Absolute Failure: Lance Orton Versus Faisal Shahzad And Big Media

We might be in love. It’s election day in several states and we should write about that, but we might be in love. Who is the object of our affection (sigh)? The object of our affection is an ill, potentially homeless, disabled leg, old, African-American, Vietnam Veteran who is a street vendor of dubious products (sigh).

If we weren’t so potentially in love we would today ask unpleasant questions such as:

Why once again, with the arrest of Faisal Shahzad as the attempted Times Square bomber, there has been an absolute failure of Barack Obama’s “Homeland Security” keystone kops? The “crotch” bomber and now this attempted bombing in Times Square failed due to defective plans not because of any prevention measures by authorities. For all the “security” humiliations Americans are subjected to we are about as secure under Barack Obama as sleeves on a dress when Michelle Obama is angry. A fireball explosion and a plane blowing up what remains of Detroit have only been prevented by sheer luck, not our keystone kop fake security which increasingly turns Americans into gulled security cows waiting for slaughter.

Absolute failure on the part of those who allowed Faisal Shahzad to jump through the immigration hurdles and become a naturalized American citizen about a year ago. Decent people have difficulties and intrusive humiliations thrust upon them to legally immigrate to this country but a murderous demon is awarded much coveted citizenship status. But a self-confessed, trained in Pakistan on bomb making terrorist, is allowed to become an American citizen.

Absolute failure to apologize. When will those (like Michael Bloomberg and the usual DailyKooks and Nutroots) that smeared the Tea Party activists (Obama health scam opponents were smeared too) ever apologize? These “get whitey, absolve Islamic terrorists” squads immediately attacked the idea of yet another Islamic terror attempt and preferred to immediately dismiss any connection to organized terrorism – for their own foolish notion that somehow it’s those middle class Tea Party Americans who are to blame for everything bad. The buck stops with Barack Obama who continues to spout his “teabag” homophobia and misogyny verbiage.

But we won’t explore those questions of Absolute Failure by Barack Obama on Oil Slicks and the economy (on a day the markets plunged over European economic fears), the day’s elections (we might update on this topic however), or the Faisal Shahzad bomber story.

We won’t even focus on the eight arrests in Pakistan in connection with the attempted bombing; won’t discuss the new polls showing over 60% of Americans (Islamic terrorists excluded) support the new Arizona illegal immigration law; won’t discuss the, typical for CNN, attempt to excuse the Islamic terrorist as a victim of American foreclosure “heartaches”; nor will we discuss the bigotry and bias of those who decry bigotry and bias – such as Contessa Brewer:

“BREWER: I mean the thing is is that and I get frustrated and there was part of me that was hoping this was not going to be anybody with ties to any kind of Islamic country because there are a lot of people who want to use this terrorist intent to justify writing off people who believe in a certain way or come from certain countries or whose skin color is a certain way. I mean they use it as justification for really outdated bigotry.

And so there was part of me was really hoping this would not be the case that here would be somebody who is not the defined. I mean he’s accused he’s arrested you know I don’t want to convict him before it’s time to do so. He’s the guy authorities say is involved. But that being said I mean we know even in recent history you have the Hutaree militia from Michigan who have plans to let’s face it create terror.

That’s what they were planning to do and they were doing so from far different backgrounds then what this guy is coming from. So, the threat is not just coming from people who decide that America is the place to be and you know come here and want to become citizens. Obviously this guy did.”

Keep blaming Tea Party activists you bigot Contessa Brewer. Contessa Brewer is a bigot shouting “bigot” at those who disagree with her.

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But we are not going to discuss any of that, we are potentially in love.

The name of our burning love is Lance Orton. Yes, Lance Orton. Forget Zac or Lindsey, or Cate, or Brad, or Jake, or Bieber, or the Jonas’, or Angelina, or Demi, – forget them all. We’re in love with Lance Orton. There, we said it.

Who is Lance Orton? “Who is Lance Orton” you ask?

Well some are trying to smear Lance Orton as “grumpy”. Instead of taking him seriously, instead of gratitude and listening to what he says, insults are dished. Who is Lance Orton – Lance Orton is the hero of Tiimes Square who Big Media will both smear and ignore.

Here is the snarky New York Times account about hero Lance Orton:

“About 12 hours had passed since a T-shirt vendor in Times Square had alerted police to a suspicious S.U.V. that was packed with a bomb. But by 7 a.m. Sunday, with the S.U.V. towed away and the streets safe and reopened, the vendor was tired, cranky and reluctant to say much about his feat.

“I’m fed up,” said the vendor, who declined to give his name as he headed toward a taxicab in Times Square around 7 a.m. “We’ve been up since 6 a.m. of yesterday morning.”

The vendor, who was swarmed by television cameras, wore a name tag around his neck that identified him as Lance Orton. A law enforcement official confirmed that his first name was Lance.”

Lance Orton, who did more than the entire vaunted “security” apparatus of the United States under the boot of Barack Obama is described as “cranky” and not willing to discuss his life saving actions. Why? Why is Lance Orton, a life saving hero treated as a crank by Big Media? Let’s continue with the Times“coverage”:

“The vendor had seen smoke billowing from the rear of the S.U.V., which was parked awkwardly near the curb and was running, shortly before 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Within moments, the vendor alerted a mounted police officer; the officer smelled gunpowder near the car and an evacuation of Times Square was ordered.

Around 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, the vendor and several others he worked with collected the T-shirts and tables they had abandoned on 45th Street and Broadway when Times Square was first evacuated. After collecting his belongings, the vendor walked down 45th Street in search of a taxicab to take him home.

I’m not going to say nothing, I’m not going to say nothing,” he said when first approached by a gaggle of reporters.

As he walked down the street, employees from Junior’s restaurant stood outside applauding him. He briefly entered the restaurant before heading toward 44th Street.

He walked with a limp, had a cane, wore a white fedora and had a hoop earring in his right ear.”

Oh, let’s face it, we love the lug. But why so much disdain by Big Media (the New York Times coverage was typical) towards a true hero? Well for one thing the Big Media bigots know our love object is a poor black man who smells of Tea, and he is a Vietnam Veteran. But there is something deeper than the class bigotry displayed towards our unemployed heart throb:

“When asked if he was proud of his actions, he said: “Of course, man. I’m a veteran. What do you think?”

The vendor said that he had served during the Vietnam War and had been selling wares on the street for about 20 years.

“I don’t have too much of a choice, nobody’s giving me a job,” he said.

He said that he was reluctant to speak with members of the media because they had twisted his words when they interviewed him in recent years.

He got into the back seat of the taxi, took off his hat and used it to fan his face.

Before he left, he was asked what he had to say to New Yorkers.

“See something, say something,” he said.”

The marvelous “sound bite” which displays a canny intelligence has been played repeatedly by Big Media broadcast outlets. But what of that intriguing truth Lance Orton spoke? We have not heard much of that truth from Big Media bigots.

Lance Orton stated that he did not want to speak with Big Media because in previous articles he had been quoted as saying the opposite of what he actually had said. So instead of introspection, Big Media belittles the great hero who is no fool.

Lance Orton knows what we know, from first hand experience – Big Media cannot be trusted. For stating that truth, Lance Orton, and we, are belittled and mocked. But the truth is we are right, Lance Orton is right. Big Media is wrong.

Lance Orton was not the only hero of Times Square. Another black man, a Vietnam Veteran, was on the job. We love him, and respect him, too.

Two T-shirt vendors, Lance Orton and Duane Jackson, are being credited with alerting police to the smoking vehicle parked with its engine running on 45th street in the heart of Times Square.

“I turned around and saw the car sitting on the corner and the keys were in it and car was running,” Jackson told the BBC. “When the mounted police came by, we directed them to the car and told them we didn’t know whose it is and shortly after that the smoke started coming out of the car.”

Moved by the smoke and the smell of gun powder, mounted police and patrolling officers began evacuating the city’s busy theater district as police and bomb squad members arrived.[snip]

told ABC News’ Jake Tapper that there is no evidence that the crude bomb attempt was part of a larger plot, saying it does not appear to be “anything other than a one-off” attempt.

Orton and Jackson, both Vietnam veterans, are being hailed as heroes for alerting police to the suspicious vehicle.The men led Officer Watne Rhatigan to approach the SUV, later saying he heard a popping sound coming from inside.

“I did a lap around the vehicle. The inside was smoking,” Rhatigan told New York’s Daily News. “I smelled gunpowder and knew it might blow. I thought it might blow any second.”

The bomb squad disabled the explosives after surveying the interior of the vehicle with the help of a “remote-controlled robot arm.”

Jackson told reporters he doesn’t consider himself a hero.

There are a bunch of us disabled vets selling here, and we’re used to being vigilant because we all know that freedom isn’t free,” Jackson, 58, told the Times.”

“Freedom isn’t free” says our heroic Vietnam Veteran. Americans remain cowed by a bumbling Napolitano “security” apparatus that humiliates us daily and provides little security in advance of an attack. Napolitano did not know up from down when she made her foolish politically correct statements of delusion.

Big Media will smear our love object hero as “grumpy” Big Media will ignore him when he says Big Media reports the opposite of what actually is said.

Lance Orton did what our massive “security” keystone kops could not. Lance Orton saved us from the plots and bombs of Islamic Terrorist Faisal Shahzad. Unfortunately Lance Orton will not be able to save us from a bigger threat: Big Media and its bias’.

We’ll have to save ourselves.


190 thoughts on “Absolute Failure: Lance Orton Versus Faisal Shahzad And Big Media

  1. For all the “security” humiliations Americans are subjected to we are about as secure under Barack Obama as sleeves on a dress when Michelle Obama is angry.
    Now that’s funny!!! 😆

  2. The flight into Detroit was the first lapse and now this…Obama is lucky that in both cases true heroes saved people’s lives.

  3. I’m really glad Admin, that you pointed out these two heros!

    Both of them walked the walk and their quotes should be make into buttons…

    “See something, say something.”

    “freedom isn’t free.”

  4. JbStonesFan, you hit on another of our peeves. Did Obama or anybody ever fete the Dutch guy who took down the airplane bomber? The guy saved the plane as well as potentially a lot of people on the ground and we have not seen any major display of “thanks”. Obama, who loves publicity stunts, never had a publicity stunt for that Dutch guy. What does that say about Obama?

  5. There are a bunch of us disabled vets selling here, and we’re used to being vigilant because we all know that freedom isn’t free,” Jackson, 58, told the Times.”….

    I just found my new slogan for my next Tea Party protest!

  6. Great piece, admin. These men are true americans.

    BTW, I am chuckling over a wailing begging email I just got from my local chapter of Drinking Liberally – to which I used to belong. They are panicking because they have thousands of dollars in budget shortfall over the next 6 months, and this comes during the midterm elections!

    They even had the nerve to mention their partnership with the SEIU, and their tireless efforts to help Obama get his legislative agenda done in the email, as an incentive for me to give. Yeah, right. I’ll be writing that check any minute now.

    Poor dears, the floor is falling out from underneath them. This is what happens when you hitch your star to the ass-end of a unicorn.

  7. College Course: Protecting The Country 101 (3 credit hours)
    Student: Janet “The System Worked” Neopolitano (Director of Homeland Security)
    Note: “she will do an excellent job because she has nothing else to do in her life”-her most enthusiastic supporter

    1. Janet: there is no evidence that the crude bomb attempt was part of a larger plot. It not appear to be anything other than a one-off attempt.

    2. Breaking news: The Pakistani bomber has admitted to being trained in, wait, hold the press, Pakistan! To guess what? Make bombs! Who would have thunk it? (Gonzo)

    3. Conclusion: Janet is batting zero for three. Her threat assessment skills are non-existent. Congratulations to her and to her big media protectors. You too Tapper. Thanks to all of you for a job well done.

  8. Admin, this goes well with the theme of your post: the leader of the free world refers to some of his own people as “teabaggers.” Despicable! Pathetic!

    Three days after he decried the lack of civility in American politics, President Obama is quoted in a new book about his presidency referring to the Tea Party movement using a derogatory term with sexual connotations.

    In Jonathan Alter’s “The Promise: President Obama, Year One,” President Obama is quoted in an November 30, 2009, interview saying that the unanimous vote of House Republicans vote against the stimulus bills “set the tenor for the whole year … That helped to create the tea-baggers and empowered that whole wing of the Republican Party to where it now controls the agenda for the Republicans.”

    From here

  9. You may not want to read the update at the bottom of that Jake Tapper’s article. He is a wimp and it will make you angry.

  10. wbboei, I’ve taken to calling her Janet Incompetano. She seems to have no clue what the hell is going on half the time. Of course, there’s a slim chance that that’s no fault of hers: I would not be surprised if the boob probably has major info routed to him and his cronies and leaves her out of the loop.

  11. Interesting. Fox reported that Shahzad was trying to reconcile with his wife while in Pock-estan, as they were estranged. The reason? He was far more radical than she, and she didn’t like it.

    Good on her. She likely figured he was batshit crazy and wanted nothing to do with his murderous insanity.

  12. LMAO! Okay, this was a comment on a conservative blog in response to the question of how they tracked Shazaam via his cell phone. It made me laugh, but then I’m a CSI Miami fan:

    Vehicle => Previous owner of car who sold via Craigslist => Craigslist and email communications => Identity of bomber => All known phone and credit card numbers.

    I learned that from CSI. Also, at some point the boss cop whipped off his sunglasses and said something pithy and cool, at which point the Who started playing music.

  13. More details:


    Shahzad, 30, a Pakistan-born U.S. citizen, has been in custody since shortly after midnight. He was hauled off a plane in the nick of time as it was about to fly to the Middle East. CBS 2 obtained air traffic control recording intended to stop the pilots from taking off. The controller alerts pilots to “immediately” return to the gate.

    In the end, it was secret Army intelligence planes that did him in. Armed with his cell phone number, they circled the skies over the New York area, intercepting a call to Emirates Airlines reservations, before scrambling to catch him at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

  14. “Two T-shirt vendors, Lance Orton and Duane Jackson, are being credited with alerting police to the smoking vehicle parked with its engine running on 45th street in the heart of Times Square.
    My new BFF, Lance Orton and Duane Jackson.


