Gay Fools, Straight Fools, Black Fools, White Fools – It’s Friday Follies

Something important happened yesterday in the Hillary Clinton For President 2012 campaign. But that development will have to wait to be discussed (maybe tomorrow, maybe Sunday, for sure next week). Today is Friday and Friday is news dump day and get the garbage out day. The Friday news dump and get-out-the-garbage day this week started on Thursday. Under cover of the Barack Obama Health Summit Publicity Stunt, lots of dirty deeds started the Friday Dump Day Follies – on Thursday.

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Remember when we Democrats used to wear those cute buttons that said things like “This is not a Patriot Act”? We wore those to protest George W. Bush and the passage of the Patriot Act. Many of our compatriots at the time demonstrated passionately against the Patriot Act. We Democrats were angry and protested on issues such as privacy rights. Democratic leaders denounced George W. Bush and the Republicans and their “tyrannies”. Oh how we Democrats protested and stomped our feet and swore never ending hatred of what we denounced as the improperly named “Patriot Act”.

Yesterday, by a voice vote (which requires unanimous consent, meaning not a single Dimocrat objected to approve without having to record the vote so Senators could be held accountable) the overwhelmingly Dimocratic U.S. Senate voted to extend the Patriot Act.

In agreeing to pass the bill, Senate Democrats retreated from adding new privacy protections to the USA Patriot Act. The Senate approved the bill on a voice vote with no debate. It now goes to the House.

We must have missed the outraged protests from organizations such as Move-On and the defense bar of lawyers who yelled when it was Republicans passing the Patriot Act. Next time anyone, including Hillary supporters, says we must vote for those that are “with us” on the issues, tell them to stick it up their Patriot Act.

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Governor David Paterson of New York announced today he will not run for election. Barack Obama and Senator 2×4 Schumer as well as dynast Andrew Cuomo wanted to remove Paterson. Paterson resisted. The New York Times was enlisted in the effort to remove Paterson. The publisher of the New York Times was reputed to have had a sexual affair with Caroline Kennedy so it was easy to enlist the establishment rag sheet to attack Paterson. The gullible will believe that the questions the New York Times raised about Paterson are what finished Paterson off. But Paterson was the victim of a hit job by people such as racist Senator Chuck Schumer. There is not one clean person in any of this. Paterson deserves a full measure of justice if allegations against him are true. But anyone who believes the New York Times performed “investigative journalism” is a fool. This was a hit job, Chicago style. Another Obama sex story hit.

We won’t even go into the Charlie Rangel corruptions because they are too many and too varied. The House Ethics committee puts Pelosi in a bind now that Rangel has been in violation of ethics rules. “The AP reported that Rangel knowingly accepted Caribbean trips in violation of House rules forbidding hidden financing by corporations.” The Culture of Corruption, New York style continues to be exposed, even as it flourishes.

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Let’s take a few moments today to laugh, mock, and fully deride Gay fools. Here at Big Pink we support civil rights for Gay-Americans. We wrote many, many articles warning Gay Americans about Barack Obama. But, just as with Black people and White people, some Gay people are the lowest of the low. We won’t “mince” our words in politically correct language. We will denounce, mock, totally spew disgust at Gay fools. And there are many Gay fools (just as their are many straight fools, black fools, white fools and fools everywhere. There are even “April Fools” every month of the year.). We won’t conduct a therapy session for Gay fools here, we intend to slap them awake.

We wrote “Women, Gays, Jews: Wake Up!” in June 2009. We quoted James Pietrangelo II, a Gay man who is no fool. Pietrangelo is worthy of respect, not only as a human being (everyone deserves that level of respect, even fools and gay fools) but because he understands the problem and is not afraid to tell the truth to Gay fools (via Time magazine):

He’s a coward, a bigot and a pathological liar,” Pietrangelo said in an interview with TIME shortly after the high court declined to hear his appeal. “This is a guy who spent more time picking out his dog, Bo, and playing with him on the White House lawn than he has working for equality for gay people,” he added. “If there were millions of black people as second-class citizens, or millions of Jews or Irish, he would have acted immediately” upon taking office to begin working to lift “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” Pietrangelo fought in Iraq in 1991 as an infantryman, and returned as a JAG officer for the second Iraq War, before being booted out in 2004 for declaring he was gay as he was readying for a third combat tour. He was representing himself before the high court.

In the same article we wrote this about the betrayal of Gay Americans by the Gay “leadership”:

Gay-Americans are the targets of a particular hatred from Obama. That hatred is sometimes passive-aggressive. That hatred is sometimes disguised with sweet words. That hatred is sometimes overt. Because the hatred at times has been so overt Gay-Americans are the among the first to wake up from their Hopium addled state.

Gay-Americans have proven time and time again they are mostly not fools. But the Gay “leadership” is craven, foolish, liars, and quislings, ready to betray their own to fellate Barack Obama. Recently the disgusting Gay “leadership” swooned about Obama’s latest sweet words in public about gay rights, especially those at the State of the Union. We wrote:

Last night Obama delivered a degenerate campaign speech. Consider the idiot Gay-Americans who voted for Obama and continue to give the boob and his Dimocrats money. When it is to squeeze money from Gay-Americans Obama employs direct, declarative language:I will end ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’.”

Last night however, Gay-Americans got this campaign promise kinda, sorta: “This year I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are.”

That was it. Gay-Americans who foolishly trust Obama to actually repeal the law they hate, better get to parsing Obama’s words. Obama is not going to do anything you Gay fools. Obama, one year in, will possibly “work” with Congress/military to, in a thousand years, repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law. “Work” to Obama means the speech he gave last night. His efforts are already over. Keep giving him money you fools.

Gay people who trust Obama are fools deserving of all the misery he delivers. Straight people who trust Obama are fools deserving of all the misery he delivers. Ditto, black people, ditto white people, ditto all colors of people and all mixtures of people. All genders, all ages, all religions, all political affiliations, all geographies – you are fools deserving of all the misery delivered to you by Obama if you trust Obama.

Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

Gay fools yesterday heard General James Conway tell the Senate Armed Services Committee “that he disagreed with Obama’s plan to repeal the ban.” The General is not alone:

The chiefs of the US Army and Air Force also expressed doubts about lifting the ban at congressional hearings this week, saying they were concerned about putting the military under further strain in the midst of two wars.

