“Obama: Deceiver, Cheat, Swindler, Liar, Fraudster, Con-artist”

Barack Obama is once again flying off on a costly publicity stunt. Instead of dealing with the economy as the sole and necessary priority, Obama is avoiding the necessary work in order to travel to Russia.

This weekend Joe Biden admitted Obama “misread” the economy.

“The truth is, we and everyone else misread the economy,” Biden told me during our exclusive “This Week” interview in Iraq.

We here at Big Pink did not “misread” the economy. We were right on target regarding the “stimulus” scam and the various Obama spend spend spend slush funds. The Obama slush funds are designed not to help the economy but to distribute electoral largess in 2010 in order to stave off Dimocratic defeat in the midterm elections.

Don’t include Big Pink in your “we and everyone else” Joe.

Big Media will continue to protect Barack Obama and his “misread” numbers but economic reality will continue to expose Barack Obama and his Bush-like looting of the American economy.

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American Big Media will continue to protect Barack Obama. But Big Media in other countries will act in accordance with other interests.

BARACK Obama will have few traffic problems getting to the Kremlin for his first summit with Russian president Dmitri Medvedev on Monday – the Obamamania that has swept much of the rest of the world is absent from Moscow; there will be no adoring crowds to greet him.

A recent poll by Russia’s Levada Centre found only 23 per cent of citizens believe the US president will “do the right thing in world affairs”, with many doubting his promise of change will heal antagonisms between Russia and the West.

A long list of issues – from Nato’s eastward expansion, to missile defence, to human rights, to the contest for oil and gas in Central Asia – continue to poison relations between the former Cold War superpowers.

Russian news agency Pravda was less than subtle in an editorial summing up the Obama administration, headlined: “Obama: Deceiver, cheat, swindler, liar, fraudster, con-artist.”

The Hopium addled think we at Big Pink are not burning incense in worshipfulness of their Mess-iah – they must really not like what Mother Russia has to say.

A poll released on the eve of Obama’s arrival showed Russian distrust of the United States. The University of Maryland survey found 75 percent of Russians believed the United States abused its greater power and only two percent had “a lot of confidence” Obama would do the right thing in world affairs.

Whatever one thinks of Pravda and its credibility or its lunacy, the publication of an article prominently attacking Obama is a clear signal that Russian Big Media serves different masters than American Big Media.

Russians opening up Pravda must certainly have opened their eyes widely as they read the Pravda borrowed view of Obama:

We know that Obama is a liar about so many things.

The question of whether or not he is in fact, a Natural Born Citizen and eligible to be President of The United States of America, has no importance anymore. The question of eligibility has evolved far beyond that simple question, with such a simple solution, that Obama refuses to provide. The government of Kenya has put a Gag Order on his family not to talk to reporters.

What we don’t know, what there is absolutely no proof of, is his place of birth, his true father or his mother. Without a verifiable Birth Certificate, none of this, including his actual date of birth can be proven or believed.

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.

Michelle Obama is just as arrogant and insulting as the man she calls her husband and has not been a lawyer since 1993 when she was put on inactive status by court order. The State of Illinois says so on their website. Click here then on the top right click on “Lawyer Search” and then type in “Obama” and you’ll find her.

In Hawaii, you can read here: United States Marines and Navy servicemen have no respect for Obama. In an ABC News story, Sunlen Miller says, “The diners were polite, staying seated at their respective tables and waited for the president-elect to come to them to stand up”.

The photo in the article shows that there is nobody standing up to shake hands with him and some have their backs turned to Obama. If those people, trying to enjoy their meal in peace, had thrown their food in that stinking bum’s face with disgust, ABC News could have reported it as, “The soldiers were so overjoyed to catch a glimpse of their Commander In Chief Elect, that like true Marines, they all chipped in to share their Holiday meal with him.”

Obama’s website Change.gov is a fraud, administered by a fund raising company Blue State Digital, an Internet fund-raising company that presided over the Obama campaign site. The “dot gov” is designated and assigned by the United States Government Services Administration to be used only for genuine governent activities. It is not for political campaigning or non-profit organizations which is exactly and soley what Change.gov is for. The only reason Obama has the dot gov designation is by harassing the GSA and thereby obtaining the dot gov designation illegally against Federal Law.

With Obama’s total disrespect for America and laws in general, it is highly suspect as to why he is not already in jail for the rest of his life. Even stupid crimes, he has no conscience about. He, just last year, paid off 17 outstanding parking tickets from when he was in Cambridge, supposedly going to school at Harvard.

Some of the stories about Obama defy belief. And there are plenty of unfounded rumors about him.

I hear so many “Internet rumors” and see so many News sites, web sites and blogs that it makes it very difficult to know what is true and what isn’t. That is why I try to limit what I write to things that can be verified fairly easily. Some of the emails and phone calls and personal visits I get force me to not believe anything unless I can prove it. Some “hot tips” are things I’ve known for years and some seem to be someone’s idea of writing a fantasy spy novel.

Besides an atmosphere of arrogance and hostility surrounding his supporters, an unexplainable, incredible amount of controversy permeates every thing about him.

Rumors turn more and more bizarre every day.

Then there is the knowledgeable, open source or occasionally “gray” source, of intel tidbits that hit my desk, from so far, reliable sources that defy reality.

For instance, I was told the other day that it was not really necessary for me to publicize events about Obama because a complete dossier with statements, photos, tape recordings and video recordings of Obama’s secret backers has been compiled with the help of over 200 high profile international lawyers, military men, politicians and businesspeople and has been distributed to the intel agencies of some 38 different countries, some of which had contributed to the compilation effort.

These “secret backers” of Obama have been under intense investigation for over two decades without any initial focus on Obama and a major world wide sweep is going to happen as soon as Obama makes the wrong move.

The backers consider Obama “their puppet” but a major world wide sweep is scheduled to happen as soon as Obama makes a clear wrong move against the national interests of those who have put this compilation together.

I’m sure he is going to make that “wrong move” as soon as Martians land at the White House. Maybe, though, as I am urged, since it’s all under control now, I should take a vacation.

These are the kinds of dead ends that any investigator has to decipher.

But sticking to the facts, what we actually do know, what is documented and verifiable, is enough to convince the American public and World leaders that a major mistake has been made in voting for Obama.

158 of Obama’s lies are documented, on record.

But who is to show that record to the voting public and World leades who will be affected by Obama’s deceit?

If the American media would unite as strongly to divulge the truth, as they have to bury it, every person in America would vomit where they sit, in realizing what they have been conned into voting for.

There is still, after six weeks, not one shred of proof that his grandmother died the day before the election or two days before the election, whichever date given by Obama that you choose to believe. No death certificate has been produced. No authority has confirmed the date of death. We have only Obama’s campaign photo-ops of him wiping away a tear.

The recent photo-op of him dropping what he says are the ashes of Madelyn Payne Lee Dunham into the sea is phony. Human ashes are not snow white. Human bones do not burn and are not turned to ash when cremated. The bones are ground up to the consistency of sand and small pebbles. The color is a gray/tan, like weathered pine wood. The container he is pouring from is half the size necessary for human remains. The container he is pouring from is about the size of a container for a medium sized dog’s ashes. Obama is pouring flour or sugar, not human ashes.

What Obama and Rahm Emanuel have told us they are going to institute for American citizens – mandatory community service and to transport people by bus or train to work sites, is defined as nothing less than, Crimes Against Humanity, according to the International Criminal Court.(Scroll down to International Criminal Court, see c. and d.)

Regardless of the rumors, the non-existent birth certificate and his purported crimes, just reading 1/10 of 158 of Obama’s lies would be enough to convince any reasonable person that this man is not someone that you would buy a used car from or let cook your food. Reading one half of these documented lies will make an honest person sick to his stomache.

Obama, his wife and his backers have no morals, no integrity and no respect for anything except what they want at the time. They have no more conscience than a hungry lizard in the desert coming upon a beetle in the sand.

Obama used the fabricated death of his Grandmother to get a few sympathy votes in the final hours of his campaign. The Democratic Party Electors of the Electoral College used an 8 year old cadaver to cast a single vote, by certifying to the California Secretary of State that a deceased lady was a qualified Elector.

Any non-active military service members who have seen enough, sign this Military Consent Form and get on board like the Marines in Hawaii.

Many people have speculated that Obama may be a “Manchurian Candidate” a planted enemy, masquerading as an American, for the purpose of taking over the United States. Speculations have pointed to the Middle East and terrorist organizations. That does seem to be a possibility as there are so many anti-American statements and activities by Obama and his supporters. It may sound like more fantasy spy novel dreams.

But if the speculation can be considered, in some degree of seriousness, the question to be asked first is: Who, what organization, has had the time and the resources, to move throughout our political system, convincing Congressmen, Senators, both Federal and State, 50 Governors, Attorney Generals, Secretaries of State, hundreds of State legislators, thousands of local, county, State and Federal political party hacks, FBI, CIA and various State and Federal agencies, Federal Courts, even the US Supreme Court……..who has that ability to keep all these people silent? Who has the ability to force the entire Republican Party, Nationwide, Statewide and even local politicians into stone cold silence without a peep being uttered against Obama? Would it not make sense for the Republican Party to expose him, or at least pose questions?

It is absolutely preposterous to believe that this has all been planned for 40 years and perpetrated by some outside group of super secret elites. It makes more sense to consider that all the mysteries and lies about Obama have only one single purpose which is to throw us off the trail, divide us in our investigative efforts. The countless lies and unavailable documentation sends us up one blind alley after another, only to find another lie to chase to nowhere. Eliminate the enormous complexities and concentrate on the simplest of clues, the most obvious suspects that our mind does not want us to see, and we may just discover that in reality, the culprits are hiding in plain sight, right under our noses.

With that in mind, I can think of only two organizations that have proven that they can hide, and have hidden, their actions against us in plain sight. Only two organizations can organize and corrupt the thousands of players involved in this “Master of the Game” endeavor. And rather than risk their wrath by exposing them in writing, I will only say that the name of one organization starts with the letter “D” and rhymes with Emocrat and the other starts with “R” and rhymes with Epublican.

Russian Big Media – it has quite a different view of the Mess-iah than does American Big Media. In Russia Obama supporters are getting a taste of what it is like to have a Big Media apparatus that does not care about opposing views but is only interested in selling, pushing and promoting one particular viewpoint. In Russia however the viewpoint is a decidedly anti-Obama one.

As Obama, along with his acolytes, wanders Russia in search of adoring crowds and celestial choirs all B.O. will find is a good stiff vodka to soothe his plucked nerves.

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125 thoughts on ““Obama: Deceiver, Cheat, Swindler, Liar, Fraudster, Con-artist”

  1. Thanks Admin, I needed that. I will never forget nor get over the shame of the Primary, and that the Dims and Reps are guilty of the same crimes.

    Unfortunately I disagree with some of the readers and writers here, about the Election is over. The Election as defined by my definition of a Democracy did not take place. I will never forgive, I will never forget, because to do so would mean they have gotten away with it.

    SOMEONE NEEDS TO GET A SHIPMENT OF KOOLAID TO MOSCOW QUICKLY.

  2. It is no wonder that the MSM and the BHOsupporters would like to do a Palin and drop put of her SOS position and leave him in full charge to do whatever will silence the critics and empower his
    lackeys to cover over and questions of his legitimacy.Sinc the election was a complete fraud planned and carried out by group of traitors and foreign power brokers it must be deemed as an illegal act of sedition and Hillary is our legitimate President.She received the most votes and super delegates before the DNC commited their act of treason and their bait and switch move.
    Hillary Rodham Clinton Legal and rightful PRESIDENT OF THESE UNITED STATES.

    BY ABM90 From this day forward I will refer to her as MADAM PRESIDENT.

  3. Biden and BO as usual msread the ecomony!!!! what is new about this mis-reading the info, mis representing, misleadin…..just resign!!!!!

    I DID NOT!

  4. According to Jake Tapper, Obama plans to “temporarily” suspend Congress’ constitutional right to ratify treaties, and go ahead and extend the arms treaty with Russia by himself. God only knows what changes or wording will be in there, since Obama plans to just do it himself without consulting Congress.

    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.

    Um, no. That is unconstitutional. Saying, “We don’t have a lot of time, and it’s really tooo haaaaaard to do it the constitutional way” is not acceptable, and not an excuse.

    He’ll likely slip crap in there to give away the store and unilaterally disarm us with NO concessions from Russia. By the time he gets around to submitting it all to Congress for approval (if he ever does), the deed will have been done – oops!
    I’m all for diplomacy and peace, but I am not an idiot. You don’t sell out our national security, or that of Europe, for nothing in return. I don’t trust Putin farther than I can spit.

    I am certain the Russians are laughing their asses off and doing vodka shots to the gullibility of this BOOB.

  5. “I’m sure he is going to make that “wrong move” as soon as Martians land at the White House. Maybe, though, as I am urged, since it’s all under control now, I should take a vacation.”

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    Admin,

    There is no doubt in my mind that you are very deserving of a much-needed vacation from this mess, but please don’t listen to these morons. They know not of what they speak.