  15. Admin: Another great article! One I agree with…Big Media is trying desparately to show how the “messiah” singled handedly with the help of one black veteran stopped the terrible bomb that would have killed hundreds and between the “messiah and one black man” they alerted the policia and captured, interrogated and got a huge amount of information of future terrorists attacks as well and mananged to find and arrest at least 10 terrorists in Pakeestan in 53hours and 26 minutes….WOW! Obama is the MESSIAH, gee, I am NOW convinced

  16. OH I almost forgot…New York City is now safe for all inhabitants…all I can say is WOW!

  17. Napolitano is once again making decisions above her pay grade, talking out of both sides of her mouth, grandstanding, totally inept in her position…etc…etc…

  18. What Obama has done was cut funding for New York…there should be more cameras and of coarse he could try and stop these idiots before they really kill someone…so far we’ve been lucky because these terrorists here lately are inept…but we will get one that will get it right…and then Obama will need to figure out how he is going to sell this to America!

  19. This is the kind of crap that the real environuts post: not those who are for sane conservation, but the ones who think humanity is evil for harming Mother Gaia, and we ought to just all die or revert back to the stone age so the earth can be “pure” again. For these people, environmentalism is not rational concern for resources, it is a RELIGION. They worship the Earth.

    What a beautiful leak – twenty thousand barrels of lovely lube a day. I love the oily mass that bulges outwards from a bent pipe. A brown Rorschach blot of the automobile culture. A creamy dreamy brown chocolatey nougat for the wildlife to absorb. Living towels soon to be buried by trowels.
    An endless orgasm of brown to win the King’s crown. The ejaculate of Hell sent by the wind-whipped swell.
    My most fervent hope is that all efforts to stop and mitigate this masterwork are failures. The incontinent flow of hydrocarbons shall continue for the decay of all.
    I would love to see a sea of greasy Devil’s blood flowing into the ocean forever more. The spew that flew right on through.
    Then the World can move on into its next phase, the Dark Phase of death, decline and destruction. Soon, all the works of humans will decay and so too will themselves be brought to the altar of slaughter, to account for their crimes of existence.

  20. According to Fox…there is now a debt crisis in Spain, Portugal and Ireland….the teachers in Greece are rioting!

    The oil leak is now up to 200,000 gal. a day.

  21. Notyoursweetie0
    May 4th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    “Obama is the Left’s McCarthy”
    I think that by the time obama is done, he will have surpassed McCarthy’s ugly traits.

  22. wbboei,

    Someone made an excellent point about sources. We may reject the way LaRouche (eg) connects the dots. But we can still take the dots he presents and connect them in our own way.

  23. gonzotx
    May 4th, 2010 at 1:42 pm
    i am assuming the “brown tea party’ people were Hispanics protesting the AZ immigration bill?


    You’re right. Sorry I phrased that confusingly. Some bot had put out an essay about ‘If there a Black Tea Party’ suggesting that if Blacks had a big protest it would be treated differently than the real Tea Party. So I echoed the phrase to describe some Arizona Mexicans etc having a threatening protest against the new Ariz law.

    Very sorry to echo Bot propoganda.

  24. You wouldn’t know there was a oil disaster in the gulf or that a terrorist just tried to blow up NY again if your reading AOL. No…but you would know that brunettes are asked to be married 30% more than blonde’s.

    This is the Stepford generation

  25. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/05/business/05markets.html?hp

    The euro fell sharply on Tuesday and major indexes in Europe and the United States tumbled as the sovereign debt crisis in Europe and the risk of contagion continued to hang over the market.

    At the close, the Dow Jones industrial average was 225.06 points, or 2.02 percent, lower at 10,926.77. The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index fell 28.66 points, or 2.38 percent, to 1,173.60, while the Nasdaq dropped 74.49 points, or 2.98 percent, to 2,424.25.

    The last time the Dow closed lower than that was on April 7, when it fell 72.47 points to 10,897.52

    In London, the FTSE 100 declined 2.56 percent or 142.18 points, while the DAX in Frankfurt fell 160.06 points to 2.6 percent. In Paris, the CAC-40 dropped 139.17 points or 3.64 percent.

    Although the 15 other countries in the euro zone and the International Monetary Fund had agreed to give Greece 110 billion euros ($144 billion) in aid over three years, traders said the austerity plan remained a hard sell. Hundreds of Greek demonstrators took to the streets on Tuesday to rail against tough new austerity measures aimed at helping the debt-ridden country stave off economic disaster.

    One lingering question is whether the $144 billion is enough to settle Greece’s problems and keep them from spreading.

    Investors were also watching Spain and Portugal, which have both had their debt downgraded in the last week. Greek government debt fell Tuesday, with the yield on the 10-year benchmark bond rising 36 basis points to 8.8 percent. In a sign of spreading nervousness, Portuguese and Spain bond yields also rose Tuesday.

    If there are real sovereign debt risks in Spain that is an issue for all multinational banks,” said Uri Landesman, president of Platinum Partners.

    What is going on in Europe is eventually going to result in defaults,” said Jeffrey Saut, the chief investment strategist for Raymond James. “They Band-Aided over the situation, and I think it is going to be very bad for the European banking complex.”

    All of that has hurt the euro, which slipped 1.35 percent on Tuesday against dollar, trading at $1.3019. At one point, the euro slipped below $1.30.

    “The impact of the potential contagion will continue to weigh on the euro in the near term,” Moody’s chief international economist, Ruth Stroppiana, said. “If the Greece situation does spread to Portugal, Spain and elsewhere in the euro zone then the euro would continue to fall. But the situation is still a very serious one.”

    Kevin Chau, a currency analyst with IDEAglobal, said the euro could go to $1.25 by the end of the summer, and that others have put it at $1.20.

    “I think that it will continue to go down because the problems over in Europe and the structure of the euro is being questioned,” Mr. Chau said. “The European members’ will to make the euro work and this whole unity work, is being questioned because of what is going on with Greece.”

  26. It’s primary election day in Ohio, North Carolina, and Indiana:


    Low turnout was reported Tuesday as the polls prepared to close in North Carolina, Indiana and Ohio Tuesday but the results are still likely to offer a key barometer of voter frustration with the GOP and Democratic Party establishments.

    Tea party activists in all three states will also have a chance to gauge their traction and send a strong signal that the movement is a force GOP leaders must reckon with, rather than just a surge of undirected frustration.

    Two GOP House incumbents from Indiana are worth watching as the returns trickle in: Rep. Dan Burton, who barely survived a 2008 primary challenge, and Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.). Both veterans face serious challenges that could end their careers.

    The unexpectedly competitive GOP Senate primary for the seat left vacant by Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) is also a top race to follow Tuesday evening.

    Former Sen. Dan Coats, who held the seat before Bayh, jumped into the race in February but has struggled to find his old form. He entered the contest as the frontrunner, but former Rep. John Hostettler and state Sen. Marlin Stutzman are nipping at his heels.

    In Ohio, the marquee contest is the Democratic Senate primary. In that race, for the seat left vacant by the retirement of GOP Sen. George Voinovich, polls showed Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher poised to handily win his party’s nomination to take on former GOP Rep. Rob Portman this fall. Fisher faced a challenge from underfunded Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner.

    A handful of possibly competitive Republican House primaries are also of note since they will determine the nominees against a handful of endangered Democratic incumbents.

  27. Anyone remember the JFK assassination? The proto-bots of that day wouldn’t accept that a COMMUNIST had shot Kennedy.

  28. Admin: I had no idea it was primary day in those states, we don’t get that kind of news here in East Texas…please keep us posted on the results…

  29. The TS bomb terrorist has an MBA (thank God he was no engineer) from Univ. of Bridgeport and he comes from a wealthy family in Pakistan. I am surprised that rich, white collared guys like him can be brainwashed into doing what he did.

  30. pm317
    May 4th, 2010 at 8:41 pm
    The TS bomb terrorist has an MBA (thank God he was no engineer) from Univ. of Bridgeport and he comes from a wealthy family in Pakistan. I am surprised that rich, white collared guys like him can be brainwashed into doing what he did.

    Oh the poor little rich boy couldn’t pay his mortgage and he was being foreclosed on and this caused him so much stress he tried to bomb NY and we all know it’s Bush’s fault and those terrible anti gov racist, bitter, bible thumping, gun toting, right winged, home grown RACIST Tea Party people’s fault. Oh whoa is me, whoa is me…? Ha Ha …fools

  31. I am surprised that rich, white collared guys like him can be brainwashed into doing what he did.

    Really? Think Fraud administration Ivy league..then it won’t be a stretch for you!

  32. By the way, today is 40 years from Kent State…I remember it so well. I alwys thought it was the end of the “movement”. Hey, we could get killed here!

  33. Don’t understand your comment, gonzo. I think you’re being sarcastic. But mine is a serious question about how guys like him are being led into this. Ihe drew the line at suicide bombing. My theory has so far been that poor and illiterate guys can be lured into terrorism — like Kasab, the lone terrorist captured in the 26/11 Mumbai attack. Kasab got inducted into the terrorist group LeT for a couple of 1000 dollars, he was so poor and hopeless.

    May be he stopped paying mortgage because he was not here and once he got back from his visit to Pakistan, he knew he would not stay for long. I don’t know.

  34. “Ihe drew the line at suicide bombing.” should read “I guess he drew the line at suicide bombing.”


    Forgive me if others posted similar stuff..,


    Security slip let suspect on plane, near takeoff

    By EILEEN SULLIVAN and MATT APUZZO, Associated Press Writers Eileen Sullivan And Matt Apuzzo, Associated Press Writers – 1 hr 8 mins ago

    WASHINGTON – The no-fly list failed to keep the Times Square suspect off the plane. Faisal Shahzad had boarded a jetliner bound for the United Arab Emirates Monday night before federal authorities pulled him back.

    The night’s events, gradually coming to light, underscored the flaws in the nation’s aviation security system, which despite its technologies, lists and information sharing, often comes down to someone making a right call.

    As federal agents closed in, Faisal Shahzad was aboard Emirates Flight 202. He reserved a ticket on the way to John F. Kennedy International Airport, paid cash on arrival and walked through security without being stopped. By the time Customs and Border Protection officials spotted Shahzad’s name on the passenger list and recognized him as the bombing suspect they were looking for, he was in his seat and the plane was preparing to leave the gate.

    But it didn’t. At the last minute, the pilot was notified, the jetliner’s door was opened and Shahzad was taken into custody.

    After authorities pulled Shahzad off the plane, he admitted he was behind the crude Times Square car bomb, officials said. He also claimed to have been trained at a terror camp in Pakistan’s lawless tribal region of Waziristan, according to court documents. That raised increased concern that the bombing was an international terror plot.

    Shahzad, a Pakistani-born U.S. citizen, was charged Tuesday with terrorism and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in Saturday evening’s failed Times Square bombing. According to a federal complaint, he confessed to buying an SUV, rigging it with a homemade bomb and driving it into the busy area where he tried to detonate it.

    The Obama administration played down the fact that Shahzad, a U.S. citizen born in Pakistan, had made it aboard the plane. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wouldn’t talk about it, other than to say Customs officials prevented the plane from taking off. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the security system has fallback procedures in place for times like this, and they worked.

    And Attorney General Eric Holder said he “was never in any fear that we were in danger of losing him.”

    But it seemed clear the airline either never saw or ignored key information that would kept Shahzad off the plane, a fact that dampened what was otherwise hailed as a fast, successful law enforcement operation.

    The no-fly list is supposed to mean just that. And Shahzad’s name was added to the list early Monday afternoon as a result of breaking developments in the investigation, according to a law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation.

    But when Emirates sold the ticket, it was working off an outdated list. Airline officials would have had to check a Web forum where updates are sent if it were to flag him. Because they didn’t, law enforcement officials were not aware of his travel plans until they received the passenger list 30 minutes before takeoff, the official said.

    By that time, passengers are usually on board.

    Gibbs blamed the airline but emphasized a more positive bottom line: U.S. authorities did get Shahzad on the no-fly list and he never took off.

    “There’s a series of built-in redundancies, this being one of them,” Gibbs said. “If there’s a mistake by a carrier, it can be double-checked.”

    The list is only as good as the nation’s intelligence and the experts who analyze it. If a lead is not shared, or if an analyst is unable to connect one piece of information to another, a terrorist could slip onto an airplane because his name is not on the watch list.

    Officials allege that’s just what took place ahead of the attempted Christmas Day attack on a Detroit-bound jet. In the case of the Times Square suspect, the intelligence process worked: Shahzad’s name was on the list, but the airlines didn’t check it when he bought his ticket.

    Shahzad went through normal airport security before he boarded the plane. He was unarmed and had no explosive material on him when he was arrested.

    Emirates did not return repeated calls for comments. Earlier in the day, the company issued a general statement saying it was cooperating with investigators and takes every precaution to ensure its passengers’ safety.

    The reliance on airlines to check government lists has been a known problem for years. The government has long planned to take over the responsibility for matching passengers to watch lists, but the transition has taken longer than expected. The new program is still in the test phase for domestic airlines and is still months away from beginning with international carriers.


    Associated Press writers Pete Yost, Joan Lowy and Natasha Metzler contributed to this report.

  36. pm317
    May 4th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Yes, it was sarcastic, but is was focused on the media, but feel free to free associate it you must. Fort hood Dr ring a bell? Numerous terrorist from 9/11 were very educated. Education unfortunately has not been a determent in many cases of terrorism. Now suicide bombers in the middle east, maybe so, but not here.

  37. It says that unless he can take credit for something, he is not too found of sharing the spot light -particularly if it involves stopping Islamic terrorists.

  38. Think about what they teach in many of these Ivy towers. Common people bad. White people bad. Americans bad. Ivy league people good. Know everything. Bad people must be stopped. Murder bad people is good.

    I feel like George Carlin. I’m liking him more and more.

  39. jbstonesfan
    May 4th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Oh jones you jest? There are no Islamic terrorist. Just misunderstood benevolent Muslims.

