Publicity Stunts Rule – Tiger Woods And Barack Obama – Razzle Dazzle

Once again Barack Obama and Tiger Woods find themselves engaged in same day publicity stunts. Tiger Woods is in trouble not because of his sexual activities outside of marriage, but because he sold himself as an avatar of family values. Today Tiger Woods sought to explain his activities, apologize, and get back to making money. No one, other than wife and family, should involve themselves in L’affaire Woods. Today Tiger Woods, whether he is to be believed or not (we frankly don’t care), performed a thorough and complete scripted apology for his actions.

Unapologetic, Barack Obama will also inflict a publicity stunt on the nation today, as he does almost every day. Today’s Obama publicity stunt in Las Vegas is the announcement of $1.5 billion in “housing help”. The announcement in “the city with the worst foreclosure crisis in the nation” has very little to do with the housing crisis, it has more to do with the Harry Reid crisis.

“The downturn is taking an election-year toll on Obama’s party as voter frustration builds. [snip]

The president is also out to help vulnerable senators protect their seats and, in turn, gain as much legislative leverage as he can.

At the town hall and a business speech he will be lending his support to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, a top 2010 election target of Republicans.

Obama’s political involvement comes as the Democrats’ command of the Senate grows shakier, jeopardizing the president’s agenda. The tide of change that Obama rode to office is threatening to slam against his own party.

The first day of the trip was all politics. Obama campaigned Thursday for Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado in Denver, then held a $1 million fundraiser for Democrats in Las Vegas.”

The gullible will believe Tiger Woods, as they believe Barack Obama. But there are two other stories, published today, that tell us more about the behavior of Tiger Woods and Barack Obama than today’s razzle dazzle publicity stunts. Explanation #1 regarding Tiger Woods:

“Inevitably, some athletes get beyond flirting. That’s why the Vancouver organizers have laid in a stock of 100,000 condoms, which works out to 14 for each of the 7,000 athletes, coaches, trainers and officials housed in the Games’ two villages. (Apparently, skiing, skating and sliding aren’t the only activities at which Olympians excel.)”

That’s right – athletes (and politicians) have powerful sex drives which make them do stupid things. The damnable offense is when high sex drive athletes and politicians pretend they are exemplars of family life when they know they are not and they seek to deceive in order to profit from their lies.

Explanation #2 regarding Barack Obama:

“Cook County a “Dark Pool of Political Corruption” – New study provides insight into 141+ years of political hijinks.

Cook County has been a “dark pool of political corruption” for more than a century, a new study by the University of Illinois at Chicago says.

Nearly 150 employees, politicians and contractors in the nation’s second-largest county have been convicted on corruption charges since 1957, according to a report released Thursday by the university and the Better Government Association (.pdf)

The 33-page study gives a history of corruption, starting from 1869 when county commissioners were jailed for rigging a bid to paint City Hall. It also details hiring scandals, including some under Cook County Board President Todd Stroger. Stroger hasn’t been charged with any crime.

In the last 36 years, 31 sitting or former Chicago alderman have been convicted of corruption or other crimes. The last was Ike Carothers (29th), who earlier this month plead guilty to charges he accepted gifts in exchange for his votes on zoning issues.”

Yup!, It’s that Todd Stroger, Obama’s friend “a good progressive”. Chicago Obama pretended to be a clean “reformer” just like Blagojevich and others before him. The gullible believed. Obama and his thugs deceived.

Tiger Woods can engage in a “live scripted mea culpa” every day of his life and the gullible and self-interested will believe whatever they are told to believe. Who cares? Unless you are his wife or a family member or an unemployed hooker or some other business associate, a good rule is “mind your own business”.

Barack Obama has and will continue to engage in ceaseless razzle dazzle publicity stunts too. The gullible and the self-interested will again believe whatever they are told to believe. In the case of Tiger Woods, who cares? In the case of Barack Obama – we’re doomed!

You can’t run a country on publicity stunts. Political publicity stunts are useful only as an attention getting device to inform that you are actually getting things done.

Publicity stunts are not useful when they are distractions from disaster. What Americans face is disaster. What Obama offers is the three ring circus, show business, the ol’ razzle dazzle.

Obama, his show business trunk of tricks, has got to go. Obama must be forced out. Obama must go and find something else to do. Like golfing.


153 thoughts on “Publicity Stunts Rule – Tiger Woods And Barack Obama – Razzle Dazzle

  1. More on the immediate consequences of the Lautenberg cancer story MoonOnPluto posted previously.

    Lautenberg spokesman Caley Gray told POLITICO that Lautenberg will not be able to return to Washington in time for a critical procedural vote on the jobs bill, scheduled for Monday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been struggling to get a 60th vote to push his $15 billion package, and Lautenberg’s absence will now require at least two Republicans votes to bring the bill to the floor on the timetable the Democrats have outlined.

  2. I totally agree. Tiger Woods wife if very wise. He said that she did not care about an apology. What she cared about was how he lived his life from now forward. Words have always been cheap. It is actions that count.

    Obama’s actions, or purposeful lack there of spoke volumes. The problem is, we take people at their words.

  3. I don’t know if you all noticed but there has been arrests of 5 muslim soldiers for plotting to poison the soldiers on that base. These arrests in December. Our government chose not to let us know about this, apparently our children that are based there are not allowed the free press. Where is the press, how did Obama keep this quiet and why?? Why weren’t we told about this until Feb.? He keeps cottling the muslims while dissing Americans and he wonders why no one trusts him.

  4. Admin: Perhaps Obama should spend more time at the golf coarse so he can go into that once he is ousted from office. He a Tiger can go on an apology tour together.

  5. Regarding publicity stunts – why hasn’t Obama had a publicity stunt with the guy who saved the plane in Detroit or the guy with the ladder in Austin that saved lives. Usually elected officials grab heroes such as these guys and stage publicity stunts with them. We’re not saying we want yet another Obama publicity stunt, but it is strange that entirely appropriate events to call attention to heroic acts are not an Obama staple.

  6. Speaking of publicity stunt, the healthcare summit is approaching. Obama is actually cramming for it.

    But look at the headline on this article:

    Obama will support the public option if Reid will? WTH does it mean? It is either a good option for the American people and its economy or it is not. If he thinks it is good, why not go out on a limb and say he wants it? (Don’t answer).

  7. Admin, good point! I would like to know why Obama hasn’t weighed in on the reverse racist statement made by Farouk Shami a democratic candidate for governor. He is a muslim brother calling all white people lazy and not worth the money it takes to hire them. So where’s the beer summit on this??? Beer summits are only against what Obama sees as real racisim which is in his mind white on black. I guess he thinks us white folk have it coming. I hope he realizes that here in Texas a guy like Farouk might as well save his money, he’s lost the race.

  8. After watching Tiger’s press conference LIVE, he gave an indication of his sincerity level when after his speech he walked over to the front row
    hugged his Mom acknowledged whoever it was sitting on either side of her….then smiled broadly at someone sitting behind them.

    IMO- TW used this opportunity to lambaste the press and the tabloids for harassing his family. The obligatory mea culpa to his wife, his family and to his faithful followers was just a PR stunt spreading so much fertilizer from that big ole manure pile beckoning to him on the 18th hole.

  9. admin
    February 19th, 2010 at 1:54 pm
    Regarding publicity stunts – why hasn’t Obama had a publicity stunt with the guy who saved the plane in Detroit or the guy with the ladder in Austin that saved lives. Usually elected officials grab heroes such as these guys and stage publicity stunts with them. We’re not saying we want yet another Obama publicity stunt, but it is strange that entirely appropriate events to call attention to heroic acts are not an Obama staple.

    Maybe the photo op will be with the guy who was arrested. You know, for having “the courage of his convictions”, and for “his deeply held religious beliefs”.



    Florida foreclosures soar

    > Posted by Harriet Brackey on February 19, 2010 11:57 AM
    The story is no longer that Florida leads the nation in foreclosures, which is it does. The story now is by how much.

    The number of home loans in foreclosure in Florida at the end of last year was 44 percent higher than at the end of 2008.

    The figure, from the Mortgage Bankers Association of America quarterly survey that captures 85 percent of the mortgage market, shows that the dismal housing story in Florida continues to run counter to the nation, where the mortgage picture is beginning to show a bit of improvement.
    Nationwide, the percentage of borrowers who have missed a mortgage payment actually declined at the end of last year. The figure fell to 3.6 percent from 3.8 percent in the third quarter of 2009.

    The Florida figure for those with one late payment was 12.66 percent, up from 12.18 percent in the third quarter of 2009.

    Nationwide, 4.58 percent of mortgages were in foreclosure at the end of last year, compared to 13.44 percent in Florida. That is far ahead of second-ranked Nevada, with 9.76 percent of loans in foreclosure.

    Here are Florida’s numbers for the fourth quarter of 2009, compared to the third quarter as well as the fourth quarter of 2008:

    Mortgage loans past due by at least 30 days in Florida
    Fourth Quarter 2009: 434,690
    Third Quarter 2009: 422,037
    Fourth Quarter 2008: 396,904
    Percent change from last quarter: +3 percent
    Percent change from year ago:+9.5 percent

    Mortgage loans in foreclosure in Florida:
    Fourth Quarter 2009: 461,472
    Third Quarter: 2009: 441,441
    Fourth Quarter: 2008: 320,315
    Percent change from last quarter: +4.5 percent
    Percent change from year ago: +44 percent

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    guess O is going to be a busy boy…will he be coming to Florida next and handing out the goodies?

  11. Everything’s coming up roses for bambi.

    (CNN) — North Korea vowed Friday not to dismantle its nuclear program — not even in exchange for economic aid — as long as the United States continues a “hostile policy.”

    “It was none other than the U.S. that pushed [North Korea] to acquiring nuclear deterrence and it is, therefore, wholly to blame for the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula,” the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

    North Korea will never abandon its nuclear program, “even if the earth is broken to pieces unless the hostile policy towards [North Korea] is rolled back and the nuclear threat to it removed,” the agency said.

    The United States believes that North Korea has enough weapons-grade plutonium to build a half dozen nuclear bombs.

    The reclusive Communist nation last year cut off six-party talks involving the United States, China, South Korea, Japan and Russia, in anger over international criticism of its nuclear and missile tests.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton previously said the United States was willing to meet bilaterally with North Korea but only within the framework of the six-party talks. She also has warned that the United States will not normalize ties with Pyongyang or lift sanctions unless North Korea takes irreversible steps toward dismantling its nuclear program.

    North Korea has made it clear it is no rush to resume the stalled talks aimed at persuading the country to give up its nuclear weapons arsenal, according to Lynn Pascoe, the U.N. envoy to the country.

    Speaking after a recent visit to Pyongyang, Pascoe said he and North Korean officials had “a frank and open discussion back and forth on a variety of issues.” But, he said, “They are not eager to return to the six-party talks.” Pascoe said the North Koreans said they do not like the United Nations sanctions slapped on their nation.

    Observers have said that the North Korea’s dire economic conditions, including a severe food shortage, could bring it back to the bargaining table.

    But North Korea said Friday that it feels no obligation to barter based on food, fuel or funding. “Those who talk about an economic reward in return for the dismantlement of its nuclear weapons would be well advised to awake from their daydream,” KCNA said.

  12. • admin
    February 19th, 2010 at 1:54 pm
    Regarding publicity stunts – why hasn’t Obama had a publicity stunt with the guy who saved the plane in Detroit or the guy with the ladder in Austin that saved lives. Usually elected officials grab heroes such as these guys and stage publicity stunts with them. We’re not saying we want yet another Obama publicity stunt, but it is strange that entirely appropriate events to call attention to heroic acts are not an Obama staple.
    Are you teasing us? OK, here’s my answer: because there is only one hero in this world and there is no room for any other. Do I go to the head of the class?

  13. admin :Put the mortar board on your head Lil Ole Grape. You’re the head of the class.
    Thanks, teach!

    Merman in Gypsy! I saw that … woo, about 50 years ago. She was mesmerizing! When she finished that number the whole audience exhaled a big OH!– like they’d had the wind knocked out of them. Pause, pause, and then came the applause. She had onstage vibes you could feel in your hair — even in the balcony.

  14. Meet the First Tea Party Activist to Be Elected Into Office

    Friday , February 19, 2010

    GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: The Tea Party movement is on a roll and it got started last April. Now a Tea Party activist is an elected official in New York State. Dean Murray just won a special election for a state assembly seat in Long Island. He says he’s the first Tea Party activist elected to government. Dean joins us in New York City. Good evening, Dean, and congratulations.

    DEAN MURRAY, R – NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLYMAN-ELECT: Hi Greta, thank you for having me.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Did you run as a member of the Tea Party or did you run as a Republican or Democrat?

    MURRAY: I’m a proud member of the Brook Haven and Suffolk County Republican Party, and also I was on the conservative line, as well. But I was one of the original — one of the organizers of one of many original tea parties on tax day in 2009.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Are you a happy member of the Republican Party or are you branching off into the Tea Party — I don’t know it is not really a movement yet, but whatever it is.

    MURRAY: I think it is a movement. Yes, I am very happy to be in the Republican Party. I’ll tell you why, because it seems like while the Democratic Party is working so hard to tear down what the Tea Party movement is about and discredit them, it seems the Republican Party is embracing the Tea Party movement.

    And the important thing with that is the Tea Party movement is based on what the core Republican values are based on. The Tea Party movement is based on smaller government, about fiscal responsibility, and most importantly, and I think this is the key word for this entire year, “accountability.”

    VAN SUSTEREN: So what is the difference for you between being a part of the Tea Party movement and being a Republican? Why don’t you just run as a straight Republican and why are you organized as part of the Tea Party movement and go to the events?

    MURRAY: That’s a great question. I think it’s because the frustration of the Tea Party patriots, a lot of them are, deep down, again, I have to say they believe in the same core values at the Republican Party.

    But the frustration was the party seemed to be drifting away and getting away. And I think the people around the country and what we are seeing now with the Tea Party patriots is they want to get back to the basics to their core values, again, of the smaller government, fiscal responsibility, personal responsibility, and of course accountability to the voters.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Rewind to last April 15th. Were you part of one of the tea parties? Did you attend one?

    MURRAY: No, I actually organized one on Long Island. There were a handful in Long Island, and I was the one that organized the Medford tea party in New York in Suffolk County, and was thrilled that we had several hundred people out there.

    The mood was, they were angry. They wanted to be heard. They don’t feel like the elected officials — they feel as though there’s a disconnect between the elected officials and the taxpayers. They want to be heard. And they want accountability. And they are demanding accountability.

    VAN SUSTEREN: What was your occupation before you got involved in politics?