But Conway went further, making it clear he opposed lifting the ban that requires gay service members to keep quiet about their sexual orientation or face expulsion from the military.

Gay fools will pray to Gay hater Barack Obama and sing “Someday My Prince Will Come” or the plaintive gay hopes anthem “Somewhere” from West Side Story. Gay fools will have plenty of time to sing because Obama is not going to do anything for them.



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Get out the garbage day:

In a twofer, both Washington Post courtesan Sally Quinn and White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, are out. Chicago Rogers’ main accomplishments were lavish parties paid for by taxpayers to highlight Michelle Obama’s arms.

Sally Quinn’s column of finger bowls will no longer be printed in the Washington Post but will be pixeled online. Quinn holds a special place here at Big Pink and we have discussed her many many many times.

Obama loving Newsweek lost $28.1 million last year. The Obama love does not sell – at any price. Newsweek‘s troubles might be an one time accounting problem, after all, the nation’s bird cages still need papering.

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The Obama summit publicity stunt bombed yesterday.
The next failure will be the reconciliation bluff. The Republicans did well substantively and Obama and the Dimocrats did not move the issue forward. Americans are disgusted with the Obama scam. The more time Obama wastes on pushing his scam, the less time to concentrate on the real issue – the economy and jobs. But that is the point isn’t it?

Obama will focus on pushing his health scam because he does not know what to do about the economy and how to bring back jobs. That’s why Obama distracts. Distraction is the flim-flam man’s stock in trade. “Watch the birdee!’ fools, while Obama picks your pockets.

This Friday, while fools watch the colorful birdee, unemployment continues to climb, jobless claims rise, and Obama continues to distract.

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81 thoughts on “Gay Fools, Straight Fools, Black Fools, White Fools – It’s Friday Follies

  1. Confloyd

    I believe the GOP (many of them) have admitted publicly to using that method but have said it was for legitimate budget issues. what you stated above is a democrat talking point used to paint the GOP in a bad light….same old “half truths”

    there are big differences between what the GOP did and what the Dims are trying to do….what the dims are trying to do is unprecedented, as it is not a budgetary issue based on laws currently enacted, they are trying to pass laws, it is a huge piece of legislation they are trying to pass that controls 1/6th of our economy.

    and according to what i have read else where reconciliation was never intended to be used to “pass” new laws… only to adjust budgets already passed.

    so.. IMHO …far far far worse than anything the GOP has passed using this method.

    if i am incorrect…. I would appreciate someone letting me know as i would hate to be misinformed about this one.

  2. I can’t believe that kind of voting is considered legal…. this is one of those “head shaking, jumping up and down mad as hell’ kinda days.

  3. Djia, you’re pretty much on target.

    Often reconciliation was used to pass omnibus budget bills, which we really really hate. Omnibus budget bills avoid accountability and responsibility by throwing many department budgets into one big ugly bill. This has happened with increasingly regularity.

    The health scam is a huge bill that simply won’t work with reconciliation. First of all, under reconciliation rules the law expires in ten years (which alone will bring instability) but most of the reforms the system actually needs are not germane as purely budget related items (another reconciliation rule requirement).

    As we write today, this is all a distraction because Obama does not know what to do about jobs and the economy.

  4. Djia, this story might help your “mad as hell” day (when we first read this we thought it was about John Edwards) 🙂 :

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100226/od_uk_nm/oukoe_uk_russia_monkey

    A Russian chimpanzee has been sent to rehab by zookeepers to cure the smoking and beer-drinking habits he has picked up, a popular daily reported on Friday.

    An ex-performer, Zhora became aggressive at his circus and was transferred to a zoo in the southern Russian city of Rostov, where he fathered several baby chimps, learned to draw with markers and picked up his two vices.

    “The beer and cigarettes were ruining him. He would pester passers-by for booze,” the Komsomolskaya Pravda paper said.

    It added he has now been transferred to the city of Kazan, about 800 km (500 miles) east of Moscow, for rehabilitation treatment.

  5. yep admin……..that made me laugh out loud for real!!

    did you see the jimmy kimmel clip that bret bair had on just a bit ago?

    it was way funny…. some congressman was talking during the HC summit and the camera kept
    shifting back to obama and biden…….the faces/postures of obama were on full display
    then the final shot……. was obama pulling up a pillow on the table and putting his head on it

    I am pretty sure that part was photo shopped over by using a SNL actor?…….. Loved it!!

    now that just made me Howl out loud!!

  6. ADMIN said…….this is all a distraction because Obama does not know what to do about jobs and the economy.

    you are correct admin.. as always!! Great writing!! I just love how you get the message across loud and clear for
    all to understand.

    Have a great weekend Admin and everyone!

  7. djia, I was just repeating what I saw. Republicans do like to turn things around, they’ve done it to Bill and Hillary for almost 20 years so I am very watchful of them.
    The republicans used the reconcilliation act to pass an Omnibus COBRA bill which enable you to continue your health insurance for 18 months after leaving a job. It has been very worthwhile bill so sometimes its the only way to pass something good in a gridlocked congress.
    This doesn’t mean I thought that they should pass this healthcare bill with it, it meant the rethugs were lying about it and making it seem like the dims were the only ones using it. Since 1980 this method has been used 21 times and 16 of them were used by the republicans to pass omnibus bills. Admin is right.
    I also agree with admin, I don’t think Obama is going to pass anything, he is merely waiting for November to get the Congress he wants after that he will pass what he has always wanted to pass the republican version of everything. He had not passed a single democrat idea since he’s been office. He is a republican in every sense of the word. I knew that months ago, poor little kool-aid drinkers are crying in their beer.
    He also allowed the republicans to make political points during the summit yesterday which he stated he was going to do. That worked as well as his foreign policy efforts with IRan.

  8. Obama is not a Republican. He’s incompetent. (Not that the two are mutually exclusive, of course.)

    He’ll never take stand. That’s not what he does. He doesn’t care what is in legislation, just as long as he can pass a vehicle for funneling money to political supporters.

    BTW, Bill Clinton wanted to use reconciliation to pass his health care bill, too. Robert Byrd shot it down. That was basically the end of it.

