Assassination Laughs, Gaffs, and Pratfalls

It’s Three Kings Day, also known as The Epiphany (or Theophany in the East). Three Kings Day is a Christian feast day celebrated in many countries particularly those whose populations worship as part of the Eastern Christian Church. Three Kings Day is also a popular holiday in places like Puerto Rico. In the West, Three Kings Day is associated with the visit of The Magi to the infant Jesus:

The West historically observed a twelve-day festival, starting on December 25, and ending on January 5, known as Christmastide or the Twelve Days of Christmas. Some Christian cultures, especially those of Latin America and some in Europe, extend the season to as many as forty days, ending on Candlemas (February 2).

But today in the 2010 United States, we do not respect wise men, or women. We ignore the Frankincense, Myrrh, and Gold bearing Magi of yore. The Three Wise Men – Balthassar, Melchior, and Casper we put aside. For us in 2010 America, it is not Three Wise Men who guide us. In 2010 America it is Three Stooges Day, again.

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On Three Stooges Day we have Dimocrats dropping like flies, from the stench of their deeds. As filing deadlines loom, more and more Dimocrats choose retirement rather than face angry voters. Last night began with Senate Dimocrat Byron Dorgan announcing he will not run for Senate from North Dakota in 2010 – score one for the Republicans. This was a shocker.

Almost immediately, Dimocrat Governor Bill Ritter of Colorado called it quits. It was a shocker. Fear not comedy fans, the Ritter shocker means that top billing in Colorado will likely go to the joke name, Hickenlooper.

After that shocker, came another shocker. Moe decided to quit. No more waitress sandwiches for Chris Dodd. Dodd took a hammer to the head for the good of the show. We laughed so hard we cried. Our ShamWow was soaked. We laughed and laughed:

The grim outlook for Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections just got a little worse. [snip]

Dorgan’s announcement was accompanied Tuesday by Michigan Democratic Lt. Gov. John Cherry’s decision to end his floundering bid for governor, and by the revelation that both Dodd and Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter would announce Wednesday that they would not seek reelection. [snip]

In the meantime, President Obama’s and the Democratic Party’s poll ratings have slipped across the board, generic polling is now generally more favorable to Republicans and a handful of promising Democratic House candidates have abruptly ended their campaigns.

We tried to stop laughing but could not. Late night became midnight and the laughs continued. We read hard hitting “news” to try to stop the laughter. But things got worse. We read of Obama stomping his feet and repeating at every occasion he would “not tolerate” this or that. Instead of conveying the fake sense of purpose and direction, all Obama induced with his “not tolerate” statements, was laughter. That’s not acceptable, and I will not tolerate it” whimpered Obama and we fell to our sides with aching laughs. The “system did not work” and “that is not acceptable” Obama wheezed. Way to go tough guy – too bad you’re not in Chicago with your thugs – because terrorists just don’t believe you – they laugh at you.

By the time we got to the Obama ban on “finger-pointing” we could barely breathe. From “blame the staff” or “blame Bush” Obama, the very notion of no “finger-pointing” is a cue for the pies to start flying and the banana peels to incite slipping.

No one bothered to tell Nancy Pelousy to stop the “finger-pointing” because she was finger-pointing Obama’s way.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, piqued with White House pressure to accept the Senate health reform bill, threw a rare rhetorical elbow at President Barack Obama Tuesday, questioning his commitment to his 2008 campaign promises.

A leadership aide said it was no accident.

Pelosi emerged from a meeting with her leadership team and committee chairs in the Capitol to face an aggressive throng of reporters who immediately hit her with C-SPAN’s request that she permit closed-door final talks on the bill to be televised.

A reporter reminded the San Francisco Democrat that in 2008, then-candidate Obama opined that all such negotiations be open to C-SPAN cameras.

There are a number of things he was for on the campaign trail,” quipped Pelosi, who has no intention of making the deliberations public.

Nancy Pelousy might not be funny, with all her finger-pointing, but that C-SPAN business sure is a knee-slapper.

Brian Lamb has put President Obama on the spot. Lamb is the CEO of C-Span, and today he wrote a letter to the leaders of Congress asking them to allow cameras in the room for the final negotiations on the health care bill.

Brian Lamb’s plea has prompted the birth of a Facebook page to “let the cameras in”.



Obama was for C-SPAN televised everything before he was against it:

But that was then. Today, when asked for the 3rd time whether President Obama believes that the “standard” he set during the campaign for transparency on health care negotiations is being met by the current process (which now appears to include bypassing the formal conference process), White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs gave a flaccid but telling response.

“I do not believe the American people have lacked for information on what’s in these bills – the political and policy arguments around different people’s positions – I think that’s been well documented,” Gibbs said.

With all due respect, the reporter did not ask Gibbs for his appraisal of what he thinks the public does and does not know about the health care bills. Rather, the question is very simple: will President Obama honor his campaign pledge and demand that the final health care negotiations are televised on C-Span? Judging from Gibbs’ response, the answer is an obvious “no.”

We turned to the vilest of courtesans to turn our laughter to anger. But even Sally Quinn failed to stop the laughter. She too had a Three Stooges Day anecdote to relate:

Now it turns out that there was a third uninvited guest at the White House state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, this one a member of the Indian delegation. It was enough of a shock that the would-be stars Tareq and Michaele Salahi had crashed. But a third? The Salahi story may have been delicious, but the implications of the appalling breach of security are immense. The president could have been assassinated. And had that happened, the Office of the White House Social Secretary would have been as culpable as the Secret Service.

Courtesan Quinn is demanding accountability – from Obama – what a laugh riot she is. She who pimped herself out for Obama and his thugs now wants accountability. Too late Sally. But courtesan Sally has lots of scores to settle and anecdotes to spill:

Many in Washington wondered why the director of the Secret Service, Mark Sullivan, did not resign over the state dinner security breach. At least Sullivan testified before Congress on the subject. White House social secretary Desirée Rogers came under fire after the Salahi scandal erupted. From the start, Rogers was an unlikely choice for social secretary. She was not of Washington, considered by many too high-powered for the job and more interested in being a public figure (and thus upstaging the first lady) than in doing the gritty, behind-the-scenes work inherent in that position. That Rogers stayed and that the White House refused to allow her to testify before Congress reflected badly on the president. He, not a member of his staff, ended up looking incompetent. Although it has emerged that a State Department protocol error is to blame for the presence of a third uninvited guest, both Rogers and Sullivan should step down.

Courtesan Quinn cannot tolerate a social secretary that is not from the Washington approved Madame’s list. Courtesan Quinn is also miffed that her pal Greg Craig, who stabbed Hillary Clinton in the back to benefit Barack Obama, was fired by Barack Obama. “It’s the judgement” says Sally:

When White House counsel Greg Craig was fired over disagreements about the timing and publicity of closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, many Obama supporters were troubled. Craig was one of the most admired and trusted men in Washington. His firing was a turning point for a lot of people, who began to question the president’s judgment. Whether or not the Craig decision was the president’s idea, somebody else should have taken the hit for it. Although Obama had pledged during the campaign to close Guantanamo by year’s end, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and Craig clearly had serious disagreements over how the issue was playing politically, and there were known to be strong personality clashes between the two. It was Emanuel who was responsible for Craig’s departure. He should have taken the hit and spared the president so much bad feeling.

The other laugh from Sally is the rib tickler Janet Napolitano “the system worked” because that made Obama look bad. As Sally put it “The rampant finger-pointing since then has made Obama look weak and vacillating.” Only now does the courtesan see the “weak and vacillating” that is Obama.

Oh Sally, you old whore, how you made us laugh. The demand for accountability and the “weak and vacillating” bedroom talk tickled our toes. And that assassination talk about those party crashers, what whoppers!

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Ahh, assassination! Who would ever think assassination threats are funny? Ordinarily we do not think death threats are funny but the bozos and Daffy Ducks in the White House make us laugh – no matter how serious the topic. And Sally Quinn reminded us of how funny assassination talk can be.

In October 2009 we wrote seriously about the Obama death threats. It was not a laughing matter then. But as with everything Obama, that serious talk is now turned to comedy. Back then we stated that the hype of Obama death threats came from Obama supporters themselves:

As Obama supporters witness the bumbling boobery of their Mess-iah, and as Obama supporters witness the lack of “change”, the SNL “Jack Squat” Obama, the Obama who has done nothing but betray them repeatedly, as Obama supporters see former allies angry with Obama for his lies and betrayal, the Hopium addled need a justification for their Obama worship.

By creating non-existent “death threats” against Obama, his former and current supporters want to justify in their minds that they were not wrong about their Mess-iah Obama. Obama supporters want to believe that they were right that Obama is, contrary to all evidence, a world historical figure, a transformational hero, a great man of history – so they desperately try to link Obama, via death and the non-existent death threats, to assassinated genuine world historical figures.

