Friday Follies: Muppets Demand Obama Birth Certificate; David Letterman’s Penis Hypocrisy; Obama Unemployment Disaster; Hillary Clinton Chills Hopium Hearts; And Obama The Boob Is Suckered And Plucked, Again – Olympic Size

Update: Congratulations Rio. We’ll play lots of this lady in coming days:



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Memories of the week are Michelle Obama dressed, like a lemon with a bow, in Copenhagen. That creepy fellow on CBS, David Letterman, confessed he is a prick.

Hillary scared the stuffing out of Obamas and sweet Muppets shouted “We’ll bring you down!” to Obama.

Obama has unemployment up to 9.8%, or 17% if “laid-off workers who have settled for part-time work or have given up looking for new jobs are included“.

That Big Boob – Barack Obama has been slapped across the face severely. After traveling across the ocean to beg before the International Olympic Committee he has been refused. This is an unprecedented, dramatic slap in the face from the international community. Obama has humiliated America.

World leaders think of Obama as a “Sucker”, now even the lowest of international bureaucrats know they have nothing to fear from the Big Boob. In pursuit of personal glory Obama has humiliated America. DrudgeReport captures the moment with the headline: The Ego Has Landed – World Rejects Obama – Chicago Out In First Round.

This international humiliation further weakens the Big Boob internationally and domestically.

Obama has been plucked.

We’re busy sending Pink feathers to Big Bird.

As Conan said “It was all going very well… then Big Bird showed up.”

Big Bird: Well, look who’s here to push your husband’s socialist health care agenda.

Michelle Obama: Now, Big Bird…

Big Bird: Or maybe you’re here to finally show us your husband’s United States birth certificate…?

Michelle Obama: No, Big Bird, I’m not.

Big Bird: That’s cause you can’! Are you absolutely sure he wasn’t born in Kenya?

Michelle Obama: I’m sure Big Bird.

Big Bird: That’s not what the Basket Bunch says!

Basket Bunch: Yeah! Your husband’s a stinking liar! We’re gonna run him out of office!

All: Yay!

Yay! shouts Big Pink along with Big Bird and Elmo. Pink feathers for everyone!

Presenting, without doubt our nominee for funniest video of the year thus far (excepting Barack Obama speeches or Michelle Obama touting her “sacrifices”):



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Now, here’s Daaaavvviiiiddddd Letterman. You know the David Letterman that has clung to Bill Clinton’s penis all these years, making the same stale jokes year after year while leaving Barack Obama unscathed?

Get out your John (Are you my Daddy?) Edwards hypocrisy ledgers. Get out your Hillary enemies are going down faster than CBS interns list.

It turns out David Letterman, who has pilloried Governor Palin with unfair attacks on the sex life of one of her daughters (and lurid comments about the little Palin girl getting knocked up by a well known promiscuous New York Yankee) as well as mocking men who have had extra-marital affairs had a series of… secrets:

David Letterman told the audience of his late night talk show that he had sexual relationships with female members of his staff, and added he forked over a bogus $2 million check as part of an extortion plot on the matter.

Letterman, 62, made the confessions to the audience during a taping of “The Late Show” for broadcast Thursday night, according to a statement by Worldwide Pants Inc., Letterman’s production company.

“This morning, I did something I’ve never done in my life,” Letterman told his audiencet. “I had to go downtown and testify before a grand jury.”

Letterman revealed to the studio audience that he has received a package three weeks ago containing a threat to reveal those indiscretions “if Letterman did not pay the individual a large sum of money” — specified in a later communication as $2 million.

He said that the package contained a letter that said, ” I know that you do some terrible terrible things and I can prove that you do these terrible things… and sure enough what was contained in the package was proof that I do terrible, terrible things.” The audience, mostly likely waiting for the punchline that never came, laughed nervously along as he went on to describe how he called his attorney and then set up a meeting with his blackmailer.

The plotter told Letterman that he wanted to write a screenplay about him that included sordid details of the talk show host’s life.

At a second meeting, Letterman, with the assistance of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, handed the blackmailer a phony $2 million check. It was then that the extortionist revealed he also planned to write a book about Letterman’s life, also revealing details of his past sexual infidelities.

“A companion piece to the screenplay,” he riffed, weakly.

Letterman then acknowledged unspecified sexual relationships with female staff members to a silent audience.

“My response to that [allegation of sexual relationships] is, ‘Yes I have.’ Would it be embarrassing if it were made public? Perhaps it would,” Letterman said.

“Especially for the women,” he managed to joke.

Worldwide Pants indeed.

We don’t concern ourselves with the sex lives of people. However, David Letterman has made a career out of mocking human frailties and sexual infidelities. Fair enough, he is a comedian and human foibles are excellent fodder for humor. But for year after year Letterman has continued what can only be called an assault against Bill Clinton (and Hillary Clinton even though she was faithful in her marriage) stopping only when the Clintons make their typically brilliant appearances on his show.

We await more revelations from Letterman’s stable of abused workers. We expect Big Media analysts to denounce the power imbalance of the rich and powerful Letterman forcing himself on innocents. We will await (with unabated breath because it won’t happen) for Letterman to receive the same treatment he has been so happy to dish out to others.

Maybe Dave will bring on John and Elizabeth Edwards on his show to discuss how they all are scum.

Earlier this year, Letterman announced on his show his marriage to his longtime girlfriend, Regina Lasko, who he began dating in the 1980s. The pair have a son, Harry Joseph Letterman, whose impending arrival Letterman announced on his show in 2003.

It’s unclear from the Worldwide Pants statement when Letterman’s sexual relations with his female staffers occurred.

“I feel like I need to protect these people. I need to certainly protect my family,” he said.

He did not mention his wife specifically or any other details of these affairs.

We can’t wait for Linda Tripp to appear alongside Dave’s abused lackeys.

Did we mention he is a hypocrite?

Letterman Pointed Out Infidelities of Others

Letterman was a longtime bachelor after his first marriage ended in divorce in 1977.

He has had at least one relationship with a co-worker in the past. Merrill Markoe, a comedian and author who was his longtime writer, was his girlfriend in the 1980s.

Even so, Letterman has joked about others’ infidelities. Numerous jokes and at least two of Letterman’s famous “top ten” lists highlighted South Carolina Gov. Rick Sanford’s extramarital affair. Letterman included the “Top Ten Surprising Facts About Mark Sanford” and the “Top Ten Gov. Mark Sanford Excuses” during the days after the governor admitted to having an affair this June.

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As part of Friday Follies, let’s not lose track of the Virginia Governor’s race and a Dimocrat double talk reminiscent of Obama’s pledge not to raise taxes… maybe:



In New Jersey, Governor Jon Corzine declared he would only raise taxes as a “last resort”. Challenger Christie replied “If Jon Corzine says it’s a last resort, it’s a resort he’ll be checking into.” Funny line, but we’ll stick with Elmo and Big Bird.

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Earlier in the week Hillary Clinton chaired the United Nations’ Security Council. She made a joke which is more a threat. The Obamas and the Hopium addled skipped heart beats. Michelle tore another sleeve.

The members of the Security Council laughed and thought “What a wonderful world this would be with Hillary Clinton as president of the United States. We expect that to happen soon and she will help us get rid of the boob.”



Hillary, we’ll wait and be ready – and that’s no folly.

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201 thoughts on “Friday Follies: Muppets Demand Obama Birth Certificate; David Letterman’s Penis Hypocrisy; Obama Unemployment Disaster; Hillary Clinton Chills Hopium Hearts; And Obama The Boob Is Suckered And Plucked, Again – Olympic Size

  1. http://www.maximsnews.com/
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    Admin: this is the full text of the clip posted above. It covers Iran as well. It shows her reviewing troops. At a time when the world is coming apart look at the body language, the confidence, and the brilliance of Hillary Clinton. She is the kind of leader who can tell a worried nation we have nothing to fear but fear itself. Obama is not a leader. He is a shaman. He is the kind of figure who would tell us fairy tales and when the Titanic hit a lifeboat he would have a gold plated life boat waiting for him. I would ask my fellow conservatives if this nation is in real trouble, and we have its greatest leader ready willing and able to move us toward a better future why in the world should we let gender discrimination and the vile big media stand in the way of doing what is right. Those pictures of Hillary reviewing the troops and the front page picture of the Chi-cons military (People’s Liberation Army) marching proudly in the street less that two decades after Tien a Min square says it all. Hillary will stand her ground. Obama will wilt like a rotten water lily for a cheap headline.

  2. LMAO! Another razzle dazzle moment for the idiot.

    obama, meme, daley, oprah—all legends in their own puny minds.

  3. Can you imagine the conversation between MO and BO on Airforce 1 as they travel back to the US.

    I’ll bet Mo rams that lemon yellow bow up his ear.

    Ohhhhhhh, to be a fly on the wall for that!!!!!

  4. Last Sunday, we had dinner at a local restaurant. The waiter was a brilliant comic. I mean really good. I asked him about Letterman. I told him I could never see what others did. To me he seemed stilted, and boring. Worse than purgatory. He said the guy is too predictable, not spontaneous and not funny. I have asked the same question one or two other people in that profession, and they respond in much the same manner. Some still find him funny, but I wonder if they are sober when they listen to him. I doubt it. All of them tend to say he was funny once, and my reply is tell me when. The funniest thing about him is what Admin posted. Where does he go from here.

  5. It’s Rio or Madrid.

    Having played in many Brazilian bands my vote goes to Rio. Brazil has the best dance/party music!

    BO was bytch-slapped but good. Daley must have some real dirt on him for Bo to have shown up hat in hand begging for the games.

    He looks like an incompetent wimp.

  6. A up and coming scumbag is this Jimmy Kimmel. He has said some bad things about Hillary. He will probably take Lettermans place. He is a total maggot.

  7. Hahahahahahahaha!!!!

    The punk Tony Harris live on CNN reacted this way to the 1st round announcements! I LOVE it!
    Chicago is out?
    Chicago is OUUUUTTTTT!!!!
    Madrid is IN?????
    Tokyo is IN???????
    Chicago is OUUUTTTTTTT????
    Wait a minute
    I want to hear the sound in the room. I am ROTF!

  8. alcina Says:

    October 2nd, 2009 at 12:30 pm
    somewhere, hillary is smiling..
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    Here in FL, I am smiling. Hillary, she would should be President, IS all that, and more!!!!!

    Oprah should reimburse for her little vacation, hell, she should pay for the whole fiasco. That is the LEAST she could do. Come on, Oprah, do the right thing just one time!!!!!

  9. AS I SAID

    i HAVE GOT A HUGE GRIN FOR THE SIMPLE FACT OF WATCHING O SUPPORTERS WATCH HIM LOSE IN THE SAME PLACE THEY WATCHED HIM STEAL HIS ELECTION 11 MONTHS AGO.

  10. admin:

    That cnn video is great…Chicago out!!! and the scrolling headline says more than ANYTHING ELSE!!!

    unemployment rate goes to 9.8%

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    Eat shit !!! bo and michelle, jarret and oprah!!! downm with the black power; up with the Latino power….

    Hehe!!!!!

    What a beautiful day!!!!!!

  11. Hubris is not a pretty thing. I’m glad the arrogance lost out this time. Rio will be a beautiful host city for the Olympics.

  12. I guess letterman with bring out his top 10 sexual positions….maybe even get that BO on his show when he makes his announcements. let us face it, the media and his bosses will go for it!!!

  13. COPENHAGEN – Finally, South America gets an Olympics. The 2016 Games are going to Rio de Janeiro.

    In a vote of high drama, the bustling Brazilian carnival city of beaches, mountains and samba beat surprise finalist Madrid, which got a big helping hand from a very influential friend.

    Chicago was knocked out in the first round — in one of the most shocking defeats ever in International Olympic Committee voting. Even Tokyo, which had trailed throughout the race, did better — eliminated after Chicago in the second round.

    Rio spoke to IOC members’ consciences: the city argued that it was simply unfair that South America has never hosted the games, while Europe, Asia and North America have done so repeatedly.

    “It is a time to address this imbalance,” Brazil’s charismatic president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, told the IOC’s members before they voted. “It is time to light the Olympic cauldron in a tropical country.”

    The bearded former union leader disappeared into a huge group hug with the joyous Rio team after IOC president Jacques Rogge announced that the city won. Football great Pele had tears in his eyes.

    Madrid’s surprising success in reaching the final round came after former IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch made an unusual appeal for the Spanish capital, reminding the IOC’s members as he asked for their vote that, at age 89, “I am very near the end of my time.”

    Samaranch ran the IOC for 21 years before Rogge took over in 2001.

    Chicago had long been seen as a front-runner and got the highest possible level of support — from President Barack Obama himself. But he only spent a few hours in the Danish capital where the vote was held and left before the result was announced. Former IOC member Kai Holm said that the brevity of his appearance may have counted against him.

    The short stopover was “too business-like,” Holm said. “It can be that some IOC members see it as a lack of respect.”

    Senior Australian IOC member Kevan Gosper surmised that Asian voters may have banded together for Tokyo in the first round, at Chicago’s expense.

    “I’m shocked,” Gosper said. “The whole thing doesn’t make sense other than there has been a stupid bloc vote.”

    He worried that the shock exit could do “untold damage” to the already testy relations between the IOC and the U.S. Olympic Committee. They had recent flare-ups over revenue sharing and a USOC TV network.

    “To have the president of the United States and his wife personally appear, then this should happen in the first round is awful and totally undeserving,” Gosper said.

    The European-dominated IOC’s last two experiences in the United States were marked by controversy: the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics were sullied by a bribery scandal and logistical problems and a bombing hit the 1996 Games in Atlanta.

    Obama had held out the enticing prospect of a Chicago games helping to reconnect the United States with the world after the presidency of George W. Bush. He told the IOC earlier Friday that the “full force of the White House” would be applied so “visitors from all around the world feel welcome and will come away with a sense of the incredible diversity of the American people.”

    Now, Chicago can only rue what might have been. And Obama’s gamble of expending his own political capital on the bid backfired.

    The last U.S. city to bid for the Summer Games, New York, did scarcely better. It was ousted in the second round in the 2005 vote that gave the 2012 Games to London.

    Tokyo did better than many expected by reaching the second round. It had offered reassurances of financial security, with $4 billion already banked for the games.

    But the fact that the Olympics were held only last year in Asia, in Beijing, handicapped the Japanese capital’s bid.

    Its plans for a highly compact games, sparing athletes tiring travel by holding all but the shooting within 5 miles of the city center, were technically appealing. But the bid failed to generate real enthusiasm, even in Japan. Tokyo had the lowest public backing in IOC polls.

    Tokyo’s final presentation Friday to the IOC, while smooth and heartfelt, lacked the buzz that the Obamas and Rio generated. In short, Tokyo was simply overshadowed, failing to convince IOC members that it really wanted or needed the games.
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    Yes indeed!!!!

  14. Chicago may have been a frontrunner, but only in the minds of the obama cult.
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    If the truth were known, I full expect bribes where offered–but not accepted. After all that is the Chicago Way.

  15. Any charges of foul play/bloc voting by the the dims and allies demeans Rio and should be stopped immediately. Just once can bambi and his playmates accept defeat gracefully? On second thoughts, probably not.

  16. Disappointed White House Struggles to Explain Chicago’s Defeat

    By Anne E. Kornblut
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Friday, October 2, 2009 12:53 PM

    With the stunning news that Olympic officials had swiftly rejected Chicago as host the 2016 Olympics, despite a personal, last-minute appeal from President Obama, the White House was left Friday with the immediate and difficult challenge of explaining what happened.

    Did the president falter by making remarks that were emotional and personal, rather than giving specifics about his adopted home town? Is the defeat a sign that Obama’s global popularity has begun to wane?

    White House advisers — many of them Chicago natives, with a personal stake in the bid — rushed into the back recesses of the West Wing to digest the outcome, and then emerged, looking glum, to comment.

    “Obviously, it was disappointing,” senior adviser David Axelrod said on CNN from the North Lawn of the White House. “We wanted Chicago to get this. We wanted the U.S. to host the Olympics. The president made a very strong appeal, and it didn’t work out, but it was well worth the effort.”

    Axelrod blamed the internal machinations of the International Olympic Committee for the rejection. He argued that the bid by Madrid was led by a former president of the IOC, who was calling in years’ worth of favors, and that Rio de Janeiro, trying to become the first South American host, had a strong case as well.

    The IOC ended up choosing Rio to host the 2016 Summer Games.

    “I don’t view this as a repudiation of the president or the first lady,” he said. “I think there are politics everywhere, and there were politics inside that room.”

    Obama was still in the air, flying back from making his pitch in Copenhagen, when the news broke shortly before noon.

    The president had traveled halfway around the world to make the case for Chicago, joining his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, his senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and an array of Chicago luminaries, including Oprah Winfrey. His top aides had refused to speculate ahead of time about what a defeat would mean, but privately acknowledged that Obama was taking a risk by making such a personal effort.

    Even with the debate over health care, unexpectedly high unemployment numbers, nuclear talks with Iran and the deliberations over an Afghan strategy still underway, Obama’s decision to involve himself in the Olympic vote seemed to guarantee that the news from Copenhagen would eclipse other stories for at least a day.

    Asked earlier Friday whether Obama would talk about the decision aboard Air Force One, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs quipped: “Depends on what that decision is.”

    Obama is now scheduled to arrive at the White House at 4 p.m. and to make remarks then.

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/02/AR2009100202779.html

  17. ok, is this where BO admits this is no fun anymore, i’m bored, can i quit now and do somethin’ else?

  18. THE GAUCHO SERENADE
    Glenn Miller

    Every night when the moon is shining
    Bright down in Rio De Janiero
    Comes a gent with a mellow instrument
    And a colorful sombrero,
    Then he sings and the melody he brings
    So tenderly played
    Is called the Gaucho Serenade.
    La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la,
    Si, Senor he’s a happy troubadour
    On a patio you’ll find him.
    Si Senor, he will go from door to door
    Leaving happiness behind him.
    All the sweet Senoritas hurry out to join the parade
    La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la,
    The Gaucho Serenade

  19. BO and Mo and REZKO: They should be made to pick up the tab for his campaign junket to Copenhagen:I bet that his Chicago mob has a hitman in mind for their pet puppet.Meanwhile look how our Hillary fills her Presidential duties.

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    Press Releases: Secretary Clinton to Travel to London, Dublin, Belfast and Moscow
    Fri, 02 Oct 2009 08:24:35 -0500

    Secretary Clinton to Travel to London, Dublin, Belfast and Moscow

    Ian Kelly
    Department Spokesman
    Washington, DC

    October 2, 2009

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    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to London, Dublin, Belfast, and Moscow from October 9 to 15, 2009.

    In London and Dublin, Secretary Clinton will engage in a series of discussions on a wide range of bilateral, transatlantic, and global issues. In Belfast, the Secretary will emphasize the U.S. commitment to the joint economic prosperity of Northern Ireland and the United States, as well as reaffirming unwavering U.S. support for Northern Ireland’s peace process.

    In Moscow, the Secretary will meet with senior Russian officials to discuss progress on a successor agreement to START, cooperation on nonproliferation and counterterrorism, and next steps for the Clinton-Lavrov commission.

  20. How much real-estate do Jarret and oprah own in chicago? It’s value must have dropped today!!!!!
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    mp: I was thinking the same thing. My second thought was think how many poor people in Chicago would have been forced out of their homes to make way for this event, had it been awarded to Chicago. This is good news for them. Bad news for the Goose Lake crowd, who stood to make a bundle the time honored Chigago Way–cheating the public. Too bad Teddy never lived to see it. But I am sure he is looking up from where he is now, where Chavez would be smelling sulphur. What a public relations nightmare for Barry. What a victory for America.