  9. confloyd:

    Yesterday’s media circus had nothing to do with Republicans or convincing Republicans of anything. It was all orchestrated to pressure Democrat House members to vote for the all-ready passed Senate bill, with the “sincere” promise of a reconciliation bill. This is all about internal Democrat Party battles. It has nothing to do with Republicans. It never has. That’s all just part of what admin calls “the flim-flam”.

    “Watch as I move the three cups around the table, which one has the pea?”

  10. admin:

    I think you are partially right the reason for pivoting back to health care for some more beating. The Democrat party doesn’t have any ideas on the economy except print more money. It’s more than that, however. They can’t get anything else passed, either. So, it’s either take beatings on new stuff from the devil they don’t know, or just keep taking the same old familiar health care beating over and over and over like ground hog day.

    I think back to the very first vote in the Senate to bring the health care bill to the Senate floor. Some Republican Senator told a pundit, “Reid can get on the health care bill, but he can’t get off it….” No truer words have ever been spoken.

    The reason the game is up is that the American people are now onto the back room bribes. Normally, they would just keep buying votes until the bill passes. In normal circumstances, they could pass a paper bag full of dog pooh with enough sweeteners for Nebraska and Lousiana and Pennsylvania and “how many more votes do we need, Michele?” But, now the people see that game and any congress critter who plays it will get thrown out of office in Novemeber. It makes whipping much harder.

  11. I think Obama is a master imitator, he has fools the dims, he is not what he appears to be, but he also is only true to himself and therefore is only interested in what he can get out of it.

    He does not act like any democrat that I have ever seen. I wish I could see that but unfortunately I think to be a real democrat you have to pass or utilize some of their platform, so far he hasn’t, but that could be his way of appeasement. We all know how that works for him on the national stage.

  12. Just watch CNN’s Campbell Brown and her top 10 blunders in politics this last year.

    Guess what number one was?

    The meeting yesterday that they had on the Health Care Bill, supposedly to promote bipartisen and transparency. Looks like they failed on both. Do you believe this on Campbell Brown?

  13. NewMexicoFan
    February 26th, 2010 at 8:27 pm
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    I think after Campbell Brown’s pillow fluffing in 2008 and post election cycle show named “No Bias No Bull” — which got laughed out of the room, she figured she’d better restore some street cred — if indeed she ever had any.

  14. jbstonesfan,

    I was actually thinking this morning that I felt sorry for him. Not just because of Hillary but because of the way the dims have been bullying him.

  15. BTW, Bill Clinton wanted to use reconciliation to pass his health care bill, too. Robert Byrd shot it down. That was basically the end of it.
    ***********

    Byrd also had a written statement for the Fraud that it should not be used. Sometimes I can’t remember if he is still alive!

    I do feel sorry for Patterson in some respects. He wasn’t exactly a Hillary crusader, but he was fighting the same bully’s and am thankful he did not appoint the Princess. He could have been much worse.

  16. JanH, Thanks for the video, I had forgotten that segment of SNL. “Bitches get stuff done”. LOL!! Hillary has accomplished more in two weeks as SOS than Obama has done in one whole year.
    Sometimes I wonder if that was the real mission of Obama.

  17. Obama plan may have just what doctors ordered
    Medical Center stands to benefit from budget
    By MEREDITH SIMONS
    WASHINGTON BUREAU
    Feb. 26, 2010, 8:44PM

    M.D. Anderson: NIH’s National Cancer Institute provides $180 million every year.

    Source: Baylor, M.D. Anderson and UT
    WASHINGTON — Despite a proposed federal spending freeze, President Barack Obama is seeking more money for medical research for maladies such as cancer and autism — a potential boon for Houston institutions on the cutting edge of the diseases’ treatments and cures.

    The president’s budget, if approved by Congress, will give $32.3 billion to the National Institutes of Health, which funds research at many medical institutions in Houston and across Texas.

    That billion-dollar hike, coming when lawmakers are increasingly nervous about record-setting deficit spending, also could be a major boost for the Houston-area economy — of which medical research is a critical part.

    Organizations affiliated with the Texas Medical Center alone provide the area with thousands of research jobs and even more support positions. They bring world-renowned scientists and scholars to the area, and drive innovation in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

    “NIH is big business” for Houston, said Bill Brinkley, the dean of Baylor College of Medicine’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. “I have always been hopeful that (research) money will continue to flow in. It increases the knowledge that we have to fight disease, and it provides a good deal of jobs for high-quality, very intelligent people in our community.”

    Programs in place
    Without continued federal support through NIH, Houston’s research organizations acknowledge that they would have to cut back severely.

    “Much of what we have in the Medical Center reflects the investment of the NIH,” said Peter Davies, provost of the University of Texas Health Sciences Center.

    At the UT Health Sciences Center, NIH money accounts for 70 percent of the school’s federal funding and about half of its total research funding.

    At the Baylor College of Medicine, 17 individual centers derive at least some of their funding from the NIH.

    Several of Houston’s research centers are particularly well-suited to take advantage of more research funding because they already have well-developed programs in some of the areas the NIH has prioritized.

    According to NIH budget documents, two of the diseases that will get the most attention next year are cancer and autism. The budget for cancer research has been expanded by 4.4 percent, or $255 million, and the budget for autism research has been expanded by 5 percent to $143 million. There will also be an emphasis on translational research, or the ability to quickly turn lab discoveries into clinic-ready treatments.

    According to Brinkley, Baylor has been urging its researchers, or “investigators” in medical parlance, to focus on translational research for some time.

    “Today more than ever, we’re encouraging our young faculty to try to get as close to the clinic as they can with their research,” he said.

    One team of investigators is seeking funds for a project involving the molecular regulators of cell division, a key component of cancer. Investigators have made significant discoveries they think could help them target chemotherapy more effectively. Now they need more money to turn their new knowledge into a viable cancer treatment.

    Dr. Raymond DuBois, the provost at M.D. Anderson, said it gets $180 million every year from the NIH’s National Cancer Institute. Though much of the NCI’s budget increase will likely go to existing research, he’s said he is excited some money will target cancer drug research and clinical trials.

    The NIH has said it wants to initiate 30 new drug trials in 2011 and double the number of novel compounds in trials by the year 2016.

