Hillary Clinton 2012, Part I – The Hillary Message

Elect a boob, expect boobery. This time, “Try Experience – For A Real Change.”

After George W. and Barack Obama, experience might finally come back in vogue on the presidential candidate resumé. Experience could be the Hillary Clinton 2012 campaign theme yet again. But there is a deadly Barack Obama caused problem, and opportunity.

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When President Bill Clinton left office, with approval ratings in the mid-60s, the economy was purring and the deficit lion tamed. The debt carnivore too was in retreat. Then… we’ll let Hillary Clinton explain:

“Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday said “outrageous” advice from former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan helped create record U.S. budget deficits that put national security at risk.

Appearing before congressional panels to defend the State Department’s $52.8 billion budget request for 2011, Clinton said the massive U.S. foreign debt had sapped U.S. strength around the world.

“It breaks my heart that 10 years ago we had a balanced budget, that we were on the way of paying down the debt of the United States of America,” Clinton said.

“I served on the budget committee in the Senate, and I remember as vividly as if it were yesterday when we had a hearing in which Alan Greenspan came and justified increasing spending and cutting taxes, saying that we didn’t really need to pay down the debt — outrageous in my view,” she said.”

George W. Bush signed into law “a massive tax cut while spending billions on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and sponsoring a major expansion of the Medicare health program for seniors.” Experienced Hillary “urged lawmakers to tackle the federal budget deficit, which reached a record $1.4 trillion for the fiscal year that ended last September.”

We have to address this deficit and the debt of the United States as a matter of national security not only as a matter of economics,” Clinton said. “I do not like to be in a position where the United States is a debtor nation to the extent that we are.”

Having to rely on foreign creditors hit “our ability to protect our security, to manage difficult problems and to show the leadership that we deserve,” she said.

The moment of reckoning cannot be put off forever,” she said. “I really honestly wish I could turn the clock back.”

Wistfulness over the past will not produce the needed change. Hillary Clinton is going to have to produce that change. And don’t think Hillary did not understand the meaning of her words. (Go to the head of the class “Antifish” for your comment on PumaPAC “Does anyone else see possible “campaign talk” in this testimony, or am I just wishfully thinking?“)

Unease and outright distrust of the Federal government by a furious public due to runaway debt and deficits are the Barack Obama caused problem and opportunity. For the foreseeable future candidates for president are not going to be able to run on campaign promises which require the expenditure of vast sums of money. Barack Obama drained what little was left in the Treasury. This campaign limitation will not particularly hurt Republicans. But for anyone running with a “D” after their name the problem will be insurmountable – but not for Hillary.



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This morning (8:45 a.m. EST) Lynn Forester de Rothschild will appear on Fox And Friends. The discussion will center on her latest published article which ends with the following:

“Our central problem is that the combination of his grandiloquence and the September 2008 financial crisis led to his election. Now, the only way to stop him in the next three years is through voter pressure on Congress. One course is to follow Massachusetts and just elect any Republican. But both parties lack courageous leaders who will fight for the values and policies of the middle. We need a movement of the militant middle; millions of voters who support the sensible policies from both parties. This would give Democrats political cover to stand up to Obama, Pelosi, and Reid and Republicans the backbone to acknowledge that the country must progress in order to be strong. Most Americans see a false choice between a smaller government and a progressive country. We must have both. It is our only hope.”

We at Big Pink believe that in November 2010 Dimocrats must suffer devastating defeat and doom – it is the only way to wake them up to the massive Mistake In ’08 and the need to return to the FDR/Hillary Clinton Coalition. We agree with Lynn Forester that in 2012, once Obama is out of the picture, a reassertion of responsibility and fiscal common sense must be returned to the national government on a bipartisan basis.

American power, prestige, influence and our way of life are predicated on a strong economy. For a strong economy we need jobs for Americans in America. Barack Obama does not know what to do to strengthen the American economy. Barack Obama does not know what to do to help the private sector create jobs. That’s why Obama distracts with schemes which will reward his friends and donors with massive transfers of wealth from the American taxpayer pocket.

In 2012 the issue will be the economy. Other than President Bill Clinton himself, no one better understands “It’s the economy, stupid!” than Hillary Clinton.

The Republicans know the economy will be the issue in 2012. Mitch Daniels who won a big Indiana victory in 2008 when Democrats won big just about everywhere, is the latest favorite flavor of the day for Republicans. Mitch Daniels will run on the economy:

“If the country has soured on a charismatic orator who brought glamour but little executive experience to the presidency, the thinking goes, then Daniels could provide the antidote.

“Do we want a president that’s pretty, or do we want one who can get the job done?” is how Anne Hathaway, a former Republican National Committee chief of staff who is now back in her native Indiana, puts it.

At 60, Daniels’s résumé is exhaustive: He’s a Princeton-educated former Senate chief of staff-turned political operative-turned think tank chief-turned Fortune 500 executive-turned White House budget director-turned two-term governor. [snip]

He has cut spending, cut taxes, leased the state’s toll road to a private company for billions and expanded health insurance and prescription drug access in a market-friendly way. The result is an approval rating of 70 percent, according to one recent survey, placing him among the country’s most popular governors. [snip]

Top party strategists say that characteristic would enable Daniels to fill at least three spaces in the Republican primary.

First, there’s the obvious: He’s the charismatically challenged opposite of Obama. And recent presidential history reveals an electorate that tends to elect presidents with the traits contrary to the outgoing chief executive.

But because of his record and background, he would offer more substantive contrasts, too.

“He’s a budget deficit hawk, but he’s also the interesting reformer,” said one of the Republican Party’s most influential officials, who insisted on anonymity to avoid being seen as taking sides.

Supporters think Daniels can appeal to voters who are fed up with what they see as excessive government spending as well as those who want a candidate who has actually delivered policy results that extend beyond reducing red ink.”

Whether it is Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Mitch Daniels, or Mike Huckabee, in 2012 there is only one real and true Democrat who can win – Hillary Clinton. Barack Obama is poison already and after November Obama will be poison unbottled. Barack Obama must be driven out of the race so competence and experience can make a return and so that Democrats realize we must return to the winning FDR/Hillary Clinton coalition.

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March is National Women’s History Month. “The overarching theme for March 2010 is Writing Women Back into History.” Barack Obama and the Democratic “leadership” along with a colluding Big Media tried to write Hillary Clinton out of history. Instead, Hillary Clinton supporters will write Obama, the Democratic “leadership”, and Big Media a ticket to oblivion.

[Part II tomorrow.]

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218 thoughts on “Hillary Clinton 2012, Part I – The Hillary Message

  1. Don’t forget: This morning at 8:45 EST Lynn Forester De Rothschild will appear on Fox and Friends.

  2. Good Morning Admin

    She’s still standing, and we will stand for and with her.

    I don’t give a fuxx if the Senate is ready or not. They can stand up, move aside, or get the fuxx out of the way.

    I will have my TV on.

  3. There are parallels between the Paterson saga and BO. Paterson was gifted the leutenant gov position because of his color, family pedigree and politics. The position received little or no investigative reporting before the election. As he proved to be a vapid and weak leader, the party pushed the “can’t have a primary” stchick. However, as his poll numbers dropped into the toilet and defeat was clearly in the future, the powers that be alowed the dirt to be raked and lo and behold….unpleasantness uncovered.

    I believe that as BO becomes clearly unelectable and even his supporters come to terms with that after 2010 elections, the powers that protect him will shift their support. Truth about BO’s past will either be allowed to surface or he will “decide” to not run again to keep things quiet and avoid jail.

    The biggest problem that I see is that some Hillary supporters that I know think that she is finished and that her time has passed because they believe that too many people are disgusted by her support of BO and the bad judgement they feel she exhibited.

    I hope they are wrong. But I do think that Hillary has to separate herself from this administration in 2010 with strong oppositional statements to sart to be considered for 2012.

  4. carol, I am absolutely positive the republicans would like to separate Hillary from her supporters, however, in most cases its not possible.

  5. @Carol “I believe that as BO becomes clearly unelectable and even his supporters come to terms with that after 2010 elections, the powers that protect him will shift their support. Truth about BO’s past will either be allowed to surface or he will “decide” to not run again to keep things quiet and avoid jail.”

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    Good comment overall and I want all things hidden about BO come to surface. Let the vetting begin — it is never too late. The question is which way the powers that support him will shift? And your last point about people going back to Hillary is key.

  6. confloyd,

    The democrat Hillary supporters that I was referring to are not being influenced by Republicans. They have come to that conclusion based on their own take of Hillary joining and campaigning for Obama. These people feel differently than we do and I am distressed by their conclusions.

  7. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/33752.html

    Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. said Tuesday that Democrats are “scared” heading into this fall’s election and that he decided not to run for the Senate from New York because he feared his party would lose the seat after a tough primary.

    “The fall is going to be a tough, tough fall for whatever Democrat emerges,” Ford said during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” his first since announcing Monday night that he is not running. “It would have been a tough brutal fight.” [snip]

    Ford also indicated that Republican Sen. Scott Brown’s win in Massachusetts made a Republican win in New York possible.

    “They’re scared,” he said of the state’s Democratic establishment. “For anyone to believe our normal messaging will win this election … they are kidding themselves.”

  8. Wbboei – From “Game Change”, can you identify the story line that Patti Solid Doyle told the authors (Even though she is not named)? I like to know what her “public story” is.
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    Bear in mind, I have not read the book cover to cover. I just got it yesterday. But here is the reason why I am sure Solis Doyle was a major source and why she is also a rat.

    1. first, when the details of a private conversation between two people are told to a writer, and you know for sure one of them is not talking, then by deductive logic, the other one is talking. That individual may be talking directly to the writer or to a third party who is talking to the writer. In this case I am confident it was the former.

    2. second, the index of the book contains a section entitled Solis Doyle–loyalty and discretion of:

    3. third, at page 5: Solis Doyle is described as “the quintessential Hillary loyalist, who served as her campaign manager. (Note: this was the same PSD who was watching soaps rather than getting things getting things properly set up in Iowa–according to friends of mine who were on the ground at the time).

    4. fourth, at page 181: “Early Monday evening, with a day to go (in New Hampshire), Hillary summoned Solis Doyle to her suite in the Centennial. What is going on Clinton asked her campaign manager where do things stand?” (snip). Question: do you really believe Hillary did not know the story at that point. This is self serving tripe by PSD.

    5. fifth. PSD had anticipated this The polling, the money and the press –all were deeper in the shit house than Hillary knew, and the implications were grimmer. Someone had to shoot straight with her Solis Doyle thought. Who else is going to tell her. (Note: then PSD provides a detailed analysis of the shift to Obama which spells defeat in New Hampshire–even though Hillary went on to win a resounding victory the next day).

    6. sixth, the claim is Hillary was taken aback and asked what she should do. To which PSD replied: “Look I love you Solis Doyle said. My primary concern is for you and your future. We need to talk about how four straight election losses are going to look. You are an icon, but if you stay in the race and embarrass yourself, that could be destroyed. Maybe the right thing to do was drop out after New Hampshire”. (Note: this is the sound of Judas Iscariot. How do we know? Because it was destructive advice. A day later it was proven wrong. And a month or so later PSD would be officially working for Axelrod).

    The same concerns arise in the context of the private conversation between Hillary and Obama. The story is self serving to Obama and this is where the can’t control Bill fiction came from. It is fantasy island. It came directly from Obama or Axelrod, and it was intended to puff up the image of Obama. It is the point of the title game change and it is a lie.

  9. Bravo Admin.

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    Has anyone read/heard any stats as to how many in the “tea party movement” were actually Hillary supporters first?

  10. obama has destroyed so many foreign relationships and the trickle effect will be similar to this one…over and over again.

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    UK rejects US help over Falklands

    Downing Street has rejected an offer from the US to help the UK and Argentina resolve their latest dispute over the Falkland Islands.

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made the offer after renewed tensions were triggered by a UK decision to drill for oil near the islands.

    A spokesman for Gordon Brown said he welcomed her comments but did not think her direct involvement was necessary.

    Argentina claims sovereignty over the Falklands, which it calls the Malvinas. It has been angered by the UK’s decision to begin drilling for oil under a seabed off the islands.

    Mrs Clinton said the row should be resolved between the two, but “if we can be of any help in facilitating such an effort, we stand ready to do so”.

    ‘Drilling is legitimate’

    However Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s spokesman responded to the offer by saying: “We don’t think that’s necessary. “We welcome the support of the secretary of state in terms of ensuring that we continue to keep diplomatic channels open but there is no need for that (direct involvement).”

    He stressed that “self-determination of Islanders is the key issue” and emphasised that Britain and Argentina have a strong ongoing working relationship.

    However the spokesman also said the UK believed the oil drilling was “both the right thing to do and is entirely legitimate”.

    Ms Clinton spoke before she met Argentine President Cristina Fernandez as part of a tour of Latin America.

    She is also due to visit Chile – reeling from a massive earthquake which killed more than 700 people – Brazil, Costa Rica and Guatemala.

    The AP news agency reported that at the meeting, Argentina asked for US help in resolving the dispute.
    “What we have requested is mediation as a friendly country of both Argentina and the United Kingdom,” it quoted Ms Fernandez as saying.

    After the meeting, Mrs Clinton said the US wanted to encourage dialogue but was not offering to act in a mediating role.

    Diplomatic offensive

    “We’re not interested in and have no real role in determining what they decide between the two of them. But we want them talking and we want them trying to resolve the outstanding issues between them,” she said. “We recognise that there are contentious matters that have to be resolved and we hope that they will do so.”

    Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana last week claimed that by drilling in the disputed waters, Britain was a committing a unilateral act contrary to international law. He asked United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to bring the UK into talks over the sovereignty of the islands.

    The UK government says the islands have a “legitimate right” to develop an oil industry within their waters.

    Britain has exercised sovereignty in the Falklands since 1833. The islanders are almost all of British descent.

    Argentina says it has a right to the islands because it inherited them from the Spanish crown in the early 1800s. It invaded the islands in 1982, prompting the UK to seize back control in a seven-week war that claimed the lives of 649 Argentine and 255 British service personnel.

    The current Argentine government has ruled out any military action over the islands, but is stepping up a diplomatic offensive to try to pressure London into negotiations.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8544634.stm

  11. Today is primary day here in Texas. It will be interesting to see if Americans have learned their lesson. We will see, if it will be politics as usual or if the sheeple have awoken. THe George Bush’s and the George Soro’s certainly hope you haven’t. I can think of NO race as important as today’s here in Texas because today is the day of the beginning of what COULD turn out to be the fight to take back our country from the really CORRUPT aspects of our political system. If we ever want or hope to have another Bill or Hillary Clinton run and win, we must fight today for that right. We are Americans first and Democrats or Republicans second. The Illinois Combine is alive and well and it lives in Texas as well as in Massachusettes. Scott Brown has already proved that by voting for the corrupt bill’s of Obama. We shall see today if America will survive!

  12. Carol, The people you are talking about are the people I called Sheeple, the kind that haven’t looked at the big picture, which is just WHO is running this government???? Who are and what is their endgame?? You see Carol, I believe the Combine is running the government which could care less which party is represented in the WH, Senate and Congress as long as their objectives are met.
    I am not going to continue to worry about those closed minded individuals who are unable to see the forest for the trees. I will continue to support Hillary as she is the only true American that cares about ME. I will vote for only those individuals who represent me, whatever party they just be campaigning under. There are many Benedict Arnold’s, if you don’t believe me just watch Glenn Beck, he is now contradicting his own statements because the powers that run FOx News has told him what to say. His viewership is down as there are many people waking up to what is going on. Everyday I hear more people say they hate both parties. People are waking, but we will see as every state will have a primary, not just the ones in the northeast. As one of my favorite new politicians has said, “we either stand up to the status quo or our children will bleed to get our country back”. I agree with that. I will not squander this opportunity.

  13. Clinton Visits Chile, Pledges Support in Wake of Deadly Earthquake

    02 March 2010

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged U.S. support Tuesday to earthquake-stricken Chile during the third stop on her six-nation tour of Latin America. Clinton told reporters in Santiago the United States stands ready to help Chile in any way the government needs.

    Speaking alongside Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, Clinton said the U.S. is “grateful” for what Chile did in Haiti after that country’s devastating earthquake earlier this year. She said the Chilean rescue teams were “some of the best” in the world.

    During her brief visit to the Chilean capital, Secretary Clinton is holding talks with Chile’s president-elect, Sebastian Pinera, who takes office next week.

    Secretary Clinton also brought much-needed satellite phones to the country. Other details of U.S. aid are being discussed during Clinton’s visit.

    On Monday, Clinton met in Buenos Aires with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who asked for help mediating Argentina’s dispute with Britain over the Falkland Islands. Clinton said the U.S. will encourage both nations to engage in diplomacy, but will not commit to a more involved role.

    Clinton began her trip in Uruguay.

    Her next stop is Brazil, where on Wednesday she plans to urge President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to join the United States in supporting new U.N. sanctions against Iran because of its nuclear program. She also plans to visit Costa Rica and Guatemala before heading back to the United States.