Obama supporters, witnessing the collapsing support for Obama, witnessing the lack of achievement, witnessing the lack of “hope”, witnessing the lack of “change”, have themselves created the “death threats” in order to assure themselves that Mess-iah Obama is a great man of history – so Obama supporters themselves and for themselves and their hero create non-existent death threats. It is necrophilia narcissism.

Mark Sullivan, the target of courtesan Quinn’s ire, testified before the House regarding the party crashers at the White House in December. We recalled that testimony and laughed and laughed some more. Previously the propaganda from the Hopium guzzlers was that Obama was so great there were a great many threats against his life. The piano players at the TPM whorehouse wrote:

The Boston Globe reports that a new internal Congressional Research Service report and government sources say there are an unprecedented number of death threats against President Obama — and that the Secret Service is insufficiently funded and staffed to deal with them.

According to The Globe, a report issued by the Congressional Research Service shows that the Secret Service is investigating more threats against government officials than ever before, and questions whether the 144-year old agency should continue probing financial crimes, as was its original mandate.

That’s right, don’t investigate financial crimes because Obama is so precious.

But the truth, according to Mark Sullivan of the Secret Service (the one courtesan Quinn wants out) is that there is nothing special happening and TPM and the Hopium guzzlers had to eat crow along with the Hopium:

Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan, testifying today about the state dinner security breach, refuted stories that President Obama has received more threats than previous presidents.

“The threats are not up,” Sullivan said, adding that they receive about the same amount of threats against Obama as they did for presidents Clinton and Bush.

There have been a few reports this year claiming that threats are up drastically, which the Secret Service has disputed. Ronald Kessler, published a book this year claiming threats were up by 400 percent.

Even NBC had to report that Obama was not in particular danger.

There were genuine assassination threats against Hillary Clinton but we did not hear whining or fear from Hillary. There were genuine death plots in Louisiana in 2007 and more recent hush-hush death threats and plots.

Well, that was a downer. Then we remembered the latest protect-Obama-article in the New York Times as well as Andrew Sullivan (not Mark Sullivan, but Obama lover Andrew) and the laughs returned. This is what the New York Times reports in the upcoming Sunday Magazine cover story:

The evening before he was sworn into office, Barack Obama stepped out of Blair House, the government residence where he was staying across from the White House, and climbed into an armored limousine for the ride to a bipartisan dinner. Joining him in the back seat were John Brennan, his new counterterrorism adviser, and two foreign-policy advisers, Denis McDonough and Mark Lippert. The three men with the president-elect were out of breath, having rushed more than a mile from transition headquarters on foot after failing to find a taxi in Washington’s preinaugural madness. As the motorcade moved out, they updated Obama on gathering evidence of a major terrorist plot to attack his inauguration. After a weekend of round-the-clock analysis, the nation’s intelligence agencies were concerned that the threat was real, the men told him. A group of Somali extremists was reported to be coming across the border from Canada to detonate explosives as the new president took the oath of office. With more than a million onlookers viewing the ceremony from the National Mall and hundreds of millions more watching on television around the world, what could be a more devastating target?

“All the data points suggested there was a real threat evolving quickly that had an overseas component,” Juan Carlos Zarate, President George W. Bush’s deputy national security adviser for combating terrorism, told me in November. As the inauguration approached, signs of a plot “seemed to be growing in credibility and relevance.” Another senior Bush official involved in those tense events a year ago said last fall that protecting the new president was not enough. Even a failed attack would send a debilitating message to the world. “If something happens on the podium and there’s chaos,” this official told me, “that’s the first time you see the new president, and you really don’t want that.”

The threat seemed to weigh on Obama. He canceled a practice session to go over his inaugural address with aides at Blair House. [snip]

There was little Obama could do but ask questions and rely on the people who had been fighting this fight for years. His advisers worked side by side with the outgoing administration. The two teams gathered in the Situation Room of the White House shortly before the inauguration to sift through what was known and to hash out what should be done about it. The final iteration of Bush’s team sat across the table from the brain trust of Obama’s administration — Condoleezza Rice, Stephen Hadley and their colleagues on one side, Hillary Rodham Clinton, James Jones and their colleagues on the other.

Clinton immediately put her finger on the problem. According to participants, she asked, what should Obama do if he is in the middle of his inaugural address and a bomb goes off somewhere on the mall? “Is the Secret Service going to whisk him off the podium so the American people see their incoming president disappear in the middle of the inaugural address?” she asked. “I don’t think so.”

That scamp Hillary. How she must have laughed once she got home as she pictured Obama and Michelle – arms and legs akimbo with their buttocks protruding from the sides of the podium, shaking from fear.

Then it struck us, between laughs, that those Somalis, and the recent Detroit airplane attempted bomber were all “of color”. We thought of the troubled Andrew Sullivan and Dumb White People. Poor Andrew, those dumb black people of his imagination weren’t so dumb after all. Here’s what dumb ol’ Andrew wrote:

It isn’t about his policies as such; it is about his person. They are prepared to set their own ideological preferences to one side in favor of what Obama offers America in a critical moment in our dealings with the rest of the world. The war today matters enormously. The war of the last generation? Not so much. If you are an American who yearns to finally get beyond the symbolic battles of the Boomer generation and face today’s actual problems, Obama may be your man.

What does he offer? First and foremost: his face. Think of it as the most effective potential re-branding of the United States since Reagan. Such a re-branding is not trivial—it’s central to an effective war strategy. The war on Islamist terror, after all, is two-pronged: a function of both hard power and soft power. We have seen the potential of hard power in removing the Taliban and Saddam Hussein. We have also seen its inherent weaknesses in Iraq, and its profound limitations in winning a long war against radical Islam. The next president has to create a sophisticated and supple blend of soft and hard power to isolate the enemy, to fight where necessary, but also to create an ideological template that works to the West’s advantage over the long haul. There is simply no other candidate with the potential of Obama to do this. Which is where his face comes in.

Consider this hypothetical. It’s November 2008. A young Pakistani Muslim is watching television and sees that this man—Barack Hussein Obama—is the new face of America. In one simple image, America’s soft power has been ratcheted up not a notch, but a logarithm. A brown-skinned man whose father was an African, who grew up in Indonesia and Hawaii, who attended a majority-Muslim school as a boy, is now the alleged enemy. If you wanted the crudest but most effective weapon against the demonization of America that fuels Islamist ideology, Obama’s face gets close. It proves them wrong about what America is in ways no words can.

Unfortunately, that “young Pakistani Muslim” along with that “young Nigerian” along with that “young Somali” (not to mention young Yemeni and young Saudi) is not fantasizing along with Andrew Sullivan. As we mentioned at the time those young angry men and women did not care about the skin color of Colin Powell or Condolezza Rice.

What we needed was a president strong enough to fight and experienced enough to know how to fight. We needed a president smart enough to know how to fight and when to fight and not to be afraid to fight. We needed a president and we got a joke. We needed a wise Magi, and got a dumb stooge.

On Three Stooges Day, those thoughts finally got us to stop laughing.

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97 thoughts on “Assassination Laughs, Gaffs, and Pratfalls

  1. Beautiful write up, admin. Lots to cover. Stuff I didn’t know. Thank you as always.
    Found this morning (and what a surprise not):
    Washington (CNN) — President Obama and congressional Democratic leaders decided Tuesday to bypass a formal House and Senate conference to meld their health care bills, according to two congressional Democratic leadership sources.
    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/01/06/obama.dems.health.care/

    Not only will this announcement attempt to put down C-SPAN’s request, but will also hasten the process to happen (hopefully in their eyes) before the MA special Senate election that may be able to place a Republican in Teddy’s seat.

    And on Philadelphia Channel 6 (wpvi.com)last evening and this morning:
    Three bomb-sniffing dogs supplied by TSA to Philly airport failed re-certification checks in both November and December, and have officially been decertified until retrained.

    NBC NY this morning:
    None of the TSA surveillance cameras, which should have caught the person committing the security breach there Sunday night, WERE WORKING. TSA has contacted Continental Airlines to see if any of their cameras will be of help.

    heckuva job.
    heckuva job.

  2. Admin: I am sick, but I have to tell you, you had me rolling on the floor this morning. I already feel better, I haven’t laughed that hard in while.

    I agree, you did give some info I did not know. I did not know about the inaugural plot. Gotta love Hillary, but then they say she has testicular fortitude. No damn bomb would have ran her off the inaugural stage, she knows Presidents need to be fearless, at least in public.

  3. Everyone has gotten lax again about security. I wonder if there is any news about the well dressed man that helped the nigerian on board in Amsterdam. Was it one of George Soro’s front men?? LOL!!!

