Thank You Glenn Beck

Update: Vet the “Czars”. One unvetted boob in charge is one unvetted boob too much.




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Yes, he is goofy and sometimes appears irrational but Americans owe Glenn Beck a big “Thank You”. We don’t go much for much of what he says (or how he says it) but Beck is absolutely right about the concentration of power in the White House. Obama’s “Czar” system is a avoidance of the typical examination, “vetting”, required for those who wield great power. Hillary supporters understand full well the danger of unvetted careerists gifted undeserved jobs.

Van Jones is out but the Congress must assert control over the avoidance of oversight which the “Czar” system represents. Several presidents (including the great Bill Clinton) employed “Czars” but the use of “Czars” was judicious and symbolically prioritized an issue.

The Obama use of “Czars” is an abuse of the system which a responsible congress, particularly the United States Senate should not tolerate.

It is revolting that we have to praise the Glenn Beck’s of the political spectrum because the Dimocrats and pretend progressives (we call them “Progressives In Name Only” – PINOs), who used to be so excited and aggravated against the “unitary executive” are silent, now that it is one of their corrupt own who exercises the abusive practice.

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A big “congratulations” and “thank you” to lovely filly Rachel Alexandra (just think how the Hopium addled would have celebrated if Rachel had lost to Asiatic Boy, or Cool Coal Man, or even (yikes!) Macho Again).   We won’t politicize a race horse like the Hopium addled who celebrated when Big Brown won over the filly Eight Belles, who was hurt during the race and eventually euthanized.  But – thank you Rachel Alexandra. 

Soon to be Horse Of The Year Rachel Alexandra – Alexandra The Great:



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  1. Admin: here is what I worry about with having a Behavioral Science Czar:
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    Beyond Freedom and Dignity is a book written by American psychologist B. F. Skinner and first published in 1971. The book argues that entrenched belief in free will and the moral autonomy of the individual (which Skinner referred to as “dignity”) hinders the prospect of using scientific methods to modify behavior for the purpose of building a happier and better organized society.

    Beyond Freedom and Dignity may be summarized as an attempt to promote Skinner’s philosophy of science, the technology of human behavior, his conception of determinism, and what Skinner calls ‘cultural engineering’.

  2. If I remember GWB had czars and they were in the numbers of Obama, Oh how the republicans never point that out. The difference in czars however, is that Obama’s seem to have communist leanings. I can imagine czars are helpful, but they sure need to have some sort of love for American before they can serve the President.

  3. The lefties are really mad that Obama did not stand up for Vann, they now say that the republicans see blood in the water and its only going to get worse. I say, we all have been waiting for the rethugs to bring this administration down, so hurry up!

  4. Hurrah for Rachael Alexandra. Of course, we here in NM are still very proud at Mind That Bird and his stunning Kentucky Derby Win.

  5. I’m sorry, but using the term “czars” just makes my blood boil. It brings back memories of relatives being subject to Russian czarist rule, complete with pogroms, hunger, violent racial prejudice.

  6. I have to add about Mind That Bird (who took a 1, 2 and 3 in the triple crown), was it not refreshing to have a long shot win, and this guy grinning from ear to ear with his turquoise tie (as we like to call them), jumping up and down. He was not interviewed before the race, he was not expected to win, and they were caught wondering who and the H he was. Everything else in the media is so sturctured, but we got a real live moment there. We just don’t see that very often.

  7. A close real live moment was when HRC took NH. The media was not prepared for that at all. We need more real live media moments.

  8. I found this on line
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    Rachel Alexandra’s Woodward Stakes win is remarkable in more than one way. She is the first 3-year-old filly to win against older male horses. Let’s not forget, those older male horses are supposedly much stronger and faster than 3-year-old fillies.
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  9. I found this online:
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    Rachel Alexandra’s Woodward Stakes win is remarkable in more than one way. She is the first 3-year-old filly to win against older male horses. Let’s not forget, those older male horses are supposedly much stronger and faster than 3-year-old fillies.
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    Look out Kerry, Edwards, all HRC is a filly.

  10. JanH Says:
    September 6th, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    The dims protests that the controversy over bambi’s education speech is just “silly business”, is such as joke.

    People aren’t complaining about his stupid speech as much as they are outraged over the “lesson plans” that accompany his stupid speech.

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    Exactly. And since when does ‘Don’t force children to listen and write about ‘how can I help the prisident’ becoem ‘don’t allow Obama to make a speech’?

  11. Why does it not surprise me that MSM is trying to paint the GreenCzarComministVanJones resignation as some big smear campaign and that the “poor little man” just has been railroaded.

    The MSM is totally out of hand. It just makes me sick.

  12. dot48, why not he’s black, so the AA’s will think that is all there is to it. I think this whole thing is just a diversion to change the talk about healthcare. Van threw himself on the sword for the good cause of saving Bambi’s ass for healthcare debate this weekend.

  13. dot48,

    They are getting a taste of their own medicine and don’t like it one bit. Hypocrites that they are, they conveniently forget how often they falsely used the “race card” against Hillary.

    In this case they are whining because they know they don’t have a leg to stand on. He is as racist as they come and bambi and his troops knew and approved of his background before he was seduced into the cult. The media, with very few exceptions, refused to vet any of bambi’s “buddies” including himself, so what can you expect?

  14. “Van threw himself on the sword for the good cause of saving Bambi’s ass for healthcare debate this weekend.”

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    And you can be sure that he will be rewarded more than adequately for jumping into the volcano for his master. Just wait 24 hours and you will hear about his comeback ala Richardson and the other sacrificial lambs.

  15. dot48;

    That’s not the way it is; right wing media will crow over the victory of right wing media while left wing media will softpedal the facts and depict Jones’ resignation as being the result of reporting by…right wing media! The same is true in reverse when the “victim” is on the right.

    The two sides ARE the MSM, or BIG MEDIA. And neither is there to be either unbiased or all that educational, their purpose is to ENTERTAIN the masses and sell stuff. They shouldn’t make you sick, they should make you laugh, and their machinations are so transparent.

    I bless the day that, thanks to being a Hillary supporter, the scales fell from my eyes and I saw the truth about BOTH parties, the day I realized that Olbermann and O’ Reilly were the same guy and you could just “mad-libs” their rants by leaving the names (and party affiliations) blank. It’s just bread and circuses while Rome burns…

    Having mirror-image, bizzaro-world counterparts in the news media allows folks to pay attention ONLY to the news that they agree with;
    My liberal friends ONLY watch Maddow or Olbermann, whereas my conservative friends ONLY watch Hannity or O’Reilly, so they get less than half the light but twice the rhetorical heat on every topic, ensuring that the average person is, at best half-informed, or “witted”, if you prefer.
    So, hurl not for the MSM, oh Dot48, hurl for our poor, half-witted brothers and sisters who have not been blessed as we have been (With all due thanks to admin, admin2, and whoever else is back there.) at Big Pink; The abysmal treatment of Hillary, by her OWN party & BIG MEDIA, and the subsequent persecution of us, her supporters, both radicalized and enlightened us to the manipulation of ALL BIG MEDIA, so that we cast a skeptical eye at every one of them…

  16. ReaLIST, That’s what I been saying, there is the Red Obama and the Blue Obama, they are they same and they play this game for the ignorant masses to fight for, for the are both the same team. I told my 87 y.o. dad, this is NOT the democrats of your day.

    Pls, someone go over to Riverdaughters confluence and explain to me what they are talking about. I just can’t seem to grasp how these people who squandered our 401k’s are now going after our life insurance’s. Soon there will nothing but peasanthood left for us middleclassers.

    I spoke to an educated Canadian Doctor of Medicine yesterday that believes everything the economist has to say, although he seemed to forget a few times they even compliment Hillary. He has Clinton derangement syndrome, poor dumb FU*&, he has figured out both parties are in this together. They are afraid to enter the internet political circuit, it would blow all their preconcieved ideas that they is the Red Team and Blue Team. Personally I am ready for a middle of the Road Team, the Road Warriors.

  17. Admin,

    The credit goes to HARP over at NQ.
    This whole czar frenzy and all the unvetted people now in charge of billions of taxpayer money is frightening. it’s a backdoor way to seize control, IMHO.
    Here’s a list from HARP from NQ of the czars so far.

    Bypassing the authority of Congress, Barack Obama rules through czars — the beginnings of dictatorship:

    1. Afghanistan-Pakistan (Af-Pak) czar, Richard Holbrooke
    2. AIDS czar, Jeffrey Crowley [openly gay white man]
    3. Auto recovery czar, Ed Montgomery
    4. Behavioral science czar, position not yet filled
    5. Bailout czar, Herbert Allison Jr., [replaced Bush bailout czar Neel Kashkari, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Stability confirmed by Senate]
    6. Border czar, Alan Bersin
    7. Car czar, Ron Bloom [Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury , under Senate oversight]
    8. Climate change czar, Todd Stern
    9. Copyright czar, not appointed yet
    10. Counterterrorism czar, John Brennan
    11. Cybersecurity czar, position will be vacant on August 21st [upon the departure of Melissa Hathaway]
    12. Disinformation czar, Linda Douglass [This is a new media buzz since our earlier list, a response by pundits to the White House request for informants: see Glenn Beck and Lew Rockwell]
    13. Domestic violence czar, Lynn Rosenthal
    14. Drug czar, Gil Kerlikowske
    15. Economic czar, Larry Summers
    16. Economic czar number two, Paul Volcker
    17. Education czar, Arne Duncan
    18. Energy czar, Carol Browner
    19. Food czar, Michael Taylor [a former Monsanto executive, or, the fox in charge of the henhouse]
    20. Government performance czar, Jeffrey Zients
    21. Great Lakes czar, Cameron Davis
    22. Green jobs czar, Van Jones [who has a communist background]
    23. Guantanamo closure czar, Daniel Fried
    24. Health czar, Nancy-Ann DeParle
    25. Infotech czar, Vivek Kundra [Shoplifted four shirts, worth $33.50 each, from J.C. Penney in 1996 (source). His last day in DC government was March 4 but on March 12 the FBI raided his office and arrested two staffers.]
    26. Intelligence czar, Dennis Blair [Director of National Intelligence, a Senate confirmed position. He is a retired United States Navy four-star admiral]
    27. Latin-American czar, Arturo Valenzuela (nominee) [although this post is referred to as a czar, he is nominatied to be Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs and so is subject to Senate confirmation. Voting on his confirmation was delayed to clarify his position on Honduras. Watch WaPo’s Head Count to track status of confirmation.]
    28. Mideast peace czar, George Mitchell
    29. Mideast policy czar, Dennis Ross
    30. Pay czar, Kenneth Feinberg
    31. Regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein
    32. Religion czar, aka God czar Joshua DuBois
    33. Safe schools czar, Kevin Jennings [appointed to be Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, a newly created post (that does not require Senate confirmation); openly gay founder of an organization dedicated to promoting pro-homosexual clubs and curricula in public schools]
    34. Science czar, John Holdren
    35. Stimulus oversight czar, Earl Devaney
    36. Sudan czar, J. Scott Gration
    37. TARP czar, Elizabeth Warren [chair of the [Congressional Oversight Panel for the Trouble Assets Relief Program; note that Herb Allison is frequently called the TARP czar]
    38. Technology czar, Aneesh Chopra
    39. Trade czar, Ron Kirk
    40. Urban affairs czar, Adolfo Carrion
    41. War czar, Douglas Lute [retained from Bush administration, married to Jane Holl Lute, currently a Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security]
    42. Water czar, David J. Hayes [a Deputy Interior Secretary and therefore subject to Senate oversight]
    43. Weapons czar, Ashton Carter [actually Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics and so subject to Senate confirmation]
    44. Weapons of mass destruction czar, Gary Samore

    GO GET EM MR. BECK.

  18. Thanks for the Rachel Alexandra clip.
    Seeing that great horse win always makes me cry.
    I don’t know why.

    I recently covered a story up here about famous horse breeder Ernie Paragallo who had 170 neglected emaciated thoroughbreds on his farm. That made me cry, too.

    So does the story about the now local 911 firefighter who lost 5 of his comapny at the WTC. He personally pulled the last of them out of the rubble in mid-Novemebr, 2001,
    I wonder wtf BO and Jones feel about that.

  19. Admin,

    I’m looking for an article I lost when a computer crashed. It was about Obama’s career as Harvard Law Review president, and quoted a woman who is a US attorney now, but was one of the editors then. She talked about Obama leaving the work to one of his subordinates.

    Do you know the article or the quote? Got links?

    If so, thanks. 🙂

  20. 33. Safe schools czar, Kevin Jennings [appointed to be Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, a newly created post (that does not require Senate confirmation); openly gay founder of an organization dedicated to promoting pro-homosexual clubs and curricula in public schools]

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    Good for him (though I expect it’s much exaggerated).

  21. Admin,
    Thanks for the rachel Alexandra clip.
    Seeing that great horse win makes me cry.

    So does the story I recently covered about famed hores breeder Ernie Paragallo and his farm with 170 neglected emaciated throoughbreds. SPCA rescued them and they’re now uip for adoption.

    The 911 story I’m covering about a local Town Council Member who lost 5 of his company during the WTC also makes me cry. He personally pulled the last of them out of the rubble two months later.
    I can’t imagine BO or VoJO crying about that. And that makes me furious.

  22. Last try.

    Thanks for the Rachel Alexandra clip, Admin.
    Seeing that great horse win always makes me cry.

    So does the story about famous horse breeded Ernie Paragallo who has a farm up here and who neglected and abused 170 thoroughbreds rescued by the ASPCA and now up for adoption.

    So does the 911 story I’m covering about the Local Town Council member who was part of Engine 214.1. He lost 5 of his crew. He personally pulled the last guy out of the rubble in mid-November of that year.

    I wonder if BO or VOJO cries about them. They disgust me.

  23. Thanks for the Rachel Alexandra clip, Admin.
    Seeing that great horse win always makes me cry.

    So does the story about famous horse breeded Ernie Paragallo who has a farm up here and who neglected and abused 170 thoroughbreds rescued by the ASPCA and now up for adoption.

    So does the 911 story I’m covering about the Local Town Council member who was part of Engine 214.1. He lost 5 of his crew. He personally pulled the last guy out of the rubble in mid-November of that year.

    I wonder if BO or VOJO cries about them. They disgust me.

  24. My neighbor, a HS Teacher just mentioned today there won’t be anymore Biology classes this year. Biology is being phased out and replaced with something called Industrial Science which is all in the line of Physics.

    Also, Algebra will not be taught as is customary in the 9th grade. These are the new guidelines set by the Dept of Ed.

  25. SEPTEMBER 5, 2009

    Coruscating on Thin Ice

    By PEGGY NOONAN

    At a speech in Colorado someone asked if I was concerned about some of the appointees to the Obama administration. The questioner was referring obliquely to conservative dismay at Van Jones, special adviser for green jobs on the White House environmental council. Apart from a flirtation with radicalism (you have to hope it did not become a full, deep and continuing relationship), Mr. Jones, in February, thoughtfully attempted to capture the essence of the GOP in a speech in Berkeley, Calif. “Republicans are —,” he explained. We don’t print the word he used, but it refers to a body part involved in elimination. He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the Rahm Emanuel Center for the Study of Political Comportment. Ha, just kidding.

    But Mr. Jones is not my concern. All early administrations draw to their middle and lower levels a certain number of activists from the edges—flakes. But because they are extreme, they become controversial, and because they are controversial, they become ineffective. In its way the system works.

    A greater concern about President Obama’s staffers and appointees is that so many of them are so young and relatively untried. And not only young and untried, but triumphant. They’re on top of the world. They came from nowhere and elected their guy against the odds. Against expectations, they beat a machine (the Clintons) and a behemoth (long-triumphant Republicanism). Now nothing can stop them, Let’s do big things, let’s be consequential. Consequentialism has been the blight of America’s political life for a decade. Because of it, America’s nerves have been rubbed raw.

    To make things worse, for the past 10 months Mr. Obama’s aides have been overpraised by their friends in the media, who either are on their side or were source-greasing. How can you not return my calls when I called you “coruscatingly brilliant” in Time?

    I use “coruscatingly brilliant” because it was what a columnist early on called Arthur Schlesinger Jr., a figure in John F. Kennedy’s White House and the focus of much, and deserved, praise. JFK saw it and laughed: “Just remember, a hundred thousand votes the other way and we’d all be coruscatingly stupid.” JFK was of course young himself, but he’d fought a war and been sick since childhood, which will tend to age you.

    Why be concerned about the young in the White House? Because they’ve never been beaten up by life, never been defeated. They haven’t learned from failure because they haven’t experienced it. They don’t know what the warning signs of trouble are. They haven’t spent time on the losing side. Mr. Obama’s young aides are hardworking, humorous and bright as pennies, but I wish they had an arthritic ache or two, I wish they told old war stories because they’d been in old wars, I wish they knew what it looks like when an administration goes too far and strains the ties between itself and the bulk of the people.

    ***
    They are all now busy planning and strategizing his congressional address on health care. It will be hard to pull off well. The president will be talking, essentially, to three groups: the political elites of both parties and the media, his supporters on the ground, and highly informed citizens who are already either for or against the plan but want to hear, ponder and form an opinion on the speech.

    But the great mass of Americans, the big center, will, I strongly suspect, not be listening. Mr. Obama has grown boring. And it’s not Solid Boring, which is fine in a president and may be good. It’s sort of Faux Eloquent Boring, especially on health care. The president likely doesn’t know this, and his people won’t have told him because they don’t know it either, but Mr. Obama always has the same sound, approach, logic, tone, modulation. He always has the same stance. There’s no humor or humility in it. News is surprise, and he never makes news.

    The past 10 months, the president has lessened and not increased the trust of the big center. He did a number of things wrong, but one has not been noticed much, or noted. He moved too quickly, before he’d earned the right to change a big chunk of American life. You earn that right by establishing trust. Absent crisis, leaders have to show, over a certain amount of time and through a series of actions, that they’re sober, sound, farsighted, looking out for the middle. In addition, of course, middle America is worried about two dramas, the economy and war, and he’s showing he’s worried about a third drama, health care, which they’ve put to the side. His concerns do not coincide with theirs. Which makes him, not them, look out of touch.

    He could always surprise everyone by saying he made a mistake and he’s going back to the drawing board to work hand in hand with Republicans. That would be interesting, and could be quite productive. But no one expects a climbdown at this point. And so he will go on, and win something, some piece of what he wants, and “Obama Wins Health-Care Battle” will wind up in the headlines, and it will be a catastrophic victory, won at the price of losing the big center.

    ***
    The president’s biggest potential long-term problem in terms of the public part of the presidency became obvious to me only during the past week. 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.

    online.wsj.com/article/SB20001424052970204731804574391153099885242.html

  26. Peggy Noonan” “It is too late to apologise”….
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    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.
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    Anybody with a grain of salt in their minds knew “that zero is cold”….heartless…a robot! THAT IS WHY HE NEEDS THAT TELEPROMPTER…

  27. It has been obvious for some time that OO feels comfortable with no one. He has an agreement with the Chicago mob to play this part, as it suits his purpose. He reminds me of those young people who rise so quickly to the top, because they stay nowhere long enough for people to find out that they really cannot do the job. They make flash in the pan marks, they portray themselves brillantly, but they never integrate into the organization. Then they hit the wall, so to speak. Because there is nowhere immediately for them to go, they must spend more time at that level. Then that organization finds out, that they have been promoted beyond their capability (Peter Principle), in fact many levels.

    They don’t learn longevity, they don’t learn patience, and they for sure don’t learn how to stay in a job for 4 years, and learn how to really deal with people and problems.

    I remember an SES at the very highest level that I encountered. He was a flat out alcoholic. He bragged about how he really only went someplace and filled out a piece of paper and he was and SES in an instant. He was on his 4th wife, he had children he had abandoned, and every night he was drinking everyone around him under the table. Oh he was brillant all right. I sometimes wonder if the people that had to deal with him for so many years (lets face it he had hit the wall), ever recovered from having to deal with him until he finally decided to retire.

    Point, when they reach their level of incompetence you are stuck with them. We are stuck with OO for 4 years. Will someone please find his BC.

  28. Congrats! Rachael Alexander!

    Wow- She barely held on. She held the last few strides out of sheer determination. She didn’t fire when she felt the sting of the whip. Something is up.. either she is just tired if her last race was too close to this one OR she injured herself during this one.

    I hope the reason is the former and not the later.

    Thanks for posting the video.

  29. Beautiful Rachael Alexander!

    Wow- She barely held on. She held the last few strides out of sheer determination. She didn’t fire when she felt the sting of the whip. Something is up.. either she is just tired if her last race was too close to this one OR she injured herself during this one.

    I hope the reason is the former and not the later.

    Thanks for posting the video.

  30. Third attempt:

    post is being recognized as duplicate when it hasn’t posted once:

    Rachael Alexander!

    Wow- She barely held on. She held the last few strides out of sheer determination. She didn’t fire when she felt the sting of the whip. Something is up.. either she is just tired if her last race was too close to this one OR she injured herself during this one.

    I hope the reason is the former and not the later.

    Thanks for posting the video.

  31. I can’t believe no one is here today, A poster over at Riverdaughters says that Oberman is now gathering everything possible on Beck. So sounds like the fight will be on. I can tell him he is a recovering alcoholic and hates Hillary, other than that I don’t think theres much. He has merely taken over Limbaugh’s place, because no one trusts Rush anymore. What is it about these commentators, they seem to be prone to chemical dependency.

  32. Some screening feature is preventing posting, confloyd. None of my posts have gotten thru..
    maybe just a line or two…but fullposts, ixnae.

  33. Olberman is a windbag. There is plenty of stuff out there on Olberman if he decides to play hardball here. Olbermans sexcapades are a matter of public record. Murdock and the jackass head of MSNBC had a deal. It is not just between Oreilly and Olberman it is between the two networks. Olberman belongs in a straightjacket. Olberman really out to tone it down, before somebody else gets hurt. For him to be feeding this thing is like screaming fire in a crowded theater. If this Johnson Clown were white and were making the statements he made against blacks does anyone believe he would not be fired. Nuff said.

  34. You do not have to be a conservative to value what Beck is doing. He is the only one vetting these people. Obama has salted some heavy duty radicals into his administation without the consent of the governed, and the people have a right to know who is running their country. That is the bottom line. The public has an absolute right to know who is running our country, period.

  35. “A poster over at Riverdaughters says that Oberman is now gathering everything possible on Beck”

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    hmmm…so now someone should give tit for tat and find out every lousy thing about Olberman, Matthews, and the rest of the rats out there. I’m sure the cup will be overflowing.

  36. wbboei, a commentator over at Talkleft was saying the only time the lefties went ballastic with Obama was in Ca.DNC, he tried to fill all the positions with campaign contributors, instead of supercampaign workers. He went on to say he hoped he was wrong and Obama turned out to be what he campaigned as in the beginning. They don’t like that he seems to be catering to the Blue Dogs which they see as Republicans.