    The U.S. takes a neutral position on the competing claims over the British-held Falkland Islands, which are nearly 500 kilometers from the South American coast. Argentina has long claimed sovereignty over the Falklands, which it refers to as Las Malvinas. It seized the islands in April 1982, and held them for two months until British forces retook control.

    http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/americas/Clinton-Visits-Chile-in-Wake-of-Deadly-Earthquake-85952252.html

  14. Good Morning ev1
    I dont know if this has been posted b4

    This is amazing/shocking
    Take a look at this map (link attached). It shows how the unemployment rate has changed since 2007.
    When you get to the map, click the arrow in the middle and it updates the rise in unemployment by county across the U.S, month-by-month.
    Incredible what “The Great Recession” has done.
    Viewing it only takes a few seconds.
    The darker the color, the higher the unemployment.

    The Decline
    The Geography of A Recession

    http://cohort11.americanobserver.net/latoyaegwuekwe/multimediafinal.html
    Leave a Comment

  15. The toughness and tirelessness of Hillary Clinton

    March 2, 2010
    By Daniel Dombey, US diplomatic correspondent

    Last night offered a glimpse of the toughness and tirelessness of Hillary Clinton. She was in Buenos Aires, where she came in a gesture of friendliness, so she could confer with President Cristina Fernández on the Argentinian’s home turf. But gestures of goodwill aren’t the same as being a pushover and after Fernandez added to what had been a long day for Clinton by talking for three hours, the secretary of state wasn’t willing to give any ground.

    The Argentinians had various things on their talking points list, including criticism of the US for what many Latin American countries say was insufficient resistance to a Honduran coup last year, a push for greater support for Buenos Aires dispute with the UK over the Falkland islands and the desire for a meeting between Ms Fernández and Barack Obama when the US President hosts a nuclear non-proliferation summit in Washington next month.

    Mrs Clinton wasn’t having any of it – or not much of it.

    On Honduras, she made sure to have the last word, smartly calling for the region to “turn the page” on the coup and work with the country’s new government then pivoting to the importance of our Argentina and the US “remaining in close touch and constant consultation”, which didn’t allow Fernández to make a come back.

    On the Falklands, she repeated a general willingness to encourage the UK and Argentina to talk about their differences but resisted all pressure to commit the US to a substantive mediation role.

    And on a possible Fernández-Obama meeting, Mrs Clinton limited herself to a caustic “there will be an opportunity to discuss future meetings”, which promised precisely nothing.

    On that topic, however, Ms Fernández, who is married to the former Argentinian president, had the best line: “I only hold special appointments with my husband.”

    http://blogs.ft.com/rachmanblog/2010/03/the-toughness-and-tirelessness-of-hillary-clinton/

  16. Not in English…

    LLEGA HILLARY CLINTON A CHILE – SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON ARRIVES IN CHILE 2/3/10

  17. Well we havent heard anything about the princess in a long time

    Oh My

    Times Bars Note on Caroline’s Rumored Affair With Publisher

    NEWSER) – The New York Times will report almost anything newsworthy—except a rumored affair between its publisher and Caroline Kennedy, Gawker reports. When a reader commented on the paper’s City Room blog wondering if the Times would address the gossip surrounding the two, the comment was deleted with the explanation that “We don’t report stuff like this, regardless of people involved.” Uh, sure.
    “It’s very relevant that someone who wants one of the highest political offices in the state is in a romantic relationship with the publisher of the most influential newspaper in the state,” said the deleted post.

  18. JanH:

    “Has anyone read/heard any stats as to how many in the “tea party movement” were actually Hillary supporters first?”

    There is, I think, a large overlap between the mindsets of PUMAs and Tea Party. PUMAs were originally Dems rejecting the party dictat, and Tea Party is anyone who rejects both parties. PUMA was 30% of the Hillary electorate, which means not just 30% of the 18 million primary voters but 30% of those who would have voted for her in the general election. By my calculation, according to 2008 election exit polls, this 30% would thus total 25 to 30 million voters (2/3 of whom voted McCain, the remaining 1/3 not voting).

    In this 25-30 million, I think you can find a lot of independents and Republicans (especially women) who would have voted Hillary and this is enough to fuel the Tea Party.

    In the final analysis, I don’t think you have to look much farther than the original PUMA movement to find out where the Tea Party came from.

  19. Anybody have any stats on how often Secretary Clinton appears in the news as opposed to rice/powel/ et al?

  20. jeswezey
    March 2nd, 2010 at 12:56 pm

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    Thanks very much for explaining it so clearly for me.

  21. Carol says: “The biggest problem that I see is that some Hillary supporters that I know think that she is finished and that her time has passed because they believe that too many people are disgusted by her support of BO and the bad judgement they feel she exhibited.”
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    There are always the opinions of the politically naïve to trouble us, but I don’t know ANY Hillary supporter who says those things. Her popularity rating is higher than ever, everyone I talk to has nothing but praise for the work she is doing as SOS, and when I say Hillary in 2012, they strongly agree.
    We are in a business whre we talk to customers all day long 6 days a week — they are Dems, Repubs, Indies and whatevers.

  22. Oh, well, yes, now and then we do meet a Hillary-hater, but we find it interesting that they turn out to be small minded in many other ways, too.

  23. In re wbboei from the last thread: Thus it is gratifying to see the audience turn their backs on these despicable people and move to FOX. If Hillary decides to run we will deal with them and their lunatics, but for now they are the ones who are exposing Obama. NBC, ABC and CNN are as madly in love with Obama as they ever were and they do not care if that costs them audience or sponsors. They are like the French Foreign Legion that finds it grand to die for what their cause and they revel in it until their entire existence becomes a case of life chasing death. But when Obama drives this nation over a cliff let us at least be sure that there is no soft landing for them. They are the root cause of this. If Obama did not exist they would have to invent him. And since he does exist they are nothing more than his stooges.

    The hell of it is there is no good answer for the people who will be permanently unemployed and the people who will lose their life savings as a result of Obama. He has buried this country in inextinguishable debt.
    _______________________________________________________________________

    Could the Lamestream Media and Obummer and his cohorts be termed as
    BIG GOVERNMENT JIHADISTS?

  24. jeswezey
    March 2nd, 2010 at 12:56 pm
    —————–
    To add his/her comment, there was a very informative seminar from Mark Penn at U. of Arkansas on C-Span last night (available through their website) about the rise of the independents and 2010. He called them rational (unlike the Dems branding them pejorative this and that) and I agree with him.

  25. lil ole grape
    March 2nd, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    “There are always the opinions of the politically naïve to trouble us, but I don’t know ANY Hillary supporter who says those things.

    ~~~~~~~~~~

    I don’t either. If anyone still feels Hillary exhibited bad judgment then why are her popularity numbers so high and growing?

    Whats more there is no need for Hillary to make a formal statement if she should choose to run severing her ties with the O Administration .. If anything her opportunity as SOS has been boot camp training prepping her for the takeover of much less complicated issues looming in Domestic Policy. Policies she had thought out long ago just waiting to implement them such as her Health Care Plan and her job creation strategy which will jump-start the Economy better than any foolish insertion of throw away stimulus money.

    Heck- at this point, Obama may be one of her supporters happy to get this albatross off his neck.

  26. Today’s Texas Primary a GOP Showdown
    Drama stars Rick Perry, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Ron Paul and the Tea Party

    All eyes in the political world turn to Texas today, as the Lone Star State holds what should be a telling primary for the GOP. Center stage is the GOP gubernatorial race, a three-way slug-fest between current Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and tea partier—and momentary 9/11 truther—Debra Medina. The race is so heated, and early voting so strong, that turnout may eclipse that for the 2008 presidential primary, Politico reports.
    Perry has come from behind to become the overwhelming favorite, partly by drubbing Hutchison on her vote for the TARP—he calls her “Kay Bailout.” But the question is whether he’ll get the 51% necessary to avoid a runoff. Elsewhere, Ron Paul is battling three tea party challengers. If Paul, fresh off his CPAC straw poll win, can’t get to 51% against them, it’ll put GOP candidates nationwide on notice.

    http://www.newser.com/story/82193/todays-texas-primary-a-gop-showdown.html
    Polls close at 7:00 pm

  27. pm317
    March 2nd, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Thanks for the Heads Up on Marc Penn-

    Last I heard, he was cleaning out animal cages at the Brooklyn Zoo. Must have been a different Mark Penn.

  28. lil ole grape
    March 2nd, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Today’s Texas Primary a GOP Showdown
    Drama stars Rick Perry, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Ron Paul and the Tea Party

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    With the election today, I can understand why confloyd was doing her due diligence getting the dirt out on Perry’s work on the Highway to Hell. The proposed Toll Road will be owned by foreign interests (read a company owned by (Soros) who will arbitrarily determine the cost for private passenger vehicles and trucks hauling freight will be by Private Treaty with their individual companies/coporations.

    Once again, the Tax Payers will take it in the shorts for making use of traveling on this highway paid for with (our) Federal Tax Dollars and be subject to a Toll Fee by a known tyrant hiding behind the scenes looking to bleed US Citizens to death by Taxing them to death.

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    pm317
    March 2nd, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    I know Mark Penn has no friends here but the man had good analysis.

    ~~~~~~~~~

    Uh-huh… The operative words here are “HAD” and “Good Faith”…Ref: to him making a deal with the Columbian Gov while in Hillary’s employ.

  30. A couple years ago, Paul V and I did a video depicting the lies and contradictions and inconsistent statements of Obama which went viral for a period of time without much affect that I could see. Nobody was willing to listen. All they were interested in was the appearance of change, and for that they disregarded his inexperience, his Chicago ties and his sociopathic tendencies.

    Well, a year has passed. Now of course people have seen for themselves what the term change really means. Now they are saying the things about him that we said two years ago and they dismissed. The hopium has worn off and they realize now that they were deceived. They wonder why he pushed the Soros agenda (stimulus, cap and trade, health care sell-out, amnesty etc), rather than the one thing that mattered to the people jobs. Jobs so people could get back to work and pay taxes.

    And yet some persist in their delusion. If I were doing a video today, I would use the sheep analogy we saw in the California primary, and what the sheep would be saying not baaaaaaaaaa, but bwaaaaaaaaaaaak. No problem solved, extreme polarization, bush III, inextinguishable debt and a global repudiation of his leadership well yes of course. But he is so articulate, so cool and he reminds you of other great presidents (like Wilson and Carter bwaaaaaaak).

  31. God! don’t want to belabor the point but “HAD” referred to his current analysis of 2010 elections which is now on C-Span. If you don’t like Mark Penn or his analysis, all you have to do is ignore my comment.

  32. I watched a little of Lynn DeRothchild, she didn’t say much did she?? I got a little side tracked at the time, but don’t rememeber anything special.

  33. NewMexicoFan
    March 2nd, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I wasn’t the Mortgage Market After all. So why don’t I feel better.

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

    The article is a feel good article absolving people of blame. A little late for the Truth to come out after almost 3 yrs. The Movers and Shakers (BANKS) have come up with a formula for BLAMING THE PEOPLE as a coverup for what they are doing and what they really want, “GAMBLING” with people’s portfolios, better known as “HEDGE FUND” transactions turning their losses into what is now known as “DERIVATIVES”.

    They are attempting to use this same formula (guilt) of shaking down the public with the “Global Warming Scam”. Iwas extremely disappointed, Al Gore is still promoting the LIE, “Humans ARE Responsible for Global Warming” when over 4000 scientists agree it is a natural evolution of climate activity for our planet.

    If Soros hadn’t funded Gore’s many activities, I would have given him the latitude of ‘doubt’ he isn’t tainted. With Soros promoting Cap and Trade and a Carbon Tax at the Copenhagen Summit, and Gore still promoting it in he latest NYT article. My opinion is… Gore is neck deep in Soros doo-doo and he is bound to Pay the Piper. Gore has no intentions of telling us the TRUTH because Soros owns Gore, Lock, Stock, Windmills and Solar Panels.

  34. My opinion is… Gore is neck deep in Soros doo-doo and he is bound to Pay the Piper. Gore has no intentions of telling us the TRUTH because Soros owns Gore, Lock, Stock, Windmills and Solar Panels.

    —————————————————————

    Agreed, Gore is the perfect example of whats wrong with our govt. He sold his soul to the devil (Soros) to get what he wanted…..movie deal……peace prize…..notority.

    We need real candidates…..as one of my favorite candidates said today heading in the the Texas primary…..”a citizen candidate”…when will we get more of them…..soon I hope!

  35. Carol
    The democrat Hillary supporters that I was referring to are not being influenced by Republicans. They have come to that conclusion based on their own take of Hillary joining and campaigning for Obama. These people feel differently than we do and I am distressed by their conclusions.

    ===============

    So who do they want to support instead?

  36. We need real candidates…..as one of my favorite candidates said today heading in the the Texas primary…..”a citizen candidate”…when will we get more of them…..soon I hope..

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`

    Yep, and NEVER FORGET the “TRAITORS”

    Touting Penn as anything worthwhile here is like complimenting Hitler for his good ideas in a Synagogue. You Reap What You Sow-

  37. Oy vey!

    What do I say to an old friend and someone I have always thought of as being highly intelligent when he comes up with the following argument.

    “We need to give Obama more time. Every positive thing he has tried to do gets sabatogued by the Repubs.”

    lol…I have tried everything I can think of.

  38. MRs. Smith, I knew May 31, 2008, we needed to “throw the bums out”, I mean it. They all are on the take from someone who is not interested in what the middle class needs. The middle class is what makes America great and both parties are seeking to destroy it.

  39. The Clinton/Gore admin was elected in 1992 on a platform which included environmental concerns and promoting windmills, solar panels, etc.

    The public has wanted these things for near half a century, and had strong environmental concerns. The Endangered Species Act was passed under Nixon iirc. People elected Carter to work for alternative energy.

    Palin wants to drill for oil — and pipeline cleaner gas — but also is working for alternative energy in Alaska.

    The ideal of windmills and solar panels is not some fiction invented by Soros. Gore didn’t recently invent it either (nor the Internet).

  40. turndown, I knew Al Gore was a enviromentalist while he was Governor of Tennesee. Yes, he was an enviromentalist, but he bought into the Soros agenda to further it and instead it ruined him.

  41. JanH
    March 2nd, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Oy vey!

    What do I say to an old friend and someone I have always thought of as being highly intelligent when he comes up with the following argument.

    “We need to give Obama more time. Every positive thing he has tried to do gets sabatogued by the Repubs.”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~

    JanH, your friend doesn’t want to admit you were right all along. In this case, Pride trumps intelligence.

  42. JanH
    March 2nd, 2010 at 3:13 pm
    What do I say to an old friend and someone I have always thought of as being highly intelligent when he comes up with the following argument.
    “We need to give Obama more time. Every positive thing he has tried to do gets sabatogued by the Repubs.”

    =====================

    1. compare BO’s record with Bill Clinton’s. The GOP tried to sabotage everything Bill tried to do too.

    2. list BO’s clear personal betrayals of liberalism: voting for FISA etc.

  43. turndown,

    done #1 over and over again; #2 goes in one ear and out the other.

    LOL…pride may trump excellence but I am not even the one that starts these conversations. I have suggested we don’t get into it but I think he is trying to win me over and suffice to say that won’t happen in this lifetime.

    confloyd, thanks for making me smile.

  44. confloyd,

    Hillary and Bill have always supported black causes. They had to go along with Obama to some extent to further those causes. But it has not “ruined” Bill and HIllary.

    Bill, Hillary, Gore, Palin — all are good decent people doing the best they can in a complicated, temporary situation. They have to make some compromises. But they are not “ruined.”

    They have good reasons for what they’re doing — and they may even be right.

  45. The idea of windmills and solar panels is not some fiction invented by Soros. Gore didn’t recently invent it either (nor the Internet).

    ~~~~~~~~~~~`

    The point is: the money generated to purchase and install all the environmental friendly equipment is because of Soros support and promotion of Gore.

  46. Bill and Hillary get money for their causes as a result of cooperating with Obama.

    Hillary said (on some late night tv show in 2008) that the secret is to take money from any legal source, any donors — and then spend it on the right thing anyway.

  47. The idea of windmills and solar panels is not some fiction invented by Soros. Gore didn’t recently invent it either (nor the Internet).

    ~~~~~~~~~~~`

    The point is: the money generated to purchase and install all the environmental friendly equipment at Gore’s personal residence is due to Soros support and promotion of him.

    Question: Why when referring to Gore’s credibility do you always refer back to when he was VP for Bill and Hillary. You seems to forget Gore rejected Bill and Hillary’s help during his failed presidential bid . So, the analogy referencing back to Gore’s VP days doesn’t compute or make any sense atall adding a lick of credibility to Gore in the present.

  48. #
    turndownobama
    March 2nd, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Bill and Hillary get money for their causes as a result of cooperating with Obama.

    Hillary said (on some late night tv show in 2008) that the secret is to take money from any legal source, any donors — and then spend it on the right thing anyway.

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

    The source of donors is not the problem. Promoting the LIE conditioned on the donors support IS the problem.