  4. Well, I agree that it is hard to stop laughing, but I find myself laughing until I cry. They all pinned their careers on a fake. They thought the American people would over look that their votes had been ignored, and we would forget all the other stuff. Maybe had they really chosen a leader that would have happened. But they did not make sure that they had chosen one, even though there was plenty of evidence out there that he lacked the experience, and really the personality. He acts like if I say it, it will be so. Unfortunately, leaders have to work, and know where to put their power, and what to say sometimes without a teleprompter.

    They gambled big time, and they are losing. I really don’t feel sorry for them. I do feel sorry for the country. How many soft leaders can we have before the damage is not repairable.

  5. Bravo. admin!

    Your post is so funny I would be LOL if the situation wasn’t so friggin serious.

    When I think about how the HRC assassination attempt got ZERO coverage it makes me furious!

    I am so glad to see Dodd, Durgan and Ritter on their way out but I fear the damage has already been done.

    HCR seems destined to pass and with that more control over the country, including a backdoor way to bring millions of currently illegal people onto the medicare rolls once amnesty is passed, which is, I think, the next big push.

    The Dims need to get all those extra bodies in position for election day 2012.

  6. I don’t feel sorry for them either, I wish they would leave now and let the first one be Nasty Pelosi, I tired of paying her Exxon bill.

  7. Yeah, I’m afraid about that immigration thing too and its not just the mexicans he is letting in, he letting them all in, mexicans, Palestinians, HIV’s, Africans, and terrorists. This will be one great country when he leaves office.

  8. Confloyd, what is there to make us believe he will ever leave office? He was selected and not elected in the first place.

    The sudden resignations and announcement of those not to run like Dodd has me thinking. Was it Floyd who said…someone must step down in order for others to step up…in order to fundamentally transform this nation? Dodd has a lot of brass on his face and I doubt that he would be scared to run again, or that he cares about his already disgraceful legacy – it’s all about the power and the money to him and the likes. Umm poppa, umm poppa, MAO MAO.

    Admin, so apropo and so hilarious, and so shameful what these nut jobs are doing to our exceptional country. Thank you once again. I so fear for my great-grandchildren.

  9. I am so pist off, my daughter who makes 7. an hour working at a HOSPITAL who has INSURANCE has to pay 125. for a freaking pap smear until her deductible has been paid, which is 500. THe kid survives on nothing and they think these people can pay 125. for this kind of shit. WHat the hell, it take 2 minutes and a fucking swab, why does it cost so damn much??? This is just the beginning of the crap that will be put on us for this insurance bill sucks.

  10. She makes 280. a week, the price of a pap smear is almost half of her salary for a week. How the hell do these idiots in Washington and those fat cats expect people to live?

  11. How on earth do Gibbs and Pelosi make statements like these with a straight face?

    Great post, Admin!

    Feel better soon, confloyd. 🙂

  12. ‘someone must step down in order for others to step up’

    One of Squat’s people said that. I beleive he was referring to white people stepping down so non-whites could step up.

    BTW, it just occurred to me that another of HCR’s primary back-stabbers has now bitten the dust.

    Richardson, Edwards, now Dodds. Whose left? Squat?

  13. Confirmed:

    Hillary Clinton to visit Australia, New Zealand

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit Australia and New Zealand next week, further cementing improved relations with two key Pacific allies in a region overshadowed by the rise of China.

    Clinton will deliver a policy speech on U.S. engagement with the Asia-Pacific region in Honolulu on January 12, and will make a stop in Papua New Guinea on January 14 to discuss the environment and women’s issue, the State Department said in a statement on Wednesday.

    Political analysts say the visit will likely boost Washington’s warm relations with the two Pacific countries, where President Barack Obama’s election in 2008 was greeted with enthusiasm.

    Clinton’s stop in New Zealand on January 15-17 will feature a meeting with Prime Minister John Key, whose election at the head of a center-right government in 2008 ended nine years of rule by Labour Party governments that often struck an anti-American tone.

    Obama and Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd have also established a good working relationship, analysts say, with the two governments largely aligned on many key international issues, including climate change policies.

    In Australia, Clinton and U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates will participate in regular ministerial consultations with their Australian counterparts on a Jan 17-19 visit that will take her to the capital Canberra and Melbourne, the State Department said.

    The visit will be Clinton’s first to the region since becoming the top U.S. diplomat last year, and comes as all three countries grapple with the rising political and economic influence of China on the world stage.

    Clinton is also expected to discuss the Obama administration’s plans to dramatically step up the war against Taliban militants in Afghanistan, where both Australia and New Zealand have forces.

    U.S. officials have urged allies to contribute more to a planned “surge” that will see 30,000 more U.S. troops sent to the region in an effort to shore up the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

    Australia has about 1,500 troops in the country but has not indicated that it plans to send any more. New Zealand has a 140-member provincial reconstruction team in Bamiyan province west of Kabul, and Key has also committed to deploy about 70 members of New Zealand’s elite special forces.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE60535420100106?type=politicsNews

  14. wbboei
    January 6th, 2010 at 1:34 am
    I wonder what is going through Jim Webb’s mind right now.
    &&&&&&&&

    wbboei, what is this in relation to?

  15. If the Dems felt confident, you would not have so many rats jumping the ship.

    With the incompetent captain at the helm of the party, guiding the ship onto the shoals, the rats sense they have a better chance in the water.

    Is Obama’s re-election strategy to lose the 60 seat Senate supermajority and perhaps become the minority in House and Senate? This way, he’d have an excuse for why “nothing I campaigned on has been passed, because of the Republicans in Congress”?

    He got in by running against Repubs, but has not shown that he knows how to run anything, even a taco stand.

  16. White House Chief of Staff Warns of Less US Involvement in Peace Efforts

    January 6, 2010

    Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) reports that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has warned that if progress is not made in diplomatic efforts between Israel and the PA (Palestinian Authority), the White House will adopt a less active role in the regional peace-making efforts.

    According to the report, the White House is nearing its limits with the checkmate situation existing between Jerusalem and Ramallah. The report is based on remarks made by the senior White House official to Israel’s consul-general in Los Angeles, Jacob Dayan.

    According to the information passed to the Foreign Ministry in Israel by Dayan, Israel is blamed for only adopting White House policy after months, usually too late while the PA never misses an opportunity [to sabotage diplomatic efforts] as well.

    One can only question if the White House threat is perceived as that, or perhaps a blessing in disguise.

    http://theyeshivaworld.com/news/General+News/44391/White+House+Chief+of+Staff+Warns+of+Less+US+Involvement+in+Peace+Efforts.html

  17. Kennedy is “no longer in politics”.

    Kucinich is still in office, except he was not much of a back stabber as far as I know. He was honest about his liberalism as much as Obama was dishonest about his own liberalism.

    Then there’s Mike Gravel. God bless him.

  18. My above was in response to Basil’s:

    basil9
    January 6th, 2010 at 10:20 am

    BTW, it just occurred to me that another of HCR’s primary back-stabbers has now bitten the dust: Richardson, Edwards, now Dodds. Whose left? Squat?

  19. Poor FDL, looks like the bots are trying to take it down. Seems they don’t like the commentators knocking the messiah.

  20. Lets get all those back stabbing jerks out of there. I am appalled at the cost of healthcare without insurance. I have had insurance my whole life and now I don’t and I am shocked at the prices, perhaps if people would have noticed the prices being paid we would not be in this state.

    What is going to happen with HC, it will be mandated and the premiums high, so people won’t be able to use it. I believe that health care rationing.

  21. Did I read that right? She’s not talking about whether closing Guantamamo was a good idea or whether it should have been done by now. She’s talking about how the failure to close it was PRESENTED to the public? And who should have been fired for that presentation? And how his firing should have been presented?

    Duh….

  22. LET SLEEPING “DOGS” LIE

    “Sssssh. Don’t wake him. He looks so peaceful.”

    It’s 3am. Do you know where your president is?

    nypost.com/p/news/national/out_to_lunch_living_out_disaster_BwhJp705q5sfseCQITjKbK

    Out-to-lunch O living out a disaster film
    ========================================

    Michael Goodwin
    January 6, 2010

    Someday, somebody not from Hollywood will make a movie about President Obama’s disastrous vacation. About how his aides waited for nearly three hours after the Christmas airliner attack to wake him. About how he waited three more days to appear publicly. About how even then, he didn’t grasp the seriousness of the situation, racing through a bloodless speech so he could play golf.

    Until that film is made, reality is frightening enough. Even the true believers in the White House now realize they blew the response to a potentially catastrophic attack by an al Qaeda-trained terrorist.

    When the alarm first went off — the 3 a.m. phone call — they hit the snooze button, putting the president’s personal comfort ahead of the country’s.