  21. What a nice way to wake up!! Seeing Bo and Mo getting their arshes handed to them on a silver platter,LOL!!!

    Admin and the rest of you, your comments were great. I especially enjoyed the “the ego has landed”.

    You know of coarse Soros owns Brazil. Maybe the article that I read was true that said right after Obama got elected Soros called him with some points for the economy and Obama gave him the brush. Apparently, you don’t pist off Soros.

    Whatever, I am so glad the “the ego has land”.

  22. OMG!

    Check the pic on Drudge!

    It’s the Rio Jesus being struck by lightning and still standing!

    (wonder of that is photo-shopped)

  23. I hope we get a pic of the two coming off Air Force 1 with empty hands. Who’s paying for the 4 million in gas?

    They will blame Glenn Beck!

  24. Beautiful post. Beautiful day. I’m beginning to have hope that things will change. For the better. For America.

    In case anyone cares, another staffer named as a Letterman girlfriend is Stephanie Birkitt. The source for this is FOX5NY during today’s 6 AM hour. The report stated that she was not aware of the (extortion) plot, thereby implying, I would think, that she is a current toy.

  25. some days you just have to laugh at other peoples misery… today it’s Obama’s x 2, valerie jarrett and the rest of the chicago crew. Not to mention Oprah, and got to love the disbelief from the CNN guy.

  26. We used the word “humiliation” to describe what happened today. We are not the only ones using the word “humiliation”:

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article6859031.ece

    There has been a growing narrative taking hold about Barack Obama’s presidency in recent weeks: that he is loved by many, but feared by none; that he is full of lofty vision, but is actually achieving nothing with his grandiloquence.

    Chicago’s dismal showing today, after Mr Obama’s personal, impassioned last-minute pitch, is a stunning humiliation for this President. It cannot be emphasised enough how this will feed the perception that on the world stage he looks good — but carries no heft. [snip]

    Mr Obama was greeted — as usual — like a rock star by the IOC delegates in Copenhagen — then humiliated by them. Perception is reality. A narrow defeat for Chicago would have been acceptable — but the sheer scale of the defeat was a bombshell, and is a major blow for Mr Obama at a time when questions are being asked about his style of governance.

    At home, it is difficult to turn on a television and not see Mr Obama giving a press conference, or an interview, or at a town hall rally, in his all-out effort to sell his troubled reform the US health insurance system. After three months of enormous exposure, Mr Obama has achieved this: the growing likelihood of ramming a Bill through Congress with — at most — just one Republican vote.

    Abroad, Mr Obama promised in his Inauguration address to engage America’s enemies, and he has done just that. He has very little to show for it. Yes, Iran took part in bilateral talks with the US this week over its nuclear weapons programme — but that is something Tehran has wanted for years. There is still a very good chance that the meetings will prove to be an exercise in futility and a time-wasting ploy by Tehran.

    Mr Obama also scrapped a plan for a missile defence shield in the Czech Republic and Poland, hoping to get in return Russian co-operation behind new sanctions against Tehran. There was optimism when President Medvedev said “sanctions are seldom productive, but they are sometimes inevitable”. Yet Vladimir Putin, and the Chinese, remain fiercely opposed to sanctions.

    Meanwhile, America and its allies are being forced to witness a very public agonising by Mr Obama and his advisers over his Afghan strategy — six months after he announced that strategy.

    This has all added to the perception that Mr Obama’s soaring rhetoric — which captured the imagination during last year’s election — is simply not enough when it comes to confronting the myriad challenges of the presidency. His spectacular Olympic failure will only add to that.

  27. alcina Says:

    October 2nd, 2009 at 1:45 pm
    ok, is this where BO admits this is no fun anymore, i’m bored, can i quit now and do somethin’ else?

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    right, alcina…

    O just turn it over to Hillary, she likes the hard work…she will do the due diligence and communicate the realities to us and the world without a teleprompter…and actually solve the problems, not just talk, talk, talk

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    latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2009/10/chicago-olympics-michelle-obama.html

    What Michelle Obama told the International Olympic Committee about her Chicago (and father)

    if you read this, you can imagine that MO probably lost the bid right here…all about her and her father…as if O and his me, me, me was not enough…give her a mike and then it is all her, her, her

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    some observations:

    ***this admin is NOT ready for Prime Time…

    …they have given a good bluff, like a ‘one hit wonder’ band performing to screaming fans…but the air is going out of the balloon and they are really getting boring…O
    sounds like a broken record…the world is getting bored…

    timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article6859031.ece

    Obama’s Olympic failure will only add to doubts about his presidency (see comments)

    (for starters)

    There has been a growing narrative taking hold about Barack Obama’s presidency in recent weeks: that he is loved by many, but feared by none; that he is full of lofty vision, but is actually achieving nothing with his grandiloquence.

    Chicago’s dismal showing today, after Mr Obama’s personal, impassioned last-minute pitch, is a stunning humiliation for this President. It cannot be emphasised enough how this will feed the perception that on the world stage he looks good — but carries no heft.

    …it goes on…

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    ***this admin has its priorities ALL WRONG…

    …they thought they would ride in on his charisma, charm and popularity and dare anyone not to go along with his plans…they have tried the race card…they have tried to silence all opposition and criticism…they are almost out of tricks…

    ***at the risk of sounding like a broken record myself…”no jobs, no economy” …
    …that is something that everyday, middle and lower class people UNDERSTAND…

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    finally ( confloyd) …all those big bucks that Daley, Jarrett, Axelrod, RE, O, MO and the rest of the gang were counting and getting ready to pocket -POOF!!! GONE!!! Just like a bad dream…gee, reality sucks…

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    reality does suck…three more years…

  28. admin Says:

    October 2nd, 2009 at 2:15 pm

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    It would appear that the koolaid is souring very quickly. Will he even last out one term?

  29. S, we can still HOPE for impeachment soooon, but if not we have Hillary who is trying to keep the country afloat.

  30. Another “humliation” article:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1217595/Rio-Janeiro-awarded-2016-Olympics.html

    IOC makes history – and humiliates Obama – as Rio de Janeiro is awarded 2016 Olympics
    Rio de Janeiro is to host the first Olympic Games in South America.

    International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge made the announcement in Copenhagen today, to the bitter humiliation of Barack Obama.

    The U.S. president was embarrassed on the world stage after the IOC rejected his very personal bid for the 2016 Olympic Games to be held at his home town of Chicago.

  31. I’m waiting for Letterman to go on Jay Leno. Then Jay can ask him the famous question:

    What were you thinking???

  32. btw…thanks so much dimocrats:

    Lowering the Penalty

    It reduces the top penalty for failing to comply with an individual insurance mandate to $750 per adult, from $1,900 per family as proposed by Baucus. It would waive the penalties in 2013, the first year that federally backed health-insurance exchanges would be in place, and phase them in through 2017. People who would have to pay more than 8 percent of their income to buy insurance would be exempt from the penalties, down from 10 percent. “I don’t want Congress to impose penalties on Americans who are struggling,” said Snowe.

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    the IRS will handle it!

  33. I would like to know the inside story on this Olympics fiasco. As I said before he would not have gone over there and put his reputation on the line like he did without some reassurances by someone. My strong suspicions are that some bribes or pressure were applied as there were in the Convention and they did not work. That would explain the bums rush they gave him, out of the saloon, through the swinging doors and out into the mud head first. Elimination in the first round was an insult of major proportion and it would not have been done that way if something had not occurred behind the scenes. There is more to this story.

  34. Of course now Bambi is trying to say that they only went because they felt like it was a LONGSHOT that Chicago get the games. They try to cover their horseshit so fast we can’t keep up with it.

    He only went so he could gloat.

  35. what I meant to say was not that the bribes or pressures did not work, but that they backfired.

    This is only a suspicion, but do not be surprised if something comes out on this later. Maybe only a rumor.

  36. I heard a news report that stated that Chicago only got 18 votes on the first round and the USA has two of those votes

  37. wbboei Says:

    October 2nd, 2009 at 2:53 pm
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    Wbb…I think it comes down to ‘Obama burnout’

    ‘they just ain’t all that’…

  38. Of course now Bambi is trying to say that they only went because they felt like it was a LONGSHOT that Chicago get the games. They try to cover their horseshit so fast we can’t keep up with it.

    He only went so he could gloat.
    —————————-
    The reason that little ploy did not work is because he and his cronies set the stage differently. They never said it was a long shot. They decided to walk away from the problems of the world for this and if this is was in their view a long shot then he looks even more foolish. This looks particularly bad to the French and British who have already identified his Achilles heel. If the says this was a long shot and insignificant then it did not warrant the time he spent on it while other critical issues were forced to hang fire. Which ever way he turns for excuses there is another trap door. If you lie long enough and often enough then the law of probability ensures you will get trapped.

  39. Wbb…I think it comes down to ‘Obama burnout’

    ‘they just ain’t all that’…
    —————————
    Exactly. It is a case of:

    Gone is the romance that was so divine
    ’tis broken and cannot be mended
    You must go your way and I must go mine
    But now that our love dreams have ended

    What’ll I do
    When you are far away
    And I am blue
    What’ll I do—-Irving Berlin

  40. Obama disappointed over Olympics loss – White House

    Fri Oct 2, 2009

    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE, Oct 2 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama was “disappointed” Chicago failed to win its bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics but was “absolutely” glad he went to Copenhagen to make a pitch for his hometown, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said on Friday.

    “The president is disappointed as you might imagine,” Gibbs told reporters aboard Air Force One as Obama flew back from Denmark, where he and first lady Michelle Obama made a personal appeal on behalf of Chicago.

    Obama was the first sitting U.S. president to make a trip to lobby for an Olympics bid.

    “The president would never shy away from traveling anywhere, talking to anyone about this country. He is enormously proud of this effort that was made,” Gibbs said, adding the Obamas had “made a case from the heart.” (Reporting by Jeff Mason, Writing by David Alexander; Editing by John O’Callaghan)

    reuters.com/article/olympicsNews/idUSN0233047620091002

  41. When I think of all the money they spent on this mess
    ———————————————
    Our money. To benefit the Goose Lake group.

  42. When BO runs out his options at the WH, I wonder how much Chicago will care to welcome them back. That is posted as a basic a dig, but I did see a report somewhere that when the first family does return to their old neighborhood, security deems that a number of streets surrounding the couple’s mansion be closed to traffic. Neighbors aren’t happy about having to walk considerable distances to access their cars when the Obama’s are ‘back home’.

  43. holdthemaccountable,

    I saw that as well. I think I also read that their nearest neighbor is trying to sell and move away because of thos very reason.

  44. basil9 Says:

    October 2nd, 2009 at 12:46 pm
    Can you imagine the conversation between MO and BO on Airforce 1 as they travel back to the US.
    &&&&&&

    MO: “Dummy head, me and Oprah had this locked up. Why the hell did you come out here any way?”

    BO: “Because you made me come here.”

    MO: “Yeah, well now you look like a damn fool.

  45. Barack Obama, Surrender Monkey?
    By Larry Johnson on October 2, 2009 at 2:41 PM in Current Affairs

    How weak are you when you go to little old Copenhagen and get bitched slapped by the Olympic Committee? How weak are you when the French are lecturing you on being too soft on Iran? Weak as Rooster soup. But this is more than just getting cuffed around on the Olympics or dissed by French President Sarkozy. Barack is weakening America across the board and is looking increasingly like a taller, more handsome and more incompetent version of Jimmy Carter.

    The cluelessness of the Obama team is astonishing. Obama’s boys–Axelrod, Emmanuel and Gibbs–spin the happy talk and recklessly spend Obama’s credibility, apparently convinced he can repeatedly fail and it means nothing. But the repeated failures, small and large, take a toll, particularly in the You Tube age.

    Take a look at how CNN reacted with complete disbelief that the rest of the world did not recognize the brilliance and power of Barry “The Barack” Obama:

    By day’s end (Friday) we will have multiple videos of the pre-announcement hype portraying Barack and Michelle as “rock stars” who cannot fail. The Olympics was a “done deal.” Yessiree, good old Barack was going to bring home the five gold ring bacon to America. The deal was sealed.

    Then, BOOM!! Reality. The IOC said “No,” “Nyet,” Nein,” and “Nao.”

    It would be one thing if the Obama White House had the basic political sense to downplay expectations and describe the uphill battle they faced trying to surmount IOC politics. But they did not. They did the opposite. They portrayed the Boy Wonder as the miracle worker who was going to deliver the Olympics to Chicago.

    Let’s face it. Barack Obama is looking more like NERO and less like a HERO. He is fiddling in Copenhagen why the economy worsens, unemployment mounts and Afghanistan slides further into chaos.

    You want to know how bad it is? How completely clueless and feckless these bozos are? Check out this photo:

    Here’s what a professional political team would and should do–put the President, the Sec Def and the the Sec State front and center. Make them the focus, especially the President. But what did Obama’s team of buffoons do? You can see David Axelrod, Robert Gibbs and Rahm Emmanuel in the middle of the picture. Those nitwits should have been kept out of sight. The fact that they don’t even understand such a basic point is alarming.

    Then they go to talks on Iran with France and Germany and the French end up complaining that the U.S. is too soft. THE FRENCH? We’re being dissed as soft by the so-called cheese eating, wine snifting Surrender Monkeys? Oy Vey!!

    And then Obama starts backing away, via unnamed senior advisors, to his supposed firm commitment to the “war of necessity” in Afghanistan. Today’s Washington Post article included these ominous, nameless quotes:

    White House officials are resisting McChrystal’s call for urgent U.S. action on Afghanistan, which he underscored Thursday during a speech in London. Officials also are questioning important elements of the general’s assessment, which calls for a vast expansion of an increasingly unpopular war. One senior administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss the meeting, said, “A lot of assumptions — and I don’t want to say myths, but a lot of assumptions — were exposed to the light of day.”

    Among them, according to three senior administration officials who attended Wednesday’s meeting at the White House, is McChrystal’s contention that the Taliban and al-Qaeda share the same strategic interests and that the return to power of the Taliban would automatically mean a new sanctuary for al-Qaeda.

    The hapless Obama announced in March a “new” strategy after two years of promising to make Afghanistan a top priority with troops and resources denied to it by the Bush Administration. And now? Not following thru on your promise to give the military commanders what they need? If that is not a “Surrender Monkey” I don’t know what is.

  46. Thanks JanH. In that vein, and wbboei’s following, here is this from CNN:

    …. One blogger wrote: “More children died violent deaths in Chicago this year than in any other city in America. But all Obama cares about is bringing the Olympics to a city where basic services like water, sanitation and power often don’t work. … If Chicago does win the bid there will be plenty of police and National Guard on hand to protect the international visitors. That’s more than they are willing to do for their own residents.”

    www dot cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/10/02/navarrette.chicago.obama.olympics/index.html

    Looks like Obie’s beginning to get it both ways. Getting his just desserts this day. Tra la la.

  47. Reading the last line of adm pNeost is so weird. JUST yesterday I went to Boowitch’s channel on YouTube and watched the Hillary “We’ll Wait For You” about 3 or 4 times. It always rips my heart out but some days I need it.

    Just looked over at mediabistro and it’s so nice to see MessiahNews tanking. Olgermann is rock bottom with Nancy Grace beating him most every night!

  48. The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 28% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-eight percent (38%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -10 (see trends). Looking at the numbers on a Month-by-Month basis, the President’s ratings stabilized in September.

    Thirty-six percent (36%) of Americans say it was a good idea for the President to help Chicago’s Olympic pitch. Forty-three percent (43%) hold the opposite view.

    rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

  49. holdthemaccountable Says:
    October 2nd, 2009 at 3:58 pm
    ————————–
    Yes. Perhaps some of the chickensssss . . . . have come home to roost for the Messiah. To steal a phrase from good ol’ Jerry Wright–his spiritual advisor.

  50. “What was he thinking?” asks Politico in an article called “The Agony of Obama’s Defeat”.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1009/27857.html

    What was he thinking?

    Monday-morning Quarterbacking became Washington’s favorite Olympic sport Friday after President Barack Obama’s in-person pitch failed to bring home the 2016 Olympics to Chicago – and in rather dramatic fashion.

    Chicago was wiped out in the first-round of balloting, making Obama’s trip to Copenhagen seem not just unsuccessful but entirely ineffective. Rio grabbed the Games.

    A few Democrats were glum, some conservative commentators were downright gleeful and the White House went into high gear trying to explain that Obama had no regrets about making the trip – despite the fact that it exposed that his high-wattage international popularity could only take him so far. [snp]

    But there was no mistaking the defeat for what it was – Obama’s decision to place his personal and political prestige on the line in hopes of winning the games for his adopted hometown simply fell flat. He might not be George W. Bush – and the world certainly seems grateful for that – but that didn’t mean the 106 notoriously inscrutable (and often notorious) members of the International Olympic committee had to play along.

    Rarely has so much global star power been amassed for one Olympic bid – two Obamas and an Oprah – and it still didn’t work.

    Democrats weren’t in an I-told-you-so mood – even the ones, like strategist Paul Begala, who had warned ahead of time that this might be a miscalculation on the part of Obama, already struggling to beat back a growing sense that he’s simply overbooked, what with Iran, Afghanistan, health care and unemployment all crowding for his attention.

    “If he doesn’t get it, he looks bad,” Begala said on CNN earlier this week. “You know, he does have a full plate. If I was working for him, I’d say, sir, don’t go.” [snp]

    Republican commentators, however, didn’t hold back, painting the episode as a humiliating rejection of Obama’s claims to have made a sea-change in America’s reputation overseas.

    “Hahahahaha. I thought the world would love us more now that Bush was gone. I thought if we whored ourselves out to our enemies, great things would happen. Apparently not,” wrote Eric Erickson at RedState.com.

    Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh called it the “worst day of [Obama’s] presidency” and said the president had “wasted his country’s time, and his prestige.”

    “Obama demeaned the office of the presidency, going on this sales pitch,” Limbaugh said.

    The defeat could also underscore a perception of helter-skelter decision-making at the White House. White House aides publicly raised the trip as a possibility, then Obama’s attendance was ruled out, then it was announced that an advance team was scouting for him to go, then the trip was back on. All in the course of a couple of weeks.

    “This major, major, major embarrassment could come to define the immaturity and narcissism of the Obama Administration,” GOP P.R. consultant Craig Shirley wrote on POLITICO’s Arena.

  51. I was at the grocery store today and explaining to my oldest daughter exactly what the Friedman gang had done to South America. I told her that Soros now owns Brazil and that George BushII bought a huge ranch in Paraquay that sits on the biggest aquafier in South America. I told her that Soros wants to make Brazil the bread basket of the world and George Bush will control the water to all the peasant farm in South America and that Obama and the Chi-town boys will be in jail.

    The lady standing there listening to my tirade chimed in said ” is there any way we can get Obama in jail TODAY”. People are really beginning to hate this man as much if not more than George Bush. Well, he has continued his policies, so why wouldn’t they???

  52. The narcissiist BO’s will soon throw chicago under the bus……..not their home any more!!!!!!

    Fuck wright the racist, daley the corrupter, oprah the pooper, MO the super racist and BO who does not know where he belongs…

    BTW – did he use a teleprompter when he made his case to the IOC?

  53. wbboei, have you ever heard of Rod Beckstorm?? He is apparently the globalist that Obama has given the internet to. He is the mighty scrubber. I would like to know if it is SOros that is paying him?? He was apparently the one who knocked out the internet recently in Iran, when those rioters were trying to get the message out.

