Hooray For Sarah Palin – BO BP Edition

Chris Matthews appeared on the Jay Leno show last week and droned on and on about former Vice President Dick Cheney and his connections to Halliburton and Big Oil. Only after insulting a woman guest did “tingles” bother to address the inaction of the current occupant of the White House.

In December 2007 we briefly mentioned Obama’s British Petroleum (BP) connections. We directly addressed the issue of Obama’s BP connections in our recent Obama Crude article. From the day 1 when Obama oozed out of the Chicago swamps BP was right by his side. But Big Media continues to protect Barack Obama on his connections to BP and Big Oil.

Hillary Clinton supporters remember the “transparency and accountability” debates well.



It is odd to us that the only public figure that will discuss Obama’s Big Oil connections is Sarah Palin. Governor Palin has yet to explicitly mention Obama’s BP political aides, the ones we wrote about in 2007, but she might get there.

“Right-wing darling Sarah Palin accused US President Barack Obama on Sunday of leading a lax response to the Gulf of Mexico spill because he is too close to the big oil companies.

The former vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor, who champions off-shore drilling, criticized the media for not drawing the link between Obama and big oil and said if this spill had happened under former Republican president George W. Bush the scrutiny would have been far tougher.

“I don’t know why the question isn’t asked by the mainstream media and by others if there’s any connection with the contributions made to president Obama and his administration and the support by the oil companies to the administration,” she told Fox News Sunday.

More than 3.5 million dollars has been given to candidates by BP over the last 20 years, with the largest single donation, 77,051 dollars, going to Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.”

Hillary Supporters know if this spill had happened under a President Clinton I or II, Big Media and DailyKooks would be on attack. The lobbyist connections and the political aides from BP would be under 24 hour home watch. But for Obama and BP only protection:

“Palin suggested this close relationship explained why Obama was, “taking so doggone long to get in there, to dive in there, and grasp the complexity and the potential tragedy that we are seeing here in the Gulf of Mexico.”

The BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on April 20, killing 11 workers, and sank two days later. Ever since, hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil, perhaps millions, have been spewing each day into the sea.

The resulting slick, now the size of a small country, threatens to leave Louisiana’s fishing and coastal tourism industries in tatters, ruin pristine nature reserves, and cause decades of harm to the ecology of fragile marshes that are a haven for rare wildlife and migratory birds.[snip]

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs mocked Palin’s suggestions that Obama was somehow in bed with big oil because of 2008 presidential campaign contributions.

“Sarah Palin was involved in that election, but I don’t think, apparently, was paying a whole lot of attention,” Gibbs said.

“I’m almost sure that the oil companies don’t consider the Obama administration a huge ally. We proposed a windfall profits tax when they jacked their oil prices up to charge for gasoline.

“My suggestion to Sarah Palin would be to get slightly more informed as to what’s going on in and around oil drilling in this country.”

It is no coincidence that the Obama thug attack against Sarah Palin is exactly the same as the Chis Matthews attack line on the Jay Leno show. The attack is to denounce as an ‘airhead’ the woman who makes a truthful critique. To great guffaws and a Jay Leno high-five, Chris Matthews attacked a woman (Chelsea Handler) when she lightly mocked Matthews’ fast talk. “You know my dear, you’re beautiful, but if you concentrate, you can keep up” sneered Matthews. Chelsea Handler was right that Matthews was fast talking so she got called an airhead by Matthews.



Perhaps the “tingles” from Big Media should worry more about BO BP than Cheney and Halliburton, now that the BO BP crowd are in charge.

Sarah Palin is right when she notes the BO BP connections so Palin is called an airhead by Obama thug Gibbs.

We note that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is not called an airhead when he denounces the Obama inaction in the Gulf. So frustrated is Governor Jindal that he is taking a page from the Arizona Governor Jan Brewer playbook:

“Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said the state will not waiting for federal approval to begin building sand barriers to protect the coastline from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Oil has pushed at least 12 miles into Louisiana’s marshes, with two major pelican rookeries awash in crude.

Gov. Jindal was critical of the amount of boom his state received to ward off the oil seeping toward the coastline. But his major gripe comes at the expense of the Army Corps of Engineers, who have yet to give the go-ahead for the building of sand booms to protect the Louisiana wetlands. He used photographic evidence of oil breaking through hard booms, soft booms and another layer of protection, before being finally being corralled by a sand boom built by the National Guard.

“It is so much better for us. We don’t want oil on one inch of Louisiana’s coastline, but we’d much rather fight this oil off of a hard coast, off of an island, off of an island, off of a sandy beach on our coastal islands, rather than having to fight it inside in these wetlands,” Gov. Jindal said, making the case for sand booms.

The governor said he has been forced to protect Louisiana without the approval of the Army Corps of Engineers, which is weighing the ecological impact of the construction of more sand booms.

We are not waiting for them. We are going to build it,” Jindal said.

“We can either fight battle — we can fight this oil — on the Barrier Islands 15 to 20 miles off of our coast, or we can face it in thousands of miles of fragmented wetlands,” Gov. Jindal said, clearing favoring the first option. “Every day we’re not given approval on this emergency permit to create more of these sand booms is another day when that choice is made for us, as more and more miles of our shore are hit by oil.”

The oil spill, which has lasted 33 days since the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, has yet to be stopped by British Petroleum at the source. The situation is dire for Gulf coast states.

It is clear the resources needed to protect our coast are still not here,” Gov. Jindal said. “Oil sits and waits for cleanup, and every day that it waits for cleanup more of our marsh dies.”

Jindal, like Palin and Brewer is telling the truth. Sarah Palin is telling the truth by pointing out Obama’s ties to Big Oil. Perhaps some other truth telling will be heard soon. We’ll discuss some of our favorite questions tomorrow.

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94 thoughts on “Hooray For Sarah Palin – BO BP Edition

  1. I guess Obama is getting off his ass now…since Jindal has taken the bull by the horns and is going to dredge without permission of the Army Corp of Engineers…this would make Obama look bad…Jindal has balls and Obama doesn’t.

    Its all politics to hell with the Gulf of Mexico…the next election is more important.

    Great Article Admin!

  2. Jindal had a promising future until his horrid response to bambi’s SOU address…maybe he can redeem himself.

  3. JanH, as per your last post…how the heck do all these people pull their ambassadors when Obama himself has ordered and catch/kill on an American citizen???

    Hypocrisy, you got that right.

    Sometimes I wonder if the whole world now is owned by the muslims because it seems we can’t step on their toes at all.

  4. I am watching FOx with Shepherd Smith…he is from the gulf coast so he’s is sooo pist. He has Axelrove on and Shepherd is making him squirm.

    admin: Looks like dear Sarah has put her boot on Obama’s neck. He decided he better give us some real news. LOL! Sarah kicked his arsh!

  5. Great post Admin……as always!

    I love it when Sarah tells it like it is.

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    Barry’s approval rating still in the dumper

    -18

    Following passage of health care, enthusiasm for the president among Democrats soared. Today, however, just 49% of Democrats Strongly Approve of Obama’s performance. That’s down from a high of 65%. It remains to be seen whether this is a temporary aberration or the beginning of a lasting change.

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

  6. This is O trying to keep one step ahead of the oil mess:
    President Obama is facing criticism for his declaration over the weekend that he would seek a new “international order,” with some questioning how much U.S. sovereignty the administration is willing to cede in exchange for more global cooperation.
    www dot foxnews.com/politics/2010/05/24/obama-international-order-raises-questions-sovereignty/

  7. The Obama Administration is perfect example of “inverted totalitarianism” where big business controls big government and big media which control the message and the political system right down to the precint, and when things do not go their way they play the race card or they manufacture a crisis to distract the public which they know is wishy washy, easily manipulated by its emotions, and too intimidated to speak out–except for a brave few including those you mention.

  8. jbstonesfan
    May 24th, 2010 at 3:21 pm
    Jindal had a promising future until his horrid response to bambi’s SOU address…maybe he can redeem himself.
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    jbstonesfan–yes he did have a future until that sou. Most people are better at speeches than interviews. Not him. I had a chance to do some work with a group that was working with him awhile back. I passed.

  9. Somebody needs to tell that GIIBon over there at the White House that it was CLINTON who first proposed the windfall profit tax during the ’08 presidential campaign as a means to pay for a federal gas tax holiday in response to rising prices at the pump. Those idiots think we don’t remember that he lambasted both McCain and Clinton until he saw that the public liked the idea. Idiots.

    http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2008/05/clinton_not_bac.html

  10. The New York Times is starting to have difficulty singing the praises of their dear leader….

    Republicans See Big Chance, but Are Worried, Too

    Republicans remain confident of making big gains in the fall elections, but as the midterm campaign begins in earnest, they face a series of challenges that could keep the party from fully capitalizing on an electorate clamoring for change in Washington.

    There are growing concerns among Republicans about the party’s get-out-the-vote operation and whether it can translate their advantage over Democrats in grass-roots enthusiasm into turnout on Election Day. They are also still trying to get a fix on how to run against President Obama, who, polls suggest, remains relatively well-liked by voters, even as support for his agenda has waned. (talk about an understatement or is it a down right lie?)

    bla, bla, bla…

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/24/us/politics/24repubs.html?ref=politics

  11. Bill Clinton’s Motorcade in Minor Car Accident

    Three vehicles in a motorcade taking former President Bill Clinton to Yale University to give a speech on Sunday afternoon were involved in a minor accident, the Connecticut State Police said.

    The vehicles from Mr. Clinton’s motorcade and two other vehicles were involved in the accident, which took place on the Merritt Parkway just north of New Haven, Lt. J. Paul Vance of the State Police said. One person was taken to a hospital with a minor injury.

    Initial reports said Mr. Clinton’s vehicle had been rear-ended, but Mr. Vance said it had not been struck.

    The accident did not prevent Mr. Clinton from delivering a speech to Yale seniors on Class Day.

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    You can tell, this is a slow news day…

  12. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 25% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-three percent (43%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -18 (see trends).

    Following passage of health care, enthusiasm for the president among Democrats soared. Today, however, just 49% of Democrats Strongly Approve of Obama’s performance. That’s down from a high of 65%. It remains to be seen whether this is a temporary aberration or the beginning of a lasting change.

    Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters nationwide favor repeal of the health care law. That’s the highest level of support for repeal yet measured.

  13. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/24/AR2010052400742_pf.html

    Financial companies dragged stocks lower Monday as already anxious investors grew even more uncertain about the U.S. government’s financial overhaul plan and debt problems in Europe.

    The Dow Jones industrial average slid 80 points in the final 15 minutes of trading to end with a loss of almost 127. It was the lowest close for the Dow since Feb. 10. The Dow and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell more than 1 percent.

    Investors are worried about limits that could be placed on U.S. banks in a final version of the financial overhaul bill. A bill that passed the Senate last week is now being reconciled with the House version. The late drop illustrates how jittery traders are in particular about what will happen in Europe.

    “People are afraid to go home and say ‘All of the sudden what’s going to happen overnight in Europe? Is something new going to pop up?'” said Joe Saluzzi, co-head of equity trading at Themis Trading LLC.

