Jeremiah Wright Obama Race-baits At “Stupid” Press Conference

Last night Obama race baited. Obama admitted he did not have the facts but he still called the Cambridge police “stupid”.

Obama indeed did not have the facts. Obama made it seem as if the Cambridge cops were racist burly white men out for a night of cross burning. Obama did not notice there were black cops on the scene.

Here is Michael Meyers, who must be a racist, making sense:

The most famous black professor at Harvard lives in a very safe neighborhood because, in part, residents look out for and report suspicious activities, and because cops respond quickly to reports of possible break-ins. Yet that’s not how Henry Louis Gates Jr., director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, took it when cops showed up at his door after a neighbor reported two black men (Gates and his driver) seemingly pushing into a vacant residence, which turned out to be Gates’ home.

He was arrested for disorderly conduct, and the rest is now histrionic history. (The charges have since been dropped, but the incident is not going away.)

Gates was returning from a trip to China, and he couldn’t get in through a jammed front door, so he apparently went around the back, shut off an alarm and worked with his driver to get the door open.

In any neighborhood – especially one of the safest in America – that kind of behavior would be cause for suspicion and a call to the cops, no matter the color of the guys “breaking” in.

But when police showed up, the “he said, he said” has Gates indignant and, according to the cop, refusing to present himself and his ID, then complying and at some point getting loud – with Gates saying, according to the police report, “Why, because I’m a black man in America?”

Had I been the cop, I would have probably gotten suspended for saying to Gates: “No, stupid, because I need you to step outside so that I may do my job. I need to know that you are who you say you are.”

Michael Meyers makes many additional points about those who profit from shouting “racism”. But Meyers makes an even more important point about how to interact with cops:

The cop’s job is not the most famous black professor at Harvard’s concern. Yet Gates’ automatic reflex was racial – that of a victim rather than a property lessee. The man with all the brains did not have the common sense of the average citizen who appreciates good and effective police work.

Calling the cops when one sees suspicious activities underway is exactly what good neighbors do. It is what a woman who works nearby did – and all indications are she acted in good faith. When cops follow up on such a report by asking suspicious persons who’ve seemingly gained entry to a vacant house to present ID, they are doing their jobs.

Nevertheless, Gates and the race industry spokesmen who’ve rushed to his defense have leaped to the fast conclusion that this was an incident of racial profiling – and that one of America’s most famed black academics was a victim of police misconduct. Choice reaction by the Rev. Al Sharpton: “I’ve heard of driving while black, and I’ve heard of shopping while black. But I’ve never heard of living in a home while black.” [snip]

The real truth is that Gates did not get arrested for being black or even for being suspicious or for breaking into his own home. He was arrested for disorderly conduct – for failing to do what civil rights activists and race experts always advise innocent black men, and all others who come into contact with the police, to do: cooperate.

It makes sense to repeat this message now, especially for the benefit of young black men. If the police confront you, don’t go demanding badge numbers and reading the cops the riot act. Be courteous and calm. Explain yourself and, if asked, present ID.

If there has been a constitutional violation of some kind by the cops, that can be taken care of once the police have left you alone, moving on – let’s hope – to investigate other suspicious behavior.

Michael Meyers (gasp!, a black man) is Executive Director of the New York Civil Rights Coalition.

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We all have cop stories. We all want cops to be ruthless, sticklers for the law, maintainers of strict law and order, and taking no guff from lawbreakers, and to be suspicious and demanding of proof – as long as it is cops versus someone else, the “them”.

When it comes to us and our friends we all want cops to exercise common sense, restraint, polite courtesy. These are hypocrisies we all share.

We also all know to be respectful of cops, be very polite, do not make fast moves, answer questions directly, keep your mouth shut even if you are very angry at “disrespectful” behavior by cops. And by all means use the word “officer” not “cops” when speaking to law enforcement officers. Yelling and acting tough or wise-assey is not a particularly effective strategy for interacting with men and women whose jobs are to hunt out bad guys and sniff out bad behavior.

If you get stopped by cops law enforcement officers while driving a car or walking in the street or even in your home, understand they have a job to do and they will get the job done whether you approve of their demeanor or not.

If you have just forcibly broken into your own home, if you have visibly broken a door in order to enter, if cops then appear in response to a break-in report – do not act as if the cops have no right to be there and throw the cops out. Cops, er, law enforcement officers, know of many cases where the bad guys break into a house, make themselves at home, cook food, go to the bathroom, and even turn on the TV. If there is a police report of a break-in being investigated the cops will want to satisfy themselves that the person in that house is indeed the property owner and not just a law breaker with a perverse sense of property rights.

In short, the police are not perfect, but don’t mess with them.

And yes, some cops are racist and some are rotten, and some are corrupt – but do not call them out with abuse while they are on duty. While cops are on duty they are acting with the full force and authority of law. If you have a problem with a cop or a cop’s behavior, wait until they have departed, then call your lawyer or an agency charged with police monitoring.

The above common sense rules apply to Harvard professors of all races and creeds as well as all citizens of all races and creeds.

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Did we mention that there were black cops on the scene of the Gates arrest? Did we mention that the arresting officer (who will not apologize) appears to be a very smart and good guy – not a racist.



Obama, as the above videos makes clear, is a race-baiter and a boob:

President Barack Obama said Wednesday he didn’t know what role race played in the incident but added that police in suburban Boston “acted stupidly” in arresting Gates even after he offered proof that he was in his own home.

“I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry,” Obama said. “Number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home. And number three – what I think we know separate and apart from this incident – is that there is a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement

Last night Obama channeled his mentor Jeremiah Wright and protected his abusive friend Henry Gates.

The cop at the center of the storm says “I am not a racist.” In this case, it does not appear that Police Sergeant James Crowley is anything but a cop doing his job.

When Sergeant James M. Crowley climbed the front steps of Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s house last week and unexpectedly placed himself in international headlines, it was not the first time he had a memorable encounter in the line of duty with a prominent black man. Nearly 16 years ago, as a Brandeis University police officer, Crowley desperately tried to save the life of Reggie Lewis after the Boston Celtics star collapsed while practicing in the school gym.

“It bothers him terribly that he couldn’t save him,’’ Crowley’s 74-year-old mother, Verina Crowley, said yesterday, speaking of her son and the famous basketball player.

Yesterday, as President Obama condemned the Cambridge Police Department during a prime-time White House news conference and Crowley steadfastly refused to issue the apology that Gates has sought, a fuller picture began to emerge of the 42-year-old sergeant who arrested the Harvard scholar last week on a charge of disorderly conduct on the porch of Gates’s Cambridge house.

Far from being a stereotype of a racist Southern segregationist bully boy cop Crowley seems like a good cop and a genuinely good guy:

Crowley was a certified emergency medical technician when he performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Lewis, to no avail, after the player’s heart stopped on July 27, 1993. In a Globe interview later that day, Crowley said he rushed to the university’s Shapiro Gymnasium, confirmed that Lewis had no pulse, and frantically tried to revive him.

“I just kept on going,’’ he said. “I just kept thinking, ‘Don’t let him die – just don’t die.’ ’’

Now, 16 years later, he stands accused of racism by Gates, one of the foremost scholars on race in America. Gates had just arrived home to his Cambridge house from a trip abroad to find his front door stuck shut. As he and the driver who brought him from the airport tried to push it open, a passerby called police with a report of a possible break-in. Crowley arrived and demanded that Gates, now inside, show him identification. Crowley’s police report said Gates behaved belligerently when he questioned him, which Gates denied. Authorities dropped the charge Tuesday after it ignited accusations of racism.

But people who know Crowley were skeptical or outright dismissive of allegations of racism. A prominent defense lawyer, a neighbor of Crowley’s, his union, and fellow officers described him yesterday as a respected, and respectful, officer who performs his job well and has led his colleagues in diversity training.

“He’s evenhanded and, in the cases I’ve had with him, he’s been very much in control and very professional,’’ said Joseph W. Monahan III, a criminal defense lawyer in Cambridge and former Middlesex County prosecutor. Monahan has represented several defendants arrested by Crowley for domestic assaults and for drunken driving.

Having possibly smeared Sergeant Crowley, Henry Gates has still not filed a complaint. Gates should file a complaint and we can then get the testimony of the other cops, including an African-American cop which can be clearly seen in photos of the incident. Let’s have an full investigation. Hillary supporters, black and white, know what it is to be called “racist”. Let’s have an investigation.

The city’s Police Review and Advisory Board, which is independent of the Police Department, has set a meeting July 29 to decide whether to launch a formal inquiry into the incident, according to board investigator Joseph Johnson. He said Gates had not filed a complaint with the board and that no one has filed a complaint against Crowley in the last 12 months. [snip]

His neighbor Ed Shagory, a retired lawyer, was less reticent. He said he has been friends with Crowley for more than 17 years, and “I think the world of him and his family.’’

Shagory said he was upset by the criticism leveled against the officer and questioned Gates’s statement that the confrontation had inspired the Harvard professor to consider making a documentary about racial profiling.

“I think the idea of him already planning a documentary is very premature, and a very unnecessary thing to say before all the facts are even in,’’ Shagory said.

Crowley joined Cambridge police around 1998, according to Sergeant James DeFrancesco, an aide to police Commissioner Robert C. Haas, who was unavailable for comment.

Verina Crowley said James is the third of her four sons, all in law enforcement. Two brothers, Jack and Joseph, also work for the Cambridge police. The fourth, Daniel, is a Middlesex County deputy sheriff.

Verina Crowley said her sons were raised mostly in the Fresh Pond neighborhood where she still lives, attended racially diverse Cambridge public schools, and graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, where she worked for 26 years.

“He is not a racist,’’ she said in the hallway of her home. And Gates “is not the first black person he ever met in his life.’’

Her children, she said, had black friends over to their home while growing up. James Crowley is still friends with one of those youngsters, now a Cambridge firefighter, she said.

They grew up with black kids, white kids, kids who didn’t have parents, kids who had two parents – everything you can think of,’’ she recalled. Tolerance “wasn’t something you taught,’’ she said. “You just lived it.’’

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Additional sources:



Boston Globe account:

Gates’s lawyer and Harvard colleague, Charles Ogletree, said what angered his client was that the police officer stepped inside Gates’s Ware Street house, uninvited, to demand identification and question him.

Gates showed his Harvard identification and Massachusetts drivers license with his home address, Ogletree said, adding, “Even after presentation of ID, the officer was still questioning his presence.’’

Said Bobo: “The whole interaction should have ended right there, but I guess that wasn’t enough. The officer felt he hadn’t been deferred to sufficiently.’’

The Cambridge police report describes a chaotic scene in which the police sergeant stood at Gates’s door, demanded identification, and radioed for assistance from Harvard University police when Gates presented him with a Harvard ID. A visibly upset Gates responded to the officer’s assertion that he was responding to a report of a break-in with, “Why, because I’m a black man in America?’

“Gates then turned to me and told me that I had no idea who I was ‘messing’ with and that I had not heard the last of it,’’ the report said. “While I was led to believe that Gates was lawfully in the residence, I was quite surprised and confused with the behavior he exhibited toward me.’’

When the officer repeatedly told Gates he would speak with him outside, the normally mild-mannered professor shouted, “Ya, I’ll speak with your mama outside,’’ according to the report.

Gates was arrested after “exhibiting loud and tumultuous behavior’’ toward the officer who questioned him, the report said. [snip]

When the front door would not open, even with the driver’s help, Ogletree said Gates walked around to the back door, unlocked it, shut off the alarm system, and tried to open the door from the inside. It still did not work, so he went back outside and, with the driver, pushed it in.

Gates immediately called Harvard’s real estate office to report the broken door. While he was on the phone, police Sergeant James Crowley arrived and asked Gates to step outside, said Ogletree. Gates, indignant, refused, telling the officer that he lived there and that he works at Harvard.

When Crowley asked for proof, Gates initially refused, according to the police report. But Ogletree said Gates cooperated fully, walking into his kitchen for his wallet. The officer followed.

Gates “did ask him some pointed questions, like: ‘Is this happening because you’re a white cop and I’m a black man? Is this why this interaction is still taking place?’ ’’ Bobo said. “Who’s not going to feel upset and insulted when a police officer won’t accept the fact that you’re standing in your own living room?’’

Gates asked the officer several times for his name and badge number to file a complaint as the officer left the house. The police report said that when Crowley walked out of the home, Gates followed and continued to accuse the officer of racism. Crowley then handcuffed him.

Gates initially resisted, according to police, asserting that he was disabled and would fall without a cane. The officer reentered the home to fetch a cane. Gates was then taken in a police cruiser to department headquarters, where he remained for four hours, Ogletree said.

CNN (with the picture of Gates screaming outside his house behind an African-American cop):

Gates was arrested last week on a charge of disorderly conduct after a confrontation with an officer at his home, according to a Cambridge police report. [snip]

According to his lawyer, Gates told the officer he lived there and showed him his Massachusetts driver’s license and Harvard University identification card. The officer followed him into his house and said he had received a report of a possible break-in, the lawyer said. Gates grew frustrated that the officer was continuing to question him in his home and asked for the officer’s name and badge number, Ogletree said.

The police report offers a different account of the incident.

Gates refused to step outside to speak with the officer, the police report said, and when Crowley told Gates that he was investigating a possible break-in, Gates opened the front door and exclaimed, “Why, because I’m a black man in America?” the report said.

“While I was led to believe that Gates was lawfully in the residence, I was quite surprised and confused with the behavior he exhibited toward me,” he said, according to the report.

The report said Gates initially refused to show the officer identification, but eventually produced a Harvard identification card, prompting Crowley to radio for Harvard University Police

Gates followed the officer outside and continued to accuse him of racial bias, the report said. After Crowley warned the professor twice that he was becoming disorderly, the officer wrote he arrested Gates for “loud and tumultuous behavior in a public space.”

Ogletree said the professor was “very frustrated” but never touched or pointed at the officer.

Large picture of Gates screaming, African-American cop clearly visible in the photograph (he must be racist too), and a story of Gates denying he screamed – with a special appearance by race-baiter James Clyburn who race-baited Bill Clinton with charges of “racism” – from the Boston Globe:

Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. chastised a Cambridge police officer today and demanded an apology after authorities agreed to drop a disorderly conduct charge against the renowned African-American scholar.

Gates accused the officer who arrested him at his Cambridge home of having a “broad imagination” when he summarized last Thursday’s confrontation in police reports, and he denied making several inflammatory remarks.

“I believe the police officer should apologize to me for what he knows he did that was wrong,” Gates said in a phone interview from his other home in Martha’s Vineyard. “If he apologizes sincerely, I am willing to forgive him. And if he admits his error, I am willing to educate him about the history of racism in America and the issue of racial profiling … That’s what I do for a living.”

Gates, 58, was handcuffed and booked last Thursday following a police investigation into a suspected burglary at his Ware Street home near Harvard Square. A passerby spotted Gates and his driver, who had dropped him off from the airport, trying to push the front door open and called the police. The door had been jammed. Police responded and arrested Gates after they said he became belligerent. [snip]

The imbroglio elicited reactions from across the country about race relations and profiling. Representative James E. Clyburn, Democrat of South Carolina, said today on MSNBC that even though “we’ve elected an African-American president … these kinds of profiling do, in fact, take place.”

“We’re a long way from putting this issue behind us,” said Clyburn, a Democrat and former chairman of Congressional Black Caucus.

This afternoon in an interview, Gates said he never yelled at the officer other than to demand his name and badge number, which he said the officer refused to give. The officer, Sergeant James Crowley, said in the police report that he did state his name. He also said Gates unleashed a verbal tirade, calling him racist, telling him that he did not know who he was messing with, and threatening to speak to his “mama” outside.

“The police report is full of this man’s broad imagination,” Gates said in response to a question on whether he had said any of the quotes in the report. “I said, ‘Are you not giving me your name and badge number because I’m a black man in America?’ . . . He treated my request with scorn. . . I was suffering from a bronchial infection. I couldn’t have yelled. . . I don’t walk around calling white people racist.”

Gates continued, “I’m outraged. I shouldn’t have been treated this way but it makes me so keenly aware of how many people every day experience abuses in the criminal justice system … No citizen should tolerate that kind of poor behavior by an officer of the law. . . This is really about justice for the least amongst us.”

Because of his arrest, Gates said he plans to make racial profiling and prison reform central intellectual and political issues he wants to explore. He’s also considering a new documentary on racial profiling.

“Because of the capricious whim of one disturbed person . . . I am now a black man with a prison record,” Gates said. “You can look at my mug shot on the Internet.”

Look at the picture, who do you think is telling the truth? Who is the yelling racist race-baiter?


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214 thoughts on “Jeremiah Wright Obama Race-baits At “Stupid” Press Conference

  1. Yeah, I don’t think Crowley needs a lesson on racial profiling since he was hand picked by a black officer to teach racial profiling and has been doing so for the past five years.

  2. Excelent analysis, Admin.
    And it turns out Crowley is an expert in racial profiling and has taught a class about that for the past 5 years.

    This reminds me of the Columbnia U Prof who cried racism when a noose was hung on her office door and it turned out she was the one who had put it there.

    And Clyburn is waving the race card around today, too. On Cavuto, when Neil asked about the blue dog dems feeling like they haven’t been listened to Clyburn says he’s got 22 black congressmen who feel the same way and it’s so much harder for dems to find consensus than the repubs coz the dems have DIVERSITY, eg a congressional black caucus. What HS! When in trouble wave the race card and DIVERT!

  3. Ok sorry guys but as I am officially scared, you may not hear from me for a few hours, the whole mountainside is on fire, some asshole has set a rubbish tip on fire and the whole mountain is going up, i cannot see for smoke, i may have to evacuate home.

    I’m just praying at the moment buts its looking bad.

  4. Good luck MoonOnPluto.

    Obama is now standing by his stupid statement. Also, the Gates yelling, which he denies, was apparently transmitted on police radio and a neighbor is backing up the cop, er law enforcement officer:

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Story?id=8153681&page=1

    President Obama today stood by his comments that the Cambridge, Mass., police department acted “stupidly” in its arrest of Henry Louis Gates, telling ABC News that the Harvard University professor should not have been arrested.

    “I have to say I am surprised by the controversy surrounding my statement, because I think it was a pretty straightforward commentary that you probably don’t need to handcuff a guy, a middle-aged man who uses a cane, who’s in his own home,” Obama said. [snip]

    Cambridge Police Department Commissioner Robert C. Haas said in a press conference late Thursday that his department was “deeply pained” by the president’s comments yesterday.

    “We take our professional pride very deeply. … And when I talked to the officers… you could see they were really stunned,” Haas told reporters, adding that they took “those comments to heart” and “were very much deflated.” [snip]

    Sgt. Tom Fleming, director of the Lowell Police Academy, told ABC News today that Crowley has been teaching a class to cops on racial profiling at the academy for the last five years.