  54. Thanks Admin. You all are the greatest. I haven’t posted here in a long while, but I read every day. I just want to say Obama, Oprah, and others could not buy the olympic bid for Chicago and I am so am elated!!! Those B’s think they could buy everything, but the only thing the should buy today is a wash cloth and soap to wash the egg off their faces. Bwaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!!!

  55. .

    Text .By SIOBHAN GORMAN
    WASHINGTON — The government’s coordinator for cybersecurity programs has quit, criticizing what he described as the National Security Agency’s grip on cybersecurity.

    Rod Beckstrom, a former Silicon Valley entrepreneur, said in his resignation letter that the NSA’s central role in cybersecurity is “a bad strategy” because it is important to have a civilian agency taking a key role in the issue. The NSA is part of the Department of Defense. (Read Mr. Beckstrom’s resignation letter.)

    The power battles Mr. Beckstrom describes in his resignation letter illustrate the challenges ahead for the Obama administration as it plans its defense against governments and terrorists who might try to disrupt U.S. computer systems, cybersecurity specialists said. One issue is what part or parts of the government should lead the effort.

    The Bush administration last year started a cybersecurity initiative to protect government networks, which was estimated to cost at least $6 billion in 2009 and $30 to $40 billion over the next several years. The Obama administration is conducting a 60-day review of that effort and related policies. The reviewers, led by the official who started the cyber initiative for the Bush administration, are expected to issue recommendations next month.

    Mr. Beckstrom’s National Cybersecurity Center, created last March to coordinate all government cybersecurity efforts, answered to the secretary of homeland security.

    In reality, “NSA currently dominates most national cyber efforts,” Mr. Beckstrom wrote to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Thursday. “While acknowledging the critical importance of NSA to our intelligence efforts, I believe this is a bad strategy on multiple grounds.”

    He added that “the threats to our democratic processes are significant if all top level government network security and monitoring are handled by any one organization (either directly or indirectly).” That echoed the view of some privacy advocates who worry about a government agency having too much information on individuals.

    NSA spokeswoman Marci Green declined to comment on the resignation letter. Mr. Beckstrom declined to comment.

    Some Homeland Security officials said Mr. Beckstrom’s criticism stemmed from personality clashes and an inability to adapt to the way business is done in Washington.

    Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman Amy Kudwa said that the Department of Homeland Security has “a strong relationship” with the NSA. Homeland Security “continues to work in close collaboration with all of our federal partners on protecting federal civilian networks, and is fully engaged in the 60-day cybersecurity review,” she said.

    Ms. Kudwa declined to respond to Mr. Beckstrom’s specific critiques. “We thank Rod for his service, and regret his departure,” she said.

    In his letter, Mr. Beckstrom said his office was funded for just five weeks out of the past year and had just five people working in it. During the rest of the period, he borrowed staff and office space from other agencies.

    Despite the lack of funding, Mr. Beckstrom said his center delivered a number of cybersecurity tools, The White House’s Office of Management and Budget declined to comment.

  56. Washington does not get it: We need more jobs

    Dan Fromkin

    Nowhere is the massive disconnect between Washington D.C. and the rest of the country more striking than when it comes to the issue of jobs.

    Inside Washington, it is almost universally considered a foregone conclusion that unemployment will remain near, at, or even above 10 percent — not just for months, but for years to come. (The unemployment rate in September, we just found out this morning, ticked up yet again, to 9.8 percent.) As White House economic guru Larry Summers dispassionately told reporters last month (while otherwise taking credit for turning the economy around), “The level of unemployment is unacceptably high and will on all forecasts remain unacceptably high for a number of, for a number of years.”

    This situation creates no sense of urgency in Washington. Ask Summers what he’s going to do about it, for instance, and he hems and haws about recovery act programs that have yet to take full effect. To our political elite, jobs are simply nowhere near as critical an issue as the other economic indicators, the stock market, or the financial health of the nation’s top bankers.

    Outside the Beltway, however, it’s a different story. According to a new poll by Hart Research Associates for the Economic Policy Institute, unemployment and the lack of jobs “remains the dominant problem on the economic agenda for voters across party lines.” In fact, it’s not even close. Asked to name the most important economic problem facing the country, registered voters cited unemployment twice as often as they mentioned the deficit or even the cost of health care; and four times as much as the housing crisis or problems with the banking system.

    A whopping 83 percent see unemployment as either a fairly big or very big problem; and 81 percent say the Obama administration hasn’t done enough to deal with it.

    And there just aren’t a whole lot of things that more than 80 percent of Americans agree about.

    Not coincidentally, large majorities of voters also see the government’s economic policies as helping banks and Wall Street — while few see themselves or average working families in general as benefiting.

    So why isn’t political Washington fully engaged in addressing the unemployment problem? For the same reasons it can’t seem to get much of anything done these days: most notably the abject lack of boldness from the Democrats and persistent obstructionism from the Republicans.Democrats have been particularly terrified for decades now of doing anything that can be said to actually cost the government money. (Republicans, ironically, have no such scruples.) So our modern ruling party has found itself boxed in by its own president’s support for “pay-as-you-go budget rules”. And the fact is that very serious concern about the deficit — even now, when it’s the least of our troubles — is considered a hallmark of serious thinking in Washington. Those who don’t toe the line are written off as crazy, wild-eyed radicals.

    There are, of course, lots of ways Washington could affirmatively and effectively create jobs in short order — if the political will were there. Direct jobs programs are the most obvious way, but reduced unemployment could also be achieved by increasing pass-through payments to the states, creating new tax incentives for boosting staff, or appropriating more money for infrastructure and environmental programs that would, in turn, lead to private-sector hiring.

    New York Times opinion columnist Paul Krugman writes today, warning of Washington complacency:

    [A]ll indications are that unless the government does much more than is currently planned to help the economy recover, the job market — a market in which there are currently six times as many people seeking work as there are jobs on offer — will remain terrible for years to come…..

    [C]an we afford to do more — to provide more aid to beleaguered state governments and the unemployed, to spend more on infrastructure, to provide tax credits to employers who create jobs?
    Yes, we can.

    The conventional wisdom is that trying to help the economy now produces short-term gain at the expense of long-term pain. But … from the point of view of the nation as a whole that’s not at all how it works. The slump is doing long-term damage to our economy and society, and mitigating that slump will lead to a better future.

    And former Clinton labor secretary Robert Reich is also blunt, writing in his Huffington Post blog:

    Who’s going to buy the stuff we make or the services we provide, and therefore bring jobs back? There’s only one buyer left: The government.

    Let me say this as clearly and forcefully as I can: The federal government should be spending even more than it already is on roads and bridges and schools and parks and everything else we need. It should make up for cutbacks at the state level, and then some. This is the only way to put Americans back to work. We did it during the Depression. It was called the WPA.

    Yes, I know. Our government is already deep in debt. But let me tell you something: When one out of six Americans is unemployed or underemployed, this is no time to worry about the debt.

    But the political will simply doesn’t exist. And that’s a tragedy. Because the gigantic production shortfall that continues to afflict our nation is not abstract. It is made up of people — people who are out of work, families who are losing their homes and health insurance, young people who are dropping out of college and children who are going hungry. This is the real drama of modern American life, barely registering in Washington where what matters most is political consequences — and where the bigger danger, for now, is seen in action than in inaction.

    But inaction will have consequences, too, and they could be severe. As Reich astutely warns:

    Unemployment of this magnitude and duration also translates into ugly politics, because fear and anxiety are fertile grounds for demagogues wielding the politics of resentment against immigrants, blacks, the poor, government leaders, business leaders, Jews, and other easy targets. It’s already started. Next year is a mid-term election. Be prepared for worse.

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

    Politico asked “What was he thinking?”

    …what do they expect.?..this inexperienced President is shallow and superficial…he has been faking it and winging it every teleprompter step of the way…

    …his whole Presidency is involved in his glorification…and MO’s…everything depends on ‘Him” from start to finish…the cult of O…

  57. one of the biggest laughs of the day are the O supporters, including Sen Burris, trying to blame O’s failure on who??? George Bush, no less…these people are shameless…they cannot take responsibility for anything…

    …and the call themselves leaders???

  58. note to pele in brazil:

    Watch your back!!!!! those chicago thugs may get you just as revenge!!!! Pls. look after yourself for the next 8yrs……you are the man to light that cauldron in 2016.!!!!!!

  59. here is another weird story from Hardin, Montana on the American Police Force. They still won’t answer questions, they must be connected to Bo because he doesn’t answer any either.

    h t tp :// www .youtube.com/ watch?v=yVwzsni8B_ 8&feature=player _embedded

  60. I heard that Letterman’s audience laughed and applauded him after his announcement and subsequent jokes.

    What the hell is wrong with people?

  61. It would be unfair to leave Mayor Daly out of spotlight after he demonstrated his unequaled prowess at persuasion.

    admin: please embed. 🙂

  62. wbboei Says:
    October 2nd, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Barack Obama, Surrender Monkey?

    ~~~~~~~~~~~

    I was thinking the same thing- Obama is following in Carter’s footsteps taking us down the path of no return.

    Carter says: Shhhh! Don’t get Tehran Angry! (Carter is certifiable and should be mothballed.)

    Ex-US President Carter cautions against threatening Iran

    Updated: Thursday, October 01, 2009

    14:28GMT—10:28PM/EST

    Washington, 1 October (WashingtonTV)—Former US President Jimmy Carter said on Thursday that the United States and other world powers should not threaten Iran over its suspect nuclear program, warning that such threats may persuade Tehran to acquire nuclear arms to defend itself.

    Carter told CNN in an interview this morning that he did not believe Iran had yet made up its mind on pushing forward with a military nuclear program.

    “If Iran is on the borderline, the constant threats that we or the Israelis are going to attack Iran is the best thing to force them to say, ‘Let’s defend ourselves’,” he said.

    Carter said that the best thing the international community could do was to engage Iran and “stop making these idle threats.”

    He also expressed hope that the Islamic Republic would permit United Nations inspectors to observe “their entire nuclear program, because what they’re doing so far is completely illegal under the [Nuclear] Non-Proliferation Treaty.”

    Carter noted that Iran has a right to enrich uranium to use for nuclear power.

    But Western powers suspect Iran is enriching uranium to produce the fuel necessary for a nuclear bomb, a charge Tehran strongly denies.

  63. Keep the quips coming……………….

    THE EGO HAS LANDED….as The One pouts “BLAME IT ON RIO”!

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  64. # JanH Says:
    October 2nd, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    wbboei,

    He’s going to do another primetime and town hall blitz…I just know it.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Of course- Just imagine, Obama, Axelrod, Emanuel, Gibbs, sitting in a circle drowning their poor hurt feelings in a keg-0-beer because Chicago didn’t get picked. Axel says; “It’s ALL Daley’s fault! He’s got a BIG mouth!” They all join in unison: “YEAH! He’s got to Go. He SOOO Corrupt!” hee! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  65. # JanH Says:
    October 2nd, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    wbboei,

    He’s going to do another primetime and town hall blitz…I just know it.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Of course- Just imagine, Obama, Axelrod, Emanuel, Gibbs, sitting in a circle drowning their poor hurt feelings in a keg-0-beer because Chicago didn’t get picked. Axel says; “It’s ALL Daley’s fault! He’s got a BIG mouth!” They all join in unison: “YEAH! He’s got to Go. He SOOO Corrupt!” hee!

  66. I still can’t believe Obama went to Copenhagen. The political stupidity of that move is just stunning.

    BTW, I found erstwhile Obama supporter Gore Vidal’s comments to be pretty interesting. He’s absolutely right that Hillary would be much better on military issues. I just don’t get why otherwise intelligent people didn’t see that when the primaries were going on. It was such a no-brainer.

  67. I was out all day, and was greeted with the news. I guess all of those ACORN CONTRACTS will not materialized. I am very proud of the world. They obviously know a failure when they see one. Superduds did not. They thought, as they were rubbing their money, that this man could fraud and bully his way to what every he wanted.

    I guess the World has gone up in my estimations.

  68. Have to add one more thing, WHERE WERE THE SUPERDUDS. I guess the world did not know that superduds trump voters. Remember superduds were created so that they would not make a Carter mistake again. Then they frauded the selection of someone Carter endorsed. You think that should have been a clue.

    I love the world. THE KING HAS NOT CLOTHES.

  69. admin: please embed:

    This Limbaugh video (audio) is hilarious…

    breitbart.tv/rush-who-knew-the-olympic-committee-was-a-bunch-of-racists/

  70. Fun reading for a Friday night administrator…to watch BO, MO, and Hippo flop on the world stage was fantastic!!!! Now that he has been humbled, perhaps he will actually try and govern and stop the campaign tour…he may also finally use Hillary and Bill to help with the mess he has added to. He may want to start by listening to his generals, “reset” his health plan in a bi-partisan fashion that we can all get behind, and just to make up for his blatant Anti-Israeli view, carpet bomb Iran and or help Israel do the same………..he then announce he is not running in 2012 and endorse Hillary..she can make hin ambassodor to a host of countries like Kenya, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and off course, Copenhagen.

  71. Paula,

    That’s the whole problem in a nutshell. Obama owes too many people and they are all thugs. He is doing favor after favor for them at the expense of the American people and the U.S. is going bankrupt because of it.

    Today, even if only for a few minutes, this make-believe potus was cut down to size. It was very satisfying and I hope it is something that is repeated often and with increasing potency.

  72. How many more examples of his lack of experience, over and over again, do the Kook Aid drinkers need, to understand HE DOES NOT HAVE THE EXPERIENCE.

  73. The Copenhagen affair illustrates two things: i) first, the degree of control which the Chicago Machine can exert over Mr. Obama, and ii) second, the need for a fall guy who is willing to take the heat for this public relations disaster.

    With respect to the first point, Obama has always been the teflon man. He has avoided taking positions even to the point where he voted present 130 times as a state senator. Also, he has maintained plausible deniability when he played the race card against opponents. Therefore, it would not be in his nature to take the lead on the Olympics bid, and run the risk that he would be rebuffed.

    Clearly, the reason he did so was to pay back the Chicago Machine. And for he dropped important matters of state and ventured to Copenhagen to plead the case of Chicago, which is entirely different from the case of the United States. The Daley Machine and the Illinois saw this as a potential gold mine, and they wanted him to go. And so he did against all his natural instincts, and no certainty of success.

    To lose is one thing but to be eliminated in the first round is clear evidence that he has no clout among world leaders. If he had clout, they would have let him down lightly by putting Chicago in the final round. Instead, they dropped Chicago like a hot potato and all the celebrity status he has built up were cashed and bought nothing. It may even be that there was monkey business and this was the payback.

    With respect to the second point, it is axiomatic that Messiahs do not fail, therefore if this is to be regarded as the failure it was, then he will need to have a fall guy. Soros, Immelt and the string pullers in Chicago will have to line some poor sucker up to take the fall. The parallel was when Daley’s political fixer Robert Sorich went to prison recently, while hissshonor escaped free. Once again Soros is having a nice crisis since he is heavily invested in Brazil. But this time the disaster comes at the expense of is puppet.

    if this would happen is if the Chicago Machine which owns and controls him forced him to do so. And, he made a big production out of it bringing a whole entourage with him, and neglecting serious matters of sate

  74. I cannot believe they haven’t claimed that the world is racist towards Obama, that tall lanky woman who is his wife and oprah – for having rejected their overtures for 2016!!

  75. BO, MO, and Hippo
    —————————–
    In poker they call that three of a kind. In poker Hillary is a royal flush. In a fair poker game, a royal flush beats three of a kind. It also beats four of a kind if you throw in Clyburn/

  76. Secret,

    No they are claiming that it was a political decision. Although I’m sure race will be next. LOL…anything but put the blame where it really should go.

  77. Carter reconsiders his accusation of racism

    examiner.com/x-9384-Mesa-Independent-Examiner~y2009m10d2-Carter-backpedals-on-his-accusation-of-racism

  78. For a change this has been a good day. Barky shot his wad and his gross self obsession is beginning to look like a big liability for us all.
    Here is Jay Cost:
    RealClearPolitics HorseRaceBlog

    By Jay Cost
    « Does Obama Have a Republican Problem? | HorseRaceBlog Home Page
    October 02, 2009
    The Olympics, Obama, and the Permanent Campaign
    Chicago has lost its Olympics bid, despite Obama’s insertion into the process. People are shocked because they figured that Obama would fly in if and only if the deal was done.
    But why? That assumes a typical allocation of the presidential prestige. President Obama has been anything but typical in the use of that asset. Let’s remember that this is the President who in the last nine months has appeared on both 11:30 PM talk shows. This is the President who can be seen on TBS in a spot advertising the upcoming George Lopez Show. This is the President who has had more primetime news conferences and more joint addresses to Congress than any president up to this point in his campaign tenure. This is the only President to pull a “Ginsberg” (and my guess is that he’ll set the record for that when it’s all said and done). This is the President who has gone out on the campaign trail again and again and again, even though the election is long since passed. This is the President who puts himself – and his family – on the cover of all sorts of supermarket and newsstand magazines month after month. This is the President who never hesitates to inject himself into the public consciousness for any little reason he likes.
    This is the permanent campiagn. We have talked about its imminence for years. Well, now it’s here and this is what it looks like. This is what a President does in it. Previous Presidents would only put themselves out there in this kind of diplomatic situation if there was no more campaigning, lobbying, and cajoling to be done. But this President sees himself above all as the chief campaigner, lobbyist, and cajoler. That explains so many of the ways in which the Obama Presidency differs from previous administrations (Democratic and Republican alike), and it also explains why we should not be so shocked by this result. This particular campaign failed.
    I, for one, am exhausted by our new permanent campaign. That might sound strange coming from somebody who runs the Horse Race Blog, but it is true. The ominpresence of the Obama campaign apparatus is, frankly, wearing me down. I can’t get away from him or it, even in my down times. Watching the Office on TBS used to be a real pleasure for me and the missus, but now we must be interrupted by the President of the United States cracking lame jokes at us in the promotion of a second-rate comedian. There is no escape.
    It’s not simply because enough is enough, though that is part of it. It’s also because he is different now. He holds the executive authority of the United States within his person at this moment, and it is sobering to see the holder of such vast power on the cover of a magazine urging us to follow his fitness regime. By continuing the permanent campaign into his tenure so thoroughly, he has given new meaning to the phrase “big government.” When he is on the cover of Men’s Health telling us how to work out, in a certain sense, the federal government’s executive authority is on the cover of Men’s Health telling us how to work out.
    And so it continues today. What should have been a story about Chicago – or better yet, Rio (good for you, Rio!) – is now a story about…Obama. Of course. Because just about everything in the public sphere must, must become a story about Obama. Because Obama injects himself and his campaign appartus/mindset/worldview into everything. And so, in this case, what would otherwise have been a “mere” rejection of Chicago and Mayor Daley has now become a rejection of the entire country. Why? Because of his decision to perpetuate the permanent campaign while holding the power of the executive.
    I was hesitant to place a bet on the outcome of the health care debates, but I’ll place one here. Sooner or later, the American people are going to say, “Enough is enough” with this constant, incessant politicking that is inevitably built around the specialness of Barack Obama. This is not the way past presidents have behaved, and I believe for good reason: the old way is the way the people like it. If this President continues to inject himself into every little thing – such as he did with this Olympian blunder – at some point he is going to exhaust the country, thereby losing the goodwill of his fellow citizens that he still enjoys today.
    Mr. Obama: please remember that you’re just the President. It’s a big deal, but it’s not that big of a deal. Chester Arthur was President. For goodness sake, Warren Harding was President, and his share of the vote was much larger than yours. Thomas Jefferson’s tombstone doesn’t even mention his eight years as President. Your current office isn’t discussed until Article TWO of the Constitution. Take the hint, and tone it down!

