Zat You Santa Clause?

Santa has come and gone leaving presents for the nice and coals for the naughty. Santa has also left us with this lesson: Don’t count your chickens before they come home to roost.



Barack Obama and the Dimocrats, think they are Santa, dispensing trillions of dollars squeezed from a Chinese government credit card. Americans however are growing resistant to “gifts” purchased with America’s future and the future of their children.

That’s why Barack Obama’s approval ratings continue to diminish. Approval for the health scam is on the death bed too as Americans realize they will not be better off post Obama health scam than prior to the scam. Even after the Senate vote Americans continue to disapprove and express overwhelming lack of understanding of the crooked scam sold as a straight home run by delusional Dimocrats.

Michelle Obama too, even with worshipful Big Media coverage, is breaking like a glass ornament hitting cement reality.

Santa Clause has come and gone. He gave a Merry Christmas and a Ho, Ho, Ho. Santa then looked at the damage done by Barack Obama and ran, scared of what he will find next year. Santa came, saw, and ran – back to the North Pole.

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96 thoughts on “Zat You Santa Clause?

  1. Will the Republican Party fight, will the American People wake up, will the country survive? They need a new generation of leaders with fire in their belly, before it is too late.

    The concern I have is this: O has created a mountain of debt. He has printed trillions to pay for it. His budget director has acknowledged that his projections, on which spending was based, were fantasy island, as most of us knew at the time. The Chinese will not continue to support him. Yet he ignores all this. He will cut benefits and entitlements. At the same time he will release the new money and create hyperinflation. That will wipe out the middle class of this country. It will reduce our standard of living to world levels which is what he and his globalist bankers want. When the public reacts he will impose marshal law, and create that huge internal security force he spoke of in Denver in 2008 to protect the elites who are his ultimate constituency. His cash cow is the white middle class middle age–make no mistake about that.

  2. When we get to the Immigration deform debate, Obama will again play the race card. He may not do it personally, but he will charge his minions to do so. Look at the way Sheldon Whitehouse called critics of the health care bill racists. Believe me they are just getting warmed up. Remember how some of us thought this charge would dissipate, that it was inherently devisive, that sound governance would not permit it. Well, guess what. It is the battle cry of the Dimocratic Party, and there is no way they will give it up. They are perverse people and have no business in public life. It is coming down to a single proposition politically speaking: who will survive–the American People or them?

  3. I’m glad you’re not afraid to state the truth, wbboei, no matter how horrifyingly ugly it is.

    I still hold out hope the country will rise to the occasion and throw the dims out in time to save the US.

  4. I have two reasons to focus on the Republican Party as much as I have lately. First, we need a competent energized opponent to stand up to Shaft as he moves to destroy the country, and right now they are the only game in town. Second, in order for Hillary to run in 2012 it will be necessary for Obama to fail, and if there is no one there to stop him then that possibility becomes unlikely. If he brings the country to disaster as clearly he is doing, someone needs to say no. Experience has shown that Big media will lie cheat and steal for him every step of the way.

  5. I’m glad you’re not afraid to state the truth, wbboei, no matter how horrifyingly ugly it is.

    I still hold out hope the country will rise to the occasion and throw the dims out in time to save the US.
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    The question voters must ask themselves is whether this country is worth defending or whether their magic thinking about Obama is so strong that they cannot see the forest for the trees. Also, they need to realize that every vote they cast for a democratic legislator is a vote for Obama and a vote against the American People. The 60-39 vote proves it. There are no blue dogs left in the Senate. They are an extinct specie. There are eight Republicans in the House who need to be gone. Mary Bono and Reichart are two of them. They voted for crap and trade, and sold us down the river in the process.

  6. Wbboei, there’s also this:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/26/your-money/26rates.html?hp

    “The unemployment situation and the general downturn in the economy had an impact, but what’s going to happen now as C.D.’s mature is that retirees and the elderly are going to take anywhere from a half to three-quarters of a percent cut in their incomes,” said Joe Parks, a retired accountant in Houston on the advisory board of Better Investing, an organization that works to help people become savvier investors. “It’s a real problem.”

    Experts say risk-averse investors are effectively financing a second bailout of financial institutions, many of which have also raised fees and interest rates on credit cards.

    “What the average citizen doesn’t explicitly understand is that a significant part of the government’s plan to repair the financial system and the economy is to pay savers nothing and allow damaged financial institutions to earn a nice, guaranteed spread,” said William H. Gross, co-chief investment officer of the Pacific Investment Management Company, or Pimco. “It’s capitalism, I guess, but it’s not to be applauded.”

    Mr. Gross said he read his monthly portfolio statement twice because he could not believe that the line “Yield on cash” was 0.01 percent. At that rate, he said, it would take him 6,932 years to double his money.

    Many think the Federal Reserve is fueling a stock market bubble by keeping rates so low that investors decide to bet on stocks instead. Mr. Parks of Better Investing moved more money into the stock market early this year, when C.D.’s he held began maturing and he could not nearly recover the income they had generated by rolling them over.

  7. HI all Happy Hoidays. I am on vacation, and using a computer. Yes, it comes down to the economy, which includes how much peoples portfolios are worth, who has a job, and how people feel about our continuing habit of financing addition benefits with China currency.

    We have been encouraged by this government to take care of America, or have me, when their examples and back door deals are so anti American.

  8. Admin: at some point, that stock market bubble is bound to burst. The more immediate question is whether they can attract foreign investment with such low yields on t bills and whether they are they prepared for the consequences.

  9. wbboei
    The repugs are NOT the answer. They are actually worse than the dems…if that is possible.

    Until obama I have always been a hard working democrat. We need to either take back the party or create a strong independent centrist party.

    I can not and will not support candidates who do not support women’s rights and gay rights and who have a poor track record on the environment.

    If this beocmes a republican leaning sie than I no longer belong here. Other than Hillary’s position on illegal immigration, I was in agreement with most of her positions. And Hillary was willing to listen and learn on the immigration issue.

    Many of these posts seem anti Hillary’s positions.

  10. I have seen the little interest I get on my checking account cut by 3/4 over the past year, from $200 a month to less than $75.

  11. Carol
    December 26th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

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    Carol, I’ve noticed the same thing. But I’m not sure that leaving is the thing to do.

  12. Carol,

    In Nov 2008 many of us saw a GOP victory as a means to the end of clensing the Democratic party of the Obama/Pelosi faction. Some see a 2010 and/or 2012 GOP victory the same way. That’s not quite the same as favoring the right-wing causes per se.

    Personally I think we do better to support the individual Democrats who are nearer our side — eg Coakley — than to jump out of the frying pan into the fire.

  13. The repugs are NOT the answer. They are actually worse than the dems…if that is possible.

    Until obama I have always been a hard working democrat. We need to either take back the party or create a strong independent centrist party.

    I can not and will not support candidates who do not support women’s rights and gay rights and who have a poor track record on the environment.

    If this beocmes a republican leaning sie than I no longer belong here. Other than Hillary’s position on illegal immigration, I was in agreement with most of her positions. And Hillary was willing to listen and learn on the immigration issue.

    Many of these posts seem anti Hillary’s positions.
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    You are mistaken. Go back and read what I said. Think about this from the standpoint of strategy.

  14. The repugs are NOT the answer. They are actually worse than the dems…if that is possible.

    Until obama I have always been a hard working democrat. We need to either take back the party or create a strong independent centrist party.

    I can not and will not support candidates who do not support women’s rights and gay rights and who have a poor track record on the environment.

    If this beocmes a republican leaning sie than I no longer belong here. Other than Hillary’s position on illegal immigration, I was in agreement with most of her positions. And Hillary was willing to listen and learn on the immigration issue.

    Many of these posts seem anti Hillary’s positions
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    The other thing I would ask you to do is worry less about the party–either party and more about our country.

  15. The repugs are NOT the answer. They are actually worse than the dems…if that is possible.

    Until obama I have always been a hard working democrat. We need to either take back the party or create a strong independent centrist party.

    I can not and will not support candidates who do not support women’s rights and gay rights and who have a poor track record on the environment.

    If this beocmes a republican leaning sie than I no longer belong here. Other than Hillary’s position on illegal immigration, I was in agreement with most of her positions. And Hillary was willing to listen and learn on the immigration issue.

    Many of these posts seem anti Hillary’s positions
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    The other thing: which would you rather have: a party that preaches womens rights and fails to practice what it preaches, or a party who is silent on the subject but runs a woman for vice president. The difference is the difference between words and actions. You will not build a future for the party or the country with dimocrats at the helm. It is just that simple.

  16. Carol,

    As wbboei says, think strategy, and “The other thing I would ask you to do is worry less about the party–either party and more about our country.”

    A number of times in the past, commenters have commiserated over the fact that it’s very hard to know whom to vote for. Each time, they came to the conclusion that we cannot trust the 2 major parties to be honest with us about anything and so we must carefully research all candidates from all parties and vote for the ones who seem most likely to stand for what we think will do the most good for the country according to circumstances. Likewise with gathering information: we look at all points of view.