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    “What Obama and Rahm Emanuel have told us they are going to institute for American citizens – mandatory community service and to transport people by bus or train to work sites”

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    Yes. That was one of the diabolical excuses the Nazis used on the Jews to get them on the trains to hell.

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    Excellent expose, Admin. Thank you.

  6. WE AND EVERYONE ELSE MISS READ THE ECONOMY.

    No for sure not true, as many told you differently, but you believe I AM THE ONE, and YOU thought that any thought or decision coming into your brain was it. WRONG.

    THAT STATEMENT IS MEANT TO SAY, well you cannot expect me to know that if everyone else did not. THE PRESS NEEDED TO REALLY JUMP ON THAT. But of course they will not.

    Sorry for all the yelling. GOOD MORING EVERYONE.

  7. White House gives public-safety unions clout to intimidate

    By: Mark Mix

    Miami mayor Manny Diaz, outgoing president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), has accused the White House of “setting a very dangerous precedent” during the organization’s 2009 annual meeting in Providence, Rhode Island. Vice President Joe Biden, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, and Cabinet members Shaun Donavan, Arne Duncan, and Gary Locke had all been slated to attend.

    Not one showed up.

    Why would Obama and his Cabinet do such a thing to their close political friends? Because International Association of Firefighters (IAFF/AFL-CIO) union President Harold Schaitberger told them to.

    As the national recession and exploding government deficits are forcing mayors across the country to make difficult decisions to keep their cities from going bankrupt, Schaitberger is leading a crusade to intimidate local and state elected officials. Specifically, he and his lieutenants are trying to deter local and state politicians from reforming the outrageous public-safety union pension systems that are driving cities like Providence into insolvency. The Obama White House is apparently eager to go along.

    Not long before the mayors’ meeting, Schaitberger and the bosses of IAFF Local 799 in Providence announced that they would be setting up a picket line outside the conference. The White House then vowed that no one from the Obama administration would defy the union brass by attending. In a June 5 IAFF union press release, Schaitberger was quoted gloating about the Obama administration’s “unqualified support” for “organized labor.”

    Big-city mayors, regardless of party affiliation, have learned an important lesson about Obama’s team: If local officials try to stand up for taxpayers and fiscal sanity by resisting government-union bosses, they can be sure this White House will side with the union bosses.

    Many on Capitol Hill are poised to back pending federal legislation that would hand Harold Schaitberger and other union bullies monopoly-bargaining power over public-safety employees in all 50 states. H.R.413, the federal monopoly-bargaining mandate, would rewrite the public-sector labor laws of the vast majority of the 50 states to make them more favorable to forced unionizing. In states that don’t currently authorize public-safety monopoly bargaining, H.R.413 would impose it, denying localities the option to refuse to grant a single union the power to speak for all front-line employees, including those who don’t want to join. And in most states that already authorize public-safety union monopoly bargaining, this bill would widen its scope.

    When virtually identical legislation was rubber-stamped by the House in 2007, nearly every Democrat and dozens of Republicans, including many who purport to oppose compulsory unionism, voted for it.

    Self-styled forced-unionism foes who have voted for measures like H.R.413 in the past have tried to justify their votes by suggesting that public-safety union bosses, unlike other union bosses, do not abuse their power. But Schaitberger’s White House-abetted intimidation of mayors of budget-strapped cities is the perfect example of an abuse of power.

    Of course, this is only one recent example of public-safety union bosses using their political clout to browbeat elected officials at all levels of government. Schaitberger is no more deserving of compulsory-unionism power than anyone else. If congressmen are serious about the right to work, they should

    washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columns/OpEd-Contributor/White-House-gives-public-safety-unions-clout-to-intimidate-7927903-49981732.html

  8. Since this is a Russian themed thread i thought a repost of yesterday’s Putin moment was apropos.

    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.

  9. I’m a little confused about the Pravda article, am I correct in assuming it was written by an American?
    “Who, what organization, has had the time and the resources, to move throughout our political system, convin……”

  10. ‘Assad won’t get Golan on a platter’

    Jul. 6, 2009
    Greer Fay Cashman

    Syrian President Bashar Assad must understand that he cannot expect to receive the Golan Heights on a silver platter while he continues to maintain contact with Iran and to strengthen Hizbullah, President Shimon Peres told German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier on Monday. “Israel is ready to return to the negotiating table immediately, but without any pre-conditions,” Peres said when asked if he had a message for Steinmeier to relay to Assad.

    Steinmeier, who is the Social Democratic Party candidate for chancellor, is on a brief tour of the region to promote peace. His visit has sparked great media interest in Germany, to the extent that he is accompanied by a 30-member press entourage.
    Landing in Israel at 4:30 a.m. on Monday, Steinmeier met with Peres less than four hours later.

    While there are still many difficulties to overcome in Israel’s efforts to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians, there is good reason for hope, the president told Steinmeier. “Change is residing in different domains,” Peres revealed as he discussed what is happening to the Palestinians in terms of freedom of movement, security and economic development. These changes may help to bridge different gaps, he said, adding that “Europe can play a major role with patience, understanding and fairness on all sides.” But time is of the essence, Peres emphasized. “We have to act dynamically and move ahead. Germany is an important player in Europe and Europe is an important player in the Middle East.” As a candidate for chancellor, he said to Steinmeier, “you have an important role to play.”

    Peres outlined some of the significant changes in the West Bank, which he described as an important breakthrough which Israel and the Palestinians see eye to eye on. The most important change, he said, was that 25 out of 41 checkpoints had been dismantled, allowing for greater freedom of movement, and enabling more progress to be made with Japan’s economic projects in Jericho, France’s in Bethlehem and Germany’s in Jenin.

    In addition, for the first time, cities are being handed over to the Palestinians to make their own security arrangements, Peres told the German foreign minister. The police force in Jericho is being trained by the Europeans, and US General Keith Dayton, with the support of the Quartet, is training security forces that he refers to as his “gendarmerie”, said Peres. Praising Dayton for doing “a good job”, Peres acknowledged that prior to the training of the security forces, there was fear, that if Israeli security personnel left the area, there would be chaos.

    Recalling conversations held with Peres earlier in the year during and after Operation Cast Lead, Steinmeier said: “The war is over, but we have not gained peace. You know better than anyone else that the way to stability can be gained by talking to the Palestinians with the focus on a two-state solution. The pre-condition has to be security for Israel and its citizens, and we have to try to gain the support of the moderate Arab states.” Steinmeier added that in his perception, this was what was behind the initiative of US President Barack Obama when he went to Cairo. Europe and Germany would support this initiative as much as possible, he said.

    Echoing the need to seize the dynamic of the situation, Steinmeier said that he had a clear insight that events in Iran emanating from the presidential elections did not make the situation any easier.

    Peres agreed, and noted that the revolution against the Shah had been with the intent of eradicating corruption. Those who replaced the Shah brought about even more corruption, he said, and what was happening now indicated that “Ahmadinejad has lost Iran,” and that “it will have an effect all over.”

    jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1246443731514&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

  11. Admin; great article! I just turned the TV and there is the fraud, its quiet nauseating in the morning. YUK!

    I had not seen those pics of Obama’s supposes grandma. I did not know about the color of ashes either. Wow, that was so interesting. Its all show! I wonder where grannie is?? My guess she is in Africa. I wonder where his mom really is?? I should who she is??

  12. When Biden says everyone else was wrong about the economy he is dead wrong, and is easily proven wrong by the record. Wall Street precited a longer, deeper decline and the White House simply ignored the weight of opinion, and proffered phoney numbers. A phoney budget as Jack Welch put it.

  13. ADMIN says:

    This weekend Joe Biden admitted Obama “misread” the economy.

    “The truth is, we and everyone else misread the economy,” Biden told me during our exclusive “This Week” interview in Iraq.

    We here at Big Pink did not “misread” the economy. We were right on target regarding the “stimulus” scam and the various Obama spend spend spend slush funds. The Obama slush funds are designed not to help the economy but to distribute electoral largess in 2010 in order to stave off Dimocratic defeat in the midterm elections.

    Don’t include Big Pink in your “we and everyone else” Joe.

    Big Media will continue to protect Barack Obama and his “misread” numbers but economic reality will continue to expose Barack Obama and his Bush-like looting of the American economy.

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    true, and neither did we believe that O was bringing “Change we can believe in”, “Turning the page and going to do have a new way of doing business in Washington” or “Transparency and no lobbyists”

    …just take a look at all the lobbyists (and former politicians)

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/05/AR2009070502770.html

    scheming with the ‘health reform’ and then there are the same insiders and usual suspects at Treasury ‘reforming’ the banking system they collapsed…

    …soon we will hear the O admin “misread” health reform and the seriousness of the banking crisis…or in language us regular folks understand…the continuing theft…

    OH, and one last thing…now the O admin and MSM are trial ballooning “the need for a second stimulus”…huh? they have only spent about one tenth of the $787 BORROWED BILLIONS (that we are paying interest on adding to the debt) for the FIRST stimulus and now they are trying to put the idea for the need for a SECOND STIMULUS into the collective consciousness…

    maybe they should go back to the drawing board and try coming up with plans that actually help people save their homes from foreclosure as the foreclosures continue to rise because no one qualifies for O’s convoluded plan and try to spend a tiny bit of time on JOB CREATION…

  14. wbboei, many of the smarter online economists and market watchers, like Denninger’s Market Ticker, ZeroHedge, Naked Capitalism, etc were screaming their heads off about how bad it was going to be.

    No, Joe, not “everyone else”. Just Obama and you. Sorry, don’t fling the poo around to cover your own stink.

  15. S a friend in San Diego who was trying to save his home had it purchased out from under him by SOMEONE in the bank. Now I can not help but wonder if they used Stimulus Money. My friend has gotten a lawyer.

  16. OK, so who is going to lend us money with such poor results the first time around, China? If they do, this is surely a riskier situation, so what will they want for that?

    Oh, good old Joe will say, neither We or ANYONE ELSE expected our souls to be given for this additional money.

  17. After seeing the Press report on McNair, my sincere sympathies go out to his family. However, I take back my RIP.

  18. Admin,

    Was it written in Russian by an American for the Moscow Times and then translated into English?

    Or was it written in English and then translated into Russian.

    And did it actually appear in the paper?

    (for some reason I HAVE to know this) 🙄

  19. A friend of mine’s son lives in California with his wife and children. They just lost their home. Mortgage kept rising but his job hours kept diminishing and they just couldn’t make ends meet.

  20. Saudi denies would let Israeli jets pass for Iran attack

    Riyadh rejects media reports it has agreed to allow IAF aircraft to use kingdom’s airspace en route to attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities

    Saudi Arabia denied on Monday a report that it has agreed to allow Israeli planes to fly through the kingdom’s airspace to attack Iran’s nuclear sites.

    “Of course this is not true. We don’t have any kind of relationship with the Israelis,” Osama Nugali, spokesman for the Saudi foreign ministry, told AFP.

    Britain’s Sunday Times reported that the head of the Mossad had held secret talks with Saudi officials to discuss the possibility of Israeli jets flying over Saudi Arabia for such an attack. “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 Israel and Saudi Arabia,” the newspaper quoted a diplomatic source as saying.

    Nugali rejected the claim of any talks having taken place, stressing that the two countries have no diplomatic, commercial or other relations. He said occasional reports of a secret relationship are aimed at fraying Arab unity. “Our policy is very transparent and our position is very firm regarding any kind of relation with Israel,” Nugali said. “Fortunately, these continuous allegations are not taken seriously.”

    On Sunday, the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also denied the report, calling it “fundamentally wrong and baseless.”

    ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3742313,00.html

  21. Basil9, it was likely written in English and it appeared in the English version of Pravda. The translation into Russian probably came about when it was published in the Russian Pravda.

  22. The Press just cannot brain wash us enough. There was a headling this morning on an AOL story about Obama confidently heads to Russia. It could have been stated only that Obama heads to Russia, but adding that word makes us think the man has some toughness.

    Confidently, based on what? That HRC had already written up the agreement he was going to sign?

  23. More female veterans are winding up homeless
    VA resources strained; many are single parents

    By Bryan Bender, Globe Staff | July 6, 2009

    WASHINGTON – The number of female service members who have become homeless after leaving the military has jumped dramatically in recent years, according to new government estimates, presenting the Veterans Administration with a challenge as it struggles to accommodate the hundreds of thousands of returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. As more women serve in combat zones, the share of female veterans who end up homeless, while still relatively small at an estimated 6,500, has nearly doubled over the last decade, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    For younger veterans, it is even more pronounced: One out of every 10 homeless vets under the age of 45 is now a woman, the statistics show. And unlike their male counterparts, many have the added burden of being single parents.

    “Some of the first homeless vets that walked into our office were single moms,’’ said Paul Rieckhoff, executive director and founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. “When people think of homeless vets, they don’t think of a Hispanic mother and her kids. The new generation of veterans is made up of far more women.’’

    Overall, female veterans are now between two and four times more likely to end up homeless than their civilian counterparts, according to the VA, most as a result of the same factors that contribute to homelessness among male veterans: mental trauma related to their military service and difficulty transitioning into the civilian economy.

