Mother’s Day Lessons

It’s a joyous day for those whose mothers are still with them. It’s a mournful day, with heavy memories and broken hearts, for those whose mothers are no longer held by the mortal coil.



In 2007 on this day we wrote:

“On this Mother’s Day it is fitting to relive a bit of history. The young women of today are not only a product of their parents, they are also a product of their “village”. Yes, it does take a village. In Chelsea’s case her mother helped shape not only Chelsea’s life but the lives of all of us, especially the lives of women young and old.

As imperfect as opportunities for all Americans currently are, and the distance left to travel until the goal of equality is reached, Hillary helped get us a bit closer to a more perfect union. 2007 America is not the America of Hillary when she was in her 20s.

As a young woman Hillary recalls a situation that probably has not changed as much as we like to believe, “In high school, one of my smartest girlfriends dropped out of the accelerated courses because her boyfriend wasn’t in them. Another didn’t want to have her grades posted because she knew she would get higher marks than the boy she was dating. These girls had picked up the subtle and not-so-subtle cultural signals urging them to conform to sexist stereotypes, to diminish their own accomplishments in order not to outperform the boys around them.” (page 20, hardcover Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton)”

It took a long time to learn the lesson of independence, strength, and standing up for yourself amidst shouts to sit down.

Many lessons taught by mothers to their children are ones which our national governments need to learn and to put into practice. You know what those lessons are. Either your mother taught them to you or her spirit and memory guides you to them.



Happy Mother’s Day to all, especially the memory laden, on this joyous and mournful day.

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107 thoughts on “Mother’s Day Lessons

  1. Thank you, love. I never really understood the “mortal coil” line until line. 🙂

  2. John Lennon named his son Julian as a tribute to his mother. Lennon also wrote a love song – to Julia.

  3. Lennon’s other, more conflicted song, about his mother is simply called “Mother”. The influence of “scream therapy” played out in this song.

  4. Sometimes I wonder what it must have been like to be Bill Clinton’s mom – to live in that tiny Arkansas town and see her son intellectually outstripping everyone around him. She must have had days where she was afraid and wondering what it all was. And then that personality – that personality was probably staggeringly vibrant by the time he was a year old. I wonder if she ever felt she was struck by lightning or magic.

    Then there’s Hillary’s mom – I’m betting she knew Hillary was meant for the big leagues from very early on and just let it roll.

  5. basement, there’s a well-written bio of Hillary online, “Growing Up Rodham.” Very cool description of her parents. Father conservative, mother liberal. So Hillary grew up to reconcile those differences on a national scale (during the 90s Clinton admin).

  6. Thanks to Hillary for giving voice to Chelsea’s Mother’s Day message via you-tube. The outpouring of her upbringing from her grandma and her mother should be memorialized in a book for new mothers. More and more women are taking on the role of primary providers for their children. The art of imparting the morals and expected behavior from growing children is becoming lost. The ever growing majority of ‘latch key’ kids having their own children to raise is a new wave phenomenon. Setting boundaries for children, without the threat of violence, keeping them safe through the existent Love between parent and child needs a how to book– for mothers unable to spend time in the traditional enclaves of learning from previous generations of grand and great grand mothers.

  7. basement angel
    May 9th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Two more books for you to buy.

    Read Bill Clinton’s autobiography, “My Life”, written in 2004. And Hillary’s autobiography, “Living History” released in 2003.

  8. Leave it to Hillary to bring Mother’s Day beyond the Hallmark moment.

    For anyone that missed my Mother’s day photo at the end of the last thread:

    http://www.bing.com/

    Happy Mother’s Day.

  9. I have both those books,my “living history” is autographed by Hillary….I treasure them both. I also have the Clinton Tapes which is a wonderful in that it shows without a shadow of a doubt just how the effects of onslot of daily “incoming” from the republicans had to be fought by the Clinton administration. If you ever want to know the vileness of the republicans…its a must read book.

    It is also amazing in that book how Bill dealth with it and was still able to make those 8 years a most productive time in history.

  10. Admin, tiger with its little cub in its mouth — that picture always amazes me how the same canines which can rip through a throat to kill will also softly and lovingly carry its infant.

    This is a poem I wrote about my last goodbye with my mom (in August 2002 in India as she ran up to my taxi window plaintively calling my name to bid one last goodbye). Hearing her voice I kind of knew that she knew this was going to be the last. What was unusual in those couple of minutes was that she shed her inhibition and touched my face(we don’t hug or kiss in Indian culture or overtly say how we feel about each other). She was so embarrassed when my father clutched my shoulder as he started weeping when I left India for the first time, earlier in 1987. In a nation of immigrants, every immigrant has a story like this but mine may be more fortunate than others.

    The Gesture

    Hand wrinkled nails discolored
    Lines showing age
    Hand that ruffled my hair
    Lingering on the side of my face
    Choked tears in her eyes
    Don’t want to see her cry
    Don’t want to cry
    Took her hand in mine
    Soft, wrinkled lines
    Hold on to it a little longer
    Let go with a heavy heart
    Knowing I was her daughter
    Hand that ruffled my hair
    Lingering on the side of my face
    Grateful for that gesture
    Knowing how she felt
    About her daughter

  11. As per Larry Johnson’s recent article….I can’t say enough about how I distrust and find this guy revulsive. Glad Mr. Johnson came out with this….I wonder if this Lurkin officer demanding Obama BC’s will do any good?

    When is Hillary going to be on 60 minutes…not sure when that show is on…maybe tonight?

  12. Shadowfax
    May 9th, 2010 at 2:16 pm
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    Nice pics, Shadowfax. bing is very interesting- I’ll have to do more exploring. I like the little windows that openup at the mouseover.
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    confloyd
    May 9th, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Nice summary, confloyd. I must pick up the ‘Clinton Tapes’ and tag it for my summer reading list.

  13. Mrs. Smith
    Nice pics, Shadowfax. bing is very interesting- I’ll have to do more exploring. I like the little windows that openup at the mouseover.
    —–
    I set bing as my home browser window just so I see their daily photo.
    Most are totally awesome and I too, like that I can get more info from each one.
    I love animals and thought this photo was true to motherhood. 😉

  14. Ah, Shadowfax- thanks again for the bing site. The photography is truly outstanding and all things Spring is representative of new life. 🙂

  15. When is Hillary going to be on 60 minutes…not sure when that show is on…maybe tonight?
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    I hope what she talks about is her vision of smart diplomacy and what it can realistically achieve. There is a whole logic to this, which goes far beyond the naive assumptions and inexperience of the Trojan Horse who is supposedly president, the thievery of his thugs who hide in the west wing and the Israel haters in his entourage.

    We are going through a period of paradigmatic change. The bipolar world ended in 1988 with the fall of the Berlin Wall. The unipolar world ended with the election of Obama. The world of today and tomorrow is a multi-polar world. The dominant players are the United States, China, India and Russia. They will control the chess board militarily, financially, and commercially. Therefore, we need to find a way to work together in a collaborative way, and settle the disputes amicably, because the cost of conflict is too high. As Ben Franklin said we will either hang together or we will hang separately.

    Hillary sees that much and more. She is not in a position to set policy herself. Therefore she must convince the sociopath she works for that whatever she proposes is not only right for our nation, but will make him look good, because that is all he is really concerned with. Once she has convinced him, she must then convince the nations who are parties to the dispute that the process, or in some cases the solution she proposes is the right one. She must encourage them to have more dreams for the future than memories of the past. She must deal with the realpolitic factors which determine how fast she can move and how to mollify the adversaries. And finally, she must convince big media which is the latter day equivalent of the military industrial complex that Eisenhower warned us about, to get on board, and their love of Obama is the catnip.

    Fortunately, she has a partner in this effort. His name is Robert Gates, and he is a Republican. And for all of you who believe there are no good Republicans, there is your exception that proves the rule. He is taking on the Pentagon as well he should. Since the days of Billy Mitchell, the Pentagon has been more concerned with fighting the last war than the future war. Notice how often he and Hillary collaborate in the effort to clarify, never contradict, the foolish statements which Obama and his entourage–statements that have the smell of the lamp. Notice how she acts when necessary while Obama retreats, and big media dismisses her as a bad cop rather than acknowledging her leadership.

    More than Obama, Hillary is laying the groundwork for a stable new world order predicated on cooperation between sovereign nations, as opposed to the cloud cuckoo land vision of Obama, Soros and Brzezneski. Diplomacy is a slow process, but the understanding she has reached with China, and their apparent success in getting North Korea to reconsider multi lateral negotiations rather than nuclear proliferation is a hopeful sign. The collective effort to reign in Iran may yet bear fruit, and if Obama tries to mediate the Israel Palestinian negotiation with his thumb on the scale, and to belittle Israel in the eyes of the world, then I am confident that she will resign.

    So happy mothers day to the real first lady of our nation–and the world.

  16. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there! Just went and put an orchid on my mom’s grave…I miss her so…I often wonder what she would be saying about the world events happening today.

    Many of the greatest generation are so knowledgeable and such a rock to hold on to during this current storm…I envy those of you who still have their rock. I do have my dad, but he is very non-political.

    Shout out to ABM90 today, I always enjoy his incite on our current situation!

