Rat Bastard Racists!

Everyday the disasters caused by Barack Obama grow. These disasters were all predictable. “Elect a Boob, expect Boobery.” “Garbage In, Garbage Out.” The establishment of the Democratic Party let the garbage in – the American People will thrown the garbage out.

How many times do we have to write “Elect a boob, expect boobery”?

“Elect a funny named celebrity with zero to little experience, who loves adoring crowds and self-promoting publicity stunts instead of preparation and hard work, who has Kennedy connections, who promises to be a uniter not a divider, who promises change and a “new” way of doing things, who promises to be fiscally responsible even as spend, spend, spend is the order of the day and you will get a disaster.”

We wrote that about Arnold Scharzenegger and Barack Obama over a year ago. The disasters do not end, but rather multiply. The Bad Moon is Rising and it was entirely predictable.

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As the Bad Moon of Obama Corruption rises high in the night sky, the trial of another Illinois “reformer” will begin tomorrow. Then there are Obama’s long-time connections to BP and its lobbyists – connections which remain mostly hidden to most of the American public but which the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico threatens to draw attention to. the Sestak scandal is growing are others pop up. Already Dimocrats who once praised the Golden Calf are running away and staying away from any place that Obama appears. In Pennsylvania any activity is preferable to the radioactivity of being seen with the Boob-In-Chief.

The Boob-In-Chief is the master of “Unconscionable Ineptitude”:

What led us to this catastrophic moment? Who is responsible ultimately for the election of this unbelievably unqualified boob acquiring any position of responsibility and power?

It was the Rat Bastard Racists!

We’ve discussed these Rat Bastard Racists before. We are determined to expose the Rat Bastard Racists.

Those of us with functioning brain stems knew that the election of Barack Obama would hurt African-Americans most of all. That’s because Obama never cared a whit about African-Americans when they were freezing in the tenements owned by his Big Donors and criminal associates. But many were fooled or fooled themselves into demanding Obama’s election – or perhaps they were Rat Bastard Racists all along.

These Rat Bastard Racists cared more about the color of skin than the content of character.

Hillary Supporters were black and white and every other color/shade. But we knew that people are people and some people are good, some people are rotten. Obama supporters live in a world of bigotry and prejudice in which if you are black you have certain immutable traits and attitudes.

“In their bigotry they could not imagine that black people are like everyone else. A few are good, but many are rotten, arrogant (cue wealthy Henry Louis Gates “you don’t know who you are messing with”) and worse. But Barack Obama in their eyes was the black guy who in their eyes could not be an arrogant, self-interested, rip-off artist. That would, in their small minds, be a “racist” thought. The racism from these “creative class” types is the inability to accept that humanity for good or ill (and in our misanthropic moments we think most, if not all, humanity is for ill and rotten to the core) is replicated in all races – some are “good”, some are “bad”. That type of self awareness requires genuine introspection and creativity.”

Last week we saw that bigotry in full display on national television. The Rat Bastard Racist who proved us so on target is Bill Maher.

“HBO’s Bill Maher: “I thought when we elected a black president, we were going to get a black president. You know, this [BP oil spill] is where I want a real black president. I want him in a meeting with the BP CEOs, you know, where he lifts up his shirt where you can see the gun in his pants. That’s — (in black man voice) we’ve got a ‘motherfu**ing problem here?’ Shoot somebody in the foot.

According to the Rat Bastard Racists – If you are black you are a cheap thug who talks like Shaft and carries a gun and shoots people and will pepper the conversation with Oedipal curses. That’s what the Rat Bastard Racists wanted – a black man in his pimped out limo with a couple of hos and some Chivas and gold teeth and diamond rings and lots of bling. And these Rat Bastard Racists assumed that if you were black, you were also a liberal and would agree with them and be ever so cool that they too would be cool.

It’s bigotry, soft or hard, but bigotry. To these Rat Bastard Racists, being black is being in a box – their box of Hollywood blaxploitation films and gangsta rap and Hip Hop hooliganism where women are “bitches” and “hos”.

“Last night, Bill Maher lamented President Barack Obama’s “professorial” personality, noting with a hint of betrayal in his voice that he was expecting a “real black president”– you know, the kind that “lifts up his shirt so they can see the gun in his pants.”

No, that really is the entire joke, which you can watch below. After making a quip about former president George W. Bush making an unfortunate reappropriation of his famous Hurricane Katrina “heck of a job, Brownie” comment, Maher laments that Obama doesn’t bring a gun to BP meetings and “shoots somebody in the foot,” because that is what a “real black president” would do. He does not attribute this image of black people to racist Obama opponents, or do anything to clarify that this is not the way he believes black people should behave.

It seems almost unnecessary to make a list of every instance where Maher threw the “racist” tag on someone or a group of people that disgust him, but for the record he has attacked the Tea Partiers– actually, anyone that questions raising taxes– “anti-immigrant hoopies,” “older white people“… and it goes on. This is someone whose political identity is supposedly deeply rooted in a hatred of racism, someone who makes his paycheck self-righteously brandishing his tolerance, who just admitted on television that you can’t be a “real” black person without behaving like Tupac Shakur.

And that really is the sticking point here that makes this go from funny/offensive to just plain offensive. Some people have made a career of being “racist” comedians– and there’s no doubt that many black comedians use stereotypes for humor– but Maher seems to consider himself a serious political commentator, too. He appears on CNN to talk tell Wolf Blitzer how to fix the world. You can’t blur the line between satirist and commentator to that extent and expect people to let you off the hook for using minstrel show humor (which is really the only way to characterize a “haha, black people like to shoot people” joke).”

To Bill Maher it’s all a Cleopatra Jones black exploitation film. The black exploitation was the Rat Bastard Racists who voted for Barack Obama based on the color of his skin. The Rat Bastard Racists can see the results of their efforts every day in America:

“Decades of Economic Gains Vanish for Blacks in Memphis –

For two decades, Tyrone Banks was one of many African-Americans who saw his economic prospects brightening in this Mississippi River city.

A single father, he worked for FedEx and also as a custodian, built a handsome brick home, had a retirement account and put his eldest daughter through college.

Then the Great Recession rolled in like a fog bank. He refinanced his mortgage at a rate that adjusted sharply upward, and afterward he lost one of his jobs. Now Mr. Banks faces bankruptcy and foreclosure.

“I’m going to tell you the deal, plain-spoken: I’m a black man from the projects and I clean toilets and mop up for a living,” said Mr. Banks, a trim man who looks at least a decade younger than his 50 years. “I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished. But my whole life is backfiring.”

It is an act of cruelty, because Mr. Banks appears to be a man of honor and decency, but the question has to be asked: Did you vote for Barack Obama? Did you put aside your wits and vote skin color? Did you forget about the “content of character” when you voted? Did you vote your HOPE and affinity of skin color instead of what your senses informed?

Tyrone Banks is not alone. Many more African-Americans will be hurt by what the Rat Bastard Racists have done when they supported an unqualified Boob, Barack Obama.

“Not so long ago, Memphis, a city where a majority of the residents are black, was a symbol of a South where racial history no longer tightly constrained the choices of a rising black working and middle class. Now this city epitomizes something more grim: How rising unemployment and growing foreclosures in the recession have combined to destroy black wealth and income and erase two decades of slow progress.

The median income of black homeowners in Memphis rose steadily until five or six years ago. Now it has receded to a level below that of 1990 — and roughly half that of white Memphis homeowners, according to an analysis conducted by Queens College Sociology Department for The New York Times.

Black middle-class neighborhoods are hollowed out, with prices plummeting and homes standing vacant in places like Orange Mound, White Haven and Cordova. As job losses mount — black unemployment here, mirroring national trends, has risen to 16.9 percent from 9 percent two years ago; it stands at 5.3 percent for whites — many blacks speak of draining savings and retirement accounts in an effort to hold onto their homes. The overall local foreclosure rate is roughly twice the national average.

The repercussions will be long-lasting, in Memphis and nationwide.”

Notice the dates. In the 1990s, the Bill Clinton years, African-Americans began the steady progress. Two years ago, the hated Bush years, things were bad but still better. But the Rat Bastard Racists can rejoice because their choice of skin color got the job – a job he is not qualified to do.

“This cancer is metastasizing into an economic crisis for the city,” said Mayor A. C. Wharton Jr. in his riverfront office. “It’s done more to set us back than anything since the beginning of the civil rights movement.”

Martin Luther King, like a prophet from the Book of Jeremiah, warned Americans that what mattered was the content of character, not the color of skin. But many of his own people thought that warning only applied to white people. Now, as in a Greek tragedy, a Shakespearean history, a curse from Proverbs, King’s warning is visited upon his own people.

Rat Bastard Racists, like Bill Maher, who urged on votes for unqualified Barack Obama are insulated from the damage they have wrought. It will be the poor, the young and the black who will suffer the most.

The false Hope and the undiluted drug of Hopium was sold by the Rat Bastard Racists to the black community. False Hope, as we noted yesterday, kills. The False Hope also destroys:

“Some black homeowners contracted the buy-a-big-home fever that infected many Americans and took out ill-advised loans. And unemployment has pitched even homeowners who hold conventional mortgages into foreclosure.

Federal and state officials say that high-cost mortgages leave hard-pressed homeowners especially vulnerable and that statistical patterns are inescapable.

“The more segregated a community of color is, the more likely it is that homeowners will face foreclosure because the lenders who peddled the most toxic loans targeted those communities,” Thomas E. Perez, the assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department’s civil rights division, told a Congressional committee.

The reversal of economic fortune in Memphis is particularly grievous for a black professional class that has taken root here, a group that includes Mr. Wharton, a lawyer who became mayor in 2009. Demographers forecast that Memphis will soon become the nation’s first majority black metropolitan region.

That prospect, noted William Mitchell, a black real estate agent, once augured for a fine future.

“Our home values were up, income up,” he said. He pauses, his frustration palpable. “What we see today, it’s a new world. And not a good one.”

Be assured that Jeremiah Wright, in his gated community of wealth will not be hurt. Be assured that Henry Louis Gates in his Harvard house protected by Cambridge police, will not be hurt. Be assured that Barack Obama in his Rezko house with mahogony fireplaces will not be hurt. The Rat Bastard Racists and race-baiters will not be hurt.

“Yet just a few years back, Howard Smith felt like a rich man. A 56-year-old African-American engineer with a gray-flecked beard, butter-brown corduroys and red sneakers, he sits with two neighbors on a porch on Richmond Avenue and talks of his miniature real estate empire: He owned a home on this block, another in nearby White Haven and another farther out. His job paid well; a pleasant retirement beckoned.

Then he was laid off. He has sent out 60 applications, obtained a dozen interviews and received no calls back. A bank foreclosed on his biggest house. He will be lucky to get $30,000 for his house here, which was assessed at $80,000 two years ago.

It all disappeared overnight,” he says.

Mmm-mm, yes sir, overnight,” says his neighbor, Gwen Ward. In her 50s, she, too, was laid off, from her supervisory job of 15 years, and she moved in with her elderly mother. “It seemed we were headed up and then” — she snaps her fingers — “it all went away.”

“Gone With The Wind” as an earlier South full of delusions and fake leaders who told them what they wanted to hear not what they needed to hear.

Most if not all of these African-Americans were tricked into predatory loans by those they thought were friends. The banks and bank officers, whispered sweet nothings into ears and promised celestial choirs amidst goblet draughts of Hopium. The banks hired black loan officers to lull the prey. The prey thought “this brother, this sister, won’t harm me”. But the “brother”, the “sister”, worked for the banks. They were wolves in sheep clothing. Just like Obama.

Tyrone Banks:

“Man, I should I have stayed ‘old school’ with my finances,” he said. “I sat down my youngest son on the couch and I told him, ‘These are rough times.’ ”

You should have stayed “old school” in your politics too. You should have stuck with proven friends not the flim-flam con artists from Chicago.

