Big Zero Waterloo At Hopenhagen

Update:


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We’re still laughing and clapping our gloves off. The Olympic judges in Copenhagen scored Obama as a Big Zero. No doubt the Hopium addled will yell we are “racists” and “anti-American” (believe it or not “anti-American” is the latest circus epithet flung at those who deny Obama is the Messiah).

We’re laughing and clapping at the ostentatious display of boobery. Michelle goes for the “gold” in another bizarre concoction with a bow in a hideous, lemonish color, frock as Obama moaned in his tiresome outfit about how wonderful it would be to walk from his Rezko financed house to watch javelin throwers and gymnasts in a Chicago Corruption-palooza. All this while the American financial house burns and deaths in Afghanistan mount.

The Hopium addled are still astroturfing and fabricating defenses for Obama’s boobery. Obama worshipers are charging “politics” stole the laurel wreaths from their colossal buffoon. Other’s mock reality by blaming George W. Bush. Other parishioners of Obama Church shake as they assert “it does not really matter after all, no one was surprised, it was to be expected”.

But the Waterloo at Hopenhagen cannot be denied. The New York Times chronicles the boobery:

How much it cost taxpayers to fly Air Force One and its backup plane, transport the armored presidential limousines across the ocean and provide security for the whirlwind trip was uncertain.

Mr. Obama was in Copenhagen for just five hours and did not stay for the vote. He learned Chicago lost in the first round while watching a CNN transmission whose signal cut in and out as Air Force One passed over Cabot Strait between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.

A sense of stunned bewilderment suffused Air Force One and the White House. Only after the defeat did many advisers ask questions about the byzantine politics of the Olympic committee. Valerie Jarrett, the president’s senior adviser and a Chicago booster who persuaded him to make the trip while at the United Nations last week, had repeatedly compared the contest to the Iowa caucuses.

But officials said the administration did not independently verify Chicago’s chances, relying instead on the Chicago 2016 committee assertions that the city had enough support to finish in the top two. Mr. Obama, Michelle Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Ms. Jarrett worked the phones in recent weeks without coming away with a sense of how behind Chicago really was.

The clueless Obamas, Jarrett, and Biden worked Iowa, or rather Copenhagen without ACORN and the thuggery of the Hopium addled and were defeated – by a secret vote. The secret vote in Hopenhagen prevented thuggery so Obama lost. Hooray for the secret ballot which is not found at caucuses.

To all those defending the Obama Hopenhagen boobery: save your breath. Stop blaming the Olympic Committee for the vote your guy lost due to hubris. Fact is the Obamas were in “stunned bewilderment” because they believed their own hype, their own publicity stunts. Don’t blame it on Rio either. Blame it on reality. Oh, and about that “Hopenhagen”, there actually is a website of Obama Hopium addled actually pushing Hopenhagen Hopium on climate change.

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Far from Hopenhagen, in New York City, Saturday Night Live continues to bore the nation. But a funny thing about Saturday Night Live, the only funny thing about Saturday Night Live, even those dullards are waking up to David Letterman Obama’s boobery.



SNL is still underplaying the damage Obama is doing to the United States but something is something. At least SNL agrees with us that Obama and his record are a Big Zero. At the sulfurous DailyKooks site, when asked if the SNL skit is “unfair” or “on the mark”, the consensus at the Hopium den is the skit is “on the mark”. Those poor DailyKooks, infiltrated by apostates.

Apostates at the London Times too:

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 yesterday, 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 was only the Olympic Games, the White House will argue — not a high-stakes diplomatic gamble with North Korea. It is always worthwhile when Mr Obama sells America to the rest of the world, David Axelrod, his chief political adviser, said today. But that argument will fall on deaf ears in the US. Americans want their presidents to be winners.

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.

We are loathe to be so immodest it’s time for a repost. Yesterday we quoted one of our articles from earlier this year, and we are forced to quote that article yet again:

World leaders sized up Obama and decided he is a celebrity wannabee. So world leaders gave Obama the soul craving celebrity he wants for himself and then smartly picked the pockets of Uncle Sam while Obama grinned.

Whether it’s Hopenhagen or North Korea, the contempt for Obama is universal among the Hopium-free. When world leaders get together in Hopenhagen, or Geneva, or New York City, and ask themselves if it is possible to praise Obama then slap his face, the answer is always the same: “Yes, we can.”

The rational are driven to shout: Hillary, help us. Hillary, save us.

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Last year we denounced Barack Obama for his foolish “no preconditions, meet anywhere, anytime” foreign policy pronouncements, which Hillary opposed. The naughty Mrs. Smith reminds us of later videos which mocked Obama for the same reasons and those videos are as fresh as a Lyndon Johnson daisy.



The Hopium addled want to deny the Waterloo at Hopenhagen but that won’t be easy:

In my judgment, what happened Friday will begin to cement an image about Obama that is negative — that his supposed “golden touch” is very nearly the opposite; that his rhetorical talents and appeal are vastly overstated (he delivers a major health-care speech to a joint session of Congress and it does nothing to move the needle; he then makes a personal appeal to the IOC and Chicago is dropped from the list in the first round); and that he is a surprisingly weak figure who is easily rolled by Democrats on Capitol Hill, by adversaries around the world, and, now, by the IOC.

In summary:

We need a leader, not a prom king.

The Copenhagen debacle came on the heels of the groveling spectacle that was Obama’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly.

Before the world’s largest collection of mass murderers and tyrants, Obama continued the apology tour he commenced after assuming office, repeating his Cairo mantra that “no world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will succeed,” among other contrite platitudes. In the rough-and-tumble of foreign affairs, as in life, people don’t respect those who don’t respect themselves, and the world has responded resoundingly to our post-national president’s periodic penitence.[snip]

If Barack Obama’s suave, “citizen of the world” charm can’t even get us beyond the first round of an international sporting competition, what does that say about his ability to garner support for solving far more serious and intractable problems?

Big Zero Obama went to Hopenhagen hoping for a pony. What he got was a black eye, and a slap in the face, not from “ungrateful” Michelle this time, but from faceless bureaucrats.

Maybe it’s time for Barack and Michelle to sell the Rezko house and look at property in St. Helena, or Alcatraz. Accomplish-less Obama will find he is not welcome in Copenhagen but there is a place for him in the footnotes of Waterloo.

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146 thoughts on “Big Zero Waterloo At Hopenhagen

  1. With O you don’t have a clue as to what he will do next, depending on the last person in the door.

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

    That describes what he will say next. What he will actually do is whatever favors his biggest donors.

  2. This from previous thread:
    Mrs. Smith Says:

    October 4th, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    This is the beginning strategy- first lower his approval rating until the Public is screaming for his resignation. Then use the Ace up the sleeve for the KO they have been holding for the last 4 yrs… his citizenship.
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    How sweet it will be.

    BBL to read new post.

  3. While closing windows, refreshed Google. Seems computer-generated AmericanThinker article no longer shows up. A little tweaking on the program, no doubt.

  4. “It was only the Olympic Games, the White House will argue — not a high-stakes diplomatic gamble with North Korea.”

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    Yep, well it was HUGE when bambi and his Chicago thug friends thought they had it in the bag.

    Another knock-out article, Admin.

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    holdthemaccountable,

    It was probably scrapped because of the lies in the title.

    Work? bambi doesn’t know the meaning of the word.

    Ethics? does he have any?

  5. I caught that “naughty” note admin: 🙂

    ~~~~~

    The two most prominent words I’ve been reading everywhere associated with Obama are:

    “FAILED PRESIDENCY”

    And this interesting comment posted by:

    stuart williamson at Pajamas Media:

    There are only two kinds of Democrats. The Idolators, and the Facilitators.

    The Idolators, the vast majority within the party, perceive him as as a Superman, of brilliant intellect, strategic genius, high moral character, amazing perception, incredible persuasive rhetorical talent, an expert scholar, lover of poetry inspired writer, charismatic personality, and yet a modest man of the people, handsome and cool. All this, without any evidence that would gain him employment in any well-managed private enterprise. Their’s is the faith of the true Believer, unshaken by reason or evidential proof. They refuse to consider any questioning or criticism.

    The Facilitators are the inner circe, fully aware that their straightman, their figure head, possesses limited knowledge, no scholarship or creative talent, a mediocre intellect,no leadership qualities, and an insufferable ego, but a persona and oratorical style, a charisma that can brain-deaden those who fall under his spell. Like a puppeteer, they can put words in his mouth, control his movements, create the illusion tat he is truly the Superman, the messiah that will lead them to
    Eurotopia.

    The Facilitators are keenly aware they that have to take full advantage of the Idolators’ gullibility as quickly as possible, because once he starts to wear thin, stumbles on his lines, loses his hypnotic power and becomes simplyboring, their cover will be blown.

    That ’s what is starting to happen. The smarter of the Idolators are having the first glimmers of doubt. The Punch and Judy crowd finds the performance getting thin. The Facilitators are increasingly nervous as theirs is a one-man show. They are the ones who taught Obama that they “bring guns to a knife fight”, Chicago style. It won’t be pretty.

  6. believe it or not “anti-American” is the latest circus epithet flung at those who deny Obama is the Messiah).
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    In cross examination, there are certain matters you cannot delve into because they are deemed to be outside the scope of direct. But if your opponent opens the door in his direct examination of the witness, then those otherwise extraneous matters are suddenly fair game.

    When Obama worshipers call those of us who question his policies and judgment “un-American” they open the door to a withering attack against him for the way he has dragged our name through the mud around the world, undermined the institutions that define us as a people, surrendered our country to the jaws of big business, and lied to us.

    This is not a door he ought to be opening at this juncture. Really. Can you imagine how this charge hits most Americans? It is fighting words. His people are terminally stupid if that is what they are pedaling.

  7. SEE IT LIVES FOREVER
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    Look what’s showing up on Google News Headlines right now:

    American Thinker: Obama’s Work Ethic

    By Ed Lasky

    Barack Obama has displayed a disturbing pattern of work ethics: shirking work; claiming success when he was not entitled to do so; hiding his failures; and claiming the work of others as his own — when it was successful. These are not character traits that we should associate with Presidents.

    www dot americanthinker.com/2009/09/obamas_work_ethic.html

    AmericanThinker. On Google news. Wow.
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    NOW ALREADY ERASED FROM THAT SITE, BUT LIVE FOREVER IN THE FREE PRESS OF BIG PINK.

  8. 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.
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    This is precisely what Hillary warned him and us about during the primary.
    It is one thing to have a vision, and quite another to know how to deliver upon it.

    Obama’s vision was never clearly articulated with specificity. It was merely an attempt to make us feel good. Below the surface however was the Reverend Wright script. But big media let him get away with it.

    Obama’s inability to deliver however was the critical factor. That is where experience comes in and he had none. Never worked in the executive branch, never run so much as a hotdog stand, how could he possibly deliver?

    But there was another problem as well which experience could not cure. He has an aversion to decision making and that was evident by his pushing the present button 130 times on controversial legislation.

    What you are left with, then, is a great pretender who is nothing more than a big business shill. It was obvious in the primary and general election just as it is now.

    Blame Brooks. He is smart enough to see through it at the time but he refused to do so. He knowingly misled the American People as did his corrupt bosses at NYT.

  9. Only the magical ghost of Carmen Miranda could give BO. MO and Oprah the dance around!!!!!!!!

    Somebody needed to!!!!!!

    Blame it on Carmen Miranda……she rose up and spoke to the IOC committee memebrs who showed the TRUE VALUE OF DEMOCRACY and the SECRET BALLOT!!!!!!

    Love ya!!!! beautigul Carmen!!!

  10. The clueless Obamas, Jarrett, and Biden worked Iowa, or rather Copenhagen without ACORN and the thuggery of the Hopium addled and were defeated – by a secret vote. The secret vote in Hopenhagen prevented thuggery so Obama lost. Hooray for the secret ballot which is not found at caucuses.

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    Oh yeah!!!! We did not have “pretty boy” at the olympics, nor the two timing Richardson/latino vote ganging up, the Doody Dodd and loud speaking Biden as in iowa and the mutlitple fraud voting out of staters in the iowa causus…….

  11. Admin: the full text of the article you quoted from is equally devastating. The moonstruck American member of the IOC is offended that this “elegant couple” were rejected by the committee. What the fuck? The Prince of Whales was elegant, for whatever that is work. At least Mrs. Simpson thought so, as he flirted with Hitler and she led him around the nose, so the big media of that day could say he gave up the throne for love. If love it was, then it was the love for Hitler than did him in. I assume the member who gave us this post mortem voted for him not because she believed that Chicago was the best choice but because he was elegant. Mindless as Maddow.

