recycle. Those turbines are a nightmare to live around. of course living in Alaska in th dark for so many months out of the year, not so much, But it they can capture the sun when it is shinning 24/7 and use those reserves, maybe so.

  150. Back to what worries me. When he went to Europe and gave the speech condemning the United States, he made a unilateral concession which was never vetted with anyone before the fact. He surrended an important piece of our sovereigny, i.e. the ability to regulate our own econonic affairs to a group of twenty foreign bankers, such that now, thanks to him, this group is charged with overseeing American businesses that have a substantial impact on world commerce. No other country to my knowledge has made such a concession. But even if they had, when your economy is 3 1/2 times the size of your nearest competitior it is a huge concession with nothing to show for it except for the gratification of his own ego. Now those bankers sit atop our regulatory structure, above Treasury and the Fed. There was no advise and consent with Congress over this.

  151. gonzo,

    but solar is NG for the northeast. State DEC people I’ve met at some of these town meetings admit that.

  152. Well why can’t we have different kinds of energy for different parts of the country.?In Texas, for sure solar as can be in the South. Alaska, maybe nuclear or something else. Some areas for sure can be wind. Why does it have to be the same for every place??
    I still think some kind of elec/gasoline car is the best!

  153. wbboei,

    afriad I’m not much of a policy partner but i’ll take a stab.

    Are you referring to something like this? BO wielding power not granted by the constitution?

    Obama: Hey, let’s bypass the Senate on treaty ratifications
    After listening to the Democrats screech for the last two years about the rule of law, this Jake Tapper report should be surprising …. but it’s not. Apparently, Barack Obama finds treaty ratification a little too complicated, and so he figures he can just commit the US to nuclear disarmament and bypass Congressional oversight:

  154. Massive wind farms on the open plains here in Texas actually do a pretty efficient job of creating lots of electricity. The problem is the grid – they produce more than the grid can handle or store about 22 to 30% of the time, I believe was the figure. It goes to waste.

    The grid is the problem, but no one wants to address that, because even if a lot of the electricity the wind farms produce goes to waste, they STILL make money for the investors due to the federal tax incentives. So we are paying them to waste electricity – instead of putting that money into updating or rebuilding the damn grid.

  155. Knew we could depend on Putin to do a BO smackdown.

    ROTF!

    On Thursday, Obama accused Putin of taking “Cold War approaches” to relations with the United States, in what some analysts said might be an attempt to pre-empt criticism at home before his trip that he was being soft on Russia.
    “Putin has one foot in the old ways of doing business and one foot in the new,” Obama told The Associated Press.

    Putin — known for his salty language — replied mildly on Friday that Russians couldn’t stand with their legs apart like that.
    “We don’t know how to stand so uncomfortably,” Putin said in response to a question from a reporter on a farming-related trip.

  156. “Until now, additional wind capacity has simply piggy-backed on the general capacity of the grid & There is NO simple answer to th energy problem and that is what crap and trade is claiming – and it’s all BS!
    **********
    That is what I take away from what I read. IMO, a major problem is that most people writing about the “energy problem”, frame their opinions and “facts” based on an underlying agenda that may have nothing to do with energy production or the environment. Solar is great, but the tech is just getting to the point where it may be possible to use it as one source of energy in the future, but how much of the ecology of the South West are we willing to trash??

    The place to start spending money now is to upgrade the National power grid so when/if an alternative form of power generation comes, there is a line to plug it into. The price tag that I have seen for the power grid is about $100 billion, which was described as a “huge” amount of money. Well, Jeebus, Obama throws $100 billion down rat holes without a thought for any benefit for the county.

  157. SHV:

    “Businesses can buy or sell these credits, and the market — not the government — would directly set the price of a credit. Government would initially auction them off, generating revenue.”

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

    Soros is set to be a heavy bidder buying these credits when they come up for auction..

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

    “A logical way to encourage a move away from burning carbon would be a slowly progressive tax over several decades to encourage movement to other means of electric production. The tax money would be reinvested in R&D and start-up cost. Setting up a govt sponsored scam of Carbon “Credit Default Swaps” is, well, another financial scam. And you are right, at this point in time, the only “new” tech that is ready for use now are Wind turbines. There is no over all plan for conversion to non-combustion electrical production.”

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

    I’ve seen very little movement in bio-fuels replacing oil for reducing dependance on oil/gasoline production as well.

  158. h4t,

    So the grid has to be updated and improved before the country veers off into altermative energy, right?

