Obama The Tin Pot Dictator

Update: With all due respect to hard working teachers everywhere who educate, not indoctrinate, this video is dedicated to the students fighting indoctrination in schools such as Aragon High School in California.



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Time was when Americans could laugh at leaders from other nations who tried to create a cheesy cult of personality. Now we have our own cheesy tin pot rattling “leader”.

That Tin pot dictator mentality is what has raised alarms about Obama’s speech next week aimed at schoolchildren. President John F. Kennedy was a popular president who started a presidential effort aimed at schoolchildren. But the Kennedy efforts were aimed at physical fitness and physical fitness programs not at creation of a cult of personality akin to North Korean “Dear Leader” rallies.

There were no “let’s get physically fit for the glory of the Dear Leader” components from John F. Kennedy. Attempts to link physical fitness or sound educational goals to the greater glory of “Dear Leader” abound in world history. Hitler youth programs, Leninist state glorification camps, Maoist “Red Book” wavers, dozens of African leadership cults, Red Kerchief programs from the socialist world, all are examples of the glorification of the state and the “Leader” via school children programs.

The Tin Pot Dictator mentality is now firmly rooted in the Obama regime:

The Obama administration is rethinking its course recommendations for students ahead of President Obama’s address to the the nation’s schoolchildren next week, rewriting its suggestions to teachers for student assignments on how to “help the president.”

White House aides said the language was supposed to be an inspirational, pro-education message to America’s youths, but its unintended consequences were evident.

Among the activities initially suggested for pre-K to 6th grade students was to “write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president.”

Another assignment for students after hearing the speech was to discuss what “the president wants us to do.”

This latest Obama Tin Pot dictator controversy is not about education – it is about indoctrination:

Christina Erland Culver, former deputy assistant secretary for education, said presidents have traditionally addressed classrooms on the first day of school, but the problem with the event was the accompanying materials from the Department of Education.

“That’s where they kind of got into a slippery spot. Federal statute denies any authority to the Department of Education to provide any kind of curriculum or anything that can be passed down to the state, and that’s part of the statute forming the Department of Education. So they kinda got themselves into this mess because they didn’t really understand some of the key legal roles or the dos and don’ts at the federal Department of Ed,” she said.

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

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Recently we were made aware of an Assistant Principal in a school in California which libeled HillaryIs44. The Assistant Principal of the school, Mr. Silton of the Aragon High School, wrote about HillaryIs44 (supposedly one of his favorite websites):

When Hillary Clinton lost the primary, this site went into full-time hatred of Obama to the point of irrationality. Overrun by racists, I know this isn’t representative of Hillary supporters but it still gives me the creeps. These folks think they are the victims of the century. You lost. Get over it!!!!

Pity the students of Aragon High School who are clearly being indoctrinated, not educated. Detailed analysis of what Obama actually does, the actual Obama history, instead of worshiping what Obama says is labeled “racist” by Commissar Silton.

Commissar Silton is not alone. As we predicted, race-baiting was not only the preferred method of choice is gifting Obama the Democratic nomination – race-baiting is the weapon to be deployed in order to force through the massive giveaway of tax dollars to the pharmaceutical and insurance companies called the Obama/Ted Kennedy Health Insurance scam.

We were not joking when we wrote Black Or White – We’re All “Racists” Now:

Barack Obama Thugs (hereinafter, “B.O.T.s) are back out in the streets. The “racist” card is charging up a storm. Anyone who opposes Obama is labeled “racist”. We now see the face of Barack Obama – “a uniter not a divider”. If you are black and opposed to Barack Obama – “racist”. If you are white and opposed to Barack Obama – “racist”. Anyone opposed to Barack Obama or his policies – “racist”.

Repeatedly we have warned:

Obama wants to play the “racist” card to resuscitate the corpse of his health insurance scam. Obama is angry that Patterson is playing the race card, like a desperate riverboat gambler. Obama wants to play the “racist” card later, not now.

“Now” has arrived. Charlie Rangel, in trouble for his own myriad tax problems, played the race card for Obama today in preparation for next week’s Obama circus appearances on ABC, at picnics, and before congress.

Bring out the “race card” Charlie:

First it was Gov. Paterson. Now the dean of New York’s congressional delegation has played the race card — and just as the governor did, he’s using President Obama to do it, the New York Post reported.

Rep. Charles Rangel said Tuesday that “bias” and “prejudice” toward Obama are fueling opposition to health-care reform.

Those incendiary comments came on the heels of Paterson’s controversial comments about race that also mentioned the nation’s first black president.

“Some Americans have not gotten over the fact that Obama is president of the United States. They go to sleep wondering, ‘How did this happen?’ ” Rangel (D-Manhattan) said Tuesday.

Speaking at a health-care forum in Washington Heights, Rangel said that when critics complain that Obama is “trying to interfere” with their lives by pushing for health-care reform, “then you know there’s just a misunderstanding, a bias, a prejudice, an emotional feeling.”

“We’re going to have to move forward notwithstanding that,” said Rangel, the powerful chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and a chief health-care negotiator.
Rangel then likened the battle over health-care expansion for the uninsured to the fight for civil rights.

“Why do we have to wait for the right to vote? Why can’t we get what God has given us? That is the right to live as human beings and not negotiate with white southerners and not count the votes. Just do the right thing,” he said.

Rangel and Commissar Silton ignore the many African-Americans, many on this website, who courageously spoke out and continue to oppose Barack Obama. Rangel and Commissar Silton ignore Obama enablers, like Congressman John Conyers, who now express their profound disappointment with Obama. Rangle and Commissar Silton ignore the blog enablers of Barack Obama who now sound just like Big Pink.

The “crime” of Big Pink has been to tell the truth Commissar Silton. Shout “racist” all you want – we will not be deterred.

Everyday more and more accused “racists” are born as the Tin Pot Dictator enablers race-bait more and more.

Shouts of “racist” will not work to pass the abomination called Obama/Kennedy health insurance reform. Shouts of “racist” on behalf of Obama dilute actual instances of racism.

It used to be that patriotism was the last refuge of scoundrels, now it is shouts of “racist” from Tin Pot Dictators and their commissars.

200 thoughts on “Obama The Tin Pot Dictator

  1. As we have so often said before too much repetition is a killer. Too much telepromter speeches, too much accuasation of racists, too much bullying, and you just might find that those old people, that you think are so unimportant to your party have nothing to lose in this next election, and they plan on showing up in droves.

    Red, White, Blue, Brown,Black, Yellow, and all varaitons inbetween.

  2. Has anyone told OO that he won the election, because he is still in primary mode. I am waiting for his bring the country together, his offering of his hand to the opposition, his expression of we the people, instead you guys still don’t like me.

  3. As a 38 year first grade teacher, I would not feel comfortable using Obama’s curriculum questions after his video to school children…period…no ifs, ands, or buts.

  4. Whoever is giving obama advice on how to be potus, must really want him to fail and take the country down with him. They should be telling him less is more, but instead are trying to make him into a weekly television personality with absolutely little chance of succeeding.

    The Communist Manifesto took away freedoms, told families how to think, chose their occupations and education levels, and censored information/news.

    How is what obama is doing any different?

  5. Like a friend with vast personal knowledge and experience with communism told me, the mother ship (USSR) is gone and the parasite is looking for a new host. His life story confirms this but he would not want me to tell it. As with prior revolutions this one is being financed by capitalists which is why I also noted Lenin’s definition of a capitalist as someone who will sell you the rope to hang him. What I am told is the people who he has appointed as czars–some not all are the key to this, and they will help facilitate his agenda. They always go after education and the media first. I told him that is pretty smart on your part and he said no it really isn’t if you have lived through it as I have. I asked him how sure he is and he said pretty damned sure. I am not asking you to believe it yourself. Just watch what happens and decide for yourself.

  6. Spot on, Admin!

    Maybe it’s just that I’m sitting here listening to Huckabee on Hannity…but to borrow a few phrases from this part of the world……BHO has worn-out his welcome, “cried wolf one too many times” (Christian analogy that most BHO supporters wouldn’t understand) and finally….as far as the ongoing bamboozling and hoodwinking of the populace…..like even late Gov. Ann Richards at this juncture would no doubt express THAT DOG WON’T HUNT….

  7. Curiosityhasme, to add a phrase from “this” part of the world….it’s time for all of us to pitch a hissy fit about what BO has and is doing.

  8. Someone needs to go on drug withdrawal ASAP!

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    September 3, 2009

    White House Sends Democrats a Peppy Memo on Public Polls

    By Jackie Calmes

    Late Thursday, the White House sent Congressional Democrats an upbeat analysis of recent public polls on Americans’ attitudes toward the president’s effort to overhaul health care.

    While administration officials acknowledge that support has declined for Mr. Obama and for his handling of the health issue, they say the polls show continued widespread backing for changing health care.

    The president’s pollster, Joel Benenson, cited specific poll results from media organizations and the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation. He said the findings include these:

    —Americans overwhelmingly favor major changes
    —They support a crackdown on insurance company practices.
    —Many people are unaware of what is being proposed and,
    —When they are informed about major components, overall support rises.

    In the memo to Democrats, Mr. Benenson concluded that as the debate’s final stage begins, “there is a significant opportunity to clearly define health insurance reform, replacing Republican misrepresentations with facts.”

    prescriptions.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/03/white-house-sends-democrats-a-peppy-memo-on-public-polls/

  9. —Americans overwhelmingly favor major changes

    No. They do not want to lose what they have. And they do not trust Obama or congress.

    —They support a crackdown on insurance company practices.

    Like negotiating sweetheart deals with the Obama administration.

    —Many people are unaware of what is being proposed

    They are unaware because the White House has failed to lead, Congress has failed to read, there are four different bills in congress and none from the White House–whose fault is that?

    —When they are informed about major components, overall support rises.

    Not when they have already made up their minds. They will be looking for the gotchas, and they will be obvious. They notice the drug companies are promoting the bill and that cannot be good for the people. The litmus test will be whether or not there is a public option. Then we will know whom he intends to cheat: the drug companies or the populists.

  10. Jackie Calms has always been one of the most cloying obama lovers on NYT, another reason to take this puff piece with a grain of salt (and a quart of Everclear, or just straight moonshine).

  11. admin: thankgod we have you, you really put the right perspective on it for me. I almost fell for the racist crap. Man, you can’t let your guard down for a minute. THey are master manipulators.
    No I did not know that was against the law, sending down curriculum from the fed. Wow, are they just stupid or what. Maybe they figured everyone would be like me and not know??

  12. I was flipping through TV stations earlier, and caught a glimpse of Nancy Pelosi telling people that congress was going to pass good health insurance legislation for the people of this country. Looks like she has had some facial work done, perhaps another face lift and other assorted things.

    Congratulations Admin for making the reading list for a teacher’s class. Only the truth is written by Admin.

  13. I hope Marco Rubio knocks off Quisling Crist. We need Rubio in that seat. Crist is the Republican favorite and he is a bambi clone.

  14. check out what is going on in the great bastion of democrats in Broward county, florida:

    Broward Schools Superintendent James Notter wrote in a memo to principals Thursday that students will not be allowed to opt out of viewing Obama’s address. The district has encouraged civics education through programs such as Kids Voting Broward and by watching presidential inaugural addresses, Notter wrote, so letting students skip Obama’s speech “does not align with our practices and responsibility to provide a well-rounded, quality education for all students.”

    That doesn’t mean all school activities will cease during Obama’s talk. Notter said schools can record the address and watch it later if the broadcast time conflicts with previously scheduled tests, field trips or other events.

    In his opinion, Notter said in an interview, having childen listen to the country’s elected leader “is some of the purest of civics education.” Letting them choose whether to not to attend would set a bad precedent, Notter said. He compared it to students who might object to saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

    “You don’t get to go out into the hall,” Notter said. “You’re there and you’re silent.”

    In Palm Beach County, some parents have also contacted their local schools, as well as the school district’s headquarters in West Palm Beach, to complain about plans for the president’s speech, said school district spokeswoman Vickie Middlebrooks.

    Schools Superintendent Art Johnson is expected to release a statement Friday about the matter, she said.

    and compliments of Hillbuzz: in regards to Broward county, someone there says:

    a co-worker of my wife, who has two children attending school in the district, called the school district to confirm, and was told unequivocally, that if his children were not in attendance, they would be punished.

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    these are O and the ‘new democratic party’

    (sit there, do as you are told and shut up!)

  15. Obama simply cannot live without his cult-of-personality dominating his whole way of thinking, and the need for ego gratification.

    On one hand, it’s kinda sad.

    Yet worse, though, is how dangerous it is. Throughout history, those with the biggest chips on their shoulders are most desperate to seek approval. The tin horn dictators, and the biggies like Hitler, didn’t know where to draw the line.

    Now we watch as the Fool-in-Chief overplays all his hands. “All in. Dang, lost another!”

    Yeah, it’s a competence thing.

  16. Superintendent James Notter
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    There is a Bolshevik for you. I bet David Horowitz goes after this traitor. What remedy will Commissar Notter prescribe if there is a blue flu day.

  17. S Says:

    September 3rd, 2009 at 10:20 pm
    check out what is going on in the great bastion of democrats in Broward county, florida:
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    As I recall, wasn’t it promised to us by Big (Brother) Media that electing Obama would bring about racial utopia?

    Instead, the Racist-in-Chief touches all the hot wires: government intrusion into education, having any opposition to Obama and/or Democratic plans labeled as “racist”, etc.

    NICE…FUCKING…COUNTRY.

  18. PLACE YOUR BETS:

    When does Obama’s approval go below 40%?

    Below 30%?

    Below 20%?

    My guesses are:
    Nov. 2009
    May 2010
    Feb. 2011

    Second bet:
    Impeachment?
    Removal from office?

    My guesses:
    2010
    2011

    Step right up and place your bets!!

  19. rgb44hrc Says:

    September 3rd, 2009 at 10:34 pm
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    it is like an unbelievable nightmare! the O admin, his educ dept, his green czar, the democratic congress, all of them…one big bunch of micromanagers…leave us the hell alone already!

  20. DAILY KAOS POLLING..
    REID FLAILING, AND NOT EVERYONE THINKS OBAMA WAS BORN IN U.S.

    realclearpolitics.blogs.time.com/2009/09/03/nv-sen-poll-more-bad-news-for-reid/

    September 3rd, 2009

    NV Sen Poll: More Bad News for Reid

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been unable to dig himself out of a pit of poor poll numbers, and the latest survey from Daily Kos/Research 2000 is no different. The four-term Nevada senator trails two potential GOP challengers, Danny Tarkanian, son of former UNLV coach Jerry, and Sue Lowden, who is resigning from her post as chair of the Nevada Republican Party to focus on a bid for Senate.

    Just 36% hold a favorable opinion of Reid, while 52% view him unfavorably. Pres. Obama’s viewed favorably by 48%, with 41% holding an unfavorable opinion of him.

    Also, less than three-fourths believe Obama was born in the U.S., and 52% favor a public option being included in federal health care reform.

    Lowden 44
    Reid 41
    Und 15

    Tarkanian 45
    Reid 40
    Und 15

  21. realclearpolitics.com seems to have a common thread.

    The realization is that Obama is failing, whether “perceived” or not.

    Those who think it is perceived are using the Bill Clinton analogy; new Prez inherits a mess, bites off more than he can chew, but eventually settles into a groove.

    Nice story line. But, Bill Clinton had YEARS of executive experience.

    Obama? ZERO!

    Clinton fought for many causes. Obama is wondering what hobby to pick up next, now that his golf game is improving.

    Clinton drifted toward the center. Obama is all over the map, pushing hard left ideas, then undercutting it with deals favored by back room buddies, big donors, and some Repubs.

    Clinton started low and climbed progressively higher.

    We know what direction Obama is heading.

  22. “does not align with our practices and responsibility to provide a well-rounded, quality education for all students.”

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    I wonder how much the dims bribed him to throw the students under the bus?

  23. POLARIZING PRESIDENTS, NUMBER 43 AND 44…

    Didn’t we say he’d be Bush III?

    Mort(ician) Kondracke, as I recall, was another pundit applauding Obama’s “mad skills” in politics. Now? He can’t seem to find those skills anywhere.

    Money quotes:

    “President Obama, who got elected promising to heal the nation’s partisan breaches, has failed to insist that Republicans and their ideas be incorporated into health care reform.”

    “Liberals still dream of ramming their kind of bill through the Senate with 51 votes through the budget reconciliation process, but that – if it’s even possible parliamentary – will ensure that Obama matches George W. Bush as a polarizing president.”

    realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/09/03/dems_shouldnt_push_through_a_partisan_bill.html

    September 3, 2009
    Dems Shouldn’t Push Through a Partisan Bill
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    By Mort Kondracke

    Among the most common themes in the tributes paid to the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) was his willingness to negotiate across party lines and achieve his liberal goals incrementally, if necessary.