    MURRAY: I’m a small business owner. I own an advertising agency that publishes several actually free publications.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Had you ever gone to a protest or a demonstration of any sort prior to the one you organized last April 15th in New York?

    MURRAY: I can’t say that I have. I have been involved with the Republican Party in several races and helped and volunteered. But I think it was the Tea Party movement that really spurred me on because it just, again, got back to the basics and the frustration. It was a way to let the elected officials know that you are going to be held accountable.

    And the best part is, Election Day is when the accountability is — comes to roost.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Do you think there will be a separate tea party like the Republican Party or the Democratic Party, or do you think the Tea Party will be a subdivision of the Republican Party?

    MURRAY: I don’t think it is going to be. It is interesting that people say, do they back Republicans? Do they back Democrats? We have a couple of local organizations, the Conservative Society for Action and the Suffolk 912 project on Long Island. They don’t look at party first. They look at the candidate and what they stand for.

    But as I said before, it just appears the Republican Party and candidates are embarrassing the values where the Democrats are trying to fight the Tea Party and discredit them.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Dean, thank you for joining us, and good luck, sir.

    MURRAY: Thank you very much.,2933,586821,00.html

  15. The Founding Fathers Would Repudiate Obama and his Chicago Thugs

    1. “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a
    troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left
    to irresponsible action.”
    — George Washington, in a speech of January 7, 1790

    2. “The power to tax involves the power to destroy;…the power to
    destroy may defeat and render useless the power to create….”
    — Chief Justice John Marshall, 1819.

    3. “The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions,
    that I wish it always to be kept alive. It will often be exercised when
    wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little
    rebellion now and then.” — Thomas Jefferson, letter to Abigail Adams, 1787

    4. The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can
    bribe the people with their own money.
    — Alexis de Tocqueville

    5. The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse
    every time Congress meets
    — Will Rogers

    6. It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by
    men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot
    be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be
    repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such
    incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can
    guess what it will be to-morrow. Law is defined to be a rule of
    action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less
    fixed? — James Madison, Federalist Papers 62

    7. It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our
    liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of
    citizens and one of the noblest characteristics of the late
    Revolution. The freemen of America did not wait till usurped power had
    strengthened itself by exercise and entangled the question in
    precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they
    avoided the consequences by denying the principle. We revere this
    lesson too much … to forget it. — James Madison.

    8. I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the
    Constitution which grant[s] a right to Congress of expending, on
    objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.
    — James Madison, 1794

    9. Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.
    — H.L. Mencken

    10. Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies
    to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule–and
    both commonly succeed, and are right… The United States
    has never developed an aristocracy really disinterested or an
    intelligentsia really intelligent. Its history is simply a record
    of vacillations between two gangs of frauds.
    — H. L. Mencken

  16. admin
    perhaps the recent heroes declined to appear with the selected so as to not politicize their actions or have the names associated with the bile.

  17. What a difference.HOCUS POTUS is the frequent flier and the frequent tele-reader.He is an example of bad election judgment and cowardly fear of racial retaliation from empowered BO followers.

    Just take another look at the work that Hillary continues to put forth for her country and the world at large.


    Press Releases: Secretary Clinton to Deliver Remarks on the Future of NATO on Monday, February 22
    Fri, 19 Feb 2010 13:45:20 -0600

    Secretary Clinton to Deliver Remarks on the Future of NATO on Monday, February 22

    Office of the Spokesman
    Washington, DC

    February 19, 2010


    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver remarks on the Future of NATO on Monday, February 22 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ritz Carlton in Washington, D.C. Atlantic Council Chairman Senator Chuck Hagel will offer welcoming remarks, and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will introduce Secretary Clinton.

    Secretary Clinton’s remarks are the opening event of the Washington Strategic Concept Seminar, which will focus on future NATO capabilities and forces as well as provide recommendations for drafting NATO’s next Strategic Concept. The seminar is co-hosted by The National Defense University and Allied Command Transformation in partnership with the Atlantic Council, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Johns Hopkins SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations.

    This event will be open to the press. Media interested in attending should RSVP to or 202-778-4991.

    Pre-set time for live and still cameras: 4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
    Final access time for journalists: 5:15 p.m.

    Ritz Carlton
    1150 22nd Street NW
    Washington, DC

    Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued media identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center) or (2) a media-issued photo identification card,

    Press Contacts:
    U.S. Department of State
    Office of Press Relations
    (202) 647-2492


  18. The below is what happened at CPAC’s convention. A speaker from a conservative youth group denounced CPAC for inviting a gay republican group to the convention. From the crowd reaction there just might be some hope that American conservatives might learn from British conservatives and abandon the anti-gay ugliness, which is unfortunately a big vote getter for them. The events at CPAC might only mean that the conservative elites are ready to abandon gay-bashing while the grass roots are not quite there yet. It is still an advance if the conservative elites do abandon gay-bashing. See for yourself:

  19. Its Still The Economy Stupid
    Larry Johnson
    No Quarter

    Barack Obama and his dud economic team, aided and abetted by a largely clueless media, continue to indulge the fantasy that the so-called stimulus plan “worked” and that recovery is just over the horizon. I wish that was true but other recent developments indicate that the fledgling recovery is going to get smothered in its crib. Not good news.

    The next shoe to drop is the collapse of the commercial real estate market bubble. Today’s Washington Post has the story:

    A mortgage crisis like the one that has devastated homeowners is enveloping the nation’s office and retail buildings, and few places are likely to be hit as hard as Washington.

    The foreclosure wave is likely to swamp many smaller community banks across the country, and many well-known properties, including Washington’s Mayflower Hotel and the Boulevard at the Capital Centre in Largo, are at risk, industry analysts say.

    The new round of financial pain, which some had anticipated but hoped to avoid, now seems all but certain. “There’s been an enormous bubble in commercial real estate, and it has to come down,” said Elizabeth Warren, chairman of the Congressional Oversight Panel, the watchdog created by Congress to monitor the financial bailout. “There will be significant bankruptcies among developers and significant failures among community banks.”

    Remember, this is happening in Washington, a city normally considered recession proof because you have so many people sucking on Uncle Sam’s tit. What happens when these small banks go under? They’ll be snapped up by larger banks, which means we are back to the business of creating financial monsters that are “too big to fail.” Think this will create more jobs? Nope.

    Then we have Ben Bernanke’s move last night to boost the Fed discount rate charged to banks. The Financial Times reports:

    The attempt by the 11-month risky asset bull run to navigate an inevitable hurdle got off to an inauspicious start on Friday.

    Stocks and commodities stumbled in Asian trading and the dollar found favour after traders were caught off guard by the US Federal Reserve’s announcement that it would raise the discount rate it charged banks.

    However, a more stoic response from New York traders saw Wall Street reverse early losses and hit a four week high.

    “As the marketplace digests what the real implication of the [Fed’s] move is, it will realise it is less of a negative than people thought last night,” said Craig Peckham, equity trading strategist at Jefferies & Company.

    The Fed was at pains to point out that the move did not mean it had changed its outlook for the economy or monetary policy. But some investors remained wary that the decision represented an important step in its exit from the liquidity measures deemed crucial in supporting assets during the past year.

    “The fact that this was done not at a scheduled meeting and after the [market] close are likely indications that the Fed does not want this interpreted as a change in the overall policy outlook,” said Don Rissmiller at Strategas.

    Check out Larry Doyle’s take at Sense on Cents. Please understand that Bernanke’s move will make it more attractive for investors to buy U.S. dollars. A good thing, right? Not really. This ultimately will make credit more difficult to get, not easier. This also is likely to lead to higher interest rates for folks trying to get a mortgage. That means that even fewer people will be able to get a loan to buy a house. If people are not buying houses and condos then they are not also buying new furnishings, appliances and electronics.

    And how about exports? It will cost more to buy US goods (that’s because the dollar has risen in value). That could discourage tourists coming to the U.S. and will likely lead to a higher trade deficit. Because our dollar is up in value we can, in theory, buy more foreign goods. All of this is likely to fuel an inflationary cycle.

    Of course why should Barack Obama know anything about how the private sector works? He’s been on the public tit most of his life. With only a brief stint at a law firm, the rest of his life has been spent living off of the public funds in one fashion or another. I understand why he does not understand, but that does not make our nation more secure economically. Still troubled waters ahead.

  20. Lots of Sally Quinn stories today.

    Over a long career at the Washington Post, Sally Quinn has had more than her share of controversies, sometimes about her personal life (her affair with and later marriage to then-Executive Editor Ben Bradlee) and more frequently because of something she wrote (a Carter-era story of hers which claimed that Zbiginiew Brzezinski jokingly opened his fly in front of a reporter had to be retracted).

    What got her a ton of criticism inside and outside the Post Friday was a combination of both – using her Style section column to try to explain what appears to be a nasty family squabble pitting her against Bradlee’s son and former daughter-in-law from an earlier marriage.

    Quinn, at 68 the long-time doyenne of Washington’s social scene, tried to shoot down reports of “dueling” weddings and that she had deliberately scheduled her son Quinn Bradlee’s nuptials on the same day as the long-planned wedding of Bradlee’s granddaughter.

    “Everyone has a dysfunctional family,” Quinn wrote. “Ours is no exception.”

    But not every family member wants the family’s so-called dysfunction detailed in the pages of the Post. Both Ben Bradlee Jr. and his ex-wife, ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz, complained in separate emails to Post publisher Katharine Weymouth, according to a source. [snip]

    While it’s true that Quinn writes a “personal column,” the use of it to bat away reports about her son’s wedding seemed to some as overstepping the ostensible subject of her column, hosting social events and planning dinner parties.

    Former Post reporter Tim Page described Quinn’s column in the comments section on the Post’s website as “the worst piece ever printed in Style,” while inside the Post, one staffer summed up what the newsroom consensus of the piece: “total joke.”

    The blogosphere reaction was equally brutal.

    “It is hard to know where to begin with this Quinn piece, but one way to begin is to pull back and take the wide-angle view, which is that she believes she has been given a column in the Washington Post Style section to deal with her personal business,” wrote Tom Scocca, while dissecting the piece with Choire Sicha on The Awl.

    Wonkette mocked Quinn with a Drudge-style siren blaring with the news that two weddings were planned for the same date, with Gawker adding that the Post now “exists primarily as Sally Quinn’s idle family gossip forum.” And the Huffington Post’s headline: “Somehow this Sally Quinn Column is Happening in the Washington Post.”

    In the column, Quinn responded to the suggestion made by Annie Groer in a Politics Daily column Tuesday that the “dueling weddings” had caused “some family friction” within the Bradlee clan.

    Groer wrote that Quinn Bradlee’s original wedding date at the National Cathederal had been moved up six months to April 10, because his fiancée, Georgetown yoga instructor Pary Williamson, became pregnant. That was the same day Greta Bradlee’s wedding is scheduled to take place in California.

    Groer should know something about both Quinn and the Style section – she once was one half of the Post’s gossip column, The Reliable Source. When she contacted Quinn for her story, Quinn wouldn’t discuss the issue. “We have decided together, we weren’t going to talk about the wedding,” Quinn told Groer.

    But then three days later, Quinn used her entire column to address the wedding issue, writing that it was all a scheduling snafu and not done intentionally to keep Bradlee Sr. on the east coast while his granddaughter got married on the west coast.

    Quinn writes that both Bradlee Jr. and Raddatz sent out Save the Date cards, and she “gave ours to my husband to put the date on his calendar, and he did not.”

    But, she said, there was never any question about whether she would be flying to California. “Over Christmas,” she wrote, “ Greta’s mother and I came to an understanding that, because of existing tensions, it would be best for all if none of us attended Greta’s wedding.”

    Quinn said the whole episode reminder her of something she wrote in her book, “The Party,” which is that “even the so-called experts screw up.”

    She added that it “ never occurred to any of us that my mistake would be a story, much less a gossip item that proved so upsetting to the two couples.”

  21. admin: Why in the world was the Dalai Lama sent out the back door?? I realize we can’t pist off the Chinese, but really, couldn’t they have put a carpet down or something he was in sandles and no coat. This is just disgusting.

    JanH, Is there really a way to sign up now for Team Hillary? I am not sure how to do it on twitter/facebook. I have been out all afternoon,(had to get away from the Alzheimers unit here at home to maintain sanity), is there any news??

    I think the administration is going to hang Iran onto Hillary, but theres not much we can do about Iran.

  22. To all you lawyers out there, is this legal???

    By: Byron York
    Chief Political Correspondent
    02/19/10 3:52 PM EST
    Attorney General Eric Holder says nine Obama appointees in the Justice Department have represented or advocated for terrorist detainees before joining the Justice Department. But he does not reveal any names beyond the two officials whose work has already been publicly reported. And all the lawyers, according to Holder, are eligible to work on general detainee matters, even if there are specific parts of some cases they cannot be involved in.

    Holder’s admission comes in the form of an answer to a question posed last November by Republican Sen. Charles Grassley. Noting that one Obama appointee, Principal Deputy Solicitor General Neal Katyal, formerly represented Osama bin Laden’s driver, and another appointee, Jennifer Daskal, previously advocated for detainees at Human Rights Watch, Grassley asked Holder to give the Senate Judiciary Committee “the names of political appointees in your department who represent detainees or who work for organizations advocating on their behalf…the cases or projects that these appointees work with respect to detainee prior to joining the Justice Department…and the cases or projects relating to detainees that have worked on since joining the Justice Department.”

    In his response, Holder has given Grassley almost nothing. He says nine Obama political appointees at the Justice Department have advocated on behalf of detainees, but did not identify any of the nine other than the two, Katyal and Daskal, whose names Grassley already knew. “To the best of our knowledge,” Holder writes,

    during their employment prior to joining the government, only five of the lawyers who serve as political appointees in those components represented detainees, and four others either contributed to amicus briefs in detainee-related cases or were otherwise involved in advocacy on behalf of detainees.

    Holder says other Obama appointees, like Holder himself, came from law firms which represented detainees but did no work on behalf of the terrorist prisoners. But other than Katyal and Daskal, Holder does not reveal any names of any Obama appointees, nor does he mention the cases they worked on.

    And what are they recused from, anyway? Very little. Holder writes that Katyal has not worked on any Guantanamo detainee matters but has participated in litigation involving detainees who continue to be detained at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan and in litigation involving [Ali Saleh Kahlah] al-Marri, who was detained on U.S. soil.” As for Daskal, “she has generally worked on policy issues related to detainees,” Holder writes. “Her detainee-related work has been fully consistent with advice she received from career department officials regarding her obligations.”

    As for everyone else, Holder lists no names and no cases, but in a paragraph filled with modifiers, he makes it clear that all the lawyers who had advocated for detainees are free to work on general detainee matters.

