As The World Burns – It’s ‘Everybody Draw Mohammed’ Day

Today is “Draw Mohammed Day” but we will not be adding our artistic non-skills to the effort. Everybody Draw Mohammed Day is a response (the Facebook page is HERE) to certain Muslims making death threats against depictions of any sort, positive or negative, of Mohammed, and the recent South Park controversy.

“Apr. 22, 2010 update: Comedy Central’s “South Park” has censored its writers again with reference to Islam, this time due to a threat on an obscure website. Joshua Rhett Miller of Fox News explains at “Comedy Central Censors ‘South Park’ Episode After Muslim Site’s Threats.”

RevolutionMuslim.com posted a warning following the 200th episode of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s “South Park,” which included a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad disguised in a bear suit. Comedy Central bleeped out all references to the Prophet Muhammad in Wednesday night’s episode of the animated show “South Park.” The episode was a continuation of last week’s episode which depicted the Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit. … Comedy Central confirmed to FoxNews.com that it had censored the show, and that the episode was not available on its website. In addition to bleeping the words “Prophet Muhammad,” the show also covered the character with a large block labeled “Censored.”

We’ll allow loathsome MSNBC to explain via video:



We admire the fight for freedom of expression and are disgusted by attempts to dictate what drawings can or cannot be made, let alone published. We recall recently this controversy or should we say “cowardice”:

“Nov. 2, 2009 update: Movie producer Roland Emmerich destroys a bevy of landmarks in his forthcoming 2012, including the White House, parts of the Vatican, and the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. But not the Ka’ba in Mecca. He admits the reason is fear (ellipses in the original):

Well, I wanted to do that, I have to admit. But my co-writer Harald said I will not have a fatwa on my head because of a movie. And he was right. … We have to all … in the Western world … think about this. You can actually … let … Christian symbols fall apart, but if you would do this with [an] Arab symbol, you would have … a fatwa, and that sounds a little bit like what the state of this world is. So it’s just something which I kind of didn’t [think] was [an] important element, anyway, in the film, so I kind of left it out.

Every insult in the world against Jews and Christians (and Krishna and Buddha) is allowed and even celebrated but there is a protection racket from the Muslim side.

Christ mocked in cartoons, men with beards dressed as nuns, rabbis as sex perverts, priests as child molesters, Mary drunk – no insult against Jews and Christians is out of bounds. Indeed, many of those mocking the Christians and the Jews are Christians and Jews themselves.

The few protests (such as those from the ADL or the Catholic League) against smears and “comedy” against Jews and Christians are themselves mocked. Anyone who protests the smears and slurs against Christians and Jews is seen as a neanderthal right wing doofus who wants censorship and is not sufficiently cool or sophisticated. In a way it is the same dynamic we see every day in which anything/everything that can be in any way, justified or not justified at all, that can be denounced as “racist” is denounced – but the most blatant examples of sexism and misogyny are viewed as “cool” or hip in some sick frat boy way (yes we are talking about you Jon Favreau) and high-fived and hailed.

We won’t Draw Mohammed today because we believe the religious beliefs of people should be respected and not mocked. We won’t purposefully mock Muslims in the same way we won’t purposefully mock Jews and Christians. It’s one of the reasons why we don’t comment on child molesting priests (hey, was Mohammed a pedophile and why can’t this be discussed?) and religious controversies or orgies of attacks against religions. We do condemn the evangelical Elmer Gantry type hypocrites when they fleece their flocks but that is the extent of our religion coverage. We’ve even restrained ourselves from commenting on why there are only Jews and Catholics (no Protestants in a majority Protestant country) on the Supreme Court, once Kagan is approved.

We won’t Draw Mohammed today, but we condemn those who kill in his name. We respect the right of people to believe and have faith in whatever they want to believe and have faith in (oops, what about Charles Manson and his clan of kooks?). Perhaps we should say that we will not mock the beliefs and faith of others if they don’t hurt anyone else (this does not excuse the Cult Of Obama).

We won’t Draw Mohammed today, but we applaud those who do so in the defense of free speech and equal opportunity mockery.

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113 thoughts on “As The World Burns – It’s ‘Everybody Draw Mohammed’ Day

  1. The world is burning.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/21/business/21markets.html?hp

    Stocks on Wall Street fell sharply on Thursday as uncertainty over Europe and financial regulation continued to weigh on the market.

    At the close, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 376.36 points, or 3.6 percent, at 10,068.01. The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index was down 43.46 points, or 3.9 percent, at 1,071.59 and the Nasdaq composite was down 94.36 points, or 4.1 percent, at 2,204.01.

    Indexes in Europe and Asia were all lower.

    New measures in Germany to ban naked short selling, uncertainty over financial regulation in the United States and persistent Euro zone troubles ganged up with Thursday’s disappointing jobless claims and signs of lagging economic indicators to smother any optimism about corporate results or signs of a recovery that might have lifted sentiment.

    Companies that rely on business in overseas markets took a hit, as industrial, materials, energy and financial stocks were among the sectors that traded lower on Wall Street. Crude oil fell, as did industrial metals, like copper, a bellwether of manufacturing activity.

    The yield on the 10-year treasury note fell to its lowest level this year, 3.21 percent.

    “There is no sector that is being spared,” said Anthony Conroy, head equity trader at BNY ConvergEx Group. “You have heard the phrase flight to quality? We are having a flight to liquidity. Everybody is trying to get liquid. Gold, oil, silver, financials — every sector is getting hit.”

    Jim Dunigan, managing executive of investments for PNC Wealth Management, said the market was plagued by euro zone troubles and uncertainty over financial regulation in the United States.

    “When there is that much uncertainty you are not going to get a lot of risk taking,” Mr. Dunigan said. “That clouds the picture of a sustainable recovery in the United States.”

  2. “The yield on the 10-year treasury note fell to its lowest level this year, 3.21 percent”
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    Actually, I *think* that is a good thing in that it keeps the costs of our infinite borrowing lower. It means that investors around the world are fleeing to what they believe are “safer” assets and, as crappy as our economy is, the US is looked at as being a safe store of wealth, I suppose its all relative though.

    Please, any financial folks jump in an edumacate me here.

  3. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100520/ap_on_bi_go_ec_fi/us_economy;_ylt=AgAVKHANXdb8uqzODpbFhl.s0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNlOHFrYWg0BGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwNTIwL3VzX2Vjb25vbXkEY2NvZGUDbW9zdHBvcHVsYXIEY3BvcwM3BHBvcwM0BHB0A2hvbWVfY29rZQRzZWMDeW5faGVhZGxpbmVfbGlzdARzbGsDam9ibGVzc2NsYWlt

    The number of people filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week by the largest amount in three months. The surge is evidence of how volatile the job market remains, even as the economy grows.

    Applications for unemployment benefits rose to 471,000 last week, up by 25,000 from the previous week, the Labor Department said Thursday. It was the first increase in five weeks and the biggest jump since a gain of 40,000 in February.

    The total was the highest since new claims reached 480,000 on April 10. It also pushed the average for the last four weeks to 453,500.

  4. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Fed-official-Europes-crisis-apf-1451015256.html?x=0&.v=5

    Europe’s debt crisis poses serious risks to the unfolding economic recoveries in the United States and around the globe, a Federal Reserve official said Thursday.

    Federal Reserve Governor Daniel Tarullo, in remarks to a House subcommittee, said the timing of Europe’s problems on the heels of the global financial crisis is a “potentially serious setback.”

    If the crisis were to crimp lending and the flow of credit globally, triggering more financial turmoil, that would endanger both the U.S. and global recoveries, he said.

    “Although we view such a development as unlikely, the swoon in global financial markets earlier this month suggests it is not out of the question,” said Tarullo.

    As he testified, Wall Street took another nosedive on European debt fears. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 376 points when the market closed.

    In a worst case scenario, financial turmoil “could lead to a replay of the freezing up of financial markets that we witnessed in 2008,” he said. That contributed to the worst global recession since the 1930s.

  5. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703559004575255961695406510.html?mod=WSJ_hps_MIDDLETopStories

    In the current plunge, however, some participants are worried that things could go further, that perhaps the bull run itself has crested. For many investors, Europe’s recent struggles have conjured fears akin to those that resulted from the late-2008 meltdown of Lehman Brothers Holdings, which roiled the U.S. financial system.

    “No matter how we slice all the chart data, there’s no reason for anyone to have any exposure to the long side of the stock market here,” said Walter Zimmerman, chief technical analyst at United-ICAP. “We have a serious unfolding debt crisis in Europe that very much looks capable of heading to a wave of sovereign-debt defaults.”

  6. http://www.cnbc.com/id/37259541

    Stocks are likely to continue their aggressive decline and shed another 20 percent in value as the world economy weakens, economist Nouriel Roubini told CNBC.

    As the market slides into correction territory, Roubini said weakness in euro zone countries and a slowdown in the US and other developed countries will make things even more difficult for investors in the months ahead.

    “There are some parts of the global economy that are now at the risk of a double-dip recession,” said Roubini, head of Roubini Global Economics. “From here on I see things getting worse.”

  7. http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/05/19/94489/gulf-oil-spill-may-be-19-times.html

    The latest glimpse of video footage of the oil spill deep under the Gulf of Mexico indicates that around 95,000 barrels, or 4 million gallons, a day of crude oil may be spewing from the leaking wellhead, 19 times the previous estimate, an engineering professor told Congress Wednesday.

    The figure of 5,000 barrels, or 210,000 gallons, a day that BP and the federal government have been using for weeks is based on observations of the surface slick made by satellites and aircraft. Even NASA’s satellite-based instruments, however, can’t see deep into the waters of the gulf, where much of the oil from the gusher seems to be floating. The well is 5,000 feet below the surface.

    Videos are here:

    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/05/18/94387/gulf-oil-spill-videos-see-all.html

  8. http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/98409-senate-budget-chairman-says-prospect-for-budget-resolution-fading-

    The chance that the majority Democrats will pass a budget this year is “fading,” Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) said Tuesday.

    He is pessimistic because House Democrats don’t know whether they want to pass a resolution that would officially acknowledge the certainty of big deficits. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and other Democrats have indicated that would be a tough vote in an election year.[snip]

    One option Conrad said his staff is now looking at is a deeming resolution.

    Like an actual budget measure, the deeming resolution would set the discretionary spending levels for the next fiscal year. But unlike a budget resolution, the deeming resolution would allow Democrats to avoid laying out their fiscal policies for 2011 and beyond.

    The deeming measure wouldn’t allow for the fast-track reconciliation rules, which can only be enacted through a budget resolution.

    Centrist House Democrats have been wary of voting for a budget resolution because it’s likely to project large deficits. Republicans have hammered Democrats over the budget deficit, which they blame on Democratic spending.

    The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that Obama’s policies would lead to deficits averaging nearly $1 trillion over the next decade.

    Conrad said he has considered attaching a deeming resolution to an Afghanistan war spending bill the Obama administration wants Congress to move before the Memorial Day recess. Because of the heavy workload in the Senate — including the financial reform bill, the nomination of a Supreme Court justice, an energy and climate change bill, Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization, extensions of tax provisions and unemployment benefits and Medicare doctor payments — bills are likely to be packaged together, Conrad said.

    “It seems to sort of jump out at you that you have to put things together here [when] you think about all the things you need to have done,” Conrad said.

    House Democratic leaders said late last week that there are several ways to set spending levels, suggesting they could move ahead with a deeming resolution rather than a full budget plan.

    Republicans have noted that the House has never failed to consider a budget resolution since the current budget rules were put in place in 1974.

    “Rather than cut government spending, [Democrats] chose instead to cut and run — and to simply avoid the hard choices American families and small businesses must make every day,” said Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.), ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee.

    This unprecedented failure to govern is especially alarming as spending, deficits and debt continue to spiral out of control.”

  9. Admin 5:56

    First it is outragous that we let our legislatures get away with not passing a budget. That is one of the most important things that they do every year. Second, it is too bad they have so little balls that they cannot stand up to the deficites they have created.

    Tell me again, why did we elect them and how much do we pay them. It is obviously too much if they cannot pass a budget, and stand up for the mistakes that they created.

    It was an honor and priviledge when Washington and Jefferson were elected to office. Now it is a job.

  10. Is it legal for them not to pass a budget? Are they accountable at all for what they end up spending then?

  11. So, I see today the socialist demon’s rats cheering a foreign statesman come into the US Congressional Chambers openly dissing Americans and the socialist demon’s rats cheering a foreign statesman dissing Americans on American soil in America’s Congressional House.

    If anyone needed any proof as to whose side the demon’s rats are NOT on. Just when I thought the damn democrats couldn’t sink any lower.

    As RedState put it so aptly:
    For a foreign leader bashing an American state. From our own House floor!

  12. Jim Dunigan, managing executive of investments for PNC Wealth Management, said the market was plagued by euro zone troubles and uncertainty over financial regulation in the United States.

    “When there is that much uncertainty you are not going to get a lot of risk taking,” Mr. Dunigan said. “That clouds the picture of a sustainable recovery in the United States.”
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    You gotta wonder if the bone head running the Govt. can get his banking legislation thru before we go into complete collapse….can he get ANYTHING done without taking months and months and riots upon riots….it makes you wonder if he and his muslim bros are doing what they want with the economy???

  13. drum roll please… Another scapegoat has just been thrown under the bus.
    —————–
    Obama forces out national intelligence chief

    By Daniel Dombey in Washington
    May 21 2010

    President Barack Obama on Thursday sacked the US’s intelligence chief after months of turf wars and controversies over the country’s handling of terrorism.

    In a move that highlights continuing divisions among the 16 US intelligence agencies more than nine years after the intelligence failures that preceded the 9/11 attacks, the White House on Thursday told Dennis Blair, the US director of national intelligence and a former head of US Pacific Command, that he had to leave his post.

