No Dimocrat Is Safe – Clinton Karma Versus 2×4 Schumer And Dynast Kennedy

The New York Times catches up to us today. We wrote a while ago that Chuck Schumer can be taken down with a 2×4 in November’s election. Chuck Schumer is due for some Clinton Karma.

It was Chuck Schumer who surreptitiously advised Obama to “take a 2×4 to Hillary”. In public Schumer pretended to be a Hillary supporter. In private Schumer was part of the establishment puppet-masters gifting the Democratic nomination to the stooge from Chicago.

It will require a woman to run against Chuck Schumer if he is to be defeated. A woman who can point out how Chuck played his anti-Hillary dirty game with a 2×4. It’s time for Chuck to be shucked aside.

We wrote that the New York Terror Trials are a good wedge issue against Schumer – Schumer ran away from the Terror Trials. What prompted the Old Gray Lady to belatedly echo Big Pink was watching Chuck Schumer run from the Terror Trials and this February 1, 2010 Marist College poll:

Senator Chuck Schumer’s once rock solid approval rating has taken a slide. For the first time in nearly nine years, Schumer’s approval rating has fallen below 50%. According to the latest Marist Poll in New York, 47% of registered voters statewide report Schumer is doing either an excellent or good job in office. 31% rate the job he is doing as fair, and 17% view him as performing poorly. This is Schumer’s lowest job approval rating since April 2001 when 49% of voters approved of the job he was doing.

The approval rating of New York’s senior senator has declined over the past couple of months. In Marist’s last survey on January 15th, 51% said Schumer was doing an above average job. In November, he received a thumbs-up from 54% of registered voters in New York, and just last September, his approval rating was 58%.

Schumer’s decline is most pronounced in New York City. 51% of New York City voters currently give Schumer high marks while 57% did the same two weeks ago, 64% in November, and 66% in September.

“Senator Schumer is not immune from the anti-incumbent sentiment among voters, but it would take a major effort to unseat him,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist Institute for Public Opinion.

It will take a major effort to unseat Chuck Schumer from his treachery perch. But it can be done. It is a job for a woman. Larry Kudlow will not be able to do it and he is the rumor of the week. It will take a woman to do this job.

Here is the New York Times story published today which echoes older Big Pink articles:

The usually unavoidable-for-comment, if-it’s-Sunday-here-is-my-press-release senior senator from New York is being a little tetchy about going on the record.

Senator Charles E. Schumer has had a not-so-hot run recently. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg accused him of failing to deliver enough federal health care dollars for New York, and the city’s titans of finance at a recent closed-door meeting accused him of being insufficiently pro-Wall Street; one indignant fellow stood up and demanded his donation back.

Some Democrats whisper that he plays the too-aggressive kingmaker, shoving aside challengers to Kirsten E. Gillibrand, the appointed junior senator. And a recent Marist College poll suggested that Mr. Schumer’s favorability ratings had leaked helium, falling to 47 percent.

Is this fatal to the senator as he seeks his third term? That seems highly, deeply, profoundly unlikely, even according to those same pollsters and to senior state Republicans, who prefer to place Ms. Gillibrand in their cross hairs for the fall of 2010. But a harsh wind is howling for incumbents, and Mr. Schumer, who has been running for office since just about the day he left Harvard, does not like talk of any Democrat’s political mortality, particularly his own.

So he carefully measures out his verbs and nouns for a reporter, trying not to say what he knows: It’s been a rough year.

Chuck Schumer losing his U.S. Senate Perch of Treachery is “highly, deeply, profoundly unlikely” for sure. It is a near impossibility. It is as impossible to comprehend as a Republican sitting in Ted Kennedy’s double width senate chair.

A woman can beat Chuck Schumer. A woman who travels New York State, with a 2×4, and informs Democratic voters of Chuck’s double dealing can do the job. A woman who informs the voters of Chuck’s 2x4ing of Hillary will dispirit and alienate Democratic voters who admire and trust the wonderful Hillary Clinton, can do the job. A woman who carries a 2×4 against Chuck, informs Democratic New Yorkers of Chuck’s treacheries and inflames Democratic voters against Chuck, as well as summons forth Republican voters in New York State can do the job.

Chuck is nervous and knows we are right. Chuck fears the 2×4. Chuck talks tough and whistles as he enters the graveyard:

“There was another poll this same week that had much different numbers, so you can’t rely on polls,” he says, striving for a studiously bland manner.

In truth, even Lee M. Miringhoff, head of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, agrees it is not the end. He has sifted the poll numbers and divines mostly agita for Mr. Schumer.

“It’s not the usual fluctuations, but neither do I think it puts him in electoral jeopardy,” he said. “It’s more that it speaks to a lack of enthusiasm in his electoral base.”

Still, for a man who might be the next Senate majority leader, and who is credited with masterminding the strategy that oh so briefly put 60 Democrats in the Senate, to see bubbles of discontent in his own state is a strange business. His Web site features a map of New York with green thumbtacks on towns he has visited in the last year, a virtual forest of green from Ogdensburg to Niagara Falls to Utica. In New York City he has appeared at 10 City Council installations, 5 firehouses, 7 schools, and so on and on.

Chuck Schumer has all the strengths listed above. However, those strengths can be turned against him. When the same Democratic voters he has talked to in all those New York cities and towns discover Chuck Schumer’s treacheries, they will realize they have been had. All the voters he has met and all the visits he has met will turn against Chuck – it will be like when John Edwards’ voters discovered who that slimy lump of protoplasm really is.

The Tea Party brigades in New York and Democratic voters need to be informed of Chuck’s 2x4ing of Hillary Clinton. Voters also have to learn this (which thanks to Big Pink and the New York Times, they will):

Wall Street’s current disaffection is intriguing, as Mr. Schumer served for 30 years as Horatio at the bridge, guarding against too many incursions against the financial industry. He artfully sidetracked an effort to tax hedge funds and pushed for repeal of legislation that prohibited commercial banks from engaging in risky investments like trading stocks or mortgage-backed securities. And he helped craft a bank-friendly bailout. In return, he has taken in more money from the securities and finance industry over the course of his career than any Democrat other than Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts.

That history, not the latest Chuck distractions from that history, is the story that must be told. What Chuck Schumer says in public and what he does in private are two different things. Maybe that is why Chuck likes Barack so much. What they say and what they do are two different things. It’s time for both to go.

Mr. Schumer, by this account, took umbrage at their umbrage. Do you, he asked, really think it’s better to be rhetorically pro-Wall Street or anti-Wall Street? Be realistic. Financial institutions did much wrong, he suggested, but cautioned against getting vindictive.

Chuck has been a champion for our financial industry and for our state,” said Kathryn S. Wylde, the partnership’s president. “But it’s a quarrel in the family with unrealizable expectations of unconditional love.”

A few, including that fellow who rumbled about desertion, talked privately of funding a challenger to Mr. Schumer. As Mr. Schumer could become Senate majority leader, and therefore the third most powerful Democrat in the nation, such militancy struck others as daft. “What are you going to do for a new king?” asked one.

A woman can do the job.

On a side note, we wrote a while back that we are still analyzing what is going on in New York regarding the Kirsten Gillibrand senate race. We said that race reminds us of Borgia Italy. Here is a taste, from the New York Times article, of what we mean:

Some have seized on a passive-aggressive way of torturing the senior senator. They want to finance a Democratic primary challenge by Harold E. Ford Jr., whom they happen to admire, to Senator Gillibrand, whose patron is Mr. Schumer. Mayor Bloomberg, who was not pleased that Ms. Gillibrand edged out his choice, Caroline Kennedy, appears not unopposed to this turn, as his former pollster and campaign manager are advising Mr. Ford.

Chuck Schumer is as impossible to take down as a Kennedy in the North East. But a woman can do the job. Like Dodd, Richardson, Teddy, Dean, Reid, Daschle, Caroline, Corzine, Deval, and many others – Clinton Karma will come to traitor Chuck Schumer.

Speaking of Kennedys safe in New England, our commentor MoonOnPluto noted this article:

The Kennedy political dynasty is shaking in the aftershock of U.S. Sen. Scott Brown’s earth-shattering election, with a new poll showing U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy losing ground as he faces a well-financed GOP foe backed by Brown’s top strategists.

The WPRI-12 poll showed the Rhode Island Democrat with a 56 percent unfavorability rating in his district – a negative that grows to 62 percent statewide.

Only 35 percent of voters in Kennedy’s district said they would vote to re-elect him. Another 31 percent said they’d consider a different candidate and 28 percent said they would vote to replace him, according to the poll.

Patrick Kennedy followed in the limo behind the Chappaquiddick Chauffeur to endorse Barack Obama. Now Patrick is not feeling the luck of the Irish – Patrick is feeling Clinton Karma:

Republican John J. Loughlin II, a veteran state lawmaker, formally announced his campaign yesterday against Kennedy, saying the son of liberal icon Edward M. Kennedy is out of touch with Rhode Island voters as he seeks a ninth two-year term.

“We’ve got a congressman who’s not connecting with voters or the people. He’s pushing policies that are diametrically opposed with needs of people – to get the economy going and create jobs,” said Loughlin, of Tiverton. “We can’t afford it anymore.”

WPRI-12 pollster Joe Fleming said, “This is the best-financed challenger he’s faced since the first time he ran, and his favorability numbers are way down. “Congressman Kennedy could have a very competitive race.”

Clinton Karma’s gonna get you.

Loughlin, a 50-year-old National Guardsman, is hoping to ride the same wave that swept Brown to victory. He got a head start by hiring Eric Fehrnstrom and Peter Flaherty, two of Brown’s top consultants.

The National Republican Congressional Committee has already begun lining up behind Loughlin, who says he plans to spend at least $1 million in the race.

Independents are running from the Democratic Party, and that benefits candidates across the northeast,” said Tory Mazzola, spokesman for the NRCC.

Other potential Kennedy challengers include Democratic State Rep. Jon D. Brien and even former Providence Mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci.

Clinton Karma’s gonna get you… hit you right in the face – with a 2×4.


130 thoughts on “No Dimocrat Is Safe – Clinton Karma Versus 2×4 Schumer And Dynast Kennedy

  1. Just got an email from a relative in DC. Yes, they are expecting 28-30 inches, and people are buying out the stores of staples.

    Yes, a women can do the job. A women did do the job. The Dims thought they had gotten away with it. Before the internet, that probably would have been true, but not in 2008 and beyond.

  2. It might be naive of me to ask, but how many so-called friends and allies of the Clintons are still loyal and honest?

    It upset me when I first heard about Schumer. I guess I don’t understand this cutthroat business.

  3. Ever since I donated to the Bill Clinton Foundation for Haiti, I have received a few emails.

    Here is the one I received about his visit today:

    Flying into Port-au-Prince for the second time since the earthquake — I was pleased to see continued signs of an expanding relief effort.

    Today, I’ll help my team deliver the emergency supplies we brought with us on our plane.

    Donation by donation, it’s the generosity of people like you that is keeping this relief effort going. And your continued dedication is what will make sure the Haitian people have the tools and supplies they need to rebuild.

    I am so grateful that you have responded to this devastating crisis.

    As you read this, work is underway to deliver meals, set up temporary shelters, and restore access to health services for earthquake survivors. I’m proud that today we were able to deliver laptops, generators, plastic sheeting, protein bars, and 1,900 lbs of medical supplies.

    And it’s not going to stop there.

    Long after the television crews have gone and emergency response teams have returned to their home countries, I can promise you the Clinton Foundation will remain committed to Haiti’s long-term rebuilding and recovery.

    We will work with reputable organizations, the Haitian government, and most importantly the people of Haiti to ensure that they are empowered to create more opportunities for jobs, education, and health care than existed the day before this tragedy occurred.

    There is a Haitian proverb, “Men anpil chay pa lou,” which translates as “Many hands lighten the load.”

    It’s going to take a lot of help and a long time, but I know that together you and I can lighten the load that the Haitian people have carried on their own for far too long.

    Thank you for being part of that work with me today. I’ll continue to be in touch as our work continues here in Port-au-Prince and beyond.

    Bill Clinton


    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 28% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove which Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -12. The President received a modest bounce in his ratings following the State-of-the-Union Address, but today’s results suggest that the bounce is fading (see trends).

    New data released this morning shows that the American people overwhelmingly reject the basics of Keynesian economics. Only 11% believe more deficit spending is needed to spur the economy while 70% say deficit cutting is the answer.

  5. admin
    February 5th, 2010 at 1:46 am
    We added these additional news items from fabulous Chicago:

    Scott Lee Cohen admitted to ABC7 today that he used “injectable steroids”…

    That video was priceless Admin. Cohen sounded drunk, and his ex-wife, really? Besides the body language, did she just get out of bed and forget she would be on camera. In Texas, they have a saying that often makes me cringe, but “Rode hard and put up wet”, does come to mind…PRICELESS…

  6. A little more about the Borgia politics in New York. Apparently the New York Times wants to get Paterson out so Cuomo can get in.

    No one, that is, except for reporters, editors and lawyers at the New York Times, which has according to an avalanche of first-, second- and third-hand accounts been working on a piece about Gov. David Paterson that, depending on who you talk to, could prove to be anything from mildly embarrassing to politically apocalyptic.

    The last few weeks have brought two major eruptions of rumors concerning Paterson’s private life: reports of nuzzling at a New Jersey restaurant and being caught in semi-flagrante in a utility closet in the Governor’s Mansion — stories that Paterson and his press office have vehemently denied.

    According to sources who have actually been interviewed for the Times’ story, its central narrative is the role played by members of Paterson’s inner circle in his personal and political activities.

    Rumors about a possibly publication date for the story have ranged from Monday to today; the latest suggests Sunday, but it’s hard to believe that the Times would hold the story much longer when knowledge that it’s pending has put every other reporter in the Capitol and elsewhere on the scent. Possible reasons for delay include editorial fine-tuning and thorough legal review.

    Someday, a sociologist might be able to use an analysis of the rumors currently flying around the Capitol as their dissertation topic. Information from credible sources slowly becomes wilder as it spreads out. Sometimes, the chain of information is circular: A calls B, who calls C; then C calls A, who discovers that the story has changed markedly on its journey.

    The Times, of course, won a Pulitzer for breaking the story of Eliot Spitzer’s transgressions. Living in anxiety that the paper could be on the verge of dropping something of similar impact won’t make for a happy weekend at the Governor’s Mansion.

  7. Mr. Bloomberg should get over himself. He already has a pathetic image around the world, as the Jewish Billionaire who is not satisfied with his blessings of wealth, but has bought limited power, by changing a law, regarding political terms in the state of New York so he could be mayor, and barely won. LOL
    “He leveraged his vast fortune to win three terms as New York’s mayor. Exercising power through a commingling of electoral clout, personal wealth and private philanthropy, Mr. Bloomberg won in 2001 and 2005 as a Republican in a city where Democrats hold a five-to-one advantage in registration.” {snip}
    And because his precious Caroline Kennedy was pooh-poohed by most New Yorkers and not given the temporary seat left by Senator Hillary R. Clinton, he is acting like a spoiled geezer.

