R.I.P. Obama OAFs

Barack Obama is finding out that Diana, Princess of Wales was right – “Being a princess isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.”

The embarrassment-in-chief is the subject of the Washington Post‘s polite form of political obituary for the still breathing – “The Post asked political experts what he could do to regain the initiative.” Even the brain-stem deprived Donna Brazile is mustered into the effort to save Princess Obama.

As Jennifer Rubin at Commentary Magazine put it: Well, it’s never a good sign when mainstream papers are running symposiums to examine what, if anything, can be done to save the remainder of the president’s term.”

Left Liberals like Amy Goodman at Truthdig seem to suggest that as a first step Obama cease some of the more obvious corruptions, which he used to campaign against:

It looked like it was business as usual for President Barack Obama on the first day of his Martha’s Vineyard vacation, as he spent five hours golfing with Robert Wolf, president of UBS Investment Bank and chairman and CEO of UBS Group Americas. Wolf, an early financial backer of Obama’s presidential campaign, raised $250,000 for him back in 2006, and in February was appointed by the president to the White House’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Economic recovery for whom?

Amy is miffed that Obama is seen in flagrante delicto with Wolf – a creature heavy laden with so many tax, um, issues. It’s bad form, Barack.

As heartbreaking as Amy’s complaints are, they do not begin to compare with the whiney howls of the Hopium addled coming from the west coast. Grab your hankies, pry open the tissue boxes, and try not to laugh at this sad skull in search for a brain:

People, get ready, you said; there’s a train a ‘coming. And we did get ready. We hit the streets. We roared, whispered, cried, whooped and went door to door, convinced that even if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had not specifically dreamed of you, his dream of justice and equality and pride might come into being through your vision, your greatness, through the hope that your words gave us, through the change you promised.

He dreamed of a leader like you. Just like you. And something in the deepest part of this country’s soul heard.

After eight years of Bush, and then the Palin nomination, we were battered and anguished and punch-drunk. But in rallying behind you, we came back to life, like in Ezekiel when the prophet breathes the spirit of bearing witness and caring onto the dry bones, and those bones come back to life, become living people again, cherished and tended to.

Can you believe such foolishness? Is this an actual grown-up? What insult is sufficient to describe the level of stupidity evidenced in this letter from “author” Anne Lamott to her majesty Barack Obama?

More from the comic ignorance of Lamott:

I hate to sound like a betrayed 7-year-old, but you said. And we believed you. Now you seem to have abandoned the dream. That is why moderates and liberals and progressives like myself all seem a little tense this summer. It is time to call your spirit back. We will be here to help when you get back from vacation.

Lamott ends her letter with “Trusting you, Mr. Obama.” This is a truly stupid woman.

But Lamott is not alone in her stupidities.

Lamott has plenty of company amongst the Hopium addled. Lamott has a whole lot of company in that astroturf mess called “Organizing For America”. “Organizing For America” which we choose to abbreviate as the more appropriate “OAF” is the former Obama campaign goons. The OAFs are not very bright. And guess who warned the OAFs? That’s right, good ol’ Big Pink warned the OAFs.

In Pocket Change, we warned the OAFs when they first began to notice that something was odd about their Mess-iah:

“Sad little Hopium addicts – they know they have been abandoned as the flim-flam “Music Man” wanders off in search of new victims to bamboozle and canoodle.

Over where the orange sulfur burns, the Hopium addicts walked into walls knowing daddy isn’t coming back.

Tuesday night I was on a conference call with Organizing For America, what the Obama campaign structure has morphed into since the campaign. I, along with thousands of other former Obama campaign volunteers, expected to get our marching orders, told who we should telephone, e-mail, visit, blog about – whatever it took to get the best possible stimulus legislation out of Congress.

But that didn’t happen. Instead, we heard about house parties for the weekend and future conference calls. Building blocks for the future – yes. But action for the here and now? No.

Sad little creatures, they are under the bus, still saluting. They try to understand why the man at the wheel of the bus so resembles their Mess-iah. Still, they salute, and hope. The miserable have no other medicine But only hope.

There is no way Obama will allow his minions to actually grab political power and give direction to him. True, Obama set up a corral for his prancing ponies. But the organization Obama Anonymous Organizing for America is a slaughter house. OA is not a place for political wannabees to set themselves up to challenge Obama when the Hopium wears off and they discover the Doctor wants to kill the monster.

We do excuse the Hopium addled, they don’t know better. But some should know better yet still making excuses for Obama instead of accepting the obvious: Obama can’t be trusted.”

In Pocket Change we took David Corn to the woodshed for acting stupid and asking “Will Obama mobilize his millions?” and “Why hasn’t the Obama White House already directly engaged its supporters in this fight?” We wrote:

Obama does not want a rival power center to emerge when his supporters wake up and realize they have been scammed.

Get that Anne Lamott? Let’s repeat yet again what we wrote in February for fools like Lamott:

There is no way Obama will allow his minions to actually grab political power and give direction to him. True, Obama set up a corral for his prancing ponies. But the organization Obama Anonymous Organizing for America is a slaughter house. OA is not a place for political wannabees to set themselves up to challenge Obama when the Hopium wears off and they discover the Doctor wants to kill the monster.

Obama wants a free hand to work his deals with lobbyists, hospitals, insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies without those pesky idiots who believed a Corrupt Circus Clown From Chicago.

The OAFs can also read our November 5, 2008 article Big Media Elects Its Stooge:

Last night Obama kool-aid drinkers think they won, but they did not. It was a win for Big Media and the Obama strategy, as betrayed by his history, of picking an unsavory actor and doing his (in this case, its) bidding in order for Obama to advance himself.

Obama kool-aid drinkers will swagger in confidence and proclaim themselves winners. But they will soon learn they are not part of the “we” in “we won”. Americans who, battered by years of Bush and his myriad disasters, cast aside their doubts about Obama in desperate hope for “change” will also discover they are not part of the “we” of “we won”. [snip]

Obama kool-aid drinkers will soon be presented with the small fine print of Obama’s promises. They will soon read Obama’s legal escape clause. It may take some time, but not long before Obama “desperation” supporters and even eventually some of the kool-aid drinkers, will realize that Obama will not keep his promises. Like with FISA, Obama will soon forget all those campaign promises and crib drown them in a sea of flowery words and say “it can’t be done now”.

Ninnies like Anne Lamott will think we wrote those articles today, not last year and early this year.

The OAFs know we are right but they can’t let go of their OAFish ways. A few days ago, on drive over the bridge Friday, we laughed as OAFs scratched their heads:

Since January, most advocacy groups committed to Obama’s reform objectives (labor unions, community organizations, environmentalists and netroots groups such as MoveOn) have pushed the pause button. Organizing for America, for example, encouraged Obama’s supporters to work on local community service projects, such as helping homeless shelters and tutoring children. That’s fine, but it’s not the way to pass reform legislation.

One Obama campaign volunteer from Delaware County, Pa., put it this way soon after the election: “We’re all fired up now, and twiddling our thumbs! . . . Here, ALL the leader volunteers are getting bombarded by calls from volunteers essentially asking ‘Nowwhatnowwhatnowwhat?’

Poor OAF, asking “Now what?” instead of determining “what” now. Single-payer? Universal health care? Ban the lobbyists? Poor OAF, follows orders in robotic fashion then calls Republicans robotic.

Poor OAF, follows orders over the cliff and demands Hillary supporters jump too.

You go ahead OAF. Jump off the cliff OAF.

Hillary supporters will sit back laughing as you jump for your Mess-iah.

Rest In Peace OAFs.

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221 thoughts on “R.I.P. Obama OAFs

  1. Ny post is reporting that Chelsea’s wedding is on this weekend in chappaquiddick no less….. wonder if any of the kennedy clan are going.

  2. jtjames, I saw that story, too. I’m wondering if the wedding is sooner than the weekend, because I wouldn’t think you’d set up a stage and tent to have it sit there unused for almost a week.

  3. midweek to throw everyone off….. i hope they have a wonderful day, and that they release pictures I want to see bill walk her down the aisle……

  4. Admin: great article, that was truly a sad story for the poor little kool-aid, love struck female. ROTFLMAO!! That is exactly how those idiots thought of their king. Sad, sad, sad!

    So Chelsea is really getting married, that’s great! Lets hope the media leaves them alone. I do hope they release some pics. Chelsea is so pretty and such a lady, unlike the group of females now occupying the WH.

    I understand the republicans are now telling POTUS to get off his ass and quit letting everyone else do his work for him. He needs to draft the bill himself. Gee, while he was a Senator he never attended the Senate, so how the hell would he know how to do it. LOL!!

    He is only here to fly around on Air Force 1 and his bomb proof car loaded with his own special pints of blood on board. He has a rare blood type, so he has to have his own on board.

  5. Admin,

    Excellent!

    And to those “Sad little creatures, they are under the bus, still saluting.”… I say Get A Life! Stop sucking the blood out of your vampire.

  6. Hillary recently said she tried to squash the rumors of Chelsea’s wedding because they are simply false. But, she said, the rumor got so out of control that she finally gave up. I don’t think Chelsea will have a wedding this weekend. I also think that whenever she gets married that the wedding will likely not take place in Chappaquiddick. The Clintons don’t have strong ties to that area like the Kennedys do (and the Obamas plan to do). Chelsea doesn’t seem like she’d have a high maintenance wedding in that area unless her boyfriend’s family has a home there. I’d bet she’d have the wedding at the Clintons’ home or somewhere that has special meaning to her and her boyfriend.

  7. I don’t know, if we have enough treatment facilities and groups for the detoxication and rehabilitation of the Hopium addled addicts. Such a sad affliction.

  8. Blagojevich Says Emanuel Wanted to Reclaim Congressional Seat

    Aug. 31 (Bloomberg) — Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich writes in a new book that White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel wanted a “placeholder” put in the Chicago congressional seat he vacated so he could reclaim it in 2010.

    Blagojevich, who is awaiting trial on corruption charges, said he talked by phone with Emanuel Nov. 8, two days after his White House appointment was announced, and the then-U.S. representative asked whether it was possible to name someone to fill his seat who would be willing to step aside later. Emanuel wanted to return to the House after two years in the Obama administration to continue his quest to become speaker of the House one day, according to Blagojevich. “Rahm understandably wanted to keep his options open,” Blagojevich, 52, writes in “The Governor,” expected in stores on Sept. 8. “That’s what all good politicians do.”

    Emanuel’s spokeswoman, Sarah Feinberg, didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said he hadn’t spoken with Emanuel about Blagojevich’s claim and declined to comment. “I’ve not seen the book by the indicted, former governor of Illinois,” Gibbs said.

    Filling the Vacancy

    Illinois law calls for conducting special election when a U.S. House seat comes open before the end of a term, unlike a vacancy in the Senate, which is filled by an appointment made by the governor. Blagojevich was arrested in December on charges that include allegedly seeking favors in exchange for an appointment to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama when he was elected president. Blagojevich subsequently was impeached and removed from office.

    Blagojevich writes that he had told Emanuel that it was his understanding that he only had the power to set the date of a special election, not make an appointment. “Rahm told me that his lawyers thought there was a way where the governor might be able to make an appointment,” the former governor writes.

    Blagojevich also writes that he spoke with Emanuel about appointing someone to fill Obama’s Senate seat. “He did not lobby for anyone in particular,” the book says. During a campaign to replace Emanuel in the congressional seat, one of the Democratic candidates said at a public forum that Emanuel, 49, talked to him about potentially returning to Chicago to reclaim the seat.

    John Fritchey, a state representative, said he and Emanuel spoke a week or two after Emanuel had accepted the chief of staff job. Emanuel represented the 5th Congressional District from 2003 through 2008, before leaving to work for Obama.

    Running Again

    “At that time, he had commented to me that he may be interested in running one day again for the seat,” Fritchey said in February. “I told him that should I be fortunate enough to run, and should I be fortunate enough to win the seat, I would look forward to campaigning against him.”
    Fritchey, a Democrat from Chicago, later sought to further clarify. “If I’m going to put words in anybody’s mouth, it’s not going to be Rahm’s,” he said. “So, let me phrase it as exactly as I can for a conversation that took place three months ago. But that was a statement that he may be interested in running for the seat at some point down the road.”

    At the time, Feinberg, Emanuel’s spokeswoman, didn’t dispute Fritchey’s recollection, saying the White House chief of staff was focused on serving the president.

    Blagojevich eventually set a special election for the seat and Mike Quigley, a former Cook County commissioner, won the Democratic primary and the general election. The Associated Press reported on Blagojevich’s book earlier today. Glenn Selig, a Blagojevich publicist, said several Chicago-area stores have violated the release date and begun selling the 264-page book.

    To contact the reporter on this story: John McCormick in Chicago at jmccormick16@bloomberg.net.

    bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601070&sid=aPeQzhEy32io#

  9. I looked for the article on CHelsea’s wedding and could not find it. Pls someone post it. I can’t remember how old Chelsea is, but if she getting married and in 6 years she can qualify to be the first female commander and chief. So hurry up Chelsea we are all waiting on you!

  10. um…is this inbetween golf games?

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    August 31, 2009
    By Kate Phillips

    White House Defends Obama’s Visibility on Health Care Debate

    Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, publicly defended the current pace of the president’s push on health care.The White House on Monday batted back calls by Democrats and Republicans alike for President Obama to immediately step up his profile in the health care debate to either reframe it and/or reclaim it.

    In response to questions about an Op-ed written by former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, a Kansas Republican, and remarks by Senator Chris Dodd, Democrat of Connecticut, Robert Gibbs, the White House spokesman, indicated that just because the president is on vacation and has no public events doesn’t mean he’s not working on his agenda. (The president returned from Martha’s Vineyard on Sunday, went golfing on Monday and plans to officially resume his vacation at Camp David beginning Wednesday.)

    In his opinion piece in The Washington Post, Mr. Dole, who along with former Majority Leader Tom Daschle earlier this year had proposed a separate set of health care reforms, recommended that President Obama practically start over by submitting a highly specific plan of his own once Congress returns to work after Labor Day. Mr. Dole basically said, get over being cheerleader-in-chief. For his part, Mr. Dodd said over the weekend that he and other Democrats needed Mr. Obama to assume a greater role right now.

    On health care, the president and his administration did not submit proposed legislation to Congress, preferring to let lawmakers draft the details for themselves. That in turn has led to three separate House bills, two different committees in the Senate drafting proposals and a lot of confusion about the priorities of the president.

    At the White House briefing on Monday afternoon, Mr. Gibbs defended the president’s health agenda and did not offer up any change in the course, tone or regularity of events going forward:
    “Well, I think the president has outlined a series of proposals and principles that he thinks ought to be included in health care, and we’ll continue to see if we can make progress as it relates to that,” Mr. Gibbs said.

    Should he assume a more active role right now?, Mr. Gibbs was asked. “He’s talked with many members of the Finance Committee and members of Congress in the House and the Senate. I think to characterize the role that the president is playing as inactive would be inaccurate,” the spokesman said. He later added that Mr. Obama was holding meetings on the subject, and making assessments about the status of the issue.

    Mr. Gibbs also complained that Republicans have abandoned any notion of bipartisanship on the health bills, specifically singling out Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming, who sharply criticized Democratic proposals in the Republican weekly address on Saturday. (The Times’s Carl Hulse wrote separately of Mr. Gibbs’ remarks about Senators Enzi, and Charles Grassley, Republican of Iowa, on our sib-blog, Prescriptions.) But even as Mr. Gibbs lambasted Republican talking points, he fired up several Democratic talking points:

    I think what somebody has to ask Senator Enzi and ask others — every member of Congress is, are you satisfied with the way the system is working right now? Are you satisfied that premiums are doubling every nine years? Are you satisfied that out-of-pocket expenses are skyrocketing? Are you satisfied that small businesses are dropping their coverage? Are you satisfied that every day 14,000 Americans wake up and find themselves without health insurance coverage? I think many may believe that we can’t afford to do anything. I think this president believes we can’t afford not to. The spokesman asserted again that he believed Mr. Obama had made some progress on combating untrue allegations about the proposals.

    With Mr. Dole’s column, an urging by Mr. Daschle that the president reshape the message by deeming it a “moral imperative” and Senator Dodd’s appeal that Mr. Obama has to “to step up and really frame this again for us,” the more muted message of these last few weeks emanating from the White House obviously has raised concerns.

