The Boob Job, Part II

Update II: The bipartisan and respected Battleground poll also has Obama at 53%:

According to a bipartisan poll released Wednesday, President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party may be putting themselves in political jeopardy with their expensive and ambitious agenda, which has yet to show benefits for the country.

“There are warning signs for Democrats heading into 2010,” Democratic pollster Celinda Lake said. “Despite trusting and supporting the Democratic agenda, majorities think the administration is spending too much and doing too many things.”

Republican pollster Ed Goeas, who conducted the Battleground Poll with Lake for George Washington University, said it showed signs of a shifting landscape that could help Republicans start rebounding from back-to-back election losses in 2006 and 2008, when they lost control of Congress and the White House.

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Update: Respected Pew Research has a new poll

Barack Obama’s approval ratings have suffered major declines. The president’s overall job approval number fell from 61% in mid-June to 54% currently. His approval ratings for handling the economy and the federal budget deficit have also fallen sharply, tumbling to 38% and 32%, respectively. Majorities now say they disapprove of the way the president is handling these two issues. The new poll also finds significant declines over the last few months in the percentage of Americans giving Obama high marks for dealing with health care, foreign policy and tax policy.

Three factors have likely contributed to more negative views of Obama. First, criticisms of the government’s economic policies are mounting. For the first time since Obama took office, as many say the government is on the wrong track (48%) as on the right track (46%) in handling the nation’s economic problems. [snip]

Secondly, the latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted July 22-26 among 1,506 adults reached on landlines and cell phones, finds that many of the health care proposals being debated in Congress are sparking negative reactions, especially from those following the debate most closely. By a 44% to 38% margin, more Americans generally oppose than favor the health care proposals now before Congress. Opposition rises to 56% among people who say they have heard a lot about legislation to overhaul the health care system. [snip]

Thirdly, Obama’s comments on the arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr. appear to have played some role in his ratings decline. [snip]

More generally, the new survey shows that since June, Obama’s overall job approval ratings dropped among most political and demographic groups. The greatest declines are apparent among Republicans and independents, poorer people, especially poorer whites, and 30 to 49 year olds. When looking at Obama’s approval ratings on specific issues, the president has lost ground, in most cases, among Republicans, Democrats and independents. Some of the larger declines are among members of his own party.

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Yesterday, we made the case that Obama is no longer popular, by polling standards, and that Big Media should adjust the narrative accordingly.

We later updated our post with the addition of an NPR poll that buttressed our argument, as that poll had Obama down to a below average 53% (according to Gallup 55% is average).

We have more polls today which demonstrate that once again we were correct and the Left Talkers were off the planet regarding impressions of Obama’s stinky performances and publicity stunts:

Left Talkers at the time got “tingles” up their leg and expected Obama to soar in the polls and thought that Obama “knocked it out of the park” at the most recent publicity stunt.

We thought Obama stunk.

As Americans struggle with economic challenges Obama will flee to the lofty precincts of Martha’s Vineyard. This relocation will not likely improve the impression of Obama by Americans.

NBC will no doubt praise Obama’s vacationing skills. But now, NBC is weeping, Obama is no longer popular:

Despite his public-relations blitz over the past two weeks to promote his plans to reform the nation’s health-care system — including holding two town halls on Wednesday — President Barack Obama has lost ground on this issue with the American public, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Pluralities now say that the president’s health care plan is a bad idea, and that it will result in the quality of their care getting worse. What’s more, just four in 10 approve of his handling on the issue.

Oh Lord! Imagine the weeping and gnashing of teeth in the Hopium dens:

The poll also finds that Obama’s overall job-approval rating has dropped to 53 percent. And it shows a public that has grown increasingly concerned about the federal government’s spending as the administration defends its $787 billion economic stimulus and supports a $1 trillion-plus health-care bill.

Oh Lord! 55% is average and more and more polls show Obama at 53% and headed to below 50%. Oh Lord!

This is a president who needs a vacation,” says Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart, who conducted the survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff. “His job rating is … certainly an acceptable mark. But if you look at it over time, it has [gone] south without a doubt.” [snip]

But the poll, McInturff says, makes it clear that Obama — who had been gliding above the partisan fray — has come back down to earth. Conservatives and Republicans have moved away from him, while his numbers in the South and Midwest have declined.

“The question I asked back in February was: When does political gravity take hold?” he said. “The answer is in this survey. It is happening right now.”

Obama is now viewed as a run of the mill politician – An Unhealthy run of the ill politician:

That’s especially true on the issue of health care reform. As Congress works on its legislation and as Obama campaigns to get an overhaul enacted, 42 percent now say that the president’s plan is a bad idea, which is a 10-point increase since last month. Thirty-six percent say it’s a good idea.

In addition, 39 percent — a plurality — believe that Obama’s plan would result in the quality of their health care getting worse. That’s 15-point jump since April.

Oh Lord! We were right about the “stimulus” scam too, and we were right about the abusive spending, and we were right about the deficit... and now the public is catching up:

The public also has concerns with the progress of the $787 billion economic stimulus that Obama signed into law in February. In the poll, 43 percent believe the legislation was a bad idea, up 16 points since January. Just 34 percent say the stimulus was a good idea.

Indeed, the poll finds that the public’s top concern about Obama’s young presidency is that he has spent too much money, increasing the size of the deficit.

And now, according to the poll, Republicans find themselves with a six-point advantage over Democrats on the question of which party would do a better job of reducing the deficit. It’s the first time Republicans have led Democrats on this question since 1997.

Republicans also now have advantages on controlling government spending and taxes — which McInturff says could make Obama’s job to sell a health care bill (and the tax increases that would pay for it) more difficult.

Imagine that. Obama is such a wastrel and big spender that he makes Republicans look good. That’s impossible but true. Imagine that.



The NBC/Journal survey has Obama’s overall approval rating at 53 percent, which is down three points from last month (and which also equals the percentage he won in last November’s presidential contest).

His job approval in handling the economy is lower, at 49 percent.

Furthermore, 46 percent say they are “extremely confident” or “quite confident” that he has the right set of goals and policies, versus a combined 53 percent who say they are “only somewhat confident” or “not confident at all.”

Here is the New York Times analysis of the New York Times/CBS News poll:

President Obama’s ability to shape the debate on health care appears to be eroding as opponents aggressively portray the effort as a government-takeover that could limit Americans’ ability to chose their doctor and course of treatment, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

Americans are concerned that overhauling the health care system would reduce the quality of their care, increase their out-of-pocket health costs and tax bills and limit their options in choosing doctors, treatment and tests, the poll found. The percentage who describe health care costs as a serious threat to the American economy — a central argument being made by Mr. Obama — has dropped over the past month. [snip]

“We need to fix health care, but if the government creates the system, I’m afraid the quality of care will go down and costs will go up: We will pay more taxes,” Mary Bevering, a Democrat from Fort Madison, Iowa, said in a follow-up interview.

She added: “It’s going to come down to regulation. What also worries me is whether we will be told what physician we can have.”

The New York Times analysis wastes many paragraphs talking about the efforts of opponents to the mish mash under consideration which is dubbed “health care reform”. The New York Times does not discuss the coordinated assaults by Obama Dimocrats and allies.

However much money is being spent on either side of the latest discussions on health care, the results have not been salutary for Obama’s political health:

There has been a 10-point drop in Mr. Obama’s job approval rating since a high-point in April.

And despite Mr. Obama’s efforts to address public misgivings — in speeches, news conferences, town hall meetings and other forums — 69 percent of respondents in the poll said they were concerned that the quality of their own care would get worse if the government created a program that covers everyone. [snip]

75 percent of respondents said they were concerned that the cost of their own health care cost would go up if the government did not create a system of providing health care for all Americans. But 77 percent said they were concerned the cost of health care would go up if the government did create such a system.

Earlier, the New York Times had other intriguing things to say.l

Most Americans continue to want the federal government to focus on reducing the budget deficit rather than spending money to stimulate the national economy, a new New York Times/CBS News poll finds. Yet at the same time, most oppose some proposed solution for decreasing it.[snip]

Views of some solutions to the high deficit reflect underlying political philosophies, the poll found. Democrats are the most opposed to having fewer government services – 62 percent are against it, compared with 50 percent of independents and 45 percent of Republicans. Republicans, for their part, are broadly opposed to paying more in taxes – 69 percent are, compared with 56 percent of independents and 48 percent of Democrats.

July was a bad sixth month for Obama. It was even worse for Americans who voted for Obama and only now are waking up to the reality that health care reform died at the Dimocratic convention in Denver last August.

This August will likely be even worse for Boob Obama as more Americans wake up to his boobery. Talk of health care breakthroughs will be just that: talk.

This August will be even worse for those who sowed fake Hope and Change and now reap the whirlwind.

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154 thoughts on “The Boob Job, Part II

  1. This August will likely be even worse for Boob Obama as more Americans wake up to his boobery. Talk of health care breakthroughs will be just that: talk.

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    I hope you are right Admin, we need Hill’s health plan, not this corporate welfare and Dem voter to be appreciation bill. But then again, why become a citizen if the milk is free so to speak.

  2. For the “birthers” in all of us. From BP
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    Breaking News: Twins born AFTER Obama Get BC # before Obama’s [purportede]#
    July 28th, 2009 | Author: The Dame Truth
    According to Jerome Corsi of World Net Daily, two twins born August 5, 1961 in Kapi’olani Maternity and Gynecological hospital were given birth certificate numbers that come BEFORE that of Obama’s purported certificate number as shown on factcheck.com.

    Susan Nordyke was born at 2:12 p.m. Hawaii time and was given No. 151 – 61 – 10637, which was filed with the Hawaii registrar Aug. 11, 1961.

    Gretchen Nordyke followed at 2:17 p.m. and was given No. 151 – 61 – 10638, which was also filed with the Hawaii registrar Aug. 11, 1961.

    According to a version of Obama’s purported short-form certificate available from FactCheck.org, Obama was given a higher registration number than the Nordyke twins. The online image indicates the number is No. 151 – 1961 – 10641, even though he was born Aug. 4, 1961, the day before the twins, and his birth was registered with the Hawaii registrar three days earlier, Aug. 8, 1961.

    The middle figure in Obama’s purported registration also is different than the Nordykes’. Obama’s is 1961, indicating the year, while the Nordykes’ is merely 61.

    After consulting with the Gibbs twins [White House press secretary Robt. and Harvard Professor Louis], the official line from the White House is that they put him on the bottom of the pile because, as Louis Gibbs said, he was a black man born in Hawaii.

    And thus, a new category has been created, modeled after Logistics Monster’s AYFKM. Entitled GMAFB, said category will be devoted to exhibiting Things Around Which One Cannot Wrap One’s Mind.

    For more on this, see birthers.org , therightsideoflife.com , logisticsmonster.com and lamecherry.blogspot.com, not to mention the report commissioned by former a CIA operative and published in full at westernjournalism.com/?page_id=2697…among others…

    Seriously, though…for the first time, main stream media has tested the waters, gingerly, albeit fairly condescendingly, floating a few whispers of the eligibility issue. It is clear that they are frightened, as more than a few well known pundits have risked their reputations but smugly disparaging those who have the temerity to care whether a U.S. president is eligible and thus LEGALLY serving. James Tarant of the Wall Street Journal, Ann Coulter and Bill O[MG]‘Reilly are among those who have managed to beggar themselves and their credibility by demonstrating an embarrassing absence of knowledge and due diligence research in their commentary, while Jerome Corsi steadfastly continues to plow ahead with the facts.

    As always, we seek the truth, as it always sets us free.

  3. GonzoTx, you will be happy to know that Andrew Sullivan who thought Obama should be elected because of his “face” wants an original copy of the Obama Birth Certificate. He is still trashing former Governor Palin.

    http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2009/07/on-the-birthers.html

    So many readers are furious that I have dared to ask the president to show the original copy of his birth certificate. The reason for demanding it is the same reason for demanding basic medical records proving Sarah Palin is the biological mother of Trig.

    Because it would make it go away and it’s easily done.

    I’m tired of these public officials believing they have some right to privacy. They don’t. It’s the price of public office. If you don’t like it, don’t be president. And for goodness’ sake, don’t run for president on a platform of transparency.

  4. On Obama’s BC, there is some good thought provoking info on Lamecherry’s blogspot. He has managed to find out BO blood type, its AB. This of coarse narrows the field of fathers.

  5. Admin, you amaze me. It’s going to be so much fun to watch your journey as the Obama presidency progresses. I think you may get to say I told you so more than any blogger in the history of the blogosphere. 🙂

    Thanks for keeping this site going. You’re invaluable and a tonic for those of us on the left who saw through the scam from the get go.

  6. Thanks Basement Angel. We have chuckled recently as the stories about Michelle’s patient dumping schemes in Chicago finally made the front pages after we discussed the connection of that health care fiasco to the chief of staff firing and hiring. A lot of people thought we were nuts when we made the explicit connection to Obama looting Social Security and attacking the elderly. Now there are many stories about eldercare under attack.

    We have a story in the works (our schedule gets interrupted on a daily basis because of all the boobery from Obama) making a connection between the Obama health care schemes and (ta ta) Antoin “Tony” Rezko, which is an aspect not yet explored by anyone.

    The march of boobery continues and we are there writing it all down.

