Pantsuit-less Palin Provokes PINO Panic, Part I

Pantsuit-less Palin provokes panic amongst the PINOs. These Progressives In Name Only are busy stirring sexism and misogyny even as they pretend to be feminists and against sexism and misogyny.

One Left-Talking woman defense lawyer with a history of unexamined sexism and most disgusting misogyny has even pulled herself away from her fixation with reality-show television junk in order to slime Governor Palin. We have written about this sad unexamined life before.

The Left-Talking woman defense attorney has previously attacked Hillary supporters as “revenge voters” even as she wimped out from her own plans to “revenge” vote. This virulent sexist and misogynist held a loathsome “lottery” to promote her vile attacks on Governor Palin while her male attorney partner compared Obama to FDR and urged a vote for Obama because Obama was a “media darling” thus warping the primary process into a Big Media selection process.

These PINOs and Dimocrats now attack Tea Parties as “racist” and persist in their ugly sexist attacks and misogyny even as they pretend to be against sexism and misogyny.

The Left-Talking woman defense attorney (along with another defense attorney on that pernicious website) demands presumption of innocence for her criminally charged clients, but she did not provide any presumption of innoncense to non-defendant Governor Palin. No, for accused murderers and accused rapists the Left-Talking defense attorney whines for fairness but like other PINOs this defense attorney slimed Governor Palin.

And slime she did. Update after slimy update poured from this Left-Talking defense attorney the day of Governor Palin’s announcement. From the PINOs and Obama lovers (Andrew Sullivan has been particularly ugly with his smears against the Down’s Syndrome afflicted Trig) attacking Governor Palin there was scant evidence but the accusations by the defense attorney came with little respite.

I don’t believe a word she says. She wouldn’t time the announcement on such a slow news day if she weren’t trying to minimize it. It’s far more likely she’s on a downward spiral than an upwards path.

There were perfectly good, rational, explanations for why Governor Palin did what she did when she did it. We explained almost immediately. But for PINOs innuendo and smear was the call of the wild.

Most of the slime against Palin this time was based on a phony investigation against Palin – the type of phony allegation Governor Palin had to spend money she does not have to defend and consistently win against – concerned a non-existent FBI investigation. Like deranged prosecutors, recall Javert and Starr, these Left-Talking attorneys hurled ugly innuendo and accusation against the Alaska governor.

Eventually the FBI, yes – the FBI, did what a defense attorney would ordinarily do and defended Governor Palin. After smearing Governor Palin, pictures from an addled mind included, the Left-Talking woman defense attorney had to admit that her feverish reality-TV ramblings and ugly speculations were completely and utterly fabricated.

Having smeared Sarah Palin, the Left-Talking defense attorneys pretended they were the heroes and declared “Let’s put the rumors to bed.” But it was the FBI, not the Left-Talking defense attorneys, which acted fairly and demanded a presumption of innocence:

“There is absolutely no truth to those rumors that we’re investigating her or getting ready to indict her,” Special Agent Eric Gonzalez said in a phone interview Saturday. “It’s just not true.” He added that there was “no wiggle room” in his comments for any kind of inquiry.

The clear statement did not stop the Left-Talking defense attorney who, while quoting the FBI, refused to stop the smears:

That’s good enough for me. What’s left? Money or just a bone-headed political stunt that will forever brand her a quitter. Take your pick.

The PINOs and Dimocrats, thwarted by the fairness which came from the FBI, persisted to call Governor Palin “bizarre” because the Governor made it clear that she would sue to protect her good name. From the defense bar which Talks from the Left allegedly came “The ‘Victim’ Threatens To Sue”. There is no decency left in these Left Talking defense bar members – just slime.

The PINOs and Dimocrats came up with another convenient “creative class” excuse to attack Palin. This time a noted Hillary hater from a Left Open sewer employed Hillary Clinton to attack Governor Palin as a hypocrite. The Left Open sewer PINO had finally discovered a youtube video of Sarah Palin allegedly attacking Hillary Clinton.

The thought that Governor Sarah Palin now knows a bit better what Hillary Clinton underwent (Chelsea, like Trig, was attacked too) does not occur to the PINO-creative-class-Dimocrat-Big-Media-should-select-our-presidents-Obama-is-FDR dopes. One comment at the Left Talking site did capture the hypocrisy of it all:

She said that before it happened to her, and she experienced the magnitude of the media unfairness.

Funny, that the leftist like BTD end up looking for all the flimsy excuses to justify the public crucification of Sarah Palin.

The video is actually very instructive, but BTD and the media take the wrong lesson from it. WOMEN who are attacked and complain about it look to be whining. Unless it happens to you. Then you realize the depth of sexism, the nastiness, the deep underlying pure hatred of women who want to do it their own way.

That’s why I have ended up defending Palin all the time. When she talks about fundamental policy points, there are republican POV. But that pales in comparison to me to the disgust and anger that I feel seeing what she is subject to.

Others spoke out citing Bush’s thin record of service (not mentioning Obama’s lack of experience and qualifications for the job) and Big Media class warfare against anyone not part of their warped world. The comments however did not silence the smears from the Left Talking defense attorneys.

Meanwhile Arriana Huffington’s Huff n’ Puff made “retard” jokes and published articles attacking the mentally disabled, like Palin’s son Trig.

The PINOs are in panic.

In Part II, we will ask, and answer, and explain why it is important, the question: “Have you ever seen Sarah Palin in a pantsuit?


115 thoughts on “Pantsuit-less Palin Provokes PINO Panic, Part I

  1. oh look a lessjobs lost just in time for the G8 summit and obamas bad polling, call me cynical but………………

    and yes its is the independents thats a turning on Obama in droves, thats where it always will be and looking at the upsurge in republican generic ballot polling, i’d say they will deliver a kicking next year at midterms. Independents are notoriously fickle, they will not take the crap blind devotees do.

    I’ve always considered myself independent, even more so now after last years shananigans. I will not be bought and hoodwinked into buying crap.

  2. MoonOnPluto, here’s Politico on Independents:

    In a potentially alarming trend for the White House, independent voters are deserting President Barack Obama nationally and especially in key swing states, recent polls suggest.

    Obama’s job approval rating hit a — still healthy — low of 56 percent in the Gallup Poll on Wednesday. And pollsters are debating whether Obama’s expansive and expensive policy proposals or the ground-level realities of a still-faltering economy are driving the falling numbers.

    But a source of the shift appears to be independent voters, who seem to be responding to Republican complaints of excessive spending and government control.

    “This is a huge sea change that is playing itself out in American politics,” said Democratic pollster Doug Schoen. “Independents who had become effectively operational Democrats in 2006 and 2008 are now up for grabs and are trending Republican.

    “They’re saying, ‘Costing too much, no results, see the downside, not sure of the upside,’” he said.

  3. Yes Admin, will probably be 94 and 96 all over again. Democratic (and i use that term loosely) President and then goes on to be checked and balanced in the subsequent midterms.

    Americans like balance and right now i dont think they like what they see as far as control is concerned.

  4. Admin,

    I know just what you are talking about. I have seen many articles and turned off many a bitter diatribe on this very issue. I guess I shouldn’t be shocked anymore given their treatment of Hillary, especially by that left-leaning wannabe you frequently mention up above, but the level of anger and personal attack being rained down on Governor Palin just sickens me.

    Are these people church/synagogue goers? How do they justify being so petty and treating people like that and then pretending they are true Christians or any other religious group? I just don’t get it.

  5. h t t p://

    CIA mislead congress, or so the Dems say. I wonder what will happen if you really piss the CIA off, as I assume they have information on

  6. NMF, why the hell would the Dems in Congress really want to piss off the CIA, its just stupidity beyond belief, these guys operate on their own agenda and will take people down just for the fun of it.

  7. Well Nancy just adores the CIA…NOT…and I’m sure the beating she took from her own stupid lies are the cause of this. Revenge is the name of the game.

  8. JanH, some of the Palin attackers are just parrots who when presented with facts begin to recognize that the hatred against Palin is unjustified.

    There are PINOs who are full of panic because they see the danger Palin represents in 2012 if the economy has not recovered (Mort Kondracke has an article on that today). There are haters like Andrew Sullivan who simply hate women (and not because they themselves are gay but for some very twisted and ugly personal histories that have warped their views of the world).

    The haters have to be confronted especially the hypocrites from Left Talk websites who probably do not even see how hypocrtical and misogynist they actually are.

    On the postive side, Republicans who employed sexism and misogyny to attack Hillary and for their own political ends now might, just might, be able to wake up to the pervasive sexism and misogyny which even many women refuse to recognize and fully understand. A coalition of Democrats (men and women) who are awake to the dangers of sexism and misogyny joined by Republicans who also see the sexism and misogyny can be a powerful force for good.

  9. ADMIN says:

    The PINOs and Dimocrats, thwarted by the fairness which came from the FBI, persisted to call Governor Palin “bizarre” because the Governor made it clear that she would sue to protect her good name. From the defense bar which Talks from the Left allegedly came “The ‘Victim’ Threatens To Sue”. There is no decency left in these Left Talking defense bar members – just slime.


    …and lest we forget the favorite parroted term from the PINOS “erratic” – SP is “erratic” over and over again…

    ……the PINOS have become what we fought against…there is no decency or objectivity left…no core principles…just hypocrisy, a hell of a lot of immaturity from supposed intelligent, educated people…and SLIME…

  10. This same Left Talking blogger goes into paroxyisms of sympathy for Charles Manson’s little murdering side-kick, Susan Atkins. Poor Susan has paid her debt for viciously stabbing the belly of a pregnant woman, is misunderstood, and ought to be released, according to Ms. Left-talking blogger. How dare the state deny her parole, poor thing!

    But Sarah, Sarah is evil incarnate, and ought to be burned at a public stake.

  11. Just got a robocall urging me to call my Senators urging them to pass the Waxman bill using their toll free number. Claimed the Waxman bill would provide free “biological medicines” Huh?

  12. HillaryForTexas, thanks for the Susan Atkins information. The Left Talkers will demand DNA tests for those suspected of the most vicious crimes and every right known to man but they cannot allow that Sarah Palin be accorded some decency. They will not denounce attacks on Palin’s children nor will they denounce “retard” jokes and if they do it will not be with the same vigor mustered to protect those charged with the most heinous crimes.

    After the FBI announced that all the ugly rumors against Palin under investigation for stealing housing materials to be false, the response was ‘so what, let’s keep attacking her because we hate her’. Our great Dimocratic liberals expose their basic indecency and lack of intelligence daily now, just like their DailyKook brothers.

  13. Henry, Joe Klein has another article which praises Obama but then trashes Obama.

    Here is what Klein says about the carbon tax scam:,8599,1909308,00.html

    Obama’s two biggest domestic-policy proposals — health-care reform and alternative energy — will be pulverized and reshaped by the Senate. The end products may be unsightly and counterproductive, if passed. [snip]

    It will take relentless focus to sell health reform and solve the continuing economic crisis. That will not leave much time for climate change, at least not this year — and that is a good thing, because the Waxman-Markey energy bill passed by the House is an excellent candidate for euthanasia. It is a demonstration of all that’s wrong with the legislative process in latter-day America.

  14. OT….but during the primary people were wondering how Obama would vote “present” or dodge controversial votes if the became President. Well we have the answer. It’ ” I can’t do anything about that” or “It’s better if that bad law is changed by the Congress after a public consensus is developed.” The latest “present vote” is Obama’s refusal to reverse the Bush ban on Fed money for “needle exchange” programs. The WH reason for Obama’s moral and political cowardice:

    “White House spokesman Ben LaBolt said the administration isn’t yet ready to lift the ban – but Obama still supports needle exchange.