    Jim Crowley is what we call a squared away guy. He’s a really good role model for young cops and he was selected to teach this racial profiling class by the former police commissioner of Cambridge, Ron Watson, who is black,” Fleming said. [snip]

    Police were called to Gates’ home near Harvard University last week after a woman reported seeing two “black men with backpacks” trying to force open the front door to Gates’ house. The police report said Gates, who was returning from a trip to China and found his front door jammed, at first refused to provide an ID and became unruly. He was charged with disorderly conduct but the charges were dropped this week.

    Law enforcement sources tell ABC News that the conversation between Gates and Crowley was transmitted over Crowley’s open police radio and Gates can be heard yelling.

    “Mr. Gates was given plenty of opportunities to stop what he was doing. He didn’t. He acted very irrational. He controlled the outcome of that event,” Crowley told WBZ.

    Crowley said Gates, the director of Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research and former host of the PBS show “African American Lives,” called him a “racist cop.”

    “There was a lot of yelling, there was references to my mother,” he added, “something you wouldn’t expect from anybody that should be grateful that you were there investigating a report of a crime in progress, let alone a Harvard University professor.”

  5. Okay, I’ve really had it! They’ve worn it out. Cried wolf till I couldn’t care less.

    I don’t give a damn about racism anymore. I’m tired of the whole subject..Next character who mentions race to me is going to get a big, “Oh blow it out your ear!”

    And this is from someone who took part in the Civil Rights Movement. Did I ever think I’d live to see the day when the whole subject would become meaningless to me? NEVER! But that’s the story.

  6. It is getting to the point that whenever anyone calls someone a racist, I shut down. It has been exploited to the nth degree and I just don’t listen like I used to. Clyburn and his ilk have done a lot of damage.

  7. Stay Safe, moononpluto!

    This race baiting never ends, does it?

    I read excerpts of BO’s NAACP remarks and he was fanning those flames as hard as he could.

    Between that and actually saying, on national tv, not onlythat the cops were stupid but everyone knows this happens to blacks and hispanics all the time was just friggin unbeleivable. I’m glad I was asleep and only read those comments instead of hearing them.

  8. ‘Did I ever think I’d live to see the day when the whole subject would become meaningless to me? NEVER! But that’s the story.’I

    I got there around january 2008.

    😡

  9. This is huge news:

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/07/23/health.care/index.html

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate said Thursday the chamber won’t vote on a health care reform bill until after the upcoming August recess.

    The announcement by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada goes against President Obama’s stated timetable for both the House and Senate to turn out bills by the August break.

    In response, a senior administration official said Reid’s announcement does not change Obama’s timetable, with the president still wanting House and Senate votes before the upcoming recess. [snip]

    On the House side, Speaker Nancy Pelosi reiterated Thursday that she wants the chamber to vote on a bill before the August break, despite remaining differences among House Democrats.

    She had a tough meeting with House Democratic leaders Thursday morning, with House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina describing it as “one of the most contentious” whip meetings since he assumed the party post. [snip]

    Meanwhile, both Clyburn and the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, Dick Durbin of Illinois, raised the possibility of Congress continuing to work on health care reform into the August recess.

    Clyburn warned that going on break without passing a bill would bring headlines of failure to act.

    “It is much better to postpone, if not cancel vacation — our August break — and stay here until we get this done,” Clyburn said. “This is too important.”

    Durbin noted there wasn’t time before the August 7 recess for the Senate Finance Committee’s compromise plan to be debated by the full panel, then blended with a separate Democratic bill from the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee before going to the full chamber.

    “Count the days,” he said. “Either we are going to go into overtime, which is always a possibility, or have to face the prospect of doing it after August.”

  10. I thought Pelosi had bowed out, too.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that the House can go home for its August recess without passing a massive overhaul.

    Pelosi dismissed concerns expressed by many Democrats that a monthlong delay could give opponents more chances to rally opposition to the bill.

    “I’m not afraid of August,” Pelosi said. “It’s a month.”

  11. The announcement by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada goes against President Obama’s stated timetable for both the House and Senate to turn out bills by the August break.
    **********
    If the member of Congress are allowed to escape the “leadership” pressure and go home; Obama-care is toast and the WH knows it.

  12. The news from Massachusetts gives us the excuse to play this light hearted crime related video (which we were looking for an excuse to play for a long time):

    Lyrics:

    Yesterday in old Fall River
    Mr. Andrew Borden died
    And he got his daughter, Lizzie
    On a charge of homicide

    Some folks say she didn’t do it
    And others say of course she did
    But they all agree, Miss Lizzie B
    Was a problem kinda kid

    ‘Cause you can’t chop your
    Papa up in Massachausetts
    Not even if it’s planned
    As a surprise (a surprise)
    No, you can’t chop your
    Papa up in Massachausetts
    You know how neighbors love to criticize

    Well, she got him on the sofa
    Where he’d gone to take a snooze
    And I hope he went to Heaven
    ‘Cause he wasn’t wearing shoes

    Lizzie kinda rearranged him
    With a hatchet so they say
    Then she got her mother
    In that same old fashioned way

    But you can’t chop your
    Mama up in Massachausettes
    Not even if you’re tired of
    Her cuisine (her cuisine)
    No can’t chop your mama up in Massachausetts
    You know it’s almost sure to cause a scene

    Well, they really kept her
    Hopping on that busy afternoon
    With both down and upstairs chopping
    While she hummed a ragtime tune

    They really made her hustle
    And when all was said and done
    She’d removed her mother’s bustle
    When she wasn’t wearing one

    Now can’t chop your
    Mama up in Massachusetts
    And then blame all the damage
    On the mice (on the mice)
    No, you can’t chop your
    Mama up in Massachausetts
    That sort of thing just isn’t very nice

    Now it wasn’t done for pleasure
    And it wasn’t done for spite
    And it wasn’t done because
    The lady wasn’t very bright

    She’d always done the slightest thing
    That mom and papa bid
    They said, Lizzie, cut it out
    So that’s exactly what she did

    But you can’t chop your
    Papa up in Massachausetts
    And then get dressed
    And go out for a walk
    No, you can’t chop your
    Papa up in Massachausetts
    Massachausetts is a far cry
    From New York

    You can’t chop your
    Papa up in Massachausetts
    Shut the door and lock and latch it
    Here comes Lizzie with a brand new hatchet

    You can’t chop your
    Papa up in Massachausetts
    Such a snob I’ve heard it said
    She met her pa and cut him dead

    You can’t chop your
    Papa up in Massachausetts
    Jump like a fish
    Jump like a porpoise
    All join hands and habeas corpus

    You can’t chop your
    Papa up in Massachausetts
    Massachausetts is a far cry
    From New York

  13. TOTALLY OFF TOPIC
    but WTF????????????

    Goldman Sachs in Talks to Acquire Treasury Department

    Sister Entities to Share Employees, Money
    In what some on Wall Street are calling the biggest blockbuster deal in the history of the financial sector, Goldman Sachs confirmed today that it was in talks to acquire the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

  14. Basil9, the Goldman Sachs story is likely satire. Also sorry for not warning that the pictures in the video are somewhat unnerving.

  15. Admin,

    The timeliness of your article is spot on. The additional research and texture is brilliant.

    Thanks for putting this all together for us.

  16. This ignorant President doesn’t even know that from this point on, his comment will make the police’s job that much more dangerous. These racial things can get out of hand very easy and someone could get hurt on both sides. I just can’t believe the President was stupid enough to escalate this thing.

    Basil9, how can GoldmanSachs buy our Treasury dept.?? Isn’t it covered by the constitution.

  17. Regarding Pelosi, this is the most authoritative statement on the situation we could find, and it is open to various interpretations:

    http://thehill.com/index2.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=84488&pop=1&page=0&Itemid=70

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that the House can go home for its August recess without passing a massive overhaul.

    Pelosi dismissed concerns expressed by many Democrats that a monthlong delay could give opponents more chances to rally opposition to the bill.

    “I’m not afraid of August,” Pelosi said. “It’s a month.”

    That is different from what she said Wednesday and contradicts one of her fellow Democratic House leaders. On Wednesday, Pelosi had indicated that she supported staying into August, saying, “70 percent of the American people would want that.”

    As the bill has bogged down in the Energy and Commerce Committee, the July 31 deadline for passing the bill has seemed increasingly more difficult to meet. Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) have promised lawmakers two days to read the final bill, so it must get out of the committee by Wednesday.

    The committee again delayed its markup Thursday. The committee hasn’t met since Monday.

    Hoyer has said he didn’t see the need to keep lawmakers in session if Democrats haven’t reached consensus.

    But shortly before Pelosi’s news conference, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the No. 3 Democrat in the House, said the House should “postpone, if not cancel, our August recess” until the healthcare bill is passed.

    “If we leave here without doing this, nobody is going to interpret that we’re going home to listen,” Clyburn said. “They’ll say we’re going on vacation without having done it.”

    Blue Dogs on the Energy and Commerce Committee have threatened to block the bill, saying it doesn’t do enough to cut healthcare costs and puts too heavy a burden on employers. And even if the Blue Dogs’ concerns are assuaged, there are still looming problems with the tax on the wealthy to pay for it and objections by rural members who feel Medicare shortchanges their physicians and hospitals.

    Pelosi reiterated Thursday her belief that she has enough votes to pass the bill. Democratic opponents of the current bill said it is nowhere close to having the votes to pass on the House floor. But she stood by her vote count Thursday.

    “I’m more confident than ever,” Pelosi said. “I stand by my statement.”

  18. basil9 Says:

    July 23rd, 2009 at 6:40 pm
    TOTALLY OFF TOPIC
    but WTF????????????

    Goldman Sachs in Talks to Acquire Treasury Department

    Sister Entities to Share Employees, Money
    In what some on Wall Street are calling the biggest blockbuster deal in the history of the financial sector, Goldman Sachs confirmed today that it was in talks to acquire the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

    ——————————————————————————–

    Sounds like an Onion story.

  19. http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/nielsen-news/obama-prime-time-health-care-press-conference

    Draws 4.1 Million Fewer Viewers Than Third Press Conference

    In a continued push for congressional support of health care reform President Obama held his fourth prime time press conference on Wednesday July 22, 2009. The conference was carried live from 8:00PM to approximately 9:00PM on 11 networks. The sum of average audience for those networks was 24,682,519 viewers and had a combined household rating of 16.3. The networks carrying the press conference were ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision*, Telemundo*, BBC-A, BET, CNBC, CNN, FOX News Channel, and MSNBC.

    Viewing to last night’s press conference was down 14% from his April 29 press conference and down 50% from his first primetime conference on February 9.

  20. Admin: holdthemaccountable posted this link in the previous thread:

    Bill Cosby ’shocked’ at Obama’s statement on Harvard prof’s arrest

    quick quote:

    “Bill Cosby said he was “shocked” to hear President Obama weigh-in on the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. on a Boston radio show this morning. “If I’m the president of the United States, I don’t care how much pressure people want to put on it about race, I’m keeping my mouth shut.”

    incredible article:

    h…. //features.csmonitor.com/politics/2009/07/23/bill-cosby-shocked-at-obamas-statement-on-harvard-profs-arrest/

  21. I guess Pelosi decided she couldn’t do her usual partisan dance and shove the thing through no matter how flawed it was.

    After all, she’s doing it for king and country, right??? Oops, I guess the country part doesn’t compute for her.

  22. Moon

    I have been in only one small wildfire. You need to leave when they tell you to. I hope you are safe.

  23. Here is an excellent summary of what the Obama-care plan would be”

    Posted on July 23, 2009
    “More of the Same Is Not Health Care Reform, It’s a Placebo”

    ww.pnhp.org/news/2009/july/more_of_the_same_is_.php

  24. Hardball and CNN I hear are fighting over Os birth certificate. They say they are showing somthing, but I am sure it is that report of birth stuff they had shown before, not a certification of where he was born.

    A Day late and a Dollar short.

  25. Wondering if this professor Gates is another product of Affirmative Action Programs coached by the Rev Wright School of Hating Whitey and Hating America. Where he is planning a documentary on racial profiling.

    “Shagory ( a neighbor of Crowley’s and attorney) said he was upset by the criticism leveled against the officer and questioned Gates’s statement that the confrontation had inspired the Harvard professor to consider making a documentary about racial profiling.”

    “I think the idea of him already planning a documentary is very premature, and a very unnecessary thing to say before all the facts are even in,’’ Shagory said.

  26. My God! First Lou Dobbs has Soledad O’Brien on spouting the race card and racial profiling like an utter maniac. Then you have Roland Martin aka weasel yelling/interrupting like a maniac at Lou and his other guest that the birth certificate issue is irrelevant.

    If bambi wants to call anyone stupid, other than himself and his dims of course, then these two would be a great place to start.

  27. I was wondering about this story. I heard it last week but it kind of died down. I am sure the Fraud had the question planted. What a total jerk to escalate the race issue in America. You know someone will use it to cause harm to someone else and like the cow in Chicago kicking the bucket, America might very well burn.

    Why is it ALWAYS CHICAGO?

    Watts anyone?

  28. http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2009/07/blue-dog-dem-health-care-bill-is-months-away.html

    ABC News’ David Chalian reports:

    One of President Obama’s target audiences at last night’s primetime press conference were the moderate Democrats in Congress he desperately needs to pass his desired version of health care reform. According to one Blue Dog Democrat in the House, the president seems to have done himself some good, but unlike Speaker Pelosi, Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) doesn’t see the votes quite there yet to pass a bill.

    “I thought the President was making the right points last night. We do need a deficit neutral bill that bends the cost curve in the right direction. We also need a bill that works and works for every American so the President stressed the right points. I hope that congressional leadership will listen,” said Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) on ABC News’ “Top Line.”

    “Well she may be a better counter than I am but I don’t see them,” Cooper said when asked about Speaker Pelosi’s assertion that she has the votes.

    Rep. Cooper also suggested that the health care reform effort is moving out of the fast lane. “This is the early stage of a debate. It’s early and I’m glad for all the media interest in it, but we are months away from a resolution of this problem,” he said.

  29. I want a WHITE caucus. How about WHITE American history, WHITE profiling, WHITE only schools (again?)

    We are Americans, plain and simple. People have to STOP with the “Hispanic American, Black, sorry, now Afro American (only BLACKS can say BLACK), Asian American crap.

    The only race that has the right to challenge that statement in my book are of course the REAL Americans, the Indian. But maybe they don’t want to be known as American. I have no insight into that. I wouldn’t blame them to use ALL the casino money to buy as much land as they could and separate.Serve us all right.

  30. SHV Says:
    July 23rd, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Soft peddling Obama’s HC Plan as something as innocuous as a Placebo, as Rodberg calls it; is a far cry from the actual ramifications to unsuspecting citizens falling for an Obama supporter’s (Rodberg) article downplaying the seriousness of the infringement of so much government interfering with our freedom and privacy and focusing on the cost is just irresponsible.

    The CBO was the linchpin for the unfeasibility of Obama HCP cost wise. The Devil is in the details and that is what is frightening. You can’t unring that bell.

  31. admin Says:

    July 23rd, 2009 at 8:06 pm
    ******************************

    There was absolutely nothing of substance in that little charade last night. What is this man smoking?

  32. Soft peddling Obama’s HC Plan as something as innocuous as a Placebo,
    **********
    The article pretty well summarized what Obama-care would mean for the majority of Americans….I don’t think think the grim reality outlined in that piece was soft peddling.

  33. Chris Matthews was really beating up Libby, and of course there was a Dim to help, who only wanted to join Chris in the shiver down the leg I worship thee, and how dare you question he is the one.

    They are showing the live birth certificate, and stating how dare you question this. They are also showing some newspaper announcement with a HI address for O, stating that this must prove he was born there. Of course neither does.

    Libby tried over and over again to bring up the letter written by the Grandmother. Chris ignored it everytime.

    He stated accusing Libby of calling O’s Wife, and O’s Mother liars. But Chris had no problem ignoring the Grandmother’s letter, and in fact calling her a liar.

    I do research using Vital Records. They are only as valid and truthful as the person providing the information. I have fround many to be in error.

    It is interesting to note that when SS came in, a lot of people had to report late births to validate their birth date. All of these documents were based on written letters from people who know of the birth. It was similar when Civil War pensioners had to qualify for benefits.

    SO CHRIS, WHY IS THE STATE OF HI REPORT OF LIVE BIRTHS (which really cannot prove where someone was born unless the person who took that infomation was witness to the birth) ANY MORE VALID THEN THE LETTER OF THE GRANDMOTHER who said she was witness to the birth?

    Oh sorry that is right, you still have shivers up your leg.

  34. At the NAACP, Obama Removes His Mask of the Great Unifier
    americanthinker.com/2009/07/at_the_naacp_obama_removes_his.html

    It is truly a sad day in America when the president of the United States fans the flames of racial hatred. The man elected to be president of all the people, in his speech at the NAACP basically said, though America is racist, sexist and homophobic, you can make it in spite of those white SOB’s attempts to stop you. Wonderful. How inspiring. The NAACP audience erupted in applause. Obama’s condemnation was “red meat” to the liberal, protective of their victim status, organization.

    “Make no mistake, the pain of discrimination is still felt in America (applause) by African-American women paid less for doing the same work as colleagues of a different color and a different gender; by La-tin-os made to feel unwelcome in their own country; by Muslim Americans viewed with suspicion simply because they kneel down to pray to their god; by gay dead brothers and sisters still taunted, still attacked, still denied their rights.”

    Interestingly, Obama’s list of victims did not include Christians and straight white males. This is because it is open season on bashing them. According to liberals, everything wrong in the world is the fault of Christians and straight white males. Case in point, Pulitzer Prize winner Maureen Dowd’s column in the New York Times in which she demonizes white men. Aren’t Obama’s statements in his speech eerily close to the teachings of Rev. Jeremiah Wright who said, “America is controlled by rich white people”?

    Mr. President, as for the victims in your speech; one of those African American women you claim America has victimized used her money, power and influence to help get you elected. White guys did not blow up the Twin Towers, murdering three thousand Americans. Muslims did. So, excuse me if I give them a second glance in an airport. Only illegal Latinos are unwelcome — just as with every other ethnic group. When an openly gay beauty pageant judge viciously trashes a contestant for humbly saying she believes marriage should be between a man and a woman and much of the media sides with him in ridiculing the woman, it is safe to say America is pretty tolerant of homosexuals. All of Obama’s accusations against America are untrue, divisive and evil.

    Does racism exist in America? Of course it does — along with every other sin. But are we a racist country? Absolutely not! Why would our president want to reinforce such a divisive paradigm? And why did the NAACP so enjoy Obama’s attack on white America?

    If MLK were magically brought back to life, he would be heartbroken over what has become of this organization and the civil rights movement. He would ask,”Is Jesse still running to every photo op? And, tell me again how this Reverend Al guy became our spokesperson”?