  49. just read the most amazing article on Iran moving its nuclear material to an above ground facility…

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/03/does_ahmadinejad_want_a_radioa_1.html

    But the key paragraph for me is:

    “Remember that Saddam Hussein had a giant, rickety warehouse full of yellowcake uranium — all the time we were told he had no WMDs by the sleazy Western media. We heard about that warehouse only three years after Saddam was overthrown, the yellowcake was very carefully repacked and moved out, and it was sent to Canada for reprocessing. The uranium warehouse was never bombed or shelled. The risk of a radioactive disaster — or at least a P.R. disaster — was much too great. President George W. Bush tolerated years and years of vicious personal smears by the Democrats and the Left about his “failure to find WMDs” just to ensure that the yellowcake was moved safely out of the country. That’s the kind of man George W. Bush is. He did the right thing, and he took the hits from all the sleazy demagogues. ”

    Somehow I missed this though I live in Canada. Is it true?

  50. Mrs. Smith, Even my Mom, God rest her soul, knew Gore was an enviromentalist when he was governor of Tennesee. He separated himself from Bill and Hillary when he ran…..a big mistake for him.

    He soiled himself by getting into bed with the likes of Soros. He shouldn’t of stabbed Bill and Hillary in the back….before he met them he was a nowhere backwoods governor of Tennesee….he wasn’t popular at all…..my mom told me this!

  51. As a loyal Democrat through 2006, I am one of the registered Democrats who will have a problem voting for ANY Democrat in 2012. The Democrats ar ruining this country right now, and I’ve just about made up my mind to vote for the Republican presidential candidate in 2012, especially if he candidate is viewed as strong domestically and internationally. I am one of “those people” who do not like he fact that Hillary is working in the Obama administration, regardless of how good of a job she is doing. Unfortunately, Hillary is not the Democratic party, and I am having a very difficult time with the idea of rewarding the slimeball Democratic party with my vote come 2012. I like the Clintons, and I voted twice for Bill, but their credentials may not be enough to overcome my thorough disgust with the Democratic brand at this time. I feel bad for Hillary if she has presidential ambitions because the stank of Obama is going to be difficult to wash off for any Democrat.

  52. #
    confloyd
    March 2nd, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Mrs. Smith, Even my Mom, God rest her soul, knew Gore was an enviromentalist when he was governor of Tennesee. He separated himself from Bill and Hillary when he ran…..a big mistake for him.

    He soiled himself by getting into bed with the likes of Soros. He shouldn’t of stabbed Bill and Hillary in the back….before he met them he was a nowhere backwoods governor of Tennessee….he wasn’t popular at all…..my mom told me this!

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

    Soros was a heavy donor to Gore’s presidential campaign and I wouldn’t be at all surprised he advised Gore to reject any support from the Clintons. The man with the money always has a BIG say in what direction you take. At that point Gore was not wealthy. If you remember correctly, Gore treated Bill and Hillary like they were the plague and he was susceptible to infection.

    The more Gore is exposed to the light, the more his situation mirrors the story of the ‘Devil and Daniel Webster’. I don’t hate Al Gore, I feel sorry he has gotten himself into this mess. But I feel sorrier for us because Gore won’t stand up and tell the world the Truth.

    Gore is enabling Soros to fill his pockets with ill gotten monies aiding Soros to quicken the austerity of our nation from the poor and the middle class evolving into the indigent and working poor. It’s no secret Soros’ greatest wish is the destruction of the US.

  53. Nobama,

    I am one of “those people” who do not like he fact that Hillary is working in the Obama administration, regardless of how good of a job she is doing.

    ————————————————————–

    Then you were not a true blue Hillary supporter then. If your having reservations over Hillary working for Obama and want to award her by not voting for her if she decided to run again, you like shooting yourself in the foot and are the reason why/how the power puppeteers are able to retain power.
    You are also the reason why we will never get this country back on its feet again.
    I will not board the ship that is being hurled back and forth by the powers that own this country. I would rather board the canoe that will someday shoot a big hole in the ship that the sheeples keep boarding.

  54. “We need to give Obama more time. Every positive thing he has tried to do gets sabatogued by the Repubs.
    —————
    Thing is, Obama said he’d be ready on Day 1. Anyone with the slightest modicum of common sense knew otherwise. That his supporters recognize he needs more time is really a matter of the chickens coming home to roost, IMO.

  55. First of all, Gore was senator from Tennessee, not governor.

    As for the yellow cake, it’s not potent enough for even a dirty bomb. Hussein had no ability to do anything with it. It’s not a weapon in and of itself, though it can be incorporated into weapons. Here’s a CBS news story on the transfer to Canada:
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/07/05/world/main4235028.shtml

    As for global warming, the petroleum industry is offering a $10k bounty for scientists to oppose global warming:
    http://thinkprogress.org/2007/02/01/oil-lobby-payments/

    Among people who are climatologists, that is, their primary field of study is the climate, there is virtually no debate that much of global climate change is generated by human activities. The idea that 4000 climatologists don’t think climate change is being driven by human activities is completely erroneous. It’s largely meaningless that scientists bucking for a $10k bonus but who do not study the climate first and foremost don’t agree. The fact of the matter is that agreement is almost unanimous that human activities are at the base of climate change.

    Here’s a recent survey on the opinion of scientists:
    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-01/uoia-ssa011609.php

    And Union of Concerned Scientists:
    http://www.ucsusa.org/ssi/climate-change/scientific-consensus-on.html

  56. Freaking Fox news is nothing but liars, all of them. All day they have discredited all the other candidates for Governor for the exception of the one that is working for Soros.

    Yes Soros has people in both parties that he sucks in.

  57. Years ago, Gore wouldn’t even let his own father campaign for him. Rejecting Bill’s help in 2000 was a mistake; Hillary neglecting redstate caucuses in 2008 was a mistake. Everyone makes mistakes.

    We don’t reject Hillary for her mistakes in a complicated situation; nor Gore for his.

  58. The world awaits the last cog in the wheel of our destruction, TTC. We will soon be getting all of milk, vege’s, and meat from Brazile. The rio Grande Valley will be a ghost town and we thank the sheeples.

  59. Soros was a heavy donor to Gore’s presidential campaign and I wouldn’t be at all surprised he advised Gore to reject any support from the Clintons.

    =================

    Soros deliberately weakened Gore’s chance to actually win?

    For some reason deep and dark in a tinfoil mine, I’m sure.

  60. #
    confloyd
    March 2nd, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Mrs. Smith, as is many others……(nobama) the enablers

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

    You had it right the first time. nobama never was a Hillary supporter in the first place.

  61. I wonder how much George Soros is going to charge us for a gallon of milk, especially since he has already broke the American Dairy association???
    I wonder how much more it will cost us to take a vacation if we have to pay George Soros toll roads to get there and the Chinese to visit our national parks. It will soon be lots of fun to be an American in America because very little of it belongs to America any longer.

  62. You can’t win the nomination when Soros ships in votes from a neighboring state and when they own the Diabold voting machines. She did everything humanly possible to win and now she is no doubt getting inside info that might help her win against him (I hope). She is sharpening her skills and getting rid of some MSN pundits while she is doing it. It will soon look like “another one bites the dust”. LOL!!

  63. Whether or not I agree with turndown or not, I don’t think it is fair for any of us to label anyone as “never having been a Hillary supporter.” None of us know how hard the other worked to get her elected in 2008 and none of us know just how much we each have done to support Bill and Hillary throughout the years.

    Whether someone ever votes again for her or not, I think credit has to be given for past works.

  64. Fox all day long on the Texas gubenatorial race, LOL!! They have had a complete black out on it until today. I can’t wait to see what Beck is going to say today.

  65. Jan H, I don’t know how a person could turn on their feelings if they were strong enough to vote for someone and stick with them thru that horrid primary. Hillary is in the State Dept. and not in the day to day screwing of the electorate that Obama does, so why blame Hillary for this mess…..too much Fox News…..Glenn Beck sold them a bill of goods…..we must remain strong…..so if they can’t…..I am sorry for them…..because in the end it will affect our country!

  66. This is downright scary!

    LOS ANGELES – Just 50 miles off the Pacific Northwest coast is an earthquake hotspot that threatens to unleash on Seattle, Portland and Vancouver the kind of damage that has shattered Chile.

    The fault has been dormant for more than 300 years, but when it awakens — tomorrow or decades from now — the consequences could be devastating.

    Recent computer simulations of a hypothetical magnitude-9 quake found that shaking could last 2 to 5 minutes — strong enough to potentially cause poorly constructed buildings from British Columbia to Northern California to collapse and severely damage highways and bridges.

    Such a quake would also send powerful tsunami waves rushing to shore in minutes. While big cities such as Portland and Seattle would be protected from severe flooding, low-lying seaside communities may not be as lucky.

    The Pacific Northwest “has a long geological history of doing exactly what happened in Chile,” said Brian Atwater, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and University of Washington. “It’s not a matter of if but when the next one will happen.”

    The last one hit in 1700, a magnitude-9 that sent 30- to 40-foot-tall tsunami waves crashing onto the coast and racing across the Pacific, damaging Japanese coastal villages.

    There’s an 80 percent chance the southern end of the fault off southern Oregon and Northern California would break in the next 50 years and produce a megaquake, according to Chris Goldfinger, who heads the Active Tectonics and Seafloor Mapping Laboratory at Oregon State University.

    Research presented last year at a seismology conference found that Seattle high-rises built before 1994, when stricter building codes took effect, were at high risk of collapse during a superquake.

    Disaster managers in Oregon and Washington are aware of the risks, and work is ongoing to shore up schools, hospitals and other buildings to withstand a seismic jolt.

    “We’re definitely being proactive in trying to get those fixed, but we have a long way to go,” said Yumei Wang, geohazards team leader with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries.

    Oregon has 1,300 schools and public safety buildings that are at high risk of collapse during a major quake. The state recently doled out $15 million to two dozen schools and emergency facilities to start the retrofit process. State law requires that all poorly built public safety buildings be upgraded by 2022 and public schools by 2032.

    The state is also helping its coastal communities — home to 100,000 residents — plan for vertical evacuation buildings that could withstand giant tsunami waves.

    Seattle plans to retrofit its 34 fire stations. The city is also working on a plan to upgrade 600 buildings considered most at risk.

    “We have been preparing aggressively,” said Barb Graff, who heads the city’s Office of Emergency Management.

    Chile and the Pacific Northwest are part of several seismic hotspots around the globe where plates of the Earth’s crust grind and dive. These so-called subduction zones give rise to mountain ranges, ocean trenches and volcanic arcs, but also spawn the largest quakes on the planet.

    The magnitude-8.8 Chile quake occurred in an offshore region that was under increased stress caused by a 1960 magnitude-9.5 quake — the largest recorded in history, according to geologist Jian Lin of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

    The temblor destroyed or badly damaged 500,000 homes and killed more than 700 people.

    Similar tectonic forces are at play off the Pacific Northwest, where the Juan de Fuca plate is diving beneath North America. At some point, centuries of pent-up stress in the Cascadia subduction zone will cause the plates to slip. Scientists cannot predict exactly when a quake will occur, only that one will happen.

    The region is all too familiar with violent earthquakes. In 2001, a 6.8-magnitude quake centered near Olympia, Wash., rattled a swath of the Pacific Northwest, but remarkably caused no deaths. While it was not the type of quake that hit Chile, it was a reminder of how a big disaster could strike at any time.

    To better understand megaquakes, a group of scientists planned to travel to Chile in May for a conference on giant earthquakes and their tsunamis. There are field trips planned to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1960 Chile quake.

  67. Sounds like the “The Left Behind” series to me, all these earthquakes, LOL!! The mega quake in California!

  68. confloyd
    March 2nd, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    You can’t win the nomination when Soros ships in votes from a neighboring state and when they own the Diabold voting machines. She did everything humanly possible to win and now she is no doubt getting inside info that might help her win against him (I hope). She is sharpening her skills and getting rid of some MSN pundits while she is doing it. It will soon look like “another one bites the dust”. LOL!!

    =================

    Right! And I bet Gore has some secret plan against Soros that’s just as good!

    He’s using Soros’ dirty money to secretly do research that will solve all the technical problems so Soros will bite the dust.

    Hillary and Gore are both a lot smarter than most people think! (And both of them are still really Good Guys.)

  69. Soros deliberately weakened Gore’s chance to actually win?

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

    The old tried and true ‘tinfoil’ response doesn’t hunt anymore… Leftys have to get over using the tinfoil meme, it is a dead leaning giveaway.

    So, the long and the short of it remains… using Bill and Hillary’s coat tails pointing to Gore’s credibility indeed has no merit in his present involvement in Climategate.

  70. JanH
    March 2nd, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    I meant to say “nobama”. Sorry turndown.

    =================

    My cover has been broken! I should have thought of a better name for my sockpuppet. Too many vowels in both names, only one letter in the middle of the word sticking up above the line, and neither of them uses Caps.

    Sigh.

  71. turndown, I have a problem with Gore because of the way he treated Hillary. I remember when he won the nobel prize, she had his pic on her site for a couple hours then it was taken down quickly. Al was never a fan of Hillary and he was a back stabber just like the rest of the “good old boys network” was.
    He couldn’t sell me a loaf of bread if I was starving to death. He will always and forever be out of my realm…..because of his Hillary hate…..he used Bill to get those hostages out because NK wanted Bill and not Al…..that should tell you what to think about Gore. When the communist nations realize that Bill was a great Potus and we the Sheeple can’t…… don’t expect our country to last much longer.

  72. They are having the freaking Texas Two Step for the rethugs too. I had no idea. So I will have to get dressed and go the the damn convention, just like Hillary. I also heard the rethug convention had just as much fraud in it as the dem one in 2008. So this is the real story, they stacked both sides of the deck for the fraud we now have in office. This is how they put in the old man, for heavens sake here we are complaining about the dem party when the republicans here in Texas are doing the same thing. OMG!@!

  73. Obama’s pal, Governor Deval Patrick is charging a fee of $5.00 to talk to a human being at the DMV.

    Many upset at $5 fee for face time at Registry

    AP / March 2, 2010

    Republican and Democratic critics are taking aim at a new $5 fee the Registry of Motor Vehicles is charging customers who want to do their business with a real person.

    The fee that went into effect yesterday will be assessed on customers who talk to an agency employee either in person or on the telephone to conduct certain transactions, including renewing driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations.

    The fee would not be charged for transactions completed online, by mail, or over the agency’s automated phone system. Also exempted will be a visit required every 10 years for an in-person license renewal.

    Registrar Rachel Kaprelian says the goal is to raise money for the cash-strapped state and discourage people from going to branches. “We’re in a fiscal crisis, and fees are realigning to reflect that crisis, and this is an added twist to get people to use the Internet,’’ she said.

    Jennifer Nassour, chair of the Massachusetts Republican Party, called the fee a backdoor tax. “This hike burdens those people who can least afford it, like the poor and elderly who often don’t have Internet access,’’ she said.

    State Senator Steve Baddour, a Methuen Democrat who cochairs the Legislature’s Transportation Committee, told the Boston Herald the state should not be nickel-and-diming people for mandated services.

    The Herald also cited an RMV memorandum that appeared to coach employees about hiding the fee hike, saying it should not be singled out but included in a discussion of broader fee hikes during the past year.

    Kaprelian denied any skullduggery. “There was no intent . . . not be upfront about it, ’’ she said. “We want to be upfront about it, because we want people to know they have an option, a great option’’ via the Internet.

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2010/03/02/many_upset_at_5_fee_for_face_time_at_registry/?rss_id=Most+Popular

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

    Rather than creating fees that further burden the already over burdened taxpayer; why isn’t the governor thinking of new ways for creating revenue for the cash strapped state. Patrick should be soliciting big business with attractive tax incentives for moving to Massachusetts especilly for GREEN businesses. Attracting business ripples into jobs stimulating the economy and filling cash starved city and town treasuries.

  74. None of you know anything about me other than what you read here or on
    a couple of other blogs. I can assure you that I was a Hillary supporter, and even donated money to her campaign, money that was not easy to come by for me. Your snarky comments about what I wrote in my last comment here are starting to show me some similarities between you and the leftist idiots that many of you beef about. My comments were how I feel, and they were not uncivil. It is very unbecoming of you, especially the false accusations. You’ll certainly gain little support for your cause that way. I am also not a sheeple. I don’t deify nor blindly follow anyone. I don’t suscribe to any cult of personality either. Some may view Hillary as one of those so-called followers. I wrote that I didn’t like that she was a member of he Obama administration. You don’t like that, well tough because it is how I felt about it fro
    day one. It’s not a comment on Hillary’s capabilities, but a
    comment on who she’s working for. Hillary is intelligent, and sems to be a hard worker, but she’s not a saint, and I will not worship any politician at the altar. Hillary might be obtaining needed experience international affairs which will bode well for her, but he fact that she played a part in the Obama administration may have done her more harm than good. As seen many times on this very blog, Obama is poison. The words “Stay Clear at all times” should be included in that warning. Sorry if I offended some of you with my previous comments, but I believe that of the people I have seen comment here, I am the least likely to run off the cliff for anyone.

  75. Hillary Clinton arrives in Brazil to discuss controversial issues

    2010-03-03
    BRASILIA, Mar. 2

    (Xinhua) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Brazil on Tuesday for a visit of less than 24 hours, during which she will meet with President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Foreign Minister Celso Amorim, to discuss issues on which both countries have different opinions.