  40. Ace

    Supposedly (and I’m not sure who’s zoomin’ who here) Shahzad was arrested and taken off the plane before it left the gate. Then it was cleared for take-off. Then it was instructed to return to the gate, because some Einstein finally figured out that if there had been a terrorist on-board just minutes before, maybe they ought to screen the plane for thoroughly for a hidden explosive or additional fleeing accomplices.

    A senior US official is saying that Napolitano is just “trying to put lipstick on a pig” by pretending, once again, “the system worked.”

    NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski reports that a senior U.S. official familiar with events surrounding the capture of Shahzad says if the security system had worked properly, “He should have never been able to get on that airplane.”
    According to the official, Shahzad’s name was put onto the U.S. “no-fly list” about 11 a.m. Monday, some 12 hours before he was taken into custody aboard that United Arab Emirates flight that pulled away from the gate at JFK, bound for Dubai. As required, once the plane was locked up and started to pull away from the gate, the airline submitted the final manifest to customs. According to one official, “We’re extremely fortunate that alert agents caught the name, and ordered the plane to return to the gate.”

    But the official says Shahzad’s name should have set off alarms throughout the ticketing and boarding process before he ever buckled his seat belt. The system should have first been triggered when he purchased the ticket. If he purchased the ticket before his name was placed on the “no-fly list,” then the airline and authorities should have been alerted when he got his boarding pass, either from an agent or one of the self-service kiosks. That’s especially true on an international flight, because his passport would have been electronically scanned before he was issued a boarding pass. Even at the boarding gate, there are systems that alert TSA and customs officials to someone on the “no-fly list” attempting to board a flight.

    Although Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano said even if the plane would have taken off, U.S. officials had the authority to turn the plane around, one official pointed out that since the suspect had allegedly attempted to set off a bomb in Times Square, there’s no predicting what may have happened on board the plane in flight.

    “She was just attempting to put lipstick on a pig,” the official said. “If that plane would have gotten into the air, heads would have rolled. We need to do a better job.”

  41. If we thought Europe would supply us with fish after their oil co destroyed our’s, we were sadly mistaken! Get more beef!

    Study: fleet works 17 times harder for same fish catch of 1880s

    May 4, 2010
    Courtesy of the University of York
    and World Science staff

    In a stun­ning sta­tis­tic that sci­en­tists say high­lights a dras­tic de­cline in Eu­ro­pe­an fish stocks, a study has found that the U.K. trawl fish­ing fleet works 17 times harder to catch the same amount of fish to­day as it did when sails pow­ered its boats.

    “For all its tech­no­log­i­cal so­phis­tica­t­ion and raw pow­er, to­day’s trawl fish­ing fleet has far less suc­cess than its sail-pow­ered equiv­a­lent of the late 19th cen­tu­ry be­cause of the sharp de­clines in fish abun­dance,” said Ruth Thurstan of the Uni­vers­ity of York, U.K., lead au­thor of the stu­dy.

    The good old days? In the Track of the Traw­lers, an 1896 paint­ing by En­glish art­ist Charles Na­pier He­my


    The re­search is pub­lished in Na­ture Com­mu­nica­t­ions, a new on­line sci­ence jour­nal from the pub­lish­ers of the jour­nal Na­ture.

    “Over a cen­tu­ry of in­ten­sive trawl fish­ing has se­verely de­plet­ed U.K. seas of bot­tom liv­ing fish like hal­i­but, tur­bot, had­dock and plaice,” said Si­mon Brock­ing­ton, head of con­serva­t­ion at the U.K.’s Ma­rine Con­serva­t­ion So­ci­e­ty and co-au­thor of the stu­dy.

    “This re­search makes clear that the state of U.K. bot­tom fish­eries—and by im­plica­t­ion Eu­ro­pe­an fish­er­ies, since the fish­ing grounds are shared—is far worse than even the most pes­simistic of as­sess­ments cur­rently in cir­cula­t­ion,” added Cal­lum Roberts of the Uni­vers­ity of York, an­oth­er co-au­thor. “These re­sults should supply an im­por­tant cor­rec­tive to the short-termism in­her­ent in fish­er­ies man­age­ment to­day.”

    Ex­perts say overfish­ing is threat­en­ing ma­rine popula­t­ions world­wide, with one 2006 study warn­ing there may be lit­tle sea­food left by mid-cen­tu­ry.

    Trawl fish­ing boats catch fish by drag­ging a large net through the sea be­hind them. Thurstan and col­leagues used gov­ern­ment da­ta on the amount of fish caught and the size and num­ber of boats in­volved to an­a­lyse the change in fish stocks since 1889. The team found that trawl fish land­ings peak­ed in 1937, 14 times high­er than to­day.

  42. Ohio Senate results:

    Fisher 56%
    Brunner 44%

    Portman wins

    Ohio Governor

    Republican Kasich wins
    Governor Strickland gets the D nod

  43. Admin you beat me. I wanted to let you know Jennifer Brunner is losing.


  44. wbboei, I’ve taken to calling her Janet Incompetano.
    Excellent. I sleep soundly at night dreaming of Gershwin and Janet . . .

    Id like to add her initials to my monogram
    Tell me, where is the shepherd for this lost lamb?

    There’s a somebody Im longing to see
    I hope that she turns out to be
    Someone wholl watch over me

    Im a little lamb whos lost in the wood
    I know I could always be good
    Someone wholl watch over me

    Wont you tell him please to put on some speed
    Follow my lead, oh, how I need
    Someone to watch over me

    Oh hell . . . let’s let Sinatra do it. He is better at it than I am . . .


  45. Just had a good laugh…happened to read the usual one way, biased ‘junk’ from the current ‘left’, and their interpretation of what the tea party is and what is it about


    writer Adele Stan goes on and on comparing and analyzing the conservatives vs progressives, bla, bla..and after about 12 pages ends with:

    But perhaps the hardest thing of all that progressives will have to do to defeat the Tea Party movement is to stop defining all of its members as extremists, racists and conspiracy nuts. I’ve fallen victim, at times, to the temptation “wing-nut” rhetoric myself. But as Chip Berlet points out, that allows centrists to put themselves forward as the nation’s savior, by equating the worst of the Right’s rhetoric with the ridicule that comes from the Left. And when we ridicule the Tea Partiers, we only alienate the fence-sitters who may see more resemblance between themselves and Tea Party followers than they do with us.

    The bottom line is this: We dismiss the potential impact of the Tea Party movement at our peril.


    many of the commentors are not buying most of her dribble…but two of them get to the heart of the matter and say:

    mmckinl says:

    Obama let the skunk loose … He had over ten million contacts after the election, a dream database of committed people, and let them languish while he betrayed their interests with back room deals.

    He had the cream of the crop of the left eating out of his hand and chose bipartisanship instead of progress, corporations over people. Over time most have wised up to Obama’s ongoing betrayals. Just this week in the face of the worst oil spill in our history he makes conciliatory noises about the oil industry.

    The left had the best chance of real reform from healthcare, to banking, to the environment etc, etc, etc, in 60 years only to see Obama back step, side step then step on their necks.

    You want to know why the Tea Party is so successful? Because the Democrats have betrayed their base and America with the sweet deals and butt kissing of the banksters, corporate CEOs, health care inc , Big Oil and Nuclear !


    and then the clincher:

    REDPILLED says:

    Which “Obama, Pelosi, Reid left leaning policies” are you referring to? Corporate “health care”? Record high military budgets? Expanding the Afghan quagmire and drone attacks in Pakistan? More bailouts to Wall Street? Refusing to obey the law and prosecute U.S. war criminals? Giving telecomms immunity from prosecution for helping the gov. spy on us? Continuing rendition? Forming a bipartisan commission to cut Social Security and Medicare? Expanding the global U.S. Empire of U.S. bases, fleets, CIA interference, proxy wars, military aid to oppressors, IMF/World Bank shock doctrine policies, wars of aggression, all in service to the multinational corporations outsourcing U.S. jobs and making mega-profits stealing other nations’ resources?


    what is left of these delusional PINOS is that they just do not get it…they just do not understand that we have moved on…”fool us once…” well, we know the drill…those who missed the fraud and charade the first time, won’t be fooled the second time around…

  46. It is such a beautiful day here in Ohio. Warm and sunny. Voter turnout was very light. Voters are very upset. Most are saying whats the use in voting, there vote want count.

    We were bombarded with phone calls and advertisement. No one here seems to care about the election

  47. turndownobama
    May 4th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Someone made an excellent point about sources. We may reject the way LaRouche (eg) connects the dots. But we can still take the dots he presents and connect them in our own way.
    The intelligencia in this country tend to dismiss him as a crack pot. It a word, he isn’t. In fact, La Rouche consults on a regular basis with one of the governments in eastern Europe and the the chief economist of Russia credits him for issuing a dire warning about the stock market. And, I am told that some of the key people in our government tune in to his pod casts, but are very discreet about it. It gets back to that old idea I have been harping on you can learn from many different sources, and nobody has a monopoly on the truth. Obama on the other hand does have a monopoly, but it is a monopoly on lies.

  48. Neetabug, the results so far indicate that Republican turnout was higher than Dimocratic turnout. In North Carolina there might be a run-off election in June.

  49. They must be “racists” too and their Dimocrat opponents are racists if they run against them.

    This appears to be a healthy situation, although it highlights what we have been warning about – Republicans can get African-American and Latino votes based on conservative social issues, even though that phenomenon does not appear to be happening, this year:


    Among the many reverberations of President Obama’s election, here is one he probably never anticipated: at least 32 African-Americans are running for Congress this year as Republicans, the biggest surge since Reconstruction, according to party officials.

    The House has not had a black Republican since 2003, when J. C. Watts of Oklahoma left after eight years.

    But now black Republicans are running across the countryfrom a largely white swath of beach communities in Florida to the suburbs of Phoenix, where an African-American candidate has raised more money than all but two of his nine (white) Republican competitors in the primary.

    Party officials and the candidates themselves acknowledge that they still have uphill fights in both the primaries and the general elections, but they say that black Republicans are running with a confidence they have never had before. They credit the marriage of two factors: dissatisfaction with the Obama administration, and the proof, as provided by Mr. Obama, that blacks can get elected.

    “I ran in 2008 and raised half a million dollars, and the state party didn’t support me and the national party didn’t support me,” said Allen West, who is running for Congress in Florida and is one of roughly five black candidates the party believes could win. “But we came back and we’re running and things are looking great.” [snip]

    Princella Smith, who is running for an open seat in Arkansas, said she viewed the president’s victory through both the lens of history and partisan politics. “Aside from the fact that I disagree fundamentally with all his views, I am proud of my nation for proving that we have the ability to do something like that,” Ms. Smith said.

    State and national party officials say that this year’s cast of black Republicans is far more experienced than the more fringy players of yore, and include elected officials, former military personnel and candidates who have run before. [snip]

    In many ways, this subset of Republicans is latching on to the basic themes propelling most of their party’s campaigns this year — the call for smaller government, less spending and stronger national security — rather than building platforms around social conservatism.

    “Things have evolved,” said Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, who is heavily involved in recruiting Republican candidates. “I think partly the level of hostility to Obama, Pelosi and Reid makes a lot of people pragmatically more open to a coalition from the standpoint of being a long-term majority party.”

    Many of the candidates are trying to align themselves with the Tea Partiers, insisting that the racial dynamics of that movement have been overblown. Videos taken at some Tea Party rallies show some participants holding up signs with racially inflammatory language.

    A recent New York Times/CBS News poll found that 25 percent of self-identified Tea Party supporters think that the Obama administration favors blacks over whites, compared with 11 percent of the general public.

    The black candidates interviewed overwhelmingly called the racist narrative a news media fiction. “I have been to these rallies, and there are hot dogs and banjos,” said Mr. West, the candidate in Florida, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army who served in Afghanistan. “There is no violence or racism there.”

    There is also some evidence that black voters rally around specific conservative causes. A case in point was a 2008 ballot initiative in California outlawing same-sex marriage that passed in large part because of support from black voters in Southern California.

    Still, black Republicans face a double hurdle: black Democrats who are disinclined to back them in a general election, and incongruity with white Republicans, who sometimes do not welcome the blacks whom party officials claim to covet as new members.

  50. If I write that Janet Napolitano is an dumbass who is in waaaay over her head, will I be accused of being a misogynist?

  51. Wbboei, we looked for a cartoon in response to your Frank Sinatra video and found the one below. The cartoon we searched for is of a thin rooster who is a caricature of Frank Sinatra and the hens faint when he sings and swoon after exclaiming “Oh, Frankie!”

    We could not find that one but found this one – check out the name on the mailbox at the very beginning. The end of the Sinatra segment reminds us of the Hopium Guzzlers. As does the “camouflage” strategy. Enjoy: 🙂

  52. I listened to one of the podcasts the other night and found it highly informative…they seem to think theres a real chance Obama may get impeached…it seems no one really knows where Tony Resko is and why his trial was 2 years ago and he has not been sentenced yet. LaRouche seems to think this is unusual….LaRouche is also talking about the Blago trial may do him in….we can only hope.

  53. Hoagy Carmichael was a lawyer and in his spare time he wrote songs. One of the songs he wrote was Georgia On My Mind. Well, forgive me but for the second time today I have Janet on my mind. And I think back to an intimate conversation which occurred at the height of the Victorian Period, between a demimonde and an aging George Bernard Shaw. It went like this:

    Demimonde: Mr Shaw, you are my favorite writer, my favorite playwright and I want to have your baby.

    Shaw: Madam I am flattered. But what if the child has my looks and your brains?

    Demimonde: Then we will call her Janet and she will be the Director of Homeland Security.

    Shaw: But what if the child is a boy and has my looks and your brains?

    Demimonde: Then we will call him Ben Smith and he will write for Politico—Mystery Solved.

  54. Why would Rush Limbaugh say that there is no reason to clean up the oil spill and that nature will take care of it??? I realize the gulf is got so much oil in it, it naturally seeps oil, but no where near the epic spill that is facing the Gulf Coast.

    Hurricane season hits June 1st, and if we get a hurricane that pushes all that oil up the Mississippi, Rush may change his mind???

    Where/how do they come up with this stuff…it seems like these capitalists just want to make money and don’t care how they screw up the enviroment…I am not a tree hugging enviromentalist, but gees if you make billions you should be able to replant a tree or clean up your own mess.