  7. Union brass, lawyer to accompany Sgt. Crowley to White House

    By Marie Szaniszlo | Wednesday, July 29, 2009 | http://www.bostonherald.com |

    A union official and attorney will accompany Cambridge police Sgt. James Crowley to tomorrow’s “beer summit” with President Obama and Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    Crowley will be joined at the White House by Dennis O’Connor, president of the Cambridge Police Superior Officers Association, and Alan McDonald, the attorney for the Cambridge Police Superior Officers Association, the Cambridge Police Patrol Officers Association and the Massachusetts Municipal Police Coalition.

    “We are hopeful that this will be a constructive discussion and a positive step for law enforcement officers across the country,” said Melissa Hurley, a spokeswoman for all three organizations. “Jim (Crowley) would like to thank the men and women of the Cambridge and Natick police unions, and police officers from the Massachusetts Municipal Police Coalition and across the state and country for their overwhelming support during this difficult time for him and his family.”

    The president invited Gates, a prominent black scholar and personal friend, and Crowley, the officer who arrested him earlier this month, to have beers together at 6 p.m. tomorrow around a picnic table outside the Oval Office.

    news.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20090729union_brass_lawyer_to_accompany_sgt_crowley_to_white_house/srvc=home&position=recent

  8. I can’t stand Andrew Sullivan Admin, but at this point, I will take all and any media that ask’s for the truth, no matter the end result.

  9. huffingtonpost.com/2009/07/28/administration-belatedly_n_246175.html

    …a dollar short and a day…MONTHS…too LATE…

    ADMINISTRATION BELATEDLY PUSHING BANKS TO SLOW FORECLOSURES

    Months too late, the Obama administration is pushing the finance industry for further action to stem the vast tide of home foreclosures.

    The administration summoned 25 executives from the mortgage-service industry to Washington Tuesday to push for more generous terms for a greater number of delinquent and at-risk homeowners.

    Back in May, however, when the banks lobbied against legislation that would have allowed bankruptcy judges to change the terms of loans — known as “cramdown” — the White House was silent. The day after the cramdown amendment died in the Senate, with more than a dozen Democrats voting against it, the administration put out a statement saying it still wanted “appropriately tailored bankruptcy language.”

    They, like homeowners, are still waiting.

    Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) at the time declared that the banks “frankly own the place” — and Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) expressed frustration that President Obama’s support for the measure was shaky. “They could have done — there was always some ambivalence about this,” Dodd said.

    Since then, the situation for homeowners has only gotten worse. The administration’s plan to protect 3 to 4 million homes over the next three years has barely reached 160,000 homeowners, and another 2 million are expected to lose their homes by the end of this year, according to prelimary Treasury figures.

    Homeowners living around foreclosed properties are also being hurt. The nonpartisan Center for Responsible Lending expects at least 2.4 million more foreclosure filings in 2009, costing the roughly 70 million surrounding households a combined $500 billion in lost property value. By the end of 2012, the center projects 9 million foreclosures and $2 trillion in lost property value.

    Dodd deemed the administration’s response to the problem “disgraceful” in a hearing two weeks ago. “Everybody understands that getting out of this broader crisis requires that we stabilize our housing market and stem the tide of foreclosures,” he said.

    That would require the banks to fundamentally change their business practices, however. Banks still have powerful incentives to go to foreclosure rather than work out mortgage modifications.

    Tuesday’s meeting was prefaced by a harsh July 9 letter from Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan to the 27 participating mortgage-servicers, telling them to make more and better loan modifications.

    Next month, the administration says, it will announce performance results for each company — how many modifications each has made, how quickly and so on. If the banks haven’t made progress by then, that might at least give Durbin, who has said he’ll push to legislate bankruptcy reform again, a new opening. Then again, the banks might just buy another victory.

    While Treasury and Housing officials meet with the banks Tuesday, protesters led by ACORN plan to rally outside the Washington office of Goldman Sachs, which along with Litton Loan Services still refuses to join the Obama administration’s Home Affordable Modification Program and renegotiate with homeowners facing bankruptcy. ACORN released a policy paper Monday night targeting TARP recipients who are still dragging their heels on mortgage modifications or, like Goldman, outright refusing to consider them.

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    …makes you wonder just what has this guy been doing with his Presidential time besides frolick from speech to townhall to press conferences to Europe reading words…

    …just what has this man actually done for the American people…the middle class and the struggle the people are in every day

    …he has managed to perpetuate the theft of our treasury…compete with Oprah for a talk show and essentially provoke racial misunderstandings…but what the hell has he done for the people of this country?

  10. “Most Americans continue to want the federal government to focus on reducing the budget deficit rather than spending money to stimulate the national economy”

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    It always comes back to this argument. Something tells me though that obama is going to continue spending as if there is no tomorrow.

  11. “That would require the banks to fundamentally change their business practices, however. Banks still have powerful incentives to go to foreclosure rather than work out mortgage modifications.”

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    And yet bambi just loves his banking buddies…

  12. I don’t understand Andrew Sullivan’s logic that Obama should provide the original birth certificate for the same reason Palin must provide proof that Trig is her baby. What exactly is the connection between the two? Per the US Constitution a person must be a natural born citizen to be President, so Obama’s birth certificate is a constitutional matter and the absence of the birth certificate might actually make him ineligible to serve as President. How does the parentage of Trig (one way or the other) affect Palin’s right to serve in public office? Am I missing something here? Or is it simply that Sullivan is a really demented asshole?

  13. DYB Says:
    July 29th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    I don’t understand Andrew Sullivan’s logic that Obama should provide the original birth certificate for the same reason Palin must provide proof that Trig is her baby.

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    Has Palin refused to provide it?

    I agree the challenge to Palin is vicious and she might well choose to ignore it on principle, while the BC issue is a legitimate Constitutional issue.

    Still the point is that it should be EASY for both of them to settle the qustions if they would. Since AS is saying the right thing about BO, I can almost live with the shot at Palin. Maybe he just wanted a Republican to balance the Dem (tho he could have mentioned McCain who DID hand out good copies of his BC).

  14. Sullivan is a Clinton hater much like Hitchens. The fact xelrod’s son got a job from Puff-N-Stuff is an indication how this administration is using a very extreme site to push it’s agenda…Huffington’s treatment of Hillary, and her supporters, was nothing less than disgraceful during the primaries.

  15. TurndownObama,

    His point is the same point political consultants make – debunk stories like that quickly so that they don’t become “the” story. Sullivan is tired of trying to defend Obama on the point that he was born in the US. If Obama had behaved like a healthy politician – which he is not – this would have been debunked over a year ago. Instead, the fact that Obama hasn’t debunked it, as Americans expect a pol to do, feeds the rumor mill and lends credibility to the charge.

    Palin doesn’t owe anyone proof that her son is hers because of a charge cooked up a young blogger on daily Kos. However, if she doesn’t want to spend valuable time defending the idea that Trig is her son, she should deal with it and get it over with.

  16. “Obama is now viewed as a run of the mill politician – An Unhealthy run of the ill politician.”

    As time goes by, Obama will be viewed as the President that campaigned on fixing what is broken in Washington and instead plunged Americans and the country so deep in debt it will never recover.

  17. To me, he will always be a Chicago con man who used race baiting to get elected with the help of some very powerful , clandestine groups/people.

  18. DYB, maybe the reason Sullivan is demanding BO’s BC and stating that it is for the same reason Palin must prove that TRig is her baby is that there are rumors that Ann Dunham is not Obama biological mother. Andrew believes that Palin is not Trig’s biological mother. I think there is where he is coming from. Apparently there are pics of Ann just before she supposedly was to have given birth Barack on a beach in Hawaii in a bikini with a very flat stomach. I know these are rumors but absence of any confirmation with a true authentic BC, its anyone’s guess who the real parents of Barack Obama are!

  19. I am sure that Obama doesn’t want the banks to slow the foreclosure of homes because he can sell them at a cut rate to the chinese and this is exactly what is happening. THese homes are being bought by foreigners. Our country is being sold out from under us by the hapless and change con artist.

  20. I don’t think Palin should spend any time explaining who Trig’s mother is. It’s no one’s business except her own and Trig’s. She doesn’t owe anyone – anyone – an explanation on that subject. No one. It in no way affects her right to run and serve in public office. It is 100% a private matter. I remember when McCain’s campaign made the charge that a member of the press asked Palin about when her water broke – and they were roundly accused of lying about it. In light of this “who is Trig’s mother” “scandal” that accusation does not seem so outrageous. It’s complete and sheer lunacy. It’s not so much an invasion of Palin’s privacy as an invasion of her body. Sullivan thinks he has any sort of claim on Sarah Palin’s reproductive history? It’s disgusting and the fact that he’s been getting away with it for a year is truly obscene. Maybe Palin should demand that Andrew Sullivan release the complete list of his sexual partners, including the name of the man who gave him AIDS, and then launch an investigation as to whether Sullivan has infected other men with the HIV virus. That might actually make him guilty of manslaughter, if not murder.

  21. … so Obama’s birth certificate is a constitutional matter and the absence of the birth certificate might actually make him ineligible to serve as President. How does the parentage of Trig (one way or the other) affect Palin’s right to serve in public office? Am I missing something here? Or is it simply that Sullivan is a really demented asshole?
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    Palin owes nothing to anyone, most of all Sullivan and all the other vicious Bots. What next, she has to show still gets her monthly menses?

  22. In typical Obama style, when he finds himself in trouble, he throws money at the problem hoping it will go away. Not his “own” money of course, but Taxpayer money. Rather than offering a simple apology for sticking his nose in where it didn’t belong and admitting he made a mistake.

    N.J. gets $26.8M in grants for police agencies from federal stimulus

    h… w…. nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/07/nj_gets_268_in_grants_for_poli.html

    $17 million-plus in federal grants go to South Florida police

    h… w….sun-sentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/sfl-federal-grants-police-bn072809,0,811850.story

    18 Kentucky police departments will split $5-million as a part of a grant from the federal government. The goal is to get more police on the streets.

    h… w… wtvq.com/news/5706-police-receive-grants-from-federal-government.html

  23. “This is a president who needs a vacation,” says Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart, who conducted the survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff. “His job rating is … certainly an acceptable mark. But if you look at it over time, it has [gone] south without a doubt.” [snip]
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    …it seems to be that O has been on one big vacation since he took office…he seems to have attention deficit disorder and can not stay in one place or focus on anything for any length of time…

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    Hillary would have focused on foreclosures and jobs from day one…

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    …happened to catch a few minutes of Hardball while turning the channel…and Matthews and Todd were discussing the falling and negative numbers O is polling…

    …and suddenly Matthews is lamenting “Do you think he should have waited with health care and concentrated on the economy?

    and Todd answers (paraphrase) “People will judge the President’s progress and success based on if they have a job” DUH!!!!

  24. The simplicity of Hillary’s proposal for stopping foreclosures was brilliant.

    Freeze all foreclosures for 5 yrs and modify all loans to 4%…

  25. Good news for us and bad news for the
    soon to be the odd man out.

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    No political race in sight, but Hillary Clinton’s camp is election-ready
    BY Michael Mcauliff
    DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU

    Updated Wednesday, July 29th 2009, 10:32 AM

    Garcia/Bloomberg

    WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton says running for office isn’t on her “radar,” but she still has an eight-person political team and sports two overflowing campaign war chests.

    Her team transformed the former Democratic White House contender’s massive campaign debts into a $3 million mountain of political cash, according to federal fund-raising records through the end of June.

    Clinton’s failed presidential bid is now $1 million in the black, and her old Senate campaign committee has $2.1 million in the bank, much of it transferred in from the presidential account.

    The former First Lady paid eight staffers nearly $100,000 in the second quarter of the year to tend to the remains of her political empire.

    She officially pulled out of the political arena in January when she became secretary of state. But Clinton’s campaign Web site continues to accept contributions.

    Democratic operatives were surprised at the size of the operation. “She’s got eight?” said one Democrat. “Can I get a job there?”

    By comparison, Sen. Chuck Schumer, who is up for reelection next year, had just three people on staff last quarter.

    One of Clinton’s remaining campaign workers said they were just there to wind down what was essentially a $250 million business, and would soon cut staff to five people.

    The worker noted John Kerry didn’t terminate his 2004 White House campaign for more than three years after he lost.

    The aide also said Team Clinton is looking to liquidate her presidential bank account, either by giving the money to other candidates or donating it to charity.

    Clinton is adamant she’s not running for anything, telling a Thai TV station recently, “That’s not anything that is at all on my radar screen.” And she told ABC News on Sunday, “I’m out of politics.”

    But analysts said as long as Clinton has a campaign committee with millions of dollars in it – dormant or not – she has weight in the political world.

    “It raises questions about that nascent presidential campaign for 2016 – and she didn’t close the door on that, if you read her remarks carefully,” said the University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato.

    “Just having the committee and the money gives her political clout, if she ever needs it,” Sabato said.

    A former Clinton senior campaign aide told the Daily News that her current job running the State Department would position her perfectly for a White House campaign redux.

    “It answers the last question about her: can she run something?” the aide said. “And it’s a huge platform.”

    mmcauliff@nydailynews.com

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2009/07/29/2009-07-29_hillary_camp_is_election_ready.html#ixzz0MhpnFUJL

  26. I must apologize for my mistake in pasting such a lengthy article but the old brain has problems learning new tricks .At this point I have noway of removing it from the comments.Again my profound apology.

