Election Day Approaches – Prepare For More Terror

Are Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and the Hopium Guzzlers who applauded his cheap speculations, fools or liars? Yesterday morning Bloomberg testified before the Senate Homeland Security Committee to ask for more money and more gun laws. During his testimonyBloomberg went on to say that since 1990, there have been more than 20 terror plots against the city.”

Bloomberg did not explain that all the terrorist attacks against New York City since 2001 came from Islamic terrorists. Bloomberg also did not explain why, if all the terrorist attacks against New York City since 2001 came from Islamic terrorists, he speculated that it was those opposed to Obama’s health scam who probably were responsible for the Times Square fireball bomb.

If all the previous attacks came from Islamic terrorists why did Hizzoner trash Obama health scam opponents as the potential murderers? Do the laws of probability and logic no longer apply? Is Bloomberg a fool or a liar?

Now Bloomberg wants to flood Manhattan with even more police cameras. Apparently the camera that mislead Bloomberg and the Nutroots to chase 40 year old white men as the potential culprits will now have company. Lots and lots of company:

“Instead, an integrated system maintains an unblinking eye, not just watching, but constantly collecting license plate numbers and video of pedestrians and drivers, as well as detecting explosives and other weapons.

An important component of the program is coordination between the police network and private businesses’ cameras, something that has not been established in Times Square, causing detectives significant extra work.

Also, a separate, but similar program called Operation Sentinel plans to log every vehicle entering Manhattan island by scanning their license plates and checking for radiation.”

An “unblinking eye” of a pernicious state Sauron is not as effective as two Vietnam Veterans, peddling their T-shirts and other wares, who abandoned their valued property in order to check out what happened and report it to authorities.

This all reminds us of an episode of the Roseanne Barr show. The neighbor’s house is plundered by thieves disguised as charity workers while the neighbor is away. Roseanne actually buys a dog statue umbrella stand from the disguised crooks. After the burglary is discovered by the now returned neighbors, the neighbors come up with an idea:

“Jerry Bowman: Thanks, thanks, but uh, Kathy sorta had this idea that we should start a neighborhood watch.

Dan: Well, I thought that’s what happened, Jer; you got robbed, and the neighborhood watched.”

The fictional Roseanne watched while a crime was committed against her neighbors but did nothing constructive. She watched. A canny Vietnam Veteran would have approached the criminals and asked for identification and verified with police that the “charity” workers were who they said they were.

Times Square in New York City is already awash with Police command centers, many police Captains, Lieutenants, and beat cops who have the “unblinking eyes” at their disposal but did nothing until the two, almost discarded, Vietnam Veterans opened up their eyes to what was going on. This is not to attack New York police. They did a fine job once they were alerted. But the cameras did nothing to help. The cameras actually hindered the investigation.

The cameras put the eye of suspicion, wildly applauded by the Nutroots, on a 40 year old white guy whose only crime was to remove his shirt in hot weather. So the answer by Mayor Bloomberg is: more cameras. Something is very wrong with this picture. Logic would tell us we need more African-American disabled Vietnam Veterans who although nearly discarded by society did more than those, expensive to purchase and maintain and monitor, gizmos and gadgets.

“What good are cameras? The debate over them is often framed as hardheaded law enforcement types versus wimpy civil libertarians. Whether the cameras actually work in practice to help solve and prevent crime generally gets ignored.

It shouldn’t. Leave aside those airy privacy concerns for the moment. Installing, maintaining and monitoring thousands of these devices, as in New York and Chicago, costs millions of dollars. Absent cameras, that money could be spent on beat cops, patrol cars, forensic equipment, jail cells, you name it.

The point of any law enforcement tool is not just to do some good but also to do some good at a reasonable cost compared with the alternatives. It’s by no means clear that surveillance cameras even come close to meeting that standard.”

Some cameras have aided in identifying criminals, but:

“A more complete assessment indicates that when it comes to preventing and solving crimes, the cameras are about as useful as a pet rock. Britain has 4 million of them, but a 2005 report by the British government found little evidence to justify the effort. Video surveillance, it said, “produced no overall effect” on crime.”

The cameras only document a crime not prevent a crime. All the tourist snaps imaginable will not prevent a terror attack. Generations later we still debate the meaning of Zapruder’s iconic horror. And every day it appears that with all the cameras in the world the almost successful, save for a malfunction, terrorist almost got away.

We Democrats, liberals, progressives, and other critics of the Bush presidency rightly excoriated Bush for his failures to prevent, after sufficient warning, the September 11, 2001 attack. Now, the Nutroots and assorted Hopium Guzzlers are content to excuse high levels of Obama boobery.

“On Tuesday, Gibbs suggested some of the blame for Shahzad’s boarding of the plane Sunday lay with the airline itself, because the company allowed him to board.

But on Wednesday, the administration announced the problem was with the rules for the government’s no-fly list.[snip]

In fact, New York City officials were reportedly annoyed by Holder’s insistence on pre-empting them by calling a press conference announcing Shahzad’s capture at 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday – despite the fact the event mustered a single, sleepy print reporter.”

It’s all about publicity stunts. More cameras to sell a fake security. Publicity stunts to hide the failures and the coming election disaster for Obama. And nary a mention of what the real threat is. Nary a mention of the utter and absolute failure at snowy Christmas and in sunny May.

“Why was Faisal Shahzad permitted to board a flight for Dubai some 24 hours after investigators of the Times Square terrorism case learned he might be connected to the attempted bombing?

Though Mr. Shahzad was stopped before he could fly away, there were at least two significant lapses in the security response of the government and the airline that allowed him to come close to making his escape, officials of the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies said on Tuesday.

First, an F.B.I. surveillance team that had found Mr. Shahzad in Connecticut lost track of him — it is not clear for how long — before he drove to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, the officials said. As a result, investigators did not know he was planning to fly abroad until a final passenger list was sent to officials at the federal Customs and Border Protection agency minutes before takeoff. [snip]

That meant lost opportunities to flag him when he made a reservation and paid for his ticket in cash several hours before departure.”

The increasingly clownish Attorney General is in full Obama publicity stunt mode to hide the failures and the boobery:

“At a news conference in Washington, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said that despite the break in physical surveillance, he had never been concerned that Mr. Shahzad would get away.

“I was here all yesterday and through much of last night, and was aware of the tracking that was going on,” Mr. Holder said. “And I was never in any fear that we were in danger of losing him.”

Janet Napolitano, the Homeland Security secretary, called the capture of the accused terrorist “a great team effort.” She added: “The law enforcement work in this case was truly exemplary.”

While the officials emphasized the successful outcome to the chase, a more detailed account, in interviews with officials who spoke of the continuing investigation mostly on condition of anonymity, gave a mixed picture.

On Sunday night, about 24 hours after the smoking Nissan Pathfinder was left on a bustling Manhattan street, investigators identified Mr. Shahzad as the buyer of the car. While the vehicle identification number had been removed from the passenger compartment, a detective found a duplicate number on the engine block.”

While many are marveling at the detective work, the facts are much more pedestrian. Armed with the easy to locate Vehicle Identification Number from the Nissan Pathfinder it was quick work to find the vehicle owner and then the emails sent to the owner by Shahzad when he purchased the SUV. It took until 12:30 p.m. on Monday to put Failsel [sic] Shahzad on the no fly list – something that should have been done immediately – not after Shahzad became the clear suspect.

Why a last minute, one way, cash transaction, no luggage, lone male, ticket purchase to a Middle Eastern country – shortly after an attempted terror bombing a few miles away, did not attract any attention from security or airline officials demonstrates the absolute failure of the fake “security” at such high “security” airport facilities is nothing less than an absolute failure on the part of the Obama boobettes. If it would have been a Tea Party member attempting to purchase a last minute one way airline ticket with cash they would have likely been Tasered.

To add insult to injury, the T.S.A. checks domestic flight passenger lists but not international flights. Perhaps they are too busy taking pictures with their cameras. Americans will be happy to note that our intrusive “security” agents did not volunteer to take tourist snaps of Faisal Shahzad at the window of his seat as the plane prepared to leave the gate.

If it was George W. Bush who so utterly failed Big Media would be acting like Greek demonstrators on a day’s rampage instead of looking for excuses:

“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.”

Remember how we mocked George W. Bush and Condolezza Rice for ignoring a memorandum warning about attacks in the United States by Bin Laden? Where is the outrage about the absolute failure by Barack Obama? According to Obama lovers at the Washington Post:

The Obama administration Tuesday praised law enforcement officials who responded to and dismantled a car bomb in New York City last weekend and arrested a suspect late Monday. But the fact remained that Faisal Shahzad was allegedly able to train with terrorists in Pakistan, return to the United States to assemble a car bomb in Connecticut and park it in Times Square without anyone in the nation’s vast counterterrorism apparatus knowing anything about it. [snip]

After an aborted bombing attempt aboard a plane on Christmas Day, President Obama cited a systemic failure that allowed the suspect, a Nigerian citizen, to travel on a commercial airliner despite intelligence warnings about his possible connection to terrorism — some of which came from his parents — and allegedly with a bomb in his underwear. Like the Times Square bomb, that explosive malfunctioned.

Obama ordered a major review of watch-list procedures and failures that had also allowed the suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, to retain a valid U.S. visa. Officials said Tuesday that the criteria for searching and questioning individuals had been tightened since then but that the administration is still discussing whether to alter its standard of “reasonable suspicion” of terrorism connections.”

So much for “a major review” and the “systemic failure”. So many words so little results. Imagine if George W. Bush had so systemically blundered. And the blunders have been political blunders.

“They gleaned details about him from an unrelated airport screening conducted when he returned from Pakistan in February, a requirement for all passengers from certain countries instituted after the Christmas Day attempt. The requirement was eliminated this spring after the targeted countries, including Pakistan, complained.”

According to the Obama lovers at the New York Times, Shahzad had raised suspicions and questions from investigators at the Joint Terrorism Task Force. In 2004!

Actually it was not in 2004 but rather starting in 1999 that Shahzad appeared on watchlists. It was because of money questions:

“Sources tell CBS News that would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad appeared on a Department of Homeland Security travel lookout list – Traveler Enforcement Compliance System (TECS) – between 1999 and 2008 because he brought approximately $80,000 cash or cash instruments into the United States.”

Of course that system is a mess too due to “interoperability among databases” problems. George W. Bush began to fix that problem but it won’t be solved until 2015. Maybe some of that “stimulus” money would have been better used for a quicker upgrade of the databases instead of additional bridges to nowhere and more cameras.

What we do know after this absolute failure of national security is that Faisal Shahzad is not a member of the Tea Party movement. He is however a “bona fide Taliban-trained agent. Shahzad was trained in an Qari Hussain run terror camp. He learned about explosives. Was he a sleeper agent? Was his marriage a sham in the same way as the many other sleeper agents who married women with speed akin to Obama’s father? Maybe someday we will get answers.

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Prepare for more terror!

Big Media will assist Obama in his continued bamboozlement publicity stunts. But terrorists see the bumbling for what it is. They are not afraid of cameras nor keystone kops national “security”. Islamic Terrorists are not appeased because Barack Obama won’t say “Islamic Terrorists”.

Prepare also for more terror alert publicity stunts and hysteria when politically expedient. It will be the Obama politics of shiny object distraction.

In Tuesday’s primary elections Reid Wilson of Hotline noted that Dimocratic voter turnout was down and Republican turnout was “up across the board”. Public Policy Polling, a firm approved of by Dimocrats, wrote that

“The turnout patterns in yesterday’s North Carolina primary election should have Democrats even more worried about what’s going to happen this fall than they were before.”

As Dimocratic turnout continues “falling off a cliff” the publicity stunts will increase. David Obey stepped away from the cliff and decided, after more than 20 successful elections, it is time for a change. Perhaps David Obey did not want to continue the bailouts once he heard that Freddie Mac wants another $10.6 billion to add to the $127 billion already received from taxpayers by Freddie/Fannie.

The once left for dead Republicans are prepared to do battle in November with a massive new network and fundraising operation. Americans, not so long ago sick to death of Republicans, are in a terror flight from Obama and his Dimocrats. So get the cameras, strike up the Big Media fluffers, it’s time for terror publicity stunts.

The Obama terror alerts are coming. The terrorists terror threats will continue.

The real terror for Obama is November, when the voters wield their own weapon of mass destruction – the vote.


171 thoughts on “Election Day Approaches – Prepare For More Terror

  1. Election day in Britain today.

    There’s also this story in Politico about what the “dead” Republicans are up to – it’s smart and should immunize them from the mess at the RNC:


    “The Republican Party’s best-connected political operatives have quietly built a massive fundraising, organizing and advertising machine based on the model assembled by Democrats early in the decade, and with the same ambitious goal — to recapture Congress and the White House.

    The new groups could give Republicans and their allies a powerful campaign apparatus separate from the Republican National Committee. Karl Rove, political architect of the Bush presidency, and Ed Gillespie, former Republican Party chairman, are the most prominent forces behind what is, in effect, a network of five overlapping groups, three of which were started in the past few months.

    The operating assumption of Rove, Gillespie and the other organizers is that despite the historical dominance of Republican fundraising and organizing, the GOP has been outmaneuvered by Democrats and their allies in recent years, and it is time to strike back.

    “Where they have a chess piece on the board, we need a chess piece on the board,” said Gillespie, who is involved in all five groups in roles ranging from chairman to informal adviser. “Where they have a queen, we shouldn’t have three pawns.”

    The network, which doesn’t have a name, attempts to replicate the Democracy Alliance, an umbrella group — founded in 2005 and funded by George Soros and other billionaires — and to borrow tactics from liberal groups established to help Democrats regain power after eight years of the Bush administration.”

  2. Is Feingold the next Obey?:


    When former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) announced recently that he wouldn’t enter the 2010 Senate race and challenge Sen. Russ Feingold (D), many of us crossed the state off our list of competitive races.

    Maybe we were a bit premature.

    Two more Republicans — former state Commerce Secretary Dick Leinenkugel and businessman Ron Johnson — are joining the two GOPers already in the contest, businessman Terrence Wall and Dave Westlake, and the newly expanded field is just one reason for reconsidering my knee-jerk judgment.

    None of these four hopefuls possesses all of the qualities of the ideal challenger. But this cycle, Republicans may not need ideal challengers to win, even in the Badger State.

  3. This year is looking more like a whipsaw election every day. The voters haven’t changed but the elected officials and party whom they voted for in the past have changed or voters see these elected reps not standing up for what they want. Because so few of these entrenched Congress persons are ever challenged by their own party in primaries (parties try to control primaries especially Obama so they can get their guys/gals in), the voters have no choice but to vote for the other party to get rid of them. They do not support the other party but really use them to knock off the object of their ire. Then the electorate whips back in the next cycle. This is one of the reasons that first termers are so vulnerable while the electorate is “whipping” around. Obey does not want to end a remarkable career by getting run out of office. Others see the same thing coming and are jumping. Both parties are susceptible this year but Dems more so because they are in the majority AND they have been really stupid. The Brown/MA Senate election was a classic whipsaw in many ways.

  4. This country has lost its collective mind, and California leads the insanity.

    Students punished for wearing American flags on Cinco de Mayo

    Five students at a California high school were forced to leave school and then face disciplinary action yesterday for the crime of wearing clothing printed with American flag designs.

    If you’re wondering how being patriotic could possibly merit punishment, it’s because the kids displayed the American flags on May 5. And as everyone knows, American flags are absolutely verboten on May 5.

    Right? Doesn’t anybody remember that rule? Anybody? Bueller?

    According to local TV stations KTVU and NBC Bay Area, this bewildering and deeply unsettling incident happened at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, a suburban town south of San Jose. As KTVU reported,

    This is what we’ve come to in our insane PC kowtowing to ethnic identity and trashing anything uniquely American. The school allowed Mexican flags galore to fly all over campus, but sent students home for wearing an American flag.