    While Mr. Gibbs publicly defended the current pace of the president’s push on health care, there’s no question that slippage in the polls among various groups during the summer recess that raised more questions than answers about the Democrats’ proposals have generated calls for a new strategy, or a revamped one, come September.

    thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/31/white-house-defends-obamas-visibility-on-health-care-debate/

  11. If been deathly ill three times in my life. It happened to me in Paris, when I went to a restaurant called The Dog That Smokes. Bad shellfish. The next day I wandered around Montmarte in misery looking for a latrine. Next time it was in New York. Japanese reataurant. Bad shell fish and slow learner. The Algonquin once famous for the round table and Felisha Sander paid the price. The third time was when I read the stupid words of LaMott. They make bad shellfish look good.

  12. The third time was when I read the stupid words of LaMott. They make bad shellfish look good.
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    What is even worse, is that there are millions of people like her, whose brains are hopelessly addled by their hopium addiction.

  13. Belay my last. The problem with LaMott and others is they are trying to hold on to something that is not real and never was real. Still, it is frustrating that even now they cannot see the light. You have got to face yourself before you can face the world, and it seems that she has done neither.

  14. wbboei, LMAO!! you got sick, huh!! I read it to my very non-political daughter and she said,”what the hell is wrong with this woman, is she stupid or what”. She sounded like a jilted lover. Millions of others just like her. OMG, for pete’s sake, they are politicans, they all lie, even Hillary does. WE should expect it!

  15. I was trying to remember the best analogy of the woman that now occupies the WH, so it was a decription my dad often used when I was growing up, which was “six ax handle Annie”. This is what Mechelle looks like.

  16. Folks, for those of you who are interested in WHY Obama was elected by the Cartel, go to Lamecherry blogspot and read his last two posts. THey are very interesting and on the spot!!!

  17. Lena, from your lips as they say. However, I remember when the Rev. Wright tapes came out I thought for sure that this was what it would take to shake the boots off America. Unfortunately it wasn’t.

  18. …when I run into the likes of the OAF’s and/or a Anne Lamott…and they want to insist on defending the indefensible…

    I simply say to them “dream on…I feel your denial”

    no use driving yourself crazy if you get into a tiff with one of them on a site…you may as well be telling them the sky is blue, and they will insist that it is red…

    they would rather contradict themselves then admit right now that they are wrong…

    thus, the ‘tiny baby steps’ syndrome…

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    this should get to them…George Will is will be writing his next column and asking for a pull out of the troops in Afghanastan…

    calling Codepink…Moveon.org…DailyK … hmmm..asleep at the wheel…George Will takes the mantle of protesting the war…

  19. calling Codepink…Moveon.org…DailyK … hmmm..asleep at the wheel…George Will takes the mantle of protesting the war…

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    And Feingold has recently asked for a time table for withdrawal from Afghanistan.

  20. What a surprise that Patrick is for this…NOT…

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    Move to appoint Kennedy successor
    Massachusetts lawmakers are to consider a rule change allowing the state governor to pick an interim successor to the late Senator Edward Kennedy.

    Under current law, the seat will remain vacant until a special election, which will not be held for several months.

    Senate Democrats are worried that a lengthy vacancy could make passing a healthcare reform bill more difficult.

    Before his death last week Senator Kennedy, a Democrat, made it clear that he supported a change in the rules.

    Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, also a Democrat, has indicated that he supports the proposal.

    The Massachusetts legislature will hold a public hearing on the issue on 9 September, after which a bill could be rushed through to implement the change.

    Following Edward Kennedy’s death, the Democrats have 59 votes in the US Senate.
    Sixty votes are needed for the party to ensure that the minority Republicans cannot use procedural delaying tactics to block legislation.

    Mr Kennedy was a long-time champion of universal healthcare and his supporters are determined to make sure that his death will not jeopardise the passage of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform bill.

    Governor Patrick has announced that the special election to select a replacement for Mr Kennedy will be held on 19 January.

    news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8230884.stm

  21. Confloyd,

    Chelsea and her boyfriend come out to the Hamptons for weekends sometimes and several times they have visited the Winery where my husband works. They are pretty low key and normal. I had heard months ago that she was getting married this summer and I assumed it was true becauset the Clintons have many good friends here. They retreated here for a breather after the campaign.

    Supporting her mother’s campaign doesn’t in any way tell me that she has any political aspirations, just that there is a very strong bond and good relationship. She needs to be her own person.

  22. Also wanted to tell admin that this is a great post. In three years when the Hopium addled try to clean their hands of the Obama stench and make excuses for their support of Obama, we’ll have admin’s archives to prove their ignorance and attacks on anyone who tried to warn them. Organizing for America is such a joke. It’s a testimony to Obama’s lack of enthusiasm for “community organizing” and connecting with his constituents. Of course, we saw this from his days in Chicago, doing half-assed work for a few years to build his resume while applying for the next best opportunity.

  23. Somewhere in the statisitics I read that 82% of democrats still support him. I fear that they will stick with him just as the repugs stuck with GWB. Unless, dimocrats start to turn from him in larger numbers I am afraid that we will just be a too small opposition.

    I am still looking for a Hillary 2012 bumber sticker. I may have to print my own.

    If BO is the Dem pick in 2012, I really hope there will be a strong independent choice.

  24. Well this has made my Day, I’m laughing, Golden boy has the midas touch in reverse, everything he touches turns to shit.

    Obama plummets to 42% approval in New Zogby Poll.

    President Barack Obama’s job approval rating is down to 42%, with a decline in approval from Democrats the leading factor.

    The latest Zogby Interactive poll of 4,518 likely voters conducted from August 28-31 found 48% disapprove and 42% approve of the job Obama is doing. The poll found 75% of Democrats approve of Obama’s performance, a drop of 13 points among Democrats from an interactive poll done July 21-24 of this year. That same poll found 48% of all likely voters approving of Obama’s job performance, and 49% disapproving.

    In the time between the two aforementioned polls, Zogby conducted a similar interactive survey from Aug. 18-20. That poll found 45% of all likely voters approving of Obama’s job performance and 51% disapproving. So Obama is up very slightly overall from 10 days earlier.

    The Aug. 28-31 poll also found that:
    17% give Obama an excellent job rating, 25% rate him good, 16% fair and 41% poor. Combining the two highest and lowest rankings shows 42% rating Obama positively and 57% negatively. (This is the standard Zogby International has used for many years in measuring job performance.)

    Likely voters are closely split on whether they have a favorable opinion of Obama, with 50% favorable and 48% unfavorable. Democrats are more positive about Obama personally than they are of his job performance, with 85% rating him favorably.

    52% of all likely voters are proud to have Obama as President, and 35% are ashamed. The percentage of those proud is unchanged from six weeks ago.

    A majority of likely voters (53%) believe the U.S. headed in the wrong direction, with 38% saying right direction.

  25. Carol, unfortunately, there won’t be an Independent strong enough to beat Obama and his vast amounts of dirty corporate money. You’re either going to sit 2012 out or hope that the Republicans nominate a candidate you can stomach voting for. It sucks but those are the only options available in modern politics.

  26. That would be one hell of a dig at the kennedy’s for Chelsea to hold her wedding at Chappaqiddick. Good on her.

  27. moononpluto, chelsea wouldn’t take a dig at the kennedys. i’m sure she likes the location because it’s secluded and beautiful.

  28. moononpluto, chelsea wouldn’t take a dig at the kennedys. i’m sure she likes the location because it’s secluded and beautiful.
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    Which is the same reason teddy liked it. Especially the secluded part. Oh but we digress.

  29. wbboei, nothing yet on the email, will keep checking, if its long, maybe it will take time to get here!

  30. Well, darn, I wanted Chelsea to carry the mantle if Hillary could not. I guess there is still hope for our girl. I havent seen abm90 lately, is he ok??

  31. “Can you believe such foolishness? Is this an actual grown-up? What insult is sufficient to describe the level of stupidity evidenced in this letter from “author” Anne Lamott to her majesty Barack Obama?”

    We had this reprinted in our local paper as well. I have long laughed at Anne Lamott. I’m sorry, but I can’t take seriously a supposed adult such as Lamott with her pathetic white girl dreads. That always screams white guilt to me. She sounds retarded in her mental and emotional growth…maybe too much ganja?

  32. Paula Says:

    August 31st, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    moononpluto, chelsea wouldn’t take a dig at the kennedys. i’m sure she likes the location because it’s secluded and beautiful.

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    I agree. The Clintons have too much class for that to be the reason for this location.

  33. While I would have no problem supporting Chelsea Clinton for potus at some time down the road, unlike the Kennedys, I would want her to work her way up the hard way with lots of experience. Otherwise, she isn’t that far ahead of John Kennedy’s daughter and the repubs would rip her to shreds.

  34. September 1, 2009

    Lockerbie bomber on show at Gaddafi’s 40th anniversary celebrations

    Libya is set to flaunt the Lockerbie bomber’s release at the climax of today’s celebrations marking Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s 40 years in power.

    The Times gained access last night to the dress rehearsal of a spectacular two-hour show which extols Colonel Gaddafi for reviving his country and restoring Arab pride. As the finale approaches, the screen at the back of the giant stage in Tripoli’s Green Square shows Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi stepping off the plane which brought him home from his Scottish prison two weeks ago. His arms are raised aloft by Colonel Gaddafi’s son, Saif, as he acknowledges the joyful reception from the crowd below.

    Unless it is cut out at the last minute, the clip’s inclusion seems almost calculated to provoke the West. Britain and America had urged Libya to keep al-Megrahi’s homecoming low key, and President Obama and Gordon Brown both expressed disgust when he was given what appeared to be a rapturous welcome at Tripoli airport. It also flies in the face of repeated assurances by Libyan officials, including Saif Gaddafi, that the reception was muted and not intended as a display of gloating. Al-Megrahi himself is now in hospital, seriously ill with prostate cancer.

    Anxious to dampen down the controversy caused by al-Megrahi’s release, Britain is expected to send only a junior representative to today’s ceremonies. The British Embassy in Tripoli said that Sir Vincent Fean, the ambassador, was in Malta, suggesting the job will be left to a more junior diplomat. “We are still considering the level of representation,” a spokesman said.

    Other European states are sending ministers, ambassadors or official delegations, but the President of Malta is thought to be the only European head of state attending. However the audience will include a large number of African leaders and Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez.

    In another development yesterday, Libya linked its cooperation in the unsolved murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher in 1984 to Britain helping its investigation of a 1996 assassination attempt against Colonel Gaddafi allegedly financed by MI6. “These two cases are linked,” Mohammed Siala, a member of Colonel Gaddafi’s cabinet, replied when The Times asked if Libya would show WPC Fletcher’s family the compassion shown to al-Megrahi by surrendering her killer.
    WPC Fletcher was shot during a demonstration outside the Libyan Embassy in Central London, almost certainly by a bullet fired from the building’s first floor. Her killer was thought to have been smuggled out of the country. As Libya shed its pariah status Metropolitan police officers visited Tripoli in 2004, 2006 and 2007.

    The assassination attempt to which Mr Siala appeared to be referring occured when Colonel Gaddafi’s motorcade was attacked in the town of Sirte. He survived but six bystanders were killed. David Shayler, a renegade MI5 officer, later claimed that MI6 had paid the so-called Islamic Fighting Group £100,000 to stage the attack.

    Mr Siala denied his government was upset that so few Western leaders were attending today’s celebrations, which are supposed to mark Libya’s return to international respectability. “It’s up to them to come or not,” he said. But he did complain that the West had not responded adequately to Libya’s renunciation of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.

    timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article6816616.ece

  35. JanH, And the rumor is Bill rented the land on Chappaquiddick, so obviously the site would’ve been picked well before Ted passed away.

  36. Brain Lamb is doing a week of shows on c-span at different venues on health reform

    tonight he had a discussion with three doctors…a male internist, a female surgeon who specializes in breast cancer and a male surgeon who specializes in bowel and rectum cancer…if you get the chance to see it, it is worth it…

    suffice to say, all three agree that if things go the way they are being discussed, the quality of our health care is going to suffer and decline…and the system will collapse

    all three doctors emphasized not to change or mess with the aspects that are working and that we do have the best health care in the world…

    in addition, many doctors will be forced out of practice because with the 20% cut in medicare reimbursements and then the $500 billion O cuts, the doctors will not be able to see as many patients, they will not be able to make their overhead and rent and simply will be forced out of business…many doctors will leave medicine…

    while the doctors make money, their reimbursements from medicare and then insurance co are not as much as one would think…if those reimbursements are reduced and cut, then common sense tells everyone that the care and patients will be cut…

    bottom line…Obama care is going to negatively effect the quality of care, it is going to reduce the care available and less patients are going to be able to see a declining number of doctors…it is a disaster in the making…

    …there is no way in hell that Obamacare is going to cut costs, it is going to explode costs and our taxes will go up…no doubt about it…that will be on top of mandates…so, higher costs, higher taxes, less care…how stupid does he think we are? no wonder people are in the streets…

    ADMIN’S words above provide the insight to what this fraud is trying to pull off:

    Obama wants a free hand to work his deals with lobbyists, hospitals, insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies without those pesky idiots who believed a Corrupt Circus Clown From Chicago.

    …that’s what it is about…actual ‘health care & patients’ be damned…
    ****************************************
    if you have not read it yet, Chris Hedges also gets to the point:

    truthdig.com/report/item/20090823_this_isnt_reform_its_robbery/

  37. moononpluto Says:

    August 31st, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Obama plummets to 42% approval in New Zogby Poll.
    ***************************************

    wow, moon…those numbers are amazing!

  38. From BP
    ******************

    George F. WillAn Ivy League Huey Long

    Washington is seriously unserious

    In August our ubiquitous president became the nation’s elevator music, always out and about, heard but not really listened to, like audible wallpaper. And now, as Congress returns to resume wrestling with health care reform, we shall see if he continues his August project of proving that the idea of an Ivy League Huey Long is not oxymoronic.

    Barack Obama in August became a Huey for today, a rabble rouser with a better tailor, an unrumpled and modulated tribune of downtrodden Americans, telling them that opponents of his reform plan—which actually does not yet exist—are fearmongers employing scare tactics. He also told Americans to be afraid, very afraid of health-insurance providers because they are dishonest (and will remain so until there is a “public option” to make them “honest”). And to be afraid, very afraid of pediatricians who unnecessarily extract children’s tonsils for monetary rather than medical reasons. And to be afraid, very afraid of doctors generally because so many of them are so rapacious that they prefer lopping off limbs of diabetes patients rather than engaging in lifestyle counseling that for “a pittance” could prevent diabetes.

    Sen. Olympia Snowe, the Maine Republican whom Democrats hope will lend a patina of bipartisanship to their health legislation whenever it gets written, says that one thing we learned from the cacophonous town halls of August is “that there are many people who are satisfied with their health insurance.” Actually, long before this debate began we knew that a large majority of Americans have insurance, and a large majority of that majority are content with their care. That is why the president has become shrill: There is no underlying discontent commensurate with the scale of the changes he is trying to propel.

    Another reason that reasonable people are wary of any government plan for a grandiose rearrangement of the health-care sector’s 17 percent of the economy is that, regarding grandiosity, the president, after less than eight months in office, is a recidivist. His health-care crusade comes after a $787 billion stimulus (which has effectively made the Energy Department into the nation’s largest venture-capital firm, scattering scores of billions of dollars to speculative energy investments) and the semi-nationalization of two car companies. August ended with the unembarrassable administration uttering a $2 trillion “Oops!” by estimating that the 10-year budget-deficit projection is about $9 trillion rather than $7.1 trillion. The supposed means of paying for the president’s $1 trillion health-care plan include substantial Medicare cuts that will never happen, and the auction of carbon-emission permits that, instead, would be given away by the Waxman–Markey cap-and-trade legislation the House has sent to the Senate.

    That legislation is a particularly lurid illustration of why no serious person nowadays takes seriously Washington’s increasingly infantile bandying of numbers. The point of cap-and-trade is to impose a ceiling on the nation’s greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions—primarily carbon dioxide. The legislation endorses the goal of holding the global carbon–dioxide level to a maximum of 450 parts per million by 2050. That. Will. Not. Happen.

    Steven Hayward and Kenneth Green of the American Enterprise Institute do the math. The 450 level is less than the 2030 projected level for all countries other than the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s 30 developed nations. Which means the global goal would be unreachable even if in 2030 those 30 disappear—if they have zero emissions. Waxman–Markey endorses the goal of reducing all of this nation’s GHG emissions 83 percent below 2005 levels by 2050. In 2005, the United States’ carbon-dioxide emissions were 6 billion tons, so an 83 percent -reduction would permit about 1 billion tons—what America’s emissions were in 1910, when the population was 92 million and the economy was one twenty-fifth of today’s. But by 2050, the population probably will be about 420 million, so per capita carbon-dioxide emissions would have to be 2.4 tons—one quarter of 1910’s per capita emissions.

