Horses, Women, Healthcare, Gays, Dimocrats, Beasts, And George W.

Yesterday, 3,000 miles from Washington, in California, a mare by the name of Zenyatta became the first female horse to win the most prestigious race in horse racing – The Breeders’ Cup. So spectacular was Zenyatta that now there is the very high possibility that she will be named Horse of the Year for 2009.

There is another horse that was, before yesterday’s Breeder’s Cup results, expected to easily win Horse of the Year – a horse by the name of Rachel Alexandra. This means that two female horses, are now vying for Horse of the Year. It seems that female horses, whatever their travails, get more respect than female humans.



Gay-Americans know they too get less respect than what we call animals. Remember this?:

During the primary Barack Obama organized a gay-bashing tour exploiting African-American homophobia to his benefit. On election day that homophobia continued.

Proposition 2 in California passed on Tuesday. Proposition 2 benefited farm animals. Proposition 2 protects pregnant pigs, calves and hens as well as any animal in an enclosed area. California farm animals have their rights enhanced in Barack World. California Gay-Americans are sent to the Obama slaughter house.

Proposition 8, with big help from Obama supporters passed in California. Many of those Obama supporters that supported Proposition 8 were African-Americans who voted for Proposition 8 by 70%. Obama said nary a word against proposition 8. Obama’s voice was employed by supporters of Proposition 8 in robocalls to win support for Proposition 8. The Obama South Carolina gay-bashing tour echoed in California.

Many African-American Obama supporters who wept and gloried in the end of racism in America turned on Gay-Americans. [Some wonderful African-Americans fought against Proposition 8 with the same strength that some African-Americans supported Hillary.] Obama said nary a word against the bigotry.

Gay-Americans: Welcome to Reality. .

Welcome to Barack’s World.

Women should have learned the lesson, Gay-Americans should have learned the lesson. Others will have to learn the lesson too:

Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

But some women are too hardheaded, if not stupid or supine, to learn. Representatives Diana DeGette and Louise Slaughter (Chairwoman of the Rules Committee) are the laughingstocks who co-chair the laughingstock “Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus”. These two clowns wrote last night:

“Placing onerous new restrictions on a woman’s right to choose sets a terrible precedent and marks a significant step backwards. This effort will effectively ban abortion coverage in all plans, both private and public – marking a significant scaling back of the options offered under existing laws. Such a terrible, last minute amendment to a critical, historic piece of legislation is a shame. This kind of outrageous interference in health care by the government marks a sad day in this struggle and will result in women across America losing the right to health care.”

These two clowns issued the statement then voted for the health care scam last night. Louise Slaughter, as the wooden chair who runs the Rules Committee earlier scampered from the Rules Committee when the Stupak Amendment was allowed to proceed to a vote on the House floor.

Early last month, DeGette the clown wrote:

Since the beginning of the health care reform debate, we have committed ourselves to the premise that nothing in the bill should change existing abortion laws in this country. The Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus will not vote in favor of a bill that takes a woman’s access to care back one step.”

The Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus is over 190 members strong.

Shouldn’t that read “190 members weak“?

We certainly do not begrudge “pro-life” representatives the right to fight for their viewpoint. What we mock is the weakness of clowns like Slaughter and DeGette who prove to be useless cowards after making grand declarations about how they will fight and “not vote in favor of a bill that takes a woman’s access to care back one step.” Then these clowns vote for the bill even as they declare and denounce “a terrible precedent and marks a significant step backwards“. They are Clowns who must not be listened to or believed.

Remember when Obama, in a nationally televised speech promised the nation he would not support any bill over $900 trillion? The House bill passed last night is over a trillion dollars.

Remember the outrage when Obama in a nationally televised speech was called a liar when he declared illegal immigrants would not be included in a health care bill?

Joe Wilson was right:

Obama met at the White House with several Hispanic lawmakers who oppose any prohibition on the ability of illegal immigrants to use their own money to purchase health coverage in a new government-run marketplace.

“He listened to us. We listened to him,” said Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., head of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. “We made it very clear that 20 votes in the Hispanic caucus” depend on the language in the House bill. Currently, there is no prohibition in the House bill against illegal immigrants buying insurance in the exchange, but the White House backs such a ban and one exists in the Senate bill.

Whatever the merits of insuring illegal immigrants (“undocumented workers” in politically correct language), who can believe anything Obama says if he lies in front of a nationally televised audience? Then Obama thugs attack the truth teller in order to defend Obama. Big Media joins in the protection and does not explicitly point to the Obama lies.

Constitutional lawyer and clown Barack Obama must not have heard of Plyler vs. Doe, the 1982 Supreme Court ruling which effectively will assure that illegal/undocumented persons cannot be denied health care benefits.

Who can trust Barack Obama when he lies with such dexterity in a nationally televised forum, whatever the merits of an issue?

Who can trust Dimocrats when Dimocrats betray the deepest core values they publicly profess but then run away when the time to fight arrives? Who can trust the so-called “Congressional Progressive Caucus” who made all sorts of empty threats then voted for the Obamination? Clowns.

Who can trust Hopium den PINOs who now want war declared on those who voted against the toxic health care scam when they exhausted themselves mocking conservatives who removed a Republican who appeared to be more of a Dimocrat than many other Dimocrats. Frank Rich appears to be unaware of the civil war amongst the Dimocrats even today.

In the Hopium dens, PINOs blame pro-life Dimocrats while ignoring the biggest PINO of them all – Barack Obama. It was Obama who vowed to remove abortion funding from any health care scam he would sign. It was also Barack Obama who included the Hyde Amendment in the 2010 budget.

Some girls, women, and gays (and PINOs and Dimocrats, and Democrats and African-Americans and Jews) who don’t want to be considered less than animals better start singing a new song or remain beasts of burden for Obama.



Last night Nancy Pelousy and the Dimocratic “leadership” strutted like George W. Bush on an aircraft carrier. Now the mission many Americans will demand is to get rid of last night’s “accomplishment”. In 2010 that is exactly what will happen.

127 thoughts on “Horses, Women, Healthcare, Gays, Dimocrats, Beasts, And George W.

  1. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=9022746

    Nervous Democrats are on defense and emboldened Republicans sense opportunity heading into 2010 and the midterm elections. It was just three years ago that the GOP lost the House and Senate as well as governors’ races in a cross-country Democratic wave.

    Now, with most states under their control and comfortable majorities in Congress, Democrats must protect far more seats than Republicans: 19 governors’ mansions, 17 Senate seats and as many as 60 House districts in moderate-to-conservative regions and swing-voting areas.

    At this point, Democrats must do it in a more difficult political environment than in 2006 and 2008. [snip]

    Fear about the economy and anger at incumbents are coursing through the country, while independents wary of government expansion and federal spending under the president they helped elect are shifting toward Republicans.

    Democrats will be forced to explain votes and positions on the expensive economic stimulus plan, climate change legislation and, probably, the health care overhaul. Although Democrats have a popular president on their side, there are limits to Obama’s clout; Democratic gubernatorial candidates in New Jersey and Virginia lost last week even though he campaigned for them.

    Republicans hope to pick up seats by harnessing the sour public mood and voter wariness over Obama’s policies.

  2. admin
    November 7th, 2009 at 11:17 pm
    Nancy Pelousy is celebrating giving birth to this monstrosity.
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    like rosemary’s baby

  3. Thank you admin for immediatly focusing me on on what is wrong with the bill passed. Of course, the Women’s groups have failed us, and you have to wonder what the Gay’s are thinking now. Both groups have been left behind, or more correctly USED.

  4. Hmmm….

    From my point of view ,the only good thing to be gained from this proposal is that people will not have to fear bankruptcy from the wrong kind of illness, despite paying high premiums for coverage. However, that comes at greater cost, paying for care for illegal immigrants (which I strongly oppose, and reduced rights for women.

    Further, by the time this is effective I will probably be eligible for medicare….with reduced benefits. People like myself are being screwed again. Any plan that doesn’t reduce costs will be unpopular to say the least. Middle class taxpayers who are earning less and paying more for jsut about everything are tired of
    supporting “poor people”. I see major unrest coming.

  5. I still don’t understand what they did with abortion?? Did they give red meat to the right wingers with this bill?? Have they made it impossible to get an abortion in this country? Correct me if I am wrong, this bill still has a long way to go?

  6. Confloyd, Here is the Stupak (stupid) amendment:

    “What is the Stupak amendment?

    Congressman Bart Stupak (D-MI) is trying to radically change abortion law in this country today.
    A central promise of health care reform is that if you like the health care coverage you have, you can keep it. Today in America, millions of women who buy health care on their own or who get it through the small business employer have abortion care coverage. Congressman Stupak’s amendment would strip them of that coverage, breaking that central promise.

    Stupak wants to outlaw abortion coverage in the new health insurance Exchange, where individuals and small businesses will purchase their coverage. Instead, women would only be able to purchase abortion coverage in a “abortion rider” plan – a single-service plan that covers abortion only. Such an “abortion rider” is discriminatory and illogical. Women do not plan to have unintended pregnancies (or pregnancies in which a complication will arise that will require ending the pregnancy). In fact, about half of all pregnancies are unintended. Abortion is simply not something that women plan to insure against.

    Put simply, the Stupak amendment is a dramatic departure from current law which would restrict a women’s right to choose. What’s more, it would put an unprecedented restriction on people who pay for their own health insurance.

    http://www.openleft.com/diary/15915/dems-who-voted-for-the-stupak-amendment-to-restrict-womens-rights

  7. Yes, confloyd, the Senate would have to pass a bill and then it would go to conference with the House to come up with a final bill which would then be sent to the WH. The Senate bill will not be as liberal.

  8. The Senate bill will not be as liberal

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    This bill is liberal? The Stupak amendment is a huge step backwards for women. The senate is going to make it worse? How? By outlawing abortion for any reason?

  9. NECN/APTV: Berlin, Germany) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Berlin a day ahead of the celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

    Clinton is expected to make a keynote speech later on Sunday.

    A number of heads of state are expected take part in the events in Berlin marking the anniversary of the opening of the barrier that divided the city for nearly three decades.

    http://www.necn.com/Boston/World/2009/11/08/Clinton-arrives-ahead-of-20th/1257697088.html

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    There is a small video on this site of her arrival.

  10. Who is not surprised? The way wimmin were treated during the election, I’m not. It’s still early, we should plan on losing more of our rights. I’m hopping they’ll piss Hillary off enough to primary the 0ne. I still believe in Hope. The place, not the hopey changey kind.

  11. Admin, feeling quite depressed today. We have nowhere to turn.. The most fucking irony is that the speaker is an ultra liberal woman. What good is R vs.W? This will teach those poor, illiterate women to not misbehave and get impregnated, right? Abstinence, baby!! (because contraception is not affordable either).

  12. JanH @ 11:35
    Thanks for video of Hillary. Only bright spot in this lousy day as we are forced to remember all over again that we are not represented: Mr. Obama appeared in the Rose Garden about an hour after his meeting on Capitol Hill with members of the House Democratic caucus.

    “I reminded them that opportunities like this come around maybe once in a generation,’’ the president said, adding that “most public servants pass through their entire careers without” such an opportunity.

    “This is their moment,’’ the president said. “This is our moment to live up to the trust that the American people have placed in us, even when it’s hard – especially when it’s hard. This is our moment to deliver.’’

    prescriptions dot blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/07/obamas-in-the-house/

    The man’s tongue is not connected to reality, but on he goes.

  13. How do you all think the American public will react to this bill now that they will realize it’s certain to become a reality in the Senate? Isn’t the public support for the bill split?

  14. Joseph Cao: the lone Republican who voted for healthcare bill

    Joseph Cao, a House Republican from Louisiana, voted for healthcare bill Saturday night.

    By Gail Russell Chaddock November 8, 2009

    Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao (R) of Louisiana must not have gotten the message from House Republicans that no one in the GOP caucus – repeat no one – would vote with Democrats on a sweeping overhaul of the US healthcare system.

    In a vote late Saturday night, Representative Cao – a vulnerable freshman in a Democratic district still devastated by hurricane Katrina – broke ranks, casting the lone Republican vote for the legislation. “I have always said that I would put aside partisan wrangling to do the business of the people. My vote tonight was based on my priority of doing what is best for my constituents,” he said in a statement after the vote.

    In Cao’s district, 3 out of 4 voters chose Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential elections. In 2004, President Bush won only 24 percent of the vote here. The first Vietnamese-American elected to the US Congress, Cao last year defeated incumbent Rep. William Jefferson, after the eight-term Democrat was indicted for bribery.

    For House Republicans, battered by the 2006 and 2008 election cycles, Cao’s victory last year was a rare bright spot. In a memo to colleagues entitled “The Time Is Cao,” GOP leader John Boehner of Ohio called Cao’s successful campaign, which targeted ethics, as the way out of the wilderness for Republicans.

    Democrats pushed hard for Cao’s vote on healthcare, which gives at least a bit of bipartisan cover to the massive reform bill. Hours before the vote, Mr. Obama pledged to work with Cao on healthcare issues in the district.
    “Today, I obtained a commitment from President Obama that he and I will work together to address the critical health care issues of Louisiana including the FMAP crisis and community disaster loan forgiveness, as well as issues related to Charity and Methodist Hospitals. And, I call on my constituents to support me as I work with him on these issues,” he said in a message on his website. (The FMAP crisis refers to a sharp drop in federal matching funds for Medicaid, determined by Federal Medical Assistance Percentages.)

    A former Jesuit missionary, Cao gave Democrats his vote also on condition that they include an amendment that explicitly bans federal funding for abortion services. Speaker Nancy Pelosi agreed to allow a floor vote on the amendment after tough negotiations Friday night. The amendment passed, 240 to 197.