    The senior Department officials referenced above, like other political appointees who are similarly situated, have recused from particular matters regarding specific detainees in which their former firms represent the detainee or another party and from decisions relating specifically to the dispositions of particular detainees represented by their former firms. These recusals pertain to decisions relating to particular matters involving specific parties who are or have been represented by their former law firms within the relevant time period. However, as noted above, these senior officials have been authorized to participate in policy and legal decisions regarding detainee matters, in particular matters regarding specific detainees whom their prior employer did not represent, and in decisions relating to the disposition of such detainees. [emphasis added]

    Finally, it is possible that there are more than nine political appointees who worked for detainees. Holder tells Grassley that he did not survey the Justice Department as a whole but instead canvassed several large offices within the organization.

    Bottom line: Holder revealed no names beyond the two already publicly known. He revealed no cases from which Justice political appointees recused themselves. The letter, which will likely be interpreted on Capitol Hill as a thumb-your-nose statement, is sure to anger Republican senators more than satisfy them

  23. Hillary Clinton: Fired up and ready to run in 2012

    Jeff Berkowitz

    There is now a good chance that Hillary Clinton, 62, will run for President in 2012 [which she of course denies]. The Hillary story is the story that the mainstream media missed yesterday. It all starts with the unraveling of the Obama administration policy with Iran. Hillary seems to be on top of the danger from that country that is becoming iminent [See below] and she will probably be able to argue that she couldn’t, as Secretary of State, persuade President Obama to take a harder line. So, the blame for Iran, as with other failed Obama administration policies, will be laid at Obama’s doorstep. But, as I said, let’s start with ysterday’s story about Iran and then we’ll work our way up to Hillary’s 2012 run.

    Iran strives to become a nuclear military power

    Everybody got the obvious news flash: Iran has never stopped its efforts to become a nuclear military power. The U. S. National Intelligence Estimate of 2007 was wrong. Iran did not suspend its nuclear military program in 2003. Germany, France, Britain and Israel were right. [Read here].

    As Charles Krauthammer said last night on FNC’s Special Report, the U. S. is now to the left of the IAEA. And, oddly it was George Bush’s CIA that firmly put us there in 2007. Houston, we got a problem–Texan George W. Bush should have exclaimed.

    Time for Obama to Pivot?

    A smart Barack Obama, the Barack Obama I knew well in 2001-04 [watch a less guarded Obama here] would pivot at this point, see if he could institute major league sanctions, the equivalent of a financial sector and gasoline import blockade, by April 1, 2010 on Iran. If the effect of sanctions were to cause Iran to engage in full disclosure of its nuclear program and allow credible inspections to convince the U. S., by June 30, 2010 that Iran was dismantling its military nuclear program, then the U. S. should proceed down that path.

    This journalist believes there is virtually a zero probability that Iran will pull back from its military nuclear program, sanctions or no sanctions. In that case, President Obama should see which, if any, allies would join the U. S. in its plans to “take out,” Iran’s burgeoning nuclear capability. Obviously, Israel would. If the others do not, then it would still be time for the U. S. and Israel to proceed. It is an extremely difficult and risky task, but living with Iran as a nuclear power would be even more difficult and more risky.

    When Obama would have invaded Iraq

    State Senator Barack Obama argued to this journalist in summer 2003 that had we vigorously enlisted the cooperation of our allies in a strong, continued inspection program in 2002-2003 and had it failed due to Saddam’s lack of cooperation, etc., well then, the U.S. could have gone to its allies and argued that it had engaged Iraq and that it had worked multi-laterally with its allies. Having done all of that, U. S. Senate Candidate Obama told this journalist, on TV on “Public Affairs,” that the U. S. would then have been in a stronger position to ask its allies to join the U. S. and others in an invasion of Iraq.

    Will Obama invade Iran in July, 2010 after the sanctions fail ?

    Mutatis Mutandis, Obama could, this summer, make the same argument as to Iran. Surely, the U. S. engaged Iran and its allies. The U. S. tried, engagement failed. It will then be time for Obama to go to Plan B.

    However, most likely he will not. The Obama I knew is not the Obama who is our President. Most likely, by 2011, Iran will become a military nuclear power.

    Democrats lose or almost lose their Congressional Majorities

    There is also a good shot that the Republicans will pick up the House and Senate in 2010. There is an even better chance that the Republicans will come very close but the Democrats will maintain their majorities, especially in the Senate. Either way, many Democrats will be ready to change horses. Yes, even though the Democratic Primaries are populated by strong liberals– as the Republican Primaries are populated by strong conservatives– ideology has its limits. The ability to win counts. Hillary can win the nomination, this time, by running to the center and arguing she can keep the Presidency and the Congress for the Democrats in 2012.

    Don’t blame me, Hillary says.

    Note that Hillary has stayed pretty much out of the Obama domestic program. No reason to blame her for the lackluster economic recovery, wasteful jobs program, messy continued financial bailouts, floundering healthcare reform, death of cap and trade and education reform. That is all due to what Team Hillary will characterize as the inept management of Obama, Axelrod and Emanuel, the three amigos gone bad.

    And, Hillary is the Obama Administration’s hawk on Iran, as she was when she ran against Obama in the 2008 Primaries. Hillary announced that Iran’s military nuclear program was alive and well this past Sunday and the mainstream media completely missed it. But, she said it. And, she will argue that she tried to steer the Commander-in-Chief to a tougher line on Iran, but she couldn’t. And, she tried, behind the scenes, to get Obama to be more bi-partisan, but she didn’t succeed, so Obama lost most, if not all, of the Democratic majorities. Or, so Hillary will argue.

    The sad polling data for Obama

    Obama’s approval rating is now down to 47%; The Republicans now lead the Democrats in the generic congressional vote and almost 60% of the country think the country is on the wrong track. [Real Clear Politics poll averages]. As Hillary’s gender, if not ideological sister, Sarah Palin likes to say on the stomp, “How’s all that change and hope stuff working out for you.”

    Do you want to continue down that path of gloom and doom for the Democratic Party, or are you ready for the responsible leadership of Hillary Clinton, she’ll ask.

    Well, are you?

  24. Former US presidential aide Haig in critical condition

    WASHINGTON — Former US secretary of state Alexander Haig, a blunt-talking top aide to three presidents, is in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, a spokesman for the facility said Friday.

    “General Haig was admitted to the Johns Hopkins Hospital on January 28th and he remains in critical condition,” Gary Stephenson told AFP by telephone. Stephenson declined to offer further details.

    Haig, 85, served as secretary of state under president Ronald Reagan after being a top adviser to presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

    Haig mounted an unsuccessful bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 1988, losing to the eventual nominee and then president George Bush.

  25. Admin,

    There is a new blog (that is pro-Hillary as well, I think) that is inviting people to write for it. It is called Aggressively Liberal. Someone named admin writes for it — is that you, too?

  26. February 19, 2010

    Michelle Obama Tells Huckabee Home Is ‘News-Free Zone’

    Michelle Obama told Fox News host Mike Huckabee that she’s sure to watch Fox News — a target of criticism from her husband in the past — this weekend to catch their interview.

    First lady Michelle Obama said she tries to stay away from news because she wants to formulate her own opinions based on her experiences.

    But Obama told Fox News host Mike Huckabee that she’s sure this weekend to watch Fox News, a target of criticism from her husband in the past — Huckabee’s interview with Obama airs at 8 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday.

    In the interview, Obama said she reads news clips for the headlines, “but I tend and I try to keep home kind of news-free zone.”

    That may be difficult since the Obamas share their home with the press most of the time. Even so, Obama said she has had some practice and has learned to leave work at the front door.

    “You know, it’s sort of like when you work above the shop, you can’t just bring work home,” she said.

    Instead, she lets the president eat dinner and unwind with his daughters at the end of a long day.

    As for the president, his spokesman has told reporters in the past that he tends to stay away from watching the news at night, though he spends a lot of time surfing the political blogs and online news publications.

  27. Lots of elder statesman dying all of the sudden.

    Wbboei, I heard Jeb Bush himself say he will not run for Potus and I believe him. I think that was Obama wanted to talk to him about. He is probably being threatened. I hope we can defeat Perry here in Texas and send him home to whereever just like we did Tom Delay. Looks like all the Texans are coming home, even old Ken Starr. I will be glad when I don’t have to look at Rove anymore.

  28. admin
    February 19th, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    BTW, no one should miss the pictures of the Dalai Lama escorted through a filthy side door of the White House.


    Admin- Obama’s embarrassing disgraceful behavior towards the Dalai Lama proves he is a dangerous souless dog capable of hating for others. For this insult, Obama has invited the universe to impose a similar response returned to him 100 fold.

    … girding the loins highly recommended.

  29. I heard Jeb Bush himself say he will not run for Potus and I believe him. I think that was Obama wanted to talk to him about. He is probably being threatened. I hope we can defeat Perry here in Texas and send him home to whereever just like we did Tom Delay. Looks like all the Texans are coming home, even old Ken Starr. I will be glad when I don’t have to look at Rove anymore.
    I doubt that was the purpose of the meeting. First, why would Obama care? Second, Obama invited the father, and the father asked the son to come along. Third, why would they confide in Obama. I doubt anyone is being threatened. Fourth everyone who plans to run denies any interest until they are ready to announce. The only exception is Newt.

    If Obama wants to threaten Poppy, I say have at it. Old man Bush was head of the CIA, is a former president, and has more money than Bambi will ever see. If Obama played a little power play like that the old man would laugh in his face. I think the reason he asked for the meeting was to deliver a message to the Republican leadership and Obama was too much of a coward to deliver it personally. As you may recall, Bambi stopped in to see Bush when he was in Texas. Beyond that it is not worth speculating about since we have nothing to go on.

  30. Stack’s Austin plane crash statement, from http://

    Search terms “Tea Party”, “tea”, etc not found. Nor ‘deficit’. Nor ‘stimulus’. Nor ‘Obama’. Nor ‘constitution’. Nor ‘founders’. generates a ‘Wordle cloud’ showing which words occur most frequently in a text. It would be interesting compare a Wordle cloud from Stack’s statement with one from a Tea Party statement. I think there would be hardly any overlap. The key words (above) often used in the Tea Party issues don’t occur at all in Stack’s statement.

    One clue to Stack’s ideology:
    In particular, zeroed in on a section relating to the wonderful “exemptions” that make institutions like the vulgar, corrupt Catholic Church so incredibly wealthy.

    I haven’t heard of the Tea Party people being anti-church. They’re more often accused of being too religious.

  31. whoa. did i suddenly wake up in a parallel universe? CPAC boos homophobe speaker. how will ms. maddow and the folks at msnbc react to this?

    way to go CPAC.

  32. admin
    February 19th, 2010 at 10:27 pm
    BTW, no one should miss the pictures of the Dalai Lama escorted through a filthy side door of the White House. The garbage bags and what appears to be discarded fabrics from Michelle’s dresses is disgusting.

    even the Dalai Lama cannot escape michelle’s rampage. poor guy is sleeveless in the cold!

  33. First, about Tiger’s photo-op. I’ve never cared for the guy, but thought his message was pretty smooth. Wondered if it had been penned by Jon Favreau since BO and TW share so much.

    Lastly, from Rasmussen: Only 21% say US Government Has the Consent of the Governed
    …Seventy-one percent (71%) of all voters now view the federal government as a special interest group, and 70% believe that the government and big business typically work together in ways that hurt consumers and investors….

    71%. Hardly a fringe group….

  34. Ani, that website is no relation. But we are very happy every time we see a new website that supports Hillary. Because of all the recent news events we are way behind in rolling out some articles which we will try again to publish this coming week. As we publish the postponed articles we will address why it is so important to have our own pro Hillary network of websites. It’s good to see the growth of Hillary supporter websites continues.

  35. Obama’s despicable treatment of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

    Redacted from an article by the incomparable Caroline B. Glick
    Jewish World Review, (“JWR”) Nov. 13, 2009

    Once again, US President Barack Obama has demonstrated his intention of “putting light” between America and Israel. His hostility towards Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu during the latter’s visit to Washington this week was breathtaking. It isn’t every day that you can see an American President leaving the Prime Minister of an allied government twisting in the wind for weeks before deciding to grant him an audience at the White House.

    It isn’t every day that a visiting leader from a strategically vital US ally is brought into the White House in an unmarked van in the middle of the night rather than greeted like a friend at the front door. Furthermore, he was forbidden to have his picture taken with the President; forced to leave the White House alone, through a side exit; and ordered to keep the contents of his meeting with the President secret.

    Ahead of Obama’s meeting with Netanyahu, the Wall Street Journal reported that Obama was effectively attempting to blackmail the Israeli premier by conditioning the meeting on Netanyahu’s willingness to make tangible concessions to the Palestinians during his speech before the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America. Although the report was denied by the Obama administration, if it was true, such a move by the White House would be without precedent in the history of US relations with Israel. Moreover, if untrue, the very fact that the story rings true is indicative of the wretched state of US relations with Israel since Obama entered office.

    Obama’s hostility was evident as well during his meeting with fifty Jewish leaders at the White House this week. In an obvious bid to split American Jewry away from Israel, Obama refused to discuss Israel or Iran with the concerned American Jewish leaders. As far as Obama was concerned, all they deserved from him was a primer on the brilliance of his economic policies and the worthiness of his plan to socialize the American healthcare industry. His foreign policy is none of their business.

    Obama’s meeting with American Jewish leaders was supposed to be a consolation prize for American Jews after Obama cancelled his first public address to American Jews since taking office. The White House claimed that he cancelled the speech because his visit to the Fort Hood memorial service made it impossible for him to attend. Then the conference was a three-day affair. The organizers would probably have been happy to reschedule. Instead, as Iran races to the nuclear finish line, America’s Jewish leaders were forced to sit through White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel’s kitschy Borscht Belt schmooze about his bar mitzvah.

    The ironic thing about Obama’s nastiness towards Netanyahu and his arrogant treatment of the American Jewish community is that while it has made him the first US president to have no credibility among Israelis and has caused a 14 percent drop in his support among American Jews, it has failed utterly to earn him the trust of the Muslim world.

    Today the Fatah movement is in disarray. Last week its leader Mahmoud Abbas announced his intention to retire and has placed the blame for his decision on the Obama administration as well as on Israel. Key Palestinian spokesmen like Saeb Erekat have declared the death of the peace process and called for the renewal of the jihad against Israel.

    As for the larger Muslim world, a report this week in the New York Times stated that the US’s key Arab allies Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been perilously weakened since Obama took office. Their diminished influence has been accompanied by the rapid rise of Iran and Syria. Both of these rogue states have been on the receiving end of continuous wooing by Obama administration officials who seem ready to do just about anything to appease them.