    Posted by Jay Cost at 01:04 PM

  79. Obama’s decision to place his personal and political prestige on the line in hopes of winning the games for his adopted hometown simply fell flat.
    ———————————————–
    This Joshua Gerstein hides the truth. First, it was not Obama’s decision. Second, Obama did not do it for his adopted home town. He did it for the Chicago Machine that sired him, put him where he is and to whom he owes everything. This mawkish account by this Gerstein misses the entire point. As between calling Gerstein ignorant or corrupt I am inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt and call him ignorant. I doubt Gerstein will ever come to his sense about who Mr. Obama is. Gerstein and the rest of the Politico crew are naiive.

  80. The article by Jay Cost is good. But he too misses the larger point. Over exposure is a problem, but the larger problem is his inability to make sensible sound reasonable decision. On that point it is clear to me at least that he is a moral coward. He prefers to avoid responsibility and that is because when you take responsibility and make decisions you can be wrong, and you make some people unhappy. He has the same problem as Jenny:

    Jenny made her mind up at twenty-two
    To get herself a husband was the thing to do
    She got herself all dolled up in her satins and furs
    And she got herself a husband–but he wasn’t hers

    Poor Jenny, bright as a penny
    Her equal would be hard to find
    Deserved a bed of roses, but history discloses
    That she would make up her mind

    Jenny made her mind up at fifty-one
    She would write her memoirs before she was done
    The very day her book was published, history relates,
    There were wives who shot their husbands in some thirty-three states

    Jenny made her mind up at seventy-five
    She would live to be the oldest woman alive
    But gin and rum and destiny play funny tricks,
    And poor Jenny kicked the bucket at seventy-six
    Jenny points a moral with which you cannot quarrel,
    Makes a lot of common sense–
    Jenny and her saga prove that you’re gaga
    If you don’t keep sitting on the fence

    Jenny and her story point the way to glory
    To all man and womankind
    Anyone with vision comes to this decision–
    Don’t make up your mind

  81. I will guarantee you guys now that the payback of flying to Copenhagen to try to smooze the IOC into giving the Olympics to Chicago is finished Obama will turn his efforts to destroys America back on. Incidently, isn’t it funny the koolaiders are the only ones that think the fraud actually can smooze anyone. The only folks being smoozed are them, we are not mindless robots.

    Pls read this I found it at the new created blog from the leftovers of TexasDarlin.

    h t tp :// www .newswithviews .com /Devvy /kidd 471.htm

  82. wbboei, maybe the people who own Obama are known to the folks that decide the Olympics? Just maybe they realize the people that own Obama are the very same ones that destroyed their country by hijacking their currency, put their countries in shock therapy and caused terrible consequences for the poor and helpless. Just maybe!!! Just maybe thats the reason the USSR would not even shake hands with a man that is associated with a cartel that destroyed sooooo many people in their country.

    See you have to realize the world knows this cartel, they have carnel knowledge of this group and soooon we will too.

  83. My bad. I just can’t stop giggling. I know. I know. I should have some compassion, but I just can’t help it. I hate the bastards with a red hot passion. I know ya’ll understand.

  84. confloyd,

    Right now the dims are desperate to change the message from the olympic dud to anything that is positive. Bambi is already spinning the jobless numbers as being “grave.” Words. Just words. He can say them but he doesn’t have a clue how to solve the issue. And it is fast becoming apparent that his team, with the exception of Hillary, doesn’t have a clue either.

  85. They are now pulling back on getting the climate deal done before December. That only leaves health care and bambi is going to go all out with pelosi and the other clowns on his circus team. They need a win now desperately and shoving health care through will, so they think, give them one.

    Unfortunately, they are only legends in their small minds.

  86. On top of that, obama’s manipulation where the missiles for Poland are concerned and waiting to announce Iran’s latest nuclear debacle until he could get a G20 moment isn’t going over very well internationally. He is starting to look as if he is in bed with Russia. He is pandering to China. And of course he is genuflecting to his terrorist buds.

  87. JanH, I know you guys don’t like to hear about this book “Shock DOctrine” but the run up to their problems in Brazil, Argentina, USSR, and China are exactly like what we are going thru right now.

    Both parties are involved and it is deep in our govt., the greed that these people want is downright evil. They are rich beyone what they themselves would ever need and many generations of their families behind them will need.

    Its the power that is the aprodesiac that they need. This has been going on since Nixon was President.

    I think this new shock is imminent and is being done to herald in a global currency. You must have seen that Blair will be the new President of the European Union. There has NEVER been a president of that. Soon we will have a North American Union with its own currency. Its imminent. Why now get a President of the EU, WHY NOW???

    Obama may have been a good man a long time ago, but he sold his soul to the devil to get his place in history!

  88. confloyd Says:

    October 2nd, 2009 at 10:33 pm
    wbboei, maybe the people who own Obama are known to the folks that decide the Olympics?
    ****************

    Confloyd…all the IOC members had to do was get on the internet to see that half the people in chicago did not want the Olympics in Chicago…so how convincing is that?

    …then they could check the local news in chicago and see that two young kids were just senselessly beaten to death and poured their blood into the streets- and there is a very good chance of getting shot in chicago…

    …and if the IOC members didn’t feel like doing that – then they could meet with the Chicagoans for Rio that actually took the time and expense to fly to Copenhagen to tell the IOC members to please award the games to Rio…I am sure they managed to get local coverage as well as the “belles of the ball” MO and Oprah…

    …btw…have you noticed how MO likes to wear the shiny gold clothes (with the ever present faux chanel – mad men bows)…she seems to fancy herself royalty…

    …as was said above…and now more and more apparent for the world to observe- these people are legends in their own mind…

    …the rest of us are beginning to see them as ‘all talk and no action’…

  89. JanH, He is in bed with China, that is what they want our society to be like. Look up Brezenski and see what his thoughts of China is. He thinks they are just great!! That’s is what they have in store for us here in the US. Dictatorship and unfettered capitalism. Welcome to the sweatshops of China folks, right here in the USA.

  90. btw…just think about it…chicago was out in the first round with only 18 votes out of 94 votes…all this hype about it was going to be close between Rio and Chicago and all the pundits picking Chicago to win…

    Chicago was never even in the running as far as the votes go…take away the two american votes…chicago only managed 16 votes from the rest of the IOC ‘world’…it was a REBUKE…essentially an insult…it was ‘take that O, MO, and Oprah…in your face’ – blunt…like a jolt…not in any way meant to be subtle or to let them down easy…like get on all your big planes and get the hell out of here…

    yep!

  91. confloyd,

    That is one book I’ve never had the time to read, so I appreciate the summaries you’ve been posting.

  92. What makes me sick is this jerk(Obama) is spoiling it for the true democrats that still walk around in this country. The ones like my dad that spent his entire working life paying union dues, carrying a sign and walking the picket line for better healthcare, vacations, sick time, employee rights. The things that make the people who punch a time clock (like me) have a little better life. It used to be that people like me and my dad worked 7days a week, 12 hours a day with no sick time, no vacations. If you couldn’t do it, there 50 people who would take your job in a heartbeat, but thru his work and many like him in that time sacrificed for us to have medical care, vacations and paid time off. President Clinton gave us the Family Leave Act, which Ted Kennedy seems to have hijacked recently, which gave us the ability to take off for pregnancy, sickness in the family.

    Obama has sold his soul to the devil to the very people my dad worked so hard to overcome in his lifetime. They are the elites who don’t want to pay vacations, sick time or medical care, they want unfettered ability to make money. What they want is for us to be peasants like in third world countries with no regulations for EPA or for that matter worker’s safety. They are so greedy that they think they should have the ability to make money on our backs and our blood.

  93. yes jan and 2 were american votes…

    it was like they said “bye, bye” and take your big old carbon print with you…

    we’ll see you back at the ‘Copenhagen Climate Change conference’ in Dec…and travel light…try setting an example…we’ll be watching you

  94. yes, confloyd…you (and me) are just a cost on a balance sheet to them…and for about 16 MILLION unemployed now, well…they are just ‘lagging indicators’

  95. My husband worked for the dreaded Brown & Root in the 70’s, 80’s and some in the 90’s. He was working a shutdown in Deer Park, Texas in 1976 at the Shell Oil Refinery. The Chinese came to see the plant and commented “who did all these care belong to in the parking lot”, the Shell Oil representative told them that these cars belonged to our employees and the employees of our construction crews working the shut down.

    The Chinese said our peasants ride bicycles and so should yours.

    Folks this is where we are heading.

  96. S, what I am truly afraid of now is that our “shock therapy” is imminent, now that he has paid his dues to Mayor Daley.

  97. One Hundred Million wasted on an Olympic bid that never should have happened. All that money that could have been used to help the people of Chicago.

    I don’t think Daley is very popular there at the moment. It is to be hoped that he loses the next election big time.

  98. The other day I was watching Glenn Beck and he said ” are you willing to go thru something real bad to make things better”. That threw up a red flag for me.

    We must remember that both parties are in this together. Where BUsh left off, Obama begins. Hillary did not get the nod because she would not play the game.

  99. confloyd…if you watch was has been happening with that senate finance health reform committee…you can actually see the seeds being planted for what you fear…the thought that they are going to make us captive to the insurance companies – with no restrictions on the insurance co – and then actually FINE US, even if yesterday they were shamed -forced to reduce the fines and jail time – they are still planning on fining people who do sign up for forced health care…just think of the logic of these dims…people choose not to buy health insurance and they get fined for not taking what they are being forced to do…with no restrictions on cost of premiums, etc (this is where they part ways with Hillary’s plans)

    Widen today let it rip…one of the lone voices out there calling this sham – robbery – for what it is…baucus…how dare he call himself a democrat…and that isn’t even mentioning the drug co that O has already sold us to…just to re-emphasize or in case you missed it…read this when you have a second…

    http://therpmreport.com/Free/db79ab7c-1c40-4fe6-bb90-9b3ee1f65b9b.aspx?utm_source=RPMel

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

    …we are just new customers…or profits ADDED to their balance sheets

  100. confloyd…if you watch was has been happening with that senate finance health reform committee…you can actually see the seeds being planted for what you fear…the thought that they are going to make us captive to the insurance companies – with no restrictions on the insurance co – and then actually FINE US, even if yesterday they were shamed -forced to reduce the fines and jail time – they are still planning on fining people who do sign up for forced health care…just think of the logic of these dims…people choose not to buy health insurance and they get fined for not taking what they are being forced to do…with no restrictions on cost of premiums, etc (this is where they part ways with Hillary’s plans)

    Widen today let it rip…one of the lone voices out there calling this sham – robbery – for what it is…baucus…how dare he call himself a democrat…and that isn’t even mentioning the drug co that O has already sold us to…just to re-emphasize or in case you missed it…read this when you have a second…

    therpmreport.com/Free/db79ab7c-1c40-4fe6-bb90-9b3ee1f65b9b.aspx?utm_source=RPMel

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

    …we are just new customers…or profits ADDED to their balance sheets

    please delete any duplicate in moderation – thx

  101. JanH, I have seen the pic of that soldier in Israel that Hamas has held captive for 3 years. I can’t see how they would risk his life and bomb Iran with this soldier still alive. The say they are hoping to secure his release by med 2010. What do you think. I personally want Israel to take out Iran, all of it.

  102. I have been applauding Glenn Beck for his investigative research, but I think he knows much more than he is letting on. Today he made me realize that his 9/12 project is geared toward women, now doubt Hillary’s women and we must NEVER forget the tragedy that that the republicans played in the election of Obama. Glenn Beck is merely the new Rush Limbaugh and we MUST BE VERY CAREFUL. We all know that Bush is a detrimental force in America as is Obama, so this time lets be of sound mind and fully aware of the candidates shortfalls before falling in love with him/her.

    We mustn’t be like a ship untethered being tossed around with an anchor.We must remember both party’s are corrupt. Please don’t think I advocate Ron Paul, I don’t. I am a Hillary supporter from start to finish.

  103. As for the Olympics ballot, maybe it was snafu. Maybe they had planned to let Chicago last through a few more ballots, but some people got confused and voted against it too soon.

    Overall maybe, if Soros does make money from Brazil, it’s the usual Obama thing. Pretend to work for your supporters (in this case Daley etc) but the outcome favors your bigger donors.

  104. As for the Olympics ballot, maybe it was snafu. Maybe they had planned to let Chicago last through a few more ballots, but some people got confused and voted against it too soon
    ———————————————–
    Yes, it could have been a simple case of pressing the wrong button like Barack did many times–he of all people would understand that. Or, it may have been the same kind of confusion that caused the Heidi Fleiss jury to vote to convict when they wanted to acquit. In that case it would be perfectly understandable as well. What I am waiting for is to see whom they throw to the wolves for this fiasco. They are trying to blame good old W. But that dog won’t hunt. The problem is if the matter is allowed to stand as it, the buck stops with Barack. He has spent his entire professional life seeking to avoid that denouement and its too late now to change his wicked wicked ways.

  105. jt james: that olympdick clip is the funniest thing I have seen in ages. It is better than anything Letterhypocrite could come up with in twenty years of drivel. Especially when Obama runs trips and crashes head first into the side horse and emits the sound of a goat as he lands on the ground in a daze. Priceless.

  106. I spent alot of time at a hotel at 52nd and Broadway and a few blocks up toward Central Park was Lettermans studio. Crowds stood in line outside waiting to get in. I assume they bought tickets in advance but i never inquired because I was not THAT interested in how to in. I was more interested in the people who were waiting to get in and what they saw in him. Thus, I gained great insight on that subject when I went over to FOX and heard that pathetic man confess and apologize in earnest. Granted, the audience had no prior warning, but they sad there and laughed hysterically when he said sobering things like I want to protect my family, my job and myself. I feel no sympathy for him, that is not the point. Again the point is that the audience would sit there and laugh hysterically as he spilled his guts. Unbelievable.

  107. If you are Letterman’s boss you gotta get rid of him. There is just cause for termination, and the sponsors will not support a man who behaves in this manner. He is not funny anymore, and so much of his shtick past present and future will be seen for what it is–pure hypocrisy. He needs to go. The sooner the better.

  108. I’m thinking Dems will be very anxious to get health/insurance reform back in the limelight; forgeddabout IOC and all. The National Retiree Legislative Network has just issued an email alert pointing to a current Democrat failure to correct a wrong which Republicans placed in their Medicare Part D coverage:

    Recently, during the Senate Finance Committee’s mark up of its Health Care Reform bill committee members rejected, by the narrow vote of 10-13, an amendment that would have filled the “doughnut hole” in the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. This was a terrible blow to retirees who desperately need to have lower prescription drug prices.

    I hope none of you have forgotten what went down in the House under Hastert. First, aligned with AARP. Then held vote open for a very long time – maybe 6 hours. They also had GWB telephoning around even though he had to be very tired, just having returned from a visit with Queen Elizabeth.

    I’m waiting to see what the Dems think they can pull off with the HC vote.

  109. Why the rush to Copenhagen? This comment is lengthy but it is one ov several that I feel are important to understand what the future of this country will resemble if we continue to allow this evil plot to continue.

    ——————————————————————————————-Curtain Time For Barack Obama – Part I

    By Evelyn Pringle

    15 May, 2008
    Countercurrents.org

    Republicans have enough damaging information against Barack Obama to knock him off the ballot before the November election. Those at the top of the Democratic Party know this by now and voters need to recognize that if they nominate him they are throwing the election. Nothing else can explain why they would allow this disaster to happen.

    The investigation called “Operation Board Games” will lead to Obama’s downfall and it will begin with what he claims was a “boneheaded” mistake in entering into real estate deal with the Syrian-born immigrant, Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko, less than a month after Rezko received a $3.5 million loan from the Iraqi-born billionaire, Nadhmi Auchi, who ended up with Riverside Park, a $2.5 billion 62-acre development project in the Chicago Loop.

    Obama set his sights on a $2 million mansion the month after he was elected to the US Senate. It’s now known that Rezko got involved in the house-buying endeavor early on, although his involvement would not known until November 2006, the month after Rezko’s indictment was unsealed in the Operation Board Games case.

    Nadhmi Auchi owns General Mediterranean Holdings, a Luxemburg-based conglomerate with investments all over the world in everything from Iraq reconstruction contracts to pharmaceuticals to pizza parlors.

    More than two solid months of investigation leads to the conclusion that following the names linked to Riverside Park is the key to understanding Operation Board Games.

    Auchi ended up with the grand prize but the new owner can not set foot on the development site in downtown Chicago because he is not allowed in this country. In a January 26, 2008 Affidavit, filed by an FBI Agent, the following description of Auchi and his company was given:

    “General Mediterranean is owned by Nadhmi Auchi, who public source documents describe as a British-based Iraqi billionaire who was convicted several years ago in France on fraud charges. Auchi was sentenced to 15 months in prison and fined $2 million euros, but the sentence was suspended as long as Auchi committed no new crimes.

    “Thereafter, in November 2005, after Auchi was unable to enter the United States, Rezko directly appealed to the State Department to permit Auchi to enter the United States and, it appears, asked certain Illinois government officials to do the same.”

    Auchi’s conviction was a part of the gigantic investigation into the corruption of the Elf oil company, “the biggest fraud inquiry in Europe since the Second World War. Elf became a private bank for its executives who spent £200 million on political favours, mistresses, jewellery, fine art, villas and apartments,” according to the November 16, 2003 Guardian.

    At the time, Elf was a public company owned by the citizens of France making them the victims of the fraud. Auchi, with all his billions of dollars, claims he is appealing the conviction but obviously with little success being it occurred five years ago.

    However, more recent revelations about his funding the defense of Rezko and others in the Board Game cases, as well allegations of bid rigging in Iraq, have no doubt to the dilemma of his not being welcome here.

    Most important for connecting the dots in the Board Games investigation, is the clarification that it is not the Rezko case. The only reason it’s always referred to as the “Rezko” case is because he happens to be the first defendant to be brought to trial.

    Also, the first trial is focused on the corruption of two Illinois boards, the panel that approves investments from the $40 billion pension fund of the Teachers Retirement System, and the Health Facilities Planning Board, which approves all medical facility construction projects in Illinois.

    But the Operation Board Games cases involve corruption with officials and employees in many other state agencies and real estate deals are at the heart of most with Riverside Park front and center.

    Confidential informant, John Thomas, began working undercover for the Feds in 2003, when he pleaded guilty in federal court in New York, to fraud charges involving a client of his former billboard leasing company, according to an October 3, 2007 report by Thomas Corfman in Crain’s Chicago Business News.

    Thomas began cooperating in the probe “with a focus” on Rezko’s financing deals “on 62 acres at Roosevelt and Clark and vacant land at the southwest corner of Chicago and Hudson,” according to the February 10, 2008 Chicago Sun-Times.

    In other words, “financing deals” with a “focus” on Riverside Park.

    Corfman found that Thomas’ cooperation was revealed in court on October 2003, when he entered a guilty plea in New York. He published a portion of a transcript from an October 27, 2003 hearing in Crain’s on May 4, 2007, in which prosecutors state:

    “We just want to put on the record that the defendant has approached the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago to cooperate with the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago.”

    “Should he provide substantial cooperation to another U.S. attorney’s office, we will consider that at the time of sentencing . . . or if the Chicago U.S. attorney’s office wants the case transferred there, we’d be happy to transfer the case there,” prosecutors said in the hearing.

    At the request of prosecutors, as a part of a plea agreement Thomas was given permission by a federal judge to “engage in authorized criminal activity at the direction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” Corfman reports.