    Researchers hopeful
    At the University of Texas, several autism-related research projects are under way, including an investigation into identifying the risk factors for autism at an earlier age. Because the research focuses on autism and could quickly have practical applications, it’s a likely candidate for some of the NIH’s expanded funding.

    Experts are hopeful that the NIH budget will also allow for the funding of new researchers. The flat NIH budget of the past few years has created serious problems for first-time investigators trying to break into the field while competing with their elders, some of whom have decades of experience.

    “More and more young people are applying for grants, and if the NIH budget doesn’t increase, then they are up against competition from existing researchers in trying to get support,” Brinkley said

  18. I appears to me that they will use it and pass something rather than nothing as they already cast ther votes for it, so going forward will simply solidify their base and further alienate those whom already were against it.Obama does not run in 2010, so for him it’s a legacy/history making event, which surely is worth losing a few house seats and possibly some more senate seats., Having already lost the the 60 vote majority, he and Pelosi /Reid really don’t have all that much else to lose.
    If the economy makes any sort of comeback by 2012(which seems more likely than not), absent a very surprising candidate emerging for the repugs, much to my chagrin, I see BO winning, albeit perhaps more difficult than when he beat McCain.
    A candidate like Palin, Paul(g-d forbade) , or Huckabee simply can’t win as their core base is about 20-25% and not much more. I think if Romney and this fellow from Virginia get on the ticket it would be a strong team. Obviously, we all would like to see BO’s popularity sink to a point like Carter’s did, and allow Hillary to make a run , but as we saw, she has very little power within the DNC which would hinder her ability to mount a challenge.

  19. jbstonesfan, I agree. I think Hillary will be his vice the next time around, hoping to get a little more support from the 18 million she had.

  20. Do you believe this on Campbell Brown?

    I just want to pat her on her precious little head and say, “Oh, Campbell…..”

    BTW, ya’ll are smokin’ dope if you think that Hillary Clinton is ever going to be Obama’s VP.

  21. Thats true, I wouldn’t trust them either. Well, I doubt many for the exception of Obama will be in power very much longer.

  22. from ADMIN :
    Mythbuster Part I – President Hillary Clinton Versus President Barack Obama

    …Hillary supporters are in Winter quarters, meaning we are in a preparatory phase.
    For now the job is to remain organized and reach out to as many rank and file Democrats (the innocent dupes who voted for the “D” not necessarily the “O”) as are in our networks. We also must continue to encourage and expand the network of Hillary supporter blogs that did not exist when Big Pink was all alone. And, more than follow and react to the day’s events we must keep the history of what happened in the long 2008 election cycle alive. We must put that history into context and articulate the intellectual reasoning of what and why we fight.
    Some believe Hillary Clinton will indeed run against Barack Obama in 2012. They think, like us, that the Republicans will have an unprecedented victory in 2010, and then the following will happen:( http://biggovernment.com/tdelbeccaro/2010/02/22/the-case-for-hillarys-run-for-prez-in-12-and-pelosi-retiring/)
    “If the Democrats lose the House, they can blame Nancy, Harry and Obama. [snip]
    Beyond that, Obama will likely not be able to make a Clinton comeback. Obama couldn’t get his radical agenda passed even though the Democrats controlled the Senate and House because he lacks the necessary skills to build consensus and govern. His leadership deficiencies mean that he won’t fare any better in a divided government.
    In the face of such Carter-like difficulties, the Democrats will have to ask themselves: Should we place our 2012 Congressional election fate in the hands of Obama? Many will say yes – enough could well say no because . . .
    (a) Obama will have not done much for them. Keep in mind that Obama was rushed into the Presidency. He didn’t have a long career of helping other Democrats around the country. [snip] Obama’s campaigning for candidates has not been successful either – just ask Governor Corzine and Senator Coakley. Indeed, moderate Democrats are telling him to stay away in 2010. All-in-all, don’t expect too many to bleed for Obama in 2012 – to the contrary, many will prefer to try to stop the bleeding they are suffering at his hands.”
    And here is the important kicker which we agree with:
    (b) “Hillary Will Have Better Ratings Than Obama. The Clintons are no dummies. They knew Obama would fail. So, in anticipation, Hillary simultaneously (a) burnished her foreign policy credentials as Secretary of State, and (b) distanced herself from the domestic problems of the Democrats and her approval ratings have risen accordingly – even if she had no major successes. Brilliant by comparison to Obama.
    She can also correctly say: “I Told You So – he wasn’t ready and I certainly am.”
    The Democrats, or enough them, won’t want to give up the White House in 2012. Carter was a one term President – Johnson not much more than that. Their only two-term President was a Clinton – and enough Democrats will urge this Clinton to run in 2012 hoping for another electoral first – a female President.”
    Hillary Clinton supporters are in Winter quarters. But we continue to bust myths and drill every day. We continue to grow our numbers and expand our presence. Spring is coming. We must be ready.
    We will be ready on Day 1 when the trumpet sounds.

  23. hwc, no I’m not smokin anything, but I wish I were as my back and left leg is killing me. LOL!!

    I would hope she wouldn’t be his VP, but I wouldv’e never thought she’d be his SOS either, but I am very glad she is.

  24. lil ole grape,
    I hope with my whole heart your right. I think with the mess left by Bush/Obama, Hillary is the only one capable of fixing it and that in both parties. She is the only one willing to put in the hours to do it. Hopefully by that time the electorate will want a workhorse and realize that showhorses are good for show but they don’t get much done.

  25. I have been at a hospital for the last few days because of a family emergency…the so called health care summit was on in the hospital room I was visiting and O drolled on and on…it was particularly funny when he said they were falling behind and that everyone had to tighten their comments up a bit and pay attention to time…and then O proceeded to go on and on and on and on…at that point the people visiting the patient next to us could be heard saying “he never shuts up”…they could also be heard saying that they never saw a President who was out of the WH and the country as much as this ‘guy’…

    … Fox ran a crawl that said that O spoke nine minutes longer than all 17 republicans COMBINED…he went on for 119 minutes…

  26. Thankgoodness that I never listened to his part. His is a long winded windbag. Its not helping him anymore, people have wisened up some, although they are just going back from where they came from.