  37. admin2-

    no apologies necessary… BUT..

    if you would be so kind to post this video. The info within is ***blockbuster*** stuff.

    note at :20 look to the mid right of the back row. you will see someone rise from sitting.. then blocked by someone’s head. Then at :33 you will see an exhubert Me-shell Obama.

    youtube.com/watch?v=cLQU7uNR5bM

  38. Paula, that article you found as Common Dreams is so good I thought we should post the full text of it here.
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    After Obama
    by David Michael Green
    Eight months into it, it now seems pretty clear that the Obama administration is finished.

    There were some of us — indeed, many of us, myself included — who thought there was a possibility that Barack Obama might seize this moment of American crisis, twinned with the complete failure for all to see of the regressive agenda, to become the second coming of Franklin Roosevelt.

    Many think that was a naïve position from the get-go. I disagree. Not only do I believe that it was a legitimate possibility, I would argue that it was the logical choice even just from the narrow perspective of Obama’s personal fortunes. The president is every day committing political suicide by a thousand cuts because he chose not to take that track.

    That’s certainly his prerogative, and at this point I wish him all the worst of luck in whatever comes next. Since I never assumed he would be a progressive once elected, any bitterness that I feel is not rooted in his failure to become the new FDR. However, I am irate that, in domain after domain, President Obama has become the personification of the very Bush administration policies that Candidate Obama so roundly criticized. And I feel deep hostility toward him about the betrayal of legions of voters — especially the young — who believed his message of hope and thought they were getting a president on their side, not Wall Street’s.

    More on that in another column. Right now, the question is what comes next? The Obama presidency is probably already toast, though of course anything can happen in three or seven years. But he is on a crash course for a major clock cleaning and, what’s worse, he doesn’t seem to have it remotely within him to seize history by the horns and steer that bull in his preferred direction. Indeed, near as I can tell, he doesn’t even have a preferred direction.

    Obama was complete fool if he ever believed for a moment that his campfire kumbaya act was going to bring the right along behind him. Even s’mores wouldn’t have helped. These foaming-at-the-mouth lunatics have completely lost all sense and proportion, and were bound to viscerally hate any president left of Cheney, let alone some black guy in their white house. Meanwhile, centrist voters in this country seem pretty much only to care about taxes and spending, and so he’s lost them, too, without the slightest rhetorical fight in his own defense. And he’s blown off a solid progressive base by spitting in their eyes at every imaginable opportunity, beginning with the formation of his cabinet, ranging through every policy decision from civil rights to civil liberties to foreign policy to healthcare, and culminating with his choice not to even mobilize his email database in support of his policies.

    So if he’s lost the left, right and center, just who does he think is going to be clamoring to give him a second term three years from now, especially if the economy remains lousy for most people in the country, as it’s likely to do regardless of GDP or Dow Jones growth?

    There is the possibility that Obama could change course significantly, just as Bill Clinton did in 1995, following the mid-term election in which his most astute political stewardship managed to turn both houses of Congress over to the Republican Party. But Clinton turned to the right and became just a less snarly version of the Republicans, while Obama is already there. I don’t really think he could conceivably turn further rightward at this point, and I don’t think he has anywhere near the guts to turn to the left and do what he should have done in the first place.

    What all this suggests to me is that Obama and his party will manage by 2012 to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and return the GOP — and probably an even nastier version of it than the Bush-Cheney junta, at that — to power. It suggests that the Democrats, who were riding high six months ago over an all but destroyed Republican Party, will be switching places with them within three years time, if not sooner — and all because of their own cowardice, corruption and ineptitude. This outcome is hardly inevitable, but it is fast approaching. Looking out over the horizon, I see five key factors most likely to effect the health and longevity of the Obama administration, and not one of them looks positive.

    The eight-hundred pound gorilla rummaging around in the kitchen right now is the economy. Indeed, this factor alone could readily swamp the combined effect of all the others, particularly if it swings dramatically in one direction or another. My guess, as a non-economist (which, of course, only means that I have a better shot at an accurate prediction than the economists do), is that the economy will exhibit some substantial signs of growth over the next three years. But I suspect the recovery will be tepid, even according to establishment measures such as GDP growth or the state of the Dow. More importantly, I strongly suspect that this will be another jobless recovery, like the last ones we’ve had, and that the new mean standard of living for the middle class will be pretty mean indeed, significantly diminished compared to what people were already struggling to hold on to when the Great Recession began. Personally, I think if American history teaches us anything at all about presidential elections, it is that for an incumbent president this is more or less the worst possible scenario imaginable upon which to go asking the public to punch his ticket again. Americans vote their pocketbook, and that alone is likely to be the kiss of death for Obama’s second term aspirations.

    Meanwhile, of course, he’s also chosen to put healthcare reform on the table as the signature legislative initiative probably of his entire presidency. That’s fine, but watching him in action I sometimes wonder if this clown really and actually wants a second term. I mean, if you had asked me in January, “How could Obama bungle this program most thoroughly?”, I would have written a prescription that varies little from what we’ve observed over the last eight months: Don’t frame the issue, but instead let the radical right backed by greedy industry monsters do it, on the worst possible terms for you. And to you. Don’t fight back when they say the most outrageous things about your plan. In fact, don’t even have a plan. Let Congress do it. Better yet, let the by-far-and-away-minority party have an equal voice in the proceedings, even if they ultimately won’t vote for the bill under any circumstances, and even while they’re running around trashing it and you in the most egregious terms. Have these savages negotiate with a small group of right-wing Democrats, all of them major recipients of industry campaign donations. Blow off your base completely. Cut secret sweetheart deals with the Big Pharma and Big Insurance corporate vampires. Build a communications strategy around a series of hapless press conferences and town hall meetings, waiting until it’s too late to give a major speech on the issue. Set a timetable for action and then let it slip. Indicate what you want in the bill but then be completely unclear about whether you necessarily require those things. Travel all over the world doing foreign policy meet-and-greets. Go on vacation in the heat of the battle. Rinse and repeat.

    Altogether, it’s an astonishingly perfect recipe for getting rolled, so much so that I’m not the first person to have wondered out loud if that was actually the president’s intention all along. Look at this freaking fool. Now look at the guy who ran a letter-perfect, disciplined, textbook, insurgent, victorious campaign for the White House. Can they possibly be the same person? And, since they obviously are, is there possibly another explanation for this disaster besides an intentional boot? I dunno. But what I do know is this. Obama’s very best-case scenario for healthcare legislation right now represents a ton of lost votes in 2010 and 2012. And the worse that scenario gets, the worse he and his party do. But even a ‘success’ in the months ahead will produce a tepid bill, a mistrustful public, an inflamed and unanswered radical right, and a mealy-mouthed new government program that doesn’t even begin to go online until 2013. A real vote-getter that, eh?

    Which brings us to a third major electoral liability for Obama. Human beings, by and large, like to be led. They like their leaders to inspire their confidence — even when doing so takes the form of the most fantastically shallow dress-up kind of blowhard buffonery, à la George W. Bush — so that they don’t have to think too much about how little personal confidence they themselves actually possess. Obama is the complete antithesis of this model of the presidency. He is Harry Reid’s incontinent grandmother as president. He is Neville Chamberlain’s squirrely little nephew knocking shit over in the Oval Office while he plays “Mr. President”, in-between episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants. He is a bowl of Jell-O. That someone forgot to put in the fridge. He exhibits no competence as a chief executive. He inspires no confidence as a national leader. And, increasingly, his credibility is coming into question. Who wants to vote for that?

    A related problem is that he loves to flash that big toothy grin of his right before his venomous adversaries knock his choppers back into his head. I’m trying to imagine what a wimpier president would look like, and having a very hard time coming up with an answer. I’m trying to imagine how the regressive right could possibly bathe their country’s president in a more acidic pool of vitriol, and I’m having a difficult time topping their assertions that he’s out to kill the elderly while simultaneously indoctrinating grade-schoolers into the ranks of the Revolutionary Spartacist League. I’m trying to conceive of how vacant a White House could possibly be of any whiff of push-back against these assaults, and I can’t quite envision it. Maybe if they went out and did some real scandals and filmed it all as a gift for the GOP? Perhaps they could dig up Vince Foster’s body and murder him all over again, this time on video? Or they could hire Ken Starr to just run amok in the White House for a few years, looking for anything remotely juicy? But could Obama’s Keystone Kops even do a scandal properly? I’m not sure, but I’m pretty confident the public is losing trust in this guy as their Big Daddy Protector. Who in America would vote for this eunuch to be in charge of keeping their little suburban Happy Meal-stuffed brats safe from tawny evil-doers with bad intentions?

    As if all that weren’t enough, Obama is probably also sitting on several national security powder kegs – including Guantánamo, which he is unlikely to close; Iraq, which he is unlikely to leave; and Afghanistan, which he is unlikely to win. The latter in particular has now become his war, and lately it is smelling a lot like Vietnam, circa 1964. An decades-long struggle against a popular nationalist adversary. Endless calls from the Pentagon for more troops. Incredibly inhospitable terrain for fighting a war. An American-made puppet government hated for its corruption and for its gross incompetence at every task other than raw predation. Mmmm-mmm. What a yummy stew. Haven’t dined on that fine cuisine since 1975. And what another great vote-getter to add to this sorry list, eh?

    Put it all together and it’s pretty hard to see how Obama gets a second term. Which can mean only one thing: We’re looking at a Romney or a Palin or some sort of similar monster as the next president, despite the fact that their party was absolutely loathed only a year ago, and actually still is today. It won’t matter. People will be voting against the incumbent, not for any candidate, and that will leave only one viable choice, especially for centrist and right-wing voters. Whoever wins the Republican nomination will be the next president, crushing Obama in the general election (assuming he survives the Democratic primaries). And that’s a particularly scary notion, since the party’s voting base who will make that choice in the Republican primaries is the same crowd you’ve seen featured all this summer at town hall meetings. Olympia Snowe is not going to be the Republican nominee in 2012. Know what I mean?

    So the question then becomes, what next? What happens after Obama?

    I see two possible general paths going forth from that point — one bad, and one worse. The bad path would involve a frustrated but essentially beaten-into-submission public oscillating between incompetent Republican and Democratic administrations, turning one after the other out of office — not on ideological grounds, but instead seeking any change that has the possibility of stanching the empire’s hemorrhaging wounds. This would look a fair bit like Japan or Britain does today. The former just replaced its government and the latter will likely do so next spring. But I don’t think either of these major party shifts are really ideological in nature, and I don’t think either new government is likely to be hugely different from the one it succeeded.

    But Americans seem to me especially piggish critters these days, and the benign model that is sufficient to placate disgruntled citizens of long-lost empires may not suffice to soothe the savage soul of Yanquis still deep in the process of watching theirs crumble around their feet. That moves us from the bad path to the worse. Given what the American public is capable of happily countenancing during relatively flush times (can you say “Reagan”? “Bush”?), imagine what could happen when spoiled Baby Boomers go to the polls under conditions approaching the 1930s.

    Such a crisis could conceivably entail a sharp turn to the left, and in every rational country certainly would. But this is America. We pretty much don’t go anywhere near socialism, at least not overtly, and in any given decade — especially the recent ones — we’re lucky to get away with anything less than creeping fascism. Moreover, elections are almost always reactions to the status quo. Since Obama is ridiculously — but nevertheless widely — perceived as a liberal, the reaction is all the more likely to involve a sharp turn to the right in response.

    Under this scenario, anything portside of Torquemada would be buried alive if not annihilated, and the next regime would likely be one that could make Dick Cheney shudder. And that’s the happy side of the equation. If history is any guide, a nifty (not so) little war could only be right around the corner, for the helpful purpose of jump-starting the economy, crushing the domestic opposition, and distracting the public from that pesky nuisance once affectionately referred to as ‘reality’.

    I don’t want to lay odds on which of these outcomes is the more likely, but I feel pretty confident, I’m sad to say, that any happier scenario is considerably less likely than either of these. For a lot of reasons, America’s near-term future looks bleak to me, and this country — which already has a remarkable tendency to make dangerously foolish and sickeningly selfish political choices — is altogether too likely to do something that would make the Bush years look like a scene from a Norman Rockwell canvas by comparison.

    This tragedy, if it comes, will have many sires who share responsibility for driving America from Republican red to fascist black. But on that list must certainly be included the powder blue of the effete Obama administration that came in between.

    Rahm Emanuel once famously averred that “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

    I don’t really believe that corporate-controlled fascism is what he had in mind when he said that.

    But, who knows? Maybe that’s exactly what he was thinking.

    Or — perhaps most likely of all — maybe nobody at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is doing much thinking whatsoever these days.
    David Michael Green is a professor of political science at Hofstra University in New York. He is delighted to receive readers’ reactions to his articles (mailto:dmg@regressiveantidote.net), but regrets that time constraints do not always allow him to respond. More of his work can be found at his website, http://www.regressiveantidote.net.

  39. Barack Obama accused of making ‘Depression’ mistakes

    Barack Obama is committing the same mistakes made by policymakers during the Great Depression, according to a new study endorsed by Nobel laureate James Buchanan.

    By Edmund Conway
    06 Sep 2009

    His policies even have the potential to consign the US to a similar fate as Argentina, which suffered a painful and humiliating slide from first to Third World status last century, the paper says.

    There are “troubling similarities” between the US President’s actions since taking office and those which in the 1930s sent the US and much of the world spiralling into the worst economic collapse in recorded history, says the new pamphlet, published by the Institute of Economic Affairs.

    In particular, the authors, economists Charles Rowley of George Mason University and Nathanael Smith of the Locke Institute, claim that the White House’s plans to pour hundreds of billions of dollars of cash into the economy will undermine it in the long run. They say that by employing deficit spending and increased state intervention President Obama will ultimately hamper the long-term growth potential of the US economy and may risk delaying full economic recovery by several years.

    The study represents a challenge to the widely held view that Keynesian fiscal policies helped the US recover from the Depression which started in the early 1930s. The authors say: “[Franklin D Roosevelt’s] interventionist policies and draconian tax increases delayed full economic recovery by several years by exacerbating a climate of pessimistic expectations that drove down private capital formation and household consumption to unprecedented lows.”

    Although the authors support the Federal Reserve’s moves to slash interest rates to just above zero and embark on quantitative easing, pumping cash directly into the system, they warn that greater intervention could set the US back further. Rowley says: “It is also not impossible that the US will experience the kind of economic collapse from first to Third World status experienced by Argentina under the national-socialist governance of Juan Peron.”

    The paper, which recommends that the US return to a more laissez-faire economic system rather than intervening further in activity, has been endorsed by Nobel laureate James Buchanan, who said: “We have learned some things from comparable experiences of the 1930s’ Great Depression, perhaps enough to reduce the severity of the current contraction. But we have made no progress toward putting limits on political leaders, who act out their natural proclivities without any basic understanding of what makes capitalism work.”

    telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/6147211/Barack-Obama-accused-of-making-Depression-mistakes.html

  40. confloyd 9:25

    I remember when that happen, then I saw the core dims here successfully muscling in at the county and state conventions. They were not big donners, but people who have hung out in the party for many years. The grass roots people, working their axx off, were successfully boxed out except for one. I have learned so much crap on these groups.

  41. Republicans demand airtime after Obama health address

    WASHINGTON — Battle-ready Republicans are lobbying US television networks for airtime after President Barack Obama’s crucial health care address to Congress next Wednesday.

    In a letter to television network bosses, top Republican lawmaker Senator John Boehner asked for time “immediately following the president?s address to a joint session of Congress” on September 9.

    “Given the importance of the health care debate, the American people should be presented with a balanced perspective, and that can only be achieved with a response on network television from a representative of the Republican Party,” the letter states.

    Obama’s decision to a joint session of the House of Representatives and of the Senate is part of a bid to reinvigorate his spluttering drive to win passage of US health care reforms. The move echoes former president Bill Clinton’s failed first-term attempt to overhaul the US health care system, which included a similar September appeal to lawmakers.

    “In 1993, when President Bill Clinton spoke to Congress on health care, the networks carried a Republican response from then-Governor Carroll Campbell of South Carolina,” Boehner said.

    Republicans have criticized proposals to overhaul health care, lambasting the potential creation of a publicly-funded insurance scheme as fiscally irresponsible and a lurch toward “socialized medicine.”

    Advocates of reform say the existing US health care system costs vastly more but underperforms when compared to other major industrialized countries and leaves some 46 million Americans uninsured.

    The opposition party is traditionally afforded airtime to respond to the president after the annual State of the Union address.

    google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h-DBHK48GrdIrrNWz0z-SZaOEOug

  42. NMF, I wonder why they do that, I can imagine to get in on a little kickback money when possible or prestige or whatever. I am so uninfatuated with politicians these days.

  43. Republicans demand airtime after Obama health address

    WASHINGTON — Battle-ready Republicans are lobbying US television networks for airtime after President Barack Obama’s crucial health care address to Congress next Wednesday.
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    Good. And this time, no bobby jindal. Get one of their good orators. If they have any. If they have any doctors on their side of the aisle that would be a good one to deliver the rebuttal. Watch NBCdrag their heels and try to prevent the republican rebuttal on their network. This means bambi will have to incorporate a partisan attack into his speech, to try and insulate himself from the attack. Bad strategy if he does.

    Dean is saying the resignation of Jones is a great loss to the country. I agree. That wacko was a perfect mascot for Obama and his Chicago thugs. Some of the things Johnson said in earnest were way funnier than anything that dullards like Stewart and David Letterman can come up with. Johnson was a slapstick comedian of the old school, and I am join fatass Dean in extending my condolences and best wishes in his next gig which will probably be some exhalted billet under Raul Castro like straw boss on a sugar plantation.

  44. confloyd

    My personnel opinion is they screw the grass roots people after they have used them. The group is a big social network thing, and they fight amoung each other when different candidates win, but in the national area for the Presidential primary and general, they just want to USE the people who become so emotionally involved, and give their everything, but not elect them as Delegates. Then they walk in and pay the same old social games at the National Party elections. Our state writes the delegate election rules so only they can figure it out. I saw the one and only grass root HRC person bearly elected (they spent a lot of time, and money supporting HRC). There was some sort of tie, and somehow the HRC volunteer won out. However, the other person was a party regular, and would you not know, they figure out a way for them to go as a delegate also. Some sort of conveninent miss calculation at the State Convention. What a crock.

  45. That Canadian Doctor that I spoke of yesterday loves him some Bobby Jingal, says he has performed miracle in New Orleans. I doubt that, I am sure they just want the black vote if possible from New Orleans.

  46. wwoebi,

    Yes he will have to attack and he will add his special blend of “politics of fear” into the mix. I am hearing that the pundits think he needs a “big crisis” to get out of this and become a hero. A manufactured one? The swine flu issue?

  47. wbboei, as per our conversation, I think if anyone runs against Obama in 2012 it will be Kerry because didn’t Obama give Kerry HC recently to work on. I heard that somewhere. I just don’t think the progressives will put her in because she still believe in their heart she is a republican. I just watched Olberman talk about putting someone in to run against him in 12′.

  48. Jan: the pundits we have today do not know what they are talking about. In fact they are a bunch of idiots. Half the time they do not have accurate facts. The article Paula posted the link to tells why the pundits are wrong–seldom right but never in doubt.
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    After Obama
    by David Michael Green

    Eight months into it, it now seems pretty clear that the Obama administration is finished.

    There were some of us — indeed, many of us, myself included — who thought there was a possibility that Barack Obama might seize this moment of American crisis, twinned with the complete failure for all to see of the regressive agenda, to become the second coming of Franklin Roosevelt.

    Many think that was a naïve position from the get-go. I disagree. Not only do I believe that it was a legitimate possibility, I would argue that it was the logical choice even just from the narrow perspective of Obama’s personal fortunes. The president is every day committing political suicide by a thousand cuts because he chose not to take that track.

    That’s certainly his prerogative, and at this point I wish him all the worst of luck in whatever comes next. Since I never assumed he would be a progressive once elected, any bitterness that I feel is not rooted in his failure to become the new FDR. However, I am irate that, in domain after domain, President Obama has become the personification of the very Bush administration policies that Candidate Obama so roundly criticized. And I feel deep hostility toward him about the betrayal of legions of voters — especially the young — who believed his message of hope and thought they were getting a president on their side, not Wall Street’s.

    More on that in another column. Right now, the question is what comes next? The Obama presidency is probably already toast, though of course anything can happen in three or seven years. But he is on a crash course for a major clock cleaning and, what’s worse, he doesn’t seem to have it remotely within him to seize history by the horns and steer that bull in his preferred direction. Indeed, near as I can tell, he doesn’t even have a preferred direction.

    Obama was complete fool if he ever believed for a moment that his campfire kumbaya act was going to bring the right along behind him. Even s’mores wouldn’t have helped. These foaming-at-the-mouth lunatics have completely lost all sense and proportion, and were bound to viscerally hate any president left of Cheney, let alone some black guy in their white house. Meanwhile, centrist voters in this country seem pretty much only to care about taxes and spending, and so he’s lost them, too, without the slightest rhetorical fight in his own defense. And he’s blown off a solid progressive base by spitting in their eyes at every imaginable opportunity, beginning with the formation of his cabinet, ranging through every policy decision from civil rights to civil liberties to foreign policy to healthcare, and culminating with his choice not to even mobilize his email database in support of his policies.

    So if he’s lost the left, right and center, just who does he think is going to be clamoring to give him a second term three years from now, especially if the economy remains lousy for most people in the country, as it’s likely to do regardless of GDP or Dow Jones growth?

    There is the possibility that Obama could change course significantly, just as Bill Clinton did in 1995, following the mid-term election in which his most astute political stewardship managed to turn both houses of Congress over to the Republican Party. But Clinton turned to the right and became just a less snarly version of the Republicans, while Obama is already there. I don’t really think he could conceivably turn further rightward at this point, and I don’t think he has anywhere near the guts to turn to the left and do what he should have done in the first place.

    What all this suggests to me is that Obama and his party will manage by 2012 to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and return the GOP — and probably an even nastier version of it than the Bush-Cheney junta, at that — to power. It suggests that the Democrats, who were riding high six months ago over an all but destroyed Republican Party, will be switching places with them within three years time, if not sooner — and all because of their own cowardice, corruption and ineptitude. This outcome is hardly inevitable, but it is fast approaching. Looking out over the horizon, I see five key factors most likely to effect the health and longevity of the Obama administration, and not one of them looks positive.

