Obama’s Oily Holes Still Unplugged

You have not read it elsewhere and probably never will – but it was the gold curtains. The gold curtains spoke the loudest. This disconnected from reality mess of a man, who was gifted the Democratic nomination, surrounded himself like a foreign potentate in gorgeous gold curtains.

Turn off the sound from Thursday’s love-in and the gold curtains spoke more than the flowery, stumbling, drivel from the TelePrompTer. The message: I got mine, screw you.

Who else but Barack Obama would go on vacation at a time like this? Having spent a few, forced on him, obligatory hours, less than it takes for one of his many golf games, Obama left the Gulf and all those White Working Class human beings. “Why bother,” he must have thought, “they are not my coalition.”

Who else but Barack Obama can possibly think that a few flowery words and some pretend concern, with stage props amassed on the beaches, will continue to fool? Obama is a fool who thinks you can fool all of the people all of the time.

Clown Royalty

Who else but Barack Obama recycles fake concern with recycled TelePrompTer verbiage garbage? Bret Baier noted the recycled verbiage:

My Job right now is just to make sure that everybody in the Gulf understand, this is what I wake to in the morning and this is what I go to bed at night thinking about.”

Obama thug Gibbs on January 20, 2010:
“[President Obama] wakes up in the morning and he goes to bed at night thinking about how to make people’s lives better – how to create that environment for creating jobs…”

Barack Obama on September 11, 2009 and multiple times:
“My greatest responsibility is the security of the American people. It’s the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning. It’s the last thing I think about when I go to sleep at night.”

Why bother writing something original? He simply does not care. His frat boy writers don’t care. They are from another world.

In that world, Hopium is guzzled, the words are flowery and hard working Americans are held in disdain.

“Obama skipped the memorial service for the 11 workers killed on the rig earlier this week to fly to California, where he collected $1.7 million for Democrats and toured a solar panel plant. On the day when the significant clots of oil started appearing on the Louisiana coast, Obama was sitting down for an interview to talk hoops with TNT’s Marv Albert.”

In her latest writing we discover Big Pink stalker Peggy Noonan still does not fully understand the selfishness at the bottomless, self-centered, opportunistic vapidity called Barack Obama. Noonan at least begins to understand that many Democrats, even the ones who pretend otherwise (and we won’t name names today), have not forgotten 2008 nor are they, like us, “reconciled” to the Chicago clown. Noonan writes:

“What continues to fascinate me is Mr. Obama’s standing with Democrats. They don’t love him. Half the party voted for Hillary Clinton, and her people have never fully reconciled themselves to him. But he is what they have. They are invested in him. In time—after the 2010 elections go badly—they are going to start to peel off. The political operative James Carville, the most vocal and influential of the president’s Gulf critics, signaled to Democrats this week that they can start to peel off. He did it through the passion of his denunciations.”

Noonan echoed what we have been strategizing about for a long time now – Obama must be run off before 2012.

Unlike Noonan, the Washington Post still does not understand the usually-below-the-surface and thus far mostly civil war within the Dimocratic Party. But the Post does help us understand why the fear of Clintons still motivates conservatives and Republicans who don’t realize Obama should be their target and that they need to abandon their feral hatreds and tap into the cerebral cortex.

Some conservatives understand their target should be Obama. Some conservatives however cannot help but give in to the feral when that Clinton moon shines on them. But thanks to the Washington Post and their dimwitted coverage we do understand the Clinton hatred a bit more because at some level they know that Obama is a boob and Hillary and Bill Clinton are smart:

“In a toxic environment where candidates are running away from the establishment, Clinton has swooped in to Arizona, Georgia, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York and Pennsylvania, and he is expected to make more stops before November’s midterm elections.

Republicans have taken notice, suggesting that Clinton might play a bigger role this cycle than Obama. “President Obama spends his days in the Oval Office, but it appears, more and more, that he has no idea how to use it,” said GOP strategist Kevin Madden. “Bill Clinton isn’t in the Oval Office these days, but he knows how to use the presidency.”

The “toxic environment” is code language for “Obama is poison.” The ‘knows how to use it’ language is code for “Bill Clinton is competent and knows what he is doing but Barack Obama is a boob, an incompetent boob.” Which brings us back to Peggy Noonan’s latest column.

After her wink and nod support of Barack Obama in 2008, Noonan does get some of the horror but not the full horror of what has been unleashed from the swamps of Chicago. Noonan now whines: “He Was Supposed To Be Competent”:

I don’t see how the president’s position and popularity can survive the oil spill. This is his third political disaster in his first 18 months in office. And they were all, as they say, unforced errors, meaning they were shaped by the president’s political judgment and instincts.

There was the tearing and unnecessary war over his health-care proposal and its cost. There was his day-to-day indifference to the views and hopes of the majority of voters regarding illegal immigration. And now the past almost 40 days of dodging and dithering in the face of an environmental calamity. I don’t see how you politically survive this.

The president, in my view, continues to govern in a way that suggests he is chronically detached from the central and immediate concerns of his countrymen. This is a terrible thing to see in a political figure, and a startling thing in one who won so handily and shrewdly in 2008. But he has not, almost from the day he was inaugurated, been in sync with the center. The heart of the country is thinking each day about A, B and C, and he is thinking about X, Y and Z. They’re in one reality, he’s in another.”

Noonan does not understand that that amazing Obama “judgment” and that “won” and the “shrewdly” were all figments of her imagination. Obama had to be dragged across the finish line after running a campaign in which any of the many glaring campaign mistakes and lies (Wright, “bitter”, “clinging”, “Punjab”) were forgiven by Noonan and the Big Media hypocrites and liars. That fairy tale good “judgment” was always political calculation and a fawning Big Media that worshiped not vetted.

That “shrewdly” was Big Media protection and a Dimocratic establishment that we now know conspired behind the scenes to gift Obama the nomination. The Big Media protection extended to the Tenessee floods and more than a month of ignoring the gusher of petroleum death beneath the surface of the Gulf. Big Media protected their stooge Obama. Big Media shilled the great Obama “judgement” and the supposed shrewd victory. It was all a fairy tale.

During the campaign and even now it is considered “racist” code language to describe Obama as alien to America (the graphic of Obama as alien we again publish today was a production of the fever mills of the “B.O. Generation” and was produced by Obama supporters). But Noonan describes an alien figure who addresses his concerns not “normal” “small town” “bitter” “clinging” American concerns. Obama as alien is not “racist” it is reality.

Noonan also echoes our analogy from “Obama’s Oil Slick” that the Obama “alien-ness” and disconnection to normal America, the scandals, the misdemeanors, and Obama’s Katrina are all related. We wrote in early May:

When the Obaminations began during the primary elections of 2008, the PINO websites were on the beach sunning themselves and shouting “racist!” at all who saw what was coming. The Obama oil slick was on it’s way to shore long ago. The flames from the Obama oil slick were visible long ago.

Now the oil slick is coming home… to the roost.

Noonan belatedly echoes:

“They saw the dollars gushing night and day, and worried that while everything looked the same on the surface, our position was eroding. They have worried about a border that is in some places functionally and of course illegally open, that it too is gushing night and day with problems that states, cities and towns there cannot solve.

And now we have a videotape metaphor for all the public’s fears: that clip we see every day, on every news show, of the well gushing black oil into the Gulf of Mexico and toward our shore. You actually don’t get deadlier as a metaphor for the moment than that, the monster that lives deep beneath the sea.[snip]

This is what happened with Katrina, and Katrina did at least two big things politically. The first was draw together everything people didn’t like about the Bush administration, everything it didn’t like about two wars and high spending and illegal immigration, and brought those strands into a heavy knot that just sat there, soggily, and came to symbolize Bushism.”

The monster, dear Peggy, is not beneath the sea. It comes from Chicago.

As the Blagojevich trial gusher uncorks this coming week, as the gusher of corruptions hurtles unstopped from Pennsylvania to the Colorado, as the thick ooze of crude erupts beneath the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Americans understand the danger which gathers force. The propaganda gusher on Thursday, the day of the Obama gold curtain appearance, declared the gusher of oil was blocked. But it is not so.

“HOUSTON — BP engineers failed again to plug the gushing oil well on Saturday, a technician working on the project said, representing yet another setback in a series of unsuccessful procedures the company has tried a mile under the sea to stem the flow spreading into the Gulf of Mexico.”

The attempted propaganda gusher to shut down investigations into the Sestack scandal are equally unplugged. The New York Times quandary is the law versus Obama love and the “everybody does it” defense:

“Most parents do not accept that excuse from their children and the public should not accept it here,” he said. “A line may have been crossed. But we do not know all the facts right now, and we cannot fairly judge the situation until we do.”

We need a gusher of investigations and facts to counter the gusher of corruption and lies. Obama’s oily holes of sewer corruption must be plugged with brutal force if we are ever to wash ourselves clean.


132 thoughts on “Obama’s Oily Holes Still Unplugged

  1. The markets are closed today so BP is 30 minutes early with the daily confession that, no, the top kill is not working like we said it was this morning:


    A source told The Times-Picayune that officials would announce the failure of the top kill option at a 4 p.m. Saturday briefing in Robert .

    BP is expected to announce that it will move on to its next option, known as LMRP. The procedure involves cutting off the failed, leaking riser at the top of the Lower Marine Riser Package on the blowout preventer to get a clean-cut surface on the pipe.

    They’ve been working on this since yesterday. Should make for entertaining video feeds from the ocean floor, like this morning’s video of a robot taking a circular saw to the riser pipe. Unfortunately, it’s probably all just a big dog and pony show because Obama and BP need to make it look like they are doing something.

    Here’s what the smart money is saying:

    “Relief well. August. Maybe September…..”