    Hayward and Green say that historical data indicate that the last time emissions were that low was 1875. And even before that, before widespread use of fossil fuels, wood burning by Americans may have produced more than 2.4 tons per capita. Today France, which generates approximately 80 percent of its electricity by nuclear power, and Switzerland, which generates most of its electricity by nuclear or hydropower, have per capita emissions of 6.59 and 6.13 tons, respectively.

    Obviously Hayward and Green are correct that meeting the 2.4-ton goal “is not going to be seriously attempted.” So why do the same politicians who want to radically expand government’s control of health care pretend otherwise? Because they are not serious people. Which is why so many Americans are seriously alarmed

  39. 42% approval in New Zogby Poll.
    ———————————–
    What is wrong with that 42% He stands there grinning like a possum eating shit out of a hairbrush, as he pisses on their leg and tells them it is raining, and what do they say in response? “I approve”.

  40. Admin, just a note that history is once again a teacher…

    Anne Lamott and others should remember that a political leader’s followers can become a hindrance once the leader is in power: The Fürher organized the Night of the Long Knives in mid-1934 to allow the Wehrmacht to murder the SA leadership that had been so instrumental in bringing him to power. His reason was that he needed the army for his long-term designs and the army didn’t want to integrate the SA.

    We are living in another country and another time, where large-scale murder cannot be covered up and elections occur regularly (Germany in 1934 had little experience with, and much contempt for, democracy), but o’s motivation and reasoning are similar to Adolf’s: He was concerned with voters and his supporters to get himself elected, but now that he’s in office, his real job is to deal with the big money interests. Maybe he thinks they will help in get elected next time.

  41. What is wrong with that 42% He stands there grinning like a possum eating shit out of a hairbrush, as he pisses on their leg and tells them it is raining, and what do they say in response? “I approve”.

    —————————————————-

    because that 42% is a long way from the 68% who watched the shitgrinner 6 months ago and thought he was a good idea.

  42. All OK here confloyd.I am overwelmed by all the great comments,their length,their right on target brilliance and their proof that patriotism is alive and well but we must protect it with our lives if we as a nation,the worlds greatest democracy,is to survive these forces of evil that the messiah has unleashed on us.MSM bears the guilt of his existence.

    By ABM91

  43. Another Obama payoff. This guy’s cronyism knows no boundaries.

    There has not been a lot of coverage of this. It happened back in July and is only now winding its way through the federal system.

    Barack Obama and his administration are about to significantly drive up the costs of federal building construction. This is an astonishing reach. The Office of Management and Budget has directed that any federal construction over $25 million benefit unions.

    The order would make all federal construction projects 10-20% more expensive by requiring all contractors to either use union workers or apply inefficient union apprenticeship and work rules to their employees. Contractors would also be required to make contributions to union pension funds and other union programs that non-union workers will never benefit from.

    This will hugely drive up the cost of construction of federal buildings and line the pockets of unions without even having union workers involved in the projects. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that only 15.6% of private construction workers in America belong to unions. In other words, 8 out of 10 construction workers in America will be legally denied the right to work on federal building projects.

  44. A noteworthy update to President Obama’s light schedule this week, considering the rumors about his religion that lingered throughout the 2008 campaign. From the White House guidance for Tuesday:

    In the evening, the President will host a dinner celebrating Ramadan and highlight the contributions of American Muslims in the State Dining Room. The President’s remarks will be pooled press.

    Has he ever celebrated a christian holiday at the WH? I’m beginning to wonder! Why is he doing everything to usurp the major religion of this country. This will go down about as well as a lead baloon with the public.

  45. moononpluto

    Remember in abusive relationships, there is a percentage that do not get out of the relationship for one of two reasons:

    1. They have no where to go
    2. they cannot admit they are wrong.

    I don’t really think #1 applies, but it is very difficult for people to admit they are wrong. Let us face it, it is like you have this lump in your throat, because after all you have made a fool out your self over this guy, and now you have to look the world, or even just your close circle of friends and say, I was wrong, and I really was mistaken. We raise people in our society to never say they are sorry, so to speak, or that they are wrong. Too bad, as I think a really great society allows their leaders and people to be wrong, so they can make a course correction and get on with it.

    OO never has and never will admit to a course correction, and his followers have to deal that that lump in their throats.

  46. ABM91 Congratualtions on a new birthday. You thought we would not notice. Glad to see your posting. I just passed another year also, so hopefully we will have many more together, to accomplish our goal.

  47. Tuesday Sep 1

    Rassmussen Obama at 45% Approval, 53% disaapprove.

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 30% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -11

    Overall, 45% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance. That’s down a point from yesterday and the lowest level of total approval yet measured for Obama. Fifty-three percent (53%) now disapprove.

  48. Just saw on the Today Program that the widow of Ted Kennedy is not interested in a temporary appointment to the position. The only Kennedy that is is Joe. Does anyone know how he stands on Health Care Reform, or will he just salute?

  49. and the question i want to ask is, Why the hell should they just give it to another Kennedy? There are other people in Massachussetts.

  50. admin Says:
    August 30th, 2009 at 2:46 am
    “Summer Song” by Chad and Jeremy is a beautiful song, nice simple guitar work and wonderful harmonizing. The mid-sixties (the Association, Mamas and Papas, etc.) truly had very filled out harmonies, and great song writing.

    In the sixties and seventies, there used to be this thing where being a really hot shot guitar player was “popular”. Alas, most pop/rock today features very simplistic loud chords, but seriously, dude, take some lessons.

  51. Just a note for the memory file.

    GE is becoming the Goliath of the Health Care Industry.

    GE owns NBC and I believe MSNBC-

    GE holds the market share of Medical Equipment.

    GE has now formed a partnership with CVS called Care Mark
    having mini-Health Care Clinics in each CVS store.

    What happened to monopolys and Anti-Turst Laws?

  52. moononpluto Says:
    September 1st, 2009 at 10:19 am

    GE : The president is in their pocket, thats what

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

    We have to figure out how BO is being compensated for all this LOVE.

  53. # birdgal Says:
    September 1st, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Mrs. Smith: What anti-trust laws? If we have anything left, they are not being enforced.

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

    The Micro-soft Case should have a precedent. I didn’t follow the case very closely but the upshot of it was, iirc, was having their software loaded automatically into HP computers at the factory..and shutting out indy browsers from having access to their software products.

  54. NMF..

    exactly..
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    admin… Love your subject matter and commentary..

    Anyone having any doubts not investing in Caroline Kennedy for the NY Senate was a good idea.
    Caroline’s daughter flipping the bird to media.. Obama did well brainwashing the next generation of Kennedys. Grandpa Jack would be proud!

    youtube.com/watch?v=Og3-iCm0r4g&feature=player_embedded

  55. admin, thanks for the Lamott piece at the top, ripe for the pickings. Here are some excerpts toward the end, with my $$$ comments:

    After eight years of Bush, and then the Palin nomination, we were battered and anguished and punch-drunk.

    $$$ What in the hell does she mean by the “Palin nomination”?? The Bush era, 8 horrible years, I get. But the Palin nomination?? Does she mean that upon her nomination by McCain to be his veep, that she united liberals? Or does she mean that she brought disaffected Hillary voters into the Republican tent? Don’t forget, after the Republican convention, McCain started surging, and kept eating into Obama’s polling lead until he surpassed him, only to have it swing back when the Lehmann meltdown “financial crisis” made voters nervous about returning Repubs to the WH.

    We did not know exactly how you would proceed to restore our beloved Constitution.

    $$$ Indeed, Obama made mainly vague promises, seldom promising anything concrete. Any concrete promises were reneged as well. But you bought into the hopey feely stuff, and didn’t vet your candidate. It’s like buying a lemon from a sleazy used car dealer; you should have done your research before making a major purchase.

    You said you would push back your sleeves and begin, that it would take all of us working harder than we ever had before, but that you would lead.

    $$$ Haha. It turns out he only rolls up his sleeves for photo ops, to appear hard working. Hard work is for the staff and his not-yet-disillusioned followers.

    While acknowledging the financial and moral devastation of the last eight years, you said you would start by giving your people healthcare. You would do battle with the conservatives and insurance companies.

    $$$ Battle = hard work. If you wanted a fighter, you could have had Hillary. Again, lack of planning on your part does not constiture an emergency on my part. Here’s where I laugh at you.

    You said in your beautiful way many times that this was the overarching moral and spiritual issue of our times, and we understood this to mean that you took this to be your Selma, your Little Rock.

    $$$ You saw what you wanted to see. He knew many wanted this, and was able to feed off that doe-eyed optimism. He says he is a blank slate on which people project what they want to see, and is happy to manipulate them.

    I hate to sound like a betrayed 7-year-old, but you said. And we believed you. Now you seem to have abandoned the dream.

    $$$ Bad girl. No candy for you. Go polish the president’s helicopter with your toothbrush.

  56. Happy Birthday to our friend ABM91!

    I’m interested in knowing all our other BigPinkers ages.

    I’ll jump in .. although I’m dot48 I am actually 51 years old. Female and proud of it.

  57. Rep. Peter King Passes on New York Senate Race Because No One Cares About It

    By David Weigel 8/31/09

    There is no joy today for New York political reporters. Media-savvy, blunt-talking Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) has passed on a 2010 run for the Senate against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who was appointed in January to replace now-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.). King’s terrifically honest about his decision.

    “I would have run if Caroline Kennedy were the Democratic candidate. Her candidacy would have generated the media coverage and financial contributions necessary for me to run a competitive race. That’s all I would have hoped for. Once the race became competitive, it would have been up to me to win it by contrasting my blue collar conservatism with her Manhattan liberalism. That race was not to be. Senator Gillibrand generates neither strong support nor opposition. This makes it virtually impossible for me to raise the campaign funds I would need to overcome the built-in Democratic registration advantage and the countless millions of dollars which the Democrats will make available to Senator Gillibrand.”

    With former Gov. George Pataki (R-N.Y.) unlikely to run, and with only gadfly candidate Jonathan Tasini mounting a bid on her left, Gillibrand looks increasingly safe in 2010; the Democratic battles to hold the other seats that opened up after the 2008 election, in Delaware, Illinois, and Colorado, are a little more touch and go.

    washingtonindependent.com/57202/rep-peter-king-passes-on-new-york-senate-race-because-no-one-cares-about-it

  58. Happy Birthday ABM91

    I too I’m a February baby 48 years young.

    Amy Goodman and Pacifica Radio shoved Obama down their listeners throats what they failed to understand was that their listeners supported Hillary. Now when they have their fundraisers they don’t collect squat. Amy and Pacifica should have listened to the listeners. Amy when you come to your sense’s and say you were wrong I will listen to Pacific Radio and donate money again.

  59. Obama’s Threat to Bypass Republicans on Health May Be ‘No Win’

    By Kristin Jensen

    Sept. 1 (Bloomberg) — Threats by President Barack Obama and congressional leaders to push health-care legislation through the Senate without Republican support may be undercut by some Democrats whose support they need.

    With bipartisan efforts stalled, Democratic leaders are considering abandoning protocol to pass a measure with as few as 50 votes. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad and West Virginia’s Robert Byrd, the longest-serving senator in history, have warned against the idea. They aren’t alone.

    Resorting to a budget procedure called reconciliation would infuriate Republicans and force Democrats to settle for more limited changes, said Jennifer Duffy, senior editor at the nonpartisan Cook Political Report in Washington.
    “Both procedurally and politically, this may be a no- win,” Duffy said.

    Lawmakers are trying to extend coverage to millions of uninsured Americans and rein in health-care costs that account for about one-sixth of the economy. They are considering mandates on employers to provide coverage, new rules for insurers and creating a government-run program to compete with private insurers such as Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc.

    No Republican has supported any of the plans passed so far by four congressional committees. The Senate Finance Committee is still seeking a compromise.

    ‘Not an Option’

    “Failure is not an option,” Obama said in an interview with MSNBC last month. He said that he would make an assessment “some time in September” about whether his party should keep working with Republicans. Senator Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, told reporters the deadline would be Sept. 15.

    Under Senate rules, 60 members generally must agree to end debate on an issue and hold an up-or-down vote. That would require almost unanimous backing from Democrats, who control 59 votes in the 99-member Senate, and a few Republicans.

    Democrats are looking at the reconciliation process because it provides a way around the 60-vote requirement, allowing a simple majority to pass measures aimed at cutting the federal budget deficit. While solving one problem, the process brings others. The legislation would have to save the government money within five years, which may require Democrats to “scale it back a lot,” Duffy said.

    To keep lawmakers from using reconciliation for legislation unrelated to federal spending, Senate rules also forbid provisions with only an incidental link to the budget.

    Passing Test

    Proposals that affect Medicare spending or offer subsidies to help Americans buy insurance would likely pass the test; regulatory changes may not, said James Horney, who’s worked for the Senate Budget Committee and the Congressional Budget Office. “It leaves a whole bunch of stuff in the middle,” said Horney, director of federal fiscal policy at Washington’s Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

    Because health-care expenses are such a big part of the budget, some experts say reconciliation can accomplish more than lawmakers might think. “You can easily come up with a budget justification for doing virtually anything when it comes to health care,” said Stan Collender, a former analyst for the House and Senate budget committees. “It’s going to come down to judgment calls.”

    What provisions can stay may be largely up to Senate parliamentarian Alan Frumin. His rulings can be overturned with 60 votes.

    Maryland Senator Ben Cardin, a Democrat on the budget committee, said in an Aug. 20 interview that, while the process may narrow the legislation’s scope, “we’ve never stopped talking about reconciliation.”

    ‘Swiss Cheese’

    Conrad has repeatedly said the result would be “Swiss cheese” for legislation. “It does not work very well,” the North Dakota Democrat said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Aug. 23. Conrad and Byrd warned against the procedure in April, before the Senate on a 53-43 vote passed a budget with nonbinding rules allowing for reconciliation. “Using reconciliation to ram through complicated, far- reaching legislation is an abuse,” Byrd said in an April 29 statement.

    Besides Byrd and Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, one of the four Democrats who voted against the budget was Pennsylvania’s Arlen Specter, who said he disagreed with the provision allowing reconciliation for health care. The fourth, Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson, “opposes using reconciliation,” though he hasn’t ruled out voting for it, said spokesman Jake Thompson.

    ‘Real Mistake’

    Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, told CNN on Aug. 23 the process would be a “real mistake.” Leaders may not be able to count on votes from Bayh and Democrat Senators Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor of Arkansas, who prefer bipartisan legislation. “There are a number of moderate Democrats who are going to feel uncomfortable voting for a bill that no Republicans support,” said Andrew Laperriere, managing director of the International Strategy and Investment Group in Washington.

    Most aren’t tipping their hands. Aides to Bayh and Lincoln said the senators are focused on bipartisan solutions. Officials in Pryor’s and Landrieu’s offices weren’t available for comment.

    The strategy also risks alienating Republicans, who could retaliate by slowing work on other legislation or blame Democrats for any future problems with their plan. “They’ll be sorry if they do it in a partisan way,” said Senator Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican who’s working on a compromise, in an Aug. 26 interview.

    To contact the reporter on this story: Kristin Jensen in Washington at kjensen@bloomberg.net.

    bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=anM6htFmlZT4#

  60. The embarrassment-in-chief is the subject of the Washington Post’s polite form of political obituary for the still breathing – “The Post asked political experts what he could do to regain the initiative.” Even the brain-stem deprived Donna Brazile is mustered into the effort to save Princess Obama.

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    Priceless administrator!!!!

  61. I’ll go with what an old friend used to tell people when asked her age: “I’m ageless and immortal”. Or, as my Georgia Aunties used to tell me, “Now, sugar if anyone ever is evah so rude to ask you about yo’ age or yo’ money, you have every right to make up a story.”

    But really, I stopped fessing up after 65. When I was younger, I was a bit less mature than many my age; now it’s young at heart…I did finally grow up and out of the 60’s unlike those who are 0zer0’s followers. So many of his morons seem to want to re-create my youthful era or, like Ayers, never changed or moved on. Ego, I guess. And believe me, now I only trust people OVER 30…and more like over 50.

  62. …and the Media Whore Award goes to…once again…that Media Whore has prevailed…for the umteenth time…the Media Whore award goes to:

    Chris Matthews…who has now found GOD…and GOD is no other than, President Bill Clinton

    watch for yourself…fast forward past the insider laugh fest and blabber of Eugene Robinson aided by David Corn…to @4:40 on

    msnbc.msn.com/id/3036697/#32633523

    ADMIN…Daily Beast has the short version of just comments re: ‘Bill is God ‘but my tech skills fail me at bringing the short version here…the short version is worth displaying…

  63. Mass. AG apparently first to seek Kennedy’s seat

    BOSTON – Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley appears to be the first candidate in a special election for the Senate seat left open by the death of Edward Kennedy.