  5. ShortTermer says, I am not racist. I am not violent. I am just no longer silent. What took the Feds so long to address the oil spill in the Gulf? And why do the Feds love the jihadists more than the American citizens? I do not feel safe with the current government; 3 or 4 attacks or attempts to kill us in less than 18 months? I am …beginning to wish for the safety under Bush………NEVER ever did I believe I would be saying that.

    Some years ago at a high school a similar thing happened when some students wore Malcholm X shirts and others wore a rebel shirt. Guess who got disciplined? No matter that Malcolm X incited violence with his meme of ‘by any means necessary.’ IMHO both should have been disciplined.

    I like the statement above that American has lost its collective mind and CA is leading the way. Apropo.

  6. There’s a suspicious smoking piece of luggage that has closed down Seattle’s Sea-Tac airport. Luggage should not do that – stunts growth. 🙂

    We’re making light of this, as we cross our fingers for the best.

  7. Times Square Bomber Linked With CIA-Controlled Terror Group

    Jaish-e-Muhammad founded by CIA-MI6 asset who bankrolled 9/11 hijackers

    Paul Joseph Watson
    Prison Planet.com
    Thursday, May 6, 2010

    A man arrested in Pakistan in connection with the Times Square car bombing attempt who had traveled with accused bomber Faisal Shahzad is a member of a terrorist organization that is controlled by British MI6 and the CIA.

    Sheik Mohammed Rehan, who was arrested on Tuesday in Karachi, “Allegedly drove with Shahzad from Karachi to Peshawar on July 7, 2009, in a pickup truck, authorities said. They returned to Karachi July 22. It is not known why they went to Peshawar and whether they met with anyone there,” reports the L.A. Times.

    Rehan is a member of the militant group Jaish-e-Muhammad, a terrorist organization that came to prominence in the mid-1990’s and has been involved in attacks in the disputed Kashmir border region between India and Pakistan. The group also helped carry out the December 2001 attack on the Indian Parliament which brought India and Pakistan to the brink of nuclear war, tensions that proved very lucrative for British and American arms manufacturers who sold weapons to both sides.

    “The December 2001 terrorist attacks on the Indian parliament — which contributed to pushing India and Pakistan to the brink of war — were conducted by two Pakistan-based rebel groups, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Muhammad, both of which are covertly supported by Pakistan’s ISI,” writes Michel Chossudovsky. “Needless to say, these ISI-supported terrorist attacks serve the geopolitical interests of the US. They not only contribute to weakening and fracturing the Indian Union, they also create conditions which favor the outbreak of a regional war between Pakistan and India.”

    Jaish-e-Muhammad, the group now emerging in connection with the Times Square incident, was founded by Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the 9/11 bagman who delivered $100,000 from the United Arab Emirates to Mohammed Atta at the behest of General Mahmud Ahmed, then head of the ISI. Mahmud Ahmed, the man who ordered Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh to bankroll the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, was meeting with Republican Congressman Porter Goss and Democratic Senator Bob Graham in Washington DC on the morning of 9/11. In the days before and after the attack, Ahmed also met with CIA Head George Tenet as well as current Vice-President Joe Biden, then Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

    In a report on Jaish-e-Muhammad’s involvement in the murder of Daniel Pearl, who was investigating the ISI, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that the Pakistani government, “Believe that Saeed Sheikh’s power comes not from the ISI, but from his connections with our own CIA.”

    Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf also alleged that Sheikh was recruited by MI6 while studying in London for the effort to destabilize Bosnia. During the 1992-1995 Bosnia conflict, the CIA helped Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda to train and arm Bosnian Muslims.

    In 2002, the London Times reported that Sheikh “is no ordinary terrorist but a man who has connections that reach high into Pakistan’s military and intelligence elite and into the innermost circles of Osama Bin Laden and the al-Qaeda organization.”

    Despite Sheikh’s intimate involvement in numerous acts of terror as well as political kidnappings, including the 2008 Mumbai massacre, he was protected by both the CIA and British intelligence at every turn.

    To recap, this is the man who founded the group now emerging in connection with the botched Times Square bombing – a CIA and MI6 asset.

    “Experts believe Jaish-e-Muhammad still benefits from links with Pakistan’s powerful government intelligence community. Some experts believe Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency facilitated the group’s formation,” states yesterday’s L.A. Times article.

    As the vast majority of geopolitical analysts concur, the Pakistani ISI is virtually nothing more than a CIA outpost. The ISI does nothing without the Agency giving its approval. The CIA has paid millions of dollars to the ISI since 9/11, accounting for no less than a third of the ISI’s entire budget, despite the foreign spy agency’s notorious history of funding and arming terrorist groups like Jaish-e-Muhammad and despite the fact that it bankrolled the 9/11 hijackers.

    Since the CIA has its fingerprints all over almost every Middle Eastern terror group, it’s unsurprising that an Agency connection to the Times Square bomber has come to light. We’ve never come across a terrorist who wasn’t trained, equipped, radicalized, entrapped, or provocateured by a western intelligence agency or a terror group controlled by a western intelligence agency.

  8. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/05/06/package-sparks-evacuation-sea-tac-airport-wash/

    Story on luggage


    Also, I am voting Dem for Gov (Diane Denish was a loyal supporter the whole way), probably Rep for LT Gov if Brian Colon gets the Dem nod (He stole delegates from HRC at the State convention before the Primary). However, on the rest, I will be looking at the candidate. If they have not been performing up to MY standards, they are history. I will give no edge to anyone who is an encumbent. They work for me, and if they have not performed in support of issues important to me, they will not be voted for. Of course I will be looking at their health care vote (which probably eliminates all the Dims).

    Now that is revolutionay, that I think they actually work for me. As I have stated many times before, the Dims laugh at that thought.

  9. Sorry admin, I am in moderation again. Probably because I accidently put the same link in twice without realizing it.

  10. Liberal Joan Vennochi of the Boston Globe:


    AMERICANS CAN handle the truth. But when it comes to terrorist acts on American soil, government officials are reluctant to give it to us straight from the start.

    Instant analysis of the Times Square bomb scare kicked off with the usual official disclaimers: Don’t presume a Muslim extremist had anything to do with it.

    It was likely a “lone wolf’’ operation, suggested Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, or, as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speculated, “somebody with a political agenda who doesn’t like the health care bill or something.’’ Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Security, said it was being treated as a “potential terrorist attack’’ but it could be a “one-off’’ or isolated incident.

    The arrest of Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-American, quickly ended alternative theories. Shahzad is not a Tea-Partier-gone-wild or someone unable to take the pressure of home foreclosure, as some news reports intimated. He told authorities his efforts to blow up innocent people are connected to the Pakistani Taliban.

    The SUV parked in Times Square and packed with crude explosives appears to represent that group’s first effort to attack the United States. It stands as yet another, thankfully failed, effort by terrorists with Islamic ties to attack in America.

    Nine years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 and the corresponding war on terror that American troops have been fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the average citizen gets it. Some Muslim extremists want to kill Americans and will keep on trying to accomplish their mission.

    It’s the first thought that registers when a bomb is placed in cars, shoes, or underwear by someone described as Muslim. What’s so terrible about acknowledging that link? [snip]

    But the “lone wolf’’ theory does not make a terrorist attack any less terrifying than one connected to an official pack of wolves — especially if the lone wolf is inspired by the same pack mentality.

    Whether or not Shahzad was connected to a militant jihadist Pakistani network, “he is not a lone wolf,’’ argues M. Zuhdi Jasser, president and founder of American Islamic Forum for Democracy, a group that promotes the separation of religion and state. “The ideas that drove him to act did not hatch in his own mind. We ignore to our own detriment the common ideology, the common malignant virus of the slippery slope of political Islam that takes over these Muslims. When are we going to wake up as a nation?’’

    Jasser, whose views are controversial to some Muslims, also believes that “many politicians are in denial or in avoidance behavior that there is a common ideology that threatens us. It is far more dismissive and expedient to say, ‘Well, just this last case must be isolated, forget the previous 100.’ ’’[snip]

    Today, it’s a sign of political weakness to acknowledge an attempt by a Muslim extremist to attack in the United States.

    Americans know the truth. It’s time for politicians — Republican and Democratic — to trust them to with the realities of the problem. It’s also time for politicians to stop using the reality as a reason to attack each other.

  11. Admin can you please tell me why all my posts go in moderation and lots of times don’t get posted

  12. My daughter who is of Mexican descent was teaching school yesterday on cinco day in Dallas, and the Hispanic kids and AA kids got into a fight as they were walking into the gym. The Hispanic kids were yelling about it being their holiday and the AA kids started to put their fists up in the air and all hell broke out. Now my daughter is a 6 foot Division one basketball athlete one year removed. She told me she grabbed the two kids closest to her and they happened to be AA. She told them “Listen, they get one day a year to celebrate, one year, you get a whole month. Think about it and get the H*ll out of here”…and they did!

  13. Why a last minute, one way, cash transaction, no luggage, lone male, ticket purchase to a Middle Eastern country – shortly after an attempted terror bombing a few miles away, did not attract any attention from security or airline officials demonstrates the absolute failure of the fake “security” at such high “security” airport facilities is nothing less than an absolute failure on the part of the Obama boobettes. If it would have been a Tea Party member attempting to purchase a last minute one way airline ticket with cash they would have likely been Tasered.

    The airlines are too busy pulling middle aged women and children aside and interrogating them. I actually had this experience once in Milwaukee. My daughter and I were flying back to TX and a group came out of a taxi in front of us and there were 2 males, female and a kid,obviously Middle Eastern decent. When they got in the airport after us, they of course went to the same airline as my daughter and I, but something funny happened. One of the males separated from the group and they acted as if they didn’t know each other. Meanwhile the airline pulled this blond haired woman and her 5 year old child out of the line and in front of everyone, and started rummaging thru their luggage. They did not ask these obvious Middle Eastern people anything. It wasn’t that far away from 9/11 and I was on hyper alert watching this play out. The lone guy had on a long trench coat, although it was warm outside, was on his cell, obviously agitated speaking in a middle eastern dialect. Then we get up to the boarding gate. He is trying to cut in line, still agitated and what happens? They pull the woman with the kid again. She is livid and actually so was I. I went up to the ticket agent and told them my concerns with this agitated passenger who at this point was almost yelling in the cell phone and her answer was, “I’m sorry, we are not allowed to profile and the computer just tells me who to pull for a check”. Unbelievable!

  14. ADMIN-

    Another award winning post!

    An “unblinking eye” of a pernicious state Sauron is not as effective as two Vietnam Veterans, peddling their T-shirts and other wares, who abandoned their valued property in order to check out what happened and report it to authorities.


    When it comes down to it, it is the working class public that prevented of most terrorist attacks and not the ‘system’ set up that prevented it by either the Bush administration nor the Fraud administration.

    Think about the people on board the plane that crashed and burned to save the Whitehouse.

    The people that tackled the shoe and diaper bombers while in flight.

    The firemen in the Twin Towers that saved lives to later give their own because no one told them the towers could collapse.

    And the street vendor heros of Time Square.

    It also makes me think of how many times I have heard, “We are far more safe then we were on September 11th. Hogwash!

  15. Thanks Shadowfax, but you would like anything with a reference to Sauron. 🙂

    BTW, a Greyhound bus in New Hampshire has been surrounded by cops due to a bomb threat.

    Also, an Emirates plane has been detained in New York City.

    It’s a terror threat bonanza today.

  16. I like Joan myself and she was someone who told the truth for Hillary during the primary as I recall. I thanked her for that. I am pretty sure it was her. But one sentence in the above piece struck me as false–the notion that Republicans (as well as Democrats) need to wake up to the fact that there are terrorists. In fact, they are the ones who have beating that drum from the beginning and if they err it is on the side of too much as opposed to too little. She also says it is time for politicians to stop using reality to attack each other. That statement is a bit ambiguous but if it means what I think it does it makes no sense. If one side is highlighting a mortal problem, and the other side is minimizing it with alot of politically correct tripe and calling the American People terrorists, then I see no reason why the Republicans should not use reality to hit the Dimocrats between the eyes with a 2×4. Of course I mean that in the nicest way, indeed the same way that that Snake Oil Salesman Schumer meant it when he admonished his fellow co conspiirators to hit Hillary with a 2×4.

    Americans know the truth. It’s time for politicians — Republican and Democratic — to trust them to with the realities of the problem.

  17. My daughter who is of Mexican descent was teaching school yesterday on cinco day in Dallas, and the Hispanic kids and AA kids got into a fight as they were walking into the gym. The Hispanic kids were yelling about it being their holiday and the AA kids started to put their fists up in the air and all hell broke out. Now my daughter is a 6 foot Division one basketball athlete one year removed. She told me she grabbed the two kids closest to her and they happened to be AA. She told them “Listen, they get one day a year to celebrate, one year, you get a whole month. Think about it and get the H*ll out of here”…and they did!
    Good job. They can benefit from a little of the tough love they do not seem to get at home.

  18. Draggin’ this post up from the last thread…

    May 6th, 2010 at 2:10 am

    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.


    I did ask for the voting strategies of people on the blog, yours included…so please don’t feel you were not included. I was also curious to find out if everyone here planned to vote all Repug in 2010 since I got that feeling from gonzotx’s posts about Feinstein…

    I think you have a good plan and I applaud anyone that doesn’t have trouble voting for repugs. (I can only push that lever in a very few instances)

    I will also take into consideration:
    – Their voting record
    – Their support of women’s rights and Hillary
    – Their part in the DNC/primary fraud

    I also would not vote for a gov. in my state like Meg Whitman, she is planning to take over where Raygun left off and I will not give her the chance. I will vote out all the nitwits in Sacramento that have spent California into debt.

    Thanks for your feedback.

  19. This is from the conservative periodical Human Events:

    Obama Fiddled While the Gulf Burned
    by Jeff Crouere

    “The oil that is still leaking from the well can seriously damage the economy and the environment of our Gulf States, and it could extend for a long time. It could jeopardize the livelihoods of thousands of Americans who call this place home. That is why the federal government has launched an all-hands-on-deck, relentless response to this crisis from day one.”—President Barack Obama, May 2.

    President Obama has tried to sugarcoat his administration’s inadequate and tardy response to the worst oil spill in our nation’s history. His claim that the administration has been “all-hands-on-deck … from day one” is laughable.

    The Deepwater Horizon well exploded on April 20, but the President did not make his first remarks on the incident until nine days later and finally visited the region May 2, 12 days after the massive explosion. In the days after the spill, the administration did not express much concern and the Coast Guard commander for the region said that “we do not see a major spill emanating from this incident.” Instead of sending the “A-team” to the region, the President dispatched a deputy Interior secretary.

    Prior to addressing the Gulf disaster, the President found time to blast Wall Street and the governor of Arizona, advocate Earth Day awareness, meet with the Rev. Billy Graham, pitch racial politics in his weekly radio address, prepare his jokes for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, make a racially divisive video to activate his political coalition for the 2010 election and hold an impromptu news conference on a range of topics. In this news conference, the President discussed everything from the Supreme Court to immigration, but did not mention the disaster in the Gulf.

    It was not until April 29 that President Obama deemed the massive explosion right off the coast of Louisiana to be worthy of comment. It was at that point that his administration finally realized that they had underestimated the severity of the explosion. Only then did the administration move into a frenzied state of “action” trying to cover-up their initial mistakes, inaction and utter ineptitude.

    Commercial fishermen in Louisiana could have been utilized from the early hours of this crisis to deploy boom and protect delicate marshland. Sadly, there was an unacceptable delay and even now, not enough fishermen are being used and many continue to wait for a call to action that has not come. In addition, the controlled burn of the oil was not started until four days after the second leak was discovered.

    Five years ago when Hurricane Katrina hit, government officials at all levels failed the citizens of the state. This time, there are similar failures from government officials who waited much too long to take action. Dealing with an emergency effectively requires decisive leadership. On that important test, President Obama failed miserably. Of course, the liberal mainstream news media has given the President a pass. If a Republican President had neglected such a crisis for so long, there would be a media firestorm.