    It’s time for his fellow Democrats and President Barack Obama to apply those principles to health care reform.

    So far, except in the Senate Finance Committee, there’s been almost zero Kennedyism applied to the health care debate.

    The House Democratic majority has produced its health legislation with a contempt for the minority that’s customary for that chamber – but inappropriate when huge changes for one-sixth of the U.S. economy are in play.

    The Senate committee Kennedy formerly chaired – Health, Education, Labor and Pensions – likewise produced a government-heavy bill with no GOP support.

    It is a “Kennedy bill,” representing the “liberal lion’s” fondest hopes for universal coverage, a “public plan” that would eventually lead to Canadian-style medicine, and huge cost.

    But the chances are that, had Kennedy lived, he would have used that bill as the basis for negotiation and would have accepted less than his ideal in order to make progress.

    For, as David Brooks wrote in the New York Times, “Kennedy never abandoned his ambitious ideals, but his ability to forge compromises and champion gradual, incremental change created the legacy everybody is celebrating today: community health centers, the National Cancer Institute, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Meals on Wheels program, the renewal of the Voting Rights Act and the No Child Left Behind Act.”

    Brooks left out the 1996 Kennedy-Kassebaum Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, in which he and former Sen. Nancy Kassebaum (R-Kan.) created COBRA, the program allowing laid-off employees to keep their health insurance, and the 1997 State Children’s Health Insurance Program, passed with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) as co-sponsor.

    President Obama, who got elected promising to heal the nation’s partisan breaches, has failed to insist that Republicans and their ideas be incorporated into health care reform.

    So without buy-in, Republicans have been bent on playing up the flaws in Democratic health care plans. Many of them might be doing it anyway, but Obama hasn’t met them a quarter-way, let alone half.

    And the result is that the opposition has sewn severe doubts about the whole reform enterprise – some of it legitimate (such as worry about the “public plan” and cost) and some of it paranoid, such as “death panels” allegedly deciding which seniors will live or die.

    Liberals still dream of ramming their kind of bill through the Senate with 51 votes through the budget reconciliation process, but that – if it’s even possible parliamentary – will ensure that Obama matches George W. Bush as a polarizing president.

    The better way is for Obama at some stage, the earlier the better, to take some sound outside advice and redirect the health debate toward the center.

    Some good principles were laid out in a National Press Club speech in 2008 by Donald B. Snow, CEO of Medco, the pharmacy management company.

    “First, he said, we need to keep it simple. Complex solutions always fail. Second, we need to phase in incremental changes. Revolutionary reform is rejected by our society.

    “Finally, and most importantly, we must carefully define the roles of the private sector and the government. … The government’s strength is to promulgate and regulate. The private sector’s strength is to operate and innovate.”

    Another piece of good advice came from former Sen. Bill Bradley (D-N.J.) in last Sunday’s New York Times.

    He counseled passing health reform the way he, President Ronald Reagan and others enacted tax reform in 1986 – by combining top priorities of both parties.

    For health care, that would mean universal coverage for Democrats and significant medical malpractice reform for Republicans.

    Republicans also favor, as should many Democrats, enabling uninsured individuals and the self-employed to get the same tax advantages as do people insured by their employers.

    Practically everyone – including health insurance companies – agree that the insurance market needs to be reformed to eliminate exclusions based on pre-existing conditions, denial of coverage to the sick and placing caps on coverage.

    If those mandates are imposed, premiums will rise for everyone who has insurance – unless there is a mandate that everyone have insurance, including young, healthy people who now think they can go without.

    Reports have it that Obama plans to change his emphasis in selling reform this fall to the moral case that 47 million Americans should not go uninsured.

    It’s the right strategy, but he should combine it with the self-interest argument that covering everyone will hold down premium increases for those who already have insurance.

    It will also hold down costs if a new malpractice system is created – including specialized “medical courts” to replace juries – so that doctors stop practicing “defensive medicine” to avoid getting sued.

    And, to achieve bipartisanship, Obama will have to jettison a Medicare-like public plan, but to appease liberals he could resurrect the idea of a “trigger” that would put a public plan into place if insurance companies fail to deliver on required reforms.

    Edward Kennedy surely would not have been happy with such concessions, but would he have made them to achieve universal coverage, the top priority of his career? I bet he’d be negotiating with Republicans on it as we speak. And so should Obama.

  24. Dot48, I was thinking about what you said about your net income and the amt that you would pay for a policy that is mandated. I have to say that it will drop you from middle income to almost low income. Surely they won’t do this. I think we really need to show this to them, no one could afford that now or in the future. They are mandating to get more people paying the insurance companies. I was watching Bulls and Bears on FOx, they are telling people to buy health insurance stock, so they expecting windfall profits.

    S, those two videos have been posted on the last thread. I thought they were interesting.

  25. AS WE THOUGHT…
    OBAMA TO SAY NEXT WEEK: “JUST PASS ANY OLD DAMN HEALTH ****** (YOUR WORD HERE) BILL”

    Toward the end of this piece

    ft.com/cms/s/0/96d44406-98b3-11de-aa1b-00144feabdc0.html?nclick_check=1

    are these three paragraphs, outlining that Mr NambyPamby has no fuckin’ clue about what he’s going to say, or how to lead the country, or how to lead his party, nor whether arugula will be planted next year…
    &&&

    The flurry of divergent comments by lawmakers makes it clear how difficult it will be for Mr Obama to bring his party together. “The more specific the president is on what he supports for healthcare reform, the more people he will alienate – so he’s damned if he does,” says Jim Morone, whose book, The Heart of Power: Healthcare and Politics in the Oval Office, is out this month.

    The White House indicated on Thursday that the president had yet to decide on the contents of his address. But senior administration officials made clear he is thinking of junking the public option and would agree a scaled-back reform package, in order to get something passed.

    The stakes for Mr Obama are high. Opinion polls show most Americans see the state of the economy as their main concern – with worries about jobs and rising fiscal deficits. Healthcare does not register high on their list of concerns.

  26. huffpost has lengthy Krugman piece from Sep 2.

    nytimes.com/2009/09/06/magazine/06Economic-t.html?_r=1

    How Did Economists Get It So Wrong?
    ==========================

    By PAUL KRUGMAN
    Published: September 2, 2009
    I. MISTAKING BEAUTY FOR TRUTH
    [snip]

    I haven’t read it yet, but hey, it’s Krugman.

  27. FACT CHECK: Biden ignores problems with stimulus
    FACT CHECK: Biden cheers stimulus progress, but doesn’t mention problems……..
    …………..

  28. from financial times:

    The stakes for Mr Obama are high. Opinion polls show most Americans see the state of the economy as their main concern – with worries about jobs and rising fiscal deficits. Healthcare does not register high on their list of concerns.

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    bingo!

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    anything to distract us now from the most pressing things most people are concerned with…the economy, their jobs, or lack of, and their homes, or about to be lack of…

    this man is doing everything BACKWARDS…

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    and he is shameless, the WH has a picture of his youngest daughter crawling on the floor by a sofa in the oval office while he is sitting at his desk…as if he were JFK with little John John
    (and it is so staged…)

    …the only transparency in the O admin is his shameless exploitation (and copying) of everyone he will never be…never going to be a JFK, MLK, FDR, TK…or anywhere close to either Clinton…

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    as Marc Rubin says over at Tom In Paine:

    Everything Obama has done politically in his 12 years of elected life has always been about one thing — the next political step. This is why he voted “present” more than 100 times in the Illinois State Senate, voting neither for nor against a bill more than 100 times. After all if you don’t have a record its hard for anyone to run against it.

    Now that there are no more political steps, Obama’s way of doing things are catching up with him. His constant reversals on torture and torture prosecutions, reversals on the release of torture photos, not having a clear plan on where to send the detainees once Gitmo was closed all unsettled a lot of people. But it has been his mishandling of health care reform that is now blowing up in his face.

    snip…

  29. Not only is Bo showing his incompetence, but what about his “czars” and other advisors? What the heck are they thinking? Are they all this inexperienced or is this their plan? To muck everthing up? Every new administration must take some time to get grounded, but this seems like a colossal mess. The democratic leadership is also showing how incompetent and corrupt they are. I never dreamed that it would be this bad. And this education fiasco; what a terrible roll out. He could talk to the children about setting goals and working hard towards achieving them, but no, once again it has to be about HIM. What can the kids do to help the president. What about the president helping the children. Jeez. No wonder everyone is up in arms. Once again, the Bo machine has overstepped their bounds.

  30. I am watching Hannity, he just said he believes that Obama is Bill Ayers, he is Rev. Wright, he is jones. He is saying that Obama is a radical.

    WE SENT ALL THAT STUFF TO HANNITY AND NOTHING WAS SAID WHEN WE COULD STILL GET HILLARY IN, NOW ITS NO HOLES BARRED AGAINST OBAMA. IT MAKES ME MAD.

    The whole thing is they wanted to make sure Hillary did not get it. I think Obama was put in just to get Hillary out, I think they were all in on it. NO, I don’t thing Obama will last 2 years, they’ll find a way to impeach. They keep comparing him to Nixon. THe games the parties are playing is killing america.

  31. Birdgal, did you listen to Hannity tonight, the rethugs are going for the throat, I don’t mind, but why did they not do it during the primary, we would not have had to go thru this crap.

    I am so afraid the left will take Hillary down with them, nobody will trust her, they will think she is part of the communist administration. THe rethugs have always labeled her a socialist, marxist, communist. So I think there no hope for our girl.

  32. They are circulating a petition to have Van Jones fired, and Hannity is asking for his removal from the administration.

    Van Jones issued a statement again tonight, apologizing. I think the crap is hitting the fan in the WH. Poor Bambi, he will have to have another vacation.

  33. I give up- I don’t know who’s worse, Rangel or Sharpton.

    The congressional bookend racists who never fail to play the race card because they feel there is
    no answer that can effectively diffuse the charge. (they said so themselves)

    Strange though, we never heard the race card played when Clinton or Bush were president. Stranger still, they have elected themselves a 0.50% black president but they’re still not happy, they cavalierly call us ‘racists’.

  34. Birdgal, you said you can’t imagine this administration could be this bad, well when you make a 30 y.o. the auto czar, what do you think you will get. Multiple this times 30 and you have this administration.

    Why are they hiring these blackwater types in Afnamistan?? I heard Hillary has ordered a full inquiry into the animal house parties in Afnamistan??

    THis finger thing is bad, but you just don’t take 2 swings at any body for anything at a townhall or tea party. R we civilized or what??

  35. I was impressed with the demeanor, candor and the patriotism of the guy who got his finger bitten off by the bot.

    The next corporate media asks why citizens bring licensed weapons to town hall meetings they will have their answer: self defense.

    Bill is right this is diversionary stuff. The real game here is to destroy our freedom.

  36. Some Schools Will Block or Delay Obama’s Pep Talk for Students

    By Michael Alison Chandler and Michael D. Shear
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Friday, September 4, 2009

    Parents who want their children to hear President Obama’s back-to-school message Tuesday might have to keep them home. School systems from the Washington suburbs to Houston are balking at airing the speech to all of their students. Loudoun County and Charles County have no plans to show it at all.

    Logistics, rather than politics, are driving many of the decisions, especially in Northern Virginia, where Tuesday is the first day of school.

    The speech, which will be broadcast live from Wakefield High School in Arlington County, was planned as an inspirational message “entirely about encouraging kids to work hard and stay in school,” said White House spokesman Tommy Vietor. Education Secretary Arne Duncan sent a letter to principals nationwide encouraging them to show it. But the announcement of the speech prompted a frenzied response from some conservatives, who called it an attempt to indoctrinate students, not motivate them.

    Jim Greer, chairman of the Florida Republican Party, said the speech is an effort to “spread President Obama’s socialist ideology” and “justify his positions” on health care, the economy and taxes. Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin claimed that “the left has always used kids in public schools as guinea pigs and as junior lobbyists for their social liberal agenda.”

    White House officials said they were surprised and frustrated by the reaction to a speech they said amounts to an educational pep talk. Vietor said the speech will be released Monday to give parents time to review it and decide for themselves. “There’s a tradition in Washington of attack first, ask questions later,” he said. “There is a ‘ready, fire, aim’ approach to political attacks. It’s unfortunate that politics has been brought into this. “It is not a policy speech. There is no discussion of health care or Afghanistan or any political issues. This is a speech about the importance of staying in school and working hard.”

    Previous presidents have given national speeches in schools. In October 1991, President George H.W. Bush gave a nationally televised speech to students at Alice Deal Junior High School in the District, encouraging them to study hard and avoid drugs. At the time, House Democrats criticized the speech for having political motivations. The line between politics and schools has always been closely watched by both parties, said Diane Ravitch, an education historian at New York University. “Anything that seems to advance the presidents’ agenda would bring them the wrath of Congress.”

    She said that Obama’s speech appears to have a positive “study hard” message but that the educational materials that accompany it might have crossed an “invisible line” for some.

    Many critics focused their concerns on suggested classroom activities, which appeared to solicit support for Obama. In response, the Education Department changed one proposal from having children write letters to themselves about “what they could do to help the president” to writing about “how they can achieve their short-term and long-term educational goals.”

    Supporters of the president’s plan argued that it was a nonissue. “This is coming out of right field,” said Andrew J. Rotherham, co-founder of the District-based think tank Education Sector. “There is nothing here.”

    In the Washington area and beyond, school systems fielded phone calls from parents about the speech while juggling the myriad pressures of a packed back-to-school schedule. Officials in Howard and Prince William counties reported dozens of phone calls from parents objecting to the speech being shown during the school day.

    Loudoun officials sent a note to principals Tuesday advising them to keep their first-day schedules intact. “We have got way too much to do that day,” said School Board Chairman Robert F. DuPree Jr. “Loudoun County Public Schools is not going to be interrupting the school day.” But he said teachers could incorporate the speech into future lessons.

    Officials in Charles said they will not air it because of technical limitations. “If we can’t show it to all, we can’t show it to any,” schools spokesman Steven Sprouse said. Elsewhere in the region, most systems said they are leaving the decision of whether to show the speech up to principals or teachers. Prince William County Schools spokesman Ken Blackstone said the president’s address will be treated like any other educational technology product that comes through the schools’ office. He said officials will send it to schools as an “FYI” or “a potential instructional resource.”

    D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee was more optimistic about the address but also said her principals will decide how to deal with it. “I think it’s a wonderful precedent to set for the president of the United States to be speaking directly to children,” Rhee said.

    Brian Dunnell, a social studies teacher at Annandale High School in Fairfax County said he did not want his students to miss the opportunity to hear Obama’s message to them.
    “To have a man in his position tell them that education is important . . . kids will be inspired.”

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/03/AR2009090300965.html?hpid=moreheadlines

  37. Obama, the Mortal

    By Charles Krauthammer
    Friday, September 4, 2009

    What happened to President Obama? His wax wings having melted, he is the man who fell to earth. What happened to bring his popularity down further than that of any new president in polling history save Gerald Ford (post-Nixon pardon)?

    The conventional wisdom is that Obama made a tactical mistake by farming out his agenda to Congress and allowing himself to be pulled left by the doctrinaire liberals of the Democratic congressional leadership. But the idea of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi pulling Obama left is quite ridiculous. Where do you think he came from, this friend of Chávista ex-terrorist William Ayers, of PLO apologist Rashid Khalidi, of racialist inciter Jeremiah Wright?

    But forget the character witnesses. Just look at Obama’s behavior as president, beginning with his first address to Congress. Unbidden, unforced and unpushed by the congressional leadership, Obama gave his most deeply felt vision of America, delivering the boldest social democratic manifesto ever issued by a U.S. president. In American politics, you can’t get more left than that speech and still be on the playing field.

    In a center-right country, that was problem enough. Obama then compounded it by vastly misreading his mandate. He assumed it was personal. This, after winning by a mere seven points in a year of true economic catastrophe, of an extraordinarily unpopular Republican incumbent, and of a politically weak and unsteady opponent. Nonetheless, Obama imagined that, as Fouad Ajami so brilliantly observed, he had won the kind of banana-republic plebiscite that grants caudillo-like authority to remake everything in one’s own image.

    Accordingly, Obama unveiled his plans for a grand makeover of the American system, animating that vision by enacting measure after measure that greatly enlarged state power, government spending and national debt. Not surprisingly, these measures engendered powerful popular skepticism that burst into tea-party town-hall resistance.