  17. The Obama spin machine has mis-characterized the Tea Party Movement from the beginning. First they called them racists. Then they called them thugs. Then they called them Republicans. And now they are calling them, of all things, Jacobins–in an effort to invoke bloody images of the death of Murat, the image of the guillotine, Madam de farge nitting away as heads rolled and the rabble of Paris using their teeth to separate the corpses form their private parts. As the English poet Wordworth said from the other side of the English Channel bliss was it in that dawn to be alive but to be young was very heaven. None of these negative characterizations really work, and the left has been unable to produce much in the way of evidence to support their vile charges. But their power is not the power of proof, but the power of unsubstantiated allegation screamed from the roof tops over and over again. And the incestuous relationship that big media heads are cultivating with the dream factory people of Hollywood, is all designed to the single purpose of producing cultural myths and subconscious feeling that supplant logic. Why? Because at the end of the day, the Tea Parties are none of these things. They are Jacksonian Democrats who men and women of character who are fiercely independent, who when asked by an outsider to take him to their master would earnestly reply: “that son of a bitch aint been born yet”.
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    Posted by streiff (Profile)
    Sunday, May 9th at 2:15PM EDT
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    There is an apocryphal story, truth be told it more closely akin to a parable than a story, that tells much about the American character. As the story goes, an English nobleman is in America at some point in the eighteenth or nineteenth centuries depending upon when you find the story, and he’s seeking directions or a room for the night or somesuch. He approaches an American farmer or rancher or backwoodsman and says, “My good man, where is your master.” The American solemnly stares and replies, “I reckon that sumbitch ain’t been born.”

    Segments of the left are all a-Twitter, so to speak, today over an article in the New York Times Review of Books by someone named Mark Lilla titled Tea Party Jacobins. According to the left, this article explains the Tea Party movement and the electoral stomping the left anticipates taking this November. It has nothing to do with the Administration’s policies or its disdain for America rather:

    A new strain of populism is metastasizing before our eyes, nourished by the same libertarian impulses that have unsettled American society for half a century now. Anarchistic like the Sixties, selfish like the Eighties, contradicting neither, it is estranged, aimless, and as juvenile as our new century. It appeals to petulant individuals convinced that they can do everything themselves if they are only left alone, and that others are conspiring to keep them from doing just that. This is the one threat that will bring Americans into the streets.

    Welcome to the politics of the libertarian mob.

    This is a very convenient position to take when you’re in Mr. Lilla’s position. The alternative is to admit that your entire world view is being repudiated by most of the country.

    There is nothing new in this article, we’ve heard it all before. Let’s take a quick trip back to November 1994 via the indispensable Media Research Center:

    “Some thoughts on those angry voters. Ask parents of any two-year-old and they can tell you about those temper tantrums: the stomping feet, the rolling eyes, the screaming. It’s clear that the anger controls the child and not the other way around. It’s the job of the parent to teach the child to control the anger and channel it in a positive way. Imagine a nation full of uncontrolled two-year-old rage. The voters had a temper tantrum last week….Parenting and governing don’t have to be dirty words: the nation can’t be run by an angry two-year-old.”
    – ABC World News Tonight anchor Peter Jennings in his daily ABC Radio commentary, November 14.

    “They are not voting Republican tonight, Mary. They are voting against a lot of unhappiness in their own lives….I think that it’s very easy for the Republicans to make the same mistake that the Democrats made in thinking that somehow we’ve been given this great mandate….They have got to be practical. They have got to compromise. They have got to meet the real needs of people. This is not an anti-government vote tonight.”
    – U.S. News & World Report Senior Writer Steven Roberts on CNBC’s Equal Time, election night.

    “What this Contract [with America] says is you can have hot fudge sundae for every meal and still lose weight. It’s a fraud and there’s a whole lot of Republicans who already are starting to forget where they were September 27.”
    – Wall Street Journal Executive Washington Editor Al Hunt on CNN’s Capital Gang, Oct. 1

    “This is a rotten time to be black. Blacks are just going to take it in the chops….Their programs are going to get eviscerated and affirmative action is going to go right down the tubes…Politics have moved right because a lot of middle-class people thought they were taking my money and giving it to poor black people, and they didn’t like it and they want their money back.”
    – Newsweek Washington Bureau Chief Evan Thomas on Inside Washington, November 12.

    “The Republicans have resorted to demagoguery and transparent bribes (like lower taxes). The legislature they promise seems a blustery, selfish, self-righteous desert.”
    – Newsweek Senior Editor Joe Klein, October 31 news story.

    The real objection that Mr. Lilla, and presumably those vigorously pimping his diatribe, is simply this. The world is a very complex and dangerous place. You’re dumb and vulnerable. The only thing standing between you and a very ugly death, presumably by way of second-hand smoke, carbon dioxide, trans fats, and salt, is an elite force of platonic philosopher-kings, or based on what we’ve seen to date something more akin to a secular Sea Org.

    Now an angry group of Americans wants to be freer still—free from government agencies that protect their health, wealth, and well-being; free from problems and policies too difficult to understand; free from parties and coalitions; free from experts who think they know better than they do; free from politicians who don’t talk or look like they do (and Barack Obama certainly doesn’t). They want to say what they have to say without fear of contradiction, and then hear someone on television tell them they’re right. They don’t want the rule of the people, though that’s what they say. They want to be people without rules—and, who knows, they may succeed. This is America, where wishes come true. And where no one remembers the adage “Beware what you wish for.”

    There you have it. In a nutshell.

    This is not to say that Mr. Lilla is totally off base. He isn’t. But there is a reason I don’t blog about particle physics and string theory. It is the same reason that Mr. Lilla probably shouldn’t write about American culture.

    The phenomenon Mr. Lilla describes is instantly recognizable to anyone familiar with American history. Individualism, one of those quintessential American traits that has been widely pooh-poohed by academics like Mr. Lilla, was something earlier travelers remarked upon. This is true whether they were foreigners, like de Tocqueville, or from the Eastern Seaboard as chronicled by the improbably named Dr. Grady McWhiney. The essence of this is the Scots-Irish culture that, to a great extent, has contributed greatly to American culture. The idea that ‘I know best for me and for my family’ resonates with most of us. Most of us want to be treated like adults by our government which means sometimes leaving us alone and always means not cramming policies down our throats.

    This is not new. This is not libertarian. This is American.

    Mr. Lilla wonders:

    Ever since the Seventies, social scientists have puzzled over the fact that, despite greater affluence and relative peace, Americans have far less trust in their government than they had up until the mid-Sixties. Just before the last election, only a tenth of Americans said that they were “satisfied with the way things are going in the United States,” a record low.

    And goes on to hypothesize that perhaps the failure of the Great Society to actually alleviate rather than enhance poverty had something to do with it. I think he misses the obvious point. The Great Society, as expressed through both the Johnson Administration and the Warren Court, began an unprecedented expansion of government into the private lives of citizens and an equally unprecedented assault on traditional American values and culture.

    One key factor that Mr. Lilla omits from his jeremiad is religion. Much of the behavior that induces vigorous bouts of backside scratching on the part of Mr. Lilla is nothing more complex that what happens when traditional American culture which values independence and autonomy is no longer moderated by community moral standards. Moral standards which had historically been derived from Christianity. Divorce, illegitimacy, drug abuse, and solemnized buggery are all easily explained when governors are removed from a system which defaults to individualism.

    Whether Mr. Lilla is correct on his assertion that once the racial dog whistles have stopped sounding and the REALLY SMART people are back in charge, that the Tea Party Movement will go away remains to be seen:

    But what happens after the class president is sworn in and the homecoming queen is crowned? The committees dissolve and normal private life resumes. And that, I suspect, is what will happen to the Tea Party organizations: after tasting a few symbolic victories they will likely dissolve. This is not only because, being ideologically allergic to hierarchy of any kind, they still have no identifiable leadership. It is because they have no constructive political agenda, though the right wing of the Republican Party would dearly love to attach its own to them. But the movement only exists to express defiance against a phantom threat behind a real economic and political crisis, and to remind those in power that they are there for one thing only: to protect our divine right to do whatever we damn well please. This message will be delivered, and then the messengers will go home. Every man a Cincinnatus.

    I think he misjudges the American character. I think that he’d better get used to the Tea Parties, just as the established political parties had better get used to them. I hope they remained allied with the Republican party but I know they will remain allied to conservatives within the Republican party. In that sense, in a worst case scenario I see them as spoilers. But they are a threat to everything the Democrat party stands for.

    They may be Cincinnatus, but so long as Obama and his fellow travellers continue their assault upon America we will be at war. And Cincinnatus didn’t go home until the barbarians were not only defeated but publicly acknowledged their subjugation.

    If Mr. Lilla wants to know why we don’t listen to our masters, he needs to be reminded that that sumbitch ain’t been born.

  18. A warning from yesterday’s Wall Street Journal.
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    Julius Caesar of the Internet
    The FCC puts another industry under political control.

    A federal appeals court ruled last month that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the authority to regulate the Internet. No worries, mate. This week the Obama Administration chose to “reclassify” the Internet so it can regulate the Web anyway. This crowd is nothing if not legally creative.

    For the past decade, broadband has been classified as an “information service” and thus more lightly regulated than traditional telephone services. This has led to an explosion of new investment and Web innovation, but it hasn’t sat well with Democrats who want more control over the telecom business, as well as with some Web companies (Google) that want more leverage over Internet service providers like Time Warner or Verizon.

    FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski did their dirty work this week by announcing that he plans to reclassify broadband lines so his agency can regulate them under rules that were written for Ma Bell in the 1930s. This means subjecting the Internet to new political supervision—from the federal government and 50 state public utility commissions. The goal is to put one more industry under Washington’s political thumb.

    Bill Clinton’s FCC, under Chairman Bill Kennard, had refused to go this far. “Classifying Internet access as telecommunication services could have significant consequences for the global development of the Internet,” said Mr. Kennard in a 1998 speech. “We recognized the unique qualities of the Internet, and do not presume that legacy regulatory frameworks are appropriately applied to it.”

