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February 17, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Hillary Clinton Wants To Accomplish On Her Trip Overseas

10 Exchange U.S. dollars for currency that's worth something

9 Win respect defeating Japan's top-ranked sumo wrestler

8 Shift world's perception of America from "hated" to "extremely disliked"

7 Personally thank all of her illegal campaign donors

6 Three words: stylish Indonesian pantsuits

5 Visit burial site of revered Chinese military leader, General Tso

4 Get drunk with that Japanese finance minister guy

3 Convince China to switch from lead-tainted products to mercury-tainted products

2 Catch Chinese screening of Benjamin Button entitled "The Strange Adventures of Freaky Grandpa Baby"

1 Pick up carton of duty-free smokes for Obama

February 16, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Abraham lincoln Would Say If He Were Alive Today

10 "Sup?"

9 "I see Madonna's still a slut"

8 "Who's that handsome sumbitch on the five?"

7 "Is that free Grand Slam deal still going on at Denny's?"

6 "I just changed my Facebook status update to, Tthe 'ol rail splitter is chillaxing'"

5 "How do I get on 'Dancing with the Stars'?"

4 "Okay, Obama, you're from Illinois, too. We get it!"

3 "Hey Phelps, don't Bogart the weed!"

2 "What's the deal with Joaquin Phoenix?"

1 "A Broadway play? Uhhh, no thanks. I'm good."

January 28, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Overheard at the Meeting Between Barack Obama and the Republicans

10 "I miss the Clinton administration when we'd meet at Hooters"

9 "Can we wrap this up? I've got tickets to the 4:30 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop"

8 "Smoke break!"

7 "You fellas really need to take it easy on the Old Spice"

6 "Mr. President: don't misunderestimate the Republicans"

5 "Another smoke break!"

4 "What was the deal with Aretha Franklin's hat?"

3 "About that tax the rich stuff -- you were joking, right?"

2 "Sir, it's refreshing to have a Chief Executive who speaks in complete sentences"

1 "Senator Craig's offering his stimulus package in the men's room"

January 27, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Ways Rod Blagojevich Can Improve His Image

10 Star in new television series, "America's Funniest Haircuts"

9 Quit politics and become a fat, lovable mall cop

8 Start pronouncing last name with Jerry Lewis-like "BLAGOOOYYYJEVICH"

7 Offer a senate seat with no money down, zero percent interest

6 Team up with John Malkovich and Erin Brockovich for hot Malkovich-Brockovich-Blagojevich sex tape

5 Change his name to Barod Obamavich

4 Safely land an Airbus on the Hudson River

3 I don't know...how about showing up for his impeachment trial?

2 Wear sexy dresses, high heels and say, "You Betcha!"

1 Uhhh...resign?

January 16, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Signs Obama's Getting Nervious

10 New slogan: "Yes we can... or maybe not, it's hard to say"

9 In moment of confusion, requested a $300 billion bailout from the bailout industry

8 He's up to not smoking three packs a day

7 Friends say he's looking frail, shaky and...no, that's McCain

6 He's so stressed, doctors say he's developing a Sanjay in his Gupta

5 Been walking around muttering, "What the hell have I gotten myself into?"

4 Offered Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, $100,000 to buy his old Senate seat back

3 Standing on White House roof screaming, "Save us, Superman!"

2 Sweating like Bill Clinton when Hillary comes home early

1 He demanded a recount

January 8, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Barack Obama Plans To Fix The Economy

10 Encourage tourists to throw spare change in the Grand Canyon

9 End our dependence on foreign owls

8 Sell New Mexico to Mexico

7 Put a little of that bailout money on the Ravens plus 3 at Tennessee. Come on! It's a mortal lock!

6 Rent out the moon for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs

5 Lotto our way out of this son-of-a-bitch

4 Appear on "Deal or No Deal" and hope to choose the right briefcase

3 Bail out the adult film industry -- not sure how it helps, but it can't hurt

2 Release O.J. from prison, have him steal America's money from China

1 Stop talkin' and start Obama-natin'!

January 7, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Overheard At The Presidents' Lunch

10 "Sorry, you're not on the list, Mr. Gore"

9 "If Hillary calls, I've been here since Monday"

8 "Laura! More Mountain Dew!"

7 "You guys wanna see, 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop'?"

6 "Call the nurse -- George swallowed a napkin ring!"

5 "Hey Barack, wanna go with us to Cabo in March? Oh that's right, you have to work!"

4 "Kissey kissey"

3 "Obama? I think he's downstairs smoking a butt"

2 "Did you ever see a monkey sneezing?"

1 "I hope Clinton's unbuckling his belt because he's full"

Mistake In ’08, Part V – The Revelation

This past Sunday Barack Obama went to West Virginia – not to mourn the loss of coal miners but to try to block Hillary Clinton. On April 9, we noted our long ago crystal ball prediction that the moment Hillary Clinton appeared in “states where she walloped Barack Obama” that would be a signal to us that plans were afoot for a move on the electoral front. [Our Hillary in Kentucky thesis is HERE.] On the day Hillary Clinton went to Louisville, Kentucky Barack Obama finally decided to actually say something about the coal mine deaths of West Virginians.

Hillary Clinton went to Kentucky and soon thereafter Barack Obama put aside his hatred of those “bitter” and “clinging” small town Americans – ones who mined the coal Obama vowed to destroy – and finally pretended not to snub those Americans he snubbed repeatedly during the election campaigns of 2008.



We were wrong on April 9, 2010 about one thing. We wrote that Hillary’s visit to West Virginia would “go unnoticed by Big Media”. But after that article by us appeared, a bunch of other articles appeared in Big Media outlets speculating on Hillary (‘Hillary’s tired and won’t be SOS for a full four years!’ and ‘Hillary can beat Barack Obama’ and ‘the unthinkable – a challenge to Mess-iah) running for president in 2012.

The scenarios from those Big Media articles track faithfully those described by us: (1) a collapse of Dimocrats in 2010 elections; (2) awakened elected officials running for office in 2012 to the fact that Barack Obama is poison; (3) explosive Republican investigations of Barack Obama (what happened to that bag of cash Rezko now says he gave you Barack?) in 2011; (4) a Hillary Clinton resignation AFTER the 2010 elections (so she does not have to campaign for treacherous Dimocrats in 2010); (5) a continuous stream of Barack Obama cave-ins to Republicans after they win congressional elections; and (6) a total and complete collapse of the Barack Obama “situation comedy” coalition.

While we maintain the position we posited in 2009:

“While we don’t think Hillary Clinton will directly challenge Obama for the nomination in 2012, we do think it is the job of sensible Democrats and smart Hillary supporting websites to drive Obama from the 2012 race. It is also the job for American citizens who care about the country.”

we do think the collapse of the “situation comedy” is increasingly obvious.

Yesterday, the dunderheads who describe themselves as the “creative class” (we call them the “creative clueless”) finally came to grips with the reality we at Big Pink have described for so long. Donna Brazile and David Axelrod described the Barack Obama base as:

A new Democratic coalition is younger. It is more urban, as well as suburban, and we don’t have to just rely on white blue-collar voters and Hispanics.

Axelrod has declared The white working class has gone to the Republican nominee for many elections, going back even to the Clinton years. This is not new that Democratic candidates don’t rely solely on those votes.

It took all these years for the clucking clown who leads the “creative clueless” to finally have the truth “revealed”! The clucking clown thinks he leads the “creative class” but he is a clown who fell for the machinations of Harry Reid, Nancy Pelousy, and particularly the defunct tank of woman-hate called Ted Kennedy. Here’s the revelation of the clucking clown of the “creative clueless”:

The weakness of the Obama coalition, revealed.

In a video message to Organizing for America’s 13 million members today, President Obama announced that targeting people who voted for the first time in 2008 would be the top tactical priority for OFA 2010. This makes perfect sense. Compared to Gore and Kerry, young voters and first-time voters where [sic] President Obama’s top demographic groups. Obama’s margin among those two groups surpassed Gore’s by over 30%:

Young voters and first-time voters are absolutely Obama’s base. McCain actually won voters age 40 and over, and Obama only won non-first-time voters by 2%. Compared to other recent Democratic coalitions, Obama relied far more heavily upon young voters and first-time voters.

However, this also reveals a fundamental weakness of the Obama electoral coalition, especially during midterm elections. Turnout is way down during midterm elections, and there is no group where turnout declines during midterms more than it declines among young voters:”

No kidding you clown? Now you realize this? Only know does your brilliant “creative class” mind grasp the damage your foolishness inflicted? To build a party on ephemeral first time voters and young voters is foolishness. That foolishness is akin to a store which sells baby clothes only to virgins – there might be some curiosity value and foot traffic but the business model will not work.

Only now does the clucking clown of the “creative class” at NothingLeft realize the foolishness of party building based on a group of political virgins and soon to grow up and change their views young people. That’s not to say that those groups should not be courted, but to build a party on a one time only group of voters is monumental foolishness.

This clucking clown restricts his (yup, it’s a Big Blog boy who writes such foolishness) analysis to the midterm election demographics. But the damage is long term and much more than just limited to the midterms. Here’s more clucking from the clown:

“When young voters and unlikely voters form such a central pillar of a presidential electoral coalition, then that coalition is going to face huge problems in midterm elections. While it is absolutely the correct move for Organizing for America to try and get those voters back to the polls in 2010, they are unfortunately faced with an almost impossible task. Overall turnout drops by more than 33% from presidential elections to midterm elections, and by much more than that among young voters. No GOTV operation, however strong, can reverse trends on that massive scale. Whatever efforts OFA ends up making will only limit the amount of damage Democrats will suffer by basing their coalition on younger voters and irregular voters.”

Laughably, comments to the clucking clown call out for: Help From Hillary!

“In the 2008 primary campaign, there was a huge generation gap between Obama voters and Clinton voters. Thus, it’s not exactly rocket science to hope that Hillary Clinton will have a political role in 2010, especially to help some of her endangered former colleagues. Traditionally, of course, Sec’s of State have been above the political fray, but Hillary has broken barriers before. One way or another Democrats need to bring some habitually high voting senior citizen voters back home in November or else its going to be really ugly.”

Ha! Ain’t ta gonna happen, dude!

And a woman responds wisely to such clownish clucking:

“Hillary’s voters were always more from the traditional Democratic base..popilist, blue collar. older and even had more white males. Barack Obama as candidate did not engage them. Hillary was the traditional mashed potato Democrat who had always won presidiential primaries before over the likes of the quiche Democrats like Gary Hart or Paul Tsongas. Until Barack Obama came along. African American Democrats had always before voted to the mashed potato Demcorat. He changed that voting pattern.

He did bring in young voters and independents, but another reason they are unreliable is that even before midterms, during the 2008 campaign they also were there much more for Barack Obama himself, then they were for the Democratic party, the Democratic brand or even other Democrats. That was a weakness I long saw. It was one of the reasons that I did not support him in the primary.

It was also a weakness, that at least during the presidential campaign and even as he has governed he has not done much to rectify. He has given mmore props to Republicans for their good ideas….an oxymoron if I ever heard of one….than he gives to Democrats or progressives.

He has failed to make a contrast for these sometime voters that it matters that THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND DEMOCRATS get elected to office. That voting for him alone is insufficient.

It is why his aversion to ideology is harmful to the polical health of the party he leads. Because Democrats do have a better ideology which can and will make life better for most people. But by not making that contrast he has not built a case for why it matters who gets elected in November 2010.

It’s not just who went to the polls in 2008, it is what their motivation for going was. We need voters to go to the polls for Democrats in 2010 who think Democrat Jo(e) is better than Republican John because they are Democrats.

So I agree he needs to get Hillary out…because she has always known that, and can take that message to the voters.

It’s too late for that. Hillary saying good things about Obama only hurts Hillary and does nothing to help Obama or his clown posse of Dimocrats. So abandon the idea that Hillary will help you now. Barack Obama is poison and there is no antidote. Painfully, Hillary Supporters will have to tolerate Hillary as Secretary of State (imagine how bad thing would be without her there, even as bad as they are now), with a minimum of justified griping, in order to keep Hillary safely away from the campaign trail (waiting is always the most painful duty).

Once Obama snubbed the White Working Class, that destroyed him. Bill Clinton, John Kennedy, FDR, and even Jimmy Carter respected the White Working Class and worked to get those votes. Obama and his clucking “creative class” clown posse insulted Appalachia America and now the favor is returned. The White Working Class will not return to the Dimocrats while Barack Obama politically exists, not because of the color of his skin but rather because of the corrupt content of his character.

We’re not the only ones who laugh today at the late day “revelation” to the creative clueless. Sean Trende noticed too:

“Gallup’s latest polling shows why this is such a problem for Democrats. 47% of voters aged 18-29 were not very enthusiastic about voting this fall. This is almost double the number of voters aged 65+ (29%) that are unenthusiastic about voting and well over the number of voters aged 50-64 that are unenthusiastic about voting. This is highly problematic for the Democrats because younger voters plan to vote for a Democrat by a 51-39 margin, while voters in the 65+ demographic break 50-41 for Republicans. In equal numbers these groups would cancel each other out, but a flood of elderly voters would swamp a less enthusiastic youth vote.

Most analysts have assumed that this will change in 2012, and that Obama’s coalition will rear its head again. I’m not so sure. 2012 is a long way off, and I’m not making any predictions here. But part of Obama’s appeal was the freshness surrounding his candidacy. The prospect of “change,” the excitement surrounding electing the first black President, the posters, baseball hats, t-shirts and all of the iconography contributed to Obama’s outsized showing among these groups.

I think recreating that excitement is going to be like trying to catch lightning in a bottle. Re-electing the first black President is exciting, but not nearly as exciting as doing it the first time. By 2012, Obama will have a difficult time running as the candidate of change, especially if he continues to make substantial accomplishments in his first term. He’ll have been on the scene for five years then, probably will have endured at least one scandal, and may have been forced to compromise with Republicans repeatedly if they take control of Congress in 2010.

And even if Obama can re-energize his base in 2012, what then? His is a uniquely personal coalition, and whomever comes next is going to have a hard time filling the shoes of a rather unique candidate. If the damage done to other parts of the Clinton coalition is permanent, then the Democrats are going to have to make some major changes to retain their electoral coalition.”

