Days Of Atonement

On Thanksgiving Day Americans consider and reflect on the past year and give thanks for what they have received. On New Year’s Day, Americans, after consideration and reflection, look forward and plan what they wish to accomplish in 365 days.

American Jews and Jews worldwide have an additional day of reflection called Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Yom Kippur “atones for sins between man and G_d, not for sins against another person”

Obama and Obama supporters should take a page from our Jewish brothers and sisters and atone for what they have inflicted on America and Americans.

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We’ll get to Obama supporters shortly, but first and foremost the creature with the most to atone for is Barack Obama.

Obama should atone for his trespasses with a swift and immediate resignation along with a confession of the Gay-bashing, race-baiting and misogyny he employed to grab a position of power and prestige he is unworthy of holding and incapable of performing.

The decency of resignation is not one we expect. The Chicago Clown of Corruption is Copenhagen bound.

Afghanistan policy, where Americans die every day, which Obama ignored every day he was in the U.S. Senate -holding not a single meeting of the Subcommittee with jurisdiction over NATO issues in Afghanistan – is up for grabs and the situation getting desperate but Obama is too busy Copenhagen bound:

The military general credited with capturing Saddam Hussein and killing the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, says he has spoken with President Obama only once since taking command in Afghanistan.

“I’ve talked to the president, since I’ve been here, once on a VTC ,” Gen. Stanley McChrystal told CBS reporter David Martin in a television interview that aired Sunday.

You’ve talked to him once in 70 days?” Mr. Martin followed up.

“That is correct,” the general replied.

The Chicago Circus of Corruption wants the Clown in Copenhagen to further fleece Chicago citizens.

In Iraq,
“American insiders in Baghdad say the relationship between the top U.S. commander there, Gen. Raymond Odierno, and the top civilian official there, Amb. Christopher Hill, is deteriorating rapidly. Old hands say the chill between the two brings to the bad old days of Sanchez vs. Bremer, when those two unfortunates barely would speak to each other as the American position fell apart in early 2004, along with Iraq itself.” Iraq policy is in difficulty but the Chicago Clown is off to Copenhagen.

Restrictions on abortion funding under the health care insurance scam Obama proposes is up for crucial votes along with the issue of illegal immigrants and participation in the “program”, but Obama the Clown is Copenhagen bound.

The hapless Senate majority leader, Harry Reid says he needs Obama to “arbitrate a number of contentious issues that still threaten to divide liberal and centrist Democrats and derail a final bill” on health care but Obama the Clown is Copenhagen bound.

Why is Obama Copenhagen bound knowing the trip will at the very least distract Big Media and prevent the nation from addressing issues of importance, like Afghanistan, health care, the economy, Iraq, Iranian nuclear weapons, and job creation in the private sector? The answer is that Clowns in the circus are mostly of use to distract attendee attention between acts. Obama the Clown’s cruise to Copenhagen is a publicity stunt to once again distract from the disaster which is Obama.

Why go to Copenhagen with a Joker grin to backslap and waste time on a long fuel guzzling trans-Atlantic trip in order to speak for about 5 minutes out of a 45 minute presentation?

The White House knows that the decision to go before the International Olympic Committee is fraught with political risk: The president could be embarrassed on a world stage if he doesn’t land the games.

Plus, more than a few Americans are surely scratching their heads — with his inbox crowded with a troop request for Afghanistan, a new secret nuclear site in Iran, sky-high unemployment and a health care bill in Congress, does the president really have time for this? [snip]

Political experts also said that there are several potential side benefits to the Chicago effort that could outweigh any political risk. First, Obama will dominate the headlines with a foreign trip with a nonpolitical and popular goal. That will push the contentious health care debate and tricky decisions on how to win the war in Afghanistan, at least for a few hours, out of the news cycle.

The Chicago Clown of Corruption is Copenhagen bound to distract from unpopularity and failure and to bask in Klieg lights and to delude himself with the notion he is a celebrity worth celebrating.

Trash talking, cheap, clueless and sleeveless Michelle Obama will prove in Copenhagen she is a cheap floozy from Chicago:

“Already, the spirited competition has sparked some high-level trash talking. At the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh last week, Michelle Obama sat next to the first lady of Brazil, Marisa Letícia Rocco Casa. “I said, you know, ‘I’m going to hug you now and then I’m going after you in Copenhagen,’” the first lady said. “And she said, ‘You, too.’ So gloves are off.”

Hug first, stab in the back second, is the real Michelle from Chicago.

Michelle and Oprah are going to Copenhagen to do what they do best: back-stab. Obama the Clown is Copenhagen bound to distract, distract, distract:

He’s a man with an endless, worthy to-do list—health care, climate change, bank reform, global capital regulation, AfPak, the Middle East, you name it—but, as yet, no boxes checked “done.” This is a problem that style will not fix. Unless Obama learns to rely less on charm, rhetoric, and good intentions and more on picking his spots and winning in political combat, he’s not going to be reelected, let alone enshrined in South Dakota.

The president’s problem isn’t that he is too visible; it’s the lack of content in what he says when he keeps showing up on the tube. Obama can seem a mite too impressed with his own aura, as if his presence on the stage is the Answer. There is, at times, a self-referential (even self-reverential) tone in his big speeches. They are heavily salted with the words “I” and “my.” (He used the former 11 times in the first few paragraphs of his address to the U.N. last week.) [snip]

Members of Obama’s own party know who Obama is not; they still sometimes wonder who he really is. [snip] Never much of a legislator (and not long a -senator), Obama underestimated the complexity of enacting a major “reform” bill. Letting Congress try to write it on its own was an awful idea. [snip] It’s not like Chicago, where you call a guy who calls a guy who calls Daley, who makes the call. [snip]

Health-care legislation is still weeks, if not months, from passage, and the bill as it stands could well be a windfall for the very insurance and drug companies it was supposed to rein in. Climate-change legislation (a.k.a. cap-and-trade) is almost certainly dead for this year, which means that American negotiators will go empty-handed to the Copenhagen summit in December —pushing the goal of limiting carbon emissions even farther into the distance. In the spring Obama privately told the big banks that he was going to change the way they do business. It was going to be his way or the highway. But the complex legislation he wants to submit to Congress has little chance of passage this year. Doing Letterman again won’t help.

Howard Fineman wrote the above words. Fineman could have informed Americans of “never much of a legislator” and other Obama shortcomings last year. Fineman is far from atoning for his sins with his few critical columns on Obama.

Richard Cohen has a lot to atone for what he has written in the past in praise of Obama and in denigration of Hillary Clinton. Cohen today tries to atone with a wrist-slap:

Sooner or later it is going to occur to Barack Obama that he is the president of the United States. As of yet, though, he does not act that way, appearing promiscuously on television and granting interviews like the presidential candidate he no longer is. The election has been held, but the campaign goes on and on. The candidate has yet to become commander in chief.


Cohen and Fineman are not alone in their need to atone.

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Left Talkers are in desperate need of atonement.

One website that is run by well educated lawyers trashed Sarah Palin about her daughter’s behavior and her mother-in-law’s behavior, held a perverse “lottery” to determine when Palin would withdraw, chose Obama because he was the “media darling”, and acually dared to declare Obama will be one of our greatest presidents – comparable to FDR.

The same defense lawyer Left-Talker that chortled when Sarah Palin’s mother-in-law got in trouble with the police, the same defense lawyer Left-Talker that rubbed her legs and speculated that Governor Palin’s resignation came on a Friday because Governor Palin “wouldn’t time the announcement on such a slow news day if she weren’t trying to minimize it“; the same defense lawyer Left-Talker who gossiped and convicted Sarah Palin without evidence (“The Alaska Report says a big, dirty scandal is coming. Another Alaska blog mentions an investigation into her finances and reports the money has been raised to pay for the release of the e-mails in the FOIA case, and it should only be a matter of days before they are released.”) and spends an inordinate amount of time drinking with her handsome son (see how ugly speculation can work Left-Talkers?) is now – defending convicted fugitive from justice Roman Polanski and shouting “Free Roman Polanski”. A true hypocrite in need of atoning.

We are not judging the Polanski case, we are merely pointing out the hypocrisy of a defense lawyer woman (who trashes a woman governor for the actions of a prospective mother-in-law she has no control over), while defending a convicted child rapist. Hypocrite.

The same defense lawyer Left-Talker is also busy acting high minded and “innocent until proven guilty” when it comes to Nabijullah Zazi. If only this contemptible hypocrite would give the same measure of “innocent until proven guilty” towards abused Sarah Palin.

The male Left-Talker who sold out the Democratic nomination process to Big Media and “media darling” Barack the Clown is now grousing about Big Media. Too late, it is time to atone.

And when it comes to hypocrites and those in need of atonement, the name David Sirota immediately stinks up. David Sirota rejoiced when Rahm Emanuel demanded on Meet The Press that Paul Hackett of Ohio withdraw from the Ohio Senate race in 2006. Sirota slimed and smeared and demanded that Paul Hackett get out (click HERE for some of the sordid story; warning the link is to the sulfur website.)

Now Sirota pretends he is outraged at Rahm Emanuel forcing candidates out of elections without a vote or without counting votes. Sirota worships Emanuel when Emanuel thugs out candidates Sirota does not like. Now Sirota, (like the male Left-Talker who is not so keen on Big Media now, but loved the “media darling”) is upset with Emanuel. Now Sirota is lying about his own ugly history of forcing candidates off the ballot.

I’ve made my position on the Emanuel administration’s attempts to crush Democratic primaries pretty plain: Beyond it being a disgusting effort to crush the kind of local democracy Barack Obama used to make Rahm Emanuel president, it also makes Democratic legislative unity even tougher to achieve. Additionally, the aggressiveness of the effort reveals a double-standard: The Emanuel administration that categorically refuses to twist the arms of congresspeople to pass legislation is the same Emanuel administration that is more than happy to break the arms of Democratic primary candidates.

As I said in my last column, that’s the power-worshiping, incumbent-protecting country-club etiquette at work: Just like, say, Tim Russert, would ask upstart presidential candidate Howard Dean much tougher questions than sitting Vice President Dick Cheney, President Emanuel is willing to punch those outside of D.C., but not those inside.

Now, the Denver Post gives us a sense of just how hard those punches are being thrown. The front-page Sunday story details how President Emanuel dispatched former Max Baucus aide and current Vice President Jim Messina to, as the Post says, “try to buy off” former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D) with a job before he announced his primary challenge to appointed Sen. Michael Bennet (D).

Sirota loved it when Rahm Emanuel knocked Paul Hackett off the ballot (with Sirota’s help and propaganda) but now Sirota is really really upset:

The recent headlines about President Obama working to crush primary campaigns against Democratic incumbents would be great fodder for a canned column looking at hypocrisy.

Yes, it would be easy to read about the president trying to clear the Empire State’s primary field for appointed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and then pen a screed wondering how that squares with Obama promising to avoid “be(ing) the kingmaker” in local elections.

With the White House citing genteel deference to incumbents as justification for its efforts to stop a Democratic primary against Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, it would be a cinch to write an essay noting that Obama might never have become a successful politician had he not first taken on incumbents in 1996 and 2000.

Sirota is a hypocrite who condemns hypocrisy. Sirota has much to atone for with his attacks on many candidates – like Hillary Clinton.

Elizabeth Edwards is in desperate need of atonement too. Elizabeth Edwards who trashed Hillary and proclaimed her marriage to be superior to Hillary’s marriage now has the prospect of her husband’s bastard moving on up and into the neighborhood.

As we employ the standards of Left-Talkers, it appears Elizabeth is also trashing her husband’s concubine in various websites using fake names. Elizabeth, if she indeed is “Cherubin” also trashes Obama, while hyping her “Johnny” for jobs. Elizabeth Edwards is in need of atonement.

The New York Times, trashed Bill Clinton over Whitewater and has yet to apologize. The Times trashed Bill Clinton almost daily on its front pages and in editorials. Now the Times admits it has little news value judgment and will atone by reading website blogs.

The New York Times, Elizabeth, John, Sirota, Left-Talkers, Obamas, Dimocrats and all he Hopium addled have a great deal to atone for.

It will be a shonda if they persist in their folly.

It’s time to atone for your deeds fellas.

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289 thoughts on “Days Of Atonement

  1. Admin says:

    “Plus, more than a few Americans are surely scratching their heads — with his inbox crowded with a troop request for Afghanistan, a new secret nuclear site in Iran, sky-high unemployment and a health care bill in Congress, does the president really have time for this? “[snip]

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    Obama needs time for secret meetings with Soros and GE to stop the infighting. GE with it’s electrical hands tied (yay) and Soros for going forward in Rio… with the O-lymp-ics. Soros is there to soothe the “failure” because for him having the O-lymp-ics in Rio will leave a sweet taste in the mouths of his bribed public officials adding to his political capital for future requests. imo- of course 🙂

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    “As we employ the standards of Left-Talkers, it appears Elizabeth is also trashing her husbands concubine in various websites using fake names. Elizabeth, if she indeed is “Cherubin” also trashes Obama, while hyping her “Johnny” for jobs. Elizabeth Edwards is in need of atonement.”

    Yes, I heard that as well.. Elizabeth needs more than atonement to improve her mental health; she needs a full time “shrink”

  2. I really think Elizagbeth trashed HRC, because in her heart she knew what her husband was doing, yet, she could never blame him. Many women are like that. Just like they could never blame their children.when they do something wrong, and make sure that they suffer the consequences. These people are enablers.

  3. I can’t believe that so many people are defending a convicted child rapist and pedophile. he needs to serve out his sentence and his defenders need a psych exam.

  4. Admin,

    Bingo!

    Atonement is exactly what this idiot needs to beg for. He’s off having cocktails in Geneva. His wife is bragging that they will take no prisoners.

    While Rome burns…

    How much would we have to pay Geneva to keep them over there permanently.

  5. birdgal,

    I agree. How on earth do they gloss over the heinous crime he committed on a 13 year old girl? She may want the issue closed, but this is a black mark for woman and young girls everywhere.

  6. I don’t think BO or MO knows what atonement is. What a crass thing she said to the president’s wife. No class whatsoever.

  7. JanH Says:

    September 29th, 2009 at 2:33 pm
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    It is/was a heinous crime and if he does not have to atone for his evil deeds, it marginalizes the crime, women, and children the world over. I’m glad the State Dept. is staying out of it.

  8. Well, given both Clintons determination to decrease violence against women all over the world, I don’t think Hillary would touch this with a 10 foot pole. It should go through the courts.

  9. Bless you administrator. During a break in services yesterday I had a heated exchange with my liberal Rabbi who assured us all Obama was a friend of Israel and not an Anti-Semite. My wife and kids were embarrassed, but I stood my ground and told him I am quitting the Temple as I am sick of Jews who just refuse to get it….I walked away in disgust .

  10. JbStonesFan, maybe the Rabbi needs to take a trip to Israel and ask people on the front lines whether Obama is a friend of Israel.

  11. I liked the recent post (by wbb?) saying Obama was being pulled between GE’s money and Soros’ money. Imo he doesn’t have the brains to be anti-semitic or anti-white or anything else.

  12. BTW, more evidence of our contention that universal health care reform died in Denver in August 2008:

    http://prescriptions.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/29/live-blogging-senate-finance-committee-debate-on-public-option/?hp

    Down to Defeat| 2:51 p.m. The Rockefeller amendment is voted down, despite his declaration, “The public option is on the march.”

    The final tally was 8 in favor, 15 against. The amendment drew no Republican support. Democrats voting against the amendment were Mr. Conrad, Ms. Lincoln, Bill Nelson of Florida and Thomas Carper of Delaware.

    Supporting the public option were the Democratic Senators Rockefeller, Bingaman, Kerry, Wyden, Schumer, Stabenow, Cantwell and Menendez.

    Obama was too busy helping Michelle yank sleeves off dresses to help out with the vote. Michelle is now happy she has sufficient sleeveless dresses to participate in the Clowns To Copenhagen program.

  13. admin Says:

    September 29th, 2009 at 3:07 pm
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    The Olympics are worth fighting for, but the public option is not? Way to go, Mr. President. What a disgrace. Shows where his priorities are (not).

  14. Hillary Clinton To Chair Security Council Session On Women In Armed Conflict

    9/29/2009

    A United Nations Security Council session on women, peace and security in Armed Conflict will vote Wednesday on a resolution to address sexual violence in armed conflict.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will chair the session, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at United Nations Headquarters, the State Department said Tuesday.

    The U.S.-sponsored resolution comes as a follow up to Security Council Resolution 1820, which confronts sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict situations.

    That resolution was also proposed by the United States in June 2008, when it held the Security Council Presidency, the State Department noted.

    rttnews.com/Content/GeneralNews.aspx?Node=B1&Id=1079780

  15. Defense Bill, Lauded by White House, Contains Billions in Earmarks

    By R. Jeffrey Smith
    Tuesday, September 29, 2009

    Sen. Thad Cochran’s most recent reelection campaign collected more than $10,000 from University of Southern Mississippi professors and staff members, including three who work at the school’s center for research on polymers. To a defense spending bill slated to be on the Senate floor Tuesday, the Mississippi Republican has added $10.8 million in military grants earmarked for the school’s polymer research. Cochran, the ranking Republican on the Appropriations subcommittee on defense, also added $12 million in earmarked spending for Raytheon Corp., whose officials have contributed $10,000 to his campaign since 2007. He earmarked nearly $6 million in military funding for Circadence Corp., whose officers — including a former Cochran campaign aide — contributed $10,000 in the same period.

    In total, the spending bill for 2010 includes $132 million for Cochran’s campaign donors, helping to make him the sponsor of more earmarked military spending than any other senator this year, according to an analysis by the nonprofit group Taxpayers for Common Sense. Cochran says his proposals are based only on “national security interests,” not campaign cash. But in providing money for projects that the Defense Department says it did not request and does not want, he has joined a host of other senators on both sides of the aisle. The proposed $636 billion Senate bill includes $2.65 billion in earmarks.

    President Obama has repeatedly promised to fight “the special interests, contractors and entrenched lobbyists” that he says have distorted military priorities and bloated appropriations in the past. In August, he told a convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars that “if Congress sends me a defense bill loaded with a bunch of pork, I will veto it.” But the White House instead sent a generally supportive message to the Senate about the pending defense bill on Friday, virtually ensuring that the earmarks will win final congressional approval. For the most part, the White House lauded the bill’s proposed funding for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as its cancellation of three programs that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has been particularly eager to kill this year: the F-22 fighter plane, a second engine for the F-35 fighter and a new presidential helicopter program.

    The bill, however, would add $1.7 billion for an extra destroyer the Defense Department did not request and $2.5 billion for 10 C-17 cargo planes it did not want, at the behest of lawmakers representing the states where those items would be built. Although the White House said the administration “strongly objects” to the extra C-17s and to the Senate’s proposed shift of more than $3 billion from operations and maintenance accounts to projects the Pentagon did not request, no veto was threatened over those provisions.

    The absence of such a threat provoked Winslow Wheeler, director of a military reform project at the Center for Defense Information, to describe Obama’s stance as “too wimpy to impact behavior.” Wheeler, who earlier criticized the House for approving a version of the bill that includes extra C-17 planes, $2.7 billion worth of earmarks and other projects that Gates dislikes, said that “as a long-time Senate staffer who has read these documents for years, my interpretation of it is that the House-Senate conference will listen politely . . . and then do as it pleases.”

    Senior Obama aides responded that the White House never sought to fix the problem of earmarks in one year. “The president has been clear from Day One: He wants to change the way business gets done in Washington,” Thomas Gavin, a spokesman for the Office of Management and Budget, said Monday. “The results speak for themselves. Earmarks in the defense appropriations bills are down 27 percent in the House and 19 percent in the Senate. This is an important step forward in the president’s drive to shape a government that is more efficient and more effective.”

    Those figures are the most flattering the White House could have used: They refer to the number of earmarks in the bills, not total spending. Total spending on military earmarks in the Senate declined by only 11 percent from the $3 billion approved by Congress last year. “Despite the fact that earmarks are down, there’s still nearly 800 . . . for projects that rose to the top by dint of political power rather than project merit,” said Ryan Alexander, president of Taxpayers for Common Sense. “The president needs to take a harder line against waste and political gamesmanship, particularly in the defense bill, which is paying for two wars.”

    There is, however, wide bipartisan support in Congress for diverting funds to political donors or home-state causes. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, ran a close second to Cochran’s $212 million in earmarks this year, having added 37 earmarks of his own worth $208 million, according to the tally by Taxpayers for Common Sense.

    Almost all of Inouye’s earmarks are for programs in his home state, and 18 of the provisions — totaling $68 million — are for entities that have donated $340,000 to his campaign since 2007. His earmarks included $24 million for a Hawaiian health-care network, $20 million for Boeing’s operation of the Maui Space Surveillance System and $20 million for a civic education center named after the late senator Edward M. Kennedy. “Many of my earmarks are intended to support investment in small businesses working to hone new and innovative technologies that will better protect and support our soldiers during a time when our nation is at war,” Inouye said in a statement Monday.

    In Cochran’s case, the proposed earmarks would benefit at least two entities that hired his former aides. The manager of Mississippi operations for Colorado-based Circadence is R. Bradley Prewitt, whose biography on the company’s Web site states that he was counsel and campaign manager to Cochran from 1997 to 2002. The University of Southern Mississippi, which would receive $10.8 million in Cochran earmarks, paid $40,000 to a firm that employs Cochran’s former legislative director, James Lofton, to help lobby on defense appropriations, according to the firm’s Senate registration.

    “Senator Cochran takes his responsibilities on the Appropriations Committee very seriously,” spokesman Chris Gallegos responded Monday. “Senator Cochran does not, and never will, base his decisions on campaign contributions.”

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/28/AR2009092803862.html

  16. jbstonesfan Says:

    September 29th, 2009 at 2:55 pm
    Bless you administrator. During a break in services yesterday I had a heated exchange with my liberal Rabbi who assured us all Obama was a friend of Israel and not an Anti-Semite. My wife and kids were embarrassed, but I stood my ground and told him I am quitting the Temple as I am sick of Jews who just refuse to get it….I walked away in disgust .

    You are not alone!

    Our Rabbi did not mention BO while I was there. He did at one point say that a wealthy NY Jewish family….he was referring to the NYT…should hang its head in shame. He was referring back to their harsh criticism of Begin. He reminded the congregation that Begin had negotioated two major peace deals. He spoke alot about hope and his belief that Israel absolutely will survive as will the Jewish people.

    Needless to say….I don’t think he is a big fan of Obama.

    Those of us who see the truth and stand for the values and beliefs we cherish….freedom, democracy, fairness etc…..we are the only ones who can move the world to a better place. There was an incredible quote from the Anne FRank diary at the beginning of the memorial service. She wrote about how she still had hope even though there was choas and evil all around her. She believed that goodness would prevail…..stunning.

  17. admin Says:
    September 29th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    “Down to Defeat| 2:51 p.m. The Rockefeller amendment is voted down, despite his declaration, “The public option is on the march.”

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    OMG, admin- That is good news! I read Rockerfeller’s Health Care Bill, pretty scary.

    His name should be Scaryfeller for the demented guidelines and mandates included in his bill.

  18. birdgal Says:

    September 29th, 2009 at 2:33 pm
    I don’t think BO or MO knows what atonement is. What a crass thing she said to the president’s wife. No class whatsoever.
    &&&&

    They know what the word means, but they also know they have nothing to atone for.

    What is the issue the MO has with the Brazilian President’s wife?

    “Dat beeyotch thinks she’s prettier than me?”

    I dunno. Just guessing.

  19. OMG, admin- That is good news! I read Rockerfeller’s Health Care Bill, pretty scary.

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    Mrs. Smith, Actually, I disagree. We need a public option, as means to provide some competition for the insurance companies to keep the costs down. Without it, there is not anything to control the spiralling costs of premium increases, higher deductibles, and co-pays. The proposed Health Insurance Reform is a debacle and will place higher costs upon the middle class.

  20. birdgal…..I agree with you. We need a public option.

    We are talking about a medicare type program. I don’t know anyone…rich or poor…who wants to give up medicare. Most people can’t wait to get it.

  21. I don’t understand how people who supported Hillary don’t believe in a public option. This has been a cornerstone of her career.

  22. I believe in Public Option, and think she is the only one that can make it happen. He really gives only lip service in support of it.

  23. Hillary’s health care reform is a horse of another color. She who should be President, has the hearts of at least half the country, even now after all this turmoil. She has one attribute that The Fraud will never have and that is TRUST. I guess public option is a Dem thing, because all I see is the lack of ability, and self restraint, that all the government run entities have in succeeding with ANY department or agency. Congress is the opposite of Progress. Each of them is the purest definition of failure. Competition (in private enterprise) makes for better products and services, but competing with a government run plan would eliminate competition.
    I would trust Hill and Bill to put forth a plan on healthcare, even though I am set against a GOVERNMENT run healthcare system/public option. Just look at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, etc.
    And somehow, I resent the implication that one can not be FOR Hillary and AGAINST a public option. That is simply not true. I did not agree with EVERY agenda of Hillary, nor EVERY agenda of Palin, but I worked by a$$ off for both and still believe just as strongly in both.