    A woman who said she was representing Coakley picked up nomination papers from the Secretary of State on Tuesday. Coakley aides did not immediately return calls or e-mails seeking confirmation of her candidacy.

    Other Democrats said to be weighing a race include a Kennedy nephew, former Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II; plus U.S. Reps. Stephen Lynch and Michael Capuano. Republicans include former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey and state Sen. Scott Brown.

    The primary is Dec. 8 and the special election Jan. 19.

    news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090901/ap_on_el_se/us_kennedy_successor

    I really hope someone, other than an Kennedy wins the senate seat.

  64. Independents disapprove of Obama

    …what I want to know is how many of those independents are democrats that have left the party to become independents…that is the question they should start asking in these polls…and I am not kidding…

    (admin…that isn’t the dailybeast “Bill is God’ clip I was speaking of at 1:05 pm…but, oh my!!!)

    politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/09/01/cnn-poll-independents-disapprove-of-obama/

    From CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — A majority of independent voters disapprove of how Barack Obama’s handling his job as president, according to a new national poll.

    Fifty-three percent of independents questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday say they disapprove of how Obama’s handling his duties in the White House, with 43 percent in approval. That result marks the first time in a CNN poll that a majority of independents give the president’s performance a thumbs-down.

    Obama’s overall approval rating of 53 percent is down 3 points from a month ago, and down 8 points from June. Forty-five percent of those questioned disapprove, up 5 points from a month ago and up 8 points from June.

    According to the poll, nine in 10 Democrats approve of the job Obama’s doing, up three points from a month ago, with 15 percent of Republicans approving, down 8 points.

    “Obama won a majority of the vote among independents last year, and that helped put him in the White House,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Losing their support makes it more difficult for Obama to govern from the center.”

    Broken down by issues, the president still gets majority support on foreign affairs and terrorism, but a majority now disapprove of how he has handled health care, taxes, the economy and the budget deficit.

    Is the fight over health care responsible for the downturn in Obama’s numbers?

    “Yes, in part, but his standing on some other issues has taken an even bigger tumble,” adds Holland. “Among all Americans, his rating on health care has dropped 13 points since March. Compare that to his 16 point drop on the deficit and 17 point dip on taxes and it looks like there is growing discontent with Obama’s overall domestic agenda — not just his health care policy.”

    According to the poll, Obama’s approval rating on how he is handling the war in Afghanistan also fell 18 points since March.

    The survey also indicates that 37 percent of Americans think the media has treated Obama fairly, down 18 points from February. One in four say the media has been too critical of the president, up seven points from February and 36 percent say the media has not been critical enough, up 10 points.

    The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted Friday through Monday, with 1,010 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey’s sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

    …the only place he gets decent marks is foreign policy…calling Hillary…without Hillary, this man will lose all credibility…he better be praying she does not take a walk…

  65. I stopped reading at CNN poll……if you look at Rassmussens indy numbers its even worse…..66% of independents now disapprove of Obama and these are the guys that threw him over the top last Nov.

    If 66% of indy’s go against the dems say bye bye to 2010.

  66. I’m thinking that obama and his friends will force his healthcare bill through. He needs a major policy win in the worst way. But given that many scholars in the field are saying that the bill as it stands will make things so much worse, what happens when everything collapses?

    What if the stimulus continues to reap poor results, unemployment rises, banks get even more greedy, personal bankruptcies reach a new high?

    Is this what he means by being happy with just one term? And if that is the case, will he have destroyed any chance for a follow-up democratic majority at the same time?

  67. Kevin McCullough

    – FOXNews.com

    – September 01, 2009
    Why the Obama Administration Will Implode In Weeks

    I was the first pundit to predict that Barack Obama would become president. Here’s what I think we can expect from this administration in the next six to eight weeks.

    Never has an administration had more political firepower at their disposal yet been set to so totally fail in the next six to eight weeks. It is nearly a foregone conclusion. It is nearly unavoidable. And it defies all logic given the sizable majority the administration has in both houses of Congress.

    Since I was the first pundit to predict Obama’s presidency (back in December 2006) it behooves me to tell you the course I believe the next few weeks will take. Just think, it was only a few months ago that the left looked unstoppable in bringing about their plan to radicalize, nationalize, and federalize America.

    1. Health Care’s Long and Painful Death

    Barring the existing possibility that the Democrats cram a reform bill down the throats of actively protesting Americans through an ultra-partisan process that would shut out conservatives and Republicans from even being allowed to contribute to the discussion, health care reform is dead.

    It actually died a good while back when the president decided to pivot and create a new issue that no one had been discussing–health insurance reform. The American people will want to know why we should spend $4 billion to cover everyone in America “efficiently,” when we already do so with inefficiencies like people using the emergency room as their general practitioner for $2.5 billion.

    Deep thinkers on the issue also want to know why the president hasn’t entertained one item of tort reform– protecting his friends, the trial lawyers– yet is willing to claim that doctors are eager to lop off feet, tonsils, and other body parts just to make a buck.

    2. Cap-and-Trade Will Be the Largest Tax Increase in American History

    With the 2010 election cycle just around the corner, it won’t be too long before the campaign ads are drafted. With cap-and-trade still sitting in legislative limbo (and the president’s own adviser–Warren Buffet– now opposing it openly in the media), with anti-tax Democrats, Republicans, and Independents coming to Washington on September 12, and with “Blue Dog” Democrats getting hammered by constituents during the August recess, the chance of an ultra-partisan “ram through” victory on the legislation would not be wise.

    Cap-and-trade, if passed, will contribute to unemployment, Wall Street stop and starts, and ultimately reduced treasury revenues. It would serve as the single largest tax increase on the average American in all of American history.

    Even President Obama admitted as much, predicting that electric bill prices, in his words, would, “skyrocket.” Those that have looked at the specifics tell us that the average utility bill in America will go from $167 to $307 per month, per family.

    3. Unemployment Will Remain

    By now several Washington organizations, from left and right, and one of note consisting of both–the Congressional Budget Office, predict that unemployment will not shrink from the predicted “Obama high” of eight percent. Instead, nearly without fail, economists are predicting that unemployment will be at or over 10% for up to the next 24 months.– That is a nearly 250% increase in the unemployment rate under Bush for nearly the duration of his two-term presidency. We did not see the unemployment climb this high during President Bush’s entire two-term presidency.

    If more people were working, higher taxes and possible new health care entitlements could be considered, but with at least ten percent of the population out of work, it is political suicide for Democrats to even think of it.

    4. Obama’s Integrity Has Been Tarnished in August

    Not a great deal has been made of the whoppers that the president has been spewing while Congress has been away during the summer recess but it turns out that more people than I realized have also noticed the president wildly “exaggerating” in his talks on health care. For instance, the president confused the $500 physicians actually get to amputate a foot as opposed to the $50,000 that he claimed they got. He also showed an utter disregard for the reputation of those doctors he talks about, the “facts” he uses to make his argument, and is highly overly optimistic about the results of his policies. Long story short, at the beginning of the summer Americans mostly trusted him, his passion index was at +10, he heads into the fall at -14.

    5. A $3 Trillion Dollar Budget

    There was lots of new spending for this and it sure added up. And that brings me to number 6.

    6. A Coming Middle Class Tax Hike

    The Obama administration will hem and haw about hiking taxes. — There will be an official, and arrogant, explanation given by Robert Gibbs from the podium in the White House briefing room about why they must to do this to be “good stewards” and to be a “responsible administration” that “pays as it goes.”

    But the truth is, in order to pay for everything the Obama administration has promised (and budgeted for), a tax hike is looming for small businesses and the working families that President Obama promised would never come.

    And as an aside, the president was going to break that promise all along. Because the minute the Bush tax relief measures run out in 2010, middle class taxes would be going up in the Obama administration. That means that, fundamentally, that Obama’s “not a single dime” pledge on the campaign trail was just hot air from start to finish.

    Of course, the president, the Democrats, the left, and Congressional leadership could surprise me. They could show up in September and endorse the Coburn health care bill in the Senate and steal all the credit for it. They could show up next week and fight with all their might to not allow the tax rates to skyrocket in 2010. They could decide to scrap cap-and-trade and re-think the use of public money for a true job-based economic stimulus.

    But I’m not holding my breath, and I’d advise you against it as well.

    They’ve awakened the American worker, the American small-business owner, and the American voter.

    All three of which are now wondering aloud, “What on earth have we done?”

    Kevin McCullough is the nationally syndicated host of “‘Baldwin/McCullough Radio”

  68. JanH, At this point, I don’t know if there are enough Dems willing to walk the plank on health care to allow Obama to ram this through. They have 2010 to think about.

    BTW, isn’t it ironic how Obama is such a divisive figure seven-plus months into his presidency? He gets 90 percent approval from Dems and 85 percent disapproval from Repubs. And Hillary was supposed to be the “polarizing” one.

    Early in the primaries, I got into a discussion at work with other Dems who preferred Obama to Hillary, and they cited her being polarizing as a negative. I tried to explain that any president ends up being polarizing eventually, even very successful ones (Roosevelt, anyone?), but they paid no attention, of course. I can’t believe otherwise smart people were dumb enough to believe Obama would be different simply because he made a big deal about being postpartisan. Did they think he was going to wave some magic wand or something? Their naivete still astounds me.

  69. Paula,

    I pray you are right. I would like to see some life and a sprinkling of ethical behavior in the dims again.

    —————————-

    TheRealist Says:

    September 1st, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    —–

    Oh my! I guess I have my answer. It’s like they are bleeding out.

  70. jbstonesfan Says:

    September 1st, 2009 at 3:59 pm
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    thanks for posting, jbstonesfan…i could not figure out how to do that…i notice DB has now taken it front page…

  71. Paula says:

    BTW, isn’t it ironic how Obama is such a divisive figure seven-plus months into his presidency? He gets 90 percent approval from Dems and 85 percent disapproval from Repubs. And Hillary was supposed to be the “polarizing” one.

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

    so true, Paula…but you will NEVER hear the MSM describe Obama as polarizing…NEVER…he can get down to 30% and they will call Americans racists before they call O ‘divisive…

    all part of the way the media ‘frames’ the discussion…Hillary and Palin so polarizing and divisive…just like two peas in a pod, BUT…O is transcendent…

  72. CIA: No more interrogation secrets to be disclosed

    WASHINGTON — The CIA says it cannot turn over more details of its interrogations of terror suspects without spilling classified government secrets.

    A long-secret report released last week shed new light on alleged CIA abuses. The spy agency faced a Monday court deadline to turn over more papers, but the agency responded by telling the federal judge in the case that dozens of remaining documents must stay secret.

    The American Civil Liberties Union has sought the documents as part of a long-running lawsuit seeking information about the U.S. government’s antiterror program. The civil rights group criticized the CIA’s position, saying it contradicts President Barack Obama’s policies on counterterrorism measures and transparency in government.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iOTk5mUIVTPTRGU5hoR5JJrr38BAD9AEP4FG0

  73. Obama White House Has Secret Plan To Harvest Personal Data From Social Networking Websites

    By Ken Boehm
    08/31/2009

    NLPC has uncovered a plan by the White House New Media operation to hire a technology vendor to conduct a massive, secret effort to harvest personal information on millions of Americans from social networking websites.

    The information to be captured includes comments, tag lines, emails, audio, and video. The targeted sites include Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, Flickr and others – any space where the White House “maintains a presence.”

    In the course of investigating procurement by the White House New Media office, NLPC discovered a 51-page solicitation of bids that was filed on Friday, August 21, 2009. Filed as Solicitation # WHO-S-09-0003, it is posted [1] at FedBizzOps.com. Click here to download a 51-page pdf of the solicitation [2].

    While the solicitation specifies a 12-month contract, it allows for seven one-year extensions. It specifies no dollar cap. Other troubling issues include: extremely broad secrecy terms preventing the vendor from disclosing to the public or the media what information is being captured and archived (page 7, “Restriction Against Disclosure”); wholesale capturing of comments by non-White House staff on publicly accessible sites; capturing of content of any type (text, graphics, audio, or video); capturing of comments by both Obama critics and supporters, with no restriction as to how the White House would use the information.

    This is the third controversy involving the White House internet operations in less than a month. First, Obama’s New Media operation asked supporters to send information about critics of the White House health care effort to a White House email. This provoked a storm of criticism and the White House retreated. Then large number of people complained of getting email spam from the White House supporting the President’s health care position. Again the White House was forced to back down.

    Now the same people at the White House are at it again with an ambitious plan to harvest huge amounts of information from the web and specifically social networking sites.

    Given the White House’s recent abuse of its New Media operations, this huge, new secretive program is yet another sign that this Administration is at best indifferent to privacy rights and at worst prepared to violate civil liberties for political purposes.

    Perhaps anticipating negative reaction to the invasiveness of the plan, a justification is provided in a Q&A. section of the solicitation. Question #9 reads: The Presidential Records Act does not require the storage or archiving of non-EOP content, as such is there a specific reason as to why the content provided on EOP related websites in the form of comments is included in these archiving procedures?

    Answer: The PRA includes in its definition of presidential records content ―received by PRA components and personnel. Out of an abundance of caution, we are treating comments made by non-PRA personnel on sites on which a PRA component has a presence as presidential records, requiring them to be captured or sampled.

    Of course, this interpretation of the Presidential Records Act is so expansive that virtually any communication mentioning the president or the Administration could become subject to collection and archiving under the Act. This is not out of an “abundance of caution,” but out of an over-abundance of power. President Obama should make sure that this plan goes no further.

    nlpc.org/stories/2009/08/31/obama-white-house-has-secret-plan-harvest-personal-data-social-networking-website

  74. ‘Blue Dog’ Democrat: Pelosi Is Too Divisive to Be Speaker

    August 25, 2009
    By Paul Bedard

    In a statement likely to intensify the GOP assault on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s reign, a first-term Democratic “blue dog” congressman said that he would not vote to make her the top House Democrat again. Rep. Parker Griffith, a former oncologist from Alabama, told a town hall meeting this week that Pelosi is too divisive to be speaker. “I would not vote for her [again],” he added. “Someone that divisive and that polarizing cannot bring us together.”

    Griffith has been fairly independent this year, opposing the stimulus and the cap-and-trade carbon emissions plan, according to the Huntsville (Ala.) Times, which reported his comments.

    His words and jokes about Pelosi’s iron fist were music to Republicans’ ears. “It’s not surprising that the August heat is leading House Democrats like Parker Griffith to abandon support for Speaker Pelosi, but what’s more shocking is that it’s taken them this long to understand what Americans have known all along,” said Paul Lindsay, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee. “Not only is Pelosi divisive and polarizing, she is steering her caucus down a politically perilous road that will cost them their jobs before she ultimately loses hers.”

    There was no immediate comment from the speaker’s office, but a Democratic insider shrugged off the comments and said that the Democratic Caucus stands strongly with Pelosi.

    And at the town hall, Griffith’s conservative comments weren’t met entirely with applause. One attendee, wrote the Times, asked when Griffith was going to stop listening to Rush Limbaugh and “get behind a winner called Barack Obama?”

    usnews.com/blogs/washington-whispers/2009/08/25/blue-dog-democrat-pelosi-is-too-divisive-to-be-speaker.html

  75. MoveOn.org Attacks Over Healthcare Reform Bode Ill for Obama

    September 01, 2009
    By Peter Roff, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

    If it weren’t for MoveOn.org, Barack Obama might still be just another United States Senator.

    Originally founded by a couple of California millionaires who wanted the country to get past Bill Clinton’s sexual peccadilloes, it became the rally place for American liberalism, as important to the left-of-center coalition as the Christian Coalition once was to the center-right. Over time, MoveOn.org evolved into the cornerstone of a reinvigorated movement that exploited the Bush administration’s weaknesses and was an important source of money, volunteers and political activity for those who made Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House and gave Harry Reid a filibuster-proof majority in the U.S. Senate. The Democrats in power today owe them a lot—and, as history teaches us, the piper must be paid.

