Lift The Rock, Find Obama

August is traditionally the month for re-runs on television. We’re seeing a lot of re-runs of many earlier Big Pink articles this August – some from more than 2 years ago – before the voting even began in the then Democratic (pre Dimocratic) Primaries.

Some of the biggest and most respected “liberal” hornblowers for Obama are only now discovering the full ugliness which is Barack Obama and his Chicago Circus of Crime and Corruption.

Jane Hamsher at the ballyhooed Firedoglake is beginning to discover the treacheries of Obama:

You can see the fingerprints n the deals that they made: the $150 million PhRMA was spending on ads for health care reform, the $2.5 million they spent helping vulnerable freshmen, and the total fury that Boehner has unleashed on PhRMA and other stakeholders for making deals with the White House.

People make a mistake when they think the battle for health care reform is about ideology, because it’s not. It’s about who controls K Street and the cash that flows from it, which could fund a 2010 GOP resurgenece — or not.

Yup, it’s another Obama scam Jane, and those who elected him bear responsibility.

The GOP needs the money of PhRMA and other disgruntled businesses to fund its 2010 war chest. Just as it was during the bank bailout, the goal of the White House was clear: more important than saving the financial system was keeping the financial institutions happy and stop them from financing Republicans.

Who would think that way? Whose primary objective would be to keep anyone from funding a GOP ascendancy, to sell out health care reform worth billions for a hundred fifty million in pro-reform advertising? Who would think to ask PhRMA to run ads in the districts of vulnerable freshmen, as well as Blue Dog Mike Ross, who is anything BUT vulnerable? Certainly not some policy wonk.

But ask yourself — would consider it a victory to use the “public plan” as little more than a political pawn with which to threaten stakeholders and force them to stay at the table, with no thought as to the emotional and moral consequences suffered by the people who had pinned their hope on having one?

Jane blames the Jew, in this case Rahm Emanuel, instead of the real bête noire in the drama.

The White House never cared about getting Republican votes — it cared about keeping the Republicans from peeling off the dollars of stakeholders like PhRMA. Giving in to “Republican” demands was cover for writing shitty things into the bill that would keep the stakeholders happy. They didn’t need Republican votes, they never did, and they never truly cared. As long as the money stayed out of their campaign coffers, it was all good.

Blame the Jew Jane, but the corruption comes from Obama.

Glenn Greenwald, a generally good guy, is regurgitating earlier Big Pink articles too disguised as “news”.

Over the past decade, the Democratic Party has specialized in offering up one excuse after the next for its collective failures. During the early Bush years, the excuse was that they endorsed Bush policies because his popularity and post-9/11 hysteria made it politically unwise to oppose him. In later Bush years when his popularity plummeted, the excuse was that Democrats were in the minority and could do nothing. After 2006 when they won a Congressional majority, the excuse was that Bush still controlled the White House and had veto power. After 2008 when a Democrat won the White House, the excuse was that Republicans could filibuster.

Now that they have a filibuster-proof majority, a huge margin in the House and the White House, the excuses continue unabated, as Democrats are now on the verge of jettisoning one of the most significant attractions for progressives to the Obama campaign — active government involvement in the health insurance market. The excuses for “compromising” are cascading more rapidly than ever: We need Republican support to ensure it’s bipartisan. The Blue Dogs won’t go along with what we want. Centrist Senators will filibuster. There are similar excuses being made to defend Obama from accusations that he deserves some of the blame for the failure of the “public option.” Matt Yglesias makes the typical case for shielding Obama from any responsibility:

I think there’s something perverse in the very strong desire I see among liberals to make problems in congress be about anything other than congress. It’s just not in the power of Barack Obama to make the senate anything other than what it is.

I’m really surprised that there’s anyone, especially Matt, who actually believes this — that the Obama White House is merely an impotent, passive observer of what the Democrats in Congress do and can’t be expected to do anything to secure votes for approval of the health care bill it favors.

Greenwald finally gets to the crux of the hall of mirrors treacheries by Obama:

The attempt to attract GOP support was the pretext which Democrats used to compromise continuously and water down the bill. But — given the impossibility of achieving that goal — isn’t it fairly obvious that a desire for GOP support wasn’t really the reason the Democrats were constantly watering down their own bill? Given the White House’s central role in negotiating a secret deal with the pharmaceutical industry, its betrayal of Obama’s clear promise to conduct negotiations out in the open (on C-SPAN no less), Rahm’s protection of Blue Dogs and accompanying attacks on progressives, and the complete lack of any pressure exerted on allegedly obstructionists “centrists,” it seems rather clear that the bill has been watered down, and the “public option” jettisoned, because that’s the bill they want — this was the plan all along.

The Obama White House isn’t sitting impotently by while Democratic Senators shove a bad bill down its throat. This is the bill because this is the bill which Democratic leaders are happy to have. It’s the bill they believe in. As important, by giving the insurance and pharmaceutical industries most everything they want, it ensures that the GOP doesn’t become the repository for the largesse of those industries (and, converesly, that the Democratic Party retains that status).

These trumpeted epiphanies by the Greenwalds and the Hamshers and the rest of the Obama enablers are a pretext too. What’s left of the Dimocratic Left is trying to wash the responsibility for Obama from their hands. The hypocritical Dimocratic Left is busy in a Stalinist rewrite of history.

All those that thought we here at Big Pink were too harsh or too focused on “the negative” are now busy rewriting old Big Pink articles. Remember when we wrote about the fools who buy penis extension products? Remember our longest title ever? [Grand Unified Theory: The Obama Scams And The Dimocrat Scams Exposed (And Why You Can Ignore The Side Stories Like – Nancy Pelosi, Notre Dame, Torture, Gay Rights, The CIA, Wall Street, GM, Chrysler, Guantanamo, Cheney, Military Tribunals, FISA, Renditions, Abortion Rights, Universal Health Care, Swine Flu, Immigration, The Environment, Foreign Policy, The Economy, Inflation, Deflation, Unemployment, TARP, Credit Cards, Israel, Russia, China, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Debt, Deficits, and The Supreme Court)] Excerpts from that earlier article which only now the “brains” of the Dimocratic Left are discovering:

The Extenz boys are not alone in their embarrassment. As we have written repeatedly, after the nomination was gifted to Obama by Dean/Pelosi/Brazile/Kennedy/Kerry, and the big electoral choices for most Americans became Obama and McCain, we wanted the Dimocrats to have uncontrolled power over the national government.

We wanted that because Americans need to see how nakedly corrupt the Obama Dimocratic Party is and how they only care about themselves. We understood that for Americans to see the thorough corruption that the once great Democratic Party has decayed into there could be no excuses – the Dimocrats needed to have undisputed, uncontrolled power. Like those Extenz users, the voters had to experience the ineffective flaccid crew they had just elected.

Supermajorities? We laughed at the transparent fakeness of it all:

After decades of saying they needed undisputed control of the government before they could do what they promised now they are saying even the super-majority is not enough.

Recall after the 2006 elections when many thought that election meant no funding of the Iraq war? Didn’t happen. The reason given was “not enough votes”. Fair enough, there were not sufficient votes with George W. Bush in the White House. Now the Dimocrats have all the votes they ever wanted and still that is not enough.

We still think, as we wrote then that This Obama Dimocratic Party appears only willing to fight for themselves and the big offices and spoils which go to the majority

On May Day we wrote:

Why don’t the Dimocrats pass now what they have been promising for years? [snip]

We’ll ponder all the promises Democrats have made over the years – and how the Dimocrats in the White House and in Congress can, but won’t [hint: they rather have the issues still alive so they can continue to fundraise off controversy] fulfill all those long promised promises – on another day.

It was always about the money and career advancement for Barack Obama.

Why won’t the Dimocrats do what they have been saying they would do for decades? Because the fundraising must go on. The money must flow. The promises must be broken. [snip]

Money might then flow to opponents.

Dimocrats also understand that they didn’t really mean all that stuff they said – that was only meant for the gullible.

We’re very sorry to inform the Dimocratic Left that universal health care died in Denver close to a year ago. Jane and Glenn must have missed it when we wrote:

Hillary supporters who fought for Hillary as the best vehicle to get universal health care now oppose health care – who’da thunk it? How can it be explained? What’s going on here? How can this be?

Think of it this way: A hungry person gets two invitations for dinner. The first invitation is from Julia Child. The second invitation is from Jeffrey Dahmer.

With the first invitation from Julia Child (a.k.a. Hillary Clinton) the hungry person is sure to get a delicious nutritious dinner from an experienced and knowledgeable and trustworthy cook who knows the pitfalls of the kitchen. With the second invitation from Jeffrey Dahmer (a.k.a. Barack Obama) the hungry person will be on the table as the dinner.

Health care was/is issue #1 for Hillary supporters but we know, for all the publicity stunts and all the hoopla and bamboozlement, real health care reform died when Hillary was denied the Democratic nomination. Now the Dimocratic Left is republishing as new what was known to Hillary supporters long ago.

The response from the Dimocratic Left has been to denigrate those who were not sticking themselves with syringes loaded with death-dealing Hopium.

The valiant Gene Lyons is still making excuses for Obama but he has one bit of good advice for the Hopium addled:

For every dogmatic tough guy who’s channeling some talk-radio blowhard, there are many citizens who give every outward indication of being scared witless.