    The rescue of a Spanish bank raised investors’ uneasiness about Europe’s economy. Investors can’t shake their concerns that there could be more bank bailouts in Europe if a wave of bad debt cascades through financial markets. It’s not clear that will happen, but traders remember well the problems in the U.S. that began with bad subprime loans. Those problems started small but eventually helped take down Lehman Brothers in September 2008.

    The Bank of Spain stepped in to rescue Cajasur after it failed to complete a merger. It was only the second time Spain’s central bank saved a regional lender. The country is one of those already dealing with ballooning deficits.

  14. basement angel
    May 24th, 2010 at 2:24 pm
    As I said, there is very little at Wiki that is factually inaccurate. The way system is set up is that when someone changes an article, the editors are automatically notified.

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    Quality depends on the fairness of the editor for each particular page, and whether he can keep up with the bots and/or RWs.

  15. What? Michelle Obama isn’t America’s favorite first lady?

    A recent poll asked Americans to pick their favorite first lady since 1974. It’s a tie – one from a Republican and one from a Democratic administration. Hint: First names start with ‘N’ and ‘H.’

    By Howard LaFranchi, Staff writer
    posted May 24, 2010

    Washington —

    Someone may want to tell Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as she globe-trots on behalf of President Obama’s foreign policy that Americans pick her as one of their favorite first ladies.

    Secretary Clinton ties with Nancy Reagan in a new national poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion in New York that asks Americans to name their favorite first lady since 1974. Clinton and Mrs. Reagan finish tied for first place at 19 percent each, with current first lady Michelle Obama coming in second at 15 percent. Laura Bush follows with 12 percent.

    “The irony of this is that Hillary and Nancy were the two first ladies of modern times to be a political liability for their husbands,” says Robert Watson, a scholar of US first ladies at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. “They are the only two first ladies who were not more popular than their husbands when they were in office.”

    But first ladies Reagan and Clinton have both risen recently in the public’s estimation, he adds, first as their respective husbands have gained in public stature, but then in their own right.

    She ought to be an advocate
    The online survey of 1,016 Americans, conducted in early May, did not ask respondents to explain their choices. But an accompanying finding of the poll –that Americans want first ladies who are strong advocates for certain causes during their time in the White House – may help explain the poll’s results.

    Nancy Reagan is remembered for the admonition to American kids to “Just say no” to drugs, while Clinton is associated with international women’s and girls’ issues (that is, once Americans get past the Clinton presidency’s health-care debacle).

    The other first ladies since 1974 – Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, and Barbara Bush – all came in under 10 percent.

    Despite taking the red second-place ribbon, Mrs. Obama clocks a favorable 60 percent approval rating among Americans over all.

    Often in such ratings the current “office holder” takes top prize, aided by current events and name recognition. “In any poll of the ‘best’ and ‘worst’ presidents, for example, the recent ones always come in at the top of the list,” Professor Watson says.

    Male voters shy away from Michelle
    But the poll suggests that Obama may have been denied the blue first-place ribbon by American men, who give her considerably lower marks than women. While women overall give Obama the top prize at 20 percent, nearly a quarter (24 percent) of American men choose Nancy Reagan as their favorite first lady.

    Obama, whose husband faced a deficit among male voters in the 2008 election, lags behind Reagan, Clinton, and Laura Bush with only 8 percent of the male vote.

    “Part of the problem for Michelle Obama is that the folks who don’t like her husband really don’t like her husband, and so they are not about to like her, either,” he says. But Obama’s overall high marks reflect wide approval of how she has made herself “Mom in chief,” as Watson says.

    “Michele Obama has found the balance that all first ladies struggle to find,” he says, noting that she makes clear she is a mother and her husband’s helpmeet first, even as she takes on popular issues like nutrition, child obesity, and improving services for military families.

    Watson says that in the most recent poll he conducted among presidential scholars of first ladies, nearly a decade ago, Clinton did OK – coming in at number 10 – while Reagan was near the bottom (Mary Todd Lincoln came in dead last).

    But both first ladies have risen in the public’s esteem since then, he says. Reagan – aka “Dragon Lady” during her White House years, Watson recalls – has a considerably different image now, fashioned by the way she stood by her ailing husband and protected him. “People now really see it as a love story,” Watson says.

    And Clinton? Americans, who still associate first ladies with their husband’s presidencies, “are thinking the balanced budgets and years of relative peace during Bill Clinton look pretty good,” Watson says. “And then to many of them,” he adds, “Hillary has turned out to be a pretty solid secretary of State.”

    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2010/0524/What-Michelle-Obama-isn-t-America-s-favorite-first-lady

  16. Now you’ve gone and done it JanH. You have condemned many sleeves in the White House to a life of terror. M.O. will rampage tonight and dig into every closet. It will be Night of the No Sleeves terror purge. We weep for the sleeves about to be yanked.

  17. ” “Hillary has turned out to be a pretty solid secretary of State.””

    Hillary would have turned out to be a pretty solid President as well.

  18. you know I could care less about speechifying…I want action and Bobby Jindal is out there hustling this oil gusher and he also said to heck with the fed’s he’s dredging without there approval…that takes guts…I like that…but he is not a natural born citizens and we are NOT having another of these.

    We can thank Sarah for the book up Obama’s arsh today as if it wasn’t for her going on national tv and telling everybody how much money BP gave Obama last year…we would not have had the response today.

    Congress is readying a .32 tax hike on gas to pay for the oil spill….I THOUGHT BP WAS GOING TO PAY??? No Obama is going to make the American people pay for this…its time he packs his bags…and heads to Kenya where he has already stashed 2 billion.

  19. admin: not only that, but I read today that the elite is buying gold faster than they can make it…we are getting ready for the depression of a lifetime…to put in the NWO.

  20. JanH
    May 24th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Well, now it’s official. Bill and Hillary must be delighted with this poll. The Clintons have arrived! They are finaly getting their due because people are beginning to see what they stand for and what they believe. Their perseverance is finally paying off.

    Poor Michelle, she’s been kicked to the curb by her supporters… neath the roadkill. Ya gotta sacrafice, it’s gonna be hard for a very long time, Michelle.

  21. Poor Michelle, she’s been kicked to the curb by her supporters…

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    I guess her bare arms weren’t enough to keep the Obots happy for all four years.

    How’s that ‘mom of the country’ going for ya now, MO???

  22. Shadowfax
    May 24th, 2010 at 5:58 pm
    The New York Times “President Obama, who, polls suggest, remains relatively well-liked by voters, even as support for his agenda has waned. (talk about an understatement or is it a down right lie?)
    ____________________________________________

    I’m curious where they come up with this “polls suggest [pResident jackass] remains realtively well-liked by voters…”. They say that crap on NPR all the time too. What do these “journalists” do; yell out before they finalize the draft “everybody in here still like Obama?”

    I mean, what poll question would suggest that he’s well liked? “Would you pee on him if he was on fire?”

  23. Patrick says Obama critics are ‘almost at the level of sedition’

    May 24, 2010 03:33 PM

    Governor Deval Patrick speaks at Suffolk University Law School today as the final guest of the 2010 gubernatorial speaker series presented by the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service. (Bill Greene / Globe staff)

    By Michael Levenson, Globe Staff

    Governor Deval Patrick, even as he decried partisanship in Washington, said today that Republican opposition to President Obama’s agenda has become so obstinate that it “is almost at the level of sedition.”

    The Democratic governor, who is close to the president, made the comments at a forum at Suffolk Law School’s Rappaport Center, where he was asked by an audience member about partisan battling in Congress.

    Patrick said that even “on my worst day, when I’m most frustrated about folks who seem to rooting for failure,” he doesn’t face anything like the opposition faced by the president.

    “It seems like child’s play compared to what is going on in Washington, where it is almost at the level of sedition, it feels to like me,” Patrick said.

    Merriam-Webster.com, the dictionary site, defines sedition as “incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority.”

    After the forum, Patrick explained his remarks.

    “I think that the number of people in the Grand Old Party who seem to be absolutely committed to saying ‘no,’ whenever he says ‘yes,’ no matter what it is, even if it’s an idea that they came up with, is just extraordinary,” the governor told reporters after the forum.

    But did the opposition really border on sedition?

    “That was a rhetorical flourish,” Patrick said.

    In a statement released a few hours after his comments were posted on Boston.com and other websites, the chairwoman of the state Republican Party criticized Patrick.

    “Apparently our First Amendment rights are only guaranteed if we agree with the tax-and-spend policies of Deval Patrick and Barack Obama,” Jennifer Nassour, chairwoman of the state GOP, said.

    She added, “the governor should focus on the critical issues at hand, like (lowering) property taxes and controlling rampant spending, instead of defending his buddy President Obama.”

  24. Today, however, just 49% of Democrats Strongly Approve of Obama’s performance.
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    For our purposes that is an important metric. If there is blood in the streets after the November mid term it will be interesting to see how far that number drops. Then perhaps Rass can measure the most important metric of all the democrats who strongly oppose this traitor.

  25. “Apparently our First Amendment rights are only guaranteed if we agree with the tax-and-spend policies of Deval Patrick and Barack Obama,” Jennifer Nassour, chairwoman of the state GOP, said.

    She added, “the governor should focus on the critical issues at hand, like (lowering) property taxes and controlling rampant spending, instead of defending his buddy President Obama.”
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    The more women they can get to publicly attack him the better. That drives him nuts. It brings out his sociopathic self.

  26. Patrick says Obama critics are ‘almost at the level of sedition’

    Hey Obama version 1.0: please STFU!

  27. CLARK HOYT PLAYS THE NUMBERS! The public editor is a big liar too, if judged by his own paper’s standards: // link // print // previous // next //
    blowme0bama
    May 24th, 2010 at 9:20 pm
    Shadowfax
    May 24th, 2010 at 5:58 pm
    The New York Times “President Obama, who, polls suggest, remains relatively well-liked by voters, even as support for his agenda has waned. (talk about an understatement or is it a down right lie?)
    ____________________________________________

    I’m curious where they come up with this “polls suggest [pResident jackass] remains realtively well-liked by voters…”. They say that crap on NPR all the time too. What do these “journalists” do; yell out before they finalize the draft “everybody in here still like Obama?”
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    Oh I think he is well liked but only by the clan. Here is what Somerby says about the clan:

    I mean, what poll question would suggest that he’s well liked? “Would you pee on him if he was on fire?”

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    MONDAY, MAY 24, 2010
    Swimming to dystopia/This Week edition: For decades, your public discourse has been shaped by a small “journalistic” fraternal order. Within this small, inbred, dishonest group, loyalty goes to the clan.

    Consider the performance by a five-pundit panel on yesterday morning’s This Week.

    ABC’s Jake Tapper was hosting the session, joined by four celebrity pundits. This included three of our most famous broadcast “journalists:” George Will, Cokie Roberts and Sam Donaldson. Rounding out the celebrity group was a “TV Democrat,” Donna Brazile, who will always defer to the clan.

    (If we had to guess, we would guess that it was Brazile who started the war against Naomi Wolf back in October 1999. Based on things we’ve been told, we would guess that this deeply consequential war began with “opposition research” sponsored and distributed by Brazile, who had recently become Gore’s campaign manager—not by the RNC. That’s what we’d guess. We’re just saying.)