    During his visit to Gulf, the President once again pinned the blame on British Petroleum (BP), the operator of the well. Yet, this blame game does nothing to help Louisiana deal with another Katrina-like threat. Of course, BP will have to pay for the damages and is ultimately responsible, but when the Gulf Coast is threatened by a massive oil spill, it becomes the responsibility of the President of the United States as well. Our federal government has many more resources than BP and those resources should have been deployed from the first day, not nine days after the explosion

    The President’s six-hour visit does not offer much satisfaction to our fishing industry which has been shutdown by this incident. Approximately 30% of the seafood consumed in this nation comes through the wetlands of Louisiana, so this disaster will impact retailers, restaurant owners and consumers throughout the country.

    Today, the estimates are that the well is leaking 5,000 barrels per day, but the President’s point person for the disaster Coast Guard Commander Adm. Thad Allen said the leak could increase 2,000% to an unimaginable level of 100,000 barrels per day. The environmental consequences of such a monumental mountain of oil are too scary to contemplate.

    The massive oil spill threatens the economy and environment of this region. It will lead to billions of dollars in damages. Sadly, it did not capture the attention of the President until nine catastrophic days had elapsed. If this disaster had occurred off the coast of New York or California or any blue state, there is little doubt that President Obama would have been more proactive.

    This massive explosion should have been priority number one for this administration from April 20 onward, but, unfortunately, politics and other trivial pursuits, occupied the time of the President until a wake-up call on April 29. In the nine days that elapsed, precious time was lost and a containment problem became a clean-up nightmare.

    Obama’s response to the oil explosion was so tardy that he actually accomplished the impossible. He made George Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina seem downright timely.

  20. There is a bomb threat in New Hampshire….on a bus…theres suppose to be a fire and and evacuation…has anybody got any news about that??

  21. Its in Portsmouth and there is 17 people on the trailways bus…apparently its on fire and they have evacuated the Hilton Hotel and all the homes around the bus.

    Mrs. Smith where are you??

  22. Hm, the bot types who are upset about Arizona asking for “Papers, please” — what are they saying about Big Brother cameras in NY?

  23. Shadowfax: whenever I start getting sentimental about certain democrats in the senate, I think back to what happened on health care deform and how they chose Obama over the American People. I also remember how they agreed with the Republicans that the policies Obama advocated in the campaign and is pursuing now on behalf of this country toward Israel are fatally flawed, Senate Democrats did not have the guts to call him to task on it, butinstead wrote it to Hillary as if she is the architect of those policies. Thereafter, Newsweek published their cover story and unflattering picture of Hillary entitled Obama’s Bad Cop. This coincided as well with the charm offensive, all of which was designed to insulate him from the consequences of his actions. This is why I favor a meat ax approach rather than a scalpel come November at the federal level. I make one exception and that is for the handful of House Democrats who showed enough spine to vote against Obama care. Those people deserve support. At the state level we can afford to be more nuanced and let our voting behavior support an emerging Clinton coalition if there is to be one. I think we have to get real tough with them here. Otherwise they will walk over us.

  24. Admin-
    “Where they have a chess piece on the board, we need a chess piece on the board,” said Gillespie, who is involved in all five groups in roles ranging from chairman to informal adviser. “Where they have a queen, we shouldn’t have three pawns.”

    Since they are using a chess analgy, when the Queen is taken out of the game by cheating, normally the pawns do not end up caring the King to a win of the Whitehouse because they are usually not in the endgame in force.

    In the General Election, the Republincan’s were not even playing the game, they stayed home and prefered to watch McPalin fight alone. As an oldtime Democrat, I kept waiting for the Repugs to roll out the big tanks…and they never came.

    Also, I still have lingering memories of the architect, Brazillnut and Rush getting their hands in the pie of the primary, and we all know how well that turned out.

  25. Wbb

    I should have said one day above but you got the jest of it. She is a natural and she does teach and coach “tough”. She takes no excuses and expects their best and because of it they respect her and have risen above what most people thought they could give, including themselves. She teaches science to 7th grade low socioeconomic kids who by testing last year failed each and every time. She has raised their scores to the highest in the school AND brought a athletic program that was a laughingstock to find its pride and her girls lost one game last year, just one. For this she was picked as the teacher of the year and is fielding offers from several high schools and the district athletic director told her she was the future of athletics in the district. Now this is a young lady that NEVER took one teaching class in college. She had a double major in biology and chemistry with a history minor. She was offered this job really on a whim when an ex team mates mother who does the recruiting in the Dallas area told her she desperately needed science teachers. Now her plan is to go to dental school and she had a job offer making 1/3 the amount the school is paying her and she thought ‘what the heck” and got her emergency certification. This is a young lady that never baby sat in her life and I thought, Jesus, 35 kids from the other end of the spectrum, this is going to be interesting. She stumbled a few times, thought she could be their friend, but found her groove and realized you could be something more. She became their teacher, mentor, and role model. They love her tough love. They love her. Some kids in other classes have even written essay’s as to how she inspires them. It’s really an amazing story and I am very proud of her. It wasn’t easy playing division one basketball, quite well I must say, one year she was ranked 24th in the Nation, but that’s another story for another time, and having a double science major that she received honors in…but she worked her butt off and in the end, it served her well and she was able to apply what she learned on what it takes to be successful to her kids. During all of this she is now getting her masters and put dental school on hold. We will see, but I don’t think this is the last of the story. She is a natural teacher/coach. She may have found what so many of us look for our whole life.

    That really is the bases of tough love..that is why it works. Very easy for me to transfer this to politicians.

    On a side note, She would have to pick up 2-3 girls each day for 6am practice as their parents were too drunk to drive them to school. She didn’t have to do this, she wanted to.

  26. wbboei
    May 6th, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I generally agree with you, but with one caveat…Some of the Dem’s changed their vote to no on Fraudcare because plasticfacenan allowed them to because she had the votes. Some did it just to save their seat, not for the American people. We can’t forget that.

  27. Initial Jobless claims are down 7,000 to 444K. Slightly higher than the estimate and continuing claims falling just below $4.6 M.
    video dot foxbusiness.com/v/4181506/initial-jobless-claims-drop-for-3rd-straight-week/

    Nonetheless, DJIA is currently down 135+.

  28. Some people’s votes do matter…like voting for TARP! Payback…it’s a bit*h…

    Utah Getting Redder?

    —Gabriel Malor
    Wisdom from PowerLine’s Paul Mirengoff in response to WaPo’s Kathleen Parker:

    Parker’s answer is: “if good-faith conservative legislators such as Bennett fail to pass muster, who will be brave enough to legislate?” But legislation is not an end, it is a means to an end. For conservatives, the end is a society characterized by free markets, limited government, and individual liberty. Thus, conservatives quite rightly will tend to vote for those candidates who most consistently stand for these principles.
    Parker is fretting because it’s looking increasingly likely that three-term Utah Senator Robert Bennett is about to lose the Republican primary to outsider Mike Lee. A lot of that has to do with Bennett’s vote for TARP. He also supported a healthcare reform proposal with an insurance mandate. Parker laments the loss of “good-faith conservative legislators” like Bennett.

    But there is no get-out-of-the-primary card for “good-faith” politicians. He did some things that conservatives in Utah don’t like and now he’s getting the hook. Good for them. That’s why Senators aren’t elected for life terms.

    Parker also re-writes the TARP debate, whining “”Would all those running against TARP now have voted against it had they been in Washington with the full weight of economic collapse on their shoulders?” All of them? No. (But I’d hope they’d learn from their mistake.) Some of them? You bet. Many people opposed the TARP, including me.

    In the end, Bennett’s high ACU score doesn’t mean anything if his constituents want to put an even more consistently conservative senator in his seat. In red state Utah, they can do that. There’s no Tea Party spoiling this race. That’s got to be frustrating Parker without end.

  29. Oil Starts To Wash Ashore Off Louisiana
    Poor Louisiana, they are sure getting the fuzzy end of the stick again…

  30. So what do the bots do when they travel in Europe or anywhere international? Do they decline to show their papers? I know people who have lived overseas in the past from America, and they were told to carry their papers everywhere. They are also monitored at the hotels.

  31. I believe it’s possible Faisal Shahzad’s main objective at Times Square was to rattle the collective mind of the current administration. Maybe a ‘you think I’m stupid for using weak materials, but I think you’re stupid for allowing me to pull off what I did at the crossroad of the world. I very nearly escaped as well.’

  32. Below is an excerpt from the book Leadership Secrets of Hillary Clinton by Rebecca Shambaugh.

    Are You as Resilient as Hillary Clinton?

    We all get discouraged at some point in our lives. We reach a point when we wonder if it wouldn’t be easier to just give up. We begin to doubt our own abilities and lose faith in others. The “thrill of victory” is no longer so sweet, and the “agony of defeat” doesn’t seem so bad. Our energy is drained, and we’ve stopped having fun. This is when you need to dig deep inside yourself and find that well of determination and inner strength that will help you face your fears, counter the ensuing complacency, and keep you committed to reaching your goals.

    Having this sheer determination is one of Hillary’s keys to success. Never being a quitter was wired into her DNA early on and was reinforced while she was still in college. When she first arrived at Wellesley, she struggled academically. She called her parents, hoping that they would tell her to come home. She told them that she didn’t feel that she was bright enough or up for the academic challenge. Dorothy Rodham, her mother, told her that she had not raised a quitter and that dropping out of Wellesley would be a catastrophic mistake. Hillary stayed in school and, with her incredible work ethic, keen organizational skills, and sheer determination, stayed on top of her grades. In fact, she gained enough confidence in her scholastic abilities to take on political leadership roles and was elected president of the Young Republicans. Pretty impressive for someone who wanted to drop out of school!

    And if you followed the 2008 presidential campaign, you know that Hillary stayed in the race to the very end. She never stopped trying to win votes and secure delegates until it was evident that she was not going to win the nomination. She never gave up on what she was truly committed to doing, even when the odds were against her and the effort to move forward must have been very difficult.

    And yet this particular defeat is perhaps the greatest example of her being resilient. While Hillary failed to get the nomination, she showed up at the 2008 Democratic National Convention with a sense of inner confidence and strength and gave an inspirational speech in which she declared her support for the nomination of Barack Obama. She said, “I am here as a proud mother, as a proud Democrat, a proud Senator, a proud American, and a proud supporter of Barack Obama.” She followed with, “Whether you voted for me or for Obama, the time is now to unite as a single party with a single purpose.” Toward the end of her speech, she shared with the audience that even in the darkest moments, Americans are known for their ability to keep going. She said, “We’re Americans, we’re not big on quitting. . . . In America, there is no chasm too deep, no ceiling too high, for all who work hard, have faith in God and our country, and each other.”

    Those words soared through the convention hall, with people rising from their chairs and waving their hands, validating Hillary’s words that evening. In some ways, I believe they were acknowledging her ability to come back, be resilient, and gracefully embrace the new reality that she would not be the next Democratic nominee for the president of the United States.

    Hillary’s words expressed her true intention, which was to serve the country she loved. She even mentioned to some people that she loved her job as a senator and that she could still make a difference by being a senator again, which told everyone that she was not going to just throw in the towel. She knew that her overall desire and purpose was to serve her country, and she made it known that she would do that in whatever capacity the president thought she could do best. Hillary’s ability to be flexible and open to other possibilities was instrumental in her not only being resilient but also ending up having the secretary of state role offered to her. Those who can see beyond the horizon and do not stay in the valley and play the victim are those who not only are resilient but also open the door to other possibilities and sometimes great opportunities.

    Hillary’s resiliency — her unique ability to face adversity and bounce back, as she did in this recent presidential campaign — has won her the respect and admiration of people from all political parties in the United States. And her decision to continue to make a difference by taking on a global leadership role in lieu of being president has impressed people around the world. Truly there are many leadership lessons to be learned from this outstanding woman.

    How Resilient Are You?

    If you are wondering just how likely you are to be resilient at this point in your life, here are a few easy questions to ask yourself. The more times you answer yes, the more likely you are to tap into your resiliency factor.

    1. ___ I’m usually optimistic. I see difficulties as temporary, expect to overcome them, and believe that things will turn out well.

    2. ___ I can tolerate high levels of uncertainty and ambiguity.

    3. ___ I’m able to recover emotionally from setbacks. I can express my feelings to friends and ask them for help.

    4. ___ I feel self-confident and have a healthy concept of who I am.

    5. ___ I hold up well during tough times. I have an independent spirit underneath my cooperative way of working with others.

    6. ___ I’ve been made stronger and better by difficult experiences.

    7. ___ I’ve converted misfortune into good luck and found benefits in bad experiences.

    8. ___ I demonstrate the courage to stand up for what I believe in or feel is important, and I am not afraid of taking prudent risks.

    9. ___ I don’t give up easily. I stay the course even when I get discouraged.

    10. ___ I am comfortable with change. I look for opportunities to learn new things and visibly support the change efforts.


  33. Greece…our canary in the coalmine?

    Greek lawmakers approved the government’s 30 billion euro ($40 billion) austerity bill in a vote in parliament Thursday, paving the way for a record bailout from the European Union and International Monetary Fund.


    In a sign of the problems Papandreou faces within his Socialists in applying the harsh measures, three members refused to support the bill, prompting him to immediately expel them from his parliamentary team.

    The legislation, which includes tax hikes, pension reforms and deep cuts in public sector bonuses which will slash take-home pay for a fifth of the workforce, is being pushed through in exchange for aid of 110 billion euros — the first rescue of a member of the common currency bloc.


    Greece’s main public and private sector unions, whose strikes Wednesday grounded flights, shut shops and brought public transport to a standstill, have vowed to continue to fight the government’s plans.

    “People are right to react and they should continue to protest because these measures are unfair,” said Pinelopi Darmi, a 20-year-old university student. “They hurt the poor only and let those responsible for the crisis get away with it.”


  34. TurnDownObama, was it you who asked “what’s next?” the other day? You just got your answer.

  35. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/07/business/07markets.html

    The market decline on Thursday turned into a freefall, with major indexes tumbling more than 8 percent in afternoon trading. And the euro declined more than 2 percent.

    In afternoon trading, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 8.8 percent, or 996 points. The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index was down 90 points or 7.73 percent, and the Nasdaq was down 175 points, or 7.2 percent.

    Investors took in the latest reports in the United States on jobless filings, retail sales and productivity, and then turned their attention back to Europe and the concerns that Greece’s debt problems might spread.

    The uncertainty pushed the euro to its lowest level in 14 months, at $1.2546 to the dollar. The dollar’s rise sent commodities prices lower. Crude oil fell 6.7 percent to $74.58.

    Europe’s debt worried continued to play out, both on the streets and in legislative chambers. Greek lawmakers late Thursday approved a crucial austerity bill needed to tap into a $141.9 billion aid package from the 15 other countries that use the euro and the International Monetary Fund.

    And German lawmakers were expected to vote Friday on Berlin’s 22.4 billion-euro share of the bailout package.

    The Greek government needs $11.6 billion by May 19 to cover debt payments. But a resolution of its problems is considered only a temporary fix — similar issues are looming for Spain and Portugal, which both had their debt ratings downgraded in recent days.

    “I think it is the same thing that has been influencing the markets in the past two weeks or more, the situation in Europe,” said Bruce Bittles, the chief investment strategist at Robert W. Baird & Company, said. “ There is a lot of fear entering the market, people are taking protective action.”[snip]

    All the rallies to this point have flunked,” Mr. Bittles said. “So that eventually causes people that had loaded up on the rallies to come out. I just think this is a situation where fear is building and mounting and people are selling.”[snip]

    In economic news, the Labor Department reported new claims for jobless benefits fell less than expected last week. And while productivity rose more than expected in the first quarter, much of it was the result of a drop in labor costs, which typically doesn’t bode well for consumer spending.

  36. admin, the computers kicked in and did some big buys to stop the slide. That was a warning shot. I’d advise anyone who is in the market in equities to GET OUT, even if it goes up tomorrow.

    Hubby and I are now in cash, except a small amount in an employer 401K. We got out well before the last crash, too. Any idiot could have seen it coming.