    Mr Blair said last night that he would leave with “deep regret”.

    While officials have depicted Mr Blair as a bumbling figure who had to issue clarifications about his congressional testimony, some intelligence staff say an overly controlling White House never let him do his job.

    “Basically they would prefer to have a co-ordinator rather than a strong leader,” said one intelligence official, who argued that Mr Blair merely sought to carry out the role set out by the post-September 11 legislation.

    “He has always said he will serve at the will of the president and intended to serve for a full four years,” the official added.

    During his time in office, Mr Blair clashed repeatedly with Leon Panetta, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, the organisation whose traditional role was challenged by the creation of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in 2005.

    The White House was also displeased with Mr Blair’s congressional testimony over the Christmas Day bombing attempt, while in the wake of that incident Mr Blair acknowledged “flaws in co-ordination”.

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/764b9542-6467-11df-8cba-00144feab49a.html

  14. Glad to see Blair gone…very anti-Israeli so it must have been a very tough decicion for Obama.

  15. Every insult in the world against Jews and Christians (and Krishna and Buddha) is allowed and even celebrated but there is a protection racket from the Muslim side.
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    Obama opened the door. By dissing the United States and Israel himself, he gave permission for other countries to do so, including that little burro from Mexico. Let us hope that 527s will make maximum use those pictures of the dimocrats cheering those hateful tones. Coburn will probably be up there clapping right along with them clueless bastard that he is.
    .

  16. jbstonesfan
    May 20th, 2010 at 4:59 pm
    The market is no better than a game of craps at this point….what a disater.
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    the whole damn thing is rigged and manipulated…just like the bailouts, the so-called (non) transparency…BP giving the most money ever to O…one big rigged mess…on and on and on…

  17. I blame myself for getting sucked back into the market this yr…I have literally thrown away a comfortable retirement.

  18. jb…for what it is worth…

    Stocks to Tumble Another 20%, Cash the Safest Place: Roubini

    Published: Thursday, 20 May 2010 | 4:25 PM ET Text Size By: Jeff Cox
    CNBC.com

    Stocks are likely to continue their aggressive decline and shed another 20 percent in value as the world economy weakens, economist Nouriel Roubini told CNBC.

    Nouriel Roubini
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    As the market slides into correction territory, Roubini said weakness in euro zone countries and a slowdown in the US and other developed countries will make things even more difficult for investors in the months ahead.

    “There are some parts of the global economy that are now at the risk of a double-dip recession,” said Roubini, head of Roubini Global Economics. “From here on I see things getting worse.”

    Prices in both stocks and commodities are likely to take a hit, and investors may only be safe in cash and other safe havens. Roubini said investors also can use options to hedge against future market risk that he said is sure to come as conditions weaken in the US, Japan, China and through much of Europe.

    That will lave little room for growth both in economic measures and in most investment classes, Roubini said.

    “There is that risk because the problems on the macro level are first in the euro zone. Then in China there is evidence of economic slowdown…Japan is in trouble and US economic growth is going to slow down,” he said. “There is also regulatory risk because we don’t know how financial reform is going to occur.”

    Investors then should focus on buying debt from countries that are solid economically.

    “Apart from cash I would invest in short-term government bonds of countries that don’t have a serious debt problem, countries like Germany and maybe Canada, a few other advanced economies that from a fiscal point of view are sounder than the weaker economies,” he said.

    Financial Reforms Are Just ‘Cosmetic’Avoid Banks ‘At All Costs’: WhitneyMarket Selloff Isn’t Over: ProsSEC Proposes New ‘Crash’ RulesFinancial Reform Clears HurdleGermany to Curb Naked Short SalesMarket Meltdown Still a Mystery
    As for Europe, he called fixing the debt problems in Greece and other troubled nations “mission impossible” and said tough decisions will need to be made.

    “What needs to be done is clear. We need to raise taxes and cut spending. Otherwise we’re going to get a fiscal train wreck,” he said. “It’s going to take years of sacrifices.”

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    there is no trust…just today, the democratic senate passes bank reform…and leaves out the reform…one big rigged mess…

  19. Will the bots ever wake up and realize that bambi is not on their side, and all this hope and change stuff my kill them

  20. I can tell you, this “finance reform” bill will cost many many small biz jobs. Mainly because it will affect credit lines for small biz, it will be much harder to get credit.
    The big banks, who support this bill, and that should tell you everything, have enough money and lobbyists to get the compliance, but the smaller community banks, they will have to spend more money complying with this crap, stunning, considering they were never the problem.

    I have a family member who owns a small biz, and he has told me, he will be laying off 2 people mainly because the biz sales will slow, he can already see it, and there is no credit lines being opened to small biz, instead they are contracting, and fast. And this bill will only pull more liquidity from the one area that creates jobs.

    And that of course means, more firing.

    This is just another layer of beaurocraptic crap. It is not solving anything, its just a bill for that fool in the WH wants to sign in the Rose garden. It will hurt the people who create jobs severely.

  21. No comment:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100520/ap_on_re_us/us_obama_rodent

    Obama had just begun an afternoon statement to reporters lauding the end of a Senate filibuster on his financial overhaul plan when some kind of rodent — opinions differ on which — dashed out of the bushes to his right, just outside the Oval Office.

    As photographers snapped away, the critter trundled straight past the gray podium with the presidential seal and made a bee-line for another set of bushes to Obama’s left.

    It’s not clear if the president could even see the streaker, but he didn’t show any reaction. And he concluded his statement minutes later, returning to his office without answering a few shouted questions on other topics.

    Once he was safely inside the Oval Office, a fierce debate erupted among the photographers and reporters who’d witnessed the dash. Was it a rat or a mouse? Or maybe a mole, or a vole, or some other kind of related creature.

    In fact, this wasn’t the first time a rodent’s been spied in the White House, or even the Rose Garden.

  22. “In fact, this wasn’t the first time a rodent’s been spied in the White House, or even the Rose Garden.”
    ——————

    LMAO! I’m not even going to go there…

  23. When, Oh, when, is someone going to break the lingering silence assessing Obama’s loyalty to our country?

    Calderone’s speech castigating Arizona for enforcement of it’s illegal immigration policy when Calderone is speechifying to our Congress and they/Obama Democrats are agreeing with him.

    See the video when Admin has a free minute to post it: disgusting!

  24. If a rodent running around under his feet doesn’t through him of his speech,he taking something to remain that calm…of coarse the rodent may have been one of his closest allies.

  25. UTMB, the healthcare company that takes care of the inmates in Texas….they laid of 350 healthcare workers today…I bet it did not make national news…the hardest hit were the dental folks and the xray people…and some nurses!

  26. This is just the beginning…the will open the borders and rehire the mexicans to take these jobs…this has always been their plan..

    Updated: Wednesday, 19 May 2010, 6:55 PM CDT
    Published : Wednesday, 19 May 2010, 10:25 AM CDT

    DAMALI KEITH
    Reporter
    GALVESTON, Texas – Nearly 400 University of Texas Medical Branch workers are now out of a job.

    The employee cut backs are all coming from one area of UTMB, medical personnel who work in state prisons.

    The 363 employees work in the “correctional managed care” program taking care of Texas inmates. Texas Department of Criminal Justice is contracted with both University of Texas Medical Branch and Texas Tech University to provide care to inmates.

    UTMB carries the weight of that contract, caring for 80 percent of inmates in Texas. So taking away 363 prison health care workers isn’t what TDCJ wants to hear.

    “TDCJ does not agree the cutbacks, as they are at unit level, are appropriate” Allen Hightower, executive director of the Correctional Managed Health Care Committee, said.

    UTMB said it’s forced to cut 12 workers from Galveston, 51 in the Houston area, 76 in Huntsville and another 124 across Texas. The medical branch said it’s facing an $82 million loss in the “correctional managed care” or CMC program.

    “UTMB itself, not the CMC portion. UTMB itself through March of this year is $18 million to the good,” UTMB spokesperson Raul Reyes said.

    Workers found out in a morning meeting. In 60 days, on July 21,2010, their positions are being eliminated.

    “We need our jobs. So I’m just going to try to find another job. I was looking for a job when i got this one,” UTMB employee Betty Jordan said.

    “I was the dentist at Ellis Unit and now they let me go. So, as far as I know, there’s no one to provide dental care,” Dr. Dickie Rychetsky said.

    UTMB said it will still provide emergency dental care. So what will this mean for inmates?

    “The cuts that are being made will have some negative impact on both access and quality of health care,” Hightower said.

    UTMB said care will not decline.

    There’s still a chance jobs won’t be cut. That’s because, according to the contract, the state’s Correctional Managed Health Care Committee still has to approve the change. “The way I read the contract the cuts would cease and desist unless it was agreed upon by the committee,” Hightower said.

    And if the committee doesn’t agree?

    “The leadership of the state of Texas will decide how this issue comes to resolution,” Hightower said.

    The committee meets next month. UTMB has been in a contract with TDCJ since 1993.

    The medical branch blames the big financial loss on the state’s re-imbursement process, an aging inmate population and more prisoners with HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and diabetes.

    The laid off workers, according to UTMB, will be placed in other positions within the medical branch.

  27. When I see Dimocrats giving a standing ovation to the Mexican burro who trashes America, I think of the fact that the jails are full of people who went on and on robbing banks based on the naive belief that they would never get caught. As the camera pans the Senate Chamber I told myself these people will soon be the stars of Republican Attack Ads which properly question their loyalty to this country, Let us hope they say cheese for the camera.

  28. To a man with only a hammer every problem looks like a nail.

    Case in point: the nut job Posner

    He is a human rights lawyer and sees a violation everwhere he looks

    He complains to the fine folks who gave us Tiennmem Square about the racial discrimination by Arizona.

    And now they claim that he was defending and not attacking the United States.

    That is an oxymoron, like Posner himself.

    Hillary did not hire him. Obama did.

    ___________________________________________________________

    Early years

    Posner received a B.A. from the University of Michigan. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall). He is a member of the California Bar and the Illinois Bar. After graduating, Posner spent a year documenting atrocities committed by Ugandan dictator Idi Amin.[citation needed] He then became a lawyer with Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal in Chicago.
    [edit]Human Rights First

    In 1978, Posner was recruited to become the founding executive director of the Lawyers Committee for International Human Rights, a nonprofit organization with offices in New York and Washington, D.C. that works on a range of domestic and international human rights issues. The organization was renamed to the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights and, in 2003, renamed again to Human Rights First. In his role, Posner built the organization from a staff of two, a few volunteers and a budget of $55,000 to its current staff of 60 and an annual budget of almost $9 million.[1]
    At Human Rights First, he facilitated the growth of the largest and most successful pro bono legal assistance program in the United States for asylum seekers.[citation needed] Today Human Rights First represents more than 1,000 clients from 85 countries, with an average success rate of over 90 percent.[citation needed] In 1980, Posner played a key role in proposing and campaigning for the first U.S. law providing for political asylum, which became part of the Refugee Act of 1980.[citation needed]
    Posner has also focused efforts to strengthen systems of accountability in countries where human rights violations occur, especially for crimes like torture, genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. He proposed, drafted, and campaigned for the Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA), which was adopted by Congress and signed into law in 1992.[2] Also in 1992, Posner helped musician/activist Peter Gabriel found Witness (human rights group), an organization that uses video and online technologies to shed light on human rights violations around the world. In its first few years, WITNESS was based at Human Rights First.
    Posner has continuously fought for strengthened systems of international justice. He played an instrumental advocacy role in setting up the ad hoc criminal tribunals for the former Yugoslavia (established 1993) and Rwanda (established 1994) and the International Criminal Court (established 2002).[citation needed] In 1998, Posner led the Human Rights First delegation to the Rome conference at which the statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) was adopted.
    [edit]Academic career

    Posner lectured at Yale Law School from 1981 to 1984, and has been a visiting lecturer at Columbia Law School since 1984.
    [edit]Other organizations

    As a member of the White House Apparel Industry Partnership Task Force, Posner helped found the Fair Labor Association (FLA) in 1997, a multi-stakeholder initiative between apparel and footwear companies, universities and non-governmental organizations aimed at protecting the rights of workers in the apparel industry’s global supply chain. He sits on the FLA’s board of directors. Since 2006, Posner has worked on another multi-stakeholder initiative called the Global Network Initiative (GNI), which was launched in October 2008. He also serves on the board of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights.
    [edit]Human rights advocacy

    Posner has testified dozens of times before the U.S. Congress on a wide range of human rights topics including the protection of refugees, anti-Semitism,[3] human rights within the business community[4] and human rights violations in the Philippines,[5] China,[6] Northern Ireland,[7] Uganda,[8] El Salvador and many other countries. He is a frequent public commentator on these and other issues, regularly speaking at conferences and events in the U.S. and abroad. His opinion essays have appeared in publications including the Boston Globe,[9] Jerusalem Post[10] and International Herald Tribune.[11]
    [edit]Obama administration

