Evan Bayh Slaps Barack Obama

Evan Bayh of Illinois waited until the Presidents Day holiday to slap Barack Obama in the face. Bayh it seems does not think Obama introduced the golden age of Hope and Change to Washington so Bayh waited until Presidents Day to say so. Indonesia too waited until Presidents Day to slap Obama in the face and finally yanked the statue of baby Hope and Change from Menteng Park.

Whatever happened to the celestial choirs and Hope and Change and the oceans receding? It was always chump change. The Hope and Change dupes with their paper bag covered, “Thunder Bird” size Hopium bottles, guzzled deep draughts – but Hopium kills. Obama is Poison:

“In fact, the current coatless Oval Office guy did the same thing, promising change to believe in, even though a) he was employed there, and b) the real change he believed in was that he become the ringmaster of the very same civic circus. [snip]

Now comes word that later this week the Change Agent will travel to Las Vegas, the city he loves to denounce for its spending excesses, for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser. There, according to the all-knowing columnist Jon Ralston, tickets only cost $30,000 per person.

As Palin, quoting a popular rebel bumper sticker, put it so sarcastically to the recent National Tea Party Convention, ‘How’s that hopey-changey thing working out for ya?'”

While the eventually to be melted Baby Hope and Change statue is probably what Obama mourns the most, an obvious danger to Obama comes from Evan Bayh. Obama Hopium guzzlers and his campaign thugs are well aware of the dangers someone like Evan Bayh (“I am an executive at heart”) poses. Usually “red” Indiana, with its 11 electoral votes is a neighbor state to Iowa, just like Illinois. Whatever shenanigans and advantages of geography Obama leveraged in 2008 to win the Iowa caucuses, Evan Bayh has the potential to leverage those shenanigans and geographic advantages as well, from Indiana. Indiana is also a neighbor state to Ohio which along with Pennsylvania will be in play in 2012. Evan Bayh has also proved to be a prolific fundraiser. Before Bayh left the 2008 presidential race Bayh raised plenty of cash. Bayh’s Wellpoint lobbyist wife has plenty of access to big donors too.

This is not to say that Evan Bayh will be the one to take down Obama. Evan Bayh however is the first to get into position – others especially from the left will soon see the same Obama weakness that Bayh sees. Obama will be chewed to pieces from many directions. After November 2010 Obama will have to get out of the 2012 race or face years of Republican investigations he cannot withstand. As Obama weakness becomes obvious to all, the challengers from the left, right, and middle will proliferate. Evan Bayh is merely the first.

Evan Bayh is also well aware that in 2010 no elected official is safe, especially anyone in any way associated with Poison Obama. In a recent poll “Just 8 percent of Americans want the members of Congress re-elected” and Bayh with $13 million in his reelection fund probably saw reelection as a risky investment that held the potential to break his “never lost an election” reputation.

No way was Bayh going to run for reelection and have to defend Obama and Reid and Pelosi policies which have exploded the national debt and promised trillion dollar deficits for every year.

The signs of Bayh’s discontent with the direction of the economy and with Washington can be seen in his votes over the past year or so, starting with the budget last year — he was one of only two Dems to vote AGAINST it. In fact, according to a Washington Post analysis of Senate Democrats’ voting records late last year, Bayh was the most conservative Democrat, edging out a more high-profile conservative, Sen. Ben Nelson, D-NE. Bayh voted with his fellow Democrats, according to the survey, just 72 percent of the time.

Earlier this year, Bayh voted against his party when Reid tried to bring up a 10-year, $245 billion so-called “doc fix” — which was designed to stop massive cuts in federal reimbursements paid to Medicare docs. He told me it was solely because the measure was not paid for with offsets (e.g., spending cuts).

And though he voted FOR the $787 billion stimulus bill, he was part of a group (“Gang of 18”) that axed $100 million from the original product produced by leadership, what Bayh at the time called “silly stuff.” And just recently, he expressed regret about the design of the stimulus legislation, saying he wished there had been “more targeted spending” in the bill.

And the senator was one of only two Dems to vote against the $410 billion omnibus spending bill – sending Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, scurrying for days in an attempt to shore of 60 votes to overcome a Republican-led filibuster.

During healthcare negotiations, Bayh made it clear he did not trust that the bill would really hold down deficit spending. He worked with other conservative members to craft a package designed to rein in future costs. He also jumped into the center of the abortion policy storm when late last year, he joined with seven of his Democratic colleagues to tighten controls designed to eliminate any federal spending on the controversial procedure.

Bayh was also known to opposed the so-called “cap and trade” climate legislation proposed by the Obama Administration.

Did we mention that Barack Obama Is Poison?

The news that Democratic Senator Evan Bayh is retiring is another stunning blow for a Democratic party that is already reeling. This development — because of who Bayh is (perceived as a moderate/centrist); because of the state he represents (a traditionally Red one but won by Barack Obama in 2008); and because of his political situation (it was assumed he was in a comfortable position to win re-election) — will have significant ramifications. It will accelerate almost every bad trend for Democrats (more retirements, fewer entries into national races, more intra-party acrimony, and more panic).

The last time we saw a double-digit shift in Senate seats in a single election was when a former movie actor by the name of Ronald Reagan was elected president (Republicans won a dozen seats back in 1980). A shift of those dimensions in a non-presidential election year would be basically unheard of. But as Jen points out, a pickup of 10 GOP seats — and recontrol of the Senate — is no longer out of the question. America’s political tectonic plates are shifting in a fairly dramatic and rapid fashion; and the resulting dislocation will batter and crush many Democratic candidates, perhaps on a scale we have not witnessed before in our lifetime, at least in a midterm election.

The Barack Obama situation comedy demographics will destroy the current Obamination we call the DIMocratic Party. Combine the snub of the FDR/Hillary Clinton coalition with the inexperienced and unqualified Barack Obama and death, destruction, doom are the result.

How many times do we have to say, Barack Obama Is Poison? Barack Obama Is Poison:

The big difference between now and 1994 is that Democrats have Obama instead of Clinton as the head of their party. And that may turn out to be very bad news for Democrats. The Democratic party is in worse shape now than it was at a comparable period then. The mistrust of government runs deeper. The anti-incumbent tide is stronger. And the public uprising is greater.

The Clinton years — and Bill Clinton’s undeniable political gifts — are looking better and better to Democrats with every passing week.

Democrats indeed have got Obama, and they have Obama’s agenda as well. Could the political millstone be any heavier?

Lots of Obama enablers will politically die because of the Obama poison. “Red” Indiana might or might not have a Tea Party hugging Democrat as the Bayh replacement after today. What we do know is that Evan Bayh got tired of Obama’s brand of fake Hope and cheap change and that the Obama thugs are busy trying to rig in their stooge to replace Bayh in Indiana.

We also know that the fake Hope and Change and “transformational” boob is not who he said he was. Obama is poison and even the most kneeling of Obama worshipers know all the promises of transformation were and are a lie:

Obama’s general-election win in Indiana, along with his victories in North Carolina and Virginia, were central to his claim that he was transcending the red-blue divide, creating a new, less-polarized political map, an enduring Democratic majority of the kind that had been lost when Robert Kennedy was gunned down.

Bobby Kennedy, organized along the principles of the winning FDR/Hillary Clinton coalition that Obama dumped for his situation comedy coalition. Now the Obama comedy is less and less funny to those that believed in their corrupt golden calf from Chicago.

For a party bracing for big losses in Congress, any retirement of a popular sitting senator is a blow. But this one represents something more: the death, once again, of the Democratic Party’s Indiana dream. After his primary victory, RFK remarked that, “The people here were fair to me. They gave me a chance. They listened to me. I could see this face, way in back in the crowd, and he was listening, really listening to me.” For Barack Obama, they don’t seem to be listening anymore.

Sing it loud, sing it clear: Barack Obama Is Poison, and Evan Bayh knows it:

His stunning retirement from the Senate is essentially a loud and emphatic “screw you” to President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. For months now, Bayh has been screaming at the top of his voice that the party needs to reorient toward a more popular, centrist agenda — one that emphasizes jobs and fiscal responsibility over health care and cap and trade. Neither the White House nor the Senate leadership has given him the response he wanted. Their bungling of what should have been a routine bipartisan jobs bill last week seems to have been the last straw.

Bayh could have won re-election “though he probably did not relish the prospect of a very nasty campaign revolving around GOP attacks on his wife’s business activities”. Charles Lane at the Washington Post reads Evan Bayh’s intentions well:

For him, then, the question was: even if I win, who needs six more years of dealing with these people, after which I might be 60 years old and trying to pick up the pieces of a damaged political party brand? [snip]

Quitting the Senate was a no-lose move for the presidentially ambitious Bayh, since he can now crawl away from the political wreckage for a couple of years, plausibly alleging that he tried to steer the party in a different direction — and then be perfectly positioned to mount a centrist primary challenge to Obama in 2012, depending on circumstances.

The “circumstances” of course are the intentions and moves by a plucky blond lady by the name of Hillary Clinton. There will be challengers to Obama if he does not face reality and pull out of the 2012 election. If he does stay in, he cannot win. If he gets out, the “circumstances” change.

As she surveys the wreckage of Not Ready Obama, Hillary smiles a Mona Lisa smile.

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188 thoughts on “Evan Bayh Slaps Barack Obama

  1. From the last thread…

    “And both articles note, accurately, how savvy cabinet secretaries like Kathleen Sebelius at Health and Human Services and Ken Salazar at Interior have been marginalized because putting a media face on the Obama Oval Office can only be entrusted to the likes of Gibbs and Axelrod.”

    ———————-
    But the only “marginalization” the media continues to shove down our throats is that of Hillary’s.

    I think it’s safe to say that Hillary has never been and never will be marginalized.

  2. “The Clinton years — and Bill Clinton’s undeniable political gifts — are looking better and better to Democrats with every passing week.”

    ————–

    Amen!

  3. World’s ‘most popular woman’ delays Saudi exam
    (AFP)

    JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Hillary Clinton got a rapturous welcome on Tuesday at an elite Saudi women’s college and was hailed as the world’s “most popular woman” — after arriving there late and delaying exams.

    The US secretary of state, on a Gulf mini-tour aimed at rallying support for sanctions against Iran and reviving Middle East peace talks, showed up one hour and 45 minutes late for a “town hall” meeting at Dar al-Hekma college.

    But she received a loud standing ovation at the college in the Red Sea city of Jeddah that included cheering and whistling on her arrival, before some students started heading off for an exam only to be called back by officials.

    A woman organiser stood up and grabbed the microphone to urge them to stay, saying it was the chance of a lifetime to see and exchange views with the “most powerful and popular woman” in the world.

    Officials later said the exam had been postponed by an hour.

    Dar al-Hekma college was established to produce graduates who can break through the conservative kingdom’s harsh Islamic ceiling on women in the job market and public life in general.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h8gptmlluvO7LjFffruh2oH3W2sQ

  4. http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/uspoliticsbayh

    US President Barack Obama suffered another setback as a fifth Democratic senator, centrist heavyweight Evan Bayh, opted not to run for re-election in dismay at the bitter political climate.

    Obama, who reportedly tried to talk Bayh out of retiring, faces a looming Republican resurgence and risks seeing strong majorities in Congress crumble in November mid-term elections, taking with them his ambitious reform agenda. [snip]

    Bayh called Obama on Monday morning and The New York Times reported that both the president and his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, tried to convince him to run again, but to no avail. [snip]

    His decision not to run for a third term was the latest sign of trouble for Obama and the Democrats as they head into mid-term elections amid rising public anger over high unemployment and economic uncertainty.

  5. Admin:Great Article. I wonder about Indiana, it seems there is the tea party lady that is running on a dem ticket and 4 republicans. Now why is there 4 republicans running?? This seems all too convenience as is the fact that with 60 vote majority Obama got nothing done.
    Why is Beck protecting Obama’s records?? This is getting fishy and fishier by the day.

    As much as all of you all try to tell me Obama is a leftist, I feel in my heart he is an unfettered capitalist masquerading as a leftist.

  6. President Obama kicks off what might be called his “Save the Senate” tour this week, heading west to campaign for two embattled Democrats trailing badly against Republican challengers – including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

    With high-profile Democrats already bailing out of re-election campaigns – Sen. Evan Bayh’s decision on Monday to drop out of the race in Indiana brings the number of retirees to five – Mr. Obama is putting his popularity and fundraising prowess on the line as he tries to help his party hold the majority in the Senate.

    Local Republicans are salivating at the prospect of Mr. Obama dropping into town to campaign for their opponents.

    “The hardworking families in Nevada see right through any type of political dog-and-pony shows taking place this week in Las Vegas,” said former state Sen. Sue Lowden, a Republican running for Mr. Reid’s seat. “No amount of campaign cash will buy back the trust of voters and convince them that he deserves another six years.”

    Even Democratic strategists say a visit by the president – whose poll numbers have plummeted since taking office – carries risks for his fellow Democrats

    “It’s definitely a gamble,” said Democratic strategist Liz Chadderdon. “A handshake that raises $1 million now could cost them the election later.”.

    Mr. Obama on Thursday will head to Colorado to deliver remarks at an event for Sen. Michael Bennet, who is trailing both Republicans vying for their party’s nomination. Mr. Bennet, 45, took office in January 2009 when Gov. Bill Ritter Jr. appointed him to fill the seat of Ken Salazar, whom Mr. Obama appointed to his Cabinet as secretary of the interior.

    Mr. Bennet trails Jane Norton, a former lieutenant governor and state representative, by 14 percentage points, and Ken Bush, a district attorney and former congressional aide, by four percentage points, according to the most recent Rasmussen Reports survey.

    The president’s appearance likely will help Mr. Bennet survive the Democratic primary because he “is still very popular with base voters,” said Ms. Chadderdon. “But will Obama’s numbers have rebounded enough in the general [election] not to be an albatross?”

    On Thursday night, Mr. Obama will headline a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Las Vegas. The next day, he will hold events in the city with Mr. Reid, whose popularity in Nevada has fallen to record lows. Polls show a slew of Republican challengers – among them Mrs. Lowden and Las Vegas real estate developer Danny Tarkanian – ahead of Mr. Reid in potential November matchups.

    Still, Democratic strategist Bud Jackson said calling in the president – even if his poll numbers are falling – still can be fruitful.

    “Obama won’t be able to save senators by visiting their states, but he can help them with fundraising, rallying the base and putting Democrats on the same stage as the president of the United States, which lends credibility,” Mr. Jackson said.

    But just a year after Mr. Obama swept into office and Democrats picked up eight seats to secure a filibuster-proof “supermajority” of 60 senators in their caucus, the party is in jeopardy of losing control of the chamber.

    Ten Democratic incumbent senators are considered vulnerable, which means that Republicans – now with 41 seats – could take control of the Senate if they hold all their seats in November and sweep all the vulnerable Democratic seats.

    With less than nine months to go before Election Day, Republicans are solidly ahead to take at least five seats now held by Democrats – in North Dakota, Delaware, Nevada, Arkansas and Pennsylvania. Five others – Colorado, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and New York – are now fully in play.

    Mr. Bayh became the fifth Democratic senator to announce that he will not seek re-election. He joins Sens. Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut, Byron L. Dorgan of North Dakota, Ted Kaufman of Delaware and Roland W. Burris of Illinois. In a surprising turn of events, the Illinois seat once held by Mr. Obama is now in play, with Republican Rep. Mark Steven Kirk leading Democratic State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias by six percentage points, according to the latest Rasmussen survey.

    The retirements have been announced suddenly as polls show that voters increasingly oppose Mr. Obama’s massive health care reform plan and the prospect of huge federal budget deficits far into the future. Surveys taken in the run-up to last month’s Massachusetts special election – in which Republican Scott Brown won the seat held by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy – found strong voter anger over gridlock in Washington.

    Mr. Obama is aware of voter dissatisfaction, and two weeks ago took the extraordinary step of allowing embattled Democrats to sternly question him about his policies. During a televised policy conference of Senate Democrats, he took questions almost exclusively from those locked in tough re-election campaigns – Mr. Reid, Mr. Bennet, Pennsylvania’s Arlen Specter, Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand, California’s Barbara Boxer and Mr. Bayh.