  37. Every dam time I put a chunk in the market in tanks…:(. Another note, Bill Mahar on AC 360 last night..At least he admitted that we are way too pc regarding Islamic terrorism.

  38. I was a top security threat, evidently, as I purchased a one way ticket back home when my Mom was dying as I did not know when I might get to come back home. This little white haired great-grandmother was put through some pretty embarrassing stuff at the airport…like I was a terrorist.
    I am traveling by plane again next week without a checked bag as I had a lot of stuff for a very important birthday party that I have planned and will execute, so I just sent my clothes in the box by parcel post. They lost my bags on two occasions and had to have them delivered by a taxi; and they are now charging for checked bags, both ways, so it was cheaper just to ship the stuff. Do you figure I will get targeted again? If so, I can assure you that I will not be silent.

  39. Jeez! My brother and his wife are leaving for a 3 week holiday in Greece this Sunday. Should be interesting.

  40. Americans shouldn’t get smug about Europe’s woes
    May 5, 2010 15:58 EDT

    The United States is a great distance from Greece and its economy is moving in a better direction. But the subprime crisis showed how fast and how far local financial problems can spread. If the euro zone gets into real trouble, the United States may be a safe-ish haven, but can’t hope to escape unscathed.

    American investors got a sampling this week of what further deterioration in the euro zone could taste like. On the good side, investors rushed into perceived harbors – the dollar and Uncle Sam’s own debt. On the bad side, the swoon in prices of American shares and corporate debt indicated the long reach of a foreign crisis.

    Looking forward, an encumbered euro zone economy isn’t good news for global growth, an essential ingredient in the still developing U.S. economic recovery. A new European recession would slow demand for American exports, which would be less competitive in any case, thanks to the crisis-strengthened dollar.

    Then there is the interconnected global financial system. Few envisioned that lax lending standards for subprime loans would start a chain reaction that ended with a global crisis and recession.

    The European Union is trying to keep its problems local, by helping Greece and stamping out brush fires breaking out in Portugal and Spain. But troubles could spread rapidly, especially if European politicians balk at offering aid or some banks begin to buckle under their sovereign debt holdings. In a complex system, the woes might rapidly cross borders and oceans.

    The International Monetary Fund’s involvement in the bailout also means that the United States is stretching itself further. As the largest shareholder in the fund, it is effectively lending Greece money when private markets will not.

    Of course, the U.S. government benefits from the crisis in one important way – at least for a while. If Europe were sound, investors would probably be more worried about the American fiscal deficit of $1.5 trillion, even if the latest budget news is more positive. Unfortunately, the ease of placing government debt could give policymakers the idea that huge deficits don’t matter. They will, though, a crisis or two from now.


  41. jbstonesfan
    May 6th, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Me too. I don’t have the stomach for this. No one knows whats going on.This is new territory.

    My husband freaked out. I wasn’t listening because I was in the garden.

    Cash and gold I guess, the hell with the rest.Time to stock up on commodities

  42. From CNBC:

    One trader, on the condition of anonymity, said he heard fixed income desks in Europe shut down early because there was no liquidity — basically European banks are halting lending right now.

  43. (Okay, this is gonna sound racist but I don’t care)

    ShortTermer –
    Do you figure I will get targeted again? If so, I can assure you that I will not be silent.


    Either slip on a burqua or wrap your head in a black and white checkered table cloth and you should sail on without any problems…

  44. Now Greece, then the USA, so pray tell me why the h@ll we are 17% of the IMF that will bailout Greece, when the USA is plowing the same field as Greece. If you want to know our future, look at Greece now. The Feds need to stop the insanity and curtail the tax increases, cut the spending, lower the deficit, stop the borrowing on our grandchildren’s futures, and act like they love this country.

  45. Admin-
    You and your tunes…

    Just don’t put on Jim Morrison’s, ‘This is the End’

  46. It is frustrating to say the least gonzotx….the days of long term 11% growth are over. My cousin works for a huge brokerage firm and I have been investing withher since I was 29(22 yrs). My overall return since inception has only been 3%!!!!!!!!!!! I got spoiled during the Clinton years , but ever since it’s been a crap shoot. Yet, to leave it in the bank at less than 1% or a CD for 3-5 yrs at 2.67-3% is not much better. I use to think I had time on my side, but as in the video above, it is indeeed slip sliding away….

  47. Kind of a rough few days on Wall Street, down 500 points or so but who is counting. Just wonder how this will affect the Dodd bill or Obamafinancialreform which looks forward to more public bailouts of wall street. Will the too dumb to spit bots finally ever wake up or will they look at the devastation he wreaks in his path and say it was the fault of others. A better shill Wall Street globalists never had. Ever.

    Maybe the market is just catching its breath and will top 14000 by November, and unemployment will drop to 6%, and we will all hear celestial choirs.

    Or, maybe not–Ba-raaaaaaak.

  48. I know Jones that’s what keeps dragging me back, the 1% but down 30 % is a bigger drag. I don’t have the stomach. Too old. at this point i just don’t want to loss what I put in, and I am

  49. Barack need to get his ass off the basketball court, grab telebama and get on the floor of the stock exchange and talk a little hope and change into those traders. Tell them about his grand vision for the universe, or tell them whatever they want to hear since he is so good at that. And he Pelosi and Reid can stand there like buffoons and ring the closing bell with plastic grins on their faces waving to the cameras covered with confetti. This is a priority.

  50. Here’s an article dear to my heart, particularly because local officials are beginning to pick up O’s rhetoric of the uncivil public.

    The President and the Politics of Civility
    Karl Rove
    [abridged by me]If Mr. Obama is serious about his commitment to courtesy and respect, then he will need to demonstrate presidential leadership and rein in the verbal excesses of the leaders of his own party. He could start by having a conversation with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who condemned those with different views on health care as being “un-American.” He might also share a word with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who recently accused Republicans of being “anti-American” and wanting to continue to “make love to Wall Street” by pressing for changes in a bill regulating the financial industry.
    Mr. Obama can give friendly counsel to the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who authorized a fund-raising email calling conservatives “reptiles” and “fire-breathing tea party nut jobs.” Was this in the spirit of “courtesy and respect” Mr. Obama says is vital to our democracy?
    Maybe Mr. Obama should sit down with Florida Congressman Alan Grayson, who grabbed public attention when he said “Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick,” told former Vice President Dick Cheney to “STFU,” and accused Republicans of “being foot dragging, knuckle dragging Neanderthals” who lacked “a conscience.” Even a mild White House rebuke of this Democratic backbencher would have helped establish a better tone in Washington.
    Mr. Obama should also visit with his White House staff, starting with Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. The acerbic Alabamian told reporters that when it came to dealing with BP on the oil disaster unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico, the administration would “keep the boot on their throat.”
    For a man who is enormously self-aware, Mr. Obama could also use a little bit more self-awareness. He should consider how powerful—and inappropriate—a model he sets by his own frequent coarse and uncivil language. For example, last week Mr. Obama suggested that Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell was “cynical and deceptive” in arguing that the administration’s financial regulation bill would allow more bailouts “when he knows that it would do just the opposite.” Does implying the Senate GOP leader is a hypocrite and a liar make reaching compromise easier?
    Mr. Obama even draws on the Bible for political attacks. In a teleconference with religious groups supporting health-care reform, he accused opponents of the legislation of “bearing false witness.” Or take last September when, in a health-care speech to Congress, the president—in a single paragraph—accused his critics of spreading “bogus claims” and “lies” and of being “cynical” and “irresponsible.”
    Even if you believe, as the president does, that the concerns of his critics are wrong, why use such sulfuric rhetoric?
    If Mr. Obama wants his Ann Arbor words to be taken seriously, then he needs to rein in his party, his staff and himself. Presidential leadership matters as much as presidential words, perhaps more. Mr. Obama should back up his inspiring call to civility with action.
    online dot wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703961104575226140638119422.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_BelowLEFTSecond

  51. I thought I heard the market dropped a thousand points in an hour…Is that true?? I was half asleep when I heard it so I am not sure.

  52. I would not be surprised if Obama’s banker friends set this thing off deliberately. Watch – the boob will be on teevee saying this PROVES that we need to pass his “financial reform”.

    Goldman and the big boyz are all in favor of this “new and improved! regulation”, and they’ll use this “accidental crisis” to push it.

    Of course, the measly17 pages of the original Glass Steagal act would fix things, as well as not allowing any bank to hold more than x-percentage of of our deposits, but that would be too simple. I mean, how can you hide loopholes and favors and power grabs and an expanded bureaucracy ripe for capture in a 17 page bill? Geez, get with the program. They need at least a thousand pages or more in order to be able to properly obfuscate what they are doing.

    Rahm won’t let this “crisis” go to waste. Watch.

  53. Confloyd – Yes, the ticker went down by 1000 in justa few min. I think Fed stepped in and put a stop to the free fall and brought it back up to 500 loss for the day. And tomorrow is another day.

  54. Which Fed are you talking about??? THe federal Reserve is none other that the Bank of England owned by the Rothchilds.

  55. H4T, your right…Beck has been predicting this for a year…he just came on here in Texas and he looks as if he has been sweating…who knows who caused this…they there are people that think this financial crisis is all put on…to gain political control and to put in there one world government…of coarse we all will never know…however we do know they want to get rid of social security and medicare and I think this is what this is all about.

  56. Words of wisdom from Karl Denninger at Market Ticker forum:

    P&G was the trigger – we have had a market with NO REAL LIQUIDITY for over a year now, with it all bull**** and games with HFT machines passing a few thousand shares between each other.

    VOLUME IS NOT LIQUIDITY, and you just saw what happens when the liquidity you THINK is there is NOT.

    I’ve been saying for months now that all this great volume we’ve seen on Wall Street is NOT real investment – its the computers of the big boys trading shares back and forth to a) pump up the market and b) sucker Joe Sixpack into believing all is well and jumping back into stocks. It’s a fake. It’s bait. The underpinnings of this so-called “recovery” are skittles and unicorn farts, not solid growth of real companies.

  57. Trading error blamed for market plunge: CNBC

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A trading error at a major firm was to blame for the day’s market plunge, CNBC reported on Thursday.

    Separately, Nasdaq said it was working with other major markets to review the market activity that occurred between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

    The exchange said in an e-mail it would advise when more information was known.


  58. I read somewhere someone pushed the M for Millions or B Billions…gimme a break…someone did this on purpose!

  59. confloyd – yeah, right. I’ve been browsing the trading boards, and people who are actual traders are laughing their asses off at that lame excuse. Also, they don’t normally do trades by spelling out dollar amounts in letters – they use NUMERALS.

  60. More from another site:

    Stock Selloff May Have Been Triggered by a Trader Error

    In one of the most dizzying half-hours in stock market history, the Dow plunged nearly 1,000 points before paring those losses—all apparently due to a trader error.
    Getty Images

    According to multiple sources, a trader entered a “b” for billion instead of an “m” for million in a trade possibly involving Procter & Gamble [PG 60.75 -1.41 (-2.27%) ], a component in the Dow. (CNBC’s Jim Cramer noted suspicious price movement in P&G stock on air during the height of the market selloff. Watch.)

    Sources tell CNBC the erroneous trade may have been made at Citigroup


  61. According to multiple sources, a trader entered a “b” for billion instead of an “m” for million in a trade

    Good this happened in a way, now we know the stock market can be manipulated by one human!!!!!

    I still wonder about the General Election, McCain was doing well until the Stock Market went bust near the end of the election. MSM kept reporting that voters ‘trusted’ the Fraud more to handle the economy because Obama did nothing but go back to campaigning………………..

    What a crock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  62. They’ve got someone there that is willing to push the wrong button to crash the market…why is no one looking into this…simple mistake…I don’t think so!

  63. jbstonesfan
    May 6th, 2010 at 3:07 pm
    Every dam time I put a chunk in the market in tanks…:(. Another note, Bill Mahar on AC 360 last night..At least he admitted that we are way too pc regarding Islamic terrorism.

    I feel the same way. I just put in the max for my Roth IRA after being out of the market for about 2 years (I saw the market crashing in 2007 with the volatile nature of derivatives and advance warnings from economists like Roubini). I’m an unemployed, military spouse actively looking for work. The same thing also happened to me in 2007 when you could see the market starting to “stagnate.” Usually when there is not much movement in a market, it means growing investor unease. I took that as a sign to get out as well.

    Another funny thing that I’d like to add to the conversation regarding Greece. I was a college student studying in Madrid, Spain in 1996 when the whole EU thing was getting off the ground. I had some college friends from big schools like Duke taking EU focused courses studying the impact of the EU on Europe, economics, history, and culture. It will sound like prognostication to people now, but, as a budding historian, and someone who studied trends, economics, culture for my History major, I told some of my Duke buddies the following: the EU is a BAD idea. It will never work because Europe is a mixture of independent, sovereign countries with distinct cultures like the Netherlands, France, etc. Europeans have NEVER gotten along, even on a short-term basis. Look at their history. Pegging all the countries’ currency to one massive currency, the Euro, is a bad idea. Europeans’ future economy is going to be bet on a currency that they’re all trapped in, which can be easily manipulated. This is why countries like the UK kept their currency, the pound.

    All these douchebag, big university types (I’m a small, liberal arts college grad) just laughed themselves silly that some small town “hick” like me would dare question the globalist, utopian vision of economics these European idiots wanted for themselves. Look how well it’s worked… riots, volatility, social upheaval. Oh, and Europeans themselves have so much confidence in the system that some didn’t get a plurality of their own citizens to vote FOR the EU Constitution. Those countries would be France, and The Netherlands, the two biggest EU members.

  64. H4T, So now the powers are trying to lie to get themselves out of this…OMG! In this day and time you just don’t know who to trust…they are all a bunch of piraha’s…Devils is more like it.

  65. To All Hillaryis44 posters:

    Breaking News: According to Fox News the last Navy Seal to stand court martial for “allegedly” abusing a detained terrorist “allegedly” responsible for the deaths of military contractors killed, burned, and hanged, has been found not guilty of all charges, including assault.

    To date: all the Navy Seals involved in this case have been found not guilty of all charges. Three for three. There is, at least, some truth and justice still left in our country.

    I’m glad these brave souls stood up the country club elite of the Navy.

  66. confloyd, it really doesn’t matter if some bozo did “accidentally” dump too much P%G stock. The point is that the second that happened the market totally crashed as EVERYONE ran for the exits. Why? If we are in recovery and things are strong, why the panic? There was cascading panic because the wall street boys KNOW that it’s all a fake, and ran for the fucking hills as soon as it looked like there might be a problem.

    One guy on market ticker forum said it best:

    why cover up a pig when everyone knows its swine.

    A market with sound fundies doesn’t keel over like this in 30 minutes. As seen today once the lead gets going everyone is ready to hit the ****ing sell button. Thats how much confidence is in this “rally”

    No one is “investing” anymore, and the entire market is sham. No duh, I know. But its so ****ing obvious its almost disgusting.

  67. Stock Selloff May Have Been Triggered by a Trader Error

    In one of the most dizzying half-hours in stock market history, the Dow plunged nearly 1,000 points before paring those losses—all apparently due to a trader error.
    Getty Images

    Such BS. It couldn’t have been the RIOTS in the streets in Greece because their economy is falling apart, or the soon to be falling apart Spain or Portuguese economys…not to mention OUR OWN!

    No, it had to be human error. Right.

    Prepare for more “terror” as Admin so intuitively stated.

  68. Jesus, that statement to Jones above made no sense at all. Sorry Jones. Must have drifted off.

  69. Found this at Ace if any of you interested

    American Pravda (AP): Dems Scared In Murtha’s Former Fortress of Graft
    It’s May 18th.

    n what was the late U.S. Rep. John Murtha’s western Pennsylvania district — reachable through John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport or John P. Murtha Highway — Democrats watch nervously, hoping his former top aide can hold on to the House seat.
    Mark Critz, who worked for Murtha for more than a decade in Pennsylvania, including the past three as district director, is in a fierce fight with Republican businessman Tim Burns in the May 18 special election. The national GOP has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to push Burns’ candidacy, sensing a legitimate shot of capturing the seat held for 36 years by Murtha, an ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

    A loss would unnerve Democrats, who face the backlash against the party in power typical for a midterm election year, and depress the outlook for the party’s other candidates in Pennsylvania, which Barack Obama won easily in 2008.