    On July 7, 2009, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Posner to serve in the State Department as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.[12] He was named to the position on September 23, 2009.[13]. Posner and Harold Hongju Koh represent the U.S. to the United Nations Human Rights Council
    On March 8, 2010 Steven Edwards, of the Canwest News Service, reported that US officials were quietly putting pressure on Canada to accept repatriation of Canadian Guantanamo captive Omar Khadr.[14] While Edwards didn’t name the official he quoted, who told him elements within the Obama Presidency “don’t have the stomach to try a child for war crimes”, he did identify Samantha Power, Michael Posner and Harold Koh as three political appointees with a background in human rights. He pointed out that Posner was the founding director of Human Rights First, which had advocated for Khadr’s repatriation.
    [edit]U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue controversy
    In May 2010, Posner was a key negotiator in a “U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue” in Washington, D.C. On May 14, Posner gave the press conference after the event, where he described the U.S. approach to the meeting as, “Part of a mature relationship is that you have an open discussion where you not only raise the other guy’s problems, but you raise your own.” To that end, he said the American side had brought up the United States’ “treatment of Muslim Americans”, as well as Arizona’s recently-passed anti-illegal immigration Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, which Posner said had been brought up “early and often”, “as a troubling trend in our society.”[15]
    Posner’s comments proved controversial in the United States. Arizona’s two senators, Republicans Jon Kyl and John McCain, wrote an open letter to Posner that stated, “To compare in any way the lawful and democratic act of the government of the state of Arizona with the arbitrary abuses of the unelected Chinese Communist Party is inappropriate and offensive”, and called for a retraction and apology.[16] The New York Post called the comments “misguided moral equivalence” and “despicable”, citing China’s treatment of its own Muslim population, the Uyghurs, as well as its policy of sending back refugees who arrive from North Korea, “where certain, agonizing death awaits them.”[17]

    The State Department defended Posner’s actions. Spokesman P.J. Crowley disputed the notion Posner was apologizing to China when he was actually “standing up” for America by demonstrating how debate works in a “civil society.” Crowley did, however, support the Obama’s administrations concern of the Arizona law, stating, “There is, as many have said, real concerns about — that this Arizona law will inevitably devolve into racial profiling. That would be a fundamental challenge to human rights around the world.”[18]

  29. As the world burns: Wonderful post. Sensitive subject brilliantly handled. Thank you admin.
    ———————-
    I wonder if anyone is truly pleased with Joe Sestak.

    snip Rep. Darrell Issa of California, the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said his panel is obligated to investigate the [Sestak’s]claims because they involve three felonies, including offering a bribe and interfering with an election. “If Congressman Sestak will not tell us, then to be honest the only choice we have is to deal with this from a standpoint of congressional integrity,” Issa told The Washington Examiner. “Under our ethics rules, either Congressman Sestak is lying, which would be an ethical violation, or he is covering up three felonies by members of the administration, which of course would be an ethical violation.”
    In an interview with The Examiner, Sestak said he rejected the job offer by the Obama administration because he didn’t feel it would benefit Pennsylvania’s working families.
    www dot washingtonexaminer.com/politics/congress/Sestak-may-face-ethics-probe-over-claims-of-White-House-job-offer-94534059.html

  30. And by the way, incredibly Sestak’s rival Pat Toomey already has a GE campaign ad up and running.

  31. Clinton Denounces N. Korean Sinking of South’s Warship

    21 May 2010

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has denounced North Korea for the sinking of a South Korean warship and said the reclusive country must face consequences.

    She made the remarks shortly after arriving in Japan for the start of her three-nation tour of East Asia. Clinton said the United States is consulting with Japan, China and South Korea on the sinking of the Cheonan.

    During the press conference with Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada in Tokyo, Clinton also praised the 50-year alliance between the U.S. and Japan.

    The top U.S. diplomat is set to hold talks Friday with Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama. They are expected to discuss Mr. Hatoyama’s plan to move a U.S. Marines air base currently on the Japanese island of Okinawa.

    Washington wants Tokyo to abide by a 2006 agreement, negotiated with Japan’s previous government, that called for relocating the Futenma base to another location on Okinawa.

    Clinton will depart later Friday for Shanghai, where she will visit the U.S. pavilion at the Shanghai Expo on Saturday. She then heads to Beijing to join other high-ranking U.S. and Chinese officials for two days of economic talks.

    U.S. officials say the Beijing meetings will include discussion of China’s currency. Washington accuses Beijing of keeping the yuan artificially weak to make Chinese exports cheaper on the global market.

    State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley confirmed that Clinton will discuss North Korea’s suspected torpedo attack in March on a South Korean warship during her visits with regional leaders.

    The attack on the Cheonan will overshadow her brief visit to South Korea on Wednesday, which will conclude her East Asian tour.

    http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Clinton-Denounces-North-Korean-Sinking-of-South-Korean-Ship-94568499.html

  32. “On the road again”.Hillary stay away from DC and avoid the giant morass that is worse than this historic oil spill that Otrauuma has created with his bosom money buddies.He still has yet to realize that his -ss belongs to them and they only back him in order to keep Hillary in a box.Otraumas supporters must be tired of waiting for their share of the stash he promised..Meanwhile our girl is out there giving her all and welcomed everywhere by world leaders friend and foe.

    __________________________________________________
    Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Travels to Asia

    Posted: 19 May 2010 10:50 PM PDT

    Interactive Travel Map | Text the Secretary | Trip Page

    About the Author: Kurt Campbell serves as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

    On May 20, 2010, Secretary Clinton departs for a week-long trip to Asia, her fifth trip to the region as Secretary of State. When the Secretary made her first trip to Asia last year, she sent a clear signal that we need strong partners across the Pacific, just as we need strong partners across the Atlantic.

    The Secretary will travel first to Tokyo, where she will meet with Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada. We look forward to the visit with our Japanese ally. The Secretary will discuss with them the developing security situation on the Korean Peninsula, troubles in Thailand, and other pressing issues.

    Our historic allies, such as Japan, as well as our emerging partnerships in Asia are indispensable to finding regional and global solutions to common global problems. As the Secretary said, “Asia is a contributor to global culture, a global economic power, and a region of vital importance to the United States today and into our future.”

    Nowhere may that be more evident right now than at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, the next stop of the Secretary’s trip. The Chinese Government and the City of Shanghai have organized the participation of more than 190 countries for the Expo, and Secretary Clinton made U.S. participation in the Expo a priority.

    The Expo has allowed us to participate in public and commercial diplomacy in meaningful ways, and the USA Pavilion shares the best of America with the members of a young generation in China who may have had little exposure to the United States. As this generation of Chinese visit the Pavilion, they will be left with lasting impressions of who we are and what makes America unique. I think the Secretary will be pleased to see the Pavilion. I know I’m looking forward to seeing it.

    Following her visit to Shanghai, the Secretary will travel to Beijing to participate in the second round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, where Secretary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Geithner will join their respective Chinese Co-Chairs, State Councilor Dai Bingguo and Vice Premier Wang Qishan. Secretary Clinton will underscore the need for cooperation on regional security matters, including Iran and North Korea, and collaboration on global financial issues, climate change, energy security, and global development. The first Strategic and Economic Dialogue was held last summer in Washington. This meeting represents one of the largest groups of U.S. Cabinet officials to visit China together, with over a dozen U.S. Cabinet members and agency heads comprising the U.S. delegation.

    Secretary Clinton will then proceed to Seoul, where she will meet with senior government officials to discuss regional stability and other issues with our Korean ally. During her travels, the Secretary will hold consultations with all of her counterparts on the security of the Korean Peninsula, an issue in which we all have a keen interest.

    The video embedded in this blog is the first in a series in which my colleagues and I will keep you apprised of the trip. You can follow the Secretary’s travels on DipNote’s Travel Diary, http://www.state.gov and the Secretary’s Interactive Travel Map. You will be able to submit questions through @StateDept on Twitter and Text the Secretary. We look forward to hearing from you.

    Related Content: Briefing on the Upcoming U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue

  33. his oil spill and BP is just blowing my mind. Why the heck does BP seem to be in total control of what is done, how it’s done, who has access, etc? That’s insane! I read something interesting the other day, and wish I could remember where it was.

    It seems that when Sarah Palin revamped the oil leases in Alaska, one thing she did was to NOT rely on safety inspections done by the companies themselves or even the Feds who she knew were captured. She instituted local control, and required independent safety inspections by engineers etc chosen by Alaska, as part of the oil companies’ lease agreements. Don’t agree to let us inspect when we want using whom we want? No lease for you.

    You know, I disagree with her on a lot of other issues, but the more I see how this lady handled and took on the oil industry, the more I respect it. Yes, she believed we have to drill baby drill. But she coupled that with a proper watchdog stance, and didn’t just assume that drilling means getting in bed with the crony Oil Boyz. She put them on a fucking short leash, both financially and safety-wise.

    I know that some are opposed to more drilling on principle. But if we are going to have to drill, I’d much prefer more pols had Sarah’s cautious and adversarial approach to it. She found a common-sense middle ground, rather than accepting that our only 2 choices were a) don’t drill or b) lay down and hand the keys and controls over to Big Oil. I don’t want her as president (tho I’d vote for her over Obama in a heartbeat), but she’d make a bang-up agency head or energy secretary for someone, IMO.

  34. admin
    May 20th, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    The number of people filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week by the largest amount in three months. The surge is evidence of how volatile the job market remains, even as the economy grows.
    &&&&&&&&&

    Heckuva job, O’bama, heckuva job.

  35. I really think that the Dims thought put the puppet in, throw some money at it, and we got it made.

    I have over 12 hours of economics, which makes me only an observer of that discipline. But what I can tell you is, economics is complex, and I viewed it a study of history, with using it as a predictor of the future very iffy. Why, because our complex world has changed dramatically (especially in the lightening way we received data and information) and that makes the methods that worked in the past very iffy.

    Just my limited knowledge opinion.

  36. We won’t Draw Mohammed today, but we condemn those who kill in his name. We respect the right of people to believe and have faith in whatever they want to believe and have faith in (oops, what about Charles Manson and his clan of kooks?). Perhaps we should say that we will not mock the beliefs and faith of others if they don’t hurt anyone else (this does not excuse the Cult Of Obama).

    I agree that beliefs should not be mocked but every belief should be challenged. The problem with Islam is that it is NOT challenged. Christianity has been moderated through the years because it was challenged. The tenets of Islam has not been challenged in the MSM enough. I have studied Islam for a long time and conclude that it is NOT a religion of peace but of HATE.

    If you study the history of Islam, you would find out that Mohammed is a crook, an assasin and a pedophile. Mohammed took Ayesha for his wife at the age of 6 and had sex with her when she was 9. That is why in some Muslim countries, 9 year old girls can be married. If there was ever a religion that should be mocked, Islam would be it.

  37. House Chamber, Washington, D.C. May 20, 2010. M. Speaker:

    I rise to take strong exception to the speech of the President of Mexico while in this chamber today.

    The Mexican government has made it very clear for many years that it holds American sovereignty in contempt and President Calderon’s behavior as a guest of the Congress confirms and underscores this attitude.

    It is highly inappropriate for the President of Mexico to lecture Americans on American immigration policy, just as it would be for Americans to lecture Mexico on its laws.

    It is obvious that President Calderon does not understand the nature of America or the purpose of our immigration law.

    Unlike Mexico’s immigration law — which is brutally exclusionary — the purpose of America’s law is not to keep people out. It is to assure that as people come to the United States, they do so with the intention of becoming Americans and of raising their children as Americans.

    Unlike Mexico, our nation embraces immigration and what makes that possible is assimilation.

    A century ago President Teddy Roosevelt put it this way. He said:

    “In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language … and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

    That is how we have built one great nation from the people of all the nations of the world.

    The largest group of immigrants now comes from Mexico. A recent RAND study discovered that during most of the 20th Century, while our immigration laws were actually enforced, assimilation worked and made possible the swift attainment of the American dream for millions of immigrants seeking to escape conditions in Mexico.

    That is the broader meaning of our nation’s motto, “E Pluribus Unum” – from many people, one people, the American people.

    But there is now an element in our political structure that seeks to undermine that concept of “E Pluribus Unum.” It seeks to hyphenate Americans, to develop linguistic divisions, to assign rights and preferences based on race and ethnicity, and to elevate devotion to foreign ideologies and traditions, while at the same time denigrating American culture, American values and American founding principles.

    In order to do so, they know that they have to stop the process of assimilation. In order to do that, they must undermine our immigration laws.

    It is an outrage that a foreign head of state would appear in this chamber and actively seek to do so. And it is a disgrace that he would be cheered on from the left wing of the White House and by many Democrats in this Congress.

    Arizona has not adopted a new immigration law. All it has done is to enforce existing law that President Obama refuses to enforce. It is hardly a radical policy to suggest that if an officer on a routine traffic stop encounters a driver with no driver’s license, no passport, and who doesn’t speak English, that maybe that individual might be here illegally.

    And to those who say we must reform our immigration laws – I reply that we don’t need to reform them – we need to enforce them. Just as every other government does. Just as Mexico does.

    Above all, this is a debate of, by and for the American people. If President Calderon wishes to participate in that debate, I invite him to obey our immigration laws, apply for citizenship, do what 600,000 LEGAL immigrants to our nation are doing right now, learn our history and our customs, and become an American. And then he will have every right to participate in that debate.

    Until then, I would politely invite him to have the courtesy while a guest of this Congress to abide by the fundamental rules of diplomacy between civilized nations not to meddle in each other’s domestic debates.

  38. NJ Gov. Christie has vetoed both pieces of legislation associated with reinstating the state’s ‘millionaire tax.’ There is a video of it at Gateway Pundit. Comments for the post are refreshing and this is my favorite:
    I just like the way he vetoes several bills with the same pen.

  39. HillaryforTexas
    May 21st, 2010 at 9:10 am
    his oil spill and BP is just blowing my mind. Why the heck does BP seem to be in total control of what is done, how it’s done, who has access, etc? That’s insane!

    It seems that when Sarah Palin revamped the oil leases in Alaska, one thing she did was to NOT rely on safety inspections done by the companies themselves or even the Feds who she knew were captured. She instituted local control, and required independent safety inspections by engineers etc chosen by Alaska, as part of the oil companies’ lease agreements. Don’t agree to let us inspect when we want using whom we want? No lease for you.
    &&&&&&&&

    The administration “dithered” away the first two weeks, and when they finally decided to get involved, it was to put on a PR show to deflect blame away from Obama having any responisibility for his “hands off approach”.