The Rat Bastard Racists yesterday egged on a boycott of Arizona by Los Angeles county. The Rat Bastard Racists will try to declare Arizona “racist”. The Rat Bastard Racists believe that those ‘dumb ol’ black people’ will fall for the ol’ Razzle Dazzle and side with them once again.

The Rat Bastard Racists will continue to chew at the nation’s fabric.


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  1. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100602/ap_on_el_se/us_colorado_senate

    WASHINGTON – Administration officials dangled the possibility of a job for former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff last year in hopes he would forgo a challenge to Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, administration officials said Wednesday, just days after the White House admitted orchestrating a similar job offer in the Pennsylvania Senate race.

    These officials declined to specify the job that was floated or the name of the administration official who approached Romanoff, and said no formal offer was ever made. They spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not cleared to discuss private conversations.

    The episode follows a similar controversy in Pennsylvania, where the White House last year turned to former President Bill Clinton to suggest Rep. Joe Sestak back out of another primary in favor of an unpaid position on a federal advisory board.[snip]

    The revelations of a possible political trade called into question President Barack Obama’s repeated promises to run an open government that was above back room deals.

    Unlike Sestak, Romanoff has ducked questions on the subject, and it was not clear how long his discussions with administration officials lasted.

    Romanoff had sought appointment to the Senate seat that eventually went to Bennet, publicly griped he had been passed over and then discussed possible appointment possibilities inside the administration, one of the officials said.

    Republicans have strongly criticized the offer to Sestak, and challenged Romanoff to answer questions about his own dealings with the White House.

    Bennet has outpaced Romanoff in fundraising and support from Washington, although party activists attending the state party assembly last month favored the challenger by a margin of 60 percent to 40 percent. The primary is Aug. 10.

  2. Great post – Admin

    I have thought of all the people hurt in this election and the downfall of many groups due to putting this pimp in the Oval office.

    Majority of votes vs caucus fraud and DNC corruption tossed 18 million votes and voters in the trash. Destroying the idea of Democracy itself and splitting a major party in two.

    Voting for race vs claiming racism put African Americans first with hope for their first President, then when his lack of experience and radical agenda gamed the system and caused economic crisis, the AA’s would be set further back in history, making the chance for the next AA to be elected a cold day in Hell.

    Hillary, Palin and women…we all know how that went. Like Sisyphus and his huge bolder.

    I don’t know anyone who’s life if better off since Barry became king……….then again, I only know American peasants and members of the middle class.

  3. We’re beginning to believe in the Inca 2012 end of world scenario. 🙂 The picture that some have said is a photoshop is unfortunately all to real:

  4. It really is Bush’s third term. I’m sure that there is stuff that could be done in the Gulf that isn’t being done because BP doesn’t want to pay for it.

    It’s so horrible watching industry after industry line up to suck Americans bank accounts empty. It’s a revolving door of thievery.

  5. admin
    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Jon Stewart: ‘Obama really working on the oil spill, in between visits with sports teams.’
    Oooooooo, I bet Barry is gonna hate this video. Glad it came from one of his followers. Maybe the bots will actually watch it.

  6. admin
    June 2nd, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    “Impeach Obama, Impeach Obama” is what Obama heard this weekend. “Liar, Liar, Quit, you should be impeached.”

    Whoooah, this link plays on it’s own every time I refresh the page.

  7. I have black family members who saw through Obama from the beginning. My dad in Clinton to the end and said from the beginning “You dance with the one who brought you. Better the devil you know!” I just don’t know what the rest of us were thinking.

  8. I doubt that Blago is an idiot nor insecure, but I like that he has coconuts and is going to fight against this and the Chicago machine to save himself and family. May the corruption bubble to the top.

    Blagojevich trial may entangle Obama

    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Even Rod Blagojevich’s lawyer finds him a bit strange, which may provide the key to the former Illinois governor’s strategy at his upcoming corruption trial — he was all talk, but no action.

    Among the 24 counts of fraud, conspiracy, bribery and racketeering that could land Blagojevich a long prison sentence are charges he dangled President Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder or demanded a cabinet post for himself in exchange for naming an Obama aide to the seat.

    Since his arrest at dawn on December 9, 2008, Blagojevich has repeated his mantra of innocence in nonstop interviews, in a book, on the airwaves as a local disc jockey, and to anyone who would listen on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” television show.

    His attorney told an interviewer that he had neither the capability nor the intention of shutting Blagojevich up.

    “He’s a celebrity idiot, but he is a celebrity,” Sam Adam Jr. told Chicago Magazine of plans to let his client testify.

    Quieting Blagojevich would never work, he added.

    “I can’t. But you’re going to see when he testifies. He’s truly funny — totally self-absorbed but truly funny,” Adams said. “He’s also one of the most insecure people I’ve ever met. It’s such a strange dynamic.”

    Another possible wild card in Blagojevich’s long-awaited trial that begins on Thursday is whether it will entangle Obama and his aides in Illinois’ hurly-burly political theater.

    The trial, which is expected to last up to four months, may expose discrepancies in how members of Obama’s future administration characterized its contacts with Blagojevich after the November 2008 election.



  9. I was looking at the unemployment numbers from when Clinton took office. It was 7.4, in December of 1992. The next month, when he was inaugurated, it was down to 7.3. By the end of 2003, it was down to 6.5. By the end of 2004, it was down to 5.6. Nice job.

    But Obama hasn’t done so well with his numbers. The numbers were at 7.3 for him as well, in December before his inauguration. By the end of January, they were up to 7.7. By the end of the year, they were at 10. It’s now down to 9.9. Bad job. Deplorable job.

    Even Reagan managed to move unemployment from 10.4 in January of 83 to 8.4 by the end of the year. Not exactly stellar work on his part but then we know how much he hated people.

    Here’s the chart if anyone’s interested:

    And Congress broke for recess without extending unemployment benefits. Bad. Bad. Bad.

  10. DefiantOne
    June 2nd, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    I have black family members who saw through Obama from the beginning.
    I had an AA coworker that was as happy as I was when Hillary decided to run. When Barry tossed his hat in the ring, she was the first to say, “He is not ready, he has no experience.” She ended up voting for him, sort of more in support of her people then anything else. After he stole the election we talked (she had moved on to another job), I was torn in what to say to her after coming back from the Denver convention…but I told her anyway…she just said, “I know darling, I know.”

    I think it is heartbreaking for everyone…

  11. I’m sure that there is stuff that could be done in the Gulf that isn’t being done because BP doesn’t want to pay for it.

    Could be, BUT THE EXERCISE OF CONTAINMENT AND MITIGATION IS OBAMA’S RESPONSIBILITY by law. BP can pay for it, but saying “BP’S responsible” doesn’t mean Obama gets to do nothing. The spill is in federal waters.

    Do your damned job Obama – that is unless you WANT it to cause a disaster so you can pass your stupid CAP AND TAX BS!!

  12. Looks like others watched Jon Stewart’s video:

    Spike Lee talks to Barry…
    Trying to make him grow some coconuts????
    Or perhaps, show off the gun………….


    “One time, go off!” director Spike Lee urged on CNN’s “AC 360°.” “If there’s any one time to go off, this is it, because this is a disaster.”

    Lee’s sentiment echoes the frustration of people who want to see Obama get loud, take charge and inspire them like he did during his presidential run.


  13. just took a look at pollster.com…hmmm…


    Approve: 46.4%

  14. pollster.com/polls/us/jobapproval-obama.php

    APPROVE: 46.4

  15. JanH
    June 2nd, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Biden: “Israel right to stop Gaza flotilla from breaking blockade.”

    The second sign coming from Biden. He is ready to take the reigns-

    The first, Biden gives a heartfelt Memorial Day speech at Arlington on a brilliant sun shiny day!

    The word from the president pro tempore-

    This is all good!

  16. As far as Obama is concerned, it’s all down hill from here-

    No one wants to help Obama. People are more aware of his selfish, lazy, self-absorbed personality than you think. They recongnize he is a ONE WAY street. This man has just run out of road.

    I hope someone thinks to put him on suicide watch-

  17. I WAS a lifelong democrat. I supported Hillary in the last election. I felt that Obama lacked experience. Now I am looking at things in a new light. Guess I grew up this 55th year of mine. I am for enforcing our borders. Round up the illegals and decide what to do with them. I also now realize that this country is in danger. I grew up when people could work hard and try to realize their dreams. Free enterprise is what made this nation great. I see what socialism has done to other countries and now I see it coming here. I no longer claim any political affiliation. I want my old country back. Don’t know how to go about it, but I will keep waiting and keep watching. I believe we have a revolution coming and I want to be a part of it. We (older Americans) are about to stand and be counted. I wish everyone a good day.

  18. I am so ticked off listening to Hannity on the oil spill tonight.

    He had some guy on that worked for the oil companies and later wrote a book…big deal, but the part that made sense to me was his comment about how people are not getting the damn water out of the gulf while trying to plug the damn hole. He said we shouldn’t be talking about the burn, the booms, we should get tankers in there to suck the oil into tankers, suck out the plums…etc.

    Hannity cut him off, said he would talk about that later, (which he did not do) and went in to rail on environmentalists that don’t let drilling off the coast in shallow waters of Calif etc.

    This makes me livid!!!

  19. Shadowfax
    June 2nd, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    I know- remembering what was discussed earlier about his personality traits. How will he react to “looks” from the household help when even his daughters are on him about ‘plugging up the hole’? He doesn’t react like normal people do. He’s is denial. Will he become paranoid? Right now, I believe he’s very scared. The entire country is standing there with their hands on their hips saying: “WELL- DO SOMETHING!”

  20. Okay, Kathy,

    I’m 55 too. Tell me what socialism has done to Sweden, Norway, Canada, France, England, Germany and Spain. If you’re going to knock socialism, then let’s hear what your beef is. No whining about despotism, because despotism is endemic to both the right and the left.

    I’m a socialist and a small business person. Obama, of course, with his right wing, Reaganite policies has pushed me to the left.

    If you’re gonna complain about socialism, let’s hear that you know what it is, and that you can correctly attribute societal ills that spring from it’s tenets, and not simply rehash Limbaugh-esque talking points.

  21. The last paragraph says it all…

    Will Our Peace Prizewinner Lead Us Into a New War?

    “During his campaign for the 2008 election, Mr. Obama promised to brand the mass killings genocide.” That’s how the left-wing BBC described one of Barack Obama’s promises in his most successful election campaign of two springs ago. It seemed so easy then to satisfy every group of voters. Everyone, it seemed, was getting in step behind the pied piper.

    Now, we see the fruits of that campaign. Or, as the Rev. Jeremiah Wright might say: The Mideast chickens are coming home to roost. Last March, when the Democratic-dominated House Foreign Affairs Committee voted 23-22 to brand the Turks’ mass killings of Armenians a century ago a “genocide,” the Turkish government of today reacted angrily. The Turkish people have been voting for an ever-more alarming mix of nationalists and Islamists.

    So much for the politics of sentiment. So much for being — as columnist David Broder recently called Barack Obama — “the Empathizer in Chief.” If you feel every group’s pain, you’re going to be in for some real pain of your own. Here it comes.

    Turkey backed a blockade runner, a large ferry boat that could well have included in its capacious hold arms and munitions for the Hamas regime in Gaza. Israel last weekend attempted to enforce their blockade. They wanted only to inspect the ferry’s cargo. The melee on the ferry deck showed “peace” activists attacking the Israeli commandos with sharpened iron bars. When the Israelis fired back, 10 of those on board the ferry were killed.

    International condemnation of Israel has been swift. This has followed a UN Resolution over the weekend that called upon Israel to comply with the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Israel. Well, if you can’t get any results from Iran, why not put some extra pressure on your ally, Israel? The Obama administration stood by impotently while this potent anti-Israel resolution passed.

    Israel is in graver danger today than she has faced in recent memory. In 1948, when the State of Israel was proclaimed, she was invaded simultaneously by five Arab armies. But, and a most important but, the U.S. stood staunchly behind the infant Jewish State.