    I mean, it seems like a cart-before-the-horse scheme, to me.

  159. basil9 Says:

    July 5th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    ***************
    I think once we are able to store it for long periods of time anyone will be able to use it. Nuclear, TOXiC waste. All these years and no answer. When they can answer that and make a better bread box, maybe…

  160. The grid is the problem, but no one wants to address that, because even if a lot of the electricity the wind farms produce goes to waste,
    *********
    Pretty much what I have read…at peak demand, even if most of the turbines are running, only about 8.7% of the rated capacity can be produced because the grid can’t handle the load.

  161. basil9 Says:

    July 5th, 2009 at 6:02 pm
    altermative energy, right?

    I mean, it seems like a cart-before-the-horse scheme, to me.
    ********************************

    I am sure it is some kind of Ponze scheme

  162. I’ve seen very little movement in bio-fuels replacing oil for reducing dependance on oil/gasoline production as well.
    **********
    Which is good…with current bio fuel tech ie Corn/Ethanol, is a disaster. It takes about as much oil energy to produce the equivalent amount of ethanol energy and by diverting food to fuel, the rate of world wide deforestation has increased. In addition, the increase in corn production has increased the runoff of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.

  163. There was this guy on 60 Minutes years ago that literally recycled EVERYTHING he used. Had a garden and of course recycled his waste. Used rain water, everything you hear about. He was so successful he literally had no garbage to pick up, so he refused to pay his garbage bill, hence the show because the city was suing him. It really was remarkable and he made it look fairly easy. If we could change the way we live we could save this planet for generations to come, but people just don’t know how and gov has not done it’s job to educate and make recycling easy.

  164. The enviro-wackos running around in the catskills salivating at all the ‘alternative energies’ money headed thier way show up at every and any concievable public forum spouting off about the new green wave and swearing how converting to wind turbines is going to create green jobs right here in green county and save the planet and blahblahblahblah.

    And when any of the old farmers asks for specifics they sort of mumble and shift into BO talking points mode.

    The money has already been earmarked for this and it has to be spent whether it’s feasible or not. That doesn’t matter. All that matters is that the bureuacratic beast is fed.

  165. Well this Jew doesn’t even want to breath the same air as bambi, so Reverend Wright (and I use the term lightly) have at him with your hate rhetoric.

    ————————-

    As far as any books coming out on the 2008 primaries goes, I doubt very much that there will be very many that are actually truthful, if any at all. I’m sure the bambi Schutzstaffel will crash and burn any such ventures prior to publishing.

    —————————

    Since when does the U.S. think Israel has a right to do what they think is in their best interests?

    Maybe pre-bambi, but his bullying since kidnapping the presidency doesn’t suggest that he thinks anyone but his terrorists friends deserve that consideration.

  166. July 6, 2009

    Dmitry Medvedev starts nuclear arms talks with missile shield demand

    Tony Halpin in Moscow; Catherine Philp in Washington

    President Medvedev threw down the nuclear gauntlet on the eve of President Obama’s landmark visit to Moscow today, challenging him to roll back a planned missile shield in Eastern Europe in return for making huge cuts in Russia’s nuclear arsenal. The challenge came as the two prepared for historic talks on nuclear arms reduction with both already pledging major and reciprocal cuts.

    Mr Medvedev raised the stakes in an interview with Italian media in which he insisted that any agreement would have to include concessions on the European-based missile shield proposed by President Bush. “We believe that these topics are interrelated and for understandable reasons — because offensive nuclear capabilities do not exist by themselves,” Mr Medvedev said. “If we talk about reduction then we must understand how it correlates with defending against these capabilities, with what means we have for missile defence.”

    The two-day visit has been called the “reset summit” after Mr Obama’s promise of a fresh start in relations with Russia. He is keen to revive a relationship that hit a post-Cold War low over Mr Bush’s plans to site radar posts in the Czech Republic and ten interceptor missiles in Poland.

    Insiders say that despite Mr Obama’s lack of enthusiasm for his predecessor’s plan he is unlikely to cede much ground while Moscow remains overtly intransigent.

    Mr Medvedev said last week that the new treaty could reduce their nuclear arsenals to below 1,700 warheads each, down from the current 2,200 for the US and 2,800 for Russia — a reduction that Mr Obama sees as a fair trade in its own right.

    Mr Obama knows that there is no political capital in making concessions while Moscow looks so uninterested in making any of its own. His visit is being closely watched at home by opponents eager to see him commit a foreign policy blunder, and ordinary Americans concerned by the threat that could be posed by a nuclear Iran.