    Dr. King required his marchers to be sober, neat, clean and even tempered. He never preached hate. Quite the opposite, Dr. King dreamed of a day when all God’s children, black and white, would join hands as brothers and sisters. Dr. King fought, suffered, and died because he wanted the Negro (and that is a word he proudly used) to have an equal opportunity to strive and achieve excellence. And yet, I heard that a civil rights group called a test racist because it used the word “sofa” rather than “couch” and black kids would not know they are the same. Give me a break!

    Dr King would beam with pride over former Secretary of Defense Condoleezza Rice and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, both hated by the NAACP. I can hear him saying, “Negroes, Secretary of Defense and U.S. Supreme Court Justice, praise God!”

    Dr. King’s once great organization has become a liberal partner with the Democratic Party in their exploitation of blacks. Keep telling them they are victims, America is against them and they need Democrats to defend and protect them. This will ensure that the NAACP will remain relevant and Democrats will continue getting 95% of the black vote. This is why the NAACP went wild with applause over Obama’s speech trashing America.

    If MLK were alive today, I believe he would be a proud member, not of the NAACP, but of the organization of which I am president, the National Association for the Advancement of Conservative People of Color.

    The NAACPC’s philosophy and goals are far more in keeping with Dr King’s dream. Personal responsibility. Judging people by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. America is the greatest land of opportunity on the planet for all people. Sadly, our president believes she is an evil place where successful white males victimize everyone.

    Though far from perfect, I remember to put the seat down most of the time, my amazing wife still thinks I am the best thing since sliced bread. Is it unreasonable to expect the leader of the free world to have, at least, a similar affection and opinion of his country? Dr King would be appalled.

  35. Wonder what will happen if Mr. Gates’ house is broken into again? Maybe they should just take their time responding next time. Oh, wait. That would be racist. Or maybe they should send only black police officers. But…wouldn’t that be racist? It’s obvious to me that he took advantage of the circumstances and pushed it his way for maximum effect. Professor or professional victim?

  36. I agree with mj that the article that says Obama may fire Hillary is a fake.

    1) There’s no Jeremy Kimball who writes for the L.A. Times.
    2) The article is nowhere to be found on the Times’ Web site.
    3) There’s no Times article anywhere that has Rahm Emanuel saying anything about Hillary being on “thin ice.”

  37. Ok, i think they finally have that fire under control, well i hope so. Its been 45 degree celsius heat here all week, everything is dry as a bone.

    I live right on a mountainside, quite near to nothing but brush and forests and woodland for miles and miles. So when it goes up, it goes up and to top it all off, the local council has a great big rubbish tip in the midle of it, how clever is that?

    We had this two years ago and we did have to evacuate. Thank god i think its ok now.

  38. Let him try and fire our HRC, thats one fireball fight, I’d love to see.

    She’s go kung fu on his ass, as would Big dog and all the other clinton voters.

    Don’t piss us off. We bite.

  39. The other question is, “just how exactly are the Govt going to get doctors and dentists to go under the new “healthcare” they changed all the rules in the UK 3 years ago, 50% of all dentists left and went private and a shitload of docs just went to private hospitals.

    Who said the Docs will work for less, did they bother to ask them?

  40. BTW, Obama is down to 55 percent approval in the Gallup tracking poll, and that’s a new low for him.

  41. The article pretty well summarized what Obama-care would mean for the majority of Americans….I don’t think think the grim reality outlined in that piece was soft peddling.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Sorry, I have my doubts most Americans know the government mandates and restrictions included in the Health Care Bill and what it would mean to the majority of them if passed.

    We were advised by virtue of the Congressional Budget Office Obama’s Health Care Plan was DOA as financially unfeasible last week before that aspect had been debated by the Finance Committee. Your point is moot.

  42. White House Won’t Name ‘Colorado Woman’ In Health Care Speech: Administration Tells Her Story To National Audience, Then Cites ‘Privacy’

    Jaclyn Allen, 7NEWS Reporter
    July 23, 2009

    DENVER — President Barack Obama specifically profiled the plight of a Colorado woman failed by the health care system in Wednesday night’s nationally televised address.

    But when 7NEWS started asking basic questions such as where is she from and what is her name, the administration that prides itself on being transparent wouldn’t say a word.

    In Wednesday night’s speech, Obama said, “This is about the woman in Colorado who paid $700 a month to her insurance company, only to find out that they wouldn’t pay a dime for her cancer treatment, who had to use up her retirement funds to save her own life.”

    Pretty compelling stuff, right?

    Her story is so important that the president told it to the entire country.

    7NEWS thought it was important enough to fact check.

    But when we called the White House Press Office to find out more about this very public story, a spokesman said the White House wants to protect the woman’s privacy and won’t be releasing any information about her.

    Not her name. Not where she’s from. Nothing.

    When there are so many people suffering, coming forward with health care nightmares, why choose to highlight a woman you can’t name? Does the woman actually exist?

    If she doesn’t, this wouldn’t be the first time a president has exaggerated a person for storytelling purposes.

    Consider the Cadillac-driving “welfare queen” President Ronald Reagan often referred to that turned out to be a gross exaggeration.

    Colorado’s Democratic Party Chair defended the president’s decision to keep the person private.

    “It makes a lot of sense to me. You can give an example, we give examples all the time, of how a policy works or doesn’t work,” she said. “And to make it more relevant, we may mention a first name or no name at all to tell the story. This is about telling the story, not necessarily pointing your finger at a specific person in the community.”

    But the president did point his finger at a specific person in the community, and then wouldn’t say who she was so that journalists can fact check.

    The Colorado Hospital Association reports 800,000 people in the state are uninsured.

    Many people are suffering — real people with real stories.

    Why would the president illustrate his argument for health care reform with an anonymous woman whose story can’t be verified?

    The fact that the administration won’t answer basic questions about the president’s example begs the question: are they ready for this health care battle?

    thedenverchannel.com/news/20160003/detail.html

  43. AnnieCarmel Says:
    July 23rd, 2009 at 8:57 pm
    Wonder what will happen if Mr. Gates’ house is broken into again?

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

    My question is: Why was Gates front door jammed in th first place?

    “Gates was returning from a trip to China, and he couldn’t get in through a jammed front door, so he apparently went around the back, shut off an alarm and worked with his driver to get the door open.”

  44. Very interesting, so much for the liberal state. Sounds like Californians are fed up with a lot of things, Dems could be in for a rough midterms next year in Cal.

    Nearly two-out-of-three California voters (64%) say illegal immigrants put a significant strain on the state budget as lawmakers struggle to close a $26 billion deficit.

    A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of California voters shows that just 25% say illegal immigrants are not a major strain on the state budget. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure.

    Adults under 30 are less likely to believe illegal immigrants are a budget strain than those who are older.

    Eighty-eight percent (88%) of Republicans and 67% of voters not affiliated with either major party see illegal immigrants as a serious budget strain. Democrats are evenly divided on the question.

    Fifty-five percent (55%) of California voters oppose the budget deal worked out by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and state legislators from both parties. The legislature is expected to vote on the deal today.

  45. I do not know the facts here. But I bet you both sides over reacted. Racebaiter Clyburn is not qualified to speak to the issue.

  46. What a bloody mess NJ is in. What is it, is every blue dem state just a hole of corruption these days. I’d already lost faith in the Democratic party but they are taking the cake now.

    What worse for a struggling incumbent governor than trailing by 15 points in the polls? Scores of Democratic Party officials – including a member of your administration – arrested and implicated in a widespread official corruption scheme in an investigation begun by your challenger.

    A two-year corruption and international money-laundering investigation stretching from the Jersey Shore to Brooklyn to Israel and Switzerland culminated in charges against 44 people on Thursday, including three New Jersey mayors, two state assemblymen and five rabbis, the authorities said. Weysan Dun, the special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Newark office…emphasized that the case was motivated by neither religion nor politics — an important point given that the New Jersey governor’s race pits a former United States attorney, Christopher J. Christie, under whom the investigation began, against the Democratic incumbent, Jon S. Corzine, whose administration was not spared in the arrests Thursday. Agents also raided the home of Joseph V. Doria Jr., commissioner of the state’s Department of Community Affairs and a former mayor of Bayonne.

  47. “Bill Cosby said he was “shocked” to hear President Obama weigh-in on the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. on a Boston radio show this morning. “If I’m the president of the United States, I don’t care how much pressure people want to put on it about race, I’m keeping my mouth shut.”
    ————————
    He speaks the truth.

  48. but but but Wbboei, Obama just couldnt help him self, he had to do a “rev wright” and blame whitey.

  49. In what would be divine justice, i’d love Dodd to lose his seat.

    Despite multiple television commercials by his campaign and third-party advertisers, U.S. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd is still behind Republican Rob Simmons in the latest Quinnipiac University poll by nine points, 48%-39%.

    The poll shows Dodd defeating state Senator Sam Caligiuri of Waterbury by 42 percent to 40 percent, and Dodd is tied with Greenwich multi-millionaire Tom Foley at 42 percent.

    In the battle for name recognition, Dodd is far ahead. Some of the Republican challengers, however, are barely known at all.

    Even though Dodd has been in public life for 35 years, 7 percent of the adults polled said they have not heard enough about him to form an opinion. Some insiders say that an adult in Connecticut who has never heard of Dodd is very unlikely to vote at all. (there are obviously still people dumber than bricks in Conn.)

  50. Its the Enquirer, so its probably correct and factual over the other outlets these days.

    Ted Kennedy was left paralyzed after being hit with a devastating seizure, The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively.

    Although he’d been fighting a valiant battle against brain cancer for more than a year, the 77-year-old senator was jolted by a frightening seizure in mid-July that paralyzed the right side of his body and left his speech slurred.

    speech slurred, did anyone do a breathyliser?

    Why is this muppet still able to vote in the senate.

  51. Mind you maybe Obama can test run his end to life/useless insurance eater healthcare on ole Ted and see how he likes what Obama got planned for us all, after all he gave him to us.

  52. I’m sure if bambi and dodd try hard enough they can inject some dirty gossip into the race to damage his opponent’s chances.

  53. moon,

    Why doesn’t Ted Kennedy do his civic duty and take his sorry ass on out to that iceberg to die, and quit sucking up valuable healthcare dollars that could be used by the young and hip?

    I wonder, has Teddy had his “frequent” government-mandated “end of life counseling” that Obama wants the rest of our poor seniors subjected to? Where’s the freaking bureaucrat telling HIM that all his expensive treatments are not cost-effective since he’ll die anyway?

    Hurry up, model-Dimocrat Teddy, put your money and your body where your mouth is. Choke down some of those blue or red pills and give it up already, you selfish old “waste of resources”. Don’t you know you’re fucking up the healthcare budget?

  54. MoonOnPluto, when we heard this morning about the New Jersey raids and the $10,000 give to the poor for their kidneys which were later resold for $160,000 we simply assumed it was another unread section of the Obama health insurance plan. 🙂

  55. I wonder how many congresspersons are over 70 and have a pacemaker? Remember, Obama said granny should forgo that pacemaker and just take some lortab for the chest pain and STFU.

  56. Could be, admin. After all, his plan wants to set up a “Health Choices Commissioner” that completely bypasses congress and has the executive branch run the show with no oversight.

    Maybe Obama will appoint one of those kidney smugglers as health czar.

  57. Ted Kennedy is a despicable man ,,,a coward whose only goal has been to protect the fake legacy of he and his family. I hope Bill and Hillary are “unavailable” when Teddy goes to wherever someone like him goes…

  58. Hillaryfor Texas, I think the term the nazi’s use was worthless eaters. I agree Ted has been a worthless eater(drinker) for a long time. He should be on borrowed time since he already took a young life.

  59. HillaryforTexas Says:

    July 23rd, 2009 at 11:10 pm
    Could be, admin. After all, his plan wants to set up a “Health Choices Commissioner” that completely bypasses congress and has the executive branch run the show with no oversight.

    —————————————————————————————————

    There has to be oversight, otherwise out of control abuses will occur. There are reasons for risk management, quality control, and peer review activities. This health care program will need oversight, for financial, as well as for quality of care purposes.

    BTW, I agree with your statement about TK. What a bunch of hypocrits and elitists.

  60. I just watched Roland Martin completely lose it over Obama birth certificate. He said if he was of Irish or Polish ancestry they would not even be asking for the birth certificate.

  61. confloyd, that’s crap. They made a huge stink over McCain’s status the first time he ran.

  62. jumpinginpools.blogspot.com/2009/07/la-times-obama-close-to-firing-hillary.html

    Sorry for the multiple post on previous thread here is the link

  63. wbboei Says:
    July 23rd, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    I do not know the facts here. But I bet you both sides over reacted.

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

    If we triangulate the facts as written in Admins post, an interesting concept is developing. As credentialed as Gates is… Sgt. Crowley matches his expertise toe to toe. It’s beginning to look like the set-up came from the side of Law enforcement meant to expose the Race baiting meme. Triggering a stupid response from a dumber than a box of rocks president using a teleprompter doing his thinking for him.

  64. Here is someone’s take on the story above

    My take on the bambi administration – corrupt and a bunch of juvenile hyprocrites. Bambi and his band more than anything want to diminish the Clintons and Bill’s tenure as President.

    Bambi wanted his healthcare legislation passed not to really benefit people but to throw it in the Clintons’ faces bragging that he could got it done while they couldn’t.

    Ballerina Toes(Rahm Emanuel) leaked the”thin ice” comments to the LATimes as payback to Hillary for wanting him fired for misconduct during Bill’s term.

    Good Analogy from Cam424

  65. marie3548, good to see you here again. We know for sure it was Rahm Emmanuel? If it was him, then I guess its true. It would really be a stupid move to do that. She is his only credability.

  66. marie, no one can find that story, or even the name of the supposed reporter, at the LA Times anywhere. The link given is to some random blog that credits it to the Times but offers no link, and no verifiable proof.

  67. confloyd Says:

    July 23rd, 2009 at 11:55 pm
    That is what i was thinking He would not dare fire her she is the best thing in that whole administration smartest, brightest etc.

    Shame she has to be linked with that horrible bunch.

    I really hate that but at least it was the job that everybody wanted and the job that the Fraud lied and led everyone on thinking that they were going to get it.

  68. marie3548 Says:

    July 23rd, 2009 at 11:59 pm
    I know i had a hard time with that story to see if it was verifiable.

    ——————————————————————————————————-

    Considering that the article was on a right wing website and there is not a direct link to the article on the LA Times website and I cannot find the information the paper’s website, I doubt the veracity of this information. We have to be careful of our sources.

  69. birdgal Says:

    July 24th, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Yes you’re probably right but I would not put anything past these frauds and idiots.

  70. marie3548 Says:

    July 24th, 2009 at 12:09 am
    birdgal Says:

    July 24th, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Yes you’re probably right but I would not put anything past these frauds and idiots.

    ——————————————————————

    Neither would I, but there are enemies on both sides.

  71. birdgal, i also read that same article yesterday, but I did not download or follow thru with it. I now can’t remember where I saw it. Its probably bogus, but I don’t trust the Commander in Cheat.

  72. One more thing that I would like to comment on is Hillary told the Democrats that if they cheat to get him in, people will allways believe he was the illigitimate nominee. Well, we all still believe that, so she was right. IF he continues to have trouble with the “birthers” then so be it.

  73. Why is the birth issue coming up now? It wasn’t in the mainstream media at all during the election.

  74. LOu stated in that report that there was 6000,000 signatures petitioning him to show his birth certificate and the congressman was trying to get legislation all persons running for president (I think) will have to prove they are a resident for 14 yrs and show thier birth certificate etc.

  75. …it is going to be very interesting when the audiotapes of the ‘he said, he said’ Gates arrest are released…something tells me someone is going to be verrrry embarrassed…

    huffingtonpost.com/2009/07/23/cambridge-police-union-pr_n_244048.html

    The president of the Cambridge Police Patrol Officer’s Association says that President Obama’s statement that officers “acted stupidly” when they arrested black scholar Henry Louis Gates was “disgraceful.”

    Stephen Killion told the Huffington Post that he was shocked when he heard the president make the remarks during Wednesday night’s press conference.

    “That was totally inappropriate. I am disgraced that he is our commander-in-chief. He smeared the good reputation of the hard-working men and women of the Cambridge Police Department. It was wrong to do. It was disgraceful.” (snip)

    Killion also claimed that audiotapes, now in the possession of the city solicitor’s office, will show that Harvard Professor Gates “turned this non-incident into a racial incident.” He said the audiotapes will prove Crowley’s account of the incident and show that Gates “was provoking the incident. He wanted to prove who he was… He deems himself higher than everyone else around.”

    On the tapes, Killian claims, “you can clearly hear him berating the officer, creating a scene”

  76. gawker.com/5320774/verdict-obama-heath-care-presser-was-a-failure

    In short, the president whiffed tonight completely. His opponents are using every political scare tactic in the political scare tactic playbook to win the battle for public opinion on this issue, while doing virtually nothing to offer up their own solution, but it appears as though the Obama administration is hoping it can ride the president’s noted charm and charisma horse to the finish line on this one. We don’t think that’s going to work. The sheen of the Obama presidency is beginning to dull and people, even those who supported him in the 2008 election, are beginning to yearn for more than well-articulated good intentions.

    If the White House wasn’t yet prepared to roll out the details of their plan, then they shouldn’t have called the press conference in the first place. This only makes it harder for them to reach people when they’re actually ready to roll out the important details of a plan, as you get the sense that people are beginning to just tune out on the issue, despite the fact that having so many uninsured citizens is one of this country’s great modern shames. Again, the Obama administration had an opportunity tonight, and they let it slip away from them.

    After all, you know what they say—if you lose Gawker, you lose America. (snip)

    Also, what the hell was he doing condemning the Cambridge police on the Henry Louis Gates thing, saying that “the police acted stupidly?!” Yes, the charges against Gates were dropped, but shouldn’t the president remain neutral on such things while the arresting officer’s actions are being investigated? Geez. Feel free to agree or disagree with any of this in the comments.

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

    bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1186768

    Experts pan Obama

    Critics yesterday blasted President Barack Obama’s controversial comment that Cambridge police “acted stupidly” when they arrested Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., calling the comment politically “unwise,” and “a questionable rush to judgment.”

    “I’m certain if he could take back the word ‘stupidly,’ he would,” said Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia. “Here’s why it was unwise: It was a press conference about health care, and instead it became a press conference about an arrested Harvard professor.”

    Obama’s administration backtracked yesterday, clarifying that the president did not call the officer stupid while Obama sought to show his support for law enforcement during a primetime interview on ABC’s “Nightline.” (snip)

    Paul Wantanabe, political professor at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, said the president should have chosen his words more carefully.

    “As a consultant, I tell clients that when they talk to the press to be very careful about every sentence and every phrase,” he said. “It strikes me that the president of United States should be a lot more conscious of that as well.”