    In an E-mail sent on July 7, MoveOn.org asked its members to lobby the White House on the issue of healthcare reform. Citing an interview given to the Wall Street Journal, MoveOn.org has aimed a pro-public option barrage at White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who, the group says, has been floating a trigger option that “would undermine the public option, and put off real reform for years.” “The ‘trigger’ is a trap to kill health care reform. It would delay the public health insurance option for years, even though we’re facing a health care crisis now. Without a strong public health insurance option to compete with private insurance companies, health care costs will continue to skyrocket and millions will remain uninsured. And a decision to delay is really a decision to deny: even if the trigger conditions are met years from now, big insurance companies will start the fight all over again to stop the public option from going into effect,” MoveOn.org explains.

    Asking its members to “Call the White House switchboard and tell then you’re disappointed in Chief of Staff Emanuel’s comments,” is not usually the kind of thing a faithful coalition partner does in the midst of a heated debate. Of course it all could be just for show, generating activity on the left to match the opposition on the right and to help pin the White House down in its negotiations with Congress. On the other hand, it is more likely a legitimate expression of unhappiness that, once again, the Obama administration has not delivered on what is political allies thought they were promised during the 2008 campaign.

    For the White House, this is particularly unhelpful. According to the latest polls, the president’s approval rating is either just north or just south of 50 percent. A fight with its own left flank is the last thing the White House needs. For, as George W. Bush learned when so many of his allies broke with him over the nomination of Harriet Miers to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, once those fissures are opened they are almost impossible to close.

    usnews.com/blogs/peter-roff/2009/09/01/moveonorg-attacks-over-healthcare-reform-bode-ill-for-obama.html

  76. There are people predicting the implosion of the Obama Presidency in a few weeks. Some are saying that the Libyian Oil deal will actually take out of the Presidency. We can only hope this happens.

  77. confloyd Says:

    September 1st, 2009 at 7:55 pm
    There are people predicting the implosion of the Obama Presidency in a few weeks. Some are saying that the Libyian Oil deal will actually take out of the Presidency. We can only hope this happens
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    Details?

  78. confloyd,

    I read that the Americans are refusing to allow the British to release any documents that transpired between them about the release of the terrorist. All the British will say is that the Americans were opposed to his release.

  79. How far up the US ass are the Brits if they allow the US to tell them what they can tell.

    This is the biggest bunch of bullshit.

    I hope this all comes out

  80. Just hopped in over to Mediabistro.com and looked up the ratings and BE STILL MY HEART .. Nancy Grace is CLOBBERING Olgerman and the whole msnbc crews ratings are in teh toilet.

  81. OK, I will play. There is a 75 year old, a 66 year old, and a 74 year old in this household. You can guess which one I am. I consider myself to be a late learner after this politcal season.

  82. When people do not trust what you say, and they perceive that you are filtering what you are telling them, they quit listening. At least Nancy Grace is real.

  83. One thing I am finding increasingly hard to understand on this site are so many postings of republican anti healthcare reform doctrine. Their ideas are even worse.

    I think it is vital to fight Obamacare and at the same time push for the real changes we need. The repug ideas on this are wrong, wrong , wrong. Remember they promised managed care would be the solution. All it did was raise billions for the insurers at our expense.

    How can americans be so stupid? Americans who are satisfied with their healthcare are either terribly wealthy or haven’t had a really expensive long term illness. Most who say they are satisfied are truly ignorant of the danger they are in.

  84. Carol, when people are afraid of a change that no one really understand, and will not explain to them, then they become very stoic, and decide not to change. I want a single payer system with competition on drugs. I don’t see anything like that being offered. Some say pass something anyway, anything. But legislation has a way of being caste in stone, and any ills will take a long time if ever to correct. I want them to do it right, and I don’t have the confidence that anything like that will happen.

  85. Clinton told of security failings in Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON — An independent reform group is contending that security at the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan is compromised by the failings of a private contractor hired to protect the nearly 1,000 diplomats and staff who work there.

    The Project on Government Oversight made its points in a letter sent Tuesday to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The group said its investigation of State’s contract with ArmorGroup North America found sleep deprived guards logging 14-hour days, “humiliating hazing and deviant behavior by supervisors,” and reprisals against employees who objected to misconduct and mismanagement.

    The evidence describes what the group called a “Lord of the Flies” environment at Camp Sullivan, which is a few miles from the embassy in Kabul. The oversight group’s findings are based on interviews with ArmorGroup guards, documents, photographs and e-mails.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iUsQz5vdJuObT9OZLqguVct1K5xwD9AEKFIG0

  86. Politics trumps the law

    By jeff lytle
    September 1, 2009

    Most of the 50 US States have laws for when a Senator resigns, dies or for any reason cannot longer serve his/her term the Governor names a replacement in short order. In 2004, during the Presidential election between Senator Kerry of Massachusetts and George W Bush, the Democrats were concerned that if John Kerry were to win the Presidential election, then the then Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney, a Republican, could name a Republican to finish Senator’s Kerry’s Term which would have been a reduction of the number of Democrat Senators. Typically a Governor of a State who has to name a Senator replaces that position with a member of his/her party, so the Democrats concern was a serious one.

    With this potential to lose a Senate seat, the Massachusetts Legislature which at the time was overwhelmingly Democrat, changed the law so that if Kerry had won, the Governor would have to call an election within 6 months to replace the departing Senator.

    Well, as the saying goes, beware of what you wish for. While Senator Kerry lost the election, that law was now passed and now the Democrats face the problem that the other Senator of Massachusetts, Senator Ted Kennedy passed away. With the law that they passé in 2004, the only way to replace the seat in the Senate previously occupy by Ted Kennedy is by holding an election, This presents a major problem for Democrats. The loss of that Senate seat, even due to being temporarily vacant, eliminates the Democrat from having a Filibuster proof Senate (60 Senators are required to overcome a Filibuster on the Senate and a Filibuster can block most legislations) at least until the special election is held. It is also possible that in an election a republican could win that seat.

    Now, the Democrats have really reached the limit of double talk, they want to revert to the old law in which the Governor can name a replacement immediately (this was recently done in NY when Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State and in Illinois when Obama became President. Since the Governors of those States were Democrats, the replacement Senators are also Democrats (I will ignore for now the circumstances in Illinois where the Governor named Obama’s replacement before he was booted out of office). Since Massachusetts has now a Democrat Governor, if the law is reverted back, he can name a Senator right away and keep the Democrat Filibuster proof Senate intact right now when Obama wants to pass many of his unpopular legislations (i.e. healthcare among them)..

    Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has already set January 19, 2010 for the special election, but Democrats in Washington are pushing the Governors and Massachusetts Legislator to change the law back. This is what many of us will call chutzpah, or changing the rules of the game at half time. On the other hand I call it blatant Double Talk and abuse of political power. When are our politicians going to stop behaving like thugs are govern in an ethical manner?

    While many of you may say this is only happening in Massachusetts, it continues a trend where politicians can, at whim, tailor the law to serve their power ambitions. We saw this happen a couple of years ago when in a Connecticut town, a property was condemned, abusing sovereign domain laws to give a developer control of the land because the town politicians determined that they would derive more income from the developer’s contraction plans than from the previous owner, More recent, when the government essentially took over GM and Chrysler, they pushed aside Secured Creditors in favor of unsecured debt. Our politicians are further and further eroding our constitutional rights and they do it either overtly or with the excuse of serving a Major Cause” This is a dangerous and slippery path which we have seen typically in the so-called “banana republic’s” of Central and South America.

    Our only hope is that our right to kick these people out of office will be preserved.

    naplesnews.com/blogs/no-more-doubletalk/2009/sep/01/politics/

  87. This sounds so like the republican redistribution in Texas, where the Dims ran off to NM for a while. They both play the same crappy games. What a disappointment.

  88. Lamecherry’s blog has hit the nail on the head. He is saying it was the Hillaryites that started this revolution against Obama and gave the republicans enough guts to stand up against the evil Chicago Thug Obama. He seems to understand it was us, Hillary’s true blue supporters that began this teabagging, and now the revolt against this crappy Healthcare bill and of coarse this crap and trade.

    I read a blog a minute ago that had that photo op of Hillary reading Obama the riot act during the primary about sending the Harry and Louise pamplets out. In the video she nailed him saying he says one thing in his speeches and does a different thing when the time comes. Gee, thats exactly what he is doing now. Pull the video and see if you think she foretold us how he was going to govern.

  89. OT…but worth a laugh…

    the ‘teabaggers’ have decided to counter

    as you know, the O ‘health reform’ supporters are boycotting , oh goodness, Whole Foods (the very place they called their own during the primaries) because their CEO John Mackey had the gall, the very audacity, to write an article where he stated his opinion and it was contrary to O…so these liberal, I am sorry to say but, Morons, are boycotting Whole Foods…so much for liberals and ‘freedom of speech’ or thoughts or opinion

    anyway…the ‘teabaggers’ are countering with a BUYOUT and they are busing hundreds of people to certain Whole Foods to go shopping and BUY at the stores…

    …the funniest thing…Greta had some video clips of it…and there are these lines of people going into Whole Foods to shop and walking past these young ‘protestors/boycotters’ standing there with their boycott literature with the jaws dropping…

    …too funny…OMG…evidently Whole Foods sales are going UP! : )))

  90. oh, btw…do you see the irony in their target being Whole Foods – the major food market for healthy food – the whole brand is focused on health and nuitrition…

    and these idiots protest WF because Mackey writes an article entitled ‘The Whole Foods Alternative to Obamacare’

    online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204251404574342170072865070.html

    …and to top it off, WF offers great health insurance to its workers and all kinds of benefits…not to mention, it actually EMPLOYS people…

    …you just cannot make this stuff up…

  91. What is Hillary’s next task? With Obama having the nerve to act as mediator b/t Netanyahu and Abbas, (I think Israel loses the so called “honest broker” with Muslim lover Obama as mediator), what is Hillary’s roles as SOS going???

  92. jbstonesfan,

    obama is saying it will take two years for a peace plan. Israel must stay strong. It can’t give up East Jerusalem no matter what. It must not give up any land that will result in weakening their defenses. I don’t trust obama not to bully his way.

    I just pray that Hillary is the voice of reason in all this. No matter what, I don’t want bambi getting a gold star at the expense of the Israelis.

  93. jbstonesfan, I think Obama is running out of ways to accomplish anything. So now he is under Hillary feet hoping for a positive outcome somewhere so he can brag about it.

    I think thats why he has 30 czars so he can have his fingers in every pot and at the crucial point, he will walk in and take credit for getting it done. It is the stupidest way to govern I have ever heard of. I wonder if this is the problem with him and his wife. He apparently doesn’t have much time to spend with his wife because of being in on everything.

    He is sinking fast and I don’t think he will get anything done at all.

  94. Carol, how about citing some of those “republican doctrines” you are talking about. I see Big Pinkers discussing what “we” think is the best choice. I’m against more big government intervention in my life, I”m against the government taking $500 billion out of Medicare which is bare bones as it is, I’m against the government choosing whether I’ve lived a fruitful life and should be counseled on the plug, I’m against government taking too many of our constitutional rights away.

    If “government” would choose to include their asses in this health care reform then I might look at it again .. them excluding federal employees is the biggest red flag they could wave.

    Rant off.

  95. Here is another scary article about Obama taking over every aspect of our govt.
    HomeToday’s PickReviewsTop 5CategoriesContributors
    News HomeU.S.WorldPoliticsBusinessSportsEntertainmentSci/TechHealthOddVideo The National Endowment for the Art of Persuasion?by Patrick Courrielche
    I recently wrote a critique of the art community’s lack of dissent in the face of many controversial decisions made by the current administration. Entitled “The Artist Formerly Known as Dissident,” one of the key points argued in the article was the potential danger associated with the use of the art community as a tool of the state. Little did I know how quickly this concern would be elevated to an outright probability.

    Sometime between when I finished the critique and when it went live online, I was invited by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to take part in a conference call that invited a group of rising artist and art community luminaries “to help lay a new foundation for growth, focusing on core areas of the recovery agenda – health care, energy and environment, safety and security, education, community renewal.”
    Now admittedly, I’m a skeptic of BIG government. In my view, power tends to overreach whenever given the opportunity. It’s a law of human nature that has very few exceptions. That said, it felt to me that by providing issues as a cynosure for inspiration to a handpicked arts group – a group that played a key role in the President’s election as mentioned throughout the conference call – the National Endowment for the Arts was steering the art community toward creating art on the very issues that are currently under contentious national debate; those being health care reform and cap-and-trade legislation. Could the National Endowment for the Arts be looking to the art community to create an environment amenable to the administration’s positions?

    Before arguing why I see this as a gross overreach of the National Endowment for the Arts and its mission, a brief background on the conference call is needed.

    On Thursday August 6th, I was invited by the National Endowment for the Arts to attend a conference call scheduled for Monday August 10th hosted by the NEA, the White House Office of Public Engagement, and United We Serve. The call would include “a group of artists, producers, promoters, organizers, influencers, marketers, taste-makers, leaders or just plain cool people to join together and work together to promote a more civically engaged America and celebrate how the arts can be used for a positive change!”

    I learned after the conference call that there were approximately 75 people participating, including many well respected street-artists, filmmakers, art galleries, music venues, musicians and music producers, writers, poets, actors, independent media outlets, marketers, and various other professionals from the creative community. I suppose I was invited because of my work in creating arts initiatives, but being a former employer of the NEA’s Director of Communications was probably a factor as well.

    Backed by the full weight of President Barack Obama’s call to service and the institutional weight of the NEA, the conference call was billed as an opportunity for those in the art community to inspire service in four key categories, and at the top of the list were “health care” and “energy and environment.” The service was to be attached to the President’s United We Serve campaign, a nationwide federal initiative to make service a way of life for all Americans.

    It sounded, how should I phrase it…unusual, that the NEA would invite the art community to a meeting to discuss issues currently under vehement national debate. I decided to call in, and what I heard concerned me.

    The people running the conference call and rallying the group to get active on these issues were Yosi Sergant, the Director of Communications for the National Endowment for the Arts; Buffy Wicks, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement; Nell Abernathy, Director of Outreach for United We Serve; Thomas Bates, Vice President of Civic Engagement for Rock the Vote; and Michael Skolnik, Political Director for Russell Simmons.

    We were encouraged to bring the same sense of enthusiasm to these “focus areas” as we had brought to Obama’s presidential campaign, and we were encouraged to create art and art initiatives that brought awareness to these issues. Throughout the conversation, we were reminded of our ability as artists and art professionals to “shape the lives” of those around us. The now famous Obama “Hope” poster, created by artist Shepard Fairey and promoted by many of those on the phone call, and will.i.am’s “Yes We Can” song and music video were presented as shining examples of our group’s clear role in the election.

    Obama has a strong arts agenda, we were told, and has been very supportive of both using and supporting the arts in creative ways to talk about the issues facing the country. We were “selected for a reason,” they told us. We had played a key role in the election and now Obama was putting out the call of service to help create change. We knew “how to make a stink,” and were encouraged to do so.

    Throughout the conversation my inner dialogue was firing away questions so fast that the NRA would’ve been envious. Is this truly the role of the NEA? Is building a message distribution network, for matters other than increasing access to the arts and arts education, the role of the National Endowment for the Arts? Is providing the art community issues to address, especially those that are currently being vehemently debated nationally, a legitimate role for the NEA? I found it highly unlikely that this was in their original charter, so I checked.

    The NEA published a book entitled National Endowment for the Arts: A History 1965-2008 early this year. Combing through the 40+ year history of the NEA, I could not find a single instance of the agency creating or supporting a national initiative that encouraged the art community to address current issues under contentious debate.

    The NEA was created by the Congress of the United States and President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965 as “a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education.” The issue of health care is curiously absent from this description on their website.

    So I’d like to start a little debate and ask you, the reader, the same question. Do you think it is the place of the NEA to encourage the art community to address issues currently under legislative consideration?

    And before answering, let me give you my take.

    The NEA is the nation’s largest annual funder of the arts. That is right, the largest funder of the arts in the nation – a fact that I’m sure was not lost on those that were on the call, including myself. One of the NEA’s major functions is providing grants to artists and arts organizations. The NEA has also historically shown the ability to attract “matching funds” for the art projects and foundations that they select. So we have the nation’s largest arts funder, which is a federal agency staffed by the administration, with those that they potentially fund together on a conference call discussing taking action on issues under vigorous national debate. Does there appear to be any potential for conflict here?

    Discussed throughout the conference call was a hope that this group would be one that would carry on past the United We Serve campaign to support the President’s initiatives and those issues for which the group was passionate. The making of a machine appeared to be in its infancy, initiated by the NEA, to corral artists to address specific issues. This function was not the original intention for creating the National Endowment for the Arts.