  24. For those against a public option, what cost controls will be available to reign in the insurance companies? Do you really want your tax dollars subsidizing the insurance companies?

  25. Obama’s Olympic Error

    by Dave Zirin

    President Barack Obama is now en route to Copenhagen in an effort to sell Chicago as the site of the 2016 Summer Olympics. In the process, he may be selling Chicago down the river. Obama is joined arm-in-arm with his wife Michelle on one side and Mayor Ricahrd Daley’s Chicago political machine on the other. Michelle Obama says, “My father was disabled, and I think what it would have meant for him to see someone in his shoes compete. Kids need to see that and that needs to be celebrated just as much, if not more.” This seems more like an argument to support the Paralympics (a tremendous event) but that’s beside the point. Michelle Obama should perhaps realize that if the Olympics had come to Chicago when she was a young girl on Chicago’s working class south side, her home may have been torn down to make way for an Olympic facility. No word on how being out of house and home would have helped her disabled father.

    Mayor Daley, rocking a 35 percent approval rating, says that the Games would be “a huge boost to our economy, raising it to a new level. The Games will help us recover sooner from the recession that still grips our nation and enable us to better compete in the global economy.”

    There is only one problem with this argument: the history of the Olympic Games almost without exception brands it as a lie.As Sports Illustrated’s Michael Fish has written, “You stage a two-week athletic carnival and, if things go well, pray the local municipality isn’t sent into financial ruin.”

    In fact, the very idea that Chicago could be an appropriate setting for the Olympics might have been hatched by Jon Stewart for a four-year supply of comedic fodder. To greater or lesser degrees, the Olympics bring gentrification, graft and police violence wherever they nest. Even without the Olympic Games, Chicago has been ground zero in the past decade for the destruction of public housing, political corruption raised to an art form, and police violence. Bringing the Olympics to this town would be like sending a gift basket filled with bottles of Jim Beam to the Betty Ford Clinic: over-consumption followed by disaster.

    It’s also difficult for Chicago residents to see how this will help their pocketbooks, given that Daley pledged to the International Olympic Committee that any cost overruns would be covered by taxpayers.

    This is why a staggering 84 percent of the city opposes bringing the Games to Chicago if it costs residents a solitary dime.

    The Obamas, former Chicago residents, should be standing with their city. Instead, we have the sight of Barack, Michelle, and Oprah trying to outmuscle Pele and Brazil for a place at the Olympic trough. The question is why. Maybe Obama wants the Olympic fairy dust enjoyed by Ronald Reagan at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles or Bill Clinton at the 1996 games in Atlanta. Or perhaps he is returning favor to the developers in his home turf who will make out like bandits once the smoke has cleared. He wants the glitz, glamour, and he wants it for the Daley machine. What the people of Chicago want doesn’t seem to compute.

    But we shouldn’t be surprised at this point that Obama is tin-eared to the concerns of Chicago residents. As Paul Krugman wrote Sept. 20 on the banker bonuses, “the administration has suffered more than it seems to realize from the perception that it’s giving taxpayers’ hard-earned money away to Wall Street.”

    Shoveling taxpayers’ money into the Olympic maw is no better, especially in these tough times.

    No Games Chicago organizer Alison McKenna said, “I oppose the Olympics coming to Chicago because instead of putting money toward what people really need, money will be funneled to real estate developers who will be tearing down Washington Park and other important community resources. I oppose the Olympics coming to Chicago because the nonprofit child-welfare agency that I work for had to sustain budget cuts and layoffs, while Chicago has spent $48.2 million on the 2016 Olympic bid, as of July 2009.”

    At this point in history, the right wing is shamelessly adopting populist rhetoric and the power of protest to sell an agenda of racism and fear wrapped in taxpayer protection. The big public voice against Obama’s trip to Copenhagen has been the repellent RNC chief Michael Steele who believes, and this is hilarious, that “At a time of war and recession” Obama needs to stay home. It shouldn’t be a scoundrel like Steele who delivers that message. Now is the time to build a pole of attraction on the left for people furious at corporate greed amidst a recession. This needs to happen, and not just for the Windy City. It’s about building a vibrant protest movement that believes in social justice not the rank divisiveness of the right. Obama likes to say that change comes from “outside Washington.” It’s time to take him at his word.

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

    and the writer does not even mention a word about the extreme violence and continued killings that are going on in Chicago’s streets

  26. Admin: this article is a grand slam home run. Best analysis by the best analyst out there–you.

    I oversimplify when I say, as I do, that it is all Soros and GE. I do so because there are primus inter pares–first among equals.

    There are roughly 100 families who call the shots in this country, and another hundred that have influence–I am told.

    A working majority of that group wanted him in and that is why he is there. So they broke the rules to install him.

    They assumed that his skin color would inhibit criticism, his lilting sermons would mezmerize the American People and the globalist agenda they favor could be advanced and completed in two terms.

    Well, regardless of what they believed in the beginning surely they realize now that he is not up to the job, and if he is allowed to continue their interests will suffer to say nothing of those of the country.

    Our adversaries know this is true. And so do our allies. When Chavez says the smell of sulfer is gone, then what he is not saying is that it has been replaced by weakness personified by Mr. Obama.

    Granted, none of these problems are easy. They require leadership. Leadership means communicating with your cabinet, with generals on the front line, and with the American People. Things he is incapable of.

    For Mr. Obama the model for governing is indistinguishable from the mode for campaigning, save in this sense. When you win the election you are free to do Rezko deals.

    The polite expression for what he does is bamboozling. A word used by Malcolm X, and later by Obama himself, but not about himself. He treats us like mushrooms: keep them in the dark and feed them shit.

    Big Media is in pare delicto. They will support him to the end, regardless of their occasional snipes. He is a product of big media and they cannot attack him without attacking them for putting him in.

    The bottom line is there is a high cost to the world, to the nation, and ti the stakeholders for allowing this comedy routing to go on. The best thing all of us can do is take Congress away from him in 2010.

    Then, we must make sure he does not get a second term.

  27. wbboei…if the unemployment continues to rise (which it will unless O dumps lots of slush fund ‘stimulus’ money in soon)…people continue to lose their homes…and this bait and switch bamboozlement of ‘health reform’ passes and people start getting stuck with fines and penalties for what they thought was going to be ‘affordable health care’ or for many what they think is “free” health care…and then start getting stuck in all the red tape, IRS documents that will be required, the bureucracy a la ‘cash for clunkers’ and the failure of O’s ‘save the homes’ plan…the rath of the seniors…

    …well…I think things are going to get very explosive…O promised so much to everyone and now is reneging on everything…even Newsweek and the WP are starting to put in print what everyone is thinking…this guy is in way over his head…his INEXPERIENCE is showing…he came to the WH to party, not work…this is not the making of a ‘commander in chief’ – this is not a serious and diligent person…he is a poser…an imposter…a teleprompter reader…a stand in…someone who plays a president on tv and then goes out to play…

    …the gig is up…as Admin said a thread or so ago…the truth will shine thru…and the gleam has begun…

  28. S Says:

    September 29th, 2009 at 6:06 pm
    ——————————————————————————–

    Sad, but true. Never thought it would be this bad, so soon.

  29. Does this sound like the kind of place we should be holding the 2016 Olympics? Is it a good representation of America? Is it an object lesson to the world? You decide. This is from something I wrote called “Deconstructing Mr. Obama:
    ————————————————-
    4. The Chicago Way: aka The Daley Machine is an aberrant form of government which operates in the corrupt tradition of Tammany Hall. It relies upon a strong mayor, i.e. boss, a rubber stamp city council and an army of ward bosses and precinct captains who turn out blocks of votes on Election Day. The system functions on the basis of quid- pro- quo, as opposed to issue oriented politics. As such, it is the bete noire of progressive reform. Under this system, the Machine provides no- bid government contracts, government jobs, and special assistance in disputes before public officials, e.g. judges, policemen and inspectors. The beneficiaries of that “help” then respond by delivering votes, campaign contributions and various forms of graft.

    This is inconsistent with the rule of law, but the Machine ensures that the law is more honored in the breach than in the observance. These corrupt practices are never prosecuted in the City of Chicago or Cook County. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is the only avenue of relief but as soon as someone like the Mayor’s “patronage chief” Robert Sorich is convicted and sent to reform school, another apparatchik rises to take his place. The Mayor was never touched, despite the potential RICO implications. This is akin to the world of don Vito Corleone. Whoever plays in such a system is part of that system. There are no virgins in this whorehouse. If you step outside the system or challenge it they will destroy you politically, professionally, personally.

    There is no political competition. The Daley Machine is the only game in town. The last Republican Mayor Big Bill Thompson left office in 1931. Daley’s father served from 1956 to 1976 and died in office. Daley himself has served from 1989 to the present. His City Council supports the Mayor 90 percent of the time. The Machine is active in elections and crushes the opposition. In 2003, all but five of the fifty incumbents were re-elected, most with landslide support, and those who lost received tepid support. At the same time, ward bosses won in mostly uncontested elections. When Obama speaks of unity this is the sort of thing he has in mind.

    The business beneficiaries of the Chicago Machine are developers, city contractors, construction unions, real estate firms, bankers, lawyers, international manufacturing firms, and last but surely not least “major” contributors from the new global economy. “The Goose Lake Group” which includes the heiress to Hyatt is at the center. Chicago bills itself as the mid-west capital of the global economy and plans to host the 2016 Olympics. Most tourist, convention, and major development decisions are made behind closed doors with strong private sector influence and little public input. Yes, the Chicago Machine model works well for his wealthy cabal of business supporters. But how well does it work for the rest of the population?

    This system has a perverse impact on low income people. For example, poverty in Chicago is growing. Today, 21% of the population is poor and that is up 114.5% since 1980. There has been a shrinkage in affordable housing. An estimated 30% of renters pay half their income or more for rent. The Machine initiated the largest Public Housing Re-development Program in the nation to promote gentrification—which ousts low income people from rundown neighborhoods, and builds condominiums for upwardly mobile professionals. Many low income people were displaced, but now the public housing they were promised has not materialized due to the economy. Nevertheless, builders have been enriched.

    Chicago has become the “National Capital of Police Repression”. CNN reported that between 2002 and 2004, citizens filed 10,000 complaints of police brutality few of which were ever investigated. As Daley’s father so eloquently put it, “the police are not there to create disorder. They are there to preserve it.” Finally, public education is being destroyed through privatization. Inner city schools are being closed. Those that remain open are neglected or decrepit. Classroom sizes are increasing. (See: lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.n http://sjlendman.blogspot.com )

  30. S: very well said. What I see here is not merely indecision, or tentative leadership, or even chaos. I see a meltdown of the illusion of leadership. Isn’t it obvious that a law student who accepted the job of editor of the law review and never showed up for work, an attorney who made eloquent opening statements but did not want to immerse himself in the details of the case, a state senator who pushed the no decision button 130 times, would not be an ideal candidate for President of the United States in a time of unprecedented risk? What is wrong with the thinking of our elites? Have they taken leave of their senses. Let them eat cake won’t do it anymore.

  31. Good morning everyone! Well it looks like everyone has been busy while I was sleeping.

    Admin: Great article!

    JanH: The previous thread, you said “what he going to do, take Iran of his prayer list”, I had to clean off my keyboard after that one, LOL! The paper tiger has no testicular courage.

    I am sad to see the public option is gone, I am sure the insurance industry is happy and fist bumping each other over that.

    Who got the Olympics, anyone know yet, I am pushing for Rio. Its too dangerous in Chi-town, especially with Obama mafia buddies running the town.

  32. Admin,

    You just have a way with words and as usual you brought a smile to my face.

    ‘Obama was too busy helping Michelle yank sleeves off dresses to help out with the vote. Michelle is now happy she has sufficient sleeveless dresses to participate in the Clowns To Copenhagen program.’

    ROTF!

  33. Jbstonesfan: I have a rabbi in my building who is cut from the same cloth. I wish I could help him understand that it is one thing to vote in favor of a candidate because you perceived him to be better than the opponent in supporting the values you believe in, and quite another to make excuses for him when he wins the election and proceeds to betray the very values that were the stated reason you elected him in the first place. Too often, passion is lord of reason. It is not a question of defending a prior vote, it is a matter of examining in the cold light of day what he had done or failed to do. In terms of the Nicean creed I am familiar with, he has not done the things he ought to have done, and not done the things he ought to have done, if I remember the liturgies taught to me in the Episcopal Church.

  34. geesh…flipping channels, I even heard ‘tingle up his leg’ chris matthews say that O is “OUT OF SYNCH” with the American people – O is after his trophy of health reform, but the people want jobs…’O is missing (ignoring) the real mood of the country…’

  35. Without jobs, people won’t be able to pay the insurance companies or buy their drugs. This administration really does seem to be out of touch with the American people, but it is keeping the corporate masters happy.

  36. birdgal,

    Could be the goal is to get everyone on the bread line for easier crowd control.

    👿

    BTW, aren’t you in health care? What do you think about the mandated flu and H1N1 shots for half a mill NYS health workers?

  37. Now Bo is calling for longer school years and school days, say from 7:30 to 5, so he can further indoctiinate his littlest fans.

    I saw that happen in the urban SS where parents would drop their kids off in the morning every day and pick them up in the evening. The school provided breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, activities and plenty of brainwashing.

    Just think about a nation full of tiny obamanites shrilling mmmmm mmmmm mmmmm.

  38. I keep wondering how much money is being spent on this drive to get the Olympics to Chicago.

    And if he doesn’t get the bid, it goes down as another failure in a long line of failures for him. Already they are saying that the climate bill is in jeopardy of being weakened to the point it is pretty useless. That also would be a failure.

    sigh…I see another primetime speech or two or three in the near future. One for sure on whatever decision he makes/doesn’t make on Afghanistan and definitely another one on his wannabe healthcare bill.

  39. BTW, aren’t you in health care? What do you think about the mandated flu and H1N1 shots for half a mill NYS health workers?

    —————————————————————————————————-

    I do work in health care, but flu vaccines have always been optional; never mandated. I don’t think mandated flu vaccines for health care workers should be mandatory, although, hepatitis b, measles, chicken pox, and mumps are a requirement for employment.

    I usually do get a flu vaccine and did receive one last week. H1N1 vaccines are not available, but the radio stations have been advertising quite heavily for pregnant women to receive the vaccine, since influenza in the mother may have adverse effects upon the fetus. This vaccine is too new and I think I will pass. In addition, I have a sneaking suspicion that I may have had the H1N1 virus last April. When I look back upon the symptoms that I had, a few of them were quite different from the usual flu that I have experienced. Namely, the high fever and diarrhea were different symptoms that I had never had before.

  40. SEPTEMBER 28, 2009

    Bank Pulls Back From Acorn

    By JAMES R. HAGERTY

    Already facing the loss of federal government funding, the community-organizing group Acorn also has run afoul of one of its big corporate partners, Bank of America Corp.

    In response to questions from The Wall Street Journal, a spokesman for the banking company said it has “suspended current commitments” to Acorn Housing, an affiliated group, and “will not enter into any further agreements with Acorn or any of its affiliates,” pending assessments by the bank of the organization’s operations.

    Acorn, officially the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, has been under fire since the recent release of secretly recorded videos that showed Acorn employees offering advice on evading taxes, setting up brothels and smuggling illegal immigrants.

    Acorn has called the actions unacceptable and has fired the workers involved. Last week, Acorn said it has selected Scott Harshbarger, a former Massachusetts attorney general, to investigate any wrongdoing at the organization. Acorn Housing for years has worked with Bank of America and some other big banks on foreclosure-prevention efforts. “Bank of America takes recent allegations made against Acorn and Acorn Housing Corporation employees very seriously,” the bank said in a statement.

    Earlier this month, the U.S. Census Bureau dropped Acorn as a partner for the 2010 Census, and the House of Representatives voted to block the group from receiving federal funds.

    “We’re not surprised that our lending partners like Bank of America want assurances that this won’t happen again,” said Michael Shea, executive director of Acorn Housing, which is based in Chicago and has about 250 employees nationwide. Mr. Shea said Acorn Housing is arranging ethics training for its staff as part of an effort to ensure that such “abhorrent” behavior doesn’t happen again and that he hopes to be able to resume work with Bank of America once it can be assured that Acorn Housing has dealt properly with the issue.

    Mr. Shea said Acorn Housing has worked with Bank of America since the 1990s. As part of that work, he said, the bank provided grants to pay for Acorn Housing to counsel first-time home buyers on how to handle mortgage debt. More recently, most of the work has been in representing borrowers seeking to avoid foreclosure.

    Acorn Housing, created by Acorn in the mid-1980s, now has a separate board of directors and budget, though the two organizations share office space in some cities, representatives of the two groups say. The housing arm long has worked with some of the nation’s largest banks, helping them reach out to distressed borrowers and potential customers in inner-city areas. Distressed borrowers often are more willing to work with familiar community groups like Acorn than they are to deal directly with their lenders.

    The Bank of America spokesman said Acorn Housing has been among various nonprofit groups that the bank works with in foreclosure-prevention efforts. A spokesman for Citigroup Inc. said it “has a program in its early stages with Acorn to help us reach distressed borrowers we have been unable to contact.”

    At Wells Fargo & Co., a spokeswoman said the bank doesn’t have any specific arrangement with Acorn but “will work with any group if they are authorized by the borrower.” A spokesman for J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. said that company also doesn’t have any regular working relationship with Acorn. One of the directors of Acorn Housing, Guilermo Loaiza, is a loan officer for J.P. Morgan Chase in Phoenix.

    Acorn Housing is among more than 2,700 organizations approved by HUD as housing counseling agencies. That status is needed to qualify for HUD grants to housing counselors and for participation in some state housing-assistance programs. Last year, Acorn Housing was allocated federal funds that could total as much as about $25 million for counseling of distressed mortgage borrowers under a program known as National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling, created by Congress in late 2007. The share allotted to Acorn Housing was about 7.5% of the $333 million total. That made Acorn the fourth-largest recipient, trailing Neighborhood Assistance Corp. of America, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling and the Homeownership Preservation Foundation

    These funds haven’t all been paid to the organizations. Instead, they get an unspecified amount of money up front and then bill NeighborWorks America, a group designated by Congress to manage this program, for counseling work as it is performed, a NeighborWorks spokesman said. A spokesman for NeighborWorks said his organization doesn’t publicly comment on the performance of the groups that get these funds until the program is completed.

    Acorn Housing and Acorn also have been big recipients of funds from HUD, collecting a total of about $45 million in the past nine years, a HUD spokesman said. About $18 million of the funding was for housing-related counseling programs, including advice for renters and first-time home buyers. About $12 million was for development of affordable-housing projects. Some $5 million was for a program designed to make the public aware of lead-paint dangers, and $3.7 million was for programs that fight racial discrimination in housing. A spokeswoman for Acorn Housing said it has made 18,626 proposals to lenders on behalf of distressed homeowners to help them avoid foreclosure in the past 12 months.

    online.wsj.com/article/SB125409478511144963.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_sections_news

  41. birdgal,

    In NYS, those health care workers who don’t get both vaccinations will be fired!!!!!!!

    There’s something really wrong with this picture, not to mention unconstitutional. There was a big rally in Albany yesterday about the new mandate with hundreds of nurses and doctors protesting it. i mean, losing your job if you’re not vaccinated?

  42. birdgal Says:
    September 29th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    OMG, admin- That is good news! I read Rockerfeller’s Health Care Bill, pretty scary.

    —————————————————————————————-

    Mrs. Smith, Actually, I disagree.

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

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against a Public Option. Just against anything Rockefeller has to offer. I agree we need a Public Option and there are many others coming up for a vote. All I want is one we can live with.

    Rockefeller is notorious for leaving loopholes to be filled in later on by solid language at the discretion of the committee that could become restrictive and burdensome to the consumer… Below (emboldened) is just one example of the open ended language contained in his amendment that has the possibility of coming back to bite us.

    The Rockefeller Public Option Amendment
    September 29, 2009

    h… w… opencongress.org/articles/view/1260-The-Rockefeller-Public-Option-Amendment

    Sec. 225. Provider participation. Provides the Secretary of HHS with the authority to develop conditions of participation for the public health insurance option. Providers must be licensed in the state in which they do business. Physician participation comes in two types: preferred physicians are those physicians who agree to accept the public option‘s payment rate (without regard to cost-sharing) as payment in full; participating non-preferred physicians are those who agree not to impose charges in excess of the balance billing limitations in Medicare. Providers must be excluded from participating in the public option if they are excluded from other federal health programs.

    Here is another Jim Dandy of Rockefeller’s fancy footwork on Health Care:

    Rockefeller fits right in with the Obama/Soros paradigm… birds of a feather and all that..

    h… onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_4752.shtml

  43. birdgal, I had the A-1 victorian flu in 1976, it was the sickess I have ever been. I have never had the flu since. I think I have enough antibodies to cover the Swine flu. If I remember right the Swine flu came out after the A-1 victorian.

    Last fall I worked in Houston and we had lots of flu cases that were H1N1, the doctors weren’t worried about it. They say the regular flu kills more and all this is media hype. What do you think???

  44. confloyd,

    I have always gotten the flu shot coz i worked with young kids but I’m not getting the H1N1.

    Here’s an update about the Albany health worker protest.

    N.Y. Health Care Workers Revolt Over H1N1 Vaccine
    Saying They Should Be Given A Choice, Employees Rally In Albany, Around State, Chant “No Forced Shots!”
    Protesters Hold Signs That Read: “The State Doesn’t Own My Body'”
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    * H1N1 Vaccine Shots Should Be Readily Available
    (9/29/2009)

    They’re upset over an ultimatum from the health department.

    Workers are being told to either get the swine flu vaccine or lose their jobs.

    New York is the first state in the country to mandate flu vaccinations for its health care workers. The first doses of swine flu vaccine will be available beginning next week. Much of it is reserved for state health care workers, but there is growing opposition to required innoculations.

    Health care workers in Hauppauge screamed “No forced shots!” as they rallied Tuesday against the state regulation requiring them to roll up their sleeves.

  45. 😳

    confloyd,

    * H1N1 Vaccine Shots Should Be Readily Available
    (9/29/2009)

    They’re upset over an ultimatum from the health department.

    Workers are being told to either get the swine flu vaccine or lose their jobs.

    New York is the first state in the country to mandate flu vaccinations for its health care workers. The first doses of swine flu vaccine will be available beginning next week. Much of it is reserved for state health care workers, but there is growing opposition to required innoculations.

    Health care workers in Hauppauge screamed “No forced shots!” as they rallied Tuesday against the state regulation requiring them to roll up their sleeves.

  46. Here is a pretty good summary differentiating the HC proposals with the Public Option so far from Forbes:

    WASHINGTON — For weeks it’s been doubtful that the Senate’s version of health care reform would include a government-run insurance program. On Tuesday, those doubts became more pronounced.

    The Senate Finance Committee voted down two separate amendments to create a so-called public option for the country’s health insurance system. The first, proposed by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., was defeated by a vote of 15-8. The second, offered by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., was rejected by a vote of 13-10.

    The amendments were slightly different–Rockefeller’s idea was to pay doctors based upon Medicare rates during the plan’s first two years; Schumer’s would have allowed the rates to be negotiated. But critics of the public option worry that it will be uncontrollably expensive and will ultimately lead to a single-payer health care system.

    The Finance Committee’s bill, unveiled two weeks ago by Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., never included a public option. Instead, as an alternative to private insurance plans, it allows for the creation of regional, nonprofit cooperatives. It also includes a provision to levy an excise tax on so-called “gold-plated” plans offered by private insurers, as well as a handful of fees on industry stakeholders to help pay for reform.

    Republicans derided the bill as a vehicle for tax hikes. Democrats took aim at Baucus for not including a government-run insurance program–a key aspect of reform for the progressive wing of the party. Critics on both sides of the aisle have said the bill tries to be too many things to too many interest groups.

    Flawed though it may be, this bill may be the closest thing to what health care reform ultimately looks like–if indeed Congress is able to send legislation to President Barack Obama’s desk–as it could be the only one that can win the necessary 60 votes for Senate approval.

    But even if that happens, the true test will lie in reconciling it with the health care bill the House of Representatives produces. Several House committees have passed similar bills–all containing a public option–but the full chamber has not yet voted.

    Think of the action in the Senate on Tuesday as another rung on the long and wobbly ladder of health care reform.

    h… w…forbes.com/2009/09/29/senate-health-care-business-washington-reform.html

  47. Confloyd, from what reading that I have done on the H1N1 virus, I think people are so concerned, because it is a new virus and seems to hit younger people and children more strongly than older people. Apparently, there was a swine flu variant back in 1955 (I think), so people who were born before that date may have been exposed to the virus back then, and may be less susceptible to this strain. Also, the transmission and spread of the H1N1 virus is very rapid. The sickest that I have ever been from the flu, was in 1968 when the Hong Kong flu was around. I thought I had pneumonia, but didn’t.

