The Joker, The Racist, The Gun

The Joker is back at it, fooling Americans. Silly “progressive” blog boys and girls are repeating what we have been saying for years now, via Paul Krugman:

If progressives had real trust in Obama’s commitment to doing the right thing, the administration would have broad leeway to do deals. But the president doesn’t command that kind of trust.

These fools sicken us. They let Obama get away with his FISA lies, before the Denver convention, almost a year ago, and now they are upset. All the lies, all the misogyny, all the sexism, all the race-baiting – and now they’re upset. Our vocabulary is too limited to describe the contempt we have for these fools and Left Talkers. We’ll repeat what we know about Obama The Joker – burn this into your “minds” those that dare call yourselves “progressives”:

Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

It took these “progressive” boys and girls this long to begin to understand Obama can’t be trusted. How long will it take these Joker’s fools to realize that expecting “progressive” Dimocrats in Congress to oppose their darling Obama is truly a fools errand? Already these “progressive” Dimocrats have signaled they will give their lives to The Joker and his Corrupt Chicago Circus. [

Get a clue you PINO fools – read why “reconciliation rules” will not work to revive this health care corpse and how congressional “progressives” crumbled already – after they signed that famous letter.

Obama Congressional Dimocrats are as reliable as Obama’s cologne.]

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Chicago Clown

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It turns out the “racist” who created the Obama The Joker poster is not a white man nor a white woman. Because the “racist” is not white, Big Media will ignore the story. We won’t.

Big Media was hysterical with shouts of “racism”. Long, tedious, non-imaginative articles were written trying to detect “racism” and code messages in what was clearly a very effective bit of artistry. The Washington Post led the hysteria with an article called Obama As The Joker: Racial Fear’s Ugly Face.

Obama, like the Joker and like the racial stereotype of the black man, carries within him an unknowable, volatile and dangerous marker of urban violence, which could erupt at any time. The charge of socialism is secondary to the basic message that Obama can’t be trusted, not because he is a politician, but because he’s black.

The lesson from the article is that no matter what Obama does he cannot be attacked because any and all attacks are racist. Let us be the first to damn those “progressives” and Paul Krugman who do not trust Obama as “racists, racists, racists”.

Who is the “racist” that created the Obama The Joker image. It turns out the “racist” is a 20 year old Palestinian socialist.

When cryptic posters portraying President Obama as the Joker from “Batman” began popping up around Los Angeles and other cities, the question many asked was, Who is behind the image?

Was it an ultra-conservative grassroots group or a disgruntled street artist going against the grain?

Nope, it turns out, just a 20-year-old college student from Chicago.

Bored during his winter school break, Firas Alkhateeb, a senior history major at the University of Illinois, crafted the picture of Obama with the recognizable clown makeup using Adobe’s Photoshop software. [snip]

Then the counter exploded after a still-anonymous rogue famously found his image, digitally removed the references to Time Magazine, captioned the picture with the word “socialism” and hung printed copies around L.A., making headlines.

Alkhateeb is not a fan of Barack Obama nor of Rahm Emanuel. Alkhateeb should be frightened. Alkhateeb is dealing with thugs who are sure to get at him.

Alkhateeb says he wasn’t actively trying to cover his tracks, but he did want to lay low. He initially had concerns about connecting his name with anything critical of the president — especially living in Chicago, where people are “very, very liberal,” he said.

After Obama was elected, you had all of these people who basically saw him as the second coming of Christ,” Alkhateeb said. “From my perspective, there wasn’t much substance to him.”

He’s not white, therefore no story for Big Media.

“I abstained from voting in November,” he wrote in an e-mail. “Living in Illinois, my vote means close to nothing as there was no chance Obama would not win the state.” If he had to choose a politician to support, Alkhateeb said, it would be Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich. [snip]

Although Alkhateeb claims he was making no political statement with the artwork, he’s plugged into the Washington debate. Though born in the United States, his Palestinian family closely follows Middle Eastern politics.

“I think he’s definitely doing better than Bush was,” Alkhateeb said of Obama. Alkhateeb’s views on foreign relations align with the Democrats, he said, while he prefers Republican ideals on domestic issues.

Alkhateeb’s assessment of Obama: “In terms of domestic policy, I don’t think he’s really doing much good for the country right now,” he said. “We don’t have to ‘hero worship’ the guy.”

Alkhateeb it is reported is a socialist and is offended by the description of Obama as a socialist. Even the socialists don’t want anything to do with Obama anymore.

He’s honored by Shepard Fairey’s assessment of his Joker picture, but disagrees with some of Fairey’s comments criticizing the message of the Socialism poster.

“He made a picture of Bush as a vampire,” Alkhateeb said about Fairey. “That’s kind of speaking with two faces.”

Regardless, Alkhateeb does agree with the Obama “Hope” artist about “socialism” being the wrong caption for the Joker image. “It really doesn’t make any sense to me at all,” he said. “To accuse him of being a socialist is really … immature. First of all, who said being a socialist is evil?”

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Another story which will be downplayed by Big Media because of race is The Gun story. Recall the attack on a protester at a town hall event. The attack featured racial epithets of the “n” word variety. But the man attacked was black and he was protesting against Obama – so no Big Media story for you.

The Gun story is another instance of guns taken to Obama events. In earlier events the gun packing papa was interviewed by the leg tingler on MSNBC and much noise was made about potential attacks on Obama.

In Phoenix, Arizona there was a man outside an Obama publicity stunt with an ominous rifle clearly visible. The man does not like Obama’s health care scam nor gun control. Unfortunately for Big Media, the man is not white. The gun-toting papa is African-American – so no Big Media story for you.

We could be comical and accuse Big Media of racism for refusing to interview black men while providing much publicity to white men.

Outside the Phoenix Convention Center, protesters held signs against Obama’s health care proposals while others are calling for a withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.

One protester who didn’t want to give his name was walking around with a rifle in full view.

“I’m exercising my right as an American in Arizona,” he said. “I’m actually totally against healthcare in this way, in this manner, stealing it from people. I don’t think that’s appropriate.”

The man also carried a hand gun on his hip and a round of ammunition in his back pocket, all completely legal.

He said he’s fighting both health care and his right to carry a firearm in public.

“I come from another state where open carry is legal, but no one does it, so police don’t really know about it, and they harass people and arrest people falsely,” he said. “In America, people have the ability to fight back and resist.”

Black men who do not like Obama will be shunted aside as a non-story by Big Media. “People of color” (an odious phrase) are generally exempt from Big Media scrutiny too if they don’t like Obama. White people who don’t support Obama will be featured racists on the evening news.

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120 thoughts on “The Joker, The Racist, The Gun

  1. Reducing the opposition to “…the special interests and partisan attack groups who oppose reform will not let up, and they will tell whatever lies they can to spread fear.”

    is exactly the recipe for division and disaster one would now expect from the incredible shrinking president, as he shrinks his base of support to the remaining core of hopium addled true believers who will be the last to be thrown under the bus…and will be the angriest in 2012…

  2. It really is amazing that someone CAN actually walk around wit loaded guns and it is OK. Personally, it would scare the BeJesus out of me. But that being said, if he were white, I am sure he would have been contained in some manner.

  3. admin,

    What upsets me most is what obama is doing to destroy all the progress Americans have made in human and race relations. Everything is about race to him. If you don’t like what he’s doing, you’re a racist. If you won’t vote for him, you’re a racist. If you try to run against him in an election and tell the simple truth, you’re a racist.

    He is a Benedict Arnold in the worst sense.

  4. mj Says:

    August 18th, 2009 at 4:32 pm
    They didn’t. They allowed him to present his plan to an audience of their members, which they do all the time, without endorsing. Then he went around saying they supported his plan. They told the press, no we don’t. But by that point, Obama had been to several town halls saying they did.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    AARP is first and foremost an Insurance company. They sold out the seniors with the Medicare drug bill and are selling them out with the Fraud. It is ONLY because there has been such a backlash by seniors canceling there memberships that they have retreated. Rand the CEO of same is a Fraud money handler, way back.

  5. mp Says:

    August 18th, 2009 at 6:27 pm
    he he he!!!!!

    The creator of the “joker pics” sounds a great guy!!!!
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    The Bots are just sorry he is not old, white and holding a gun next to his bible!

  6. Oh, I agree with you, gonzo. It’s just in this case Obama just assumed they supported his plan. it was actually laughable.

    This is hysterical, and I concur:

    “After Obama was elected, you had all of these people who basically saw him as the second coming of Christ,” Alkhateeb said. “From my perspective, there wasn’t much substance to him.”

  7. I am sorry guys, i dont think i’ll be posting for a few days, my grandmother just passed away a few hours ago, she was 88. I’m just very upset but just wanted to let you know, why i am not responding.

    Thats them all gone, no grandparents left, it comes to us all.

  8. moon,

    I am so sorry for your loss. My grandparents and parents are now gone so I understand how hard this must be for you.

    You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. This article is very good. This is precisely how I feel. All day people have told me “reconciliation”. I said for what? Insurance stocks rose yesterday. That was the tell. It’s like they just do not see reality.

  10. Ok, i’m on the gin and tonics now that i’ve managed to get myself together. I intend to sleep at any cost tonight.

  11. any ideas what bill and “that zero” talked in the oval office for 30 min after their 40 minute meeting….


    ?? invitation to chelsea’s wedding…hope not
    ?? need for bill’s advice on the health care plan/disaster…..hope not
    ?? hillary’s frank statement in Congo ….

    Come on Bill….you did not have to do anything that aids “that zero” anymore

  12. Bill is and has been doing the bare minimum for Odrama. I notice he chooses his words very carefully, as well. For instance, he never said at his Nutroots talk that Obama’s plan was a good one. He just said Obama and the party needed it for a “win”. Which is true.

    Watch what Bill actually says, very carefully. Often he is very subtle but clear in what he does NOT say.

  13. MoonOnPluto, best wishes from us. Are those gin and tonics Doctor prescribed? 🙂

    Mj, “Reconcilliation” is a the preferred method for Americans to reconcile themselves to the transfer of massive wealth to insurance companies who will eventually hire Michelle.

  14. Hehehehe…they are just like the Bush thirty percenters. It’s unbelievable that they still believe this is health reform.