    We have not removed the ban in our budget proposal because we want to work with Congress and the American public to build support for this change,” he said.”

    IMHO, Obama lack of political courage is the Public Health equivalent of a War Crime.

  15. Well this seems a bit fishy to me. I got a robocall urging me to call my representatives and urge them to support the Waxman Bill. They said it was related to having generic biological drugs available at no cost. I called them back and asked for the name of the bill and well it is the Schumer-Brown bill which Waxman is sponsoring. Does this strike anyone else as dirty pool? If someone does call as per the instructions all they would say is please support the Waxman bill. Seems so wrong especially as it was my parents phone and the call came from AARP.

  16. admin, who is the blogger of TalkLeft? Or are they anonymous, like you?

    I guess we’ll find out your identity(ies) when you collect your Pulitzer Prize. And you can thank “All the little people and friends at Big Pink who contributed to our wonderful collaboration”.

  17. WAnt a laugh?

    Check the top pic at Drudge, now!

    MO’s gonna be PO’d!

    www dot drudgereport dot com/


    Believing his own “Obama Effect” is real, and that no one in the world is immune to his charms and charisma (especially Russians, especially Putin), he continues to believe he can inspire ANYONE to do ANYTHING.

    Wow, the word “neophyte” suddenly comes to mind.

    On the surface, a US president talking up green initiatives to the rest of the world would seem…normal, expected. But Obama’s track record is that of talk talk, but not walking the walk. So his luminous words ring hollow.

    In fact, today, it was announced that negotiations in the Senate on greenhouse emissions was going to be postponed for a couple of months. Let me guess, the Dimocrats are too feeble to move forward unless they can line up 70 votes…

    Obama urges poorer nations to fight global warming

    By BEN FELLER, Associated Press Writer Ben Feller, Associated Press Writer – 18 mins ago
    L’AQUILA, Italy – President Barack Obama said Thursday the global recession makes it harder to strike an international agreement to battle dangerous temperature increases, but he urged the poor emerging economies that rejected specific clean-energy goals to “fight the temptation toward cynicism” and embrace them soon.

    “There is no contradiction between environmentally sustainable growth and robust economic growth,” Obama said at the conclusion of a forum of the world’s 17 major economies, which account for about 80 percent of emissions of heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. “We can either shape our future or we can let events shape it for us.”

    The Group of Eight nations — Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States — agreed at their summit in this central Italian town to a goal of cutting the world’s greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050, and emissions from their countries by 80 percent by then to help get there. But developing nations, invited to join the summit of their wealthier industrialized counterparts to talk climate change, refused to sign on for specific emissions-reductions targets for their own countries.


  19. after the snip, was this delicious little bit, revealing that Obama will sell you a Yugo and tells you it handles like a Caddy. Read and weep:

    The rich and emerging nations also together declared for the first time that average global temperatures should not rise higher than 2 degrees Celsius above those of preindustrial times. But the leaders made no commitments to do anything in the near term, say by 2020, to reach that goal.

    Obama, his goal of a sweeping new agreement between the developed and developing world on climate denied here, nonetheless portrayed the summit as a success.

    “While we don’t expect to solve this problem in one meeting, or one summit, I believe we’ve made some important strides forward,” he said. “It is no small task for 17 leaders to bridge their differences on an issue like climate change.”

  20. Obama is the only man I know who can stand on both sides of the net at the same time, play ping pong with himself, and always declare himelf the winner, even when he loses. The Obama media is the bought and paid for referee, linesman and judge. To say it is a rigged game, and disasterous for the country is merely to state the obvious. The PINOS are parasites with a warped view of the world. The double standards they apply defy common sense. They are more like the ravings of a lunatic.


    What to do when you have both houses, the Senate by a kinda supermajority, and the WhoreHouse, and they still can’t act.

    Wait, here’s where the smart, persuasive, eloquent “Leader of the Free World” realizes it’s time for his leadership…oh, forget it, Bill Clinton is not running the show at 1600 any more, what was I thinking?

    Obama’s drive for climate change bill delayed

    Fri Jul 10, 2009 12:19am IST

    By Richard Cowan

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s push for quick action by Congress on climate change legislation suffered a setback on Thursday when the U.S. Senate committee leading the drive delayed work on the bill until September.

    Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer said her self-imposed deadline of early August for finishing writing a bill to combat global warming has been put off until after Congress returns from a recess that ends in early September.

    “We’ll do it as soon as we get back” from that break, Boxer told reporters. Asked if this delay jeopardizes chances the Senate will pass a bill this year, Boxer said, “Not a bit … we’ll be in (session) until Christmas, so I’m not worried about it.”

    But Boxer did not guarantee Congress will be able to finish a bill and deliver it to Obama by December, when he plans to attend an international summit on climate change in Copenhagen.

    “I want to take this as far as we can take it (before Copenhagen). The more we do the better,” Boxer said.

    On June 26, the House of Representatives narrowly passed its version of a bill to drastically reduce U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases over the next four decades.

    Senate Democratic leaders’ quick timetable for writing a bill has run into two complications: the competing priority of passing healthcare legislation and dissension in Democratic ranks over the climate bill.

    While Obama has made climate change legislation one of his top priorities, he also has made clear that he wants Congress to first push through healthcare reform.

    Many committees in the House and Senate are struggling with the legislation to expand healthcare insurance to the 46 million Americans now without coverage.

    Some of the Senate’s main players on climate change, such as Senator Max Baucus, also are central to the healthcare reform debate in Congress.

    “A lot of our colleagues are on the health committee. It’s been difficult,” Boxer said.

    The second issue is that environmentalists in the Senate are faced with difficulties getting enough support to pass a bill. Even though Democrats control 60 of the 100 seats in the Senate, there are enough moderate Democrats who might not support a climate change bill. So several Republican votes will likely be necessary for passage, according to analysts.

  22. Basil9
    Damn that’s funny.
    Heard a clip yesterday where a woman who called into a radio show intimating that Sarah Palin had something to do with Michael Jackson’s death. I found it hilarious. Unfortunately didn’t save it.

  23. Basil9
    That is funny.
    Wish I could locate a you tube clip I got early today in which a caller

  24. To voyeur Obama: honi soit qui mal y pense (evil be to him or thinks evil). Double the curse on someone who not only thinks evil but does evil.

  25. wait til you read this one…

    Reporters from roughly 30 television networks, newspapers, magazines, and web sites celebrated the Fourth of July with Barack Obama at the White House last weekend. Why didn’t you know that? Because they were sworn to secrecy.

    We reported yesterday that Politico’s Mike Allen was spotted milling about as a guest at the White House’s “backyard bash” by the pool reporter, who was allowed into the event for 40 minutes and kept in a pen before being ushered out. When Allen quoted from the pool report in his Playbook column the next day, he deleted a reference to his own name and didn’t bother to tell his readers that he was actually at the party.

    Well, he wasn’t alone. Gawker has learned that the White House gave tickets to virtually every major news organization that covers the president—the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, ABC News, NBC News, CNN, CBS News, and so on, about 30 in all. The reporters were invited to attend on the following condition:

    “You are being invited to attend this event as a guest. Blogging, Twittering or otherwise reporting on this event is not permitted. If you feel that you cannot agree to abide by these ground rules, please don’t claim a ticket.”

    That’s right: Much of the White House press corps spent the Fourth schmoozing with White House staffers, catching performances by the Foo Fighters and Jimmy Fallon, and watching the fireworks from the most exclusive vantage point in the D.C. metro area, all off the record—not to mention off-the-Facebook and off-the-Twitter. These are the same people who just a week ago were whining in the press briefing about Obama’s malicious and dastardly attempts to “control the press.” (Well, not the self-same people—we’re not sure if Chip Reid and Helen Thomas, the primary antagonists in that exchange, were in attendance.)

    There is a cosmic irony at work here: The party was “closed press.” (Ha!) It was covered, under onerous restrictions, by a pool reporter—the Baltimore Sun’s Paul West. West was ushered in by White House staffers for a mere 40 minutes, so he could record the president’s remarks. He was kept in a pen so that he wouldn’t run amok and interview someone. He shouted questions at Obama as he worked the rope line, which the president ignored. Then he was taken away. West wrote up his blindered account of the party and then e-mailed it to the White House press corps, many of whom were actually at the party, outside of the pen, hanging out with all the other guests. And then, because they had temporarily signed away the right to do their jobs in exchange for facetime with staffers, a few cold Stoudt’s American Pale Ales, and some corn on the cob, their news organizations picked up that pool report and used it to tell their readers what happened at the party. This is how the press covers the White House.

    The party was designated “closed press” because it was originally going to actually be closed to the press. But on Thursday of last week, a batch of last-minute tickets opened up, and White House staffers decided it would be nice to invite the press corps. They distributed them to the news organizations, who then decided who to give them to. (We are reliably told it was mostly White House correspondents who snapped them up.) But instead of just opening up the event to coverage, which would have meant spoiling a nice backyard bash with network cameras, radio correspondents, international press, and the vast machinery of live electronic media, the White House decided that it would be more fair to the news organizations who weren’t invited if they just kept it off the record. That way, the thinking went, no one’s getting special access. As absurd as that sounds when you’re talking about inviting a select group of reporters to a party with the president, it kind of makes sense if you have to deal with a host of news outlets jockeying for access. If it’s all off the record, a small regional paper can’t complain that not being invited seriously hurts their coverage.

    What doesn’t make sense, at all, is why a group of reporters who have recently begun clinging to the notion that they are independent of Washington’s clubby morass of back-scratching self-congratulation would agree to attend an off-the-record party at the White House while one of their own is walled off in a pen like some forlorn scapegoat, doing the job they’re supposed to be doing.

  26. Admin
    Thank you. It’s a bit disturbing how funny I find that especially sharpton’s response.

  27. Admin,


    Someone should do a photo galley of BO’s Butt-gazing.

    And did ya’all see the pic of towering yellow sleeveless MO in the Russia group pic?

    That’s a very Large person.

  28. This one is a roller coaster ride but stick with it and see where it ends up. It spells out his apparent gameplan and his deepest fear.
    Is Obama Hiding Hillary ?

    Is a fractured elbow keeping Hillary out of the limelight, or are there more sinister forces at work?

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    Diplomatic hot spots are popping up everywhere, in spite of President Obama’s “adopt an evil-doer” doctrine. We have real-live crises in Honduras, North Korea and Iran; things are dicey in Afghanistan, China is ever problematic and Mexico is a mess. Not to worry: the administration is on top of things. Joe Biden is trying to make Iraq’s leaders play nice in their sandbox, President Obama is becoming the Russians’ new BFF, Richard Holbrooke has been meeting with G8 foreign ministers in Trieste, and George Mitchell convened recently with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s last gig was…installing Jose Villarreal as the Commissioner for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo? Boy, has she been had.

    Is a fractured elbow keeping Hillary out of the limelight, or are there more sinister forces at work? Could her virtual disappearance have anything to do with sky-high approval ratings — ratings suggesting that Americans might favor Clinton over Obama in future scuffles?

    Barack Obama, who campaigned as new to the whole partisan, “inside the Beltway” world of politics, is a fast learner. His cunning elimination of Hillary Clinton as a political threat will be a case study someday in the Handbook of Power Politics. Tapping her to be part of his administration was of course brilliant; she can’t snipe from the sidelines, and she, moreover, will carry the president’s baggage, at least in the realm of foreign policy. Placing in front of her several showy envoys to cover the big tasks was clever too. But recently, Obama has dug the hole even deeper.