  2. Hwc, as today’s article indicates, during Obama’s press love-in and hisvisit to the Gulf the news was all good. Now that he is back in Chicago, the truth oozes out. The oil hole is unplugged.

    There’s also this:


    Three months before the massive BP oil spill erupted in the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama administration proposed downsizing the Coast Guard national coordination center for oil spill responses, prompting its senior officers to warn that the agency’s readiness for catastrophic events would be weakened.

  3. Admin: nice article. Nicer rebuttal to Noonan. She was an Obama supporter, and only recently has she come to her senses. If she had devoted the time reading this blog rather than condemning it in the beginning, she would have been much wiser much sooner.

  4. cornfloyd asked:

    Has anyone realized that if they don’t cap this well and we have to wait for 9 more months for the relief well would mean to the size of the spill??? Its already huge, then we can multiply that size x 10 months. This is going to be the death of the Gulf of Mexico and they are doing nothing to vacuum it up or try to keep it off the marsh land or off the coral reef’s.

    It probably won’t be nine months. The deal with the relief wells is that they have to bore in from the side and intersect the existing wellshaft. That took forever in 1979, but the aiming technology has improved dramatically. They put an electrical charge on the existing well lining and use that charge to aim the bore from the side. They hit within a few feet almost every time now, although they may have to make several tries to mill through the well casing and make a connection. Each of those tries will take about a week. So, August is the earliest estimate, probably September if they run into normal snags.

    There are some who think they should be drilling four relief wells simultaneously to increase the chances that one of them completes without any delays. BP was only drilling one. The government made them start a second one, but now BP has stopped drilling the second one. It costs about half a million dollars a day to drill. The excuse is that they need the blowoff preventer from the second relief well to perhaps install on the gusher and that there is a shortage of drilling rigs. However, all exploration drilling in the Gulf has been halted. I would think that a truly engaged President could redeploy some drilling rigs and blowout preventers in the gulf — the epicenter of the worldwide offshore drilling supply industry. Of course, all that work might cut into vaca time.

    And, yes, the expecation is that the gusher (“spill” is a completely misleading term favored by BP, the government, and the court scribes in the media) will do unthinkable damage to the Gulf Mexico. Basically kill it for some extended period of time.

  5. Jan: that is a good name for him: “PRESIDENT TAR BALLS”

    (And a perfect rebuttal to the bots like Amderson Cooper who call Tea Party people teabaggers)

  6. Also, nobody wants to highlight the urgency of the relief wells because that would undermine the feel-good PR spin that there is some scheme to plausibly stop this thing before August.

  7. As became apparent to this slow-witted bitter clinger around fall ’09, Oilbama and the lunatic dimocrat congress is obsessed with FRINGE matters; things which should be an afterthought, to the neglect and exclusion of the matters which are of concern to the non-academic vast majority of Americans, that is the proper focus of government. This bizarre detachment from reality is displayed on nearly every level of analysis you wish to examine this administration. “Stimulus” aimed at sustaining state and local government unsustainable levels of spending rather than creating private jobs; rhetoric without substance concerning pie-in-the-sky “green” jobs which do not exist and technologies which are wholly inadequate and inefficient to act as a basis for a national economy; mirandizing enemy irregulars so as to protect their non-existent constitutional rights …

    On and on and on and on … pick anything. Anything. It is an obsession with crazy, unicorn-flavored, fringe matters.

  8. Great post Admin!

    Yes, now that Barry can’t just prance around the globe collecting unearned Nobel prizes and read regurgitated speeches from 2008, his failure as a President is so blaring that even the MSM can’t keep it under wraps any longer.

    The more Dems like Carville and ThrillsUpHisLeg speak out against his ineptness, the more Obots will have no cover for their simpleminded, stubborn hope Barry will grow into the job as President.

    PUMAs are starting to feel as though the other part of the party are really the ones under the bus.

  9. If somebody took the time to analyze Obamas behavior they would see that whenever he faces a crisis he retreats by instinct and the situation grows worse. He lacks moral courage and he is afraid that if he acts and it goes badly then he will be blamed. So he waits until he can see a clear political win and only then does he weigh in. Or until he is compelled to act in response to public pressure. You see it now in this BP crisis, but you saw it as well in the Somalian pirate matter where he procrastinated until a disguised Navy seal went on a CNN broadcast and called the game on him. The Navy believed that if he did not give the order then the pirates would get away with the hostage and he would blame them. Good luck by the way in finding that video. It was scrubbed for obvious reasons. Two people I know in the midwest both saw it and when I went looking for it to post here it was gone. I do not blame the Navy for doing that. Such actions could easily be misconstrued. But the fact is, it happened. And it was the beginning of the pattern we have seen ever since and will continue to see from him in the future. It is not a personal habit so much as it is a character flaw. Nobody likes to jump into the fray when they don’t know all the factors. But endless procrastination is worse. I think it was Patton who said a bad plan ruthlessly executed is better than a perfect plan timidly executed. I am not advocating ruthlessness per se, but more often than not some action is better than no action at all.

  10. And, the obvious problemw with Obama from the start was that he simply wasn’t ready. Lest anyone forget, his only real government experience had been as a part-time statehouse hack. Anybody want the statehouse hacks from your state in charge of the United States government?

  11. @shadowfax “It is an obsession with crazy, unicorn-flavored, fringe matters.”

    You have hit the nail on the head.

    As have wbboei and hwc. You cannot move forward with a plan, good or bad, unless you have one. He has no plans because he was not, is not, and will never be ready.

    I wrote articles LAST SUMMER saying that the Democrats trying to play along with Republicans on health care was a waste of time and they needed to put together a REAL health care reform bill with a public option and pass it by any means necessary before corporate interest watered the bill down to nothing.

    Obama-Pelousy-Reid dithered and dallied and ended up passing a Big Insurance and Big Pharma bailout hell care deform scam written by right-wingers in the 90s to oppose Hillarycare (which was an actual reform bill) and, of course, didn’t get a single Republican vote.

    Obamacrats are massively incompetent cowards who cannot be trusted. They must be driven out of the power.

  12. I keep remembering the time during the primaries when waffles said it would be inappropriate for him to appear on SNL when a major storm was poised to hit a southern state. Contrast that with his behaviors over the last year and a half and I am sickened with rage by this anointed hypocrite. So I have my theories but why didn’t bambi appear on SNL?

  13. Searched for an article re his cancellation on SNL but got nothing. Anyone remember the month it was supposed to take place or where the impending storm took place?
    A great ad is waiting to be born using his words then being read over pics of the tragedy today juxtaposed with footage of his celebrity shenanigans

  14. What Obama is waking up to today and going to bed tonight:


    President Barack Obama was back in Chicago this evening after a day in Louisiana viewing the Gulf oil spill damage and containment efforts first-hand.

    Air Force One left O’Hare International Airport this morning and returned about 5:07 p.m., according to pool reporters. By 5:20 p.m. the president was aboard the Marine One helicopter to the Soldier Field parking lot, and was driven to his Kenwood home by 5:45 p.m. [snip]

    According to White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, the first family is expected to have some Chicago-area friends over to their house sometime over the weekend. Details were not released.

    “I think he’s going to want to see some friends that he has — some he’s seen and some he hasn’t seen,” Gibbs said to the media aboard Air Force One. “0I think the family is going to have a get-together and have some friends over for dinner and just sort of be in the old neighborhood for a couple of days, and then go to — go back to the veteran’s cemetery in Will County that he visited in 2005 on Memorial Day.”

    There also has been speculation the president and his family may attend the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup opener Saturday night or a performance of “The Good Negro,” a play about civil rights leadership in the 1960s, at the Goodman Theatre.

    Yeah, he’s having sleepless nights caring.

  15. Now McCain rouses himself to say what he should have said in 2008 (and let’s not forget McCain used to be the Big Media darling once):


    On Sestak:

    “Oh my,” McCain laughs, his voice dripping with jest. “Can’t we just trust their words? I mean, what’s the matter with you? If Robert Gibbs says nothing untoward took place, then that, of course, satisfies any concerns I might have.” More seriously: “All I can say is this: Imagine if this was the Bush administration. The media wolf pack would be in full cry. But this is something we’ve grown used to. We have a compliant media. The good thing is that the American people have figured it out. They’re not being guided by the views of the mainstream media. If they were, the president’s polls wouldn’t be where they are.”

    On President Obama’s visit to the Senate:

    “The president had very strong disagreements with Senator Barrasso and Senator Corker,” McCain says. “Barrasso was chronicling how Obamacare was a failure and the president just ripped into him, saying ‘you know, John, there’s no press here.’ That took me aback. You think Barrasso thought press was in there? Then the president spoke repeatedly about how he’s supposedly taken on the left wing of his party. Please, does he really want our sympathy? It’s laughable.” Is the president as serious as you once thought? “There are legitimate questions as to whether he’s out of his depth or not,” McCain says.

    On Mitt Romney:

    “Nobody did more for me between the time I won the nomination and Election Day than Mitt Romney,” McCain says. “He did everything the campaign asked, from giving speeches everywhere to media. Cindy and I have developed a friendship with him and Ann since the campaign. They’ve stayed at our place in northern Arizona for a weekend and he stops by to see me whenever he’s in Washington. It’s a very good relationship.”

    Is Romney using his political winter effectively? “Yes, very much so,” McCain says. “He’s doing the right things with his abilities — not too much, not too little, and traveling around to the early primary states. And, as I know, you always have a certain advantage the second time around, even if you support the surge.”

    On writer Joe McGinniss, Sarah Palin’s new neighbor:

    “How low can you sink?” McCain asks. “There should be an outcry amongst the media. What he’s doing is just terrible. It’s unbelievable that somebody would sink that low.”