    President Harry Truman defied his Secretary of State, George Marshall, the man he most admired in the world, to recognize Israel just eleven minutes after independence was declared. That timely demonstration of U.S. support helped avert disaster then.

    Twenty-five years later, Israel was attacked in 1973 on Yom Kippur by Arab armies led by Egypt. The initial battles went badly — disastrously so — for Israel. But President Richard Nixon — though increasingly surrounded by the congressional hounds pursuing Watergate convictions — summarily ordered the U.S. military to re-supply the embattled Jewish State.

    Many have since written that Nixon’s spontaneous action may have saved Israel at its moment of maximum danger. Surely, the USSR was unwilling to risk a nuclear clash — even with a politically wounded Richard Nixon — over so important an ally as Israel.

    In 1948 and 1973, Israelis could at least rely on American liberals to support their claims.

    No more. No sooner had the clash on the high seas occurred than liberal blogger Peter Beinart joined the worldwide anti-Israel cabal by posting on “Israel’s Indefensible Behavior.”

    We now face a real prospect of a new Mideast war, one in which Israel will be beset by Iran, by Iran’s cats paws, Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon. Even more menacingly, we could see Turkey — long Israel’s only Muslim ally — join this unholy alliance.

    Who is responsible for this serious downward spiral in the Mideast? Who else? When the Obama administration spends its first year “extending an open hand” to the murderous mullahs in Tehran, and when it fails to do anything meaningful to stop Iran’s march to nuclear weapons, when the administration stiff-arms the Israelis, and treats Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu like a pariah for building apartments for Jews in the capital of the Jewish state, the wolves of jihad gather. They scent blood. Will this be one more chapter in the lamentable story of how weak and irresolute leadership leads us into war? We must pray it doesn’t happen.


  22. Marty Peretz of The New Republic:


    Look, I wish the Israeli raid on the so-called “Freedom Flotilla” had ended differently. Why, I ask, didn’t Israel’s navy disable the engine of the Mavi Marmara and drag the ship into port? Who knows? The engines of the other boats were apparently disabled—or so reliable sources say.

    But, frankly, when some 800 men and women, distributed over six boats after weeks and weeks of preparation, are headed towards Gaza on the wings of slogan and hysteria, you don’t take that many chances. Somebody has trouble in mind.

    The first five vessels were steered quietly to the Israeli port city of Ashdod, which means that neither their passengers nor the Israeli commandos were especially provocative. The sixth ship, which had 600 activist Turkish voyeurs on board, is an entirely different story. Sponsored by an organization labeled the Humanitarian Relief Fund (I.H.H.), it is said to have ties to Al Qaeda. Which would be logical since Al Qaeda is an ally of Hamas. An intriguing tripartite liaison.

    But I.H.H. is also a satrap of the ever-more-Islamist government in Istanbul, which seems, in turn, to have volunteered itself as a front for jihadism everywhere, most especially in dealing with Iran and its nuclear ambitions. There is hardly a Muslim cause that the Erdogan regime in Ankara has not taken to heart and under its belt. (Recall that Turkey kept U.S. forces from traversing Turkish soil in 2003.)

    Turkey was also once an important ally of Israel, which protected it from Syrian ambitions and gave it a non-Arab friend in a sea of Arabism. Israeli commerce and Israeli military cooperation—that is, modernizing Turkish armaments and units—will not continue much longer with this still-backward country. The Israelis will be sad to lose this friend, but, in fact, they have lost it already. And this is a reciprocal loss.

    It wasn’t so long ago that Turkey—Erdogan’s Turkey—aspired to membership in the European Union. They can kiss that goodbye. The Turks may now be heroes on the Arab street, but they certainly aren’t heroes in Europe’s chancelleries, which prefer controversies on paper. And, much as some E.U. states have huffed and puffed about Israel, the Union is not anxious to add nearly 80 million Muslims to what would no longer be Europe.

    It rings symbolically true that the two European countries first in line to bash Israel were the continent’s prime basket cases: Greece, whose fakeries and troubles have no end; and Spain, saddled with hundreds of thousands of non-working Muslim immigrants and two ongoing separatist movements, one of which (Catalonia) has much justice on its side. Both Greece and Spain are, of course, “progressive,” which is to say socialist (and unbelievably corrupt).[snip]

    The propaganda for the flotilla has been in the works for months. Most of it was simply false. The poverty in Gaza is not qualitatively greater than that of your average Arab city. (Take Cairo. Or Amman, for that matter.) The markets are full of fruit and vegetables … and flowers. Persistent pockets of deprivation exist in the historic refugee concentrations, which the Palestinian political class maintains as evidence of the ancient wrong. And, no, nobody is building big houses … except again the elites, to the extent that they can smuggle materiel through the hundreds of tunnels which are perhaps less corrupt than the ordinary channels of commerce.

    Who is behind this overhyped mission of mercy? And who is its beneficiary? It is none other than Hamas, the Gazan outpost of the global jihad, cousin of the Taliban, second cousin once-removed of Hezbollah. Wishing Hamas well, laboring for its success, is actually a crime against the Palestinians themselves. Of course, the new realists, so-called, will now beat the drums for a “pragmatic” opening to Hamas. It is an old trope for Robert Malley and his ilk. So, over the last two days, they have returned with the same message: Hamas is the future. Soon we will hear from James Baker, James Wolfensohn, even Paul Volcker, who knows a lot about some things but absolutely zero about the Middle East.

    But Hamas is the past, the ugly past of ignorance. That does not mean it has no future. Hamas is the Palestinian counterpart of the movements of dread that now course throughout the world of Islam, and against which the West and moderate Muslims are struggling. The backward Muslims were Lost in the Sacred, as Dan Diner put it in his dazzling book-long essay, subtitled Why the Muslim World Stood Still. Pascal Bruckner depicts their Western sympathizers in The Tyranny of Guilt: An Essay on Western Masochism. Read these two books and you’ll understand the desperate and comradely pity educated men and women have for pitilessness.

    Sympathy for Hamas is an odd reality in the Western world, and Israel needs to puzzle over how it has lost so much ground in its struggle against Arab and Muslim barbarism. I understand that the revival of a certain chic anti-Semitism has paved the way for the grosser anti-Semites and for the Muslim phantasts who deal in torment and salvation. Among these were the voyagers on the ship of fools who, a clip from Al Jazeera demonstrates, awaited the shores of Gaza … or martyrdom.

    The front page of the Financial Times reads “Israel faces global backlash.” Turkey, it says, “calls flotilla attack ‘inhuman.’ ” This is Turkey, mind you, which can’t admit to the Armenian genocide of nearly a century ago and won’t relent on the Kurds today. As it happens, the Security Council, meeting way into Tuesday morning, passed a balanced, even judicious, resolution that was, in true meaning, at least as much a rebuke to the Turks as it was a criticism of Israel. Neither Russia nor China stood in the way—at least not in the end—of fairness to Israel. And they did not try to exculpate Hamas or the macabre joy riders, including young Fiachra O’Luain.

    And I must admit that this marks a turning point in the Obama administration’s attitude to Israel. Although it made some de rigeur criticisms, it was not about to make Jerusalem a sacrificial lamb for a faltering foreign policy. Susan Rice, with whom you know I have many problems, made all the appropriate visits and phone calls—bravely, conscientiously, and wisely. Maybe it was at least as much for the Palestinian Authority as it was for the Jewish state. Or for ultimate peace, unlikely as it is. But it was. Neither did anyone walk out of the “proximity talks,” non-talks as these are. And, for this, I assume the president is responsible. Mazel tov.

    In fact, many people are having second thoughts … or are freeing their initial thoughts from the tiresome orthodoxies in smart parlors.

    There were several smart pieces yesterday about the flotilla fallout. One was written by Michael Sean Winters in the lefty National Catholic Reporter. It is called “Judging Israel.” And it judges the Jewish state fairly. But perhaps the most important take on the episode appeared in The Daily Beast. The piece (“Israel Was Right”) was written by Leslie H. Gelb, a senior ideas man in the American foreign policy establishment, a former New York Times columnist, and the longtime president (now president emeritus) of the Council on Foreign Relations. Writes Gelb:

    Israel had every right under international law to stop and board ships bound for the Gaza war zone late Sunday. Only knee-jerk left-wingers and the usual legion of poseurs around the world would dispute this. And it is pretty clear that this “humanitarian” flotilla headed for Gaza aimed to provoke a confrontation with Israel. Various representatives of the Free Gaza Movement, one of the main organizers of this deadly extravaganza, have let it slip throughout Monday that their intention was every bit as much “to break” Israel’s blockade of Gaza as to deliver the relief goods.


    Regarding international law, blockades are quite legal. The United States and Britain were at war with Germany and Japan and blockaded them. I can’t remember international lawyers saying those blockades were illegal—even though they took place on the high seas in international waters.

    On that note, here are the relevant passages from the Helsinki Principles on the Law of Maritime Neutrality:

    5.1.2 (3) Merchant ships flying the flag of a neutral State may be attacked if they are believed on reasonable grounds to be carrying contraband or breaching a blockade, and after prior warning they intentionally and clearly refuse to stop, or intentionally and clearly resist visit, search, capture or diversion.

    5.1.2 (4) Merchant ships flying the flag of a neutral State may be attacked if they (a) engage in belligerent acts on behalf of the enemy; (b) act as auxiliaries to the enemy’s armed forces; (c) are incorporated into or assist the enemy’s intelligence system; (d) sail under convoy of enemy warships or military aircraft; or (e) otherwise make an effective contribution to the enemy’s military action, e.g., by carrying military materials, and it is not feasible for the attacking forces to first place passengers and crew in a place of safety. Unless circumstances do not permit, they are to be given a warning, so that they can re-route, off-load, or take other precautions.

    5.2.1 As an exception to Principle 5.1.2. paragraph 1 and in accordance with Principle 1.3 (2nd sentence), belligerent warships have a right to visit and search vis-à-vis neutral commercial ships in order to ascertain the character and destination of their cargo. If a ship tries to evade this control or offers resistance, measures of coercion necessary to exercise this right are permissible. This includes the right to divert a ship where visit and search at the place where the ship is encountered are not practical.

    5.2.10 Blockade, i.e. the interdiction of all or certain maritime traffic coming from or going to a port or coast of a belligerent, is a legitimate method of naval warfare. In order to be valid, the blockade must be declared, notified to belligerent and neutral States, effective and applied impartially to ships of all States. A blockade may not bar access to neutral ports or coasts. Neutral vessels believed on reasonable and probable grounds to be breaching a blockade may be stopped and captured. If they, after prior warning, clearly resist capture, they may be attacked.

    The law is on Israel’s side. Ethics and history are on Israel’s side. Those who are on the side of Hamas are actually enemies of civilization.

  23. KathyC
    June 2nd, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    You and me both. I’m older than you, but you describe exactly what I have been feeling since 2008.

  24. I’m watching Gov. Brewer on Greta’s show. This is one tough woman. I am absolutely rooting for her.

  25. basement angel
    June 2nd, 2010 at 9:27 pm
    If you’re gonna complain about socialism, let’s hear that you know what it is, and that you can correctly attribute societal ills that spring from it’s tenets


    Hear, hear! What do you dislike about Social Security, Medicare, free public schools, etc?

    And what do you know about the socialist health care in Europe, Canada, UK,etc?

  26. admin
    June 2nd, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    “The law is on Israel’s side. Ethics and history are on Israel’s side. Those who are on the side of Hamas are actually enemies of civilization.”

    You betcha! This is the end of Obama’s dream of supreme dictator- and giving comfort to the enemy on our dime!

  27. tim
    June 2nd, 2010 at 10:04 pm


    Thank you for posting that video.

    Thank God for Bibi!

  28. I want to know why Americans are so afraid of a government that makes sure that they’re paid reasonable wages for their work, that they get health care, and have time for a vacation. When did having a prosperous middle class, and safe and mobile lower class become a terrifying proposition for Americans?