  27. I absolutely hate my job. I am at work as an xray/ct tech and for the second time in less than 6 hrs I have had to do a complete workup on a patient that had one less than 5 days ago at a different hospital. We have tort reform in Texas, why are the Dr.’s still practicing defensive medicine? Why? Because that is what they’ve been trained to do. I worked with a Dr. from Canada, he was very cost conscious, these IDIOTS here have NO concept of how much money they are spending when they order these tests or for that matter how much radiation. None of these patients had life threatening illnesses. One had a headache and the other had a kidney stone.
    The republicans had all these freaking doctors on there telling the world about how to fix the current crisis in medicine. Thats like asking the freaking wall street bankers how to fix the banking crisis, they might know but they don’t want it fixed they are getting richer and when they don’t we bail them out and that is what is happening here.
    Getting back to my having to give massive doses of radiation to youngsters tonight for the second time in 5 days the answer is to make the hospitals get the information on previous tests from the last hospital instead of re-ordering and re-testing.
    I hope I can work for as long as the republicans think I can stand on my two feet and work so they don’t have to pay me back for all the money I have put into social security. Sorry for the rant, but I hate radiating kids, this doctor will be dead by the time these kids can get cancer from all this radiation. The parents are dumber than a doorknob to let this doctor re-order another cat scan. People are not getting enough information about how much radiation is in a cat scan.

  28. Its now another earthquake even bigger than the last one to hit Japan, this one in Chile. Its huge at 8.8. What in the world is happening.

  29. Head of IMF Proposes New Reserve Currency
    IMF’s Strauss-Kahn suggests IMF may one day provide global reserve asset
    By HARRY DUNPHY Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON February 26, 2010 (AP) The Associated

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, suggested Friday the organization might one day be called on to provide countries with a global reserve currency that would serve as an alternative to the U.S. dollar.

    “That day has not yet come, but I think it is intellectually healthy to explore these kinds of ideas now,” he said in a speech on the future mandate of the 186-nation Washington-based lending organization.

    Strauss-Kahn said such an asset could be similar to but distinctly different from the IMF’s special drawing rights, or SDRs, the accounting unit that countries use to hold funds within the IMF. It is based on a basket of major currencies.

    He said having other alternatives to the dollar “would limit the extent to which the international monetary system as a whole depends on the policies and conditions of a single, albeit dominant, country.”

    Strauss-Kahn, a former finance minister of France, said that during the recent global financial crisis, the dollar “played its role as a safe haven” asset, and the current international monetary system demonstrated resilience.

    “The challenge ahead is to find ways to limit the tension arising from the high demand for precautionary reserves on the one hand and the narrow supply of reserves on the other,” he said.

    Several countries, including China and Russia, have called for an alternative to the dollar as a reserve currency and have suggested using the IMF’s internal accounting unit.

    Strauss-Kahn said the IMF also needs to do a better job of tracing how risk percolates through the global economy.

    “Here it will be essential to improve our ability to monitor several dozen large complex financial institutions that make up the `plumbing’ through which global capital flows,” he said, while leaving national regulators the job of monitoring the solvency of individual institutions

  30. Saturday, February 27, 2010

    Cybersecurity bill to give president new emergency powers
    By Tony Romm – 02/26/10 02:30 PM ET
    The president would have the power to safeguard essential federal and private Web resources under draft Senate cybersecurity legislation.

    According to an aide familiar with the proposal, the bill includes a mandate for federal agencies to prepare emergency response plans in the event of a massive, nationwide cyberattack.

    The president would then have the ability to initiate those network contingency plans to ensure key federal or private services did not go offline during a cyberattack of unprecedented scope, the aide said.

    Ultimately, the legislation is chiefly the brainchild of Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Commerce Committee, respectively. Both lawmakers have long clamored for a federal cybersecurity bill, charging that current measures — including the legislation passed by the House last year — are too piecemeal to protect the country’s Web infrastructure.

    Their renewed focus arrives on the heels of two, high-profile cyberattacks last month: A strike on Google, believed to have originated in China, and a separate, more disjointed attack that affected thousands of businesses worldwide.

    Rockefeller and Snowe’s forthcoming bill would establish a host of heretofore absent cybersecurity prevention and response measures, an aide close to the process said. The bill will “significantly [raise] the profile of cybersecurity within the federal government,” while incentivizing private companies to do the same, according to the aide.

    Additionally, it will “promote public awareness” of Internet security issues, while outlining key protections of Americans’ civil liberties on the Web, the aide continued.

    Privacy groups are nonetheless likely to take some umbrage at Rockefeller and Snowe’s latest effort, an early draft of which leaked late last year.

    When early reports predicted the cybersecurity measure would allow the president to “declare a cybersecurity emergency,” online privacy groups said they felt that would endow the White House with overly ambiguous and far-reaching powers to regulate the Internet.

    The bill will still contain most of those powers, and a “vast majority” of its other components “remain unchanged,” an aide with knowledge of the legislation told The Hill. But both the aide and a handful of tech insiders who support the bill have nonetheless tried to dampen skeptics’ concerns, reminding them the president already has vast — albeit lesser-known — powers to regulate the Internet during emergencies.

    It is unclear when Rockefeller and Snowe will finish their legislation. And the ongoing debate over healthcare reform, financial regulatory reform, jobs bills and education fixes could postpone action on the floor for many months.

    Both lawmakers heavily emphasized the need for such a bill during a Senate Commerce Committee cybersecurity hearing on Wednesday.

    “Too much is at stake for us to pretend that today’s outdated cybersecurity policies are up to the task of protecting our nation and economic infrastructure,” Rockefeller said. “We have to do better and that means it will take a level of coordination and sophistication to outmatch our adversaries and minimize this enormous threat.”

  31. Mrs Smith,

    Looks like the little Nazi is at it again.