  27. O is a spend thrift in his personel life (example, of the purchase of that house, which was outside his income could only be made with a crook involved). He will be no different in the WH, and has already proven it. I don’t think he realized where and when the stimulus money was going, but then he has no head for details.

    The Health Care Reform I think will be a lose/lose situation.

    1. If passed, he will horrible increase a debt number no one alreaday wants to live with, and increase taxes to some people, and reduce services to some people. None will be happy.

    2. If he does not get it passed he has renigged on a significant campaign promise, again making a large segment of people justifiably unhappy.

    It is amazing that within six short months, when he boasted he was ready to lead from day one, he looks like he does not know what he is doing, except when he chooses his vacation spot. That I am sure he has all the details on.

    Falling polls are very had to reverse. We found that out in the primary; however, HRC managed to pull that off.

  28. Great video, and I did not realize they took such interesting camera angles in that day and time.

  29. Admin, I think Donna B. said it during the campaign perfectly. The Dimocratic Party is changing and they no longer embrace or need older people. In fact, they wish they would die.

  30. Again, clarifying Trig’s parentage, should she become a candidate, has nothing to do with owing anyone that information. It only has to do with taking it off the table as a story. And yes, her critics will come up with something new. Healthy campaigns simply keep swatting away at the new stories that arise.

    The only question to ask yourself is whether you would want to be defending her on the subject of being Trig’s mom a year after she started running and having it eat up valuable campaign time, or whether you’d prefer a definitive answer early so you can move on.

    That’s it. No one who is running for president has time to worry about their privacy.

  31. canadafreepress.com

    In for a Penny, in for a Pound
    Media Viciousness and Obfuscating the Meaning of “Natural Born Citizen”

    By Zach Jones Wednesday, July 29, 2009
    (It’s a “Fukino” Teachable Moment)

    Yesterday, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, director of the Hawaii State Department of Health, chose to weigh in on the Obama “Natural Born Citizen” controversy again. This time Dr. Fukino went much further than she had before. This time Dr. Fukino held herself out as a Constitutional Law Expert by declaring that Mr. Obama is a “Natural Born Citizen.” I was very surprised by her new statement considering the Supreme Court of the United States has never fully delineated the meaning of the term, “Natural Born Citizen

    SNIP-
    The situation in America today clearly shows that the framers of the Constitution were right in requiring an elevated level of citizenship in order to serve as President; and they were surely aware that, such systems are not fool proof. The framers did the best they could do and now it’s up to the Courts to keep that protection in place.

    In my last article, I said as an example: “We would not want an arsonist to be able to become a fireman. If a person does not have a clean record regarding arson, he or she should not be allowed to be a fireman. It’s not a guarantee that a fireman with no criminal record of arson is not an arsonist, but it’s a step that gives an added measure security.” These measures are entirely about trying to ensure the strongest allegiance to the Constitution and the United States possible. Citizenships are only indicators of allegiance, the red flags, and the criminal records. Just to be clear, it’s not about xenophobia – it’s about non-conflicted allegiance. (I can hear the media spin now.) But, sometimes even people with all the right papers still want to destroy America. I’m not saying Obama has all the right papers, as that remains to be seen. I’m saying the framers did their job. The rest, it’s up to a free and responsible media to do with proper diligence to keep all the arsonists out of the house. It’s their job to discover the hidden agendas, the vulnerabilities, the warts.

    And I am saying that wouldn’t it be less likely that Obama would be trying so hard to dismantle America and her economic systems, to be replaced with a socialist style system; trying so hard to cut our defenses; trying so hard to alienate our friends and embolden our enemies, and trample our Constitution had he not been so exposed to his fathers’ loyalties and connections in Kenya and Indonesia? Ordinga? Had he not been so exposed to the close circle of radicals his family was involved with? Had he not been so exposed to their loyalties to socialism? Had he not be so exposed to their loyalties to anti-American sentiments? Is there a reason he’s so hostile to Israel? Aren’t all these symptoms of a President with a “conflicted vision” (or worse) when looking out for America’s interests? I hope you all remember the media was completely absent about all this, AWOL, running from and covering up anything critical of Obama during the election. They were running from William Ayers, Tony Rezko, Gov. Blago, Rev. Wright, Farrakhan, the socialist mentor who was a pedophile–Frank somebody, questions about Obama fund raising, lack of patriotism, and ACORN. (Ask Larry Sinclair about how many media people approached him.) They didn’t look for the hidden agendas, the vulnerabilities, the warts. I guess now since they were in for a penny then, they might as well be in for a pound.

  32. JanH Says:
    July 29th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Union brass, lawyer to accompany Sgt. Crowley to White House

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

    Thanks for posting the latest on the Crowley/Gates-Gate. Looks like there isn’t a thimble of trust between Law Enforcement and the Gangsta WH…

    Smart Move!

  33. marie3548:

    “This time Dr. Fukino held herself out as a Constitutional Law Expert by declaring that Mr. Obama is a “Natural Born Citizen.” I was very surprised by her new statement considering the Supreme Court of the United States has never fully delineated the meaning of the term, “Natural Born Citizen”

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

    The SCOTUS has defined the meaning of NBC- It means having your place of birth on US Soil. There is legislation in progress ( or it may have been voted down by now after reading about it last year) giving Naturalized Citizens the same status as someone Natural Born.

    Someone we know as expressed support for this amendment…one Barack H. Obama

  34. There is legislation in progress ( or it may have been voted down by now after reading about it last year) giving Naturalized Citizens the same status as someone Natural Born.
    *********
    Some Republicans were pushing that idea so they could run Arnie for Pres.

  35. Mrs. Smith Says:

    July 30th, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Oh I bet he was all in for this one
    I had heard that about 4 yrs ago they were thinking of a way to get this so Arnie as mentioned above and Granholm could benefit from this.

  36. Admin:

    please, embed-

    Michelle Malkin interviewed by Matt Lauer.

    youtube.com/watch?v=oxwkzSKlESU&feature=player_embedded

    MM nails Obama and Michelle’s hide to the barn door with her new book…

    you’re gonna love it!

  37. Andrew Sullivan release the complete list of his sexual partners, including the name of the man who gave him AIDS, and then launch an investigation as to whether Sullivan has infected other men with the HIV virus. That might actually make him guilty of manslaughter, if not murder.

    There are no words.

  38. marie:

    “Oh I bet he was all in for this one. I had heard that about 4 yrs ago they were thinking of a way to get this so Arnie as mentioned above and Granholm could benefit from this.”

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

    Yes, that bill was submitted by Arland Spector. It went no-where. The most recent one was submitted sometime before the primary. I agree, Arnie was holding his breath all this heavy breathing coming from BO.

  39. so Obama’s birth certificate is a constitutional matter and the absence of the birth certificate might actually make him ineligible to serve as President. How does the parentage of Trig (one way or the other) affect Palin’s right to serve in public office? Am I missing something here? Or is it simply that Sullivan is a really demented asshole?
    —————————————————-
    Someone needs to ask Sullivan for the names of the last twelve warm bodies or cold cadavers he slept with and how many of them were homo sapiens.

  40. JanH Says:
    July 29th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Union brass, lawyer to accompany Sgt. Crowley to White House
    ———————————
    This is what I advised the other day. Treat it just like a Weingarten situation. This way there will be witnesses, he will not be subject to intimidation and we shall see how much the stories which emerge vary. Race baiters Obama and Gates will be on the hot seat, because law enforcement officers of all races will be tuned in to whatever is reported. As for vacations, one of his butboy media hounds said he needs a(nother) vacation. What he really needs is a pink slip.

  41. and Todd answers (paraphrase) “People will judge the President’s progress and success based on if they have a job” DUH!!!!
    ——————————————-
    This dimutive goteed ratboy dumbf gets it wrong every time he opens that big trap of his. On this logic, if there is 20% unemployment that means the remaining 80% will not worry about whether they are next be as mad about the boy as Noel Coward.

  42. wbboei, how the weather out your way?? HOT?? I feel for you, we just had it and its coming back. I will need to get another A/C, this one is getting to old to keep up with these Texas heat spells.
    Take care and drink plenty of____ water! LOL

  43. Mrs. Smith,

    Admittedly I haven’t watched NBC in quite a while, but when did Matt Lauer throw ethical journalism under the bus. With that smirky smile of his, could he have been any slimier when interviewing Michelle Malkin? He was looking for those “gotcha moments” and trying to ridicule. I think she did a great job.

  44. NYCMax Says:
    July 30th, 2009 at 1:14 am
    Andrew Sullivan release the complete list of his sexual partners, including the name of the man who gave him AIDS, and then launch an investigation as to whether Sullivan has infected other men with the HIV virus. That might actually make him guilty of manslaughter, if not murder.

    There are no words.

    ——————————-

    Actually, there ARE words and they were the rest of my post which you did not notice.

  45. The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 28% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -12. That’s the lowest rating yet recorded for President Obama

  46. moononpluto 9:32
    ======
    Yes!!! Find myself heading for computer room at 9:30 each day.
    Has O entered a free fall?

  47. That is why he is bullying, strong arming, bribbing, keeping them in a locked room, as he views the passage of Health Care Reform a way to stop the downfall.

    Now whether that will happen, remains to be see, especially after the voters see how much the price tag is.

    The more upset people become, the more they want to see his BC.

  48. moononpluto Says:

    July 30th, 2009 at 9:32 am
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 28% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -12. That’s the lowest rating yet recorded for President Obama
    &&&&&&&

    Historical presidency indeed. He’s aiming for record lows!

    Will Obama be the first (since…. since… anyone?… Beuhler?….) sitting first-termer not to win his own party’s nomination?

    When will the “Draft Hillary” movement start? Did it start with MoDo’s column yesterday?

    nytimes.com/2009/07/29/opinion/29dowd.html?_r=1&em

    The woman who was prematurely counted in is out. And the woman who was prematurely counted out is in.

    Goodbye, Sarah. Hello, Hillary.

    In their vivid twin performances Sunday — Hillary on “Meet the Press” in Washington and Sarah at her farewell picnic in Fairbanks — two of the most celebrated and polarizing women in American political history offered a fascinating contrast.

    Hillary, who so often in the past came across as aggrieved, paranoid and press-loathing, was confident and comfortable in her role as top diplomat, discussing the world with mastery and shrugging off suggestions that she has been disappeared by her former rival, the president.
    [snip]

    But now Hillary does not have to tell stretchers. She’s fully qualified for her job and doesn’t sound defensive. Now Sarah has taken up Hillary’s old habit of keeping grudges and playing the victim and blaming the press for her own mistakes in judgment and gaffes.

    If Sarah’s problem on the trail was that she knew too little, Hillary’s was that she knew too much. Before her misty turn in New Hampshire, Hillary’s wonkiness got in the way of her ability to make people comfortable.
    [snip]

    Hillary’s radiant robustness, on the other hand, even with a sore elbow, makes the dictators in Iran and North Korea we’re so worried about seem like frail, little creatures.

    Obama advisers say privately that the president truly respects the woman he ran against, and that they have a good relationship, so good it has even surprised Hillary. Certainly, she doesn’t have to worry that this president’s gaze is going to drift over her shoulder to some pretty thing behind her. In this White House, Barack Obama is the pretty thing who is taken with Hillary’s serious, smartest-girl-at-Wellesley aura. In a funny way, he’s the man of her dreams.

    His support of her has allowed her to keep her paranoia in check — even with Richard Holbrooke and Joe Biden biting off parts of her portfolio.

    Just to make sure it stays that way, Obama advisers told Hillary that she could not bring on board Sidney Blumenthal, her former aide de camp nicknamed G.K., “Grassy Knoll,” for his tendency to stoke her grievances.

    [snip]

    &&&&&&&

    Yes, MoDo is a sexist pig, and her article spends half the time slandering Palin. But the other half sounds like MoDo has been getting her sources from ABM90.

  49. So we have a lose/lose situation and a win/win situation the BC.

    There is something marked/ shown whatever in the BC that is a problem. We need to hold firm that nothing but an actually view of this document is acceptable. (Who does not have a copy of their birth record, give me a break).

    Over the years, O had to show that document to get a passport, to get into school etc. So the revealing of these documents is important also. In other words, what did he show to prove birth, and where was that birth location. If there were differences in what he told areas, it will be interesting to hear the explaination.

    After all he went back and paid all of his parking tickets. So what is to be revealed here that is worth $1M to keep silent. Axelrod obviously thought this would not be challenged, and they could slide SOMETHING through.

    This is kind of like, the more you keep the mystery, the more people think it is big. In other words the clouds of suspicion are growing over the mountain.

  50. rgb44hrc Says:

    July 30th, 2009 at 10:04 am

    ——————————–

    So when did MODO decide that Hillary was the lesser of two evils? Her back handed compliments tell me that she is still a Hillary hater. Otherwise why would she keep spinning lies about her supposedly past whiney character and lies?

    The woman is an idiot.

  51. NY TIMES: OBAMA = BUSH III

    …right there in the first paragraph.