    In the meantime, Iran’s Hizbullah proxy in Lebanon has again managed to regain control over Lebanon’s government despite its defeat in last June’s parliamentary elections. It is making full use of the fact that it fields the most powerful army in the country. It also has benefited by the US’s decision to abandon the pro-Western March 14 movement in favor of an approach that makes no distinction between America’s friends and foes in Lebanon. Hizbullah has strong-armed its way back to the driver’s seat in the new Lebanese government.

    As for Hizbullah’s Iranian bosses, far from convincing them to moderate their policies, the Obama administration’s efforts to appease the ayatollahs have emboldened Iran’s theocratic leaders to adopt ever more radical positions against the US. As senior US officials try to make light of the fact that in the past week Iran has thrice rejected their latest offer to have the US, Russia and France enrich uranium for them, the Iranians announced that they will put on trail three hapless American hikers for espionage. Iranian security forces, along the Iran-Iraq border in Kurdistan, four months ago, abducted the three young Americans.

    The fact that Obama’s policies have all failed so spectacularly presents a unique opportunity for Israel to move its policies, in a bold new direction. Many commentators and policymakers have claimed that it falls on Israel to help Obama succeed where he has failed. In their view, Israel must go out of its way to establish a Palestinian state during Obama’s term of office or accept the blame for any renewal of the Palestinian terror war against it. Such voices — most strongly represented this week by French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman — have tried to blame the failure of Obama’s attempt to reinstate negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians on Israel’s alleged intransigence.

    (Isn’t it great for ignoramuses like Thomas Friedman and the French incompetents to have Israel and Jews around to blame for their stupidity and failures? Yes, Israel should accept national suicide in order to please the world’s idiots) Jsk

    In response to these allegations, this week Netanyahu expressed profound interest in negotiating with Abbas. This move was ill-advised. Although it is true that by proclaiming his devotion to the so-called peace process, Netanyahu was able to deflect some of the White House’s attacks against him, the short-term advantage it brought him this week in Washington is eclipsed by the long-term damage such an approach causes the country. In the long-run, Israel is harmed when its leaders promote the fiction that it is possible to reach an accord with the Palestinians that will bring about the formal and peaceful establishment of a Palestinian state.

    As Netanyahu prepared to fly off to Washington, Abbas made clear that he would not make any concessions to Israel for peace. Together with his fellow Fatah members, Abbas made clear that like Hamas, Fatah does not recognize Israel’s right to exist, does not support peaceful coexistence with Israel, and shares Hamas’s dedication to continued war against Israel.

    For their part, pro-Palestinian lobbyists Robert Malley and Hussein Agha are now arguing that the two-state solution has failed and that the time has come for a one-state solution in which Israel ceases to exist as a Jewish state by accepting the Palestinians as full citizens in one bi-national state.

    The Israeli Left, as well as the State Department and several European governments have now embraced the un-elected Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s plan to unilaterally declare Palestinian independence in Judea, Samaria, Gaza and Jerusalem in two years. The aim of the Fayyad plan is to coerce Israel into abandoning all the lands it took control over during the 1967 Six Day War by implicitly threatening to deploy international forces throughout “Palestine” that will be charged with “protecting” the new Palestinian state from the IDF.

    Both the Fayyad plan supporters and the one-state solution crowd believe that their plans can indirectly advance the so-called peace process. In their view, frightened of both a unilateral Palestinian declaration of independence and of a bi-national state, Netanyahu will abandon his demand for a demilitarized Palestinian state and for defensible borders for Israel and voluntarily withdraw the IDF and the 250,000 Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria to within the 1949 armistice lines. But the fact is that there is no reason for Netanyahu to fear their plans. Indeed, it is high time for Israel to call their bluffs.

    The shocking truth is that the demographic threat is an empty threat. The demographic doomsday scenarios for Israel are all based on falsified Palestinian census data from 1997 that inflated the number of Palestinians in Israel, Judea, Samaria and Gaza by 50 percent. As the independent American-Israel Demographic Research Group demonstrated in early 2005, Israel has no reason to be concerned that by maintaining its control over Judea and Samaria, it will become a majority Arab state. Today, the combined population of Israel and Judea and Samaria leaves Jews with a two-thirds majority. With Jewish immigration and fertility rates rising, negative Arab immigration rates, and decreasing Arab fertility rates, the long-term projections for Israel’s demographic viability are all positive.

    As Netanyahu knows, there is consensus support among Israelis for his plan to ensure that the country retains defensible borders in perpetuity. This involves establishing permanent Israeli control over the Jordan Valley and the large Jewish population blocs in Judea and Samaria. In light of the well-recognized failure of the two-state solution, Hamas’s takeover of Gaza and the disintegration of Fatah accompanied by the shattering of the myth of Fatah moderation, Israel should strike out on a new course and work towards the integration of Judea and Samaria, including its Palestinian population into Israeli society. In the first instance, this will require the implementation of Israeli law in the Jordan Valley and the large settlement blocs.

    Replacing the military, government in these areas with Israel’s more liberal legal code will also advance Netanyahu’s economic peace plan which envisions expanding the Palestinian economy in Judea and Samaria by among other things reintegrating it into Israel’s booming economy. This plan would reward political moderation while marginalizing terrorists in Palestinian society. In so doing, it will advance the cause of peaceful coexistence over the long-term far better than the failed two-state solution. Far from engendering peace, the two-state paradigm empowered the most corrupt and violent actors in Palestinian society at the expense of its most productive and moderate citizens.

    Obama’s disgraceful treatment of Israel and, for that matter, his atrocious treatment of the majority of America’s allies in the Middle East and throughout the world, has strengthened the hands of America’s worst enemies and made the world a much more dangerous place. But his obvious failures provide Israel with an opportunity to take control of events and change the situation for the betterment of Israel and the Palestinians alike.

    Applying Israeli law to the Jordan Valley and the major Israeli population blocs in Judea and Samaria will probably not win Netanyahu many friends in the Obama White House. But if we learned anything from Obama’s insulting treatment of Netanyahu and American Jews this week, we learned that regardless of what Israel does, the Obama administration has no interest in being his friend.


  36. Another “to do” is all Obama huggers must be ostracized. That is another reason why we are so interested in the Rubio v. Crist election.

    Rubio v. Crist will take center stage next month with a debate. Notice how Rubio plays smart even on the debate question by showing deference to Fox and not Meet The Press.

    Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R-Fla.) will debate his primary opponent for the Republican Senate nomination on national TV next month.

    Crist and Rubio have both agreed to appear on Fox News Sunday on March 28th. The Crist campaign has agreed to a Meet the Press appearance as well, originally schedule for March 7th, but Rubio will only agree to a Meet appearance if it’s televised AFTER Fox.

    “FOX Network has shown serious interest in this primary campaign since day one and was the first national news organization to extend an invitation for a debate,” a spokesman for Rubio tells RealClearPolitics. “Marco Rubio gladly accepted immediately and will be happy to debate Charlie Crist on Meet the Press or anywhere else after he has kept his commitment to have the first debate on FOX on March 28.”

    Nationally televised debates are rare for a state-level primary. In this case, the appearances reinforce how dramatic the Florida race has become. Crist entered the race as the overwhelming favorite only to see Rubio, with support from conservative activist, steadily gain ground.

    Almost as much as Democrats, Crist, who supported the stimulus package, has become a victim of Tea Party populism.

  37. RIP Alexander Haig

    Even this questionable President does not listen to the news, but uses the internet and reads the blogs. So what does that tell you?

  38. Well the New Mexico Legislature have not been able to balance the budget within their regular session. So It will cost us $50k a day starting Wednesday, until that is accomplished.

    At the National or State level, this should not be happening. They all use it as a political game of chicken. BALANCING THE BUDGET (National or State)is a major item in THEIR job descripiton, and if THEY do not accomplish it THEY will not be paid. THEY will not be paid because THEY will be fired for not having accomplished one of the major areas of THEIR job descripiton.

    Why do we have such strict rules about job description and accomplishing the major areas in the JDs in priviate industry and even in government jobs and we allow politicians to

    1. not have a job description

    2. completely fail to accomplish anything except get pork for their states or areas and ride their jets back and forth to California.

  39. Re: Dalai Lama escorted out the PEOPLE’S HOUSE through that FILTHY backdoor, in the cold with no coat and wearing sandals, through a PILE of garbage…someone refresh my memory about what MO said about, “…if SHE can’t take care of her OWN house what makes you think that SHE could take care of the White House?????”
    How many people does it take to escort the Dalai Lama out the filthy, garbage laden White House back door? Answer: not as many as it takes to carry out Michelle’s White House garbage.


    RUN, HILLARY, RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your nation needs you.

  40. Sat, Feb. 20, 2010

    Sestak holds to story of job offer

    By Thomas Fitzgerald

    In the face of a White House denial, U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak stuck to his story yesterday that the Obama administration offered him a “high-ranking” government post if he would not run against U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania’s Democratic primary.

    A White House official “vociferously” denied his account yesterday as Sestak insisted on national television that he had told the truth, but declined for a second day to divulge details.

    “I was asked a direct question . . . and I answered it honestly,” Sestak said in a Fox News interview. “There’s nothing more to go into.”

    Sestak made his startling claim Thursday during the taping of Comcast Network’s Larry Kane: Voice of Reason, a public affairs show televised on Sunday evenings.

    “Were you ever offered a federal job to get out of this race?” Kane asked near the end of the 30-minute interview.

    “Yes,” Sestak answered.

    “Was it Navy secretary?” Kane asked.

    “No comment,” Sestak replied.

    In response to follow-up questions from the host, Sestak said the job was offered by the White House. He also nodded when asked if the offer was for a high-ranking post.

    President Obama and other leading Democrats are supporting Specter, a five-term incumbent who switched from the Republican Party last spring. Some Democrats, including Gov. Rendell and state party Chairman T.J. Rooney, have publicly urged Sestak to spare the party an expensive primary fight.

    After the taping, which was attended by an Inquirer reporter, Sestak declined to answer questions about the alleged offer from the White House.

    “I’m not going to say who or how and what was offered,” Sestak told The Inquirer on Thursday. “I don’t feel it’s appropriate.”

    Sestak, a retired admiral, said he was approached in July. He announced his challenge in August.

    The White House official would not elaborate on the statement, given under condition of anonymity, that Sestak’s account was false.

    The Washington Post reported yesterday that Sestak, in a separate interview Thursday about White House pressure, said, “There has been some indirect means in which they were trying to offer things if I got out.”

    Sestak’s charge comes as he is working to overtake Specter, who leads him by an average of 12 points in multiple public polls taken since last May. Specter also has a cash advantage of about $3 million, but Sestak is counting on voter frustration with Washington to fuel an upset.

    Some analysts said that Sestak’s disclosure was convenient, a reinforcement of his preferred image of independence, especially since he would not answer questions.

    “Affixing motives is tricky business, but to me, it is hard not to see it as part of candidate packaging,” said Christopher Borick, pollster at Muhlenberg College. “Why else do you say it?”

    Specter’s campaign was more blunt. “Congressman Sestak’s continuing odd behavior raises serious questions about his career,” campaign manager Christopher Nicholas said. He noted that Sestak also has disputed a 2005 Navy Times report saying he had been forced out because of poor morale in his command.

    “So Sestak wants us to believe only he’s right, and the Navy and the White House are incorrect?” Nicholas said.

    Whatever happened in this case, the Obama White House has been accused of meddling in other Democratic primaries. Aides reportedly tried to stop New York Gov. David Paterson from seeking reelection to clear the path for the administration’s preferred candidate, state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

    In September, the Denver Post, citing anonymous Democratic sources, reported that White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina had suggested to candidate Andrew Romanoff that he could get an administration job – a post at the foreign-aid agency USAID was mentioned – if he were to drop his challenge to Colorado Sen. Michael Bennett. The White House denied that there was an offer, and Romanoff, a former speaker of the state House, is still in the race.

    “It’s difficult to see it as a mere coincidence,” said Brian Walsh, chief spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. “This is not only Chicago-style politics at its worst, but it’s precisely the type of politics that . . . Obama pledged would never take place in his White House.”

  41. NMF says:
    “Even this questionable President does not listen to the news, but uses the internet and reads the blogs. So what does that tell you?”
    Betcha he doesn’t read hillaryis44! – he’d have a stroke! I’m sure he reads only the worshippers’ blogs while he glances left and right, checking his image in the side view mirrors on his computer display!

  42. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Haig family.
    An interesting life. I am sure they will review it. He was an aid to McArthur, and picked up some of his management style. McArthur was a Shogun in Japan after the war.

  43. If you follow the link above to the pictures of the Deli Lama leaving by “the help entrance around back” and look at number 6 of 13 which shows three people, the lead being a woman, it looks like the pile even smelled bad.

    What excuse is there for this? I would not tolerate a guest suffering this in my own humble home, why do I have to tolerate it in our National Home? Who is in charge of protocol there? Who is in charge of common courtesy?

    Geese, I can’t believe I am saying it, but they give Chicago a bad name.

  44. Betty,

    This was all to appease the Chinese. It is obama and his minions talking out of both sides of their mouths. Because obama and rahm are so wishy-washy on everything as well as, insensitive, sneaky and conniving, they never expect to be found out and yet time and time again they are.

    Hillary would never have disgraced this noble man in such a disgusting way.

  45. Last week the so called experts of the conservative blogging community were giving us solid assurances that Obama care is dead. Lacking the 60th vote, Obamacare was subject to a filibuster. Then we heard from those same oracles of wisdom that there were ways to tunnel under but none of them will work. Gee that is a relief. Now we are told that the dims have discovered that they do not need 60 votes and can pass a new plan, which is a hybrid of the House and Senate bills by a simple majority. And now we also hear that we must contribute to advertising campaigns in swing states and hold those two idiots from Maine in check and kill whatever emerges in the House. WTF. These “experts” understand the rules of congress just about as well as Penn understood the delegate allocation rules in California. I had an old friend who was an Army mess cook. I am sure he is dead now. He used to say bullshit rules the world. I used to believe him. I now know he was wrong. What rules the world anymore, or at least this county is incompetence. There is no question we need to address health care costs. The question is what aread we address and how we do it. The middle ground between the House and Senate version is a blight on privacy rights, liberty and cost containment. I would rather be ruled by the first 50 names in the Brooklyn phone directory than by the entire faculty of Harvard Law School or the University of Chicago.

  46. Jan H, Those are good to take out specific targets and PEOPLE,! Well lets hope there sucessful. That little ship isn’t much that the Iranians have, but looks like they are expanding the military. Do you know whether Hillary has said anything about their belief in the 12th Iman?