  15. H4T,

    I believe that both Hillary and Bill are very careful in what they say. Over and over again she prefaces her words with “this is the president’s policy…he won the election…I didn’t. I don’t think either of them have forgotten what was done to them and I don’t think either of them are surprised about what is happening now that he is in power.

  16. NBC has a poll out today.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32464936/ns/politics-white_house/

    Americans remain skeptical about White House plans to overhaul the nation’s health system, according to a new NBC News poll.

    A plurality believes Obama’s health plan would worsen the quality of health care, a result that is virtually unchanged from last month’s NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. What’s more, only four in 10 approve of the president’s handling of the issue, which also is unchanged from July.

    And a majority — 54 percent — is more concerned that the government will go too far in reforming the nation’s health care system, while 41 percent is more worried that the reform will not do enough to lower costs and cover the uninsured. [snip]

    Obama’s overall approval rating in the poll is 51 percent, a two-point drop from last month and a 10-point decline since April.

    Yet perhaps more troubling for the White House as it works to pass health care reform this year is that only 41 percent approve of his handling of health care. By comparison, 47 percent disapprove.

    Moreover, just 36 percent believe that Obama’s efforts to reform the health system are a good idea, and only 24 percent think they will result in better quality of health care. [snip]

    McInturff also observes that these numbers — which come after Obama embarked on a three-state swing (New Hampshire, Montana and Colorado) to hold town halls of his own — suggest that the White House’s counteroffensive was, “at best, break-even.”

    But if the country is cautious about Obama’s health plans, it doesn’t seem to trust the Republican Party at all on the subject. Just 21 percent approve of the GOP’s handling of health care, versus 62 percent who disapprove.

  17. Moonpluto, I am so sorry for your loss. 🙁

    Admin, you nailed it once again. Every few articles I read and think to myself “this is the best one yet” and then you go and nail it again.

    I love Big Pink.

    And it has not been unnoticed by me that Hillary has a way of always stating that “he is the President” and “these are the President’s policies”. Still it would be hard for her to separate herself should she decide to dive in again. I personally don’t think she’ll do it, I think the country is right now beginning to realize that Hillary was right. Bambi doesn’t have the balls or the guts to lead.

  18. Obama thanks Bill Clinton for North Korea mission

    Tue Aug 18, 2009
    By Patricia Zengerle

    WASHINGTON, Aug 18 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama thanked former President Bill Clinton in person on Tuesday for his trip to North Korea early this month to secure the release of two American journalists, the White House said.

    The two men met in the White House Situation Room for nearly 40 minutes, after which Obama invited his fellow Democrat to the Oval Office to talk for another half hour.

    “Former President Clinton described the process, including a meeting with Kim Jong-il, that culminated in the North Korean leadership granting ‘special amnesty’ to the two journalists and permitting them to return to the United States,” the White House said in a statement.

    “President Obama said he was gratified that the Americans had been safely reunited with their families.”

    Clinton left after the meeting without speaking to reporters. His wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said his trip had provided insight into North Korea.

    “The briefing that my husband and those who traveled with him … is, you know, extremely helpful, because it gives us a window into what’s going on in North Korea,” she told reporters.

    In what the Obama administration described as a private humanitarian mission, Bill Clinton traveled to North Korea to secure the freedom of the two U.S. reporters. He became the highest-level American to meet the North’s reclusive leader, Kim Jong-il, in almost a decade.

    The Obama administration has been trying to coax North Korea back into six-party talks aimed at denuclearizing the Korean peninsula, while saying it wants to enforce U.N. resolutions to ensure the North’s weapons of mass destruction are not spread.

    Pyongyang, which tested a nuclear device in May and has since launched a series of missiles, has said it will not return to the six-party talks and has insisted instead on direct talks with the United States.

    North Korea’s media portrayed the trip as proof that the nuclear test and missile launches were a stunning victory that prompted Bill Clinton’s visit to pay tribute and negotiate.

    But Hillary Clinton said U.S. policy has not changed.

    “Our policy is consistent,” she said. “We continue to offer to the North Koreans the opportunity to have a dialogue within the six-party talk framework with the United States that we think could offer many benefits to the people of North Korea.”

    reuters.com/article/vcCandidateFeed1/idUSN18318417

  19. Internal Memo Confirms Big Giveaways In White House Deal With Big Pharma

    by Ryan Grim .
    Global Research, August 16, 2009

    A memo obtained by the Huffington Post confirms that the White House and the pharmaceutical lobby secretly agreed to precisely the sort of wide-ranging deal that both parties have been denying over the past week.
    The memo, which according to a knowledgeable health care lobbyist was prepared by a person directly involved in the negotiations, lists exactly what the White House gave up, and what it got in return.

    It says the White House agreed to oppose any congressional efforts to use the government’s leverage to bargain for lower drug prices or import drugs from Canada — and also agreed not to pursue Medicare rebates or shift some drugs from Medicare Part B to Medicare Part D, which would cost Big Pharma billions in reduced reimbursements.

    In exchange, the Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers Association (PhRMA) agreed to cut $80 billion in projected costs to taxpayers and senior citizens over ten years. Or, as the memo says: “Commitment of up to $80 billion, but not more than $80 billion.”

    Representatives from both the White House and PhRMA, shown the outline, adamantly denied that it reflected reality. PhRMA senior vice president Ken Johnson said that the outline “is simply not accurate.” “This memo isn’t accurate and does not reflect the agreement with the drug companies,” said White House spokesman Reid Cherlin.

    Stories in the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times last week indicated that the administration was confirming that such a deal had been made. Critics on Capitol Hill and online responded with outrage at the reports that Obama had gone behind their backs and sold the reform movement short. Furthermore, the deal seemed to be a betrayal of several promises made by then-Sen. Obama during the presidential campaign, among them that he would use the power of government to drive down the costs of drugs to Medicare and that negotiations would be conducted in the open.

    And over the past several days, both the White House and PhRMA have offered a series of sometimes conflicting accounts of what happened in an attempt to walk back the story.
    The White House meeting took place on July 7th, as first reported that evening in the Wall Street Journal. Also on the same day, a health care lobbyist following the talks was provided the outline of the deal by a person inside the negotiations. That outline had been floating around K Street before being obtained by the Huffington Post. In order to learn more about its origin, HuffPost agreed not to reveal the name of the lobbyist who originally received it. “That is the PhRMA deal,” said the lobbyist of the outline. He then clarified, “It was the PhRMA deal.”

    The deal, as outlined in the memo:

    Commitment of up to $80 billion, but not more than $80 billion.
    1. Agree to increase of Medicaid rebate from 15.1 – 23.1% ($34 billion)
    2. Agree to get FOBs done (but no agreement on details — express disagreement on data exclusivity which both sides say does not affect the score of the legislation.) ($9 billion)
    3. Sell drugs to patients in the donut hole at 50% discount ($25 billion)
    This totals $68 billion
    4. Companies will be assessed a tax or fee that will score at $12 billion. There was no agreement as to how or on what this tax/fee will be based.

    Total: $80 billion

    In exchange for these items, the White House agreed to:

    1. Oppose importation
    2. Oppose rebates in Medicare Part D
    3. Oppose repeal of non-interference
    4. Oppose opening Medicare Part B

    “Non-interference” is the industry term for the status quo, in which government-driven price negotiations are barred. In other words, the government is “interfering” in the market if it negotiates lower prices. The ban on negotiating was led through Congress in 2003 by then-Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-La.), who is now the head of PhRMA.

    The rebates reference is to Medicare overpayments Big Pharma managed to wrangle from the Republican Congress that Democrats are trying to recoup. The House bill would require Big Pharma to return some of that money. The rebate proposal would save $63 billion over ten years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The White House, given the chance, declined to tell the Wall Street Journal for a July 17th article that it supported the effort to pursue the rebates.

    The Medicare Part B item refers to “infusion drugs,” which can be administered at home. If they fall under Part B, Big Pharma gets paid more than under Part D. The agreement would leave infusion drugs in Part B.

    In the section on Big Pharma’s concessions, “FOBs” refers to follow-on biological drugs. Democrats have pushed to make it easier to allow generic drug makers to produce cheaper versions of such drugs, an effort Big Pharma has resisted. The Senate health committee bill gives drug makers 12 years of market exclusivity, five more than the White House proposed.

    PhRMA’s Johnson cast doubts on the provenance of the outline. “The memo, as described, is simply not accurate,” he said in a statement. “Anyone could have written it. Unless it comes from our board of directors, it’s not worth the paper it’s written on. Clearly, someone is trying to short circuit our efforts to try and make health care reform a reality this year. That’s not going to happen. Too much is at stake for both patients and the U.S. economy. Our new ads supporting health care reform are starting this week, and we are redoubling our efforts to drive awareness of why this issue is so important to America’s future.” Johnson added that “no outside lobbyists — not a single one — were ever involved in our discussions with the Senate Finance Committee or the White House so someone is blowing smoke.”

    But the lobbyist who was given the outline defended its authenticity. And although the White House now says that drug price negotiations and reimportation were not actually discussed in the talks with PhRMA, the lobbyist said: “Well, that’s bull — that’s baloney. That was part of the deal, for them not to push that.”

    The new uncertainty surrounding the deal comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has repeatedly said that her chamber is not bound by any agreement it is not a party to. On July 8th, the day after the Journal reported some elements of the deal, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said in a public speech that his committee would not be tied down by the agreement. Before recess, he followed through. His committee passed a bill that allowed for re-importation and drug-price negotiations.

    In the Senate, Democrats Sherrod Brown (Ohio) and Byron Dorgan (N.D.) pressed White House officials at a closed-door meeting last week, asking whether the White House had tied the Senate’s hands. The health care lobbyist said that what deal still exists is uncertain, as a result of House pressure. “Now the White House is backing away from it, as you know, because of pressure from the House, because the House was not a party to the deal,” he said. “The Speaker put enormous pressure on the White House, [saying], ‘We weren’t a party to it and we reserve the right to do whatever we want.’ And which they did in the House Energy and Commerce Committee bill, which led the White House to say, ‘Well, maybe it’s not cast in concrete.'”