    But here is the hatchet job we have all been waiting for. It tells it how it is. Remember the great report card big media gave him at the six month mark. Well, as Obama supporters told us in a different context times are a chang’n.
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    Obama wins popularity contests, not much else
    A president — and a nation — gets smaller and smalelr
    By JAMES KIRCHICK
    Last Updated: 8:16 AM, October 4, 2009
    Posted: 12:25 AM, October 4, 2009
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    President Obama is following the advice of that great philosopher Woody Allen, who once said that “eighty percent of success is showing up.” In health care legislation, foreign relations and, now, the Olympics, Obama believes his very presence is enough to bend the world to his whim.

    But even Allen allowed for 20% of something else. I’m guessing good ideas and effort.

    The decision by the International Olympic Committee must have particularly stung. On behalf of his hometown of Chicago, which had invested $50 million in its bid, Obama traveled halfway around the world to swoon IOC officials in Copenhagen.

    AFP/GETTY IMAGES
    Shcoked Chicagoans wonder why their hero couldn’t deliver.

    With his wife, Michelle, in tow, Obama beseeched the scandal-ridden Olympic bureaucracy, the first time ever that an American president had met personally with the body.

    Facing a 26-year-high unemployment rate of 9.8% here at home, the White House ought to have done some homework before sending the president off on one knee, putting not only his personal reputation on the line, but the prestige of his nation. Yet when voting time came, the entreaties of the president who has been widely lauded for “restoring the moral stature” of a country’s whose reputation was supposedly tarnished by the policies of his “unilateralist” and “bullying” predecessor fell on deaf ears. The Windy City finished dead last, eliminated in the first round. A further indignity: the president was still aboard Air Force One flying back home when he received the bad news. Chalk this up as yet another instance of the administration’s elementary incompetence.

    Anita DeFrantz, an American IOC member, was astonished that the grace embodied by the first couple wasn’t enough to win over the Olympic bureaucracy. “I hate the fact that these elegant people were here and then our country got treated that way,” she complained. The “elegance” of Obama was supposedly one of his most bankable traits. Yet so far, Obama’s high global approval ratings, while satisfying for his ego, have yet to redound to the nation’s benefit.

    That the president’s personal popularity and persuasive capabilities will work wonders in solving the world’s problems is a conceit fundamental to this administration’s strategic calculus. Yet the Olympics debacle is just the latest casualty of the president’s hubris. Despite their love of Obama, our European allies have yet to step up to the plate in Afghanistan, where the very success of the mission now hangs in the balance.

    The Russians are still occupying parts of Georgia, and neither they nor the Chinese have proven particularly helpful in leveling sanctions on Iran, whose leaders have also proven impervious to Obama’s charisma.

    Nor have Obama’s personal approval ratings translated into domestic policy accomplishments. Nine months into his stewardship, the only success to which Obama can point is the stimulus bill. Cap-and-trade is unlikely to pass in the form that the president’s supporters desire, and his health care package still hangs in the balance, despite appearances on all five Sunday talk shows last month, an interview with David Letterman, and a nationally televised prime-time address. Obama’s personal approval ratings significantly outstrip support for his proposals, demonstrating that, contrary to the presumptuous claims of Jimmy Carter, it is possible to harbor positive feelings toward the president yet still have honest disagreements with his policies. We need a leader, not a prom king.

    The Copenhagen debacle came on the heels of the groveling spectacle that was Obama’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly.

    Before the world’s largest collection of mass murderers and tyrants, Obama continued the apology tour he commenced after assuming office, repeating his Cairo mantra that “no world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will succeed,” among other contrite platitudes. In the rough-and-tumble of foreign affairs, as in life, people don’t respect those who don’t respect themselves, and the world has responded resoundingly to our post-national president’s periodic penitence.

    Obama’s efforts — mostly intentional — are to make the US look small, unthreatening, humble. That may make us more popular, but the IOC’s rejection of Obama’s personal appeals was yet another indication that there are far more significant metrics of global influence than being liked. I would rather the United States be respected than liked.

    The stunning rebuke delivered to this most internationally popular of presidents is a teachable moment.

    If Barack Obama’s suave, “citizen of the world” charm can’t even get us beyond the first round of an international sporting competition, what does that say about his ability to garner support for solving far more serious and intractable problems?

    James Kirchick is an assistant editor of The New Republic and a Phillips Foundation Journalism Fellow.

  12. Maybe it’s time for Barack and Michelle to sell the Rezko house and look at property in St. Helena, or Alcatraz. Accomplish-less Obama will find he is not welcome in Copenhagen but there is a place for him in the footnotes of Waterloo.
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    I vote for St. Helena, with no cell phones allowed.

  13. wbboei,

    Actually I’m sure Saudi Arabia or even Ghadafi have some prime real estate they would give these traitors for free.

  14. The stunning rebuke delivered to this most internationally popular of presidents is a teachable momen—————-

    Teachable moment in INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS….fuck media promoted BO’s effort on those “racial teachable moments”…his was a racially induced teachable moments with the gates/wright episodes.

  15. Jan–those kids have incredible talent. That fixing the usa is state of the art. Thanks for posting. It is devastating for Mr. Obama.

  16. NewMexicoFan Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 1:28 pm
    SEE IT LIVES FOREVER AT BIG PINK
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    Yes Yes!

  17. That wonderful cartoon video is a teaching moment on why it is foolish to over promise and under deliver.

  18. wbboei,

    I also see it as a slap in the face to all his followers/love slaves. They still believe he walks on water.

    Unbelievable!

  19. jnstonesfan:

    My two cents worth….and I hope I am wrong!!!!!

    Having Hillary run against BO will just create more noise next time around……I would rather just unite behind anybidy else against BO….if it is pawlenty so be it…or Ryan or yes I could vote for Gingrich over BO any day!!!

  20. I hear you MP….anyone but the “one”. If he does lose, Hillary can join Bill and help millions across the world as the Clintons have done their entire adult life-not simply read from a telepromter and do nothing but tell yourself and others you “have a gift”.

  21. By the way, we were not aware of it until we started researching Carmen Miranda videos, but 2009 is her centennial year. Maybe it was the spirit of Carmen Miranda who put Rio over the top.

  22. Rio is a wild, crazy and exhilarating place…..lots of crime, but same can be said for Chicago…..

  23. # jbstonesfan Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Rio is a wild, crazy and exhilarating place…..lots of crime, but same can be said for Chicago…..

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    Rio de Janeiro means “River of January”

    Rio de Janeiro is famous for its natural settings, its carnival celebrations, samba and other music, and hotel-lined tourist beaches, such as Copacabana and Ipanema. Some of the most famous landmarks in addition to the beaches include the giant statue of Christ, known as Christ the Redeemer (‘Cristo Redentor’) atop Corcovado mountain, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; Sugarloaf mountain (Pão de Açúcar) with its cable car; the Sambódromo, a giant permanent parade stand used during Carnival and Maracanã stadium, one of the world’s largest football stadiums.

    Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Summer Olympics, and will be the first South American city to host the event.

    The city also boasts the largest and second largest urban forests in the world: Floresta da Tijuca, or “Tijuca Forest”.and (almost connected to the first) the forest in Parque Estadual da Pedra Branca, or White Stone State Park. The Galeão-Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport, commonly known simply as Galeão connects Rio de Janeiro with many Brazilian cities and also operates several international flights.

    Despite its charm and beauty, Rio is reputed to be one of the most violent cities in the world and motivated movies such as Bus 174, City of God and Elite Squad portraying severe social issues. Much of the violent crime is concentrated in the favelas or shantytowns but it also spills into middle- and upper-income neighborhoods. In Rio, unlike other major cities, many of the slums are directly adjacent to some of the wealthiest areas of the city.

    h…. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rio_de_Janeiro

  24. I am for Hillary quitting and making a run for it. I want BO to fall on his sword. Thats the only thing that will save the democratic party now.

  25. holdthemaccountable Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    This from previous thread:
    Mrs. Smith Says:

    October 4th, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    This is the beginning strategy- first lower his approval rating until the Public is screaming for his resignation. Then use the Ace up the sleeve for the KO they have been holding for the last 4 yrs… his citizenship.
    ==============
    How sweet it will be.

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    It sure will- I can wait.

  26. North Korea, Iran, now Pakistan…

    Pakistan has forces,equipment for Taliban assault-US

    Sun Oct 4, 2009
    By Adam Entous

    WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Pakistan has mobilized enough forces and equipment to launch a long awaited ground offensive against Taliban militants in their South Waziristan stronghold near the Afghan border, U.S. defense officials said on Sunday.

    Washington sees a concerted push by Pakistan to eliminate Taliban and al Qaeda “sanctuaries” on its territory as the key to turning around a faltering U.S.-led war in Afghanistan.

    Pakistan has cited in recent months shortages of helicopters, armored vehicles and precision weapons in putting off a Waziristan assault, but U.S. officials said they believed the army was sufficiently equipped to act. “We would assess that they have plenty of force to do the job right now,” said one of the officials, who has been closely monitoring Pakistani preparations for the offensive. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of discussing Pakistani military planning.

    Pakistan has amassed troops around Waziristan, imposing a blockade to try to choke off Taliban supplies. Ahead of an anticipated ground assault, the army has increased artillery fire and the CIA has stepped up attacks using drone aircraft armed with missiles. Pakistani military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said two divisions, or up to 28,000 soldiers, were in place, enough to take on an estimated 10,000 hard-core Taliban.

    While declining to discuss force levels, a U.S. defense official described the Waziristan deployment as “significant” and said he did not expect any additional reinforcements. “You might see some troops moving but they would probably be rotating. I think they’re going to maintain about the same strength that they have there now,” the official said.

    Washington believes the Pakistanis will have to “clear and hold” the rugged, mountainous territory to crush militants loyal to the late Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud.
    Baitullah was killed in a U.S. missile strike in August. U.S. intelligence agencies believe his successor, Hakimullah Mehsud, may have been killed soon thereafter in a firefight with rivals, leaving the Taliban in disarray.

    Allied with al Qaeda, Mehsud’s group has mostly been fighting against Pakistani forces but also sends militants to join the battle against U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

    AL QAEDA SANCTUARY

    Appearing on CNN, White House National Security Adviser James Jones pointed to al Qaeda “sanctuaries” in Pakistan as “the problem, the next step” in the fight against the group, but said Pakistani government and army “has done much better than anybody thought” at dealing with the threat.

    U.S. officials see the Pakistani army’s offensive against the former Taliban bastion in Swat, 80 miles (120 km) northwest of Islamabad, as a sign that the country’s political and military leaders have learned from past missteps. “I think they’re determined to not make the mistake of withdrawing (from Swat) before the government forces are able to come in and backfill, and do the hold and build functions of counter-insurgency,” the official said.

    Jones said Washington was working closely with the Pakistani army “to try to help them get rid of the insurgency problem on their side of the border. If that happens, that’s a strategic shift in the region.”

    U.S. officials acknowledge Pakistani troops need more armored vehicles and night-vision devises to protect themselves against improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the most lethal weapon used by the Taliban against U.S. forces in Afghanistan. “But the lack of that equipment does not mean they cannot conduct successful military operations. It might mean that it would be a little more difficult, that the logistics would be a little trickier. But it doesn’t mean they can’t pull the trigger if they want,” one of the defense officials said.

    A U.S. military official said an assault by ground forces in Waziristan “can still be effective” despite some shortages, adding that the Pentagon was trying to free up helicopters and other equipment for Pakistan “as soon as possible”.

    The Pentagon has sought permission from Congress to transfer used U.S. military hardware from Iraq to the Pakistani army but U.S. lawmakers have so far balked at the request, citing concerns Islamabad could use the equipment against India.

    Washington is also securing some equipment through third governments but the effort is moving slowly, officials said.

    reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSN04364576

  27. JanH Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Thanks for the link, Mrs. Smith.

    Beautiful pictures. I’m glad they won

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

    Yes, Jan ,I was rooting for them as well. I have never given the vastness and beauty of Rio a second thought. It really is a beautiful city in spite of the Chicago people who moved there years ago, bringing with them the violence and slums.

  28. The old saying, where there is smoke, there is fire. There is a reason for spending all that money to not show your BC, College records, etc.