    Obama’s reaction to that resistance made things worse. Obama fancies himself tribune of the people, spokesman for the grass roots, harbinger of a new kind of politics from below that would upset the established lobbyist special-interest order of Washington. Yet faced with protests from a real grass-roots movement, his party and his supporters called it a mob — misinformed, misled, irrational, angry, unhinged, bordering on racist. All this while the administration was cutting backroom deals with every manner of special interest — from drug companies to auto unions to doctors — in which favors worth billions were quietly and opaquely exchanged.

    “Get out of the way” and “don’t do a lot of talking,” the great bipartisan scolded opponents whom he blamed for creating the “mess” from which he is merely trying to save us. If only they could see. So with boundless confidence in his own persuasiveness, Obama undertook a summer campaign to enlighten the masses by addressing substantive objections to his reforms.

    Things got worse still. With answers so slippery and implausible and, well, fishy, he began jeopardizing the most fundamental asset of any new president — trust. You can’t say that the system is totally broken and in need of radical reconstruction, but nothing will change for you; that Medicare is bankrupting the country, but $500 billion in cuts will have no effect on care; that you will expand coverage while reducing deficits — and not inspire incredulity and mistrust. When ordinary citizens understand they are being played for fools, they bristle.

    After a disastrous summer — mistaking his mandate, believing his press, centralizing power, governing left, disdaining citizens for (of all things) organizing — Obama is in trouble.

    Let’s be clear: This is a fall, not a collapse. He’s not been repudiated or even defeated. He will likely regroup and pass some version of health insurance reform that will restore some of his clout and popularity.

    But what has occurred — irreversibly — is this: He’s become ordinary. The spell is broken. The charismatic conjurer of 2008 has shed his magic. He’s regressed to the mean, tellingly expressed in poll numbers hovering at 50 percent. For a man who only recently bred a cult, ordinariness is a great burden, and for his acolytes, a crushing disappointment. Obama has become a politician like others. And like other flailing presidents, he will try to salvage a cherished reform — and his own standing — with yet another prime-time speech.

    But for the first time since election night in Grant Park, he will appear in the most unfamiliar of guises — mere mortal, a treacherous transformation to which a man of Obama’s supreme self-regard may never adapt.

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/03/AR2009090302859.html

  38. To clarify. Moveon.org is writing Emmanuel to OPPOSE the ‘trigger’ thing.


    Moveon.org wants public option, opposes ‘trigger’
    Sep. 2nd, 2009 | 01:09 am
    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.

  39. Here is what I am afraid of in all of this. Being beat down emotionally and mentally. I have been in that situation before — do anything to get it over with.

  40. The first day back to school speech was bad enough but coupled with those propagandist worksheets it’s bordering on brainwahsing. Having worked with elementary kids, I know the language of some of those questions, “What can you do to help the president,” Why is it important to listen to the president,” will be very influential, especially when partnered with teacher reinforcement, patriotic symbolism, BO art projects, coloring sheets, flags, wanting to be part of the group.
    It’s despicable.

    And wait until next week when BO tries to copt 911 as a national day of service – to him.

  41. This is a portion of the letter sent by the US Dept of Education to all principals, basically establishing the curriculum. Setting curriculum is not within the rights of the USED.
    Just like Bo is trying to take control of the census, private industry, healthcare, he’s now trying to usurp the schools. IMHO. if I had kids I would not allow them to attend a school that planned on showing the BO’s speech.

    “In advance of this address, we would like to share the following resources: a menu of classroom activities for students in grades preK-6 and for students in grades 7-12. These are ideas developed by and for teachers to help engage students and stimulate discussion on the importance of education in their lives. We are also staging a student video contest on education. Details of the video contest will be available on our website http://www.ed.gov in the coming weeks.

  42. This is a portion of the letter sent by the US Dept of Education to all principals, basically establishing the curriculum. Setting curriculum is not within the rights of the USED.
    Just like Bo is trying to take control of the census, private industry, healthcare, he’s now trying to usurp the schools. IMHO. if I had kids I would not allow them to attend a school that planned on showing the BO’s speech.

    “In advance of this address, we would like to share the following resources: a menu of classroom activities for students in grades preK-6 and for students in grades 7-12. These are ideas developed by and for teachers to help engage students and stimulate discussion on the importance of education in their lives. We are also staging a student video contest on education. Details of the video contest will be available on our website.

  43. THe other shoe drops…Raising your taxes…from (of all places) NYT

    “…But, sooner than he may prefer, Mr. Obama will have to face up to what he has so far avoided: the need to raise taxes BROADLY to rein in deficits.

    The deficits are not of his making. Some two-thirds of the $9 trillion shortfall resulted from policies that predate his administration; most of the rest is the cost of policies that both parties consider necessary, like continued relief from the alternative minimum tax.

    But when he inherited the burden of the budget mess, Mr. Obama also inherited the responsibility to clean it up. Neither economic growth nor spending cuts will be enough to fix the projected shortfalls. Nor is there enough to be gained by confining tax increases only to families making more than $250,000 a year, a campaign promise that Mr. Obama still says he will keep.

    Assuming the economy has begun to recover by 2010, next year would be the natural time to start raising taxes…”

    Health care debacle, check. War escalation, check, raising taxes, write a check..I am thinking about producing a shirt depicting someone slapping their forehead in admonition, with the tag line (Apologies to, or maybe a lawsuit from the V-8 people)

    “We Could Have Had Hillary”

  44. JanH Says:

    September 3rd, 2009 at 9:10 pm
    Whoever is giving obama advice on how to be potus, must really want him to fail and take the country down with him. They should be telling him less is more, but instead are trying to make him into a weekly television personality with absolutely little chance of succeeding.

    I believe Axelrove and Emanuel are running the WH with Axelrove the strategist and E the enforcer / thug. Axelrove is an AD man…..he sold BO to the nation the way you sell sugar cereals to kids. I think the set up is that when it all fails…they will be blaming the Jews.

  45. TheRealist, here is another reality for Obama: unemployment numbers out today – official unemployment up to 9.7%.

  46. Growing Anger Could Jeopardize Obama’s Standing

    The concerns over healthcare reform are only the start of Obama’s problems

    By Kenneth T. Walsh
    Posted September 3, 2009

    Rising opposition to President Obama’s healthcare proposals may be morphing into something broader and deeper: an anti-Obama movement that could jeopardize the president’s political standing, damage the Democratic Party, and give the Republicans new life.

    The concerns about “Obamacare” have triggered angry protests and emotional shout-downs at Democratic legislators’ town hall meetings this August. And whether or not these eruptions have been orchestrated by right-wing groups, as Obama strategists contend, opposition to his healthcare overhaul has struck a nerve.

    In fact, the healthcare furor has inflamed political passions and raised doubts that seem to be spreading to other areas, such as Obama’s expansion of government power, corporate bailouts, and vast increases in the federal debt. The president’s burgeoning and costly agenda got another jolt last week from a government projection that deficits will increase from $7.1 trillion to $9 trillion over the next decade.

    The most important political development of the summer may be a shift in the passion factor that has led to the generation of more emotion on the anti-Obama right than on the pro-Obama left. “The opposition is very energized right now—much more motivated than Obama’s supporters,” says Ken Duberstein, the former White House chief of staff for Ronald Reagan who endorsed Obama last year. This is a big change from the campaign, when it was Obama who ignited the fires and drew millions of new voters to the polls with his charisma and promises of change.

    Now, GOP strategists say that relentless attacks on Obama, even without positive alternatives, have been enough to give conservatives some traction and pull down the president’s job-approval ratings. Signs of the right’s resurgence abound. The blogosphere and the Internet are alive with anti-Obama screeds. Fundraising is going well at the Republican National Committee. Morale among GOP legislators is brightening. In the battle of ideas, the latest New York Times list of nonfiction best sellers contains three anti-Obama books among its top five: Culture of Corruption by Michelle Malkin at No. 1, Catastrophe by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann at No. 4, and Liberty and Tyran ny by Mark R. Levin at No. 5.

    What the public wants are results, and they have been hard to come by, especially in ending the recession, reducing unemployment, and muting partisan warfare in Washington. This is particularly disconcerting for independent voters, who tend to decide elections. While Obama’s job approval is still above 50 percent in most polls, that’s because of overwhelming backing from Democrats. Republicans are united against him, and independents are increasingly displeased with his policies. The latest Washington Post/ABC News Poll found that only 49 percent of Americans are confident that Obama will make the right decisions for the country, down from 60 percent in April.

    Fifty-five percent say the country is on the wrong track, up from 48 percent in April. The same poll found that only 46 percent of Americans now support Obama’s handling of healthcare, the president’s signature initiative, down from 49 percent in mid-July, while disapproval has increased to 50 percent from 44 percent.

    Obama could turn the dynamic around if he wins some victories on Capitol Hill this fall or if the economy rebounds significantly. And White House officials say that the stories that seem so important during the slow news month of August, such as raucous healthcare protests, often fizzle out and amount to nothing in September.

    But the Democrats are worried, and Obama’s allies last week started trying to create a competing narrative to the GOP’s negative story line. The Democratic National Committee and other liberal groups are organizing 2,000 pro-healthcare-reform events between now and September 8, when Congress returns from its August recess—amounting to what a Democratic spokesman said will be a “national grass-roots push” for healthcare overhaul. The events will focus on rallies, phone banks, and a bus tour in which prominent Democrats will try to marshal support in 11 cities, including Phoenix, Denver, and Indianapolis.

    Yet even Democratic strategists concede that the message from many Americans to Obama is: Slow down. So far, he shows no sign of hitting the brakes.

    usnews.com/articles/news/obama/2009/09/03/growing-anger-could-jeopardize-obamas-standing.html

  47. When I saw the clip of the carnivorous bot who eats pinky fingers, and thought about how they congregate in the night like a flash mob to attack anyone of stature contradicts the Messiah, I realized that this is really a case of life imitating art (if you substitute the words white people over age 50 for science and technology) and who these bots really are:
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    The Omega Man (1971)

    Robert Neville, a doctor, due to an experimental vaccine, is the only survivor of an apocalyptic war waged with biological weapons. The plague caused by the war has killed everyone else except for a few hundred deformed, nocturnal people calling themselves “The Family”. The plague has caused them to become sensitive to light, as well as homicidally psychotic. They believe science and technology to be the cause of the war and their punishment, and Neville, as the last symbol of science, the old world, and a “user of the wheel”, must die. Neville, using electricity, machinery, and science attempts to hold them at bay

  48. The Obama fascists and their media fellow travellers are quick to characterize the grass roots opposition as “Republican”, when in fact it emanates from people drawn from all points in the compass, who do not want this country to fail, or be turned into a communist state. The problem with characterizing this as a Republican thing however is it falls into the trap of the hard left, which is to make people believe is what is occurring now falls within the parameters of the normal cycle of politics. This is not a continuity at all. It is a DISCONTINUITY the likes of which we have not seen before in this country.

  49. news.aol.com/article/white-house-signals-openness-to-health/651674 h stuff no ws

    Article headline states a shift, when the article itself really just indicates wish washy stuff. Below is the final paragraph
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    Meanwhile, a top Republican player in the health care debate said Americans should expect a rather modest bill from Congress this fall. Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, one of three GOP negotiators seeking a bipartisan bill in the Senate Finance Committee, told Iowa radio station KMCH, “It may be a scaled-own bill. It may be kind of miniature to what we’re talking about.”
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    Now what can that possible mean, public insurance is either in or out. Move-on has hit him with massive emails, and so has the AAs. However, Axelrod refuses to say that he will not sign a bill without it. What have the AAs asked of him, not much.

    But of course if he gets a bill with this public option in it, the next problem is where the money comes from and a rise in Taxes to the middle class. Admin those latest unemployment numbers will not help.

    A lot of people will run out of unemployment right after the first of the year.

    READY TO LEAD FROM DAY ONE NOT What a Mess.

    Good Morning All

  50. I am a high school teacher. Can you imagine the outcry if the Bush administration had sent, via the Dept. of Education, letters to principals across the nation offering specific teaching materials, specific topics for discussion, and specific teaching resources in support of a Bush speech plus suggesting that students discuss how to “help” Bush as president. The teachers at my school, the majority of which are Democrats starstruck on Obama, would have been completely appalled.

    If Obama was simply making a speech to mark the start of the school year and promote education that would be fine. But he is using his “historic” speech as cover for an attempt to influence how his presidency is presented in classrooms.

    I have been taught, and this is mostly practiced where I teach, that political opinions generally should not be part of the classroom. It simply causes trouble as every child is coming from a home with their own political beliefs. Some of our high school classes in Am. Gov obviously have discussions and content about current political debates, but overall it’s a wise policy not to give your political opinions to students nor get into political discussions. It can be viewed as promoting a certain political point of view and will offend some parents.

    I think it’s OK to talk about citizenship. I think it’s OK to talk about the Presidency and respecting the office. I don’t think it’s OK to teach a point of view, promoted by the current Washington administration, that is meant to subtly influence kids we need to specifically support one president and his plans. I think it sets a bad precedent.

    Anyway, just wanted to give my two cents on the matter…it’s going to be an interesting start to the school year.

  51. Yet even Democratic strategists concede that the message from many Americans to Obama is: Slow down. So far, he shows no sign of hitting the brakes.
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    It is impossible for him to slow down. His mental state and the movement behind him make it impossible. More important however the people really behind him, Soros et al want him to move quickly to reposition the hard left on the most favorable terrain to fight and win the battle ahead, before serious opposition can form. They have got big media, academia and the unions in their hip pocket, he has got his grass roots army in place, they are moving to label opponents as enemies of the people, and business interests think they can dance with this devil. So if you are one of those behind the scenes planners, everything is proceeding apace. Their media has got the public distracted from the real game, as they move forward with the real agenda. Obama may or may not burn out–they have contingency plans for that as well. The virus which lost the mother ship finds a new host from which it can infect the entire world. Like the plague in the Omega Man.

  52. I think it’s OK to talk about citizenship. I think it’s OK to talk about the Presidency and respecting the office. I don’t think it’s OK to teach a point of view, promoted by the current Washington administration, that is meant to subtly influence kids we need to specifically support one president and his plans. I think it sets a bad precedent.
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    Correct. Once the school begins teaching the political view advocated by the administration, it crosses the line from education to indoctrination of impressionable minds. This is the Bill Ayers side of it. This is the same thing we saw in Russia, Cuba etc. The ACORN side becomes committees for the defense of the revolution. This is a discontinuity from the normal liberal vs conservative pendulum generic to American Politics.

  53. JanH Says:

    September 3rd, 2009 at 9:10 pm
    Whoever is giving obama advice on how to be potus, must really want him to fail and take the country down with him. They should be telling him less is more, but instead are trying to make him into a weekly television personality with absolutely little chance of succeeding.

    I believe Axelrove and Emanuel are running the WH with Axelrove the strategist and E the enforcer / thug. Axelrove is an AD man…..he sold BO to the nation the way you sell sugar cereals to kids. I think the set up is that when it all fails…they will be blaming the Jews.
    ———————————————–
    At the outset, this Administration was presented with a clear choice: whether to focus 100% on saving jobs, or expand the powers of the stae over other issues. By letting Congress craft the stimulus bill rather than taking control of the issue themselves, they effectively chose the latter course. They may have assumed a v shaped recovery, but if that is the explanation it was a fatal mistake. But as they moved to expand the powers of the state they chose the most divisive issue in which to invest their prestige, and made conflicting promises to the industry and the American People which have now come home to roost. This is a politcal miasma, which brilliant stategists like the two you mentioned would have foreseen and avoided UNLESS they were following someone else’s agenda and I do not mean the stick figure they call president.

  54. Meanwhile, a top Republican player in the health care debate said Americans should expect a rather modest bill from Congress this fall. Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, one of three GOP negotiators seeking a bipartisan bill in the Senate Finance Committee, told Iowa radio station KMCH, “It may be a scaled-own bill. It may be kind of miniature to what we’re talking about.
    ————————————————
    But will it have the public option? That is the litmus test for his presidency. Having made conflicting promises to his bots and his bankers whom does he intend to cheat? Or will they step back and say he is a liar so it is okay. That by the way continues to be the preferred big media–all politicians lie. Of course that begs the next question which is why should anyone listen to them. Or listen to you either big media.

  55. wbboei

    Voters did not learn anything during the Ohio Primary when he was caught making a back door deal with Canada. The question is which back door deal will get him re-elected and the most money. I have a clue for you, it is not what the majority of the voters want.

    Of course, the next question is, is he re-electable. You can fix the primary, but do you have enough fraud etc to take the General.