    Mr. Bayh and Mrs. Lincoln pointedly questioned Mr. Obama over his willingness to seek bipartisan solutions and work with moderates and Republicans. Mrs. Lincoln, trailing badly in her bid for re-election, urged Mr. Obama to “push back” against ideological elements within the Democratic Party.

    Her campaign Web site was quick to highlight the exchange to Arkansas voters, distributing a news report on the event headlined “Lincoln challenges Obama over liberal ‘extremes.’ ”

    http://washingtontimes.com/news/2010/feb/16/sagging-senators-seek-obama-bump/?feat=home_headlines

  7. Admin says:

    “As she surveys the wreckage of Not Ready Obama, Hillary smiles a Mona Lisa smile.”

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

    While Hillary supporters shake their heads and roll their eyes communicating the message, “I told you the guy was a fraud; don’t vote for him.”

    I believe the wreckage is going to get much worse in the months to come.

  8. Now I know why Sarah has been campaigning for Perry. The Pan American Highway goes from Chile to Alaska. I can imagine she wants that highway as much as the Bushites do. She one of them. This is sad.

  9. confloyd
    February 16th, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Please, she is an inexperienced ultra conservative Libertarian. She was unable to answer the question coherently and did in fact give the impression that she felt the Gov may have had a hand in it. My experience with home schooling parents, and I worked on an adol unit for years and in the school district, was almost always the same. Disasters.Hair on the back of my neck, straight up. Truly a warning sign.

    I am voting for Kay, and if you don’t want toll roads and your land confiscated, you may want to re think it because Perry will and so will the Dem White.Kay has ALWAYS been against them and VERY outspoken re the same. She was furious with Perry for doing this. But this is America and we all have the right to vote for whom ever we want. Regardless…

  10. Here’s more on Bush’s highway. I bet we can find that those states that the highway is going thru are the ones they want a republican rino in. You betcha!

    Quietly but systematically, the Bush Administration is advancing the plan to build a huge NAFTA Super Highway, four football-fields-wide, through the heart of the U.S. along Interstate 35, from the Mexican border at Laredo, Tex., to the Canadian border north of Duluth, Minn.

    Once complete, the new road will allow containers from the Far East to enter the United States through the Mexican port of Lazaro Cardenas, bypassing the Longshoreman’s Union in the process. The Mexican trucks, without the involvement of the Teamsters Union, will drive on what will be the nation’s most modern highway straight into the heart of America. The Mexican trucks will cross border in FAST lanes, checked only electronically by the new “SENTRI” system. The first customs stop will be a Mexican customs office in Kansas City, their new Smart Port complex, a facility being built for Mexico at a cost of $3 million to the U.S. taxpayers in Kansas City.

    As incredible as this plan may seem to some readers, the first Trans-Texas Corridor segment of the NAFTA Super Highway is ready to begin construction next year. Various U.S. government agencies, dozens of state agencies, and scores of private NGOs (non-governmental organizations) have been working behind the scenes to create the NAFTA Super Highway, despite the lack of comment on the plan by President Bush. The American public is largely asleep to this key piece of the coming “North American Union” that government planners in the new trilateral region of United States, Canada and Mexico are about to drive into reality.

    Just examine the following websites to get a feel for the magnitude of NAFTA Super Highway planning that has been going on without any new congressional legislation directly authorizing the construction of the planned international corridor through the center of the country.
    MORE HERE and a larger map.

  11. Obama’s general-election win in Indiana, along with his victories in North Carolina and Virginia, were central to his claim that he was transcending the red-blue divide, creating a new, less-polarized political map, an enduring Democratic majority of the kind that had been lost when Robert Kennedy was gunned down.
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    RFK was always my favorite, I believe he had a revelation after his brother was gunned down and became the man he was to be all along…I vomited for 3 days when he was murdered.

  12. I always wondered why Obama won those states out west that were red. Now I know, he will advance the super highway and that is what the republicans wanted. Hillary wouldn’t do because she saw what Nafta did to the working class. She would have stopped it dead in its tracks. That’s why she will retire after the state job.

  13. Mr. Obama is aware of voter dissatisfaction, and two weeks ago took the extraordinary step of allowing embattled Democrats to sternly question him about his policies. During a televised policy conference of Senate Democrats, he took questions almost exclusively from those locked in tough re-election campaigns – Mr. Reid, Mr. Bennet, Pennsylvania’s Arlen Specter, Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand, California’s Barbara Boxer and Mr. Bayh.
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    I think the writer misreads Messiah Obama. He may be aware of voter dissatisfaction, but he is indifferent to it. He believes he can make them believe anything he wants them to believe. It is the pending loss of congressional support that concerns him. He does not give a damned about any of them personally. All he cares about is the passage of his agenda. If he loses control of congress then he will do what he is determined to do through what he calls “executive power”. Obama was put here for a reason and he cannot fail those who put him there. He will destroy the party and country first.

  14. I hope Sue Lowden wins the primary over Tarkanian. I think she would be a stronger candidate against the handsome, formidable and honest to a fault Harry Reid.

  15. Gonzo, Thank goodness your not voting for Perry. My second choice would be Kay. We must stop this Super Highway, which incidently Perry has already promised to a foreign country to operate the toll road. If we keep putting up with this there will never be any jobs for Americans. If you don’t believe me just look at what Farouk Shami said last week. He said white people won’t work in factories and if they do they want supervisors jobs and more money. He gave the impression he tells them get out. This is what is going to happen to our country if we keep letting BUsh’s policies run this country.

  16. My feeling is, a you vote for Medina will be a vote for Perry. Medina can not get in a run off with Perry, Kay can.Medina doesnot have enough support and perry will crush her. Despite all his backroom deals against the public, he is popular. Texas doesn’t elect women to high office often. Jesus, who does in this most sexist nation? That’s why I voted for McCain, I knew a vote for a third party @ that point, or write in of Hillary or no vote @ all was throwing it away. IMHO.

  17. from American Thinker
    *****

    February 16, 2010

    Jihad: The Political Third Rail — At CPAC
    By Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer

    The jihad against America is more active and assertive than ever — and hardly anyone is talking about it. It is time to take action.

    Over one-third of the attempted and successful jihad attacks on American soil since 9/11 took place in 2009. This sharp uptick comes at a time when conservative organizations and media figures are talking about jihad and its root causes in Islamic texts and teachings less frequently and less honestly than at any time since 9/11. At the same time, there is a global initiative at the U.N. and elsewhere to muzzle critics of Islam, criminalizing even honest discussion of the Islamic doctrines that terrorists use to justify jihad violence and Islamic supremacism.

    Now we have created an organization to stand up against this silence that threatens to our existence and render us defenseless as our freedoms and way of life are eroded away. We are launching the Freedom Defense Initiative, a new activist group, at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 2010, with a conference entitled “Jihad: The Political Third Rail — What They Are Not Telling You.”

    Our nation is at war, and yet our politicians pretend that that war isn’t happening. Barack Obama is intent upon trying enemy combatants in that war in civilian courts and making concession after concession to our enemies as if those concessions will make them love us. The mainstream media, both liberal and conservative, and the entire government and law enforcement apparatus appear determined to obfuscate and deny the truth about the enemy’s ideology and belief system. This has the effect of minimizing in the minds of Americans the threat just as it is greater than ever and of rendering us blind to very real threats from people and groups that officials seem intent upon assuming to be innocuous.

    Like it or not, we are engaged in a defense action against an Islamic jihad — one whose goals and motives are spelled out in the Koran and the teachings of Islam. Politically correct dissembling about this only makes Americans more vulnerable than they could be or should be.

    The conference is designed to speak the truths that others will not speak. It will educate Americans about the Muslim Brotherhood’s infiltration at the highest levels of the U.S. government, as well as its war on free speech: its attempt to silence and discredit those who speak up against the jihad and Sharia encroachment in the West. Emphasis will be on the international character of the jihad against the West and on how the Islamic war on free speech (and the media’s self-imposed blackout on this issue, as in the Fort Hood massacre) is part and parcel of the same jihad against the West that terrorists are pursuing by violent means.

    This conference will be held at the Mariott Wardman Park Hotel, the site of CPAC, on February 19, from 10AM to noon. It is at the site of CPAC, but it is an independent event supplying the crucial information that the mainstream media (as well as the conservative establishment) ignores. We chose CPAC because it is the largest gathering of conservatives across America, and so it is the most appropriate place to end the near-universal silence about the true nature and magnitude of the jihad threat against our nation.

    The principal speakers will be Steve Coughlin and Wafa Sultan. Wafa Sultan shot to international fame after she stood up for human rights against Sharia on Al-Jazeera in a debate with an Islamic cleric on a famous viral video. She is the author of a blistering indictment of Islam’s denial of rights to women and non-Muslims, A God Who Hates.

    Steve Coughlin is the former Pentagon Islamic law specialist who is making his first public appearance since he was fired from the Defense Department after pressure from Islamic infiltrators. He has startling information about Islamic infiltration in our government.

    Other speakers include Simon Deng, a former slave in Sudan and a leading human rights activist against jihad and Islamic supremacism; Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, who is facing “hate speech” charges in Austria for telling the truth about Islam and the Islamization of Europe; Anders Gravers of the group Stop the Islamisation of Europe (SIOE); and Lt. Colonel Allen West, a war hero, Congressional candidate (FL 22nd district), and future national leader who offers a real alternative to Obama’s socialism at home and appeasement abroad.

    This event is supplying truth that you will not hear elsewhere, and on which hangs the very future of our nation.

    We hope to see you there.

    Pamela Geller is the editor and publisher of the Atlas Shrugs website, a columnist for Newsmax and Big Government, and a former associate publisher of the New York Observer. Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. They are coauthors of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War On America (coming in July from Threshold Editions/Simon & Schuster).

  18. Again while Rome burns….

    Israel mulling a spring or summer war: Ahmadinejad
    (AFP) – 3 hours ago

    TEHRAN — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday that Iran’s arch-foe Israel was mulling starting a war “next spring or summer” but has yet to make a final decision.

    Without specifying whom would be targeted, Ahmadinejad said: “According to information we have they (Israel) are seeking to start a war next spring or summer, although their decision is not final yet.”

    “But the resistance and regional states will finish them if this fake regime does anything again,” the hardliner said at a press conference when asked about ongoing efforts to reconcile ties betwen Arabs and Israel.

    The already deep-seated enmity between Iran and Israel have deteriorated since Ahmadinejad became the president, with the latter not ruling out a military strike against Tehran’s nuclear sites in a bid to stop the Islamic republic’s galloping atomic programme.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iSUOasARJvurS5pzVPlsckPHCAFQ

  19. PM Netanyahu says Israel “not planning any wars” with Iran; renews calls for tough sanctions

    02:05 AM Feb 17, 2010 MOSCOW (AP) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is not planning a war with Iran and has blasted Tehran’s talk of such a scenario as the bitter fruit of the threat of tougher sanctions.

    Israel has said it hopes diplomacy will resolve the nuclear standoff over Iran, and has not ruled out military action.

    Netanyahu is in Moscow urging Russia sign off on debilitating sanctions for Iran over its nuclear program. He said at a briefing Tuesday that “we are not planning any wars.”

    Russia has not ruled out tougher sanctions, but is dragging its heels over the move that could threaten its cordial relations with Tehran.

    Iran has frequently mentioned it could suffer a military strike from Israel or its allies. Netanyahu dismissed such allegations as “manipulations.”

    http://www.todayonline.com/BreakingNews/EDC100217-0000010/PM-Netanyahu-says-Israel-not-planning-any-wars-with-Iran-renews-calls-for-tough-sanctions

  20. Interesting clip of Hillary commenting on if Palin becomes Prez in 2012. Palin fans will not be too happy about it.

  21. Maybe Hillary’s criticism is her honing her chops for the 2012 general election…not on Obama’s behalf, but on her own behalf after vanquishing the had-to-be-unseated Obama in the primaries.

  22. admin. There is lots of discussion about this lady. Her family lived in multimillion dollar home on the salary of a professor. Many questions are beginning to be asked. She is a brillant cell biologist, too bad she wacko. It does however makes sense she’s been on the kool-aid.

  23. rgb44hrc, Is there a list or anything I can go to to find out who is out and who is staying. I am investigating an idea. I need to know which states are involved.

  24. This is another good post, admin. Just a couple of comments from me. Although Indiana is considered the Midwest, I don’t consider it to be a neighbor state of Iowa since they don’t share a border. I guess that this is just a difference of opinion in the use of the word “neighbor”, unless you have a typo in your post and meant to write that Iowa and Indiana both are neighboring states of Illinois since they do indeed share a border with that state.

    Second, although I learned something from this post with regards to Evan Bayh being a bit more conservative than I thought his recent actions in Congress suggested, he still made a statement that FObama’s agenda was the right agenda for the country. Why would he have made such a stupid comment, especially if there is speculation that he himself has his eye on running for the presidency in the future? After all, he did vote for the anti-stimulus Stimulus Bill, and that would be a major minus for him I would suppose. His political savy at this point is suspect. I know that I wouldn’t support him as I consider him part of the current Democratic party cabal in Washington, especially regarding the aforementioned above.

  25. Also, I read something yesterday in the comment area of Hillbuzz that there was speculation that Barbara Milkulski in Maryland might be another Democratic Senator who will decide not to run for re-election. Has anyone else read anything else on this possibility?

  26. I’ve blocked CNN from my cable, but I am very curious as to how brazilla has responded to the Bayh announcement.
    How’s that new coalition working for ya?
    If Mikulski opts to not run what will that make, 2 senators who would most likely have won who dropped out?

  27. Admin, I agree about Clinton’s handling of the answer on Palin. The media really did a horrible spin on that as usual.

  28. confloyd
    February 16th, 2010 at 1:57 pm
    admin. There is lots of discussion about this lady. Her family lived in multimillion dollar home on the salary of a professor. Many questions are beginning to be asked. She is a brillant cell biologist, too bad she wacko. It does however makes sense she’s been on the kool-aid.
    *************
    She is a MONSTER. She probably murdered her brother, got away with it, may have sent a bomb to another professor and is responsible for @ least 3 other murders. Evil would be an adjective I would use.

  29. What Hillary knows better than any human being in the existence of the world is that attacking Palin will simply bind her supporters even tighter to her. Look at the movement around Clinton and the 12 election. Obama supporters attacking Clinton as being a rightwing, pro-corporatist only bound her supporters, who knew better, more dearly to her.

    The left is handling Palin as badly as possible. Because of Trig and because of her daughter’s pregnancy, carried to term at the most inconvenient time imaginable, as well as her hunting and her residency in Alaska, she has more room to move her party to the center than any Republican candidate of my lifetime. The whole nation would benefit from that move. Yet the left continues to ridicule her and malign her as if that’s proven a productive strategy.

    The thing I want to say about RFK is that my grandmother, a lifelong Republican, was heartbroken that she wouldn’t be able to vote for him. She said that he was the one person she had seen in her life that she thought could bring the nation together. What an amazing character he was.

  30. Gonzotex, SHe even looks like a monster. I have a question for you though in regards to these populist candidates that really hear and stand for what the middle class wants and needs. If we keep voting for the other candidate we essentially are being manipulated. I know you don’t like Medina, but this scenario can play out in other areas as well. If the American people want America back from the globalists then we all have to stand together to get what we want. This is what the tea parties is about. There just getting started, but in a few years if not destroyed by the “paid of/bought” it could become a force. How are we ever going to gain control if we don’t try??

  31. When I compare the way Hillary talks at events and the way obama does, it is like apples and oranges.

    Hillary comes across as spontaneous, honest, and full of life.

    obama comes across as stilted, calculating, and uneducated.

  32. Henry, Donna Brazile is still too busy complaining to Hillary about Big Pink and our commenters to have noticed Obama is having difficulties.

  33. MSNBC and friends just want to stir up a “catfight” between Hillary and Palin. It’s divide and conquer for Obama time. At some point Hillary and Sarah will have coffee and MSNBC “personalities” will commit suicide with Nike sneakers and Obama T-shirts on.