    Back to the latest treasonous act by this small inbred clan:

    During yesterday’s roundtable segment, Tapper raised the question of Richard Blumenthal’s character. Eventually, he asked George Will to state his view about the Blumenthal matter. And uh-oh! When Tapper threw to Will, Will emitted a large, groaning howler, which we highlight below:

    TAPPER: If you ran—if you ran the Democratic Party, OK, if you can—if you can play along with me— If you were Tim Kaine, if you were Tim Kaine, what would you be doing right now?

    WILL: I’d be trying to get him out. Sam, look, it’s all very well to embed this statement about Vietnam in some generational trauma. How do you explain the fact that he evidently told the Hartford Courant that he was the captain of a Harvard swim team when he was never on the swim team? How do you explain the fact that he goes on Morning Joe, on MSNBC, and says, “I have never taken PAC money,” when he really meant in previous campaigns, because in this campaign, evidently, he’s taken $220,000 of PAC money. This is a serial problem.

    “This is a serial problem,” our highest lord said, pimping that ludicrous swim team blather as a part of his powerful proof.

    Did Blumenthal tell the Hartford Courant that he was captain of Harvard’s swim team? As almost everyone knows by now, there is no evidence that he did—and there’s plenty of evidence that he didn’t. (For one account of this murky matter, just click here. By the way: Despite Will’s statement, the evidence now suggests that Blumenthal was on the swim team.) The inaccurate claim seems to have started at the Hartford Courant in 1978 and 1980 (click here), but there isn’t a bit of evidence showing that Blumenthal was the source of the error. But so what? This monstrous trivia was pimped and misstated on Fox all last week—and then, the card got played by Will, on yesterday’s This Week. Millions of mainstream viewers were thereby told, by a famous celebrity, that Blumenthal lied to the Hartford Courant about this ridiculous matter.

    In Will’s defense, he did throw in a weasel word, saying this “evidently” had happened.

    Pitiful. But what happened when Will emitted this howler? Of course! Cokie, Sam, Donna and Jake all kept their pretty traps shut! No one spoke up to correct Will’s howler—a groaner which had been used to tag Blumenthal a “serial” liar.

    Tapper and three famous guests kept silent. Today, you get to imagine their silence in two different ways:

    On the one hand, you could imagine that these four major pundits didn’t know the facts of the case. All four had agreed to go on the air to discuss this high-profile matter. But they were clueless, unprepared.

    On the other hand, you can imagine that one or more of these famous stars knew that Will had emitted a howler. But, in loyalty to the clan, they simply refused to speak up.

    Our best guess? One or two knew—and one or two didn’t. (This clan is dishonest and incompetent.) But all these people knew the first rule—you must be true to the clan.

    You don’t correct your brother’s howlers—even when millions of people get disinformed in the process.

    Throughout history, clan members have been their brothers’ keepers. Unfortunately, you and yours aren’t part of this clan, a clan that is inbred, dishonest

    CLARK HOYT PLAYS THE NUMBERS (permalink): In the past twenty years, no one has invented more bogus tales than Maureen Dowd has done. (Will someone wake Markos and tell him?) This of course meant that she’d have to sound off on the Richard Blumenthal matter. In this passage from yesterday’s column, the dimmest of all modern “press corps” celebrities explains how she and other such “journalists” calibrate such a story:

    DOWD (5/23/10): Consider Richard Blumenthal. The 64-year-old attorney general of Connecticut, who is running for Chris Dodd’s seat in the Senate, had a fine résumé that needed no sprucing up. He has degrees from Harvard and Yale Law School, clerked for Justice Harry Blackmun on the Supreme Court, and spent six years in the Marine Corps Reserve.

    But like other politicians, Blumenthal added a filigree here and there, not because he needed them to win, but perhaps because those more heroic actions fed his innermost desires.

    Having spotted “a filigree” of error “here and there,” Dowd devoted her column to it, turning directly to her cohort’s mandated psychiatric musings. A psychology professor at UCBS was dumb enough to offer speculations about the meaning of Blumenthal’s “lies”—or perhaps the professor had simply been dreaming of the fame that such witness might produce. Whatever! The dumbest grey lady was off to the races, armed with the best kind of story—the kind she has told many times in the past:

    Richard Blumenthal told a lie, when the truth would have been just as good!

    You can read Dowd’s column yourself, but keep one point in mind if you do: No one has stretched and misstated the truth more often than Dowd has done.

    Is a “filigree” of error worth discussing? On balance, we would say no. But in all honesty, that was the question confronting Clark Hoyt, the Times public editor, when he reviewed this matter on Sunday. The Times had built a gigantic, front-page story around one or two misstatements by Blumenthal—and the paper had worked, very hard, to disguise the poverty of its research. How “fair and balanced” was the Times’ reporting—reporting which continues even today, with this skillfully cherry-picked piece? That was the question facing Hoyt. And alas:

    If Hoyt is judged by the New York Times’ standards, he’s a big liar too.

    In our view, Hoyt has done a rather good job in his current post. But we think he failed very badly this week—failed in so systematic a way that his own integrity would be called into question, if we applied the hair-trigger standard the Times applies to public figures in its periodic jihads. How did Hoyt fail in his review? Consider another public servant from Connecticut—George Bailey, from It’s A Wonderful Life.

    George Bailey had led a good life, tirelessly serving Bedford Falls. But on Christmas Eve 1946, Uncle Billy lost $8000, and George stood accused of bank fraud. Facing scandal and prison, George tried to end his own life. But he was saved by an angel—and later, by the community. The community put that one lost deposit in a larger context. Remembering a lifetime of integrity and service, a flood of regular people donated money to save George Bailey’s life.

    The savings and loan had made one mistake. Bailey’s lifetime outweighed that one error.

    Did the New York Times do a fair, balanced job, balancing Blumenthal’s career against a few misstatements? Actually no, it didn’t—and Clark Hoyt seemed to work hard in Sunday’s column to keep Times readers from understanding how poorly his paper performed. Just consider the slippery statements from yesterday’s column—statements in which the high-minded Hoyt seemed to be playing the numbers:

    In paragraph 1, Hoyt said the New York Times reported that Blumenthal has “sometimes falsely claimed to be a Vietnam veteran.” That statement is technically accurate—but “sometimes” is a slippery word! Crusading “journalists” will sometimes use that world to replace a very small number.
    In paragraph 2, Hoyt said this: “The paper cited several instances when Blumenthal made ‘plainly untrue’ statements about his service.” But “several” can be a slippery word too—a word that can be used in place of the very small number “two.” (In this case, we’re not even sure if Hoyt’s statement is technically accurate.)

    In that same paragraph 2, Hoyt continued to lay out the indictment: “The article said that on other occasions [Blumenthal] used ambiguous language that could have left the wrong impression.” Again, that statement seems to be technically accurate—but “other occasions” is a slippery construction! It could mean as many as three thousand occasions—or as few as two.

    Does Clark Hoyt simply dislike numbers? As he neared the end of his whitewash, he offered another slippery construction:

    HOYT (5/23/10): In the end, through all the swirling sand the article has kicked up, a clear set of facts remains uncontested: On more than one occasion, Blumenthal said he had served in Vietnam when he had not.

    “On more than one occasion?” Again, that could mean several hundred occasions—or it could mean just two. (In a wonderfully comical moment, Hoyt praises this murky construction as “a clear set of facts.”)

    If we chose to trash people’s character in the casual way the Times does, we would tell you, without one word more, how dishonest Clark Hoyt is—how he loves the old trick of skillfully playing the numbers.

    Does Clark Hoyt simply dislike numbers? The weakness of the Times hit piece lay in the tiny number of misstatements by Blumenthal the paper was able to find. Depending on how you wanted to count, the paper claimed that Blumenthal had misstated or blurred the facts on three or four different occasions. But on one of these occasions, the Times actually quoted Blumenthal making a perfectly accurate statement; on another, a Connecticut resident on whom the Times had relied instantly said that she’d been misquoted. What are the actual numbers here—the numbers Hoyt tirelessly worked to avoid? In fact, we would say that the Times turned up one instance where Blumenthal misstated his record, and one more instance where he may have done so (although the evidence there is murky). But so what? Behaving in a slippery manner, Hoyt avoided using these very small numbers all through yesterday’s column, hiding behind constructions like “several” and “more than one.” And omigod! Note what Hoyt said in the one instance where he did use an actual number:

    HOYT: The Times did extensive independent reporting beyond the video. It filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act and obtained Blumenthal’s military records. It interviewed members of the Reserve unit in which he served. And [New York Times editor Joan] Ryan said the paper’s research department searched newspaper articles about Blumenthal spanning 20 years.

    Good God! The Times surveyed twenty years of public records—and produced that very meager harvest! In the course of that twenty years, the Times seems to have found only one or two misstatements. But Hoyt persistently failed to give you those actual numbers.

    One or two misstatements, over twenty years? It’s stunning to think that the New York Times would build a gigantic, front-page, career-ending piece from so meager a harvest. It’s even worse when its public editor extends the newspaper’s gruesome practice, keeping readers in the dark about these actual numbers.

    George Bailey would have died in prison if the modern New York Times had ruled in Bedford Falls.

    Hoyt behaved in other unfortunate ways in yesterday’s whitewash. In the following passage, he accepts one of the paper’s more curious frameworks, then plays the numbers again:

    HOYT: Ryan said the newspaper found “scant evidence that Mr. Blumenthal himself sought to make clear to his audiences that his service never took him outside of the United States.”

    There was some evidence The Times did not mention, like a 2004 Hartford Courant profile saying that Blumenthal, knowing his draft number was coming up, enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve like many men hoping to avoid Vietnam. But David Folkenflik of NPR did a database search and found that several Connecticut newspapers had repeatedly mischaracterized Blumenthal’s service.

    In this passage, Blumenthal is judged dishonest because he didn’t correct all those errors. (Quoting Hoyt, “several Connecticut newspapers had repeatedly mischaracterized Blumenthal’s service.”) But readers, here we go again! “Repeatedly” is a slippery word; it can mean that the “repeated” error happened as rarely as twice—and that’s amazingly close to what Folkenfilk actually reported. In fact, Folkenflik says the Connecticut Post was the biggest offender—and according to what Folkenflik says, the Post has made only three such errors, dating back through 2003! (We base this on additional research, since Folkenflik fudges a number at one point too.) How different the tone of Hoyt’s passage would be if he’d used these actual numbers instead of his slipperier words!

    In our view, Hoyt’s review is a virtual whitewash of some truly horrible “journalism.” He rebuts the weakest complaints about the Times, while avoiding or skipping past the paper’s most serious errors. Most egregiously, he persistently fails to note a basic fact: The Times found very few examples of Blumenthal misspeaking, despite the fact that the paper’s so-called research department “searched newspaper articles about Blumenthal spanning 20 years.”

    If we judged others the way the Times does—and we don’t—we’d call Hoyt a big liar too. And we’d emit dark mordant laughter as we reviewed this passage:

    HOYT: Reaction to the story was strong and immediate. Blumenthal said at the news conference that he took “full responsibility” for misspeaking about his service on occasion but said he never intentionally misled anyone and called the false claims “misplaced words.” A source in the article joined him at the news conference to contradict what The Times quoted her as saying. Howard Dean, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, called the article a “hatchet job” planted by the opposition. Some Connecticut journalists who cover Blumenthal said they were never misled about his military service. And The Times was criticized for selectively editing the video, which was its strongest evidence.