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

    what can we expect? he went off his teleprompter for a few seconds and we see the inexperienced and shallow person he is…

  77. news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090724/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_economy_poll_analysis

    By TOM RAUM, Associated Press Writer Tom Raum, Associated Press Writer – Thu Jul 23, 8:34 pm ET

    WASHINGTON – At a critical moment in his presidency, Barack Obama finds increasing need to talk about taming federal deficits as he struggles with a dour economy.

    It’s not just that Republicans are keeping up a relentless and punishing attack on his health care overhaul and other spending priorities. It’s also that Americans are losing confidence in Obama’s ability to lead an economic recovery. Increasingly, they are worried about their jobs and the impact of the nation’s mushrooming debt on future generations.

    An Associated Press-GfK Poll shows public confidence has reversed on whether the president’s $787 billion stimulus package, passed by Congress in February, will ultimately work to improve the economy.

    In January, 58 percent were confident it would. Now, it’s the opposite, with 58 percent saying they doubt the stimulus will bring any significant improvement.

    Forty-seven percent still think it’s too early to pass final judgment on whether the plan is working. But of those who say they are decided, three times as many say the stimulus has harmed the economy than those who say it has helped.

    Other polls have shown similar slippage on Obama’s economic stewardship, although his overall approval rating remains solid — 55 percent in the AP-Gfk poll conducted July 16-20. Still, that’s down nine points from April.

    In contrast to the increasing public gloom, many economists see fledgling signs of an economic recovery and expect the recession to end late this year. But economists also know that, historically, job losses nearly always continue long after a recession has officially ended.

    The darkening mood comes as Obama tries to rally public support for overhauling the nation’s health care system, his top legislative priority, but one expected to cost about $1 trillion over 10 years. His mission is to convince the public and Congress that his health care plan will benefit Americans as well as strengthen the economy in the long run.

    It’s been a hard sell.

    Fiscally conservative Democrats are skeptical. And Republicans have seized on the change in public sentiment to pound Obama for failing to create or save the jobs he promised while greatly overburdening the federal budget.

    South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint has predicted the health care legislation could be Obama’s “Waterloo moment” and could break his presidency — a remark Obama now cites as the kind of partisan politics-as-usual in Washington he is seeking to end.

    “I think the Republican attack on the deficit is succeeding because it’s real,” said Rob Shapiro, a former economic adviser to President Bill Clinton, and chairman of Sonecon, an economic-consulting firm.

    Obama is factual in saying he inherited a trillion-dollar-plus deficit from predecessor George W. Bush, “but he made it worse,” Shapiro said. The deficit in the current budget year is now estimated to come in at more than $1.8 trillion, pushed higher by the stimulus spending, bailouts and increasing war costs.

    Shapiro said he believes White House officials are taking the GOP attacks very seriously. “They’re also concerned about long-term deficits and the impact they could have on the economy and on the ability to act two, three years down the road — which of course is moving up to the re-election season,” he said.

    Obama clearly has been putting more emphasis on the importance of getting spending under control even as he tries to prod a recovery.

    “We have to do what businesses and families do. We’ve got to cut out the things we don’t need to pay for the things we do,” Obama said at a town-hall style meeting Thursday in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. The meeting followed a prime-time news conference the night before in which Obama sought to rally public support for his health plan.

    The AP-Gfk poll showed that 61 percent of those surveyed oppose any additional stimulus package. Nearly half, 49 percent, now say Obama is trying to change things too quickly, up from 32 percent in April. And 80 percent are worried that increasing federal debt will harm the future of their children and grandchildren. The national debt — the total of accumulated annual deficits — is currently $11.6 trillion.

    The AP-GfK Poll was conducted July 16-20 and involved landline and cell phone interviews with 1,006 adults nationwide. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

    Democratic pollster Mark Mellman said “there’s no question that, over time, the chief executive pays a price if things aren’t going well in the economy.” While Obama’s overall approval rating is still strong, “the fact that it’s declined makes it a little harder for him to wield the same kind of threat over Congress as he might have some months ago,” Mellman said.

    Some economists warn that this recession is so deep, it may take much longer than in the past for a rebound even after some economic growth resumes.

    Job losses have now wiped out all the job gains since the last recession in 2001, the first time that has happened since the 1930s.

    Heidi Shierholz, an economist at the Economic Policy Center, a labor-funded think tank, noted that the jobless rate continued to rise for 19 months after the 2001 recession was declared over.

    “If the unemployment rate is still increasing, people are not going to feel good,” Shierholz

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

    “It’s the jobs, stupid!”

  78. Obama’s ready to fire Hillary? I believe it is plant by his staff and it would be suicide by self inflicted wounds for him to try and force her out as SoS.It would not only cause a tide of anger resentment here at home but also in the capitals of our allies around the world.Go head Obama ,make our day and try it.Even many of your gravy train supporters would dump you.Hillary and Bill have something that you can never attain.

    LOVE and RESPECT of a magnitude never seen before in world politics.

    note:Hillary is on ‘Meet the Press Sun.”
    and her appearance there should be another nail in Obama’s political coffin.

    By ABM90 I find myself humming a favorite song when I see and hear her
    out there on the world stage.

    “IT HAD TO BE YOU”

  79. “Hillary is on ‘Meet the Press Sun.”
    and her appearance there should be another nail in Obama’s political coffin.”

    —————————

    ABM90,

    I love waking up to your Hillary pep talks! 🙂

  80. Thank you JanH: It makes me feel good and inspires me keep involved in the support of our Hillary.I do get carried away at times but I am a super senior in a hurry to realize my hopes come true and be able to call her Madam President before Obama and his cohorts place me in the too old to waste medicare funds in treating any health problems I might

    encounter in my race for life longevity.
    Just heard BHO speak in Cheecago.
    quote”I am from Cheegago and I don’t break”. Well my answer to that for his boast is “We know you well mr O we have your sordid record of deceptions,court testimony and your list of underworld friends and money
    launderers that put you into office

    http://rezkowatch.blogspot.com/

  81. admin Says:

    July 24th, 2009 at 3:21 am
    S, somewhere Bill Clinton is laughing. “It’s still the economy, stupid!”

    ***************************************************
    agree…fast forward to Obamaland “It’s the economy equals jobs, stupid”

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

    oh, to have the experience and wisdom the Clintons at the helm during these rocky days…

  82. For First Time, Obama’s Approval Rating Falls Below 50%

    Overall, 49% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance, RASMUSSEN will report later this morning.

    This marks the first time his overall approval rating has ever fallen below 50% among Likely Voters nationwide. Fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove.

    Eighty-three percent (83%) of Democrats continue to approve of the President’’s performance while 80% of Republicans disapprove. Among those not affiliated with either major party, 37% offer a positive assessment.

    The President earns approval from 51% of women and 47% of men.

    RASMUSSEN was the most accurate pollster for the final results of the 2008 Presidential election.

  83. Jon Stewart the most trusted newscaster in American

    Now that is interesting.

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  84. One last comment from me regarding the extremely stupid rumor that Dumbo is firing Hillary…

    I think Hillary will be the one, when she is ready, to walk away with dignity and under her own conditions. At which time he will be left floundering.

    Dumbo has encircled himself with a select group of meme advisors who collectively are bleeding America dry.

  85. Moononpluto

    I guess the women are stilll drinking the Kool Aid

    Usually when you are in a slide like this, it takes something dramatic to bring you our. Of course that news conference did not do it.

  86. You know it’s fine to give someone rock star status, as shown by the polling that the Koolaid is still strong. But why annoit him to the highest status in the land? Why not just make him a movie star in b-rated movies?

  87. I think BO really lowered himself, when he made that comment about the police. He should not have answered that question in that manner. Can you imagine how diplomatic Hillary Clinton would have answered that? She certainly would not have used the word “stupidly.” As president, he should have taken the high road. Another example of inexperience and callousness.

  88. Hillary would have stepped back until she had all the facts and even then might have said this is a local matter. She wouldn’t inject “race” into the picture as Dumbo and his herd keep trying to do over and over again. His speech to the NAACP was totally inappropriate as well.

  89. birdgal, I agree.

    But he has and continues to make them. How many do you have to make before your loyal subjects figure it out. I had a job, which I was not paid near as much for, and I had to meet 100% goals.

  90. Why Obamacare Is Sinking

    By Charles Krauthammer
    Friday, July 24, 2009

    What happened to Obamacare? Rhetoric met reality. As both candidate and president, the master rhetorician could conjure a world in which he bestows upon you health-care nirvana: more coverage, less cost.

    But you can’t fake it in legislation. Once you commit your fantasies to words and numbers, the Congressional Budget Office comes along and declares that the emperor has no clothes.

    President Obama premised the need for reform on the claim that medical costs are destroying the economy. True. But now we learn — surprise! — that universal coverage increases costs. The congressional Democrats’ health-care plans, says the CBO, increase costs on the order of $1 trillion plus.

    In response, the president retreated to a demand that any bill he sign be revenue-neutral. But that’s classic misdirection: If the fierce urgency of health-care reform is to radically reduce costs that are producing budget-destroying deficits, revenue neutrality (by definition) leaves us on precisely the same path to insolvency that Obama himself declares unsustainable.

    The Democratic proposals are worse still. Because they do increase costs, revenue neutrality means countervailing tax increases. It’s not just that it is crazily anti-stimulatory to saddle a deeply depressed economy with an income tax surcharge that falls squarely on small business and the investor class. It’s that health-care reform ends up diverting for its own purposes a source of revenue that might otherwise be used to close the yawning structural budget deficit that is such a threat to the economy and to the dollar.

    These blindingly obvious contradictions are why the Democratic health plans are collapsing under their own weight — at the hands of Democrats. It’s Max Baucus, Democratic chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, who called Obama unhelpful for ruling out taxing employer-provided health insurance as a way to pay for expanded coverage. It’s the Blue Dog Democrats in the House who wince at skyrocketing health-reform costs just weeks after having swallowed hemlock for Obama on a ruinous cap-and-trade carbon tax.

    The president is therefore understandably eager to make this a contest between progressive Democrats and reactionary Republicans. He seized on Republican Sen. Jim DeMint’s comment that stopping Obama on health care would break his presidency to protest, with perfect disingenuousness, that “this isn’t about me. This isn’t about politics.”

    It’s all about him. Health care is his signature reform. And he knows that if he produces nothing, he forfeits the mystique that both propelled him to the presidency and has sustained him through a difficult first six months. Which is why Obama’s red lines are constantly shifting. Universal coverage? Maybe not. No middle-class tax hit? Well, perhaps, but only if they don’t “primarily” bear the burden. Because it’s about him, Obama is quite prepared to sign anything as long as it is titled “health-care reform.”

    This is not about politics? Then why is it, to take but the most egregious example, that in this grand health-care debate we hear not a word about one of the worst sources of waste in American medicine: the insane cost and arbitrary rewards of our malpractice system?

    When a neurosurgeon pays $200,000 a year for malpractice insurance before he even turns on the light in his office or hires his first nurse, who do you think pays? Patients, in higher doctor fees to cover the insurance.

    And with jackpot justice that awards one claimant zillions while others get nothing — and one-third of everything goes to the lawyers — where do you think that money comes from? The insurance companies, which then pass it on to you in higher premiums.

    But the greatest waste is the hidden cost of defensive medicine: tests and procedures that doctors order for no good reason other than to protect themselves from lawsuits. Every doctor knows, as I did when I practiced years ago, how much unnecessary medical cost is incurred with an eye not on medicine but on the law.

    Tort reform would yield tens of billions in savings. Yet you cannot find it in the Democratic bills. And Obama breathed not a word about it in the full hour of his health-care news conference. Why? No mystery. The Democrats are parasitically dependent on huge donations from trial lawyers.

    Didn’t Obama promise a new politics that puts people over special interests? Sure. And now he promises expanded, portable, secure, higher-quality medical care — at lower cost! The only thing he hasn’t promised is to extirpate evil from the human heart. That legislation will be introduced next week.

    letters@ charleskrauthammer.com

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/23/AR2009072302723.html

  91. On the economy, I keep hearing we are recovering, the jobs loses will lag, but we are getting there.

    We will hit the wall on unemployment shortly, and the cost of the debt will really slow things down, how much we do not know. I never hear the experts discuss this.

    I am still burning from O’s comment that he was fine with waiting until after the break, as he did not want to make the same mistakes BC and HRC did. First, HRC never was President, so any mistakes are Bills. After all, that experience was not suppose to count, remember. Next, he has already shoved stuff through at least twice (the stimulus and that other crxp), and he should have know better, as obviously he knew about BCs mistake. (Oh maybe he did as they just handed him that 5 minute piece of paper).

    Last, BC truly learned from his mistakes, and wipped out a budget deficit without a majority in the legistlative branches. I wonder if you can do that same. You have a supposed majority now, cannot keep the Blue Dims in check or win over any Reps, because you will not negoitate with them. If you lose out in 2010 it will be interesting. Change that, you do not think you have to negotiate. You expect someone else to write and push your legislation through, and you are there to sign it and take family vacation. Did not anyone get him a copy of the President’s job description 5 minutes before he took the oath?

    Sorry, I guess I will go back to sleep for a while.

  92. birdgal Says:

    July 23rd, 2009 at 7:03 pm
    basil9 Says:

    July 23rd, 2009 at 6:40 pm
    TOTALLY OFF TOPIC
    but WTF????????????

    Goldman Sachs in Talks to Acquire Treasury Department

    Sister Entities to Share Employees, Money
    In what some on Wall Street are calling the biggest blockbuster deal in the history of the financial sector, Goldman Sachs confirmed today that it was in talks to acquire the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

    ——————————————————————————–

    Sounds like an Onion story.
    &&&&&&&&

    Obviously a fake story. Why would they buy something they already own?

  93. The only thing he hasn’t promised is to extirpate evil from the human heart. That legislation will be introduced next week.

    ___________________

    OK, that one had me laughing.

    Sorry, just had to add that.

  94. By Charles Krauthammer
    Friday, July 24, 2009
    **********
    Dr. Krauthammer could be so much better. He is very bright and knowledgeable. His major problem is that he is dishonest. He formulates his discussions and arguments so that they result in a conclusion based on a political agenda not on the facts themselves. “But the greatest waste is the hidden cost of defensive medicine:”, he knows that is crap; the greatest waste in medical care is the $600+ billion that the insurance companies suck out of the system each year. Tort reform is needed but the crisis in providing medical care for all isn’t trial attorneys. Dr. Krauthammer is smart enough to know this but again structures his argument to fit the “agenda”.

  95. Biden in a worse than Cheney was in after 6 months. Thats even more shocking.

    Favorable views of Biden have dropped from 59% to 48% since November

    PRINCETON, NJ — In contrast to U.S. President Barack Obama, whose current favorable rating among Americans is similar to what it was just after the November election, Vice President Joe Biden has seen some erosion in his rating. As a result, Biden lags significantly behind Obama in popularity, and, at this stage of the new administration, has the lowest favorable rating of any of the most recent vice presidents.

    Forty-eight percent of Americans now view Biden favorably, down from 53% in January and 59% in the first few days after the election.

  96. I’m laughing my ass off that after 6 months, Hillary is outpolling the rest of the whole administration.

    Take that and shove it Bambi.

  97. wbboei Says:
    July 23rd, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    I do not know the facts here. But I bet you both sides over reacted.

    ===========================

    No taker here.

  98. Boxer is looking very vulnerable in California. That state is starting to look a little bit shaky for the dems in the house and senate.

    Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer leads former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina in an early look at California’s 2010 race for the U.S. Senate.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that Boxer attracts 45% of the statewide vote while Fiorina, her best-known possible Republican challenger, earns 41%. Seven percent (7%) say they’d vote for some other candidate, and seven percent (7%) are undecided.

    In March, Boxer led Fiorina by nine, 47% to 38%.

  99. anybody watching the press conference with the cambridge police department… obama is getting his ass handed to him. They want an apology from obama and Mass Govenor.

  100. 9 % Nan is gonna try and pull a fast one over the public. Sneaky Bit£h.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will bypass the committee working on the chamber’s health-care reform bill and put the legislation to a full floor vote by next week, Rep. Tom Price said Friday.

    “My sense as of last night is her plan is now to bring the bill to the floor,” said Mr. Price, a Georgia Republican and orthopedic doctor. He spoke on The Washington Times “America’s Morning News” radio show. “We’ve witnessed some remarkable conversations and discussions between the speaker and others that leads me to believe she’s going to pull a power play.”

    Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, participated in a three-hour meeting Thursday on Capitol Hill in which she and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel tried to negotiate with fiscally conservative Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where work on the bill has stopped.

    The Democrats, known as Blue Dogs, want changes to the legislation and are particularly concerned about its cost of roughly $1.5 trillion over 10 years.

  101. See this is what happens when you let the leader of the Free World out to speak without his teleprompter.

    OOPS

    HA HA

    Obama sounds just like his Vice a loose cannon but what do you xpect after sitting there listening to Wright for 20yrs.

    What a Gr8t day knocks healthcare right off the tube.

  102. Cop Called Out by Obama May Sue

    Sgt. James Crowley may be considering a defamation suit against Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. after Gates implied his arrest was racially motivated. Meanwhile, several analysts are criticizing Obama for getting involved.

    “I think he would regret if he realized how much of a overall distraction and obsession it would be,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters.

    (So, he’s sorry that people are obsessed with what he said, not sorry for saying it. Nice)

    But Williams said the president went “way too far” without seeing the police report and knowing all the specifics of the case, as Obama himself admitted.

    “I think what he now has to do is walk it back and say, you know what, I spoke out of turn here. … I was reacting in support of a friend, and aware of larger racial issues in society. But it doesn’t specifically apply to this case, which is not about racial profiling,” Williams advised.

    abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=8163051&page=1

    Presidents comments could taint the issue.

  103. COOL TURNS COLD: OBAMA ‘BELOW 50%’
    Fri Jul 24 2009 08:24:16 ET

    For First Time, Obama’s Approval Rating Falls Below 50%

    Overall, 49% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance, RASMUSSEN will report later this morning.

    This marks the first time his overall approval rating has ever fallen below 50% among Likely Voters nationwide. Fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove.

    Eighty-three percent (83%) of Democrats continue to approve of the President’’s performance while 80% of Republicans disapprove. Among those not affiliated with either major party, 37% offer a positive assessment.

    The President earns approval from 51% of women and 47% of men.

    RASMUSSEN was the most accurate pollster for the final results of the 2008 Presidential election.

    Developing…
    drudgereport.com/flashrr.htm

  104. T9 % Nan is gonna try and pull a fast one over the public. Sneaky Bit£h

    That will be interesting. If this bill is not right, she has called in a lot of markers. But then Nancy walks on water in bankrupted CA, where their unemployment people are paid with Fed funds, as there is no CA funds. So how much is CA going to antie up for the Heal Care Reform stuff?