    Some money quotes found below:

    a) “…embracing a Bush-era inspection system that relies in part on private contractors.”

    b) “The “performance-based” standards the Obama administration has now embraced have no penalties and are not significantly different from what failed in the past…”

    c) “But standards without teeth are doomed to fail, said lawyers for two other national immigration law organizations”

    d) “Both groups recently won the release of thousands of pages of detention inspection documents that had been kept secret. They said the documents showed that the government had routinely violated its own minimum monitoring standards and ignored findings of deficiencies for years.”

    nytimes.com/2009/07/29/nyregion/29detain.html

    U.S. Rejects Call for Immigration Detention Rules
    ==================================

    By NINA BERNSTEIN
    Published: July 28, 2009

    The Obama administration has refused to make legally enforceable rules for immigration detention, rejecting a federal court petition by former detainees and their advocates and embracing a Bush-era inspection system that relies in part on private contractors.

    The decision, contained in a six-page letter received by the plaintiffs this week, disappointed and angered immigration advocacy organizations around the country. They pointed to a stream of newly available documents that underscore the government’s failure to enforce minimum standards it set in 2000, including those concerning detainees’ access to basic health care, telephones and lawyers, even as the number of people detained has soared to more than 400,000 a year.

    The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the immigration detention system, a conglomeration of county jails, federal centers and privately run prisons, concluded “that rule-making would be laborious, time-consuming and less flexible” than the review process now in place, Jane Holl Lute, the agency’s deputy secretary, said in the letter.

    The department maintained that current inspections by the government, and a shift in 2008 to “performance-based standards” monitored by private contractors, “provide adequately for both quality control and accountability.”

    The administration’s letter met a 30-day deadline set by Judge Denny Chin of Federal District Court in Manhattan. Judge Chin ruled last month that the agency’s failure to respond to the plaintiffs’ petition for two and a half years was unreasonable.

    The government’s decision “disregards the plight of the hundreds of thousands of immigration detainees,” said Paromita Shah, associate director of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, one of the plaintiffs, which contends that the lack of enforceable rules is at the heart of persistent problems of mistreatment and medical neglect. “The department has demonstrated a disturbing commitment to policies that have cost dozens of lives.”

    The plaintiffs had expected better from the Obama administration, said Dan Kesselbrenner, the project’s director.

    But Matt Chandler, a spokesman for Homeland Security who served in the Obama campaign, put a different face on the rejection of rule-making.

    “The rule-making process can take months, if not years,” he said in an e-mailed statement, “and the administration believes that reforming our immigration detention system needs to happen much faster than that.” A special adviser on detention to Janet Napolitano, the secretary of homeland security, “is engaged in a top-to-bottom review” of the detention system, he said, and will release her recommendations soon.

    In a telephone interview, the adviser, Dora Schriro, said Immigration and Customs Enforcement had made changes in recent years “in an effort toward continuous improvement.”

    “What’s appreciably different about this administration is the recognition that detention and alternatives to detention are disciplines, and can and will be carried out under the most professional of standards,” Dr. Schriro said.

    But standards without teeth are doomed to fail, said lawyers for two other national immigration law organizations, one in Los Angeles and another in Chicago, echoing the plaintiffs’ disappointment with the rejection of enforceable rules.

    Both groups recently won the release of thousands of pages of detention inspection documents that had been kept secret. They said the documents showed that the government had routinely violated its own minimum monitoring standards and ignored findings of deficiencies for years.

    The “performance-based” standards the Obama administration has now embraced have no penalties and are not significantly different from what failed in the past, said Karen Tumlin, a lawyer with the National Immigration Law Center in California. On Tuesday, the center issued what it called “the first nationwide comprehensive report” on violations of detention standards, based on records from 2004 and 2005 obtained through Freedom of Information litigation.

    Dozens of more recent inspection documents, some from this year, show a similar pattern, said Chuck Roth, the director of litigation for the Chicago group, Heartland Alliance’s National Immigration Justice Center. Many were posted by the government itself on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Web site after the center won a three-year federal court battle to force their release.

    “The groups that ICE commonly contracts with are staffed by former ICE employees and former corrections officers who have a vested interest in pleasing ICE,” Mr. Roth said, “so we haven’t seen them take the useful watchdog role.”

    The documents include eight years of monitoring reports by the American Bar Association, which has been granted access to detention centers and detainees only on condition that its findings, shared with the government, are not made public.

    Reports from two bar association visits to the Elizabeth Detention Center in Elizabeth, N.J., in January 2006 and July 2007, illustrate the weaknesses. In 2006, the team noted detainee complaints about medical neglect and threats of physical violence that were reported to guards but ignored.

    A year and a half later, a return visit was cut by the center to two hours from six hours, and “inexplicably, many of the areas that the delegation had requested to visit in advance and needed to see in order to fulfill its mission were locked” and off limits.

    The delegation was unaware that only two months earlier a 52-year-old tailor named Boubacar Bah had died after suffering a skull fracture in the jail and being locked in an isolation cell without treatment for more than 13 hours.

    “This whole detention system that has been created is a human rights nightmare,” said Mary Meg McCarthy, executive director of the National Immigrant Justice Center. “The past administration created this, and now we need to dismantle it.”

  52. JanH I was about to say the same about the left handed compliments, when I accidently erased them, and found you already had.

    rgb44hrc 10:12
    Well I wonder how that immigration stuff is going to go over in the boarder states (CA,AZ,NM,TX). In addition, depending on what health crxp gets passed, these states will have to figure out how to fund it.

    CA will continue to borrow, AZ I don’t know about, but TX and NM have to balance their budgets.

  53. Mrs.Smith

    I have a friend that is in foreclosure. He wanted to get a loan modification. They wanted him to pay a fee and also a closing fee. He said he didn’t have the money to pay his mortgage how could they expect him to pay the fee plus a closing fee. I told him i didn’t know much about loan modifications.

    Does anyone here know about loan modifications how they work?

  54. GIFTS FOR OUR ENEMIES, THE FINGER FOR OUR ALLY

    From Tuesday NY Times op-ed, perhaps already posted. Further proof of foreign policy incomptence.

    Why Won’t Obama Talk to Israel?
    ========================

    By ALUF BENN
    Published: July 27, 2009
    TEL AVIV

    IN his global tours and TV appearances, President Obama has spoken to Arabs, Muslims, Iranians, Western Europeans, Eastern Europeans, Russians and Africans. His words have stirred emotions and been well received everywhere.

    But he hasn’t bothered to speak directly to Israelis.

    And the effect? Six months into his presidency, Israelis find themselves increasingly suspicious of Mr. Obama. All they see is American pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to freeze settlements, a request that’s been interpreted here as political arm-twisting meant to please the Arab street at Israel’s expense — or simply to express the president’s dislike for Mr. Netanyahu.

    This would seem counterproductive, given the importance the president has placed on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If Israel is part of the problem, it’s also part of the solution. Yet so far, neither the president nor any senior administration official has given a speech or an interview aimed at an Israeli audience, beyond brief statements made at diplomatic photo ops.

    The Arabs got the Cairo speech; we got silence.

    This policy of ignoring Israel carries a price. Though Mr. Obama has succeeded in prodding Mr. Netanyahu to accept the idea of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, he has failed to induce Israel to impose a freeze on settlements. In fact, he has failed even to stir debate about the merits of one: no Israeli political figure has stood up to Mr. Netanyahu and begged him to support Mr. Obama; not even the Israeli left, desperate for a new agenda, has adopted Mr. Obama as its icon.

    As a result, Mr. Netanyahu enjoys a virtual domestic consensus over his rejection of the settlement freeze. Moreover, he has succeeded in portraying Mr. Obama as a shaky ally. In Mr. Netanyahu’s narrative, the president has fallen under the influence of top aides — in this case Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod — whom the prime minister has called “self-hating Jews.” Meanwhile, Mr. Netanyahu is the defender of national glory in face of unfair pressure, someone who sticks to the first commandment of Israeli culture: thou shalt never be the freier (that is, the dupe).

    So far, Israelis have embraced Mr. Netanyahu’s message. A Jerusalem Post poll of Israeli Jews last month indicated that only 6 percent of those surveyed considered the Obama administration to be pro-Israel, while 50 percent said that its policies are more pro-Palestinian than pro-Israeli. Less scientifically: Israeli rightists have — in columns, articles and public statements — taken to calling the president by his middle name, Hussein, as proof of his pro-Arab tendencies.

    What went wrong? Several explanations come to mind.

    First, in the 16 rosy years of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, Israelis became spoiled by unfettered presidential attention. Memories of State Department “Arabists” leading American policy in the Middle East were erased. The White House coordinated its policy with Jerusalem, and stayed out of the way when Israel embarked on controversial military offensives in Lebanon and Gaza. This approach infuriated America’s Arab and European allies, which blamed Washington for one-sidedness — something they were willing to forgive of Bill Clinton but not of George W. Bush.

    Mr. Obama came to office determined to repair America’s broken alliances in Europe and the Middle East. One way to do this — to prove that he was the opposite of his predecessor — was to place some distance between Israel and himself.

    Second, Mr. Obama’s quest for diplomacy has appeared to Israelis as dangerous American naïveté. The president offered a hand to the Iranians, and got nothing, merely giving them more time to advance their nuclear program. In Israeli eyes, he was humiliated by North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests. And he failed to move Arab governments to take steps to normalize relations with Israel. Conclusion: Mr. Obama is a softie, eager to please his listeners and avoid confrontation with anyone who is not Mr. Netanyahu.

    Third, Mr. Obama seems to have confused American Jews with Israelis. We are close emotionally and politically, but we are different. We speak Hebrew and not English, we live in the Middle East and have separate historical narratives. Mr. Obama’s stop at Buchenwald and his strong rejection of Holocaust denial, immediately after his Cairo speech, appealed to American Jews but fell flat in Israel. Here we are taught that Zionist determination and struggle — not guilt over the Holocaust — brought Jews a homeland. Mr. Obama’s speech, which linked Israel’s existence to the Jewish tragedy, infuriated many Israelis who sensed its closeness to the narrative of enemies like Mahmoud Ahmedinejad.

    Fourth, as far as most Israelis are concerned, Mr. Obama has made a mistake in focusing on a settlement freeze. For starters, mainstream Israelis rarely have anything to do with the settlements; many have no idea where they are, even when they’re a half-hour’s drive from Tel Aviv.

    More important: in the past decade, repeated peace negotiations and diplomatic statements have indicated that larger, closer-to-home settlements (the “settlement blocs”) will remain in Israeli hands under any two-state solution. Why, then, insist on a total freeze everywhere? And why deny with such force — as the administration did — the existence of previous understandings between the United States and Israel over limited settlement construction? There is simply too much evidence proving that such an understanding existed. To Israelis, the claim undermined Mr. Obama’s credibility — and strengthened Mr. Netanyahu’s position.

    Perhaps there are good reasons behind Mr. Obama’s Middle East policy. Perhaps the settlement freeze is in Israel’s best interest. Perhaps the president is truly committed to Israel’s long-term security and well-being. Perhaps his popularity in the Arab street is the missing ingredient of peacemaking.

    But until the president talks to us, we won’t know. Next time you’re in the neighborhood, Mr. President, speak to us directly. We will surely listen.

    &&&&
    Aluf Benn is the editor at large of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

  55. neetabug Says:

    July 30th, 2009 at 10:37 am
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    Often times closing fees are rolled over into the life of the mortgage. Inspection fees are usually due up front.

  56. AND FOR INCOMPETENCY ON THE DOMESTIC SIDE…

    I thought Obama already implemented a plan to stem the tide of foreclosures….

    nytimes.com/2009/07/30/business/30services.html?ref=business

    Lucrative Fees May Deter Efforts to Alter Loans
    =================================

    By PETER S. GOODMAN
    Published: July 29, 2009

    This week, the Obama administration summoned mortgage company executives to Washington to demand they move faster to lower payments for homeowners sliding toward foreclosure. Treasury officials called on the companies to hire and train more people quickly to field applications for relief.

    But industry insiders and legal experts say the limited capacity of mortgage companies is not the primary factor impeding the government’s $75 billion program to prevent foreclosures. Instead, it is that many mortgage companies are reluctant to give strapped homeowners a break because the companies collect lucrative fees on delinquent loans.

    Even when borrowers stop paying, mortgage companies that service the loans collect fees out of the proceeds when homes are ultimately sold in foreclosure. So the longer borrowers remain delinquent, the greater the opportunities for these mortgage companies to extract revenue — fees for insurance, appraisals, title searches and legal services.

    “It frustrates me when I see the government looking to the servicer for the solution, because it will never ever happen,” said Margery Golant, a Florida lawyer who defends homeowners against foreclosure and who worked in the law department of a major mortgage company, Ocwen Financial. “I don’t think they’re motivated to do modifications at all. They keep hitting the loan all the way through for junk fees. It’s a license to do whatever they want.”

    Rich Miller, a governance project manager at Countrywide Financial and Bank of America before he left in January, said Bank of America had been reluctant to modify loans, which hurt the bottom line. The company has been waiting and hoping the economy will improve and delinquent customers will resume making payments, he said.

    “That’s the short-term strategy,” said Mr. Miller, who oversaw training programs at Countrywide, which was bought by Bank of America. He now works as an industry consultant.

    Bank of America disputed that characterization. “To think that somehow or other we would jeopardize investor relationships and customer relationships for the very small incremental income we would receive by delaying seems ludicrous,” said Robert V. James, the bank’s senior vice president for mortgage operations and insurance. “It’s not the right thing to do.”