    Obama is walking a tightrope here. He wants to keep PhRMA from opposing the bill, and benefits by having its support, which now includes a $150 million advertising campaign. That’s a fortune in politics — more than Republican presidential candidate John McCain spent on advertising during his entire campaign — but it’s loose change in the pharmaceutical business.

    Opponents of the deal with PhRMA hope that Obama is playing a multilayered game, making a deal in order to keep the drug makers in his camp for now, but planning to double-cross them in the end if he needs to in order to pass his signature initiative.

    Big Pharma, however, is still comfortable. “As far as the pharmaceutical industry, PhRMA and its member companies, yes, they say a deal is a deal. We’ll see what happens,” said the health care lobbyist.

    globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=14789

  20. August 17, 2009

    White House-PhRMA Memo Surfaces Again.

    Since mid-July, the White House and the drug industry’s Washington lobby, PhRMA, have denied any specific agreement that would give the industry big benefits in exchange for its support for President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul effort.

    But there is an email outlining a four-part deal that industry lobbyists were sending to each other on July 7. The White House and PhRMA have called the memo inaccurate, though one side or the other has acknowledged three of the four big points.

    Lobbyists and reporters aren’t the only ones citing the memo. Barclays Capital advisers in New York included the memo in a note to its clients July 8, as part of its effort to keep clients informed about the likely impact of health care overhaul on their investments.

    Barclay’s note said, “According to our Washington consultants, the components of this agreement, which is similar to the ‘Senate version,’ may be as follows,” and listed the terms but without naming the author.

    Tony Butler, managing director and senior equity research analyst at Barclays Capital, reaffirmed his group’s belief in the memo’s importance. “We got this (memo) from some of our health consultants who have relayed accurate information before on the course of health care reform” and he backed it up with information from drug company executives and Senate Finance folks. “It all holds together,” Butler said, detailing why industry wants to avoid the issues listed on the memo, one of which is an “expensive Pandora’s box.” He said he has been told Sen. Max Baucus, chairman of the Finance Committee, is on board with the memo contents.

    Butler said the deal outlined in the memo provides more evidence that “the probability of health care reform significantly hurting the drug industry is diminishing each day.”

    Ken Johnson, vice president of PhRMA said in a statement, “Frankly, I don’t ever recall seeing any analysts at any of our closed-door board meetings…. In fact, parts of the so-called memo are simply incorrect,” and that, he said, should speak to its authenticity. He did not specify which parts. The White House first referred Washington Wire to PhRMA, and had no immediate comment.

    In Barclay’s cover letter accompanying the memo, Butler pointed out a typo–-a reference to Rep. Henry Waxman of California as “Senator Waxman.” We doubt Waxman would object.

    blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2009/08/17/white-house-phrma-memo-surfaces-again/tab/print/

  21. please allow me to repost for those who may have missed:

    S Says:

    August 18th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    another full throated Obot bites the dust…crash reality landing (disregard his comment re: Bill, Oped ed news are Clinton haters and Obama diehards)

    opednews.com/articles/Clinton-and-Obama-The-Wor-by-Dave-Lindorff-090817-886.html

    Clinton, by posing as a progressive, confused and undermined, and ultimately betrayed the liberal/progressive wing of the party, shattering what was left of the New Deal coalition and leaving the American left adrift and riven by the conflict between those who thought the Democratic Party was the only viable vehicle for progressive reform and those who thought it was hopelessly in the grip of corporate interests. (yeah, right, you misquided fool – S insert, ok read on…)

    Barack Obama offers the hope of bringing that era of debilitating confusion to an end.

    Not because he is the Great Black Hope of progressives, but because he has taken the concept of selling out to corporate interests and compromising with Republicans to such remarkable heights that progressives hopefully can no longer be confused about the irretrievably corrupted nature of the Democratic Party.

    On virtually every issue of importance, President Obama has sided with corporate interests and the wealthy.

    On the issue of war and peace, he has sided with the military-industrial complex, with a policy of permanent occupation of Iraq and endless war in Afghanistan, as well as continued funding of the country’s colossal armory of death, from strategic missiles and submarines to aircraft-carrier-group armadas to high-tech fighter squadrons and space weaponry.

    On civil liberties, he has sided with the police state, supporting continuation of the Bush/Cheney administration’s insidious National Security Agency spying program, defended military spying within the US, and refused to prosecute obvious abuses by the prior administration.

    On torture, the Obama administration is continuing the imprisonment and torture of captives in Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world at Bagram Air Base and, probably, at other secret sites, and instead of closing Guantanamo as promised, is looking into transferring that hellhole of torture and abuse to one or several sites in the mainland US.

    Health care reform has become a sad joke, with the emerging “reform” bill looking for all the world like the Rube Goldberg creation of the Clinton era that properly went down in flames. Instead of taking on the insurance industry, the hospital companies and the pharmaceutical industry and other parts of the profit-making medical-industrial complex, Obama cut deals with all of them behind closed doors, assuring that their profits would be left untouched, and that they could essentially write their own “reform” bill through the offices of bought-and-paid members of Congress like Senator Max Baucus. Obama and his congressional allies carefully kept any discussion of the single-payer idea””essentially Medicare for all, and the approach that even Obama himself admits would be cheaper and more universal””out of sight and off the table.

    Climate change action, too, has been sold out, with Obama adopting the approach favored by the energy industry”””cap and trade.” That concept is a gold mine for Wall Street trading firms, which will be doing trades next in pollution credits instead of subprime mortgages, and for energy companies which will get free credits to sell, courtesy of the taxpayer. And because it’s a system so easy to game, it will do nothing or next to nothing to reduce greenhouse gases.

    Finally, there’s economy and banking reform. Here Obama didn’t even make a pretense of taking a progressive approach. There is a stimulus program, but half of it was in the form of tax cuts””token for the poor and middle class and significant for the rich and for businesses, and half in the form of federal grants, often for unneeded projects like roads and road repair which go to some of the higher paid members of the working class, leaving the poor and the ununionized with no job help. Meanwhile, bankers were the recipients of trillions of dollars in bailout assistance, while nothing was done to break up the huge mega-bank holding companies that brought on the financial and economic crisis in the first place. Instead of picking economic advisers and bank regulators from the many talented system critics like Nobelists Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman, Obama picked veterans of the Bush/Cheney administration, and Wall Street shills like Larry Summers and Timothy Geithner.

    Last fall, I and many progressives urged voters to elect Obama, not because we thought he was a progressive, but because we hoped that his background””community organizer, raised by a single mother, experience living in a third world country (Indonesia), multi-racial””would lead him to make at least some right decisions. We, or certainly I, hoped too that the energized young and working class electorate that came out for him in the fall would continue to press him aggressively to do the right thing on war, environment, civil liberties and the economy.

    I was wrong on the first count: Obama has been a corporatist through and through on all the major issues that matter. And I was wrong on the second. Most of the left in the US, from the labor movement to the environmentalist movement to the anti-war movement, has to date remained glumly quiescent as Obama has sold them out on each of their key issues.

    But here is the silver lining: The sell-out this time is so much more blatant, and so much more serious, than it was with Clinton, and for all the talk about Obama’s ability to string words together, he is so much less of a charismatic figure than the gregarious Bill Clinton, that he is unlikely to hang on to the ardent support that propelled him to his victory last November. The disappointment and sense of betrayal among progressives this time is palpable, especially because, while Clinton, by 1994, had the excuse that he was working with a Republican, or partially Republican Congress, Obama has solid control of both houses, but refuses to use it. If, as I expect, the recession continues to deepen, with more and more people losing jobs and homes, if, as I predict, health care continues to be unaffordable and inaccessible, if, as I know will happen, evidence of deadly climate change continues to pile up, and if, as I am equally certain, Iraq explodes and the war in Afghanistan continue to worsen, the left is going to see Obama and the Democrats in Congress as the failures and corrupt frauds they are, and will abandon them.

    That leaves the question of what to do, and where those frustrated progressives will turn.

    I don’t claim to have the answer to that. Clearly the labor movement needs to recognize that hitching its fortunes to the Democratic Party has been and will continue to be a dismal failure. It needs to pull all its political money back and only support those who are 100% allies in the struggle for the rights of workers. No money for the party as a whole. It should also go back to the pioneering work of people like the late Tony Mazzocchi of the Oil and Chemical and Atomic Workers Union, who before his death was tirelessly working to establish an American labor party.

    read the rest for yourself on opednews
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    Lindorff gets one thing right about Bill Clinton…

    and for all the talk about Obama’s ability to string words together, he is so much less of a charismatic figure than the gregarious Bill Clinton, that he is unlikely to hang on to the ardent support that propelled him to his victory last November. The disappointment and sense of betrayal among progressives this time is palpable, especially because, while Clinton, by 1994, had the excuse that he was working with a Republican, or partially Republican Congress, Obama has solid control of both houses, but refuses to use it.

    (not to mention the change of the times and the tone from the early 90’s to the 21st century)

    finally…We know President Bill Clinton, Obama is no Bill Clinton…no matter how he hard he tries to duplicate his presidency by using his staff and stealing his best riffs…

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

    Happy Birthday, President Bill Clinton…

    you leave your critics not in your shadow…but in your dust…

    rock on…

  22. Well, the Democrats have finally decided to go it alone on health care. That should have been obvious from the start. I wonder if they can get a better bill now.

  23. It is tempting to call Obama a left wing ideologue as Hannity does, but as Admin and SHV have convinced me he has no real values so how could he be a left winger. Besides, if he had left wing values he would not have left those people to freeze. One of my heroes–Paul Wellstone was a left winger, and he would have leaning hard on Uncle Tony to fix the problem. No, Obama is not a liberal. I believe it was Fritz Rohm who was head of the Brown Shirts who told someone give me a hard core communist for three weeks and I will turn him into a Nazi. The point is it is the mindset, and Mr. Obama has got the mark. Learned Hand in his essay on liberty deplored it with these words: The spirit of liberty is the spirit that is not too sure it is right. I re-read what Sowell, and would add this caveat to the central premise of who he is:

    Sixth, and above all, Mr. Obama is using the current economic crisis as a pretext to assume unprecedented powers and to institute fundamental and irreversible changes to our country. The intent of those changes is to disenfranchise the American people—politically and economically; and to limit their freedom in the name of social justice—as he alone defines it. (See The Vision of The Anointed, by Professor Thomas Sowell). And that my friend is the real Obama.