    Not only has Clinton been off center stage, some of her most visible moments of late have spotlighted her carrying out the world’s most thankless assignment — criticizing Israel. First she lectured our allies about treating Palestinians poorly and then she ramped up the pressure about its disputed settlements. Not one to mince words, she translated President Obama’s gentle reproof into a harsh ultimatum, insisting he meant “not some settlements, not outposts, not ‘natural growth’ exceptions” — in short NO settlements.

    Think about delegating a New York State politician to chastise Israel and its leaders. Short of sending toddlers to undermine the siege of Moscow, it’s hard to come up with a more daunting mission. If she continues as the heavy in this new relationship with Israel, Hillary Clinton can kiss goodbye to any future ambitions that rely on her raising money in the Jewish community — or that is, almost any ambitions at all. Overcoming initial hostility due to her memorable smooching with the wife of Yassir Arafat, Clinton worked hard to woo the well-heeled Jewish vote. She succeeded. In the primaries, according to CBS News, she garnered 54% of the Jewish vote, compared to only 43% for Barack Obama. (Of course, it may have been the “Hussein” that threw Jewish voters off.) For President Obama, separating Hillary Clinton from the nipple of Jewish generosity is an insurance policy.

    Why would Obama need to undermine Hillary Clinton? For starters, the public is beginning to warm to our Secretary of State as never before. In May, her polling topped Obama’s. Clinton had a 71% approval rating, compared to 65% for the president. That’s the kind of comparison that could furrow a brow or two.

    Moreover, it is entirely conceivable that our ambitious young president could run into trouble. He has undertaken one gigantic initiative after another, potentially undermining the economic recovery. As investors have assessed soaring budget deficits, they have demanded higher returns on Treasuries. Rising interest rates have eliminated one powerful balm for consumers — mortgage refinancing. Higher taxes are inevitable, and will further pressure any rebound in spending. Unemployment numbers are dreadful, businesses are apprehensive, unions are demanding payback for their support and our trading partners are grumpy about rising protectionism. It’s not a pretty picture.

    Though Obama has tried to make Congress the fallguy should healthcare prove disastrous or cap-and-trade disruptive, Americans are not so dumb. They know where this whirlwind of change is coming from, and they are increasingly uneasy. Should our Afghanistan adventures prove as punishing for our GIs as they have for every other power enticed into that miserable landscape, should GM come back to the people’s feeding trough, should Chavez et al continue to make the president look foolish, Americans may seek relief — and they may spell it HILLARY.

    Liz Peek is a financial columnist.

  29. When you hold a position of authority in an organization, and you deal with outside vendors, they are always looking for opportunities to wine and dine you, to learn everyhing they can about your business and to advance their agenda upon you. If they are persistent enough then they can succeed with many people. The technique is most effective with people who are young, have no values and big egos. They manage to convince themselves these outsiders are their friiends and then make decisions which are not in the interests of the organization. Conflict of interest policies are aimed at addressing that problem, but where there is a will there is always a way. That is exactly the situtation big media is in today. They convince themselves that Obama is their friend, and this allows them to accept what he says as an article of revealed faith, rather than subjecting it to the kind of scrutiny which legitimate journalism demands. In the end, they become traitors to their organization and profession. This secret trip to the White House is but one example of a much larger phenomenon.

  30. I KNOW Hotair is right leaning but d@mn they have some funny threads.

    Check the new caption contest called ‘First ogler.’

    hotair dot com/

  31. The more I witness the juvenile behavior of the media, dims, and bots towards Hillary and Sara, the angrier I get.

    1/ You have the male hyenas in all three cults beating their chests, trying to hide their massive insecurities and pea-sized brains.

    2/ You have the female hyenas in all three cults trying to become members of the “boys” club by aggressively turning on their own.

    3/ You have both hiding their heads in quicksand in order to avoid a few basic but critical truths:

    4/ You have both name-calling both of these remarkable women with adjectives like “whining” when they call all three groups on the carpet for their blatant biases and hateful attacks.

    So why I ask is it whining when Hillary and Sara tell the honest truth about how they have and continue to be treated…but when the baboon complains it isn’t? When the baboon acts like a cry-baby it transfers to both Hillary and Bill being the worst kind of racists, when in fact the reverse is the absolute truth.

  32. wbboei Says:

    July 9th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    “It’s not a pretty picture.”


    More like a nightmare in progress.

  33. Burris Won’t Seek Re-election

    July 9, 2009

    Illinois Democratic Sen. Roland Burris will not seek re-election to a full six-year term next year, according to local Chicago reports.

    Burris’s short-lived Senate tenure was ill-fated from the start after he was appointed by scandal-plagued Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was later impeached and remains under criminal investigation.

    Burris could not shake his ties to Blagojevich, and calls for his resignation quickly escalated after it was revealed that his testimony had changed under oath about whether or not he had offered the governor anything in return for the Senate appointment. (State investigators said last month that there wasn’t enough evidence to pursue perjury charges.)

    The 2010 Senate race—for President Barack Obama’s former seat—could become competitive for Republicans as a pick-up opportunity as the Democratic field has yet to take shape. The party’s top contender, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, announced Wednesday that she would seek re-election to her current office instead. That same day, moderate Republican Rep. Mark Kirk indicated he intends to run for the seat.

  34. Billions in aid go to areas that backed Obama in ’08

    By Brad Heath, USA TODAY

    WASHINGTON — Billions of dollars in federal aid delivered directly to the local level to help revive the economy have gone overwhelmingly to places that supported President Obama in last year’s presidential election.
    That aid — about $17 billion — is the first piece of the administration’s massive stimulus package that can be tracked locally. Much of it has followed a well-worn path to places that regularly collect a bigger share of federal grants and contracts, guided by formulas that have been in place for decades and leave little room for manipulation.

    “There’s no politics at work when it comes to spending for the recovery,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says.

    Counties that supported Obama last year have reaped twice as much money per person from the administration’s $787 billion economic stimulus package as those that voted for his Republican rival, Sen. John McCain, a USA TODAY analysis of government disclosure and accounting records shows. That money includes aid to repair military bases, improve public housing and help students pay for college.

    The reports show the 872 counties that supported Obama received about $69 per person, on average. The 2,234 that supported McCain received about $34.

    Investigators who track the stimulus are skeptical that political considerations could be at work. The imbalance is so pronounced — and the aid so far from complete — that it would be almost inconceivable for it to be the result of political tinkering, says Adam Hughes, the director of federal fiscal policy for the non-profit OMB Watch. “Even if they wanted to, I don’t think the administration has enough people in place yet to actually do that,” he says.
    “Most of what they’re doing at this point is just stamping the checks and sending them out,” Hughes says.

    The stimulus package Obama signed in February includes about $499 billion in new spending, and to date, the Obama administration has allocated about $158 billion to specific projects and programs. Most of that money has gone directly to state governments, which then disperse the money to prevent school layoffs, repair roads and fund social services. That contrasts with the $17 billion that Washington distributes directly to local communities.

    Including the larger chunk of money given to state governments, the aid favors states that voted for Obama, which have received about 20% more per person

    Not all of the money favors places that supported Obama. About a third of the $17 billion, or $5.5 billion, in contracts that the federal government has signed for projects ranging from repaving runways to cleaning up nuclear waste has gone overwhelmingly to counties that supported McCain.

    Jake Wiens, an investigator with the non-profit Project on Government Oversight, says it’s too soon to draw meaningful conclusions about whether the type of aid in the stimulus favors Obama’s constituents. But, he says, “it will be important to pay close attention as the data come in to ensure that political favoritism plays no role.”

    The imbalance didn’t start with the stimulus. From 2005 through 2007, the counties that later voted for Obama collected about 50% more government aid than those that supported McCain, according to spending reports from the U.S. Census Bureau. USA TODAY’s review did not include Alaska, which does not report its election results by county.

  35. Christina Bellantoni
    July 9, 2009

    GOP hits Obama using his own words

    The Republican National Committee is using President Obama’s own words against him — showing the new president in a tough new ad with his feet up on his desk and defending his economic stimulus plan while the ad points out the nation’s rising unemployment rate.

    As Mr. Obama’s poll numbers are dropping in key states over fiscal worries, the new RNC Web ad offers a preview of the anti-White House talking points the nation is likely to keep hearing as Congress considers whether the ailing economy needs a second stimulus program.

    The slick, campaign-style ad uses five times a clip of Mr. Obama telling ABC News this week from Moscow, “There’s nothing that we would have done differently.” The spot highlights some of the recent news reports about wasteful stimulus spending, interspersed with Vice President Joe Biden saying on ABC last weekend that the administration “misread” the economy. It also notes the administration’s stimulus Web site,, will be getting a costly overhaul.

    The ad calls the $787 billion package of spending and tax cuts passed in Mr. Obama’s second month in office a “failed stimulus plan” and blames the president for the government’s $1.8 trillion budget deficit.

    Democrats and the White House have dismissed this notion, arguing the deficit was more than $1 trillion when Mr. Obama took office Jan. 20.

    The RNC ad does not include the full context of Mr. Obama’s remarks about the economy to ABC.

    “We needed a stimulus and we needed a substantial stimulus,” Mr. Obama said during the interview, right after making the “nothing” comment.

    “Some of the money in the short term [was needed] just to help stop the freefall and then some other dollars that were going to be designed to put people to back to work. We’ll have more ripple effects in the economy, that money is in place and I think is going to make a big difference,” he said.

    “Now, the question that some have argued is, OK, what next? Maybe you stop the free fall but you still have close to 10 percent unemployment, and, you know, this is something that we wrestle with constantly. The more that we can do to stimulate the economy in the short term, the challenge we’ve got as everybody knows is that we inherited a big deficit, and it is at a certain point potentially counterproductive if we’re spending more money than we’re having to borrow.”

    Democratic National Committee spokesman Hari Sevugan said the ad’s claims have been proven false by fact-checkers. “It’s rich for Republicans to continue to lie about the effect of the Economic Recovery Act, which rescued us from the Bush-Cheney financial disaster that they helped create, and which is now beginning to rebuild our economy and create jobs,” he said. “If Republicans would have had their way they’d have done ‘nothing’ at all.”

    Still, the GOP ad, which features fast-paced instrumental music, closes with the narrator making the point Republicans are likely to keep pushing: “An economy in trouble, soaring unemployment, soaring deficits, stimulus money misused. Obama’s answer? ‘There’s nothing that we would have done differently.'”

  36. JanH, here’s the ad. It’s good. It’s truthful. Finally a tough ad against Obama – a year too late – but better late than never:

  37. I think the add could be better if they put a snippet of the Fraud laughing about the rigors of the job as he did on 60 minutes where he did look very stoned and very inept.

  38. I knew Obama would use Hillary against Israel to anger the Jewish voter. He knows that the mainstream Jew, who still overwhelmingly supports him, will easily look to Hillary as the scapegoat….Why she is allowing this to happen only she and Bill must now…

  39. July 09, 2009
    Obama Photo Of The Day, Part II (photo @ Ace)
    And the chumming around with murderous dictators continues.

    It was more handshake diplomacy by President Obama as he became the first US president to exchange a face-to-face greeting with Libyan leader Moammar Qadhafi.
    As Chairman of the African Union, Qadhafi was invited to attend the G8 Summit Leaders dinner tonight in L’Aquila, Italy.