  16. Pondering the effect of the mcginness residence upon the Palin children I did a little research. Most adults crippled by mental illness suffer from a sense of abondonment real or perceived. The psyche is fluid until early adulthood. Thus the hack writer is placing the Palin children in jeopardy by assailing what is their defense against the world. He may actually do no physical harm but he is threatening their sense of security. Gov Palin and her husband may choose to minimize but the actions have an effect and the effects are noted by the kids. Think about the parents who decide never to argue in front of the kids even though they are unhappy. The kids pick it up. A 9 or 10 year old has a right to have a safe place to develop to make mistakes. I say damn the hack.

  17. Excellent article, admin.

    In regards to Peggy Noonan, I just wanted to mention — this is about 4th or 5th time in recent months that I’ve noticed Peggy reference Hillary supporters in her articles. Her frequent (yet clandestine) references to us….are beginning to give me the impression that Ms. Noonan may be reading Big Pink! (After all…we already know she was here once, when she wrote that hitpiece about this website back in 2008.)

    Big Pink stalker then, is perfect for Peggy!! My, how the mighty have fallen.

    Oh, and Ms. Noonan — since I’d venture that you’re probably reading this (no doubt looking for info your next article), let me just say: Welcome!! Hope you’re enjoying all the work admin and all the wonderful posters here are doing! Just try not to insult us next time child, especially if you’re going to be talking about Hillary supporters in the future to support your points! 😉 LOL

  18. McGinness is a creeper. I say this from the perspective of an educator and school counselor.

    I have children of very high profile celebrities at my school. Paparazzi will not come near the school, even if they follow the parents around. Even the paparazzi know there are lines you do not cross and that is the privacy of the children of their targets.

    I don’t care about Sarah Palin, but I have serious concerns about the well-being of her children with some creepy stalker journalist living next door. He did not have to buy a house next door to do his investigation, and, in fact, had he not made a show of it (watching Palin mow the lawn) no one would have known. The fact that he made his presence known shows he is not doing serious investigative journalism.

    This guy is scum, and I’m glad his name is being dragged through the mud on the left and the right.

  19. DefiantOne
    My point exactly. Sarah can take the heat, but the kids need, deserve, a safe place called home.
    He has violated that.
    I wonder if it were the children of a mass murderer would the press be up in arms about protecting those kids?

  20. Fifth Dimension, among the “journalists” (quite prominent ones) we know visit the site there has been a marked shift in attitude in their writing. They came to scoff and they leave as echoes.

  21. Can it get worse?


    Tropical Storm Agatha, the first of the season, formed Saturday off the Pacific coast of Guatemala, where its heavy rains dislodged a boulder that killed four people and threatened to turn black volcanic ash into cement-like mud.

    Agatha comes two days after the Pacaya volcano began erupting, blanketing Guatemala’s capital in ash and destroying 800 homes. Officials expressed worry that Agatha’s heavy rains could exacerbate the damage.

    The tropical storm was centered about 105 miles (170 kilometers) west of Puerto de San Jose, Guatemala, and moving toward the northeast at 7 mph (11 kph), said the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. It had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph).

  22. Jesus, when are we going to stop on the McGinniss. The guy is neither hack nor a stalker. He rented the house for five months to announce that is there and to see what people move to cover up in his presence. he’s a brilliant guy and he doesn’t make careless moves. he’s not interested in Sarah’s children and they will not be harmed in the least by his presence.

    He’s interested in the oil deal, and as they observed at Slate, he wants everyone in Alaska to know he is there and if they know anything, they can come to talk to him. This isn’t a coincidence. It’s intentional.

    There is nothing to suggest that a journalist living next door is harmful marriage, kids or dogs. I’m starting to hoping he buys the house and stays, the rhetoric is so repugnant.

  23. mcginniss sucks
    no way around it
    HE INTENTIONALLY violated a space
    Great thing is its going to backfire

  24. Just watched the presser with the CEO of BP and Mary Landry, the Coast Guard hack. Lots of talk about “lowered expectations” and “relief wells” and the “continuting need for underwater dispersants.

    I’m very worried. Forget the Gulf, I’m worried these BP and gov hacks are going to get hurt patting themselves on the back so hard for all their great efforts.

    “August. Maybe September….”

    BTW, the underwater dispersants are a PR move, too. They limit the amount of oil on the surface where people can see it. But, the oil is still there.

  25. @DefiantOne

    Followed your link through to your blog. Never been there before. Lots of nice work I can spend some time perusing.

    I’d recommend everyone to check out his post partisan examiner blog.

  26. The Age of Obama in all its glory. Alice is our girl. The jurors are the media, i.e. first the verdict then the trial. The King is Obama and the Queen is Scowl. The doormouse(later in the story is Chuck Todd). White Rabbit is who else Gibbs. The nave is W. And somewhere in this classic there is the line: “I can use words to mean anything I want them to mean”.
    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland


    Lewis Carroll



    The King and Queen of Hearts were seated on their throne when they arrived, with a great crowd assembled about them–all sorts of little birds and beasts, as well as the whole pack of cards: the Knave was standing before them, in chains, with a soldier on each side to guard him; and near the King was the White Rabbit, with a trumpet in one hand, and a scroll of parchment in the other. In the very middle of the court was a table, with a large dish of tarts upon it: they looked so good, that it made Alice quite hungry to look at them–`I wish they’d get the trial done,’ she thought, `and hand round the refreshments!’ But there seemed to be no chance of this, so she began looking at everything about her, to pass away the time.

    Alice had never been in a court of justice before, but she had read about them in books, and she was quite pleased to find that she knew the name of nearly everything there. `That’s the judge,’ she said to herself, `because of his great wig.’

    The judge, by the way, was the King; and as he wore his crown over the wig, (look at the frontispiece if you want to see how he did it,) he did not look at all comfortable, and it was certainly not becoming.

    And that’s the jury-box,’ thought Alice, `and those twelve creatures,’ (she was obliged to say `creatures,’ you see, because some of them were animals, and some were birds,) `I suppose they are the jurors.’ She said this last word two or three times over to herself, being rather proud of it: for she thought, and rightly too, that very few little girls of her age knew the meaning of it at all. However, `jury-men’ would have done just as well.

    The twelve jurors were all writing very busily on slates. `What are they doing?’ Alice whispered to the Gryphon. `They can’t have anything to put down yet, before the trial’s begun.’

    They’re putting down their names,’ the Gryphon whispered in reply, `for fear they should forget them before the end of the trial.’

    `Stupid things!’ Alice began in a loud, indignant voice, but she stopped hastily, for the White Rabbit cried out, `Silence in the court!’ and the King put on his spectacles and looked anxiously round, to make out who was talking.

    Alice could see, as well as if she were looking over their shoulders, that all the JURORS WERE WRITING DOWN STUPID THINGS ON THEIR SLATES, and she could even make out that one of them didn’t know how to spell `stupid,’ and that he had to ask his neighbour to tell him. `A nice muddle their slates’ll be in before the trial’s over!’ thought Alice.

    One of the jurors had a pencil that squeaked. This of course, Alice could not stand, and she went round the court and got behind him, and very soon found an opportunity of taking it away. She did it so quickly that the poor little juror (it was Bill, the Lizard) could not make out at all what had become of it; so, after hunting all about for it, he was obliged to write with one finger for the rest of the day; and this was of very little use, as it left no mark on the slate.

    `Herald, read the accusation!’ said the King.

    On this the White Rabbit blew three blasts on the trumpet, and then unrolled the parchment scroll, and read as follows:–

    `The Queen of Hearts, she made some
    All on a summer day:
    The Knave of Hearts, he stole
    those tarts,
    And took them quite away!’

    `CONSIDER YOUR VERDICT,’ the King said to the jury.

    `Not yet, not yet!’ the Rabbit hastily interrupted. `THERE’S A GREAT DEAL TO COME BEFORE THAT!’ (LIKE MAYBE THE EVIDENCE)

  27. blowme0bama
    May 29th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Followed your link through to your blog. Never been there before. Lots of nice work I can spend some time perusing.

    I’d recommend everyone to check out his post partisan examiner blog.
    I agree 100%. Excellent work.

  28. Something has really bugged me about the BP mess.

    Their EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) was WAIVED a few weeks before the explosion.

    I put up a small, 16 by 18 foot carport next to my little cottage last week. It took me SIX MONTHS to get village permits, a variance and all the other sh!T needed to comply with local zoning laws.

    One of the things I had to fill out was a long ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (EIS)! For a teeny carport worth no ore than a couple of grand on a tiny piece of property.

    And yet BP’s EIS was WAIVED!

    I even had to send out a dozen notices to ALL neighbors within something like a 700 foot radius AND go to several zoning board meetings AND go to a zoning board of appeals before I got the permit. And BP?

    WTF is going on???????

  29. I completely agree. We must lay off McGuinness. He was homeless in Massachusetts. The only place that would rent to him was a shack in Wasilla Alaska. By sheer coincidence that shack happened to be next door to Sarah. And, by serendipity, it happened to have a radio listening devices and a periscope which were innocently left behind by the last tenant, who was a star guest on the MSNBC smash hit To Catch A Predator. Try the benign explanation first. And before you judge ill of him try to understand his plight:

    He’s a poor little lamb who has lost his way
    Baa, baa, baa
    He’s a little black sheep who has gone astray
    Baa, baa, baa

    Gentleman songsters off on a spree
    Doomed from here to eternity
    Lord have mercy on such as he
    Baa, baa, baa

  30. Not as forthright as us, but a scorcher by Big Media standards – Dana Milbank assesses the gold curtain press conference:


    In the hour President Obama spent at the podium in the East Room last week holding a news conference on the Gulf oil spill, he practiced every form of self-flagellation short of bringing out a cat-o’-nine-tails.