Video of a town hall meeting with Democratic House members at Arkansas Children’s Hospital showed protesters trembling with emotion. Writing in the Washington Post, historian Rick Perlstein (“Nixonland”) noticed the same thing: “The quiver on the lips of the man pushing the wheelchair, the crazed risk of carrying a pistol around a president – too heartfelt to be an act.” [snip]

Too often, the Democratic response goes something like this: “The claims can be debunked a million times and it would make not one bit of difference to them. They hate President Obama, most of them are racists, and they are out to destroy him. They are irrational (barely) human beings with no conscience.”

Persuasive, don’t you think? [snip]

What’s needed, however, is a strong counter-narrative informing voters that they’re being had: conned, tricked and manipulated by, yes, New York, Washington and Hollywood “media elites” who lie for money. Vulgar? You bet. It’s called “populism,” and it once dominated the very states where talk-radio bombast now holds sway.

No, the argument can’t be won overnight. On the other hand, it can’t be won at all by calling people stupid racists.

Someday Gene will realize that Americans are “conned, tricked and manipulated by, yes, New York, Washington and Hollywood “media elites” who lie for money” and that the master flim-flam con man who manipulates with the assistance of Big Media elites is Barack Obama and his Dimocratic Party.

No doubt Gene, and Jane and Glenn will attack the old liberal Nat Hentoff for writing that indeed there are “death panels” and in Hentoff’s words “I am finally scared of a White House administration.”

Writes old liberal Hentoff:

I was not intimidated during J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI hunt for reporters like me who criticized him. I railed against the Bush-Cheney war on the Bill of Rights without blinking. But now I am finally scared of a White House administration. President Obama’s desired health care reform intends that a federal board (similar to the British model) — as in the Center for Health Outcomes Research and Evaluation in a current Democratic bill — decides whether your quality of life, regardless of your political party, merits government-controlled funds to keep you alive. Watch for that life-decider in the final bill. It’s already in the stimulus bill signed into law. [snip]

No matter what Congress does when it returns from its recess, rationing is a basic part of Obama’s eventual master health care plan. Here is what Obama said in an April 28 New York Times interview (quoted in Washington Times July 9 editorial) in which he describes a government end-of-life services guide for the citizenry as we get to a certain age, or are in a certain grave condition. Our government will undertake, he says, a “very difficult democratic conversation” about how “the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives are accounting for potentially 80 percent of the total health care” costs.

This end-of-life consultation has been stripped from the Senate Finance Committee bill because of democracy-in-action town-hall outcries but remains in three House bills.[snip]

Condemning the furor at town-hall meetings around the country as “un-American,” Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are blind to truly participatory democracy — as many individual Americans believe they are fighting, quite literally, for their lives.

Liberal hero Greg Palast comes in too late to the fight. Air America, whose “liberal” hosts attacked and slashed at Hillary with obscenities now are uncomfortable with Barack Obama and his Chicago Circus of Crime and Corruption. RedDragon62 got the video:

“It makes me puke that we have just been Cheneyed by a guy named Barack Obama!”

We started writing about the Barack Obama Chicago Circus of Crime and Corruption more than two years ago, alone and criticized for not being “nice”. For the Janes, and Glenns, and Gregs, and Hentoff’s to catch on to reality this late in the fight is more than a shame.

It’s not about who wrote what first however. What matters is that Americans must find out that when you lift the rock, you find Obama.


88 thoughts on “Lift The Rock, Find Obama

  1. The very respected Charlie Cook is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. He’ll catch up with the numbers by next November then boast about how right he is. We believe the House is ripe for takeover next year.

    Charlie Cook, one of the best political handicappers in the business, sent out a special update to Cook Political Report subscribers Thursday that should send shivers down Democratic spines.

    Reviewing recent polling and the 2010 election landscape, Cook can envision a scenario in which Democratic House losses could exceed 20 seats.

    “These data confirm anecdotal evidence, and our own view, that the situation this summer has slipped completely out of control for President Obama and Congressional Democrats. Today, The Cook Political Report’s Congressional election model, based on individual races, is pointing toward a net Democratic loss of between six and 12 seats, but our sense, factoring in macro-political dynamics is that this is far too low,” he wrote.

    “Many veteran Congressional election watchers, including Democratic ones, report an eerie sense of déjà vu, with a consensus forming that the chances of Democratic losses going higher than 20 seats is just as good as the chances of Democratic losses going lower than 20 seats.”

    Cook scrupulously avoided any mention that Democratic control of the House is in jeopardy but, noting a new Gallup poll showing Congress’ job disapproval at 70 percent among independents, concluded that the post-recess environment could feel considerably different than when Congress left in August.

    “We believe it would be a mistake to underestimate the impact that this mood will have on Members of Congress of both parties when they return to Washington in September, if it persists through the end of the Congressional recess.”

  2. Admin, Great article! No one will ever trust a liar and a cheater. Claire McCaskill learned that the hard way when she asked if anyone trusted her, they didn’t. No one does. There is too much cheating and lying going on.

  3. Wbboei, Oh yeah, we could had those blue eyes. I have to say I have seen Hillary in person and those blue eyes are piercing and absolutely gorgeous. WHen giving a speech she comes off as totally honest and people can see that. What they are seeing now is how Odrama is dishonest!

  4. Excellent post, you keep outdoing yourself Admin and when I quote you I actually sound intelligent. The video from a liberal site is spot on , I sent it viral. They must hear the words coming out of de-toxed botheads

  5. Ms Miller desired a scathing reply and I sent her one for her obvious slant. Poor John, just doing the noble thing. Why won’t these woman just get over it? Can’t we all just get along …and screw each other and maybe let the middle aged woman dissolve into soylent green or something, just fade away you old hag, John is doing the ‘honorable” thing and you are just so into yourself you , racist, bitter (you bet), bible thumping, gun clinging OLD HAG! Never mind the John is over 50, he’s cute and if he will call me I will screw him too!!!!!

    Emily MillerContributor
    John Edwards Moves Rielle Hunter Nearby, and Elizabeth Packs Her Bags, National Enquirer Reports
    Posted: 08/19/09Filed Under:Democrats, John Edwards, Scandal 473 Comments + Join the discussion »TEXT SIZE:AAAPRINT SHARE John Edwards is moving his ex-mistress, Rielle Hunter, and her 18-month-old daughter to his neighborhood in North Carolina so that he can take an active role in the baby’s life, according to a report in the National Enquirer.

    “John’s admitted to his family and close friends that he’s the father of Frances. He says he wants to be a part of her life and help raise his daughter,” says a source cited in the Enquirer article.

    The former senator and Democrat presidential candidate has denied publicly that he is the father of Frances. But as I wrote last week, the Enquirer, citing sources, reported that a DNA test proved Edwards’ paternity, and lawyers for Hunter and Edwards had begun negotiating child support payments.

    Edwards is expected to publicly admit he is the father of Hunter’s daughter before the end of the grand jury investigation into his campaign finances, according to News.

    Now, it seems that Edwards wants more than a financial relationship with his daughter, and possibly her mother, because they are reportedly moving to live near him against his wife’s wishes.

    “John is definitely behind Rielle’s move to Wilmington,” the source, described as an insider, told the Enquirer. “There’s absolutely no way that he didn’t approve or arrange her moving closer to him — it’s all part of his new plan to do the right thing.”

    Elizabeth Edwards has said in interviews that she did not know the girl’s paternity and would never say the name of her husband’s mistress. When Edwards told his wife that he is moving Hunter and Frances to Wilmington, near his $2.6 million waterfront mansion, Elizabeth was furious, according to the Enquirer, and started to pack a suitcase to move out of the house.

    “Elizabeth was hit with an overwhelming one-two punch,” another source told the Enquirer. “She’s always figured the child may be John’s, but the positive DNA result really floored her. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, John told Elizabeth he needed to be in his daughter’s life — and that Rielle was moving to North Carolina.

    “He told Elizabeth he was tired of all the lies, and that’s why he was ready to publicly admit Frances is his baby,” the source said.

    Hunter was seen in North Carolina two weeks ago, entering a courthouse carrying her baby and leaving nine hours later. She apparently was there to testify before a federal grand jury, which is investigating whether Edwards broke campaign finance laws by allegedly paying off Hunter and aide Andrew Young, who claimed paternity of the child in 2007.

    As much as I feel badly for Elizabeth Edwards, I have to give John Edwards credit for finally accepting his responsibilities.

    Update: Elizabeth Edwards discusses the paternity allegations, her family and her health with Larry King:

  6. Republicans balk at Kennedy proposal to change succession law

    Massachusetts Republicans spoke out today against a proposal by US Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who is battling brain cancer, under which Kennedy’s Senate seat would be filled by an appointment by Democratic Governor Deval Patrick until a special election could be held.

  7. John Edwards is a snake. Elizabeth should kick him out, not the other way around.

    How can someone say that he is doing the right thing, when he is already married? The right thing would be, not to do this, while he is still married to Elizabeth.

  8. TEd seems to think he can have the laws changed at the drop of the hat. Maybe he can, afterall he is a Kennedy and he is dying.

  9. Well I guess if I were Elizabeth Edwards and the mistress is moving next door, I would make sure John was locked in his room at night before going to bed! LOL!! Poor Elizabeth!