    Russia rejects Washington’s insistence that the shield is aimed at a possible Iranian threat, smarting at its intrusion into the post-Soviet region that Moscow regards as its sphere. Mr Medvedev repeated Russia’s opposition to the shield but said that he believed Mr Obama was ready to compromise as they negotiate cuts in nuclear weapons towards an agreement to replace the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which expires in December. “Then we can agree on the basic foundations of a new Start treaty and agree . . . on how we will approach missile defence,” he said.

    He held out the prospect of a joint initiative to break the deadlock, saying that Russia was not opposed in principle to the development of missile defence systems. “We believe it should not be unilateral nor, in essence, directed against one of the participants in this dialogue, a major nuclear country such as Russia,” he added.

    Mr Medvedev made clear that he does not buy into the “Iranian defence”. “I do not understand how people can say missile defence is linked to the problems of the Middle East,” he said. “These arguments have been developed to justify the decisions taken by the previous Administration of the United States.” And in a rebuff to Mr Obama’s criticisms of Vladimir Putin last week, Mr Medvedev described relations with his predecessor, now Prime Minister, as “superb”.

    In an interview last week, Mr Obama criticised what he considers to be Mr Putin’s outdated Cold War mentality, but conceded he would have to meet him because of his influence. Mr Obama continued his Russian media offensive by giving an interview to the opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta. He agreed with Mr Medvedev’s view that “freedom is better than the absence of freedom”, adding: “I see no reason why we cannot aspire together to strengthen democracy, human rights and the rule of law as part of our reset.” The versions of freedom referred to in Washington and Moscow, however, remain a world apart.

    The latest trial of the Yukos oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky illustrates the degree to which Russian justice remains beholden to political power. He is accused of embezzling $25 billion and laundering nearly $14 billion from his former company. Critics have accused prosecutors of re-hashing charges from his first trial in 2005, when he was jailed for eight years for fraud and tax evasion, to keep him in prison for up to 22 more years. That case was widely seen as a witch-hunt against Mr Khodorkovsky, once Russia’s richest man, for supporting opposition political candidates. Mr Obama said: “It does seem odd to me that these new charges, which appear to be a repackaging of the old charges, should be surfacing now. I would just affirm my support for President Medvedev’s courageous initiative to strengthen the rule of law in Russia.”

    Mr Obama and his family will stay at the Ritz-Carlton hotel, a minute’s walk from Red Square. Security is tight, with some Russian media reporting that up to 10,000 police and troops will guard the route from the airport.

    timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article6644306.ece

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    awww…bambi isn’t going alone. He will have meme to advise him.

    I think I’d better stock up on my bomb shelter supplies asap.

  167. SHV:

    “Which is good…with current bio fuel tech ie Corn/Ethanol, is a disaster. It takes about as much oil energy to produce the equivalent amount of ethanol energy and by diverting food to fuel, the rate of world wide deforestation has increased. In addition, the increase in corn production has increased the runoff of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.”

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

    I agree, ethanol is a disaster. But using almost any type of feedstock,( used deep frying oil for instance), can be converted to bio-fuel easilyand cheaply. The bio-fuel cos are looking into converting seaweed, cornstalks, sugar beets, sugar cane..

    h….// …. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biofuel

    I really dislike the hostage situation between using petroleum and Arabs.

  168. he new green wave and swearing how converting to wind turbines is going to create green jobs
    **************
    I don’t think turbines are selling..and those green jobs??????? A production line that produces the big turbine blades was shut down in my area a couple of months ago. Also, I talked to one of my cousins in May and she was on her way to a turbine production facility to start lay-offs. She is an engineer/management for a large turbine manufacturer and she said that they had made a sale since last November. Things may have changed but I doubt it.

  169. isaque Says:
    July 5th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    I glad to see so many people are back on this site again, your voices were missed. Mrs. Smith WOW keep your comments coming on Hillary.

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

    If there is a journalist out there looking for a story or a theme for book publishing that would be a best seller, now that people have thrown their rose colored glasses in the trash… the runup to the dem nomination has many unpublicized facts readers would like to know about.

  170. Did he have the legal authority to do that?
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    Not that I know of. I do not think it can be done by executive order. For example, the Fed is theoretically an independent regulatory agency. Thus, the exectutive has no lawful right to affect its jurisdiction in this manner. I think this is more akin to a treaty. And a treaty requires the advise and consent of the senate. Which now includes clowns like the junior senator from Minnesota.