    Mortgage companies, some of which are affiliated with the nation’s largest banks, are paid to manage pools of loans owned by investors. The companies typically collect a percentage of the value of the loans they service. They extract their share regardless of whether borrowers are current on their payments. Indeed, their percentage often increases on delinquent loans.

    Legal experts say the opportunities for additional revenue in delinquency are considerable, confronting mortgage companies with a conflict between their own financial interest in collecting fees and their responsibility to recoup money for investors who own most mortgages.

    “The rules by which servicers are reimbursed for expenses may provide a perverse incentive to foreclose rather than modify,” concluded a recent paper published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

    Under the Obama administration’s foreclosure program, a servicer that modifies a loan for a homeowner collects $1,000 from the government, followed by $1,000 a year for each of the next three years. A senior Treasury adviser, Seth Wheeler, said these payments amounted to “meaningful incentives to servicers to help overcome the challenges and competing demands they face in considering and completing loan modifications.” He added that mortgage companies “are contractually obligated to the terms of this program, which require them to offer modifications to qualified borrowers.”

    But experts say the administration’s incentives are often outweighed by the benefits of collecting fees from delinquency, and then more fees through the sale of homes in foreclosure.

    “If they do a loan modification, they get a few shekels from the government,” said David Dickey, who led a mortgage sales team at Countrywide and Bank of America, leaving in March to start his own mortgage advisory firm, National Home Loan Advocates. By contrast, he said, the road to foreclosure is lined with fees, especially if it is prolonged. “There’s all sorts of things behind the scenes,” he said.

    When borrowers fall behind, mortgage companies typically collect late fees reaching 6 percent of the monthly payments.

    “For many subprime servicers, late fees alone constitute a significant fraction of their total income and profit,” said Diane E. Thompson, a lawyer for the National Consumer Law Center, in testimony to the Senate Banking Committee this month. “Servicers thus have an incentive to push homeowners into late payments and keep them there: if the loan pays late, the servicer is more likely to profit.”

    She cited Ocwen Financial, which reported that nearly 12 percent of its income in 2007 came from fees to borrowers.

    Paul A. Koches, Ocwen’s general counsel, said: “We’d prefer that to be zero. The costs associated with our delinquent loans are in every instance in excess of the late fees.”

    Data on delinquencies reinforces the notion that servicers are inclined to let problem loans float in purgatory — neither taking control of houses and selling them, nor modifying loans to give homeowners a break.

    From June 2008 to June 2009, the number of American mortgages that were 90 days or more delinquent soared from 1.8 million to nearly 3 million, according to the realty research company First American Core Logic. During that period, the number of loans that resulted in the bank taking ownership of the home declined to 245,000, from 333,000.

    As a home slides toward foreclosure, mortgage companies pay for many services required to take control of the property and resell it. They typically funnel orders for title searches, insurance policies, appraisals and legal filings to companies they own or share revenue with.

    Ocwen established its own title company, Premium Title Services, in part to keep more of the revenue from foreclosures, said Ms. Golant, who helped start it.

    “It was hugely profitable,” she said. “Premium Title would charge for the title when it got transferred to Ocwen, then charge again when it got transferred to the new buyer, and then sell title insurance. It was easy money.”

    Mortgage companies not only gain this extra business through their subsidiaries, but also collect reimbursement for the payments when the houses are sold.

    The investors who own bad mortgages accept whatever is left. Investors typically do not notice how much they give up to the servicers, because fees are embedded in complex sales.

    “It’s under the radar,” Ms. Golant said.

    Ultimately, the benefits of delinquency erode incentives for mortgage companies to dispose of troubled loans quickly, say experts, allowing distressed houses to decay and fall in value — a fact of little interest to the servicer.

    “At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what the house sells for, because they don’t take that loss,” said Ms. Golant. “Meanwhile, they are collecting all these fees.”

  57. UNSTIMULATE THIS

    Now it’s “seasonal distortions” that are to blame, for why Resident Obama’s “jobs created / jobs saved” are not being accurately counted.

    nytimes.com/aponline/2009/07/30/business/AP-US-Economy.html

    New Jobless Claims Rise More Than Expected
    ================================

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Published: July 30, 2009
    Filed at 10:31 a.m. ET

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of newly laid-off workers filing first-time claims for jobless benefits rose last week, the government said, though the increase was mostly due to seasonal distortions.

    The number of people remaining on the jobless benefit rolls, meanwhile, fell to 6.2 million from 6.25 million, the lowest level since mid-April.

    The Labor Department said new claims for unemployment aid increased by 25,000 to a seasonally adjusted 584,000. That’s above analysts’ estimates of 570,000.

    A department analyst said the increase comes after claims were artificially depressed earlier this month by the timing of temporary auto factory shutdowns, which happened earlier this year than in most years. Still, this week’s total is below the 617,000 initial claims reported in late June before the seasonal distortions began. It reflects a trend that economists say indicates a slowing pace of layoffs.

    The four-week average of claims, which smooths out fluctuations, fell to 559,000, its lowest level since late January.

    But jobs remain scarce and the unemployment rate, which hit 9.5 percent for June, is expected to surpass 10 percent by year’s end.

    And weekly claims remain far above the 300,000 to 350,000 that analysts say is consistent with a healthy economy. New claims last fell below 300,000 in early 2007. The lowest level this year was 488,000 for the week ended Jan. 3.

    The seasonal distortions are due to the fact that the auto companies shut their plants earlier than usual this year. Car makers normally close their factories in early July and temporarily lay off thousands of workers as they retool plants to build new car models.

    Those shutdowns happened in May and June this year as General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC closed plants after filing for bankruptcy protection. That shift in timing caused new claims to fall sharply in the first two weeks of July. Claims are now rebounding from that artificial decline.

    The recession, which started in December 2007 and is the longest since World War II, has eliminated a net total of 6.5 million jobs. The unemployment rate is expected to rise to 9.7 percent when the July figure is reported next week.

    More job cuts were announced this week. Verizon Communications Inc. said Monday that it would cut more than 8,000 employee and contractor jobs before the end of the year.

    Among the states, California had the biggest increase in claims, with 4,290, which it attributed to increased layoffs in the construction and trade industries. Michigan, Florida, Connecticut and Indiana had the next-largest increases. State data lags behind initial claims data by one week.

    New York had the largest drop in claims, with 22,052, which it said was due to fewer layoffs in the service and transportation industries. Wisconsin, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Ohio had the next largest declines.

  58. wbb..

    “Someone needs to ask Sullivan for the names of the last twelve warm bodies or cold cadavers he slept with and how many of them were homo sapiens.”

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    Sullivan should be on suicide watch.

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    # JanH Says:
    July 30th, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Mrs. Smith,

    Admittedly I haven’t watched NBC in quite a while, but when did Matt Lauer throw ethical journalism under the bus. With that smirky smile of his, could he have been any slimier when interviewing Michelle Malkin? He was looking for those “gotcha moments” and trying to ridicule. I think she did a great job.

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

    I’m really sick and tired of not only faux-journalists, but chicken sh*t bloggers who are afraid of writing anything negative about “the one” out of fear of reprisal. Lauer uses the tecnique “interviewis interruptus” and talking over the person he’s interviewing to blunt the message the person interviewed is about to convey.

    I wish I had seen this interview in rt but the only time I watch the Today Show is when the channel is accidentally left on nbc from the night before. It’s useless tv afaic…

    I loved the shock treatment Malkin administered to Lauer though. She was clear concise and confident driving her words through Pee-Wee Lauer’s ear splitting distractions in dulcet overtones like an experienced archer striking her mark.

    Michelle Malkin’s book seems interesting, reinforcing everything we discuss here on a daily basis thanks to the pink oasis Admin has provided for us…

  59. ABM90 Says:

    July 29th, 2009 at 10:50 pm
    I must apologize for my mistake in pasting such a lengthy article but the old brain has problems learning new tricks .At this point I have noway of removing it from the comments.Again my profound apology.
    &&&&&&

    Don’t worry about it. Quite a few of here have posted some longer pieces.

  60. Palin should hire Malkin as a foil to her way of fending off attacks. Malkin is fearless and can say the things Sarah can’t of won’t say in her own defense.

  61. THE “LACK OF EXPERIENCE” THINGIE…

    Barone lays out a series of good examples to explain why Obama is so inept at doing anything else other than running for a higher office. It provides the stark contrast of what Bill Clinton had as prez, and what Obama doesn’t. It has some juicy quotes, including:

    “Most of Obama’s top White House staffers are politics operatives, not policy wonks.”

    realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/07/30/obama_has_aura_but_doesnt_know_how_to_legislate_97692.html

    Obama Has Aura but Doesn’t Know How To Legislate
    =====================================

    By Michael Barone
    July 30, 2009

    Aura dazzles, but argument gets things done. Consider the debate on the Democrats’ health care bill and the increasingly negative response to Barack Obama’s performance. Democrats have the numbers to pass a health care bill — 256 votes in the House, 38 more than the 218 majority; 60 votes in the Senate, enough to defeat a filibuster. But they haven’t come up with the arguments, at least yet, to put those numbers on the board. It’s something not many predicted that bright January inauguration morning.

    We knew that day that Obama was good at aura, at generating enthusiasm for the prospect of hope and change. His inspiring speeches — the Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner in Des Moines, the race speech in Philadelphia, the countless rallies in primary and caucus and target states — helped him capture the Democratic nomination and then win the presidency by the biggest percentage margin in 20 years.

    But it turns out that Obama is not so good at argument. Inspiration is one thing, persuasion another. He created the impression on the campaign trail that he was familiar with major issues and readily ticked off his positions on them. But he has not proved so good at legislating.

    One reason perhaps is that he has had little practice. He served as a legislator for a dozen years before becoming president, but was only rarely an active one. He spent one of his eight years as an Illinois state senator running unsuccessfully for Congress and two of them running successfully for U.S. senator. He spent two of his years in the U.S. Senate running for president. During all of his seven non-campaign years as a legislator, he was in the minority party.

    In other words, he’s never done much work putting legislation together — especially legislation that channels vast flows of money and affects the workings of parts of the economy that deeply affect people’s lives. This lack of experience is starting to show. On the major legislation considered this year — the stimulus, cap-and-trade, health care — the Obama White House has done little or nothing to set down markers, to provide guidance, to establish boundaries and no-go areas.

    The administration could have insisted that the stimulus package concentrate spending in the next year. It didn’t. It could have insisted that the cap-and-trade bill generate the revenue that was supposed to underwrite health care. It didn’t. It could have decided either to seek a bipartisan health care bill or insist that a Democratic bill be budget-neutral. It didn’t — and it still hasn’t made this basic policy choice.

    Most of Obama’s top White House staffers are politics operatives, not policy wonks. The one leading policy wonk on health care, Budget Director Peter Orszag, has either missed signals of danger or has failed to communicate their seriousness to his colleagues. On Feb. 25, Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf, a Democratic appointee, signaled in testimony to the Senate Finance Committee that the CBO would not credit health care bills with the budget savings the administration was promising.

    Orszag, as a former CBO director himself, should have realized what this meant, which is that Democrats would have to shape their bills accordingly. They didn’t, and were stunned when CBO came out in June and this month with estimates of little or no savings.

    And someone in the White House should have taken note when 40 Blue Dog Democrats signed a letter dated July 9 warning that they wouldn’t vote for anything like the health care bills being considered in committee.
    Without those 40 votes, Democrats don’t have a majority in the House. It’s unusual for dissenting members of the majority to set down such a public marker. Predictably, they haven’t backed down so far, despite foot-stomping by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a chat session with Obama.

    Obama’s July 22 press conference was intended to rally support for the Democrats’ health care bills. It didn’t. The president eschewed serious arguments and rattled off campaign-type talking points. Those used to be enough to elicit cheers from enthusiastic audiences in Iowa and Virginia.

    But aura can only take you so far, particularly when you diminish it by disrespecting the Cambridge police department. Being president means being more than commenter-in-chief. You need to know how to legislate. You need not just aura but argument.

  62. I have the utube interview link and a copy of the O symbol shattered which appears on O’s book in moderation. Can someone get it out.

    She is an articulate young lady, very impressive.

  63. marie @ 12:24

    That Paul Ryan is one that I have been telling people for months to WATCH CLOSELY. He is not your usual conservative. Regardless of whether you agree with him or not, IMO he is the next big star of the GOP, and will either run for president or at the very least be high on the VP list.

    He handles the media flawlessly, without looking like a frothing idiot, or grumpy old fusty boring white man. He is VERY SMART, with degrees in both economics and political science. He ran a very successful economics consulting business at a very young age. He is not a raging homophobe, or an obvious religious nut blathering on about God. He has been re-elected in LANDSLIDES (over 60%) in Wisconsin ever since he came to office in the 90’s. No competition has even come close.

    I have been watching politics for a looooong time, and try to do it objectively, not just through the lens of my own beliefs/preferences. Paul Ryan is going to be a very attractive option to huge numbers of Americans. Mark my words. Barring disaster or scandal, this guy could be linchpin for the resurgence of the GOP.

  64. Fo anyone whoi hasn’t heard BO’s latest gaffe this is too rich!

    At a grocery store yesterday, in speaking about the impact of the stimulus, he said, “That’s money in your pocket to buy CUPCAKES!”

    Cupcakes and BEER! ROTF!!!!!