  48. the only reason that zero and his ugly partner wants the olympics in chicago is so that in those “dark streets of chicago” can benefit from the drug trade, whores and prostitutes from his community days…..

  49. i just don’t understand why obama’s traveling to copenhagen with all the problems this country faces. is he politically tone deaf?

  50. Paula, from what I understand, a contingent from the WH including MO have already visited Copenhagen lobbying for Chicago. I have no idea what the additional clout of Oprah Winfrey is supposed to accomplish unless she is throwing in a perk for every resident in Copenhagen receiving a car and a trip to the Bahamas if they choose Chicago for the next O-lymp-ic venue.

  51. The VALID reason the NY healthcare workers refuse to be poisoned with the H1N1 vaccine is because, by the very nature of being part of the HEALTHCARE industry, they realize the danger this vaccine holds. Massachusetts is next (big surprise).

    The adjuvant MD-59 and squalene, have been linked to Gulf War Syndrome, and pose a 200% higher incidence of ALS. All autoimmune diseases are more apt to develop as a result of taking this injection. It is DEADLY and can manifest itself for years, causing irreversible damage. REFUSE IT.

    I am a Texas Registered Nurse who REFUSES to ever take another flu injection – ANY flu injection, for the first time in my life. The doctors really believe this is truly a man-made virus, deadly bio-terrorism. Hear physicians speak among themselves and then call me crazy.

    I have instructed all family and friends to NOT SUCCUMB to any dictates or coercions on-the-job or elsewhere in the community. Take 2,000mg Vit D3 daily (1,000mg for children), supplements that boost the immune system for health stores, follow good hygiene, adhere to a proper diet, get plenty of rest, and stay away from any unnecessary gatherings. Common sense should rule the day.

    Then holler as loud as you can for freedom from those who would FORCE this dangerous vaccine onto the public healthcare workers. Big Brother can inject himself, if you know what I mean.

  52. wbb-

    there are two new articles I found that might change the complexion of the financial markets:

    FDIC Discloses Deposit Insurance Fund Is Now Negative

    h… w… zerohedge.com/article/fdic-discloses-deposit-insurance-fund-now-negative

    the hype has been deposits are insured up to $250K. Well, people with that kind of money in deposits might be getting a little shaky seeing this announcement

    In an unprecedented disclosure, the FDIC has highlighted that it expects the DIF reserve ratio to be negative as of September 30. As there are a whopping 48 hours before that deadline, one can safely assume that the DIF is now well into negative territory: as of today depositors have no insurance courtesy of a banking system that has leeched out all the capital of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Let’s pray there is no run on the bank soon.

  53. # Paula Says:
    September 29th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Mrs. Smith, I knew Michelle was there, but I don’t get the Obama visit at all.

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

    That was exactly my point in the very first post in this thread. If they know nothing can be done because a decision has already been tentatively made and Chicago is out. I see it as an excuse for Obama having cover for a clandestine meeting with his comrades out of sight of the media and reporters.

  54. wbb.. here is the 2nd article sent by my home office:

    Negative Bond Returns Converge With Mortgage Miracle (Update2)

    h… w… bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=email_en&sid=amoFdVqpkh6M

    The good and the bad news.

  55. The disgusting Oprah is geting to fly on Airforce One with Bambi? I just can’t believe what he is getting away with.,.has any Presisent pimped out his office so blatantly for his “homies” back in Chi-town? Would anyone want to spend time in downtown Chicago after that video today, which is pretty common in BO’s hometown? When will this fraud finally be exposed and outed by the press??? If not now, when?

  56. Mrs. Smith, you said that Obama is using the Copenhagen trip to try and get the Olympics is a cover for a clandestine meeting. How far is Basel, Switzerland from Copenhaugen?? I been saying thats the hunch I had, wow if its true. I think this is money exchange is immininent.

    This is also the reason Iran can shoot off the rockets/mouths is because American is impedent. We are now close to being a third world country. Gees, I hope I get my paychech before this happens.

  57. Unless they hope to grease some hands with dirty Soros/Chicago money and change the decision. Then again, meme and bambam are so full of their own self-importance, they probably think just a phony smile from them as they grace the little people with their presence will be enough.

  58. His disrespect for our armed forces , dying , while he refused for months to meet with Gen McChrystal, is appalling. How can he look at himself in the mirror??? The man has no integrity, no honor, and a very blatant anti-military attitude. On the other hand, he can’t wait to meet the holocaust denier and other tyrants….go figure?

  59. curiosityhasme Says:

    September 29th, 2009 at 9:14 pm
    ***************************************

    curiosity…I am with you on this one…each person needs to make their own decisions and choices…and frankly that is what it is about…choices…knock wood…I have never had a flu shot in my life…and never gotten the flu…

    I am more of a Dr. Andrew Weil kind of health person…the less I have to deal with ‘the system’ the better…so often once ‘they’ get you in, they have hooked you…this test, that pill…on and on…and their mysterious way of billing that no one understands…except oddly enough, the insurance and drug co…hmmm…

    I believe we should have catastrophic insurance available for all…let the insurance companies sell across state lines – do away with pre-existing conditions limits…both of those things will make health insurance cheaper…to use the car insurance ex…mine went up a few dollars, I called around and found another one with better coverage that is $300 cheaper per year…competition does work…but the Obama admin is against that…the democrats are against that…

    …as for the general visits, I do not trust ‘the system’ to mandate it for me…let the individual choose and be free to choose whatever doctor or dentist they want and in any state they want…I would like my health to remain a private and personal choice…I do not want to take anything away from anyone and want health care to be MORE affordable to all…but the way it is going so far…with a democratic congress, no less…is a disgrace…

    …the way the plans are going it seems that health care will be more limited, more contrived, more expensive and definitely more controlled…the winners will be drug co and insurance co and we will be their pawns…I cannot support this…and on top of everything else, the IRS will be dictating our health…this really rubs me the wrong way…it just feels unamerican…

  60. # jbstonesfan Says:
    September 29th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    His disrespect for our armed forces , dying , while he refused for months to meet with Gen McChrystal, is appalling. How can he look at himself in the mirror??? The man has no integrity, no honor, and a very blatant anti-military attitude. On the other hand, he can’t wait to meet the holocaust denier and other tyrants….go figure?

    ~~~~~~~~~~~

    Disgraceful. Gen McChrystal, the top general in Afghanistan, that he has spoken to the president only once since he took command in May. Our troops blood rest on his head.

    ~~~~~~~~

    confloyd,

    It remains to be seen if we are correct.

  61. curiosityhasme Says:
    September 29th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    The VALID reason the NY healthcare workers refuse to be poisoned with the H1N1 vaccine is because, by the very nature of being part of the HEALTHCARE industry, they realize the danger this vaccine holds. Massachusetts is next (big surprise).

    The adjuvant MD-59 and squalene, have been linked to Gulf War Syndrome, and pose a 200% higher incidence of ALS. All autoimmune diseases are more apt to develop as a result of taking this injection. It is DEADLY and can manifest itself for years, causing irreversible damage. REFUSE IT.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I couldn’t agree more. Thanks for posting the details..

  62. That was exactly my point in the very first post in this thread. If they know nothing can be done because a decision has already been tentatively made and Chicago is out. I see it as an excuse for Obama having cover for a clandestine meeting with his comrades out of sight of the media and reporters.
    ————————
    That is not unlikely. Some of the Soros backers are on the other side of the pond. So Mohamed goes to the mountain. If I had a vote on the question of whether to hold the Olympics in Chicago as opposed to some world class city which did not have the problems discussed above where the spoils are set up to go only to a chosen few with the Daley Machine in charge, I would be inclined to look elsewhere. Why corrupt a 2000 year old event which is based on sportsmanship and honest competition with what goes on in Chicago. I would choose Timbuktoo instead.

  63. The other side of the coin, is that Bo is going to seal the deal. I really, really hope that Rio gets the nod, but with BO’s popularity overseas, Chicago may get the nod.

  64. Paula, from what I understand, a contingent from the WH including MO have already visited Copenhagen lobbying for Chicago. I have no idea what the additional clout of Oprah Winfrey adds
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    Not clout–girth. Vini vini eatme. I came, I saw, I ate everything in sight–so I could go on a crash diet and sell the property rights to it to the great unwashed–excuse me my loyal and adoring audience. And perhaps its time for another mad romp through Herods locking out the masses and buying everything in site for moi. Gluttony for me, and cake for the masses. I never forgot where I came from. Please pass the velveta.

  65. rio deserves the olympic opportunity……what a sight it owuld be with their Pele being the man to light the fire!!!!!!!!

    Fuck the chicagoans!!!!

  66. Without jobs, people won’t be able to pay the insurance companies or buy their drugs. This administration really does seem to be out of touch with the American people, but it is keeping the corporate masters happy.
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    I wonder if the reason they are taking the terrorists out of Gitmo is to make room for law abiding Americans without jobs who cannot afford health insurance, and cannot pay the fines for no insurance and are therefore to be put in jail under the Backus bill. We will need extra capacity. There has got to be some long term thinking in this administration even if it is perverse.

    My dad was from Montana, I spent time there in my youth and they are some of the finest human beings I have met in my life. Honest and helpful to strangers. It boggles my mind to see them get people like Backus who imposes such draconian legislation on the public and helps the White House negotiate sweetheart deals with the industry. Ditto that idiot governor who gets drunk at the convention and goes up on stage and brags about how they switched polling stations to fool republicans. During the 1880s they had a dishonest sheriff named Sam Plummer who was a horse thief and a cattle rustler. The citizens of that fair state knew how to deal with it I will say no more about that. Today the remedy is at the ballot box–assuming the governor has not hidden it again. Come to think about it the Blackfeet have a ceremony called the sun dance which is more appropriate to this occasion.

  67. Haven’t you heard? Oprah said her weight problem was glandular.
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    And if they asked her why she shuts down Herods and goes on mad shopping sprees that would be glandular too? Is the brain a gland or an organ. If it is an organ, then I would say her problem is organic.

  68. Did anyone watch Glenn Beck today?? I’m guessing no more bomb shells. I slept to late to watch him so I missed it. I wonder what he is saying about the Copenhaugen trip? When is Bo going there??

  69. rio deserves the olympic opportunity……what a sight it owuld be with their Pele being the man to light the fire!!!!!!!!

    Fuck the chicagoans!!!!
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    Truer words were never spoke.

    I could live without Medina or Butler National/

  70. wbboei, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL! I have sent you a video, its quiet shocking!! I think we should post it but I will let you decide. It is apparently on Breitbart.

  71. OBAMA BRINGS PEACE TO THE WORLD
    (Musical Score By Richard Rogers)

    [Barack] To His Buddies Chavez and Gadafi.
    (Fortissimo)

    [Singing] Getting to know you,
    Getting to know all about you.
    Getting to like you,
    Getting to hope you like me.

    Getting to know you,
    Putting it my way,
    But nicely,
    You are precisely,
    My cup of tea.

    [Chavez and Gadafi] back to Barack

    Getting to know you,
    Getting to feel free and easy
    When I am with you,
    Getting to know what to say

    Haven’t you noticed
    Suddenly I’m bright and breezy?
    Because of all the beautiful and new
    Things I’m learning about you
    Day by day.
    ——————————————–
    Foreign Affairs Magazine 2/29/09

    President Hugo Chavez and Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi signed a declaration Monday night decrying what they call attempts by powerful Western countries to equate struggles against colonialism with terrorism. In the declaration, Venezuela and Libya “reject intentions to link the legitimate struggle of the people for liberty and self-determination” with terrorism, but also adds that they “reiterate the importance of countering terrorism in all its forms.” Neither of the two leaders commented publicly on the document. It does not specifically name any Western country, but Gadhafi mentioned both the United States and Britain during a speech after the signing.

    During many of his 40 years in power, Gadhafi was accused of harboring terrorists and hosting militant training camps while sponsoring terrorist attacks. But the Libyan leader has taken steps in recent years to mend relations with the West, and says his government renounces terrorism and rejects being labeled as a sponsor of terrorist acts. Chavez, meanwhile, has been accused by Colombia and the United States of supporting the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, which has been seeking to overthrow governments in Bogota for 45 years. The Venezuelan leader denies aiding the FARC. He claims the United States is using Colombia as part of a broader plan to portray him as a supporter of terrorist groups to provide justification for a U.S. military invasion of Venezuela.

    Cheered on by hundreds of supporters at a rally held for the signing, Chavez praised Gadhafi, comparing him to Venezuela’s most revered founding father – 19th century independence hero Simon Bolivar. He presented his guest with a gold-plated replica of a sword that once belonged to Bolivar. “I’m not exaggerating at all. What Simon Bolivar is for the Venezuelan people, Moammar Gadhafi is for the Libyan people. He’s the Liberator of Libya,” Chavez said, prompting applause from the crowd gathered in Porlamar, a Caribbean resort city. “This is a great honor that I have received,” Gadhafi said through an interpreter.

    Chavez and Gadhafi are strengthening their relationship and finding common ground in their efforts to challenge what they contend is the “imperialism” of wealthy nations and to take on the role of spokesmen for poor nations. Before the rally in Porlamar, they led a weekend summit where South American and African leaders pledged to deepen links between their continents. Gadhafi, who is making his first visit to Latin America, said at the summit that the two regions should unite to wield more influence and form a defense alliance, a “NATO for the South” – calling it “SATO.” “Those who were betting on NATO, we now say to them that we’re going to bet on SATO,” Gadhafi said during the summit. “We’re going to have our treaty, too.”

    Chavez, a former army paratroop commander, says the United States poses the greatest potential threat to Venezuela and has raised the idea of a South Atlantic defense bloc with other allies in the past. “South-South” cooperation was a buzzword at the summit, which brought together the African Union and the South American bloc Unasur. Gadhafi, who has ruled Libya since he seized power in a 1969 coup, has sought a higher profile internationally in recent years and is currently chairman of the African Union.

    During his speech at the rally Monday night, he criticized the “imperialism” of some wealthy countries, singling out the United States and Britain, and he repeated his denunciation of last week calling the U.N. Security Council an elite club where nations such as Libya have no voice. “They do not give any importance to the (U.N.) General Assembly,” Gadhafi said. They think they are above all the nations of the world.” Gadhafi also condemned the war in Afghanistan, predicting a defeat for NATO forces. “Now they are waging wars in Afghanistan. We are totally against terrorism, without any doubt,” he said. “Are they going to conquer in Afghanistan? It’s impossible. Until the Day of Reckoning, they will never conquer.”

  72. I have personally figured out just who Obama is. I have been reading the ideology of Mabdish, the islamic faith in Iran.

    Obama is the 12th (hidden) Imam!! LOL!!!

  73. conflod and birdgal,

    Thanks for the HC advice!

    I will not take h1N!. The newest target is the military who are evidently being mandated to get the shot.

    How can they be ordered to gat an injection of something that hasn’t yet been proven to work?
    Glad I’m not a solider of a NYS nurse.

  74. Honestly, I don’t think obama would be going to Geneva if he didn’t know something already. He badly needs a win on something/anything even if it is something as hokey as this.

  75. I know, but wouldn’t it be fabulous if he didn’t get it!!!!!

    Just thought I’d pass this along!

    Hillbuzz lays out the reasons HRC may be considering a bid for 2012 and what their proof is.
    A good way to start the morning!

    hillbuzz dot org/2009/09/29/will-hillary-clinton-make-a-primary-challenge-in-2012/#comments

  76. Morning All: I see a new campaign getting under way with the odd couple of flawed political characters.Newt the moral short sheet and white has paired up with Sharpton the black gandy dancer.I call this act as a good example of “Reverse Osmosis” of a failed presidential experiment with a
    “dumb Cluck”.See how well this title fits BHO.I fail to see FOX pushing the Fair and Balanced title since Beck came on the scene and his ratings have soared leaving O’Reilly and the bad mouthed Hannity looking and sounding desperate for attention by
    trashing our Clintons..I feel that Hillary is #1 and and in spite of the
    marginalized media she wil be our President if we continue to expose these shameful mercenary attack dogs
    bought and paid for by “George Soros”

    BY ABM91 Hope ,action and faith in who we support will make her path
    an easy one.

  77. Top U.S. envoy removed from Afghanistan U.N. job: source

    Wed Sep 30, 2009

    KABUL (Reuters) – America’s top diplomat at the U.N. mission in Afghanistan has been removed from his post following a row with his European boss over the country’s presidential election, a U.N. official told Reuters on Wednesday.
    Peter Galbraith, deputy to U.N. special envoy Kai Eide, had taken an aggressive and outspoken line toward fraud in the August 20 vote, angering his Norwegian boss who has preferred to operate behind the scenes.

    Galbraith left Kabul two weeks ago after the two men quarreled. U.N. officials acknowledged the dispute at the time but played it down as a difference over “style”, and said they expected Galbraith to return. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the U.N. headquarters in New York had not authorized staff to speak publicly on the matter, said Galbraith would not be coming back to Afghanistan.

    Galbraith was not immediately available for comment. An official announcement was expected to be made later in the day.

    The row has exposed divisions among Afghanistan’s Western backers over how to deal with the presidential election, which was marred by allegations of widespread fraud and locked Afghanistan in a prolonged period of uncertainty.

    Preliminary results gave Karzai a 54.6 percent lead, but a U.N.-backed fraud watchdog has ordered an audit of the results from 12 percent of polling stations where suspiciously large numbers of votes were cast or one candidate received 95 percent. If enough of Karzai’s ballots are nullified because of alleged fraud that he no longer has 50 percent, he must face his main rival, former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, in a run-off.

    Abdullah, who says fraud took place on a massive scale, expressed concern that Galbraith was pushed out for campaigning to prevent electoral fraud. “If the firing of Mr Galbraith was on some technical issue, I have no say in it. If the issue was based on the fact that he was for a vigorous look into the issue of fraud, in that case, I would say that he has been talking on behalf of the people of Afghanistan,” Abdullah told reporters.

    Arsala Jamal, a Karzai campaign official, said he was aware of Galbraith’s removal but called it an internal U.N. matter.

    In a process that could last until mid-October, Afghan officials are now examining suspect votes in an effort to determine whether a second round is necessary.

    Galbraith, a former U.S. ambassador to Croatia, is a close ally of Richard Holbrooke, the outspoken U.S. point man for Afghanistan and Pakistan who had a difficult meeting with Karzai after the election.

    reuters.com/article/gc05/idUSTRE58T1M520090930

  78. Powerful women line up for Coakley

    By Matt Viser
    Globe Staff / September 30, 2009

    High in the seats at last year’s Democratic National Convention, Attorney General Martha Coakley rose to register her vote for Hillary Clinton. The vote carried no mathematical weight – Barack Obama had already secured the nomination – but was a symbolic show of support for the woman who had come closest to the presidency.

    Coakley, now trying to become the first woman to serve as US senator from Massachusetts, is tapping many of the same supporters, including a coterie of powerful women who backed Clinton in 2008. “There’s just a real sense of excitement that she’s qualified and she’s got the whole package,’’ said Senate President Therese Murray. “Women have never been at this point in Massachusetts before for this office.’’

    Today, Murray will join dozens of politically active wom en in helping Coakley launch a major push for women voters. Coakley will be formally endorsed this morning by several prominent women, including Murray and more than two dozen state legislators. There will be a luncheon and fund-raiser at the Fairmont Copley Plaza sponsored by Emily’s List, a political group based in Washington that advocates for Democratic women who support abortion rights. And Coakley is being given an award tonight by the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus that is named for Abigail Adams, wife of President John Adams.

    “There’s certainly a sense that this is historic,’’ said Jesse Mermell, a Brookline selectwoman and former executive director of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, who, for professional reasons, has not endorsed in the race. “It’s a great opportunity and would be groundbreaking. I don’t think we can deny that that has created a certain magnetism for women around Martha Coakley’s campaign.’’

    But much as Clinton did, Coakley faces a complex calculus. Her supporters and campaign aides want women voters, but they don’t want to be seen as courting them on gender alone.
    “Women are pleased that, as an added bonus, Martha is a woman,’’ said Cheryl Cronin, an attorney and Democratic fund-raiser. “But we’re all supporting her because she’s the best candidate.’’ Murray said, “Will she maybe get a bounce from women because she’s a woman? I think so. But it won’t be enough to get her elected.’’

    Coakley, the first woman to serve as Massachusetts attorney general, declined requests for an interview yesterday. But on the day she declared her Senate candidacy she spoke in an interview of barriers that have been broken by past politicians, including John F. Kennedy becoming the first Irish Catholic president. “That’s an important symbol, in some respects,’’ she said of her own candidacy. “But I think it’s more important that I’m the woman who was able to grow up at a time when I got the education, I went to law school, I got to get my hands dirty running for office.’’

    Coakley also frequently tells a story of a plaque that her father gave her, which reads: “Sometimes the best man for a job is a woman.’’ In her bid for the Democratic nomination, Coakley is battling three other major candidates: US Representative Michael E. Capuano, City Year cofounder Alan Khazei, and Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca.

    Supporters and aides point out that Coakley’s support extends far beyond alumnae from Clinton’s network, adding that many Obama supporters, as well as prominent men, are also behind her campaign. Indeed, she has won a number of endorsements from unions, as well as support from prominent men such as attorney Ralph Martin. She has also enlisted Todd Patkin, a Foxborough auto parts entrepreneur, who was a key fund-raiser for Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign and for Clinton’s campaign last year. Women for Change, an outgrowth of those who supported Obama, has endorsed Coakley.

    Coakley’s competitors are drawing support from prominent women, as well. Among those supporting Capuano are former state senator Lois Pines and several state representatives, including Kathi-Anne Reinstein of Revere, Ellen Story of Amherst, and Linda Dorcena Forry of Dorchester. “I know when I ran for office I didn’t want anyone turning away from me because of my gender . . . and if I’m going to be a real honest feminist, I’m going to say the door should swing both ways,’’ said Capuano supporter Marjorie Clapprood, a former state representative who ran for lieutenant governor in 1990, for Congress in 1998, and strongly supported Clinton in the primary. “I wouldn’t want to be one of those women who ditched the guy because he had the wrong anatomy.’’

    Khazei has won the endorsement of Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea Cabral. “I don’t discount or discredit in any way wanting a female US senator,’’ Cabral said. “Alan and I have been friends for a long time. For me, this is very much about the direction I want to see this country go in. I think we’ve got to pull this country back from the brink of where politics has been headed, and we’ve got to start electing people like Alan Khazei to bring us back to where politics should be.’’

    Pagliuca’s campaign has not announced formal endorsements, but a spokesman said his message of economic security and health care and his charity work for disadvantaged children would resonate with women. “We expect to be and will be competing for the votes of women,’’ said campaign spokesman Will Keyser.

    In the interview, Murray, an ardent Clinton supporter in 2008, showed a little of the fight she may bring to Coakley’s side. She called Pagliuca a “Republican’’ and “this guy who nobody knows.’’ She referred to Khazei as “a public activist.’’ And she accused Capuano, and others who have called Coakley cautious, of being sexist. “You all have these little code words; now it’s cautious,’’ she said. “Well, she wasn’t cautious when she went after the mortgage companies and the banks.’’ Murray continued, “If the word wasn’t cautious, it would be . . . ‘overly aggressive’ – the way you guys talk about me.’’

    Capuano’s campaign countered that he was merely criticizing Coakley on the issues. “It didn’t take long for the name-calling to begin,’’ said campaign spokeswoman Alison Mills. “Describing anyone in this race as cautious has everything to do with their failure to take tough stands on the important issues of the day when it could have made a difference, such as the Patriot Act, which Mike opposed when that was a very tough vote.’’

    Massachusetts has never elected a female US senator, and currently only one member of the state’s congressional delegation is a woman, US Representative Niki Tsongas. “The United States Senate has been a men’s club,’’ said state Representative Alice Wolf, a Cambridge Democrat whose State House office has a poster from 2004 with female senators that reads, “Nine and counting.’’ “So for us in Massachusetts to at least send one more woman to represent us, to me, matters,’’ Wolf said.

    Well-known philanthropist Barbara Lee, Coakley’s campaign cochairwoman who was active in Clinton’s campaign, echoed several supporters in saying, “We’ve waited a long time for this.’’ “Like Hillary,’’ Lee said, “people see Martha as a fighter and as someone who doesn’t quit.’’

    boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/09/30/powerful_women_line_up_for_coakley/?page=full

  79. Gibbs really is an idiot…lol…is this what they call hitting back???

    —————
    White House hits back at Obama Olympic trip barbs

    WASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday mocked Republican attacks on President Barack Obama’s trip to Copenhagen this week to play a starring role in Chicago’s final 2016 Olympic presentation.