    But while veterans’ services have been successfully reaching out to male veterans through shelters and intervention programs, women are more likely to fall through the cracks. “While the overall numbers [of homeless vets] have been going down, the number of women veterans who are homeless is going up,’’ Peter Dougherty, director of homeless veterans programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs, said in a telephone interview.

    The trend has alarmed top lawmakers and veterans groups, who fear that the federal government – which is already straining to care for new veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, brain injuries, and other physical ailments – is ill-prepared to deal with the special needs of female veterans who find themselves on the street.

    Many of them are like Angela Peacock, a former Army sergeant who was diagnosed with PTSD when she returned from Iraq in 2004 and became addicted to pain-killers.
    Later evicted from her apartment in Texas, she spent more than two years “couch-hopping’’ between friends and family before moving in as a squatter in an empty house in St. Louis. “They could kick me out anytime they want,’’ Peacock said in an interview. “I have been clean for two and a half years and am working on getting my life back, but it doesn’t happen overnight.’’

    According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, a nonpartisan advocacy group in Washington, about 23 percent of the homeless population in the United States are veterans. Nearly half are from the Vietnam era and three-fourths experience some type of alcohol, drug, or mental heath problem.

    Most of the homeless vets, who are estimated by the Veteran’s Administration to number at least 130,000 on any given night nationwide, are men older than 50.

    With a new generation of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan leaving the armed forces, however, the demographics are swiftly changing. And with more women serving on active duty – a full 15 percent of the military is now female – the share of female homeless veterans has grown from about 3 percent a decade ago to 5 percent, according to the VA. Among younger veterans, meanwhile, the share of women is nearly double, making up 9 percent of homeless veterans under the age of 45. “There are twice as many under 45 than above,’’ said Dougherty, who is also the executive director of the Interagency Council on Homelessness, which coordinates the federal government’s efforts to combat homelessness.

    In recent days, senior members of Congress have called for an expansion of some of the VA’s programs to ensure they are properly suited to meeting the needs of the growing female population. “Women veterans and veterans with children often have different needs and require specialized services,’’ Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat of Washington and a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, said in a statement.

    Senator Jack Reed, Democrat of Rhode Island and a former Army officer, also believes more women-focused veterans services are needed. “We need to adapt services for our veterans to reflect this shift and provide more gender-specific resources, such as housing and counseling to prevent female veterans from becoming homeless,’’ Reed said.

    For example, Rieckhoff, who served in Iraq before founding the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans group, said female veterans often face unique homelessness risk factors, including sexual assault while in the military and diminished earning potential in civilian life. But he also believes that the culture of the VA is mostly geared toward meeting the needs of men. “They are having a tough time evolving to meet the demands of women, who are at a higher risk for homelessness to begin with,’’ Rieckhoff said.

    The Obama administration has taken some steps toward combating homelessness among all veterans, including allocating $75 million to public housing authorities in the 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Guam to provide permanent housing and dedicated case managers for an estimated 10,000 veterans.

    “For a woman veteran in particular, this is a way for them to have a place to live and not have to ditch the child while they take care of other needs that they have,’’ said Dougherty.

    But Murray, Reed, and others say far more needs to be done, especially for homeless veterans with children.

    They have sponsored legislation that calls for $50 million in extra funding over the next five years to allow the Veterans Affairs and Labor departments to make special grants to homeless veterans with children, including for transitional housing. The legislation would also allow the Labor Department to fund facilities that provide job training and child care for female veterans.

    boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2009/07/06/more_female_veterans_are_winding_up_homeless/

    —————————————————

    too little…too late.

  24. AOL is AOL Time Warner which owns CNN, Time Magazine and here again, the parent corporation has corrupted the media subsidiary to its own ends and to the detriment of the country. When the economic shit hits the fan I fully expect the public will turn on them. Their business model is failing. What they fail to understand is the public does not give a tinkers damn about whether a treaty is signed junking old nuclear weapons.

  25. What they fail to understand is the public does not give a tinkers damn about whether a treaty is signed junking old nuclear weapons.
    ***********
    True but it is an important issue. It is a major source of contention between Gates and the people who tell Obama what to think and say.

  26. Moscow visit due for Hillary Clinton
    Published: July 6, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    The presidents of the United States and Russia Monday created a bilateral presidential commission to broaden the countries’ cooperation on a number of issues.

    “Too often, the United States and Russia only communicate on a narrow range of issues or let old habits within our bureaucracy stand in the way of our progress,” U.S. President Barack Obama said during a joint news conference in Moscow with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. “And that’s why this commission will include working groups on development and the economy, energy and the environment, nuclear energy and security, arms control and international security, defense, foreign policy and counterterrorism, preventing and handling emergencies, civil society, science and technology, space, health, education and culture.”

    The commission will be coordinated by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Obama said. Clinton will travel to Russia as part of the effort.

    upi.com/Top_News/2009/07/06/Moscow-visit-due-for-Hillary-Clinton/UPI-83131246902671/

  27. Barack Fidel Che Obama, the Bolivarian Revolution’s useful idiot, reverses the Monroe Doctrine

    By Gerald Warner
    July 6th, 2009

    Barack Obama has now made a statement far more significant than any of the stale rhetoric of his Inauguration Address. It is both a major upheaval in US foreign policy and a frightening insight into Obama’s total incapacity for office. If you are American, read it and weep. If you are not an American, but have concerns about freedom, be very afraid.

    In response to the crisis in Honduras and the growing turmoil in Latin America, the President of the United States has now said: “The United States has not always stood as it should with some of these fledgling democracies. But over the last several years I think both Republicans and Democrats in the United States have recognized that we always want to stand with democracy, even if the results don’t always mean that the leaders of those countries are favorable towards the United States.”

    My emphasis, as the convention phrases it. And it deserves emphasis because, in that brief statement, Obama has just reversed the Monroe Doctrine, dating from 1823, and the later Roosevelt Corollary. The principle that European influence would not be permitted in Latin America gradually translated into a recognition that Latin America was a US sphere of influence. Since Marxism is a European influence, surely it is important to exclude that poison, so far as is practicable, from Latin America.

    Yet Obama has aligned himself with the so-called Bolivarian Alliance of Marxist fruitcakes, led by Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua. To both men “democracy” is a useful slogan while they pursue its elimination in their own back yards. Ortega, now the chief backer of ousted president Manual Zelaya of Honduras, is the old Sandinista tyrant who only escaped prosecution for child abuse of his adopted stepdaughter from age 11 due to a statute of limitations and parliamentary immunity. Last year he successfully falsified the municipal elections in Nicaragua by fraud and intimidation.

    Obama should have welcomed the removal of Zelaya from Honduras. Zelaya had recently sided with the Iranian ayatollahs in their suppression of a democratic election: no wonder he demanded readmission to Honduras in the name of God. His illegal attempt to defy the constitution through a plebiscite his supporters were tooled-up to rig was condemned by the Honduran Congress, the Supreme Court, the Attorney General and the chief Electoral Tribunal. Many of his own party had turned against him, alarmed by his attempt to prolong his rule on the Chavez model. His so-called referendum was an attempted coup; the army’s intervention against him, on the orders of all the constitutional organs of state, was a counter-coup.

    But the Obama administration got it hopelessly wrong. Hillary Clinton denounced this reassertion of constitutional law as a crisis that “has evolved into a coup”. In this she was echoing Obama. Zelaya was given every encouragement in Washington, when he should have been told he was “on the wrong side of history”, as Obama expressed it in his Inauguration Address.

    But Obama has a soft spot for socialists, hence his insane cosying-up to the Bolivarian fruitcakes. He has invented a brand new kind of foreign policy: supporting regimes that are violently anti-American. Call it neo-masochism. Obama has reversed the Monroe Doctrine as well as the definition of “democracy”. In supporting the megalomaniac dictators who are trying to drag Latin America into the year 1917, he is mouthing the same claptrap as Miguel D’Escoto Brockman, president of the UN General Assembly and former lieutenant of Ortega in the Sandinista dictatorship, and Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) and Fidel Castro’s champion.

    Washington could have done much to dampen down the Honduran crisis that the Latin American Reds are prolonging. The Honduran government’s successful prevention of Zelaya’s attempted landing yesterday was a hopeful sign of resolution on the part of pro-Western forces, but the new government should by now have been recognised by the United States. The Reds need to be presented with an irreversible fait accompli. But Latin American Marxism has a new best friend: Barack Che Fidel Obama, the Bolivarian Revolution’s latest useful idiot.

    blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/geraldwarner/100002325/barack-fidel-che-obama-the-bolivarian-revolutions-useful-idiot-reverses-the-monroe-doctrine/

  28. It is a major source of contention between Gates and the people who tell Obama what to think and say.
    ————————————–
    Not sure I understand. Are you referring to Gates vs Immelt. The limitation of nuclear energy for humanitarian reasons vs the expansion of it for mercenary ends. Please elucidate.

  29. Admin:

    “But if the speculation can be considered, in some degree of seriousness, the question to be asked first is: Who, what organization, has had the time and the resources, to move throughout our political system, convincing Congressmen, Senators, both Federal and State, 50 Governors, Attorney Generals, Secretaries of State, hundreds of State legislators, thousands of local, county, State and Federal political party hacks, FBI, CIA and various State and Federal agencies, Federal Courts, even the US Supreme Court……..who has that ability to keep all these people silent? Who has the ability to force the entire Republican Party, Nationwide, Statewide and even local politicians into stone cold silence without a peep being uttered against Obama? Would it not make sense for the Republican Party to expose him, or at least pose questions?”

    “It is absolutely preposterous to believe that this has all been planned for 40 years and perpetrated by some outside group of super secret elites. It makes more sense to consider that all the mysteries and lies about Obama have only one single purpose which is to throw us off the trail, divide us in our investigative efforts. The countless lies and unavailable documentation sends us up one blind alley after another, only to find another lie to chase to nowhere. Eliminate the enormous complexities and concentrate on the simplest of clues, the most obvious suspects that our mind does not want us to see, and we may just discover that in reality, the culprits are hiding in plain sight, right under our noses.”

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

    Admin:

    I would be untrue to myself if I didn’t post a response to your claim.

    I have to disagree with the analysis in the above paragraphs. The question itself is relevant but the absolutism extolled in providing the answer to the question, I see as flawed. I welcome a response for further discussion.

    I would like to preface what I’ve written is in no way disrespectful to Admin good efforts of driving the direction of this blog as an informational supportive system for Hillary and the Human Rights and Feminist movement, the hallmarks of her political career. Also Admin has provided us the greatest forum for venting our dissatisfaction with our current administration.

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

    Needless to say, Admin, balancing our thoughts is a way of bringing equilibrium to the way we reason and process information.

    Firstly, you have to admit the country is being steered towards a Global Economy in A New World Order and that we have given up our financial sovereignty to join the European Union through the Lisbon Treaty.

    Slamming the door shut on the facts and discounting what we already know is documented to have occurred then speculating “It is preposterous” or “could never happen” is proposing tunnel vision to our detriment, when we know in reality these facts exist.

    The case was made itself with the comment “who has that ability to keep all these people silent?” A better question is WHY have they themselves kept silent. Most are agreed, although there are supposedly 2 main Political Partys, they are behaving as ONE Party backing the current president bringing the country closer day by day to self-destruction.

    We have made the deduction not by their words but by their actions.

    Why has the SCOTUS kept silent? A better question is why hasn’t the SCOTUS recognized subjecting Obama to a vetting process as is the custom in the past proving beyond all doubt, he is in fact eligible for the presidency under the US Constitution as a documented Natural Born Citizen… shouting it from the rooftops proclaiming his illegibility with an original Birth Certificate rather than sequestering the original BC from prying eyes?

    Can we agree on that?

    You asked what organization is big enough to accomplish this? My answer is this.. Theres isn’t just one group but several groups linked together all with the same goal. A Global Economy- which takes a structure such as a Global Union of Countries joined by one common thread… MONEY- which is the International Monetary Fund. The nickname for this phenomenon is “The New World Order”.

    Here is a brief synopsis on the goals and workings of this dynamic and when they were formed and how their
    goals are soon to be realized.

    ***Is it not True David Rockefeller formed the Tri-Lateral Commission in 1973? as it says in wiki: (36 yrs ago)

    “The Trilateral Commission (TLC) is a private organization, established to foster closer cooperation between the United States, Europe and Japan. It was founded in July 1973, at the initiative of David Rockefeller; who was Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations at that time. The Trilateral Commission is widely seen as a counterpart to the Council on Foreign Relations.”

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trilateral_Commission

    ***Is it not True, the Tri-Lateral Commission and the CFR are linked by similar goals in a Global Alliance? The CFR (wiki) founded in 1921 ( 88 yrs ago)

    “The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an American nonpartisan foreign policy membership organization founded in 1921. Located at 58 East 68th Street (Park Avenue) in New York City, with an office in Washington, D.C. Some international journalists believe it to be ‘the most influential foreign-policy think tank.’ It publishes a bi-monthly journal Foreign Affairs. It has an extensive website, featuring links to its think tank, The David Rockefeller Studies Program, a new geoeconomic center, Emmy award-winning multimedia Crisis Guides Foreign Affairs, and many other projects, publications, history, biographies of notable directors and other board members, corporate members, and press releases.”