    Everything since has been damage control, including yesterday’s endlessly advertised meeting with his national security team. Obama’s remarks afterward were direct and forceful, but the door of doubt about his national security leadership has been blown off the hinges.

    The images that stick are the ones out of Hawaii, with the president in vacation mode — no tie, a perfunctory appearance on Dec. 28, no questions, then off for more fun in the sun. Behavior doesn’t get less serious or more callow.

    The images accurately reflect a troubling mindset that borders on religious faith about how to combat terrorism, with Obama himself the high priest. He is a war president who defiantly shuns the mantle.

    So be it. The Oval Office and the choices are his. And so is the responsibility.

    If America gets hit again, it’s on him. All of it.

    Obama often complains about the problems he inherited from George W. Bush, but he also inherited a record of zero successful attacks on America after 9/11. If Islamic terrorists succeed on his watch, he can’t blame Bush.

    Not after he has made a series of important choices that make the country less safe than it was. Dick Cheney is hardly alone in this belief.

    From prosecuting CIA agents who acted in good faith to freeing Gitmo prisoners to putting Khalid Sheik Mohammed in New York’s civilian courts, Obama is fighting the war on terror his way. His continuing determination to close Gitmo smacks of a dogma untroubled by facts or common sense.

    It is his burden. He and he alone will own the results, just as Bush will go down in history as the president who failed to connect the dots that could have prevented 9/11.

    In theory, Obama knows as much. In practice, it is hard to imagine how he would live with himself if the vast security apparatus constructed since that awful day failed on his watch, leaving thousands, perhaps tens of thousands dead.

    When the alarm first went off — the 3 a.m. phone call — they hit the snooze button, putting the president’s personal comfort ahead of the country’s.

    Everything since has been damage control, including yesterday’s endlessly advertised meeting with his national security team. Obama’s remarks afterward were direct and forceful, but the door of doubt about his national security leadership has been blown off the hinges.

    The images that stick are the ones out of Hawaii, with the president in vacation mode — no tie, a perfunctory appearance on Dec. 28, no questions, then off for more fun in the sun. Behavior doesn’t get less serious or more callow.

    The images accurately reflect a troubling mindset that borders on religious faith about how to combat terrorism, with Obama himself the high priest. He is a war president who defiantly shuns the mantle.

    So be it. The Oval Office and the choices are his. And so is the responsibility.

    If America gets hit again, it’s on him. All of it.

    Obama often complains about the problems he inherited from George W. Bush, but he also inherited a record of zero successful attacks on America after 9/11. If Islamic terrorists succeed on his watch, he can’t blame Bush.

    Not after he has made a series of important choices that make the country less safe than it was. Dick Cheney is hardly alone in this belief.

    From prosecuting CIA agents who acted in good faith to freeing Gitmo prisoners to putting Khalid Sheik Mohammed in New York’s civilian courts, Obama is fighting the war on terror his way. His continuing determination to close Gitmo smacks of a dogma untroubled by facts or common sense.

    It is his burden. He and he alone will own the results, just as Bush will go down in history as the president who failed to connect the dots that could have prevented 9/11.

    In theory, Obama knows as much. In practice, it is hard to imagine how he would live with himself if the vast security apparatus constructed since that awful day failed on his watch, leaving thousands, perhaps tens of thousands dead.

    No president in modern times has ever strayed so far from the center. No commander-in-chief has ever been as optimistic about a savage enemy.

    Barack Obama is flirting with unprecedented disaster. His and America’s.

  23. Well the saga of the pap smear has been solved, it appears the hospital will let those less fortunate employees sign a promissary note for these unexpected events.

    It seems I remember something in the past about the ” company store “in the coal mining business. The coal mine owned the houses the employees had to rent, they owned the grocery store where they had to buy groceries. All was deducted before the employee ever saw his check. Gee, I guess this hospital and most of them are just like the old coal mines in the 40’s and 50’s. They want to make sure they get every last cent. Oh I forgot to tell you the hospital where she works owns the insurance company. Don’t you just love it, sounds more and more like China everyday here in America.

  24. wbboei, what is this in relation to?
    ————————————-
    Webb is a man of integrity. He was a republican who became a democrat because he hated bush, and believed the party was losing touch with its grass roots base. He thought he could become a blue dog. It has since become obvious that there is no room for blue dogs in the left wing fascist party. Under Obama it has become everything he deplored about the Republicans when Bush was in charge. It is not easy for a man who put his life on the line for this country, won the Navy Cross in Viet Nam to see Obama repeatedly trash and belittle this nation and its values for his own personal aggrandizement and to further the Soros global agenda. He is very loyal to his base who are middle class and knows this health care bill will be the undoing of many of them. And to have petty thugs like Emanuel who he could deck with little effort threatening him and his colleagues has got to make him wonder what am I doing here. He, or rather his staff, sends me periodic updates and I know from the last one I read that he was deeply conflicted over this health care bill, and I seriously doubt that the cutting off of the public by Pelosi and Reid sits well with him. I think it makes him sick, and I do not know what he will do in the future. The founder of Red States blog has been all over him and has since apologized for the tone, but not the content of his criticism of Jim. In sum, Webb is a quality guy, and not an amoral politician. It is a very tough call.

  25. Someday, somebody not from Hollywood will make a movie about President Obama’s disastrous vacation. About how his aides waited for nearly three hours after the Christmas airliner attack to wake him.
    ———————————
    Field Marshall Keitel refused to wake Hitler to advise him of the D-Day landing. History repeats itself. Oh wait a minute I am wrong. This is not a war, simply a misunderstanding between people. Nothing a Nobel Prize winning demigod cannot handle at the turn, between the 9th and 10th hole, from the back of a golf cart.

  26. The other thing Webb knows as a marine commander who has seen combat. Bad generals or in this case CIC cost lives and lose wars. The Charge of the Light Brigade says it all.

  27. Oh dear…once again China lets obama down…

    05/01/2010

    China: Now is not the time for new Iran sanctions

    China’s United Nations ambassador on Tuesday said that Beijing was not ready to immediately support new sanctions against Iran, as called for by Western powers, saying the issue needed “more time and patience.”

    “This is not the right time or right moment for sanctions because the diplomatic efforts are still going on,” China’s UN Ambassador Zhang Yesui told reporters through an interpreter.

    The U.S. and other Western allies accuse Iran of working to develop nuclear weapons. Iran denies the charge and says its program is for peaceful purposes. Earlier on Tuesday, Iran welcomed U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s remarks that the West would not insist on a hard-and-fast deadline for starting dialogue over the Islamic Republic’s contentious nuclear program.

    Clinton said Monday that the United States has begun discussing with its allies methods of “pressure and sanctions” to take on Iran. She emphasized that the goal was to keep the door to dialogue open, so as stop the Islamic regime without harming innocent civilians.

    “We share the same idea with her. Deadlines are meaningless,” Iranian government spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on response on Tuesday.
    The U.S. and other Western allies accuse Iran of working to develop nuclear weapons. Iran denies the charge and says its program is for peaceful purposes.

    “Our goal is to pressure the Iranian government, particularly the Revolutionary Guard elements without contributing to the suffering of ordinary [Iranians] who deserve better than what they are currently receiving,” Clinton said on Monday. A State Department official said that the goal was to keep the “door to dialogue” open, but added that the U.S. “would not wait forever.”

    “We have avoided using the term “deadline” ourselves, since we have made clear that the door to dialogue will remain open,” said the official. “But we have also made clear that we will not wait forever, and discussions on pressure and sanctions with our international partners have already begun.” Reiterating Clinton’s remarks, the official said: It’s not appropriate to comment on the details of those discussions, except to say that our objective is to pressure the Iranian government without contributing to the suffering of ordinary Iranian citizens.” According to the official, the U.S. was growing wary of Iran’s continued defiance of international demands, which he said had contributed to the recent discussion with its allies.

    “The results of our efforts to engage the Iranians directly have not been encouraging. And we remain disappointed at Iran’s non-response to a proposal for the Tehran Research Reactor,” said the official. “The Iranian government essentially announced a deadline to receive a positive response to their unacceptable counter-offer,” he added, referring to the West’s offer to export uranium enrichment off Iranian territory. “This sort of behavior only increases our concerns and those of others in the international community, about Iran’s intentions.”

    The official said that the U.S. and its allies remained committed to the Iranian opposition’s efforts to reform the Islamic system, amid a violent crackdown which has left dozens of demonstrators dead and hundreds more arrested. “Iran is going through a turbulent period. Even as we seek to address our concerns about Iran’s nuclear program, including through offers of direct dialogue, we stand firmly with those in Iran who are peacefully demanding their universal rights to assemble, to speak publicly, and seek decent treatment from their government,” he said

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1140125.html

    ——————-

    Anyone notice how the word “wary” keeps coming up lately in any White House initiatives? They are “wary” of the Middle East talks and they are “wary” of Iran not doing what they are told. I guess if it takes a little effort, obama, rahm, et al just don’t have the energy.