    As the chiefs of state and heads of government gathered for a class photo, Qadhafi approached President Obama and they shook hands. It was a polite encounter, conducted according to protocol. Qadhafi smiled, Mr. Obama not so much.

    Back in the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan would sooner have cut off his arm than shake hands with Qadhafi.

    So, you know, that’s awesome.

    No word on if Qadhafi gave Obama a book.

  40. From Ace, which of course takes no prisoner’s and is conservative, but PLEASE, what in the world were you thinking of Ruth?

    Ruth Bader Ginsberg: The Purpose of Roe Was to Reduce the Number of Undesirables
    Not an exact quote, but the precise quote is pretty much the same thing:

    Question: Are you talking about the distances women have to travel because in parts of the country, abortion is essentially unavailable, because there are so few doctors and clinics that do the procedure? And also, the lack of Medicaid for abortions for poor women?
    Ginsburg: Yes, the ruling about that surprised me. [Harris v. McRae – in 1980 the court upheld the Hyde Amendment, which forbids the use of Medicaid for abortions.] Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion. Which some people felt would risk coercing women into having abortions when they didn’t really want them. But when the court decided McRae, the case came out the other way. And then I realized that my perception of it had been altogether wrong.

    She does allow that, based on subsequent rulings, her initial belief that Roe was a eugenics program first and foremost turns out to have been wrong.

    I guess that’s something.

    Her “perception” undermines the entire stated reason that Roe is a constitutional right. The decision itself casts it as a right to reproductive freedom of an individual. And in court cases, if a dispute can be cast as the individual versus the state, the individual will almost always win.

    Ginsberg, however, seems to think that the whole purpose was not to advance the interests of the individual, but to advance the interest of the state in culling undesirables from the population. Thus understood, Roe is not about defending an individual woman’s right to abortion, but about defending the state’s right to encourage and facilitate selective population control of low-desirability “populations.” (Guess whom she might mean.)

    One can argue plausibly that an individual has the right to do what she wants with her body; but it’s a much harder case to make that each woman has the “right” of the state to encourage her to destroy unwanted children for the genetic and social improvement of the state.

    A friend of mine used to darkly joke that he believed in every woman’s right to have an abortion forced on her. Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Supreme Court Justice (and wise Hebraic woman, I suppose) believes that at least at one point my friend’s black joke really was the entire purpose of Roe.

    Misfire: I incorrectly paraphrased her belief. She isn’t talking about the “purpose” or Roe or its justification; she is talking about a “concern” that existed at the time, which may be independent of the purpose of Roe. (Or, might not be.)

    I overstated that a bit, I think.

    Still… her belief that sound public policy goals were being served by paying off the poor to abort babies, and that such policy goals were of constitutional relevance (!), is pretty extreme, even without my overstatement. She may or may not have thought this was a proper factor in deciding Roe, but she definitely believes it should have been a factor in a later case, following Roe.

    She believes that that concern — that we as a nation wouldn’t be able

    to efficiently reduce certain “populations” through abortion down to manageable levels — should have had some bearing on a Supreme Court case. (The case concerned whether Medicaid must be available for abortions. Her answer? Yes, of course it must, we have to keep the poor and black from becoming too numerous.)

    She was “surprised” that it turned out the Court didn’t share her belief that reducing the population of the poor and black was a consideration rising to the level of a constitutional imperative.

  41. More silence by Obama on foreigh policy issues. Has anyone from the WH said anything about the riots and killings of ethnic Uygurs in Xinjiang Province? I suspect that as body count in Xinjiang is similar to the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. Crickets from Obama.

  42. No…China literally gets away with murder all the time…too impt financially to us (see Saudis as well/oil). Israel kills a terrorist, the UN and Amnesty is ready to try them for war crimes and it’s headline news everywhere.

  43. Jews and Israel know that Hillary supports them. Obama’s foreign policy views are his own!

  44. Thanks Admin,

    I hope they keep hammering at him and the dimwitted dims. They need to keep the pressure on.

  45. jbstonesfan,

    The U.N. is corrupt. Amnesty is an embarassment. Israel will stand strong. I’m sure Israel can give plenty of examples where the U.S. has taken the same actions as they did.

    It’s the “throwing stones” theory.

  46. And I suppose the U.N. and Amnesty thinks the following is hunky dory?

    Hamas TV screens cartoon on abducted Israeli soldier Shalit


    GAZA, July 9 (Xinhua) — Sitting and weeping at a dark corner with his hands tied to the wall, was how Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit looked like in a new cartoon movie, which Hamas satellite channel is airing these days.

    “Mum, Mum, where this ordeal has come from?” the sergeant cried in the dusky solitary cell.

    The camera tilted up and down and zoomed in and out at the soldier who was still wearing his military uniform.

    The film continued, featuring a Palestinian boy dressed in green — a reference to Hamas — entering the cell and recognizing Shalit. “Ha Ha Ha! Poor Gilad. You have been here for three years and no one paid attention to you. You will rot here,” the boy said.

    Hamas captured the soldier in a cross-border raid in June 2006 and demanded Israel to free more than 1,000 Arab and Palestinian prisoners in return for him.

    In the ensuing argument between Shalit and the boy, who said his father was being held by Israel, Shalit bargained for his release and begged the Palestinian cartoon character to free him, but the boy refused to be a “traitor.”

    “How can I set you free while my father, brother, neighbors and the people of my homeland are held in your jails,” the boy said.

    Israel has voiced several reservations about a list of 450 names Hamas insisted that the Jewish state release, making the indirect talks to reach a deal harder.

    Later, Shalit himself laughed in irony when the boy suggested that he send a letter to Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu to explain his conditions.

    Shalit, who held a French passport and was awarded an Italian one while in captivity, said he would leave Israel and go to one of the two countries to settle down if he was freed.

    The three minutes and 10 seconds video is the latest controversial play the al-Aqsa satellite channel has been broadcasting. The criticism is that how Hamas used children in these videos.

    Imad Zaqout, programs director at al-Aqsa channel, said the film tried to “revive Shalit’s case which has international impact.”

    “We produced it comically to remind that there are 11,000 Palestinian prisoners that no one looks after, unlike Shalit who is always remembered in international circles,” Zaqout told Xinhua.

    Zaqout said the boy “represents the son of a prisoner and is a key element in the issue because it means that the children are missing their detained fathers.”

    He admitted that the West has often slammed his channel for involving children in such cases, rejecting that “the West is fed up by using children this way but is not fed up by the killing of the children in Gaza Strip,” he said.

  47. # gonzotx Says:
    July 9th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    I think the add could be better if they put a snippet of the Fraud laughing about the rigors of the job as he did on 60 minutes where he did look very stoned and very inept.


    Ah, you noticed it too! I’ve seen him a few times with the droopy eyelids and glazed over eyes.

    Just imagine if someone walked near him with a drug sniffing dog… arf-arf! BUSTED!

    Obama has a weakness for skinny women with a kaboose. Could be his downfall on an off night.

  48. Jan..

    Not to change the subject but don’t miss the movie “Defiance”.

    It’s a riveting docudrama of as a band of Belarusian resistance fighters during the Second World War led by the Bielski brothers. Played by Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber. True Story.

  49. wobbei

    You posted all the companies owned by GE. Could you do that again ?
    Gonzo: that wasn’t me. It was somebody else.

  50. Mrs. Smith Says:

    July 9th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Not to change the subject but don’t miss the movie “Defiance”.

    Saw it. It was unbelievable. Never heard that story. I am sure there are many that will fade if not told as the victims of the Holocaust die out and it seems the World wants to forget.

    Could have sworn it was you wobbei

  51. Off to bed but, wobbei, I would be interested if you and actually anyone on this blog that has any economic sense, if the time allows to watch this segment and tell me what you think. I will be @ work. I know him. Good guy I believe.

    Tyler Vernon will appear on CNBC’s “Power Lunch” at approximately 12:05 Eastern time on Friday, July 10

  52. Mrs. Smith,

    I saw it with my nephew. We were both very impressed. I had read the book before as well as other books on the Jewish Partisans of WWII but this movie really brought it all to life for me.

  53. U.S. interests seem set back by summit

    By Peter Brookes
    Thursday, July 9, 2009 – Added 21h ago

    We know the Obama administration blew the translation of the Russian word “reset” when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met her counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in March, instead using the Russian word for “overcharge.”

    But you have to wonder if they can accurately translate the phrase “not much” into Russian because that’s about what we got during President Barack Obama’s first trip to Moscow.

    We did agree in principle to reduce strategic nuclear arms. But there are already concerns being voiced by experts that such an agreement is premature and even misguided. The administration agreed to new lower ceilings on the numbers of nuclear weapons and delivery systems even before it completed its own review.

    In fact, some are saying Washington made all the concessions since Moscow is actually eager to reduce its nukes as well as retire aging strategic delivery systems.

    More worrisome, there was no movement on tactical nukes. Russia probably has a 10-to-1 advantage in these weapons over the United States. And this smaller weapon is exactly the sort a terrorist organization would love to obtain.

    In addition, Obama was unable to get any traction on NATO membership for Georgia and Ukraine or ease Russian opposition to missile defense in Eastern Europe for defending us against Iran.

    On the positive side, we did get Moscow to agree for a year to allow us to fly troops and supplies over Russia en route to Afghanistan to diversify routes now through hostile areas of Pakistan.

    But it’s no real surprise, considering the threat Moscow feels from extremism and the Afghan poppy. It also gives Moscow leverage since it can also close these air corridors at will.

    But perhaps the most telling part of the summit, the Russians didn’t seem all that taken with Obama.

    Indeed, from multiple accounts, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin spent much of the summit schooling the young American president on Cold War history from a uniquely Soviet perspective.

    Unfortunately, Putin’s Khrushchevesque approach doesn’t bode well for the future. So much for any “reset” in U.S.-Russian relations – even if you translate it correctly – at least for now.

  54. JanH Says:
    July 9th, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Mrs. Smith,


    I heard the book was deeper than the movie was able to portray, because of the intricacies of the relationships forged by the partisans.

  55. Yes it was more indepth, but the movie was very well acted and a great history lesson for my nephew.

    What surprised me was that a movie of that calibre wasn’t shown in the major movie houses here but at an independent one.

  56. More good stuff for wbboei about the press whores: I was going to say that this is un-F’ing believable but it is SOP for our guardians of the First Amendment.

    “Reporters from roughly 30 television networks, newspapers, magazines, and web sites celebrated the Fourth of July with Barack Obama at the White House last weekend. Why didn’t you know that? Because they were sworn to secrecy”

    We reported yesterday that Politico’s Mike Allen was spotted milling about as a guest at the White House’s “backyard bash” by the pool reporter, who was allowed into the event for 40 minutes and kept in a pen before being ushered out. When Allen quoted from the pool report in his Playbook column the next day, he deleted a reference to his own name and didn’t bother to tell his readers that he was actually at the party.

    Well, he wasn’t alone. Gawker has learned that the White House gave tickets to virtually every major news organization that covers the president—the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, ABC News, NBC News, CNN, CBS News, and so on, about 30 in all. The reporters were invited to attend on the following condition:

    “You are being invited to attend this event as a guest. Blogging, Twittering or otherwise reporting on this event is not permitted. If you feel that you cannot agree to abide by these ground rules, please don’t claim a ticket.”