    Some Obama critics, including Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele, have accused the president of neglecting domestic and foreign crises to fly to Copenhagen ahead of Friday’s vote on the venue of the 2016 Summer Games. Chicago is locked in a pitched battle with Rio de Janeiro, Madrid and Tokyo for the right to host the global sporting extravaganza.

    “Who’s he rooting for?” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said, when told of Steele’s remarks.
    “Is he hoping to hop a plane to Brazil and catch the Olympics in Rio? I don’t know. Maybe it’s Madrid.”

    Earlier, in a conference call with reporters, Steele said it was noble of Obama to go to Denmark on behalf of his native “Chi-town” but that the president had other pressing business to attend to. “I think at a time of war, I think at a time of recession, at a time where Americans have expressed rather significantly their concerns and frustrations…. I think that this trip, while nice, is not necessary for the president,” Steele said.
    “The goal should be creating, not job opportunities seven years from now, but job opportunities today.” “And I think that what the president is doing is not necessarily helpful and does not, in my view, instill the confidence in the American people that the focus is there on jobs, wealth creation and moving us beyond recession to prosperity.”

    Obama’s trip is unlikely to take too much time out of his packed schedule. He will leave Washington Thursday night for Denmark, arriving on Friday morning hours before Chicago is set to make its final presentation.

    After giving a speech, he is set to return straight home.

    google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5izYEvL0TjZ2U6cu4Gzd9QJHfGT2w

  80. EXCELLENT: US judge rules against compulsory vaccinations

    US Court issues an injunction to stop it and to hold the the government
    and drug companies responsible for reactions.

    h.. pumasunleashed.wordpress.com

  81. ABM90 Says:
    September 30th, 2009 at 8:07 am

    I feel that Hillary is #1 and and in spite of the marginalized media she wil be our President if we continue to expose these shameful mercenary attack dogs bought and paid for by “George Soros”

    BY ABM91 Hope, action and faith in who we support will make her path an easy one.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I do too, ABM90- However, when has Dick Morris, the Toe Sucking Spoiler, ever done any favors for Hillary?

  82. Have a Fannie or Freddie loan? If so, you may qualify for this government benefit. Here’s how to play the game…

    —————-
    Yahoo finance article….

    this fraud and mortgage for people who cannot afford it is still going on …why are the elected bums sitting on their asses doing nothing!!!!!

  83. Zero plummets to -11 from -6 in a day

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 28% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-nine percent (39%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -11

  84. and with his swanning off on 2 jets to copenhagen for the olympic crap.

    He went on 1 jet, Michelle and Oprah went on another. WHY?

    The cost of just the jets for the return trip is 1.8 million dollars,

    DISGUSTING.

    I know where i can better spend 1.8 million and the rest of the cost of limo’s security and the rest should go.

  85. Simple, give the olympics to the most corrupt, violent, deadly US city on the map.

    Actually, if they get to knock down half the ghetto’s might not be such a bad thing.

  86. moon,

    Chicago is very violent. But so is Rio. Even so, I don’t think bambi and meme deserve this win. I also think the other countries vying for the Olympics will be very angry if he just swoops in and takes it. This isn’t healthy competition where he is concerned. Don’t forget that meme gushed to the reporters that “they would take no prisoners.”

  87. at least with Rio, we have hot weather, beaches, sexy bodies dancing and a party atmosphere.

    What do we get with Chicago..cant think of a plus.

  88. Newt and Sharpton? If this is his idea of reaching out to blacks he is delusional. Delusional. Sharpton is the original race baiter. Mr. Tawana Brawley. Is our collective memory that short?

    Big Media is so keen on retrospectives. It would be fascinating to a where is she today story on good old Tawana. I would like to know where is she today, what happened to the garbage can, and what role did Big Al play in the hoax that she was raped by a white man.

    More important, can you recall the role big media played in that sordid affair. They put Big Al forward as a champion, and when the fraud became so obvious that they could no longer hide it they dropped the matter cold, and never held Big Al responsible.

    Today, it is even worse. NBC, MSNBC, CNN, would scream racisim and call anyone who tried to get to the truth a racist.

    There are so many decent African Americans in this society, and great leaders I can think of that for them to coronate the race baiting Sharton yet another symptom of their corruption. For Newt to have anything to do with him tells you something about Newt as well.

  89. I used to know a guy who was on the Olympic Committee. I played golf with him at LA Country Club many years ago. I wish I knew where he was today. The selection of Rio is more in keeping with the traditions of the Games. It is the jewel of South America and would showcase the increasing importance of that country and that area in the world. It makes so much sense from that perspective. Chicago makes no sense whatsoever. It represents the worst form of politics in America and is a blight on our national character. Chicago is yesterday. Rio is today and tomorrow.

  90. Mrs. Smith Says:

    September 30th, 2009 at 8:42 am

    EXCELLENT: US judge rules against compulsory vaccinations

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    This is good news.

  91. at least with Rio, we have hot weather, beaches, sexy bodies dancing and a party atmosphere.

    What do we get with Chicago..cant think of a plus.
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    What we get with Chicago is Jarratt, Scoopjaw, Mannie, Grease, Daley, Wright, that repulsive white Roman Catholic race baiting priest and the ghost of Capone. It is a terrible choice on the merits. I would take Sugarloaf to the Loop, and Ipanema Beach to the Chicago River any day.

  92. I used to know a guy who was on the Olympic Committee. I played golf with him at LA Country Club many years ago. I wish I knew where he was today. The selection of Rio is more in keeping with the traditions of the Games. It is the jewel of South America and would showcase the increasing importance of that country and that area in the world. It makes so much sense from that perspective. Chicago makes no sense whatsoever. It represents the worst form of politics in America and is a blight on our national character. Chicago is yesterday. Rio is today and tomorrow.

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    Agree!!!! Rio and South America’s time has come for the olympics……

    BTW: 4 yrs ago when SF and NY were bidding and NY got chosen over SF just because of “9/11” sentiment, my thoughts were that SF was a better US city….and that is why I was glad that London got the OK….

  93. moononpluto Says:

    September 30th, 2009 at 10:25 am
    and with his swanning off on 2 jets to copenhagen for the olympic crap.

    He went on 1 jet, Michelle and Oprah went on another. WHY?

    The cost of just the jets for the return trip is 1.8 million dollars,

    DISGUSTING.

    I know where i can better spend 1.8 million and the rest of the cost of limo’s security and the rest should go.

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

    yes, Moononpluto, and evidently they also had to take the fortified presidential limo…so two jets plus whatever was used to haul that limo over there…even Jack Cafferty is turning on O…he did a pretty good piece on Behar’s new show about how all the countries were just in PA talking about carbon reductions and responsibility and the following week O jaunts over there with this enormous carbon print…and he added while there has been no bank regulation, no jobs, a health care mess, and O is losing support, etc…it cut to the bone…

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

    wbboei…I worked with the LAOCC (in westwood and Marina del rey/Hughes hanger) and then went into the tv prod end of the LA Olympics…those were the days of Peter Ueberroth and H Usher (now so sadly gone and at such a young age)…they just had a reunion…those really were the days…LA put on the most profitable and exciting Olympics…however the ironic thing was while everyone was worried about traffic etc…many of the locals left town…people worked very hard to make that a successful event…and it was…

    since then I think most of the Olympics have gone back in the red…to be fair…the USA has had LA, Atlanta, Salt Lake City…I do not think Brazil has had any Olympics…

    Has Latin America hosted many Olympics??

  94. Admin: you are right about Abramson and Sirota. A pair of ideologues, with warped perspectives. They have nothing of substance to add to the national debate other than distortion and lies.

  95. US Secretary of State to visit Moscow in mid-October

    30.09.2009

    NEW YORK, September 30 (Itar-Tass) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to visit Moscow in mid-October for taking part in the first session of the Russia-U.S. Bilateral Presidential Commission for Cooperation, Ian Kelly, an official spokesman for the Department of State said here Tuesday.

    He recalled that the commission is supposed to have working groups, each of them covering a particular area of cooperation.

    Kelly named atomic energy and nuclear security, arms control and maintenance of international security, fighting with terrorism, counteraction to narcotic drugs production and trafficking, business and trade relations, energy, environment, healthcare, science and technology, education, cultural exchanges, and civic society among the areas the activity of the working groups will cover.

    Under an agreement that Presidents Dmitry Medvedev of Russia and Barack Obama of the U.S. reached at the summit in Moscow in July, the commission has two coordinators — Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=14381599&PageNum=0

  96. S: did you know their attorney whose initials were CK? That is the guy I knew. He lived in Beverly Hills. Too rich for my blood.

  97. Has Latin America hosted many Olympics??
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    Not to my knowledge. And that is a compelling argument. Barack is so big on honoring the third world and Soros is so invested in Brazil that he should be fine if they are selected over Chicago. All he really loses is an unnecessary trip to Copenhagen so he could avoid facing hard political choices at home, or delay as he has been doing so his friends in Iran can develop their nuclear potential. I believe he was told about this originall in the briefing in November, but I am not sure. Why would he delay as long as he has? Why would he give them 90 additional days. Hans Blitz should be in there RIGHT NOW.

  98. Bradley Blakeman
    – FOXNews.com
    – September 29, 2009

    The President as Pitchman: It Isn’t Pretty

    foxnews.com/opinion/2009/09/29/bradley-blakeman-obama-denmark/

  99. another one sees the gleam of the truth shining through…Gore Vidal regrets switching from Hillary to Obama… How’s Obama doing? “Dreadfully. I was hopeful. He was the most intelligent person we’ve had in that position for a long time. But he’s inexperienced. He has a total inability to understand military matters. He’s acting as if Afghanistan is the magic talisman.

    Vidal originally became pro-Obama because he grew up in “a black city” (meaning Washington), as well as being impressed by Obama’s intelligence..

    quote of the day:

    Vidal now believes, as he did originally, Clinton would be the better president. “Hillary knows more about the world and what to do with the generals…

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    silly man…you got swept up in the hype and lost your sense of reality…

  100. Baracks theme song:

    The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo

    I’ve just got here, through Paris, from the sunny southern shore;
    I to Monte Carlo went, just to raise my winter’s rent.
    Dame Fortune smiled upon me as she’d never done before,
    And I’ve now such lots of money, I’m a gent.
    Yes, I’ve now such lots of money, I’m a gent.

    As I walk along the Bois Boolong
    With an independent air
    You can hear the girls declare
    “He must be a Millionaire.”
    You can hear them sigh and wish to die,
    You can see them wink the other eye
    At the man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo.

  101. Well meme is certainly one busy first lady. Off to Geneva to steal the Olympics and then onto Sesame Street to talk about vegetables.

    Wow. She is certainly leaving her mark.

  102. Vidal now believes, as he did originally, Clinton would be the better president. “Hillary knows more about the world and what to do with the generals…
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    S: this is significant. Do you remember PaddyforHill who blogged here during the primary. She lived in China, and was a brilliant commentor. Much of what she surmised came to pass.

    One of the things she told us was that Americans abroad, ex pats, call them what you will, swung to Obama decisively. Vidal is representative of that trend.

    The reasons for this were many and varied. One reason was the dislike for Bush–their own, plus that of their host countries. Thus, in their world Obama was the answer to their prayers.

    Well now the worm has turned if Vidal is any indication. The real issue is not experience, it is character. But since these people are never wrong except when they are wrong let them have their explanation.

    The real point here is this is symptomatic of what the elites are thinking as well, because apart from being an ex pat, Vidal is part of that elite I referred to that control our country. My rhetorical question, do they not recognize their error, with everything falling apart.

    If Vidal is any indication, and I suspect he is, then the answer is yes. Needless to say, this does not bode well for his prospects in 2012 regardless of anything else. When Barack becomes the butt of jokes in those countries, the circle will become complete.

    That is the beauty of our foreign friends: they need us, but they don t like us.

  103. If Obama is serious about Iran, Why are over 20 American Companies still doing Business with the Mullah’s?

    (ht/standbyliberty)

    After all the news swirling around Iran, I found a few interesting items. First is the list below of the companies, American Companies still doing business with Iran. This was actually surprising since I believe I heard Obama telling everyone about sanctions at the UN. Even Hillary is out there telling people that she believes Iran can’t prove that their nuclear program is peaceful in nature.

    That I agree with, what I do not agree with is that 20 or so US companies are still doing business with the worlds most dangerous regime. I also find it a little confusing that the Obama administration is pushing for actions on Iran but we can’t stop US companies from selling things to them. Another little item, GE announced a little over a week ago that they would stop doing business with Iran, really good timing right? I think not, since Obama and GE are joined at the hip, think NBC/MSNBC, its more than just luck that GE made the announcement a few days before Obama made his big announcment at the UN regarding the secret enrichment site in Iran.

    Notice that companies including Chrysler made the list. The billions of tax payer dollars they recieved must not have been enough, so Iran just makes sense. Can someone explain to me how Obama and his car czar can permit this to happen? To see a complete list of companies from around the world you can look at the link below, they have a complete listing with the stock market symbols that go to each company. They even offer a downloadable scroll that shows them in a ticker form.

    The real deal is that if Obama was serious about stopping Iran from getting nuclear weapons, why is he permitting this to happen? That should be a great anwser. Take a look at the list below, you will be surprised who is there.

    h… w… .uani.com/

    Copco-Atlas Copco – Baker Hughes – Calypte Bio Medical Corp – Chrysler – Coca Cola – Conoco Phillips – Exxon Mobil – Fametech Inc – Halliburton – Hewlett Packard – Huntsman – Hyatt Hotels – Iridex Corp – Master Card – Ship Holding Group – Pepsico – Secure Computing – Speaking Roses International – Tyson Foods – Visa – Wells Fargo

  104. “The real deal is that if Obama was serious about stopping Iran from getting nuclear weapons, why is he permitting this to happen?”

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    The truth is that obama is in over his head. He isn’t serious about anything. He finds it a nuisance to have to deal with anything other than speeches and Hollywood. Case in point is the dims complaints that he gives them no direction on policy of any kind. He just tells them to put it all together and he will put his name to it.

    Those who voted for this child are reaping what they sowed. Unfortunately for those who knew better, this doesn’t help.

  105. I am no math wiz…but this does not sound like “health care reform” to me…it sounds like “we”, the taxpayers are the new “customers”

    Pharma’s Reform Bounce: How Big A Boost Will $80 Bil. Buy?
    By Lauren Smith

    The introduction of the Senate Finance Committee’s health care proposal turns the focus from what the pharmaceutical industry will contribute to reform efforts toward what manufacturers stand to gain.

    The introduction of the Senate Finance Committee’s health care proposal turns the focus from what the pharmaceutical industry will contribute to reform efforts toward what manufacturers stand to gain.

    The pharmaceutical industry could see an increase of approximately $115 billion over 10 years in U.S. drug sales as a direct result of the Senate Finance Committee’s health reform legislation – at least by one way of slicing up the numbers used in economic analyses underlying the bill.

    That calculation is based on how the Senate Finance Committee explained the rationale for the specific fees due from each health care business sector that stands to benefit from expanded health coverage.

    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., unveiled details of the legislation, America’s Healthy Futures Act of 2009, in the form of a “chairman’s mark” on Sept. 16.

    According to Democratic Finance Committee staff, members believe three major industries will experience “significant expansion” in the form of “new customers” that will be created by the committee’s health reform bill: insurers, pharmaceutical companies, and hospitals.

    Staffers say that they conducted an economic analysis of how much each industry stood to profit from the impact of the committee’s health reform legislation over the 10 years.

    Market expansion would stem primarily from picking up millions of new customers with drug coverage who previously did not because they were not insured, Medicaid expansions, and a shift toward use of more brand drugs in Medicare Part D because of the diminished deterrent of the self-pay donut hole coverage gap.

    The committee agreed to look at recovering “15 to 20 percent” of the estimated new business through the specific industry segment fees. The pharmaceutical industry fee is set at $2.3 billion annually or $23 billion over 10 years.

    If that $23 billion fee is calculated from a 20-percent fee assessment, then it suggests that the Finance Committee analysts estimate that pharma’s market should grow by $115 billion in new business over the next 10 years as a result of the legislation.

    In that vein, the industry would net $35 billion over the same period, or $3.5 billion annually, after subtracting pharma’s $80 billion pledge to help pay for health reform.

    If the $2.3 billion per year fee is based on an estimate of 15 percent of new business, then that suggests a projection of new business as high as $153 billion for the drug industry over 10 years.

    No Simple Answers To Size Of Bounce

    After explaining the rough formula for calculating the fees at the unveiling of the bill, the Finance Committee staff cautioned in follow-up comments against trying to calculate the new business figure directly from the percentage fees.

    Specifically, the staff said, “in determining allocations, an economic analysis was done on a range of factors, including long-term industry revenues, profitability, benefit from reform, the contribution of government revenues, as well as a number of other factors. The $23 billion fee was a portion of the overall $80 billion contribution agreed to by the pharmaceutical industry, which came about as a result of the analysis and negotiations with the industry. Other contributions focused on the donut hole, as well as increases in rebates to Medicaid,” Further, “the fee is not a tax rate on the new business expected to be generated from reform, and the committee believes that the contribution from the industry will outweigh any benefit from expansion.”

    The staff statement recognizes the political sensitivity of large estimates of the positive impact of new business on different industries. A big new pool of money for an industry could stimulate further attempts to seek payments from that sector to pay for the cost of added coverage and upset some of the fundamental agreements on which the bill is advancing.

    People familiar with the Finance Committee drafting process note that pharma’s contributions were calculated differently, to take into account the industry’s early offer to make a total package of contributions up to $80 billion. The $80 billion represents the total pharma contribution: the fee was added to help reach that commitment.

    By comparison, the special fee on medical device manufacturers is higher, $40 billion over 10 years. The medical device industry is smaller than the drug business so it would seem that the fee should be smaller. However, the $40 billion number presumably reflects the total hit to medical devices – half of pharma’s overall contribution.

    Estimates of new business for pharma resulting from reform legislation run the gamut from no gain to $200 billion over the same period of time.

    An analysis of House health reform legislation by Avalere Health, for example, found the changes would have minimal positive impact on the pharmaceutical industry. Working off the House Energy and Commerce Committee bill in mid-summer, Avalere found a 0.1 percent increase in net revenues to the drug industry, disputing estimates that “health reform legislation would generate a windfall of revenues” from the “millions of newly covered patients into the health care system.”

    Apportioning The Fees To Individual Companies

    The chairman’s mark would require heads of Medicare, Medicaid, the Department of Veterans Affairs and TRICARE to report domestic sales of branded prescription drugs for each drug manufacturer for the prior calendar year to the Secretary of the Treasury.

    The Treasury secretary would then establish individual assessments by determining the relative market share for each company. A company’s relative market share would be its total covered U.S. sales from all government programs as a percentage of the total covered U.S. sales from all government programs for all companies.

    In determining each company’s relative market share, covered domestic sales will be taken into account as follows: 0 percent of sales up to $5 million; 10 percent of sales over $5 million and up to $125 million; 40 percent of sales over $125 million and up to $225 million; 75 percent of sales over $225 million and up to $400 million; and 100 percent of sales over $400 million.

    The fee assessed is determined by the firm’s market share in the preceding calendar year and would be a surcharge not deductible for U.S. income tax purposes.

    Baucus Alone For Now; Hopes For GOP Support

    Baucus formally introduced the proposal standing alone in front of a banner that read “Health Care Reform.” No other members, Republican or Democrat, were present at the historic unveiling.

    “No Republican has offered his or her support at this moment, but I think by the time we get the final passage in this committee it will have bipartisan support,” he said.

    Baucus has delayed introduction of a formal legislative proposal for months in hopes of putting together a truly bipartisan bill. The committee chairman, along with two fellow Democrats, has been negotiating with three Republicans in an attempt to craft a bill that would be attractive enough to gain some support from the other side of the political aisle. The group of negotiators on the Finance Committee is dubbed the “Gang of Six.”

    “I’ve worked very hard to get that bipartisan support and I think we will get it,” he continued. “I think that certainly by the time the committee in this room votes on passing health care reform, there will be bipartisan support.”

    Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, thought to be Democrats’ best shot at gaining Republican support, did offer some hope of bipartisanship: “As one of three Republicans in the Group of Six, I have appreciated the chairman’s leadership of the only bipartisan effort in any committee in either the House or Senate, which has laid real and substantial groundwork for bipartisan cooperation during this ongoing process.”

    She said that this bill was only a “first step in the process” and that members of the Gang of Six will keep meeting in order to craft a bill that she and other Republican members of the committee can support.

    “I believe the chairman’s legislation moves in the right direction away from a government-run system contained in bills that have passed other Congressional committees, but a number of issues still need to be addressed – including cost assumptions and ultimate affordability to both consumers and the government as well as ensuring appropriate competition in the health insurance exchange,” she added.

    The Congressional Budget Office scored the Baucus proposal as costing $774 billion over 10 years. However, CBO concluded the bill would reduce the federal deficit by $49 billion over the same period.

    While Baucus hopes to get Republicans on board, he made clear that he does not need them.

    “I know this bill will pass,” asserted Baucus. “The choice now is now is up to those on the other side of the aisle.”

  106. S,

    I have been listening to radio while driving and many hosts think HCR is still viable and will be passed through another channel – as an ‘add-on” to some TARP bill or something and just because 2 senate committees killed it yesterday doesn’t mean it’s dead.

    Moononpluto – samba-city and the home of Carnival would be a great showcase for the olympics but could you imagine MO in a samba costume???????? Ewwwwww……..

    i wouldn’t doubt it.

  107. I really hope that South America is going all out to get the Olympics. I know bambi and oprah throw money and pressure like there is no tomorrow, but I hope the Committee is honest and not corrupt as well.

  108. I don’t know whether to believe Bo’s in Copenhagen coz it’s a done deal or if he’s desperately trying to sell it.

    Guess we’ll know tomorrow.

    Fingers crossed for Rio.

  109. Wbboei says:

    Well now the worm has turned if Vidal is any indication. The real issue is not experience, it is character. But since these people are never wrong except when they are wrong let them have their explanation

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    Wbboei…you hit the nail on head…experience is one thing, but character is quite another…

    …also I am looking through my Olympic Ceremonies book to find a CK…so many, many people worked on that event from start to finish…I started with the Olympic Organizing committee two years before the start of the games…so much goes on behind the scenes…with sponsorships, tie-in’s of all kinds, etc…do you have a first name by chance?

  110. Wbboei…you hit the nail on head…experience is one thing, but character is quite another…

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    So true. He is truly lacking in character, as evidenced by his lying, voting present, not fighting for a public option, back room deals, no moral compass or core, etc, etc.

  111. cbs2chicago.com/local/daley.plaza.arrest.2.1216850.html

    6 In Custody For Damage At Anti-Olympic Protest

    …with headlines like these and half the people in Chicago against the money that will be spent for the games…that hardly sounds welcoming to the world…

    not to mention…bludgening people to death in the streets…and very high murder stats…

    …that’s all we need in the headlines…

  112. Hillary Clinton likes being president for a day
    (AP) – 2 hours ago

    UNITED NATIONS — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she likes being president — even if it’s just of the U.N. Security Council.

    Clinton was defeated by President Barack Obama in last year’s Democratic presidential primary and she admitted Wednesday that she still savors the title.

    Now America’s chief diplomat, Clinton was presiding over the Security Council because the U.S. holds its rotating presidency this month.

    First, she called for a vote on a resolution demanding an immediate end to sexual violence by combatants in armed conflicts and announced that it had been unanimously approved. Then, she delivered a speech on behalf of the United States expressing hope that the resolution will hasten the day when thousands of women around the world fearing rape or sexual abuse during conflict can live in peace.

    At the end of the speech, Clinton said: “I resume now my function as president of the council.”

    “I kind of like being a president,” she added as diplomats burst into laughter.

    “So this may go on a little longer than anticipated!” Clinton said, as applause filled the council chamber.

    The laughter continued when she introduced Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who responded saying pointedly: “Thank you Madam President.”

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iD68wtYe3feE9u4qGOaRrVZkPtRQD9B1NPIG1

  113. She would have made a wonderful president…

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    Iran must meet UN demands or face greater isolation: Clinton
    (AFP) – 1 hour ago

    UNITED NATIONS — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said here Wednesday that Iran must meet its international obligations over its suspect nuclear program or face “greater isolation.”

    “Iran has a choice: to comply with its international obligations and that would mean not only offering inspections (of its nuclear facilities) but ending its activities absent the kind of monitoring and supervision that would guarantee that what they are doing is solely for peaceful purposes,” she told reporters.

    “The alternative track,” she added, was “greater isolation and international pressure.”

    Clinton said she would not prejudge the outcome of crunch talks in Geneva Thursday between top Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili and senior officials from Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States.

    She spoke after chairing a UN Security Council meeting on sexual violence against women in armed conflict.

    The 15-member Council has imposed three sets of sanctions against Iran over its refusal to freeze its uranium enrichment activities which the West and Israel sees as a cover to acquire nuclear weapons.

    The United States and its allies also want Iran to provide UN inspectors immediate access to a newly disclosed second uranium enrichment plant, which has raised suspicions about the true nature of its nuclear program.