  28. Sorry, been awol the last couple days as my three (3) year old fell and hurt herself and needed stitches . Hope all are doing well and starting the New year better than me.

  29. Not sure if this was posted…

    ANOTHER DEM PUNTS; BACKSTABBER DELEGATE-GIFTING GRANHOLM “DISAPPOINTED”…AWWWWWW

    Michigan Lt. Gov drops another “surprise!” on Dems.

    detnews.com/article/20100106/POLITICS02/1060345/Cherry-s-exit-leaves-uncertainty-in-Democrats-primary-race

    Cherry’s exit leaves uncertainty in Democrats primary race
    Surprise move leaves party’s nomination field wide open
    Mark Hornbeck And Deb Price / The Detroit News
    Lansing — Lt. Gov. John Cherry’s surprise announcement Tuesday he’s dropping out of this year’s race for governor throws the contest for the Democratic nomination up for grabs.

    Cherry had been the presumptive nominee for months, which narrowed the field of Democratic candidates.

    Now, it’s anyone’s primary.

    “I think it’s a wide open race and we may have a lot of candidates,” former Gov. James Blanchard said. “The conventional wisdom is it’ll be difficult for our nominee, but it’ll be difficult for anyone.”

    Tom Shields, a Republican strategist from Lansing-based Marketing Resource Group, said Cherry’s withdrawal means his supporters, including unions, will have to find a new candidate.

    “Someone else can get the support that John Cherry had locked up early,” Shields said.

    Iris Salters, president of the Michigan Education Association, said “there could be somebody else out there who might be a good friend to labor.” Salters wouldn’t say which candidate the union might back.

    Cherry’s announcement was the second in a day to shake up the political landscape in the race for governor. David Brandon, CEO of Domino’s Pizza, who was urged by some to run as a Republican, was named University of Michigan athletic director.

    Potential beneficiaries of Cherry’s decision include Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith of Salem Township and Sen. Hansen Clarke of Detroit, who have both announced they are running; House Speaker Andy Dillon of Redford Township, who said he hasn’t decided whether to run; Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, who moved closer to launching a campaign Tuesday; and Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano.

    Others mentioned Tuesday but who deny they’ll run are U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, former U.S. Rep. David Bonior and Blanchard.

    Some speculation also centered on the possibility of a nontraditional candidate from the business, philanthropic or university communities. Among those mentioned include Detroit businesswoman Denise Ilitch and Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan, who has denied interest.

    “The race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination is wide open,” said Mark Brewer, Michigan Democratic Party chair.

    Nathan Gonzales, political editor of the national Rothenberg Political Report, moved the governor’s race from tossup to lean Republican in the Nov. 30 nonpartisan newsletter. Gonzales said it’s unclear whether Cherry’s announcement helps or hurts the GOP.

    “We have to wait and see whether Democrats can get someone who can perform better in public polls than Cherry,” Gonzales said.

    Cherry cites fundraising
    The 58-year-old Cherry announced in a statement that he couldn’t raise enough money to be competitive against Republicans, who have been raising cash for months. Some Democratic party regulars had grumbled Cherry was failing to energize the base and polls showed him trailing the GOP leaders by double digits. But he was expected by party leaders and activists to stay in the race.

    “I believed that I had to secure enough money to make my candidacy fully viable. I was not successful in that endeavor,” Cherry said. “I have come to the conclusion that to wage a successful campaign will be difficult at best.”

    Republicans in the race include Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, Attorney General Mike Cox, state Sen. Tom George of Kalamazoo, U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Holland and Ann Arbor businessman Rick Snyder.

    Polls also showed Cherry attracting well under 50 percent of the Democratic vote. Speculation that his campaign was in trouble heightened last month when his campaign manager resigned and Cherry replaced his chief of staff. An EPIC-MRA of Lansing poll in mid-December showed 39 percent of voters did not recognize Cherry.

    Political observers have said the lieutenant governor was damaged by his connection to Gov. Jennifer Granholm, whose popularity has plummeted along with Michigan’s economy.

    “He would have to run on Jennifer Granholm’s record. And that’s an indefensible record,” said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, who considered and then decided against a 2010 gubernatorial bid.

    Some political experts have speculated the White House played a role in Cherry’s decision to drop out, but White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said he was “not aware of” any involvement. He said he didn’t know whether aides were talking with potential Democratic candidates.

    Granholm ‘disappointed’
    Cherry’s exit launched speculation about who would inherit frontrunner status. Much of it focused on Dillon, who lauded Cherry in a statement but did not clarify is own intentions. Dillon has said he’ll decide whether he’ll run later this month.

    Joel Ferguson, long-time Democratic Party activist and Cherry supporter, said Dillon is the favorite for the nomination because of his ability to attract independent votes.

    Ferguson acknowledged Dillon is not favored by organized labor, a major player in the Democratic Party, but said factions will unite behind the eventual nominee.

    Cherry is a veteran politician and respected consensus builder who served in the Legislature for 20 years and has been lieutenant governor for seven years.

    Granholm said she’s “disappointed” in Cherry’s withdrawal.

    “John Cherry has been an exceptional partner in the effort to diversify Michigan’s economy and create jobs, train and educate our citizens, and protect them in the process,” the governor said.

    Stabenow, an unsuccessful candidate for governor in 1994, hasn’t changed her mind that she isn’t running for governor, said Nkenge Harmon, Stabenow’s press secretary.

    “Sen. Stabenow is working hard for Michigan in the Senate and she will continue to do that,” Harmon said.

    Jennifer Duffy, who analyzes gubernatorial races for the non-partisan Cook Political Report, rates the race as a tossup, but doesn’t expect Stabenow will jump in the race.

    “The Senate leadership would lobby to keep her,” Duffy said. “They don’t want to have to worry about another (Senate) seat.”

    Wheeler Smith said Cherry’s exit leaves her as the candidate with the most experience in the state capital.

    Other Democratic candidates who have launched campaigns or indicated an interest in the governor’s race include former Flint Mayor Don Williamson, former state Rep. John Freeman of Madison Heights and former Michigan State University football coach George Perles.

    None had more than 50 percent name recognition in the EPIC-MRA poll.

  30. I saw this funny ad by the DSCC

    Stand with President Obama
    Fight Back Against Special Interests. Sign the Petition Today!

    w w w.dscc.org
    &&&&&&&&&&

    Ha ha, I get it…. ooooh. funny.

  31. I have mixed feelings about Dude Dodd’s decision…..

    Glad that he has had his come-uppance but chance are now that CT will have dem. senator/candidate that can win the senate seat…..

    I just do not want ANY DEM to win in 2010!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Was watching the national news this morning and it was pointed out that with all of the departures of Dem incumbents, this is ‘now or never’ time for the Democratic party. The interviewee insinuated that Pelosi, et al. will throw caution to the wind.

    I am not sure I totally agree.

    First, there are folks with common sense left in the party. Just look at the Blue Dog coalition if you think otherwise. They will gain in power over the next 18 months while Pelosi is stricken by kryptonite of sorts in the manner of losing a majority. She’ll have to actually work with others and as we have seen the last few years, she is incapable of working well with others.

    Second, so much of the legislation on the priority list is not in working form for consideration by committee. You can’t propose that which is not written.

    Third, senior committee members are up for re-election, too. They’ll eschew committee meetings for campaign fundraisers and meet-n-greets where they can. That means little will advance as no real work will be done.

    Fourth, anything slightly provocative in nature will not have total support because the people voting for it have to face voters themselves. They’ll make promises for another day to those on the far left and deny it to those in the middle or leaning right. IOW, tepid support due to the instinct of self preservation.

    Lastly, I’d like to make the point that not all legislation by the Dems is bad. The Dream immigration stuff isn’t all bad. It’s rough and needs work, but there needs to be some common sense about immigration reform. Not the bullshit spewed by hate groups like FAIR and not the grossly self-interested crap from La Raza either. And, yes, we do need HCR but not this shit they’ve served up and certainly not now when we have a financial crisis which is still ongoing and millions out of work and losing their homes, etc.. It’s bad timing and the folks heading it up are dickheads of mythic proportions who will cut deals for a bit of campaign cash.

    Fuck ’em. Fuck ’em all.

    Just thought I’d say that. 🙂

  33. Hello everyone,

    It has been a while I know and I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday season.

    I had to logon after watching the news today and no one should feel sorry for the Democrates!! I am a firm beliver in what goes around comes around. This is the same party that turned it’s backs on Hillary and Bill during the primaries attacking them at every opportunity and they are getting what they deserve!!