    The former New Yorker, he wrote, “has been conducting an undercover sting investigation for federal prosecutors while working in the Chicago commercial real estate industry.”

    On May 4, 2007, the Chicago Sun-Times said Thomas was an informant in the federal investigation into Rezko, his partner in the Rezmar development company, Daniel Mahru and “other political corruption cases.”

    The Chicago Tribune said it was aware of Thomas’ role in May 2006, but did not publish the story after US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald asked editors to withhold the information because it would derail the investigation and put people in danger.

    This reporter is confident about the identities of all confidential informants referred to in the documents filed thus far in the Board Games cases but will not reveal the names in this report due to an inability to determine whether the names are in fact known to the many persons still under investigation.

    Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to be president in 2008

    Operation Board Games must be viewed with a full understanding that Governor Rod Blagojevich was supposed to be the candidate running for president during this election cycle in order for the subplots involving Obama to become clear.

    The Illinois political mob already had a major fundraising operation in place for Blagojevich by 2004, and its safe to assume that when Obama and Rezko first started setting up the real estate deal for the mansion and lot in December 2004, Obama never thought about any repercussions on his run for president.

    This report will show that the same political mob raising money to make Blagojevich president in 2008, also funded Obama’s election to the US senate in 2004, which is also discussed further in the earlier articles in this series including:

    Barack Obama – The Wizard of Oz
    Barack Obama – Operation Board Games for Slumlords, and
    Barack Obama – Subplots of Operation Board Games Part I

    When announcing Rezko’s indictment, the government made clear that Rezko “was added as a new defendant in a pending federal corruption case” that was brought against other co-schemers in 2005. The government’s star witness in the trial, Chicago businessman, Stuart Levine, pleaded guilty and testified to avoid a life sentence.

    After jury selection began, the questionnaire for screening potential jurors included a list of more than 230 “possible witnesses or persons whose names might be mentioned,” and included Barack Obama.

    Reporters, Bob Sector and Jeff Coen, provided outstanding coverage of the trial on a bog called, “Gavel-to-Gavel,” on the Tribune website. After nearly two months, on April 24, 2008, they wrote: “Maybe it would be simpler to ask for a show of hands from political heavyweights who haven’t been mentioned in the Antoin “Tony” Rezko corruption trial.”

    Understanding what Tribune columnist, John Kass, has been referring to for years as the “Illinois Combine,” are also crucial to understanding the Board Game cases. In his March 28, 2008, column, Kass invited basically anyone to start using the term Combine, particularly “if they’re having difficulty explaining how two parties can be as one when there’s money on the table,” he said.

    In gathering comments for his column, Kass called former US Senator, Peter Fitzgerald, who Kass describes as “the Republican maverick from Illinois who tried to fight political corruption and paid for it. For this sin, he was driven out of Illinois politics by political bosses, by their spinners and media mouthpieces, who ridiculed him mercilessly.”

    He asked the Senator, “what do you call that connection that Stuart Levine describes from the witness stand, you know that arrangement across party lines, with politically powerful men leveraging government to make money—what do you call it?”

    “The Illinois Combine,” he said. “The bipartisan Illinois political combine.”

    “And all these guys being mentioned, they’re part of it,” he told Kass.

    “In the final analysis,” the Senator said, “The Combine’s allegiance is not to a party, but to their pocketbooks.”

    “They’re about making money off the taxpayers,” he added.

    According to Kass, “the Rezko trial is part of the U.S. Justice Department’s attack on The Combine.”

    “The “Operation Board Games” investigation is about how appointments to state boards and commissions overseeing state pension fund investments and hospital construction were leveraged into paydays for the insiders,” he explains.

    “And what is playing out in the federal building is The Combine on trial,” he says.

    Levine served as finance chairman for Republican Jim Ryan in the campaign for governor against Blagojevich. But an April 18, 2004, phone conversation caught on tape by the FBI between Levine and Republican insider and co-schemer, Robert Kjellander, shows the Republicans were very satisfied with new leaders of the “Combine.”

    “I am telling you that I have never been in a better position than I am right now,” Levine said. “Part of the reason is there’s never been such a tight control of the central apparatus.”

    “This guy is making decisions and can get anything done that he wants done . . . and I have a superb relationship” with him.

    During the trial, Assistant US Attorney, Chris Niewoehner, asked Levine what he meant by that. The “central apparatus,” Levine said, was Blagojevich’s office and the guy “making decisions” was Rezko. He told the jury he’d never seen anything like this.

    One co-schemer testified that Rezko told him Republican insider and co-schemer, William Cellini, had committed to raising $1 million for Blagojevich’s campaign.

    Levine even footed the bill for a private jet to fly Blagojevich and several other co-schemers to New York in October 2003 and December 2003, where Blagojevich met lawyers, investment bankers and media executives, “many of whom wrote checks to his campaign fund,” according to the September 22, 2006 Chicago Sun-Times.

    For instance, HealthPoint Partners, a New York investment firm, held a fund-raiser and 2 days later, the Teacher’s pension board voted to invest $15 million with HealthPoint, “following up on a $20 million investment it made with the firm in April 2003,” the Times noted.

    Rezko, Levine, Cellini and Kjellander were all major fundraisers for Bush’s reelection campaign in 2004, at the same time they were scheming to raise money for Blagojevich’s presidential fund for 2008.

    On March 31, 2008, Niewoehner asked Levine, “What is your understanding of why Mr. Rezko and Mr. Kelly would recommend investment firms?”

    “In order to reward campaign contributors” to Blagojevich, Levine answered.

    He also told the jury that he used to funnel campaign money to other Democratic candidates through straw donors at the request of Chicago Alderman Edward Vrdolyak.

    Levine testified that from 2000 to 2004, he made a combined $9 to $10 million.

    When the indictment against the Syrian-born immigrant, Rezko, was unsealed in October 2006, Fitzgerald said, “The amounts of money that were being shaken down in one . . . eight-week span was in the millions.”

    “But Rezko and Levine collected only about $250,000 because federal investigators tripped up their plans,” according to the October 12, 2006 Sun-Times.

    In the article, Chicago FBI chief Robert Grant called those named in the indictment “parasites that have plagued our public institutions.”

    Rezko was not available for arrest when the indictment was announced because he was off on a trip to the Middle East.

    Illinois Combine corruption leads to Iraq

    The “Illinois Combine,” now includes many members living in the Chicago area of Middle Eastern descent and the trail of corruption leads straight to the killing fields in Iraq. The front-page of the April 26, 2008, Sun-Times provided the lead-in to the final subplot found at the end of the Board Games investigation when it reports:

    “An ex-international fugitive helped spring Tony Rezko from jail earlier this month, putting up homes that comprise nearly one-third of the $8.5 million in property and cash securing Rezko’s bail.”

    “The three homes belonging to former Iraqi Electricity Minister Aiham Alsammarae — a dual U.S.-Iraqi citizen who broke out of a Baghdad jail in 2006 — are part of a long list made public … following a Sun-Times request.”

    Shortly after he escaped from a jail inside the Green Zone in December 2006, Alsammarae called New York Times reporter James Glatz, and said he did it the “Chicago way.”

    Alsammarae is now living about a half-hour west of Chicago in a subdivision, “where homes range in price from $1.5 million to $4 million,” according to the December 21, 2006 New York Times.

    The indictment against Rezko was unsealed in October 2006 in Chicago, the same month that Alsammarae was found guilty in Bagdad of the first charge in what would become a dozen convictions for corruption related to deals he made as electricity minister between August 2003 and May 2005.

    In his call right after he broke out of jail, Glatz says, Alsammarea ridiculed American and Iraqi officials and claimed he fled because he did not trust the police and received a tip that he would be assassinated within days.

    Alsammarae told Glatz that he was already outside Iraq after finagling his way aboard a flight at the Baghdad Airport. However, Iraqi security and justice officials disputed parts of his account, telling Glatz that a figure as recognizable as Alsammarae could not possibly have slipped onto a flight when he was the subject of a manhunt.

    Alsammarae told Glatz those assertions were made by officials who spent too much time inside the protected Green Zone and did not understand how the country worked.

    “Those suckers who are sitting in the Green Zone, they cannot go out and see the people they are governing?” Alsammarae said. “This is a joke.” According to Glatz, Alsammarae stated:

    “So why I cannot take the airport? It’s not because I am a smart cookie. Any Iraqi can do it, even if they have 10,000 court orders against him. This is Iraq.”

    His escape was an embarrassment for the Interior Ministry and the American-led forces that are guarding the Green Zone, Glatz said, “Iraqi officials expressed consternation when informed that Mr. Alsammarae had telephoned a reporter while on the lam.”

    Despite the charges against him, Alsammarae told Glatz he did not believe American authorities would arrest him when he arrived in Chicago. “I hope they are smarter than that,” he said.

    Apparently he was right because he flew right back into Chicago without a hitch. In fact, a month later he gave an interview on PBS on January 17, 2007, and explained how easy it was to escape, stating:

    “I called my friends, and the friends, they come. They brought the car close to the police station, and I walk out to the car, and I move out from the Green Zone. From the Green Zone, we change cars many times.

    “And after that, we reached the airport, Iraqi international airport, and I just flew over the private jet to Amman. Simple. Two-hours-and-a-half, I’d be in Amman.”

    Although his Iraqi passport was confiscated in jail, Alsammarae says he hid a second one and renewed his American passport in Jordan. Those who helped him, he claimed, were mostly Iraqi friends and supporters, including the owner of the private jet.

    According John Batchelor, in a March 3, 2008 Human Events report, an Iraqi official in Baghdad says they want Alsammarae back and the case against him is rock solid. “We have a four-inch-thick file of his crimes,” the official said.

    He also said it has “Dates, bank accounts, dummy companies, a lot of them in the States.”

    “We want him,” he told Batchelor, “and we want the money back.”

    An Iraqi politician, who Batchelor says has “extensive knowledge of the Iraqi diaspora before and after the fall of Baghdad,” told him:

    “Alsammarae is the weakest link in the chain of people who stole money from the CPA and the Iraqi people since 2003. The evidence against him is strong and convincing. His conviction is a problem for the people in his gang. The Baathists.”

    Auchi was reportedly involved in the power plant contract. Batchelor says Iraqi officials in Baghdad speak bluntly of Auchi as a “Saddam guy,” and a member of the Baathist gang who has “beggared Iraq for 50 years.”

    The first allegations of Auchi’s bid rigging date back to the first telecommunications contracts awarded in 2003. On November 9, 2003, Time Magazine reported that the US was reviewing a decision to grant the mobile license for Baghdad and central Iraq to a consortium led by Egyptian telecom giant Orascom because of its ties to Auchi, described as “an Iraqi-born billionaire who built his fortune partly through arms deals with the Iraqi regime in the 1980s.”

    “Industry sources say Auchi provided Orascom with a $20 million loan to help pay down its $500 million debt,” Time wrote. “The sources say the loan gave Auchi, who faced French prosecutors earlier this year for his role in a corruption and embezzlement scandal, a controlling stake in Orascom.”

    On February 25, 2005, a report by Charles Smith for NewsMax said, “Newly released documents from the Bush administration show that a former member of Saddam Hussein’s inner circle has resurfaced inside the new Iraqi government, bringing charges of corruption, bribery and bid-rigging.”

    “As a result,” he wrote, “millions of U.S. aid dollars and billions in Iraqi government funds have disappeared in an ongoing scandal that is poised to engulf Baghdad and Washington.”

    Citing a May 2004 Department of Defense report, Smith said, Auchi has organized “an elaborate scheme to take over and control the post-war cellular phone system in Iraq.”

    “Auchi,” the report stated, “is widely regarded as a corrupt supporter of Saddam Hussein’s regime who got his money from doing deals, especially illegal arms transfers for Saddam.”

    Bribes of between $18 and $21 million were allocated among six people including the Minister of Communications, an Iraqi Governing Council member, two American advisers from the Coalition Provisional Authority, and two British officials, according to the report.

    Alsammarae moved to Chicago in the 1970s and met Rezko while attending engineering school. Reports indicating the Combine’s corruption extended to the electricity minister in Iraq began in mid-summer 2005. On July 29, 2005, Sandra Jones reported in Crain’s:

    “Rezmar … controlled by Tony Rezko, a controversial confidant of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, entered into a joint venture with a British firm in a $150-million deal to build a power plant in Iraq.”

    She noted that the project would be managed by one of Blagojevich’s previous top administration officials, Michael Rumman, “former director of the Illinois Department of Central Management Services, the state’s internal operations real estate agency.”

    “The contract signed with Iraq’s ministry of electricity, calls for the soon-to-be named joint venture to supply power to Iraq for 10 years,” Jones reported.

    “Rumman, who speaks Arabic, says the project is slated to be built in northern Iraq,” she wrote.

    During a Sun-Times interview in the summer of 2005, Rumman said Rezko used his “formidable overseas network of business relationships” to join energy consulting companies to win the contract and up to 30 companies were to be involved.

    Rumman was also a major investor with Auchi in Riverside Park. In fact, he was CEO of a company that was said to be managing the project until he unexpectedly resigned five months before the start of Rezko’s trial. On October 5, 2007, Crain’s reported, “Rumman has quietly resigned as CEO of a mixed-use project proposed for a sprawling site on the Near South Side.”

    Crain’s noted that “his resignation is another odd twist in the long-delayed project, which has been mired in controversy because of its ties to Mr. Rezko, who is awaiting trial on federal criminal charges of influence peddling and bank fraud.”

    The report stated sources said, “Rumman resigned several months ago, although the exact timing could not be determined.”

    Rezko would later tell the court that he obtained the power plant contract through Rezmar International. In advertising on the internet, Rezmar International claims it is a firm specializing in strategic partnerships between the US and the Middle East. “We leverage strong skills, knowledge and relationships to make money for our investors and partners,” Rezmar states.

    After Rezko’s arrest, in a January 16, 2007 hearing to review his assets, Rezko told the judge, “Rezmar International entered into contract with the Ministry of Electricity in — of — Iraq, to build a power plant and sell power to the government. And we were negotiating for over, now, I guess, almost two years.”

    His attorney explained how Rezmar “won” the bid. “Mr. Rezko and an engineering firm here in the State of Illinois put together a bid, along with other entities; and, then, they won this bid for the contract,” he said.

    “The company has no assets,” he told the judge.

    “They were just going to — if the contract was given, as I understand the financing was going to be a Letter of Credit from the Iraqi government and other financing; and, then, they were going to put together someone to build or supply the electricity,” he said.
    Rezko told the judge the contract had no value and was canceled in November 2006. The attorney told the court that Rezko had debts in excess of “$50 million.”

    The US Army Corps of Engineers confirmed the contract for the power plant was no longer in effect in Iraq, according to the December 3, 2006, Sun-Times.

    However, when reached, the Times said, “Rumman declined to discuss the plant or Alsammarae.”

    In addition to the power plant, the month before Alsammarae left office, on April 18, 2005, he signed another $50 million contract with the Illinois-based firm called Companion Security, to train Iraqis as power plant security guards.

    Companion is another firm with no assets that was thrown together by Rezko and ex-Chicago cop, Daniel Frawley, with an address that turned out to be a small house in La Grange, Illinois owned by Frawley’s sister, Maureen Frawley, who was a cop at the time.

    The Sun-Times first reported that investigators were looking into the relationship of Alsammarae and Rezko while Alsammarae was still in jail in Iraq in December 2006.

    But on March 5, 2008, the Times wrote “a new accusation has surfaced that Rezko paid a $1.5 million bribe in an effort to win a $50 million business deal in Iraq.”

    “In a court filing,” the Times said, “Rezko’s lawyers say that prosecutors accused him … of paying the bribe to Aiham Alsammarae, Iraq’s former minister of electricity.”

    “The prosecution is reportedly relying on information from Daniel Mahru,” the report wrote, “who was cooperating with the Federal investigation for ten months before Rezko was indicted.”

    Mahru was an attorney for Companion when it got the Iraqi contract, according to the Times. Prosecutors allege the $1.5 million bribe was paid through an escrow account held by the Chicago-based Bryan Cave law firm.

    The names of Obama and Blagojevich became tied to the bid rigging scandal when reports surfaced that Companion had sought their help in carrying out the contract a year after Alsammarae left office, and around the same time he was thrown in jail in Iraq.

    In April 2006, Frawley began working with Blagojevich’s office to get Iraqi officials to lease a military facility in Illinois for the training camp.

    On June 12, 2006, a letter marked “CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS CORRESPONENCE,” from Jill Morgenthaler, “Homeland Security Advisor to the Governor,” was sent to the Iraqi Minister of Electrical Power Grid, City of Iraq, the Minister of Finance, and the Minister of Defense, stating:

    “The state of Illinois is greatly interested in assisting to facilitate the training, within Illinois, of Iraqi Police Recruits charged with the security of the Power Grid generation facilities within the City of Bagdad.”

    The letter suggested facilities at the Savanna Army Depot in Western Illinois as “an ideal potential training location.”

    “It would be helpful if an itinerary could be arranged for your inspection of the proposed location and a review of its attributes,” Morgenthaler wrote.

    After the inspection has been completed and a decision made, she noted, a letter of intent of the Training Contract that you provide “should be received by the State of Illinois.”

    “The source of this letter of intent,” she wrote, “should be from any one of the three separate Iraqi Governmental Ministries indicated above (or one of similar authority), together with an indication of the number of trainees to be included in each training cycle and the funding available to insure that your training goals can be met.”

    The letter concluded with the statement: “Looking forward to seeing this worthy project’s beginning within Illinois.”

    “Since then, Companion has been lobbying officials from Washington to Baghdad about its Iraqi deal,” the Sun-Times reported on August 7, 2007.

    Companion “beefed up its lobbying efforts” in March in 2006, the Times said, “hiring a Washington attorney who has contacted the U.S. State and Commerce departments.”

    After the state found a proposed training site, Frawley met with Seamus Ahern, who runs Obama’s senate office in Moline, Illinois. “Frawley and Ahern discussed the proposal over a period of about six months,” the Times notes.

    According to the report, “Obama and Blagojevich viewed Frawley’s efforts as a chance to create jobs in the Quad Cities area.”

    Blagojevich’s spokeswoman told the Times that state officials assumed Frawley’s contract has “gone away” because they had not heard from Companion since last year.

    On August 14, 2007, the Forest Park Review reported: “Almost 16 months ago Sgt. Maureen Frawley’s home in nearby La Grange was the site of a bizarre burglary in which more than $100,000 in cash and several guns were allegedly stolen.”

    “Four days later, though,” the Review noted, “the missing items were left on Frawley’s doorstep with no apparent explanation.”

    Frawley told the Review the cash stolen, and returned, had nothing to do with Companion Security and that Daniel was no longer a partner with Rezko. The funds belonged solely to her brother, she told the newspaper.

    Citing a La Grange police report, the Sun-Times said Daniel Frawley “became defensive about questions relating to when, where and how he obtained the money.”

    “He told police he had withdrawn the money — $100 bills in bundles of $5,000 — from a Chicago bank, and his sister was supposed to have put the cash in a safe-deposit box,” according to the Times.

    His lawyer, George Weaver, told police the money had been “legally obtained by Daniel Frawley through real-estate transactions.”

    At the time of the report in August 2007, the village administrator told the Review that Maureen was no longer receiving a paycheck from the police department but declined to confirm or deny her employment status.

    Both Blagojevich’s office and Obama’s office now claim they never knew Rezko was partnered with Frawley in the Iraq contract.

    Prosecution of corrupt officials halted in Iraq

    On October 4, 2007, the US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held its first hearing on “Assessing the State of Iraqi Corruption.”