  56. I do not think Krauthammers analysis goes far enough. It is not a question of morphing into a normal politician. Again, people misread the situation. This is a social movement, not a conventional political coalition. The latter will tolerate a normal politician, whereas the former will not. To a social movement, a politician who promises a new heaven and a new earth and then fails to deliver–or delivers only the status quo ante with cosmetic improvements quickly becomes the god that failed. That is the fate that awaits Obama at the bottom of this snakepit he has dug for himself. These little bolsheviks will not go gently into the night.

  57. wbboei

    Voters did not learn anything during the Ohio Primary when he was caught making a back door deal with Canada. The question is which back door deal will get him re-elected and the most money. I have a clue for you, it is not what the majority of the voters want.

    Of course, the next question is, is he re-electable. You can fix the primary, but do you have enough fraud etc to take the General.
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    Yes. That was the moment of truth. It told us his word meant nothing and who he really worked for.

  58. The Eyes in Back of their Head Gang- ALERT:

    OBAMA’S CHOICE OF SEPTEMBER 8TH TO ADDRESS CHILDREN HAS A VITAL HIDDEN AGENDA

    As an observer of the Oba-Hussein Administration strategy and tactics, which increasingly seems to misjudge the minds of the American people and bask in the narcissistic glow of accolades from their core admirers and bought supporters, it occurred to me that the choice of Tuesday September 8th to try to hog the national news scene has much to do with another MAJOR event taking place on that date at 8:00 a.m. in Santa Ana, California.

    Federal District Court Judge, David O. Carter, will begin hearing the Obama eligibility case brought by Orly Taitz on behalf of Presidential candidate Alan Keyes and some 200 military clients, who all demand Obama provide valid documentation to prove he is eligible to be President of the USA and also to be Commander in Chief and issue/approve military orders.

    President Clinton appointee, Judge Carter, a highly decorated combat Marine, has pledged to prevent procedural ploys to become obstacles to taking the matter to trial. Nor will he reportedly entertain delaying tactics.

    As a military/naval officer, he is well aware of the legal challenges facing officers and men who carry our orders that could be or are illegal if the Commander in Chief is not eligible to hold that position.

    Specially now that the Obama administration is showing how perfidious it can be in defending the actions of our men trying to defend us and our land with the purely political attacks on the CIA people who did what they had to do to protect us by getting critically needed information.

    While a Democrat appointee, Judge Carter, a former Orange County Superior Court judge, is well known for his very measured and even handed handling of cases with the acquired specialty of expertise in handling complex cases.

    From personal experience I have seen this assiduous (6 am to 2 am sessions if need be) judge refuse any technicality based argument from either side, including the prosecuting US Attorney office and go with his view of fairness and reality – while giving both sides all the opportunity they needed to make their case.

    He recently handled the final aspects of an eight year long case brought by the Federal Government in various venues in the country, against the MEK (Mojaheddin-e Khalgh) an Iranian dissident group, which in reality was the fuel for the so-called Khomeini revolution and allied their Marxist-Islamist, Soviet run, activities to the Mullahs. The latter stole the revolution from the Soviets and later murdered some 30,000 MEK members they had arrested and killed them without trials, while they were in prisons around Iran.

    FOX News will reportedly have cameras in the courtroom, which can comfortably seat only about 30 people but the Federal Courthouse has some very capable Technology employees who will certainly be able to pipe audio and video of court proceedings to large jury selection/gathering areas, so several hundred could be added to the on site audience.

    The school children event may dilute but not blank out the probably very popular Santa Ana event. Do share this information with friends and colleagues.

    h…. noiri.blogspot.com/2009/09/obamas-choice-of-september-8th-to.html

  59. admin Says:

    September 4th, 2009 at 9:05 am
    TheRealist, here is another reality for Obama: unemployment numbers out today – official unemployment up to 9.7%.
    &&&&&&&&

    Further evidence of Obama’s competence, in implementing such a dramatically successful stimulus package that it put all those people back to w..

    Oh shoot, forget about it.

  60. Mrs. Smith Says:
    September 4th, 2009 at 10:53 am
    OBAMA’S CHOICE OF SEPTEMBER 8TH TO ADDRESS CHILDREN HAS A VITAL HIDDEN AGENDA

    Federal District Court Judge, David O. Carter, will begin hearing the Obama eligibility case brought by Orly Taitz on behalf of Presidential candidate Alan Keyes and some 200 military clients, who all demand Obama provide valid documentation to prove he is eligible to be President of the USA and also to be Commander in Chief and issue/approve military orders.
    &&&&&&&

    Good one, Mrs. Smith. Vewwwy intewesting.

  61. JanH

    Krauthammer isn’t pulling any punches although his verbiage is couched in very cleverly worded language. I hope to read someday soon, a much more caustic analysis from the viewpoint of the collateral damage to the people caused by Obama and his hidden agenda.

  62. wbboei Says:

    September 4th, 2009 at 10:44 am
    I do not think Krauthammers analysis goes far enough. It is not a question of morphing into a normal politician. Again, people misread the situation.
    &&&&&&&&

    I agree. Kraut saying that Obama is now merely mortal completely misses the point. JFK, Clinton, those were exciting, motivating candidates and executives. But they had “chops”, they had experience.

    So “being human” rather than “walking on water” is not the main thing; in fact, that should be good. The press shouldn’t treat him like a Messiah, nor should his political allies or opponents, nor voters. That should actually work in his favor, that there are not unreasonable expectations.

    What is the main problem is that he starts off with poorly formed ideas and goals, doesn’t take ownership of them, the problem / issue festers as people fight over crafting of whatever legistlation, and what is passed not only fails to improve problem X, but makes it worse. Then the follow up, the enforcement fails too.

    Bad ideas, bad government.

  63. What is the main problem is that he starts off with poorly formed ideas and goals, doesn’t take ownership of them, the problem / issue festers as people fight over crafting of whatever legistlation, and what is passed not only fails to improve problem X, but makes it worse. Then the follow up, the enforcement fails too.
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    Precisely.

  64. wbboei Says:
    September 4th, 2009 at 10:44 am
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    Ah- wbb… I did not see your post when I posted a similar comment!

    High 5’s, my friend!

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    rgb44hrc and NMF:

    Yes, here is the evidence as to Obama “dissection” technique as a strategy. I mentioned before he doesn’t use Triangulation… it’s ‘dissection’. Keeping everyone occupied with the ‘dissection’ of Educational Laws as applied to state law and the ‘dissection’ of political do-gooder vs indoctrination..

  65. Obama uses the Dissection technique as a coverup/smokescreen for something else going on he doesn’t want us to focus on or know about!

  66. One final comment on the subject. When Republicans look at someone like Obama, they take great comfort in the fact that the country is center right, whereas Obamas policies are hard left, ergo they will reject him. The lesson of history however rebuts that premise where, as here, we are talking about a takeover by the far left. In that case it is always true that the population is to the right, as they used to say. Therefore, they cannot win their case on the merits. Therefore, they resort to the exact same tactics they have with the Obama Administration. The pattern is clear if you connect the dots. It involves heavy propaganda, threats and intimidation, indoctination, bread and circuses policies, getting the public to start nodding their heads yes and then slipping them the mickey. But in order to fulfill their dream of radicalizing this country they must have eight years and that is why it is all hands on deck to win in 2012. Big Media will promote their agenda more aggressively than ever because the corporations behind it think they can dance with this devil.

  67. Please let this be the DEFINITIVE and final legal action in this time-waster;
    One can only hope that something definitive ENOUGH can be provided to the Orly Taitz contingent, so that they may finally be able to move on and deal with the other issues that exist. He’s a citizen, get over it…

    I apologize in advance to the true believers for posting this link, but sheesh! of all the legitimate things this bum is ACTUALLY guilty of…

    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2009/aug/21/orly-taitz/alleged-obama-birth-certificate-kenya-hoax/

    I am sorry, as I know that some here are very involved in this group, so I do hope that there will be an indisputable outcome, either in the above court motion or elsewhere, that they can accept and will enable them to move on. While I may disagree with you, I would defend your right to take your concerns to the highest possible authority against any who would endeavor to deny them.

  68. Does anyone know how much taxpayers money is being paid to these czars in the Obama administration?? WE had a list of what is being paid to Meanchelle’s team of 23.

    Maybe the Obama’s are trying to lower the unemployment numbers all by themselves.

  69. I have to wonder what “guidelines” Krauthammer is forced to abide by thanks to the Washington Post’s love affair with obama.

    Either way, I think his article was a start. And yes it didn’t go far enough. I agree that downgrading obama to merely human and not the slime manipulator he really is, makes it a bit of a cover-up.

    I too would love to see Krauthammer say what he really thinks.

  70. Gee, I’m SHOCKED, shocked I say…:)

    Obama speech not great news for broadcasters

    By Nellie Andreeva

    LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – President Obama’s televised prime-time addresses are becoming a tougher sell to the broadcast networks than his sweeping health care reform has been to Middle America.

    A day after news broke of the president’s plan to address a joint session of Congress on health care issues in prime time Wednesday, not one of the Big Four networks has said it would carry the address live.

    Among other things, the networks have been waiting to hear when the address will start, with sources indicating Thursday night that the White House was leaning toward 8 p.m.

    After a brief post-inauguration honeymoon, the broadcast networks have become increasingly frustrated by the frequency of Obama’s requests for prime-time coverage. The pre-emptions wreak havoc on the networks’ schedules and cost millions of dollars in lost ad revenue.

    Fox became the first network to break ranks in April by declining to carry the president’s news conference after reportedly losing as much as $6 million by moving “American Idol” in February to accommodate Obama’s second news conference.

    In July, Fox again declined to cover an Obama news conference, with the other three broadcast networks showing reluctance to surrender prime-time real estate. It took several days and an agreement by the White House to move the event up an hour to 8 p.m. ET to get ABC and NBC in line.

    To avoid a similar time-shifting snafu, the administration this time has been polling the networks about whether to schedule the live event at 8 or 9 p.m.

    Regardless of the White House’s final start-time decision, Fox is expected to sit out the Obama speech again, referring its viewers to sister cable channel Fox News.

    The network has the most at stake because it premieres its new Wednesday lineup next week, including the season premiere of “So You Think You Can Dance” and the freshman season of the much-hyped comedy-drama “Glee.”

    On Wednesday night, the network aired “Dance” and “Glee” specials promoting next week’s premieres. On Thursday, it issued a couple of news releases touting the Wednesday debuts.

    Also working in favor of a decision to stick to the regular schedule is the fact that Fox’s “Dance” was a big ratings winner in July when it aired opposite Obama’s news conference on ABC, CBS and NBC.”

    Much like last time, ABC and NBC would have to move their highest-rated summer series, “Wipeout” and “America’s Got Talent,” respectively. If the speech to Congress airs at 8 p.m., the two shows again could be pitted against each other at 9 p.m.

    (Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)

  71. JanH-

    I would love as well to hear an off the record opine from Krauthammer..on what he really thinks about BO.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~wbboei Says:
    September 4th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    In relation to your (deductive) conclusion, wbb- Instead of slipping them a Mickey; Hillary may just have a royal opportunity to slip in 2012. (Campaign slogan: (BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, HRH Hillary Clinton)

    If Obama isn’t removed sooner because of the BC issue..

    Bear in mind, the WH Cabinet are rudderless as to direction from the Executive’s vision. The place has to be falling apart at the seams.

    With the patchwork quilt of advise coming from Axelrod, Emanual, Soros and ZBig.. combined with Obama’s lack of experience in a leadership position even Congress is adrift.

  72. And another one gone, and another one gone, another one bites the dust…and will be thrown under the bus…

    Another Possible Link Emerges Between Top Obama Official and “9/11 Truther” Movement

    September 04, 2009 9:55 AM

    that controversial White House official Van Jones’s signature on a 2004 petition suggesting that the Bush administration let 9/11 happen in order to justify war was because he did not carefully review the language in the petition, another link between Jones and the Truther movement has emerged.

    This is becoming problematic for the Obama administration, which spent much time and energy belittling the fringe “Birther” movement of those alleging, despite myriad evidence, that President Obama was not born in the U.S.

    Jones said in a statement yesterday that he did not agree with the 2004 Truther petition and it “does not reflect my views now or ever.”

    But in March 2002, a march in San Francisco was called to demand a congressional inquiry into 9/11. Jones was on the “organizing committee.”

    Stating that the 9/11″attacks are used to justify the bombing of Afghanistan, the administration is clearly more interested in controlling the oil resources of Central Asia than in ‘ridding the world of terrorism or terrorists’ which it has funded, trained, and used for decades through the C.I.A.,” the marchers said they would “demand” answers to questions such as:

    “What is the relationship between Bin Laden, his family and the Bush family and the Carlyle Group?

    “Why were no fighter planes dispatched to intercept the four hijacked planes on September 11th, in violation of standard procedures?

    “Who actually was in control of the ‘hijacked planes’? …

    “Did the CIA have foreknowledge of the attack, who tried to profit with put options on American, United, Merrill Lynch stock just before the attack?…

    “What are Bush’s and Cheney’s connections to the drug industry?

    “Why is the evidence being destroyed when an investigation of the World Trade Center collapse is needed?”

    The White House had no immediate comment.

    Supporting materials for the Truther questions, as provided by the committee, included articles such as “IF THE CIA AND THE GOVERNMENT WEREN’T INVOLVED IN THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS, WHAT WERE THEY DOING?”

    -jpt

  73. If I am right about the real agenda here then could it be that when Obama leaps on the world stage and disses the United States and saddles up to third world dictators like Castro, Chavez et. al. that the real game is not to restore diplomatic relations with countries we would like to trade with or have a common interest in peace and prosperity (which is what I believe Hillary believes), but a much to form alliances with other radical state actors around the globe to enhance their collective power.

    Last night a picture of this came to me in a dream. I imagined the American Eagle sprawled on the ground with a vampire bat with Obamas head on top of it feasting on the entrails, as red white and blue blood poured from its wounds. And from the shadows came loud voices screaming racist, not at the vampire bat but at the mortally wounded eagle.

  74. Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, one of three GOP negotiators seeking a bipartisan bill in the Senate Finance Committee, told Iowa radio station KMCH, “It may be a scaled-own bill. It may be kind of miniature to what we’re talking about.”
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    Now what can that possible mean, public insurance is either in or out.

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

    Something LABELED ‘public option’ may be in, but watered down so as to be useless. Iirc Emmanuel is talking about putting in a ‘trigger’ that says the public option would NOT actually happen unless XYZ happens in a few years.

    Moveon.org is protesting this ‘trigger’ idea; I’ve posted their statement here and at bemusedoutsider.livejournal.com

  75. Yes, moveon.org from what I understand an OO organization, does not want a trigger or a Present if you will. They want a YES or NO (run for the Hills OO).

  76. A day after news broke of the president’s plan to address a joint session of Congress on health care issues in prime time Wednesday, not one of the Big Four networks has said it would carry the address live.
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    They will cover it live. Trust me. Why? Because their parent companies will direct them to. Why? Because those parent companies have cut lucrative deals with the Administration, and if he fails so do their deals. FOX may be the exception, but maybe not.

  77. If RAMBO Emanuel thinks a public option if an asteroid strikes the earth, and Fred Astaire kisses Ginger Rogers clause will pacify the true believers he is dumber than I thought he was even if he whispers in the ear of that windbag Marcos this is just a beginning laddie, be patient, and cast of your chains we have a world to gain etc. Subtlety is lost on most bots.

  78. I just heard windbag Biden giving a speech about “green job” and how they are making jobs in this economy. Think about this, how do they keep spouting these lies, they got to be snorting something up their noses to order to get on nation TV and lie day in and day out or at least a lot of scotch at night.

  79. I am truly at a loss. I just voted on whether to keep Jones, and now I am having regrets. I voted to can his “ass” on the theory that it would make a point. But I now believe I wasted my vote. If we keep him there he is the perfect mascot for this administration and the gift that keeps giving. It is like the story of the scorpion who convinced the frog to give him a ride across the river and then bit him half way across and they both drowned. When they drowning frog looked at the drowning scorpion he asked “why?” to which the scorpion replied:” Because it is in my nature”. Keep him around and he will cork off again.

  80. In relation to your (deductive) conclusion, wbb- Instead of slipping them a Mickey; Hillary may just have a royal opportunity to slip in 2012. (Campaign slogan: (BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, HRH Hillary Clinton)
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    Mrs. Smith: that is the only happy ending possible in this scenario. Let us hope it materializes. ABM 91 is counting on it and so are the rest of us.

  81. Interesting insight, Mrs, Smith.
    FWIW, I covered a townhall given by a Repub Assemblyman last night and I was amazed at the level of passion exhibited by normally placid residents.