  24. True wit is nature to advantage dressed
    What oft was thought but ne’r so well expressed
    (Alexander Pope)

    FUCK YOU MSNBC!

    FUCK YOU CNN!

    AND THE HORSE YOU RODE IN ON

  25. Dave-Lindorff
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    It took him 23 paragraphs to say he was wrong. He better not try that one on St Peter. Make it short and sweet, like omg did I ever fuck up.

  26. True wit is nature to advantage dressed
    What oft was thought by ne’r so well expressed

    FUCK YOU MSNBC

    FUCK YOU CNN

    That videographer managed to find the only words appropriate to the occasion.

  27. But here is the silver lining: The sell-out this time is so much more blatant, and so much more serious, than it was with Clinton, and for all the talk about Obama’s ability to string words together, he is so much less of a charismatic figure than the gregarious Bill Clinton, that he is unlikely to hang on to the ardent support that propelled him to his victory last November. The disappointment and sense of betrayal among progressives this time is palpable, especially because, while Clinton, by 1994, had the excuse that he was working with a Republican, or partially Republican Congress, Obama has solid control of both houses, but refuses to use it. If, as I expect, the recession continues to deepen, with more and more people losing jobs and homes, if, as I predict, health care continues to be unaffordable and inaccessible, if, as I know will happen, evidence of deadly climate change continues to pile up, and if, as I am equally certain, Iraq explodes and the war in Afghanistan continue to worsen, the left is going to see Obama and the Democrats in Congress as the failures and corrupt frauds they are, and will abandon them.
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    Right on. He is off the smack and has made it through cold turkey.

    But then I saw the morning sky
    Hi ho the tale was all a lie
    The world it was–the old world yet

  28. Up thread someplace is a statement by Ray LaHood, an Republican from Illinois who . . . how shall I put it . . . lives up to his name. He tells us that Bambi can juggle 20 balls at the same time and has other skills unseen in the world since the days of the Old Testament. I am sure it is just a coincidence that they both belong to the Illinois Combine, strike that I meant the same Masonic Lodge.

  29. Ken Johnson, vice president of PhRMA said in a statement, “Frankly, I don’t ever recall seeing any analysts at any of our closed-door board meetings…. In fact, parts of the so-called memo are simply incorrect,” and that, he said, should speak to its authenticity. He did not specify which parts. The White House first referred Washington Wire to PhRMA, and had no immediate comment.
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    I would like to put that lying mf on a lie detector. This is the problem with corporate hacks.

  30. But there is an email outlining a four-part deal that industry lobbyists were sending to each other on July 7. The White House and PhRMA have called the memo inaccurate, though one side or the other has acknowledged three of the four big points.
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    Trust me. They made the deal. Now the white house is trying to backtrack. In this life there are people you dont want to double cross. I think Billy Tauzin well be one of them. You just know the White House is putting the monkey on Backus back, and Backus is telling Billy yea I know that we agreed to but we are running into some pretty strong headwinds so we have got to batten down the hatches until this nor’easter blows ower and then you will get everything we agreed to and more–Barack gives you his word on that. And Tauzin is saying, dont bullshit me, I know how things go in this town and the way Obamas street cred is slipping I have no confidence in his ability to deliver later. We made a deal. And if you dont live up to it the word is gonna get around this town pretty fast that your boss cannot be counted on. Also, they made their deal with the health insurance industry too. Business Week mentioned it. If you think that robot Kathleen Selibus misspoke when she said the public option is off the table I have got some land in florida just south of the everglades I would like to sell you. This Bonapartes Retreat on health care. Time for another well earned vacation, take along that drooling washpo reporter who likes bambis abs. Divert, divert, divert.

  31. Everybody who has got a deal with Bambi–and that includes the string pullers are watching to see how he handles this one.

  32. Hmmm..well Kathleen Seliblius killed her “first woman” presidential hopes in 2016 by saying that public option is off the table……I cannot see her getting support from the liberal wing!!!!!!

  33. Even in Massachusetts Barney Frank is getting flak. We somehow think the arrogance of calling people stupid is not going to go over well.

  34. You see how this works. The deal is out on the street–wall street. That means investors around the world are relying on it. And some of them are among the string pullers. If will cost him dearly to renege on this deal, but if he follows through on it the progressives will desert him. I have friends who are in that spectrum and they say they are through with him if he caves in the insurance companies. Where is the compromise? If he tries to create an embryonic public option with the idea that it will grow over time, that will not satisfy his supporters and the insurance industry will say it is unfair competition. The lesson of life applies even to Messiahs: under promise and over deliver–never ever the reverse.

  35. Hmmm..well Kathleen Seliblius killed her “first woman” presidential hopes in 2016 by saying that public option is off the table……I cannot see her getting support from the liberal wing!!!!!!
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    CORRECT.

  36. Barney Frank sounds like an idiot. What arrogance. He definitely could have handled that exchange more effectively.

    The congressman in my district, Miller, who usually holds townhalls, held one over the phone instead of in person. He may have received a threat, but this district is in a fairly liberal area. He has had the kool-aid by IV.

  37. Not to seem insensitive and callous, but hopefully this self-righteous Catholic convert, anti-Israeli, ant-Clinton, anti-woman Novack is rotting in hell for eternity ( if you believe in that stuff). This man was a vile human being, and what he wrote about good men and woman, like Valerie Plame, should never be forgotten. A rotten, mean spirited man through and through, he got his just results.
    I hope poor Teddy isn’t too upset about this , after all, at least he got to see the new JFK elected and Camelot resurrected-NOT!!!!!!!!!!! Pay back is a bitch as they say and so far, by and large, those who fucked over Hillary seem to be getting their just rewards.

  38. Ken Johnson, vice president of PhRMA said in a statement, “Frankly, I don’t ever recall seeing any analysts at any of our closed-door board meetings…. In fact, parts of the so-called memo are simply incorrect,” and that, he said, should speak to its authenticity. He did not specify which parts. The White House first referred Washington Wire to PhRMA, and had no immediate comment.
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    And that statement was written by his lawyer–not him. The White House would not answer–but referred them to PhRMA who issued a written statement drafted by their lawyer. Yup, they are in a damage control mode.

    When Jimmy Hoffa appeared before the Senate Committee back in the 1950s and Bobby Kennedy asked him questions, he took the Fifth Amendment a number of times. But when that got to be a little tedious, he would claim he did not know and refer Kennedy to one of his underlings. And when Kennedy asked the underling, the underling would take the Fifth. I dont know whether that was Teamster Counsel (Dave Previant) or Edward Bennett Williams (Williams and Connelly) but it was pretty slick. But when Bambi does it there is no panache.

  39. rgb44hrc Says:
    August 18th, 2009 at 9:46 am

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

    Thank you for posting an insightful commentary on Obama’s actions regarding his back door deal with the drug companies in the previous thread. Your kind analysis is spot on.

  40. Pay back is a bitch as they say and so far, by and large, those who fucked over Hillary seem to be getting their just rewards.
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    They sure do. And the wheel will come full circle when they impeach Obama.

  41. Odd that Obama met with BC today and now he has decided not to go bipartisan. i hope Weiner keeps pushing for Medicare for All, or everyone, r anyone who wants it. Exchanges suck.

  42. The congressman in my district, Miller, who usually holds townhalls, held one over the phone instead of in person. He may have received a threat, but this district is in a fairly liberal area. He has had the kool-aid by IV
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    I am not a george miller fan. too close to pelosi.

  43. jbstonesfan Says:
    August 19th, 2009 at 12:30 am

    Not to seem insensitive and callous, but hopefully this self-righteous Catholic convert, anti-Israeli, ant-Clinton, anti-woman Novack is rotting in hell for eternity ( if you believe in that stuff). This man was a vile human being, and what he wrote about good men and woman, like Valerie Plame, should never be forgotten. A rotten, mean spirited man through and through, he got his just results.

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

    The country is all the better for the loss. “And the voice of the turtle was heard throughout the land.”

  44. is exactly the recipe for division and disaster one would now expect from the incredible shrinking president, as he shrinks his base of support to the remaining core of hopium addled true believers who will be the last to be thrown under the bus…and will be the angriest in 2012…
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    The Incredible Shrinking President–that is very good. You wax poetic. Deja vu Carter–with only 31/2 years left to wreck the country.

  45. Odd that Obama met with BC today and now he has decided not to go bipartisan. i hope Weiner keeps pushing for Medicare for All, or everyone, r anyone who wants it. Exchanges suck.
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    What that tells me is two things: first he will pressure the blue dogs. second the republicans plan to hold the line. If he reneges on his deals with industry now he is in trouble.

  46. Odd that Obama met with BC today and now he has decided not to go bipartisan. i hope Weiner keeps pushing for Medicare for All, or everyone, r anyone who wants it. Exchanges suck.
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    I see no correlation between the two events. Bill was there to talk about North Korea.

  47. # wbboei Says:
    August 19th, 2009 at 1:01 am

    Odd that Obama met with BC today and now he has decided not to go bipartisan. i hope Weiner keeps pushing for Medicare for All, or everyone, r anyone who wants it. Exchanges suck.
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    I see no correlation between the two events. Bill was there to talk about North Korea.

    Well, perhaps you haven’t noticed. He’s losing the health care debate. Only a total moron would have super majorities in Congress, and try for a bipartisan bill.

  48. Right. I am just hoping Bill isn’t advising him. If Obama fell down in the barroom and you reached down to help him up, got him to his feet and then turned your back on him, he would pick up a beer bottle and crack you over the head with it. That is the kind of snake he is, and surely Bill know it. A sociopath resents the people who help him and holds it against them. He has a supermajority if he can deliver the blue dogs. There are 52 of them in the House, and a number of them in the Senate. Siding with him could cost them their jobs. There is no margin of safety for Obama whichever way he goes.

  49. People did lose their jobs when they passed budget reconciliation with Bill. Look, I don’t support the Exchange. Its just a rip off. Expanding public health care is the only thing that’s going to work. Jesus, LBJ and FDR would be spinning if they saw Democrats with super majorities handing money over to the robber barrons to extend basic health care.