  10. just now starting to peek out from under the health care refore debate is all the young people who choose NOT to buy health insurance right now because they figure for whatever reason they don’t need it. Obama will make them buy it .. these same people who worked their asses off for him will have to purchase insurance or pay a fine.

    I don’t have insurance only because I am one of those uninsurables .. I have extensive pre existing conditions BUT I still am against this take over of the health care. There has to be a simple way to help people like me. I’d like to buy into either Medicare or Medicaid at a reasonable price. My hubby is just a few dollars over the limits for me to be eligible for a state medicaid card .. I’m talking $52.00. They don’t take into effect that EVERYTHING is going up.

  11. confloyd Says:

    August 20th, 2009 at 7:32 pm
    Well I guess if I were Elizabeth Edwards and the mistress is moving next door, I would make sure John was locked in his room at night before going to bed! LOL!! Poor Elizabeth!


    She should lock him out and throw away the key!

  12. A couple of things…….

    Ted Kennedy trying to enact healthcare reform when he didnt give the most basic of healthcare to a young woman he drove into the lake strikes me as totally inappropriate and frankly a tad ghoulish.

    Secondly Obama. you trying to drop the blame on republicans saying they are trying to kill of your shitty “bonus for frinds” healthcare package is total BS. Sorry honey, you have a supermajority in the senate and in the house, you don’t need the republicans to pass it, you are just worried that if you do ram it thorugh, its all yours to keep and the republicans will be able to beat you over the head with it for years to come and i hope they do. You have set up this reform to benefit your friends like Axelrod involved in pharmaceuticals, so cut the crap.

    Thirdly Edwards, that lying sack of shit really does give lawyers a bad name and it really does stink to high hell about why or whom made him do what he was doing in the primaries. I hope Elizabeth divorces his ass and cleans him out in the divorce, the SOB deserves no less.

  13. I don’t feel sorry for Elizabeth Edwards. The way they talked about Bill Clinton.
    John and Elizabeth knew about this before John ran for president. He is a snake.

    PAYBACK IS A B####

    I met John Edwards when Kerry ran for president. I had to meet him and take him up to his hotel room. Never cared for him he is all into himself. He is short and thinks he is God’s gift to women. He is not all that.

  14. Once again obama proved that he wasn’t ready on day one. Today he proved once again that he is a failure at leadership and a failure at international diplomacy.

    Where was the moral outrage? The demands? The righteous anger? It wasn’t enough for him to just say he was “disappointed” that the lockerbie monster was released. He should have pushed and pushed harder. Who was he trying to protect? This terrorist and his equally terrorist country?

    Hillary’s hands keep getting tied because of what this bozo is trying to achieve. The lunatics are taking over the asylum big time and he keeps inviting his terrorist friends to the party.

    Shame on him.

  15. It was all about not pissing off Libya.

    Frankly, i’d have had the british pm on hot coals over this and said you release him and you can just about rip up the extradition treaty and co-operation would be cut off.

    so releasing him was a “mistake”, not even a how dare you or any sort of outrage.

    Shame, wtf did we expect from that lilly livered piece of trash.

    Also frankly, i just saw this cnn piece on the supposed “big expose news” of the cia using blackwater in 2004 to track down and kill al qaeda operatives. I have no love for Bush but if those guys tracking down al qaeda saved one single life, then frankly i’m all for it.

    Take notice, the distraction media reports are well underway.

  16. JanH Says:

    August 20th, 2009 at 8:17 pm
    Once again obama proved that he wasn’t ready on day one. Today he proved once again that he is a failure at leadership and a failure at international diplomacy.

    Where was the moral outrage? The demands? The righteous anger? It wasn’t enough for him to just say he was “disappointed” that the lockerbie monster was released

    JanH…Jan, what’s the matter with you? O was busy today…he had a radio show at the white house with that conservative talk show host, Smirconish (sp)…you know the one, the conservative that supported and voted for O and is a shill for him on msnbc…

    come on Jan, give him a break, O doesn’t have time to reflect on international affaris, much less ones that have effected american families…he has to greet his fans everyday…

  17. NotYourSweetieO, we remember that article and wrote about it when it first came out in 2007. We wrote about the same article most recently here:

    It’s important that the article gets circulation because it shows that Obama is doing now what he did then. That’s why we know health care reform died in Denver about a year ago.

    It’s amazing that Big Media has not had a word to say about the history of Obama and his cavorting with insurers.

    The more that article gets circulated the better.

    Thanks for the website link (and welcome):

  18. S,

    What was I thinking? I have so much anger towards this fraud and it just keeps building. If he gets voted in a second term, I’m going to scream!

  19. JanH…you know I was kidding you…but the truth remains…he was too busy doing a, what else?, radio show today…guess he is giving tv appearances a day off…

  20. LOL…S…I know.


    “he managed to gut a meaningful healthcare reform, at a time when Democrats gained control, by siding with the Pharma lobbyists”


    Another lie to add to the others.

  21. Re the healthcare bill and insurance and Big Pharma supporting it.

    To all, need some help. Sorry I don’t have much energy for search and copy and paste lately.

    I’ve been trying to spread a little info elsewhere and here’s a request for cites I just received by email.

    If anyone has cites handy and will email to me at, I’ll send them on (and post them around).

  22. Poor Elizabeth Edwards, my ass. That woman spent months on TV trashing Hillary Clinton when she KNEW her husband, Breck Girl, was a two-timing cad. Don’t you remember how she claimed that Breck would be so much better on women’s issues than Hillary.

    Screw Elizabeth Edwards.

  23. Eswards is a loathsome figure and I feel sorry for his ill wife. While she initially was not lind to Hillary, my impression was by the time NC primary came around she was for Hillary but Breck girl , for reasons we now know, gave O , the baby.

  24. jbstonesfan…check it out…

    Florida poll – Obama approval sinks

    President Obama’s approval rating in Florida has dropped to 47% — the lowest mark he’s received in any state or nationwide polling by Quinnipiac (Aug 12–17, 1136 RV, MoE +/- 2.9%). This includes a drop among Democrats, from 91% to 83%.

    Part of the president’s problem in the Sunshine State — which he won last year — are voters’ feelings about health care. Nearly 60% oppose enacting reform if it “significantly” increases the federal budget deficit, and more than 70% doubt Obama can reform health care without doing so. Just 38% think Obama’s plan will improve health care nationallly; 45% say it will hurt it.

    However, 58% do support creating a government health insurance plan.

    “Although he still gets a 51 – 44 percent favorability rating, that’s down from 62 – 32 percent in June and the President’s 47 – 48 percent thumbs down verdict on his job performance makes Florida the first state in which a Quinnipiac University survey shows his job approval is underwater, even if his nose is right at the surface,” said Quinnipiac assistant director Peter Brown. “This is also the first time that President Obama’s approval rating has fallen below the 51 percent of the popular vote that he won in Florida.”


    At President Obama’s interactive health care strategy meeting on Thursday, the President was asked about healthy eating and how he and his family keeps so fit. Obama went on to praise the idea of getting local foods in schools, and even said he wanted a farmers market right outside the White House.


    So, you know, Michelle set up that garden in the White House?

    One of the things that we’re trying to do now is to figure out, can we get a little farmers’ market — outside of the White House — I’m not going to have all of you all just tromping around inside — (laughter) — but right outside the White House — (laughter) — so that — so that we can — and — and — and that is a win-win situation.

    …a farmers market right outside the White House…!!!

    what’s next? yard sales at the White House…

    can this man trivilize the Presidency any more and find any more distractions to avoid doing his job???

  26. S, Obama says things like the farmer’s market schtick in order to appear hip and so open. But it’s just a ploy to fool the gullible.

    As to the Florida poll, that might be the good news. ABC has a brand new poll. Excerpts below.

    Opposition to Health Care Reform Is on the Rise
    ABC News-Washington Post Poll: 50 Percent Oppose Reform

    Aug. 21, 2009—

    Public doubt about health care reform has grown as the debate’s raged this summer, with a rise in views it would do more harm than good, increasing opposition to a public option  and President Obama’s rating on the issue at a new low in ABC News/Washington Post polls.

    Fewer than half of Americans, 45 percent, support reform as it’s been explained to date, while 50 percent are opposed  with many more “strongly” opposed than strongly in favor, 40 percent vs. 27 percent. Support’s at just 36 percent among independents, the crucial political center.

    Click here for PDF with charts and questionnaire.

    Obama’s approval rating for handling health care has fallen steadily from 57 percent in April to 46 percent today, led by a steep 17-point slide among independents. And expectations he can successfully accomplish reform have dropped further  from 68 percent shortly before he took office to 49 percent now.

    Support for a public option, currently the most contentions element of reform, has fallen from 62 percent in June to 52 percent now; 46 percent are opposed, up 13 points. [snip]

    Health care reform overall, a political sand trap when last attempted in 1993, looks much the same in 2009. In a cautionary note for proponents of reform in marginal congressional districts, more people say they’d be inclined to vote against a candidate who supported reform than to vote for one. That may conjure memories of the Democratic rout of 1994.

    It’s not Obama’s only letdown. While pessimism about the economy’s future has eased, fewer than half give him credit for improving it. Americans disapprove of his handling of the deficit by a record 12-point margin, 53-41 percent. And after sharp gains following last fall’s election, views of the country’s direction have soured; 55 percent say it’s seriously off on the wrong track.