    I wrote a paper during my years in college about the maliqidoros that opened up in Mexico in the 90’s after Nafta…the ruthless american companies chose just to pollute and not clean up their own messes…along came a phenonemna called “Brownsville Brain Syndrome”, I actually took care of a child that was born in the Brownsville and it was born without a brain…it was a beautiful baby,other than having nothing but a brain stem so it breathed on its own…it was later found many children were born that way…this is what unfettered capitalism does…people have no scruples….greed one of the seven deadly sins!

    I believe in capitalism, but it needs regulation at least a little to make those fat cats not trash the country they are in….such as those now in Africa…like blood diamonds, the minerals found there they make cell phones out of…they are trashing Africa now. THat’s what these companies do and thats why we have NO jobs here…we regulate somewhat…its a travesty that this rig did not have the correct blow out valve.

  55. Wbboei, Here is the podcast that I think is very informative. It discusses what happened during the first part of the Obama administration economic forum…
    This is interesting. It fills in a lot of blanks. First of all, the conflict between monetarists and advocates of a physical economy is at the heart of the question, both here and in Russia. You and I know from our Soros research that when the Soviet Union broke up, venture capitalist like Jeffrey Sacks from Harvard, and Mark Rich among others rushed into former Soviet states under the pretext of market reform and bought state owned assets at bargain basement rates. They looted the economy, and threw alot of people out of work. The subsequent rise of Putin after Yeltsin was a direct result of that phenomenon. Putin is distrustful of foreigners and knows that their money always comes with strings attached.

    The monetarists led by Barack’s godfather Soros, his Open Society Institute and Brzezniski’s contingent of CIA operatives orchestrated the Rose Revolution by young people in Georgia. Thwy forced President Sherveradze to step down. And then they used their puppet regime they installed to pick a fight with Russia.

    Given that history you can be reasonably certain where Putin stands, but it surprises me that monetarist policies are being considered by the new president hand picked by Putin. That part I do not get. They should know by now that an economy run by monetarists will always turn out to be a boom and bust economy because that is how monetarists make their money. And they definitely want a world without borders.

    This is the economic model of the old British Empire which remains a potent financial force in the world, long after it disappeared as a poltical model. Lyndon’s right hand man Harley called me right after the election and express conditional optimism about Obama and told me they had his ear. He did not elaborate and I did not press the matter But it is now apparent that his views got traction with this Stanford Group which I was unaware of. I suspect Laura Tyson was part of that effort. She is a class act,

    The last time I spoke to Harley he was very negative about Obama. I accepted the statement at face value and did not inquire as to why. Thanks to this video it is now apparent. Obama managed to throw him under the bus. For anyone around Obama it is not a question of whether they will be thrown under the bus. It is simply a question of when. But I must tell you that I see no evidence that Obama hides under the bed every time there is a webcast. That is a bridge too far.

  56. Why would Rush Limbaugh say that there is no reason to clean up the oil spill and that nature will take care of it???
    One year I was back in Washingto DC on business, we had the worst snow storm in a century. The city shut down and people were stranded. They found Mayor Marion Barry in Pasadena of all places, in the VIP section of Rosebowl Stadium. They asked him why he was not back home dealing with the weather related disaster. His response was I believe in the let it melt theory.

    Sort of like Rush. I suppose the right answer is tell it to the animals that are killed, the industries that will be ruined and the oil prices that will rise as a result of this man made disaster. But I doubt he would care.

  57. Admin: BO Skunk. I love it. Since this cartoon predated Obama it is a case of life imitating art. If the cartoon had come later it would be a case of art imitating life. But either way it is like the communative law of mathematics which decrees that A=A, or in this case Barack by any other name would still be a skunk. Thanks for finding this one. It is a classic.

  58. http://articles.latimes.com/2010/apr/15/world/la-fg-climate-data15-2010apr15

    Panel clears researchers in ‘Climategate’ controversy
    The experts find ‘no evidence of any deliberate scientific malpractice’ by the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit, which had been accused of misrepresenting global warming data.

    April 15, 2010

    Reporting from London — Climate change researchers accused of manipulating or hiding data in last year’s “Climategate” affair were guilty of sloppy record-keeping but not bad science, an independent panel in Britain concluded Wednesday.

  59. I can’t believe that statement by Mike Bloomberg. There’s something wrong with him, he looks ill to me. He’s just sleep-walking through his third term.

    I don’t know why the bankruptcy of St. Vincent’s Hospital isn’t a national story. St. V’s was a major hospital in NYC — the main triage center on 9/11 — the closest hospital to Times Square — and now the hospital is just gone. Bloomberg snoozed through that crisis too. Non-payment for services rendered under Medicaid/Medicare is a major reason for the St. Vincent’s closure. So can we expect more bankrupt hospitals under Obamacare?

  60. confloyd
    May 5th, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Thanks for that video. It made me want to scream but great find.

  61. Just watched George S.’s interveiw on abc Good Morning American of the Iranian Leader. He said basically that the American SOS is their enemy, and she is pushing them to a confrontration on the Nuclear issue. When asked what the difference was between HRC and O, they really did not state much (except there was a difference). He did say they did not have a special relationship to O. It was almost like he did not matter, but they were after HRC. Now what does that tell you? They were almost dismissive of O. When asked where good old Ben was he said he heard he lived in Washington D.C.


    So who looks like the Strong Leader?

  62. But of course, Big Media will continue pushing the entirely false narrative that it’s those eeeevuhl Republicans who are in bed with Big Money, whereas the Left is all about the middle class and the little guy….

    The world’s top-earning hedge fund managers have bankrolled almost exclusively Democratic campaigns.

    The top 10 highest-paid hedge fund managers in 2009 have dished out campaign contributions almost only to Democrats.

    Over their lifetimes, those managers have given almost $33 million in campaign contributions to Democrats, according to research by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and that is based on data maintained by the nonpartisan CQMoneyline.

    The same managers gave roughly $600,000 to Republicans, according to the research. The contributions went 98 percent to Democrats and two percent to Republicans.

    The money went to Democratic campaign committees, individual lawmaker’s election bids and other political action committees.


  63. NewMexicoFan
    May 5th, 2010 at 9:45 am


    Interesting. And yet Time’s recent poll on the world’s most influential people didn’t even have her name listed.

    President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and pop star Lady Gaga were on it, but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wasn’t.

    Go figure.

  64. Will American Jews Accept the Obama Administration’s “Charm” Offensive?

    Ron Radosh
    May 4, 2010

    I suspect there may be something wrong with many of the leading lights of the American Jewish community, who are succumbing to the phony charm offensive of the Obama administration. Maybe it’s a case of denial. As a two-week-old report [1] by Laura Rozen of Politico put so well, “The White House is engaged in an aggressive effort to reassure Jewish leaders that the tense relationship between the Obama administration and the Israeli government that has played out in public in the past few months does not signify any fundamental change in U.S. policy.” The problem is precisely that they are just reassurances which do not in any way indicate a fundamental shift in Obama’s new anti-Israeli policy.

    One White House spokesman told Rozen that the administration has always “been consistent in our rhetoric.” Rhetoric is one thing; reality, however, is another. Sending administration spokesmen to say kind words is so transparent a PR maneuver that it is rather amazing that anyone thinks it will work. But the reasons for it are quite clear. As a congressional staffer put it, they are all concerned “that the White House is losing the Jewish community,” and that concern might well translate into Republican votes in the near future. The effect of the ads I discussed [2] earlier by Elie Wiesel, Ronald Lauder and David A. Harris could simply not be ignored.

    Yet liberal Jewish groups, grasping at straws in the hope that Obama will stand with Israel and the special relationship between the U.S. and the Jewish state, have quickly sought to reassure their members that all is well, despite evidence to the contrary. All it took for Hadassah to inform its members that all is well were some carefully chosen words from David Axelrod. On April 29th, a backgrounder alert sent to its members informed them that “the Obama administration has responded to concerns from the Jewish community with a letter to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and speeches by prominent administration officials to Jewish organizations, affirming the administration’s support for Israel and the need for peace.”

    Last Friday, I attended the evening plenary session at the American Jewish Committee national conference in Washington, D.C., where Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received a standing ovation and a very warm reception. Her speech [3]was a perfect example of reassuring spin meant to wow the crowd. “We know,” Clinton told the audience, “that Israel faces unique challenges. A nation forced to defend itself at every turn, living under existential threat for decades. We Americans may never fully understand the implications of this history on the daily lives of Israelis – the worry that a mother feels watching a child board a school bus or a child watching a parent go off to work. But we know deep in our souls that we have an unshakable bond and we will always stand not just with the Government of Israel but with the people of Israel.”

    Instead of addressing the specifics and the reasons Lauder, Ed Koch and others have pointed to, Secretary Clinton merely asserted “that there has been some of what he called ‘noise and distortion’ about this Administration’s approach in the Middle East. Over the past month, we have attempted to remove any ambiguity. The President and this Administration have repeatedly reaffirmed our commitment to Israel’s security in word and in deed.” On Iran, for example, she said, “We are now working with our partners at the United Nations to craft tough new sanctions. The United States is committed to pursuing this diplomatic path. But we will not compromise our commitment to preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons.”

    That morning, however, the newspapers had headlines noting that the administration was asking for a softening of proposed sanctions so that Russia and China, two nations that do not want to jeopardize their trade deals with Iran, could sign on.

    Clinton stressed the importance of the so-called “proximity talks,” although shrewd observers have all noted that they are likely to lead nowhere. Both Richard Haas [4] and Aaron David Miller [5] recently wrote powerful essays about what Miller calls “the false religion of Mideast peace,” something that Clinton continually invoked, without addressing their concerns. Both men, formerly “realists” and believers in the peace process, now realize its chimerical value. Instead, she offered her audience what Marty Peretz correctly called [6] big clichés “that are the mark of Obama’s foreign policy.”

    At Commentary’s “Contentions” blog, Jennifer Rubin points out [7] that at the recent White House Correspondents’ dinner, WH advisor Denis McDonough sat at Josh Marshall’s Talking Points Memo table with Brent Scowcroft and Zbig Brzezinski, who are feverishly trying to get Obama to accept their own peace plan with Israel. As Rubin puts it so well: “One of the administration’s key foreign-policy hands goes to the most highly publicized event in town to hob-nob with the advisor who Obama had sworn during the campaign not to be an advisor, who has suggested that we shoot down Israeli planes if they cross Iraqi air space on the way to Iran, and who wants to impose a peace deal on Israel. And, for good measure, he sits with the purveyors of a website infamous for puff pieces on terrorists and committed to a hard-left anti-Israel line.”

    Rubin asks whether a few “carefully worded speeches” by Obama administration officials will in fact bamboozle the leadership of the American Jewish community. Or will they fall over themselves “to make up with the administration”? My answer: unfortunately, the latter seems to be the case.


  65. confloyd
    May 5th, 2010 at 2:48 am

    I agree. Here is the final paragraph from a post at NQ:

    Of course, is all I can think.

    How many ways have the people we voted for because they told us they were “gonna go to Washington to fight for us” betrayed the trust we placed in them? And I have only been watching since around Feb 2007 when I called Representative Betty McCullom’s office and her aide slipped up and as much as told me that the primaries were fixed.

  66. wbboei
    May 5th, 2010 at 3:10 am
    Why would Rush Limbaugh say that there is no reason to clean up the oil spill and that nature will take care of it???

    He was being sarcastic….he is blaming the spill being out of control on the Dem’s ineptitude

  67. The answer is “yes” JanH..Unfortunately most Jews view their liberalness much more important than their committment to Israel. Scowcroft and Bzeziski(rememeber what the Poles did to our people)are two of the most anti- Israeli US policy makers ever….these are the goons Obama looks to while placating his white house jews and their minions..

  68. I agree jbstonesfan,

    It only took Elie Wiesel (someone I have always respected) one lunch with obama to say “all is well” now.

  69. NewMexicoFan
    May 5th, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Thanks. I did fill it out and used my name as it is Hispanic

  70. Well well well. Guess who got exempted under the Obama administration from environmental impact studies?

    The Interior Department exempted BP’s calamitous Gulf of Mexico drilling operation from a detailed environmental impact analysis last year, according to government documents, after three reviews of the area concluded that a massive oil spill was unlikely.

    The decision by the department’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) to give BP’s lease at Deepwater Horizon a “categorical exclusion” from the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on April 6, 2009 — and BP’s lobbying efforts just 11 days before the explosion to expand those exemptions — show that neither federal regulators nor the company anticipated an accident of the scale of the one unfolding in the gulf.


    BP also gave Obama more money than any other candidate running. Coincidence? I think not. I have zero issues with capitalism. I’m all for capitalism. But this is incestuous crony capitalism, with the politically favored getting free rein while smaller or not-so-connected competitors are crushed with the assistance of the govt.. And both the Left AND the Right of the rank and file are fucking sick of it.

  71. Question: who is worse?

    1. Russert: who stacks a panel with partisans and makes no pretense about being a partisan?

    2. Tapper: who stacks a panel with partisans and pretends to be fair?

    Answer: Tapper

    Question: why?

    Answer: Because of the deception.

  72. Why would Rush Limbaugh say that there is no reason to clean up the oil spill and that nature will take care of it???

    Another nitwit on Fox said, “Why worry about the turtles and fish in the oil spill, they should just stay out of the oil spill, they have the whole ocean to move in, and if they are too dumb and swim into it……………”
    There are idiots on Fox too.

  73. Obama biggest recipient of BP cash.

    While the BP oil geyser pumps millions of gallons of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico, President Barack Obama and members of Congress may have to answer for the millions in campaign contributions they’ve taken from the oil and gas giant over the years.

    BP and its employees have given more than $3.5 million to federal candidates over the past 20 years, with the largest chunk of their money going to Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0510/36783.html#ixzz0n4kmo1v3

  74. A Pakistani- American charged in the failed Times Square car bombing has waived his right to a speedy arraignment and was not expected to appear in court on Wednesday, a person briefed on the case said, adding that no court appearance has been scheduled.