  29. NewMexicoFan Says:
    October 4th, 2009

    and theres a reason the court never wanted to pursue it, until now.

  30. Waitrose dumps Fox News in protest over remarks about Barack ObamaComments

    Sam Jones guardian.co.uk,
    Sunday 4 October 2009

    His last-minute Olympic sprint to Chicago may have come to nothing, the Afghan quagmire may be bubbling away and Sarah Palin may be topping the bestseller list, but Barack Obama can at least take comfort from the fact that Britain’s most upmarket supermarket chain is on his side.

    Waitrose, which prides itself more on its “quality food, honestly priced” than staring down rightwing attack dogs, has become the latest firm to pull its ads from Fox News after presenter Glenn Beck’s remarks about the US president.

    In July, Beck called Obama “a racist” with “a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture” after the president said that police in Cambridge, Massachusetts, had “acted stupidly” in arresting the distinguished professor Henry Louis Gates as he entered his own home.

    Beck’s outburst prompted dozens of companies – among them Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Travelocity – to withdraw their adverts from his show for fear that their businesses might become tainted by association.

    Now Waitrose, which advertises on the channel carried by Sky in Britain, has followed suit after customers complained about the Glenn Beck Show.

    An angry Waitrose shopper who emailed the chain to express his distaste over its decision “to be associated with this particular form of rightwing cant” received an apology last week.

    “We take the placement of our ads in individual programmes very seriously, ensuring the content of these programmes is deemed appropriate for a brand with our values,” said a customer services spokesman. “Since being notified of our presence within the Glenn Beck programme, we have withdrawn all Waitrose advertising from the Fox News channel with immediate effect and for all future TV advertising campaigns.”

    A spokesman for the supermarket, which is part of the John Lewis Partnership, could not tell the Guardian how many complaints had been received over the matter. “We believe it was the right thing to do,” he said, adding: “We take the views of our customers seriously.”

    The Obama administration appears to be losing patience with the channel, which has been particularly scathing about the president’s proposed healthcare reforms.

    Proof of the mutual antipathy came two weeks ago when Obama gave a round of broadcast interviews but snubbed Fox News

    guardian.co.uk/media/2009/oct/04/waitrose-fox-news-barack-obama

  31. This is what I don’t understand. Jones got on tv and played how bad Afgnistan really is. He says there are only 100 alqueda in Afganistan and its not close to falling.
    How is that when the General had to go live with his request for more troops to get BO to even talk to him.

  32. Scroll down on the hillarynme blog above to the definition of zombies, I mean bots, no I mean zombie, oh hell what is the difference/

  33. Love Carmen Miranda!

    I once worked with a Miranda spin-off from Rio who billed herself and her band as Julie Janiero and the Hot bananas. (I kid you not).

    And they used to make me wear the poofy skirts and midriff tops but spared me the elaborate headgear realizing it might tip over when I played flute which requires angling the head to one side.

    Wbboei, Great find at 3:06 but this IOC comment has me speechless.
    “I hate the fact that these elegant people were here and then our country got treated that way,”
    A friggin ELEGANT couple? WTF is so elegant about them and even if they possessed elegance (which they don’t) how is that a criteria for anything except maybe fashion modeling and we all know what a disaster MO is at that. As for BO, is it just me or does he look skinnier than ever? Is it the stress or his fav high?

  34. message to this US IOC member anita something::::

    Shut the fuck up and resign!!!!!!! you are shameless in blaming the other members!!!!! What has ELEGANT got to do with a poor presentation ma’am!!!! just like beauty, elegance is in the eye of the beholder…

  35. mp,
    I saw some translations at a couple of danish newspapers and they’re saying the BO arrogance did them in.
    Ekstra Bladet accused Obama of disrespecting the IOC.
    It took the former Danish IOC member Kai Holm less than one round of counting to determine that Chicago was the victim of his own disrespect.
    Quite remarkably Holm could tell it, all others considered as an advantage in the Olympic optics was a disadvantage. The world’s mightiest man’s visit was not an expression of humility and a desire to make the Olympic idea of American and global momentum.

    No, it had instead said that Obama does not take the IOC and the Olympic ideals seriously. Having Understood: The American President should have spent more days to ‘massage’ IOC members’ sense of self, so maybe Chicago had won instead.

    OTOH, Anyone else sickened by the Bo date night in light of 10 more dead US soldies in Afghanistan?

  36. basil9, George Soros was quoted as saying that Americans were just going to have to tighten their belts, well lets start with the Obama’s, they need to be our role models. The date nights, trips to Copenhage and what ever needs to stop, we are nearing a depression which George Soros is predicting.

    I have never seen a President and his wife spend so much money for frivilous things in my whole life and all this while Rome burns.

  37. confloyd,

    Have you noticed how MO’s butt is beginning to rival oprah’s?

    And did you notice how uncelebratory the duo looked at the pic on drudge?

    About the 10 soldiers – i can’t believe we have to get coverage from overseas about this tragedy. And I can’t believe Bo didn’t have the decency, in light of the deaths, to cancel public appearances with MO and get on the phone with the families.

    :shaking head in disgust:

  38. Speaking of Waterloo, the horse Duke of Wellington rode to Waterloo was called Copenhagen (via NQ commenter HARP). Is this it for Obama?

    Admin, FYI, Larry Johnson has a better quality SNL video up.

  39. The WH actually thought lobbying for the Olympic bid would be like the Iowa caucuses??!! You have to be kidding me. Their idiocy is stupefying.

  40. Paula Says:

    October 4th, 2009 at 7:52 pm
    The WH actually thought lobbying for the Olympic bid would be like the Iowa caucuses??!! You have to be kidding me. Their idiocy is stupefying.

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    I didn’t get that one at all. Who were they going to bus in and intimidate?

  41. Yeah, I don’t get the comment about the Iowa caucass’s either. They cheated their head off, were they expecting to do that??

    Forsure who ever it is advising BO needs to be fired, they are giving him horrible advice about these TV appearances/speeches/copenhage. The man needs to go to work, quit going out on the town on our dime. GROW-UP, we are in a crisis here!

  42. I never actually saw his speech to the olympic committee, but I caught a clip on Fox tonite…and all I kept hearing was the word “urge” used several times. His arrogant forceful “urge”, may have sounded more like a threat than a request!

    The Carmen Miranda clips have been great…and the Bo and Mo clips were hysterical! Not a whole lot to laugh about these days…but these past few days were good!

  43. I was listening to satellite radio today, the POTUS show, while I was running errands. Someone said that both Bo’s and Mo’s speeches had numerous pronouns “I,'” “Mine,” and “Me”. For example Mo’s speech had 13 pronouns in 16 paragraphs of speech. Bo’s speech had a similar amount of pronouns. Their arrogance and hubris must have been loud and clear, which may have turned many people off.

  44. so much was made about bambi’s first “100” days in office too. The SNL clip really spells out that he has done ZERO in the big scheme of things. ZERO, hope you can believe in. yeah, really.

  45. Basil9, viva Julie Janiero and the Hot Bananas!

    As a dedication to Julie and the Hot Bananas, here is another Carmen Miranda song – try singing this “peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers” song:

  46. Admin says:

    Hooray for the secret ballot which is not found at caucuses.
    *************************************************

    …there you have it…the spark that set everything on fire…

    ADMIN…this post is out of the park…(are you a bit clairvoyant? 6th sense?? )

    …and must say that many of the commentors here are ‘on their game’ and bring so much insightful information to share…thanks to all…

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

    may I repeat myself and say…”the world is waking up to the USA’s ‘one hit wonder’

  47. birdgal Says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    I was listening to satellite radio today, the POTUS show, while I was running errands. Someone said that both Bo’s and Mo’s speeches had numerous pronouns “I,’” “Mine,” and “Me”. For example Mo’s speech had 13 pronouns in 16 paragraphs of speech. Bo’s speech had a similar amount of pronouns.

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

    I suppose you mean “first person pronouns”? That’s I, me, mine, or we (meaning BO and Michelle or their small group).

    ‘Pronouns’ include you, they, we (large group), etc.

  48. We can’t resist one more Carmen Miranda song. We got to love this song when we first saw “Radio Days” by Roman Polanski Woody Allen:

  49. Here’s an excerpt from the book “Shock Doctrine”

    George Soros as the world’s most powerful currency trader, he stood to greatly benefit when countries implemented convertible currencies and lifted capital controls, and when state companies were put on the auction block, he was one of the potential buyers.

    THe demon Soros is just waiting for Chevy, Chrysler and what ever else he can attain.

  50. suppose you mean “first person pronouns”? That’s I, me, mine, or we (meaning BO and Michelle or their small group).

    ‘Pronouns’ include you, they, we (large group), etc.

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    TD, yes, first person pronouns.

  51. Yep, this should give them enough time to hide everything.

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    Iran Agrees to Allow Inspectors on Oct. 25

    nytimes.com/2009/10/05/world/middleeast/05nuke.html

  52. OCTOBER 4, 2009

    What We Would Have Told Obama

    Though we weren’t invited to the White House, here are better ideas to increase coverage for the uninsured.

    By DONALD J. PALMISANO, WILLIAM G. PLESTED II AND DANIEL H. JOHNSON JR.

    We aren’t among the doctors invited to a Rose Garden event today to “join the President in pushing for health insurance reform this year and [who] have offered their help and support,” as a White House press release put it. It’s unfortunate only supporters of the president’s plans will be there. Mr. Obama has missed an opportunity to learn more about the real issues facing patients and doctors and to formulate a plan that truly puts patients in control with doctors as trusted advisers.

    The United States has the best health care in the world today, and thanks to the ever-expanding frontiers of science and medical innovation the brightest days are ahead. It is true that there are Americans who fall through the cracks of our medical system every day—and as a caring nation, we must do what we can to expand access to medical care to those who need it. But this can be accomplished without a costly and inefficient government overhaul of the entire system. One easy reform would be to enable individuals to buy policies offered in any state, not just where they live. This will enhance competition. But more government-run health insurance will only lead to disaster.

    Today, Medicare already reimburses doctors less than what many of their treatments cost to provide. Now the government is saying that additional Medicare cuts are coming—thus forcing doctors to try and make up the difference in volume, by seeing more patients. If you ask patients about this, they understand that more volume means less time with the doctor. That’s something that all patients and doctors should oppose. In time, it will be difficult to find a physician.

    If the goal of reform is to provide the best possible patient care, let’s take the government-controlled “public option”—and any legislative trick that could lead to a public option—off the table. It will result in long waiting lines to see a doctor, substandard care, and an end to medical discovery.

    There are many other ways to expand access to health care for uninsured Americans. We could strengthen incentives to purchase low-cost health savings accounts, provide tax credits for individuals and families buying health policies on their own, and extend subsidies for those who need financial help. Also, the right of patients to privately contract with physicians to ensure they have the medical care they want, without penalty—regardless of what the government pays—must be recognized and protected. Today, if a doctor wants to bill a patient for additional payment over the Medicare reimbursement, he has to withdraw from Medicare entirely for two years. A patient who agrees with this arrangement can’t receive any Medicare money for that service, either.

    We need to maintain a plentiful supply of medical expertise. But cuts in payments and bureaucracy could mean fewer individuals entering the medical field—and a dearth of health-care professionals down the road as specialists retire early or limit their practice. Every patient wants to be taken care of by the best medical professional possible. A patient with cancer wants to see a doctor who has had years of training in oncology and is knowledgeable about the latest ways to beat the cancer. But in some provisions in the proposed legislation (such as the medical home model of HR 3200), physician assistants and nurse practitioners may get the authority to make important medical decisions.

    The federal government should also continue its investment in medical research through agencies like the National Institutes of Health, and it should better reward innovative discovery in the private sector with tax incentives and patent protection. Americans are living longer, healthier lives thanks to the trillions of dollars in public and private research investment in medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and advanced surgical techniques. We must not put future progress in jeopardy.

    Finally, the nation needs comprehensive medical malpractice reform. It is the surest and quickest way to slow down the rising cost of health care. Statistics from private insurers, as well as a Justice Department report of 2007, indicate that upwards of 80% of malpractice cases are closed without payment—and when there is a trial, the physician-defendant wins 89% of the time. Yet these lawsuits, even when dismissed or closed without payment, cost doctors time and money, and encourage defensive medicine. This adds billions to the cost of medical care. It also increases malpractice insurance premiums, the costs of which get passed on to patients. In too many cases, the malpractice environment forces doctors to leave communities, depriving patients of their trusted medical advisers or specialists whom they might need in an accident or other crisis.