  34. Admin: Hillary said when she retires she wants to travel, I am sure that is what she meant. You are right about the MSNBC wanting a cat fight. They are sick little puppies.

  35. Personally at this point I would like a Bayh/Palin team in 2012……

    While I would prefer Hillary, I think unfortunately she is too tied up with BO to get any real backing that would be needed…

    At least Bayh can sya he opposed Senate Dems as well as Bo on key issues like unemployment and the economy…

  36. confloyd
    February 16th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    confloyd, could you post the link to the story and the map? Thanks-

  37. Potter Takes Exception to Party’s Advertisement
    By Press release from Bismarck Senator Tracy Potter

    Feb 16, 2010,

    U.S. Senate candidate Tracy Potter is disappointed in a Democratic Party radio ad critical of John Hoeven. “I disagree with both the tone and the implication in that spot,” said Potter in a news release Monday.

    Potter said that while the text of the ad was not inaccurate, its implication was disingenuous. “The point of the ad is clearly to paint Hoeven as inconsistent, for saying one thing and doing another, but it implies that his budgets were wrong for increasing state spending levels, when Democrats in the legislature all voted for the property tax cuts and increased aid to public schools, colleges and state employee pay. We should be crowing about getting our platform points passed instead of attacking him for pursuing Democratic party policies.

    “But mostly I just don’t like that tone of voice in advertising,” said Potter. “My campaign won’t shoot first like that against John Hoeven. I don’t need to demonize him to win the election.

    “I think it is fair to point out that he’s a banker, taken contributions from bankers, and supported the anti-privacy legislation pushed by banks that was overwhelmingly rejected by the voters of North Dakota. It’s fair to say that maybe North Dakota shouldn’t send a banker to the Senate this year. It’s at least worth discussing, and there is a fair argument in the ad about whether or not John Hoeven takes consistent positions, but attacking him on budget issues as governor isn’t the way for the Democrats to go.

    “Skeptics will think I had a hand in it anyway, but this is how I really feel about politics. Let’s be civil with each other and treat the public like intelligent human beings. Let’s be positive.

    “And I especially hope people don’t follow the ad’s instruction to call the Governor’s office to tell him to stop spending. A real person answers that phone and it would just be wasting that state employee’s time. For the next 15 months the only state money he can spend is what we appropriated in the last legislative Session.”

    http://www.ksjbam.com/artman/publish/article_2122.shtml

  38. Henry, Donna Brazile is still too busy complaining to Hillary about Big Pink and our commenters to have noticed Obama is having difficulties
    ———————
    Good. We are on to Donna and her under the table deal with Rove during the primary.

  39. Obama grants $8 billion to build nuclear reactors

    17 Feb 2010

    WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama Tuesday announced $8 billion worth of loan guarantees to build the country’s first new nuclear reactors in
    three decades.

    The loan will go towards two new nuclear reactors to be built at an existing power plant in Burke, Georgia, and is part of an effort by the Obama administration to ramp up nuclear power generation as a clean alternative to more polluting fossil fuels. It also represents an effort to court conservative lawmakers who are key to the administration’s broader goals to reduce carbon emissions blamed for global warming. Some environmentalists by contrast remain wary of nuclear waste generated by the plants.

    “Nuclear energy remains our largest source of fuel that produces no carbon emissions,” Obama said in Maryland, speaking to a labour union representing electricity workers.

    “To meet our growing energy needs and prevent the worst consequences of climate change, we’ll need to increase our supply of nuclear power. It’s that simple,” Obama said.

    Obama has proposed tripling US loan guarantees for nuclear power to $54 billion and last month tasked a new commission to make proposals within two years on how to better manage used nuclear fuel and waste.

    The US generates about one-fifth of its electricity from nuclear energy, yet the country has not granted a permit for building new commercial nuclear power plants in three decades.

    Carl Pope, executive director of US environmental group the Sierra Club, said there were cheaper ways to reduce greenhouse gases, including building more efficient homes.
    “We need to prioritise the cleanest, cheapest, safest, and fastest ways to reduce emissions and nuclear power is neither clean, cheap, nor fast, nor safe,” Pope said. “The loan guarantees announced today may ease the politics around comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation, but we do not believe that they are the best policy,” he said.

    The US promised to cut its greenhouse-has emissions 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 during the Copenhagen climate conference in December, but legislation to push the US towards that goal has stalled in Congress.

    Some Republicans have expressed a willingness to work with Democrats on the climate bill if it includes more incentives for nuclear energy, clean coal technology and oil drilling off the US coastline.

    Obama said the US was in danger of falling behind other countries that have pushed major nuclear investments, including France and Japan. The loan announced Tuesday would help create thousands of new jobs in the struggling US economy. “Our competitors are racing to create jobs and command growing energy industries. And nuclear energy is no exception,” Obama said.

    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international-business/Obama-grants-8-billion-to-build-nuclear-reactors/articleshow/5581898.cms

  40. Barack Obama faces mid-term humiliation after Senate exodus

    President Barack Obama is facing humiliation in this year’s mid-term elections after a wave of desertions by Democratic senators who have retreated from tough challenges for their seats from a resurgent Republican party.

    By Alex Spillius in Washington
    16 Feb 2010

    There was speculation on Tuesday that the next to join an exodus ahead of the November elections could be Blanche Lincoln, who represents the conservative southern state of Arkansas and is behind every putative Republican challenger in opinon polls.

    The Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, is meanwhile trailing all his potential Republican opponents in his state of Nevada, and even Mr Obama’s old Senate seat in Illinois is expected to be close run.

    White House was rocked on Monday by the announcement by Evan Bayh, a popular, centrist senator from Indiana, who became the fifth senator to confirm he will not run for re-election. The latest speculation of more senators coming forward will only add to President Obama’s woes and raise the prospect his party could lose its majority in Congress.

    The emerging consensus in Washington is now that the Democrats have only a 50-50 chance of keeping control of the Senate, where they currently hold 59 out of the 100 seats, in what would be a stunning reversal of fortune after the party’s clean sweep in 2008.

    It has already lost the 60-strong majority that automatically overrode procedural blocks, after little known Republican Scott Brown last month captured a Massachusetts seat held by the late Edward Kennedy for 47 years.

    Other Democrats are expected to withdraw from fray before deadlines fall for standing in the midterms, when 33 Senate seats and all 435 House of Representative seats will be contested.

    The ruling party’s vulnerability was further underlined on Tuesday when Frank Lautenberg, the 86-year-old senator for New Jersey, collapsed at his home and was hospitalised for the treatment of an ulcer.News of his collapse served as a reminder of the frail health of other senators, such as Robert Byrd, at 92 the oldest and longest serving member of the Senate, and Arlen Specter, an 80-year-old cancer and brain tumour survivor who faces a gruelling re-election battle in Pennsylvania.

    Mr Bayh blamed his departure on a deep disillusion with the partisan gridlock in the Senate that he said failed to put nation over party.

    Other Democrats have simply lacked the stomach for the fight, amid public upset over job losses, spiraling federal deficits and spending, huge bonuses awarded to executives of bailed-out financial institutions and Washington’s yearlong and so far fruitless pre-occupation with health care.

    Senator Byron Dorgan has announced he will run again in North Dakota – where Democrats have yet to find a replacement candidate – while the party failed to recruit its top candidate in Delaware when Vice President Joe Biden’s son Beau eschewed a run for the seat long held by his father.

    Democrats have a 255-178 edge in the House of Representatives, but more retirements are expected among 49 Democrats from districts, mainly in the South, that supported Republican presidential candidate John McCain in 2008.

    “It hasn’t been a lot of fun for centrist Democrats,” said John Feehery, a Republican strategist. “They get a lot of heat back in their states on spending and health care and you have to be a true believer in the president’s agenda to stick this out and a lot of them are not true believers. To put your family through the stress of another campaign if you don’t have the fire in your belly is a big deal.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/7252518/Barack-Obama-faces-mid-term-humiliation-after-Senate-exodus.html

  41. I think Clinton /Bayh ticket could defear Obama
    ———————————————–
    In theory yes.

    In practice, if they stick with Obama then they will cease to be a national party, and will have pockets of electoral strength in major urban areas only.

    And Donna will be to blame. Why? Because she is the one who cast the Roosevelt aside with her delusional talk about a new coalition. She has lost the independents through that piece of political wizardry.

    Beyond Obama’s proven ability to reward global elites at the expense of the American People, show us the worst of Chicago Rules, and predict a Japanese style job recovery what is the vision here?

  42. Mrs. Smith, Here is the link.

    h t t p ://www.democrats.com/node/9267

    It has a map that is not very good. I saw one several weeks ago that was more detailed but I can’t find it.

    I think this whole retirements and shutouts, and cheating has to do with this stupid hiway. Think about it, the NWO folks cannot achieve their goal without this hiway. They had great difficulty getting it thru here in Texas and its still not through so you can imagine many states are going to give them trouble. Perry couldn’t get it thru so he changed the name and is still pushing it through without the consent of people of Texas.

  43. Mrs. Smith, this link will prove to you that the Illinois Combine is alive and well and is what is pushing this whole thing.

  44. Mrs. Smith, I just pulled up google earth. What I noticed was that Africa is very close to the panama canal and would be easy access to bring goods from there straight up to America. Hence, we have the Kenyan Potus. Oh what dangled webs we weave when we practice to decieve. We are now at the precipuce of this taking place and the American people are being bombarded with who gets credit for Iraq Bush or Obama and we are being pulled into a cat fight between Hillary and Sarah. We are being brainwashed daily and are too stupid to figure it out.

  45. confloyd
    February 16th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Medina is not a viable candidate. She has few qualities I would support. I know about the Tea Party. I have been supporting it since the get go. May I say she is no Scott Brown, whom in my opinion owes a lot to the Tea party movement.I will vote for the BEST candidate, whom ever they are affiliated with .

  46. Web Posted: 12/29/2009 12:31 CST
    Hutchison promises highway shakeup

    THE 2010 ELECTIONS

    By R.G. Ratcliffe – Express-

    News AUSTIN — U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison on Tuesday offered a sweeping plan to overhaul transportation planning in Texas if she is elected governor, but she stopped short of saying how she would pay for it.

    Hutchison has cast her plan for killing off Gov. Rick Perry’s Trans-Texas Corridor and restructuring his state transportation commission as one of the cornerstones of her campaign to oust him in the March Republican primary.

    “Texans are tired of the traffic and congestion in our cities. They are frustrated with the arrogance and inefficiencies of the leadership at the Texas Department of Transportation that have failed to produce results,” Hutchison said in prepared remarks for an appearance in Tyler. “One of my top priorities as governor will be to clean up TxDOT and solve the transportation problems that have plagued Texas for the last decade.”

    Hutchison proposed a major revamping of how transportation planning is done in Texas but said that as governor she would propose a select committee on transportation funding. That pushes the major question of how she would pay for new roads to after the election, although Hutchison said she would not support any funding mechanism that is not approved by voters as a local option.

    Perry has favored toll roads to get local users to pay for transportation infrastructure. He has not promoted adopting a state gasoline tax increase — and he has not ruled it out, saying it would have to be approved by voters.

    Perry’s opponents in the 2006 elections, especially independent Carole Keeton Strayhorn, tried to make opposition to the private toll road Trans-Texas Corridor a key issue but failed to make it stick. Hutchison is counting on the idea that this failure was caused by the messengers, not the message.

    Perry’s transportation officials in January declared the Trans-Texas Corridor’s name dead, but several portions of the Interstate 35 section were to continue with construction.

    Hutchison said the corridor would be dead under her transportation plan. She said no speed limits will be set on public roads to increase volume on toll roads and that existing rights of way will be used as much as possible. The TTC project had considered condemning a 600-yard-wide swath of rural real estate for construction.

    Hutchison also proposed a major overhaul of the transportation agency, increasing the number of commissioners from five to nine. The commissioners would lose their ability to pick individual road projects. That duty would fall to a newly empowered agency executive director.

    Transportation planning also would start on a regional level and come up to state government so local governments would have a greater say in where highways are built.

    Perry spokesman Mark Miner criticized Hutchison for offering a plan with no funding solutions.

    “After 16 years in Washington, it’s no surprise the only thing Sen. Hutchison proposed today was a plan that will require billions of tax dollars and grow government bureaucracy. Creating a new committee and expanding the TxDOT commission will not build one new road in Texas,” Miner said.

  47. Gonzotex, I don’t trust her to stop this she will rename it something else and push it thru. They are all in this together.

  48. Gonzotex, SHe is not viable because of Glenn Beck. He got her stuck on a question that is not even important to Texas and he labeled her as a truther. SHe was surging in the polls before Beck did this to her. She went from single digits to double digits in days. That scared the globalists so they sicced their pitbull Beck on her.

    ITs too bad, because the globalist will achieve what they want because the Americans refuse to investigate. They want the likes of Mathews and Hannity to tell them what to think. Its just a shame.

  49. I followed the link provided above, “… the Obama thugs are busy trying to rig in their stooge to replace Bayh in Indiana.”
    and found this: “That being said, if the White House conspired with Bayh and Hill to game the timing to exclude any other primary challengers…”

    I read something like this elsewhere, what does it mean in light of what you are saying. Did Bayh slap or conspire, if we look at what is actually happening it sorta looks like he conspired. And if he conspired, he conspired against his own people. So what does that mean? And what did it mean, a few weeks ago, when someone said that the Chicago thugs discouraged a challenger to Bayh. Who was the challenger, what party? Did that anger Bayh?

  50. confloyd
    February 16th, 2010 at 1:58 pm
    rgb44hrc, Is there a list or anything I can go to to find out who is out and who is staying. I am investigating an idea. I need to know which states are involved.
    &&&&&&

    This article from NYT today has this short synopsis:

    Still, Mr. Bayh’s exit darkens what already was a bleak election map for Senate Democrats. Because of retirements, Democrats face tough odds in retaining seats in Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, North Dakota and now Indiana. Democratic incumbents face tough going in Arkansas and Nevada. Republicans, though, have their own problems as they struggle to hold on to seats left open by retirements in Kentucky, Missouri, New Hampshire and Ohio.

    Here’s the url:

    nytimes.com/2010/02/16/us/politics/16bayh.html

    Democrats Reel as Senator Says No to 3rd Term
    =====================

    and the whole deal:

    By ADAM NAGOURNEY
    Published: February 15, 2010
    WASHINGTON — Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana announced on Monday that he would not seek re-election, sending a wave of distress over his fellow Democrats and focusing new attention on the view that unyielding partisanship had left Congress all but paralyzed.

    Mr. Bayh, a centrist and the son of a former senator, used the announcement that he would not seek a third term to lambaste a Senate that he described as frozen by partisan politics and incapable of passing even basic legislation.

    “For some time, I have had a growing conviction that Congress is not operating as it should,” Mr. Bayh said. “There is too much partisanship and not enough progress — too much narrow ideology and not enough practical problem-solving. Even at a time of enormous challenge, the people’s business is not being done.”

    Mr. Bayh’s decision staggered Democrats. It was the latest in a series of setbacks that illustrate just how far the party’s fortunes have fallen since President Obama came to office more than a year ago, sweeping big majorities into the House and Senate with him. Mr. Bayh stepped aside despite personal entreaties from Mr. Obama and his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, White House officials said.

    Mr. Bayh was on the short list of candidates Mr. Obama considered for vice president before settling on Joseph R. Biden Jr. He was among the most prominent of moderate Democrats in Congress, but has been increasingly isolated over the past year as he has warned Democratic Congressional leaders that the push for big-ticket and expensive legislation was scaring off independent voters.

    Although Indiana is considered a Republican-leaning state, Mr. Obama won it in 2008, and Mr. Bayh, 54, who served two terms as governor and won election to the Senate with more than 60 percent of the vote in each of his races, appeared to be in a good position to win a third term. His retirement greatly increases the chances of a Republican victory there, analysts from both parties said.