    It became very difficult to call oneself a Republican after Bush and very difficult to call oneself a Democrat after the dishonesty we saw in the May ’08 Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting, not to mention the disgusting treatment of Hillary, not to mention the dishonest selection of a nominee at the convention.

    Of course, we all support the Clintons, though not blindly, and in that sense, we are Democrats, not Dimocrats. Some of us even voted for McCain in a desperate attempt to defeat the Boob, but I don’t think anyone here is a Republican.

    And most importantly, very, very few of us blindly follow any party, politician or news source.

  17. Carol,

    In Nov 2008 many of us saw a GOP victory as a means to the end of clensing the Democratic party of the Obama/Pelosi faction. Some see a 2010 and/or 2012 GOP victory the same way. That’s not quite the same as favoring the right-wing causes per se.

    Personally I think we do better to support the individual Democrats who are nearer our side — eg Coakley — than to jump out of the frying pan into the fire
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    Turndown: you are correct. I have already made a contribution to Coakley, on the assumption that she will not roll over for Obama as Guilibrand has done. We need to eliminate this filbuster proof majority which forces through bills written by insurance companies, before anyone can read them, and bribes senators to support them. Ditto with cap and trade. The 60-39 vote proves that when the pressure is on they will cave. The solution is to elect enough Republicans to slow this disaster down before it buries us. That is not party thinking, it is pragmatism. Old party labels are meaningless in this fight.

  18. I voted for McCain as the lesser of two evils. but I was certainly not happy about it.

    Unless the repugs really change course and come up with some very different kind of candidates, most look much worse to me than McCain…whom I did not like.

    I think we do much better …strategically….to focus on taking back the dem party or helping to build a strong third party.

    I am much more concerned about the country than any political party. But throughout my life, the republicans have little to be proud of.IMO.

  19. I have a friend who is a strong Hillary supporter. She is a loyal democrat. She went to the 1968 convention and had tear gas sprayed on her by Daley thugs. She feels as cheerful toward Obama as I do. She is committed to defeating him for the sake of the country. She worries that our support for his opponent will be misconstrued by many people– both the party faithful who just hate Republicans and the sean hannities, rush lindbaughs, etc. on the other side. It must be made clear that our endorsement of republican candidates is purely tactical and is not to be construed as concurrence with their social agenda. If they want our support in the future they will have to change, ditto the democrats.

  20. As far as Coakley, she has become a disappointment. She recently came out in support of the horrible health insurance bill.

  21. I think we do much better …strategically….to focus on taking back the dem party or helping to build a strong third party.
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    That is not where the balance of power is. In big states, bots control the party down to the grass roots level. They are well organized. They are keeping score. They have unlimited money. A third party? The elites want a duopoly like they have. Two wings of the same bird. The answer is to defeat the party in power and force them to realize the error of their ways. That gives you the opening to introduce reforms that would be scoffed at when they are on a role.

  22. Madison was not a devotee of political parties. In the Federalist Papers he called them “factions”. His lodestar was something else–the welfare of the American People. He fashioned a Constitution which made the people sovereign and separated the powers of government into three distinct branches to thwart the ambitions of the powerful.

    When I joined the Republican Party, it advocated small government, fiscal responsibility and patriotism. Then, it changed. It reached its grand climeractic when the neo cons took over. Suddenly, it was the party of empire, and was prepared to bleed our nation dry to sustain it. At that point the party was no longer worth supporting. My view was similar to Madison’s in the sense that I felt party was less important than country.

    Tragically the same thing was occuring in the Democractic Party. They were built on the Roosevelt coalition and were responsive to its interests. However, during the 1980s an investment banker named Felix Rohatyn convinced the powers that be that they must abandon the commitment to the middle class, and build bridges to Wall Street in order to be competitive. The 2008 primary pitted the last Roosevelt liberal Hillary against the Wall Street shill Obama. (Note: coincidentally, Rohatyn is a friend of Pelosi, and is the executor of the Kennedy estate).

    The Obama administration is a triumph of Wall Street over the American People. That is not populist rhetoric–it is hard cold fact. We need to understand that and fight back. They must not be bamboozled by party labels, distracting fights, smoke and mirrors. We need to make it uncomfortable for those who made a faustian pact and not allow them to hide behind a party label. That goes for Republicans as well, when and if they re acquire power.

    When they violate their oath there needs to be consequences.

    And what about the bribes? If Dodd can secure $500 million from the general fund for his reelection, people need to understand that the project those monies funds will benefit a select few whereas the health care deform bill will adversely affect everyone in the state, provided it survives Constitutional challenge.

  23. I was a dem for thirty years, I voted strait dem and nothing else, I followed the party line and never questioned. On May 31st 2008 I woke up in disgust at my party. I will follow no party dem or rep, I will only vote for the person who is best suited for the position. And anyone that really cares about our Country needs to wake up and understand we are now in a fight for a way of life and liberty and not political parties.

  24. This may get me stoned here…lol…but apart from my steadfast loyalty to the Clintons and in particular Hilary, I have to admit that I think Michael Steele does show promise.

  25. wbboei said:
    It must be made clear that our endorsement of republican candidates is purely tactical and is not to be construed as concurrence with their social agenda.

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

    Well said and worth keeping in mind.

  26. It’s hard to know what to do, even in the 2010 elections. I’ll just have to see who is running in each race and what the issues are then.

    Imo the immediate thing is to keep H44 healthy as a home for a wide family of Hillary supporters. There are plenty of rightwing tinfoil sites already; let’s not look like just another of those.

  27. Did US Senate commit a fraudulent act?

    December 26, 2009

    Senate passed the health care reform legislation after several US Senators received some sweet deals in return for their “aye” vote. One of them was the deal to exempt Sen. Ben Nelson’s state of Nebraska from paying for Medicaid expansion in exchange for his approval vote. If it sticks, the exemption would be permanent.

    This deal has not gone unnoticed by officials from other States which feel that Congress has violated the US Constitution by favoring one state or a group of states against the others. Statesman reports that “Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott – along with his Republican counterparts in Alabama, Colorado, Michigan, North Dakota, South Carolina and Washington – announced this week that they are jointly looking at the deal Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Nebraska, struck with Senate Democratic leaders to exempt his state from paying for Medicaid expansion.”

    Has US Senate committed any fraud? According to the dictionaries of the English language US Senate has committed fraudulent act. American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language defines fraud as “1. A deception deliberately practiced in order to secure unfair or unlawful gain. 2. A piece of trickery; a trick.” One can pick any of these meanings and cannot help but believe that the method used by Congress to secure the necessary votes was a fraud. The bill is not law yet, but if it becomes, there are chances it will be dragged to the court system for years.

    http://www.examiner.com/x-32732-Cleveland-Financial-Fraud-Examiner~y2009m12d26-Did-US-Senate-commit-a-fraudulent-act

  28. Many Democrats marching to their doom this November

    December 26, 2009

    Let me try and get this health care reform bill straight.

    It is written by a Chairman who says he “doesn’t understand it.” It is about to be passed by a Congress which hasn’t read it. It will be signed by a President who smokes. It will be funded by a Treasury Secretary who did not pay his taxes. It will be overseen by a Surgeon General who is obese and financed by a country that is broke.

    What could possibly be wrong with this picture?

    The health care “crisis” is so bad that the U.S. Senate spent part of the holidays in session to pass a bill that a huge majority of voting Americans has grown to despise. The Senate passed its version with not one vote to spare avoiding a filibuster by the Republicans.

    What could possibly be wrong with this picture?

    Although most of the perceived benefits of this massive new bill don’t actually take effect until 2014 (after Obama’s possible second-term), you will start paying taxes on it starting next year. And don’t fret, if you have private health insurance provided by your company, you’ll be taxed on its value.

    ILLEGAL aliens will not be eligible, but there is no requirement to ask someone if they are in this country ILLEGALLY. That couldn’t be a loophole, could it? Billions of these dollars now being paid in the next three years are set aside for non-profit organizations yet unnamed.

    What could possibly be wrong with this picture?

    Robert Gibbs, the White House Spokesman, had a fit when he was asked at a press conference about President Obama’s tanking polls. The questioner made the point that with the low poll ratings, his ideas about health care and climate control were dipping right along with the president’s own performance numbers.

    His response was very telling about the attitude of his Administration in general. It can be described as “bunker mentality”. Gibbs first took a swipe at Senator John McCain who has stepped to the forefront of the failed Republican attempt to stop the health care bill in the Senate. He called McCain a “bitter” man who had lost his chance to enhance his legacy by supporting the “historic legislation.” He went on to portray McCain as opposing the bill for “spite”. That was supposed to be code that the senator was carrying a grudge from losing to Obama last year in the election.