    Looks like that’s Obama plan though:

    http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/thegaggle/archive/2009/08/18/fineman-the-democrats-new-strategy-on-health-reform.aspx

    I’ll pass. And, I don’t think it’s gonna happen. This was a moment to lead with strength. Obama and the blue dogs (who completely sccrwed over BC) are blowing it.

  50. I watched the Barney Frank exchange. There is a difference between a direct attack and a collateral attack. A direct attack would be to argue the merits of the policy such as it is. That is a mistake because he has his talking points all prepared. A collateral attack would be to get him to get him to say on the record that this is a good plan, and then say you told us the same thing about the safety of our mortgage system and just look at what happened. Why should we believe you now? Then when he started screaming and his supporters started booing you would know you drew blood.

  51. Well, perhaps you haven’t noticed. He is losing the health care debate, etc.
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    Perhaps you have’t been reading my posts mj.

  52. I mean, there is a reason it’s called the FDR coalition. It isn’t because he was half-Republican, and sought public/private partnerships at every turn.

  53. “There is no margin of safety for Obama whichever way he goes.”
    ~~~~

    correct! Obama is straining at the collar from the pull of a shortened leash. Obama has no mo wiggle room left. If he goes with government run health care; the public will storm the Bastille. If he doesn’t follow the script provided by the Soros’s Think Tank; the Birth Certificate issue will again be Big media headlines as they once again ramp up it’s visibility and heighten their threat of exposure he is a non-American, never mind a natural born one.

    Obama is beginning to crack under the pressure of being hated by an increasing segment of the population. The Joker poster depicting him as an evil monstrosity is rattling his self-confidence.

    I’ve noticed Michelle has dropped off the radar since Obamabi was photographed peeking at the young lady’s derrière.

    I’m shocked!

    She appeared to be such a forgiving soul.

  54. Mrs. Smith do you think LBJ and FDR were wrong to pass social insurance? Obama is a hapless nit wit. Let’s ignore him for a minute. He’s not going to do anything profound on health care. But, since you bring up “government run” health care, I’m just curious, both FDR and LBJ passed huge social programs, were they wrong to do that?

  55. mj… you want an in depth opinion on the merits of 2 ex-presidents social programs at 2 am ?

    I don’t think so….

    You want to ignore Obama?

    He’s the most dangerous man on the planet right now.
    1. He has the combination to the “football”.

    2. He’s not sure of the football’s intended use. For Domestic or Foreign problem solving.

  56. Obama is beginning to crack under the pressure of being hated by an increasing segment of the population. The Joker poster depicting him as an evil monstrosity is rattling his self-confidence.
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    You are right mrs. smith. In all his borne days bambi has never had to deal with this before. Being feared and hated. He was always able to blame someone else. Perhaps he now knows what it means when they say the buck stops here.

  57. He’s a lightweight. But, whatever, many here seem to confuse straight forward Democratic policies(of which Obama is not offering) with Obama. I give up. Let’s just elect Jeb Bush next time around. I’m sure he will pass non-governmental great health reform.

  58. wbb,

    “You are right mrs. smith. In all his borne days bambi has never had to deal with this before. Being feared and hated. He was always able to blame someone else. Perhaps he now knows what it means when they say the buck stops here.”

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

    Two dynamics in play here. The race issue is taking a back seat to the ire raised at Obama over Health Care. Second, Obama doesn’t know how to turn his predicament around. The spinners are of no use to him now… they just make the people angrier.

    He’s been swinging a tiger by the tail, but he let it go.

    This is the 3am phone call Hillary spoke about…

    “Hillary, it’s me.” “Could you put Bill on for a minute….”

    Which all points to the neutralizing of Axelrod and Emanuel’s as his advisers.

  59. Obama is a hapless nit wit. Let’s ignore him for a minute
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    No no no no no no no no no no no no no no.

    He-is-the-Mess-i-ah. The one we have been waiting for–who will give us unity, hope, change, and put the bop in the bop de bop de bob for all those young forlorn maidens, and guys like Matthews who are looking for a roll in the hay to deal with a midlife crisis. And 36 czars to run his little Potemkin Village on the Potomac.

  60. He’s been swinging a tiger by the tail, but he let it go.

    This is the 3am phone call Hillary spoke about…

    “Hillary, it’s me.” “Could you put Bill on for a minute….”

    Which all points to the neutralizing of Axelrod and Emanuel’s as his advisers.
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    I hope they tell him you asked for it you got it Toyota.

  61. mj

    “I give up.”

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

    The messiah has gotten himself trapped in a corner. Unstable people tend to get squirrelly when trapped. Obama has got to be watched very carefully at this point in time…

    I can only hope Bill leveraged him into a making a public apology when he called him a racist and conditioned it on announcing his deal first. (before he offers him an option out of his stupid missteps.)

  62. Two dynamics in play here. The race issue is taking a back seat to the ire raised at Obama over Health Care. Second, Obama doesn’t know how to turn his predicament around. The spinners are of no use to him now… they just make the people angrier.
    ———————————
    The game was 5 card stud. But instead of giving the republicans the required cards he gave them the whole deck. This overbroad sweeping indictment of the teaparties will backfire as well. Pelosi invoking Nazi is proof certain that she is a lunatic, and no way a credible national figure. A real embarrassment. She will show up in a video or two, or ten or a hundred about this time next year.

  63. Political momentum shifting. Obama unites republicans and independents in their opposition to him. He divides democrats between those who know they have been betrayed and want nothing to do with him and those who have not figured it out- yet. In that limited sense he has proven to be a remarkable coalition builder.

  64. Hey, Webboei. I’m up early taking care of my elderly mother who has confused her days and nights.

    Couldn’t get back to sleep so I thought I’d just check in to see what was going on.

    I always like reading your comments and analysis

  65. This Associated Press has been a fraud for some time. I can assure you that when the article covers Hillary and there is no author listed they are simply reproducing something that was written by bitter partisans in the White House which is a form of fraud on the American People. If you read the one on Bill meeting with the Pretender, it mentions Hillary several times as secretary with a small “S”, and the pretender as President with a capital P. I have looked at Madeline Albright articles and the the letter “S” is always capitalized. If you will recall, hatchetface said she was glad to be able to call Hillary “secretary”. Finally, there is a gratuitous reference to Obama beating Hillary in the primary. The bottom line again is this stuff is coming out of the White House as a press release and AP prints it as its own work. The assholes in the White House who play these games are real hacks. This kind of petty shit is immaterial in terms of public perception. It would be interesting if that AP article is true. It would give Hillary the exit strategy she needs to run against him.

  66. How often has a person from sitting president’s own party run against them in re-election. I’m fuzzy on that part of history.

    Is Governor Rick Perry or Texas a Republican? If so, Kay Bailey Hutchinson a Republican is changling him in the election.

  67. I finally got the equation to balance:
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    The intent is: i) to expand the power of the State, ii) to reduce the freedom of the Individual (political and economic), and iii) to install an Elite group who share his vision of Social Justice to control our lives. And that my friend is the real Obama.

  68. I’ve been mad as an old wet hen as my grandma used to say for over 17 years now with the treatment of the Clintons by the media among others.

    It reminds me of how chickens will see a speck or a tiny sore spot on another chicken and start pecking and pecking the poor chicken in mass until they occassionaly peck it to death.

    That’s one of the reasons I admire Bill and Hillary Clinton so much. They are strong and refuse to be pecked to death by “the chickens”.

  69. Sorry couldnt resist but………….Axelrod getting nailed would just be christmas for me.

    The allegations in this Bloomberg story –if true– pose a huge problem for a senior advisor to the president, David Axelrod. This is the heart of the problem:

    Axelrod was president and sole shareholder of AKPD from 1985 until he sold his interest after Obama’s victory, government records show. The firm owes Axelrod $2 million, which it’s due to pay in installments beginning Dec. 31. Axelrod’s son, Michael, still works there. He didn’t return a phone call. The firm’s Web site continues to feature David Axelrod’s work on the Obama campaign. (Emphasis added.)

    The problem is that Axelrod’s former firm is currently receiving huge fees “from Healthy Economy Now, a coalition that includes the Washington-based Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America, known as PhRMA,” as well as AARP, the SEIU and other big players in the health care debate.

    If Axelrod has been negotiating any part of any deal involving any of these players which are funneling money to the firm that owes him money, or if he is advising the president on the deals with any of these groups, that’s a conflict of interest. Laundering the money through a “coalition” doesn’t remove the conflict much less the appearance of impropriety. The coalition is in effect partially funding David Axelrod’s severance package though its members might have done so unknowingly. These forthcoming payments to Axelrod are much more significant than the sort of “retained ties” that Democrats blasted Dick Cheney for vis-a-vis Halliburton even though there was no high level negotiations between the vice president and his former company.

    David Axelrod has some tough questions to answer, and according to Politico’s Mike Allen, Politico’s Ken Vogel will be publishing more on matters Axelrodian tomorrow. (Thetranscript of my interview with Allen will be posted here later tonight.) Vogel’s story on Axelrod’s son from a few days back casts doubt on the Bloomberg story’s accuracy as Bloomberg has Axelrod’s son still at Axelrod’s old firm, but Vogel has him at The Huffington Post.

    If it was Karl Rove in a similar set of circumstances, the blogs and some in MSM would already be demanding a special prosecutor. There are lots of questions for Mr. Axelrod, the first one being whether the Bloomberg story is accurate. if the answer is “yes,” the second will be: “Have you lawyered up?”

  70. moononpluto,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I hope it was a peaceful transition.

    Admin,
    Once again you perfectly express what I think. i may as well stop posting at all anymore as you always say what i want to but a zillion times better.
    These fools sicken us. They let Obama get away with his FISA lies, before the Denver convention, almost a year ago, and now they are upset. All the lies, all the misogyny, all the sexism, all the race-baiting – and now they’re upset. Our vocabulary is too limited to describe the contempt we have for these fools

  71. Southern Born Says:
    August 19th, 2009 at 4:52 am

    How often has a person from sitting president’s own party run against them in re-election. I’m fuzzy on that part of history.