    Among the issues to be discussed are the Brazilian position on the Iranian nuclear program, the U.S. offer in the tender opened by Brazil for the purchase of 36 fighter jets and the South American country’s relations with Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia and Honduras.

    The most controversial among them is the Brazilian support for Iran’s nuclear program for alleged peaceful purposes, which raised strong criticism in the U.S. Congress.

    On Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. secretary will head for Sao Paulo, where she will have meetings with businessmen and will also visit the University Zumbi dos Palmares, the first in Brazil devoted specifically to African descendant students.

    Clinton’s visit is a preparation for the first visit of President Barack Obama to Brazil, which is expected to occur in the second half of this year.

    Before coming to Brazil, the secretary of state visited Argentina, Uruguay — where she participated in the inauguration ceremony of President Jose Mujica — and Chile, where she offered aid to rebuild the country seriously affected by a powerful earthquake on Feb. 27.

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2010-03/03/c_13194628.htm

  76. I was wrong about the republican Two step here in Texas. It is a voting mechanism for party platform. If a certain candidate wins, he cares nothing about what we the texans really want.

  77. Clinton ready to attend Mideast Quartet meeting

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is ready to go to Moscow for an upcoming meeting of the Middle East Quartet in a bid to encourage Israeli-Palestinian talks, her spokesman said Tuesday.

    “If everyone is agreeable, the secretary will be there,” State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters.

    A UN spokesman earlier told AFP that UN chief Ban Ki-moon will take part in the meeting of the Quartet — the European Union, the United States, Russia and the United Nations — on March 19.

    Crowley voiced hope that Israel and the Palestinians would soon resume negotiations — a key US diplomatic priority that eluded President Barack Obama’s administration in his first year in office.

    “We think we are at a point in time when there is some reason to believe that the parties are getting closer to the kind of discussions that we think will lead to resolving the complex issues that they face,” Crowley said.

    “In any negotiation that might take place, we will need strong regional support and we will need strong international support.”

    http://rawstory.com/news/afp/Clinton_ready_to_attend_Mideast_Qua_03022010.html

  78. Hillary suspended her campaign c. June 7, 2008.

    Gore endorsed Obama June 16. Till then he had remained neutral.

    Anything else is gossip, speculation.

  79. The article is about Charlie Crist, but does this remind you of someone else Big Media adores and won’t say the same things about?

    http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2010/03/02/charlie_crist_looks_doomed/index.html

    A series of interviews with Florida political observers and GOP insiders tells a different story — one in which Crist’s problems have less to do with his purported moderation than with an ardor for political expediency and opportunism.

    “I don’t know whether Charlie is left-of-center or right-of-center,” says Brett Doster, an unaligned GOP strategist in the state. “Charlie is all about Charlie.”

    Some of the antipathy for Crist among Florida Republicans is personal. His detractors argue that his ambitiousness is unusually stark and overweening, even by politicians’ standards. They note, for instance, that the governorship is the third consecutive post he’s held for only one term before seeking higher office. (Crist was previously the state’s attorney general and, before that, commissioner of education.)

    “Throughout his career, Charlie Crist has always been looking for the next rung on the ladder,” says Mike Hanna, a veteran Republican operative who worked briefly for Crist during his campaign for attorney general.

    Crist’s conduct during the 2008 GOP presidential primary season certainly fed this perception. It’s widely believed that the governor initially promised his endorsement to Rudy Giuliani, whose campaign then pursued a Florida-or-bust strategy. But three days before the Florida vote, Crist instead hitched his wagon to the ascendant McCain, who carried the state (immediately spurring the Crist-for-Veep chatter). Giuliani finished a distant third and dropped out.

    Others who’ve watched him up-close in Florida paint a picture of an insubstantial figure, a man more interested in grabbing headlines than in the nuts-and-bolts of policy, and often disengaged or preoccupied during briefings.

    Crist’s defenders don’t always mount convincing rebuttals to these claims. Erin VanSickle, a former communications director of the state Republican Party, acknowledges that one of the most common criticisms of Crist is “that he is policy-lite, certainly compared to his predecessor (Jeb Bush).” But VanSickle, a Crist supporter, suggests tentatively that “maybe he is a big-picture guy.”

    Detractors point to Crist’s mutating positions on numerous issues.

  80. I do not trust Glenn Beck.He is a paid by FOX He is paid and controlled by his agenda.This evening he had a highly interesting and true look at America all the way back to the mid thirties and the story of the rise
    annd fall of the Hitler agenda.As a curious teen who loved parades Several of us rode by trolley cars to Mt Oliver asmall community populated by German families as other immigrant families did with their nationals and relatives all over Pgh.I watched The German American Bund led by Fritz Kuhn a Hitler supporter.Iwatched them march in full brownbelt uniforms swastika arm bands bearing American and Nazi Flags.At the intersection of Warrington ans Arlington avs’apodium was set up and the propaganda began to to flow.It was a classy affair but little did I know that just 8 years later I would find myself in the Ardennes facing this enemy at the Bulge.If you ignore History it REPEATS itself.
    Beck did a great job of relating some past history but he works for The Fair Balanced and Evil Network and does their bidding.There are very few places to go to for truth and patriotism.

    By ABM90 Hillary looked so presidential and rested as she arrived in Chile and I might add Beautiful.

  81. ABM90,

    The media then, just as today, failed to report what was going on in Germany until it was almost too late.

    At best there would be a tiny article here or there on a back page.

    Whether this was government dictated at the time or not I don’t know. There is documented fact though that the U.S. government had key positions filled with anti-semitic idiots who pushed this agenda as hard as they could.

  82. Charlie Crist it very similar to Obama. He doesn’t have a true core of beliefs. I remember when he ran for governor here in Florida, he had three humongous banners of himself hung from the sides of Tampa highrise buildings. I forget the reason why, but he was told to have them removed from the buildings. These were multi-storied in height. I though that it was a very creepy thing for him to have done at the time. Charlie is definitely all about Charlie.

  83. “a man more interested in grabbing headlines than in the nuts-and-bolts of policy, and often disengaged or preoccupied during briefings.”

    ——————
    Well obama would top my list for this description. At the same time, people like emanuel, pelosi, et al would fall into the same category.

  84. turndownobama
    March 2nd, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Gore did stay silent throughout the primary, except for one time in March or so when he did come out publically to say there was plenty of time to contest the general election and the DNC should relax and let the primary play out til the end. I appreciated him for that.

  85. PM317 at 5:50 pm

    Mark Penn’s video from C-Span. Some of you will like what he is saying about 2010. I am sure we can use some of this info to develop strategy for Hillary 2012.

    = = = = =

    Are you kidding, after what he did to Hillary’s campaign in 08? Once was enough, thank you.

    Mark Penn should be cleaning up the animal cages in the Bronx Zoo, as Mrs. Smith said.
    That guy is the dumbest pollster/strategist ever.
    He worked in the Clinton WH, but never learned anything from the master.

  86. admin
    March 2nd, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    The article is about Charlie Crist, but does this remind you of someone else Big Media adores and won’t say the same things about?

    http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2010/03/02/charlie_crist_looks_doomed/index.html

    ===================

    I’m not sure whether this should altogether be laid at Crist’s door, but something real convoluted happened in Florida in 2008.

    The FL legislature, controlled by GOP (and Gov Crist?) passed a law setting the primaries at a date forbidden by the Democratic National Committee. The FL Dems accepted this as the price for getting voting machines with paper trails.

    Later when the FL votes were rejected by the DNC because of the primary date, Crist kindly offered to stand up for the FL Dems by declaring that the national Dems were not a political party and refusing to allow their candidate on the FL ballot in Nov.

    For this, Crist got credit for being a good guy….

    Let’s see, some SF paper had a good detailed story on all this, with many details I’ve mercifully forgotten. Brazile was mentioned. I might dig up the cite if anyone wants it. Rosemary someone.

  87. Rangel Giving Up the Gavel
    Could step down as early as tonight

    Harlem Democrat Charles Rangel now says he will step down as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, NBC News has learned.

    He may make the move as early as tonight and Michigan Democratic Rep Sander Levin will temporarily take over the committee.

    Some details still need to be ironed out, but sources said Rangel has been pushed to step down before the House voted on a bill to forcefully strip him of the coveted chairmanship.

    Rangel has been under fire ever since an ethics committee released a report Thursday that found that he violated House rules by accepting two corporate-sponsored trips to the Caribbean.

    Rangel countered Friday that the ethics report “exonerates” him because it says there is no evidence that he knew the trips were sponsored by corporations. The report said his staff knew who paid for the trips. Following the report, even Democrats began asking Rangel to step down.

    “The citizens of his home state sent him here, that’s their decision,” said Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Mississippi), who lead the charge in asking Rangel to relinquish his post. “But members of the [Democratic Caucus] made him chairman of that committee, and he should step down until all this is resolved.”

    http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local-beat/Rangel-Giving-Up-the-Gavel-86054087.html

  88. Wbboei-

    Happy to see you reprised your role as a favorite poster around here. We need every able hand and true blue Hillary supporter on our team to win this next round.

    Glad you are back where you always belonged.

  89. Had enough of the Hopey-Changey crap? Suggest watching Sarah Palin on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonite (NBC 11:30pm March 2nd, 2010)

  90. Mrs. Smith,

    Hillary doesn’t have to do anything and still her betrayers have come full circle and are getting what they deserve.

  91. Right, turndownobama,as a disenfranchised voter in FL during the 2008 primary I have mixed emotioins about Charlie Crist. From all acounts he remains popular as a Governor, but there was something about the setup with moving the primary date. It was a bitter pill to swallow, but the paper trail was held hostage; and then, DNC and those criminals used the moved up date to disenfranchise FL Dem voters. I might add that unless you were a registered Dim you were not allowed to vote for Hillary during the primary. That is the reason I am not a supporter of Charlie Crist for the senate; he helped mess it up to begin with.
    But I have never understood Hillary’s reasoning in signing away her right to count FL and MI votes.

  92. TurnDownObama, we wrote about the Florida situation many times. While the Republicans were indeed mostly responsible for primary calendars in Florida and Michigan it was Howard Dean/Donna Brazile and corrupt Dimocrats who colluded to remove two important and big pro Hillary voters’ states from getting counted. Our article went into the details deeply:

    http://www.hillaryis44.org/2008/04/01/the-real-slim-shady/

    The Democratic national committeeman who introduced the motion on the party’s Rules Committee to deprive Florida of all its delegates — a precursor to the Michigan decision a few months later — was Ralph Dawson, a New York lawyer who was Howard Dean’s Yale roommate and an advisor to Dean’s 2004 campaign. Dawson’s role was seen as a signal of Dean’s appetite for a kick-ass rebuke.

    As much as the DNC tries to pretend otherwise, it had choices. In fact, it later showed understandable leniency to three other states who changed their primary dates–New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina — seating all their delegates. The tough love treatment was reserved for Michigan and Florida.

    The national party had tried — before New Hampshire’s case wound up on its docket — to leave the impression that zero tolerance was automatic once violations of the schedule occur. Back in June, a DNC spokeswoman, for example, told the Associated Press that neither Dean nor the Rules Committee “has the power to waive the rules for any state,” explaining that “these rules can be changed only by the full DNC.” Yet a few months later, on the same day that the Rules Committee stripped Michigan of its delegates, it waived the rules for New Hampshire, Iowa, and South Carolina, each of which had also moved up their primaries.

  93. YEA!!!!! Rangel, one of the Gestapo who MARCHED Hillary down the aisle to the microphone has received a little dose of his own medicine…..NEXT…

    2×4 Chuck Schumer…….

  94. Mrs. Smith thanks for the Rangel story. Politico’s headline is about Rangel keeping his gavel. We suspect the NBCNewYork story you posted in the latest news and Rangel will be out.

  95. Bill Clinton Chosen To Be Yale’s Class Day Speaker
    The Hartford Courant

    March 2, 2010
    NEW HAVEN

    Former President Bill Clinton will speak during Yale University’s graduation Class Day festivities May 23 at 2 p.m., university officials announced today.

    Yale Class Day includes handing out special awards to seniors, Yale College traditions –such as wearing clever and imaginative hats –and the main speaker.

    Bill Clinton graduated from Yale Law School in 1973.

    Upon leaving the White House, Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation that has staff and volunteers around the world working to improve lives through several initiatives. This includes the Clinton Health Access Initiative, which is helping 2 million people living with HIV/AIDS get access to lifesaving medicine.

    Last year, Clinton was named the U.N. special envoy for Haiti to help the country rebuild after a series of hurricanes in 2008. Since the Jan. 12 earthquake in that country, the Clinton Foundation has been helping with immediate and long-term relief and assistance, and he and former President George W. Bush established the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.

    Previous Class Day speakers include author Christopher Buckley and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

    http://www.courant.com/community/new-haven/hc-bill-clinton-speaks-at-yale-0302,0,241603.story

  96. Farouk Shami sealed his racist self with the comment about white people not wanting to work except to be the supervisor and want way too much money for the work they do. That went over like a lead balloon in Texas. He is getting shut completely out. The Palestinian couldn’t make it in Texas politics.

  97. Bill White will be the democratic candidate for governor. He has already lost once, why did they put another dud in….to make sure Perry won!

  98. JanH
    March 2nd, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Hillary doesn’t owe anyone an explanation for taking the SOS position managing and creating working relationships with foreign countries benefiting us through our Foreign policy. Anyone that questions her working for BO Administration doesn’t understand she is working putting her country first no matter who is the president. I expected nothing less from her.

    And yes, karma has been working overtime in our favor 🙂
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    #
    ShortTermer
    March 2nd, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    “But I have never understood Hillary’s reasoning in signing away her right to count FL and MI votes.”

    Hillary never signed away her right to count FL and MI votes. See here:

    admin
    March 2nd, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Admin has the entire sequence of events where Howard Dean/Donna Brazile and corrupt Dimocrats who colluded to remove two important and big pro Hillary voters’ states from getting counted. Our article went into the details deeply:

    http://www.hillaryis44.org/2008/04/01/the-real-slim-shady/

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    #
    ShortTermer
    March 2nd, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    .NEXT…

    2×4 Chuck Schumer…….

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

    Lets not forget John Kerry 🙂

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    #
    admin
    March 2nd, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Mrs. Smith thanks for the Rangel story. Politico’s headline is about Rangel keeping his gavel. We suspect the NBCNewYork story you posted in the latest news and Rangel will be out.

    Yes, the Rangel story I posted IS the latest-

    I also have a link for the Texas gubenatorial election…

    http://belo.bimedia.net/KHOU/election/race501.htm

    The site is live- keep refreshing the page for the latest update.

    Candidate Votes Vote %

    Rick Perry * 272,128 52%

    Kay Bailey Hutchison 157,376 31%

    Debra Medina 85,273 17%

    * indicates incumbent candidate

  99. admin- I have a live link for the Texas Gov results in the spam filter… Forgot and posted dos links in uno post…

  100. A little heartbreaking to see the Chilean press say “Madam President” and see Hilary look up, and then look down a little bit. Blah. I really believe that HRC is going to be our President one day. I feel it.

  101. Looks like Slick Rick the Dick Perry will retain his governship of Texas as the sheeple are the right are much more trained than we are on the left.

    There is no hope for this country. Texas has many sheeple, most are woman haters. Slick Rick had lots of help, they ran two women against him just to keep him in. I almost think he had as much help as Barack Obama so he’s is dirty.

    Don’t blame me when this country goes to hell in a hand basked, I voted for Hillary first and to stop the BS at the border from invading the rest of the country I voted for Medina. THere is no help people are still stupid and shooting themselves in the foot. They keep voting against what is good for them. The power brokers are breaking open the champayne and the Grey Goose Vodka and laughing, saying “Oh, there still stupid so we can keep this takeover going”.

  102. Hillary will never be president, people just need to wake up. The misogny in the US is alive and well. There will be no female in the Presidency in my lifetime.

  103. It’s not a comment on Hillary’s capabilities, but a
    comment on who she’s working for. Hillary is intelligent, and sems to be a hard worker, but she’s not a saint, and I will not worship any politician at the altar.

    Sounds like mushy support to me. You would never hear me say she SEEMS to be hard worker or that she NO saint. So I call them like I see them, if it hurt your feelings, sorry.

  104. There is so much cheating going on in Texas its not even funny. Facebook is so overloaded it won’t let any posts come on.
    I also heard that Medina tried to buy air time on TV and some stations refused to sell her air time. WTF is this Hitler’s Germany??

    I have telling all of you, the race in Texas is what the NWO is counting on, Kay is now conceding before we know if there will be a runoff. Thats how important it is. We are all screwed. The sheeple God Bless them.

  105. The biggest problem that I see is that some Hillary supporters that I know think that she is finished and that her time has passed because they believe that too many people are disgusted by her support of BO and the bad judgement they feel she exhibited.
    ___________________________
    Try this approach and see if it works.