    Mr. Genachowski says he’s merely hewing to the political middle, pursuing a “third way” on regulation that will “allow the agency to move forward with broadband initiatives that empower consumers and enhance economic growth, while also avoiding regulatory overreach.”

    But Mr. Genachowski’s promise to put in place safeguards so broadband companies are subjected to “only a handful” of phone regulations is hardly reassuring. Even if he keeps his word, what prevents future FCC Chairmen from reversing course? If Google or some other big political donor doesn’t get its way, its lobbyists will descend on the White House or Congress, which will lobby the FCC, which may well do their bidding.

    Our reporting suggests that something like that may have happened in this case. All indications early this week were that the FCC wouldn’t take such a drastic step. But when a Washington Post story reported that news, the liberal “consumer” lobbies went to the barricades, and Mr. Genachowski’s team sequestered itself from other FCC commissioners for most of Tuesday. Late Wednesday, he broke the “reclassify” news. Perhaps they all had overnight epiphanies.

    In any case, Mr. Genachowski has provided no evidence that the current regulatory approach is failing. The Supreme Court’s 2005 Brand X decision reconfirmed cable broadband’s current classification as an information service, and that regulatory certainty has led to a burst of capital investment and competition.

    In the past five years, U.S. companies have invested $576 billion in communications equipment and structures, according to Bret Swanson of Entropy Economics. Add computers and software, and U.S. capital expenditures on information technology since 2005 have totaled $2.2 trillion. Telecom accounts for nearly half (47%) of all non-structure capital investment in the U.S.

    The FCC decision adds a new element of political risk to these investments, which can only make companies more cautious. At a minimum, the FCC action will be challenged in court and introduce years of uncertainty at a time when the economy needs all the risk-taking and investment it can get.

    At worst, it will lead to a new era of political meddling in Internet investment, bandwidth allocation, and no doubt much more. Google and others who are cheering now may not like where this ends up when, say, religious right groups start demanding FCC content regulations during the next GOP Administration.

    Autos, health care, energy, Wall Street and now telecom. Is there any American industry this Administration doesn’t want to run?

  19. Moe Lane on the rash of deaths among Chicago politicians:

    Chicago politicos ‘’suiciding’ right and left…’

    …mostly left.

    When politicos play musical chairs in Illinois, what happens after the music stops and there’s no safe place to sit?

    There have been four dead in recent years, unrelated cases of suicide, different except for the acts of the common pageant: The corruption investigators call. The music ends abruptly.

    Two were done in by guns, one on a beach, the other under a bridge. A third was by pills in a construction trailer.

    The fourth came Friday morning during rush hour, announced by that body under that white sheet on the Metra tracks in McHenry County.

    The quote in the title is from Dan Collins of POWIP, who adds a fifth (a potential Burris perjury witness) to John Kass’ list of four Illinois political figures who suddenly became unavailable to prosecutors involved in corruption investigations. While the latest one on Kass’ list is almost certainly not murder – he jumped in front of a train, carrying a “Metra manual on how to handle service disruptions in the event of a suicide” – there’s at least two on that list that are, well, iffy. And five that are darned convenient for what Kass calls the Illinois Combine.

    You know, it’s not that I think that this current administration is really, deeply, personally involved in any of this; it’s that I think that this administration effectively grew up breathing the poisonous air of the Windy City, got used to it – and that it now assumes that America is merely a larger Chicago.

    http://moelane.com/2010/05/09/chicago-politicos-’suiciding’-right-and-left/

  20. You know, it’s not that I think that this current administration is really, deeply, personally involved in any of this; it’s that I think that this administration effectively grew up breathing the poisonous air of the Windy City, got used to it – and that it now assumes that America is merely a larger Chicago.
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    That right there is the ultimate concern. Will this tyrant turn the nation from a constitutional democracy into a graft ridden government big business partnership that we see in Chicago. I talked with a friend who has known Chicago politics for over 50 years, and those were the first words out of her mouth when he was gifted the nomination. His Capone outbursts when the cameras are shut off are symptomatic of the problem. Caligula in a fedora in a big white house with his own Pretorian guard in the west wing watching over us, making sure that opponents are destroyed. That is the lingering concern. Chicago redux.

  21. H4T:

    The suicide of the R&L are incidental to the intended genocide by Obama to the people and the environment of this country. (lets all wait until there is a spent nuclear waste spill to call a spade a spade.)

    Months ago, I mentioned Bin Laden’s prediction: of “the destruction of America will come from within” is happening before our eyes. Obama is doing nothing to help Americans reclaim the job market and doing less in fixing the housing market. I don’t know how much more Americans will tolerate of this gutless wonder’s hollow promises, when it’s as plain as the nose on your face, Obama was sent her to pave the way for an Islamic takeover. There are a million American/Muslims living in this country- ready, willing and able to shake down what we’ve been told that the threat to our National Security is living far away in the ME. (If only!)

    When SUV guy, Faisal Shahzad, a man who could not pay his bills but had enough money to travel to Pakistan Admin: I loved this mockery of Obama’s PC pronunciation of Pakistan =(”Pock-ee-stan”)proved even a moron like himself trained in half assed terrorism can bring the US to a standstill at a moments notice… If it wasn’t for our glorious hero, a Vietnam Vet named Lance Orton, ( when is Obama going to publicly declare him a National Hero and pin a medal on his chest?) we would still be waiting and wondering after the possible deaths and destruction left after the bombing for another shoe to drop after an investigation revealed this terrorist attack was the result of a concerted effort by terrorist cells living in the US… coming from Gibbs at a WH press conference.

    Here’s what I think. Chicago politics were the norm in the run-up to the election. However, Obama’s latest screw-up besides his HCR Plan, we all know we can’t afford- The poisoning of the pristine Gulf Waters with toxic crude oil will be the dearth of our country for eons to come. The damage done to the ocean and the environment will never be the same as it once was… forever.

    Our children and our great, great, great grandchildren will read about the “Gulf of Mexico” as a once beautiful azure sea of blue water and white beaches supporting a whole host of livelihoods. Now nothing more in the years to come as a somewhat unbelievable legend and a fairytale. For all we see are marine animals covered in black gooey stuff washing up dead along the gulf shoreline and unsuspecting estuary inhabitants dying in their poisoned habitat.

  22. I watched the video clip of Brennan who is the top counter terrorist official under Obama. The consensus view among former top officials is that he is a good man but is being abused by the Obama Administration and will be made to fall on his sword for Obama if something goes wrong. The two last terrorist attacks upon this nation were not thwarted by Brennan, and Neopolitiano or Incompetano if you like, is not worthy of comment, or the entire homeland security and fbi apparatus. They were thwarted by average citizens and that speaks very poorly for Obama’s ability to protect this nation. It would be just like him to wait until the eve of the election to stage a dramatic sting operation, ignoring the risks which arise in the interim. If he would do that with stimulus monies–horde them until the eve of the election, then he would do the same thing with security issues unless the threat were imminent, in which case others would demand that he act sooner. My sense is that all that Obama has really done if construct a Marginot Line, which the bad guys will circumvent. Now he is trying to make provision for this by saying the terrorist threat is a changing one. But good security relies on fundamentals, like control of borders, ports and the like. These are the kind of things he refuses to address except to gain political advantage. In other words no border security improvement unless there is a broad grant of amnesty. That is putting partisan politics ahead of national security and the rule of law. It is treasonous for a President to play this game.

  23. Mrs. Smith, Is anyone looking into the Gulf Of Mexico disaster or we just going to let this go?? It seems the Potus has too many things too worry about to mess with the Gulf or Tennessee.

    Hope you had a good Mother’s Day!

  24. Here’s a little jewel for you Mrs. Smith,
    Its May in East TExas and I think I need to turn on the heater…its kind of chilly! This Global warming is making things so cold everywhere???

  25. Thanks JanH, I especially like the part about its a state secret when Chelsea is actually getting married. Hillary is funny!

  26. I find it really sad when I hear people call FDR a dictator…OMG! These are people who regularly appear on FOx News, Judge Napolitano. What is the end game here…its just to awful to comprehend!

  27. Well, well, well. The Euro is in trouble, so the US Fed to the rescue. Denninger has this:

    From The Fed:

    In response to the re-emergence of strains in U.S. dollar short-term funding markets in Europe, the Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, the European Central Bank, the Federal Reserve, and the Swiss National Bank are announcing the re-establishment of temporary U.S. dollar liquidity swap facilities.

    There’s been no “strain” in dollar funding markets.

    There has been an extreme level of strain in Euro funding markets.

    But see, the Europeans just announced they’re going to use an SPV – that is, a secret off-balance sheet funding vehicle with over €400 billion in it.

    Who’s going to provide the €400 billion? The Fed? (Yes, I know what the Euro folks said. Now how about some transparency? You see, I trust them as much as I trust OUR political and banksters – that is, not at all.)

    With what authority does Bernanke effectively appropriate?

    Was there an appropriation bill that I seem to have missed by Congress? Or has Bernanke, once again, decided on a unitary basis to entirely ignore the US Constitution?

    And furthermore, if he has, will Congress stand for it?

    We’re going to bail out European banks now, right? US banks weren’t enough. Oh wait – we did European banks in 2008 too, didn’t we?

    Uh, exactly how many taxpayer dollars from US Citizens is The Fed going to give to European banks this time?

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    confloyd
    May 9th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Here’s a little jewel for you Mrs. Smith,
    Its May in East TExas and I think I need to turn on the heater…its kind of chilly! This Global warming is making things so cold everywhere???
    ____________________

    Same here, confloyd. Forty degrees and windy.. winter coat weather.. Yes, I hope you had a great Mother’s Day as well. Best part of MD is NO Cooking allowed!!!