    Good lord, tax me but give me benefits. Let me retire. Let’s have a country where we don’t have to worry about whether our disabled family members and our young single mothers have the ability to keep a roof over their head, the utilities on and sufficient food. Give me good schools and quit the gimmicks. And while we’re at it, let’s give Americans the six weeks of paid vacation Europe gets – talk about a policy to increase productivity. No wonder they’re kicking our ass and living longer.

  29. “The law is on Israel’s side. Ethics and history are on Israel’s side. Those who are on the side of Hamas are actually enemies of civilization.”
    That flotilla video looks like the Rodney King beating on crank. The whole situation disgusts me. Hamas are a bunch of terrorist thug loons, but if Netanyahu wants more international support it would help a lot of he would sound at least a wee bit regretful that people got killed. Also, as Hillary has said, the situation in Gaza is unsustainable, but Bibi just wants to keep those people penned up like animals in a poorly run zoo. Meanwhile, the Palestinians get angrier or feel more hopeless about the future, which in turn breeds more terrorists.

    I don’t know how Hillary or anyone else from the outside can break this cycle.

  30. Jen,

    It’ll get broken when the wall is built. Right now, any two bit terrorist has the capability of derailing whatever negotiation is being engaged in. But once the wall is built, it will prevent random terrorist attacks. Once they have ceased, the situation will begin to alter.

    And ultimately, the Geneva Initiative still has a great deal of support among Israelis and Palestinians. I suspect once Clinton is president, either the Geneva Initiative, or the basic Clinton Parameters will quickly be signed into a treaty.

  31. BP’s Cleanup volunteers to expect same fate as Exxon’s workers in 2001:



    This is a long article but well worth it, because it shows what will happen to gulf oill spill cleaners from the:

    There are others whom almost no one talks about, although unlike the birds, most of them are still alive. They are the people who scraped oil off the beaches, skimmed it off the top of the water, hosed it off rocks.* Workers who stood in the brown foam 18 hours a day, who came back to their sleeping barges with oil matted in their hair, ate sandwiches speckled with oil, steered boats through a brown hydrocarbon haze that looked like the smog from hell.

    After that summer, some found oil traces in their lungs, in their blood cells, in the fatty tissue of their buttocks. They got treated for headaches, nausea, chemical burns and breathing problems.

  32. This is a website devoted to following the health and welfare of the oil spill workers doing the clean up- Hard to decide whether to be scared or disgusted… Maybe Obama will figure something out when human bodies start piling up along the shoreline..

    Daily updates:


  33. Danish reporter on the situation in Gaza:


    [translation program is a bit skewy and cleaned up a bit at http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2010/06/danish-report-from-gaza-wheres.html%5D

    Judging from the media, the situation in Gaza is desperate, everything is about to collapse, and the community is on the brink or at the level of a third world country.

    The Palestinian community’s immediate downfall has been prophesied numerous times in the media. People have nothing to eat, we sometimes know. The UN must from time to time to stop food distribution, either because their stocks are running low, or because they can not get diesel for their trucks, and therefore can not carry food in. And so on.

    Yesterday I drove into the Gaza Strip. I don’t do this as often as before [because it takes much longer to get through the checkpoints now.]

    This time, I had expected to see real suffering, because with all the fuss in recent days about bringing tons of humanitarian relief in – so much that people actually sacrificed their lives for it – there certainly had to really be a deep, desperate situation in the Gaza Strip. No food. Long queues in front of UN food stocks. Hungry children with food bowls.

    But this was not the picture that greeted me.

    When I yesterday morning drove through Gaza City, I was immediately surprised that there are almost as many traffic jams as there always has been. Is there not a shortage of fuel? Apparently not. Gasoline is not even rationed.

    Many shops were closed yesterday, Hamas has declared a general strike in protest against Israel’s brutal and deadly attack on the Turkish flotilla with pro-Palestinian activists on board. So it was difficult to estimate how many products were on the shelves. Therefore I went over to the Shati refugee camp, also known as Beach Camp. Here is one of Gaza’s many vegetable markets that sell much more than just fruits and vegetables.

    I will not say whether, in better times has been a larger product range than there was yesterday. But there was certainly no shortage of vegetables, fruits or any other ordinary, basic foods. Tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, watermelons, potatoes – mountains of these items in the many stalls.

    I must admit I was a little surprised. Because when I call down here to my Palestinian friends, they tell me about all the problems and deficiencies, so I expected that the crisis was a little more clear.

    And the first woman we interviewed in the market confirms this strange, contradictory, negative mindset:

    “We have nothing,” she said. We need everything! Food, drinks … everything! ”

    It disturbed her not at least that she stood between the mountains of vegetables, fruit, eggs, poultry and fish, while she spun this doomsday scenario.

    Yousuf al-Assad Yazgy owns a fruit and vegetable outlet here in the market. All his fruit is imported from Israel.

    “Not all fruit and all vegetables come from Israel. Ours does. They come from Israel. But in the Gaza Strip there is not very much fruit cultivated. Mostly tomatoes, potatoes and vegetables. So here with me are the vegetables and watermelon were from Gaza. All the fruit comes across the border from Israel,” he explains, but also says that there can be long periods when the border is closed, and which therefore fruit does not come in.

    On the way out of the Shati camp we stop at a small grocery store. Not any fancy, expensive business. Just a small, humble local store. The proprietor Sun Mohammed Abu Nada says they would not be able to do business if it were not for contraband goods from Egypt.

    He takes us on a brief tour of the shelves and shows everything that comes from Egypt. It turns out to be much more than half of the goods. 75-80 per cent. I would estimate. Several other products – including long-life UHT milk – comes from Israel, but is also smuggled through tunnels from Egypt.

    The products are more expensive, he says. Many people cannot afford to buy them, or only to buy certain things sometimes. But all the while that even such a small, poor-looking grocery store on the outskirts of a refugee camp still has so many relatively expensive smuggled goods on the shelves shows nevertheless that many of the customers at least be able to afford to buy them. Otherwise, the merchant of course could not even afford to invest in unsold inventory.

    This story I have written to postulate that there are problems in the Gaza Strip, because that would be untrue. There are problems. Many problems indeed. But it is not lack of food, which primarily concern people down here. The biggest problem is the lack of jobs and a sustainable domestic economy.

  34. Mrs. Smith
    June 3rd, 2010 at 1:08 am

    BP’s Cleanup volunteers to expect same fate as Exxon’s workers in 2001:

    I’m glad that you posted that info. It is totally disgusting for clean-up humans and all the wildlife that will, or already has died.

    One of the news stations spoke of volunteers that were cleaning the beaches, sleeping on the beaches and making bathrooms dirty…after reading your posts it sure is a much more risky job than many realize.

  35. KathyC

    Don’t worry, we have our resident socialist, probably bot, who attacks everyone and everything. Just roll by, glad you are here.

  36. Repost,

    June 2nd, 2010 at 5:01 pm
    The below post by Ace really makes one think. It’s something occasionally I do think about, the depopulation of Europe of Europeans and re population by Muslims. I believe Japan is having a depopulation problem also. Hence the eventual control of the world by Muslims by population means. Not hard to do when you keep half your population in servitude, uneducated, making 10-16 babies. In a way, it is what is facing America with the Hispanic population. It takes to the third generation typically to equal that of the present “American” model of 2.4 children. Regardless, Muslims are the fastest growing population in the world, and they aren’t slowing down.

    Item: Israel’s strategy is backfiring, because no matter what the rightness of its cause — or, frankly, let’s not talk about rightness per se, because this is a matter of simple primal survival; when you’re talking about pure survival, “rightness” and other moral concerns hardly enter into it — Israel becomes more isolated every day by a Europe which wants to forget why, precisely, it should be the case tha so many formerly European Jews are now in the State of Israel (hint: 1938-1945), and looks every day for new ways to condemn Israel and thwart its mission of mere survival. And the American President, which mistakes “European” for “sophistication of thought,” of course echoes his cousins across the Atlantic.

    Item: Italy now pursuing social con reproductive policy through libertarian-friendly means, offering women 4500 Euros to not abort their babies but proceed, as is becoming increasingly rare in Europe, to a live birth. Russia has been attempting the much the same thing for some time now. Video report on Russia’s experiment in reversing its trend towards depopulation here.

    All these are linked by the same fact: Most nations of the West will be extinct within 50-75 years, for all intents and purposes, as the nations we now know die off due to lack of procreation and Muslims from the Middle East and Asia make up the difference, and then some.

    Europe — and Israel, to some extent, too — is pursing an accommodationist strategy with what will be, to a mathematical certainty, the ruling population of Europe in 50 years time; what we call “Europeans” today will rely upon the Europeans of tomorrow to treat them fairly and civilly, and not, say, modify the criminal code in practice to permit the raping of Old European girls by New European gangs.

    Or to, say, continue paying pensions, health benefits, and other “to grave” sorts of benefits to its graying, dying, and now alien, indigenous population.

    Europe, like Israel, is pursing a strategy of simple survival, hoping that some accommodation shown now to its future masters will buy some reciprocal kindness, or at least civility, for its future slaves.

    And, as in Israel’s case, “rightness” is hardly a factor at all when you’re talking about survival.

    Whether Europe’s gamble will work, I don’t know; it’s possible that the egregious barbarity of expansionist Islam will ameliorate in the next several decades; the beastly behavior of much of that population may be caused, in part, by a sense of being victims and thus (as the West reinforces their beliefs on this score) that all sorts of hellish behavior are justified when one speaks of “victims;” but, perhaps, in the future, with the confidence that they now will, as Mohammad promised, inherit the whole earth (or at least the majority of the earth, bracketed on one end by India and on the other by California), those tendencies will be eclipsed by a more charitable and ethical code.

    Civilization is usually only had by those who can afford civilization, those who have had enough material success to be able to afford charity, those whose confidence in their own future safety and survival is high enough to afford mercy and empathy. A distressingly large fraction of the Muslim world seems to lack this now; but it just might be the case that when Islam is obviously triumphant, civilization will grow as it usually does among those who can afford it.

    (George W. Bush and Dick Cheney had something like this in mind for Iraq– forcing a better path for the Islamic world, one that might be imposed initially by force of arms but would later be emulated by free will because it simply works like hell; whether this expensive experiment in reforming Islam through a “Plymouth: Iraq” strategy will bear fruit, or enough fruit, or will bear fruit soon enough, is anyone’s guess.)

    On the other hand, human beings are not known for the kindnesses they demonstrate towards “The Other.” And it is plain that Islam considers Europe to be very much “The Other.” And I don’t have great hopes that something so central to Islam’s conception of itself will give way to a more civilized ethic.

    I never write about this, because accusations of “racism” inevitably follow any discussion of demographic destiny; but mostly because it’s so horribly depressing. If you believe Mark Steyn, and I tend to do so, barring some truly massive change in demographic destiny then the world as we know is doomed, to a mathematical certitude, and what battles we fight now are will almost certainly be regarded later as trivial episodes in the much larger and longer view of Islam’s demographic energy, and the West’s demographic exhaustion.

    Anytime I think like this I can only think of Vonnegut’s repetitive sigh in Slaugher-House Five: “And so it goes. And so it goes. And so it goes.”

    posted by: Ace at 03:56 PM

  37. Eliot Spitzer(!) vs. Glenn Greenwald re: Israel:

    Part I, Is the Israel blockade (and Egypt blockade) of Gaza legal and can an interception be made on international waters?

    Part II, Netanyahu’s former Chief of Staff. Why did Israel do what it did? Did Israel offer to allow supplies from the ships into Gaza? There were 6 ships, but only one “attacked” – what happened on the other 5 ships?

    Part III, Glenn Greenwald.

    (h/t Legal Insurrection)

  38. Public Citizens Take On The Financial Bills In The House And Senate
    (Note: they do no go far enough to protect the American People from unscupulous banking procedures, as revealed in the last section entitled Where Do We Go From Here?

    dear subscriber,

    I’d like to update you on the Wall Street reform legislation in the Senate and House of Representatives, and give you a sense of where we go from here.