Trende trades the blunt “cult” with “uniquely personal coalition” but it is still a “cult”. And a cult is not a political party except in countries where the people are slaves, not sovereign. Trende intelligently notes that if the Clinton coalition is permanently damaged and not restored, the Dimocrats are doomed for sure and the hope to restore the once great Democratic Party of FDR and Hillary Clinton will be doomed as well. Hopes to replace the White Working Class with Latinos will not work out. Election year politics on immigration reform will prove to be a disaster for Dimocrats as well. Watch out for what you wish for. But that is a story for another day.

The warnings are shouted every day now and not just from Big Pink. Democrat Brent Budowsky dreams dreams that will not be but he assesses the situation well:

“Democrats need to take an ice-cold shower and view the coming election with cold, clear eyes. At this moment, at best, Democrats will lose enough seats to destroy any working majority for any substantial agenda in the next Congress.

The No. 1 issue in the 2010 campaign, by far, is jobs. Americans want jobs, not talking points about jobs.”

Once November elections take place and Dimocrats are defeated, Dimocrats better assess the 2012 elections with “cold, clear eyes.” The old Obama flim-flams will not work, flim-flam videos will not work.

“It’s the same message Obama used to pitch Creigh Deeds for governor in Virginia, Jon Corzine for governor in New Jersey, and Martha Coakley for Senate in Massachusetts. It’s also the same pitch he made for health care—the one instance in which it actually worked, at least on the Hill, but health care’s numbers are still about on par with Corzine’s, Deeds’, or Coakley’s.[snip]

In this video, he is Barack Obama. He is the man whose problems are still inherited. He is the man who fights the health insurance companies… whose product he’s requiring that every American buy, battles the big banks… who bankrolled his campaign, and stifles special interests… with whom he meets behind closed doors to hash out deals on legislation. And, he posits, all of this should inspire those who voted for the first time in 2008 to vote again on behalf of all the uninspiring Corzines, Deedses, and Coakleys who will in some unspecified way guarantee the uplifting change at sometime in the unspecifed future that Obama himself has not delivered. Fired up and ready to go![snip]

Obama once reassured Democrats that “the big difference” between the disastrous 1994 mid-term elections and 2010 is “you’ve got me.” This newly narrowed version of his inspirational message suggests even he doesn’t believe that anymore.”

“You’ve got me” is no longer a promise full of hope. It’s a threat, full of danger and foreboding, and death.

The Obama health scam has proved a “no bounce” mess as even James Carville now admits. Latest surveys demonstrate that even “safe” Senate seats (such as Patty Murray in Washington State) are no longer safe. The latest flim-flam Obama video (which mentions women and Latinos but is really a race-based appeal) is Obama flapping his arms in the water as he knowingly drowns:

“This report tells us a lot about where Obama stands politically and the degree to which he has frittered away the promise of his candidacy:

The Democratic National Committee this morning released this clip of the president rallying the troops, if rather coolly, for 2010. Obama’s express goal: “reconnecting” with the voters who voted for the first time in 2008, but who may not plan to vote in the lower-profile Congressional elections this year.

Obama speaks with unusual demographic frankness about his coalition in his appeal to “young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women who powered our victory in 2008 [to] stand together once again.”

Several things are noteworthy. First, so much for the post-racial presidency. We are back to naked pleas for racial solidarity. This comes from a man who told us that there were no Blue States or Red States, and that we should stop carving up the electorate into ethnic and racial groups. It was moving and appropriate and now it’s inoperative.

Second, this also suggests that just about everyone else in the electorate is a lost cause — whites, men, independents, and older voters. The Obama coalition has fractured — a little later than Hillary Clinton predicted, but it has. It seems he is reduced to the core left, not a recipe for successful governance or re-election.

And finally, the Democrats are in big, big trouble if they are banking on casual voters, especially young people, to turn out in large numbers in a midterm election. I’ll go out on a limb (I really don’t have to, because you can look at the turnout in New Jersey and Virginia) — the electorate in 2010 is not going to resemble the 20o8 electorate. It will be older and more conservative. In other words, the Democrats are throwing a Hail Mary.”

In Woodstock Nation: Barack Obama’s Situation Comedy, Part IV published in August 2009, we noted that the “Woodstock Nation” of young idealists who in 1968 would have loved to support an African-American candidate with real Democratic qualifications to be president are now the ones protesting at Tea Parties against unqualified Dimocrat Barack Obama. We wrote:

“Simply put, the trade off of the white working class which was a bulwark for successful Democrats was traded by Obama and his Dimocrats for the evanescent youth voter. That is no way to grow a political party. That is no way to run a political party.

The crop of 2008 young are now a year older and supposedly a year wiser (though it’s tough to teach a B.O.T. new tricks). When a young, unemployed B.O.T. discovers the world of taxes and health insurance, and property responsibilities and taxes and family, they lose that new B.O.T. glow.

As the 2008 crop of young grow into middle age many will begin to identify not with the latest fad or rave – whether hoola-hoops, or mp3s, but rather with aging parents and the infirmities of age.”

It’s no way to grow, or run, a political party:

“Younger voters remain less enthusiastic about voting in this year’s midterm elections than those who are older, underscoring the challenge facing the Democratic Party in its efforts to re-energize these voters, who helped President Obama win the presidency in 2008.

The fact that voters under age 50 — and particularly those under 30 — are less enthusiastic about voting this year is not a new phenomenon; voter turnout typically skews older. The current data, based on Gallup Daily tracking conducted April 1-25, confirm that so far, 2010 provides no exception to this traditional pattern.

It thus is not surprising that President Obama and Democratic Party leaders on Monday launched an effort to stoke enthusiasm among young people and other voting groups that helped support Obama in the 2008 presidential election. Obama issued a new online video that includes this exhortation to his supporters: “It will be up to each of you to make sure that the young people, African Americans, Latinos, and women who powered our victory in 2008 stand together once again.” [snip]

The good news is that younger voters disproportionately lean to Democratic candidates. The bad news is that younger voters have a historically bad track record in terms of turning out in big numbers on Election Day.

The current data confirm that at this juncture, both of these patterns continue to play out in this year’s midterm elections. Democratic leaders have apparently recognized these realities, and are attempting to re-create the enthusiasm for Democrats among younger voters that was apparent in 2008.< "

It took this long for the Big Blog boys “creative class” young clods to learn the obvious. FDR and Hillary Clinton supporters, of all ages, knew what only now the “creative class” clowns find to be a revelation.

It used to be said that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. Updated for accuracy: “you just can’t teach a Hopium guzzler new tricks.” Dogs are easy.

123 comments to Mistake In ’08, Part V – The Revelation

  • admin

    In case you missed it, Obama is in Iowa today.

  • confloyd

    I was born about 20 miles north of the Texas/Mexican border…during my childhood I could of easily went to Mexico by myself an never worried about being abducted, molested or killed even though I was blond and blue eyed. Of coarse, I spoke fluent TexMex, in fact the first bar I ever went into by myself was in Mexico…now I would not even consider going there for dinner or to go to the market…It has gotten so dangerous as these cartels run the country…I think if they would legalize marijuana in this country some of the pressure would be off, but of coarse there is stronger stuff that will be in demand though…border fence…won’t work! A wall!

  • confloyd

    Admin: Great Article…it is hard to sit and watch and wait, and wait and wait somemore!

  • Brilliant, admin.

    I gave you a shout out in one of my own pieces yesterday, having noticed the lamestream media now repeating what Hillary and Bill Clinton, Big Pink, and Clintonistas have been pointing out for two years: the Obama coalition is a joke:

  • Jen the Michigander

    Bravo, Admin!

  • JanH

    Well said, admin.

    Hard for me to hate the idea of Hillary being SOS. She outshines the idiot on a daily basis and the only one acting presidential in this cabinet is the Honorable Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The guy pretending to be potus is nothing more than a clown/wolf in sheep’s clothing.

  • S

    ADMIN…once again…you nail it! PRESCIENT!!!

  • S

    Way to go, O and his Dims…they own it!

    alternet.org/economy/146630/the_staggering_collapse_of_living_standards_in_the_us_–_92%25_of_americans_unhappy_with_the_economy?page=1

    Recent studies shed new light on the scope of the economic crisis in the US and the level of hostility the majority of the American population holds for the US government.

    April 26, 2010

    A series of recent studies conducted by the Pew Research Center shed new light on the scope of the economic crisis in the US and the level of hostility the majority of the American population holds for the US government.

    Released in March, before the passage of the Obama administration’s health care legislation, a survey entitled “Health Care Reform—Can’t Live With It, or Without It” indicates that 92 percent of Americans give the national economy a negative rating. No fewer than 70 percent of the respondents report having suffered job-related and financial problems in the past year, an increase from 59 percent the year before. Fifty-four percent report someone in their home has been without a job and looking for work in the past year, up from 39 percent in 2009.

    The poll saw an aggravation of conditions in every area of economic life studied the year before. Increasing numbers of people are reporting difficulty receiving or affording medical care (26 percent) or paying their rent or mortgage payments (24 percent). More Americans faced problems with collections and credit agencies (21 percent), or had mortgages, loans or credit card applications denied (19 percent).

    As could be expected, the poorest Americans are suffering the most. Some 44 percent of those making $30,000 per year or less report difficulty obtaining medical care, compared to 11 percent of those making $75,000 per year or more. A similar gap can be found in the category of rents and mortgages, with 37 percent of those making $30,000 or less reporting difficulty making rent or mortgage payments, compared to 11 percent of those making $75,000 or more. However, the percentage of those facing difficulties paying rent has increased dramatically for both groups since 2009.

    Large numbers of workers polled in the study say they have little confidence in job security and prospects for the future, with almost half (49 percent) saying it is “very or somewhat likely” they will suffer “job-related financial stress” in the next year. Twenty-five percent of workers say they expect to be forced to take a pay cut this year, while 24 percent expect to be laid off.

    The Pew survey found that 85 percent of Americans reported difficulty finding jobs in their communities. This and other statistics revealing the increasingly dismal employment opportunities facing millions of Americans are provided context in another study released this month by the Pew Economic Policy Group.

    “A Year or More: The High Cost of Long-Term Unemployment” reports that no fewer than 44 percent of unemployed Americans met or exceeded the standard measure of long-term unemployment (six months or more) in March 2010. This marks the highest rate for long-term unemployment levels since World War II.

    In addition to this, the Pew study reports that “23 percent of the nearly 15 million Americans who are unemployed have been jobless for a year or more.” This translates to 3.4 million people, “roughly equivalent,” the study points out, “to the population of the state of Connecticut.”

    These alarming numbers should be considered along with findings in another recent Pew research study entitled “The People and Their Government,” released April 18. This report finds that “by almost every conceivable measure Americans are less positive and more critical of government these days.”

    Only 22 percent of Americans say their government can be trusted, according to the new survey. The report puts this among the lowest measures of trust in the government in half a century.

    The study also shows across-the-board declines in approval ratings for numerous federal agencies, including the Department of Education, the Food and Drug Administration, the Social Security Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Forty-three percent say the government has a negative effect on their daily life, up from 31 percent in 1997.

    While approval ratings for the government are remarkably low, with 65 percent saying the federal government and congress have a negative impact “on the way things are going in the country,” the approval ratings for other major institutions are as low or lower. Sixty-nine percent of those surveyed say banks and other financial institutions have a negative impact on the way things are going in the country, while 64 percent say “large corporations” have a negative impact. Some 57 percent say the national news media has a negative impact, while 49 percent say labor unions have such an impact.

    The report states that “more than six-in-ten (62%) say it is a major problem that government policies unfairly benefit some groups while nearly as many (56%) say that government does not do enough to help average Americans.”

    Taken as a whole, the Pew studies from March and April offer additional insight into the growing social misery under conditions of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and the outrage it is generating.

    Wide layers of the population, who have seen trillions of dollars funneled from the public treasury into the coffers of Wall Street executives while their own living standards have been assaulted, their jobs slashed, their children’s schools closed, and vital social programs such as Medicare cut by billions of dollars, have no faith in the US government to secure their most basic social needs.

    The corporate-controlled news media, along with the major institutions overseeing the nation’s educational needs and basic food and medical resources, are considered corrupt and untrustworthy, contributing to the suffering of millions.

    (in BOLD)
    President Barack Obama, continuing to pose as a populist man of the people when he finds it necessary or beneficial, stands exposed as the chief representative of the interests of the American ruling elite and the standard bearer in the assault on the working class.

    The restructuring of society taking place, in the direct interests of the corporate-financial elite and at the expense of the working population, is not occurring unnoticed. The American and international working class will inevitably find itself drawn into struggle against the present, untenable form of social organization.

  • tim

    admin, again another superb article.

    Hillary better stay far, very far away for the elections of 2010, NO, I mean absolutely NO compaigning for any dems. NONE!

    she needs to be completely far away from the wreakage, as hard as it is for me to watch this woman who won the primaries just to be SOS, I will not be able to stand to watch her peddle that fool’s nonsense to seniors, white middle class voters.

    I never ever remember a SOS being on the campaign trail, Hillary needs to stay away and Bill need to stay away…. FARRRRRRRRRRRR AWAYYYYYYYYY

    Its that a$$hole’s party now, let him try and salvage it. I know I will be voting for all repubs this november, no exception!

    and if he seriously is stupid enough to use the AZ law as a rallying cry, the man is a bigger idiot than I thought.

    70% of AZ approve of AZ’s law, 63% of hispanic americans in AZ approve of this law.

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections2/election_2010/election_2010_senate_elections/arizona/toplines/toplines_arizona_immigration_law_april_14_2010

    and if they continue to demean Palin with their sexist crap aka Larry “married 8 times” King, the backlash will be even more severe.

  • confloyd

    Did you all see the article where the Chinese are marketing 20 square foot homes for the poor??? My bed is bigger than that! This is suppose to be better on human rights…I am sure glad they are not tall people because 5’x5′ is 25 square ft.

    They also said the peasants were soooo glad to get these..

    Folks this is what the elites want to do worldwide! I read an article that said homeownership in America actually holds people down so they can’t go to where the jobs are??? Now I guess the middle class will be migrant workers…Gee the globalists are so nice to their populations!

  • turndownobama

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/immigration/58_favor_welcoming_immigration_policy

    Interesting. Much support for closing borders, deporting illegals — and welcoming the non-criminals, non-doles.