    This disaster, to my mind, is far worse than Katrina. And the incompetence let this fester.

    This is truly sad for the planet. I don’t even want to “score points” on Obama, even though he deserves it.

    But he does need to be called on this. The country will be seeing the affects, and will judge him accordingly. He’ll never again be allowed on a golf course. He’ll be hated now by the remaining 46%.

  40. This has been 100% predictable from the beginning. The Law of Momentum:

    i) weakness begets more weakness,

    ii) weakness begets aggressive opportunistic behavior by adversaries, and-

    iii) Obama is weak, our allies do not trust him, and our adversaries see him for the joke his is.
    —————————————–

    THE FRUITS OF WEAKNESS

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, center, with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, left, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (Vahid Salemi/associated Press)
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    By Charles Krauthammer
    Friday, May 21, 2010
    It is perfectly obvious that Iran’s latest uranium maneuver, brokered by Brazil and Turkey, is a ruse. Iran retains more than enough enriched uranium to make a bomb. And it continues enriching at an accelerated pace and to a greater purity (20 percent). Which is why the French foreign ministry immediately declared that the trumpeted temporary shipping of some Iranian uranium to Turkey will do nothing to halt Iran’s nuclear program.

    It will, however, make meaningful sanctions more difficult. America’s proposed Security Council resolution is already laughably weak — no blacklisting of Iran’s central bank, no sanctions against Iran’s oil and gas industry, no nonconsensual inspections on the high seas. Yet Turkey and Brazil — both current members of the Security Council — are so opposed to sanctions that they will not even discuss the resolution. And China will now have a new excuse to weaken it further.

    But the deeper meaning of the uranium-export stunt is the brazenness with which Brazil and Turkey gave cover to the mullahs’ nuclear ambitions and deliberately undermined U.S. efforts to curb Iran’s program.

    The real news is that already notorious photo: the president of Brazil, our largest ally in Latin America, and the prime minister of Turkey, for more than half a century the Muslim anchor of NATO, raising hands together with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the most virulently anti-American leader in the world.

    That picture — a defiant, triumphant take-that-Uncle-Sam — is a crushing verdict on the Obama foreign policy. It demonstrates how rising powers, traditional American allies, having watched this administration in action, have decided that there’s no cost in lining up with America’s enemies and no profit in lining up with a U.S. president given to apologies and appeasement.

    They’ve watched President Obama’s humiliating attempts to appease Iran, as every rejected overture is met with abjectly renewed U.S. negotiating offers. American acquiescence reached such a point that the president was late, hesitant and flaccid in expressing even rhetorical support for democracy demonstrators who were being brutally suppressed and whose call for regime change offered the potential for the most significant U.S. strategic advance in the region in 30 years.

    They’ve watched America acquiesce to Russia’s re-exerting sway over Eastern Europe, over Ukraine (pressured by Russia last month into extending for 25 years its lease of the Black Sea naval base at Sevastopol) and over Georgia (Russia’s de facto annexation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia is no longer an issue under the Obama “reset” policy).

    They’ve watched our appeasement of Syria, Iran’s agent in the Arab Levant — sending our ambassador back to Syria even as it tightens its grip on Lebanon, supplies Hezbollah with Scuds and intensifies its role as the pivot of the Iran-Hezbollah-Hamas alliance. The price for this ostentatious flouting of the United States and its interests? Ever more eager U.S. “engagement.”

    They’ve observed the administration’s gratuitous slap at Britain over the Falklands, its contemptuous treatment of Israel, its undercutting of the Czech Republic and Poland, and its indifference to Lebanon and Georgia. And in Latin America, they see not just U.S. passivity as Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez organizes his anti-American “Bolivarian” coalition while deepening military and commercial ties with Iran and Russia. They saw active U.S. support in Honduras for a pro-Chávez would-be dictator seeking unconstitutional powers in defiance of the democratic institutions of that country.

    This is not just an America in decline. This is an America in retreat — accepting, ratifying and declaring its decline, and inviting rising powers to fill the vacuum.

    Nor is this retreat by inadvertence. This is retreat by design and, indeed, on principle. It’s the perfect fulfillment of Obama’s adopted Third World narrative of American misdeeds, disrespect and domination from which he has come to redeem us and the world. Hence his foundational declaration at the U.N. General Assembly last September that “No one nation can or should try to dominate another nation” (guess who’s been the dominant nation for the last two decades?) and his dismissal of any “world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another.” (NATO? The West?)

    Given Obama’s policies and principles, Turkey and Brazil are acting rationally. Why not give cover to Ahmadinejad and his nuclear ambitions? As the United States retreats in the face of Iran, China, Russia and Venezuela, why not hedge your bets? There’s nothing to fear from Obama, and everything to gain by ingratiating yourself with America’s rising adversaries. After all, they actually believe in helping one’s friends and punishing one’s enemies.

    letters@charleskrauthammer.com

  41. DODD’S TOOTHLESS BILL IS LIKE HEALTH SCARE BILL: MERE WINDOW DRESSING AND A PHOTOP SIGNING CEREMONY

    nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/dodd_do_nothing_financial_reform_WBRtF8mqGDdVdjxv33iyBL

    Dodd’s do-nothing financial ‘reform’
    ============================

    Mark Calabria

    Wall Street is heaving a quiet sigh of relief: All Washington is going to give us for “financial reform” in the wake of the collapse of 2008 is a law based on Sen. Chris Dodd’s bill.

    That thin semblance of reform will let Congress and the Obama administration claim they brought Wall Street to heel. But by dodging all the hard issues, this “reform” makes it likely that the next crisis will put the last one to shame.

    Start with ending “too big to fail”: Despite Dodd’s floor statements (and improvements made at the request of Sen. Richard Shelby, the top Republican on Dodd’s committee), the bill actually fur ther enshrines the special and privileged status of our largest financial institutions. It squashes whatever hope there was of bringing back market discipline to our largest financial institutions — and guarantees ever-increasing concentration in our financial markets.

    Going forward, we are left with relying on only the discretionary wisdom of the same regulators who were asleep at the wheel last time. And though that crisis cost millions their jobs, the Dodd bill won’t see even one incompetent bureaucrat lose his.

    Yes, the Dodd bill eliminates the Office of Thrift Supervision — but it guarantees that all OTS employees will have jobs at the new bank regulator. How exactly is moving around boxes on the organizational chart going to prevent the next financial crisis? (Ironically, OTS was itself created in the “crackdown” after another Washington-sparked meltdown, the savings-and-loan crisis of the late ’80s.)

    Indeed, the real theme of the Dodd bill is: Give the bureaucrats more power and discretion, without any accountability. Its main achievement is to set up a new agency that will largely determine who, what and how it will regulate.

    But the bill itself doesn’t touch even blatant problems.

    For example, with almost universal recognition that banks lacked sufficient capital going into the financial crisis, it should be a “no-brainer” to fix our flawed regulation of bank capital — in other words, to prevent banks from borrowing 40 times as much as their assets, as Lehman Bros. was doing shortly before its collapse.

    Sorry, no: The Dodd bill simply proposes that its new “council of regulators” may recommend that the Federal Reserve impose more stringent standards. Yes, that’s may. The bill doesn’t even require regulators to change the current levels or framework for bank capital.

    Even where Dodd claims to be the toughest, on issues of consumer protection, he simply punts to the regulators and the trial bar. That is, he orders bureaucrats to do better — and makes it easier for lawyers to sue.

    The bill doesn’t even eliminate zero-down mortages — or any of the irresponsible lending products that plainly contributed to the crisis. Indeed, Dodd twice fought off floor amendments to require modest down payments.

    Perhaps most insulting is Dodd’s pretense that ordering up a “study” should count as addressing an issue. By my count, the bill requires the Government Accountability Office or the financial regulators to conduct no less than 28 separate studies.

    What’s Dodd’s solution to the failings of the credit-rating agencies? A study.

    His answer to the crisis in the auction-rate-securities and municipal-debt markets? A study. What to do about proprietary trading? A study. How about the flawed home-appraisal process that contributed to inflated housing prices? You got it, another study.

    The worst of all; How do we protect the taxpayer from further losses from Fannie and Freddie? One more study, of course — although Dodd has assured us that this one will be a “tough study.”

    Our system of financial regulation is an embarrassing mess. But rather than restructure it, the Senate bill doubles down on the flaws and weakness of that mess.

    It would be nice, just once, to see Congress make some hard choices and legislate — especially when the longterm health of America’s financial system is at issue.
    &&&&&&

    Mark A. Calabria is director of financial- regulation studies at the Cato Institute.

  42. JanH

    obama is now asking for daily updates on the oil spill.

    ——-
    Obama’s daily notes about the oil spill:

    Monday – oil is still flowing
    Tuesday – this isn’t my Katrina moment…
    Wednesday – when is lunch?
    Thursday – where are my golf clubs?
    Friday – is it the weekend yet?

  43. Whatever Germany does, the euro as we know it is dead
    Angela Merkel’s ban on short-selling is just a distraction from the horror to come.

    For Angela Merkel, leader of the eurozone’s richest country, a queue is forming of high-quality adversaries. As she tips German Geld und Gut into the furnace of a rescue package for the euro, while going it alone in a misguided ban on market “manipulators”, the brass-neck Chancellor has infuriated domestic voters, angered her EU partners (in particular the French) and invited the so-called wolf pack of global traders to do its worst.

    In one respect, Mrs Merkel is right: “The euro is in danger… if the euro fails, then Europe fails.” What she has not yet admitted publicly is that the main cause of the single currency’s peril appears beyond her control and therefore her impetuous response to its crisis of confidence is doomed to fail.

    The euro has many flaws, but its weakest link is Greece, whose fundamental problem is that for years it spent too much, earned too little and plugged the gap by borrowing in order to enjoy a rich man’s lifestyle. It flouted EU rules on the limits to budget deficits; its national accounts were a moussaka of minced statistics, topped with a cheesy sauce of jiggery-pokery.

    By any legitimate measure, Greece was unworthy of eurozone membership. That it achieved card-carrying status was down to the sleight-of-hand skills of its Brussels fixers and the acquiescence of central bank bean-counters. Now we know the truth, jet-hosing it with yet more debt makes no sense. Another dose of funny money will delay but not extinguish the need for austerity.

    This is why the euro, in its current form, is finished.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/jeffrandall/7746806/Whatever-Germany-does-the-euro-as-we-know-it-is-dead.html

  44. DITHERING AND INCOMPETENT

    Key quotes include:

    “The scientists point out that in the month since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, the government has failed to make public a single test result on water from the deep ocean. And the scientists say the administration has been too reluctant to demand an accurate analysis of how many gallons of oil are flowing into the sea from the gushing oil well.”

    “It seems baffling that we don’t know how much oil is being spilled,” Sylvia Earle, a famed oceanographer, said Wednesday on Capitol Hill. “It seems baffling that we don’t know where the oil is in the water column.”

    “Oceanographers have also criticized the Obama administration over its reluctance to force BP, the oil company responsible for the spill, to permit an accurate calculation of the flow rate from the undersea well. The company has refused to permit scientists to send equipment to the ocean floor that would establish the rate with high accuracy.”

    “Ian MacDonald of Florida State University, an oceanographer who was among the first to question the official estimate of 210,000 gallons a day, said he had come to the conclusion that the oil company was bent on obstructing any accurate calculation. “They want to hide the body,” he said.

    nytimes.com/2010/05/20/science/earth/20noaa.html

    Scientists Fault Lack of Studies Over Gulf Oil Spill
    By JUSTIN GILLIS
    Published: May 19, 2010

    Tensions between the Obama administration and the scientific community over the gulf oil spill are escalating, with prominent oceanographers accusing the government of failing to conduct an adequate scientific analysis of the damage and of allowing BP to obscure the spill’s true scope.

    The scientists assert that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other agencies have been slow to investigate the magnitude of the spill and the damage it is causing in the deep ocean. They are especially concerned about getting a better handle on problems that may be occurring from large plumes of oil droplets that appear to be spreading beneath the ocean surface.

    The scientists point out that in the month since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, the government has failed to make public a single test result on water from the deep ocean. And the scientists say the administration has been too reluctant to demand an accurate analysis of how many gallons of oil are flowing into the sea from the gushing oil well.

    “It seems baffling that we don’t know how much oil is being spilled,” Sylvia Earle, a famed oceanographer, said Wednesday on Capitol Hill. “It seems baffling that we don’t know where the oil is in the water column.”

    The administration acknowledges that its scientific resources are stretched by the disaster, but contends that it is moving to get better information, including a more complete picture of the underwater plumes.

    “We’re in the early stages of doing that, and we do not have a comprehensive understanding as of yet of where that oil is,” Jane Lubchenco, the NOAA administrator, told Congress on Wednesday. “But we are devoting all possible resources to understanding where the oil is and what its impact might be.”

    The administration has mounted a huge response to the spill, deploying 1,105 vessels to try to skim oil, burn it and block it from shorelines. As part of the effort, the federal government and the Gulf Coast states have begun an extensive effort to catalog any environmental damage to the coast. The Environmental Protection Agency is releasing results from water sampling near shore. In most places, save for parts of Louisiana, the contamination appears modest so far.

    The big scientific question now is what is happening in deeper water. While it is clear that water samples have been taken, the results have not been made public.

    Lisa P. Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, told Congress on Wednesday that she was pressing for the release of additional test results, including some samples taken by boats under contract to BP.

    While the total number of boats involved in the response is high, relatively few are involved in scientific assessment of the deep ocean.