    Even after the loss last month of the seat that had been held by Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, Democrats control the Senate by a margin of 59 to 41, leaving Republicans still facing long odds in their effort to win a majority. And Mr. Bayh, in an interview, argued that Democrats could hold on to his seat, noting that Republicans face a contested primary.

    Still, Mr. Bayh’s exit darkens what already was a bleak election map for Senate Democrats. Because of retirements, Democrats face tough odds in retaining seats in Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, North Dakota and now Indiana. Democratic incumbents face tough going in Arkansas and Nevada. Republicans, though, have their own problems as they struggle to hold on to seats left open by retirements in Kentucky, Missouri, New Hampshire and Ohio.

    What was most striking about Mr. Bayh’s announcement was the deep disillusionment he expressed with his place of employment, a feeling reflected in recent polls. In a New York Times/CBS News poll last week, 75 percent of respondents said they disapproved of the job Congress was doing; just 8 percent said members of Congress deserved re-election. Mr. Bayh pointed to the partisan standoff over efforts to create a commission to address the mounting national debt. Republicans blocked an effort pushed by Mr. Obama to create a bipartisan commission by legislation, with seven Republicans who had co-sponsored such an approach announcing they would vote against it.

    In an interview, Mr. Bayh said he was startled at how much the Senate had changed since he arrived in 1998, and even more since his father, Birch Bayh, served in the Senate, from 1963 to 1981.

    “This is colored by having observed the Senate in my father’s day,” Mr. Bayh said. “It wasn’t perfect; they had politics back then, too. But there was much more friendship across the aisles, and there was a greater willingness to put politics aside for the welfare of the country. I just don’t see that now.”

    “In my father’s day, you legislated for four years and campaigned for two; now it’s full time. The politics never stops,” he said. “My bottom line is that there are a lot of really good people trapped in a dysfunctional system desperately in need of reform.”

    Mr. Bayh was seen by fellow Democrats as someone who was not particularly happy with life in the Senate or very active there on a daily basis. He often popped in for votes and was quickly gone, and was known to make time for the school and sports events of his children. He only occasionally gave floor speeches.

    Though Mr. Bayh had been considering his political future for some time, the timing of the announcement caught many top Democrats off guard. He did not inform Mr. Obama or other top party leaders of the timing of his decision, one associate said, so they would not make further efforts to talk him out of it; the office of Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader, first learned of the decision from news accounts.

    Until now, every indication was that Mr. Bayh was proceeding with the race this fall. He had collected the necessary petitions to be placed on the ballot and they were due to be filed at noon on Tuesday. Democrats had coordinated an extended campaign to release damaging political information about the Republican who had emerged as Mr. Bayh’s main threat, Daniel R. Coats, a former senator.

    Mr. Bayh had already hired some campaign workers, and his campaign account had more than $13 million on hand.

    Two Democratic House members from Indiana, Baron P. Hill and Brad Ellsworth, quickly emerged as likely candidates to fill the vacancy. A third possibility was Jonathan Weinzapfel, the mayor of Evansville, Democratic officials said

    Democrats say that since no party candidate is likely to raise enough signatures to qualify for the ballot by the deadline on Friday, the state party will be allowed to select its Senate candidate. But Republicans are challenging that interpretation and said they were exploring their legal options to deny Democrats a candidate if no one meets the filing deadline.

    On the Republican side, Mr. Coats faces a primary challenge from John Hostettler, a former member of Congress, and others. Representative Mike Pence, a conservative Republican who was the top choice of many Washington Republicans, announced earlier that he would not run and restated that intention on Monday.

  51. OT:

    I just got an email forwarded to me today that i would like to pass some really good to know info along to all here.

    ______________________________________________________________email below

    GREAT WAY TO “BUY USA & CANADA� AND NOT FROM CHINA!!

    This may be useful to know when grocery shopping, if it’s a concern to you.

    The whole world is afraid of China-made “black hearted goods”.

    Can you differentiate which one is made in Taiwan or China ?

    If the first 3 digits of the barcode are 690, 691 or 692, the product is MADE IN CHINA .

    471 is Made in Taiwan .

    This is our right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the public,

    therefore we have to RESCUE ourselves.

    Nowadays, Chinese businessmen know that consumers do not prefer products “MADE IN CHINA “,

    so they don’t show from which country it is made.

    However, you may now refer to the barcode, remember if the first 3 digits are:

    690-692 … then it is MADE IN CHINA .
    00 – 09 … USA & CANADA
    30 – 37 … FRANCE
    40 – 44 … GERMANY
    47 … Taiwan
    49 … JAPAN
    50 … UK

    BUY USA & CANADIAN MADE by watching

    for “0” at the beginning of the number.

    We need every boost we can get!

  52. and here’s “Times Watch” keeping tabs on the evil NYT. Good critiquing:

    mrc.org/timeswatch/articles/2010/20100216030200.aspx

    Darn That ‘Unyielding Partisanship’ Making ‘Centrist’ Dem Evan Bayh Retire
    By: Clay Waters
    February 16, 2010 13:50 ET

    Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana shocked Washington by announcing his retirement on Monday. But the obvious message: Bad news for the Democratic Party in 2010 — had to compete in Adam Nagourney’s Tuesday A1 coverage with the more Democratic-friendly idea that the “centrist” Bayh had quit in disgust over the current dysfunctional state of government, “frozen by partisan politics and incapable of passing even basic legislation.” (How far the Democratic opinion of Washington has fallen since Obama’s 2008 election!)

    The headline at least summed things up accurately: “Democrats Reel As Senator Says No to 3rd Term.” But reporter Nagourney nodded along with Bayh’s boilerplate about how current Washington politics had become dysfunctional. Text box: “A senator bemoans an increase in partisanship.”

    [snip]

    &&&&&
    It’s worth going to the url rather than my cut/paste because separating out what is Nagourney’s quotes vs. the author’s views gets a little tricky.

  53. Thanks djia,

    I try to be very careful to read the labels on everything I purchase, but I didn’t know that China was hiding their information with numerals.

  54. So many rumors going around about why Bayh is stepping down. The latest out there is that he is being groomed to take Emanuel’s position.

  55. JanH
    February 16th, 2010 at 6:30 pm
    So many rumors going around about why Bayh is stepping down. The latest out there is that he is being groomed to take Emanuel’s position.
    —————————————————–

    Maybe, he quit for the reasons that he said. He probably is sick of the senate and the partisan politics.

  56. February 16, 2010

    Bayh rules out run for president in 2012

    Thomas Lifson

    Appearing on Morning Joe on MSNBC, retiring Senator Evan Bayh averred that under no circumstances would he run for president in 2012. Responding a request for a “Shermanesque” denial of interest in running for the presidency, he responded affirmatively that he would not run.

    Of course, Bayh supported Hillary Clinton for president in 2008. Some suggest that a Clinton/Bayh challenge to Obama/Biden is a possibility, as the Democrat implosion continues.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2010/02/bayh_rules_out_run_for_preside.html

  57. connie- I don’t- I’ll get it from wbb…

    The good news has finally broken through. Obama is bare-ass naked in front of the country!

    CNN poll: 52% say Obama doesn’t deserve reelection in 2012

    By Michael O’Brien – 02/16/10 01:35 PM ET

    52 percent of Americans said President Barack Obama doesn’t deserve reelection in 2012, according to a new poll.

    44 percent of all Americans said they would vote to reelect the president in two and a half years, less than the slight majority who said they would prefer to elect someone else.

    Obama faces a 44-52 deficit among both all Americans and registered voters, according to a CNN/Opinion Research poll released Tuesday. Four percent had no opinion.

    The reelection numbers are slightly more sour than Obama’s approval ratings, which are basically tied. 49 percent of people told CNN that they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, while 50 percent disapprove.

    Still, the 2012 election is still a long way’s away, with this fall’s midterm elections looming large. Republicans are hoping to make inroads into Congress, while Democrats are hoping to hold onto gains won in the 2006 and 2008 cycles.

    Respondents to CNN were split at 46 percent as to whether they preferred a generic Republican or Democratic candidate in this fall’s elections.

    At least one retiring lawmaker is confident Obama will sail to reelection, with Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) predicting Monday the president would win “overwhelmingly” in 2012.

    The CNN poll, conducted Feb. 12-15, has a three percent margin of error.

  58. OT…but…earlier today i went to a presentation and a man – maybe in his mid 30’s did all the speaking…he stood there in front of an audience and spoke for over an hour with NO notes…and no teleprompter…and I could not help but think…he is someone that just speaks from his head, knowing the topic he is speaking on…and we have a President who gives the same boilerplate speech over and over and over again…usually with lines he has ‘lifted’ from someone else (Bill and Hill for the most part) and he still cannot give one speech…not one speech – on the same topic- without a teleprompter…he cannot perform without that tennis head bopping back and forth…from left to right…left to right…

    O does not own his own policies…he is very insecure at his core…if anyone else was this robotic and dependent we would hear about it 24/7 but he gets a general pass and the MSM goes after SP for a few notes on her hand…they have got to be kidding…

    O is an imposter pretending to be a President…his whole Presidency would be lost if he were forced to be weaned from his tellie…it is embarrassing…our country has been so duped…

    I often think when I see everyone sitting there at a WH meeting with O leading the meeting that many of them must be saying to themselves “how did this guy end up in charge?”! very surreal…

  59. Mrs. Ok great, I tried to call you, but no answer. Wbb gave me your number. Call me, I will call you right back.

  60. Gonzotex, It kinda makes you wonder why they only ran two women against Perry. They know he can’t beat a man.

  61. Mrs. Smith
    February 16th, 2010 at 7:03 pm

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    WOW! That is good news and a double whammy given that it came from CNN of all places.

  62. Question: what is the definition of treason?

    Answer: aiding and abetting the enemy in a time of war

    Example: The Donna Brazile-Karl Rove Connection

    Citation: http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/07/27/the-donna-brazile-karl-rove-connection/

    Evidence: relevant provisions from said article:

    Preparing for Battle

    One can only speculate on Brazile’s motives in streaming out that hallucination. As she would mention in the Washington Times article two years later, her “old friend” Rove had hit the ground running with the start of the 2008 election cycle, appearing on talk shows to bash frontrunner Hillary Clinton. Behind the scenes, G.O.P. rank and file activists were organizing crossover voting drives to knock Clinton out of the race before November. In the red states, they could easily outnumber Democrats at the caucuses, enriching Obama’s delegate count and allowing him to boast later “I’ve won more states.”

    To recruit additional foot troops for this effort, New Hampshire G.O.P. leader Stephen DaMaura started the Facebook website “Stop Hillary Clinton (One Million Strong AGAINST Hillary).”

    On the Democratic side, it became Brazile’s job to smooth over Obama’s path to the nomination. That required manipulating the primary calendar. Picking up on the diversity argument of Eleanor Holmes and the D.C. coalition, she pressed for an earlybird South Carolina primary and a Nevada caucus to augment the Iowa and New Hampshire dates.

    While the advantages of South Carolina were obvious, by necessity the second contest required a less obvious, more covert action plan to avoid any accusations of stacking the deck. Although the Clinton camp didn’t realize it at the time, a caucus in Nevada (like a caucus anywhere) would naturally benefit Obama, since her base of blue-collar, older and non-English-speaking supporters would not be driving across town to attend some meeting run by disorganized volunteers. On the other hand, motivated Republicans could be counted on to show up, especially if the G.O.P. candidates could be persuaded not to campaign in the state. (They didn’t.)

    Nevertheless, the reason for adding more earlybird contests in the first place centered on ethic diversity, so selling the DNC (and the public) on Nevada required some tweaking of those caucus parameters. That’s why arrangements were made to allow the state’s casino workforce of some 60,000 predominantly Latino workers to attend specially set up caucus sites just for them.

    But wouldn’t this huge Hispanic voting block put Clinton over the top in Nevada? Not necessarily. It turns out that the union representing casino employees, S.E.I.U., would be backing Obama, just as they had supported Dean in his presidential bid. So those voters could now be added to the Obama column.

    Thus, with caucuses scheduled in Iowa and Nevada, a primary in South Carolina with its near majority African American demographic, and the New Hampshire Republican brass on the job in that state, the chance of Clinton heading into Super Tuesday at cruising altitude had spectacularly diminished.

    “Including two more states will not only be good for our country, it will be good for our party and good for our nominee,” Brazile told the Los Angeles Times in August 2006.

    Sounding an early portent of doom, the South Carolina delegate on the rules committee said in the same article, “If you campaign in a state that is outside the rules, then you’re not entitled to delegates from that state.”

    A year later, that scenario unfolded like a bad dream for the DNC. Over the objections of Florida’s state Democratic Party, a Republican-controlled legislature moved its primary to January 29, 2008, one week before the official February 5th cusp adopted by both the Republican National Committee and the DNC.

    On August 25, 2007. the DNC rules and bylaws committee met to adjudicate this unspeakable crime. State party chair Karen Thurman testified at the meeting, walking the committee through the chronology of her long and fruitless battle to overturn the date switch. The Republicans had attached it as a rider to another bill, one authorizing the replacement of electronic paperless voting equipment with more traditional optical scanners. Unable to defeat the rider on a partyline vote, the Democrats begrudgingly approved the larger measure.

    Anyone who has watched the re-broadcast of those DNC proceedings on CSPAN can’t help but be dumbfounded by the discussion that followed Thurman’s presentation. A slam-dunk case for a rule waiver turned into a shameless bout of piling on, as committee member Brazile and several others accused the state party of not trying hard enough to change the date. (One also noticed from the broadcast the unusually high number of African Americans on the 30-member committee, as opposed to near zero representation for other minorities.)

    When asked by Brazile why she hadn’t made any plans to hold a caucus in place of the primary, Thurman balked. The logistics and $8 million price tag, she said, were beyond comprehension, given that Florida boasts 4 million eligible Democrats.

    “I understand how states crave to be first,” Brazile blustered in a Washington Post interview the next day, as if none of what Thurman told her had registered. “I understand that they’re envious of the role that Iowa and New Hampshire have traditionally played, The truth is, we had a process . . . We’re going to back these rules.”

    Later, the head of the DNC Voting Rights Institute published an op-ed in the same newspaper, this time under the combative heading, “Why We Stood Up to Florida”. With the cockiness that was fast becoming her trademark, Brazile griped, “It was hardly an extraordinary act, although you wouldn’t know it from the furious reaction that ensued in some quarters…Why the uproar? It’s simple: state envy.”

    She went on to list all the economic benefits coveted by states vying to hold early primaries, again diverting from the core issue of Republican meddling in Democratic affairs. Inexplicably, the press coverage of the showdown also overlooked the G.O.P.’s role in moving up the primary date.

    The same week the rules committee stripped Florida of all its convention delegates, Michigan’s state legislature voted to move up its primary to January 15th. Both states could have easily been pegged as Clinton strongholds, making their exclusion from the election cycle suspect. Michigan is an industrial blue-collar enclave with few of the upper-middle-class voters and college students that represent Obama’s base. Florida’s Hispanic population is huge, and combined with an abundant supply of New York retirees, would likely also resist the Obama “surge”.

    Moreover, using Republican crossover voting to shave points off Clinton’s victories posed problems in both states. In Michigan, native son Mitt Romney had a significant campaign apparatus in place, while Rudi Giuliani was expecting to draw his line in the sand in Florida. Where these battleground territories were in play, neither gentleman would appreciate Rove siphoning away their voters. Better just to invalidate the primaries on the Democratic side. That way, Clinton’s delegate lead could be held in check on Super Tuesday.

    “Seeds of Doubt”

    With the votes of the country’s fourth and eighth largest states thus consigned to the junk heap, Brazile turned to other pursuits. Hired as a paid election analyst for CNN, she carried on a double life – one as an official DNC spokesperson, the other as a partisan campaigner for Barack Obama. In February, when best-guess estimates gave Clinton the support of two-thirds of the superdelegates, she declared, “If 795 of my colleagues decide this election, I will quit the Democratic Party.”