  29. Just got back from work and found my son’s dog waiting for me on the wrong side of the fence! He is an escape artist but I am glad he didn’t run away, or at least found his way home. He is a character. I have 2 labs that are much older and just watch his shenanigans when he comes over for his “visits”. he dog a mighty big hole this time. At least i know he has that elusive stick-to-itness.

    Happy mothers day to all. The first text I received was from a dear friend whose daughter just committed suicide a month ago. It puts things in perspective. You do your best, and sometimes it just isn’t good enough. My friend is just destroyed. Her only child and a hell of a good person and a wonderful mother.Senseless…

  30. HillaryforTexas
    May 9th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    400 billion, that’s disgusting and needs to be stopped. I wonder if it can be!

  31. Uh, exactly how many taxpayer dollars from US Citizens is The Fed going to give to European banks this time?
    ___________________________

    The European Union has been nothing but a BIG Flop/Disaster/Failure. Thankfully, we didn’t join the EU during the Climate Summit in Copenhagen. I think the money used for the funding spoken of would come from our Money in the revolving IMF Fund.

  32. JanH.—–thank you for the Hillary links. I missed her on 60 Minutes tonight. My youngest daughter and I went to dinner with my husband and we didn’t get back in time.

  33. Mrs. Smith, the IMF money is separate from what the Fed is talking about funneling over there.

  34. From Bitterpol
    *************

    Too much of a coincidence for me. All the bad press on the non-response on the Gulf oil spill, Tennessee flood and push back over his remarks ont he AZ immigration law. Could this be a created crisis to take the heat off?

    Feds trace flash crash to Chicago

    Federal investigators probing the “flash crash” that briefly sliced nearly 1,000 points off the Dow Thursday are zeroing in on a series of “unusually high-volume” trades in S&P futures that originated in Chicago, a government official told POLITICO.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0510/36946.html#ixzz0nKfzd5zp

    Mmmm, found this article within the comment section @ the Politico article on the stockmarket crash. I found it also at the EUTimes online.

    Obama Attack On Corporate Giant P&G Shatters US Stock Market

    http://tinyurl.com/2ef4r8a

    An interesting report prepared for Prime Minister Putin by Deputy Minister Tatyana Nesterenko of Russia’s Finance Ministry states that US President Barack Obama yesterday ‘personally ordered’ an attack on America’s fourth largest corporation Proctor & Gamble (P&G) over fears this Global consumer products giant has aligned itself with American Military ‘elements’ set to ‘forcefully oppose’ the ‘socialization’ of their country.

    According to this report, this Obama launched attack against Proctor & Gamble originated from the banking giant Citigroup he had previously taken over using $300 Billion of American taxpayer money, and which yesterday initiated a P&G stock trade that not only cut this corporate giants worth in half, it nearly collapsed the entire US stock market in the process.

    American propaganda news reports are stating that this disastrous Cititgroup stock trade was ‘mistakenly’ done when one of their traders entered ‘billion’ instead of ‘million’ while processing a sell order for P&G stock, which was immediately noticed by financial news analysts reporting on what has now become the US stock markets biggest intraday point drop in history.

    Important to note, this report continues, was that at the same time Obama was attacking P&G’s stock value, he was also assaulting them through the use of his governments Consumer Product Safety Commission, which hours before the attack on P&G’s stock value announced they were launching a probe of the World’s largest household products company over claims it Pampers diapers were harming children, a claim P&G quickly fired back was “completely false”.

    More @ link

  35. According to Geraldo Rivera…its going to be Elena Cagen…sorry if I’ve misspelled it… isn’t she the one from Chi-town??

  36. #
    HillaryforTexas
    May 9th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Mrs. Smith, the IMF money is separate from what the Fed is talking about funneling over there.
    ______________________

    It better not be Tax Payer Funded. Barack can print all the new money he wants and hand it to them on their plastic Credit Card bearing 28% Interest on the unpaid balance.

  37. An email I received. Look at the above video and then think about this.
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    Cheap Tomatoes

    This English teacher has phrased it the best I’ve seen yet.
    Tomatoes and Cheap Labor

    CHEAP TOMATOES?
    This should make everyone think, be you Democrat, Republican or Independent!

    From a California school teacher – – –

    “As you listen to the news about the student protests over illegal immigration, there are some things that you should be aware of:

    I am in charge of the English-as-a-second-language department at a large southern California high school which is designated a Title 1 school, meaning that its students average lower socioeconomic and income levels

    Most of the schools you are hearing about, South Gate High, Bell Gardens , Huntington Park , etc., where these students are protesting, are also Title 1 schools.

    Title 1 schools are on the free breakfast and free lunch program. When I say free breakfast, I’m not talking a glass of milk and roll — but a full breakfast and cereal bar with fruits and juices that would make a Marriott proud. The waste of this food is monumental, with trays and trays of it being dumped in the trash uneaten.

    I estimate that well over 50% of these students are obese or at least moderately overweight. About 75% or more DO have cell phones. The school also provides day care centers for the unwed teenage pregnant girls (some as young as 13) so they can attend class without the inconvenience of having to arrange for babysitters or having family watch their kids.

    I was ordered to spend $700,000 on my department or risk losing
    funding for the upcoming year even though there was little need for anything; my budget was already substantial. I ended up buying new computers for the computer learning center, half of which, one month later, have been carved with graffiti by the appreciative students who obviously feel humbled and grateful to have a free education in America ..

    I have had to intervene several times for young and substitute teachers whose classes consist of many illegal immigrant students, here in the country less then 3 months, who raised so much hell with the female teachers, calling them “Putas”(whores) and throwing things, that the teachers were in tears.

    Free medical, free education, free food, free day care etc., etc, etc. Is it any wonder they feel entitled to not only be in this country but to demand rights, privileges and entitlements?

    To those who want to point out how much these illegal immigrants contribute to our society because they LIKE their gardener and housekeeper and they like to pay less for tomatoes: spend some time in the real world of illegal immigration and see the TRUE costs.

    Higher insurance, medical facilities closing, higher medical costs, more crime, lower standards of education in our schools, overcrowding, new diseases. For me, I’ll pay more for tomatoes.

    Americans, We need to wake up.

    It does, however, have everything to do with culture: It involves an American third-world culture that does not value education, that accepts children getting pregnant and dropping out of school by 15 and that refuses to assimilate, and an American culture that has become so weak and worried about”political correctness” that we don’t have the will to do anything about it.

    If this makes your blood boil, as it did mine, forward this to everyone you know.

    CHEAP LABOR? Isn’t that what the whole immigration issue is about?

    Business doesn’t want to pay a decent wage.

    Consumers don’t want expensive produce.

    Government will tell you Americans don’t want the jobs.

    But the bottom line is cheap labor. The phrase “cheap labor” is a myth, a farce, and a lie. There is no such thing as “cheap labor.”

    Take, for example, an illegal alien with a wife and five children. He takes a job for $5.00 or 6.00/hour. At that wage, with six dependents, he pays no income tax, yet at the end of the year, if he files an Income Tax Return, he gets an “earned income credit” of up to $3,200 free.

    He qualifies for Section 8 housing and subsidized rent.

    He qualifies for food stamps.

    He qualifies for free (no deductible, no co-pay) health care.

    His children get free breakfasts and lunches at school.

    He requires bilingual teachers and books.

    He qualifies for relief from high energy bills.

    If they are, or become, aged, blind or disabled, they qualify for SSI. If qualified for SSI they can qualify for Medicaid. All of this is at (our) taxpayer’s expense.

    He doesn’t worry about or have; healthcare insurance, car insurance, life insurance, or homeowners insurance.

    Taxpayers provide Spanish language signs, bulletins and printed material.

    He and his family receive the equivalent of $20.00 to $30.00/hour in benefits.

    Working Americans
    are lucky to have $5.00 or $6..00/hour left after paying their bills and his.

    Cheap labor? YEAH RIGHT!

    THESE ARE THE QUESTIONS WE SHOULD BE ADDRESSING TO THE CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS OF EITHER PARTY. ‘AND WHEN THEY LIE TO US AND DON’T DO AS THEY SAY, WE SHOULD REPLACE THEM .

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  38. I used to have a supervisor in the Corpus CHristi area that told me daily the Mexicans were going to take back Texas someday…LOL! Well, I guess it couldn’t be any worse than being owned and ran by Obama, LOL! I’m just joking!

  39. jbstonesfan
    May 9th, 2010 at 10:40 pm
    Did Hillary have anything to say about Obama’s hostile policies towards Israel/Jews?
    —————–
    I’m not sure. I wasn’t able to watch all of it.

    What I did see was brilliant and very presidential.

  40. “The first text I received was from a dear friend whose daughter just committed suicide a month ago. It puts things in perspective.”

    ——————
    Gonzotx,

    How tragic. I am so sorry for your friend.

  41. For those of us who no longer have our beloved mothers, this is a particularly difficult day.

    (((HUGS))) to all of you.

  42. JanH, Thanks for saying so…its always hard on Mother’s Day…my own mother was always herself somber on mother’s day as she lost her own mother on mother’s day when I was but a baby. I now know how she felt, especially in this day and time.

  43. confloyd,

    I went to the funeral of my cousin’s mother today. It made the day that much harder but we were blessed to have such wonderful moms and I try to remember that.

  44. Why would Obama nominate someone that the republicans already blocked once during the Clinton Administration with all the chaos that he is dealing with now??? This will add to the already gridlock, confrontations, and bitter partison on the hill. This Potus does many unusual things…to me it appears they like chaos and unrest.