  57. First Lady Requires More Than Twenty Attendants

    No, Michele Obama does not get paid to serve as the First Lady and she doesn’t perform any official duties. But this hasn’t deterred her from hiring an unprecedented number of staffers to cater to her every whim and to satisfy her every request in the midst of the Great Recession. Just think Mary Lincoln was taken to task for purchasing china for the White House during the Civil War. And Mamie Eisenhower had to shell out the salary for her personal secretary.

    How things have changed! If you’re one of the tens of millions of Americans facing certain destitution, earning less than subsistence wages stocking the shelves at Wal-Mart or serving up McDonald cheeseburgers, prepare to scream and then come to realize that the benefit package for these servants of Miz Michele are the same as members of the national security and defense departments and the bill for these assorted lackeys is paid by John Q. Public:

    $172,2000 – Sher, Susan (CHIEF OF STAFF)
    $90,000 – Medina, David S. (DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE FIRST LADY)
    $84,000 – Lelyveld, Catherine M. (DIRECTOR AND PRESS SECRETARY TO THE FIRST LADY)
    $36,000 – Armbruster, Sally M. (STAFF ASSISTANT TO THE SOCIAL SECRETARY)
    Bookey, Natalie (STAFF ASSISTANT)

  58. The total for the above keeping this ignoramus walking up stairs and chewing gum at the same time is $1,256,000.00

  59. The above video is excellent. Simple, hardhitting, dramatic. There are many characteristics that could be ascribed to Obama, from narcissist, to buffoon, to buckpasser, to megalomaniac, to neville chamberlain, to moral coward, to self dealer, to racebaiter and age baiter, to patsy, to betrayer, to hypocrite. But to my mind the most powerful indictment against the man is snakeoil salesman. This video highlights it. Last night I was watching the film noueau classic The Third Man. Harry Lime is a black market figure in post WWII Vienna played by Orsen Welles. Lime was something of a snakeoil salesman in his own right, who stole penicillen, diluted it to double the profit and sold it to hospitals. It killed the patients but Harry did not care. And neither does Barack.

  60. Senate panel confirms Tim Roemer as next US envoy to India

    Press Trust Of India / Washington July 10, 2009, 0:24 IST

    Ahead of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s planned visit to India this month, the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee has confirmed the nomination of Tim J Roemer as the next US envoy to New Delhi. A former US lawmaker from Indiana and a member of the 9/11 Commission, 53-year-old Roemer is currently head of Washington-based think tank Center for National Policy (CNP).

    Roemer had testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday.

    The nomination process now goes to the Senate floor for final approval, which is expected to formally confirm him as early as this week.

    The Senate has accelerated his nomination process so that he could be in New Delhi well before Clinton’s proposed visit to India. While no date of Clinton’s trip to India has been announced yet, officials in the State Department have saidthe idea is to have Roemer present in New Delhi when the Secretary of State visits the country in about 10 days from now.

    Roemer, in his testimony, had said that if confirmed he would work closely with India to promote stability, prosperity and development in the often volatile region of South Asia.

    Ahead of her trip he gets rushed confirmation?
    Romer is appointed Ambassador to India?
    By the powerful (?) Senate Foreign Relations Committee?
    So he can be in New Deli before Hillary gets there?

    What does this mean?

    I spoke to a friend in Indiana who knows Romer by reputation. He is a blue dog democrat, a right to lifer, a smile to your face and stab you in the back, early supporter of Bambi, who was on the short list of vp candidates, and is coming out of private life to accept this position. He is a traitor. The speculation is he is positioning himself to be vp if bamb runs for a second term. The further speculation is he is not a friend to Hillary, and the game here comes out in the tortured language of the above article which was obviously planted by Obama partisans which makes it appear he is rushing in there to carry the flag for Obama and to be the first contract with that government rather that her. And Kerr is the one who is head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the self serving description of that cookoos nest as powerful suggests that he may have been the one who planted it. He still wants that job. Lets watch to see how she handles this. She is a favorite with Indian people and they were strong supporters of her candidacy, so this asshole Roemer (who alsor ran unsuccessfully for head of the DNC) may turn out to be the fish out of water. If so then he should take a long walk off a short pier in the Ganges River until his hat floats. He was also a Congressman from Indiana 1991-2003 and was mixed up somehow in the causcus fraud which occured in that city.

  61. He was from South Bend. Also, I misspelled the name of John Kerry who is of course the nominal titular horsefaced gaff prone head of the POWERFUL Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

    POWERFUL? How about idiotic?

  62. I thought he was an ambassador but the word they use is envoy. Yet another envoy. Unless this asshole has some legitimate function this is a waste of taxpayers money. I think he is useless as tits on a boar.

  63. Roemer, in his testimony, had said that if confirmed he would work closely with India to promote stability, prosperity and development in the often volatile region of South Asia.
    This is not even a credible cover story. Holbrook is covering Pakistan. Does India need a US envoy to “promote stability, prosperity and develpment”? Is India an unsable region of South Asia? And what exactly can this nevish offer other than insights on how to rig voting. He sat on the 9/11 commission. BFD. He has messed around with education, but the Indians know far more on that subject that he does. Plus they speak better English than this displaced Hoosier. He should stick to cow tipping. Untrustworthy at any speed.

  64. I wonder how long this AP story will be available.

    Thu Jul 9, 8:01 PM By Matthew Barakat, The Associated Press

    MCLEAN, Virginia – The federal government’s most secure prison has determined that two books written by President Barack Obama contain material “potentially detrimental to national security” and rejected an inmate’s request to read them.

    ca dot

  65. By Charles Krauthammer
    Thursday, July 9, 2009; 8:53 PM

    Plumage — But at A Price

    The signing ceremony in Moscow was a grand affair. For Barack Obama, foreign policy neophyte and “reset” man, the arms reduction agreement had a Kissingerian air. A fine feather in his cap. And our president likes his plumage.

    Useless because the level of offensive nuclear weaponry, the subject of the U.S.-Russia “Joint Understanding,” is an irrelevance. We could today terminate all such negotiations, invite the Russians to build as many warheads as they want and profitably watch them spend themselves into penury, as did their Soviet predecessors, stockpiling weapons that do nothing more than, as Churchill put it, make the rubble bounce.

    Obama says that his START will be a great boon, setting an example to enable us to better pressure North Korea and Iran to give up their nuclear programs. That a man of Obama’s intelligence can believe such nonsense is beyond comprehension. There is not a shred of evidence that cuts by the great powers — the INF treaty, START I, the Treaty of Moscow (2002) — induced the curtailment of anyone’s programs. Moammar Gaddafi gave up his nukes the week we pulled Saddam Hussein out of his spider hole. No treaty involved. The very notion that Kim Jong Il or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will suddenly abjure nukes because of yet another U.S.-Russian treaty is comical.

    The pursuit of such an offensive weapons treaty could nonetheless be detrimental to us. Why? Because Obama’s hunger for a diplomatic success, such as it is, allowed the Russians to exact a price: linkage between offensive and defensive nuclear weapons.

    This is important for Russia because of the huge American technological advantage in defensive weaponry. We can reliably shoot down an intercontinental ballistic missile. They cannot. And since defensive weaponry will be the decisive strategic factor of the 21st century, Russia has striven mightily for a quarter-century to halt its development. Gorbachev tried to swindle Reagan out of the Strategic Defense Initiative at Reykjavik in 1986. Reagan refused. As did his successors — Bush I, Clinton, Bush II.

    Obama, who seeks to banish nuclear weapons entirely, has little use for such prosaic contrivances. First, the Obama budget actually cuts spending on missile defense, at a time when federal spending is a riot of extravagance and trillion-dollar deficits. Then comes the “pause” (as Russia’s president appreciatively noted) in the planned establishment of a missile shield in Eastern Europe. And now the “Joint Understanding” commits us to a new treaty that includes “a provision on the interrelationship of strategic offensive and strategic defensive arms.” Obama further said that the East European missile shield “will be the subject of extensive negotiations” between the United States and Russia.

    Obama doesn’t even seem to understand the ramifications of this concession. Poland and the Czech Republic thought they were regaining their independence when they joined NATO under the protection of the United States. They now see that the shield negotiated with us and subsequently ratified by all of NATO is in limbo. Russia and America will first have to “come to terms” on the issue, explained President Dmitry Medvedev. This is precisely the kind of compromised sovereignty that Russia wants to impose on its ex-Soviet colonies — and that U.S. presidents of both parties for the past 20 years have resisted.

    Resistance, however, is not part of Obama’s repertoire. Hence his eagerness for arcane negotiations over MIRV’d missiles, the perfect distraction from the major issue between the two countries: Vladimir Putin’s unapologetic and relentless drive to restore Moscow’s hegemony over the sovereign states that used to be Soviet satrapies.

    That — not nukes — is the chief cause of the friction between the United States and Russia. You wouldn’t know it to hear Obama in Moscow pledging to halt the “drift” in U.S.-Russian relations. Drift? The decline in relations came from Putin’s desire to undo what he considers “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe” of the 20th century — the collapse of the Soviet empire. Hence his squeezing Ukraine’s energy supplies. His overt threats against Poland and the Czech Republic for daring to make sovereign agreements with the United States. And finally, less than a year ago, his invading a small neighbor, detaching and then effectively annexing two of Georgia’s provinces to Mother Russia.

    That’s the cause of the collapse of our relations. Not drift, but aggression. Or, as the reset master phrased it with such delicacy in his Kremlin news conference: “our disagreements on Georgia’s borders.”

  66. “The federal government’s most secure prison has determined that two books written by President Barack Obama contain material “potentially detrimental to national security”

    Oh my! I wonder what the basis for their arguments are…lol… Maybe these yawning meme tributes should be pulled from all book stores and libraries as well.

  67. The White House’s vaunted political operation has struggled in the early months of the 2010 cycle to convince coveted candidates to make runs for the Senate and to clear out contested primaries for vulnerable incumbents.

    The decision on Wednesday by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan not to run for the Senate came after a strong recruitment push by the White House that included a sitdown last month with President Obama, chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. Emanuel was even quoted as saying that Madigan was the “800-pound gorilla” in the race and the “most popular figure in the state of Illinois.”

    Madigan’s no-go comes roughly two months after North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper resisted a personal plea from the president to make a race against Sen. Richard Burr in 2010. Since Cooper’s decision, Democrats have struggled to find a credible candidate against Burr.

    The White House also has been unable to clear Senate primaries for their preferred candidates in two instances: New York and Pennsylvania.

    In New York, the White House looked to have scored a victory when Rep. Steve Israel announced he would not take on appointed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in next year’s primary after receiving a call from Obama asking him to stay out.

    But, Rep. Carolyn Maloney stepped into void created by Israel’s departure and has already brought on Democratic consultants to guide her run for the Senate.

    And, in Pennsylvania, the White House’s endorsement of party-switching Sen. Arlen Specter has done little to dissuade Rep. Joe Sestak from a near certain primary challenge.

    “From the outside, it just looks half-hearted,” said one senior Democratic strategist of the White House recruiting efforts to date. Another party elder, granted anonymity to speak freely, said that the White House was “doing fine” on the political side of the ledger but added: “Clearly it’s not their first priority like it was with George Bush.”

    In the Obama White House’s defense, recruiting is a fickle mistress as it depends heavily on factors outside of any administration’s control: the candidate’s own vision for his or her political future, family considerations and the political climate.

    Madigan, for example, clearly prefers being governor to serving in the Senate and likely only considered the Senate contest due to urgings from the White House and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

    Still, the White House receives plaudits when a candidate decides to run at the urging of senior administration officials so they have to weather the consequences when candidates say no as well.