    Isn’t there a song with that title?
    Watermelons and cheese?

  65. http://www.house.gov/ryan/biography.htm

    h stuff and ws

    This is Paul Ryan’s biography and photo. Not only is he impressive, he also has the JFK look and is Catholic. In the Eyes, I think he looks just like JFK (brown hair, blue eyes). Great educational background.

    He also has real legislative background. Could you ask for more.

  66. basil,

    I’m sure it’s the 21st century version of “let them eat cake!”

    Never mind that they can’t put bread or milk on the table.

  67. I loved the shock treatment Malkin administered to Lauer though. She was clear concise and confident driving her words through Pee-Wee Lauer’s ear splitting distractions in dulcet overtones like an experienced archer striking her mark.
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    Among his many other talents, the Cuban banker is a card counter. He watches the cards that are played, calculates what is left in the deck and figures the mathematical odds of each hand. He knows enough to leave the table when he is winning and the pit boss calls in a new dealer, i.e. a mechanic. If there is one good player at the table he sits down. If there is two he passes. If he sits down at the table and cannot figure out who the mark is within 10 minutes, he deduces it is him, and leaves. He said to be good at it requires great powers of concentration, it is not a good life and if you are good enough to be good you are wasting your talents.

    But among his card savvy friends at Princeton he was a mark, he would lose more often than he should have. One day, a friend of his told him why. He said you have a tell–a facial mannerism which tells me and others who read their opponent what you are holding. He did not tell him specifically what it was, only that he had it. And to this day, my friend is not sure what it could possibly be.

    Nobody who watched that interview of Michelle M by Lauer could miss the tell on his face after the interview. It was a case of parry, thrust and four dozen yellow roses to Matt’s significant other. What a fucking little twerp he is. He belongs where he is–on NBC with the rest of the fucking little twerps.

  68. NMF, I don’t like him in a LOT of areas. He toes the party line in a lot of ways. But he also has a “serious young populist” air that is lacking in those like the stiff corporate Romney, or the smarmy Jindal, or the just-too-preciously devout Pawlenty.

    He definitely, viewed objectively, has that political “it factor” that is so important in the image-factory that is politics today. He’s conservative, but he’s a WONKY conservative. The Dims had better watch out for this guy. Because they are failing so badly that many Americans are going to be more than willing to swallow a few of his more objectionable stances in favor of someone who has actually run a successful company, and sounds very common-sensical and middle-american.

  69. And BTW, NMF – I said the exact same thing, and had the same reaction, the first time I saw Bill Clinton in a lengthy interview as Gov. of Arkansas, and the first time I saw Obama “preach” at the convention in 2004.

    BOTH times I told hubby “this guy is probably going to be president one day”. Because I am a political junkie to the extent that I recognize that “thing” in politicians, that I know in my gut lots of people will respond to, whether I personally LIKE them or not. In Bill’s case it was fortunate that I was right, in Obama’s I hate that I was right.

    Paul Ryan has that same indefinable “thing”. Not as strongly as Bill or Obama, but he’s got it.

  70. HillaryforTexas.

    I think you have him pegged right. I really wish these people would somehow have bags over their heads.

  71. If this administration continue to rub people the wrong way, you have to wonder about the reaction. I would think they most certainly have to go conservative, but the question is how conservative.

  72. Jan,

    There IS a song called Watermelon and Cheese and now I’ve got ear worms!

    LOL

    Wbboei,

    You woke up in rare form this morning. hehehehehe

  73. Obama is going to be the cover of Time magazine again next week. It is another nauseating fluff piece. Note that Obama allies are outspending opponents but that the New York Times articles on health care have stressed how much money opponents are spending. Part of the article:

    http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1913623,00.html

    Still, Obama and his team are aware that the more Americans learn about how Washington proposes to cure that system, the more skeptical they are about the whole enterprise. The more the public hears, the less it seems to understand. What Obama and his team also know is that fixing health care has become not only a defining moment for his presidency but also a test of his leadership.

    In an interview in the Oval Office, Obama did not attempt to hide his frustration. [snip]

    But most of the pivotal questions — particularly about money and who will lose it — remain unresolved. The continuing uncertainty over what the final plan will do, and to whom, helps explain why public doubts are growing. A new TIME poll reveals that 46% of the nation approves of Obama’s handling of health care — exactly the same percentage that disapproves. Lawmakers will soon head home to face voters without answers to many of their most basic worries: Will taxes go up? What treatments will be covered? Will there be a new, government-run public plan like Medicare? What new requirements will it put on businesses and individuals? What new sacrifices will Americans have to make? And what are the guarantees that an overhaul will bring health-care costs under control rather than make them rise even faster?

    There are signs of a coming backlash. Obama’s health-care-reform allies are currently outspending his opponents 2 to 1, says Evan Tracey of the nonpartisan Campaign Media Analysis Group. The actors who starred as a fictitious middle-class couple in the famously devastating “Harry and Louise” spots that helped kill the Clinton health plan in 1994 are now featured in ones that push for overhaul. But the other side is just warming up, so you can expect to see plenty of nightmarish scenarios in TV advertisements featuring legions of government bureaucrats standing between patients and doctors, and long waits for lifesaving treatments. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has already allocated $2 million to fight the idea of a public plan that would compete with private insurers; two liberal groups — Health Care for America Now and the National Physicians Alliance — have run ads in six states arguing that a public option is essential. “August,” says White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, “has both peril and opportunity.”

  74. Geeze, I didn’t realize there are soooo many Texans posting on this board. I may have the occasion of going to TX soon in a month or two. If anyone is in the vicinity…between Dallas and McKinney perhaps theres a chance for a meetup? Or meet halfway somewhere…

    you can e-mail me at smithmrs41 at yahoo.com

  75. And the Boob continues to tank. I will quote kat5 of TC, because I like her take on it:

    This just in (from Rasmussen – which polls likely voters as opposed to anybody who answers the phone, including the family springer spaniel – the apparent m.o.of all the other pollsters):

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 28% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -12. That’s the lowest rating yet recorded for President Obama

  76. Admin, when are they going to start measuring the effectiveness of those ads. I really am not sure to what segement of the population they are effecting. One could say the older, as the younger are getting their information from the internet. But in my discussions with the older people, I don’t think they listen beyond how much they will lose, how much their taxes will raise, and that they have to have a end of life discussion with their Doctors.

    We seem to measure how many people listen to the press conferences.

    See, I think ads are clean propaganda, and people listen to their neighbor more than they listen to the ads, yet we continue to pour a lot of money there. They are also one sided communications.

    When I have political discussions with people, and they disagree, I can talk chapter and verse, and they back off. I can see the effect and I in some instances can change peoples thinking.

  77. http://www.israelnationalnews.com / News / News.aspx / 132656

    SNIP-
    Obama’s ‘Hit Man’ Emanuel Splitting US American Jewry

    by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Follow Israel news on and .

    (IsraelNN.com)
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has denied calling White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and senior Obama advisor David Axelrod “self-hating Jews.” The alleged use of the term “self-hating Jew” is particularly timely as Jews mourn on Thursday the destruction of the First and Second Holy Temples. Jewish thought teaches that “senseless hatred” among Jews was the reason for the fall of the Second Temple.

    SNIP- at end
    While Emanuel is trying to strengthen his position, he faces another challenge on the Obama administration’s health plan. Emanuel’s brother Dr. Ezekiel Emmanuel is Obama’s “health czar,” and the plan is being widely panned in American media, leaving the White House Chief of Staff with two potential failures for the President.

    Every sees thru this joke of a fraud but the american people.

    Wake the everybody (oops I mean kool-aid drinkers)

  78. Remember during the primary, O was outspending HRC like at least double on ads, and it did not have an impact.

  79. Tough on Israel: Why President Obama’s battle against Jewish settlements could prove self-defeating

    Thursday, July 30, 2009

    ONE OF THE MORE striking results of the Obama administration’s first six months is that only one country has worse relations with the United States than it did in January: Israel. The new administration has pushed a reset button with Russia and sent new ambassadors to Syria and Venezuela; it has offered olive branches to Cuba and Burma. But for nearly three months it has been locked in a public confrontation with Israel over Jewish housing construction in Jerusalem and the West Bank. To a less visible extent, the two governments also have differed over policy toward Iran.

    This week a parade of senior U.S. officials has been visiting Jerusalem to tackle the issues: Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, Middle East envoy George J. Mitchell, national security adviser James L. Jones and senior aide Dennis Ross. But the tensions persist, and public opinion is following: The Pew Global Attitudes Project reported last week that Israel was the only country among 25 surveyed where the public’s image of the United States was getting worse rather than better.

    In part the trouble was unavoidable: Taking office with a commitment to pursuing Middle East peace, Mr. Obama faced a new, right-wing Israeli government whose prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has refused to accept the goal of Palestinian statehood. In part it was tactical: By making plain his disagreements with Mr. Netanyahu on statehood and Jewish settlements, Mr. Obama hoped to force an Israeli retreat while building credibility with Arab governments — two advances that he arguably needs to set the stage for a serious peace process.

    But the administration also is guilty of missteps. Rather than pocketing Mr. Netanyahu’s initial concessions — he gave a speech on Palestinian statehood and suggested parameters for curtailing settlements accepted by previous U.S. administrations — Mr. Obama chose to insist on an absolutist demand for a settlement “freeze.” Palestinian and Arab leaders who had accepted previous compromises immediately hardened their positions; they also balked at delivering the “confidence-building” concessions to Israel that the administration seeks. Israeli public opinion, which normally leans against the settler movement, has rallied behind Mr. Netanyahu. And Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, which were active during the Bush administration’s final year, have yet to resume.

    U.S. and Israeli officials are working on a compromise that would allow Israel to complete some housing now under construction while freezing new starts for a defined period. Arab states would be expected to take steps in return. Such a deal will expose Mr. Obama to criticism in the Arab world — a public relations hit that he could have avoided had he not escalated the settlements dispute in the first place. At worst, the president may find himself diminished among both Israelis and Arabs before discussions even begin on the issues on which U.S. clout is most needed. If he is to be effective in brokering a peace deal, Mr. Obama will need to show both sides that they can trust him — and he must be tough on more than one country.

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/29/AR2009072903167.html

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    “the president may find himself diminished among both Israelis and Arabs”

    Makes sense to me. He’s already diminished among half the world already.

  80. LOL…the media, whether it be print, television, electronic still haven’t clued in that their forcing the message, over and over again, that bambi is the messiah just isn’t working. It’s a losing proposition and a costly one.

  81. I venture Newsweek doesn’t have a problem noticing when their sales are down for the week. Obama in GQ style on 12 covers? Loser!

  82. JanH

    I agree. That is a venue that is shoving it toward us, and I think it is tuned out. Where as the other avenue, on the Internet, where you have the option of following the story line, or searching and getting a variety of results, make people researchers, and they really read that stuff.

    When I read the headlines, I choose which headline to read or not. Once I make that choice, I really read the article. On the TV, that stuff comes on, and I leave the room to do other things.

    I had this same discussion with a religious leader one time, who always wanted to spend $4K to distribute these wonderful colorful brochures in the neighborhood, whereas statistics showed that knocking on Doors, or inviting your neighbor or friend to church was where the real growth was. It is hard to spend money that way when you get literally no results, but that is what the seminary had taught them.

    The knocking on doors and talking to your neighbors had that same give and take That I was talking about.

  83. Just a thought, Admin, that shattered O symbol might be a nice addition to the site, like right below Os photo on the right side.

  84. LOL…NMF,

    Last week, while visiting a bookstore, I did just that. I’m quite good at covering up his and meme’s faces in the book and magazine aisles.

  85. NewMexicoFan Says:

    July 30th, 2009 at 12:51 pm
    Looks like our weekend will be busy, turning the magazines around again.
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    NMF

    I will do my part

  86. In reference to the O symbol. Why hasn’t Pepsi gone after O for basically using their symbol. Disney goes after you on a flip if you use anything of theirs.

    I am sure we have all recognized that O’s symbol look exeactly like Pepsi.

  87. I wonder if Chrissy Matthews has lost his tingle yet? Poor Chris must be having real problems lately with his stimulus package.

  88. Looks like our weekend will be busy, turning the magazines around again.
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    NMF
    I will do my part
    ================
    Lately, deep in the heart of O worship county, I have found that someone is always beating me to it – it can’t be only 2 of us.

  89. NewMexicoFan, the effectiveness of the ads is very limited because Americans judge health care by what they know, which is considerable. Obama and his minions and Big Media can praise Obama all they want but Americans will individually judge the impact of the Obama “change” on their lives. That is why there is so much trouble for Obama: Americans have looked at what has been presented, measured it against what they themselves know, and are now saying “keep the change”.

  90. Yes, Admin, today’s VOTERS are not Smucks. That title has passed in the Dimocratic party to the SUPERDUDS.

  91. Hillary Clinton Calms Russia Down

    30.07.2009

    Russia is no longer concerned about the remarks from US Vice President Joe Biden, who said that the Russian economy would be “withering.” The Kremlin believed US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who said that Washington considered Russia “a great power.”

    Joe Biden criticized Russia in his recent interview with The Wall Street Journal. The statements, which he released, produced an impression as if Moscow and Washington did not even intend to reset the relations between the two countries. Biden particularly stated that the economic crisis would gradually weaken Moscow, and Russia would eventually be forced to make serious concessions to the West.