    England, George Soros, ‘at centre of hedge funds plot to cash in on fall of the euro’By Karl West
    Last updated at 8:52 AM on 27th February 2010

    The man about to break the euro? George Soros is said to be placing large bearish bets against the single currency

    A secretive group of Wall Street hedge fund bosses are said to be behind a plot to cash in on the decline of the euro.
    Representatives of George Soros’s investment business were among an all-star line up of Wall Street investors at an ‘ideas dinner’ at a private townhouse in Manhattan, according to reports.
    A spokesman for Soros Fund Management said the legendary investor did not attend the dinner on February 8, but did not deny that his firm was represented.
    At the dinner, the speculators are said to have argued that the euro is likely to plunge in value to parity with the dollar.
    The single currency has been under enormous pressure because of Greece’s debt crisis, plus financial worries in Portugal, Italy, Spain and Ireland.
    But, it has also struggled because hedge funds have been placing huge bets on the currency’s decline, which could make the speculators hundreds of millions of pounds.
    The euro traded at $1.51 in December, but has since fallen to $1.34. Details of the secretive dinner emerged days after Mr Soros, chairman of Soros
    Fund Management, warned in a newspaper article that the euro could ‘fall apart’ even if the European Union can agree a deal to shore up support for stricken Greece.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1253791/Is-man-broke-Bank-England-George-Soros-centre-hedge-funds-betting-crisis-hit-euro.html#ixzz0gk1KvazP

  32. For those of you who don’t live in NY, I would like to remind everyone that Paterson was NEVER ELECTED Governor. He ascended to the position when Spitzer was forced to resign in disgrace.

    Apparently, the Democratic party no longer believes in primaries. Party leaders and superdelegates don’t abide by the results of primaries when they hold them (last election). Dem leaders have been saying that NY could not have a primary because that would weaken the Dem candidates chances blah, blah, blah. The fact that Paterson was not the choice of the majority of New York dems was as irrelevant as their choice of Hillary in 2008.

    BTW, I was optomistic and supportive of Paterson when he got the job. He started out with one excellent and important decision that saved Long Island sound from a massive super tanker station. However, subsequent racist comments, dithering over Caroline and other bad choices have made him extremly unpopular.

    I really don’t care how he was forced out at this point. At least now, some of us will have an opportunity for better representation. I prefer Cuomo to the likely Republican choices who would have beaten Paterson.

  33. Personally, what shocked me the most about the last presidential campaign was the extent to which our little bitty voting rights had been disenfranchised.
    Not counting votes, not allowing the 1st ballot at the convention. Now, trying to ram down voters’ throats an unpopular candidate without even an election choice.

    I think on thing that needs to be done before 2012 is for a tea party size movement for voters rights.

  34. S
    February 26th, 2010 at 11:52 pm

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    I’m so sorry about your family emergency. I hope things are better now.

  35. The Delusional USA – Syrian Overtures

    Elias Youssef Bejjani
    26 Feb 2010

    It is extremely bizarre and astonishing that Western countries, especially the USA and France, stubbornly refuse to learn from their own manifold mistakes and finally see and grasp the deeply rooted criminal, inhuman, savage and terrorist nature of the Syrian Baathist dictatorial regime. They naively kept on repeating their same unproductive strategies and accordingly reaped with frustration the same disappointments and failures.

    Since the early eighties these countries have loosely and erratically been adopting a carrot and stick policy with Syria’s brutal rulers, and for reasons incomprehensible to political analysts, they never went far enough to topple this regime and support the Syrian people’s rights for freedom and peace as was the situation in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    It is worth mentioning that Syria has been on the US Department of State’s terrorist watch list since December 29, 1979, and is considered globally by policy makers and think tanks the number one state worldwide that sponsors and breeds terrorist groups.

    In spite of the USA’s and EU’s recent hasty and unjustified overtures toward Syria’s dictator, Bachar Al Assad, the Syrian regime brazenly continues to provide overt massive political and material support to Hezbollah and many Palestinian terrorist groups, including the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), HAMAS, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP), and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC).

    Even when all tangible proof and documents have demonstrated that day after day Syria is recruiting, training, sponsoring and facilitating the infiltration of militant insurgents into Iraq since 2003, no decisive deterrent action was taken by the USA except mere verbal condemnations through press releases and empty rhetorical threats.

    One wonders why this pariah regime has still not been toppled hen its rulers have been oppressing, terrorizing, murdering and impoverishing their own people and destabilizing through terrorism all its neighboring countries, especially Lebanon and Iraq.

    Meanwhile, Syria’s dictator, Bachar Al Assad, keeps on defying the Western and Arabic countries’ demands, wishes and hopes in regard to his relations with Iran and the terrorist groups and continues steadily to solidify and intensify Syria’s relations and ties with the Iranian mullah’s terrorist regime, Hezbollah and Hamas on all levels and in all domains.

    Against all logic and odds the Obama administration has been appeasing and cajoling Al Assad in a rapprochement bid to cut his ties with Iran and stop his country’s sponsorship and weaponry supply to Hezbollah and Hamas. In this context the USA gave its close ally, Saudi Arabia, the approval to amend its bitter relations with Al Assad, decided to return its ambassador to Damascus who was withdrawn in February 2005 in the aftermath of the Lebanese PM, Rafic Al Hariri’s assassination in a bombing widely blamed on Syria, and last Monday it lifted a travel warning to Syria that was in place since September 2006 when armed assailants attacked the US Embassy in Damascus.

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a Senate budget debate last Wednesday (17.02.10) said that the United States is urging Syria to distance itself from Iran as well as to stop arming Hezbollah and interfering in Lebanon. In disclosing US demands for engagement with Syria, Clinton was blunter than ever about Washington’s bid to drive a wedge between Damascus and Tehran. Clinton presented a set of demands that Washington is making to Syria now that a US ambassador is returning to Damascus for the first time in five years under President Barack Obama’s policy of engagement. She said that William Burns, the number three diplomat at the State Department, “had very intense, substantive talks in Damascus” when he visited there last week. “And we’ve laid out for the Syrians the need for greater cooperation with respect to Iraq, the end to interference in Lebanon and the provision of weapons to Hezbollah, a resumption of the Israeli-Syrian track…,” she said. Clinton said Washington is also asking Syria “generally to begin to move away from the relationship with Iran, which is so deeply troubling to the region as well as to the United States.”

    On Thursday (25.02.10), Al Assad while sitting happily and proudly next to his Iranian counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in a joint conference held in Damascus, slapped the Obama administration on the face, ignored all its overtures as well as its conditions and sarcastically ridiculed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s statement which urged his country to distance itself from Iran and stop sponsoring terrorist groups. Assad responded by signing a new friendship pact with a grinning Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Moreover, he mocked Clinton by saying: “We must have understood Clinton wrong because of bad translation or our limited understanding, so we signed the agreement.”