    Saturday is another townhall or as Murphy calls it “Congress on the Corner.” This meeting is going to have closed-circuit TV (unheard of in this part of the Catskills) and will, according to some locals in the know, limit questions. I’m interested to hear what Murphy has to say and how he’s received here.

  82. Dear admin- talk about being ahead of the curve…check this out..on “Common Dreams”, no less

    Published on Wednesday, September 2, 2009 by TomDispatch.com
    Bush’s Third Term? You’re Living It

    by David Swanson

    It sounds like the plot for the latest summer horror movie. Imagine, for a moment, that George W. Bush had been allowed a third term as president, had run and had won or stolen it, and that we were all now living (and dying) through it. With the Democrats in control of Congress but Bush still in the Oval Office, the media would certainly be talking endlessly about a mandate for bipartisanship and the importance of taking into account the concerns of Republicans. Can’t you just picture it?
    There’s Dubya now, still rewriting laws via signing statements. Still creating and destroying laws with executive orders. And still violating laws at his whim. Imagine Bush continuing his policy of extraordinary rendition, sending prisoners off to other countries with grim interrogation reputations to be held and tortured. I can even picture him formalizing his policy of preventive detention, sprucing it up with some “due process” even as he permanently removes habeas corpus from our culture.

    I picture this demonic president still swearing he doesn’t torture, still insisting that he wants to close Guantanamo, but assuring his subordinates that the commander-in-chief has the power to torture “if needed,” and maintaining a prison at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan that makes Guantanamo look like summer camp. I can imagine him continuing to keep secret his warrantless spying programs while protecting the corporations and government officials involved.

    If Bush were in his third term, we would already have seen him propose, yet again, the largest military budget in the history of the world. We might well have seen him pretend he was including war funding in the standard budget, and then claim that one final supplemental war budget was still needed, immediately after which he would surely announce that yet another war supplemental bill would be needed down the road. And of course, he would have held onto his Secretary of Defense from his second term, Robert Gates, to run the Pentagon, keep our ongoing wars rolling along, and oversee the better part of our public budget.

    Bush would undoubtedly be following through on the agreement he signed with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for all U.S. troops to leave Iraq by the end of 2011 (except where he chose not to follow through). His generals would, in the meantime, be leaking word that the United States never intended to actually leave. He’d surely be maintaining current levels of troops in Iraq, while sending thousands more troops to Afghanistan and talking about a new “surge” there. He’d probably also be escalating the campaign he launched late in his second term to use drone aircraft to illegally and repeatedly strike into Pakistan’s tribal borderlands with Afghanistan.

    If Bush were still “the decider” he’d be employing mercenaries like Blackwater and propagandists like the Rendon Group and he might even be expanding the number of private security contractors in Afghanistan. In fact, the whole executive branch would be packed with disreputable corporate executive types. You’d have somebody like John (“May I torture this one some more, please?”) Rizzo still serving, at least for a while, as general counsel at the CIA. The White House and Justice Department would be crawling with corporate cronies, people like John Brennan, Greg Craig, James Jones, and Eric Holder. Most of the top prosecutors hired at the Department of Justice for political purposes would still be on the job. And political prisoners, like former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman and former top Democratic donor Paul Minor would still be abandoned to their fate.

    In addition, the bank bailouts Bush and his economic team initiated in his second term would still be rolling along — with a similar crowd of people running the show. Ben Bernanke, for instance, would certainly have been reappointed to run the Fed. And Bush’s third term would have guaranteed that there would be none of the monkeying around with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that the Democrats proposed or promised in their losing presidential campaign. At this point in Bush’s third term, no significant new effort would have begun to restore Katrina-decimated New Orleans either.

    If the Democrats in Congress attempted to pass any set of needed reforms like, to take an example, new healthcare legislation, Bush, the third termer, would have held secret meetings in the White House with insurance and drug company executives to devise a means to turn such proposals to their advantage. And he would have refused to release the visitor logs so that the American public would have no way of knowing just whom he’d been talking to.

    During Bush’s second term, some of the lowest ranking torturers from Abu Ghraib were prosecuted as bad apples, while those officials responsible for the policies that led to Abu Ghraib remained untouched. If the public continued to push for justice for torturers during the early months of Bush’s third term, he would certainly have gone with another bad apple approach, perhaps targeting only low-ranking CIA interrogators and CIA contractors for prosecution. Bush would undoubtedly have decreed that any higher-ups would not be touched, that we should now be looking forward, not backward. And he would thereby have cemented in place the power of presidents to grant immunity for crimes they themselves authorized.

    If Bush were in his third term, some of his first and second term secrets might, by now, have been forced out into the open by lawsuits, but what Americans actually read wouldn’t be significantly worse than what we’d already known. What documents saw the light of day would surely have had large portions of their pages redacted, and the vast bulk of documentation that might prove threatening would remain hidden from the public eye. Bush’s lawyers would be fighting in court, with ever grander claims of executive power, to keep his wrongdoing out of sight.

    Now, here’s the funny part. This dark fantasy of a third Bush term is also an accurate portrait of Obama’s first term to date. In following Bush, Obama was given the opportunity either to restore the rule of law and the balance of powers or to firmly establish in place what were otherwise aberrant abuses of power. Thus far, President Obama has, in all the areas mentioned above, chosen the latter course. Everything described, from the continuation of crimes to the efforts to hide them away, from the corruption of corporate power to the assertion of the executive power to legislate, is Obama’s presidency in its first seven months.

    Which doesn’t mean there aren’t differences in the two moments. For one thing, Democrats have now joined Republicans in approving expanded presidential powers and even — in the case of wars, military strikes, lawless detention and rendition, warrantless spying, and the obstruction of justice — presidential crimes. In addition, in the new Democratic era of goodwill, peace and justice movements have been strikingly defunded and, in some cases, even shut down. Many progressive groups now, in fact, take their signals from the president and his team, rather than bringing the public’s demands to his doorstep.

    If we really were in Bush’s third term, people would be far more active and outraged. There would already be a major push to really end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan/Pakistan. Undoubtedly, the Democrats still wouldn’t impeach Bush, especially since they’d be able to vote him out before his fourth term, and surely four more years of him wouldn’t make all that much difference.
    © 2009 David Swanson

    BO is the THIRD BUSH TERM…

  83. ABout Jones, i have wondered for the past two years how and why this ‘greene movement’ has so many rabid advocates in the Catskills. Now that I know something about Jones and his position as greene Czar, it all makes sense.

    Now I understand the talking points rattling at spit-fire rate off the lips of otherwise clueless wind turbine advocates who claimed they were going to lead to hundreds of ‘greene’ jobs once turbine manufacturers set up shop in the catskills.

    And she beleived every word she said. i

  84. Facing a crisis Churchill did not sugar coat his message: I have nothing to offer but blood tears toil and sweat.

    Facing a crisis Obama lied through his teeth: He offered hope, health care reform, jobs, fiscal responsibility, out of the middle east, the protection of civil liberties etc. And to settle the issue of citizenship with finality his deadpan hhs secretary swore he is a son of Kansas.
    And large blocks of Americans fell for it.

    What fools these mortals be—Shakespeare.

  85. Bout Jones, i have wondered for the past two years how and why this ‘greene movement’ has so many rabid advocates in the Catskills.
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    Washington Irving wrote about this phenomenon. There is something about that place.

  86. As Ken Walsh reports:

    The concerns about “Obamacare” have triggered angry protests and emotional shout-downs at Democratic legislators’ town hall meetings this August. And whether or not these eruptions have been orchestrated by right-wing groups, as Obama strategists contend, opposition to his healthcare overhaul has struck a nerve.

    In fact, the healthcare furor has inflamed political passions and raised doubts that seem to be spreading to other areas, such as Obama’s expansion of government power, corporate bailouts, and vast increases in the federal debt. The president’s burgeoning and costly agenda got another jolt last week from a government projection that deficits will increase from $7.1 trillion to $9 trillion over the next decade.

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    in O’s self absorbed admin and quest to put all the micromanaging (for the takeover) in place, they assumed they would continue to bask in the glory and applause of the primary days…they could put O out their in front of adoring, applauding fans at town halls and roll into the schools with kids in awe of the wonderful O…and just keep the momentum from the campaign going on forever…

    …their fatal mistake was to assume to american people would not catch on to their grand master plan…

    …that the silly american people would be so distracted and so fearful of the events in their own everyday lives that they would just surrender to O and his plans for transforming america…

    …his charade might have worked if O, through the sheer hunger of his own ego, had not completely overplayed his hand…and to his detriment and lack of experience, with the full machinations of the democratic congress…together, in their drunken stupor of power, they have exposed themselves much sooner than was needed for their plan to succeed…they could not even wait a year…they had to have everything like drug addicts all at once…they craved that big high…

    …now the people are on to them…the repubs have lost whatever sliver of trust they had…the independents are fleeing…and the moderate dems who have not already become independents are on their way out the door…

    …the most radical elements of the party remain…and they are beginning to surface like a pimple ready to burst…a Van Jones today, an education snufu tomorrow…

    …the O admin did not think we would notice the consolidation of the banking system, the auto industry, the energy policies…all leading to one system with central control…
    a complete takeover of our government making us pawns within a global network…

    last week there was an article (which i cannot find now) that stated that Chase and another bank hold the majority of credit cards in the country

    …in addition, more small banks are failing…we will be left with two major banks that control almost everything…all the credit cards, all your banking needs…there will be no competition…

    O also probably thought that the silly americans would not notice that he put a plan in place to help americans save the homes their were losing…however O’s plan was constructed to fail and those homes continue to be collected like toys on a monopoly game and handed over to the banks…who needs eminent domain when you can just snatch them thru foreclosure and rigged and deceptive ‘loan modifications’

    his tactics…the PR sounds good, and many were drawn in and fell for it…but now the lies and corruption are being exposed

    O admin thought we would notice the incestous relationships between the Treasury, the banks and wall st…a new conflict of interest exposed every day…here are a couple in today’s news:

    Treasury Nominee Owes at Least $10.5 Million for Investments

    bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601109&sid=aD6yvvScHUPM

    or this…

    Questions Arise As FDIC Fails To Disclose Key Details On Bidders For Failed Banks

    huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/04/fdic-fails-to-disclose-ke_n_276761.html

    or this…

    Cash strapped states shut down hundreds of offices

    huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/04/hundreds-of-states-shut-o_n_277393.html

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    as wobbei states:

    It involves heavy propaganda, threats and intimidation, indoctination, bread and circuses policies, getting the public to start nodding their heads yes and then slipping them the mickey

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    the agenda is to keep us distracted, fearful and dependent, while what is left of the country is sold off, consolidated and centralized on a global level and under control of the powers behind the scene that are orchestrating the moves O is supposed to navigate with his charm and charisma…the powers that brought this unknown, inexperience rookie to the dance…

  87. here is the article that reports that the ‘banks that were too big to fail’ and that caused our crisis, have now gotten bigger

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/27/AR2009082704193.html

    Banks ‘Too Big to Fail’ Have Grown Even Bigger
    Behemoths Born of the Bailout Reduce Consumer Choice, Tempt Corporate Moral HazardWhen the credit crisis struck last year, federal regulators pumped tens of billions of dollars into the nation’s leading financial institutions because the banks were so big that officials feared their failure would ruin the entire financial system.

    This Story
    Banks ‘Too Big to Fail’ Have Grown Even Bigger
    The Big Get Bigger
    More Banks Could Fail, FDIC Says
    Q&A, Transcript: One Year After Crisis, “Too Big to Fail” Banks Have Grown Even Bigger
    SEC’s About-Face on Bank of America Raises Eyebrows
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    Today, the biggest of those banks are even bigger.

    The crisis may be turning out very well for many of the behemoths that dominate U.S. finance. A series of federally arranged mergers safely landed troubled banks on the decks of more stable firms. And it allowed the survivors to emerge from the turmoil with strengthened market positions, giving them even greater control over consumer lending and more potential to profit.

    J.P. Morgan Chase, an amalgam of some of Wall Street’s most storied institutions, now holds more than $1 of every $10 on deposit in this country. So does Bank of America, scarred by its acquisition of Merrill Lynch and partly government-owned as a result of the crisis, as does Wells Fargo, the biggest West Coast bank. Those three banks, plus government-rescued and -owned Citigroup, now issue one of every two mortgages and about two of every three credit cards, federal data show.

    snip…

    The worry for consumers is that the bailouts skewed the financial industry in favor of the big and powerful. Fresh data from the FDIC show that big banks have the ability to borrow more cheaply than their peers because creditors assume these large companies are not at risk of failing. That imbalance could eventually squeeze out smaller competitors. Already, consumers are seeing fewer choices and higher prices for financial services, some senior government officials warn.

    Those mergers were largely the government’s making. Regulators pushed failing mortgage lenders and Wall Street firms into the arms of even bigger banks and handed out billions of dollars to ensure that the deals would go through. They say they reluctantly arranged the marriages. Their aim was to dull the shock caused by collapses and prevent confidence in the U.S. financial system from crumbling.

    Officials waived long-standing regulations to make the deals work. J.P. Morgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo were each allowed to hold more than 10 percent of the nation’s deposits despite a rule barring such a practice. In several metropolitan regions, these banks were permitted to take market share beyond what the Department of Justice’s antitrust guidelines typically allow, Federal Reserve documents show.

    snip…the article continues

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    what I want to know…legal experts here? …do our anti trust laws even exist anymore?

    what happened to monopolies being illegal?

    what kind of a bad and dangerous joke is being played on us? or, more accurately, we are being played…

    …as I used the analogy/metaphor above…we are like little toys on a monopoly game…with less and less chance of winning anything…

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    and to keep this in perspective with the big picture…all while more and more jobs are lost, today the numbers state that there are actually about 15 million people out of work and the true stat is closer to 16.8% unemployed….

    …and O is concurrently expanding the wars…with all those costs continuing and usual powers to be continuing to profit (at taxpayer and citizen expense)

    hope and change you can believe in…for the thieves, corporations and profiteers…

  88. # wbboei Says:
    September 4th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    If RAMBO Emanuel thinks a public option if an asteroid strikes the earth, and Fred Astaire kisses Ginger Rogers clause will pacify the true believers he is dumber than I thought he was even if he whispers in the ear of that windbag Marcos this is just a beginning laddie, be patient, and cast of your chains we have a world to gain etc. Subtlety is lost on most bots.

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    The alternative the Obama Cartell has used when slight of hand is discovered is always resorting to THUGGERY.

    We saw it in Denver, when they locked delegates in their rooms forbidden to speak to anyone or leave their rooms until the right answer was posted on their delegate sheets.

    Obama will over-reach and when he does, he will be deposed as the US despotic president.

    ~~~~~~~~

    The eagle story is creepy, indeed.

  89. This was noted above, but the explanation from No Quarter gives further insight into the problem. Coincidentally, a bot told me yesterday that after the free fall of last year, Obama has everything under control and nobody is worried about losing their jobs any longer. I asked him where he heard that whopper and he told that Brian Williams was projecting a favorable jobs report. Big Media is having a hard time with cold reality. Give them enough time and they will tell us that mathematics and accounting were devised by that mad man Cheney. I have a hunch that when Rambo and Grease start screwing with “Dick” the will find out why Texans say don’t fuck with Hoppie–not to be confused with hopey changey.
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    Unemployment Report: September 4, 2009
    By Larry Doyle on September 4, 2009 at 1:01 PM in Economy, Employment, Sense on Cents (Larry Doyle blog), Unemployment, Unemployment/Jobs
    The widely anticipated September Unemployment Report covering the month of August was just released. Let’s dive right in and take a look at the numbers . . .

    Unemployment Rate
    June: 9.4%
    July: 9.5%
    August: 9.4%
    September: 9.7%!!

    >>LD’s comments: higher than the expectation of 9.5%. Recall that the rate moved down last month from 9.5% to 9.4% as the labor pool shrunk. This move higher puts the rate back on the track it previously held and would project to a likely double digit rate unemployment rate in the 4th quarter.

    Where’s the stimulus? Where are the jobs? Bulls would say the employment situation is stabilizing. Pragmatists look at the numbers and see an economy settling in to a likely low growth path at best. The unemployment rate of 9.7% is the highest since 1983. The underemployment rate of 16.8% is very sobering!!

    Non-Farm Payroll (click here for definition of this term)
    June: loss of 322k
    July: loss of 467k initially revised to a loss of 443k and now revised to a loss of 463k
    August: loss of 247k revised to a loss of 276k
    September: loss of 216k

    >>LD’s comments: Close to consensus, but the prior two months had revisions showing further declines of 49k. (The prior month was revised from a loss of 247k jobs to 276k. July was revised from a loss of 443k jobs to 463k jobs). Manufacturing lost 63k jobs, government showed a loss of 18k jobs with more of these at the state level.I repeat my comments from above. We are not witnessing any inclination by private companies to start the rehiring process. As such, the likelihood of long term structural unemployment is growing. This fact will serve as a real drag on consumers in general and the economy as a whole.