    “The culture had not fully changed in MMS” — the agency that polices oil drilling — “and absolutely I take responsibility for that,” he said. “There wasn’t sufficient urgency.”

    The administration, he explained, “was in the process of making these reforms. But the point that I’m making is that obviously they weren’t happening fast enough. If they had been happening fast enough, this might have been caught.”

    He decorated the East Room with wuddas, cuddas and shuddas: “We should have busted through those constraints. . . . pre-deploying boom would have been the right thing to do . . . I do think our efforts fell short. . . . They should have pushed them sooner. . . . I think that it took too long. . . . Where I was wrong was in my belief that the oil companies had their act together.”

    No wonder Americans are growing dissatisfied with his handling of the spill. Even his daughter holds him responsible. “When I woke this morning and I’m shaving,” he said, “Malia knocks on my bathroom door and she peeks in her head and she says, ‘Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?’ ” [snip]

    In a sense, it’s refreshing to have a president who is candid about shortcomings. Yet Obama’s news conference may have been the weakest hour of his presidency.

    As I sat in the fourth row on Thursday, I was struck by the weirdly passive figure before me. He delivered lawyerly phrases and spoke of his anger about the oil spill but showed none in his voice or on his face. He was, presumably, there to show how aggressively he has handled the disaster, but he seemed cool, almost bloodless.

    CBS’s Chip Reid asked about the resignation hours earlier of Elizabeth Birnbaum, head of the MMS, or Minerals Management Service. “I found out about her resignation today,” Obama replied. Interior Secretary “Ken Salazar has been in testimony throughout the day, so I don’t know the circumstances in which this occurred.”

    An incredulous Jackie Calmes of the New York Times wanted to know “how it is that you didn’t know about Ms. Birnbaum’s resignation/firing.” [snip]

    Louisianan James Carville exploded Wednesday on “Good Morning America” about Obama’s “political stupidity” in the spill. “He could be commandeering tankers and making BP bring tankers in and clean this up. They could be deploying people. . . . It just looks like he’s not involved in this. Man, you got to get down here and take control of this.”

  31. Where children are concerned a physical threat may actually do less damage than one that is perceived. mcginess has intentionally encroached upon a family. Agree or disagree with the Palin political philosophy I doubt any thinking individual deems it appropriate that a childs sanctum be violated. There is no excuse for his actions.
    What if Sarah hired someone to go through every nook and cranny of sad pitiful writer’s parents lives.

  32. FACTBOX-Developments in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill

    Sat May 29, 2010

    (Reuters) – Here are developments in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill:


    * BP Plc (BP.L) said the complex “top kill” maneuver to plug its Gulf of Mexico oil well had failed, ending hopes for a quick end to the largest oil spill in U.S. history that is now in its 40th day.

    * The company said its next option was called the lower marine riser package cap, one that captures oil from the well rather than plug it. BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward said the cap would take about four days to install.


    President Barack Obama visited the Louisiana Gulf Coast on Friday, which has been hardest hit by the oil slick. Facing mounting criticism over his handling of the crisis, Obama has sought to show leadership in the fight against the oil spill.


    * BP shares closed down about 5 percent in London on Friday as investors fretted over whether the latest effort to plug the deep-sea well would work.

    * BP said the total financial cost of the response to the disaster now stands at $930 million, up from a $760 million estimate on May 24.


    * Shares of companies that lease drilling rigs, including Transocean Ltd, and oilfield services firms like Halliburton Co also fell on worries about financial fallout from the U.S. government’s six-month ban on new deepwater drilling permits.


    * Offshore driller Transocean said some clients may leave the Gulf of Mexico this year, but long-term rig demand in U.S. waters looks intact despite the Deepwater Horizon accident and resulting deepwater drilling moratorium.

    * A one-year delay on new deepwater projects stemming from the Gulf of Mexico well rupture could cut world oil supply by 500,000 barrels per day between 2013 and 2017, Bernstein Research said in a note to clients.


    * “We have not been able to stop the flow,” BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles told a news conference, announcing the failure of the top kill option.


  33. If you walk like a stalker and quack like a stalker, don’t complain when someone builds a fence. 😉

  34. Speaking of BP stock, I was watching CNN a couple of days ago and they said that BP was not going to be forthcoming with news because they have to protect their stock market price…this seems to be perfectly legal, how I don’t know?

    Well CNN is now covering the Oil Spill nonspot now, how they thought the TopKill was going to work when it has never worked offshore.

    The Gulf is gone and I’m just sick about it.

  35. Another superb post by Admin. You have been on fire as of late with loads of great material!!!

  36. THey are saying the hat (sombrero)/LMRP has a huge chance of making the hole bigger and the spill worse. THe sombrero has been tried in 1979 and it did not work…I don’t know if it has ever worked…I think its an awful chance.

  37. Garbage scow Maureen Dowd is now a “racist”. She’s pouting about B.O.:


    President Spock’s behavior is illogical.

    Once more, he has willfully and inexplicably resisted fulfilling a signal part of his job: being a prism in moments of fear and pride, reflecting what Americans feel so they know he gets it.

    “This president needs to tell BP, ’I’m your daddy,’ “ scolded James Carville, a New Orleans resident, as he called Barack Obama’s response to Louisiana’s new watery heartbreak “lackadaisical.”[snip]

    In the campaign, Obama’s fight flagged to the point that his donors openly upbraided him. In the Oval, he waited too long to express outrage and offer leadership on A.I.G., the banks, the bonuses, the job loss and mortgage fears, the Christmas underwear bomber, the death panel scare tactics, the ugly name-calling of Tea Party protesters.

    Too often it feels as though Barry is watching from a balcony, reluctant to enter the fray until the clamor of the crowd forces him to come down. The pattern is perverse. [snip]

    The wound-tight, travel-light Obama has a distaste for the adversarial and the random. But if you stick too rigidly to a No Drama rule in the White House, you risk keeping reality at bay. Presidencies are always about crisis management.

    Obama invented himself against all odds and repeated parental abandonment, and he worked hard to regiment his emotions. But now that can come across as imperviousness and inflexibility. He wants to run the agenda; he doesn’t want the agenda to run him. Once you become president, though, there’s no way to predict what your crises will be.

    F.D.R. achieved greatness not by means of imposing his temperament and intellect on the world but by reacting to what the world threw at him.

    For five weeks, it looked as though Obama considered the gushing that became the worst oil spill in U.S. history a distraction, like a fire alarm going off in the middle of a law seminar he was teaching. He’ll deal with it, but he’s annoyed because it’s not on his syllabus.

    Even if Obama doesn’t watch “Treme” on HBO, it’s strange that he would not have a more spontaneous emotional response to another horrendous hit for Louisiana, with residents and lawmakers crying on the news and dead pelicans washing up on shore. But then, he didn’t make his first-ever visit to New Orleans until nearly a year after Katrina hit. “I never had occasion to be here,” he told The Times’s Jeff Zeleny, then at The Chicago Tribune.[snip]

    He’s spending the holiday weekend in Chicago when he should be commemorating Memorial Day here with the families of troops killed in battle and with veterans at Arlington Cemetery.

    Republican senators who had a contentious lunch with the president last week described him as whiny, thin-skinned and in over his head, and there was extreme Democratic angst at the White House’s dilatory and deferential attitude on the spill.[snip]

    Obama and top aides who believe in his divinity make a mistake to dismiss complaints of his aloofness as Washington white noise. He treats the press as a nuisance rather than examining his own inability to encapsulate Americans’ feelings.

    “The media may get tired of the story, but we will not,” he told Gulf Coast residents when he visited on Friday. Actually, if it weren’t for the media, the president would probably never have woken up from his torpor and flown down there.

    Instead of getting Bill Clinton to offer Joe Sestak a job, Obama should be offering Clinton one. Bill would certainly know how to gush at a gusher gone haywire. Let him resume a cameo role as Feeler in Chief. The post is open.

  38. Frank Rich is a “racist”. How dare he attack a divinity!:


    FOR Barack Obama’s knee-jerk foes, of course it was his Katrina. But for the rest of us, there’s the nagging fear that the largest oil spill in our history could yet prove worse if it drags on much longer. It might not only wreck the ecology of a region but capsize the principal mission of the Obama presidency.[snip]

    [insert excuses about how Bush was worse and excuses for Obama]

    Obama was elected as a progressive antidote to this discredited brand of governance. Of all the president’s stated goals, none may be more sweeping than his desire to prove that government is not always a hapless and intrusive bureaucratic assault on taxpayers’ patience and pocketbooks, but a potential force for good.

    He returned to this theme with particular eloquence in his University of Michigan commencement speech 10 days after the Deepwater Horizon blowout. He reminded his audience that under both parties the federal government helped build public high schools, the transcontinental railroad and the interstate highway system, engineered the New Deal and Medicare — and imposed safety and environmental standards on the oil industry. Quoting Lincoln, Obama said that “the role of government is to do for the people what they cannot do better for themselves.”

    We expect him to deliver on this core conviction. But the impact on “the people” of his signature governmental project so far, health care reform, remains provisional and abstract. Like it or not, a pipe gushing poison into an ocean is a visceral crisis demanding visible, immediate action.

    Obama’s news conference on Thursday — explaining in detail the government’s response, its mistakes and its precise relationship to BP — was at least three weeks overdue. It was also his first full news conference in 10 months. Obama’s recurrent tardiness in defining exactly what he wants done on a given issue — a lapse also evident in the protracted rollout of the White House’s specific health care priorities — remains baffling, as does his recent avoidance of news conferences. Such diffidence does not convey a J.F.K.-redux in charge of a neo-New Frontier activist government.