    Democrats hold a roughly 2-to-1 registration edge in the socially conservative, blue-collar district filled with bitter dead-enders who cling to their God, guns, and seething hatred at all things brown, or, really, even sorta biege.

    I added the last part. It’s what American Pravda means. Might as well spell it out.

    At Hot Air, the Democrats’ health-care reform which was assured to give them a ten point bounce isn’t working its magic:

    The polling shows a very close race — with Burns in the lead. That has Democrats worried about how other normally-safe districts might turn out in November. That fear has come out in Critz’ campaigning, where he has tried walking a tightrope between opposition to ObamaCare and refusing to commit to overturning it. In a debate yesterday, Burns hammered Critz as to whether his opposition means anything at all if he refuses to take action once elected, a hypocrisy that will not have gone unnoticed by voters watching the debate.
    Tim Burns, meanwhile, is summoning Tea Power:

    Just got off the phone with Angela Lash of the Tim Burns for Congress campaign and she says they’ve already got teams of volunteers coming in from Virginia, Maryland and Ohio. But it looks like they’ll need all the help they can get….
    If Tea Party people want to make a difference — to help write those “Democrat disaster” headlines Cilizza is worried about — then it’s time to visit TimBurnsForCongress.com, or e-mail the campaign or call 814-619-3414.

    If you click on his link, he’s trying to drum up a paltry $35,000 in campaign donations — surely he deserves more than that.

    Scott Brown will be campaigning for Burns, by the way.

    We always talk about these races in terms of their secondary effects — it will “unnerve the Democrats.” It could “force them to spend more money on presumed-safe districts.” It would increase conservative enthusiasm even more while depressing Democrats’ still further. And all the rest of it.

    And that’s true, certainly, but let’s not get so sophisticated and insider-y we forget the primary effect of a win: We defeat Murtha’s bagman and deny him a vote in the US Congress, and instead elect a good guy who will vote our truth* 90% of the time. If we had five or six more votes — if the Democrats’ majority in the House had been five or six less — we very well could have defeated ObamaCare, and Cap and Tax, and even the Spendulus.

    A vote is a vote. There are only 435 of them, and we need 40 to take the House. Might as well get this party started at +1.

  70. I don’t know how Admin gets his/her info, but it usually is on target…these thieves in office need to be removed! I hope there is a country by the time we get to vote again. November can be a long way off if they can screw with people’s mind like they did today. DISGUSTING…sometimes its better to be dirt poor like I am…there’s not much they can take away from me for the exception of this computer…and I understand they are doing their very best to do just that!

    I find it unusual that they had this bomb on bus in New Hampshire, just about the same time the stock market went nuts…they must really think the masses are stupid!

  71. How many more clues did our national “security” apparatus need?


    But according to these sources, Shahzad also had a web of jihadist contacts that included big names tied to terror attacks in the U.S. and abroad, including the figure who has emerged as a central figure in many recent domestic terror attempts – radical American-born Muslim cleric Anwar Awlaki.

    Besides Awlaki, sources say Shahzad was also linked to a key figure in the Pakistani Taliban, its Emir Beitullah Mehsud, who was killed in a drone missile strike in 2009. The Mehsuds had been family friends of Shahzad, who is the son of a former high-ranking Pakistani military officer.

    Sources told ABC News that Shahzad was childhood friends with one of the alleged masterminds of the Mumbai massacre of 2008, in which more than 170 people died.

    Shahzad is also said to be linked to a man named Muhammed Rehan, whom Pakistani authorities reportedly have in custody. Sources said Rehan helped Shahzad travel to Peshawar and then to Waziristan and made introductions to the Taliban.

    According to a person briefed on the FBI interrogation, Shahzad has told federal agents that he was angry at the CIA missile strikes carried out in Pakistan and suffered a personal crisis in his life. He has reportedly said he carried out the attempted bombing because he was under duress and that he feared for his family’s safety if he didn’t fulfill the mission.

    Shahzad has admitted to receiving bomb-making training and to loading a car with explosives and driving it into Times Square, say U.S. authorities, and is providing valuable information that is helping officials round up possible accomplices.

  72. Wbboei, Obama can actually bring real Hope and Change with 2 words: “I resign.”
    Yes indeed. And when he does resign, why not make it a ménage à trois: Obama-Pelosi-Reid. Together, the three of them have been screwing the American People. Low morals in high office. If they continue in leadership positions it will only get worse, not better. Time to throw out the bums.

  73. H4T:

    “I’ve been saying for months now that all this great volume we’ve seen on Wall Street is NOT real investment – its the computers of the big boys trading shares back and forth to a) pump up the market and b) sucker Joe Sixpack into believing all is well and jumping back into stocks. It’s a fake. It’s bait. The underpinnings of this so-called “recovery” are skittles and unicorn farts, not solid growth of real companies.”

    There it is in a nutshell. Short, sour but to the point.

    OIL should be outlawed in the US. Oil is toxic to all living things. That is why it lies captive beneath the earth’s crust because it does not discriminate. It kills all life exposed to it’s suffocating volatile stream. Whats more, it’s a proven fact we don’t need oil to run our cars and/or power our commercial industries.

    Get rid of the Big Oil Trust Funds enjoyed by the people sitting in/near the seat of power in judgement and to the detriment of the common man.

  74. How many more clues did our national “security” apparatus need?
    The emerging pattern seems to be this:

    1. Obama pours billions into the Homeland Security Department

    2. Obama appoints a political hack and functional idiot to head it up

    3. Terrorist circumvent Obama’s Marginot Line of defense and prepare to strike

    4. Ordinary citizens intervene using unsophisticated detection systems thwart the terrorists

    5. Obama’s minions stand there like mag pies and tell us the system worked.

  75. Here is the scam: Obama gives hundreds of billions to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the IMF uses that money to bail out Greece. In other words, American taxpayers are now bailing out foreign governments. That is what the 2008 election was really about–spreading our money in all directions.
    No More Bail-outs For Greece
    Posted by Brian Darling (Profile)
    Thursday, May 6th at 3:20PM EDT

    Last year, the Senate voted to give $108 billion of your tax dollars to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF is now pledging to “loan” $39 billion as part of a $145 billion bailout package to Greece. This is all happening as the Senate debates and amends the S.3217 the “Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010,” in an effort to protect the economy from a repeat of the economic meltdown of 2008. As the President and Congress pledge to protect taxpayers from bailing out Wall Street firms, U.S. taxpayer monies are being used to bailout the terrible fiscal decisions of Greece.

    J.D Foster, a coworker of mine at The Heritage Foundation, authored a blog post titled “No US Taxpayer Dollars for Greek Bailouts” where he argues:

    It was bad enough when the federal government bailed out AIG, and then Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and then many of the mega banks, and then GM and Chrysler. At least these had the modest merit of being US companies with US workers. Even if US government finances were in pristine shape, US taxpayer dollars should not be used to bail out a perennially dysfunctional state. But as spending-driven trillion dollar budget deficits and a Presidential debt commission starkly evidence, the US is seriously risking its own Greek-style sovereign debt crisis. Fortunately, the US doesn’t need an IMF bailout. It only needs a President willing to acknowledge that he has led the country on a Grecian spending binge it cannot afford.

    The case for loaning money to Greece is weak, because there is no reasonable expectation that they can right the ship and pay off this loan commitment. How did they get there? More from J.D. Foster

    Greece is in a financial death spiral brought on by years of amazingly irresponsible deficit spending and similar behaviors often found in socialist states to the detriment of their economies. Greece also abandoned its national currency in favor of the Euro, in hindsight at least a stunningly bad move which for the EU makes this a major financial crisis and an embarrassment of the first order. What makes these otherwise somewhat removed events of immediate concern to the United States is that the IMF intends to use US taxpayer dollars to try to stave off Grecian disaster.

    At this moment, riot police are deployed in Athens, Greece to put down an insurrection that has caused a massive loss of weath on Wall Street. According to CNBC, the DOW plunged more than 900 points:

    The Dow plunged Thursday amid buzz in the market that European banks have halted lending. One trader, on the condition of anonymity, said he heard fixed income desks in Europe shut down early because there was no liquidity — basically European banks are halting lending right now.” This is similar to what took place pre-Lehman Brothers,” the trader said. The Dow was down more than 900 points at one point, or more than 8 percent, before pulling back to the 600-700 point range.

    The United States has it’s own problems with high unemployment and slow economic growth. Americans were upset about bailing out American business decisions that turned out risky, yet when they will become even more enraged when they understand that they, the taxpayers, are loaning billions to a foreign government that made terrible fiscal decisions.

    At least 64 Senators are kicking themselves today for voting last year against a DeMint Amendment that would have blocked $108 billion in emergency monies to the IMF. Now that money is being used as part of the Greece bailout package.

    The Heritage Foundation just published another piece by Sally McNamara and J.D. Foster titled, “5 Reasons Not to Support a Bailout of Greece.”

    No sooner had news of Greece’s bailout been announced that rumors began that Spain may be seeking up to €280 billion in aid. Spotting an electoral opportunity, the leader of Germany’s main opposition party, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, has so far refused to pledge parliamentary support for the bailout package. He is correct that this is unlikely to be the last transfer of taxpayers’ money from Germany to Club Med. It is also extremely unlikely that Greece has the political capacity to take forward the reforms to which it has committed in exchange for the rescue package. The sooner the Eurozone faces up to the financial costs of the single European currency, the better.

    Is Spain next in line for an IMF Bailout partially funded by you, the American taxpayer?

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    Load it up, baby.
    Veronica Estrada Thursday, May 6th at 3:45PM EDT (link)

    Please tell your collegues at Heritage to pull up a comprehenive list of everything we’re spending and everything the Left wants to spend on other economies.

    Include Haiti, the UN Peacekeeping and budget, the Copenhagen Accord, and the $100 million the Obama Administration wants to spend via the International Atomic Energy Agency as part of “persuading” rogue nations to play nice regarding the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

    Domestic stimulus and spending is not the half of it.

    The American public has a right to see a TOTAL NUMBER of what they’re spending to prop up other countries — broken down into “allies,” “failed states,” “rogue nations” and other categories.

    This $50 milllion here, $100 million there bit is growing tiresome.

    Jennifer and John Smith who are working their butts off need to know where their taxpayer money is going, and it needs to be told, loud and clear.

    What’s spent as part of foreign policy sometimes escapes them, especially because the press doesn’t talk about it.

    Public outrage over the outrageous total sum may help reign these leftists in.

    I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
    – John Adams

  76. A close friend of mine retired from a labor relations job recently, and they threw a big retirement party. Really big. Union officials and employers came in for it from all over the country and a few politicians were there too.

    The key speech of the evening was delivered by a former International Vice President of the Teamsters Union who I know well.
    He told the enthusiastic and not so sober crowd the following:

    Ladies and gentlemen we come here tonight to honor one of the great figures in the American Labor Movement. Someone who is highly respected by all for his integrity and his commitment to sound labor relations. He was at the bargaining table in every national negotiation in the longshore, pulp and paper and maritime industries over the past 40 years. He has been an inspiration to all of us and he has left his mark on hundreds of young practitioners on both sides of the table. . .

    Unfortunately, the man I just described failed to show up. Even worse, we got stuck with this jackass. Well its too late to go home. And it would be a shame to waste all this free booze. So I guess we will have to make the best of it.

  77. From a trading commenter on zerohedge.com: ( A “fat fingered trade” refers to the story of someone accidentally typing billion instead of million.)

    Wow, absolutely crazy day.

    I don’t think anyone believes the fat fingered trade hypothesis, everyone headed for the exits and the doors were too small. CNBC did its part to be fair, their incessant pumping of the Greek riots certainly didn’t help to quell the situation.

    I was listening to the live squawk of the pit and it truly was a thing of panic in there, everyone and their mother was selling and there wasn’t a single bid, started off with Deutsch Bank which tells you something in itself.

  78. H4T, So you smell a cover up…as you said tomorrow is another day! God help us! Just what we need now with the oil spill and Tennessee flooding…what else could happen??

  79. Great post, Admin.–I really look forward to these.

    OT, I heard today and checked online that ‘Inside Edition’sort of scooped the Feds on the Times Square bomber. Their story is that their reporters found an old passport and college papers in his garbage can outside his apartment, I guess. They called the authorities and they came out and retrieved the stuff. What I find odd is how could the feds or police not check the garbage cans of this man?? I thought that was standard procedure. It was on their site this afternoon, has anybody else heard about this??

  80. I will answer my own question…what else could happen?

    The Iceland Volcano is erupting again or close to it.

  81. Really? A friend told me about it and I checked their site and sure enough the story was there. You know, there is something really odd about this whole suv bomber. I thought I heard on TV that he had an engineering degree. If that is true, how could he be so clueless with wiring things up? I mean, the whole thing sounds wierd to me.

  82. The idiots are running the WH and really, I disliked Carter, I was young (that was a good thing being young , I didn’t know how bad it really was initially ). Well it’s almost always a good thing being young anyway! I hated Bush 1 and 2, but I don’t think I ever felt like things were so out of control, and they are. This entire group needs to step down. They don’t have a freaking clue what to do about anything. Absolutely no leadership.

  83. gonzotex, the only leadership this administration is actually performing is “smoke and mirrors”. They are masters at it and this is what is scary…to me its not that they don’t know what they are doing, but what they are doing while we all listen to the BS that comes accross the TVEE everyday. I am sooo suspicious of this guy and his jokers. What the did to Hillary was definitely a conspiracy, so if they could do that, they can do many more right under our noses.

  84. confloyd—-you’re right and that is why I think we are more suspicious than most people. I’m always amazed at how few people know about what went on in the primaries.

  85. Don’t you think the American people (most of them)have an uneasy feeling-like things are out of control. The people I know do and they are pretty average.

    btw, when ya’ll get a chance check out a story on Truthout by Greg Palast about BP. I was sent the link to it today–if you go to Truthout and scroll down abit, it’s on the right hand side under ‘popular stories.’ there is alot of information in it about BP. He does make a nasty reference to Bill Clinton and Al Gore, which I don’t think is fair–but, other than that, It’s a damning story about the oil company.

  86. Has anyone else noticed how horrible looking Claire McCaskill has gotten???Its like she aged 25 years since she stabbed Hillary in the back…now the ugly inside seems to be seeping to the outside…you know what they say “what goes around, comes around”. I don’t even think a face life can help her…they also say that “beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone…this is definitely what has happened to Claire!

  87. How to modernize Miranda for the Age of Terror

    By Charles Krauthammer
    Friday, May 7, 2010

    “[Law enforcement] interviewed Mr. Shahzad . . . under the public safety exception to the Miranda rule. . . . He was eventually transported to another location, Mirandized and continued talking.”

    — John Pistole,
    FBI deputy director, May 4

    All well and good. But what if Faisal Shahzad, the confessed Times Square bomber, had stopped talking? When you tell someone he has the right to remain silent, there is a distinct possibility that he will remain silent, is there not? And then what?

    The authorities deserve full credit for capturing Shahzad within 54 hours. Credit is also due them for obtaining information from him by invoking the “public safety” exception to the Miranda rule.

    But then Shahzad was Mirandized. If he had decided to shut up, it would have denied us valuable information — everything he is presumably telling us now about Pakistani contacts, training, plans for other possible plots beyond the Times Square attack.

    The public safety exception is sometimes called the “ticking time bomb” exception. But what about information regarding bombs not yet ticking but being planned and readied to kill later?

    Think of the reason we give any suspect Miranda warnings. It is not that you’re prohibited from asking questions before Mirandizing. You can ask a suspect anything you damn well please. You can ask him if he’s ever picked his feet in Poughkeepsie — but without Miranda, the answers are not admissible in court.