    Cao also said on his website: “Thanks to the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, taxpayer dollars will not go to supporting elective abortions, and for thousands of my constituents, this was a top priority. By incorporating this amendment into the health reform bill, my colleagues and I made this bill better, and that is an achievement of which I will always be proud.”

    http://features.csmonitor.com/politics/2009/11/08/joseph-cao-the-lone-republican-who-voted-for-healthcare-bill/

  15. November 08, 2009

    Obama Draws Criticism for Sitting Out Berlin Wall Anniversary

    The president does not plan to travel to Germany to attend the 20th anniversary celebration Monday of the fall of the Berlin Wall, drawing heated criticism from those who say he’s ignoring a shining triumph of American-inspired democracy.

    President Obama squeezed in a trip to Copenhagen last month to lobby, unsuccessfully, for Chicago to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. He plans to travel to Oslo next month to accept the Nobel Peace Prize, an award that even Obama has said he does not deserve. And this coming week, he sets out on a weeklong tour of Asia.

    But the president does not plan to travel to Germany to attend the 20th anniversary celebration Monday of the fall of the Berlin Wall, drawing heated criticism from those who say he’s ignoring a shining triumph of American-inspired democracy.

    “A tragedy,” is how former House Speaker Newt Gingrich described Obama’s absence.

    Some question whether the decision not to go was a nod to Russia, with which the Obama administration is trying to mend relations, or just another attempt to play down the perception of the United States as an exceptional superpower.

    For its part, the administration is citing a scheduling conflict. The White House says the president simply does not have the time to go, with the trip to Asia starting Wednesday. “Obviously we have a lot to work on here and we have commitments for an upcoming Asia trip,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday, noting that a “very senior delegation” of U.S. officials would attend.

    That delegation is led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who traveled to Berlin Sunday ahead of the festivities — the first stop for the secretary on a trip through Europe and Asia.

    Obama acknowledged the anniversary of the fall of the wall last week during his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “We are now moving towards the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down and Germany being reunified after so many painful years,” Obama said. “And this is a special moment for Chancellor Merkel, as somebody who grew up in East Germany, who understands what it’s like to be under the shadow of a dictatorial regime, and to see how freedom has bloomed in Germany, how it has become the centerpiece for a extraordinarily strong European Union.”

    He said the U.S.-Germany alliance is an “extraordinary pillar of the transatlantic relationship.”

    But some saw Obama’s decision not to travel personally to Berlin as a snub to Merkel, Germany and the history behind the anniversary.
    “Barack Is Too Busy,” Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine declared in a headline last month, writing that Obama had declined Merkel’s invitation.

    While Obama has traveled to Germany since taking office, he has not as president traveled to Berlin — the site of his major speech in July 2008 during his overseas campaign tour. During that speech, he acknowledged Berlin’s struggle, saying, “This city, of all cities, knows the dream of freedom.”

    Why then, critics asked, would the U.S. president not revisit that site to mark the culmination of that dream? After all, he has established himself as an intrepid traveler in office, setting off on a slew of overseas trips during his first 10 months on the job.

    On several of the stops he has expressed regret for past American behavior, but the Berlin Wall anniversary was seen as an opportunity for the president to honor an American and Western victory for which the U.S. need feel no regret.

    “It is a true shame that the president of the United States — this man who cloaks himself in the rhetoric of hope — won’t be pausing to remember,” Gingrich wrote in a column last week in The Washington Examiner.

    The National Review’s Rich Lowry wrote that the decision speaks to Obama’s “dismissive view of the Cold War as a relic distorting our thinking.”

    “John F. Kennedy famously told Berliners, ‘Ich bin ein Berliner.’ On the 20th anniversary of the last century’s most stirring triumph of freedom, Obama is telling them, ‘Ich bin beschaftigt’ — i.e., I’m busy,” he wrote. “Obama’s failure to go to Berlin is the most telling nonevent of his presidency. It’s hard to imagine any other American president eschewing the occasion.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/11/08/obama-draws-criticism-sitting-berlin-wall-anniversary/

  16. Sorry as I have been AWOL as I had been called to trial this week and await decision. Disappointed, but not surprised Pelosi pushed womens reproductive rights under the bus for the sake of her “place in history”. My view is 1/2 the country for it, 1/2 against it, and most Independents do not like big government. So in the end, yes, he will have gotten his health care bill(which will be mitigated a bit by the senate), but probably will not get too much political capital , and it may well unite the opposition in 2010. Thanks again to Adm for ‘Beat of Burden”…your musical taste is always excellent and on point.

  17. Has this been posted before? And would the guy do it?

    Coburn threatening to have bill read on Senate floor

    Sen. Tom Coburn, the Oklahoma Republican who developed a close friendship with President Obama when they served together in the Senate, is threatening to have the entire health care bill read on the Senate floor.

    Senior Senate Democratic aides had heard Coburn was considering having potentially thousands of pages read aloud in effort to stall passage. “If he did this it would be even outrageous for a guy who’s become known as Dr. No around here,” one of them told POLITICO.

    Coburn’s office confirmed that he is indeed thinking about having the bill read.

    “That’s a possibility,” Coburn spokesman John Hart said. “He wants to make sure everyone has a chance to read the bill.”

    Coburn, who has a reputation for using procedural rules to block and delay legislation, has been an outspoken critic of the president’s health care overhaul. He recently told the New York Times: “My mission is to frame this health care debate in terms of the fiscal ruin of this country. … I have instructed my staff to clear my schedule for every minute that bill is on the floor.”

    w w w.politico.com/livepulse/1109/Dr_No_threatening_to_have_bill_read_on_Senate_floor.html

  18. AmericanGal
    November 8th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

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    Shades of Jimmy Stewart and “Mr. Deeds goes to Washington”

  19. You know what gets me about this bill, everyone? It goes back to that cost sharing document we were discussing a couple days ago.

    The document from the CBO showed that those in the exchanges, would have to pay disproportionate amounts of their income toward health care. If you are at the poverty level, you pay 4% of your income. If you make more money, say 50,100 and are single, you pay 15% of your income and get no subsidies.

    Now contrast that with the German system — where everyone, regardless of how much you make, whether a 100/year or a 100,000/yr…you still pay 8% of your income.

    It’s simple things like this that the BOTs just don’t get….making their cries of “We want “UHC”!!!” all the more foolish and absurd.

    They don’t even know what they’re signing up for….the Madame Bovarians just want their trinkets.

  20. Last night Nancy Pelousy and the Democratic “leadership” strutted like George W. Bush on an aircraft carrier. Now the mission many Americans will demand is to get rid of last night’s “accomplishment”. In 2010 that is exactly what will happen.
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    I agree Admin and we can do it. They want us to be discouraged, they want us to lose hoe, they did this over and over and over again in the primaries, but we must not. We MUST continue to fight them and repeal this piece of sh*t legislation and we can. Oh yes we can. We have united to march in the hundreds of thousands in DC, probably million(s), we have written , phoned, faxed, and made attended town halls. The Independents ARE the new third party and come 2010 we will turn out in mass, as in Virginia, and throw the collective SOB’s out of OUR congress!

  21. Just got this by email. 64 DEOMCRATIC WOMEN SELL OUTS.

    In Pelosi’s House, 64 Democrats Sell Women Out – Taylor Marsh, Huffington Post (center splash feature)

    The first female Speaker of the House makes history by passing a health care bill that not only doesn’t have a robust public option, but also sells out women’s civil rights. The Republicans acted reprehensibly, heckling women lawmakers like the chamber was a frat house. With Catholic bishops making sure they had their say. But in the end the Stupak amendment passed, 240 yeas, 194 nays, 1 present, with the names of Dems who voted for it totaling 64; the health care bill passing 220 yeas, 215 nays. Now it’s up to the Senate and the conference, because if the Stupak amendment is in the final bill it will be a setback of monumental proportions for women.

    But let’s be honest. It was Pres. Obama who opened the door to sell us out when he decided to put the Hyde Amendment in the budget, something Bill Clinton never did. But Mr. Obama didn’t stop there. During the stimulus fight, at the first sign of displeasure, our President personally asked that contraceptives be taken out. Now the President seems ready to finish the job, with Democrats in the House helping him do it.

    This means that any woman opting to join the exchanges would not have access to full women’s health care and abortion coverage. Ezra Klein explains:

    Because of the limits placed on the exchanges, most of the participants will have some form of premium credit or affordable subsidy. That means most will be ineligible for abortion coverage. The idea that people are going to go out and purchase separate “abortion plans” is both cruel and laughable. If this amendment passes, it will mean that virtually all women with insurance through the exchange who find themselves in the unwanted and unexpected position of needing to terminate a pregnancy will not have coverage for the procedure. Abortion coverage will not be outlawed in this country. It will simply be tiered, reserved for those rich enough to afford insurance themselves or lucky enough to receive from their employers. Of course, this discussion on health care doesn’t impact wealthier women or women with access and means. Something I never forget.

    … .. It was back in the late 1970s and I was living on the New Jersey coast, just outside New York, before I hit Broadway. My boyfriend and I were very careful about sex, never forgetting to use contraception. In fact, we both protected ourselves so we wouldn’t become one of the small minority where protection doesn’t work. It happened anyway. It’s a very personal story, but lets just say what I went through never leaves my consciousness.

    After what I experienced so long ago, to this day I think of poor women who don’t have the support or means to take care of themselves. What might have happened if my boyfriend hadn’t supported my decision, but also helped me pull it off. The desperation women must feel when they have so system on which they can rely, so they’re forced to endure a pregnancy and a child they cannot handle. I put myself in their place and I shudder at what might have been for me.

    There is no health care bill worth supporting that sells out women’s civil rights.

    Right now every woman who values her civil rights should understand how the gay community feels. Democrats just sold us out too.

    Progressives in the House should have killed the bill.
    Civil rights begin with autonomy over our own body. If we don’t have that we have nothing. So, to hear Rep. Clyburn talk about “privacy rights” after passing the House bill was laughable.

    But at least Mr. Obama and Speaker Pelosi’s Democratic House got us closer to an “historic health care win.” That they did it on the backs of women’s civil rights isn’t mentioned, though some of us will never forget.

    It’s up to the Senate now and the conference to strip Stupak out, with help from Pres. Obama, of course. He will help, right?

  22. This will be interesting. What way would Obama try and weasel out of it.

    Major Hassan murders will be tried as a military crime.

    Barack Obama would have to personally approve the death sentence if Major Nidal Malik Hasan is convicted and sentenced to execution for the Fort Hood massacre as he is COC of the military.

    No member of the US military has been put to death since the 1961 hanging of Army Private John Bennett for rape.

    In his memoirs he said capital punishment “does little to deter crime” but he supports it in cases “so heinous, so beyond the pale, that the community is justified in expressing the full measure of its outrage by meting out the ultimate punishment”.

    Mr Obama and his wife Michelle are due to attend a memorial service in Fort Hood on Tuesday.

    The president will be constrained in what he can say. Any comment which prejudges guilt or sentence could later be cited by defence lawyers as “unlawful command influence”. That would extend an already lengthy military appeals process.

    Hasan, who is still in hospital after being shot four times, is expected to be charged with 13 counts of murder.

    Under the military legal system the case would be heard by a panel of 12 officers, all of whom have to outrank Hasan.

  23. i’m not sure the insanity plea is gonna fly, from what i read, a lot of the killing looked very premeditated, almost cold.

  24. Moon, Squat has to be wee-weeing up at this.

    Lieberman’s on the warpath.
    A senior U.S. senator on Sunday said the shootings at Fort Hood could have been a terrorist attack, and that he would launch a congressional investigation into whether the U.S. military could have prevented it.

    Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut who heads the Senate’s Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, said initial evidence suggested that the alleged shooter, Army Major Nidal Hasan, was a “self-radicalized, home-grown terrorist” who had turned to Islamic extremism while under personal stress.

    Mr. Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, had opened fire Thursday at a soldier processing center at Fort Hood, Tex., killing 13 and wounding 29 in the worst mass shooting on a military facility in the U.S.

    Mr. Lieberman, appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” cautioned that it remained too early to draw any definitive conclusions. He said his comments were based on “reports that we are receiving” about Mr. Hasan’s actions and comments.

    The Army’s top officer, Gen. George Casey, wouldn’t rule out that the shooting was an act of terrorism, but cautioned against speculation at this point. “We all want to know what happened and what motivated the suspect, but we need to … let the investigation take its course,” he told ABC News’s “This Week.”

    Mr. Lieberman said that if news reports were true that Mr. Hasan had turned to Islamic extremism, “the murder of these 13 people was a terrorist act and, in fact, it was the most-destructive terrorist act to be committed on American soil since 9/11.”

  25. Hey, Nappy!

    How about deflecting anti-American backlash?

    Homeland chief warns against anti-Muslim backlash

    (AP) – 12 hours ago

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — The U.S. Homeland Security secretary says she is working to prevent a possible wave of anti-Muslim sentiment after the shootings at Fort Hood in Texas.

    Janet Napolitano says her agency is working with groups across the United States to try to deflect any backlash against American Muslims following Thursday’s rampage by Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim who reportedly expressed growing dismay over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    The shootings left 13 people dead and 29 wounded.

    Napolitano was in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday for talks with security officials and a meeting with women university students in Abu Dhabi.

  26. birdgal, thanks for explaining the stupak amendment. I just can’t believe the lefties allowed the right wing nut to do this to the women’s right to chose. Well I can understand it if you think about who is in charge of WH. You see when you allow a muslim to run our govt. you will loose women’s rights. Get ready there will be more.

    I was born and raised 14 miles from the Mexican border in a little town named Edinburg. I am 59 years old and therefore remember hearing how many young girls died or left childless trying to get illegal abortions. Its a travesty we are going to be a third world country in more than just the economy if we don’t vote the extremists out of our govt. The left goes too far and the right goes to far. Centrists should be ruling with their common sense.
    I am so disheartened. They daily desecrate Hillary, Palin and any strong women, so expect more of what of what we have seen in the last two days.

  27. confloyd,

    Aand with the emboldening and overt encouragement of Islamic policy, expect women’s rights to deteriorate even further.