  47. This was all to appease the Chinese. It is obama and his minions talking out of both sides of their mouths. Because obama and rahm are so wishy-washy on everything as well as, insensitive, sneaky and conniving, they never expect to be found out and yet time and time again they are.

    Hillary would never have disgraced this noble man in such a disgusting way.
    That is absolutely right on all counts.

  48. I thought I have heard that on the news, but not in any article. They call them twelvers. THe revolutionary guards are twelvers.

  49. When I tried to go to I got a message saying it was under conctruction.

    Any one know what is going on.

  50. NMF, I could not find it at all.

    I was watching “very little” of the CPAC convention, but happened to notice all the rebel rowsing that was going on (which is to be expected), but the notion that American has done nothing but and only good things over the world is ludricrous at best. I don’t want to sound to (Van Jones), but it is just a matter of history. What Soros, Z-big and Presidents since Eisenhower did in South America is anything but good and it was done by the very same people who proclaim that free and unfettered capitalism is right next to GOD is just nuts. People have died because of Friedman’s theories so I really get tired of listening to the republican drumbeat. It’s sick! Had the republicans been in charge of the Catholic church we still would have had the Vatican, but I doubt there would be any Catholic Missions throughout the world giving free food and medicine away, would there???

  51. Obviously the sleeveless one does not know HOW TO KEEP HER HOUSE!!!!!!

    Remember her trashing hillary on this topic…but may be it is her and her husband’s background to keep the trash piling around like that!!!!

  52. admin
    February 20th, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Thanks so much for your reply. I just checked out that other website briefly so I don’t know what their whole program or belief system is overall. Wtih a name like, I wondered how lefty lefty that makes them. 🙂

    The founder got on the Hillary2012 Facebook page and advertised for writers if people are interested in contributing so I thought I would mention it here.

  53. Queen Michelle Obama and her News-Free Zone

    February 20th, 2010

    Are you kidding me? In an interview with Mike Huckabee, Michelle Obama said she stays away from news because she wants to formulate her own opinions based on her “experiences.” Obama said she reads news clips from the headlines, “but I tend and I try to keep home kind of news-free zone.”

    At this unusual time in American history – when more Americans are waking up to what’s going on in their government and getting involved, Queen Obama announces that her family home is a “News-Free” zone, because she prefers her own “experience” to those of her fellow citizens. She has no need for factual events going on with anyone else.

    We teach our kids in school to stay on top of current events and we hold discussions with them in classrooms and at our dinner-tables. Adults gather at watercoolers, lunch tables, and townhall meetings to discuss news. Many turn to Twitter, Facebook, and other social media to stay informed.

    But not Michelle Obama. Forget about gathering information and researching facts. Her home is a “News-Free” zone and her personal experience is all that she needs.

    Heaven knows that any news about what the country is actually thinking, doing, or saying is the last thing she wants to hear about.

    “Let them eat cake” she may as well have said.

    Never mind if her personal experience has been limited to Chicago, and she knows nothing about the experience of rural, non-black, or “less than elite” Americans.

    Has she ever been on welfare? Has she ever slept in the projects? No?

    What about an understanding of middle class America? She’s been living on the high end for a long time; enjoying the pay-offs that come with her husband’s social and political positions. Does she have any understanding of what it is like to work your fingers to the bone and still not be able to make ends meet? Or what it is like to keep a small family business in the black with today’s economy and taxes? No? Lived and worked in the rural bread basket of America; known people who gather for coffee in a small town cafe?

    I’ve had experience with all those things, and it amazes me that Michelle Obama assumes she can have any understanding of what I or most other Americans are about. She’ll never understand the Tea Party if she’s going to depend solely on her personal “experiences” to formulate her opinions. But…maybe she doesn’t want to understand the Tea Party.

    But what can we expect. This is no different then what any of the “progressive” elite are doing. They really don’t give a rip about the poor or middle class. Just like John Edwards, they don’t even like being around them. They feign concern, wailing about “all the poor that can’t afford Health insurance” simply because it makes good sound bites and gives an excuse for their dominating agenda.

    But heaven forbid they spend any real time getting their hands dirty. You won’t see John Edwards or Michelle Obama wiping saliva off the chins of elderly with dementia, much less take the time to really hear what “Tea Partiers” are trying to say.

  54. 73% Agree That Washington Is “Broken”

    Friday, February 19, 2010

    Seventy-three percent (73%) of U.S. voters agree with Vice President Joseph Biden that “Washington right now is broken.”

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 15% disagree with the vice president’s analysis of the political situation in the nation’s capital. Twelve percent (12%) more are not sure.

    Yet while 87% of Mainstream voters say Washington is broken, 73% of the Political Class disagree.

    However, 75% of all voters now say they are angry at the government’s current policies, up four points from late November and up nine points since September. Sixty percent (60%) think neither Republican political leaders nor Democratic political leaders have a good understanding of what is needed today.

    Sixty-three percent (63%) believe, generally speaking, that it would be better for the country if most incumbents in Congress were defeated this November. Their confidence in their own congressman also continues to fall.

    That’s because voters are less tolerant of congressional gridlock. Fifty-seven percent (57%) now see passing good legislation as a more important role for Congress than preventing bad legislation from becoming law. Thirty-seven percent (37%) believe preventing bad laws from being enacted is more important. But this marks a nine-point shift in favor of good legislation from a survey in early November when voters were nearly tied on the question.

  55. Funny that Joe Biden says Washington is broken, isn’t he the one who co-chairs the “one” who broke it???

    That line has always been something that has irritated me ever since John Edwards used it. I read somewhere that the wife of the guy who claimed paternity for Edwards baby said that although she never like Edwards she believed he could make a good Potus and run the country well. That was the most ridiculous things I had heard in recent times. Edwards wasn’t even a good senator. He was only there one term and started running for Potus, gee, that seems to be the norm these days.

  56. admin
    February 19th, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    BTW, no one should miss the pictures of the Dalai Lama escorted through a filthy side door of the White House. The garbage bags and what appears to be discarded fabrics from Michelle’s dresses is disgusting.

    a. Ahem. To anyone who might have thought, “Those lowlifes Barack and Michelle are going to sully the presidency and trash up the joint”, well, maybe you were right. We here at Big Pink didn’t say that; that would be “racist”. Just saying that those who might have said that…appear to be right.

    b. Another example of trying to please everyone winds up pissing off everyone. China is still going to be incensed that the Dalai Lama was invited at all, no matter how poorly he was treated. (He might have been treated better if he was on a visiting championship sports team). And the Dalai Lama found out that just because you were invited to a fancy party doesn’t mean that that you were invited in the front door as an A-list’er; after all, they need D-list’ers to clean up after the party.

  57. Betty
    February 20th, 2010 at 11:03 am

    If you follow the link above to the pictures of the Deli Lama leaving by “the help entrance around back” and look at number 6 of 13 which shows three people, the lead being a woman, it looks like the pile even smelled bad.

    Then there is slide 13 of 13, where the Dalai Lama is speaking at a dais holding up his middle finger and index finger…anyone able to PhotoShop out that index finger?

  58. I spoke to a friend of mine this morning who told me that Rove was on FOX this morning. He addressed the legality of the latest Obama ploy to get around the filibuster and shove his health care proposal down everyone’s thoats with a bare majority through the reconciliation process. He said this would be unconstitutional. Also, it would be a violation of the Senate Rules. It would precipitate a constitutional crisis which would end up before the US Supreme Court.

    As far as this summit is concerned some people are advising the party not to attend unless proper ground rules have been agreed to, in which case they should be reduced to writing. Otherwise, Obama will violate them, just as he violates every other promise he makes.

    As far as Marco Rubio is concerned, my friend told me to be a little cautious. She has friends in Miami. They say Marco rose through the Miami political structure which is not the greatest. He was a lobbyist before he became a politician. He is articulate and charismatic but is not always there when you need him. He comes across as a boy scout. He is being promoted by the conservatives who they regard Crist as a RINO. Also, as the Hillbuzz guys have intimated Crist is leading a double life. In sum, my friend was not a fan.

  59. wbboei,

    I have kept my silence on Rubio for a while. I don’t put him on a level playing field with obama, but there is something about him that just seems smarmy to me. I worry that charm and promises are all he is made up of, in which case Americans would be jumping from the fire into the frying pan if they elect him after bambi.

  60. Hillary Clinton praises Haig for his contributions

    Saturday, February 20, 2010

    WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is praising one of her predecessors, Alexander Haig, who died on Saturday.

    She says Haig earned honor on the battlefield and won the confidence of presidents and prime ministers. Clinton says Haig also earned “the thanks of a grateful nation.”

    Haig was secretary of state under President Ronald Reagan, and was a four-star general who served as a top adviser to three presidents.

    Haig’s family says he died in a Baltimore hospital at age 85 of complications from an infection.

  61. a final thought on Rubio…

    It is so easy to say what you think the public wants to hear. Bambi did it over and over again. I really home Americans have learned their lesson by now but I guess we will wait and see if they get taken in again and again.

  62. The Economic Cycle

    1. Recession: your neighbor loses his job.

    2. Depression: you lose your job.

    3. Recovery: Obama loses his job.


    President Barack Obama’s new Islamic envoy, Rashad Hussain, changed course Friday – admitting he made sharply critical statements about a U.S. terror prosecution against a Muslim professor after initially saying he had no recollection of making such comments.

    “I made statements on that panel that I now recognize were ill-conceived or not well-formulated,” Hussain said, referring to a 2004 conference where he discussed the case.

    Hussain’s reversal came after POLITICO obtained a recording of his presentation to a Muslim students’ conference in Chicago, where he can be heard portraying the government’s cases towards professor Sami Al-Arian, as well as other Muslim terrorism suspects, as “politically motivated persecutions.” Al-Arian later pled guilty to aiding terrorists.

    The comments touched off criticism from conservative commentators, who questioned whether someone who held those views should represent the United States in the Muslim world.

    Initially, Hussain, 31, said through a White House spokesman that he didn’t recall making the statements. Hussain also suggested that another speaker on the panel, Al-Arian’s daughter Laila, made the comments about her father.

  64. I have not listened to the GOP’s new wonder boy. I just don’t like wonder boys anymore as we are living under the dems one now. I like good CLEAN experience. I would also like one that hasn’t gone after the other side with LIES. So for it will be hard to please.

    I went to my little town’s republican headquarters today as it also doubles as the town’s cafe. There’s a great big Medina for Governor sign right if front. I love it, no globalists here in my town for governor. I wish I knew the latest poll on Texas.

  65. Admin,

    I find it hard to believe that obama didn’t know about these comments from his new envoy.

    Someone tell me why this idiot potus thinks he is so above everyone else that he can get away with anything he wants to?

    It’s easy to apologize after the fact but words are meaningless compared to what Hussain stands to lose here.

    Once again scandal rips through this poisoned congress. Is this going to be swept under the rug as well as everything else?

  66. President Barack Obama’s new Islamic envoy, Rashad Hussain, changed course Friday – admitting he made sharply critical statements about a U.S. terror prosecution against a Muslim professor after initially saying he had no recollection of making such comments.
    Rashad Hussain, 31, is not capable of representing the United States in its dealings with the Arab world. He is untrustworthy. That Obama would select this individual for that role, speaks volumes about his own incompetence/

  67. Iwatched and listened to Glenn Beck and I am more than a little concerned that he was not wearing his party Arm Band.He reminds me of what I actually heard coming out of Germany in the Thirties.Our political system is in tatters and these dangerous spokepersons along with FOX are shutting Hillary out of the Media News coverage.We here at Big Pink are giving too much critical time to her detractors and too little time for her aevery day accomplishments 24/7.Big important keynote speech for her Mon.6pm in NY.Lets get with her friends and keep the torch burning for the one person that can salvage our country from the destruction caused by Obama and friends.

  68. BTW, for those who might be spotting anti-Clinton dirt and stories, it might just be that Repubs are scared that Obama is going down, only to be replaced in 2012 by a REAL candidate…perhaps that nice SoS lady.

  69. I haven’t seen much anti Hillary, I have seen alot of anti Beck. The republicans are messing up now because of Beck. He’s has been calling the teaparty terrorists for over a week.

  70. JanH, DId you happen to notice the “simulation” of a cyber attack shown on CNN this evening?? It was chock full of folks like Michael Chertock and others. I wonder what this was about and why?? I don’t know if it was to advance fear or whether it was to let us know that our Potus can and will take over the internet if one of these attacks ever happen.

    I know on Monday Hannity will tell us exactly what happened on Sept. 17, 08′. You know if they have real knowledge of who and why this happened why are the republicans waiting til 2010′ election cycle to tell us about it??? It smells fishy. Of coarse I only caught a little of GlennBeck antics today, I wondered if we were watching a broadway play or a speech at CPAC? Such theatrics!

  71. Confloyd, JanH, wbboei – Just wanted to say hello! As usual, I visit everyday but don’t post. Just felt the need to say hello and appreciate what an extraordinary job Admin is doing.

  72. #
    February 20th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Notice that there is no genuflecting here…


    Clinton meets Saudi king after tough talk on Iran


    I was pleasantly surprised Jan by the video you posted. Bill and Hillary are held in such high esteem by World leaders. It is refreshing to see and hear a response of concern for BC’s health and well being from a Saudi King during HC’s visit. (sans a cow-tow-bow)

  73. Hi Secret. It has been a long time. Glad to see you are still around. If things work out the way we hope they do, which is to say, as Berkowitz predicted in the posting yesterday, then I suspect the team will return to the playing field for Hillary and we will be back to 1000 posts per day.

  74. confloyd
    February 20th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    JanH, DId you happen to notice the “simulation” of a cyber attack shown on CNN this evening??


    There was a special on at 8pm tonight about it- It will probably be shown again soon. If I happen to see when it is on again; I’ll post an alert here. I watched the new BBC “Survivor” series. Unlike our reality series, this is a futuristic look- When a deadly virus wipes out most of the world’s population, a handful of survivors struggle to stay alive.

    No electricity-

    No cell phones- internet- electric cars.. a provocative show getting you thinking for sure

    The way things are going with the ‘under-achiever’ we need to be prepared to jump confidently any which way in any direction-

    You can view it online as well…

  75. Mrs. SMith, Apparently the show you watched was much like the prediction of Michael Chertoff of what would happen after a cyber-attack. I think its all fear mongering on both sides.
    The one party that has been in control of this country for ever is being threatened by its people. We’ve actually formed a group called tea party and its scaring the hell out of them. We are putting for Debra Medina’s of the world. They weren’t scared of Scott Brown, but you can bet Medina is scaring the hell out of them. She is a real person, just like Sarah was last year.