    In this case, however, Miranda warnings were superfluous. Shahzad had confessed to the car-bombing attempt while being interrogated under the public safety exception. That’s admissible evidence. Plus, he left a treasure trove of physical evidence all over the place — which is how we caught him in two days.

    Second, even assuming that by not Mirandizing him we might have jeopardized our chances of getting some convictions — so what? Which is more important: (a) gaining, a year or two hence, the conviction of a pigeon — the last and now least important link in this terror chain — whom we could surely lock up on explosives and weapons charges, or (b) preventing future terror attacks on Americans by learning from Shahzad what he might know about terror plots in Pakistan and sleeper cells in the United States?

    Even posing this choice demonstrates why the very use of the civilian judicial system to interrogate terrorists is misconceived, even if they are, like Shahzad, (naturalized) American citizens. America is the target of an ongoing jihadist campaign. The logical and serious way to defend ourselves is to place captured terrorists in military custody as unlawful enemy combatants. As former anti-terror prosecutor Andrew McCarthy notes in National Review, one of the six World War II German saboteurs captured in the United States, tried by military commission and executed was a U.S. citizen. It made no difference.

    But let’s assume you’re wedded to the civilian law-enforcement model, as is the Obama administration. At least make an attempt to expand the public safety exception to Miranda in a way that takes into account the jihadist war that did not exist when that exception was narrowly drawn by the Supreme Court in the 1984 Quarles case.

    The public safety exception should be enlarged to allow law enforcement to interrogate, without Mirandizing, those arrested in the commission of terrorist crimes (and make the answers admissible) — until law enforcement is satisfied that vital intelligence related to other possible plots and threats to public safety has been sufficiently acquired.

    This could be done by congressional statute. Or the administration could, in an actual case, refrain from Mirandizing until it had explored the outer limits of any plot — and then defend its actions before the courts, resting its argument on the Supreme Court’s own logic in the Quarles case: “We conclude that the need for answers to questions in a situation posing a threat to the public safety outweighs the need for the [Miranda] rule.”

    Otherwise, we will be left — when a terrorist shuts up as did the underwear bomber for five weeks — in the absurd position of capturing enemy combatants and then prohibiting ourselves from obtaining the information they have, and we need, to protect innocent lives.

    My view is that we should treat enemy combatants as enemy combatants, whether they are U.S. citizens (Shahzad) or not (the underwear bomber). If, however, they are to be treated as ordinary criminals, then at least agree on this: no Miranda rights until we know everything that public safety demands we need to know.


  88. Good old Richardson. He went out and ranted about the new law that the Arizona Gov had signed. How he might bew asked for papers, and how terrible that was.

    Guess what? He is having open meeting with the voters around the state. Today it is in Santa Fe. Anyone can show up, but You have to show your drivers license, and they have to do a background check before you get in to see him. Hum, this seems more stricked than simply showing your papers.

    Oh that is right, he is a Gov, and he might be in danger from the voters.

  89. If anyone wants a fairly readable explanation of how the stock market of today is not your grandfather’s stock market, due to the proprietary HFT computers the big boyz use, this guy explains it pretty well:


    They are able, via computers that can execute trades, bids, etc in MICROSECONDS, to always stay slightly ahead of the “civilian” investor. They skim off cents and dollars from billions of trades a day.

    This is not merely the same old game of robber barons having connections, or more info, etc. That was corrupt, but somewhat self-limited. You could actually win against the robber barons sometimes, if you were smart. This is a high-tech rigging and embezzlement, via computers that can screw you over before you can even blink, that is done with the full knowledge and blessing of the so-called “regulators”.


    Payrolls rise a little, yet unemployment inches up. That stimulus was certainly the cure-all that Obama promised, wasn’t it???


    Payrolls in U.S. Rise 290,000; Unemployment at 9.9%

    May 7 (Bloomberg) — Employment in the U.S. increased in April by the most in four years and the unemployment rate unexpectedly rose as thousands of people entered the labor force, indicating the recovery is becoming self-sustaining.

    Payrolls jumped 290,000 last month, more than the median estimate of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News, after a revised 230,000 increase in March that was larger than initially estimated, figures from the Labor Department in Washington showed today. The jobless rate rose to 9.9 percent last month from 9.7 percent.

    Companies such as General Electric Co. are boosting staff as sales improve, leading to income gains that may spur consumer spending and more hiring. At the same time, unemployment may take time to recede as Americans who had dropped out of the workforce resume the job hunt, one reason why the Federal Reserve says it will keep interest rates low.

    “Employers are hiring again because they’re seeing higher sales and better profit,” said Stuart Hoffman, chief economist at PNC Financial Services Group Inc. in Pittsburgh, who had forecast a 300,000 gain in payrolls. “The unemployment rate is up as discouraged workers are returning to the job market to look for employment.”

    Stock-index futures maintained gains and Treasury securities fell after the report. Futures on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index expiring in June increased 0.6 percent to 1,128.8 at 8:52 a.m. in New York. The 10-year Treasury note declined, pushing up the yield to 3.47 percent from 3.4 percent late yesterday.

    Manufacturers and Services

    Manufacturers added the most workers to payrolls since August 1998, employment at service-providers rose the most since November 2006 and construction companies hired for a second straight month. The gain in overall employment in April was the biggest since March 2006.

    Overall payrolls were forecast to increase by 190,000, according to the median estimate of 84 economists surveyed by Bloomberg. Estimates ranged from gains of 75,000 to 300,000.

    The April gain included 66,000 temporary workers hired by the government to help conduct the 2010 census and a 231,000 rise in private payrolls.

    The improving economic data is one reason the Greek debt crisis is unlikely to derail the U.S. economic recovery, according to economists like James O’Sullivan.

    “Growth data has been heading upward into the crisis in the U.S. and globally,” O’Sullivan, chief economist at MF Global Ltd. in New York, said before the report. “That is a very powerful force to counter the headwinds from the problems in Europe.”

    Stocks Yesterday

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged as much as 998.5 points, or 9.2 percent, before paring its drop to 347.8 points at the close of trading in New York yesterday. It ended the day at 10,520.32, a two-month low. The S&P 500 fell 3.2 percent to 1,128.15.

    The jobless rate was projected to hold at 9.7 percent. Forecasts ranged from 9.5 percent to 9.8 percent. The unemployment rate rose as more people entered the workforce. The figures showed an 805,000 increase in the civilian labor force and employment rose by 550,000.

    The gain in private payrolls was the fourth in a row and followed a 174,000 increase in March that may have reflected, in part, a weather-related rebound from the prior month. Private employment was projected to climb by 100,000, according to the median of 25 forecasts.

    A government boost to hiring is already under way at the Census Bureau. The agency said it will take on about 970,000 temporary workers from April through June to conduct the population count that occurs every 10 years.

    April and May

    The government program may have the biggest impact on payroll figures in April and May, when the bulk of the hiring will take place, and will then subtract from the job count the following months as employees are dismissed after the work is done.

    For that reason, economists will be excluding workers on public payrolls for much of the rest of the year in gauging the state of the labor market.

    Average hourly earnings rose to $22.47 in April from $22.46 in March, today’s report showed.

    Today’s report from the Labor Department showed that government payrolls increased by 59,000 in April. State and local governments reduced employment by 6,000 during the month, while the federal government added 65,000.

    The average work week for all workers rose to 34.1 hours in April, the highest since January 2009, from 34 hours the prior month.

    Underemployment Rate

    The so-called underemployment rate — which includes part- time workers who’d prefer a full-time position and people who want work but have given up looking — increased to 17.1 percent from 16.9 percent.

    The report also showed an increase in long-term unemployed Americans. The number of people unemployed for 27 weeks or more rose as a percentage of all jobless, to a record 45.9 percent.

    Factory payrolls surged 44,000 in April after rising 19,000 in the prior month. The median forecast by economists in the Bloomberg survey called for a gain of 20,000.

    Payrolls at builders increased 14,000 last month after gaining 26,000.

    Service providers added 225,000 workers after an increase of 175,000 in March.

    The number of temporary workers increased 26,200 in April. Payrolls at temporary-help agencies often turn up before total employment because companies prefer to see a steady increase in demand before taking on permanent staff.

    Hiring at GE

    Some companies are seeing enough improvement in sales to warrant increasing headcount. GE, the world’s largest maker of jet engines, power-generation equipment and locomotives, increased the number of jobs it plans to add in Michigan to more than 1,300 with the creation of about 220 aerospace manufacturing positions, the Fairfield, Connecticut-based company said this week.

    Billionaire Warren Buffett, whose Berkshire Hathaway Inc. cut more than 20,000 jobs last year, said his Omaha, Nebraska- based company is now adding staff as the economic recovery boosts demand at its industrial units.

    “We do hire people when we have something for them to do,” Buffett told investors last week in Omaha, Nebraska, where Berkshire held its annual shareholders’ meeting. “We are a net hirer now.”

    The economy grew at a 3.2 percent annual rate in the first three months of the year, the third quarterly advance, according to data from the Commerce Department released last week.


    Leading 45% to 24% on Jan. 20, it is now 44.7% for Specter to 41.3% for Sestak.


    I’ve seen seeing outright smear ads by Specter, nothing positive about Arlen himself, just that Sestak is a vote-skipping, self-promoting pol who underpays his staff while keeping his family on the dole.

    The above link has a graph documenting Specter’s numbers staying even, while Sestak inched slowly upward for 3 months and skyrocketed since mid-April.

  92. rgb, the Dim poobahs have lost total control of the primary in PA, and are getting all pissy that the Dim voters will not vote the way they are told.

    The chairman of the Democratic Party in PA has issues a “stern warning” to party members, and says a win for Sestak in the primary would be “cataclysmic.”

    He says he means cataclysmic for the general election vs the R, but what he really means is cataclysmic in the primary voters saying “Eff You” to the DNC and their hand-picked candidate that they’ve been wasting so much money on. The Dimocrats get really testy when they hand pick a candidate and the primary voters tell them to go get stuffed. Expect the worst – cheating or lying or whatever they need to do. How DARE the voters defy the party!!!

  93. HillaryforTexas

    When that happens here, they concoct a scandal about the person last minute and slip there candidate in automatically by passing the system.

  94. Someone told me yesterday that Arlen Spector has said it was a mistake for him to have changed parties. If that is true, then I missed it. In that case, I would be even more curious why he said that and whether he too is being thrown under the bus. Can anyone shed any light on this matter?

  95. Well, there was a vote yesterday evening on a bill that would have audited the Fed to find out where our tax money is going, and to give teeth to the prospect of breaking up the big banks so that no one is “too big to fail”.

    The bill had been gaining support, and many thought it might pass. Even Reid had announced in the morning that he would vote for it. That all changed by the evening vote – when multiple senators caved, including Bernie Saunders who had helped author it but buckled and changed the language to meaningless pap at the last minute.

    Of course they backed down. Their Lords and Masters showed them who was boss yesterday, mid-afternoon. “We’ll tank the markets unless you do as we say.” After that there was absolutely no doubt in my mind how the evening vote would go.

    Notice that they tanked it quickly, then brought it back up almost as quickly. The message to Congress is clear. “We completely control the economy, and can take it up or down at our whim. Now GET THE FUCK BACK IN LINE and kill that bill.”

  96. Krauhammer is no doubt playing off the comments by his Obamaloving colleagues at WashPo. He says it is stupid to Mirandize these terror supects, especially when we see them ready to ignite a bomb in a crowded American city like New York, or Detroit or who knows where the next time it occurs. Stupid because it denies us access to information which would lead to the arrest of co conspirators. Stupid because it denies us the ability to shut down terror cells. Stupid because it denies us the ability to pre empt future threats to American lives, or another 9/11. Stupid because it is hard core leftist cloud cuckoo land stupid, and highbrowed acadmeic smell of the lamp mot the real world stupid.

    No doubt some smug leftist colleague of his at WashPo who has the mental acuity of Frank Rich or Ezra Klein responded Charles, you must not get so worked up over something that did not happen. Obama captured him, Obama mirandized him, and despite your darkest fears, he just kept talking to Obama and Obama got all the information he needed and Obama will act upon it, and Obama has shown the world that we are a moralistic nation and an object lesson to the world. (The author got sugar pellets from the editor for complimenting Obama 7 times in the same paragraph)

    To which Charles could say, there is no need to call you a delusional idiot. All I need to do is sit back and let you keep talking and it will remove all doubt. The question you need to wrap your mind around is what if the next terrorist listens to the Miranda warnings, heeds them and stops talking. And because he stops talking we are unable to pre empt the next 9/11. How would you feel about your light of love then?

  97. he chairman of the Democratic Party in PA has issues a “stern warning” to party members, and says a win for Sestak in the primary would be “cataclysmic.”
    When Stalin was told that the Pope disapproved of his actions, the question he asked is how man divisions does the Pope have. By the same token what leverage does the Party Chairman have? His corruption is a matter of record. Since when does a legitimate Party Chairman (as opposed to a White House hack) promote a two faced party switching hack like Specter over a legitimate Democratic candidate who will do what is right for the nation. To elect Specter would be cataclysmic.

  98. When Sports & Politics Don’t Mix
    by Elisabeth Meinecke

    One of the cardinal rules of sports organizations is that it always boils down to the fans. That’s why mixing politics and sports, like the Phoenix Suns organization did Wednesday, is tricky.

    The Suns decided to wear their “Los Suns” jerseys—which they’ve done before—on Cinco de Mayo for their playoff game against the San Antonio Spurs. In a statement Tuesday, the Suns’ owner Robert Sarver explained the decision was to honor “our Latino community, and the diversity of our league, the state of Arizona, and our nation.” But then he said, “The frustration with the federal government’s failure to deal with the issue of illegal immigration resulted in passage of a flawed state law. However intended, the result of passing this law is that our basic principles of equal rights and protection under the law are being called into question,” referring to the new Arizona immigration law.

    The Suns’ marquee player, Steve Nash, talked about the law, the decision, and how important the fans are to the team: “I think the law is very misguided… I think it’s very important for us to stand up for things we believe in. As a team and as an organization, we have a lot of love and support for all of our fans. The league is very multicultural. We have players from all over the world, and our Latino community here is very strong and important to us.” In another interview, Nash said, “I think that it opens up the potential for racial profiling and racism…I think it represents our state poorly in the eyes of the nation and the world.”

    The team’s decision even prompted a rally near the arena where the Rev. Al Sharpton joined a group of protesters against the new immigration law wearing the Los Suns jerseys.

    The Suns’ comments and decision are fairly bold as you look at these facts:

    1. The law isn’t targeted at the Latino community. It’s targeted at illegal aliens—people who are breaking our country’s laws. So the only people this law should really be offending are those breaking it anyway. We’re pretty sure those aren’t the type of fan base any team wants to be defending.

    2. A majority of Arizonans—presumably the bulk of Phoenix’s fan base—support the Arizona law, according to the latest polling. Basically, the team was making a statement that arguably over half their fans disagree with. It makes it look like the wishes of a law-abiding fan base were overlooked by the team and the owner so that a political statement could be made. Were those fans considered?

    3. Nash is Canadian. The law doesn’t affect him any more than it affects the next person, because he’s not an illegal alien. Yet how offended would Canadians be if an American skated in Game 2 of the NHL playoffs for the Montreal Canadiens wearing a jersey that spelled the team’s name the American way (Canadians), and this after he criticized a Canadian law that didn’t affect him? You’d have World War III on your hands.

    4. The misinformation out there about the law is astounding, and you don’t do a service to your fans by spreading it. For example, Nash talked about the law possibly leading to racial profiling, but racial profiling is expressly prohibited in the law itself. In fact, in a move that will make her forever cool, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer wrote an op-ed that was an exclusive on ESPN.com countering some of the most outrageous claims. When ESPN is publishing legislative op-eds by governors, you know sports and politics have passed the courtship stage.

    Maybe the Suns addressed these issues privately. The organization said the statement put out Tuesday and wearing the jerseys speak for themselves, and they will have no further discussion on the issue. But it seems there are still questions that sports fans don’t have answers to.