    First, let me say “Thank you” to the thousands of Public Citizen members and activists whose continued engagement and support have been instrumental in getting us to this point.

    This round of Wall Street reform is entering its final phase. Last month, the Senate passed its Wall Street reform bill. It contains several strong, positive elements, but should be much stronger.

    Now the bill goes to a House-Senate conference committee, where members of both houses of Congress will reconcile the differences between the two bills they passed. Because it is a closed process, conference committee is traditionally a lobbyist’s dream – the place where they can insert clauses that benefit their clients or delete crucial elements, all without a trace.

    Public Citizen is leading a campaign to make sure the conference process is open – with proceedings televised, with amendments made public before they are agreed on, and more. You’ll be hearing more from us in the coming days and weeks about this effort.

    We are also, of course, working to make sure the final bill is as strong as possible.

    When the Senate began its consideration of Wall Street reform, we highlighted a number of key priorities. Here’s where things now stand, and how we expect them to move forward.


    Both the Senate and House bills set up a new agency to protect consumers from dangerous financial products: mortgages, student loans, credit cards, etc. The Senate embeds its consumer bureau in the Federal Reserve – among the agencies most hostile to consumer protection over the last decade – although the bureau would nonetheless be independent. We prefer the House version on this issue, which would create a standalone agency.

    There are other important issues related to the agency. One is whether it will have jurisdiction over car dealers, who often issue predatory car loans. The car dealers won an exemption in the House and managed to have a nonbinding vote in the Senate urging that they be exempt from the new agency’s jurisdiction. We’re working to close this loophole.


    The Senate voted down a measure – the Brown-Kaufman amendment – that would have capped the size of the largest banks, and required the biggest six to shrink. The measure was defeated 33-61, but it is notable that we were able to do this well – with a position that a month ago seemed unlikely to garner more than a dozen votes. This issue is not going away. We will be pursuing it once this round of financial reform is complete.

    We also highlighted the importance of making the banks be banks, and forcing the banks to close down their “proprietary trading” operations – offices engaged in speculative betting on Wall Street, rather than making loans. Many of you called your senators, urging them to vote for the Merkley-Levin amendment, which included these needed reforms. Hundreds of you entered information on our “citizen whip count,” reporting what your senators said about Merkley-Levin. Unfortunately, because of nefarious parliamentary maneuvers, the Senate never voted on this amendment – which stood a very good chance of winning passage. We will work to get the amendment adopted in conference.


    The House and Senate bills mandate non-binding shareholder votes on executive pay, and nothing more aggressive was seriously considered. There will be a lot more work to do in this area after the Wall Street reform bill is finished.


    We favor a financial speculation tax, which would impose a small fee on stock, bond and derivatives trades, and slow some of the dangerous churning on Wall Street. We see a lot of opportunity to work on this issue in the months ahead. It was not part of the Wall Street reform debate.

    Another key element of ending the casino economy is imposing some meaningful regulations on derivatives trades. The House adopted rules on derivatives very friendly to Wall Street. The Senate, somewhat unexpectedly, adopted quite meaningful reforms. One part of the Senate package would require that almost all derivatives be traded on clearinghouses or exchanges. This would bring some openness to the trading practice and end price manipulation by the biggest players. It would also require derivatives traders to hold capital against the risk of a bad bet. We are very happy with the Senate approach in this regard, with one major caveat: It does not include enforcement language to make sure derivatives traders follow its rules. This should be easily fixed in the conference committee – if there is will to maintain this basic framework.

    The Senate bill also includes language that would require commercial banks to spin off their “swaps desks” – their derivatives trading operations – though the banks would be able to maintain them in the parent company. Such a move would require the banks to raise billions in new capital – not federally insured – behind the derivatives trading arms. Getting this provision removed is Wall Street’s number one priority.


    We warned about a provision in the Senate bill that would potentially subject state insurance regulation to deregulatory rules in international trade agreements. Unfortunately, this language survived. We will be working to get it removed in the conference committee.


    The final Senate bill was 1,615 pages, so it contains a lot not covered in this review. Both the Senate and House bills require audits of the Federal Reserve, and the Senate bill contains a very useful provision on credit rating firms, to name just two very positive features not highlighted above.

    The big failure of the bills, however, is to address the basic structure of the financial industry. They do not shrink the biggest institutions. In general, they do not separate speculative activity from the important banking functions of providing credit and allocating capital. And they do not prohibit activity that poses too much risk to the financial system. We may yet win some such reforms in this legislation, but in general it is fair to say that the legislation relies on improving regulation rather than fixing the industry structures that make harmful behavior almost inevitable.

    From our vantage point, a few things are clear as we go forward. First, the bills would have been much weaker but for the engagement of Public Citizen members like you and others from an outraged public. Second, our ability to prevail on the remaining contentious issues (and to ensure that lobbyists can’t change key elements with stealth maneuvers) depends crucially on ensuring the conference committee process is as open as possible. And last, this Wall Street reform bill will be the first of more to come.

    It’s been quite exciting over the past several weeks to see so many Public Citizen members act on this issue – and make a difference. We have a lot of work to do before a bill finally becomes law, and we look forward to continuing to work with you to get the job done right!


    Robert Weissman, President

  39. gonzo,

    I don’t think all this about Muslims or whoever conquering the world by having babies is racist. But I do find it hard to take seriously.

    The Catholics have been having lots of babies (some say for the same reason) for centuries but haven’t conquered the world yet; actually their membership is shrinking I think.

    So have Fundamentalist Christians. I’m sure there are other religious groups who oppose birth control.

    Sfaik, all such groups are shrinking or losing influence (except perhaps the Fundamentalist CHristians).

    I haven’t looked into it closely, but just because people are born to a family and mark that as their religion, and maybe follow some of the outward culture — doesn’t mean they are going to put some fundamentalism into action when they grow up (if they grow up in a Western culture). I have a feeling that such dynamics are self-limiting.

  40. I was called racist by more white people than I can count when I questioned the experience of Teh One. I got called an Uncle Tom by more black people than I care to remember for not blindly supporting the first viable black candidate. I lost 3 good friends when I voted for Mccain in November ’08 because I told them he was the lesser of the two evils.
    On one hand, I’m glad that there is some real suffering as a result of this administration. Maybe it will teach people that rhetoric without a record of service means nothing. But I am one of those people (Masters degree in Public Health and undergrad degree in Chemistry forced to audit at a hotel due to the crushing lack of jobs) that joins the larger group of underemployed hoping to see a glimpse movement towards a more robust economy. And then I read THESE kinds of comments and wonder what it will take for people to learn…….


    So the leaders that actually CAN do the job are villified, and the ones that are rubbish are praised. Maybe when oil companies are resetting the floor at the pump and force gas prices up to $6/gallon, and we have quantifiable LESS food as a result of the environmental impact of this mess in the Gulf will we see people come to their senses and put Hillary at 1600 Penn Ave. Ididots.

  41. I can’t see most bots admitting they were wrong and switching to Hillary. However they (and all Brazile’s ‘creative classes’) may lose energy and stay home.

    Or the neolibs might switch to Howard Dean. Is he at least sincere? If he’s sincere, Obama’s insider big money and big media people might oppose him as they did before.

  42. In no uncertain terms, Bill Maher just called the President a n_____. Maher voted for Obama to be a tool for his far left agenda, and now that his ‘delivery boy’ hasn’t delivered, Maher puts the President in his place with a racial slur. Maher sees the President as a disobedient, ungrateful slave. So he ‘whips’ the President with his tongue, but it’s just a wet noodle.

    It’s SOP for white leftists to try to use well-spoken blacks as puppets, to appropriate Black Power and manipulate Black Rage. What fools like Maher and that guy at Nothing Left don’t understand is that blacks know the ‘white leftist race game’ inside-out. Obama was always a step ahead of the white radicals, from his earliest days when the Weather Underground sponsored him as their black puppet. Obama, J.J. Jr., Spike Lee, they all played on Maher etc’s stereotyped beliefs that Obama would bring ‘The Revolution.’ Blacks got their black president, white leftists got crumbs. Maher can lash Obama with racial slurs all he wants, but Obama already has the idiot’s vote and unfortunately, he’s still POTUS.

  43. basement angel is not a bot, that is a ridiculous statement. Since I have been watching the oil gusher I’d rather be called a leftie than a rightie anyday. It was the lax regulations under the republicans/corporatist/Obama that have left the Gulf of MExico uninhabitable.

  44. confloyd
    June 3rd, 2010 at 5:41 am
    It was the lax regulations under the republicans/corporatist/Obama that have left the Gulf of MExico uninhabitable.

    False. You have let the Big Media fool you once again.

    The regulations required that blow out preventers be tested every 2 weeks. An MMS REGULATOR, under the Obama Adminstration, granted a Waiver of the test for the BOP Days before the explosion.

    The regulations in place are adequate. The bad judgment of the federal regulator in granting a waiver along with BP’s recklessness CAUSED the disaster.

    We don’t need “more regulation”, we need the assholes to do the job they’re supposed to do.

  45. I am not claiming to be an expert. I just know I see things changing and not in a good way. I just know that if the government takes care of everybody, who is left to work and pay the bills. I was always proud of a hard day’s work and felt that I had earned my wage. Now Obama doesn’t even want to hear what the people have to say. Guess I am just too stupid for my own good.

  46. “but Bibi just wants to keep those people penned up like animals in a poorly run zoo.”

    I have to take issue with this statement. Bibi and the Israelis had every right to close off the Gaza border in retaliation to Hamas terrorism. It is Hamas’s actions against Israel that have hurt their people.

    If the Palestinians in Gaza continue to be dictated to by these vicious thugs, then
    why would Israel not want to defend themselves?

  47. Netanyahu at his best

    Even those who aren’t particularly sympathetic to Benjamin Netanyahu could get a good measure of satisfaction from this interview with
    British Television during the retaliation against Hamas’ shelling of Israel .

    The interviewer asked him: “How come so many more Palestinians have been killed in this conflict than Israelis?” (A nasty question if there ever was on)
    Netanyahu: “Are you sure that you want to start
    asking in that direction?
    Interviewer: (Falling into the trap) Why not?
    Netanyahu: “Because in World War II more Germans were killed than British and Americans combined, but there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that the war was caused by Germany’s aggression. And in response to the German blitz on London , the British wiped out the entire city of Dresden , burning to death more German civilians than the number of people killed in Hiroshima … Moreover, I could remind you that in 1944, when the R.A.F. tried to bomb the Gestapo Headquarters in Copenhagen , some of the bombs missed their target and fell on a Danish children’s hospital, killing 83 little children. Perhaps you have another question?”