    Sad. In that one little highlighted sentence, Hoyt pretends to review a major problem with the Times’ reporting. “Some” Connecticut journalists “said they were never misled” about Blumenthal’s service? Here again, “some” is a slippery word. In fact, a long list of experienced journalists spoke up on Blumenthal’s defense in the wake of the New York Times story—and they said something far stronger than what Hoyt reports. In fact, they said they had never seen Blumenthal misstate his record. If the Times wants to give a full, fair report, its readers deserve to be told that fact. But in that slippery, highlighted passage, Hoyt got out the fudge once again.

    Here’s the bottom line on this piece: The Times reviewed the past twenty years—and came up with maybe two misstatements. A tremendous amount of industry has been devoted to hiding those unfortunate facts—and this continued in Hoyt’s column. If we judged people the way the Times does, we’d be calling Hoyt a liar. He might end up in a prison cell—bunked with an aging George Bailey.

    Swimming to dystopia, continued: What did Hoyt say about the bungled passage concerning the Harvard swim team? This gratuitous, under-researched, error-riddled passage was used to savage Blumenthal all week, right through yesterday’s This Week program.

    What did Hoyt say about that passage? Nothing—he gave it a pass!

    George Will proceeded from there. But so it has gone, for the past twenty years, as the paper Hoyt whitewashes has made a sick joke of your lives.

    Al Gore said he discovered Love Canal! Al Gore said he inspired Love Story! You read this garbage first in the Times. This week, the garbage continues.

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    Obama Call for ‘International Order’ Raises Questions About U.S. Sovereignty

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    Obama is facing criticism for his declaration over the weekend that he would seek a new “international order,” with some questioning how much U.S. sovereignty the administration is willing to cede in exchange for more global cooperation.

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    President Obama addresses the graduates of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., May 22. (AP Photo)
    President Obama is facing criticism for his declaration over the weekend that he would seek a new “international order,” with some questioning how much U.S. sovereignty the administration is willing to cede in exchange for more global cooperation.

    Obama, delivering the commencement speech Saturday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, said that “stronger international standards and institutions” and stronger alliances can “resolve” challenges ranging from terrorism to nuclear proliferation to climate change to economic decline.

    “Our adversaries would like to see America sap its strength by overextending our power,” Obama said. “So we have to shape an international order that can meet the challenges of our generation.”

    The president added that efforts by America’s armed forces need to be “complemented” with greater diplomatic engagement “from grand capitals to dangerous outposts,” more humanitarian assistance to needy nations, better communications among intelligence agencies, first responders to act after earthquakes, storms and disease and “law enforcement that can strengthen judicial systems abroad, and protect us at home.”

    “America has not succeeded by stepping outside the currents of cooperation; we have succeeded by steering those currents in the direction of liberty and justice — so nations thrive by meeting their responsibilities, and face consequences when they don’t,” he told the graduating class at the military academy.

    “This engagement is not an end in itself. The international order we seek is one that can resolve the challenges of our times — countering violent extremism and insurgency; stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and securing nuclear materials; combating a changing climate and sustaining global growth; helping countries feed themselves and care for their sick; preventing conflict and healing its wounds,” he said.

    The address seemed to mark a greater departure from the so-called “Bush Doctrine” than past Obama speeches like the president’s address to Muslim nations last summer in Cairo. The Bush administration’s approach to foreign affairs, dubbed the “Bush Doctrine,” generally included a policy of unilateralism and the right to preemptive strike, among other tenets.

    The address also drew a split reaction. Conservatives claimed Obama was putting undue faith in global institutions while progressives said he was rightly turning away from Bush-era policy.

    “He recognizes that you can’t solve the economic, the military or the environmental problems by yourself, even if you wanted to,” said Lawrence Korb, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. “You simply can’t do it without working with other nations, so I think it’s important to start doing that.”

    KT McFarland, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for Ronald Reagan and a Fox News contributor, said the president is moving further from the view of “American exceptionalism.”

    “It’s a very international sense that America is just one of many, that we are not going to be a superpower in leading the world and I think it’s a very dangerous mindset and trend,” she said.

    Obama did not say Saturday which specific global institutions he wants to build. Obama has made enhanced international cooperation a priority dating back to the campaign and so far has carried out that goal by seeking global agreements for nuclear weapons reduction, an international treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhanced support from the United Nations in dealing with rogue regimes.

    But his West Point speech struck some as a stretch — particularly since efforts at the United Nations so far have done little to halt nuclear development in Iran and North Korea.

    James Carafano, an Army veteran and director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, said the plodding and uphill battle to win sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program demonstrates the problems with over-relying on global institutions.

    “It’s just simply not grounded in reality,” he said. “It’s strategic nonsense.”

    The commencement address follows Obama’s speech at the close of a nuclear security summit in Washington last month in which he said the United States is a superpower “whether we like it or not.”

    That remark touched off debate over whether the administration feels burdened by the superlative status.

    Carafano said the superpower remark was no “Freudian slip” and that the West Point speech amounted to more than just rhetoric — he said the administration has already started undermining U.S. sovereignty with its arms reduction treaty with Russia.

    “He thinks diminished American power and independence in the world actually is a force for good,” Carafano said.

    Obama, in his speech, acknowledged that the “order” he was proposing was no cure-all.

    “We are clear-eyed about the shortfalls of our international system,” he said. But, he added, “what we can do, what we must do, is work and reach and fight for the world that we seek — all of us, those in uniform and those who are not.”

  29. It feels me with rage when journalists write about bambi’s new compromise about Don’t ask don’t tell with justification and at the same time vilify Clinton for its existence. What president before Bill dared to argue that cause and he did the best he could.

  30. JanH
    May 24th, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    DEMOCRATS YOU CHEATED HILLARY IN 2008 – TEAM HILLARY CLINTON WILL NOT TOLERATE IT AGAIN!
    _________________________

    Yup, you give those airheads an inch, next thing you know they’re telling you what is allowed, according to them.

  31. gonzotx
    May 24th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Patrick says Obama critics are ‘almost at the level of sedition’
    &&&&

    When criticizing an out of control Republican administration, dissent was called noble.

    But when it is the HISTORICAL FIRST BLACK GUY PRESIDENT, it is blasphemy, racist, and “sedition”.

    Give me fucking break, you totalitarian Leftist Nazis.

  32. Sarah Palin’s history with Big Oil, which is cause for another “hooray”:

    http://trueslant.com/level/2010/05/24/sarah-palin-has-more-oil-spill-credibility-than-you-think/

    When Sarah Palin took to Fox News yesterday and declared the following, the heads of millions of progressives around America spun around so fast you’d think that they were doing some sort of new breakdancing routine:

    Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Palin suggested that the White House is too cozy with the oil industry because of contributions to candidate Obama during the 2008 presidential race.

    “I don’t know why the question isn’t asked by the mainstream media and by others if there’s any connection with the contributions made to President Obama and his administration and the support by the oil companies to the administration,” Palin, a Fox News Channel contributor, said on “Fox News Sunday.” [snip]

    How, the casual observer might ask, can Sarah “Drill Baby Drill” Palin with her ‘drill here, drill now’ position even imagine that she could get away with this?

    It’s simple, really. As Alaska’s occasional governor, Palin actually took a rather populist position on how oil companies should be dealt with.

    I blogged about this back in March of 2009 when Portfolio fronted Palin on the cover of its soon-to-be-out-of-business magazine. Portfolio’s story sought to identify failings in Palin’s energy policy – that she had failed to make a big natural gas pipeline deal happen because she had taken a hostile position against the major fossil fuel corporations that wanted to invest in the project.

    But what the story actually revealed was not that Palin had failed in her energy policy. Rather, it showed that she had refused to let her state’s energy policy be set on terms that were most favorable to those large companies – like the very ones she accuses Obama of receiving too much money from today.

    So while people on the left will see Palin knocking Obama and asking “What about ‘drill baby drill’?” what they’re missing is that Palin was always a believer in Alaska’s system of petro-socialism, and does not in any way believe that the oil companies should get a pass. It’s a classic example of liberals underestimating Sarahcudda’s political wits, the savvy moves she made during her years in Alaska politics that put her on the footing that allowed her to become nationally relevant.

    Now there’s certainly an insincere germ in Palin’s attempt to Katrina-ize the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the Deepwater Horizon disaster. But when it comes to not being a great friend to oil companies, Palin was the real deal when she held political office.

  33. http://trueslant.com/level/2010/05/24/sarah-palin-has-more-oil-spill-credibility-than-you-think/
    As Alaska’s occasional governor, Palin actually took a rather populist position on how oil companies should be dealt with.
    [….]
    [S]he had refused to let her state’s energy policy be set on terms that were most favorable to those large companies – like the very ones she accuses Obama of receiving too much money from today.
    [….]
    Palin was always a believer in Alaska’s system of petro-socialism, and does not in any way believe that the oil companies should get a pass.
    [….]
    Now there’s certainly an insincere germ in Palin’s attempt to Katrina-ize the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the Deepwater Horizon disaster. But when it comes to not being a great friend to oil companies, Palin was the real deal when she held political office.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=5786203&page=2

    [ Here are details of the tax plan she got passed — not windfall profits, but a longterm graduated profits tax. ] “Everyone went home happy except the oil companies.”

  34. Palin said Obama received large contributions from BP in 2008.

    A commenter at http://trueslant.com/level/2010/05/24/sarah-palin-has-more-oil-spill-credibility-than-you-think/ said that others had received almost as much — but the commentor had to look at 11 years worth of contributions to get that figure.

    Another commenter answered well:
    You look at contributions from the past 11 years. Obama was a complete nobody in 1989, genius. Take a look at the 2008 only contributions, if you dare. Obama received around DOUBLE what John McCain did. You had to extrapolate 11 years to compare to Obama’s one year, and Obama STILL TOOK IN MORE MONEY than anyone else.

  35. admin
    May 25th, 2010 at 12:20 am
    Sarah Palin’s history with Big Oil, which is cause for another “hooray”:

    http://trueslant.com/level/2010/05/24/sarah-palin-has-more-oil-spill-credibility-than-you-think/
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    In which case The Sierra Club, The League of Conservation Voters (which was founded by Bruce Babbitt) and all the other greenies should be on Sarah’s side. The fact that they are not, and the further fact that they never criticized Bambi’s belated response (his normal modus operandi in any crisis) proves that they are not really committed to the values they espouse but are merely there only to make money. Pathetic.

  36. wbboei
    May 25th, 2010 at 1:29 am

    admin
    May 25th, 2010 at 12:20 am
    Sarah Palin’s history with Big Oil, which is cause for another “hooray”:

    http://trueslant.com/level/2010/05/24/sarah-palin-has-more-oil-spill-credibility-than-you-think/
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    In which case The Sierra Club, The League of Conservation Voters (which was founded by Bruce Babbitt) and all the other greenies should be on Sarah’s side.