  • confloyd

    tim, just wait til election year for Potus, he plans on riling up lots of people, especially the AA’s. It will be a racially charged election…my AA friends won’t return my emails…haven’t since before the primary…all because of my support for Hillary!

  • tim

    confloyd, I really don’t think it will work anymore. Race baiting can only work once. People are sick of it and not afraid to say it out loud.

  • S

    The warnings are shouted every day now and not just from Big Pink. Democrat Brent Budowsky dreams dreams that will not be but he assesses the situation well:

    “Democrats need to take an ice-cold shower and view the coming election with cold, clear eyes. At this moment, at best, Democrats will lose enough seats to destroy any working majority for any substantial agenda in the next Congress.

    The No. 1 issue in the 2010 campaign, by far, is jobs. Americans want jobs, not talking points about jobs.”

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

    how the hell can O and the Dims create jobs when they have focused on everything under the sun but concentrating on JOBS…they have been running around like chickens without heads for the last year – racing from one ‘hot’ issue to the next – one controversary to the next – anything to evade, distract and ignore the most important concern of the majority of Americans from all sides of the political spectrum…the need for jobs and job security…

    O has flittered and frittered from jet setting to WH happy hours to entertaining every sports team he can get his hands on…anything O can come up to avoid rolling up his sleeves and staying put and concentrating on getting the citizens of our country back to work…

    and O thinks that if he just utters and reads the word ‘JOBS’ once in a while from his teleprompter that his charisma will do the rest…

    a cold shower is the least of what O and the dims need…a big, blunt reality check awaits them…

  • […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Toni Alves, Jennifer L. Jennifer L said: Mistake on 08, Part 5: The Revelation. http://www.hillaryis44.org/2010/04/27/mistake-in-08-part-v-the-revelation/ […]

  • admin

    “You have me.”

    A quote from the James Carville Democracy Corps analysis:

    http://www.democracycorps.com/strategy/2010/04/is-this-the-final-chapter-or-a-new-chapter/

    We still do not know how this story ends. We could be at the beginning of a new, six-month chapter with voters growing more invested in the country’s current course and shifting their thinking about the issues and stakes. Or we could be locked into this current chapter as a final one full of angry citizens determined to cast their votes against Washington, the elites, Democrats and government. There is some evidence the former is possible, if the president and Democrats throw themselves behind emergent trends, though there is even more evidence for the latter ending.

    Health care’s passage did not produce even a point rise in the president’s approval rating or affection for the Democratic Congress. Virtually every key tracking measure in April’s poll has remained unchanged, including the Democrats’ continued weakness on handling of the economy. Both parties are equally reviled, reflected in their lowest ratings in history, while voters want to punish those in power – for the partisan bickering, bailing out the undeserving, government spending, the deficit, and the endless gridlock over health care while people struggled to survive the jobs crisis. With independents even more conservative and Republican-leaning in this survey, the congressional battle in 2010 looks like a dead-heat at best – a 12-point swing in this poll from 2008.

  • Canaan

    Nothing Left. Is that the same genius who said he was tired of chasing Reagan Democrats? You’d think he’d be tired of chasing his own tail.

  • tim

    oh James, I guess you shouldn’t have called me and other Tea Party supporters “reptiles”

    “Both parties are equally reviled, reflected in their lowest ratings in history, while voters want to punish those in power ”

    LOL. No dear James, it is the Fraud’s party that is reviled, it is the Fraud’s party that is hated, more so by their own lifelong members who have left it. It is solely the fraud’s party I am pissed at enormously.

  • HillaryforTexas

    Bravo, admin! We have been telling them all along that jumping on the Obama wagon would not only give us a bad president, but would destroy the Democratic brand and drive away the former heart of the party. Nice to see the late-to-the-party folks discovering this in their infinite insight and wisdom. Morons.

    Oh, and if these Dim loons are banking on stoking racial resentment among Latinos over illegal immigration helping them in November, they are completely out of touch politically.

    Didja know that a majority of the HISPANIC voters in AZ are in favor of this new law? That’s right, most LATINOS recognize how bad the situation is there.

  • admin

    Canaan, yes, the one and the same. We actually were going to post some of that comic article of his but will hold it for a future article dealing with the excuses these clowns will come up with to excuse the failure in November.

    Here are some excerpts from that brilliant “creative class” mind:

    http://www.openleft.com/diary/4403/

    Here is the thing: I don’t care if Democrats ever make up any ground among Reagan Democrats, as long as we lock up the support of expanding groups like the creative class, white non-Christians, Latinos and Asians for a generation. I’ll take that trade any day of the week, and twice on Sundays. Importantly, it feels to me as though we can make that trade if Barack Obama becomes the nominee, but that we will be making the opposite trade if Hillary Clinton becomes the nominee. While Clinton’s advantage among Latinos and Asians does not make it a perfect match, Obama’s primary coalition is far closer to the coalition we need for an expanding future of the Democratic Party, while Clinton’s primary is a lot more like the coalition we have been chasing after for the past twenty-five years or so. It is in this demographic sense that I partially accept Obama’s message about “moving beyond the political divides of the past” and into a new America. I’m tried of the old coalitions, and eager for the promising new ones that hold such tremendous potential for a generational progressive majority.

    I am so sick of chasing after the “Reagan Democrats” whose backlash against the civil-rights movement has held progressivism in America back for so long. While I freely admit that there are many people opposing Hillary Clinton for equally chauvinistic and offensive reasons as there are people opposing Barack Obama, overall those voters are probably a minority of the same Reagan Democrats after which I am tired of chasing. I’m just sick and tired of this group being the dominant swing voting block in the United States, and I want to move past it. Demographically speaking, Obama does appear to be the candidate who can do that better than Hillary Clinton, and I freely admit that is one reason I would prefer for Obama to be the nominee.

  • turndownobama

    Did you all see the article where the Chinese are marketing 20 square foot homes for the poor???

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

    More likely 20ft by 20ft. Some US travel trailers are 20ft by 10ft.

  • tim

    ““Reagan Democrats” whose backlash against the civil-rights movement ”

    who the hell are these loony tunes??? Do they even know history? I guess they really do live in their own tiny world, completely oblivious.

    I was one of those Reagan Democrats. Those will become Palin Democrats, and Palin for her part is very shrewd to realise and try and capitilize on this.

    And on the other hand we have America’s village idiot who calls these Reagan Democrats “clinging to their guns and religion”

  • confloyd

    turndown, the article said 20 square ft., which is 5’x5′.

  • S

    ‘Send in the Clowns’

    …more music to our ears…

  • S

    youtube.com/watch?v=5os4NFeKFFs

    “Where are the clowns? well, maybe next year” Judy Collins

  • jbstonesfan

    J-street has nerve to lecture Mr. Wiesel.

  • S

    please indulge me…one more…

    youtube.com/watch?v=ghd5weu5Mpg&feature=related Barbra S – ‘where are those clowns?

  • kc

    Hi all–am new commenting here, but read these posts every day. I started out the primaries at Taylor Marsh and then went to The Confluence. I don’t post very often, but I do believe I recognize some names here from the TM site-Wobbei, Confloyd and HillaryforTexas. I enjoy reading here. Admin. knows how to zero in on the crux of a problem and explain it well. This post is particularly good. I feel nothing but an overwhelming sadness for our country’s loss. Hillary is incredible – I wonder if she knows how many of us miss her.

  • JanH

    jbstonesfan
    April 27th, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    —————-

    Pretty disgusting.

  • wbboei

    Admin: this article is really superb.

    The 2012 strategy is starting to gel. However, the devil is in the execution.

    To expand on what Tim said, Bill must keep his powder dry and stay out of the cross fire. The media will try to drag him in, the party will try to recruit him, and if they do the Hannitys of the world will tie him and Hillary to this mess. When the phone rings he should wish them luck but say Haiti beckons. Above all no further comments about the Tea Parties.

    I am not worried about Hillary being sucked into this political meltdown. Obama has created enough problems in the world that she has the perfect alibi to recuse herself from this Gotterdamerung. Her prior statement that I am out of the political process should be the final word—between now and November.

  • basement angel

    Confloyd,

    I think they’re talking about meters rather than feet. I read an article the other day that talked about the housing for the poor having 10 square meters per capita. That works out to about 320 square feet, which is the size of a small studio here in the US.

  • basement angel

    Dear Admin,

    What an absolutely delicious read. 🙂

    As my father said – when the chickens come home to roost, they bring their strange new friends from the city with them.

  • wbboei

    the congressional battle in 2010 looks like a dead-heat at best – a 12-point swing in this poll from 2008
    ——————————–
    “A dead heat”?

    “Both parties are equally reviled”?

    The quality of Carville’s analysis leaves something to be desired.

    If does not account for what is happening now.

  • kc

    Who said ‘good policy is good politics?’ I truly don’t think he works very much-with all the public remarks and jetting about. That’s where our Hillary shone-she always understood the policy because she did her homework.

    btw, I saw today on Politico that there is going to be a big week of parties leading up to the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. The tone deafness of this struck me particularly. At a time when people are suffering and think journalists and politicians are incestuous anyway, this is like rubbing salt in the wound.

  • wbboei

    Hi kc. Glad you are here with the rest of us. Things are starting to get interesting.

  • wbboei

    We have all heard of the Midas Touch. It means everything he touches turns to gold. Then there is also the Barack Touch. It means once he campaigns for a candidate they lose. No wonder he has become a pariah.

    Barack Obama–Pariah
    Erickson

    I told you Barack Obama had become a pariah among Democrats.

    Back in March he went to Missouri to raise money for Senator Claire McCaskill, who is not even on the ballot this year. He ignored Robin Carnahan who is running for the Senate. In fact, Carnahan was in DC on the same day and cryptically said we’d all have to talk to the White House if we wanted to know if Carnahan and Obama would ever appear together in public.

    Well, Obama is headed back to Missouri. It’s allegedly part of his “Main Street” tour to tout the need for financial deform. Odd then isn’t it that the event will be closed to the press?

    So even if Carnahan shows, we won’t see them together.

    Why does the President of the United States go to Macon, MO to tout a legislative proposal and not want to be seen unless he is a pariah? After all, every state wide candidate he has campaigned for since his election has lost.

  • kc

    Wbboei–good point. Maybe he’s afraid that he’ll be heckled again. The man has a very thin skin. Did you all notice how the muslim conference sort of went under the radar too. Media lets him get away with everything.

    Well-night all. Gotta lot of work to do tomorrow.

  • turndownobama

    kc,

    Welcome! I was at Taylor Marsh as 1950democrat. A lot of us went to Camille’s Bitterpoliticz as well as here. Later Camille made her site password protected, and I never managed to get registered again.

    Pumapac.org began about that time, mostly people from Hillary’s old official site.

  • wbboei

    kc
    April 28th, 2010 at 12:41 am

    I saw today on Politico that there is going to be a big week of parties leading up to the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. The tone deafness of this struck me particularly. At a time when people are suffering and think journalists and politicians are incestuous anyway, this is like rubbing salt in the wound
    —————————————————————————
    The spectacle of it calls to mind the theme of a Gothic tale by Edgar Allen Poe: The Masque of the Red Death.

    Obama is Prince Prospero, the revelers are big media, and November is when the clock strikes twelve for them/

    “In an unspecified year an unnamed land is besieged by the Red Death, a plague which spreads and kills rapidly. Victims are swiftly affected by sharp pains and dizziness, followed by bleeding form the pores. The disease is named for the blood stains on the body and, especially, the face. Victims die within half an hour of the first symptoms.

    The land is shrouded in terror, but Prince Prospero is determined not to be a victim. He gathers a thousand of his happy and loyal followers and together they cloister themselves in one of his abbeys. The castle is fortified so that none may enter or leave. Protected from exposure to disease, they remain there for several months.

    Eventually Prince Prospero holds a magnificent masquerade ball for his courtiers. The dance is held in an elaborately decorated suite of seven rooms which flow into each other in a maze-like sequence. Each room is a different color, draped in velvet and other ornate furnishings, lit by braziers burning in a corridor beyond and shining through stained glass windows the same color as the furnishings. Only the last room differs. This seventh room is shrouded in black tapestries and carpet, but the windows of this room are blood red, so that the light coming through the windows casts a ghastly hue on the faces of anyone who enters. This room is mostly avoided by the revelers.

    The final chamber provides another chilling aspect. It houses a huge ebony clock which ticks loudly and chimes horribly. When it sounds each hour the sound is so disconcerting that the musicians stop playing and the party halts momentarily. This pause is soon over and forgotten until the next hour.

    In spite of the room and its clock, the party proceeds gaily. The party goers, safe in their extended seclusion from the outside world, enjoy the festivities. Dressed in masks and costumes ranging from the fanciful to the grotesque, they move from chamber to chamber, each one presenting a different fantasy, avoiding only the final chamber and stopping only when the hourly chimes intrude.

    It is only when the clock strikes midnight and the revelries are stopped for the twelve strokes, that the party goers become aware of a figure amongst them not previously noticed. The unrecognizable one is dressed in such a way as to excite terror in the other partygoers. Whilst many among them wear hideous and even frightening costumes, only this figure excites true terror. He is shrouded in burial robes etc.

  • wbboei

    It used to be said that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. Updated for accuracy: “you just can’t teach a Hopium guzzler new tricks.” Dogs are easy.
    ————————–
    Nice allegorical ending. Dogs are easier to train than bots. Why? Simple. Dogs are smarter than bots. QED.

  • admin

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/27/AR2010042705324.html

    Members of Congress face the most anti-incumbent electorate since 1994, with less than a third of all voters saying they are inclined to support their representatives in November, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

    Dissatisfaction is widespread, crossing party lines, ideologies and virtually all groups of voters. Less than a quarter of independents and just three in 10 Republicans say they’re leaning toward backing an incumbent this fall. Even among Democrats, who control the House, the Senate and the White House, opinion is evenly divided on the question.

  • wbboei

    From No Quarter
    Pat Racimora

    Rod Blagojevich, ousted Governor of Illinois, has a face (and hair) that cartoonists usually can only dream about. But there is some mighty serious stuff in the wings. It has even been suggested that Rod Blagojevich could possibly bring down the President of the United States!*

    Blagojevich is not going quietly into that good night. In fact he seems to relish media attention. You may have caught him on Donald’s Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice before he got fired.

