OILBAMA-PALOOZA: The Corruption Gusher Trial Of Rod Blagojevich And The Anniversary Of Titanic Hubris

Update: Updated with a video of Hillary Clinton pointing out Obama’s oil ties – as we wrote about previously (“Hooray For Sarah Palin – BO BP Edition). Video here [the Sarah Palin bashing is unfortunate as THIS explains]:


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Let’s call it OilBama-Palooza! Today David Broder wrote “There isn’t a name for it that has become part of the popular culture.” Broder meant the crude horror wafting towards mainland America is without a name. But the entire Obama slip and slide clown circus of corruption needs a name. Let’s call it OilBama-Palooza! The slimy worst is yet to come!

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Today marks the beginning of the former “reformer” Rod Blagojevich’s trial for corruption in Illinois. But today is also the anniversary of the night that Obama promised to “heal the planet”. It has not exactly worked out that way. Quite the contrary. The only way to make the Gulf of Mexico oilier, after all the crude reserves exhaust themselves, is for Chicago Obama to take his Chicago manboobs out for a swim – so much for healing the planet.

The hubris of June 3, 2008 cannot be sufficiently quantified:

“The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people. Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth. This was the moment—this was the time—when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves and our highest ideals. Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.”

Not since “unsinkable” Titanic sunk have we witnessed such hubris. Not since “unsinkable” Titanic sunk have we seen reality so thoroughly refute a batch of words strung together. Those words were strung together by frat boys for frat boys. They were just words. It was like a heartbreaking love song sung by a child star with vocal abilities but too callow to know real heartbreak and real sorrow in love. It was just a show.

When “unsinkable” Titanic sunk in April 1912 an era of hope and promise caught a glimpse of the future. In the sinking of the Titanic the world saw the failure of the most modern technologies, the demise of many of the famous, the European crash, and the Great War trench warfare horror that was to come.

“The Titanic, as the unsinkable vessel that sank on its maiden voyage, became an ultimate symbol of hubris, a cautionary tale warning that human inventiveness can always be trumped by nature.

But the Titanic took on mythic significance only because of what soon followed in its wake. It was in hindsight that the catastrophe of The Great War took on the implicit character of the unforeseen obstacle into which Europe crashed.

The unbridled optimism of the Enlightenment, a belief in the ”unsinkability” of progress, drove full speed into the abyss of trench warfare. A generation of European males was lost, and for what? Kaiser? King? The Archduke of Sarajevo? A dynamic set by arms merchants?

After the fact, what came to be called World War I could only be understood as an act of civilizational suicide. For year after year, Germany, Britain, France, and other nations sent their very futures ”over the top” into the maw of machine guns that refused to falter. It was as if the man at the helm of the Titanic sailed into the thick of icebergs he had been warned were certainly there. The story of the ship became one of pure foreboding.

Obama has been warned. We warned America and the world about the unqualified Chicago charlatan as the icebergs moved like chess pieces. Obama and his band of Cultists would not listen – they are proponents of a hubris they praise as “audacity”. Audacity is just another name for Hubris, which was long ago identified by the Greeks as a wax that melts.

The hubris is evident every day. After spending half a golf game’s worth of time in the Gulf of Mexico last week hubris filled Obama proceeded to his vacation in the Rezko house in Chicago. Immediately after the holiday it was hubris party time at the White House with a British singer getting a Library of Congress award from spotlight-tropic Obama. The British singer proceeded to insult the previous American president as the current White House occupant laughed.

While Obama laughed and partied, Americans are seeing the mess the Dimocratic establishment proffered, and that they elected, in full flower. So stupid is the vacation-then-party-then-vacation (yup, another vacation is scheduled), Obama strategy that even Politico invokes Barney Fife, the stumbling, bumbling, hapless deputy sheriff from possibly the best TV show ever. In a week that featured vacation then party and Sestak then Romanoff, Obama will try to erase those blunders with another publicity stunt in the Gulf. But tomorrow’s Gulf publicity stunt will not stanch the flow of crude from Obama.

Two stories exemplify the Obama arc of hubris – from ‘heal the planet’ to ‘sicken us all with corruption’. The first article is from Mark Steyn in 2008:



“The short version of the Democratic-party primary campaign is that the media fell in love with Barack Obama but the Democratic electorate declined to. “I felt this thrill going up my leg,” said MSNBC’s Chris Matthews after one of the senator’s speeches. “I mean, I don’t have that too often.” Au contraire, Chris and the rest of the gang seem to be getting the old tingle up the thigh hairs on a nightly basis. If Obama is political Viagra, the media are at that stage in the ad where the announcer warns that, if leg tingles persist for over six months, see your doctor.

Out there in the voting booths, however, Democrat legs stayed admirably unthrilled. The more the media told Hillary she was toast and she should get the hell out of it and let Obama romp to victory, the more Democrats insisted on voting for her. The more the media insisted Barack was inevitable, the less inclined the voters were to get with the program. On the strength of Chris Matthews’s vibrating calves, Sen. Obama raised a ton of money — over $300 million — and massively outspent Senator Clinton, but he didn’t really get any bang for his buck. In the end, he crawled over the finish line. The Obama Express came a-hurtlin’ down the track at two miles an hour.[snip]

I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people… I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal… This was the moment — this was the time — when we came together to remake this great nation…

It’s a good thing he’s facing it with “profound humility,” isn’t it? Because otherwise who knows what he’d be saying. But mark it in your calendars: June 3, 2008 — the long awaited day, after 232 years, that America began to provide care for the sick. Just a small test program: 47 attendees of the Obama speech were taken to hospital and treated for nausea. Everyone else came away thrilled that the Obamessiah was going to heal the planet and reverse the rise of the oceans: when Barack wants to walk on the water, he doesn’t want to have to use a step-ladder to get up on it.[snip]

Nothing in Obama’s resume suggests he’s the man to remake America and heal the planet. Only this week, another of his pals bit the dust, convicted by a Chicago jury of 16 counts of this and that. “This isn’t the Tony Rezko I knew,” said the senator, in what’s becoming a standard formulation. Likewise, this wasn’t the Jeremiah Wright he knew. And these are guys he’s known for 20 years. Yet at the same time as he’s being stunned by the corruption and anti-Americanism of those closest to him, Obama’s convinced that just by jetting into Tehran and Pyongyang he can get to know America’s enemies and persuade them to hew to the straight and narrow. No doubt if it all goes belly up and Iran winds up nuking Tel Aviv, President Obama will put on his more-in-sorrow-than-in-anger face and announce solemnly that “this isn’t the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad I knew.”

Every time I hear an Obama speech, I start to giggle. But millions of voters don’t. And, if Chris Matthews and the tingly legged media get their way and drag Obama across the finish line this November, the laugh will be on those of us who think that serious times demand grown-up rhetoric.”

From Rezko trial to Blagojevich trial, from Sestak to Romanoff, from Chicago corruption to corruption of the Gulf. The Obama story writes itself now:

“As jury selection in the corruption trial of Rod R. Blagojevich begins on Thursday, people here are less curious about what they may learn about the impeached former Illinois governor than they are about who else will be tainted in the proceedings.

The trial may finally open a window into Mr. Blagojevich’s interactions with other politicians and political strategists, business and union leaders and others. Consider a tantalizing detail: Much of the prosecution’s case is expected to center on phone calls federal agents secretly recorded; through roughly 500 hours of recordings of Mr. Blagojevich’s conversations, most of which have never been made public, someone was on the other end of the line.

Mr. Blagojevich’s fellow Democrats in Illinois, in particular, are worried about what will be revealed over the course of a trial that could last until close to Election Day. They do not want voters reminded of the venality of politics — especially when voters have made clear their rage over politics as usual.

In a year that’s already bad for the Democrats, this will make it worse,” said David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. “There will be a Blagojevich odor in the air, and it will be with us day after day, like political Muzak.”

Blagojevich, is on trial for bribery, extortion, and racketeering. Jesse L. Jackson Jr., Harry Reid of Nevada, Richard J. Durbin, Rahm Emanuel, and Valerie Jarrett are among the potential witnesses. But it is Barack Obama who dangles Banquo-like over the proceedings.

“The prosecution’s case is widely expected to come down to this: two leading witnesses — former chiefs of staff for Mr. Blagojevich who were initially indicted with him and have since pleaded guilty — and the secret recordings, all captured in the fall of 2008. A central point of contention is expected to be which of the recordings are played. Mr. Blagojevich has said, again and again, that every recording should be played, but the judge will decide which the jury should hear.”

In the future we will detail the motions prosecutors have filed and the motions the judge has granted which will deny Blagojevich a full and fair trial as well as protect the Chicago corrupt, such as Obama.

“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.[snip]

There is also the shadowy figure of a convicted influence peddler, Antoin “Tony” Rezko, a former friend to both Obama and Blagojevich who may testify for the prosecution.”

The uncaring, self-interested, “career” minded Obama, with the shady or criminal friends and benefactors came out of the swamps of Chicago.

It is Michelle Obama who has declared Obama to be personally “stinky” and was “angry at his selfishness and careerism”. It is no surprise then that this type of personality attempts to soil others with his own shortcomings.

After Obama tried to blame others for his inattention to the oil swamping the Gulf, Brian Williams of Obama Cult headquarters NBC had this to say:

“Williams: …The night the rig exploded I went on the air, it was our lead story. I asked the question, ‘is this going to lead to one of the most catastrophic events of all time where the environment is concerned?’ I got a kick out of President Obama saying that even when the cameras go away we’ll still be there for you. That ain’t the way this is going to play out. If anything, the cameras being here have compelled outside interests – government, BP – to kick this into another gear. With all due respect, the President might have had his scenario off by 180 degrees. So we’ll keep coming back here, we won’t take our eyes off this region, we haven’t since we knew we had a Category 5 storm off the coastline five years ago.”



It’s the same personality disorder and lack of caring for others that was demonstrated when Obama refused to meet with Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona to discuss the new law. It was only when public outrage and the calm demeanor of Jan Brewer appeared on televised broadcasts that Obama was forced to acquiesce and grant her the meeting he promised world dictators. Whether it’s the hated Obama health scam which gifts countless trillions to Big Pharma and Big Insurance while bending the cost curve upwards, the failing economy, the rising debt and deficit which increases by the billions on a daily basis, and the get everyone out of election races except for Obama himself – Americans are seeing the Chicago corruption even through the Big Media filters.

The Obama Corruption gusher is massing off shore. Soon, and for years to come, the Obama crude will hit the mainland. It’s an Obama gusher of Chicago Corruption.