  171. With Al Franken in the senate all my concerns about the future have been suddenly lifted. I feel lighter than air.

  172. President Medvedev threw down the nuclear gauntlet on the eve of President Obama’s landmark visit to Moscow today, challenging him to roll back a planned missile shield in Eastern Europe in return for making huge cuts in Russia’s nuclear arsenal.
    ————————————
    During the campaign he assured Poland that this would not happen and then adopted a—how shall I put it—flexible position. He hinted it was possible Poland objected and we got the first glimpse of his infamous now you see it now you dont magic trick which says I am not being inconsistent you did not listen to what I said before, or else you were too dumb tactic. What piece of our sovereignty will Obama surrender to the cossaks this time in exchange for a headline one can only surmise.

  173. The bio-fuel cos are looking into converting seaweed, cornstalks, sugar beets, sugar cane..
    ************
    “Grassoline: Biofuels beyond Corn”
    Scientists are turning agricultural leftovers, wood and fast-growing grasses into a huge variety of biofuels—even jet fuel. But before these next-generation biofuels go mainstream, they have to compete with oil at $60 a barrel……..

    ww.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=grassoline-biofuels-beyond-corn

  174. I don’t think turbines are selling..and those green jobs??????? A production line that produces the big turbine blades was shut down in my area a couple of months ago.

    When one young woman went on her green job crusade it was all I could do not to laugh out loud and by the expressions on the faces of the farmers in the audience they had the same reaction.

    There’s NO manufacturing base in this area as it is and the few companies that are left have been downsizing, laying off and merging with bigger corporation so when she went on and on about the wind turbine factories that could be built to provide parts, well . . . . . let’s just say no one was buying it.

  175. ‘I think this is more akin to a treaty. And a treaty requires the advise and consent of the senate.’

    That’s why I posted an excerpt from this artilce”
    ‘Obama: Hey, let’s bypass the Senate on treaty ratifications’

  176. SHV..

    ““Grassoline: Biofuels beyond Corn”

    Scientists are turning agricultural leftovers, wood and fast-growing grasses into a huge variety of biofuels—even jet fuel. But before these next-generation biofuels go mainstream, they have to compete with oil at $60 a barrel”……..

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

    The Bio-fuel technology and the conversion process is in place and ready to roll. I know, I own stock in two cos that are sitting virtually idle waiting for the go ahead. But that is not my only reason for chirping about bio-fuels. I really and truly resent being beholden to the Arab Emirates for energy/fuel.

  177. The Bio-fuel technology and the conversion process is in place and ready to roll.
    ***********
    “Big coal” owns Obama, so it will be awhile before that will happen. There is a reason why they won’t release the name of the coal lobbyists who have visited the WH since Jan. ’09.

  178. Glut of $US4.5 trillion will haunt Obama’s dollar

    William Pesek
    July 6, 2009

    It’s not a job Barack Obama signed up for, but it’s his nonetheless: Bond salesman-in-chief. Such is the lot of a US president overseeing an historic increase in debt issuance. Cartoonists are busily churning out depictions of Obama, who partly nationalized automakers, standing on a car lot hawking Detroit’s clunkers. It’s time to begin picturing Obama shilling bonds few may soon want.

    His best customers? Asians, of course. Asia already holds about $US4.5 trillion of currency reserves, most of them denominated in US dollars. It’s a product of Asia’s “savings glut,” of which the cash-strapped US remains a major beneficiary. That is, if Asians don’t pull the plug.

    The trouble is that the US seems to be taking Asia’s money for granted. That’s a grave mistake for a White House that needs to offload record amounts of debt to fund a $US787 billion stimulus package – not to mention spending plans yet to be announced. Assuming Asia’s perpetual devotion is a mistake.

    It’s no coincidence that China is pushing for a new international currency at a time when it wants to diversify its almost $2 trillion of reserves. Such mutterings from Venezuela are one thing. They’re quite another coming from the biggest foreign holder of Treasuries, with about $US764 billion.

    “It would be important for the US not to take its position for granted,” World Bank President Robert Zoellick said last week. “My guess is what you will see over time, just as the euro has developed over time, you may have some other currencies develop as an alternative.”

    Prime Time

    Not that the yuan is ready for prime time. Besides, say analysts like Marc Chandler of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. in New York, China’s desire for the yuan to become a global invoicing currency doesn’t outweigh its need to maintain control and help exporters. Ultimately, China’s ambitions are hemmed in by the realities of a currency that still isn’t convertible.