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_on_Foreign_Relations

    ***Is it not TRUE, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization that oversees our Global Financial system? The IMF was founded in 1944 (65 yrs ago)

    “The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an international organization that oversees the global financial system by following the macroeconomic policies of its member countries, ( of which we hold a membership ) in particular those with an impact on exchange rates and the balance of payments. It is an organization formed to stabilize international exchange rates and facilitate development. It also offers highly leveraged loans mainly to poorer countries. Its headquarters are located in Washington, D.C., USA.”

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Monetary_Fund

    I have been a Pink supporter since it’s inception. Perhaps a charter member of this great site. I may be reading your tone all wrong but to me you seem upset and dismissing truisms we know to be fact.. Whereas in the past you have given greater latitude for ‘thinking outside the box’ and not wasting your time and energy denouncing the direction the country seems to be going in towards a dictatorship as preposterous..

    Defending this position in no way mitigates the wonderful refuge you have provided for Hillary supporters stating their questions freely and providing a bastion of relief from criticizing in no uncertain terms, the current president. By the same token we cannot do ourselves a disservice by closing our eyes to the actions and direction this fraudulent president is taking us and the methods at his disposal for accomplishing this task.

    Hillary underestimated her opposition. Were they NOT the most covert and silent Democrats on earth that had every potential leak sealed until the designated hour and their open support was made public?

    Haven’t we learned anything from her experience? Better to be overly prepared than blindsided at the 11th hour.

  30. Please elucidate.
    **********
    I have only done very limited research on the topic but Gates and the Bush admin. disagreed about retiring the “cold war” nuclear arsenal and Gates and the Obama disagree about developing less sophisticated but potentially more reliable nuclear weapons; the “Reliable Replacement Warhead Program”.

    “The program we propose is not about new capabilities, suitcase bombs or bunker busters or tactical nukes. It is about safety, security and reliability. It is about the future credibility of our strategic deterrent and it deserves urgent attention. We must take steps to transform from an aging Cold War nuclear weapons complex that is too large and too expensive to a smaller, less costly, but modern enterprise that can meet our nation’s nuclear security needs for the future.”

    CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE /GATES: NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND DETERRENCE IN THE 21ST CENTURY

  31. Mrs. Smith,

    I think Admin was posting excerpts from the Moscow Times article.
    It’s interesting that those issues are being raised in Russia and around the world, IMHO.

    BTW, your explanation of links between CFR, IMF and TLC is outstanding.

    Thanks.

  32. I just read a thought-provoking article about the marginalization of HRC by BO and I’d love to hear your reacions.

    The tiltle is “Amber Alert for Hillary Clinton.”
    What do you think? I read she’s meeting with the deposed Honduran prez. Something’s very wrong about her visibility or lack thereof.

    legalinsurrection dot blogspot dot com

  33. basil9 Says:
    July 6th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Well, thats a relief. I just found the quote I was referring to on pg 5 of the link posted.

    In a way, I am happy with the end result and by laying out the conclusions I’ve drawn from the information provided may be the catalyst that resonates with posters here as the TRUE Leviathan we are up against.

    apologies Admin…. no response needed if we are in agreement.

  34. I understand that Bush/Cheney wanted to maintain the old arsenal and Gates wanted to replace it with a smaller, modern and flexible one. But what about Bambi:

    1. What do the people who control Obama propose on this issue?

    2. Who are they besides Brzevensky? Someone at Brookings?

    3. Who owns them? General Electric, probably not Rand.

  35. basil,

    It’s a biased and deliberately damaging article denigrating Hillary. And it’s from a site that continually uses sarcasm and poorly researched/twisted arguments to get their points across.

    LOL…just my personal opinion based on their history.

  36. ADMIN! Have you seen this??????????????????????????????????????
    Well well well!
    Looky what i found!
    A 1983 artilce written by BO and published in the Columbia Student newspaper about changing the War Menetality. Interestingly, on page 2 he discusses the student protests against registering for the draft as a condition to maintain funding. (or something like that)
    Poorly written, frivolous points but BO all the way.
    graphics8 dot nytimes dot com/packages/images/nytint/docs/obama-s-1983-college-magazine-article/original.pdf

  37. Sorry to post this but I am very curious about your reactions.

    Monday, July 06, 2009

    Obama: Student Radical [Andy McCarthy]

    During the campaign, I wrote a piece called “Why Won’t Obama Talk About Columbia? — The years he won’t discuss may explain the Ayers tie he keeps lying about.” So now, nearly six months into the Obama presidency, the mainstream media has finally done a bit of the candidate background reporting it declined to do during the campaign — other than in Wasilla — and whaddya know? The New York Times unearthed a 1983 article called, “Breaking the War Mentality,” that Columbia student Barack Obama wrote for a campus newspaper. The article shows that Obama dreaded American “militarism” and its “military-industrial interests,” while effusing enthusiasm for the dangerously delusional nuclear-freeze movement.

    Moreover, while indicating a preference for the political wisdom of reggae singer Peter Tosh over Ronald Reagan or Scoop Jackson, Obama bewailed the “narrow focus” of anti-militarism activists, worrying that they were targeting the “symptoms” rather than the real “disease,” namely, America’s underlying economic and political injustice:

    Generally, the narrow focus of the [Nuclear] Freeze movement as well as academic discussions of first versus second strike capabilities, suit the military-industrial interests, as they continue adding to their billion dollar erector sets. When Peter Tosh sings that “everybody’s asking for peace, but nobody’s asking for justice,” one is forced to wonder whether disarmament or arms control issues, severed from economic and political issues, might be another instance of focusing on the symptoms of a problem instead of the disease itself.

    Obama nevertheless did see some advantage in homing in on a small target:

    Mark Bigelow [a graduate student who helped run “Arms Race Alternatives” (ARA), another of the campus organizations lauded in Obama’s article] … points to fruitful work being done by other organizations involved with disarmament. “The Freeze is one part of a whole disarmament movement. The lowest common denominator, so to speak. For instance, April 10-16 is Jobs for Peac [sic] week, with a bunch of things going on around the city. Also, the New York City Council may pass a resolution in April calling for greater social as opposed to military spending. Things like this may dispell the idea that disarmament is a white issue, because how the government spends its revenue affects everyone.”

    Obama, the budding community-organizer, also took time to praise “Students Against Militarism, an obscure campus group more ambitious in scope than ARA:

    Also operating out of Earl Hall Center, Students Against Militarism was formed in response to the passage of [military draft] registration laws in 1980. An entirely student-run organizatoin, SAM casts a wider net than ARA, though for the purposes of effectiveness, they have tried to lock in on one issue at a time.

    “At the heart of our organization is an anti-war focus”, says junior Robert Kahn, one of SAM’s fifteen or so active members. “From there, a lot of issues shoot forth — nukes, racism, the draft, and South Africa. “We have been better organized when taking one issue at a time, but we are always cognizant of other things going on, and collaborate frequently with other campus organizations like CISPES and REEL-POLITIK.” [Quotation break in original.]

    Student Obama summed up with near incoherent Lefty gobbledygook:

    Indeed, the most pervasive malady of the collegiate system specifically, and the American experience generally, is that elaborate patterns of knowledge and theory have been disembodied from individual choices and government policy. What the members of ARA and SAM try to do is infuse what they have learned about the current situation, bring the words of that formidable roster on the face of Butler Library, names like Thoreau, Jefferson, and Whitman, to bear on the twisted logic of which we are today a part. By adding their energy and effort in order to enhance the possibility of a decent world, they may help deprive us of a spectacular experience — that of war. But then, there are some things we shouldn’t have to live through in order to want to avoid the experience.

    Who knew?

    Nice as it is of the media to scratch the surface journalists should have been mining over a year ago, the current disastrous straits for the country are that — as Jen Rubin contends at contentions — the Obama who is off to Russia to cut unratifiable deals with the recrudescent Soviets hasn’t really changed in the ensuing quarter-century.

    07/06 07:12 AMShare

  38. basil,

    Please don’t apologize. I am very interested in bambi’s background as I am sure are a lot of us here.

  39. What do the people who control Obama propose on this issue?
    ***********
    They and the Dems oppose “RRWP”…I don’t think they really have a clue about what to do. One of the points that Gates makes is that if you can’t be certain of how many of the nukes that you have will actually detonate then you need to try and maintain a lot of deteriorating nukes in order to maintain a credible nuclear “stockpile”. The second point is that the people who know how to design nuclear weapons are rapidly retiring and if we are going to design long lasting bombs it better be while some of these people are still around.

  40. basil9 Says:
    July 6th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    I just read a thought-provoking article about the marginalization of HRC by BO and I’d love to hear your reacions.
    The tiltle is “Amber Alert for Hillary Clinton.”

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

    The first tip-off. His44 is not on his bloglist. His bloglist is definitely Right Leaning.. Lastly, for a man of his credentials, pointing to a google search page depicting Hillary in 4th position as his abject defining criteria for marginalization is really pretty dismal and weak bonifides .

    I would ask him: “How Many Cases have you Won? And it should be noted he’s never argued a case before the SCOTUS not even as second chair.

  41. The comments were interesting and most thought Hrc had a back-up plan.

    That’s what I’d like to think.

    So what about the BO student article?

  42. Meanwhile, back in Iran,

    ‘.The top leaders of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard publicly acknowledged they had taken over the nation’s security and warned late Sunday that there was no middle ground in the ongoing dispute over the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a threat against a reformist wave led by Mir-Hossein Mousavi’
    That sets up a he11 of a conflict with the mullahs who ruled the election was illegitimate.

    Now what?

  43. Jan, Basil, I went to the site too. The guy is a Harvard trained dork. Here is my little misset to him with hugs and kisses. I did not specify which article and that will get him talking to himself.
    ————————————————–
    Did Bill-

    Question: what is an associate clinical professor of law? It sounds pretty, how shall I put it . . . superficial.

    But when it comes to superficial, the title you hold (at everyones sufferance) is as nothing compared to the inner glaring defiencies of your petty mind.

    I knew the old Dean of Cornell, have spent some wonderful hours in your library in Ithaca and have negotiated at the Cornell Club in New York City. I have one acquaintance currently on the faculty of the business school. I know half a dozen alumns of your law school. I had the highest regard for the insitution–until I met you.

    When I read your mawkish tripe on the legalinsurrection blog–all of it, I suddenly realized how far the educational standards of Cornell had degenerated. The idea that the dean of the law school would turn someone of your limited capacity loose on young minds is an affront to Socrates and everything he stood for.

    Have a nice life, but keep your stupidity to yourself–please. Have you not read the 2000 page cap and trade bill, and the 400 pages of amendments? Let me give you the Gilberts Notes version. We are trying to reduce hot air and toxic waste. Please do your part for the planet and just shut your mouth.

  44. ROTF, Wbboei!

    now, could you plesase critique BO’s 1983 masterpiece for us?

    Portions are at 4:08.

    The entire article is here:
    graphics8 dot nytimes dot com/packages/images/nytint/docs/obama-s-1983-college-magazine-article/original.pdf

  45. Basil: It would take Freud, Jung and Goebbels to decipher Bambis chicken tracks in the garbage. I lack the time and inclination to sort through his crap, because I know when I finished that I would have even greater misgivings than I do now about the judgment of an electorate that would put such a fool in office.

  46. and here I was going to opine that bambi paid to have all his university papers done for him…lol…but who would even admit to writing that mess?

  47. Hillary did not accompany Bambi to Russia for the signing ceremony. That is a fact. Why she did not do so is a matter of speculation. Supporters are inclined to say it was a signal by her to him, and detractors say it was a signal from him to her, and my reaction is this:

    Try the benign explanation first.

    Hillary has a shattered elbow. Ideally, she would have stayed in a cast above her heart for a period of time. That did not happen because she was determined to press her case with Bambi on a number of issues. But because it did not happen, the followup thereapy is critical and cannot be neglected. That alone is why she did not go.

  48. wbboei and basil…when will the right wingers learn?? they have themselves partially to blame for us ending up with O…hannity and his hillarywatch, limbaugh and the nonstop Hillary attacks, etc…

    …hope they are happy because their ‘plan’ to do away with Hillary backfired and for them O is a nightmare…watch what you wish for…trying to get rid of Hillary has turned out to do more damage than they could have imagined by ending up with O…

  49. wbboei Says:

    July 6th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    ———————

    Exactly! I get so tired of the nauseating media continuing to push her political demise at us. She works so damn hard behind the scenes just so the idiot can scribble his signature and take credit for everything.

  50. She’s doing his dirty work…er bidding again…

    Clinton expected to meet Zelaya, U.S. official says
    July 6, 2009

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to meet ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya in Washington on Tuesday, a U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity said on Monday.

    The official provided no other details.

    Such a meeting would be significant gesture of support for Zelaya, who was pushed out of office by troops and flown into exile in Costa Rica on June 28 in a coup largely triggered by a dispute over presidential term limits.

    Separately, U.S. State Department spokesman Ian Kelly reiterated the U.S. call for Zelaya to be restored to power.

    “Our goal remains the restoration of … the democratic order in Honduras, and we renew our call on all political and social actors in Honduras to find a peaceful solution to this crisis,” he told reporters.