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113 thoughts on “OILBAMA-PALOOZA: The Corruption Gusher Trial Of Rod Blagojevich And The Anniversary Of Titanic Hubris

  1. Obama slip and slide clown circus of corruption needs a name. Let’s call it OilBama-Palooza!

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    Perfect! (Now back to reading your post. BTW, your posts are always like a big piece of chocolate to get me though the day.)
    Kudos Admin!!!!

  2. I want to see ads which say a price of gas
    4
    a price of guess with vat and cap and trade
    13
    I want to see an ad which says a half a gallon of orange juice today 3.79
    VAT 7.020
    cap and trade 9.00

    How can any thinking individual not believe that a vat and cap and trade tax will not destroy the middle class?
    I am overwhelmingly sad about the futeur of my country.

  3. Wow
    My apologies for spelling– I was using a phone, but there really is no excuse for my may errors.
    Sorry.

  4. She says she’s “uneducated” but we think she is eloquent:

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/06/03/gulf.fishermans.wife/index.html

    Kindra Arnesen’s husband often calls while he’s out on a shrimping trip, so she wasn’t surprised to hear her cell phone ring the night of April 29 while he was on an overnight fishing expedition.

    However, this time, her husband, David, wasn’t calling to tell her about the day’s catch or to wish their children Aleena and David Jr. a good night. He was calling to tell her he was sick, and the strange thing about it, so were men on the seven other shrimping boats working near his.

    “I received several calls from him saying, ‘This one’s hanging over the boat throwing up. This one says he’s dizzy, and he’s feeling faint. Everybody’s loading up their stuff, tying up their rigs and going back to the docks,'” Arnesen remembers.

    Arnesen believes it was vapors from the oil and the dispersants from the BP Gulf oil disaster that made her husband and the other shrimpers sick. She says they were downwind of it, and the smell was “so strong they could almost taste it.”

    For several weeks, she hesitated to talk publicly about it. Like many fishermen who can no longer fish in the Gulf, her husband has signed a contract to work with BP to clean up the oil, and she doesn’t want to bite the hand that puts food on her family’s table.

    But now Arnesen, a 32-year-old “uneducated housewife” — her words — is breaking her silence and is encouraging others in her community do the same. After attending a lecture by Rikki Ott, a toxicologist who’s worked with families affected by the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, Arnesen decided to organize other wives to ask questions about the safety of working near the oil.

    Her cell phone rings constantly.

    “Hey, Theresa, how you doing?” she said, taking a call Tuesday morning. “Can you come to the meeting tonight?”

    But Theresa can’t come to the meeting, and Arnesen has come to expect such a response.

    People don’t want to talk. They’re scared,” she says, of repercussions and consequences from BP. “Our financial situation lays in the palm of their hands.”

  5. henry
    June 3rd, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    admin
    With apologies I must post this again because

    damn

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    That video always reminds me of how many people love Hillary and still want her to be our President.
    Thanks for posting it, henry.

  6. Kindra Arnesen – Kudos to her, “…it starts with one.”

    BP makes these cleanup workers sign a gag order, and doesn’t allow tv cameras in to film the mess……………

    Good thing their are still honorable and brave American’s able to step up at the cost of their own livelihood.

  7. Anyone notice that at the NY Times, all those columnists who advised the public to ignore the “competence issue” and just vote for Obama because “he’d be a breath of fresh air”…are now complaining that he’s aloof, detached, and not competent at guiding government.

    Read Modo, Bob Herbert, Charles Blow, etc.

    The hopium done wore off.

  8. central casting…if anyone can and will expose the whole dirty Chicago mess and bring everyone down with him if need be, then Blago is the guy…

    oooh…this is going to get good…

    amazing how the ‘karma’ train just keeps chugging along, almost as if on cue…

    two current politicians accusing O of what O and ‘others’ are, in part, trying to bring down Blago for…for O, just fine, politics as usual…for Blago, impeachment and the fall into disgrace…

    now that’s what i call transparency…bears repeating again…you just cannot make this stuff up…a writer would not be believed writing this script…

  9. Obama moving to the center would mean Obama moving left and thwarting his corporate overlords, as Clinton was willing to do. Ain’t gonna happen.

    I don’t see him as a two term president. There seems to be something afoot and I’m not sure, at this point, that he plans on running for a second term. He’s really only interested in money, so he may be willing to leave office and start raking in the do-nothing board dollars that will come his way in return for his devotion to the bottom line of private enterprise.

  10. AmericanGal
    June 3rd, 2010 at 5:16 pm
    Has this been posted? Just found it on the web…

    Barack Obama: One Term President?

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/37490678/
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    Let’s hope 0.6 term pResident or less by impeachment or resignation.

  11. “there seems to be something afoot and I am not sure”

    …i think we can declare what is afoot…O has found out that this job is hard WORK…WORK, imagine that…one where he has to do more than declare himself ‘present’…his tellie isn’t carrying him like it used to…not only is he not healing the waters, they are drowning him…in short, this job is not as much fun as it used to be…even though he is doing his best to keep partying on…people are beginning to notice…ooops, there is that transparency again!

  12. Maybe its time for Erin Brokovich to make a new name for herself by getting behind the fisherman.
    Just a thought but she could generate some much needed attention

  13. Wow I can remember being in my teens and discovering the New York Times and the Nation and feeling like they allowed me to breathe anew. Today I am ashamed that I ever spent a penny on either rag. The times they are a changing.

  14. S
    June 3rd, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    central casting…if anyone can and will expose the whole dirty Chicago mess and bring everyone down with him if need be, then Blago is the guy…

    oooh…this is going to get good…
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    Heck yea, I have my popcorn ready. Just wished it would be televised like the OJ trial and Greta would be the correspondent.

    As it stands with no cameras in court, we will miss the real drama.

    It could have been the best reality tv all summer.

  15. I have been looking for a website that will post the happenings at the Blago trial and found this…keep in mind it is a Republican website…

    Blagojevich All Smiles on First Day

    Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich looked like he was showing up for a campaign rally as his corruption trial began in Chicago. He was all smiles as he made his way through the lobby of the Dirksen Federal building, even stopping to bear-hug one supporter. “I feel great,” Blago said, seemingly out of touch with the embarrassment this is causing the state. It’s not just Blago on trial, but pay-to-play politics that Governor Quinn and the Democrats failed to confront.

    Judge James Zagel got jury selection rolling shortly before noon. Serving on a jury is never easy, but this will be a monumental task. We offer our thanks to the men and women who are ultimately selected to determine Rod’s fate. They will make a huge sacrifice.

    As we ponder how it all plays out over the summer, consider this observation from Politicsdaily.com columnist Andrew Cohen: “Judge Zagel has an enormously challenging job ahead on this point. He must ensure that Blagojevich’s dominating personality doesn’t overwhelm the jury.”

    That’s a great point, especially since trials often turn on a key phrase or piece of evidence. We have every reason to believe the judge will be fair but firm.

    http://www.theblagofiles.com/

  16. henry
    June 3rd, 2010 at 5:29 pm
    Maybe its time for Erin Brokovich to make a new name for herself by getting behind the fisherman.
    Just a thought but she could generate some much needed attention
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    She’s been hired by the Johnny Cochran law firm and doing radio ads down here on the Gulf.

  17. Hi everyone. Another great article admin! As always, you help me get through the day.

    I don’t simply want Obama to lose in 2012. I want him frog-marched from the Rose Garden in shame. I do not want history to dare be re-written to glorify the country’s first black president. I want him humiliated with no where to go except perhaps Kenya.

    The dithering he has done regarding the “Oilbama Paloosa” makes him seem complicit in ruining the Gulf Coast. Has anyone else heard about how his friends at GoldmanSux dumped record numbers of BP stock the day before the explosion?

    Just read some interesting article about oil-eating microbes. These were used off the coast of Galveston after a bad oil spill. It seems the microbes ate off the oil and cleaned the wetland before major damage could be done. Google oil eating microbes and watch the short video.

  18. The White House is sending staff to Arizona for consultations with state and local authorities about immigration issues and the deployment of national guard troops to the state.

    Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona emerged from a meeting with President Obama on Thursday and announced that the two would “work together to try to find a solution” to the issue. She said she felt more optimistic after the meeting, adding that the president promised her that most of the 1,200 National Guard guard troops he is sending to the border would be deployed to her state’s borders.

    “I’m encouraged that there’s going to be much better dialogue between the government and Arizona,” Mrs. Brewer said. “I hope that’s not wishful thinking.”

    Mr. Obama did not talk much about his threat to file a lawsuit against the Arizona law, she said, instead telling her that the matter was in the hands of the Justice Department.

    She said she would not make a commitment to support federal immigration reform legislation until the border was secured first.

  19. Oh, I’m seeing evidence of activity from Democratic camps besides Obama’s. That’s what’s making me wonder what’s afoot.

    I’m ready to show up in Iowa and Texas with my cameras, if necessary. I think we need to train the caucus workers to use small video phone cameras well. How to keep the image straight. How to pick the activity that you shoot. How to get the best sound. And we need to have people in the parking lots around Iowa so that the photographs of lots packed to the gills with cars with Illinois plates don’t get locked up in some FBI file this time out.

    I just think somethin’ is afoot, and we best be prepared to make the most of it.

  20. Sorry to disagree about Erin but she’s turned into a money-chasing you-know-what since allying herself with Weitz and Luxumburg (or maybe before).

    She was called in to lobby for a group dedicated to closing an industry (one of the ONLY ones left) in a depressed are of NYS (which I cover) and her main goal, as far as I could tell, was to line up signatorees for a class-action lawsuit against a company the region depends on. Most of the supporters of closing this plant are living on the other side of the Hudson River on multi-million dollar properties who don’t like seeing smokestacks on the other side.

    I agree the BP spill is a disaster but I don’t want to see professional environmental ambulance chasers raking in dough which won’t help the little guy.

    it’s all a friggin’ scam.

  21. Brilliant, Admin.

    obama will go down in history as the *too little to late…
    sleeping through 3 a.m. emergency calls…in love with himself gumby.

  22. W.H. political team stumbles, bumbles
    By: Jonathan Allen and Carol E. Lee
    June 3, 2010 04:46 AM EDT

    They toppled Hillary Clinton, crushed John McCain and managed to get the first black man elected president of the United States.

    But now a series of recent missteps just keeps getting worse for Barack Obama’s political operation, already under fire from inside the party for losing its golden touch.