    Harold E. Ford Jr. is the former United States representative from Memphis. He had a failed 2006 run for the Senate from Tennessee.

    And as far as Mr. Ford Jr., chances of winning against Ms. Gillbrand, Mr. Bloomberg is disillusioned about his Ford Jr. chances, of course, unless he tries to buy that Senate seat for him…

  8. TerryDo, what you write is accurate. We are trying to find out what is going on and who is who and what is what behind the scenes in New York. We know that many Hillary campaign people are helping Gillibrand. We also know that there are many other interests working behind the scenes. To what end these fights are about, that we have not fully sorted out yet. There are no simple answers to these questions which is why we compare what is going on to Borgia Italy.

    We do know that the fights in New York State are not about “issues” or even “personalities”. The fights are in the big donor community, particularly Wall Street.

    We’ll keep making calls and plying people with drinks at dinners to get to what is happening.

  9. We’ll keep…plying people with drinks at dinners to get to what is happening.

    When is dinner served!

  10. Bill Clinton urges solution to Haiti ‘kidnap’ case

    PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Bill Clinton urged the U.S. and Haitian governments on Friday to resolve the case of 10 American missionaries accused of trying to take children illegally out of quake-hit Haiti.

    Clinton, named by the United Nations to coordinate relief efforts for survivors of the devastating January 12 quake, made the appeal during a visit to the shattered Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, his second since last month’s disaster.

    The accused U.S. missionaries, most of whom belong to an Idaho-based Baptist church, were arrested a week ago and charged on Thursday with child kidnapping and criminal association.

    Haitian authorities say the group tried to take a busload of 33 Haitian children across the border into the Dominican Republic without any papers proving the minors were orphans or any official permission to take them out of the country.

    The missionaries deny any intentional wrongdoing and say they were only trying to help children left destitute by the January 12 earthquake, which killed more than 200,000 people, injured some 300,000 and left over a million more homeless.

    The Americans’ case is diplomatically sensitive and aid groups complain it has distracted media and world attention away from the struggle to feed and shelter hundreds of thousands of Haitians camped out in wrecked streets.

    “What’s important now is for the government of Haiti and the government of the United States to get together and work through this,” Clinton told CNN in Port-au-Prince.

    He said he understood the Haitian government’s efforts to try to protect its children from possible child traffickers and unlawful adoptions following the catastrophic quake.

    But he also said the missionaries could be telling the truth when they argued they simply wanted to help the children and did not mean to violate any laws. Evidence has emerged that many of the intercepted children were not orphans but were given up by parents who wanted them to have a better life. “The government of Haiti … (is) not looking for some big fight here. They just want to protect their children and they also want to make sure they have a good inventory so they don’t send children away that maybe have an aunt or an uncle that have an income,” Clinton said.

    “I think they’ll find a way to defuse the crisis and work through this,” he added, but he said the case was not his direct responsibility.

    The missionaries, five men and five women, were questioned individually on Friday by investigating judge Bernard Sainvil at the offices of the prosecutor in the city. Officials said the judge would continue his investigation next Monday and Tuesday, before making a decision on whether to release the 10 or proceed with the case against them.


    The missionaries’ lawyer, Edwin Coq, said he had requested the 10 be released provisionally pending the further hearings, but no decision was immediately taken on that. Coq said the Americans, who had been held at police headquarters up to now, were taken after the questioning on Friday to established prisons — the women to a women’s prison in the Petionville suburb and the men to the quake-damaged central prison in the capital.

    The U.S. government, which is spearheading the big relief operation in Haiti, has said it is providing the Americans with consular access and monitoring their case, but it has made clear it does not want to interfere.

    “Obviously this is a matter for the Haitian judicial system,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is Bill Clinton’s wife, told reporters in Washington.

    Haitian President Rene Preval’s crippled administration, which has been accused by many of its citizens of failing to do enough to help quake survivors, has defended its decision to detain and charge the Americans. “It is true the country has been brought to its knees by the earthquake, but we still have laws. … In any case, whoever violates the law has to be sanctioned, whether the violator is a U.S. or European citizen, or someone else,” Justice Minister Paul Denis told Reuters.

    The detained Americans were still hoping on Friday they would eventually be released. “We pray to God for the outcome,” said the group’s leader, Laura Silsby. Another member of the group, which called itself the New Life Children’s Refuge and planned to build an orphanage in the Dominican Republic for the Haitian children, said it was “unfortunate” that world attention was focusing on their case and not the plight of Haiti’s earthquake victims.

    “I think the most important thing is to continue to put the focus on the people, the kids who are suffering, because they need help. That’s the reason why we were here in the first place, to help,” Silas Daniel Thompson, 19, told Reuters while he was being taken to see the investigating judge.

    Haiti’s government has tightened adoption procedures since the quake, saying it feared unscrupulous traffickers could try to take advantage of the disaster by spiriting away vulnerable children. Officials said they already had reports of trafficking of minors, and even of human organs.

  11. Well, I guess if I were to go into politics I think the first thing that would need to be done would to be able to be celibate. Geez, you can’t even have a closet relationship these days. LOL!!

    I am sure politics and sex go hand in hand and the other party is always looking to see if you’ve had a good time or two sometime in your life. LOL!!

    Of coarse, lets not let the American people off. If they weren’t so interested in everyone else’s sex life our country would be better off. Of coarse the news media (scum bags) would be a whole lot poorer.

    I could less who is doing what, and when to who. Although since John Edwards and his ex-wife delved into Bill and Hillary’s sex life, by all means theirs should be exposed for the world to see. Its what they say here in Texas “what goes round, comes round”. or carma is a bitch.

    Well I wonder what all the corPseman are thinking of our deal leader today??

  12. More news from Chicago:

    Democratic lieutenant governor nominee Scott Lee Cohen insists that he didn’t know that the woman he met at a Glenview massage parlor in 2005 was a prostitute. But records show that at about the same time he visited the spa and met the woman, Amanda J. Eneman, the business had been the subject of numerous complaints of prostitution.

    Eneman herself was arrested for prostitution at the Eden Spa in April 2005 for performing a sex act on an undercover police officer in exchange for $150. The police report quoted her telling the officer at the end of their session that prostitution was common there.

    Cohen said he got only a “straight massage” at the Eden Spa, with no sexual contact. He said Eneman became his live-in girlfriend after they met there. Later, she accused him of domestic battery, but the charge was dropped after she failed to appear in court.

    Details of the battery arrest, including her allegation that he held a knife to her throat, have surfaced since Cohen’s primary victory, leading to calls for him to step aside. Cohen has called on his former girlfriend to come forward and discuss their relationship publicly so that “the facts come to light.” But she has yet to do so.

    While Cohen has not given a detailed timeline for his relationship with Eneman, his statements indicate that he likely met her around April 2005. Glenview police shut the spa down after the April 22 arrests, and Cohen has said that his relationship with Eneman lasted “five or six months.” The incident that led to the battery charge occurred Oct. 14, about six months after her arrest. She pleaded guilty Oct. 27 to the prostitution charge, meaning she was charged and dealing with that case while they lived together at Cohen’s Gold Coast apartment.

    When the Tribune first asked Cohen about the relationship on Wednesday, Cohen said through a spokesman that he met her in a bar. But Thursday he acknowledged that he met her at Eden Spa. Cohen said Thursday that the first explanation was a misstatement by his spokesman.

    Eneman had been an employee of the business since at least July 2004, according to Lake County court records from an unrelated arrest. Details from the police report of Eneman’s arrest in Glenview say the undercover police officer entered Eden Spa and asked for a “session with Mandi.” He and Amanda went into a private room. He paid her for the time, and she asked if he wanted an “exotic massage.” He said yes, and she performed a sex act, according to the police report.

    Eneman, who used the name “Mandi” with Eden customers, according to court records, pleaded guilty to one count of prostitution stemming from the Glenview arrest.

    Now 29, Eneman apparently still works for the same company giving massages. The business has relocated at least twice since the 2005 arrest, and is now located in Villa Park. Customers must call for directions and an address for the business, which is not marked by any signage and is located in a storefront office suite in a small commercial complex in the western suburb.

    A Tribune reporter visited the massage parlor where she works on Thursday afternoon and spoke to a woman who handled appointments as well as giving massages. The reporter asked if “Mandi” or Amanda was available. The woman said she was not there at the moment, and could not give a schedule of when she would next work, saying she usually gave massages by pre-arranged appointment.

    The reporter asked the worker if she knew Amanda Eneman well, and she responded, “I hope so, I’m her boss.”

    At that point, the reporter gave the woman his Tribune business card and asked her to have Eneman call him. Later Thursday, a woman called the reporter’s desk and left a voice-mail message, stating: “Hi. I received your business card. You’re looking for me. I don’t know exactly what it could be that you need to find me. I would appreciate that you make no further contact to locate me. Thank you.”

    Later Thursday, another reporter returned to the massage parlor and encountered two women, including one who fit Eneman’s physical description. The reporter addressed that woman as “Mandi,” and asked to talk to her. She said nothing, but another woman with her yelled, “Quick–run to the car!” and told the reporter they wanted nothing to do with the story.

  13. Good question JanH..I imagine only their close , personal friends, outside of politics are still loyal. I know Terry McAuliff has always been very loyal to both Bill and Hillary. The late Stephanie Tubbs Jones was a great friend of Hillary as well. Not sure if Bill is still close with Carville or Begala, but I assume so.

  14. I’m glad Ford is running. Bring back the DLC!!! Kick out MoveOn/DailyKOS coalition!!! Destroy the New New Dimocratic Obama coalition!!!
    Tear down this ridiculous DNC and remove it from corrup Chicago. Bring the real democrats back!!!

    Harold Ford Jr. is a Clintonista through and through.. we’re talking O.G. of DLC (Original Gangster of Dem Leadership Council)

  15. Indypuma, I thought Ford was a Clintonista, but I thought he turned in the end, but then I guess all of them did. I am with you kick out the KOS coalition and lets get the Clintonistas back in power.

  16. Looks like more stuff is coming out on the politico’s from Chicago, Admin, please tell us when real stuff is going to hit about Potus?

  17. IndyPUMA
    February 5th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    From all accounts, Ford is Wall Street’s patsy and is a creep. He is a phoney and antichoice. OTOH, Gillibrand is Hillary’s choice and I trust her judgement on this one. Gillibrand has not always voted the way that I would like, but she is pro-choice, a hard worker, is an advocate for gay marriage, etc. New York would be very fortunate to have her continue as their senator. Just because someone might have been a “Clintonista” doesn’t make them sancrosanct and above reproach. IMHO.

  18. This made us laugh:

    There’s something that I don’t think some people are quite understanding here.

    Frankly, I don’t care if the guy shot up ‘roids and lived with a “massage therapist”. He had a “bad year.” OK, I get it. Fine. He’s better now.

    My problem with this guy isn’t just one thing. It isn’t just what’s in his divorce – these things happen in lots of divorces (and it was far worse before we had “no fault” divorces in this state). It isn’t just that he allegedly knifed his girlfriend in the throat – I’m assuming that hooker girlfriends may not be incredibly reliable. It isn’t just that his ex-wife stands behind the long list of abuse allegations [including attempted rape]. It isn’t just that his brother sued him for $400K. It isn’t just that his sister-in-law tried to evict him from his house. It isn’t just that he spent $2mil+ on a campaign while his ex-wife was reportedly suing him for child support. It isn’t just that about 4 dozen lawsuits have been filed against him, or that his voting record shows that this year was the first time he’s voted in a primary. It isn’t just that he “doesn’t remember” writing threatening notes in lipstick on his wife’s mirror.

    It’s a totality. Plus the fact that he’s got a lame excuse for everything. Why didn’t he vote in a primary before now? “I was busy taking care of businesses and providing for my family,” he told me yesterday. So, what’s up with the reported child support suit, then? And all the other business problems? On and on it goes.

    Too many of you are defending him by looking at just one thing. That’s stupidity. Look at it all together, step back and see the disaster.

    Defend it all. Go ahead. Try. But stop focusing in on just one thing. Stop insulting our intelligence.

  19. The way I see it, I’d love to see someone knock
    that characteristically smug look off of Chucky’s face. The smell of victory is in the air.

  20. NASHVILLE — After flirting coyly for months, Sarah Palin this weekend launches an aggressive play to become the leader of the tea party movement, a move with major political upside for the former Alaska governor but also one rife with risk.

    Her positioning could boost her prospects of securing the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, which she is widely believed to be eyeing. And the tea party is a natural fit for Palin, whose populist anti-Washington rhetoric and working mom persona have made her a movement favorite since its grass-roots activists burst onto the scene last year in opposition to the big-spending initiatives of President Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress.

    Palin compared the movement to the American Revolution and the struggle for civil rights, while identifying with its activists, in an op-ed piece this week in USA Today. And her keynote speech Saturday night to a gathering here that bills itself as the first National Tea Party Convention will be followed by appearances at recently announced tea party rallies in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s hometown next month and in Boston in April.

    But embracing the movement also has a potential downside. Not only could it drag her into the controversies and in-fighting that have swirled around the movement; it also could further alienate the independents and Democrats who were left with a sour taste from her 2008 GOP vice presidential campaign. And the chaotic collection of local groups that make up the movement may not accept her — or anyone else — as a leader anyway.

    Though 35 percent of independents have a favorable impression of the tea party movement, 24 percent hold a negative view, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released this week. It found that an overwhelming three-quarters of Republicans have a positive impression of the movement, while two-thirds of Democrats hold an unfavorable view.

    Still, another survey found the tea party brand outpolls the embattled Republican Party, and Palin reinforced the impression that tea partiers are the most desired bloc of the conservative electorate when she turned down an invitation to speak at this month’s Conservative Political Action Conference, traditionally a must-attend for establishment conservatives and Republicans, while choosing to speak here in Nashville.

    Palin also has endeared herself to tea partiers in recent months by endorsing movement candidates including Doug Hoffman of New York and Rand Paul of Kentucky in their congressional primary campaigns against GOP establishment-backed candidates.

    “There is huge potential reward for Palin to become the formal iconic figurehead of the tea party,” said Mark McKinnon, a Republican strategist who advised the Republican presidential campaign of George W. Bush in 2000 and helped prep Palin for her 2008 debate with Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden. “But, if she accepts that mantel, she has to accept the risks of a movement that is so decentralized right now that there is little accountability, no rules and no clear agenda other than anger.”