    A machine that the NEA helped to create could potentially be wielded by the state to push policy. Through providing guidelines to the art community on what topics to discuss and providing them a step-by-step instruction to apply their art form to these issues, the “nation’s largest annual funder of the arts” is attempting to direct imagery, songs, films, and literature that could create the illusion of a national consensus. This is what Noam Chomsky calls “manufacturing consent.”

    Now, if you are for the issues being pursued by the current administration, you may be inclined to think favorably of what I am labeling “overreach.” What a powerful weapon to fight those that are opposed to our ideas, you may think. For those in this camp I ask you this – will you feel the same when the opposition has access to the same machine? If history is any indication, the pendulum swings both ways. Is persuasion what the originators envisioned when they brought the legislation that created the NEA to the floor of Congress?

    As a member of the art community for the past 14 years, I raise these questions only after careful consideration. Many of those on the call are from my hometown. My position here should not be construed as a personal attack on the call participants. Many of those on the call worked tirelessly on the Obama campaign and are proud of their victory. They look at this as an opportunity to be involved directly with the White House, which is an exciting prospect to many in the art world whose experience with the government may be limited to paying taxes and voting.

    But the art community must put this excitement aside and ask itself about the proper role of government agencies created to promote the arts. And if put in the wrong hands, could a message machine built by the NEA be used in a nefarious manner not currently foreseeable?

    In an attempt to recapture the excitement and enthusiasm of the campaign the organizers of this conference call have entered murky waters, a strait that the NEA cannot afford to swim. Previously shackled with the controversy over the Serrano and Mapplethorpe images of 1989 that escalated to a debate over its very existence, the NEA needs to stay far away from any questions of impropriety.

    There is no shortage of problems within the art community that the NEA could tackle. Museums across the country have been hit hard by the financial crisis. Their trusts and portfolios have seen massive declines. Donations, attendance, and memberships are down. Many have had to reduce exhibition hours due to staffing and budget reductions. And countless art galleries, the lifeblood and revenue stream for many artists, have closed or are on the brink of closure. Rallying the art community around these issues seems a more appropriate use of its resources.

    I’m not a “right-wing nut job.” It just goes against my core beliefs to sit quietly while the art community is used by the NEA and the administration to push an agenda other than the one for which it was created. It is not within the National Endowment for the Arts’ original charter to initiate, organize, and tap into the art community to help bring awareness to health care, or energy & environmental issues for that matter; and especially not at a time when it is being vehemently debated. Artists shouldn’t be used as tools of the state to help create a climate amenable to their positions, which is what appears to be happening in this instance. If the art community wants to tackle those issues on its own then fine. But tackling them shouldn’t come as an encouragement from the NEA to those they potentially fund at this coincidental time.

    And if you think that my fear regarding the arts becoming a tool of the state is still unfounded, I leave you with a few statements made by the NEA to the art community participants on the conference call. “This is just the beginning. This is the first telephone call of a brand new conversation. We are just now learning how to really bring this community together to speak with the government. What that looks like legally?…bare with us as we learn the language so that we can speak to each other safely… “

    Is the hair on your arms standing up yet?

  96. The legislation would have to save the government money within five years, which may require Democrats to “scale it back a lot,” Duffy said.
    [….]
    Proposals that affect Medicare spending or offer subsidies to help Americans buy insurance would likely pass the test; regulatory changes may not,

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

    And there’s another excuse to give Obama’s big money backers what they want, and blame it on the GOP.

  97. S Says:
    September 1st, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Independents disapprove of Obama

    …what I want to know is how many of those independents are democrats that have left the party to become independents…that is the question they should start asking in these polls…and I am not kidding…

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

    Right. And when they poll ‘Democrats’ and find a higher percent support Obama — is that because only people who support Obama are still calling themselves Democrats?

    I posted a lot about this in the summer of 2008.

  98. What is Hillary’s next task? With Obama having the nerve to act as mediator b/t Netanyahu and Abbas, (I think Israel loses the so called “honest broker” with Muslim lover Obama as mediator), what is Hillary’s roles as SOS going???
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    That was Mitchell’s assigned role as I recall. Negotiation 101: keep the boss away from the bargaining table. Mediate? I have lost track of this thing, but the last time I checked the Palestininans were demanding a cessation of settlements as a condition precedent to bargaining, Obama was backing him and Ben was having no part of it. You know Obama is there to bribe both sides into a settlement. It is a high risk move without some assurance it will work.

  99. What businessmen who are contemplating geting in bed with this administration must understand is that when you make love to a bear you don’t stop until the bear wants to stop. A fair reading of history tells us this.

  100. Carol Says:
    September 1st, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    One thing I am finding increasingly hard to understand on this site are so many postings of republican anti healthcare reform doctrine.
    ======================

    Some of us are opposing it from the liberal side: SVJ(?), S, Blue, me….

  101. oh, btw…do you see the irony in their target being Whole Foods – the major food market for healthy food – the whole brand is focused on health and nuitrition…

    and these idiots protest WF because Mackey writes an article entitled ‘The Whole Foods Alternative to Obamacare’

    online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204251404574342170072865070.html

    …and to top it off, WF offers great health insurance to its workers and all kinds of benefits…not to mention, it actually EMPLOYS people…

    …you just cannot make this stuff up…
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    You will understand the mindset and the more the people running this administration if you think back to the movie Dr. Zhavgao:

    Zhavaigo: you burned that village

    Shtrelekoff: they were selling horses to the White Russians.

    Zhavaigo: no. that was another village

    Shtrerlekoof: I does not matter. A village was burned. A point was made.

    Zhavaigo: your point, their village

    translation: they will punish the innocent if they need to make a political point.

  102. One thing I am finding increasingly hard to understand on this site are so many postings of republican anti healthcare reform doctrine. Their ideas are even worse.
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    It gets down to the definition of health care reform. True health care reform died at the Convention a year ago. The four bills floating around now were written by the insurance companies. They are unintelligible. That is what people here are opposing.

  103. dot48 Says:
    September 2nd, 2009 at 3:41 am

    Carol, how about citing some of those “republican doctrines” you are talking about. I see Big Pinkers discussing what “we” think is the best choice. I’m against more big government intervention in my life, [….] I’m against the government choosing whether I’ve lived a fruitful life and should be counseled on the plug, I’m against government taking too many of our constitutional rights away.

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

    Nationwide, plenty of people are saying these things, most of them Republicans. The only liberal issue you’ve mentioned is “I”m against the government taking $500 billion out of Medicare which is bare bones as it is”. (Of course I agree on that!)

    What do you think about issues like banning imports of drugs from Canada and elsewhere? Public option?

  104. OT and late, but I feel compelled to post:
    Ted’s dream is our nightmare. Here’s the latest example:

    Obama hosts dinner for Islamic holy month
    By ANN SANNER (AP) – 9 hours ago

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday praised American Muslims for enriching the nation’s culture at a dinner to celebrate the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. “The contribution of Muslims to the United States are too long to catalog because Muslims are so interwoven into the fabric of our communities and our country,” Obama said at the iftar, the dinner that breaks the holiday’s daily fast. The president joined Cabinet secretaries, members of the diplomatic corps and lawmakers to pay tribute to what he called “a great religion and its commitment to justice and progress.”

    3w dot google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j7cbfd9xAtkkEln6abema8aVCtvwD9AET4UO0

  105. Yes, TDO, I read about that and felt sick. It is unbelievable how he is trolling for Islam.

    I am also nauseated by the public school address for kids K-12 planned for Sept. 8. Teachers have been given study guides with pre-speech and after-speech questions for kids including these:
    What do you think the president wants us to do.
    Are we able to do what the president asks of us.
    Why is it important to listen to the president.
    Sounds like brownshirt orientation 101 to me.

  106. Gov Deval Patrick is at it again!

    “A “PANDEMIC RESPONSE BILL” passed by the MA State Senate on April 28, 09, is currently making its way through the Massachusetts state legislature would allow authorities to forcefully quarantine citizens in the event of a health emergency, compel health providers to vaccinate citizens, authorize forceful entry into private dwellings and destruction of citizen property and impose fines on citizens for noncompliance.”

    read it here: h… pumasunleashed.wordpress.com

    Deval Patrick is Obama’s “John the Baptist”. Obama’s Health Care Bill modeled after the HC bill passed by Deval Patrick in MA is one and the same and why the Congressional Budget Board dubbed it a failure. Patrick has now created the model for a Police State under the guise of a pandemic bill Obama will use for controlling the masses when even the most ardent Obama supporters revolt.

  107. Study Raises Questions About Cost Savings From Preventive Care

    Reform’s Backers Say Such Measures Will Help Pay for Overhaul of Health System

    By Lori Montgomery
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Tuesday, September 1, 2009

    Preventive services for the chronically ill may reduce health-care costs, but they are unlikely to generate the kind of fantastic savings that President Obama and other Democrats have said could help pay for an overhaul of the nation’s health system, according to a study being published Tuesday.

    Using data from long-standing clinical trials, researchers projected the cost of caring for people with Type 2 diabetes as they progress from diagnosis to various complications and death. Enrolling federally-insured patients in a simple but aggressive program to control the disease would cost the government $1,024 per person per year — money that largely would be recovered after 25 years through lower spending on dialysis, kidney transplants, amputations and other forms of treatment, the study found.

    However, except for the youngest diabetics, the additional services would add to overall health spending, not decrease it, the study shows.

    “There’s no free lunch here. Prevention will not pay for everything. But it’s not as expensive as it looks at first blush,” said Michael J. O’Grady, a senior fellow at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, and one of four authors whose work is being published on the Web site of Health Affairs, a leading journal of health policy research.

    The study comes a week before lawmakers are due back in Washington to continue the debate over Obama’s signature domestic initiative, a debate that has come to focus heavily on cost. With budget deficits soaring in the wake of a global recession, Republican critics — and a growing number of moderate Democrats — say the nation cannot afford a vast expansion of the health-care system unless it includes measures to reduce federal spending on care over the long term.

    In response, Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), among others, have promised that health-care reform will save money, in part by increasing the availability of preventive care. In addition, Pelosi and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) have chastised the Congressional Budget Office, the nonpartisan arbiter of the cost of legislation, for failing to include such savings in the estimates of pending reform bills.

    The new research offers them added ammunition, arguing that the 10-year horizon typically used by CBO analysts is too brief to capture the savings that eventually result from improved public health. The authors — who include two University of Chicago medical professors as well as O’Grady and James C. Capretta, who both served for years in various health policy positions in Washington — suggest that the CBO instead use a 25-year “budget window” to calculate the cost of prevention programs.

    “I’m trying to show them that there are other ways to do this, as we face these new challenges from the epidemic of chronic illness,” he said. “They’re used to thinking like economists. And their friends at Health and Human Services are used to thinking like actuaries. But there’s this third way, which is epidemiological, which shows us how a disease progresses over time.”

    Legislation introduced by House Del. Donna M. Christensen (D-U.S. Virgin Islands) would explicitly permit key lawmakers to ask the CBO to use a longer horizon when estimating the cost of preventive care, a development that concerns some independent budget analysts, who count on the agency for objective analyses. The CBO’s official estimates do not take into account savings accrued beyond the 10-year window, in part to prevent lawmakers from counting on savings that may never materialize.

    “One of the reasons I worry about rescoring prevention and wellness and pressure on CBO to do it is because [reform advocates] are looking for magic bullets,” said Robert Bixby, executive director of the nonprofit Concord Coalition, which urges deficit reduction. “I don’t see how they can pay for what they want to do.”

    But CBO Director Douglas W. Elmendorf said the agency already has the authority to look at costs over a longer term, though not in the context of official estimates. He called the new study, which has been reviewed by CBO staff, “exactly the sort of research that we use in building our cost estimates. And we will consider these findings in future estimates we do in this area.”

    In its own analysis of preventive care, CBO said earlier this month that the cost of making cancer screening, cholesterol management and other services broadly available is likely to far outweigh any savings ultimately generated. The new study looks at a more narrow population — people already diagnosed with diabetes — and projects the cost of providing them with a very specific regimen of frequent checkups and diagnostic tests that has produced predictable results in clinical trials. (Treatment for other forms of disease may vary in their costs.)

    For diabetes patients, only about two-thirds of that cost would be recovered in the first decade, when fewer complications materialize, and more than three-quarters would be recovered over 25 years, the study found. Only for the youngest patients, those aged 24 to 30, would spending on preventive care wind up producing a net savings: the study calculates that $21 billion spent on younger patients would cut overall spending on their health care by $6 billion over 25 years.

    The study was funded in part by the National Changing Diabetes Program, which is primarily funded by Novo Nordisk, a maker of diabetes medicines.

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/31/AR2009083103854.html

  108. Some of us are opposing it from the liberal side: SVJ(?), S, Blue, me….

    I wholeheartedly agree with you. I believe in a public option and negotiating with drug companies. I buy my drugs from a Candian pharmacy because it is cheaper than buying with my insurance.
    BTW, we are insured by Empire BC/BS,….the largest insurer here. Currently all three hospitals in our region are at an impasse with BC/BS and we ARE NOT currently covered at our local hospital.

    The hospital loses $ on each Empire patient and Empire made a fortune in profits last year. State legislators are involved and still no progress.

    I would expect Hillary supporter to feel as you do. My comment referred to other potings. Medicare is a PPO where public insurance pays for private care. I am for an expanded medicare for all…and I believe the Congress should have that plan or go pay for their own. The Canadian system is public insurance to private providers.

    Anyone who thinks our access to docotrs and treatment is not being rationed by our health insurers is deluded.

  109. Carol, I agree with a lot of what you have said. Our major hospital here is out of BC/BS, and they say that they refuse to negotiate with them. If you are with medicare of this point you are OK, but if you are not you are screwed.

  110. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 43% would vote for their district’s Republican congressional candidate while 36% would opt for his or her Democratic opponent.

    That represents the lowest level of support for Democrats in recent years, while Republicans have tied their highest level of support for the third straight week. The previous low for Democrats over the past year was 37%.

    This summer, support for Republican candidates ranged from 41% to 43%, support for Democrats ranged from 37% to 39%. Looking back one year ago, support was strikingly different for the parties. Throughout the summer of 2008, support for Democratic congressional candidates ranged from 45% to 48%. Republican support ranged from 34% to 37%.

    This is now the tenth straight week GOP candidates have held the advantage. However, Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, notes that it’s too early for Republicans to be celebrating. “These numbers certainly represent weakness for the Democrats, but it’s important to remember that the mid-term elections are 14 months away. That’s plenty of time for the President’s party to do some damage control and pick up the pieces from what has been a tough month of August.”

    For Republicans dreaming of another 1994-type election, Rasmussen adds that “Democrats in 2010 will have one advantage they couldn’t count on in 1994. During the Clinton years, nobody could remember a time when the GOP controlled Congress.”

    Democrats held a six- or seven-point lead on the ballot for the first few weeks of 2009. That began to slip in early February, and from mid-April through June the two parties were roughly even.

    Prior to the week of March 15, however, Democratic candidates held the advantage in on the Generic Ballot for several years.

  111. Abusing School Kids With Pro-Obama Propaganda
    Michael Medved
    Wednesday, September 02, 2009

    My wife Diane seldom gets upset about politics. But President Barack Obama’s recent demonstration of megalomania in insisting on beginning the school year by simultaneously addressing all public school kids in the United States elicited a concise response: “it’s sick.”

    In addition to her Ph.D. in psychology, Diane holds an M.A. in Education, and both primary and secondary teaching credentials in California. She has raised and educated our three kids, each of whom received some combination of home schooling, parochial education, and public schools. What bothers her (and many courageous teachers across the country) is the crude attempt by the Department of Education and the White House to blur all distinctions between education and cult-of-personality propaganda.

    On September 8th (the first day of classes for many school kids) the President will address them live about the importance of education. The President will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals and take responsibility for their learning, declares an announcement from Washington. The Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, sent a directive to teachers and administrators declaring: “This is the first time an American president has spoken directly to the nation’s school children about persisting and succeeding in school. We encourage you to use this historic moment to help your students get focused and begin the school year strong. I encourage you, your teachers, and students to join me in watching the President deliver this address on Tuesday, September 8, 2009.”

    To prepare for this great event, the Department of Education orders teachers in Grades 7 to 12 to ask their students: Why does President Obama want to speak with us today? How will he inspire us? How will he challenge us? After the great event, the department suggests that teachers of younger students (Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 6) should instruct their students to write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president. These should be collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals.

    For those who consider this an appropriate use of classroom time at the very beginning of the school year, ask yourself the question: how would you respond had President Bush ordered teachers to get students to write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president?

    Public opinion surveys show a precipitous decline in the presidents approval rating, with a majority of likely voters (according to Rasmussen) now disapproving of Barack Obama’s leadership. Imagine the reaction of one of these anti-Obama parents to a first grader who comes home proudly announcing that our whole class made promises about helping President Obama.