    Netanyahu gave another interview and was asked about Israel ‘s occupation of Arab lands. His response was, “It’s our land”. The reporter (CNN or the like) was stunned – read below “It’s our land…” It’s important information since we don’t get fair and accurate reporting from the media and facts tend to get lost in the jumble of daily events.
    Crash Course on the Arab-Israeli Conflict
    Here are overlooked historical facts in the current & past Middle East situation:
    BRIEF FACTS ON THE ISRAELI CONFLICT TODAY… (It takes just 1.5 minutes to read!)
    1. Nationhood and Jerusalem : Israel became a nation in 1312 BC, two thousand (2000) years before the rise of Islam….
    2. Arab refugees in Israel began identifying themselves as part of a Palestinian people in 1967, two decades after the establishment of the modern State of Israel..
    3. Since the Jewish conquest in 1272 BC, the Jews have had dominion over the land for one thousand (1000) years with a continuous presence in the land for the past 3,300 years.
    4. The only Arab dominion since the conquest in 635 lasted no more than 22 years.
    5. For over 3,300 years, Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital. Jerusalem has never been the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity. Even when the Jordanians occupied Jerusalem , they never sought to make it their capital, and Arab leaders never bothered to travel there.
    6. Jerusalem is mentioned over 700 times in Tanach (the Hebrew “Old Testament”), the Jewish Holy scriptures. Jerusalem is not mentioned even once in the Koran.
    7. King David (of Israel) founded the city of Jerusalem . Mohammed never came to Jerusalem.
    8. Jews pray facing Jerusalem . Muslims (depending on their location in the world) pray with their backs toward Jerusalem.
    9. Arab and Jewish Refugees: in 1948 the Arab refugees were encouraged to leave Israel by Arab leaders promising to purge the land of Jews. Sixty-eight percent left (many in fear of retaliation by their own brethren, the Arabs), without ever seeing an Israeli soldier. The ones who stayed were afforded the same peace, civility, and citizenship rights as everyone else. As of 2008, Arab citizens of Israel comprised just over 20% of the entire population. (What is the percentage of “Jewish citizens” in any of the Arab/Muslim states?)
    10. The Jewish refugees were forced to flee from Arab lands due to Arab brutality, persecution and pogroms.
    11. The number of Arab refugees who left Israel in 1948 is estimated to be around 630,000. The number of Jewish refugees from Arab lands is approximately the same.
    12. Arab refugees were INTENTIONALLY not absorbed or integrated into the Arab lands to which they fled, despite the vast Arab territory, as Arab leaders saw them as a tool against the very existence of Israel, a reason to carry on their fight against Israel’s very existence. Out of the 100,000,000 refugees since World War II, theirs is the only refugee group in the world that has never been absorbed or integrated into their own people’s lands. Jewish refugees were completely absorbed into Israel , a country no larger than the state of New Jersey …
    13. The Arab-Israeli Conflict: the Arabs are represented by eight separate nations, not including the Palestinians. There is only one Jewish nation. The Arab nations initiated all five wars and lost. Israel defended itself each time and won.
    14. The PLO’s Charter still calls for the destruction of the State of Israel. Israel has given the Palestinians most of the West Bank land, autonomy under the Palestinian Authority, and has supplied them.
    15. Under Jordanian rule, Jewish holy sites were desecrated and the Jews were denied access to places of worship. Under Israeli rule, all Muslim and Christian sites have been preserved and made accessible to people of all faiths.
    16. The UN Record on Israel and the Arabs: of the 175 Security Council resolutions passed before 1990, 97 were directed against Israel .
    17. Of the 690 General Assembly resolutions voted on before 1990, 429 were directed against Israel .
    18. The UN was silent while 58 Jerusalem synagogues were destroyed by the Jordanians.
    19. The UN was silent while the Jordanians systematically desecrated the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives .
    20. The UN was silent while the Jordanians enforced an apartheid-like a policy of preventing Jews from visiting the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.


  48. KathyC
    June 3rd, 2010 at 8:34 am
    I am not claiming to be an expert. I just know I see things changing and not in a good way. I just know that if the government takes care of everybody, who is left to work and pay the bills. I was always proud of a hard day’s work and felt that I had earned my wage. Now Obama doesn’t even want to hear what the people have to say. Guess I am just too stupid for my own good.

    Socialism is immoral and invevitably doomed to fail because it breaks the basic ethical rule of organic existence. That is, specfically, man must work to continue his individual existence and requires an overlord to take the rightfully earned fruit of his labor in order to give it to a less productive individual. You can bend this principle and have things such as medicare, public schools, and social security, and humans LARGELY do not resent helping those who truly are incapable of productive engagement. Humans understand that the purpose of education is transform the young into productive citizens and largely, do not resent public education UNTIL it is seen as inculcating corrosive and counter-productive, nay destructive, ideals in the youth.

    National defense is collective, so are large projects such as highways, ports, etc., which further expand productivity. Individuals do not begrudge socialism for these projects either because they too increase productivity and efficiency, enabling the individual to increase his standard of living.

    Beyond that, you are pushing the envelope and invite malaise. When individuals see their efforts are not rewarded on an individual level, they lose their motivation. This is exacerbated when THEIR fruit is resdistributed to non or less productive members for the “welfare” of the non or less productive individuals. It is doomed to fail. Every.Time.

    Where leftists can’t seem to look at reality as demonstrated through history is an enigma. I often wonder if it is a mental illness.

  49. Canaan, thanks for filling in the gaps for those who are not too savvy. Barack Obama indeed did know and knows now he is “playing” these white liberal dolts. These brilliant white liberal dolts don’t realize those ‘poor ol’ dumb in need of help black people” are “playing” them because they are too steeped in their own bigotry which poses as enlightenment and kindness.

    These white wealthy liberal dolts treat black people like pets and think they themselves are ever so wonderful for their fake tolerance. Then they turn around and laugh at the “racists” in Republican/conservative politics not realizing they are just as bad with their simpering, overwrought “kindness”.

    How black people ever tolerate the bigotry of these simpering bigot “friends” is a mystery of real tolerance. That’s the source of “Black Rage” we suspect.

    In the end it all comes down to “content of character” and belief in oneself.

  50. admin
    June 3rd, 2010 at 9:46 am
    Canaan, thanks for filling in the gaps for those who are not too savvy. Barack Obama indeed did know and knows now he is “playing” these white liberal dolts. These brilliant white liberal dolts don’t realize those ‘poor ol’ dumb in need of help black people” are “playing” them because they are too steeped in their own bigotry which poses as enlightenment and kindness.

    These white wealthy liberal dolts treat black people like pets and think they themselves are ever so wonderful for their fake tolerance. Then they turn around and laugh at the “racists” in Republican/conservative politics not realizing they are just as bad with their simpering, overwrought “kindness”.

    How black people ever tolerate the bigotry of these simpering bigot “friends” is a mystery of real tolerance. That’s the source of “Black Rage” we suspect.

    In the end it all comes down to “content of character” and belief in oneself.

    Black folks should be insulted by the patriarchal bigotry evinced by the air-headed leftists who fancy themselves to be enlightened because of their bigotry: “Oh, look at me, I’m such a good white person. You can’t expect black people to meet white people’s standards because they’ve been culturally retarded”, or some equally assinine BS reason. F@#$% that. It is a matter of each individual and their character. The character is improved through experience, learning, and being respected as an individual.

  51. KathyC

    I learn a lot from your posts.

    Not stupid…just another valid point of view.

  52. KathyC
    June 3rd, 2010 at 8:34 am
    I am not claiming to be an expert. I just know I see things changing and not in a good way. I just know that if the government takes care of everybody, who is left to work and pay the bills. I was always proud of a hard day’s work and felt that I had earned my wage. Now Obama doesn’t even want to hear what the people have to say. Guess I am just too stupid for my own good.
    Too much common sense for socialists to grasp as they willfully blind themselves to reality.

  53. How Can This Be True?

    A continuing recession?

    A double dip?

    A moribund economy on the eve of the election?

    This is yet another a Racist Lie. Trust me.

    How do I know?


    The Messiah told us himself just a few months ago that he say unmistakable signs of improvement in the economy. Yup. That’s what he said. And his word is law. Just ask the democrats in congress.

    But don’t take my word for it. Nosiree. Just ask Bill Burton. Now there is an unimpeachable source for you. Except when he ventures on on FOX to lie about O and gets bitch slapped by Megan Kelly. Then he loses that perennial smirk and starts to well up. Children should not be exposed to this.

    On a more serious note, this economic downturn will coincide with the election. But this reality has no impact on the dims. They are in love with Obama, and love is blind. Moreover, they are complicit in what he is doing to the country and utterly convinced that when the chips are down he will perform yet another miracle and win back 80% public support by election time. With the country falling apart they could hardly be happier. It is just another crisis for them to exploit.

    Consumer Metrics Institute Projects 3rd Quarter GDP of -2%!! That’s Right -2%!!
    By Larry Doyle on June 3, 2010 at 8:45 AM in Current Affairs, Economy, Sense on Cents (Lar

    Do you hear a grinding sound? Listen a little harder. That sound is the brakes being applied to the U.S. economy.

    The current price action in commodities markets (as highlighted in my commentary yesterday, “Commodities Growling Like a Bear”) is very much reflective of this braking process. How do we measure the slowing? Where can we gain evidence? Let’s turn to Rick Davis’ fabulous work at Consumer Metrics Institute.

    Recall that Rick has not only been way out in front with his calls on the growth of the U.S. economy, but also very accurate especially given that he is projecting GDP a full 4 months prior to its official release. Rick is already on record with his call of -1.5% GDP for the 2nd quarter 2010. What does Rick see for the 3rd quarter?

    May 30, 2010 – BEA Lowers 1st Quarter GDP Estimate as the Consumer Metrics Institute Previews 3rd Quarter GDP:

    On May 27th the BEA released its first revision to its 1st Quarter 2010 GDP growth rate measurement, lowering the number from a 3.2% annualized growth rate to 3.0% annualized growth. One day later the Consumer Metrics Institute’s ‘Daily Growth Index’ was signalling what we should expect the BEA’s measurement of the 3rd Quarter 2010 GDP growth rate to be: contracting at about a 2.0% rate.

    The prior BEA estimate of 1st Quarter 2010 GDP growth trailed our ‘Daily Growth Index’ by 127 days, and because of the rapid rate that the economy was cooling when the measurements were being made the newly adjusted estimate is now trailing our ‘Daily Growth Index’ by 125 days. Since the 3rd Quarter of 2010 ends 125 days after May 28th (when our ‘Daily Growth Index’ was recording a ‘growth’ rate of -1.99%), if the BEA estimates continue to trail our ‘Daily Growth Index’ in a consistent manner we should expect that the 3rd Quarter’s GDP ‘growth’ rate will be in the -2.0% neighborhood.

    Several things were interesting about the BEA announcement, which seems to have been largely ignored by the equity markets on a day when the Dow Industrials were up over 280 points. Not only was the total growth rate revised downward by .2%, but the impact of inventory building was adjusted upward from 1.57% to 1.64%, meaning that the end growth rate of consumer demand (net of inventory build-ups) was dropped from about 1.63% to something closer to 1.36% — a 17% reduction that was hardly worthy of a 280 point rally in the markets. Perhaps the U.S. equity markets should obsess less about Greece and Spain and pay more attention to what is happening with consumers in their own domestic economy.

    Since we first reported that our ‘trailing quarter’ had slipped into contraction on January 15th, we have charted how the current 2010 version of the consumer contraction event compares with prior similar events in 2006 and 2008. The current event is significantly different; while it is not as severe as the 2008 contraction, it has already lasted longer without forming a clearly defined bottom. We know that if the GDP mirrors consumer activities (as at least 70% of it should, net of inventory adjustments), both the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2010 should be contracting at a level of between 1% and 2%. If this isn’t a classic ‘W’ shaped ‘double dip’, it is at least the downward glide of a plane with sputtering engines.

    From our perspective the ‘economy’ lives where the consumer spends; everything else is merely the consequence of the downstream flow of commerce from the initial consumer ‘demand’. For this reason the official GDP measurements poorly reflect what is happening in the real-time economy, because they merely capture backward-looking factory production levels far downstream, as augmented by governmental redistribution of earlier tax collections and new public debt. Even John Maynard Keynes would have had to admit that governmental stimulus has to ultimately cause increases in aggregate consumer demand for a real recovery to be happening. We simply aren’t seeing that yet.

    What is around the bend as we navigate the economic landscape? A double dip on our economic trail. Thanks to Rick Davis and the Consumer Metrics Institute for his fabulous work.

  54. Of course I admire Bibi for many reasons. As world leaders go his is the apex and Obama is the nadir. But notice the way he handles the press right from the get go. He shoves their arrogant question down their throat. I believe–and this is just me perhaps, but I believe everyone who appears on the big media outlets that are enraptured with Obama should begin with the single premise that they are not legitimate jouralists and miss no opportunity to point that out to the listening public. The problem people have and the reason these schlockmeiters put them on the defensive is because they reflexively assume the position that the press is legitimate, and once you do that they are in the drivers seat. They may own the studio but they do not own the dialogue, and it is a mistake to follow their script which is calculated to entrap. The key is to be amiable while you are telling them fuck off. And get your points across. And question their questions.