    Asked what restoring the democratic order meant, Kelly replied: “it means the return of the democratically elected president to Tegucigalpa, the return of Mel Zelaya.”

    boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2009/07/06/clinton_expected_to_meet_zelaya_us_official_says/

  51. US ‘deeply’ regrets deaths in China Uighur riots

    WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States said Monday it “deeply” regrets that at least 156 people have been killed in ethnic violence in China’s Xinjiang region, adding it raised the issue with a visiting Chinese diplomat.

    “We deeply regret the loss of life” in the restive region, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said as China’s deputy foreign minister Wu Dawei visited Washington. “We call on all sides for calm and restraint.”

    China said on Monday that at least 156 people were killed when Muslim Uighurs rioted in some of the deadliest ethnic unrest to have hit the country for decades. The violence in the regional capital Urumqi on Sunday involved thousands of people and triggered an enormous security crackdown across Xinjiang, where tension has long simmered amid Uighur claims of repressive Chinese rule.

    Kelly said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “dropped by” a meeting involving Wu, Clinton’s deputy James Steinberg and Kurt Campbell, the assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

    But Kelly did not say which of the three raised the issue of the violence or reveal exactly what was said. He confirmed that the issue had been raised with Wu after saying earlier: “I’m sure that we’ll raise some of these concerns that we have about the violence in Xinjiang the last few days.”

    google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iVU5oHzLmYmqFiUBw9og4EZ4f44Q

  52. confloyd,

    confloyd,

    I just can’t resist posting this. LMAO!

    Meanwhile it is being reported that Mr. Jackson will be buried without his brain — apparently in a move to stand in solidarity with all of the people who will watch the memorial service live on ABC, NBC, CNN, and MSNBC.

    No. It’s for real.
    Michael Jackson will be buried this week– without his brain. As his family tries to finalise details for the King of Pop’s funeral on Tuesday they have been told it will be held back for tests.
    They faced the grim choice of waiting up to three weeks for Jackson’s brain to be returned to them or go ahead and bury him without it – which they have decided to do.
    And from the absird to the ridiculous;
    Family Sees Image Of Michael Jackson In Tree Stump:

    A Stockton family says the image of Michael Jackson appeared on his tree stump the day the King of Pop died.

    Like the “Virgin Grilled Mary” or “Cheesus,” the family thinks they’ve got an unusual spiritual image staring right at them from their own front yard. Felix Garcia has lived in the house for 22 years, and has never noticed the apparent image in his birch tree stump.

    “I was standing by that bush, and I looked up and saw that image here,” Felix said
    Many people in the crowd who gathered to look at the stump Sunday afternoon saw the resemblance, but why would Michael Jackson appear instead of a religious figure — or even any of the other celebrities who recently passed away?

    “Because Michael Jackson was an icon to us,” said one neighbor. “To Stockton, Michael Jackson meant more to us than Jesus, to some people. I think they’re both about even.”

    In an uncomfirmed report, some neighbors believe the tree stump resembles the people who think it looks like Michael Jackson.

  53. God did Obama look like a chump today, he just looked like he wandered up there by mistake ala Bush style.

  54. Hi moononpluto. 😀

    I didn’t see him. Tell us more.

    I DID see the pic on Drudge, though, and Medvedev looks like he wants to whip his hand back and flip BO over his shoulder. He also doesn’t look any too happy that BO’s slapping him on the back.

    BTW, didya see MO in your Aunt Heloise’s blue floral drapes and the yellow sweater?

  55. The more i look at Chumpbama, the more i see someone totally and utterly out of their depth.

  56. S, exactly, if it did not hurt the rest of us, I would be LMAO at what has now happened to the Hillary haters. THey spent millions to sabatage her, now she is their only hope to keep the country together. How ironic! They need to pray everyday that Hillary stays on top of O and his band of henchmen.

    Now they see MJ in the stump of tree, well soon we will be seeing cheetos in the of MJ’s face. LMAO!

  57. OH NO! I wish she would not meet with Zelaya, the right wing nuts will never let her forget that she did.

  58. I am gasping with laughter!

    Levin has come up with the ultimate global warming solution.

    If we get 5 billion people to inhale 20% less oxygen it will balance out the Carbon emissions and also solve the problem of weight loss.
    The government will hand out credits for the extra oxygen you don’t breathe and you can sell it to your oxygen-starved neighbors and if you die your family gets the oxygen credits.
    Semi-seriously -there’s now an article at drudge about taxing the rich for carbon emmissions more than everyone else. Can you say SOYLENT GREEN!!!!!!o

  59. Basil, what are the planning to do with MJ’s brain when they get it back???? Is this terribly weird or what??? I think they are trying to capitalize on his death while everyone is sorrowful, they don’t want to wait for the brain to be sent back. Its disgusting! I realize it is only going to rot, but I want all my parts rotting together for some reason.

  60. BTW, I looked at that pic of Obama and the Russian Prez, what a picture for the body language experts to ponder?? WoW!! Me thinks Medivev don’t like the “ONE”.

  61. Now I’m not laughing.
    Great Britain introduces the green police.
    We’re next.
    From the Times of London.

    The boys in green are coming as the Environment Agency sets up a squad to police companies generating excessive CO2 emissions.

    The agency is creating a unit of about 50 auditors and inspectors, complete with warrant cards and the power to search company premises to enforce the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC), which comes into effect next year.

    Decked out in green jackets, the enforcers will be able to demand access to company property, view power meters, call up electricity and gas bills and examine carbon-trading records for an estimated 6,000 British businesses. Ed Mitchell, head of business performance and regulation at the Environment Agency, said the squad would help to bring emissions under control. “Climate change and CO2 are the world’s biggest issues right now. The Carbon Reduction Commitment is one of the ways in which Britain is responding.”

    The formation of the green police overcomes a psychological hurdle in the battle against climate change. Ministers have long recognised the need to have new categories of taxes and criminal offences for CO2 emissions, but fear a repetition of the fuel tax protests in 2000 when lorry drivers blockaded refineries.

  62. wbboei, Thanks for pointing out the common sense reason Hillary didn’t go to Russia. And, JanH, I agree with you about those marginalization stories. They’re pushed by the right wing, and are no more true than the vast majority of stuff they published when Bill was president. BTW, Condi Rice was on TV all the time, yet she was virtually powerless. Hillary’s a formidable force behind the scenes, of that I have no doubt. Plus, she will be more visible when her elbow heals. She does still plan to go on that big India trip later this month.

  63. confloyd,
    Maybe MJ will suffer a fate similar to Haydn, whose head was removed after burial by phrenologists wantingd to study his skull. Poor Haydn and his head weren’t reunited until 1954.
    Looks like MJ will get his brain back in a couple of weeks.

    Michael Jackson will be buried without his brain in a private ceremony on Tuesday by his family.

    The pop star, 50, died after a suspected cardiac arrest on Tuesday but the circumstances around his death continue to baffle the investigators.

    Michael Jackson’s brain was taken out to conduct neuropathology tests to seek clues to his sudden collapse and demise, the Daily Mirror reported.

    Los Angeles Coroner’s spokesman Craig Harvey confirmed that neuropathology tests will be carried out on the legend’s brain to see if it holds any clues to the exact cause of his death, said the newspaper.

    Sources at the coroner’s office revealed that his brain was removed before his body was released to relatives two days after his death, last Tuesday.

    The examination on Jackson’s brain cannot begin until at least two weeks after the death when the brain will harden sufficiently to slice it open.

  64. BTW, Obama supporter Colin Powell now worried about O’s profligate spending – I guess he didn’t see the obvious signs of O’s policies during the primaries. Here’s what Powell said on CNN:

    “I think one of the cautions that has to be given to the president — and I’ve talked to some of his people about this — is that you can’t have so many things on the table that you can’t absorb it all. And we can’t pay for it all. And I would never have believed that we would have budgets that are running into the multi-trillions of dollars. … We are amassing a huge, huge national debt that, if we don’t pay for in our lifetime, our kids and grandkids and great-grandchildren will have to pay for it.” — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on CNN’s “State of the Union”

  65. I think body language from the picture of the two slugs in Russia shows them both vying for one-upsmanship and both sorely failing at it.

    It’s a case of two wannabe messiahs who are woefully and inadequally educated and experienced for the jobs they have stolen. Both will crash and destroy everything and everyone around them.

  66. When a billion people are allegedly going to watch a memorial for a very disturbed person like MJ, you understand how the cult of personality has taken over our country/world and it’s easy to understand how an empty suit like Obama thrives. We are a nation in rapid decline being forced feed an agenda by MSM which truthfully, is anti-American. We are at the point where moral equivalences are taken as a given when discussing terrorism, the middle east, etc. I honestly believe we who post here are a dying breed and are looked at as extremists by most.

  67. lol…poor Biden…

    US denies giving Israel ‘green light’ to attack Iran
    By Lachlan Carmichael

    WASHINGTON (AFP) — US President Barack Obama’s administration denied Monday that it is giving Israel the green light to attack Iran or that it is reconsidering plans to engage diplomatically with the Islamic Republic.

    Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani, formerly the country’s top nuclear negotiator, warned Tehran would hold Washington responsible for any such strike after Vice President Joe Biden said Washington would not dictate how Israel deals with Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

    But State Department spokesman Ian Kelly poured cold water on suggestions that Biden could be seen as giving the Jewish state a green light to attack Iran, which it views as an existential threat. “I certainly would not want to give a green light to any kind of military action,” Kelly told reporters.

    But he echoed Biden’s point that Washington considered Israel a “sovereign country” with a right to make its own military decisions. “We’re not going to dictate its actions,” Kelly added. “We’re also committed to Israel’s security. And we share Israel’s deep concerns about Iran’s nuclear program.”

    He also refuted any idea that Biden was signaling a move by the Obama administration to drop its policy of diplomatic engagement with Iran. “I wouldn’t read into it any more than what you see,” Kelly said.

    In an interview with ABC television broadcast Sunday, Biden said: “Israel can determine for itself — it’s a sovereign nation — what’s in their interest and what they decide to do relative to Iran and anyone else. “We cannot dictate to another sovereign nation what they can and cannot do when they make a determination, if they make a determination, that they’re existentially threatened,” he added.

    But Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned in a separate interview Sunday of the dangers posed by any military strike against Iran, despite saying military options should not be ruled out.

    Obama has said he wants to see progress on his diplomatic outreach to Iran by year’s end, while not excluding a “range of steps,” including tougher sanctions, if Tehran continued its nuclear drive.

    Hawkish Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not ruled out a possible military strike against Iran.

    Larijani warned that Iran “will consider the Americans responsible in any adventure launched by” Israel, a country he said that nobody can imagine acting “without getting the green light” from Washington. Speaking on a visit to Qatar, Larijani warned that Iran’s response to an attack would be “decisive and painful.”

    Biden’s comments, said Trita Parsi, who heads the National Iranian American Council, were “not helpful to those who are trying to find peaceful change in Iran.” But Parsi said it would be wrong to interpret them as heralding a policy shift, even if the administration’s plans for engagement now face a “rough ride.”

    Suzanne Maloney, a former State Department specialist on Iran, said Biden’s remarks are not new and did not signal a policy shift, even if the Iranians read more into them. “Particularly for this administration, an Israeli strike on Iran would have devastating consequences for all its foreign policy initiatives,” she said, citing its efforts to broker Arab-Israeli peace and stabilize Iraq and Lebanon. But she feared the Obama administration may find the Iranians are not in the right “mindset” to engage in talks if they get “so caught up in this narrative of an externally-sponsored velvet revolution.”

    google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gYrzkd4ZfajynPQjq_LtbubCNS0A

  68. WHITE HOUSE NOTEBOOK: For Russia, Obama or soccer?

    By BEN FELLER

    MOSCOW (AP) — Millions of Russians were expected to tune out President Barack Obama’s news conference Monday with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and instead tune in to a rebroadcast of a June 13 Russian league soccer match on the main state-run sports channel.

    The match, originally seen by a limited audience via satellite, became controversial after allegations of match-fixing. British bookmakers had reported irregular betting before the game between Krylya Sovietov and Terek Grozny, which Terek won 3-2.

    It was unclear whether Russia was trying to quash viewership of the news conference, where Obama and Medvedev announced preliminary agreement to reduce their massive stockpiles of nuclear weapons. Russia owns or strongly influences the country’s main nationwide TV channels.

    The country’s leaders have encouraged apathy toward politics, and also may have been uneasy about giving too much airtime to Obama, who is wildly popular in many parts of Europe.

    On Tuesday, Obama planned to deliver a major speech on U.S.-Russia relations at commencement ceremonies at the New Economic School in Gostinny Dvor, part of the president’s effort to reach out to a Russian public that harbors hard feelings toward America. The speech is scheduled to be broadcast on the same 24-hour state channel that televised Monday’s news conference.

    No word yet on a possible competing broadcast.

    ___

    During the news conference, Obama ducked a question about who really is in charge of Russia. Is it Medvedev, or is it Vladimir Putin, the former president-turned-prime minister who positioned Medvedev to succeed him?

    “My understanding is, is that President Medvedev is the president, Prime Minister Putin is the prime minister, and they allocate power in accordance with Russia’s form of government in the same way that we allocate power in the United States,” Obama said.