    The latest exposure opportunity fell right into his lap. Blagojevich and his lawyers filed a motion to have President Obama give testimony in his upcoming trial in which he will defend himself against federal corruption charges, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, attempting to auction off the U.S. Senate seat previously held by President Obama, and fundraising abuses as well as other pay to play schemes.

    In the meantime, someone who knows squat about PDF files made a blunder the size of Pluto. (Or was it? You decide.)

    We—as in you and me—were only supposed to see some parts of this subpoena. A lot of it was blackened out by court order, which contained all of the good stuff. BUT, if you have the right version of Adobe Acrobat, all you have to do is paste in “copy file to clip board” and paste into a document, viola! Not only do the black-outs disappear, but the redacted text conveniently appears in bold so you can’t possibly miss it! (See if you can do it.)

    What does the redacted text tell us about what Blagojevich and his attorneys think they know about Obama? If they are right, the President has some ’splaining to do!

    For those of you who can’t manipulate the PDF file, here is what we were not supposed to see, as nicely summarized by The Ward Room and NBC.

    1. Obama may have lied about conversations with convicted fraudster Tony RezkoBlagojevich’s lawyers allege that Rezko admitted breaking the law by contributing “a large sum of cash” to a public official. Blagojevich’s attorneys say that public official is Obama. Obama said that Rezko never relayed a request from a lobbyist to hold a fundraiser in favor of favorable legislative action. But the point may be moot: regardless of Obama talking/not talking to Rezko, Blagojevich’s attorneys say that Obama refused the request regardless.
    Redacted portion: However, the defense has a good faith belief that Mr. Rezko, President Obama’s former friend, fund-raiser, and neighbor told the FBI and the United States Attorneys a different story about President Obama. In a recent in camera proceeding, the government tendered a three paragraph letter indicating that Rezko “has stated in interviews with the government that he engaged in election law violations by personally contributing a large sum of cash to the campaign of a public official who is not Rod Blagojevich. Further, the public official denies being aware of cash contributions to his campaign by Rezko or others and denies having conversations with Rezko related to cash contributions. Rezko has also stated in interviews with the government that he believed he transmitted a quid pro quo offer from a lobbyist to the public official, whereby the lobbyist would hold a fundraiser for the official in exchange for favorable official action, but that the public official rejected the offer. The public official denies any such conversation. In addition, Rezko has stated to the government that he and the public official had certain conversations about gaming legislation and administration, which the public official denies having had.
    Redacted footnote: The defense has a good faith belief that this public official is Barack Obama.

    2. Obama may have overtly recommended Valerie Jarret for his Senate seat
    Blagojevich’s defense team basically alleges that Obama told a certain labor union official that he (Obama) would support Valerie Jarrett’s candidacy for the Senate seat. Jarrett, referred to as “Senate Candidate B”, is now a senior advisor to the president.
    Redacted portion: Yet, despite President Obama stating that no representatives of his had any part of any deals, labor union president told the FBI and the United States Attorneys that he spoke to labor union official on November 3, 2008 who received a phone message from Obama that evening. After labor union official listened to the message labor union official told labor union president “I’m the one”. Labor union president took that to mean that labor union official was to be the one to deliver the message on behalf of Obama that Senate Candidate B was his pick. (Labor union president 302, February 2, 2009, p. 7).

    Labor union official told the FBI and the United States Attorneys “Obama expressed his belief that [Senate Candidate B] would be a good Senator for the people of Illinois and would be a candidate who could win re-election. [Labor union official] advised Obama that [labor union official] would reach out to Governor Blagojevich and advocate for [Senate Candidate B] … [Labor union official] called [labor union president] and told [labor union president] that Obama was aware that [labor union official] would be reaching out to Blagojevich.” (Labor union official 302, February 3, 2009 p. 3).

    3. A supporter of President Obama may have offered quid pro quo on a Jarrett senate appointment
    Redacted portion: Supporter of Presidential Candidate Obama is mentioned in a phone call on November 3, 2008, having offered “fundraising” in exchange for Senate Candidate B for senator (Blagojevich Home Phone Call # 149).

    4. Obama maintained a list of good Senate candidates
    Redacted portion: President-elect Obama also suggested Senate Candidate A to Governor Blagojevich. John Harris told the FBI and the United States Attorneys that he spoke to President’s Chief of Staff on November 12, 2008. Harris took notes of the conversation and wrote that President’s Chief had previously worked as Blagojevich’s press secretary. Obama agreed of Staff told Harris that Senate Candidate A was acceptable to Obama as a senate pick. (Harris handwritten notes, OOG1004463) President’s Chief of Staff told the FBI that “he could not say where but somewhere it was communicated to him that” Senate Candidate A was a suggested candidate viewed as one of the four “right” candidates “by the Obama transition team.”

    5. Rahm Emanuel allegedly floated Cheryl Jackson’s name for the Senate seat
    Redacted portion: President’s Chief of Staff told the FBI that he had a conversation discussing the Senate seat with Obama on December 7, 2008 in Obama’s car. President’s Chief of Staff told the FBI “Obama expressed concern about Senate Candidate D being appointed as Senator.

    [President’s Chief of Staff] suggested they might need an expanded list to possibly include names of African Americans that came out of the business world. [President’s Chief of Staff] thought he suggested Senate Candidate E who was the head of the Urban League and with President’s Chief of Staff’s suggestion.

    6. Obama had a secret phone call with Blagojevich
    Redacted portion: President-elect Obama also spoke to Governor Blagojevich on December 1, 2008 in Philadelphia. On Harris Cell Phone Call # 139, John Harris and Governor’s legal counsel discuss a conversation Blagojevich had with President-elect Obama. The government claims a conspiracy existed from October 22, 2008 continuing through December 9, 2008.6 That conversation is relevant to the defense of the government’s theory of an ongoing conspiracy. Only Rod Blagojevich and President Obama can testify to the contents of that conversation. The defense is allowed to present evidence that corroborates the defendant’s testimony.

    So, could Blago turn out to be Obama’s Monica Lewinsky? Doubtful, as Obama can claim some form of executive privilege. But that would also raise eyebrows, sort of like taking the 5th. Stay tuned.

    *See Firedog Lake for a scenario (last paragraph) whereby the Republicans could use these revelations, if true, to impeach Obama.

  • wbboei

    After quadrupling the deficit, suddenly Obama has a Road to Damascus moment and becomes a staunch advocate of fiscal responsibility. Like a maggot on hot ashes he is . . . .
    ____________________________________________

    Print Share – + April 27, 2010 | 7:57 PM ET
    Debt Commission Co-Chairs: Obama Health Care Law “On The Table”What does “everything” mean when President Obama’s debt commission tackles the nation’s $14 trillion debt?

    It could mean Obama’s prized health care law.

    The commission’s co-chairs, Democrat Erskine Bowles and Republican Alan Simpson, told Fox after at a meeting today at the White House that Obama’s newly minted health care law is not a sacred cow and must be scrutinized for future cost savings.

    “When you talk about the health care problem in this country and you talk about trying to solve that over a six-month period,” Bowles said, referring to the commission’s Dec. 1 deadline. “You watched these guys (the White House) struggle for two years. We’ve gotta bend that cost curve if we’re really gonna be able to ever get the fiscal situation fixed in this country.”

    Asked if he agreed, Simpson said: “America’s new health care plan will be on the table.”

    Bowles said cost-cutting measures in the new health care law — touted frequently by Obama and others as significant contributions to deficit and debt reduction — were insufficient to deal with America’s debt crisis.

    “Even under the administration’s numbers, they only reduce spending the next ten years by $138 billion and by $1.3 trillion in the next ten years. We’re gonna build up $10 trillion worth of debt just in the next 10 years.”

    Talk of examining the new health care law has already sparked division within the commission.

    “There are a couple of Democrats in there, unidentified except to us, who don’t agree at all on health care,” Simpson said. “And we’ll have to, you know, we’ll bring everybody together.”

    That won’t be easy. To forward a recommendation to Obama and Congress, 14 of 18 commission members must endorse it. That means serious bipartisan buy-in for the commission’s 10 Democrats and 8 Republicans.

    “Getting 60 votes in the Senate people think is impossible,” Bowles said. “We’ve gotta get 78% of the vote. It’s gonna be really hard. We’ve got to make some painful, tough decisions. Choice is all about sacrifice. I think there will be sacrifice for sure. I’m not a bit afraid of it.”

    The commission conducted its first meeting across the from the White House, in a brick walk-up that looks out over Lafayette Square. As it took testimony from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and OMB Director Peter Orszag, news broke that Standard & Poor’s down-graded Greece’s bond rating to junk bond status and lowered Portugal’s dangerously close to junk status. Markets fell in Europe, London and New York.

    Bowles and Simpson said the Greece and Portugal’s woes could offer a glimpse into America’s future.

    “We live in a global economy,” Bowles said. “We’ve got a deficit this year of $1.6 trillion. Half of what we’re borrowing every year we borrow from foreign countries. Forget if China starts to sell our (Treasury) bonds. Think if they just quit buyin’ and what that will do to our interest rates, what that will do to the dollar, and what that will do to the economy in America. We’ve got to fix this debt problem or there’s not going to be a great future for this country.”

    Added Simpson:

    “These things are known to guys in Dubuque, Iowa, and Cody, Wyoming. You just don’t realize how alert the American people are to what’s happening. And they’ll come up to you on the street and say I’m willing to pay more taxes or I’m ready to cut back on this. Unsustainable is not a good word. It’s called going broke.”

    But for all the dire warnings of economic doom, Bowles and Simpson said they may only leave a legacy of a public that’s better educated about the problem and the range of solutions available.

    “What we wanna do is to first educate the American people that this really is a crisis,” Bowles said. “This is the most predictable economic crisis in history. It’s going to happen if we don’t change. We’ve got to make sure people know this is real. And it’s big.”

    Educating the public? That’s all? No big solution? No action plan? It sounds like Bowles and Simpson are minimizing expectations in the face of a toxically partisan atmosphere and Washington’s legendary aversion to what both called the necessary “sacrifice” ahead.

    “We don’t care if move the ball one yard down the field,” Simpson said. “We’re gonna move the ball from where it is now. I don’t know where we’re goin’ if it doesn’t work. But they’re gonna know a lot more about their world than they do now. We’re not here to change the world.”

  • JanH

    Clinton hails ‘excellent’ talks with Barak

    (AFP) – 17 hours ago

    WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday hailed “excellent” talks with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak as Washington cautiously hoped to revive indirect Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

    A former Israeli premier who came close to striking a peace deal with the Palestinians a decade ago, Barak basked in the Washington limelight in contrast to the low-key welcome last month for hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    As Barak and the chief US diplomat stood smiling together, Clinton praised “an excellent, very constructive, positive conversation” with Barak before he left for more talks with his US counterpart Robert Gates.

    Barak meanwhile thanked US President Barak Obama’s administration for its “open-eyed approach to what should be done in the Middle East in order to push us all together, move together toward peace.”

    State Department spokeswoman Philip Crowley said Clinton, Barak, US envoy George Mitchell and Clinton’s top Middle East diplomat Jeffrey Feltman held 30 minutes of talks after teams from both sides met for 35 minutes.

    Mitchell has just returned from the region in a new bid to revive the indirect “proximity talks” that were aborted as soon as they started in March when Israel announced it would build new homes in east Jerusalem.

    But Crowley refused to say whether progress had been made by Mitchell or during the talks here on Tuesday.

    “We want to see them get into the proximity talks, and we’re not going to take anything for granted until that occurs,” Crowley told reporters after the Israeli-US meetings at the State Department.

    But the mood was strikingly upbeat as Clinton and Barak warmly joked and held each other like the old friends they said they were.

    And Barak was granted full media exposure, in contrast to the low-profile meetings he attended at the White House with Netanyahu last month, which broke down in a row over settlements in east Jerusalem, which is still unresolved.

    Barak and Clinton both made remarks before the cameras and Barak was due to have a press conference with Gates later.

    Last month Netanyahu did not even get a photo-op and a joint press appearance — the normal trappings for a visiting foreign leader.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iNQeM9n1BDyYKKc8GKLBDSq3aX-w

  • JanH

    Secretary Clinton and Former Secretary Madeleine Albright to Announce a New Partnership Between The Department of State and Partners for a New Beginning on April 27

    Office of the Spokesman
    Washington, DC

    April 26, 2010

    Tuesday morning, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will announce a new partnership between the Department of State and Partners for a New Beginning (PNB), a new group of eminent Americans who will reach out to the private sector and work in close coordination with the Department of State to advance programs between the United States and Muslim communities.

    Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will attend the announcement and serve as the Chairwoman of Partners for a New Beginning. PNB will be an independent, self-administered group, with the Aspen Institute serving as its Secretariat. Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson and Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company Muhtar Kent will serve as Vice-Chairs.

    The announcement will take place on April 27 at 10:45 a.m.

    http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2010/04/140869.htm

  • JanH

    Secretary Clinton Provides Update Regarding Iranian Nuclear Program

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vT2B98Wgq8

  • JanH

    Secretary Clinton Comments on U.S.-Syria Relations

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4CmaGixeT0&NR=1

  • JanH

    Secretary Clinton Provides Update on Events in Kyrgyz Republic

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDtHZAnaevs&NR=1

  • JanH

    a true leader…

    Secretary Clinton Press Availability in Tallinn, Estonia

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oL-zUfRvJsc&feature=channel

  • ABM90

    I wonder if Otrauma had anything to do with the cancelation of the VMI award ceremony for Hillary? Postponed until the fall.After the elections no doubt.A take on this anyone?

  • pm317

    Clinton visit to VMI postponed

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s appearance at Virginia Military Institute has been postponed until the fall.

    Clinton was scheduled to receive VMI’s Distinguished Diplomat Award on Wednesday. The school said Monday that the event will be rescheduled because Clinton is participating in a memorial service for civil rights pioneer Dorothy Height in Washington, D.C.

    Height died April 20 at Howard University Hospital.

    VMI says its event honoring Clinton likely will be held in October.

    — Associated Press

  • JanH

    “The school said Monday that the event will be rescheduled because Clinton is participating in a memorial service for civil rights pioneer Dorothy Height in Washington, D.C.”

    ———————–

    May this wonderful lady rest in peace.