  45. JanH
    May 9th, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Yes, as I get older it has different meanings.

    A young immigrant Eastern European young lady I have taken under my wing bought me a huge mothers day gift and handmade a card for me at work today. Her mother died when she was 16 of cervical cancer and she took care of her throughout the ordeal. She came from Bosnia and the horrible things she experienced as a child during the war are very much a part of her, but I am trying to get her in nursing school. She is very bright and one of the hardest working individuals you will EVER come across, but suffers from lack of nurturing, and despite her bravado, lacks confidence. She works over 80 hours a week to pay her bills. Takes nothing from anyone…ever. Anyway, she looks to me as a surrogate mother and I truly do love her. I didn’t think I could love a child (actually a young lady) that was not my own, but there it is. I feel she was put in my path for a reason.

    When I think of all the handouts given to illegal aliens, it makes me sick.

  46. confloyd
    May 9th, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Because he can. He is going to shove down our throats every fascist, socialistic, globalist program and person down out collective throats while he has the power of the congress to do so…before Nov…

  47. I thought she was the most leftie of the bunch he was looking at. I think it goes much deeper than “just because he can”, I think its his plan to cause all this chaos…Alinksy…I believe that is what I would call it! If we are all busy trying to fight this nomination he can slide the Ace out of his sleeve and into the deck without us knowing…this is why he does this crap.

  48. Because he can. He is going to shove down our throats every fascist, socialistic, globalist program and person down out collective throats while he has the power of the congress to do so…before Nov…
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    The story of an evil Cinderella whose reign of terror is interrupted by the mid term election which restores checks and balances and is terminated with finality in 2012. When his clock strikes midnight, Scarlett Pimpernel Soros will wisk him off in a coach with headless horses through a windy moonless night to the harlot house where he belongs:

    We caught the tread of dancing feet,
    We loitered down the moonlit street,
    And stopped beneath the harlot’s house.

    Inside, above the din and fray,
    We heard the loud musicians play
    The ‘Treues Liebes Herz’ of Strauss.

    Like strange mechanical grotesques,
    Making fantastic arabesques,
    The shadows raced across the blind.

    We watched the ghostly dancers spin
    To sound of horn and violin,
    Like black leaves wheeling in the wind.

    Like wire-pulled automatons,
    Slim silhouetted skeletons
    Went sidling through the slow quadrille,

    Then took each other by the hand,
    And danced a stately saraband;
    Their laughter echoed thin and shrill.

    Sometimes a clockwork puppet pressed
    A phantom lover to her breast,
    Sometimes they seemed to try to sing.

    Sometimes a horrible marionette
    Came out, and smoked its cigarette
    Upon the steps like a live thing.

    Then, turning to my love, I said,
    ‘The dead are dancing with the dead,
    The dust is whirling with the dust.’

    But she–she heard the violin,
    And left my side, and entered in:
    Love passed into the house of lust.

    Then suddenly the tune went false,
    The dancers wearied of the waltz,
    The shadows ceased to wheel and whirl.

    And down the long and silent street,
    The dawn, with silver-sandalled feet,
    Crept like a frightened girl.—-Oscar Wilde

  49. There must be some election related reason why the fraud would nominate Kagen. Perhaps he wants another distraction. But she is a poor choice. She is a lightening rod for criticism, will be evasive in her answers and this may trigger a showdown shortly before the election. If past is prologue.
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    Elena Kagen Nomination Debate Preview
    Brian Darling

    Mr. Obama is expected to announce at 10 am this morning that Elena Kagan will be submitted to the Senate for confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. From FoxNews.com:

    Mr. Obama is to nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan as his pick to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court, NBC News reported Sunday.

    Let the vetting begin. A preview of the Senate debate on Kagan to be Supreme Court Justice can be found in the Congressional Record preceding the March 19, 2009 vote on her nomination to be President Obama’s Solicitor General. Kagan is going to have a rough ride — she only passed on a 61-31 vote.

    The March 2009 debate is a preview to the public debate that will be going on over the next few weeks from coast to coast. Kagan was hit hard on her actions in banning the military from recruiting on campus at Harvard Law. She was also critiqued for not having the necessary experience for the Obama Solicitor General position. These issues will be front and center in this debate. Will this be President Obama’s Harriet Miers Moment?

    The Solicitor General position is the confirmed presidential appointee to assist Attorney General Eric Holder in representing the interests of the Obama Administration before the U.S. Supreme Court. The US Department of Justice describes the Solicitor General as the following:

    The original Statutory Authorization Act of June 22, 1870, states, “There shall be in the Department of Justice an officer learned in the law, to assist the Attorney General in the performance of his duties to be called the Solicitor General.” The Office of the Solicitor General is tasked to conduct all litigation on behalf of the United States in the Supreme Court, and to supervise the handling of litigation in the federal appellate courts. The general functions of the Office can be found at 28 CFR 0.20.

    Some Senators will argue that Kagan lacks the requisite experience to be a justice on the Supreme Court. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) on the Senate Floor on March 19, 2009 his reservations for Kagan to be Solicitor General:

    Well, so far as I can observe, other than time in the White House Counsel’s Office, Dean Kagan has only practiced law for 2 years in a real law firm practicing law. She had very limited experience in the things you would look for in a person of this nature.

    If Kagan did not possess the experience as a judge or practitioner to be Solicitor General, then, even with a year under her belt as Solicitor General, it is hard to argue that she is qualified to be on the highest court in the land.

    Sessions raised the issue of Kagan’s, in her capacity as Dean of the Harvard Law School, barring the U.S military from recruiting on campus, because of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on gays in the military:

    During her tenure as dean, Ms. Kagan barred the U.S. military from coming on the Harvard Law School campus to recruit young law graduates to be JAG officers in the U.S. military. That was from November of 2004 through September of 2005. She barred them from coming and recruiting on campus while 150,000 of our finest men and women in this country were serving in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan and during a time in which 938 troops died in combat, preserving the rights of people like law deans, faculty, and students to have all the opinions they want. Her decision to bar the military from her campus during a time of armed conflict represents exceedingly poor judgment and leadership, particularly for someone who wants to lead the Department of Justice, the executive branch, and support the military of the United States. By refusing to allow military recruiters on the Harvard Law School campus, she placed her own opposition to military policies above the need of our military men and women to receive good legal advice, even from Harvard lawyers. And she did so at a time when the military, serving in conflicts in two foreign countries, was facing a host of complex legal issues. We are still fighting over them, for that matter.

    Congress passed something called the Solomon Amendment that conditioned federal money to be given to a University on that campus allowing military recruitment. If a school was to bar the military, then they were to get no federal funds. Dean Kagan barred the military from recruiting on the Harvard Law campus, in violation of that provision in law. Kagan then joined a friend of the Court brief in the Rumsfeld v FAIR case arguing that her actions were not a violation of the law. Sessions argued that Kagan’s brief contained a presumption that was “clearly wrong as a matter of law.” Kagan had called the law “immoral” and showed poor legal judgement in her actions and in signing the brief.

    Sessions argued:

    I think a nominee to be the Department of Justice’s chief advocate before the Supreme Court, to hold the greatest lawyer job in the world, should have a record of following the law and not flouting it. The nominee should, if anything, be a defender of the U.S. military and not one who condemns them. Ms. Kagan’s personal political views, I think, are what led to this criticism of the military, this blocking of the military. She opposed a plain congressional act that was put into place after we went through years of discussion and pleading with some of these universities that were barring the military. They had refused to give in, so we passed a law that said, OK, you don’t have to admit the military, but we don’t have to give you money, and we are not giving you any if you don’t admit them. They didn’t like that. So Ms. Kagan’s refusal of on-campus military recruiters went against a congressional act.

    Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK)also criticized Kagan for her actions in barring the military from recruiting at Harvard Law School:

    When serving as a dean of Harvard Law School, she demonstrated poor judgment on a very important issue to me. Ms. Kagan banned the U.S. military from recruiting on campus. She and other law school officials sued to overturn the Solomon amendment. The Solomon amendment originated in the House. Congressman Jerry Solomon had an amendment that said no university could preclude the military from trying to recruit on campus. This was a direct violation of the amendment. She actually was claiming that the Solomon amendment was immoral. She filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court opposing the amendment. The Court unanimously ruled against her position and affirmed that the Solomon amendment was constitutional.

    Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ)supported Kagan for the temporary S.G.’s position after stating that he had reservations about her actions relating to the Solomon Amendment controversy and her lack of experience as a judge or practitioner. Kyl did make it clear that his vote for her to by Solicitor General is no indication as to whether he would vote for her lifetime appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court:

    I would like to make clear that my vote for Dean Kagan is only for the position of Solicitor General, and my vote does not indicate how I would vote for her if she were nominated for any other position, especially a position that is a lifetime appointment. Specifically, according to numerous news accounts, Dean Kagan is expected to be considered for nomination to the Supreme Court if an opening were to occur during the Obama administration. If she were nominated, her performance as Solicitor General would be critical in my evaluation of her suitability for the Supreme Court. My decision whether to support or oppose her would be strongly influenced by the decisions made by her as Solicitor General, such as the cases for which she does and does not seek review, the positions she argues, and the bases for her arguments. If she approaches her job as Solicitor General ideologically or argues inappropriate positions, I will not hesitate to oppose her nomination.

    Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) expressed reservations about the Solomon Amendment controversy and Kagan’s extreme views on religion and religious organizations participation in the counseling of pregnant teenagers:

    Dean Kagan has also expressed an unsettling attitude towards religion and religious organizations. In a memo as a law clerk on the subject of which organizations should receive funding to counsel teenagers on pregnancy, she wrote “It would be difficult for any religious organization to participate in such projects without injecting some kind of religious teaching.” She added “When government funding is to be used for projects so close to the central concerns of religion, all religious organizations should be off limits.” This seems like an incredibly insensitive, insulting, and impractical view to hold. Does Dean Kagan feel that only atheists are fit to handle government funds? Would she support some sort of a “religious commitment” litmus test? This seems like an attitude that would be unfit for a high ranking member of our government.