    Obama and Putin were scheduled to meet for the first time Tuesday, over breakfast. Obama went on to say that his interest is in dealing directly with his counterpart, Medvedev, but also in reaching out to Putin and “all other influential sectors in Russian society” so he can understand the needs and concerns of the Russian people. is “strong impression,” he said, is that Medvedev and Putin are working well together. “And our interest is dealing with the Russian government as a whole in order to achieve the improved bilateral relationship that I think can be accomplished,” Obama said.

    ___

    Medvedev, who appeared to be wearing the same reddish-hued tie as Obama, warmly welcomed his guest, referring to him as “Mr. President, Dear Barack.”

    In turn, Obama seemed equally deferential, wanting to be seen as taking the countries’ strained relationship in a new direction. “Well, I think President Medvedev said it well,” Obama said in response to a question about the spread of nuclear weapons. Medvedev had already given his answer.

    Later on, when the questioning turned to the situation in Afghanistan, Obama said: “And President Medvedev is right.”
    Obama also said he trusts Medvedev to follow through on the agreements they announced Monday.

    ___

    Security was tight in the blocks surrounding Red Square and the Kremlin. Snipers were positioned in at least one tower of the Kremlin, riot police milled around and crowds were kept out of Red Square until well after Obama had arrived to meet with Medvedev. A popular shopping center steps from the Kremlin was closed entirely.

    Russians seemed to take it all in stride, with some appearing indifferent to or even unaware of the American president’s presence. Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” blared from the speakers of a nearby restaurant.

    ___

    First lady Michelle Obama was the first to exit Air Force One after it landed at Vnukovo Airport, followed by Obama and their two daughters. The president held hands with younger daughter Sasha, 8, and led her down the steps. Mrs. Obama followed, hand-in-hand, with their elder daughter, 11-year-old Malia. The four chatted and smiled as they hurried down the steps.

    Russian officials, including Sergei Kislyak, its ambassador to the United States, and Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov greeted them, though most of the Russians’ attention during the runway chat was devoted to Mrs. Obama. Russian first lady Svetlana Medvedeva later led Mrs. Obama, Malia and Sasha on a tour of the Kremlin while President Obama sat down with Medvedev. They took in the Kremlin’s Winter Garden, the Cathedral of the Assumption, the Armory and the State Diamond Fund, which is home to the 190-carat Orlov diamond and the world’s largest sapphire.

    article/ALeqM5jancrb5HZU5XinfTiG_eJ2Vr9SQAD9995TOG2

  69. Obama’s “Medvedev is right” and “Medvedev said it well” sounds a lot like what he used to say about Hillary. “What Hillary said.” “I agree with Hillary.” He’s a dingbat!

    Also, I wouldn’t take the fact that Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” was blasting at some restaurant as a sign of anything. I grew up in the USSR and I can assure you that that song was very popular in the USSR when it was new.

  70. • confloyd Says:
    July 6th, 2009 at 7:49 pm
    BTW, I looked at that pic of Obama and the Russian Prez, what a picture for the body language experts to ponder?? WoW!! Me thinks Medivev don’t like the “ONE”.
    ——————————————————-
    My comment on that picture:
    As any decent actor knows, this is called upstaging. Dmitry Medvedev is asserting the lead role in this scene. The Chump is the amateur actor who doesn’t know he’s reducing his role to the bit player position.

  71. 🙂 G’night, Con — pleasant dreams of better days to come…I always think it’s darkest before the dawn.

  72. wbboei and basil…when will the right wingers learn??
    —————————————————
    On the same date the left wing nuts learn: the twelfth of Never.

  73. Wbboei, I am trying to post a youtube video of a AP article that shows President Elect Obama’s grandma leaving Kenya to see her grandson sworn in as POTUS. You have to listen very carefully because the reporter clearly says step grandmother from Kenya. Its amazing no one ever noticed this slip.
    Its on youtube entitle Obama’s grandmother comes to washington. Listen closely and you will hear the reporter clearly say “step grandmother”. hmm! Don’t know if it was an honest mistake or a sublimninal message. LOL!!

  74. Well here I go again, WordPress will let me on once and then if I log out will make me reset my password. I can’t seem to access wordpress itself to make it permanent. Very irritating

  75. So, Barack Jr.’s step grandmother would be…his paternal grandfather’s other wife…not Barack Sr’s mother but his step mother??

    Is that correct?

  76. Obama’s Katrina…Fox…found @ Bitterpolitiz
    ***************************

    Make no mistake, the economic crisis and Obama’s failure to create real jobs with his stimulus package means we’re looking at this president’s Katrina.

    James Pinkerton
    Reuters

    The economy is shaping up to be Barack Obama’s Katrina. If President George W. Bush was blamed for his slow response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 — there was plenty of blame to go around, of course, but the disaster was on Bush’s watch–then Obama will get the blame for his slow response to the current recession. The difference, of course, is that Katrina afflicted a city and a few states, while the recession afflicts the whole country.

    Unemployment is 9.5 percent and rising fast, certain to go higher than 10 percent. And what is the federal government doing about it? Not much. And so House Republican Leader John Boehner makes a good point when he asks, “Where are the jobs?”

    On Sunday, Vice President Joe Biden said that the Obama administration had “misread” the economic indicators. So what are they likely to do about it? More of the same–which is to say, not much.

    The problem the Democrats have–and come to think of it, the country has it, too–is that even if you want to build something, you can’t do it. That is, you can’t do it without plowing through years’ worth of lawyers and environmental-impact-statement-writers, nor without enduring endless hearings and lawsuits where every last NIMBY gets a whack at the project. And so even before this terrible recession, America’s capacity actually to build anything–build a highway, build a bullet train, build a power plant — had been crippled.

    So piling on new money does no good, because the old money hasn’t been getting spent. Getting spent, that is, on bricks and mortar and technology, as opposed to lawyers and consultants. In the past, “stimulus” was a way to put blue collars and hardhats back to work. Yet now, the only people being stimulated are white-collar lobbyists and litigators.

    To be sure, Obama’s federal government will spend a lot of money. The feds are asking for $3.5 trillion for fiscal year 2010, and that’s not counting the $787 billion “stimulus” package, as well as trillions in funny-money income transfers to big banks–including such improbable “banks” as General Electric, parent company to NBC, MSNBC, and CNBC–through shadowy organizations, such as the Federal Reserve Bank and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

    But all that money is pushing the wettest of wet noodles–because governments, surrounded as they are by Greens and NIMBYs, can’t do anything.

    On May 27, more than three months after President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law, USA Today reported that a grand total of $2 million of stimulus money had spent in Michigan, the hard-hit state with the nation’s highest unemployment rate. That works out to 21 cents per Michigander. How much stimulus is that?

    And just this morning, The Big Money reports that only $55 billion of the $400 billion in non-tax-break stimulus money has been spent. Jobless Americans might ask: What are you waiting for? Indeed, every American might ask the same question. Because all Americans would benefit from new roads, new train tracks, new windmills–anything at all.

    Democrats are starting to notice that the fiscal contraption of government leaks more fuel than it burns. “We’re disappointed,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on “FOX News Sunday.” We’re looking at ways to get the money out more quickly.

    Well yes, that would be a good idea. And so Democrats might learn from their own past. Confronted with 25 percent unemployment in March 1933, here’s the agenda that Franklin D. Roosevelt set for the country in his first inaugural address:

    “Our greatest primary task is to put people to work . . . treating the task as we would treat the emergency of war, but at the same time, through this employment, accomplishing greatly needed projects to stimulate and reorganize the use of our national resources.”

    But of course, it’s deeds, not words, that matter, and FDR and the New Deal delivered. In his 1990 book, “Our Country: The Shaping of America From Roosevelt to Reagan” Michael Barone offers one of the best overviews of five decades of recent U.S. history. Barone recounted the effectiveness of the New Deal in combatting unemployment. By January 1934, less than a year after Roosevelt took office, the Civil Works Administration employed 4.25 million people, fully eight percent of the national labor force. In fact, over the entire course of the the Depression, unemployment peaked in the month that Roosevelt came into office.

    Was there waste, or fraud, or abuse in all this New Deal spending? Sure. But there was also a huge renaissance in public works around the country, from the Triborough Bridge in New York to the Golden Gate Bridge in California. And New Deal programs such as the Rural Electrification Administration and the Tennessee Valley Authority literally lit up (as well as cooled) life for tens of millions of Americans.

    Conservatives were horrified, of course, but most Americans cheered. Not only was Roosevelt re-elected three times, but the Democrats kept control of both houses of Congress all during the 30s and well into the 40s. And by the way, during the 30s and 40s, America built up the industries that not only won World War II and the Cold War, but also created the consumer abundance that we enjoyed for decades thereafter.

    So something must have gone right for New Deal Democrats.

    By contrast, today’s Democrats are not really interested in building things. They are demonstrably more interested in bailing out banks, and keeping environmentalists happy. Bankers, of course, deal in intangibles; they make money without regard to where physical goods are manufactured–although bankers know that goods are likely to be cheaper in China, so that’s their preference. And the environmentalists, of course, oppose just about everything. Thus we have the “green-green alliance” — green as in the color of money, and green as in Greenpeace. Together, these allies are working to pastoralize the United States. We can create meadows and forests, but not jobs.

    And if that’s the goal, so what if unemployment rises? So what if the real economy contracts? That’s a small price to pay for elite Democrats, who hold those other, non-productive green objectives closer to their hearts.

    Thus the “cap-and-trade” legislation, which passed two weeks ago in the House of Representatives, is a perfect exemplar of the modern Democratic mindset: The green environmentalists are happy, because carbon-based energy production is restricted, and greenback-minded Wall Streeters are happy, too, because traders will make billions trading trillions’ worth of funny-money carbon contracts.

    But there is a catch: People don’t have jobs now, and they won’t get them in the future if Obama spends money that doesn’t stimulate–and then seeks to choke what remains of the productive economy through environmental regulation.

    And that, surely, is that a misreading of what the American people will vote for in 2010 and 2012.

    This is Obama’s Katrina. You heard it here first.

  77. From Ace, humorous, but sadly true
    **********************************

    Sacrifice, Obama Style
    —Slublog
    President-Elect Barack Obama, January 10, 2009:

    “And eventually sacrifice from everyone?” I asked.

    “Everybody’s going to have to give. Everybody’s going to have to have some skin in the game,” Obama said.

    President Barack Obama, June 1, 2009:
    I know you’ve already seen more than your fair share of hard times. We saw 400,000 jobs lost in the auto industry in the year before this restructuring even began. I will not pretend the hard times are over. Difficult days lie ahead. More jobs will be lost. More plants will close. More dealerships will shut their doors, and so will many parts suppliers.

    But I want you to know that what you’re doing is making a sacrifice for the next generation — a sacrifice you may not have chose to make, but a sacrifice you were nevertheless called to make so that your children and all of our children can grow up in an America that still makes things; that still builds cars; that still strives for a better future.

    Politico, today:
    President Barack Obama and his family plan to vacation next month on Martha’s Vineyard, Democratic sources said.

    The trip has long been rumored on the island, where federal agents were reported to be checking out property last spring.

    The plan puts the Obamas in one of America’s most diverse resort areas. The enclave of Oak Bluffs has long been a favorite vacation spot for the nation’s African-American elite.

    I’m sensing a pattern here: your sacrifice makes the Obama’s indulgences possible. Keep up the good work, people. Obama’s expensive tastes are counting on you.

    So…how’s your cake?

  78. SouthernBorn, I forget about the multiple wives or that sort of thing. I just had never heard it said quiet that way. Of coarse, if you listen to Rev. Manning you might not believe Obama is who he says he is. We really have no proof, do we??? What we do know is that we know nothing about our POTUS, that is for sure!

  79. Yes, indeed, Confloyd. Lord knows who Obama really is, his ancestory, or his secret life.

    It just doesn’t make any sense…the media does not hesitate to delve into every corner of Michael Jackson, Sarah Palin, or Bill and Hillary Clinton’s lives and even make stuff up while totally ignoring even the most basic facts we should know about BO.

  80. gonzotx Says:

    July 7th, 2009 at 12:48 am
    From Ace, humorous, but sadly true
    **********************************
    good one…spot on…

    btw…not to be petty, but are we paying for MO, the two daughters and the mother-in-law on this trip to moscow, italy and africa???

  81. I commend to your attention an article in this months Harpers Magazine entitled “Barack Hoover Obama”. The relevant link is posted below. The author presents a sympathetic view of Hoover and Obama, which is unwarranted in the latter case. But he finds fault with both of them because neither was willing to do more than tinker around the edges of the current economic problem, and both had an aversion for political combat which is critical to finding a creative solution. He cites Franklin Roosevelt as a counter example of Hoover and Obama, inasmuch as he was unconstrained by ideology and was willing to buck the power of big business to find a solution to the problem. I agree with him up to that point. Where I differ is in his assessment of the Clintons, whom he sees as cut from the same cloth as Obama, in being too pro big business and unwilling to confront the core problem. He is very wrong in that respect for two reasons. First, the challenge Bill Clinton faced in 1990 was far different from the one that exists today. Therefore you cannot assume that he would have approached the current problem the way he approached the former one. Second, he conflates Hillary with Bill in terms of governing philosophy, and there again he is dead wrong. Hillary is the quintessential Roosevelt figure, more so than Bill ever was. For example, candidate Hillary was always looking for practical solutions to problems, was not afraid to mix it up with the other side, and knew that big business was not on the side of the American People. My sense is that Hillary is to the left of Bill in that respect, and that makes her the right person for 2012. Obama on the other hand is a political deadman walking, as the economic horizon darkens.

    http://www.gilacommunity.net/viewtopic.php?f=5&p=6943

  82. Jbstonesfan had a thoughtful posting above about the publics preoccupation with celebrites, who are famous not for what they have done, but for being famous.