    Among the other noted Democrats spewing slander at every turn was Jonathan Atler calling Sen. Joseph Lieberman a “putz” and by Chris Matthews as “the L- word and as “Joe the Bummer”. He was also accused of being a traitor to Judaism by many bloggers. Jonathan Chait called Lieberman “the one Jew in the world too clueless to know what he’s doing” and “willing to cause the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people to solve the electoral score” by Ezra Klein. Paul Krugman wanted him “hung in effigy” and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., thought he should be “re-called” from his office, though it wasn’t clear by whom.

    All of these comments couldn’t be from THEIR ruffled feathers because Lieberman ran as an Independent in Connecticut because the Democratic Party weren’t behind him in his last election to the senate, right? This was all being said by public representatives, writers and commentators who never mention how little Republicans as a whole were invited to take part is this mammoth bill from the inception months ago.

    If the Democrats are looking for mass hangings, they will have to wait until the November, 2010 elections. Unfortunately for these supporters of a bad bill at the wrong time, it will be their careers being hung out to dry by a frustrated and muted American public.

    From the very beginning of this process, the Democrats from Obama and Pelosi/Reid and down through the ranks have made this entire situation contentious to the point of a school yard fight among children. Their accusations of Republicans being “blood-sucking anarchists and fear mongers” by such biased reporting as MSNBC and its big brother, NBC, have be over the top. Instead of trying to find parts of the 1,000 page bill where agreement can be made between the two parties, they choose to remain locked down in their strategy sessions and accuse the opposition across the aisle of being obstructionists. It is a strategy that has backfired big time on them due to the outcry of voters, many of which (millions) who voted for the “change” Obama discussed during his campaign.

    And part of this “change” is seen in the health care bill’s language. Beginning on page 1,000 of, Section 3403 reads in part, “It shall not be in order in the Senate or the House of Representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection.”

    The subsection being discussed here concerns the regulatory power of the Independent Advisory Board to reduce the “per capita rate of growth of Medicare spending.” That is exactly the kind of open-ended grant of regulatory power that effectively establishes the advisory board as the ultimate power as legitimate arbitrator of the cost, quality and quality of care provided the American people.

    Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) wants these people, who are unidentified, to be “given the keys” to deciding American health care decisions by federal bureaucrats untouchable for all time. The Obama Administration and the Democrats in the U.S. Senate have done anything and everything possible to make this bill a reality over and above the loud protests of the minority of Senators opposed and the American people up in arms.

    The willing participants of bribery to get their votes have been Senators Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
    Millions upon millions have been spent to seal their votes with federal subsidies, grants and tax relief for their states and theirs alone. It is not something that isn’t a time honored way to obtain shaky votes, but in this case, these were votes that were “no votes” until the “offer you can’t refuse” was made.

    This legislation now moves to conference committee with the House to iron out their different versions of the health care reform bill. House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi wants it completed “hopefully by the State of the Union speech in late January or early February”.

    That is a long time for the American public to rise up and show their anger even more than they have. From now until an actual vote is taken on this bill, the fate of many legislators hangs in the balance of what they vote at crunch time.

    Although authors of the bill and those who “support” it try to be cheerful and confident, underneath all the smiles are very concerned elected officials (the entire House and one-third of the Senate) know down deep that this may be their last chance to save a career hanging in the balance. A thoroughly unpopular bill that few have actually read and even less have thought about.

    There is still time for a small portion of these politicians to wake up and smell the anger. That will be enough with the overall final count in mind.

    http://www.examiner.com/x-11780-Bay-Area-Moderate-Conservative-Examiner~y2009m12d26-Many-Democrats-marching-to-their-doom-this-November

  29. NASA Launches with Algae Systems on Eve Of COP 15: Carbon-negative Fuel from Sewage and CO2

    As several industrialized nations rush to dampen the expectations of Copenhagen, NASA has launched a new mission. The payload: Algae Systems – a new company started by NASA engineers and seasoned biofuel industry veterans to launch a profitable global solution for reducing greenhouse gases.

    Algae Systems: Producing Carbon-Negative Diesel and Jet Fuel from Sewage and CO2 The founders of Algae Systems accepted NASA’s challenge to prove, commercialize and bring to market a unique and revolutionary technology – a byproduct of space missions – that produces a renewable carbon-negative fuel from algae that feeds on sunlight, sewage and CO2.

    The NASA-developed technology, called OMEGA (Offshore Membrane Enclosures for Growing Algae) is a low-cost and low-tech method for growing algae. Unlike other approaches to growing algae, which require construction of massive energy-intensive facilities, OMEGAs are relatively inexpensive. OMEGAs are inflatable plastic membranes filled with processed wastewater, CO2 gas, and freshwater algae. OMEGAs float in water, and can be anchored off the coast of any ocean or salt lake. As the algae grow, using the energy of the sun, they convert wastewater and CO2 into biomass, and oxygen. OMEGA’s uniquely utilize forward-osmosis membranes to permeate purified water out of the OMEGA and into the surrounding water.

    When coupled with Algae Systems’ solutions for the production of liquid transportation fuels, the combined “integrated biorefineries” can make high-value fuels while treating wastewater and drawing down CO2. “The OMEGA technology has the power to transform. In conjunction with our fuel conversion technologies, we can transform sewage and carbon dioxide into abundant and inexpensive fuels,” said Matthew Atwood, the President of Algae Systems. “Together the
    technologies create an integrated biorefinery that is simple and scalable, generating sustainable-energy supplies and local reen-collar jobs.” Designing Fuels that Draw Down CO2 Algae Systems’ Dr. Zoa Hough-Maguire, a COP 15 delegate representing the State of Florida and her company’s planned commercial project in that state, characterizes the revolutionary benefits of the OMEGA technology, “Algae Systems’ fuels are radically different. They actually draw down carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.” The company has utilized the U.S. Department of Energy GREET model for carbon lifecycle to validate the fuels will be carbon-negative. With this new technology in hand, Algae Systems specifically addresses the most critical issues on the agenda of the Copenhagen climate conference: the reduction of CO2 and other GHG emissions, sustainable-energy production, waste disposal, and protecting fragile marine ecosystems and water resources.

    Readying for Commercial Launch
    In making the announcement, NASA’s, Lisa Lockyer, Deputy Director of New Ventures and Communications for the Ames Research Center, has echoed Algae Systems’ determination and confidence by announcing the center’s support for the commercialization of the technology.
    Accepting the challenge and signaling his company’s capacity to meet it, Atwood said, “Rapid deployment is anticipated. We are building a U.S.-based commercial pilot to prove the scalability of the technology up to 100 million gallons of wastewater throughput per
    year. Once successful, we will begin offering the technology to industrial and municipal clients.”

    Technology That Gives Back

    “The concept is simple,” says John Perry Barlow, a Managing Partner of Algae Systems, “If you can take problems that the world has in abundance, like sewage and CO2, and transform them into resources, like diesel fuel that works in existing machinery, you can create economic fountains within local markets that become a positive incentive to draw down significant quantities of greenhouse gases.” As a co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and an early architect of the Open Internet model that has been fundamental to its success, Barlow spent years traveling around Africa and other developing countries connecting them to the Internet. “For any set of technologies to be widely-enough deployed in time to mitigate climate change, they have to spread themselves, like the Internet,” Barlow says, “they have to be simple and cheap, they have to address needs the developing world has now, and they have to be deployed by the very people who live there.”

    Mission Critical: On the Front Lines of Global Warming With a technology so readily adaptable to the immediate needs of the developing world, Algae Systems has become a rallying point for those who are most at risk from sea-level rise due to increasing CO2 emissions: AOSIS, the 42 member Alliance of Small Island States. In the words of U.N. Ambassador Demissa Williams of Grenada, leading member of AOSIS, “We have to worry today, not tomorrow.” With help of NASA and forward-thinking partners around the world, Algae Systems has moved past worry and is taking action.

    Algae Systems, LLC (Algae Systems) is an American, full-service carbon-negative energy production, engineering, and technology company, soon offering turn-key solutions for C02 and sewage conversion to diesel-manufacturing plants worldwide for commercial and municipal clients. Algae Systems is a signatory with the UN Global Impact and its official and approved “Caring for Climate” list of international businesses committed to the development of environmentally-friendly technologies.

    http://74.125.155.132/search?q=cache:W6rYGSVZ0oIJ:www.oilgae.com/blog/labels/Algae-Energy-Investments.html+oilgae+stock+price&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

  30. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Now they want to get rid of the filibuster, and drive bluedogs out of the party. The only thing I disagree with is the word liberal. These are not liberals. Liberal is a venerable term. The word for the Obama people is fascists. Read the last paragraph of this article.
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    The filibuster is essential for democracy, because it protects Americans from a tyranny of the majority, whether that majority be Democrats or Republicans. Right now, liberals are angry at Congress because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was not allowed to steamroll the minority party, and moderates within his own caucus, to pass a version of ObamaCare with a public option. The left wants to exterminate the only remaining tool for individual members of the Senate to slow down legislation.