  28. The only thing that brought a smile to my face today was that clip of Zenyatta winning the Breeder’s Cup.

    But what happened to Mine that Bird? 🙁

  29. Well, I guess he is just a crazy democrat. Or maybe he is what the lefties always called Bill Clinton which is a republican. Whatever you want to call him he is nuts.

  30. What is also disheartening, is that the “progressive” caucus voted for the health insurance reform bill. They had no political courage to draw a line in the sand and say “no way.” As Hillary Clinton said, “Women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights.” So, the dimocrats sold women down the river. It is time for tears and anger that this bill passed with such an egregious amendment attached to it. The dims should be ashamed of themselves.

  31. New article spelling out how the Senate will deal with the HC bill:

    , Associated Press Writer Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, Associated Press Writer – 26 mins ago

    WASHINGTON – The glow from a health care triumph faded quickly for President Barack Obama on Sunday as Democrats realized the bill they fought so hard to pass in the House has nowhere to go in the Senate.

    Speaking from the Rose Garden about 14 hours after the late Saturday vote, Obama urged senators to be like runners on a relay team and “take the baton and bring this effort to the finish line on behalf of the American people.”

    The problem is that the Senate won’t run with it. The government health insurance plan included in the House bill is unacceptable to a few Democratic moderates who hold the balance of power in the Senate.

    If a government plan is part of the deal, “as a matter of conscience, I will not allow this bill to come to a final vote,” said Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Connecticut independent whose vote Democrats need to overcome GOP filibusters.

    “The House bill is dead on arrival in the Senate,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said dismissively.

    Democrats did not line up to challenge him. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has yet to schedule floor debate and hinted last week that senators may not be able to finish health care this year.

    Nonetheless, the House vote provided an important lesson in how to succeed with less-than-perfect party unity, and one that Senate Democrats may be able to adapt. House Democrats overcame their own divisions and broke an impasse that threatened the bill after liberals grudgingly accepted tougher restrictions on abortion funding, as abortion opponents demanded.

    In Senate, the stumbling block is the idea of the government competing with private insurers. Liberals may have to swallow hard and accept a deal without a public plan in order to keep the legislation alive. As in the House, the compromise appears to be to the right of the political spectrum.

    Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, who voted for a version of the Senate bill in committee, has given the Democrats a possible way out. She’s proposing to allow a government plan as a last resort, if after a few years premiums keep escalating and local health insurance markets remain in the grip of a few big companies. This is the “trigger” option.

    That approach appeals to moderates such as Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. “If the private market fails to reform, there would be a fallback position,” Landrieu said last week. “It should be triggered by choice and affordability, not by political whim.”

    Lieberman said he opposes the public plan because it could become a huge and costly entitlement program. “I believe the debt can break America and send us into a recession that’s worse than the one we’re fighting our way out of today,” he said.

    For now, Reid is trying to find the votes for a different approach: a government plan that states could opt out of.

    The Senate is not likely to jump ahead this week on health care. Reid will keep meeting with senators to see if he can work out a political formula that will give him not only the 60 votes needed to begin debate, but the 60 needed to shut off discussion and bring the bill to a final vote.

    Toward the end of the week, the Congressional Budget Office may report back with a costs and coverage estimate on Reid’s bill, which he assembled from legislation passed by the Finance Committee and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. The Finance Committee version does not include a government plan.

    Reid has pledged to Obama that he will get the bill done by the end of the year and remains committed to doing that, according to a Senate leadership aide.

    Both the House and Senate bills gradually would extend coverage to nearly all Americans by providing government subsidies to help pay premiums. The measures would bar insurers’ practices such as charging more to those in poor health or denying them coverage altogether.

    All Americans would be required to carry health insurance, either through an employer, a government plan or by purchasing it on their own.

    To keep down costs, the government subsidies and consumer protections don’t take effect until 2013. During the three-year transition, both bills would provide $5 billion in federal dollars to help get coverage for people with medical problems who are turned down by private insurers.

    Both House and Senate would expand significantly the federal-state Medicaid health program for low-income people.

    The majority of people with employer-provided health insurance would not see changes. The main beneficiaries would be some 30 million people who have no coverage at work or have to buy it on their own. The legislation would create a federally regulated marketplace where they could shop for coverage.

    The are several major differences between the bills.

    _The House would require employers to provide coverage; the Senate does not.

    _The House would pay for the coverage expansion by raising taxes on upper-income earners; the Senate uses a variety of taxes and fees, including a levy on high-cost insurance plans.

    _The House plan costs about $1.2 trillion over 10 years; the Senate version is under $900 billion.

    By defusing the abortion issue — at least for now — the House may have helped the long-term prospects for the bill. Catholic bishops also eager to expand society’s safety net may yet endorse the final legislation.

    w w w.sltrib.com/news/ci_13743269

  32. November 8th, 2009

    Clinton pushes for cooperation on confronting extremism

    By David Alexander

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used an awards ceremony Sunday in Berlin to push European allies for greater cooperation in confronting extremism, nuclear proliferation and other challenges of the 21st century.

    Her remarks came as thousands of people crowded into the city on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall. “We should look to the examples of the generations who brought us successfully through the 20th century and once again together chart a clear and common course to safeguard our people and our planet, defeat violent extremists and prevent nuclear proliferation,” Clinton said.

    “We need to form an even stronger partnership to bring down the walls of the 21st century and to confront those who hide behind them,” Clinton said, like suicide bombers and those who attack girls for trying to go to school.

    “In place of these new walls, we must renew the trans-Atlantic alliance as a cornerstone of a global architecture of cooperation,” she said.

    Clinton’s remarks come as President Barack Obama is facing a difficult decision on whether to deploy additional troops to Afghanistan. The administration has had difficulty convincing European allies to shoulder a bigger role in the conflict, and analysts said Clinton’s call for renewed commitment was not likely to change that.

    “Facing difficult pressures on Afghanistan, the Obama administration marked the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall by revving up a rhetorical trope that President Bush favored –- drawing a parallel between the Cold War and the fight against radical Islamist terrorism,” said Tom Carothers, an analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

    “Europeans and others never found it very convincing under Bush,” he added. “I suspect they won’t like it much better now.”

    The awards ceremony, held by the Atlantic Council, honored the citizens of several countries involved in the Cold War struggle for freedom, from the United States and Germany to Poland and the former Czechoslovakia.

    U.S. and European officials reminisced about the collapse of the Iron Curtain on Nov. 9, 1989. The events that led to the collapse of communism were not inevitable, they said, and did not lead to the conflict-free world that many people predicted.

    “Challenges are endless,” said former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who introduced Clinton. “Every solution of one problem is an admission ticket to another problem.”

    Kissinger, who served Republican President Richard Nixon, said a journalist had asked him to write a thousand-word assessment of Democrat Clinton.

    “I said, ‘What do I say after the first three words?” Kissinger said.

    “He said, ‘What are those three words?’”

    “I said, ‘I like Hillary.’”

    http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/2009/11/08/clinton-pushes-for-cooperation-on-confronting-extremism/

  33. Clinton uses Wall’s fall as rallying cry against extremism

    By Lachlan Carmichael

    BERLIN — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday used the anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall as a rallying cry for a reinvigorated US-European push to free those oppressed by religious extremism.

    Clinton’s appeal in Berlin came as President Barack Obama’s administration mulled a new strategy for Afghanistan and sought greater European support for defeating Islamist extremists.

    “Our history did not end the night the wall came down,” Clinton told current and former European and US political heavyweights on the eve of the 20th anniversary of an event that symbolised the end of the Cold War.

    “It began anew,” Clinton said in a key-note speech hosted by the Atlantic Alliance. “To expand freedom to more people, we cannot accept that freedom does not belong to all people. We cannot allow oppression defined and justified by religion or tribe to replace that of (communist) ideology,” she said.

    The chief US diplomat recalled how German Chancellor Angela Merkel, during a visit to Washington last week, spoke of the walls of the last century and “the less visible but equally daunting walls” of today.

    “These are walls between the present and the future, walls between modernity and nihilistic attitudes, walls that divide our common heart, that deny progress and opportunity to the many who yearn for both,” Clinton said.

    Clinton highlighted the moment that Merkel would on Monday walk through the heart of once-divided Berlin as a moment that “should be a call to action, not just a commemoration of past actions.

    “That call should spur us to continue our cooperation and to look for new ways that we can meet the challenges that freedom faces now,” Clinton said. “We owe it to ourselves and to those who yearn for the same freedoms that are enjoyed and even taken for granted in Berlin today.

    “And we need to form an even stronger partnership to bring down the walls of the 21st century and to confront those who hide behind them: the suicide bombers, those who murder and maim girls whose only wish is to go to school.

    “In place of these new walls, we must renew the trans-Atlantic alliance as a cornerstone of a global architecture of cooperation,” Clinton added.

    Thomas Carothers, an analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, said Clinton was echoing the Bush administration in drawing a parallel between the Cold War and the fight against extremism.

    “Facing difficult pressures on Afghanistan, the Obama administration marked the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall by revving up a rhetorical trope that President Bush favored,” Carothers told AFP in an email.

    “Europeans and others never found it very convincing under Bush,” he said. “I suspect they won’t like it much better now.”

    Brent Scowcroft, national security advisor for US president George Bush senior when the Wall fell in 1989, said the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is still looking for a “new strategic concept” after the fall of communism.

    In a speech to the same gathering here, he also expressed concern that the transatlantic alliance no longer has “an intimacy of dialogue” that it had in 1989, when Bush consulted frequently with then chancelor Helmut Kohl.

    “It’s important that we restore that closeness in order that we all can face in unity the challenges confronting us in a very… difficult world,” Scowcroft told the audience.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jT6Dnm8Ai0yoCaUaWcHf-DgpsO2w

  34. Clinton Urges Europeans to Bring Down “Walls” of Terrorism, Oppression

    By David Gollust
    Berlin
    09 November 2009

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday urged U.S. European allies to mobilize the same energy and values that won the Cold War to tackle contemporary problems, including terrorism and climate change. Clinton spoke at an event in the German capital on the eve of official observances of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

    Clinton’s keynote speech at a dinner organized by the Atlantic Council was more an appeal for unity among the expanded NATO alliance than a commemoration of the transformative events in Berlin two decades ago.

    With the North Atlantic Treaty Organization facing divisions over the war in Afghanistan and advanced economies struggling for a united approach on climate change, the Secretary of State urged alliance states to again summon the resolve and idealism that won the Cold War. “We owe it to ourselves and to those who yearn for the same freedoms that are enjoyed and even taken for granted in Berlin today. And we need to form an even stronger partnership to bring down the walls of the 21st century and to confront those who hide behind them – the suicide bombers, those who murder and maim girls whose only wish is to go to school, leaders who chose their own fortunes over the fortunes of their people,” she said.

    Clinton said the United States and its European partners should look at the example of the generations that brought them through the 20th century to combat violent extremism, nuclear proliferation and climate change. “European countries have been leaders in addressing the economic and social development challenges of the world. We need to continue our work on an economic recovery. And we need to continue to promote democracy and human rights beyond freedom’s current frontiers, so that citizens everywhere are afforded the opportunity to pursue their dreams and live up to their own God-given potential,” she said.

    Clinton is in Berlin, heading a bipartisan U.S. delegation to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. U.S. delegates include former U.S. National Security Advisers Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft.

    Clinton is having bilateral meetings on the margins of the Berlin Wall events and is expected to discuss Iran’s nuclear program, among other issues, in a meeting on Monday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

    The secretary of state discussed northern European issues on Sunday in a joint meeting with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and his Latvian counterpart, Valdis Zatlers.

    http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-11-09-voa2.cfm

  35. November 8th, 2009

    Clinton pushes for cooperation on confronting extremism

    by David Alexander

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used an awards ceremony Sunday in Berlin to push European allies for greater cooperation in confronting extremism, nuclear proliferation and other challenges of the 21st century. Her remarks came as thousands of people crowded into the city on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall.

    “We should look to the examples of the generations who brought us successfully through the 20th century and once again together chart a clear and common course to safeguard our people and our planet, defeat violent extremists and prevent nuclear proliferation,” Clinton said.

    “We need to form an even stronger partnership to bring down the walls of the 21st century and to confront those who hide behind them,” Clinton said, like suicide bombers and those who attack girls for trying to go to school.
    “In place of these new walls, we must renew the trans-Atlantic alliance as a cornerstone of a global architecture of cooperation,” she said.

    Clinton’s remarks come as President Barack Obama is facing a difficult decision on whether to deploy additional troops to Afghanistan. The administration has had difficulty convincing European allies to shoulder a bigger role in the conflict, and analysts said Clinton’s call for renewed commitment was not likely to change that.

    “Facing difficult pressures on Afghanistan, the Obama administration marked the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall by revving up a rhetorical trope that President Bush favored –- drawing a parallel between the Cold War and the fight against radical Islamist terrorism,” said Tom Carothers, an analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “Europeans and others never found it very convincing under Bush,” he added. “I suspect they won’t like it much better now.”

    The awards ceremony, held by the Atlantic Council, honored the citizens of several countries involved in the Cold War struggle for freedom, from the United States and Germany to Poland and the former Czechoslovakia.

    U.S. and European officials reminisced about the collapse of the Iron Curtain on Nov. 9, 1989. The events that led to the collapse of communism were not inevitable, they said, and did not lead to the conflict-free world that many people predicted.

    “Challenges are endless,” said former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who introduced Clinton. “Every solution of one problem is an admission ticket to another problem.”

    Kissinger, who served Republican President Richard Nixon, said a journalist had asked him to write a thousand-word assessment of Democrat Clinton.

    “I said, ‘What do I say after the first three words?” Kissinger said.

    “He said, ‘What are those

    http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/2009/11/08/clinton-pushes-for-cooperation-on-confronting-extremism/

  36. Here is a comment that Kissinger made today in Germany:

    “Challenges are endless,” said former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who introduced Clinton. “Every solution of one problem is an admission ticket to another problem.”