    The eight-hundred pound gorilla rummaging around in the kitchen right now is the economy. Indeed, this factor alone could readily swamp the combined effect of all the others, particularly if it swings dramatically in one direction or another. My guess, as a non-economist (which, of course, only means that I have a better shot at an accurate prediction than the economists do), is that the economy will exhibit some substantial signs of growth over the next three years. But I suspect the recovery will be tepid, even according to establishment measures such as GDP growth or the state of the Dow. More importantly, I strongly suspect that this will be another jobless recovery, like the last ones we’ve had, and that the new mean standard of living for the middle class will be pretty mean indeed, significantly diminished compared to what people were already struggling to hold on to when the Great Recession began. Personally, I think if American history teaches us anything at all about presidential elections, it is that for an incumbent president this is more or less the worst possible scenario imaginable upon which to go asking the public to punch his ticket again. Americans vote their pocketbook, and that alone is likely to be the kiss of death for Obama’s second term aspirations.

    Meanwhile, of course, he’s also chosen to put healthcare reform on the table as the signature legislative initiative probably of his entire presidency. That’s fine, but watching him in action I sometimes wonder if this clown really and actually wants a second term. I mean, if you had asked me in January, “How could Obama bungle this program most thoroughly?”, I would have written a prescription that varies little from what we’ve observed over the last eight months: Don’t frame the issue, but instead let the radical right backed by greedy industry monsters do it, on the worst possible terms for you. And to you. Don’t fight back when they say the most outrageous things about your plan. In fact, don’t even have a plan. Let Congress do it. Better yet, let the by-far-and-away-minority party have an equal voice in the proceedings, even if they ultimately won’t vote for the bill under any circumstances, and even while they’re running around trashing it and you in the most egregious terms. Have these savages negotiate with a small group of right-wing Democrats, all of them major recipients of industry campaign donations. Blow off your base completely. Cut secret sweetheart deals with the Big Pharma and Big Insurance corporate vampires. Build a communications strategy around a series of hapless press conferences and town hall meetings, waiting until it’s too late to give a major speech on the issue. Set a timetable for action and then let it slip. Indicate what you want in the bill but then be completely unclear about whether you necessarily require those things. Travel all over the world doing foreign policy meet-and-greets. Go on vacation in the heat of the battle. Rinse and repeat.

    Altogether, it’s an astonishingly perfect recipe for getting rolled, so much so that I’m not the first person to have wondered out loud if that was actually the president’s intention all along. Look at this freaking fool. Now look at the guy who ran a letter-perfect, disciplined, textbook, insurgent, victorious campaign for the White House. Can they possibly be the same person? And, since they obviously are, is there possibly another explanation for this disaster besides an intentional boot? I dunno. But what I do know is this. Obama’s very best-case scenario for healthcare legislation right now represents a ton of lost votes in 2010 and 2012. And the worse that scenario gets, the worse he and his party do. But even a ‘success’ in the months ahead will produce a tepid bill, a mistrustful public, an inflamed and unanswered radical right, and a mealy-mouthed new government program that doesn’t even begin to go online until 2013. A real vote-getter that, eh?

    Which brings us to a third major electoral liability for Obama. Human beings, by and large, like to be led. They like their leaders to inspire their confidence — even when doing so takes the form of the most fantastically shallow dress-up kind of blowhard buffonery, à la George W. Bush — so that they don’t have to think too much about how little personal confidence they themselves actually possess. Obama is the complete antithesis of this model of the presidency. He is Harry Reid’s incontinent grandmother as president. He is Neville Chamberlain’s squirrely little nephew knocking shit over in the Oval Office while he plays “Mr. President”, in-between episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants. He is a bowl of Jell-O. That someone forgot to put in the fridge. He exhibits no competence as a chief executive. He inspires no confidence as a national leader. And, increasingly, his credibility is coming into question. Who wants to vote for that?

    A related problem is that he loves to flash that big toothy grin of his right before his venomous adversaries knock his choppers back into his head. I’m trying to imagine what a wimpier president would look like, and having a very hard time coming up with an answer. I’m trying to imagine how the regressive right could possibly bathe their country’s president in a more acidic pool of vitriol, and I’m having a difficult time topping their assertions that he’s out to kill the elderly while simultaneously indoctrinating grade-schoolers into the ranks of the Revolutionary Spartacist League. I’m trying to conceive of how vacant a White House could possibly be of any whiff of push-back against these assaults, and I can’t quite envision it. Maybe if they went out and did some real scandals and filmed it all as a gift for the GOP? Perhaps they could dig up Vince Foster’s body and murder him all over again, this time on video? Or they could hire Ken Starr to just run amok in the White House for a few years, looking for anything remotely juicy? But could Obama’s Keystone Kops even do a scandal properly? I’m not sure, but I’m pretty confident the public is losing trust in this guy as their Big Daddy Protector. Who in America would vote for this eunuch to be in charge of keeping their little suburban Happy Meal-stuffed brats safe from tawny evil-doers with bad intentions?

    As if all that weren’t enough, Obama is probably also sitting on several national security powder kegs – including Guantánamo, which he is unlikely to close; Iraq, which he is unlikely to leave; and Afghanistan, which he is unlikely to win. The latter in particular has now become his war, and lately it is smelling a lot like Vietnam, circa 1964. An decades-long struggle against a popular nationalist adversary. Endless calls from the Pentagon for more troops. Incredibly inhospitable terrain for fighting a war. An American-made puppet government hated for its corruption and for its gross incompetence at every task other than raw predation. Mmmm-mmm. What a yummy stew. Haven’t dined on that fine cuisine since 1975. And what another great vote-getter to add to this sorry list, eh?

    Put it all together and it’s pretty hard to see how Obama gets a second term. Which can mean only one thing: We’re looking at a Romney or a Palin or some sort of similar monster as the next president, despite the fact that their party was absolutely loathed only a year ago, and actually still is today. It won’t matter. People will be voting against the incumbent, not for any candidate, and that will leave only one viable choice, especially for centrist and right-wing voters. Whoever wins the Republican nomination will be the next president, crushing Obama in the general election (assuming he survives the Democratic primaries). And that’s a particularly scary notion, since the party’s voting base who will make that choice in the Republican primaries is the same crowd you’ve seen featured all this summer at town hall meetings. Olympia Snowe is not going to be the Republican nominee in 2012. Know what I mean?

    So the question then becomes, what next? What happens after Obama?

    I see two possible general paths going forth from that point — one bad, and one worse. The bad path would involve a frustrated but essentially beaten-into-submission public oscillating between incompetent Republican and Democratic administrations, turning one after the other out of office — not on ideological grounds, but instead seeking any change that has the possibility of stanching the empire’s hemorrhaging wounds. This would look a fair bit like Japan or Britain does today. The former just replaced its government and the latter will likely do so next spring. But I don’t think either of these major party shifts are really ideological in nature, and I don’t think either new government is likely to be hugely different from the one it succeeded.

    But Americans seem to me especially piggish critters these days, and the benign model that is sufficient to placate disgruntled citizens of long-lost empires may not suffice to soothe the savage soul of Yanquis still deep in the process of watching theirs crumble around their feet. That moves us from the bad path to the worse. Given what the American public is capable of happily countenancing during relatively flush times (can you say “Reagan”? “Bush”?), imagine what could happen when spoiled Baby Boomers go to the polls under conditions approaching the 1930s.

    Such a crisis could conceivably entail a sharp turn to the left, and in every rational country certainly would. But this is America. We pretty much don’t go anywhere near socialism, at least not overtly, and in any given decade — especially the recent ones — we’re lucky to get away with anything less than creeping fascism. Moreover, elections are almost always reactions to the status quo. Since Obama is ridiculously — but nevertheless widely — perceived as a liberal, the reaction is all the more likely to involve a sharp turn to the right in response.

    Under this scenario, anything portside of Torquemada would be buried alive if not annihilated, and the next regime would likely be one that could make Dick Cheney shudder. And that’s the happy side of the equation. If history is any guide, a nifty (not so) little war could only be right around the corner, for the helpful purpose of jump-starting the economy, crushing the domestic opposition, and distracting the public from that pesky nuisance once affectionately referred to as ‘reality’.

    I don’t want to lay odds on which of these outcomes is the more likely, but I feel pretty confident, I’m sad to say, that any happier scenario is considerably less likely than either of these. For a lot of reasons, America’s near-term future looks bleak to me, and this country — which already has a remarkable tendency to make dangerously foolish and sickeningly selfish political choices — is altogether too likely to do something that would make the Bush years look like a scene from a Norman Rockwell canvas by comparison.

    This tragedy, if it comes, will have many sires who share responsibility for driving America from Republican red to fascist black. But on that list must certainly be included the powder blue of the effete Obama administration that came in between.

    Rahm Emanuel once famously averred that “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

    I don’t really believe that corporate-controlled fascism is what he had in mind when he said that.

    But, who knows? Maybe that’s exactly what he was thinking.

    Or — perhaps most likely of all — maybe nobody at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is doing much thinking whatsoever these days.

  49. NewMexicoFan Says:
    September 6th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Hammer, nail, head!

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

    Paula Says:
    September 6th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Mrs. Smith, What makes you say that? Do tell …

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

    I dunno- unfamiliar silence like when you’re involuntarily offline?

  50. Confloyd, Kerry would never run against BO. In fact, I would be surprised if the dims even consider primary against BO. It is still early. Not a very auspicious start, but there may be time for recovery. I just want things to improve, so that the people in this country will be better off. Things are going downhill, so fast, that it is very frightening.

  51. Jan-here is a good rebuttal to those ignorant pundits. Obama has done such a cracker jack job of governing, that half the country thinks his heath care bill is simply a pretext to end the life of old people and indoctrinate kindergarters. In fact, I lean a bit to that interpretation myself. This is an excerpt from the longer article Jan posted the link to above, which says he is toast. It is written by a Hofstra University Professor who is a progressive obviously.
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    Obama has chosen to put healthcare reform on the table as the signature legislative initiative probably of his entire presidency. That’s fine, but watching him in action I sometimes wonder if this clown really and actually wants a second term. I mean, if you had asked me in January, “How could Obama bungle this program most thoroughly?”, I would have written a prescription that varies little from what we’ve observed over the last eight months: Don’t frame the issue, but instead let the radical right backed by greedy industry monsters do it, on the worst possible terms for you. And to you. Don’t fight back when they say the most outrageous things about your plan. In fact, don’t even have a plan. Let Congress do it. Better yet, let the by-far-and-away-minority party have an equal voice in the proceedings, even if they ultimately won’t vote for the bill under any circumstances, and even while they’re running around trashing it and you in the most egregious terms. Have these savages negotiate with a small group of right-wing Democrats, all of them major recipients of industry campaign donations. Blow off your base completely. Cut secret sweetheart deals with the Big Pharma and Big Insurance corporate vampires. Build a communications strategy around a series of hapless press conferences and town hall meetings, waiting until it’s too late to give a major speech on the issue. Set a timetable for action and then let it slip. Indicate what you want in the bill but then be completely unclear about whether you necessarily require those things. Travel all over the world doing foreign policy meet-and-greets. Go on vacation in the heat of the battle. Rinse and repeat.

  52. wbboei, as per our conversation, I think if anyone runs against Obama in 2012 it will be Kerry because didn’t Obama give Kerry HC recently to work on. I heard that somewhere. I just don’t think the progressives will put her in because she still believe in their heart she is a republican. I just watched Olberman talk about putting someone in to run against him in 12′/
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    No. I dont think so confloyd. Two reasons. First Kerry is a loser. Only time the Party ran a loser twice was Adlai Stevenson: ’52 and ’56. They went zero for two. Second reason: They are both members of the Kennedy Machine. The challenge will have to come from another Machine. This assumes of course that they want to win. It may be thta they just want to pass the turd to the Republicans. Obama would be perfect for that. If they want to win they will rally behind Hillary.

  53. Paula Says:
    September 6th, 2009 at 9:04 pm
    A left-wing professor eviscerates Obama:

    commondreams.org/view/2009/09/05-5
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    I highly encourage everyone here to read this article. I tried to drag it over here three times and it would not post. But it is damned good. And it shows how ignorant and useless most of these pundits are.

  54. wbboei, I have been over at TaylorMarsh, they are screaming over there that they have hired a Republican, and some are even wondering if there was something up with Obama turning out to be a republican. As I have told you many times Obama was the greatest hoax committed against the American people there ever was. He is, was, and will ever be a republican and a bad one at that. He was there to take out Hillary, and all the republicans helped him. They knew his background and knew they could take him down quickly, and thats what they are doing now. Rove conspired with Brazilla and they got Hillary out. She was the only one that really wanted to help the middle class. It sure wasn’t JohnnyMac.

  55. JanH,

    The article is insanely wrong. Roosevelt’s deficit spending cut unemployment for 40% in less than 8 months. it stayed fairly low until a few years later, when conservatives hammered him into cutting the deficit spending. finally, WWII came along and the ultra-high level of deficit spending lifted out of the depression for once and for all. Those are facts of history agreed upon by everyone except lunatics who want to make huge money on the conservative talk circuit. The problem with Obama’s stimulus bill is that it was too small to do the job properly and now it will be close to impossible to get more.

    Time will inflate us out of this deficit. During WWII, the deficit ran about 150% of GDP. We’re now at around 70% of GDP. We’re fine. I don’t like Obama either but moving to the right because the right accuses him of being a socialist is insane. Deficit spending provides jobs where none exist. That means people make their house payments and buy food. And that keeps more people in jobs. Without deficit spending creating new jobs, people don’t buy second cars, or replace their washer and dryer, or take clothes into the dry cleaners. All those choices cost more people their jobs. We spiral downward. Obama’s stimulus didn’t do what needed to be done, but it has prevented unemployment from rising to even greater heights than it is now. It would be worse without it.

  56. Confloyd: the little gipper has developed a severe case of writers block and has asked my to give Telebama and Barcrack Banana some help with the speech.

    They tell me that they want to grab everyones attention, seize the initiative and all that. A speech equal to the Gettysburg address is all they ask. Well . . . . . they have come to the right place. An attention grabber they want and an attention grabber they shall get.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, the President of the United States of Barack. All rise–except you Tapper, stay down on your knees behind the poduim. Larry Sinclair is watching.

    Uh, uh, uh, . . . . . . . . . .

    My fellow Obama lovers, seven months and 14 days ago I brought forth on this continent . . . . . no no let me start over

    My fellow Obama lovers, dont ya just hate those white people who lean on religion, and love their dogs and guns, . . . . no thats not it either

    Here we go

    My fellow Obama lovers, I have given this matter a good deal of thought and decided that I must be honest.

    Some of you have been rather hard on Senator Spector. He looks like a weasel and he is a weasel but that doesnt mean what he did was wrong switching parties I mean.

    As a matter of fact, I have decided to make a similar decision. I have always yearned to be a Republican. But you cannot win as a Republican in Chicago. So what I have tried to do is govern like a Republican while pretending to be a democrat.

    This is wrong. You must be open about these things. So what I have decided and hereby declare my allegiance to the Republican Party and will be switching parties 30 days hence. I have talked this over with MO and we have agreed that this is the wisest course of action.

    The good news is I will continue to be president so nobody needs to worry about that who is not already worried about that.

    Now to the insignificant matter of health care.

  57. What the country needs at this point is a new new deal. The old new deal was a success, and the people who argue otherwise have an ideological ax to grind. Very often they are Von Misces followers–Markets uber alles. The problem is Obama is not the guy to do it. He is too joined to the Chicago Machine to even think in those terms. The same way with the people behind him. When Hillary suspended her campaign, one of the bloggers made a prescient point, namely that that marked the end of the last New Deal democrat. And that was the great mistake of the progressives. If she were in the White House now, we would be ahead of the power curve. It is a tragedy for the country.

  58. I do love to lurk over at the leftie blogs and enjoy their dismay and the realization that they were screwed by their hero and they should a voted for Hillary. The dumbasses, I hope however that Hillary doesn’t have to pay for their awful mistake, I hope she gets a second chance.

  59. confloyd Says:
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:10 am

    I do love to lurk over at the leftie blogs and enjoy their dismay and the realization that they were screwed by their hero and they should a voted for Hillary.

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

    Are they actually talking about Hillary? Are they hoping she will run next?

  60. basement angel Says:
    September 7th, 2009 at 1:48 am

    JanH,

    The article is insanely wrong. Roosevelt’s deficit spending cut unemployment for 40% in less than 8 months. it stayed fairly low until a few years later, when conservatives hammered him into cutting the deficit spending. finally, WWII came along and the ultra-high level of deficit spending lifted out of the depression for once and for all.

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

    That makes a lot more sense than the people who say, “Deficit spending didn’t cure the Depression, WWII cured it.”

    What the hell do they think financed WWII? (And the Marshall Plan?)

  61. turndown, yes they are, especially over at TM. Talklefter are just mainly bitching about Bambi and how they were decieved.

  62. Too clever by the halves? Mr. Obama purposely let Congress shape the health care bill to generate the very controversy it has, so that he could come in and decree the greed of the industry, and lead his lost sheep (Pelosi and Reid) to the promised land which would have been the secret deal he cut with Billy and others and everyone would have admired his ability to rein in politics and get drive home that deal, and have the industry pay for the adversing. It was pure Rhambo and it was brilliant, brilliant, brilliant and it all it required was that everybody keep their mouth shut. But at the last minute Bambi wanted more, Billy went public and Bambi for once in his life got outnegotiated–an outed for the bait and swith capitalist pig he always was. It he makes it to Mount Rushmore, I doubt the progressives will be swinging the pick axes to carve his likeness in the mountain right next to Reagan and good ol W his two white bro soul lmates.

  63. wbboei said:
    Billy went public and Bambi for once in his life got outnegotiated–an outed for the bait and swith capitalist pig he always was.

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

    Billy Who?

    I think BO’s pattern all along,decades, has been to pretend to be on the liberal side but change the fine print to suit his big money donors. Lately using bi-partisanship as the excuse, blaming the GOP.

    Yes, the whole healthcare controversy has been brilliant smoke and mirrors. The Wingnuts call it socialism so the socilaists believe them and support it. Pls don’t throw us in the briar patch.

    The insurers and pharma call it reform….

  64. Billy who, Wbboei?

    I had thought, too, that BO deliberately let the HCR get out of control so it would appear that he had solved it.

    But it doesn’t seem to be panning out that way.
    So who is billy?

  65. basement angel Says:

    September 6th, 2009 at 3:20 pm
    Admin,

    I’m looking for an article I lost when a computer crashed. It was about Obama’s career as Harvard Law Review president, and quoted a woman who is a US attorney now, but was one of the editors then. She talked about Obama leaving the work to one of his subordinates.

    Do you know the article or the quote? Got links

    I posted a letter by a woman who had alledgedly been on the Law revue with him. She said that he would come around and clap everyone on the back , but actually did nothing….sound familiar.

  66. Hillary was right…

    Obama’s Summit Flop

    By Jackson Diehl
    Monday, September 7, 2009

    Just over two years ago Barack Obama triggered the first and most enduring foreign policy debate of the presidential campaign when he was asked whether he would “be willing to meet separately, without precondition, during the first year of your administration, in Washington or anywhere else, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea.”
    “I would,” responded Obama. He later hedged a little but otherwise stuck to that stance through months of pounding by Hillary Rodham Clinton and later John McCain, both of whom called him naive. His advocacy of what he called “direct diplomacy” became a prime feature of his campaign; the suggestion was that this energetic and eloquent man could, as president, bring about breakthroughs in some of the toughest foreign policy problems through his personal diplomacy.

    So it seems worth noting that as Obama heads into the homestretch of his first year he has yet to meet with any of the enumerated rogues — a passing handshake with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez at an inter-American summit notwithstanding. Nor is he likely to have any such meetings in the foreseeable future. In fact, one of the emerging lessons of the Obama administration’s foreign policy might be summed up as follows: The idea that presidential “direct diplomacy” with actors such as Chávez, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong Il or Fidel Castro is feasible or likely to produce results is, well, naive….” indeed.

    You can read the rest at WaPo…

  67. wbboei Says:

    September 7th, 2009 at 12:50 am

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    LOL…rinse and repeat…couldn’t have said it better. The unfortunate part is the tragic fallout that has affected every American one way or another.

  68. “finally, WWII came along and the ultra-high level of deficit spending lifted out of the depression for once and for all.”

    ——————————

    Yes. A world crisis of huge proportions and extreme results. Unless bambi has something that huge hiding in the wings, and God forbid that he does, he is going to continue to destroy everything he touches.

  69. How can you lie so badly and still get election. I think that is the problem with getting caught up in the youth enthusiam. Don’t get me wrong, the old should not be the total authority, but I think the old got too caught up in how the youth idealize. I guess it reminds me how the young people come home and start talking about how wonderful this is, or how this radical has told them this or that. It is at that point that older people should start pointing out the defects with those discussions.

    For instance if our youth started coming home raving about the ideaology of this short guy with a mustach, who said we were superior and the how we needed to eliminate defective groups, alarm bells would go off. However, we did have a guy that told everyone how they were going to straighten eveything out (who had no executive experience), how older people were not needed, in fact why do we keep them around, how his new approach, meeting with the enemy would work wonders. After all, American is the bully of the world.

    So what did elder statesmen do. Oh, my daughter talked me into voting for this wonderful young man, who has not been vetted, and oh by the way, we are not really sure where he was born. But that is OK, as we do in American now, we worship our children and their ideas, as opposed to guide them.

    Look how well that is working.

  70. Dane linked to terror plot against Clinton

    Monday, 07 September 2009

    Police sources in Kenya have indicated that one of their suspects in a planned terror attack against Hillary Clinton was travelling on Danish papers.

    Kenyan police have arrested five suspects in a terror plot against US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. One suspect was reportedly carrying a Danish passport.

    According to Kenyan newspaper Sunday Nation, Clinton was to be the target of three bomb attacks when she visited the capital Nairobi last month.

    Police sources told the paper that the suspects are Somalis connected to the militant Islamist terror organisation Al Shabab. One of those arrested was a woman with a forged Kenyan passport while another was said to have been travelling on Danish identity papers.

    The Danish ambassador in Nairobi, Bo Jensen, said that he had not been informed of any Danes being arrested for a plot against Clinton, but said he would look further into the case today.

    Nicolas Kamwende, head of the Kenyan anti-terror police, said he could not comment on current investigations, and an official police spokesman was unavailable for comment.

    Clinton was in Nairobi for the Agoa African development summit from 4 to 7 August.

    According to the paper, terrorists planned to bomb the Hotel Inter Continental where Clinton was staying, as well as another Hilton hotel and a central bus terminal. Police sources told the paper that the plan had been foiled after authorities intercepted electronic communication between the plotters in Somalia and the Nairobi terror cell.