  105. Who sounds like the racist here? this really pisses me off.

    No charge, but Gates case seethes (Boston Globe)

    Gates said he has gone out of his way in the past to avoid run-ins with police. When he first arrived at Harvard in 1991, he moved into a large house in the mostly white suburb of Lexington and promptly visited the police station to introduce himself.

    “I wanted them to see my black face,’’ Gates said. “I would be driving
    home late from Harvard. I had a Mercedes. I didn’t want to be stopped for ‘driving while black.’ . . . I should have done that with the Cambridge Police Department.’’

    Gates said he is concerned about the “unconscious attitudes’’ that police can hold.

    “The police report is full of this man’s broad imagination,’’ Gates said. “I said, ‘Are you not giving me your name and badge number because I’m a black man in America?’ . . . He treated my request with scorn.’’ (why does Gates have to inject the race issue in here)

  106. prediction: more loss of confidence in O…he admits he does not have the facts and then proceeds to make reckless and insulting remarks polarizing one side against the other…

    he may become ‘the divider, not the uniter’

    the man does not even have the presence of mind to state that ‘I will withhold judgement and comment until I know the facts…’

    …instead as usual, he fans the flames of racism…why didn’t he remind us that even Hill and Bill, along with Ed Rendell, Jerry Ferraro, among others are racists…you know, his posse told us about this during the primary…what is wrong with our lying eyes?

  107. Oh by the way, i just read, apparently the police recorded the conversation with Gates, when the police officer, opened his mic during the exchange, this should get interesting, bet Bambi wishes he hadnt opened his mouth now.

  108. Barak Obama is toast,Burnt Toast.Hoof in mouth disease is rapidly stripping of any legitimacy as POTUS.
    The timing could not be better to expose him to the world as a week-kneed and a three bubbles off center,short on good judgement poor excuse for a POTUS.
    Be sure and watch “Meet The Press”

    sunday but wear your sunglasses for
    our real POTUS Hillary Rodham Clinton
    will be the brightest star that stands
    ready and waiting to take the wheel of
    this weakened and faltering ship of
    state.This week will have been the most crucial for the American to make
    a clear decision on disposing of BHO
    and clearing the path for her to take over the horrendous job of saving our
    country from further destruction.If you
    need further proof that this false prophet BHO is an enemy of our state

    Go To hhtp://rezkowatch.blogsport.com/

    BY ABM90 Never too old to stand by
    our girl HILLARY

  109. I mean, looking at Obama’s asociates, does he have any normal friends or are they just controverisal and cause trouble all the time.

    I mean the mantra of “you are known by your friends” jesus , his friends scare me, I aint seen a normal one yet.

  110. in fact, the more I think about it, the more I wish some reporter would remind O that during the primaries his admin and supporters labeled the Clintons, Rendell, Ferraro and others of being racist and ask if ‘still’ believes that to be true?

    somehow I just smell a certain trio in this white house as part of perpetuating this polarization…

    last night, I heard that Axelrod asked Lynn Sweet to ask the Gates question at the end of the presser…O knew that question was coming…either he is so stupid or his ego is such that he thinks he can say anything and he will be fine…

    we could probably add one more to that trio…the female behind this throne itching to instigate…
    rookie mistakes, over and over again…

  111. The cops aint taking this one lying down.

    CAMBRIDGE — Police unions today called on President Obama and Governor Deval Patrick to apologize to “all law enforcement personnel,” saying they “deeply resent the implication” of their comments about racial profiling and the arrest of an African-American scholar last week at his home near Harvard Square.

  112. http://www.newsmax.com/insidecover/limbaugh_gates_arrest/2009/07/23/239536.html

    Snip-Instead of dodging the question and staying above the fray, Obama provoked a firestorm when he criticized the police. In doing so, Limbaugh said, Obama fell back on the leftist teachers of Wright and early mentors during his years as a community organizer in Chicago.

    “I think what we learned last night, ladies and gentlemen, is that President Obama did, after all, listen to Reverend Wright all those 20 years,” Limbaugh said on his show Thursday. “He says, ‘Yeah, I was a member of the church 20 years. I sat there and I didn’t hear any of that.’ I think he heard it all. That question he got from Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, that’s when he came alive. The rest of the press conference, he didn’t even want to be there. He knew that they were in trouble, so he goes out there and tries to dazzle everybody with his professorial insight and capabilities and elegance and all that.

    ”But when that question about Henry Louis Gates and the arrest in his home came up, why, it was passion, excitement, animation, fire! He came alive. That question was, ‘Mr. President, recently professor Henry Louis Gates was arrested at his home in Cambridge. What does that incident say to you, and what does it say about race relations in America?’”

    “A loaded question if I have heard one. This is a liberal idyllic panacea, Cambridge, Harvard. It’s liberal everything. So now we’ve got racist cops profiling a distinguished Harvard professor — who to my eye, every time I see this guy on TV I see somebody enraged. I see somebody angry. He’s a liberal, they all are.”

    Limbaugh said the more likely scenario is that Gates had a “chip on his shoulder” and provoked the police officer.

    Snip- at end of article
    Finally, Limbaugh pointed out that Obama, much like Gates, is hardly a victim. Both men are at the pinnacle of an elite establishment in the United States.

    “He doesn’t know the facts, he wasn’t there, he pops off, just exactly as he would back in Chicago in the community organizing days. He goes off about racial profiling, all the rest,” Limbaugh said. “Based on what? A limited amount of information about a single incident where he’s quick to condemn the cop, the whole police department, and white America. Mr. President, you are not a victim. You are, in fact, the president of the United States. You went to private school. You went to Ivy League schools. You are a millionaire. You have a charmed life. Congratulations. You’re living the American dream. Stop pretending otherwise. If anybody behaved stupidly yesterday it was the president, in even taking the question.”

  113. Bill Clinton to visit Nashville in August
    July 23, 2009

    Tennessee’s Democratic Party is getting a helpful boost from former President Bill Clinton as they gear up for the next election season. Clinton is coming to Nashville Aug. 29 to serve as the keynote speaker at the annual Jackson Day dinner. The annual dinner is held to honor President Andrew Jackson, the founder of the modern Democratic Party. The program will be held at the Renaissance Hotel.

    Event organizers say Clinton’s appearance is part of an early jump on campaigning for the 2010 election cycle. Former Gov. Ned McWherter, a longtime friend of Clinton’s, is credited for landing Clinton for the event.

    “Tennessee Democrats are fired up for this next election cycle, and with President Clinton coming to town, we can certainly build on that enthusiasm,” said Chip Forrester, chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party.

    “Mr. Clinton presided over the greatest economic expansion this country has seen. With all we have on our plates as Tennesseans and Americans in these trying times, it’s only fitting that we have him join us and build momentum for the 2010 election.”

    Tickets will go on sale at noon Friday. See http://www.tndp.org for information.

    tennessean.com/article/20090723/NEWS01/907230354/1006/Bill+Clinton+to+visit+Nashville+in+August

  114. When he steps in it, he really steps in it…

    Mass. police unions ask Obama for apology
    By BOB SALSBERG (AP) – 1 hour ago

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A multiracial group of police officers on Friday stood with the white officer who arrested a prominent black Harvard scholar and asked President Barack Obama and Gov. Deval Patrick to apologize for comments the union leaders called insulting.

    Obama said Wednesday that Cambridge police “acted stupidly” during the disorderly conduct arrest of his friend, Henry Louis Gates Jr., in his own home near Harvard University. Gov. Deval Patrick said Gates’ arrest was “every black man’s nightmare.”

    Dennis O’Connor, president of the Cambridge Police Superior Officers Association, said Obama’s remarks were “misdirected” and the Cambridge police “deeply resent the implication” that race was a factor in the arrest.

    “President Obama said the actions of the CPD were stupid and linked the event to the history of racial profiling in America,” O’Connor said. “The facts of the case suggested that the president used the right adjective but directed it to the wrong party.”

    Officers responded to Gates’ home on July 16 after a woman called 911 and said she saw two black men with backpacks trying to force open the front door. The woman, Lucia Whalen, has not responded to repeated attempts for comment.

    Gates has said he returned from an overseas trip, found the door jammed, and that he and his driver attempted to force it open. Gates went through the back door and was inside the house on the phone with the property’s management company when police arrived.

    Police said he flew into a verbal rage after Sgt. James Crowley, who is white, asked him to show identification to prove he should be in the home. Police say Gates accused Crowley of racial bias, refused to calm down and was arrested. The charge was dropped Tuesday, but Gates has demanded an apology, calling his arrest a case of racial profiling.

    Gates, 58, maintains he turned over identification when asked to do so by the police. He said Crowley arrested him after the professor followed him to the porch, repeatedly demanding the sergeant’s name and badge number because he was unhappy over his treatment.

    Crowley has refused to apologize, saying he followed protocol.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j4S-r9G0m8HEq4JAFUw7_epFRb9QD99KUAO00

  115. House Dems threaten floor vote to break impasse

    By ERICA WERNER (AP) – 36 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON — Dissension within Democratic ranks over President Barack Obama’s health care initiative all but paralyzed the House Friday, typifying just how many political land mines are littering the path to enactment.

    The Obama White House figured on some pushback from congressional Republicans, but leaders of his own Democratic Party struggled to get things moving. A powerful House committee chairman threatened to force a floor vote to break the impasse within Democratic ranks — a drastic step that could roil the House.

    Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., said negotiations with fiscally conservative Democrats on his panel cannot continue indefinitely. But a floor vote would put fellow Democrats in an exposed position, having to cast a vote on a $544-billion upper-income tax increase that the Senate is unlikely to embrace to help pay for covering the millions of uninsured Americans.

    The problems on the House side of the Capitol come a day after Senate Democratic leaders announced they would not go ahead as planned with a floor vote before Congress departs for its August recess. Senate Democrats are also divided. While some are negotiating with Republicans, others want to plow ahead on their own.

    “We’re going to have to look at perhaps bypassing the (Energy and Commerce) committee because we’ve got to get moving on this legislation,” Waxman said. “I hope we don’t come to that conclusion.”

    Two House panels have already passed legislation. Waxman is stymied because seven conservatives on his committee — part of a group called the Blue Dog Democrats — are sticking together. Negotiations are continuing, but Waxman said he’s running out of patience. “We’re not going to let them empower the Republicans to control the committee,” he said. “This can’t be an interminable discussion,” Waxman added. He’s agreed to a study to address why Medicare rates are lower in rural areas in hopes of mollifying the Blue Dogs, many of whom represent small town constituencies. Billions of dollars are potentially at stake. Meanwhile, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said he hoped the talks would end on a positive note and the bill could proceed through Waxman’s committee.

    As lawmakers continued to haggle, the White House said Obama will keep working on health care in August even if Congress goes home. “Nobody in planning meetings decided we should just take August off,” said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. “For a long time we planned to continue the discussion on the issues that are important, be it the economy, health care … education. That had always in many ways been priced into the scenario.”

    Obama envisions legislation that would, for the first time, require all Americans to be insured. A new government insurance program would compete with private insurers, and insurance companies would be barred from excluding people with pre-existing conditions. The goals are to hold down costs and extend coverage to most of the 50 million uninsured. The price tag: $1 trillion-plus over a decade.

    Obama met Friday morning at the White House with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont. Reid said Thursday that the panel will push to complete a bill before the Senate breaks Aug. 7. Baucus has been negotiating with the panel’s Republicans in hopes of producing a bipartisan bill.

    Finance Committee negotiators are looking at a bill that probably won’t satisfy Democratic liberals. One of their top goals is a new government-sponsored insurance plan, and that was a centerpiece of legislation passed by the Senate’s health committee. But Finance Committee members are looking at nonprofit co-ops instead.

    In the House, the Blue Dogs want more done to try to control rising medical costs.

    Democratic leaders say the back-and-forth is a normal part of the legislative process, but Republicans are latching on to the disarray in delight. The Republican National Committee has taken to issuing news releases headlined “Chaos” that highlight disagreements within the Democrats’ ranks.

    In a Tweeter post on Friday, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, gave a shout-out to the Democratic dissidents: “bludogs keep barkin.” Grassley is Baucus’ counterpart in the Senate health care negotiations.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jlMpJGn28kqCcgU-aGcYE_ZHW-ywD99KUMN00

  116. How settlements became ‘illegal’

    Jul. 23, 2009
    MOSHE DANN , THE JERUSALEM POST

    In 1967, under attack, Israel struck back and conquered the Golan Heights from Syria, the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip from Egypt, and Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem (the West Bank) from Jordan. Israel had been threatened with a second Holocaust, and few questioned its actions. No one spoke of a Palestinian state; there was no “Palestinian people.”

    Many legal experts accepted Israel’s right to “occupy” and settle its historic homeland, because the areas had been illegally occupied by invading Arab countries since 1948. One organization, however – the International Committee of the Red Cross – disagreed.

    Meeting secretly in the early 1970s in Geneva, the ICRC determined that Israel was in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Based on the Hague Convention, GC IV was drawn up after World War II to protect innocent civilians and restrict brutal occupations. Unilaterally, the ICRC turned it into a weapon to delegitimize and demonize Israel. As far as is known, the ICRC did not rely on any legal precedents; it made up “the law.” Judge and jury, its decisions lacked the pretense of due process. Since all decisions and protocols of the ICRC in this matter are closed, even the identities of the people involved are secret. And there is no appeal. Without transparency or judicial ethics, ICRC rulings became “international law.” Its condemnations of Israel provide the basis for accusing Israel of “illegal occupation” of all territory conquered in 1967.

    Although most of the international community, its NGOs and institutions accept the authority of the ICRC and other institutions, such as the International Court of Justice, as sole arbiters of what is “legal,” or not, it’s strange that some Israeli politicians and jurists cannot defend Israel’s legal claim to the territories. And Israel’s case is strong.

    ADOPTED IN 1945, the UN Charter (Article 80) states: “…nothing in this Chapter shall be construed in or of itself to alter in any manner the rights whatsoever of any states or any peoples or the terms of existing international instruments to which members of the United Nations may respectively be parties.” This means that the designation of “Palestine” as a “Jewish National Home,” incorporated in the British Mandate and established by international agreements adopted by the League of Nations and US Congress, guarantees Israel’s sovereign rights in this area. All Jewish settlement, therefore, was and is legal.

    Two years later, amid growing civil war, the UN proposed a division of Palestine between Jews and Arabs – changing the terms of the Mandate; the Jews accepted, the Arabs launched a war of extermination.

    When Britain ended the Mandate and left, the State of Israel was proclaimed and local mobs who had been attacking Jews for years were joined by five Arab armies. The armistice in 1949 – for Jews, independence, for Arabs, nakba (tragedy) – did not result in a Palestinian state, because the Arabs did not want it. Arab leaders never accepted Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state – most refuse to do so today.

    Pressured by Russia and the Arab states, the Security Council adopted Resolution 242, which spoke of Israel’s military withdrawal from some – not all – of these conquered territories in the context of a final peace agreement. The question of sovereignty remained elusive and problematic.

    Israel’s political echelon and Supreme Court refrained from asserting full sovereignty over the newly acquired areas but, in the absence of any reciprocal gestures, agreed to allow Jews to return to Jerusalem’s Old City and Gush Etzion, where a flourishing group of settlements had been wiped out in 1947. Striking a compromise, it allowed the building of Kiryat Arba, near Hebron, where the Jewish community had been wiped out in Arab riots of 1929; Jews were permitted to pray at the Cave of Machpela, an ancient building containing the tombs of Jewish patriarchs and matriarchs, for the first time in 700 years.

    Although free to leave UNRWA refugee camps, with new opportunities and challenges, Palestinians did not call for statehood or peace with Israel. The PLO, which claimed to represent Palestinians, was dedicated to terrorism, not nation-building.

    FOR SOME, this is not a “legal” issue, but a moral one: Jews should not rule over (“occupy”) others. So Israel withdrew unilaterally from nearly all “Palestinian” cities, towns and villages and turned over vast tracts of land to the PA/PLO as part of the Oslo Accords in 1994 and a few years later in the Wye and Hebron agreements.
    When Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip, it became a bastion of Hamas. “Land for peace” in reality means “land for terrorism.” Influenced by these events, incited by Islamists, encouraged by Israeli concessions and seeking to undermine the state, Israeli Arabs identify as “Palestinians,” demanding an end to “Jewish occupation” and discrimination, and the destruction of the state itself.

    Others contend that “Israel’s Jewish and democratic” nature will be threatened if it continues to include large numbers of Arabs who are not loyal and do not identify with the state. But nearly all “Palestinians” live under PA, not Israeli rule. The dispute now, therefore, is over territory, not people.

    Predictions of an “Arab demographic time bomb” have not proven realistic or accurate. Moreover, allowing Arab residents full civil and humanitarian rights, without political rights, as exist in most other countries, could be considered in conjunction with resettling Arab “refugees” in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, etc., dismantling UNRWA camps and ending terrorism and incitement against Israel.

    That a second (or third) Arab Palestinian state would be an existential threat to Israel seems obvious. “Land for peace” has failed. Why then promote it?

    The writer, a former assistant professor of history, is a journalist.

    moshedan@netvision.net.il

    jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1248277877165&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FPrinter

  117. Read it aand get an education in corruption.

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    Posted November 30, 2008 by Dave Emory, in Category: For The Record
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    NB: This stream contains both FTRs 653 and 654 in sequence. Each is a 30 minute broadcast.

    Introduction: As novelist William Faulkner observed–”the past is never dead and buried, it isn’t even past.” As we look to the perilous future which President-elect Obama must navigate, it is important to anticipate some of the avenues of attack that the forces opposed to him might use. This program explores a web of associations in Chicago that connect Obama to the urban political machine of the Daley family and–more importantly–to a milieu of slumlords who’ve generated much of their wealth at the expense of poor African-Americans. (As disturbing as this connection is, Mr. Emory stresses that this is not necessarily to be held against Obama. Dave opined that no one can ever become President or even a major party candidate without associating with some pretty unsavory individuals.) Of greater significance for our purposes is the fact that one of the principals in this slumlord network–Syrian-born Antoine “Tony” Rezko described by some as Obama’s political godfather–has links to the Bush administration, GOP string-puller Karl Rove and to people associated with the Carlyle Group. In addition to Rezko’s links to the very Republican elements who are ranged on the opposite side of the aisle from Obama, Rezko has links to terrorist elements as well. (This is explored at greater length in FTR #655.) Interestingly–possibly significantly–Rezko’s elevation into the ranks of Illinois politicos came courtesy of Talat Othman, a close associate of the Bush family and administration, as well as the man who interceded on behalf of the individuals and insitutions targeted by the Operation Green Quest raids of 3/20/2002.

    Program Highlights Include: Organized crime links of some of Obama’s Chicago slumlord connections; the untimely deaths of some of Obama’s slumlord associates; review of the Grover Norquist/Karl Rove/GOP/Islamist connection.