    Kissinger, who served Republican President Richard Nixon, said a journalist had asked him to write a thousand-word assessment of Democrat Clinton.

    “I said, ‘What do I say after the first three words?” Kissinger said.

    “He said, ‘What are those three words?’”

    “I said, ‘I like Hillary.’”

    (I tried to post the full article but for some reason it won’t go through).

    http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/2009/11/08/clinton-pushes-for-cooperation-on-confronting-extremism/

  37. Alleged shooter tied to mosque of 9/11 hijackers

    By PAMELA HESS

    WASHINGTON — The family of the alleged Fort Hood shooter held his mother’s funeral at the same Virginia mosque that two Sept. 11 hijackers attended in 2001, at a time when a radical imam preached there.

    Whether the Fort Hood shooter associated with the hijackers is something the FBI will probably look into, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

    The family of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who killed 13 and wounded 29 at the Texas military base, held his mother’s funeral at the Dar al Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Va., on May 31, 2001, according to her obituary in the Roanoke Times newspaper.

    In 2001, Anwar Aulaqi was an imam, or spiritual leader, at the Washington-area mosque. Aulaqi told the FBI in 2001 that, before he moved to Virginia in early 2001, he met with 9/11 hijacker Nawaf al-Hazmi several times in San Diego. Al-Hazmi was at the time living with Khalid al-Mihdhar, another hijacker. Al-Hazmi and another hijacker, Hani Hanjour, attended the Dar al Hijrah mosque in Virginia in early April 2001.

    In his FBI interview, Aulaqi denied ever meeting with al-Hazmi and Hanjour while in Virginia.
    Aulaqi, a native-born U.S. citizen, left the United States in 2002, eventually traveling to Yemen. He was investigated by the FBI in 1999 and 2000 after it was learned that he may have been contacted by a possible procurement agent for Osama bin Laden. During this investigation, the FBI learned that Aulaqi knew people involved in raising money for Hamas, a Palestinian group on the U.S. State Department’s terrorist list.

    Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, outreach director at Dar al Hijrah, said he did not know whether Hasan ever attended the mosque but confirmed that the Hasan family participated in services there. Abdul-Malik said the Hasans were not leaders at the mosque and their attendance was utterly normal.

    The Falls Church mosque is one of the largest on the East Coast, and thousands of worshippers attend prayers and services there every week. Abdul-Malik said it’s a mistake for people to conflate regular attendance at a mosque with extremism. Many Muslims pray at the mosque multiple times a day, he said. “It’s part of family life. It’s like going out for ice cream after dinner.”

    Faizul Khan, former imam of the Muslim Community Center in nearby Silver Spring, Md., where Hasan also worshipped, said he was not aware that Hasan had attended services at Dar al Hijrah but said it would not be unusual for Hasan to attend more than one mosque concurrently. Khan said he did not recall Hasan mentioning having been taught or preached to by Aulaqi.

    The London Telegraph first reported the potential link between Hasan and the mosque.

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey said Sunday it’s important for the country not to get caught up in speculation about Hasan’s Muslim faith, and he has instructed his commanders to be on the lookout for anti-Muslim reaction to the killings at the Texas post.

    He says focusing on the Islamic roots of the suspected shooter could “heighten the backlash” against all Muslims in the military. Casey says diversity in the military “gives us strength.”
    Casey declined to answer questions about the investigation into the shooting, but said evidence to this point shows that Hasan acted alone. He toured Fort Hood on Friday with Army Secretary John McHugh.

    Casey appeared on ABC’s “This Week” and CNN’s “State of the Union.”

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hDlRkRffovJlX8OT05h89h3zfgWwD9BRMIN01

  38. “a significant step backwards. This effort will effectively ban abortion coverage in all plans”

    Significant step? I call that a giant leap backwards. It’s more ‘significant’ than overturning Roe v. Wade. Even if the Supreme Court overturned Roe, individual states would still have to pass abortion bans. Losing Roe would have no effect in solidly pro-choice states. Pelosi’s bill will affect all states immediately.

    Miranda says: “You have the right to an attorney. If you can’t afford one, an attorney will be provided for you.”

    Pelosi says: “You have a right to an abortion. But only if you can afford to pay for it out-of-pocket.”

  39. Both House and Senate would expand significantly the federal-state Medicaid health program for low-income people.

    The majority of people with employer-provided health insurance would not see changes. The main beneficiaries would be some 30 million people who have no coverage at work or have to buy it on their own. The legislation would create a federally regulated marketplace where they could shop for coverage.
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    We already cover millions, upon millions, of people, and when you factor in the immigrants that will ‘somehow” become card carrying AMERICANS, YOU CAN EXPECT THIS NUMBER TO SWELL TO 45 MILLION plus the say 40 million we already cover. I work on a Detox unit and I can tell you that the staff is pretty fed up wit the “disability recipients ” we take care of on our dime that the “gov’ has bestowed Medicaid and monthly cash for their “disability” only to walk out the door, pay the drug dealer, or buy the booze across the street and turn around 3 weeks later and get admitted because they no longer have money to pay the rent or eat. Over, and over again.

    I actually did a group today and out of 9 people, 6 were on “disability” and complaining that since they don’t “have” to work anymore, well it’s just so depressing….

  40. I keep remembering a movie where Jack Nickelson, A Few Good Men I believe, being interrogated by no other than Tom Cruise, and I think this is fitting , and Jack saying, “You don’t want to know what we do to keep this Country safe”…we need some Jacks in charge right about now I think!. Jack was I was in the throws of my liberal self I thought, “he’s right”. Found this @ American Thinker
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    November 08, 2009
    Not A Parody
    Jack Cashill

    The following message was sent by the Rev. J. Paul Womack, pastor of the Hurlbut Memorial Community Church. The church is located on the grounds of the famed Chautauqua Institution, an affluent summer cultural center in Western New York. Over the years, Chautauqua has made a leftward turn away from its Christian heritage and towards an “Abrahamic” outlook, one that celebrates “the three great faiths” that descended from Abraham. The Chautauqua Institution was the subject of an unflattering profile in my 2000 novel, 2006: The Chautauqua Rising.

    Dear Chautauqua Community:

    Your hearts are made sad and your minds bewildered by the events yesterday at Fort Hood, Texas. During my military duty between 2003-2005, I served in a Soldier Readiness Center at Fort Dix, New Jersey and saw, as a Chaplain, thousands of soldiers as they processed for deployment.

    The emotions ranged from anxiety and fear to excitement and pride. As Soldiers expressed their range of feelings and dealt with the stress of leaving, we never once saw actions as horrible as yesterday’s event. I share this to reaffirm to you that most people, including military personnel, handle their situations with maturity and skill. In other words, please do not stereotype our soldiers as anything other than human

    beings doing their best to look out for one another under extraordinary pressures.

    I say that because of comments I have heard and fear a revival of the notion that all veterans are mad like “Rambo”; however, the most damaging comment I heard was from a radio entertainer/commentator seeking to insinuate the shooter’s religion was a factor in his madness. I deplore this fear-mongering and wish to express, now as a participant

    in an “organized religion”, my own personal dismay at such public comments. How odd I did not hear this commentator suggest the alleged shooter’s vocational choice was the cause of his behavior. I know I really need not remind any of us that stereotypes and insinuations only add to the climate of stress and mistrust and can create the climate for

    violence. I am going to assume enough suffered yesterday

    without adding to it. And I assume, too, we do not have enough information to draw an conclusions as to what motivations prompted this terrible and sad moment.

    What can you do? In your own way, offer words of intercession and petition to the creator of the universe that there be healing for all victims. Ask, too, that violence in all its forms, overt and covert, direct and subtle, end as compassion and hope become sufficient to overcome fear and hatred. Challenge any comment that demeans any human because of their faith or non-faith orientation and ensure that this nation do all it can to bind up the wounded bodies and hearts of those it asks to serve and have been so injured.

    As a soldier, I was never personally tempted to kill and never wanted to, but I have been tempted to despair and have experienced spiritual darkness of sufficient depth to want my enemy destroyed. Pray for grace and peace for those whose journey takes them to such a place and offer to them a hand of friendship that promises we can all reach the beloved

    community.

    Thank you,

    Paul Womack

  41. canaan, you said that “Pelosi says that a person has a right to an abortion, but only if they can pay for it”.

    Oh how the democratic party has changed, it is now younger, richer and more urban.

    THEY AREN’T CONCERNED AT POOR PEOPLE’S RIGHTS ANYMORE, ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE FEMALE.

    DISGUSTING!

  42. From NQ….
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    Then two blogs, biased-bbc and the jawa report, posted audio from a bbc interview where another mosque member expressed no sympathy with the injured.

    The Jawa Report transcribed a portion of the interview:

    Duane : I’m not going to condemn him for what he did. I don’t know why he did it. I will not, absolutely not, condemn him for what he had done though. If he had done it for selfish reasons I still will not condemn him. He’s my brother in the end. I will never condemn him.

    Gavin Lee : There might be a lot of people shocked to hear you say that.

    Duane: Well, that’s the way it is. I don’t speak for the community here but me personally I will not condemn him.

    Gavin Lee : What are your thoughts towards those that were victims in this?

    Duane : They were, in the end, they were troops who were going to Afghanistan and Iraq to kill Muslims. I honestly have no pity for them. It’s just like the majority of the people that will hear this, after five or six minutes they’ll be shocked, after that they’ll forget about them and go on their day.

    ://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/2009/11/08/duane-or-sgt-kamal/#comment-1274898

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    Obamacare Endorsements: What the Bribe Was

    Sunday, November 8, 2009 10:39 AM

    By: Dick Morris & Eileen McGann Article Font Size

    As the suicidal Democratic congressmen proceed to rubber-stamp the Obama healthcare reform despite the drubbing their party took in the ’09 elections, the president trotted out the endorsements of the AMA and the AARP to stimulate support. But these – and the other endorsements – his package has received are all bought and paid for.

    Here are the deals:

    The American Medical Association (AMA) was facing a 21 percent cut in physicians’ reimbursements under the current law. Obama promised to kill the cut if they backed his bill. The cuts are the fruit of a law requiring annual 5 percent to 6 percent reductions in doctor reimbursements for treating Medicare patients. Bravely, each year Congress has rolled the cuts over, suspending them but not repealing them. So each year, the accumulated cuts threaten doctors. By now, they have risen to 21 percent. With this blackmail leverage, Obama compelled the AMA to support his bill…or else!

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    The AARP got a financial windfall in return for its support of the healthcare bill. Over the past decade, the AARP has morphed from an advocacy group to an insurance company (through its subsidiary company). It is one of the main suppliers of Medi-gap insurance, a high-cost, privately purchased coverage that picks up where Medicare leaves off. But President Bush-43 passed the Medicare Advantage program, which offered a subsidized, lower-cost alternative to Medi-gap. Under Medicare Advantage, the elderly get all the extra coverage they need plus coordinated, well-managed care, usually by the same physician. So more than 10 million seniors went with Medicare Advantage, cutting into AARP Medi-gap revenues.

    Presto! Obama solved their problem. He eliminates subsidies for Medicare Advantage. The elderly will have to pay more for coverage under Medigap, but the AARP — which supposedly represents them — will make more money. (If this galls you, join the American Seniors Association, the alternative group; contact sbarton@americanseniors.org. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .)

    The drug industry backed ObamaCare and, in return, got a 10-year limit of $80 billion on cuts in prescription drug costs. (A drop in the bucket of their almost $3 trillion projected cost over the next decade.) They also got administration assurances that it will continue to bar lower-cost Canadian drugs from coming into the U.S. All it had to do was put its formidable advertising budget at the disposal of the administration.

    Insurance companies got access to 40 million potential new customers. But when the Senate Finance Committee lowered the fine that would be imposed on those who don’t buy insurance from $3,500 to $1,500, the insurance companies jumped ship and now oppose the bill, albeit for the worst of motives.

    The only industry that refused to knuckle under was the medical device makers. They stood for principle and wouldn’t go along with Obama’s blackmail. So the Senate Finance Committee retaliated by imposing a tax on medical devices such as automated wheelchairs, pacemakers, arterial stents, prosthetic limbs, artificial knees and hips and other necessary accoutrements of healthcare.

    So these endorsements are not freely given, but bought and paid for by an administration that is intent on passing its program at any cost.

  44. Jack was I was in the throws of my liberal self I thought, “he’s right”. Found this @ American Thinker
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    That sentence somehow got pretty screwed up. I tried to say i was firmly planted in my liberal self and STILL believed what jack was saying was spot on.

    NOW to bed, I use to say I work overtime for the billionaires, now I have to add 45 million more to that …ah, a woman’s work is never done…

  45. great posts….could not agree more with the continued theft of the american taxpayer and this sham of health reform…and how the need for job creation is just on some O back burner…a little lip service…but no action…

    *****************************88

    Zenyatta was phenomenal…what a race…she is the Hillary Clinton of horse racing…amazing!

  46. gonzotx
    November 8th, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Obama continues to treat Muslims and people of color with kid gloves while they insult and kill Americans. Pearl Harbor is the equivalent of the WTC. Why aren’t Muslims who are suspected of subversive activities treated to the same camps as the Japanese during WWII? If a Japanese individual had spoken of America/Americans as Duane just did, the FBI would have arrested him for questioning to assess the depth of his activism if he is a danger to Americans. What is wrong with this picture?

  47. S

    Zenyatta was phenomenal…what a race…she is the Hillary Clinton of horse racing…amazing!

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

    I agree- She ran an unbelievable race, for a moment she outshined the magnificent Rachael Alexander. You watch- ‘Greed’ will beg a match race between the two fillys promoting it as the biggest race in history. Hopefully, the owners won’t succumb to the pressure and think more of their animal’s wellbeing rather than the millions they can generate in less than 3 minutes..