    It isn’t enough for liberals to control 60 votes in the Senate, have an overwhelming majority in the House and the Presidency for the next 4 years. Now they are messaging to get rid of the Senate filibuster, so they can cut out moderate Democrats. They want the Senate to be run like the House — with minimal participation by the minority party. I bet these same liberals would be very upset if Republicans had changed the rules during the Bush Administration to expand tax cuts, set up private accounts to wean citizens off Social Security and cut federal spending on government waste (think ACORN). Liberal columnist for the Washington Post, Ezra Klein, writes today:

    The modern Senate is a radically different institution than the Senate of the 1960s, and the dysfunction exhibited in its debate over health care — the absence of bipartisanship, the use of the filibuster to obstruct progress rather than protect debate, the ability of any given senator to hold the bill hostage to his or her demands — has convinced many, both inside and outside the chamber, that it needs to be fixed.

    By “fixed,” the left means eliminated so that they can throw moderate members of the Democrat caucus under the bus. Senators Ben Nelson (D-NE), Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.) and Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) would have had no input into the Senate version of ObamaCare without a mechanism for Senators to extend debate. Somehow Republicans are to blame for the lack of bipartisanship and for Democrat Senators use of the rules to remove objectionable portions of the health care bill. For Klein, the Democrat caucus in the Senate, including a Socialist and an Independent-Democrat, is far too conservative because it did not take up and pass a version of ObamaCare with a public option.

    Klein wrote that “this was a test of whether a party could govern when everything was stacked in its favor” and concluded ”not really.” Klein went on to complain:

    And Democrats still could not find a single Republican vote, which meant they had to give Nebraska a coupon entitling it to a free Medicaid expansion and hand Joe Lieberman a voucher that’s good for anything he wants. If the Senate cannot govern effectively even when history conspires to free its hand, then it cannot govern.

    First of all, Senator Harry Reid decided to put the Nebraska provision in the bill to buy a vote for cloture. Can’t blame the Senate’s rules for that situation. Klein’s complaint about Nelson of Nebraska and Lieberman’s use of the Senate rules to get what they want is no reason to get rid of the filibuster. Because Klein’s beloved Democrats could not get everything they wanted after months of closed door meetings and no effort to include Republicans, the filibuster has become the reason for public option failure.

    Klien quotes a Republican complaining about the filibuster:

    In 2005, Senate majority leader Bill Frist nearly shut the chamber down over the Democratic habit of filibustering George W. Bush’s judicial nominees. “This filibuster is nothing less than a formula for tyranny by the minority,” he said at the time.

    It think it is time for conservatives to distance themselves from the Republican attempts to impose the so called “Constitutional Option” to abolish the filibuster for judicial nominees. That argument was based on a flawed logic that, although the Senate consititutionally sets it’s own rules, another provision in the constitution can be interpreted to claim that the filibuster does not apply to judicial nominees. The theory was based on the idea that the Senate, through the use of a simple majority, could change the rules of the Senate by ignoring the letter of the Senate’s rules, to set a precedent exempting nominations from the filibuster rule. Thank goodness Republicans never went further down that path or they would be paying a high price right now. With all due respect to the former Leader, Senator Bill Frist was wrong and not all conservatives supported the idea that the filibuster did not apply to nominations.

    The filibuster is nothing more than a tool to allow the minority to have the right to extend debate. If one understood the Senate rules, they would remember the famous movie, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, where one Senator was allowed to talk until he dropped. The Senate got rid of that tradition and rule. Now Mr. Smith can be shut up if 16 Senators sign a petition and 60 Senators vote to shut off debate after two days. A filibuster is 60 Senators saying that they are going to limit debate — nothing more and nothing less. If the majority can’t get 60, then nothing prevents them from trying to shut down debate again with a new cloture petition. The only way a failed cloture vote becomes a vote that kills a bill is when the majority fails to file cloture again and again to shut down debate. A filibuster does not kill legislation, the will of the majority not to force vote after vote to shut off debate does.

    President Barack Obama, a man who as Senator participated in Democrat filibusters of Bush judicial nominees, is now changin his position on the filibuster. According to TPMDC:

    “[A]s somebody who served in the Senate, who values the traditions of the Senate, who thinks that institution has been the world’s greatest deliberative body, to see the filibuster rule, which imposes a 60-vote supermajority on legislation – to see that invoked on every single piece of legislation, during the course of this year, is unheard of,” says President Obama in a yet-to-air interview with PBS.

    The President must have a short memory, because he participated in filibusters during his short time in the Senate. Paul Krugman in the New York Times repeats the absurd argument that, notwithstanding the passage of ObamaCare in the Senate, our legislative process is broken because the left didn’t get everything they wanted:

    And the fact that it was such a close thing shows that the Senate — and, therefore, the U.S. government as a whole — has become ominously dysfunctional. After all, Democrats won big last year, running on a platform that put health reform front and center. In any other advanced democracy this would have given them the mandate and the ability to make major changes. But the need for 60 votes to cut off Senate debate and end a filibuster — a requirement that appears nowhere in the Constitution, but is simply a self-imposed rule — turned what should have been a straightforward piece of legislating into a nail-biter. And it gave a handful of wavering senators extraordinary power to shape the bill.

    The bottom line is that the liberals want to change the rules so they can completely ignore Blue Dog Democrats in the House, moderate Democrat Senators and anybody with an R next to their name so they can rule without dissent. The advocacy of the rewriting of the rules in the Senate to abolish the filibuster is the utmost in hubris and “I am smarter than you” attitude of the Obama Administration and leaders in Congress. They want more and more power and can’t stand the fact that they can’t pass their whole left wing agenda in the first two years of the Obama Administration. They know that their left wing legislative window is closing because next fall democracy kicks back in and likely will kick out many of the moderate Democrats in the caucus for the sins of the far left of their own party.

  31. U.S. Placed Under International Police State

    In the dead of night on December 17, 2009, President Barack Hussein Obama placed the United States of America under the authority of the international police organization known as INTERPOL, granting the organization full immunity to operate within the United States.

    Last Thursday, December 17, 2009, The White House released an Executive Order “Amending Executive Order 12425.” It grants INTERPOL (International Criminal Police Organization) a new level of full diplomatic immunity afforded to foreign embassies and select other “International Organizations” as set forth in the United States International Organizations Immunities Act of 1945. By removing language from President Reagan’s 1983 Executive Order 12425, this international law enforcement body now operates – now operates – on American soil beyond the reach of our own top law enforcement arm, the FBI, and is immune from Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

    What, exactly does this mean? It means that INTERPOL now has the full authority to conduct investigations and other law enforcement activities on U.S. soil, with full immunity from U.S. laws such as the Freedom of Information Act and with complete independence from oversight from the FBI.

    In short, a global law enforcement entity now has full law-enforcement authority in the U.S. without any check on its power afforded by U.S. law and U.S. law enforcement agencies.

    http://www.examiner.com/x-3704-Columbia-Conservative-Examiner~y2009m12d26-US-placed-under-international-policestate

  32. It’s hard to know what to do, even in the 2010 elections. I’ll just have to see who is running in each race and what the issues are then.

    Imo the immediate thing is to keep H44 healthy as a home for a wide family of Hillary supporters. There are plenty of rightwing tinfoil sites already; let’s not look like just another of those.
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    Hard to know what to do in 2010? Really. Seems pretty simple to me. If you like the Wall Street agenda, the health care deform, immigration deform, the manchurian doubletalk, burgeoining deficits, the elimination of checks and balances, and no hope for Hillary in 2012 then by all means keep a filibuster proof majority. If not then consider the alternative.

    I would not worry too much about right wing tin foil hat stuff. Often what is tin foil hat stuff it is in the eye of the beholder. If you want to worry about something, ask yourself why he signs and executive order granting immunity and extra constitutional powers to Interpol within this country. And then ask why big media is ignoring it.

  33. How they let this person on that flight is inexcusable…it has shows how little we learned from 9/11, as well as the fact that these fanatics are not to be “negotiated” with, but hunted down and killed. Iran , should it get the bomb, will be the most dangerous nation in the world, yet, Obama , Kerry and the rest of their ilk are preventing sanctions from being discussed on the senate floor so he(Kerry) can embarrass us by visiting Iran, and thereby give Iran even more time to go nuclear. Sadly, Israel has been warned by Obama, and his Jewish henchmen that she may take no action and that the US will not help her strategically and or with supplies, including arms to defend herself after a preemptive strike.

  34. I am now an independent. That means I vote for the individual and not the party–as a rule. But as with every rule there is an exception. There are times when it is more important to restore a balance of power in the system than to pick the best candidate. Prior to the health care deform bill, I might have thought differently. But seeing democrats I believed in and supported cave, convinced me that the institutional imperative is irresistible. For the short term, except in the case of Martha Coakley who I think the world of, balance of power considerations impel me to consider candidates from the other party. The Obama loco-motiff is an out of control freight train and the only way to stop it is with the other party. As Hentoff of the New Yorker said recently, he is the most dangerous president we have had. I believe that is true.