    I wonder why she did not show up at the republican CPAC. I have an idea they want her to be know as the “big mama” of the tea party. Sarah is just such an easy target and they know she has so many things they can twist and ruin her so who better to represent the tea party.

  76. #
    February 20th, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Hello Mrs. Smith – how are you doing?

    Yes, it’s refreshing to hear concerns for BC from a Saudi King.


    Hello Secret!

    Wonderful hearing from you. Please keep posting and staying close-by just in case we are separated by unexpected developments. You never know…. 🙂

  77. Oh, definitely, there is something afoot going on behind the scenes. The X-Order signed in Jan/10 and Govs appointed this month… They are setting up for something they know will be happening soon.. (controlled chaos)

    Very worthwhile familiarizing ourselves with all your links confloyd. Thanks for posting the info-

  78. I’m finding the following to be a good read. Here are a few snips:

    WHEN President Barack Obama’s secret service codename was revealed as Renegade and his wife Michelle’s as Renaissance, the names seemed perfect for a first couple who had come to Washington to shake things up.
    “This administration has managed to divide its friends and unite its enemies,” said Steve Clemons, director of the American Strategy Programme at the New America Foundation.

    He and others lay the blame on the Chicago team, advisers from Obama’s adopted city. “Obama’s West Wing is filled with people who are in their jobs because of their Chicago connections or because they signed on early during his presidential campaign,” complained Doug Wilder, who in 1990s Virginia was America’s first elected black governor and was an early backer of Obama. “One problem is they do not have sufficient experience at governing at the executive branch level. The deeper problem is that they are not listening to the people.”

  79. There is a famous line in one of Orsen Wells’ movies: “what 40 can’t tell 20”. The actor Joseph Cotton uses that expression to describe a man who is very young, emotionally immature and lacks real world experience. This man stands between him and the woman he wants to marry, is part of a larger tragedy of riches to rags of a great family of the Gilded Age.

    One of the troubling tendencies of The Fraud is to denigrate people who have experience. And while this is not surprising given his own lack of that precious commodity, it can be disastrous for the country. Why? Because experience–having been there before, done it and seen what works and what does not work is often the difference between success and failure.

    Case in point: Obama’s tendency to appoint young people with no experience to senior positions. This is understandable perhaps since those same tendencies also define him. Two salient examples of this are a 31 year old to head up Government Motors (who just received a 9 million dollar bonus) and a 31 year old to be Islamic Evoy who tells us that he DOES NOT RECALL accusing the United States of “political persecutions” of a Muslim Professor(who later pleader guilty to aiding terrorists), then is presented with contrary evidence and suddenly his recollection is refreshed. Typically, when people feel passionately about something, they tend remember it. That he would forget in this instance is just not credible.

    There are signs of this in other venues of society as well. A few years ago I was discussing a possible project with a minor Hollywood Director who runs a school for screenwriters in my city. The project never came together for a variety of reasons but one of the things he told me was that hypothetically speaking after the screen play was written it would need to be marketed, and the target audience would be the twenty nine year olds who now run Hollywood. I asked him why that was and he said they are the only ones who can stand the long hours. The other thing he told me was that he had low morals but Hollywood had no morals. Perhaps that is why Barrack is so attracted to them.

    Another example? A close friend of mine is a Pennsylvania Avenue lawyer. He has an impressive list of clients in government, the financial industry and the Fortune 500 list. We went through a lot of wars together. He told me the other day that he walked into the office of a Fortune 500 company and found a executive in the CEO office. The new guy was 39 years old, a Harvard graduate, and on his desk prominently displayed was a book you may have heard of called “First, Break All The Rules”. That title could just as easily apply to the Obama Administration. Hire the inexperienced, give them power, and let them break all the rules.

    What does this mean? In primitive societies they have rites of passage which marked the transition from youth to maturity. In the process, the youngster learned something about the tribe, its values, and how to be a functional member of it based on the way it was structured. It would have been unthinkable for the novice to assume control of the tribe as long as tribal elders were living. Nor was this tendency confined to traditional societies. In Asian cultures it is still in evidence today. The veneration of age, life experience and wisdom–real or presumed. Youth on the other hand has always been in a hurry. This generation has even greater hubris because of the computer.

    Obama is the great divider. He exploits every single fault line in this society for cynical political gain. The age divide is no exception. But beyond his cynical Chicago-inspired calculations, the people behind him support this move. They are convinced that our society is over invested in the older generation who live longer than in the past and require medical attention. They want more investment in the youth, which they see countries like China doing. This fact was confirmed to me by another friend who worked on Wall Street, and was invited one night in the late 1980s to one of those brownstones where the financial elite happened to be. A woman who was part of that network got him in and by the end of the evening he was listening to Wall Street luminaries worrying about what would happen to this country when the baby book generation retired. Bush made the first move on social security and he was stopped. Russert tried to force the issue, whereupon Hillary defended the program, while Obama showed a willingness to attack it. That is what is coming next. It is yet another reason why he must be defeated.

    I have said it before and I will say it again: you can have a middle class or you can have Barrack Hussein Obama–but not both.

  80. This is posted at No Quarter: Lynn is a truly a class act.
    Honoring Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild:

    The New Agenda has some exciting news to report and we invite you to join us!

    We will be HONORING Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, who has been an inspirational force in the formation and growth of our organization, on Thursday, May 6th, 2010.

    We met Lynn in May 2008 as she courageously led the first meeting of Together4US, a group of prominent Hillary Rodham Clinton supporters who met to continue HRC’s legacy.

    Many refer to that first meeting, held at a home in Pound Ridge, NY as “The Second Seneca Falls.” It was with Lynn’s inspiration that in August 2008 we formed an offshoot of Together4US to focus solely on women’s issues. That organization, The New Agenda, was based on Lynn’s vision: women’s issue and country ahead of political party.

    As The New Agenda took off to become a national organization, Lynn has stayed closely connected with us and helped us carve our ever evolving path. Like Lynn, The New Agenda has stayed true to its vision of honoring Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton by standing up for women in this country who often have no voice. As well, The New Agenda has honored the vow made at our first meeting: never to be silent again while a women leader was subjected to sexism.

    The May 6th event will be The New Agenda Inc.’s (our 501c4) first major event, and so it is only appropriate that we honor a woman who has stood with us throughout. Lynn, like our organization, always puts women and country first. And while most of Secretary Clinton’s supporters went back to their every day lives, Lynn remains one of the few outspoken advocates for women and country.

    Save the date by indicating you can attend or volunteer.

  81. Mrs. Smith
    February 21st, 2010 at 12:02 am
    Welcome, Jan.

    Jan, is my memory correct? Didn’t you at one time say you live in BC?

    Nope. I’ve visited lots though and have family and friends who live there.

  82. holdthemaccountable
    February 21st, 2010 at 7:03 am
    I’m finding the following to be a good read.


    I totally agree. I think this article should be posted in full.

    Thanks for the great find!

    February 21, 2010

    Obama’s ‘Chicago mafia’ blamed for paralysis at the top

    Christina Lamb in Washington

    WHEN President Barack Obama’s secret service codename was revealed as Renegade and his wife Michelle’s as Renaissance, the names seemed perfect for a first couple who had come to Washington to shake things up.

    More than a year into the Obama administration, with healthcare yet to be reformed, Wall Street banks continuing to pay huge bonuses and Guantanamo Bay prison still open, that mood of hope has turned to disillusion. Obama’s policy of engagement has yielded no progress in the Middle East or Iran; the war in Afghanistan continues to exact a big toll in lives and dollars; while the heaviest snow in Washington for 90 years seems to have stymied any hope of climate change legislation.

    The president and his team now find themselves under fire for mishandling Congress from everyone from senior Democrats to social columnists. Critics say that by failing to move on from the “us versus them” feeling of the Obama election campaign, they have united an opposition that was in disarray. The result is legislative paralysis despite the biggest Democratic majority in 30 years.

    Last week a prominent Democratic senator resigned after criticising both government and Congress. Evan Bayh from Indiana, who had never lost a race and was expected to be re-elected in November, complained that the party’s recent loss of the Senate seat of the late Ted Kennedy should have been seen as a wake-up call.

    “Moderates and independents even in a state as Democratic as Massachusetts just aren’t buying our message,” he said. “They don’t believe the answers we are currently proposing are solving their problems.”

    Even society writers are disenchanted. “The Obama White House has closed ranks. They were completely overwhelmed by the new office,” said Karen Sommer Shalett, editor-in-chief of DC magazine. “I haven’t heard of them going to any house parties or Georgetown row houses to be entertained.

    “That’s important because if you’re social with someone over canapés and you know their wife and you know their children, you talk business in a friendlier way.”

    When the Obamas do go to someone’s house for dinner, almost invariably it is to the home of Valerie Jarrett, their old friend from Chicago who serves as a political adviser.

    The Wednesday evening White House cocktail parties which were launched with great fanfare as a way to reach out to Republicans, fizzled out last spring. The two parties seem more hostile than ever.

    “This administration has managed to divide its friends and unite its enemies,” said Steve Clemons, director of the American Strategy Programme at the New America Foundation.

    He and others lay the blame on the Chicago team, advisers from Obama’s adopted city. “Obama’s West Wing is filled with people who are in their jobs because of their Chicago connections or because they signed on early during his presidential campaign,” complained Doug Wilder, who in 1990s Virginia was America’s first elected black governor and was an early backer of Obama. “One problem is they do not have sufficient experience at governing at the executive branch level. The deeper problem is that they are not listening to the people.”

    Obama relies on five people, four of whom are Chicagoans. They are Rahm Emanuel, his chief of staff, David Axelrod and Jarrett, his political advisers, and Michelle, while the fifth kitchen cabinet member is Robert Gibbs, his chief spokesman, who comes from Alabama.

    The president consults them on everything. Military commanders were astounded when they participated in Afghanistan war councils and referred to them as the “Chicago mafia”. It was this group that inserted into Obama’s Afghan surge speech the deadline of July 2011 as a date to start withdrawing.

    With Democrats fearing big losses in the mid-term elections in November, the knives are out for Emanuel, whose abrasive manner and use of profanities have won him few friends. Although his job is to deflect criticism from his boss, Rahmbo, as he is known, seems to have gone over the top.

    The Wall Street Journal reported him losing his temper at a strategy session in August and referring to liberals as “f***ing retarded”. He is said to have sent dead fish to a pollster whose numbers he did not like.

    Leslie Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, called on Obama to remove Emanuel, arguing that he needs someone who knows how to navigate Washington or will end up being no more than a speechmaker.

    “No one I’ve talked to believes he [Emanuel] has the management skills and discipline to run the White House,” he wrote in The Daily Beast.

    Among those touted as possible replacements are David Gergen, a political consultant brought in by President Bill Clinton, or John Podesta, a former Clinton chief of staff who now heads the Center for American Progress, a left-wing pressure group.

    Emanuel would be unlikely to go without a fight. “Obama needs Emanuel at the top,” argued Dana Milbank in yesterday’s Washington Post, writing that the chief of staff was being unfairly blamed for the healthcare debacle.

    “Where the president is airy and idealistic, Rahm is earthy and calculating. One thinks big; the other, a former House Democratic caucus chair, understands the congressional mind, in which small stuff counts for more than broad strokes.”

    In Milbank’s view, Obama’s real problem is his other confidants, Jarrett, Gibbs and Axelrod, whom he describes as “part of the cult of Obama”, believing he is “a transformational figure who needn’t dirty his hands in politics”.

    While Obama may have campaigned on a slogan of change, he has shown himself reluctant to sack people.

    The problem may go deeper. Douglas Schoen, former pollster for Bill Clinton, believes the Obama team misinterpreted victory as an endorsement of his liberal agenda when it was really a reaction against George W Bush and the credit crisis. “They need to recognise there is only one fundamental issue in America: jobs,” he said.

    What no one disputes is that Obama is extremely clever. Were it not for losing the Kennedy seat and with it the Democrats’ 60-seat super-majority in the Senate, Obama would probably have signed healthcare into law by now.

    The president has not given up on the reform. He is expected to publish a revised bill today or Monday, just before a televised White House summit on Thursday with congressional Republicans. But they are calling on Democrats to start all over again with a far less sweeping proposal.

    The biggest hurdle may be Obama’s own ambition combined with lack of experience. A leading Democratic supporter described his administration as “unfocused”, adding that he had counted 137 items on Obama’s agenda.

    “He needs to realise that he’s running a huge operation and has to sequence priorities,” said Clemons. “He’s not thinking like the chief executive of a complex organisation.”

  83. This article sums up why Hillary needs to run in 2012.


    Published on on February 16, 2010

    One of my favorite quotes about politics comes from Henry Kissinger in his book Years of Upheaval, his memoir of the Ford Presidency:

    “A statesman’s duty is to bridge the gap between his vision and his nation’s experience. If his vision gets too far out ahead of his nation’s experience, he will lose his mandate. But if he hues too close to the conventional, he will lose control over events.”

    Now, at once, we see both happening to Obama.

    His health care proposals obviously ran afoul of the first of Kissinger’s warnings. By pushing for changes that conflicted with America’s values, common sense, and experience, he lost his mandate. In that disastrous push for an elusive goal, he ruined his own presidency and his party. It may take decades for the Democratic Party to recover from his folly. Indeed, his push for health legislation, in the face of rapidly eroding public support, ranks with the War in Vietnam, Watergate, as the most costly to their respective political parties.

    But now, as he faces threats from Iran, domestic terrorism, continually high unemployment, and the swollen deficit, he is also violating the second half of the Kissinger warning – his politics are too passive and too conventional and, as a result, losing control over events.

    In the phase of presidential dithering in the aftermath of the Brown victory in Massachusetts, there is no clear presidential message, no coherent strategy and, even, no identifiable program. His budget cuts are far too tepid. His tax program nothing new. Obama’s stimulus 2 package seems like the same old, same old.

    His short lived bounce from the State of the Union speech is indicative of how limited a vision he has these days. It lasted a week and was never more than three points at its apogee.

    And, as Kissinger would have predicted, he is losing control over events. Senator Evan Bayh’s retirement, with its implied blast at Obama’s policies, the increasing recklessness of Iran, and the seemingly intractable unemployment all provide evidence that President Obama is no longer dictating the national agenda.

    As a result, the negatives he incurred by moving too far out ahead of the nation’s experience are combining with those he is getting for being too conventional. He is experiencing both ends of the Kissinger prediction. Republicans and Independents are still in shock from his headlong rush into socialism while Democrats are increasingly restive and disillusioned by his failure to lead.

    And…the entire country is worried at his passivity in the face of domestic terror threats and the rapidly growing Iranian momentum toward the acquisition of nuclear weapons.