    These people are elevated to fame through techniques reminiscent of the old star system of Sammy Goldwyn, Louie B Mayer, Irving Thalberg, Harry Cohen, David Selznik, Warner Brothers, Howard Hughes etc.

    Big Media is the new dream factory for the chosen few, and the attack machine against their opponents. Typically, they attack, hound and seek to destroy people who come from the middle class and speak for its interest. They shill for candidates who come from their own ranks.

    The unmitigated attacks on Sarah Palin provide a useful point of reference. Their goal is not to rebut her arguments, but to destroy her as a political figure and as a human being. The attacks are ad hominium and the issues are pushed to the sidelines.

    This is the antithesis of democracy. Democracy envisions a deliberative process, which involves the competition of ideas in the marketplace of ideas and the vetting of personlities only to the extent that they are relevant. Instead, we have Greshoms law where the bad money drives out the good.

    Big media was determined to destroy Palin. Every ounce of their being was devoted to that single end. And, even as she resigns, they take splice together excepts of her speech to make it appear she is incoherent, which she most definitely is not.

    My late friend who was in so many ways the forerunner of Palin in terms of looks, personality and political valence. She came from a small mining town in a western state and was willing to tell the Washington establishmet where to stick it. They did everything they could to destroy her. The same people including a much younger Bill Maher. One time she asked me whether to accept an invitation to appear on Sixty Minutes, and I cautioned her against it, citing Nixons comments that they leave the best part of their interview on the cutting room floor, which is true, and hearkens back to Hollywood.

    Sometime if you get to Los Angeles, drive through the areas north and west of Hollywood, places with names like Copa de Oro, Bel Air Drive, Laurel Canyon and you will see for yourself how the other half lives. They put Beverly Hills to shame. These are the Hollywood elite and they live in their own heremetically sealed world. They have no feel for what the common man or woman is going through. And neither do their big media counterparts on other coast who live in places like Chevy Chase, Trump Tower, and the Hamptons.

    They do not understand the realities of life which Sarah Palin is faced with. In their pack dog frenzy to destroy her, because she threatens their privileged life, they have set in motion hundreds of lawsuits against her which have cost her half a million dollars to defend. They and their cohorts have broken her financially, and now while he political star is still viable she must go to work to pay them off. That more than anything else is what is going on here.

    I can foresee a time in the future when Big Media people and their families will be targeted for this sort of abuse. I cannot see it going unanswered indefinitely. It could take the form of peaceful picketing or it could just as easily turn violent. Most of all, I stand by my earlier statement that empires fall when their rhetoric can no longer explain what is happening or answer the problems people face.

    The more I think about it the more I realize the Cuban is right. The successful line of attack is clear. I am working on it and will post it here. It is a target rich environment. But we must not cumulate weak arguments with strong ones.

  83. Wbboei, that Barack Hoover Obama article (from Harpers http://www.harpers.org/archive/2009/07/0082562) conclusively demonstrates how stupid the educated can be and how an elite writer fails to see what is staring him right in the face. This is how Kevin Baker starts the article:

    Three months into his presidency, Barack Obama has proven to be every bit as charismatic and intelligent as his most ardent supporters could have hoped. At home or abroad, he invariably appears to be the only adult in the room, the first American president in at least forty years to convey any gravitas. Even the most liberal of voters are finding it hard to believe they managed to elect this man to be their president.

    In those sentences Baker sees the problem (which he thinks is what is wonderful) then fails with his misdiagnoses. Baker does not see that “charismatic” and “intelligent” is the Obama guise. That is what Obama does. Obama does not “do” government or work – Obama “does” what a flim-flam con-artist does: appear “charismatic and intelligent” in order to fool the rubes and thereby advance and enrich himself.

    It’s like finding a great boyfriend who is always willing to please and has zero faults and is always perfect and always knows exactly what to do and when to do it and everyone you know says they love him and your familiy loves him and his looks are good and he is just perfect and he is studying to be a doctor and he has great grades – except he’s a Craigslist killer and has a horrible gambling addiction and huge debts he keeps hidden.

    Obama flim-flams, charms, and presents a facade – that is what he does – nothing else. No governing other than publicity stunts, no policy thoughts other than the ones he steals in order to sound interested; Obama does nothing but flim-flam charm.

    The end section of the article is quite laughable as Baker continues to lavish praise on Obama and his “powerful” speeches even as he scratches his head as to why “Obama has been unable to make his actions live up to his words“. Baker wonders about “Obama’s lack of direction, his lack of accomplishments in his Hundred Days and counting

  84. http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE5662B520090707?sp=true

    Barack Obama attempted to reach across the divisions of the Cold War to a new generation of Russian students on Tuesday, with his vision of a world made safer by closer ties between the Kremlin and Washington.

    The U.S. president told graduating students from Moscow’s New Economic School that the future of Russia — and relations with the United States — belonged to them. [snip]

    The students of the school sat quietly and applauded only at the end of the 31-minute speech, which was delivered late because Obama’s meeting with Russia’s powerful prime minister, Vladimir Putin, went over time.

    Obama’s speech was not carried live on the main Russian television channels, showing only on a cable news channel not seen by most Russians.

  85. Mother Russia has been cold to Obama. It also appears that the Russians know Obama is desperately in need of a “foreign policy success”. The Russians know Obama is a sucker and a loser they do not need to respect.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/ObamaEconomy/idUSTRE5661NO20090707?feedType=RSS&feedName=ObamaEconomy&virtualBrandChannel=10441

    Russia’s media on Tuesday gave muted coverage to the first day of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit, cautioning that the promised “reset” in U.S.-Russia ties remained far off.[snip]

    But Russia’s popular Moskovsky Komsomolets daily cautioned against rushing into optimistic conclusions.

    “Can the leopard change his spots?” it asked. “America’s main strategic course remains unchanged, irrespective of whoever occupies the president’s chair.”

    Obama now acutely needs a visible and tangible foreign policy success… Warming relations with Russia would well fit in to become such a success.”

    Ekho Moskvy, Moscow’s most influential radio news station, opened its morning news bulletin with a report on the death of dissident author Vasily Aksyonov, relegating Obama’s visit to second spot. It played a soundbite from Medvedev but no quote from the U.S. leader.

    In a tongue-in-cheek article, the business daily Kommersant said Russia’s former President Vladimir Putin, who now wields vast powers as prime minister, was visiting a combine harvester producer in southern Russia when Obama was in Moscow on Monday.

    Barack Obama run over by combine harvesters,” read its ironic front-page article on the visit.

    The Vremya Novostei daily remarked that neither Obama nor Medvedev made any public mention of the Jackson-Vanik amendment which has been an irritant in Russia-U.S. ties since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.[snip]

    While some newspapers decried the hardships suffered by ordinary Muscovites due to triple police cordons and traffic restrictions as Obama’s convoy moved around central Moscow, the Izvestia daily said the U.S. leader had not been given a red-carpet reception on his arrival.

    “If — all of a sudden — Obama had hoped for a red carpet and a crazy crowd of fans chanting something like Hollywood-style, ‘We love you!’, nothing of the kind was awaiting him in Moscow,” it reported.

  86. Admin,

    Have you had a chance to look at BO’s 1983 artilce, The War Mentality?

    I posted the link upthread at 3:57.

    What do you think about it and whether BO’s disarmament, anti-war beliefs from back in his Columbia Days are still in effect today.
    And what do you think about some of the Putin-BO pics? I read that Putin stared at the carpet during the meeting and refused to make eye contact. The pic on Drudge of BP pulling up his sock while his tie is dangling on the floor while Putin glares at the carpet reminds me of a boy dressing up in his dad’s clothes.stares,

  87. Goodmorning everyone! I wanted to let you all know to be careful over on twitter, according to an article I read alot of cyberattacks there. The one they are discribing is exactly what my computer has gone thru. I was not forthcoming with my updates and spyware, so it got me.

  88. confloyd,

    I’ve been wondering about that too. I think this is bambi’s way of having a “thrifty” summer vacation with his family.

  89. confloyd,

    And the CA commencement speech MO gave cost 1 million, ten times what was originally cited.

  90. Marie Cocco: Media need to drop the sexism

    How will the next Sarah Palin or Hillary Clinton be treated? A century of vitriol and condescension is enough.

    By Marie Cocco, Washington Post Writers Group
    Tuesday, July 7, 2009

    WASHINGTON —

    As Donald Rumsfeld might put it, there is only one known known in the tsunami of speculation touched off by Sarah Palin’s announcement that she is stepping down as governor of Alaska: The media will almost certainly have Palin to kick around some more.

    Her forthcoming book is going to be fodder for who-knows-how-much dissection, and her obvious earnings potential on the conservative talking-head circuit means that even should she eschew a future run for public office, she’s very likely to remain in the public eye.

    And it is equally likely that the media will continue to subject Palin to the unapologetic sexism that has been directed at her since the very first hours after John McCain announced that she was his pick to be the Republican vice presidential nominee — and which continued to animate coverage of her, right up through a lengthy political profile in the current issue of Vanity Fair.

    Almost as certain, my colleagues will seek to defend the indefensible as something Palin brought upon herself — by being too ignorant, too unpredictable, too touchy, too hypocritical, too loose with facts, too inept at governing, too flirty, even too obviously fertile.

    Yes, this is one of the assertions made in the Vanity Fair profile. It declares that Palin is “the first indisputably fertile female to dare to dance with the big dogs,” and notes that some McCain campaign aides (unnamed, of course) speculated that Palin’s erratic performance last fall might have been due to postpartum depression she could have been suffering a few months after her son Trig’s birth.

    Not to be outdone, CNN’s Rick Sanchez, anchoring the network’s coverage of Palin’s resignation announcement, asked, “Hey, could she be pregnant again?” A stammering Candy Crowley could only reply: “Well, I, I certainly don’t know the answer to that last thought.”

    At this point, I will provide the requisite disclaimers: I disagree emphatically with Palin’s ideology and with her policy prescriptions on just about every issue. I, too, find her intellectual emptiness to be frightening in a public official, and her demonstrably poor judgment disqualifying.

    None of this excuses the sexist cant that Palin, like Hillary Clinton before her, has been subjected to since she burst onto the national scene.
    Immediately after McCain’s choice of Palin was announced — knowing just about nothing about Palin’s governing track record, having no inkling that she was unprepared for national office and ill-suited to the rigors of a national campaign — mainstream media figures asked aloud if she could possibly run for vice president and be mother to five children, too.

    The sexist hazing became a leitmotif many weeks before Palin disintegrated under Katie Couric’s questioning in those pivotal — and, it must be noted, entirely professional — CBS News interviews. Almost as soon as she’d finished her breakthrough speech at the Republican National Convention, one columnist for the liberal online magazine Salon called Palin a “dominatrix” and a “pinup queen,” referred to her “babaliciousness” — and described her convention address as having been charged with enough sexual energy to give the partisan crowd a “collective woody.” Another Salon columnist described Palin as a “Christian Stepford wife in a ‘sexy librarian’ costume” who was, for the most ideological Republicans, a “hard-core pornographic centerfold spread.”

    Palin early on was called “Stepford Barbie” and “Caribou Barbie” — terms used even by highbrow commentators, who find it acceptable to liken Palin to the impossibly proportioned fashion doll.

    When did such a savage strain of sexism become acceptable public discourse?

    Why does the same combination of bemused condescension and uninhibited vitriol that the media of a century ago showed toward the suffragists persist today?

    Palin most likely will fade away as a meaningful political figure to all but her admirers on the far right. It is more relevant to ask not what she will do next, but how the political media will treat the next Sarah Palin or Hillary Clinton — who, you may recall, was subjected to a Washington Post analysis of a bare hint of cleavage that showed beneath a business suit. It appeared months before the first Democratic primary vote was cast.

    More than 100 years of sexist media treatment of women political leaders is, for me, quite enough. Whether it is for anyone else remains to be seen.

    commercialappeal.com/news/2009/jul/07/marie-cocco-media-need-to-drop-the-sexism/

  91. Jan H, I read somewhere last night that he had to go to Africa to make sure all his secrets about his previous life is secure. LOL!! Who knows, I am just tired of paying for his jet fuel. I can’t remember when a Pres has traveled so much.
    I also wonder if anyone else wonders how weird it is to have a 47 y.o. POTUS with all his relatives dead. Its amazing to me that theres no one except one half sister. They did roll out someone I think in Germany, I sure would have like to have a dna sample of that guy.
    No one is going to convince me he is for real. Rev. Manning seems to think the Hussein part of his name is the smoking gun. He says that Hussein is not a middle name and is never used that way.
    This is the only POTUS in the history of the U.S. we know nothing about and can’t find out anything about. WHY????