  • JanH

    Obama and the press: The battling Bickersons

    By DOUG THOMPSON
    ——————————————————
    Barack Obama surfed into the White House on a giant wave of favorable press coverage, due in large part to his personal charisma.

    But Obama’s honeymoon with the press is over and relations between the White House and the press are chilly at best. Reporters say Obama is less accessible than Bill Clinton or even George W. Bush and anyone who dares write anything critical of Obama faces exile from West Wing sources.

    Politico says gripes from the media are increasing and the Obama White House is controlling, vindictive and hypocritical when it comes to living up to its pledge to be more open with both the press and the public.

    Reporters say a routine press question can unleash a “string of vitriolic emails” while a negative story draws “a profane high-decibel phone call — or worse.”

    Even Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is distant from the press.

    “It’s an odd White House where it’s easier to get the White House chief of staff on the phone than the White House press secretary,” one reporter told Politico.

    Despite his promises to be more open, Obama hasn’t held a press conference in 10 months. His comments about the press are often sarcastic and critical.

    The press corps is equally sarcastic and critical. At a recent press briefing, Gibbs said “this is the most transparent administration in the history of our country.”

    Loud, raucous laughter broke out among the reporters, along with some jeers.

    A growing number of reporters consider the Obama White House childish when it comes to reacting to negative stories or probing questions from reporters. Some refer to Gibbs’ press briefings as “amatuer hour.”

    Many reporters feel they were had by Obama and fell for his charm while failing to take a harder look at his inexperience. Instead of transparency, the Obama White House has become more standoffish than Bush’s and more secretive than any President in modern history.

    Bill Clinton held 252 informal Q&A sessions with reporters during his first year in office. George W. Bush managed 147. Obama? Just 46.

    One media outlet that’s not complaining is The New York Times. Other reporters complain that the Times is Obama’s favorite son and gets most of the leaks and scoops handed to them. On the other side, the White House has frozen out access to the Wall Street Journal since it was acquired by right-wing media magnate Rupert Murdoch.

    Obama’s double standard shouldn’t surprise anyone. The President has long been more style than substance and his growing list of broken promises is politics as usual in Washington.

    He came into office on a promise of change and the only promise he has delivered is proof of the old adage that the more things change the more they remain the same.

    http://www.capitolhillblue.com/node/26969

  • ShortTermer

    Perhaps the VMI honor would coincide with her birthday in October. That would be nice.

  • wbboei

    They rigged the game to defeat Hillary, inspire the No Nothing elements in the population, corrupted Big Media(which they own) and installed their shill Obama. The financial oligarchs. They used the exact same model to bring down other societies and to install puppet governments. The Colors Revolution (Bosnia), the Orange Revolution (Ukraine), the Rose Revolution(Georgia), as well as the failed revolutions–the Cedars Revolution (Lebanon) and Iran. The model is called The Dean Plan and has since been scrubbed from the internet. It should be called the Dean Plan. Therefore, the reform effort we now see in Congress, spear headed by people like too corrupt to run again Dodd, and controlled by the very people it supposedly regulates is yet another game of smoke and mirrors. Lest we forget, Goldman Sacks, the primary target of this investigation was Obama’s second largest contributor. Need I say more????? This article is a rehash, but the facts it recites bear repeating.
    —————————————————————————————-

    Bring In The Criminologists
    No Quarter

    By Linda Anselmi on April 28, 2010 at 8:30 AM in Current Affairs
    In May of 2009, Simon Johnson wrote in The Quiet Coup:

    If the IMF’s staff could speak freely about the U.S., it would tell us what it tells all countries in this situation: recovery will fail unless we break the financial oligarchy that is blocking essential reform. And if we are to prevent a true depression, we’re running out of time.

    We are now at May 2010, and how do things look? Not so good. Yes, we haven’t had another great depression. But there is a big old “yet” hanging over our heads. Because we are not through with this crisis. We have done virtually nothing to avoid the next one. And all the oligarchs are still in charge on Wall Street and in Washington.

    Two-thirds of Americans support stricter regulations on the way banks and other financial institutions conduct their business.

    But will we get it?

    There is now a Republican alternative to the Democrats reform bill, so Congress may finally passes financial regulatory reform. But will it do enough? Chris Dodd, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee and principal author of the Senate financial regulation bill, explains his bill thusly:

    I don’t restore Glass-Steagall in this bill. But we come pretty close to trying to at least push or cajole or lure institutions back to more core functions. Banks being banks. We’ve got to move this thing back, and I think we achieve a lot of that through this bill.

    Sad to think that the best they can do is try to ‘push’ or ‘cajole’ or ‘lure’ these financial institutions into behaving well. It really does show who is in charge. And unfortunately it’s not a Teddy Roosevelt type trust buster. They can’t even manage to utter some good trustbusting rhetoric.

    The MSM has dedicated itself to the partisan political battles, but have barely mentioned the Sherrod Brown and Ted Kaufman “SAFE banking Act” to bust up the big banks? What happened to hard core investigative journalism that would look into the bad politicians from both parties that helped to create and enable this mess. There is so much about this crisis and the system that created this crisis that we are just now learning. Like the credit rating agencies and what to do about them.

    As Paul Krugman points out:

    the e-mail messages you should be focusing on are the ones from employees at the credit rating agencies, which bestowed AAA ratings on hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of dubious assets, nearly all of which have since turned out to be toxic waste. And no, that’s not hyperbole: of AAA-rated subprime-mortgage-backed securities issued in 2006, 93 percent — 93 percent! — have now been downgraded to junk status.

    What those e-mails reveal is a deeply corrupt system. Andit’s a system that financial reform, as currently proposed, wouldn’t fix…

    Those seals of approval came to play a central role in our whole financial system, especially for institutional investors like pension funds, which would buy your bonds if and only if they received that coveted AAA rating.

    … In one e-mail message, an S.& P. employee explains that a meeting is necessary to “discuss adjusting criteria” for assessing housing-backed securities “because of the ongoing threat of losing deals.” Another message complains of having to use resources “to massage the sub-prime and alt-A numbers to preserve market share.” Clearly, the rating agencies skewed their assessments to please their clients.

    Fraud is not only at the heart of this crisis, it has infected every aspect. And yet no one in this administration or in Congress is using that word very much. Yes, the SEC filed a fraud complaint (civil suit) against one employee at Goldman, but will that do enough? Eliot Spitzer and William Black think not. While the fraud complaint:

    … points to fundamental problem in the financial sector that has been at the root of the financial crisis — one that still exists today. The market is not transparent. It has been fraudulently manipulated to enrich managers. Investors lack clear information to make decisions about what they are buying.

    We applaud the SEC lawsuit, but it will not solve the problem. Unless our financial system is reformed to put adequate protections and checks and balances in place, we can expect this kind of fraud to continue. Financial executives will continue to take risks they do not understand. Those who control the flow of capital will continue to churn out profits with socially disastrous consequences.

    So what should we do? Where do we go from here? And how do we gain transparency, end the fraud, and get rid of the oligarchs?

    Economist James Galbraith suggests:

    “Once you understand the implications of massively fraudulent practices,” said James Galbraith, a progressive economist at the University of Texas, “it changes the professional community that has the principal say about interpreting the crisis.”

    Economists, he said, should move into the background — and “criminologists to the forefront.”

    Which brings me to back to Bill Black. For a criminologist like Black, this was predicted and predictable. From The Great Global Bank Robbery – part 1.

    …the warnings of an “epidemic” of mortgage fraud, which began in 2003, were embraced by the FBI in 2004, and were supplemented by warnings of endemic appraisal fraud in 2005.

    By the time this crisis began economists (Akerlof & Romer 1993), regulators (Black 1993); and criminologists (Calavita, Pontell & Tillman 1997; Black 2003; Black 2005) had developed effective theories explaining why combining financial nonregulation and modern executive and professional compensation produced criminogenic environments that led to epidemics of accounting control fraud. We also explained why these were near perfect frauds and explained how control frauds used their compensation and hiring and firing powers to create a “Gresham’s” dynamic that allowed them to suborn the “independent” professionals that were supposed to serve as “controls” and transform them into allies.

    …we have recurrent, intensifying crises in so many nations. The principal cause is epidemics of “control fraud.” “Control frauds” are seemingly legitimate entities controlled by persons that use them as a fraud “weapon.” (The person that controls the firm is typically the CEO, so that term is used in this article.) A single control fraud can cause greater losses than all other forms of property crime combined. …Financial control frauds’ “weapon of choice” is accounting. … Its hostility to regulation, endorsement of opaque assets that lack readily verifiable market values, and support for executive compensation that creates perverse incentives to engage in accounting control fraud and optimizes fraudulent CEOs’ ability to convert firm assets to the CEO’s personal benefit have created a nearly perfect crime.

    Control fraud is deliberate and well planned. From The Great Global Bank Robbery – part 1.

    A lender optimizes accounting control fraud through a four-part recipe. Top economists, criminologists, and the savings and loan (S&L) regulators agreed that this recipe is a “sure thing” – producing guaranteed, record (fictional) near-term profits and catastrophic losses in the longer-term.

    The firm fails, but the officers become wealthy through:

    – Extremely rapid growth
    – Lending at high (nominal) yield to borrowers that will frequently be unable to repay
    – Extreme leverage
    – Providing grossly inadequate reserves against the losses inherent in making bad loans.

    Control frauds, either directly or indirectly through the perverse incentives their compensations systems create for loan officers, loan brokers, and mortgage brokers, cause, encourage, and accede to endemic appraisal fraud.

    In order to maximize their (fictional) accounting income, the nonprime lenders needed to induce others to send them massive quantities of relatively high yield mortgage loans with supporting appraisals, without regard to credit quality. The nonprime lenders created perverse incentives that produced a series of “Gresham’s” dynamics [cheats prosper at the expense of their honest competitors]. This did not require any formal agreement (conspiracy), which made it far easier to create an upstream echo epidemic and far harder to prosecute. Traditional mortgage underwriting has shown the ability to detect fraud prior to lending. The senior managers that controlled nonprime mortgage lenders that were control frauds, therefore, had to eliminate competent underwriting and suborn “controls” to pervert them into fraud allies.

    When the nonprime lenders gutted their underwriting standards and controls and paid brokers greater fees for referring nonprime loans they inherently created an intensely criminogenic environment for loan brokers and appraisers. The brokers’ optimization strategy was simple – refer as many relatively high yield mortgage loans as possible, as quickly as possible, with applications and made the borrower appear to qualify for the loan. The nonprime lenders, in essence, signaled their intention not to kick the tires and weed out even fraudulent loan applications and appraisals. I call this the financial version of “don’t ask; don’t tell” (a justly maligned U.S. military policy about gays serving in our armed services).

    We are doomed to keep repeating these crises as long as the Oligarchs are allowed to stay in place. More from the The Great Global Bank Robbery- part 2:

    …there is nothing fundamentally new about fraud schemes. The U.S. has long been complicit in refusing to crack down on the tax havens. The deal it made with UBS was scandalous. We have to end the “race to the bottom.” We can end it. It would do enormous good for the world in a wide range of spheres – and it would be immensely political popular. It would, however, enrage the richest Americans who evade taxes (but make political contributions).

    -snip-

    We face recurrent, intensifying economic crises (and economic stagnation for the working and middle class in the developed West) because our financial elites are unworthy. They are too often outright criminals – control frauds. They have no sense of accountability, no sense of duty to the nation (or community or world). … Their anti-regulatory, pro-greed ideology triumphed and produced a global Great Recession. And what do our elites do? They blame the least powerful citizens for the crisis the elites designed, implemented, and grew rich on.

    I’m tired of political and media spin. I’d like the truth. And I’d like the criminals to go to jail and their enablers removed from power. Without a thorough investigation, we can’t possibly learned enough about the who, what, when, where, why, and how of such a complex system to prevent a repeat or even bigger crisis.

    So, lets bring in the Criminologists.

    ___

    Video of Bill Black on Bill Moyer’s Journal can be seen here. And in case you missed this hard hitting five part series of interviews with Bill Black regarding how our government worked and still works – for wall street.

    Part 1: Psychopaths and Sociopaths in Charge

    Part 2: An Engorging Leech System

    Part 3: No Protection & No Prosecution

    Part 4: No Reregulation

    Part 5: Political Gold Mine
    ____

  • wbboei

    Correction: The Dean Plan should be called the Obama Plan.

  • JanH

    “The nonprime lenders, in essence, signaled their intention not to kick the tires and weed out even fraudulent loan applications and appraisals. I call this the financial version of “don’t ask; don’t tell” (a justly maligned U.S. military policy about gays serving in our armed services).”

    ——————–

    What a mess. “And still bambi’s twits are only going to try to at least push or cajole or lure institutions back to more core functions.” All the while wining and dining them and giving away the American “kitchen sink.”

    A non-starter that will cost…cost…cost…

  • JanH

    And all this so that he can have their support for 2012?

  • ShortTermer

    Not a single bill should be passed until after the midterm elections. With so many crooks, liars, and theives in charge, how could any bill anything other than corrupt and not in the best interest of the American citizens? None. Not even financial reform. And absolutely none with bipartisan support.

  • basement angel

    Well, for a totally horrorshow moment, check out the triumphal gear from the OFA website celebrating the passage of health insurance reform. This is pretty funny stuff:
    http://store.barackobama.com/health-care.html

    They’re a bunch of ten year olds. Unbelievable. I can’t imagine Bill or Hillary tolerating crap like this being made on their behalf.

  • Shadowfax

    Great post Admin!!

    As far as the young voters, I have a twentysomething son that was for the Fraud until I informed him of the corruption in the primary, so his way of going against his peer group, was to not vote in the General Election.
    I can tell ya, there is no way in hell that many young obots will feel that helping Dem congressfolks will save the Fraud in the long run. I don’t think many of them make the connection of the lame duck principle.

    Another thing the media doesn’t take into account in the 2% young voters that put the Fraud in the Whitehouse is all the work that was done by ACORN to ‘get out the vote’. Also, some adults I know, voted for the fraud because their kids thought He was going to be wonderful, honest and different than all the liar politicians on tv. I think very few will still feel that way, at least not as many are still guzzeling the kool-aid. I am in a total obot area, and things are really silent around these here parts.

    —Now to read all the comments today.