    While his job rating has remained relatively stead in recent months, hovering just below 50% of likely voters, his ratings in specific areas – like holding down spending, cutting the deficit, creating jobs, and managing the economy — are all eroding, presaging further drops in his overall ratings.

    Seemingly paralyzed by adversity, President Obama and his advisors are showing a lack of resilience in the face of reversals that is perhaps the inevitable outcome of his smooth rise to the top in 2008. Never tried by bad outcomes (as Hillary has doubtless been), he and they seem unable to regain momentum and appear to be just flailing without strategic or even tactical direction.

    All this might be what happens when you elect a State Senator whose US Senate career was consumed with his presidential campaign as president.

  84. My brother just told me that Obama gave the DL a pair of cuff links, can that be true or is it a joke?

    Have you seen the post at HillBuzz showing the walking route of the DL past the garbage? It shows most definitely that the insult was deliberate. WH says the route chosen was easiest and most direct, no it was not. And besides, as one commenter said, if the route went through a toxic waste dump would they have chosen that route? Other routes were easier, prettier and more sheltered.

    And why was the whole “forced march” photographed? Was this an example of Obama’s new way to vote present? Appease the left by meeting with the DL, appease China by insulting him, documenting it in photographs and releasing the evidence? Or is there yet another layer having to do with Muslim hate of Buddhists? And sending a message to his Buddhist hating muslim friends.

    What ever is behind the small minded, nasty, petty behavior, to tell us that it was the quickest, easiest way to the outdoor podium shows how dumb they think we are. Instead of either refusing to meet with the DL altogether or standing up to China and saying any visitor to our National Home will be treated with respect and dignity. He managed to meet both objectives, meet and insult, and then tried to lie to us about it, typical cowardly Obama. And in the final analysis, Obama was probably just pissed at the DL for getting him into a corner and wanted the world to see his displeasure.

    But this time he used Our National Home as a prop to insult a man of peace. He showed our National Home in a bad light on at least two levels. Actual unattractive picture and actual unattractive behavior. There just has to be something we can do.

  85. some anti o humor

    Obama Has Bad Day: America Wins Four Olympic Medals

    By Aryeh Spero

    Reports coming out of the White House indicate that President Obama had a bad night on Saturday after finding out that the United States was leading the rest of the world in Olympic medals. Obama said: “This is no time to gloat, and, in fact, represents another manifestation of American arrogance.” He went on to say that the lack of Olympic medals for non-Western countries is “yet another indication of the effects of colonialism by America and the West over countries in other parts of the world”.

    When hearing of the American victories, Obama stated: “Let me be clear. As I have stated many times before, I am uncomfortable with the notion of American victory, as it reminds me of the poor Japanese representative who was forced to surrender after World War II aboard that American boat where that General of the American armed forces declared victory for America and its Allies.”

    Obama then decried “the chauvinism” of American athletes enrobing themselves in American flags after achieving victory. He went on to admonish: “This is exactly the type of activity that has caused the world to hate America and one of the reasons we needed a change of Administration in Washington.” He continued: “I ran for office promising hope and change. My hope was to change this American triumphalism that offends nations across the globe.”

    When asked if he had ever considered becoming an Olympic athlete, Obama replied: “As the Anointed One, I certainly could have been anything I wanted. But I chose to be President rather than an Olympic athlete so that if I ever won, I would not be forced to encircle myself in the American flag nor have to stand in tribute on the platform while the Star Spangled Banner was being played.” He continued that another reason he never entered the Olympics was his inability to find his passport and birth certificate confirming whether he was born in Kenya, Indonesia or Hawaii.

    Obama did mention that victories by so many Americans were a verification of what he proclaimed last summer in Cairo: “This shows the major contributions that Islam has made to America since its inception and to America’s Olympic team.” He pointed out: “We have here a ‘teachable moment’ showing that the custom of draping oneself in a national flag emanates from the age-old Islamic custom practiced by ‘women of cover’.”

    Jihadists throughout the radical Islamic world applauded the President’s remarks, stressing that the lack of medals coming from their own countries is due to the fact that “we cannot waste the talents and energy of our young people training for athletics when they are needed, as members of the Religion of Peace, for the more important work of training to becoming suicide bombers.”

    Obama continued his remarks by saying that he was saddened by “the lack of participation in the Olympics of ACORN and members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). “ Later, in a joint statement with Al Gore, both remarked how the abundance of snow at this year’s Olympics in Vancouver verified once against how the world is being plagued by global warming. Afterwards, both men returned to the White House Dining Room where they partook of the usual Obama menu of $100 per pound Kobe Beef.

    When asked what he would have done had he been able to secure the forthcoming Olympics for Chicago, Obama pointed his finger: “First, as we speak, I am forming a Commission to appoint an Olympic Czar, preferably from the ‘educated class.’ Second, as with the auto industry, college loans and health care, we need to nationalize the Olympic training of American youths. Third, the fact that only a few Americans have medals is an indication that we need Olympic Care since it is evident that not all Americans can afford Gold Medals, let along Bronze, and this is especially apparent from the lack of medals among our ‘undocumented’ Americans. Fourth, there is a desperate need to redistribute medals.”

    Obama was heartened by the fact that other countries have won medals. As he said: “This is proof positive to what I have been saying my entire life and what I mentioned recently in an interview, specifically, that American Exceptionalism is no different than Swedish exceptionalism or Nigerian exceptionalism. “ The President went on to say: “The fact that only one woman from America has thus far won a Gold Medal indicates that what I said to the Muslim world while in Cairo still rings true: that America has problems with equality and opportunity for women no less than does the Islamic world.”

    Obama did recognize the diversity and multitude of events comprising the Winter Olympics. He suggested, however, that a new competition be incorporated called “Miranda Rights for All”, where western governments compete to show who can give more Miranda rights and lawyers to the greatest number of Islamic terrorists. Obama concluded by saying that by holding the Olympics in Vancouver the world has followed his urging: “After all, I have twice urged Americans not to hold major events in Las Vegas.”

  86. “Obama is losing control of events”. How perfectly those words sum up where we are at today. The next thing we will hear from him when it becomes obvious that he has zero aptitude for governing, after that little ditty that the country is ungovernable (in which case why do we need a president, much less him) will be that Carteresque word “malaise”.

  87. My brother just told me that Obama gave the DL a pair of cuff links
    Actually, he cornered the DL between the White House dumpster and wall. He told him look if you want to be taken seriously like I am you need to update that wardrobe. Before I introduce you to my tailor I have a present for you. I have autographed these diamond studded cuff links personally, so if you ever lose them or try to give them away I will know. Also, you need to abandon your millenium old asthetism and become a material guy like me (big gin). Now I am arranging a televised summit to celebrate the glory of Red China and I want you to be there to pay homage. I will be on my knees and I would like company.

    Yes indeed. A thoughtful man in a thoughtful house in a thoughtful city this Barrack Obama–according to that New York Times nevish Bob Herbert. To those of us who are more clear headed he is an incompetent fool who never tires of ringing his own bell

  88. Betty,in reference to your comment above: But this time he used Our National Home as a prop to insult a man of peace. He showed our National Home in a bad light on at least two levels. Actual unattractive picture and actual unattractive behavior. There just has to be something we can do.

    You are SO right. I am embarrassed not only by how the Dalai Lama was treated and marched out of the People’s House, but by the disgusting landfill that Michelle and Barrack Hussein Obummer evidently maintain right outside of the White House. Nasty stuff. Nasty people. Nasty administration. Nasty. Nasty. Nasty. Nasty.

    HOW MUCH MORE EMBARRASSMENT MUST THE CITIZENS ENDURE AT THE HANDS OF THESE TWO AND THEIR MINIONS? Michelle, you have cleaning staff, put them to work getting rid of your garbage!!!!

  89. If you think it far fetched that Messiah Obama would address a great man of peace like the DL in that manner, you need only recall that big media and his own spiritual mentor have described Obama as Black Jesus. Therefore, he would be speaking as one great spiritual leader to another.

  90. Betty: your points are excellent and very well stated. I have chosen to make light of the episode only because nothing else seems to get though to the public about how bad Obama and his Chicago goons are, and he damage they are doing to this country. Sometimes humor is our only effective weapon.

  91. Morris is 100% slime…but when he’s right, he’s right.
    Right. The same can be said of Karl Rove.

  92. So how many does that make now?

    He dissed the British government, he double-dissed the Queen of England with his inane gift, he dissed Netanyahu, and he double-dissed the Dalai Lama.

    Have I left anyone out?

  93. The CNN banner says 4 banks have failed, 20 in 2010. That to me sounds really hight for two months. Is that an error. To me that would be of megga importance, but have not seen a major story on it.

  94. NMF, I read a small piece on it somewhere. They are small banks. Now the small ones are tanking. I think they are trying to keep it quiet.

  95. Wbboei, Read this close, I have been meaning to tell you this is who your party really wants to run. I don’t mean Kay.

    Published: February 20, 2010
    DALLAS — Just a year ago, many Republican leaders considered Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison to be the odds-on favorite to become the next governor of Texas. A popular lawmaker from the old-guard Republican establishment, she was seen as someone who could widen the party’s appeal after the setbacks it suffered during the 2008 national election.

    Matt Nager for The New York Times
    Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison faces a battle in trying to unseat Gov. Rick Perry, below, in the Texas Republican primary.

    Matt Nager for The New York Times
    Sheryl Kreick at a campaign stop by Ms. Hutchison.
    Back then, the incumbent, Gov. Rick Perry, appeared vulnerable, having won a four-way re-election fight in 2006 and having hitched himself to the most conservative wing of the Republican Party.

    But the political winds have shifted for Ms. Hutchison in the last few months, and she now finds herself far behind in the polls, as Mr. Perry has managed to surf a wave of anger here over President Obama’s policies.

    Never has a race for governor in Texas so clearly defined the difference between the country-club wing of the Republican Party, where elite business leaders sit astride the financial engines of Dallas and Houston, and the populist Reagan Republicans, talk-radio-fueled voters who are upset about issues like budget deficits, gun control and legalized abortion.

    In a sense, Mr. Perry is the embodiment of white, conservative Democrats from the South who switched parties after Ronald Reagan’s presidency. The son of a West Texas rancher, he was an Air Force pilot before he won a Statehouse seat as a Democrat in 1984. He has never lost a race since.

    Ms. Hutchison, who was first elected to the Senate in 1993, has rallied most of the Republican establishment behind her. Former President George Bush has endorsed her, as has former Vice President Dick Cheney. While former President George W. Bush has not taken a public stand, several people close to him are working for her, among them Karen Hughes, his former political adviser.

    But two weeks before the Republican primary on March 2, Mr. Perry has turned his fortunes around by promoting the Texas economy and railing against every decision in Washington, including the economic stimulus bill, the bank bailout legislation and the move to limit carbon emissions. On the stump, he often sounds as if he is running against the federal government.

    “Do you want a leader who loves Texas and all it stands for or a creature of Washington that tears down the state?” he said at a recent rally where former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska endorsed him. The crowd of 5,000 people, many of them from the Tea Party movement, roared in approval. “I happen to think America would be a whole lot better off if Washington did things the Texas way,” the governor said.

    Ms. Hutchison, meanwhile, has hammered at Mr. Perry with accusations of cronyism and influence peddling, saying he supported policies to help companies that have hired former members of his staff. “I’ll close the revolving door on lobbyists, end the backroom dealing and bust up the good-old-boy network,” she told a Republican club meeting in Denton on Thursday. “Only a new governor will do this. The governor we have now thinks this is fine.”

    Mr. Perry called the accusations “a tired, old attack” and said his aides had always acted ethically.

    Last week Ms. Hutchison acknowledged that her prospects were in doubt. Accepting the endorsement of Roger Staubach, the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, she said a Hail Mary pass was “looking better all the time.”

    Mr. Perry became the lieutenant governor in 1998 and took over the governor’s office in 2000 when Mr. Bush won the presidency. Two years later, Mr. Perry won re-election. In 2006, he survived a four-way race, gaining office with 39 percent of the vote.

    This year, Mr. Perry has thrown his lot in with anti-tax crusaders and social conservatives. He has taken every opportunity to use his bully pulpit to bully Congress, the Senate and Mr. Obama, even when the federal government is offering money to the state.

    Last fall, he rejected new federal money for education and unemployment benefits, saying it would drive up state spending. Last week he announced a court challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s finding that gases blamed for global warming threaten public health, arguing that the finding would result in harm to the state’s economy.

    Mr. Perry has also hailed the relatively robust state budget, asserting that his conservative approach of low taxes and low spending had produced a balanced budget and an emergency fund of $8 billion when states like California and New York face huge deficits. He also talks frequently about census data showing that Texas is growing faster than any other state.

    “People are voting with their feet,” he said. “This is a very unique place in a very difficult economic time.”

    At times, Mr. Perry seems to be laying the groundwork for a presidential run in 2012, though he firmly denies it.

    “It’s not going to be me,” he said in an interview on Thursday. “I have no interest in going to Washington.” He adds, “What I’m really interested in doing is continuing Texas on this path and letting it be a blueprint, a road map for other states to be successful.”

    So relentless has Mr. Perry been in attacking Washington that he has even criticized Ms. Hutchison for steering $8.7 billion in federal projects to Texas over the last five years.

    In response, Ms. Hutchison has offered a series of attacks that seem intently focused on local issues. She criticizes Mr. Perry for the state’s high school drop-out rate and for a lack of progress against illegal immigration.

    She has also tried to make an issue of Mr. Perry’s past support for building a network of toll roads, calling it a massive land grab. Finally, she has argued that he is a faux fiscal conservative because taxes and spending rose more than inflation during his tenure.

    “He’s not a conservative,” she said. “I’m the conservative in this race.”

    Into the middle of this fray has come a third candidate even more conservative than the other two: Debra Medina, a relatively obscure county Republican leader who wants to abolish property taxes and promises to ignore federal laws she considers unconstitutional.

    It is a measure of the discontent among conservatives here that Ms. Medina has been rising in the polls and is considered likely to force a run-off between Mr. Perry and Ms. Hutchison.

    Two recent polls, one by the University of Texas and the other by a group of newspapers, have shown that Mr. Perry is the clear front-runner, with more than 40 percent of the vote among people likely to cast ballots. Ms. Hutchison’s support was in the range of 20 percent to 30 percent, while Ms. Medina’s support has remained in the mid-teens.

    Republican strategists and political scientists say Ms. Hutchison’s attacks have largely missed the mark.

    “They keep going after Perry in ways that do not resonate with the general population, but only with insiders,” said Jim Henson, a political scientist at the University of Texas.

    The winner of the Republican race is likely to face Bill White, a former Houston mayor. He is seen as the front-runner in the Democratic contest, but he faces an uphill battle as Republicans hold an advantage in statewide races.