  34. Agreed. You reap what you sow.

    Who’s left on the karma list?

    Kennedy- Dead
    Dodd- Wishes he were dead
    Richardson-
    Edwards- Publicly outed as an adulterer, now lives in shame and mortal fear of his wife
    Rangel- Multiple ethics complaints and an IRS audit
    Carter- Universally regarded as a nutjob
    Gore- Climate-gate and leaks of how much money he makes making him a laughing stock nutjob
    Craig- Fired

    There are a lot more, and it’s only a matter of time until they get theirs. Janet, Kathleen, Claire… they’ll get theirs, too.

  35. admin
    January 6th, 2010 at 6:07 am
    ——————————
    At times, life has been known to imitate art. That is certainly true of the strategy devised by Obama, Axelrod and Emanuel to deal with AQ. It mirrors the slapstick comedy clip, without the laughing gas.

  36. OkieAtty,

    You left Dean off that list. I wonder how his private life going giving speeches since Obama did not give him a post in the administration?

  37. Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon to resign after convicted of embezzlement
    ————————————-
    Awhile back a couple investigative reporters went under cover to see how the ACORN organization was spending its time and our money. This was newsworthy because ACORN was the original employer of Mr. Obama, a strong supporters in his efforts to heist the nomination and presidency, a recipient of massive taxpayer monies etc. When we learned that ACORN personnel were ready, willing and able to aid and abet prostitution services, and to solicit federal funds to that end many people were outraged. Dixon was not worried about that. What outraged her was that a Maryland Statute requiring consent to the filming being done had arguably been violated. In other words, she was fine with embezzlement writ large, but was certain that the republic would perish if covert surveillance was permitted to occur in the investigation of criminal activities.

    We now know the reason for her selective outrage.

  38. OkieAtty
    January 6th, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    rjk1957
    January 6th, 2010 at 3:16 pm
    Hello everyone,

    It has been a while I know and I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday season.
    &&&&&&&&

    Hey, guys, nice to see you all again!

  39. Okie, I would like to add Kerry ( no SOS).

    Those that need karma to come around:

    Reid,

    Pelousy,

    Clyburn,

    Janet,

    CLAIRE,

    Kathleen,

    Who else…………..?

  40. wbboei
    January 6th, 2010 at 4:13 pm
    Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon to resign after convicted of embezzlement
    &&&&&&

    I’d be outraged too if I was led off in handcuffs.

    Mayor Dixon: “I was unfairly caught doing bad things.”

    Ummm, there’s a legal aspect, and her lawyer can fight that good fight, as the constitution guarantees. Then there’s the moral aspect, where politicians who create and/or enforce laws should be held to a higher standard. That’s where this resignation belongs.

  41. OkieAtty
    January 6th, 2010 at 3:40 pm
    Agreed. You reap what you sow.

    Who’s left on the karma list?
    &&&&&

    ACORN – nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. Rapidly being chased into oblivion.

    What is sad is that the poor and the inner cities do need higher voter turnouts and better representation.

    What is not needed is fraudulent and dead voters and voter intimidation, used to elect corrupt politicians.

  42. Development in the 21st Century

    The prepared text of U.S. of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s speech, delivered at the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C.

    JANUARY 6, 2010

    I would like to start today with a story about America that often goes untold. It’s the story of what can happen around the world when American know-how, American dollars, and American values are put to work to change people’s lives.

    Like many of you, I have seen the transformative power of development and the passion and commitment of aid workers who devote their careers to this difficult work. I have seen it in a village in Indonesia, where new mothers and their infants received nutritional and medical counseling through a family planning program supported by our government. In Nicaragua, where poor women started small businesses in their barrio with help from a U.S-backed microfinance project. In the West Bank, where students are learning English today through a program that we sponsor. In South Africa, where our development assistance is helping bring anti-retrovirals to areas ravaged by HIV and AIDS.

    I have also traveled across this country and heard farmers, factory workers, teachers, nurses, students, and hard-working mothers and fathers wonder why the United States is spending taxpayer dollars to improve the lives of people in the developing world when there is so much hardship here at home.

    That’s a fair question — one that I’d like to address today: Why development in other countries matters to the American people and to our nation’s security and prosperity…

    cont. here…
    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2010/01/06/hillary_clinton_on_development_in_the_21st_century

  43. White House to State AGs: No ‘Legitimate Constitutional Concerns’ in Senate Health Care Bill

    Wednesday, January 06, 2010
    By Fred Lucas

    The White House on Tuesday dismissed the concerns of 13 state attorneys general about the constitutionality of a clause in the Senate health care bill that singles out Nebraska for special treatment when it comes to covering the cost of expanding Medicaid coverage.

    While stating that he had not read a letter from the attorneys general about the issue, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs nonetheless told CNSNews.com, “I do not believe that anybody has legitimate constitutional concerns about the legislation.”

    To ensure Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson’s (D) support, Democratic Senate leaders included a provision in the health care legislation to permanently pick up the cost of expanding the number of patients on Medicaid in Nebraska. The bill also covers the full cost of Medicaid expansion for the other 49 states, but only for the first three years.

    Attorneys general in 13 states signed a Dec. 30 letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that was circulated by South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster. The letter labels the Nebraska deal the “cornhusker kickback” and says it is unconstitutional to require the taxpayers of 49 states to subsidize federal benefits for one state. Medicaid is a federal-state health insurance program for the poor. (See previous story.)

    When asked by CNSNews.com about the letter from the attorneys general, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said, “I have not seen the letter from the attorneys general” but “I do not believe that anybody has legitimate constitutional concerns about the legislation.”

    When asked if President Barack Obama supported the Nebraska clause, which reportedly would save the state $45 million over a decade, Gibbs did not directly answer but told CNSNews.com, “He’s a supporter of the Senate bill, so I don’t know what that will lead you to conclude.”

    Both the House and Senate bills increase the number of people eligible for Medicaid. The Senate bill would make anyone at 133 percent of the federal poverty level eligible. The House bill would make anyone at 150 percent eligible.

    Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., talks to reporters on Capitol Hill early Monday morning, Dec. 21, 2009, following a 60-40 cloture vote, which is the first step in passing a health care bill. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)
    Both the House and Senate passed a version of health care reform in late 2009. Each chamber must now iron out their differences and vote on a final version of the legislation. If that version passes, it then would go to President Obama to sign into law.

    The House bill includes a government-run health insurance plan (“public option”) that would compete with private insurers. It also specifically bans federal funding for any health plan that covers abortion.

    The Senate bill does not have a government-run plan, and does allow for federal funding of health plans that cover abortion. Both bills mandate that employers provide and individuals carry health insurance, and that the government establish a “health care exchange” to allow individuals to choose from different insurance-coverage policies.

    In their Dec. 30 letter to the Democratic leaders, the attorneys general wrote: “It has been reported that Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson’s vote, for H.R. 3590 [Senate health care bill], was secured only after striking a deal that the federal government would bear the cost of newly eligible Medicaid enrollees.”

    “In marked contrast, all other states would not be similarly treated, and instead would be required to allocate substantial sums, potentially totaling billions of dollars, to accommodate H.R. 3590’s new Medicaid mandates,” reads the letter.

    “As a practical matter, the deal struck by the United States Senate on the ‘Nebraska Compromise’ is a disadvantage to the citizens of 49 states,” the letter says. “Every state’s tax dollars except Nebraska’s, will be devoted to cost-sharing required by the bill, and will be therefore unavailable for other essential state programs.”
    The letter also includes the signatures of attorneys general from Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington state.

    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/59337

  44. first off…I think we can probably assume Dodd is off to some cushing insurance lobbying job…

    …I will add some one to Basil’s list…Senator Patrick Leahy…remember him…that crusty, grumpy, stern old senator from Vermont DEMANDING that Hillary get out of the primaries…

    …karmaupperance in the ethers…

  45. Sheila Dixon…isn’t she the one that snubbed Bill Clinton at some function…and threw out some remarks directed at him…okie dokey…

  46. http://realclearpolitics.blogs.time.com/2010/01/06/rasmussen-dems-hit-new-low-in-generic-ballot/

    A day after four, count ’em, four Democratic candidates abandoned 2010 races for Senate and governor, Rasmussen releases a new poll (4000 LVs, 12/28-30 + 1/3, MoE +/- 1%) showing the party at its lowest point in the generic ballot for House races in the midterms.

    Generic Ballot Test
    GOP 44 (+1 vs. last poll, 12/27)
    Dems 35 (-3)

    Just a year ago, Democrats had a 6-point lead in this tracking survey, 42-36. Republicans have hit 44 in the survey, but Democrats hadn’t dipped below 36 in that time. More from Rasmussen:

    There has been a notable shift this week among women, who now favor Republicans slightly 40% to 38%. Last week, women favored Democrats 45% to 38%. Men prefer Republicans 49% to 32%, showing little change over the past week.