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

    Ted Kennedy against Pres Jimmy Carter, for one. Took it to a big convention fight. Reagan beat Carter that November.

  72. rgb44hrc Says:
    August 18th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    AARP MEMBERS QUIT IN DISGUST??

    Last year, members of NOW and NARAL quit to protest those organizations servitude in supporting Obama. Many of these people were key, involved, long-term supporters. [….]
    And now angry old people are tearing up their AARP cards to protest yet another organization subjugating itself to the Obama power circle.

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

    I’ve been dragging my feet about renewing AARP for that reason. Before I could actually tear up the card, I’d have to find comparable auto insurance (for a seldom used old pickup truck).

  73. One of the healthiest things you can do is to quit the AARP. I fired them years ago, the first time that
    Bill Novelli sold out the membership on healthcare. Now it turns out that his successors have continued the policy of greasing the ways for the insurance companies. The truth is that AARP has evolved into a massive insurance company whence most of its income originates. The members are a
    pain in the ass which are tolerated and coddled for the sake of form.

    Dump AARP and your mental well being will improve overnight. It is every bit as much a con job as Barky. For car insurance there are a lot of better rates than they offer. Look around.

  74. Did Bill Clinton advise obama about health care?

    I go back to reading his response recently when he said that the dims might have to compromise and not get everything they want. So he told bambi this and what does bambi do?

    He goes partison. Something he’s done every darn time so far. It’s another shove this down their throats for their own good policy because this non-experience twit thinks he thinks he knows best. In other words this is a stick it to Bill moment at the very least, and a blow up in bambi’s face moment at the very most.

  75. Here’s Michael Goodwin on the fraud:

    Health care debate confirms this is not the Barack Obama we elected

    Wednesday, August 19th 2009, 4:00 AM

    Taking the stage for a town hall meeting on health care the other day, President Obama emerged from behind a curtain in a fake jog. He pumped his arms in an exaggerated fashion, but his smile looked forced as he waved and shook hands with a few audience members.

    It all seemed a campaign ritual, dulled by time and beleaguered by circumstance, prompting a flashback in my head to the Paul Simon song about Joe DiMaggio.

    Where have you gone, Barack Obama? Where is the sunny-side-up young man who promised to inspire and unite an unhappy nation?

    Gone into the partisan sinkhole of Washington, that’s where. Like some novice swimmer too confident of his own ability, Obama is suddenly finding himself in water over his head.

    His flailing, including a foul habit of demonizing dissent, is not pretty. And that brief foray into e-mail tracking of critics showed a win-at-any-cost side.

    Where is the appealing man we elected? Where is that Barack Obama?

    Let’s find him quick because the whole nation is paying the price for this impostor’s irrational exuberance. Or hubris.

    Americans, more of them every day, are growing disenchanted with the expansion of government and the massive pile of debt. Yet the President, certain he can change their minds if only he talks to them again, keeps trying to sell bigger as better.

    The public’s not buying it. And as a measure of the nation’s mood, a recent poll was practically cruel: Nearly half think the President is on television too much. Ouch.

    Obama fatigue occasionally surfaced during the campaign, but this is different. He’s the President, and if the country tunes him out, there is no Plan B. He’s the rock star-turned-salesman, and everything in his administration depends on his stage act.

    That the novelty is wearing thin is obvious. The danger is that the health care fiasco turns him into an unpopular and ineffective President.

    Those who say it can’t happen should study a recent New York Times/CBS poll. Among the lowlights:

    * Sixty-nine percent believe Obamacare will hurt the quality of their own health care.

    * Seventy-three percent believe they will have less access to tests and treatment.

    * Sixty-two percent believe Democrats’ proposals would force them to change doctors.

    * Seventy-six percent believe Obama’s changes will mean higher taxes for them.

    * Seventy-seven percent expect their health care costs to rise.

    All those findings run counter to the claims Obama makes. Even as he talks in vague ways about what exactly he favors, he promises the bill that emerges from Congress’ sausage factory will be a magic elixir.

    Writing in The New York Times, he guaranteed everything for everyone: “If you don’t have health insurance, you will finally have quality, affordable options once we pass reform. If you have health insurance, we will make sure that no insurance company or government bureaucrat gets between you and the care you need.

    “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.”

    Those claims would be credible if they were a multiple-choice question, where only one is true. To say they can all happen at once is a crock, and the country knows it.

    Heck, throw in a free puppy for everybody, too.

    With stubborn wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and an economy still bleeding, you’d think a new President would have challenges enough. Yet Obama has plunged into the health care mess as though it is a battle of absolute necessity.

    It isn’t. It is his choice. And it is a mistake.

    If he’s the man we thought he was, he’ll now choose to make peace, before the country concludes he’s the mistake.

    mgoodwin@nydailynews.com

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/columnists/goodwin/index.html#ixzz0OdQqKOGl

  76. Wed, Aug. 19, 2009

    U.S. must push women’s rights
    OUR OPINION: Clinton’s African trip mixed diplomacy with advocacy

    During her trip to Africa, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton managed to combine her job as a diplomat with her long-time advocacy on behalf of women. In between the speeches and formal ceremonies, the secretary took great pains to put the plight of women front and center, just as she promised to do during her confirmation hearing.
    That focus is important because for all the advances women have made in the last 40 years, they remain the victims of repression, violence and enslavement in many cultures.

    And yet, too much emphasis in the media focused on Secretary Clinton’s sharp response to a mistranslated question that made it seem the questioner was asking what her husband’s views were. She testily responded that Mr. Clinton isn’t the secretary of state. In truth the questioner was asking for President Obama’s views, but something got lost in translation.

    This minor incident got more air time and ink than did Ms. Clinton’s accomplishments during her trip. Some observers complained that she didn’t break new ground diplomatically. But simply by going to Africa in a follow-up to Mr. Obama’s earlier visit to Ghana and touching down in seven countries, Ms. Clinton let its people know that the continent is important to the United States. She emphasized good governance and criticized rampant corruption, as did the president while in Ghana.

    But Ms. Clinton did something just as important by drawing attention to the plight of African women. She ventured to eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a region of brutal conflict for more than 10 years. She visited a displaced-persons camp there and talked to women who have been raped, victims of an especially cruel war strategy that turns them into pariahs in their communities.

    The politically motivated rapes are an assault on the social order, meant to destroy the heart of families by disgracing daughters, sisters, mothers. Ms. Clinton promised to deliver $17 million to help victims of this sexual violence and, commendably, to continue funding AIDS programs and the Millenium Challenge development grants begun by the Bush administration when Colin Powell was secretary of state.

    We hope that Ms. Clinton keeps on combining diplomacy and advocacy for women’s equality. When a woman’s lot is improved — when she can get an education and a job, has access to birth control, a secure home, the vote — her family’s lot improves. When a whole community’s women have such empowerment, everyone benefits.

    It’s precisely that empowerment that is so feared by the rulers of repressive regimes, which often twist cultural traditions for women to render them second-class citizens.

    The Taliban, for one example, are extremely skillful at this. So, too, are Congo’s rapists. We’re at war with the Taliban in Afghanistan, where the plight of women hangs in the balance. In Africa, the Obama administration and Ms. Clinton are pushing for better governance in addition to humanitarian aid. Indeed, stable governments would put an end to conflicts like the Congo’s that have wreaked havoc on women.

    It’s in the United States’ interest to support women’s equality throughout the world. First Lady Clinton knew that and now Secretary Clinton has the perfect opportunity to spread that gospel across the globe.

    miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/story/1192167.html

  77. From Times Online August 19, 2009

    Hillary Clinton in last-ditch intervention in Lockerbie case

    Jenny Booth

    Hillary Clinton has made a last-minute attempt to intervene in the Lockerbie bomber case, warning the Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill that it would be “absolutely wrong” to release him from jail.

    Spurning diplomatic channels, the US Secretary of State gave a public statement to reporters in Washington saying that Abdel Baset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the Libyan spy who was jailed in 2001 for blowing up Pan Am flight 103 with the loss of 270 lives, should not be released on compassionate grounds or granted a transfer to a Libyan jail but should die in prison.

    The statement comes after Mrs Clinton’s private phone call to Mr MacAskill last week to warn him against agreeing to either of the requests lodged by al-Megrahi, who is terminally ill with prostate cancer. Mrs Clinton was spurred to intervene again after the High Court in Edinburgh ruled yesterday that al-Megrahi could withdraw his legal attempt to clear his name, removing one procedural hurdle to his return to his homeland.

    “I just think it is absolutely wrong to release someone who has been imprisoned based on the evidence about his involvement in such a horrendous crime,” said Mrs Clinton, a former Senator for New York State from where many of the Lockerbie victims were drawn. “We are still encouraging the Scottish authorities not to do so and we hope that they will not.”

    Mr MacAskill has said that he will make a decision within two weeks but there has been concern in Scotland at the apparent attempts to pressurise him. Members of the Scottish Parliament have asked unsuccessfully for Holyrood to be recalled to debate the Lockerbie case.

    Alex Salmond, the Scottish First Minister, said that he trusted Mr MacAskill to reach an impartial decision in the interests of justice and said that there would be “no consideration of international power politics or anything else”.

    Yesterday the High Court heard evidence from al-Megrahi’s legal team that he is close to death and meets the Scottish judicial guidelines for release on compassionate grounds. “Up-to-date medical reports from three eminent experts also concurred in the view that he has a very aggressive cancer, that his condition is grave and that the prognosis is extremely limited,” said Margaret Scott, al-Megrahi’s QC. She emphasised that time was running out as “serious” health complications were “certain to arrive” in the very near future for al-Megrahi, who was very weak and in distress with severe pain.

    The 57-year-old Libyan was convicted in 2001 of taking part in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which was blown up over the small Scottish town of Lockerbie a few minutes into its flight from London to New York on December 21, 1988. All 259 people aboard, including 189 Americans, and 11 people on the ground died as the flaming wreckage smashed into houses and farmland.

    The prospect of al-Megrahi’s release has sharply divided the families of the victims. Some American families argue that the Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, would feel vindicated if the convicted bomber were allowed to return. “He should remain in prison,” said Susan Cohen of Cape May Courthouse, New Jersey, whose 20-year-old daughter, Theodora, died in the attack. “If al-Megrahi is released there will be no tangible evidence left that this ever happened. It’s kind of a way of obliterating it.”