  35. “As Hentoff of the New Yorker said recently, he is the most dangerous president we have had. I believe that is true.”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~

    Yes, I agree- it’s just as dangerous reading the words of people insisting on their definition of “keeping this site healthy” as some sort of rule? When and where has this site been unhealthy? WTF is that all about?

  36. How they let this person on that flight is inexcusable…it has shows how little we learned from 9/11, as well as the fact that these fanatics are not to be “negotiated” with, but hunted down and killed. Iran , should it get the bomb, will be the most dangerous nation in the world, yet, Obama , Kerry and the rest of their ilk are preventing sanctions from being discussed on the senate floor so he(Kerry) can embarrass us by visiting Iran, and thereby give Iran even more time to go nuclear. Sadly, Israel has been warned by Obama, and his Jewish henchmen that she may take no action and that the US will not help her strategically and or with supplies, including arms to defend herself after a preemptive strike.
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    Very well said jbtonesfan. The world has been turned upside down. When we abandon core principles, diss our friends and embrace our enemies as Obama has done, pretty soon we do not know who we are. We signal a weakness that every predator in the jungle can smell. Power is a matter of perception and so is the lack thereof.

  37. So what is a rightwing tinfoil site, anyway? Is that for kool aide drinkers who are Republicans? Are they the guys who dont believe in global warming and are against Cap and Trade?

  38. And while I’m out there roaming around off topic, on Christmas Eve and Day, most past presidents have either stayed at the WH or Camp David or gone back to their own homes.

    So what’s the deal with the Obamas? They vacation in Europe, on Martha’s Vineyard, or in Hawaii. For some reason I thought they actually had a Rezko gifted home in Chicago?? Do you all ever hear of BO actually going to that house now that he is royalty…I mean president?

  39. US Military Forces Refusing Orders from Barack Obama and Taking it to Court

    please post this video when you can, admin..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsfrgJsE-_o

    US Military Forces are refusing to take Orders from Obama unless he can prove he is a US Citizen. They plan Court action as their Lawyers are taking Briefs as we speak.

    If the entire military stand down and refuse to follow Obama’s plan for the Iraq and Astan Wars until the birth issue is resolved, this could be the genesis of a military coup.

  40. a comment on keeping the site pure…

    Taylor Marsh had a live vibrant thriving site when she was supporting Hillary.

    when she threw her weight behind obama and the damn bots invaded the posterss fled the site. during what seemed her lowest period of people posting I would say there were seven posters at some times. same damn people spouting heir crap about obama. these days she she is off the obama train and I think her site is slowly recovering.

    if you keep H44 “pure” you risk chasing off the diversity that makes this site such a joy to read.

    while the admin does an awesome job I also really enjoy the varied people who have an “educated” point of view worth reading… whether I agree with them or not.

    if you go read some of the liberal sites you will find the comments section is mostly made up of one and two liners and rarely the in depth stuff that is posted here.

    I supported Hillary donated blogged and emailed. I then swung to the cranky old loon because obama was such a threat.

    if Hillary doesnt run I will be supporting Sarah or whoever is an alternative to obama.

    so if you want to keep the site pure I will be one of those you are proposing running off.

    while I dont post much I read here every day I can and read every threads posts.

    so many thanks to you who post here often. I really appreciate the mature wisdom you post and the effort you expend to do so.

    mrks

  41. #
    Southern Born
    December 26th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    So what’s the deal with the Obamas? They vacation in Europe, on Martha’s Vineyard, or in Hawaii. For some reason I thought they actually had a Rezko gifted home in Chicago?? Do you all ever hear of BO actually going to that house now that he is royalty…I mean president?

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

    The owner of the $4000/day Obama rental in the most exclusive section in HI recently gave a video tour of the vacation retreat. Ending his tour noting he mentioned to Obama the property is for sale commanding a $5.7M price tag. Obama responded with: “he will consider it.”

    Nice having an American president who couldn’t careless about the plight of Americans.

    panaoramic

  42. if you keep H44 “pure” you risk chasing off the diversity that makes this site such a joy to read.

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

    Where did that come from? Who said ‘pure’? I’m talking about keeping it varied, diverse.

    Instaed of people dropping out because of the rightwing stuff, I think they should stay and post more non-rightwing (and non-tinfoil) stuff to balance it.

  43. If Rezko bought BO’s first house the Obama’s could NOT afford…reckon Soros will buy the “second” house they cannot afford.

    Sickening isn’t it?

  44. Often what is tin foil hat stuff it is in the eye of the beholder.

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

    Yes. That’s why I say that whatever bothers you (generic, not you wbboei) here, you shouldn’t let it drive you away. Instead you should stay and post some things from a different perspective. So we maintain a healthy diversity.

  45. I wrote in Hillary Clinton in the general election… would never vote for BO. I am VERY dissillusioned with the Democratic party, particularly with the sell out Senate. That doesn’t mean I would vote Republican. In my state, however, next year, it does probably mean that Barbara Boxer is going to be tossed out of office.

  46. http://lippard.blogspot.com/2009/12/who-are-climate-change-skeptics.html

    [….]
    The Heartland Institute, founded in 1984, was the sponsor of the NIPCC (above) and has its own category at this blog. Between 1998 and 2005, it received $561,500 in funding from ExxonMobil, 40% of which was designated for climate science opposition (see the Union of Concerned Scientists Exxon report (PDF)).
    [….]
    The George C. Marshall Institute was founded in 1984 to support Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative, but since 1989 has been active in opposing AGW. [….] Former George C. Marshall Institute executive director Matthew Crawford left the organization after five months when, he said, he realized […] that his job “consisted of making arguments about global warming that just happened to coincide with the positions taken by the oil companies that funded the think tank”
    [….]
    The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded in 1977 by Edward Crane and Charles Koch. Charles and David Koch are co-owners of Koch Industries, which is one of the largest privately owned companies in the U.S. (often #2, but has occasionally been #1). Koch Industries has major holdings in petroleum, natural gas, and coal.
    [….]
    Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change
    This is a small Phoenix-based nonprofit run by Craig Idso (chairman) and his father Sherwood B. Idso (president) which argues that increasing CO2 levels are beneficial. The organization has received $90,000 in funding from ExxonMobil. Both Idsos and Craig’s brother Keith have also been on the payroll of the Western Fuels Association.
    [….]
    a 2008 study that examined 141 “English-language environmentally sceptical books published between 1972 and 2005” found that over 92% of them were connected to conservative think tanks, either published by them or authored by persons directly affiliated with them

  47. I will vote Repub to try to balance the insanity and save this Republic. By the way, I am reading Sarah’s book right now

    What I thought was “right winged thought” in the past, has in many instances, become commen sense to me.

  48. the Cato Institute’s Tim Lynch, legendary civil libertarian Nat Hentoff gives Barack Obama’s presidency a big fat F in a rollicking interview with John W. Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute. A snippet:

    Nat Hentoff: In terms of the Patriot Act, and all the other things he has pledged he would do, such as transparency in government, Obama has reneged on his promises. He pledged to end torture, but he has continued the CIA renditions where you kidnap people and send them to another country to be interrogated. Why is Obama doing that if he doesn’t want torture anymore? Throughout Obama’s career, he promised to limit the state secrets doctrine which the Bush-Cheney administration had abused enormously. The Bush administration would go into court on any kind of a case that they thought might embarrass them and would argue that it was a state secret and the case should not be continued. Obama is doing the same thing, even though he promised not to.

    So in answer to your question, I am beginning to think that this guy is a phony. Obama seems to have no firm principles that I can discern that he will adhere to. His only principle is his own aggrandizement. This is a very dangerous mindset for a president to have.

    JW: Do you consider Obama to be worse than George W. Bush?

    NH: Oh, much worse. Bush essentially came in with very little qualifications for presidency, not only in terms of his background but he lacked a certain amount of curiosity, and he depended entirely too much on people like Rumsfeld, Cheney and others. Bush was led astray and we were led astray. However, I never thought that Bush himself was, in any sense, “evil.” I am hesitant to say this about Obama. Obama is a bad man in terms of the Constitution. The irony is that Obama was a law professor at the University of Chicago. He would, most of all, know that what he is doing weakens the Constitution.

    In fact, we have never had more invasions of privacy than we have now. The Fourth Amendment is on life support and the chief agent of that is the National Security Agency. The NSA has the capacity to keep track of everything we do on the phone and on the internet. Obama has done nothing about that. In fact, he has perpetuated it. He has absolutely no judicial supervision of all of this. So all in all, Obama is a disaster.