    One additional figure shows the extent to which the Obama star has faded: At his 100-day mark in April, 60 percent of Americans expressed confidence in him “to make the right decisions for the country’s future.” Today, just past 200 days into his presidency, it’s 49 percent.

    This ABC poll has his approval at 57% due to 90% Dimocrat support. This is much higher than most recent polls which have him at 51%

  27. What an idiot. Doesn’t Obama know that Washington’s fresh food open air market (Eastern Market) is just a few blocks from the Capitol?

    The funniest story this year is Michelle Obama photographed planting her garden and then four weeks later photographed harvesting full grown vegetables that some WH staffer had stuck in the ground. It’s all about the photo op.

  28. It is really all about Hillary and her popularity around the world.Our real President.Obama WHO?

    =Travel Diary: A Whirlwind of a Day in Monrovia

    Posted: 20 Aug 2009 06:59 PM PDT

    Interactive Travel Map | Text the Secretary | Behind the Scenes Photos

    About the Author: Linda Thomas-Greenfield is the U.S. Ambassador to Liberia.

    Liberia was one of the final stops on Secretary Clinton’s 11-day trip across Africa. I was proud to welcome her to the capital of Monrovia, and I jotted down a few thoughts and impressions throughout the day…

    It’s 5:00 a.m. and like many in Liberia, I am up thinking about last minute details of the Secretary’s arrival – five hours from now. Just heard President Sirleaf on BBC, which means she is also up. Good sign that it is not raining this morning in this country that has the distinction of having the highest rainfall in all of Africa.

    The Secretary has already visited five African nations on this trip. I wonder what she will think about this country that is in the throes of rebuilding after years of war. Will she notice how much progress has been made in the three short years since Africa’s only woman president has been in power? Will she see the untapped potential of Liberia’s lush, green, agricultural resources as we take the long 45-minute drive from the airport to downtown Monrovia? Will she see the excitement on the faces of Liberians who will line the streets to welcome her on her first visit to Liberia as Secretary of State?

    It’s now 10:45 a.m., and it’s raining. As Liberians say “it’s the rainy season!” Everyone is anxiously awaiting the Secretary’s plane: dancers wearing shirts with Secretary Clinton’s picture are dancing, drummers are drumming, and the skies are letting loose with a “Welcome to Liberia” torrential rainstorm. As Secretary Clinton descends from the plane, beaming in the downpour, the Liberians’ welcome becomes even more frenetic.

    Cheering crowds greet our drive into the city. I am particularly struck by a banner reading, “Hillary Rodham Clinton: Iron Lady of the U.S.,” comparing her to Liberia’s Iron Lady, President Sirleaf. And then there she is in person, warmly greeting the Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. At noon, the two women sit down together to discuss Liberia’s transition from conflict to reconciliation.

    It’s mid-afternoon and the Secretary Clinton is about to address a joint session of the National Legislature. This is probably the highlight of the day for most Liberians. She gets nervous laughs and somber looks when she mentions that several of the legislators here in the chamber had taken up arms against each other during Liberia’s years of war. But when she notes that she works with her own former political rival, President Obama, “because we both love our country,” the legislators give her an extended standing ovation. In the end, the speech is received as “inspiring.”

    In the late afternoon, I am happy to have the opportunity to introduce Secretary Clinton to my dedicated staff at the U.S. Embassy. It is great to hear her commend their service. The embassy, though often drawn down, never closed through 14 years of conflict. Many of our Liberian staff members and Inter-Con guards who helped keep the embassy open are in attendance and thrilled to meet the Secretary.

    At 5:00 p.m., we’re at the National Police Training Academy, and I am struck by the honored guests sitting on the dais with the Secretary. The President of Liberia, the Ministers of Justice and Foreign Affairs, and the Special Representative of the Secretary General are all women. Only one man, Police Inspector General Marc Amblard, shares the dais with them. What an inspiring message for young women in Africa today, especially the 51 female trainees, preparing to serve and protect Liberia. The honor guard, members of an all-women Indian police unit of the UN that is helping to improve the security sector in Liberia, also serves as an inspiration to the young recruits.

    As the day draws to a close and we head back to the airport, the rain ends just in time to bid farewell to Secretary Clinton. She leaves on schedule at 7:00 p.m., and we finally pause and reflect on a successful visit, knowing the Liberians were elated, and sure that Secretary Clinton was also pleased with the results.

    By ABM90 These are the words that we must spread to Americans.Words and actions that MSM and its cohorts of big business are trying to deny in order to keep the pushover in office.


  29. HWC? Concerning Michele’s amazing fast growing organic garden. It seems that they can’t call them organic, even. Some fertilizer was used during the Clinton years and it’s leached into the soil.

  30. Rep Michelle Bachmann (D) MN

    “WE Now Have a Gangster Government”

    Admin: please embed

  31. Krugman says;

    Op-Ed Columnist
    Obama’s Trust Problem
    Published: August 20, 2009

    “…So there’s a growing sense among progressives that they have, as my colleague Frank Rich suggests, been punked. And that’s why the mixed signals on the public option created such an uproar.

    Now, politics is the art of the possible. Mr. Obama was never going to get everything his supporters wanted.

    But there’s a point at which realism shades over into weakness, and progressives increasingly feel that the administration is on the wrong side of that line.”

    Sounds like he’s saying “Obama can’t be trusted”…where have I been hearing that for the past TWO YEARS!?!…

  32. Huffanpuff is leading with the Krugman piece(!!!), as:
    Krugman: “How Obama lost his credibility”…notice, not “HAS obama lost his credibility?”…Is huffanpuff intimating that they are beginning to see that

    Obama can’t be trusted?…

  33. Even the positive polls are negative, as Yogi Berra would say…the comments section is especially telling, with much hand-wringing and obvious hopium withdrawal symptoms…

    Faith in Obama Drops As Reform Fears Rise
    Health-Care Effort Is Major Factor, Poll Finds
    By Dan Balz and Jon Cohen
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Friday, August 21, 2009

    “Public confidence in President Obama’s leadership has declined sharply over the summer, amid intensifying opposition to health-care reform that threatens to undercut his attempt to enact major changes to the system, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.”
    Among all Americans, 49 percent now express confidence that Obama will make the right decisions for the country, down from 60 percent at the 100-day mark in his presidency. Forty-nine percent now say they think he will be able to spearhead significant improvements in the system, down nearly 20 percentage points from before he took office.”

    The best part is that the two pieces are front and center on the huffanpuff…:)

  34. Here is something that was posted over at TC:

    WASHINGTON—After months of committee meetings and hundreds of hours of heated debate, the United States Congress remained deadlocked this week over the best possible way to deny Americans health care.
    “Both parties understand that the current system is broken,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Monday. “But what we can’t seem to agree upon is how to best keep it broken, while still ensuring that no elected official takes any political risk whatsoever. It’s a very complicated issue.”
    “Ultimately, though, it’s our responsibility as lawmakers to put these differences aside and focus on refusing Americans the health care they deserve,” Pelosi added.
    The legislative stalemate largely stems from competing ideologies deeply rooted along party lines. Democrats want to create a government-run system for not providing health care, while Republicans say coverage is best denied by allowing private insurers to make it unaffordable for as many citizens as possible.
    “We have over 40 million people without insurance in this country today, and that is unacceptable,” Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said. “If we would just quit squabbling so much, we could get that number up to 50 or even 100 million. Why, there’s no reason we can’t work together to deny health care to everyone but the richest 1 percent of the population.”
    “That’s what America is all about,” he added.
    House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) said on Meet The Press that Republicans would never agree to a plan that doesn’t allow citizens the choice to be denied medical care in the private sector.
    “Americans don’t need some government official telling them they don’t have the proper coverage to receive treatment,” Boehner said. “What they need is massive insurance companies to become even more rich and powerful by withholding from average citizens the care they so desperately require. We’re talking about people’s health and the obscene profits associated with that, after all.”
    Though there remain irreconcilable points, both parties have reached some common ground in recent weeks. Senate leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) point to Congress’ failure to pass legislation before a July 31 deadline as proof of just how serious lawmakers are about stringing along the American people and never actually reforming the health care industry in any meaningful way.
    “People should know that every day we are working without their best interests in mind,” Reid said. “But the goal here is not to push through some watered-down bill that only denies health care to a few Americans here and a few Americans there. The goal is to recognize that all Americans have a God-given right to proper medical attention and then make sure there’s no chance in hell that ever happens.”
    “No matter what we come up with,” Reid continued, “rest assured that millions of citizens will remain dangerously uninsured, and the inflated health care industry will continue to bankrupt the country for decades.”
    Other lawmakers stressed that, while there has been some progress, the window of cooperation was closing.
    “When you get into the nuts and bolts of how best not to provide people with care essential to their survival, there are many things to take into consideration,” Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said. “I believe we can create a plan for Americans that allows them to not be able to go to the hospital, not get the treatment they need, and ultimately whither away and die. But we’ve got to act fast.”
    For his part, President Barack Obama claimed to be optimistic, even saying he believes that a health care denial bill will pass in both houses of Congress by the end of the year.
    “We have an opportunity to do something truly historic in 2009,” Obama said to a mostly silent crowd during a town hall meeting in Virginia yesterday. “I promise I will only sign a clear and comprehensive health care bill that fully denies coverage to you, your sick mother, her husband, middle-class Americans, single-parent households, the unemployed, and most importantly, anyone in need of emergency medical attention.”
    “This administration is committed to not providing health

  35. Hwc, you wrote:

    The funniest story this year is Michelle Obama photographed planting her garden and then four weeks later photographed harvesting full grown vegetables…

    Hwc, you must not understand the new world of garden technology.