    If party leaders were as worried about negative fallout and damage control then as they claimed to be a month later, they might have reeled in their contract employee at this point for a heart-to-heart chat. That didn’t happen. Brazile just reloaded her pistol and repeated her empty threat to all who would listen. On another occasion, she accused former President Bill Clinton of being a racist. It was inexcusable, she said, that during a speech Clinton referred to Obama as a “kid” and suggested his presidential bid amounted to little more than a “fairy tale”.

    “And I will tell you,” Brazile bristled with emotion, “as an African American I find his words and his tone to be very depressing.”

    To be sure, Clinton said Obama’s evolving position on the Iraq War was a fairy tale, not his candidacy. As for alluding to his youth, Brazile and other cheerleaders for the Illinois senator had been doing it themselves for the past four years. It was a classic example of the Mark Twain quip that a lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth has put its shoes on. Only CNN’s presence in the equation gave the adage literal meaning. Surely, the DNC would intervene now that Brazile had insulted a former Democratic president on national television. But nothing.

    Notwithstanding the character smears and 24/7 swiftboating by the American media, Sen. Clinton persevered, scoring big wins in the Texas, Rhode Island and Ohio on March 4th. On March 5th, she was accused of engaging in a “negative” campaign designed to “destroy” her adversary.

    “Despite Obama’s impressive victories in February, Clinton’s comeback is based on sowing political seeds of doubt,” Brazile informed the Associated Press that day, “If these attacks are contrasts based on policy differences, there is no need to stop the race or halt the debate. But, if this is more division, more diversion from the issues and more of the same politics of personal destruction, chairman Dean and other should be on standby.”

    (ABC’s Jake Tapper went Brazile one better, claiming Clinton was exercising the “Tanya Harding option”.)

    In response to the call to arms, Dean promptly petitioned Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to intervene in the protracted race, while Senators Dodd, Richardson and Leahy demanded that Clinton end her candidacy for the good of the party.

    Now this sounded familiar. Jack Ryan must have been chuckling to himself from his perch inside a bar, drinking rot-gut whiskey. In Washington, meanwhile, Reid promised that “things will be done” to determine a nominee before the convention. Pelosi told George Stephanopolis on his Sunday talk show that the superdelegates should not overturn “the will of the people”, but denied rumors that she was telling members of Congress that Clinton, if nominated, would be a “drag” on their own campaigns. As the Democratic Party version of the Adams Family was thus occupied in their hand-wringing, chest-beating and sharing of apocalyptic visions, Clinton pressed ahead, picking up 9 out of the final 13 primaries. Three of them she won by more than 30 points.

    But no sooner had the daylight begun to shine at the end of the tunnel when another Rove-Brazile shoe dropped. For some reason, her triumph in the popular vote was not matched proportionally by delegates earned, and it had something to do with Obama’s phenomenal gains in the caucus states of Idaho, Nebraska, Kansas, etc. One would not have expected an African American liberal to clobber his opponent by a two-to-one margin as he did in many cases. More importantly, her delegate gains in the primaries involving millions of voters seemed to pale in comparison. This made no sense.

    In late May, a disability activist named P. Cronin appeared on scene to sort out the Twilight Zone phenomenon. Cronin, who like most disabled people is not a big fan of caucuses, spent some time in late May analyzing the tallies from the 2008 Democratic contest, comparing the impact of the two different voting methods on the race.

    According to Cronin’s study, nearly all of Obama’s 138-delegate lead over Clinton could be traced to 12 red state caucuses. In most of these contests he routinely won by 2-1 margins, even though polls in those states showed the candidates much closer. In Idaho, for instance, with its scant African American population, few colleges and relatively few Starbucks outlets, he captured 15 of the state’s 18 delegates.

    Something fishy was going on here. Did Dean’s so-called 50-state strategy include the recruitment of pro-Obama activists to organize on the candidate’s behalf in caucus states? Did the number of DaMaura’s G.O.P. crossover voters wildly exceed expectations? Or was there just downright lying in the computation of the vote tallies?

    The case of Washington state underscores the mystery of this Bermuda Triangle for Clinton delegates. On February 9th, Obama earned a whopping 52 of the Washington’s 78 delegates after a 36-point victory in the party-run caucus. Over 240,000 allegedly eligible voters cast ballots in that contest. But a week later, just ahead of a state-run certified primary, the polling data showed that Clinton might actually win the election. On February 19th, after 650,000 ballots were counted Obama eked out a 5-point victory, hardly the 2-1 margin responsible for his 26-delegate net gain in the state. Unfortunately, the primary was non-binding.

    Cronin notes in the study that those states that furnished the newcomer’s vast delegate booty contribute a grand total of 69 electoral votes in the general election. Few of these territories have voted Democratic since 1964.

    It also appears that the votes of those lucky caucus-goers counted for 5-10 times more than the traditional Democrats who attended primaries. Obama netted more delegates in his Idaho win, for instance, than Clinton in her entire Ohio-Texas-Rhode Island romp on March 4th. The following table illustrates the questionable validity of these dispersements. Notice that the last column shows the delegate gain for the winner:

    2008 Democratic Presidential Preference Election © 2008 P. Cronin
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    Even in the Navada caucus that Clinton won, Obama was awarded more delegates. The New York senator couldn’t seem to win for winning. There, the S.E.I.U. endorsement dissolved into wishful thinking when the casino workers broke for Clinton two to one, giving her a 6-point victory. A few months later, Obama left the state convention with 3 more delegates.

    While there’s no evidence implicating Dean in Obama’s caucus routs, the DNC had maintained staff on the ground in all 50 states since 2005, when he first became the chair. In August 2007, a few weeks before his rules and bylaws committee stripped Florida of its delegates, he announced in a press release that his 50-State Strategy project, the Voting Rights Institute and another DNC division known as the National Lawyers Council were collaborating on a nationwide survey of voter databases, registration procedures and other “election mechanics”. According to the release, DNC staff would work with local election boards in gathering information in advance of the 2008 presidential election. “Protecting the right of every eligible American to vote is a top priority for our party,” Dean and Brazile said in a joint statement. “Every eligible American deserves the confidence that when they go to the polls to cast their ballot they can do so without fear of intimidation or harassment, and that their vote will be counted fairly and accurately.”

    Throwing Mama Under the Bus

    On May 31, 2008, the rules committee reconvened to discuss those “eligible Americans” living in Florida and Michigan. A week before the meeting, the Democratic Party tried to attach an air of legitimacy to the proceedings by having legal counsel weigh in on the dispute. Although by Brazile’s own account, the Supreme Court gives political parties wide latitude for determining how they pick their nominees, the lawyers claimed it would be unlawful to fully honor the certified votes of January 15th and 29th . The committee could do no more than restore half the nearly 350 convention delegates up for grabs.

    Always amenable to compromise, the Clinton campaign accepted that limitation but rejected a proposal for Obama to receive some of her Michigan delegates, plus those of all the other candidates in the Michigan primary. After all, the Illinois senator voluntarily withdrew his name from the ballot, then vetoed a re-do primary which Clinton donors raised $10 million to fund. In a sane world, one could argue that he forfeited the state and therefore deserved no delegates.

    Former Governor of Michigan Jim Blanchard didn’t present that line of attack, however. The Clinton spokesman stuck to the modest request that the candidate receive delegates in proportion to the votes cast for her. A few minutes later, it was Brazile’s turn to speak, and the CNN analyst first took the opportunity to congratulate herself for displaying restraint in the meeting up until that point. Then she repudiated Blanchard as if he were a child.

    “My mama taught me to play by the rules and respect the rules…When you decide to change the rules, especially, in the middle of the game, it’s called cheating.”

    Dispatching the governor to go stand and in a corner and contemplate the error of his ways, Brazile’s committee allocated the Michigan delegates according to a fruitcake-like recipe involving exit polls, alleged write-in votes for Obama, the palm-reading of a psychic (just kidding) and the actual tally. In the end, Clinton gained a mere 4.5 delegates from the contest.

    Any masochist following the 2008 election knew by then that Brazile had disregarded her own mother’s counsel long ago. Neither she nor her co-horts have lost any sleep over the thousands of complaints filed about the conduct of the caucuses, including some 2,000 submitted in Texas alone. Voter intimidation, stacks of fabricated sign-in sheets slipped in with the legitimate records, phony declarations from Republicans about their intention to switch parties, votes delayed until deep into the night, inaccurate tallies called in by phone, and other dirty tricks have yet to warrant even a cursory investigation by those who preach that playing by the rules represents a core value of the Democratic Party.

    Even in the aftermath of her power grab, Brazile continues to denigrate those who challenge the authority of the party’s new African American leadership. In a July 22nd post on Daryl Cagle’s website, she groaned, “How many ways do these Hillary delegates, voters and supporters need to hear it before they get it? Sen. Barack Obama is the party’s nominee. He won. He will get to choose his running mate. Obama sets the agenda for the convention, and, while I understand their passion in wanting Hillary to be on the ticket and to have a prominent role at the convention, it’s not her decision… As much as we all would have loved to see a woman in the Oval Office, it wasn’t Hillary’s time. Period.”

    It’s ironic when you think about it. The DNC’s Voting Rights Institute was created to stop exclusionary practices and increase participation at the polling booth. Now its chairwoman is presiding over one of the most hostile and fraudulent campaigns since those newspaper delivery trucks ran over the boy scouts in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

    “Mr. Rove proved you can win elections with rumors, fear, division and manipulation.” Brazile wrote back in 2007, after that friendly exchange with Air Force One. “But you can’t win hearts that way.”

    No, you can’t. But then, this influential political fixer no longer appears to have use for that particular organ. Which may be why she finds men like Karl Rove and Grover Norquist so appealing.

    – Rosemary Regello editor@thecityedition.com

    (For more on the G.O.P. manipulation of the Democratic Primaries, see our in-depth report Bamboozling the American Electorate Again)

    Copyright 2008 TheCityEdition.com

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    Great Article. Finally indepth about Commissar Donna Brazeal who I have suspected of being a republican whore for a while. Makes perfect sense. Wonder when they will expose Dean the Putz.
    Sunday, July 27, 2008, 06:07:46 – Flag – Like – Reply

  63. confloyd
    February 16th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    I trust Kay on this one. I have followed her comments for years about it. Kay was actually polling very well against Perry. I don’t think anyone “ran” her, she would have won the Senate race easily here in Texas again. Her decision.

  64. Another thing, Kay ran an awful race. Not a good communicator and Perry grabbed the moment when the Tea Parties came to the forefront. He aligned himself with the cause, put himself out there like a Scott Brown, fighting for us, willing to look @ secession. Caught the passion of the moment.
    I know the SIL of Bill White and she said he was actually going to run for Senate but Kay gave mixed messages to his campaign of what she was going to do and finally he had to make a decision. I told her I didn’t think it was a good time to be a Dem, especially in Texas.

  65. So the latest rumor is that Byah retired so he could replace Emanuel as Chief of Staff?

    Let me get this straight: Bye calls Bambi, not Reid. He tells him he is resigning. Bambi and Emanuel try to talk him out of it. And his reason for resigning is because he wants Rahm’s job? Does that seem logical?

    That is not to say Rahm will remain. But it won’t leave because of Byah. And it won’t leave in response to congressional criticism for his sharp practices. That is not the Chicago Way (see above).

    Rahm will leave for one reason: the Blago trial will implicate him. And Bambi will want to separate himself from the fall-out. I predict that will happen.

    The other one who will resign is Holder. He is so far over his head that they could not find him with sonar. Kinda like Obama himself come to think of it. But the Administration aint big enough for both of them.

  66. From this link at the Gaurdian up thread:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/feb/14/all-the-presidents-emails
    What the hell is this, see below? Is this for real? It is apparently an email exchange between Obama and her daughter — he has agreed to release them to G2 (what is G2?).
    ————————————————–
    To: Sasha Obama
    Subject: Re: Hillary

    Sweetie, that was such a lovely thought of yours to send a little note to Hillary saying how pleased you were that Bill was out of the hospital in time for them to spend Valentine’s Day together! I’m sure it’ll be much appreciated. Now, just to explain about the Clintons, I’m not sure whether they actually will be spending Valentine’s Day together, like your mom and me. But that’s just because they’re both very busy people, so sometimes it’s hard for them to see each other as much as they’d like!

    xx Dad

    To: Sasha Obama
    Subject: Re: Re: Hillary

    Yeah, that’s a fair point – your mom and I are very busy people too. Look, I’ll try to explain the difference sometime. Don’t worry for now. xx

  67. Clinton in VOA Interview: US Focusing Sanctions on Iran’s Revolutionary Guard

    16 February 2010

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States is focusing sanctions on Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, asserting that the elite unit has become too involved in security, political and economic decisions.

    Clinton told VOA Tuesday that Iran is becoming a more belligerent and repressive nation as the Revolutionary Guard increases its influence.

    Clinton suggested the power shift from clerical and political leaders to the Revolutionary Guard may stem from Iran’s inner turmoil that resulted from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed re-election in June.

    Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki criticized Clinton for saying Monday that Iran has become a “military dictatorship.” He accused the U.S. of being like a military dictatorship through its actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Clinton also warned that Iran may trigger a nuclear arms race in the Middle East if it obtains an atomic weapon. In a speech Tuesday at a women’s college in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Clinton said evidence does not support Iran’s claim that its nuclear program is being developed for peaceful purposes only.

    President Ahmadinejad responded by saying he does not take Clinton’s comments seriously.

    On the Middle East peace process, Clinton said it is imperative to remain optimistic about resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She said both sides have so much at stake and will eventually realize it is in their best interest to return to the negotiating table.

    Clinton spoke at the end of a tour of Persian Gulf states, where she sought to gain support from U.S. allies for tougher sanctions on Iran.

    http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/usa/Clinton-Irans-Revolutionary-Guard-Gaining-Power-84484107.html

  68. Mrs. Smith, That was quiet interesting. I even saw Bill’s pic. I had no idea.

    PM317, I posted that as I found it at another place today and thought that creep is letting that out.

  69. wbboei, If he left to be O’s chief of staff, then they are relying on the Clinton’s to save his Presidency.

  70. 1. If you want something said, ask a man/

    2. If you want something done, ask a woman/

    3. If you want a Rezko deal, ask Obama–Show Me The Money!!!

    4. If you want to lose market share, ask Phil Griffin (NBC)

    5. If you want to know how to get your show cancelled ask Olberman.

    6. If you want to become a person of interest to a grand jury, ask Rahm.

    7. If you want to know how to play both ends to the middle, and lose, ask Crist.

    8. If you want to know how to handle Obama with kid gloves, ask Tapper.

    9. If you want to know how to destroy your party, ask Obama, Reid and Pelosi.

    10. If you want to know how to give up on a campaign, ask McCain

    11. If you want to know how to reach across party lines when you should not, ask Brazil.

    12. If you want to know how to swim, ask Teddy–oops, we will need a seance.

    13. If you want to know how to play Obama, ask Iran, North Korea, Hamas and other bullies.

    14. If you want to know how to gut a jobs bill for the 17% unemployed, ask Reid.

    15. If you want to know how to dive into an empty swimming pool and live, ask Judge Gonzales.

    16. If you want to know how to win a war with incompetent political leadership, ask General Patreaus.

    17. If you want to know how to crash a market, topple a government and buy a Nobel Prize, ask Soros.

    18 If you want to know how to unleash radical Islam on the world, ask Zbig Brzeznski

    i9 If you want to know how to be the best leader of our generation, watch Hillary.

    20. If you want to be the smartest analyst in the country, read Admin.

  71. Confloyd, yes I got the link from your comment up thread (btw, you can type the link without spaces though if you have more than one link in your comment it goes into moderation).

    What is with his answer about Hillary? Strange guy, that Obama.

  72. Obama cutting the ribbon on a new nuclear plant? Hardly surprising. This is a boon to one of his biggest backers General Electric. Their chairman Jeffery Immelt used his controlled media outlets to promote Obama and attack his opponents. He was a big campaign contributor to Obama. And now he is one of Obama’s 10 economic advisors.

    Yes this is a sweet deal for General Electric, and this is merely the first installment of a massive payback which will cost American taxpayers trillions to build such plants all over the country under the misleading label of green energy. Nuclear waste is a major problem.