    Federal authorities have said that the man, Faisal Shahzad, 30, began cooperating after his arrest late Monday night and has provided valuable intelligence, in addition to admitting that he drove the car bomb into Times Square and received bomb-making training in the tribal regions of Pakistan.


  75. Sorry, seems that final paragraph got lost. I’ll intend to give up on trying to do quotes.

  76. Ahhh, so the terrorist married to become a citizen…


    One man in the group was the Pakistani-born Faisal Shahzad, whose father or grandfather was a Pakistani military official and who, at 29, had spent a decade in the United States, collecting a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree and landing a job with a Connecticut financial marketing company.

    He had obtained citizenship through marriage to a woman who was born in Colorado — the authorities say she and their two young children are still in Pakistan, where they believe he was trained in making bombs last year in Waziristan, a tribal area that is a haven for militants.


  77. Shadowfax
    May 5th, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Sooo fish are to be ridiculed because they don’t have “real” brains and swim away? Cause if they did, would we EAT them? Maybe they would eat us. Oh yes, some do, I forgot about sharks.

    Seems everyone is downplaying the BP disaster because they all get the money under and over the table. All media, Dem’s and Repubs. Although I do hear Hannity daily screaming it is the Fraud’s fault. Maybe they forgot him on the last payout.

  78. From Bitter


    Is President Obama Using Executive Powers To Organize Angry Anti-Capitalist Protests On The Streets Of America?
    by Andrew Marcus

    From the cheap seats, it sure does look like the President of the United States is using the powers of the Executive to coordinate with Andy Stern to organize a series of protests entitled “Showdown In America.”


  79. gonotx

    Although I do hear Hannity daily screaming it is the Fraud’s fault.

    …and that is the main reason I watch Hannity. 🙂
    He rails on a daily basis and has the greatest pet names for all the O’administration characters.

  80. Canaan, Thanks for that information…its just terrible and huge hospital closing like that. You’d think that would be huge news…there’s is going to be many healthcare workers out of workers soon, maybe not nurses, but the rest of us. I am an xray tech and there are NO fulltime jobs, something that has never happened in the 23 years I have been one. I mostly worry about the rural hospitals…many closed in the 90’s.

    I was talking to an er admitting clerk the other night…he said out of the 19 people he saw that day only two had insurance and it was medicare…things are really bad.

    I can’t believe I keep seeing the senator of NY and not the governor or Bloomberg during this terrorist attack.

  81. “Showdown In America.” will be in November at the ballot box.

    I hope his ego is ready to take a real hit.
    Run for the hills, MO!

  82. If the fraud OK’d BP request for drilling oil without going thru the normal procedures then it is the fraud’s fault….but lets remember the oil men in govt. don’t want them either….I think the blame is go to unfettered capitalism which encompasses both parties….greedy companies and greedy politicians..

    I think the way I am going to vote is to vote out all incumbents.

  83. Gateway pundit. I can not tell you how much I depend on the tax break to save in my 401. This would be a disaster! It’s hwy robbery!

    Posted by Jim Hoft on Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 6:03 AM

    The Obama Administration is making plans to take over the nation’s 401(k)s in order to bail out their union backers and their bankrupted pension plans.
    Connie Hair at Human Events reported:

    In February, the White House released its “Annual Report on the Middle Class” containing new regulations favored by Big Labor including a bailout of critically underfunded union pension plans through “retirement security” options.

    The radical solution most favored by Big Labor is the seizure of private 401(k) plans for government disbursement — which lets them off the hook for their collapsing retirement scheme. And, of course, the Obama administration is eager to accommodate their buddies.

    Vice President Joe Biden floated the idea, called “Guaranteed Retirement Accounts” (GRAs), in the February “Middle Class” report.

    In conjunction with the report’s release, the Obama administration jointly issued through the Departments of Labor and Treasury a “Request for Information” regarding the “annuitization” of 401(k) plans through “Lifetime Income Options” in the form of a notice to the public of proposed issuance of rules and regulations. (pdf)

    Republican Leader John Boehner released this statement today in response to this recent move by democrats:

    Keep Bureaucrats’ Hands off Americans’ 401(k)s

    House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and members of the House GOP Savings Solutions Group sent a letter to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner warning the Obama Administration that the government should keep its hands off of the retirement savings of Americans, and should reject proposals that would dismantle or nationalize the private 401(k) system in favor of a government-run retirement security regime. Several Administration officials, including the Vice President, have voiced support for efforts to create so-called “Guaranteed Retirement Accounts” or impose new government mandates which would undermine 401(k) retirement savings plans and jeopardize employers’ willingness to continue offering them to their workers. Boehner issued the following statement:

    “The American people are asking ‘where are the jobs?’ They aren’t asking for job-killing policies that jeopardize their retirement savings. Unfortunately, Washington Democrats are pursuing policies that make it more difficult to offer 401(k) savings plans to their workers, and some are even advocating replacing them with government-run accounts and ending 401(k)s altogether. That’s unacceptable and not the solution Americans need at a time when they are still rebuilding their retirement, college, and personal savings.

    “Republicans are committed to offering better solutions, and the proposal we have offered – the Savings Recovery Act – will help restore Americans’ savings and ensure that Washington does not stand in the way of families’ ability to save more. It’s time for Democrats to stop advocating policies that will destroy Americans’ savings and work with Republicans on better solutions to help rebuild them.”

    Several GOP House members signed on to a letter delivered to labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner expressing their concerns today.

  84. confloyd

    I think the way I am going to vote is to vote out all incumbents.

    That’s pretty much my plan too, and I will vote in newbies to see if they can do a better job. I will vote for Diane Feinstein though.

  85. Keep Bureaucrats’ Hands off Americans’ 401(k)s
    I don’t have one, but touching American’s savings is fighting words.

  86. confloyd
    May 5th, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    If hospitals close nurses lose jobs, period! But what is happening is that we are required to take on more and more responsibilities and less staff. Less lab personal because nurses already do it, PT, on and on. My work load most days is on the verge of panic. It will only get worse IMHO. Hospitals already encourage family to stay 24/7. Next they will ask them to get certified in a skill no doubt to “help out”.

  87. In the news: David Obey (D-Wisconsin) is going to retire. He’s chair of the very powerful House Appropriations Committee. You don’t give up that kind of power unless you are about to get creamed in the election, and you know it.

  88. HillaryForTexas, So much for the narrative that only Blue Dogs were in trouble.

    A short while back we cited the difficulties long-term liberal Dimocrat David Obey faced. The NYTimes published an article noting how many Dimocrats like Obey were in trouble.


    In a major blow to Democrats, House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey has told close associates that he will not seek reelection. An announcement of his plans is expected as early as Wednesday.

    The Wisconsin Democrat faces tough poll numbers at home, but until Tuesday night his staff had insisted he was running aggressively and had hired campaign staff. But a person close to him confirmed the decision to POLITICO Wednesday and said Obey was preparing to make a statement.

    A news conference has been called at 1 p.m., and Obey staff indicated he would announce his plans then.

    Elected in 1969, the liberal is a major institutional figure who played a leading role in the anti-war and reform movement of the House in the 1970’s. As the Appropriations chairman, he has been a close ally to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) who came up through the same panel before moving into the leadership. And his departure follows on the death of Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) this winter, a second Pelosi ally and veteran of the powerful committee.

    Indeed, the death of Murtha—and a second Obey associate—former Rep. Charles Wilson of Texas— may have influenced the chairman’s decision. At 71, he is only about five years younger than his late friends, and given the hard road ahead this election year, “he’s bone tired and reached a point in his life where he has to think about how much time he has left.”

    Obey’s frustration with the White House has been no secret either, and his unhappiness helps explain the repeated delays in the House over moving ahead with new funding for the war in Afghanistan. He himself is torn about President Barack Obama’s commitment of increased U.S. troops at a time of continued economic troubles at home. And after first setting a Memorial Day deadline, Democrats admit privately that Congress may not complete action on the package until the July Fourth recess.

    Obama is Poison.

  89. I know that Feinstein has voted with her party, but she has also spoken up and has supported things I believe in for a very long time. She is also close to Hillary.

  90. admin, The boob’s comment that “the difference between now and 1994 is that you’ve got ME” may turn out to be true. But not exactly the way he meant.

  91. An oil refinery has exploded here in San Antonio. It does mostly military and jet fuel. A truck at the loading dock exploded first, now the whole refinery is up in flames, and they are evacuating neighborhoods a mile out.

    Local twitter says that locals are also seeing jet fuel spilling into the san antonio river from a tank damaged in the blast.

  92. BP Says One Oil Leak of Three Is Shut Off


    Though by itself the move was not expected to reduce the amount of oil being released — estimated at 210,000 gallons a day — it “does enable to us to make progress, to winnow down the focus from three leaks to two,” said the spokesman, John Curry.


    Covered a leak that doesn’t make a difference……..whadda deal!

  93. HillaryForTexas, do you know that Twilight Zone episode in which aliens (not illegal aliens, but actual ones from outer space) come to earth? The aliens promise all sorts of good things including free rides to their home planet. Many earthlings accept the offer. One skeptic gets a hold on an alien book and manages to translate the title: “To Serve Mankind”. What this skeptic eventual finds out as he translates beyond the title is that the book is a cookbook. “It’s a cookbook” he yells to all the fools on the spaceships.

    Likewise, Obama’s “You have me” is not a consolation, it’s a threat of death.

  94. An honest man of the left. He says the country is going to hell and no one cares. One of the things he notes in passing is: ““We have a corporate media cartel that overlaps with the war industry. It has no interest in democracy. The Congress is bought and paid for. It is absolutely corrupted by money. We kick ourselves for not being active enough and imposing our demands, but the bar is set very high for us. We have to try very, very hard and make very, very big sacrifices if we are going to influence this Congress prior to getting the money out and getting a decent media system.
    No One Cares

    By Chris Hedges

    We are approaching a decade of war in Afghanistan, and the war in Iraq is in its eighth year. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and thousands more Afghans and Pakistani civilians have been killed. Millions have been driven into squalid displacement and refugee camps. Thousands of our own soldiers and Marines have died or been crippled physically and psychologically. We sustain these wars, which have no real popular support, by borrowing trillions of dollars that can never be repaid, even as we close schools, states go into bankruptcy, social services are cut, our infrastructure crumbles, tens of millions of Americans are reduced to poverty, and real unemployment approaches 17 percent. Collective, suicidal inertia rolls us forward toward national insolvency and the collapse of empire. And we do not protest. The peace movement, despite the heroic efforts of a handful of groups such as Iraq Veterans Against the War, the Green Party and Code Pink, is dead. No one cares.

    The roots of mass apathy are found in the profound divide between liberals, who are mostly white and well educated, and our disenfranchised working class, whose sons and daughters, because they cannot get decent jobs with benefits, have few options besides the military. Liberals, whose children are more often to be found in elite colleges than the Marine Corps, did not fight the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994 and the dismantling of our manufacturing base. They did nothing when the Democrats gutted welfare two years later and stood by as our banks were turned over to Wall Street speculators. They signed on, by supporting the Obama Democrats, for the corporate rape carried out in the name of globalization and endless war, and they ignored the plight of the poor. And for this reason the poor have little interest in the moral protestations of liberals. We have lost all credibility. We are justly hated for our tacit complicity in the corporate assault on workers and their families.

    Our passivity has resulted, however, in much more than imperial adventurism and a permanent underclass. A slow-motion coup by a corporate state has cemented into place a neofeudalism in which there are only masters and serfs. And the process is one that cannot be reversed through the traditional mechanisms of electoral politics.

    Last Thursday I traveled to Washington to join Rep. Dennis Kucinich for a public teach-in on the wars. Kucinich used the Capitol Hill event to denounce the new request by Barack Obama for an additional $33 billion for the war in Afghanistan. The Ohio Democrat has introduced H. Con Res. 248, with 16 co-sponsors, which would require the House of Representatives to debate whether to continue the Afghanistan war. Kucinich, to his credit, is the only member of Congress to publicly condemn the Obama administration’s authorization to assassinate Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen and cleric living in Yemen, over alleged links to a failed Christmas airline bombing in Detroit. Kucinich also invited investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill, writer/activist David Swanson, retired Army Col. Ann Wright and Iraq war veteran Josh Stieber to the event.

    The gathering, held in the Rayburn Building, was a sober reminder of our insignificance. There were no other Congress members present, and only a smattering of young staff members attended. Most of the audience of about 70 were peace activists who, as is usual at such events, were joined by a motley collection of conspiracy theorists who believe 9/11 was an inside job or that former Sen. Paul Wellstone, who died in a plane crash, was assassinated. Scahill and Swanson provided a litany of disturbing statistics that illustrated how corporations control all systems of power. Corporations have effectively taken over our internal security and intelligence apparatus. They run our economy and manage our systems of communication. They own the two major political parties. They have built a private military. They loot the U.S. Treasury at will. And they have become unassailable. Those who decry the corporate coup are locked out of the national debate and become as marginalized as Kucinich.

    “We don’t have any sort of communications system in the country,” said Swanson, who co-founded an anti-war coalition (AfterDowningStreet.org) and led an unsuccessful campaign to impeach George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. “We have a corporate media cartel that overlaps with the war industry. It has no interest in democracy. The Congress is bought and paid for. It is absolutely corrupted by money. We kick ourselves for not being active enough and imposing our demands, but the bar is set very high for us. We have to try very, very hard and make very, very big sacrifices if we are going to influence this Congress prior to getting the money out and getting a decent media system. Hypocritical Congress members talk about money all the time, how we have to be careful about money, except when it comes to war. It is hypocritical, but who is going to call them on that? Not their colleagues, not their funders, not the media, only us. We have to do that, but we don’t in large part because they switch parties every number of years and we are on one team or the other.

    Scahill—who has done most of the groundbreaking investigative reporting on private contractors including the security firm Blackwater, renamed Xe—laid out how the management of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is being steadily transferred by the Pentagon to unaccountable private contractors. He lamented the lack of support in Congress for a bill put forward by Rep. Jan Schakowsky known as the Stop Outsourcing Security (SOS) Act, H.R. 4102, which would “responsibly phase out the use of private security contractors for functions that should be reserved for U.S. military forces and government personnel.”