  • hwc

    Heh, heh, heh. To the clucking hens who are banking on a return to the fold of the Clinton coalition:

    I can only speak for my little slice of the Clinton Coalition, but I can assure the entire clucking hen house that my part of the Clinton coalition won’t be returning the Democratic Party fold anytime soon. Voting to Scott Brown to fill “Teddy’s Seat” was one of the most exhilarating votes I’ve ever cast.

    I’m going to work on the yellow dog Democrat family members to just stay home on election day. They are pretty down in the dumps. I’ll never get them to vote against even a yella dawg running as a Democrat, but maybe I can dampen their enthusiasm and keep them home.

  • hwc

    And, just to make myself perfectly clear to the clucking hens in the creative class: I would vote for Charles Manson in a heads-up election against Barack Obama.

  • Shadowfax

    I just hope to God that the 2012 election doesn’t come down to the Fraud vs Mitt!

    To me, those would be the worst possible choices. I would have to vote for the Independent…….

  • sirmrks

    I also found BP from taylor marsh. she took a bad hit population wise when she started supporting the won. many sought refuge here and stayed.
    still read there occasionally but BP is much more in touch with the audacity of obama and whats going on these days.

    I too am locked out of bitterpoliticz and wonder what happened to that site?

    admin does an awesome job of prediction as usual.

  • JanH

    Jerusalem mayor shunned by top US officials

    Following harsh statements against Obama Administration, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat’s request to meet with Clinton, Mitchell denied; Israeli official slams mayor’s remarks, says his actions undermine renewal of negotiations

    Yitzhak Benhorin Published: 04.28.10

    WASHINGTON – Mayor gets cold shoulder: The US Administration rejected Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat’s request to meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Special Mideast Envoy George Mitchell, Ynet has learned.

    Barkat, who is visiting Washington, continued his attacks on the US government Wednesday, further embarrassing the Netanyahu government. In an interview with MSNBC, the mayor said Israeli officials are uncertain about what the US attempts to signal. He added that what he termed bad American proposals will be futile in resolving the Mideastern conflict.

    In the interview, Barkat said his positions on the Jerusalem issue are identical to PM Netanyahu’s views; however, an Israeli official expressed anger at the mayor’s conduct “at such sensitive period in US-Israel ties, when every housing unit in Jerusalem gains prominence.”

    Uncoordinated meetings

    A senior Israeli official said “Jerusalem is a sensitive issue when we’re on the verge of entering talks.” Addressing Barkat’s visit and remarks, the official said: “He arrived here without any authority to engage in diplomatic issues and without any responsibility – he arrived and is causing damage.”

    On Tuesday, Barkat met American reporters and was quoted as saying that President Obama’s move constituted a slap in Israel’s face.

    While the Jerusalem mayor informed the Israeli embassy in Washington of his arrival, he independently coordinated meetings in Congress and with the US media, without coordinating his moves with Israeli diplomats in charge of these issues.

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3882201,00.html

  • emjem24

    Admin, thank you for again saying it LIKE IT IS and not the way Obeyme and his cult think it will turn out for them. The Obeyme Dims either are living in denial or are putting up a false front to convince both the American people and the political chattering class that they’ll always be in “power.” If it can happen to the hapless Repubs it can certainly happen to the Dims.

    I’ve gotta laugh about Obeyme and his politicos thinking that they can continue to rely on youth, Hispanic, and Black support. The youth vote is notoriously unreliable in mid-terms because they’re not sexy enough and these idiots have already gotten their “pay-off” in the national election. I’ve met so many youth in this country, as both a former teacher and student, to know that these people are so self-involved, ego-centric, and selfish that voting for a “fad” or somebody that appears “sexy,” “hip,” “cool,” or whatever is the only way to get these fickle people to the polls. Then there is the black vote who continue to vote for a party that keeps them down. I think the only reason that blacks vote for the Dims is to keep them in the entitlements they’re accustomed and to make the rest of us, who don’t want to be dependent, be just like them. Then there are the Hispanics, also hooked on dependency, but have more in common with Repubs social value wise. Hispanics are the fastest-growing minority group who face some of the same systemic societal problems (poverty, school drop out rate, unemployment, breakdown of the home) that Blacks do. Women, I can pretty much understand, given how both parties play up abortion, and so many women think that Dims protect their reproductive rights (which is patently untrue since a lot of these Dims are also into population control for minorities). These are the groups that are going to secure a Dim majority? I guess if they’re stupid, uneducated, and uninformed like most of the Obeyme zombies were.

    As a white, 34-year old, educated, conservative independent, I hate both these parties. I think both political parties are a lie. Both parties have allowed illegal immigration to fester and certain groups of people to become so dependent that they no longer have to work or pay taxes. These groups only have to vote for the Dims to secure their creature comforts at the expense of the hard-working, blue collar folks who think that an honest day’s work is what makes this country great. I still believe that, even though I’m unemployed, and have seen the havoc that both parties have created with loose trade policies, and the over regulation and taxation of industry.

    I think that Hillary needs to walk away from the Obeyme administration if she wants to preserve any remaining credibility. While I’m not a huge Hillary fan I didn’t appreciate the way she was portrayed by the liberal elites and those who supported Obeyme. I guess it just goes to show that people will put the blinders on and do whatever they have to (sell their soul, support a person who has no record or is pretty much untraceable) to support our very first black president (ick).

    I think the whole Obeyme presidency represents how vacuous, assinine, and superficial our whole country has become. We no longer vote in “leaders” but social experiments to make ourselves “feel better.” That may have worked in the counterculture 60’s but in today’s reality, that makes our country weaker without any kind of moral, economic, social, or political compass. We’re just a rudderless ship right now folks.

  • jbstonesfan

    G-d bless Barkat as he speaks the truth . Unlike Ehud Barak, who is trying to undermine Netanyahu, Barkat understand Jerusalem will never be divided under any Israeli government.

  • JanH

    So what has Obama accomplished this week???

    —————

    Secretary Clinton Meets With meeting with European Parliament President

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iro9OBMRd3w

  • JanH

    Secretary Clinton Meets With Israeli Defense Minister

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlWTkeoNndk

  • JanH

    Secretary Clinton Announces e-Mentor Corps initiative

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcfj41cttXc

  • JanH

    Secretary Clinton Addresses Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGbbogvV4mI&feature=channel

  • confloyd

    I see Hillary has teleprompters…but I don’t think she needs them…they are probably making her use them…it looks like they get in her way….to me!

  • confloyd

    Shadowfax…I agree Mittens is the pittens…..I would have to vote for Ron Paul or another independent…LOL!

    What ever happens I am sure both repub and dim will be giving us two globalists to choose from…that is what I believe will happen…so in essence unless we get Hillary it really won’t make a difference for the exception that we can make sure what ever the majority in the senate and congress is we must have the opposite for Potus…the globalists want to always make sure there is a super majority, THAT WE CAN FIGHT!

  • nomobama

    That foolishness is akin to a store which sells baby clothes only to virgins – there might be some curiosity value and foot traffic but the business model will not work.

    Very good article. I found the above quote to be particularly funny.

  • Shadowfax

    I agree with you confloyd on no more majority with the same prez, neither party can be trusted.

    Then again, the Dems just pulled reconciliation out of their xxxx hat and so now only 51% will be needed if any bucks are in the bill. They opened the flood gates to bad policy in the future for both parties.

    Yup, I am still waiting for our girl. I have a Hillary 2012 on my car, partly covering my Hillary for 2008 sticker. I have it on my back window so I get to watch the puzzlement in people’s eyes as they do a ‘doe in the headlights’…………may as well get them used to the idea, even if I have to add a third bumper sticker a joining it in 2016.

  • nomobama

    For those who mentioned the bitterpoliticz blog, Camille made it a private blog because of the nasty people who were attempting to access her site. I believe that she waa having to continually moderate comments to prevent the scumbots from posting their filth on her site. There are a core group of about 15 to 20 people who continue there. I post there every now and then. I like the people there, but it was turning into more of a social blog, and I wanted more news and interactionwith others who may not share my views. If you are interested in posting on her site, you can send her an email to request access. Just let her know your history at Taylor Marsh, and explain that you did not know how to access her new blog once it went private. The posters on that site are always happy when an x-Marshan turns up.

  • gonzotx

    This is what the fraud has been up Janh, it’s hilarious! A right on RNC add! Please embed Admin, and by the way, kudos on the post!

    OBAMA’S WILD RIDE

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWyS5xx5pYE

  • gonzotx

    YOU CAN REACH BITTERPOLITIZ BY CONTACTING CAMILLE BELOW
    *************

    camille4242@gmail.com
    **************

    It is more social but interesting

  • ShortTermer

    says, omg, I want Hillary’s earrings!

    FYI, we have lost our family doctor due to Obummer’s healthcare deform. We got a letter saying May 7th would be his last day. He and I had discussed the HCR and he told me the doctors would not let it pass…so much for the clout of doctors.

  • gonzotx

    BP does not have the hard hitting analysis of this blog, but is generally politically orientated and Hillary leaning.
    I will give you a heads up, sometimes people don’t see her or Bill’s support of the fraud in the same light as here lately.

  • dot48

    He came to my state to honor hard working, honest, men who gave their lives for their family. As the wife of a disabled coal miner, I really wanted to watch and honor the men and their families. However, I refused to do so. He is not a friend of coal, of clean coal, or us hicks from WVA. We didn’t need him or the gaff box here to help us honor our fallen. He wanted to take advantage of the photo op. He doesn’t care about W.Va.

    I read still ladies, just not here much. I’m on facebook now killing time in a new game called ‘mafia wars’. If any of you play just chat me at wvgal571@yahoo.com and I’ll you to my team.

    Adm…always on track with your articles

  • gonzotx

    Rasmussen: Majority of Latinos in Arizona support letting cops check for immigration status?

    http://tinyurl.com/2uatzof

  • JanH

    gonzotx
    April 28th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    —————–
    OMG! Too funny. 🙂

  • JanH

    dot48,

    I’ve missed you here. I’m so sorry for your coal miner “family” losses. So sad.

    Obama makes everything into a photo op.

  • turndownobama

    NYT — The Obama administration is proposing to open vast expanses of water along the Atlantic coastline, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the north coast of Alaska to oil and natural gas drilling, much of it for the first time[….]
    The proposal — a compromise that will please oil companies and domestic drilling advocates but anger some residents of affected states and many environmental organizations — would end a longstanding moratorium on oil exploration along the East Coast from the northern tip of Delaware to the central coast of Florida, covering 167 million acres of ocean.
    – NYT

    Reuters:
    “The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico and the fallout from the disaster are stark reminders that drilling for oil too close to Florida’s coastline imperils Florida’s economy, environment and security,” House members Bill Young and Kathy Castor wrote to the president.
    [….]
    They cited estimates that the massive oil slick, larger than West Virginia, will make its way to the Florida coastline by the weekend.

    “Fisheries, tourism, the health of the Gulf’s pristine beaches are all imperiled by this massive slick looming just 90 miles from the Florida Panhandle,” they wrote. “This disastrous event should alter the administration’s plan to bring oil rigs closer to Florida’s coastline.”

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has no plans to reconsider his proposal for new offshore oil drilling in the aftermath of an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the White House said on Friday.

    White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the administration had taken swift action to ensure the safety of workers and the environment after the spill, which on Thursday measured one mile by five miles.

    Asked whether Obama had second thoughts on offshore drilling, Gibbs said, “No.”

  • gonzotx

    From BP. I have heard that Jeb Bush, Rubio and Tom Ridge have all come out against the AZ bill. Let’s see, who is running for Senator and who wants to be President? Maybe they didn’t read that 63% of AZ Hispanics SUPPORT the AZ bill!

    Here is how Mexico deals with illegal immigration.

    —————————————————————

    Mexican President Felipe Calderon has accused Arizona of opening the door “to intolerance, hate, discrimination and abuse in law enforcement.” But Arizona has nothing on Mexico when it comes to cracking down on illegal aliens. While open-borders activists decry new enforcement measures signed into law in “Nazi-zona” last week, they remain deaf, dumb or willfully blind to the unapologetically restrictionist policies of our neighbors to the south.

    The Arizona law bans sanctuary cities that refuse to enforce immigration laws, stiffens penalties against illegal alien day laborers and their employers, makes it a misdemeanor for immigrants to fail to complete and carry an alien registration document, and allows the police to arrest immigrants unable to show documents proving they are in the U.S. legally.

    If those rules constitute the racist, fascist, xenophobic, inhumane regime that the National Council of La Raza, Al Sharpton, Catholic bishops and their grievance-mongering followers claim, then what about these regulations and restrictions imposed on foreigners?

    – The Mexican government will bar foreigners if they upset “the equilibrium of the national demographics.” How’s that for racial and ethnic profiling?

    – If outsiders do not enhance the country’s “economic or national interests” or are “not found to be physically or mentally healthy,” they are not welcome. Neither are those who show “contempt against national sovereignty or security.” They must not be economic burdens on society and must have clean criminal histories. Those seeking to obtain Mexican citizenship must show a birth certificate, provide a bank statement proving economic independence, pass an exam and prove they can provide their own health care.

    – Illegal entry into the country is equivalent to a felony punishable by two years’ imprisonment. Document fraud is subject to fine and imprisonment; so is alien marriage fraud. Evading deportation is a serious crime; illegal re-entry after deportation is punishable by ten years’ imprisonment. Foreigners may be kicked out of the country without due process and the endless bites at the litigation apple that illegal aliens are afforded in our country (see, for example, President Obama’s illegal alien aunt — a fugitive from deportation for eight years who is awaiting a second decision on her previously rejected asylum claim).

    – Law enforcement officials at all levels — by national mandate — must cooperate to enforce immigration laws, including illegal alien arrests and deportations. The Mexican military is also required to assist in immigration enforcement operations. Native-born Mexicans are empowered to make citizens’ arrests of illegal aliens and turn them in to authorities.

    – Ready to show your papers? Mexico’s National Catalog of Foreigners tracks all outside tourists and foreign nationals. A National Population Registry tracks and verifies the identity of every member of the population, who must carry a citizens’ identity card. Visitors who do not possess proper documents and identification are subject to arrest as illegal aliens.

    All of these provisions are enshrined in Mexico’s Ley General de Población (General Law of the Population) and were spotlighted in a 2006 research paper published by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Security Policy. There’s been no public clamor for “comprehensive immigration reform” in Mexico, however, because pro-illegal alien speech by outsiders is prohibited.