    With the amazing new Obama gardening methods you just have to plant seeds, sprinkle some Hopium, and you get near instant full grown vegetables. Then the vegetables join ACORN or B.O.F. and go vote.

  36. instant vegetables — so they are

    What’s helping you through this hard time? We grapes on the vine are singing “I Need Hillary.”

    From The Martha’s Vineyard Times …
    Bill Clinton makes Vineyard swing
    Former President Bill Clinton made a surprise visit to Martha’s Vineyard Monday. Mr. Clinton stayed on familiar territory during what one source said was a one-day stay.
    Former President Bill Clinton with old friend and Washington lawyer Vernon Jordan greet Benjamin de Bettencourt of Oak Bluffs. Photo by Ralph Stewart
    Mr. Clinton walked along Main Street in Vineyard Haven just before 11 am. He stopped for a strawberry ice cream cone at Mad Martha’s on Union Street, then stepped into Midnight Farm, an upscale retail store, before heading to Farm Neck Golf Course in Oak Bluffs for a round of golf with Vernon Jordan, a Washington lawyer and seasonal Chilmark resident.
    Later that night, he reportedly attended a birthday party in his honor at the Chilmark home of Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen before departing the Island.
    Below are some of the comments in the Times online:
    Posted by DARSI on Tuesday, 8/18/09 @ 3:45am
    Welcome back Mr. Clinton! We welcome you and Hillary to the island anytime.

    Unfortunately, we will have to deal with the Obama family next week. The truly unfortunate part is that we have to deal with this presidency for the next four years. If ONLY Hillary were in office.
    Posted by DC on Tuesday, 8/18/09 @ 9:44am

    I am very proud of Bill and Hillary for the work they are doing to further democracy here and abroad. They are willing to stand up for what they believe in and will not back down even if others disagree with them. I think that Bill had a great presidency and I think that Hillary is doing a great job as Secretary of State. I too, supported Hillary for President. I still have a “Hillary for President” sticker on my pick-up for all to see as I drive around Oklahoma. I hope that Hillary runs for President in 2012 because she has the support she needs from the people of Oklahoma. Obama did not carry a single one of our 77 counties in Oklahoma. In fact, the only notable person supporting him was our governor, Brad Henry, who was in the tank as they say, for him.
    Posted by Yvonne Davis on Tuesday, 8/18/09 @ 5:09pm

    Posted by mary on Tuesday, 8/18/09 @ 9:05pm

  37. lil ole grape Says:

    August 21st, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    I really enjoyed the article and the comments were wonderful.

  38. August 21, 2009

    No fury over Lockerbie release from American media

    Matt Spence

    News of yesterday’s premature release of Lockerbie bomber Abdul Baset al-Megrahi was met by American newspapers with a collective shrug.

    Given the tepid response to the Scottish Justice minister’s decision from American officials — including President Obama — however, the reaction in the media is hardly surprising.

    In a radio interview yesterday afternoon, Mr Obama reacted to al-Megrahi’s release with restraint, calling the decision “a mistake” and “not appropriate.” He went further, but not by much, in calling for al-Megrahi to be kept under house arrest by the Libyan government.

    Mr Obama’s cool reaction seemed to be echoed in the pages of America’s elite newspapers. In The New York Times, the Lockerbie story commanded a tiny box of exactly 27 words in the bottom left corner of the newspaper’s front page. The actual story was pushed to page four and barely featured on the paper’s website.

    In the Washington Post, al-Megrahi’s release received even less attention. The story was relegated to page 16, far beyond the space usually reserved for stories deemed important.

    Only the Los Angeles Times featured the story prominently with a large front page photo with caption of al-Megrahi arriving in Libya to cheering throngs of supporters.

    The LA Times and USA Today each devoted space on their editorial pages to the subject, calling the decision of Scottish Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill “stunning” and “an outrage”.

    Even the Syracuse, New York Post-Standard, local paper to the 35 Syracuse University students killed on Pan Am Flight 103, ran a picture of al-Megrahi beneath a tease for their review of Quentin Tarantino’s new film Inglorious Basterds.

    One place where al-Megrahi’s release did cause a stir in the US was on cable news television. The pictures of Libyan leader Muamar Gaddafi’s colourfully painted jumbo jet waiting on a Glasgow tarmac were prime for their breathless wall-to-wall coverage. The cable networks also had no shortage of victims’ families to interview, providing endless hours of anger, sadness, and accusations of betrayal at the hands of the Scottish government.

    These emotional reactions stood in stark contrast to American government officials, whose collective diplomatic restraint was on full display.

    Hillary Clinton reacted shortly after the Mr MacAskill’s announcement, saying only that she was “deeply disappointed” with the decision and calling the Lockerbie bombing a “heinous crime.” Of the bombing’s 270 victims, 189 were Americans.

    Eric Holder, the Attorney General, weighed in as well, echoing Ms Clinton’s disappointment and adding only that he saw “simply no justification for releasing this convicted terrorist”.

  39. BO displays his unique “style” once again:

    “Just as soon as President Barack Obama uttered the words Thursday afternoon, the reaction was nearly universal.

    On Twitter, The Hill’s Sam Youngman asked: “WTF does wee-weed up mean and how do you spell it?”

    Real Clear Politics’ Mike Memoli: “I don’t know what that means.”

    The Associated Press’ Phil Elliott: “Did the president just say Washington gets all “wee-wee-ed up” in August? Really?”

    FOX News’ Greta van Susteren would later say, “I don’t know what that means.”

    What had happened? During Obama’s remarks at a national health care forum, Obama said: “There’s something about August going into September where everybody in Washington gets all wee-weed up. I don’t know what it is. But that’s what happens.”

    What the heck is :”wee-weed up?” He is POTUS, but acts like a juvenile. There is a youtube of this that perhaps someone may want to embed, if they can stand it.

  40. State House Leaders Meet Kennedy’s Request With Silence

    Published August 20, 2009

    BOSTON — State House leaders are responding with silence to a request from Sen. Edward Kennedy regarding his Senate seat.

    Kennedy, who has brain cancer, wrote a letter to Gov. Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert DeLeo, asking them to amend Massachusetts law so Patrick could appoint a temporary senator if Kennedy could not complete his term.

    There is a precedent for what Kennedy is requesting. In 1960, when his brother John was elected president, Ted Kennedy was 28 — two years too young to run for the U.S. Senate. The governor at the time, Foster Furcolo, appointed a Kennedy friend, Benjamin Smith, to complete John Kennedy’s term. Then, in 1962, Ted Kennedy ran and won the Senate seat.

    State Rep. Bob Koczera, a Democrat from New Bedford, has already proposed legislation that he thinks will meet Kennedy’s request. “My thought was that — should there be a vacancy in the United States Senate seat from Massachusetts — having a special election certainly empowers the people to decide who that senator will be to serve the remaining portion of the term,” Koczera said. “But in the interim, should there be a pending issue of importance, Massachusetts would be without a voice and a vote.” Koczera’s bill would allow the governor to appoint a senator once the filing deadline for running in the special election has expired. That way, no one who is appointed to fill the office could run in the special election. Koczera’s bill would still leave a Senate seat open for at least three months: the amount of time candidates have under the current law to turn in their nomination papers to the secretary of state. A hearing on Koczera’s bill is scheduled in October.

    Gov. Deval Patrick’s office won’t comment on whether the governor might call the Legislature back into session in order to act on Kennedy’s request. Neither Senate President Therese Murray nor the speaker of the House, Robert DeLeo, would comment either. But some Democrats are making it clear that they would like to leave the law alone.

    “The problem with an interim appointment is you could not constitutionally ban that person who is picked by a governor from running in the special or a subsequent general election,” said Rep. Bill Strauss, who represents Matapoisett. “So you could not have that assuring (sic) that person would not have an insider’s advantage.”

    In his letter, Kennedy asked that whoever is nominated to fill his seat temporarily be required to promise not to run in the special election.

    Back in 2004, when it appeared Sen. John Kerry might become president, Democrats wanted to prevent then-Gov. Mitt Romney from appointing a Republican successor, so they changed the law to enable voters to fill a vacant Senate seat. But, by setting up an election, the Legislature also created a period of at least four months when the seat would be empty.

    “The law is very clear,” explained Secretary of State William Galvin. “It requires a special election within 145 to 160 days of a vacancy in Congress, which now includes vacancies in the U.S. Senate.”

    At the time, Republicans proposed allowing the governor to appoint a temporary senator until the special election, but Democrats rejected that. Now, Republicans oppose making any more changes to the law. “We should be a nation of laws, in particular when it comes to elections and succession,” said Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei. “Laws like this, they shouldn’t be changed based on whatever the latest circumstances or the personalities that are involved. The rules should be the rules and everybody should play by the rules.”