    Average Hourly Earnings
    June: +.1%
    July: 0.0%
    August: +.2% revised to +.3
    September: came in at .3 with the prior month revised to .3 as well.

    >>LD’s comments: Largely due to the increase in the minimum wage. Do not look at this increase as an indication of potential growth in retail sales.

    Average Hourly Workweek
    June: 33.1 hours
    July: 33.0 hours
    August: 33.1 hours
    September: 33.1 hours

    >>LD’s comments: as expected the average hourly workweek remained unchanged. This number, which remains mired at a level last seen in 1964, is an indication that an expected rebuild in inventories is not on the near term horizon.

    Further Color: the economy remains significantly challenged. Despite all of the government stimulus and government programs, in my opinion the economy is very vulnerable. Behind these numbers, the consumer is seeing few signs of improvement in the jobs space. That reality is impacting the sluggish retail sales along with the continued increase in delinquencies and defaults on the credit front.

    Market Reaction: futures have been bouncing up and down post-report. Prior to the report, equity futures indicated a slightly positive opening to the equity market. Now the futures are closer to unchanged.

    Interest rates have also bounced around, but the front end of the yield curve seems better bid as the unsettledness behind these numbers makes investors nervous.

    The dollar index is somewhat improved but not in a meaningful fashion.

    Add it all up and I see the following:

    >> the cheerleaders can put away the pom-poms

    >> the pure doom and gloom guys who have been short forever remain frustrated

    >> the economy remains challenged and will bump along the bottom. No “V” recovery, but more like the “caterpillar” designation assigned by our Sense on Cents Economic All-Star Bob Rodriguez.

    Get used to it because it is not going to change appreciably anytime soon.

    I repeat my market call from the other day in which I believe equities will retreat from current levels.

    LD

  90. Yahoo has Gibbs defending Obama’s lecture to kids:

    Gibbs said former Republican presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush delivered similar speeches to students. He said Obama’s speech will not be partisan but rather a chance for children to get “a little encouragement as they start the school year.”

    Aha! The NY Times points out that a) seldom broadcast live directly to schools, b) Dems didn’t like Bush Sr. using tax payer dollars:

    nytimes.com/2009/09/04/us/04school.html

    Previous presidents have visited public schools to speak directly to students, although few of those events have been broadcast live. Mr. Obama’s address at noon, Eastern time, at a high school in Virginia, will be streamed live on the White House Web site.

    The first President George Bush, a Republican, made a similar nationally broadcast speech from a Washington high school in 1991, urging students to study hard, avoid drugs and to ignore peers “who think it’s not cool to be smart.” Democrats in Congress accused him of using taxpayer money — $27,000 to produce the broadcast — for “paid political advertising.”

  91. Now that he’s been called on it, of course Obama is sanitizing his speech. But imo the parents were right to want to keep their children out of a class discussion whose questions originally contained “How can we help the President?”

    In any case, there should be equal time for the GOP.

  92. Morris blisters Obama–
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    Obama Adviser ‘Has to Resign’

    Friday, September 4, 2009 12:21 PM

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    Dick Morris, speaking on FOX’s “On the Record” on Sept. 3, said that Van Jones, President Barack Obama’s “green jobs” adviser, must resign after he reportedly signed a petition calling for an investigation into whether 9/11 was an inside job.

    Morris was not dissuaded by Jones’ subsequent denial that he believed there was an actual conspiracy.

    “An investigation as to whether it was an inside job or not? You have got to be kidding,” Morris said. “And this guy is in the administration and they’re not calling for him to quit? What does Obama use for vetters?”

    Jones also got into hot water this week regarding an expletive he used in describing Republicans.

    Morris also said Obama’s healthcare plan is in deep trouble. He said abandoning the public option would spell doom in the House. “The people’s republic of Pelosi won’t approve of it,” he said. And keeping the public option and putting it to a vote won’t get him the 60 votes he needs to shut off debate.

    Comparing Obama’s healthcare push to Bill and Hillary Clinton’s in 1993, Morris said: “The big difference between Clinton’s approach and his approach is that Clinton never tried to emasculate Medicare. Obama is. The Clinton approach was not to take money from the elderly and give it to others.”

    To see the entire interview go here now.

    © 2009 Dick Morris & Eileen McGann

  93. TheRealist Says:

    September 4th, 2009 at 11:45 am
    Gee, I’m SHOCKED, shocked I say…:)

    Obama speech not great news for broadcasters

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    This is what I was thinking about yesterday. I guess rahm emanuel is breaking a few kneecaps and getting out the cement shoes again.

    Message to you media lemmings: Just Say No!

  94. Re: Van Jones,

    Does this not speak directly to another inexperienced and lame decision on the part of bambi and his poisonous dims to even recruit this guy in the first place? How many times does this make now that bambi has screwed up so royally?

    What is it going to take to make America wake up? A koolaid drought?

  95. “Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, one of three GOP negotiators seeking a bipartisan bill in the Senate Finance Committee, told Iowa radio station KMCH, “It may be a scaled-own bill. It may be kind of miniature to what we’re talking about.”

    ————————

    What this means in one simple word is: desperation! bambi and his bimbettes are desperate for a win, any kind of win, anything to say he is actually a relevant potus when the exact oposite is the truth.

  96. Good posts, S.

    Even Pat gadell is railing against Jones and wondering how he got appointed and why. He says Jones couldn’t pass an FBI check and it’s obvious none was done.
    He also wonders how Holder could choose not to prosecute the PA black panthers but go after the CIA.

    gadell is saying what Big Pink has been saying all along. this isn’t his democratic party.

    wbboei – so true about the Catskills. Irving was right. hehehehe

  97. Czars should be vetted by the advice and consent congress, like the secretaries of State, defense, etc. The appointment of the czars, as practiced by this administration is at odds with the constitution and the intent of the founders…imho

  98. Oh JEEEZZZZZZZ!!!!!!’Another mouth-flapper.
    Is Jones the black Biden?
    Now he’s saying only suburban white kids shoot up Columbines. Black kids don’t do that.

    now, he’s right about that but wtf is he trying to say and why????????

  99. I just received my emergency bill from the hospital.

    Mind you all they did was check my blood pressure.

    Put some drops in my eye. They gave me a tiny bottle of eye drops to put in my eyes at home.

    The bill was $602.55. I have insurance but this is crazy.

  100. Wright, Ayers, Jones…

    This isn’t just a slight misjudgement on obama’s part. This is a way of life for him. It is an ingrained philosophy that he and his closest advisors adher to and practice. Kicking first Wright and now Jones out of his life doesn’t negate the fact that he is drawn to these nefarious elements to begin with and shows no sign of changing.

  101. neetabug,

    That must have been a “heart-attack” moment for you. It boggles the mind and I am so sorry that you are going through this.

  102. netabug,
    I understand, The cost for the 72 inerferon injections I had was 2G each. When i found out about that I felt guilty as he11.

    BTW, anyone know what happened in the Riqa Barry case?

  103. Surprisingly, Dick Morris cuts the Cat away from the kittens in one felt swoop!

    Morris smells blood in the water. He’s hooked into a big fish and he is determined to boat him.

    Morris says:

    “Comparing Obama’s healthcare push to Bill and Hillary Clinton’s in 1993, Morris said: “The big difference between Clinton’s approach and his approach is that Clinton never tried to emasculate Medicare. Obama is.

    The Clinton approach was not to take money from the elderly and give it to others”

    You can bet your bottom dollar, Obama isn’t on vacay. He’s commiserating with his gang members doing damage control with his crack, dysfunctional O-Team at Camp David. Theres no way he is going to regain his popularity no matter what he does or says at this point. He’s squandered the Good Will and Trust of the People who elected him and they, are madder than Hill supporters ever could be.

    And the latest WH punt has Biden stepping-in calling himself “Acting President” (link below) continuing to promote Obama’s now DEAD Health Care plan. Even a re-run raising Teddy from the grave couldn’t save Health Care from the dust bin of history. Health Care will remain buried beneath the Kennedy Eternal Flame as a rememberance of Obama’s HC Failure.

    Obama has managed to pissoff 97% of the country, except for some Holywood faithfuls and mindless bloggers who still defend the indefensible from criticism!

    h… w… washingtontimes.com/news/2009/sep/04/curl-biden-fills-vacationing-obamas-void/

  104. limettes – bots – 😆 😆

    Speaking of outrageous medical bills. Hubby had a urine screen and they TRIED to bill over $600 for it. I called when I got a copy of it and I demanded that they refuse to pay it and then I called the provider and I chewed their ass out up one side and down the other. I argued that they could go to Walmart and buy the friggin kit for $18 or so, but of course they said, oh the tests are so sensitive, blah, blah, blah.

    I told them to stick that bill. I don’t know that it was ever paid.

  105. Nettabug, I’m surprised the ED bill was only 602.00 dollars.

    btw, the site is acting strange today. After refreshing, I have to open a new window. It’s not my computer, because the same thing happened at work.

  106. add another two. Hubby just had lung biopsy 8/11 and his lung collapsed. Had to stay overnight with a chest tube. Final bill $11.455.00 .. big teaching research hospital in Tn

    Couple weeks ago had to take hubby to local ER, bad attack of unable to breath .. found out he had pneumonia in the lung that the biopsy was done. 4 day stay and LOTS of iv antibiotics and chest xrays, blood work. Final bill $9.945.00 .. local hospital here in our town.

    Thank God we have 100% insurance to cover this due to his lung condition from coal mining .. otherwise we’d be out 20% of close to $20,000 for Medicare.

  107. anyone else see that Representative Slaughter from New York saying that it is “beneath her dignity” to hold town halls!

    I hope to God that she is remembered in her next election.

    Who the frig died and made her queen of sheba. She needs to be UNelected. What a moron.

  108. Geeze, dot48..

    you need a break from all these health issues.

    I hope your hubby is doing better and God Bless your health insurance covering your medical expenses.

  109. # wbboei Says:
    September 4th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Mrs. Smith: that is the only happy ending possible in this scenario. Let us hope it materializes. ABM 91 is counting on it and so are the rest of us.

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

    I can see it happening, wbb- the country is in Love with Hillary….Republicans, not with standing! Hillary was and always will STAND for US as an honest broker for a great Health Care Plan… She has the goods and she will deliver; if they give her the chance.

    Obama ran for president of the wrong country. He’s a Kenyan citizen. There he would feel more comfortable in the way he likes doing business. America is just too… American for the Chicago/Kenyan way of leading a country.

    If the birth certificate case survives and Obama is asked to provide proof of NBCitizenship and he presents the lame forgery, that has been floating around the net for over a year; he might as well hand in his resignation, pack his bags, dust off Nixon’s helicopter and exit gracefulling into the great unknown.

    This Judge isn’t going to let go like the judges before him:

    “Federal District Court Judge, David O. Carter, will begin hearing the Obama eligibility case brought by Orly Taitz on behalf of Presidential candidate Alan Keyes and some 200 military clients, who all demand Obama provide valid documentation to prove he is eligible to be President of the USA and also to be Commander in Chief and issue/approve military orders.”

    h…. noiri.blogspot.com/2009/09/obamas-choice-of-september-8th-to.html

  110. DOT,
    Sorry about your hubby. It’s bad enough being sick without getting astronomical unaffordable hospital bills too.

    Mrs. S.

    you really think this is true? ‘
    ‘He’s squandered the Good Will and Trust of the People who elected him and they, are madder than Hill supporters ever could be. ‘

  111. If his numbers continue to fail, I think the National Inquirer will magically produce his BC, and the the country will pay attention.

  112. You can bet your bottom dollar, Obama isn’t on vacay. He’s commiserating with his gang members doing damage control with his crack, dysfunctional O-Team at Camp David. Theres no way he is going to regain his popularity no matter what he does or says at this point. He’s squandered the Good Will and Trust of the People who elected him and they, are madder than Hill supporters ever could be.
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    If there was ever a case of what you see is NOT what you get it is Mr. Obama. The hidden agenda of this man is scary.

  113. Obama is about to unleash his angry hordes on ordinary Americans who dissent publicly from his policies. So far they have committed a hate crime in St. Louis and a maiming offense yesterday and an effort to destroy the business of a supporter who dared to criticize his health care plan. We saw the 2000 cases of threats and intimidation by his supporters in the caucus states and at the polling booth in Philadelphia. I wonder if he would declare smiling marshal law.

  114. anyone else see that Representative Slaughter from New York saying that it is “beneath her dignity” to hold town halls!
    ————————————————
    So is serving as a public official.

  115. NewMexicoFan:

    National Enquirer getting hands on BC might not be as far-fetched as it sounds, eh? Just the thought of your statement brings a smile to one’s face. Wasn’t it The Globe that ran the story last year on (eve of Iowa caucus) murdered TUCC choir director, Donald Young, his rumored lover? Maybe the “rags” are only outlets with the guts to “out him” in every way…….

  116. Apparently she is going to introduce his speech to the students. He must be getting really desperate.

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    Secretary Clinton Hosts “My Education, My Future” Event as President Barack Obama Delivers National Address to Students on Educational Success

    Washington, DC
    September 4, 2009

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will visit the Manhattan Charter School in New York City on Tuesday, September 8 at 11:00 a.m. as President Barack Obama delivers his national address on educational success, challenging students to work hard, set educational goals and take responsibility for their learning.

    President Obama will deliver his address at 12:00 p.m. from Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. It will be broadcast live on whitehouse.gov/live and C-SPAN.

    state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2009/sept/128669.htm

  117. Networks agree to air Obama speech
    Fox declined to broadcast next week’s address

    By Nellie Andreeva
    Sept 4, 2009

    ABC, CBS and NBC on Friday agreed to carry President Barack Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress, which will air live at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday.

    Fox on Friday afternoon announced officially that it will not broadcast the address, marking the third consecutive time the network has turned down White House’s requests to carry primetime Obama events.

    ABC’s highly rated “Wipeout,” which airs in the time slot, will be pushed to 9 p.m., facing the results edition of NBC’s summer hit “America’s Got Talent.”

    CBS’ lineup is not affected as the network has only repeats scheduled for Wednesday.
    Fox is to premiere “So You Think You Can Dance’s” new cycle as well as “Glee.”

    The networks carrying the speech are expected to incur at least $1 million in ad revenue losses from the pre-emption.

    hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3ief4538a8713cc4facc7a06162ed389bd

  118. Daily Presidential Tracking Pol
    l
    Friday, September 04, 2009

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 27% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-eight percent (38%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -11 (see trends).

    Over the past month, public opinion of the town hall protesters improved. Most voters believe that the primary purpose of the town hall meetings should be for Members of Congress to listen rather than speak. Sixty percent (60%) of voters believe tax hikes are bad for the economy.

    Of the Kennedy brothers, 61% believe that former President John F. Kennedy had the most positive lasting impact on the nation.

    Overall, 48% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) now disapprove. A Month-by-Month Review of the President’s ratings shows that the Presidential Approval Index served as a leading indicator by declining months before the President’s overall job approval ratings fell.

    Republicans have opened their largest lead yet over Democrats on the Generic Congressional Ballot. However, Republican voters say that GOP representatives in Congress are still out of touch with the party base. Fifty-one percent (51%) say that Congress is too liberal while 22% say it’s too conservative. Thirty-four percent (34%) say the country is generally heading in the right direction.

    Sixty-eight percent (68%) believe that the passage of the Congressional health care reform plan will increase the deficit. A Rasmussen video report shows that 47% now expect their own taxes to go up during the Obama years. That’s the highest total yet.

    rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

  119. JanH

    So where does he run for help, HRC, and who takes his 2a.m. phone calls, HRC. And so many in Amercia who were so afraid of putting themselves in HRC hands are actually in HRC hands, and that is the only thing saving this ugly situation. He knew he could turn off the Education criticism if he put her up front.

  120. NMF,

    And yet she is fighting a huge battle given that she is up against 4 idiots at the very least: bambi, emanuel, pelosi, reid.

  121. thanks, basil9

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

    every now and then Peggy Noonan gets it about right

    Coruscating on Thin Ice

    online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204731804574391153099885242.html

    …snip…

    ..snip…

    I watched with great interest much of Teddy Kennedy’s wake and funeral, and saw in a clearer way than I had in the past a big cultural difference between the elites of the two parties, or rather the Democratic and Republican establishments. Pretty much the entire Democratic establishment was at the Kennedy services, and the level of shown affection among those in the pews and the audience was striking—laughing, hugging, telling stories, admitting weaknesses, weeping. It was Irish, and old-time. If it had been a gathering of the Republican political and journalistic establishment it would have been less emotive, with little shown affection. Polite laughter, cordial handshakes, a lot of staring ahead. A guy with his head down and you think he’s mourning but he’s BlackBerrying. They don’t especially like each other, they compete against each other, and they don’t feel the need to fake liking each other. They have the old dignity of the old grown-ups. And I suppose their style reflects some of their philosophy: Politics isn’t about emotions but thoughts.