    Joanne Hartunian of Delmar, New York, said that she would “have a hard time dealing with” al-Megrahi’s release. Her daughter, Lynne, a student at the State University of New York at Oswego, died aboard Flight 103. “He wants to die with his family. My daughter didn’t get to die with her family,” Mrs Hartunian said.

    But the relatives of some British victims, who doubt the safety of his conviction, want him to be released on compassionate grounds. They said that his appeal should be continued, even after his death, as a way of uncovering more information about the bombing. “By abandoning his appeal, we the families will be robbed of the opportunity to find justice,” said the Rev John Mosey, whose daughter Helga died aboard Flight 103. Rev Mosey said that he was “85 per cent sure” that al-Megrahi was not guilty. The Libyan’s lawyers have argued that the attack was the result of an Iranian-financed Palestinian plot.

    Some former intelligence agents involved in the hunt for the Lockerbie bombers have cast doubt on the safety of al-Megrahi’s conviction. Robert Bear, a former US spy, said yesterday that the Libyan was largely convicted on what he said was perjured evidence from Tony Gauci, a shopkeeper who claimed to have recognised al-Megrahi as the man who bought a random assortment of clothes later found to have been packed around the bomb in a suitcase that exploded in the hold of flight 103. Mr Bear claimed that the roles of Iran, which was seeking vengeance from the US for the shooting down of a crowded Iranian passenger jet, and of Syria, both sponsors of terrorism, were not fully examined before al-Megrahi’s trial at a special criminal court in The Hague because of a climate of secrecy between different arms of US intelligence.

    timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article6801549.ece

  78. As today is President Clinton’s birthday, I just want to say:

    Happy Birthday to Bill Clinton, a true gentleman and scholar. 🙂

  79. AUGUST 19, 2009
    By JONATHAN WEISMAN

    White House Rethinks How It Sells Health Overhaul
    More Emotional Appeal May Surface as Obama’s Backers Criticize Him for Focusing on Regulatory Details Instead of Lofty Themes
    Overhauling the overhaul? This stuff is becoming both too funny and too hard to satirize, the reality resembling Franz Kafka meets Lewis Carroll down the rabbit-hole
    How many times can you shift your sales pitch before everyone sees you as “shifty”? Looks like we are going to find out between now and the Labor Day demonstrations by the unions AGAINST the non-existent “plan”

    “…Obama campaign officials ridiculed Hillary Clinton’s efforts to line up Washington power brokers behind her. Now, the White House boasts of having interest groups and the health-care industry — from the AARP to drug makers to health insurers — in support of health-care changes.

    White House officials disagree with much of the criticism, saying a campaign message is different from a legislative push that requires cooperating with interest groups. Democratic officials involved in the White House health-care push said details that can be ducked by a candidate can’t be avoided by a president. They say the message on improving health insurance is getting through.

    But polling indicates the current White House tack is in trouble. An NBC News poll released Tuesday continues to show 41% supporting the way Mr. Obama is handling health-care reform; 47% disapprove. In April, 33% wanted a complete overhaul of the U.S. health-care system. That is down to 21%. Now, 31% said they want only minor changes, up from 21% in April.

    “Everybody’s very nervous,” a senior Democratic leadership aide in Congress said Tuesday. Members of Congress have been asking for the five words they need to explain the health-care imperative, the equivalent of “It’s the economy, stupid,” the aide said.”

    Or as Forrest Gump so aptly stated, “Stupid is as stupid does”…

    Read the whole article here

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125064215795641841.html

  80. We on Hill44 must continue to comment on every statement and every stop that she makes.She is the only person qualified to be the
    President of this once great country and it is now caught up in the worst kind of racial tactics that Obama and his handlers can devise.After watching and listening to F&F for the passed days,it disgusts me to hear the news distorted and framed to ridicule Bill and Hillary.Hannity,Morris,Doozey and the big blowhard O’Realy,they should be labeled as subversives and traitors
    as they try to destroy our democracy
    and political system that has served us so well since the founders had the foresight to see what greed and evil intent could destroy us as a nation.
    So let us load the Big Pink with Hillary and her activities,24/7.

    By ABM90. Time is now or we will never get him out of office and rid the
    WH of this horrible infestation of vermin

  81. Michael Goodwin is the biggest scumbag in New York City. Lest we forget he is the one who got on national news screaming that Hillary’s reference to RFK meant she was waiting for the same fate to befall Bambi. Plus he is a goofy looking motherfucker. If his head were a golf ball, I might be lured out of retirement from that lifetime exercise in futility, that good walk spoiled, etc.

  82. tsk. tsk.

    …His mishandling of the entire process has been evident from the beginning. He was giving nothing but empty and ineffective speeches that contained no details, or direction, he never had a plan, never gave direction to congress, never drew a line in the sand or threw down markers. He seemed to be more Billy Mays than president, a pitch man with no specifics, nothing definitive, and when the Republicans got tough he was ready to give up the centerpeice to healthcare reform. It hasnt been a pretty sight.

    But the one who has paid the biggest price is Obama himself who has made himself virtually irrelevant. He has been in essence abandoned by his own party which has repudiated him on his efforts to drop the public option….

    w w w.examiner.com/x-6572-NY-Obama-Administration-Examiner~y2009m8d19-As-Obama-abandoned-the-public-option-Democrats-abandoned-Obama?#comments

  83. When even huffanpuff is calling you out on your double-talk…

    White House Denying Its Own Health Care Concession: AP Fact Check

    “WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has indicated a willingness to drop a government-run health care plan from any overhaul. The White House says that’s not a shift. Actually, it is…”

    CLAIM: “I challenge you guys all to go back and see what we’ve said about this over the course of many, many, many, many months, and you’ll find a boring consistency to our rhetoric,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters.
    THE FACTS: During the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama said a new public plan should offer comprehensive insurance similar to that available to federal employees.

    In the first half of the year, Obama said repeatedly in speeches, weekly radio and Internet addresses and town halls that he wants a health care overhaul that has a taxpayer-funded public health insurance option. He has said the plan would compete with private insurance to keep costs down.

    “That’s why any plan I sign must include an insurance exchange: a one-stop shopping marketplace where you can compare the benefits, cost and track records of a variety of plans – including a public option to increase competition and keep insurance companies honest – and choose what’s best for your family,” he said on July 18.

    And in a June 3 letter to Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Obama said: “I strongly believe that Americans should have the choice of a public health insurance option operating alongside private plans. This will give them a better range of choices, make the health care market more competitive and keep insurance companies honest.”

    When Obama hedged this weekend in Colorado – and other administration officials followed suit – liberals cried foul and the White House insisted that the rhetoric hadn’t shifted.

    “Must include” became “whether we have it or don’t have it.”

    Gibbs repeated the claim, however, in a meeting with reporters Tuesday morning, saying news stories suggesting the administration was ready to abandon the public option were overblown.

    Gibbs said there was no intention to indicate a change in policy. “If it was a signal, it was a dog whistle we started blowing weeks ago.”

    you can get the rest at huffanpuff…I can’t bring myself to post the link…

  84. He’s a millstone around the neck of the democratic party…

    From Politico;

    The percentage of Americans who hold a favorable view of the Democratic Party has slipped below 50 percent for the first time since President Barack Obama took office, according to a new Pew Research Center
    poll released Wednesday.

    Only 49 percent of Americans now hold a favorable view of the Democratic Party, down from 62 percent in the same poll shortly after Obama assumed office. Democratic favorable ratings hovered around 60 percent as recently as April, when 59 percent of those polled held a favorable view.

    The national survey of 2,010 adults conducted Aug. 11-17 also found that 51 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s job performance with 37 percent disapproving. Independents split 45 percent-43 percent in approving of the president’s performance.

    While Democratic numbers have plunged, the GOP has yet to see any uptick among voters. Only 40 percent of those polled held a favorable view of the Republican Party, a number which Pew noted “has not changed all year.”

    In addition, a growing number of Americans believe Obama and Republican leaders are not working together to address the problems facing the nation. Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) think the two groups are not working together, compared to 50 percent in June.

    The number of Americans who blame Obama for not working with GOP leaders is also on the rise. Among those polled, 17 percent blamed the president, up from 12 percent in June. But even more (29 percent) held GOP leaders responsible for not working together, up from 26 percent in February.

  85. Mrs. Smith Says:
    August 19th, 2009 at 12:47 am
    rgb44hrc:

    Check back in the previous thread to the very last post..
    &&&&&&

    Thanks for your acknowledgment.

  86. Happy Birthday to the greatest President of my lifetime, William Jefferson Clinton!!! God bless you, Hillary, Chelsea as you have served our nation and world as no others.

  87. to expand on moononpluto’s story up thread regarding Axelrod’s conflict of interest in the wheeling and dealing behind O’s so called ‘health reform”

    politico.com/news/stories/0809/26240.html

    David Axelrod’s ties targeted in health fight

    Critics of President Obama’s health-care overhaul are zeroing in on his senior adviser David Axelrod, whose former partners at a Chicago-based firm are the beneficiaries of huge ad buys — now at $24 million and counting — by White House allies in the reform fight.

    The unwelcome scrutiny, largely from Republicans, comes at an inopportune time as Obama seeks to shore up support for health care reform. It revolves around two separate $12 million ad campaigns advocating Obama’s health care plan that were produced and placed partly by AKPD Message and Media, a firm founded by Axelrod that employs his son and still owes Axelrod $2 million.

    A separate firm, GMMB, is also handling the campaigns. Both AKPD and GMMB did millions of dollars of work on Obama’s presidential campaign, continue to tout their connections to the campaign and still maintain close ties to his inner circle.

    The two firms were hired to make the health-care ads by a pair of linked coalitions supporting Obama’s health-care overhaul proposal — Healthy Economy Now and a newer offshoot unveiled last week called Americans for Stable Quality Care.

    The Associated Press reported this month that Healthy Economy Now paid AKPD and GMMB to produce a $12 million national ad campaign echoing White House talking points supporting the health care overhaul.