  92. Aren’t the Russians aware that it is racist to not worship bambi?

    Anyone know what become of brazilla?

  93. basil 9, Let me get this straight, these commencement speeches are paid for by the taxpayers??? Why did I not know this? This is total BS. How much for the usurpers commencement speeches??
    Who pays for the one the POTUS makes in foreign countries?? OH, now I am pist. I can’t believe we have to pay for this BS. THese colleges have a lot of rich people that have kids, they should pay for this BS, not me. I am just trying to get my oldest daughter with 3 kids in to a 1 years nursing program. OHHHHHH!
    Why did Meanshelle speak anyway, nobody gives a crap what she has to say! I will only pay for Hillary’s speeches since all of her are profound!

  94. Henry, ROTFLMAO!! Brazilla is still on CNN, which I puke everytime I have to look at her. Mostly I turn the station. Last thing she said “Hillary will be there to see when we have our first woman POTUS”.

  95. Alec Baldwin now going to run for office, YUK!!! Just what we need another bleeding heart liberal in office.

  96. confloyd,

    here’s the link.

    news dot yahoo dot com/s/ap/20090706/ap_on_re_us/us_michelle_obama_uc_merced_1

  97. confloyd,

    Not surprised at the “overbloated” stars deciding to run for office. Ever since bambi crashed the oval office, with the exception of Hillary, the qualifications for your leaders have taken a sharp turn towards empyheaded ego-driven idiots. Baldwin will fit right in.

  98. JanH and Basil, if you get a chance go to youtube and listen to Rev. Mannings rails against Obama, there pretty good. He nails him on everything and his last video he says he is get MANY death threats. He tells those who want to kill him to go ahead, he would rather be with God the father than to live under Obama. He believes he is a full fledged Communist.

  99. Pity as the 50 members of the Senate should be representing their respective states and the vital interests of the state and not towing the party line. But as none of them actually read the bills before voting does it really matter about experience or education. The party backs a pseudo-celebrity who already has name recognition and by doing so they get their puppet.

  100. A friend of mine once question the travel voucher of a Commanding General to a Universtiy back east. They were told that the General was picking up an award for himself at his University. He then question why we were paying for it, this general had blanket orders, and so the travel had already happened. The answer was it was an honor for the Army also that he had been selected for the award.

    Bull ShXt.

    So there is a lot of this crap going on, that really needs to stop.

    GOOD MORNING ALL

  101. Wbboei
    Was it you that mentioned that Rules for Radicals was based on the works of an Italian writer? If so can you give the name again?

  102. JanH Says:

    July 7th, 2009 at 8:40 am
    confloyd,

    Not surprised at the “overbloated” stars deciding to run for office. Ever since bambi crashed the oval office, with the exception of Hillary, the qualifications for your leaders have taken a sharp turn towards empyheaded ego-driven idiots. Baldwin will fit right in.
    &&&&&&&&

    Yes, another “celebrity” candidate unencumbered with experience.

  103. O.D. IN OH?

    realclearpolitics.blogs.time.com/2009/07/07/ohio-obama-under-50-approval/

    July 7th, 2009
    Ohio: Obama Under 50% Approval
    ========================

    Posted by Tom Bevan | Email This | Permalink | Email Author
    President Obama’s job approval in Ohio has dropped significantly in the last two months, dipping under the 50% mark for the first time, according to a new poll by Quinnipiac University. In the last Quinnipiac poll in Ohio taken in early May, Obama enjoyed a healthy 62% job approval rating, with only 31% disapproving. Today, Obama’s job approval stands at 49%, with 44% disapproving – a twenty-five point net drop in just eight weeks.

    Not surprsingly, Obama has seen a corresponding drop among voters’ approval of his handling of the economy: two months ago he had a net +21 approval (57/36), today it is -2 (46/48).

  104. GIVING AWAY THE FAMILY HEIRLOOMS

    I mentioned that my hunch was that Obama wanted a photo-op in Russia, and that he’d be willing to play Let’s Make a Deal for that prvilege. Guess you’d have to say, “That’s some pretty fancy guessin’, rgb”.

    nypost.com/seven/07072009/postopinion/opedcolumnists/desperate_deal_177977.htm?page=0

    DESPERATE DEAL
    OBAMA’S MOSCOW GIVEAWAY
    =====================

    by Ralph Peters

    Last updated: 3:32 am
    July 7, 2009
    Posted: 2:53 am
    July 7, 2009

    PRESIDENT Obama went to Moscow desperate for the appearance of a foreign-policy success. He got that illusion — at a substantial cost to America’s security.

    The series of signing ceremonies in a grand Kremlin hall and the litany of agreements, accords and frameworks implied that the United States benefited from all the fuss. We didn’t.

    We got nothing of real importance. But the government of puppet-master Vladimir Putin (nominally just prime minister) got virtually all it wanted. In Moscow, this was Christmas in July.

    Ignore the agenda-padding public-health memorandum and the meaningless “framework document on military cooperation” (we’ve had such agreements before; the Russians always just stiff us). The main course in Moscow was arms control.

    President Obama’s ideological bias against nuclear weapons dates back to his undergraduate years. Yet those weapons kept the peace between the world’s great powers for 64 years. A few remarks about deterrence notwithstanding, Obama just doesn’t get it.

    He agreed to trim our nuclear-warhead arsenal by one-third and — even more dangerously — to cut the systems that deliver the nuclear payloads. In fact, the Russians don’t care much about our warhead numbers (which will be chopped to a figure “between 1,500 and 1,675”). What they really wanted — and got — was a US cave-in regarding limits on our nuclear-capable bombers, submarines and missiles that could leave us with as few as 500 such systems, if the Russians continue to get their way as the final details are negotiated.

    Moscow knows we aren’t going to start a nuclear war with Russia. Putin (forget poor “President” Dmitry Medvedev) wants to gut our conventional capabilities to stage globe-spanning military operations. He wants to cut us down to Russia’s size.

    Our problem is that many nuclear-delivery systems — such as bombers or subs — are “dual-use”: A B-2 bomber can launch nukes, but it’s employed more frequently to deliver conventional ordnance.

    Putin sought to cripple our ability to respond to international crises. Obama, meanwhile, was out for “deliverables” — deals that could be signed in front of the cameras. Each man got what he wanted.

    President Obama even expressed an interest in further nuclear-weapons cuts. Peace in our time, ladies and gentlemen, peace in our time . . .

    We just agreed to the disarmament position of the American Communist Party of the 1950s.

    The Russians also enjoyed our president’s empathy for their position on missile defense. Apparently, Eastern Europe really does belong to the Kremlin’s sphere of influence.

    Not least, Obama fell for the sucker offer of the year: The Russians will generously allow us to fly our troops and weapons through their airspace to Afghanistan.

    This ploy is utterly transparent: Putin intends to lull us into dependency on a trans-Russia supply route — giving him a free hand in Georgia, Ukraine and elsewhere.

    By Putin’s calculus, we’ll complain about further aggression on Russia’s frontiers, but take no action that would jeopardize our new supply line. Meanwhile, we serve as the Kremlin’s proxies, protecting its sphere of influence in Central Asia against Islamist influence from the south and working on the Russians’ Afghan heroin problem.

    What did our president get in return? Russia will import more American meat products (which Russia needs). And we can re-open our Moscow office investigating the cases of POWs and MIAs from yesteryear’s wars. Well, I served in that office 16 years ago. Even during the Yeltsin-era “thaw,” the Russians stonewalled us. And Putin’s no Boris Yeltsin.

    Our president also got some generalizations about North Korea and Iran, but no hard commitments. Russia — which designed many of Iran’s nuclear facilities — wouldn’t even promise to permanently deny Iran the sophisticated air-defense systems that would make it harder to hit Tehran’s nuke sites.

    And you could read something else in President Medvedev’s imperious bearing behind his podium yesterday: Moscow longs for the world to view Russia and the United States as equals again, as joint arbiters of a global condominium, reviving the Kremlin’s Cold-War status (for which Russians feel passionate nostalgia).

    They got that, too. And we got nothing, nothing, nothing. Unless you think trading our military superiority for hamburger sales is a winner.

    There’s been a debate in the Obama administration between veterans who learned the hard way not to trust the Russians and the new, unblooded idealists. Now we know who won.

    Great news for the Russian Federation. Bad news for America. Until an adoring media spins it, of course.

  105. SIMON SAYS…

    The title of his piece might mislead one into thinking it’s a hit piece on Palin, but it is precisely the opposite. Read on:

    politico.com/news/stories/0709/24606.html

    The sins of Sarah Palin
    ================

    By ROGER SIMON
    7/7/09 4:58 AM EDT

    Sarah Palin is a sinner. She has violated several commandments and thoroughly deserves the savage beating that she is now getting from political mandarins and media elites.

    If it were not for one simple fact, I would say she was through in politics. And that fact is that if the Republicans were picking a nominee today, they would pick Sarah Palin.

    No? Don’t believe me? Who would beat her? Tim Pawlenty? Bobby Jindal? Haley Barbour? Mike Huckabee? Mitt Romney?

    All of these men might build credible, attractive, even powerful political operations by 2012. But right now? Today? Today, Sarah Palin would be the winner, because more than anyone else, she has won over the hearts and minds of the Republican rank and file. (And tell me that a Sarah Palin-Newt Gingrich ticket would not set conservative hearts aflutter.)

    She has done this by sinning, however. Let us list just some of the political commandments she has recently violated:

    1. Thou shalt not surprise the media.

    Palin announces she is quitting her job as governor of Alaska, and she catches everybody by surprise. What is up with that?

    Where were the leaks and the trial balloons? Why weren’t the media alerted so they could have predicted it?

    When you do what the media have predicted, you are “savvy.” You are a “skilled” and “adept” politician.

    If you surprise the media, however, you are “out of control” and “bizarre” and even “egotistical.” (Though I have always believed that accusing politicians of being egotistical is like accusing ballerinas of dancing on their toes.)

    How badly do some in the media take to surprise? Here is CNN’s Rick Sanchez on Palin’s announcement that she was leaving office prematurely. “Is there anything going on with her that perhaps may lead her to want to make this decision, and the one thing that’s still left out there is, hey, could she be pregnant again?” Sanchez asked.

    Could be, Rick. Or maybe it was just her time of month, because, hey, that’s why woman politicians make the decisions they do, right?

    But you can see why some in the media were shocked and dismayed. Imagine abandoning your office! Imagine quitting and deserting the voters who elected you!

    Though this is what Bob Dole did in 1996, didn’t he? Dole resigned his Senate seat to run for president. I remember it. I was standing right there when he did it. And I don’t recall anybody accusing him of being a quitter. Or of being pregnant.

    2. Thou shalt not upset the pooh-bahs.

    The Republican Party likes to nominate the next guy in line. John McCain in 2008, George W. Bush in 2000 and Bob Dole in 1996 were all the next guys in line. They had “earned” their place in the party hierarchy. (Or, in the case of George W. Bush, his father had earned it for him.)

    Today, it is hard to see who the next guy in line is, but the party mandarins, the pooh-bahs, are agreed on one thing: Sarah Palin ain’t it.

    She is a dumb hick, a nobody from nowhere. She hunts moose with a chainsaw from the back of a snowmobile or something. Just listen to her resignation speech. It was not slick or polished or written by somebody else. She appeared to deliver it off the top of her head as if she were a real person. What a doofus!

    Doesn’t she know that the highest form of political communication today is to exactly regurgitate a speech written for you by a speechwriter who has crafted, vetted and polled every phrase, line and word?

    But listen to Palin. Listen to how “rambling” and “disjointed” she is. Once upon a time in American politics, this was known as being “plain-spoken,” but that time has gone. An entire industry of political consultants has grown up to make sure politicians are never plain-spoken.

    Sarah Palin does not get this. Which is to say she is not very bright. (Or else she is pregnant, in which case, I apologize.)

    3. Thou shalt pander to the few, not speak to the many.

    John Weaver, a former McCain aide, told Adam Nagourney of The New York Times that Sarah Palin now has little chance of ever becoming the party’s presidential nominee.

    “Somebody has to explain to Republicans how this woman is going to expand her support base,” Weaver said. “Yes, she is the darling of a certain element of our party. But it remains to be seen — in fact, it remains rather doubtful she can grow beyond that.”

    She is the “darling of a certain element” of Republicans? It seems to me that with the party collapsing to its most conservative core, that “certain element” could also be called the majority of the Republican Party.

    But maybe that is not enough. It is only a “certain element” of the party that finds her energizing, fresh, tough and willing to stand up to the mandarins and the media. Clearly, Palin must “grow” beyond that base to win over … whom? The McCain wing of the Republican Party? Find it, and maybe she can win it over.

    Having said all this, I do not think Palin is being crazy like a fox. I don’t think she has planned out what she will do in 2012. I think she has quit her job, is doing what she wants to do and is reserving judgment about her future.

    In doing so, she has made herself an outcast to the mandarins, the pooh-bahs and the elites.

    So how can she go wrong?

    &&&&
    Roger Simon is POLITICO’s chief political columnist.

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