    The head of the UN nuclear watchdog, Mohamed ElBaradei, said that Iran was “on the wrong side of the law” by not declaring its new enrichment plant before last week.

    Jalili meanwhile said Wednesday that he was heading for the talks with a “positive approach” while atomic energy chief Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran was ready to discuss concerns about its new enrichment plant.

    google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5ijBXKJr2RANKRn7zfKhaDQ4MHZpA

  114. UN Security Council demands end of sexual violence in armed conflict

    2009-09-30

    UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) — The UN Security Council unanimously voted on Wednesday to approve a resolution demanding the end of sexual violence in armed conflict.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose country holds the council’s rotating presidency for September, chaired the 15-member body’s session. “Even though women and children are rarely responsible for initiating armed conflict, they are often war’s most vulnerable and violated victims,” Clinton told the council.

    “The resolution we passed today represents a step forward in our global efforts to end violence perpetrated against women and children in conflict zones,” she said.

    The U.S.-sponsored resolution 1888 reaffirmed that sexual violence, “when used or commissioned as a tactic of war … or as a part of a widespread or systematic attack against civilian populations … can significantly exacerbate situations of armed conflict and may impede the restoration of international peace and security.”

    The resolution reaffirmed that “effective steps to prevent and respond to such acts of sexual violence can significantly contribute to the maintenance of international peace and security.”

    Demanding “complete cessation by all parties to armed conflict of all acts of sexual violence with immediate effect,” it requested UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to appoint a special representative to address sexual violence in armed conflict through cooperation with member states, all parties to armed conflict and civil society.

    In his remarks after the vote, the UN chief said that “despite some progress in responding to sexual violence in armed conflicts, the deliberate targeting of civilians continues unabated, including on a widespread or systematic basis.” “With this resolution today, the Security Council is sending an unequivocal message — a call to action,” Ban said. “It is an ambitious platform for intensifying this struggle.”

    The resolution was a follow up to Security Council resolution 1820, which recognized the links between sexual violence and sustainable peace and security. Resolution 1820, which was also sponsored by the United States, was unanimously adopted on June 19, 2008.

    news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-09/30/content_12138037.htm

  115. I went to Rio for the Stones comncert…over 1.5 million on the beach..one of the great times o my life…..it definitely beats Chicago any day of the week

  116. JanH Says:

    September 30th, 2009 at 10:34 am
    Is Winfrey supposed to be the selling point for Chicago? What a joke.
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    She embodies the Olympian physique.

  117. also I am looking through my Olympic Ceremonies book to find a CK…so many, many people worked on that event from start to finish…I started with the Olympic Organizing committee two years before the start of the games…so much goes on behind the scenes…with sponsorships, tie-in’s of all kinds, etc…do you have a first name by chance?
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    S–he was the head attorney for the US Olympic Committee. This was around 1992. That is not the International body.

  118. Since Soros is running the Democratic Party today and Barack is his surrogate it is important to underestand who Soros is. This is old hat to those of us who have been on his trail for any length of time, but a friend sent it to me this morning. I do not know what the source is but I can probably find out if it is material. Since I have seen this information before, I have not inquired. But this is why I described him as a moral monster.
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    On December 20, 1998 George Soros appeared on CBS-TV’s 60 Minutes. He was interviewed by Steve Kroft about his experiences as a youth in Hungry, under he Nazi occupation. He freely admitted that he posed as the “adopted godson” of an official of the Nazi-occupation government and helped in the confiscation of Jewish properties.

    Kroft: And you watched lots of people get shipped off to the death camps.

    Soros: Right. I was 14 years old. And I would say that when my character was made.

    Kroft: In what way?

    Soros: That one should think ahead. One should understand and anticipate events and when one is threatened. It was a tremendous threat of evil. I mean, it was a very personal experience of evil.

    Kroft: My understanding is that you went with this protector of yours who swore that you were his adotped godson.

    Soros: Yes. Yes.

    Kroft: Went out,in fact, and helped in the confiscation of property from the Jews.

    Soros: Yes. That’s right Yes.

    Kroft: I mean that’s…that sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the psychiatric couch for many, many years. Was it difficult?

    Soros: No—not at all. Maybe as a child you don’t…you don’t see the connection. But it was–it created no–no problem at all.

    Kroft: No feeling of guilt?

    Soros: No.

    Kroft: For example that, “I’m Jewish and here I am watching these people go. I could just as easily be there. I should be there. None of that?

    Soros: Well of course I could be on the other side, or I could be the one from whom the thing is being taken away. But there was no sense that I shouldn’t be there, because that was—well, actually, in a funny way, it’s just like the markets—that if I weren’t there—of course, I wasn’t doing it, but somebody else would–would be taking it away anyhow. And it was the—whether I was there or not, I was only a spectator, the property was being taken away. I had no role in taking away the property. So I had no sense of guilt.

    Note: In point of fact, Soro’s adopted “godfather” served under Nazi Waffen SS Gen Kurt Beecher, who ran what was called the Economic Department of the SS Command, which oversaw the exermination of 500,000 Hungarian Jews. Ben Hecht, in his book, Perfidy, wrote harsh indictments of the Jews who colluded with the Nazis in order to survive. He described Becher’s Economic Department in more graphic terms than did Soros. The Department was in charge of looting the properties of Hungarian Jews, in “removing the gold fillings from the millions of teeth of the dead Jews; in cutting off the hairs of millions of Jewesses before killing them, and shipping bales of hair to Germany’s mattres factories; in converting the fat of dead Jews into bath soap and in figuring out effective methods of torture to induce the Jews waiting death to reveal where they had hidden their last possessions.

    Soros has devoted his entire adult life to the looting of the powerless, on behalf of the British financier oligarchy that sponsored his post-war career as one of the first of their offshore hedge-fund speculators. He asserts that morality has no place in the market, and that, if he had a conscience, he could never have succeeded in amassing his billions.

    Soros poured a reported $18 million into pasage of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law which placed a cap on “soft money” donations to the political parties, but left a loop hole, allowing nominally independent groups, referred to as “527’s” to take unlimited donations. Soros began buying up the first generation of 527’s including outfits like MoveOn, ACT (Americans Coming Together) and Media Matters.

  119. wbboei,

    I’d never heard that interview before. Soros is an unfeeling monster. It makes me so damn angry that he profited in this inhuman way. And then to build a wealthy empire afterwards just makes me want to scream. He deserves to lose it all. Every last penny.

  120. chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/chi-kass-30-sep30,0,456539.column

    If Obama gets 2016 Games…

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    Holy Moly! Kass does not mince any words…
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    confloyd…beck may single handedly do all the Chicago vetting that was never done…remember all those ‘slumlords’ in chicago and now how are they connected to the Olympics…whoa, nellie!

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    how in the world does the MSM ignore all of this? and with the NYT declaring their recent mea culpa in print???

    …the corruption spilleth over…and over…and over…!

  121. let me clarify my comments above by stating that ADMIN frankly has been the one in print pointing out much of this info…info that is now slowly making its way on tv…

    …something tells me admin has much to say about these connections…

  122. “President Obama is coming here out of respect for the athletes and the bid,” Ryan said.

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    This guy is unbelievable. He spends taxpayer money as if it is his personal allowance to go to Geneva while the U.S. is falling apart because of him and his crooked policies.

    Wake up America!

  123. this is a must see!

    h t t p: // w w w .youtube .com/ watch ?v= SxLOvAlfUtE or go to youtube and look for this

    Pray to Obama-Say it ain’t so

  124. S, I did not get to see the first 15 min of Glenn Beck when he connected all the dots on Valerie Jarrett. I know she’s dirty from the investigating I have seen.

    She calls him her brother so I know they are close, I wouldn’t be surprised if Glenn doesn’t tie Obama to her soon. I just hope she has to step down soon. Imagine how corrupt Washington is right now??

  125. Jan…he came to party! just load all that “wonking” Presidential hard stuff on the teleprompter…

    meanwhile SP is already #1 on amazon and barnes and noble…and does not hit the stores until nov…she is going to drive ‘them’ c-r-a-z-y!

  126. confloyd – if there is any way you can catch the repeat…i thought of you…he is bearing hard down on all those dots, including VJ’s slumlord pictures and taxpayer $$ she got, clips of AA tenants saying “where is all the money going?, rezco, dots that link to O…people must be sending him info in droves…and he is soliciting…

  127. Would all the wannabe obama lovers who regret voting for him and wish they had gone for hillary…Please Step Forward???

    I would love to see stats on this.

  128. rgb- she embodies the olympic physique – ROTF!

    Confloyd – i saw that praying to Bo clip – nauseating isn’t it?

    OTOH, I heard an astonishing stat today, that over the next 10 years the BO plan calls for spending 300G for every impovershed person in the US, or $1.2 mill per family of 4.

    i don’t know about everyone else here but i am in a very modest financial situation and the year i owed almost 50G in CC debt i thought I would go to debtor’s prison. needless to say, i learned my lesson, bit the hullet, got almost completely debt free after years of spartan living, and I remeber very clearly how i got into that situation. it was all those cc offers in the mail that lulled me in and being financially challenged not to mention STUPID i never considered what would happen the day i had to pay the piper. now, i transgressed on a small scale – think about all those people who think nothing of living 100’s of G’s beyond their means.

    Think about (if you were ever as dumb as i was) taking out cc loans to pay off other debt – like i said – i may be dumb but i am a fast learner so it didn’t take long for me to see the writing on the walls.

    Now, think about what $300G would mean to your financial situation, today.

    I don’t know about everyone else but i could live very comfortably the rest of my life on that sum.

    Some one on radio compared what BO is doing to what i and so many other dumba$$es did at one time with cc. He’s borrowing money to pay for money he’s borrowing somewhere else. And we’re the ones who will eventually have to pay for his spending spree.

  129. S, I know there is some hanky panky in this bid for the olympics because I found several websites like O for change. org. They seem to be run by Van Jones. I can tell you that I found I think a link between Jarrett and Barney Maddoff.

  130. I have to say, this guy needs out asap, because can you image the chicago mob raiding the federal govt.’s money. What could they do and how many webs they could put in place to discourage anyone from looking at what they are stealing?? I mean, it was bad before the Chi-town boys got there, imagine what it will be in 4 to 8 years???

  131. Time and again Joe Wilson is more correct than he is mistaken and, of course, therefore out of order:

    Senators turn back ID requirement for immigrant healthcare
    By Jeffrey Young – 09/30/09 01:03 PM ET
    Senate Finance Committee Democrats rejected a proposed a requirement that immigrants prove their identity with photo identification when signing up for federal healthcare programs.

    Finance Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said that current law and the healthcare bill under consideration are too lax and leave the door open to illegal immigrants defrauding the government using false or stolen identities to obtain benefits.

    Grassley’s amendment was beaten back 10-13 on a party-line vote.

    The bill, authored by committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), would require applicants to verify their names, places of birth and Social Security numbers. In addition, legal immigrants would have to wait five years, as under current law, after obtaining citizenship or legal residency to access federal healthcare benefits such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program or receive tax credits or purchase insurance through the exchange created by the legislation.

    But the would not require them to show a photo ID, such as a drivers license. Without that requirement, the bill “remains dearly lacking when it comes to identification,” Grassley said. “Frankly, I’m very perplexed as to why anyone would oppose this amendment,” he said.

    But Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman, who represents the border state of New Mexico, said that the type of fraud Grassley said he wants to prevent is highly uncommon. “The way I see the amendment, it’s a solution without a problem,” Bingaman said.

    thehill dot com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/60939-senators-turn-back-id-requirement-for-immigrant-healthcare

  132. confloyd,

    The thought of Bo and his mob raiding our piggy bank makes me see red.

    What I forgot to mention in the above saga is that the 50G in cc debt I once owed had been secured by my home and once I understood the idiocy to which I’d succumbed I worked my butt off getting out of the mess I had created.

    Point is I, like most Americans, didn’t sit around on their butts waiting for someone to bail us out. We bail ourselves out.

    I don’t mind lending a hand in case of extreme need but I’ll be d@mned if I’ll sit quietly by and let these mf’er’s rob us blind.

    Not that there’s a d@mn thing I can do about it except rant on this blog and spread the news when possible.

    I just hope this country comes to its collective senses and throws the bums out ASAP.

  133. Here’s is another interesting video of Bette Midler saying that Glenn Beck will ignite a Rwandan type atmosphere here in the US.

    I guess we should STF up and watch this happen to our country.

    h t t p:// ww w.youtube. com/ watch?v=e8-A8RFS1M0 or go to Bette Midler warns Glenn Beck could set of a Rwandan-type civil war

    enjoy

  134. I’d never heard that interview before. Soros is an unfeeling monster. It makes me so damn angry that he profited in this inhuman way. And then to build a wealthy empire afterwards just makes me want to scream. He deserves to lose it all. Every last penny.
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    Jan: there is that old saying that behind every great fortune there is a great crime. In Soros case, it is 100 great crimes, and some of them are horrendous.

  135. This from the Hill.

    Does Obama have a secret deal with insurance companies?
    By Brent Budowsky – 09/30/09 09:54 AM ET
    Progressives throughout the nation should rally in full force in favor of the public option, and progressives in Congress should say they will not support a bill without it. The public option still lives because it would save $50 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office, with a president and Congress that claim they want to save money. The public option still lives because it is the only check and balance against insurance-company abuses.

    Sen. Max Baucus (Mont.), the Democratic chairman of the Finance Committee, which is the only committee of the five that are reporting a health bill whose measure does not include the public option, says he is for the public option while he votes against the public option. But let’s look back at the history. It was in June when Sen. Kent Conrad (N.D.), another Finance Committee Democrat who says he is for the public option while he votes against the public option, was approached by Sen. Baucus to find an alternative to the public option that both Baucus and Conrad claim they support.

    Remember, in June the public option was supported by large numbers of voters (as it is now). Why did Baucus and Conrad seek an alternative to the public option in June when the public option they both claimed to support appeared very strong?

    It is time for progressives, consumers, workers, populists and anyone who supports affordable healthcare to ask: Was the fix in from the beginning through a secret deal between the White House and insurance companies to kill the public option?

    I don’t know, but I do know that a secret deal with Big Pharma was made in similar fashion.

    Sure, the fact of the pharma deal was known, but many details remain secret today. I do know the president has given the weakest support imaginable to the public option and time and time again has announced his willingness to surrender, as I wrote on this site months ago. I do know that to this day the White House is keeping secret the logs of meetings from January through September when deals were made from the banking bailout to the healthcare bill. I strongly suspect the reason involves meetings about deals including pharma and insurers.

    Was the fix in against the public option? I don’t know, but I do know this: If enough members of the House and Senate refuse to support a bill without a public option, the public option can still prevail.

    I know this: A majority of the American people support the public option.

    I know this: Over 75 percent of respondents in The Washington Post/ABC poll support a public option for those who cannot get private policies. What would it say about a Democratic Senate that many of us worked hard and for years to win 60 seats if it lacks even the minimal courage to stand with more than 75 percent of the nation, either because it fears the 25 percent or it craves the money the industry doles out to Democrats as well as Republicans?

    I know this: The three House committees that reported a healthcare bill ALL included the public option.

    I know this: The Senate health committee reported a bill that also included the public option.

    I know this: The Congressional Budget Office says the Rockefeller public option proposal would cut the costs of the bill by $50 billion, and anyone who opposes it makes a mockery of their alleged interest in protecting taxpayers and reducing wasteful spending.

    I know this: There is no serious analyst of healthcare who believes that insurance co-ops are even a minimal check and balance against insurance abuses, and even the Congressional Budget Office says co-ops will have virtually zero impact lowering the cost of the bill.

    I know this: Some of the Democrats who are opponents of the public option, or who pretend to support it within minutes of their voting against it, are huge recipients of campaign money from insurance companies.

    I know this: The insurance industry has been proven again and again to have engaged in abuses, and yet the insurance industry is granted an exemption from antitrust laws that should be repealed, and allows them to commit price-fixing, collusion, market allocation and other wrongs that would be illegal in virtually every industry under antitrust laws.

    I know this: Private insurers don’t give a rat’s behind about the poor, the jobless, the hungry, the hurting and will charge them high premiums they cannot afford, so a Congress that does not include a public option will create huge subsidies not for the poor, but for insurers who charge outrageous premiums the poor cannot afford.

    And I know this: The president, who read a book about Franklin Roosevelt’s first hundred days, has not even begun to wage a true fight for the most important provision of a healthcare bill, and has hinted, winked, nodded again and again that he would gladly surrender on this vital issue, which raises the legitimate question: Is there a secret deal with insurers for a formal surrender that leaves a bill with gigantic windfall profits for insurers subsidized with taxpayer money to be ratified by a Democratic president and Democratic Congress?

    I don’t know whether there is such a deal, but I do know that this question should now be asked, and above all, I do know this:

    A majority of the American people, a majority of the Senate, a majority of the House and the president, with great eloquence, all support the public option. If progressives wage the fight that should be fought, the public option should, can and will be won

  136. Of course he made a deal with the insurance companies. Remember the Business Week article: “The Insurance Companies Already Won?” The insurance companies are the ones, who insisted upon mandates. Jeez. It is so obvious that the political system has been bought off.

  137. Here’s is another interesting video of Bette Midler saying that Glenn Beck will ignite a Rwandan type atmosphere here in the US.
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    Well then that settles it. I had dinner one night at a restaurant on the upper East side with a number of people. The only thing I remembered was that it was Woody Allen’s hang out, but he was not there that night, but if he had been there it would have meant nothing to me. My host was a San Francisco lawyer who was originally from the Bronx and knew everyone there. Among the guests was the agent or former agent for Bette Midler. We spoke briefly about that, since I asked. She is a tempestuous artist, to put it gently. Suffice it to say I would not take her evaluation of Beck too seriously.

  138. birdgal,

    Yup. Even I can connect those dots. Now who would a law forcing people to buy a certain commodity help the most if not the commodity producer.

    yup. That one’s clear as a bell.

    Isn’t that what used to be called a monopoly?

  139. This should SCARE the pants off you guys. What could this be about??

    h t tp : //www .you tube .com/watch?v= 8Y5qL3Vi9H0 or go to All American Police Force News Casts 9/14-9-28.

    What could this company be planning, marshall law!

  140. Does Obama have a secret deal with insurance companies?
    By Brent Budowsky – 09/30/09 09:54 AM ET
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    Wrong question. Business Week says yes. Billy Tauzin says yes.

    The right question: does that deal have an escape clause?

    If not whom does he intend to cheat: the progressives or the business interests. Axelrod is trying to get Snow to propose a public option trigger. She is so weak she might. But that will not satisfy the progressives. Not the vocal ones.

  141. A majority of the American people, a majority of the Senate, a majority of the House and the president, with great eloquence, all support the public option.
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    This is a stupid statement by a polemicist. The question is under what conditions would they prefer a public option to what they have now. Hillary’s plan was the real deal. The proposals on the table now are draconian, costly and weak on the public option. Typical reporting from The Hill. That is Kondrackes shop.

  142. Does Obama have a secret deal with insurance companies?
    By Brent Budowsky – 09/30/09 09:54 AM ET

    Is there a secret deal with insurers for a formal surrender that leaves a bill with gigantic windfall profits for insurers subsidized with taxpayer money to be ratified by a Democratic president and Democratic Congress?
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    duh?

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    reminds me of listening to michael moore all over tv promoting his documentary about capitalism that was funded by very big capitalists (John Malone of Overture Films and Liberty Media…can’t make this stuff up!)…. guess michael can swallow if the capitalist makes him money…

    …anyway…all over tv talking about what “a nice man O is” and how he feels so bad for him because he came with “an olive branch” to be bipartisan (ha, ha, ha)
    and how we have to get behind O and have his back…”because he is trying to do the right thing”…and in the next breath talks about going after democrats “even though O started by giving up on the public option before he fought for it”

    …how gulliable are these people???

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    and as for Bette Midler, Garafalo, Pelosi, and Tom Friedman – all trying to silence everyone and anyone that does not agree with O by labeling them racists, terrorists, israeli assassins…whatever other hysterical BS they can come up with…

    how come it was always all right for us to do and say anything but now everyone else must be silenced…is it any wonder the amount of independents is growing every day…what a mess our country is in…

  143. This should SCARE the pants off you guys. What could this be about??

    h t tp : //www .you tube .com/watch?v= 8Y5qL3Vi9H0 or go to All American Police Force News Casts 9/14-9-28.

    What could this company be planning, marshall law!
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    Lets run this one by Bette Midler.

  144. obama is so enslaved to criminal elements, unions, financial entities, etc. that he is using the U.S. treasury to buy himself out.

    He has a secret pact with all of the above.

  145. by “us” I mean in the old days when we were all following the dems and we, the protesting democrats, would protest and scream and name call and make posters and burn bush in effigy on and on…that was ok…

    but now you get some grandmothers, moms with their kids, old men yelling for their rights at town halls and suddenly the USA is being threatened…

    one thing i will give beck credit for…he showed what washington, dc looked like after Obama’s inauguaration – completely littered with trash…and when the tea baggers left…clean and orderly…and then he showed how the MSM portrayed the tea baggers as violent and angry (no arrests and peaceful) vs the G20 protestors that destroyed cars, windows, many arrests, however the MSM was very empathtic with their causes and hardly reported the violence in the streets

  146. wbboei, yep, I can’t imagine what is going on in Montana a town without a police force, but it is scary. Why does this town have such a big empty jail anyway???

    Did you know that the spokesman was middle eastern???

    There is also some interesting info I found at the Obama file concerning military intervention, it has also appeared in countusout, so I just don’t know what is going on??

    This administration is scaring me to death.

  147. I think we need to get this stuff to Glenn Beck, he needs to go to MOntana and see what is happening there. Apparently they think Obama himself has been there. I am getting more info on this from investigatingobama.

  148. Martial law is terrifying. As a teenager in Canada in the early 70’s, I remember martial law being imposed during the FLQ crisis. It was a terrifying time for most of us. My Social Science teacher was a bit of a rebel and brought in the FLQ manifesto to show/read to us. If he had been caught with it, he would have been arrested for terrorism.

    confloyd’s video definitely needs to go viral.

  149. This is the person that is in charge of the American Police Force and is running that prison to be in Montana.

    CODY, Wyo. – Michael Hilton of American Police Force arrived in Hardin with promises of Mercedes police cars and expertise in operating prisons. He delivered the cars last week, but may have learned about prisons following a 1993 conviction for grand theft.

    Public records from police and state and federal courts in California show that Michael Anthony Hilton, using that name and more than a dozen aliases over several years, is cited in multiple criminal, civil and bankruptcy cases, and was sentenced in 1993 to two years in state prison in California.

    Hilton pleaded guilty in March 1993 to 14 felonies, including 10 counts of grand theft, one count of attempted grand theft and three counts of diversion of construction funds, according to Orange County court records. He was sentenced to two years in prison, but it is unclear how much time he served.

    Court records in that case list his real name as Michael Hilton, but they also include the aliases Midrag Ilia Dokovitch, Midrag Ilia Dokovich and Michael Miodrag.

    Hilton, who speaks heavily accented English, has told reporters that he is a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Montenegro, a country bordering Serbia, and once part of the former Republic of Yugoslavia.

    The same aliases and other similar ones, all with slightly different spellings, show up in many other court documents citing Hilton, including a May 2003 Orange County case in which Hilton pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol.

    A booking photo from the Huntington Beach Police Department from Hilton’s DUI arrest on March 14, 2003, shows him heavier, beardless and with more hair than he has now.

    It also shows the same facial features, including a distinct arched wrinkle over his left eye, along with three deep brow furrows, small, circular indentations in the center of his forehead and a cleft tip on the nose.

    Michael Hilton and his aliases are listed as defendants in various Orange County civil cases alleging fraud and breach of warranty, including a March 2000 case where he is accused of fraud, larceny, breach of contract and false pretenses.

    Court documents in that case allege that Hilton and others solicited investments of hundreds of thousands of dollars from the plaintiff for the creation of collectible Super Bowl commemorative coins.

    The complaint alleges that Hilton and others falsely told the plaintiff that the money would be used for the design and manufacture of the coins, and to pay for a National Football League license to produce them.

    In fact, the complaint states, no such license was ever issued by the NFL.

    Court documents show that the plaintiff obtained a 2001 judgment for $200,000 against Hilton, listing his aliases of Miodrag Dokovich and Midrag Ilia Dokovich.

    Hilton also declared Chapter 13 bankruptcy twice during a 15-month period.

    He filed under his real name, citing the alias Miodrag A. Dokovich, in November 2002, listing a Stanton, Calif., home address and a Fountain Valley, Calif., business address tied to the Belgrade Market Liquor and Deli.

    In February 2004, Hilton filed under his real name, citing the alias Miodrag Dokovich, and listing a Santa Ana, Calif., home address. He estimated his assets at less than $50,000, and listed as creditors only a credit union and his landlord.