  55. A little help
    I would very much like to learn more about the middle east situation with regards to Isreal
    My knowledge consists of having read Primo Levi, Elia Weisel, Jerzey Kozinski seeing the documentary Night and Fog and the miniseries Holocaust and Mier as well as seeing Via de la Rosa on Broadway. Yet I confess I really know nothing about the State. Can anyone recommend a good book.
    So far from bambi and the flotilla incident I kind of feel like I am reading a global reenactment of Native Son?
    Make any sense?

  56. blowmeBarryCakes

    We don’t need “more regulation”, we need the assholes to do the job they’re supposed to do.

    That’s what I like, no mincing of words…to the point!
    I agree.

  57. admin
    June 3rd, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Canaan, thanks for filling in the gaps for those who are not too savvy. Barack Obama indeed did know and knows now he is “playing” these white liberal dolts. These brilliant white liberal dolts don’t realize those ‘poor ol’ dumb in need of help black people” are “playing” them because they are too steeped in their own bigotry which poses as enlightenment and kindness.

    These white wealthy liberal dolts treat black people like pets and think they themselves are ever so wonderful for their fake tolerance. Then they turn around and laugh at the “racists” in Republican/conservative politics not realizing they are just as bad with their simpering, overwrought “kindness”.


    Admin and Canaan

    That’s the only thing that makes sense to me.
    Thanks for that perspective.

  58. Well ain’t this convenient!!!

    The Mexican government is opening a satellite consular office on Catalina Island — a small resort off the California coast with a history of drug smuggling and human trafficking — to provide the island’s illegal Mexican immigrants with identification cards, The Washington Examiner has learned.

    The Mexican consular office in Los Angeles issued a flier, a copy of which was obtained by The Examiner, listing the Catalina Island Country Club as the location of its satellite office. It invites Mexicans to visit the office to obtain the identification, called matricular cards, by appointment.

    Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/Mexico-opens-California-office-to-provide-ID-for-illegals-95434969.html#ixzz0po54cvGE

  59. blowmeobama,

    I think you got that backwards…next you’ll be trying to tell me that republicans give a sheet about their fellow americans…geeme a fu*&(^% break, unfettered capitalism has done this to the Gulf. The Gulf that I grew up on….so fuck yourself…the republicans and Obama are responsible for the shit. THe republicans DONT LIKE REGULATION and never did, perhaps you need to learn to read or did you just start reading?

    I got skin in the Gulf game…I love the Gulf, where you from anyway Wisconsin or someplace like it?

  60. Do you need to see it in print or do you just want to deny it?

    You picked the wrong person to pull “no skin in the game on”. I live in Biloxi.

  61. blowme0bama
    June 3rd, 2010 at 7:46 am
    The regulations required that blow out preventers be tested every 2 weeks. An MMS REGULATOR, under the Obama Adminstration, granted a Waiver of the test for the BOP Days before the explosion.

    We need BOTH better regulators AND better regulations. Regulations should not permit such waivers.

    It’s Obama’s fault both ways — he should have hired better regulators AND tightened the regulations.

  62. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0610/38049.html

    Barack Obama’s historic 2008 victory was supposed to herald a new era in American politics, one in which the conventional wisdom that there were limits to how far ambitious African-American politicians could expect to go — nationally or statewide — had been demolished.

    So much for that theory.

    The stunning defeat suffered by Rep. Artur Davis — one of the brightest stars in a new generation of talented black pols — in Tuesday’s Alabama Democratic gubernatorial primary marked the latest setback in an election year that is proving no better, and perhaps even worse, for African-American candidates who are attempting to ascend to high office.

  63. Here ya go Confloyd:

    Documents Show Early Worries About Safety of Rig
    Published: May 29, 2010

    [ * * *]

    After informing regulators of their struggles, company officials asked for permission to delay their federally mandated test of the blowout preventer, which is supposed to occur every two weeks, until the problems were resolved, BP documents say

    At first, the minerals agency declined.

    “Sorry, we cannot grant a departure on the B.O.P. test further than when you get the well under control,” wrote Frank Patton, a minerals agency official. But BP officials pressed harder, citing “major concerns” about doing the test the next day. And by 10:58 p.m., David Trocquet, another M.M.S. official, acquiesced.

    “After further consideration,” Mr. Trocquet wrote, “an extension is approved to delay the B.O.P. test until the lower cement plug is set.”

    When the blowout preventer was eventually tested again, it was tested at a lower pressure — 6,500 pounds per square inch — than the 10,000-pounds-per-square-inch tests used on the device before the delay. It tested at this lower pressure until the explosion.

    [ * * *]


  64. blowme0bama
    June 3rd, 2010 at 9:40 am
    [….] You can bend this principle and have things such as medicare, public schools, and social security, and humans LARGELY do not resent helping those who truly are incapable of productive engagement. Humans understand that the purpose of education is transform the young into productive citizens and largely, do not resent public education UNTIL it is seen as inculcating corrosive and counter-productive, nay destructive, ideals in the youth.

    National defense is collective, so are large projects such as highways, ports, etc., which further expand productivity. Individuals do not begrudge socialism for these projects either because they too increase productivity and efficiency, enabling the individual to increase his standard of living.

    Beyond that, you are pushing the envelope and invite malaise.


    Thanks for admitting that Social Security, Medicare, public schools, etc ARE SOCIALISTIC, and the issue is just where to draw the line.

    IE, which particular projects, done in what manner, will be productive (and remember that things can be changed if they don’t work out, or when they outlive their usefulness).

    Some countries that have actually socialized medical care have good results, so that’s a project we should try. Real socialized medicine, not Obama’s fake which is really facism for the insurance companies.

  65. Kathy,

    You have a fantasy view of socialism cooked up by rightwing, cheap labor conservatives who are scared to death that the American people will take a stand on their own behalf. Nothing about socialism means that you don’t have to work and earn a living. It simply means that the government makes sure that ordinary people have the means to live a reasonable life. That’s it.

    Now, answer the question – how has socialism destroyed Canada, France (which has a much higher productivity rate than us once actual worked hours are factored in), Sweden, England, Germany or any of the other socialist nations? Do you know those nations are socialist? Do you understand that they all have longer life spans, and a lower infant mortality rate than we do?

    Last but least, Obama is a Reaganite, not a socialist. He is to the right of George Bush time and time again. If someone is telling you that he is a socialist, that person is too stupid to listen to. Just tell them they don’t know what they’re talking about and they need to shut the hell up. Obama is the worst Democratic president in history – he is a terrible president. One of the reasons he is terrible is that he sides with corporations over ordinary people time and time again. You cannot be a socialist if you’re on the side of the banks and Obama bailed out the banks, rather than the people who the banks have defrauded.

  66. basementangel
    you claim to own a business
    do you share your profits equally with all of your employees?

  67. KathyC
    Keep speaking I may not agree 100% with you but I love hearing from those who are “supposed to be dormant and excepting” screaming and screaming out loud
    Brovo to you
    Yell loud and keep us all awake
    Again bravo to you

  68. PS
    How much does a gallon of gas cost right now on average in the EU?
    To mu knowledge it is about 9.5 euros equal to over 15 american and its due in large part to VAT.

  69. Heh, I really don’t give a rats ass about socialism, to be or not to be…but a sideline from someone that was married to a German…WAS married to him is the operative word.

    He spent more time touting the awesomeness of how people could live more comfortably there, take long vacations, get free medication, bla, bla, bla. After hearing this like a broken record, I just asked him each time… “If your country is so great, why did you leave? Why don’t you go back there?”

    His reply was always the same, “Because I can choose the career I want here, my choices were limited there, I could only be x, y or z in Germany. I can make more money here, I can live were ever I want. I don’t have so many legal restrictions here.”

    In other words, America was his choice for all the freedom we have.

    Safety nets are good to a point, it is when one crosses the line that distinguishes if being taken care of is worth it for me.

    Everyone, even the ones at the bottom should pay their fair share, not just redistribution of wealth to those that take the system for a free ride. I would benefit from a redistribution of wealth, but I know it is wrong. Period, over and out on this topic.

  70. All of that is fantasy. You can have whatever career you want in Germany. In fact, it’s much easier to get an education there than here, and wages are higher.

    There is nothing wrong with preferring one culture to another.

    But if you’re going to make claims, like being a socialist nation means that people aren’t working, you’re going to get called out on it. I mean, that’s just really, really stupid. Most 5th graders know that’s bs.

    Canada, France, Sweden are all socialist nations. Do you see those people not working? I mean, c’mon. The standard of living is higher. They have higher productivity rates than we do. They live longer. They have lower infant mortality rates. What’s wrong with that?

  71. basement angel
    June 3rd, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Obama is the worst Democratic president in history – he is a terrible president. One of the reasons he is terrible is that he sides with corporations over ordinary people time and time again. You cannot be a socialist if you’re on the side of the banks and Obama bailed out the banks, rather than the people who the banks have defrauded.
    I’ll agree with you on several points, the morality vel non of socilism is not one of them, but Obama seems largely oriented to fascism.

  72. Henry – First of all I wasn’t yelling, and second, I was just telling my story and how I felt about the discussion and don’t feel like fighting the issue.

  73. basement angel
    June 3rd, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    All of that is fantasy. You can have whatever career you want in Germany. In fact, it’s much easier to get an education there than here, and wages are higher.

    These kind of comments are why I choose not to discuss this issue with you.

    You claim to have come out of the closet, good for you.

  74. As I said, I don’t claim to be an expert on any of this. I just know how I feel. I lost my husband in 2007. He was a Vietnam vet and had two primary cancers, colon and kidney. The doctor at St. Louis told me that was like getting hit by lightening twice. She said it had to have been from the agent orange he was bombarded with. He was run over by a farm truck when he was 12 and crushed both hips, after chopping cotton all day, but he still went to Nam. We both worked all out lives. I lost my job in 2008, and then both of my hips disentegrated. I had to apply for disability and then fight for it. I have neighbors who draw disability for being alcoholics and have never hit a lick. I had to apply for medicaid and was in bed for three months waiting to be able to see a doctor. Yet I see young girls every day who have kids and don’t work, that get that help. When my pain got too much to handle, my daughter took me to the emergency room. The doctor there asked if I thought I was entitiled and why couldn’t I pay for my own insurance. (I was drawing $165.oo a week unemployment.) Do you know how I felt when I had worked for thirty five years on the books and paid in my taxes? That is why I can see the flaws in the system.

  75. KathyC
    Scream and scream outloud and don’t let the bastards get you down
    I may differ from you but hot damn I respect your voice.
    It is yours so use it. You may very well teach us all something.
    And thankyou for you and your family.

  76. I hope Blago’s lawyers are taking notes on this:

    White House says it approached Romanoff, but denies job offer

    The White House acknowledged on Thursday that it approached Colorado Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff with talk of a job in order to clear the field for its preferred candidate.

    In an early morning statement, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs insisted Romanoff was not actually offered a specific position, but said the White House did try to prevent Romanoff from doing battle with Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) in a primary.

    Gibbs portrayed White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina’s contacts with Romanoff as merely following up on an application Romanoff submitted during the presidential transition to work at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Romanoff also had called White House personnel about the position after the Obama administration took office, according to Gibbs.

    “Jim Messina called and e-mailed Romanoff last September to see if he was still interested in a position at USAID, or if, as had been reported, he was running for the U.S. Senate,” Gibbs said.

    “Months earlier, the president had endorsed Sen. Michael Bennet for the Colorado seat, and Messina wanted to determine if it was possible to avoid a costly battle between two supporters.

    “But Romanoff said that he was committed to the Senate race and no longer interested in working for the administration, and that ended the discussion,” Gibbs said. “As Mr. Romanoff has stated, there was no offer of a job.”



  77. Thank you Henry and Blow, sorry if I offended anyone. I am just damn sick and tired of our President apologizing for our country, and trying to take it down. We may not be perfect, but we sure show up when catastrophe happens around the world. I am not gonna apologize for living in a once great country. And, hopefully, we can get there again.