  73. pm317, I really can’t figure out if this is true or not, but why would he release his emails from his kids unless someone actually hacked into them?? If its true O is sicker than we first thought.

  74. Another great article Admin. 🙂

    Wonder what everybody thinks of a independent 2012 pres run for Hillary?

    ^BTW, the “Obama emails” are fake…..

  75. It must be satire.

    This is what the article says:

    All the president’s emails: Sasha Obama; Robert Gates; the White House staff

    In a unique experiment in democratic transparency, Barack Obama – a BlackBerry owner, and the first American president to use email while in office – has agreed to copy G2 in on his otherwise highly confidential electronic communications. Each week, we present a selection from recent days:

  76. confloyd,

    My first impression of those “emails” was that it was a hoax or at worst satire. I have a hard time believing that they are authentic.

  77. My first impression of those “emails” was that it was a hoax or at worst satire. I have a hard time believing that they are authentic
    ——————–
    Jan: my reaction as well. They are as authentic as everything else about him.

  78. pm317, you’ve got to be kidding?? He did, and how do you know that?? Its so hard to find out who you are reading, there is so much disinformation. He never has a bad word to say about Hillary or BIll.

  79. It amazes me how the republicans can write books like “return to prosparity”, when they are the ones who broke the bank and ran up the bills. It is totally bizarre that people are fooled by this. The republicans have never wanted SS and they have spent the entire time since FDR to get rid of it. So to get rid of it they drove it off the cliff.

  80. I can’t stand to watch GlennBeck anymore. I hope Axelrove finds something on this guy soon and puts him out of business.

  81. “I hope Axelrove finds something on this guy soon and puts him out of business.”

    ——————

    LOL…this is what we need. The bad guys against the even “badder” guys wipe each other out.

    I love it!

  82. confloyd, he has said so, I read it on his blog. I don’t have a lot of respect for people who didn’t vote for Hillary in the primary. I also don’t think much of all Hillary Dems who voted for Obama in the GE.

  83. Sen. Gregg: Obama Bankrupting Nation, American People Face ‘Horrific’ Future

    Tuesday, February 16, 2010

    Using his strongest language to date, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) continued to sound the alarm about the dangers Barack Obama’s budget policies pose to the fate of the nation in a speech given today to the New England Council in Bedford, New Hampshire.

    The Ranking Member on the Senate Budget Committee has been speaking out in very stark terms about the effects Obama’s trillion dollar deficits and out of this world spending will have on the near and long term future of the American people.

    The Union Leader quoted Gregg as saying: “Obama’s fiscal policies will lead to bankruptcy for the nation.”

    Gregg took aim at the President’s $3.83 trillion proposed budget, which the Senator claimed would lead to economic disaster.

    “We are right now, unquestionably, on a financial course which is unsustainable, which If we continue on this course, will lead our nation into some level of fiscal bankruptcy.”

    The AP quoted Gregg as saying: “Obama’s policies will likely cause a “horrific event.”

    “The threat is that five to seven years from now we’re going to have to substantively devalue the dollar, creating an inflationary event which would be a horrific event for the American people … or alternatively, we will have to raise taxes so dramatically to catch our tail here on the spending side that we will basically crush productivity.”

    Gregg used slightly less alarmist language when he wrote in Investors Business Daily in June 2009 of his concerns about the ruinous debt Obama was planning for the nation.

    Right now we are on a perilous and unsustainable fiscal course, which, if left unchecked, will lead to some disastrous results — devaluation of the dollar, massive inflation and a confiscatory tax rate on our children that will destroy any hope for the same economic opportunities and lifestyle that we have enjoyed.

    Gregg’s proposal for a bi-partisan Congressional committee on debt reduction was recently waylaid by partisan brinksmanship.

    Gregg is retiring at the end of the 111th Congress after serving three terms as senator.

    http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Gregg%3A+Obama+spending+'unsustainable'&articleId=895ead67-0336-412b-b222-b70c47edee92

  84. My republican friend from my local coffee shop told me shortly after Obama won that if he interpreted his victory as a sign to go hard left, he might very well be another Ccarter and set the democratic party back for decades. It’s a bit too early to tell, but he may be right.

  85. If the Bushes are behind the NAFTA highway, why does anyone think Kay B. H. will not be? Wasn’t it just a week or so ago both Barbra and Geo H. made the unusual and special effort to endorse her?

  86. Confloyd,

    Cannon voted for Obama in the California primary but very soon after, got really fed up with the bullshit and the abuse from the obots. He’s been standing up for Hillary almost the whole time and has never hesitated to call Obama and his supporters out on their bad behavior.

    He’s a brilliant, worthwhile guy.

  87. My republican friend from my local coffee shop told me shortly after Obama won that if he interpreted his victory as a sign to go hard left, he might very well be another Ccarter and set the democratic party back for decades. It’s a bit too early to tell, but he may be right.
    ————————————–
    jbstonesfan: To me he is somewhere between Carter and Johnson. Carter in the sense of no major legislative victories, hyper inflation and foreign policy failure. (See the six articles by foreign policy experts which I posted a few days ago). I think he may break his pick on Iran. But maybe not. Maybe with Hillary in the point position he will do better than Carter. Let’s hope so. The other lode stone is LBJ. Gates is better than MacNamara and Patreaus is better than Westmoreland. Nevertheless what I forsee see is a protracted and bloody war in Afganistan which will undermine his support at home, and may preclude him from seeking a second term. This job takes its toll on anybody, and if you are like him and haven’t the foggiest idea what you are doing it is even worse. His management structure is idiotic. The gang of four at the center, the goebbels propaganda ministry, the 51st Ward in the West Wing, the army of Czars who report only to him. If you ran that one by Rube Goldberg he would say that is too complicated to work. I wish I could believe things will get better, but every time he acts he seems to put the America People in a deeper hole. The difference between campaigning and governing is profound and sadly he has no aptitude for the latter. In the final analysis the job is not about bamboozling the media but solving problems. Solutions talk and bullshit walks.

  88. jbstonesfan,

    Carter was a conservative president by any objective standard. His foreign policy was so conservative, that Ronald Reagan adopted his Soviet strategy without modification. It was the Carter admin’s idea to fund the Mujahadeem in Afghanistan and train them to attack the Soviets in order to lure the Soviets into a conflict similar to our involvement in Vietnam. The hope being that the Soviets would expand their defense spending and wind up going broke. Ultimately, they never did increase their spending though, so it failed on that front. The eventually fell anyway as they were always bound to do. Gorbachev complained that the Carter/Reagan strategy united the hardliners in his nation and made his job more difficult. Had it not been for those two presidents, the Soviet union probably would have fallen even sooner than it did.

    Carter was fiscally responsible. About the only area where you could claim he was a real liberal was on the alternative energy front and getting us off foreign oil would have been really nice. It bears reminding that he was a nuclear physicist – so of course, he’s interested in alternative energy. Had he had his way there, we’d be in better shape now.

    Back to Joe Cannon for a second. Here’s a blog post of his from July 08, in which he is calling out the entire Obama campaign on the NAFTA issue:
    http://cannonfire.blogspot.com/2008/06/nafta-double-think.html

  89. I agree with the consensus, Obama is as much a Capitalist (for his own personal self) as a proponent of Socialism. (for everyone else but him).

    If this video/audio interview can be captured and posted. This interview is from Dr. John C. Drew, a college student acquaintance of Obama’s during the 80s at Occidental College. He states Obama always was and still is a socialist and why he fits nicely into Soros Anti-American plan to bankrupt America.

    College Acquaintance: Young Obama Was ‘Pure Marxist Socialist’

    http://www.breitbart.tv/college-acquaintance-young-obama-was-pure-marxist-socialist/

    Link: College Acquaintance: Young Obama Was 'Pure Marxis

  90. Betty, Kay will let this highway go thru, she just calls it something else. She calls it a way to relieve the conjested highways. What they are not telling you is that its a done deal and that the highway from Peru to Mexico has already been built. They also aren’t telling you that the tolls were sold to a foreign company by the name of Ferrovial which has ties to Davos, Switzerland. Well by now if you’ve been reading this blog long you know that that is a place where Soros hangs out.

  91. February 16, 2010

    Bill Clinton Joins ‘Fight Against Childhood Obesity’

    By Michael McAuliff

    It’s not just Michelle Obama. Fresh off his heart procedure Bill Clinton is wading back into the war on obesity.

    Clinton will “celebrate the success of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation with an update on the initiative and specific success stories,” his foundation says.

    After his heart surgery in 2004, President Clinton and his Foundation partnered with the American Heart Association to address issues of heart health in the United States. After exploring options together, it was decided that one of the most important issues facing Americans today is the epidemic of childhood obesity, which can lead to early heart disease, diabetes and other health problems.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dc/2010/02/bill-clinton-joins-fight-again.html

  92. basement angel, not all that brilliant.. I have nothing against him but I do show disdain for people who didn’t figure it out in the primary and voted for the wrong candidate. The damage was already done if you voted for Obama in the primary.

  93. Okay…now in the realm of impossible…

    Putin is in discussions with Moscow’s chief rabbi to build a holocaust museum in Moscow.

    Netanyahu says Israel will build a memorial to the Red Army for their role in fighting the Nazis.

    um….anyone remember the pogroms???

  94. Mrs. Smith,

    Obama is not a socialist in any way, shape or form. He is no more a socialist than Reagan was. He is a firm believer in aligning the government with the corporate business entities – totally at odds with socialist belief.

    You have to look at his actions. What his former colleagues say about him is irrelevant. He now has a history of taking positions and the positions he is taking, to a one, are fairly rightwing. He is only a tad bit left of George Bush – that’s why we call it Bush’s third term.

    If Obama were a socialist, he would be taking positions that would be stabilizing the middle class and providing support for the lower class. All of Obama’s help goes to the already wealthy – all of it. That is the very antithesis of what socialism is about. If Obama was creating a single payer health care system, expanding free child care, building affordable housing, moving to shore up union membership, and prosecuting the fraud in the financial system, then MAYBE you could claim he was a socialist. But everything he does is completely at odds with socialist thought and policy.

    Why don’t you go to the World Socialist Website and see what actual socialists are saying about him? They don’t like him because he is the very quintessence of what they are opposed to. Here is a sample:
    http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/feb2010/obam-f15.shtml

  95. Sen. Gregg: Obama Bankrupting Nation, American People Face ‘Horrific’ Future
    ———————————
    That is exactly what I see. I wish I could tell you the statement is just partisan politics. It is not. It is objective reality. It is why we must restore checks and balances in government.

    I have worked on major mergers and acquisitions. I know what they feel like.

    During the primary, I said that this did not feel like a simple contest between two candidates. It feels like a hostile takeover of the party by a wealthy buyer. That buyer was Soros and the people around him. This was done through changes in campaign law which starved the DNC and empowered 527s which Soros controlled. (See the work by Horowitz and Poe)

    During his first year, I thought to myself this does not feel like simple governance for the good of the public. It feels like a merger. A merger between our economy and the economy of other nations, the substitution of international regulation for national sovereignty, and the collapsing of borders to lower labor standards. If you look at the priorities Obama is pursuing, i.e. Obamacare, cap and trade, amnesty, stimulus, all of them tend to benefit big business and global elites. Job creation has been a secondary priority, and that is what our nation need more than anything else.

  96. basementangel, I can tell its hard to put that social-marxist tag on him when he finishes and continues Bush’s policies, but after listening to the Breitbart video, just maybe if he follows BUsh’s policies it will drive the country off a cliff and then he and his buddies at the NOI, Acorn, NBBPP can take us over easier and put thru the marxist theology.

  97. pm317
    February 16th, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    ————–
    Thanks pm317. I posted that as a slam against meme. The Clintons accomplish more in a week than she and her husband will in a lifetime.

    She seems to think that she discovered child obesity and that no one can solve it but her.

  98. confloyd,

    Did you ever think in a million years that things would ever turn out like this?

    I knew that obama would screw up, but I never ever thought it would be this bad.

  99. Jan, I linked the post (instead of just the video), because if you follow Rachel Ray’s link in the post, you will see more of BC on her show. Love that guy!

  100. Give me a break…

    No one is a stronger supporter of Hilary Clinton in my neck of the woods, than I am. And as much as I understand your desire to highlight the failures of Obonga… but for you to say, “Evan Bayh has also proved to be a prolific fundraiser. Before Bayh left the 2008 presidential race Bayh raised plenty of cash. Bayh’s Wellpoint lobbyist wife has plenty of access to big donors too.”

    That’s repulsive and is exactly what’s wrong with Washington today.

    As Cenk Uygur noted, “No one made a deal with corporate lobbyists faster than Evan Bayh. He wasn’t sick of the problems of DC, he was the problem of DC.

    Bayh masked his craven capitulation to corporate lobbyists with a veneer of bipartisanship and moderation. If he sold out to enough special interests, he could claim that he was on both sides. But the one side he was never against was business interests that fed him his campaign cash.”

    Come on!!!!!!!!

    Yes, you’re quoting a varying lot of people about how Bayh’s resigntaion is a slap in the face to the failures of Obonga but, in the process, you’re giving Bayh a pass. Worse, you are colluding with the mainstream media in ignoring just how corrupt this a**hole is.

  101. Confloyd,

    Because there is nothing to suggest that he is a socialist. Look at his time in the Illinois senate – he’s not proposing lefty strategies there. In fact, the only groups that praise his work there are the nuclear power industry and the health insurance companies. Look at his time at the civil rights law firm where he worked – he’s not working on improving conditions for ordinary people as a socialist would. He’s putting together money for slumlord Rezko. Look at his time at the Harvard Law Review – he has a premier bully pulpit for a young man and he doesn’t use to advance any kind of socialist thought. In fact, he doesn’t use it to advance anything but himself.

    Here’s a paragraph from Wikipedia on socialism that is very good:

    Most socialists share the view that capitalism unfairly concentrates power and wealth among a small segment of society that controls capital and derives its wealth through exploitation, creates an unequal society, does not provide equal opportunities for everyone to maximise their potential[7] and does not utilise technology and resources to their maximum potential nor in the interests of the public.

    That socialist critique of capitalism pretty much defines how Obama operates.

  102. JanH, No never in a million years would I have thought that maybe we are talking nuc war with Iran or at the very least a complete collapse of the United States. It is just so completely unreasonable. I keep trying to set up some kind of a way to get a hold of my kids if the bottom falls out but they think Im nuts. I sure hope it doesn’t come to this, but I know the globalist are tired of the entitlements and will do anything to get rid of them. I think this is what they decided.

  103. pm317-

    That “All the President’s Emails” section from The Guardian is a misguided attempt at satire. They ran a similar batch of emails last year. Don’t know exactly why they think the fake emails would be amusing or interesting to their readers. Guess we would have to think like a global-warmist Brit twit to get the “joke”…

    Un-labeled, pointless, bad satire can be confusing.

  104. basement angel, I agree with everything you said, but in this bizarro world of Obama who the heck knows what his inner leanings are?? I think this man that Breitbart posted is a fake really. The republicans would never want to admit they got this fool elected to kill Hillary chances.
    I originally believed that Obama came to power from the republicans and have continued their polices, which BTW, is to collapse the govt. and get wages to compete with China, get rid of Social security and any kind of welfare. That is what I believe most of the time, LOL!! It is so hard to make heads or tails of this stuff because there is so much incoming.

  105. Confloyd,

    I think you can determine his inner leaning by where he puts his energy. He whipped for the TARP bill while Bush was president. It was Obama’s chosen job to get the Democrats to vote for that massively irresponsible and corrupt bail out. When push came to shove, he came down on the side of giving the wealthy who’d created this catastrophe billions of our tax dollars to protect them from the consequences of their actions. He’s sheltered them from prosecution. He defends them in interviews and compares their predations to the salaries of sports stars.

    He’s incredibly rightwing.