    Consider: Open-borders protesters marched freely at the Capitol building in Arizona, comparing GOP Gov. Jan Brewer to Hitler, waving Mexican flags, advocating that demonstrators “Smash the State,” and holding signs that proclaimed “No human is illegal” and “We have rights.”

    But under the Mexican constitution, such political speech by foreigners is banned. Noncitizens cannot “in any way participate in the political affairs of the country.” In fact, a plethora of Mexican statutes enacted by its congress limit the participation of foreign nationals and companies in everything from investment, education, mining and civil aviation to electric energy and firearms. Foreigners have severely limited private property and employment rights (if any).

    As for abuse, the Mexican government is notorious for its abuse of Central American illegal aliens who attempt to violate Mexico’s southern border. The Red Cross has protested rampant Mexican police corruption, intimidation and bribery schemes targeting illegal aliens there for years. Mexico didn’t respond by granting mass amnesty to illegal aliens, as it is demanding that we do. It clamped down on its borders even further. In late 2008, the Mexican government launched an aggressive deportation plan to curtain illegal Cuban immigration and human trafficking through Cancun.

    Meanwhile, Mexican consular offices in the United States have coordinated with left-wing social justice groups and the Catholic Church leadership to demand a moratorium on all deportations and a freeze on all employment raids across America.

    Mexico is doing the job Arizona is now doing — a job the U.S. government has failed miserably to do: putting its people first. Here’s the proper rejoinder to all the hysterical demagogues in Mexico (and their sympathizers here on American soil) now calling for boycotts and invoking Jim Crow laws, apartheid and the Holocaust because Arizona has taken its sovereignty into its own hands:

    Hipócritas.

  • gonzotx

    Dirty Ignorant Violence-Inciting Teabaggers Can’t Stop Calling Opponents Nazis
    —Ace
    Democrat: Arizona law like ‘Nazi Germany’

    Arizona illegal immigrant law is a Nazi measure says Catholic Archbishop Mahony

    (Newsweek) Arizona or Nazi Germany?

    Sharpton, other activists compare Arizona immigration law to apartheid, Nazi Germany and Jim Crow

    Roger Ebert Compares Arizona Immigration Bill To Nazi Germany

    NYT Former Reporter Greenhouse Fires on Arizona’s ‘Police State,’ Makes Nazi Comparison

    I’m sorry, but wasn’t it just a short month ago we were being piously instructed every ten minutes that branding an opponent a Nazi was the worst sort of overheated rhetoric, un-American and dangerous, and likely to provoke political violence?

  • rgb44hrc

    #
    confloyd
    April 28th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    I see Hillary has teleprompters…but I don’t think she needs them…they are probably making her use them…it looks like they get in her way….to me!
    &&&&

    When Hillary looks at a teleprompter, she thinks: “It’s too slow, the font is small, it’s got glare, it’s on the paragraph behind where I already am, and I don’t even need the fucking thing”.

    Obama thinks: “I wish that glare wasn’t interfering…and it’s slow, so I’ll have to fill it in with ums and ers. Maybe someday, I’ll actually learn the issues”.

  • kc

    Hi all!!

    That oil spill really irks me-I live off the SE Atlantic coast and shrimp season starts in a month. Bet the price will skyrocket. It makes no sense for Gibbs to say he has taken action to protect workers when 11 of them are dead. They must be counting on getting oil money for their next campaign. This is so disgusting.

  • confloyd

    This is actually the first time I have ever seen a teleprompter anywhere near Hillary…I think they are making her use them to counter his bad publicity for relying on them so much!

    She nor Bill needs teleprompters!

  • confloyd

    One thing for sure that I can see is that Hillary is working very hard…I don’t see that in the “one’s” face…He still looks like he just stepped out of GQ magazine…we know he doesn’t do any of the work…he just gets all the perks…hope we can limit those days to 2012′

  • kc

    Confloyd–you’re right. Hillary is the most prepared person I have ever seen. I think he’s smarting from being criticized. I read a piece today in Politico about how the White House press corps isn’t happy. In fact, it makes the White House sound like a dictatorship.

  • confloyd

    kc, I imagine the WH is pretty close to a dictatorship…with the “One” and with the pitbull Rahm. I imagine it their way or the highway!

  • ShortTermer

    Later today (it is early morning here) HR2499 will be voting on a step to bamboozle Puerto Ricans into forcing them into statehood as the 51st state. Let’s see: 4 million people who commit felonies will be able to vote for the Dims, 12 million or more illegal hispanics will be able to vote for the Dims, and soon 12 million, iirc, Puerto Ricans will be able to vote for the dims, as well as those who were already included in the base such as AA’s and the youth. Puerto Ricans have voted 3 times in my memory to NOT become a state; why would anyone want to be a part of all this corruption, chaos, and okie doking? The way the question is worded on the voting sheet the answer is predictable; it asks something like are you happy with the current status of Puerto Rico? The next ballot will not include that question because it would have already been answered; so the options left would be none that they would want with the best choice being to become a state.

    The idea is if you oppose the idea of PR becming a state, then you are RACIST!!!!

    Working in real estate in FL for the past several years, I can tell you firsthand that it would be so easy to take advantage of those from Puerto Rico who do not speak English; and some have taken advantage of them. The ones I have encountered have all been such very nice people and conservative and very religious. This administration is setting them up as a tool for the 2010 and 2012 election.

  • wbboei

    “You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into… the Twilight Zone.”

    Example: Obama forces call in storm troopers to protect civil society from the perils and depredations of grandmothers plotting full scale revolution at a tea party event in Springfield Ma. This while Bill Ayers carries on like a celebrity, far from the madding crowd and the sound of exploding nail bombs. All in a days work for Obama.

    http://www.redstate.com/moe_lane/2010/04/29/swat-troops-against-an-army-of-grandmas/

  • confloyd

    I’ve read two interesting claims regarding Hillary’s future tonight.
    1) When she steps down as SOS she will start a foundation similar to Bill’s with the exception it will be for women/children.
    2) Biden is going to step down and Hillary will be VP for 2012…one person was very, very sure this was going to happen, LOL!

    Interesting, but I’d rather it be Obama that steps down instead of Biden…

  • confloyd

    I would just really like to know where everyone is tonight…I am here stuck at work unable to play games on Facebook and post demeaning things about politics and agrevate my republican friends on it…Oh well I guess everyone is in bed..where I will be in the morning LOL!

  • ABM90

    Busy day for Hillary while the “DumbCluck” is flying around the country hunting photo ops and out of reach for questions.

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    hursday Public Appointment Schedule: SOS Hillary Clinton
    April 29, 2010
    tags: Daily Schedule, Hillary Clinton, Secretary Clinton’s Daily Appointments, Secretary of State, State Departmentby stacyx
    .
    8:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton calls Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo.

    10:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton attends the Funeral for Dr. Dorothy Height, at the Washington National Cathedral.

    1:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a Bilateral Meeting with Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, at the Department of State.

    3:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends a Meeting, at the White House.

    4:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with President Obama, at the White House.

    6:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton hosts the Annual Reception for Donors to the Diplomatic Reception Rooms, at the Department of State.

    7:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton delivers Remarks at the American Jewish Committee Annual Gala Dinner, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

  • wbboei

    The idea that Hillary would be reading her remarks from a teleprompter is not natural and if it is true then it suggests to me that this Administration sees the damage that has been done to its reputation with the Jewish community, and is desperately attempting to monitor every word, sound and syllable coming out of the mouth of everyone in the administration including Hillary. This is a stifling environment for her to be in because she loses her voice, which is needed to restore confidence to the system. As Kotch pointed out the problem here is Obama and for that congressional letter to be sent to her after he is the one setting policy, he is the one sending dog whistle sounds to the Taliban et. al., and when he is the one who publicly disgraced the leader of Israel thereby aiding and abetting those who want to turn the entire world against that oasis of democracy in a desert of human rights and autocratic arab governments, is symptomatic of the corruption which exists in our own political system. As far as what Hillary’s future plans are concerned, speculation is all over the board. The truth is nobody knows, and that may even include Hillary herself. Much depends on the rapidity of his fall from grace, and for the moment at least it is not happening fast enough. He is destroying the future of this country, and too many people are oblivious to this undeniable fact–undeniable to anyone who comprehends the big picture.

  • JanH

    very sweet…

    This book came out in February:

    The Hillary Clinton Story: How a Girl with a Vision rose to the Center Stage of the World (Great Heroes) (Paperback)

    http://www.amazon.com/Hillary-Clinton-Story-Vision-Center/dp/0981954286%3FSubscriptionId%3DAKIAIE4IH63WQNI24PBA%26tag%3Ddaibrenew-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3D0981954286

  • JanH

    Peter Funt: Clinton’s Newsweek cover unflattering

    04/29/2010

    The adage at Newsweek magazine must be: A picture is worth a thousand complaints.
    Newsweek’s current cover will likely bring that many objections from Hillary Clinton alone. Clinton has been depicted in more than her share of unflattering photos — even without any consideration of the pantsuit thing. But Newsweek’s cover image on the May 3 issue may be her worst yet, and it brings into focus the power of photo editing, even in a medium that supposedly never lies.

    The photo in question, credited to Charles Ommanney via Getty Images, was taken at a NATO conference in Estonia, which may explain Clinton’s tense expression and apparent fatigue in the fairly tight close-up. It is used to illustrate Newsweek’s report titled, “Obama’s Bad Cop,” or, as the cover line describes the secretary of state, “the president’s steely messenger.”

    Imagine you’re Newsweek’s photo editor, with dozens, perhaps hundreds of images of Hillary Clinton from which to choose. Is it journalistically proper to hunt for an image that looks particularly “steely”? Would it confuse readers if someone called “Bad Cop” was smiling?

    A full-page photo by Alex Wong, used by Newsweek on an inside page, shows Clinton with an equally stern expression, but because of a favorable angle and softer focus, it is considerably more flattering than the cover image.

    The very act of snapping a photo requires editorial judgment about such things as focus, lighting, exposure, angle and background. The process

    It gets more complicated when editors must crop, position and even retouch the image, while deciding if it is appropriate to the accompanying story and fair to the person depicted.
    The unwritten rule among news professionals is that reasonably flattering images are used when available, unless the subject is a hated criminal. It’s too easy to find unflattering photos, if that’s the objective, especially when it comes to politicians and celebrities.

    Newsweek’s editors seem to enjoy challenging this convention. Last November they used a photo of Sarah Palin from Runner’s World magazine on the cover, angering some critics who felt the image of Palin in jogging shorts was presented in a misleading context. During the ’08 campaign, Newsweek ran a Palin cover photo that was enlarged so much it seemed to intentionally draw attention to unwanted facial hair, pores and wrinkles.

    There’s been a lot of discussion lately about how celebrities are depicted in magazine photos. In an odd bit of pushback against photo enhancement, Jessica Simpson appears on the May cover of Marie Claire magazine without retouching or makeup; Kim Kardashian is similarly unretouched in the May Harper’s Bazaar.

    There’s no evidence that Newsweek’s editors added wrinkles to Clinton’s face for the current cover, but they didn’t remove any either. Washingtonian magazine was kinder to Clinton’s boss last year, but out of line, when it depicted President Obama in a beach scene, with Photoshop-enhanced skin tone and swim trunks changed from black to a sexier shade of red.

    It’s unethical for magazines to alter news images without full disclosure to readers. It’s less clearcut, but nonetheless troubling, if editors intentionally opt for unflattering photos when better alternatives are available.

    So what’s fair and balanced when it comes to magazine images? Not much. Photos never lie, but that doesn’t mean they always tell the truth.

    http://www.montereyherald.com/opinion/ci_14981759

  • wbboei

    It’s unethical for magazines to alter news images without full disclosure to readers. It’s less clearcut, but nonetheless troubling, if editors intentionally opt for unflattering photos when better alternatives are available
    —————————-
    When they air brush the photos of the Little Dictator and they select an unflattering non representative photo of her they commit fraud on the public. That is the business Newseek is in, and it is why people with judgment ignore them.

  • turndownobama

    Hey, Puerto Rico voted for Hillary in the 2008 primary.

    But as to them becoming a state, maybe they’d better ask how that’s working out for Alaska.

  • ShortTermer

    turndownobama, this vote today is a trick to make the next vote a no choice but statehood vote. Puerto Ricans have voted consistently against statehood. But Obummer and the dims need the minority votes; he is about to bamboozle them. The vote today will be to get them to vote on whether they are happy with the status quo, thinking the only reasonable answer would be ‘no.’ Then the next ballot would not have that choice on it and the most appealing choice would be statehood; bomboozling at its best. They did support Hillary, but they will support dims in the absence of Hillary. While on the bus to DC to protest for the FL vote in the primary;the latino group sponsored the bus. They were calling home to Puerto Rico to raise their awareness of what was going on and to elicit their support.
    This vote will intensify the call of racist, Republican, and anti-American against those who oppose it. Un-freaking-believable. How low will they stoop???????

  • JanH

    hmmm…so obama wants to do a power land/voter grab with Puerto Rico. Will any country come down on them as they have with Israel and their “so-called” land grabs? Maybe Puerto Rico should be given back to Spain?

    …In 1898, during the Spanish–American war, Puerto Rico was invaded and subsequently became a possession of the United States.

  • rgb44hrc

    FOOLS, AND DAMN FOOLS

    What a loser…

    examiner.com/x-22397-Providence-Business-Headlines-Examiner~y2010m4d29-Patrick-Kennedy-shut-off-by-bartender-Kennedy-does-vodka-shots-calls-Obama-best-president-ever

    Patrick Kennedy shut off by bartender: Kennedy does vodka shots, calls Obama “best president ever”
    ===================

    April 29, 8:48 AM

    Patrick Kennedy is in the news again, this time for reportedly getting shut off at a Washington, DC bar for having one too many vodka shots.

    His drinking binge at the Capitol Lounge on late Tuesday night happened just hours after he was honored his work on mental health issues at a fundraising dinner.

    A tipster reported to the long time Capitol Hill newspaper, The Roll Call, that Congressman Kennedy walked into the Capitol Lounge and proceeded to down shots with the tipster and friend at the popular DC bar.