    ‘The threat was neutralised one week before the meeting with cooperation between the military and other security services,’ said the anonymous source.

    cphpost.dk/news/international/89-international/46822-dane-linked-to-terror-plot-against-clinton.html

  71. Carter: Palestinians Want to Absorb Israel in One State

    h… w… newsmax.com/insidecover/carter_palestinian_state/2009/09/06/256978.html

    September 6, 2009

    Former US president Jimmy Carter said Sunday Palestinian leaders were “seriously considering” a one-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, following a visit to the Middle East.

    “A majority of the Palestinian leaders with whom we met are seriously considering acceptance of one state, between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea,” Carter wrote in an op-ed piece in The Washington Post.

    “By renouncing the dream of an independent Palestine, they would become fellow citizens with their Jewish neighbors and then demand equal rights within a democracy,” he explained. “In this non-violent civil rights struggle, their examples would be Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela.”

    Carter noted that in doing so, Palestinian leaders were taking into consideration current demographic trends.

    He said non-Jews were already a slight majority of total citizens in this area, “and within a few years Arabs will constitute a clear majority.”

    Carter added that a two-state solution for the conflict was “clearly preferable” and had been embraced at the grass root level but that a one-state solution was “a more likely alternative to the present debacle.”

  72. Iran rules out talks on its nuclear “rights”

    Mon Sep 7, 2009
    By Zahra Hosseinian and Reza Derakhshi

    TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s president snubbed on Monday U.S. President Barack Obama’s end-September deadline to talk to world powers on its disputed nuclear program, saying in his opinion discussion on the issue is “finished.”

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the Islamic Republic was ready for dialogue on “challenges” facing the world but made clear Tehran would not back down in a dispute over atomic activities which the West fears are aimed at making bombs. “From our view point (discussion of) our nuclear issue is finished … we will never negotiate on the Iranian nation’s obvious rights,” he told his first news conference since he was sworn into office following a disputed re-election in June.

    In Vienna, U.N. nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei said his agency was stuck in “stalemate” with Iran over issues that had stirred international mistrust in its nuclear designs. Elbaradei’s renewed highlighting of the deadlock may be timely for Western powers striving to persuade Russia and China of the need for much harsher sanctions against Iran that could target its gasoline imports.

    The West suspects Iran is pursuing the means to produce atomic bombs behind the facade of a civilian nuclear program. Iran says its purpose is only to make electricity.

    Obama has given Tehran until later this month to take up a six powers’ offer of talks on trade benefits if it stops uranium enrichment, or face harsher sanctions. But Ahmadinejad said, “cooperation based on respect and justice is contradictory to setting a deadline.” He invited officials from the six powers — the United States, Britain, China, Russia, France and Germany — to take a look at Iran’s upcoming package of proposals addressing the “main challenges facing humanity.”

    Iran was ready to negotiate and cooperate on making “peaceful use of clean nuclear energy” available for all countries and in preventing the spread of nuclear arms, he said. The semi-official ISNA news agency said Iran was likely to unveil the package by the end of this week. “We have always been and always will be ready for negotiations and for hearing opinions,” Ahmadinejad said.

    OBAMA DEBATE?

    Last Wednesday the six powers pressed Iran to meet them for talks on the nuclear program before a United Nations General Assembly meeting on September 23-25, which will be attended by both the Iranian and U.S. presidents.

    The United Nations Security Council has already imposed three sets of sanctions on Iran since 2006, targeting Iranian companies and individuals linked to the nuclear program.

    Washington and its allies may go after Iran’s gasoline imports in a possible fourth round of sanctions. That could seriously hurt Iran, which, although it is the world’s number five oil exporter, imports up to 40 percent of its gasoline.

    In a move that could help reduce its vulnerability, Iranian media reported that Venezuela had pledged to export 20,000 barrels of gasoline per day to Iran, in a deal struck during a visit by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday.

    Iran has often said nuclear arms have no place in its defense doctrine and called on the United States and other countries with such weapons to dismantle them. Ahmadinejad said he was ready to hold a public debate with Obama, who offered a new U.S. approach to Iran when he took office in January if Tehran would “unclench its fist.” “We believe this is the best way for solving global issues,” Ahmadinejad said. “Any issue can be negotiated but in front of the media. The time for secret … agreements is over.”

    Ahmadinejad has faced political turmoil since the June election, which was followed by huge opposition protests, plunged Iran into its deepest internal crisis since its 1979 Islamic revolution and exposed establishment rifts.
    Parliament’s approval of most of Ahmadinejad’s government ministers last week has helped to shore up his position.

    Ahmadinejad once again rejected opposition charges of vote fraud to secure his re-election. “They said there was vote rigging without any proof. I believe this is the worst kind of dictatorship,” he said. He added “leaders of unrest should be held accountable.” Iran last month began trials of more than 100 senior reformers, activists and others accused of inciting the protests.

    reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSL768384720090907

  73. Mrs. Smith Says:

    September 7th, 2009
    Carter: Palestinians Want to Absorb Israel in One State

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    Mrs. Smith,

    I read this and just shook my head in disbelief.

    Palestinians and “non-violence” should not be written in the same sentence. Once terrorists always terrorists.

  74. TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s president snubbed on Monday U.S. President Barack Obama’s end-September deadline to talk to world powers on its disputed nuclear program, saying in his opinion discussion on the issue is “finished.”
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    Nothing is final. When Barack bows and scrapes to him, that will change. The president of Iran likes a rear view just as much as the President of France does. And, the White House can dismiss the submissive gesture by Barack with the simple explanation that the reason he bent down to his waste was his shoe was untied.

  75. Carter noted that in doing so, Palestinian leaders were taking into consideration current demographic trends.
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    That is the danger. And a guy like Carter and Dr. Z would approve of it because they could claim a cessation of hostilities, unity and a political solution. They would say they had solved the problem of the Middle East and I suspect, knowing now how Mr. Obama operates, this is the reason why the Messiah has suddenly decided to mediate a solution in the Middle East, whereas previously I had assumed it was because he had proved his metal in domestic affairs by screwing everything up and decided he needed to show the world what he was capable of.

  76. Israel is a thriving democracy with huge infrastructure, trade agreements, industry building. Of course the PLO wants a piece of the pie. The greed just builds and builds.

    Equal democratic rights in Israel? More like a complete takeover. If bambi and carter push this agenda, they can both go to Hades.

  77. Billy who, Wbboei?

    I had thought, too, that BO deliberately let the HCR get out of control so it would appear that he had solved it.

    But it doesn’t seem to be panning out that way.
    So who is billy?
    ————————
    That raging cagin not caville billy tauzan, who can teach barack a thing or two about how easy it is switch parties and then go to work for the insurance industry. It is a natural progression you see. They have a new monopoly board they issue to freshman congressmen to teach them the rules of the game, and the name of the game is follow the money. Barack has sort of adopted a new maneuver in the age old game and it is called the grand head fake. Talk like a democrat, make secret deals with the industry, collect the money and pass go.

  78. Police sources in Kenya have indicated that one of their suspects in a planned terror attack against Hillary Clinton was travelling on Danish papers.
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    Is this getting any air time on the NBC channels? If Obama’s dog developed irritable bowel syndrome those “assholes” (a new word I leaned from Barack’s erstwhile green czar) would be all over it. What about Michael Goodwin who was a banshee of charges against the threats to Hillary when she was in Bosnia, and someone who is so sensitive to the word assassination that he stood up and accused Hillary of hoping for the demise of her opponent, because she used the date we lost Bobby as something it was not. Has Goodwin written a column about this or breathed a word about it on the air, or is he not what we know he is namely a deranged, goofy looking hypocrite? Or is big media censoring this information. That is not a rhetorical question. I do not watch them so I do not know.

  79. Just a thought on the BO school kids speech.

    JFK asked kids what they could do for the country.

    BO asks what kids can do for him.

  80. Billy is the one who represented big pharma in their secret negotiations with axelrod and emanuel to sell out the American People. Their plan from the beginning was the pig pot tactic we talked about months ago, where they let congress go wild and when the level of outrage reaches a creshendo they schlep in an industry favorable deal under the headline of reform, and everyone says thats much better than what congress was talking about and accept it accordingly. That was the strategy until Billy shit in their mess kit by taking it public. And that made Georgia howl in the progressive community. But for Barack lying and deception are all in a days work. He can always bamboozle them with a speech. Never ever forget his exact words about the American People, which he told to one of his people, who told me. “I can make them believe anything I want them to believe”. With thinking progressives that taint necessarily so.

  81. wwoebi,

    This is only the 2nd article I have read about the threat on Hillary in Kenya. And neither were from American sources. I haven’t seen anything on the networks about it, although I don’t really watch much anymore.

  82. wbboei,

    Thanks for the explanation.

    But what do you mean Billy sh!t in their mess kit by taking it public?

    Wikipedia doesn’t go into that.

  83. A glimpse into the bizarre thought processes passing for logic in a BOT brain. Or is that an oxymoron?

    Carl Pope

    What we underestimated was the power of the fact that both Jones and the Barack Obama are black. Yes, the hysteria was about politics — I don’t think Fox News really cares about Jones’s ethnicity — but it was enabled by race.

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

    Calling Bush a “crack-head” is seen by a large part of America as worse than calling him “addict-in-chief” because crack is not just a drug — it is a drug used largely by black people. It reminds those Americans who are still uncomfortable with Barack Obama that we have a black president.

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

    Van Jones spoke to a part of an America that Fox and the reactionary right would like to put back on the plantation or pretend is not part of our nation.

    *********************************************
    So lynch mobs can form up from all perspectives. This one, though, was clearly not spontaneous. It was organized by the Republicans as part of a conscious strategy, and it is only the first.
    We should be critical of ourselves for having blown this one. But we shouldn’t forgive either ourselves or the Administration if the next time we sense this happening we don’t fight back harder, faster, and in a way that calls a mob a mob, racism racism, and an attack on the president an attack on America.

  84. confloyd Says:
    September 6th, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    If I remember GWB had czars and they were in the numbers of Obama, Oh how the republicans never point that out.
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    Previous Presidents Czar Totals:
    Reagan had 2.
    Bush 41 had 1.
    Clinton had 9.
    Bush 43 had 12.
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,531363,00.html

  85. But what do you mean Billy sh!t in their mess kit by taking it public?
    ——————————————————-
    He saw to it that the word got out. From what I could tell, the White House made the deal and then got cold feet. Rhambo and Grease had target lock on moving those Republican donors over to the Dim side for 2010 and 2012. This was part of their strategy to avoid the loss of congressional seats which WJC experienced in the mid term election over the very issue of health care, and it was also an effort to neutralize the insurance company opposition, which again was a problem in 1994. Remember, that was the year that the Gingrich Revolution began–with the election of the congressional class of ’94–the miracle of 94 as Goldwater called it. Others had a different reaction. But the political part of the thing depended on vilifying the opposition and keeping the secret deal secret.

  86. Van Jones spoke to a part of an America that Fox and the reactionary right would like to put back on the plantation or pretend is not part of our nation.
    —————————-
    This is the problem with prozac. There really are some people whose grasp of reality is such that they should be kept under close observation. Miss one dose of prozac and the above is what happens.

  87. So lynch mobs can form up from all perspectives.
    ———————————————
    Lynch mobs? Give me a break. It wasn’t a lynch mob, it wasn’t beck, it wasn’t fox, it was Johnson’s own words and deeds that hung him. He did it to himself. To paraphrase Justice Holmes, Mr. Johnson has a constitutional right to say what he thinks even though it is racist on its face. But he does not have a constitutional right to be the Green Energy Czar. But remember, my studied opinion was he should remain in office as evidence of what Mr. Obama is really about. I would give him a microphone even now. If we had a black president who was the real deal we would all be supporting him. The question back to the bots is would you support a white politican who campaigns as a progressive and turns out to be bush 3?

  88. wbboei Says:
    September 7th, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Billy is the one who represented big pharma in their secret negotiations with axelrod and emanuel to sell out the American People. Their plan from the beginning was the pig pot tactic we talked about months ago, where they let congress go wild and when the level of outrage reaches a creshendo they schlep in an industry favorable deal under the headline of reform, and everyone says thats much better than what congress was talking about and accept it accordingly.

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

    Sounds like a pattern from his ‘community organizing.’ Foment a conflict so he can step in to ‘mediate’ it.

  89. Calling Bush a “crack-head” is seen by a large part of America as worse than calling him “addict-in-chief” because crack is not just a drug — it is a drug used largely by black people. It reminds those Americans who are still uncomfortable with Barack Obama that we have a black president.
    ————————————-
    Now there is a racist. I live near a metadone clinic which treats crack addicts as well. More than half of them I see are white. I think it is racist to impute crack to black people as this idiot does. He thinks this reminds people we have a black president? More likely it reminds them that Barack by his own admission once used cocaine. Nuts.

  90. # JanH Says:
    September 7th, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Mrs. Smith,

    I read this and just shook my head in disbelief.
    Palestinians and “non-violence” should not be written in the same sentence. Once terrorists always terrorists.

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

    Carter and Z-Big’s interference in Foreign Policy should be issued a directive from the SOS’s office with sanctions for their interference in FP. It’s time Hillary digs into the archives of FP Law and use it for maintaining control. Rather than allowing these Jackals the ad hoc freedom to interfere in her plans for progress.

  91. Sounds like a pattern from his ‘community organizing.’ Foment a conflict so he can step in to ‘mediate’ it.
    —————————–
    It is the old mafia protection game. Hire me to not burn your store down.

  92. TheRealist Says:
    September 6th, 2009 at 4:27 pm
    “Under My Bus”…it is my new favorite song…:)
    or this one
    —————————–
    That is a wonderful song. Good tune and memorable lyrics. Lets hope the electorate starts singing that song soon, or starts humming a few bars when he comes on television to give us one of his periclean speeches to make the suckers believe anything he wants them to believe. Too clever by the halves.

  93. La Mott wrote a song to Barack. It goes like this.

    Bought a ticket to Nirvana but I can’t get to the plane
    Everytime I leave you keep running out of change
    I hunger for your love it never gives me any slack
    But if I ever break away, I’m never coming back to these

    Change, hope, shackes and chains
    No matter what it takes some day I’m gonna break these
    Change, hope, shackles and chains
    These love taking, heart breaking, cold, hard, lonely making chains

    Love was supposed to be all about us
    I was never meant to be thrown under your bus
    Now that I am down here I don’t know what to do
    You don’t belong to me but I belong to you in these (cough)

    Change, hope, shackles and chains
    No matter what it takes some day I’m gonna break these
    Chains, chains, shackles and chains
    These love taking, heart breaking, cold, hard, lonely making chains

  94. Jimmy Carter and his “elders’ tour was composed of well lnown, yet very anti-Israel participants(i.e. mary Robinson). These people, including “Tutu” have used the out right bullshit analysis of apartheid which is completely different than the Israeli/Palestinian situation to condem Israel. Israel does not pass discriminatory laws against arabs likes whites did to blacks in SA. This is a security issue with a religious background.

  95. Charlie Wrangel–traitor and now hypocrite de siglo
    HYPOCRITE CHARLIE: PUNISH TAX SLIP-UPS
    By CHARLES HURT, DC BUREAU CHIEF
    Last Updated: 2:47 PM, September 2, 2009
    Posted: 2:47 PM, September 2, 2009
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    WASHINGTON — Even as he fends off accusations about his own failure to pay taxes and fully disclose his financial dealings, Rep. Charles Rangel had quietly slipped into the health-care bill broad new provisions cracking down on taxpayers in proceedings with the IRS, The Post has learned.

    The changes approved by the House Ways and Means Committee that Rangel chairs would strip away legal defenses and pile higher penalties on corporate and individual taxpayers facing IRS proceedings for what they claim are unintentional mistakes, experts said.

    Sponsored Links

    Rangel’s bill would:

    * Punish those who fail to alert the IRS to potentially questionable tax exemptions.

    * Bar the IRS from waiving penalties against taxpayers who clearly erred in good faith.

    * Double fines in certain circumstances.

    “The bill raises penalties and eliminates many of the reasonable defenses that taxpayers have always been able to use when honest mistakes are uncovered,” one lawyer told The Post.

    In fact, the bill increases fines “in some cases even for honest mistakes,” the expert added.

    Republicans yesterday ripped Rangel’s attempt to go after taxpayers, given his own failure to pay taxes on rental income from his villa in the Dominican Republic and his extensive reporting problems with his financial-disclosure statements to Congress.

    “It is highly ironic that Chairman Rangel continues to work to crack down on American taxpayers who make honest mistakes on their tax forms when he himself has failed to pay his own staggering tax bills,” said Michael Steel, spokesman for Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio).

    “Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi should force him to step aside as chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee until this baffling array of allegations are resolved.”

    In addition to $75,000 in rental income he failed to report to the IRS a few years ago, Rangel recently filed new papers revealing he neglected to disclose to Congress more than $1.3 million in income and $3 million in business deals between 2002 and 2006.

    The Post reported last week that he also failed to pay taxes on property in New Jersey that he neglected for years to disclose he owned.

    His office maintains he is now up to date on all his taxes.

    The Rangel plan also would prevent the IRS from waiving punishment in cases where tax officials thought the penalty was excessive.

    Under another provision, the IRS would require that taxpayers self-report areas where they may have gone over the line seeking tax advantages. If they fail to self-report and problems are found, tax penalties skyrocket.

    The IRS becomes “judge, jury and executioner,” said a lobbyist.

    In one provision, the measure doubles the fine against the taxpayer from 20 percent of the underpayment to 40 percent.

    As with many of the complex tax provisions buried in the 1,018-page bill, the severity of the self-reporting language is a matter of debate.

    Advocates argue that the provision is intended only to go after flagrant tax cheats, but that’s not clearly spelled out.

  96. The question to Mr. Wrangle should be this: “Sir, suppose the draconian bill you are foisting on the American People became law. Suppose further that you were in charge of enforcement, and a private citizen committed the same tax evasions you did. What penalty would you prescribe pursuant to the provisions of this bill?

  97. Someone please explain to me how these moron terrorists and their international followers can dare accuse Israel of Apartheid?

    I am sick to death of this sudden hatred for Israel. Actually it isn’t sudden. The annihilation of Jews and the prejudice against Jews has been world wide for centuries. Are we going to wait for another Hitler? Are we going to sit on our asses like we did for most of WWII and let obama and his murderous friends do their worst until it is almost too late?

    Shame on obama. Shame on carter. Shame on their cults.

    I’m sorry but this rant from me has been a long time coming. Admin if you need to delete, I will understand.

  98. wbboei Says:
    September 7th, 2009 at 12:30 pm
    Fascinating.
    Thanks.
    BTW, i have also seen and known plenty of ‘white’ crackheads. What an idiot statement. Like we’ve all been saying for months at bigpink, any criticism of the BO is racist.
    And I guess BM considers covering any news critical of Bo is racist. Notice how none of the primetime shows, not to mention Wapo or the NYT even covered the story ’til VoJO made the announcement Satruday night.

  99. Rabgle is a disgrace and an embarrassment.

    Our local Assemblyman is so disgusted about NYS politics he’s introducing a bill calling for a people’s Constitutional Convention to throw the bums out. NYS has had nine over the past 200 years and evidently they’re only allowed every 20 years (don’t ask me why) so if Lopez can’t get this through the Legislature we can’t do it again until 2017. (again, don’t ask me to explain the timeline)

  100. BARF ALERT!
    BO releases the speech.
    He references himself 56 times. What’s worse is thie flagrant pandering. (IMHO)

    “…..I get it. I know what that’s like. My father left my family when I was two years old, and I was raised by a single mother who struggled at times to pay the bills and wasn’t always able to give us things the other kids had. There were times when I missed having a father in my life. There were times when I was lonely and felt like I didn’t fit in.

    So I wasn’t always as focused as I should have been. I did some things I’m not proud of, and got in more trouble than I should have. And my life could have easily taken a turn for the worse.

    But I was fortunate. I got a lot of second chances and had the opportunity to go to college, and law school, and follow my dreams. My wife, our First Lady Michelle Obama, has a similar story. Neither of her parents had gone to college, and they didn’t have much. But they worked hard, and she worked hard, so that she could go to the best schools in this country.

    Some of you might not have those advantages. Maybe you don’t have adults in your life who give you the support that you need. Maybe someone in your family has lost their job, and there’s not enough money to go around. Maybe you live in a neighborhood where you don’t feel safe, or have friends who are pressuring you to do things you know aren’t right

  101. Didn’t Obama have this same speech during the campaign (poor single mom struggling) and didn’t he give this same speech to schools on the campaign trail?? But isn’t the reality that he went to exclusive schools. Wasn’t his grandmother well off??

    As to referencing himself 56 times…well, we knew that was coming…

  102. yep!!!! told you so a few days ago…

    “I did/do drugs” and I turned ok…so can the American kids.

    “I went to college” …but do not have to show any records for it when I am elected….so can the American kids.

    and so on…..

    This is his message…..I dare you to mess up your lives…..you do not have to listen to YOUR PARENTS!!!!!!

  103. Aha, so Obama’s cronies skip the vetting procedure.

    An administration official said special advisers to the president, or czars, are not required to fill out the questionnaire that runs 7 pages and contains 63 questions.

    The entire questionnaire, the official said, is reserved for appointees who must win Senate confirmation. —

    However, Fox News correspondent James Rosen spoke with 911Truth.org spokesman Mike Berger on Friday and Berger said Jones knew what the petition said and agreed with its contents.

    “He did agree with that statement and he did sign on to it,” Berger said in a phone interview with Rosen. Berger said the group’s “original board members individually confirmed all signatories that had signed on to the statement.”

  104. Americangal,
    Yes, yes and yes.
    What a POS he is.
    But TTTT, if he hadn’t ordered DOE to draw up and disseminate those lesson plans asking kids to write about what they could do to help BO, I wouldn’t have minded so much. It’s the blatant politicization of those plans, which have since been watered down, that made me see red.

  105. mp,

    I find it the height of arrogance that he dares lecture kids about staying in school when he won’t even release his transcripts.

  106. basil

    “the most ethical transparent administration in history”, that one went down faster than a saigon whore on shore leave day.

  107. Anyone know about the day after 911 meeting VOJO is said to have attended blaming the US for bringing the disaster on themselves, ala Jerry Wright?

    I read it somewhere but can’t find the link.

  108. Well its true, Bambi’s admin spews more shit sewage than the whole tristate sewer system and frankly make the whore of babylon look like mother theresa.

    That takes some doing.

  109. Jan H @ 2:14, AGREED, THEY NEED TO BE THROWN OUT OR WE NEED TEAPARTIES TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE, NO ONE LIKEs WHAT THEY ARE DOING EXCEPT THE LEFTISTS.

  110. Wbboei, those A-holes are finding ways to get at Bo’s non-supporters. That’s what they are doing. THey are going to sic the IRS on everyone that dares to argue with the democrats. This is the last straw. I dare the tax evaders to put stiffer fines in on the American people when they don’t even pay their own. THis is beyond contempt!