    The drive to reform health care has led to an acrimonious and often divisive debate. Yet we still believe that doctors, patients and legislators working together with goodwill can improve the medical system and extend its benefits to all Americans.

    Dr. Palmisano, president of the American Medical Association from 2003-2004, is spokesman for the Coalition to Protect Patients’ Rights, a group of more than 10,000 physicians. Drs. Plested and Johnson were presidents of the American Medical Association from 2006-2007 and 1996-1997 respectively.

    wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704471504574449513730221946.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

  53. Bill Clinton to attend Mideast policy conference in Jerusalem mid-November

    Oct. 4, 2009
    THE JERUSALEM POST

    Former US president Bill Clinton will visit Israel in mid-November in order to participate in the Saban Center’s Forum for Middle East Policy.

    The conference, slated to take place in Jerusalem, will focus on strategic issues and cooperation between the new administrations in both the US and Israel.

    Clinton and other US officials are expected meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and other Israeli officials in order to discuss American affairs in the Middle East.

    jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1254673317409&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

  54. Like Chicago, Barack Obama falling behindFont

    Brad Norington, Washington correspondent | October 05, 2009

    WHEN Barack Obama made a last-minute dash to Copenhagen to personally lobby voting members of the International Olympic Committee, it was tempting to think he had special advice about the likely outcome.

    Why else would a US President board Air Force One in Washington just hours before the final vote and risk his prestige by arguing the case for Chicago to win the 2016 Olympic Games?

    For Obama it was worst time possible to squander further political capital. After eight months in office, the Democratic President’s opinion poll figures have slid dramatically. He is battling with health reforms, a war turned bad in Afghanistan, a nuclear threat in Iran and an economy that is still sluggish, according to the latest job figures.

    Opponents in the Republican Party are trying to drag him down at every opportunity, and the trip to Copenhagen presented another chance.

    Spending just five hours in Copenhagen, the President flew back unnecessarily humiliated. His home city clinched just 18 out of 94 votes and was ejected in the first round. It finished last, behind Rio de Janeiro, Madrid and Tokyo.

    Several IOC members praised Obama for his eloquent address. Italy’s Mario Pescante said, “We appreciate the courage of the President in coming.” But courage is no substitute for political sense, and Obama’s failure raises questions about the calibre of his White House minders. The strategic nous of key Obama people such as chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and adviser David Axelrod is starting to look ragged.

    In recent weeks Obama has appeared off his game, embarking on a scattergun round of television interviews to promote his health plan well after many people had made up their minds.

    It happened again in Copenhagen. His minders appear to have neglected a good reading of IOC politics first and did not gauge the numbers before putting Obama at the mercy of a committee plagued with ill-feeling about their American counterparts. The USOC has attracted huge criticism for its share of sponsorship money and arrogant attitude. While Obama was flying home, Axelrod scrambled publicly to blame the “politics” in the IOC room, but claimed it was worth the effort.

    Originally Obama’s wife, Michelle, was to head a delegation to Copenhagen, supported by Chicago’s mayor Richard Daley and celebrity TV host Oprah Winfrey. They could have absorbed a defeat with much less impact. Instead the defeat in Copenhagen has reinforced the unfortunate image of Obama as a President who talks eloquently but does not deliver.

    theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,26164168-2703,00.html

  55. I don’t think the “Chicago boys” are very popular in most countries, considering the havoc that has been thrust upon them by the likes of Soros and Sachs.

    Its our turn now, I hope we can all get thru it. Obama has lied, he has followed Bush’s policy’s right down the line, so we can only expect that we are next.

  56. If the American media had reported as honestly during the campaign and after as the international media appears to be doing, maybe the U.S. wouldn’t be in the mess it is now in.

  57. wbboei Says:

    October 4th, 2009 at 11:28 pm
    John Payne
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    The Restless Gun?

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    and ‘Miracle on 34th St’…

  58. Here it is they are wanting to shut down the internet, the only access to the truth we have.

    h t t p :/ /w w w.you tube .com /watch? v=Ct9xzXUQLuY

  59. Saturday Night Live calls Mr. Obama “Jack Squat”. That is pretty good. Here is Larry Johnson’s take on Mr. Obama’s little rendesvous with destiny in Copenhagen:
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    Looks like the worm has turned thanks to the International Olympic Committee’s humiliation of the Barack and Michelle Chicago Olympic Show in Copenhagen on Friday inspired the crew at Saturday Night Live to pile on. SNL coins a new term–Barack “Jack Squat” Obama:

    Too bad SNL left off the much ballyhooed stimulus package, which was supposed to stop the bleeding of jobs at 8%. Instead Barack goes on his Copenhagen Olympic boondoggle while another 250,000 Americans lost their jobs.

    The meme of Barack as a lightweight and a joke is starting to gain traction. The only thing worse for a politician than losing an election or being caught naked in bed with your neighbor’s dog is becoming a joke. Obama is on his way. He is being parodied, justifiably so, as a “do-nothing” lightweight. This is change I can believe in.

  60. The meme of Barack as a lightweight and a joke is starting to gain traction. The only thing worse for a politician than losing an election or being caught naked in bed with your neighbor’s dog is becoming a joke. Obama is on his way. He is being parodied, justifiably so, as a “do-nothing” lightweight. This is change I can believe in.
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    The smartest thing he could do is get the hell off the world stage, leave it to Hillary + Gates and devote his entire energy to job creation. World leaders got his number well before this SNL skit called the game on him. He will be a one term president, and frankly he will not want a second term even if it were feasible which it is not. If he cannot get this economy moving again and creating jobs, there will be social unrest and he will be blamed for it from here to eternity.

  61. One of the more interesting figures in the history of the Marine Corps was Major General Smedley Butler. He won the Congressional Medal of Honor at the Wall of Legations in China during the Boxer Rebellion. Later he fought in the banana wars in South America. He was selected by a group of businessmen to depose President Roosevelt but revealed the plot to the proper authorities. And, when it was all over he reflected on what he had been through and concluded three things: i) war is a racket where the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives, ii) the only things worth fighting for are the defense of homes and the Bill of Rights, and iii) favored an adequate defense of the coastline and nothing else. Here is what he said about the Soros’es, Goldman-Sachs and Imelt’s of a previous era:

    “I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested.”

  62. wbboei, theres been alot of talk about Obama going around apologizing to all these foreign countries on America’s arogance. Well after reading this historical book and what the IMF and the elites have done, he needs to clarify his apologies.

    He needs to apologize in behalf of the elites, IMF and all those folks who helped rape and pillage for foreign countries.

    It sure wasn’t the Americans that I know who did this, it was the ones he knows. They are the minority in this country, we are being raped and pilaged on a daily basis by these guys, and when they couldn’t get enough satisfaction out of us they moved on to the South America’s, Chinese, USSR and Asia. What they did was a crime and should be punishable in international court and they need to be imprisoned in the Haig.

    We the American people are an honorable, God loving people who sent their tax dollars and our charity money with the thought we were helping only to find out our elites were causing the problems in the of GREED!

  63. Wbboei, one more thing, these are the very same elites that could not accept a hillbilly governor from Arkansas and did everything possible to destroy him, had it not been for Hillary they would of succeeded.

    I am depending on her now, to assure they won’t destroy the real America, the one that sends their sons/daughters to fight these wars to fill the pockets of the very same elites that have been raping and pillaging everything in site for years.

  64. Ever wonder who is behind CREW. THe ethics in Washington people. This article will tell you.

    federal judge Thursday ordered the Justice Department to make public large portions of statements made by then-Vice President Richard B. Cheney to federal investigators about the Valerie Plame case.

    Ruling in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by a public-interest group, the judge dismissed government objections to releasing FBI reports and notes that describe an interview that Cheney had with a special prosecutor.

    The government had argued that it could withhold the records because their release might chill cooperation by White House officials in future investigations…

    But U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ruled that the government’s arguments were too vague to justify withholding the documents.

    To properly withhold the records, the judge said, the Justice Department has to show that the release of specific information contained in the Cheney reports would harm a future investigation. That is not the case with the Cheney records, the judge wrote.

    The government conceded in court hearings that no prosecutions would result from the information Cheney supplied.

    Sullivan did agree with the Justice Department, however, that the government can withhold “limited information” involving national security matters, personal information or communications between Cheney and then-President George W. Bush.

    The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington sought the records under the Freedom of Information Act last year.

    Anne Weismann, chief counsel for CREW, said, “Overall, we are very pleased that the judge did not accept an interpretation of FOIA that would have allowed the government to withhold law enforcement records in virtually every case.”

    She said she was disappointed that the judge is allowing the Justice Department to withhold portions of the documents. Weismann said the redacted portions of the documents might be “the most revealing.” …

    In case anyone still wonders why Mr. Leahy and the Democrats want to put 63 more federal judges on the bench.

    (For the record, Judge Sullivan was appointed by President Clinton to serve as a United States District Judge for the District of Columbia in On June 16, 1994.)

    By the way, don’t be fooled by the purported objections of the administration. Indeed, notice how quickly the government conceded defeat.

    This FOIA suit was brought by the Soros front, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which is run by the former Joe Biden and John Conyers staffer, Melanie Sloan.

    They were the same ethicists who kept the (ultimately innocuous) Mark Foley emails under wraps until it was too late for the GOP to replace him on the ballot.

    CREW has also demanded that the Plame case be re-opened. They were and probably still are active in Mr. and Mrs Plames various lawsuits.

    CREW is just another adjunct to Mr. Obama’s army. Or rather, Mr. Soros’.

    Oh, and note that the Washington Post neglects to mention the fact that Mr. Armitage was the person who leaked Plame’s identity to Mr. Novak – and, indeed, before that to their own reporter, Mr. Woodword.

    And never mind that according to Mr. Armitage it was Mr. Plame (aka Joe Wilson) himself who was telling everyone his wife was at the CIA.

    Mr. Cheney must be forever smeared with this lie. Our media’s masters, the DNC, demand it.

  65. I now know why there is a split adding troops in Afganistand. Gen JOnes Obama’s National Security advisor says its not endanger of falling and the problem has been over dramatized. WHY?? Gen. Jones retired from Chevron to take this job of Obama’s.

    The US gave George Soros 10 billion to get the oil from Brazil and who did Soros send to see to it everything was going well, you guessed Gen. Jones. Apparently Gen. Jones and Soros goes way back.

    So its George Porgy Soros who is dragging his feet in Afganistan while our boys are dying. You see there is NO money to be made in Afganistan for Georgey Porgy Soros.

    Its just lovely that Soros is running our govt., I did not vote for him, DID YOU???

  66. Here’s Part I of Soros and Brazile oil contract.

    U.S. Ready to Finance Oil Drilling in Brazil
    EFE News Services 8/5/2009

    The U.S. government is prepared to provide up to $10 billion in loans to finance the development of massive hydrocarbon reserves off Brazil’s coast, a Brazilian official said Wednesday.

    President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, Gen. James Jones, discussed the matter with officials this week during a visit to the South American country, Brazilian Planning Minister Paulo Bernardo da Silva told reporters.

    He said the U.S. Export-Import Bank already has signed a letter of intent in that regard with Brazilian state oil company Petrobras.

    The loan is equal in value to a similar credit line agreed to with the China Development Bank, also for exploiting Brazil’s “pre-salt” area, so-named because the estimated 80 billion barrels of high-quality crude in that new oil frontier lie far beneath the ocean floor under layers of rock and an unstable salt formation.

    Under the agreement with the Chinese state bank, finalized during Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s visit to Beijing in May, Brazil can repay the loan facility with oil as opposed to cash…

    Somehow this is finally making it into the news. But it has been going on for some time.

    What is amazing is how our watchdog media neglected to mention any possible motive for Mr. Obama’s surprising double standard.

  67. Here’s Part II

    for Mr. Obama’s surprising double standard.

    But we think we have a clue.

    From something we posted almost exactly one year ago, from Bloomberg:

    Soros hedge fund invests $811m to buy Petrobras stake
    August 15, 2008

    London: Billionaire investor George Soros bought an $811 million stake in Petroleo Brasileiro (Petrobras) in the second quarter, making the Brazilian state-controlled oil company his investment fund’s largest holding.

    As of June 30, the stake in Petrobras, as the Rio de Janeiro-based oil producer is known, made up 22 per cent of the $3.68 billion of stocks and American depositary receipts held by Soros Fund Management, according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Petrobras has since slumped 28 per cent…

    In November, Petrobras announced the discovery of Tupi, a field with as much as 8 billion barrels of reserves, making it the largest find in the Americas since 1976.