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

    Not necessarily (or not yet). What us Greenies want is no drilling or much less drilling. Palin wants a lot of drilling, baby, but with safeties and with the oil companies on a leash as she had them in Alaska. What Obama wants is less clear so far. He campaigned to us Greenies and is only now showing his oily colors. (Except to those who looked really closely at his Illinois record.)

    On Green issues it’s neither of the above.

  37. Governor Deval Patrick, even as he decried partisanship in Washington, said today that Republican opposition to President Obama’s agenda has become so obstinate that it “is almost at the level of sedition.”
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    It is funny to watch this little man unravel. If he thinks it is bad now wait a few months. He will need a straight jacket.

    What he needs to get through his thick little skull is that some people do not see Obama as a legitimate president because he cheated to win the primary, and others who do not care about the primary see Obama as a Benedict Arnold bent on destroying this country. Millions of people feel that way, and if they rooted for him to succeed in his efforts to destroy the country, then that would not be sedition–it would be treason. By the same token, if Obama is not a legitimate president then opposition to him cannot be sedition, as a matter of law.

  38. More sedition floating around the internet. Patrick will need smelling salts when he sees this one:
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    Obama appoints two devout Muslims to Homeland Security posts. Doesn’t this make you feel safer already?

    Obama and Janet Napolitano appointed Arif Alikhan, a devout Muslim, as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano swore-in Kareem Shora, a devout Muslim, who was born in Damascus, Syria, as ADC National Executive Director as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC).

    NOTE: Has anyone ever heard a new government official being identified as a devout Catholic, a devout Jew or a devout Protestant…?
    Just wondering.

    Devout Muslims being appointed to critical Homeland Security positions? Doesn’t this make you feel safer already?? That should make our homeland much safer, huh!!

    Was it not “Devout Muslim men” that flew planes into U.S. buildings 8 years ago? Was it not a Devout Muslim who killed 13 at Fort Hood ?

    Please forward this important information to any who cares about the future of our Country.

    Checked this on Snopes.com and its TRUE! See http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/dhs.asp

  39. Governor Deval Patrick, even as he decried partisanship in Washington, said today that Republican opposition to President Obama’s agenda has become so obstinate that it “is almost at the level of sedition.”
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    Confident people do not talk this way. Patrick sounds like a man who is panicking.

  40. Well, I just got a nasty email from a good friend who is not happy about my choice of politicians to follow…Oh well! They don’t realize in this political enviroment is ripe for a civil war which Obama and his thugs would just love because then they could declare martial law. Its sad, but I certainly am not going down their path.

  41. Batchelor has got a good wire on what is going on. This looks very accurate to me. Very accurate. If Gates leaves that would give Hillary an opening to do likewise. They are partners in smart power deliberations. Whenever they need to correct a stupid statement Obama has made the two of them go before congress together. If he leaves that partnership is gone and Hillary is not happy with things. Obama is running the entire show and it is not about what is right for the country but about the 2012 election calender.
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    John Batchelor on May 24, 2010 at 1:30 PM in Current Affairs

    Political Ops.

    What is significant in POTUS Obama’s address to West Point this year, his second, is that POTUS knows that he no longer enjoys the confidence of the retired uniforms and that the officer cadre has taken a step back after the White House abuse of Stanley McChrystal. POTUS does not share his foreign policy genius with the uniforms, but the uniforms do read book and entrails. The speech at West Point is indistinguishable from POTUS Bush, and so there is nothing to be gained by quoting POTUS’s predictable language of national security and diplomacy.

    What is different is that POTUS does not now have a coherent national security team. SecDef Gates is said to want out pronto. Admiral Blair is retired again. General Jones is said to be a potted plant.

    What is left around POTUS are political actors such as Leon Panetta, Eric Holder, John Brennan, Janet Napolitano, all of whom correctly derive their perception of power (mostly network TV access) from POTUS. Even VPOTUS Biden depends upon POTUS for authority and themes; and StateSec HRC is isolated, frustrated, busy elsewhere.

    The White House has made its choice. POTUS is the sole director and manager of foreign policy, all the rest is show biz, misdirection, flackhood, vanity. (snip)

  42. Speaking of Sarah, have you all heard of the latest manifestation of Palin Derangement Syndrome? Looks like some on the left are now, literally, stalking. One such detractor has moved in next door. From Palin’s Facebook tonight:

    Spring has sprung in Alaska, and with this beautiful season comes the news today that the Palins have a new neighbor! Welcome, Joe McGinniss!

    Yes, that Joe McGinniss. Here he is – about 15 feet away on the neighbor’s rented deck overlooking my children’s play area and my kitchen window. Maybe we’ll welcome him with a homemade blueberry pie tomorrow so he’ll know how friendly Alaskans are.

    We found out the good news today. Upon my family’s return this morning from endorsement rallies and speeches in the Lower 48 states, I finally got the chance to tackle my garden and lawn this evening! So, putting on the shorts and tank top to catch that too-brief northern summer sun and placing a giddy Trig in his toddler backpack for a lawn-mowing adventure, I looked up in surprise to see a “new neighbor” overlooking my property just a stone’s throw away. Needless to say, our outdoor adventure ended quickly after Todd went to introduce himself to the stranger who was peering in…

    Joe announced to Todd that he’s moved in right next door to us. He’s rented the place for the next five months or so. He moved up all the way from Massachusetts to live right next to us – while he writes a book about me. Knowing of his many other scathing pieces of “journalism” (including the bizarre anti-Palin administration oil development pieces that resulted in my Department of Natural Resources announcing that his work is the most twisted energy-related yellow journalism they’d ever encountered), we’re sure to have a doozey to look forward to with this treasure he’s penning. Wonder what kind of material he’ll gather while overlooking Piper’s bedroom, my little garden, and the family’s swimming hole?

    Welcome, Joe! It’ll be a great summer – come borrow a cup of sugar if ever you need some sweetener. And you know what they say about “fences make for good neighbors”? Well, we’ll get started on that tall fence tomorrow, and I’ll try to keep Trig’s squeals down to a quiet giggle so we don’t disturb your peaceful summer. Enjoy!

    The insanity of these wingnuts…

  43. wbboei, Just finished reading a paragraph or two in “GameChange”, Obama said since he became a candidate his life has become complicated…Gibbs agreed and said “way to complicated”. Soon Gibber’s will want out, his life is way to complicated too.

  44. Incidentally, this Joe McGinniss guy is the same person who wrote the March 2009 Palin oil hitpiece in the now defunct Portfolio referenced above:

    <blockquote cite="I blogged about this back in March of 2009 when Portfolio fronted Palin on the cover of its soon-to-be-out-of-business magazine. Portfolio’s story sought to identify failings in Palin’s energy policy – that she had failed to make a big natural gas pipeline deal happen because she had taken a hostile position against the major fossil fuel corporations that wanted to invest in the project.”>

  45. fifth dimension, Sarah has really been dealt a bad deal and not just by the left…I am afraid there are some republicans that don’t like her….if we can’t have Hillary, I will vote for Palin.

  46. Jamaica , All out war – As Tivoli assault deepens, casualties rise

    Soldiers and police yesterday launched a bloody offensive on Tivoli Gardens where heavily armed thugs barricaded themselves to protect the mini-republic of a reputed crime overlord, causing street battles to ripple across Jamaica’s capital.

    At least three members of the security forces have been slain in gunfights and 14 others injured in two days of wide-scale violence that has swept western Kingston and other areas where rogue alliances exist.

    Up to press time last night, the Constabulary Communication Network reported that seven law-enforcement personnel were injured in the latest phase of operations. Six of the seven were shot, one succumbing to his injuries. That fatality was a Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldier.

    One soldier was reportedly injured in an undeclared accident. A soldier reportedly lost a leg, The Gleaner also learnt.

    civilian casualties unknown

    An undetermined number of civilians have been killed, with many of those believed to be among the gunmen who had engaged the security forces in fierce gun battles.

    A source at Kingston Public Hospital said 23 persons had been admitted with gunshot wounds and three bodies delivered. A soldier told The Gleaner last night that many bodies were in Tivoli.

    Hundreds of lawmen were yesterday hunting alleged drug kingpin Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, who is wanted in the United States to answer to drug and gun charges. There have no reports whether Coke was nabbed or killed in the assault.

    The security forces decided yesterday that the time to appeal to Coke supporters to clear the many barricades they had erected had expired.

    But the armed thugs were not prepared to surrender, and police and soldiers had to take back the streets – barricade by barricade, block by block.

    For most of the day, the sound of gunfire echoed across the south-eastern city where commercial activity had come to a standstill.

    ‘Ground zero’ was the area around Tivoli Gardens stretching from Darling Street in the east, Industrial Terrace in the west,

    Spanish Town Road to the north and Marcus Garvey Drive in the south.

    But other areas, including the Fletcher’s Land neighbourhood beside The Gleaner‘s North Street offices, Denham Town, East Queen Street in the vicinity of the Central Police Station, and sections of Hannah Town also saw major gun battles.

    The writing was on the wall from early yesterday morning when sources in the security forces told The Gleaner that the time for talk was over and efforts would be made to take back the streets.

    By mid-morning when gunmen attempted to storm the Central Police Station, the order was issued for the police and soldiers to use deadly force to repel the criminals.

    A short while later, a massive deployment from the JDF was seen on Harbour Street with soldiers taking up strategic positions.

    “Time to take back the streets,” said a motorist as he drove past the JDF team. And that was obviously the intention of the security forces.

    Persons ran for cover – even those several metres away – as the sound of high-powered weapons rocked buildings in west Kingston.

    The police and soldiers sealed the entrances and exits to Tivoli Gardens, Denham Town and Hannah Town, barring all non-essential personnel.

    Even members of the media were firmly and politely told that they would not be allowed on to the battlefield.

    From every possible vantage point, reporters struggled to get a peek at the firefight but most had to make do with a look at the thick, black smoke which billowed from inside the battleground – reportedly from the Coronation Market which had been set ablaze by gangsters.

    Dwellings on Crooks Street and in Whitfield Town in the western end of the city were also razed.

    Three persons were injured in the fire that destroyed two dwellings at Whitfield Town. No one sustained fire-related injuries at Crooks Street while the firefighters were unable to respond to the blaze at Coronation Market – Jamaica’s main market – because of the wicked stand-off in the area.

    But even those journalists several metres away at the intersection of Waltham Park and Spanish Town roads came face to face with the violence as random bullets struck at least one spectator.

    Persons watching the drama from the neighbouring community of Rema also had to duck for cover as bullets whizzed by. Two bystanders were reportedly shot in the area.

    As darkness descended over Jamaica’s capital city, explosions were still being heard, sparking fears that the body count could be much higher when the tallying begins this morning.

    AIR Jamaica today announced the cancellation of three flights scheduled for this evening due to the unrest in Kingston.