    Long before Obama took office, the public was plenty skeptical that government could do anything right. Eight years of epic Bush ineptitude and waste only added to Washington’s odor. Now Obama is stuck between a rock and a Tea Party. His credibility as a champion of reformed, competent government is held hostage by video from the gulf. And this in an election year when the very idea of a viable federal government is under angrier assault than at any time since the Gingrich revolution and militia mobilization of 1994-5 and arguably since the birth of the modern conservative movement in the 1960s.[snip]

    The only good news from the oil spill is that when catastrophe strikes, even some hard-line conservatives, like Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, start begging for the federal government to act, and act big. It’s the crunch moment for government to make its case — as Obama belatedly started to do on Thursday. But words are no match for results. As long as the stain washes up on shore, the hole in BP’s pipe will serve the right as a gaping hole in the president’s argument for expanded government supervision of, for starters, Big Oil and big banks. It’s not just the gulf that could suffer for decades to come.

    Poor Frank Rich. Didn’t we say “words are no match for results” years ago? Now we see the results of Rich’s pimping of Obama.

  39. admin
    May 29th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    What Obama is waking up to today and going to bed tonight:

    President Barack Obama was back in Chicago this evening after a day in Louisiana viewing the Gulf oil spill damage and containment efforts first-hand.

    Air Force One left O’Hare International Airport this morning and returned about 5:07 p.m., according to pool reporters. By 5:20 p.m. the president was aboard the Marine One helicopter to the Soldier Field parking lot, and was driven to his Kenwood home by 5:45 p.m. [snip]

    … the first family is expected to have some Chicago-area friends over to their house sometime over the weekend. Details were not released.

    “I think he’s going to want to see some friends that he has — some he’s seen and some he hasn’t seen,”
    Yeah, he’s having sleepless nights caring.
    His old neighborhood huh?
    Maybe he is have buddies like Ayers, and his old time pastor over for dinner, then a quick meet up with Blago to get their ducks in a row…before seeing the play.

  40. Admin

    On Dana Millbank…..

    I also observed after his photo opt at the spill, and then his speech on what he saw………….he had no feeling of fear, sadness or worry on his face. Either he only saw tiny tar balls on the beach and is still in denial of how disastrous this spill is, or…………..

    he doesn’t give a rats ass.

    This man was not moved, not an inch. He was 180 degrees from the passion James Carville was showing.

  41. JanH
    May 29th, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Behind the Scenes: Secretary Clinton Tours USA Pavilion at Expo 2010 Shanghai
    You always post the best videos of Hillary, thank you for that.

    Hillary looks so darn cute in this video…love it.

  42. admin: So they have already blown a huge hole?? I read that Canada has to drill the relief wells first before they drill the real hole…I guess its costly, but how much is this going to cost?

    BP has been let off the hook on every one of the disasters they’ve caused by our government…I read that on the oil drum.

  43. That oil spill video is depressing. I just keep thinking of all the fish, dolphins and wild life that is going to die in that water and we won’t know about it until they float to the top.

  44. When big media shills like Milbank, Rich, Dowd, Fineman and others of their ilk belatedly criticize Mr. Obama for his serial failures in leadership, they need to be reminded constantly they they are the ones who moved heaven and earth to put him in a position for which he was patently unqualified in terms of experience, judgment and character, such that they share responsibility for what is occurring both in the Gulf and elsewhere. The true damage is mostly hidden from public view for now, but will be manifest in the fulsomeness of time. Our position in all respects is eroding silently but inexorably under this fool. When the shit hits the fan these names must be remembered. They cannot slip the noose now with these gratuitous expressions of dismay. On the contrary, the doctrine of estoppel applies and hoists them by their own petard:

    Estoppel: a legal principle in the law of equity that prevents a party from asserting otherwise valid legal rights against another party because conduct by the first party makes, or circumstances to which the first party has knowingly contributed, make it unjust for those rights to be asserted

  45. The last true emotion that we saw by a leader was HRC when she came back, I think in NH. Remember how they criticized her for that.

    Guess, what, O has no emotion. If HRC was in charge, she would be out there hugging and crying with people.

    But of course the voters did vote for HRC, and her display of emotion. It was the Superduds who over ruled them. We need some billboard in key states and counties stating:

    You voted for HRC, and the Superduds took away your democratic rights and put O in office over your directons.


  46. Obama’s lack of emotion, once seen by big media as an admirable trait–the idea that he was logical, clinical, factual, unsentimental, clear headed, bold and determined, has given way to the new consensus that he lacks empathy–they cannot quited bring themselves to say the word compassion. Still, they refuse to acknowledge the personality we are dealing with and until they do they will be unable to accurately describe and predict his actions. A doctor on this site first put his finger on it and his diagnosis of Mr. Obama was spot on. (NB. items 6 and 9).

    Profile of the Sociopath

    1/ Glibness and Superficial Charm

    2/ Manipulative and Conning
    They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.

    3/ Grandiose Sense of Self
    Feels entitled to certain things as “their right.”

    4/ Pathological Lying
    Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.

    5/ Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt
    A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.

    6/ Shallow Emotions
    When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.

    7/ Incapacity for Love

    8/ Need for Stimulation
    Living on the edge. Verbal outbursts and physical punishments are normal. Promiscuity and gambling are common.

    9/ Callousness/Lack of Empathy
    Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others’ feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.

    10/ Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature
    Rage and abuse, alternating with small expressions of love and approval produce an addictive cycle for abuser and abused, as well as creating hopelessness in the victim. Believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others.

    11/ Early Behavior Problems/Juvenile Delinquency–cocaine?
    Usually has a history of behavioral and academic difficulties, yet “gets by” by conning others. Problems in making and keeping friends; aberrant behaviors such as cruelty to people or animals, stealing, etc.

    12/ Irresponsibility/Unreliability
    Not concerned about wrecking others’ lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.

    13/ Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle
    Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future, poor work ethic but exploits others effectively.

  47. Chicago Tribune editorial which, like us, brings up Blagojevich:


    The Obama administration insists that, as political scandals go, this is pretty skimpy stuff. Contrary to rumors that Sestak, a retired admiral, was offered the job of secretary of the Navy, he was wooed with an unpaid position that, it turns out, he could not have taken without resigning his House seat.

    Or, as the White House statement put it, he was provided “an opportunity for additional service to the public.” Nothing illegal there, the White House counsel concluded.

    That may very well be true, though some congressional Republicans are calling for a special prosecutor to investigate. Rod Blagojevich must be wondering how he can introduce the Sestak affair into his upcoming trial on charges of, um, trying to barter a U.S. Senate seat.

    If this episode looks something short of brazenly corrupt and illegal, it doesn’t leave the president looking like a shining agent of change, either. In the first place, it involved the kind of grubby deal-making that has to be kept out of sight because it would offend the public. In the second, the goal was to deny voters a reasonable option at the polls.

    The president further tarnished his knightly armor by deciding to stonewall the whole issue. Sestak said back in February that the administration had offered him a job to withdraw, but the White House stubbornly refused to address the issue for months — on the apparent premise that what the citizens don’t know can’t hurt them.

    Candidate Obama promised to transcend the pettiness of our politics. But this gambit makes him look small … and like an old hand at the Chicago way.

  48. Currently on CSPAN’s Home Page Under “Today’s Highlights”:
    Appearing on C‑SPAN’s Newsmakers, Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) expressed his frustration with the Obama Administration, saying “either the White House doesn’t want to work in a bipartisan way on the big issues or doesn’t know how.” Sen. Alexander compared how former presidents reached out to the other side, and criticized President Obama for not hosting more one-on-one meetings with GOP leaders. Earlier this week, President Obama visited Capitol Hill for a rare meeting with the Senate Republican Caucus.
    www dot cspan.org/

  49. On Fox & Friends this morning..Hillary Clinton is the most population politician in the US. She beats out everyone…her approval ratings are in the 60’s.

  50. Yes, wbboei, I’ve known 2 psychopaths in my life, and they fit the 13-point description you make. They become dangerous people if you cross them. They always feel they are above the law, can make the rules themselves (ends justifies the means). Both of these people were hierarchically a notch above me, and when I forthrightly pointed out that their behavior was illegal, they attacked me as if I had no right to make any criticism of them.

    Prisons are full of psychopaths, but there is a strain of psychopath who manages to do very well in society. Nixon was a psychopath too.

    Since I worked very closely with the 2 psychopaths I mentioned, and since I am very sensitive to people’s voices, I noticed a timber in their voice that changed when they were contradicted or criticized – a sort of high-pitched ring. Not that it means anything, but I hear the same ring in o’s voice.

  51. confloyd
    May 30th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    On Fox & Friends this morning..Hillary Clinton is the most population politician in the US. She beats out everyone…her approval ratings are in the 60’s.

    First it was Supreme Court Justice Hillary, now Secretary of Defense Hillary — I guess Hillary truly is America’s living Barbie — since now people can do it all, eh? 😉

    And while I know she would no doubt do a great job as SoD — after all she is the one person who is most beloved by the military’s highest leadership (out of BOTH the Republican AND Democratic parties)….as far as I’m concerned there is only one place for this woman’s exceptional, once in a generation talents — President.

    Hillary Clinton, folks. America’s most popular politician. America’s favorite Mom. America’s favorite First Lady. Secretary of State extraordinaire. A down to earth, genuine, and sincere (if sometimes adulation shy) person in real life too.

    Simply….the best.