    If the purpose in the Presidents speech involves inspiration of African-American youngsters who otherwise might feel discouraged by their prospects in school, why not allow the First Lady to give the address in place of her husband? Michelle Obama (like most Presidential wives) has functioned as a non-political, non-partisan national symbol and she actually grew up in an African-American home on the South Side of Chicago not raised, as her husband was, by a white mother Ph.D. in Indonesia, and by a white grandmother bank vice president in Hawaii.

    And if the purpose is encouragement for educational excellence, rather than political promotion of the President and his agenda, why not give some additional time to Republican National Chairman Michael Steele, whose black single mother worked by cleaning homes and taking in laundry, not as an anthropological researcher?

    A number of teachers have reacted with appropriate indignation to the misuse of public resources and precious school time to encourage the cult of Obama worship. Carole (not her real name), a gutsy middle school teacher in the Midwest, discussed the upcoming speech on my radio show on Monday. Teachers from four different states called in to say that they would follow her example and refuse to devote class hours to watching and discussing the presidential address.

    Challenges from parents and taxpayers everywhere could force a change in White House plans. The idea of using government schools to force students to bond with the maximum leader might seem appropriate for Cuba or North Korea, but it’s clearly out of place in a Constitutional republic.

    townhall.com/columnists/MichaelMedved/2009/09/02/abusing_school_kids_with_pro-obama_propaganda

  112. That is so creepy. I can’t believe there isn’t more outrage about BO talking to the students. Actually, it goes beyond talking, once again, it is all about BO and what can kids do to help him. Give me a friggin break. If I had children, I would be very outraged about this.

  113. Remember those creepy videos with kids singing about BO and “Yes I can?” And what about those kid parties? This is very, very wrong and inappropriate.

  114. JanH Says:

    September 2nd, 2009 at 10:25 am
    birdgal,

    I wonder how many parents will keep their kids home that day in protest.
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    Probably not enough. Even more scary, are the parents who don’t think this is a problem.

  115. RCP shows media is enjoying grumbling about WWWO (“What’s Wrong With Obama”).

    Today’s leading sampling includes

    After Bruising August, Obama Looks to Hit Reset – Dan Balz, Wash Post
    Voters Don’t Believe White House on Health Care – Sen. Tom Coburn, WSJ
    Obama’s Talking Cure for Health Care Reform – John Dickerson, Slate
    Voting For Obamacare Won’t Help Save Dem Majority – Sean Trende, RCP
    Don’t Blame Liberalism For Obama Decline – Jonathan Chait, New Republic
    Obama’s Soak-the-Rich Mentality – Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe

  116. Yes, TDO, I read about that and felt sick. It is unbelievable how he is trolling for Islam.

    I am also nauseated by the public school address for kids K-12 planned for Sept. 8. Teachers have been given study guides with pre-speech and after-speech questions for kids including these:
    What do you think the president wants us to do.
    Are we able to do what the president asks of us.
    Why is it important to listen to the president.
    Sounds like brownshirt orientation 101 to me
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    An ideologue would say if children are old enough to know about sex education, then they are old enough to hear their president lie to them. Never too young to know the facts of life.

    A realist would say this is a totalitarian technique. Divide the family through a direct appeal to the children. Get them to either question the views of their parents, or re-educate them.

    We saw this baby brigade appear from Bambi troops during the campaign.
    Getting children to tell their parents to vote for this destroyer of worlds. Captive media meanwhile lapped it up, like a lapdog.

    This is not at all the same thing John Kennedy did. He was genuinely interested in the youth of this country. He never used them as a political shill the way this guy does. Obama’s motives are transparent.

  117. “This is not at all the same thing John Kennedy did. He was genuinely interested in the youth of this country. He never used them as a political shill the way this guy does. Obama’s motives are transparent.”

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    Amen!

  118. History will show that of all the things Ogama has done to institute his agenda to date, the most serious one of all is the creation of the commisars, excuse me czars. If he gets a second term, in which case he is a lame duck as his spiritual advisor so deftly put it, they will be the artifice or device through which he asserts totalitarian control over the country. Again, this guy is a frontman for an cabal and think about it the mother ship is gone and the parasite needs a new host. Businessmen think quarter to quarter and they never see it coming. They think they can ride the tiger or if they just mind their business someone else will fight their battles and the tiger wont eat them. This is an altogether unrealistic position.

  119. …the ‘comprehensive’ Obama propaganda machine streams on…

    first…the kids in the schools…next the colleges…

    the WH is already preparing to infiltrate all the social networks…

    …and they have already infiltrated the National Endowment for the Arts…

    …the czars are in place…

    …the unions and OAF’s or whatever the latest group is called, are in place to shut down any dissent or criticism…including attacking ‘their own’, ie Whole Foods boycott, town halls,etc

    …Obama is preparing to takeover the internet in any so-called emergency, and at the least start monitoring…

    …the Obama admin is creating venues for citizens to spy and report on other citizens

    …Obama kept and expanded all the spying and secrecy policies of the Bush admin…

    …Obama is holding Cheney-like secret, closed door dealing making sessions with drug co and insurance co that freeze cost cutting drug negotiations for Americans

    …the MSM is complicit in promoting the propaganda of the O admin and shutting out investigation of corruption within and worse CONFLICTS OF INTERESTS within the admin…

    Is this a Democratic administration in the 21st century?

    Is this what it means to be a democrat? Is this what democrats support in the 21st c?

  120. news.aol.com/article/obama-mulls-big-health-care-speech/623651

    h stuff no ws

    I like that quote from Axelrod that the Republicans are not negotiating in Good Faith. OO never negotiates. It is his way or the highway, but that of course is determined by what his strongests contributors want.

    He is going to be more specific in his guidance. Should happen around 15 Sept.

  121. That poll is going against him on AOL. Of course they say it is Republican (the poll with the article on the speech). I guess I have the feeling like people felt he should have been more specific a long time ago, and he should have given this guidance way before now. Ready to go from Day One NOT.

  122. He’s going to give his guidance?

    What a croc!

    Both repubs and dims learned long ago not to bargain in good faith. They deserve each other.

  123. Looks like Obama’s green jobs czar is saying nasty things about republicans. In his pea brain, the only reason they oppose this convoluted mess of competing unintelligible proposals is because they are to use his felicitous word “assholes”. The truth is you don’t need to be a Republican or an asshole to oppose this miasma. But apparently that is how this Harvard educated felons mind works. I can only imagine what he was saying about the warden when he was in big stir on one of his previous gigs. Still, its hardly what one would call dignified, professional or worthy of the position he holds. But it is exactly what you would expect when you appoint the inmates to run the asylum, or in this case the country.

  124. Has anyone seen the front page for ABC NEWS? It is full of health care propaganda. Unbelievable.

    abcnews.go.com/
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    They are in the tank and everyone knows it. A disproportionate number of their people are working in the administration including George S who is part of the gang of four, and Linda fishy emails Douglas. They are not worth paying attention to if you value the truth.

  125. They are in the tank and everyone knows it. A disproportionate number of their people are working in the administration including George S who is part of the gang of four, and Linda fishy emails Douglas. They are not worth paying attention to if you value the truth.

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    Actually, is is advertising from AARP, who has sold out seniors by the look of things.

  126. From Politico:

    “Aides to President Barack Obama are putting the final touches on a new strategy to help Democrats recover from a brutal August recess by specifying what Obama wants to see in a compromise health care deal and directly confronting other trouble spots, West Wing officials tell POLITICO.

    Obama is considering detailing his health-care demands in a major speech as soon as next week, when Congress returns from the August recess. And although House leaders have said their members will demand the inclusion of a public insurance option, Obama has NO PLANS TO INSIST ON IT HIMSELF, the officials said.”

    Well, there you have it progressives, under the bus with you!…

  127. There is an individualist streak in the American people that resists being herded and propagandized to as big media and the administration is attempting to do. You never hear both sides of the issue from them. The reason is they do not want you to bring your brain only your pocketbook. There is no room in this train for Marlborough Men and Women. They want serfs.

  128. JanH Says:
    September 2nd, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Abusing School Kids With Pro-Obama Propaganda

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    Adding more info related to your article Jan. How Obama is indoctrinating school kids at a younger age, now that college kids have completed their job for him in Iowa.

    A sampling of Obama’s propaganda in Children’s books. The innuendo the candidates who ran against him were corrupt and unworthy for the presidency depicted in KG- pictures.

    h… littledemocrats.net/Obama.html

  129. birdgal, how long before the hopium addicts realize the man can’t answer questions, because he has so many czars he doesn’t know the answer that he is suppose to give? So what Rahm and Axelrod do is to have him give another speech that only gives lines and not answers?

    This is the most ridiculous administrations I have ever seen. This one makes Carters look like Clintons.

    I am putting in a winter garden, I am tired of paying .92 for a can of generic corn. Last year it was milk, now the administration have broken the dairy farmers. Corrupt, corrupt, corrupt.

  130. A letter from a recovering Hopium addict I read in the Huffanpuff…

    “Well it’s about time Mr.President. When I was out campaigning for you all last year and talking to people health care was one of the major reasons people wanted you elected. And you have been virtually silent on what you want in the bill. People like me who contributed time and money to you feel betrayed. I received an email yesterday asking me for a donation from you Mr.President and I didn’t donate. I would rather donate to Move On.org because at least I know they are going to be my voice on the issue. Unlike you I don’t feel any health care plan is better than none at all. The public option is what people who voted for you want. We put you in office not the Republicans who would not piss on you if you were on fire. It’s about time you remembered that.”

    Womanvoter4Obama
    Member Since May 2008

  131. Obama is considering detailing his health-care demands in a major speech as soon as next week, when Congress returns from the August recess. And although House leaders have said their members will demand the inclusion of a public insurance option, Obama has NO PLANS TO INSIST ON IT HIMSELF, the officials said.”
    ———————————–
    That will be enough for many progressives to abandon him. It confirms the fact that he has made a deal with the industry.

  132. There are some things I know, some things I believe, and some things I merely suspect.

    One thing I know for a fact is that the health of a society and a country depends upon a viable middle class. The elites despise them and the underclass want a piece of what they have. Yet they give the underclass something to reach for and the upper class some degree of protection, since without they the only thing standing between the the elites and the rabble of Paris is the devils tooth.

    As we speak, China and India are building a viable middle class. A friend of mine who returned from India recently told me their middle class is now as large as our entire country, i.e. 300 million. Others may disagree with the number but the trend is obvious. And their gnps are expanding whereas ours is contracting.

    If history is any indication, it takes 100 years to build a middle class, and one generation to destroy it. My sense it the looting of our middle class by the upper class began in earnest under W, and is proceeding at warp speed under this joker. The main reason inflation has not gone through the ceiling yet, with this doubling of the money supply is because the banks are not lending. When they start doing that we will feel the full effects of Obamaeconmics.

  133. Wbboei-

    That is what I hear from my progressive contacts. If he throws them under the bus, they are going to return the favor…

  134. Actually, is is advertising from AARP, who has sold out seniors by the look of things.
    ———————————–
    Yet the polls indicate generally that the AARP putche is not working.

  135. I just read over at Cannonfire that Melissa Etheridge came out for O, WTF is wrong with these people. She is gay. I can’t imagine why any gay person would come out for O and not for Hillary. SHe is the only person to EVER carry their banner! I am appalled at their stupidity!

  136. That is what I hear from my progressive contacts. If he throws them under the bus, they are going to return the favor…
    ________________________________________
    Excellent.

  137. another example from the exploding heads at Huffanpuff…

    “Note to President Obama, David Axelrod, Rohm Emanuel, et el……without the public option you risk a loss of your base. My family, my friends and associates will be glad to vote Green next year. We voted for change and all we get is Bush lite!”

    Billar
    Member Since November 2007

    Wait until he tells them he’s sending another 20,000 troops to Afghanistan…

  138. Wait until he tells them he’s sending another 20,000 troops to Afghanistan…

    Amen. The Democratic Party deserves the tire tracks all across its back. Golden rule of politics: pay no attention to the lies they tell on the campaign trail. Look at what they’ve DONE. In this case, the Dems picked a guy who has done a whole bunch of nothing except practicie posing in a mirror and write two fictional autobiographies tooting his horn.

  139. wbboei says:

    The reason is they do not want you to bring your brain only your pocketbook.

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

    of course, the american taxpayers are their personal check book…we are the source for their unlimited debacles…they can experiement all they want, and if they fail, well, just come back to those pesky Americans who think they have any say in what ‘they’ do with our taxpayer money…you know, those astroturf, nazi-like mobs that make up the American taxpayers…silly americans, they do not realize that O and the dims know what is best for them…

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

    So You Just Squandered Billions . . . Take Another Whack at It (no worries, O won’t stop you!) let the stealing continue…

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/01/AR2009090103847.html?hpid=topnews

    ***************************
    cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/08/31/treasury.mortgages/index.html

    Only 6 percent of the 4 million eligible homeowners have gotten help.from Obama’s failed Making Homes Affordable plan ( you big suckers, you believed O would be on your side)

    …The Treasury Department was unable to show CNN any instance of a lender being penalized for breaking the program’s rules.

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

    the list goes on and on…the american people mean nothing to O…as Admin stated so concisely:

    Obama wants a free hand to work his deals with lobbyists, hospitals, insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies without those pesky idiots who believed a Corrupt Circus Clown From Chicago.

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

    …add to the list… Wall St, the banksters, and all cronies and still needed financial supporters…

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

    and by all means…keep those wars going…in fact, expand Afghanastan and increase the costs and profits for all concerned…forget about the deaths, that is not important in a Democratic administration…those silly supporters don’t mind…O is their hero…did you forget he was against the Iraq war when he was in the Illinois senate….

  140. He keeps voting Present. I really thinkhe is want the legislative branch to take the fall for him. If they force it in, he can say, well they made me I did not tell them to.

  141. “Actually, is is advertising from AARP”

    —————————–

    Hypocrites!!! They refuse to air commercials that are anti-obama health care because they say they are too partisan.

  142. NewMexicoFan Says:

    September 2nd, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    He keeps voting Present.

    ———————

    And now he’s gone back on vacation to Camp David. Or should I say he has gone back to what he usually does.

    Vacation first. Work last.

  143. Here’s a little piece I found on “Little Green Footballs”, this republican blog shows us that the rethuglicans are still up to their old tricks in soaking taxpayer money up for person travel. Its also happens to be their “best chance to defeat the O” Bobby Jingal!
    On Father’s Day this year, Gov. Bobby Jindal settled into a state helicopter with two staff members and flew to church services in Springhill. A week later, state records show, he was in Dry Creek, again to attend church. The weekend after that it was a church in Monroe.

    The Advocate reviewed Jindal’s travel by gathering helicopter records from State Police through a public information request and verifying the purpose of the trips with the Governor’s Office. The helicopter records provided by State Police covered March 2 to July 20.

    In May, June and July, there was rarely a Sunday when the governor didn’t board a taxpayer-funded helicopter to attend church services in far-flung parts of the state. He traveled by helicopter to churches less frequently in March and April. Over five months, Jindal took more than three dozen helicopter trips. Fourteen were to attend church services, according to state records.

    He worshipped in Hornbeck, Many, Logansport, Angie, Elizabeth, Harrisonburg, Columbia, Winnsboro, Coushatta, Robeline and Anacoco. At least two aides usually accompanied him along with his security detail and State Police pilots. The public pays their salaries as well as the fuel and upkeep for the helicopter.

    The helicopter that the governor uses the most costs $1,200 an hour to operate — about $45,000 for five months of church visits.

  144. Yes, NY Times has that Axlegrease, Rahm etc. will have Dear Leader addressing the masses on healthcare, yet again.

    “This time, we’ll mean it”.

    Supposedly, he’s going to start proposing some specifics. Wow, that would be a change.

    Can’t wait. Another speech that he’ll try to ram down the networks throats, and I’ll have to watch sports or Top Chef Master…

  145. Is there anyway this idiot could just answer REAL townhall questions???

    NOT ANOTHER FUCKING SPEECH!! I quit watching them months ago, but he is killing my favorite shows!! At they say he will not interupt the Sunday football games!

  146. This totally off topic and not at all to do with politics, but I am pist off. I just heard on Fox that this idiot that kidnaped this 11-year old and kept her for 18 years maybe had other men partying and drinking with him at certain times while they raped this child. The neighbors heard her screaming and what sounded like partying going on with several men. I only hope is that we can get Saudi to put this “THING” to death. The best way of coarse would be beheading, first the little head, then the big head and of coarse with a dull freaking knife.
    THats my rant and its finished.