    The major topic of discussion was a secret order issued by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki’s office in April 2007, that bars the investigation and referral for prosecution of corruption cases involving the Iraqi president, the Council of Ministers, or any current or former ministers without Maliki’s consent, which effectively grants immunity to all high level officials.

    The committee also was informed that Maliki’s office had issued other orders to prevent further investigation or referrals of specific cases for prosecution, including two instructing authorities to close corruption cases against Maliki’s own cousin.

    The Bush administration’s witness at the hearing was Lawrence Butler from the State Department. When asked whether “the Government of Iraq currently has the political will or the capability to root out corruption within its Government,” whether “the Maliki Government is working hard to improve the corruption situation so that he can unite his country” and whether Maliki “obstructed any anticorruption investigations in Iraq to protect his political allies,” he refused to answer.

    Butler told the lawmakers that, “questions which go to the broad nature of our bilateral relationship with Iraq are best answered in a classified setting.”

    When asked about the secret order issued by Maliki’s office, he claimed the State Department had concluded that the matter was too sensitive to address in public.

    Prior to the hearing, the committee reviewed reports prepared by a team of American investigators working out of the Office of Accountability and Transparency at the US Embassy in Iraq in what could be likened to a Board Game investigation of Iraqi officials.

    The Iraqi ministers are the equivalent of Secretaries appointed by the President to head federal agencies in the US government. For example, Alsammarae’s title might be the Secretary of Energy here, or the minister of defense would be the Secretary of Defense.

    The Commission of Public Integrity in Iraq is the agency in charge of investigating corruption and is the equivalent of the FBI.

    During their investigation, the Embassy team assessed the cases of corruption in the individual ministries and the ability of the CPI to investigate and prepare cases for prosecution with only 120 investigators.

    “Currently, Iraq is not capable of even rudimentary enforcement of anticorruption laws,” according to the Embassy report.

    A review of cases of corruption for the Ministry of Electricity shows there were a total of 175 investigations but the only high level Iraqi official ever convicted in Bagdad is the former minister who is now living in Chicago.

    In the Ministry of Interior, the team reported: “There is a general impression in the public and within the anticorruption enforcement establishment that MOI is immune from prosecution of corruption charges unless the subject falls out of favor within MOI.”

    “The pattern of criminality endemic at MOI is beyond CPI’s capability and charter,” the report concludes.

    Contract fraud is the greatest violation but according to the Embassy team, CPI investigators assigned to the Ministry of Interior “have unanimously expressed their fear of being assassinated should they aggressively pursue their duties at MOI.”

    “Groups within MOI function similarly to a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) in the classic sense. MOI is a “legal enterprise” which has been co-opted by organized criminals who act through the “legal enterprise” to commit crimes such as kidnapping, extortion, bribery, etc.”

    “Unlike CPI officers,” they report, “MOI officers carry guns and are extremely dangerous.”

    Therefore, CPI investigators are too intimidated to conduct serious investigations and the “lack of support from the administration has had a clear negative affect on the morale of the investigators themselves,” the study found.

    The combined security situation and “the violent character of the criminal elements within the ministries make investigation of corruption too hazardous, unless performed by a tactically robust police force with the support of the Iraqi government.”

    “Currently this support is lacking,” they wrote. Each ministry has an Inspector General’s office to investigate corruption within the agency and the Embassy staff reports that:

    “Each of the dangers described for the CPI investigators is compounded for the IG investigators. The general level of violence in Baghdad multiplies the intimidation factor in that murders are so common that tying them back to the work place would be difficult even for an accomplished police force.

    “Knowing this, those confronted with criminal activity are fully aware of the near immunity available to violent criminals. So great is the danger in the ministries as to make nearly all of the IG actions suspect.”

    In Iraq, criminal cases are resolved in the Central Criminal Court of Iraq. CCCI employs both Trial Judges, who hear cases similar to Judges in the US, and Investigative Judges (IJ), who function more as investigators but can demand the production of documents and compel testimony.

    Investigative Judges can be likened “to a hybrid, Federal Agent – Assistant US Attorney,” the report notes. A panel of three IJs reviews all CPI investigations, and they determine whether a case is advanced to a criminal proceeding before a Trial Judge.

    “Judges are regularly subject to intimidation throughout Iraq,” according to the report.

    In their assessment, the team interviewed the Supreme Investigative Judge who identified issues including: (1) Interference – history of political pressure being placed upon the judiciary from both Iraq and American interests; and (2) Security – day before the advisors meeting with the IJ, another Judge was assassinated.

    “Literally hundreds of arrest warrants remain outstanding,” the reports states, “as do court orders to produce evidence, witnesses and documents, all of which remain outstanding and ignored by government officials.”

    “Currently,” the team reports, “anticorruption enforcement forces are so vulnerable as to provide those involved in corruption immunity.”

    “The acceptance of militia, organized crime and/or common gang infiltration of Iraq Government Ministries must be confronted,” the Embassy team concluded.

    “The US Embassy should articulate as a matter of policy that the fair and independent prosecutions should be a condition for continued assistance to the Iraqis in anticorruption enforcement,” the team recommends.

    In his opening statement at the hearing, committee chairman, Rep Henry Waxman (D-CA), stated:

    “Whether one supports or opposes the President’s policy, we can’t ignore the reality of corruption in Iraq. And we can’t ignore the reality that corruption is undermining the political progress our troops are fighting and dying for.”

    The committee heard testimony from Judge Radhi Hamza al-Radhi, the former commissioner of the CPI, who told the panel corruption in Iraq “is getting worse” and “has stopped the process of reconstruction in Iraq.”

    The cost of corruption uncovered so far across all ministries in Iraq, Radhi said, “has been estimated to be as high as $18 billion.”

    The CPI has lost the ability to fight corruption after implicating Iraqi officials, he says, due to “violence, intimidation and personal attacks.”

    “Since the establishment of the Commission,” he told the committee, “31 employees have been assassinated as well as at least an additional 12 family members.”

    “In a number of cases,” Radhi said, “my staff and their relatives have been kidnapped or detained and tortured prior to being killed.”

    “Many of these people were gunned down at close range,” he stated. Radhi fled Iraq in August 2007, and is seeking asylum in the US.

    The committee also heard testimony from Stewart Bowen, US Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. “Over the past year,” he told panel, “the number of corruption cases under investigation by the CPI increased by almost 70 percent, from 1861 cases in 2006 to 3158 cases thus far in 2007.”

    “Similarly,” he said, “individual Iraqi ministries have reported dramatic increases in the number of corruption cases initiated.”

    “Thus far in 2007,” Bowen reported, “the Ministry of Defense has seen a 57% increase in reported cases, the Ministry of Health a 400% increase, and the Ministry of Trade a 728% increase.”

    “Political influence recently reached into CPI’s operations,” he said, “as evidenced by the presence at this hearing today of Judge Radhi al-Radhi, the recently departed Commissioner of the CPI.”

    “I have worked with Judge Radhi throughout my tenure,” Bowen told lawmakers, “and consistently observed his courage and commitment to accomplish what is perhaps the most dangerous law enforcement job in the world.”

    He also said Article 136(b) of Iraq’s Criminal Code is a “notorious structural obstacle” impeding anti-corruption efforts. “This provision,” he explained, “allows any Iraqi minister to grant by fiat complete immunity from prosecution to any ministry employee accused of wrongdoing.”

    “In addition,” he stated, “an order issued by the Prime Minister this past spring requires Iraqi law enforcement authorities to obtain permission from the Prime Minister’s Office before investigating current or former ministers.”

    Bowen said an Iraqi council chairman from Baghdad recently told his office that Iraq “had corruption under the regime of Saddam Hussein, but we also had law.”

    The US Comptroller General, David Walker, testified that “widespread corruption undermines efforts to develop the government’s capacity by robbing it of needed resources, some of which are used to fund the insurgency.”

    During the hearing, Alsammarae’s convictions and escape became a hot topic of debate when Massachusetts Congressman, Stephen Lynch, questioned witnesses about the case.
    Radhi told Lynch the amount attributed to Alsammarae’s corruption while serving two years as minister was $2 billion.

    Lynch quizzed Radhi about his escape. “Mr. Alsammarae, I understand,” he said, was arrested and held in prison inside the Green Zone, but he somehow escaped.”

    “Do you know the facts surrounding that?” he asked.

    “I know some of the facts that surround this case,” Radhi replied, “and I know that a U.S- protection company has helped him get away.”

    “Do you know what the name of that U.S. protection agency might have been?” Lynch asked.

    “If believe it is DynCorp,” the Judge stated.

    He said Alsammarae had a three year sentence awaiting him in Iraq and “l1 other charges against him fielded through the Interpol.”

    Lynch also tried to question Bowen about the case. “I have tried to establish that the former Iraqi Electricity Minister was accused of corruption of potentially hundreds of millions of dollars,” he said, and further stated:

    “He was arrested. He was brought to the Green zone. I believe it was a DOD facility. We are talking the Unites States Military.

    “He was then broken out of that jail or removed from that jail by a U.S. contractor.

    “We have evidence or testimony that it was DynCorp.”

    “Mr. Bowen,” Lynch asked, “is that your understanding of the facts of this case?”

    “Yes,” Bowen said, “but with the one additional fact that he was convicted by that Iraqi court and was awaiting sentencing.”

    “Is there an investigation ongoing relative to the handling of this case?” Lynch asked.

    “I can’t comment on our ongoing investigations,” Bowen replied.

    “Okay,” Lynch said, “so if it is an ongoing investigation, it must be ongoing …”

    “Can you tell me,” he asked Bowen, “the allegation that this gentleman is in Chicago, is that correct?”

    “Is that your understanding?” Lynch asked.

    “That is what I have heard, yes,” Bowen replied.

    The committee later learned that on September 25, 2007, or about two weeks before the hearing, the State Department instructed officials not to answer questions that ask for:

    “Broad statements/assessments which judge or characterize the quality of Iraqi governance or the ability or determination of the Iraqi government to deal with corruption, including allegations that investigations were thwarted/stifled for political reasons.”

    The Department also retroactively classified the Embassy reports on corruption that had been distributed as “sensitive but unclassified,” and even went so far as to retroactively classify portions of the previously cleared report that Comptroller General Walker released at the hearing.

    On October 12, 2007, Waxman, along with the chairmen of three other House committees, wrote to Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice, with concerns that Congress and the American people were not getting “honest answers about the extent of corruption in the Maliki government.”

    The letter asked for information about whether Maliki “obstructed any anticorruption investigations in Iraq to protect his political allies” or “protected some of his relatives that were involved in corruption.”

    In response, Rice’s office sent an October 15, 2007 letter acknowledging that “corruption in Iraq is a very serious challenge” and that “not all information” sought by the Committee “is necessarily classified,” but failed to provide any information about the secret order issued by Maliki.

    On October 15, 2007, the House voted to pass Resolution 734, which concluded “it was wrong” for the State Department “to retroactively classify … statements that are embarrassing but do not meet the criteria for classification.”

    The resolution also said, “it is an abuse of the classification process to withhold from Congress and the people of the United States broad assessments of the extent of corruption in the Iraqi Government.”

    In his opening statement before the vote, Waxman stated: “Five years ago, abuse of classified information got us into the war.”

    “It is time for these abuses to end,” he said.

    On October 25, 2007, the committee called Rice to testify at another hearing and Waxman asked her if she was aware of the secret order issued by Maliki’s office.

    “I believe that you are referring to something that is – because there’s an executive branch and a legislative branch that are treated differently.” she said.

    “Is that the point?” Rice asked.

    “No,” Waxman said. “The point of the order is that Prime Minister Maliki has issued an order saying that he may not be investigated, nor may his ministers be investigated for corruption, which means they’re immunized from anything -”

    “I will have to get back to you,” Rice said, “I don’t know precisely what you are referring to.”

    “It is our understanding,” she stated, “that the Iraqi leadership is not, indeed, immune from investigation.”

    “Well,” Waxman said, “this order that was shown to us by Judge Radhi, it was
    discussed at our October 4th hearing.”

    “We even asked Ambassador Butler from the State Department about it,” he said, “And we expected you would come in and give us your view of such an order.”

    “I think you ought to tell us that you are as outraged as we are,” Waxman stated, “because we want corruption investigated and not just left for you to get back to us another time.”

    “I have just stated,” Rice said, “that it would not be the intention of the United States of America that any official in Iraq, including the Prime Minister, the President or members of the Council of Representatives, would be immune from investigation for corruption.”

    But she again told Waxman; “I must get back to you on the specifics of the order that you are talking about, because I don’t know whether there are other bases on which people can be investigated.”

    Following the hearing, Waxman published a commentary in the November 5, 2007, LA Times with the heading: “The Iraqi prime minister is presiding over a government that is stealing us blind.”

    “Two truths have emerged from Iraq in recent months,” he stated.

    “First, corruption is so pervasive in Prime Minister Nouri Maliki’s government that political progress in Iraq may be impossible.

    “Second, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and our embassy in Baghdad are inexplicably neglecting this corrosive threat.”

    Confronting these facts is difficult, Waxman wrote, when:

    “Nearly 4,000 American soldiers have been killed and another 28,000 wounded in Iraq since the 2003 invasion. No one wants to believe that these sacrifices were made to establish and support a regime riddled with fraud and graft.”

    “Is Maliki’s corruption worth American lives?” Waxman asked.

    Rice never bothered to get back to the committee and on March 3, 2008 chairman Waxman sent her a letter stating:

    “It is now more than four months since the October 25 hearing. The Committee still has received no communications from you regarding this issue. Despite your promises to follow-up with the Committee, we still do not know what your views are about the order.”

    “For these reasons,” the letter states, “I ask that you provide the Committee with copies of all documents relating to the February 4, April 1, and April 2, 2007, orders issued by the office of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki.”

    All responsive documents were to be provided by March 28, 2008 and April 11, 2008. As of May 11, 2008, there was no sign that Rice provided any of the information requested on the committee’s web site.

    Alsammarae was recruited by the Bush administration in the fall of 2002 for a project called the “Future of Iraq,” to plot the take-over of Iraq months before Americans were told of Bush’s plan to take the country to war.

    Paul Bremer, the leader of the notoriously corrupt Coalition Provisional Authority, appointed him minister of electricity in August 2003. Alsammarae was photographed at a White House ceremony in the Oval Office on September 22, 2003, at which Bush called him a “good soul,” who “inherited a system of a corrupt tyrant.”

    In a brief speech, Alsammarae told the audience: “If the Iraqi people and the American help us for the next year-and-a-half, I almost guarantee — I guarantee it to the President but I almost guarantee it to the American people that we will have different Iraq.”

    “We need the help of the Americans right now,” he said, “to build Iraq so you have a secure country here and you have a secure world and we have a secure Iraq.”

    Less then three months later, other members of the “Combine” flew to Washington on a private jet to attend a White House Christmas party on December 3, 2003, including Rezko, Levine, Cellini, and Kjellander, along with their wives, with an invitation obtained from the White House by Kjellander.

    During a March 14, 2008 interview with the Sun-Times, Obama was asked: “Did you ever meet Nadhmi Auchi or Dr. Aiham Alsammarae?”

    “I have to say I do not recall meeting them. It’s been reported that a dinner Tony hosted at the four seasons, I don’t have the exact date, so I don’t know whether it was the before November ’04 when I hadn’t been elected but had already won the primary or whether it was after the election, in which I was . . .
    “Tony called and asked if I could stop by because he had a number of friends that he had invited to dinner and he wanted mew to meet them.

    “I told him that I would be happy to come by if my schedule allowed it. And it did. Although I couldn’t, I think, stay for dinner, so I remember meeting a bunch of people who I had not met before. I frankly don’t remember what their names were.

    “Business was not discussed at the meeting. It was more of a social meeting and they asked me questions about the senate race and so fourth and so on.

    “I have no specific recollection. They may have been there. I can’t say unequivocally that I did not meet them, but I just don’t recall.”

    Combine plots to shut down Operation Board Games

    Testimony during the Rezko trial in late April, shows the “Combine,” was working with the Bush administration for years to pull a stunt with Fitzgerald similar to what Maliki pulled with Judge Radhi in Iraq.

    On April 22, 2008, prosecutors dropped a bombshell by informing the judge that co-schemer, Steve Loren, who already pled guilty, was ready to testify that he was told by Cellini, that Kjellander had worked with Karl Rove to get the leader of the Operation Board Games fired.

    Fitzgerald is famous in Illinois for fighting the Combine’s corruption but he is most famous to the rest of the country for his conviction of Scooter Libby in the CIA leak case. In that case, Libby took the fall for Bush, Dick Cheney and especially, Karl Rove.

    Rove was the first source for the leak of the identity of CIA agent, Valerie Plame, after her husband, Joe Wilson, went public about his first-hand knowledge that the Bush administration lied the country into war with bogus weapons of mass destruction stories.

    On July 13, 2005, Time Magazine reporter, Matt Cooper, testified before a grand jury and identified Rove as the first source who told him Wilson’s wife worked for the CIA.

    In an article discussing his testimony, in the July 17, 2005, issue of Time, Cooper wrote: “Was it through my conversation with Rove that I learned for the first time that Wilson’s wife worked at the C.I.A. and may have been responsible for sending him? Yes.”

    “Did Rove say that she worked at the ‘agency’ on ‘W.M.D.’? Yes,” Cooper asked and answered in the article.

    “When he said things would be declassified soon, was that itself impermissible? I don’t know,” Cooper wrote.

    Scooter’s case was heating up at the same time the “Combine” was desperate to shut down Operation Board Games. During the April 22, 2008 hearing, Assistant US Attorney, Carrie Hamilton, stated, reading from Loren’s grand jury testimony, Cellini “said it was Bob Kjellander’s job to take care of the U.S. Attorney.”

    Cellini’s real estate investment firm had received hundreds of millions of dollars from pension funds. Loren had testified earlier about a meeting in February 2004, where Cellini and other co-schemers discussed approving a deal where his firm would receive a new $50 million investment, but the amount approved ended up being $100 million after Cellini told the co-schemers he wanted more.

    The morning after the prosecution announced that Loren would testify, Hamilton dropped another bombshell by informing the judge that Jordanian-native and co-schemer, Ali Ata, the former head of the Illinois Finance Authority, had pled guilty and entered into a plea agreement and he would testify that he received the same information in 2004.

    “Mr. Kjellander is working with Mr. Rove to have Mr. Fitzgerald removed so someone else can come in” and end the criminal investigation of state corruption, Hamilton told the judge in summarizing Ata’s expected testimony of what Rezko told him.

    She said the conversation was about having Fitzgerald replaced by someone else, “so individuals who have been cooperating in this investigation will be dealt with differently.”

    In court filings, the government identifies Kjellander as having “received $809,000 in consulting fees for the 2003 sale of state bonds, much of which prosecutors believe was funneled through a Rezko associate to Rezko assignees.”

    In 2002, the Republican-allied Carlyle Group also hired Kjellander to secure an eventual $500 million investment from the pension fund. Kjellander ended up with $4.5 million in finder‘s fees, which the pension board now claims it knew nothing about.

    On April 25, 2008, former Illinois Republican House Speaker, Dennis Hastert, was added to the plot when co-schemer Elie Maloof testified that he went to Rezko’s house in February 2005, to let him know that he had received a subpoena to testify before a grand jury and Rezko told him to reveal little because the investigation would soon be over.

    Maloof testified under a grant of immunity and said Rezko explained, “that Patrick Fitzgerald will be terminated and that Dennis Hastert will name his replacement.”

    “The federal prosecutor will no longer be the same federal prosecutor,” Rezko told him. And a new US attorney would “order the prosecutor to stop the investigation.”