  49. Alinsky was an influential force in Obamas youth, or so we are told. But he was a piker compared to the Italian Marxist Gramsci who spent a good part of his youth in jail. While in jail he wrote a revolutionary’s handbook called The Prison Notebook. One of the chapters deals with the press of his day, which was early twentieth century. What this first rate political thinker said about them is equally true today when you look at media outlets like NBC, CNN and NYT, plus Time and Newsweek. Purveyors of truth? No. Educators of the public? No. Mouthpieces of the establishment? No doubt about it. He admonishes the working class of his day not to subsidize them in any way. Then as now.

    Here is the piece if you want to read it: http://www.marxists.org/archive/gramsci/1916/12/newspapers.htm

  50. Often what is tin foil hat stuff it is in the eye of the beholder.

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

    Yes. That’s why I say that whatever bothers you (generic, not you wbboei) here, you shouldn’t let it drive you away. Instead you should stay and post some things from a different perspective. So we maintain a healthy diversity.

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

    The phraseology of ‘Tin Foil Hat’ is used by Leftists at Democratic Underground. They use it freely against anyone who points to the TRUTH Obama has betrayed them once again such as his initial betrayal, backpedaling on FISA. Tin Foil arguments are used by people in denial when they hear the Truth.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Instead you should stay and post some things from a different perspective. So we maintain a healthy diversity.”

    I’d like you to site examples of when and where you’ve seen “unhealthy diversity” at this site. And examples of the healthy diversity we need, you seem compelled to remind us of constantly.

  51. Southern Born
    December 27th, 2009 at 12:30 am

    If Rezko bought BO’s first house the Obama’s could NOT afford…reckon Soros will buy the “second” house they cannot afford.

    Sickening isn’t it?

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

    Yes, and further sickening- Even if he is thrown out of office, he won’t be exiled to Elba in abject poverty tainted forever in the state of disgrace for his High Crimes and Misdemeanors as was Napoleon. As a citizen of the World, Soros will make sure he is appointed president of the UN.

  52. Kerry Floats Plan to Visit Tehran

    WASHINGTON — Sen. John Kerry has suggested becoming the first high-level U.S. emissary to make a public visit to Tehran since the 1979 Islamic revolution, a move White House officials say they won’t oppose.

    The offer comes as mass protests against Iran’s regime are resurfacing and a U.S.-imposed deadline nears to broach international sanctions against Iran.

    “This sounds like the kind of travel a chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee would — and should — undertake,” said a White House official, adding it would be at Sen. Kerry’s own behest.

    It’s unclear whether Iran would welcome the visit, and it would be controversial within both countries. The Iranian government has rebuffed other recent White House efforts to establish a direct dialogue.

    The Obama administration hasn’t decided whether to make Sen. Kerry its official representative if he goes, but as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Kerry can visit if the White House and Tehran both approve.

    Many opponents of Tehran’s regime oppose such a visit, fearing it would lend legitimacy to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at a time when his government is under continuing pressure from protests and opposition figures. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets again this week to voice their opposition to the government following the death of a reformist cleric.

    “We’ve eschewed high-level visits to Iran for the last 30 years. I think now — when the Iranian regime’s fate is less certain than ever — is not the best time to begin,” said Karim Sadjadpour, an Iran analyst at Washington’s Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

    “The wrong message would be sent to the Iranian people by such a high-level visit: The U.S. loves dictatorial regimes,” said Hossein Askari, a professor at George Washington University and former adviser to Iranian governments.

    A trip by Sen. Kerry could provide the Obama administration a last-minute chance to directly convey its views to Iranian leaders before the U.S. moves to increase financial pressure on Tehran in an effort to derail Iran’s nuclear programs.

    A spokesman for Iran’s mission to the United Nations didn’t respond to requests for comment on the potential visit. In Iran, officials have been dismissive of the idea since the magazine Foreign Policy said Friday in a blog post that Sen. Kerry was considering it.

    The former presidential candidate has undertaken a string of diplomatic initiatives over the past year in coordination with President Barack Obama. The Massachusetts Democrat played a high-profile role in brokering an end to Afghanistan’s postelection political crisis this October through his negotiations with President Hamid Karzai. He also has been serving as an intermediary between the White House and Syrian President Bashar Assad, and traveled to Damascus last February for direct talks.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB126161465189603571.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsThird

  53. Senate Dems to W.H.: Drop cap-and-trade

    Politico

    Sunday, December 27, 2009

    Bruised by the health care debate and worried about what 2010 will bring, moderate Senate Democrats are urging the White House to give up now on any effort to pass a cap-and-trade bill next year.

    “I am communicating that in every way I know how,” says Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), one of at least half a dozen Democrats who’ve told the White House or their own leaders that it’s time to jettison the centerpiece of their party’s plan to curb global warming.

    The creation of an economy-wide market for greenhouse gas emissions is as the heart of the climate bill that cleared the House earlier this year. But with the health care fight still raging and the economy still hurting, moderate Democrats have little appetite for another sweeping initiative — especially another one likely to pass with little or no Republican support.

    “We need to deal with the phenomena of global warming, but I think it’s very difficult in the kind of economic circumstances we have right now,” said Indiana Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh, who called passage of any economy-wide cap and trade “unlikely.”?

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1209/30984.html

    The question is are Dems more afraid of the exposé to come if they continue pushing for passage of (a domestic version of)cap and trade regulations and a citizen’s carbon tax; than the reality the government should be working on legislation creating Green Jobs to alleviate our dependence on fossil fuels?

  54. We built back better’ after tsunami: Bill Clinton
    (AFP) – 19 hours ago

    WASHINGTON — Former US president Bill Clinton, who helped raise millions of dollars in aid for tsunami-hit Asian nations, said the hard-hit region “built back better” in the five years since the disaster.

    “We will never forget the stories of those who lost their loved ones and all their worldly possessions in one of the worst natural disasters of our time,” Clinton, who was dispatched by then-president George W. Bush to raise funds for the massive recovery effort, said Saturday in marking the fifth anniversary of the tsunami.

    “Nor will we forget the tremendous international response from governments, businesses, NGOs, and private citizens who sent money, aid, and prayers in unprecedented volume to the affected regions,” he said in a statement.

    “We did more than just build back; we built back better.”

    Clinton’s remarks came as people across Asia paused to remember the day five years ago when an undersea earthquake unleashed devastating waves that killed more than 220,000 people.

    Shortly after the disaster, Clinton teamed up with Bush’s father, former president George H.W. Bush, to establish the Bush-Clinton Tsunami Fund, which Clinton said raised 10 million dollars for recovery efforts.

    He said that due to the “magnitude of the devastation” and the complex challenge posed by recovery, the UN’s chief at the time, Kofi Annan, asked him to serve as UN special envoy for tsunami recovery to help ensure the money was spent appropriately.

    Clinton, whose wife Hillary Clinton is today US President Barack Obama’s secretary of state, visited the region as envoy five times “to survey the damage and observe the progress being made.

    “While we faced immediate and pressing challenges of rebuilding homes, schools, and hospitals, we also had opportunities to reverse historic patterns of inequality and marginalization and better prepare governmental infrastructure for future natural disasters.”

    He cited the “great progress (that) has been made,” including the burying of a longstanding conflict in Aceh, Indonesia, and new opportunities for women in India to improve their economic and social status.

    “Though some tsunami-affected areas have not fully recovered, the recovery process continues, and governments, communities and people around the region are better prepared for the future,” he added.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jnuRs_z-o7qzI_OvQkUNcYbf4xSg

  55. Gingrich, Andrea, Bloomy, Deval Patrick on Meet the Press NOW-

    Gingrich and Bloomy are scorching Particks defense of the HCR Bill.

    Deval Patrick is a bullshitter extraordinare.

  56. In Cuba during prior to Castro, a sugar baron named Julio Lobo (Julius Wolfe) rose to prominence. After the Revolution, Lobo assured his financiers, customers and supporters not to worry, Castro was a reasonable man, he could find a way to work with him, just be patient–he could ride the tiger as it were. (Coincidentally, I have heard those very words from a republican businessman who met with him and Rham). Within a matter of a year, his holdings had been nationalize. The pattern however, and Castro was clever about this, was to use big business to crush small business and then nationalize big business giving him effective control of the economy. (Note: the threat here is not so much nationalization, but globalization by which I mean totalitarian control by a global bureacuracy.

    The first step in that direction was his London meeting in which he surrendered regulatory control of businesses who have an appreciable effect on the global economy to a world banking committee of 23 people–some of whom were probably his financial backers if all the facts were known. Not surprisingly, Big Media censored this information and gushed over Obama. Only FOX and Morris picked up on it. Other than that this major transfer of American sovereignty passed unnoticed. No no no party labels can explain what is going on here. This is not business as usual between republicans and democrats. It is a point of departure. The American People are the victims of this scheme).
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    Big Business Has Second Thoughts About Riding The Tiger

    The Wall Street Journal notes that even as Obamacare posed great threats to the independence and profitability of health insurers, they were willing to play along with an effort they thought inevitable as long as they could get the government to force more people to buy their product and dodge the poison pill of the public option:

    A year ago, the industry’s main trade group, America’s Health Insurance Plans, decided to try to get out in front of the overhaul effort. Insurers agreed to renounce some of their most controversial practices — such as denying coverage to applicants with pre-existing health conditions — hoping to gain millions of new customers through mandated coverage.