    In an arrogant tune and humiliating smile Al Assad said: “Our support for the resistance is a moral and legal duty”, and expressed surprise at Clinton’s call for Syria to distance itself from Iran. “We thank them (the Americans) for their advice,” “I am surprised by their call to keep a distance between the countries when they raise the issue of stability and peace in the Middle East”, “The region’s people should be ready for any Israeli attack”, he told reporters.

    The Iranian president, in his turn, said Arab countries will usher in a new Middle East “without Zionists and without colonialists.” He said that “if the Zionist regime wants to repeat its past mistakes, this will constitute its demise and annihilation.” Ahmadinejad said the region’s peoples, including the Lebanese, will stand against Israel. The U.S. should pack up and leave the Middle East and stay out of regional affairs, Iran’s president added. Ahmadinejad’s trip to Damascus follows a string of US efforts to break up Syria’s 30-year alliance with Tehran.

    Ahmadinejad and Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah met Thursday (25.02.10) evening in Damascus along with their senior advisors, and discussed regional developments and “the Zionist threat,” it was revealed Friday. The two were the guests of Syrian President Bashar Assad, who had dinner with the two and participated in the talks. According to Arab media reports, the meeting was not reported upon until after it had taken place for security reasons. Ahmadinejad has meet also with high ranking officials from Hamas and other Palestinian armed Jihadist groups.

    Ahmadinejad said his talks in Syria will focus on “reaching new decisions on the possible threats” from Israel, adding that Iran and Syria “stand at the forefront of the resistance to the Zionist regime.” Speaking at the airport in Tehran before leaving for Syria, he said, “The Zionist regime and its supporters in the region are quickly approaching a dead end. The situation whereby the Zionists continually threaten countries near occupied Palestine makes it necessary for Iran and Syria to reach new decisions to deal with the possible threats from the Zionist regime.”

    During the last week, Ahmadinejad said during three telephone conversations with Al Assad, Lebanon’s president, Michel Suleiman, and Hezbollah’s General Secretary Hassan Nasrallah that Israel should be resisted and finished off if it launched military action in the region. “We have reliable information that the Zionist regime is after finding a way to compensate for its ridiculous defeats from the people of Gaza and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.” “If the Zionist regime should repeat its mistakes and initiate a military operation, then it must be resisted with full force to put an end to it once and for all,”.

    Facing Syria’s ongoing rudeness, arrogance, and defiance the USA policy makers need to re-evaluate the Obama administration’s hasty opening on Al Asaad and seriously start taking serious practical steps in all domains, including sanctions and military means to either force the Syrian regime to comply with the peace requirements and worldwide anti-terrorism efforts or to face the same choice of being toppled as had Iraq’s Sadam Hussein.

    What the Western countries and particularly the USA, should recognize in regard to the current Syrian dictatorship, is that Al Assad’s Baathist regime cannot change, because if it does it will fall from the inside as was the situation with the USSR and Romania. This dictatorship cannot survive in a milieu of peace, openness, freedom or democracy, and therefore all those policy makers and world leaders who keep deluding themselves that they can change the criminal and terrorist nature of the Syrian regime are required to read Middle East history more thoroughly and study more deeply the criminal record of Syria’s rulers during the past 30 years.

    In conclusion, there will be no peace in the Middle East before toppling the Syrian regime, containing by force the Iranian nuclear threat and disarming and dismantling Hezbollah. All other venues and means will give more time to Iran to build its atomic bomb and for Syria to breed more terrorist groups and for Hezbollah to totally devour and destroy the democratic and multicultural Lebanese system. Those who have ears need to hear and stop sinking in their delusions and day dreams.

    The question is: How many times does the Obama administration have to get slapped in the face and ridiculed by Bachar Al Assad before it stops offering his regime an ”open hand”?

    http://www.analyst-network.com/article.php?art_id=3375

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    The answer is: as long as the delusional and egotistical obama is potus.

  36. Carol
    February 27th, 2010 at 8:41 am

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    Thanks Carol.

    LOL…it’s easy for me to speculate, but it’s much better to hear the pros and cons from someone who actually lives in NY.

  37. JanH

    No need to fell sorry for him. All the NY dems …including Schumer….were “for” Hillary until they cheerfully dropped her like a hot potato.

    We all gave Paterson our support at first and every opportunity to succeed. He failed. At least he wont be rammed down our throats.

    Next job is to get rid of Schumer.

  38. Last night on CNN they had a discussion about those states where the Independents are not allowed to vote in the Primary, thus disenfranchising their vote.

    They interviewed someone from CA who says that they are going to try to turn this around there. Of course NM has the same thing. In the 2008 election it would be interesting to see what that impact might have been.

    The Political parties manage closely who will come up through those primaries, and you can be assurede their candidate wins.

  39. janh

    a belated congratulations on Canada’s women’s hockey gold.
    of course, the holier-than-thou pc police pounced upon the celebration (respectfully held after the awards ceremony and after the arena was emptied). for crying out loud, if people would just remove the big stick up their arses for one minute, they might just be able to enjoy life. imagine that.
    anyway, i thought it was great..beers, cigars and all!

  40. Thanks Alcina.

    It was a great game to watch.

    I’m looking forward to men’s hockey tomorrow:

    U.S. vs Canada.

    I love it because they are both so well matched and I will be happy with either team winning.

  41. NMF, LOL!!

    JUst thought I would tell you guys that the book “GameChange”, finally got to my little town and I am reading it.
    I am just struck by the shear stupidity of Hollywood following after Obama with their tongues hanging out. I also hear that they are also going broke. Well it couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of people. I hope the whole Hollywood goes broke, but especially this Geffen guy. I will never watch a single one of his movies.
    Who is the Hildebrand guy, he’s a mean one?

  42. Oh, well I read it on Drudge this morning. I was up all night here at work so I may have read it wrong. No sleep for me until Monday.

  43. dont ban me but at: theobamafile.com
    the following is at the top of the page…
    The Name “Obama” Not In Hawaii Birth Database
    actual article is here: thepostemail.com
    worth reading if nothing else to boost your skepticism. mine is pretty high at some point “the one” will be impeached!