    The second-guessing of the White House political shop — which is coming in part from top House Democrats — was sparked anew late Wednesday by news that the White House tried and failed to coax another Democratic Senate candidate out of making his race by dangling administration jobs in front of him.

    In a possible repeat of the Joe Sestak episode in Pennsylvania, insurgent U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff of Colorado said deputy White House chief of staff Jim Messina reached out to him — with a wince-inducing e-mail that is now public — with three possible jobs in September 2009. Obama wanted to keep him out of a race against Sen. Michael Bennet, the White House’s favored candidate.

    Taken together, the Sestak and Romanoff cases suggest a White House team that is one part Dick Daley, one part Barney Fife.

    They undercut Obama’s reputation on two fronts. Trying to put the fix in to deny Democratic voters the chance to choose for themselves who their Senate nominees should be is hardly consistent with the idea of “Yes, we can” grass-roots empowerment that is central to Obama’s brand.

    And bungling that fix is at odds with the Obama team’s image — built around the likes of Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod, David Plouffe and Obama himself — as shrewd political operatives who know the game and always win it.

    Well-connected Democrats are complaining that the Obama political operation since the 2008 campaign has been more clumsy than clever.

    Obama’s been rebuffed by would-have-been top-tier Senate candidates in states — North Carolina and Illinois — where Democrats now face an uphill fight this fall.

    House Democrats lost a special election in the liberal Hawaii district Obama grew up in, and they have griped that the president didn’t do more to help ease one of the candidates out.

    And the White House failed to head off bitter Senate primaries for three Democratic-held Senate seats — in Arkansas, Colorado and Pennsylvania — that Republicans could snatch away this fall. Last fall, Obama vacillated on how much to help Democratic gubernatorial candidates in New Jersey and Virginia — he worked hard in one case and kept his distance in another — and the party was routed in both instances.

    One senior House Democrat said it is baffling “how one group of people can be so good at campaigning and so bad at politics” — a phrasing nearly identical to that of a second veteran House Democrat who expressed the same sentiment.

    Lawmakers say the White House seems capable of handling only one issue at a time — a stunning contrast to the candidate whose campaign promised that he could “walk and chew gum” at the same time in 2008.

    Now this senior House Democrat said he’s worried that the White House isn’t able to handle multiple major challenges.

    “They’re paralyzed,” he said. “It potentially loses the House.”

    The White House political director is Patrick Gaspard, a former community organizer with long ties to organized labor. But the political operation is heavily influenced by several more senior aides — including Emanuel, Axelrod, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs and Plouffe, an outside adviser who recently re-engaged with Obama political operations after writing a memoir celebrating his role in the 2008 campaign.

    In the Romanoff case, it was Messina, a former top aide to Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), who plays an important behind-the-scenes role at the White House, who took the lead.

    Romanoff on Wednesday released the e-mail sent to him by Messina, a page-long document listing job descriptions for three posts, including two at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

    On Thursday morning, Gibbs offered a fuller explanation of the White House role — confirming that in fact Messina had called Romanoff in September to see if he was still interested in a USAID job and “to determine if it was possible to avoid a costly battle between two supporters.”

    Gibbs said Romanoff had initially applied for a position at USAID during the Obama transition, filing his application through the online application process and even following up by phone with White House aides. But Gibbs said Romanoff was no longer interested by September and that Romanoff wasn’t offered a job at the time.

    The timing of the Romanoff news is especially unwelcome, since Obama is already under fire for a similar case involving Sestak and for his handling of the BP oil spill, which is drawing rebukes even from some fellow Democrats.

    The new case seems likely to step up Republican calls for a full investigation of the White House political operation. Seven Republicans from the Senate Judiciary Committee have already asked the Justice Department to open an investigation into the Sestak matter, and Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele called for independent investigation last night.

    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who has spearheaded the charge for an investigation into White House actions, said the revelation has “irrevocably shattered” the Obama brand.

    “Clearly, Joe Sestak and Andrew Romanoff aren’t isolated incidents and are indicative of a culture that embraces the politics-as-usual mentality that the American people are sick and tired of,” Issa said in a statement.

    The damage to Obama’s brand might have been lessened if the White House gambits had been successful. But Sestak defeated Sen. Arlen Specter, despite endorsements from both Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, who recruited Specter to change from Republican to Democrat. Earlier this year, Sestak talked derisively of being approached about a job by the White House to keep him out of the race against five-term incumbent Specter.

    The White House confirmed on Friday that it was chief of staff Emanuel who asked former President Bill Clinton to approach Sestak with a discussion about an unpaid advisory position.

    In Colorado, Tim Knaus, a former two-time state Democratic chairman, said that while negotiating jobs with potential candidates is nothing new in politics, the White House made tactical errors in its overt approach to Romanoff.

    He said the perception that the White House attempted to nudge Romanoff out of the race could give the cash-strapped former House speaker a needed jolt of momentum at a critical point a little more than two months before the Aug. 10 primary against Bennet, who is leading in the latest polls.

    “This just has to give him a second wind. It gets volunteers going. I don’t know who told the White House they should stick their nose into Colorado politics. What a dumb thing to do,” Knaus said. “The activists don’t want to be told what to do. They don’t want it shoved down their throats or they’ll do the opposite.”

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0610/38067.html

  23. admin
    June 3rd, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Kindra Arnesen’s husband is already suffering the ill effects of inhaling the petroleum vapors when he was downwind of it in April. He needs to be put into a hyperbaric chamber asap to expunge the poison vapor from the soft tissue of his body all at once. It is the same treatment recommended for someone suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning. Otherwise, her husband is in for a world of health problems and will most likely die because of it.

    There is a center in La that has the proper equiptment and can help:

    Louisiana

    JoEllen Smith Hyperbaric Medicine Unit, Paul G. Harch, M.D., 3052 General Collins Ave., New Orleans, Louisiana 70114 504-366-1445 504-366-1029 (fax) Cost: $125. SPECT scans mandatory. Dr. Harch is doing ongoing research/ very knowledgeable about protocol.
    _____________________________

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

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

    EXXON SPILL’S CLEANUP WORKERS SHARE YEARS OF CRIPPLING ILLNESS:

    http://www.valdezlink.com/inipol/pages/worker.htm
    __________________________________

    #
    Mrs. Smith
    June 3rd, 2010 at 1:18 am

    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:

    http://www.oilspillsyndrome.com/?page_id=11

  24. basement angel
    June 3rd, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Oh, I’m seeing evidence of activity from Democratic camps besides Obama’s. That’s what’s making me wonder what’s afoot.

    ——-
    What kind of activity?
    We need more than just good camera work, we need Hillary supporters with big frickin’ pitchforks at the caucus sites next time she runs. Puncture bus tires, check ID to make sure they didn’t vote somewhere else and not get bullied in the caucus by people ‘getting in their faces’ and being locked out.

  25. #
    Mrs. Smith

    June 3rd, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    admin
    June 3rd, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Kindra Arnesen’s husband is already suffering the ill effects of inhaling the petroleum vapors when he was downwind of it in April. He needs to be put into a hyperbaric chamber asap to expunge the poison vapor from the soft tissue of his body all at once. It is the same treatment recommended for someone suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning. Otherwise, her husband is in for a world of health problems and will most likely die because of it.

    There is a center in La that has the proper equiptment and can help:

    Louisiana

    JoEllen Smith Hyperbaric Medicine Unit, Paul G. Harch, M.D., 3052 General Collins Ave., New Orleans, Louisiana 70114 504-366-1445 504-366-1029 (fax) Cost: $125. SPECT scans mandatory. Dr. Harch is doing ongoing research/ very knowledgeable about protocol.
    _____________________________

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

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

    EXXON SPILL’S CLEANUP WORKERS SHARE YEARS OF CRIPPLING ILLNESS:

    www valdezlink.com/inipol/pages/worker.htm
    __________________________________

    #
    Mrs. Smith
    June 3rd, 2010 at 1:18 am

    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:

    www oilspillsyndrome.com/?page_id=11

  26. Basil9, Weitz & Luxenberg is the political front law firm for Sheldon Silver, the Assembly Speaker of New York State.

  27. If you live in Biloxi, then your just ignorant. You must of just tuned in to politics this year because Obama is the third term of George Bush. All these regulations started getting broke and thrown away for this new idea of unfettered capitalism during the Reagan administration and have continued up to today.

    You also were NEVAH a Hillary supporter but yet you come here and try to get folks to go to the rethug party…the only reason most here will vote for rethugs is to get this sob out of office and make those who hired this BUSH III suffer.

  28. ignorant me: guilty.

    Just tuned in to politics this year: Pretty close. When I started looking into BO, his inexperience, past associations, secretive past, and the Pravda coverup for him scared me into a “what the hell is happening here”?

    Unfettered capitalism – you have no clue what you are talking about. Absolutely none. If you’d like to peruse the volumes of CFR at your local law library, you’d be enlightened. Answer me this, had the Obama regulator done his job, would the gusher be with us now? The regulation was in place. A stupid regulator waived the test.

    NEVAH been a Hilary supporter – correct. I voted for her husband in 92, and haven’t voted nationally since.

    try to get folks to go GOP – I’m doing the same thing everyone else here is doing, except my idea is that the commies must be driven from office everywhere. When the party is purged, I’ll go back to voting moderate dems, or not at all.

  29. MoonOnPluto, any thoughts on the Turkey situation?

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-06-02/israel-flotilla-fight-pushes-turkey-away-from-west/

    But for us here in Turkey, the implications run far deeper. In many ways, the botched raid by Israeli commandos on the high seas symbolizes our moment of return to the old neighborhood we left almost a century ago—back to the heart of the Middle East.

    “I don’t understand how this happened so fast,” a friend lamented last night over cocktails at an upscale nightclub on the Bosporus in Istanbul. “We were about to go into the European Union, and before you know it, there we are, everyone wrapped in Palestinian flags and sending toothpaste to Gaza.”

    She’s right. The flotilla episode may boost Erdogan’s popularity on the Arab street and increase Turkey’s self-confidence as the new patron of Palestinians and spokesman of the Muslim world. But, as a European official told me this week, “People might be happy for the current Israeli government to suffer a little. But in the long run, I doubt there is any room in Europe for a country that is on the forefront of the struggle against Israel.”

    There it is—out goes our struggling role in the Western camp. For better or worse, we Turks have come out of this with a new place in the global order.

    But wait—have we not been desperately trying to forget that “place” for about, say, 100 years?