    May 25, 2010 Posted by count us out | Uncategorized | | Leave a Comment

    * Mario Ernesto Villanueva Madrid, Former Governor of Mexican State Extradited For Conspiring To Import Hundreds of Tons of Cocaine and Laundering Millions of Dollars In Bribe Payments Through Lehman Brothers
    MAY 10 — (MANHATTAN, NY) – JOHN P. GILBRIDE, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) and PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced today the extradition from Mexico of MARIO ERNESTO VILLANUEVA MADRID, the former governor of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, on charges that he accepted millions of dollars in bribes from the notorious Juarez Cartel, in exchange for assisting in the importation of over two hundred tons of cocaine onto American streets. VILLANUEVA MADRID was also extradited on a second Indictment in which he is charged with laundering nearly $19 million in drug proceeds through accounts at Lehman Brothers in New York and elsewhere.

    VILLANUEVA MADRID was turned over by the Mexican Procuradoria General de la Republica (“PGR”), or Attorney General’s Office, to agents of the DEA and deputies of the United States Marshals Service (“USMS”). He was flown by DEA Air Wing jet to White Plains, New York, and arrived late Sunday. VILLANUEVA MADRID is expected to appear in Manhattan federal court later this afternoon.

    DEA Special Agent-in-Charge JOHN P. GILBRIDE stated: “The apprehension of Mario Villanueva Madrid exemplifies international law enforcement collaboration at its best. Villanueva allegedly abused the trust placed in him by the citizens of Quintana Roo, when he facilitated drug trafficking and money laundering across international borders. I congratulate the law enforcement officials on both sides of the U.S. Mexico border for ending Villanueva’s abuse of power and corruption.”

    U.S. Attorney PREET BHARARA stated: “The seeds of today’s violent turmoil in Mexico were first sewn over a decade ago by alleged criminals like Mario Villanueva Madrid. The Indictment charges that Villanueva Madrid turned the Mexican state of Quintana Roo into a virtual narco-state, selling its infrastructure and even its police to one of the world’s most dangerous mafia enterprises. By allegedly corrupting his powerful office for profit, Villanueva Madrid permitted the Juarez Cartel to pump 200 tons of poison through Mexico and onto American streets. Today, the former Governor of Quintana Roo finally faces justice in an American courtroom. We are profoundly grateful for the courage the Government of Mexico has demonstrated through this extradition, and we applaud the hard work and perseverance of the DEA, our partners in this and so many other vital international organized crime cases.”

    According to the Indictments and other documents filed in Manhattan federal court:

    For over 20 years, the Juarez Cartel has been one of Mexico’s most notorious and violent cocaine cartels, responsible for the importation of hundreds of tons of Colombian cocaine over the Southwest U.S. border. From 1994 to 1999 alone, led by ALCIDES RAMON MAGANA and JESUS ALBINO QUINTERO-MERAZ, the Cartel transported over two hundred tons of cocaine into Texas and Arizona, and subsequently to major U.S. cities including New York.

    In 1994, the Cartel established operations in the eastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo, which is where the resort city of Cancun is located. Under arrangements made with Colombian cocaine organizations, Juarez Cartel speedboats with armed crews rendezvoused off the Atlantic coast of Central America with Colombian speedboats. The Colombian boats were laden with shipments of cocaine ranging from one to three tons. On the high seas, usually at night to avoid detection by U.S. Coast Guard and Mexican naval patrols, the cocaine was offloaded from the Colombian boats and loaded onto the Juarez Cartel boats.

    The ton-quantity shipments of cocaine were transported to Quintana Roo port cities, including Cancun and Calderitas, as well as the state capital, Chetumal. The shipments were also taken at times to the country of Belize, which borders Quintana Roo to the south, and transported to Quintana Roo by truck, or by small planes leaving from clandestine airstrips in Belize. By 1994, VILLANUEVA MADRID was the sitting Governor of the State of Quintana Roo. He had previously served as Mayor of Cancun, and in April 1993 was elected Governor of the State. In 1994, to ensure that its cocaine shipments would travel safely through Quintana Roo without interference from law enforcement, Juarez Cartel leaders MAGANA and QUINTERO reached an agreement with VILLANUEVA MADRID. Under the agreement, VILLANUEVA MADRID was paid between $400,000 and $500,000 for each shipment of cocaine that the Juarez Cartel transported through Quintana Roo.

    From 1994 through 1999, the Juarez Cartel paid VILLANUEVA MADRID millions of dollars in narcotics proceeds. In return, VILLANUEVA MADRID placed the police and state government infrastructure of Quintana Roo at the disposal of the Cartel. State and federal police officers provided armed protection for Juarez Cartel boat crews as they offloaded cocaine from speedboats, and escorted the cocaine shipments — which were hidden inside tanker trucks — as they traveled through the state. State government airplane hangars were used to store and offload cocaine shipments that arrived by plane from Belize. Cartel members were provided with state police identification cards and firearms permits, so that they could travel through Quintana Roo with impunity.

    By late 1995, VILLANUEVA MADRID had accrued millions of dollars in narcotics proceeds. During this time period, in an effort to hide the illicit funds, he began transferring them to bank and brokerage accounts in the United States, Switzerland, the Bahamas, Panama and Mexico, many of which were held in the names of British Virgin Islands shell corporations. Several of these accounts were established at Lehman Brothers, Inc. (“Lehman”) in New York, with the assistance of CONSUELO MARQUEZ, a Lehman registered representative.

    In 1998, Mexican authorities began investigating VILLANUEVA MADRID for violations of Mexico’s narcotics, organized crime and corruption laws. In March 1999, VILLANUEVA MADRID’s term as governor of Quintana Roo expired, and with it his immunity from prosecution under the Mexican constitution. That month, VILLANUEVA MADRID fled and remained a fugitive for over two years. In April 1999, the PGR disclosed that it had issued a warrant for VILLANUEVA MADRID’s arrest on narcotics, organized crime and corruption charges.

    In the weeks and months surrounding his flight, VILLANUEVA MADRID, assisted by MARQUEZ liquidated the millions of dollars in narcotics proceeds he had deposited at Lehman, through a series of wire transfers totaling over $11 million. These transfers were made through an account at the Mexican bank Banamex that MARQUEZ had secretly opened for VILLANUEVA MADRID in the name of “Lehman Brothers Private Client Services.” A large portion of the illicit proceeds — over $7 million — were then deposited into an account at Lehman that MARQUEZ had opened in the names of a non-existent Mexican family. MARQUEZ was previously convicted in Manhattan federal court in connection with this matter.

    In May 2001, VILLANUEVA MADRID was located by Mexican authorities with the assistance of the Mexico City Country Office of the DEA, and arrested. VILLANUEVA MADRID had grown a long beard and shoulder-length hair, and had been hiding in remote areas in the Yucatan peninsula, assisted by a network of criminal associates and former aides.

    All of VILLANUEVA MADRID’s illicit funds at Lehman and in other U.S. accounts, totaling over $19 million, were seized and later forfeited by U.S. authorities.

    Following his arrest, VILLANUEVA MADRID was prosecuted by Mexican authorities and convicted in a Mexican court on organized crime and corruption offenses. He was serving his Mexican sentence when he was extradited. VILLANUEVA MADRID is charged with cocaine importation conspiracy and cocaine distribution conspiracy in Indictment S11 01 Cr. 021. VILLANUEVA MADRID is also charged with conspiring to launder narcotics proceeds, and thirteen separate additional counts of money laundering, in Indictment S5 02 Cr. 416. If convicted, VILLANUEVA MADRID faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison on the narcotics charges, and a maximum sentence of twenty years in prison on each of the fourteen money laundering counts.

    Mr. BHARARA praised the extraordinary investigative efforts of the DEA’s New York Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Strike Force — which is comprised of agents and officers of the DEA, the New York City Police Department, the United States Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, the Department of Homeland Security United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the New York State Police — as well as the DEA’s Mexico City Country Office and Merida, Mexico, Resident Office, which together led the investigation. Mr. BHARARA also recognized the DEA’s Offices in Houston and Pittsburgh, as well as the United States Attorney’s Office in Houston, and the Mexican PGR, for their invaluable assistance in the investigation. Mr. BHARARA also thanked the United States Marshals Service and the Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs for their assistance in effectuating the extradition.

    This case is being prosecuted by the Office’s Terrorism and International Narcotics Trafficking Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys ANIRUDH BANSAL and JOCELYN E. STRAUBER are in charge of the prosecution.

    The charges and allegations contained in the Indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until found guilty.

    Source

    See Also: I am only an instrument of the abuse of the power for political aims.

    This month of May of 2010, the decision of President Felipe Calderón is consumed to extradite me to the United States of America, in open violation to the General Constitution of the Republic and to the Treaty of Extradition between Mexico and that country.

    May 24, 2010 Posted by count us out | Uncategorized | | Leave a Comment

    * Jurel Roberson, South Park Family Gangsters, One of the “Most Wanted” gang members in the US was captured in AZ
    5/21/10

    One of the “Most Wanted” gang members in the United States was captured in Arizona yesterday by U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) based on a viewer tip to the television show America’s Most Wanted.

    Jurel Roberson, an alleged member of the Southside Park Family Gangster Bloods street gang, was wanted in Mesa, Ariz., for first degree murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a weapon by a prohibited person stemming from a drive-by shooting.

    According to court documents, on Nov. 7, 2007, three U.S. Army soldiers visited Tucson’s Club Envy while on leave from serving in Iraq. At the club, one of the soldiers began speaking to a woman he met at the club. The woman’s boyfriend, Roberson, was also in the club. Several hours later, the three soldiers left the club to drive to a nearby restaurant. Roberson is alleged to have driven up next to the soldiers’ car and opened fire. Bullets peppered the soldiers’ car, killing one soldier and wounding another. The third soldier was not injured.

    On May 17, 2010, the USMS Tucson Office received a tip from America’s Most Wanted regarding Roberson. The tipster provided information placing Roberson in the Phoenix area. Based on this tip, the USMS developed additional information about Roberson’s whereabouts and on May 19, 2010, at approximately 1:00 p.m., Deputy U.S. Marshals conducted surveillance and observed a person matching the Roberson’s description. A vehicle stop was initiated and Roberson was taken into custody following a brief struggle.

    Launched in April 2009, the National Gang Targeting, Enforcement & Coordination Center (GangTECC) Most Wanted list included 12 fugitives determined to be the biggest priorities to find. Roberson was one of the original 12 fugitives listed. The apprehension of Roberson illustrates the successful collaborative efforts of various law enforcement agencies focused on arresting one of GangTECC’s Most Wanted.

    GangTECC is a multi-agency center designed to serve as a critical catalyst in a unified federal effort to help disrupt and dismantle the most significant and violent gangs in the United States. The senior investigators at GangTECC come from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Department of Homeland Security. These federal agents work in close collaboration with the Gang Unit prosecutors in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, and with the analysts and others at the National Gang Intelligence Center.

    SOURCE

    May 24, 2010 Posted by count us out | Uncategorized | | Leave a Comment

    * (Video) Gun Owners of America Radio AD to warn Arizona about John McCain

    GunOwnersofAmerica — May 24, 2010 — Have you had enough of John McCain? Do you want to make sure Arizonans know why gun owners find him an enemy of freedom? You can make this happen by making sure this ad is heard all over Arizona.

    May 24, 2010 Posted by count us out | Uncategorized | | Leave a Comment

    * Read the Ruling – Lewis v Chicago: USSC Reinstates discrimination ruling in favor of 6,000 black applicants for firefighting jobs in the 1990s

    Washington…The Supreme Court dealt a potentially costly defeat to the city of Chicago Monday, reinstating a discrimination ruling in favor of 6,000 black applicants for firefighting jobs in the 1990s.