  106. Los Angeles Democrat
    February 16th, 2010 at 11:46 pm
    —————————
    True. That is what my friends in Indiana tell me. He was one of the people who played the game of voting against a big business bill only after he was sure it would pass without his affirmative vote. His position on health care went down like a mouth full of grass burs with constituents. Publicly he took the position that it must be fiscally sound. He demanded that it be sent to CBO for scoring. His polls shot up. Then the CBO scored in and he said it was okay. His polls went down. Then we learned he was twisting arms to help get the bill passed all along–behind the scenes. This is not the prevailing opinion, but it is the truth–according to what I have been told by people who live in his home state and follow politics.

  107. basement angel, You know if you listen to the Breitbart film, Obama like riding around in the BMW with great clothes and living life on the high. So when you add 2 and 2 you get capitalist (unfettered)!

  108. confloyd
    February 16th, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    The toll ownership in Davos was a good find…

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

    JanH
    February 16th, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Okay…now in the realm of impossible…

    Putin is in discussions with Moscow’s chief rabbi to build a holocaust museum in Moscow.

    ~~~~~~~~~~

    Jan, did you know, Russia had recently declared itself a Catholic country?

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

    confloyd
    February 16th, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    Exactly, connie. I think we all agree, Obama is a narcissist and a type of Marxist Socialist hybrid created by Soros as a stepping stone for achieving the Soros agenda. (Just remember this in the context of the NWO and a Global Economy) Basementangel, you can access this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marxist_Socialism for the full definition and thresholds needing to be reached including a revolution of the proletariat before the IMF/Banks and NWO step in as the new one world government. Bush and the Neocons laid the foundation in the past and the last 8yrs for what we are experiencing today. We are in the final phase of Bush III. The destruction of all the BIG Unions are Obama’s next target.

  109. I had friends at Occidental at about the same time. Socialism was a real thing there. If he wanted to be part of the in-crowd, that’s the kind of rhetoric he needed to engage in.

  110. I’m doing two things at once here. Anyway, he would have had to talk the talk at the time to be part of what was happening at that school. But he’s never walked the walk even though he had golden opportunities to do so. It’s like his opposition to the Iraq was – he was always happy to mouth opposition to it but when it came time to take a stand, he didn’t do anything. He never led. He never took a risk.

  111. I just found out that Soros gave Scott Kleeb of Nebraska on May 13, 08′ a $4600. campaign donation. If I remember right Nebraska went to Obama. I know on Kleeb website, it says to go to the Obama website to find your voting station. I hate Soros. He is responsible for all this crap.

  112. JanH, Once the collapse is final, the real war will be between the neocon fascists and the Marxist-socialist communists. We the American people will be in their grips.

  113. Russia a Catholic country???!!! Whoa!
    I think its time I re read revelations. We may have armagadden here in the US.

  114. wbb
    I do indeed remember Ronnie Earl and like you, I do like Kay and will vote for her.

    Confloyd, you and I and Betty will disagree on this one. I am voting for Kay, tomorrow as a matter of fact.

    wbb,

    That article you posted on the shame of the Dem primary was from 6.08? Already 1 and 1/2 years old and still the media is silent.Hmmm.

  115. confloyd,

    Oh we’re in the middle of a white hot class war. It’s amazingly bad right now. The wealthy are sucking up more and more of this nation’s wealth and destroying us in the process. It’s not going to between neocons and socialists – it’s more basic than that.

  116. Basement Angel: forgive me but I do not see Obama as right wing or left wing. That presupposes a coherent political philosophy. He is strictly an opportunist. In the broadest sense he wants to expand the power of government, and many people equate that with a liberal position. If the purpose was to benefit people in need then that would be true.

    But Obama has an entirely different reason for wanting to expand government and that is to create a different kind of economic system. Not private enterprise which is a Republican position, but State Capitalism like what you see in China. Not for nothing does one of Obama’s mentors and key advisors Brzezinsky praise that system. Also, note that the the program would extend beyond economics to concerns which relate to liberty, privacy, etc. in terms of reporting personal information, spying on conversations, crushing political opposition–the imprimitur of a dictatorship.

    Another element is the extinguishing government guarantees and entitlements. They want Obama to take on that issue as well. Since he does this on behalf of elitists, big media regards his as such and gives him a pass. It has taken me a long time to figure this out, but big media is really the gatekeepers of the elite.

    They hold the populist hordes at bay and they give them only the information they want. The great left wing thinker Gramasci warned working people not to patronize the newspapers because they were tools of social control by the elites of his day (See The Prison Diaries). Of course, we discounted what he said. After all, he was a Marxist. But Marxist or not he was right in that respect.

  117. Gonzotex, I am happy your voting for Kay. Its our right to vote for whom we believe in. Have a happy voting day.

    I have to say that our Shero “Hillary the Hawk” nudged this nincompoop into engaging in Pakistan, Afganistan and now Yemen, she has netted a big terrorist, bigger than Bush’s Saddam Hussein. I am proud of her. I will not give this credit to the loser in the WH. although BM and Obama will take it.

  118. ROTFLMAO!!

    WBBOEI, I almost asked basement angel to talk to you about your feelings of Obama. I knew this would not get by you!!

  119. Will wonders ever cease, John Bolton giving Hillary an off handed compliment. They better be glad she is in there working to keep us safe. According to Bolton theres nothing short of a military strike that will get Iran to quit enriching uranium. Time is short Israel, I don’t think begging Russia is going to help.

  120. That article you posted on the shame of the Dem primary was from 6.08?
    ————————–
    Gonzo: yes, I think so. A friend of mine who blogs at Liberal Rapture sent me the original article. But it was reposted at No Quarter later on and that is where I got the copy I posted.

  121. This is a new link with a better map of Nafta’s Superhighway. It has lots of new info on how they are getting pieces of it done without us knowing it and the stimulus bill was set up for the highway.
    ———————————————————————
    Connie: the loading and unloading of cargo ships at ports along the west coast is controlled by the International Longshormen’s Union (ILWU) which is domiciled in San Franciso. For reasons which are more historical that logical the contract is very expensive to operate under. What is more, slowdowns have been known to happen.

    To escape the high costs and slowdowns of west coast ports, WalMart (a non-union company) is building a huge port in Ensenada Mexico to circumvent west coast ports and American labor. Their cargo will be unloaded by non-union Mexican labor. They are buying property in Texas around Houston and elsewhere to connect that Ensenada port to the interior of the United States. I do not know if they have broken ground on the Ensenada port yet or not but for sure the project is moving forward. Once the distribution system is built other ships may avail themselves of that low cost option as well.

    So you may (or may not) add that factor to your analysis of the North American Union superhighway program.

  122. Will wonders ever cease, John Bolton giving Hillary an off handed compliment. They better be glad she is in there working to keep us safe. According to Bolton theres nothing short of a military strike that will get Iran to quit enriching uranium. Time is short Israel, I don’t think begging Russia is going to help.
    —————————————————–
    I agree with Bolton about Hillary. But I am not sure a military strike is required. I am told by my Iranian friend months ago that if we simply embargo the gasoline coming into Iran it will lead to economic paralysis since they have no refineries of their own. Somebody in the news mentioned that same thing just the other day. But the time to act grows short. We have been waiting for nearly a decade, and while we wait they build– nuclear weapons.

  123. wbboei,

    I definitely agree that he is opportunist. This is all about the boards he’s going to sit on when he leaves office and the money he is going to make. He’ll be disappointed to find that his life resembles Bush Jr’s. rather more than Bush Sr. He’ll get his board seats but no one will be itching for an interview with him. He’ll hate that.

    I think we need to define conservativism for the time being as what Reagan and Bush Jr, the most radical of the Republican presidents, practiced. By that standard, Obama is a contemporary conservative. I think there is a fairly good chance that Palin is to his left. As I said, I agree that he is opportunist but what is conservatism now but opportunism? It’s long since ceased to be coherent or thoughtful. It serves exclusively the military and the wealthy in this nation. It’s sole economic goal is extracting wealth from the middle and lower income families and transferring it to the upper class – and we allow that in this nation unimpeded by serious discussion. Every Republican president since Nixon has seen massive unemployment, lowering wages, expanding poverty, skyrocketing bankruptcies, less healthcare for average Americans and more and more wealth concentrating in the upper 1%. You can’t point to anything that a Republican president has done since Nixon that was good for average Americans economically. And Obama is following those policies to a T.

    Reagan got out of office and his friends bought him a fancy house in Bel Air. Clinton got out of office and his friends got endless grief for giving him a loan to buy a house. Obama wants to be in the former group, not the latter.

    He is not a socialist in any way, shape or form. Nor is he interested in the government dominating business other than reaping the benefits of using his office to bail the banksters out. That’s all that’s about. But that’s all it’s ever about with conservatives.

  124. Los Angeles Democrat
    February 16th, 2010 at 11:46 pm
    Give me a break…

    I have some further thoughts on this subject.

    If we confine the discussion to just the jobs bill, then the theory is valid.

    There he did not play both ends to the middle.

    There he spent time and political capital crafting a bill beneficial to working Americans.

    Whereupon Reid gutted it, for political reasons.

    We must assume the Chicago crew approved that gutting.

    As governor he made tough decisions which were beneficial to the state.

    As senator he tried to do the same thing but had the rug pulled out from under him.

  125. Basement Angel: I agree with your premise. The only issue is the label. If we were talking about the social agenda then I think the word liberal or conservative means something. But what we are talking about here primarily is an economic agenda. I think the words globalist vs nationalist are more descriptive.

    To me the word globalist means someone who favors the free movement of capital, goods, services and people across international borders. Globalists see borders tariffs etc. as sources of friction to be eliminated. They are indifferent to the impact on the well being of indigenous populations. Globalists believe in regulation by international bodies.

    To me the word nationalist means someone who sees borders tariffs, etc. as sources of national identity, property rights, law and protection against a race to the bottom. Nationalists favor local manufacturing, and keeping the dollar generated by economic activity in the local community. Nationalists believe regulation should be by each country.

    If those distinctions are correct, then Reagan was a globalist reigned in by the Soviet Union, Bush the elder was a globalist, so was his son and Obama pushes the concept of globalism to the limits of its logic, and beyond. The ultimate risk of Obama’s policies is a race to the bottom.

    To them, borders, tariffs and other indicia

    who sees borders and other indicia of national sovereignty as impediments to the free movement of capital, goods and services throughout the world.

  126. Correction to the above:

    Basement Angel: I agree with your premise. The only issue is the label. If we were talking about the social agenda then I think the word liberal or conservative means something. But what we are talking about here primarily is an economic agenda. I think the words globalist vs nationalist are more descriptive.

    To me the word globalist means someone who favors the free movement of capital, goods, services and people across international borders. Globalists see borders tariffs etc. as sources of friction to be eliminated. They are indifferent to the impact on the well being of indigenous populations. Globalists believe in regulation by international bodies.

    To me the word nationalist means someone who sees borders tariffs, etc. as sources of national identity, property rights, law and protection against a race to the bottom. Nationalists favor local manufacturing, and keeping the dollar generated by economic activity in the local community. Nationalists believe regulation should be by each country.

    If those distinctions are correct, then Reagan was a globalist who saw the United States at the center. His main challenger was the Soviet Union. Bush the elder was a pure globalist. He talked openly about a new world order/ His main challenger was Japan. His son W was a globalist who presented himself as a strong nationalist. Obama is the consummate globalist. He pushes the concept of globalism to the limits of its logic, and beyond. The inevitable effect of Obama’s policies is a race to the bottom for high cost countries like the United States.

  127. Out of curiosity does anyone else have trouble accessing this site when using wifi? I can always get to the home page but then it closes. Happens everytime with several different hotspots. No proplem going to daily kos, pumapac or even sites that are borderline pornographic. At first I thought it was a starbucks censorship thing but I’ve now tried it at a number of places and always with the same result.

  128. Los Angeles Democrat, perhaps you should quote the entire “repulsive” paragraph we wrote. http://www.hillaryis44.org/2010/02/16/evan-bayh-slaps-barack-obama/#comment-280837

    This is the entire paragraph we wrote with an additional sentence from the following paragraph:

    While the eventually to be melted Baby Hope and Change statue is probably what Obama mourns the most, an obvious danger to Obama comes from Evan Bayh. Obama Hopium guzzlers and his campaign thugs are well aware of the dangers someone like Evan Bayh (“I am an executive at heart”) poses. Usually “red” Indiana, with its 11 electoral votes is a neighbor state to Iowa, just like Illinois. Whatever shenanigans and advantages of geography Obama leveraged in 2008 to win the Iowa caucuses, Evan Bayh has the potential to leverage those shenanigans and geographic advantages as well, from Indiana. Indiana is also a neighbor state to Ohio which along with Pennsylvania will be in play in 2012. Evan Bayh has also proved to be a prolific fundraiser. Before Bayh left the 2008 presidential race Bayh raised plenty of cash. Bayh’s Wellpoint lobbyist wife has plenty of access to big donors too.

    This is not to say that Evan Bayh will be the one to take down Obama.

    What is “repulsive” about any of that? It is a clear eyed view of why the Obama campaign strategists do fear a run by Bayh. We do not say that Obama’s “shenanigans” are commendable nor is Bayh’s Wellpoint lobbyist wife. But that is exactly what Obama fears.

    If Bayh was not a “prolific fundraiser” with access to big donors and lobbyists Obama would not care about his potential candidacy one whit.

    Further, Cenk Uygur is wrong if he thinks Evan Bayh has any more dexterity or speed than Obama to make “a deal with corporate lobbyists”. Uygur perhaps has not read of Exelon or the deals Obama cut with the health insurers in Illinois. Perhaps Uygur does not know of patient dumping Michelle Obama and the entanglements of the medical industry and real estate interests in Chicago.

    Accusations that we are “colluding with the mainstream media” and ignoring how corrupt Bayh is, fail. Replace “Bayh” with “Obama” in the second quoted paragraph (Obama masked his craven capitulation to corporate lobbyists with a ….) and you will understand where we are coming from.

    Indeed it is Obama who was “never against” the same “business interests that fed him his campaign cash.” Evan Bayh is a piker compared to Obama when it comes to corruption and the “veneer of bipartisanship and moderation”.

    We stand by what we wrote as accurate and “repulsive” only in the truth of what was written.

  129. Obama has spoken…

    America doesn’t trust us

    Visits by top US officials meant to ensure Israel doesn’t strike Iran

    Alex Fishman 02.16.10

    You do not have permission to surprise us and embark on a military move vis-à-vis Iran without first coordinating it with us – this is the bottom line left behind by Admiral Michael Mullen, the US chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    He is not the first American envoy arriving here in order to make this message clear, and he will not be the last one either – Vice President Joe Biden will be arriving in Israel next month.

    The message is unequivocal: Later on, don’t claim there was a misunderstanding. There will be no Israeli military operations against Iran that we do not know of in advance and approve.

    The reality beyond the hugs, kisses, smiles, and flashy visits is that the Americans don’t trust us. They hear Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu resolutely telling them that Iran’s nuke program constitutes an existential threat for Israel and they are very concerned.

    The Americans fear that Israel will not be level-headed enough and that it won’t properly assess the aftershocks of a military strike on Iran – fire on various regional fronts, such as in the north vis-à-vis Hezbollah and the Syrians, coupled with the collapse of Arab regimes in the region.

    Admiral Mullen undertook a very unusual step when it comes to America’s diplomatic conduct. He started his visit in Israel with a surprising press conference that was not planned in advance and spoke about the undesirable results of an Iran strike. In his meetings with top Israeli defense officials he likely spoke much more concretely.

    When Biden visits, he will put less focus on the Defense Ministry and IDF, and more focus on the prime minister and on Israel’s public opinion.

    China, Russia onboard

    The sanctions on Iran are getting closer. According to American sources, China informed the permanent members of the UN Security Council that it will be willing to accept a decision to impose “tolerable” sanctions on Iran. Should the sanctions be very moderate, the Chinese promised, they will abstain in the vote or simply not show up.

    For the Americans, this is a great achievement. The US would indeed impose sanctions even without the Security Council, yet a Council resolution on sanctions, as lukewarm as these may be, would provide America with an umbrella for escalating the actions vis-à-vis Iran.