    The 2010 cycle is still in its early stages. And, there remains a possibility that neither Maloney nor Sestak will ultimately pull the trigger on their respective races. If that happens, the political power of the White House could look drastically different.

    For the moment, however, the team that beat Hillary Clinton in a primary and then overwhelmingly elected the nation’s first black president last year hasn’t been able to recreate that magic in downballot contests. Whether that’s the result of disinterest, bad luck or intangibles remains to be seen.

  68. Time to replace your “W” sticker

    It is time to get rid of those “W” bumper stickers you’ve seen for the past 8 years. That administration is done.

    The election is over. Get past it. Get used to the idea of a new president and the new administration!!

    Here’s the bumper sticker you’ll need for at least 4 years.

    One of those big oval black signs with a Big White O in the middle, and under it in small letters SHXT.

    Good Morning All

  69. wwoebi,

    With all due respect to you, I am still not connecting the same dots as you are where newly appointed ambassadors and envoys are concerned. To my humble way of thinking, Hillary is a cutting edge SOS who realized early on that she couldn’t be everywhere at once or put out all the fires from beginning stages to end. I still believe that she nominated most if not all of the people she wanted for these positions, barring a few that don’t make sense to me but I’m sure make a whole lot of sense where idiot strings and bambi are concerned.

    I see these ambassadors as serving a two-fold purpose. They are her eyes and ears in the zillions of world hotspots bubbling up at the moment. They report back to her (and yes possibly bambi as well) and she gives them direction to proceed (albeit staying a team player where necessary).

    I have never seen Hillary as one who was so needy to be recognized for all of her contributions and accomplishments. I have always seen her as the architect behind the scenes who quietly but firmly gets the job done, in spite of the obstacles i.e. bambi’s stupidity, and goes on to the next job.

    There have been so many media droolings about her being backburnered and her worth being diminished lately. I don’t believe it. Her injury changed a few dynamics but this is all. I just can’t see her remaining in his cabinet if that were the case.

  70. JanH Says:
    July 9th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    The Republican National Committee is using President Obama’s own words against him — showing the new president in a tough new ad with his feet up on his desk and defending his economic stimulus plan while the ad points out the nation’s rising unemployment rate.

    Everything that’s wrong with this guy, and we here already have an impressively long list (small encyclopedia), will be used against Dims in the upcoming 2010 races.

    “Senator/Congressman Soandso supported the ‘Obama Plan’, which smothered any recovery, furthered job losses… we can’t afford six/two more years of bad government”.

    And while the demographics for the electorate would seem to favor Dems (growing Hispanic population), the migration is already underway out of the Dem tent:
    a) some lefties moving further left as they realize Obama was not really one of them, but just took their lunch money
    b) more centrists becoming independents.

  71. I’m disappointed in Krugman’s latest piece. He may or may not be right about more stimulus needed, but he seems willfully blind to the fact that a big problem with Stim 1.0 was not the amount, but HOW it is being spent or not spent.

    Simply calling something a “stimulus” does not make it stimulating. If I give someone 50 bucks to go buy some groceries for me, and they instead are spending it on cigarettes and beer, the immediate problem is NOT that I didn’t give them enough money.

    Of course, there may be a valid argument as to whether $50 is truly enough to buy groceries. But that point is a bit moot until I can get the fuckers to stop buying cigarettes and beer.

    I am disappointed that Krugman is utterly failing to address this.

  72. Larry has a post about Warren Buffet who uses his mystical powers to divine what is wrong, to say wall street owes the american people and to express his supreme confidence in America. The footnotes are he does not like how the stimulus moneys were spent even though his hero bambi is stuck in the groove that if we had it all to do over we’d do it all over again, and he has no idea when a recovery will happen. In other words he is not predicting the robust recovery next year which was the Obamalie until recently. Far be it from me to question the wisdom of a god, but there is some reason to call the game on him when he starts shilling for a second stimulus plan, and then a third, and then a tenth, with big media being the eventual beficiary of the net worth of the American People which is the net present value of the 30 pieces of silver which was the cost of a prior betrayal. In any event, here is my response:

    Comment by wbboei | 2009-07-10 10:50:54

    If you recall the old poem Casey at bat, you will know how some of us feel about the infallibility of Warrens observations. He missed the warning signals as badly as the worst Wall Street rookie, the value of his A shares tumbeled from $150 K to $75 K, which is not what oracles are supposted to do except in Mudville. Warren himself wrote his own obituary when he said in his folksy way “it isnt until the tide goes out that you find out who is swimming without a bathing suit”. It is not the man himself, whom I thoughly enjoy–and I admire his partner you never hear about Charlie Munger even though he is a Republican. Rather it is the oracle status that big media imputes to him that is annoying on the one hand and materially misleading on the other. And, as you correctly point out, it is easy to Monday morning quarterback this stimulus bill but where was he in the moment, when it counted. And even though revisionist historians would say everyone got that one wrong, just as everyone got the gdp outlook wrong, the truth is the administration and the the congressional leadership were the ones who got it tragically wrong. Not others. So again where was the oracle when the lights went out?

    If we get off this trip to the moon on gossimer wings and get back to terra firma for a change, there are reasons to consider a second stimulus, and people I have more confidence in than the oracle or god forbid that snakeoil salesman who occupies the peoples residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and throws secret parties for big media shills on July 4 which they are sworn not to talk about. Paul Krugman and Laura Tyson are people whose opinions carry some weight with me and they favor a second stimulus, even as Harpers Magazine features an article on Obama as the second Hoover. The trouble with that concept is the doctine of opporunity cost which is as much political as economic. In my town, $230,000 of stimulus moneys were allocated to replace the windows in a social club for the most wealthiest people who could well afford to replace their own windows. This is a case of robbing from the middle class to give to the rich, to create what exactly? Jobs? If you take the 150,000 jobs created so far, and compare it to the $1.2 trillion allocated by this stimulus plan which was supposed to create jobs the cost of creating those jobs is $8 million per job. Nice ROI. Granted only 20% of that money has been allocated, however the intended use as a slush fund for the 2010 as Emanuel designs is an even greater evil. It is not the role of the American people now and in generations to come to pay the exhorbitant toll of electing dimocrats who can rob them further to bail out other members of the privileged class like big media. The sell out there is of epic proportion.

  73. H4T…

    I don’t believe we need another Stimulus. Not when so little money is currently appropriated to the states that need it most. I believe the figure is somewhere between 15%-28% only of total funds released. Congress should first accelerate the time frames for releasing more money. Then take a step back and see if the Stimulus is working.

    CA is sending IOU’s to it’s creditors and the Banks. After this month, most Big Banks are saying, they will no longer accept the IOUs. If CA is allowed to go BK the domino effect will follow with 4 or 5 of the states already tittering on the brink. The worst are AZ and NY.

    As Obama continues to ignore this looming disaster the worse we will be for us if it happens.

  74. Mrs. Smith, I agree. We have no way of knowing whether we’d need a second one, because the first one has been a)not spent and b) spent badly.

    It’s shit like this that makes people draconian fiscal conservatives. I can’t tell you the number of people I know who, while they are not AT ALL ideologically conservatives, feel forced into the “screw you, I want low taxes” box as the only option left to them. They don’t trust the govt, whether right or left, with their money. They will vote for whoever has a hand in their pockets less, and f*ck all other considerations. I don’t agree, but can’t honestly say that I blame them.

    Bill Clinton was the last president who proved in practice that prudent, measured Liberal principles can work for a strong economy. And the current crop is pissing that legacy away as fast as they can. (Bush already pissed the opposite away for the Repubs.)

    If this continues, expect to see complete cynical disillusionment in the form of “I know they are ALL lying bastards, D and R, so just keep your hands off my paycheck and leave me the hell alone.” And they will vote for whoever they think will do that, and won’t give a rat’s ass if he is a fire-breathing scumbag whose every other policy sucks.

  75. Mrs. Smith, I do not know whether the economy needs a second stimulus plan or not. I am quite sure that we do not need a reprise of the first one. I am equally sure that political officials are not in a position to assess its impact because they are too consumed with political self interest to make that call. When I was in the corporate world and would propose an expenditure without a defensible capital budgeting or cash flow projection to back it up, I was vulnerable to the argument from my superiors I know what this will cost me but I have no idea what I will get back in return and until you can provide me with that information the answer is a categorical no. Part of the rationale for this is the scarcity of funds which is as true in the public sector as in the private one. If we cover the shortfall by issuing more and more money we are really in trouble especially those on fixed income. For the time being, then, my answer to a second stimulus plan is the same as yours: not just no, but hell no.

  76. If this continues, expect to see complete cynical disillusionment in the form of “I know they are ALL lying bastards, D and R, so just keep your hands off my paycheck and leave me the hell alone.” And they will vote for whoever they think will do that, and won’t give a rat’s ass if he is a fire-breathing scumbag whose every other policy sucks
    That is the response of the middle class who have some money. Obama is the sworn enemy of the middle class in general and the white middle class in particular. It is not the response of the lower class, and that is the group he will play to with welfare schemes and open immigration policies pursued between 2010 and 2012. And he will protect the upper class, by inviting them to secret parties they are not supposed to talk about–the secret handshake. In other words, he is orchestating an economic meltdown of the middle class. Nothing could be more obvious. The question is whether people will wake up before it is too late. If past is prologue the answer is no.

  77. Police Investigate Mob Attack on Family in Ohio

    By Carolyn E. Price

    After watching fireworks celebrating America’s independence, an Akron, Ohio family gathered with some friends and say they were attacked by a group of teens, yelling racial epitaphs.

    Imagine if you will, hanging out with your friends on a front lawn, chatting about what a nice night you had just had, how great the fireworks were, and maybe what your plans were for the 4th of July weekend.

    All of a sudden, a teen comes up and blindsides and assaults one of your friends, a melee ensues, with a group of teens numbering up to perhaps 50, swarming you, your family and friends. Punches were thrown. Kicks were delivered. A general beat down was happening, and all the while, the teens were yelling “This is our world.” “This is a white world.”

    What do you think would happen then? Would there be a hue and cry all across the land? Would the ACLU, Reverend Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Nancy Pelosi, Bill Clinton, et al, be screaming at the top of their lungs about hate crimes, race riots, etc. etc.?

    Well, that was not the case because the group of teen shouting the epitaphs did not use the word “white”; they actually said “This is a black world.” The family and friends were white, and the so-called mob were black. is reporting that Akron police are not ready to yet call what happened that night a hate crime and they also say that the departments gang unit is involved in the case.

    Marty Marshall, 39, said: This was almost like being a terrorist act. And we allow this to go on in our neighborhoods?

    Marshall told reporters that after his friend was attacked, he came to his defense and was knocked to the ground and his 90-pound daughter jumped into the fray to protect her father. She was also knocked to the ground. Marshall’s wife pushed their younger son into the bushes to protect him from the crowd while Marshall was punched and kicked on the ground. Marshall is a construction worker who says he now fears for his family’s safety and he is hoping that the police can bring in some suspects because they believe they can identify some of their attackers.

  78. I think we need to stop calling it big media and call it what it is corporate controlled media–ccm. Not on the side of the American People.

  79. I do not think the Gallup poll numbers are trustworthy, except insofar as they do indicate a macro decline in bambis standing. I do not see a 61 percent approval rating or an 89 percent approval rating among democrats. Not when he is looting the middle class and he has failed to provide any credible answer to the economy. I could be wrong, but that Republican ad is very powerful. It portrays him for the snakeoil salesman he is. It should be as simple as this:

    1. he said elect me and I will save the economy

    2. he was elected and then he said the sky is falling in

    3. then he said the economy will recover next year

    4. then he said we must have a stimulus plan to make it happen.