    A bit of history would help here. Born out of the ashes of the Ottoman Empire, modern Turkey has traditionally looked west, happy to rid itself of the legacy of a declining empire and the troubles in the Arab lands. Its founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, declared “contemporary civilization” as the nation’s ultimate destiny, creating a staunchly secular republic and ultimately becoming NATO’s only Muslim member.

    We shed our imperial identity, banned the fez and wore hats, dropped the Arabic alphabet for Latin script, and even got rid of the Caliphate—the papacy for Muslims—early in the establishment of the republic in 1923, hoping to join a club that would not accept us so easily.

    But the tide has been going in the other direction for some time now. With the rise of a political Islam in the 1990s and the return to power of the conservative Justice and Development Party (known as AKP) in 2003, Turkey has taken a new interest in its Ottoman past and in the Ottoman lands. The AKP has popularized the notion that Turkey should not solely look to the West but also expand its influence eastward, creating alliances with the Muslim world and Russia to complement its friendship with Europe and the United States.

    Over the past decade, Turkish trade and diplomacy in the Arab world have exponentially increased, often at the expense of relations with Israel. In 2006, Turkey was the first country to host the newly elected Hamas representatives and in 2009, Erdogan got into a public spat with Israeli President Shimon Peres at the World Economic Forum in Davos, calling him a “liar” and a “child murderer.” He was given a hero’s welcome back in Istanbul.

    Relations with Israel have gone downhill since.

    There is, of course, nothing wrong with the expansion of Turkish influence in the region. You can buy Turkish cookies in supermarkets, watch Turkish sitcoms, fly out of airports built by Turkish contractors. But what exactly will be the price for going back to the old ’hood?

    Identity crisis, I would say.

    Samuel Huntington, the celebrated political scientist and the author of The Clash of Civilizations, has a particular place for Turkey in his theory of cultural and religious identities driving the post-Cold War world. He calls Turkey a “torn-country,” where politics of modernity clash with Islamic civilization.

    We are now officially caught up between the West and the Muslim world, between Islamic solidarity and our place in Europe, as our politicians lead the global jihad against Israel and we sip Cosmopolitans on the Bosporus.

    But there is something in this neo-imperial, neo-Ottoman spirit that has taken over the country since the flotilla episode that is addictive, even for a secular Turk like me. Yesterday, I watched the footage of demonstrations against Israel all over the Middle East and Europe with mixed feelings. I hate the fact that Turkey has become the primary nemesis of Israel—a country where I have many good friends who look and live like me. But then again, from Beirut to Sweden, I watch demonstrators holding Turkish flags and take guilty pride in those scenes.

    Once the dust settles, there is too much we need to discuss back home. Can we really help the Palestinians and energize the peace process? Is Turkey strong enough to lift the embargo in Gaza? Or wait, wait—are we just abandoning our place in the West, losing ourselves in a fleeting moment of grandeur?

    Only time will tell. But for now, I am sitting here, in Europe’s largest Muslim country, sipping rose wine and occasionally staring across the desk at an old photograph of my great-grandfather—the Albanian-born, Ottoman police chief of Jerusalem at the turn of the century.

    And I have no clue whether to go left or right.

    Asli Aydintasbas is a columnist for the Turkish daily Milliyet.

  30. Yes, where is moononpluto?
    She has been MIA for quite a while now come to think of it!
    ____________________

    jtjames
    June 3rd, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    I’ve seen this story before, but it’s on drudge again today!

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7995544.stm
    _____________

    The father was a drunken womanizer.. same father, same blood, same narcissism, same reckless traits… and we’re stuck with another one of his defective, sociopathic spawn.

  31. Mrs. Smith, Big Media examined Bill Clinton’s relationship with his father and his adopted father beyond reason. All sorts of psychoanalysis was performed by the Big Media psychos on those relationships.

    But Obama’s dad we rarely hear about. Obama’s dad was essentially a sperm donor. The way he treated little boy Barack – like trash – does not commend his character. Where are the “like father, like son” stories?

  32. Those troublesome Jews

    By Charles Krauthammer
    Friday, June 4, 2010

    The world is outraged at Israel’s blockade of Gaza. Turkey denounces its illegality, inhumanity, barbarity, etc. The usual U.N. suspects, Third World and European, join in. The Obama administration dithers.

    But as Leslie Gelb, former president of the Council on Foreign Relations, writes, the blockade is not just perfectly rational, it is perfectly legal. Gaza under Hamas is a self-declared enemy of Israel — a declaration backed up by more than 4,000 rockets fired at Israeli civilian territory. Yet having pledged itself to unceasing belligerency, Hamas claims victimhood when Israel imposes a blockade to prevent Hamas from arming itself with still more rockets.

    In World War II, with full international legality, the United States blockaded Germany and Japan. And during the October 1962 missile crisis, we blockaded (“quarantined”) Cuba. Arms-bearing Russian ships headed to Cuba turned back because the Soviets knew that the U.S. Navy would either board them or sink them. Yet Israel is accused of international criminality for doing precisely what John Kennedy did: impose a naval blockade to prevent a hostile state from acquiring lethal weaponry.

    Oh, but weren’t the Gaza-bound ships on a mission of humanitarian relief? No. Otherwise they would have accepted Israel’s offer to bring their supplies to an Israeli port, be inspected for military materiel and have the rest trucked by Israel into Gaza — as every week 10,000 tons of food, medicine and other humanitarian supplies are sent by Israel to Gaza.

    Why was the offer refused? Because, as organizer Greta Berlin admitted, the flotilla was not about humanitarian relief but about breaking the blockade, i.e., ending Israel’s inspection regime, which would mean unlimited shipping into Gaza and thus the unlimited arming of Hamas.

    Israel has already twice intercepted ships laden with Iranian arms destined for Hezbollah and Gaza. What country would allow that?

    But even more important, why did Israel even have to resort to blockade? Because, blockade is Israel’s fallback as the world systematically de-legitimizes its traditional ways of defending itself — forward and active defense.

    (1) Forward defense: As a small, densely populated country surrounded by hostile states, Israel had, for its first half-century, adopted forward defense — fighting wars on enemy territory (such as the Sinai and Golan Heights) rather than its own.

    Where possible (Sinai, for example) Israel has traded territory for peace. But where peace offers were refused, Israel retained the territory as a protective buffer zone. Thus Israel retained a small strip of southern Lebanon to protect the villages of northern Israel. And it took many losses in Gaza, rather than expose Israeli border towns to Palestinian terror attacks. It is for the same reason America wages a grinding war in Afghanistan: You fight them there, so you don’t have to fight them here.

    But under overwhelming outside pressure, Israel gave it up. The Israelis were told the occupations were not just illegal but at the root of the anti-Israel insurgencies — and therefore withdrawal, by removing the cause, would bring peace.

    Land for peace. Remember? Well, during the past decade, Israel gave the land — evacuating South Lebanon in 2000 and Gaza in 2005. What did it get? An intensification of belligerency, heavy militarization of the enemy side, multiple kidnappings, cross-border attacks and, from Gaza, years of unrelenting rocket attack.

    (2) Active defense: Israel then had to switch to active defense — military action to disrupt, dismantle and defeat (to borrow President Obama’s description of our campaign against the Taliban and al-Qaeda) the newly armed terrorist mini-states established in southern Lebanon and Gaza after Israel withdrew.

    The result? The Lebanon war of 2006 and Gaza operation of 2008-09. They were met with yet another avalanche of opprobrium and calumny by the same international community that had demanded the land-for-peace Israeli withdrawals in the first place. Worse, the U.N. Goldstone report, which essentially criminalized Israel’s defensive operation in Gaza while whitewashing the casus belli — the preceding and unprovoked Hamas rocket war — effectively de-legitimized any active Israeli defense against its self-declared terror enemies.

    (3) Passive defense: Without forward or active defense, Israel is left with but the most passive and benign of all defenses — a blockade to simply prevent enemy rearmament. Yet, as we speak, this too is headed for international de-legitimation. Even the U.S. is now moving toward having it abolished.

    But, if none of these is permissible, what’s left?

    Ah, but that’s the point. It’s the point understood by the blockade-busting flotilla of useful idiots and terror sympathizers, by the Turkish front organization that funded it, by the automatic anti-Israel Third World chorus at the United Nations, and by the supine Europeans who’ve had quite enough of the Jewish problem.

    What’s left? Nothing. The whole point of this relentless international campaign is to deprive Israel of any legitimate form of self-defense. Why, just last week, the Obama administration joined the jackals, and reversed four decades of U.S. practice, by signing onto a consensus document that singles out Israel’s possession of nuclear weapons — thus de-legitimizing Israel’s very last line of defense: deterrence.

    The world is tired of these troublesome Jews, 6 million — that number again — hard by the Mediterranean, refusing every invitation to national suicide. For which they are relentlessly demonized, ghettoized and constrained from defending themselves, even as the more committed anti-Zionists — Iranian in particular — openly prepare a more final solution.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/03/AR2010060304287.html

  33. blowme0bama

    NEVAH been a Hilary supporter – correct. I voted for her husband in 92, and haven’t voted nationally since.

    ———
    I am a little confused as to why you are blogging on this Hillary site, do you just consider it a NoBama site?????

    There are plenty of sites that are just NoBama sites around, but this one is clearly a Hillary support site.

  34. @Shadow –
    I’ve considered myself a moderate democrat, and historically, with the democrats I used to identify with, and absolutely not a GOP. I’ve looked to see if there were such a thing anymore as an anti-obama dem site. There are, and they’re all Hillary sites. Make sense? I was proudly apolitical somewhere from around 93-94 onwards. PROUDLY. Politicians are all liars, by nature. All of them.

  35. Yeah, I find the number of people who are clearly not in Hillary’s camp but are solely anti-Obama distressing as well. Obama is more right wing than Bush and Reagan on a lot of issues. I don’t know how much farther right he can go without turning in a John Bircher.

    It would be nice to come in here and feel that everyone could at least make it through the first round of “Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader”.

  36. But as Leslie Gelb, former president of the Council on Foreign Relations, writes, the blockade is not just perfectly rational, it is perfectly legal. Gaza under Hamas is a self-declared enemy of Israel — a declaration backed up by more than 4,000 rockets fired at Israeli civilian territory. Yet having pledged itself to unceasing belligerency, Hamas claims victimhood when Israel imposes a blockade to prevent Hamas from arming itself with still more rockets.
    ————————————–
    Gelb’s point is the same one I made on another blog. The boycott is legal, and rational. At times like this you can almost understand why Rumsfeldt called them Old Europe. And, like I said the other day certain nations who condemn Israel’s actions have not had a war in several hundred years, have forgotten what it is like and have nothing to show for it but the cuckoo clock. If the policy is legal then the only thing these critics can complain about is the execution which is a matter of Monday morning quarterbacking. There are three things uniformed people believe they can do with no prior training. Coach a football team, write a novel, and stage a raid on a suspected terrorist target. The amateurs all crawl out of the woodwork to tell us how they would have done it if they were there. But the fact remains they were not there.