    It’s a time-tested strategy by Big Business in making deals with Big Government: hope you can cut a deal that puts the real hardships on consumers and small competitors, and avoid the worst for yourself. But of course, once you have traded your freedom for crumbs from the government table, you lose control over the process. And the Journal notes that insurers are starting to have some second thoughts about the deal:

    Big insurers are still hoping to influence some language in the legislation before Congress sends it to the president. But one thing is clear: The initiative is poised to change their industry more than any other sector of the U.S. health-care system, with huge potential to disrupt profitability.

    Cuts in government spending for Medicare Advantage, the privately run health plans for the elderly, are a major source of funding for the overhaul. And an excise tax on most insurers is set to cost the industry $70 billion over 10 years.

    “We will be taking a fundamental look at our business, our business model and how we invest our capital,” Ron Williams, Aetna Inc.’s chief executive, said this week.

  57. Tragically the same thing was occuring in the Democractic Party. They were built on the Roosevelt coalition and were responsive to its interests. However, during the 1980s an investment banker named Felix Rohatyn convinced the powers that be that they must abandon the commitment to the middle class, and build bridges to Wall Street in order to be competitive. The 2008 primary pitted the last Roosevelt liberal Hillary against the Wall Street shill Obama. (Note: coincidentally, Rohatyn is a friend of Pelosi, and is the executor of the Kennedy estate).
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    Go figure that Rohatyn would be friends of the biggest backstabbers in the business. I wonder though, WHY was Teddy so set on helping Obama. Many dims tried, even one of his best friends Dodd and Kerry, he supported them but nothing like he did for Obama, WHY?? This is the $64 million question.Was it only because he was black, I doubt it.

  58. Another question, why did Vickie only ask Obama to follow the casket out of the Cathedral with the rest of the family and not his very best fried Dodd???? Obama refused, Why???

  59. Mrs. Smith, I often wondered if that is Obama’s real goal?? Is to be POTUS first, then President of the UN?? Imagine that idiot in that position! I still remember that day Hillary sat in the President’s chair at the U.N., that day when she said she enjoyed being President, she was letting her true feelings out that day.

  60. wbboei, Just catching up on yesterday’s comments. All I can say is that competing ideas are the cornerstone of our democracy and in no way will ever ruin this blog.

  61. Before credit cards we had lay away plans. The merchant would set the object aside, the consumer would commence SMALL payments on it, and only after the consumer had paid the entire amount would he receive it. Obamacare is based on the same model. The consumer is forced to make buy insurance and pay taxes on it immediately, but the alleged benefit, which will turn out to be illusiory, will not be received until 2013. Also, the payments are comparatively LARGE. Meanwhile, Deval Patrick assures us that Obamacare is a wonderful plan because it is based on the Massachusetts Plan which nobody but him likes. . .

    It therefore follows that Obamacare should be henceforth described as the MASSACHUSETTS LAY AWAY PLAN.

  62. Now that I think about it Deval is a cute little feller. Kind of like a minature Obama. Narcissistic, loves to tell you his rags to riches story, nouveau riche, willing to loot taxpayers for big business, Harvard and Chicago ties, full of hot air speeches and promises he will never deliver. Two charlatans for the price of one.

  63. Ted Kennedy went to Africa in late 1960 and he also went to Harvard. He got kicked out his first semester for getting someone else to take his final in Spanish.

  64. All I can say is that competing ideas are the cornerstone of our democracy and in no way will ever ruin this blog.
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    There is that alright. But there is another trap we have to avoid. We must not fall into the trap of seeing what Obama does as a legitimate expression of democratic values, or to characterize his critics as mean spirited republicans or racists. The jury instruction would read you can be a critic of Obama without being a Republican or a racist, even though Obama wants you to believe that nay one who deigns to criticize him is one or the other. The bottom line is clear: Obama is a Trojan Horse for global business interests. That is where his seed money and planning came from. If you do the research you will find that is the case. If you look at who is the real beneficiary of his policies, your suspicions will be confirmed. With him it is always Rezko, or Wright. Once you undertand that fundamental correlation his behavior is no longer enigmatic, but highly predictable.

  65. Ted Kennedy went to Africa in late 1960 and he also went to Harvard. He got kicked out his first semester for getting someone else to take his final in Spanish.
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    Are you suggesting . . .

  66. wbboei, Your right about that, Obama’s is only interested in himself and full filling the goal that was given to him by the banking and corporate interests that bought and paid for him since he was a 20 year old just coming to Chicago. He was raised and educated for the job he is doing right now.

    I read that many are in-training as we speak for their interests and dispatched throughout the sphere of politics for their personal interests (banking).

    Uncovering the corruption is why competing ideas always shed light on the conspiracies. Believe me, both parties use them. Albeit, I thing the republicans are better at it than the dims. Republicans allways speak on the same tune, but when you get two dims in the room, both have competing ideas and no one agrees. Republicans stick together, thats why they always get and retain power more easily than dims.

  67. confloyd
    December 27th, 2009 at 11:44 am
    Just catching up on yesterday’s comments. All I can say is that competing ideas are the cornerstone of our democracy and in no way will ever ruin this blog.

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    That’s what I’ve been saying. Instead of leaving, people should stay here and post their own ideas.

  68. Quite frankly, there probably lots of TK’s little offspring from years of womanising running about, wouldnt surprise me if Dumbo was one of them.

  69. The question is are Dems more afraid of the exposé to come if they continue pushing for passage of (a domestic version of)cap and trade regulations and a citizen’s carbon tax; than the reality the government should be working on legislation creating Green Jobs to alleviate our dependence on fossil fuels?

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    Imo Cap and Trade should be dropped because it is a very clumsy means to that good end, likely to be counterproductive. Human-caused global warming is very likely true, but should not seed a hotbed for speculators. 😉

  70. This is from Politico. First, read Janet’s comments to the blimp. Trust me this is typical Janet–the world according to garp. Arizona breathed an audible sigh of relief when she left the state to enter Shaft’s administration. The people of Arizona felt much safer getting her out of state. As for the country, well, er, their gain has been our loss. I will say no more about that, except it is like putting sergeant schultz in charge of security.

    The interesting thing is the reaction, by Politico readers who have been big Obama supporters over the years. They are calling her in effect the cling cling bird on top of the kooka berry tree. What a difference a year makes. Read the comments. You will enjoy them. Only in an Obama Administration would spin such as this be de rigeur. Gibbs, I mean Curley should take note. When defending a dictator try the big lie first.

    Napolitano: “The system worked”

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Sunday that the thwarting of the attempt to blow up an Amsterdam-Detroit airline flight Christmas Day demonstrated that “the system worked.”

    Asked by CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union” how that could be possible when the young Nigerian who has been charged with trying to set off the bomb was able to smuggle explosive liquid onto the jet, Napolitano responded: “We’re asking the same questions.”

    Napolitano added that there was “no suggestion that [the suspect] was improperly screened.”

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    Is this woman an incompetent fool? With these idiots running the show, we’re on our own, folks.

    Posted By: Prospector | December 27, 2009 at 09:40 AMReport Abuse
    How in the world did the system work? He got on, though his father warned the Embassy in November. He was able to light his bomb. Fortunately, he was not able to do it. But then again, she was the failed governor who tried to blame terrorism on white men….

    Posted By: Grabski | December 27, 2009 at 09:41 AMReport Abuse
    No, the passenger worked, displaying individual valor- I don’t know how much more spin the woman could put on this- maybe a Barack charm around everyone’s neck to protect the flier.

    Posted By: gbnyc | December 27, 2009 at 09:48 AMReport Abuse
    The system didnt work as he got on the plane with explosives strapped to his leg.

    Posted By: | December 27, 2009 at 09:48 AMReport Abuse
    Alas! It worked!??! The procedures only worked if homeland security were the ones that provided him withy the faulty detonator in order to foil his attempt. I love how the “success” is touted after he was tackled by other passengers. That guy should be paid to fly now.

    Posted By: Grif99 | December 27, 2009 at 09:52 AMReport Abuse
    “The System Worked”???? Are you out of your freaking mind!!!!????? You retards let a known muslim extremist on a commercial jet with a bomb strapped to his leg and a hero civilian nailed the guy. And these Demorat retards think THE SYSTEM WORKED??????