    China speaks out of both sides of its mouth on the issue. One day, a top official says China wants an alternative to the dollar. The next, someone like Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei tells reporters that “we hope that as the main reserve currency the US dollar will be stable” and that he’s “not aware” of China pushing to put the subject on the agenda of the Group of Eight’s agenda this week.

    The other BRICs nations – the acronym refers to Brazil, Russia, India and China – all have made noises about the dollar’s stability. Some more than others, of course, yet their concerns have been well reported.

    Replacing the Dollar

    Replacing the dollar as a long-term goal is fine. Doing it while the global financial system the dollar anchors is in tatters is ill-advised. Not surprisingly, folks in Washington are worried about a sudden move against the currency. It hardly seems a coincidence that while Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn has called China’s yuan “substantially undervalued,” the International Monetary Fund has toned down criticism over the disconnect from economic fundamentals. The softer rhetoric removes a sticking point between China and the IMF, as Asia’s second-largest economy seeks a larger role at the lender and the fund tries to increase China’s contributions.

    Could the quid pro quo be that China avoid pulling the rug out from under the dollar? It’s possible. Still, Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner shouldn’t assume Asia’s continued support. Not with the Federal Reserve holding interest rates near zero and untold waves of fresh debt flowing into uncertain markets. Rumblings about the US losing its triple AAA credit rating have further raised the stakes.

    Blame All Around

    Granted, Asia deserves some of the blame here. Over the past decade, the region was the site of a currency-reserve arms race. While the clear winner in this game of monetary one- upmanship is China, economies like Taiwan and South Korea are holding more dollars than they would like. It’s become the world’s biggest Ponzi scheme, really. The dollar isn’t crashing because those invested in it are propping it up and adding to their holdings. After all, the magnitude of Asia’s foreign-exchange holdings means it can’t dump the dollar without shooting its economies in the foot.

    Asia should indeed be plotting how to reduce its dollar holdings. Those trillions of dollars would be better used in Asia to pay for better roads, bridges, airports and power grids and improved education and health care. Until then, the US needs to reassure Asians they won’t suffer massive losses on their dollar holdings. It can start by circulating a credible exit strategy from today’s massive stimulus efforts. The White House also needs to convince Asia that devaluing the dollar at some point to boost US exports isn’t on the table. Obama and Geithner should plan to increase financial diplomacy efforts, traveling to Asia often.

    Asia has a $US4.5 trillion dollar decision to make, and it’s up to the US to help the region make the right one. Taking Asia’s money for granted would be a disastrous way to go.

    business.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/glut-of-us45-trillion-will-haunt-obamas-dollar-20090706-d9f9.html?page=-1

  179. It’s not a job Barack Obama signed up for, but it’s his nonetheless: Bond salesman-in-chief. Such is the lot of a US president overseeing an historic increase in debt issuance. Cartoonists are busily churning out depictions of Obama, who partly nationalized automakers, standing on a car lot hawking Detroit’s clunkers. It’s time to begin picturing Obama shilling bonds few may soon want.

    His best customers? Asians, of course. Asia already holds about $US4.5 trillion of currency reserves, most of them denominated in US dollars. It’s a product of Asia’s “savings glut,” of which the cash-strapped US remains a major beneficiary. That is, if Asians don’t pull the plug.

    The trouble is that the US seems to be taking Asia’s money for granted. That’s a grave mistake for a White House that needs to offload record amounts of debt to fund a $US787 billion stimulus package – not to mention spending plans yet to be announced. Assuming Asia’s perpetual devotion is a mistake.

    It’s no coincidence that China is pushing for a new international currency at a time when it wants to diversify its almost $2 trillion of reserves. Such mutterings from Venezuela are one thing. They’re quite another coming from the biggest foreign holder of Treasuries, with about $US764 billion.

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    Notice the non-sequitir:

    1. It wasnt a job he signed up for–being the bond salesman to Asia.

    2. Yet he signed a trillion dollar stimulus bill which he knew they would be reluctant to finance by buying bonds.

    3. Thus, by signing this bill this is EXACTLY what he signed up for.

    4. So dont cry for him Argentina.

  180. OT:

    Zelaya trying to land in Telacigulpa but the Honduran military is blocking the runway.