    “Petrobras has something that other oil companies don’t have: oil – lots of it and they’re going to find more,” said Ricardo Kob-ayashi, equity fund manager with UBS Pactual in Rio de Janeiro…

    Tupi is part of a new deepwater offshore region known as the pre-salt that may contain as much as 50 billion barrels, according to Peter Wells, oil analyst with the UK’s Neftex Petroleum Consultants.

    The drop in Petrobras’ US-traded common shares since June 30 would have reduced the value of Soros’s disclosed stake by $235 million.

    Soros Fund Management didn’t report holding any Petrobras shares at the end of the first quarter. It did disclose much smaller stakes in the Brazilian oil company during 2007, including 150,000 depositary shares, with a market value of about $17.3 million at December 31.

    The hedge fund company also had calls on another 35,000 shares at December 31…

  68. Awwwww……..

    Admin, those were 2 great clips and brought a smile to my face.
    Thank You!!!!!!!!!!
    Julie was good but she couldn’t hold a candle to Carmen.

    confloyd, what do you mean by this?
    “Obama double crossed his Chicago Boys Club on the Olympics.”

  69. Admin,

    I think “vain” is too lukewarm a label for this potus. I think it will end up being “dishonest” at the very least by the time he is impeached.

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    confloyd,

    Well we can’t say bambi doesn’t pay back his supporters, i.e. Soros. Too bad it is at the expense of a bankrupt America.

  70. Fearing arrest, Israeli cancels Britain visit
    (AP) – 1 hour ago

    JERUSALEM — An Israeli Cabinet minister has called off a visit to Britain because of concerns he could be arrested on suspicion of committing war crimes.

    The decision by former military chief of staff Moshe Yaalon is the latest example of Israeli-British friction caused by legal action taken by pro-Palestinian activists in the U.K.

    Spokesman Alon Ofek-Arnon said Monday Yaalon called off his trip “to avoid playing into the hands of anti-Israel propaganda.”

    He says legal advisers warned Yaalon of possible charges over his involvement in the 2002 assassination of a Hamas militant leader that killed 14 other people, including nine children.

    Last week, activists unsuccessfully tried to have Israeli defense chief Ehud Barak arrested for alleged war crimes during a visit to Britain.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h-6YL0Y8uTZH8FpulClwSNGEq2hQD9B4SIU01

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    Meanwhile, no one is charging Great Britain or the U.S. for war crimes in Iraq or Afghanistan. Quite the double standard they have going here.

  71. Barack Obama furious at General Stanley McChrystal speech on Afghanistan

    The relationship between President Barack Obama and the commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan has been put under severe strain by Gen Stanley McChrystal’s comments on strategy for the war.

    By Alex Spillius in Washington
    05 Oct 2009

    According to sources close to the administration, Gen McChrystal shocked and angered presidential advisers with the bluntness of a speech given in London last week. The next day he was summoned to an awkward 25-minute face-to-face meeting on board Air Force One on the tarmac in Copenhagen, where the president had arrived to tout Chicago’s unsuccessful Olympic bid.

    Gen James Jones, the national security adviser, yesterday did little to allay the impression the meeting had been awkward. Asked if the president had told the general to tone down his remarks, he told CBS: “I wasn’t there so I can’t answer that question. But it was an opportunity for them to get to know each other a little bit better. I am sure they exchanged direct views.”

    An adviser to the administration said: “People aren’t sure whether McChrystal is being naïve or an upstart. To my mind he doesn’t seem ready for this Washington hard-ball and is just speaking his mind too plainly.”

    In London, Gen McChrystal, who heads the 68,000 US troops in Afghanistan as well as the 100,000 Nato forces, flatly rejected proposals to switch to a strategy more reliant on drone missile strikes and special forces operations against al-Qaeda. He told the Institute of International and Strategic Studies that the formula, which is favoured by Vice-President Joe Biden, would lead to “Chaos-istan”.

    When asked whether he would support it, he said: “The short answer is: No.” He went on to say: “Waiting does not prolong a favorable outcome. This effort will not remain winnable indefinitely, and nor will public support.”

    The remarks have been seen by some in the Obama administration as a barbed reference to the slow pace of debate within the White House.

    Gen McChrystal delivered a report on Afghanistan requested by the president on Aug 31, but Mr Obama held only his second “principals meeting” on the issue last week. He will hold at least one more this week, but a decision on how far to follow Gen McChrystal’s recommendation to send 40,000 more US troops will not be made for several weeks.

    A military expert said: “They still have working relationship but all in all it’s not great for now.”

    Some commentators regarded the general’s London comments as verging on insubordination.
    Bruce Ackerman, an expert on constitutional law at Yale University, said in the Washington Post: “As commanding general, McChrystal has no business making such public pronouncements.”
    He added that it was highly unusual for a senior military officer to “pressure the president in public to adopt his strategy”.

    Relations between the general and the White House began to sour when his report, which painted a grim picture of the allied mission in Afghanistan, was leaked. White House aides have since briefed against the general’s recommendations.

    The general has responded with a series of candid interviews as well as the speech. He told Newsweek he was firmly against half measures in Afghanistan: “You can’t hope to contain the fire by letting just half the building burn.”

    As a divide opened up between the military and the White House, senior military figures began criticising the White House for failing to tackle the issue more quickly. They made no secret of their view that without the vast ground force recommended by Gen McChrystal, the Afghan mission could end in failure and a return to power of the Taliban. “They want to make sure people know what they asked for if things go wrong,” said Lawrence Korb, a former assistant secretary of defence.

    Critics also pointed out that before their Copenhagen encounter Mr Obama had only met Gen McChrystal once since his appointment in June.

    telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/6259582/Barack-Obama-furious-at-General-Stanley-McChrystal-speech-on-Afghanistan.html

  72. basil9, he gave a half hearted speech to the IOC and they went for Rio, Georgie’s new homeland. I am sure he stands to make millions, him and Bush.

  73. JanH, this is horrible, what are they trying to do box in the Israeli’s so they can’t leave their country??

  74. I have been trying to post this for two hours, my mouse at work sucks. I still have to fill in the blank because of the its highlighted in yellow on the internet. I thought it was interesting as it show to me who the real President is.

    Retired Marine Gen. James L. Jones, President-elect Barack Obama’s incoming national security adviser, will be given sweeping new powers if Mr. Obama takes the advice of a little-noticed task force charged with recommending reforms to the nation’s security apparatus.

    The Project on National Security Reform’s executive board last month issued a report recommending updates to the National Security Act, the 1947 law that established the National Security Council. Among other things, it recommended giving the national security adviser more budget authority over the State Department, the Pentagon and military and intelligence agencies.

    The report could be considered one of the kind that is often requested but rarely acted upon in Washington, except for one thing: Gen. Jones was a member of the panel that crafted it.

    Not only did Gen. Jones participate in the study, but the task force that made the recommendations also included incoming Deputy Secretary of State James B. Steinberg and incoming Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele A. Flournoy. The deputy chairman of the task force was retired Adm. Dennis C. Blair, whom Mr. Obama has chosen to be director of national intelligence (DNI).

    Also, Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. held Senate hearings last year on national security reform, during which he heard testimony from the project’s executive director, James R. Locher III.

    In addition to the input on agency budgets, the task force recommended renaming the position of national security adviser to make it national security manager and expanding the number of departments and agencies represented in the National Security Council. The council currently includes the secretaries of state and defense, the director of national intelligence, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the national security adviser and the president and vice president.

    “I think the way to think about it is that those individual secretaries and DNI will have important jobs and a tremendous amount of power,” Mr. Locher told The Washington Times. “We need something more, though. We need that ability to integrate. We need a manager. Gen. Jones will have to play a more important role than national security advisers have in the past.”

    The project’s recommendations, which would have to be approved by Congress, urge the next president to “broaden the scope of national security beyond security from aggression to include security against massive societal disruption as a result of natural forces and security against the failure of major national infrastructure systems and to recognize that national security depends on the sustained stewardship of the foundations of national power.”

    That means, according to project staff members, that the U.S. policy on climate change or a new pandemic would be forged inside the National Security Council instead of being farmed out to the Environmental Protection Agency or the National Institutes of Health.

    At the same time, those agencies, which normally do not participate in the National Security Council, would have representation inside that body.

    With budget guidance going through the National Security Council and not the Office of Management and Budget, there is a chance that Gen. Jones could emerge as the most powerful national security adviser since Henry Kissinger held that job and the job of secretary of state for Presidents Nixon and Ford.

    “Right now, there is a strong consensus that the current system is not working,” Mr. Locher said. “It was designed in 1947 for a different world after World War II and with the approaching Cold War in mind. It reinforced the departments and agencies. We created a weak integrating mechanism.”

    Mr. Locher knows a few things about changing well-established bureaucracies. He was one of the main staff authors on the Senate Armed Services Committee of the Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986, which increased the power of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Prior to that law’s passage, the chairman’s role in mediating the interservice rivalries in annual defense budgets was weak.

    The leader of the project’s working group on resources, David Berteau, said that too often, large missions for the U.S. government overseas are designated to the Department of Defense (DoD) because the military is the one institution with sufficient personnel and budget.

    “Today you go to DoD because DoD is the only readily equipped source,” he said. “The question is, is that the right way to set it up? Probably not for all contingencies. Let’s use these other guys instead, but they are not ready to go. They have no bench strength, no reserve capacity. At its top is a budget issue; at its core is a strategy issue.”

  75. “General Jones will be given sweeping new powers”

    Which is why he is allowed to trash McChristel (sp?) into the ground.

    God help us all.

  76. JanH, What really makes me sick is how Carter, Soros, and alot of the elites have thrown over Israel in favor of the Palestinians. My idea is that they could care less about the horrid conditions that the Palestinians live in, but the money they could make if there was peace there so they could expand their capitalist markets and rob and pillage the middle east as they have done in Brazil, Argentina, and all of South America.

    These guys stand in judgement of Israel for bombing the poor helpless Palestinians, when Jimmy Carter himself brought untold agony and poverty to South America when he was the POTUS. Those folks in South America never fired a katusha rocket in the backyards of Soros, Jimmy Carter’s peanut farm or anyone else’s, but they saw fit to rob the people of those countrys and increase the poverty levels sometimes as much as 50%. Many people died of starvation, organized crime from the pillaging of those countries.

    This whole lets save the Palestinians is nothing more than more GREED and Israel stands in the way of the globalist ability to incircle the whole earth with their greed.

  77. confloyd Says:

    October 5th, 2009 at 9:07 am

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    Agreed. That is not to say that Israel has not made mistakes, but the fact that obama and his friends (including Carter et al) seem to conveniently forget the stunning number of missiles and suicide bombs that have been directed at Israel and it’s people during the last few years. No one is suggesting that the Palestinians be charged with war crimes at the extreme level that Israel is being tainted with.

  78. Hillary Clinton plans Vietnam visit in 2010 for Asean meeting

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she plans to visit Vietnam next year, when the country will act as chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, known as Asean.

    “There are a number of important issues that Vietnam will be able to lead Asean in addressing,” Clinton told journalists Oct. 1 in Washington after a meeting with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem, according to a transcript posted on the US State Department’s website. “I look forward to the Asean meeting in Vietnam, and I intend to be there.”

    Vietnam is preparing to host Asean meetings in April 2010 in Ho Chi Minh City and in October 2010 in Hanoi, according to the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Clinton didn’t say which meeting she plans to attend.

    Hillary Clinton visited Vietnam in 2000 along with her husband, Bill Clinton, who was US president at the time.

    Khiem said in Washington at the press conference with Hillary Clinton that Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet has invited US President Barack Obama to visit Vietnam during the country’s term as chair of Asean.

    “I cannot speak for the president’s schedule, but I know that the president shares my deep commitment to deepening and strengthening our relationship between our two countries and also the importance of Asean,” Hillary Clinton said, at the press conference with Khiem.

    thanhniennews.com/politics/?catid=1&newsid=52936

  79. Well, I tried to post the complete article but it didn’t work. Here is the link below…

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    Barack Obama furious at General Stanley McChrystal speech on Afghanistan

    The relationship between President Barack Obama and the commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan has been put under severe strain by Gen Stanley McChrystal’s comments on strategy for the war.

    telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/6259582/Barack-Obama-furious-at-General-Stanley-McChrystal-speech-on-Afghanistan.html#

  80. JanH Says:

    October 5th, 2009 at 10:39 am
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    Well, Bo needs to get off the pot and do something about the war.