    5. then he said I see points of light

    6. then he said everyone got it wrong

    7. then he said recovery is a long way off

    This, from a man who told us experience was bad and that he had something better: judgment. The only judgment he has shown us is bad judgment, at every turn.

  80. When big corporations own the media and the governmment the American People have a problem. If we can develop that argument and tie it back to FISA, the honest members of the left wing will get it. Some of them already have.

  81. In chess terms, Bambi has given the Russians a clear path to our queen. His conflation of offensive and defensive weapons systems allows them to once again project their influence back into eastern europe and causes our influence there to erode. His appointment of a shithead as ambassador to Japan, someone whom the Japanese regard as an insult, but eventually accepted has the same effect in Asia where Japan is under increasing pressure to move toward China. On every front the man is destroying our competitive advantage in the world and will leave us with an impoverished nation. It is fast becoming a zero sum game under his fraudulent leadership.

  82. Clinton says all regret journalists’ North Korea incident

    Fri Jul 10, 2009

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday said “everyone is very sorry” about an incident that resulted in North Korea detaining two U.S. journalists on accusations of illegally entering the country. She also repeated the hope initially expressed by the State Department on Thursday that the two be granted amnesty, which was the first time that the U.S. government had acknowledged the possibility the two women committed an offense.

    Laura Ling and Euna Lee of the U.S. media group Current TV, were arrested in March near the China-North Korea border while reporting on the trafficking of women. They were convicted of “great crimes” in June and sentenced to 12 years hard labor.

    Asked about the case by a State Department worker, Clinton sighed and said: “The two journalists and their families have expressed great remorse for this incident and I think everyone is very sorry that it happened. “What we hope for now is that these two young women would be granted amnesty through the North Korean system and be allowed to return home to their families as soon as possible,” she said.

    Lisa Ling told Sacramento, California, NBC affiliate KCRA that her sister Laura told her by telephone on Tuesday that she and colleague Lee had violated North Korean law and needed help from the U.S. government to secure amnesty.

    Before Thursday, the State Department had called for their release on humanitarian grounds and had not acknowledged the possibility of any wrongdoing.

    U.S. officials fear the reclusive communist state hopes to use the two women, who worked for a media group co-founded by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, as leverage as it resists international pressure to halt its nuclear arms program.

  83. Friday, July 10, 2009

    Clinton, Nursing Injured Elbow, Hails Foreign Policy Progress at Six-Month Mark
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently has been absent on the world stage due in large part to her broken elbow. But she says the administration is making strides in foreign policy…

    The broken elbow that has kept Secretary of State Hillary Clinton off the world stage for several weeks did not prevent her from addressing her department employees and interns Friday, as she began to mark her first six months on the job.

    Clinton has not been accompanying the president on trips out of the country nearly as much as her predecessors did. When President Obama returns this weekend from his current trip to Russia, Italy and Ghana, he will have visited a total of nine countries without his secretary of state in their less than six months in office.

    But aides dismiss suggestions that Obama and Clinton are growing apart. Indeed, on Friday Clinton hailed the foreign policy progress she and the president have made, saying the administration is patching up “strained alliances” and striving to influence “adversaries” to change their behavior. Making sure to throw in a couple cracks about her injury, Clinton forecast tough challenges ahead but said the administration is making strides.

    “We’ve been on this job for almost half a year. We’ve been working hard and some of us have the scars to prove it,” Clinton, her arm still in a sling, said to laughter. “I have not been throwing sharp elbows,” she joked. “We are seeing encouraging results from all of our efforts, including my physical therapy.”

    The secretary of state plans to make what is being called a major policy speech next week at the Council on Foreign Relations to mark, more officially, her first six months in office. She seemed to give a preview Friday, crediting the administration with making strides toward restoring ties with countries around the world.

    “We are repairing strained alliances. We’re cultivating new partnerships. We’re working to engage and change the behavior of adversaries. And we are prioritizing development along with diplomacy as part of our global agenda,” she said.

    The administration is grappling with a host of international challenges, not all of which look any closer to being resolved. Speaking from Italy, Obama on Friday continued to condemn the Iranian crackdown on pro-reform demonstrators in the wake of the country’s disputed elections. The breakdown in the wake of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s re-election has imperiled U.S. hopes of restoring ties with the Islamic regime. North Korea also continues to defy international warnings by conducting repeated missile tests.

    And the administration was recently caught in a difficult spot, having to stick up for leftist Honduran President Manuel Zelaya after he was ousted from office.

    But Obama seemed to make some progress toward resetting relations with Russia during his talks this week with President Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow.

    Clinton did not go on that trip, but officials said she would have, if not for her broken elbow. It’s unclear whether Clinton will accompany the globe-trotting Obama more in the latter half of the year. Clinton has met up with Obama in Europe, Trinidad and Tobago and Egypt this year, but the president has gone without her to a slew of countries.

    Like her predecessors, Clinton has kept a vigorous international schedule of her own. She’s visited Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Central America, as well as Canada and Mexico, on her own time. Clinton plans to head to India on a separate trip next week, after her policy address.

    Clinton said Friday that the Obama administration is facing very high expectations on the world stage. “It may not be fair, but that’s kind of the way it is,” she said, noting that foreign leaders have made “very aggressive demands on our country.”

    Clinton took a shot at former President George W. Bush, saying at least one foreign leader told her that the reason they didn’t make such demands over the last eight years was because, “We knew we would never get a response.” Clinton added: “We don’t have the luxury of being bystanders.” Clinton said that the department has had to work “overtime” to deal with what she called an “unprecedented set of challenges” on the world stage. “We don’t have the luxury of deciding which issues to deal with,” she said. “We need to work better, work smarter and work together with more partners in and beyond our government.”

    Clinton also announced she would be instituting a new review process within the State Department to assess the agency’s needs and progress every four years.


    Lol…what progress exactly has he made with Russia? Russia is still threatening missiles for Poland if bambi goes ahead with a missile shield that he once promised and is now wobbling on.

  84. OT…….HR shoves Bambi’s “Signing Statement” back down his throat:

    “The House rebuked President Obama for trying to ignore restrictions to international aid payments, voting overwhelmingly for an amendment forcing the administration to abide by its constraints.

    House members approved an amendment by a 429-2 vote to have the Obama administration pressure the World Bank to strengthen labor and environmental standards and require a Treasury Department report on World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) activities.

    “”We do this not just on behalf of this institution, but on behalf of this democracy,” said Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.). “There’s kind of a unilateralism, an undemocratic, unreachable way about these signing statements.”

    Barney say it ain’t so!! Not your Bambi…Not “Undemocratic!!

  85. HillaryforTexas Says:
    July 10th, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Well said, H4T!

    wbboei Says:
    July 10th, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Yes, wbboei. My father came from a family of Bankers who worked their way from the bottom to the top eventually owning the bank. Although, he was not a banker, when I needed an advance on my weekly allowence, I was forced to go through the same rigors you spoke of in the corporate world. Worse yet, if he didn’t approve of the added expenditure, it was deducted from the following week’s allowace known as “the lesson”… I had one appeal, if I couldn’t justify it or sell it… lighter I went for the week.

    Obama is accustomed to having things handed to him and not taking responsibility for any adverse reactions to his actions. He is very adept at passing the buck.

  86. Hi all,

    Levi Johnson daughters ex, need to shut his mouth. He says the reason Palin is resigning is because she wants to cash in on her fame.

    He is cashing in also, if it wasn’t for Palin he would be a nobody.

  87. Some insight from Taipan which the Cuban banker would agree with. His reference point would be a number of civilizations throughout history most noteably Spain under Phillip who lies buried at Escorial.
    The Collapse of Complex Societies

    Now, to today’s business at hand… I’ve been trying to figure out how to work in some of the reader responses on organized crime from a week or so ago (okay, two weeks or so ago). I keep getting derailed by rabbit trails in my quest – but in my defense the rabbit trails have proved quite interesting, no?

    Thinking about the presence of organized crime, and the subtle (or not-so-subtle) negative effects it has on society, I was reminded of a book that feels all too relevant to the times – The Collapse of Complex Societies by Joseph Tainter.

    The question that Tainter pursues is an unsettling one. Why is it that complex civilizations – not just some of them, but ALL of them – tend to ultimately collapse?

    Of course Tainter does not have a crystal ball, and neither do we. Maybe some future civilization will be the first to buck this ring-around-the-rosy trend (ashes to ashes, we all fall down). But thus far, the survival rate of all great civilizations (i.e. complex societies) noted in antiquity has been zero.

    If the question is unsettling, Tainter’s explanation is more unsettling still. Sufficient levels of complexity, Tainter theorizes, will over time guarantee society’s collapse – thanks to the law of diminishing returns.

    If you are a hunter gatherer, your list of worries is brutal but short. In today’s modern world, however, there is an insane amount of complexity to consider – and the more complex life gets, the less effective the proposed solutions become. Beyond a certain point of no return, costs rapidly rise even as return on investment falls.

    Like with baby boomers and healthcare, for instance. There is little doubt that, medically speaking, baby boomers will be the most demanding generation in history by an order of magnitude. You’ve heard the saying “50 is the new 40”? The boomers will want 80 to be the new 40. They will live by the motto, “Hope I die before I get old…” but, not wanting to die, they will instead settle for simply not getting old. Ever. They will demand the latest and greatest healthcare treatments, no matter how costly or exotic, in order to preserve their sense of youth as far down the line as possible. In pursuit of “forever young,” no expense will be spared.

    But of course, this attitude will prove impossible to sustain. Much as the boomers won’t like it, they will still have to get old (and die) as the generation prior did. Meanwhile, the costs for providing incremental treatment – those marginal efforts taken to force back the hands of time – will spiral out of control as ROI diminishes. Ultimately, in the name of fiscal sanity, someone will have to say STOP!

    But the way Tainter sees it, when it comes to the collapse of complex societies, no one has a sufficiently loud enough voice to yell STOP. Instead, as societal complexity grows, the sense of entitlement grows too – often in lockstep with the burden of empire.

    And eventually, the proposed solutions for all these new problems, real or imagined, become unfixable problems in and of themselves. Then the downward spiral begins.

    Government Fleas

    Another way to look at this is to imagine a dog – a happy golden retriever, say – servicing a modest family of fleas. As long as the dog stays healthy and the fleas don’t get greedy, the relationship remains sustainable.

    But what happens if the normal fleas are replaced with mutant fleas? What if the fleas keep getting bigger and bigger, finally threatening to drink the dog dry? The dog then becomes anemic. His vitality and vigor are slowly drained away. Eventually the dog loses interest in going to the park, or barking at the neighbor’s cat, or doing much of anything at all… and in due time the dog collapses.

    The dog/flea metaphor can be applied to the effects of organized crime on society. Crime “pays” by diverting the flows of productive labor from hard-working law abiders into the pockets of sophisticated criminals – just as the protein-rich blood of the dog is diverted into the hungry mouth (proboscis?) of the flea.

    The flea metaphor can also be applied, as you have probably already deduced, to the actions of government.

    In its official role as “solution provider,” enabled by the democratically endorsed will of the people, government has the potential to unleash the ultimate onslaught of mutant fleas. And of course, just as no single raindrop considers itself to blame for the flood, no single flea would ever consider itself to blame for the ultimate collapse of the dog.

    Perhaps what Tainter describes, then, could be a sort of “tragedy of the commons” writ large, at least as it applies to complex civilizations of the democratically governed sort.