    Zelaya says he would parachute in if he could and is now heading to managua. chavez says any attack on the plane will be viewed as an act of war against venezuala. not a word from DL.

    gee. this sounds like the NYS senate with the dems bolting the doors to the chamber locking the repubs out and laying seige to the podium.

    😈

  181. In Seattle, Bambis stimulus plan got a little bad publicity.

    $234,000 of stimulus money to replace the windows at the Rainier Club.

    The Rainier Club is a social club for the wealthiest people. Others need not apply.

    They could easily afford to replace the windows themselves.

    But when Bambi is willing to rob the poor to give to the rich why bother.

    This wilingness to play Robin Hood in reverse is what has made him such a hot date for people like Rezko, Goldman, Immelt.

    If the bots only knew the half . . . they would still be bots.

  182. Zelaya says he would parachute in if he could and is now heading to managua. chavez says any attack on the plane will be viewed as an act of war against venezuala. not a word from DL.
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    Zelaya, Ortega, Chavez, Obama LLC.

  183. As Obama continues this prolifigate spending spree to pay for his unrestrained spending practices the purchasing power of the dollar will tank, and debt load will consume an even larger portion of the federal budget, which will require raising taxes and curtailing other federal government services. But who’s to stop him? Certainly not the newly seated and suddenly serious clown from Minnesota.

  184. To dig our way out of this mess we need two things that wont happen:

    1. a credible third party

    2. public financing of elections

  185. Just a little side note to make you smile whether you want to or not!

    Plans are being firmed up for Chelsea’s wedding to Marc Mezvinsky the last week in August at Vernon Jordan’s estate in Martha’s Vineyard..

    h… hillaryunleashed.wordpress.com

  186. SHV:

    “Big coal” owns Obama, so it will be awhile before that will happen. There is a reason why they won’t release the name of the coal lobbyists who have visited the WH since Jan. ‘09.”

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

    Yes, I know. He sponsored a bill for Big Coal early his first yr as Senator. However, scientists admit, until there is a way to sequester CO2 emissions not only successfully but financially feasible, further coal production is DOA.

    AFAIK- The millions of dollars going to Big Coal Research projects has already been allocated… so they’ve already gotten what they came for unless there is a problem divvying up the spoils to coal sponsors.

  187. Congrats to Chelsea and all. If there is any justice in the world, bambi’s invitation will get lost in the mail.

  188. Mr Obama knows that there is no political capital in making concessions while Moscow looks so uninterested in making any of its own.
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    I read this article on another site and laughed out loud particularly @ this sentence.

  189. Interesting that Clinton records missing…
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    INSIDE WASHINGTON: Archives’ record-keeping lapse

    By LARRY MARGASAK
    Associated Press Writer

    WASHINGTON (AP) — National Archives visitors know they’ll find the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights in the main building’s magnificent rotunda in Washington. But they won’t find the patent file for the Wright Brothers’ Flying Machine or the maps for the first atomic bomb missions anywhere in the Archives inventory.

    Many historical items the Archives once possessed are missing, including:

    -Civil War telegrams from Abraham Lincoln.

    -Original signatures of Andrew Jackson.

    -Presidential portraits of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

    -NASA photographs from space and on the moon.

    -Presidential pardons.

    Some were stolen by researchers or Archives employees. Others simply disappeared without a trace.

    And there’s more gone from the nation’s record keeper.

    The Archives’ inspector general, Paul Brachfeld, is conducting a criminal investigation into a missing external hard drive with copies of sensitive records from the Clinton administration. On the hard drive were Social Security numbers, including one for one of former Vice President Al Gore’s daughters.

    Because the equipment also may include classified information, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, calls it a a major national security breach.

    Brachfeld has documented thousands of electronic storage devices, including computers and servers, that have gone missing over the past decade from the National Archives and Records Administration.

    Grassley, who has demanded an accounting of all missing items, said the loss of historical documents “robs our nation of its history and is completely unacceptable.”

    The Archives’ stewardship of the nation’s records has been questioned before. In a well-publicized incident, former President Bill Clinton’s national security adviser, Sandy Berger, took documents from the Archives in the fall of 2003 while preparing, along with other ex-Clinton administration officials, for testimony to the Sept. 11 commission.

    In September 2005, Berger was sentenced to two years of probation, 100 hours of community service, a $50,000 fine and loss of his security clearance for three years.

    Some records have been missing for decades from the Archives’ 44 facilities in 20 states and the capital, including 13 presidential libraries.

    “When I came here nine years ago, there was no acknowledgment that we had a problem,” Brachfeld said in an interview with The Associated Press.