  81. OCTOBER 4, 2009, 10:56 P.M.

    Iran’s Big Victory in Geneva. We are now even further from eliminating Tehran’s threat.

    By JOHN BOLTON

    The most widely touted outcome of last week’s Geneva talks with Iran was the “agreement in principle” to send approximately one nuclear-weapon’s worth of Iran’s low enriched uranium (LEU) to Russia for enrichment to 19.75% and fabrication into fuel rods for Tehran’s research reactor. President Barack Obama says the deal represents progress, a significant confidence-building measure.

    In fact, the agreement constitutes another in the long string of Iranian negotiating victories over the West. Any momentum toward stricter sanctions has been dissipated, and Iran’s fraudulent, repressive regime again hobnobs with the U.N. Security Council’s permanent members. Consider the following problems:

    • Is there a deal or isn’t there? Diplomacy’s three slipperiest words are “agreement in principle.” Iran’s Ambassador to Britain exclaimed after the talks in Geneva, “No, no!” when asked if his country had agreed to ship LEU to Russia; it had “not been discussed yet.” An unnamed Iranian official said that the Geneva deal “is just based on principles. We have not agreed on any amount or any numbers.” Bargaining over the deal’s specifics could stretch out indefinitely.

    Other issues include whether Iran will have “observers” at Russian enrichment facilities. If so, what new technologies might those observers glean? And, since Tehran’s reactor is purportedly for medical purposes, will Mr. Obama deny what Iran pretends to need to refuel it in 2010?

    • The “agreement” undercuts Security Council resolutions forbidding Iranian uranium enrichment. No U.S. president has been more enamored of international law and the Security Council than Mr. Obama. Yet here he is undermining the foundation of the multilateral campaign against Tehran’s nuclear weapons program. In Resolution 1696, adopted July 31, 2006, the Security Council required Iran to “suspend all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, including research and development.” Uranium enriched thereafter—the overwhelming bulk of Iran’s admitted LEU—thus violates 1696 and later sanctions resolutions. Moreover, considering Iran’s utter lack of credibility, we have no idea whether its declared LEU constitutes anything near its entire stockpile.

    By endorsing Iran’s use of its illegitimately enriched uranium, Mr. Obama weakens his argument that Iran must comply with its “international obligations.” Indeed, the Geneva deal undercuts Mr. Obama’s proposal to withhold more sanctions if Iran does not enhance its nuclear program by allowing Iran to argue that continued enrichment for all peaceful purposes should be permissible. Now Iran will oppose new sanctions and argue for repealing existing restrictions. Every other aspiring proliferator is watching how violating Security Council resolutions not only carries no penalty but provides a shortcut to international redemption.

    • Raising Iran’s LEU to higher enrichment levels is a step backwards. Two-thirds of the work to get 90% enriched uranium, the most efficient weapons grade, is accomplished when U235 isotope levels in natural uranium are enriched to Iran’s current level of approximately 3%-5%. Further enrichment of Iran’s LEU to 19.75% is a significant step in the wrong direction. This is barely under the 20% definition of weapons-grade, highly enriched uranium (HEU). Ironically, Resolution 1887, adopted while Mr. Obama presided over the Security Council last week, calls for converting HEU-based reactors like Iran’s to LEU fuel precisely to lower such proliferation risks. We should be converting the Tehran reactor, not refueling it at 19.75% enrichment.

    After Geneva, the administration misleadingly stated that once fashioned into fuel rods, the uranium involved could not be enriched further. This is flatly untrue. The 19.75% enriched uranium could be reconverted into uranium hexafluoride gas and quickly enriched to 90%. Iran could also “burn” its uranium fuel (including the Russian LEU available for the Bushehr reactor) and then chemically extract plutonium from the spent fuel to produce nuclear weapons.

    The more sophisticated Iran’s nuclear skills become, the more paths it has to manufacture nuclear weapons. The research-reactor bait-and-switch demonstrates convincingly why it cannot be trusted with fissile material under any peaceful guise. Proceeding otherwise would be winking at two decades of Iranian deception, which, unfortunately, Mr. Obama seems perfectly prepared to do.

    The president also said last week that international access to the Qom nuclear site must occur within two weeks, but an administration spokesman retreated the next day, saying there was no “hard and fast deadline,” and “we don’t have like a drop-dead date.” Of course, neither does Iran. Once again, Washington has entered the morass of negotiations with Tehran, giving Iran precious time to refine and expand its nuclear program. We are now even further from eliminating Iran’s threat than before Geneva.

    Mr. Bolton, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, is the author of “Surrender Is Not an Option: Defending America at the United Nations and Abroad” (Simon & Schuster, 2007).

    online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703628304574452933624279114.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLTopStories

  82. I imagine that Gen. James Jones takes his orders straight from SOros.
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    Confloyd: he was commandant of the Marine Corps. It used to be that they gave that job to combat heroes or highly effective bureaucrats but if it was the former then the assistant commandant was a combat hero.

    I happened to be looking at past commandants, and notices that many of them were combat heroes and the one of them was Warren Neville. He held the medal of honor and the brevet medal which is now defunct but throughout the 19th century was the highest medal a marine could receive. He was an academy guy and was active in SpanAm, Cuba, Haiti, etc and World War I. He commanded a battalion at Belleau Woods in World War I where the Germans gave the marines their name devil dogs. If you look at his eyes in a photo you will know why.

    Jones is the other kind of marine. He has seen combat and holds the silver star which is two medals down from the medal of honor. He is not an academy guy, but has certainly distinguished himself as a strategist and planner, which is where victories are won and lives are saved. Hillary and Jones have had great respect for each other in the past. and he was slated to be in her imagination. Guys like him will do what is right for the country, and would tell someone like Soros to go to hell.

  83. slated to be in her administration–not imagination. What is in her imagination is peace in Iran, defeat of al Quaeda, and the Taliban. If she is given the con, I believe it will come to pass. What is in Obamas imagination is more photo ops, posing for pictures, mirrors, reflection ponds and roaming through the Russian River naked with Matthews and Olberman in hot pursuit. I am told that sort of thing is de rigeur at the Bohemian Club where Schultz and Kissinger belong. However, it is a summertime pursuit mostly.

  84. And you thought I was kidding:

    On October 26, 2007, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, former President Bill Clinton was heckled during a speech by a man claiming that the September 11 attacks were a fraud and mentioning the Bohemian Club. Clinton denied the 9/11 claim and then sarcastically added, “Did you say the Bohemian Club? That’s where all those rich Republicans go up and stand naked against redwood trees right? I’ve never been to the Bohemian Club but you oughta go. It’d be good for you. You’d get some fresh air.” The heckler was escorted out of the hall as Clinton made his remarks.[9]

  85. wbboei,

    Are you saying that we should ignore General McChrystal’s recommendations and listen to Retired General Jones instead?

  86. not sure if this has been posted yet…now, EVERYONE is noticing and COUNTING…

    businessandmedia.org/commentary/2009/20090923103258.aspxObama Speeches: The ‘I’s Have It —

    Nearly 1,200 Times

    Sunday marathon reinforces president’s focus on self while the media ignore it.

    By Dan Gainor

    9/23/2009 10:38:11 AM

    Nar-cis-sism – noun

    1. inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity

    – Dictionary.com

    In mythology, Narcissus was the guy who fell in love with his own reflection.

    In 2009, he’s the president of the United States.

    Instead of adoring his own image, Obama loves to hear himself talk – about himself. In just 41 speeches this year, Obama has talked about himself nearly 1,200 times – 1,198 to be exact. (That breaks down to 1,121 “I”s and just 77 “me”s.) And that just includes 34 weekly addresses and his seven major speeches. Count the hundreds of other public speeches and he’d be off the charts.

    And if you needed any more confirmation, there was this Sunday’s Obama-palooza on the network talking head shows. Obama pulled a presidential first, going back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back on five different networks. He hit “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” on ABC, “Meet the Press” on NBC, “Face the Nation” on CBS, as well as interviews on both CNN and Univision.

    “We’re essentially roadblocking the time by appearing on each station,” David Axelrod, senior adviser to the president, told The New York Times. Pretty easy to monopolize a message when you block all five networks. And yes, the media didn’t just let him, they reveled in it. CNN’s Howard Kurtz and others even did stories about Obama’s overexposure, only mildly hinting at the irony that they were making the problem worse at the same time.

    The interviews went off as expected. Obama kept his “I” on the nation’s problems. He mustered 387 personal mentions in just 82 minutes of air time. Forget the economy, health care, racism or whatever. Every 13 seconds, Obama was talking about … Obama. Next stop, David Letterman on Sept. 21. You already know the topic.

    That’s to be expected for a TV hound like Barack Obama. Martha Joynt Kumar, a political science professor at Towson University in Maryland, said Obama has had nearly three times the number of interviews either Bush or Bill Clinton had at this time in his presidency. The New York Times Caucus blog reported: “As of his seven-month in office mark in August, he had done 114 interviews, compared to 37 by former President George W. Bush and 41 by former president Bill Clinton.”

    At this rate, he’ll top all presidents combined by the time he and his ego leave office.

    It’s so bad, it’s either humorous or pathetic. Let’s try humorous first. Obama loves himself so much that …

    · When he goes to the optometrist, he uses an “I” chart. Bada bing.

    · When he got his new iPhone, he thought it was named after him. (If GE made it, the phone might have been named after Obama, after all.)

    Not bad enough? Then let’s try the pathetic. To do that, we need a point of comparison and few things are more pathetic than Congress.

    But Obama can forget the members of Congress. At least he tries to. It doesn’t matter if they’re Republicans, Democrats, Blue Dogs or progressives. Obama outnumbers them – in his own mind. In just 41 speeches, he has mentioned himself more than twice the number of every member of Congress combined.

    Remember, there are 435 members of the House. Another 100 in the Senate. And you can throw in five delegates, if you want. That’s 540. In just 41 speeches, Obama talked about himself double all of that. He has enough leftovers to add another state with 59 representatives – or more than any state including California.

    That’s also more than a bit ego-maniacal. But call Obama on anything and you are a “racist,” a “hater” or both. Any way you slice it, your opinions are somehow a threat to the body politic – the big “I” in the WhIte House.

    The media have gone out of their way to paint this picture. It was especially obvious last weekend when anti-Obama protesters held more than 200 9-12 events around the nation. Tens of thousands of ordinary Americans gathered together to protest the excessive growth in government. How were they treated by America’s sycophantic media?

    Racists of course. The New York Times’ wacky Maureen Dowd put it all in black and white. She skewered South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson for saying the truth, that Obama lied. Dowd called him a “milquetoast Republican backbencher,” but then proceeded to blast him, other Republicans and pretty much anyone who didn’t vote Obama in the entire state of South Carolina. Dowd went on to remind readers that South Carolina was the “state that fired the first shot of the Civil War.”

    That happened in 1861, nearly 150 years ago. That’s what passes for current events in The New York Times.

    This weekend the networks followed that racism theme, repeatedly asking Obama if his opponents were racist. Even Obama didn’t play ball. But racism was still the big issue for the media. They were unwilling to call Obama for his own self interest.

    The best we can hope is that one day journalists will wise up and see Obama eye to I.

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    and that was only up to September 09…

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    ‘SYD’ over at HB has a great line:

    “He’s so VAIN he really thought the Olympics were about him”

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

    chorus:

    ‘he’s so vain…he’s so vain…betcha thought this was about you’

  87. Are you saying that we should ignore General McChrystal’s recommendations and listen to Retired General Jones instead?
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    I would listen to both of them. I think something positive for the country will emerge from their discussions. Jones is a marine. He is used to getting the job done with smaller units. McCrystal is special forces, but he is army and the philosophy is different. I think they will reach a point of agreement, and when they do, McCrystal will have a military man close to Jack Squat who can do the persuading over the voice of Axelrod. Pat of the problem is Squat has talked to McCrystal only twice.

  88. Part of the problem is Squat has talked to McCrystal only twice. The smart thing would be to listen to both of them/have a meeting with both. Unfortunately, power plays seem to be taking over. I honestly don’t see McCrystal lasting much long and that is a shame because I agree with jbstonesfan that Jones has changed in some ways. I don’t think politics and military mix well at all. Having someone like bambi deciding on the world’s fate like this is very scary.