    Among all voters not affiliated with either party, the GOP leads 48% to 17%.

  47. It is just too bad that as well as some of the dims who are not running for re-election, we can’t get rid of some of the media waste at the same time.

  48. Revised List:

    Kennedy- Dead

    Dodd- Wishes he were dead

    Richardson- Federal grand jury derailed a cabinet appointment- oh, and he’s still fat

    Edwards- Publicly outed as an adulterer, now lives in shame and mortal fear of his wife

    Rangel- Multiple ethics complaints and an IRS audit

    Carter- Universally regarded as a nutjob

    Gore- Climate-gate and leaks of how much money he makes making him a laughing stock nutjob

    Craig- Fired

    Reid- Losing his seat

    Pelousy- Getting wrinkles

    Clyburn- Sent an earmark to CA instead of his state, SC and looked like a fool

    Janet- Catching heat over the pantybomber and response

    Claire- Pissed off the KOSkids, boo hoo

    Kathleen- Clearly in over her head regarding HCR and has legal woes concerning rerouting medicaid funds to preferable groups while governor

    Dean- Marginalized by the WH who considers him unimportant; they actually laughed at him

    BTW- Did you guys see thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/30/dem-group-recommends-presidential-nomination-changes/ ??

    Funny now superdelegates will go based on popular vote as opposed to threats, bribes and coercion.

  49. mp
    January 6th, 2010 at 2:18 pm
    I have mixed feelings about Dude Dodd’s decision…..

    Glad that he has had his come-uppance but chance are now that CT will have dem. senator/candidate that can win the senate seat…..

    I just do not want ANY DEM to win in 2010!!!!!!!!!!

    If you want Hillary to have any chance in 2010 then we need to see Dems in Hillary’s camp get elected.

  50. Bradzilla is high up on my karma wish list.

    Let’s add Roland Martin in for good measure.

    I’ll NEVER forget the clip of those two doing the humpety-hump after Squat stole the primary.

    (either will wbboei who will go to his grave with that horrifying image seared into his brain.)

  51. Okie,

    BTW- Did you guys see thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/30/dem-group-recommends-presidential-nomination-changes/ ??

    Funny now superdelegates will go based on popular vote as opposed to threats, bribes and coercion.
    —————————————

    Isn’t that the biggest bunch of hooey you have heard? If the superdelegates had to vote as their constituents voted, Hillary would have won last year.

    Now, if they were talking about getting rid of the caucuses and proportional voting, then I might be impressed.

  52. Anyone know if this is true?

    I read it at another blog.

    “With Democrat Harry Reid whining this morning that Democrats Byron Dorgan and Chris Dodd didn’t bother to tell him they were the first rats jumping off the sinking ship, it is time to pop the top on the beer as it’s Miller Time.

    For Dorgan and Dodd to do this reveals just how much they despise Harry Reid and how absolutely dejected and furious they are over what Obama, Reid and Pelosi have done to their careers.”

  53. Answering my own question.

    Capitol Hill Blue says;

    ‘Reid is so out of touch with his Democratic Senators that Dodd and Dorgan didn’t tell him before the news of their retirements leaked out.’

  54. There’s one more I can think of, but can’t remember his name. He is from Oklahoma and was a DNC chair a few ago. Can anyone remember his name? He was horrible to Hillary and still is. I hope he get his too!

  55. basil9
    January 6th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    ——————————————

    Dodd and Dorgan were hopelessly behind in the polls and would have most likely lost the election, if they had stayed in.

  56. Carol
    January 6th, 2010 at 6:31 pm
    mp
    January 6th, 2010 at 2:18 pm
    I have mixed feelings about Dude Dodd’s decision…..

    Glad that he has had his come-uppance but chance are now that CT will have dem. senator/candidate that can win the senate seat…..

    I just do not want ANY DEM to win in 2010!!!!!!!!!!

    If you want Hillary to have any chance in 2010 then we need to see Dems in Hillary’s camp get elected
    ———————————

    I am CYNICAL…..if Hillary wants to win; she need sto be a little more outspoken against “THAT ZSERO”!

    And yes I wnat her to do wel but I am not holding my breath….and I just want anybody but BO so bad that I do not want ANY DEMS to win…even CT blumenathal!!!!

  57. If you want Hillary to have any chance in 2010 then we need to see Dems in Hillary’s camp get elected
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    I disagree. There are no people in Hillary’s camp at this point. They all belong to Obama, They need to suffer staggering losses in order for the right kind of soul searching to take place.

    The reason I say that is because as fast as reality shows Obama to be a flake, big media is busy re deifying his image and the same lobbyist will be there to line their pockets.

    Take a look at the most recent issues of Time and Newsweek. I saw them in the Doctors office. One of them compares Obama to Lincoln. The other shows Hillary on the front cover laughing and inside trumpeting the fact that she meets with him once a week. At the same time they censor the grim news that Americans need to know.

    Who will they believe in 2012? I say they will believe the myth, the icon, based on all the pure marketing psychology. In that case, he will be the candidate in 2012, and we will have a Republican president. Simply put, there needs to be political blood in the streets, so the party turns on him. Otherwise it is hopeless. Obama has the levers of power.

  58. Karma List add on’s:

    UNIONS: ACLU & SEIU

    MAIN STREAM MEDIA: CNN,ABC, NBC,CBS,msnbc

    keith olberman, chris matthews,katie couric,charles gibson, anderson cooper,cambell brown,jack cafferty,wolf blitzer,

    Tim Russert: He Died

    News papers and news mags (print media outlets)
    NEW YORK TIMES, WSJ,LA TIMES, et all

    major liberal bloggers: daily kos, huffington post etc.

    and the list goes on………

  59. I remember years ago having coffee with a wise republican who was as unhappy as I was with Bush the elder and what he was doing to the country. His statement to me was as follows: the wrong people are in charge of the party now. Their message is not our message. The more I think about it the more I realize we need to lose some elections in order to get our soul back.

  60. *******************************************
    mp
    January 6th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    I am CYNICAL…..if Hillary wants to win; she need sto be a little more outspoken against “THAT ZSERO”!
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    Agreed!

    I am afraid that if Hillary doesn’t come out against him and tries to run again (at any time) that the American people will have a very hard time seeing her as anything other than having been in agreement with zero. She will be perceived in the same light as zero if she does not make her opinions more known.

  61. Dija, when was the last time that you ever heard a SOS speak negatively against the president? She cannot speak out. He is her boss.

  62. I am afraid that if Hillary doesn’t come out against him and tries to run again (at any time) that the American people will have a very hard time seeing her as anything other than having been in agreement with zero. She will be perceived in the same light as zero if she does not make her opinions more known
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    That is exactly right. And don’t ever think the Republicans won’t twist it that way.

    A friend woke me up from a sound sleep last night to tell me that Krauthammer was blaming Hillary for the breach of security. She and I figured the other side would try to do that which is why I posted a comment a couple days ago that her department did exactly what the regulations required and reported what they were told to three different security agencies, and after the incident became known she did not languish on the golf course for days and fail to issue a public statememt–she jumped right on it got to the bottom of it and issued a public statement. About the same time, Sarah called Hillary a great leader on Gretas show and Fox scrubbed the video. They are not our friend and I told her to write to Krauthammer and tell him to get his facts straight.

  63. Birdgal, I know that too.

    she is between huge boulders with this and seem impossible, but if anyone could find a way it would hillary.. 😉

  64. Dija: thanks for posting the Breitbart site. Journalism has devolved into mass marketing of a predetermined narrative supported by the moneyed interests. Any connection between that narrative and the truth is purely coincidental and ephemeral.

  65. wbboei,

    If your friend was talking about Krauthammer’s few statements on Brett Baer yesterday. He simply disagreed with a soundbite from Hillary that said the state department did everything right. I don’t think that was blaming her. He also that she needed to do more than just review what had happened.

  66. But if they didn’t even bother running it by Reid that makes it extra sweet!
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    Trouble in paradise perhaps. If so it will make it harder to get 60 votes for illegal amnesty and crap and trade. Then Reid will be between a rock and a hard place. His understudy is Durbin and Durbin is an Illinois Combine asset.

  67. wbboei
    January 6th, 2010 at 10:26 pm

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    There were many errors that contributed to this event. To blame it on one person or department is taking a very narrow view and not looking at the whole picture. The different agencies need to learn to communicate information between them.