  78. Biggest medicare/medicaid fraud thing happening is the halfway house out patient therapy spiel. There are places that have in excess of 100 homes who bill the states wefare up to 500 a month per person in shared rooms and then claim to be providing treatment at another site where they charge medicare 150 per patient and then charge them for transportation to and from. All these people are getting is an in-house 12 step meeting and then two 45 minute sessions in group. Many are sentenced there by the courts and one on one therapy only happens once per month. There is a waste of tax payer dollars. Addiction may be a disease but it has also become an extremely profitable one.

  79. Another Racist attack on the “Precious”

    African-American “far-left” opinion on our “Socialist” President:

    “Yes, Obama is “Engaged” – in a Colossal Crime”

    In a rational polity, the great abomination to Earth and Man in the Gulf would spell the end of the Obama presidency. We are witnessing cataclysm on a geological scale, an event with the potential to alter planetary destiny, precipitated not by the three hundred million year arc of wayward comets or the incremental slide of continent-molding tectonic plates, but by the routine exercise of corporate power in the United States.

    The man in charge of the government that both permitted and abetted the heinous corporate crime (“Drill, baby, drill!”) should, by all rights, be in terminal disgrace. Instead, much of Obama’s “base” behaves as if the First Black President is an innocent party – a victim of circumstances – rather than a facilitator of the corporate enterprise that has spawned the Mother of all Pollutions. But then, Teflon is a petrochemical product.
    For purposes of assigning culpability, Obama was fully engaged in setting the stage for the atrocity from the moment of his campaign reversal on off-shore drilling in August, 2008 – after he had the nomination locked up. “My interest is in making sure we’ve got the kind of comprehensive energy policy that can bring down gas prices,” said candidate Obama. “If, in order to get that passed, we have to compromise in terms of a careful, well-thought-out drilling strategy that was carefully circumscribed to avoid significant environmental damage — I don’t want to be so rigid that we can’t get something done.” So Obama bent over like a contortionist to pleasure the oil barons.
    When history passes its verdict on the current era, she will not assign much import to the advent of the First Black President of the United States. Rather, history will mark 2010 as the year a servile political operative in the White House exposed the seabed to deep defilement by the oil colossus, from which the world never fully recovered.


  80. Kathy,

    Were you upset when George Bush apologized twice to the Chinese for spying on them?

    Do you know that lot of nations are socialist that have higher employment rates than we do?

    Come on – take a stand. Or are you afraid to?

  81. I told you basement angel, I am not an expert. I didn’t like Bush and I don’t claim to know about Sweden or whereever. I just know that I see too many people comfortable with the handouts. Like I said, If nobody works, no taxes come in.

  82. KathyC
    Thankyou you made my day. I think once upon a time in a land far far away there was a woman who said something along the lines of express yourself.
    Again it was a long time ago and I think the author become very confused but the gist is the same

  83. Also, I have had my share of crappy jobs, some I did not like doing. But I always said I would scratch sh&*t with chickens to feed my kids. Would that everyone felt that way.

  84. Homewrecker Sally Quinn blames George W Bush for the Gores’ divorce. I guess Sally would know a thing or two about causing divorce!!

  85. KathyC
    I’d love to hear a liberal speak about how the substance abuse programs are bankrupting medicare. Judges say someone is unfit and it becomes about getting on the dole. Treatment is 12 steps and that basically it. Costs 125 per day plus transportation plus housing plus food and necessities stipend. Needed yes but why does it become a non-state issue. the federal government has to pick up the tab for non-violent offenders sentenced to rehab as opposed to prison?
    I don’t think they should be in prison but I thinkl charging 125 per hour per client to have them sit in a 12 step program is illegal.
    And it does zero to help the people forced to sit there.

  86. Henry, I know people going for their second round of treatment. They call it their vacation. Don’t know how, because they don’t work. I call it money wasted.

  87. Now for some happy news. Laura Ling named her newborn daughter after Bill Clinton:


  88. KathyC
    I do believe every human being is salvageble (save the members of the dnc) I was just trying to shine a light on how groups make 100s of millions of dollars on such programs and have no accountability. As no one wants to look at it.

  89. Wasn’t she actually working for that fat- ass= whose wife left him for a real breathing human being- nobel prize winning- deprive hard working americansb a right to earn a living wage jackass as part of an orca soon to be owned obama propaganda network?
    \If so al must be a little less than happy

  90. Kathy,
    We’ve got a lot in common. I was a life long dem, though I really hadn’t voted nationally beyond 1992; just grew disgusted. Always felt safer, domestically, with a dem in the WH and never, EVER voted GOP for any office, any level. ALMOST voted for McCain in 08 because of: 1) all the seedy, shady history behind pResident jackass; and 2) Pravda’s refusal to examine ANY of it.

    Will vote straight GOP until Dem party is completely purged of these statist / communists, even locally. I see this incompetent, thieving, American hating boob, divisive, part time agitator for what he is.

  91. Paula
    Funny Bill got it done and she responded in a lovely way
    but fat-ass gore was at all of the press events.
    She may have in some way worked for him but it was Bill who got her out
    Good for her.

  92. Paula

    Bill Clinton’s redemption is complete. Nearly a year after the former president negotiated the release of two Current TV reporters in North Korea, one of them, Laura Ling, has honored Clinton by naming her new baby after him.

    How sweet is that? Always uplifting to hear good news.

  93. I’d still love to know if the avowed socialist who felt so free to attack others for their opinions actually as a small business owner shared her profits equally with her employees?

  94. Shadowfax
    I know this is small but I believe they were actually employed in some way or associated with fat ass I mean Al my marriage is stronger than the Clintons Gore!

  95. henry
    June 3rd, 2010 at 3:29 pm
    I’d still love to know if the avowed socialist who felt so free to attack others for their opinions actually as a small business owner shared her profits equally with her employees?
    Or is [Mommie’s living in the] basementangel?

  96. So much for a clean cut of the pipe…

    After days of reporting failures, BP made progress in containing a ruptured oil well Thursday when it was able to sever a damaged riser pipe.

    The success, however, was tempered by the grim reality that oil could continue gushing into the Gulf of Mexico at least until August, when BP hopes to have a relief well in place.

    An effort to slice off the pipe with a precision diamond-edged cutter failed Wednesday, forcing BP to settle for a rougher cut of the pipe made with shears. The more primitive cut means that a rubber seal will not be as tight as previously hoped, said U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the federal government’s response manager.

    Allen said BP is now attempting to lower a containment dome over the ruptured well, after which it will begin siphoning oil a mile up to the surface.

    He called Thursday’s developments a “significant step forward,” but the situation remained volatile.


  97. http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/536078/201006021823/Fixed-Race.aspx

    Bigotry: Comedian Bill Maher stereotypes black people as ghetto hoodlums and there’s no outcry. The long-standing racial double standard always shields the left.

    ‘I thought when we elected a black president we were gonna get a black president,” HBO’s Maher told viewers last week. “You know, this is where I want a real black president. I want him in a meeting with the BP CEOs, you know, where he lifts up his shirt so they can see the gun in his pants.”

    Is this really what TV audiences picture when they think of “black people”? In 2010?

    Wasn’t this country, which has suffered so much in its race relations, supposed to have transcended caricatures like this long ago?

    Hasn’t Maher ever heard of the Cosby Show’s Dr. Cliff Huxtable and his lovable, affluent, furthest-thing-from-dysfunctional family, who ruled prime-time television for five straight years — some two decades ago?

    How could a nerdy white guy like Maher get away with something like this? Where were the Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, who usually seem so quick to demand apologies for racial insults? And where are the “mainstream” media?

    Virginia Republican George Allen, once considered presidential timber, saw his career derailed by the media in 2006 after he called a nonwhite operative for an opponent’s campaign a “macaca” — a cryptic remark no one to this day has deciphered.

    Former Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., was forced from Senate leadership in 2002 after an open mike picked up an offhand remark at former segregationist Democrat Strom Thurmond’s 100th birthday party. Lott said Thurmond should have been elected president in 1948.

    But Joe Biden, who during the presidential campaign described Barack Obama as “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean,” got a pass and ends up vice president.

    And when John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s recent book, “Game Change,” brought to light Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s 2008 statement about Obama being “light skinned” with “no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,” the whole hullabaloo blew over in a matter of days.

    So Republicans pay the price and liberals like Maher get a pass. This isn’t Maher’s only offense, either. Last month he called Obama “President Sanford and Son” — yet this guy gets invited onto ABC’s “This Week” to assure the millions watching that “nowadays, if you are racist, you’re probably a Republican.”

  98. basement angel
    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:26 pm
    It really is Bush’s third term. I’m sure that there is stuff that could be done in the Gulf that isn’t being done because BP doesn’t want to pay for it.

    Yeah, you keep telling yourself that, honey. You do that. People like you are WHY lying politicos like Obeyme exist. He’s doing NOTHIN’ for the Gulf. Nothing!!! You keep working that magic 8 ball telling all of us what you think you know what BP will or won’t do. I don’t trust BP as far as I can spit but that doesn’t mean they’re not trying to contain the disaster. They may be incompetent but they’ve got the only technology and capability to clean up after the catastrophe they caused.

    Obummer owns this sucker and you and yours and the Dem-Socialists the world over can keep bringing Bush into the conversation won’t stop that fact. Obummer owns this mess and so do the Dems. Deal with it.

  99. Kathy,

    I’m sorry if I sounded sharp. The meanings of words like ‘socilist’ have become confused — perhaps by Obama and his backers, deliberately.

  100. KathyC
    June 3rd, 2010 at 3:04 pm
    Also, I have had my share of crappy jobs, some I did not like doing. But I always said I would scratch sh&*t with chickens to feed my kids. Would that everyone felt that way.

    I hear ya, Kathy! I hear ya. Let me just say, thank you so much for your input. I agree with you about socialism. It is evil. I don’t care about what basement angel says because SHE IS WRONG. I’ve spent time in Europe (mostly Spain) and I saw what socialism did to Spaniards. It made them complacent. It made them expect handouts. Socialism made unions in Spain and in other European countries so powerful, that it kept out competition from the private sector. If you try to hold the European unions accountable, they WILL shut down countries like Great Britain and France. I’ve seen what unions can do in places like Spain. It is no accident that Spain has May Day marches celebrating “workers” and Communism.

    I’ve worked hard my ENTIRE life, since I was 16. I’ve done everything to put myself through school. I’m 34 years old and have been unemployed for 2 years. I used to be a Republican but now find myself on the outs of that party like many Dems find themselves in similar straights with the Dems. I find it laughable that basement angel thinks that Obeyme is a Reaganite. Really? Then you didn’t know Reagan.

    And all this admiration for socialism by basement angel and others on this board. You make me sick. You don’t give a fig about its implications. Socialism makes people entitled, lazy, and dependent. I don’t get this sick fascination people have with the State controlling your life. Such control comes with conditions like voting Dem your entire, freakin’ life so that you can get handouts… just like they do in Europe. And unions? Yeah… unions will screw the little guy in a heartbeat to maintain their power. That’s what my dad’s union did to him when he needed them on his side for a disability hearing. They turned their back on my dad, who’d been a steamfitter/plumber for over 30 years. Yeah, those unions… give ’em dues and that’s the last you’ll hear from them.

    I’m with Kathy on this one. I’m worried about the future of my country and that of my family. I was always told that if I worked hard, went to college, I’d never have trouble supporting myself. I’m an educated person with bachelor’s and master’s degrees only to be told there are too many people like “me.” I’m also a military spouse who’s been unemployed for 2 years and have no idea what lies in store for people like me or my husband.

    It’s time to reform all our social entitlements. Stop corporate welfare. Give the military the benefits like full pension they truly deserve (especially if they’ve been disabled by war). It’s a disgrace that public employees get to retire early and receive their full pension when even our miltiary get less than half their salary as a pension. When you’ve got enlisted service members on food stamps, you know that something is wrong with the system. Deeply wrong.

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