  89. The Lord of The Flies Is busy planning his next get-a-way while Hillary works da
    y and night.

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    Daily Appointments: Daily Appointments Schedule for October 5, 2009
    Mon, 05 Oct 2009 10:30:42 -0500

    Daily Appointments Schedule for October 5, 2009

    Washington, DC

    October 5, 2009

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    SECRETARY OF STATE CLINTON:
    1:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton delivers Remarks at the Annual Bureau of African Affairs Chief of Mission Conference, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    7:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton participates in a Discussion with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on American Power and Persuasion, at George Washington University.
    (MEDIA DETERMINED BY GWU / CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE FOR CAMERAS/ OPEN PRESS FOR WRITERS AND STILLS)
    Media interested in covering this event must email Sarah Gegenheimer Baldassaro at GWU at sarahgb@gwise.gwu.edu for details and media ground rules.

  90. Thanks for this link, Jan.
    telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/6259582/Barack-Obama-furious-at-General-Stanley-McChrystal-speech-on-Afghanistan.html#

    This is the part that caught my imagination:
    “As a divide opened up between the military and the White House, senior military figures began criticizing the White House for failing to tackle the issue more quickly.
    They made no secret of their view that without the vast ground force recommended by Gen McChrystal, the Afghan mission could end in failure and a return to power of the Taliban.”
    ========================
    Well, are they compelled to take orders from a Commander in Chief who is not, by birth, eligible to hold that position? If all those generals who backed HRC for prez could stand together and force this phony out of office…. ok,ok, let me dream a little.

  91. Rep. Boehner Accuses Obama of Subverting Constitution

    Friday, October 2, 2009 10:27 AM

    By: Jim Meyers and David A. Patten Article Font Size

    House Minority Leader John Boehner is accusing President Obama of subverting and circumventing the Constitution by appointing so-called czars who are not subject to Senate confirmation or scrutiny.

    In a wide-ranging interview with Newsmax.TV on Thursday, the Ohio Republican discussed issues ranging from healthcare reform to President Obama’s refusal to engage the GOP leadership in bipartisanship.

    But Boehner’s most pointed comments came when Newsmax.TV’s Ashley Martella asked whether he is concerned that Obama has appointed so many czars – special advisers or envoys who have relatively few restrictions on their authority or salary – most of whom do not have to win confirmation in the Senate, as Cabinet secretaries do.

    To see the video of Minority Leader John Boehner’s assessment of President Obama’s proliferation of czars and the status of the healthcare debate, Click here.

    “I think this whole issue has gotten way out of control in terms of the number of czars that he has and advisers around him,” Boehner said.

    While acknowledging that Obama has a right to domestic and international policy advisers, he contends that the president crossed the line with his czar appointments.

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    “He clearly is circumventing the Constitution, in my view, and I think the heat continues to build on the administration to deal with this,” Boehner told Newsmax. “It’s one thing to have domestic policy advisers or international policy advisers, but to have this many people at the White House who have really more control than the Cabinet secretaries, I think is a subversion of the Constitution.”

    Since taking office, the Obama administration has appointed about 33 of the so-called “czars,” although the precise number depends on the definition used. Some czar positions, such as the cyber security czar, have been created but not filled.

    Though past administrations have used czars — the most famous being the drug czar — Obama appears to have carved out much wider policy and executive roles for his appointees. So far only two of his czar appointments passed through the Senate’s constitutional advice-and-consent confirmation procedure.

    Obama’s czars are well compensated with six-figure salaries, and many of their budgets are buried within Cabinet or executive branch budgets. Of major concern to Congress are the unconfirmed czars who operate beyond Congressional oversight and appear to have authority beyond even that of some Cabinet secretaries, at least in their special fields of expertise. Health-reform czar Nancy-Ann DeParle and global-warming czar Carol Browner are two examples.

    There is little doubt many of the czars wield enormous power. The czar appointments have raised eyebrows on Capitol Hill, including among some Democrats. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., wrote Obama a letter warning: “The rapid and easy accumulation of power by White House staff can threaten the constitutional system of checks and balances. At the worst, White House staff have taken direction and control of programmatic areas that are the statutory responsibility of Senate confirmed officials.”

    Senate Democrats Dianne Feinstein of California and Russ Feingold of Wisconsin also have expressed misgivings.

    Obama has appointed six special envoys who act as czars internationally. Obama’s foreign-policy czars have not been confirmed by the Senate.

    Afghanistan-Pakistan Czar Richard Holbrooke and Mideast Peace Czar George Mitchell both technically report to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to the State Department. But press reports suggest they can bypass her easily by communicating directly with the White House.

    Some Republican members of Congress have gone so far as to suggest that the czars represent establishment of a “parallel government.”

    The use of such czars has come back to haunt Obama. His choice for the “green jobs” czar post, Van Jones, resigned after a spate of inflammatory remarks, as well as his participation in “9/11 truther” activities that seek to somehow blame former President George W. Bush for the 9/11 attacks. This drew criticism that some czars have not gone through the proper vetting that occurs during Senate confirmation.

    Boehner has other major concerns that transcend the czars. The Ohio Republican also took aim at Democratic proposals for healthcare reform and said the United States needs to reform medical malpractice laws to deal with the “healthcare junksuit lottery” prevalent today. He wondered how Democrats could say “with a straight face” that they’re protecting Medicare.

    Martella asked Boehner about the healthcare reform plan the Democrats are trying to “ram through” Congress. Boehner has referred to the plan as a “garlic milkshake.”

    “The American people don’t want the government to run their healthcare — 83 percent of Americans like the healthcare they have, 80 percent think it’s too expensive,” Boehner said.

    “So what we really need to be doing is working within the current plan to make it work better.

    “Having said that, the more the president and Democrat leaders talk about their government-run plan, the less popular it becomes. That’s why I think it’s as popular as a garlic milkshake.”

    Martella asked what Boehner thinks will be the final outcome if the Democrats insist on including the public option in their reform plan even though a Senate committee has voted it down twice.

    “I don’t know how they’re going to find the votes, in the House or the Senate, for their so-called government option,” Boehner said.

    “There’s a lot of moving parts here, but they’re going to have a very difficult time with this.

    “If the American people stay engaged in this fight over what’s going to happen with our healthcare, the American people are going to win. At the end of the day, when the American people get engaged with their government, they speak up, Washington listens.

    “So it’s critically important that the American people not forget what they did in June and July and August. They have to stay involved. They have to keep in touch with their members of Congress and keep the pressure on, and if that happens I do think it will be impossible for them to pass a very unpopular bill.”

    Martella noted that the Democrats’ plan includes $500 billion in cuts to Medicare. Boehner responded:

    “Yesterday was rather interesting. I walked by a Democratic press conference where the Speaker of the House and other Democrat leaders [were] talking about how there were going to be no cuts for seniors, how they were protecting Medicare. Now I don’t know how they can do this with a straight face.

    “They’re the ones offering some $500 billion in cuts to Medicare, and yet they say it’s not going to affect seniors.”

    Boehner told Newsmax that the Republicans have countered the Democrats’ reform efforts with several plans of their own.

    “You can go to healthcare.gop.gov and look at the various Republican plans that are out there,” he said.

    “All of them are fairly consistent in terms of making our current healthcare system work better. We don’t want to rely on the government. We don’t want government officials getting between patients and their doctors. And we do think we need to do something about cost, which is the big issue that the American people care about.

    “But there is really nothing done about cost in any of the Democrat proposals that we’ve seen. . . No tort reform, no junk lawsuits. It’s not just the tort reform, it’s the defensive medicine that doctors practice as a result of this healthcare junksuit lottery that goes on today.

    “We could save over $100 billion a year in less medicine being practiced if in fact we were to have real reform of medical malpractice laws.”

    When Martella asked Boehner whether he wanted to take any action against Florida Democrat Alan Grayson, who alleged that the GOP health plan is to hope sick people “die quickly,” Boehner said simply:

    “You have to remember an old political adage: When your opponents are committing suicide, there’s no reason to murder them.”

    Incredibly, even though Boehner is the leading Republican in the House and the president has spoken of his desire for a bipartisan approach to issues, Boehner says he has not been to the White House in five months.

    Martella said: “Minority Whip Eric Cantor says Obama has cut off all communication with Republican leaders. Is that so, and if so, how can he possible use the word bipartisan in anything he says?”

    Boehner answered: “I don’t know, because I’ve not talked to him. We haven’t been to the White House since late April, early May. No discussions about healthcare. No discussions about Afghanistan. No discussions about all their spending and debt.

    “And so there’s nothing bipartisan coming out of this White House, and there’s nothing bipartisan that’s come out of the Democrat leadership here in the House. Nothing.”

  92. You are very welcome, lil ole grape.

    Hillary is listening to the generals and agrees with their assessment. She is very openminded when it comes to using the expertise of those around her and doesn’t claim to know it all.

    with bambi and his handlers, Emanuel et al, they listen with half an ear. We are seeing so many mistakes that could have dire consequences…Iran…the Middle East…and all because bambi is influenced by cartoon characters with I.Q.’s of hippos.

  93. Jones seems to have changed under Obama…very wish washy and very weak imo….
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    Then I am missing something, which is always possible. Can you or Jan give me some examples. The difference also implicit in my remarks is that Jones like Powell has combat experience by he is primarily a political general who is accustomed to navigating the currents and eddies of Washington politics. Can you point to any example where he has caved in on something critical, or gone along with something that is not in the interests of the United States based on political expediency. If so then I am wrong. This is a big decision for the United States, and the comments by Eagleburger are apt. Like Westmoreland before him, McCrystal and Petraeus want more troops. They always do. Given the magnitude of the decision, a second opinion is warranted, if not by Jones then by somebody.

  94. “House Minority Leader John Boehner is accusing President Obama of subverting and circumventing the Constitution”

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    Well of course he is. And not just on this issue.

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    On another matter, does anyone know if anyone higher up than Chicago thugs pushed bambi to go to Copenhagen? Did meme use her influence?

    Just wondering if anybody is going to be thrown under the bus for this one. LOL…can just imagine what those two discussed at their anniversary dinner.

  95. If memory serves Jones was one of the generals who backed Hillary for president. The only question I have is he may have been in uniform at that time, in which case that would not be true. But I do know they think highly of each other, as I said above. If she is to be handed Afghanistan I suspect she wants his assessment as well. Again, I could be reading this thing wrong, but from what I know of the players, I do not think so.

  96. wbboei,

    My opinion of Jones is probably less researched than yours, however reading comments on his interview yesterday, I couldn’t help thinking he was trying to staunch the bleeding by throwing McCristal under the bus and implying that the other general wasn’t correct on his onsite assessments.

    I know most Americans want their soldiers back home and I don’t blame them. This war has gone on way too long already and one loss was one too many. I blame Bush for going into the wrong country to begin with. He should have started with Afghanistan and then maybe the outlook wouldn’t be what it is at the moment.

    Now by reducing troops we only give the Taliban free rain to take over, destroy, and threaten North American even more. I don’t see how obama cannot send in another surge once and for all to destroy the Taliban in whatever way they can. I see what they are doing right now as crisis management of the worst kind with the soldiers already in combat suffering because of this. At the same time, rebuilding both Afghanistan and Iraq has to be at least the partial responsibility of the allies who have participated in tearing it apart all for a noble/or not noble (depending on who you ask) cause.

    So my opinion of Jones is more based on a disagreement of his opinions. I realize he has more information than I do, but this is how I see it.

    If I am wrong, and I hope I am, I will own up to it immediately.

  97. On another matter, does anyone know if anyone higher up than Chicago thugs pushed bambi to go to Copenhagen? Did meme use her influence?

    Just wondering if anybody is going to be thrown under the bus for this one. LOL…can just imagine what those two discussed at their anniversary dinner.
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    Daley did. So did Jarrrett. They speak for the thugs. That is why he went. He had to. I speculated on scapegoats on Friday. So far they have identified Bush, and the IOC. They may need to do some internal bloodletting too if they cannot change the subject. The name Jack Squat and the perception of weakness will not go away. This was the tipping point in his presidency. It is downhill now, with a few insignificant upticks along the way. It is hard to reverse the momentum.