    1. Antoine “Tony” Rezko was more than a casual acquaintance of Obama’s.

    ” . . . The Davis Miner Barnhill & Galland law firm, where Obama worked for nearly a decade, served as a hub for a slew of slumlord deals, many that benefited the firm’s founder, Allison Davis, and Obama’s claims that he knew nothing about the inner workings of this small firm, represent an insult to the intelligence of the American public.

    Tony Rezko was Obama political Godfather. Obama received his first contributions of $2,000, to launch his political career as a state senator on July 31, 1995, from Rezko. Obama started out saying that Rezko only raised $50,000 or $60,000 for his political career but after a year of lying his way through the primaries, the latest total he gave to the Sun-Times and Tribune during interviews on March 14, 2008, adds up to $250,000.

    For a year, he also minimized his relationship with Rezko by telling the media that he only had dinner or lunch with Rezko one or twice a year. But when confronted by Sun-Times reporters during the March 14 interview, with the allegation that an FBI mole saw him coming and going to Rezko’s office often and that three sources said he talked to Rezko on the phone daily, Obama changed his tune.

    Now the story is that he may have talked to Rezko daily at times during campaigns but sometimes he went for a whole month without talking to him. ‘I have to say we’re talking over the course of 10 years,” Obama said, “there might have been spurts where I talked to him daily.’ . . .”

    “Barack Obama-The Wizard of Oz” by Evelyn Pringle; Scoop.co.NZ; 3/29/2008.

    2. The Rezko milieu is fundamentally corrupt. Veteran listeners will recognize the pattern of strategic lethality manifesting itself in the wake of the Rezko corruption scandals. Many principal targets of the investigation died as the inquiry unfolded.

    ” . . . In terms of dollar amounts of campaign contributions directly from Rezko in Illinois, the top four earners were, the now deceased President of the Cook County Board, John Stroger, Blagojevich, Chicago Mayor, Richard Daley, and Obama – in that order.

    Rezko was the head of Stroger’s campaign finance committee at the same time that he served on Obama US Senate finance committee.

    When it came time for Stroger’s reelection campaign, in the midst of the erupting Rezko scandals in the media, on April 8, 2005, the Tribune reported that Stroger ‘has selected beleaguered businessman and political powerbroker Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko as one of the honorary chairs of his campaign fundraiser next month.’ Stroger appointed Rezko’s wife Rita to the Cook County Employee Appeals Board, which hears cases filed by fired or disciplined workers, at a part-time salary of $37,000 a year.

    According to documents filed in the Rezko corruption case, this was Rita’s sole income when she supposedly came up with a $125,000 down payment and secured a $500,000 mortgage to buy the $625,00 lot next to Obama. Less than a year after Obama bought his strip of land, Rita sold the rest of the lot to attorney Michael Sreenan, and made a profit of more than $50,000.

    On February 27, 2007, the Sun-Times pointed out that Obama’s ‘new neighbor, Michael Sreenan,’ had contributed $5,000 to Obama’s campaigns. Less than a year after buying the lot, Sreenan put it up for sale for $1.5 million in October 2007.

    Of course John Stroger will not be answering any questions about corruption, or any other matter, because he died on January 18, 2008. His former chief of staff and godson, Orlando Jones, will not be talking either because he was found dead of self-inflicted gun wounds in September 2007, ‘just as a corruption inquiry targeting him was heating up,’ according to a September 7, 2007 report by CBS News channel 2 Chicago. ‘Jones left his position in county government to create a lobbying firm in association with Tony Rezko, who has been indicted on fraud charges,’ CBS reported. . . .”

    Idem.

    3. At the epicenter of Mr. Emory’s exploration of the Rezko/Obama/slumlord connection is the political relationship between Rezko and the political forces that will be working to destroy Barack Obama and the United States. Rezko is deeply connected to the GOP, the Bush administration and, as we will see, Islamist elements associated with the Underground Reich.

    ” . . . The trail of corruption involving the people raising money for Obama’s political career stretches from the city of Chicago to the Illinois tollway to the O’Hare airport all the way over to Iraq. And testimony in Rezko’s corruption trial reveals that an equal number of Democrat and Republican crooks benefited from all the moneymaking schemes.

    Rezko is not a Democrat; he’s an equal opportunity profiteer. He supported President George Bush and attended a Christmas party at the White House in December 2003, at the same time that he was a top fundraiser for Obama’s US Senate campaign.

    Rezko co-hosted a $3.8 million Chicago fundraiser for Bush in 2003, and on December 9, 2003, he donated $4,000 to Bush, as a “self-employed businessman,” and gave another $2,000 on December 19, 2003, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

    Prior to backing Rod Blagojevich for governor of Illinois, Rezko threw his money behind Republican candidates for governor, including George Ryan, who was convicted of doling out leases and contracts to cronies and sentenced to prison for more than 6 years.

    Rezko then switched horses and chose Blagojevich in 2002 and Obama has supported Blagojevich, even when his administration was embroiled in corruption investigations. Recent testimony in the Rezko trial by his co-conspirator, Chicago businessman, Stuart Levine, explained that Rezko had plans for Blagojevich to be Presidential, not Obama. However, anybody following the trial knows that Blagojevich is more likely to be headed to the ‘Big House’ rather than occupying the White House. . . .”

    Idem.

  118. So a CNN anchor just called the press conference by the Cambridge police dept “incendiary”.

    Seems every Tom Dick and Harry including the POTUS is allowed to go on teevee and get incensed over their version of events, but God forbid the cops actually involved in the incident do it. No, THEY are fanning the race flames if they do.

  119. This is cracking me up!

    Obama spoke to the Apollo 11 crew, and waxed eloquent over watching the splashdown from Hawaii.

    Only thing is, he was living in Indonesia at the time….

    ROTFLMAO! Gawd, can the man make up any more “personal history”?

    wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=104703

  120. HillaryforTexas Says:

    July 24th, 2009 at 2:14 pm
    So a CNN anchor just called the press conference by the Cambridge police dept “incendiary”.

    ——————————————————————————————–

    Which anchor?? Let me guess………………

  121. Of COURSE the press conference is incendiary (translation -racist).

    After all, according to Gibbs, the FOP supported McCain!

    😈

    PS – H4T,

    I could REALLY use one of your magnificent rants right now!
    😉

  122. Of COURSE the press conference is incendiary (translation -racist).

    After all, according to Gibbs, the FOP supported McCain!

    PS – H4T,

    I could REALLY use one of your magnificent rants right now!

  123. Obama never should’ve answered that question about Gates except to say, “I can’t comment because I don’t know all the details.” Every other response would’ve gotten him in trouble with someone.

    I’m not sure I believe the rumor about Axelrod getting Sweet to ask the question because I don’t see why the WH would want a presser on health care to go off on a tangent like that – especially at the risk of that question overshadowing everything else. I think Obama simply spoke without thinking through his answer, and ended up stepping in s__.

  124. Paula, given his performance in that press conference, and the dropping support for his plan, I think he WANTED a race distraction from his failures.

    He did it all through the primaries every time he was in trouble, why not now?

  125. I am LMFAO and ROTF!

    BO just threw Gates under the bus, saying he thinks Gates over-reacted.

    But then he goes on to say how we’re all supposed to remember African Ameiricans are sensitive to this issue. Boo-hoo-hoo.

    BO: Instead of flinging accusations would should be more reflective so we can build consensus. WTF?????

    BO: I don’t know if you’ve noticed but no one’s been paying much attention to healthcare . BARF

    The Totusless precedent continues;a

    As prez i shouldn’t have stepped into this is what’s been said but I disagree. Race is a troubling aspect of our society. Constructive commentary is part of my portfolio. At the end of the conversation with Crowley we discussed having a beer at the WH with Gates.

    Crowley wants to know if there is a way to get the press off his lawn – I told him I can’t get the press off my lawn. Crowley would be happy if the press would stop trampling his grass.

    Sorry – live-blogging that . . .

    What an A$$$$$$$$!!!!!!!

  126. Obama spoke to the Apollo 11 crew, and waxed eloquent over watching the splashdown from Hawaii.
    Only thing is, he was living in Indonesia at the time
    ***********
    Obana was talking sh*t but John Favreau had it covered. Obama’s statement was:
    “I should note, just personally, I grew up in Hawaii, as many of you know, and I still recall sitting on my grandfather’s shoulders when those capsules would land in the middle of the Pacific and they’d get brought back and we’d go out and we’d pretend like they could see us as we were waving at folks coming home……”

    “those capsules” could have been any capsule from 1962 to ~1975. Obama lived in Indonesia from 1967-71. The last Apollo Moon mission splashed down Dec 19. 1972. The story is chronologically possible, and living in Honolulu it is possible. The implication by Obama’s speech writer was that he saw the Apollo 11 capsule return to HI, not possible. On the other hand, “Nut-News” is about as reliable on facts as Favreau/Obama.

  127. tried to post this earlier, but ended up in moderation purgatory. anyway, it seems BO has panicked after seeing the boston police presser. he is now back-peddling something fierce.

    http://w w w.politico.com/singletitlevideo.html?bcpid=1155201977&bctid=30590637001

  128. I heard his pompous speech earlier. Why does he always have to use race-baiting qualifiers to excuse his stupidity? He has no idea how to be president, hell I wouldn’t hire him to work at Target even.

  129. The spam filters have been freed of all the educational comments made earlier by so many of you. Thanks.

    We have this to look forward to:

    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1186764

    Mounting pressure to get to the bottom of the controversial arrest of black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. is centering on recorded police tapes that may offer a dose of reality amid all the media and political noise.

    Cambridge police brass and lawyers are weighing making the tapes public, which could include the 911 call reporting a break-in at Gates’ home and radio transmissions by the cop who busted him July 16 for disorderly conduct.

    “It’s powerful evidence because the (people involved) have not had a chance to reflect and you are getting their state of mind captured on tape,” said former prosecutor and New York City police officer Eugene O’Donnell, who is now a lecturer at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan.

    Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert Haas said last night he has asked City Solicitor Donald Drisdell to review the 911 tape, which has the potential to either bolster or impugn Gates’ stance that he is a blameless victim of racial profiling at his own home.

    Further, Sgt. James Crowley noted in his report that he radioed police headquarters to let them know he was with the person who appeared to be the home’s lawful resident, but who was “very uncooperative.”

    Upon receiving Gates’ Harvard ID, Crowley wrote he radioed in to request “the presence of the Harvard University Police.”

    In a radio interview yesterday morning with WEEI’s John Dennis and Gerry Callahan, Crowley, a 42-year-old father of three, said he hasn’t heard the tapes.

    “One of my first transmissions was to slow the units down and I’m in the residence with somebody I believe resides here, but he’s being very uncooperative. So, that’s in real time,” Crowley told the sports-talk hosts.

    “I’m not really sure how much you could hear from Professor Gates, you know, in the background. I, I don’t know. I haven’t heard the tapes.”

    Haas did not share with reporters what can be heard on the tapes, but commented, “I don’t believe Sgt. Crowley acted with any racial motivation at all.”

    Gates, 58, a world-renowned scholar and documentary filmmaker on black history, allegedly ranted to police at his Ware Street home, “This is what happens to black men in America!” and “You don’t know who you’re messing with!” in addition to verbally dragging Crowley’s mother into the fray.

    “More often than not,” O’Donnell said, “as the facts come out, they are more favorable to the cop. It’s crucial in the sense that it provides independent evidence. There is no question it provides corroboration. He called the tapes potentially “crucial” to Crowley’s ability to defend himself against charges of racism.

    Attorney Stuart London, who has defended countless cops in high-profile cases, including one of the NYPD officers charged in the 1998 beating and plunger torture of Abner Louima in 1998, said, “If (the officer is dealing) with someone who is not being cooperative and is unruly, (the tape) gives you more insight into the state of mind of the officer. That’s the most important part.”

    “I don’t believe this officer did anything wrong, and given what we know, I don’t think he would be afraid to share the tapes at all, either,” said Thomas Nee, president of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association. “It’s public record. From dispatch to conclusion, it’s all on tape.”

  130. Any confirmation of that article yesterday wherein Obama was said to be considering firing Hillary and or totally marginalizing her??? Has Hillary responded to this? Also, Emanuel being disrespectful to Bill and Hillary..did he leave the Clintons under bad terns? I thought he was initially supporting Hillary ?

  131. HillaryforTexas Says:

    July 24th, 2009 at 2:14 pm
    So a CNN anchor just called the press conference by the Cambridge police dept “incendiary”.

    Seems every Tom Dick and Harry including the POTUS is allowed to go on teevee and get incensed over their version of events, but God forbid the cops actually involved in the incident do it. No, THEY are fanning the race flames if they do.

    ***********************************
    HFT and Alcina…CNN is definitely walking it back…happen to catch Sanchez and TJ whatever his name is…and they were going on and on about – “this is NOT ABOUT RACE (HUH?)” saying it has nothing to do about race- and falling all over themselves to backtrack AND had an interview clip of the BLACK OFFICER IN THE PHOTOS that was there during the incident and on camera he backed Crowley 100% and said Gates was acting strange etc…(Gates must be acting like a lunatic on the radio recordings) even Gates attorney Ogletree was backpedaling and trying to soothe things (gee, this morning Gates was going to sue and do a documentary about rogue cops like Crowley)

    and of course O is trying to act like he is coming to the rescue and trying to placate everyone – especially since all the police were united and were not going to back down…(they picked the wrong situation to race bait)

    I never saw such a reverse in POV in my life…TJ actually said on camera we have been reporting this story all wrong…amazing!

    then i happened to catch the end of an interview with Jamal and Larry Elders…I like Jamal however he was being very defensive and kind of whiny and Larry Elders just cut to the chase and said…”look, Gates lives in liberal Cambridge that has a female black mayor, a black governor and the country has a black President…then Larry said he grew up in South Central Los Angeles (I used to hear Larry on LA radio and while he is a conservative he was usually libertarian and spoke a lot of common sense) and Larry then went on to describe living in south central LA and the reality he had living there…he does not stand for a lot of hypocrisy, he always had his mom and dad on his radio talk shows – salt of the earth types…

    suddenly everyone is starting to see Crowley in a different light!

    why does it feel we are going backwards? talk about exploitation backfiring…

  132. marie3548 Says:

    July 24th, 2009 at 12:40 pm
    COOL TURNS COLD: OBAMA ‘BELOW 50%’
    Fri Jul 24 2009 08:24:16 ET

    For First Time, Obama’s Approval Rating Falls Below 50%

    Overall, 49% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance, RASMUSSEN will report later this morning.

    This marks the first time his overall approval rating has ever fallen below 50% among Likely Voters nationwide. Fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove.
    &&&&&&&&&

    To quote the bully “Nelson” from The Simpsons, “Ha, ha.”.

  133. One of my favorite blogs is by an african american conservative PUMA, Afrocity, and she had this to say today about this Gates crap, and Obama’s constant fanning of the race flames:

    Last night I went to bed and cried.

    I thought the kitchen table conversations I overheard between my mother and grandmother about how cruel whites are towards blacks were over. To my dismay they are not. It is unfortunate that I am beginning to wonder if my fellow African Americans want those conversations to be over. Isn’t that what post-racism is about?

    In 2009, I can walk on a bus and sit anywhere I please. I am told by the liberals that I owe this to the Democratic Party.

    In 2009, certainly I would have to search high and low in a Macy’s department store for that “colored” rest room. Hurry up, I need to find it. Afrocity’s gotta pee.

    Didn’t we elect a black man as our president? Aren’t two little black girls swing setting in front of the White House while a Portuguese Water Dog is eating caviar and slurping Evian Water from George Washington’s spit bowl?

    What’s going on? CNN is running it BLACKS IN AMERICA PART 432. What is this nostalgia for the pre-civil rights days that is plaguing liberals?

    afrocityblog.wordpress.com/2009/07/24/diversity-fatigue-fridaya-guide-to-collecting-racial-antiques/#comments

  134. Heres the latest from the Big Zero:

    Obama invites Gates and Crowley to WH for a Beer:

    pumasunleashed.wordpress.com

  135. HFT and Alcina…CNN is definitely walking it back
    *********
    What is heard on the tapes is leaking and it’s not supporting the MSM, Obama, Gates spin…

  136. SHV…totally agree – I do hope the tapes will be released – everyone needs to be accountable for their actions…

    I think we can guess who had the chips on their shoulder and overreacted…O is still trying to straddle both sides and vote PRESENT…

  137. antiques/#comments

    Mrs. Smith Says:

    July 24th, 2009 at 5:43 pm
    Heres the latest from the Big Zero:

    Obama invites Gates and Crowley to WH for a Beer:

    pumasunleashed.wordpress.com

    ————————-

    Jeez! So make him a marriage counselor!!! Not POTUS for God’s sake!

  138. Major Civil Rights Group Demands CNN Remove Lou Dobbs From The Air

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/07/24/major-civil-rights-group_n_244532.html?view=print

    The Lou Dobbs “Birthers” saga may be coming to a close. This morning, the President of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a major civil rights group, wrote a letter calling on CNN President Jon Klein to remove CNN host Lou Dobbs from the air. The request stems from a segment on Dobbs’ radio show this past Tuesday where Dobbs did his part to keep alive the conspiracy theory that President Obama is not an American citizen (AKA the “birther” theory). On air, he speculated: “I’m starting to think we have a document issue. You suppose he’s un… no, I won’t even use the word undocumented, it wouldn’t be right.”

  139. On the economy, I keep hearing we are recovering, the jobs loses will lag, but we are getting there.

    We will hit the wall on unemployment shortly, and the cost of the debt will really slow things down, how much we do not know. I never hear the experts discuss this.
    __________________________________
    There is no political advantage in a jobless recovery. The cost of debt will cause a second drop.

  140. # neetabug Says:
    July 24th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    I hope Crowley refuses the invite

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

    BO put Crowley at a disadvantage. If he refuses, it will be taken as an insult; if he goes to the WH, he will compromise his position.

    What do you feel would be an acceptable response to avoid the dilemma?

    Mine would be: Good idea, BO. After we settle this matter.

  141. I must take a few minutes and say some good words about former Potus
    J.Carter.He was avery poor president and never should have gotten into the
    political arena.He was not primarily a peanut farmer it was the family business.He was a very brilliant Nulear Engineer and honest,caring person.It pains me to hear him being ridiculed and Obama being compared to him.Obama is yhe most shameful and disgusting POTUS we have ever
    allowed to sit in the oval office and we let it happen by robbing Hillary of electoral votes and presenting them to
    the great pretender that talks before he thinks. We need Hillary and it must happen soon before he destroys our great country and no recovery for years to come.

    BY ABM90 Sunday am Meet The Press
    One hour with the real winner
    Pres.Hillart Rodham Clinton

  142. Who was it asked me for a rant? Well, I don’t have a rant ready, but I do have a few words for our “post-racial” POTUS:

    There is a whole cottage industry over race in this country, both blacks and whites, and when they say we need to “have a national conversation about race”, they mean they want us all lectured on how we all, black or white, are supposed to think and feel. A lecture is not a conversation, and their echo chamber is making things worse, not better.