    If it works, McKinnon said, it could take both the movement and Palin to the next level because “for the tea party to be successful, it has to have a leader. And I think in order for Sarah Palin to be successful, she has to lead a movement.”

    But among the activists gathered here for the convention, there isn’t clear consensus about whether the movement needs, or is ready for, a leader. Even those who answered “yes” to both questions seemed reluctant to anoint Palin as the movement’s standard-bearer, or 2012 candidate.

    “She hasn’t been chosen,” said Dave Rilling, a 76-year-old retiree from Gaffney, S.C. “She’ll have to compete like anyone else,” he said, listing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal as other potential standard-bearers, and suggesting Palin needs to articulate clearer stances on a wider range of issues.

    “Now that she’s written her personal book,” he said, “she’s going to need to write a second one explaining her philosophy and where she’d like to go.”

    To be sure, her impending appearance had the convention — where the program features a full-page glossy glamour shot of Palin and one sign depicting her holding her toddler son declared her to be “Momma Bear” — buzzing with anticipation Friday.

    In the October e-mail inviting Palin to attend, one of the convention organizers Sherry Phillips predicted “there is nowhere in the world she would receive a warmer welcome,” and explained to Palin’s people “everyone involved in this movement LOVES Gov. Palin and feel she embodies everything this movement is about.”

    Yet, Chuck Smith, a 66-year-old convention-goer from the Knoxville area, said “it may be too early for the movement to have a leader. I think Sarah Palin is more of a symbol of a grass-roots, everyday, hard-working American fighting back against Big Government.”

    That’s why the Tea Party Express, the group behind the Nevada and Boston rallies, has been courting Palin for months to appear at one of its rallies, said Mark Williams, an official with the group.

    “I see her as possibly becoming the media face of the movement, kind of like Al Sharpton is the official black guy,” he said. “This movement defies anybody who wants to be a leader of the movement, as such. So, I don’t see her or anybody else becoming the real leader.”

    Having a leader could change the character of the movement, but it also could help move it past the petty squabbles and financial questions that some conservatives believe have hampered its effectiveness as a political force, according to Erick Erickson, the influential blogger. He has been among the highest profile critics of the finances and motivations of some groups involved in the movement, including Tea Party Express and Tea Party Nation, the group behind the Nashville convention.

    Erickson blogged that the convention “smells scammy” and worried that Palin, who is being paid $100,000 to speak, “might be ruining herself unintentionally” by affiliating herself with the organizers.

    But after committing to meet here Friday with Mark Skoda, one of the convention organizers, Erickson had softened somewhat. He said Palin, who forged a reputation as a corruption fighter in Alaska by taking on a GOP establishment regarded as ethically compromised, could do the same for the tea party movement.

    “If she inserts herself into the mix and uses her position and authority to clean house, I think the tea party movement will be far, far better off with Sarah Palin than without her,” said Erickson.

    Still, he conceded the movement arose partly “because it lacks a leader. The reason these guys have taken to the streets in protest and are now getting involved in campaigns is because all the people who have said they are one of them who went to Washington betrayed them. Once it has a leader, it will either become a different force or will go away once it puts its leader in a position to affect policy.”

    As for Palin, Erickson said she could “totally rehabilitate herself in the eyes of the public who were left with a negative impression of her and really rally people. The issues that she is talking about these days resonate with a majority of Americans regardless of party.”

    But conservative writer Matthew Continetti in the Weekly Standard this week saw less upside for Palin. He cautioned that she “already has a lock on the pro-life, anti-big-government vote,” but “needs to address the concerns of voters who liked her initially but now feel she isn’t ready for high office. Some of them may be in the Tea Party — but certainly not all of them.”


    Obama: ‘She insisted she’s going to be buried in an Obama t-shirt’
    By: Byron York

    Chief Political Correspondent
    02/05/10 11:42 AM EST

    Yes, those are the words of the president, last night at the Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Washington. After listing his administration’s accomplishments and vowing that “our most urgent task is job creation,” Obama pledged to keep fighting for a national health care system. “We knew this was hard,” Obama said. And then he described a letter he received from a campaign worker who suffered from breast cancer and has since died:

    I got a letter — I got a note today from one of my staff — they forwarded it to me — from a woman in St. Louis who had been part of our campaign, very active, who had passed away from breast cancer. She didn’t have insurance. She couldn’t afford it, so she had put off having the kind of exams that she needed. And she had fought a tough battle for four years. All through the campaign she was fighting it, but finally she succumbed to it. And she insisted she’s going to be buried in an Obama t-shirt.

    Many observers have noted that the president often seems extraordinarily self-referential. It’s all about him, they say. But even those critics might be a little taken aback by the “buried in an Obama t-shirt” remark. Is it really that much about him?

    Others ask how some of Obama’s statements would have been covered had George W. Bush made them — for example, if Bush had pronounced “corpsman” as “corpse-man” (as Obama did twice at the National Prayer Breakfast). Had Bush mispronounced the word so badly — and he did say some weird things — it’s likely many commentators would have rushed to fit it into their Bush-is-stupid narrative. Now, it’s Obama who’s sounding strange. And even putting aside the “corpsman” gaffe, what does the president’s telling of the “buried in an Obama t-shirt” anecdote tell us about him? (By the way, this is not about the woman and her choice — people do all sorts of things, and we respect the decisions they make — but about the president’s choosing to tell the story himself.)



    I am seriously beginning to think there is something mentally wrong with O…narcissism is too moderate…seriously, we knew hardly anything about him before his hope and change phenomenon wisked him to victory…it is entirely possible that he has some real psychological problems…

    …all politicians have egos…many thought Bill and Bush, Jr had big egos…they are timid and shy next to O…I have never, ever, witnessed a politician who was so preoccupied with himself…this is way beyond what we commented on initially…

    …he is so beyond the pale that he has no awareness of how self consumed he is…

  22. Has there been any corroboration of Schumer’s primary backstabbing of Hillary since “Game Change” came out? Most of that book was unsourced and a lot of it seemed doubtful at best. I read that Hillary told Schumer she didn’t believe it, but that was also not said publicly. I’m not trying to defend Schumer; I believe he is capable of doing something like that. I’m just looking for a more reliable source. Anyone hear anything on the record?

  23. When the government reported a drop in the unemployment rate from 10.0 to 9.7, I knew it was a fiction. Why? Two reasons: first, if you lose 20,000 additional jobs in a month the rate will not drop, it will increase, all other things being equal. Second, the numbers get fudged for political purposes.

    I indicated that the only way this could happen was if the government was dropping people off the list of unemployed because they have been out of work so long that they assumption is they have given up and no longer qualify as unemployed.

    Now Larry Doyle at No Quarter is saying the same thing, i.e. the reason the number dropped in January is because the labor pool shrunk (unemployed people giving up, or being moved off the rolls by the econometric formula–as opposed to finding work). Again, this is an accounting fiction. In fact, the employment situation is bad and getting worse.

    The other problem is full time jobs are being replaced by part time jobs which cannot support a family. Nobody talks about that but it is real as well.
    Unemployment Report: February 5, 2010
    By Larry Doyle on February 5, 2010 at 10:30 PM in Economy, Sense on Cents (Larry Doyle blog), Unemployment/Jobs

    The widely anticipated February Unemployment Report covering the month of January was just released. Let’s dive right in and take a look at the numbers . . .

    August: 9.4%
    September: 9.7%
    October: 9.8%
    November: 10.2%…revised to 10.1%
    December: 10%
    January: 10%
    – February Consensus Expectation: 10.1%
    – February Actual: 9.7%

    >> LD’s comments: A fluke. A drop in the rate would typically be viewed as a positive, but then why didn’t we see job growth? Today’s report indicates that a lot of people have given up looking for work, thus shrinking the overall labor pool. The U-6 (the underemployment rate) is now 16.5%. Better? Don’t be fooled. I think it is again more an indication that people are exiting the labor force overall.

    II. NON-FARM PAYROLL (click here for definition of this term)
    July: loss of 463k
    August: loss of 304k
    September: loss of 154k
    October: loss of 139k
    November: loss of 111k…revised to a loss of 127k jobs
    December: loss of 11k…revised to a gain of 4k
    January: loss of 85k
    – February Consensus Expectation: 0, that is no job gain or loss
    – February Actual: a loss of 20k jobs.

    >> LD’s comments: weaker than it appears as a lot of jobs added were temporary workers and Census workers. Revisions from prior two months was a net loss of 5k jobs.

    August: .3%
    September: .4%
    October: .1%
    November: .3%
    December: .1%
    January: .2%
    – February Consensus Expectation: .2
    – February Actual: .2%

    >>LD’s comments: as expected.

    July: 33.0 hours
    August: 33.1 hours
    September: 33.1 hours
    October: 33.0 hours
    November: 33.0 hours
    December: 33.2 hours
    January: 33.2 hours
    – February Consensus Expectation: 33.2 hours
    – February Actual: 33.9 hours

    >> LD’s comments: this number surprises me. Are we truly seeing the increased demand drive the hours worked this much higher? Overall, this is a positive in the midst of otherwise mixed to negative news.

    V. FURTHER COLOR: the major piece of news within our employment situation was actually hinted at a few days ago and that is that the Department of Labor revised overall employment for 2009 down by 930k jobs. Were they looking through rose-colored glasses all along? Who knows? This revision is an indication our recession was even deeper than believed or, in my opinion, reported.

    The cheerleaders will run out onto the field and smile for the camera, but don’t be fooled. The labor pool has shrunk and that explains the drop in the rate.

    Where are the real jobs? Where is the growth? We’re still looking and waiting.


    Pre (8:25am) and Post-report (8:50am)

    2yr Tsy: .80 and .80…ho hum…
    10yr Tsy: 3.59% and 3.62%…ho hum…
    DJIA Futures: -58 points and -7 points…slightly better
    S&P 500 Futures: -6.7 and -2.2…
    U.S. Dollar Index: 80.19 and 80.04…slight downtick…

    Questions and comments always encouraged and appreciated.


  24. Many observers have noted that the president often seems extraordinarily self-referential. It’s all about him, they say. But even those critics might be a little taken aback by the “buried in an Obama t-shirt” remark. Is it really that much about him?
    I think Byron means “self-reverential”–as in self worshiping

  25. FYI: something david horowitz is sending out. I for one intend to make a contribution. The tea party people could benefit greatly from what David will tell them, and they are our allies in the fight against the evil doer Obama and his Chicago thugs.
    Dear Fellow Conservative,

    This weekend, conservatives from across the country gathered in Nashville, Tennesee, for the National Tea Party Convention to unify their message and rally support for their grassroots movement heading into the 2010 election cycle.

    We can see the outlines of the discontent with Obamaism that could change the shape of our electoral map this coming November and the Tea Party movement is ready to capitalize and help elect conservatives to office at every level nationwide.

    The motivating force behind the movement that has just said no to Obamaism in Massachusetts and throughout the country is the Tea Party movement. It is the most innovative, exciting and powerful grassroots force in recent American history. The radicals in the White House who want to transform the United States into a country we will no longer recognize as our own are right to fear the Tea Party movement. It is the one force that stands between them and the success of their schemes.

    If you weren’t able to attend the convention in Nashville, don’t worry – you can still be an active participant in the Tea Party Movement. I have written a new pamphlet titled The Art of Political War for Tea Parties that provides instructions for being an effective Tea Partier so you can help save our country from the far left.

    With a contribution of $25 or more today, a copy of The Art of Political War for Tea Parties will be yours. As someone who comes out of the Left, I understand the political motivation of radicalism and the movement that falsely calls itself “progressive.” Politics to the Left is war. Nothing less. And we cannot defend ourselves and our values by compromise or accommodation, but only by defeating the Left on the political battlefield. To succeed in taking our country back it is critical that we understand and learn to practice the art of political war. That is why I have written this pamphlet.

    After one year in office, Barack Obama, who ran as a pragmatic centrist promising hope and transparency and a commitment to restore the dreams of all Americans, has advanced a narrowly leftist agenda calculated to radically transform our politics and society.

    He has attempted to create a Big Brother government, nationalizing the auto companies, controlling the banking and the financial industries and pushing a government take over of health care that would make us sicker and poorer at the same time. All the while, he has toured the world apologizing for America, while weakening our defenses against foreign threats, Al Qaeda and the Jihadists, and appeasing tyrants in Iran and Russia.

    It is no wonder that the nation has risen against this radical administration. Once again the American people have shown that while they want to be justly and intelligently governed, they will never be ruled. And they will resist a president such as Obama who assaults their values and sense of patriotism and tries to take control of their government out of their own hands.

    Our plan is to print over 250,000 copies of the Tea Party booklet. We hope that you will consider making a donation to help us distribute hundreds of thousands of copies on the campuses, to the media and to all public officials, and of course to members of the Tea Party movement across the country. We have kept printing costs down and are offering bulk copies at just $1.00 per booklet for orders of 25 or more, or $3.00 for a single copy. Plus we’ll send you a copy with your contribution of $25 or more today.

    Please click here to make your $25 or more donation and to order additional copies today.

    Thank you for all your great work defending the exceptionalism of America – something Barack Obama just doesn’t get.


  26. More on the complex and interwoven politics of New York State:

    Eliot Spitzer is making fresh noises about running against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in New York. Lloyd Grove on how Client 9’s Colbert Report appearance was a big step in his return from political purgatory.

    For a guy who insists he’s not plotting a comeback, Eliot Spitzer sure looks like he’s ready to run for something.

    The 50-year-old former governor of New York, who quit in March 2008 after a federal investigation of a prostitution ring caught him patronizing the high-priced talent, has been working hard to repair his shattered image—this week making two back-to-back appearances in which he confronted his scandalous past head-on.

    And even while he publicly scoffs at reports that he’s considering entering a Democratic primary race against either Senator Kirsten Gillibrand or State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Spitzer has been meeting privately with friends to discuss a possible return to public life.

  27. Attributed to Thomas Jefferson:

    Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.

    All persons shall have full and free liberty of religious opinion; nor shall any be compelled to frequent or maintain any religious institution…

    I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent….

    I am for freedom of religion, & against all maneuvres to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another.

    He who steadily observes the moral precepts in which all religions concur, will never be questioned at the gates of heaven as to the dogmas in which they all differ.

    Our particular principles of religion are a subject of accountability to our god alone. I enquire after no man’s and trouble none with mine; nor is it given to us in this life to know whether yours or mine, our friend’s or our foe’s, are exactly the right.

    Where the preamble declares, that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed by inserting “Jesus Christ,” so that it would read “A departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion;” the insertion was rejected by the great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mohammedan, the Hindoo and Infidel of every denomination.