    Even Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA at the time) expressed reservations about the nominee because she would not answer direct questions and was evasive about her views on specific issues. Specter stated that it was tough to find “out from a nominee what the nominee thinks on important questions.” Expect Kagan to be even more evasive and to not answer any question about her feelings on issues that are important to Senators during the Supreme Court confirmation process. Sadly, the confirmation process for judges has devolved into the functional equivalent of a constitutional law oral examination with nominees merely reciting existing case law then stating that they would follow binding precedent. Specter pledged to vote no and concluded:

    She feels she does not have to answer questions because it would be inappropriate because the case is pending and the Solicitor General has rendered an opinion. Well, I disagree with that. I have no illusion the issues I have raised will prevail. I think it is pretty plain that Dean Kagan will be confirmed. But I do not articulate this as a protest vote or as a protest position, but one of institutional prerogatives. We ought to know more about these nominees. We ought to take the confirmation process very seriously. I believe the scarcity and paucity of Senators who have come to the floor to debate this nomination does not, candidly, speak too well for this institution. We are all waiting to vote to go home. But this is an important position. For a Supreme Court Justice nominee, television cameras would be present during the hearings, and everybody would be there, and everybody would be on camera. Well, I think we have to pay a little more attention, and I have gone to some length to try to find out more about Dean Kagan. In the absence of being able to do so and to have a judgment on her qualifications, I am constrained to vote no.

    Three issues will be central to the prospects of Kagan’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. First, did she disqualify herself for a lifetime appointment to the Court with her extreme actions in barring the military from recruiting on the Harvard Law campus. Second, will she legislate from the bench and exhibit the same elitist attitude that lead her to disregard the Solomon Amendment by barring the military from recruiting on campus during time of war. Finally, will she answer any questions during the confirmation process allowing Senators to understand her judicial philosophy. If the answer is no to the final question, conservative Senators may filibuster the Kagan nomination for the purpose of forcing Kagan, and future nominees, to directly answer questions about judicial philosophy. Any way you slice it, this is going to be a tough nomination process and a difficult confirmation battle.

  50. The story of an evil Cinderella whose reign of terror is interrupted by the mid term election which restores checks and balances and is terminated with finality in 2012. When his clock strikes midnight, Scarlett Pimpernel Soros will wisk him off in a coach with headless horses through a windy moonless night to the harlot house where he belongs:
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    Love it!!

  51. Another of Obama’s friends in federal probe…Dr. Whittaker…does this guy know anyone that’s not crooked?

  52. I have been looking at the bio of this Kagen character and I am not altogether sure what she brings to the party other than alot of controversy when the country does not need it. I would like to see some real world experience and less of an ideologue. I think she is the wrong choice for the court, but obviously they see some angle to it that frankly I do not. Maybe they want to see the Republicans take a stand, and then claim they oppose her because she is gay. But that will not get much traction because there are solid substantive reasons to take her on, and if she is evasive when they do it may backfire. She is a friend of Summers who appointed her as Dean of Harvard Law School, but that is hardly reason she should be on the court. What success has she had as Solicitor General that would merit this appointment? I would like to hear some rational reasons not some twisted account by someone whose judgment I have no respect for like Johnathan Alter, or Bill Maher.

  53. Maybe it is just that simple. They want an ideologue. If the Michigan State Supreme Court Justice analysis which I posted here last week is correct, then the goal of this Administration is to disenfranchise the American People, and convert the Constitution from a document which establishes individual rights and limited government into a document which promotes big government and vests ultimate power in Judges. That purpose can be easily discerned in the writings of Cass Sunstein, and was made manifest in a recent remark by the Dean of the Senate John Dingel when he said that the goal of his party is to set in place a set of laws which will allow them to “control” the American People. That being the case, it would be important in any confirmation hearing to question Kagel closely on those ambitions, and the article described above would be the ideal outline for such an examination. Sotomjor stikes me as a lightweight whereas this one may reflect malice aforethought.

  54. Alot of people are taking heart in the employment numbers for April and proclaiming that we have turned the corner. According to those optimists, we added a whopping 290,000 jobs but the unemployment number they calculate went from 9.7 to 9.9 because of new people entering the workforce and not getting jobs. To those who have been paying attention that is no surprise. I seem top recall, we need to add 650,000 jobs per month just to stay even. I talked to a federal express critical courier on Friday. He is not your typical air courier or ground driver. This is a guy who takes mission critical shipments from point to point anywhere in the country, and covers the entire country so he sees what is happening. He sees construction projects being started and the beginning of an anemic recovery. Transporation is a leading indicator of the economy and jobs are a lagging indicator. He said their volumes are slightly up. But we are a service economy today, and I do not see law firms chomping at the bit to hire new people, and the same jobs show up on job boards month in and month out, with few new ones being added. The specter of a jobless recovery remains, and if there is a disruptive event this whole house of cards may come down. I suspect the stock market will be slightly up by the end of this week, but people are more jittery than ever. And regardless of what happens on the job front Obamas out of control spending is apt to produce a witching hour and moment of truth in 2011. That couple with the loss of congress will be enough to make him unelectable.

  55. In the article referred to above Markman identified six parts of the Constitution which are under siege by the Obama forces and he is correct in that respect as far as it goes. But he neglects to mention the areas which are being assaulted by the Obama care which are the Commerce Clause and the Tenth Amendment.

    Those should be the focal point of the Kagen confirmation as well. Obviously, she will duck any question about the case itself, but the Republicans have every right in the world to inquire about her judicial philosophy with respect to same.

    This is vitally important because Obamacare expands the scope of the Commerce Clause to cover not economic activity but economic inactivity with respect to individual mandates. This expansion would open the door for the imposition of other affirmative duties on individuals which do not currently exist, but could then be created at the whim of judges. That in turn is inimical to the whole notion of limited government which is the essence of our Constitution. It would move us in the direction of the old Soviet Constitution which began with the words: from each according to his ability to each according to his needs, which was their justification to spread the wealth.

    Likewise, Obamacare rides roughshod over the concept of federalism embedded in the Tenth Amendment. It imposes budget busting mandates on state governments which cannot print money or run deficits. If those aspect of Obama care are allowed to stand then the language of the Tenth Amendment will be rendered superfluous. For more on this subject, see:
    See: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/19/AR2010031901470.html

  56. Jan

    What I find incongruous in the article about Jewish voters is the 50% approval from people with friends or family in Israel or who have travelled to Israel.

    Don’t Israelis have a strong disapproval of Obama? You would think this group will have a higher disapproval rating.

  57. Carol,

    As far as American Jews go, I spoke with an elderly cousin yesterday about this very matter (she is 86, very spry, lol…even went on a safari just last year).

    Anyway, she believes that they feel they are “Americans” first and that they have been fleeced by Obama. She is very upset about this and doesn’t understand how they can be taken in by the empty suit.

    And yes, most Israelis are disappointed in obama and shocked at his loyalties to their enemies.

  58. gonzotx
    May 9th, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    What a wonderful thing to do, gonzotx. Your young lady sounds as tough as nails which is probably a desirable trait in war torn Bosnia and now here for that matter. She is way ahead of the curve in keeping as much of herself independent as possible. I doubt she would need to hear it more than once, ‘Obama cannot be trusted’, as she seems to be a present day beneficiary of that tome learned long ago.

  59. I watched Hillary at her best on 60 min.last night and I must repeat my favorite comment.

    ” TO THINK WE COULD HAVE HAD HILLARY ”

    The tide is shifting as the Media and its Coolies are trying to distance themselves and the country from a president that is so unfit for the office and leading this country and the world down the path to chaos and instability.

  60. The market is suppose to soar today because we bailed out the EU with a trillion dollars…how can this go on??

  61. SLIDE CONTINUES FOR SPECTER…NOW HE’S BEHIND SESTAK

    Just a few days ago, Sestak had erased Specters 2-to-1 advantage to just about draw even. Now, Sestak is ahead for three straight days.

    Poor Arlen.

    realclearpolitics.blogs.time.com/2010/05/10/pa-tracking-sestak-5/

    PA Tracking: Sestak +5
    Posted by Mike Memoli | Email This | Permalink | Email Author
    The trend remains ominous for Sen. Arlen Specter (D) in the Muhlenberg College tracking poll (5/6-9, 398 LVs, MoE +/- 5%) of the Pennsylvania Senate race. Rep. Joe Sestak (D) leads for the third straight day, having turned a 9-point deficit last week into a 5-point lead.

    Senate Primary Election Matchup
    Sestak 47 (+1)
    Specter 42 (unch)
    Und 11 (-1)

  62. NO QUARTER ECHOES: OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED

    This time, by the military. After Obama turned on them, they now make him sign off on every single mission. Just to cover their butts.

    noquarterusa.net/blog/2010/05/08/us-military-hedges-bets-with-obama/#more-45568

    Current ArticleUS Military Hedges Bets With Obama
    By Larry JohnsoncloseAuthor: Larry Johnson Name: Larry Johnson
    Email: larry_johnson@earthlink.net
    Site: http://NoQuarterUSA.net
    About: Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department’s Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.See Authors Posts (1306) on May 8, 2010 at 9:29 PM in Current Affairs

    Readers of NoQuarter know that when it comes to my assessment of Barack Obama’s support of the military in the so-called “war” on terrorism I have given him high marks and credited him with being aggressive in going after terrorist cells. Well, the worm has turned. The military’s ability to confront terrorists, which already was limited because the terrorists don’t normally organize in ways that make them easy to hit with military assets, is now being further hindered by a combination of Obama actions and military caution. In essence the brakes are being applied and we are likely to see fewer results in the future. Why? Because the military no longer trusts Barack Obama.