  37. @basement.
    Not buying MF-M lies and relying on “what feels right” rather than rationality = dumbass to you?

  38. blowme0bama

    I consider myself a centralist Clinton Dem too, and I guess if you aren’t a Repug and against That One, there aren’t many sites to be a part of – Hillary sites are PUMA sites and this is a darn good one to be on.

    It kind of hurts me that you don’t support Hillary, but you also don’t talk down about her…so I personally can deal with that.

    You seem to be in a little boat all by yourself if not even Hillary seems to give you some sort of hope, (I hate that Obama took the word ‘hope’ and twisted it’s meaning).

    I guess all you can do is constantly vote for the lesser of two evils. I am glad I am not in your situation, I at least believe in her.

  39. And for everyone like that I would commend their attention Clausewitz “On War”. If you read that book you come away with a healthy respect for the uncertainties, vicissitudes and surprises which war brings which in turn make it hard to clinically dissect in an accurate manner. The expression you had to be there has direct application here. There is also the little thing–big thing called friction which is spontaneous obstacles like rain that causes solid ground to turn to mud which causes wagons arrive to the front line too late, etc. No battle plan survives the first engagement. A friend of my dad’s and me was a very astute executive from Brooklyn who had great respect and admiration for. He was part of the original landing force on Normandy Beach. He was a first lieutenant so he had a platoon under his command, and all the responsibility that goes with it. He told me years later that if there were 10 possible ways to fuck up an operation, we found 12.

  40. @shadow
    Well, I don’t oppose Hillary either, other than I wish she’d jump off the ship and save her own ass.

    Democrats always made me feel safer domestically, and thinking back on it, in foreign policy matters as well because I suppose a lot of my anger towards Ray-gun was he scared the hell out of me diplomatically (or lack of diplomacy).

    But these are radical leftists running Dem now, and thuggish ones at that. There’s no place for me in that party. GOP have, at least since Bush 1, been crony capitalists. I strongly believe in capitalism and know as a certainty that state control of the minutae of life is failure and destructive of liberty. I don’t believe in Welfare for the Rich, but I don’t believe in disincentivizing their economic activty so much as to destroy their opportunities and run them to foreign countries.

    The old dems offered that for me – in my own state William Winter, Ray Mabus – nationally the old Al Gore (before peddling his BS CO2 scam), Mondale, and Bill Clinton. Presently, we’ve got Gene Taylor who is a pretty good Dem as far as they go and I’m satisfied with him. But the moderate wing of the party is either dead or in hiding. It appears that I have more in common with the Hillary folks, judging from their voicing of opinions, than anyone else, but no, I have never actively supported her and again, have not voted since 92.

  41. blowme,

    Coming in a site devoted to electing Hillary Clinton and complaining about liberal politics and not having the basic political awareness to understand that there is nothing liberal about Obama, or socialist about his policies is “dumbass” to me.

    I don’t care if you agree with socialism or not, but calling Obama a “socialist” is as stupid as calling Ronald Reagan’s administration “Liberal”. It doesn’t fit.

    I don’t like Obama anymore than anyone else in here. I’ve said repeatedly that I think he is the worst Democratic president since Buchanan – he’s just god-awful. He doesn’t care about anyone besides himself and the corporate entities he’s decided to suck up to. So here we are, after eight years of the worst president in history, stuck with another guy whose just in it for himself. he’s totally willing to see this country go down the tubes just so he can soak up the do-nothing Board Of Director dollars when he’s out of office.

    Times like this are so critical that it is essential to be educated and to be accurate in what you say. Social Security is a socialist enterprise and Obama is getting ready to gut it. The most popular program in the history of our nation and he’s going to take it apart to hand the money over to Wall Street instead. It’s bad.

    I don’t watch tv. I don’t listen to radio. I don’t read pundits. Those people are destroying our national discourse. But I do educate myself. I understand economics in the real world – not in the fantasy world cooked up by the right. I know right from wrong. I read history. That’s what the times call for, and if you’re bitching about Obama as a socialist, then you’re on the wrong side of history. You’re the dumbass and if enough people are dumbasses, it’ll reduce our country to the banana republic that we are very much on our way to being.

    And I have no idea if you personally are describing Obama as a socialist, but that is the conversation that immediately lets me know I’m dealing with a full out fool.

  42. Today marks the beginning of the former “reformer” Rod Blagojevich’s trial for corruption in Illinois. But today is also the anniversary of the night that Obama promised to “heal the planet”. It has not exactly worked out that way. Quite the contrary.
    ———————————————————————-
    Admin: perhaps Obama did not mean heal the planet. Perhaps he meant “heel” the planet–with a little help from his friends in Chicago, who see the world as their oyster.

  43. blowmeObie

    @shadow
    Well, I don’t oppose Hillary either, other than I wish she’d jump off the ship and save her own ass.

    Gotta say I am waiting for her to do what she feels she needs to do, then get the Hell away from him and hopefully toss her hat in the ring and blast him out of the Oval Office.

    I pretty much agree with you on your other points, not too excited about other Dems since the Clintons, but did vote for Robert Kennedy the day he was shot, it was the first time I was old enough to vote. Carter was kind, kept the peace, but was kind of weak. Gore was better than Bush, but I really didn’t like him that much, Kerry wasn’t that great, but better of two evils…so not many Dems shook my world, but never met a Repug I like, and I agree with Raygun, he ruined my state as Governor.

  44. @shadow

    Voted for Carter in 80, my first time to vote. Then it went Mondale, Dukakis, Clinton, nothing since. Personally, I like the GOP governor we’ve got now, Haley Barbour, and I despised with a passion the idiot GOP we had from 88-96, Kirk Fordice (complete arrogant, bumbling, loud-mouthed, jerk) who knocked my man Mabus out.

  45. “calling Obama a “socialist” is as stupid as calling Ronald Reagan’s administration “Liberal”
    ********
    If you figure out the psycho-pathology of people who think that Obama is Socialist, let me know. Politicians, especially the rethugs have been pushing those psycho-pathology buttons, forever, then people vote against their basic self interest and wonder why they loose their jobs, are sold poison foods, etc. How f*cked up is that?? Some of the best examples, recently, were during the health care scam debate. Interviews of people in retirement centers saying that they didn’t want the government in “their Medicare” and Veterans’ saying that they didn’t want “Socialized Medicine”. Jeebus!!!

  46. blowme0bama

    I actually voted for a Repug Governor in my state too, the Terminator…married to a Kennedy so I thought I would give him a chance since he was a good businessman, but things are so bad in my state because the Dems in Sacramento are like Obama in spending until we are broke so I am voting everyone in the Calif. congress out of office. Start from square one and if they don’t work out, I will vote the next batch out. Pretty much feel the same way about the US Congress, with one exception.

    I wish we had lots of great Dems to vote for, but very few, if any will stand up against BarryThePimp.

  47. Big Media article about the Hillbuzz boys:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/06/02/politics/main6542699.shtml

    If you close your eyes and think, “Diehard Sarah Palin supporter,” an image of Kevin DuJan is unlikely to come to mind.

    A 33-year-old gay man who works as a development consultant and freelance writer, DuJan has long considered himself a Clinton Democrat. During the 2008 primaries, he spent his weekdays running phone banks for Hillary Clinton out of his home in the Boystown neighborhood of Chicago and traveled to 26 states and Puerto Rico on behalf of the candidate.

    But after Clinton suspended her campaign, DuJan made a dramatic about face and spent the general election volunteering for the Republican ticket.

    When John McCain named Sarah Palin his vice presidential nominee, DuJan was overjoyed, and Palin quickly became his new political idol. He is now eagerly awaiting the arrival of February 6, 2011, the date he has decided that Sarah Palin will announce her 2012 presidential campaign in Tampico, Illinois, to mark the 100th anniversary of hometown hero Ronald Reagan’s birthday.

    DuJan has even picked out the color he wants Palin to use for her presidential campaign logo (green, in order to dilute criticisms from the left that she is anti-environment).

    “I make people in the neighborhood mad all the time because I’m not a liberal,” DuJan says over coffee at Nookies Tree Restaurant, where the colors of the rainbow flag appear on nearly every corner and adult boutiques are easier to find than convenience stores. “Here in the neighborhood, if you don’t toe the liberal line, they immediately attack you.”

    The website that DuJan founded in support of Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, Hillbuzz.org, is now among the cadre of pro-Palin online destinations that serve as clearinghouses for news and analysis of all things Palin.

    Dujan and four of his friends who live in Boystown shape HillBuzz with a relentlessly anti-Obama tenor and a promise that they will never forget how they feel Clinton was wronged during the 2008 campaign.

    The five of them are all gay, and Dujan says that he often gets emails from social conservatives who previously held negative attitudes toward gay people that the Hillbuzz site, which speaks so favorably of Palin, had made them reconsider.

    They share a conviction that Palin has taken over Clinton’s mantle and will become the nation’s first “madam president.” And they intend to be at the forefront of helping her do so.

    “I wish that we had started in 2006 for Hillary and had groundwork in place and really had our teams together,” says DuJan, who has seen Palin speak in person about eight times. “There’s only one other person I would do this for again, and it’s Sarah. I’ll go all in for her, too, in any way that I can.”

    Palin reminds DuJan of his aunts and grandmas that he grew up around in northeast Ohio, but he insists that it is not the mere fact that Palin is a woman that attracts him to her politically. He admires her accomplishments as governor, and at least as importantly, the fearlessness he says she exhibits in the face of the same kind of attacks that Clinton once faced.

    He is convinced that the media is little more than a propaganda machine for the Obama administration and lives in fear of a Palin nomination that might derail the president that they anointed.

    “They just want to stop the woman,” he says.

    Early next year, DuJan expects to make the transition from online rabble-rouser to dedicated campaign worker.

    A Passionate Base to a Presidential Campaign?

    If Palin embarks on a presidential run next year, all signs indicate that it would be the fiercely loyal, yet decidedly nontraditional operatives like DuJan who would form the backbone of her campaign. Other Republican candidates will benefit from having more seasoned organizations, but none will surpass the fervor and energy that these “Palin-heads” are already providing on behalf of their political heroine.