    “It is one of the sober realities of the time we are living in that you can put forward a bill that says something as simple as ‘we should not outsource national security functions to private contractors’ and you only get 20 members of Congress to support the bill,” Scahill said. “The unfortunate reality is that Rep. Schakowsky knows that the war industry is bipartisan. They give on both sides. For a while there it seemed contractor was the new Israel. You could not find a member of Congress to speak out against them because so many members of Congress are beholden to corporate funding to keep their House or Senate seats. I also think Obama’s election has wiped that out, as it has with many things, because the White House will dispatch emissaries to read the riot act to members of Congress who don’t toe the party line.”

    “The entire government is basically privatized,” Scahill went on. “In fact, 100 percent of people in this country that make $100,000 or less might as well remit everything they owe in taxes to contractors rather than paying the government. That is how privatized the society is, that is how much of government has been outsourced in this society. There are 18 U.S. intelligence agencies on the military and civilian side and 70 percent of their combined budget is outsourced to for-profit corporations who simultaneously work the United States government as well as multinational corporations and foreign governments. We have radically outsourced the intelligence operations in this country because we have radically outsourced everything. Sixty-nine percent of the Pentagon’s entire work force, and I am not talking only about the battlefield, is now privatized. In Afghanistan we have the most staggering statistics. The Obama administration is infinitely worse in Afghanistan in terms of its employment of mercenaries and other private contractors than the Bush administration. Right now in Afghanistan there are 104,000 Department of Defense contractors alongside 68,000 U.S. troops. There is almost a 2-to-1 ratio of private-sector for-profit forces that are on the U.S. government payroll versus the active-duty or actual military forces in the country. And that is not taking into account the fact that the State Department has 14,000 contractors in Afghanistan.”

    “Within a matter of months, and certainly within a year, the United States will have upwards of 220,000 to 250,000 U.S. government-funded personnel occupying Afghanistan, a far cry from the 70,000 U.S. soldiers that those Americans who pay attention understand the United States has in Afghanistan,” Scahill said. “This is a country where the president’s national security adviser, Gen. James Jones, said there are less than 100 al-Qaida operatives who have no ability to strike at the United States. That was the stated rationale and reasoning for being in Afghanistan. It was to hunt down those responsible for 9/11.”

    Josh Stieber spoke at the end of the event. Stieber was deployed with the Army to Iraq from February 2007 to April 2008. He was in Bravo Company 2-16, which was involved in the July 2007 Apache helicopter attack on Iraqi civilians depicted on the video recently released by WikiLeaks. Stieber, who left the Army as a conscientious objector, has issued a public apology to the Iraqi people.

    “This was not by any means the exception,” he said of the video, which showed helicopter pilots nonchalantly gunning down civilians, including a Reuters photographer and children, in a Baghdad street. “It is inevitable given the situation we were going through. We were going through a lot of combat at the time. A roadside bomb would go off or a sniper would fire a shot and you had no idea where it was coming from. There was a constant paranoia, a constant being on edge. If you put people in a situation like that where there are plenty of civilians, that kind of thing was going to happen and did happen and will continue to happen as long as our nation does not challenge these things. Now that this video has become public it is our responsibility as a people and a country to recognize that this is what war looks like on a day-to-day basis.”

    I was depressed as I walked from the Rayburn Building to Union Station to take the train home. The voices of sanity, the voices of reason, those who have a moral core, those like Kucinich or Scahill or Wright or Swanson or Stieber, have little chance now to be heard. Liberals, who failed to grasp the dark intentions of the corporate state and its nefarious servants in the Democratic Party, bear some responsibility. But even an enlightened liberal class would have been hard-pressed to battle back against the tawdry emotional carnivals and the political theater that have thrust the nation into collective self-delusion. We were all seduced. And we, along with thousands of innocents in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and beyond, will all be consumed

  95. H4T, This oil refinery does mostly military???Is that what your saying??? Could this be terrorism???This is what they do in Iraq and Afganistan, they blow up fuel trucks! So unusual for a truck to blow up. Everything is sooo unusual nowadays! WTH, we have BO as Potus!

  96. Most of us on this blog are old enough to remember the halcyon days of the 1950s, an era of unprecedented prosperity when the only thing we had to worry about was the threat of nuclear annihilation by a competing superpower who despite their expansionist ideology was capable of rational decision making.

    In those days, the common creed of the land was that citizens had a moral right as well as a constitutional one to join together with their friend and neighbors to organize for civic and political purposes without government interference so long as their activities lawful. Indeed, this kind of activity was deemed to be the bedrock of democracy. Now and then media critics like Mencken and self styled sophisticates would take their cheap shots, but the worst they called them was squares.

    In the Age of Obama, everything is corporate. Change does not come from the grass roots, everything is imposed from the top down. This is the imprimatur of a dictatorship. Policies are adopted without public consent, are pursued against the public will, the media becomes the servant of corporations, and democracy is destroyed. And when citizens organize to fight against these corporatist forces, they get called thugs and racists, with no supporting evidence. The only evidence against them is unsubstantiated charges, ambush interviews, and spectral evidence as we saw in the Salemn Witch Trials, courtesy of Representative Lewis, who hears voices no none else can here from ghosts on one else can see.

    It is important to remember that over thirty people were executed in Salemn Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1692 based on just such evidence. And then as now, the society was under economic pressure because Salemn was losing its economic preeminence in the colony due to competition from New Bedford, Boston and other communities which were leaner and more able to cope.

  97. Shadowfax
    May 5th, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Speaking out and being ‘close’ she still votes 100% fraud. She must go. They all must go that support this agenda or we may never have another chance!

  98. Sara Palin Outlasts Newsweek editor John Meecham
    Eric Erickson

    Jon Meacham, the overly pretentious editor of Newsweek, has finally succeeded. He has driven Newsweek into the ground.

    Meacham and the rest of the Newsweek gang decided to turn Newsweek into leftwing political pornography in order to get access to Barack Obama. Increasingly, their audience has shrunk to a few blocks on the Upper West Side, various newsrooms, Democrat offices in Washington, and some college libraries.

    The rest of the world jumped to Time, which still at least pretends to be unbiased, or got off the weekly circuit altogether.

    Only recently Newsweek suffered the indignity of having to move office space.

    Apparently, literary intimate acts with the Obama White House while also attacking Sarah Palin just cannot sustain traffic in the already over saturated marketplace of leftwing propaganda and Meacham has never been willing to go as far as Larry Flynt except when it comes to bashing Christians.

    Well done, Jon. But don’t worry. I’m sure you can furrow your brow and cash in on your “enlightened Southern Episcopalian” card to keep up appearances and rube bashing.

  99. gonzotx
    May 5th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    May 5th, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Speaking out and being ‘close’ she still votes 100% fraud. She must go.

    As you get to know me, you will see that I am very loyal to those that have worked hard for things I believe in…and I will vote for Feinstein to stay. 😉


    She Wasn’t Even in the Room [Richard Grenell]

    Now comes word that United States ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice wasn’t even at the U.N., let alone in the committee room, when U.N. members voted Iran onto the Commission on the Status of Women committee. Not only was our ambassador not in the room for the vote, she wasn’t even in the building. Wouldn’t you think that a female American ambassador would understand the importance of standing up against a country that has some of the world’s most hostile laws toward women? Shouldn’t Rice want to use the opportunity to highlight the regime’s record on women’s rights?



    Sure sounds like it and collecting a pay check for not showing up or even speaking out later.

    Maybe she will see the significance when Adinnerjacket brings her a burqua to wear at a future meeting, if she isn’t too busy to go.

  102. Wbboei@3:35

    YEAH, YEAH, YEAH….I AGREE WITH YOUR COMMENT!! The SOB cares nothing for the common folks and everything comes from the top down….is that not what was called “trickle down”???

    BTW, I just got off the treadmill, I could only go 2mph for 12min at a 5 degree incline…omg, before Hillary ran for Potus…I could do 2hrs at 4.1mph at 5 degree incline…I have been sitting my arsh on this computer and eating/drinking since Hillary said “she’s in and she’s in it to win it”. I started today and help me out and ask me if I got on my treadmill today…I was suppose to do this 1 year ago…nothing like putting things off…LOL!

    Sorry for getting of the subject, but am trying to lose a little weight so I can qualify for a better health insurance policy and of coarse avoid having the “big one”.

  103. That Susan Rice, YUK!!! I hope she is left out during the next women’s day celebration!

  104. As you get to know me, you will see that I am very loyal to those that have worked hard for things I believe in…and I will vote for Feinstein to stay.

    Shadow, those are GREAT characteristic YOU have, unfortunately, she has not reciprocated, but left us out to dry. When the shit it the fan, she was no where to be found. MIA! Something to really think about.

  105. Increasingly, their audience has shrunk to a few blocks on the Upper West Side, various newsrooms, Democrat offices in Washington, and some college libraries

    Those would be the elitist’s address’es…ha ha ha !

  106. confloyd
    May 5th, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    I just got out of the pool after 45 min’s of exercise. First day back in the water and boy do I feel it!

  107. Rep. Peter King: Investigate Why Shahzad Was Given A Play-By-Play On The Manhunt For Him
    I’ve really never seen a high-level fugitive manhunt where the administration was so promiscuous with leaks. Every second this guy was being given fresh information about where the feds were in their hunt.

    “I believe the FBI should investigate who leaked this information out before the arrest was made,” said King, a Republican member of the Homeland Security and Intelligence committees. “I think it compromised the investigation and put lives at risk. This guy was carrying a weapon.”
    Faisal Shahzad, 30, was apprehended at Kennedy Airport just after 11 p.m. last night. King notes details about the man started surfacing in the afternoon, when the world had believed cops were looking for a middle-aged white man.

    “To be putting law enforcement at risk of the investigation being compromised, and him getting away – it could have ended up in a gun battle,” King said. “This guy took off when he realized they were coming after him.”

    King, the ranking member of the Homeland Security Committee, said he’s never seen such “totally irresponsible” behavior in an ongoing, high-level probe.

    Check out the response from a presumed Obama-voting LEO:

    Update: The White House declined to comment, but a law enforcement official offered: “Given his well-known history of leaking information, I’m surprised that Pete King seems so eager to launch an investigation that could well end up ensnaring him.”
    I find that kind of extraordinary. It’s not-so-veiled threat, isn’t it?

  108. May 05, 2010
    Obey announces retirement from House

    Rep. Dave Obey, D-WI, holds one of the most powerful posts on Capitol Hill: As chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, he can decide where federal funds are spent.
    CAPTIONBy Alex Wong, Getty ImagesHouse Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey has scheduled a major announcement for 1 p.m. today. Our friends at Politico are reporting that the Wisconsin Democrat has told close associates that he will retire.

    Update, 1:58 p.m. ET:”There is a time to stay and a time to go. And this is my time to go,” the 71-year-old lawmaker told reporters in announcing his retirement. “I think, frankly that my district is ready for someone new to make a fresh start.”

    Obey, who has represented Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District since 1969, was being targeted for defeat by the National Republican Congressional Committee. Republican Sean Duffy, the Ashland County district attorney, reported strong fundraising last week and was recently endorsed by former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

    Though Obey has owned the district for most of his career (his closest recent race came in 1994 when he won by eight percentage points), it’s not a slam-dunk for Democrats.

    Though President Obama won Obey’s district with a convincing 56% of the vote in 2008, other recent presidential elections have been much closer. In 2004, the results were: Democrat John Kerry, 50% ; Republican George W. Bush 49%. The 2000 presidential race ended up in a 49%-49% tie in Obey’s district, with Democrat Al Gore squeaking past Bush by fewer than 2,000 votes.

    Republicans are hailing Obey’s announcement as yet another sign of their party’s surge. Here’s what Ken Spain, communications director for the party’s congressional campaign committee, had to say:

    There is no question that David Obey was facing the race of his life and that is why it is understandable that the architect of President Obama’s failed stimulus plan has decided to call it quits. It is ironic that a congressman who became infamously known for his short temper and angry tirades on the House floor, is going out with such a whimper.

    As appropriations committee chairman, Obey wields considerable influence on Capitol Hill and oversees how the House allocates federal spending. His retirement would be a blow to House Democrats, who are trying to hold onto the majority. But history has shown that the president’s party loses seats in congressional midterm elections. Obey is also close to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

    Obey would be the 18th House Democrat to announce he is not seeking re-election; so far. That compares with 19 GOP retirements.

  109. HALLO, Everyone…

    The mirror of my mind, my computer, is in the shop. The reason why I have been absent from Pink School. Imagine being without your puter or access to one since Monday.. (painful withdrawl) Anyway, the computer guru has temporarily loaned me his laptop until all the viruses have been properly euthanized in mine. Good reading, from all.

    “When asked if he was proud of his actions, he said: “Of course, man. I’m a veteran. What do you think?”
    The vendor said that he had served during the Vietnam War and had been selling wares on the street for about 20 years.
    “I don’t have too much of a choice, nobody’s giving me a job,” he said._______________________________
    A forgotten generation of soldiers who fought a war while the majority of Americans were harrassed as unAmerican if they dared to protest the war in Vietnam. Vietnam Veterans love our country. Just ask them when you visit a VA Hospital. They are easily recognized. Somewhere on their person is the symbol of the flag. ____________________________________________________
    “There are a bunch of us disabled vets selling here, and we’re used to being vigilant because we all know that freedom isn’t free,” Jackson, 58, told the Times.”

    Admin: exactly the right words, “See something, say something,” he said.”

    You said: “The marvelous “sound bite” which displays a canny intelligence.” Twenty-years of observing “the vigilance factor” does certify Lance as a Terrorist Road Scholar and most of all, expert!

  110. gonzotx

    Something to really think about.
    Oh, believe me, I have thought about it a long time. I may be ‘new’ blogging here (but I have lurked here a long time), but I have blogged as a PUMA elsewhere…since Hillary’s blog. I won’t change my mind…

  111. ShadowFax, Hillary’s blog?? Has she herself blogged or are you talking about these pro hillary blogs?

  112. confloyd, Hillary had a blog on her campaign website that a lot of us frequented. The entries were usually written by various staffers, though.