    Let me tell them what a “conversation about race” looks like. Because first off, it doesn’t happen from some podium on a lecture circuit. It happens between real people, where we live and work side by side.

    It happened for me often when I worked night shift as a poorly paid nursing assistant at a nursing home, wiping butts all night long, along with a bunch of other mostly black or poor women. it happened while we talked about our kids, and our families, and our histories and our recipes and our crazy uncles. It happened when some mouthy old racist fart in room 214B decided he didn’t want a “n*gger” taking care of him, and I told him he could just lie there in his own shit, then, because that’s who was assigned.

    And we all laughed. And rolled our eyes, and talked about our grandparents, and how they hurt, and for me how wrong they were, and how they changed, and how the country changed.

    And if I was full of shit about something, these women told me so. And if I had no idea why a black person would think a certain thing, I asked, and they didn’t mind. And if I thought they were full of shit on something, I told them so.

    And we could do that, we could have that conversation, because we were all in the same boat, trying to make a dollar and put food on the table, and we had spent enough time wiping those old butts together to trust and respect each other. Nobody claimed a monopoly on absolute truth, or tried to guilt anybody else, or assumed we knew 100% how the world worked in terms of race, so we learned from each other.

    We weren’t afraid of each other.

    THAT, Mr. President, is a “conversation about race”, and it’s has been happening every day in this country for decades, between real people who have no political agenda, just their lives to share. And it’s done more good than all the lectures and sensitivity training and hogging of the topic by the “racism industry” ever will.

    So STFU and let us talk to one another, why don’t ya.

  143. Are we going to spend the next 4 years talking about NOTHING other than the grievances of 13% of the friggin population?

    For the past two weeks it was all about Jackson – we should have an MJ day – we should have a moment of silence for MJ in the house of Rep – we should put out an MJ stamp.

    WEEKS of that sh!t!!!!!!

    Then we had the NAACP speech with BO stalking about how AA’s have still not achieved fairness.

    And now with barely a couple of days reprieve, we’re right back in the middle of the race cr@p. I swear this POS is trying to start a race war so he can call up the ‘citizen’ militia he wants to form.

    He D@mn well better have some friggin back-up coz at the rate he’s going there won’t be a cop or a soldier in the country who will follow his orders.

  144. H4T,

    That would be MOI!

    Since you hadn’t responded I started one of my own but yours is far superior.

    😉

  145. OMG- Look at BO’s twisted version of the story for Reuters when Obama was the instigator for this firestorm…

    “Obama said he hoped the event would end up being a “teachable moment, where all of us instead of pumping up the volume spend a little more time listening to each other” and improve race relations “instead of flinging accusations.”

    “Lord knows we need it right now — because over the last two days as we’ve discussed this issue, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but nobody has been paying much attention to health care,” he said.
    h…w…reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN2447761120090724?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews&rpc=22&sp=true

  146. Mrs. Smith,

    I read that.

    He realizes he picked the wrong group to pick on and is banking on being given yet another friggin pass.

    Can you IMAGINE any other politician getting away with this??????.

  147. I thionk I’m going to faint.

    This from the NYT!
    Is BO MANIPULATING the NEWS CYCLE?

    Duh!!!! Ya think?

    Yet after six months in office, perhaps no other president has been more attuned to, or done more to dominate, the news cycle he disparages. Mr. Obama has given roughly three times as many interviews as George W. Bush and held four times as many prime-time news conferences as Bill Clinton had by comparable points in their terms.

    In the past four days, Mr. Obama gave “exclusive” interviews to Jim Lehrer of PBS, Katie Couric of CBS and Meredith Vieira of NBC. He gave two interviews to The Washington Post on one day, one to the editorial page editor and one to news reporters. He held a conference call with bloggers. His hourlong session in the East Room on Wednesday night was his second news conference of the day. And on Thursday, he invited Terry Moran of ABC to spend the day with him for a “Nightline” special.

    The all-Obama, all-the-time carpet bombing of the news media represents a strategy by a White House seeking to deploy its most effective asset in service of its goals, none more critical now than health care legislation. But longtime Washington hands warn that saturation coverage can diminish the power of his voice and lose public attention.

  148. Thanks, basil! Your comments were true. He and the media want to set race relations back 40 years, I swear.

  149. I think that the question posed to bambi during his recent telethon and regarding this incident was a plant. I also think that it was planned in order to change direction, i.e. let the idiot come across as a strong defender of “his people” of “democratic rights” and of “racial wrongs.”

    Above all, I think that it slapped him in the face, didn’t achieve what he had intended, made him look like the inexperienced manager that he is, and really lowered respect in many circles for this guy. I would think that this event bothered all law enforcement across the nation.

  150. Jan, I think he (or rather, Axelrod) intended it as the usual distraction. But this time it’s blowing up in his face.

  151. Jan,
    Yeah. I’m reading a lot about speculation the Lyn Sweet question was a plant.

    OTOT,
    I just found this.
    Hmmmmmmmm……..

    The lawyer of Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Harvard professor at the center of the current national race controversy, was a mentor of both Barack and Michelle Obama and served on the president’s black advisory council.

    Charles Ogletree Jr. (right, with Michelle Obama), himself a Harvard University professor, is closely linked to the Black Panthers and to radical black ideology. He is a key member of the reparations movement and once pursued the possibility of bringing a class action lawsuit to win reparations for descendants of African slaves.

  152. Go Lou Dobbs! His comments, just now, about this controversy were spot on!

    “A teachable moment?” LOL…Lou calls this comment arrogance at it’s worst.

  153. H4t,

    that was a powerful post.

    Logging off 4 the night, but ya know, i’m beginning to feel like the country’s in a bad marriage with a nagging spouse who just won’t ever ever let it go …..

    I never said ‘I Can’ but the rest of the country that did should demand a divorce, NOW!
    gLogg

  154. basil9 Says:

    July 24th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    ——————————-

    The plot thickens. It’s almost incestous the connections bambi and meme have.

  155. ABM90, I just want to thank you for bringing me back to reality about Jimmy Carter. I have always truly admired him as a President, although I really was not in to politics before Hillary got in, I always believed what my mom told me about politics. She loved Carter and of coarse she was a yellow dog democrat as is my dad. My mom passed in 2004 after one year of a miserable existance with heart problems. I thank God everyday I had my mom that year. She and my dad walked the pickett lines in Edinburg, Tx when I was a child and believed and still believe in the union. She of coarse knew there were good ones and bad ones. She was the go to person in the family about who to vote for, she kept up with everyone including Romney whom she said was getting ready to run for POTUS. So us lazy kids just took her word and voted for whom she told us too.
    What I getting at is that Carter was a truly honest man thrown into a pool of vultures and was unequipped to handled his job. I will always admire his habitat for humanity, but I can’t understand his attitude towards Israel. I need to read his book. I also have a problem with him backing the usurper instead of Hillary.
    Thanks again for reminding me that Carter was our only Christian POTUS in modern times.

  156. Carter is not an honest man and was, imo, the reason we had 12 yrs of republican rule. He also is a Clinton hater and his views on Israel are about the same of Pat Buchanan’s. The man is a fool who continuously put down our country while praising dictators all over the world. When he keeps his red neck mouth shut and built homes for the poor, he was actually gaining some dignity back, but he has blown it all by his words and actions this past decade…

  157. confloyd, I always thought Carter was a really decent well-meaning man who made a really terrible president.

    And frankly, I’m not sure why he backed BO. Maybe growing up in the South in the era that he did, his “white guilt” got the better of his common sense, no matter what his stated reason was.

  158. jbstonesfan, I do think that some of the major big-name Dims like Carter and Kennedy have NEVER gotten over the fact that William Jefferson Clinton was such a smashing success for this country, and they never were.

    I think a LOT in the party whether they admit it or not, are irrationally envious that he succeeded so well where so many other long-time party loyalists have failed. And that despite his scandals and failings, he is BELOVED of the people, while polls say that the people don’t think much of the rest of them.

  159. Obama, pardon my language is a C U Next Tuesday. He fires up a great racial fire that has potential to explode and then tries to peddle away from it faster than a lifeboat from the Titanic.

    Its exactly the same as what he did to Bill Clinton last year in the primaries, smeared him and then tried to say he did’nt do it. Guess what Bambi, people aint buying it this time. The US elected a bi racial president, now can you quit with the whitey hates us bullshit, i’m getting kinda pissed off with all this.

    All this racial insinuating bullcrap is seriously pissing off lots of people i know, the man has single handedly set back race relations years with all this.

    Well done, you fuckwit.

  160. Oh and Crowley should not accept the invite and say, its the subject of an ongoing enquiry and prejudicial to all parties. So no thank you.

  161. Hil4T, Carter backed Obama pure and simply because he hates the Clintons, thats the one and only explanation, remember at the inauguration, the reception Carter gave Bill and Hil. Said it all, my friend.

  162. Black officer at Gates home during arrest said scholar acted strange, supports arrest

    chicagotribune.com/news/sns-ap-us-harvard-scholar-arresting-officer,0,4731766.story

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A black police officer who was at Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s home when the black Harvard scholar was arrested says he fully supports how his white fellow officer handled the situation.

    Sgt. Leon Lashley says Gates was probably tired and surprised when Sgt. James Crowley demanded identification from him as officers investigated a report of a burglary. Lashley says Gates’ reaction to Crowley was “a little bit stranger than it should have been.”

    Asked if Gates should have been arrested, Lashley said he supported Crowley “100 percent

    …on tv Sgt.Lashley is quoted as saying Gates was yelling very LOUD

    **************************************************
    HillaryforTexas Says:

    July 24th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    love your rant…made me a little teary…

    I have one of my own…I lived in Boston during the 70’s and took African Dance classes in Roxbury during the busing and riots days…I was the only white person in the school…and I made a lot of friends at the school…color did not matter at all to us…

    …one week when things were a little rough and dangerous in Boston, my black friends at the dance school would walk me to my car to make sure I was ok…all they cared about was my safety, we were friends…

    …just like you communicate in your story…we just connected as people…

    …somehow it just feels like O is taking us backwards and focusing on the past and resurrecting the pain…there is just so much more good to focus on…

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

    one more thing, I have to say I really respect Juan Williams…Juan has always been a straight shooter and honest guy IMHO…he was so forthright tonight on tv, saying truthfully that O was not being honest…and to have credibility on race you have to be honest…

    …it there is a “teachable moment” it should be for O (and his arrogance) – he tried to exploit a situation and it backfired and it should teach him that he is just a person like everyone else and not above everyone in some lofty place teaching us anything…this whole thing reduced O to a smaller person who made a big mistake and brought him crashing to earth…and no amount of trying to evade his actions with words like “calibrating” is going to disguise that for a constitutional lawyer he flunked this test…

  163. i see this week as the turning point for bo. uhc is sinking and the race-bait gig is up. i don’t think he’ll ever recover. people are pissed and they are ( finally ) seeing this guy for the phony he is.

  164. jbstonesfan Says:

    July 24th, 2009 at 8:19 pm
    *8*******************************
    Couldn’t agree with you more. I know Jimmy Carter and he is no Bill Clinton!

  165. Thing is when a narcicist feels unloved, they really start losing it, as Obama’s numbers drop watch him become more and more erratic, unhinged, strange and he’ll lash out and lose it. Its coming, we saw a tinge of it, when Hillary kept clawing her way back last year, he became unhinged.

  166. I’m posting this in full because it needs to be spread far and wide. Link is over at Michelle Malkins site.

    What have you done for Dontae Adams, lately?

    The White House, Democrats, and MoveOn liberals are spreading health care sob stories to sell a government takeover. But there’s one health care policy nightmare you won’t hear the Obamas hyping. It’s a tale of poor, minority patient-dumping in Chicago — with First Lady Michelle Obama’s fingerprints all over it.

    Both Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Democrat Rep. Bobby Rush of Chicago have raised red flags about the outsourcing program, run by the University of Chicago Medical Center. The hospital has non-profit status and receives lucrative tax breaks in exchange for providing charity care. Yet, it spent a measly $10 million on charity care for the poor in fiscal 2007 when Mrs. Obama was employed there—1.3 percent of its total hospital expenses, according to an analysis performed for The Washington Post by the non-partisan Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. The figure is below the 2.1 percent average for nonprofit hospitals in surrounding Cook County.

    Rep. Rush called for a House investigation last week in response to months of patient-dumping complaints, noting: “Congress has a duty to expend its power to mitigate and prevent this despicable practice from continuing in centers that receive federal funds.”

    Don’t expect the president to support a probe. While a top executive at the hospital, Mrs. Obama helped engineer the plan to offload low-income patients with non-urgent health needs. Under the Orwellian banner of an “Urban Health Initiative,” Mrs. Obama sold the scheme to outsource low-income care to other facilities as a way to “dramatically improve health care for thousands of South Side residents.” The program guaranteed “free” shuttle rides to and from the outside clinics.

    In truth, it was old-fashioned cost-cutting and favor-trading repackaged as minority aid. Clearing out the poor freed up room for insured (i.e., more lucrative) patients. If a Republican had proposed the very same program and recruited black civic leaders to front it, Michelle Obama and her grievance-mongering friends would be screaming “RAAAAAAAAACISM!” at the top of their lungs.

    Joe Stephens of the Washington Post wrote: “To ensure community support, Michelle Obama and others in late 2006 recommended that the hospital hire the firm of David Axelrod, who a few months later became the chief strategist for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. Axelrod’s firm recommended an aggressive promotional effort modeled on a political campaign—appoint a campaign manager, conduct focus groups, target messages to specific constituencies, then recruit religious leaders and other third-party ‘validators.’ They, in turn, would write and submit opinion pieces to Chicago publications.”

    Some health care experts saw through Mrs. Obama and her public relations man, David Axelrod—yes, the same David Axelrod who is now Mr. Obama’s senior adviser at the White House. The University of Chicago Medical Center hired Axelrod’s public relations firm, ASK Public Strategies, to promote Mrs. Obama’s Urban Health Initiative. Axelrod had the blessing of Chicago political guru Valerie Jarrett – now White House senior adviser.

    Axelrod’s great contribution: Re-branding! His firm recommended re-naming the initiative after “[i]nternal and external respondents expressed the opinion that the word ‘urban’ is code for ‘black’ or ‘black and poor’….Based on the research, consideration should be given to re-branding the initiative.” Axelrod and the Obama campaign refused to disclose how much his firm received for its genius re-branding services.

    In February 2009, outrage in the Obamas’ community exploded after a young boy covered by Medicaid was turned away from the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dontae Adams’ mother, Angela, had sought emergency treatment for him after a pit bull tore off his upper lip. Mrs. Obama’s hospital gave the boy a tetanus shot, antibiotics, and Tylenol and shoved him out the door. The mother and son took an hour-long bus ride to another hospital for surgery.

    I’ll guarantee you this: You’ll never see the Adams family featured at an Obama policy summit or seated next to the First Lady at a joint session of Congress to illustrate the failures of the health care system.

    Following the Adams incident, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) blasted Mrs. Obama and Mr. Axelrod’s grand plan. The group released a statement expressing “grave concerns that the University of Chicago’s policy toward emergency patients is dangerously close to ‘patient dumping,’ a practice made illegal by the Emergency Medical Labor and Treatment Act (EMTALA)” – signed by President Reagan, by the way – “and reflected an effort to ‘cherry pick’ wealthy patients over poor.”

  167. From AOL…they have a poll, 77% feel the fraud handled the situation poorly. Wonder who the 23% could possibly be who think he handled it well!
    ******************************

    A multiracial group of officers and union officials stood with Crowley on Friday at a news conference to show support and to ask Obama and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who is black, to apologize for their comments. Patrick had called Gates’ arrest “every black man’s nightmare.”

  168. S Says:

    July 24th, 2009 at 8:36 pm
    ***************************

    I would like to agree on Juan but during the campaign I heard Juan MANY times dis Hillary and give OVER the top monologues about the Fraud.

    I was actually surprised when I heard his take on the incident. Maybe the koolaid is wearing a little thin.

    I believe Officer Jim Crowley is this years Joe the Plumber

  169. moononpluto Says:

    July 24th, 2009 at 8:54 pm
    Thing is when a narcicist feels unloved, they really start losing it, as Obama’s numbers drop watch him become more and more erratic, unhinged, strange and he’ll lash out and lose it. Its coming, we saw a tinge of it, when Hillary kept clawing her way back last year, he became unhinged.

    ———————————————————————————————

    Moon, I think you are right. I remember some of those moments; especially the one after the Philly debate. Remember when he gave her the finger, I mean scratched his nose, and he acted like he was wiping dirt off his shoulders and scraping dog poop off his shoes? When I saw that, I couldn’t believe the immaturity and crassness of the candidate who was running for POTUS. It verified for me, that I could never vote for someone like that. And let’s not get started with all the race baiting that was done. But, he definitely became unhinged with every Hillary victory.

  170. Another Ethics Complaint Dismissed

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    No. 09-186

    Another Ethics Complaint Dismissed

    July 24, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska – The Personnel Board has announced that another ethics complaint against Governor Sarah Palin has been dismissed.

    From Bitter…
    ****************

    Another Ethics Complaint Dismissed

    July 24, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska – The Personnel Board has announced that another ethics complaint against Governor Sarah Palin has been dismissed.

    The complaint, the sixth filed by Anchorage resident Andree McLeod,
    accused the governor of violating the Ethics Act by receiving her salary
    while campaigning for vice president. The accusation, lodged Monday, was dismissed as legally flawed and factually devoid of merit.

    Governor Palin remained on duty, conducted state business, and communicated with her staff and her constituents. “Andree McLeod has failed to prevail on any of the ethics complaints she has filed against the governor,” said Mike Nizich, Palin’s chief of staff. “It appears her agenda is clear – she’s abusing the ethics laws to harass public officials.”

  171. Hi gonzotx…

    actually I heard Juan speak up for Hillary a lot during the primaries…that was one of the things I liked about him…he was very critical of Michelle Obama and the whole Jermiah Wright episode and embarrassed by it…and frankly I remember him often saying that O had no record to run on even when he was running against McCain, etc…when O actually won I do remember Juan being emotional and feeling proud that an intack AA family was being represented and in the WH…but I really never felt Juan was a koolaid drinker…he is a democrat on Fox so he does represent the democratic POV

  172. A one question poll. Your Chance To Vote On Obama’s Performance on Economy-AT&T/Yahoo Poll

    h t t p ://js.polls.yahoo.com/quiz/quiziframe.php?poll_id=46067

  173. legally flawed and factually devoid of merit
    ———————————Sounds like Andrea McLeod’s middle name, with a little delusional thrown in as well.

  174. Texas Gov vows showdown with White House over healthcare

    h… w… star-telegram.com/804/story/1504240.html

    AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry, raising the specter of a showdown with the Obama administration, suggested Thursday that he would consider invoking states’ rights protections under the 10th Amendment to resist the president’s healthcare plan, which he said would be “disastrous” for Texas.