    There’s more.

  48. Big Media article about the Hillbuzz boys:

    Yipes, I wonder if the buzz boys know of this article?

    They did agree that if Hillary tossed her hat in the race, they would support her as #1 but if Palin ran at the same time, they would defend Palin but vote for Hillary. Don’t know if they still feel that way.

  49. Shadowfax
    June 3rd, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    things are so bad in my state because the Dems in Sacramento are like Obama in spending until we are broke so I am voting everyone in the Calif. congress out of office. Start from square one and if they don’t work out, I will vote the next batch out. Pretty much feel the same way about the US Congress, with one exception.

    I wish we had lots of great Dems to vote for, but very few, if any will stand up against BarryThePimp.
    _____________________________________
    Me too and same approach.

    Aside from BC’s just plain sleaziness, he did a LOT of good to clear up the old “tax and spend” stereotype that was hung on Dems. Now, asshole comes in and ruins the party. I’m serious. I don’t think anyone will trust the dems for a long, long time. All we needed is a COMMON SENSE DEM, and we got a damned unicorn riding boob instead.

  50. Aside from BC’s just plain sleaziness, he did a LOT of good to clear up the old “tax and spend” stereotype that was hung on Dems. Now, asshole comes in and ruins the party. I’m serious. I don’t think anyone will trust the dems for a long, long time. All we needed is a COMMON SENSE DEM, and we got a damned unicorn riding boob instead.
    ———-
    Yup, Bill was a great Prez, (lousy husband, hope he’s learned his lesson with all the digs he gets for it) but I hope people see BarryThePimp for who he really is.

    I think Barry will ruin the chances for the next AA that comes down the pike, but most Dems are not willing to become Repugs, so someone (hopefully Hillary) will show though the muck and rise to the occasion.

    If not, for me it will be back to voting out the lessor of two evils again…

    There has to be some good American Dems that will run in the future, right now Barry and his thugs have big fat targets on their backs.

    I still believe…

  51. Shadowfax,

    The problem isn’t runaway spending in California. The problem is the rules on how the budget gets put together and the fall out from Prop 13. In order for a budget to even make it out of committee, it must unanimously. Seriously. Every single person on the committee has to vote yes. You can imagine what it’s like getting an entire committee to agree to a budget. One person can hold the entire process up for a pet issue. It’s just horribly dysfunctional.

    Next, is Prop 13. Millions of acres of property has been owned by corporations and trusts since the early seventies and before. Those people pay virtually nothing in property taxes. Warren Buffett has a $20 million estate in Laguna Niguel that he’s owned since the early seventies that he quite famously pays about $2400 per year in property taxes. Between shell corporations and family trusts, if you have access to wealth and can afford to hang on to property, you pay virtually nothing in taxes. That’s what’s destroying California’s economy. In the eighties, we lost a lot of the defense industry. Now, we’re losing the entertainment industry, which provides thousands and thousands of jobs, because Prop 13 prevents us from competing with states that offer tax incentives for film production – and all those middle class jobs that have supported Los Angeles, are getting shipped elsewhere because we cannot offer tax incentives.

    Read up on the requirements for how budgets must leave committee and be voted on on the floor. The whole process is designed to allow one legislator to hijack the entire proceedings. It’s really bad.

  52. Here’s a link on it, Shadowfax. Basically, it needs to pass the entire budget committee and then it has to receive the votes of 2/3rds of the legislature, as opposed to a simple majority. That’s why our budget process is so fucked up. Our revenue is fucked up because Prop 13 puts so much property at 1976 tax rates – and it’s almost entirely the ultra-rich and the corporations that benefit from those tax breaks.

  53. Hey, SHV, welcome back!

    Imo Obama has been a fascist in socialist’s clothing for years. It’s deliberate deception. No wonder people are confused.

    Wanting the current administration to not cut Medicare is a good position. It just sounds funny when people say:

    ‘the government’ for ‘current admin’
    and
    ‘stay out of our Medicare’ for ‘don’t cut traditional Medicare’

  54. basement angel
    June 3rd, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Coming in a site devoted to electing Hillary Clinton and complaining about liberal politics and not having the basic political awareness to understand that there is nothing liberal about Obama

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

    Yes. If that’s too abstract, pls compare Obama’s policies to Hillary’s. On almost all issues Hillary is to the left of Obama!

  55. basement
    Guess what, I wasn’t born yesterday and I don’t enter into an intellectual discussion with someone that starts with the premise that they are all knowing and I am the idiot.

    Sorry, I don’t play that game, no matter what the discussion is about.

    You actually want to make some points and try and persuade, then start out talking to the other person like they didn’t just fall off the turnip truck.

    This is policy and politics we are talking about, not everyone will listen nor come to an agreement even with the best of motives.

  56. I’ve never called you an idiot. But people who think Obama is a socialist have indeed just fallen off the turnip truck. One of the reasons our discourse is so off kilter is that people aren’t educating themselves. We can’t improve things if people won’t take the time to learn and grow. If the rap on Obama is that he is too far left, when he is actually to the right of Bush time and time again, then we will simply repeat the problem in our next election by voting for someone who is conservative, not realizing that they are going to pursue nearly identical policies and continue our worsening decline. That’s the problem.

    What I provided you with was links to why our budget process in California is so screwed up. Very, very few people know what’s involved and why it is so off kilter.

    Good lord.

  57. basement, don’t assume you CAN teach anything to people that you talk down to.
    Don’t assume you are knowing of these subjects in Calif and I am not.
    You assume too much and you put people off by your presentation, not necessarily the content.

  58. #
    turndownobama
    June 4th, 2010 at 1:43 am

    Palin says it would be safer to drill in ANWR or elsewhere on land, than in deep water.

    http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=395324638434
    ————

    Yea, Hannity is saying the same thing…and then he says, like drilling off the Pacific coast, and I go ballistic. How about drilling in the wastelands of the USA instead of the most beautiful coasts that pollute our oceans and kill the wildlife there. Let’s drill in Hannity’s backyard.

  59. Palin wasn’t promoting offshore drilling so much as onshore.

    http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=395324638434&comments
    We need permission to drill in safer areas, including the uninhabited arctic land of ANWR. It takes just a tiny footprint – equivalent to the size of LA’s airport – to tap America’s rich and plentiful oil and gas up north. ANWR’s drilling footprint is like a postage stamp on a football field.

  60. If you figure out the psycho-pathology of people who think that Obama is Socialist, let me know. Politicians, especially the rethugs have been pushing those psycho-pathology buttons, forever, then people vote against their basic self interest and wonder why they loose their jobs, are sold poison foods, etc. How f*cked up is that?? Some of the best examples, recently, were during the health care scam debate. Interviews of people in retirement centers saying that they didn’t want the government in “their Medicare” and Veterans’ saying that they didn’t want “Socialized Medicine”. Jeebus!!!
    ——————————————————————————————–
    This whole thing seems pretty simple to me. Obama is neither a socialist or a facist. He is not a leftist or a rightest. He is post partisan in the worst sense of the word. He is a sociopath, as as such he has no moral values and no enduring political allegiances.

    Republicans call Obama a leftist because it is code word for communist. Democrats called Bush a right winger. It is a false paradigm. And it is a bad one because it obscures the truth. This is about inverted totalitarianism and managed democracy where business controls government and government controls the people and parties control elections with Madison Avenue hype. And one of the ways the elites control the people is by convincing them that the real battle is between left and right rather than an economic battle between the elites and the middle class.

    In the final analysis, like Bush before him Obama serves one master–the elites. The same people Cronkite referred to as the heads of commerce and finance who so manipulate democracy as to control democracy–as he explicitly said. As Lou Dobbs said, the political parties are different wings of the same bird. What made Hillary great was she gave the American People a choice between policies whereas Obama offered them a change in personalities.

    If we can wean ourselves off the left vs right paradigm and see the dynamic here for what it is–inverted totalitarianism and managed democracy then we will understand why Obama is Bush III, new political alliances then become possible, and we can focus on the issues that matter to the American People. If Hillary does not re-enter politics, then there will be no answers to our nations problems at the ballot box, and then things can get perilous.

    http://wapedia.mobi/en/Inverted_totalitarianism

  61. In macro economic terms there are two parts to the puzzle of what is happening to this country. One part is the attempt to create a transatlantic union to counter the growing economic power of China which will have an economy double our size by 2050. This requires a prori that borders fall, legal systems be rationalized and economies be merged to protect the interests of the elites who would be frozen out in a world controlled by China. The other piece is inverted totalitarianism which is simply a means to that end. This explains the rise of Obama, the takeover of industry, the massive transfers of middle class wealth, the devaluation of the dollar, the increasing debt, the wars in the middle east (Europe gets 80% of their oil from there whereas we get only 20% of ours yet we are the ones fighting two wars there, the refusal to repudiate Bush policies and damned near everything else.

  62. Henry: frankly henry, most people would probably agree with you rather than me on that one. But take a look at the definition of a sociopath and see if it does not sound like a 9 point match. http://www.mcafee.cc/Bin/sb.html

    1. Glibness and Superficial Charm

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

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

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

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

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

    7. Incapacity for Love

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

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

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

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

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

    13. Promiscuous Sexual Behavior/Infidelity
    Promiscuity, child sexual abuse, rape and sexual acting out of all sorts.

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

    15. Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility
    Changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution. Changes life story readily.

  63. “With all due respect Obama may have had his scenario off by 180 degrees”–worshipper Brian Williams.

  64. Mrs. Smith,
    I finally got to watch that movie about BC and Tony Blair. I thought it was interesting and did not slame Hillary at all.

    What I find interesting is that Bill said during the movie that GWB came into office with great controversary and then said he believed GWB would go out of office the same way…and Bill was right.

    I can’t help but remember that Hillary told us that Obama would never be excepted and the true nominee….he wasn’t/isn’t. These two folks are wise beyond their years.
    Do you think he will be impeached??? I hope so and quick, this trouble in Israel and the Gulf of Oil is scary and to think we could have had Hillary, but we got the illegitimate candidate and a equally unprepared Potus.

  65. Henry: we may need a medical opinion to resolve the issue. But the characteristics of a sociopath as enumerated below to what we see in Obama and tell me why you think he is not a sociopath, but merely a narcissist. By the way, the weight of opinion is on your side, but it may be a case of people not wanting to believe it is true, or being afraid to say aloud what they think.
    ——————————————-
    THE PROFILE OF A SOCIOPATH

    1. Glibness and Superficial Charm

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

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

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

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

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

    6. Incapacity for Love

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

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

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

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

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

    13, Promiscuous Sexual Behavior/Infidelity
    Promiscuity, child sexual abuse, rape and sexual acting out of all sorts.