    Both bankruptcy filings appear to have been intended to delay eviction proceedings against him. Under federal bankruptcy law, tenants are generally protected from eviction while they reorganize their finances.

    Anh Q.D. Nguyen, a Garden Grove attorney, said in an e-mail that he represented Hilton’s landlord in an eviction case against Hilton that was filed in January 2004.

    Nguyen said that Hilton “filed an eleventh-hour bankruptcy petition in which my office successfully obtained relief from the bankruptcy automatic stay, in order to reclaim possession of the rented premises.”

    Hilton had also been named as a defendant in July 2002 as part of separate eviction proceedings before his bankruptcy filing that year.

    Hilton filed both bankruptcies without an attorney, paying less than $275 in filing fees for each. Both petitions were dismissed by the court after Hilton failed to provide necessary documentation, including a financial reorganization plan.

    Chapter 13 bankruptcies generally remain on personal credit histories for seven years, and show up on standard credit checks.

    When asked on Wednesday about Hilton’s business dealings before his involvement with APF, company spokeswoman Becky Shay said, “That information is not going to be made available at this point.”

    “That’s his private business. He is a man who distinguishes between private and business, between personal and corporate,” she said.

    Shay said she would check with Hilton for a comment about his DUI arrest, but did not provide further details.

    She did not respond to an additional call made later Wednesday seeking more information about Hilton’s other past legal problems.

  150. Isn’t that what used to be called a monopoly?

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    A monopoly is one word for it. It is single payer in reverse. It is truly a shakedown of the middle class.

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    “If not whom does he intend to cheat: the progressives or the business interests. Axelrod is trying to get Snow to propose a public option trigger. She is so weak she might. But that will not satisfy the progressives. Not the vocal ones.”

    The trigger option is a fake-out, no power to it, whatsoever.

  151. admin- would you please embed-

    Hillary Says She Likes Being President!

    youtube.com/watch?v=mXSOrfsrC6k

    Oh- Did I mention, she looks MAAARVELOUS !!

  152. confloyd…that is one hell of an article you posted re: APF…wow, how does this stuff pass muster? who allows this?

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    Hillary was fantastic…oh, how many people must be thinking and asking the same thing…what if?…only, what if…thanks for posting, Mrs. Smith

  153. French support softens for Polanski, Hollywood divided

    By Yann Le Guernigou and Jill Serjeant

    PARIS/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Film director Roman Polanski, arrested earlier this week in Switzerland, saw support weaken on Wednesday for his effort to evade sentencing in the United States in the rape of a 13-year-old girl three decades ago.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters in New York that Polanski’s extradition from Switzerland to California to face sentencing on the 1977 sex crime charge was a matter for judges, not diplomats, to handle.

    more at:
    reuters.com/article/peopleNews/idUSTRE58T7VA20090930

  154. Hillary couldn’t have picked a better time to role play-

    ALL of Obama’s policies have hit a wall and he is off chasing rainbows with his wife and a knock off of Tyler Perry. Having to listen to his wife whining how: “they are sacrificing sooo much to be there, begging the Olympic Committee for consideration of Chicago’s Children”!

    h… hotair.com/archives/2009/09/30/michelle-obama-i-know-people-say-it-was-a-sacrifice-for-me-and-oprah-to-go-to-copenhagen/

    What dreck!

  155. S. I think it must be where they are going to put the Gitmo prisoners, without the approval of the little town and its people. What worries me is that they looked for a place without a police dept.! WHY!! Lets see, the police if they had one could monitor who goes in and out of these prisons. If there was an escape, they would be assisting in looking for that individual besides using their police scanners, computers and connections to like the FBI, CIA and etc. The city police would be invaluable for a real prison.

    I know that blind sheik we housed for so many years was not able to have visitors, but one the pics of inside the prison, it clearly has a room set up for visitors.

    I also don’t think middle easterns should be responsible for that prison which is who they have in charge.

    This smells so bad that it reaks!!

  156. Mrs.Smith, a sacrifice for her and Ophra to go to Copenhagen????? Isn’t that like a nice place to visit, is it not beautiful there?? There probably kicked back drink the town dry of champayne!!!

    The sacrifice is the american taxpayers who just paid 1.1 million dollars to fly Air Force 1 to fly over there, and multiply that x2 because Muchelle and Oprah took a different plane. Probably the one Hillary rides in, Air Force 2. So 2.2 million for this trip for Chi-town.

    I think Mayor Daley needs to pay us back, what do you think???

  157. I agree confloyd…it is getting hard to believe what is going on…

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    foxnews.com/politics/2009/09/23/congressmen-push-bipartisan-mandating-posting-legislation-online-votes/

    I think all of us should start calling pelosi and our house reps and DEMANDING that they put their bills on the internet so everyone can read them

    what happened to all that BS from O about his transparency and he would put everything on the net for all to read before it was voted on…and now the democratic congress is reneging and O is nowhere to be heard…

    how corrupt are we that the democratic congress is afraid to let the people see their bait and switch health reform giveaways before they become law…especially since they are threatening to fine us and put us in jail if we do not comply with what they are creating in secrecy….

    I have had it with the dims…i will never trust them again…never…

  158. S- you’re welcome!

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    cofloyd-

    Mrs.Smith, a sacrifice for her and Ophra to go to Copenhagen????? Isn’t that like a nice place to visit, is it not beautiful there?? There probably kicked back drink the town dry of champayne!!!

    ~~~~~~~
    Together, those two look like 2 street hookers ( way inappropriately/overdressed ) putting the hustle on ANY male members of the Olympic Committee. It would be a contest on who’s rear end is responsible for eclipsing the sun

  159. writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

    here is a website where you can put in your zipcode and your representative will come up with contact info for writing a message and also local and wash, DC phone numbers…

    call your representative tomorrow and let them know that you DEMAND that they keep Obama’s promise of transparency and put the bills on the internet for at least the FIVE DAYS Obama promised so everyone can read the bills BEFORE THEY BECOME LAW…especially since a major, transformative bill like the health care reform bill…

    AND you might remind them that they WORK FOR US and we will VOTE THEM OUT…

  160. The Empire State building was lit up tonight in Red and Yellow to celebrate 60 years of Communist China’s rule

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    Hell has frozen over….

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    Great post Admin

  161. chicagoansforrio.com/ check this out : )

    too funny!

    Chicagoans for Rio

    …Just let Rio host the 2016 Olympics. We don’t mind. Honest

    they even have clips of people from chicago saying to take it to Rio…OMG!

  162. please indulge me but this is too funny…

    they have a link you can click on that will send the email below to the IOC, and in addition they are selling t-shirts that say chicagoans for rio…

    this goes to the IOC:

    My fellow Chicagoans and I are honored that you would consider us a worthy host for the 2016 Olympic Games. Chicago would no doubt create a memorable 17 days for everyone. However, upon further consideration, we believe it would be even BETTER if you let Rio de Janeiro host the 2016 Games. As you know, it’s a wonderful city, has plenty of the infrastructures in place already, and will be well-practiced after hosting the 2014 World Cup. Plus, South America has never even hosted an Olympics. It’s only fair. Seriously, don’t worry about our feelings being hurt. Give the Games to Rio. We’ll be just fine, thanks.

  163. stylelist.com/celebrity-style/hottest-celebrities/snap-judgment?icid=main|hp-laptop|dl7|link4|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.stylelist.com%2Fcelebrity-style%2Fhottest-celebrities%2Fsnap-judgment

    H and w stuff.

    They don’t like HRC’s coat. I think she borrowed it from MO. Now if she had it on, they would be falling all over themselves.

  164. I have been researching this dem that wants to be the governor of Hawaii, he is Neil Abercrombie. He is somehow hooked up with Ayers thru the weather underground. We really need to work on getting that guy and unemployment check. How Im not sure. He does not need to be the governor of Hawaii cause we will never find out WHO Obama really is.

  165. wbboei, I read that article you just posted and what made my hair stand on end was that Jarrett grew up in Iran!! THere has to be a connection between her and Obama before Chi-town. She was like him and had a international childhood. Her father had a paper for black people, just like Frank Marshall Davis did?? There has to be something, its too much of a coincidence.

  166. I just found out that Valerie Jarrett mother is a Cultural Anthropologist, just like Barack Hussein Obama’s mother is! I kinda think that is odd!

    I know that Stanley Anne had her doctorate in Anthropology, so go figure these two would meet up some day.

    Valerie Jarrett said she traveled the world with her dad the Doctor to Africa and other places. Gee I wonder if she and her mom met Stanley Anne and Barack?? JUst kicking this around.

  167. Hi confloyd,

    you’ll be going to bed and I just got up to let the puppy out to take care of business.

    I saw this: “Jarrett grew up in Iran!”

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    Means: Obama has his own, loyal, in house TRANSLATOR.
    So, thats how he communicates one on one with Ahmadinejad-

    How cozy-

  168. “Valerie Jarrett mother is a Cultural Anthropologist”

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    Good finds, confloyd.

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    It wouldn’t be a stretch to assume Stanley and Jarrett would be of the same mindset. Both hating the West and America as the oppressors. And, they probably did come to know each other. If not, BO felt right at home with Jarret- as if his mother’s ideology was with him in person all the time.

  169. S Says:
    September 30th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

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    We need a Letterman TOP 10 List on:

    Why the Olympics need to be in RIO not Chicago-

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    Watching the sunrise news. Michelle and Oprah demanding the Olympics be in Chicago without saying: “we’re not leaving until we get what we want.” What an embarrassment they are to our country.

  170. gonzotx Says:

    September 30th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    The Empire State building was lit up tonight in Red and Yellow to celebrate 60 years of Communist China’s rule

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    What are we celebrating? China’s human rights violations?

  171. Or is it that now that they are the keepers of America’s outrageous debt that anything China wants China gets?

  172. Mrs. Smith, Yep, I am going to bed. See you all around 4 to 5 pm. Hope Glenn Beck has been digging up more info on Jarrett (the missing link).

    I hope I can go to sleep, when I find something that interesting as I did last night I can’t lay it down. The fed’s and the Ford Foundation used the cultural anthropologist quiet a bit. I spent the entire night looking into it. There is something there I can feel it in my bones.

  173. I have been researching this dem that wants to be the governor of Hawaii, he is Neil Abercrombie. He is somehow hooked up with Ayers thru the weather underground. We really need to work on getting that guy and unemployment check. How Im not sure. He does not need to be the governor of Hawaii cause we will never find out WHO Obama really is.
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    Abercrombie has always reminded me of one of Santa’s elves. Look at the little p . . and tell me I am wrong. But I never realized until now that he was a malevolent elf.

  174. http://romanticpoet.wordpress.com/2009/09/
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    Another article on the vast web of ACORN connections. Notice they make reference to the great Ben Smith at Politico. Ever watch him on television? Suffice it to say, in the new media, where intelligence is the exception not the rule, he is a perfect example of the norm. A real dummy. But trust me you haven’t lived until you have seen him live. Mr. Taptoes looks like a mensa compared to him. And Jake aint not mensa. Just a Barack lover. He salivates over him everytime he picks up a quill, and Jake needs smelling salts at Obama press conferences. Aint love grand. No time for reporting the truth when love is in the air.

  175. Thursday, 1 October 2009

    The Clintons and Northern Ireland

    news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/8285141.stm

  176. gonzotx Says:

    September 30th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    The Empire State building was lit up tonight in Red and Yellow to celebrate 60 years of Communist China’s rule
    ———————————————
    Answer me one question: whose decision was this. Surely Bloomberg was consulted. Let me tell you what this thing was about. The elites want to do business with China. Also they may need to do business with China. That is what WTO in 2000 was all about. For the same reason Willie Sutton robbed banks–its where the money is. The problem is there are no rainbow coalitions in China. Access to their wealth and business empire tends to be racially exclusive. This bothers the American and European business interests greatly. I asked that question to someone who by my estimation is one of those elites who was a strong anti communist throughout much of his career, and is a venture capitalist. Suffice it to say I did not get the answer I expected. Instead, he expressed confidence in the emergence of a global partnership. Yes the world has turned over in many respects. But I would still like to know, who made the decision in this case. I can assure you Douglas MacArthur is turning over in his grave. He is not alone.

  177. Sounds like something Ayn Rand would invent as a nightmare.

    Are they going to light up for Tienamin Square anniversary too?

    The Russian Communist State withered away as predicted. Now it’s the US withering?

  178. October 01, 2009

    Will the Real Barack Obama Please Stand Up?

    By Joseph Smith

    In the heyday of the television quiz show era, a popular and amusing show was To Tell the Truth. The show format included three people who all claimed to be a certain public figure, and a panel of celebrities whose task was to ascertain which of the three people was the real character, with cash prizes as the reward for the right answer. The panelists would ask a series of questions, with the two imposters pretending with their answers that each was the real character. At the end of the allotted time, the emcee would request “Will the real … please stand up.” After a series of feints by all three, the real figure would stand up, eliciting equal measure of delight and dismay from the panel and the studio audience.

    In a clever twist on the 1960’s quiz show, the President of the United States is playing all three figures himself, all professing to be the real Barack Obama. The centrist is a leftist, the post-racial plays the race card, the post-partisan is anything but. He supports free markets, then nationalizes one after another. He swears to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution,” but says it is defective and walks all over it. He denies being a socialist or a fascist, but who is he really. Wright and Ayres were just a pastor and a guy in the neighborhood, but seem to be more. Obama is an American, but seems to loathe America. Obama is the chameleon in the White House.

    When it comes to health care, we are told you can keep your insurance, but he prefers single payer. Your Medicare benefits will not be affected, but we will use half a trillion in Medicare money to fund national health care. Immigrants will not be covered, but what’s to stop them. Abortion will not be covered, but actually yes it will. We seek a bipartisan solution, but we will ram it down your throats if need be. And my favorite of all, the mandate penalty is not a tax, but the IRS will collect them, and send you to prison if you don’t pay. There’s that “meaning of is” again.

    Given the President’s predilection for saying almost anything to make the sale, and his endless repetition on television, it would not be surprising to find that his audience, the American citizens, are a bit confused on where he and his teleprompter stand. Even the New York Times concedes, in a column headline, “Public Wary of Obama on War and Health.” Interpreting the latest New York Times / CBS poll, the Times says that while the President has “retained considerable political strength,” Mr. Obama’s media saturation on health care has confused the public more than anything else:

    The poll found that an intense campaign by Mr. Obama to rally support behind his health care plan — including an address to Congress, a run of television interviews and rallies across the country — appears to have done little to allay concerns.
    Majorities of respondents said that they were confused about the health care argument and that Mr. Obama had not done a good job in explaining what he was trying to accomplish.

    It is a sad fact that when the current President speaks there may be a deception or a misdirection. Likewise when the New York Times runs a story there may be a distortion or ulterior political purpose in the story. And when the New York Times puts its name on a survey, there may be a slant in the questions or the reporting on the survey. In all three cases, it can be a game, albeit a very serious game, trying to divine the truth and the obfuscation. Nonetheless, it is instructive to take a closer look at a few of the survey questions regarding health care. Many of the survey results are similar to those of earlier surveys, and some will be used in the talking points disseminated by Axelrod and friends, so let us look at some questions that Obama’s team may wish to ignore:

    Question 3 found that jobs and the economy combined are the main priority of 41% of respondents, and health care, 19%. Jobs and the economy received more than twice the votes that health care received.

    Question 21 found that 78% of respondents are somewhat or very satisfied with the quality of their health care, compared with 18% very or somewhat dissatisfied, a result that has been consistently reported in many surveys. Tell me again, Mr. President, why we are dismantling the current system?

    Question 24 found that 51% of respondents feel it is not possible to cover most Americans without increasing the deficit, vs. 42% who think it can be done.

    Question 32 found that 62% of respondents feel the President has not fully explained what his plans for health care reform would mean, compared with 32% who feel he has fully explained himself. That could be the same 32% who still swoon at the mention of Obama’s name.

    Question 33, on the other hand, found that 76% of respondents feel Republicans have not fully explained their plans. Or perhaps that the main-stream media have not deigned the Republican plans worthy of reporting.

    Question 35 found that 60% of respondents felt that Obama is trying to work with Republicans in Congress. Oh Really? According to House Minority Leader John Boehner, “I sent [the] president a letter back in May outlining some of the things we’d like to do in health care and asking for a meeting. And I got a nice, polite letter back that said basically, ‘Thank you. We’ll see you at the end of the process,’ ” Boehner said.

    Question 38 found that 59% of respondents still think the proposed reforms are confusing, albeit that is down from 67% three weeks ago.

    Question 43 found that 55% think Obama makes his changes sound better than they will really be. No credibility issues there, are there?

    Question 49 found that 30% think quality of care would get worse, and 14% think it would get better. (The remainder either don’t know or think it would stay the same.

    Similarly, Question 50 found that 32% think the changes will make it harder to see a doctor, and 14% think it will be easier. Easier with someone else paying the bill perhaps?

    Question 53 found that 26% of respondents feel that a “government organization,” [aka death panel] will decide when to pull the plug, er, I mean, eh, “stop providing medical care” to the elderly, while 23% think that will not happen. More disturbing perhaps is that 47% of respondents don’t know enough to say. Let’s just rush the whole process and sign the bill, before the 47% demands an answer. They will find out soon enough anyway.

    Question 57, most likely to be heard on a Sunday talk show, found that 65% of respondents favor a public option, with 26% opposed. However, if 59% are confused about the proposed reforms (see question 38), maybe question 57 should be taken with a grain of salt.

    Question 59, also likely to be quoted on air, found that 72% of respondents want limits on what the insurance companies can charge for premiums, co-pays and out-of-pocket expenses. Limits set by who, based on what, and designed to drive who out of business? I find this question disturbing, as the responses are what one might expect to a blind question like that, and the results could be used to justify wage and price controls for health care.

    Question 61 found that 51% of respondents favor tort reform, compared with 11% against. All Senator Baucus could manage on tort reform was a toothless “Sense of the Senate” provision.

    Question 65 found respondents evenly divided on whether it is the Federal government’s moral responsibility to guarantee health insurance to all, 47% yes and 48% no.

    Question 66 found that 65% of respondents feel a bill should be passed that receives Republican support, while just 23% feel the Democrats should just pass their own bill. Whether a fig leaf of one Senate Republican, Olympia Snow, supporting the bill qualifies as “Republican support” is above my pay grade, to quote a certain post-partisan Presidential candidate.

    An unnumbered question on page 23 found the survey split 38-28 on Obama-McCain voters, which equates to 58% for Obama. Since Obama received about 53% of the Presidential election vote, the survey population appears to be a bit unbalanced in that respect. Not a lot, but a little here, a little there…

    Finally, an unnumbered question on page 25 confirms other surveys in that respondents classified themselves as 21% liberals, 39% moderates and 36% conservatives. So a left-of-liberal health care reform ought to fit perfectly in our center-right nation. One has to think that the great liberal overreach that is now underway will sooner or later be rejected by the American people.

    And so as panelists on the modern-day version of To Tell the Truth, we anxiously await the moment when the real Barack Obama stands up. Then again, maybe this is more like Waiting For Godot.

    americanthinker.com/2009/10/will_the_real_barack_obama_ple.html

  179. The seasonal flu shot may increase susceptibility to H1N1!

    Three provinces in Canada have stopped administering seasonal flu injections coz people have been shown to have a 50% increase in the chance of getting swine flu!

    And yet NYS has mandated both vaccinations.

    They do not know WTF they’re doing and we (especially health workers) are serving as their guinea pigs. These friggin hurry-up-and-ram-it-down-our-throats policies are killing us!

  180. basil,

    We found out last week that our province was postponing the flu shot. For me, I would rather just get it and skip the H1N1 if there are still questions about it.

  181. Then again, what I read was that one shot interfered with the other so giving both was the problem. I could be wrong though.

  182. oops, Basil you are right. We get the shots at work and this is what I just found on our intranet:

    “In response to a Canadian study that suggests the seasonal flu virus maybe related to H1N1, yesterday, four Canadian provinces decided to postpone the Seasonal Flu Vaccination program until the H1N1 vaccine becomes available…

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    The problem I see is if the H1N1 vaccine hasn’t been properly vetted by that time, we are in big trouble.

  183. ‘US Jews back military strike on Iran’

    jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1254163553245&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

  184. Here’s someone who’s doing his atoning:
    *******

    Gore Vidal: Essayist Worried About Obama, Regrets Leaving Hillary Clinton

    By Tim Morgan
    Sep 30, 2009

    Essayist and novelist Gore Vidal is more than a bit worried about President Barack Obama. He now says he regrets switching his allegiance from Hillary Clinton to now President Obama during the 2008 campaign to secure the Democratic presidential nomination.

    His analysis, “He was the most intelligent person we’ve had in that position for a long time. But he’s inexperienced,” said Vidal.

    The UK Times has more including the notation that “Vidal now believes, as he did originally, Clinton would be the better president.” Read more of the blockbuster interview here.

    “Hillary knows more about the world and what to do with the generals. History has proven when the girls get involved, they’re good at it. Elizabeth I knew Raleigh would be a good man to give a ship to.

    *********

    So, we have a defector who is ready to atone.

  185. Jan,

    I’m glad i heard about the canadian decision today. This is nutz! i just got the seasonal vaccine and now, according to your guys, that make increase chances of catching h1n1??????/.

    If what the canadian doctors say is true, this is a mess! If i was paranoid i’d say this was a set-up.

    😈

  186. basil,

    I also heard that the U.S. doesn’t believe there is much substance in the Canadian study so they aren’t worried.

  187. Good Morning all.

    There are fewer and fewer people you can believe now a days.

    As to Gore Vidal, how did he perceive he was so SMART. Did he see an IQ test on him? We know there are no college records available. I just don’t buy this Most Intelligent Person. WJC was a Rhodes Scholar. I keep hearing that like there was some proof of it, or not saying it makes you racists.

  188. So nice of MO and Oprah to “sacrifice” for the kids..can their be two more vile people on the face of the earth than those two cow faced frauds…

  189. NewMexicoFan Says:

    “As to Gore Vidal, how did he perceive he was so SMART.”

    *****

    You’re right: as I repeat incessantly to my ex-wife (who is French and an avid Obama fan), there is intelligence of all kinds, just as there are all kinds of people and all kinds of activities in life. I told her that Capone was a genius too, to which she replied, “Yes, in his own way…” and I snapped back, “The difference between o and Capone is that Capone didn’t run for president!”

    I’ve always felt that the biggest thing about o is not his intelligence but his ego. An ego-driven fool… a typically male sickness.

  190. An interesting discussion between Brit Hume and Idiot O’Reilly, and Toe Sucker and Idiot Oreilly, separately. The conclusions:

    1. Bambi is hard left policies in a country which is center right–a formula for failure.

    2. As Bambi moves left the left imposes higher than ever hurdles. The latest is the nonsense from that fat slob Michael Moore.

    3. Bambi believes he can succeed by staying in the pocket and the left will protect him, rather that scrambling like a quarterback should.

    4. Bambi faces the same dilemma Bill did prior to the 1994 elections, and will lose congress for that reason. (That was the implication).

    5. After the loss Bambi will be inclined to move to the center like Bill did, but that will be a bigger problem for him and he cannot do it.

    6. When Bill did that he lost the left wing extremists in the party. But Bill could do it because he is a centrist, whereas Bambi is not.

    7. It sets up a Hobsons choice dilemma: if he stays left he loses. If he moves to the right he loses.

    8. Why? Because if he stays left he is out of touch with the country. If he moves right he will antagonize the left and the center/ right will not believe him because he did that to them before in campaign.

    9. If they give him a second term, the witches warlocks and gargoils of the left will come out and we will lose the country.

    10. He should know enough to not seek a second term. If he does not the elites should remove him.

  191. Let’s face it, Gore Vidal got caught up in peer pressure. I saw that here, once he had frauded his way to the top. People looked at you like there is something wrong with you because you did not accept the Dims candidate.

    It is well like you are inflexible, and my failure to accept fraud was stupid on my part. Of course, when you fold in, you have to justify it somehow, and you do that by taking the people who fail to fold in down, making them look wrong. Otherwise you would have to take a stand, and you just are not strong enough to do that.

    For me, I had to take that positon, as it was the only way I could live with my conscience.

  192. Bambi represents a terrible default in US leadership.

    All indications are that Brown and Sarkosi were the ones who convened the NATO meeting.

    They were the ones who threw down the gauntlet and said a decision needs to be made. They went on to say Bambi needs to face the problem and show leadership.

    I think it was a terrible imposition on the divine right of messiahs for these spoil sport Europeans to rain on his Olympics cakewalk, and drag his sorry ass into that meeting about the threat of nuclear war.

  193. Here is ONE BIG Reason for The Olympic Committee NOT to hold the Summer Games in Chicago-

    The streets are UNsafe for visiting tourists!

    BLOOD in the Streets of Chicago (for a 2nd time in as many days)

    Another boy critically beaten: ‘Blood all over street’

    A 14-year-old boy in the city’s Edgewater neighborhood was beaten and critically injured Wednesday night–suffering massive head trauma, police said.