  48. A shout out to my freshman Congressman Murphy who voted no on HCR!

    I covered a meeting back in July at one of Catskill’s sleepy little resort towns only it wasn’t so sleepy and he was stunned not only by the number of people who turned out (over 200) but at their passion.

    He LISTENED to the people.

  49. Zenyatta had a New Mexico Jockey. Yes, in one year, an unknown NM Horse takes the Kentucky Derby, and the triple crown with 2nd and 3rd place finished, and now a Filley ridden by a NM Jockey wins again.

    We are enjoying our new found fame. It takes our minds off of the pay to play scandal, that involves the Governor staff, but not the Governor. Ya, sure.

  50. My congressman, Carney, had been hanging pretty tough, but he caved on this. Now I will support no incumbent candidate financially. Found this at Rasmussen; if true, indicates Pelousy has embraced her master’s tricks:

    “The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee health care bill includes a provision that would allow parents to keep their children as dependents on their health care policies until age 26. Not to be outdone, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced last month that, as Congressional Quarterly reported, the House bill “will allow young people to stay on their parents’ policies until age 27.” Do I hear age 28? Why not 30? As long as Washington is giving away private health care coverage, why not eliminate the age cap entirely?

    The House plan enjoys the support of a new group, “the Young Invincibles,” an organization, Pelosi explained “formed to get young adults behind the campaign for health insurance reform.” Eureka. Pelosi has found the way to get young adults behind health care reform — have mom and dad (or their employers) pay for it. Of course young adults are jumping on the bandwagon.

    www dot rasmussenreports.com/public_content/political_commentary/commentary_by_debra_j_saunders/d_c_s_failure_to_launch_national_health_care_policy

  51. Iran Charges 3 US Detainees with Espionage

    By VOA News
    09 November 2009

    Iran’s official news agency, IRNA, reports three detained U.S. citizens have been charged with espionage. Tehran’s general prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi said Monday that investigations are continuing.

    The three Americans were detained on July 31 for entering Iran illegally, after they apparently strayed across the border while on a hike in northern Iraq.

    Speaking in Berlin Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Washington believes there is no evidence to support any charge whatsoever. She again appealed to Iranian authorities to exercise compassion and release the trio.

    The detainees’ families issued a statement last week, saying Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal have had two consular visits with Swiss diplomats at Evin prison in Tehran. The first visit was in September and the second was last Thursday. Switzerland represents U.S. interests in Iran.

    The families say the hikers are in good physical shape.

    http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-11-09-voa21.cfm

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    And still obama procrastinates and is determined to give Iran as much time as it needs regarding it’s nuclear weapons.

  52. US, Germany increase pressure on Afghan’s Karzai
    By MATTHEW LEE (AP) – 53 minutes ago

    BERLIN — The United States and Germany are stepping up pressure on Afghan President Hamid Karzai to implement major reforms and crack down on rampant corruption.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Monday that international assistance to Afghanistan depends on Karzai improving the quality of his government and delivering needed services to the Afghan people.

    After talks in the German capital, Clinton and Westerwelle also renewed warnings to Iran that unless it comes clean on its suspect nuclear program, it faces the prospect of additional sanctions.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jiq66vNE7TDKuO1kXXdGEZaiITyAD9BS2QM82

  53. Hasan is awake and talking, how well Fox did not know. I bet he wondering what happened to his 70 virgins.
    They are talking on Fox about the ties to the subversive mosque that th 9-11 terrorists attended.

  54. Jan H, It seems that Iran is emboldened because the fraud is letting them get away with everything. I just hope Israel acts before its too late. I just hope they know where it all is.

  55. Secret Obama deal for Palestinian state?

    Israeli officials fear White House’s ‘very dangerous move’

    November 08, 2009
    By Aaron Klein

    TEL AVIV – The U.S. is considering adopting a unilateral Palestinian declaration of independence in the West Bank and Jerusalem regardless of negotiations with the Jewish state, according to Israeli sources speaking to Israel’s Haaretz newspaper.

    WND first reported in September that according to a top Palestinian Authority official, the Obama administration has largely adopted the positions of the PA to create a Palestinian state within two years based on the pre-1967 borders, meaning Israel would retreat from most of the West Bank and eastern sections of Jerusalem. WND reported that the White House had accepted the positions of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, who had quietly called for a state on the pre-1967 borders within two years.

    Now Haaretz is quoting reports indicating that Fayyad has reached a secret understanding with the Obama administration over U.S. recognition of an independent Palestinian state. Haaretz quoted Israeli sources stating Fayyad’s plan specifies that at the end of a designated period for bolstering national institutions, the PA, in conjunction with the Arab League, would file a “claim of sovereignty” to the United Nations Security Council and General Assembly over the 1967 borders.

    Israeli officials further told Haaretz that Fayyad had boasted of positive meetings about his plan with prominent EU member states, including the United Kingdom, France, Spain and Sweden. Fayyad also told Israeli officials the Obama administration did not oppose his plan.

    A senior Israeli foreign-policy official told Haaretz, “It’s a very dangerous move.” Israeli sources further said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is in Washington today, discussed Fayyad’s proposal in previous meetings with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Obama’s Mideast envoy George Mitchell.

    Netanyahu reportedly requested the U.S. tell Fayyad that it would not support his proposal and would veto it in the Security Council. Haaretz reported Netanyahu has yet to receive a clear response from Washington on its stance on Fayyad’s plan.

    ‘Obama can create headache for Netanyahu’

    A top PA official told WND in September that the Obama administration told the PA it will support the announcement of a Palestinian state within two years.
    The official also said Obama had accepted the PA position that Israeli-Palestinian negotiations begin where they left off under Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who went further than previous Israeli leaders in his concessions to the Palestinians.

    Olmert reportedly offered the PA not only 95 percent of the West Bank and peripheral eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods but also other territories never before offered by any Israeli leader, including parts of the Israeli Negev desert bordering Gaza as well as sections of the Jordan Valley.

    “We understand from the U.S. that the Netanyahu government is not in a position to go against creating a state within two years,” the PA official said. The official claimed the Obama administration was ready to ultimately consider “sanctions” against Israel if the Netanyahu government rejected negotiations leading to a Palestinian state. The official refused to clarify which sanctions he was referring to or whether he was specifically told by the U.S. government it would consider sanctions.

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=115425
    Obama can make a “headache” for Netanyahu if the Israeli leader does not conduct negotiations leading within two years to a Palestinian state, the PA official claimed.

  56. My two cents worth on this Hasan madman/terrorist!!!!!

    If it is true that he said “allahu akbar” before he started shooting then he is an ISLAMIC TERRORIST NO MATTER HOW DEPRESSED HE WAS!!!!!!!!

    And yes I feel sorry for a lot of decent muslims and even Hasans’ family!!!!

  57. I am not about to go there but if Taylor Marsh is talking about women sell out artists we should pay close attention because she is something of an expert of the subject–and a head case to boot. As Justice Holmes said in The Path of The Law (1896) if you want to know what the law is do not ask a judge, ask a thief.

  58. JanH, OMG, Obama is just going to make a Palestinian state??? He is going to force the issue??? I can’t believe this!

  59. JanH, What is the ultimate sanction against Israel? Would it be a decision not to protect them or would it be to stop all the money we give them? This is terrible, this man has no shame in protecting his muslim friends!

  60. Mr. President, You Need to Represent All Americans—Not Just the Democrats

    By John W. Whitehead
    11/9/2009

    “Remember during the campaign when John McCain attacked Obama for acting like a celebrity and we all laughed at the grumpy old shellshocked fool? Well, it turns out he was right.”–Bill Maher, host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher
    President Obama seems to be having the time of his life, rubbing shoulders with celebrities, hosting star-studded parties at the White House and jetsetting to far-flung destinations. Unfortunately, the rest of America has yet to be invited to the party.

    Fifteen million people and counting are currently out of jobs, banks are folding at a record rate, businesses are going under, homes are being foreclosed on, and the looming deficit is worrisome. All the while, our new president is having a ball at taxpayer expense.

    For example, during his brief time in office, Obama has:
    entertained NASCAR Sprint Car racers on the White House lawn and talked shop about racing with the drivers;
    thrown the first pitch at an All-Star game in St. Louis, Missouri, and flown to Copenhagen in order to personally pitch Chicago as the site of the 2016 Olympics;
    jetted to New York City for a date night on the town with his wife (on the eve of GM’s bankruptcy filing, no less);
    hosted a luau-themed congressional picnic complete with tiki torches and potted palms and thrown a fiesta, featuring Marc Anthony, Los Lobos, and Gloria Estefan, (part of the continuing White House Music Series concerts) apparently as part of Hispanic Heritage Month;
    welcomed the Tar Heels, the Phillies, Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bulls and NBA champions to the White House;
    enjoyed numerous rounds of golf at Fort Belvoir and countless games of basketball on his personal court at the White House, not to mention the weekend trips to Camp David with family and friends and family vacations to the Grand Canyon and Martha’s Vineyard; flown to California to appear on the Jay Leno Show and to New York to appear on the Late Show with David Letterman (where he was presented with a heart-shaped potato); visited more foreign countries than any president within the first year of office (Iraq, Turkey, Great Britain, France, Germany, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Italy, and Ghana); he also recently announced plans to visit Japan, China, Singapore, and South Korea in November; attended almost 30 Democratic fundraisers in various parts of the country (contrast this with George W. Bush who attended six political fundraisers and Bill Clinton who attended five during their first nine months in office) and campaigned for various Democratic candidates, including Chris Dodd, John Corzine and Deval Patrick, among many others.

    The White House provides no exact figures for the costs of presidential trips, yet consider this: the Pentagon estimates that it costs more than $100,000 per hour to operate Air Force One–and that’s not even with Obama on board. As CNN reports, “Presidential travel requires much more spending. The president’s armored limousine (and its double) must be transferred in advance to the designation, where Secret Service agents may have spent days making preparations. Numerous presidential, military and security aides go with the president, and they must be housed, fed and paid.” Thus, these trips cost in the millions of dollars–again, we taxpayers are footing the bill.

    This isn’t to say that Obama is the only president who has ever enjoyed such lavish perks of the office at taxpayer expense. Ronald Reagan took frequent trips to his California ranch to chop wood and clear brush, while Bill Clinton traveled at taxpayer expense to a variety of glamorous vacation spots. However, it’s time for a reality check.

    What Americans need right now is a hard-working president, one who stays at his desk and does his job. We certainly don’t need a president who’s enjoying a jet-setting lifestyle at taxpayer expense–partying while wars rage around us, deficits soar and the economy crumbles. In fact, the money being spent on glitzy White House soirees and foreign travel would be far better spent on other much-needed programs to help the American people.

    America is hurting on many fronts, but we’re especially hurting for leaders who take their jobs seriously and recognize that we are grappling with critical issues. We need a president who understands the urgency of the situation and reflects that sobriety and represents all the people.

    Barack Obama promised to be that kind of president. Thus far, however, he has fallen far short of his campaign promises. Instead, he is busy trying to stay in power, keep his party in power and add to his legacy, but that’s not his job. His job as president is to get this country back on its feet economically and to represent all of the people–again, whether they be Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Tea Party activists or people who watch the FOX News Network (a network he has been making war with).

    Thus far, a large part of Obama’s presidency has been taken with attending fundraisers for the Democratic Party. It’s as if he’s working for the Democratic Party instead of the American people. In fact, if he’s going to raise money, he should be raising money for all the parties because he should be representing all the people. However, the point is he shouldn’t be raising money for any political parties or candidates. That’s not his job. That’s not what we elected him to do.

    Mr. President, it’s high time you represented us all and focus on getting this country back on its feet.

    http://www.rutherford.org/articles_db/commentary.asp?record_id=621

  61. confloyd
    November 9th, 2009 at 12:13 pm

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    I don’t think obama gives a damn about the Israelis. I don’t think he gives a damn about anyone but his terrorist regime buddies.

    As far as sanctions go, money would be my first thought. Israel does benefit from U.S. aid. Secondly, I think he would allow his terrorist friends to attack Israel and then wait and wait before responding.

  62. JanH, I agree, just like he is waiting on Afganistan, he waited on the pirate issue. When muslims are at stake, he always waits. We will see what happens in the years to come if this Hasan gets the dealth penalty. Obama is the only one who can say what his penalty will be.

    As a Christian, I have always been taught the reason for America’s greatness is the fact that we have always protected and helped Israel.

  63. November 9th, 2009

    Clinton and the Berlin Wall domino

    by David Alexander

    When the Berlin Wall topples for a second time Monday, more may be laid bare than the inherent weakness of a political system.

    To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the wall, Berliners have erected a wall of giant painted dominoes.
    During the evening’s festivities the domino wall will be toppled along several blocks near Brandenburg Gate.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went to visit the domino sponsored by the U.S. Embassy. She met with the east Berlin school students and teachers who designed and painted the giant block and pronounced it “very impressive.”

    The scene on the domino shows the back of a popular East German car traveling through a wall from darkness into light. Overhead are a rainbow and a white dove of peace.

    Clinton said she liked “the light breaking through the dark.” “Let’s do a picture with everybody in front of it, on both sides. I don’t want to cover it up,” she said. “Thank you so very much for doing this and for coming out to see me,” Clinton told the youths. “Good job. Good job.”

    The scene on the other side of the domino?

    The back of a nude angel ascending toward heavenly light, all discreetly hidden by a U.S. Embassy sign during Clinton’s appearance.

    http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/2009/11/09/clinton-and-the-berlin-wall-domino/

  64. Poll Shows Fewer Believe Obama Presidency Has Improved Race Relations

    11/9/2009

    (RTTNews) – A new Gallup poll released Monday showed that fewer Americans believe that race relations have improved since the election of Barack Obama as president.

    The poll, which surveyed 1,521 adults from October 16-19, showed that, 41% of Americans believe race relations have improved since Obama’s election, while 35% believe they have stayed the same and 22% believe they have gotten worse.