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

    15, Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility
    Changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution. Changes life story readily.

  66. 1)From early morning TV (ABC & NBC), clip of Obama on Larry King. Loose paraphrase: Someone failed to assess correctly the consequences of the oil spill.
    2) Kudos to NJN News for (probably) being the first to refer to the oil ‘spill’ as “catastrophic.”
    3)[new topic] 5:30 am topic on crawl at NBC NY: Washington fails to include funding for F-MAP provision of Medicaid causing NY State to lose 1 billion in funding, NYC to lose 600 million in funding. Bloomberg says this may cost 10,000 city/state (?) worker jobs, close firehouses and senior centers.

    Are you better off than you were 18 months ago?

  67. snip Obama will be endlessly second-guessed for allowing more offshore drilling before he made sure that his regulators were up to the task and then taking so long to jump in after it was clear they weren’t. Some of the blame will be unfair, and some will be well placed. But a good bit from both categories will adhere to the president, who once was seen as spotless. But Obama needn’t wonder why the wreck of the Deepwater Horizon will have done so much damage to his political fortunes. By raising expectations for what government can do and for campaigning irresponsibly against the failures of his predecessor, Obama made his own eventual fall all the more precipitous.
    www dot washingtonexaminer.com/politics/Obama-pays-price-for-thinking-Bush-was-a-dunce-95435324.html

  68. confloyd:

    Regarding the movie “The Special Relationship” between Bill Clinton and Tony Blair.

    If you noticed, BC gave Tony Blair a wide berth after his election as England’s Prime Minister in 1997. Bill conducted himself as an honest broker of the US and offered his help and guidance to Blair until Blair was on his own firm footing and comfortable in his new job. But as was pretty obvious, Blair couldn’t resist the temptation power affords some people (we’ve all seen it) especially in high ranking government positions, to not only abuse and manipulate people but manipulate the news and events drawing attention and unearned credit to themselves.

    Blair is now shamefully repeating his standard bill of fare routine kissing up to Obama and the Muslim community as the international community’s Middle East envoy siding against Israel in the Gaza embroglio.

    Blair is an opportunist of the Third kind banking political credits in his international favors wallet . BC was right, when he said to Blair standing at the podium after giving Clinton what is considered political cover over the Lewinski affair; Clinton said: “I thought you’d jump all over me”… instead Blair’s rhetoric was a less than a meaningful endorsement. His statement ringing hollow only further added to Blair’s obvious fluctuating credibility.

    The latest article from the independent:

    Tony Blair: Former PM urges Israel to ease Gaza blockade

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/tony-blair-former-pm-urges-israel-to-ease-gaza-blockade-1991105.html

  69. Mrs. Smith, well we all know that all the countries want to screw Israel and we also know the conservative (Rino’s) want to do it. Israel hate is not just on the dim side, it runs thru America deep.

    I worked with an Israeli Arab once time and after speaking to her for several months about the plight of the Palestinians, I almost felt sorry for them, and thought Israel was just plain mean, but soon realized the Palestinians are just a ploy for the Arab states to destroy Israel. The countries bordering Palestine have good economies…so why don’t they let them immigrate to those countries???That’s the real question? If those countries would allow immigration like we here in the border states are expected to do, then the crisis would be somewhat relived. They don’t want to do it because they want the Jews off Arab land. IF the U.S. removed every Jew in Israel and made them make a new Israel here in this country, we would be under attack more than we are now…the Arabs will not be happy until every Jew is dead and the 12th Imam is back. THey are totally crazy bastards!

  70. I read the stupid fool in the WH has stopped all drilling in the Gulf, and put thousands more out of work…they need to stop the ultra deep drilling and make sure everyone is doing their jobs and promoting safety and not the almight DOLLAR! We have drilled in the Gulf for ever, I don’t see a problem with it for the exception that BP pushed the limit for money…it wasn’t like the company was going broke.

    Obama is using this national disaster to get Cap and Tax thru…we should know more what he is going to do when the Bilderburg’s have their meeting this weekend. I am sure someone will be relaying the message on what to do to Obama!

  71. One more point on managed democracy. Obama is a shill in this process. He is neither left or right. He is just corporate.

    “The main social sectors promoting and reinforcing this modern Shangri-La are corporate power, which is in charge of managed democracy, and the military-industrial complex, which is in charge of Superpower. The main objectives of managed democracy are to increase the profits of large corporations, dismantle the institutions of social democracy (Social Security, unions, welfare, public health services, public housing and so forth), and roll back the social and political ideals of the New Deal. Its primary tool is privatization. Managed democracy aims at the “selective abdication of governmental responsibility for the well-being of the citizenry” under cover of improving “efficiency” and cost-cutting.

    Wolin argues, “The privatization of public services and functions manifests the steady evolution of corporate power into a political form, into an integral, even dominant partner with the state. It marks the transformation of American politics and its political culture from a system in which democratic practices and values were, if not defining, at least major contributing elements, to one where the remaining democratic elements of the state and its populist programs are being systematically dismantled.” This campaign has largely succeeded. “Democracy represented a challenge to the status quo, today it has become adjusted to the status quo.”

    One other subordinate task of managed democracy is to keep the citizenry preoccupied with peripheral and/or private conditions of human life so that they fail to focus on the widespread corruption and betrayal of the public trust. In Wolin’s words, “The point about disputes on such topics as the value of sexual abstinence, the role of religious charities in state-funded activities, the question of gay marriage, and the like, is that they are not framed to be resolved. Their political function is to divide the citizenry while obscuring class differences and diverting the voters’ attention from the social and economic concerns of the general populace.” Prominent examples of the elite use of such incidents to divide and inflame the public are the Terri Schiavo case of 2005, in which a brain-dead woman was kept artificially alive, and the 2008 case of women and children living in a polygamous commune in Texas who were allegedly sexually mistreated.

    Another elite tactic of managed democracy is to bore the electorate to such an extent that it gradually fails to pay any attention to politics. Wolin perceives, “One method of assuring control is to make electioneering continuous, year-round, saturated with party propaganda, punctuated with the wisdom of kept pundits, bringing a result boring rather than energizing, the kind of civic lassitude on which managed democracy thrives.” The classic example is certainly the nominating contests of the two main American political parties during 2007 . It should be noted that between a half and two-thirds of qualified voters have recently failed to vote, thus making the management of the active electorate far easier. Wolin comments, “Every apathetic citizen is a silent enlistee in the cause of inverted totalitarianism.”

  72. Race and age are two other ploys used by the elites to divide and inflame the public, and to distract them from the real issues which are the continuing process of disenfrachisment and the dismantling of the Constitution order.

    Here again is why Hillary Clinton is such an important figure. She understands what “the game” as they call it is really about. If you look at the themes of her campaign it becomes obvious that she was firmly on the side of the American People whereas Obama was simply a tool used by the elites to continue dismantling the vestiges of liberal democracy.

    I was at a high dollar fundraiser for Hillary in late 2007, and she told an audience of people like Bill Gates Sr (the old man), Howard Schultz (founder of Starbucks) and other luminaries about the mess Bush left behind: “I do not worry about the people in this room. I worry about what will happen to ordinary people”. She had no reason to say this to that elite audience other than the fact that she is not afraid to tell them that she is on the side of the American People.

    Now, compare and contrast Hillary’s statement with what Mr. Obama said to an elite crowd in San Francisco about people who live in small towns are bitter and cling to their guns, religion, and by inference bigotry. Remember the way he promised us that he would re-examine NAFTA to make sure it is working for the American People, and then dispatched his man Goulsbee to assure the Candians that he did not mean it. And then there was his comment about the dumb cop. That is what he thinks of the American People. There is no need to speculate about this. All you need to do is consider what he says to the elites about us when we are not around.

  73. This morning I saw a national clip about the economy. The feeling was that all the attention is on the oil, and the President is not watching the economy now. Gibbs, asked this at a press conference said “The people would not have elected a person that could not walk and chew gum at same time”.

    NiCE TRY GIBBS, HE WAS NEVER ELECTED. And you are right they would not have elected someone that could not walk and chew gum at the same time. The one they elected is hitting home runs in her positon.

    Unfortunately the superduds would elect someone that could not walk and chew gum at the same time.

  74. From zerohedge – the head of the Dallas Fed is talking sense. Wonder how long he’ll last? He’s definitely off the Bernanke/Geithner reservation:

    In a speech before the SW Graduate School of Banking, Dallas Fed’s Richard Fisher comes out swinging, blasting his boss Ben Bernanke and his policy of globalized moral hazard: “Let me make my sentiments clear: It is my view that, by propping up deeply troubled big banks, authorities have eroded market discipline in the financial system. It is not difficult to see where this dynamic leads—to more pronounced financial cycles and repeated crises.” And just in case listeners missed the point, he followed up: “Just this morning, the Washington Post summarized the impasse that inevitably blocks treatment of the TBTF pathology. In an article on preparation for this weekend’s Group of 20 talks on bank reform, it was noted that “some” participants “remain hesitant to lean too hard on banks they consider vital to their national economies.” This hesitancy only perpetuates the problem: The longer authorities delay the process, the more engrained behemoth financial institutions become; the more engrained they become, the less extricable they are. And so the debilitating disease of TBTF spreads. What appears “vital” becomes “viral” and grows ever more threatening to financial stability and economic stability.”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/dallas-feds-fisher-rages-against-tbtf-says-only-way-remove-systemic-risk-shrinking-megabanks#comments

    Oh, meant to add this part of his speech. This is the hazard that doesn’t get talked about much ; the forcing out of business of the smaller, non-politically connected banks who may have actually had a better business model and investing strategy.

    Big banks that took on high risks and generated unsustainable losses received a public benefit: TBTF support. As a result, more conservative banks were denied the market share that would have been theirs if mismanaged big banks had been allowed to go out of business. In essence, conservative banks faced publicly backed competition.

  75. The employment numbers are out today and most of the new jobs were for the census…so no growth and healthcare which is usually out of site with job growth only grew 8,000 and that is national wide!! This is so bad and then his new idea about drilling in the Gulf of Oil, this man is stupid.

  76. AmericanGal
    June 3rd, 2010 at 5:16 pm
    &&&&&&&

    Thanks for the link. Worth posting.