    It later turned out that the White House did not support Biden’s remarks. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs stated that the US administration was greatly interested in resetting the relations with Russia. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in her interview with the WSJ that every country faces its own problems.

    “Now every country faces challenges… The Russians know we have continuing questions about some of their policies and they have continuing questions about some of ours,” Clinton said.

    The Secretary of State added that Washington had never considered itself the one in charge as far as the USA’s relations with Moscow were concerned.

    “Mrs. Clinton calmed us down,” a Kremlin source told RIA Novosti news agency Wednesday.

    Kremlin’s spokesman Sergei Prikhodko wondered after the publication of the controversial interview with Mr. Biden, who was shaping the US foreign policy – the president or the members of his team. Now it seems that the situation has been made clear, and Moscow tends to trust Clinton more than Biden.

    english.pravda.ru/world/americas/30-07-2009/108515-hillary_clinton-0

  92. We’ve updated the article with the following:

    Update II: The bipartisan and respected Battleground poll also has Obama at 53%:

    According to a bipartisan poll released Wednesday, President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party may be putting themselves in political jeopardy with their expensive and ambitious agenda, which has yet to show benefits for the country.

    “There are warning signs for Democrats heading into 2010,” Democratic pollster Celinda Lake said. “Despite trusting and supporting the Democratic agenda, majorities think the administration is spending too much and doing too many things.”

    Republican pollster Ed Goeas, who conducted the Battleground Poll with Lake for George Washington University, said it showed signs of a shifting landscape that could help Republicans start rebounding from back-to-back election losses in 2006 and 2008, when they lost control of Congress and the White House.

    ——————————————————————-

    Update: Respected Pew Research has a new poll

    Barack Obama’s approval ratings have suffered major declines. The president’s overall job approval number fell from 61% in mid-June to 54% currently. His approval ratings for handling the economy and the federal budget deficit have also fallen sharply, tumbling to 38% and 32%, respectively. Majorities now say they disapprove of the way the president is handling these two issues. The new poll also finds significant declines over the last few months in the percentage of Americans giving Obama high marks for dealing with health care, foreign policy and tax policy.

    Three factors have likely contributed to more negative views of Obama. First, criticisms of the government’s economic policies are mounting. For the first time since Obama took office, as many say the government is on the wrong track (48%) as on the right track (46%) in handling the nation’s economic problems. [snip]

    Secondly, the latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted July 22-26 among 1,506 adults reached on landlines and cell phones, finds that many of the health care proposals being debated in Congress are sparking negative reactions, especially from those following the debate most closely. By a 44% to 38% margin, more Americans generally oppose than favor the health care proposals now before Congress. Opposition rises to 56% among people who say they have heard a lot about legislation to overhaul the health care system. [snip]

    Thirdly, Obama’s comments on the arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr. appear to have played some role in his ratings decline. [snip]

    More generally, the new survey shows that since June, Obama’s overall job approval ratings dropped among most political and demographic groups. The greatest declines are apparent among Republicans and independents, poorer people, especially poorer whites, and 30 to 49 year olds. When looking at Obama’s approval ratings on specific issues, the president has lost ground, in most cases, among Republicans, Democrats and independents. Some of the larger declines are among members of his own party.

  93. cute story…

    ‘Beautiful’ Clinton has a fan in China

    By: Jeff Dufour and Kiki Ryan
    Washington Examiner
    07/30/09

    Not all members of Asian diplomatic corps have harsh words for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    Hot off the heels of a member of the North Korean Foreign Ministry saying “sometimes [Clinton] looks like a primary schoolgirl and sometimes a pensioner going shopping” comes Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo to make things all right.

    Clinton, Bingguo and Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner joined together Tuesday night for a annual dinner that joins together the senior economic and foreign policy leaders of the world’s largest and fastest-growing economies. But things got off-track when the remarks by her counterpart would cause a woman of any age blush.

    A source at the private party held at the Ritz-Carlton tells Yeas & Nays while recounting the time Bingguo hosted Clinton at the Chinese state guest house in February, Bingguo was surprised to see that Clinton was “even more beautiful than her pictures.”

    Maybe Jiechi is more the “schoolgirl,” having a crush on Clinton.

    washingtonexaminer.com/politics/blogs/yeas-and-nays/Beautiful-Clinton-has-a-fan-in-China–52005897.html

  94. Well all the polling groups can’t be wrong. The numbers are getting more consistent which gives further support to their accuracy. Obama is tanking so I’m waiting to see what new rabbit he pulls out of his hat.

  95. National Review Online:

    Obama’s Blame-Game

    by Stephen Spruiell
    July 30, 2009

    The Democratic party has 60 votes in the Senate and can spare over 38 defections in the House, yet President Obama, presumably not wanting to alienate his own party, is still looking for someone else to blame for Congress’s failure to enact his health-care agenda by the August recess. In one of the few tough questions he faced during his prime-time press conference last week, a reporter challenged him on his frequent attempts to blame Republicans. Over the weekend, his administration settled on a new target: the Congressional Budget Office.

    Over the last several months, the administration’s struggles with the CBO over health-care cost estimates have resembled a chess match: The CBO releases a cost estimate of a draft bill; the administration doesn’t like the estimate, so its allies in Congress make a few tweaks in the draft and send it back to the CBO; and the process begins all over again. But last weekend’s outburst from Obama’s budget director, Peter Orszag, was the equivalent of a player upending the chess board and calling his opponent a cheater. The irony is that, just a few months ago, Orszag was on the other side of the board. Before Obama appointed him to run the Office of Management and Budget, Orszag was in charge of the CBO. And just before he left the legislative for the executive branch, he took measures to make sure the CBO would be well equipped to play its role in the health-care debate, expanding the number of health-care economists on staff and ordering a new computer capable of modeling the effects of complicated legislation.

    Orszag can’t very well claim that the CBO isn’t up to the task without criticizing his own preparations, so instead he has chosen to criticize his successor, Douglas Elmendorf. In a Saturday post on his White House blog, Orszag implied that the CBO’s latest analysis was guilty of “exaggerating costs and underestimating savings,” and he said that the agency had “overstepped” its bounds.

    Alice Rivlin, now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, served as the first CBO director from 1975 to 1983, and as the OMB director from 1994 to 1996, during President Clinton’s health-care push. She said, “It’s normal that the administration wants to make its proposals look good, and CBO is more skeptical.” However, she seemed surprised at Orszag’s particular line of criticism. “When I was at OMB, I was certainly critical of [CBO director Robert] Reischauer’s scoring of our health-care proposals, although I did it on the merits,” she said. “I didn’t talk about overstepping bounds.”

    Former CBO director Douglas Holtz-Eakin was more direct: “I’ve never seen a sitting OMB director do that.”

    What prompted Orszag’s reaction? In a letter to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Elmendorf wrote that the administration’s latest gambit an independent commission with the power to make cost-saving changes to Medicare that would have the force of law unless overturned by Congress would yield only meager savings, if it yielded any savings at all. With that, the administration was cornered: The only cost-saving measures remaining would involve major concessions such as equalizing the tax treatment of employer-provided and independent insurance coverage, a measure that organized labor opposes and that Obama chided John McCain for supporting. Check, with mate in the offing. In his response, Orszag said that the CBO overstepped in providing specific savings estimates, arguing that the independent commission was “a game changer not a scoreable offset.” The point of the commission was “never to generate savings over the next decade,” he wrote, but “to provide a mechanism for improving quality of care for beneficiaries and reducing costs over the long term.”

    Kent Smetters, a former CBO economist now teaching at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, says the CBO had no choice, because of the nature of what Congress asks it to do. “CBO must do an estimate of potential cost saving in order to do a score. That’s a no-brainer,” Smetters wrote in an e-mail. “And, it would be irresponsible for the nation’s nonpartisan budgetary authority to simply assume the White House’s cost-saving estimates; CBO has never done that in the past.”

    Holtz-Eakin also stresses that administrations often point the finger at the CBO when the real question is, Who in Congress requested the score? “I think it’s important to recognize that CBO works for Congress and gets used by Congress in particular ways,” he says. Citing Elmendorf’s recent testimony before the Senate Budget Committee, Holtz-Eakin says, “He was asked in a Senate hearing by a Democrat, Kent Conrad, ‘Does the House bill meet the tests for cost savings we’ve applied?’ And Conrad knew the answer when he asked it.” The administration’s problem is not with Elmendorf, Holtz-Eakin says. Its problem is with Kent Conrad and the other Blue Dogs in Congress.

    For now, the administration can blame Republicans, it can blame the CBO, and it can blame it on the rain. But ultimately, if Obama is unable to get the health-care plan he wants, it will be because his own party could not agree on a way forward.

    npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=111362033

  96. FURTHER INCOMPETENCY ON THE HOME FRONT: INSTIGATOR-IN-CHIEF

    I guess this is his version of a “post-racial” world…

    yahoo.com/s/ap/20090730/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_obama_harvard_scholar_poll

    Poll: Obama mishandled comments on race
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    By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press Writer Philip Elliott, Associated Press Writer – Thu Jul 30, 10:10 am ET
    WASHINGTON – Americans are more likely to disapprove than approve of how President Barack Obama dealt with the racially tinged dispute between a white Cambridge, Mass., police officer and a well-known black Harvard scholar — with disapproval especially strong among white voters, according to a poll released Thursday.

    The July 16 arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr. for disorderly conduct in his own home sparked a national debate over racial profiling and police conduct. The controversy intensified after Obama last Wednesday said police “acted stupidly” when they arrested Gates, who is a friend of his.

    The poll by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center found that 41 percent disapproved of Obama’s handling of the Gates arrest, compared with 29 percent who approved. The poll also found the incident and Obama’s reaction saturated the public consciousness. As many as 80 percent of Americans said they are now aware of Obama’s comments on the matter.

    The president’s approval ratings fell, especially among working class whites, as the focus of the Gates story shifted from details about the incident to Obama’s remarks, the poll said. Among whites in general, more disapprove than approve of his comments by a two-to-one margin.

    The poll was conducted Wednesday to Sunday last week. Among those interviewed on Wednesday and Thursday, 53 percent of whites approved of Obama’s job performance. This slipped to 46 percent among whites interviewed Friday through Sunday as the Gates story played out.

    Obama’s overall job approval in the poll was 54 percent, down from 61 percent in a mid-June Pew poll.

    White House aides had sought to play down the president’s comment, but the subsequent outcry and constant commentary reached such a pitch that Obama acknowledged publicly that he should have been more diplomatic with his words.

    “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,” Obama told reporters on Friday when he surprised them in the White House briefing room to revisit the Gates issue.

    Gates, who is black, was taken into custody by Cambridge Sgt. James Crowley, who is white, after Crowley accused him of disorderly conduct for protesting the policeman’s actions in responding to a mistaken report of a possible burglary at Gates’ home. The charges were later dropped.

    White House aides said it became clear the matter was not going away.

    So Obama made phone calls to each participant and invited them to join him for a beer at the White House. The meeting is set for Thursday evening.

    Pew re-contacted 480 of the poll respondents on Monday, July 27, to ask them more questions about the Gates matter. They found that people are divided as to who should be blamed for the Gates arrest: 27 percent blame Gates and 25 percent Crowley. Another 13 percent of respondents say both or neither are at fault.

    A separate poll said almost a third blame both the scholar and the sergeant. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found 27 percent think Gates was at fault, 11 percent blamed Crowley and 29 percent said each was equally at fault.

    The Pew poll of 1,506 adults was conducted July 22-26. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. For the re-interview survey of 480 adults on July 27, the margin of error is plus or minus 5.5 percentage points.

    The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll of 1,011 people was conducted Friday through Monday. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

  97. http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-2547-Watchdog-Politics-Examiner~y2009m7d30-Obama-to-drag-down-Democrats-as-poll-numbers-drop

    Obama to drag down Democrats as poll numbers drop?
    July 30, 11:07 AM
    No matter which organization is doing the Obama polling, they all have one thing in common–confidence in Obama is falling rapidly. Now the question remains is if this continues, how many Democrats who are supporting him will pay the price when they go home for the August recess and in the 2010 congressional elections?

    Since April, confidence in Obama’s leadership has fallen as he has loses approval numbers on being decisive, strong, and in touch with what the ordinarily American cares about. The arrogance of the White House has begun to be a hallmark of his administration. And the more Obama talks and appears on TV, the fewer Americans are listening to him because he is still in campaigning mode and it is no longer working. Especially disenchanted are Independents, moderate Republicans and older Americans.

    The final straw for many Americans is ObamaCare which many see as costing them money and doing nothing to improve their own health care concerns. The term “Obamacare” has come to be a derogatory term.

    Add this to the public’s disillusionment in what one TV commentator has called the use of “change blindness”, a way of changing a picture so quickly that the observer does not notice what is happening, which has boomeranged on Obama and the Democrats. “Change blindness” is explained as the phenomenon that occurs when a person viewing a visual scene fails to detect large changes in the scene.

    Meanwhile, Obama begins to look more like a wimp as he continues to blame Bush for all the problems, hoping that Americans are so stupid that they can’t add up the numbers between when Bush left office and the debt that has been accumulated.

    On Thursday, January 30, 2009, Rasmussen reported

    …the Presidential Tracking Poll shows that 28% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -12. That’s the lowest rating yet recorded for President Obama.