    In a 9-0 decision, the justices said Chicago had used an entry-level test for the Chicago Fire Department that had a “disparate impact” based on race. And therefore, they said, the city was liable for paying damages to those applicants who had “qualified” scores on the test, but were excluded in favor of those who scored higher.

    Earlier this year, a lawyer for black applicants estimated the total damages in the case could reach $100 million.

    Monday’s ruling is the latest twist in a long-running set of lawsuits over the use of civil service exams for hiring police and firefighters, both in Chicago and elsewhere.

    Justice Antonin Scalia, speaking at the court Monday, said he and his colleagues were applying the civil rights laws as written by Congress, not necessarily as he and others think it should be written. Since 1991, federal law has made it illegal for employers to use an “employment practice” that had a “disparate impact on the basis of race.”

    The Chicago case began in 1995 when 26,000 applicants took a written test to become a city firefighter. Faced with the large number applicants for only several hundred jobs, the city decided it would only consider those who scored 89 or above.

    This cut-off score excluded a high percentage of the minority applicants. And after a trial in 2005, U.S. District Judge Joan Gottschall ruled the test had an illegal “disparate impact” because the city had not justified the use of the cut-off score. Experts had testified that applicants who scored in the 70s or 80s were shown to be capable of succeeding as firefighters.

    The city did not contest that conclusion, but it won a reversal from the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on a procedural technicality. The appellate judges said the applicants had waited too long to sue. They had not sued during the year when the test results were released, but sued only after the scores were used to decide who would be hired.

    Civil-rights lawyers appealed on behalf of Arthur Lewis and the other black applicants. They were joined by the Obama administration, which said the federal civil rights law forbids the “use” of discriminatory tests. And by that standard, the suit was filed on time.

    The high court agreed Monday in Lewis v. Chicago. “Our charge is to give effect to the law Congress enacted,” Scalia said. The class of black applicants had sued at the time the test was used, and it resulted in their not being hired, he concluded.

    The unanimous ruling stands in sharp contrast to the deep split within the Supreme Court last year over a case involving white firefighters from New Haven, Connecticut. They sued after they were denied promotions when the city scrapped a test because its impact on black applicants. They won a 5-4 ruling from the Supreme Court saying they were victims of illegal discrimination.

    Chicago’s case involved the opposite situation. Where New Haven had backed away from using its test results, Chicago pressed ahead and was later sued for using a test that had a discriminatory impact on blacks.

    In Monday’s opinion, Scalia acknowledged this law creates “practical problems for employers” and can “produce puzzling results.” He concluded, however, “it is a problem for Congress, not one that federal courts can fix.”

    SOURCE

    *Alert–Citizens report nationwide mobilization of National Guard

    Last week at least 2 anonymous sources reported to the Conservative Examiner that National Guard troops were on the move inside the country. As the days have progressed more reports surfaced, and several bloggers wrote that troops have been spotted on the move in massive convoys in various parts of the nation.

    President Barack Obama arrives at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, N.Y., Saturday, May 22, 2010, en route to speak at the U.S Military Academy?s Class of 2010 graduation ceremony in West Point. (AP Photo/Mike Rice).

    One source reported that U.N. ‘peacekeeping’ troops were part of the movement.

    These reports that began as a small trickle of unconfirmed claims have now become a raging dam-burst as citizens in at least a dozen states have reported such unusual movements of troops.

    Free Press International reported the following:

    Eye witness reports from Georgia, Minnesota, Alabama, Kansas, and perhaps Texas suggest large scale mobilizations and deployment in progress for National Guard Units.

    We were under the impression that National Guard in Georgia were being deployed to help evacuate Florida in the event of toxic fumes from the oil spill if the government decided to light the booms.

    However, we are seeing reports from multiple states throughout the country.

    One citizen from Kansas stated the following:

    From Kansas:

    My old friend who’s in the army and just got back from Iraq and is not due to go to Afghanistan until August was just deployed too. He’s reserved in Kansas, so it’s definitely not the oil. I don’t know if everyone has been deployed, only him.

    I’m hoping it is something minor or just a coincidence, deployment from more than one state is DEFINITELY not a good sign.

    And then this one from Texas::

    I have lived in the Tomball, Texas area for about 33 years. I know whats normal and whats not. I also workout side and can tell you the type of helo by the sound. With that in mind.

    Today I have seen wave after wave of Blackhawks pushing hard toward the east/southeast over Tomball. These things were nose-down and they were moving. VERY NOT normal. Just thought I’d FYI.

    These could be training exercises or preparation for later deployment to Afghanistan. However, even military families note that it is highly unusual to witness this type of massive mobilization of Guard troops all at once, in various parts of the country.

    In addition, there is this report of a United Nations convoy spotted in Pennsylvania.

    No official word has come from the U.S. Military or the Administration on these unusual mobilizations.

    Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

    Continued

    See Also on Count Us Out: Kansas National Guard Deploying to the Horn of Africa

    and Flintlock, US Special forces, led by AFRICOM, Provide Top-Tier Training in 6 African Countries

  47. admin
    May 25th, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Yes, the oil men in AK who are repubs gave money to her repub opponents but not to her because they knew she would not cover for her.

    and now I hear the Soros people are stalking her family, 15 feet from her kids????

    these people are SICK! I absolutely support this woman.

    Nikki Haley is going thru such same nonsene in SC, she is endorsed by Sarah for the gov’s race, the good ol’ boy network can’t stand Nikki b/c she wants to get rid of corruption, so what happens when Nikki takes the lead after sarah’s endorsement?

    a rumor of an affair with a lowlife from Gov Sanford’s office, who made the accusation, offers no proof and no further interview.

    I am abolutely rooting for Sarah Palin, this is sick! they sent a Soros person to stalk her 15 feet from her kids~ and guess what? he’s up there for 5 months, gee, what happens in 5 months??

    NOVEMBER ELECTIONS.

    I don’t think I will ever vote for another dimocrat after all this crap I have seen.

  48. Current headlines at Drudge:
    FLASH: NETWORKS BEGIN TO TURN ON OBAMA… ABC ‘WORLD NEWS’ TAKES NEW ‘CRITICAL’ TONE… CBS ‘EVENING NEWS’, HALF OF SHOW ON SPILL, AND WHAT ADMIN HASN’T DONE… NBC: ‘NO END IN SIGHT’… DEVELOPING…

  49. I’ve never donated to Sarah’s PAC before, but I am today. This story has made me sick to my stomach, these dems and radicals are now physically stalking children. This makes me so sick.

  50. snip Separately, the White House is set to release its findings by the end of this week following an initial 30-day probe into the Deep­water accident, which killed 11 men. The report is expected to include recommendations on how the administration should handle deepwater and other offshore drilling applications.
    snip
    www dot ft.com/cms/s/0/5be4b8d8-6691-11df-aeb1-00144feab49a.html

    Sarah already knows plenty about how the administration should handle deepwater and other offshore drilling applications….
    2008 brought so many missed opportunities for excellence and integrity.

  51. The boob administration keeps trying to shove it all off on BP, because “they are resonsible”. Well yes, they are, but a national disaster requires a national response.

    They have a history of this. They did it with the bank bailouts as well – “the only ones who understand or know how to fix this mess are the ones who made it, so we’ll just stand by helpless and hand all control over to them.”

    I keep pounding on this issue, but for me it’s key to understanding the mood and bent of the public: TBTB want to keep screeching and fighting about big govt vs. small govt, while the people want concrete signs of targeted and EFFECTIVE govt. And that is something neither party has offered us for a long long time.

    We have “stay small and do nothing” R’s on the one hand, and we have “grab power and expand with nothing much to show for it” D’s on the other. While the People want something very simple: DO YOUR JOB. No more, and no less.

  52. Thanks for the link, jbstonesfan.

    “Additionally, Iran’s insistence that even with the deal it will continue to enrich uranium to 20 percent — from which it can produce weapons-grade material much more quickly than lower levels — is an even greater problem for the US and its allies.”

    ———————–

    Ya think??? Thanks a bunch obama for procrastinating for so long.

  53. Too funny…

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    Hillary Clinton Is Jealous of Tim Geithner’s Hair

    5/25/10

    When Hillary Clinton goes to China, she doesn’t just pester its leaders about revaluing the yuan or women’s rights. In an effort to engage the Chinese people and show them America’s friendly side, she also goes on talk shows like the one hosted by “China’s Oprah,” Chen Luyu, which is watched by 65 million freaking people, and chats about personal, humanizing things. When Hillary was on the show a couple of days ago with Tim Geithner, she talked about watching movies with Bill (she closes her eyes during violent scenes, he falls asleep during her rom-coms), nagging Chelsea, and living at the White House. And because these interviews are so much more lighthearted than the ones Hillary usually sits through in America, we learn some things about our secretary of State as well. When Luyu showed Hillary and Geithner a photo of the two of them together, we found out that Hillary is driven insane by the Treasury Secretary’s apparently amazing yet effortless hair.

    QUESTION: What were you talking about?

    SECRETARY CLINTON: I think I was complimenting him on his hair.

    (Laughter.)

    SECRETARY CLINTON: He always looks so good, you know? It’s maddening. It takes me so much longer, and it doesn’t even look as good.

    We can just imagine Hillary’s next hair appointment: “Give me the Geithner.”

    “But Hillary … ”

    “I said do it!”

    http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2010/05/hillary_clinton_is_jealous_of.html

  54. Gaza terrorists detonate donkey at border

    05/25/2010

    Animal dead, no human casualties; 200 kg of dynamite heaped on cart.

    A small Syrian-backed terrorist group in Gaza said its activists blew up a donkey cart laden with explosives close to the border with Israel on Tuesday, killing the animal but causing no human casualties.

    Abu Ghassan, spokesman for the terrorist group, said more than 200 kilograms of dynamite were heaped on the animal-drawn cart. He added that the explosives were detonated 60 meters from the concrete security barrier that separates the territory from Israel.

    http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=176452

  55. I wonder whether there is any chance they can scuttle to Kagen confirmation. During the reign of the last dictator two pet nominations were scuttled–Haynsworth and Carlswell. Typically, there is a reason why candidates seek to withhold information and the public has the right to know. If relevant information is being withheld that needs to be highlighted. This could be another trojan horse.
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    Today in Washington – May 25, 2010
    Posted by Brian Darling (Profile)
    Tuesday, May 25th at 10:00AM EDT
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    The House and the Senate will be working to get work done by the end of the week on some defense measures and a tax extenders bill before the pending Memorial Day recess. “Train wreck” — That is what Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said is on the horizon for the confirmation of Elena Kagan. The Senate will commence work today on a $59 billion War Supplemental. ”Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is back on the agenda for both the House and the Senate for this Thursday.