    Ms. Hutchison acknowledges that a bigger-than-expected turnout is critical to her pulling off an upset. “I need for the November Republicans to turn out in the primary,” she said.

  96. Mrs.SMith, Go to countusout and listen to the video. I have tried to post it here but I can’t do it. Its the most amazing video I have seen. It’s regarding the money in the fed. Everyone would be shocked.

  97. Confloyd 12:57

    Amazing how the rules of accounting (books are suppose to present a fair and accurate picture of the financial position of the firm or country)have desolved into rather What kind of picture can we create that does not depict the truth.

  98. by Taos Turner

    BUENOS AIRES -(Dow Jones)- The Argentine government is still waiting for comments from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission before it can move forward with plans to swap billions of dollars in defaulted debt.

    The government had expected to receive such comments this week from the SEC, but a series of harsh snow storms in Washington, D.C. may have delayed things.

    “Unfortunately, we haven’t gotten anything yet from the SEC but our lawyers say this is because of climatic problems given that various government buildings have been closed,” Economy Minister Amado Boudou said Friday.

    Argentina aims to swap around $20 billion of debt held by investors who didn’t participate in the country’s 2005 debt restructuring.

    Boudou has said the government will likely carry out the swap some time in March.


    See Also –

    World Bank Secret Documents Consumes Argentina


    Central Bank: Independence From Whom?

    The President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández, recently fired the head of the central bank, Martín Redrado, when he rejected the government’s plan to use $6.6 billion of international reserves to pay off debt.

    The domestic and international press response was overwhelmingly negative, with complaints that this would “kill central bank independen

  99. NMF, Its amazing isn’t it. Where is all that money??? No doubt its in the pocket of the Rothchilds/Soros/Bush.

  100. This is where GlennBeck is telling us where we are headed here in the states. He should know the thiefs are paying him to prepare us. He told us that he has been told to prepare us.

    February 20, 2010

    * Fuel shortage hits Greece as strikes grow against austerity measures to cut debts

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek drivers lined up for gas at the few stations still open Friday as a customs strike against government austerity measures left many pumps running dry.

    The fuel shortage was the first serious consequence of growing labor protests against the Socialist government’s emergency spending cuts program, aimed at easing the debt crisis in Greece and shoring up market confidence.

    Customs workers have extended their strike against salary freezes and bonus cuts through next Wednesday, when unions across Greece will hold a general strike that is set to bring the country to a standstill.

    European finance ministers have told Athens it must demonstrate signs of fiscal improvement by March 16 or it will be ordered to impose even tougher budget cuts. Greece has promised to slash its deficit from an estimated 12.7 percent of gross domestic product to 8.7 percent this year.

    Finance Ministry officials say they are under EU pressure to ax the public servants’ so-called “14th salary.” Greek workers get their annual salary divided into 14 payments, with two of them given as holiday bonuses, in a measure originally designed to alleviate those with low incomes.

    “We would consider cutting the 14th (salary) to be an act of war,” said Yiannis Papagopoulos, leader of Greece’s trade union umbrella group, the GSEE.

    “The measures must be socially just. And this is something that we have not seen so far. They are generally aimed at wage-earners and pensioners, while business remains immune. It is finally time for those who for so many years gathered riches to pay up, invest, and help deal with the major problem at this time, which is unemployment.”

    The customs walkout has hampered imports and exports, but the supply of fuel has been the most affected. Gas stations around greater Athens were rationing fuel while stocks lasted

  101. Interesting, and you can vote on what they should do with him also.

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    Sunday, February 21, 2010

    He’s too detached and cerebral . Too deferential to Congress. Too willing to compromise . And he’s too much of a law professor and not enough of a commander in chief, as Sarah Palin recently admonished.

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    These are some of the qualities for which the president, rightly or wrongly, is criticized. They are also the qualities that make him well suited for another steady job on the federal payroll: Barack Obama, Supreme Court justice.

    Think about it. Though Obama has struggled to find his footing in the White House, his education, temperament and experience make him ideally suited to lead the liberal wing of the court, especially at a time when a narrow conservative majority seems increasingly intent on challenging progressive economic reforms for the first time since the New Deal. Obama is clearly eager to take on the four truly conservative justices — Samuel Alito, John Roberts, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas — as his State of the Union smackdown suggests. But as president, he’s constrained by that pesky separation of powers. So what better way to engage the fight than to join the bench?

    It would be unusual, but not difficult, for Obama to get himself on the Supreme Court. He could nominate himself to replace John Paul Stevens, for example, or he could gamble and promise Hillary Rodham Clinton that he won’t run for reelection in 2012 in exchange for a pledge of appointment to the next vacancy. And although as president, Obama has seemed haunted by the example of his political hero, Abraham Lincoln, on the Supreme Court he could take up the mantle of the greatest liberal justice of the 20th century, Louis Brandeis, another community organizer with a background in politics. In the end, Obama’s legacy on the court might surpass his legacy in the White House.

    Obama’s academic credentials for the court — including serving as president of the Harvard Law Review and teaching constitutional law at the University of Chicago — are obvious. But it’s his even temperament and low boiling point that seem tailor-made for the court at this polarized moment. Obama’s patient courtship of the vain and wavering swing votes in the Senate (such as Joe Lieberman) during the health-care debate, for example, is ideal preparation for courting the vain and wavering swing vote on the court (Justice Anthony Kennedy). And Obama’s detached and judicious disposition would equip him to challenge the conservative hothead, Scalia, without descending to his name-calling.

    In terms of judicial philosophy, too, Obama is well suited to take on the pro-corporate activism of the conservative justices — on display in the recent Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision, which gutted campaign finance laws and which, according to recent polls, strong national majorities oppose.

    In his 2006 book, “The Audacity of Hope,” Obama wrote that throughout American history, constitutional values have generally been defined by ground-up political activism rather than imposed from above by judges. From the late 19th century to the mid-20th century, it was liberals in the political arena, not conservatives, who defended judicial restraint in the face of activist conservative justices who tried to strike down progressive regulations, from the income tax to the minimum wage. But Obama questioned whether, more recently, liberals had become too ready to let courts fight their battles for them. “I wondered,” he wrote, “if, in our reliance on the courts to vindicate not only our rights but also our values, progressives had lost too much faith in democracy.”

    Obama’s commitment to judicial restraint is at odds with the activism displayed by the Supreme Court in its Citizens United decision, which called into question not only the McCain-Feingold campaign finance act but also decades of other federal laws and Supreme Court precedents restricting the free speech of corporations. In defending the ruling, Chief Justice Roberts said: “We cannot embrace a narrow ground of decision simply because it is narrow; it must also be right.” This overconfidence in knowledge of the right answer is something Obama didn’t display while teaching in Chicago. His students have attested to his mastery in neutrally presenting opposing points of view without revealing his own.

    When Roberts joined the court, he told me and other journalists that he hoped to emulate his greatest predecessor, Chief Justice John Marshall, encouraging his liberal and conservative colleagues to avoid polarizing constitutional disputes by converging around narrow, unanimous opinions decided on technical grounds. Now that Roberts appears to have abandoned that vision in Citizens United, Obama could take on the role of Supreme Court mediator, conciliator and master compromiser that Roberts promised to play but has not yet delivered.

    It’s surprising but true that the least successful presidents are often the most judicious, while the most successful justices are the most pragmatic. Obama’s willingness to compromise and listen to opposing points of view, in other words, may hamper him in overhauling health care — public option, anyone? — but would make him an unusually effective leader on the Supreme Court. As Obama recognized on the campaign trail when he cited former chief justice and three-time California governor Earl Warren as his judicial hero, the most effective judicial leaders have been former politicians.

    During the presidential campaign, Obama was critical of Roberts’s self-description as an “umpire” and his likening of the court’s role to simply calling balls and strikes. “We need somebody who’s got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom,” Obama said. “The empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor, or African American, or gay, or disabled, or old.”

    But Warren’s success as chief justice came not so much from his ability to empathize with the downtrodden as from his ability to empathize with his colleagues. Because of his political skills, Warren achieved the kind of success that has eluded Roberts: He persuaded a fractious court to reach a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark case striking down school segregation, by visiting the wavering justices one by one and persuading them to set aside their doubts. A majority of the justices on the court that decided Brown had a background in electoral politics; no justices on the Roberts court do. In a group of former law professors, prosecutors and trial judges, Obama would look like a political wizard. There’s another distinctive perspective that he would bring to the bench: economic populism. After a long flirtation with the Tim Geithner, pro-Wall Street, “too big to fail” wing of the Democratic Party, Obama has at last thrown in his lot with the view, espoused first by Brandeis and now by former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker, that huge corporations should be broken up before they threaten another crash. And this view badly needs a stalwart defender on a Supreme Court that seems on the verge of confronting an economically progressive Congress.

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    On the Roberts court, the liberal and conservative justices share a pro-business orientation, or at least a suspicion of regulation by litigation: Business cases in recent years have made up 40 percent of the court’s docket, and, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 79 percent of them are decided by a 7 to 2 majority or greater. None of the current liberal justices, moreover, had a strong record as an economic populist before joining the court. At a time when liberals need a passionate voice to oppose conservative economic judicial activism, Obama seems well prepared to transform the debate.

    Louis Brandeis, who served on the high court from 1916 to 1939, offers a good model for Obama. Known as “the people’s lawyer,” he was an economic populist, criticizing the “curse of bigness” that led oligarchs such as J.P. Morgan to threaten the entire financial system by taking reckless risks with “other people’s money” and then to demand government bailouts after their bad bets. But Brandeis opposed bigness in government as well as in the private sector, and during the New Deal he preferred regulations that prevented companies from getting too large in the first place — such as the Glass-Steagall Act separating commercial from investment banking — rather than the creation of huge federal bureaucracies to regulate the economy.

    On the high court, Brandeis generally stood for judicial restraint, denouncing conservatives for striking down progressive state economic regulations. But he also believed fiercely in the First Amendment and freedom from unreasonable searches. Both a pragmatist and a civil libertarian, he provides a judicial ideal for Obama, whose record resembles his in many respects.

    So, could it actually happen? David Gergen, the CNN commentator who served as an adviser to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton, recently reflected on Obama’s State of the Union speech in an appearance on Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report.” Although he praised Obama’s intellectual abilities and presidential campaign, he lamented his “detached” and “professorial” attitude once in office. “There was some sense last night when watching Barack Obama and the Supreme Court sitting in front of him, [that] he’d be great on the Supreme Court,” Gergen said.

    But could Obama get confirmed? As a senator, he voted against the confirmations of Roberts and Alito, and GOP lawmakers might hold that against him in his own confirmation hearing. Yet, although it would be hard for a Brandeis to be confirmed in today’s polarized age, Obama might get some deference as a former president, at least from senators who would rather have him on the court than in the White House.

    Whether Obama would be bored by the Supreme Court is another question. Justices with presidential ambitions have often chafed at the isolation of the marble palace. For example, William O. Douglas — who wanted the presidency, according to his friend Tommy Cochran, more than Don Quixote wanted Dulcinea — never stopped complaining that the court was too removed from the political action. But having seen the frustrations of the White House, perhaps Obama would instead come around to the view of William Howard Taft, who became chief justice after serving as president and decided that leading the court was a far better job than leading the country. The summer vacations are longer, and nothing beats life tenure.

    Jeffrey Rosen, a law professor at George Washington University, is the legal affairs editor of the New Republic and the author of “The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries That Defined America.” He will be online to chat with readers on Monday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m. ET. Submit your questions and comments before or during today’s discussion.

  102. Interesting the survey so far says he should be none of the above 80% (vs Senator, President, Supreme Court Justice).

  103. He should be in jail as he circumvented the constitution to become the CIC. He should be in prison for fraud and racketeering right along side his friend Tony Resko.

  104. There is a real nice piece on the fed raising the interest rate a quarter %. I can’t post it because its against the rules. Go to the CF blog and read it for yourself. It does explain exactly that Obama is there to implode the economy.

    I always wondered why a brain like Hillary has not been allowed any say so over the economy, esp. since it was such a huge part of her platform and was one of the reason’s she kick O’s butt in the end. The globalists have her out there keeping the other countries from coming in here while they with the help of Obama to collapse the economy. I personal opinion of why they want it collapsed, its to lower the wage so as to make business here in America more profitable so the businesses will come back.

    I personally think if we would quit fighting corporate wars so our corporations can go to these countries and reap the benefits of lower wages, no EPA regulations then the countries would be to dangerous to make it profitable. I think the country needs to quit sending the middle and low class children in to fight wars to benefit the corporations.

  105. I called a friend of mine in Texas this morning about the governor’s race. He is a small rancher in East Texas. He is an observer of politics and has friends who are wired in but he himself is not. He and I were both supporters of Kay Bailey years ago, but he no longer is. He and his wife both support Rick Perry. Their reasons for the switch are as follows:

    1. first, Perry has managed the state well in their opinion. He inherited a small surplus and have turned it into a large one. The unemployment rate is in below 8%. A year ago it was a little over 5%. What caused it to go up was the cessation of drilling by now some of it has resumed.

    2. second, Perry is strong on border security. He has given financial aid and grant money to border counties who are fighting drug gangs and crime. He had been instrumental in getting more border security from the federal government.

    3. third, Perry’s family is in the ranching business in southwest Texas. He was the Secretary of Agriculture for Texas before he became governor. That is an important job in an agricultural state like Texas.

    4. fourth, that is not to say Perry is perfect. My friend and his wife objected to the proposed highway from Brownsville through the state. This would have relied on the power of eminent domain to take people’s property from them. The voters voted it down. Also, they did not like Perry’s decision to print all government laws in Spanish as well as English.

    5. fifth, they told me that Kay Bailey has a husband named Ray who is a real estate lawyer and has been active in pushing the eminent domain laws for the benefit of himself and his clients. One of the more egregious cases involved the building of a stadium around Arlington. Kay was sitting on a senate appropriations commite at the same time.

    6. sixth, he told me that Kay wants to move back to Dallas but stay involved in politics. That is her main motivation for seeking the governorship. That surprised me since I always saw her as at vice presidential candidate. In any event, my friend told me she is not as aggressive as she once when Phil Graham was there. In fact, the junior senator Corynon is taking the lead on most legislation. He is no friend of ours.

  106. wobboei:

    I find myself really liking Texas. They are one of the few states not operating
    in a budget deficit and not suffering the disparaging effects from a high rate of unemployment. With the Bushes being full time residents, I imagine state security is up to snuff as well. Thanks for posting the current pulse of Texas. I’ll pass the info along to my apolitical relatives. (I remember those days so long ago- :))

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