    1. Yes it was difficult for us the see Hillary campaign for Obama.

    2. Think how much more difficult it was for her.

    3. But before you condemn her for it consider the position she was in.

    4. Her position in the primary was that she was ready on day 1 and he was not.

    5. After Iowa she was under relentless pressure to concede. But she refused to do so.

    6. She maintained Obama needed to be vetted by the party and big media. Otherwise it could lead to disaster.

    7. However, big media categorically refused to vet him. Why? because they loved him and had a vendetta against her.

    8. Consequently, she was compelled to vet him herself, i.e. Rezko, health care scam, NAFTA scam.

    9. But her vetting did not move her party. Why? Because they were secretly plotting against her. (See Game Change).

    10. Instead her efforts to vet Obama became the grist for Republican attack ads in the General Election.

    11. As a result, the party which had plotted against her now insisted that if Obama lost she would be to blame.

    12. Therefore she was forced to campaign for him. Anyone else would have been given the chance to decompress.

    13. She did everything she could to save the party and the country from this idiot–short of falling on her own sword.

    14. She knew he was not ready, and she also knew that he was/is an insufferable ass.

    15. But she also knew we could not afford another four years of Bush.

    16. By playing the game of survivor, she was able to live to fight another day–and protect our foreign policy interests.

    17. Her campaign for Obama was not the cause in fact of his victory. The market crash was the decisive factor.

    18. Therefore, it is wrong to blame Hillary.

  106. Correct Wbboei…….if anything, Hillary has mitigated some of the damage BO has already accomplished in his short tenure.
    Next, we will see tomorrow more bipartisan bullshit talking points from POTUS on health care all leading up to a April or May reconciliation vote. As someone who owns a law practice, pays over 3k a month for health insurance, and has a staff of over 30, I know no matter what, I’ll be paying more, and will have to lay off several people if I am required to provide health care coverage to all employees.

  107. Just my two cents…Ten years ago did anyone ever expect that any woman, let alone a former first lady, would have a serious run for the presidency and garner 18 million votes? I think that no one could have predicted that just like no one can really predict what’s going to happen in the next 5 years or 10 years down the road or who will be the peoples choice for candidate at that time.

    A few years ago most would have said that the persistant racism in our country would have prevented a black man from ever reaching the white house.. yet it happened.

    None of us know Hillary Clinton’s political future, that’s a choice up to her.. but I disagree about there never being a female president in our lifetimes. I think there is too much randomness in life, too much change in society and too many historical forces at work to say that. If females can be leaders of other nations, it certainly can happen here as well. I don’t think we in the USA corner the market on misogny.

    I think there are political tides ebbing and flowing in many directions right now..and how they settle, and how the electorate views all of it, may lead to changes in how various politicians are viewed. Who knows who will be the most popular candidates in a few years…they might surprise us all..

  108. Thanks Wbboei, JbStonesfan for the Hillary comments and the information on healthcare.

    Reminder: Sarah Palin on Jay Leno tonight.

  109. The Leno show just started and Sarah Palin called out to Leno and the camera moved to her hand which had words welcoming you to the Tonight Show.

  110. There is so much cheating going on in Texas its not even funny. Facebook is so overloaded it won’t let any posts come on.
    I also heard that Medina tried to buy air time on TV and some stations refused to sell her air time. WTF is this Hitler’s Germany??
    ————————————-
    If Lee Callum is still writing for The Dallas Morning News I would take that case to her. But I would have all my ducks in a row because she will demand hard proof. She is a pretty good investigative reporter. I have not spoken to her for 10 years, and do not subscribe to the newspaper.

  111. Thanks Wbboei, We’ll have to wait and see what Debra wants to do. I just can’t imagine why Kay dropped out and conceded when Perry was at 51%. She could of had a runoff. People are really wondering about that. Several precincts are reporting voting irregularities. It’s the same old “old boys club”. Its a wonder how we ever had a female governor, Ann only got one term.

  112. jbstonesfan: I am very impressed with your law practice as you describe it. It is hard enough to be a good lawyer these days, but harder still to be both a good lawyer and a good business person. Evidently, you are both. The generic situation you describe is not uncommon. I have a friend who has a friend with three Wendy’s franchises, and employs 120 people. She figures that when Obama implements his tax increases on small businesses, and whatever emerges from this health care miasma she will be forced to lay off half of them. I get so mad about this bastard Obama because every time I hear stories like this I think of what the loss of a job means to those families and how little it means to Obama. His biggest concern is whether to buy that $5 million mansion in Hawaii and Mrs.Obama is on a tear about childhood obesity, which is not a problem for those families.

  113. Debra has sent out an email for everyone to report their voting irregularities. These country girls will fight to the end.

  114. Debra has now said she is not conceding and has come out for folks to report voting irregularity. Slick Rick the dick may have picked on the wrong person. LOL!

  115. Wbboei, regarding costs, there is this from the NYTimes:

    http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/02/fuel-taxes-must-rise-harvard-researchers-say/

    To meet the Obama administration’s targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, some researchers say, Americans may have to experience a sobering reality: gas at $7 a gallon.

    To reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the transportation sector 14 percent from 2005 levels by 2020, the cost of driving must simply increase, according to a forthcoming report by researchers at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

    The 14 percent target was set in the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget for fiscal 2010.

    In their study, the researchers devised several combinations of steps that United States policymakers might take in trying to address the heat-trapping emissions by the nation’s transportation sector, which consume 70 percent of the oil used in the United States.

    Most of their models assumed an economy-wide carbon dioxide tax starting at $30 a ton in 2010 and escalating to $60 a ton in 2030. In some cases researchers also factored in tax credits for electric and hybrid vehicles, taxes on fuel or both.

    In the modeling, it turned out that issuing tax credits could backfire, while taxes on fuel proved beneficial.

    “Tax credits don’t address how much people use their cars,” said Ross Morrow, one of the report’s authors. “In reverse, they can make people drive more.”

    Dr. Morrow, formerly a fellow at the Belfer Center, is a professor of mechanical engineering and economics at Iowa State University

    Researchers said that vehicle miles traveled will increase by more than 30 percent between 2010 and 2030 unless policymakers increase fuel taxes.

  116. I’ve watched many Palin interviews, she seems more comfortable with Jan than anyone, even those on the Faux News.

  117. Admin: The Obama Administration’s onerous and in some cases confiscatory tax policies imposed on such common practices as driving an automobile ($7 per gallon) and on certain industries like coal based on questionable scientific hypotheses accepted as holy writ by this benighted administration calls to mind quotation that goes back to the early days of the republic, which has been cited often enough during the intervening years–because of who said it.

    “The power to tax is the power to destroy”.

    QUOTATION: The power to tax is the power to destroy.
    ATTRIBUTION: This quotation comes from the words of DANIEL WEBSTER and those of JOHN MARSHALL in the Supreme Court case, McCulloch v. Maryland.

    Webster, in arguing the case, said: “An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy,” 17 U.S. 327 (1819).

    In his decision, Chief Justice Marshall said: “That the power of taxing it [the bank] by the States may be exercised so as to destroy it, is too obvious to be denied” (p. 427), and “That the power to tax involves the power to destroy … [is] not to be denied” (p. 431).

  118. The biggest problem that I see is that some Hillary supporters that I know think that she is finished and that her time has passed

    =====================

    For those of us who fear she is simply too old, or will be too old next election, or will not want to run again … that may be discouraging us from putting energy into a CURRENT ‘draft Hillary’ effort.

    But if Hillary herself does announce a new run, we’ll be right back there in a heartbeat!

  119. This from Mitt Romney’s appearance on the Letterman show:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2010/03/02/politics/politicalhotsheet/entry6260215.shtml

    Likely 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney appeared on CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” Tuesday as part of his tour to promote his new book, “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness.”

    Asked about potential rival Sarah Palin, Romney called her “terrific” and added, “she’s got energy, passion.” He then urged Letterman to “be careful what you say about her by the way,” a reference to the feud between the two kicked off by Letterman’s comments about Palin’s daughter.

    Letterman grinned and nodded, saying, “I’ve had my…,” before trailing off as the audience began laughing.

    Responded Romney: “She has a rifle, you know.”

  120. There have been many updates to the situation and the latest seems to be that Rangel will take a leave of absence. This leaves open the question whether Republicans will still move to remove him. (our apology for linking to MSNBC).

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35678683/ns/politics-capitol_hill/

    After being admonished by an ethics panel for accepting corporate-sponsored trips to the Caribbean, Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., will take a “leave of absence” from his chairmanship of the powerful House Ways and Means committee, NBC News has learned.

    The top spot may temporarily go to Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., according to leadership sources, or to Rep. Pete Stark of California, the committee’s second-ranking Democrat.

  121. I liked the Sarah Palin/Jay Leno video above. The more public exposure she obtains, the better and more relaxed she is. I could see myself voting for her in 2012.

  122. The comment above that lamented that Hillary will never be president came across as a “sheeple” comment in my opinion. Hillary, if things fall into place, could very well become president. Obviously, she is the one Democrat politician in the current administration that currently has a very high favorability rating that if held up under extreme scrutiny would conceivably garner her overwhelming public support. The biggest problem for her is she is a Democrat and Obama has destroyed the Democratic brand. Extraordinary things would need to happen in order for many Er
    Americans to entrust Democrats with the next presidency.

    I read this blog a few times a week. I agree with the admin that the Demobrat party needs to be destroyed to be renewed. Does electing Hillary Clinton in 2012 help destroy the Democratic party or does it enable many of the worst Demobrats to carry on? It seems to me that a Democrat elected as president in 2012 does not help purge he party, but enables many who should be purged the opportunity to continue in their positions as if they needn’t be held responsible for their actions.

  123. http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20527490.100
    “And science by its nature is questioning and sceptical. These factors are reflected in the highly critical way in which scientists review each other’s research proposals, probing and vigorously challenging assumptions. To minimise the potential for group-think or bias among reviewers, we cast the net as widely as possible. Our decision-making panels do not have fixed membership but vary from year to year.
    Peer review of research findings is similarly rigorous and sceptical.
    [….]
    One way to think of climate science is as an attempt to test the hypothesis that the warming we have observed over the past 50 years and more is caused mainly by greenhouse gases dumped into the atmosphere by humans. This hypothesis was formulated because is has been known since the 19th century that certain gases in the atmosphere warm the climate, and that humans have been adding more of these gases into the atmosphere.
    Climate scientists have been trying to find evidence that would disprove this hypothesis for the past 40 years or more. So far they have failed.”

  124. http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20527490.100
    “And science by its nature is questioning and sceptical. These factors are reflected in the highly critical way in which scientists review each other’s research proposals, probing and vigorously challenging assumptions. To minimise the potential for group-think or bias among reviewers, we cast the net as widely as possible. Our decision-making panels do not have fixed membership but vary from year to year.
    Peer review of research findings is similarly rigorous and sceptical.
    [….]
    One way to think of climate science is as an attempt to test the hypothesis that the warming we have observed over the past 50 years and more is caused mainly by greenhouse gases dumped into the atmosphere by humans. This hypothesis was formulated because is has been known since the 19th century that certain gases in the atmosphere warm the climate, and that humans have been adding more of these gases into the atmosphere.
    Climate scientists have been trying to find evidence that would disprove this hypothesis for the past 40 years or more. So far they have failed.”

  125. Admin, that line from Romney (Responded Romney: “She has a rifle, you know.” ) is in really poor taste. He seems to evoke Amy Bishop with it. He is in good company with that asshole Letterman to do just a thing like that.

  126. 2010 is the start of the great Democratic party purge, but definitely not the finish. House members will be most affected, but the Senate is a different story as the percentage of seats in which elections are going to be held is less, right?

    Yet there is a myriad of other political positions from governorships, mayorship, etc. that need to be included in this purge. New non-leftist faces need to pop up everywhere, including the most lowly of political offices. The grassroots must fundamentally change, too, less the cancer in the party start all over again.

  127. As for global warming,

    http://www.uncommondescent.com/off-topic/father-of-climatology-calls-manmade-global-warming-absurd/

    I wonder if that survey of climatologists that shows 97% of them supporting the claims about global warming was a survey done of just those who have been known to support this contention all along. There are scientists, including climatologists that don’t support that the earth’s inhabitants are the reason for the increase in temperatures that have arguably occurred in recent history.

  128. Notice the quote by the gossipy little bitch Mr. Dana Milbank. He was and still is an Obama lover and a Hillary hater. As a matter of fact, he and just the other day he and the other little bitch Mr. Chris Cilezza received 2 week suspensions from WashPo for producing a free lance video of themselves sitting around in smoking jackets using the b word toward Hillary. The editor of WasPo blinked. She should have fired both of their sorry asses. Here he attempts to qualify the comparison between Obama and Carter. The truth is with or without Emanuel, Obama is James Earl Carter II– only worse.

    Clash of the Titans? White House Beats Back Reports of Tension With Emanuel

    FOXNews.com

    A series of columns and in-depth press reports over the past few weeks have established a narrative that is bound to dog the White House — that Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel knows best, the rest of the administration is not listening, and he is at his wit’s end trying to convince President Obama and his Chicago buddies to dial back their ambitions for the sake of the president’s agenda and political harmony.

    It’s Rahmbo vs. the Obamanator. At least that’s the chatter that’s getting louder by the minute in Washington.

    A series of columns and in-depth press reports over the past few weeks has hinted at such a slugfest, and the talk is bound to dog the White House for quite a while, especially if there’s any truth to it.

    The storyline goes something like this: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel knows best … the rest of the administration isn’t listening … and he is at his wit’s end trying to convince President Obama and his Chicago buddies to dial back their ambitions for the sake of the president’s agenda and political harmony.

    On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was compelled for the first time to respond to the chatter. He said the president “absolutely” has confidence in his chief of staff, and he dismissed speculation of a rift between the two as part of the usual lineup of Washington “parlor games” — which he suggested were being played out of sheer boredom in the vacuum of the football off-season.

    “Anybody that works in or around this building knows that there’s nobody working harder on passing the president’s agenda than the chief of staff,” Gibbs said.

    Asked whether Emanuel was “burnishing his reputation” via the press at everybody else’s expense, Gibbs responded, “I don’t believe he is, no.”

    Whether or not Gibbs could have been more forceful in his response, he was reluctantly addressing the possibility that both Obama and Emanuel are crossing paths with the one person in the world they don’t want to cross paths with. The two Chicagoans — one a former U.S. senator and the other a former U.S. representative — have larger-than-life personalities and egos, and each could make life very difficult for the other.

    Gibbs addressed the chatter after The Washington Post published a lengthy piece Tuesday examining how the explosive, hard-nosed, profanity-dealing chief of staff could be the “voice of reason” in the White House, quoting anonymous sources who supported the hypothesis that Emanuel knows best.

    “I don’t think the White House has listened to him enough,” an unnamed House Democrat told the Post, arguing that the White House seems “tone-deaf” to the kind of electoral concerns Emanuel is known to handle well. (Case in point, Obama suggested last week that Democrats should suck up their re-election concerns and vote for health care reform regardless of the upcoming midterm elections.)

    “Rahm knows the geography better,” another source said.

    The Post article followed a column by Dana Milbank in the same newspaper arguing that Emanuel’s political acumen is the only thing “keeping Obama from becoming Jimmy Carter.” And that came on top of a New Yorker piece that detailed several splits between Emanuel and Attorney General Eric Holder, whom Obama has supported.

    Here’s where Emanuel and the rest of the Obama team are rumored to have disagreed:

    — Emanuel was uncomfortable with the plan to close the Guantanamo Bay prison within a year — a goal that was not met.

    — Emanuel opposed the decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, alleged ringleader of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, in civilian court, and was particularly concerned the decision would alienate Republicans needed in the quest to close Guantanamo.

    — Emanuel opposed the decision to widen an internal probe into CIA interrogations, expressing concern about “re-litigating the past.”

    — Emanuel originally argued for a smaller-scale health care reform bill, though Obama and congressional Democrats pursued a sweeping legislative overhaul.

    — Emanuel wanted to focus more on jobs creation toward the end of last year, but was overruled by Obama, who wanted to pursue health care reform.

    Of the top tier of the Obama inner circle, Emanuel is the only one who’s not a family friend or a presidential campaign confidant — though he represented Illinois in the House of Representatives while Obama was in the Illinois state Senate, and then the U.S. Senate.

    One of those confidants, Gibbs, said Tuesday that Emanuel is still the leader of the pack and made clear that all decision-making is up to the president, regardless of the wide-ranging advice he receives.

    “The president makes decisions and we move forward. When we move forward, nobody moves forward with more determination than the chief of staff,” Gibbs said.

    He described Emanuel as a tireless advocate.

    “All of us could tell you stories about him working constantly, calling, e-mailing us to make sure that we’re moving forward on things out of planning meetings to get the president’s agenda through the House and the Senate,” he said. “Whether or not what all of what you read is true … knowing most of what goes on in here, I don’t subscribe to all of it or a lot of it.”

  129. You offer much insightful analysis, Nomobama.

    I read your posts at other blogs.

    Great to see you here.

  130. pm317
    “there was a very informative seminar from Mark Penn at U. of Arkansas on C-Span last night (available through their website) about the rise of the independents and 2010. He called them rational (unlike the Dems branding them pejorative this and that) and I agree with him.”