  52. Ed Morrisey at HotAir comments on Dowd’s column. Along with the Bill Clinton bashing there is regurgitation of what we have written about for years now. This is a pretty good example, something maybe even the Hopium guzzlers can begin to understand. Morrisey begins the discussion of whether or not Obama has feelings or is too “cool” by quoting from the Dowd column :

    Republican senators who had a contentious lunch with the president last week described him as whiny, thin-skinned and in over his head, and there was extreme Democratic angst at the White House’s dilatory and deferential attitude on the spill.

    Morrissey hits a homer with this comment which encapsulates so much of what we have written for so long:

    So if he’s whiny and thin-skinned, Obama’s problem isn’t that he doesn’t feel anything. It’s that he only feels when the issue relates directly to Obama.


  53. NMF: here is the note I am attaching to the petition:
    1. We tried cowboy swagger and bravado. It did not work. We tried the audacity of hype and inexperience. It was a bust. And now the question is what should we do next?

    2. The answer is simple and straightforward. We need bold experienced leadership that can deliver realistic solutions to the daunting problems facing this nation. Nothing less will do.

    3. Hillary Clinton is the only candidate in either party who fits that bill. First Lady, Senator, Secretary of State, and problemsolver–her credentials are second to none. And they spell competence, at a time when competence is essential.

    4. Everything she warned us about in the primary has come to pass. The incumbent inherited serious problems to be sure. However, his priorities have been all wrong and he has proven himself unable to muster the insight, leadership and moral courage needed to resolve them. In some cases he has made them worse, As a result the country is sliding toward disaster.

    5. Simply put, Hillary is the last best hope we have to solve the existential problems we are facing as a country and a world. She is not a candidate now, but she needs to be. If not her then whom? If not now then when?

  54. wbboei that was a great note to add to the petition. I asked her to campaign for our LTG who gave her, her heart and soul during the Primary. That Republican Susanna Martinez will be hard to beat during the General, and HRC won here. We would love to see her.

    In addition, if they can work that out, she will show her coat tails.

  55. The trouble with these bots ‘criticizing’ Obama by saying he doesn’t ‘appear’ emotional — is that if he takes some acting classes and learns to cry on camera, they will declare the problem solved.

    So in effect this is just one more distraction from what they should be criticizing Obama for — his lack of ACTION.

  56. I Made the mistake of watching Meet the Press. First they discussed if the President’s performance (or lack there of) was hurting him. They replied, well for those with high standard for him, it probably is, but for political veterans, like themselves, they did not hold such high standards, so he was doing just fine.

    I had a five figured job with the government, and I had to meet a 100% goal the first year. It is amazing that veteran politican should almost ridicule the voters for having such high standards.

    Oh, almost forgot, one of them said that O had, had a “heroic” first year. BASED ON WHAT. He had a majority in congress, and manage to pass a health care bill the vast majority do not want. He ignored public option and competitive bidding for drugs. So where is the “Heroic” here.

    I at least expect of the President standards that I had to measure up to. For god sakes, he makes 6 figures, will have a lifetime pension, and health care for only 8 years worth of work. And as I remember he gets 100% of his salary. He also boasted he could perform from day one. We are still looking for Day one.

  57. I think its highly unusual that all of the sudden when the Oil gusher/Sestak was dominating the news that they passed DADT. It seemed out of the clear blue sky everyone got together and passed it…will wonders ever cease…was it just the dims voting or did the repubs help??

  58. So if he’s whiny and thin-skinned, Obama’s problem isn’t that he doesn’t feel anything. It’s that he only feels when the issue relates directly to Obama.

    … and accompanied with a substantial check.

  59. I don’t know how this guy is loved by all those in DC and hated by the rest of us…I think the whole govt is out of touch with the country.

  60. confloyd:

    I found this insightful comment at your link:

    The Fallout

    In coming weeks, the Obama administration will undoubtedly search for a fall guy to blame for the BP oil spill. Ken Salazar is a likely and deserving candidate. But as the oil continues to flow and the ecology of the Gulf region suffers irreparable harm, an accounting must be made of the role of the White House itself. BP’s oil spill may be a watershed moment for Obama – an event that so exposes the bankruptcy of an administration that it permanently shatters the confidence of the people it aims to govern.

    When corporations rule the world, they do so to ensure their own self-preservation through the accumulation and exploitation of natural resources. People get hurt and ecosystems are destroyed, but this is just the collateral damage.

    Two simple concepts may offer an alternative to madness of this system – democracy and justice. For democracy to succeed, new voices outside of mainstream politics must make themselves heard at the protest marches and at the ballot boxes – not just in lawsuits.

    For justice to reign, Salazar, Obama, BP and Halliburton need to be brought before something like the International Climate Tribunal proposed at last month’s alternative Climate Summit in Bolivia. Only then, will a full accounting be made of the damage that decades of capitalist production has done and a new road toward ecological harmony be mapped out.

  61. An interesting article on Sestakgate


    It is crystal clear to anyone who has been awake for the past three what is about to happen: Billary will be thrown under the bus by the Rahm/Obama/Axelrove meat grinder. Bill will be the fall guy. In falling, he will knock down Hillary as well.

    It’ll be the biggest crash in Washington since portly President Taft broke the four poster in the Lincoln bedroom – inventing the term epic fail in the process.


    The Clintons can get out of this by throwing Obummer under the wheels his own rolling Me-First Express (fuel courtesy of BP) and teach the Obamamateurs the art of ruthless backstabbing and unapologetic corruption like the old pros they are:

    1. Bill must come clean about what he told Sestak, what Rahm told him to tell Sestak, what Alexrove to Rahm to tell Bill to tell Sestak, and what Obama okayed Axelrove to tell Rahm to tell Bill to tell Sestak.
    2. Hillary must get out of this shady administration shortly before the disastrous midterms, citing the typical “need to take care of my mother” Washingtonspeak bullcrap.

    Hillary and Bill have earned the grudging respect of their enemies by outsliming their enemies and scratching their way back from the political dead a million times. Their opponents love to hate them; their supporters love their seedy, anti-hero charm.

    Hillary and Bill, save yourselves. Obama is the Political Masque of the Red Death. But even they cannot escape the Obamabonic plague. Losing the Clintons would not be fun for anybody. Conservatives need you to kick around, and liberals need you to infuriate the conservatives!

  62. jeswezey
    May 30th, 2010 at 12:11 pm
    Yes. I have known them too. I have know a few of them myself.

    If there was an Olympic Event for Sociopaths, I would give Obama a 9. I have known a couple 8s in my time and two 10s.

    One of the 10s was a friend was a K steer defense lawyer who was extremely intense and had a wild look in his eye. He amiable enough most of the time. But when he was mad it was Katie bar the doors. I was standing in his office one day after he won a major case for the industry, waiting to go to dinner with him. He got a call from the plaintiff lawyer who was playing fast and loose with the verdict. He went into a rage and threw his telephone through his glass credenza. An hour later he was fine. He was and still is an excellent lawyer.

    The other was a CEO. If you worked for him on a project it had to turn out right. He would remind you once a day that if you did not deliver a miracle for him you would be fired. There came a point where the threat became de rigeur. Therefore he decided to make it more animated. When he did that most people would think back to their school days, and the air raid drills of the mid 1950s when you would hide under your desk. No phone throwing–the words were his projectiles. Despite all that he had a 200 IQ, and could get the job done so in that sense he was an effective executive.

    From what I know of Obama in studying his behavior he would be a notch lower in the richer scale. But he has far more power to do harm than the two people I mentioned. And big media is his henchman.

  63. From Wikipedia,

    “Predatory stalkers spy on the victim in order to prepare and plan an attack – usually sexual – on the victim.”

    We needn’t suppose McG is planning a sexual attack, but seeking evidence of political corruption and planning to reveal it if he finds any — is ‘preparing and planning an attack.’

    And trying to “unnerve” the target ought to fit in there somewhere; though we don’t know he is trying to do this (it may be just Basement’s speculation).

    Seriously, I was partly looking to evaluate wikipedia here.

    Anyway, basement, I sympathize with your reaction about people pronouncing McGinniss a full-blown ‘stalker’ without qualifying their usage. It is like people referring to James O’Keefe, the Acorn pimp/prostitute investigator, as a ‘burglar’ after he got caught trying to search Landrieu’s office.

    O’Keefe did things that a burglar does, but he’s not making his living by climbing in windows and stealing people’s spoons. McGinniss is doing things that a stalker does, but not necessarily for the motives of the sort of ‘stalker’ described in wikipedia.

    Still, we do refer to the ‘Watergate Burglars’ and to O’Keefe’s ‘burglary’ — since that’S the short simple term for what they actually DID.

    So McGinniss comes in for that too — plus the fact that he shouldn’t have done his thing overlooking a private home with small children who have already been attacked by nasty scandal. (Call it a ‘human shield’ situation if you like: but still, decent people respect the innocent humans and do their research downtown, and don’t try to unnerve the children’s mother — which I hope is just your guess, not his real motive.)

    More later, interesting topic.

  64. t is crystal clear to anyone who has been awake for the past three what is about to happen: Billary will be thrown under the bus by the Rahm/Obama/Axelrove meat grinder. Bill will be the fall guy. In falling, he will knock down Hillary as wel
    There are a few quantum leaps here. Nobody believes Bill acted unilaterally. Nobody believes that Rham acted unilaterally. Hillary is out of politics. Obama is in this thing up to his eyeballs. And Obama is the one who wanted Sestak out of the race, and he is also the one who had the ability to deliver on the job offer. I do not think the offense itself is that serious. Those rules are honored more in the breach than in the observance. But the politics are lethal to Obama and his hope and change mantra. More important, it is the old Watergate rule which says its not the crime it is the cover-up. And because of his sociopathic nature Obama will be compelled to cover-up rather than admit that he broke the law. That to me is the problem, and it not Bill’s problem. He can finesse this if he wants to.