    Of the 19 research vessels owned by NOAA, 5 are in the Gulf of Mexico and available for work on the spill, Dr. Lubchenco said, counting a newly commissioned boat. The flagship of the NOAA fleet, the research vessel Ronald H. Brown, was off the coast of Africa when the spill occurred on April 20, and according to NOAA tracking logs, it was not redirected until about May 11, three weeks after the disaster began. It is sailing toward the gulf.

    At least one vessel under contract to BP has collected samples from deep water, and so have a handful of university ships. NOAA is dropping instruments into the sea that should help give a better picture of conditions.

    On May 6, NOAA called attention to its role in financing the work of a small research ship called the Pelican, owned by a university consortium in Louisiana. But when scientists aboard that vessel reported over the weekend that they had discovered large plumes undersea that appeared to be made of oil droplets, NOAA criticized the results as premature and requiring further analysis.

    Rick Steiner, a marine biologist and a veteran of the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster, assailed NOAA in an interview, declaring that it had been derelict in analyzing conditions beneath the sea.

    Mr. Steiner said the likelihood of extensive undersea plumes of oil droplets should have been anticipated from the moment the spill began, given that such an effect from deepwater blowouts had been predicted in the scientific literature for more than a decade, and confirmed in a test off the coast of Norway. An extensive sampling program to map and characterize those plumes should have been put in place from the first days of the spill, he said.

    “A vast ecosystem is being exposed to contaminants right now, and nobody’s watching it,” Mr. Steiner said. “That seems to me like a catastrophic failure on the part of NOAA.”

    Mr. Steiner, long critical of offshore drilling, has fought past battles involving NOAA, including one in which he was stripped of a small university grant financed by the agency. He later resigned from the University of Alaska at Anchorage and now consults worldwide on oil-spill prevention and response.

    Oceanographers have also criticized the Obama administration over its reluctance to force BP, the oil company responsible for the spill, to permit an accurate calculation of the flow rate from the undersea well. The company has refused to permit scientists to send equipment to the ocean floor that would establish the rate with high accuracy.

    Ian MacDonald of Florida State University, an oceanographer who was among the first to question the official estimate of 210,000 gallons a day, said he had come to the conclusion that the oil company was bent on obstructing any accurate calculation. “They want to hide the body,” he said.

    Andrew Gowers, a spokesman for BP, said this was not correct. Given the complex operations going on at the sea floor to try to stop the flow, “introducing more equipment into the immediate vicinity would represent an unacceptable risk,” he said.

    Thad W. Allen, the Coast Guard admiral in charge of the response to the spill, said Wednesday evening that the government had decided to try to put equipment on the ocean floor to take accurate measurements. A technical team is at work devising a method, he said. “We are shoving pizzas under the door, and they are not coming out until they give us the answer,” he said.

    Scientists have long theorized that a shallow spill and a spill in the deep ocean — this one is a mile down — would behave quite differently. A 2003 report by the National Research Council predicted that the oil in a deepwater blowout could break into fine droplets, forming plumes of oil mixed with water that would not quickly rise to the surface.

    That prediction appeared to be confirmed Saturday when the researchers aboard the Pelican reported that they had detected immense plumes that they believed were made of oil particles. The results were not final, and came as a surprise to the government. They raise a major concern, that sea life in concentrated areas could be exposed to a heavy load of toxic materials as the plumes drift through the sea.

    Under scrutiny from NOAA, the researchers have retreated to their laboratories to finish their analysis.

    In an interview, Dr. Lubchenco said she was mobilizing every possible NOAA asset to get a more accurate picture of the environmental damage, and was even in the process of hiring fishing vessels to do some scientific work.

    “Our intention is to deploy every single thing we’ve got,” Dr. Lubchenco said. “If it’s not in the region, we’re bringing it there.”

  45. China sucks!!!!!!!!!!

    And Barry made sure to make the US beholding to these a$$wipes with our new ObamaDEBT!

    BEIJING — The authorities have identified a new threat to political stability in the restive region of Tibet: photocopiers. Fearful that Tibetans might mass-copy incendiary material, public security officials intend to more tightly control printing and photocopying shops, according to reports from the Tibetan capital, Lhasa.

    A regulation now in the works will require the operators of printing and photocopying shops to obtain a new permit from the government, the Lhasa Evening News reported this month. They will also be required to take down identifying information about their clients and the specific documents printed or copied, the newspaper said.

    A public security official in Lhasa, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the regulation “is being implemented right now,” but on a preliminary basis. The official hung up the phone without providing further details.

    Tibetan activists said the new controls were part of a broader effort to constrain Tibetan intellectuals after a March 2008 uprising that led to scores of deaths. Since the riots, more than 30 Tibetan writers, artists and other intellectuals have been detained for song lyrics, essays, telephone conversations and e-mail messages deemed to pose a threat to Chinese rule, according to a report issued this week by the International Campaign for Tibet, a human rights group based in Washington.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/21/world/asia/21tibet.html?ref=world

  46. The administration “dithered” away the first two weeks, and when they finally decided to get involved, it was to put on a PR show to deflect blame away from Obama having any responisibility for his “hands off approach”.
    ———————–
    Crisis Management 101
    Instructor: BHO who else
    Required Reading: Mad Magazine, Dreams of My Father

    1. Day 1: Obama is far too preoccupied with his bon vivante preoccupations to notice much less to care about the issue. His advisors, no wishing to interrupt his merriment, do not trouble him with it. (Note: sort of like when the allies launched D-Day and Field Marshall Keitel refused to wake Hitler and tell him about it).

    2. Day 3: some subordinate summons the courage to tell Axelrod that there is a problem. Whereupon Snidley Whiplash meets with the Emanuel, Jarrett, Gibbs and The One to break the bad news. Axelrod tells him oh master under your inspired leadership everything is beautiful. But as great as things are there are are small signs of trouble in paradise, and only through your intervention can the problem be solved. Obama is visibly irritated and takes off his party hat. What is the matter with you? Must I do all the thinking? Just pay someone off to make the problem go away, and don’t tell me about it.

    3. Day 5: FOX flames are licking at the Obama administration, as the crisis widens and deepens. His big media whores are unable to douse the fire with their usual lies, distractions and censorship. Therefore, the co-conspirators described above reconvene. Now Obama does the talking. I ordered you to take care of the problem. You failed and it is now a crisis. I should fire all four of you. Since I have no confidence in any of you at this point I will take charge of the situation personally–like I did on the faltering Israeli Palestianian negotiations, Iraq, China, North Korea, Brazil etc. What I always say is if you want something right you must do it yourself–and never forget to grease the right palms.

    4. Day 7: Obama takes charge, makes a telepromptered speech and Big Media calls it the greatest oratorical feat since the Funeral Oration of Pericles. Unfortunately, the crisis is smarter than a bot. It is unmoved by the power of his florid rhetoric. Whereupon the sociopathic side of Obama kicks in and he starts raving like Hitler in the Fuerher Bunker about unseen enemies, FOX News, Republicans and the Southern Redoubt etc. He tells the co-conspirators to find a way to blame this crisis on Bush, Republicans, Tea Parties, white people, ordinary Americans, and feed that story to AP and the rest of his big media whores. And when people ask why he dithered tell them that he is a law professor by training and predisposition. Consequently, he believes in studying a problem before he acts. He concludes by telling the co-conspirators if that does not work then I will have to go to Plan B. He then says now if you will excuse me my dinner guests are waiting

    7. Day 14: The Crisis consumes the public attention. Therefore, Obama calls Axelrod into his office, chases out his kids who are posing for Kennedy family look alike pictures for the front cover of Newsweek Magazine. When they are finally alone, he tells Axlerod I have tried everything else and nothing has worked. I need to get this monkey off my back so I can go (back) on vacation. It is time to implement Plan B. We can launch a pre-emptive attack, provoke a racial incident, execute a blackmail threat against one of my adversaries or something else that is painful to the target and to the country. And use the attack media to hammer the the big lie over and over and over again so it scares people and sinks in. Then they will forget about this crisis, and come running back to me. The more pain the better. Whereupon Axelrod comes to attention, salutes and tells Obama thank you. You have come to the right scumbag. Consider it done!

    Obama is too distacted by his bon vivante preoccupations to notice, then when he does notice they try to minimize it, i.e. you are in no danger because you have hot

    I will not tolerate

  47. Correction to the above.

    The administration “dithered” away the first two weeks, and when they finally decided to get involved, it was to put on a PR show to deflect blame away from Obama having any responisibility for his “hands off approach”.
    ———————–
    Crisis Management 101
    Instructor: BHO who else
    Required Reading: Mad Magazine, Dreams of My Father

    1. Day 1: Obama is far too preoccupied with his bon vivante life style to notice much less to care about the emerging crisis. His advisors are well aware of it, but do not wish to interrupt his merriment. So they do not trouble him with it on the assumption that given time it will go away. (Note: it is like when Field Marshall Keitel was afraid to wake Hitler and tell him about the Allied invasion on Obama Beach on D-Day).

    2. Day 3: an unnamed subordinate summons the courage to tell Axelrod that there is a problem. Whereupon Snidley Whiplash meets with the Emanuel, Jarrett, Gibbs and The One to break the bad news. Axelrod tells him oh master under your inspired leadership everything is beautiful. But as great as things are there are are small signs of trouble in paradise, and only through your intervention can the problem be solved. Obama is visibly irritated and takes off his party hat. What is the matter with you? Must I do all the thinking? Just pay someone off to make the problem go away, and don’t tell me about it. And for godsake minimize the problem. Tell the American People it is not a big deal, they have me now and the problem per force is under control. Also, tell them that these problems are best left to professionals (whom we can scapegoat later).

    3. Day 5: FOX flames are licking at the Obama administration, as the crisis widens and deepens. His big media whores are unable to douse the fire with their usual repertoire of lies, distractions and censorship. Therefore, the co-conspirators described above reconvene. Now Obama does the talking. I ordered you to take care of the problem. You failed and it is now a crisis. I should fire all four of you. Since I have no confidence ability to get the job done at this point I will take charge of the situation personally–like I did on the faltering Israeli Palestinian negotiations, Iraq, China, North Korea, Brazil etc. What I always say is if you want something right you must do it yourself–and never forget to grease the right palms.

    4. Day 7: Obama takes charge, makes a telepromptered speech and Big Media calls it the greatest oratorical feat since the Funeral Oration of Pericles. Unfortunately, the crisis is smarter than a bot. It is unmoved by the power of his florid rhetoric. Whereupon the sociopathic side of Obama kicks in and he starts raving like Hitler in the Fuerher Bunker about unseen enemies, FOX News, Republicans and the Southern Redoubt etc. He tells the co-conspirators to find a way to blame this crisis on Bush, Republicans, Tea Parties, white people, ordinary Americans. He instructs them to feed that story to AP and the rest of his big media whores. And when people ask why he dithered for so long before acting, tell them that he is a law professor consequently, he believes in studying a problem before he acts. He concludes by telling the co-conspirators if that does not work then I will have to go to Plan B. He then says now if you will excuse me my dinner guests are waiting

    7. Day 14: The Crisis consumes the public attention. Therefore, Obama calls Axelrod into his office, chases out his kids who are posing for Kennedy family look alike pictures for the front cover of Newsweek Magazine. When they are finally alone, he whispers to Axlerod I have tried everything else and nothing has worked. I need to get this monkey off my back so I can go (back) on vacation. It is time to implement Plan B. We can launch a pre-emptive attack, provoke a racial incident, execute a blackmail threat against one of my adversaries or something else that is painful to the target and to the country. And use the attack media to hammer home the the big lie with mechanical repetition so it sinks in. This will cause the American People to forget about this crisis, and come running back to me. Just remember: more pain the better. Whereupon Axelrod comes to attention, salutes and tells Obama thank you for your confidence in my Oh Great One. You have come to the right scumbag. Consider it done!

  48. Admin…I do not know how to do it tech wise, but please imbed that Obama rat photo…you just cannot make this stuff up…unless you are saving it for bigger things…it does deserve its own post…it says it all!

    yahoo.com/s/ap/20100520/ap_on_re_us/us_obama_rodent (with story)

    yahoo.com/nphotos/President-Barack-Obama/photo//100520/480/urn_publicid_ap_org3c64e8bfd6d442e38853b1509c1e94eb//s:/ap/20100520/ap_on_re_us/us_obama_rodent (the photo)

  49. Obama Finance Bill Will Allow Seizure of Companies
    Friday, 21 May 2010 02:38 PM Article Font Size
    By: Dick Morris & Eileen McGann

    President Barack Obama has taken the United States one more giant step towards socialism by ramming through the Senate his financial regulation bill.

    The bill authorizes the secretary of the Treasury — a political appointee — to seize any financial company (bank or nonbank) simply because, in his opinion, it is too big to fail and in danger of insolvency.

    This power can be used for political retribution, pressure for campaign funding, or any other abuse bureaucratic whim or partisan politics can conceive. It is a power Fidel Castro or Hugo Chavez would love to have!

    The legislation also requires that any business that extends credit, in any form, to clear the loan instrument in advance with the new consumer protection agency. The backlog of pending applications will strangle consumer credit.

    And the bill fails to do the one thing it must do — regulate derivatives and make them transparent. Senator Chris Dodd, D-Conn., bowed to pressure from his sponsors on Wall Street and deleted the regulatory provision and set up a commission to study the situation for two years!

    Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., protested the cop-out with a no vote against the legislation.

    So how did it pass?

    Four Republicans sold out, that´s how!

    Among the RINOs were, of course, Susan Collins and Olympia Snow of Maine. But, surprisingly, Scott Brown, R Mass., the newly elected Massachusetts miracle defected as did the normally stalwart Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.