    After slamming down the first round, another was ordered, then a third. Our tipster and his friend stopped doing shots, but Kennedy drank three more until the bartender cut him off, at least from obtaining any more shots.

    The tipster told The Roll Call that Kennedy was in a good mood and was boasting about President Barack Obama, calling him “the best president ever.”

    The tipster apparently asked in return, “Wait a second. What about your uncle?” to which Patrick Kennedy responded, “Oh yeah! Good one”.

    Hours before his evening of throwing back vodka shots, Congressman Kennedy spoke of his own substance abuse experience at a fundraising dinner for a local DC charity that helps low-income women battle homelessness and drug addiction.

    Kennedy spoke to the attendees about the night in n 2006 when he crashed his car into a Capitol Hill barricade and subsequently headed to rehab for a prescription drug addiction.

    Democrat Patrick Kennedy, 42, announced in February that he will not seek re-election for Congress. He currently represents the 1st congressional district of Rhode Island. Since his father, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, passed away in August 2009, Patrick Kennedy has been showing signs of what some have recognized as erratic behavior, including a recent tirade on the House floor in March.

  • rgb44hrc

    THROWIN’ THE BUMS OUT

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/28/AR2010042803498.html

    Republicans hope to win three symbolic Senate seats
    =====================================

    By Karen Tumulty
    Thursday, April 29, 2010

    Every now and then, there comes a congressional race so fraught with history and symbolism that it becomes as much about sending a message as winning a seat.

    This year, Republicans are looking to hit the trifecta in the Senate.

    As things stand now, they are well within striking distance of winning President Obama’s old seat in Illinois and Vice President Biden’s former perch in Delaware, and of toppling Majority Leader Harry M. Reid in Nevada.

    “I call them the trophy seats,” said Sen. John Cornyn (Tex.), who heads the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Winning all three would affirm a GOP resurgence and announce — as Scott Brown did, when he won a January special election for the late Edward M. Kennedy’s Senate seat in Massachusetts — that Democrats aren’t safe anywhere anymore.

    As is the case pretty much everywhere in the country, Republican candidates in Cornyn’s three “trophy” races are the beneficiaries of a sour national mood. But Illinois, Delaware and Nevada also present unique sets of problems for the Democrats.

    In Illinois, the seventh most heavily Democratic state in the nation, the party generally wins statewide races in a walk. But this year, it has picked a nominee whose background could hardly be less suited to the times. He is state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, whose failed family-owned bank was seized last Friday night by federal regulators. He is now running about even in the polls with moderate Republican Rep. Mark Kirk, who outraised him by $1 million in the first quarter of 2010.

    All of this has created an awkward situation for the White House. That Team Obama seems incapable of arranging an orderly handoff in the president’s home state has many in both parties wondering about the acumen of an operation whose top strategist, David Axelrod, was the premier Democratic political consultant there and whose chief of staff has designs on being mayor of Chicago. “Illinois is the political machine of Rahm Emanuel and company, and they couldn’t get their act together to run a serious candidate?” said Republican activist Grover Norquist.

    “We don’t run the Democratic Party in Illinois,” Axelrod insisted. “We don’t designate the candidates.” Nonetheless, the White House had tried last year to recruit popular Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to run for the seat; she said no. A messy five-way primary in February delivered a 39 percent plurality to Giannoulias, whose star had seen a precipitous decline since the 2006 state treasurer campaign, in which Obama appeared in a television ad hailing his friend as “one of the most outstanding young men that I could ever hope to meet.”

    In happier times — including on the day of the 2008 election — Giannoulias was a regular companion of the future president on the basketball court. But the White House is now keeping its distance.

    Despite Giannoulias’s entreaties, Obama has not campaigned for him; he was at the president’s town hall meeting in downstate Illinois on Wednesday, but only in his capacity as a state official.

    If the problem for Democrats in Illinois is their own nominee, their obstacle in trying to hold onto Biden’s old seat in Delaware is the likely Republican one. “Literally, there’s one Republican in all of Delaware who could win a statewide race, and that’s Mike Castle,” said one Biden adviser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

    When Biden loyalist Ted Kaufman was appointed to keep his former boss’s seat warm until this year’s special election, pretty much everyone assumed it eventually would go to Biden’s son Beau, the state attorney general, who in the meantime was deploying to Iraq with the National Guard. But then Castle — the state’s lone congressman and a former governor — announced he was running. The younger Biden, upon further consideration, took a pass, deciding he still had work to do in Delaware.

    Democrats found a credible candidate in New Castle County Executive Chris Coons, who is casting himself as an outsider. He’s also trying to convince Delawareans that their nine-term congressman is not the moderate they think he is, but rather someone who is “too often following the dictates of the Republican congressional leadership.” Still, Coons acknowledged in an interview after his official announcement last week that he knows Republicans will be pushing hard for the bragging rights that would come with winning Biden’s seat. “How’d I get so lucky?” he asked.

    No one, however, will be feeling that pressure as strongly as the beleaguered Senate majority leader, the Republicans’ top target this year. Polls show Reid running double digits behind his likely opponent, casino owner Sue Lowden, a former state GOP chairman, television newscaster and Miss America runner-up.

    But Lowden is not the most disciplined of candidates, and Republicans are starting to worry that she might give the famously gaffe-prone Reid a run for his money in that department as well. She has suggested, for instance, that people might barter for their health care, saying: “In the olden days, our grandparents, they would bring a chicken to the doctor.” Her idea has been mocked across the Internet and even by Jay Leno. “If that’s how [Republicans] are going to get their trophies, they’re in trouble,” said Sen. Robert Menendez (N.J.), Cornyn’s Democratic counterpart.

    Reid is a tough campaigner, and his best hope may be to bring the focus of his race back to Nevada — specifically, to what it means to be represented by the majority leader.

    “You can’t drive around any part of this state without seeing something Senator Reid has done for it,” said Jon Summers, his spokesman.

    This is not the first time individual races have taken on such national resonance, though it is difficult to recall when so many did so in a single election cycle. In 1994, Newt Gingrich (Ga.) and his fellow Republicans topped off their electoral triumph by defeating Thomas S. Foley in Washington state — marking the first time that a House speaker had lost an election since the eve of the Civil War. A decade later, the giant slain was Senate Minority Leader Thomas A. Daschle (D), who lost his bid for a fourth term in South Dakota and became the first Senate leader in more than half a century to be turned out of office. With attention and resources pouring in from all over the country, “it has the feel of a presidential primary,” Daschle says. “The stakes are high. The emotions run even higher.”

    Still, Republicans know they are unlikely to pick up the 10 seats they need to win back the chamber. As Cornyn notes, their strong position today may not last all the way to November. “The cautionary note for us is that while independents are listening again, they’re not yet back in love with Republicans,” he said. “So while this election will be in large part a referendum on the national scene and on unpopular policies coming from Washington, we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

  • Shadowfax

    rgb44hrc

    THROWIN’ THE BUMS OUT

    Every now and then, there comes a congressional race so fraught with history and symbolism that it becomes as much about sending a message as winning a seat.

    This year, Republicans are looking to hit the trifecta in the Senate.

    As things stand now, they are well within striking distance of winning President Obama’s old seat in Illinois and Vice President Biden’s former perch in Delaware, and of toppling Majority Leader Harry M. Reid in Nevada.

    ———-
    This would be my second choice, my first would be for good centralists to run as Independents and win most of the toppled seats in the House and Senate. I would like to see the Dems and Repugs on a very tight leash.

    I would love everyone in congress to worry about their job in 2016 if they still have it after November.

    I am a strong believer in THROW ALL THE INCUMBENTS OUT, IN BOTH PARTIES…ESPECIALLY THE DEMS.

    I only have one Female dem in my state that I will vote FOR, and I also want to vote all the congress out in my state too.

    Jack up the bus…………

  • ShortTermer

    In reference to Rubio’s huge lead over Gov Charlie Crist here in Florida, Crist has determined to leave the Republican Party and run as an Independent. This could split the vote and cause Kendrick Meek-D win. Not acceptable. Crist just can not understand that by Rubio having such a huge lead it means that the voters have rejected him since he became so close to Obummer.

  • gonzotx

    If you remember Bush tried to legalize the illegals when he was president. Everyone wants the Hispanic vote. Who will stand for America? Throw all the bums out I say. UPI came out with a poll,a national one today, I will try to find it. Rush was talking about it on the radio. 70% of American’s support the AZ bill, 70%, but not are so called leaders.
    **************************

    Karl Rove Has Reservations About Arizona Law

    Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 03:01 PM Article

    By: Dan Weil

    Karl Rove, who was chief political strategist for President George W. Bush, believes the new Arizona immigration law may be unconstitutional.

    “I think there are going to be some constitutional problems with the bill,” he said in a speech at an Orlando senior community, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

    “I wished they hadn’t passed it, in a way. At the end of the day, I think there are better tools. But I understand where it’s coming from.”

    The new rules require police officers to check the status of any immigrants they reasonably suspect to be here illegally and arrest them if they can’t prove they are here legally.

    Rove condemned comments of critics, including President Obama, that the law will cause police officers to use racial profiling.

    “These are modern police forces that respect the rights of people in their communities,” he said.

    “They’re going to do it on the basis of reasonable suspicion that these people are here illegally, like they’re driving a car with a Mexican license plate, or they can’t speak English, or they don’t have a driver’s license.”

    On Tuesday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush became the first top national Republican figure to oppose the law.

    “I think it creates unintended consequences,” he told Politico. “It’s difficult for me to imagine how you’re going to enforce this law. It places a significant burden on local law enforcement and you have civil liberties issues that are significant as well.”

    Bush explains that, after he gave a speech Monday night, a Hispanic man expressed his concern that the law will foster racial discrimination and unfair targeting of Hispanics.

    “He said, ‘My parents live here, my grandparents live here — I’m Mexican-American. I could be picked up.’”

    The uproar that sparked the Arizona bill is understandable, Bush says. But he maintains that immigration should remain a federal issue.

    “I don’t think this is the proper approach,” he said.

  • admin

    NEW ARTICLE IS UP.

  • HillaryforTexas

    JanH, the media has always done their best to try to make beautiful Hillary look crappy. Meanwhile, look at the current pic of Nasty Pelosi on the cover of Capitol File.

    The saddest thing about this is that Nasty and the mag are swearing up and down that this photo was NOT photo-shopped. Puhleeze, that thing was airbrushed within an inch of its life! She didn’t look that good when she was six-freaking-teen, much less now.

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/blogs/yeas-and-nays/Vogue_-Cover-girl-Pelosi-looking-rather-airbrushed-in-D_C_-glossy-92327844.html

  • gonzotx

    Wednesday, April 28, 2010

    Deconstructing the Outrage [Victor Davis Hanson]

    I have been trying to collate all the furor over the Arizona law, much of it written by those who do not live in locales that have been transformed by illegal immigration. These writers are more likely to show solidarity from a distance than to visit or live in the areas that have been so radically changed by the phenomenon.

    On the unfortunate matter of “presenting papers”: I have done that numerous times this year — boarding airplanes, purchasing things on a credit card, checking into a hotel, showing a doorman an I.D. when locked out, going to the DMV, and, in one case, pulling off a rural road to use my cell phone in a way that alarmed a chance highway patrolman. An I.D. check to allay “reasonable suspicion” or “probable cause” is very American.

    On the matter of racial profiling: No one wishes to harass citizens by race or gender, but, again unfortunately, we already profile constantly. When I had top classics students, I quite bluntly explained to graduating seniors that those who were Mexican American and African American had very good chances of entering Ivy League or other top graduate schools from Fresno, those who were women and Asians so-so chances, and those who were white males with CSUF BAs very little chance, despite straight A’s and top GRE scores. The students themselves knew all that better than I — and, except the latter category, had packaged and self-profiled themselves for years in applying for grants, admissions, fellowships, and awards. I can remember being told by a dean in 1989 exactly the gender and racial profile of the person I was to hire before the search had even started, and not even to “waste my time” by interviewing a white male candidate. Again, the modern university works on the principle that faculty, staff, and students are constantly identified by racial and gender status. These were not minor matters, but questions that affected hundreds of lives for many decades to come. (As a postscript I can also remember calling frantically to an Ivy League chair to explain that our top student that he had accepted had just confessed to me that in fact he was an illegal alien, and remember him “being delighted” at the news, as if it were an added bonus.)

    On the matter of equality, fairness, and compassion, it is even more problematic. Literally thousands of highly skilled would-be legal immigrants from Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe wait patiently while others cut in front and illegally obtain what others legally wait for — residence in the U.S. Meanwhile, millions of Mexican-American, African-American, and poor white citizens have seen their wages fall because of competition from illegal aliens who will work for far less compensation. It is a bit strange that those of the upper classes are outraged over Arizona without empathy for entry-level U.S. workers or lower-middle-class taxpayers who end up paying the most for illegal immigration. But then, those who express the most moral outrage often are the least sensitive to the moral questions involved (see next).

    On matters of Mexico’s outrage: The Mexican government has a deliberate policy of exporting human capital on a win/win/win/win logic: Dissidents leave central Mexico in a safety-valve fashion; Mexico saves on social services; remittances come back as the second largest source of foreign exchange; and a growing expatriate, lobbying community becomes nostalgic and fonder of Mexico the longer it is absent from it. To hide all this, the Mexican government usually plays the racial prejudice card, although most arrivals from Oaxaca will tell you that racism is more perncious in Mexican society than north of the border. This is a government, after all, that cannot provide the security, legal framework, or social services for indigenous peoples in its central interior but has no such problems when it is a question of attracting affluent North Americans to live in second homes along its picturesque coasts.

    There is plenty of cynicism involved — not on the part of the exasperated voters of Arizona, but rather from domestic political, religious, ideological, and ethnic interests that in patronizing fashion seek new dependent constituents; from Mexico that in amoral fashion censures others for the sins it commits; and from a strange nexus between corporate employers and ethnic lobbyists who see their own particular profit and influence enhanced through the ordeal of millions of poor aliens, and the subsidies of the strapped and now to be demonized taxpayer.

  • ShortTermer

    In RE to: HillaryforTexas
    April 29th, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Looks to me like they morphed Pelooooosi’s better features from a younger photo into a photo of younger Katie Couric, nasty Katie Couric, yuck. And double yuck!!!!!

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