    Posted By: 20/20 Viaion | December 27, 2009 at 09:52 AMReport Abuse
    So, the hopey/changey system worked? Huh, how about that. Apparently BO’s new system is to allow terrorists onto airplanes with explosive materials. That’s what happened, and BO’s DHS Secretary informed us that “the system worked.” Now BO needs to get a panel of America haters together to figure out how to make the explosives go off. And another panel of BO’s America haters can figure out how to keep intended victims from fighting back effectively. That appears to be all the tweaking the new hopey/changey system needs before BO’s new system is fully functional.

    Posted By: Max17 | December 27, 2009 at 09:52 AMReport Abuse
    The SYSTEM worked? Who is she trying to kid? The SYSTEM let the terrorist smuggle explosives on board. The SYSTEM let the terrorist get on the plane. The SYSTEM did not save anyone… a faulty bomb job and bravery of saved passengers! Typical reaction from this administration. TAKE credit for others work, actions and success. If Napolitano wants to take credit for something, how about the breeches in security, and increase of terroristic actions? Crappy Nappy can place veterans on terrorist watch lists but can’t keep “party crashers” and Soros out of the white house. Pathetic!

    Posted By: NapotheNut | December 27, 2009 at 09:56 AMReport Abuse
    Janet’s plan… (1) As a precaution, we’ve rounded up all the white males in the Detroit area. (2) For sensitivity, we’re installing muslim footbaths on all aircraft. (3) If you notice any “fishy” white males, please report them immediately. Especially if they are Christian and believe in the Constitution of the US.

  71. Mrs. Smith
    December 27th, 2009 at 8:54 am

    “unhealthy diversity”?

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    Huh? It’s lack of diversity that would be unhealthy.

  72. Amen, Newt. Amen, Bloomberg. KILL THE BILL. REPEAL THE TAXES!!!! My great-grandchildren don’t want to lose their GG prematurely – no red pill, no blue pills.

  73. Re:
    gonzotx
    December 27th, 2009 at 1:32 am
    I will vote Repub to try to balance the insanity and save this Republic. By the way, I am reading Sarah’s book right now

    What I thought was “right winged thought” in the past, has in many instances, become commen sense to me.
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    Same here. The book is a heavyweight in portraying accurately the common sense that we require for the security of our families in a free country, if it is not too late.

    I have a renewed admiration of her fortitude, especially in dealing with what she and her family have gone through with the Dimocrats’ Alinsky Politics of Personal Destruction; and, for the decisions she has made to twhart them. Now I understand why O’Reilly appreciated the book. I really really appreciate the book as well.

    I also read Living History and CAN NOT wait for the next Hillary book. Oh, if only these two women and Marsha Blackburn and Michelle Bachman and their ilk would/could work together. American women have allowed the pundits and politicians to use their womb against them to keep them under the thumb and it is time The American Woman puts her little footprint all over it.

    Palin is one smart American woman. She has backbone. She has courage. SHE LOVES OUR COUNTRY AS DOES HILLARY.

  74. I admire Palin and I’m looking forward to reading her book.

    What I’ve heard from her does sound like common sense. I believe she really applies it too. Most GOP just use those words to keep their voters supporting Wall Street.

  75. There is a report of a “disruptive passenger” taken off a flight from Amsterdam. We don’t know what the “disruption” was.

  76. Perhaps I was too rough on Janet. She cannot help herself. She is simply displaying the same impeccable judgment we saw in the primary when she endorsed Obama over Hillary. The interesting part of this is the politicians who rode the elevator up when he ran as the agent of hope and change–like the malignant female governor of my state–you should see her husband, have nowhere to go but down when the meaning of those hollow words becomes manifest to the American People. Well, the naive and desperate people who voted for him have had a year to figure this out. No American is safe with Obama in the White House.

  77. Well, while the dim’s have certainly pooped in their own dish, its clear, Hillary is still the best candidate for the job of POTUS, and that is looking at both parties. No one in their right mind should be trying to salvage the dim party. I don’t think there’s a person in the party that’s worth salvaging.
    The best thing for the dim’s is too fire all of them, and look for new ones. Every single one of them has caved to Obama and his minions, so they are all worthless.

    While Kennedy was a citizen, whoever was in Africa wasn’t. I would like to find the link from Ted to grandma Dunham. I bet you there is one.

  78. No help. Ted Kennedy was a citizen.
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    Kennedy was white and so was his mother–if she was the real mother. Obama is half white and half black. Ergo as theories go, that dog wont hunt.

  79. Amen, Newt. Amen, Bloomberg. KILL THE BILL. REPEAL THE TAXES!!!! My great-grandchildren don’t want to lose their GG prematurely – no red pill, no blue pills
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    Wow. That is good stuff ShortTermer. KILL THE BILL: NO RED PILLS PLEASE. That could be a bumper sticker.

  80. Kennedy was white and so was his mother–if she was the real mother.
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    I suppose you mean Obama’s mother not Kennedy’s. 😉

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    Obama is half white and half black.

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    Well, if you-generic are going to doubt that Ann Durham was his mother (Obama’s not Kennedy’s), then we don’t know that he’s half white. He looks very like some black relatives in Kenya (who are presumably not half white).

  81. While Kennedy was a citizen, whoever was in Africa wasn’t. I would like to find the link from Ted to grandma Dunham. I bet you there is one.
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    If it exists I know you will find it.

  82. “Yes, I agree- it’s just as dangerous reading the words of people insisting on their definition of “keeping this site healthy” as some sort of rule? When and where has this site been unhealthy? WTF is that all about?”

    what I posted was somewhat related to the keeping the site pure comment.

    any heavy conservative will be yelled off this site if they start propaganda posting.

    I also agree the balancing out the white house with republicans in this next election is the only hope in blocking obamas agenda.

    anyone but a democrat in this next election cycle.
    any problems that arise can be corrected in the next presidential run.

  83. Admin: I hit the mute button when little Obama cleared his throat, so I might have missed something worth hearing. But I seriously doubt it. I watched the MSNBC moderator try and fail to reduce minimize the time accorded to Gingrich, and to throw him off message with the statement by Bill Clinton. Gingrich forced his way back into the conversation and refused to take the bait. In other words, MSNBC failed in its mission to mislead in this rare instance but it was not through a lack of effort. I cannot stomach listening to Mitchell, and would be interested to know what credentials she has to hold court on this issue.

  84. For me the worst part of this bill is it puts the fox in charge of the hen house. We need real health care reform, not this flim flam. The way to do it is step by step. If we had done it right, we could have achieved a system that would be patient centered, competitive in terms of cost and measurable in terms of outcomes. The reason to kill this bill is because it is moves in the wrong direction, one nobody will be happy with. Hillarycare was for the American People. Obamacare is for the Senators, the business interests–not the American People. East is east, west is west and ner the twain shall meet. We need to be clear on this because the Obama machine will portray this as proof that he succeeded where she failed. Nothing could be further from the truth.

  85. David Gregory quoted Bill Clinton as saying that it was risky for the Republican Party to oppose this bill because when the bill takes effect people will like it. That is what I recollect him saying. If my recollection is accurate, then there is nuance in those words. Think about it.

    The alleged benefits of that bill do not take effect for several years. The costs commence immediately. The credit card mentality of the American Public is precisely the reverse. Buy now pay later. This is a case of pay now, buy a pig in a poke later. The American People will not like it. It will be the centerpiece of the Republican attack in 2010 and 2012. It will destroy the credibility of Poosie, Dirty Harry and Shaft. They were desperate to make a deal–any deal, rather than the right deal. I suspect they will try to find a compromise during reconcilliation, but the dirty deal Obama cut with the health care industry in secret prevents him from doing what the American People want and expect.

    This is the way Obama operates:

    Step 1> Crisis: select a problem or invent one. Characterize it as a crisis. Marshall false prophets of doom and phony statistics. Demand instant government action.

    Step 2> Solution: meet privately with business interests. Let them suggest a remedy which lines their pockets. Trumpet their solution as the solution. Characterize it as a public private partnership.

    Step 3> Implementation: unveil that solution with great pomp and ceremony. Express personal commitment to its success. Characterize opponents as ignorant or malicious. Dismiss their arguments as flat earth enthusiasts, racists, people who lack intelligence and compassion–while preening themselves before the mirror and the lens of an adoring big media.

    Step 4> Failure: as the looting occurs get your share of it. The high cost precludes the use of those monies for alternative approaches that would solve the problem. Ignore feedback from reality. When failure hits, find convenient scapegoats. Express personal disappointment while passing another stimulus plan so you can repeat the cycle.

    (Note: to gain a deeper understanding of this, read The Vision of The Annointed by Thomas Sowell).

  86. sirmrks, any heavy conservative will be yelled off this site if they start propaganda posting…

    What in the name of heaven are you talking about, being yelled off??? You must know by now that posters from all political persuasions post here and have for a long time. For myself, I am a registered Independent voter and in the state of Florida, at that, where we only counted as half a vote in the primary – something I will not forget as long as I live. This is the type of thinking that got you-know-who elected. We are not Alinsky types here; we are all Ameicans – patriots. Just fyi.

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