    Now the federal government has effectively taken over about one-third of our national economy by passing Obamacare and regulatory reform in almost the same breath.

    Repealing this regulatory travesty must be high on our 2011 agenda!

  50. KICKING AZ.

    realclearpolitics.blogs.time.com/2010/05/21/az-gov-poll-brewer-gains-on-goddard/

    AZ Gov Poll: Brewer Gains On Goddard
    ===================

    Posted by Mike Memoli

    More evidence that the Arizona immigration law has been a short-term political winner for Gov. Jan Brewer (R). A new Rasmussen poll (500 LVs, 5/17, MoE +/- 4.5%) shows her opening up a double-digit lead over Attorney General Terry Goddard (D) in the general election. Worse for Democrats: Goddard also trails two of the other potential GOP candidates.

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    Democrats Poised for Heavy Senate Losses
    Wednesday, 19 May 2010 03:31 PM Article Font Size
    By: George Will

    The candidate who on Tuesday won the special election in a Pennsylvania congressional district is right-to-life and pro-gun. He accused his opponent of wanting heavier taxes. He said he would have voted against Barack Obama’s healthcare plan and promised to vote against cap-and-trade legislation, which is a tax increase supposedly somehow related to turning down the planet’s thermostat. This candidate, Mark Critz, is a Democrat.

    And that just about exhausts the good news for Democrats on a surreal Tuesday when their presumptive candidate for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut — the state’s attorney general, Richard Blumenthal — chose to hold a news conference at a Veterans of Foreign Wars hall to discuss why he had falsely said he fought in a foreign war. National Democrats may try to find a less damaged candidate for Connecticut, but first they may have to do that in Illinois.

    Their candidate to hold the Senate seat Obama held, Alexi Giannoulias, has a problem: The failure of the bank owned by his family — it made loans to Tony Rezko, the convicted developer who helped Obama with a 2006 property transaction — may cost taxpayers many millions. Proving his credentials as a disciple of the president, Giannoulias blamed the bank’s failure on George W. Bush.

    Illinois Democrats have already had to replace the colorful fellow they nominated for lieutenant governor. Five days after the primary, in a bar, during the Super Bowl, South Side pawnbroker Scott Lee Cohen wept as he bowed out beneath a cloud of controversies about a 2005 arrest for domestic battery against a former girlfriend — he was accused of holding a knife to her throat — and complaints of spousal abuse and revelations of steroid use.

    If Democrats lose Obama’s former seat, as they are almost certain to lose Joe Biden’s in Delaware, and as they may lose the Nevada seat currently held by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, they will achieve a negative hat trick in November, losing all three of the so-called “trophy contests.”

    Democrats and, not amazingly, many commentators say Republicans are the ones with the worries because they are nominating strange and extreme candidates. Their Exhibit A is Rand Paul, winner of Kentucky’s Republican primary for the U.S. Senate.

    Well. It may seem strange for a Republican to have opposed, as Paul did, the invasion of Iraq. But in the eighth year of that war, many Kentuckians may think he was strangely prescient. To some it may seem extreme to say, as Paul does, that although the invasion of Afghanistan was proper, our current mission there is “murky.” But many Kentuckians may think this is an extreme understatement.

    Recently Utah’s conservative three-term Sen. Robert Bennett was eliminated from contention for this year’s Senate nomination by two even more conservative candidates. Many Democrats and commentators who had not hitherto been histrionic about their high regard for Bennett mourned his loss as evidence that the Republican Party, the health of which they say concerns them greatly, is becoming unhealthy.

    One of the two Utah candidates, Mike Lee, a former law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito, has been in Washington espousing such strange aspirations as repeal of Obamacare and No Child Left Behind. He is extremely eager for the Supreme Court to stop construing the Constitution’s Commerce Clause as a license for Congress to do whatever it wants as long as it asserts that what it wants involves regulating interstate commerce. Lee and Rand Paul will get along.

    Paul is, of course, the son of Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and shares some, but not all, of the views of his father. Concerning whom: Ron Paul’s book “End the Fed,” which explains his animus against the central bank, has on its dust jacket just one blurb. It is a famous name but given a million guesses you would not hit upon it: Arlo Guthrie.

    He, too, is the son of a famous father — Woody Guthrie, the Depression-era composer and singer of leftist songs. Arlo’s libertarian leanings were already strong on Thanksgiving Day 1965 when he had a famous run-in with government in the form of Officer Obie in Stockbridge, Mass. The story — it had something to do with illegally dumping trash — is told in the song “Alice’s Restaurant.”

    More than four decades later, Arlo evidently decided he shares Ron Paul’s hot dislike for the subject of Paul’s book, the Federal Reserve Act of 1913. Has American politics ever been this entertaining?

  52. tim
    May 21st, 2010 at 9:26 pm
    Go Dr. Rand Paul. Just because the dims yet again using race baiting crap against him, I just donated to him right now and I plan on donating more to him. I am sick and tired of these damn dims calling everyone a racist!

    He rips apart George Sta-nose on ABC.

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/scott-whitlock/2010/05/21/rand-paul-rips-bias-george-stephanopoulos-your-talking-points-come-m
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    Thank
    you
    Tim

    Rand Paul is doing the very thing he should be doing. Instead of sitting there like a deer in the headlights and letting a snake like Stepanopolis nail him with a prepare script of of loaded questions which are designed to make him look bad and then fade to black, he counter attacks the little Greek for his bias and brushes aside his loaded questions. In other words, he takes away the Greek’s mantle of authority, presumptive neutrality and control of the witness. This exposes the hateful bias of the little Greek and throws the entire interview off its stride. This is what experts in crisis control teach their clients to do when dealing with a hostile media. For more on that subject I recommend the book Nail ‘Em by Eric Denzenhal. This is how we can all undermine big media and break its control over that aspect of the electoral process which they exercise so perversely.

  53. jtjames
    May 21st, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    —————–
    James Carville is biting his nails. He sees the writing on the wall.

  54. huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/21/obama-faces-new-wave-of-c_n_585620.html

    James Carville Takes On Obama On Oil Spill: He’s ‘Risking Everything’ With ‘Go Along With BP Strategy’

    video clip of James included

    Democratic strategist James Carville and MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews, two reliable supporters of President Barack Obama, have issued withering critiques of the administration’s handling of the Gulf oil spill.

    Carville, the famously outspoken Louisianian who was a chief political aide to Bill and Hillary Clinton, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Thursday that the administration’s response to the spill has been “lackadaisical” and that Obama was “naive” to trust BP to manage the massive clean-up effort.

    “I think they actually believe that BP has some kind of a good motivation here,” he said. “They’re naive! BP is trying to save money, save everything they can… They won’t tell us anything, and oddly enough, the government seems to be going along with it! Somebody has got to, like shake them and say, ‘These people don’t wish you well! They’re going to take you down!'”

    Carville also accused the White House of going along with what he called the “let BP handle it” strategy.

    “I’m as good a Democrat as most people, and I think this administration has done some good things. They are risking everything by this ‘go along with BP’ strategy they have that seems like, lackadaisical on this, and Doug is right, they seem like they’re inconvenienced by this, this is some giant thing getting in their way and somehow or another, if you let BP handle it, it’ll all go away. It’s not going away. It’s growing out there. It is a disaster of the first magnitude, and they’ve got to go to Plan B.”

    Likewise, Chris Matthews argued during a “Tonight Show” appearance that the President was to “acting a little like a Vatican Observer.”

    “The President scares me,” he said. “When is he actually going to do something? And I worry; I know he doesn’t want to take ownership of it. I know politics. He said the minute he says, ‘I’m in charge,’ he takes the blame, but somebody has to. It’s in our interest.”

    Story continues below
    The Obama administration has thus far avoided the political backlash that President George W. Bush faced in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, in part by comprehensively documenting its actions in the Gulf and staying on message (“Fully engaged since Day One…”).

    But crude oil has now been erupting into the Gulf of Mexico for over a month, and the sense that the Obama administration is treating the spill as an urgent national emergency has diminished even as the impact of the disaster has magnified. Not until yesterday, critics note, a full 30 days after the oil rig explosion, did federal officials establish a technical team to measure the full extent of the spill.

    Until now, the vast bulk of clean-up responsibilities have been left to BP, which isn’t much closer to capping the oil leak now than it was weeks ago. The oil has already affected nearly 50 miles of sensitive marshlands on the Louisiana coastline, according to estimates by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, and federal authorities have increased the no-fishing zone to 45,728 square miles in the Gulf of Mexico.

    BP has consistently downplayed the severity of the spill despite growing evidence that suggests otherwise, and their strategy to clean up the spill has involved the use of a toxic chemical dispersant that EPA officials warn may cause lasting damage to coastal ecosystems.

    The EPA has now given BP 24 hours to begin using a less toxic dispersant, but Carville says the government’s primary failure was trusting BP to handle the clean-up in the first place.

    “Right now I wouldn’t trust BP to do anything,” he said. “And nobody does”

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

    hey, what do they expect – O got the largest contribution from BP – he owes them…and besides, O is too busy golfing, “booging down” at the state dinner, welcoming sports teams…don’t bother him…he spends enough time playing president with his obligatory teleprompter speeches…rat or no rat…

  55. Scott Brown, R Mass

    I wonder how much he has sold out for, this is not his first vote that the Tea Party will make him pay for. We will remember

  56. #
    JanH
    May 21st, 2010 at

    James Carville is biting his nails. He sees the writing on the wall.
    ___________________

    That, he does! I wonder how long it will take for someone speaking Truth to Power suggesting Obama be removed from the oval office out of concern for the Security of the Nation? If eva-

  57. #
    gonzotx
    May 21st, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Scott Brown, R Mass

    I wonder how much he has sold out for, this is not his first vote that the Tea Party will make him pay for. We will remember
    _______________________

    Yup, I thought the same thing- that was fast… the system is now so corrupt, legislators have no reason for hiding the real reason for their election to office.. G-R-E-E-D.. Taking with both hands-

  58. Democrats discuss whether to do away with ‘superdelegates’

    By Sandhya Somashekhar
    Friday, May 21, 2010

    National Democrats began a formal debate Friday over whether to do away with “superdelegates,” a system that gives special voting rights to prominent party members and that came in for criticism during the 2008 primaries.

    Ordinary delegates must line up during the presidential nominating convention with the candidate who won their state. But about 850 party leaders — among them House members, senators, state governors and members of the Democratic National Committee — may cast their ballots for whomever they choose.

    These superdelegates, or unpledged delegates, acted as de facto tie-breakers in the close 2008 primary between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. The system was criticized by some because of the possibility that the superdelegates might tip the scale away from the nominee backed by a majority of Democratic voters.

    A panel, appointed by President Obama, has recommended largely doing away with the current system. Former superdelegates would retain some of their influence in that they would be allowed to abstain from the nomination vote.

    The proposal was greeted Friday with skepticism by many members of the DNC’s rules committee, all of whom are superdelegates themselves. Many said they would support reducing the number of superdelegates but were reluctant to endorse a change that could force some sitting lawmakers to have to vote against themselves, and some prominent activists to vote against their conscience.

    “Sen. Kennedy chose to come out for a candidate when his state was for another candidate,” said committee member Mame Reiley, a political consultant, referring to the late Sen. Edward Kennedy’s decision to back Obama. “I worry that we’re wanting leaders to follow instead of lead.”

    Reiley supported Clinton even though Virginia Democrats overwhelmingly backed Obama.

    Committee member Jeff Berman, a consultant and Obama ally, helped draft the proposal as part of the Democratic Party Change Commission.

    “It was designed to allow party leaders to go as they have, but also to keep the voters in control of the process in how we pick our nominee,” he said.

    DNC officials will make a formal decision later this year. Also under consideration is a proposal delaying the start of primary season in 2012, to avoid the jockeying that led Michigan and Florida to be temporarily stripped of their delegates two years ago.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/21/AR2010052105111.html

  59. The fruits of weakness

    By Charles Krauthammer
    Friday, May 21, 2010

    It is perfectly obvious that Iran’s latest uranium maneuver, brokered by Brazil and Turkey, is a ruse. Iran retains more than enough enriched uranium to make a bomb. And it continues enriching at an accelerated pace and to a greater purity (20 percent). Which is why the French foreign ministry immediately declared that the trumpeted temporary shipping of some Iranian uranium to Turkey will do nothing to halt Iran’s nuclear program.

    It will, however, make meaningful sanctions more difficult. America’s proposed Security Council resolution is already laughably weak — no blacklisting of Iran’s central bank, no sanctions against Iran’s oil and gas industry, no nonconsensual inspections on the high seas. Yet Turkey and Brazil — both current members of the Security Council — are so opposed to sanctions that they will not even discuss the resolution. And China will now have a new excuse to weaken it further.

    But the deeper meaning of the uranium-export stunt is the brazenness with which Brazil and Turkey gave cover to the mullahs’ nuclear ambitions and deliberately undermined U.S. efforts to curb Iran’s program.

    The real news is that already notorious photo: the president of Brazil, our largest ally in Latin America, and the prime minister of Turkey, for more than half a century the Muslim anchor of NATO, raising hands together with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the most virulently anti-American leader in the world.

    That picture — a defiant, triumphant take-that-Uncle-Sam — is a crushing verdict on the Obama foreign policy. It demonstrates how rising powers, traditional American allies, having watched this administration in action, have decided that there’s no cost in lining up with America’s enemies and no profit in lining up with a U.S. president given to apologies and appeasement.

    They’ve watched President Obama’s humiliating attempts to appease Iran, as every rejected overture is met with abjectly renewed U.S. negotiating offers. American acquiescence reached such a point that the president was late, hesitant and flaccid in expressing even rhetorical support for democracy demonstrators who were being brutally suppressed and whose call for regime change offered the potential for the most significant U.S. strategic advance in the region in 30 years.