    Since then, he has started a recovery team that attends trade shows and Civil War re-enactments, and enlists the help of dealers and researchers to recover historical items that belong to the government.

    The agency has two missions that sometimes are in conflict: preserving documents and making them available to the public in monitored research rooms with surveillance cameras.

    “We do not have item-by-item control,” said Archives spokeswoman Susan Cooper. “We can’t. We have 9 billion documents. We don’t know exactly what’s in each of those boxes. There’s no point in preserving materials that cannot be used.”

    Each missing historical item has its own story.

    -From 1969 to 1980, the patent file for the Wright Brothers Flyer was passed around multiple Archives offices, the Patents and Trademarks Office and the National Air and Space Museum. It was returned to the Archives in 1979, and was last seen in 1980.

    -In 1962, military representatives checked out the target maps for the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. The maps have been missing ever since.

    -In May 2004, one of FDR’s grandsons asked to see a portrait of his grandfather at the Roosevelt presidential library in Hyde Park, N.Y. It couldn’t be found, and hasn’t been seen since 2001.

    -Shaun Aubitz, a former employee at the Archives’ facility in Philadelphia, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 21 months in prison in 2002 for stealing – among other items – 71 pardons signed by Presidents James Madison, James Polk, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes and Lincoln. The Archives recovered 59 records. They had been sold to manuscript dealers and collectors.

    -In 2005, researcher Howard Harner was sentenced to two years in prison, two years probation, and a $10,000 fine after pleading guilty to stealing more than 100 Civil War-era documents from the Archives between 1996 and 2002. Fewer than half were recovered.

    -A 40-year-old National Archives intern in Philadelphia stole 160 Civil War documents. About half were sold on eBay. The documents included telegrams about the troops’ weaponry, the War Department’s announcement of Lincoln’s death sent to soldiers, and a letter from famed Confederate cavalryman James Ewell Brown Stuart.

    A financially strapped Denning McTague was sentenced in the case to 15 months in prison in 2007. He had told a psychiatrist that he was angry that his internship was unpaid.

    On the Web:

    List of missing items: http://tinyurl.com/kvmmd2

    Archives home page: http://www.archives.gov

  190. My guess about the Russia trip is that Obama has no intention of negotiating anything. “Take me to a really nice restaurant, and you guys (Putin and Medvedev) get to say that you met with the new US president and spin the meeting however you want. I’m going to spin it that we met, and that I did not give away the store, even though I’m a complete neophyte. I need to look tough and smart. In exchange, I’ll throw you some favors under the radar”.

    Obama has no interest in negotiating. He just wants to prove to the US voters that he’s no pushover, that he can be trusted in dealing with those nasty Russians.

    And no, we don’t trust you, Mr. “President”.

  191. “Certainly not the newly seated and suddenly serious clown from Minnesota.”

    I await the day, Franken arrives at the senate podium dressed in a bulky cardigan and prefaces his landmark speech in Stuart Smalley mode.

  192. Obama: Hey, let’s bypass the Senate on treaty ratificationsposted at 2:40 pm on July 5, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

    Send to a Friend | Share on Facebook | printer-friendly After listening to the Democrats screech for the last two years about the rule of law, this Jake Tapper report should be surprising …. but it’s not. Apparently, Barack Obama finds treaty ratification a little too complicated, and so he figures he can just commit the US to nuclear disarmament and bypass Congressional oversight:

    With the clock running out on a new US-Russian arms treaty before the previous Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START, expires on December 5, a senior White House official said Sunday said that the difficulty of the task might mean temporarily bypassing the Senate’s constitutional role in ratifying treaties by enforcing certain aspects of a new deal on an executive levels and a “provisional basis” until the Senate ratifies the treaty.

    “The most ideal situation would be to finish it in time that it could be submitted to the Senate so that it can be ratified,” said White House Coordinator for Weapons of Mass Destruction, Security and Arms Control Gary Samore. “If we’re not able to do that, we’ll have to look at arrangements to continue some of the inspection provisions, keep them enforced in a provisional basis, while the Senate considers the treaty.”
    Samore said administration lawyers are exploring the “different options that are available. One option is that both sides could agree to continue the inspections by executive agreement; that would work on our side. On the Russian side, as I understand it, that would require Duma approval.”