  98. Anyone besides me notice the reaction of Cokie Roberts to the man saying that The Fraud may get VAIN attached to his name? roflmao

  99. Okay. I see part of what you are saying. McCrystal looks pretty good here. But I honestly think Hillary, Jones and McCrystal are pushing Jack Squat to pony up here. And he is fighting them, and furious that he is being forced to make a decision. Time to consult with the Chicago Bulls, shoot some hoops and let the rest of the world go by. Useless mf. And for what it is worth, I am highly suspicious of the motives of this Bruce Ackerman clown. If we have a pending disaster on our hands, and jack squad aint making, like he did not make decisions on the pirates until the Navy forced his hand, the general has to speak plainly. As for this unnamed representative of the administration he is not worth quoting. I think Jones’ comments were appropriate.
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    Barack Obama furious at General Stanley McChrystal speech on Afghanistan

    The relationship between President Barack Obama and the commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan has been put under severe strain by Gen Stanley McChrystal’s comments on strategy for the war.

    By Alex Spillius in Washington
    Published: 7:00AM BST 05 Oct 2009

    US General Stanley McChrystal Photo: AFP/GETTY
    According to sources close to the administration, Gen McChrystal shocked and angered presidential advisers with the bluntness of a speech given in London last week.

    The next day he was summoned to an awkward 25-minute face-to-face meeting on board Air Force One on the tarmac in Copenhagen, where the president had arrived to tout Chicago’s unsuccessful Olympic bid.

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    Gen James Jones, the national security adviser, yesterday did little to allay the impression the meeting had been awkward.

    Asked if the president had told the general to tone down his remarks, he told CBS: “I wasn’t there so I can’t answer that question. But it was an opportunity for them to get to know each other a little bit better. I am sure they exchanged direct views.”

    An adviser to the administration said: “People aren’t sure whether McChrystal is being naïve or an upstart. To my mind he doesn’t seem ready for this Washington hard-ball and is just speaking his mind too plainly.”

    In London, Gen McChrystal, who heads the 68,000 US troops in Afghanistan as well as the 100,000 Nato forces, flatly rejected proposals to switch to a strategy more reliant on drone missile strikes and special forces operations against al-Qaeda.

    He told the Institute of International and Strategic Studies that the formula, which is favoured by Vice-President Joe Biden, would lead to “Chaos-istan”.

    When asked whether he would support it, he said: “The short answer is: No.”

    He went on to say: “Waiting does not prolong a favorable outcome. This effort will not remain winnable indefinitely, and nor will public support.”

    The remarks have been seen by some in the Obama administration as a barbed reference to the slow pace of debate within the White House.

    Gen McChrystal delivered a report on Afghanistan requested by the president on Aug 31, but Mr Obama held only his second “principals meeting” on the issue last week.

    He will hold at least one more this week, but a decision on how far to follow Gen McChrystal’s recommendation to send 40,000 more US troops will not be made for several weeks.

    A military expert said: “They still have working relationship but all in all it’s not great for now.”

    Some commentators regarded the general’s London comments as verging on insubordination.

    Bruce Ackerman, an expert on constitutional law at Yale University, said in the Washington Post: “As commanding general, McChrystal has no business making such public pronouncements.”

    He added that it was highly unusual for a senior military officer to “pressure the president in public to adopt his strategy”.

    Relations between the general and the White House began to sour when his report, which painted a grim picture of the allied mission in Afghanistan, was leaked. White House aides have since briefed against the general’s recommendations.

    The general has responded with a series of candid interviews as well as the speech. He told Newsweek he was firmly against half measures in Afghanistan: “You can’t hope to contain the fire by letting just half the building burn.”

    As a divide opened up between the military and the White House, senior military figures began criticising the White House for failing to tackle the issue more quickly.
    They made no secret of their view that without the vast ground force recommended by Gen McChrystal, the Afghan mission could end in failure and a return to power of the Taliban.
    “They want to make sure people know what they asked for if things go wrong,” said Lawrence Korb, a former assistant secretary of defence.
    Critics also pointed out that before their Copenhagen encounter Mr Obama had only met Gen McChrystal once since his appointment in June.

  100. wbboei Says:

    October 5th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

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    Thank you for posting the whole article. I tried earlier today and it wouldn’t work for me.

    I pray you are right on this and that they are backing him into a corner. I just worry that McCrystal will suffer for daring to make the idiot look even worse than he already does. I see this general as genuinely caring about each man and woman in the field. I don’t see obama caring about anyone but himself.

  101. An adviser to the administration said: “People aren’t sure whether McChrystal is being naïve or an upstart. To my mind he doesn’t seem ready for this Washington hard-ball and is just speaking his mind too plainly.
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    We ALL KNOW WHO IS NAIVE AND AN UPSTART IN THIS CORRUPT ADMINISTRATION!!!!!!!!!!

  102. I am glad McChrystal is open about it.!!!

    Remember those generals advising Bush and Rumsfeld…..they did it with “Washinginton type protocol” and paid heavily later on!!!!!!

  103. I am renaming Him in my writings: Jack Squat. The BIG ‘I’, little ‘u’ man!!!

    On Facebook a video is making the rounds that goes back to the original Hebrew language for the Anti-Christ. IF it is true, and maybe others on here can tell if it is true then the original Hebrew words for the anti=Christ is Barraq O Bama!!!! Oh Lord, I am not a particularly religious person, but this has me quaking in my boots.

    Also, I have done a logo that I heard suggested on the news that would be devastating to Jack Squat if it became widely used. Wbboei, would you please tell me if my concept of Jack Squat’s logo would violate any laws, especially if it is pared with a whole series of sayings underneath: like the LOL [with logo as O] and the saying: ‘…he is not really President, he just plays one on tv’?

    If these were made available would it be supported? For I believe it is one small way that if it went viral we could show our disdain for his policies,etc.

  104. Not specifically Wobboei. However, as a miliatary man with combat experience, he should immediately, imo, advised Obama ot send the additional 40k troops…we are losing men/women their every day and need more boots on the ground to defend ourselves, the afghans, and to kill the taliban/al -queda. Also, his answers on Iran are always “no good option either way”..too me, this is weak and indecisive. The US certainly can bomb those sites easily and if not us, we can certaqinly help Israel tactically hit those sites as well..Difficult, yes, but far from impossible.

  105. Anyone else notice Cokie Roberts reaction to George Will stating that soon His name will be paired with ‘vain’? I think I like Cokie for this. roflmao

  106. I still think “vain” is too look warm a label for him. We should come up with better ones.

    Cokie is an irritating empty-talking obama lover. Any little scratch on her idol makes her go into withdrawal.

  107. http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2009/10/capital-crunch-obama-confronts-waning-political-capital.html

    Think the White House may want to work on its vote-counting operation before the health care bill makes it to the Senate floor?

    Think the CBO might be just as brutal as the IOC — with scoring that counts just as much?

    Think the public debate over Afghanistan strategy gets any easier as events shape perceptions?

    Nobody will much remember a 24-hour trip to Denmark in early fall if, by the start of winter, there’s a health care bill in place and a Afghanistan policy everyone in the administration can agree to.

    But whether President Obama’s focus turns abroad again or stays at home for a stretch, the president is confronting the limits of his political capital — from an Olympic loss, to the near-certain loss of a public option in a health care bill, and the end of streamlined decision-making on Afghanistan.

    This is a time where the president needs to be spending his capital — in the halls of Congress, and on the world stage. But when he talks, who is listening? (And does the president lose options himself the longer he chooses to keep listening?)

    Testing time: “A number of factors have combined to strip him of the camouflage that he once enjoyed when it comes to health-care policy,” David Broder writes in his Sunday Washington Post column. “His main leverage point is the realization among nearly all Democrats that nothing would be as costly to them, in their individual 2010 races, as the failure of this Congress, with its heavy Democratic majorities, to pass a substantive health-reform bill. That may be enough in the end for Obama to succeed. But the task of getting there will really test him — and expose his core values.”

    Thirteen months before the mid-term elections: “Obama is trying to prod Congress into passing legislation on health care overhaul, climate change, and financial services regulation by early next year, before election-year political pressures make it harder to persuade wary lawmakers to vote for the dramatic change Obama promised in his campaign,” Susan Milligan reports in The Boston Globe. “He must also make difficult decisions on whether to increase troop strength and commit America to a larger, longer mission in Afghanistan. And the economy, while apparently on the road to recovery, is still not producing new jobs and continues to generate anxiety around the country.”

    Rep. Chris Van Hollen: “I do believe that if we are not successful in passing health care reform, it will make it much more difficult to enact other major initiatives,” said Van Hollen, D-Md., the DCCC chairman.

    (Ya think?)
    The White House is using its Monday to re-set the focus of the debate on health care — again.

  108. “That may be enough in the end for Obama to succeed. But the task of getting there will really test him — and expose his core values.”

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    Bbbbut won’t he get tired out after…maybe ten whole minutes of work…and need to go on another tax-paid vacation?

  109. Barack JACK SQUAT Obama!

    Now that has the sound of a name that’s not going to go away!

    Much better the Obama the Vain.

    😉

    shorttermer – got a link to that Barraq O Bama thing?

  110. FWIW and take with a grain if salt but here’s some HRC speculation from the Scoop via NQ.

    theswoop dot net/sys/index.php

    Obama’s dilemmas on foreign policy are throwing a spotlight on the apparent inability of Secretary of State Clinton to bring her influence to bear. In private conversation she has indicated that she may be interested in running for the governorship of New York in 2010.

  111. I don’t know if this will work, basil8, but I got it from FaceBook:
    facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1157969223444

  112. NP, shorttermer,

    It just sounded interesting. The link didn’t work but I’ll try and google when I get a chance.

  113. While I rarely watch CNN with the exception of Lou Dobbs, I will make an exception and watch the following tomorrow when it comes on a 2nd time in the evening…

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    Amanpour exclusive interview with Clinton, Gates

    (CNN) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates are to join CNN’s Christiane Amanpour for an exclusive roundtable discussion this week, looking at the global challenges now facing America.

    The war in Afghanistan, nuclear tension with Iran and global efforts to combat terrorism are all on the agenda in what is expected to be a compelling discussion in Washington D.C..

    “President Obama’s participation at the United Nations last week only underlines the re-dedication of the United States to multilateralism in world affairs,” said Amanpour.

    “I’m looking forward to this chance to really dig deep into their plans for dealing with these global crises.”

    This special edition of Amanpour, where Christiane will be joined by Frank Sesno, Director of George Washington’s School of Media and Public Affairs, will air on both CNN International and CNN/U.S. on Tuesday, 6 October at 15.00 ET/21.00 ET.

    edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/americas/10/05/amanpour.gates.clinton/

  114. Secretary of State Clinton Remarks at the Corporate Council on Africa’s Seventh Biennial U.S.-Africa

    pr-canada.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=130460&Itemid=61

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    Long but worth reading.

  115. spin from the L.A. Times

    Did White House give a dressing-down to Gen. McChrystal for publicly objecting to new strategy?

    October 5, 2009

    It started in London last week, when Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who heads U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, told an audience at the Institute of International and Strategic Studies that he does not support a new military strategy being floated privately by Vice President Joe Biden.

    The idea, under review at the White House, is to withdraw troops from Afghanistan towns and refocus them on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, where Al Qaeda forces are headquartered. The alternative strategy also envisions using more drone missile strikes and special forces ops against the terrorist network.

    During his remarks in London, McChrystal predicted that such a plan was “short-sighted,” that it would produce “Chaos-istan” and that he would not support it.

    Now, London’s Telegraph is reporting that White House advisers were “shocked and angered” by the bluntness of McChrystal’s remarks and noting that the very next day President Obama summoned the general for a 25-minute, one-on-one meeting aboard Air Force One as it sat on the runway in Copenhagen after the president’s unsuccessful bid to win the 2016 Olympics for Chicago.

    Asked if the president had told the general to tone down his remarks, National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones told CBS on Sunday: “I wasn’t there so I can’t answer that question. But it was an opportunity for them to get to know each other a little bit better. I am sure they exchanged direct views.”

    In fact, in a series of Sunday talk show appearances, Jones, a retired Marine general and former Allied commander in Europe, carried the administration’s message that the military — perhaps conditioned by the Bush administration to expect its opinions to reign — had better respect civilian command.

    “Ideally, it’s better for military advice to come up through the chain of command,” Jones told CNN. “I think that Gen. McChrystal and the others in the chain of command will present the president with not just one option, which does, in fact, tend to have a … enforcing function, but a range of options that the president can consider.”

    I think in military lingo they call that a dressing-down.

    — Johanna Neuman

    latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2009/10/white-house-furious-at-gen-mcchrystal-for-going-public.html

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