    One can’t help but think on this in light of the broad sweep of current events…

    The world has just experienced the most catastrophic collapse in credit and trade since the 1930s – the aftershocks of which are still very much being felt.

    Meanwhile, in the United States at least, the private sector (a.k.a. the “free market”) is at its weakest and most vulnerable point in decades. The overhang of excess capacity is high. The flow of credit, particularly consumer credit, has slowed to a trickle. The hungry maw of government, gluttonous in the best of times, has become absolutely ravenous, with trillions of dollars in U.S. government debt issuance set to crowd out private investment capital flows.

    Time Is Running Out!

    On August 13th, nine rebels will reveal the secrets that could save you from the Catch-22 that’s killing the U.S. dollar… and even hand you 69 times your money every year.

    You can get rich, or you can go broke. Choose which one… but do it now. This offer expires this Sunday, July 12th.

    And yet now, right now, is the time that America as a nation has chosen to tackle global warming and national healthcare reform – two of the most mind-bogglingly complex, massively expensive “solution” agendas in all of recorded human history. Talk about precious lifeblood! Talk about diminishing returns!

    I wonder what Tainter would say? “Gee guys, thanks for working so hard to prove out the theory of my book in real time. Should make for a fascinating new edition one of these days. But you know, uh, it really wasn’t necessary…”

    The one bit of upside in this gloomy reality is this. If you know how to handle volatility, you stand a good chance of making a heck of a lot of dough in the months and years ahead.

    Paul Tudor Jones, known to many as the “Michael Jordan of trading” for his legendary exploits in the 1980s, is a multi-billionaire “global macro” trader (the particular style of trading to which your humble editor is devoted). On being asked in 2008 how global macro would fare over the next five years, Jones replied: “The macro space will be great. I think we’re going into one of those slow or zero-growth periods in the U.S., which will give us a lot of volatility.” Amen to that!

  88. neetabug..

    agreed! What is wrong with that kid? All he’s doing is making a fool of himself. He has a little baby w/Bristol. When that baby grows up… WAM!


    This is an after picture of Michelle, after hearing about Obama’s booty peeking. Notice the body language. Will BO hide behind the President of Italy and his wife?

    h… and w…

    Michelle rivals Paul Bunyon and his big Ox Babe in the pics

  89. I just had lunch with a friend who heading a major project in Trinidad. He tells me that when Obama was there for that conference, he had a support staff of 1500 people. In addition there were 11 C-17 payloads of supplies which were sent there for his visit, courtesy of the Military Transports Service. That does not count those that went to Tobago. In addition, Obama himself came in on a 747. There was alot of talk in the Trinidad about the tanker deal by the Obama administration which sent half the project outside the country. The Trinidad people like Obama because he is black, as is a large percentage of their population. On the other hand they like Chavez far more because they find him even more charismatic and responsive to their interests. They saw the way he outmaneuvered Obama and they liked it, according to my friend. It does make you wonder about his 1500 member entourage, specifically, how many of them were bureacrats, servants, military, security, press, translators, biographers, publicists et al. I asked him if this seemed excessive. He rolled his eyes and said it depends on his objective. If he is simply campaigning then arguably no. But if he is presuming to govern then definitely yes.

  90. Here is the time bomb that awaits Obama. There is no effective answer to it. It will make the dimocrat brand as toxic in the fulsomeness of time. Think of what a anti establishment force the growing ranks of unemployed will be as their benefits run out. They will be responsive to the argument that Bush gave us a recession and Obama turned it into a depression as he looted our net worth. And he i not red white and blue. That is a preview of Christmases to come.
    The Unemployed Will Roar

    Posted on Jul 8, 2009
    By Marie Cocco

    When a virulent disease is ravaging you like a cancer, you don’t want a cacophony of voices promoting different or contradictory cures. Yet that is what we’re starting to hear about the economic crisis, not only from a politically divided—and pretty scared—capital, but from within the Obama administration itself.

    In just the past few days, Vice President Joe Biden has said the young administration misread the depth of the recession—an honest account, since most private economists did as well. Laura Tyson, an outside economic adviser to the White House, said it’s wise to start preparing another stimulus package.

    Then President Barack Obama made everything perfectly muddy when he said in an ABC News interview that the seriousness of the downturn and how to attack it is “something we wrestle with constantly.” Yet in the next breath, he expressed concern about the burgeoning deficit.

    But if anyone’s looking for some clear voices, there are 650,000 of them just waiting to be heard. That is roughly the number of long-term unemployed who will begin losing their jobless benefits in September, according to the National Employment Law Project.

    Remember, the recession didn’t start last fall when the government bailed out AIG and the financial system froze. It began in December 2007—and 6.5 million jobs have been lost since then. Depending on which state and the sort of triggers that apply to benefits, hundreds of thousands of workers laid off early in the downturn are soon to be left without the basic sustenance of an unemployment check.

    Meanwhile, the Labor Department says, the number of unemployed people out of work for 27 weeks or longer continues to grow, reaching 4.4 million last month. In June, three out of 10 jobless workers had been out of work for at least six months, according to the department’s data.

    The stimulus package the president signed soon after taking office did provide extended benefits, and boosted weekly payments. But even that extension runs out on Dec. 26, and would not apply to all the unemployed. Does anyone really believe that a significant portion of the unemployed will have found new work by then? Hardly. Both private and government economists now predict that unemployment will continue to rise at least through the end of this year.

    “We can’t ignore this moment when all these folks are running out [of benefits],” says Maurice Emsellem of the National Employment Law Project. “That needs to be a top priority, to help these workers.”

    Let’s stop kidding ourselves. In no contemporary economic crisis—not even those that unfolded on the Republicans’ watch—has Congress left the unemployed completely in the lurch. So some sort of spending package—call it stimulus, call it stopgap emergency aid, whatever works—is going to have to be passed.

    The unemployment emergency helps feed another crisis Congress is going to be forced to address: the state budget disasters unfolding around the country. So far, 42 states have cut budgets that already had been enacted for fiscal 2009, according to the National Governors Association. More and deeper cuts are expected next year.

    Already states have laid off and furloughed workers—including, in some states, the very workers who process unemployment claims. Generally speaking, states are required to balance their budgets each year, a mandate that forces them to pull money out of the economy through spending reductions and tax hikes, counteracting the federal government’s efforts to juice things up. “That is what happened during the Great Depression, we had states working against what the federal government was doing,” says Heidi Shierholz, an economist with the Economic Policy Institute.

    With red states and blue, Republican governors and Democrats, all struggling against the same relentless, recession-driven drops in tax revenue, an almost irresistible political coalition for more aid to states eventually will take shape. And with the fast-approaching September deadline for extending some unemployment benefits, there will probably emerge one of those must-pass measures that may or may not be called another stimulus bill.

    Any hot air expended trying to stop it serves no purpose but to fuel political fires. Remember, that is the whole point of those now huffing and puffing most heartily. They don’t want to figure a way out of this morass; they just want to figure out a way to unseat those now in office.

    Marie Cocco’s e-mail address is mariecocco(at)

  91. Noueiel Roubini gives a brief forecast of the economic tsunami that will reveal to all, but the most brain dead Obot, that Obama was/is a disaster.

    “The June employment report suggests that the alleged ‘green shoots’ are mostly yellow weeds that may eventually turn into brown manure. The employment report shows that conditions in the labor market continue to be extremely weak, with job losses in June of over 460,000. With the current rate of job losses, it is very clear that the unemployment rate could reach 10 percent by later this summer, around August or September, and will be closer to 10.5 percent if not 11 percent by year-end. I expect the unemployment rate is going to peak at around 11 percent at some point in 2010, well above historical standards for even severe recessions.

    It’s clear that even if the recession were to be over anytime soon – and it’s not going to be over before the end of the year – job losses are going to continue for at least another year and a half. Historically, during the last two recessions, job losses continued for at least a year and a half after the recession was over. During the 2001 recession, the recession was over in November 2001, and job losses continued through August 2003 for a cumulative loss of jobs of over 5 million; this time we are already seeing more than 6 million job losses and the recession is not over.
    Home prices have already fallen from their peak by about 30 percent. Based on our analysis, they are going to fall by at least 40 percent from their peak, and more likely 45 percent, before they bottom out. They are still falling at an annualized rate of over 18 percent. That fall of at least 40-45% percent of home prices from their peak is going to imply that about half of all households that have a mortgage – about 25 million of the 51 million that have mortgages – are going to be underwater with negative equity in their homes, and therefore will have a significant incentive to just walk away from their homes.

  92. After 4 Senate Victories, How Do We Protect Them From Backroom Death?

    By Roy Beck, Updated Friday, July 10, 2009, 4:07 PM

    This blog is being written and updated at this time. Come back later for the completed blog.

    What a week!

    Before we talk about what we need to do next to move these Senate victories into law, you may want to review what really was going on this week.

    Most of you are shocked by the Senate’s passage of 4 strong immigration enforcement amendments that would open up hundreds of thousands of jobs to unemployed Americans over the next year alone.

    Rightfully, many of you are skeptical. You are asking us: Did the Senate Democratic Leadership — that has opposed everything that favors unemployed Americans over illegal aliens — suddenly “allow” us to win as a kind of trap? What’s the trick?

    First, as I’ll explain later, you really do need to take a minute to celebrate. Your pressure has caused the Democratic leadership to retreat a bit and set up its defenses in a more vulnerable place.

    But, based on our information from inside Congress, we should expect that Senate Leader Reid, House Speaker Pelosi and Pres. Obama have every intention of killing these amendments in a backroom maneuver when the joint Conference Committee negotiates the final bill to be sent to the President.


    In March, I told you about the R-O-P-E execution of really tough enforcement measures that had been passed by the House as part of the Stimulus Bill.

    R-O-P-E is my short-hand for where all federal power is currently concentrated: Reid-Obama-Pelosi-Emanuel (White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel).


    Basic message to Pres. Obama is that “I expect you to instruct your staff to refrain from gutting immigration enforcement during the Conference Committee process on the DHS appropriations bill. . … In March, your people conspired with Speaker Pelosi and Leader Reid to kill the House E-Verify provisions. And you did it behind closed doors, without explanation. That isn’t going to work again this time. The nation’s eyes will be on whether you condemn hundreds of thousands of unemployed Americans to joblessness because you overturn the Senate’s enforcement amendments this week which will be opening up hundreds of thousands of jobs otherwise held by illegal aliens.”

    (more coming)


    a little bit of humor from Hillary on the mend…she looks good

  94. # neetabug Says:
    July 10th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    The picture of Obama checking out the young lady is on Yahoo’s front page


    When I need a good laugh, newrepublic never fails to deliver.

    If you read further down in the comment section, they are calling MO..
    ‘Queen Kong’

  95. Mrs. Smith, I have a problem with the MO gorilla comparisons. I’d prefer we didn’t stoop to that here. It’s really offensive and hurtful to African Americans.

    Do what you want, can’t make you. I’m just saying.

  96. S

    “she looks good”
    I’ve never seen her look better, in spite of her injury. I think she is so happy, sharing the happiness with Bill and Chelsea, because her daughter is getting married next month to a future SIL, she obviously thinks is a good choice for Chelsea.

    Thanks for the video, S. The full transcript is @

  97. jbstonesfan Says:

    July 10th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    The Hitler youth Pope and Obama seemed to get along quite well…


    And that says it in a nutshell! Two poorly equiped leaders who have and will continue to destroy freedom as we know it.

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