    They’ve watched America acquiesce to Russia’s re-exerting sway over Eastern Europe, over Ukraine (pressured by Russia last month into extending for 25 years its lease of the Black Sea naval base at Sevastopol) and over Georgia (Russia’s de facto annexation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia is no longer an issue under the Obama “reset” policy).

    They’ve watched our appeasement of Syria, Iran’s agent in the Arab Levant — sending our ambassador back to Syria even as it tightens its grip on Lebanon, supplies Hezbollah with Scuds and intensifies its role as the pivot of the Iran-Hezbollah-Hamas alliance. The price for this ostentatious flouting of the United States and its interests? Ever more eager U.S. “engagement.”

    They’ve observed the administration’s gratuitous slap at Britain over the Falklands, its contemptuous treatment of Israel, its undercutting of the Czech Republic and Poland, and its indifference to Lebanon and Georgia. And in Latin America, they see not just U.S. passivity as Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez organizes his anti-American “Bolivarian” coalition while deepening military and commercial ties with Iran and Russia. They saw active U.S. support in Honduras for a pro-Chávez would-be dictator seeking unconstitutional powers in defiance of the democratic institutions of that country.

    This is not just an America in decline. This is an America in retreat — accepting, ratifying and declaring its decline, and inviting rising powers to fill the vacuum.

    Nor is this retreat by inadvertence. This is retreat by design and, indeed, on principle. It’s the perfect fulfillment of Obama’s adopted Third World narrative of American misdeeds, disrespect and domination from which he has come to redeem us and the world. Hence his foundational declaration at the U.N. General Assembly last September that “No one nation can or should try to dominate another nation” (guess who’s been the dominant nation for the last two decades?) and his dismissal of any “world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another.” (NATO? The West?)

    Given Obama’s policies and principles, Turkey and Brazil are acting rationally. Why not give cover to Ahmadinejad and his nuclear ambitions? As the United States retreats in the face of Iran, China, Russia and Venezuela, why not hedge your bets? There’s nothing to fear from Obama, and everything to gain by ingratiating yourself with America’s rising adversaries. After all, they actually believe in helping one’s friends and punishing one’s enemies.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/20/AR2010052003885.html

  60. “It was designed to allow party leaders to go as they have, but also to keep the voters in control of the process in how we pick our nominee,” he said.

    DNC officials will make a formal decision later this year. Also under consideration is a proposal delaying the start of primary season in 2012, to avoid the jockeying that led Michigan and Florida to be temporarily stripped of their delegates two years ago.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/21/AR2010052105111.html

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

    Voters — or kids who take over caucuses?

  61. turndownobama
    May 22nd, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Campbell Brown Quits CNN Amid Falling Ratings!!!
    &&&&&

    …and applies for a job, at the White House. She’ll be licking his balls, like she did during the campaign.

  62. hey, what do they expect – O got the largest contribution from BP – he owes them…and besides, O is too busy golfing, “booging down” at the state dinner, welcoming sports teams…don’t bother him…he spends enough time playing president with his obligatory teleprompter speeches…rat or no rat…
    ————————————-
    For Obama it always comes down to one thing: selling out. Big business pays him political contributions and in exchange for that he sells the interests of the people who were stupid enough to elect him and the rest of us as well. Quid-Pro-Quo. Not once, not twice, not even three times. Every freaking time the opportunity arises.

    He is the Monte Hall–or better yet the Monte Python of politics. As long as there is an Obama there will always be a Rezko standing next to him who is willing to stuff money down his pocket. When that crook goes to jail there will be another, and another, and another. The pattern is clear and unambiguous.

    On a related note, let us hope they find a suitable abode for the BP executives who cut corners and causes this debacle. The Federal Bureau of Prisons can find an address befitting their high station in life. The French Penal Colony at Devils Island Guyana would be one option. The weather is fine, but Cuban Cigars and Napoleon brandy are in short supply.

  63. Campbell Brown Quits CNN Amid Falling Ratings!!!

    http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2010/05/campbell-brown-quits-cnn-amid-falling-ratings
    ——————————–
    This is so sad. I would love to have my tonsils out, love to be on a burning ship at midnight, and love to listen to CB distort the news. Well, despite my feelings she is gone–fired by CNN only she wants to pretend it was her decision. It was one of those you can’t fire me because I quit scenarios.

    But CB takes it all in fine stride: “Shedding my own journalistic skin to try to inhabit the kind of persona that might co-exist in that line up is simply impossible for me,” Brown said.

    So first she tells us she was not fired and now she claims to have high standards and we should not believe our lying eyes. Put differently, the devil made her do it. In my view, if it comes down to a question of credibility and who to believe I would put my money on the Devil before make any wager on CB.

  64. turndown, That was an interesting post about the DNC considering disbanding the superdelegates and they don’t want to give up their power….well I guess not since it must of been a “windfall” profit for them to be bought off by Obama.
    I also say they tried to say that both Obama and Clinton had states that went against their delegates and supported the other candidate. It’s disgusting!

  65. All you guys gave me hell on here when I voted for Debra Medina…she is/was in Ron Paul’s campaign…she believes in the same things as Rand and Ron Paul do.

    I watched Beck destroy her on his show and this is exactly what they are now trying to do to Rand…I understand he has cancelled his “Meet the Press” and I’m glad of it. There are many things I don’t like about Rand, but what I do like is that he is not a main line dem or rethug.

    The republicans are trying to destroy him as much as the dems are. Very disgusting!

  66. Jan: the Krauthammer article is excellent. The following statement provides a lucid explanation as to why everything around us in the world is going to hell. Time to say good night to him Hillary. There is no good outcome here. None. There are three missing elements critical to success in any negotiation.

    1. knowledge of opponent–strategic interests trump Utopian rhetoric

    2. leverage–he has squandered it

    3. trust–no one believes him when he says he will do something

  67. Given Obama’s policies and principles, Turkey and Brazil are acting rationally. Why not give cover to Ahmadinejad and his nuclear ambitions? As the United States retreats in the face of Iran, China, Russia and Venezuela, why not hedge your bets? There’s nothing to fear from Obama, and everything to gain by ingratiating yourself with America’s rising adversaries. After all, they actually believe in helping one’s friends and punishing one’s enemies.

  68. Wbboei, If your still up, do you remember what the four divisions of the global governance are?

    I know that there is a North American Union, European Union and I can’t remember the other two, do you know??

  69. I was at the nursing home tonight visiting people I know and one of them gave me this letter which she was fixing to tear up. It is from The Fraud Obama and it is designed to rally the troops and raise money in preparation for November. This letter explains why the big push was made to get health care deform immediately. He wanted to campaign on it. But if that is the case then everything is upside down. Rather than campaigning so he can govern, he is governing so he can campaign. Inevitably this will lead to bad policy and no cost control. Just listen to this shit:
    ————————————————–
    1. “Dear Friend”,

    (Q-0: are you quite sure that you do not have me confused with someone else. We may be many things to each other but friends we are definitely not.)

    2. “I want to personally thank you for your friendship, support and commitment during our HISTORY MAKING CAMPAIGN to IMPROVE HEALTH CARE FOR EVERY AMERICAN.”

    (Q-1: do you really believe that we improved health care for every seniors when we take 1/2 trillion out of medicaid?)

    3. “SEVEN (7) PRESIDENTS HAVE TRIED–AND FAILED despite best efforts TO PASS HEALTH CARE to pass health care reform.

    (Q-3: surely you are not suggesting that there is any comparison between the universal health care proposal Hillary worked on which was intended to benefit the American People over Insurance companies, and your Rezko style deal which is intended to do the very reverse by benefiting insurance companies over the American People? Your statement is a devil’s lie.)

    4. “Because of you WE PREVAILED OVER THE SPECIAL INTERESTS WHO MARSHALLED VAST RESOURCES TO PROTECT THE STATUS QUO.”

    (Q-4: What have you been smoking? Crack cocaine which you merely tried before–or so you say? Do you really believe that we have forgotten about the secret meetings you held in the White House with Big Pharma representative Billy Tauzin who extaced a commitment from your Rezko loving ass to keep out Canadian prescription drugs which would be a huge benefit to seniors but would cut into their profits? If those are the special interests you are referring to then far from fighting them you rolled over for them. And you told us that the program would cut medical costs but we now know that too was a lie. Correct?

    5. “Now I am continuing on your support to keep our country moving in the right direction”.

    (Q-5: praytell which direction might that be . . . over the financial cliff perhaps?)

    6. “The stakes are too high to cede the progress we have made to those who want to take America back to the failed policies of the past.”

    Q-6: which policies are you referring to? Fiscal responsibility? Granted that was never his strong suit since he had difficulty with basic math. Besides, you can be reasonably certain that Bush will not be the candidate in 2012 so stop trying to bamboozle us. Or perhaps you mean respect in the world? In the past, our foreign policy had its ups and dows but we were never the locking stock we have become since you took office. So don’t try to bullshit a bullshitter.

    7. “As we look forward to the elections THIS FALL, we have an incredible opportunity to RECONNECT WITH THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO GOT INVOLVED IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2008.

    Q-7: I assume you are referring to young people who were politically naive, and desperate enough to vote for you? Well in that case, you need to understand that many of those people are disillusioned at this point because you have continued the military policies of the Bush who they love to hate while refusing to deliver the hope and change you promised. Also, i
    in 2008 you were an unknown commodity so people were willing to believe. Today however you are a known commodity and baby the bloom is off the rose, i.e. twice as many people strongly oppose your policies than strongly favor them.

    8. “In doing so we have a chance to elect Democrats who will help us deliver the change, hope and prosperity for this generation and the next”.

    You have failed to deliver anything remotely resembling hope and change. You were put there strictly to serve the elite interests and that is all you have ever done. But this prosperity thing–that is new. It begs the obvious question what do you mean by prosperity? If you mean the national debt then that has gone up significantly during your term. If you mean the budge deficit, which is nearly four times what Bush had then I fail to see how you can make his case. Huge debt and massive deficits are antithetical to the prosperity he speaks of but is fully prepared to destroy through his ignorant policies.

    9. “The road ahead will be difficult because some are more interested in gridlock than in addressing our greatest challengs”

    Q-9. You seem to think Gridlock is bad. Whatever problems may arise as a result with gridlock are as nothing compared to the far greater harm which emanates from the passage of bad legislation. Health care deform bill is a perfect example. Shame on you for trying to pass this thing off as if it was something great.

    10.”But working together we can prove the nayesayers wrong again”.

    Q-10: why would we want to do that?

    11. “You are a true leader in the Democratic Party and I am grateful for your friendship and support.”

    Q-11. What more can I say without repeating myself.

  70. I understand that Hillary is in China this morning attending the expo, which I think she was instrumental in getting the USA to be represented in this “world’s fair”. This would have been the first time that America would not have been represented in this historic fair. She is amazing! Incidently I had the opportunity to go to it when it was in San Antonio, Texas in 1968. I remember the space needle in Seattle, I wonder if it is still there??

  71. I also had a question for those that know Hillary’s history like the back of their hand…Was she ever interested in a healthcare program called “care”? I had a young lady tell me that Hillary was instrumental in getting a licensing requirement for radiologic technologists…not sure if this person was correct because this is the first I have ever heard of this??? Anyone know??

  72. May 21, 2010

    Hundreds of officials accompany Clinton to China

    May 21st, 2010

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is leading a delegation of more than 200 officials to China.
    Washington (CNN) – China is a country of big numbers. More than 1 billion people live there. The Great Wall, at its longest, was more than 6,000 miles long. So maybe it is no surprise that it takes a big delegation to meet the Chinese.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is leading a delegation of more than 200 officials from the Obama administration to China for next week’s Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

    Maybe it pales in comparison to China’s population, but in the diplomatic world, that’s big. Assistant Secretary for East Asia Kurt Campbell called it one of the largest groups of Cabinet and sub-Cabinet officials from the United States ever to visit China. The group includes “virtually all elements of the U.S. government,” Campbell said.

    Practically every agency of the U.S. government is represented, including administration heavyweights like as Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Christina Romer, chairwoman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers. Key players from the Pentagon and U.S. Pacific Command will also be there.

    The meeting is a follow-up to the first Strategic and Economic Dialogue established by President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao in April 2009 in Washington, where the Chinese delegation was just as large. But this year, the U.S. faces a stronger China, whose political and economic stature has grown in the wake of the global economic crisis.

    There is no shortage of issues for Clinton to talk about on the “strategic” front with her Chinese hosts, whose delegation is led by Vice Premier Wang Qishan and State Counselor Dai Bingguo.

    The U.S. hopes that China will support a U.N. Security Council resolution imposing tough sanctions against Iran and work harder to reign in North Korea after a South Korean investigation found that a North Korean torpedo sank one of its warships. The U.S. is also concerned about China’s censorship of the internet. The situation in Afghanistan will also be high on the agenda, as China is a major donor there.

    The Chinese have plenty of their own complaints, including Obama’s recent meeting with the Dalai Lama and U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, which infuriated Beijing to the point of threatening sanctions against U.S. companies taking part in the arms package.

    The “economic” part of the dialogue, however, is even thornier. The U.S. wants China to provide more access to its markets for American exports and allow its currency, the yuan, to appreciate. With the economic crisis in Greece spreading to other countries in Europe and sinking the euro, China is likely to argue that now is not the time.

    Because the U.S. and China are at odds at so many of these issues, there is the potential for the meeting to become contentious. However, with the tensions on the Korean peninsula threatening stability in Asia and with Europe’s recent financial turmoil likely to spread, these two important political and economic powers can ill afford to let their differences stop them from cooperating on the world’s most vexing issues.