    The difference between the party establishments struck me, but is not my point. This is: The president walked into the funeral and moved toward the front pews nodding, shaking hands. He hugged Mrs. Kennedy, nodded some more, shook more hands. He was dignified and contained, he was utterly appropriate, and he was cold.

    He is cold, like someone who is contained not because he’s disciplined and successfully restrains his emotions, but because there’s not that much to restrain. This is the dark side of cool. One wonders if this will play well with the American people. Long-term it is hard to get people to trust your policies if they think you’re coolly operating on some intellectual or ideological abstractions.

    I don’t think as a presidential style it will wear well with the center. And it may not wear well with the president’s own party. They may come to see him, in time, as not really one of them. And that’s when things will really get interesting.

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

    she nails it…he is COLD…sneering nose up in the air and all…

  122. basil9:

    “you really think this is true? ‘
    ‘He’s squandered the Good Will and Trust of the People who elected him and they, are madder than Hill supporters ever could be. ‘”

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

    Absolutely! Do you think those are Hillary supporters protesting at the Town Hall Meetings?
    No they are not- Those are Obama supporters or formers supporters there to collect on his promise of Universal Health Care.

    They just learned a hard lesson… Don’t Trust Anything Obama says!

  123. Exactly. She’s a team player and he is running soooooooooooo scared.
    ————————————————————
    Its like in the movie A Perfect Storm where captain bambi has sitting out there on the Scotch Cap 250 miles off the coast of New Beford, the fishing has been great, the sea is calm, and suddenly the reefer goes out. His choice is to stay out on the fishing grounds or head in to port. If he stays out on the grounds he loses the haul. If he heads in to port all he has to contend with is a perfect story–100 foot waves and a big wide ocean. What is bambi to do.

    Bambi oh Bambi
    Bambeee dont let me down
    Write me a letter soon
    And Ill be homeward bound–LeMott

  124. Oh my stars! Obama is pulling out his Big Gun John Kerry, as his new point man on HC. Kerry claims he will fight with every bone in his body to get HC passed.

    Does he mean fight like he said he would in his 2004 presidential campaign? He turned tail and ran away from an Ohio vote recount!

    Kerry readies for greater health care role

    His influence could be key in Senate debate (on the planet Pluto)

    By Lisa Wangsness

    Globe Staff / September 4, 2009

    SOMERVILLE – Senator John F. Kerry is reluctant to say he will take up Edward M. Kennedy’s mantle on health care – it sounds “presumptuous’’ to him – but he appears primed to take on a larger, more public role in the debate.

    “This is the moment, this is the time, and I do understand that the cause endures, and the work goes on,’’ he told the audience of more than 2,000, invoking Kennedy’s famous words. “And I pledge to you, with every bone in my body and every ounce of thinking that I can find, we are going to apply ourselves to this task and we are going to get it done.’’

    As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Kerry already has plenty of work. He expects to hold hearings on the war in Afghanistan later this month – he plans to travel there soon, he said – and he is working feverishly to pass a global warming bill through the Senate before international climate talks in Copenhagen in December.

    But Kerry has kept a hand in the health care discussion as well, holding monthly conference calls with Massachusetts interests and offering ideas to the “Gang of Six.’’ Earlier this summer, Kerry suggested a more politically palatable alternative to a partial tax on the most generous employee health benefits: taxing insurers on their most expensive plans. The point is to raise money to pay for the bill while also pressuring insurers to decrease premiums and discouraging businesses from offering overly generous “Cadillac’’ insurance coverage.

    Democrats could resort to Plan B – ignoring Republicans and a few moderate Democrats and enacting a health care plan under special budget rules known as “reconciliation,’’ which requires a simple majority vote but limits the content of the bill. Kerry said he “absolutely’’ considers this to be a viable alternative if necessary.

    “I think it’s time for us to see what we can produce as Democrats with 60 votes,’’ Kerry said. “If you can’t, you have to turn around and see what you can do with 51 votes.’’

    h… w… boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2009/09/04/kerry_poised_to_take_greater_role_in_health_care_debate/?page=full

  125. Yes, hiding behind Hillary is very telling. We know The One is no match for “Mother Superior”. Personally, believe Rhambo, she and Bill’s former supporter, is the one who informed her what she would be doing next Tuesday at noon, club in one hand, Blackberry in other.

    As we all know she is his “get out of trouble” free card for only the time she is present and he can hide behind her pantsuit. Once she exits the stage (next Wed. night), the Fallen One is on his own with his security blankets, aka teleprompters.

  126. Hillary is the glue holding this whole mess together…if she ever turned on him, there would be an immediate national and international loss of confidence in him…

    as that article Jan provided stated, Hillary is the only person in his whole administration with high approvals…and now with the unraveling of his czars people want assurance that there is some sanity, structure, maturity, stability and common sense guiding this admin and the rudderless O

    (there have to be many pundits, analysts and people thinking to themselves – what have we done, Hillary is the brains and person with the inner strength and confident sense of purpose)

    (thank goodness she is out of the senate and having anything to do with the politics of the O admin…she is in the best place she could be if she had to be anywhere near this admin…and kudos to her for taking immediate action to end that scandal in Kabul…now that’s a leader)

  127. # NewMexicoFan Says:
    September 4th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    If I were in a fight, I would not want Kerry, behind me.

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

    You wouldn’t want Kerry in front of you either. Kerry is a magnet for Bad Luck!

    His statements in the article I posted are very shaky. I don’t understand why he feels it is incumbent upon him to take up the mantle for Kennedy. He wasn’t even a footnote at the funeral.

  128. Mrs. Smith 9:45

    Excellent Point. He just does not connect with regular people, which was proven in the campaign.

  129. ok…here’s one for the books…

    Keith Olbermann: “He’s compromised on everything so far and as self-defeating as it may be, the progressive caucus and progressives would abandon him if necessary, if this was to be the policy of this administration into 2012. If it’s necessary to find somebody else to run against him, I think they’d do it, no matter how destructive that may seem at face value.”

    Eugene Robinson agrees.

    youtube.com/watch?v=8E3UoNDc920&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fguerillawomentn%2Eblogspot%2Ecom%2F&feature=player_embedded

    oh…how quick they are ready to turn on their messiah…

  130. “He just does not connect with regular people, which was proven in the campaign.”

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

    imo- he’s already starting off on the wrong foot by hiding behind Kennedy’s girth. I’ve never seen a man like him as numb, insensitive and deaf to hearing what people want and need,

    Do you suppose his wife directs him with what she feels is a cogent strategy? And he is left to carry the ball over the finish line even though he doesn’t believe in it himself…

  131. Kerry is not a man to be trifled with. If you cross him he will stop campaigning for the summer lose to bush and throw his campaign medals at you. This can be very disconcerting when the is in your foxhole.

  132. Some info I ran across tonight on the education speech controversy. It appears the Governor of my state has spoken out on the issue:

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Tim Pawlenty is questioning President Barack Obama’s back-to-school speech slated for Tuesday, saying it’s “uninvited.”

    The Republican governor says showing the address could be disruptive and raises questions of content and motive. He’s also questioning whether names of school children who write to the president could end up on a mailing list.

    Pawlenty made the comments Friday on WCCO-AM.

    Obama, a Democrat, will deliver the televised address at 11 a.m. Central Time on Tuesday.

    That’s the first day of school for most Minnesota students

  133. # JanH Says:
    September 4th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    LOL…I love that they are throwing Kerry to the lions. He can go down with bambi…way down….

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

    Yes, Jan… Kerry, masquerading as Prince Valiant, will nobly fall on the HC sword wearing the colors of Prince Doofus waving the banner “We Tried” or “Maybe Next Time” downtrodden as he walks head bowed to his corner never to be called to service again.

  134. Mrs. Smith Says:
    September 4th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Obama has managed to pissoff 97% of the country, except for some Holywood faithfuls and mindless bloggers who still defend the indefensible from criticism!
    &&&&&&

    Those “bloggers”…are either a) idiots who are too chicken shit to admit that they backed a little tyrant dictator, or b) part of Obama’s paid “blogger army” continuing to collect money for their “internet strategy” of dominating and policing the internet thought-ways.

    But at some point, you can “paint lipstick on a pig” and call it an attractive Vice Presidential candidate. At some point, you can’t blog away hurricane force winds.

    Remember W. too had the press eating out of his hand…but when it became too obvious that he wasn’t just flawed, but an utter disaster, they turned on him like savage dogs.

    Obama will get to that point much sooner. At least Bush had *some* executive experience…

  135. I remember working hard for Kerry and Edwards. I really view them differently now. I am getting tired of the images they portray, when they are later proven to be so mortal. When you work for these people, you begin to wonder who they really are. I gotten to the point that I would vote for the dog catcher, just because I knew who he is.

  136. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will visit the Manhattan Charter School in New York City on Tuesday, September 8 at 11:00 a.m. as President Barack Obama delivers his national address on educational success, challenging students to work hard, set educational goals and take responsibility for their learning.
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    Education is one of her issues. And she is simply giving students the same advice she would give them anyway. She is not telling them to write an essay on what bambi should do as president. And I do not see her stumping for his disappearing public option health care scam. I think this is minimalist.

  137. Speaking of the Hollywood group. In a doctor’s office this week, I was reading an interview with Julia Roberts. For the most part, I really like how she feels about herself (she is not stuck on her beauty). However, when they asked her who she would invite to a dinner party, OO was at the top of the list. Although I consider her to be an exceptional Actress, I really don’t think she knows who should be President of the United States.

    Of course she can invite to her dinner party who ever she wants, but when I get my invite (Ya sure) I will check to see who else in on the guest list.

  138. Education is one of her issues. And she is simply giving students the same advice she would give them anyway. She is not telling them to write an essay on what bambi should do as president. And I do not see her stumping for his disappearing public option health care scam. I think this is minimalist.

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    It is strange turn, to drag the SOS into a domestic event, don’t you think? he’s up to something…

  139. Mrs. Smith

    I think it is interesting also. If she had volunteered her opinions, or broadcasted her opinions (which might have differed from his), he and the media would have gone after her. However, when he is sinking so fast, he can feel the quick sand around his middle, now he wants her by his side, mediating his position.

    I am kind of wondering if he will bring her into the medical stuff. Let’s face it, if he continues to do this, she looks more like a VP than an SOS.

  140. Mrs. Smith,

    He really is scared. He probably thought that his giving a speech to all these young minds was an inspired idea whereby he would be looked upon as a reborn messiah once more. He and his circus friends actually had the audacity to think they could change direction from the healthcare mess to education.

    Instead, he is again for the umpteenth time looking like a laughingstock with the ego of a hippotamus. He is now trying to salvage whatever he can by sending out the “biggest” star in his cabinet. Good luck with that.

  141. JanH@ 8:14, I knew those bas*&^Ds were going to dust her off to save his sorry ass. Of coarse every school child in America wants to speak with Hillary, but few want to speak to the “ONE”!

    I never thought I would say THANKYOU MORRIS, for filling us in on the bottomline difference of Obamacare and Hillarycare. I want Hillarycare, its the only care I trust.

  142. I agree with both of your analysis. Jan and NMF.. you bring good food to the table for discussion. TG, Hillary has Bill at her back. He is the Master. He always has the big picture in mind when it comes to her participation in any of BO’s hair-brained schemes.

  143. I never thought I would say THANKYOU MORRIS, for filling us in on the bottomline difference of Obamacare and Hillarycare.

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    I know- will miracles never cease. They say people with toe fetishes always seek to redeem themselves in someone’s eyes from a distance. The contrast Morris makes is nuclear! Making Obama’s job that much harder finding the funds to fill the HC funding gap without touching Medicare.

  144. This is getting more bizarre by the minute. They are talking about the health and welfare of millions and now it’s a race to the finish?

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    ‘Gang of 6’ Urged to Act Now On Health
    Negotiators Pressed To Offer Proposal Before Obama Does

    By Lori Montgomery and Shailagh Murray
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Saturday, September 5, 2009

    The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee pressured his team of health-care negotiators on Friday to agree to a bipartisan overhaul plan before President Obama addresses Congress next week, warning that otherwise he will put forward his own proposal.

    Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) told his five colleagues in a conference call that he wants a group decision on a bill by Tuesday. Without it, he said, he intends to propose a bill based on the finance panel’s extensive policy work over the past two months, congressional sources said. Baucus pledged to the White House weeks ago that he would keep the “Gang of Six” — all members of the Finance Committee — on track in its already lengthy health-care negotiations.

    The move by Baucus comes at a critical moment for Obama. The president’s speech to Congress on Wednesday offers him the choice of preserving liberal ideals in the health-care bill, including the government insurance option that has become the focal point of the debate, or else falling in step with moderates.

    Neither option presents an easy path. Democrats control both houses of Congress, but moderate Democrats are reluctant to rely on a party-line vote to pass a landmark bill, one that stokes emotions across the ideological spectrum. Republican senators still hold considerable power to obstruct legislation they do not like.

    In a statement, Baucus stressed the broad areas of consensus his group forged over the past few months, but he underscored the urgency of the moment. He said the negotiators will meet face-to-face Tuesday to determine “how to best pass real reform,” and added: “I am committed to getting health care reform done — done soon and done right.”

    A White House official said that, while the president continues to review legislative options, he has not decided what policy objectives to endorse on Wednesday. Even reaching accord with moderates is no guarantee of passage, however. Up to a dozen Senate Democrats are thought to oppose to some degree the federal insurance proposal — the “public option” — and it remains unclear how many would embrace a fallback measure that the White House is contemplating. Every Democrat who backs away means another Republican vote the White House would need to win.

    The mood of the Senate is making liberal Democrats, particularly those in the House, uneasy. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) issued on Thursday an adamant defense of a “vigorous public option.” Other House leaders noted that cutting the cost of the overall package, which several negotiators have said they want to do, will probably require cutting the federal subsidies to help people comply with a new mandate to buy health insurance — an idea both parties have embraced.

    “We’re asking every citizen to take some responsibility for their own health care. But you can’t reasonably ask somebody to do something that’s totally beyond their financial means,” said Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the House leadership. “That’s the trade-off.”

    To help ease that anxiety, Obama spoke Friday afternoon with the liberal leaders of the black, Hispanic, Asian Pacific American and progressive House caucuses. In a conference call, the lawmakers laid out their concerns to Obama about the direction of the legislative debate.
    “Caucus leaders expressed absolute commitment to the idea of a robust public option, and said they expect it to be part of any health-care reform legislation,” the groups said in a statement. “The president listened, asked many questions, and suggested that the dialogue should continue.”

    But in recent days, the White House has aggressively pursued a deal with Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), a member of the Gang of Six. She favors a slimmed-down bill that would take effect more slowly and would create a public insurance plan only if private insurance companies do not offer better coverage at lower rates. Under Snowe’s “safety-net option,” aides said, private insurance companies would be asked to develop plans affordable to 95 percent of the population in a given state or region.

    In areas where private firms do not comply by 2013 — when people are scheduled to begin entering a new federal insurance exchange — a nonprofit insurance plan sponsored by the government would be added to the list of private options.

    Senior Senate aides said Baucus had not yet decided whether to include Snowe’s provision in his proposal or to offer a public-option alternative — a network of nonprofit cooperatives — which the group already endorsed.

    Some Democrats are urging Obama to cease courting Republicans and to attempt to pass a Senate bill solely with Democratic votes, to preserve the public option in its full form. But that would require Democrats in the Senate to use a legislative maneuver known as reconciliation. A reconciliation measure cannot be filibustered, so the Senate could approve health reform with 51 votes, rather than the 60 usually necessary to pass legislation in the chamber.

    Even with the recent death of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), the Democratic caucus includes 59 senators, more than enough to pass a reconciliation bill. But reconciliation presents significant political roadblocks and big procedural challenges, Democrats acknowledge. For example, both the finance and health committees would have to produce legislation that saves the government at least $1 billion by 2014. That would not be a problem for Baucus’s committee, which has the power to raise taxes and to cut federal health spending. But it could be difficult for the health committee, which has already approved a bill that isn’t paid for.