    Maloof is one of the donors used to funnel two $10,000 contributions to Obama through bank accounts from Rezko‘s pizza businesses from the pension fund kickback. An exhibit produced for the jury shows Maloof also made a $10,000 contribution to Blagojevich.

    As predicted, on May 1, 2008, Ata testified that he was assured there was a plan in place to remove Fitzgerald after Bush was reelected in 2004. “Mr. Rezko informed me that they had just finished meeting with Mr. Kjellander and that there will be a change in U.S. attorney’s office come the new administration,” he said.

    “Mr. Kjellander will talk to Karl Rove and make a change in the U.S. attorney’s office,” he said Rezko told him. Ata told the jury he knew from Rezko that Kjellander was a Republican insider and had a direct relationship with Rove.

    Another time, Ata said, Rezko told him the investigation was heating up but instructed him to hold firm. “Mr. Rezko said the FBI was approaching people … asking people to cooperate,” he told the jury

    ‘Those who do will be dealt with,” Ata said Rezko told him.

    Even in 2006, he said, Rezko assured him that things were going to turn out all right because of a plan to get rid of Fitzgerald. When asked why he believed Rezko could get him removed, Ata said, “Mr. Rezko has the influence and power to do that.”

    Ata told prosecutors he lied to the FBI in December 2005, because he was encouraged to be a “team player” by people he believed to be acting on Rezko’s behalf. When he received a grand jury subpoena in late 2005, he said, people contacted him in an effort to stop him from cooperating.

    After he met with Federal agents the first time, Ata said, he got a voice-mail from Michael Rumman. The voice mail said Rumman was traveling with “our friend,” meaning Rezko, and asked Ata to delay meeting with investigators.

    On his final day on the stand, Ata told the jury he finally agreed to cooperate with the Feds in April 2008, after an unnamed person delivered a threat. He testified that prosecutors once had him wear a wire to make a recording after the person threatened him.

    Ata told the jury he delivered one $25,000 contribution to Blagojevich at Rezko’s office in the latter part of 2002, and the three men discussed the prospects of Ata getting an appointment in the administration. He said people at the office that day included Blagojevich’s campaign chief and later chief of staff, Lon Monk, Christopher Kelly, and state Representative Jay Hoffman.

    “I learned that Mr. Hoffman was part of a select group of advisers that were referred to as the kitchen cabinet,” Ata told the jury.

    “The way Ali Ata described it, the waiting room in the North Side office of Antoin “Tony” Rezko seemed as busy as an airport terminal,” the Tribune noted on May 1, 2008.

    Ata brought another $25,000 check to a fundraiser on July 25, 2003, and he was appointed to lead the Finance Authority.

    Ata made a $5,000 donation to Obama less than a month earlier on June 30, 2003. Ata is also an investor in Riverside Park. Almost without fail, the people identified in the Board Games cases as investors in Riverside Park contributed to Obama’s US senate campaign.

    According to the Sun-Times, to raise the $8 million to spring Rezko out of jail in April, in addition to the $2 million worth of property pledged by Alsammarae, six people who are “current or former state employees,” also put up property.

    The list has three current employees from Rumman’s former Department of Central Management Services, including Jenan Shamoun, Donald Lynch, and Mustafa Abdalla.

    A state employee familiar with the hiring of the employees told the Associated Press that CMS personnel were pressured by then-director Rumman to hire them

    Campaign records show Mustafa Abdalla gave Obama $1,000 on June 30, 2003.

    Rezko himself also came up with $380,000 in cash. He claims he raised the money by selling his shares in Riverside Park – again.

    His attorneys told the court that only about half of what Rezko received from the sale was used to post the $380,000 bond, and the rest was mostly used to pay their legal fees.

    During the hearing, the judge said she had spoken with a lawyer for GMH, and was told that Rezko was officially bought out in February 2008. She asked Rezko whether he or any of his companies still had any shares in the South Loop property.

    In response, Rezko stated: “None.”

    This exchange sounds eerily similar to what Rezko told her more than a year ago on January 16, 2007, when he stated: “If the property is sold today for $200 million, I will not receive one dollar from the proceeds.”

    evelyn-pringle@sbcglobal.net

    (Curtain Time For Barack Obama – Part II will be published on May 16, 2008)

    (Evelyn Pringle is a columnist for OpEd News and an investigative journalist focused on exposing corruption in government and corporate America)

  110. confloyd Says:

    October 3rd, 2009 at 12:16 am

    JanH, I have seen the pic of that soldier in Israel that Hamas has held captive for 3 years. I can’t see how they would risk his life and bomb Iran with this soldier still alive. The say they are hoping to secure his release by med 2010. What do you think. I personally want Israel to take out Iran, all of it.

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    confloyd,

    This story has broken my heart. His family have waiting three long years to have their son back. Hamas’s demands for thousands of Israeli prisoners/Hamas terrorists is so beyond unproportional it is bloody evil. And yet they do not get scorned or reprimanded by the international judicial bodies who know what is going on. I haven’t heard the U.S. reprimand Hamas either. This is the first video out on Gilad Schalit in I don’t know how long. Hamas is saying that after three years in capitivity when not even the Red Cross has been allowed to check on him nor has he been allowed more than two or three packages from his family, he will probably be released by mid 2010, again not because it is the right thing to do but because it will be good public relations for them.

    Netanyahu has the safety of all of Israel on his shoulders, but Shalit’s captivity is a heartbreaking and very sensitive issue. Meantime, He is making some demands of his own, i.e. that some of the prisoners to be released not be allowed to return to Gaza. Egypt has been negotiating for Israel as has Germany and Turkey. Personally Germany is the only one I trust to really have Israel’s back here.

    As far as Iran is concerned, I don’t think Israel will make any fast moves. They will definitely spruce up their arsenal on all levels, they will definitely keep an eye on U.N. anti-semitic rhetoric as it festors, they will also keep watch on what is going on with the hezbollah rebels in Lebanon…which may erupt into war even sooner than Iran. They are watching to see what obama’s ineptness achieves. Above all, the Israelis are experts at watching the political manipulations of countries who say they are on their side but have huge alterior motives.

    And finally, I pray that Shalit finds his way home in this political mess.

  111. Can Hillary sprinkle a little Clinton magic on our latest crisis?

    Friday, 2 October 2009

    US insiders are divided over whether or not the Secretary of State’s visit to Northern Ireland will be beneficial, writes Jim Dee.

    Despite her new found power as America’s pre-eminent diplomat, opinion is divided amongst former US special envoys to Northern Ireland as to whether Hillary Clinton’s upcoming visit to Belfast will help to break the policing and justice devolution logjam.

    Paula Dobriansky, George W Bush’s last special envoy to Northern Ireland, told the Belfast Telegraph that while Belfast’s politicians hold the key to the deadlock, Hillary’s stature should be a factor in the weeks ahead. “Her trip is very timely,” said Dobrianksy during an interview from her office at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    “It will also be very important in terms of the traditional exchange and discourse that takes place with Irish officials and also British officials about how we can all assist in the movement forward of issues in Northern Ireland.” Dobrianksy said that both Bill and Hillary Clinton can still have a peace process impact.

    “They have always demonstrated their strong commitment. They know many players. And they can certainly, I think, play a pivotal role,” she said. However, Mitchell Reiss, Dobriansky’s predecessor as special envoy, dismissed the notion that Clinton’s involvement will be beneficial.

    “It is actually detrimental to the political maturity of Northern Ireland to continue to look for outsiders to solve the problems,” said Mr Reiss. “The people of Northern Ireland are perfectly capable of solving these issues themselves. That’s what a lot of the conflict was over.” “So, to expect that the United States is going to descend ‘deus ex machina’ from the skies and make everything nice, is misleading, and I think it undermines the political process in the North.

    “The Secretary is very talented, and wherever she goes there’s news. “I think that she’ll probably lift people’s spirits by her visit,” added Reiss.

    Jim Lyons, President Clinton’s economic envoy to Northern Ireland from 1997 until 2001, said that the US government’s peace process role has always been “to provide a mediator’s role, if you will, a safe space within which otherwise difficult conversations could take place.”

    “And, as a 40-year trial lawyer and as someone who has done my own share of mediations, I think that role can often be critical toward finding common ground,” said Mr Lyons during an interview from his Denver, Colorado, office.

    He added the fact that Hillary Clinton is making the visit at all is truly remarkable.

    “With all that the United States is facing at the moment — two wars, an economy in great difficulty, healthcare reform, Iran, new relations with China and India — with all that this woman has on her plate, I think it’s an absolute clear indication of her interest in Northern Ireland that she’d be making time to go there herself,” he said.

    belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/politics/can-hillary-sprinkle-a-little-clinton-magic-on-our-latest-crisis-14520353.html

  112. # wbboei Says:
    October 3rd, 2009 at 6:05 am

    If you are Letterman’s boss you gotta get rid of him. There is just cause for termination, and the sponsors will not support a man who behaves in this manner. He is not funny anymore, and so much of his shtick past present and future will be seen for what it is–pure hypocrisy. He needs to go. The sooner the better.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~

    Thats right, wbb- Look at how he treated Sarah Palin. In Letterman’s world, every woman is a slut and worthy of demeaning, degrading talk. The hanky-panky with his staffer is the place where he is vulnerable. If she ever wakes up and realizes to him, she is not only a sex toy but a slut; he’ll have a whirlwind on his hands. Maybe her friends will clue her in- **sigh**

  113. Jeez ABM, that was a long one! How’d you get it to post?

    Hia to all you fine folks.

    Just dropped in to see the reaction to Hill’s remarks at the U.N., which I found stunning.

    Surprised to see so little reaction here…

  114. I got an email from the Mayor of Albuquerque, running for re-electon, an advid HRC supporter until the end. He was endorsed by Howard Dean no less. They are afraid of losing the Mayor’s position to a Rep. Three are running, two Dems, and one Rep. The rep with very little ads or signs is running ahead. Could it be that Dean has stopped drinking the Kool Aid, and crawled out from under the bus.

  115. ABM 90: BRILLIANT POST. I HAVE ALWAYS ADMIRED EVELYN PRINGLE–A GREAT INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST WHO DIGS UNTIL SHE FINDS THE TRUTH AND THEN REPORTS IT CLEARLY AND OBJECTIVELY. (NOTE: THE CITY OF CHICAGO AND THE COUNTRY OWES A TREMENDOUS DEBT OF GRATITUDE TO JOHN KASS FOR PRECISELY THE SAME REASON. HE HAS BEEN THE POINT MAN IN THAT MEDIA BATTLE, AND THE BEST HOPE FOR THE PEOPLE OF CHICAGO TO CLEAN UP THE MESS.

    In the collective memory of New York politics there was the flamboyant mayor of the roaring 20s Jimmy Walker who was scion of the corrupt political machine known as Tammany Hall. The depression hit, the scandals erupted, he was gone, and then came the reformer La Guardia–the little flower. I think history may repeat itself here and if there was ever a flower in full bloom it is our girl Hillary.

    There is a part of Evelyn’s masterpiece you posted which caught my eye. Not only does it call the game on Mr. Obama, but it also is a red alert to any progressive worth their salt how badly they are deceived. In particular, note how Chicago developed to a high art form the corrupt and self serving alliance between political grandees + spinners + media mouth pieces who destroy opponents. The latter is the role of MSBC, CNN, and NYT etc. aided and abetted by Soros internet brigades.
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    In gathering comments for his column, Kass called former US Senator, Peter Fitzgerald, who Kass describes as “the Republican maverick from Illinois who tried to fight political corruption and paid for it. For this sin, he was driven out of Illinois politics by political bosses, by their spinners and media mouthpieces, who ridiculed him mercilessly.”

    He asked the Senator, “what do you call that connection that Stuart Levine describes from the witness stand, you know that arrangement across party lines, with politically powerful men leveraging government to make money—what do you call it?”

    “The Illinois Combine,” he said. “The bipartisan Illinois political combine.”

    “And all these guys being mentioned, they’re part of it,” he told Kass.

    “In the final analysis,” the Senator said, “The Combine’s allegiance is not to a party, but to their pocketbooks.”

  116. You’re not gonna believe this!

    According to a WOR news report I heard today, Ahmadinijad is of Jewish Descent!!!!!

    Someone found some original records (sound familiar) and the jewish name (in the Farsi language) had been shortened and the original meaning was something like a jewish tailor . . . .

    i’m going to hunt around later for more info.
    Is that a riot or what?
    BO better watch his back. if they can find the goods on iran’s dictator they can find the goods on the US dictator.

  117. Here’s the text from Haaretz.

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s scathing attacks against Israel and his repeated denials of the Nazi Holocaust could be motivated by a desire to conceal his own Jewish roots, an Iran expert told The Daily Telegraph on Saturday.

    The British newspaper examined the Iranian leader’s identity card which he displayed in public during his country’s elections in March 2008.

    The ID card bears his family’s original surname, Sabourjian, which is a Jewish name that means cloth weaver, according to The Daily Telegraph.
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    The Sabourjians have historically been concentrated in the same region of Iran where Ahmadinejad was born, according to the report.

    Ahmadinejad’s identity papers indicate that his family changed its name and converted to Islam after he was born, the British newspaper said.

    Iranian observers suggested that the president’s constant verbal assault against Israel and Jews may be an attempt to prove his loyalty to Shia Islam while making every effort to hide his Jewish past.

    “This aspect of Mr Ahmadinejad’s background explains a lot about him,” Iranian studies expert Ali Nourizadeh told The Telegraph. “Every family that converts into a different religion takes a new identity by condemning their old faith.”

    “By making anti-Israeli statements he is trying to shed any suspicions about his Jewish connections,” Nourizadeh said. “He feels vulnerable in a radical Shia society.”

  118. wbboei Says:

    October 3rd, 2009 at 6:05 am
    If you are Letterman’s boss you gotta get rid of him. There is just cause for termination, and the sponsors will not support a man who behaves in this manner. He is not funny anymore, and so much of his shtick past present and future will be seen for what it is–pure hypocrisy. He needs to go. The sooner the better.

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

    wbb…Letterman is so stale and yesterday…he, like Joy Behar, still rely on Clinton and Lewinsky jokes which are now over a decade old…and both of them use Sarah Palin for half their content…they would be lost without her

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

    re: Evelyn Pringle’s research and article… I followed all of her articles during the primaries…to read them then you would think the dims would not even consider giving O the nomination…but they did…and we hardly heard a word about any of the impressive info Pringle reveals…

    the MSM basically never touched it…and O just skated through…no problems…as if he, O and RE were the only ‘clean’ politicians in all of Chicago…

    either Fitzgerald is very slowly building a case…very slowly…that will eventually lead to the top and ensare O…and perhaps Blago is a link…or O will remain untouchable…my instincts tell me that Blago was set up by the O camp…every now and then Blago says something in public that teases that there are links with O…he only goes so far, then pulls back…

    …I also wondered during the primaries why the big bad republican smear machine basically let all the skeletons on O slide…did the ‘race’ card stop them from hitting hard?? or is it as simple as the two parties really are just one…greasing each others palms and bribing each other???

    …so far, nothing serious…nothing like a whitewater…has touched O…there has not even been any exploitation of his wife’s job – as Marc Rubin laid out so well last month…in the whole health care reform debate…she has remained untouchable…unlike Hillary – who was dragged before over 14 investigations and unprecedented for a first lady…before the special prosecutor…

    …the republicans and all have remained basically silent on going after the O’s

  119. basil,

    I heard rumors of Ahmadinejad’s Jewish background sometime back. It makes the crimes he is perpetrating that much more sinister and hateful.

  120. Afghan policeman fires on US troops, killing 2

    By RAHIM FAIEZ (AP) – 1 hour ago

    KABUL — An Afghan policeman conducting a joint operation with U.S. soldiers opened fire on the Americans, killing two of them before fleeing, an Afghan official said Saturday, raising fears that militants have infiltrated the ranks of Afghan forces.

    The U.S. military earlier said two American troops died in a firefight in Wardak on Friday, but declined to confirm any new details.

    Although Afghan forces have periodically turned their guns on international troops, training and working jointly with Afghan police and soldiers on patrols and operations are key to the U.S. strategy of curbing the spreading Taliban-led insurgency.

    Shahidullah Shahid, a spokesman for the Wardak provincial governor, said the policeman fired on the Americans while they were patrolling together Friday night, killing two and injuring two. Shahid said two of the officer’s relatives were in custody for questioning.

    A third U.S. service member died Friday of wounds from a bomb attack in Wardak the day before.

    Over a period of less than a month last year, Afghan policemen twice attacked American soldiers in the east. In October 2008, a policeman hurled a grenade and opened fire on a U.S. foot patrol, killing one soldier. In September 2008, an officer opened fire at a Paktia police station, killing a soldier and wounding three before he was fatally shot.

    Most recently, an American service member and an Afghan police officer argued in Kabul because the American was drinking water in front of police during the Ramadan fast, prompting the police officer to shoot the American. Other American troops responded and seriously wounded the Afghan.

    In other violence Saturday, a Taliban attack on a NATO supply convoy in western Afghanistan killed a civilian contractor escorting the trucks, said Raouf Ahmadi, a regional police spokesman.

    In the north, a Finnish convoy hit a roadside bomb, destroying one of the vehicles and injuring four soldiers, Afghan and Finnish officials said. Northern Balkh province, where the Finnish soldiers are based, has been relatively peaceful but still sees some violence.

    U.S. and NATO deaths dropped in September over the previous two months — possibly due to the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan or because no major offensives were launched. But since President Barack Obama’s decision to send 21,000 more troops to curb the growing Taliban-led insurgency, international and civilian tolls have risen steadily.

    U.S. forces mounted major operations in July and August in southern Afghanistan to try to dislodge the Taliban from longtime strongholds and improve security ahead of the Aug. 20 presidential election, the outcome of which remains in doubt because of allegations of massive fraud by supporters of President Hamid Karzai.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hvWEqwq3CrRvaQCmt21MfoYhjZJQD9B3LSDO1

  121. House Democrats Urge Pelosi To Reject Tax On ‘Cadillac’ Plans

    Rep. Joe Coutrney (D-Conn.) Friday expanded upon a letter proposed by Courtney and 107 fellow Congressmen asking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to reject a tax on “cadillac”, or high-priced, health insurance plans.

    “This approach…would result in unacceptable burden on middle class families existing health insurance,” said Courtney during a conference call with reporters.

    “The purpose of this letter is to put up a big red flag for the White House and the Congressional leadership that this is going to be a real problem trying to incorporate it into a final package.”

    The tax was initially proposed in the Senate Finance Committee as a means to secure funding for the costs that will arise from reform efforts.

    The Republican National Committee released a briefing last Wednesday stating “the new tax is intended to target ‘Cadillac’ plans offered to wealthy individuals. It would fall on plans valued at $8,000 or more for individuals, and at $21,000 or more for families.”

    http://democrat-urges-pelosi-to-excise-tax-on-cadillac-plans/

  122. …I also wondered during the primaries why the big bad republican smear machine basically let all the skeletons on O slide…did the ‘race’ card stop them from hitting hard?? or is it as simple as the two parties really are just one…greasing each others palms and bribing each other???

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

    Maybe some fat cats switched sides, seeing Obama more friendly to them than McPalin would be. Don’t the donation figures show that?

  123. JanH Says:
    October 3rd, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Can Hillary sprinkle a little Clinton magic on our latest crisis?

    ~~~~~~~~~
    Nice article, JanH- A ringing endorsement for Hillary coming from Bush’s special envoy to Northern Ireland, Paula Dobriansky. Hillary’s hard work is finally paying off in huge dividends adding to her gravitas.