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/05/21/hundreds-of-officials-accompany-clinton-to-china/?fbid=rKGBUI3uKij

  73. OK, so HRC has stood up and said there would be repercussions for the incident that North Korea caused.

    O says he is really mad at the testimony of the BP etc behavior at the Congressional hearing.

    What a contrast. Gibbs says that O has been watching the situation, and has not responded too little too late. Yet it was Congress that demanded the photos of the flow. All O had done is said he is mad as hell. SO WHAT. That is not the same as saying there will be repercussions to another foreign country. Oh, I forgot, he has set up a committee to study the situation.

    He just does not have it.

  74. Re: Andrew Cuomo running for governor of NY

    Cuomo says he will combat the nation’s highest local property taxes and reduce government by 20 percent, and will enlist former Vice President Al Gore to do it.

    and a direct quote from Andrew…

    “In my opinion, politicians of both parties, Democrats and Republicans, share the blame”.

    Me: Hardy har har. High tax Democrats and their union buddies destroyed New York. Weak Republicans a la Arnold Schwarzeneger played along, but the blame falls more squarely on the Democratic party since they are so dominate in NY politics. I do not trust another politician of a prominent political family to fix anything anuwhere. These politicians are too immersed in the political connections and their corresponding corruption that have been created during a lifetime of politics.

  75. nomobama:

    I see the dimocrats have figured out their strategy, run as conservatives. Yea, like that is going to work. Cuomo is another idiot who will say anything to get elected.

    So, is he really going to cut union’s pensions? is he really going to stand up against Deathcare? Hell No.
    And he is going to get help from Al Gore???? HA HA.

    Tim Burns ran as a republican, while Critz ran as a conservative, that’s why Critz won.

    If the NY voters fall for Cuomo’s lies, I fear this country is so deep in trouble, we should all just brace ourselves for the impending depression and world of hurt headed our way when the rest of America gets woken up with a huge jolt.

  76. I do not think they will eliminate superdelegates despite this proposal. When this proposal was first announced the traitors who hate our county and support Obama saw this group as a pocket of resistance to his rise to power and to their nefarious schemes. Therefore they wanted them eliminated and to that end they put forth the hypocritical argument that to concentrate so much power in so few people was anti-democratic. Trust me, that was the first time and the last that these villains ever worried about being democratic Since that time however the AIDS virus of Obama has infected their ranks to the point that now they are nothing more than an amen corner for everything he does to destroy our country. People like Jim Webb, once thought to be national heroes, have totally capitulated. For him–a supposed man of the middle class to consistently cast votes in favor of the elites and against the American People on such diverse issues as health care deform, financial industry deform and the like is symptomatic of the disease which is now epidemic in the Democratic ranks. At this point, the chances that a democratic candidate who says he will run against Washington will do so when he gets there is absolute zero. And besides the terminal disease Obama infects all corners of the Democratic Party now and there is no pocket of resistance. That is why the only good democrat is a retired democrat. As long as they are in charge there is no hope for the country, any more than there would be if the Bush crowd were still in charge.

  77. wbboei –

    I got a survey (and a begging for donation)from the DNC & DCCC on Friday.

    If its alright I am going to be using your line (slightly amended) on that survey:

    “That is why the only good democrat is a retired AND/OR DEFEATED democrat”

  78. Too funny. And yes, this is definitely without the context intended. From home page of foxnews.com:
    Obama tells graduating West Point cadets, who may end up fighting in Afghanistan, not to bow

  79. I am a little surprised that Rand Paul would accept invitations to go on ABC and NBC. It displays a lack of sophistication bordering on naivetee on the part of his staff as to who owns their networks, what their narrative is, and how they would attempt to ambush him on camera if he went on their shows. I have seen clips of the Hispanic lady who appears on one of those morning shows practicing her script off camera and there is nothing spontaneous going on. At this point, and having seen everything we have seen if we were paying attention to the process, it is patently obvious that these talk show hosts are simply controlled beasts who nothing more than mouthpieces for a corporate party line which is 100% invested in the political survival of a sociopath who is destroying our country. And, no one in their ranks, Tom Brokaw included is willing to defend the standards of their profession, other than the small number of journalists we have singled out for favorable comment.

  80. wbboei
    May 22nd, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I am a little surprised that Rand Paul would accept invitations to go on ABC and NBC. It displays a lack of sophistication bordering on naivetee on the part of his staff as to who owns their networks, what their narrative is, and how they would attempt to ambush him on camera if he went on their shows.

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

    I wondered the same thing about the handling of Palin in the 2008 campaign. Seems like the staff would have known better, would have made her first interview with Fox instead of with Gibson. She even wanted to stop the Couric interview but McCain’s staff made her continue.

  81. “She even wanted to stop the Couric interview but McCain’s staff made her continue.”

    Mccain’s staff didn’t seem to realise (or pay attention) that considering how Hillary was treated during the primaries, what the hell did they think would happen to Palin?

    Fortunately, Palin has learned her lesson, and it seems so has Dr. Rand Paul, and fortunately Paul has learned it quickly, frankly I don’t even understand why he is going on these lame shows, he didn’t during the primaries, and after all he needs KY votes not the lamestream media’s votes. He need to stay aways from all these O-media fools.

  82. I have a problem witrh Rand Paul and moreso his daddy. Ithink someof their views are way out there.

  83. Addendum to holdthemaccountable May 22nd, 2010 at 12:20 pm
    Too funny. And yes, this is definitely without the context intended. From home page of foxnews.com:
    Obama tells graduating West Point cadets, who may end up fighting in Afghanistan, not to bow
    ——————–
    Here’s the full statement from Fox: Obama tells graduating West Point cadets, who may end up fighting in Afghanistan, not to bow to threats from Al Qaeda that ‘will not go away soon.’
    It no longer strikes me as humorous that this particular CIC could even suggest the troops of this land might consider bowing to an enemy, particularly because in all probability, it will be he who bows to the enemy after our soldiers have fought the good fight.

  84. I wondered the same thing about the handling of Palin in the 2008 campaign. Seems like the staff would have known better, would have made her first interview with Fox instead of with Gibson. She even wanted to stop the Couric interview but McCain’s staff made her continue.
    ———————–
    Absolutely right turndown. It aint rocket science but they have a hard time understanding that if you go unarmed into a hostile camp you are asking for big trouble. Even if you are quick on your feet which most people are not they structure those interviews in such a way as to make the guest whose politics they do not like look stupid. If you have to go on there–and clearly they do not because as you point out then the best you can hope for is to do as Rand did to the little greek, which produced a draw.

    But here is the finer point. The blatant partisanship of big media acts like Gresham’s Law where the bad money drives out the good. Thus, it drives off the reasonable segment of the audience. The hard core group left behind will never accept what Rand Paul has to say even if he manages to get past the talking head gatekeepers unscathed. So what is the point of going on their comedy hour productions in the first place?

  85. For me this whole discussion calls up ghosts. Many years ago, the congressional friend I have spoken about here before was contacted by Sixty Minutes to go on their show. She was something of a lightening rod on the right side of the aisle so the trap they were laying for her at the time was obvious. Nevertheless she was so sure of herself that she did not see the perils most of us did. Also, she was something of a crusader for small government, states rights and the constitution so she assumed she could get enough of those points across to justify the risk. I told her I was sure she could get her points across. The only problem was they would ambush her with a prepared script and leave the best parts of the interview on the cutting room floor. Her staff knew this but were afraid to tell her because they did not want to disappoint her. Thus, they relied on me to tell her what she needed to hear. When I delivered that advice I was not sure she bought it. But whether for that reason or some other she politely declined their interview. Then as now there are other ways to get the world out.

  86. She even wanted to stop the Couric interview but McCain’s staff made her continue.”
    ———————————–
    That staff . . . . . . left a lot to be desired.

  87. Kevin Costner Donating Money To Stop Gulf Oil Spill

    By Ian Ritz
    May 20, 2010

    Kevin Costner announced that he will assist teams working to clean up the BP oil spill with a device he paid to develop with professional engineers.

    The oil spill is still leaking alarming amounts of crude oil around the clock, adding to the hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil already in the ocean.

    Kevin Costner is stepping up to the plate as the first big celebrity to take a public interest in what could be one of the largest oil spills in US History. The BP oil spill was started by a Transocean oil rig explosion on April 20th. The following day the BP contracted rig sank and began gushing thousands of gallons of oil into the ocean and still has not stopped.

    Kevin Costner has invested in a device that can remove 97 percent of oil from tainted sea water and would like to implement his device in the cleanup efforts, reported treehugger.com.

    Costner has been contributing to the project for over than ten years, spending $24 million of his own money to find a solution for rescue teams working against oil spills.

    The Academy Award-winning actor first took an interest in oil clean up after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989. The Exxon oil spill was estimated to have released more than ten million gallons of oil near Alaska, damaging wild life and nearby beaches, reported the New York Times.

    “Kevin saw the Exxon Valdez spill, and as a fisherman and an environmentalist, it just stuck in his craw, the fact that we didn’t have separation technology,” said Costner’s lawyer John Houghtaling to the New York Times.

    The issue clean-up teams are facing in the Gulf Of Mexico is a lack of awareness surrounding the location of the actual broken pipe. With the oil being so thick, cleanup crews cannot see the location of the leak. With extra funding and Costner’s new device, clean-up teams will have more technology to work with to find the source of the oil. No official reports have been made regarding the effectiveness of Costner’s machine on a large scale.

    http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/35866/

  88. May 22, 2010

    Clinton Sees U.S. Pavilion at China Expo

    By MARK LANDLER

    SHANGHAI — By all accounts, the United States would have been a no-show at the Shanghai Expo had Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton not opened her Rolodex and raised about $60 million in private cash to finance a pavilion here. So it seemed fair that Mrs. Clinton got a rousing cheer from a group of Chinese children when she visited the building on Saturday.

    But the house that Hillary built is unmistakably the house that corporate America paid for.

    After touring the pavilion — with its Citibank- and Pfizer-sponsored theaters, gauzy eight-minute videos featuring representatives from Chevron, General Electric, and Johnson & Johnson, environmentally friendly features sponsored by Alcoa, and a gift shop with licensed merchandise from Disney — Mrs. Clinton seemed less inspired than relieved that the project was done.

    “It’s fine,” she said to a reporter asking her what she thought of the pavilion. “Can you imagine if we had not been here?”

    With its gunmetal-gray walls and convention-center aesthetics, the pavilion hardly stands out in a fairground studded by beguiling structures like Britain’s Seed Cathedral, a cube with 60,000 sprouting transparent rods that make it look like a dandelion ready to be scattered to the winds.

    Still, the American organizers say the pavilion has drawn long lines and 700,000 visitors since the Expo opened May 1, which attests either to the enduring attraction of the United States or the wisdom of Woody Allen’s observation that 80 percent of success is showing up.

    For Mrs. Clinton, scratching together the money for the project was a simple matter of avoiding a diplomatic snub. The Chinese government spent $45 billion buffing up this glamorous but gritty metropolis to play host to a world’s fair, and it is treating the six-month-long event with almost the same importance it attached to the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

    America’s participation was in jeopardy because Congress restricts the spending of public money on world’s fairs, and under the Bush administration, the project had virtually no private financing. On Mrs. Clinton’s first visit as secretary of state last year, Chinese officials implored her to do something.

    “It’s like a coming-out party for countries and cities,” Mrs. Clinton said, referring to world’s fairs of the last century in Chicago and St. Louis. “There’s a real historical significance to this.”

    To avoid violating federal rules, Mrs. Clinton assigned most of the one-on-one fund-raising to two longtime Clinton fund-raisers: Elizabeth F. Bagley and Jose H. Villarreal, both of whom were on hand.

    As she walked in this morning, Mrs. Clinton greeted Indra K. Nooyi, the chief executive of PepsiCo, and senior executives from Chevron, Johnson & Johnson, and General Electric, each of which kicked in $5 million. She met major sponsors again at a dinner on Saturday night.

    Mrs. Clinton also toured China’s pavilion, a monumental deep-red building with a traditional Chinese inverted roof. “It would have to be very big to fit all the provinces of China in it,” she told Shanghai’s mayor, Han Zheng, who thanked her for making sure the United States had a presence.

    Nearly 200 countries are represented at the Expo, which stretches along both banks of the Huangpu River. Two countries branded as rogue nations, Iran and North Korea, are conveniently located next to each other.

    Among the North Korean attractions is a video of a rocket launching intercut with pictures of children in a classroom.

    Iran has gathered examples of its technology, including a primitive satellite and a stuffed goat, which was identified as the country’s first cloned goat. “Only a few countries such as the U.S., U.K., Canada, and China have a cloned goat in their list of achievements,” a placard said.

    Neither country made any mention of its nuclear program, which in both cases is fueling tension with their neighbors and the United States. But then, the U.S.A. Pavilion does not mention the American political system, the Constitution or the founding fathers.

    Instead, visitors are treated to a video of Americans struggling to speak Chinese, testimonials about sustainable energy, water conservation, and family values — each presented by a corporate sponsor with interest in those areas — followed by a video about a young girl planting a garden in a garbage-strewn lot. At one point, the seats shake and the audience is sprayed with mist.

    The highlight at the pavilion is 70 student ambassadors, drawn from universities around the United States, who speak fluent Mandarin, and entertain the long lines of visitors.

    Franklin L. Lavin, a former American ambassador to Singapore who is the chairman of the pavilion’s steering committee, said the organizers stayed clear of messages about free speech or democratic institutions in favor of the simple virtues of civic-mindedness.

    “We wanted to talk about what works in American society, not what doesn’t work in other societies,” Mr. Lavin said.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/23/world/asia/23diplo.html?pagewanted=print

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