    If the rules are not changed again, U.S. Senate Democrats could find themselves without a crucial vote from Massachusetts in the debate over President Obama’s proposal to transform health insurance, Kennedy’s career-long focus.

  41. birdgal,

    My first thought is that he thought he was being funny. I also think he was thinking about a baby going wee-wee and that it was a direct insult.

    Just my thoughts about how disgusting this idiot really is.

  42. I give up! So what exactly will it take for the White House to think something is so horrendous so evil that they actually respond like human beings with consciences?


    White House: Lockerbie bomber welcome “disturbing”

    Fri Aug 21, 2009

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Friday it was “disturbing” that Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, a former Libyan agent jailed for life for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, got a hero’s welcome on his return to Libya.
    “It is disturbing to see images suggesting that Megrahi was accorded a hero’s welcome instead of being treated as a convicted murderer,” White House spokesman Bill Burton said.

    “As we have communicated to the Libyan government, such a welcome sends the wrong message, and is deeply offensive to the families of the hundreds of people who lost their lives in the Lockerbie bombing.”

    Megrahi was released on the order of Scotland’s justice minister because he is ill and believed to have less than three months to live.

  43. obama do you really think the Arab states are brokering honestly? Are you that stupid or are you just trying to destroy Israel once and for all?


    Hezbollah Readies for War as UN Peacekeepers Can Only Observe

    By Daniel Williams

    Aug. 21 (Bloomberg) — In a Lebanese village 10 miles west of the Israeli border, black-capped Hezbollah militiamen stand guard in front of a suspected weapons cache.

    Even though they are unarmed, their presence deters United Nations peacekeepers from approaching the house in Khirbet Silim, preventing the UN troops from fulfilling their mission, which is to stop Hezbollah from rearming. “The UN can’t just come around here and go into people’s houses,” said Rassan Salim, a municipal official in the village and a Hezbollah militia member. “Our weapons are to defend Lebanon.”

    Hezbollah’s efforts to stockpile arms became obvious on July 14 when weapons hidden in a house in the village blew up, according to officials from the UN Interim Force in Lebanon. Four days later, peacekeepers looking for arms tried to raid the house the militiamen now guard, about a kilometer from the one that exploded. Villagers stoned the soldiers, injuring 14, and blocked the incursion.

    Hezbollah, which has the backing of Iran and Syria, is rebuilding its force in the south, undaunted by its loss in Lebanon’s June elections, in which a pro-U.S. coalition won a parliamentary majority. The peacekeepers’ stay in south Lebanon expires on Aug. 31 and the UN Security Council must decide whether to extend it without change or authorize them to impose the weapons ban by force even without the support of the Lebanese army.

    The 12,000 UN soldiers were sent to Lebanon after a 2006 war with Israel that began when Hezbollah, which the U.S. and Israel consider a terrorist organization, captured two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid.

    Free of Hezbollah

    After the fighting ended, the Security Council passed a resolution prohibiting “weapons or authority in Lebanon other than that of the Lebanese state.” The peacekeepers were deployed to keep south Lebanon free of Hezbollah’s militia and arms, a role they have to perform with the cooperation of the Lebanese army. The Lebanese military can’t disarm Hezbollah, said Elias Hanna, a former Lebanese army general and political science professor at Beirut’s Notre Dame University. “Half the army is Shiite and will not fight Shiites,” he said. The military sat out the 2006 conflict. Prime Minister- designate Saad Hariri has said Hezbollah’s disarmament will be subject to a “national dialogue.”

    Timur Goksel, a former spokesman for the peacekeepers, said the problem is that the UN operates under passive rules that depend on the host country’s consent. “In the south, Hezbollah, not the government of Lebanon, is the real host,” he said.

    40,000 Rockets

    Israel is also violating the UN resolution with daily air surveillance flights over Lebanon, according to Andrea Tenenti, the peacekeepers’ spokesman.

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Army Radio on Aug. 4 that Hezbollah has stockpiled more than 40,000 rockets and “if there is a conflict on our northern border, we will use all necessary force.”

    Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, appearing on a giant screen at a Beirut rally on Aug. 14, warned that the group would bomb Tel Aviv if Israel bombed the Lebanese capital. In the 2006 war, Israel bombed Lebanon and sent in troops backed by tanks. Hezbollah struck back, firing 4,000 rockets across the border. More than 1,000 Lebanese, mostly civilians, died and 120 Israeli soldiers and 43 civilians were killed.

    “War is probably inevitable, though no one can say when it might come,” said Amal Saad-Ghorayeb, a professor at the Lebanese American University in Beirut. “Hezbollah is busy trying to develop deterrence to an Israeli invasion.”

    Anti-Aircraft Missiles

    Analysts in Beirut say Hezbollah is buttressing its defenses based on part-time village units supplemented by full- time militiamen who operate anti-tank weapons and inaccurate short-range rockets. The group is gathering Russian-made SA-8 radar guided anti-aircraft missiles and SA-18 shoulder-fired missiles for use against helicopters, said Saad-Ghorayeb. Hezbollah plans to send commandoes into Israel and obtain long- range missiles to hit towns south of Haifa, she added.

    “In the next war, Hezbollah will want to use counter- offensive methods,” she said. “Hezbollah is setting the bar high for itself.” Hezbollah officials wouldn’t comment on specific weapons or tactics.

    “Of course they are rearming,” said Shlomo Brom, a former director of strategic planning in the Israeli army. “We are also rearming.”

    ‘Invisible Means’

    The Israeli army said it “tracks Hezbollah’s military build-up through both visible and invisible means and is ready to act at any point in time.” Tenenti said the UN mission has succeeded: there is no fighting. He said it’s up to UN commanders to raid or not, in coordination with the Lebanese army. “We have not witnessed weapons being brought into the south,” he said. He wouldn’t speculate whether arms had been smuggled in, or even say whether he’d heard of such a thing.

    In 2006, Israeli troops didn’t reach Khirbet Silim, though it was shelled and bombed, residents say.

    In the village and nearby, Hezbollah members said taking away their weapons is out of the question. “This was never in doubt, never,” said Hossama Ramaan, 40, the Hezbollah mayor of Aadaisse, another border town.

    To contact the reporter on this story: Daniel Williams in Beirut at

  44. jbstonesfan Says:

    August 21st, 2009 at 11:34 am
    Well, “S”, I can only assume many elderly Jews are waking up in Florida….at least I hope so.

    jbstonesfan…I think part of the problem is that most seniors vote democratic and wanted to continue to believe in “their” democratic party…the party of FDR…most of them have voted democratic all their life…

    my own mother is one…she finally realizes this is not her ‘democratic’ party anymore…not the democratic party of our parents or the democratic party of their day…this democratic party has morphed into just another corporate entity…up for sale to the highest bidder…

    …and O is a ‘transformational’ figure all right…transformed our party right into the hands of the corporations…with that big grin every step of the way…

  45. Just came across this poll from the Washington Times and thought I’d share:

    “Do you think lawmakers should be forced to use the public option if it’s left in the health care reform legislation”

    Currently 83% yes 15% no

    Vote here: w w w

  46. Re healthcare bill, I now have cites and short quotes from ‘mainstream’ sources at
    h…/ no w’s
    on Big Pharma and Big Insurers support for the bill, and on recent polls showing the public opposes it.

    Sorry duplicate post here.

  47. Tell me about it “S”, my 80 yr old Mom, a woman who marched for civil rights, ERA, and a huge Clinton fan, worked her condo for months to get Obama elected. I was like ‘Mom, we love Hillary, we love Bill, she would be the first woman President, and Obama hates Jews”…She insisted on supporting Bambi while not at all hostile to a Hillary nomination. However, this caused a great rift in our family for the time being with me walking out , with wife and 3 kids, at 1st night of passover. Well, time passed, and I love my Mom, so we got over it. I ask her about it from time to time, and she’s says “he is trying his best”….My response is always ‘Hillary wouldn’t have to try, cause she already knows how to get things done”…

  48. GatewayPundit mentions the following two events:

    1.Subject: Barack Obama’s Administration Kills a Military Fly Over – Erick’s blog – RedState

    For 42 years, the God and Country Rally in Idaho has started its rally with a military fly over. The God and Country Rally is a non-denominational rally that supports American soldiers. For 42 years the Pentagon has carried out the military fly over.

    Not any more. In Barack Obama’s America, the military is no longer allowed to do such things if the group requesting the fly over is Christian oriented. That’s not an exaggeration.Let’s roll the tape:

    w w w dot

    2. But today Dear Leader made a 5 minute video (in 5 languages) with well-wishes to Muslims around the world.

    I have not yet viewed the Ramadan greeting from BO; however, the video embedded at redstate appears to be excellent; it is from Fox News. I watched just enough to have an uncontrollable need to share yet another extremely outrageous ‘judgment’ of this President.

  49. JanH Says:
    August 21st, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    He’s trying to say he’s pi$$ing in his pants these days. He just forgot the grown-up word.
    Drugs do mess with your brains, y’know. I always thought that’s why he needs the teleprompter. I know people who only used recreationally (like every weekend and only in a crisis during the week) and they have more trouble finding simple words and remembering what comes next than seniors more than twice their ages.