    Under George W. Bush a number of Top Secret orders were signed that gave the military permission to do a variety of things. I can’t go into the specifics because it would compromise classified info. During Barack’s first year in office most of those authorities remained in place and, as I noted in previous postings, the number of capture/kill operations actually increased under Obama.

    That was then. Two things have happened over the last five months. First, many of those original authorities have been rescinded. So our military forces will not be acting against targets that they had permission to hit even one year ago. Second, and more troubling, the military commanders are forcing Obama to sign off on every operation. Why?

    They don’t trust him. Evidence of this comes, surprisingly, from an Obama worshipper, Jonathan Alter:

    “A presidential dressing down unlike any in the United States in more than half a century,” is how Alter describes the October 2009 eruption.

    The background: Gen. Stanley McChrystal had just given a speech in London in which he publicly rejected proposals to turn the tide in Afghanistan with more drone missiles and special forces, a strategy backed mainly by Vice President Biden.

    The President viewed McChrystal’s comments as a bald attempt to back him into a Pentagon-backed plan more reliant on troop buildups – and he soon ripped into top commanders for what he considered insubordination.

    In an Oval Office showdown, Obama told Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Gen. David Petraeus that he was “exceedingly unhappy” with the Pentagon’s conduct, Alter reported, adding that its leaks to the press were “disrespectful of the process.”

    “This was a cold and bracing meeting,” an attendee said of the encounter, where Obama demanded to know “here and now” if the Pentagon would be onboard with any presidential strategy.

    It apparently worked: Petraeus later described himself as “chagrined,” and both he and Gates “swore loyalty” to the President. Obama eventually supported a troop buildup.
    &&&&&&& END OF J. ALTER QUOTE &&&&&&&&&&

    Since then the military will not carry out certain types of sensitive operations unless Barack Obama signs off on them personally. They have seen how this arrogant ass operates and understand that he is loyal only to himself. Accordingly, no one will take any risk or pursue any objective unless Barack puts his name to it. I do not blame them. These guys, like McChrystal, are no fools and understand that they can go from hero to goat in a heartbeat.

    Unfortunately, with this super cautious mentality comes a dramatic slowdown in the counter terrorism operations. The men and women who are on the frontlines now understand that their so-called commander-in-chief is a coward and a self-serving toady. He is no Harry Truman. The buck does not stop with him. He is a buck passer.

    I was planning to write this even before I saw the leak of the Jonathan Alter book. The White House decision to use the military as a foil to portray their smiling boy as a tough guy telling the military to fuck off convinces me even more that we have reached a watershed moment. The military is not going to take this lying down and, I suspect, will start leaking unsavory material that will cast Obama in the harsh light of reality.

    What a shame. Barack had a chance to actually act like a leader and build on the early success of going after terrorists overseas. Not now. Key military leaders realize they can’t trust him and will take no action and no initiative unless Barack signs up first. No officers worth their salt are willing to become a sacrificial lamb for this clown in the White House.

  63. EXCELLENT GRAPH DEPICTS “EFFECTIVENESS” OF OBAMA’S STIMULUS PACKAGE

    noquarterusa.net/blog/2010/05/08/sometimes-one-graph-says-it-all/

    16 months into Obama’s presidency, damning evidence that he’s done nothing about “Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!”.

  64. Obamacare expands the scope of the Commerce Clause to cover not economic activity but economic inactivity with respect to individual mandates.

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

    Saw a great comment on this a while back, very neatly put. Something about individuals’ insurance is not interstate because they’re not allowed to buy across state lines, and it’s not commerce if they’re not buying at all.

  65. Well, THERE’s a bravo!

    “Kagan’s, in her capacity as Dean of the Harvard Law School, barring the U.S military from recruiting on campus, because of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on gays in the military”

    Also apparently she didn’t want anti-choice organizations ‘counseling teenagers on pregnancy.’ Bravo there too.

    However, she’s an Obama nominee, so she’s probably another tool of corporatism where it counts.

  66. Really, probably Kagan is just a feint, sure to be disapproved — so Obama can tell gays and pro-choice people that at least he tried.

  67. (earlier post from 10:19am caught in spam filter. Admin, please delete that entry)

    NO QUARTER ECHOES: OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED

    This time, by the military. After Obama turned on them, they now make him sign off on every single mission. Just to cover their butts.

    noquarterusa.net/blog/2010/05/08/us-military-hedges-bets-with-obama/#more-45568

    US Military Hedges Bets With Obama
    ==============================

    Readers of NoQuarter know that when it comes to my assessment of Barack Obama’s support of the military in the so-called “war” on terrorism I have given him high marks and credited him with being aggressive in going after terrorist cells. Well, the worm has turned. The military’s ability to confront terrorists, which already was limited because the terrorists don’t normally organize in ways that make them easy to hit with military assets, is now being further hindered by a combination of Obama actions and military caution. In essence the brakes are being applied and we are likely to see fewer results in the future. Why? Because the military no longer trusts Barack Obama.

    Under George W. Bush a number of Top Secret orders were signed that gave the military permission to do a variety of things. I can’t go into the specifics because it would compromise classified info. During Barack’s first year in office most of those authorities remained in place and, as I noted in previous postings, the number of capture/kill operations actually increased under Obama.

    That was then. Two things have happened over the last five months. First, many of those original authorities have been rescinded. So our military forces will not be acting against targets that they had permission to hit even one year ago. Second, and more troubling, the military commanders are forcing Obama to sign off on every operation. Why?

    They don’t trust him. Evidence of this comes, surprisingly, from an Obama worshipper, Jonathan Alter:

    “A presidential dressing down unlike any in the United States in more than half a century,” is how Alter describes the October 2009 eruption.

    The background: Gen. Stanley McChrystal had just given a speech in London in which he publicly rejected proposals to turn the tide in Afghanistan with more drone missiles and special forces, a strategy backed mainly by Vice President Biden.

    The President viewed McChrystal’s comments as a bald attempt to back him into a Pentagon-backed plan more reliant on troop buildups – and he soon ripped into top commanders for what he considered insubordination.

    In an Oval Office showdown, Obama told Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Gen. David Petraeus that he was “exceedingly unhappy” with the Pentagon’s conduct, Alter reported, adding that its leaks to the press were “disrespectful of the process.”

    “This was a cold and bracing meeting,” an attendee said of the encounter, where Obama demanded to know “here and now” if the Pentagon would be onboard with any presidential strategy.

    It apparently worked: Petraeus later described himself as “chagrined,” and both he and Gates “swore loyalty” to the President. Obama eventually supported a troop buildup.
    &&&&&&& END OF J. ALTER QUOTE &&&&&&&&&&

    Since then the military will not carry out certain types of sensitive operations unless Barack Obama signs off on them personally. They have seen how this arrogant ass operates and understand that he is loyal only to himself. Accordingly, no one will take any risk or pursue any objective unless Barack puts his name to it. I do not blame them. These guys, like McChrystal, are no fools and understand that they can go from hero to goat in a heartbeat.

    Unfortunately, with this super cautious mentality comes a dramatic slowdown in the counter terrorism operations. The men and women who are on the frontlines now understand that their so-called commander-in-chief is a coward and a self-serving toady. He is no Harry Truman. The buck does not stop with him. He is a buck passer.

    I was planning to write this even before I saw the leak of the Jonathan Alter book. The White House decision to use the military as a foil to portray their smiling boy as a tough guy telling the military to fuck off convinces me even more that we have reached a watershed moment. The military is not going to take this lying down and, I suspect, will start leaking unsavory material that will cast Obama in the harsh light of reality.

    What a shame. Barack had a chance to actually act like a leader and build on the early success of going after terrorists overseas. Not now. Key military leaders realize they can’t trust him and will take no action and no initiative unless Barack signs up first. No officers worth their salt are willing to become a sacrificial lamb for this clown in the White House.

  68. Mornin’ all.
    I watched Sixty Min last night and Hillary was awesome as ever.
    I am not able to watch the links posted on this thread, must be a lot of folks already watching them, but love it when they announced Hillary’s approval rating is up to 77% while the Fraud is circling the drain.

    Hillary’s ratings were in the sixties just about two months ago, so her popularity is growing even stronger.
    77% means that she has approval from all parties.
    Go Hillary!!!!!

  69. Rec’d this email:

    Subject: Holiday Reminder From 18 Million and Ready
    Just a quick note as Sunday unwinds (on the east coast of the U.S.:):

    The overriding reason that we are assembling this group is to ensure that we ALL hit the ground running if a turn of events occurs, and Hillary runs in 2012. There are scenarios which might play into this outcome, one very large one being the Dem’s possible decimation in the November 2010 elections. At this point in time, this seems like a plausible outcome.

    The Dems will have to decide if the want the current president to run with plummeting poll numbers, thereby risk losing their agenda.

    So many situations will change between now and then, but I encourage you to remember that we are NOT a fan club. We simply know that Hillary is right for THE job, and we have to make sure that the wrongs of 2008 are “righted” the next time.

    The world seems to be imploding with terrorism on the rise, natural disasters, and an economy in the tank. We need the strength and brilliance of Hillary more than ever, and the State Dept. and we are fortunate to have her representing us, but the next step must be the White House.

    Please stay focused and cohesive, Please invite your friends and recruit wherever you think people are smart enough to recognize the need for HRC 45, and Please feel free to post your thoughts and articles.

    Let’s be here for her, it is imperative to remember that anything is possible.