    This represents a sharp drop from the 70% who believed race relations had improved in November 2008, when Obama was elected. At that time, 17% believed that race relations had stayed the same, while only 10% believed they had gotten worse.

    When broken down by race, the poll found that 53% of African-Americans believe that relations have improved, while only 39% of whites felt the same.

    Still, despite these numbers, the poll also found that most Americans remain hopeful about the long-term impacts Obama’s presidency will have on race relations. According to the poll, 61% of Americans believe Obama’s presidency will have a positive long-term effect on race relations. Only 13% felt that race relations would get worse long-term under Obama, while 25% felt that relations won’t change.

    http://www.rttnews.com/ArticleView.aspx?Id=1122652&SMap=1

  65. Haha, love it, how the worm has turned, Toby Harnden was one of Obama’s biggest fellators, now he turns full circle.

    its Not enough about him? So Barack Obama skips Berlin Wall ceremonies

    There was one world leader absent for today’s commemorations marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Surprisingly enough, it’s President Barack Obama, who found time last year to give a campaign speech there last year, which Der Spiegel summed up as “People of the World, Look at Me”.

    The White House has cited a packed schedule, though looking at it he had nothing much on yesterday (brief chat to reporters about healthcare – by far his biggest priority) and just blah briefings and a bill signing today until a metting this evening with Benjamin Netanyahu. This time, Der Spiegel has reported it as “Barack Too Busy”.

    But Obama is, of course, making time to trot over to Norway to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in December. Didn’t seem to have too much of a problem clearing the diary for that – though his acceptance of the prize and decision to give a another soaring, historical, epoch-marking etc etc speech there will be looked back on as a colossal political mistake and sign of hubris.

    Perhaps Obama felt that celebrating the role of the United States in bringing down the wall would be a bit triumphalist and not quite in keeping with his wish to present America as a declining world power anxious to apologise for sundry historic misdeeds. Maybe he didn’t really want to be associated with that warmonger Ronald Reagan:

    Marty Peretz is gloomy about what his non-appearance says about Obama’s world view and his approach on Iran. Newt Gingrich calls the failure to go to Berlin “a tragedy”. Scott at Powerline wonders if Obama is signalling his administration’s intent to enact a “process of turning its back on our erstwhile allies in Europe”. Certainly, he seems to have a prickly relationship with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

    Whatever the reasons, it’s another revealing mistake by Obama. This deserved to be marked by more than just a proclamation penned by a staffer:

  66. damn sorry forgot the link

    ht tp://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/tobyharnden/100016207/not-enough-about-him-barack-obama-skips-berlin-wall-ceremonies/

  67. They really are turning on him, about bloody time. this is just a cutting withering slap on him. In my view they lucked out, they got Hillary there instead of dickface.

    ht tp://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100016197/barack-obama’s-shameful-absence-from-berlin-four-key-reasons-why-the-president-stayed-away/

    Barack Obama’s shameful absence from Berlin: Four Key Reasons why the President stayed away

    Barack Obama was quick off the mark last year in heading for Berlin during his election campaign, when he was cheered by a crowd of 200,000 adoring Germans. Yet as president of the United States he has decided to stay away from Berlin as the city commemorates the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In contrast, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown have both made the trip to Germany, while President Obama has decided to send his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

    It is shameful when the US president can’t even be bothered to show up at a ceremony marking one of the most momentous events of modern times. As Rich Lowry wrote in his column for National Review, “Obama’s failure to go to Berlin is the most telling nonevent of his presidency.” Newt Gingrich put it well when he described Obama’s foolhardy decision as “a tragedy”. Writing in The Washington Examiner, Gingrich declared:

    “To commemorate, after all, is to remember. And Americans need to remember, not just that the Wall fell, but why it fell. We need to remember that the Berlin Wall was the symbol of more than just the Cold War, more than just the division of Europe. It was the symbol of an evil ideology that denied human dignity, denied truth, and respected only power. When the Wall fell, truth and human dignity, in a rare moment in the 20th century, triumphed over power. But that victory is not permanent.”

    In my view, Barack Obama’s absence from Berlin today can be explained by four key factors:

    1/ Obama is uncomfortable with the idea of American greatness

    The fall of the Berlin Wall was the direct result of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher’s determination to confront and defeat Soviet communism. Barack Obama is distinctly uncomfortable with the notion of celebrating the successes of American global power. Practically every speech he has given on foreign soil since taking office has been marked by an apology or apologies for America’s past. A recognition of American leadership, especially an acknowledgement of Ronald Reagan’s leadership, would have been an awkward moment for a US president who seems ashamed of American greatness and exceptionalism.

    2/ Obama attaches little importance to the advancement of human rights on the world stage

    The Wall’s downfall symbolized the defeat of a brutal ideology, Communism, that enslaved hundreds of millions in Europe. It marked the end of a dictatorial regime in East Germany that oppressed its own people under the auspices of an evil Empire. Barack Obama simply does not view the world as Reagan did, in terms of good versus evil, as a world divided between the forces of freedom on one side and totalitarianism on the other. For the Obama administration the advancement of human rights and individual liberty on the world stage is a distinctly low priority, as we have seen with its engagement strategy towards the likes of Iran, Burma, Sudan, Venezuela and Russia.

    3/ Obama cares little about the transatlantic alliance

    Barack Obama has paid less attention to the transatlantic alliance than any US president since the Second World War. With the exception of Russia, relations with Europe appear to be of only passing interest to President Obama, as is the NATO alliance, unless it involves matters of European integration. The only European issue that seems to energize the Obama administration is the EU’s drive to create a federal European superstate, which is enthusiastically supported by Washington despite the threat it poses to US interests.

    4/ Obama is keen to appease Russia

    The Obama administration has gone to great lengths to avoid doing anything to offend the Russians, as part of its “reset” strategy. This was exemplified by its monumental surrender to Moscow by reversing the American policy of installing Third Site missile defences in Poland and the Czech Republic. In effect, Barack Obama threw key US allies in eastern and central Europe under the bus in order to placate Russian demands. The White House no doubt calculated that Obama’s presence in Berlin would be interpreted by hawks in Russia as provocative triumphalism on the part of the Americans. Embarrassingly for President Obama, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev actually showed up at the Berlin celebrations, while the leader of the free world was nowhere to be seen.

    The striking absence of the leader of the most powerful nation on the face of the earth from ceremonies marking the fall of the Berlin Wall is yet another damning indictment of Barack Obama’s world leadership, or lack of it. The United States is currently faced with an array of challenges as great as those confronted by Ronald Reagan in the 1980s, from the war in Afghanistan and the global fight against Islamist terrorism, to the rise of a nuclear-armed Iran.

    America today badly needs Reagan’s vision of forceful US leadership if it is to remain as the world’s dominant power. Instead its position is being rapidly undermined by a foreign policy of weakness and indecision, one that will only strengthen the hand of its enemies.

  68. Clinton Discusses U.S.-German Relations On Anniversary Of Fall Of Berlin Wall

    11/9/2009

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke in Germany Monday, discussing Germany’s role in world events and marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Clinton said the U.S. looks forward to working with the new German government on a variety of challenges, including the global recession, violent extremism, nuclear proliferation, climate change, hunger and disease.

    She also praised Germany’s efforts in Afghanistan, saying that German soldiers “are working to bring stability to a troubled land and hope to people who have known too much violence for too long.” The secretary also took the opportunity to note that the U.S. would not be in Afghanistan “if we did not believe that conditions in Afghanistan directly impact and threaten the security of the American people and our friends and allies like Germany.”

    Further, Clinton said the U.S. is “grateful for Germany’s leadership and partnership in our efforts to ensure that Iran lives up to its international obligation, that it complies fully with UN Security Council resolutions and IAEA directives on its nuclear program.” In particular, Clinton noted how German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a joint session of Congress last week that the U.S. and Germany must work together as partners “to tear down the walls of today.”

    “As one of the millions of Germans who grew up in East Germany,” Clinton said, “[Merkel] knows what it is like to yearn for freedom long denied. And she knows that there are no walls that cannot be torn down when people stand up and work together.” The U.S. and Germany, Clinton added, are united by “core values of democracy, tolerance, respect for human dignity.”

    She said these values are “in the hearts of the brave men and women who took control of their destinies 20 years ago and gave the world a new birth and burst of freedom, and they exist in the hearts of men and women around the world today.”

    Clinton’s comments come as Germany holds a daylong celebration to mark the fall of the Berlin Wall, which had separated East Germany and West Germany from 1961 to 1989.

    As part of the celebration, Merkel joined with former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev to cross the Bornholmer Strasse Bridge, which was the first crossing to open after the border between the East and West was reopened. Gorbachev had been instrumental in bringing about the Wall’s collapse.

    Additionally, to symbolize the Wall’s collapse, 1,000 plastic foam dominoes were placed along a part of the Wall’s route, which were then to be tipped over.

    http://www.rttnews.com/Content/Policy.aspx?Id=1122941

  69. JanH…unfortunately, as Rep Eric Cantor pointed outat the GA, their is a real possibility of a change in Congresses r/s with Israel. We have seen this in almost everything Obama has done, and your latest post of a secret deal would not surprise me at all. Israel has very difficult times ahead, and I will be interested to see what Emanule says as he adresses the GA this Tuesday in place of Bambi who will be at Ft. Hood Memorial. Emanuel, afgterall, is the Jewish chief of staff, w3hom many feel is placing extreme pressure of Netanyahu and swaying the policies of this administration very pro-Arab/anti-Isrel. If American Jews do not unite very soon on these issues, Israel may very well face and uncertain and potentially tragic future.

  70. jbstonesfan,

    I just want Bibi to stand strong. Israel has lost all of it’s allies. There is no one left. Just last week the U.S. State Department published a document stating that Israel is a country of intolerance. The only reason both Great Britain and the U.S. defended Israel against the Goldstone report was because of self-interest. They both have war crimes in their backgrounds that could be brought to light otherwise.

    The anti-semitic atmosphere that is streaming through the world today is reminiscent of Hitler’s rising to power. The very idea that obama is aligning himself with terrorists is scarier than hell.

  71. of course he did not go to berlin and the ceremony.

    HIS COMMUNIST cousin in kenya – odinga – studied in eats germany while the wall was there……OBAMA and his cousin loved east german policies…..!!!!!

  72. Obama won’t do anything where he is not the center of attention. Thats the thing, unless its all about him and something in it for him, they can go to hell. He’s a total narciscist. He’s just proving it.

  73. CNN: Ja:ck Cafferty

    The Army might have had a terrorist in its midst and not even known it. As the days pass, there are more and more signs that Army Major and psychiatrist Nidal Hasan – who slaughtered 13 people and wounded 42 others – was an Islamic extremist who was sympathetic to al Qaeda and had strong objections to U.S. policy in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the suspect in last week’s Fort Hood mass shooting.
    Independent Senator Joe Lieberman says the shootings could have been a terrorist attack; and that he’ll launch an investigation into whether the military could have stopped it.

    Lieberman, who chairs the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, says there’s evidence Hasan was a “self-radicalized, home-grown terrorist.” If that’s true, last week’s killings could be the worst terror attack on U.S. soil since 9/11.

    Witnesses say at the time of the shootings Hasan shouted “Allahu Akbar” – Arabic for “God is great” – something terrorists have used as a battle cry.

    Then there’s this: Hasan apparently attended the same Virginia mosque as two of the 9/11 hijackers in 2001 – at a time when a radical spiritual leader preached there.

    And, ABC News reports U.S. intelligence agencies knew for months that Hasan was trying to contact people associated with al Qaeda.

    Finally, former classmates complained repeatedly about what they saw as Hasan’s anti-American views. One says Hasan gave a presentation that justified suicide bombing and talked about how Islamic law trumped the U.S. Constitution.

    The Army isn’t ruling out terrorism – but is concerned about a possible backlash against Muslim soldiers
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    Lots of opinion!!!!!

  74. Yet the Obama administration had better be careful and not try and cover this up….it would be very unwise.

  75. http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/fort-hood-shooter-contact-al-qaeda-terrorists-officials/story?id=9030873

    U.S. intelligence agencies were aware months ago that Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with al Qaeda, two American officials briefed on classified material in the case told ABC News.

    According to the officials, the Army was informed of Hasan’s contact, but it is unclear what, if anything, the Army did in response.

    Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI), the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said that he requested the CIA and other intelligence agencies brief the committee on what was known, if anything, about Hasan by the U.S. intelligence community, only to be refused.

    In response, Hoekstra issued a document preservation request to four intelligence agencies. The letter, dated November 7th, was sent to directors Dennis Blair (DNI), Robert Mueller (FBI), Lt. Gen Keith Alexander (NSA) and Leon Panetta (CIA).

    Hoekstra said he is “absolutely furious” that the house intel committee has been refused an intelligence briefing by the DNI or CIA on Hasan’s attempt to reach out to al Qaeda, as first reported by ABC News.

    “This is a law enforcement investigation, in which other agencies—not the CIA—have the lead,” CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano said in a response to ABC News. ” Any suggestion that the CIA refused to brief Congress is incorrect.”

  76. Does this sound like this was all part of a bigger investigation that certain people do not want us to know about. I have a feeling that this guy Hasan had something larger planned but tweaked that he had been found out and then went off before they could get him.

  77. this fake potus is going to go down in history as the worst racist ever.

    First he had no problem jumping to conclusions about the Cambridge police and calling them stupid among other things.

    Now he wants everyone to NOT jump to conclusions until we know the truth about Hasan.

  78. this fake potus is going to go down in history as the worst racist ever.

    First he had no problem jumping to conclusions about the Cambridge police and calling them stupid among other things.