    I am really mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, a fact like this can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too, as an offence against religion… And who is thus to dogmatize religious opinions for our citizens? Whose foot is to be the measure to which ours are all to be cut or stretched? Is a priest to be our inquisitor, or shall a layman, simple as ourselves, set up his reason as the rule for what we are to read, and what we must believe? It is an insult to our citizens to question whether they are rational beings or not, and blasphemy against religion to suppose it cannot stand the test of truth and reason.

    Shall we suffer a Pagan to deal with us and not suffer him to pray to his god? Why have Christians been distinguished above all people who have ever lived, for persecutions? Is it because it is the genius of their religion? No, it’s genius is the reverse. It is the refusing toleration to those of a different opinion which has produced all the bustles and wars on account of religion. It was the misfortune of mankind that during the darker centuries the Christian priests following their ambition and avarice combining with the magistrate to divide the spoils of the people, could establish the notion that schismatics might be ousted of their possessions & destroyed. This notion we have not yet cleared ourselves from.

  28. Once in a while you will run into one of those people who believes we must stick by Obama because he is the president. The fullest exposition of that view can be seen in the closing scene of the Caine Mutiny, and Jose Ferrer’s indictment of the crew after the case against the executive officer on charges of mutiny is dismissed. But in order to exhonerate the executive officer he had to destroy the captain. He ties on on and dresses down the crew for not supporting the captain when he asked for help. But the critical point he makes is that Queeg paid his dues. While the other officers were writing novels, and playing college football, Queeg was out doing the dirty work of defending the nation. Therefore the crew had no right to tear him down as they did. If they had supported him things would have been different.

    How different it is in the case of Obama. What exactly did he do to earn the job of president. A community organizer? A lecturer in Constitutional Law? A state senator who voted present 130 times? A US Senator who served less that one term in office? The favorite son of race baiter Wright? Friend of Bomber Bill Ayers? Again what did he do to earn the job and the respect that would otherwise go with it? The honest answer is: jack squat.

    That being the case, and given the dirty tricks he pulled in the campaign it is hard to see him as legitimate. And if he is not legitimate, then he is not entitled to deference simply because he lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. And the foolish things he has done since becoming President have done nothing to justify deference either.

  29. wbboei — question for you. A few weeks ago you cited a court case, where the witnesses had all fabricated one story to use in court. By repeating the same story again and again, they had hoped to pass fiction as fact. But it was only when it was realized that they were all telling the same exact false story was it discovered just how false the story was.

    I was wondering…do you remember the name of the court case you referenced. Would like to read more about it, incorporate it in my own blogging etc. Thanks in advance for any help.

  30. wbboei, I am excited that Sarah may be chosen as the leader of the Tea Party movement, but I fear if she is not some of the republican’s I don’t like could get the job mainly because they are male.

    I know you like Mitt Romney, but that guy makes my skin crawl, he is as superficial as maxed out American Express card.

    Sarah is real, I hope they will have the guts to select someone like her and not fall prey to the media coverage. I think her being at Fox is like they want to keep her close so they can watch her. I know she knows it too. She is pretty savy at realizing friend or foe.

  31. I don’t know about Sarah Palin, confloyd. I like Sarah and will defend her from sexist attacks, just like I defend Hillary, but some of her comments lately have been somewhat hard to reconcile. For instance, she said that the Tea Party needs to merge with the GOP.

    And while I appreciate and am supportive of the Tea Parties, I don’t think becoming a Republican is the right answer either.

  32. Wbboei, Look at this, do you think Soro’s and Zbig are busy again???

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told his ruling party on Friday it must pay more attention to ordinary voters, just days after one of the biggest opposition protests in a decade.

    About 10,000 people attended a rally in the Baltic region of Kaliningrad last week to call for the dismissal of the governor, prompting Putin’s United Russia party to send officials to investigate why its local leader had become so unpopular.

    At a meeting in advance of regional elections next month, Putin told senior party officials they should avoid raising expectations by promising “everything all at once” only to ignore voters after election day.

    “You cannot turn into promisers, who make promises only to … get into power and then spend their time solving their own personal problems,” said Putin, who is the party’s chairman.

    About 100 activists gathered outside the Kaliningrad regional administration building on Friday to call for the governor to be sacked.

    Rally organizers said they would give Putin a few weeks to respond to their demand before holding another major rally.

  33. Fifth Dimension, I hadn’t heard that, but that is what I fear that the GOP has and are infiltrating the party. This is really bad, cause we DON’T need another 8 years of the GOP, that is what gave us Obama.

  34. That can lie about the jobless numbers but they can’t lie about this.

    US food stamps set ever-higher record-32.8 million
    Reuters, Friday February 5 2010

    WASHINGTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) – A record 38.2 million Americans were enrolled in the food stamp program at latest count, up 246,000 from the previous month and the latest in record-high monthly tallies that began in December 2008.
    Food stamps are the primary federal anti-hunger program, helping poor people buy groceries. The Agriculture Department updated enrollment data on Friday with a preliminary figure for November.
    USDA estimates up to $58 billion will be spent on food stamps this fiscal year, which ends Sept 30, with average enrollment of 40.5 million people. Food stamps were renamed the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program in 2008.
    Participation has surged since the financial-market turmoil of late 2008 and has set records each month since December 2008, when it reached 31.78 million. Enrollment is highest during times of economic distress. (Reporting by Charles Abbott; Editing by David Gregorio

  35. When they start talking economy at TM, that scares me. The lefties are never interested in the economy they are always more interested in the do good works stuff.
    I think they are preparing us for the impeding crash this year.

  36. What I cannot understand is WHY on earth did Obama get selected when they knew all along a collapse was probably going to happen?? The man is so inexperienced it not even funny, he is only making things worse with his indecision and then when he gets shoved in a corner and comes out with attitude and goes to far the other way. He is a disaster for this country.

  37. Fifth Dimension
    February 6th, 2010 at 3:02 am
    wbboei — question for you. A few weeks ago you cited a court case, where the witnesses had all fabricated one story to use in court. By repeating the same story again and again, they had hoped to pass fiction as fact. But it was only when it was realized that they were all telling the same exact false story was it discovered just how false the story was.

    I was wondering…do you remember the name of the court case you referenced. Would like to read more about it, incorporate it in my own blogging etc. Thanks in advance for any help.
    The Case is called The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire case, or the The Triangle Fire Case. The witness was Kate Alderman. The cross examiner was Max Steuer who was the toast of the New York Bar in the early part of the twentieth century. His only rival for that accolade was Issador Kressel, and when they were not winning cases for their clients, their main life’s work consisted of trying to destroy each other. Both were first generation immigrants, I believe from Russia. The case captured the imagination of the Vanderbilts and other elites, and led to the formation of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, fire codes etc. The site of a huge factory on fire immigrant girls jumping to their death made an indelible impression. The only thing comparable was the blowing up of the Los Angeles Times Building one year later–1913.

    The case is also interesting in that it changed the focus of the bar. The prior generation of lawyers had their serious moments and people. Sullivan and Cromwell pretty much ran the State Department in those days. William Travers Jerome, cousin of Churchill was the District Attorney, and led the reform efforts against police corruption and squalid conditions memorialized in Steven Crane’s book Maggie Girl of The Streets. But the thrust of their efforts–meaning the money was to be made by firms like Hummel and Howell, who devoted their practice to suing wealthy stage door Johnnies on behalf of show girls for breach of a promise to marry. The Stanford White case memorialized in the book and movie (Joan Collins) Girl of A Red Velvet Swing capped the era, and epitomized it in many respect.

    If you want to read about this case, there is Wellman on Cross Examination which is a legal classic, but has many facts of the case wrong. There is a book on the subject by Stein which appears to be better and the treatment is more journalistic than legal. But if you want to read the actual transcript, and see it analyzed by the greatest trial lawyer of our generation, read the book Tying Cases to Win by Herb Stern–volume 3 cross examination. I reviewed it prior to publication and was blown away. There is so much in this book that they do not teach you in law school that it puts law school to shame. It is an easy read for lawyer and laymen alike. It is is the best authority on the case and just about everything else relating to trial practice. I highly recommend it.

  38. What I cannot understand is WHY on earth did Obama get selected when they knew all along a collapse was probably going to happen?? The man is so inexperienced it not even funny, he is only making things worse with his indecision and then when he gets shoved in a corner and comes out with attitude and goes to far the other way. He is a disaster for this country.
    Perhaps they were betting that H.L. Mencken was right that nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American People. If you substitute the word judgment for intelligence then I agree with it–with the proviso it works only one time. It was not so much a matter of patriotism that led me to be skeptical and distrustful of this man from the beginning. It was the sheer lack of substance, and the accolades by big media which were so disproportionate to anything he had ever accomplished in his life. The way it all came together, the money, the hype, the betrayal, the wall street crash left me with the strong sense of a conspiracy against the American People–which was remarkable to someone like me who used to laugh at conspiracy theories.

  39. Squat says volunteer wants to be buried in an Obama tee shirt and the crowd roars with laughter.

    This guy is sick!

    www dot youtube dot com/watch?v=g2utB1DcEIw&

  40. “You cannot turn into promisers, who make promises only to … get into power and then spend their time solving their own personal problems,” said Putin, who is the party’s chairman.
    Connie: the other possibility is he is learning from the counter example of Obama. Like you I lived through the entire 1950’s. I remember Kruschev saying he would bury us. I hated the old Soviet Union. How strange to find myself in a position now where I trust Putin more than I do our own President. Maybe it is because I have not caught Putin in a downright lie, whereas Obama has been caught in hundreds of them. And Putins rise to power is well documented, whereas Obama’s rise to power is a fairy tale. Finally, Putin appears to have some loyalty to his country, whereas Obama’s loyalty is only to himself. It is as they say a very unfortunate turn of events, and the real price for this folly has yet to be paid. I suspect history will judge us all harshly for ever electing Obama. Lord knows we tried to stop it, within the boundaries of the law.

  41. Squat says volunteer wants to be buried in an Obama tee shirt and the crowd roars with laughter.
    This strikes me as a Freudian slip symbolic of what he is doing to the country.

  42. Given the state of our economy history may well record that of all the mistakes Obama made in his first year, the biggest of all was the failure to set the right priorities. If he had made jobs job #1 (as Hillary wanted) rather than the Soros agenda, then there is reason to believe that we would be ahead of the power curve today. Making jobs #1 does not mean creating make work government jobs, but repairing and building infrastructure, lowering taxes on small business, loosening credit and establishing the conditions where the real engine of job growth which is small business could survive and prosper. Instead, he has done everything ass backwards, because his real agenda was transformational as opposed to curative. That is what he meant by the word change. Transformational in this sense means radical.

  43. Bill Clinton pledges to improve Haiti aid distribution

    Mr Clinton pledged to try and improve the way aid is co-ordinated

    Haiti faces a massive task helping those who lost homes and livelihoods in the recent earthquake, former US President Bill Clinton has admitted.

    Named by the UN as international aid co-ordinator, Mr Clinton was visiting Haiti’s damaged capital Port-au-Prince. There were protests as he met Haiti’s president, after which Mr Clinton vowed to speed up sluggish aid deliveries.

    Mr Clinton visited as 10 US citizens facing child abduction charges were denied conditional release. The five men and five women, all Baptist missionaries, were sent back to jail with no further hearing scheduled for several days at least. They deny allegations they tried to smuggle 33 children across the border to the Dominican Republic.

    Tents and trucks

    At least one million people currently need aid in Haiti after the magitude 7.0 earthquake that officials say killed 212,000.

    Visiting Port-au-Prince, Mr Clinton apologised for the delay in delivering and co-ordinating relief efforts. “I’m sorry it’s taken this long but these people are working hard and what I’m trying to do now is to identify the things that aren’t being done and need to be speeded up and fill those blanks. I’m doing the best I can,” he said.

    According to the UN, many people are living near the rubble of their homes and some half a million are packed into some 315 makeshift camps which have sprung up around the city.

    Mr Clinton said a supply of several thousand new tents would arrive in the next few days to help some of those still sleeping on the streets, along with a hundred lorries to help distribute more aid. He said he would be looking at the structure of the aid operation to see how it could be made to function in a more effective way.

    “Part of it is just shipping the volume of food in here that is necessary,” he said, adding that there was also a considerable distance between the 16 main food distribution centres in the country.

    On Friday, a crowd of Haitians took several tonnes of food and water from a lorry near the capital’s airport and, in a separate incident, eight lorry-loads of food and water were raided in a nearby in an industrial park.

    Damaged structures

    Mr Clinton said that both the Haitian authorities and the international community based in the country had suffered significant losses, hampering them in their attempts to co-ordinate international relief.

    “All the ministers, thank God, survived, but they lost a lot of their family members and they lost a lot their senior aides,” he said of the Haitian government, adding that the UN had faced its largest loss of life in the organisation’s history. “So the structure that would respond to this ordinarily was terribly damaged,” he said.

    He said he hoped that the capital that would emerge from the ruins of the city might be improved, with a better health service.

    Earlier on Friday Haiti’s prime minister warned that the case of 10 US missionaries charged with child abduction was a “distraction” from earthquake recovery. The 10 have been charged with child abduction and criminal conspiracy. When stopped on the border last Friday, the group said they were taking the children to an orphanage. But it has since emerged some of the youngsters’ parents were still alive.

    Mr Clinton said his mission did not involve working on behalf of the detained Americans. “That’s not within my mandate. I know that the State Department and government have had these discussions,” he said.

  44. OT but as a designer of industrial occupancy facilities i have many horrific examples of poor planning. the triangle shirtwaist fire, boston’s coconut grove, mgm grand hotel and more recently, the RI station nightclub fires are just a few lessons-learned regarding life safety.
    to all big pinkers – always be aware of your surroundings, whether it be hotel, restaurant, theater, etc. and in the event of an emergency, know your exits and have a plan.

  45. Weekend TV Talk Shows:

    CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ talks to Secretary of State Clinton

    February 5, 2010


    Today Olympic athletes; Super Bowl foods. (N) 6 a.m. KNBC

    State of the Union With Candy Crowley Al Qaeda, Afghanistan, Iran, Haiti, healthcare: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. (N) 6 and 9 a.m. CNN

    CBS News Sunday Morning Reality television; director Garry Marshall (“Valentine’s Day”); Lingerie Bowl. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS

    Fareed Zakaria GPS Middle East peace, Iran: King Abdullah II of Jordan; counterterrorism, presidential power: former Justice Department official John Yoo. 7 and 10 a.m. CNN

    Reliable Sources Fox News: Arianna Huffington, Hugh Hewitt; Super Bowl XLIV: James Carville. 8 and 10 a.m. CNN

    The Chris Matthews Show (N) 7:30 a.m. KNBC

    Meet the Press Terrorism: Deputy National Security advisor John Brennan; the economy: former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan. (N) 8 a.m. KNBC, 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. MSNBC

    This Week The economy: Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner. (N) 8 a.m. KABC

    Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace: Tea Party movement, Obama’s first year in office, 2012 presidential race: Former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska). 8 a.m. KTTV

    Face the Nation Super Bowl XLIV: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. (N) 8:30 a.m. KCBS

    Amanpour National defense: former National Security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski. 11 a.m. CNN

  46. February 5, 2010

    Clinton names biggest threats to U.S.