    And a spokesman for Americans for Stable Quality Care, which essentially supplanted the now-defunct Healthy Economy Now, confirmed that it is using the two Obama-linked firms to produce and air a separate $12 million ad campaign launched Thursday designed to shore up support among the conservative House Blue Dog Democrats and to target swing senators. The ad, which is airing in a dozen states, is the opening salvo in a campaign planned for this fall that will cost tens of millions of dollars more.

    The coalitions are a strange-bedfellows mix of business, labor and health care groups including the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (better known as PhRMA), the American Medical Association, the Service Employees International Union and the liberal group FamiliesUSA.

    Neither coalition would reveal how much AKPD or GMMB was paid for its work on the ads. The firms will likely net only a fraction of the $24 million total campaign price tag, but — unlike with election campaign spending — there are no mandatory reporting requirements for such so-called issue advocacy.

    Some of the Healthy Economy Now ads began airing in June, around the time PhRMA was negotiating with the Senate Finance Committee on an eventual agreement to win the drug lobby’s support for a health care overhaul by capping the costs the drug industry would absorb to $80 billion over 10 years.

    The deal, which was blessed by the White House, has angered some progressive activists and liberal House Democrats, who until recently counted Big Pharma as both an impediment to health care reform efforts and a Republican-aligned lobby.

    Republicans are aggressively seeking to capitalize on the AKPD connection, and the House Republican Conference distributed a one-page talking points memo Tuesday asserting the White House-PhRMA deal raises “serious questions as to whether the drug lobby is helping to bankroll a multimillion dollar severance package for one of the President’s senior advisers.”

    The memo points out that the drug industry will profit handsomely from the deal and asks whether Axelrod “recused himself from the PhRMA ‘deal,’ or will he work to defend an agreement with an industry that is directly funding his son’s work, and indirectly funding his own $2 million severance package?”

    article continues…

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

    and people wonder why there is no trust in this admin…the one that wanted to ‘ram’ this thru in mid-august before any American had the chance to see how slimy and opportunistic these people are…

  88. washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/17/AR2009081703035.html

    Unemployment Spike Compounds Foreclosure Crisis

    By Renae Merle
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Tuesday, August 18, 2009

    The country’s growing unemployment is overtaking subprime mortgages as the main driver of foreclosures, according to bankers and economists, threatening to send even higher the number of borrowers who will lose their homes and making the foreclosure crisis far more complicated to unwind.

    Economists estimate that 1.8 million borrowers will lose their homes this year, up from 1.4 million last year, according to Moody’s Economy.com. And the government, which has already committed billions of dollars to foreclosure-prevention efforts, has found it far more difficult to help people who have lost their paychecks than those whose mortgage payments became unaffordable because of an interest-rate increase.

    “It’s a much harder nut to crack, unemployment,” said Mark A. Calabria, director of financial regulation studies at the Cato Institute. “It’s much easier to bash lenders than to create jobs.”

    During the first three months of this year, the largest share of foreclosures shifted from subprime loans to prime loans, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The change to prime loans — traditionally considered safer — reflects the growing numbers of unemployed who are being caught up in the foreclosure process, economists say.

    Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, has proposed using $2 billion in government rescue funding to provide emergency loans to these borrowers. “We are going to be seeing more foreclosures because of prolonged unemployment,” he said. “These are people who weren’t in trouble and wouldn’t be in trouble if they hadn’t lost their job.”

    Unlike the borrowers with subprime mortgages who helped ignite the housing downturn more than two years ago, Deepak Malla, 42, fell behind on his payments when his information technology job was shipped overseas late last year. He does not have a subprime loan, and he made a 20 percent down payment when he bought his five-bedroom house in Ashburn in 2005. The payments were affordable — until he lost his job.

    Last year, about 40 percent of borrowers who sought help at NeighborWorks, a large housing counseling group, cited unemployment or a pay cut as a primary reason for their delinquency. Now it is about 65 percent. The number citing a subprime loan fell significantly.

    “Rising unemployment, for the sake of this downturn, has magnified things considerably,” said John Snyder, manager of foreclosure programs for NeighborWorks. “It’s less about the payment adjustment.”

    …article continues…

    ************************
    no brainer for average, everyday folks…

    O does not even notice…just flits to everything but what is critically effecting the people and the economy…barely ever mentions…in his own ‘la, la land’…

  89. Fox News has a poll asking if Hillary is still being marginalized. I wish they would give it a rest, but the bots have invaded big time and the votes are skewered.

    foxnews.com/opinion/2009/08/19/hillary-marginalized/

  90. Here’s the Schister Meister planning to fertilize his own grass roots and crap on eveyone else’s:

    The President is holding a live health care reform strategy meeting on Thursday at 2:30 pm EST. He’ll lay out our strategy and message going forward, and he’ll answer questions from SEIU activists and supporters like you.

    Click here to RSVP and submit a question for President Obama: [http://my].barackobama.com/forum

    It’s impossible for me to tell you in an email how proud I am of the work SEIU members and health care activists are doing to advance real health reform. Everywhere Congress goes, we’re there to meet them. It’s driving our opponents crazy; I think that means we’re doing something right.

    I’m sure SEIU gained big in the Porkulus.
    Know ACORN was bussed to Kittanning PA. They received Porkulus as well, right?
    What a convoluted SOB this guy is.

    [http://]gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/

  91. Sorry about failing the spam test. Will try this.

    Here’s the Schister Meister planning to fertilize his own grass roots and crap on eveyone else’s:

    The President is holding a live health care reform strategy meeting on Thursday at 2:30 pm EST. He’ll lay out our strategy and message going forward, and he’ll answer questions from SEIU activists and supporters like you.

    Click here to RSVP and submit a question for President Obama: my dot barackobama.com/forum (no w’s)

    It’s impossible for me to tell you in an email how proud I am of the work SEIU members and health care activists are doing to advance real health reform. Everywhere Congress goes, we’re there to meet them. It’s driving our opponents crazy; I think that means we’re doing something right.

    I’m sure SEIU gained big in the Porkulus.
    Know ACORN was bussed to Kittanning PA. They received Porkulus as well, right?
    What a convoluted SOB this guy is.

    gatewaypundit dot blogspot.com (no w’s)

  92. S Says:
    August 19th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Unemployment Spike Compounds Foreclosure Crisis

    The country’s growing unemployment is overtaking subprime mortgages as the main driver of foreclosures, according to bankers and economists, threatening to send even higher the number of borrowers who will lose their homes and making the foreclosure crisis far more complicated to unwind.
    &&&&&

    Further proof that Obama is a Miracle Worker!!!

    The stimulus plan is a raging success!!!

    Everybody loves him. Approval ratings at 92%!

    A firm hand, a level head, at the helm.

  93. I would hardly call a 3 week trip overseas with her face all over the country being marginalized.

    Dick Morris is behind a lot of the Fox News stuff regarding Hillary.

    Dick hates Hillary and there are several stories as to why.

    I hope Bill and Hillary both stay out of this health care reform mess. This mess is nothing like what Bill and Hillary hoped for for our country.

    Bill, take thyself to thy foundation and find plenty of charity work.

    Hillary, stay busy with your SOS duties and your vacation and Chelsea’s wedding.

    Stay the fuck as far away as possible from the idiot in the white house.

  94. Ex-ACORN Vegas director to testify against group

    By OSKAR GARCIA Associated Press Writer

    A former Las Vegas director for a political advocacy group accused of illegally paying canvassers to register voters during last year’s presidential campaign has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge and agreed to testify against the group and another employee.

    Christopher Edwards pleaded guilty this week to two gross misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to commit the crime of compensation for registration of voters. He agreed to testify against the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, known as ACORN, and Amy Busefink, a former regional voter registration director.

    The case threatens the group’s ability to operate in Nevada, with the possibility that the group could have its status as a nonprofit corporation revoked, said Conrad Hafen, chief deputy attorney general for Nevada.

    Hafen’s said Edwards’ testimony strengthens the state’s case against ACORN and Busefink.

    “It adds to the evidence that we already have,” Hafen said Wednesday. “It makes a strong case that much stronger.”

    Busefink’s lawyer, Kevin Stolworthy, said she plans to fight the charges. A lawyer for ACORN did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment from The Associated Press.

    Prosecutors said in court documents that Edwards, Busefink and ACORN created a bonus incentive program that paid canvassers an extra $5 per shift if they turned in at least 21 voter registration cards at the end of the day. Prosecutors said violates state laws that prevent a system that pays workers based on the number of registrations they turn in.

    Stolworthy said Busefink, now living in Seminole, Fla., told Edwards not to use the so-called “blackjack” plan but he did anyway.

    “When she found out about it she told him to stop,” Stolworthy said. “This guy was the instigator of this and the person who dreamed it up and they’re giving him a break to go after others who told him not to do it.”

    Edwards is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 17. Under the plea deal, prosecutors are recommending that he receive informal probation, pay a $500 fine and perform 16 hours of community service.

    The case is the result of an investigation that began last year into the group that works to get low-income people to vote.

    In October, the secretary of state’s office raided an ACORN office in Las Vegas after complaints surfaced that the group was turning in bogus voter registration forms. Secretary of State Ross Miller said at the time that some of the registrations included forms for football stars Tony Romo, Terrell Owens and the Dallas Cowboys starting lineup.

    ACORN officials at the time said they separated and identified registrations that they thought were fraudulent when they turned them into the Clark County registrar. The group said the law prevented them from withholding registrations they thought were fake.

  95. I just watched a portion of the funeral for Eunice Kennedy. Maria Shriver said she as a trailblazer and that her mother told her she was born into a man’s world and that she could still achieve whatever she wanted. I also read in another post in the last few weeks that Joe Kennedy thought that Eunice really had the right stuff to be POTUS but she was born a woman so that killed it. So if Eunice thought a woman could be anything she wanted WHY did she not endorse Hillary?? Could someone pls answer this question. I am not a Kennedy watcher, but I can’t help but wonder WHY she would not endorse Hillary.

    I realize the Rethugs have demonized Hillary to the point of no return, but she turned all that around in the primary, so would she not back Hillary?? I have my own opinion, but I am still convincing myself that it is plausible.

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