    I too miss wbb. a good poster is a very valuable contribution to any blog.

  44. sirmrks, I am sure you can read him on Red State.
    Thanks for posting the stuff about the BC, but mostly here most folks believe he is a citizen of the US. I have been following that for quiet sometime, but don’t post much about that here.

  45. I’m more upset by all the people they’ve betrayed, and the lies and secrets the dims have perpetrated to get this idiot to where he is.

    I’m sure his birth certificate is mixed up in there somewhere.

  46. A little of what happened in the House this past week which raises the question electorally – can Dimocrats govern?:

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0210/33569.html

    For a few hours Thursday night, the House of Representatives was in chaos.

    Shortly after dinnertime, New York Democrat Charlie Rangel emerged from his private hideaway after news broke that he would be admonished by the House ethics committee.

    But reporters in the Capitol rushed right past Rangel to ask House Democratic leaders about a critical intelligence bill that had just been pulled over a torture provision. The language had been inserted in defiance of leadership by House Rules Committee Chairwoman Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.).

    At the same time, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was slated to meet with leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus to try to salvage a routine $15 billion jobs bill that had turned into a piñata for progressives, the moderate Blue Dog Coalition and members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

    Any of these three issues — a floundering jobs bill, a hastily scotched intelligence authorization or an ethics committee admonishment of the powerful chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee — would qualify as a midlevel crises.

    Together, these incidents illustrated a chamber in a minimeltdown near week’s end.

  47. O is talking now, and he has already pissed me off. He is reading from a prepared speech. He said he and M send their whatever. What happen to the American people. Should he not have said We the American people send or am I being picky.

  48. I’m confident that if you polled all of the regular visitors to this blog, it would show that a strong majority do NOT believe he is a US citizen. Which isn’t to say that most may not believe it is worth the aggravation of pursuing the matter.

  49. JanH
    February 27th, 2010 at 9:12 am
    S
    February 26th, 2010 at 11:52 pm

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    I’m so sorry about your family emergency. I hope things are better now.

    *********************************************

    thanks so much, Jan…it is my mother and it does not look good…this will probably be the hardest thing I go through…and for most of us…in my whole life…I still hold out a little hope, but this is tough…

    my mother and I have been political soul mates all our lives…she has been a dem from day one…and we had the wonderful opportunity to go to the 1992 Democratic convention together that I had mentioned in another thread…we ran all over NYC together going to see Hillary, Hillary and Tipper, Ron Brown, etc, speak…we got to see and hear them up close and personal at hotel events…my mother is a diehard Clinton supporter…we loved Bill and Hillary from the beginning and we have strongly supported both…

    …this is hard…thanks for your thoughts

  50. S, our best to you and your mother. Parents are by nature obviously a close bond. In your case the bond is even closer and the “soul mate” departure is a cleaving of the soul for the one who remains behind. Those who enjoy such a special relationship are privileged but the loss then becomes that much more painful. Perhaps the strength derived from your lifetime together will help get you through the solemn hour. Our best to you both.

  51. S,

    I can’t say it any better than Admin just has.

    I lost my parents some years back and I know how devastating it can be. My mother was my very best friend.

    Take care of yourself. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.

  52. S, the more you love them, the harder it is. But I always ask myself, would I not have wanted that wonderful loving relationship. I always answer yes, and so unfortunately, what comes with that is the pain when they leave you. Mine was 90, and I felt like I wanted her longer. Please lean on us during this time. We are here for you.

  53. Very Interesting stuff when you back over the archives of this blog. Admin has been right on target.
    I was surprised by the fact that way back in Oct 07, Hillary was being attacked on her vote disignating the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a Terrorist organization.

    Well, folks its has come full circle with Hillary being right as usual, we now know that the Revolutionary guard is a Terrorist organization and it is now almost to the point of running the govt. of Iran.

    Hillary is a great leader and one that knows what is going on all over the world and who did we get stuck with…..an imposter!

  54. Fannie Mae seeks $15.3B more from U.S. after $16B 4Q loss

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fannie Mae needs another $15 billion in federal assistance, bringing its total to more than $75 billion. And worse, the mortgage finance company warned its losses will continue this year.
    The rescue of Fannie Mae and sister company Freddie Mac is turning out to be one of the most expensive aftereffects of the financial meltdown. The new request means the total bill for the duo will top $127 billion.

    And the pain isn’t over. Fannie warned Friday that it will need even more money from the Treasury, as unemployment remains high and millions of Americans lose their homes through foreclosure.

    Fannie Mae, seized by federal regulators in September 2008, reported Friday that it lost $16.3 billion, or $2.87 a share, in the October-December quarter of last year. That takes into account $1.2 billion in dividends paid to the Treasury Department. It compares with a loss of $25.2 billion or $4.47 a share, in the year-ago period.

    During the most recent quarter, Fannie (FNM) suffered $11.9 billion in credit losses and a $5 billion write-down for low income tax credit investments.

    Late last year, the Obama administration pledged to cover unlimited losses through 2012 for Freddie and Fannie, lifting an earlier cap of $400 billion.

    Earlier in the week, Freddie reported a loss of $7.8 billion for the fourth quarter, but didn’t request any more money.

    Fannie and Freddie play a vital role in the mortgage market by purchasing mortgages from lenders and selling them to investors. Together the pair own or guarantee almost 31 million home loans worth about $5.5 trillion. That’s about half of all mortgages.

    “Through this prolonged stress in the housing market, we are helping homeowners across the country, supporting affordable housing, and providing financing to keep the residential markets functioning,” the company’s chief executive, Mike Williams, said in a statement.

    The two companies, however, loosened their lending standards for borrowers during the real estate boom and are reeling from the consequences. At the end of last year, nearly 5.4% of Fannie Mae’s borrowers had missed at least one payment — dramatically higher than historic levels.

    For all of last year, Fannie Mae lost $74.4 billion, or $13.11 a share, including $2.5 billion in dividends paid to the government. That compares with a loss of $59.8 billion, or $24 a share, a year earlier.

    http://www.usatoday.com/money/companies/earnings/2010-02-26-fannie-mae-loss_N.htm

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