    The fact that the administration is preparing for such an extraordinary measure shows just how much pressure the two administrations are under to arrive at an agreement before the 18-year-old treaty expires.
    Uh, pardon me, but how many seats in the Senate does Obama’s party hold? Isn’t it 60? If Obama is simply moving forward with a straightforward, supportable treaty with Russia to reduce nuclear stockpiles in an effective verification system, why couldn’t he get a quick ratification? The GOP gave George H. W. Bush enough support in 1991 to pass the original START treaty, so it’s not as if ratification would be impossibly complicated.

    Well, that is, if the deal actually does put in place an effective verification system and doesn’t amount to a de facto unilateral disarmament. With exactly five months to win Senate approval, the effort by the Obama White House in floating this idea now makes it sound like Obama wants to give away the store in order to score some points with his 1980s no-nukes agenda. And as much as the Democrats howled over the supposed devotion of George Bush to a “unitary executive,” Obama seems to have no trouble bypassing the check on executive power for treaty negotiation written explicitly into the Constitution, in Article II, Section 2:

    He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur;

    Words. Just words.

  193. wbboei

    He has that Power if he was eligible for the Presidency, but since the Supreme Court of the United states does not want to check that out, I guess we will never know. If we do ever check that out, and he has signed these treaties, they are null and void.

    Eligibility, just Eligibilty

  194. Seems like the big issues of the weekend came out of the biden interview where he finally admitted that the administation fucked up on their assessment of the economy, and that means we cannot afford the stimulus bill bambi passed, which by the way has created no jobs and failed to stem the tide of job loss. Another SNAFU (i.e. situation normal all fucked up) courtesy of that wonderful bambi administration. Stenny baby weighed in on the last point. On the Russian front, it looks like some pro forma treaty reducing old stock piles may be signed by the quid pro quo of curtaining missle defense systems may be more controversial. I have never been a Bill Cohen fan, and the only thing I really liked in Maine was Cap Weinburger and he is dead so there is not much to like about Maine and that includes Cohen. I forgot my point. But the one thing Cohen did say is Russias economy is tanking like a 7% contraction and how that plays out with the fool when he is over there remains to be seen. On the Israeli front, Biden appeared to give them the green light to take out the nukes, preferably while Bambi is over there giving away the store to the Supreme Leader. Finally, a clerical faction in Iran is calling the election illegitimate.

  195. Do you think Morris just makes it up as he goes, or does someone half way credible on the democratric side acutally talk to him.

  196. What do you mean about Morris?

    BTW, I found out WHY he’s always on FOX.

    His son, CLAYTON MORRIS, is an anchor on Fox and Friends.

  197. Press being too soft on Obama? Duh!

    By Gary Stein
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel

    July 6, 2009

    Yes, the press is getting much tougher on Barack Obama lately. In fact, it’s been at least a week or two since they gave him a standing ovation at the start of a press conference.

    Very skeptical bunch, that fawning national media corps.

    The Obama love-in started during the campaign, of course, when Hillary Clinton took a media bashing daily while the press pretty much did the Wave every time Obama was around.

    Since Obama has been president, there have been a variety of tough questions:

    “Mr. President, how did you decide which dog to get?”

    “Mr. President, how did the First Lady enjoy Paris?”

    “Mr. President, how did you enjoy your date in New York City?”

    Like I said, those are the tough questions. Wouldn’t it be fun, just for a day, to see the media go after Obama the way they have relentlessly gone after Sarah Palin?

    I’m not saying the press has to constantly bash Obama, and he seems like a genuinely decent man. But can’t the media at least be more curious, more skeptical, more questioning? I mean, there have been some major decisions made by his administration in the past few months, and you won’t find much critical analysis of what’s been done. The man is getting the free-est of passes, at a time when the nation has incredible critical problems.

    It’s not just me who feels this way. A recent Pew Research Center poll concluded Obama “has enjoyed substantially more positive media coverage than either Bill Clinton or George W. Bush during their first months in the White House.”

    No wonder Obama seems to get snippy whenever a media outlet seems to be critical. It happens so rarely, he doesn’t know how to let it roll off his back.

    Supposedly, it is happening a bit more often lately. As Obama’s poll numbers drop a bit, the press is getting a bit tougher on him. If that’s true, it’s way past time.

    sun-sentinel.com/news/opinion/sfl-obama-media-bias-buzz-stein-m070609,0,4324425.story

  198. He does not let it roll off his back, never did, and he holds a grudge. They will not be invited to the next inaugural ball for heaven’s sake.

    We sure have soft Journalists. In other countries they worry about whether they will live through the night.

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