    Oh, and glad you enjoyed the bits from the MVTimes. There was an accompanying pic of Bill in a golf cart with Vernon Jordan – Bill has his arm around a sweet little Vineyard boy. Kids always find Bill – they love him. I have a funny pic taken at MV airport a few years back where he’s walking with kids literally hanging off him by their grips on his hands, arms, legs and clothing! He hugs as many as he can. I never saw a picture of the Fraud with kids lovingly clutching his clothes, trying to climb up into his arms. I’m sure the Fraud would hate that. Kids trust Clinton – they say he’s “like a daddy.”

  50. And this is why HCR is effectively dead…

    “A day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that health reform won’t get through the House without a public option, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Friday that the public option may have to go in order to get a bill passed.”
    …and why the republicans won’t get the blame…

  51. jbstonesfan Says:

    August 21st, 2009 at 3:33 pm
    Tell me about it “S”, my 80 yr old Mom, a woman who marched for civil rights, ERA, and a huge Clinton fan, worked her condo for months to get Obama elected. I was like ‘Mom, we love Hillary, we love Bill, she would be the first woman President, and Obama hates Jews”…She insisted on supporting Bambi while not at all hostile to a Hillary nomination. However, this caused a great rift in our family for the time being with me walking out , with wife and 3 kids, at 1st night of passover. Well, time passed, and I love my Mom, so we got over it. I ask her about it from time to time, and she’s says “he is trying his best”….My response is always ‘Hillary wouldn’t have to try, cause she already knows how to get things done”…

    wow jbstonesfan…’I feel your pain’…my parents and I have been Clinton dems from the get go…my mom and i went to the NYC convention together and flitted all over NYC popping in to hear Hillary speak, Ron Brown speak, Tipper speak, etc…what a great experience…so amazing, when Ross Perot dropped out and the polls immediately shifted to Bill…so exciting…so full of hope for the original ‘man from Hope’

    fast forward to last year…my mom and I loved every exciting moment of Hillary’s wins and complained loudly about how she was being robbed and cheated…in fact, my mother would get into arguments with anyone defending her support for Hillary and vocalalizing what a smart and strong woman Hill was, etc, etc, etc…

    I do think many of the senior women who supported Hillary actually took it amongst the hardest of all when Hill was coerced into pulling out…they put so much emotion into her…

    BUT…once Hillary was out of the running, I could not believe my mother actually dragged her frail body to the voting booth to actually vote for O…that was a stunner…and her reason and rationale to me was ‘that she has voted as a democrat all her life and she was not going to change now’, she could not bring herself to abandon the democrats…

    fast forward to today’s reality with O as president and she is disgusted, she has lost trust and now she understands sadly how this dim party is no longer her Democratic party…from even as recent as a decade ago with our beloved Bill…

    it’s sad…and infuriating at the same time…

    (your mom probably secretly knows the truth…often it is hard to admit these kind of things to ourselves)

  52. I wonder if they will take any responsibility let alone “really” feel ashamed by the destruction obama is perpetrating. And they still like him personally? How stupid is that? Does that mean that even if he continues to screw up, which we all know he will do, that they will still vote him in again because they think he is likable?

  53. Breaking from

    Zogby Poll: Obama Approval Hits Record Low
    A new Zogby poll to be released Friday reveals that President Obama’s approval rating has hit a record low, with 45 percent of Americans giving him a positive job rating. Apparently soured on his costly economic schemes and a multi-trillion dollar plan that would nationalize healthcare,
    Americans are rejecting the new president. This sea change in public opinion comes as Democrats plan to push healthcare through Congress without any GOP support.


  55. Obama May Give Up Effort to Reach Health Deal With Republicans

    By Edwin Chen

    Aug. 21 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama is likely next month to end Democratic efforts to work with Republicans on health-care legislation and push for a party-line vote if the stalemate in the U.S. Senate persists, a person close to the White House said.

    The president and his advisers have begun devising a legislative strategy to pass a measure by relying only on the Democratic majority in each house of Congress, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    In a separate interview, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle said Obama is losing patience with negotiations between three Democrats and three Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee, the only congressional panel seeking a bipartisan consensus on a plan to remake the nation’s health-care system.

    “He’s waited and waited,” Daschle said today after meeting with the president. “He has indicated, much to the chagrin of people in his party, that virtually everything’s on the table,” Daschle said. “And he’s gotten almost nothing in return for it.”

    A move by Democrats to seek a partisan bill may provoke a backlash from Republicans and weaken public support for the health-care overhaul, Obama’s top domestic priority. It might also result in watered-down legislation.

    Former Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole told reporters earlier this summer that while he believed the Democrats could pass a bill on a party-line vote, it would be a mistake. “If there’s not a Senate Republican vote for the package, then the American people are going to be very skeptical,” Dole said.

    Pressing for Legislation

    Obama, who declared yesterday “we’re going to get this done one way or another,” is pressing the lawmakers to revamp a health-care system that accounts for about a sixth of the nation’s economy and leaves about 46 million people uninsured.

    The effort has been stalled by debates over whether to create a government-run insurance program to compete with private insurers, mandate that employers cover workers, and impose potentially unpopular new taxes, from a surtax on the richest Americans to a levy on the most-generous health plans.

    While three House committees and one Senate panel have passed legislation, talks among the so-called Gang of Six negotiators on the Senate Finance Committee have dragged on for months. Senate Democrats such as Charles Schumer of New York have said that if the negotiators can’t strike a deal by Sept. 15, the party may go it alone.

    Holding Out Hope

    Daschle, who was Obama’s first choice to lead the health- care overhaul drive, said the president continues to hope that Republican Senators Charles Grassley of Iowa, Mike Enzi of Wyoming and Olympia Snowe of Maine will support his agenda, as a result of their talks with finance panel chairman Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat. Yet Daschle said, “there’s a realization that we have to be prepared for a Plan B” — a legislative maneuver known as reconciliation.

    That process allows the Senate to pass, by a simple 51-vote majority instead of 60, measures intended to cut the deficit, either through spending cuts or tax increases. While the Democrats control 60 seats in the Senate, enough to quash Republican efforts to block action on the bill, they can’t rely on all those votes because of the illnesses of two lawmakers, Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, and Robert Byrd of West Virginia. Reconciliation is complicated, though “it’s not without precedent,” Daschle said. He said both across-the-board tax cuts during President George W. Bush’s first term were enacted through the process.

    Feeling Left Out

    The other finance committee negotiators are Democrats Kent Conrad of North Dakota and Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico. Annoyance has grown among some senators who feel excluded. One lawmaker, John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia, has publicly criticized the Baucus-led talks. “There are 94 other senators that probably want to be involved in this process,” Daschle said. He said while Obama hasn’t made a firm decision to abandon a bipartisan approach, “it’s important to put policy ahead of process. And at some point he has to make that decision.”

    Two top White House advisers in mid-July telegraphed the possibility of a partisan strategy, saying in interviews that near-unanimous resistance from Republicans may force Obama to push the legislation through.

    Rahm Emanuel, White House chief of staff, said reconciliation wasn’t the president’s preferred route, yet was “an alternative vehicle.” David Axelrod, the president’s top political strategist, reinforced that view.

    ‘Swiss Cheese’

    Conrad, who as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, would oversee attempts to use reconciliation, has criticized the idea. Senate procedures would require the measure be stripped of anything not related to the budget, and the timeframe for the legislation to become deficit-neutral would be five years, instead of the 10 years that lawmakers are currently using.
    “You’ll be left with Swiss cheese for legislation,” Conrad said in an Aug. 3 interview with PBS’s Charlie Rose. “Those who say blithely, ‘we’ll just go for reconciliation,’ I don’t think they’ve done their homework.”

    Democrats would also be forced to take complete ownership of the plan and might face retaliation from Republicans. Under Senate rules, Republicans could tie the chamber in knots by demanding procedures such as the reading of 1,000-page bills before they are brought to the floor, slowing Senate business.

  56. Bill stops Clinton holiday


    Washington – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, were forced to cut short a long-awaited holiday in Bermuda as a hurricane barrelled toward it, a US official said on Friday.

    The season’s first hurricane – coincidentally named Bill – was bringing flood warnings and life-threatening rip currents across much of the Atlantic including Bermuda, where the Clintons arrived on Wednesday.

    “They left yesterday (Thursday),” State Department spokesperson Ian Kelly told reporters on Friday in Washington.

    He declined comment on the next destination in their vacation, which aides to the power couple have kept a closely guarded secret.

    Hurricane Bill may also threaten the vacation of President Barack Obama and his family who were heading on Friday to Martha’s Vineyard, a getaway for the rich and famous in the north-eastern US state of Massachusetts.

    The Clintons, both itinerant world travellers, have had bad luck with their vacations. They had initially thought of staying on the Greek island of Corfu after a meeting in late June of the 56-nation Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. But Hillary Clinton cancelled her attendance at the meeting after breaking her elbow.

  57. gonzotx

    I was expecting a drop of a few more points after his lackluster, impotent reaction to the release of the mass murdering terorist.

    Americans really don’t like this…at all!

    Does anyone know where i can get a Hillary for 2012 bumber sticker?
    Is anyone printing any? I need to wear my rage. Maybe we can start a movement!

  58. I think that he actually is down a WHOLE lot more points. I think they are still padding the polls.

    I hope the Republicans make them read every friggin line of every friggin page in that bill. I don’t care if the Senate has to sleep on the damn floors.