    February 5th, 2010

    CNN) – The biggest threats to America’s national security come not from Iran or North Korea, but from trans-national non-state actors, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told CNN’s Candy Crowley in an exclusive interview to air Sunday.

    “Most of us believe the greater threats are the trans-national non-state networks, primarily the extremists – the fundamentalist Islamic extremists who are connected to al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula,” Clinton said. “Or al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan.”

    “They continue to try to increase the sophistication of their capacity,” the nation’s top diplomat added. “The attacks that they’re going to make and the…biggest nightmare that any of us have is that one of these terrorist member organizations within this syndicate of terror will get their hands on a weapon of mass destruction.”

    In the wide-ranging interview that will air on CNN’s “State of the Union with Candy Crowley,” Clinton also said Iran’s latest behavior is a clear indication the country has nuclear ambitions.

    “It’s like an old saying that if you see a turtle on a fence post in the middle of the woods, he didn’t get there by accident, right? Somebody’s put him there. And so you draw conclusions from what you see Iran doing,” she said.

    Clinton specifically pointed to Iran’s rejection late last month of a proposal by the International Atomic Energy Agency calling for the country give up a significant portion of its low-enriched uranium in exchange for fuel for Tehran’s research reactor. Iran has maintained its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes.

    The full interview will air Sunday at 9 a.m. ET.

  47. wbboei, I am excited that Sarah may be chosen as the leader of the Tea Party movement, but I fear if she is not some of the republican’s I don’t like could get the job mainly because they are male.

    I know you like Mitt Romney, but that guy makes my skin crawl, he is as superficial as maxed out American Express card.

    Sarah is real, I hope they will have the guts to select someone like her and not fall prey to the media coverage. I think her being at Fox is like they want to keep her close so they can watch her. I know she knows it too. She is pretty savy at realizing friend or foe.
    The tea parties have fire in the belly but need organization. They need a leader who speaks for their interests and draws media attention. Sarah can do that. I think they could benefit greatly from the pamphlet on the art of political warfare that David Horowitiz has prepared. And they need a few notches under their belt. If they can help defeat Reid, Frank, Bayh, Lincoln, Specter, Schumer and others who actively conspired with Obama behind the backs of their constituents that would make them a force to be reckoned with. They need to take their share of credit for Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts. I know Dick Armey is working with them, on behalf of Newt. But I agree with you that the Tea Party movement would do well to maintain its independence, lest it be taken for granted.

  48. Peter Pulitzer Prize Goodman does his NYT editors bidding and paints a rosy picture of the jobs situation. There are so many flaws in his analysis that I scarcely know where to begin, or that it is worth the effort to refute his nonsense. The dollar is mightier than the pen where he is concerned.

  49. Excellent article about Clinton voters (the Jacksonian Democrats) that echoes much of what Admin and we have been saying all along:

    The conventional wisdom is that Barack Obama’s decline in the polls represents a new, unexpected turn against him. But an examination of the results of the recent elections in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts suggests that what we might really be seeing is a return to the skepticism that significant portions of the electorate have showed about Obama from the beginning of his national career.

    Obama is not encountering some new, unanticipated resistance from the electorate. Instead, it may be that his general election triumph was the aberration—that his coalition was never as strong as the financial panic of September 2008 made it seem. It would mean that he is now returning to his natural base of support and that the Jacksonians and others who resisted him in the primaries have turned away once again from his charms.

    But it also suggests something more, that the Democratic party is now the party of Obama, for good and for ill. While the president is no Jacksonian, his party has many in its ranks. Democratic officeholders should be concerned about their voters fleeing not just from Obama but from their party as well. The president may be in the process of trimming the Democratic base back into something that looks an awful lot like his own primary base.

    How’s that LOSING COALITION working our for ya, Obama, now that the WINNING COALITION is under the bus and looking elsewhere?

  50. Obama is the most polarizing politician of the last 100 years. One one side of the gulf stand the robber barons, the professional class and the ignoranti. On the other side, the Anerican People, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I know, it is not quite that simple. But as general statements go, it is a truism.

  51. HillaryForTexas, thanks for that article. As you wrote, the article hits much of what we have written. The financial panic of late 2008 was indeed an aberration.

    The “creative clueless” are just beginning to see the destruction they have caused by supporting Obama. The only hope is swift and total devastation of the Dimocrats so that the elements that caused the gifting of the Obama nomination are purged from the party (after we discover who exactly all these people were, which seems to be happening and all of these traitors fall without us having to do much of anything); followed by a return to the FDR/Hillary coalition and a resurrection of the Democratic Party that was killed in Denver 2008.

    A lot of Hillary supporters on other websites still “clling” to the Dimocratic Party and want to vote based on “issues” instead of accepting the fact that the Democratic Party was killed in 2008. These Hillary supporters also persist on viewing the upcoming elections as a vote on “issues” – but a vote for Dimocrats in November will get us further from a return to the Democratic Party and is a vote for the monster spawn of Obama.

    We’ll publish the second installment (which is already written) of Mistake in ’08 this coming week.

  52. JanH, every time we see video like that we realize how on target we are. It’s not hero worship or craven kool-aid guzzling – but to think – We Could Have Had Hillary.

  53. Below is something I received in an email, with a article from Wall Street Journal. Now, I respect the WSJ, but I have to always wonder if things are true.

    JC Stupid Obama underwrites off shore oil drilling in BRAZIL .

    This is a perfect example why many refrain from watching the news on ABC,
    NBC, CBS, or MSNBC.

    “Today, even though President Obama is against off-shore drilling for our
    country, he signed an executive order to loan 2 Billion of our taxpayers
    dollars to a Brazilian Oil Exploration Company (which is the 8th largest
    company in the entire world) to drill for oil off the coast of Brazil !
    The oil that comes from this operation is for the sole purpose and use of
    China and NOT THE USA ! Now here’s the real clincher…the Chinese
    government is under contract to purchase all the oil that this oil field
    will produce, which is hundreds of millions of barrels of oil”.

    We have absolutely no gain from this transaction whatsoever!

    Wait, it gets more interesting.

    Guess who is the largest individual stockholder of this Brazilian Oil
    Company and who would benefit most from this?

    It is American BILLIONAIRE, George Soros,

    who was one of President Obama’s most
    generous financial supporter during his campaign.

    If you are able to connect the dots and follow the money, you are
    probably as upset as I am. Not a word of this transaction was broadcast
    on any of the other news networks!

    Forward this factual e-mail to others who care about this country and
    where it is going. Also, let all of your Government representatives know
    how you feel about this.

    Below is the Wall street Journal article to confirm this.

  54. Another disgraceful thing Obama tried to sneak by/

    I am not pro Becker. He is an ideologue. He comes from a corrupt union. He would strip employees of the right to secret ballot election. That would turn union elections into caucus type aberrations where peer group pressure–and in some cases thug tactics destroy freedom of choice. It is no different from what we saw in the caucus states. The 2000 cases of voter fraud and intimidation are the result. I am not opposed to unions winning elections through legitimate means–but not this.
    GOP’s Senate Gain Clouds Prospect of Obama’s Labor Board Nominee

    Now that Republicans have picked up their 41st seat in the Senate, breaking up the Democrats’ 60-vote supermajority, President Obama’s legislative agenda is up in the air, including his nominees for federal agencies.

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    Now that Republicans have picked up their 41st seat in the Senate, breaking up the Democrats’ 60-vote supermajority, President Obama’s legislative agenda is up in the air, including his nominees for federal agencies.

    The latest example is union lawyer Craig Becker, whose nomination for the National Labor Relations Board was narrowly approved by a Senate panel on Thursday but who may not be taking the post anytime soon.

    GOP lawmakers, including Arizona Sen. John McCain, have vowed to place a hold on his nomination, claiming that Becker would make pro-union changes on the NLRB without congressional approval.

    Thursday’s 13-10 party line vote in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee sends Becker’s nomination to the Senate floor, but the loss of a Democratic seat in the Senate makes his fate uncertain. With Republican Scott Brown sworn in Thursday as senator from Massachusetts, Democrats no longer have the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster if the GOP lines up to block the nomination.

    A key procedural vote is scheduled for Monday.

    Republican Sens. Mike Enzi of Wyoming and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska previously supported Craig’s nomination when the committee voted on his nomination in October. But the two reversed their decision on Thursday, voting against Becker, who had to be re-nominated by President Obama this year after a barrage of business groups lobbied against him.

    Becker, who currently serves as associate general counsel to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), a labor union representing about 1.8 million workers, was approved in October by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

    But McCain and a slew of business groups have raised questions over articles and academic journals written by Becker on the very labor law he would work to interpret if confirmed to the board. Critics say Becker’s writings reflect views that support restricting employers’ free speech rights and limiting the ability of employers to converse with their employees during union representation campaigns.

    Of particular concern to critics is a 1993 Minnesota Law Review article in which Becker, then a law professor at UCLA, argued that “employers should be stripped of any legally cognizable interest in their employees’ election of representatives.”

    “Employers should have no right to raise questions concerning voter eligibility or campaign conduct,” Becker wrote.

    “Because employers have no right to vote, they cast no ballots the significance of which can be diluted by the inclusion of ineligible employees. Nor, obviously, can employers be coerced in the exercise of a franchise they do not have. Because employers lack the formal status either of candidates vying to represent employees or of voters, they should not be entitled to charge that unions disobeyed the rules governing voter eligibility or campaign conduct,” he continued.

    Republicans continued to express concerns after a Tuesday confirmation hearing for Becker, claiming many of the nominee’s answers were ambiguous.

    In his opening statement at Tuesday’s hearing, Becker pledged to “remain faithful to the will of Congress” and “apply the law impartially and fairly.”

    “I’ve learned to appreciate the concerns of employers and often have been able to find common ground between labor and management,” he said. “I’ve represented both sides in unfair labor practice cases.”

    The Democrats have stood strongly behind his confirmation.

    HELP Committee chairman Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, on Tuesday called Becker an “obviously well-qualified nominee,” who “brings a tremendous depth of experience to this position.”

    “There’s no question that Mr. Becker has been thoroughly vetted for this position,” Harkin said, as he acknowledged criticism from some over Becker’s past academic writing.

    “He has taken a critical approach to existing law — nothing wrong with that. That’s what academics are supposed to do, to contribute to the marketplace of ideas.”

    Brown, Massachusetts’ new senator, refuted claims Thursday that he was rushed to Washington at the request of Republican colleagues to block Becker’s confirmation.

    “I’ve had no contact with the leader’s office,” Brown told reporters. “I’m an independent voter and thinker — I always have been.”

  55. Wonderful picture of Bill Clinton at the link below…

    Bill Clinton plans no coup in Haiti

    February 6, 2010

    ABC News reported late Friday night that former U.S. President Bill Clinton had denied any plans to effectively take over governing the impoverished and now devastated island country of Haiti.

    Clinton, a Democrat who was term-limited out of U.S. office in 2001 after eight years, runs two foundations in Haiti, is the special United Nations envoy to that country and had said he was “prepared to spend years” there.

    So, ABC’s Cynthia McFadden reported on “Nightline,” that she asked the 42d American president if he would effectively be taking over and running the country.

    “No,” said Clinton, who will turn 64 this year. “That’s important.”

    The husband of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama’s secretary of State, added:

    Over time, Haiti has been through being abused and exploited by its neighbors, and being ignored. And then being helped in a way that was not designed to enable them to stand on their own two feet and help themselves. We don’t want any of those three things.

    Clinton is on his second trip to Haiti since it was struck by a massive earthquake that killed thousands on Jan. 12. McFadden asked Clinton if rebuilding would be a full-time job for him?

    “I don’t know,” the former governor answered. “I’m still working through my authority and capacity for the United Nations.”

    He said the existing government there headed by President Rene Preval has many remaining serious challenges including improving food distribution and health and sanitary conditions. In fact, having lost all its buildings, offices and many senior employees, the national government is currently working out of a local police headquarters.

    But the government is making long-term recovery plans, Clinton insisted.

    “They’re going to do much better,” he added.

    So, no Clinton inaugural balls in Haiti just yet.

  56. Both Bill and Hillary are truly national treasures. And as Admin says, this is not hero worship. This is FACT.

    Bill Clinton surprises Haiti benefit concert in Miami


    Former President Bill Clinton surprised concertgoers at AmericanAirlines Arena Friday night during a benefit concert for Haiti.

    The event, Saving Ourselves, hosted by Wyclef Jean attracted big name celebrities who performed and answered phones. As performers took the stage, images strolled across the screen of the devastation in Haiti.

    Among the celebrities giving support: Alonzo Mourning, Chris Brown, Gloria Estefan, Jay-Z, Serena Williams, Diddy and Queen Latifah who introduced Clinton.

    Wearing a dapper suit and yellow tie, Clinton just arrived in Miami from Port-au-Prince where he met with Haitian government officials.

    “I just got off the airplane in Haiti,” he said, telling the cheering crowd: “Port-au-Prince is coming back to life.

    “There are still people to be fed. We still don’t have the ability to distribute food in every neighborhood. We still have a lot to do,” he said.

    Clinton said he took a lot of medical supplies to an AIDS clinic in Haiti.

    He also said that in speaking to government leaders in Haiti, they had a simple message: They want whatever happens “to be part of a long-term plan to build a new country, a country that can stand on its own two feet.”

    “Those people deserve our help,” Clinton said before walking off the stage and heading to the airport to catch a flight.

  57. Wbboei, this past week Harry Reid urged Obama to file recess appointments because the Senate cannot pass his nominees. Think of that, the senate legislative leader is abdicating the legislature’s role and begging the executive to short circuit the advise and consent process. Craven Harry.


    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 26% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove which Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15. That matches the President’s ratings just before the State-of-the-Union Address. While Obama received a modest bounce in his ratings following the speech, today’s results suggest that the bounce is over

  59. Obama’s inflated sense of self likely springs from early experiences of abandonment. His biological father was non-existent. His mother dumped him with her folks. While in a cradle of affluence, he had little to no mirroring affirmation (primary caregivers that looked like him). What one is often left with from these earliest of age experiences is a sense of a core lack of value that is defended against by the aggrandizement. It’s off-putting, for sure, to be around.

  60. The SEIU are the foot soldiers of Obama. Thus, it his hardly surprising that he would appoint their associate general counsel and czar of all the Russias as they used to say to the National Labor Relations Board. I said the union is corrupt. I do not mean the rank and file. I assume they are honest and hardworking. If anything they are victims of their leadership–many work at or near minimum wage.