    The contrast between her due diligence in state dept work and the President with so many headaches, he demonstrates all he does well is Party and arrange for his next vacation pretending to address our problems when all he really wants to do is hide from them.

  124. turndownobama Says:
    October 3rd, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    …I also wondered during the primaries why the big bad republican smear machine basically let all the skeletons on O slide…did the ‘race’ card stop them from hitting hard?? or is it as simple as the two parties really are just one…greasing each others palms and bribing each other???

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    neither the Dems or the Repubs wanted Hillary as the Dem Nominee. Basically, the same strategy used by the OC eliminating Chicago in the first round. The two partys joined forces to eliminate her chances of winning the Presidency.

  125. Mrs. Smith Says:

    October 3rd, 2009 at 12:55 pm
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    agree, and now many of them are rueing the day…the old adage: “watch what you wish for” – now their worst nightmares are upon us…

  126. just a quick thought before heading out…

    if you happen to listen to the way O spoke to the IOC in his presentation…basically inserted the IOC in his campaign speech…his aloofness and arrogance were oozing…his repeating of “I urge you to do this and I urge you to do that” … I think he just turned them off…especially with France, England and Germany starting to get exasperated with him…like the article says…’they make like – or more currently – be amused my him – but no one fears him…he is becoming a joke…

    also…not that he would have any interest…but just imagine if it had been Bill Clinton sent to make the case for the USA to the IOC…I think things would have been very different…just speculating on the difference in how Bill engages with the world as a former prez…

    either way Rio deserved to get the games…

  127. S-

    New development!

    Maybe Oprah is having nightmares after her most recent biggest failure in Copenhagen?

    Oh-Oh-

    OPRAH supporting Hillary initiatives? (wha?)

    admin: please embed-

    h… ink.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1705667530?bctid=42968549001

  128. S-

    “also…not that he would have any interest…but just imagine if it had been Bill Clinton sent to make the case for the USA to the IOC…I think things would have been very different…just speculating on the difference in how Bill engages with the world as a former prez…”

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    All Bill would have had to do is… pickup the phone.

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    either way Rio deserved to get the games…

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    I am thrilled Chicago and the Obamas were kicked to the curb by those (white) racist committee members. Daly must have been shocked to learn there wasn’t enough money in the world to “buy” the Games for Chicago. I have a funny feeling Daly is going to have one learning experience after another for the next few years.

  129. Wbboei: I pasted a long column by Pringle ad I feel that it is now neccessary to go back to Capone country ad dig out the messiah activities and his friends and put it out there for a rerfresher course for the unbelievers and infatuated benchwarmers that need to be awakened and pushed into supporting our country and our Hillary.We have to fight the Fringe Media ,especially Fox and its two Gold Dust Twins,O’Reilly and Hannity along with their unbalanced panel of experts that pop up every nite.Glenn Beck is all that is holding their ratings up and we must support him and help him minimize,marginalize,pulverize the anti Hillary campaign.Obama is now becoming a real piece of spoiled meat and will not fulfill.his first term. By the way download RBO and get some additional up to date news about The Emperor of the Flies (BHO and MO )They are on auto-pilot to a state of never should have beens.

    By ABM90 I now firmly believe that I will sit at my TV and see Hillary being sworn in as the 45 President of these great United States.An old dog can still be
    taught to hunt punch and miss on a keyboard at 91.

  130. “The rep with very little ads or signs is running ahead. Could it be that Dean has stopped drinking the Kool Aid, and crawled out from under the bus.”

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    You know what’s sad for poor bus-flattened Howard Dean? Even though the Clintons had no use for him, they would have taken care of him with a nice administration job or ambassadorship — just because that’s the way real Democrats treat a retiring DNC chairman.

  131. You know what’s sad for poor bus-flattened Howard Dean? Even though the Clintons had no use for him, they would have taken care of him with a nice administration job or ambassadorship — just because that’s the way real Democrats treat a retiring DNC chairman.
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    Correct: with the Clintons it is about the party and the country. With the Obamaites it is about Obama, and only Obama to the exclusion of everyone and everything else. Consider the reaction of Sarkosi and Brown to Obama failure to reveal the information about a second nuclear facility in Iran, because Obama did not want to spoil the magic moment because he wanted the photo op where he could stare plaintively into the great empty and say I have a dream of a world with no nukes. Yes Barack tell us kiddies another fairy tale please, before your Chicago crime lords call you back to do their bidding.

  132. I am confident that Ratboy Todd could find racial undertones to the rejection of the Chicago Olympic bid. He would study the matter with furrowed brow and then whisper something about the Bradley Effect. That pint sized nerd is a disgrace to the profession of journalism. The last guy in the world that a reputable media outlet would use.

  133. Blue Democrat, I agree. It was somewhat scary for her to sit there on the UN and say that about being President. I worried about what Mo thought of Hillary saying she liked the idea of being President.

    Your right no one here had much to say about it!

  134. Was that her putting down some kind of early (very early) marker for 2016? Like – in case anyone forgot – she’s got dibs?

    what the hell else could it have been?

    funny you used the word scary, that’s how I sorta felt.

    But scary for whom? I don’t know….

  135. blue democrat, I still and will always feel that Hillary is the best Presidential material we have. The problem is Obama ego, he doesn’t like it when he’s not top dog. That is what was scary. I would hate for her to get knocked down and not be able to help the country right now. She is all we have and I think most of the time that her wings are clipped. I wouldn’t want her wings to be clipped even further.

    I want her to run 2012, but hope and pray she makes it in sooner. If Obama gets charged with his obvious ties to the corruption back in Chi-town.

  136. I just watched the Megan Kelly documentary of Acorn. Wow! It was really good.

    The main thing is that Acorn has gone global. Ratke still apparently works for the Tides foundation. We can expect that Acorn has taken their work global al la George Soros.

  137. Megan Kelly documentary
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    She is one of the three best they have on FOX. Hemme is one of the worst. Casper Milktoast personified.

  138. Hillary is not afraid of anyone in either party.She has learned and earned her stripes and spurs and like a good leader she is also a good soldier and respects the chain of command.A good leader keeeps her troops aware and loyal with respect and fair ordersI do not see where Obama has suppressed and marginalized her leadership and activities.In fact I believe he is sfraid to lose her.He is a self proclaimed Leader of the worlds black population and lives on a steady diet of ACORNS and dreams and self-promotion.Hillary is doing the things that she knows are best for all the nations of the world.Slowly and wisely she is informing us and her counterparts in world diplomatic negotiations that she knows how to maintain stability and no one is going to derail her goals.Best SoS
    that we have ever had under the most horrible military and economic times in todays world.Give him Hell Hillary and keep that kitchen stove super hot.

    By ABM91 I hate to hear talk about how she is treated by The BO and MO
    Toonerville Trolley conducters.

  139. Actually Blue Democrat, when it was first posted a few articles ago, a lot of us did comment on what Hillary said. I thought it was a great zinger on her part, an example of her fantastic humor, and above all it showed what a good sport she is.

    In essence, everything the obamas are not.

  140. From The Sunday Times October 4, 2009

    Israel names Russians helping Iran build nuclear bomb

    Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has handed the Kremlin a list of Russian scientists believed by the Israelis to be helping Iran to develop a nuclear warhead. He is said to have delivered the list during a mysterious visit to Moscow.

    Netanyahu flew to the Russian capital with Uzi Arad, his national security adviser, last month in a private jet. His office claimed he was in Israel, visiting a secret military establishment at the time. It later emerged that he was holding talks with Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister, and President Dmitry Medvedev.

    “We have heard that Netanyahu came with a list and concrete evidence showing that Russians are helping the Iranians to develop a bomb,” said a source close to the Russian defence minister last week. “That is why it was kept secret. The point is not to embarrass Moscow, rather to spur it into action.”

    Israeli sources said it was a short, tense meeting at which Netanyahu named the Russian experts said to be assisting Iran in its nuclear programme.

    In western capitals the latest claims were treated with caution. American and British officials argued that the involvement of freelance Russian scientists belonged to the past.
    American officials said concern about Russian experts acting without official approval, had been raised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in a report more than a year ago.

    “There has been Russian help. It is not the government, it is individuals, at least one helping Iran on weaponisation activities and it is worrisome,” said David Albright, a former weapons inspector who is president of the Institute for Science and International Security.

    However, Israeli officials insist that any Russian scientists working in Iran could do so only with official approval.

    Robert Einhorn, the special adviser for non-proliferation and arms control to Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, is understood to believe that Russian companies have also supplied material that has been used by Iran in the production of ballistic missiles.

    The disclosures came as Iran agreed at talks in Geneva to submit to IAEA inspections of its newly disclosed enrichment plant, which is being built under a mountain on a military base at Qom. Iran revealed the plant to the IAEA to pre-empt being caught out by an imminent announcement from western governments, which had discovered its existence.

    The West says the plant is tailor-made for a secret weapons programme and proves Iran’s claim that its nuclear programme is intended only for peaceful purposes is a lie. The plant is designed to hold 3,000 centrifuges — enough to produce the material needed for one bomb a year.

    Iran’s conduct over the next few weeks will determine whether the West continues its new dialogue or is compelled to increase pressure with tougher United Nations and other sanctions.

    Ephraim Sneh, a former Israeli deputy defence minister, warned that time was running out for action to stop the programme. “If no crippling sanctions are introduced by Christmas, Israel will strike,” he said. “If we are left alone, we will act alone.”

    A key test for the West will be whether Iran allows IAEA inspectors unfettered access to the Qom plant. Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the IAEA, was in Tehran this weekend to discuss this and Iran’s agreement, in principle, to ship most of its current stocks of low-enriched uranium to Russia so it can be used in medical research. President Barack Obama has told Iran he wants to see concrete results within two weeks.

    While there is consensus in the West that Iran is trying to acquire the capability to build a weapon, the progress of its weaponisation programme is a matter of fierce debate among intelligence agencies.

    The Americans believe secret work to develop a nuclear warhead stopped in 2003. British, French and German intelligence believe it was either continuing or has restarted. The Israelis believe the Iranians have “cold-tested” a nuclear warhead, without fissile material, for its Shahab-3B and Sejjil-2 rockets at Parchin, a top-secret military complex southeast of Tehran.

    The vast site is officially dedicated to the research, development and production of ammunition, rockets and explosives. Satellite imagery as early as 2003 has shown Parchin to be suitable for research into the development of a nuclear weapon, say western experts.

    The Shahab-3B, which the Iranians test-fired last Monday, is capable of carrying a 2,200lb warhead. Its 1,250-mile range puts parts of Europe, Israel and US bases in the Middle East within its reach.

    According to the Israelis, Russian scientists may have been responsible for the nuclear warhead design. But western experts have also pointed the finger at North Korea.

    timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article6860161.ece

  141. Question for all those White House advisors who are pushing Obama to pull back on sending more troops and concentrate on training, with speed, the Afghan army/police. Is this the same army that has members of it’s police shooting American soldiers as we speak?

    If you aren’t going to listen to your own military experts, have you at least done your homework? Have you read the following article?

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    Army chief warns of ‘terrifying prospect’ of failure in Afghanistan: The head of the British Army, General Sir David Richards, has issued a wake-up call to the public by warning of the “terrifying prospect” of a defeat in Afghanistan…

    telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/onthefrontline/6258028/Army-chief-warns-of-terrifying-prospect-of-failure-in-Afghanistan.html

  142. JanH, Good article, thanks for posting it. Maybe this is why we aren’t putting anymore troops in arms way in Afganistan.
    I know this is why they moved the missile shield.

    I talked to guy who works in the oil fields here in Texas and he said 80% unemployment for oil field workers across America. Why are we not drilling here, we are still getting our oil from the oil cartel.

  143. Well I had to work a couple of double shift, but I am THRILLED that the Fraud and his Fraud posse got run out of town over in little ol’ Copenhagen, with 16 votes! Won’t count the two of US. Can you imagine the conversation in that room with the Fraud, MoZilla, and IamreallytheOneOprah after the embarrassing, unheard ,vote?

    Tried to see that video of the Muppet’s and it has been pulled? Was that real?

  144. Obama pushing backstage campaign for public plan

    Noam N. Levey and Janet Hook Washington Bureau
    October 2, 2009

    WASHINGTON – Despite months of seeming ambivalence about creating a government health insurance plan, the Obama White House has launched an intensifying behind-the-scenes campaign to get divided Senate Democrats to take up some version of the idea in the weeks just ahead.

    President Obama has long called for a so-called public option, while at the same time repeatedly expressing openness to other ways to offer consumers a potentially more affordable alternative to health plans sold by private insurers. But now, senior administration officials are holding private meetings almost daily at the Capitol with senior Democratic staff to discuss ways to include a version of the public plan in the healthcare bill that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) plans to bring to the Senate floor later this month, according to senior Democratic congressional aides.

    Among those regularly in the meetings are Obama’s top healthcare advisor Nancy-Ann DeParle, aides to Reid and Senate finance and health committee staff, both of which developed healthcare bills. At the same time, Obama has been reaching out personally to rank-and-file Senate Democrats, telephoning more than a dozen lawmakers in the last week to press the case for action.

    Administration officials are also distributing talking points and employing other campaign-style devices to rally support for passing a bill this fall. The White House initiative, unfolding largely out of public view, follows months in which the president appeared to defer to senior lawmakers on Capitol Hill as they labored to put together gargantuan healthcare bills.

    It also marks a critical test of Obama’s command of the inside game in Washington in which deals are struck behind closed doors and wavering lawmakers are cajoled and pressure into supporting major legislation. “The challenge is to go to the (Senate) floor, hold the deal,” said Steve Elmendorf, a lobbyist who served as chief of staff to former House Democratic leader Dick Gephardt. But “they are more involved than people think. They have a plan and a strategy, and they know what they want to get and they work with people to get it.” With the Senate Finance Committee wrapping up work on its legislation and moving toward a formal committee vote next week, senior Democrats in the House and Senate are furiously working on detailed compromises to ensure enough Democratic votes to pass healthcare bills out of the two chambers later this month.

    While on paper Democrats hold majorities in both houses, nailing down those majorities has not been easy, particularly in the Senate where Democrats need a 60-vote supermajority to head off a Republican filibuster. The party commands a 60 to 40 majority, including two independents, but several centrist Democrats have expressed reservations about parts of Obama’ s healthcare agenda.

    No issue has proven more divisive than the proposal to create a new national insurance plan operated by the federal government and offered to some consumers as an alternative to private insurance. Though favored by liberals as the best protection for consumers from high premiums charged by commercial insurers, a government plan is still viewed warily by many conservative Democrats and nearly all Republicans.

    Just last week, two proposals to create a national government plan were defeated in the finance committee when Republicans and conservative Democrats voted against them.
    While those votes were viewed by some as the death knell of the public option, the White House and its congressional allies are under heavy pressure from the Democratic Party’s liberal base to breathe life back into it.

    That has Democratic leaders looking for ways to insert some form of the concept into a Senate bill without jeopardizing centrist support. To that end, Obama is lavishing attention on moderate lawmakers while he continues to talk up the public option.

    He has met repeatedly in private with Sen. Olympia Snowe (R- Maine), who has floated a proposal to allow states to set up government plans as a fallback if commercial insurers do not control premiums. The president has also personally discussed healthcare at least three times recently with Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), one of the most outspoken Democratic critics of the public option.

    When Obama spoke by phone with Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) last week, he made a point of the breadth of support for the public option, Cantwell said in an interview. Cantwell authored a proposal to let states set up public plans that Democrats added to the Senate Finance Committee bill on Wednesday.

    And when Pennsylvania Democrats came to the White House recently to celebrate the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Stanley Cup win, Obama pulled some of them aside and reiterated his commitment to the public option even as Baucus was preparing a bill without one.

    Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill are also laboring to reverse the impression that the public option is a politically risky vote for conservative Democrats to take. New York Sen. Charles Schumer, the third ranking Democrat in the Senate has been canvassing centrist Democrats to explore ways they might support a new government plan. “I have talked to every one of our conservative members and they are open to some kind of public option,” he told reporters last week.

    And at a closed door meeting of Senate Democrats last Tuesday, Assistant Majority Leader Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) marshaled polling data that in dozens of districts represented by conservative Democrats, a majority said that they would back requirement that Americans get health insurance so long as there was a public option. “To argue that this is some fringe position is to ignore the obvious,” Durbin said.

    The nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation’s September healthcare survey showed 57% of Americans support the creation of a “public health insurance option similar to Medicare,” down just two percentage points from the August and July surveys. Those polls have also been followed closely at the White House.

    By including a plan in the bill that the full Senate will debate later this month, the White House and Democratic congressional leaders could force Republicans to try to remove it. “One of the most consistently popular ideas in the healthcare debate is the public option, more popular than health reform generally,” said Paul Begala, a veteran Democratic strategist and former senior aide to President Clinton. “It’s good politics.” But Obama and Reid are treading carefully, wary of including a provision that would scare off moderate such as Snowe, Nelson and Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), who have all indicated they would not support a national public plan.

    Among the ideas being considered are Cantwell’s proposal and an alternative from Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) that would also give states flexibility to set up their own public plans, as well as a proposal by Snowe, the “trigger” approach.

    The White House also remains sensitive about being viewed as dictating what lawmakers should do. Just last week, DeParle and National Economic Council Director Larry Summers told a group of House Democratic leaders that the president is still open-minded about options, according to one Democratic aide. “You get a lot of resentment when the White House comes in to do Congress’ job,” said Dan Meyer, a lobbyist who served as who served as President Bush’s last legislative affairs chief and was a long-time senior aide to House Republican leaders.

    fox59.com/news/nationworld/sns-dc-obama-healthcare,0,1541083.story

  145. confloyd:

    24% of our OIL is coming from Africa.

    If you go here and listen to the video in the 6th paragraph is where you’ll hear who is our current major oil supplier. The ME is just about stripped out of all their oil resources and why they are pushing so hard for alternate green fuel programs. Trying to stay ahead of the curve…

    h… w.. fpif.org/
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    ABM90 Says:
    October 3rd, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Hillary is not afraid of anyone in either party.She has learned and earned her stripes and spurs and like a good leader she is also a good soldier and respects the chain of command.A good leader keeeps her troops aware and loyal with respect and fair ordersI do not see where Obama has suppressed and marginalized her leadership and activities.In fact I believe he is sfraid to lose her.He is a self proclaimed Leader of the worlds black population and lives on a steady diet of ACORNS and dreams and self-promotion.Hillary is doing the things that she knows are best for all the nations of the world.Slowly and wisely she is informing us and her counterparts in world diplomatic negotiations that she knows how to maintain stability and no one is going to derail her goals.Best SoS
    that we have ever had under the most horrible military and economic times in todays world.Give him Hell Hillary and keep that kitchen stove super hot.

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    Yes, I agree ABM- Hillary feels in no way restrained from doing her job- She proved it when she made the statement:

    “I LIKE BEING PRESIDENT” meaning she is unafraid to say it because she is equipped to handle the job with ease.

    Whether she was inoculating the media, the party for another time or just having fun teasing Michelle with a little sardonic humor. In any case, she has given notice, she is still interested in the job.

    Anyone have evidence Hillary is being restrained from doing her job? I would like to see it. All I’ve ever seen is projections from the media “claiming” she is marginalized from her job but never proof of any such marginalization. Hillary nailed Powers and Rice long ago… . They aren’t even in the ballpark for commenting on strategy or any future international plans. Both of them have been relegated to paper pushers carrying out orders from Hillary after she returned to work off of disability leave.

    She exercised her right as the president’s cabinet appointee as the SOS and it shows…

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