  65. wbboei, I was planning on writing a similar sentiment with regards to Noonan, et al, who helped carry water for BO’s election. They all need to be held accountable. The only reason some are slithering out of their holes now, and criticisizing someone that they should have criticized from day one is that they have calculated that more damage would be done to their character than if they had kept silent about the boob. I truly despise these people who are supposedly are intellectual superiors. I will not forget their boobery. They need to fall as our president falls. Boobs one and all.

    Admin, maybe you can start a wall of shame on your blog, and add the faces and a little blurb of why the name has made the wall. It would make a very informative mosaic.

  66. Re Bill and Sestak, I can’t imagine anyone taking this seriously as some sort of misbehavior by Bill, much less a damaging thing.

    Why in the world would Bill risk something like that, when he’s not even getting a blow job?


  67. NewMexicoFan
    May 30th, 2010 at 9:41 am

    The last true emotion that we saw by a leader was HRC when she came back, I think in NH. Remember how they criticized her for that.

    Guess, what, O has no emotion. If HRC was in charge, she would be out there hugging and crying with people.

    But of course the voters did vote for HRC, and her display of emotion. It was the Superduds who over ruled them.

    The reason Barry didn’t show any emotion after ‘seeing’ the damage of the oil spill so far, is because he just doesn’t give a crap. He only cares when he gets kudos, prizes and glory.

    I have been thinking of what he can be offered in the future to make him walk away from running a second term as President. It has to be seen in his eyes as more ‘powerful’, more appreciative of his charms.

    The primary was not only a scam with the DNC giving Hillary’s votes to him, delegate votes of hers to him, but also the corruption in the caucus states that bullied, stole and got in Hillary’s voters faces.

    The real crime is that none of this has been fixed. Only ACORN has been taken down a notch and voting in Republicans isn’t going to fix these problems for the future.

  68. Admin-

    Great find…

    Rod Blagojevich must be wondering how he can introduce the Sestak affair into his upcoming trial on charges of, um, trying to barter a U.S. Senate seat.


    I am sure Blago and his lawyers are digging into this issue with great glee. How can Obama get away with it and he was kicked out of office without being proven guilty of the same thing…

    This trial should be juicy, and Blago has the coconuts to make it a humdinger.

  69. 5th Dimention

    Hillary Clinton, folks. America’s most popular politician. America’s favorite Mom. America’s favorite First Lady. Secretary of State extraordinaire. A down to earth, genuine, and sincere (if sometimes adulation shy) person in real life too.

    Simply….the best.

    Yup, and that’s why the only job for our girl is President of the United States!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  70. #
    May 30th, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I think its highly unusual that all of the sudden when the Oil gusher/Sestak was dominating the news that they passed DADT. It seemed out of the clear blue sky everyone got together and passed it…will wonders ever cease…was it just the dims voting or did the repubs help??

    It only passed the House, not the Senate yet so it is not a done deal.

  71. wbboei
    May 30th, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    t is crystal clear to anyone who has been awake for the past three what is about to happen:
    There are a few quantum leaps here. Nobody believes Bill acted unilaterally. Nobody believes that Rham acted unilaterally. Hillary is out of politics. Obama is in this thing up to his eyeballs. And Obama is the one who wanted Sestak out of the race,

    I totally agree with you Webboei

  72. Drudge seems to be running it’s headliner on the oilspill these days…


  73. Farrakhan followers, press have minor ‘stand-off’ in Obama’s neighborhood

    An interesting “stand-off’’ of sorts developed outside a barbecue President Obama was attending at a friend’s house Saturday night between followers of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on one side and members of the press and the U.S. Secret Service guarding the president on the other.

    Just a few blocks from Obama’s home in the Kenwood/Hyde Park neighborhood, Obama’s friend Marty Nesbitt lives across the street from the ornate yellow-gold home where Farrakhan lives.

    For the past two years, when Obama has brought his family over to Nesbitt’s home, the press pool bus parks near Farrakhan’s house. This usually does not cause a problem, but Saturday night — as most of the city was indoors watching the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Cup finals — a bit of tension emerged on Woodlawn Avenue


    Also, I remember that Ayers is just another guy in the neighborhood………….

  74. NMF: I polished up what I wrote above:


    We tried cowboy swagger and bravado in the office of president. It didn’t work. We tried the audacity of hype and inexperience. It was a failure as well. The question is what can we do now?

    The answer is simple. We need bold experienced leadership that can deliver realistic solutions to the daunting problems facing this nation. Nothing less will do. Hillary Clinton is the only candidate in either party who fits that bill.

    First Lady, Senator, Secretary of State, and above all problem solver–her credentials are second to none. Taken together they spell competence, at a time when the margin of error for our nation is razor thin.

    Hillary warned us what would happen if we elected Obama. In fairness, he inherited serious problems. No one will deny that. The country was keen to give him a chance.

    But now, nearly two years later, the result is painfully clear. We are sliding toward disaster on multiple fronts. His priorities are not in sync with the American People. And he fails to provide the quality of leadership and moral courage required to resolve our problems. Hence, those problems grow worse with each passing day.

    By contrast, Hillary Clinton is a true leader. Time and again she has demonstrated this. For she has what he lacks namely the right priorities, the right insight and the moral courage to lead this nation out of the downward spiral it is now in. For this time and this place, she is the indispensable leader. And, time is of the essence.

    For the good of the nation, Hillary must be prepared to seek the presidency in 2012, assuming the right conditions materialize. If you cannot see why, then step back for a minute, take a hard look at our deteriorating situation and ask yourself two searching questions: if not her then whom? If not now then when?

  75. turndown, I would not dare to second guess why Bill delivered the message to Sestak, but since there are no women involved I bet it was because Obama asked him to. Bill CLinton is a smart politician, I will wait and see how this plays out.

  76. `HBO Special on now-

    The Special Relationship, Bill Clinton and Tony Blair.

    Dennis Quaid as BC

    Michael Sheen as TB

  77. I have to say- the HBO Special, if you get the chance- watch it-

    The nostalgic moments in the movie are stirring memories of the Clintons. You can’t help yourself contrasting the past with the husband and wife team we currently have in the WH. Remarkably, in spite of the Lewinski affair- we have drastically fallen away from what we Americans expected from our president and first lady. In the case of the Obamas, we have traded down. We have a disinterested president who got himself elected for the percs and prestige period. Obama fantasizes he is a unique bi-racial man worthy of living in a surreal world of bodyguards, every wish filled at his command, having pizza flown in from Chicago for DC guests, pineapples from Hawaii, NBA stars flown in for personal game of hoops…

    Obama’s biggest problem is… he isn’t living on the same planet we are by refusing to do the job he was hired to do.. and he will not accept but chooses to ignore the problems that come along with the job. He needs to be fired in 2012.

    Typing as I listen to the Special- I imagine the reason for this Special is a review of the Clinton presidency and a refresher for anyone too young to understand what the Impeachment was all about. There is plenty of Lewinski footage in an attempt to embarrass and humiliate them with Blair appearing not only as an ally to America but an ally to president Clinton. No matter- Hillary is looking presidential throughout and I believe this inoculation will be a benefit to her campaign overall if she chooses to run.

  78. Mrs. Smith, I missed the show, I had intended to watch it, but fell asleep, something I have been doing alot lately.

    So it was good and not a smear?? I hope they are going to play it more than once??

  79. Mrs. Smith, I like that long article, but it sure sounds like eco person wrote it…I have been reading the “oil drum” as per dakincat. It is so informative about the oil business and what exactly BP is doing, but I have clicked on some of the links provides there and have found that these rednecks are eco lovers…who’d thunk it, LOL!

  80. confloyd
    May 30th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Confloyd, seeing the special played early in the evening- I cked and it will be on again @ 10:30 AM tomorrow.

    I missed the chapter on the Kosovo debacle. I taped it and am watching it again.

  81. Truth telling fun from across the ocean:


    When any political leader feels they have to declare that they are “fully engaged” in an issue, it is clear that they are in trouble. Talking about it undermines the very point you are trying to make – not to mention that pesky Oil Spill Cam showing that, 38 days into the Deepwater Horizon disaster, not a whole lot had been achieved.

    Even judging Obama by his words, he has fallen woefully short over what has now eclipsed the 1989 Exxon Valdez wreck as biggest oil spill catastrophe in American history. He may have described it as an “unprecedented disaster” in last Thursday’s press conference but a week into the crisis he was blithely stating that “this incident is of national significance” and rest assured he was receiving “frequent briefings” about it.

    George W Bush’s unpopularity and perceived incompetence was encapsulated by the way he dealt with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Candidate Obama branded it “unconscionable incompetence“.

    Central to Obama’s appeal was his promise to be truly different. His failure to achieve that is now at the core of the deep disappointment Americans feel about him. At the press conference – the first full-scale affair he had deigned to give for 309 days – he appeared uncomfortable and petulant.

    His approach to the issue was that of the law student suddenly fascinated by a science project. He displayed none of the visceral indignation Americans feel about pretty much everything these days – two-thirds now say they are “angry” about the way things are going – resorting instead to Spock-like technocratic language and legalese. “I’m not contradicting my prior point,” he stated at one juncture. During those 63 minutes of soporific verbosity, about 800 barrels of oil poured into the Gulf.

    Obama engaged in the obligatory populist bashing of Big Oil and, of course, demonstrated the Obama administration’s version of Tourette’s Syndrome, blaming the previous administration for the situation when, by my reckoning, it’s a full 16 months since Bush left office.

    By Friday, he was sticking his finger in the sand at Grand Isle, Louisiana as part of a photo op self-consciously designed to contrast with Bush’s famous looking down on the Katrina devastation from Air Force One. It was Obama’s second visit to Louisiana in the 39 days since disaster struck. According to C’BS’s Mark Knoller, in the same period Bush visited the post-Katrina region seven times.