    Rather, my reference was to the SEIU leadership that Obama hangs with. They are cut from the exact same cloth as the Daley Machine and Illinois Combine operatives. We saw what they were capable of in the caucus states. We saw it again when Obama’s Deputy Chief of Staff Messina told them to go into St. Louis and hit the tea party people twice as hard which caused a brutal assault on an innocent conservative who happened to be black. And who could forget their attempt to ruin the business of Whole Foods because he had the audacity to raise questions about Obamacare.

    If you want further proof of their corruption consider the story from the Los Angeles Times. And keep in mind how close to Obama they are and why making Becker a member of the NLRB might not be such a good idea for the American People, even though it would handsomely reward these union cronies.

    (Excerpted from Culture of Corruption, “Chapter 7: SEIU – Look for the union label”)

    Andy Stern rallied the Illinois delegation to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in August 2008 with an impassioned salute to the working man Flanking Stern on stage at the Denver celebration: Chicago political machine kingpins Rahm Emanuel and Richard Daley. Stern roared about “rebalancing power between wealth and work” to “make sure everyone shares in the wealth of a growing economy.” Echoing Obama’s 2007 speech to the SEIU political action conference, union boss Stern condemned the old way of doing business and called on American to “turn the page” on behalf of hard-working Americans and their families.

    But just two weeks before Stern and company gathered in the Mile High City to celebrate Obaman’s coronation,, the Los Angeles Times published an explosive investigative series about the SEIU, Although the series got surprisingly little attention from national news organizations, L.A. Times reporters exposed how one of Stern’s top protégés “shared in the wealth” –— by siphoning off hundreds of thousands of dollars in dues money for his personal enrichment and pleasure. Moreover, the paper alleged, Stern helped cover up the scandal. No wonder they keep urging us to “turn the page.”

    The L.A. Times investigation zeroed in on Tyrone Freeman who, like Barack Obama, began his career as an urban community organizer. In Atlanta, Freeman quickly ascended the SEIU ladder. In 1994, Stern found him at a small Georgia chapter of the union, Local 1985, and brought him westward. Stern set his loyalist Freeman up as head of Local 6434, the sprawling home care workers’ chapter in southern California that represents an estimated 160,000 workers who make about $9 an hour caring for the elderly and disabled. Stern chose Freeman as part of his administration slate at the SEIU convention in 2008 and named him a national vice president in addition to the L.A. appointment. The move wasn’t an altruistic act of affirmative action. It was part of Stern’s grander plan to consolidate power by merging locals into statewide chapters. With bigger membership rolls came bigger coffers, and with bigger coffers came irresistible temptations.

    Freeman, the L.A. Times discovered, had piped $600,000 in union contracts to his wife’s video production and entertainment ventures. The local also paid his mother-in-law $8,000 a month to babysit his daughter and other union employees’ children; footed a $13,000 bill for membership at a Beverly Hills cigar club; covered $12,500 in tabs at upscale Morton’s restaurant in Burbank; and forked over $8,000 in union dues to cover expenses for Freeman’s Hawaiian wedding. Freeman’s spending orgy didn’t end there.

    Stern’s protégé created a non-profit training shop called the “Homecare Workers Training Center” –— ostensibly to provide educational opportunities for nurses. In practice, the non-profit served as a conduit to subsidize a childcare business operated by Freeman’s mother-in-law. “Her business had been receiving more than $90,000 annually for the past several years from the training center that Freeman founded as a separate nonprofit and chairs, according to IRS filings and interviews” by the L.A. Times. The funding from her son-in-law constituted more than 10 percent of the nonprofit’s total yearly expenditures. Freeman’s wife, Pilar, and brother-in-law, Hernando Planells Jr., are listed in state documents as officers in the mother-in-law’s business.” Freeman’s ransacking of Local 6434’s treasury didn’t end with nepotistic favoritism. The Times also reported:

    * A housing corporation that Freeman helped found as a nonprofit has not been granted the IRS tax-exempt status it sought and was suspended from doing business in California. It also has claimed on its website to have a “strong relationship” with the prominent California Community Foundation, which says it has no such relationship.
    * The union spent at least $123,000 more on the fund-raising tournament at the Four Seasons Resort in Carlsbad than it received in reimbursements, according to Labor Department filings and interviews. Freeman said the event made money for the charity. The union’s expenditures included $100,000 in payments to entities associated with former professional football star Eric Dickerson, which have been suspended from doing business in California. The payments were listed as donations to nonprofits, not as fund-raising expenses.

    * And a now-defunct minor league basketball team coached by Freemant’s brother-in-law received $16,000 for what the union described as public relations.

    Freeman’s local also paid nearly $106,000 to a company called “The Filming Inc.” –— for which the Times could find no state incorporation record or IRS nonprofit listing, no business license, and no legitimate address –— and another $106,000 to Hollywood talent agency William Morris for “advice and counsel” in such areas as media and “membership awareness.”
    Even more troubling, Freeman allegedly rigged his own election. In August 2008, the Labor Department began investigating charges from rank-and-file members that Freeman’s union local “made it nearly impossible for candidates not on his slate to qualify for the ballot, according to people familiar with the probe. The FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office also opened investigations. Former employees of Freeman’s nonprofit charity also alleged that the Stern protégé forced them to work on campaigns of political candidates in violation of federal law.

    Even more damning, a key union source told the Times that, contrary to the denials of union brass, SEIU’s top officials were warned of Freeman’s plundering six years before the paper blew the whistle:

    In response to the July [2008] inquiries, [union spokesman Steve] Trossman had issued a statement on behalf of Stern that said the union had received no allegations about Freeman’s local. Freeman denied any wrongdoing.

    The source, who said he was party to internal conversations about Freeman in 2002, told The Times last week: “The international knew that there were allegations of impropriety many years ago. This is not news to them.”

    On Aug. 20, 2008, just days before Stern would join Democrats in toasting Barack Obama at the party convention in Denver, Stern’s protégé Tyrone Freeman stepped aside as head of Local 6434 and the chapter was placed in a temporary trusteeship. Stern’s office in Washington, D.C. released the announcement. “These allegations are of serious concern to all of us and we support Mr. Freeman’s decision to put the best interests of the members first,” Stern spokeswoman Michelle Ringuette wrote in an e-mail to the Times. But even as he relinquished his position, Freeman was apparently engaging in the strong-arm tactics he learned from Stern. Ten employees told the Times that they suffered retaliation after refusing to sign a petition supporting him as the scandal exploded. “Freeman’s lieutenants” at Local 6434 essentially pressured other members to sign a “loyalty oath,” one union member disclosed.

    After dragging its feet and being forced to act to quell public embarrassment over the Times investigations, SEIU finally announced formal charges against Freeman “for engaging in self-dealing and financial malpractice in violation of SEIU’s Constitution and Local bylaws.” In November, Stern threw his underling under the bus. Freeman, whom Stern had groomed in his own image, was banned for life from the SEIU and ordered to provide $1.1 million in restitution to the union. A sanctimonious Stern issued a statement lamenting Freeman’s downfall: “Today’s decision sends a clear message across our Union…We are all accountable. Our members do some of the toughest jobs anywhere, and we will not tolerate any actions violating their trust or putting their interests at risk.”

    But rank-and-file members weren’t fooled or mollified. An insurgent group called S.M.A.R.T. –— SEIU Member Activists For Reform Today –— blasted the union leadership:

    Freeman didn’t come from nowhere. He was appointed by Andy Stern – for the third time…And there are many other locals where Stern has installed unaccountable appointees and, sometimes ignoring reports that they were out for personal gain…So Stern’s message to us is clear – he cares more about expanding control for himself and an ever shrinking inner circle than he does about building real power for working people, creating solid organizations, coming through on SEIU’s political pledges for the fall, or even the perception of our union and our movement as real, democratic, valuable and clean. He will only act when there is no other option, and he will never apologize.

    As for Freeman, he glided into a new life as a Los Angeles sports agent –— where he uses his criminal involvement in defrauding low-wage workers as a selling point. His shameless biography on the website of the SMWW Sports Agency touts his “tireless commitment to lead the struggle for livable wages, decent housing and health care for all.” Burnishing his scandal credentials, Freeman adds: “I believe my recent personal experience evolving from turmoil, can be a testimony shared in preparing any athlete for the trials and tribulations of being a star.

    Ruthless Andy Stern taught Tyrone Freeman and his southern California peers all too well. Rickman Jackson, another Stern administration protégé and former chief of staff to Tyrone Freeman, headed Michigan’s largest SEIU chapter before being “reassigned” for three years to a staff organizing job after the revelation of financial shenanigans tied back to L.A.’s Local 6434. While collecting a six-figure annual salary in Michigan, Jackson was drawing a second salary in California and accepted $33,500 in housing payments on a residence listed as the business address of Freeman’s bogus housing non-profit corporation.

    Another Stern administration protégé, Annelle Grajeda, rose to power after the SEIU president installed her as president of the 80,000-member Local 721 in Los Angeles. She ascended to positions on the union’s state council and international executive board. Like Freeman and Jackson, Grajeda had been voted onto Stern’s official administration slate at the SEIU convention in 2008. The Times published damning details of how Grajeda’s ex-boyfriend, SEIU official Alejandro Stephens, collected multiple salaries and consultant fees from the union while also pocketing a salary as a Los Angeles County health services employee. Grajeda had arranged for her ex-lover to get an eight-month leave of absence from the job. He was fired after he refused to return to work. Grajeda quit her California posts after catching public flak and found a new job –— as special assistant to SEIU secretary-treasurer Anna Burger in Washington, D.C.! Her former chapter heralded the move up. Grajeda will now oversee efforts to “partner with the Obama administration” to secure more public funds for SEIU projects. What could go wrong?

    Former SEIU 721 President Annelle Grajeda assumed her new role as special assistant to the International Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger for the Public Sector Mar. 9.

    According to a staff announcement from the International Union in Washington, D.C.: “With more than two decades of service, Annelle has played a critical role in winning strong contracts for tens of thousands of union members, preserving trauma centers in Los Angeles County, fighting for health care reform, defeating ballot initiatives in 2005 that challenged working families’ livelihoods and uniting more than 80,000 workers into SEIU 721 for greater strength and a stronger voice for public service providers. She brings this wealth of experience and talent to the national level in her new role.”

    …The International’s announcement went on to state “While there has been no finding of wrongdoing on Annelle’s part, she has decided to change the capacity in which she serves the Union in order to take on the challenge of developing quality public services at a time when funding is threatened like never before.”
    In her new role, Annelle will expand SEIU’s work in the public sector partnering with the Obama Administration to secure more funds for key infrastructure projects and core public services including care for the elderly, health care, education and social services.

    Tyrone Freeman, Rickman Jackson, and Annelle Grajeda were all groomed by Stern and personally appointed by him to the posts they exploited. But there’s no “three-strikes” policy in labor management. Like Obama, Stern has managed to pass the buck while pretending it stopped at his desk. Birds of a feather evade accountability together.
    The L.A. SEIU debacles were just one stinking layer of Stern’s rotten onion. Corruption isn’t an anomaly at the SEIU. It’s a contagion. Cronyism isn’t the exception. It’s the rule…

  61. We now know that the new jobs numbers are being cooked by Obama, as the food stamps roll has gotten larger.
    Las Vegas is in trouble because no one has any money to gamble because no one has jobs. Businesses are closing one after the other and soon there will be whole malls closing.
    Yesterday they are now saying there will be no NFL football games in 2011 because of the player’s union. They are asking for too much money and many teams are in the red.
    Lets see if I can sum this up, there is no more entertainment money to be spent as restaurants, gambling resorts, and now football will be closing due to the economy that has produced NO jobs. At this rate America will look like Afganistan by the end of 2016′ if this guy manages 2 terms.
    Many are predicting a complete bust by the end of the year. You can bet it might happen if the likes of Taylor Marsh is predicting it.

  62. Wbboei, What do you think of the Toyota deal, some think its a set up to help govt. motors take back its market share, other believe its a way to help the car makers union repair the damage they’ve recieved by plant closings. Have you any ideas?? Japan is in a tizzy over this. Correct me if I am wrong the Chinese and the Japanese are not good friends??

  63. The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 26% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove which Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15. That matches the President’s ratings just before the State-of-the-Union Address. While Obama received a modest bounce in his ratings following the speech, today’s results suggest that the bounce is over
    Excellent. All the blather about how he’s back–he is back all right–back down where he was before. Turns of the grandiose speech heard round the world that broke a drinking glass faster than Ella was is and will forever be JUST WORDS. Oh, maybe a lie or two or ten, and a few promises which will never be kept but just words. Why bore him with questions about governing which he cannot answer. Stick to the important things like who will win the superbowl, march madness stuff like that and he will be fine. And for godsake give Telebama a day off away from him.

    Connie the latest forensic evidence suggests that Obama is of Vulcan dissent–a malignant Dr. Spock as they say. No wonder he spent 1.7 million on attorney fees to cover that one up. That would also explain why he is so cool and detached.

  64. Wbboei, What do you think of the Toyota deal, some think its a set up to help govt. motors take back its market share, other believe its a way to help the car makers union repair the damage they’ve recieved by plant closings. Have you any ideas?? Japan is in a tizzy over this. Correct me if I am wrong the Chinese and the Japanese are not good friends??
    Not since the rape of Nanking.

  65. How is it they could not even get their nominees past the senate and the house, they have the majority in both. This administration is a rudderless ship.
    No leadership, and spineless.

    Obama doesn’t even believe he deserves the job otherwise he would be doing it.

  66. wbboei, there is some interesting talk about how this recall came about and how this is hurting the Japanese. I wonder if China is somehow going to benefit from the tearing down of Toyota?

  67. This oil deal with Brazil just really irritates the crap out of me. Their are out of work oil field people really hurting in the U.S. I just happened to be the wife of an oil field worker that lived thru Carter and Raygun and I know how it feels to do lines, you know, the unemployment line, the food stamp line, the Wic line, the cheese line and the salvation army line. BTW, the Salvation Army is the only organized charity I give to because when there was 25% unemployment in our little town the Salvation army gave each family two sacks of groceries during the beginning of it. I have never forgot getting those two sacks of groceries.

  68. Los Angeles Democrat, you are correct in your summation of Obama’s psychological makeup. Your analysis leads to a further point – Obama learned to back slap and flim flam his way through life as a reaction to his lack of self-worth.

  69. Case in point, admin:
    Washington (CNN) — President Obama on Saturday defended his party’s efforts to shore up America’s battered economy and exhorted his fellow Democrats to stay steady and focused in the face of grass-roots restlessness.

    Obama loved grass-roots ‘restlessness’ in 2008 (campaign). Now? Not so much.