    This is sick. There should NEVER be a way in our DEMOCRACY for one party to hijack a bill of this importance and do what it seems the DIMwits are going to do.

    To Hell With Them All. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to justify a vote for a democrat ever again. Unless Bill or Hillary were to run again.

  59. Dot…the rebugs are so far out to lunch that I have no problem with the dems doing something on their own…as long as ITS THE RIGHT THING!

    I think the real danger now is that we have 2 lousy corrupt parties and there is a huge political void. I think that is potentially very dangerous for the country.
    Both parties are being rejected by people whose votes no longer count.

    Who and what will fill the void? I hope Hillary and Bill will decide to put history ahead of perhaps their own desires and needs and step up. i can’t think of another politician that has the creds, charisma and trust that they have. However, i don’t think Hillary will do this again unless the powers that be go to her and promise their support.

  60. Carol, unfortunately I don’t think this bill is the right thing. To gut Medicare and mandate ..force .. a person to insure IMO is a loser. I can’t afford to buy insurance right now, if I could I’d have it. I’m entirely uninsurable and any premium for me is going to ruin my budget and our income is just a little over what I can get a card with now. I’ve worked 17 years and can’t get jack shit.

    If I were to divorce my husband I could qualify for a lot of stuff…see what a fucket up mess this makes for people. Try to do right and you get screwed

  61. Here’s Palin’s Facebook blog.

    Solid stuff, not what I’d expect at Facebook.

  62. What I would like to know is why are all these hospitals only hiring people here in Texas PRN. PRN is without benefits, this particular hospital is hiring people back doing the very job they had when they left and it had benefits. My guess is that the world is now like Walmart. I wonder what this new care is going to cost people that smoke or are overweight?? My guess they will be forced to pay huge premiums. THis is just the worst administration I have seen in years.

    How about that terrorist getting out because he has Cancer?? He got to go home and be with his family while he died, the ones he killed did not have that luxury. Obama says he was against it, but I don’t believe that for one second. THat was recieved a hero’s welcome when he came home. THis is going to hurt the democrats for a long time.

  63. “How about that terrorist getting out because he has Cancer?? ”


    It’s a sad day in America when terrorists have more credibility than a US President!

    Remember what Osama said? “America will be destroyed from within.” hmm..


    dot48 – Glenn Greenwald does a pretty good job at exposing and describing alot of the fraud and betrayal of the O admin…

    and he makes a good point of the whole MANDATE issue

    a few excerpts from the article: Has obama lost the progressives as Krugman says?


    The central pledges of the Obama campaign were less about specific policy positions and much more about changing the way Washington works — to liberate political outcomes from the dictates of corporate interests; to ensure vast new levels of transparency in government; to separate our national security and terrorism approaches from the politics of fear. With some mild exceptions, those have been repeatedly violated. Negotiating his health care reform plan in total secrecy and converting it into a gigantic gift to the pharmaceutical and insurance industries — which is exactly what a plan with (1) mandates, (2) no public option and (3) a ban on bulk negotiations for drug prices would be — would constitute yet another core violation of those commitments, yet another bolstering (a major one) of the very power dynamic he vowed to subvert.

    (‘S’ insert – nice, we are forced to pay for insurance and the drug and insurance companies profits go up because of the sheer volume of all of those forced to buy insurance – and that is after O has already cut secret deals with drug co – what a rigged deal)

    snip…article continues…

    if you believe that Obama should be guided by base concerns of political power, then you’re likely to be satisfied with the White House’s approach thus far — both in general and on health care specifically. That would also likely mean that you’re basically satisfied with the behavior of Democrats during the Bush era, and especially since 2006 when they won a majority in Congress, since that is what has driven them for the last decade: all that matters is that we beat the Republicans and we should do anything to achieve that, including serving corporate donors to ensure they fund Us and not Them and turning ourselves into war-making, civil-liberties-abridging, secrecy-loving GOP clones in the national security realm.

    But that isn’t what Obama pledged he would do when he campaigned. He repeatedly vowed he would do the opposite — that he would reject that thinking and battle aggressively against domination by what he called “the interests of powerful lobbyists or the wealthiest few” who have “run Washington far too long” — and he convinced millions of people that he was serious, people who, as a result, became fervent devotees to his cause. Those are the people who New York Times columnist Frank Rich recently said have been “punked by Obama” because it is precisely that same narrow group which continues to be the prime beneficiaries and masters of Washington behavior during the Obama presidency.

    More than any betrayal on a specific issue, it is Obama’s seeming eagerness to serve the interests of those who have “run Washington for far too long” — not as a result of what he has failed to accomplish, but as a result of what he has affirmatively embraced — that is causing what Krugman today describes as a loss of trust in Obama from those who once trusted him most. This approach is not only producing heinous outcomes, but is politically self-destructive as well. In a superb post the other day, Digby recounted what fueled the Naderite movement in 2000 and warns, presciently I think, that the willingness of Obama/Emanuel so blatantly to disappoint those to whom they promised so much (especially young and first-time voters who were most vulnerable to Obama’s transformative fairy dust) will lead them either to support a third party or turn off from politics altogether:

    (you can read the rest for yourself)

    meet the “new” democratic party…worse than the ‘old’ republican party…Bush III is being too kind…

    it is the same old, same old…the dems are blowing it…they are driving us further into colossal debt with basically nothing to show for it…sure some cars were sold that we helped pay for…

    the following articles all talk about the Obama $ 2 TRILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT Obama’s Big Band could go Bust

    (o admin and dems are not living in the reality of everyday folks – they are out of control – like drunken sailors spending past their credit card limits)

  65. 10 year budget deficit grows by 2 trillion
    Let us not forget the expanding war which pretty much takes a back seat these days:

    …Just 3 years ago the US had about 20,000 forces in [Afghanistan]. Today it has triple that, on the way to 68,000 by year’s end.
    …Obama [like Bush on Iraq] has not wavered from his campaign pledge to take the fight to the Taliban and their al-Qaida allies in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    w w w dot

    And to top it all off, this article has Obama congratulating Afghans for successfullly completing an election which ensures their controlling their own destiny.
    As opposed to those of us here in the Republic of the United States of America who appear to be at the mercy of a power-crazed administration and congress.

  66. Bob Herbert’s op-ed today is entitled “Voices of Anxiety”, but the better title is in the body of the piece…

    “(It’s still early, but) people are starting to lose faith in the president.”

    It’s later than you think, Bob…

  67. Obama’s Trust Problem
    Published: August 20, 2009
    So there’s a growing sense among progressives that they have, as my colleague Frank Rich suggests, been punked.


  68. My response to the odious Eleanor Clift’s piece “Time to get in the ring”

    Posted @ 08/22/2009 9:48:40 AM

    “Republicans stood together against Social Security and Medicare, ” Your commentary is as spot-on as you knowledge of history.
    1965 Medicare vote by party affiliation;
    Dem 57 yea, 7 nay, 4 NV
    Rep 13 17 2

    Dem 237 48 8
    Rep 70 68 2

    So, the republicans who “stood together” were split down the middle, with house members favoring the program 70-68

    You have lost every shred of journalistic integrity and objectivity over the past 18 months, this is just another glaring example of that sad fact.

  69. “Obama Quite Comfortable as One-Term President, White House Spokesman Says..”


    I don’t believe that for one second.

  70. JanH …I do believe O is comfortable as a one term president. I don’t believe he really likes to work hard. He will be rich beyond belief when he leaves. He will get a library to honor himself and all the other perks and pomposity that are given to a former president. He will be set for life at our epense.

  71. Carol,

    I respect and even agree with some of your points, but I also think that if the damage he does is too great, his ego won’t let him leave without becoming the messiah again. He won’t want the history books to liken him to Ivan the Terrible or Idi Amin. I also think the dims are in so much denial where he is concerned that they will never admit their error in choosing the idiot.

    Personally, I think he should be impeached before even one term is up. Preferably sooner rather than later.

  72. The GOP Weekly Address, is given this time by Rep. Tom Price, M.D. It’s worth your time (5 minutes) to listen. Here is the part I chose for brevity to paste:

    …I can tell you that Washington is incapable of processing the personal and unique circumstances that patients and doctors face each and every day. That is why a positive solution will put power in the hands of patients, not insurance companies or the government.

    “Unfortunately, the plan being promoted by the White House would give Washington the power to make highly personal medical decisions on behalf of patients – on behalf of you. Now whether it’s the government choosing what should be in your family’s health care plan, or a bureaucratic board deciding what treatments are appropriate and who should receive them, the President’s plan is a 1,000-page expression supporting the notion that Washington knows best when it comes to your family’s health care. And that’s simply not true.

    “As opposition to the Democrats’ government-run health plan is mounting, the President has said he’d like to stamp out some of the disinformation floating around out there. The problem is the President, himself, plays fast and loose with the facts. So as someone who’s taken care of patients, I’d like to take a moment to clear up a couple of the President’s worst offenses….


  73. JanH Says:
    August 22nd, 2009 at 10:59 am
    Personally, I think he should be impeached before even one term is up. Preferably sooner rather than later.
    To quote Hamlet, “’tis a consummation devoutly to be wisht” but how can that be done?

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