  113. ShadowFax,

    Given obama’s threatening nature, I’m not surprised that Feinstein and others have been kept in line with regards to his way or no way voting.

    I like her and always have. I agree that she has worked very hard.

    Nobody is perfect, not even Hillary or Bill. I think it’s great that you continue to stand by her.

  114. H4T, I remember that…I commented there quiet often, just forgot about it…I think I went there after I started coming here though…then an old friend who I started commenting with at the DNC blog told me about this place and no quarter. There are so many places to visit and read its really great.

  115. Personally, i can’t wait until next month when Blago goes on trial…I don’t think he will go gently into that goodnight! I will get the popcorn!

  116. JanH
    May 5th, 2010 at 6:39 pm
    Bin Laden living in lap of luxury in Iran?

    There isn’t a doubt in my mind your article regarding Bin Laden’s comfort is true. If I remember correctly, BL needs Dialysis 3X a week for a serious kidney condition.

  117. #
    May 5th, 2010 at 8:20 pm


    Given obama’s threatening nature, I’m not surprised that Feinstein and others have been kept in line with regards to his way or no way voting.

    I like her and always have. I agree that she has worked very hard.

    Nobody is perfect, not even Hillary or Bill. I think it’s great that you continue to stand by her.
    Thanks. I am more interested in a politicians voting record and can I can be upset at them for not going against the Fraud, but I won’t vote against someone that has spent years working for the things that are important to me. I would rather have her in that seat than anyone else.

  118. confloyd
    Hillary didn’t blog, but I always hoped that she watched the blog and knew how we all were fighting for her.

  119. It would be amazing if we found out some day that HRC was blogging amoung us.

    Oh well, I can dream, can’t I. If you are here H, Iran is afraid of you. Great Going Gal.

  120. Is it true that Ahmadinejab said today that he was sure Osama Bin Laden was in the U.S. and in fact was in the U.S. capital???

    This guy is really nuts!

  121. #
    May 5th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    It would be amazing if we found out some day that HRC was blogging amoung us.

    Oh well, I can dream, can’t I. If you are here H, Iran is afraid of you. Great Going Gal.
    I’m another dreamer NewMexicoFan, I always hope she checks out ‘her sites’ and maybe is just a lurker.
    Go Hillary, go! We are proud of you. Run for President again, paleezzzzzzzzzzze!

  122. Shadowfax
    May 5th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    You sound like a nice person, and I am sure you are. You want to give the benefit of the doubt to Feinstein for past “good” work, but here is the problem with that thinking: many people want the Congress to pay for what they have done to us and this great land. Problem is, they want you to get rid of your congressman/woman, but not theirs. Diane may have done “good deeds” in the past that you are so ever grateful for, but here is the caveat… she threw you, me, and the rest of America away and has shown no Ovarian Fortitude, AT ALL, and voted EVERY TIME with the FRAUD. She is not our friend, she is not a friend of America, and this great constitution so many have sacrificed for. When the going was not tough, she could stand on the right side, but the going became tough, and she abandoned any principals she had, or should I say we thought she had. Keeping our “beloved incumbents” in, will put the final nail in our coffin.

    They ALL have to go when their time comes up for a vote so in the future, ‘they’, the so called elected officials, remember that they work for US!

    Term limits, Term limits, Term Limits…..

  123. confloyd (8:50 pm) go check out the video at 9:45 a.m. I put in. Yes, he really did say that.

  124. While Oil Slick Spread, Interior Department Chief of Staff Rafted with Wife on “Work-Focused” Trip in Grand Canyon

    Though his agency was charged with coordinating the federal response to the major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Department of the Interior chief of staff Tom Strickland was in the Grand Canyon with his wife last week participating in activities that included white-water rafting, ABC News has learned.

    Other leaders of the Interior Department were focused on the Gulf, joined by other agencies and literally thousands of other employees. But Strickland’s participation in a trip that administration officials insisted was “work-focused” raised eyebrows among other Obama administration officials and even within even his own department, sources told ABC News.

    Strickland, who also serves as Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, was in the Grand Canyon with his wife Beth for a total of three days, including one day of rafting. Beth Strickland paid her own way, Obama administration officials said.

    The Stricklands departed for the Grand Canyon three days after the leaks in the Deepwater Horizon pipeline were discovered. Ultimately, after the government realized that the spill was worse than had been previously thought, officials decided that Strickland was needed in the Gulf so Strickland was taken out of the Grand Canyon by a National Park Service helicopter.


  125. At one time, big media made some colorable attempt to report the news, and to present all sides of an issue. The traditions of journalism, a devotion to the truth and the editors who were men of prudential wisdom and sound judgment ensured a viable product. As I have mentioned before when I campaigned in Indiana, I stayed at the home of and became close friends with a family that owned a newspaper which was widely regarded as the best small town newspaper in America for decades and the key to it was a very special editor who checked his sources, did not publish any investigative journalism unless it could be corroborated by more than one source, and felt a strong obligation to the community which transcended the profit motive. His was president of the old Newspaper Association of American and counted Ben Bradley among his many friends,

    You can see how much things have changed today if you read what is written in big media today, and reflect upon Erickson’s comments about Newsweek in general and its editor John Meecham in particular. He describes how this editor abandoned journalistic standards in the hope of gaining access and influence to the White House, how he turned his magazine into a complete whore, and how the public has no continuing interest in what he is peddling. If you look at this scenario through the eyes of an industrial engineer, you would be tempted to eliminate this step in the production process, because it duplicates what the White House Press Department already does, adds no value and wastes time.

    We know far too much about trivial matters, and far too little about the people who shape public opinion for better or for worse. If we are to accept the truth and veracity of what they say, and what they censor it behooves us to know far more about them personally, as well as professionally. We need an entire biographical sketch, a cirriculum vitae and their general reputation in the community. We need to know what their body of work is, where it can be viewed and whether they have any conflict of interest that prevents them from being objective. We need to know their income and net worth. The public has access to this information in a campaign environment, or in the context of a Senate Hearing. These editors have broad plenary power, and they manipulate the political system to their own ends. We need to know who they really are.

  126. May 05, 2010
    Carbon credit traders in EU raided by anti-fraud investigators
    Thomas Lifson

    Call it a fraud within a fraud. Carbon credits trading in Europe is suspected of massive fraud, with prosecutors in Britain and Germany raiding firms engaged in the business. The EU Observer reports:

    Traders involved in Europe’s flagship climate change programme, the Emissions Trading System – some of whom work at Germany’s biggest banks and energy firms – were the focus of a series of raids and arrests by British and German prosecutors in part of a massive pan-European crackdown on CO2-credit VAT fraud.

    A total of 25 people were arrested amid a blitz by authorities on hundreds of company offices in the two countries, including Deutsche Bank and energy firm RWE, in a case involving the theft of an estimated €180 miillion from government coffers.

    Prosecutors do not yet see the warmist panic and its financial scam carbon credits as a fraud designed to enrich Al Gore, Goldman Sachs, and all of Obama’s friends that are investors in the Chicago Climate Exchange. All they are concerned with is an apparent scheme to evade Value Added Tax payments:

    The criminal activity the raids focussed on relates to what is known as “carousel fraud.” Criminals establish themselves in one EU member state and open a trading account with the national carbon credit registry. They then buy carbon credits in a different country, which makes them exempt from VAT. These are then sold to buyers in the original country, but with VAT slapped on, although the VAT then just disappears along with the trader and the money never arrives in government coffers.

    The report indicates that up to an astonishing 90 percent of the trades have involved VAT fraud. Actually, it should not astonish us that people attracted to a business built on fraud also pick-up an extra bit of profit by defrauding the government out of tax revenues.

  127. gonzotx
    One thing great about being an American, we own our own vote. (Unless tampered with by ACORN or the DNC)

    We each have our own way of reasoning and I will leave it at that.
    I appreciate the argument for the sake of discussion but I am happy with my choice and I’m stickin’ to it.

  128. Just a few environmental articles to keep us updated on the caron scam… it seems so much ponzie to me…

    May 05, 2010
    Virginia AG investigates possible Climategate fraud
    Thomas Lifson

    Ken Cuccinelli II, attorney general of the state of Virginia, is pressing a civil fraud investigation into the research carried out by Michael (“hide the decline”) Mann while he was professor at the state-funded University of Virginia. Rosalind S. Helderman of the Washington Post writes:

    The civil investigative demand asks for all data and materials presented by former professor Michael Mann when he applied for five research grants from the university. It also gives the school until May 27 to produce all correspondence or e-mails between Mann and 39 other scientists since 1999.

    The actions by Cuccinelli (R) — who has sued the federal government over its regulation of greenhouse gases and has become a leading national voice in alleging that scientists have skewed data to show evidence the Earth is warming — were cheered by those on the right, who have long targeted Mann as a leading proponent of the theory.

    The usual suspects are denouncing the inquiry, of course. Academic freedom, in their minds, apparently extends to fraud.

    This will be a difficult case to make, I am sure. But the entire warmist conspiracy, which has already enriched Al Gore and many other schemers, needs to be investigated by someone with subpoena power.

  129. Is it true that Ahmadinejab said today that he was sure Osama Bin Laden was in the U.S. and in fact was in the U.S. capital???

    This guy is really nuts!
    He is crazy alright—like a FOX. Think about it for a second. If the causus belli for our war in Afganistan and Iraq is to find Bin Laden and destroy al Qaeda, but Bin Laden is in Washington DC as opposed to The Valley of the Swan, or the frontier areas of Pakistan, then the moral justification for war in those places collapses. It becomes, in effect, the wrong war, in the wrong place, at the wrong time. That is why he says it. And I believe he is speaking primarily to his followers.

  130. Yes Shawdow we do, and so does she.

    I work with a lot of parents that have an incredible time dishing out TOUGH LOVE… They see their offspring as those darling children they nurtured with everything they had, and don’t want too see what they have really have become. But tough love works, and in the end, saves lives from utter destruction.

    At some point you have to ask yourself, when is enough enough.

    I am hoping you revisit your decision at some point, as it effects us all.

  131. While Oil Slick Spread, Interior Department Chief of Staff Rafted with Wife on “Work-Focused” Trip in Grand Canyon
    Under Obama and his predecessor the inmates are running the asylum. And on all fronts it shows. This yo-yo reminds me of Brownie. Yes, how soon we forget.

  132. Wbboei,May 5th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    I agree with that. I am glad you look at that video I posted from LaRouche Pac. The lady that was being interviewed seemed to know a lot more than we all do about the interworking of what is really going on..I thought you had a friend at LaRouchePac? This is so interesting as now I fully believe Obama is a British agent.We will get sucked into the crap that is going on in Greece…but if America falls so will the planet…something the globalists are thinking about.

  133. I’m just curious, is everyone on this blog planning to vote straight down the line in 2010 for Republican’s only?

  134. shadowfax…I was but have now decided to vote against all incumbents. I did vote in the republican primary for the first time evah. It was weird to vote on the proprosition to require mothers to have a sonogram and counciling before getting an abortion…that’s was on the primary ballot here in Texas.

  135. confloyd
    May 5th, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    shadowfax…I was but have now decided to vote against all incumbents. I did vote in the republican primary for the first time evah. It was weird to vote on the proprosition to require mothers to have a sonogram and counciling before getting an abortion…that’s was on the primary ballot here in Texas.
    Yea, my voting for McPalin was my only time voting for a Repub too, and it was weird for me. I couldn’t vote for the sonogram prop either. I’m with you, vote the bums out, except for the ones I will keep to myself from now on. 😆

  136. Shadowfax
    I’m just curious, is everyone on this blog planning to vote straight down the line in 2010 for Republican’s only?


    I’m planning to judge each individual, according to priorities like
    Did he/she support Hillary in 2008?
    Does he/she have policies I agree with?
    How competent and honest is he/she?
    Would a victory for him/her send a good message against sexism or mudslinging?

    I think the clearest message we can send is to reward Hillary PUMA types (like Coakley for example) and punish Bots.

  137. gonzotx
    May 5th, 2010 at 9:45 pm


    They should get Ken Starr, he’s good at smearing good guys like Clinton and Gore.

  138. gonzotx
    May 5th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    May 05, 2010
    Carbon credit traders in EU raided by anti-fraud investigators
    Thomas Lifson


    That sounded like a reasonable, factual article — till Lifson (or someone) added an unsupported opinion smearing Gore and the whole scientific community. 😉

  139. turndownobama
    May 6th, 2010 at 12:10 am

    Smearing Gore? No thank you, he does very well all by himself!

  140. I just read that NK has amassed 50,000 troops on the border with SK, not sure if its true. I was wondering if anyone else had heard this??? Kim has been summoned to China…that I know is true, I read that a couple of days ago.
    I understand that now SK believes it was a NK torpedo that sunk their ship and is threatening retaliation…has anyone else heard/read this???

  141. An incompetent member of the Seattle City Council who supported Obama has taken it upon herself to propose that Seattle boycott Arizona. This is a largely symbolic act, typical of the kind of idiot she is. In fact, she has not read the bill and does not understand its provisions. Nor does she understand the violence which that State faces with the drug war spilling over from Mexico. I sent her the letter below with a p.s. that I would work to defeat her in the next election.

    Hillary opposes the Arizona law as well. I understand that. From her perspective that is understandable. The Mexican government is our ally in this war, and we do not need to complicate the relationship. In her shoes I would make the same argument. But as Governor of Arizona, I would say that the federal government has failed to protect the citizens of Arizona therefore as violence escalates the State must act, and will act in a Constitutional manner.

    The rationale for action goes back to something the political philosopher Thomas Hobbs said, which is that the first duty of government is to protect its citizens from the risk of violent death. For eight years now, and through three administrations that has not happened.

    As for the idiot Councilwoman she needs to butt out, or leave the safety of her pampered existence and spend a few nights in a border town listening to the sound of gunshots ringing through the night air. Then perhaps she will understand. Perhaps.
    Dear Councilwoman:

    It is not the duty of the City of Seattle, Washington to criticize other states’ legislation! I suggest you deal with Seattle’s problems instead of becoming involved in other states’ issues.