    The link to this 30-minute seminar (+ 20 min of questions) is:

    http://www.c-span.org/Watch/Media/2010/02/17/HP/A/30177/Speech+on+Political+Climate+and+Midterm+Elections.aspx

    There are several intelligent quotes that could be taken from this seminar. Penn makes a good analysis of o and his current political situation, saying mainly that it looks pretty bad for o but the situation can be turned around as it was by Clinton, who laid out a clear program that the growing ranks of rational “independents” could understand and appreciate. What he doesn’t say is that o is simply not the same person as BC. After all, when GWB’s ratings plummeted, he could have turned it around too, but didn’t. o won’t either.

  131. Tap your foot and hum Willie’s song “On The Road Again”

    ——————————————————

    sted: 02 Mar 2010 04:59 AM PST

    Interactive Travel Map | Text the Secretary | Trip Page

    On March 1, 2010, Secretary Clinton met with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in Buenos Aires. Following their meeting, Secretary Clinton said:

    “I am delighted to be back in Argentina, and I thank you for the very warm, broad, comprehensive discussion that we just completed. This is not the first time that we have met, and I especially appreciate the opportunity to discuss with you everything from our joint commitment to help both the people of Haiti and the people of Chile recover from their earthquakes, and to reaffirm our historic ties and the common values and goals that we both feel so strongly about.

    “I thanked the president for the excellent work that is done by the Argentine doctors and peacekeepers in Haiti. I also thanked her for the leadership that Argentina has shown in reducing and standing against the threat of terrorism, as well as the leadership that your country has demonstrated when it comes to nuclear proliferation. As the president said, both of our countries share the very tragic history of being victims of terrorism, which I think makes us very strong in acting together along with other partners to rid the world of this scourge.

    “We look forward to the president’s participation in the nuclear security summit hosted by President Obama in Washington in April. We discussed the threat that Iran poses to the nonproliferation goal that both of our countries are committed to pursuing. And we also discussed in depth the economic crisis that has confronted the world and the role that Argentina and the United States are playing in the G-20 to strengthen the global financial system.

    “So, Madam President, we have a very full agenda before us. Before I conclude, I would just mention one matter that we did not discuss in our very extensive meeting: the upcoming World Cup in South Africa. (Laughter.) Argentina doesn’t need it, but we wish your team good luck, unless, of course, you play the United States. (Laughter.)

    “So thank you again, Madam President. And let me convey my best wishes for Argentina’s bicentennial celebration in May, and for your continued commitment to democracy and human rights, to economic and social inclusion. Argentina remains an inspiration and a model to people throughout our hemisphere.” Full Text

  132. Thanks basil9. If you comment on the other blogs, I don’t recognize this particular handle. Is it the same handle you use there? Some people here have questioned my support of Hillary, and that can be attributed to my personal declaration of freedom from Democrat group thought. I’m a little more conservative than some here, but I am still a registered Democrat in the moderate mold. I have now started to support some Republicans for the very first time in my life, but that was precipitated by the DNC in 2008. Blame lies with them because if they hadn’t screwed Hillary, I’d have been a different person. Actually, I’m enjoying my independence because it makes me think, and I’m not as accepting of propaganda. I may not agree with everything that commenters write here, but I mean no harm to anyone here.

  133. ABM90: told me that The Great Pretender was made a celebrity appearance at a new nuclear power plant in Georgia just the other day, to announce the jobs it will create, the clean energy it will, and all things bright and beautiful. But as with everything Obama does, it never really about the welfare of constituents. If it were, it would not be a Rezko deal, and Obama is the grand mater of the Rezko deal which is why multi-national corporations love him and see him for exactly what he is: a politician who stays bought. This is an old email from a friend. She is a Boeing engineer who I met in the organization 18 million voices, which calls the game on Mr. Obama:
    —————————————————————–
    Check out the following articles:

    1. GE Energy Signs Contractual Parts Agreement For Exelon’s Boiling Water Reactor Fleet, ref: http://news.thomasnet.com/companystory/496949

    2. Then there is Nustart Energy, a 10-company consortium pushing for new nuclear power plant construction.” See http://www.npjonline.com/NPJMain.nsf/504ca249c786e20f85256284006da7ab/b3173c260be7ffc5862572aa005ddb2d?OpenDocument

    3. The following blog comment is very interesting:

    1. elme Says:
    March 3rd, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Obama is the pre-packaged “New & Improved Chocolate Flavor” Presidential candidate PRODUCT – being hyped & PUSHED by GE and its WHOLLY-Owned subsidiaries NBC & MSNBC…along with Westinghouse & its subsidiary CBS…while slamming the Clintons all day every day. (Assisted by…CNN/FOX/ and a lot of newspaper & radio media dependent on advertising$$.)

    GE is the 2nd largest corporation on the planet.

    WHY? Obama is IN with the Nuclear Industry: Excelon Corp of Illinois has been one of his largest contributors from his entry into politics to the present. Excelon is the largest nuke operator on the planet;owns Con-Ed of NY; more nukes in Illinois than any other state.

    GE, Westinghouse, Excelon & 3 consortiums of other companies are planning to build 29 new nuclear power plants. Their Wholly-Owned & Wholly Influenced “News” media are selling the Obama Product because Obama is in favor of Nukes.

    In 2005 Obama Voted FOR the Cheney Energy Bill (H.R.6) which ENABLED the nuke industry to make its Plans to build 29 new nukes-by Guaranteeing Taxpayer Payback of any nuke loans that default. (No nukes were built for the past 30 years because the banks wouldn’t loan the money – too risky)

    Obama Voted FOR the Cheney Energy Bill-despite the fact the Congressional Budget Office rated the risk of default on the nuke loans at 50% or greater. (Does that sound like…GOOD…JUDGMENT to You?)

    [NY Times has several articles about the nuke plans & a map showing all 29 locations; Wikipedia covers the subject]

    Clinton Voed AGAINST the Cheney Energy Bill and said her Energy Plan does not include nuclear.

    ? “Its about the FUTURE…Turn The PAGE” ?

    Nope. ts about Turning the PAGE BACK to the PAST: Obsloete 50 yr old nuke power plants-the dirtiest most expensive kind/centrally-controlled MONOPOLY POWER-instead of inventing New, Clean, Green De-Centralized inexpensive Energy.

    An ad campaign has already begun on the TV media to re-package & re-name nuclear power plants as: GREEN & CLEAN -for-everybody too young to remember the 1970’s anti-nuke movement and all the Bad News about nuclear energy.

    Don’t be taken in by the ad campaigns-Google:’nuclear waste dumps’ & read about the hundreds of BILLIONS of gallons of nuke waste at the Hanford Washington dump; 140 tons of plutonium stored at Rocky Flats, Colorado; Barnwell, South Carolina; leaking into groundwater and rivers; plutonium released into the air around Denver from 500 instances of fires at Rocky Flats; stored on-site at every nuke reactor in America…presenting hundreds of potential “dirty bomb” targets for terrorists.

    Is it true that Obama takes No Contributions/NO MONEY from Registered Federal Lobbyists?

    Yes. It’s a LawyerSpeak/Trick of: Speaking a Small truth covering up a Big Lie.

    Nope, doesn’t take money from REGISTERED FEDERAL Lobbyists.

    DOES take money from STATE Lobbyists, Not Registered Lobbyists, AND the wives, husbands, law partners, aunts, uncles cousins…of Registered Federal Lobbyists. Gets money from the same big corporate donors as any other candidate.

    Obama’s campaign finances are involved in the prosecution (by Patrick Fitzgerald)and trial of his friend of 20 years Antoin Rezko. Some of the funds… allegedly…extorted by Rezko went into Obama’s campaign coffers. Curiously, Iraqi Power Plants amd fraud are also involved in Rezko’s trial. (Google: Obama -Rezko- Alsammarae-Auichi- IRAQ POWER PLANTS)

    GE & the same wealthy people who sold the “new & improved vanilla flavor” Presidential PRODUCTS: Reagan & Bush/s 1 & 2 – are behind the massive ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN to sell you OBAMA.

    At the beginning of this campaign season a large majority of voters were looking forward to electing Clinton. Then Obama stepped in and started the dirty campaigning that has created the DIVISION he so hypocritically decries. Obama played “the race card” so he could win in South Carolina. He was caught red-handed playing that race card-but the media blamed it on Clinton-even though they all knew they were pushing the Big Lie.

    With nearly ALL “the mainstream media” pimping for Obama & slamming, smearing, and lying about the Clintons-it is truly amazing enough voters have seen thru the Media-Created Obama “movement”-for Clinton to STILL be in the race.

    The only way a very small minority can CONTROL a very large Majority is: DIVIDE & CONQUER-Exactly the same Republican Strategy/Deception they have successfully pulled for most of the last century And ALL of this century, so far. . .

    GE, the nuke industry/wealthy have hedged their bets & they will get Billions of your money via 29 new nukes IF either Obama or McCain is elected President. (Note: in fact the total number was 40 trillion to build all these plants)

    Ladies & Gentlemen, Dads & Moms buy nothing GE & Westinghouse are selling – not Obama, not a washing machine, a dishwasher, 29 nuke power plants, or a garbage disposer …. because there is no garbage disposer for Radioactive Nuke Waste. Do not allow them to poison the earth and your children anymore.
    http://www.texasstartupblog.com/2008/02/29/deal-timing-cut-your-deal-asap/

  134. I wonder if that survey of climatologists that shows 97% of them supporting the claims about global warming was a survey done of just those who have been known to support this contention all along. There are scientists, including climatologists that don’t support that the earth’s inhabitants are the reason for the increase in temperatures that have arguably occurred in recent history.
    —————————————
    Actually that is pretty funny.

    It is like saying 97% of the putts that stop short of the hole don’t go in.

  135. Also, what gets me to come here are the excellent blogposts of which I find myself shaking my head in approval as I read them.

    Basil9, sometimes I have also used the handles of Joe Democrat and Demogrunt, plus amabomon on the TM site (when I feel like antagonizing Obots there). I used demogrunt on TalkLeft and Mydd, but I was thrown off those sites rather quickly when I wouldn’t swallow that nasty Obama pill. I also use JM on the NQ site, but I haven’t commented there in ages.

  136. The test of the new improved health care proposal Bambi will introduce today is not what was eliminated from the old one which was soundly rejected by the American People and not what little peals he gleans belatedly from the Republican response. The real test is what remains. To eliminate toxic provisions from the old bill is not a concession–any more than it is an indication of bi-partisanship. It is merely a self serving strategy to salvage a bad bill and save face.

  137. Right, Wwboei.

    One needs to know if the survey takers have a hidden agenda, plus understand their methodology before being totally comfortable with their surveys.

  138. When this proposal is introduced, let us hope that chastity belts are issued to Scott Brown, George Voinavich, Susan Collins and Olympia Snow. Otherwise, I fear for the worst.

  139. I was even banned by myq? on the Confluence because I expresses some independent thought that was contrary to regular posters there. Go figure.

  140. JanH:

    The media then, just as today, failed to report what was going on in Germany until it was almost too late.

    At best there would be a tiny article here or there on a back page.

    Whether this was government dictated at the time or not I don’t know. There is documented fact though that the U.S. government had key positions filled with anti-semitic idiots who pushed this agenda as hard as they could

    Back in those days most of the media were local and communications were sparse and costly.One had to attend an evening movie to get any world news in small increments.Truly the age of darkness in the information business.Our elders landed here full of hopes just as their sponsor relatives promised.unfortunately the streets were not paved with gold and wages were slave labor level.I could go on and on but they were brutal times for new arrivals.Most of them worked 7 days a week and had no time to think of what might be going on elswhere.The news was in english and few could read or understand what was taking place in the world around them.However we survived and we have all created a country that was the envy of the world until the HOCUS POTUS was thrust upon us by group of political traitors the DNC.If we remain steadfast in our support for Hillary she will be our CIC.and BO can replace Farahkan.

  141. The pols that you wrote about Wwobei should think long and hard about their votes lest they all sink with the Obama.

  142. When Jay Leno equates FOX with MSNBC he draws a materially misleading comparison. Take a look at this little gem and tell me if you think they are the same. The closest thing I have seen on FOX is Beck and O’Reilly. But as bad as they can be, they were never this bad. This clown needs a pre-frontal labotomy. Left untreated, the only thing he will be good for is to fill Olberman’s shoes when he is hauled off in a straightjacket:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pj0WxuyLXE

  143. The caveat is this: every mass movement collects its share of wackos. As a practical matter, the tea parties would be well served to take a position on this matter. Part of it is to say what you will tolerate and part of it is to say what you will not tolerate. This would enhance their bona fides and it would make it harder for the elitists on the left to dismiss their centrist message. Most rational people realize that wackos do not in any way define the movement, but unless something is said on the subject it will be hard for this important check and balance on our political system to move beyond the mass movement stage into an effective political movement.

  144. nomobama
    —————–
    Some very interesting thoughts from you in your recent posts. Certainly opens up a broader view for me on the future political environment.

    I’m very glad you are posting here.

  145. ABM90,

    I love hearing your recollections of war time. You were there and know exactly what took place. This gives you the unique and amazing opportunity to share with us and compare past corrupt regimes with the present one.

  146. Thank you for commenting on the contents of the video. Rationality is not the strong suit of some here.
    ————-
    @jeswezey:There are several intelligent quotes that could be taken from this seminar. Penn makes a good analysis of o and his current political situation, saying mainly that it looks pretty bad for o but the situation can be turned around as it was by Clinton, who laid out a clear program that the growing ranks of rational “independents” could understand and appreciate. What he doesn’t say is that o is simply not the same person as BC. After all, when GWB’s ratings plummeted, he could have turned it around too, but didn’t. o won’t either.

  147. The pols that you wrote about Wwobei should think long and hard about their votes lest they all sink with the Obama.
    ————————————————————
    It is partly a matter of where you spend your time. In a business context, if you spend all your time in the boardroom, evaluating graphs and charts you get a distorted perspective of the business. You need to visit the shop floor and see what the corporation actually does, in case you never knew or have forgotten. Likewise, if you are a Supreme Court Justice, you are expected to confine your decision to the facts put before you by counsel through briefs and oral argument. But sometimes that is not enough, and that is why Justice Brandeis was widely admired for doing some of his own independent fact finding in what came to be known as a Brandeis brief. And if you are a politician, it helps to visit your home district early and often. Otherwise you can easily contract the disease of Potomac Fever and it can be fatal to your political career.

  148. I think Penn is as wrong about that as he was about the rules of the California primary. Partly, it is what you say–he is not Bill Clinton and has this to the manner born outlook. Bill used to say Gore was tone deaf but Obama is much worse. But the bigger piece still is the economy. In the latter half of Bill’s presidency we had a robust growing economy. There was full employment. All boats rose with the tide. Nobody believes that will happen here. But even worse for Obama, he made such an emotional appeal and has failed to deliver not just prosperity but the specific things he promised, that I see no chance reall for him to come back as Bill did. As for his ratings, as JP Morgan said of the stock market, it will fluctuate. However, the disappointment of high hopes and the inevitable sense of a god that failed is something Penn misses. He is like a stock market chartist who does not really understand the rules. And he is arrogant as hell. A friend of mine had a guy who was considered to be the leading expert on reconciling poll messages with campaign messaging. He offered his services to Penn gratis. At first Penn refused to see him. When he finally relented and did, he spent an hour and then dismissed him. He said I cannot use him. And why should he? Penn had it all figured out–didn’t he?

  149. marie3548
    March 2nd, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Take a look at this map (link attached). It shows how the unemployment rate has changed since 2007.
    When you get to the map, click the arrow in the middle and it updates the rise in unemployment by county across the U.S, month-by-month.
    Incredible what “The Great Recession” has done.
    Viewing it only takes a few seconds.
    The darker the color, the higher the unemployment.
    &&&&&&&&

    Heck of job, Obamy.

    Notice how it got worse faster after the “stimulus” bill. Let me guess, “It would have been much worse without it…”

    Give me $787 billion, and I would have 99% employment. The money was badly managed.

  150. Jobgate as we now refer to it here in NM, had another expose air last night.

    http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/larry_barker/digging-deeper-into-governor-bill-richardsons-hires

    Basically we are talking about a freeze on salary increases, when a number of political appointees still got salary increases, old Dems doing jobs at a high salary, when they arrive at work at 10 a.m., go to shopping on the job for an hour or so, and then leave at 3, a personnel assistant who lost her job at 96K, but got another job in Albuquerque at 98K.

  151. Oh by the way, there was another story about Richardson last night in which it indicated he was a finalist for a job in Hollywood. If my memory serves me right it was for the union. He might fit right in to that group of losers in Hollywood. Lets face it, he is able to create jobs out of nothing, and get high salary for it. That does sound like Hollywood.

  152. Forgive me if I am a bit cynical from time to time when it comes to Barack. Recently, he made a celebrity appearance at a nuclear power plant and claimed credit for the jobs it would produce. If he were honest about it (a tall order as John Wayne would say) then he would concede what cannot be denied which is that it was a pay-off to GE who promoted his candidacy through NBC and MSNBC which it owned at that time.