    ~ to hrc 45~

    Amy

  70. Shadowfax
    May 10th, 2010 at 12:19 pm
    Mornin’ all.
    I watched Sixty Min last night and Hillary was awesome as ever.
    I am not able to watch the links posted on this thread, must be a lot of folks already watching them, but love it when they announced Hillary’s approval rating is up to 77% while the Fraud is circling the drain
    &&&&&&&&

    Is this true?? Where did you see this info?

    If it is true, I’d like to know what the heck is wrong with the other 23%…

  71. KRUGMAN ADMITS: OBAMA GAVE BP ENVIRONMENTAL WAIVER

    In trying to lay most of the blame for environmental deregulation leading to the Deepwater Well disaster, Krugman begrudgingly admits:

    “Now, President Obama isn’t completely innocent of blame in the current spill. As I said, BP received an environmental waiver for Deepwater Horizon after Mr. Obama took office. It’s true that he’d only been in the White House for two and half months, and the Senate wouldn’t confirm the new head of the Minerals Management Service until four months later. But the fact that the administration hadn’t yet had time to put its stamp on the agency should have led to extra caution about giving the go-ahead to projects with possible environmental risks.”

    Here’s the whole thing:

    nytimes.com/2010/05/10/opinion/10krugman.html

    Sex & Drugs & the Spill
    ====================

    By PAUL KRUGMAN
    Published: May 9, 2010
    “Obama’s Katrina”: that was the line from some pundits and news sources, as they tried to blame the current administration for the gulf oil spill. It was nonsense, of course. An Associated Press review of the Obama administration’s actions and statements as the disaster unfolded found “little resemblance” to the shambolic response to Katrina — and there has been nothing like those awful days when everyone in the world except the Bush inner circle seemed aware of the human catastrophe in New Orleans.

    Yet there is a common thread running through Katrina and the gulf spill — namely, the collapse in government competence and effectiveness that took place during the Bush years.

    The full story of the Deepwater Horizon blowout is still emerging. But it’s already obvious both that BP failed to take adequate precautions, and that federal regulators made no effort to ensure that such precautions were taken.

    For years, the Minerals Management Service, the arm of the Interior Department that oversees drilling in the gulf, minimized the environmental risks of drilling. It failed to require a backup shutdown system that is standard in much of the rest of the world, even though its own staff declared such a system necessary. It exempted many offshore drillers from the requirement that they file plans to deal with major oil spills. And it specifically allowed BP to drill Deepwater Horizon without a detailed environmental analysis.

    Surely, however, none of this — except, possibly, that last exemption, granted early in the Obama administration — surprises anyone who followed the history of the Interior Department during the Bush years.

    For the Bush administration was, to a large degree, run by and for the extractive industries — and I’m not just talking about Dick Cheney’s energy task force. Crucially, management of Interior was turned over to lobbyists, most notably J. Steven Griles, a coal-industry lobbyist who became deputy secretary and effectively ran the department. (In 2007 Mr. Griles pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about his ties to Jack Abramoff.)

    Given this history, it’s not surprising that the Minerals Management Service became subservient to the oil industry — although what actually happened is almost too lurid to believe. According to reports by Interior’s inspector general, abuses at the agency went beyond undue influence: there was “a culture of substance abuse and promiscuity” — cocaine, sexual relationships with industry representatives, and more. Protecting the environment was presumably the last thing on these government employees’ minds.

    Now, President Obama isn’t completely innocent of blame in the current spill. As I said, BP received an environmental waiver for Deepwater Horizon after Mr. Obama took office. It’s true that he’d only been in the White House for two and half months, and the Senate wouldn’t confirm the new head of the Minerals Management Service until four months later. But the fact that the administration hadn’t yet had time to put its stamp on the agency should have led to extra caution about giving the go-ahead to projects with possible environmental risks.

    And it’s worth noting that environmentalists were bitterly disappointed when Mr. Obama chose Ken Salazar as secretary of the interior. They feared that he would be too friendly to mineral and agricultural interests, that his appointment meant that there wouldn’t be a sharp break with Bush-era policies — and in this one instance at least, they seem to have been right.

    In any case, now is the time to make that break — and I don’t just mean by cleaning house at the Minerals Management Service. What really needs to change is our whole attitude toward government. For the troubles at Interior weren’t unique: they were part of a broader pattern that includes the failure of banking regulation and the transformation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a much-admired organization during the Clinton years, into a cruel joke. And the common theme in all these stories is the degradation of effective government by antigovernment ideology.

    Mr. Obama understands this: he gave an especially eloquent defense of government at the University of Michigan’s commencement, declaring among other things that “government is what ensures that mines adhere to safety standards and that oil spills are cleaned up by the companies that caused them.”

    Yet antigovernment ideology remains all too prevalent, despite the havoc it has wrought. In fact, it has been making a comeback with the rise of the Tea Party movement. If there’s any silver lining to the disaster in the gulf, it is that it may serve as a wake-up call, a reminder that we need politicians who believe in good government, because there are some jobs only the government can do.

  72. Not sure if this was already posted or not:

    The Fraud is blowing more smoke and strikes at the very Tech companies that his little basement kool-aid drinkers covet…

    I wonder how much money Microsoft and Apple will donate to his future reelection after this…

    He is frustrated that he can’t scrub info of his current mistakes and corruption off the nets and keep his followers from learning what a fraud he is…

    ——–

    BlackBerry-loving President Barack Obama declared war on technology, singling out Apple’s super-popular iPods and iPads for criticism at a commencement ceremony in Virginia, the New York Post reported Monday.

    Obama — whose election was credited in part to his skillful use of modern media, from smartphones to Twitter to Flickr — on Sunday told college graduates that high-tech gizmos and apps were straining American democracy.

    “With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations — none of which I know how to work — information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation,” Obama said at Hampton University in southeastern Virginia.

    Obama described the most popular offerings of companies like Apple, Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo as distractions that are putting unnecessary pressure on the country.

    Obama also lamented the spread of social media and blogs, through which “some of the craziest claims can quickly claim traction.”

    “All of this is not only putting new pressures on you,” Obama said. “It is putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy.”

    “We can’t stop these changes,” he said, “but we can adapt to them. And education is what can allow us to do so. It can fortify you, as it did earlier generations, to meet the tests of your own time.”

    Wadda crock of bs!!!!

  73. Clarification:
    May 10th, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    In trying to lay most of the blame
    ***on Bush (and rightfully so)***
    for environmental deregulation leading to the Deepwater Well disaster, Krugman begrudgingly admits:

  74. rgb44hrc
    May 10th, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Hillary’s approval rating is up to 77% while the Fraud is circling the drain
    &&&&&&&&

    Is this true?? Where did you see this info?

    If it is true, I’d like to know what the heck is wrong with the other 23%…

    ————

    I didn’t see the info, they said it on 60 Minutes last night…

    The other 23% are probably all the Clinton haters…on both ends of the political spectrum.

    As I mentioned before, some Obots I spoke to, didn’t vote for Hillary because Bill cheated on her!!! (Believe me, I sure gave them a piece of my mind and they won’t soon forget it.)

  75. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/may/06/climate-science-open-letter
    guardian.co.uk, Thursday 6 May 2010 19.00 BST

    Open letter: Climate change and the integrity of science

    [excerpts from] an open letter from 255 members of the US National Academy of Sciences in defence of climate research

    [….] Many recent assaults on climate science and, more disturbingly, on climate scientists by climate change deniers, are typically driven by special interests or dogma, not by an honest effort to provide an alternative theory that credibly satisfies the evidence. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and other scientific assessments of climate change, which involve thousands of scientists producing massive and comprehensive reports, have, quite expectedly and normally, made some mistakes. When errors are pointed out, they are corrected.

    But there is nothing remotely identified in the recent events that changes the fundamental conclusions about climate change:

    (i) The planet is warming due to increased concentrations of heat-trapping gases in our atmosphere. A snowy winter in Washington does not alter this fact.

    (ii) Most of the increase in the concentration of these gases over the last century is due to human activities, especially the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation.

    (iii) Natural causes always play a role in changing Earth’s climate, but are now being overwhelmed by human-induced changes.

    (iv) Warming the planet will cause many other climatic patterns to change at speeds unprecedented in modern times, including increasing rates of sea-level rise and alterations in the hydrologic cycle. Rising concentrations of carbon dioxide are making the oceans more acidic.

    (v) The combination of these complex climate changes threatens coastal communities and cities, our food and water supplies, marine and freshwater ecosystems, forests, high mountain environments, and far more.

    [….] We urge our policymakers and the public to move forward immediately to address the causes of climate change, including the unrestrained burning of fossil fuels.

  76. I watched 60 Minutes last night. It was clear the interviewer does not like her. He was quite shitty in some of his preface comments and in his questions. Regardless, she kicked ass. She pointedly said Pakistan is getting better, but there is room for improvement and if an attack starts from their soil, there WILL BE consequences. She pretty much said there were folks in govt there protecting Bin Laden, et al..

    Her best moments in the interview which was conducted over the last 6-8 months at various locations (they allowed 60 Minutes access in Afghanistan when she visited) was when she said world leaders are telling her privately “we’d love to have you lead, but it’s sorta hard to when your economy is in the shitter.” Okay, I am paraphrasing there, but that was the gist of it.

    I grinned ear-to-ear. It’s a new rendition of “it’s the economy, stupid.” And it’s playing out through national security and foreign policy. We can only be strong abroad if we are strong at home, and as long as we look like hell at home, they’ll be gunning for us and no one will stand with us.

    Run, baby! Run!

  77. The “iPoo” fraud is shitting on ipads and ipods…..ha ha….maybe the love affair with the young folks is over!!!!

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