  68. If your friend was talking about Krauthammer’s few statements on Brett Baer yesterday. He simply disagreed with a soundbite from Hillary that said the state department did everything right. I don’t think that was blaming her. He also that she needed to do more than just review what had happened.
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    Thank you Jan. It is too late now, but I will follow up with her in the morning. She was very despondent about it, and if it was benign as you say then I will tell her that. Not having heard the statement myself all I could tell her in the moment was do not get discouraged she is not in the political arena now, if she were there would be a response and there is no need to respond. Hillary is focused where she needs to be focused which is with Yemem, the Middle East etc. My strong sense is that she is running foreign policy now and that is where her attention is directed.

  69. Add Barney Frank to the list of deadmen walking. From No Quarter. Video did not post.
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    Barney Frank Wants to Roll the Dice Back on Sub-Prime Lending »
    By Larry Doyle on January 6, 2010 at 6:30 PM in Current Affairs, Economy, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Housing & Housing Crisis, Mortgage Crisis, Mortgages, Sense on Cents (Larry Doyle blog) | 5 Comments

    If you wonder why America is broke, look no further than the individual who wanted to roll the dice on sub-prime lending, that is the Democrat from The People’s Republic of Massachusetts, Barney Frank. In an interview on CNBC, Frank as much admits that maybe sub-prime lending should have been more regulated. Wow! What balls!

    America doesn’t need legislators who operate by looking in the rear view mirror. With the sole exception of Frank’s remark in support of auditing the Fed, he offers platitudes that can only be compared to a social misfit. In fact, as I watched this clip, I constantly envisioned Barney collecting tickets and serving soda at a local theatre . . . said with all due respect to ticket takers and soda jerks.

    For Barney Frank to effectively absolve himself of the massive and corrupt bankrupting of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae is a sin. For America not to hold him accountable is a greater sin.

    This clip runs 18 minutes. WARNING: Barf bags highly recommended

  70. wbboei
    January 6th, 2010 at 11:56 am
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    Webb could have voted NO…

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    OkieAtty

    I don’t believe anyone who comes to this Country illegal deserves citizenship. Doesn’t matter if it is 20 or 20 million. If we do not come down hard on illegal immigration now, we will lose our borders forever. We barely have them now.

    And as far as electing “good” Dems…Seems they all vote lock step. We need to decrease their numbers drastically. They need to understand they work for us, not special interests. I think more people will be in favor of term limits now. We understand the need better, I know that I do.

  71. CBS News finally states the obvious: “Obama Reneges On Health Care Transparency”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/01/06/eveningnews/main6064298.shtml

    President Obama wants the final negotiations on health care reform – a reconciliation of the House and Senate versions of the bill – put on a fast track, even if that means breaking an explicit campaign promise.

    “The House and Senate plan to put together the final health care reform bill behind closed doors according to an agreement by top Democrats,” House Speaker Nanci Pelosi said today at the White House.

    The White House is on board with that, too, reports CBS News political correspondent Chip Reid. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs stressed today that “the president wants to get a bill to his desk as quickly as possible.”

    During the campaign, though, candidate Obama regularly promised something different – to broadcast all such negotiations on C-SPAN, putting the entire process of pounding out health care reform out in the open. (That promise applied to the now-completed processing of forging House and Senate bills, too.)

    Back when Republicans controlled Congress and George W. Bush was in the White House, it was Democrats who angrily complained about secret backroom deals.

    Now the roles are reversed.

  72. wbboei,

    Krauthammer was commenting on all the departments involved and in Hillary’s case about it being the “pat” political answer to say that they did everything right.

  73. What the Dems Know: Universal Voter Registration

    http://tinyurl.com/y9pt6so

    Many are puzzled that Democrats persist in ramming unpopular and destructive legislation down our collective throats with no apparent concern for their plummeting poll numbers. A widespread belief is that the Democrats are committing political suicide and will be swept from one or both houses of Congress with unprecedented electoral losses next November. But since Democrat politicians rarely do things that will not ultimately benefit themselves, this column asked two weeks ago, “What do they know that we don’t?”

    We may have found out. It’s called universal voter registration. The Wall Street Journal’s John Fund described the Democrat plan recently at a David Horowitz Freedom Center forum.

    More @ link

  74. Back when Republicans controlled Congress and George W. Bush was in the White House, it was Democrats who angrily complained about secret backroom deals.

    Now the roles are reversed.
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    No. That is a materially misleading comparison. Bush never promised to conduct negotiations over C-Span, and Bush never cut a deal with big business to destroy the health care for millions of Americans.

  75. Birdgal, the Rahm as Mayor story started today in the Sally Quinn story we quoted. We doubt it will happen. First, Daley has his chosen successor already picked out and will not tolerate interference. However, it is not surprising to hear Dims trying to run from Obama so it might have been a story planted by Rahm himself.

    John Kass has this fun, accurate, reaction:
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/chi-kass-06-jan06,0,5245259.column

    On my first day back at work after vacation, the political news from Washington hit me like a cold dead fish in the face:

    Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago?

    That’s enough to freeze the bowels of every voter in the land.

    “Emanuel, the most political animal in this town … is said to have told people that the ( White House) chief of staff role is an 18-month job and that he is considering a run for mayor of Chicago,” wrote columnist Sally Quinn in the Washington Post on Tuesday. [snip]

    ust think of the scenes at Cafe Bionda and Tavern on Rush, and the parts for Rahm’s Chicago buddies, the entourage he’ll need to run things if he’s mayor. State Sen. Jimmy DeLeo (D-How You Doin?) could play Turtle and handle the parties. Corrupt former city water boss Donald Tomczak, who’ll be released from federal prison this year, would thrill “Entourage” fans in the role of Donny Drama.

    The White House could have thrown cold water on the idea. Instead, a White House source told the Tribune that “Rahm is 100 percent focused on the job at hand — serving President Obama as his chief of staff.”

    From such non-denial denials, a demonic campaign may yet be hatched. If so, I might get down on my hands and knees and beg Mayor Richard Daley to stay. This would frighten the mayor and quite possibly unhinge him — permanently.

    So I called a mayoral source. “It’s news to us,” said the source. “The mayor has no intention of not being mayor.” [snip]

    Just one year ago, Obama was in his first miracle phase, feeding the multitudes with two fish sandwiches and five hot dog buns. He was applauded as a reformer, even while putting Chicago City Hall guys in charge of the world.

    Later, a few journalists were annoyed at Obama’s penchant for meekly bowing down before measly foreign kings and emperors. But bowing meekly is what every young Illinois state senator does when summoned to the mayor’s office in Chicago.

    When the president installed Rahm as his chief of staff, the Washington media were turgid with respect, praising Rahm as a shrewd political alley fighter, a maestro of profanity, a former ballet dancer tough enough to send a dead fish to an enemy, just like a Hollywood gangster.

    Naturally, the national media marveled that Obama selected a Clinton guy, Emanuel, to run things.

    But Rahm is no Clinton guy. He’s a Daley guy.

  76. admin
    January 6th, 2010 at 11:30 pm
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    Thank you for the clarification. Hillbuzz also debunked it and said that Rahm couldn’t run for public office in Chicago, for some of the same reasons that you cited and other “skeletons.”

  77. just got this via email…..passing it on 😀

    THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS

    I am sending this to people on my e-mail list and that includes conservatives, liberals, and everybody in between. Even though we disagree on a number of issues, I count all of you as friends. My friends and neighbors wants to promote a “Congressional Reform Act of 2010”. It would contain eight provisions, all of which would probably be strongly endorsed by those who drafted the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

    I know many will say, “this is impossible”. Let us be reminded that right now Congress has the lowest approval of any entity in Government so now is the time when Americans will join together to reform Congress — the entity that is suppose to represents us.

    We need to get a Senator to introduce this bill in the US Senate and a Representative to introduce a similar bill in the US House. These people will become American hero’s. Maybe in 2010 we can do something regardless of party affiliation!

    Congressional Reform Act of 2010

    1. Term Limits: 12 years only, one of the possible options below.

    A. Two Six year Senate terms
    B. Six Two year House terms
    C. One Six year Senate term and three Two Year House terms

    Remember — serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

    2. No Tenure / No Pension:

    A congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

    Remember — serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

    3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security:

    All funds in the Congressional retirement fund moves to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, Congress participates with the American people.

    Remember — serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

    4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan just as all Americans.

    Remember — serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

    5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional paywill rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

    Remember — serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

    6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

    Remember — serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

    7. Congress must equally abide in all laws they impose on the American people.

    Remember — serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

    8. All contracts with past and present congressmen are void effective 1/1/11. The American people did not make this contract with congressmen, congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.

    Remember — serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

    If you agree with the above, pass it on to all in your address list. If not, just delete.

  78. wbboei, No George Bush did not cut a deal with the insurance companies to destroy healthcare for Americans, he just cut a big deal with big Pharma to bankrupt Americans social security.

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