  111. Bless you Jan H…you speak the truth . The hatred for Israel has been there for a long time. The Euros kept it quiet after WW2 b/c they had to given what they allowed ti happen to the Jews..However, as their populations became more Arab/Muslim their ancient hatred for the Jews slowly resurfaced . Israel’s lone friend up till now had been America. Bill tried very hard to bring peace and in the end, Arafat rejected it. Now, we have a Muslim or at least Muslim leaning President who opened the door by setting Israel up as the scapegoat with the Cairo speech and his insistence that settlements (not people who behead others, stone women to death, and kill their fellow Muslims/Arab brothers by the hundreds daily) is the true impediment to peace. This is a sad time and I hope somehow Hillary can protect Israel while still beibng SOS.

  112. Thank you Admin for the article on Beck. I was actually ridiculed for posting some of his video’s, but as I said at the time, I will take the truth from where ever I find it, strange as it may seem. Enemy of my enemy is my friend, so to speak.

    Love, love , love Rachel Alexander. She is our Equine Hillary. I so want to see her run. They sent out the bigger and older men to run her down, but they couldn’t….

    Where has SHV been?

  113. This is the VOJO info i was looking for.
    He’ was more concerned about anti-Arab backlash then the fates of 3000 of his fellow citizens and he blamed the attacks on US imperialism.

    One day after the 9/11 attacks, President Obama’s “green jobs czar” led a vigil that expressed solidarity with Arab and Muslim Americans as well as what he called the victims of “U.S. imperialism” around the world.
    The press release from that meeting, dated Sept. 11, 2001, was titled, “People Of Color Groups Gather to Stand In Solidarity With Arab Americans and to Mourn the East Coast Dead.”

  114. Anyway the jest of it was to thank Admin for the article praising Beck, as I did so in past posts and was ridiculed by some. As I said then and now, I will listen to truth no matter where it leads, With Beck it is simply the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

    And then there is the Equine Hillary, Rachel Alexandra. They sent the older big boys out after her and she just went ahead and won anyway. I want to see her race so badly. Does anyone have a schedule? I hope they are giving her a long and deserved rest.

    Where is SHV?

    About Obermonster, he is NOT a recovering alcoholic, but a dried drunk it would appear!

  115. Wbboei, theres new info on the case of the BC coming up tomorrow. Bambi is using the federal lawyers now to fight his case or at least intimidate the judge. Go check over at the Obama file and tell me if you think this is legal.

  116. This would not be a good time for it to come out that he is really a muslim while he is trying to make peace in the middle east, so they are fighting this issue any way possible.

  117. Confloyd, here’s some of the AG’s Motion to Dismiss and a response by a poster from another blog.

    Wbboei, what do you think?

    1) They claim that the Constitution grants exclusive jurisdiction to Congress regarding questions of eligiblity — it says no such thing! As a matter of fact it grants jurisdiction for all cases and controversies to the federal courts!
    Carter is going to toss their motion for this outrageous lies, alone…or at least he should toss it, for such a bold faced imposture…you deserve to be sanctioned for making such an imposture in a court of law…
    2) Ask dismissal of case on grounds that the plea to the court to determine eligibility on grounds of being nor not being a NBC is a “non justiciable political question”…YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS UP, these AGs are idiots…do they think Carter is also an idiot…the question of NBC has nothing to do with political rivalries, it is a Constitutional requirement of office, and determination of which is an objective question of law, not a political controversy….
    3) the Ags claim that Drake and Robinson have dismissed the case, which is a blantant lie, as they have only asked the court to be represented by another attorney in the SAME action…
    6) the AGs actually have the gall to claim that a political candidate who is competed against by bogus candidate suffers the same injury as the general public, and therefore is not entitled to seek court relief….! (This is the shoddiest AG reply I’ve seen yet, as it is repleat with non sequiturs)…
    7) They claim that having a usurper as your CO is not an injury in fact….! and thus openly admit that usurpation in their judgement is not a crime!
    Claim that chain of command is not a basis of legal action! (You cannot make this up: we need to let the rank and file military here this one!: you guys are thought to be nothing better than slaves who must take orders like good little nazis, and not ask questions as was done at Nuremburg!)
    9) the AGs then say it is not theft to take monies from an illegitimate Federal Government which has usurper the power of the purse! — Wow! what a startling admission!
    10) They then claim that any injury a soldier might suffer from an illegal command, is not justicable, because they are likely to suffer the same injury from a legitimate one! — (THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!—It is like saying: Go out and die for the Dictator you fools; it is just as patriotic as dying for a real POTUS!)

  118. On Sept 24th Obama will preside over a meeting of the security council at the U.N. Is this unusual??
    h t t p : / / article. national review.com /?q=MWNkMWViY2Y yZjU5OTY5ZDcy NDQ1M zIwY2NkNWUyOTU=&p=1

  119. wbboei, coupled with what Rangle is doing and what is going on with AG trying to block this case, I see nothing other than a complete coup by this idiot. Now I read he is going to preside over the UN. I mean has any other President? I really think we need to get this stuff to Beck. I hate the idiot, but he seems to be the only one fighting this guy.

    So how I read this, the only person who can legally say they have been injured in this case is Hillary?? So when is she going to save this country from this dictator??

  120. I worked all night last night and I just got up to catch up on all the politics and I read the crap they are getting away with, it is just sickening. Now I find out that he knew about the Lockerbie bomber getting out, and agreed! We will see how he is met when everyone comes back to work tomorrow. His speech to the kids, address to Congress or the senate. I thought I would never say this but I hope the Republicans can get every single one of the democrats out of office.

  121. Well I wonder who Derval, Barck and Axelrod have up their sleeve for this little plum job. Any guesses.

    Joseph P. Kennedy II said today he will not make a bid for the senate seat held by his late uncle Edward M. Kennedy, in a bombshell announcement expected to draw candidates-in-waiting out from the wings.

    “Given all that my uncle accomplished, it was only natural to consider getting back involved in public office, and I appreciate all the calls of support and friendship that have poured in,” Kennedy said in a statement posted on the web site of Citizens Energy, of which he is the founder.

    “My father called politics an honorable profession, and I have profound respect for those who choose to advance the causes of social and economic justice in elective office,” Kennedy said. “After much consideration, I have decided that the best way for me to contribute to those causes is by continuing my work at Citizens Energy Corporation.”

  122. “racism” again:

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0909/26813_Page2.html

    Beck, for one, seems unlikely to be satisfied by Jones’ resignation.

    “Van Jones is the tip of the iceberg,” Beck said earlier this month. “If we understand [Obama] by who he surrounds himself with as HE told us, what does [Van Jones’s] 9/11 truther stuff tell us about [Obama’s] Middle East policy?” Beck wrote on Twitter just before Jones’s resignation.

    Some progressives said they saw racial overtones in Jones’ departure – which came as critics began to step up their scrutiny of Jones’ past words of support for Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther on death row whose murder conviction in the death of a police officer is a cause célèbre for some on the left.

    “It struck me, why go after this guy? He is a minor player, he has no power, no budget, why take him? It’s because he looks like Obama and he has all those same attributes of being well-educated and he’s an electrifying speaker with an elite education,” said John Anner, a good friend of Jones and former chair of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, an organization Jones founded in Oakland. “It seems to me that he is symbolic of what the Obama administration is and could be and that’s inspiring for me, but for some people on the right, it’s terrifying and threatening.” [snip]

    At a commencement address in the spring, first lady Michelle Obama held Jones up as an example to students of people who are doing interesting and innovative work.

    “And then there’s Van Jones, who recently joined the Obama administration, a special adviser to the president on green jobs. Van started out as a grassroots organizer and became an advocate and a creator of ‘green collar’ jobs –- jobs that are not only good for the environment, but also provide good wages and career advancement for both skilled and unskilled workers,” she said.

    Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett echoed that praise to a cheering crowd at the Netroots Nation convention this summer. “Van Jones, we were so delighted to be able to recruit him into the White House, we have been watching him really…for as long as he’s been active out in Oakland… and all of the creative ideas that he has… and now we have all of that energy and enthusiasm in the White House,” Jarrett said.

    And Vice President Joe Biden also had spotted Jones, whom he met at an administration-sponsored roundtable in February, Jones told POLITICO in an interview earlier this year.

    “I just spoke from my heart and [Biden] looked me right in the eye…It wasn’t like he was taking notes or distracted…And he’s taken those ideas on board and that’s the kind of person he is, he is very down to earth..,,and I’ve since worked very closely with him and his staff to get a lot of those ideas implemented,” Jones said.

    A White House official conceded that Jones “was not as thoroughly vetted as other administration officials,” though the official suggested it had more to do with the relatively low level of Jones’s job than with the power of his patrons.

  123. basil9 Says:
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Americangal,
    Yes, yes and yes.
    What a POS he is.
    But TTTT, if he hadn’t ordered DOE to draw up and disseminate those lesson plans asking kids to write about what they could do to help BO, I wouldn’t have minded so much. It’s the blatant politicization of those plans, which have since been watered down, that made me see red.

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

    Yes. Does anyone have a good cite on this? Some of the people bashing the critics don’t seem to know about the lesson plans at all.

  124. According to a redstate article, The administration said Jones was a mid level advisors so his statements weren’t throughly scrubbed and he did not have enough power to be vetted thoroughly.
    OMG! He presided over 80 billion dollars!

  125. “It struck me, why go after this guy? He is a minor player, he has no power, no budget, why take him? It’s because he looks like Obama and he has all those same attributes of being well-educated and he’s an electrifying speaker with an elite education,”
    —————————————–
    Racial demagogues in high places who are in a position to influence or direct policy are a legitimate subject for investigation. True or false?

  126. Islamists Plotted to Kill Hillary Clinton in Nairobi

    A radical Islamic sect based in Somalia and linked to al-Qaida and based in Somalia plotted to kill US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her trip to Africa last month, according to The Australian newspaper.

    The plot was to be carried out through a planned series of bomb attacks set to take place in Nairobi, the capital of neighboring Kenya, while Clinton was there – one in the hotel where she was staying. The plot was foiled at the last minute, media reports, citing senior security officials, said.

    …………………………

    Obama must have heard our girl was on her way to the Nairobi Birth certificate office and sent his friends along ahead

  127. According to a redstate article, The administration said Jones was a mid level advisors so his statements weren’t throughly scrubbed and he did not have enough power to be vetted thoroughly.
    OMG! He presided over 80 billion dollars!

    ………………………………………………..

    and that Confloyd my friend says it all about this administration. They couldnt give a flying fuck.

  128. TDO,
    The original lesson plans were posted all over the net.
    I didn’t save a copy but maybe if you do a google for the date they first came out you might find them.

    BTW, this greene jobs thingie – i’ve written about the little twit flitting around the catskills with her greene-in-greene wind turbine operation bragging about how she’s going to create all these greene jobs and spouting the BO talking points hook-line-and-sinker. She showed up at Congressman Murphy’s town hall on Saturday and she wasn’t happy about some of the audience asking questions about VoJO. Of course the resignation didn’t happen until that night but she followed a woman who brought Jones up and she said, very haughtily, “I don’t think you have anything to worry about with Mr. jones.” She looked exactly what you would imagine a young waspy BO devotee would look like.

  129. TDO,
    The original plan has been scrubbed.
    This was one of the suspect questions which has been replaced, in the last section of the current plan, by #2.
    Here is the original suggestion.
    “Students in grades pre-K-6, for example, are encouraged to “write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president. These would be collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals.” Here’s the link to the revised plans, still distributed by the DOE.

  130. The question you must always ask when Obama makes a policy speech is this: is he governing, or is he merely campaigning? They are fundamentally different activities. One is about words, the other is about actions. And when he talks about solving something, the question is not what, or why, but how. Specifically how will he solve the problem. Its like the labor day speech today. Half truths and campaigning. Not a governing note in the whole damned thing. An hour he went on claiming credit for things he has not done and promising things that will never happen. A former labor leader called me up a second ago. He is going to a labor day event here. He said he wished he had been there at the AFL CIO thing, because he was ready to tell him that if bullshit was a brass band Obama would be the New York Philharmonic.

  131. My father called politics an honorable profession, and I have profound respect for those who choose to advance the causes of social and economic justice in elective office,” Kennedy said.
    ———————————————-
    Considering what Teddy’s daddy did for a living I would have to say everything is relative. FDR called Joe Sr. “the most evil man I ever met.” He never met Teddy.

  132. basil9 Says:
    September 7th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    TDO,
    The original plan has been scrubbed.
    This was one of the suspect questions which has been replaced, in the last section of the current plan, by #2.
    Here is the original suggestion.
    “Students in grades pre-K-6, for example, are encouraged to “write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president. These would be collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals.” Here’s the link to the revised plans, still distributed by the DOE.

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

    No link came through.

    If I get into this, I’d want a good cite for what was in the original set and how official this thing was.

  133. This is the VOJO info i was looking for.
    He’ was more concerned about anti-Arab backlash then the fates of 3000 of his fellow citizens and he blamed the attacks on US imperialism.

    One day after the 9/11 attacks, President Obama’s “green jobs czar” led a vigil that expressed solidarity with Arab and Muslim Americans as well as what he called the victims of “U.S. imperialism” around the world.
    The press release from that meeting, dated Sept. 11, 2001, was titled, “People Of Color Groups Gather to Stand In Solidarity With Arab Americans and to Mourn the East Coast Dead.”
    —————————————–

    LEST WE FORGET:

    “That Zero” wrote in his second book that “he told people in chicago that he would stand with the Muslim community on any backlash from 911″…within a month of 911!!!!!

    GO RESEARCH THE SECOND BOOK!!!!

    VANJHO, WRIGHT AND BO are birds of the same feather!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  134. A White House official conceded that Jones “was not as thoroughly vetted as other administration officials,” though the official suggested it had more to do with the relatively low level of Jones’s job than with the power of his patrons.
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    I imagine the other czars will be happy to know they are “relatively low level”. A low level czar sounds like an oxymoron to me.

  135. Not THOROUGHLY vetted. As in not vetted at all, because this was a guy barack wanted to slip into the Administration. Well, thats okay. Beck did the vetting job for them.

  136. Three Britons found guilty of transatlantic jet bombing plot

    Tuesday, September 08, 2009
    LONDON: A British court found three men guilty on Monday of plotting to blow up at least seven transatlantic airliners using liquid explosives, in a near-simultaneous attacks aimed to cause massive loss of life.

    Ringleader Abdulla Ahmed Ali was found guilty of conspiring to murder thousands in the plot, whose discovery triggered wide-ranging new rules on carrying liquids on commercial aircraft.Tanvir Hussain, 28, and Assad Sarwar, 29, were found guilty on the same charges of plotting to carry out bombings on aircraft flying from London�s Heathrow airport to the United States and Canada.

    The three men were previously found guilty of conspiracy to murder, but the jury in their first trial could not decide on charges that they had plotted to kill people by bringing down airliners. Home Secretary Alan Johnson hailed the verdicts, saying: �I am pleased that the jury has recognised that there was a plot to bomb transatlantic flights and that three people have been convicted of that plot.� �This case reaffirms that we face a real and serious threat from terrorism. This was a particularly complex and daring plot which would have led to a terrible attack resulting in major loss of life.�

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    “The three men were previously found guilty of conspiracy to murder, but the jury in their first trial could not decide on charges that they had plotted to kill people by bringing down airliners”

    This is the insanity of the jury’s thought process’s. Really? You couldn’t decide that the bastards were plotting to actually KILL people? WTF did you think would happen?

  137. He does not look,speak or act like a US President and demeans and dishonors the office.It would be more
    appropriate to refer to him as a step back in time as “The Medicine Man”in DC that passes out the snake oil to his
    Czars and misguided followers.

    By ABM91. Hillary will come forward
    when she feels the time is ripe.

  138. wbboei Says:

    September 7th, 2009 at 6:23 pm
    Not THOROUGHLY vetted. As in not vetted at all, because this was a guy barack wanted to slip into the Administration. Well, thats okay. Beck did the vetting job for them.
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    Hell yes he did!

  139. White House to fly Red Chinese flag
    People’s Republic marking anniversary at White House

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    Posted: September 04, 2009
    8:19 pm Eastern

    By Bob Unruh
    © 2009 WorldNetDaily

    The administration of President Barack Obama, whose official blogger while Obama was a candidate came under attack for hanging a Communist Party flag in his Harvard apartment, apparently has given permission to raise the emblem of Communist China over the south lawn of the White House.

    The plan, reported by several English-language Chinese media outlets, has raised concern among those who are working to guard the United States from outside influences that could be threats.

    According to the Global Times English-language edition, the national flag of the communist People’s Republic of China on Sept. 20 will be raised for the first time on the White House’s south lawn – a secured area seldom available for public events – in recognition of the Chinese anniversary.

    “The ceremony has gotten official approval,” Xiao Shuigen, secretary of the Union of Chinese American Professional Organizations, told the Times.

    “It was always my dream to raise a Chinese flag in the center of Washington, D.C.,” Chen Ronghua, chief of the U.S.-Fujian Association, told the newspaper. “This year, my motherland’s 60th birthday, is the perfect time for it.”

    According to China Daily, Chinese associations in the United States applied to have a ceremony.

    Such emblems were an issue during Obama’s presidential campaign, when a Houston Fox TV affiliate captured images of a volunteer in an Obama campaign office working in front of a flag featuring the image of Che Guevara, the South American revolutionary who became Fidel Castro’s executioner after the communist takeover in Cuba.

    At that time, the Obama campaign issued a statement calling the flag “inappropriate” and noting that the office where it was displayed was funded by “volunteers” and was not the official campaign headquarters.

    However, it was Sam Graham-Felsen, a journalist-on-leave from The Nation, who joined Obama for America in 2007 and worked as the official blogger. He, according to a 2003 article in the Harvard Crimson, adorned one corner of his shared student apartment with “a Communist Party flag … bought on their trip to Russia the summer after sophomore year.”

    The proposed event at the White House was condemned on the forums page on Fox News commentator Sean Hannity’s website.

    “People could understand if there was a Chinese visitor at the White House and the Red flag was placed on the stage behind the speakers, but to hoist the commie pinko flag in ‘honor’ of the founding of the People’s Republic of China is absurd,” the forum participant said. “This only goes to prove the Obama administration is out-of-touch with the American people.”

    William Gheen, chief of Americans for Legal Immigration, the pre-eminent organization battling against illegal immigration, said it’s the message that is sent to the world that will be significant.

    “Our concern is that sovereign wealth funds, like the Chinese, now control the executive branch more than the American people,” he said. “China is not our friend. China is our enemy. Our enemy is coming and raising their own flag in a type of proclamation.

    “I expect the Chinese media will make a big thing of it,” he said, saying something like, “‘Look how strong and powerful China is, raising our flag on the White House.'”

    He said it conveys the same message as if Old Glory would be raised on the property of the Kremlin.

    Gheen said the issue becomes clear “why the new water stations at illegal alien crossings into the United States have instructions in English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.”

    At the Red County blog, the author said, “Celebrating Americans of Chinese descent is one thing. Celebrating Communism is another. Now our president will hoist the Communist flag over the White House. How fitting and in sync with his political belief system.”

    A spokesman for the American Legion told WND that if the proper protocols are followed, there should be no issue with the actual display of a Chinese flag, especially since diplomatic visits routinely include the display of foreign flags.

    But those with obviously U.S. leanings on the Global Times forum page were outraged.

    “Another public short coming and failure by the Obama administration.”

    “UNBELIEVABLE!”

    “It can now be official – leave the flag there.”

    “So let me get this straight – the Chinese are going to celebrate the founding of their country on the south lawn of the White House! Did we celebrate the 4th of July in Beijing in front of their Leader’s House? What other proof do you need that Obama is the Manchurian Candidate.”

    “Oh Crap, Have the Chinese foreclosed on us already?
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    The last quote was my second thought.

    My first was, so we have thrown out ANY pretense of caring about human rights?

  140. “A White House official conceded that Jones “was not as thoroughly vetted as other administration officials”

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    And yet they were “thrilled” & “ecstatic” to get him. They had watched him for a long time and loved his work and dedication.

    How many lies and corruption are we supposed to accept from these morons? It’s not even been a year and already they have destroyed the dignity, reputation, and above all the honor of the oval office beyond repair.

    No matter how you throw the dice, historians, if they are honest ones, are going to declare the obama reign a disastrous episode to say the least.

  141. Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

    Monday, September 07, 2009

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 28% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -13 (see trends). Sixty percent (60%) now believe the President is at least as ethical as most politicians.

    On health care reform, 83% say that proof of citizenship should be required before anyone can receive government subsidies.

    Just 13% of Americans consider Labor Day one of the nation’s most important holidays. Most view it primarily as the unofficial end of summer.

    The Presidential Approval Index is calculated by subtracting the number who Strongly Disapprove from the number who Strongly Approve. It is updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). Updates also available on Twitter and Facebook.

    Overall, 48% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove.

    rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

  142. If this is true then it lends credence to a rumor that Mr. Obama has a contingency plan to waive immigration requirements, and thereby permit massive Chinese immigration to this country. The trigger for this would be a further decline in the real estate market. At that point Chinese buyers would step in to purchase real estate and Obama supporters would herald them for saving the market. Many people whose life investment is in their homes would welcome this development, and would be oblivious to the underlying implications.

    I would like to see a reporter ask him about this. Get him on record denying it. Get him to commit that he would not do something like this through executive order. Get him to acknowledge that it could only be done with the express concurrence of Congress.

    This is why I posted the secret report of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police detailing the nefarious effect that massive immigration has had on that country because it can provide a convenient front for Peking to extend its influence in the areas of business and politics. That report was dated 1997, and I do not know if there is an update.

    The old saying trust all men but cut the cards applies here. There is insufficient evidence to credit this rumor. I cannot even tell you the source. The only reason I mention is is because we need to watch what Mr. Obama does. If he pushes us into a position where we have mortgaged our future to them, and they need room for their people, it is not as farfetched as it sounds.

  143. Obama’s Defense Team’s under the radar’s line of Defense:

    “BREAKING NEWS: Federal Government “corporation” NOT BOUND BY CONSTITUTIONAL LAW!

    Natural Born Citizen Status Not Required for President/Chancellor of the US of A – because the federal government it is set up as a CORPORATION!”

    wbb- you may want to read this and give us your esteemed opinion:

    h… moniquemonicat.wordpress.com/2009/09/05/httpwww-blogtalkradio-comsuperior-court-of-dcondemandfeed-rss/

  144. “thrilled” & “ecstatic” to get him
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    Jan–it is like buying a boat. The happiest day is when you buy it. And the second happiest day is when you get rid of it. I would have been thrilled and ecstatic myself if he had managed to hang on by the skin of his teeth and trouble the living stream with wacko comments.

  145. TDO,

    The cite was from the same link the current lesson plan is posted.