    With all of these important issues being debated by Congress, many Americans will be discussing the growing perception that the Obama Administration is not doing enough to address oil spill problems in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Elena Kagan- The Senate continues consideration of the nomination of Elena Kagan to be justice on the Supreme Court in anticipation of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings scheduled for June 28th. That hearing date may slip if Obama Administration officials do not produce documents requested by Senators. From the Associated Press, “the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee warned Monday that he would seek to slow Supreme Court nomineeElena Kagan’s path to confirmation unless senators get full access to her files as a Clinton administration aide.” It is going to be very difficult for Senators to asses Kagan’s judicial philosophy when Senate Judiciary Committee memberse are being denied access to important documents relating to Kagan’s tenure as a senior official of the Clinton Administration. More from AP, “Senator Jeff Sessions said that ‘we’re heading to what could be a train wreck. I don’t believe that this committee can go forward with an adequate hearing’ without all records from Kagan’s tenure as a White House counsel and then domestic policy adviser to President Bill Clinton.” This story has an interesting twist because President Obama and former President Bill Clinton may be playing the classic — “Good Cop, Bad Cop” con on the Senate. The APreports that the ”nation’s archivist told Leahy and Sessions in a letter last week that his staff would begin releasing the documents, which are held at the William J. Clinton Presidential Libraryin Little Rock, Ark., by June 4 and try to accommodate the panel’s June 28 deadline” with an important condition. It is not clear whether former President Bill Clinton will block documents claiming executive privilege. Expect a slow walk of the release of the Kagan documents and for former President Bill Clinton to emerge as the bad guy.

    Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – The Obama Administration has cut a deal on allowing gays to openly serve in the military. The Los Angeles Times reports, “the proposal would let lawmakers vote now to repeal the law and allow people who are openly gay to serve, once the president and top military leaders certify that the repeal wouldn’t threaten the military’s ‘readiness, effectiveness, unit cohesion, and recruiting and retention,’ according to documents the sponsors sent to the administration.” This is not much of a compromise, because the Administration has wanted to complete this campaign promise and they have been provided an opportunity on the Defense Authorization bill. Congressman Mike Pence (R-Indiana) as quoted by MSNBC said “the American people don’t want the American military to be used to advance a liberal political agenda. And House Republicans will stand on that principle.” The House may vote on this as part of the Defense Authorization Bill, H.R. 5136, and the Senate Armed Services Committee will be marking up a Defense Authorization bill the same day.

    Repeal ObamaCare- The repeal message on ObamaCare is picking up steam and the American people have not been convinced by Washington insiders that federally run health care is a good idea. Rasmussen reports that the repeal movement is growing. “Support for repeal of the new national health care plan has jumped to its highest level ever. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 63% of U.S. voters now favor repeal of the plan passed by congressional Democrats and signed into law by President Obama in March. Prior to today, weekly polling had shown support for repeal ranging from 54% to 58%. Currently, just 32% oppose repeal.” More bad news for the Obama Administration.

    Talk in Washington will shift from pending legislative matters to the Gulf of Mexico as this Administration attempts to stem the flow of criticism on their failed efforts to take control of the disaster.

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    holdthemaccountable
    May 25th, 2010 at 6:46 am

    Current headlines at Drudge:
    FLASH: NETWORKS BEGIN TO TURN ON OBAMA… ABC ‘WORLD NEWS’ TAKES NEW ‘CRITICAL’ TONE… CBS ‘EVENING NEWS’, HALF OF SHOW ON SPILL, AND WHAT ADMIN HASN’T DONE… NBC: ‘NO END IN SIGHT’… DEVELOPING…
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    It’s about freakin’ time!!!!

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    -20 for El Presidente!

    Back to circling the drain for the anoited one.

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 24% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-four percent (44%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20

  57. They need to get rid of Barney Frank. He and his cronies killed the Glass Steigle Amendment proposed by Cantwell, Feingold and Harkin which would have forced depositor banks to get out of the speculation business altogether–which was a Roosevelt ear reform killed in 1999 by the late great Jim Leach et. al.–a republican elitist bastard and Hillary hater from Iowa who lives up to his name. The added advantage of this Amendment would have been to break up the big banks who are eligible for bailouts on the theory that they are too big to fail.

    The fall back position to Glass Steigel is the Volker Rule, which would simply prohibit banks from dealing in derivatives. Again, Frank and his cronies say that is too restrictive and claim that banks should be allowed to hedge their risk he says. And, they refuse to say no more bail-outs for Europe or for big banks.

    So long as Frank is in charge, the fox is guarding the chicken coup. He needs a long vacation–like 30 years.

  58. -20 for El Presidente!

    Back to circling the drain for the anoited one.

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 24% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-four percent (44%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20
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    Wow! Time to repost that firedoglake video assigning responsibility to The One. Precious may not be able to solve global warming but he sure knows how to spill a gallon or two of oil. Hope, change, and environmental degradation as far as the eye can see. Another Rezko deal–screw constituents and protect big business. He was their go to guy in Illinois and NOTHING has changed. He is the prototypical politician who stays bought.

  59. Shadowfax
    May 25th, 2010 at 1:24 pm
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    -20 for El Presidente!

    Back to circling the drain for the anoited one.

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 24% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-four percent (44%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20
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    They’re showing that 42% “at least somewhat approve” of the job he is doing. WHO and WHERE in the hell are those people?

    Related – can you imagine what his approval ratings would be if the MFM weren’t propping him up with a broomstick and actually did their collective job?

  60. Related – can you imagine what his approval ratings would be if the MFM weren’t propping him up with a broomstick and actually did their collective job?
    —–

    Popsicle Barry (propped up w/broom) would be laughed out of DC by now without tingles, the mumbler, Nasty, MSNBC, CNN, NYTs, Brazillenut and the other cast of clowns that sing his praises.

  61. When short idiots get weapons……

    (Reuters) – North Korea said on Tuesday it was cutting all ties with the South and threatened its wealthy neighbor with military action over alleged violations of its waters off the west coast.

    The comments marked a new high in tensions on the divided peninsula after the March sinking of a South Korean warship, which Seoul blames on a torpedo fired by the communist North.

    The increasingly war-like rhetoric hit Seoul’s financial markets, prompting policymakers to call an emergency meeting on Wednesday to look for ways to calm investors.

    “The Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea …. formally declares that from now on it will put into force the resolute measures to totally freeze the inter-Korean relations, totally abrogate the agreement on non-aggression between the north and the south and completely halt the inter-Korean cooperation,” the North’s KCNA news agency reported.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE64N0F520100525

  62. Tim,

    This is what celebrities put up with. It goes on constantly. Neither she nor her children are in danger.

    now, GOP nominee Rand Paul doesn’t believe that the Civil Rights Act should have been signed, or that women whose lives are endangered by a pregnancy should be allowed to abort. Both of the beliefs are much more dangerous and deadly than anything Palin and her family are enduring.

  63. Popsicle Barry (propped up w/broom) would be laughed out of DC by now without tingles, the mumbler, Nasty, MSNBC, CNN, NYTs, Brazillenut and the other cast of clowns that sing his praises
    ———————————————————–
    They will go down together.

  64. They’re showing that 42% “at least somewhat approve” of the job he is doing. WHO and WHERE in the hell are those people?
    ———————-
    There is no passion in these people. They do not vote. Or if they do vote they do not influence others. They are not ready to throw him out–yet.

  65. Rand Paul doesn’t believe that the Civil Rights Act should have been signed, or that women whose lives are endangered by a pregnancy should be allowed to abort.

    ———-

    This tea bag also doesn’t believe that abortion should be available to victims of incest or rape!!!

    This type of stuff makes me crazy, some A$$hole religious freak making decisions for circumstances they will NEVAH be in.

    STFU you moron!!!!

  66. ShadowFax,

    Is that directed Rand Paul or me? I don’t think Rand reads Hillaryis44. I could be wrong, I guess.

  67. Kudos to Arizona

    PHOENIX (AP) – The Obama administration plans to announce Tuesday that it will send as many as 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to improve border security, an Arizona congresswoman said.

    Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords also said in a statement released Tuesday that President Barack Obama will request $500 million in funding for border security.

    Part of Giffords’ district borders Mexico.

    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s spokesman said the governor hadn’t been told of the move prior to her office being contacted by The Associated Press and had no immediate comment.

    http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D9FU1TN05&show_article=1

    Jan Brewer told Barry to DO YOUR JOB!!!!

  68. #
    basement angel
    May 25th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    ShadowFax,

    Is that directed Rand Paul or me? I don’t think Rand reads Hillaryis44. I could be wrong, I guess.
    ——
    I wouldn’t say STFU to a person on this blog…of course I was speaking to the tea bag, Rand Paul.

  69. Shadow,

    Good to know. I was a little puzzled. 🙂

    Rand Paul really is a piece of work. Where do they find ’em?

  70. Rand Paul really is a piece of work. Where do they find ‘em?

    ——
    In all the holy places where women will never be seen as equal.

    Where the ERA will never pass in some states making women equal.

    Every sperm is sacred…and all that hogwash.

    Sing it Monty………

  71. He and his daddy really don’t deserve ourt support…they are the antipathy of all things Clinton.

  72. I GUESS THE 24% WHO STRONGLY APPROVE OF OBAMA, MUST STRONGLY APPROVE OF THIS TOO:

    Every Congressman and Senator should have to
    view these two video clips. They speak for themselves!!!

    (OTM _ other than Mexican)

    Subject: OTMs (Other than Mexicans) captured by the U.S. Border Patrol

    These are reports by WSB Television in Atlanta Georgia regarding the capture

    of infiltrators from countries sponsoring terrorism who came across the Arizona border:

    Video #1 –

    Video #2 –

  73. Who in their right mind would ever somewhat approve of a leader who holds the American People hostage for cheap political gain? Sooner or later this will result in a disaster. Consider the following facts:

    1. Obama knows that terrorist organizations from the middle east are entering the United States with intention to do us harm.

    2. Nevertheless, Obama refuses to seal our border.

    3. Arizona pleads for federal help.

    4. Obama ignores them.

    5. Every day more terrorists enter the country.

    5. Since Obama will not protect Arizona citizens, Arizona is compelled to act.

    6. Arizona passes a law which authorizes stopping people and requesting identification.

    7. This law is based on federal law which Obama will not enforce. Also it includes probable cause.

    8. Obama condemns the Arizona law, plays the race card and induces his surrogates to boycott Arizona.

    9. Obama sends his attorney general and director of homeland security to capitol hill to testify against the bill. They admit under oath that they have not gotten around to reading it.

    10.Obamas director of ICE indicates he may not cooperate with Arizona.

    11.Obama gets the President of Mexico to appear before congress and condemn the law–while dimocrats leap to their feet in thunderous applause.

    12.Meanwhile, 85% of Arizonans (whites and hispanics alike) and 2/3 of Americans favor the Arizona law. They want to be protected and they do not want another 9/11 on our soil.

    13.The reason Obama refuses to act is because he wants amnesty for illegals and a national id card to control us. He is willing to hold the safety and security of the American People hostage for cheap political gain.

    14.Obama sees himself a combination of Lincoln, Roosevelt, Reagan, and Kennedy. He is wrong. He is none of those people. They were loyal Americans. He is not. Obama is more like Caligula.

  74. Just on FOx, an email from BP, not sure they will be able to use the top kill today.

    Some bloggers on another blog is saying that the feed that we are seeing live is nothing but a loop. We are seeing the same thing over and over.

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