    Another hurdle: A reconciliation measure cannot increase the deficit in any year beyond 2014, but the packages offered by the Senate health committee and by House leaders would produce bigger deficits with every passing year.
    Reconciliation bills also may not contain measures that do not affect the federal budget. That, some Senate strategists said, could endanger some of Obama’s top reform goals, particularly insurance reforms that would ban the practice of denying coverage to people with preexisting conditions. Other experts on the Senate said lawmakers could probably navigate around that obstacle.

    The political risks are more unsettling, Democrats say. Republicans have made clear they would blast a reconciliation vote as Obama’s desperate attempt to ram irresponsible measures through a reluctant Congress. “Smart Democrats are scared of it politically,” said Sen. Charles E. Grassley (Iowa), the lead Republican negotiator on the Finance compromise. “It would be very bad for them, and they know that.”

    Some liberals argue that Democrats should not use reconciliation unless it can produce a package that achieves their overarching goal of covering the uninsured and offering a public option, while cutting costs significantly over the long term. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.), a strong advocate of a public insurance plan, concedes that such a package is likely to be costly. “The larger the bill is, the more it’s going to save,” and that, he said, is the key. “The primary goal needs to be to bring down health-care costs. If we don’t do that, then the bill’s not achieving our objectives,” Cardin said. “If it doesn’t achieve the objective, I think it would be a mistake to use reconciliation. The worst scenario is, we take responsibility and we don’t get the job done.”

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/04/AR2009090403842.html

  145. ‘Gaddafi okayed Lockerbie bombing’

    Sep. 4, 2009
    David Horovitz

    Adding more heat to the boiling controversy in the US and UK over Britain’s recent release to Libya of the only man ever convicted in the Lockerbie bombing, the senior FBI agent in the case has told The Jerusalem Post he believes Libya’s Col. Muammar Gaddafi must have personally sanctioned the atrocity.

    In a telephone interview from the United States, Richard Marquise, a 31-year FBI veteran who led the US task force probing the December 1988 blast which destroyed Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, with the loss of 270 lives, said it was unthinkable in a regime such as Libya for that kind of major terrorist attack to have been authorized without Gaddafi’s approval.

    “If you were a senior minister, would you do this without telling the boss? I doubt it,” said Marquise. “I have to think [Gaddafi] knew something was going to happen, something that the US would be pissed about, and he said OK.”

    Marquise has repeatedly stated his belief that Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the former Libyan intelligence officer who is the only man ever convicted in the attack, was guilty as charged. Megrahi was released from a life sentence in Scotland on compassionate grounds last month, and warmly embraced by Gaddafi on his return to Libya. Marquise told the Post he was also convinced Megrahi was no “rogue” agent. He said investigators had tried to pursue the chain of responsibility up through the Libyan hierarchy – much as Alberto Nisman, the Argentinean prosecutor investigating the 1994 AMIA Jewish community office bombing, had managed to do – but had been unable to muster the necessary evidence. Nisman’s investigations persuaded Interpol two years ago to issue a series of arrest warrants for senior Iranian officials allegedly behind the AMIA blast, including Iran’s new Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi, whose appointment was approved by Iranian lawmakers on Thursday.

    In the case of Lockerbie, Libya and Gaddafi, said Marquise, “We couldn’t make the connections… A lot of names came up… We had names of people in the Libyan hierarchy, buying radios, making inquiries about putting bombs in radios.” The bomb that destroyed Pan Am 103 was hidden in a Toshiba radio cassette player. “But there was no real overt act [that could serve as the basis for an indictment].” It “would have been nice” to indict the entire Libyan regime, Marquise added, “but our system wouldn’t allow for it. It would have been a real struggle to show Gaddafi and others in the [Lockerbie] chain.”

    Marquise said it had been hoped that Megrahi and Al-Amin Khalifa Fhima, a second Libyan charged in the Lockerbie affair but acquitted, could be arrested before being indicted, and that “they’d give us the whole story, and go up the chain. That didn’t happen… And Megrahi never talked. He did everything for his leader.”

    The 270 Lockerbie victims included 180 Americans, 52 Britons and one Israeli.

    The US has slammed Britain for allowing Megrahi to return to Libya, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who had spent months trying to thwart the move, describing it as “absolutely wrong.”
    FBI Director Robert Mueller wrote a furious letter to the Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, who approved Megrahi’s release, saying, “Your action in releasing Megrahi is as inexplicable as it is detrimental to the cause of justice. Indeed your action makes a mockery of the rule of law. Your action gives comfort to terrorists around the world… Your action rewards a terrorist even though he never admitted to his role in this act of mass murder and even though neither he nor the government of Libya ever disclosed the names and roles of others who were responsible.”

    Marquise, a counterterrorism expert who wrote a book on the affair entitled Scotbom: Evidence and the Lockerbie Investigation, has also repeatedly rejected alternative explanations for the Lockerbie blast, many of which claim it was commissioned by Iran and carried out by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command. “I keep reading all these suggestions that evidence was planted, that it was manipulated, twisted and changed,” Marquise wrote recently. “But I got that evidence ready for the trial and I am absolutely convinced of its veracity.”

    jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1251804486646&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

  146. Besides the robbing Peter to Pay Paul plan Obama expects to be approved… I want him to reneg on the behind closed doors deal with Big Pharma. I haven’t heard a word about any changes made to that deal. Has anyone here heard anything?

  147. Just watched a few minutes of Inside Washington, which I never do. It was pretty negative for OO and his medical insurance reform. However, in the middle of this discussion, while they were criticizing him for not setting forth his plan earlier they said the following. He did not come out swinging so to speak, because that is what HRC did and it failed. However, they went on to say, he should have presented his case before this.

    He was also criticized for presenting his case before a joint session, as the Reps are just not going to support this.

    Amazing, that they don’t realize that HRC direct presentation for Health Care during WHC administration as a First Lady in that timeframe (and maybe even still today), is really much different than a male Presidents direction of what he wants in a legislation today and yesterday.

    It was resented that she did it, but they expected him to. It is amazing that they did not understand that. I also feel, had she been elected, instead of him, she would have presented them with an outline of the legislation that she wanted.

    Who are they getting their advice from. I also see this as another excuse to blame the Clintons (how many times have they done that now), so that OO appears better/justified, or so they think.

    Good Night all.

  148. Mrs. Smith, Yep, Morris let the cat out of the bag of the coming theft of medicare. Poor little Bambi he may as well go home to Chi-Town for he will not get anything done now.

  149. Who are they getting their advice from. I also see this as another excuse to blame the Clintons (how many times have they done that now), so that OO appears better/justified, or so they think
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    No it is not an excuse. That was a different time and a different place. Hillary did not promise her supporters one thing and then cut a fat hog with the insurance companies. This is a case of betrayal of constituents. She never did that. I would have to know more about the people on this show, but if it includes gwen ifell she has proven herself to be a biased witness whose opinion cannot be trusted.

  150. Those Washington Week bobble heads who tried to make that comparison are like incompetent staff people in an organization. You cannot rely on what the say, and you need to fire them before they do too much harm to the organization.

  151. My last post for the night…

    I believe Obama might have used a different strategy to accomplish what he really wanted; getting the pharmaceutical companies comfortable enough to arrange a number they will guarantee donating to his next campaign.

    When Obama met with Pharma Lobbyists, he sold the HC plan to them as a done deal and gave them a sweet deal agreeing to reducing the price of prescription drugs costing them $00.00 based on the future dollars Medicare/Medicaid will pay them. All the drug companies will do is raise the price of their drugs to cover the reduction… Meaning, they’ve given up zero profit but Obama has been guaranteed $XX amount of dollars funneled through his own sources reaching his Campaign coffers.

  152. Only the headline is impressive, and it is an eye-catcher from several days ago. Hope I’m not repeating something you’ve already seen:

    Why the Obama Administration Will Implode In Weeks
    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….

    3w dot foxnews.com/opinion/2009/09/01/kevin-mccullough-obama-implode/

  153. From today’s WaPo article on Bob Dole’s lament on the death of bi-partisanship…

    Bipartisan? Ha. Congress Creates a Desert Aisle
    Left-Right Divide Is Now A ‘Hyperpartisan’ Chasm

    “President Obama came into office vowing to end the old divisions of Washington. That may be his signature failure to date.”

  154. It must be the weekend, and a holidsy weekend at that. I hope all are enjoying time just doing something they love.

    holdthemaccountable

    Kevin’s article really hits the nail on the head. Those that fly so high for no reason, usually take a nose dive. I am sure glad I am not a superdud right now. The American people have every right to be angry. They did not want to run him, and the superduds were paid off to run him. I think they deserve to take the beating with him.

    And maybe some of them are at the town halls.

  155. I hope that McConnell can keep Snowe and Collins on the reservation when health care and cap and trade come before the Senate. Those two succumb to Bambis ministrations too easily and tend to lose sight of what is in the best interests of the party and the nation.

    On a related note, have you ever seen a president who was more in love with himself and more determined to find one photo op after another. He makes it a point to stand in the background hovering over anyone who is speaking whether it is Hillary, Benacke etc.so he is in the picture with that stern pensive look and everyone who sees it gets the false impression that he understands what they are saying, they work for him. he is on the job, etc.

    But if any of these officials have bad news to deliver the prick is nowhere to be found. It is so contrived and phony as to be sickening.

  156. Obama is a dysfunctional leader. There is no other explanation for what is occurring. He has failed the party and the country in the essential task of governing. Instead he campaigns ad infinitum. The essence of governing is building a competent management structure. The legitimate structure is the cabinet and he has met with them only once since he took office. This czar structure is pure rube goldberg. The second thing governing entails is setting forth clear positions on the isssues. Instead, he always tries to have it both ways. Worse, he takes public positions which reflect the views of his constituents and then enters into secret deals that repudiate his public positions, and when he is pressed to clarify the ambiguity he resorts to bashing the oppostion and lofty speeches which are a reversion to campaigning. His presidency has got failure written all over it.

  157. White House Says Little About Embattled Jones

    By Garance Franke-Ruta and Anne E. Kornblut
    Saturday, September 5, 2009

    White House officials offered tepid support Friday for Van Jones, the administration’s embattled energy efficiency guru, who has issued two public apologies this week, one for signing a petition that questioned whether Bush administration officials “may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war.”

    Earlier, Jones said he was “clearly inappropriate” in using a crude term to describe Republicans in a speech he gave before joining the administration.

    The apologies did little to quell objections from Republicans, several of whom demanded Friday further action against Jones. Rep. Mike Pence (Ind.) called on the adviser to resign or be fired, saying in a statement, “His extremist views and coarse rhetoric have no place in this administration or the public debate.”

    Senator Christopher S. Bond (R-Mo.) urged Congress to investigate Jones’s “fitness” for the position, writing in an open letter, “Can the American people trust a senior White House official that is so cavalier in his association with such radical and repugnant sentiments?”

    White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Friday that Jones “continues to work for the administration” — but he did not state that the adviser enjoys the full support of President Obama, instead referring all questions to the environmental council where he works.

    Jones, a legendary figure in the environmental movement, has worked for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, as special adviser for green jobs, since March. He was a civil rights activist in California before turning his focus to environmental and energy issues, and he won wide praise before joining the Obama administration for articulating a broad vision of a green economy Democrats could embrace.

    Jones often told the story of how he won over Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) during a February 2007 meeting in San Francisco. After other speakers used up all the available time for introductions, Jones recounted, he scrambled to get Pelosi’s attention before she headed for the door. Jones promised her that, if she said just four words at the news conference after the meeting, she could ensure the Democrats retained their House majority for two decades.

    “Well, what are the four words?” Pelosi asked, according to Jones.

    “Clean-energy jobs bill,” he replied.

    Fox News Channel host Glenn Beck all but declared war on Jones after a group the adviser founded in 2005, ColorofChange.org, led an advertising boycott against Beck’s show to protest his claim that Obama is a racist.

    But reporters peppered the White House with questions about Jones after the blogger Gateway Pundit reported Thursday that in 2004 Jones had signed a petition circulated by the group 911Truth.org about the 9/11 attacks.

    People familiar with the matter said he did not fully read the petition before signing, but the adviser apologized nevertheless on Thursday night. “In recent days some in the news media have reported on past statements I made before I joined the administration — some of which were made years ago. If I have offended anyone with statements I made in the past, I apologize. As for the petition that was circulated today, I do not agree with this statement and it certainly does not reflect my views now or ever,” Jones said.

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/04/AR2009090403563.html

  158. He did not fail the party, he failed the voters. The party secretly and illegally plotted to have him put in office, believing that they could pull this off. What they forgot, is the person in charge has to really stand alone (lonely at the top remember). He is out in public, and he does have to have the managment expertise, and the ability to think on his feet and talk off the cuff so to speak. OO can not do this, and the telepromter is something people notice. He also has to be able to direct his staff. They thought with such a high percentage of Dims in office, and approval rating they could bumble through this.

    But it has been a long time since anyone has seen an economy like this, and bumbling through just did not work.

  159. Obama gave AG ethics waiver to probe Stevens case

    By SHARON THEIMER

    WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder has received an ethics waiver to investigate government lawyers who prosecuted former Sen. Ted Stevens, the White House disclosed Friday.

    Holder needed a waiver from President Barack Obama’s conflict-of-interest rules because his former law firm represents one of the Justice Department attorneys whose conduct in the Alaska Republican’s corruption case is under review. Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, who used to work at the same firm, received a similar waiver.

    Stevens was convicted last year of failing to disclose gifts that included renovations at his Alaska home. A judge threw out the case earlier this year, saying prosecutors withheld evidence that might have helped Stevens at trial.

    Deputy Attorney General David Ogden also received an ethics waiver to take part in the prosecutor inquiry. Ogden’s former law firm, for which his wife still works, also represents a lawyer under investigation.

    Holder, Breuer and Ogden and his wife have had nothing to do with the law firms’ representation of the prosecutors, the waivers say.

    Those waivers were among 10 disclosed Friday by the White House. Among the others:

    _ NASA Administrator Charles Bolden received a limited waiver that lets him take part at the policy or program level in matters involving two companies with which he had relationships, SAIC and GenCorp, if the issues rise to his level. Bolden, a former astronaut, was an SAIC consultant and a GenCorp director. Bolden must stay out of contract decisions involving the companies and out of SAIC- or GenCorp-specific issues in which he was involved when he worked for them. He cannot meet one-on-one with either company.

    _ Philip Reitinger, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s choice to head the National Cybersecurity Center, can take part in matters directly related to his former employer, Microsoft Corp.

    _ Naomi Walker, a Labor Department associate deputy secretary, received a limited ethics waiver to communicate with her former employer, the AFL-CIO, where she directed state government affairs. Under the waiver, Walker can participate in general outreach to unions but can’t take part in an AFL-CIO-specific matter for two years.

    _ Ash Carter, under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, can get involved in matters related to Textron Inc., for whom he had been a consultant.

    _ Margot Rogers, a senior counselor to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, can participate in issues involving her former employer, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, whose activities include education.

    _ Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams can take part in events involving the National Peace Corps Association, on whose board Williams used to serve.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5idodOfUYgug4gVwz0HBVXJou5zygD9AGOM8O0

  160. Besides the robbing Peter to Pay Paul plan Obama expects to be approved… I want him to reneg on the behind closed doors deal with Big Pharma. I haven’t heard a word about any changes made to that deal. Has anyone here heard anything?
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    I have always liked Billy Tauzin and I have no illusions about him. They say Emanuel is tough . . . well my sense is Billy is tougher. Emanuel cuts a deal with Billy on behalf of big pharma, and then Bambi and Emanuel get cold feet and start backtracking. Billy presses them for reassurances that they are still on board, and starts getting mushy answers. By then Billy has assured his principles that it is a done deal. If he lets them go wobbly on him (a Thatcherism to Reagan over his initial reluctance to support Britain in the Falkland War), his constituents will blame him. Therefore, he goes public with it, turns on the light and watches the cockroaches scramble. And scramble they have.

    The question for Bambi is the same one Choate the one time leader of the Boston Bar posed to Russel Sage in a famous trial of the late 19th
    century where he made conflicting promises, just as Bambi has here, i.e. one to his base and the other to business interests:

    Question: Then tell me sir, if the market went against you whom did you intend to cheat: your wife or your broker?

    In Bambis case, the answer is the former. Not Michelle, but his base, meaning the people who believed in him, who loved him and supported him. They are the ones he will throw under the bus–not the business interests? Why? Because in the immortal words of Marilyn Monroe: diamonds are a girls best friend.

  161. Jan–why do you think they bother announcing this. This kind of thing happens every day, and it has no particular significance that I can see. Do his handlers think that people will mistake this action for something heroic, or is it just another way to remind people that like the scarlett pumpernickel hes here hes there hes everywhere that good old incompetent boob Barack.

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