    I’m sure i copied it somewhere but don’t remember where I put it.

    Type in the phrase and you’ll find supporting sources from several newspapers to news stations.

    Like I said, it appears to have been scrubbed from the orriginal lesson plan. But what the heck do you think people got so bent out of shape about it? If the plans had been to talk about the country, the history, the importance of education, that’s one thing. When it crosses the line into hero worship – What can you do for BO – then it’s reminiscent of the Hitler Jugen, as ABM pointed out yesterday. That’s why people objected.

  146. Home / President

    White House Debunks Reports It Will Fly China’s Flag on South Lawn
    A ceremony, indeed, will take place. But it won’t happen on the White House grounds — rather, on the Ellipse, on the other side of E Street from the presidential residence
    By Wendell Goler

    FOXNews.com

    Friday, September 04, 2009

    The White House on Friday dismissed as inaccurate reports from China that the administration will mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic by flying the Chinese flag on the South Lawn.

    China Daily, citing other media reports, claimed the president of the Fujian Association of the United States had been granted permission to hoist the flag “in a ceremony in front of the President’s residence.”

    A ceremony, indeed, will take place. But it won’t happen on the White House grounds — rather, on the Ellipse, on the other side of E Street from the presidential residence.

    China Daily’s report — which said the flag would represent strong U.S.-Chinese relations and recognition of China’s success in hosting the 2008 Summer Olympics — set off howls of protest on the Internet and among conservative talk show hosts despite failing to receive confirmation from the White House.

    Demonstrations by foreign groups on the Ellipse or in Lafayette Park, in front of the White House, are not uncommon. But foreign flags are only flown on the White House grounds or on Pennsylvania Avenue to mark “state” or “official” visits of the countries’ leaders.

    Under those guidelines, the Chinese flag has flown on White House grounds before, in April of 2006, when President Hu Jintao visited then President George W. Bush.

    In fact the current controversy is reminiscent of that visit. The Chinese insisted it was a state visit, despite U.S. assurances it was only an official one. The “state visit” label would have implied a bigger honor to Hu and to China, but Bush only had a handful of state visits and Hu’s wasn’t one of them.

    “Still, Chinese media continued to report it was a state visit even after it was over. And they continue now to report that the Fujian Association rally will take place on the White House lawn, even though U.S. officials insist it will not.” (INTERESTING) ( MY WORD)
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  147. Mrs. Smith, 7:07 Now why would they even say that if he had a legal BC. Something is rotten in the State of Denmark.

    According to historians, that was placed in the Contsitution to keep a specific Early American from Being President. So, I would think there was a precedent there. The framers of the constitution very definnately meant to keep out of the Presidency, those born outside the USA.

  148. Confloyd, Mrs. Smith, I would have to review the actual pleadings. Some of the legal theories here get pretty archane. Besides which what counts here is what the Judge says, not what his defense lawyers say, or what I say. We have the Judge in Philadelphia who seemed to give the matter short shrift. We have the Supreme Court hearing and denying the weak case. I do not recall if they even agreed to hear the Berg case. I know what I want, but I do not know what the law is in this instance.

  149. bambi knows that people are wary of his citizenship. WHY THE FUC doesn’t he just give up his records and ALL.

    Wouldn’t NOW be the greatest time to put that shit all out there. He’s 14 down in the polls .. what a boost that would be.

    Nah, won’t happen and we know why.

  150. It looks to me like what they saying is that we have contracted out the Presidency, and contractors do not fall under the constitution. Everything else is contracted out, so why not the whole Federal Government. Believe me, we are close to that now with the DOD.

  151. mp Says:
    September 7th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    AGREED! They stand in solidarity with everyone except Americans!

    Gonzo, notice how the names associated with terrorist airplane hi-jacking plots are invariably Islamic?

    Coincidence? give me a f***ing break!

    confloyd, I know what you mean but i have a sneaking suspicion the American people will not allow this coup to go to completion.

    Wbboei, Your Chinese immigrant scenario really is chilling!

  152. I live in Fraudland and to hear the radio stations, callers, they were asking for teachers, on my God, such a “teaching moment opportunity”

    The fraud quotes this about his big inappropriate mouth and racist Gates and out of the mouth of robots mouths.

    If I had school aged ,I would sit in that classroom and level that teacher with facts till he/she ended the session. Of course, my children would be horrified.

  153. BTW,

    Anyone else hear the latest fratboy Gibbs insult to the American People?

    Seems like his favorite movie must be Animal house. Natch.

    “It’s a sad state of affairs that many in this country politically would rather start an ‘Animal House’ food fight rather than inspire kids to stay in school, to work hard, to engage parents to stay involved and to ensure that the millions of teachers that are making great sacrifices continue to be the best in the world,” Gibbs told reporters on Monday.

  154. The framers of the constitution very definnately meant to keep out of the Presidency, those born outside the USA.
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    That point is not in dispute. The issue in the prior cases was who has standing to raise the issue and who is constitutionally empowered to enforce it. In each of these cases, private citizens filed actions to enforce the provision in question, and they attempted to get a federal court to resolve it. If I recall correctly, the Judge in Philadelphia ruled that Congress not the Court was the place to resolve it. From a political standpoint, as difficult as it is to bar a candidate, think how much more difficult it would be to disbar a sitting president. Obviously, if he did not meet the consitutional requirement, then his presidency would be void ab initio, but the political fall out would be something to consider. Olberman would have them rioting in the streets. But, with all that said, the issue does need to be resolved. So I am glad this Judge is taking it on.

  155. Oooooooh –

    Just remembered about Animal house. Wasn’t it the common guys who triumphed over the elites?

    Gonzo, About the names – VOJO and BO would say that pointing that out is RACIST!

    👿

  156. Thanks. Actually @ the Hospital I work @ there really was a large contingency anti frauds. We have a little political discussion about 8 am each day.

  157. Oscar Callaway, quotes about Propaganda:
    In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, shipbuilding, and powder interest, and their subsidiary organizations, got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press. … They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers. An agreement was reached; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature considered vital to the interests of the purchasers.

  158. JEEZUS, Wbboei.

    You are a treasuretrove of knowledge.

    Wish I had time to follow up all the juicy nuggets you throw out to us.

  159. wbboei

    So who can raise the issue, which I assume is who has suffered some measurable harm (monitary or emontionally), and if proven, who will enforce the ruling.

    So if the judge finds harm, does he also tell who should enforce it?

  160. JEEZUS, Wbboei.

    You are a treasuretrove of knowledge.

    Wish I had time to follow up all the juicy nuggets you throw out to us.
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    Just remember what they say about free legal advice. You get what you pay for. I do think we have a good judge in this case, and that is the best assurance we can hope for that the law will be adhered to and not tainted by political considerations.

  161. # NewMexicoFan Says:
    September 7th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Mrs. Smith, 7:07 Now why would they even say that if he had a legal BC. Something is rotten in the State of Denmark.

    According to historians, that was placed in the Contsitution to keep a specific Early American from Being President. So, I would think there was a precedent there. The framers of the constitution very definnately meant to keep out of the Presidency, those born outside the USA.

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    I agree- Thomas Jefferson was adamantly opposed to a foreign born or naturalized citizen elected to the US seat of goverment and his reasoning remains true to form today. I suspect, this is why Jefferson died impoverished. His colleagues were not of the same opinion punishing him for his willful stubborness; because they could.

    wbboei Says:
    September 7th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Confloyd, Mrs. Smith, I would have to review the actual pleadings:

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    I understand completely- very time consuming. If you hear of anything, please let us know..

  162. So who can raise the issue, which I assume is who has suffered some measurable harm (monitary or emontionally), and if proven, who will enforce the ruling.

    So if the judge finds harm, does he also tell who should enforce it?
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    If I were the Judge, I would be careful not to trap myself. I would not want to find there was harm, but no one authorized to enforce it–i.e. a wrong without a remedy. I would do it this way.

    1. Does a federal court have jurisdiction to litigate the eligibility of a sitting president, under the criteria enumerated in Article 2?

    2. If so, does a private citizen have legal standing to contest that eligibility before that court. (The issue of legal harm would be part of this discussion).

  163. Isn’t this exactly what you see with the NBC organization and NYT in their unabashed love affair with Obama and their shrill attacks on his opponents?
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    Propaganda is communication aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position. As opposed to impartially providing information, propaganda in its most basic sense, presents information primarily to influence an audience. Propaganda often presents facts selectively (thus lying by omission) to encourage a particular synthesis, or uses loaded messages to produce an emotional rather than rational response to the information presented. The desired result is a change of the attitude toward the subject in the target audience to further a political agenda. (Wikopedia)

  164. I understand completely- very time consuming. If you hear of anything, please let us know
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    I will Mrs. Smith, but history has shown that your sources are as good or better than mine, so if you hear anything before I do, I will be interested.

  165. wbb-

    ha-ha.. wbb, you are the quintessential diplomat!

    I will follow the story, see where it leads and keep you informed.

  166. Think of this before you listen to lend your ear to an Obama speech:
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    Demosthenes, quotes about Propaganda:
    There are all kinds of devices invented for the protection and preservation of countries: defensive barriers, forts, trenches, and the like… But prudent minds have as a natural gift one safeguard which is the common possession of all, and this applies especially to the dealings of democracies. What is this safeguard? Skepticism. This you must preserve. This you must retain. If you can keep this, you need fear no harm.

  167. It is an ill wind that does not blow some good. I never shopped at Whole Foods until the Obama/SEIU boycott. Talk about free advertising. The food in their buffet line is excellent. You should try it sometime. I prefer the stores that have a picket line in front of them, but the others are good too. Dennis Rivera whom Barack has tasked with orchestrating the health care ground game to roll over anyone in his way has done us all a big favor.

  168. Obama is back on the campaign trial as he consistently does when things don’t seem to go exactly his way. I imagine his speech will have all the necessary “specifics” to get his followers even more in line, but I wonder whether it’s too little, too late to regain the support / trust of middle of the road/independent voters.

  169. Former Rep. Joseph Kennedy nixes Senate campaign

    By GLEN JOHNSON (AP)

    BOSTON — Former Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II, the eldest son of Robert F. Kennedy, announced Monday he would not run for the U.S. Senate seat held for nearly 50 years by his late uncle, Edward M. Kennedy. The decision was certain to widen the race for the Democratic nomination.

    In a statement, the former six-term congressman said he cares about those seeking decent housing, fair wages and health care. But he added, “The best way for me to contribute to those causes is by continuing my work at Citizens Energy Corp.”

    The nonprofit organization provides free heating oil to the poor, but Kennedy likely would have faced campaign questions about fuel it received from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez — a persistent U.S. critic. He also has settled into a comfortable lifestyle since leaving Congress in 1999, taking home a $545,000 salary as Citizens Energy’s president as of 2007, and being spared the barbs he has faced from some local columnists recently for his past temper tantrums and high pay.

    Yet Kennedy also may have garnered support from the legions of Massachusetts Democrats who long supported his uncle, to whom he paid tribute in a widely applauded memorial service speech last month. He also had name recognition among national followers of his father, who was a U.S. senator from New York when he was assassinated in June 1968 while seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. “My father called politics an honorable profession, and I have profound respect for those who choose to advance the causes of social and economic justice in elective office,” the 56-year-old Kennedy said. Friends said that among those who had been urging him to consider a candidacy were his own sons, 28-year-old twins Matthew and Joseph III.

    The decision surrenders a seat the Kennedy family has held for all but two years since 1953, when John F. Kennedy moved from the U.S. House to the Senate, before being elected president in 1960. It became vacant Aug. 25, when Edward Kennedy died of brain cancer at age 77. He was first elected to the Senate in 1962. It also removes an excuse for three veteran Massachusetts congressmen — Reps. Michael Capuano, Edward J. Markey and John Tierney — who have said they are considering campaigns but would not run against a member of the Kennedy family. The senator’s widow, Vicki, had previously ruled out a campaign.

    In a fiery speech Monday morning to a Boston labor breakfast, Capuano sought to distinguish himself from unnamed competitors. “Everybody loves you today,” the congressman told a crowd of about 400, including Tierney and Markey. “Everybody’s for prevailing wage, everybody’s for (project-labor agreements), everybody’s for this, that and the other thing. Me too. That’s good. But when it comes time to make the tough decisions, that’s when you start to figure who’s with you and who’s not.” Markey said before addressing the crowd that he was still weighing a race, highlighting his stature as a 33-year member of the House, honorary title as dean of the New England delegation and chairmanship of the House Select Committee for Energy Independence. After Kennedy announced his decision, Markey issued a statement saying: “I now must weigh where I can make the greatest impact on the issues facing the people of Massachusetts.”

    Former Rep. Martin Meehan, who is now chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell but still has nearly $5 million in his campaign account, had also said he would defer to Kennedy, but he has been lukewarm about a campaign even if Kennedy declined to run.

    Another Democrat, Rep. Stephen Lynch, said at the breakfast it’s “likely” he will be announcing his candidacy during the next week. The former ironworker, who lives in blue-collar South Boston, said he wanted to wait until after Labor Day. “I probably won’t fit in in the U.S. Senate, but, I think that, in a lot of cases, the people of Massachusetts don’t want a senator to fit in. They want them to stand out, and I offer that through my experience,” Lynch said. Lynch recalled twice being laid off from shipbuilding and automaking jobs, adding, “I share the experience that a lot of others are feeling right now.”

    Attorney General Martha Coakley became the first high-profile Democrat to declare for the seat when she announced her candidacy last week. Her supporters lined city intersections for two blocks around the hotel hosting the Greater Boston Labor Council breakfast, testifying to her early organizational advantage in the 90-day sprint to the primary election. “We’re off and running,” Coakley said as she shook hands outside.

    One prominent Republican, former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, announced Sunday she would not run. But state Sen. Scott Brown said he is formally “testing the waters” under federal election law. That provision allows him to raise and spend up to $5,000 assessing a campaign. He expects to announce a decision Thursday or Friday. The 16-year municipal and state official has also been in the military for 29 years, most recently in the Massachusetts National Guard as a lieutenant colonel in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. His eldest daughter, Ayla, gained national prominence in 2006 as a Hollywood finalist on TV’s “American Idol.” “There’s a guy in the White House who’s cut a somewhat similar path: He was a state senator, a U.S. senator and now he’s president,” Brown said in an interview.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ivEDvT9bYPFIxmY4gvlBgeXDHUmwD9AIQ7EO0

  170. I can’t help posting this because of the earlier posts that I read. Of course, I admire the strength and beauty of Rachel Alexandra.

    However, from what I know, horse racing is actually quite cruel. These horses are for the most part commodities and the beautiful horses that are not exceptional or fast enough can be subjected to very sad outcomes. I am involved with animal rescue and we have an equine rescue group here.

    Sorry, but I jut had to say it.

  171. Sep. 6, 2009

    ‘Ethics’ for sale

    Is Charlie Rangel worried that the House Ethics Committee — notorious for handing out little more than a slap on the wrist for even the most egregious congressional misconduct — might make an exception in his case?

    Maybe that’s why the embattled Harlem Democrat has been playing Santa Claus with his House colleagues, doling out more campaign cash from his own re-election kitty than almost any other member of Congress.

    Among the 119 lucky recipients: three of the five Democrats on the House Ethics Committee. The same people who are meant to be probing the growing list of his financial “oversights” and deciding what, if any, punishment to mete out.

    (If they ever get around to finishing their investigation, that is — the committee allegedly has been looking into Rangel’s tangled fiscal affairs for the past 12 months.)

    One member of the panel, Peter Welch of Vermont, wisely decided to return his $20,000 gift from Rangel, citing the need for “an abundance of caution.” But the other two — Ben Chandler of Kentucky and G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina — are holding on to Rangel’s largesse, claiming it in no way interferes with their ability to sit in judgment on their benefactor.

    So much for Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s promise that this would be “the most ethical Congress ever.”

    Rangel, of course, faces probes on a whole host of issues, many of them first uncovered by The Post: illegally maintaining four rent-stabilized apartments; use of House stationery to solicit funds for a policy center; failure to pay property taxes; failure to report rental income, and acceptance of free Caribbean trips paid for by corporate lobbyists.

    Then there’s his most recent discloure filings — which listed hundreds of thousands of dollars in previously unreported assets.

    All of which makes Rangel’s continued role as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee — Congress’ primary tax-writing body — a mockery.

    The Washington Post recognizes this — the paper just called on Rangel to step down as chairman, saying he has “violated [the public] trust continually and seemingly without care.”

    You’d think Speaker Pelosi would realize what an embarrassment Rangel has become. But no — she still stands by her man, insisting his chairmanship is secure.

    No surprise — with all that cash he’s doling out to House Democrats, Rangel certainly knows how to win friends and influence people.

    nypost.com/p/news/opinion/editorials/ethics_for_sale_smSqFTN8cI49Fy3QHOtCOI

  172. Is Charlie Rangel worried that the House Ethics Committee — notorious for handing out little more than a slap on the wrist for even the most egregious congressional misconduct — might make an exception in his case?
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    I fully expect this is what Obama operatives threatened Wrangle with at the end of the primary, that caused him to betray Hillary. You may think that is supposition and conjecture. It is. However, you may recall that at the Convention, Hillary delegates were physically threatened, locked in their rooms, and the Obama minions even tried to bribe them to change their vote by paying their expenses. And then there was the sudden and unexplained death of the head of the Arkansas delegation by a black man whom the police managed to kill after the fact, rather than apprehending him alive so he could be interrogated. All just one big coincidence I am sure. Still, think of the hundreds of billions of dollars riding on the prospect of an Obama presidency, which would have been dashed if Hillary became the nominee.

  173. Where is SHV?
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    I have been wondering the same thing. If he was on the blog, I am sure we would have a precise legal answer to the questions raised here about Article 2 eligibility. Hope everything is fine with him.

  174. You’d think Speaker Pelosi would realize what an embarrassment Rangel has become. But no — she still stands by her man, insisting his chairmanship is secure.
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    Thick as thieves.

  175. wbboei, JanH, Basil9, Sorry I lost out on the discussions and trying to catch up. I just had to rush to the hospital with my youngest daughter. SHe was given a toradol injection and a muscle relaxer and they almost killed her. She told them she was allergic to Ibuprofen and aspiring, and they still gave the toradol. She swelled so bad her eyes were almost shut. She called them and told them her face was swollen and the nurse told her to take some benydryl. Omg, she was having a servere allergic reaction and she needed emergency care. So she continued to swell and then went to the er and almost passed when they saw her. The incompetence that is out there in rural hospitals is astounding. So now they are giving her a epi shot to carry around with her.

    I will catch up now, I was very upset with the things coming out today. Is this true that we are now a corporation and the constitution is gone??

  176. If Admin can capture this latest video of Donna Brazile defending Van Jones; would be an insight into the racist window of Obamaworld.

    h.. newsbusters.org/blogs/jeff-poor/2009/09/07/brazile-defends-jones-if-you-made-controversial-statement-youre-liberal-y

  177. wbboei Says:

    September 7th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

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    Actually, that makes every bit of sense. You have to wonder how much digging they had to do on all of them to get them to turn on Hillary.

  178. Sorry to hear about your daughter, confloyd. They didn’t want to admit her overnite for observation? I think I would have insisted.

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

    wbb xcellent accurate account of the run-up in Denver..in a single paragraph! (keeper)

    Jan:

    “You have to wonder how much digging they had to do on all of them to get them to turn on Hillary.”
    And the length of time it took (most likely from the time he announced, forward)

  179. Mrs. Smith, the other thing to note is that Wrangel was the one who convinced her to run for the senate and supported her until he switched, He became irritable and critical of her before he betrayed her, so I strongly suspect they were working on him then. I think the agreement they reached was when the shit hit the fan Pelosi would protect him as she is doing now. Also, recall that he did not go to the Convention, which is strange behavior. Feinstein did not attend either but she had a broken foot. Wrangel had no such excuse himself. Since he betrayed Hillary, I have never seen him in their company again, whereas he sticks to Obama like a horsefly. I think the guy should step down. When the corruption reaches this level you need to go away. Same thing with Clyburne. Two traitors to the country begonne.

  180. Thankyou for your concern, she is ok for the moment. When I left her she was still very swollen, but it will take time for that much swelling to go down.

    Its been a pretty tough weekend with the husband almost cutting his thumb off and my youngest with this allergic reaction.

    All I can say is thankgoodness for budlight lime!! LOL!!

  181. “Also, recall that he did not go to the Convention, which is strange behavior.”

    Good point, I vaguely remember his absence in Denver. At the time, there was so much going on, I’d forgotten to commit it to memory. Concluding then, just about every member of Congress is hiding a skeleton or has been bribed or is in fear of a scandal ruining their career.

    Wrangel is waiting for signs from Obam for the other shoe to drop. This is what happens when you make a deal with the devil.

    I hope confloyd, is ok..

  182. This article from the Obamafile is quiet disconcerting.
    Lawsuits
    9/7/09 Obama’s UN Gambit

    Anne Bayefsky says that Obama is looking for a quick and easy boost in the polls, so he has decided to go to the one place where merit bears no relationship to adulation: the United Nations. On September 24, Obama will take the unprecedented step of presiding over a meeting of the UN Security Council.

    No American politician has ever attempted to acquire the image of King of the Universe by officiating at a meeting of the UN’s highest body. But Obama apparently believes that being flanked by council-member heads of state like Col. Moammar Qaddafi — who is expected to be seated five seats to Obama’s right — will cast a sufficiently blinding spell on the American taxpayer that the perilous state of the nation’s economy, the health-care fiasco, and a summer of “post-racial” scapegoating will pale by comparison.

    After all, who among us is not for world peace?

    Unfortunately, however, the move represents one of the most dangerous diplomatic ploys this country has ever seen. Obama didn’t just decide to chair a rare council summit; he also set the September 24 agenda — as is the prerogative of the state holding the gavel for the month. His choice, in the words of American UN Ambassador Susan Rice, speaking on September 2nd, at her first press briefing since the United States assumed the council presidency, is this: “The session will be focused on nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear disarmament broadly, and not on any specific countries.”

    This seemingly innocuous language has two profoundly disturbing features. First, UN documents indicate that the Security Council is currently dealing with over 100 issues. While “non-proliferation” is mentioned, “disarmament” is not. Similarly, a UN Secretariat compilation “forecasting the Council’s program of work” for the month of September — based on prior activities and requests — lists non-proliferation specifically in relation to Iran and North Korea and does not list disarmament. But in light of Obama’s wishes, a tailor-made subheading will likely be adopted under the existing entry “maintenance of international peace and security.” The new item will insist on simultaneous consideration of nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament and make no mention of particular states.