  70. wbboei, HB has a great article posted about Toyota,recall, SEIU bullying, Japan and Obama. Its a good read if you have time. Something is really fishy about this deal. BTW, this is also screwing Ford because most of their parts are made by Toyota. Some Ford cars are being recalled. Ford as you know are not part of Govt. Motors. It sure seems that the Chicago mob has gone worldwide,if you don’t play it their way your company is down the tubes. This could be the reason the companies in America are a little scared.

  71. Ani–a few days ago you asked me for the source of the information that Hillary was the moving party in quashing the no bid contract for the Obama supporter and opening it up to an open competitive process. At that time, I provided a Newsmax article which established among other things: i) that the no bid contract was inconsistent with (Obama’s) campaign rhetoric, ii) that said contact would be cancelled, iii) that an open bidding process would be conducted for the deliverable in question, and iv) the party who announced that decision was Assistant Secretary of State Crowley, who routinely speaks for Hillary and did so in this case.

    That is sufficient to prove that Hillary was the one who took action to correct the situation which was inherited from Bush. Nevertheless, it was previously approved by people in the Obama administration. Whether that approval was simply pro forma or a quid pro quo has not been established. However, there is the fact that the beneficiary of the no bid contact was a heavy contributor to Obama–just as Kevin Johnson was. The evidence of a quid pro quo is not conclusive. But if he loses the contract in a competitive bid, then that is more evidence of a quid pro quo, assuming knowledge by Obama and/or senior officials can be established.

    I agreed to follow up with my friend and see what if anything she could add to the analysis. She told me it is more proof that Hillary is a world class leader. When a problem arises, Hillary steps forward into the spotlight, finds out the facts, acknowledges responsibility and takes effective corrective action. She even endured harsh unjustified criticism from Senator Collins who knew or should have known why the passport was not revoked. We witnessed the same leadership aptitude on from her on the Detroit bomber situation. This is one of her great fortes–crisis management and grace under pressure.

    By contrast, this is not the reaction of Obama himself or most people in his administration. If you put it in the terms of Lionel Tyger–she favors fight, Obama favors flight. This is evident in the stay on the golf course and party til you drop attitude we saw from Barry when the Detroit bomber was finally captured and a collosal breach of security was uncovered. And of course you had Neopolitano’s cryptic post mortem: the system worked–part of the overall effort by Obama to play the whole thing down, like he played Fort Hood down, like he plays the threat of open borders down. He is the negation of leadership and the opposite of what Hillary is. And our beloved Barry is so thin skinned that he cannot endure criticism.

    I am sorry I cannot give you more than this to work with, but that is all I have.

    Nobama: I also asked her your question which was whether Hillary took this action on her own or in reaction to the story, or the competitors or what. She pointed out that Hillary has been travelling all over the world and working 24-7 to protect this nation. When you have Yemen, North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, China etc. all on the front burner it is impossible to be proactive on contracting details. The point is when she discovered the problem, she took immediate corrective action, notwithstanding the contracting party’s financial support for Obama. Leadership always aims to prevent problems but when one or two of them get by then it finds quick efficient solutions. It avoids such rhetoric as I can govern this nation from the back of a golf cart, or the system worked. And it does not say mission accomplished until the mission is accomplished.

  72. These administration and cnn bastards alway reach for the Frank Luntz dictionary of political speak and find the most innocuous word to describe the counter revolution to Obama. Once upon a time, they said it was racism. Then they said it was thuggery. And now it is grass roots restlessness. Fuck them and the rest of the propagandists. What it is is a profound lack of trust.

  73. I did not mean innocuous. Initially, cnn tried to entrap the tea party people and to impute bad motives to them. Now that that did not work, they try to diminish the seriousness of their purpose which is to protect this nation from the predations of the radical left and a president who is so far over his head that sonar could not find him.

  74. Admin. Who do you see who could challenge Schumer?

    For those who advocate for Sara Palin to lead the tea Party movement, I couldn’t disagree more. The movement will simply become a Republican movement and will lose independents and democrats. It will no longer be an independent centrist movement…..perhaps the core of it never was.

    Be careful what you wish for. I do not believe that the antidote to Obummer is a conservative Republican. I was listening to a prominent conservative on Lou Dobbs….who more and more I find I can’t listen to….say that Social security was underfunded and my baby boomer generation is such a drag on it etc. NOT TRUE. My generation contributed a surplus to social security….which had it been conserved and invested to cover our projected retirement costs would have left us well covered. GWB blew up much of that surplus over Iraq. The republicans never wanted social securrity or medicare.

    Yes I know that we need to destroy the Obama dimocrats to rebuild the party, but I just don’t think that some of the ways mentioned are palatable.

    I know some of you vehemently disagree so we will just have to agree to disagree. I am looking for better representation….not worse.

  75. wbboei
    February 6th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    wbboei — thanks so much for your detailed response and for the info about the no bid contract situation.

  76. wbboei
    February 6th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Yes, but have you noticed that The New Yorker, Newsweek and a lot of other hoity toity publications have articles out now about “The Tea Party Movement” — these articles are a damned sight more respectful than Anderson Cooper, Chuck Schumer, David Schuster and Olbermann (and the Pres.) with their endless “teabagger” comments. Isn’t it interesting that at the beginning of these protests, you had Pelosi and Hoyer intimating these people were Nazis and protesters were being ridiculed in the news and their numbers misrepresented and minimized (much the way Hillary supporters were in ’08). Clearly, that is not working as VA, NJ and MA shock waves have evidenced.

    Suddenly, they are being referred to a little more respectfully. Of course, they will still continue to be misrepresented but the insults are a leeeeeeetle less. What is unfortunate is that the tea party movement is being co-opted by Republicans when there are or were people from all parties involved.

    At any rate, no matter what the media says – their attention to the situation proves they know the prevailing b.s. isn’t working. So let them call it “grass roots restlessness.” Whatever that means.

  77. wbboei
    February 6th, 2010 at 1:48 pm
    I found this article to be very interesting. The FObama administration mirrors the behavior of corrupt unions.

  78. wbboei
    February 6th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    The comments that your friend and you made about Hillary are valid. She does display leadership qualities while our actual “leader” is the consummate marionette who requires his puppet master to make any decision.

  79. Carol, Sarah Palin fought the entrenched Republicans in Alaska. I met a man from Alaska that was there under the Palin administration. He a retired Vietnam vet of the Marine Corp. He said Palin was the best thing that ever happened to Alaska as the republicans kept giving themselves raises when the convened and then went out on the town to get drunk and whore around. When she took office she kicked their butts. She gave the Alaskans a dividend for the oil which was drilled in Alaska. This man told me this is the kind of leader we need in America, one that is uncorrupt and uncorruptible. One that her own son is a soldier, not one of the silver spooned republicans that got their sons out of Vietnam.
    I think she will do a good job, but the media will go crazy because she is a true REFORMER and she scared the crap out of both parties.

  80. Carol, I do think you have a valid point about social security. Its been a thorn in the side of republicans since its inception. I was reading today that if American doesn’t get people back to work and cut the entitlements way, way back, it is going to fall. So I ask you what better way to get rid of these things and the democrats for good by getting us to the point where we cannot afford to pay them anymore. Some could say that it is a conspiracy.

  81. The boys over at Hillbuzz are announcing that Sarah will announce her candidacy for President one year from today on Ronnie Raygun b-day. I hope so, especially if Hillary doesn’t run, but especially if she does, cause Hillary can beat Palin.

  82. wbboei, Look at this truck, doesn’t it look like a chevy truck?? Its Chinese.

    h t t p : / / w w w .

  83. wbboei, the guy in Obama’s administration that made that comment about the Toyotas was LaHood. If I remember right he is a bad fellow.

  84. This Toyota recall and now the company’s suspencion of sales on 8 of its models will surely help the American car sales. Especially after Ray Lahood told reporters that everyone who bought a Toyota ought to take them back to the dealer. Now who do you think that would help. hmmm, hmmmm.

    … ←→ REPORT: Billionaire investor Soros buys $53M in Ford stock, sends it soaring
    by Jonny Lieberman (RSS feed) on Nov 18th 2009 at 5:29PM

    About a year ago, when Ford’s stock dropped to just above $1 per share, we had a total Ralph Kramden-style get rich quick epiphany. Take all our money and buy Ford stock. Why? Having driven Ford’s new, excellent products (like, say, the 2010 Ford Fusion), we knew that barring some weird disaster, that its stock could only, would only rise. Talk about easy money – we’d just sit back and get rich(ish). Trouble was A) we didn’t have very much money B) we… forgot to buy any Ford stock.

    Now, billionaire with a B investor and philanthropist George Soros has lots of money. Tons, quite literally. So much, in fact, that his holding group bought 7.3 million shares of Ford stock yesterday. All in, those shares are valued at about $53 million. Because of Mr. Soros’ confidence in Ford, the price of the company’s stock shot up briefly over $9.00, before ending the day valued at $8.98 a share. All in all, it’s up 3.1% since Soros said “go.” Imagine if we would have sunk $1,000 or so into Ford back when the share price was $1.26 last November. Nearly $8,000 smackeroos of cold, hard, profit!

  85. admin, here is a song that reminds of how Obama helps his friends (soros, SEIU, etc.)

    h t t p : / / w w w

  86. wbboei, the guy in Obama’s administration that made that comment about the Toyotas was LaHood. If I remember right he is a bad fellow.
    My operating assumption is that he is part of the Republican part of the Illinois Combine. That assumption is based in part on how quickly he was invited to join this Administration, how quickly he accepted and the fact that he is from Illinois.

    He was a featured guest at a Sun Valley fundraiser I chaired for the Republican Party years ago. One of the jobs of chairman is to act as moderator and introduce the guests. The other is to keep an eye out for the humorless Earth First eco terrorists. I was did some preliminary research on La Hood (Almanac of American Politics. I had a pithy little 2 minute introduction all prepared and the ungrateful bastard never showed up. However other alleged luminaries did.

    At this point I have no recollection of what I planned to say about La Hood, but at those kind of events what you say by way of introduction is mostly bullshit anyway. Sometimes you need hip boots just to wade through it.

  87. February 7, 2010

    Clinton brokers deal over Haiti orphan abductions

    A DIPLOMATIC deal over the 10 American missionaries jailed in Haiti on child abduction charges may lead to the release this week of all except the group’s leader, Laura Silsby, according to legal sources in Port-au-Prince.

    The intervention of Bill Clinton, the former president, who is co-ordinating relief efforts in Haiti, may accelerate the resolution of an affair that has embarrassed the US government, dismayed relief agencies and angered many Haitians who believe their plight is being exploited by unscrupulous foreigners.

    During a visit to Port-au-Prince on Friday, Clinton said the Haitian government was “not looking for some big fight. They just want to protect their children … I think they’ll find a way to defuse the crisis”.


  88. Carol: there is alot of wisdom in what you say–that the tea parties must maintain their independence. There is some risk that if Sarah becomes their defacto leader then it will tilt them toward the Republicans and be swallowed up. But there are democrats and there are dimocrarts just as there are republicans and there are ripublicans. The ones Sarah is associated with are traditional republicans. Unless you belonged to that party during the bush years it would be impossible to appreciate the angst that so many of us felt–the feeling that our party had been hijacked and the feeling that even though we were conservatives we had more in common with the left to moderate democrats than we did with our own party. These admissions do not come easy but they are true. I cannot listen to Bill Kristol today without remembering his Project for a New American Century which is the basis for neocon doctrine. What I am thinking about Sarah is she is a traditional republican and that is a damsite better than a ripublican or a dimocrat. The only thing better is a true democrat like Hillary. The tea parties need to mature and she can be helpful. So can the advice of Horowitz on the art of political warfare. No one is more qualified to speak to that issue than he is. They cannot succeed over the long term without an identifiable leader. I think that may be Sarah’s niche. The professor I refer to here often says that in the future political affiliation is becoming less important than adherence to basic American values. That trend also favors Hillary.

  89. Admin, when you refer to back slapping and flim-flamming as the logical extension, I would agree, in the sense that his strategy of defending against a core devaluation then metastases into these behaviors. When Obama recently reflected about his willingness to be a better 1-term President, than a mediocre 2-termer, his self-referential problem again becomes apparent. While America is thinking about jobs, or environmental concerns, or other real life things, Obama is musing about himself.

  90. The other thing that the professor said is the future will favor those with solutions over those with just words. I think at this point the electorate–specifically the independents have learned that lesson. What I am less sanguine about is how we survive until 2012 with a fool named Obama at the helm.

  91. Posted by haystack (Profile)
    Saturday, February 6th at 5:14PM EST

    The moment in history from which our so-called “Tea Party” movement of today takes its name was a singular event; refusing to pay Parliament’s levy on tea (because doing so would be to acknowledge Britain’s authority to tax the Colonies) was the Colonists’ way of standing up against the tyranny of a King and his Parliament. It was a symbolic gesture on the part of a “handful” of people to lay claim to “control” over their own lives and destiny, and not allow a few men on the other side of the Atlantic to determine if for them. The “standing up” part is where the parallels with our modern-day Tea Party(s) can be drawn, and where the similarities end.

    Today’s movement, be it of the Express variety or the Patriot one, more reflects a rejection of the Government by which we are already represented and for which our disdain has reached a point of no return. The Tea Party of today symbolizes the complete lack of trust many Americans now have in their Government and its leaders, and the collective unwillingness of its membership to sit quietly by about it any longer. This is not a Democrat or Republican truth, it is an American one, and for the moment at least, the Tea Party’s purity of intention remains intact.

    This Tea Party “movement” has garnered a great deal of attention from Politicians and Media alike, and this serves its organizers and “Party” membership well-they are doing their jobs admirably. You know you’re making an impact when you are ridiculed and marginalized; especially so when aspirants and has-beens, alike, want to sit on your shoulders and lay claim to your message. And as much as I, personally, more closely align myself with the Patriot flavor of Tea, I am troubled by where the movement now finds itself in contrast with where it appeared to be headed not so many months ago.

    More and more, the Tea Party movement is becoming a rallying cry for a third party in the political landscape or is being looked at as the blunt-force trauma instrument to be used as a tool for punishing (replacing) the Republican party (rather than punishing the failed leadership of ALL of our elected officials in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike). Conservatives are increasingly associating themselves with it as a response to feeling abandoned by the GOP through its sponsorship and support of increasing numbers of “moderates” or “Progressive Republicans”, or – gasp – RINOs. Folks that feel betrayed by having only Obama or McCain to choose from in ‘08, and feeling the need for a shower after having pulled the lever for McCain, see the Tea Party(s) as the path to follow in order to abandon their own significance, meaning, and impact with our Political Heroes in Washington… and feel good about it.