    Or maybe the Suns have learned the wisdom in Los Angeles Lakers’ Coach Phil Jackson’s response to the ordeal as ESPN reported: “I don’t think teams should get involved in the political stuff. And I think this one’s still kind of coming out to balance as to how it’s going to be favorably looked upon by our public. If I heard it right, the American people are really for stronger immigration laws, if I’m not mistaken. Where we stand as basketball teams, we should let that kind of play out and let the political end of that go where it’s going to go.”

    Miss Meinecke was a member of Hillsdale College’s Dow Journalism Program, sports editor and beat reporter for the campus newspaper, and also contributed to Life Times, the newsletter for Southern Indiana Right to Life. She interned at Comcast SportsNet in Washington, D.C. through the National Journalism Center before joining Human Events in August 2008. E-mail her at emeinecke@eaglepub.com. You can also request to follow her on Twitter.

  99. Mornin’ all.

    Most of these polls sound about right:

    Confidence Improves, But Trust Hurts Obama

    American voters are more confident that the economy will improve in the next year, but trust in major institutions continues to fall — a slump that mirrors Pres. Obama’s tumbling approval rating.

    Seven in 10 voters say the economy will improve over the next 12 months, according to the new Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor poll, while just 27% believe the economy will worsen.

    But 56% of voters say they have less confidence that elected officials in DC will make good financial and economic decisions. (56% sounds a little low to me…)

    Voters also say they have less confidence than they did a year ago in major corporations (50% say they are less confident), investment banks (55%) and national banks (51%) to make wise fiscal decisions. (All these sound a little low to me…)

    As trust in national institutions falls, so has Obama’s approval rating. Just 48% approve of the job Obama is doing, while 46% disapprove, the poll shows. That’s down from a 61% approval rating Obama sported in an Allstate/National Journal poll conducted in April ’09.

    Voters have lost faith in Obama to craft solutions to the country’s economic challenges. (No kidding!!)

    Just 39% say they trust Obama more than GOPers in Congress, while 32% say they believe the GOP has the right ideas. That 7-point gap is down from a 29-point Obama advantage in the April ’09 poll.

    Only 39% of voters said they would vote to re-elect Pres. Obama if the election were held today, while 50% say they would vote for someone else. A quarter of voters would definitely vote to re-elect Obama, while 37% would definitely vote for someone else.

    H-I-L-L-A-R-Y, get ready girl, this soon to be lame a$$ duck is going down……..payback is a b!tch!!!!

  100. Did ACORN infiltrate England? 😉

    Sounds like they have voting problems over there too.

    Thousands of people were deprived of the right to vote last night as polling stations were unable to cope with demand and police opened investigations into allegations of electoral fraud..

    Election chiefs told The Times that the widespread failures to deal with high voter turnout may lead to re-runs in the next few weeks, which could be critical to the overall outcome.

    The Electoral Commission said that it would be conducting a “thorough review” to determine what went wrong.

    An estimated 500 people were turned away in Nick Clegg’s constituency of Sheffield Hallam as a large number of students and other voters descended on the polling station at St John’s Church in the Ranmoor district of the city. Police had to remove about 100 people who refused to leave.



  101. More smoke and mirrors from the Fraud…

    Obama to Seek Line-Item Veto Power to Trim Spending From Bills

    WASHINGTON — President Obama, in his latest effort to signal fiscal responsibility against the rising debt, plans this month to ask Congress to give him and future presidents greater power to try to delete individual items from spending bills.

    In doing so, Mr. Obama will join a long line of his predecessors who have sought either line-item veto power or, after the Supreme Court in 1998 ruled such a veto unconstitutional, some other rescission authority that passes muster. Congress once again is unlikely to be receptive, though growing antidebt sentiment could give the proposal life.

    Before Congress breaks for its Memorial Day recess, the White House will send it proposed legislation “to give the president a new tool to reduce unnecessary or wasteful spending,” according to an administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    Under existing law, a president can send Congress a request to rescind items in spending bills after a bill is signed into law, but if Congress does not approve the request within 45 working days, the money must be released. And Congress, traditionally protective of its constitutional power of the purse, usually ignores such presidential requests, killing them.


  102. This article from today’s Daily Howler calls the game on big media. They have become a celebrity culture of their own, and are promoting an agreed to narrative which protects Obama and gives them the seat at the table of government which they have lusted for. As we all know by now, big media is in bed with Obama thus we are fighting them as well.
    History can ruin your weekend: We strongly recommend the substantial part of chapter 5 we have posted at our companion site, How he got there. How did George W. Bush reach the White House? This chapter-chunk is highly informative. Warning: The ugliness of the press corps’ conduct may well ruin the weekend of a sensible person.

    To read this part of chapter 5, click this. (The squalor will only get worse as this chapter proceeds.) For an overview of this material, see THE DAILY HOWLER, 5/4/10.

    WHAT DIGBY SAID (permalink): We’ll strongly recommend two recent posts by Digby.

    In this first post, from Thursday, Digby links to Michael Getler’s scornful review, as PBS ombudsman, of Politico’s recent work.

    This is the part of Getler’s post which Digby wisely clipped. Getler refers to last weekend’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner, the press corps’ annual prom:

    GETLER (5/5/10): This gathering has about as much to do with covering the American presidency as a beauty contest has to do with—well, let’s just leave it as a beauty contest.

    Each year, the dinner, according to press coverage, seems to grow in size and glamour, flooded with beautiful and handsome Hollywood stars and television entertainers as guests of journalists, who have also grown to become stars, and news organizations. It is a testimonial to the celebrity culture that dominates much of Washington and New York journalism. (The New York Times, to its great credit, in my opinion, does not attend.) It is also, in my opinion, an embarrassment, just one more brick on the pile that buries confidence in the U.S. press.

    The hot new face of American journalism and political reporting, Politico, posted 84 stories about the dinner by my last count. All of it great stuff, no doubt.

    We appreciate Getler’s reference to the press corps’ destructive “celebrity culture.” When we started THE DAILY HOWLER, in early 1998, one of our recurrent features was called “Life in this celebrity press corps.” (We meant it as a spoof of the long-running Reader’s Digest feature, “Life in these United States.”) We say the following for an unpleasant reason: At this site, we didn’t have to wait for the year 2010 to see the culture-killing potential involved in the celebrification of the group formerly known as a “press corps.” (We do not offer that as a criticism of Digby, in any way.)

    Digby’s second post is this one, concerning the astounding Chris Matthews.

    For ourselves, we no longer watch Hardball every night, as we did for a solid decade, because Matthews is no longer the straw that stirs the celebrity press corps’ drink. (As he was during the Clinton/Gore era and the early Bush years.) That said, it’s stunning to think that Matthews made this statement, on Tuesday evening’s program:

    MATTHEWS (5/4/10): Let me finish tonight with that arrest at John F. Kennedy airport. You know, it’s good to know that our government can do the job.

    People like competence. Men like men who are competent, women like men who are competent, women like women who are competent, men like women who are competent. Everyone likes people who are competent. The era of the “cutie klutz” this isn’t. We don’t want a Woody Allen character running the country or our household. Annie Hall, remember, was a comedy.

    What killed President Bush`s credibility? His utter [sic] claim that the reason we went to war in Iraq was to search for nuclear weapons. Because he and his people were dishonest enough to make that claim, he ended up looking like an incompetent when we fought our way into that country and are still fighting our way out, only to find there were no nuclear weapons on hand.

    The incompetence became downright staggering when the commander in chief pranced onto an aircraft carrier with that “Mission Accomplished” banner flying overhead. The bozos couldn’t even get the PR right.

    If we take that text at face value, Matthews seems to be saying that it was Bush’s incompetence that eventually killed him, not his earlier dishonesty. Whatever.

    More to the point: It’s “downright staggering” to see Matthews making that statement about the “Mission Accomplished” fandango. As Digby’s post helps us recall, no one pandered to the greatness of this spectacular than Matthews did in real time. As Digby helps us recall, Matthews built a good deal of his fawning commentary around the apparent extra-large size of Bush’s manly parts. Digby spared us Matthews’ colloquy on this subject with the deranged Gordon Liddy. We’ll give you that transcript below.

    The dishonesty in Matthews’ recent commentary is simply staggering. This raises a much larger problem.

    Matthews did tremendous harm to his country during the Clinton-Gore era, when he was working for Jack Welch, his ultimate mentor. (It was Welch’s sponsorship which made Matthews a multimillionaire.) Presumably at the behest of Welch, Chris worked his keister off, for twenty months, to get George Bush elected. No one worked harder to shape the lunatic commentary used to take out Gore.

    A great deal more of Matthews’ lunacy will be discussed in the second part of Chapter 5 at our companion site, How he got there. The fact that Matthews isn’t in prison for the things he said and did in November 1999 alone is proof that our society is obsessive, in an unhealthy way, about the First Amendment.

    As Digby helps us see, Matthews’ commentary this week was staggeringly dishonest. (This is especially true since he works inside a fraternal order which burns up a great deal of time pretending to find contradictions and flip-flops in the statements of disfavored pols.) Now for the larger heart of this darkness:

    Liberals ought to be revolted to see this broken-souled hustler pimping his scams on our side now—and to see Joan Walsh parading around on his show saying how brilliant and great he is. The last time we saw Joan do it, we retched about it for the last time. This type of alliance will never be a good thing for progressive causes, no matter how hard Chris fakes it on our behalf— no matter how many greenbacks Joan’s blatant pandering deposits in Salon’s purse.

    To all intents and purpose, your entire celebrity press corps works by the broken standards displayed in Matthews’ recent commentary. Today, many liberal “journalists” are adopting the practices of this sad bunch as they pander to us. This will never serve the national interest. This will never work out well for progressive interests.

    Go back and reread those two Digby posts. Having done so, be prepared to get sick to your stomach the next time you see Walsh parade out onto Matthews’ show and tell him how great he is—how much his deeply seminal thinking resembles that of Joan herself.

    This sort of thing will never work, except in service to Salon’s bank account. In this third post, Digby roasts Mary Landrieu, quite hard, for perceived financial conflict of interest.

    There’s nothing wrong with that sort of analysis. But when will we “liberals” be honest enough to apply it to “our own?”

    Chris and Gordon, sittin’ in a tree: From the mid-1990s on, one obvious sign of the press corps’ profound dysfunction has been the blatant psychosexual disorder of its leading players. Below, we give you Chris Matthews and Gordon Liddy, in 2003, talking about Bush’s manly parts in the wake of his “Mission Accomplished” visit to the USS Abraham Lincoln. As he starts, Chris is complaining about some Democrats who called Bush’s tail-hook landing a stunt. You’ll note that even here, some four years after the fact, Liddy turns straight to a potent old psychosexual theme from November 1999, the “month of Wolf:” Al Gore hired a woman to teach him how to be a man!

    MATTHEWS (5/8/03): What do you make of this broadside against the USS Abraham Lincoln and its chief visitor last week?

    LIDDY: Well, I—in the first place, I think it’s envy. I mean, after all, Al Gore had to go get some woman to tell him how to be a man. And here comes George Bush. You know, he’s in his flight suit, he’s striding across the deck, and he’s wearing his parachute harness, you know—and I’ve worn those because I parachute—and it makes the best of his manly characteristic.

    You go run those—run that stuff again of him walking across there with the parachute. He has just won every woman’s vote in the United States of America. You know, all those women who say size doesn’t count—they’re all liars. Check that out. I hope the Democrats keep ratting on him and all of this stuff so that they keep showing that tape.

    MATTHEWS: You know, it’s funny. I shouldn’t talk about ratings. I don’t always pay attention to them, but last night was a riot because, at the very time Henry Waxman was on—and I do respect him on legislative issues—he was on blasting away, and these pictures were showing last night, and everybody’s tuning in to see these pictures again.

    LIDDY: That’s right.

    MATTHEWS: And I’ve got to say why do the Democrats, as you say, want to keep advertising this guy’s greatest moment?

    LIDDY: Look, he’s, he’s coming across as a—well, as women would call in on my show saying, what a stud, you know? And then guys—they’re seeing him out there with his flight suit, and he’s, and they know he’s an F-105 fighter jock. I mean it’s just great.


    MATTHEWS: You know what struck me about that? The part that couldn’t have been faked, which is the faces of the troops…They just love him.

    LIDDY: They’re loving him.

    MATTHEWS: I think that’s a bonding that we’re seeing right there. We’re watching it now, Gordon. It’s pretty impressive bonding between him and these guys. I mean they did win the war together, and he was their commander in chief. Why not have a— We don’t have an Arc de Triumph in this country like the French do. Isn’t it OK to—

    LIDDY: Please don’t mention the French!

    Two of the biggest nuts in the jar. By 2003, even some of us liberals were able to see how strange this conversation was; our long hibernation was over. That said, these two crackpots had staged a similar psychosexual rant, this time about Gore’s masculinity problems, back in November 1999, when Matthews spent the bulk of the month sexually trashing Wolf, and through her Candidate Gore.

    Matthews’ commentary this week co-exists with his earlier, real-time fawning about Bush’s magnificent “Mission Accomplished” moment. As always, his dishonesty is simply staggering; we’d have to judge that it’s even larger than Bush’s manly characteristic. But the cosmic damage Matthews did to this country, and to the world, occurred in 1999 and 2000—in November 1999, for example. The story of Matthews’ conduct in that one month will be told in some detail when chapter 5 continues at How he got there. In the meantime, every liberal in this country should retch when liberal editors go on Hardball and fawn to this truly horrid, horribly dishonest man, in exactly the way he fawned to Bush as Bush took our country apart.

    Our “liberal journals” have always played us for fools concerning the work of big career-makers like Matthews. They have refused to tell us the truth about these people. Now, Walsh takes the insult further, praising this manifest crackpot on the air. And sure enough! We “liberals” just sit there and take it!

    We took it from Matthews back in real time. We take it from Walsh today.

  103. LOL…Shadowfax,

    Your posts are informative and valuable, just as wbboei’s and everyone elses are.

    Keep them coming. 🙂

  104. With my extended ‘See something.Say something.’ campaign I would like to share this info and encourage everyone to take action to and let those NUTS in California know that we love our flag and salute students who display and/or wear the flag.

    Live Oak High School is located at
    15055 East Main Street
    Morgan Hill, CA 95037
    Phone: 408-201-6100
    Fax: 408-776-9097
    Principal: Nick Boden who has 2 Assistant Principals

    Morgan Hill Unified School Distnat
    15600 Concord Circle
    Morgan Hill CA 95037
    Phone: 408-201-6000
    Superintendent: Dr. Wesley Smith
    President, Board of Education: Donald Moody

    Their mascot: ACORN
    Their motto: Go Nuts!!!

  105. This article by Numbers USA article illustrates how confused and conflicted the dims are over border security and illegal immigration.
    In the aftermath of last week’s passage and signing of Arizona’s tough immigration enforcement bill, Democratic Leaders in Wasington can’t seem to make up their minds on how to proceed.

    While one of Arizona’s own House Members called for a national boycott of his own state, the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Pres. Barack Obama couldn’t keep their stories straight.

    After the bill’s passage, Obama and Reid called for immediate action to reform immigration.

    But after Reid lost his lone Republican supporter, he backed off

    On Wednesday, Reid flipped his stance and helped circulated an Amnesty outline

    Later that day, Obama began backing off Amnesty during an informal press gathering with reporters.

    On Thursday, Reid and five Democratic Senators held a press conference to unveil an Amnesty plan, which Pres. Obama offered his support

    Confused yet?

    (Note: this organization is on the forefront of the fight to stem the massive flow of illegal immigration and drug violence crossing the border. It took on the Bush Administration as well over this issue).