    This is no trivial technicality. The linguistic formula, which Obama’s confrere Qaddafi will undoubtedly exploit, shamelessly panders to Arab and Muslim states. It is a familiar recipe for stonewalling efforts to prevent Iran or other Muslim and Arab states from acquiring nuclear weapons until Israel is disarmed or Israel’s (unofficial) nuclear capacity is exposed and neutralized. It is also a frequent tool of those whose real goal is to stymie America’s defenses.

    Second, Obama’s agenda preference indicates that he is dead-set against chairing a session on the non-proliferation issues already on the council’s plate — those that name Iran and North Korea. This stretches his “beer summit” technique to the global scale. Naming names, or identifying the actual threats to world peace, would evidently interfere with the spectacle of proclaiming affection for world peace in the abstract. The problem is that this feel-good experience will feel best of all to Iran, which has interpreted Obama’s penchant for form over substance to be a critical weakness. As a Tehran newspaper close to the regime snickered in July: “Their strategy consists of begging us to talk with them.”

    At Ambassador Rice’s news briefing, she gave “an overview of the principal important meetings” to be held in September on her watch. After finishing the list of subjects without mentioning Iran or North Korea, she added: “So those are the highlights. We also have . . . three sanctions regimes that are up for regular review, chaired by the heads of the sanctions committees. We have Sudan, Iran and North Korea, and these are, I expect, likely to be uneventful and routine considerations of these various regimes.”

    Even hard-boiled UN correspondents were surprised. Rice was asked to explain how the recent capture by the United Arab Emirates of containers of ammunition en route to Iran from North Korea could be construed as “uneventful and routine.” Her answer highlights the administration’s delinquency: “We are simply receiving . . . a regularly scheduled update…. This is not an opportunity to review or revisit the nature of either of those regimes.”

    A brutalized Iranian population, yearning for democracy, has repeatedly been met by nothing but sad faces from this administration. An Iranian president installed by treachery has been legitimized by American recognition of his government, a decision that has sidelined other eminently justifiable alternatives. The leaders of this state sponsor of terrorism aim to annihilate the Jewish state and are on the verge of acquiring the means to do so. But instead of making the isolation and delegitimation of Iran the top priority for America’s turn at the council presidency, the Obama administration has taken Iran off the table at precisely the time when top decision-makers will be present.

    The administration’s zeal for the front-page photo-op on September 25’s New York Times has now become a scramble to manufacture an “outcome” for the session. Obama’s idea for a glorious finish was described by Ambassador Rice as some kind of joint statement declaring in part “that we are united in support for effective steps to ensure nuclear nonproliferation.”

    Such a result would be breathtaking — for the audacity of claiming exactly the opposite of what it really represents. Even allied council members France and the United Kingdom are reported to be very unhappy with Obama’s no-names strategy for his September rollout.

    Far from bolstering his flagging image, Obama’s group-hug theory of diplomacy deserves the disdain of anyone who can separate rhetoric from reality.

    One has to remember that Obama fancies himself an expert on the issue of nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear disarmament. Obama’s Columbia senior year’s thesis — missing, of course — was about nuclear disarmament.

    Sounds to me as though this is the beginning of Obama’s plan, outlined in this video, to disarm

  183. Wonderful, admin2:

    A picture begins to emerge. Beginning with the radical Wright’s indoctrination of Obama. Obama sitting through over 20 yrs of Hate America, Hate Whitey speech, marrying a like minded spouse.

    Van Jones would have been the head honcho of an unseen layer of Radical Black Liberation subverting America from the inside out.

    This discovery sort of gives concrete credence to Osama’s quote:

    “America with be destroyed from the Inside Out!”

  184. According to Brazoid, there’s nothing wrong with liberal’s. Well how about they voted this completely incompetent idiot into the highest office in the land. How about that Obama is not getting the best and the brightest, he’s getting the most radical and the most racist. How about their wanting to annilate Israel. How about they want to soak the American taxpayer for their Wall Street contributors.
    THese liberals were supposed to be for middle class America, which they have now sold out to “a more suburban, educated and YOUNGER group” which care NOT about America! They need to keep a gag on the Brazoid!

  185. More than keeping a gag on Brazile.

    Obama needs to be removed from office for subversion and subversive activities against the United States of America. As a radical, Black Marxist Extremist aligning himself with known terrorists. I would say he is in violation of Pats Act I II!

  186. Van Jones worked for Arrianna Huffington:

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2003/09/30/MN14003.DTL

    Even some of her staunchest supporters, including donors and campaign staffers, are telling her she should consider quitting.

    “People are torn,” said Van Jones, Huffington’s statewide grassroots director and a longtime San Francisco activist. “Frankly, we’re in a situation where we feel we have no good choices.

    “We don’t want to do anything that would help Arnold Schwarzenegger pull off his right-wing coup. At the same time we don’t want to compromise on our principles with regard to getting big money out of the system.”

  187. Krauthammer is absolutely correct. The boss sets the culture of an organization. If Mr. Obama has sociopathic tendencies then the organization he presides over will begin to manifest those qualities as well. Krauthammer speaks as a psychologist, but anyone with oganizational experience will confirm it. The pathological state of the Obama campaign toward Hillary was and is a direct reflection of the mental state of Mr. Obama.

    He can high five Castro and Chavez at the UN. If Adminizagad is there he can bow to him.

  188. Mrs Smith, I agree, but how will this get done? The media has been bought off. He is definitely guilty of these crimes.
    Did you read the article I post about him going to the U.N., its all about disarming Israel?

  189. Kessler echoes something I have been saying from the beginning. Obama has no clue how to set up a rational organizational structure. Nor has he any clue on how to vet people. This is the problem when you have a lap dog press. They thought they were helping him by being his echo chamber and propaganda ministry. But by not challenging him when he was wrong, and by covering for him when he was in error, they never gave him a chance to adjust and learn. It is too late now.

    Somebody needs to talk to this guy Bloom. I guess he had some relationship with the Steelworkers. I knew them when Becker was president, and they gave us some initial help on some anti dumping legislation, but then did a disappearing act. I found his background as an investment banker interesting. Somebody needs to ask him how he intends to finance a renaissance of our manufacturing base, what products are being targeted and whether union and non union companies will receive equal treatment under his programs.
    ——————————————————
    Defying Critics, Obama Names Another Czar After Resignation of Environmental Adviser
    President Obama’s announcement of his selection of Ron Bloom as “manufacturing czar” follows the weekend resignation of Van Jones, the White House “green jobs czar” who had come under fire in recent weeks for past inflammatory statements.

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    As one White House “czar” departs amid a cloud of controversy, an undeterred President Obama is naming a new one to advise him on manufacturing, defying conservative critics who have raised concerns about these advisory positions that do not require congressional oversight.

    Obama chose a Labor Day union picnic on Monday as the backdrop to announce his selection of Ron Bloom, a member of his auto industry task force, as senior counselor for manufacturing policy. Bloom planned to travel to Cincinnati with Obama for an afternoon announcement at the AFL-CIO event.

    The announcement follows the weekend resignation of Van Jones, the White House “green jobs czar” who had come under fire in recent weeks for past inflammatory statements, including one where he called Republicans “assholes,” and his signature on a petition suggesting that the U.S. government played a role in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

    Republicans had been calling for Jones to resign and raising concerns about all the czars Obama has appointed –which by some accounts amount to more than 30.

    Dana Perino, a White House spokeswoman for the Bush administration, told FOX News that presidents like to appoint czars because it can be hard to get political appointees confirmed by an increasingly partisan Congress.

    “They have skirted around that process so there is no accountability for the czars,” she said Monday. “Nobody has to go up and testify in front of Congress. They don’t have to go through the process.”

    Bloom has already sidestepped congressional approval. He was senior adviser to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner as part of the auto industry task force since February. Bloom, a Harvard Business School graduate, previously advised the United Steelworkers union and worked as an investment banker.

    Bloom will work with the National Economic Council to lead policy development and planning for Obama’s work to revitalize U.S. manufacturing, the White House said.

    Perino said she doesn’t object to the White House focusing on revitalizing the battered manufacturing industry.

    “The National Economic Council, which is part of the White House with a seat right inside the West Wing, that’s what their job is supposed to be,” she said. “I’m not clear as to why they have to add all these additional layers.”

    Author and journalist Ronld Kessler, a national security expert, said Obama’s lack of management experience is starting to catch up with him.

    “You’re seeing a White House in disarray,” he said, citing the contentious debate over health care reform and the decision to close the Guantanamo Bay prison without finding a place to send the detainees. “He is not exactly a model CEO.”

  190. confloyd Says:

    September 7th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

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    Very disturbing to say the least. Hillary needs to separate herself from the racist monsters around her.

  191. Here’s a good one from our old friend Rev. Manning. Yes, he is still in his way fighting alo<param nameng with us again the evil take over of our beloved America. Admin pls. embed.

  192. I get bad vibes about this guy. He likes dealing with financial investors. These are venture capitalists and possibly even hedge funds. The typical pattern with this type of investor is to cut costs and then sell off the asset. What you generally want in these situations is strategic investors who have a business plan to operate the business. Their focus tends to be more long term. And long term ownership means long term job security. No layoffs in return for imports will limit the growth of the bargaining unit. The union thinking anymore seems to be short term–just like their business counterparts. Unfortunate.
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    Ron Bloom, whom the Treasury Department is expected to bring in as a senior adviser to help handle the U.S. auto industry’s restructuring, is a special assistant to the president of United Steelworkers union and a former investment banker.

    Ron Bloom
    Mr. Bloom’s negotiating skills may play a key role in shaping the Obama administration’s policies toward the auto industry. It was reported Sunday that the administration won’t name a single “car czar” to help oversee the restructuring process as originally planned. Instead, President Barack Obama will support a new inter-agency task force to deal with the issue, according to senior administration officials. And Mr. Bloom, in his early fifties, is among the players in the administration’s new strategy.

    Mr. Bloom attended Harvard Business School, where he gravitated to populist business cases and was keenly interested in employee buyouts. After 10 years at investment banks, among them Lazard, he became special assistant to the USW president in 1996.

    Both inside and outside the USW, Mr. Bloom is known as a financially savvy negotiator — with a tendency to spout profanities. In a 2007 article depicting Mr. Bloom’s role in the Wheeling-Pittsburgh Corp. takeover battle, The Wall Street Journal wrote some USW members thought Mr. Bloom is “too cozy with the moneymen.”

    The USW helped block Brazilian steel giant CSN’s attempt to merge with Wheeling-Pitt by finding a more union-friendly bidder in Esmark — a Chicago upstart that got bought by Russia’s OAO Severstal in 2008. In the Wheeling-Pitt case, Mr. Bloom dealt with entrepreneurs who run Esmark as well as with Franklin Mutual Advisers LLC, a big mutual-fund firm that owned 70% of Esmark’s shares. In return for Esmark’s no-layoff promise, the USW agreed not to oppose its wish to import steel slabs to Wheeling-Pitt mills. The union customarily opposes such imports.

    In that article, Mr. Bloom was quoted as saying that dealing with financial buyers of steel assets “is just business.” Indeed, he said, in contrast to traditional steel executives, who sometimes want unions “in their place,” talking to private-equity types is refreshing: “They don’t take cultural offense to anything. They just deal with power.”

  193. If Obama actually goes through with this and his actions are ignored:

    But Obama apparently believes that being flanked by council-member heads of state like Col. Moammar Qaddafi — who is expected to be seated five seats to Obama’s right — will cast a sufficiently blinding spell on the American taxpayer that the perilous state of the nation’s economy, the health-care fiasco, and a summer of “post-racial” scapegoating will pale by comparison.”

    Something has to give-

  194. Mr. Bloom attended Harvard Business School,
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    when someone graduated from a school we say he graduated. When they did not graduate we say they attended.

  195. Here is another one from our friend Rev. Manning about the coverup by the media of Obama.
    h t t p :/ /w ww .you tube .com /watch ?v =iZ62H5ZK6GE

  196. Yes I heard about Ron Bloom yesterday, but couldn’t remember the specifics on this guy. I hope Beck gets down on this. Things are moving fast now, so I hope they keep up the pressure.

  197. “when someone graduated from a school we say he graduated. When they did not graduate we say they attended.’

    ~~~~~~~~~

    Yes- and when we say someone is a “guest lecturer”, he is not a Law Professor; as Obama takes credit for a professorship he never earned.

    good nite, all-

    I hope your daughter recovers quickly, confloyd…

  198. I still love our Rev. Manning, for he speak the truth to power and does at his own peril. He has had MANY death threats as he is a AA. My sister called and spoke with him personally and she says he is totally dedicated to the TRUTH. I admire him greatly.

  199. MOMENT OF TRUTH

    “During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama called Afghanistan a ‘war of necessity.’ Now we’ll see if he means it,” Kansas City Star columnist E. Thomas McClanahan writes.

    “He faces a pivotal decision. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has turned in a report calling for a shift in strategy, one that implicitly requires significantly more troops. The mission, says McChrystal, is protecting the population; the war can’t be won solely by offensive operations against the enemy.

    “McChrystal is expected to request up to 40,000 more troops later this month,” the columnist said.

    By Greg Pierce (Contact)

    “For Obama, the political environment is becoming more treacherous by the week. His job approval ratings are dropping. His health care initiative is in deep trouble. The cap-and-trade energy-tax bill is stalled in the Senate. Voters are fed up with bailouts and reckless federal spending. The $787 billion stimulus package passed in February is highly unpopular.

    “Meanwhile, support for the war in Afghanistan is falling fast. A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll found that for the first time, a majority of voters don’t think it’s worth fighting.

    “The anti-war left is planning a fall campaign against the war. Some members of Obama’s own party are wavering. Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin says it’s time for a ‘flexible timetable’ for pulling out U.S. troops.”

    JOE AND HUGO

    “As Joseph P. Kennedy II contemplates a race to reclaim the Senate seat held by his family for nearly half a century, his most formidable obstacle may not be a Massachusetts politician, but a political leader some 2,000 miles away: President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela,” Boston Globe reporters Michael Rezendes and Noah Bierman write.

    “Over the past four years, Citizens Energy Corp., the signature nonprofit founded by Kennedy in 1979 as a political launching pad, has grown from a local charity serving 10,000 Massachusetts homes a year into a national effort delivering free fuel to 200,000 households in 23 states,” the reporters said.

    “And Kennedy, a former U.S. representative, has relied almost exclusively on Chavez, a vociferous critic of the U.S. government, for that growth.

    “Since 2005, Citizens’ 877-JOE-4-OIL campaign has been sustained by the oil fields of Venezuela. Chavez, who controls the industry there, has delivered crude oil at no charge to a Citizens affiliate, which has resold it and used the money to pay for oil deliveries to America’s poor. In the past two years, Citizens has been given 83 million gallons of crude by Chavez and sold it for $164 million – money used to fund almost its entire philanthropic mission.

    “Now, as Kennedy considers stepping into what is certain to be a contentious contest for the state’s first U.S. Senate vacancy in more than 25 years, he will also almost certainly have to consider how his stewardship at Citizens would play in a campaign. In addition to forging increasingly close ties with Chavez and Citgo Petroleum Corp., an oil company controlled by the Venezuelan government, Kennedy has used the proceeds of Chavez’s donated oil to fund millions in advertising for the heating-oil charity – $16 million over the last two winters alone. Those ads, in turn, prominently feature Kennedy, often personally delivering Chavez-funded oil to needy recipients.”

    ‘MERE RHETORIC’?

    “Quick question: How far does Hugo Chavez’s rhetoric have to go before Western leaders, above all those of the United States, stop dismissing it as ‘mere rhetoric’?” David Hazony writes in a blog at http://www.commentarymagazine.

    “I’m just curious because, well, he sure soundslike a real, serious enemy in league with the West’s most dangerous foes. In a telephone interview with Venezuelan TV from Tehran on Friday, he declared that Iran is ‘a true strategic ally, a staunch ally’ of Venezuela. Whom is this alliance directed against? In Chavez’s view, Tehran and Caracas are ‘facing the same enemy, which is the U.S. empire and its lackeys. And we will defeat the empire and its lackeys.’

    “And lest anyone think there’s no Israel angle in all this – there always is – Chavez has not hesitated in the past few days to brand Israel as a ‘genocidal’ regime. ‘The state of Israel has become a murderous lackey at the service of imperialism,’ he said. ‘It’s a genocidal government. I condemn that Zionist government that persecutes the heroic Palestinian people.’

    “Convinced yet?”

    • Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or gpierce@washingtontimes .com

  200. Its happening, Riverdaughter is swallowing the Koolaid. They have an antibeck video on their blog. I knew that the liberals were going to go after him, but I never thought Riverdaughter would go down.

  201. Its happening, Riverdaughter is swallowing the Koolaid. They have an antibeck video on their blog. I knew that the liberals were going to go after him, but I never thought Riverdaughter would go down.
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    Very poor judgment on her part. This is not about Beck. He is simply the messenger. Johnson is the message.

  202. confloyd re UN quoted:
    Such a result would be breathtaking — for the audacity of claiming exactly the opposite of what it really represents.

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

    Hey, that’s what he’s been doing all along.

  203. On Examiner.com there is a certain “DK” who posts something very similar to the posts we always get here:

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    The liberal movement is not happy that President Obama has thrown ex-Green Jobs Czar Van Jones under the bus.

    This signals the latest rift between the left and the Kool-Aid drinking pseudo-progressives who threw Hillary Clinton under the bus for the empty suit from Illinois.

    Van Jones was a left-wing true believer, one of the few real dyed-in-the-wool San Francisco movement liberals in the White House.

    Now that Obama has given him the boot, we again find so-called progressives questioning Obama’s commitment to their cause.

    Or, rather, his glaring lack of commitment to them aside from the votes they stupidly generated for him in 2008.

    David Sirota, the influential liberal writer and pundit, is particularly furious at the Obama White House, castigating Obama for giving in to Glenn Beck, whom Sirota calls a “political terrorist” who led the “lynch mob” that toppled Van Jones.

    Sirota wondered aloud on CNN and on the Huffington post why crisis causing Wall Street-Washington oligarchs like Ben Bernanke and Tim Geithner welcome in the White House while Van Jones is out on the street.

    The answer, of course, is that last year’s Obamania duped Sirota and the rest of the left, as Obama has no allegiance to anyone or any principle besides that of saving and protecting his own behind.

    Apparently, Obama voters were not paying attention when he threw under the bus his grandmother and his spiritual advisor of two decades Jeremiah Wright.

    Apparently, they did not notice as Obama embraced Bush policies on terrorism and attacked Hillary Clinton for supporting real health care reform.

    Obama has always been a Wall Street lackey and tool of the establishment: it is well known from long ago to anybody smart enough to pay attention.

    Democrats have only ourselves to blame for creating the corporatist monster that is the Obama White House.

    ********

    Maybe admin is this “DK”?

  204. confloyd,

    So glad your daughter is ok.

    I have had a couple of similar allergic reactions and had to carry epinephrine around with me for a while.

    It’s scary as he!! to swell up like that.

  205. BTW,
    Some more food for thought about the vojo resignation.
    Intereseting, no? From hansen.

    I believe that Jones’s resignation may have been moved up by 12 hours or so. That’s because on Saturday evening, Scott Johnson at Powerline presented proof that roughly 40 hours after the 9/11 terrorist attacks occurred, avowed Communist Jones publicly declared that the U.S. deserved what happened. I’m not kidding.
    Johnson wrote:
    Jones said: “The bombs the government drops in Iraq are the bombs that blew up in New York City. The US cannot bomb its way out of this one. Safety at home requires justice abroad.”
    Need more proof? See NewsBusters.com for the screenshot.

  206. I have friends who are progressive thinkers and when I listen to them I find real merit in their position on many issues. I can even find common cause with them in resisting as best we can the takeover of our political system by international corporations. At one time, it was possible to say that they were a necessary evil, but globalization has destroyed the job based quid pro quo and now the bad clearly outweighs the good. So if that was all there is, then I would say I approve.

    But then you get a faux progressive like this David Sirotta. The wiki article on him calls him an influential progressive, but then it provides the contrarian view which calls him in effect politically extreme and intellectually dishonest. He is so warped in his thinking that he indicts Obama for the only thing Obama has done right which is give Jones the bums rush. He offers a warped perspective, and the fact that MSNBC and Huffpo would have him on is further evidence that he has nothing of substance to offer to rational constructive debate.

  207. Obama has always been a Wall Street lackey and tool of the establishment: it is well known from long ago to anybody smart enough to pay attention.
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    That sure says it all. And to the corrupt people behind him, the American People are the bank of last resort. Do you remember the heads I win tales you lose deals they were offering hedge funds on toxic assets. If the investment worked out they got the bonanza. If it lost money the taxpayers bore the loss. This is the kind of stuff a guy like Soros would construct. Once a nazi always a nazi. I really commend that February 20, 1998 Sixty Minutes interview to your attention, if you want to know the kind of moral monster who is running the Dimocratic Party today. He is the one that dumbshits like David Sirotta should be in a state of high dugeon about.

  208. Bwahahaha!

    Jerry is back and he’s calling opposition to
    Bo’s HIR RACIST!

    UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So what do you think about the health care bill?

    WRIGHT: I think the racists in the right wing are upset because poor people are about to be helped.

  209. What happens internally in the Obama Admininstration now that Vojo is under the bus? Does anyone ask simple questions like how did this happen, who else do we have who could become a similar embarrassment, what do we do to prevent a similar occurrence. Do you remember the NBC organization a few months back saying that the Obama Adminstration had the most thorough and rigorous vetting process in history, and that Michelle Obama is a better First Lady than Hillary, and in effect the moon is made of green cheese. This is the realm of propaganda not truth. The power of the unsubstantiated allegation, repeated over and over until it becomes part of the subconscious. NBC operates on the same moral plane as Goebbels, as many have said before. It is a mistake to listen to them, if you want to maintain your ability to engage in critical thinking about the issues. You will not find it there.

  210. WRIGHT: I think the racists in the right wing are upset because poor people are about to be helped.
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    The man has the mind of Pavlov’s dog. Ring the dinner bell and he salivates. Say Republican and he says racist. He says what he has to to keep the lights on in his 10 million dollar estate. He lives in the world of hate, and therefore assumes everyone else does. The right wing may be upset about a health care approach that raises taxes, or deprives them of quality health care, but only a wack job would accuse them of disliking it because it helps the poor. But when you are as invested in the big lie as he is, it is about what we would expect.

  211. From The Hill:

    Already, 23 Dems have said they will vote ‘no’ on healthcare reform
    By Mike Soraghan and Michael M. Gleeson – 09/08/09 06:18 AM ET

    At least 23 House Democrats already have told constituents or hometown media that they oppose the massive healthcare overhaul touted by President Barack Obama.

    If Republicans offer the blanket opposition they’ve promised, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) can afford to lose only 38 members of her 256-member caucus and still pass the bill.

  212. Right on time, yahoo has a fluff piece on Obama, saying his presidency has lifted the view of the U.S. in most Muslim countries, especially those in Africa.