    The following was sent to me by a Boeing engineer who was part of the 18 million voices campaign:

    Check out the following articles:

    1. GE Energy Signs Contractual Parts Agreement For Exelon’s Boiling Water Reactor Fleet, ref: http://news.thomasnet.com/companystory/496949

    2. Then there is Nustart Energy, a 10-company consortium pushing for new nuclear power plant construction.” See http://www.npjonline.com/NPJMain.nsf/504ca249c786e20f85256284006da7ab/b3173c260be7ffc5862572aa005ddb2d?OpenDocument

    3. The following blog comment is very interesting:

    1. elme Says:
    March 3rd, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Obama is the pre-packaged “New & Improved Chocolate Flavor” Presidential candidate PRODUCT – being hyped & PUSHED by GE and its WHOLLY-Owned subsidiaries NBC & MSNBC…along with Westinghouse & its subsidiary CBS…while slamming the Clintons all day every day. (Assisted by…CNN/FOX/ and a lot of newspaper & radio media dependent on advertising$$.)

    GE is the 2nd largest corporation on the planet.

    WHY? Obama is IN with the Nuclear Industry: Excelon Corp of Illinois has been one of his largest contributors from his entry into politics to the present. Excelon is the largest nuke operator on the planet;owns Con-Ed of NY; more nukes in Illinois than any other state.

    GE, Westinghouse, Excelon & 3 consortiums of other companies are planning to build 29 new nuclear power plants. Their Wholly-Owned & Wholly Influenced “News” media are selling the Obama Product because Obama is in favor of Nukes.

    In 2005 Obama Voted FOR the Cheney Energy Bill (H.R.6) which ENABLED the nuke industry to make its Plans to build 29 new nukes-by Guaranteeing Taxpayer Payback of any nuke loans that default. (No nukes were built for the past 30 years because the banks wouldn’t loan the money – too risky)

    Obama Voted FOR the Cheney Energy Bill-despite the fact the Congressional Budget Office rated the risk of default on the nuke loans at 50% or greater. (Does that sound like…GOOD…JUDGMENT to You?)

    [NY Times has several articles about the nuke plans & a map showing all 29 locations; Wikipedia covers the subject]

    Clinton Voed AGAINST the Cheney Energy Bill and said her Energy Plan does not include nuclear.

    ? “Its about the FUTURE…Turn The PAGE” ?

    Nope. ts about Turning the PAGE BACK to the PAST: Obsloete 50 yr old nuke power plants-the dirtiest most expensive kind/centrally-controlled MONOPOLY POWER-instead of inventing New, Clean, Green De-Centralized inexpensive Energy.

    An ad campaign has already begun on the TV media to re-package & re-name nuclear power plants as: GREEN & CLEAN -for-everybody too young to remember the 1970’s anti-nuke movement and all the Bad News about nuclear energy.

    Don’t be taken in by the ad campaigns-Google:’nuclear waste dumps’ & read about the hundreds of BILLIONS of gallons of nuke waste at the Hanford Washington dump; 140 tons of plutonium stored at Rocky Flats, Colorado; Barnwell, South Carolina; leaking into groundwater and rivers; plutonium released into the air around Denver from 500 instances of fires at Rocky Flats; stored on-site at every nuke reactor in America…presenting hundreds of potential “dirty bomb” targets for terrorists.

    Is it true that Obama takes No Contributions/NO MONEY from Registered Federal Lobbyists?

    Yes. It’s a LawyerSpeak/Trick of: Speaking a Small truth covering up a Big Lie.

    Nope, doesn’t take money from REGISTERED FEDERAL Lobbyists.

    DOES take money from STATE Lobbyists, Not Registered Lobbyists, AND the wives, husbands, law partners, aunts, uncles cousins…of Registered Federal Lobbyists. Gets money from the same big corporate donors as any other candidate.

    Obama’s campaign finances are involved in the prosecution (by Patrick Fitzgerald)and trial of his friend of 20 years Antoin Rezko. Some of the funds… allegedly…extorted by Rezko went into Obama’s campaign coffers. Curiously, Iraqi Power Plants amd fraud are also involved in Rezko’s trial. (Google: Obama -Rezko- Alsammarae-Auichi- IRAQ POWER PLANTS)

    GE & the same wealthy people who sold the “new & improved vanilla flavor” Presidential PRODUCTS: Reagan & Bush/s 1 & 2 – are behind the massive ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN to sell you OBAMA.

    At the beginning of this campaign season a large majority of voters were looking forward to electing Clinton. Then Obama stepped in and started the dirty campaigning that has created the DIVISION he so hypocritically decries. Obama played “the race card” so he could win in South Carolina. He was caught red-handed playing that race card-but the media blamed it on Clinton-even though they all knew they were pushing the Big Lie.

    With nearly ALL “the mainstream media” pimping for Obama & slamming, smearing, and lying about the Clintons-it is truly amazing enough voters have seen thru the Media-Created Obama “movement”-for Clinton to STILL be in the race.

    The only way a very small minority can CONTROL a very large Majority is: DIVIDE & CONQUER-Exactly the same Republican Strategy/Deception they have successfully pulled for most of the last century And ALL of this century, so far. . .

    GE, the nuke industry/wealthy have hedged their bets & they will get Billions of your money via 29 new nukes IF either Obama or McCain is elected President. (Total cost to taxpayers: $40 T)

    Ladies & Gentlemen, Dads & Moms buy nothing GE & Westinghouse are selling – not Obama, not a washing machine, a dishwasher, 29 nuke power plants, or a garbage disposer …. because there is no garbage disposer for Radioactive Nuke Waste. Do not allow them to poison the earth and your children anymore.
    http://www.texasstartupblog.com/2008/02/29/deal-timing-cut-your-deal-asap/

  153. I am pleased to see and read so many comments here on Big Pink.We are back on track and and message.These are the two ingredients that we must privide if we want to see Hillary back in the Whitehouse as our real President.Our political lives and interests that we must pursue to keep this country safe and stable are part of our obligations to our fellow men and women of all races and cultures BUT.Nothing is ever perfect unless we take the good and the bad and sort out the s–t sandwich that shows up and we must take a bite out of it each day.Lo and behold the DNC provided us with this latest morsel as Hocus Potus and we took a bite but we no not have to swallow it.Keep up the great work fellow bloggers and Hillary will be the first woman POTUS.Go Girl

  154. henry
    March 2nd, 2010 at 12:57 pm
    Anybody have any stats on how often Secretary Clinton appears in the news as opposed to rice/powel/ et al?
    &&&&&&

    Rice who?

  155. Wbboei, here is my logic in listening to Penn (whatever crimes he may have committed in the past). We don’t have many Democrats who will tell us like it is about current state of the electorate (read about Admin’s many posts on Big Media and its incompetence and Fox is no alternative). Penn has nothing to lose by giving us a fair picture of it as a kind of his own “I told you so”. Because it is his livelihood I also know he won’t be too candid about Obama but I will look to reading between the lines. In fact, I will listen to what any Democrat who is not beholden to Obama right now has to say.

  156. MORE FORMER BIG-MEDIA OBAMA STOOGES TURN ON HIM…

    Fred Barnes’ turn to state the obvious, the Emporor wears no clothes (and has no birth certificate).

    weeklystandard.com/articles/hes-no-fdr

    He’s No FDR
    Barack Obama’s shrinking presidency.
    BY Fred Barnes
    March 8, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 24

    President Obama spent seven hours last week acting like a committee chairman, not a president. Rather than preside over the nationally televised health care “summit” of Democratic and Republican members of Congress, Obama was a participant. He big-footed Democrats and responded to Republican statements himself. He talked and talked and talked, considerably more than anyone else and for a total of two hours. When Obama delivered a concluding monologue, the TV cameras panned to a drowsy and bored group of senators and House members, the Republicans especially.

    Did Obama lower the presidency to the level of mere legislator? Perhaps. But I think Obama’s behavior at the summit answers a separate question, one that’s lingered since he was elected more than 15 months ago. Is Obama the new FDR? The answer is no.

    If Franklin Delano Roosevelt were president today, the summit never would have happened. As the top priority on his agenda, liberal health care reform would have been enacted already. For Obama, the summit was a last-gasp attempt to revive his moribund legislation. More than likely, it will fail.

    The reason is tied to what is probably the greatest difference between FDR and Obama. Roosevelt took command of Washington. Obama hasn’t. “FDR became the father of the modern presidency by moving the Chief Executive to the center of the American political universe,” John Yoo writes in his new book on presidential power, Crisis and Command. “Roosevelt’s revolution radically shifted the balance of power among the three branches of government.”

    Obama has weakened the presidency and strengthened the power of Congress—a shift in the other direction. FDR seized legislative authority. The bills that Congress passed in his first 100 days and beyond were produced by the Roosevelt administration and ratified reflexively by Congress. There’s a reason you probably don’t know who Henry Rainey and Joe Robinson were. They were rubber stamps, Rainey as House speaker, Robinson as Senate majority leader.

    But in Obama’s Washington, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Harry Reid are powerhouses. The job of actually writing bills—the economic stimulus, health care, cap and trade, the omnibus appropriation—was turned over to them and their colleagues. To put it more bluntly, Obama has abdicated where FDR ruled like a king (at least in his first year in the White House).

    Roosevelt’s strategy worked. Obama’s hasn’t. The FDR agenda passed, though the Supreme Court later struck down important parts of it. Except for the stimulus, Obama’s top priorities haven’t passed. FDR moved on, in 1935 and 1936, to getting the so-called Second New Deal (Social Security, the National Labor Relations Act) enacted. Obama’s future looks less rosy.

  157. rgb44hrc
    March 3rd, 2010 at 10:36 am
    MORE FORMER BIG-MEDIA OBAMA STOOGES TURN ON HIM…
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    To my recollection, Barnes turned on obama months ago. He is a frequent guest on Fox’s Brett Baer’s show along with Krauthammer and has been quite negative about obama’s policies and moves.

  158. confloyd- sorry about Rick ‘the dick’ Perry’s reelection. I read a notice concerning voting irregularities encouraging people to report them to their precinct for further investigation. The run-off wasn’t an option? Was it because of the disparity of percentages won between Perry and Hutch?

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

    wbb- you sound good, seem refreshed and full of good information. I am penciling in the quip, Brandeis brief for use at a later time for a certain uptight someone that needs a little legal/comic relief.

  159. … concerning past conversations regarding cell phone use.

    Maine panel weighs cell phone cancer warning

    AUGUSTA, Maine — Ignoring the health risks of heavy cell phone use invites a cancer epidemic, supporters of a bill requiring manufacturers to put labels on mobile phones and packaging said Tuesday.

    “We can do nothing and wait for the body count. That’s what happened with smoking” before warnings on cigarette packs were mandated, David Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and Environment at the University of Albany, told Maine lawmakers.

    The Health and Human Services Committee held a hearing on a bill that would make Maine the first state to carry warnings that they can cause brain cancer, especially among children. Opponents dismissed research pointing to the risks and said the bill is more about politics than science.

    The sponsor, Rep. Andrea Boland, said the United States lags behind other countries that have either mandated similar warnings or endorsed policies warning the public about cell phone use.

    Carpenter, a Harvard Medical School graduate and researcher with expertise in electromagnetic fields, said the strongest evidence of cell phone dangers comes from Europe, where the devices have been in use longer than in the United States. He told lawmakers that the U.S. “may face an epidemic of brain cancer” if nothing is done to warn consumers of risks.

    Boland, D-Sanford, said the risks diminish markedly if the phone is held away from the head.

    Olle Johansson, a scientist at Karolinska Institute in Sweden, submitted testimony saying that “very serious biological changes” that include cancer risks have been noticed for years from exposure to low-frequency magnetic fields like those emitted from cell phones.

    Supporters also included brain cancer patient and relatives of victims who said the disease was triggered by cell phone use.

    “When you put that phone to your head, you are unknowingly playing Russian roulette,” said Alan Marks of the San Francisco Bay area, who’s been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

    An industry group, TechAmerica, said Boland’s bill “substitutes political judgment for the collective scientific judgment of experts around the world.”

    Kim Allman, senior vice president of the Washington, D.C.-based group, said in a statement that scientific evidence so far does not indicate a public health risk and added that warning labels would be misleading and confusing.

    Gov. John Baldacci’s administration also opposes the bill.

    Dora Anne Mills, director of the state Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said research by federal health and safety agencies does not justify a warning, although she acknowledged that uncertainty exists about the effects of long-term cell use.

    Mills said the federal Food and Drug Administration is already taking precautionary action by urging the industry to do further research and to design cell phones to minimize exposure to risks.

    But Mills said that if the state was to require warnings on everything with undefined risks, everything “from apples to xylophones” would have to be labeled.

    The committee is expected to review the bill further in about a week.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jrZv-KDT7BuM4LI5HKz8qd193aGwD9E75QE00

  160. Clinton gamble that paid off

    NIALL O’Dowd, it could be argued, took a chance on Bill Clinton. The end result was a pathway to a different Ireland. To O’Dowd and the most important man in the world at that time, the US President, we all owe a debt of gratitude.

    In his book, the Drogheda man outlines their first meeting and the whole political intrigue that followed.

    It was early 1992 and the election campaign in the States was starting to crank up. Clinton was looking for the IrishAmerican vote and O’Dowd was the man who could garner it. He succeeded.

    Chris Hyland, a New York interior designer, was Bill Clinton’s Deputy National Political Director. It was he who would be the first point of contact. He called O’Dowd, he wanted an Irish-American support group for Clinton. Could it be set up?

    ‘I told him it could and that it was already under active consideration. I said that there was a deep well of support for any candidate who would pay attention to the Irish issue,’ O’Dowd writes in his book.

    ‘We discussed ways of motivating the support base. I told him that, as a first step, I would place an article in my weekly Irish Voice inviting those interested to come along to an inaugural meeting. I expected that a few dozen or more core Irish activists would show up for such an evening because there was considerable interest in the community in the candidate from Arkansas.

    A Clinton fundraiser was organised shortly afterwards in New York. That’s when O’Dowd would meet him for the first time.

    ‘Halfway through the meal, Clinton entered the room, surrounded by a phalanx of aides. It was my first opportunity to view Clinton in the flesh. He made his way painstakingly around the room, stopping for lengthy periods at every table.

    ‘He had an easy familiarity with people and was clearly at home pressing the flesh. He came to our table and Hyland introduced me. He nodded hello and fixed me with that intense stare. For that brief moment he gave you his undivided attention.

    ‘We’d love to see you involved in bringing peace to Ireland,’ I told him.

    ‘I would love to do that,’ he said. ‘It is an issue I have followed. That was it. We posed for the obligatory photograph and he looked like he was gone. Suddenly he turned on his heel and came back.

    ‘Niall, tell your friends Ireland is on my radar screen,’ he said. ‘I think we can do something.’

    ‘His brief words gave me hope. This was a time when American politicians stayed clear of the Irish issue. This guy was sending signals that he was different. A few months later, in late September, all had changed utterly. Now Clinton was the frontrunner for the presidency, essentially on the cusp of throwing George Bush out of office. The rank outsider had suddenly become the favourite as Bush foundered in debates and revealed himself out of touch on the economy. The longshot was suddenly leading the field.’

    http://www.drogheda-independent.ie/lifestyle/clinton-gamble-that-paid-off-2086883.html

  161. UN to ask world travelers to donate 2 dollars to fight disease

    New York – The United Nations will on Thursday unveil a simple “citizen solution” under which each traveler around the world would be asked to donate 2 dollars to a fund to fight HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. The MassiveGood plan, to be launched at UN headquarters by former US president Bill Clinton and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, will collect funds to boost treatment for the three diseases in developing countries and improve maternal and child health.

    The 2-dollar-campaign will be propagated through travel agencies and on websites such as Travelocity and Accor Hotels, the UN said.

    Clinton, founder of the William J Clinton Foundation, and Ban will on Thursday access the website http://www.massivegood.org and click on MassiveGood to each donate 2 dollars when they launch the new fund- raising scheme.

    The UN said MassiveGood was created by the Millennium Foundation and donors, and will raise awareness of “citizen solutions” to meeting the UN goal of reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS by 2015 and other goals like universal education for all children, halving poverty and reducing maternal and infant mortality by the same year.

    http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/312167,un-to-ask-world-travelers-to-donate-2-dollars-to.html

  162. Mrs. Smith, THanks! Slick Rick the dick will not be governor here very long as he will be running nationwide to spread his message of big spending, bible thumping, anti-woman, TCC building, globalist ideas on the whole US. God help us now! He only ran to stay in politics while he plotted his way to the WH.

    Did you ever notice he looked a lot like Blago, same attitude. People in Texas hate this man, but the sheeple voted the idiot back in.

    I know this nurse who owns a 3000 acre ranch in Nacogdoches county, the TTC will be running right thru the middle of her ranch. They will offer her a price and she must take it. Her ranch where she raises cattle will be forever ruined by this highway that is 4 football fields wide. It will be impossible for her to move her cattle to different pastures with coming across the damn highway. These is but one story of the wonderful TRans Texas Corridor (Rick’s and Soros baby). My fried said she would just sell her rance and buy land somewhere else but her land is devoloped with many barns and fences and such. SHe will have to just start all over.