    Now he wants everyone to NOT jump to conclusions until we know the truth about Hasan.
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    It is all about “buying time for his bros”

  79. From BP…remember the % I posted a few days back, Muslim populations in Countries and what they do…and demand

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    Re: the Guru.com Palestinian Post

    gee, I’d like to let that asshat know that the taxes I pay go to help fund Hamas members who have moved here ,,,,to give them relocation funds and food and housing allowances
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    The New Obama ‘Hamas Housing Plan’
    The rescue plan no one told us about…
    Americans are losing their homes left and right and we’re giving away homes to Hamas member
    Presidential Determination 2009-15 was signed into law recently, behind our backs. You may want to read about it. It wasn’t mentioned by any major news organization. It just went idly by on the slim ticker at the bottom of the CNN screen one lazy afternoon…..
    ”Obama funds $20M in tax payer dollars to immigrate Hamas Refugees to the USA “.

    This is the news that didn’t make the headlines…

    By executive order; President Barack Obama has ordered the expenditure of $20.3 million in “migration assistance” to the Palestinian refugees and “conflict victims” in Gaza. The “presidential determination”, which allows hundreds of thousands of Palestinians with ties to Hamas to resettle in the United States, was signed on January 27, 2009 and appeared in the Federal Register on February 4, 2009.

    Few on Capitol Hill, or in the media, took note that the order provides a free ticket replete with housing and food allowances to individuals who have displayed their overwhelming support to the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the parliamentary election of January 2006.

    The Obama Administration is allowing thousands of Palestinian refuges to move to, and live in, the United States at the expense of the American taxpayer while millions of American families lose their homes.

  80. OMG, He wants to pass judgement on the innocent white cop, but tells us we must hold off judgement on the killer muslim. How fitting for the first muslim POTUS.

    BC could have never gotten away with what they have let this asshat get away with, I want to know when the impeachment is to begin for the unbecoming of an American President??

  81. Hillary is in Berlin and being ignored with almost zero coverage.Fox scumbags are leading the rat pack media.meanwhile back at now defiled White House the messiah is spending our tax money for his own personal use,campaigning,and enjoying the perks he manages to avoid saying anything that would require him to give answers and actions to fulfill his promises and solutions for our troubled nation.Be patient your majesty,Soros will call and lay out your marching orders,

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    Special Briefing on the Secretary’s Upcoming Trip to the Philippines

    Office of the Spokesman
    Washington, DC

    November 9, 2009

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    Joe Yun, Department of State Director of Maritime Southeast Asia; Susan Reichle, USAID Acting Administrator for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance; Alan Dwyer, USAID Foreign Disaster Assistance Principal Regional Advisor for East Asia Pacific; and Rick Scott, USAID East Asia Director, will brief reporters on-the-record, on camera on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s upcoming trip to the Philippines and U.S. humanitarian assistance to the country following two recent natural disasters. This briefing will take place on Tuesday, November 10, at 11:00 a.m. in the Carl T. Rowan Press Briefing Room (Room 2209) at the U.S. Department of State.

    Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver’s license, passport). Press should allow adequate time to process through security and to be in the briefing room 15 minutes prior to the briefing.

    Attendees who do not have a State Department building pass should enter through the 23rd Street lobby before 10:30 a.m.

  82. From Ace…OMG
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Everyone’s First Thought After Hearing About “Possible Muslim Backlash” in the Media? “My God, How Many Have They Killed This Time?”
    —Ace
    We’re not even done tallying up the latest bodycountbefore we again have to be instructed about the dangers of “backlash.”

    In this case, the “backlash” feared is a feminist writer at Pajamas Media stating the inarguable: We have to begin “connecting the dots” and stop the deadly doublethink that is getting people killed.

    But that is part of the “backlash” CNN now worries about: Connecting the dots to avoid future terrorism.

    Incidentally, if we did connect the dots and stopped the Islamically Correct bullshit and arrested Hassan earlier (for any number of violations of the military code) we would not even have to fear any “backlash,” because no heinous mass-slaughter would have occurred.

    Oh, and 15 people would still be alive today. If that matters any more. Apparently it doesn’t, because I keep being told by the media that only Muslim lives matter. Only future harassments and inconveniences to Muslims matter; thousands of non-Muslim lives may be sacrificed on the altar of jihadist freedom in order to spare a single innocent Muslim a moment’s worth of stink-eye.

    If this much-feared speculative hypothetical alt-future “backlash” does occur, by the way, here will be the reason for it: Because citizens have learned they cannot trust their government, or the so-called “watchdog” media, to protect their lives when threatened by an Islamist.

    Posted by Ace at 03:06 PM New Comments Thingy

    President B. Hussein Obama: Let’s Not “Jump to Conclusions” on Hassan, But Oh, By the Way, Those “Tea-Bag People” are “Extremists”
    —Ace
    Keeping an eye on the real terrorists (that would be you).

    Mr. Obama, during his private pep talk to Democrats, recognized Mr. Owens election and then posed a question to the other lawmakers. According to Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, who supports the health care bill, the president asked, “Does anybody think that the teabag, anti-government people are going to support them if they bring down health care? All it will do is confuse and dispirit” Democratic voters “and it will encourage the extremists.”
    Maybe if Janet Napolitano hadn’t been spending so much time scrutinizing “tea-bag people” she could have connected the dots on the worst domestic terrorism since 9/11.

  83. gonzotx
    November 9th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

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    I didn’t think anything this monster did could shock me anymore. I guess I was wrong.

    While so many countries turned European Jews away prior and during WWII, this bastard invites terrorists to the table.

  84. Ok, this was an email sent to me, and though I have to laugh @ the old umbrag that no seems to take ownership of being a Nazi during WW2, I guess 6 million death camp victims just walked into the chambers, there is truth to much in this letter…
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    A German’s View on Islam

    A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism. ‘Very few people were true Nazis,’ he said, ‘but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.’

    We are told again and again by ‘experts’ and ‘talking heads’ that Islam is the religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectre of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.

    The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honour-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.

    The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the ‘silent majority,’ is cowed and extraneous.

    Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China’s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.

    The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.

    And who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were ‘peace loving’?

    History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points:

    Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence.

    Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.

    Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts — the fanatics who threaten our way of life.

  85. The Dow is up, the dollar is further down and gold to up. JUst like it does when the bottom is about to fall out of economy Soros style. How many times has he done this?? I hope we make past Christmas before we are plunged into a depression. Everyone will be out of work, then we will be told if we all want to go back to work, we can join up with the EU, get rid of the dollar, then everything will come back.

    I believe this is the plan!

  86. Jan H, I just watched a rebroadcast of Bibi’s speech on C-Span. He is a true leader and will not let Israel’s security be threatened despite the pressure and coercion Obama , Emanuel, and Axelrod are exerting, I only wish Hillary would be able to be more open, as she was in Israel last week, only to result in the Arabs crying like the cowards they are and threatening to pack their bags and go home.
    Yes, the world is once again turning on the Jews, and it is being led by Obama. However, the Jewish state will , like us, endure the nightmare of this Presidency, and g-d willing, 2012 will bring “real change”.

  87. From Ace to Confloyd
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    November 09, 2009
    The Market High
    Randall Hoven

    I saw that the Dow rose over 200 points today to hit a 2009 high, in fact a 13 month high. So I checked out Yahoo Finance to see what might have made the market move so dramatically to the good side. Here were the headlines at 3:45 pm on Nov. 9.

    Electronic Arts posts 2Q loss, plans layoffs- AP
    Kraft’s $16.4B Cadbury bid starts takeover tussle- AP
    Fed: GMAC to receive more bailout money- AP
    Fannie Mae tax credit decision could cost $5.2 bln- AP
    Energy prices jump even as Gulf storm weakens- AP
    Strollers recalled for fingertip amputation hazard- AP
    Gold rallies to a record high on dollar weakness- CNNMoney
    Ex-SEC lawyer pleads guilty in Marc Dreier case- AP
    China’s Premier Warns Obama to Get America’s Deficit to an “Appropriate Size”- Tech Ticker

    Let’s see: another corporation posts a loss, more layoffs, another bailout, a Fannie Mae problem, an energy price jump, record high gold, crime at the SEC, and China warning us about debt. Not to mention baby strollers that cut off babies’ fingers.

    Heck, maybe if a plague breaks out and a mushroom cloud is spotted, we’ll see the Dow at 14,000 again.

  88. November 09, 2009

    Obama Stands with Dictators and Muslims

    Kyle-Anne Shiver

    With nearly a year in office, we now know without doubt exactly where our own president stands on vital national security matters. He has a track record and has shown his true colors over and over again.

    In Honduras, he picked the side of the dictator-wannabe without hesitation. He has used every diplomatic weapon at his disposal to destroy the constitutional democracy in Honduras, even cutting off financial aid and blocking diplomatic visas. He went the full gamut of meddling there and made no bones about it.

    He moved to cancel long-planned missile defense shields for Poland and the Czech Republic, alerting Russia that he is not going to put up a fight to preserve freedom in former Soviet bloc countries. He even made a point of denying Berliners his presence on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Our president sends clear signals when it comes to wimping out on the friends of liberty.

    With our sister state Israel the only functioning democracy in the Middle East and the only non-Islamic country, Barack Obama and our Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, have been forceful bullies, demanding up-front, dangerous concessions from Israel, while securing no concessions whatsoever from any of its enemies. While Israel fights for her very existence, President Obama deigns to chit-chat with the Iranian Hitler-act-alike. What signal could be clearer?

    President Obama doesn’t want to be seen as “meddling” in the affairs of another nation if that nation is Muslim. Hence his reticence in any verbal support for the protesters in Iran. Yet he meddles both in public and behind the scenes nonstop against Israel.

    Now, we come to the terrorist attack at Fort Hood, carried out by a man wearing the uniform of our own team, and the president does not want to “draw conclusions.” What he seems to mean is that he does not want to “draw conclusions” against a Muslim. We now have clear reports that the red flags surrounding Hasan, the Ft Hood terrorist, were so clear that it would take a complete ninny wearing earplugs and blinders not to see them.

    The U.K. Telegraph reported yesterday:

    Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the gunman who killed 13 at America’s Fort Hood military base, once gave a lecture to other doctors in which he said non-believers should be beheaded and have boiling oil poured down their throats.

    He also told colleagues at America’s top military hospital that non-Muslims were infidels condemned to hell who should be set on fire. The outburst came during an hour-long talk Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, gave on the Koran in front of dozens of other doctors at Walter Reed Army Medical Centre in Washington DC, where he worked for six years before arriving at Fort Hood in July.

    Colleagues had expected a discussion on a medical issue but were instead given an extremist interpretation of the Koran, which Hasan appeared to believe.

    It was the latest in a series of “red flags” about his state of mind that have emerged since the massacre at Fort Hood, America’s largest military installation, on Thursday.

    Do flags get any redder than this? Are our valiant military men and women to be subjected to terror from within because our president and his cabinet do not wish to offend the delicate sensibilities of Muslims?

    Apparently. When Barack Obama wrote his book, The Audacity of Hope, he laid out clearly where he would stand in his desire to protect Muslim Americans from any sort of profiling that might make them uncomfortable.

    Being ever the stalwart protector of delicate Muslim feelings, Barack Obama wrote this on page 261:

    “In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific assurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” (emphasis mine)

    To Muslims, President Obama is keeping his promise. He refuses to “draw conclusions” from the terrorist attack at Fort Hood, carried out by a Muslim American who made no secret of his intentions.

    So, how many Americans will die because of President Obama’s utterly misplaced loyalties? Are human lives not more important than “feelings” and “sensibilities”? Was the Ft Hood massacre not an act of war carried out by a traitor to the United States of America?

    Is President Obama himself betraying his oath to defend us from enemies foreign and domestic?

    So, if a school bus driver made the same kinds of threats, would he be allowed to continue driving innocent American children to their classes so as not to offend the feelings of Muslims? If a worker in a federal or state office building talks incessantly of jihad and promises to become a fighter of the infidels, do his or her needs to “feel a sense of security and belonging” trump the colleagues’ right to live? From where I’m sitting, it would seem so — in the morally perverse universe of our president.

    The right to self-defense is as fundamentally grounded as any could possibly be. The right to preemptively secure oneself and others from stated threats is solid. Yet, when it comes to these matters, our president is only sure that he must protect the enemy. When it comes to protecting us and our allies, he goes all wobbly at the knees and can’t tell where he stands.

    There isn’t much that makes blood boil faster than seeing brave, upstanding defenders of freedom gunned down by one of their own — especially when the killer should have been removed and probably dishonorably discharged at the very least, long, long, long before he callously took innocent life in the cause of Allah.

    Today, blood is boiling all over America, but apparently not at the White House. Ice water in the president’s veins, perhaps? Or passion reserved only for our enemies?

    This whole conundrum leaves a sane person speechless.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/11/obama_stands_with_dictators_an.html

  89. Bill Clinton heads for the Hill
    Ex-president to address Dems

    By CAROL E. LEE | 11/09/09

    President Bill Clinton is headed to the Hill.

    Clinton, the last Democratic president to attempt health care reform, will address Senate Democrats at their weekly caucus meeting Tuesday at 1:45 p.m, a senior Democratic aide said.

    The aide did not know if Clinton will speak specifically on health care, but it is hard to imagine the topic would not come up given his legendary, failed, effort to reform the system in 1994 and the top spot the issue occupies on the Senate’s agenda.

    Last month Clinton’s wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, addressed the caucus’ weekly lunch to discuss foreign policy issues.

    UPDATE: Clinton will be talking to the Democrats about health care, a source close to the former president said. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid asked Clinton to address the caucus, the source said.

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/1109/bill_clinton_heads_for_hill_f542337d-e459-45ea-bd13-f82f30231576.html

  90. So, is Bill going to sell out women, for the common good? Must be, if Rahm and Harry are calling for his assistance. Makes me ill.

  91. JanH
    November 9th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    “The aide did not know if Clinton will speak specifically on health care”

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    CNN is saying Bill will address the Senate Caucus on Health Care:

    “CNN has learned from two senior Democratic sources that former President Bill Clinton will attend the Senate Democrats’ weekly luncheon Tuesday to address the caucus about health care.