  213. I will never forget the first proof I had of Bo’s racism.
    I’d suspected it from his demeanor, his rhetoric, his aura, but it wasn’t until I heard this exceprt from one of his books that I knew without a doubt I was right.
    “White folks greed runs a world in need.” Add to that his ‘typical white granny,’ his bitter-clingers, his the-Boston-cops-are -stupid remark, mix in some Holder – whites won’t face racism – Wright, VanJones, Gates and the outcome is inevitable.
    The pattern should have been painfully clear to everyone.
    So how did we end up here?
    the lisneed runs
    i was right

  214. One more Vojo snippet.
    From one of the flyers of the 9/12/01 protest.
    Emergency Action Against Racism and War (Oakland)
    by gkt
    Thursday Sep 13th, 2001 2:38 AM
    Community Gathers in Oakland to Mourn and Organize Against Racist Violence Committed by US Government
    Oakland, CA (September 13) – Hundreds of people gathered at Snow Park in Oakland tonight to mourn, provide support for each other, and speak out against violent United States policies at home and abroad, which they say are the underlying reasons for unprecedented terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington DC. Organizing against a growing climate of racism, nationalism and anti-Arab bigotry was a focus of the rally

    Community Gathers in Oakland to Mourn and Organize Against Racist Violence Committed by US Government
    Oakland, CA (September 13) – Hundreds of people gathered at Snow Park in Oakland tonight to mourn, provide support for each other, and speak out against violent United States policies at home and abroad, which they say are the underlying reasons for unprecedented terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington DC. Organizing against a growing climate of racism, nationalism and anti-Arab bigotry was a focus of the rally.

  215. Why Edwards Didn’t Endorse Obama, Superdelegates and More

    By Jeralyn, Section Elections 2008
    Posted on Sat Mar 29, 2008 at 07:36:07 PM EST
    Tags: John Edwards, Barack Obama (all tags)
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    Via John Heileman at New York Magazine:

    According to a Democratic strategist unaligned with any campaign but with knowledge of the situation gleaned from all three camps, the answer is simple: Obama blew it. Speaking to Edwards on the day he exited the race, Obama came across as glib and aloof. His response to Edwards’s imprecations that he make poverty a central part of his agenda was shallow, perfunctory, pat.

    Clinton, by contrast, engaged Edwards in a lengthy policy discussion. Her affect was solicitous and respectful. When Clinton met Edwards face-to-face in North Carolina ten days later, her approach continued to impress; she even made headway with Elizabeth. Whereas in his Edwards sit-down, Obama dug himself in deeper, getting into a fight with Elizabeth about health care, insisting that his plan is universal (a position she considers a crock), high-handedly criticizing Clinton’s plan (and by extension Edwards’s) for its insurance mandate.

    The take-away: [more…]

    The implications of this story are several and not insignificant. Most obviously, it suggests that the front-runner’s diplomatic skills could use some refinement. It also raises the issue, which has cropped up in a different form after New Hampshire, Super-Duper Tuesday, and the Ohio and Texas primaries, of Obama’s capacity to close the deal.

    On the Obama campaign’s desertion of the high road:

    For all its rhetoric about practicing a new, more virtuous brand of politics, the Obama campaign has been going after Clinton hammer and tongs. Rarely a day passes without his people dubbing her a liar and a fraud….They have accused Bill Clinton of McCarthyism and invoked the infamous blue dress on which he left his, er, DNA—the latter coming on a blog post arguing that he actually makes McCarthy look benign. Indeed, it sometimes seems as if the Obamans are actively trying to cede the moral high ground.

    The article is not a Clinton puff-piece. Rather, it’s about who, if anyone in the Democratic party, could end the race.

    Despite the long history of mutual animus between Al Gore and Hillary, Gore has resisted the temptation to throw his weight behind Obama; and because of that history, even if he did, it would likely have little effect on her determination to carry on, as Gore is well aware. Edwards, who I’m told at one juncture discussed with Gore the possibility of a joint endorsement, now appears to prefer staying mum for the time being, or, if anything, backing Clinton. And Jimmy Carter has stated unequivocally his intention to refrain from choosing sides.

  216. confloyd Says:

    September 8th, 2009 at 2:20 am
    Its happening, Riverdaughter is swallowing the Koolaid. They have an antibeck video on their blog. I knew that the liberals were going to go after him, but I never thought Riverdaughter would go down.

    ———————————————————————————————————–

    RD is not swallowing the koolaid. It is a liberal blog and always has been. On this particular issue, many of the front posters don’t agree with Beck, which is not unusual. I think they try to be as objective as possible, but are not all Obama bashers. They actually hope that the wall street boy will do something helpful for the people of this country, but no one seems to be holding breath waiting for him to do so. They admire and respect Hillary and that has not changed.

  217. Further evidence of the failure of Obama’s foreign policy. He supports both the Venezuelan dictator and the Iranian President. He backed Chavez over out former friends in Honduras, and Ahmadinejad over the people who wanted democracy. Under the most charitable interpetation he left them to the tender mercy of firing squads. He did this on the naiive assumption that he could negotiate a termination of the nuclear program, and now predictably the Iranian President has told him to go to hell. Finally, this gasoline deal removes the one remaining point of leverage we could have used against Iran. In fact, there was discussion of a gasoline embargo involving Saudi Arabia and India, but Chavez has checkmated Obama with this deal. Barack Huessein Obama is an idiot when it comes to foreign policy. Yes, a complete idiot. Only an idiot would let them paint the United States and Israel into this corner. But all he cares about is having some deranged fool say he has raised the stature of this country in the Muslim World. Anyone who is not Bush could do that. This guy has failed to protect democracy and American interests. He is a screw up, who will not give Hillary a free hand.

    Venezuela to export gasoline to IranStory Highlights
    Iran reportedly produces 60 percent of its domestic gasoline demand

    According to Press TV, Iran imports the remaining 40 percent

    Venezuelan president says Iran’s nuclear ambitions are for peaceful purposes

    updated 8:55 p.m. EDT, Mon September 7, 2009Next Article in World »

    TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) — Venezuela will begin exporting 20,000 barrels per day of gasoline to Iran next month as the nations strengthen bilateral cooperation, according to Iranian state media and the Venezuelan government.

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez reportedly said he aims to build a “nuclear village” with Iranian help.

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez announced the agreement Sunday. It will begin in October, according to Iran’s Press TV and a Venezuelan government statement. Chavez said Iran will pay about $800 million a year for the gasoline.

    Iran produces 60 percent of its domestic gasoline demand and imports the remaining 40 percent, Press TV reported. Despite having large oil reserves, Iran lacks the refining capacity to cover all of its internal gasoline consumption.

    The leaders had said on Saturday that they plan to stand up against “imperialist” foes — a reference to the United States and other nations opposing Iran’s nuclear program — by cooperating on a range of issues, including nuclear power.

    “Expansion of Tehran-Caracas relations is necessary given their common interests, friends and foes,” Ahmadinejad said after a meeting with Chavez, according to Iran’s semiofficial FARS news agency.

    Chavez arrived in Tehran on Saturday with a team of high-ranking officials for a two-day visit.

    Chavez reiterated the goal: “Tehran and Caracas should help revolutionary nations through further expansion and consolidation of their ties.”

    Venezuela announced a new agreement with Iran for a joint geological study in the South American country’s Andean belt, the state-run ABN news agency said.

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    Chavez highlighted bilateral projects already under way, including the construction of ethanol plants in Venezuela and gas exploration in Iran by Venezuela’s state-run oil company.

    On Saturday, Chavez hinted of future projects as well.

    The Venezuelan president said he aims to build a “nuclear village” with Iranian help in his country, according to Press TV. The details of such a plan were unknown.

    Chavez backed Iran’s claims that its nuclear ambitions are for peaceful purposes.

    “There is not a single proof that Iran is building … a nuclear bomb,” Chavez said after the leaders met, according to Press TV. “Soon they will accuse us also of building an atomic bomb.”

    The visit was Chavez’s eighth to Iran and the first since Ahmadinejad’s disputed re-election.

    Chavez’s trip follows visits to Libya, Algeria and Syria. He will visit Belarus and Russia before returning to Venezuela.

  218. The person who has been chosen by the Republicans to give the rebuttal to BO’s speech tomorrow is another Louisiana politican, Louis Boustany, who is on the House Ways and Means Committee.

    It brings to mind Louisiana governor, Bobby Jindal’s rebuttal.

  219. This is where these faux progressives like Sirota need to grow up. They are so consumed with hatred of Beck, that they fail to realize whom they are supporting. Is a guy like Jones, whose views are far outside the mainstream, and who is by all accounts a racial provocateur the kind of man you want at a senior level of government. If so then tell me why. And dont give me the Voltaire shit, tell me why someone holding those views is not a polarizing force in an already polarizing administration. Tell me why he is qualified to build green jobs. Tell my why he should be entrusted with an 80 billion dollar budget. Faux progressives like Sirota never get to those questions. For them it is all about Beck.

  220. Southern Born: if they were smart they would have used an Hispanic. Looks like they are using a Cajun instead. The southern strategy is yesterdays news. The hispanic strategy is tomorrows promise, if they hope to remain a viable political party.

  221. Poor, Laura Bush. The ever whining Obama admin whining to their partners in crime, the GOP, begging for an assist here- A little reminder, stating GW was always interested in Educational initiatives for Children.. (So, what happened to No Child Left Behind?)

    Elbowed Laura Bush out of retirement to say, “there’s nothing wrong with the President speaking to school children on their first day of school”..

    Laura, honey- GW was a much better Liar then Obama could ever hope to be.

    Why would anyone want an in your face Liar lying to your child pretending he is the example all children can aspire to be? This is just NUTS!

  222. wbboei, yes indeed. Perhaps there is something we do not know about the one chosen to give the rebuttal but his being from Louisiana will remind everyone of the Jindal speech.

    “The hispanic strategy is tomorrow’s promise.” Thus Sotomeyer.

  223. wbboei Says:

    September 8th, 2009 at 9:54 am

    ———————————————

    And yet Edwards still kicked Hillary under the bus in favor of obama when the time came to be strong. Elizabeth trashed Hillary from the get go.

  224. George Bush was always interested in education for children. Didn’t he say something like…how IS our children learning and other notable quotes. He was a real roll model.

  225. Chavez has been a radical hater of the Jews and America forever. He aligns himself with any criminal who sees eye to eye with his warped views and criminal agenda.

    Once again bambi’s approach is one of idiocy.

  226. Chavez reiterated the goal: “Tehran and Caracas should help revolutionary nations through further expansion and consolidation of their ties.”
    ——————————–
    Barack seems to support this anti American coalition. Maybe it is the GE business interests he is serving. It sure aint the United States.

  227. And yet Edwards still kicked Hillary under the bus in favor of obama when the time came to be strong. Elizabeth trashed Hillary from the get go.
    ——————————————–
    Agreed. The quote was from Talk Left. The Obama part of it, his rejection of uhc was what I found interesting. Personally, I never understood the adulation heaped on Elizabeth or for that matter Michelle. Both of their careers seem rather mundane compared to Hillary’s yet the ideologues of the media want to draw false moral equivalencies which amount to nothing more than they are alike in the sense that none of them is named Jane.

  228. I personally don’t care who is throwing sticks and stones at Obama. He doesn’t deserve the post he elected himself to. He is destroying our country and if Glen Beck by whatever means can slow down his assent to a dictatorship; more power to him. Beck is doing us a favor.

    Too bad the the purists are holding him to a higher standard than the BS the CIC peddles as HOPE.

    Glenn Beck or any RW’er are welcome to give Obama the hazing of his life.

  229. These Obamathugs are fucked up. How do you trash opponents one minute and then hold them up as character witnesses the next. And who listens to Laura Bush?

  230. And who listens to Laura Bush?

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

    When I heard she was coming out in support of Obama, I just smiled to myself thinking, those Repugs sure know how to punk Obama… I’m sure they all had a good laugh over it.. even Laura probably raised a glass at the suggestion saying; It must be 3:00pm somewhere!

  231. See how well Putin is playing the naiive Mr. Obama to his own advantage. If you were in his shoes, wouldn’t you.
    ————————————————

    Is Moscow Playing a Double Game on Iran’s Nukes?
    Why the Russians see Tehran’s atomic ambitions as an opportunity, not just a threat.
    BY WILLIAM TOBEY | SEPTEMBER 4, 2009

    This week, diplomats from China, France, Germany, Russia, Britain, and the United States, now called the Group of Six, met to discuss next steps to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signaled Russia’s importance to this effort by consulting with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the matter ahead of time. Despite U.S. and Western European preferences, any serious discussion of new sanctions apparently fizzled when Iran signaled that it had a new proposal, without delivering it.

    The U.S. approach to Iran’s nuclear program has long been built on the assumption that Russia’s influence in Iran is key to reaching a solution. Indeed, as Iran’s primary nuclear technology supplier, and one of its leading trade partners, Moscow would appear to have powerful leverage in Tehran. But the United States may be basing its policy on an illusion, for the Russians could be playing a double game.

    With Russia’s grudging support, the United Nations Security Council has passed three rounds of sanctions on Iran, aimed at halting its uranium enrichment program, which Tehran claims is for peaceful purposes, but could be used to make fissile material for weapons. The sanctions, however, have not halted the Iranian enrichment program and show little prospect of doing so soon. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported last February that Iran has produced sufficient low-enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon, if Tehran were to take the additional step of enriching it further. Meanwhile, centrifuges continue to spin at Natanz, and Iran has yet to convince the IAEA that its intentions are peaceful.

    Although Moscow talks a good game on Iran’s nuclear program, since Iran’s clandestine uranium enrichment program was first exposed in 2002, Russia has consistently impeded effective action. The problem is not that the Russians doubt Iran’s nuclear potential. In 2005, a Russian diplomat told me that compared with the Iranians, North Korean nuclear engineers (who have since conducted two nuclear tests) are “children,” and warned that Russia’s assessments of how soon Iran might attain a nuclear weapon are more pessimistic than those reported in the U.S. media. There are, however, reasons why keeping the issue alive is in Russia’s interest, and therefore Moscow would prefer not to solve the problem anytime soon.

    First, Russia benefits economically from a crisis with Iran. Not only is Russia Iran’s leading nuclear vendor, it is also its foremost arms dealer, and demand for those arms increases with tensions. In 2007, Iran bought a $1 billion defense system from Russia and is now seeking even more sophisticated interceptors, likely to defend its nuclear sites. More significantly, even the possibility of military action against Iran and the probable consequences — including attacks on oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz — inflates the price of oil. This matters to Moscow. Oil and gas accounted for almost two-thirds of Russia’s export revenues at the peak of energy prices.

    Second, the issue keeps Russia at the head table in international relations. Moscow’s influence in the Middle East has waned for decades, with reversals of fortunes in Libya, Egypt, Syria, and Iraq. Relatively good relations with Iran give Moscow a toehold to influence events in a strategically vital part of the world. Membership in the Group of Six accords Russia significant influence on an important issue.

    Third, the Iran nuclear issue creates leverage over the United States. Washington has already made clear that the matter is of vital interest — all the better for Moscow to demand rewards for cooperation. Russia got a long-sought civil nuclear cooperation agreement from the George W. Bush administration (though it stalled in Congress over the invasion of Georgia), and is angling to pocket concessions on missile defense and arms control from the Barack Obama administration. The Kremlin may wish to prolong this happy circumstance to extract further gratuities.

    Finally, do not discount the power of spite. Moscow is still smarting over the end of the Cold War and the rise of the United States as a “hyperpower.” U.S. setbacks in Iraq and Afghanistan may have dulled, but did not deaden, that pain. Witness the sharp response to Vice President Joseph Biden’s recent comments about Russia’s weakening international position. If the United States is taken down a peg by Iran, it may well serve the Kremlin’s purposes.

    U.S. negotiators may yet convince the Group of Six to take more effective action on Iran, but only if they do not assume Russia’s interests on the matter to be aligned with their own. It will require hard bargaining, not just appeals to reason, to persuade Moscow to be constructive. Moscow must understand that the absence of effective international action on Iran’s nuclear program will drive other policies in directions anathema to the Kremlin. It will strengthen NATO unity. It will make missile defense deployments more imperative. Most of all, it will cause countries throughout Europe and the Middle East again to turn to the United States for protection and leadership. In short, Russia must be convinced that a diplomatic double game on Iran is not worth the candle.

  232. …this speech is the biggest waste of time…he sounds like he is talking, er, reading, to himself…kids are not stupid, first he keeps losing his place in the teleprompter, then he tries to evoke emotion, humor, and something for the kids to identify with…and he sounds like he is barking at them…talking at them…lecturing them…his delivery…his lines…do not sound sincere…very manufactured…trying to be dramatic, but it is falling flat…

    so obvious, this was all about him…as usual…more air time on tv, more attention on him…’hail to the chief’ as he walked in…he is trying so hard to make himself the next Kennedy…too bad, their parents and others got wise to him and destroyed his grand plan…and he had to take it down a few notches…

    this man is shameless…his narcissim knows no bounds…

    what else can he think of to continue to overexpose himself…

  233. Another one of Barack’s friends makes the news. It seems Momar Khadafi is outraged at the way his son (Hannibal Lector Khadafi) was accosted by Swiss Police on a drunken binge recently, and for that unpardonable sin (the arrest–not the binge), Baracks buddy has tendered a modest proposal to abolish Switzerland. But inasmuch as Muslims are not held in the highest esteem in Europe, the proposal was not entertained which is ineluctable proof that Jones had it right all along white people are all racists, and david sirotta would say amen. Personally, I applaud Momars stand. In the immortal words of Rocky Balboa a mans gotta do what a mans gotta so, and if that means switzerland must be relegated to the dustbin of history, well que sera.
    ——————————————————-
    Qaddafi proposes abolishing Switzerland
    Fri, 09/04/2009 – 11:04am
    A UN spokesman tells the Swiss News Agency that Libya submitted a proposal to the General Assembly calling for the dissolution of Switzerland last month. The proposal was never accepted or circulated because the U.N. Charter prohibits countries from threatening the existance of other member states.

    In case you hadn’t gotten the message, Qaddafi really hates Switzerland:

    Gaddafi first mentioned the idea of dismemberment during the G8 summit in Italy in July. Switzerland “is a world mafia and not a state”, he said, adding that it was “formed of an Italian community that should return to Italy, another German community that should return to Germany, and a third French community that should return to France”.

    The source of the Libya-Switzerland beef is an incident last year involving Qaddafi’s ne’er-do-well son Hannibal. (See more about him in our list of the World’s Worst Sons.)The young Qaddafi was arrested at a hotel in Geneva for aggravated assault on two of his servants. His father responded by lodging a formal diplomatic complaint, expelling Swiss diplomats, and shutting down Swiss-owned businesses in Libya.

  234. S Says:

    September 8th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    —————————

    He loves to look in a mirror and he loves to talk. He hates to pay attention to anyone else and he hates to listen.

  235. “See how well Putin is playing the naiive Mr. Obama to his own advantage. If you were in his shoes, wouldn’t you.”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Definitely! Obama hasn’t a modicum of business acumen nor a hound’s tooth worth of projected strategic planning. Obama could have leveraged a better deal with Russia when he agreed to the reduction of nuclear armaments and negotiating the installation or not of the missile shield in Poland. Instead, he gave the store away and settled for nothing in return.

    Bedsides the Republicans making fools of the Democrats and their leader; the world is smirking gleefully at the power and prestige of the US circling the drain.

  236. Jan…if he were auditioning in front of a casting director, he would be shown the door so fast…he is so stiff and programmed

  237. LOL…abolish Switzerland? bambi certainly frolics with the best idiots in the world. And I also heard that Norway is looking at boycotting Israel because of the new “apartheid” slam being made against them.

    Isn’t life grand.

  238. Gaddafi first mentioned the idea of dismemberment during the G8 summit in Italy in July. Switzerland “is a world mafia and not a state”, he said, adding that it was “formed of an Italian community that should return to Italy, another German community that should return to Germany, and a third French community that should return to France”.

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

    Obama aligning himself with the most popular outspoken terrorists is something he learned at his mother’s knee. Perhaps the education he received as a Muslim in Indonesia, is harkening him back to his roots in fullfillment of his next book: “Dreams of My Mother”

  239. JanH Says:
    September 8th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    LOL…abolish Switzerland? bambi certainly frolics with the best idiots in the world. And I also heard that Norway is looking at boycotting Israel because of the new “apartheid” slam being made against them.

    Isn’t life grand.

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

    Um-hm. Beware the Gnomes of Zurich.

  240. Personally, I applaud Momars stand. In the immortal words of Rocky Balboa a mans gotta do what a mans gotta so, and if that means switzerland must be relegated to the dustbin of history, well que sera.

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

    And delenda est, too!

  241. Dear wbboei,

    Staging a funeral for U.S. democracy. Picketing a member of Congress’ local office. Holding a satirical “Corporations Are People Too” demonstration at state capitol. These are just a few of the inspiring protest ideas we’ve heard activists like you are planning for tomorrow. It’s not too late to ask your friends to pledge to protest and organize a street action — or protest in whatever way you’re able!

    Don’t Get Rolled!
    Tomorrow, on 9/9/09, the Supreme Court begins hearing re-arguments in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission at 10 a.m. As you’ve heard from us, what is at stake is more than one hundred years of limits on corporate influence in our political system. A bad decision in this case could open the floodgates of corporate money in our elections.

    Corporations already have outsized influence over our political process. Corporations are not voters and should not be allowed to roll over the public interest with their economic interests! In fact, this is settled law. But, the Supreme Court is going out of its way — holding a special session tomorrow — to revisit the rights of corporations to spend from their treasuries to influence our elections.

    That’s why we need you to protest and help us show that Americans want less corporate influence — not more!

    Please visit http://www.DontGetRolled.org to sign our protest petition and learn more about what others have pledged to do tomorrow.

    We look forward to making a lot of noise with you! Please send us your photos, videos and stories to share at action@citizen.org.

    Thank you for all you do!

    Rick, Angela and Glenn
    Your Advocates at Public Citizen
    action@citizen.org

  242. Mrs. Smith Says:

    Elbowed Laura Bush out of retirement to say, “there’s nothing wrong with the President speaking to school children on their first day of school”..

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

    I heard Bush spent $27,000 doing so, and the Democrats complained plenty then.

  243. turndown-

    the point is Obama had to make his case to the GOP whining for H-E-L-P..

    and the joke is they didn’t send Newtie or McConnell to gladiate for Obama. They sent Laura in as the witness to GW’s ownership of speaking to kids on the first day of school.

    Sending Laura in to rescue the USS Obama from taking on more water was the old throwing him an anvil trick instead of sending someone with gravitas within their own party, such as those mentioned above.

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