    “He was covered in blood. Blood was all over the street,” said the woman who called police to the scene. “It was all over his face, arms and coming down the back of his head.”

    The unidentified victim was listed in critical condition at Children’s Memorial Hospital undergoing surgery, police said.

    Unlike the beating of 16-year-old Derrion Albert near Fenger High School–whose death outraged the city–this beating took place on the North Side and at night. The unidentified victim also was hanging onto life, although his skull had been fractured. Police said they had not yet been able to talk to him to get any lead

    more at link:

    h.. w… chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/10/teen-attacked-in-edgewater.html

  194. confloyd Says:

    October 1st, 2009 at 4:40 am
    wbboei, I read that article you just posted and what made my hair stand on end was that Jarrett grew up in Iran!! THere has to be a connection between her and Obama before Chi-town. She was like him and had a international childhood. Her father had a paper for black people, just like Frank Marshall Davis did?? There has to be something, its too much of a coincidence.
    ____________________________________________________
    Maybe they actually are brother and sister. Possible????

    Also, the RED/YELLOW lights to celebrate communism has me seeing RED and my underage WWII soldier father who fought under General McArthur is so spinnnnnnnnnnning in his grave. He died at age 55 so those years in the war were a great sacrifice!!! Where are the veteran’s groups on this? WHO IS REPONSIBLE FOR THIS??? Off with their heads!

  195. Rio goes on offensive against Chicago in Olympic bid race ( YAY )

    COPENHAGEN (AFP) – The race to win the right to host the 2016 Olympics became increasingly bitter here on Tuesday as Rio de Janeiro went on the attack against bookmakers’ favourites Chicago. (I saw the odds at 4-5) may have changed since.

    Rio – bidding to become the first South American city to host the Games – lodged an official complaint with the International Olympic Committee’s Ethics Commission about a remark made by Chicago Mayor Richard M Daley which they took as a criticism of their bid – something that is not allowed under IOC rules.

    Daley, who has been in power since 1989 and should he serve through 2010 will surpass his late father in becoming the longest-serving mayor of the city, was reported to have said last week that hosting the World Cup, as Brazil will do in 2014, was not the same as hosting the Olympics.

    Rio believes that that implied they were incapable of hosting the Olympics and with just three days remaining until the vote by the 100-plus IOC members, they considered it worthy of being reported to the Ethics Commission.

    However, while 67-year-old Daley refused to comment, Chicago bid chairman Pat Ryan, a long-time friend of the Mayor’s, stepped into the breach to defend him.

    “It’s the first I have heard of this,” said Ryan, who founded US global insurance broker Aon. (typical Chicago response. Who-What? Thugs… always needing clarification!)

    “However, I think Mayor Daley was misinterpreted and really every city has had grounds to file complaints during the campaign but we have decided not to file any and that’s the bottom line.

    “The Mayor is a very good and fair competitor. Obviously things can be said in the heat of the moment and of the battle,” added the 70-year-old, who delivered a tubthumping performance worthy of a man of half his age.

    Ladbrokes director Mike Dillon told AFP that while Chicago was 4/5 on favourite, the informed money was going on Rio who are at 13/8.

    However, with finances uppermost among IOC members minds when it comes to awarding the Games Rio would not have welcomed the news that lack of funding, albeit for a World Cup swimming event, had led to it being cancelled.

    Rio will also be desperately hoping that charismatic Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, their biggest supporter and flagbearer through the process, is revived when he arrives here as he had to pull out of a meeting with FIFA President Sepp Blatter on Tuesday on account of fatigue.

    While emotions were running high amongst the two front runners, third favourites Tokyo (8/1 with Ladbrokes) were forced into having to deny that they lacked any emotion whatsoever, as several IOC members had pointed out to them that their presentations over the past 18 months had lacked any passion.

    h…. news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090929/ts_afp/oly2016_20090929180606

    I have a strong sense the Games will go to Rio… Odds are 13/8…

  196. wbboei Says:

    October 1st, 2009 at 1:30 pm
    Bambi represents a terrible default in US leadership.

    All indications are that Brown and Sarkosi were the ones who convened the NATO meeting.
    &&&&&&

    He’s busy taking care of Chicago’s business, lobbying for the Olympics.

    The nation’s business comes second.

  197. JanH Says:

    October 1st, 2009 at 10:44 am
    October 01, 2009

    Will the Real Barack Obama Please Stand Up?

    snip…

    Majorities of respondents said that they were confused about the health care argument and that Mr. Obama had not done a good job in explaining what he was trying to accomplish

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    that is the whole O strategy in a nutshell…it is the whole foundation for the ‘bait and switch’…keep five conflicting and competing bills juggling in the air – so no one knows what the hell is going on – keep talking about your non-existent plan – and then close with the best deal for the insiders…insert invisible taxes with mandates…

    let’s face it…we are just the CUSTOMERS…that’s it…bottom line…how much can they get away with while they sell us out…
    **************************

    i have called both my senator and congressman today to let them know that they must support transparency because we are watching and they better live up to their promise for transparency – and reminded them that independents are growing and we will vote them out…

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    NewMexicoFan Says:

    October 1st, 2009 at 12:30 pm
    Good Morning all.

    There are fewer and fewer people you can believe now a days.

    As to Gore Vidal, how did he perceive he was so SMART. Did he see an IQ test on him? We know there are no college records available. I just don’t buy this Most Intelligent Person. WJC was a Rhodes Scholar. I keep hearing that like there was some proof of it, or not saying it makes you racists.

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

    you know what really makes me laugh, NMF…

    Obama has been saying the same thing over and over and over again for months…and he STILL NEEDS HIS teleprompter…you would think by now, if he were so smart…so eloquent…such a ‘great’ speaker…that by now he would remember what he wanted to say and could go cold turkey and just look his audience down the center right in the eye and says what he means…

    …but he can’t…he is like a drug addict depended on the words that are being fed into his teleprompter so he can get through the day…he would be reduced to a stuttering, shaking mess without it…

    his neck must hurt every day from that constant flicking it takes…

    he is just a medicore, ordinary person who got very ‘lucky’

    i’d like to see how eloquent he is on his own…

    as opposed to Hillary and Bill who hardly even refer to notes…

    I remember watching Hillary speak in NY…I was right in the front row and she spoke directly rarely looking at any notes, no teleprompter…just from all the info that is in her head…so prepared and informed…so impressive…

    …same thing with Bill…remember seeing Bill speak up close in Santa Monica – NOW…that is ELOQUENCE…simple and easy to understand…with complicated issues explained in almost a conversational manner…not some choppy, sticatto, tennis head, teleprompting reader posing to look like he understands what he is reading…

  198. ShortTermer Says:
    October 1st, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Maybe they actually are brother and sister. Possible????

    ~~~~~

    With Bamba, anything is possible. He’s related to Cheney and Jolie..

    Can’t ask the g-mother, her lips are sealed forever.

  199. birdgal,

    I am not taking the Canadian Study as gospel but I do not think all the data about the seasonal flu vaccine and the h1N1 vaccine have been investigated in the US. I think it is unconscionable not to mention unconstitutional for any government agency to MANDATE their workers either take both vaccines, without conclusive evidence having yet been provided , or LOSE their JOBS as is happening in NYS. I am not a health care worker but I have been listening to northern NYS talk radio, mostly Al Romney, and many callers are affected by this regulation which, as far as i can tell, is not backed by indisputable scientific data.

  200. rgb44hrc Says:
    October 1st, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    If I were the Brazilian President, I’d have someone send graphic photos to the OC of the ongoing street violence in all corners of the City of Chicago, with a statement saying:

    “Is this something that will draw tourism to the Summer Olympics?”

  201. Mrs. Smith Says:

    October 1st, 2009 at 2:02 pm
    Rio goes on offensive against Chicago in Olympic bid race ( YAY )

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

    Mrs. Smith…you would think O and Chicago would be embarrassed to be repping Chicago with kids dying in the streets and a rampage of shootings…

  202. S,

    “that is the whole O strategy in a nutshell…it is the whole foundation for the ‘bait and switch’…keep five conflicting and competing bills juggling in the air – so no one knows what the hell is going on”

    yup. At NYS Congessman Murphy’s town hall meeting last month he came out and said it was impossible to answer constituents questions coz of the 5 competing and often conflicting plans. And he’s a loyal Dem.
    no one knows wf is really going on. Today i heard again that reid is planning on hiding the HCR bill in some other legislation.

  203. Fox reporting that many states are pushing for measures to ban federal health care mandates – deeming the federal mandates unconstitutional…

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

    I am so sick of what is being forced upon us…especially in this climate of high unemployment…

    note to JBStonesfan…

    just today, in Florida, on the front page the headline is the home insurance companies – that are already VERY high – want to increase the cost by 15% – it is a joke…there are no jobs in Florida and the ones that exist are service, entry level paying jobs…the homes are still going into foreclosure…and yet, the insurance co want to raise the cost 15% on top of a cost that is already unaffordable…

    the senate finance committee is essentially trying to pull the same thing…

    they think the taxpayers are a limitless, neverending piggy bank…

    these corporations and politicians are living in fantasy land…

    …and our country is going further and further into debt and bordering on ‘becoming’ a third world country…

  204. bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=axKxtVPmO1pE

    Insureres Winning in Washington

    snip

    It may be the private insurers who emerge as winners in the health-care overhaul. Yesterday the Senate Finance Committee voted against creating a so-called public option, a victory for insurance companies that have made defeating the provision their chief aim.

    ‘Biggest Winners’

    Health insurance companies “could well be the biggest winners here,” said Robert Laszewski, an Alexandria, Virginia- based consultant to health insurers and other companies. “It’s an incredible irony,” he said.

    Wendell Potter, Cigna’s communications director until he left last year to become a critic, says the industry is close to achieving its two major aims: defeating the public option and winning a mandate that would require all adults to purchase health insurance.

    “It would be an enormous gift to the industry,” said Potter. Defeating the public option is “the big prize” because such a plan would force them to lower their rates, he said.

    Under legislation proposed by Senator Max Baucus, a Democrat from Montana who is chairman of the Finance Committee, the companies also are likely to pass many of the new taxes on to consumers, while getting millions of new customers subsidized by the government, amounting to about $450 billion in new revenue, said Laszewski.

    Rising Rates?

    A Sept. 23 Goldman Sachs report said most of a proposed $6.7 billion industry fee on insurers would be “passed through to purchasers,” raising rates by about 1 percent. A Sept. 23 letter to Baucus from Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association said the effect would be “much more significant.”

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

    my blood is starting to boil…

  205. basil9 Says:

    October 1st, 2009 at 2:12 pm
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    I agree. The vaccine should not be mandatory and we need more conclusive data.

  206. “Rio – bidding to become the first South American city to host the Games – lodged an official complaint with the International Olympic Committee’s Ethics Commission about a remark made by Chicago Mayor Richard M Daley which they took as a criticism of their bid – something that is not allowed under IOC rules.”

    ——————————-

    The obamas, Daley, and oprah have been completely crass and underhanded in the way they are trying to kidnap the Olympics. I hope their bid fails big time.

  207. wbboei,

    You are right about obama’s non-leadership skills. He is last in the pack to ever make a decision and it is usually too little too late.

    What a mess he has made.

  208. 4% APPROVAL OF NOBAMA BY ISRAELIS

    “Crack journalist” Richard Wolffe shows how much respect Obama has from our allies in the mid-East.

    thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-10-01/a-white-house-of-self-hating-jews/?cid=hp:justposted1

    Why Israel Hates Obama
    ==================

    by Richard Wolffe

    The president’s approval rating has fallen to an astonishingly low 4 percent in the Holy Land. As his envoy jumpstarts peace talks, Richard Wolffe reports on Obama’s plans to win the ally back.

    Is Obama surrounded by self-hating Jews? That was one of the most ridiculous—and yet perversely telling—stories to emerge from the last several weeks of Israeli media coverage.

    Not because the president is surrounded by Jewish aides who want to sabotage their own identity. Far from it. David Axelrod openly reveres the old Jewish deli in Chicago known as Manny’s. He has a sign in his West Wing office saying Barack Obama in Hebrew script. And Rahm Emanuel could no more hate his Jewish and Israeli ties than he could the vocabulary of the Anglo-Saxons.

    It’s hard to be a mediator when one side feels you are overwhelmingly one-sided, especially when that side happens to be your strongest ally in the region.

    On those terms, Axelrod and Emanuel are self-hating self-haters.

    Still, one of the leading Israeli newspapers, Ha’aretz, reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyanhu was so paranoid that he described both Axelrod and Emanuel as “self-hating Jews.” The White House says that the Israeli government denied the story and dismisses the idea, with plenty of reason.

    But what lies underneath the erroneous report is something deeper in Israeli-U.S. ties; something that complicates the vastly complex Israeli-Palestinian talks under U.S. supervision.

    It’s a matter of trust. And the Israelis don’t have it when it comes to President Obama. In the most recent Jerusalem Post poll, the number of Israelis who see Obama as pro-Israeli is just 4 percent. That’s not a typo; it was down two points since June. Fully 51 per cent say Obama is more pro-Palestinian than pro-Israeli.

    In May, before the Cairo speech and before the first White House meeting between Obama and Netanyahu, the pro-Israeli number was as high as 31 percent. Not that high, but also not disastrously bad. Unless you compare Obama to Bush, who had an 88 percent pro-Israeli rating.

    All of which makes George Mitchell’s task that much harder this week and for the next several years. Because it’s hard to be a mediator when one side feels you are overwhelmingly one-sided, especially when that side happens to be your strongest ally in the region.

    Mitchell is working to a mid-October deadline, set by the president after the failure of his initial push for a settlement freeze. At that time, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is supposed to report to Obama on the progress since the trilateral meeting in New York.

    A senior State Department official suggests there may be early breakthroughs in the region from other countries as a way to point to progress before the two sides truly engage. “There are some things we have in our hip pocket,” he said. “I would call it an indication of a willingness to be invested in the process.”

    The senior official points to other positive developments—economic growth in the West Bank, and a relaxation of checkpoints near Hebron, for instance—to suggest that Mitchell isn’t looking at a completely bleak situation. “The atmospherics aren’t terrible,” he said. “This is about as good as it gets. It gives you a sense that there’s an opportunity.”

    Maybe so. Or maybe both sides are stringing the Obama administration along in the hopes of starting real negotiations from a stronger point some way down the line.

    Either way, the Israelis and Palestinians need to contend not just with Mitchell, the veteran of the protracted (but ultimately successful) Northern Ireland peace process. They need to deal with both Secretary of State Clinton and ultimately President Obama.

    And if Clinton can reconcile to Obama, can the Israelis and Palestinians be far behind?

  209. S-

    “Mrs. Smith…you would think O and Chicago would be embarrassed to be repping Chicago with kids dying in the streets and a rampage of shootings…”

    ~~~~~

    And thinking no one will notice there’s blood running through the streets of Chicago. It’s a scary proposition holding the Olympics there especially if there is an incident resulting in a tourist’s or event participants death. The OC could be seen as negligent for knowingly holding the Olympics in a dangerous city/venue…

    ~~~~

    On another note, ACORN is Gone Baby Gone- This time for good.. Well, at least until they open under another Non-Profit name..

    h… biggovernment.com/2009/10/01/exclusive-acorn-legal-memo-confirms-depths-of-troubles/ biggovernment.com/2009/10/01/exclusive-acorn-legal-memo-confirms-depths-of-troubles/

  210. It’s the hypocrisy, stupid!

    Millionaire Filmmaker Michael Moore: ‘Capitalism Did Nothing For Me’

    Thursday, October 01, 2009
    By Nicholas Ballasy, Video Reporter

    (CNSNews.com) — Documentary film director Michael Moore, who has become a millionaire thanks to the profits from his movies, told CNSNews.com that “capitalism did nothing” for him.

    CNSNews.com spoke with Moore on the red carpet at the Uptown Theatre in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night before the premiere of his upcoming documentary, “Capitalism: A Love Story.”

    CNSNews.com asked: “Critics may say, when they see this movie, Michael Moore has amassed a fortune of over $50 million, some have said and –”

    Moore said: “Really? Are you kidding me? Seriously? Wow. Where did it go?”

    CNSNews.com then asked Moore: “Critics would say he’s [Moore] been very successful under a capitalist system. How would you justify making a movie where you paint capitalism as evil?”

    Moore said: “Well, capitalism did nothing for me, starting with my first film.”

    “You know, I had to pretty much beg, borrow and steal,” he said. “The system is not set up to help somebody from the working class make a movie like this and get the truth out there.”

    “In fact, in Fahrenheit 9/11 if you remember, capitalism, the Disney Corporation, tried to kill that film–tried to make it so that people couldn’t see it,” said Moore. “My book Stupid White Men–Harper Collins tried to kill that book so that people couldn’t see it. It’s only because I put the light of day on it and told people what was going on did people get the chance to see these things.”

    According to Fortune Magazine, Moore’s films have grossed over $300 million worldwide. His highest grossing film was “Fahrenheit 9/11,” which critiques the Bush administration’s handling of the war in Iraq and earned over $200 million worldwide.

    Moore reportedly was paid $21 million by Disney for producing, directing and creating the film.

    Moore also earned 50 percent of the profits of his 2007 film “Sicko,” totaling $25 million plus DVD sales, according to Vanity Fair.

    The Los Angeles Times reported that Moore would receive all of the profits made from DVD sales of “Sicko,” sales of which have been estimated at over $17 million.

    “Look, you know, I mean, I make documentary films,” said Moore. “So, clearly, I’m not loaded in the way you described. But I do well, obviously because my films do well.”

    “So, that means I have an extra responsibility to make sure I spend my time trying to make things better for the people that don’t have what I have, right? I mean, everybody should do that,” he said.

    Moore’s newest film, “Capitalism: A Love Story” opens in theaters October 2.

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

    this from the guy who is going around talking about “what a nice man” O is because “he is trying to be bipartisan and do the right thing”

    …hell, if you hate capitalism so much then donate all your profits…give me a break…

    I am not arguing the premise of much of what his film states about the rigged, perverted system we have now…but take a look at yourself…does he want to give it all up to the state or the film company??? I think not…

    btw…I remember him calling a studio i worked at trying to put together TV deals…he wasn’t trying to cut deals for the fun of it…or for free…

  211. rgb44hrc Says:

    October 1st, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    ———————
    Interesting. It starts as a hit piece on Jews/Israel, it goes into the 4% dismal polling and then goes back into a hit piece on the Jews/Israel.

    Personally I think obama needs to do a lot of reconciling with Israel before any peace talks can take place. Since that isn’t going to happen, and since obama promised the Palestinians and his Arab buddies the moon, I can’t see reconcilliation for the Israelis and Palestinians coming for a long time if ever.

  212. “TALKING HEADS” WHO TOLD US TO VOTE FOR OBAMA NOW TELL US WHAT A BUST HE IS: ABOVE WOLFFE, NOW MARGARET CARLSON

    Why weren’t they “right” back in 2008 when it mattered?

    bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&sid=aLJasWRDK.9Y

    Obama Chases Olympic Bauble While U.S. Burns
    ==================================

    Margaret Carlson

    Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) — Most of the time those complaining that President Barack Obama is doing too much really wish that he were doing nothing at all. It’s not that he is spreading himself too thin but that he is spreading himself too wide — over health care, executive bonuses and kid’s homework, while pandering to dictators at the United Nations.

    Some of the complaints seem justified until you look at who is making them. The most virulent critics of the president’s ubiquity and spending wouldn’t support health-care reform if it were free. None of them were much bothered by President George W. Bush’s visits to schoolrooms, but done by Obama at lunch time and it morphs into an effort to indoctrinate the country’s children.

    But some of his critics do have a point when they wonder why he’s flying off to the land of Hamlet, Tivoli Gardens and Tuborg beer to make a final plea for the 2016 games the week his military and foreign policy teams are meeting in a marathon session on Afghanistan and Congress is voting on health care.

    I rarely have common ground with Republican Senator Kit Bond of Missouri. He’s compared waterboarding to the sensation of swimming, and closing the Guantanamo prison to inviting terrorists to move next door. Still, Bond has a point when he says “it’s baffling that the president has time to travel to Copenhagen, to be on ‘Letterman’ and every channel except the Food Network, and, yet, he doesn’t have time to talk with and listen to his top general.”

    Showing Up Pele
    ———————
    Let’s hope General Stanley McChrystal, the commander in Afghanistan, wasn’t hoping for a meeting tomorrow. That’s when Obama will be busy upstaging Brazil’s soccer star Pele and Japan’s Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama. According to Bond, who is keeping track, it’s been more than two months since the president had the kind of face time with McChrystal that he’s giving the International Olympic Committee.

    No U.S. president has ever made a personal appeal. Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair got the arms race going with his trip in 2005 to Singapore to nail the 2012 Olympics for London. Obama, smarting from losing a huge fighter jet purchase by Brazil to France, told Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva that Chicago would beat out Rio de Janeiro for the games. Lula, making the trip to Copenhagen, told Obama to be prepared “for his second defeat.”

    Michelle Obama was already going on the kind of one-off, feel-good mission usually reserved for the first lady or vice president. With Oprah Winfrey tagging along, the IOC now gets the two most influential people in the world.

    In the Bag
    ————
    Obama’s defenders say the president wouldn’t be spending so much capital if he didn’t know Chicago had won the games already. If that’s the case, he is using his precious time to tie a knot on something that’s already in the bag. If he’s going because he’s been told that if he doesn’t they will take the games back, this doesn’t bode well for realpolitik. What kind of signal does that send to Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, busily waving his nuclear toys?

    The worst reason for the president to go begging is that it is a fool’s errand. America goes after what looks shiny and big, only to end up with so much less. There is a lesson in so many cities that have wooed a national team to town, issued bonds to pay for a stadium and watched as wealthy patrons on expense accounts scooped up the skyboxes for clients.

    Dwindling Support
    ———————-
    Polls show that about half of Chicagoans are wary of the games coming, citing the cost, the traffic, the general hassle felt by all for the attendance of the few well-connected ticket holders. Yes, there’s the magic of the torch passing, the opening night parade, national anthems playing as exhilarated athletes bow to accept the gold medal. But the magic happens for most of us on TV, even if the Games are in our hometown.

    Most of Obama’s trips are no fun at all. Last week at the UN, he rarely looked happy, avoiding an inadvertent encounter with his enemies, barely speaking to ostensible friends like U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Pummeled for not being tougher on America’s badly behaving enemies, he must have wanted to tell Muammar Qadaffi to “tear down this tent.” If he had, it would have been an international incident, and we still would be watching footage of the billowing white canvas on Donald Trump’s lawn in Bedford, New York, a week later.

    Presidents rarely get to act like kids, and Obama exults in his I (Heart) Chicago boosterism. Loading up Air Force One for Copenhagen is like piling on the bus for an away game for the championship with all your best friends. For Obama, who didn’t get much of that as a teenager and is beaten up daily for being The Other, what could be more American than cheering for the home team?

    National Pride
    —————–
    If the president comes back triumphant, it will have been a day well spent to bring home an international prize and fresh source of national pride. If he fails, those inclined to give the president a break will praise his hustle and conclude the best team didn’t win this time.

    For the many others in Washington, who whine if he goes on “Face the Nation,” the jetting-off is fresh evidence the president is overexposed and under-focused. Health care, Afghanistan, Iran and a stubbornly high unemployment rate are burning a hole in the country’s psyche no games can cure.

  213. JanH Says:
    October 1st, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    ———————
    Interesting. It starts as a hit piece on Jews/Israel, it goes into the 4% dismal polling and then goes back into a hit piece on the Jews/Israel.
    &&&&&&&&&

    Wolffe’s piece mentions “self-hating Jews”….”hit piece”…maybe Wolffe, too, is a self-hating Jew???

  214. “maybe Wolffe, too, is a self-hating Jew???”

    ——————————–

    You have to wonder…or else just drunk on Koolaid and throwing their fellow jews under the bus.

  215. Wolfe was a tool for Obama on MSNBC throughout the campaign…I was offened by his article …
    =========================================================================
    “S”-you are 100% correct about the tough times here in Fla…the insirance rates are astronomical and it looks like this will be the third straight yr we have noit, thank g-d, been hit by a major storm. I have kepted 25 people employed at my firm , but I do not offer heakthcare/benefits. If I had to, I would have to cujt staff at least by 1/2…………….

  216. rgb,,

    they are spineless hypocritical cowards and i have less than zero respect left for any of them.

    POS!