    A notice obtained by CNN went out to Senate Democrats saying, “All Senators should be aware that former President Clinton will be making a presentation on Health Care at tomorrow’s caucus lunch. Senator Reid has requested that all Democratic Senators attend.'”

    h…p//edition.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/11/09/bill.clinton.health.care.senate/

  92. Just on CBS local channel is that obama has decided to send 4 combat brigades and thousands more to afganistan, but most won’t be there until the end of 2010, after the election. I guess he wants to change the talk about his muslim friends.

  93. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1109/29347.html

    But from her days on the campaign trail to her residency in the White House, Obama’s favorability rating has been in flux, from a low of 48 percent in June 2008 to a peak of 72 percent last March to a slide to 61 percent in a recent Gallup Poll.

    That 11-point stumble – some might call it a tumble – seems at odds with the focus of a White House publicity team that is carefully crafting her image and building a decidedly current, wholesome, upbeat brand.

  94. birdgal, I read that, maybe they are letting it leak to get folks off his butt about the Muslim problem that he has and the discontent is growing. People are waking up to the fact that this Potus stands with the Muslims.

  95. Hillary will be interviewed tonight on the Charlie Rose show by Tom Brokow.

    Hotel Adlon, Berlin, Germany, November 9, 2009

    QUESTION: Madame Secretary, in some ways, is it a more dangerous world now than it was 20 years ago? We had two superpowers talking to each other. They both had nuclear weapons, but they were constantly in touch and Gorbachev was in the Soviet Union. Now, we have rogue states with nuclear weapons; no one in those states wants to talk to us. And we have terrorist organizations that are stateless. In 20 years, have we gone backward rather than forward?

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, Tom, as we always do with history, we’ve moved into a different era. The threat that the Cold War posed – and I remember it very well, I’m a child of the Cold War and I remember being told to get under my desk and put my head up against the locker, depending upon who the teacher was and how she thought we could be safe from a nuclear catastrophe. So we lived with a great deal of fear.

    Looking back, it appears like it was more orderly, that there were these two superpowers in this bipolar world and we were at a kind of standoff when it came to nuclear deterrent. Now, we are in a world where there are more different kinds of dangers, the terrain is more complex, and we’re called upon to navigate it and navigate through it the way that a prior generation did the Cold War.

    QUESTION: Is the Middle East the new Berlin, the crossroads of the confrontation?

    SECRETARY CLINTON: I think that, unfortunately, there are many Berlins. I think that’s one of the problems that we face. We have the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, we have Iran, we have the Middle East, we have other conflicts that can easily get out of control. We have, as you’ve said, stateless terrorists and networks that are pursuing their own objectives. So when you look at the map, there’s not one place you can put your finger and say this is where it’s possible that we would have another confrontation. You look and you say this could get out of hand here and that could be a problem there.

    But I am fundamentally optimistic. I think that despite the challenges we confront, we are focused on them. We understand the threats that are posed and we’re trying to get the world to be not a multi-polar world so much as a multi-partner world.

    QUESTION: Last night, you described Germany as our partner in Afghanistan. But almost everyone who’s looked at Germany’s performance there believes that both politically and militarily Germany is a reluctant partner at best. Shouldn’t we expect more from the Germans in Afghanistan?

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I think that the Germans have done a lot in Afghanistan. Everyone can look at everyone else and say, well, you weren’t ready for this and you didn’t perform to the utmost here. But I think it’s in part because this is a very different kind of challenge that we’re confronting together, and we’re learning as we go. I think we are resolved to handle the threat posed by terrorism and this syndicate of terror that al-Qaida and their extremist allies are part of.

    And certainly on many different levels, the Germans have been resolute. They have put in 4,000 troops. They have been willing to take responsibility for large parts of the territory in the north. They have worked to train and prepare the police and the security forces. But I think it’s fair to say that it’s only been for the last couple of years that the United States has understood how better to confront the challenge that is posed by organized terrorist groups, and we’re working closely with our NATO allies and other allies around the world and we’re getting better at it. But we didn’t start off that well. Right before the first Iraq war, we thought we knew what warfare was, and the first Iraq war turned out to be pretty much in line with what people thought. Well, the second Iraq was a whole different challenge. So I think we’ve evolved our military and our political strategy and understanding, and it’s a learning experience and I think we’re getting better at it.

    QUESTION: Given all of that, all the military analysts that I talk to across the board say the Canadians are helping us a lot, the British are helping us a lot, the Poles are doing a great job, but the Germans are kind of sitting on their hands. They don’t want to leave their bases because there is not much will here in Berlin in the political leadership.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: But to be fair, Tom, after World War II nobody wanted to see German troops anywhere. Think about it. And the German people themselves wanted to rein in their military capacity and certainly their military ambitions. Having an out-of-territory conflict like what we’re seeing in Afghanistan has really pushed the Germans, and it’s been remarkable that they have responded with as much commitment and sacrifice as they’ve shown.

    So I think it’s easy to stand back and say, well, the Germans this, the Germans that. I’m very impressed that the Germans have made a political decision that has put them in harm’s way, that has moved troops out of Europe to a battlefield far from home, because this has been a very difficult political decision for them given their understandable allergy to being looked at as though they were once again a military power.

    QUESTION: So as Secretary of State, you think they’re doing as well as can be expected?

    SECRETARY CLINTON: I think that they have done very well under the circumstances. I think that, like us, they are learning all the time. And like us, they’ve taken casualties and they’ve put their men and women in harm’s way, and they have been willing to join us. But we’re all in this together.

    QUESTION: As Secretary of State, would you rather see a Mikhail Gorbachev back in charge of Russia than Vladimir Putin?

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I kind of like President Medvedev myself. (Laughter.) I am very impressed with him and what he’s trying to do. He is clearly speaking out on issues ranging from democracy and human rights and the need to modernize the Russian economy that need to be discussed in Russia. So I don’t pretend to understand how the balance of power actually works inside of Russia, but I think he’s a modern man with a clear and compelling understanding of what he wants to see his country achieve.

    QUESTION: I talked to Mikhail Gorbachev here, and he said the United States made a mistake in ignoring Russia for too long, and Russia struck back in its own manner. Are we about to enter a new phase with Russia and a more cooperative arrangement?

    SECRETARY CLINTON: I’m very pleased at what we’ve seen thus far. As we have famously said, we wanted to reset the relationship, and we wanted to work with the Russians wherever we could, narrow the areas of disagreement, stand up where we must against some of what we thought were their excessive behavior. But I think that when it comes to nuclear disarmament, we’re in the midst of complex, important negotiations over reduction of our nuclear arsenals. We work together on everything from North Korea to Armenia and Turkey. I think that they fully appreciate that we’re not always going to agree, but that at least the Obama Administration, and certainly the President and myself, are showing them the respect that they deserve to have and are looking for ways that we can work together.

    QUESTION: Do you remember where you were 20 years ago tonight?

    SECRETARY CLINTON: I was in Arkansas. And it was – I remember being glued to our TV sets, which in those days, as you might recall, were a lot smaller. And they were in boxes. They weren’t hung on walls. And just hanging on all of the coverage. I saw a lot of you that night, and it was extraordinary because you could give us that firsthand feeling. And I heard last night you were just – you just happened to be there. You didn’t have any inside information that tonight was the night, but there was something happening, it was kind of building, and you were there. And you said, I think, the war is over and the wall is down. And it was just one of those extraordinary historical moments. So I saw a lot of you that day – (laughter) – and a day or two later.

    QUESTION: You’re a veteran of another kind of war. Do you have any advice for the President on how to get healthcare finally passed?

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I was thrilled that it was finally passed in the House. I called him as soon as the vote was over. I called the Speaker. This is an extraordinary accomplishment. Now we turn our attention to the Senate, try to get them to go along with their own version, because having been in the Senate for eight years, I know they won’t take the House version and just pass it. But I’m very optimistic. I think we’re going to get a bill by the end of the year.

    QUESTION: How long do you think it’ll be before we see Harry and Louise on television?

    SECRETARY CLINTON: You know what, I think Harry and Louise have thought better of what they said 16 years ago. (Laughter.) So I don’t think you’ll see Harry and Louise. You see the tea parties and interrupted town halls, but most Americans over the course of the last 16 years have really understood more about what was at stake in this healthcare debate. It’s not just about those who don’t have insurance. It’s about the quality of your insurance and the cost of your insurance. And for a while, people thought, well, we’ll haggle it through the insurance system itself. But that didn’t work. And so now there’s a readiness that we saw enacted in that close vote in the House, and I think that the senators heard that message.

    QUESTION: Madame Secretary, thank you.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Thanks, Tom.

  96. Admin, thanks for the pics of Hillary in Germany, she looks so Presidential as usual. I watched her yesterday giving the speech on the USS New York, she was amazing.
    She is doing her best to keep us together during this harrowing time with the fraud at the helm.

  97. Something I am writing for another publication which might interest you. It might be titled the state of our disunion, or the winter of our discontent or where ignorant armies clash by night.
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    (Note: as you can see, the nomination process was a sham. Soros controlled the Party and he made sure that Obama got the nomination. Hillary offered detailed solutions to our nation’s problems, whereas Obama had no real solutions- but oh so much hope. Many well meaning people responded to that emotion, and felt a sense of personal triumph when he took the oath of Office. They never investigated his background, never studied what he did in Illinois, and never dreamed that there was an uber-capitalist behind him pulling his strings. They settled for bread and circuses. Today they continue to defend him because they love him. He is their sun, their moon, their east, their west and nothing else matters. Others, who believed in him, and trusted him to keep his campaign promises, look at him now and wonder what became of the man they voted for. And then there are those who did not vote for him—the ones Chuck Todd would call racists. Many of those people have been bludgeoned into silence by demagogues who brandish the race card. It is all too reminiscent of McCarthy.)

    But mainstream media bears the ultimate responsibility for this debacle. They know who Soros is and what he does. After all, Brokaw, Moyers and others sit on his boards. Also, they know from Shakespeare that the fool and the lover are blind. Nevertheless, they passionately embrace Obama, defend him at every turn, savage his opponents, harass private citizens and abdicate their role as journalists. Why have they sold out? First of all, many of them are insecure people. In their world, the first priority is to satisfy their editor, the second priority is to please their peers, the third priority is to titillate their audience, and the last priority is to tell the truth– and by that I mean the whole truth. Are they all that way? No. Thank God, there are a few like Charles Krauthammer who have not sold out. They practice journalism the fashioned old way—with brains and hard work. But that is not what you see at NBC, MSNBC, CNN, NYT, Politico, Time, Newsweek and AP. Those organizations practice a new-fangled journalism where facts are slippery, practices are shoddy, and the herd mentality prevails.

    Second, there is the matter of institutional power. For better or for worse, the two prior administrations held them at arm’s-length. Thus, what they saw in Obama was likeability, the promise of access and influence, and the rare opportunity to be part of the governing coalition. Now that is heady stuff. They were tempted the same way Faust was tempted to sell out and they succumbed. A democracy needs honest journalists—not propagandists. Nevertheless, they chose the latter course and now they live with the contradictions every day. The Administration whines whenever they say anything critical and they heel. The only one who does not is FOX. That is why the Administration wants to defrock them. A friend of mine is the former publisher of a periodical which was widely regarded as the best small town newspaper in America; his father was president of the Newspaper Publishers Association; and a pal of Washington Post publisher Ben Bradley. I stayed with him and his brilliant wife during the primary. And the three of us had many discussions on how and why the media came to betray its audience, itself and the journalist standards that once protected the community

  98. I bet Rahm is furious that Lieberman went on Fox’s Chris Wallace Show today
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    If that is so, then perhaps it will lead to a heart attack.

  99. SECRETARY CLINTON: You know what, I think Harry and Louise have thought better of what they said 16 years ago. (Laughter.) So I don’t think you’ll see Harry and Louise. You see the tea parties and interrupted town halls, but most Americans over the course of the last 16 years have really understood more about what was at stake in this healthcare debate. It’s not just about those who don’t have insurance. It’s about the quality of your insurance and the cost of your insurance. And for a while, people thought, well, we’ll haggle it through the insurance system itself. But that didn’t work. And so now there’s a readiness that we saw enacted in that close vote in the House, and I think that the senators heard that message.
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    Well, that is disgusting!

  100. Obama will make Medicare cuts permanent, by veto


    h/ no w
    abcnews.go.com/Politics/abc-news-exclusive-obama-jobs-health-care-ft/story?id=9033559

    “Are you willing to pledge that whatever cuts in Medicare are being made to fund health insurance, one third of it, that you will veto anything that tries to undo that?” Tapper asked.

    “Yes,” the president said. “I actually have said that it is important for us to make sure this thing is deficit neutral, without tricks.”

  101. On Bill and Hillary commenting on the Obama health care plan:

    While it’s disgusting that they are doing this, what choice do they have? If they want to preserve Hillary’s chances for further political life and also preserve the good will she is gaining as SOS how could they be critical of the Obama plan? It would be political suicide wouldn’t it?. They currently have to live their political lives within a Democratic party that is largely Kool-Aid infused. I would think that doesn’t give them a lot of options. The Obama Clinton hating White House would use any criticism as an opportunity to exit Hillary from the SOS spot or call her a traitor.

    I’m not saying that they are choosing the best actions (As a supporter, I would prefer they remain silent), but unfortunately isn’t that the way politics works?

    I find it interesting that, at least so far, Hillary has just given broad support for a health care plan–I haven’t read that she is praising the specifics of Obama’s version–just that she is pleased a health care plan is being considered. I don’t know if Bill is going to give specific support for it or if his speech will also present broad support for the idea of a health care plan–I guess we will have to see what happens. If he does praise the specific plan then I will too be highly disappointed. But again..what are their choices?

    Just my two cents…

  102. How can the messiah accept his ill-gotten gains paycheck for his ten months of wining,dining,hooping,golfing,campaigning,vacationing and spreading BS as a hobby to keep his snoohered followers waiting for their free lunches and stimulus stash?

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