    Notice how Valliere says what we’ve been predicting and then documenting for a couple of years? That if the Dem leadership forced Obama on the Dem voters, we’d be stuck with a one term loser with little skills, thin resume, tin ear, hollow heart, and that once the “historic” “charm” and “inspiration” wore off, the less sexy “competence” issue would rear its ugly head, and based on his track record (whatever meager crumb trail there was, or what the press could not suppress because they wanted to sell “historic” books), it would not be pretty.

    Valliere: Barack Obama, One-Term President?
    ===================================

    Published: Thursday, 3 Jun 2010

    For the first time since Barack Obama’s inauguration 16 months ago, we’re beginning to think there’s a reasonable chance he’ll be just a one-term president.

    Even though the economy is enjoying a modest recovery, there are three compelling factors that are making us think Obama is in serious trouble in 2012:

    1. He has a tin ear: The Gulf oil spill disaster has highlighted a major Obama flaw – he doesn’t do empathy very well. Cerebral and aloof, Obama spent over an hour in a recent press conference (his first one in 10 months) describing the Gulf crisis in clinical terms, before he discussed his daughter’s plea to cap the well. Bill Clinton could empathize better than any recent president; he felt your pain 24/7. It’s a skill set Obama simply doesn’t have.

    2. The press has turned: So much for the press being in bed with Obama. Reporters are furiously digging for more evidence of lax oversight of the oil industry in the revolving door climate in which regulators get hired by Big Oil. The media refuses to believe that an economic recovery is underway, and seems to be rooting for a good story to boost ratings and circulation – and what better story than the endangered incumbents? Reporters clearly adored Obama during the 2008 campaign, but the bloom is off the rose.

    3. The Electoral College map has shifted dramatically: This is the Big One. Precise state electoral totals won’t be available until the census is completed, but here’s our rough math — John McCain won 173 electoral votes in 2008, but we see several states Obama carried that are likely to shift back to the GOP: Indiana (11), Ohio (20), Virginia (13), North Carolina (15), Florida (27) and Colorado (9). That gets the Republicans to 268, just three votes short of winning.

    This means several other states could make the difference: New Hampshire (4), Illinois (21), Pennsylvania (21), Michigan (17), New Mexico (5), and Nevada (5). It’s entirely possible that Obama would have to win every one of them; there may be no margin of error.
    It’s obviously too early to make a definitive call on 2012 because so many variables are still up in the air.

    We think a sustainable recovery is underway, which gradually will produce declining unemployment, but the public still worries about layoffs and foreclosures, and now a growing crisis in Europe could – at the least – trim a bit from U.S. GDP growth, according to former Fed Gov. Lyle Gramley.

    And it appears that there’s no Ronald Reagan waiting in the wings for the GOP. The early favorite is former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who won passage of a health reform bill in the Bay State that looks very similar to the federal measure enacted this spring.

    Conservative activists have always suspected that Romney doesn’t stand for much, and if he’s the nominee, the Tea Party could take a hike.

    But if the Republicans find a fresh face who can appeal to all wings of the party – Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty comes to mind – Obama could have a real fight on his hands.

    Two and a half weeks is a lifetime in politics, so two and a half years is an eternity. No one can predict accurately what will happen in the Middle East, whether scandals will erupt, or when the next hurricane might hit. But for the past three decades we have always analyzed elections with one overriding tool – the Electoral College map. And that looks like a real problem for Obama.

    What does this mean for the markets? Obama has to be smart enough to realize that he has to embrace the new austerity and dial back big government. The left wing already is angry with him, but where can they go? Obama has to move toward the center – if not for pragmatic reasons, then simply because he won’t have the votes in the next Congress.

    The era of activism is about to come to an end, and the counter-revolution has begun. Obama will either go the way of Jimmy Carter – who served one disastrous, tone-deaf term – or Bill Clinton, who survived largely because he proclaimed that “the era of big government is over.”

    The choice is Obama’s, but we increasingly wonder if this professorial president has the street smarts to survive.

  77. confloyd,

    both obama and his advisors never think things through. They never look at the whole picture, fallouts from their crisis management decisions.

    You bring in a newby for the biggest job in the land, don’t expect the brilliance of Hillary.

  78. Two positive history changers and wonderfully graceful women.

    —————-

    U.S. Secretary of State Clinton wishes Queen Elizabeth II a happy birthday

    WASHINGTON, D.C. / LONDON (BNO NEWS) — United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday wished Queen Elizabeth II a happy birthday, even though her actual birthday is in April.

    Several Commonwealth countries celebrate Elizabeth’s birthday in June, including the United Kingdom, where it is known as the Queen’s Official Birthday. Her actual birthday is on April 21, 1926.

    “On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am pleased to wish Queen Elizabeth II a happy birthday and extend warm wishes to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations,” said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who said the United States honors its ’special relationship’ between the U.S. and the United Kingdom.

    “The United States and Britain have together championed the cause of peace, freedom, and global prosperity for decades,” Clinton said. “This year we commemorate the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II, when our two countries, along with our other allies, joined together to defeat Fascism and tyranny. The young princess Elizabeth helped rally her nation in the darkest days of that war, and she has remained a beacon of integrity and resolve ever since,” she added.

    Clinton said the United States has always been grateful for Elizabeth’s friendship and example. “Today our special relationship continues to provide a solid foundation as the United States and Britain work side by side to meet the challenges of the 21st century, from supporting the refocused mission in Afghanistan to promoting the global economic recovery to working for peace in the Middle East,” she said. “Once again, I wish Queen Elizabeth II a very happy birthday and peace and prosperity for the people of the United Kingdom in the year to come.”

    Elizabeth II is the queen regnant of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, new Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda and Saint Kitts and Nevis.

    The Queen was born at 2.40 am on April 21, 1926 at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London. She was the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

    http://www.islandcrisis.net/2010/06/u-s-secretary-state-clinton-wishes-queen-elizabeth-ii-happy-birthday/

  79. You can’t seriously talk about California’s financial problems without looking at the cost of illegal immigrants. Ca is drowning under the burden.

  80. Carol
    June 4th, 2010 at 9:18 am
    You can’t seriously talk about California’s financial problems without looking at the cost of illegal immigrants. Ca is drowning under the burden.
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    Isn’t one of them working at a job called “The Governor”?

  81. JanH
    June 4th, 2010 at 9:21 am
    so bambi is apparently going back to the gulf today for another public relations moment.
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    They are going to “reshoot” the scene, this time, “with feeling”.

    An acting coach no doubt has been utilized to help Obama wring more emotion out of the movie to be called, “Tough Talker Takes on The Oil Gang”.

  82. I wonder why the Potus cancelled his trips to Indonesia/Australia again??? He has no problem going on vacation. He is sure staying close to home and not leaving the country for some reason.

  83. Why do these flotillas keep sending concrete…it is banned! THey know they will use it to build bunkers and probably tunnels.

  84. “Why do these flotillas keep sending concrete…it is banned! THey know they will use it to build bunkers and probably tunnels.

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    One word: Provocation

  85. Unfortunately the superduds would elect someone that could not walk and chew gum at the same time.
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    I do not think he can walk OR chew gum, but he can sure dribble.

  86. Just heard something on Fox about a bill to save journalists jobs which will include a 5% tax on electronics to keep them going. INSANE. Pravda much

  87. Q: REPORT CARD ON GUESS WHO?

    A; BAMBI.

    Q; WELL, OKAY, SO HOW DOES IT LOOK?

    A: LET’S PUT IT THIS WAY . . . NOT EXACTLY AN A-MINUS
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    Via the Washington Times we learn the National Debt has now surpassed the 13 trillion dollar mark. Yeah, I know…yawn…so what. The problem here is that we just watched Congress barely pass a Bill raising the National Debt ceiling to 12.394 TRILLION dollars. Obama, master of everyone else’s checkbook, signed it into law on December 28, 2009 yet here we are hardly 5 months later with it 600 BILLION dollars beyond even that figure…sans even a modicum of tomfoolery and political cover normally enjoyed via Congressional action.

    This Administration CAN’T MANAGE THE AUTO INDUSTRY, it CAN’T MANAGE WALL STREET, it CAN’T MANAGE THE HEALTH CARE INSUSTRY, or the INSURANCE INDUSTRY, and it can’t manage the ECONOMY. It can’t manage FOREIGN DIPLOMACY, it can’t manage FIGHTING WARS, and it can’t stop dictators from getting NUCLEAR WEAPNIS or SINKING SHIPS OF ALLIES. But failure, sadly, doesn’t seem to slow Obama’s lust for spending more money hoping to find that thing he can finally “get right.”

    HIS LATEST JOKE of an attempt to manage the crisis 1 mile deep in the GULF OF MEXICO only serves to reinforce the notion that this is, by far, the THE MOST INEPT AND INCOMPETENT President and Administration in recent history. From the Times:

    At $13 trillion, that figure RISEN BY $2.4 TRILLION in about 500 days SINCE OBAMA TOOK OFFICE, or an average of $4.9 billion a day. That’s almost three times the daily average of $1.7 billion under the previous administration, and led Republicans on Wednesday to place blame squarely at the feet of Mr. Obama and his fellow Democrats.

    Repeat this over and over in your head every time you think Obama needs us to cut him a break… that he’s doing the best he can with what that Bush fellow left behind for him to deal with: in 500 days, Obama has extended our debt almost 5 billion dollars a day as he continues to fail his Country. We’ve certainly seen NONE OF OUR PROBLEMS “SOLVED” since he’s been in office…no return on our great-grand childrens’ investment. At what point does this agenda and this Congress, and the incompetent leadership running both, stop the bleeding? OUR bleeding.

  88. Fidel Castro
    “President Obama can give hundreds of speeches, trying to reconcile contradictions that are irreconcilable … dreaming of the magic of his well-articulated phrases,” he wrote.

    But Castro said Obama “makes concessions to personalities and groups totally lacking in ethics and draws fantasy worlds that only fit in his head and that unscrupulous advisers, knowing his tendencies, plant in his mind.”

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ghGthxqnYMWcICCnEkjH5ayqPamQD9G38G8O0

  89. • rgb44hrc
    June 4th, 2010 at 9:31 am
    Carol
    June 4th, 2010 at 9:18 am
    You can’t seriously talk about California’s financial problems without looking at the cost of illegal immigrants. Ca is drowning under the burden.
    &&&&&&&

    Isn’t one of them working at a job called “The Governor”?
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    “Ahnie” became a naturalized citizen in 1983.

  90. confloyd
    June 4th, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Why do these flotillas keep sending concrete…it is banned!

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    Ballast?

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