    At least that is better than that of Senate Leader Harry Reid who has an approval rating of 15% and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with only 30%. And it did not bode well for Democrats who visited their districts last weekend where the audience literally tore them apart and kept asking questions that the representatives or their aides could not answer. One question that keeps coming up is “Did you read the bill(s) before voting for them?”

    SNIPS-

  98. Admin: thanks for posting the video clip of my favorite entertainer Shirley Bassey. I first first learned about her when she did the soundtrack for the movie Goldfinger. I have been mesmerized by her ever since.

  99. I wonder if Chrissy Matthews has lost his tingle yet? Poor Chris must be having real problems lately with his stimulus package.
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    Fortunately I have a cure. A Roy Rogers cocktail with a marsacio cherry on top, a michelle obama parasol for a swizzle stick, one part ginger ale to ten parts cionide and a cocktail napkin that says so long its been godawful to know you. If he is having medical problems at this point then that is some evidence that my amateurish attempts at voodo have not been in vain. His cheeks are sagging, and could use a barroom facelift to supplement the eye job he had last year.

  100. my two cents…

    I have also had similiar reaction to Paul Ryan…bottom line…he is new, fresh, intelligent, confident speaking, has charisma, experience working on budget and tax committees and is attractive (photogenic and looks good on tv – bright smiling blue eyes)…those combined factors alone push to the top of the list…

    also think John Kaisch stands out from the other side…although sounds like he is running for Governor of Ohio…cannot remember where he stood on impeachment but he did defend Hillary during the primaries and called out all the BS being dumped on her by the DNC/Obama cabal…

  101. Can anybody tell me what subject this dumbass professor Gates teaches?…….WHAT KIND OF TEACHER IS HE? DEFINITELY NOT THE KIND I WANT MY KIDS TO HAVE!!!!!!

  102. rgbhrc44:

    Thanks for posting the recent poll numbers.

    fwiw- the poll numbers seem all over the board when it’s pretty clear everyone has formed a firm opinion based on the facts.

    The Obama supporters crying LIAR are allergic to the Truth and will remain so until Obama is run out of office.

    Obama will be out of office long before his term is up.

  103. mp:

    There is a brief history of Gates here:

    h….. pumasunleashed.wordpress.com/2009/07/28/gates-immortalized-communist-linked-to-radical-black-activists/

  104. We have written many articles on the Demon Demographics of the Obama Dimocratic Party (as opposed to the demograpics of the FDR Democratic Party). We have a lot more articles to print on this topic. Here is a taste of what is to come:

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0709/Obama_electorate_recedes_in_Virginia_poll.html?showall

    A smart Democrat points out the most alarming number, to his party, in the poll of Virginia voters Survey USA released today.

    It’s not the top line, which has McDonnell up by 15 percentage points. It’s what the pollster figures as the composition of the electorate: 52% McCain voters, 43% Obama voters.

    Obama carried Virginia with 51% of the vote, so the pollster’s data suggests that — if voters are responding accurately to questions about their plans to vote in the governor’s race — the electorate that Obama activated — young and African-American voters primarily — will sink back into passivity in the off years. Black voters were 20% of the electorate last November; they’re 17% in that survey.

    There are two ways to read this: The poll’s sample is off; or this is a danger sign for Democrats heading into the midterms,. If the latter, it may affect legislators’ calculations about how closely to align themselves with the president.

  105. This is getting scary.

    A press aide in NYC was just fired for having criticized BO and Gates on a facebook posting. Sharpton was involved.

    2 cops in Georgia were put on administrative leave and are being investigated by the FBI for daring to do a background check on BO.

  106. I really take issue with Kennedy being in this list…

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    White House: Kemp, Kennedy Among Medal Of Freedom Recipients

    WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- Jack Kemp, the former U.S. congressman, football quarterback and vice presidential nominee who died in May, will receive the Medal of Freedom next month.

    He will be part of a group of 15 that includes Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., tennis great Billie Jean King and actor Sidney Poitier.

    President Barack Obama will present the awards, America’s highest civilian honor, at a White House ceremony on Aug. 12. This year’s winners were chosen for being “agents of change.”

    “Their relentless devotion to breaking down barriers and lifting up their fellow citizens sets a standard to which we all should strive,” Obama said in a statement.

    Kemp, the New York representative who was presidential candidate Bob Dole’s running mate in 1996, was a long-time advocate of supply-side economics and low taxes. The White House hailed the self-described “bleeding heart conservative” for his work addressing poverty and working across party lines.

    Kemp isn’t the only person to receive the award posthumously this year. Harvey Milk, the openly gay mayor of San Francisco who was assassinated in 1978, will receive the medal.

    The other Medal of Freedom recipients: Nancy Goodman Brinker, founder of breast-cancer organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure; Pedro Jose Greer, Jr., founder of Camillus Health Concern; theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking; civil rights leader Rev. Joseph Lowery; Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow, World War II hero, author and the last living Plains Indian war chief; retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; actress and dancer Chita Rivera; former Irish President Mary Robinson; human geneticist Janet Davison Rowley; Archbishop Desmond Tutu; and micro-finance pioneer Muhammad Yunus.

    nasdaq.com/aspx/stock-market-news-story.aspx?storyid=200907301238dowjonesdjonline000904&title=white-housekempkennedy-among-medal-of-freedom-recipients

  107. Oh, and BTW, now the Dims are blaming the DC MEDIA for tanking healthcare!!!!!!

    Rotflmfao!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  108. http://www.blackagendareport.com/?q=content/top-ten-ways-tell-your-president-his-party-arent-fighting-health-care-everybody

    Top Ten Ways To Tell Your President & His Party Aren’t Fighting For Health Care For Everybody
    single payer health care Obamarama

    With the corporate media relentlessly distorting the public discussion around health care reform, it time for some clear, bright lines to help us tell who is doing what to whom, and whether any of it leads to health care for all of us. Here are ten of them.

    Top Ten Ways To Tell Your President & His Party Aren’t Fighting For Health Care For Everybody

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Barack Obama and Democratic majorities in the House and Senate were swept into office on a promise they would deliver affordable and accessible health care for all Americans. But the corporate media journalism limits the national health care conversation to what insurance companies, drug companies, for-profit health care professionals, their executives, lobbyists and politicians of both parties and other hirelings have to say. So it isn’t as easy as it ought to be to tell what the politicians are doing about accomplishing health care for everybody. Hence we offer these ten points. This is how you can tell whether your president and his party are fighting for the health care you deserve.

  109. OK read the bio on gates on “pumasunleashed.wordpress.com/2009/07/28/gates-immortalized-communist-linked-to-radical-black-activists/”

    Well…Gates is just another radical AA!!!!!!!

  110. John Kaisch web site has a number of jobs lost under Strickland going. Really kind of effective. I assume he is republican by his what he stands for stuff, but cound not find his party designation on his site.

  111. JanH @ 2:08, this kind of stuff really alarms me:

    the administration’s latest gambit an independent commission with the power to make cost-saving changes to Medicare that would have the force of law unless overturned by Congress

    That’s not the only place in the bills I’ve seen where congress is totally bypassed. This whole healthcare debacle is a HUGE Executive power grab, and could well leave healthcare decisions wholly in the hands of the executive branch in the future, without congressional oversight. That is a BAD thing to do. Quire frankly, I wouldn’t want even UHC (and believe me, I want it) on those terms.

  112. HillaryforTexas,

    I agree. I’m also bothered that the majority aren’t reading the fine print before they vote on any of these major bills. Yes they are huge documents, but there is no excuse for the dims to be ramming this stuff through so quickly. What are they hiding? Where is the transparency and fair play?

    Gone…gone…gone…

  113. I think I’ll skip the news….I don’t need to see tour race baiting Prez using another ugly incident to distract the nation…I will also avoid listening to guys like Martin, Robinson, Sharpton, and Jackson who will, undoubtedly call for “a serious discussion on race” yet once again.

  114. jan,

    Me too.
    Bet michelle ordered him to do eomething so he doesn’t ruin their friggin vacation!!!!!

    jbstone,
    I don’t watch tv but in surfing the web and listening to radio I can’t avoid some of this sh!t and i post stuff that i find particularly bizarro.

  115. The polls are simply showing what we knew all along. FLIMFLAM is NOT up to the job. His inexperience and the DIMWIT fcukers are going to take this country down the tubes. We are ALL screwed. The only ones who are going to make it are the super rich. I’M DOOMED.

  116. I would not count out the Old folks. When you start planning thier funeral, that is when they begin to rise.

  117. Here is a quote from the new Time “fluff job”…Obama on health care…WTF is he talking about? In the subsidies that are now talked about are 1.3-1.5 X The Fed poverty line of $10,400/year…People who can’t afford coverage now, won’t be able to afford it if this legislative disaster passes..That is why Obama was talking about “exemptions”.

    Karen Tumulty: What about — you mentioned that subsidies have to be there. What’s — you’re hearing now — 300% [that the government would provide assistance to people earning up to 300% of poverty]. Is that enough? Is that really —

    President Obama: Until I actually see the numbers, I don’t want to give a definitive answer on that. I do think that if we can figure out what is a fair, appropriate percentage of your income that you’re paying on health care, and peg it — peg subsidies so that it’s meeting that test, potentially with some regional variation then we’ll get it right. And I think that the committees are working on that. That’s the kind of detail that we had anticipated working through in conference. If it turns out that Congress just can’t get there and that’s the holdup, then we’ll give a very definitive idea of where we need to go on it.

  118. I wonder what sort of discussion they are having in the WH, and in the rank and file of the Party. The timeline for the 2010 election has already begun, and it will be interesting to see who gets the O party endorsement, and if they want them.

  119. Unbelievable! Beer Summit countdown clocks on ‘news’ nets
    > Posted by Tom Jicha on July 30, 2009 04:13 PM

    You couldn’t make this up.

    CNN and MSNBC have countdown clocks to the beer summit constantly on screen.

    UPDATE: Someone must have shamed them. They’ve taken them down. It remains to be seen whether this is temporary. The fact remains they did it.

    We should all be grateful Barack and Michelle Obama don’t announce the nights when they intend to get funky.

    > Discuss this entry

  120. As we have seen with both TARP and the stimulus bill, something is NOT always better than nothing. Let’s throw the Patriot Act in there, too. Sorry, but this business of Congress or the president running around like chickens screaming “We must DO SOMETHING!!!”, then crafting utterly and completely SHITTY pieces of legislation in response, has got to stop. And I’m sick of supporting it, lest I be railed against for “denying there is a problem.”

    I’m done. If I don’t like it, I’m not supporting it, period, and you guys can wail about how I don’t understand the severity of the crisis all you want. Believe me, I understand all too well. So? You don’t want me stubborn and digging in my heels, congress? Then stop giving me the choice of “Nothing or Crap – take yer pick.” in order to browbeat me into picking CRAP.

    I’ve decided not to play by those rules anymore. I can and I WILL start choosing “Nothing”, until you morons start doing your damn jobs.

  121. With the Salaries, perks, speaking fees, retirements, and health benefits they get I EXPECT THEM TO KNOW WHAT IS IN A BILL, AND TO NEVER SAY, I REALLY DID NOT KNOW WHAT I WAS VOTING ON.

    I think we need to go to a pay for preformance reimbursement for these congressional types, and they should be quizzed by their home voting areas every change that they get.

  122. This beer countdown is moronic. I guess it’s a slow newsday and nothing more important is going on.

  123. Emanuel is a disgrace to Jews and Israel. He has sold his soul and Israel for what he percieves to be the greater glory of Obamanism……

  124. Continued rant: I’m sick of the blackmail, because that’s what it amounts to. Oh, and add in all the bills where we are told “You guys can’t get this wonderful thing that the country really really needs unless you allow Sen. Pomponious Gasbag III, Esq. to tack on 13 million in porkulus for his brother-in-law the contractor to build a shrine to Gomer Pyle in his hometown.”

    Nope. Two can play that blackmail game. Maybe I’ll chill out later, but I’m feeling very “extortionary” these days. Want my support and my vote? Cut that shit out.

  125. something is NOT always better than nothing.
    ************
    Very true…A major consequence of the “Health Insurance Reform” debate is that what I would call centrist Dems. ie those who supported Social Security, Medicare, etc, have been totally silenced by the Obama WH and the Dem Congressional Leadership. The only open opposition to this legislation is from the bat-shit crazy wing-nuts who believe that Health Care is a privilege. The result is that the only funding structure that can provide affordable health care to all Americans, single-payer, is not being discussed. Again, those people who raise the “bloody flag” of socialized medicine when single-payer is discussed and who have health insurance, are in for a big surprise if/when they really need it. If a person can’t write a series of $500, $1000, $10,000, $30,000 checks to cover co-pays, denial of benefits, balance billing, etc. then that person will be among the large number of people filing for bankruptcy, due to medical bills.

  126. I’m sitting on pins and needles right now.

    Just received an e-mail from a friend waiting to hear on her local news station about the arrest of Prof Gates last year in RI..

  127. Trooper stopped Gates in 1984 for speeding in RI.

    They showed the original ticket with a notation made by the Trooper at the bottom of the ticket:

    ATTITUDE-POOR!

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    Gates didn’t pay the ticket until 2002… Only $35.00

    Typical deadbeat Obama crony.. (they all feel above the Law)

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