    In recent days, the Americans managed to convince one of the Persian Gulf states to join Saudi Arabia and sell discounted oil to China to replace Iranian oil. The US Administration also forced the Germany-based Siemens, one of Iran’s largest suppliers of equipment that can be used for non-conventional means, to sever its ties with Tehran as of summer 2010.

    Meanwhile, the US secretary of state hinted that the Russians will also back the sanctions. Indeed, Russia’s top brass recently called off a visit by a very senior Iranian official; instead, Israel’s prime minister arrived in Moscow.

    And so, the region is entering a new phase in the confrontation with Iran. We’re moving up a notch. Now, the Americans are sending the “kindergarten teachers” to Israel in order to maintain discipline.

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3850001,00.html

  130. Good morning All: FOX just opened Clinton and Lewinsky Day.They just hope to get at Hillary day in and day out.This is one dangerous organization of paid traitors to our Democratic way of life.More dangerous than the Taliban.They must be stopped.NOW

  131. ABM90

    I alway thought that the media knew that a story has a lifespan. That story has sailed a long time ago, and No One Cares anymore. This is especially true with all of the other affairs that have come and gone since.

  132. NMF,

    The problem is that a new book is out about Bill Clinton and Starr. Lewinsky, trying to make an all-star comeback, was interviewed for it.

  133. wbboei
    February 17th, 2010 at 3:29 am

    Correction to the above:

    ~~~~~~~~~~~

    Yes, wbb, you are correct; it’s the label. Ordinary labels we are familiar with describing political leanings do not apply to Obama unless it’s described with a mutated twist. As represented in a single example: Obama promises one thing in his speeches and does another, purposefully misleading the public and doing nothing.

    To be perfectly clear, that label would be translated as “LIAR”.

  134. JanH

    She has never been an outstanding person to interview. So who really wrote her book? I will not buy it as I formed an opinion on her a long time ago. I don’t think Bill C should have been tempted, but she was not innocent.

    All of these women who have affairs with powerful prominent men, KNOW THEY ARE MARRIED. They obviously have no morals.

    Remember the women who that guy in SF was going with (the one who killed his wife and unborn child), she did not know, and she immediately came forward and worked with the police. That women had morals.

    I have watched the women who hang outside the sports areas, and the campaigns. They really deserve what they get. I guess it is a good thing I am not the judge at judgement day.

  135. One by one Obots are waking up

    Why Hillary Clinton Might Have Made a Better President
    By Matthew Rothschild, February 16, 2010
    Has it ever crossed your mind that maybe Hillary Clinton might have made a better President than Barack Obama?

    It’s sure crossed my mind a lot lately, as we’ve seen Obama flounder so badly on health care, on the bank bailout, on foreclosures, and on the jobs front.

    Now I’ve got no brief for Hillary Clinton. She’s a centrist Democrat on domestic policy, and a very hawkish one on foreign policy. I wasn’t a big fan of hers during the primaries. I never cared for her politics. I was sick of the Clinton dramarama. And Obama at least held out the remote possibility of something better.

    But I always admired her toughness, something that Obama has in such short supply.

    And she would have had none of the foolishness about bipartisanship that Obama has had, foolishness that looks more and more like crippling naivete.

    Remember back in the campaign, when she mocked Obama’s invocation of bipartisanship by saying: “The sky will open. The lights will come down. Celestial choirs will be singing and everyone will know we should do the right thing and the world will be perfect!”

    She was criticized for being harsh, or as the sexists put it, “shrill.”

    But she was right, especially when she added: “Maybe I’ve just lived a little long, but I have no illusions at how hard this is going to be. You are not going to wave a magic wand and have the special interests disappear.”

    She also made the case that she could take a punch and keep on fighting, and she called into question Obama’s willingness to play hardball.

    Today, her critique rings clearer than ever.

    She knew the Republicans wouldn’t let any Democratic President “turn the page” on partisanship, and she was prepared to slug it out.

    But not Obama. He still isn’t.

    Matthew Rothschild is the editor of The Progressive magazine. To subscribe for just $14.97 a year, just click here.

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  136. here is a email i received today and i just want to help spread this message as i believe its important
    for the masses to know so that the TEA party isn’t smeared as something it is not.

    _________________________________________________

    TPP Statement on Tea Party Political Party
    Dear Fellow Tea Party Patriots,

    There is much talk of the formation of a third political party based on the tea party movement.

    Tea Party Patriots is issuing this statement in order to make it clear that we are not associated with any attempts to form a third party. Additionally, we believe that such efforts are unproductive and unwise at this time. The history of third party movements in this country is one of division and defeat. We believe that it is instead time for all Americans to rise up and demand appropriate reform within their own parties. The mechanisms exist for citizens to participate in their parties, and to drive their parties in the right direction.

    The Tea Party Patriots encourage all citizens to get involved in the party process, and to reshape their parties into something in which they may once again believe. This country does not belong to any one party, nor does it belong to the career politicians. This country belongs to the citizens. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “We have given you a republic madam, if you can keep it.” The founders knew that it would be our sacred obligation as citizens to get involved, and to work hard to hold on to this great nation. We have much work to do, and future generations will look back in judgment. We hope you will join us in preserving the republic.

    You are the heart and soul of the Tea Party Movement. Thank you for promoting the causes of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets with us!

  137. Biden gives Republicans the biggest politcal gaffe and advertisement for Nov elections in history. Now remind me Biden, who runs washington for the last few years, uhhmmmm think hard, Dems have the WH, a 59 vote in the senate, and a majority in the House. Now think hard, Who broke it, if its broken because it sure as hell is looking back at you in the mirror.

    Biden: Washington is “Broken”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2010/02/17/politics/politicalhotsheet/entry6215750.shtml

    Vice President Joe Biden doesn’t seem to miss his days as a senator.

    In an interview with CBS “Early Show” co-anchor Harry Smith, Biden was blunt about the nation’s political system. “Washington, right now, is broken.”

    Having served in the Senate for more than 30 years, Biden has seen a fair share of gridlock in Congress, but the current version is the worst ever, he said.

    “I don’t ever recall a time in my career where to get anything done, you needed a supermajority, 60 out of 100 senators. You can block anything with 60 (votes).

    “I’ve never seen it this dysfunctional,” he said.

    In light of the surprise Republican victory by Scott Brown in the race to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy’s senate seat in Massachusetts, Biden said the win was not solely a warning shot to Democrats.

    “I think it was to everybody in public life, and it was, ‘Hey, guys, get your act together. Get something going.'”

    According to a recent CBS News/New York Times poll, most Americans are dissatisfied or angry about the way things are going in Washington these days. Eight in 10 say Congress is more interested in serving the needs of special interest groups rather than the people they represent.

    But only a third of people feel the same way about President Obama. Nearly 60 percent think he is more interested in serving the American people.

  138. Of all the issues in warfare, this upsets me the most.

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    Taliban ‘lining up human shields’

    Taliban militants are increasingly using civilians as “human shields” as they battle against a joint Afghan-Nato offensive, an Afghan general has said.

    Gen Mohiudin Ghori said his soldiers had seen Taliban fighters placing women and children on the roofs of buildings and firing from behind them.

    The joint offensive in southern Helmand province has entered its fifth day. US Marines fighting to take the Taliban haven of Marjah have had to call in air support as they come under heavy fire. They have faced sustained machine-gun fire from fighters hiding in bunkers and in buildings including homes and mosques.

    Gen Ghori, the senior commander for Afghan troops in the area, accused the Taliban of taking civilians hostage in Marjah and putting them in the line of fire. “Especially in the south of Marjah, the enemy is fighting from compounds where soldiers can very clearly see women or children on the roof or in a second-floor or third-floor window,” he is quoted by Associated Press as saying. “They are trying to get us to fire on them and kill the civilians.”

    As a result, his forces were having to make the choice either not to return fire, he said, or to advance much more slowly in order to distinguish militants from civilians.

    Nato has stressed that the safety of civilians in the areas targeted in the joint Nato and Afghan Operation Moshtarak is its highest priority.

    Journalist Jawad Dawari, based in Lashkar Gah, told BBC Pashto that Taliban fighters remained in many residential areas of Marjah and were defending their positions with heavy weapons. “It is difficult for the Afghan army and Nato to storm Taliban-held areas because to do so may inflict heavy civilian casualties and there are still a lot of civilians in Marjah. “Whenever they launch an attack, the Taliban take refuge in civilians’ homes.” He had spoken to many local people in Marjah, he said, and they had all said the Nato offensive had made little progress since the first day.

    An Afghan military official had told reporters that the backbone of the resistance came from foreign fighters – Pakistani and Arab – and that it was feared they might resort to suicide attacks, he added.

    Improvised bombs

    As well as meeting pockets of stiff resistance, the troops taking part in the offensive have been having to deal with large numbers of improvised bombs, the BBC’s Frank Gardner in Kandahar says.

    American forces have found a so-called “daisy chain” – a long bomb rigged up from mortar bombs, rocket-propelled grenades and a motorbike, our correspondent says.

    And British engineers have deployed a device called a “python” – a length of explosives designed to set off mines and clear a safe path through them, he says.

    Afghan army chief of staff Besmillah Khan told the AFP news agency the threat from improvised bombs meant gains were coming “slowly”.

    Meanwhile, to the north, British forces have discovered an insurgent cache of stolen Afghan army and police uniforms. The find suggests the Taliban could have been planning attacks disguised as Afghan security personnel, our correspondent says.

    Nato says discussions with the local population on how to bring lasting security to the area are continuing, our correspondent adds.

    British and Afghan troops are reported to be advancing more swiftly in the nearby district of Nad Ali than are their US and Afghan counterparts in Marjah.

    Missiles ‘on target’

    The commander of British forces in southern Afghanistan said on Tuesday a missile that struck a house outside Marjah on Sunday killing 12 people, including six children, had hit its intended target.
    Maj Gen Nick Carter said the rocket had not malfunctioned and the US system responsible for firing it was back in use. Officials say three Taliban, as well as civilians, were in the house.

    Initial Nato reports said the missile had landed about 300m (984ft) off its intended target. Gen Carter blamed these “conflicting” reports on “the fog of war”. He said that protecting the local population remained at the heart of the operation.

    Speaking on Tuesday, Dawud Ahmadi – a spokesman for Helmand Governor Gulab Mangal – said the Afghan National Army and Nato forces were clearing areas around Marjah of mines. Mr Ahmadi said that 1,240 families had been displaced and evacuated from Marjah – and all had received aid in the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah.

    Operation Moshtarak, meaning “together” in the Dari language, is the biggest coalition attack since the Taliban fell in 2001.

    Allied officials have reported only two coalition deaths so far – one American and one Briton killed on Saturday.

    http://www.hillaryis44.org/2010/02/16/evan-bayh-slaps-barack-obama/#comment-280883

  139. You do not have permission to surprise us and embark on a military move vis-à-vis Iran without first coordinating it with us – this is the bottom line left behind by Admiral Michael Mullen, the US chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
    ——————————
    Jan–here is my take on this–for whatever it is worth:

    The master plan here was designed by Brzezniski. He is no friend of Israel. He and his CIA crew plus the British overthrew the Shah of Iran because he was proposing to raise the cost of oil dramatically when the current contract ran out. Also, the central focus of Brzeznkis life was to overthrow the Soviet Union. To that end, he saw the soft underbelly of that empire, with its Muslim dominated republics as the ideal place to unleash the scourge of radical Islam. He called that area the arc of instability. Well, he did so in what Hollywood imagines was Joe Wilson’s war, and in the process he also managed to unleash radical Islam upon the world. The spark he lit led eventually to 9/11 based on the law of unintended consequences. History is full of examples like this.

    Step 1 was to reach out to Iran for a constructive dialogue, and to quell the fires of radical islam.
    Part of the incentive for this approach was lucrative contracts for Obama’s friend and benefactor General Electric. The other part was to give to Bambi a Nixon goes to China moment which would reinforce American leadership, and more important than anything reinforce Obama’s image as savior of the world. That effort failed.

    Step 2 was to launch a Velvet Revolution against the Iranian leadership. Thus we saw flash mobs, texting of messages, the street protests, the fomenting of revolt by Soros Open Society Institutes, the attempt to make Moussoui into a charismatic leader and the active promotion of the protests by Western Media. As in Tienemen Square and more recently Lebanon, that effort was met with brutal repression. Not only did it fail, but it put the United States in the unenviable position of turning its back on Democracy when Obama turned a deaf ear to the cries of protestors as they were slaughtered by Basijis.

    Step 3: is underway now. It is the effort to impose multi national sanctions. The problem with this strategy is it is predicated on the concurrence of countries like China and Russia who have strong economic relationships with the Iranian leadership. Hillary has been working very hard behind the scenes to secure their support for the imposition of such sanctions. Also, she is working hard to assure the Saudis that this will work, so they do not embark on an arms race in the Middle East which will destabilize the region, and elevate the risk of nuclear war. Also, since they are the richest player in that part of the world, I am sure she is looking to them to pay the cost of economic development. If that consensus can be achieved, then an embargo is likely. The target will be gasoline–since Iran has no refineries. Assets have already been frozen. Also, to limit the fallout in the Muslim world she is redefining the Iranian leadership as a military dictatorship as opposed to an Islamic Republic.

    Step 4: would be to let Israel take preemptive actions if sanctions fail and war seems imminent. This would be seen as a last resort. It would need to be done under the cover of the United States so it does not create a wider regional conflict as radicals in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and elswhere set things on fire. This could interrupt oil supply and cause markets to crash and precipitate a world depression. I am not saying would I am saying could. But is is why a precipitous attack by Israel could have devastating consequences. On the other hand, if step 3 is not successful because the sanctions are too diluted or Russia and China get cold feet or Iran makes bellicose moves, then the United States must recognize the inescapable fact that Israel is a sovereign nation and will not allow Iran to do to them in six minutes what Hitler did to them in six years. But it has to be coodinates, and Bambi will be forced to show some testicular fortitude.

  140. NMF,

    More on that new book…

    ‘Clinton Vs. Starr’: A ‘Definitive’ Account

    February 16, 2010

    For the past nine years, Duquesne law professor Ken Gormley has worked on what he calls the “definitive neutral historical piece” about President Clinton’s impeachment. His new 800-page book The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr analyzes the events leading up to Clinton’s impeachment, while offering new revelations about many of the key players…

    http://www.wbur.org/npr/123653000

  141. wbboei
    February 17th, 2010 at 10:48 am

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    I totally agree. And the endgame, as par for the course, is to make Israel the fall guy.

  142. I get so tired of hearing that finally “this group” or “that group” is waking up to the fact that obama is poison for the country.

    Have their brains been in lockdown all this time? When all he talked about was “hope” and “change” and didn’t give definitive answers or solutions didn’t they clue in then? When Hillary kept asking him where he was going to get the money to save the world and he kept fudging, didn’t they have a aha moment then?

    It is beyond ridiculous for them to come crying now that bambi is a bad guy.

  143. “This could interrupt oil supply and cause markets to crash and precipitate a world depression. I am not saying would I am saying could.”

    ————
    wbboei,

    I am saying “would.” This is definitely the scenario that would play out.

  144. democrat 1: Rothchild still does not get it. Neither does Biden. The we failed because of excessive partisanship is a red herring. They had 60 votes. The problem was and is Bambi thinks he can run the country based on the Chicago model, and the substantive policies he is trying to advance are inimical to the interests of the American People. If Rothchild is a true progressive, then he should be more concerned about all the promises bambi has made to the progressive community which he as since broken for fisa to campaign finance reform, to lobbyists, to the Afganistan war, ad infinitum. If he is the editor of that magazine, it is not worth the $14.95 he charges.

  145. definitive neutral historical piece” about President Clinton’s impeachment. His new 800-page book The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr analyzes the events leading up to Clinton’s impeachment, while offering new revelations about many of the key players…
    ———————
    Judging by the title it doesn’t sound very neutral to me. It sounds rather judgmental. I hope it enjoys the same measure of success as Pelosi’s magnum opus which climbed to 356 on the NYT best sellers list, and then like the old soldier of the dark barracks ballad which MacArthur recalled on his return to West Point 60 years after graduation never died but just faded away.

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