    “TALKING HEADS” WHO TOLD US TO VOTE FOR OBAMA NOW TELL US WHAT A BUST HE IS: ABOVE WOLFFE, NOW MARGARET CARLSON

  217. S,
    It’s about time!
    They did the same thing with so-called ‘educational’ mandates with NCLB and we all know how well that worked out. (NOT)
    NCLB is one reason property taxes keep skyrocketing in the NE. (don’t know about the rest of the country).
    I am SICK of paying for stuff that some ignorant pompous bureaucrat with too much time on their hands and a pressing need to justify their friggin paycheck conjures up for the rest of us to pay for.
    “Fox reporting that many states are pushing for measures to ban federal health care mandates – deeming the federal mandates unconstitutional…

  218. McChrystal Urges European Allies to Show Resolve in Afghanistan

    By Anthony Faiola
    Washington Post Foreign Service
    Thursday, October 1, 2009 2:13 PM

    LONDON, Oct. 1 — As the White House deliberates over the future of U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, the top American commander there issued a call in Europe on Thursday for “resolve” in the war effort, saying that “time does matter” in charting a new course in the escalating conflict.

    In his first major speech since issuing a stark assessment calling for up to 40,000 fresh troops within the next year or risk losing the war, Gen. Stanley McChrystal warned of the “serious” risks facing allied forces there. He said the current policy debate over the war may ultimately benefit military strategy by further clarifying the mission’s goals. But McChrystal insisted on the need for unwavering commitment and speed in decision making, warning against a downgrading of the definition of success.

    “We must show resolve,” he said before a group of academics, strategists and retired military officers at London’s International Institute for Strategic Studies. The British, who have the largest number of troops in Afghanistan after the United States, are closely scrutinizing the White House debate. “Uncertainty disheartens our allies and emboldens our foes.”

    The speech, while offering a candid take on the situation on the ground, echoed much of what McChrystal had already recommended in his Aug. 30 assessment. McChrystal is expected to make a specific troops request for additional U.S. troops — already scheduled to number 68,000 by the end of the year — in the near future.

    But it was significant because of timing and place. The Obama administration is now weighing how to proceed in Afghanistan, showing reluctance to immediately embrace McChrystal’s calls for a troop surge. Additionally, he offered his take on the war while in London, even as Republicans are clamoring for him to appear before Congress to take questions on the war effort, something the Obama administration has yet to agree to.

    As part of the debate, some in the administration have argued that the United States should scale down troops in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban in favor of a more limited effort to root out hidden al-Qaeda leaders. McChrystal was asked after his speech whether that was a good idea and said, “The short answer is: no. You have to navigate from where you are, not where you wish to be. A strategy that does not leave Afghanistan in a stable position is probably a short-sighted strategy.”

    McChrystal reiterated his call for a shift in approach at a critical time, with new focus on building the trust and confidence of Afghans, quelling three major insurgencies and building up Afghanistan’s own police and security forces. “I will not stand up here and say we’re winning until I’m told by indicators that we are winning,” he said. Addressing the reasons for the recent reverses, he said, “We have under-sourced our operations, in some areas we have under-performed, in some areas we have under-coordinated and in some ways we have not overcome very intrinsic disadvantages.”
    He later continued: “We are going to have to do things dramatically differently, even uncomfortably differently in the way we operate.” Current security is so low in many areas, he said, that allied soldiers must often point their weapons directly at any unidentified pedestrians while traveling in caravans for safety reasons. That, he said, is obviously no way to build trust.

    McChrystal was set to meet Thursday with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, one of the rare leaders in Europe, in addition to NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who have indicated some measure of willingness to commit more troops to the war. Brown, under pressure amid rising British military causalities, said he remains “open-minded” about sending more troops, but only if those troops were well equipped and operating under a clear mission.

    Michael Williams, a lecturer in international relations at Royal Holloway, University of London, said that the prospect of Washington “getting cold feet” over Afghanistan “has disquieted Washington’s European allies.” He said that after Obama’s rally for more troops from Europe earlier in the year, the administration’s hesitation now “does not embolden them to take political risk” with further commitments to the war. Several leaders, including Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi, have recently indicated their desire to wind down their presence in Afghanistan as soon as possible. Yet Williams noted that others, such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, following her recent victory at the polls, could potentially afford to make a bigger commitment to Afghanistan. But “she’s not going to take risks if Obama is faltering.”

    McChrystal and Brown, officials said, were also likely to discuss the issue of troop increases. The prime minister’s office, however, sought to play down any European concerns over U.S. commitment, with one official there saying “there is no question that Gordon Brown and President Obama are on the same page.”

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/01/AR2009100103205.html

  219. Timeline for Olympic presentation,
    If this convention unfolds like most, no one will remember, at the end of the day, much of what the BO said which could be good for Rio, as one of the later presenters.
    (toes crossed)
    Chicago, Tokyo, Rio and Madrid is last.

    0630 Session opens

    0650 Chicago presentation

    0735 Chicago Q+A

    0830 Tokyo presentation

    0915 Tokyo Q+A

    1010 Rio de Janeiro presentation

    1055 Rio Q+A

    1250 Madrid presentation

    1335 Madrid Q+A

    1400 IOC evaluation commission report

    1510 Voting starts (eliminated city in each round of voting, apart from the final round, will be announced during this period.)

    1630 Announcement ceremony at which IOC president Jacques Rogge names the winner

  220. Wendell Potter…the insurance co PR executive turned whistleblower…he knows where all the skeletons are and how the game is played – google him to learn how the insiders rip us off and now are in collusion with our congress

    here’s a start…

    time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1920893,00.html

    The Making of a Health-Care Whistle-Blower
    By Kate Pickert

    snip

    Potter, after all, spent two decades working as a public-relations expert. (at Cigna)
    (See the top 10 health-care-reform fight ads.)

    Potter’s moment of decision came one evening earlier this year when he was watching MSNBC’s Chris Matthews talk about how “the cosmos has shifted” this time around, that the health-insurance industry was at the negotiating table and on board with reform.

    Potter thought to himself, “Oh, jeez, Chris. Give me a break.” Potter, who retired from Cigna in May 2008 after he became disillusioned with the for-profit health-insurance industry, decided to end his silence. (Potter’s conversion was prompted in part by the 2007 case of 17-year-old Natalie Sarkisyan, who died shortly after Cigna initially denied her coverage for a liver transplant.)

    snip

    Potter is now the only health-insurance insider to lambaste — on the record — the industry’s motives. Potter warns that the industry’s cooperation, which has been hailed by Democrats, is hogwash, a “charm offensive” designed to disguise its true motive: profit. “This is just a repeat of what they’ve done before,” says Potter, who was hired by Cigna around the time of President Clinton’s push for reform in the early 1990s. Insurers were then, as now, pledging change in order to improve health care for Americans.

    continues…

    (we are being had, folks)

  221. Is this the tip of the iceberg?

    President Barack Obama’s deputy national security adviser has called it quits.

    The White House says Mark Lippert is leaving the administration to return to active duty in the U.S. Navy.

  222. basil,

    Sure enough obama will take way more time than he has been allotted and get away with it.

    I hope Rio knocks their presentation out of the ballpark.

  223. basil9 Says:

    October 1st, 2009 at 3:54 pm
    Is this the tip of the iceberg?
    &&&&&&

    I don’t recall the specifics, but there already have been staffers and heads who “decided to spend more time with their family”. And don’t forget all the people who were under consideration and withdrew.

    Would you want to join TeamObama?? If already on it, would you stay??

    Ummmm, thought so.

  224. “the most breathtakingly cynical about-face in recent political history?”

    Yet another person joining the “What in the hell is this guy doing???” bandwagon, which is growing to be the largest club in the world.

    Two money quotes from toward the end of the piece are excerpted here:

    “But here’s what Obama should be blamed for, and severely: Virtually every fact about Afghanistan that is discouraging him now was known to him (or anyway, told to him) 15 months ago. He extended the commitment anyway, repeatedly and emphatically. And now it seems he did so first for electioneering purposes, and again, once in office, for equally political ends—to position himself as ‘tough on terrorism.’ ”

    “More than 60,000 Americans are fighting and dying in Afghanistan at this moment. Can it really be that they remain there not to win a war, but because pretending to support their mission was necessary to win Barack Obama the Democratic nomination and the presidency? ”

    theweek.com/bullpen/column/101020/Obamas_cynical_Afghan_ploy

    Obama’s cynical Afghan ploy
    ====================

    As a candidate, Barack Obama demanded that we commit ourselves to the “real war” in Afghanistan. Now that he’s in office, is he about to declare “mission accomplished?”

    by David Frum

    Those hints we keep hearing from the Oval Office—could they be a warning of the most breathtakingly cynical about-face in recent political history?

    For more than half a decade, Democrats blasted the Bush administration for “taking its eye off the ball in Afghanistan.” This same point was made in the same words by everyone from presidential candidates down to the lowliest cable TV mid-morning “Democratic strategist.”

    They’d argue that the Bush administration’s war in Iraq had diverted resources from the real war in Afghanistan, America’s true top national security priority. You can probably repeat the script from memory.

    Conservatives sourly joked that for Democrats, the “wrong war” was whichever war America happened to be fighting at the moment. But that seemed cynical and unfair. First John Kerry and then Barack Obama had surrounded themselves with serious national security thinkers. They wouldn’t issue so emphatic a commitment just to score a cheap political point … would they?

    Think again.

    In mid-September, the administration’s chosen commander in Afghanistan, Stanley McChrystal, delivered a report warning that the 21,000 additional troops sent to Afghanistan since inauguration day will not suffice. Thousands more will be needed, and for an unspecified duration.

    The Obama administration has reacted to the call for reinforcements with big, wide, surprised eyes. They must conduct a thorough strategic review before approving such a surprising request—especially since the suspect Afghan national elections on Aug. 20 changed everything.

    That’s their story, but it’s not very convincing.

    There is very little that Barack Obama knows about Afghanistan today that he did not know in the summer of 2008. Obama paid a visit to Afghanistan in July of the election year. In-country, he received briefings on both the deteriorating security situation and the corruption and incompetence of the Karzai government. I know this because I visited Afghanistan just a few months later, and talked to many of the military and civilian figures who had briefed the candidate. They presented my group with an unrelievedly bleak assessment—capped by a call for tens of thousands of additional American troops. When asked, “Did you deliver this same message to candidate Obama,” they responded discreetly, but clearly: Yes they had.

    In particular, everybody acknowledged the failings of the Karzai government—and the likelihood that it would tamper with the 2009 Afghan elections. That topic was so widely discussed that one has to wonder about the Obama administration’s decision to stand back as the government ran the election in exactly the corrupt way so many had predicted the year before.

    I don’t blame the Obama administration for being reluctant to commit to Afghanistan. The war there has always been unpromising. That’s exactly why the Bush administration refrained from making the grand commitment demanded by candidates Kerry and Obama.

    But here’s what Obama should be blamed for, and severely: Virtually every fact about Afghanistan that is discouraging him now was known to him (or anyway, told to him) 15 months ago. He extended the commitment anyway, repeatedly and emphatically. And now it seems he did so first for electioneering purposes, and again, once in office, for equally political ends—to position himself as “tough on terrorism.”

    More than 60,000 Americans are fighting and dying in Afghanistan at this moment. Can it really be that they remain there not to win a war, but because pretending to support their mission was necessary to win Barack Obama the Democratic nomination and the presidency? And can it be that Obama is now preparing to reverse course on this unfinished war because, from his new point of view in the Oval Office, it’s already “mission accomplished”?

  225. The gospel according to Messiah Obama:

    1. campaigning is for love and money

    2. governing is for looting, love and money

    Of course average Chicagoans do not want the Games. Its the elites that do. First, last and always its the Chicago Way.

  226. “But here’s what Obama should be blamed for, and severely: Virtually every fact about Afghanistan that is discouraging him now was known to him (or anyway, told to him) 15 months ago. He extended the commitment anyway, repeatedly and emphatically. And now it seems he did so first for electioneering purposes, and again, once in office, for equally political ends—to position himself as “tough on terrorism.”

    ———————————

    Amen. The same formula he used for all his empty promises.

  227. Check this pic of BO!

    He looks like a cross between an anteater with those pursed lips and a starving Rat with those huge claw like hands and big ears!

    hotair dot cachefly dot net/images/2008-10/obama-sarkozy.jpg

  228. This morning I wrote that Valerie Jarrett was raised in Iran. She was born there and lived there until age 5. I found that info on Wikipedia. I just went to wikipedia again to get to get the exact statement that Ms. Jarrett says about her time in Iran and it was GONE, WASHED, and nasty statement about Glenn Beck and his Sept.30th show about her and the 2016 Olympic bid.

    What she said is while she was in Iran, it was the only place in the world that the people of that country did not make her feel like a black person. I don’t have the exact quote anymore, but you certainly could tell that she loved Iran.

    I think its very apparent in that administration.

    Glenn Beck was on a roll today, he was hilarious, talking about how you could for sure trust Mayor Daley!!

  229. confloyd,

    The White House is going after Glenn Beck. They’ve been blogging and looking for mistakes left and right so they can bring him down.

  230. this is totally off any topic and naughty of me…but
    I think Mara Liasson on Fox and NPR and Nancy Pelosi have the same plastic surgeon…they both have those very tight, wide eyed glares when they are speaking…very wierd, unnatural look…they would have been better off ageing gracefully…

  231. JanH, You bet they are, if they could get a hit on him without being blamed for it they would. I just pray that he and his family stay safe! He is one brave man. He went after Mayor Daley today and that could be detrimental to his health.

    I just got my Catholic publication and they are going after Obama. They say he is trying to make America an Islamic nation, when it is a Christian nation and always has been. They are really going after him. Its apparent they don’t trust him.

    They are bringing out that this is the administration that did not join the National Day of Prayer, but had a WH dinner to celebrate Ramadan Kareem. They say all other administrations called all faiths together on the National Day of Prayer to work together for the good, not this one. It worries them.

  232. confloyd Says:

    October 1st, 2009 at 6:30 pm

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

    I bet ‘they’ are reading us…faithfully, every day…

  233. I can’t believe this, but I can’t get Muckety.com to come up when I put in Valerie Jarrett’s name.

    Folks this is bad, our govt has been taken over by the Chicago mob. They are covering for her.

    If anyone would try on their computer I would appreciate it. I am looking to see if the line between Habitat and Valerie Jarrett is a solid line or a dotted line.

  234. confloyd… it says she is Chair and CEO

    muckety.com/Query?name=valerie+jarrett+and+habitat&prev=valerie+jarrett+and+habitat&SearchResult=4675&SearchResult=5012135&graph=MucketyMap

    a big, big chart, inc link to 2016 olympics and a man named daniel e levin

  235. There should be a mushroom cloud of outrage over the red and yellow lighting to celebrate communism. I remember having drills in elementary school where we had to get under our desk, like that would help, in case the Communists attacked us.

    Confloyd what does your Catholic magazine say about celebrating communism? AND WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LIGHTS CELEBRATING COMMUNISM? OOOOOOFFFFFFF WITH THEIR HEADS!!!!!

  236. Was it confloyd who said that my report on the Professional Development at a community college should be reported to Glenn Beck?

    It would be nice if Beck and others would actually ask teachers to become informers across the nation, like the ReFounders, and provide them with anonymity so as to protect their jobs. What they would discover would rattle their jaws. Send that suggestion to Beck everyone.

    Maybe someone more informed about military could answer the question – where is the ammunition going? The quote that the military is “…eating bullets…” comes from young about to be deployed military. If so much ammunition is being used – where, Afghanistan? Where could so much be used and us still not ‘winning?’ Just curious.

  237. shorttermer, I imagine that will be on the next publication, I will watch for it. They are just lambasting the National Day of Prayer shun and how the muslim’s day at the capital. They can’t understand why they called it islamoncapitalhill and what would they say if we had a christianityoncapitalhill day. Of coarse our religion askes that we call all religions together to work for the good of man and not separate. They are mad about Obama calling America a secular nation.

  238. Our local TeaParty just sent an email blast that included this:
    Also, Rep. Allan Grayson, was just seen in the house, making outrageous comments. Inflamatory and absolutely demeaning to the stand all citizens are taking on the health care issues. He was shown on the floor of the house with big “flash cards” saying the Republican stand is “DIE QICKLY” The video is posted under breaking news. He deserves a very quick call requesting an apology to the public and to retract his statements.

    In addition to that, Harry Reid has brokered a “sweetheart” deal with the Baccuss bill to have Nevada, Michigan, Rhode Island, and Oregon increased Medicad costs, (through this bill) be paid for by the rest of the country. Florida, would be especially hit with additional costs to help cover these states. Could it be, Reid is trying to save his own skin for the next election?

    This is why this has to stop…NOW…the madness is just intensifying. Stop what you are doing and write these Representatives TODAY.
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    They also have committees that are working on education, and their next meeting will be to study George Soros. WTG Florida TeaParty!!!!

  239. I suppose that seniors should start stockpiling red and blue pills. Oh, that is right, you only need ONE red pill. Or better yet we should start manufacturing blue pills for the far left loons.

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    Redpill
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    The term redpill is a pop culture term that was popularised in science fiction culture via the 1999 film The Matrix. The movie relies on the premise that an artificial reality that is advanced enough will be indistinguishable from reality and that no test exists that can conclusively prove that reality is not a simulation. This ties in closely with the skeptical idea that the everyday world is illusory. In the movie, a Redpill is the term used to describe a human who has been freed from the Matrix, a fictional computer-generated world set in 1999. Bluepill refers to a human still connected to the Matrix.[1]

    Borrowing from the movie, the terms blue pill and red pill have become a popular metaphor for the choice between the blissful ignorance of illusion (blue) and embracing the sometimes painful, sometimes pleasant, truth of reality (red).

  240. JanH, Thanx! I just hate what this Bas(&^d has done to this country and the one before him. I also don’t like what he is doing to Israel. My sister is a Christian, but belongs to one of those Christian churches that celebrate the Jewish faith. Its a very interesting concept. I just have a love for Israel and the Jews, afterall Jesus was a Jew.

    Shortermer, as far as communism, I have been researching Soros for so long and have found that some of his members in the Tides foundation have direct connections to the Chinese and are actively helping the Chinese make loans (loanshark) to people over here for homes. I can’t pen it down so I haven’t posted anything, because I can’t find anything concrete. Its like the Jarrett and Obama childhood connection its been washed. Something stinks in this and hopefully we can find it in time.

  241. If they are looking up George Soros, we need to look at this Erikson institute that was founded by Jarrett’s mom who is still alive and running it. I bet some of the indoctrination comes from there, but haven’t started that yet.

    The open society has a bunch of outlets on education.

  242. Now this is a good sign:

    Fox News Evening Ratings Trend Near ‘08 Election Peak

    This is quite something seeing that all the nbc and cable stations are tanking badly. So badly, nbc execs are looking for a buyer… I read today, nbcuniversal may be hot for a sale of this property to Comcast-

    (Anything to stop hemorrhaging money!)

    Unlike other cable news networks, that have seen their ratings fall since the 2008 Presidential election peak, Fox News 5-11pm viewership (P2+) has trended higher since early summer 2009 and is now near the peak levels set around the election in 2008.

    h… tvbythenumbers.com/2009/09/30/fox-news-evening-ratings-trend-near-08-election-peak/29131

  243. So on the one side you have China parading down it’s main avenues with warfare equipment…i.e. tanks…missiles…untold number of soldiers marching like good little communists…all to show the world that their power.

    On the other side you have he U.S. celebrating China’s anniversary by defacing (my words) a national monument.

    What the “H” is wrong with this picture?

  244. This is an excerpt from the rightsideoflife blog. It has info that I haven’t seen before.

    Stanley Ann Dunham

    Ann Dunham was, at various times, an atheist, an “Adlai Stevenson liberal,” a secular humanist, leftist social-activist, and student of cultural anthropology. She was an excellent debater at school, and allegedly excelled at defending the concepts of Karl Marx’s “The Communist Manifesto.” [2,4,5,9,10,324,612,744]

    In 1955, Ann Dunham had moved with her parents from Dorado, Kansas, to the Columbia City neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. (It has been alleged that Ann Dunham’s father, Stanley Armour Dunham, had been suspected of espionage during World War II and that Boeing has a 1944 security file on Dunham in connection with suspected sabotage of B-17 aircraft at its Wichita, Kansas plant, and the theft of B-29 blueprints which made their way to the German intelligence agency, the Abwehr. Those suspicions may have prompted Dunham to move his family from Kansas to Washington.) Ann Dunham attended Eckstein Middle School. The family then moved to Mercer Island in 1956 so that Ann could attend Mercer Island High School. The Mercer Island School Board was led by John Stenhouse, who, according to his testimony to the House Committee on Un-American Activities, was a member of the Communist Party USA. Dunham’s teachers included communists Jim Wichterman, whose assignments included the reading of “The Communist Manifesto.” The hallway between Wichterman’s class and that of another teacher, Val Foubert, whose reading assignments included Margaret Mead’s writings on homosexuality, was known as “anarchy alley.” (Foubert also had his students read Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged,” the pro-individual, pro-liberty, anti-collectivist novel which, if she read, Dunham clearly did not understand and which clearly was not allowed to influence her son’s view of the world.) Dunham graduated from high school in 1960. Dunham also attended the East Shore Unitarian Church in Bellevue, which was known as the “little Red church on the hill” because of its communist leanings

  245. I always wondered if grandpa was a communist and the above article nails it down. This is why they moved to Hawaii.

    The republicans know a lot more than they are letting us know.

  246. Now if this report was 100% a smear against Israel, you can bet that the Palestinians would be gung ho on pushing forward. Hypocrites that they are, they are running scared. They want to see the report whitewashed of anything connected to their heinous war crimes first.

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    Diplomats: Palestinians want Gaza resolution delay
    (AP) – 1 hour ago

    GENEVA — Diplomats in Geneva say the Palestinian Authority has withdrawn its support for a U.N. resolution endorsing a report on alleged war crimes by Israel and Palestinians in Gaza.

    Diplomats say the Palestinian Authority wants the resolution in the U.N. Human Rights Council postponed until an unspecified later date.

    The diplomats from the United Nations and a European country spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter with reporters.

    Palestinian officials in Geneva could not be reached late Thursday.

    The resolution proposed by Muslim countries endorses a 575-page U.N. report accusing both Israel and the Palestinians of committing war crimes during the Gaza conflict earlier this year.

    Israel and the United States have rejected the report.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gmWe_WoQ8DB6K0dpgNV7UVCRIefQD9B2JRI00

  247. That is some tightrope bambi is walking…

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    No White House Greeting for the Dalai Lama

    By Michelle Boorstein

    When the Dalai Lama visits Washington next week, it will be the first time since 1991 that he hasn’t been greeted by the sitting American president. Needless to say, his advocates are trying to put a positive face on this.

    The Tibetan Buddhist leader, who has been in the country since Sept. 23, will be in D.C. from Monday through Saturday, visiting with members of Congress, giving a large “teaching” at American University (the subject: the power of the human mind) and meeting with Chinese people who have spoken out in defense of democracy in Tibet.

    But he won’t be meeting President Obama, who opted to wait until after a U.S.-China summit next month. The highest level American official he’ll see this trip is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, which is a stark contrast to his visit two years ago, when he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal – Congress’ highest civilian honor – and met with President Bush at the Capitol, thrilling thousands of Buddhists and non-Buddhists who celebrated on the lawn outside.

    voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2009/10/01/no_white_house_greeting_for_th.html?wprss=44

  248. Typical Arabs/Muslims JanH………..if Israel was not as careful as they are, and value all life, even the scum who want to wipe them out, the civilian death toll would be more like what we did in Hiroshima and Nagasaki….and why so little press for the 70 innocent afgahns killed by US by accident??? It is an amazingly ant-Semitic world. I pray Hillary will follow her campaign rhetoric and blow Iran off the face of the earth should they threaten to attack Israel with WMD..

  249. JanH, He is in bed with the Chinese. It shows by the lights on the empire state building! Can we just PLEASE get this guy out of office NOW!! Where is the hell is Ken Starr??? Can I say where is a Monica Lewisky or should I saw we need another Larry Sinclair to institute the downfall.

    Obama has a half brother that lives in China. You never hear about that one. He is also half black and half white.

  250. LOL…this is totally off topic but my sister sent me this and I’ve got a huge smile on my face.

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    Mayo Clinic Piano

    An elderly couple walked into the lobby of the Mayo Clinic for a checkup and spotted a piano. They’ve been married for 62 years and he’ll be 90 this year. Check out this impromptu performance… It’s all attitude. Enjoy!!

    Sound Up. Click on link to open —

    fark.com/cgi/vidplayer.pl?IDLink=4365716

  251. The highest level American official the Dali Lama will see this trip is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
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    After that he can return to Tibet and say I have now met “The Great Empty”.

  252. Confloyd,

    You are so good at researching – I have been shut in this afternoon and watching a program about Al Qaeda, bin Laden and Afghanistan called Triple Cross involving Mohammed Ali, an Egyptian national who worked for the CIA, the FBI and was a member of the US Military while working with AlQaeda. What’s got me floored is the program documents all the Brooklyn, NY and Paterson mosques I knew about when i lived down there.

    I will write more when I get back from an event I have to cover but if you get a chance, check the program out. Triple Cross. It is chilling.
    It documents the terror cells that have existed in the US since 1987.

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