    Interviewed by conservative talk show host Mark Davis of Dallas’ WBAP/820 AM, Perry said his first hope is that Congress will defeat the plan, which both Perry and Davis described as “Obama Care.” But should it pass, Perry predicted that Texas and a “number” of states might resist the federal health mandate.

    “I think you’ll hear states and governors standing up and saying ‘no’ to this type of encroachment on the states with their healthcare,” Perry said. “So my hope is that we never have to have that stand-up. But I’m certainly willing and ready for the fight if this administration continues to try to force their very expansive government philosophy down our collective throats.”

    Perry, the state’s longest-serving governor, has made defiance of Washington a hallmark of his state administration as well as his emerging re-election campaign against U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in the 2010 Republican primary. Earlier this year, Perry refused $555 million in federal unemployment stimulus money, saying it would subject Texas to long-term costs after the federal dollars ended.

    Interviewed after returning from a trip to Iraq and Afghanistan, Perry spoke out against President Barack Obama’s healthcare package less than 24 hours after the president used a prime-time news conference Wednesday night to try to sell the massive legislative package to Congress and the public.

    ‘Not the solution’

    “It really is a state issue, and if there was ever an argument for the 10th Amendment and for letting the states find a solution to their problems, this may be at the top of the class,” Perry said. “A government-run healthcare system is financially unstable. It’s not the solution.”

    Perry heartily backed an unsuccessful resolution in this year’s legislative session that would have affirmed the belief that Texas has sovereignty under the 10th Amendment over all powers not otherwise granted to the federal government.

    In expressing “unwavering support” for the 10th Amendment resolution by state Rep. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, Perry said “federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens and its interference with the affairs of our state.”

    Returning to the “letter and spirit” of the 10th Amendment, he said in April, “will free our state from undue regulations and ultimately strengthen our union.”

    Perry, in his on-air interview Thursday with Davis, did not specify how he might use the 10th Amendment in opposing the Obama health plan. His spokeswoman, Allison Castle, said that the governor’s first goal is to defeat the plan in Congress and that any discussion of options beyond that would be “hypothetical.”

    “I don’t think it’s surprising that the governor is taking a stand against it,” said Anne Dunkelberg, associate director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, an Austin-based research organization that supports the House version of Obama’s plan. “Unfortunately, the national dialogue on health reform has been extraordinarily partisan and polarized.”

    The White House Media Affairs Office, asked to comment on Perry’s statements, did not have an immediate response. In his remarks to the nation Wednesday, Obama restated his midsummer deadline for passage of the bill in Congress, saying it is urgently needed to help families “that are being clobbered by healthcare costs.”

    High stakes in Texas

    Texas has a higher percentage of uninsured people than any other state, with 1 in 4 Texans lacking health coverage. Dunkelberg, whose organization supports policies to help low- and modest-income Texans, said the House version would create a “predictable and comprehensive benefits package” for thousands of struggling middle-income Texans.

    Former Rep. Arlene Wohlgemuth of Burleson, a senior fellow for healthcare at the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation, echoed Perry’s assertion that the Obama plan is the wrong approach and could have disastrous financial consequences for Texas.

    Under the Senate version of the bill, she said, an expansion of the joint federal-state Medicaid program for the poor could cost Texas $4 billion a year.

    “There are good solutions” to the country’s healthcare problems, Wohlgemuth said. “This isn’t it.”

    Perry said the plan is another example of the Obama administration’s “massive takeover of the private-sector economy.”

    “I hope our leaders will look for solutions that don’t dig our country further into debt,” he said.

    Perry called on Texans in the House and Senate to oppose the plan. “I can’t imagine that anyone from Texas who cares about this state would vote for Obama Care. I don’t care whether you’re Democrat or Republican,” he said.

    Of those Texans who might consider supporting the plan, he said: “This may sound a little bit harsh, but they might ought to consider representing some other state because they’re sure not representing Texas.”

  175. It’s pretty long, but I thought relevant
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    Promoting Racial Paranoia
    In his comments Wednesday, Obama recycled long-discredited anti-cop fictions.

    By Heather Mac Donald

    Henry Louis Gates Jr. has threatened to make a documentary on “racial profiling” in the wake of his highly publicized arrest for disorderly conduct on July 16. It’s going to be a very long film, given the Harvard professor’s exceedingly expansive definition of what counts as biased policing. Unfortunately, Pres. Barack Obama’s take on police work is no more reality-based than Gates’s. Obama’s ill-considered lecture on the Gates arrest controversy during his Wednesday prime-time press conference was replete with ACLU misinformation about policing, misinformation that has been repeatedly refuted by the federal government itself.

    But whereas Gates’s rantings about police bias might ultimately be dismissed as standard ivory-tower posturing, Obama has now put the presidential imprimatur on a set of untruths that will only fuel disrespect for the law and impede the police in their efforts to protect inner-city residents from crime. His belated recognition Thursday night that the arresting officer in the Cambridge incident was performing his duty hardly undoes the damage from his previous distortions.

    Let’s acknowledge up front that Gates endured a bizarre and humiliating experience. Being escorted out of your home in handcuffs for what you perceive as no offense at all would feel like a grotesque invasion of privacy, due process, and property rights. Gates’s anger is therefore understandable. But just because an incident is — from one’s subjective perspective — unjustified does not make it racial. Gates was almost certainly not arrested because he was black, but quite possibly because he committed “contempt of cop,” an extralegal offense that can greatly affect the outcome of officer-civilian interactions.

    Gates, however, sees race and racism in every aspect of this unfortunate episode, thus exemplifying the racial paranoia that can make police work so difficult. He accuses the witness who called in a possible burglary incident of “racial profiling” for merely describing what she saw. Here, in Gates’s own words, is what the caller observed: Gates and his “regular driver” from his “regular car service” were both on his front porch, “fiddl[ing] with the door.” (The New York Times recasts this delicious nugget from Gates’s limousine-liberal lifestyle as an interaction with a mere “taxi driver.”) Next, says Gates, “[m]y driver hit the door [which was jammed] with his shoulder and the door popped open.”

    The caller’s 911 report, according to Gates, “said that that two big black men were trying to break in with backpacks on.” Such a description, provided undoubtedly under stress, is accurate enough under the circumstances. “My driver,” acknowledges Gates, “is a large black man.” But Gates calls it “the worst racial profiling I’ve ever heard of in my life.” Why? Simply because Gates himself is not “big.” But a rough description of individuals engaged in what to most observers would appear to be suspicious behavior, no matter the race of the individuals, is not “racial profiling,” it is simply ordinary crime reporting. Gates undoubtedly means to imply that the 911 caller, in her timorous white racism, sees every black man as “big,” but it is he who is engaged in racial stereotyping, not her.

    Gates’s interpretation of the actions of the officer who answered the 911 call is just as narcissistic and deluded. As soon as the officer asked Gates to step onto the porch to speak with him, Gates started a long tirade against the officer’s racism, according to the police report. Nothing provides stronger corroboration of this allegation in the report than Gates’s own racially fevered account of the episode. There was nothing inappropriate, much less racist, in the officer’s request.

    Confronting unknown suspects in dwellings and cars, where the officer cannot see the suspect’s full environment or hands, is the most dangerous activity that cops undertake. Six officers have been seriously wounded, two fatally, by suspects holed up in houses in Oakland and Jersey City this year; in 2007, an NYPD officer was shot dead by three thugs during a car stop. In the Cambridge burglary investigation, the officer was working by himself, without back-up. He had no idea whether he was confronting two armed suspects.

    But Gates sees himself as the victim of police bias from the beginning of the interaction through its end. He shoehorns the incident into the standard racial-profiling narrative that the ACLU has honed to dishonest perfection over the years, in which the police allegedly grab any black man they can get their hands on just to make an arrest: “You can’t just presume I’m guilty and arrest me. . . . He just presumed that I was guilty and he presumed that I was guilty because I was black. There was no doubt about that. . . . I would hope that the police wouldn’t arrest the first black man that they saw.”

    Gates seems not to understand that he was arrested for disorderly conduct, not for burglary. He was not “the first black man that [the officers] saw” committing what they viewed as disorderly conduct; he was the only man they saw committing disorderly conduct. If arresting a man for an offense committed in the officer’s presence constitutes “racial profiling,” then the most legally unimpeachable aspect of police work has been discredited.

    It is certainly possible to debate whether Gates’s escalating verbal abuse of the investigating officer and refusal to cooperate with his requests rose to the level of criminal conduct. Most certainly, it lay within Sgt. James Crowley’s discretion not to make the arrest — and in retrospect, it would have been preferable if he had thanked Gates for his cooperation and walked away from the provocation. I would guess that Sergeant Crowley simply snapped under Gates’s taunts and chose to teach him a lesson for the informal offense of contempt of cop — an understandable, if less than ideal, reaction, but not a racist one. Crowley, even by Gates’s account, acted politely throughout the interaction.

    Gates’s post-incident rantings were bad enough before President Obama made this otherwise trivial incident a matter of presidential attention. Obama does not seem to understand the power of his office. If he is going to weigh in on something as crucial to the health of cities as policing, he had better get his facts straight. But everything that he said about the Cambridge confrontation was untrue. He presents a highly telescoped version of the events that echoes Gates’s implication that he was arrested on the burglary charge: “The Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home,” Obama intoned. But Gates was arrested for disorderly conduct; his being in his own home is irrelevant.

    Obama then decided he was going to give us a history lesson: “What I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there’s a long history in this country of African Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately. That’s just a fact.”

    This statement has many possible meanings, all of them untrue.

    The ACLU and other anti-police activists have alleged for years that blacks are the victims of disproportionate and unjustified traffic stops, a charge that has become received wisdom among large swathes of the population. It happens to be contradicted by drivers themselves. The Bureau of Justice Statistics regularly polls tens of thousands of civilians about their contacts with the police. Virtually identical proportions of white, black, and Hispanic drivers — 9 percent — report being stopped by the police, though in 2005, the self-reported black stop rate — 8.1 percent — was nearly a percentage point lower than the self-reported white stop rate (8.9 percent). The stop rate for blacks is lower during the day, when officers can more readily see a driver’s race.

    As for urban policing — where the police have victim identifications and contextual and behavioral cues to work with — blacks are stopped more, but only in comparison with their proportion of the entire population. Measured against their crime rate, they are understopped. New York City is perfectly typical of the black police-stop and crime rates. In the first three months of 2009, 52 percent of all people stopped for questioning by the police in New York City were black, though blacks are just 24 percent of the population. But according to the victims of and witnesses to crime, blacks commit about 68 percent of all violent crime in the city. Blacks commit 82 percent of all shootings and 72 percent of all robberies, whereas whites, who make up 35 percent of the city’s population, commit about 5 percent of all violent crimes, 1 percent of shootings, and about 4 percent of robberies.

    These figures are not police-generated; they come from the overwhelmingly minority victims of crime in their reports to the police. Such crime reports mean that when the police respond to community demands for protection against crime, information-based police deployment will send officers to minority neighborhoods where crime is highest. When the police respond to a call about a shooting, they will almost never be told that the shooter was white, and thus will not be searching for a white suspect.

    National crime patterns are the same. Black males between the ages of 18 and 24 commit homicide at ten times the rate of whites and Hispanics combined. Such vastly disproportionate crime rates must lead, if the police are going after crime in a color-blind fashion, to disproportionate stop and arrest rates. To criticize the police for crime-determined enforcement activity is to blame the messenger.

    Obama has no one around him who could disabuse him of his ignorance about the police. Attorney General Eric Holder enthusiastically participated in the reign of unjustified federal consent decrees that the Justice Department slapped on police departments during the Clinton administration. Worrisomely, Obama gestures towards those days when he says that “we’re working with local law enforcement to improve policing techniques so that we’re eliminating potential bias,” as if Justice Department lawyers know a thing about “policing techniques.”

    Obama’s prime-time recycling of advocate-generated myths about policing will only make inner-city neighborhoods more dangerous for their many law-abiding residents. No one benefits more from proactive policing than the poor, who have as much of a right to public safety as Cambridge residents. Officer Crowley was only doing his job, without any manifestation of racial bias. Now, if an officer investigates a 911 call in good faith, who knows if the president will say he acted “stupidly?” Why bother putting your reputation on the line? The blow to police morale from Obama’s gratuitous remarks is enormous.

    Worse, Obama has only increased the racial paranoia that Gates put so
    vividly on display. Officers of all races say that the first thing out of a black driver’s mouth during a traffic stop for speeding or running a red
    light is often: “You only stopped me because I’m black,” a reaction ginned up by decades of anti-cop agitating and now bolstered by Obama’s recycled fictions. The advocate-fueled resentment of the police in inner-city neighborhoods makes crime fighting more difficult and more dangerous. Obama’s hope for reviving urban economies rests on a crucial precondition: that cities stay safe. He has just put that precondition in jeopardy.

    — Heather Mac Donald is a contributing editor at City Journal and the author of Are Cops Racist?

  176. On another blog, someone of AA persuasion, said Gates wife is White. I find that hilarious if true.

  177. ok gonzotx…

    i was trying to find some quotes…here is one

    crooksandliars.com/2007/07/08/fox-news-sunday-hillary-derangement-syndrome/

    On Fox News Sunday, Fred Barnes says what we’ve known from the beginning: Republicans are salivating at the thought of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee for President. Look how blithely unconcerned Fred and Brit Hume look when Juan Williams points out that this is ALL the Republicans have in this election: hate for Hillary. No ideas, no solutions, just hate

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    there is a lot on the net about Juan complaining about MO, Wright and critical of O

  178. 9-12-09 March On Washington
    The Tea Party Movement Goes to Capitol Hill

    912dc.org/2009/07/updated-protest-numbers-718/

    With less than two months until the March on Washington, I thought that I would take a moment to update the map showing the number of attendees who have registered.

    At present, there are over 10,000 individuals registered for the march, representing all 50 states.

    While the map below is impressive, this only represents a small fraction of the attendance, as one person has the ability to register an entire group, thus only yielding one pin in the map. Also, there are over 600 registrants who decided not to provide their zip code, so it was impossible to map them.

  179. I had lunch today with an old friend who is a Republican strategist. We discussed the current situation and these were his thoughts.

    THE MAN, THE MOMENT AND THE MESSAGE

    1. Why did Obama win the election? There are a million answers to that question. They range from the deification sermons of his supporters to the conspiracy theories of his detractors. The problem with deification is that all mortal gods have feet of clay. The problem with conspiracy theories is they have too many moving parts and the microphone is always on. Thus, the answer must lie elsewhere.

    2. Man, Moment and Message: Obama won the election in 2008 for the same reason Ronald Reagan did in 1980. In the public mind, he was the right man, at the right moment, with the right message. In the primary, Hillary was the better candidate, but when Penn marketed her as the inevitable candidate, the timing was wrong. This set her up for media attack that followed. By contrast, Obama was the dark horse in the race, he had no track record to attack and the media wanted to believe a fairy tale. If they had vetted him it would have been obvious that he was not ready. McCain was the better candidate in the general election but when Paulson let Lehman Brothers go down the change and the economy tanked, the message resonated of hope and change resonated and McCain was doomed. Again it was timing.

    3. Will Obama be re-elected? The most likely answer is no. The reason is because there is no easy solution to the economy. It now appears that we will have an L-shaped jobless recovery, and his efforts to improve the situation will fail. Furthermore, there is a good chance he will lose more than the traditional 10% in the mid-term election and control of Congress will shift to the Republicans. Today, there are 178 Republicans and 52 blue dog Democrats in the House which means that Obama cannot pass health care so long as the blue dogs hold. When they go home for August recess, they will hear all about the failure of the stimulus plan, and there is a video of one Democrat who was laughed off stage when he tried to defend it. That means more to them than the thuggish threats of Emanuel. Thus, Obama’s first year legacy is likely to be a stimulus plan that did not work, a cap and trade bill that will die an ignominious death in the Senate, and a watered down health care program which will make no one happy. After 2010, inflation will hit and his standing will sink further especially if there is no job recovery. Finally, the media who tolerated his evasions during the campaign is turning on him and demanding specifics. He was forced to admit he had not even read the health care bill he is promoting and it came from Congress not him. Normally, the White House would submit its own bill to Congress, but here that did not happen.

    4. How To Beat Him: Obama has made many mistakes in the first six months. He has allied himself with limousine liberals in Congress who are tone deaf to the needs of ordinary people. He is estranged from most working class whites. Some of them voted for him at the insistence of Hillary, but now the bloom is off the rose. Time and again he has bungled the race issue. He has criticized our nation on foreign soil and thereby angered the military. He embraces our enemies and rejects our friends. In the general election, 68 percent of the Hispanics voted for him, and it is highly unlikely that he will move forward on immigration reform they want. The country and the economy are in no mood for it. In essence, it is probably too late to redeem himself with Americans outside his shrinking demographic. The polls reflect it.

    5. Who Will Challenge Him? Obama projects a care free persona to the world but insiders will tell you this job is really getting to him. He may not want to run again, or if he does his heart may not be in it. Either way, it is more probable than not that Hillary will run in the 2012 primary. Carville speaks for many when he says he admires her more than any politician for a thousand reasons . . . her grace under fire, ability to deal with disappointment, winning 24 of 26 debates, coming back from 11 defeats to win 18 million votes and finish stronger than Obama by the end of the campaign. Indeed, 2012 could be year of the woman, the moment and the message. The leading Republican candidate is probably Romney, who has the gravitas, executive experience and party standing to win the nomination. The dark horse could be the Utah Governor who accepted the position of Ambassador to China, assuming he resigns between now and then.

  180. HillaryforTexas Says:

    July 24th, 2009 at 10:12 pm
    Juan has been mostly fair. Not a Hillary supporter, but fair.
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    I use to think that and then I heard him on Fox too many times support the Fraud. Maybe not rabidly, but often.

  181. yes, I would agree that Juan has been fair and definitely not anti-Hillary…he even spoke up for her tonight about the North Koreans taking a shot a her…

    …and that is what i like about him…he is a fair minded person

    hotair.com/archives/2008/03/16/video-juan-williams-lowers-the-boom-on-obama/

    the video indicates Juan’s distrust of obama

  182. Right on wbboei.Your posts are always on target.I believe he does not have the fortitude and the ability to serve all the remaining months and years.His ego is a mile long,a mile wide and as thin as smoke in a wind storm.He may yet fire Hillary in a burst of anger over her huge popularity and her stunning accomplishments in six short months.
    jealousy is a very devastating ingredient of being egomaniac without
    a suit.

    By ABM90 Thank you my friend.

  183. wbboei, I agree with that strategist’s analysis, with one exception: Hillary will only run in 2012 if Obama decides not to run for reelection. She’d never challenge an incumbent president of her own party.

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