  106. On April 20th, New Jersey voters went to the polls to vote on their local school budgets. Many budgets were rejected, even in some of the most affluent communities. I don’t if anyone discussed this issue here, but I would say that this again shows the sour mood of American voters, and portends big problems for Democrats in November. By the way, voting numbers were up which shows people’s interest in actually voting their financial interests during this time of financial insecurity. Personally, I believe that at times, unions are completely tone deaf. While non-union employees can go without raises for a couple of years or so due to financial realities, unions usually press on with raise demands that make them look greedy, and uncaring about anyone but their members. In light of something I read a day or so ago, the unions are looking to the federal government to cover the immense shortfalls in their pension plans. It seems that one of the fixes is for the government to take over private 401k’s so that mpnies from them can be directed to union pension plans. How is that fair? I hope that I am explaining this correctly. It’s how I understood the proposition to be, and I am very concerned about this happening. Would non-union people be able to raid union pension plans if the shoe was on the other foot? Never! I grew up in a union houseold, and slowly but surely, my respect for unions is disappearing.


  107. Now, there’s a “suspicious” package that has closed down Times Square. It’s the terror alert of the day.

  108. I mentioned unions in my previous comments because the link that I provided mentioned some representatives of teacher union’s remarks about the failure to pass many of the local school budgets that were looking for school tax increases of up to 10% in some cases. That’s absurd in my opinion!

  109. Wbboei, good to see DailyHowler comments on the “prom”. DailyHowler is absolutely correct about the Politico preening over the White House Correspondents Dinner.

  110. Shadowfax, I am not sure ACORN infiltrated the UK voting, but Soros did. He’s stinking paws are in everything.

    I am sooo sick of this administration…I wasn’t even this sick of Bush…this idiot will NEVAH get 4 more years without the help of Soros and the diabold voting machine OR if he gets us in a WWIII so he can do an FDR on us.

  111. nomobama, Unions aren’t the same unions they were for my dad…they actually cared about the employees and not the union stewards.

    I wish we could have a discussion about school vouchers and what exactly would happen if they privatized public schools in this country?

  112. Well another day another terror plot…well wonder what they don’t want us to know today??? No doubt that who was behind the fake Dow Jones dip yesterday. We all know it was someone who is connected to this administration since he stood to get his huge banking regulation thru if this could scare enough people.

  113. In a hurry; all I’ve done is grab the headlines:

    L.A. Times Declines to Endorse Sen. Boxer in California Primary

    The editors at the biggest newspaper on the West Coast, who were expected to endorse Sen. Barbara Boxer in her primary campaign against token opposition, have decided to remain neutral, saying the California Democrat doesn’t display enough intellectual firepower.
    www dot foxnews.com/politics/2010/05/07/la-times-declines-endorse-boxer-senate-primary/?test=latestnews

    Nobama above: I also follow NJ. Think that voter sentiment is ‘sticking’.

  114. OMG! The backlash for the Obama bootlickers is going to be astounding! LOL!!! Guess thats why some have chosen to retire that face the tar and feathering that is going to take place in November!!!

  115. nomobama
    May 7th, 2010 at 1:09 pm
    On April 20th, New Jersey voters went to the polls to vote on their local school budgets.

    Yeah, I posted here about a few local townships in my area (central Jersey, near Great Adventure) that defeated the budgets, including our township.

    The ballot only gave the overall dollar amount, and did not say what percent increase it was.

    My wife and I were going to vote against it anyhow, but the day of the vote I saw a yard sign advocating the defeat of the budget, which would have been a 9.88% increase.

  116. Shadowfax
    May 7th, 2010 at 12:11 pm
    Okay, I am gonna stop posting before I am called a blog-hog.

    Don’t worry, there’s plenty of space still left to post.

    I’ve “been on a roll” too at times, posting several things in a row. Other times, I drop off the radar (like when work is exceptionally busy).

    Things come in waves. We’ll survive.

    What is really not desirable is:
    a) BOTs here to make this site look bad
    b) personal attacks; let’s face it, despite being generally of “like mind”, there is a 100% chance of disagreement on some subject or another.



    Terror attacks raise tension between Obama and GOP

    By: Byron York
    Chief Political Correspondent
    May 7, 2010

    While the White House celebrates the capture of accused Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad, some of the people most involved in fighting terrorism in the United States are very, very worried.

    On Wednesday, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs rejected the suggestion that Shahzad’s ability to travel to and from Pakistan, train with the Taliban, and place a car bomb in the heart of New York City represented a “systemic failure” of the nation’s security agencies. (That’s what President Obama said happened in the case of Detroit Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.)

    Far from seeing failure, Gibbs saw reason for celebration. Shahzad was found quickly, he pointed out, with federal, state and local authorities working together. “So in many ways, we want to celebrate the success of, rightly so, of what law enforcement was able to do,” Gibbs said.

    Tell that to Rep. Peter Hoekstra, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee. “These guys continue to be in denial,” Hoekstra says of the White House. “We’re just a couple of smart people away from having 300, 400, 500 Americans killed. We have to express our appreciation to the FBI and the New York Police Department for capturing this guy, but our focus should be on how he got to Times Square and almost blew up an SUV loaded with explosives. That’s not success in my book. Success would have been identifying this guy and making sure he didn’t get to Times Square.”

    Particularly troubling to Hoekstra and other committee Republicans is the confusion over what U.S. authorities did or did not know about Shahzad before the bombing attempt. The New York Times reported that in 2004, after Shahzad sold a condominium, agents from the government’s Joint Terrorism Task Force questioned the buyer about Shahzad. There have also been reports that Shahzad was in e-mail contact with radical Islamists abroad and was on a Department of Homeland Security travel watch list. But still other reports say American officials knew nothing about him.

    What’s the truth? “It’s hard to believe that with this guy’s profile, he didn’t leave some kind of footprints in Pakistan that you would hope that we picked up somewhere along the line,” Hoekstra says.

    In other recent terrorist incidents, we learned from post-attack investigations that U.S. officials knew about the perpetrators beforehand. In the case of the Fort Hood shooting that left 13 people dead, officials knew Maj. Nidal Hasan had exchanged e-mails with radical Yemeni cleric Anwar al Awlaki, had written Internet postings justifying Muslim suicide bombings and had made troubling statements to co-workers. Yet even after Hasan went on his murderous rampage, President Obama was slow to publicly recognize the attack as Islamist violence and the Pentagon later tried to whitewash the story in its official report.

    After the Christmas Day airline bombing attempt, we learned that U.S. officials had received a tip from Abdulmutallab’s father about his son’s extremist views, that Abdulmutallab’s name had been in a terrorist database and that U.S. officials knew he had been trained in Yemen.

    Now there is Shahzad. While the White House suggests that Americans “celebrate” his capture, Hoekstra and fellow Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee are growing increasingly frustrated about what they see as the administration’s refusal to tell Congress what’s going on. On Wednesday, all nine Republican members sent a letter to Obama protesting what they called the White House’s deliberate withholding of critical national security information.

    “A clear pattern has emerged,” the GOP lawmakers wrote, “of the administration refusing to provide requested briefings or information or to engage with us despite repeated requests on issues such as Guantanamo, the Fort Hood attack, the Christmas Day attack, Yemen, critical issues involving the [foreign intelligence surveillance court], and now the Times Square attack.”

    Obama has made a new approach to terrorism one of the key features of his presidency. He no longer calls the nation’s anti-terror effort the War on Terror. He has reached out to the Muslim world. He has banned what the Bush administration called “enhanced interrogation techniques.” He has vowed to close Guantanamo and supports granting full American constitutional rights to foreign terrorists.

    Yet the attacks and attempted attacks continue. And everyone knows it was luck, and not anti-terror work, that prevented American deaths on Christmas Day and in Times Square. Republicans want to know what went wrong and are becoming increasingly angry at a White House that is keeping details of the case to itself.

  118. rgb44hrc,

    I have a cousin who lives near you in Jackson Township. I used to live in northwest New Jersey, but now live in Florida.

  119. confloyd,

    I also believe that school vouchers should be seriously discussed. I hate to see public schools go down the tubes, but let’s face it. Schools are a business, the business of educating our children. If they are not getting the job done, then there should be consequences of some sort. Granted, children must want to learn, too, so teachers must find ingenius ways to accomplish this. It is part of their jobs.

  120. Cancel the terror alert on Times Square.

    Now there’s a suspicious car that has shut down streets in Manhattan’s west side.

  121. HoldThemAccountable, that is some big news you posted.


    The editors at the biggest newspaper on the West Coast, who were expected to endorse Sen. Barbara Boxer in her primary campaign against token opposition, have decided to remain neutral, saying the California Democrat doesn’t display enough intellectual firepower.

    The left-leaning Los Angeles Times on Friday declined to offer endorsements in all Democratic and Republican primaries for governor and Senate, saying the races have been undermined by politics and money.

    But the newspaper’s decision to sit on the sidelines for the Boxer race could prove to be the most damaging of all, given the newspaper’s criticism of the three-term senator.

    “On the Democratic side, we find that we’re no fans of incumbent Barbara Boxer,” the newspaper said in an editorial Friday. “She displays less intellectual firepower or leadership than she could.”

    The Boxer campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

    The newspaper said Boxer’s opponent, Robert “Mickey” Kaus, was not a “realistic contender,” but it praised him for asking “pertinent questions about Boxer’s ‘lockstep liberalism’ on labor, immigration and other matters.”

    “But we can’t endorse him, because he gives no indication that he would step up to the job and away from his Democratic-gadfly persona,” the newspaper said.

    In a statement on his website, Kaus, a professional blogger, suggested he was satisfied with the newspaper’s decision to endorse no one, but took issue with suggesting being a gadfly is a bad thing.

    “I think there is a role for gadflies and for people who turn over ideas and question dogmas. That’s what the Senate was supposed to be all about. But people want a leader too, and I would intend to be one. They obviously don’t think Boxer is,” he wrote.

    The Times left the door open for an endorsement in the general election.

    The fast-growing population of California voters who no longer affiliate with a party are seeking a dynamic and creative representative to help direct national policy,” the newspaper said. “But the substantive debate about whether Boxer or the Republican nominee is the best person must wait until after the primary. Then, we hope, it will be possible to endorse a candidate.”

  122. nomobama
    May 7th, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I have a cousin who lives near you in Jackson Township. I used to live in northwest New Jersey, but now live in Florida.

    We used to live up in Northwest Jersey too, 1987 – 1994, in Washington (Borough), Rt. 57 and Rt. 31. Loved those hills.

    What town did you live in?



    May 7, 2010
    Obama’s Health Care Promises Already Busted

    By Michael Tanner

    The ink was barely dry on President Obama’s signature before the RAND Corporation released a report concluding that not only would the hard-won health care package fail to curb premium increases, but the bill would drive premiums up as much as 17 percent for young people.

    This should not have been a surprise: the Congressional Budget Office had already warned that the bill would do almost nothing to reduce future premium hikes. And when New York implemented the same time of insurance reforms in the 1980s, it led to a nearly $500-per-year increase in premiums for young people. But somehow, the media didn’t pay much attention.

    And of course, back during the health care debate, no presidential speech was complete without a promise that “if you have health insurance today and you like it, you can keep it.” But the Congressional Budget Office now says that as many as 10 million workers will lose their current insurance under the bill. Some of those will have to buy new insurance through the government-run exchanges. Millions more will be thrown onto Medicaid.

    In addition, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Studies reports that half of seniors enrolled in the Medicare Advantage program will lose their coverage under that program and be forced back into traditional Medicare.

    And how many times did President Obama criticize the United States for having the highest health care spending in the world? Well, the government’s chief actuary released his report on the bill recently, showing that the bill will actually increase health care spending by $311 billion over the next 10 years.

    At the same time, the actuary warns that promised future spending cuts, particularly those for Medicare, are unlikely to occur.

    “The longer-term viability of the Medicare reductions is doubtful,” wrote Richard Foster, chief actuary of the Medicare and Medicaid systems. What cuts do occur could have a severe impact on the quality of health care. As many as 15 percent of hospitals and other institutions could be forced out of business, according to the report, “possibly jeopardizing access to care” for millions of Americans.

    With spending going up and future savings likely to fall short of promises, we can expect higher deficits and, of course, higher taxes. The most recent estimates suggest that the taxes already in the bill will likely end up costing middle-class workers and small businesses an extra $1,000 per year.

    Now the most recent report from the Congressional Budget Office warns that nearly 4 million Americans, nearly three-quarters of them middle-class workers, will be hit with fines for failing to meet the government’s mandate. Those penalties will average nearly $1,000 per person in 2016.

    All this, and the health care “reform” law is merely a month old.

    Perhaps this is why nearly 56 percent of American voters now favor repealing the bill.

    This episode provides a lesson, not just for health care reform, but for the Obama administration’s policies more generally. When critics of the health care bill raised these concerns during the debate, they were accused of “fear mongering.” It was said that they were “opposed to reform,” or were in the pockets of the insurance industry.

    Now, as the administration presses forward with its other initiatives, including financial regulation and energy taxes, the same modus operandi is in action. Those who raise questions are derided as opposing “reform” and siding with the banks, energy companies, or whoever the enemy of the day is. The bills need to be rushed through. There is no time for real debate.

    But maybe, just maybe, the first month of ObamaCare should serve as a lesson: Legislate in haste; repent in leisure.

  124. confloyd
    May 7th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Shadowfax, I am not sure ACORN infiltrated the UK voting

    Heh, I was joking on that part of my leading comment, but ACORN isn’t just in the US.

  125. Last weekend I happened to watch a program on the History channel about HAARP, weather warfare and controlling earth quakes.

    It sure scared the bajesus out of me with all the extreme weather (Katrina, etc) and huge quakes we have had lately.

    Anyone else heard of this stuff?
    I hope to God this isn’t possible…that countries can create disasters on others…

    History Channel – Weather Warfare, Chemtrails, HAARP 1/5


  126. Could Obama Be Girding for a Health Care Repeal Battle
    Posted by Bill S (Profile)
    Friday, May 7th at 12:30PM EDT
    The NYT reports this morning that Barack Obama, like many presidents before him, is now seeking line-item veto authority.

    President Obama, in his latest effort to signal fiscal responsibility against the rising debt, plans this month to ask Congress to give him and future presidents greater power to try to delete individual items from spending bills.

    In doing so, Mr. Obama will join a long line of his predecessors who have sought either line-item veto power or, after the Supreme Court in 1998 ruled such a veto unconstitutional, some other rescission authority that passes muster. Congress once again is unlikely to be receptive, though growing antidebt sentiment could give the proposal life.

    Of course cynics like me would say “Now why would someone who has racked up a trillion or two in debt be suddenly interested in vetoing spending items from his own party?” The answer, I believe, is: “he isn’t.” The more likely scenario is that Obama is preparing for an increasingly-likely GOP takeover of the House and Senate, and (more importantly) he may be positioning to fight Republican efforts to repeal the now-passed healthcare “reform” legislation.

    Since Obama is certain to veto any legislation to repeal HCR, the only real way for Republicans to push through a rollback would be to attach repeal measures to spending bills that Obama would not be likely to veto in total. A line-item veto would provide the means to cut those items while leaving spending intact. Now if a GOP-controlled Congress simply fails to fund HCR items, this obviously is irrelevant, since he could not veto what does not exist. But if the Republicans used other means to repeal, the line-item veto could provide Obama the ability to eliminate them.

    Based on past history, the President is unlikely to succeed. But this could be the early warning sign that the Democrats are preparing for the inevitable battle royal on healthcare repeal.

  127. rgb44hrc
    May 7th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I lived most of my life in the Milton side of Jefferson Twsp in Morris County (but with an Oak Ridge, NJ mailing address in Passaic County which I always found kind of strange). I then lived in Wantage Twsp in Sussex county just outside of Sussex Borough off of Rt. 23. Milton was mountains and trees, while Wantage was more rolling hills, farmland, trees, and mountains. Both areas were very pretty.

    Back in the early 90’s, I used to bicycle Route 57 from the K-Mart parking lot in Hackettstown all the way out to Lopatcong Twsp which took me right through the center of Washington Borough at the Route 31 and Route 57 intersection. The total roind trip was 42 miles. Route 57 wasn’t exactly a safe road to bike, but it provided flats and hills, and the scenery was nice. It was a good workout for me.

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