    Furthermore, your boycott of Arizona can only harm the city. You clearly do not realize that more than 60% of Americans support Arizona’s new law and this has already led to counter-boycotts. This legislation can only cause problems for those who have already broken America’s laws. Did you think about this when you proposed the boycott? Why is it unpatriotic, racist, or unconstitutional to enforce America’s just and fair laws?

    I urge you to rethink your proposed boycott and issue an apology to the people and legislators of Arizona. They have a right to make their own fair and just laws without the meddling of out-of-state politicians. You have brought shame and dishonor to the City of Seattle and you should be ashamed of yourself!

  142. EOUL (AFP) – Traces of explosive from a torpedo have been found on debris from a sunken South Korean warship, a newspaper said Thursday, but the defence ministry denied the report.

    Aluminium fragments from a torpedo casing have also been found, Dong-A Ilbo newspaper quoted an unidentified member of a team investigating the blast as saying.

    President Lee Myung-Bak hinted Tuesday that North Korea was involved in the March sinking of the Cheonan, which cost 46 lives. He promised a “resolute” response when the cause is established following the multinational probe.

    The unidentified team member was quoted as saying the explosive traces were found on a funnel that was torn off the Cheonan by the blast on March 26 near the disputed border with North Korea.

    “It has been confirmed that the explosive came from a torpedo,” the team member was quoted as saying.

    Detailed analysis of salvaged aluminium fragments also confirmed they are from a torpedo, the individual said.

    The defence ministry denied the report. “No traces of explosive have been found,” spokesman Won Tae-Jae said. “We’ve not reached any conclusion yet that the aluminium fragments came from a torpedo.”

    Dong-A said investigators would announce their findings no later than mid-May.

    The North, whose leader Kim Jong-Il is visiting China this week, denies involvement. Kim reportedly met President Hu Jintao Wednesday and South Korean analysts have said the ship incident would likely be discussed.

    The South has not publicly ruled out a military response if the North is proved to have sunk the Cheonan, but has said it would probably take the issue to the UN Security Council.

    China is the North’s sole major ally and main source of fuel and food. As a permanent veto-wielding council member, its support would be crucial in any attempt to punish the North

  143. Hillary opposes the Arizona law as well. I understand that. From her perspective that is understandable. The Mexican government is our ally in this war, and we do not need to complicate the relationship.

    I myself have issues with her opposing the law. I know her postion as SOS, but really, when will someone step up for the American people? I guess the Gov of AZ…

  144. ok, a joke i found on Bitter

    Over five thousand years ago, Moses said to the children of Israel,
    “Pick up your shovel, mount your asses and camels, and I will lead you
    to the Promised Land.”

    Nearly 75 years ago, Roosevelt said, “Lay down your shovels, sit on your
    asses, and light up a camel, this is the Promised Land.”

    Now Obama has stolen your shovel, taxed your asses, raised the price of
    camels and mortgaged the Promised Land!

    I was so depressed last night thinking about Health Care Plans, the
    economy, the wars, lost jobs, savings, Social Security, retirement
    funds, etc, . . . I called Lifeline. I got a call center in Pakistan. I
    told them I was suicidal.

    They got all excited and asked if I could drive a truck….

  145. I know I was having this conversation here last night about educated terrorists. I said they were common and someone here thought not so. I just found this .Turning in gang, good night…

    Another Middle-Class Terror Suspect

    On Wednesday a Reuters wire report on the background of Faisal Shahzad, the suspect in the Times Square bomb case, called him “educated and well-heeled.” That fact is stated as if it is something of a surprise that this young professional, a full-fledged citizen of Western society, might have attempted a terrorist attack. But haven’t educated sons of privilege been behind almost every recent terror attack on the West?


  146. Here is a story which will illustrate the problem Arizona is faced with which Big Media chooses to ignore when it trashes the Arizona law.

    Ten years ago, a friend of mine and I were having dinner at a restaurant in central Tempe which has named Monte’s. It is an old adobe structure which dates back to territorial days, and was the original home of Carl Hayden who was the longest serving member of the United States senate. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Hayden

    After dinner we stepped outside to talk and we could hear the sound of gunshots in the night air. I asked my friend about it and he said it happens almost every hour. I asked him what it was and he said it is a drug war. I called him after the last post and prior to this one. He remembered the conversation and he said it has grown much worse. He said the most dangerous job in the world is being a Mexican Policeman and the drug gangs will shoot you for that alone. Likewise, just being an Arizona citizen is becoming hazardous to your health.

  147. turndownobama

    I’m planning to judge each individual, according to priorities like
    Did he/she support Hillary in 2008?
    Does he/she have policies I agree with?
    How competent and honest is he/she?
    Would a victory for him/her send a good message against sexism or mudslinging?

    I think the clearest message we can send is to reward Hillary PUMA types (like Coakley for example) and punish Bots.
    I am in total agreement with you!

  148. Here’s an article about the Arizona law. It first appears well-written and factual — but I think it may actually be slanted when you look at what it DOES NOT include.

    It begins by saying, reasonably enough, that ‘cartel members’ sneak across the border being careful not to cause trouble till they get to major cities — then AVOIDS detailing how much crime they cause when they get there.


  149. I think the clearest message we can send is to reward Hillary PUMA types (like Coakley for example) and punish Bots.
    The CLEAREST MESSAGE we can send is to throw out ALL those who SUPPORTED the FRAUDS agenda. Even ‘old friends’…especially ‘old friends’.

    How does that knife in the back feel one might ask?

  150. Connie: if you believe that the United States should lead the world then Obama is not your man. China is attempting to use its influence to reign in North Korea. The deal is trade in exchange for de nuclearizaton. If China call pull this off it will be a feat similar to Teddy Roosevelt’s mediation efforts which concluded the Russo-Japanese War, which led to the Great White Fleet voyage around the world and foreshadowed its emergence on the world stage as a future world power. If they pull this off it will cement their influence in east Asia, pull Japan more into their orbit, and eclipse the power of the United States. In addition, it will strengthen their hand in their defense of Iraq, and make them a key player in those negotiations. Bambi may be glad to hand the ball off to someone else but that does not mean they will run toward the rignt ends zone. This is an AP article, so you cannot take what it says to the bank without independent corroboration.

    I have little sympathy for the plight of South Korea. From the days of Symgoman Ree through the Viet Nam War they were a strong American ally. But as their economic power has grown so has their sense of arrogance. I much prefer the Japanese.
    Nukes, trade underpin NKorea leader’s China visit




    North Korean leader Kim Jong Il was believed to have arrived in Beijing on Wednesday on a secrecy-shrouded visit that experts say aims to secure economic support in exchange for a commitment to return to denuclearization talks.

    For a third day, Chinese officials refused to confirm Kim is in the country, though journalists have seen him several times since he arrived aboard his armored train Monday.

    Wednesday afternoon, a fleet of North Korean-flagged limousines escorted by police was seen entering the Diaoyutai State Guest House in western Beijing where foreign leaders often stay on official visits.

    Security was high around the sprawling compound of lakes and villas, with police, soldiers and plainclothes agents posted along walls and at access points. Police closed the road in front and parked a bus at the main gate to block journalists’ view as the more than 50-vehicle convoy entered.

    South Korean media reported Kim would be feted by Chinese President Hu Jintao with a welcoming banquet at the Great Hall of the People on Wednesday night before the delegations sit for summit talks Thursday.

    China, which sent troops to save the North Korean regime during the 1950-53 Korean War, is widely seen as having the most clout with Kim’s hardline communist government. Kim has visited China five times since succeeding his father as ruler in 1994, the last in 2006.

    Thursday’s discussions are expected to center on further financial help from China, already impoverished North Korea’s biggest source of food and fuel aid and main bulwark against tougher international sanctions.

    Chinese investment, especially in North Korean natural resources, has been growing, although economic chaos — most recently a botched currency reform effort — limits such opportunities.

    Fearing the regime’s implosion and mass unrest on its border, China is expected to accede to new aid requests, said Cai Jian, deputy director of the Center for Korean Studies at Shanghai’s Fudan University. The sides may also start implementing economic agreements signed during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s trip to Pyongyang last year, Cai said.

    While Beijing won’t link the issues explicitly, it will expect Kim to show new willingness to rejoin long-stalled six-nation talks sponsored by China under which Pyongyang agreed to dismantle its nuclear programs in return for aid.

    “They want to break the deadlock so that North Korea could get back to the framework of the six-party talks,” Cai said.

    An announcement during Kim’s visit could bring new talks by June, said Yang Moo-jin, a professor at University of North Korean Studies in Seoul. The participants also include South Korea, the U.S., China, Russia and Japan.

    “Hu Jintao will promise an active cooperation in Chinese economic aid and investment to North Korea, while Kim will respond by announcing his country’s return to the six-party talks and his commitment to denuclearization,” Yang said.

    North Korea quit the talks a year ago, and then conducted a nuclear test that drew tightened U.N. sanctions. Kim has taken no concrete steps amid what experts see as moves to groom his youngest son, Kim Jong Un, to succeed him as leader of the nation of 24 million.

    A Chinese official underscored Beijing’s hopes for a new round of negotiations in remarks Tuesday at a U.N. conference to review the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and explore ways to strengthen its controls on the spread of nuclear materials.

    “China has been committed to promoting diplomatic solutions of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue and the Iranian nuclear issue,” said Li Baodong, China’s main delegate to the monthlong conference.

    Kim’s trip also comes amid increasing speculation in South Korea that the North may have torpedoed a South Korean warship in disputed waters in March, killing 46 sailors.

    South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on Tuesday stopped just short of blaming the North.

    The North has denied involvement in the sinking, accusing Seoul of spreading false rumors to shore up sanctions against the North and to muster conservative votes ahead of mayoral and gubernatorial elections.


  151. Shadowfax: I realize that you did not ask me but let me tell you what I intend to do–as a matter of strategy:

    1. Senate: straight republican–to weaken Obama. (Note: in 2006 I voted straight democrat to weaken Bush)

    2. House: ditto–unless the democrat voted against Obama care. (Note: in 2006 I voted straight democrat to weaken Bush)

    3. Governors: democrat if and only if they supported Hillary (Note: this was where Bill’s strength began)

    4. State Legislature: democrat if and only if they supported Hillary.

    Let me know your reaction.

  152. I lived thru the Bacero program of the 50’s, it was dangerous. Many women were raped and murdered. As a small child I used to ride my horse from daylight to dark in the vegetable fields of Edinburg, Texas, my mom warned me where the bacero camps were, but I was allowed to go where I wanted, but I knew where it was safe and where it wasn’t…I can’t imagine how it is now…so dangerous where do you tell your children to play without the worry of a bullet, abduction, or rape. I do not envy those people living along the border with Mexico these days. If it takes the police to ask every mexican american for their driver’s license they should be willing for it will allow their own children to have a safe place to play.


    What’s up with Billy Graham Jr. having a disagreement with Obama??? Have you seen this, it was on Greta tonight…

  153. wbboei, Obama will never be my man…lets get that straight right now..I may still be a democrat….but Obama sucks! I will vote for Newt and/or Starr before I vote for that SOB. Now that we’ve got that straight, do you personally believe that the oil rig went down because of this blow off valve that it did not have? Do you have any knowledge of what caused it to go down??

  154. Here is the largest spill in history…my husband built the “sombrero” to cap it…it took more than a few days to build it…how in the world did they build this cap so quickly?

    The Cantarell Complex of five oil fields lies beneath the Bay of Campeche. It is the second most productive oil field in the world, supplying about two thirds of Mexico’s crude oil output. On June 3, 1979, Ixtoc I, an exploratory oil well, located in the bay, suffered a blowout and became the largest unintentional oil spill in history. The area of the bay is 6,000 miles (9,700 km) and maximum depth of the bay is approximately 170 feet (52 m

  155. China has Mr Obama checkmated. They rise as we fall and his bots will try to spin that one into a foreign policy success for Obama. That is not at all what it is. It is a foreign policy success for China. Meanwhile, Mr. Obama has reduced us to the role of a bit player in this drama. In times past, we would have been the leader. Under Obama this country is becoming little more than a paper tiger. He is doing to this country that which our external enemies never could. And that is because too many naive and desperate people made the fatal mistake of voting for him.

  156. wbboei, Obama will never be my man…lets get that straight right now..I may still be a democrat
    I did not mean you personally. It is clear where you stand on that issue. I meant the third party you which is a synomym for anyone. I was reacting substantively to your point.

  157. I lived thru the Bacero program of the 50’s, it was dangerous. Many women were raped and murdered. As a small child I used to ride my horse from daylight to dark in the vegetable fields of Edinburg, Texas, my mom warned me where the bacero camps were, but I was allowed to go where I wanted, but I knew where it was safe and where it wasn’t…I can’t imagine how it is now…so dangerous where do you tell your children to play without the worry of a bullet, abduction, or rape. I do not envy those people living along the border with Mexico these days. If it takes the police to ask every mexican american for their driver’s license they should be willing for it will allow their own children to have a safe place to play.
    It was like that in California then as well. A close friend of mine who was a Union President was sent down to Delaney California in the early 60s. He was there to assist Caesar Chavez. He told me the women ran the operation and the top one was Dolores Huerta. When it comes to union organizing, she was the best he had ever seen. She did her own job and she did Caesars’s as well. She was a strong Hillary supporter in the primaries, and she always delivered the vote. Remarkable. Sometime later Caesar was given a large ranch by a Hollywood producer–I believe it was David O Selznik-who was Louie B Mayers Son in Law, husband of Jennifer Jones and Irving Thalbergs successor at MGM. Gone With The Wind was his biggest success. And when Caesar got that ranch he too was gone with the wind from the labor movement. He became a Spanish Grandee, and that left Dolores to carry on. If you talk to her yourself she will tell you about all the workplace abuses, the living conditions, the squalor, the low wages. If you got injured on the job instead of giving you medical treatment they packed you up on a bus and sent you back to Mexico–your job was done. Dolores continued her work with the California legislature and helped mitigate and eventually end the Bracero program, etc.

  158. What’s up with Billy Graham Jr. having a disagreement with Obama??
    I do not know. But if I were to guess, it was because Obama wanted absolution for his sins and Graham refused because there are too many of them, and being a sociopath Obama is incapable of feeling remorse or repenting for his sins.

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