  163. Thank you JanH. From what I have read of your comments, you appear to have a balanced perspective which I appreciate. I can take criticisms better from someone like yourself, too, and that has everything to do with your demeanor. I need to work on that sometimes because I have a more matter of fact style that doesn’t always go over well. I enjoy this very thoughtful and thought provoking blog, so I try to visit it a few times a week. I spend much more time on Hillbuzz because of its fast pace. I also used to visit bitterpoliticz every day, but I only visit there every now and then more recently because it’s a private blog which makes it more of a social blog than a
    blog that has a more varied group of commenters. I was starting to get bored there.

  164. JanH
    March 3rd, 2010 at 11:29 am

    I haven’t read the book, Drogheda Man and the whole political intrigue that follows but I think it bears noting Hillary was a also key to helping Bill accomplish all he did for Ireland’s Peace Accord.

    Bill and Hill are a dynamic duo. I am not a doctor but as anyone can see, with all that Hillary has done traveling around the world as the Face of America, in our Foreign Policy dept. She holds the only prescription that can fix our eroding economy ailing our country. And that prescription is electing her or appointing her President Hillary with Bill at her side..

  165. This is from Riverdaughter. THis is Obama unfettered capitalism at its best.

    This is one of the great under-reported stories of the health reform saga. Much has been written about the Obama administration’s deal with big Pharma to continue to block Medicare from negotiating for lower drug prices or to allow consumers to buy cheaper drugs from Canada, in exchange for Pharma running pro-Democratic ads and giving campaign contributions to Democratic candidates. That’s the reason, under pressure from the White House, that Senate Democrats voted down an amendment that would have allowed consumers to buy cheaper drugs from overseas.

    But Obama’s deal with the for-profit hospital lobby to insure there would be no public option has, as best I can tell, only been reported in two articles in The New York Times. On August 13, The Timesreported that while President Obama had presented himself as “aloof from the legislative fray,” particularly in connection with the public option, “Behind the scenes, however, Mr. Obama and advisors have been…negotiating deals with a degree of cold-eyed political realism potentially at odds with the president’s rhetoric.” One of the deals reported in The Times article was the Pharma deal. The other was a deal with the for-profit hospital lobby to limit its cost reductions to $155 billion over 10 years in exchange for a White House promise that there would be no meaningful public option.

    God help us now, I can guarantee you will are going to be screwed, and wait til the republicans get back in and they have free rein for 8 more years…….Austrailia anyone????

  166. confloyd
    March 3rd, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Mrs. Smith, THanks! Slick Rick the dick will not be governor here very long as he will be running nationwide to spread his message of big spending, bible thumping, anti-woman, TCC building, globalist ideas on the whole US. God help us now! He only ran to stay in politics while he plotted his way to the WH.

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

    Running out the door as I type.. be back later to respond..

  167. EXPOSING THE INCOMPETENCY

    From Feb. 24th, but still good. Includes this nice quote:

    “Former supporters — I raise my hand — have concluded he misrepresented himself as a centrist who would unite the broad middle of the nation.”

    nypost.com/p/news/national/baring_the_bam_myth_hoTPSObL5Pp1ruwQsvIULN

    Baring the Bam myth
    ===================
    Posted: 10:23 AM, February 24, 2010

    Something very good al ready has happened as a result of President Obama’s strange entry into the health-care sweepstakes. Think of it as the death of a myth.

    The myth was that Obama was an innocent bystander caught between evil forces. As supporters describe it, the president was trapped on one side by tone-deaf Democrats and on the other by obstructionist Republicans.

    If only the leaders of the two parties were as smart and honest as Obama, Washington would be a marvel of efficiency and progress. As Exhibit A, Obama dead-enders promised the sun of health care would shine on every American and we could save money if we would simply follow the president.

    Versions of the myth popped up each time something went wrong, even among the president’s staff. Gen. Jim Jones, Obama’s national security adviser, explained the failure to have terrorism specialists question the Christmas Day Detroit bomber as “one case where we didn’t support the president as well as he should have been supported.”

    Fact is, Obama announced creation of the specialist unit five months earlier, but never followed up to make sure his words were turned into deeds. He spoke and assumed it had happened.

    But it wasn’t his fault when it all went wrong. Nothing ever is.

    Until now.

    By leaving his fingerprints, his DNA and proudly claiming ownership of yet another massive health-care plan, Obama has removed any doubts about where he stands. He can no longer hide behind the illusion he was an honest broker looking for the kind of common-sense fixes the country wants.

    We have found the radical in our midst. He sits in the Oval Office.

    This, of course, is not a revelation to millions of Americans, especially independent voters who never took to Obama or who abandoned him. Former supporters — I raise my hand — have concluded he misrepresented himself as a centrist who would unite the broad middle of the nation.

    Yet polls showing Obama remains more popular than his policies reflect a lingering faith among many he will prove to be the man he promised he was during the campaign.

    It’s not gonna happen. He is who he is.

    By trying to revive a massive government takeover the public doesn’t want, Obama has passed up another big chance to govern from the center and turn his full attention to the sagging economy and high unemployment.

    Even worse, his health plan incorporates some very bad ideas embraced by Congress, and adds new bad ones of its own. According to The Wall Street Journal, he adds about $75 billion in costs, which he covers by more taxes. He would increase penalties for individuals who don’t buy insurance and raise fines for businesses that don’t offer coverage to employees.

    His plan also gives birth to a new bureaucracy that could block insurers from rate hikes it finds “unreasonable or unjustified.” That makes it — dare we say it? — a death panel for insurance companies, their customers and stockholders.

    Obama’s plan, coming on the eve of his gimmicky televised summit with GOP leaders, carries a warning he’s on board with Dem plans to short-circuit opponents. A rules maneuver called reconciliation, it would eliminate the need for 60 Senate votes and require only a simple majority.

    All of which means the vast public rejection of the overhaul, along with the clear message of the upset Republican victory in the Massachusetts Senate race, are being ignored. Once again, Obama marches to a drummer out of step with the country.

    He is who he is.

  168. Mrs. Smith
    March 3rd, 2010 at 12:05 pm
    —————–
    You are very right about Hillary. I haven’t read the book either but I do hope she figures into it prominently.

  169. PM 317: I am fine with what you said. It is Penn that still aggravates me. It reminded me too much of old unhappy far off things and battles long ago recast by big media to enlarge the scope of their supposed victory. The victory was achieved through fraud, misrepresentation and conspiracy by multinational corporations, big media and amoral political opportunists. The objective was and is to hijack the political process and loot the middle class. If there was any doubt about that now, the Obama agenda and the details which have since emerged prove this to a fare thee well.

  170. We have found the radical in our midst. He sits in the Oval Office.
    ————————–
    Duuhhh.

    However, the word radical never did much for me. A radical has principles, albeit twisted ones. What we have is a politician who would sell his soul and our future to the highest bidder without constraint. When someone enthused to me about him the other day, and how professional he is, I told that individual you are correct–he is professional alright; he is a devotee and avid practitioner of the world’s oldest profession, and if you cannot see it now, you never will.

  171. Clinton in Brazil for Talks on Iran, Other Issues

    03 March 2010

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, smiles upon her arrival to an air base in Brasilia, 2 Mar. 2010

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Brazil -the fourth stop on her six-nation tour of Latin America.

    Clinton held talks Wednesday with top Brazilian lawmakers, including Senate President Jose Sarney.

    She was also meeting in the capital, Brasilia, with Brazil’s foreign minister, Celso Amorim. The two officials signed cooperation agreements on combating climate change, promoting the advancement of women and fostering economic development in poor countries, particularly in Latin America and Africa.

    Later in the day, Clinton is scheduled to hold talks with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. U.S. concerns about Iran’s nuclear program are expected to feature high in the discussion.

    Secretary Clinton flew to Brazil Tuesday from Chile, where she pledged long-term U.S. support to help the nation recover from last week’s devastating earthquake.

    Since leaving Washington late Sunday, Clinton also has visited Uruguay and Argentina. She is to visit Costa Rica and Guatemala before returning to the United States at the end of the week.

    http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/americas/Clinton-in-Brazil-for-Talks-on-Iran-Other-Issues–86237352.html

  172. AFTER FLUSHING IT’S REPUTATION DOWN THE DRAIN, IT’S RATINGS JOIN IT AT THE BOTTOM

    Where’s Lou Dobbs when they need him?

    realclearpolitics.blogs.time.com/2010/03/03/cnns-epic-meltdown/

    March 3rd, 2010
    CNN’s Epic Meltdown
    Posted by Tom Bevan | Email This | Permalink | Email Author
    Get out the defibrillator quick: CNN is dying. What other conclusion can be drawn from the Nielsen ratings from February, which showed the once dominant news network finishing in fifth place for the first time ever- and now trailing CNBC and Headline News as well as its main competitors, FOX and MSNBC?

    The numbers are, as you can imagine, pretty stark. Wolf Blitzer’s show, The Situation Room, was down 44% in total viewers in February. Campbell Brown, Larry King, and Anderson Cooper all posted their lowest ratings ever in February among total viewers, declining 50%, 55%, and 59%, respectively.

    The numbers are equally grim among the coveted 25-54 demographic. CNN’s share of the market with this group during prime time declined from 21% last February to just 10% this year. Even worse, its market share among viewers 25-54 in day time – what’s been seen as the network’s bread and butter – declined nine percent in the last year to 14%.

    After a good year in 2008 fueled by sharp election coverage, CNN President Jon Klein has stubbornly refused to change course despite the network’s epic slide over the last 15 months. The loss of Lou Dobbs last year obviously made things worse. But as CNN continues to fade, the question is whether anything less than a radical makeover can save this once proud, but deeply humbled network.

  173. “However, the word radical never did much for me. A radical has principles, albeit twisted ones. What we have is a politician who would sell his soul and our future to the highest bidder without constraint”

    ——————
    Totally agree.

  174. In Canada its called Obama’s NAFTAgate. When Barrack Obama was running for president during the Ohio primary he was caught in a blatant, cynical and unconscionable lie to the people of Ohio, exploiting their pain and fear over their faltering economy and massive unemployment.

    Obama’s political dishonesty and the attempted cover it up by his economic advisor Austan Goolsebee who is still a member of Obama’s White House economic team, went largely ignored by a mainstream press intent on seeing Obama elected.

    http://www.examiner.com/x-6572-NY-Obama-Administration-Examiner~y2010m3d3-Obamas-olympic-NAFTAgate-lie-under-scrutiny-in-Canada?cid=examiner-email#

  175. What I was referring to Hillary ‘signing [should have written pledged] away her rights’ to the FL and MI votes was this: “…Like other candidates, she pledged not to campaign in Florida after the state jumped ahead on the schedule of caucuses and primaries set by the Democratic National Committee. She had to make that pledge if she hoped to compete in the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses and the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary, as Iowa and New Hampshire zealously guard their starting status on the political calendar.” Later in the same post this was written: “Admittedly, it’s a foolish pledge. None of the campaigns should have taken it, and they all should have agreed to drop it.” These statements illustrate what I was talking about in my earlier post. She was either cornered or duped. The article is here: http://www.thenation.com/blogs/thebeat/276341
    With her pledge came having to abide by other DNC roolz like disenfranchising the votes of Americans in the states of FL and MI. You may remember Donna Brazilla stated that, “My mama always taught me that ROOOOOOLZ IS ROOOOOLZ.” Further, Donna Brazilla and the DNC stuck the ROOOOLER to Hillary and I shall never forgive them for it.
    Further, those of us who live in Florida can attest to personally viewing campaign ads for Obummer during the 2008 primary violating his pledge to not campaign here.

    And re: not forgetting John Kerry. I find the 2×4 Gestapo man much more egregious than all others. And yes, there is a long long list. But, some of them keep popping back up, like Rangel….only a temporary stepdown from Chairmanship?????? Give me a break. These collusions are so bare naked now and so against the grain of everything that Americans should be standing for. Unforgivable!

  176. hmmmm, part of your statement in an above post has me wondering, Mrs. Smith, are you one of the Admins?

    [snip]Our article went into the details deeply:

  177. Mrs. Smith @12:05

    Yes Bill and Hillary are a dynamic duo. I am verily impressed with what she is doing on the Afgan/Pakistand border!! The woman is fantastic. No one should say she is not Presidential material. If it wasn’t for the sheeple she would already be in place.
    I can’t see her riding off into the sunset after all she has done in the last year for America’s foreign policy. I hope the powers that instill our Potus’s will realize a woman can deal with foreign countries by now after what Hillary has done. Their the ones who pick the Potus anyway, we sure don’t.

  178. That freaking Rangel is 80, my God, isn’t it time for him to go home permanently???? Shouldn’t there be an age limit??? How about Byrd, crap he can’t even hold his damn head up, its no wonder they think we ought to be able to work til we are 70. I guess we could if all we did was to rob people of their money, lie and have little back room dallies with the interns. I unfortunatle have to physically work and I might add for not much money.

  179. Brazil Will Not ‘Bow Down’ on Iran Sanctions

    03 March 2010

    Top Brazilian leaders are rejecting an appeal from the United States to back new sanctions against Iran and its nuclear program. Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim said Wednesday that Brazil will not, in his words, “bow down” to international pressure.

    Amorim spoke during a news conference with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who warned that Iran will not negotiate in “good faith” without new sanctions.

    Clinton also met with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Prior to their meeting, the Brazilian leader warned against “pushing” Iran into a corner when there is still a chance for negotiations to work.

    European Union and U.S. officials gathering at an International Atomic Energy Agency board meeting in Vienna Wednesday pledged to pursue additional sanctions against Iran.

    Western nations suspect Iran of enriching uranium to make nuclear weapons. Iran argues it is only trying to produce fuel for a research reactor.

    But U.S. envoy to the IAEA Glyn Davies said Iran has been playing a “cat and mouse” game with the U.N. body.

    Brazil is a voting member of the 15-nation U.N. Security Council, but does not have the veto power of the Council’s five permanent members – the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China.

    http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/middle-east/EU-US-Threaten-New-Iran-Sanctions–86241597.html

  180. Gov Met With Laughter, Boos During Talk On Ethics In Politics

    03-3-10

    The initial reaction to the news of Rod Blagojevich giving a speech on ethics in politics to Northwestern University students was shock. Him? Really? The tone did not change much at Tuesday night’s event, where the indicted ex governor of Illinois was met with both laughter and boos.

    The irony of inviting Rod Blagojevich to speak on ethics in politics did not escape Amanda Litman, sophomore at Blago’s alma mater, Northwestern University. “I’ll try to fact check what he says as he talks,” she said, her lap top perched on her knee.

    About 1,000 people packed the Northwestern auditorium to hear Blago speak. He was stunningly entertaining, and kept the audience laughing – both with him and at his antics.

    Blagojevich told the crowd that the FBI subpoenaed his grades and student information from when he attended 30 years ago and joked about his mediocre academic record:

    “If they look at those grades they’ll see — I obviously never cheated on an exam,” he said.

    The audience did not let the former governor get away with much. Gasps and laughter erupted when he claimed President Obama made a deal with Hillary Clinton while they were campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination.

    “In exchange for her getting out of the race, he agrees to make her secretary of state,” he claimed. “Now Hillary Clinton is qualified, but she’s not exactly Henry Kissinger.”

    When pressed about his appointment of Roland Burris, he said “my fellow Democrat and your senator Dick Durbin – and Harry Reid – are keeping [Burris] out of the US Senate like they were some segregationist governors from Mississippi,” drawing the conclusion that he appointed the African-American senator as a matter of conscience. The accusation drew loud boos from the audience and one man shouted “Shame!”

    “You don’t like Burris?” Blagojevich asked.

    “No–you.”

    The governor repeated his plea for prosecutors in his case to “play all the tapes,” referring to the wiretapped conversations that led to his arrest and indictment–and maintained his innocence.

    “I am the Anti-Nixon!” Blago proclaimed. “Nixon did everything he could to block those tapes from being heard. I’m the opposite – play the tapes they will prove me innocent.”

    When asked by one student why he has gone on a media “circus” tour, including his stint on Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” Blago gave one of the most sincere responses of the night.

    He told the crowd isn’t happy about having to portray an idiot on any program that will have him, but it’s the only way he can pay the bills.

    “It’s just a horrible, horrible thing,” he said. “But this is a life lesson for our children.”

    Students left the event with mixed feelings and organizers felt the event was a successful.

    “Obviously Rod Blagojevich has a reputation as sort of a disgraced figure,” said Dan Rockoff, Vice President of Programming for the College Democrats. “But from our point of view we didn’t need to bring a white knight to campus to have a discussion about this topic. This [discussion] was not a judge trial and jury.”

    Blagojevich is scheduled to go to trial on corruption charges in June.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/03/rod-blagojevich-at-northw_n_483939.html

  181. ShortTermer
    March 3rd, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    No,I am not admin- and regarding the details of counting of the FL and MI Vote. After you posed the initial question of Hillary giving up her right to the votes; I was pointing to admin posting (the link at Big Pink for the story)and a short excerpt to the article giving the details of the high-jacking of those votes.

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