  147. confloyd, ITA.

    You know he was previously in prison for raping another woman and they let him out all the while he was telling them that he’d do it again.

    Anyone associated with his release should be beheaded as well.

  148. JanH, unfortunately, I think Netanyahu is going to cave on East Jerusalem. I was prepared for the halt on new settlements (albeit I personally disagree) but Obama will force Israel to turn over part of Jerusalem to Arab control much like pre 1967. This will, imo, be a disaster .

  149. wbboei

    Admin did a topic not too long ago, calling O Opportunity Obama, and I liked it so well I now call him OO. Just my little way of keeping alive some of the topics Admin does such a good job on.

  150. You just HAVE to read the reactions to bo’s speech on politico…

    my faves so far;

    “WITH THE LOWEST VIEWERSHIP YET.

    …TO MATCH HIS RECORD LOW APPROVAL RATING.

    OBAMA = MISERABLE FAILURE”

    “Hahahahahha…won’t work, barry! Sorry! We’re awake now! You’re a failure!”

    “Jesus…………..ANOTHER PRIME TIME SPEECH/CONFERENCE? This guy seriously can’t get enough of himself. Over half the public hates the job he is doing in office, and yet he is going to stand up on that stage and preach his gospel to a disbelieving choir.

    His approval has gone down after every one of these farcical prime time events….this won’t be any different.”

    Looks like the comments here, lol

    I am going to be wearing my “Hillary for President” fleece this fall, and I am sure to get a far different reaction than I did this spring…:)

  151. Another one bites the dust…
    from the Huffanpuffers;

    “Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), still facing the prospect of a tough re-election in 2010, has reversed her position on the public insurance option, saying Tuesday she will oppose the measure as a part of health care reform after previously expressing support for the policy, the Arkansas News reported.”

    “I don’t belong to any organized party-I’m a democrat.” Will Rogers

  152. TheRealist

    Sounds like the Primary, only now people will not lose their candidate, they will lose medicare services.

  153. ABC is the Oprah Channel.

    You know, the richest most powerful woman in the world.

    The one who calls BO the one she has been waiting for.

    That’s why ABC is in the tank for BO. Oprah controls the stations and she controls the message and the message is the messiah has risen.

    BARF!

  154. confloyd:

    But if you think about it, Jindal wasn’t attending any Rev. Wright-style anti-America tirades, not visiting mistresses. Guess I cut him slack on this one, since intentions seem honorable. At least he’s not staging photo-ops like BHO in Bozeman, MT to spew his propoganda and Marxism. Back at work Monday morning, taking care of business. Wish we had more politicians like Jindal. At least he’s honest. Just sayin’…

  155. rgb44hrc Says:

    September 2nd, 2009 at 3:06 pm
    Yes, NY Times has that Axlegrease, Rahm etc. will have Dear Leader addressing the masses on healthcare, yet again.

    “This time, we’ll mean it”.

    —————————

    Too little too late.

  156. TheRealist Says:

    September 2nd, 2009 at 6:06 pm
    You just HAVE to read the reactions to bo’s speech on politico…

    my faves so far;

    “WITH THE LOWEST VIEWERSHIP YET.

    …TO MATCH HIS RECORD LOW APPROVAL RATING.

    OBAMA = MISERABLE FAILURE”

    “Hahahahahha…won’t work, barry! Sorry! We’re awake now! You’re a failure!”

    “Jesus…………..ANOTHER PRIME TIME SPEECH/CONFERENCE? This guy seriously can’t get enough of himself. Over half the public hates the job he is doing in office, and yet he is going to stand up on that stage and preach his gospel to a disbelieving choir.

    His approval has gone down after every one of these farcical prime time events….this won’t be any different.”

    Looks like the comments here, lol

    I am going to be wearing my “Hillary for President” fleece this fall, and I am sure to get a far different reaction than I did this spring…:)

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

    no wonder he is going into the schools after the kids…he’s losing the adults!

  157. There is a few new Maxine Cartoon Quote out:

    “A female president would only be a good idea if you wanted the country run right for some reason!”

    “They hold elections in November because it is the best time for picking out a turkey!:

    LOL…I love Maxine!

  158. wbboei, a bad vaudeville act, I say, wheres the rotten tomatoes to throw at him. LOL!

    curiosityhasme, there are NO honest politicians. Wbboei and I were talking about just that couple of night ago. You see politicians can’t pls everyone, so its a matter of odds that they are lying to someone to get their vote. I feel the difference in policians is this, 1. morals 2. love of American and it people 3. has a strong sense of where American should be lead, (ideals). You see Obama has none of these. Hillary has them all, certainly shes had to tell a little white lie ever now and then, there human and want to get re elected.

  159. confloyd, I think we should get ahold of some buttons and shirts that say –

    “don’t blame me, I voted for Hillary’ with a line underneath that says

    ‘wake me when its over’

  160. I am still looking for the gold color script Hillary name pin. It used to sell for $100. Admin do you know where I can get one.

  161. S, or we could have the don’t blame me I voted for Hillary and then a big 0 with a line drawn thru it, and then “wake me when its over”. Of coarse all of ours need to be pink in honor of Admin and the 44.

  162. I still think the biggest problem we have here is the creation of these management framework of czars with dubious backgrounds, criminal records and radical agendas. This is a structural change which undermines the checks and balances which have preserved liberty in this country. In time, the problem will be obvious. The mistake is to attribute it to the crisis or the management weakness of Obama. The people behind him know exactly what they are doing.

  163. confloyd Says:

    September 2nd, 2009 at 8:04 pm
    S, you think we ought to get out our Hillary yard signs and Hillary buttons and wear them everywhere NOW??

    S Says:

    September 2nd, 2009 at 8:22 pm
    confloyd, I think we should get ahold of some buttons and shirts that say –

    “don’t blame me, I voted for Hillary’ with a line underneath that says

    ‘wake me when its over’

    Please…let’s do bumber stickers….I want something that can be seen year round in public.

  164. Barack Obama is finding out that Diana, Princess of Wales was right – “Being a princess isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.”

    That made me laugh so loud.

    Admin, you are fantastic!!! Love it!!

  165. Andrea Tantaros
    September 02, 2009

    To Survive and Thrive Obama’s Gotta Kick the Left to the Curb

    If he doesn’t boot his base soon and concentrate on winning back trust with key voting blocks like independents, he can expect a continued free fall in his approval ratings.

    In August, 2007 Senator Barack Obama said in an interview that he had the capacity to unify the country and move it out of what he called “ideological gridlock.”

    “I think it is fair to say that I believe I can bring the country together more effectively than she can,” Obama said (referring to Hillary Clinton).

    Fast forward to 2009. We’ve seen nothing like that rosy picture that was painted by the then presidential hopeful. In that, it’s all been evidence to the contrary. Since taking office, it seems Obama has been more focused on advancing his leftist ideology than bi-partisan brokering. And what does that do? It further divides — not unites — the electorate.

    The president has spent his summer straddling the fence on a public option for his health care overhaul, he’s vacillated over whether or not we’re in a War on Terror, remains vague about where he stands on prosecuting the CIA and hasn’t articulated a clear position on Afghanistan.

    President Obama knows that by spelling out where he stands on each one of these topics, he’ll light up the left — something he seems to want desperately to avoid. But he can’t do it much longer. This consistent inconsistency has rendered him incompetent when it comes to convincing the country to have confidence in him and he has polarized the nation by triggering unprecedented levels of anger by his actions. The fury is most present in the voting block Obama needs the most: independents.

    The numbers aren’t pretty. According to Rasmussen Reports, when it comes to health care among those not affiliated with either major party, 55 percent oppose the legislation. That includes 47 percent of independents who strongly oppose it. Fifty-four percent of voters not affiliated with either party are opposed to the investigation of the CIA. And, most damaging for the White House are the president’s overall approval ratings with independents: a lackluster 38 percent.

    Then, there’s the number one issue that matters most to independents: the ballooning deficit. Obama has completely lost control of his fiscal message, further polarizing the nation. The deeper the divide grows, the harder it will be for him to accomplish anything on his agenda.

    Threatened with the growing consensus that Obama just isn’t capable of leading the Democratic Party in a direction that will allow them to remain in power, the president might be getting the message. According to a recent report by Politico: “Obama is considering detailing his health-care demands in a major speech as soon as next week, when Congress returns from the August recess. And although House leaders have said their members will demand the inclusion of a public insurance option, Obama has no plans to insist on it himself, the officials said.”

    (Cue record-scratching sound).

    After the political equivalent of “Who’s on First,” is Obama finally adopting the age-old presidential adage: you can screw your base and they won’t budge? (Where else are they going to go?) Or is this more of a grey area, triangulating at its best, that will put him at odds with Pelosi and many congressional Democrats?

    Like Clinton, his new strategy might entail curbing the kowtowing to the left with a move to the middle. The question is: will it be too late? Unlike Clinton, Obama doesn’t have an economy on the rise, or the foil of a Republican-led Congress. — His numbers are also lower than Clinton’s were at this time in his tenure, making it more difficult to rebound.

    If he doesn’t boot his base soon and concentrate on winning back trust with key voting blocks like independents, he can expect a continued free fall in his approval ratings. And like Clinton, he’ll soon get a Republican Congress. That’s the thing about the restart button. If you don’t hit it, the American people will do it for you.

    foxnews.com/opinion/2009/09/02/andrea-tantaros-obama-ditch-left/

  166. confloyd…you may have hit upon something…the time might be right to actually get that message out…

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

    btw…just thinking about O preaching to the kids and then the next day droning on to the congress and the remaining few that will actually tune in to tv to watch him…

    …and just thinking…those poor kids…they are trapped…the rest of us have a choice to go ‘wash our hair’ but unless their parents give them a reprieve…those poor kids are stuck with him…

  167. Congress` Approval Rating at Lowest Point for Year

    Wed Sep 2, 2009

    Hillary Clinton only Administration official with positive ratings

    ROCHESTER, N.Y.–(Business Wire)–
    As the fall season begins, the focus moves away from town hall meetings and what
    is going on around the country back to how people in Washington are dealing with
    issues, especially health care reform. Unfortunately, many in Washington are not
    dealing from strong positions, including the president himself, in terms of
    approval ratings. In fact, when it comes to many of the leaders of Congress as
    well as those handling economic issues, majorities of Americans are not even
    familiar enough with these people to have an opinion regarding them.

    These are some of the results of The Harris Poll® of 2,498 U.S. adults surveyed
    online between August 10 and 18, 2009 by Harris Interactive®.

    Administration Leaders` Ratings

    The rating of individual leaders in government varies greatly:

    * Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the only member of the administration to
    have a positive job rating. Just over half of Americans (51%) give her positive
    marks, while 31% give her negative ratings and 18% are not familiar enough with
    her to have an opinion;
    * Vice President Joe Biden is rated more negatively (38%) than positively (33%)
    while 29% are not familiar enough to have an opinion;
    * Just over one-quarter of Americans (28%) give Defense Secretary Robert Gates
    positive ratings while 17% give him negative ones, but a majority (55%) are not
    familiar with him;
    * One in five Americans (20%) rate Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke
    positively, one-quarter (24%) rate his job performance negatively and 56% are
    not familiar enough with him to have an opinion; and,
    * Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is rated positively by 17% of Americans,
    negatively by 26% and 57% are not familiar with him.

    Congressional Ratings

    Looking at Congress as a whole, their numbers continue to move downward. In May,
    they were at a high with 31% giving Congress positive ratings, but in June this
    dropped to 25% positive and currently just 22% give them positive ratings while
    almost four in five Americans (78%) give them negative ones. The rating of
    individual parties and leaders in Congress are not any better:

    * One in five Americans (21%) give Democrats in Congress positive ratings while
    47% give them negative ones and one-third (32%) say they are not familiar enough
    to have an opinion;
    * Even lower numbers (12%) give Republicans in Congress positive ratings and
    over half (52%) give them negative ones while 37% are not familiar with them;
    * Looking at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 19% of Americans give her job positive
    marks but almost half (48%) give her negative ones and one-third (33%) are not
    familiar with her;
    * However, her familiarity is better than any of the other leaders in Congress.
    Staying in the House, three-quarter of Americans (73%) are not familiar with
    House Minority Leader John Boehner, with 8% giving him positive ratings and 19%
    negative marks; and
    * Three in five Americans (61%) are not familiar with Senate Majority Leader
    Harry Reid, while 10% give him positive marks and 29% give him negative ones. On
    the other side of the aisle, 72% of Americans are not familiar enough with
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to have an opinion, 8% give him positive
    marks and 20% give him negative ratings.

    So What?

    In order for President Obama to accomplish many of his goals, he will need
    Congress to help him. However, they do not have the political capital to go to
    the American public and ask for support for many of these plans. And, among his
    Cabinet officials, only Secretary of State Clinton is seen in a positive light,
    so that will also not be of any help in selling health care reform to an already
    wary public.

    reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS95973+02-Sep-2009+BW20090902

  168. So the republicans are telling bambi to get off your ass, ditch the left, and lead the health care debate. His response is classic Obama–go back on vacation.

    That advice is self serving and anti climatic. Self serving in the sense that they know he has not got it within him. He is a speechifier, not a doer. Anti-climactic because he ditched the left weeks ago when he started making sweetheart deals with big business. The only ones who do not know it is the brand obama lefties.

    If the left decides to pull out and form their own party to run against him in 2012 I will be tempted to join. Whoever can help save the middle class gets my vote, because without them this will be a have and have not society which will fail.

  169. Giving claim that East Jerusalem belonged to the Israelis long before the Palestinians…

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    Israeli archaeologists find ancient fortification

    By JEN THOMAS (AP)

    JERUSALEM — Archaeologists digging in Jerusalem have uncovered a 3,700-year-old wall that is the oldest example of massive fortifications ever found in the city, the Israel Antiquities Authority said Wednesday. The 26-foot-high wall is believed to have been part of a protected passage built by ancient Canaanites from a hilltop fortress to a nearby spring that was the city’s only water source and vulnerable to marauders.

    The discovery marks the first time archaeologists have found such massive construction from before the time of Herod, the ruler behind numerous monumental projects in the city 2,000 years ago, and shows that Jerusalem of the Middle Bronze Age had a powerful population capable of complex building projects, said Ronny Reich, director of the excavation and an archaeology professor at the University of Haifa.

    The wall dates to the 17th century B.C., when Jerusalem was a small, fortified enclave controlled by the Canaanites, one of the peoples the Bible says lived in the Holy Land before the Hebrew conquest. The kingdom thought to have been ruled from Jerusalem by the biblical King David is usually dated to at least seven centuries later.

    A small section of the wall was first discovered in 1909, but diggers have now exposed a 79-foot portion, and Reich believes it stretches much further. Reich said budget constraints related to the global financial crisis put an end to the excavation, at least for now. “The wall is enormous, and that it survived 3,700 years — this is, even for us, a long time,” Reich said. It was remarkable that a fortification of this kind was not dismantled for later building projects, he said. “When you just stand there and see it, it is amazing,” he said.

    The wall and other archaeological finds at the site will be opened to the public beginning Thursday, the Antiquities Authority said.

    Archaeological research at the site known as the City of David, just outside the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City, is caught up in the struggle for control over the city. The archaeological site, one of the richest in a country full of ancient remains, is in the midst of a Palestinian neighborhood in east Jerusalem. The City of David digs are funded by Elad, a Jewish settler organization that also buys Palestinian homes and brings Jewish families into the neighborhood. Palestinian and Israeli critics have charged that the archaeology is being used as a political tool to cement Jewish control over parts of Jerusalem that Palestinians want for the capital of a future state.

    Israel captured the Arab section of Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war. Unlike other areas it captured, Israel quickly annexed east Jerusalem and declared the whole city as its capital. In some rounds of failed peace talks, Israel has indicated willingness to cede Arab sections to a Palestinian state, but no agreement was reached.

    The current Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has taken such offers off the table, and no peace negotiations are in progress now.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h2zNAydcLiSvd5fXVQ5eIk7NmW7QD9AF8KE81

  170. After the political equivalent of “Who’s on First,” is Obama finally adopting the age-old presidential adage: you can screw your base and they won’t budge? (Where else are they going to go?) Or is this more of a grey area, triangulating at its best, that will put him at odds with Pelosi and many congressional Democrats?
    ——————————————-
    I think that is bad logic. If you screw with your base, they may not defect but they will stay home. That is what happened to the Republicans last time around–10% stayed home and that was outcome determinative in the popular vote as I recall. The electoral consequences are harder to guage.

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