    But perhaps the most dangerous sign during the press conference for Democrats fearful of an unprecedented electoral disaster in November’s mid-term elections was the evasion and opacity of the man who promised a new era of transparency and a different kind of politics.

    When asked about the resignation of the director of the Minerals Management Service – an agency he had excoriated – he professed that “I don’t know the circumstances in which this occurred”. She had, of course, been fired.

    Even worse was Obama’s refusal to say anything about the growing furore over White House attempts to persuade Congressman Joe Sestak to pull out of the Democratic Senate primary contest in Pennsylvania. Obama’s advisers had preferred the Republican turncoat Senator Arlen Specter – and Sestak inconveniently let slip that he’d been offered a government job to step aside.

    That was potentially illegal and for weeks the White House stonewalled. When, even more inconveniently, Sestak beat Specter, the trust-us-nothing-untoward-happened approach would no longer wash. But still Obama declined to answer the question on Thursday, fobbing the reporter – and America – off with the promise that “there will be an official response shortly on the Sestak issue”.

    This did indeed come the following day – conveniently timed for that Friday afternoon news void before the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Lo and behold, it turns out that none other than former President Bill Clinton was asked by Obama’s chief of staff and Chicago enforcer Rahm Emanuel to offer Sestak a place on a presidential board.

    Whether or not the law was broken, the cynicism of this is breathtaking. Obama offered a break from the Clinton-Bush past and an end to the shoddy backroom deals of Washington. So what does he do? He tries to deny Pennsylvania voters a chance to decide for themselves by using his former foe Clinton to offer a grubby inducement.

    It was perhaps a fitting end to one of the worst weeks of Obama presidency, in which a Rasmussen one poll pegged his popularity at a new low of 42 percent. In an environment in which Americans are disillusioned and cynical about Washington and all it stands for, the Clinton-Sestak manoeuvre could be a political calamity for Obama.

    Perhaps he should be grateful after all that the Oil Spill Cam was still beaming up footage from the sea bed.

  82. Not much is on tv today although there should be tons of things to report on…so I remote flipped around and landed on CSPAN where the Brits are doing their opening of parliament.

    Yikes, guys in armor and boots over the knee and the tut tut ol’ chap lingo makes this scene unreal to me.

    I bet Barry would love to be king of somewhere with all the pom and circumstance bs…we should find him a job so he will go away from America.

  83. Nice letter…

    Expanding Clinton’s role in Haiti

    Mon, May 31, 2010

    Madam, – After centuries of wrongs there is a chance to get it right in Haiti. President Bill Clinton will be pivotal to what could be a defining moment in securing a “new deal,” for the Third World.

    Mr Clinton has been given responsibility by the UN to co-ordinate relief efforts in Haiti. He has already noted that previous aid efforts have failed to improve life in the poorest nation in the hemisphere. With over $10 billion committed to the disaster zone by western leaders, this time it can be different.

    But Mr Clinton must be empowered to commit to rebuilding the country and seeing this transformation through to the end. Responsibility must be centrally invested in him so that he can cede projects to the various countries involved.

    For instance, were he to task the US with rebuilding schools; France with health, Germany with roads etc, a modern infrastructural architecture could be put in place which would set a precedent for the Third World.

    I am appealing to our Government, which has considerable clout in the aid world, to lobby the UN and world leaders to broaden Mr Clinton’s role so that all relief efforts could come under a single baton. This would cost us nothing, but would win us much credit for seeing the needs of others at a time when we might be forgiven for concentrating on our own. – Yours, etc,



    Dún Laoghaire,

    Co Dublin.


  84. Funny to hear the Brits talk about how all this ceremony gives confidence to the people…as I watch it, the old tired wigs on the Judges (look like something the cat drug in), the Crown, carried on a pillow with all the soldiers marching with it…………..

    to me, an American it just reminds me of the current movie, Alice in Wonderland.

  85. I hate to agree with Media Matters, but that remark from Liz Cheney really pist me off…how in the world can she point the finger at Bill when her own father was trickier than tricky Dick Nixon.

    That was the pot call the kettle black for sure. Dick Cheney is a crook, hell he was the CEO of Halliburton, you don’t get that job for being a nice guy.

  86. Obama would be better off in the EU…that’s how he wants to be treated…throne…crown and the septor…just what the “boy pharoah” likes.

  87. Sorry, I am still reporting on the Brits… 😉

    Listening to the Queen, she seems really sweet and her accent is more American sounding than the stiff British sound.

    She seems to be telling her government, the issues they should work on.

  88. I had to laugh at the analogy by one of the pundits last weeks saying Bill would be in a wetsuit in the middle of the gusher to look at it trying to help. Look at what he has done in Haiti…Obama shoulda put Bill in charge of this gusher.

    Apparently over at Confluence someone posted what LBJ did in 1965 after Hurricane Betsy…apparently he flew in right after the storm while the lights were still out and walked in shined a flashlight in the people’s faces and said ” I am your GD President and I want to tell you that I and the federal government will be here to help you”.

    Where are all the Presidents like this??? This one has to have the beach cleaned before he can step on it! Where have all the good President’s gone???

  89. I think its highly unusual that all of the sudden when the Oil gusher/Sestak was dominating the news that they passed DADT. It seemed out of the clear blue sky everyone got together and passed it…will wonders ever cease…was it just the dims voting or did the repubs help??

    The bill they passed is a sham. A stunt designed to get the gay vote in November while giving them the Okie Doke. Ya’ll know about the Okie Doke, right?

    The bill doesn’t actually end DADT. It gives the President the authority to end DADT if the Joint Chiefs, the Sec Def., and the President all agree to do so following the conclusion of a year-long study. In other words, they voted to “end” DADT at the same time as they “close” GITMO.

  90. #
    May 30th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Mrs. Smith, It sounds like the HBO special wasn’t a hatchet job. Glad to hear it.

    Yes, the movie seemed to be historically correct.. Even to the remark made by Clinton at Bush’s election. He told Blair when Blair thought he could carry on in a similar fashion with Bush. Clinton warned him: “they play ruff”-

    heh- and today, daughter, Lizzie comes out with a rude remark-
    Cheney is still the most hated politician in the US. If this is any measure, next to him, he makes Kim Jong look like Santa Clause.

  91. Hwc, and after, at the end of the year at the earliest, if and when the Joint Chiefs and the rest ever do certify that things can go forward, then there has to be a wait of sixty beyond that time period. What Obama is counting on is that if the gay vote does not come out to support him and the Dims then the Republicans get elected, they move to block, the Joint Chiefs decide to block too, and nothing happens yet again.

  92. hwc
    May 30th, 2010 at 11:18 pm
    The bill they passed is a sham. A stunt designed to get the gay vote in November while giving them the Okie Doke.
    The bill doesn’t actually end DADT. It gives the President the authority to end DADT if the Joint Chiefs, the Sec Def., and the President all agree to do so following the conclusion of a year-long study. In other words, they voted to “end” DADT at the same time as they “close” GITMO.


    That’s what they do: pass sham bills or make sham directives. Like saying DOJ will not prosecute medical marijuana, bit at the same time hiring an anti-mm crusader to make the real decisions.

    Or passing a Lily Ledbetter Act — made toothless.

    Or creating a ‘Council on Women’ consisting of ALL the cabinet and many others, mostly men.

  93. Looks like Hillary will be getting another 3am phone call…Israel just boarded the “free Gaza” flotilla…several are wounded. When/how will this end??

  94. Oh, yes, and some sham bill that Congress quickly passed to get back the bailout money that the banks had used for bonuses. It went to Obama for signing and was never heard of again, sfaik.

  95. I have refined the rationale for 2012 even further:

    Every four years the American People elect a president.

    In 2000 and 2004 we elected a candidate with a cowboy swagger and a sense of bravado. It didn’t work. In 2008, we made an even bigger mistake by electing a candidate who promised change but had no experience in an executive role. The result was an unmitigated disaster.

    Thus, the burning question is this: what kind of a leader do we need in 2012?

    The answer is simple. We need bold experienced leader who can deliver realistic solutions to the daunting problems facing our nation. And, Hillary Clinton is the only candidate in either party who can provide that level of leadership.

    First Lady, Senator, Secretary of State, and problem solver at large–her credentials are second to none. They equate to competence. After a decade of failure, the margin of error is razor thin. Therefore, competence is sine qua non.

    When Mr. Obama took office he inherited serious problems. No one will deny that. But he knew this going in. Moreover, he was given certain tools to deal with the situation which other presidents never had, namely a supermajority in Congress, a big media that fell on its sword to promote him, and overwhelming public support.

    Nearly two years have passed since that fateful electoral decision. And, what do we find? Two things: first, a failure of leadership based on the wrong priorities, faulty execution and the lack of moral courage in a crisis situation. Second, a touch of evil based on his association with crime lords of the Chicago Machine.

    As a result, our nation is being looted and finds itself on the brink of multiple disasters.

    By contrast, Hillary Clinton is a true leader. Time and again Hillary has demonstrated that she has the very thing he lacks: the right priorities, the core competencies and the moral courage to pull this nation out of the death spiral which Obama and Bush have put us in. She alone is the indispensable leader.

    If the opportunity arises, then Hillary must seek the presidency in 2012. The needs of the nation require nothing less. And the rationale is obvious. Take a hard look at our deteriorating situation and then ask yourself two (2) critical questions: if not her then whom? If not 2012 then when? 2016 is far too late.

  96. Correction: to the 4th to the last paragraph, after the words crime lords of Chicago, add “and Wall Street”.

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