    I suggest that hiding within and behind a movement that represents everything you believe in, while ensuring even less say in how you are governed (as the smallest of what would be three), will give you everything you asked for and none of what you wanted.

    An article in the Washington Post unwittingly brings this conundrum to light:

    “The tea party movement has grown out of a sense of frustration about government here in Washington,” senior adviser David Axelrod said Friday in an interview that will air Sunday on C-SPAN. “It’s not isolated to Democrats or Republicans. . . . There is a sense that this town is consumed by politics, that people are consumed by their own ambitions and that we’re not dealing with the real problems.”

    It should be lost on no one that Axelrod is a Democrat. To his credit, Axelrod recognizes the growing dissatisfaction Americans have with how their Government is managing itself…and the lives of those they are paid (by us) to serve. What Axelrod also sees is an opportunity to keep the Democrats in power while promising to address the issues and complaints of the Tea Party…legitimizing them while marginalizing them…and keeping the Democrats’ hold on power as they pat the Tea Partiers on the head.

    The bad news here is that the Democrats, and the Republicans hoping to co-opt the growing relevance of the Tea Party movement, are seeking to hold (or acquire) power – ostensibly – through it, and the Tea Party movements are becoming unwitting accomplices so long as they direct their energies toward displacing someone else’s power with their own rather than focusing on un-doing the things that got the country where it is today in the first place.

    Washington is all about power…who has it and who wants it. The strength of the Tea Party has been its ability to communicate their dissatisfaction with Government. When they become another party in a long line of parties, they become part of the problem, not part of the solution. The ideal next step for the Tea Party movement is for them to grow their ranks…not only with more Republicans, Conservatives, and Independents…but with Democrats as well. Whether the strength of their convictions lies in taking back control of their country, or in assuming power over it, remains to be seen.

    Should the “Tea Party” movement ever become another Political party fighting over scraps and crumbs from the table of power they will eventually become just another part of the problem…and they will have destroyed the last vestiges of what the “idea” of the Tea Party was at its origins.

  92. Yes, but have you noticed that The New Yorker, Newsweek and a lot of other hoity toity publications have articles out now about “The Tea Party Movement” — these articles are a damned sight more respectful than Anderson Cooper, Chuck Schumer, David Schuster and Olbermann (and the Pres.) with their endless “teabagger” comments. Isn’t it interesting that at the beginning of these protests, you had Pelosi and Hoyer intimating these people were Nazis and protesters were being ridiculed in the news and their numbers misrepresented and minimized (much the way Hillary supporters were in ‘08). Clearly, that is not working as VA, NJ and MA shock waves have evidenced.
    That is true Ani.

  93. Obama on Saturday sought to assure despondent Democrats he would not abandon his commitment to overhauling health care and would work to counter GOP challenges to their congressional dominance.

    At its winter meeting, a defiant Democratic Party worked to project a message of strength even as loyalists acknowledged the prospect of several defeats in November
    More horshit proulgated by the discredited AP who are so lazy that all they do anymore is print White House press releases as if they were their own.

  94. I listened to Joe the Plumber and Sarah at the Tea Party convention. Joe clearly says this movement is not a republican movement, its a movement that is sizing the candidate to see if they will back this person. He said he personally has decided to support 3 or repubs, a few independents and 1 democrat. I thought wow, one democrat, that’s how much they don’t like the democrats.

    WHen Sarah spoke the crowd broke out in “Run Sarah, Run”. She also said she was sorry if the media was that was there disrupted the convention in any way. She also said she would not except any money for this speech. SHe was totally awesome, and repeated that the movement was a populas movement of people who are mad at both parties.

    Geraldo states its his feeling is that the Tea Party movement was/is Sarah’s movement. There seems to be a theory that she is leading the movement to be an independent movement away from both parties. The republicans are hoping to cash in on the movement.

  95. wbboei
    February 6th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    I said the exact same thing Ani to my husband..fist they ignored us, then they laughed…now they fear

    nice synopsis confloyd

  96. Today’s movement, be it of the Express variety or the Patriot one, more reflects a rejection of the Government by which we are already represented and for which our disdain has reached a point of no return…
    This is not a Democrat or Republican truth, it is an American one,

    I have always been partial to calling a third party, The American Party and I do think that is what the Tea Party is…

  97. The ideal next step for the Tea Party movement is for them to grow their ranks…not only with more Republicans, Conservatives, and Independents…but with Democrats as well.
    We are in the Tea party movement…they just don’t seem to want to recognize it. Then again, I, after 39 years of being a Dem, am now Indie…but that only happened in 2008 and I know many like me in the movement.

  98. To add to my above post Geraldo interviewed Huckabee who was in Israel what he thought of Sarah, he said that she should not go it as an Independent party because it would take time and about 2 billion dollars. I think the Republicans are calling their prayer wheels to ask for prayers that Sarah will run with their logo.

    I think she is playing them smart, she knows just how many people like her and how the people of this country are sick of both parties.

    I think Huckabee is wrong, it just the right time. He also tried to say he thought an independent Sarah could get at this point in time 30% of the vote. Perot got 20% and could have gotten more had he not quit just when he was getting know. Some say he daughter was threaten, well we know that can happen in politics.

  99. Gonzotex, By the time that it comes around to 2012′ the unemployment rolls will grow, unrest will be increased, the republicans will take back the house and possibly the senate and yet there will be nothing done on the fronts that the American people are interested in. The middle class will be hit and hit hard. I think it will be a perfect time for an independent candidate like Sarah who has a proven record of getting things done.

  100. I think Huckabee siad the 30% would actually be more like 15% in factored against both the Repub and Dems. I thought either he was jealous or as above, they don’t want to lose her as their own.

  101. A Bipartisan Super Bowl Sunday at the White House?

    The president this weekend will host his annual bipartisan Super Bowl party at the White House to watch the Indianapolis Colts play the New Orleans Saints. This year however, only one lone Republican member of Congress will be attending.

    In a list of Democratic members of Congress on the RSVP list, Rep.Joseph Cao, R-La., is the only Republican. Cao was the only House Republican to vote for health care reform.

    Thank god, Hillary isn’t on the list. . . .

  102. Gonzotex, I agree, Hillary never seems to be on his party list, have you noticed?? She is just on his list to work. I guess there needs to be one member of the administration that actually works.

    What do you think of Kay Bay Hutchison here in Texas?? I just can’t do Rick Perry, I am not for the trans texas highway that gives foreigners the business of toll roads on it. There is GWB deficit here. There is no way I am voting for the Palestinian.

  103. In a list of Democratic members of Congress on the RSVP list, Rep.Joseph Cao, R-La., is the only Republican. Cao was the only House Republican to vote for health care reform.
    What can we say about Mr. Cao?

    After the $300 million dollar Louisiana Purchase (painful yes, but the Checkers speech she delivered the other day that she would nevah evah betray her constituents–listening to that diatribe was cruel and unusual punishment),

    After the Cornhusker Billion Dollar Bribe (delivered brilliantly by Bunko Ben Nelson, who like Hail Mary Landieu would nevah evah sell out his constituents),

    Good old Joe Cao looks like a rube who sold out cheap. Of course he was only thinking of his constituents. But an invite to the White House to watch the Superbowl Game? That is all he got? He is a fool.

    He will be an even bigger fool if he accepts.

  104. confloyd:

    I’d vote for her over Palin… lol I know that’s poison in many pro-hillary/anti-BO circles, but Palin just doesn’t do it for me.

    I’m somewhat upset that the Tea Party movement became a conservative/Palin movement… I new many folks incl. moderate dems that wnated to be involved, but Fox News et al swoopped right in. (Foxnews is my pivot channel)I was hoping it be more of the “throw the bums out” movement and not only a conservative movement. :0(

  105. admin: Please post. This will make you sick how Tennesee/JPMorgan/stimulas money are robbing jobs from americans and outsourcing them to India. This is a travesty. This should go viral.

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  106. Up to this point, the Tea Party groups have felt they did not need or want a single leader. The idea was they would be harder for big media and others to shoot at. I took issue with that idea above, because I believe in unified command. But I could be wrong. Some of the key battles of the Revolutionary War were fought by irregular troops, and there was none better than frontiersman Dan Morgan. In the battle of cowpens in south carolina he kicked the crap out of the rutheless arrogant Tarleton who shared those characteristics with Obama. That battle proved decisive in the war.

  107. Indypuma, I voted for McCain/Palin, I could not bring myself to vote for the fraud and still cant. I did not however like McCain. I wanted to vote for Sarah and unfortunately McCain came along with him.
    Hillary will always have my vote first, but I like Sarah and would be a lot happier it the Tea Party turns into an independent party. The republicans don’t deserve to be in power anymore than the Chicago crime family. If it turns out that Hillary runs as the democratic nominee she will have my vote, my contributions, and my support but if not Sarah will get mine. I haven’t seen a man yet that is interesting as long as Hillary and Sarah are on the horizon.

  108. Indypuma, I think the idea of the tea party first started on a puma site if I am not mistaken. Its bad that the republicans want to take it over and it has been infiltrated by the republicans to take it over, I believe to snuff it out. It already is having trouble keeping it together because of the right wingers who are trying to derail it. I don’t think Sarah is trying to do that. SHe is mad at the republicans, but she is a conservative. Her record in Alaska helping the people and making sure they get a fair shake is really good. She is also for the working man which most republicans aren’t.

  109. From Hillbuzz, a compelling case for why Evan Bayh MUST GO. I am rold he has been guaranteed a job on K Street if that happens–just like his father. The new rumblings are that Dan Coates may run against him.
    The ramifications of what the 60 Democrats in the Senate did the week before Christmas are still being felt…and understood by us.

    We have told you that the behavior of the DNC’s Rules & Bylaws Committee on May 31st, 2008 was the permanent break we experienced with our loyalty to the Democrat Party. We have never looked at the DNC the same way again, and will never be blindly loyal to Democrats so long as we live. What they did at that meeting was so reprehensible and misguided that the DNC lost us for keeps.

    All 60 Democrats in the Senate committed an error on that same magnitude on Christmas Eve 2008, when they voted on a Healthcare Rationing bill few of them read, and none of them fully understood. The week before Christmas, the hubris on display from these people was sickening. They worked in the dead of night, against the public will, on a piece of legislation written so poorly, with such contempt for the American people, in such a sloppy and amateur way, it might as well have been Michelle Obama’s Princeton thesis.


    It’s hard for us to ever turn against someone we like. Politics tends to get really personal with us. People who show us respect, and who work hard for people we support, tend to earn our respect and loyalty in return. We don’t turn on a dime, and we don’t abandon people we care about.

    We cared about Evan Bayh. Very much. We really, really liked the man.

    Until Christmas Eve.

    Just as the Rules & Bylaws Committee Meeting in May of 2008 made us reevaluate the DNC permanently, Bayh’s behavior on Christmas Eve made us realize that there currently is no such thing as a moderate Democrat in the Senate. If there was such an animal, a moderate Democrat would never have voted YES on that Rationing bill. A moderate would have never supported a bill that partisan, that poorly written, which had to be forced through committees and voting procedures in the dead of night the week before a holiday because it was so detested by the American people. A moderate Democrat would have put the brakes on that madness.

    No Democrat stood up against Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and the current president.

    Hence, there are no moderate Democrats in the Senate anymore.

    They are all Leftists.

    We do not support Leftists.

    We only support moderate Democrats, Independents, and good Republicans. We will never support far-right religious zealots, and we won’t support far-left socialist hacks.

    Evan Bayh, we hate to say, proved himself to be a far-left socialist hack on Christmas Eve.

    And the people of Indiana should boot him from office because of that. All this time, he’s been lying to voters, assuring them that he’d be a voice of reason in Washington, a moderate in the thick of Liberal ranks who would stand tall and firm whenever the Democrats stampeded towards something crazy and un-American. Well, Bayh had his chance Christmas Eve. He did not stand up to his party. He did not sound the voice of reason. He voted as a partisan hack with no regard for what his constituents wanted.

    He deserves to be retired.

    No matter how nice he was to us at a cocktail party. No matter how kind he always was to us at political rallies. No matter how hard he worked for Hillary Clinton in 2008.

    Bayh, it seems, lost our support permanently on Christmas Eve 2008…and we’re approaching the point, very quickly, where we’ll be comfortable enough with this reality to hit the ground in Indiana and tell everyone we can that we’re former Bayh supporters who would have done anything for this man, who now want him removed from office because of his behavior on Christmas Eve.

    We guarantee you that if Bayh and others like him are taken out of “safe” Democrat seats, there will be a major coup at the DNC that could very well result in Dr. Utopia himself being taken off the ballot for 2012. Democrats are feckless and self-serving. The Liberal coup that took over the party in 2008 has only the staying power inherent in major donors sticking with them. If the big Democrat donors see Bayh and his peers fall, hard, in 2010, the people funding the DNC will know their ship has hit one massive, Liberal iceberg. They will throw those Liberal loons overboard, lickety-split. Starting with the captain of the current ship, Dr. Utopia himself.

    Bayh is in real trouble, folks.

    And with him, the entire DNC and the White House too.

  110. Connfloyd: I lived for nearly four decades in Alaska, only recently moving out of state. Having watched Sarah for years I have a somewhat mixed view of her. She was/is tough as nails and did confront her own party. She exposed the head of the republican party early on for using state computers to do party business. When she won the govenorship the feds were also looking into corruption in the republican party as well as a company (Vico)that did much work for the oil companies. You might want to look up the corrupt bastards club to get an idea of the things that were going on in Alaska’s government for many years. Sarah was able to work with the Democrats (before they turned on her and aided the Obama thugs) and pass higher taxes on the oil companies and get things rolling for a gas line. She absolutely stood up to big oil and the republicans. She worked across the isle with the dems on many things. She passed a one time $1200 dividend for Alaskans to help with the high cost of gas and oil at the time. This is not to be confused with the permanent fund dividend that Alaskans have been getting yearly for over 20 years. For all these things and more I have a great deal of respect for Sarah. She is real. I have spent a great deal of time defending her to the West Coasters I now live around. I must say though, having Sarah on the top of a presidential ticket would give me pause. After 8 years of Bush and now the totally incompetant fraud Obama I want someone who can articulate and execute their duties as president from experience. While I trust Sarah to care for and be honest to the people and country she still has a big learning curve to master. I have been hoping to hear her get into more detail when she talks on Fox etc. I know she can learn – she clearly showed that in her dealings in Alaska. At this point, I want experience and hopefully honesty in the next president. I want Hillary. If it were between Sarah and Hillary there would be no contest in my mind. Hopefully Sarah will use her new celebrity to learn and encourage others. She has plenty of time to run for president.

    On another note, I just want to thank Admin and all the wonderful posters for keeping me sane all these many many months. Through reading here I have learned so much and realize I am not alone in my views.

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