Barack Obama And The Final Solution

This is as ugly as it gets. The Obama Cairo speech strikes again.

On the first day of this month we made the case as to why the “Arabs’ lawyer” Barack Obama was ultimately responsible for the latest deaths in the Middle East. We recalled Obama’s speech in Cairo:

“With his Cairo speech, a speech in which for the first time an American president went to the Middle East without a stopover to consult with our Israeli allies, Obama signaled to many in the Arab world that he is on the Arab side. Obama snubbed Israel and the whole world saw that snub and were encouraged in their aggressions.”

But we were much too gentle. We were much too kind. We were much too forgetful and forgiving. We did not mention the most dangerous portion of the Cairo speech.

On the day of Obama performed his horrific speech in Cairo we described the malignant verbiage which oozed from Obama:

“Listeners of the Obama publicity stunt today can be forgiven for not knowing if the problem is Islam, unmentioned terrorists, Arabs, Persians, Arab Muslims, the Middle East, Jews, Chinese or Russian Muslims, male Muslims, Indonesians, African Muslims, Americans, American Muslims or perhaps Portuguese water dogs.”

Obama pandered to his listeners instead of telling them what they needed to hear. What they needed to hear was that it is the hatred of Jews which is the fundamental problem in the Mideast. We quoted from the Clinton Presidential Center:

“President Clinton presided over the historic 1993 Israeli-Palestinian Declaration of Principles, the peace treaty between Jordan and Israel in 1994; the Interim Agreement on Palestinian self-rule in 1995, the Wye River Accords in 1998; and in 2000, from Camp David to Taba, brought the parties together for the first high-level discussions of all permanent status issues, and offered a proposal for a comprehensive peace, accepted by the Government of Israel but rejected by Yassar Arafat. After two years of renewed conflict, Arafat said he would accept the Clinton Plan.”

Israel accepted a peace plan that would create a state for the Palestinians but the Palestinians said “No!“. After new elections and after it was too late, the Palestinians said “Yes” to the plan.

Until there is acceptance by the Palestinians and the Arabs and the Muslims of the state of Israel there will be no peace. Israel will not disappear or go away.

A few days after the Obama Cairo speech we described the most noxious portion of the Obama speech in an article titled “Obama, Jew-baiter, And The Sudetenland“. We wrote:

“The context for Obama’s speech and this week’s events is that there is, among many Americans and citizens of many nations, the notion that Israel is screwing the world and dreams of peace for their own narrow (self-preservation) interests. This notion, shared by many non-Jews and even many Jews (mostly those safely ensconced in the West Side of Manhattan and other precincts in New York City) is that if only Israel would cooperate and stop its silly self-preservation notions the celestial choirs would sing out and there would be peace in the Middle East region. Folly.

This magic wand philosophy is more properly termed a “Sudentenland” mentality – this time the calls are aimed at the existence of the Jewish state of Israel.”

We noted at the time that Obama’s anti-Israel, anti-Jewish notions came from his pastor and mentor of 20 years, “them Jews” Jeremiah Wright.

We were not the only ones who took note of the toxic quality of Obama’s Cairo speech:

“From an Israeli perspective, Pres. Barack Obama’s speech today in Cairo was deeply disturbing. Both rhetorically and programmatically, Obama’s speech was a renunciation of America’s strategic alliance with Israel.

Rhetorically, Obama’s sugar coated the pathologies of the Islamic world — from the tyranny that characterizes its regimes, to the misogyny, xenophobia, Jew hatred, and general intolerance that characterizes its societies. In so doing he made clear that his idea of pressing the restart button with the Islamic world involves erasing the moral distinctions between the Islamic world and the free world.

In contrast, Obama’s perverse characterization of Israel — of the sources of its legitimacy and of its behavior — made clear that he shares the Arab world’s view that there is something basically illegitimate about the Jewish state.

In 1922 the League of Nations mandated Great Britain to facilitate the reconstitution of the Jewish commonwealth in the Land of Israel on both sides of the Jordan River. The international community’s decision to work towards the reestablishment of Jewish sovereignty in Israel owed to its recognition of the Jewish people’s legal, historic, and moral rights to our homeland.

Arab propaganda finds this basic and fundamental truth inconvenient. So for the past 60 years, the Arabs have been advancing the fiction that Israel’s existence owes solely to European guilt over the Holocaust. As far as the Arabs are concerned, the Jews have no legal, historic, or moral right to what the Arabs see as Islamic land.”

Obama’s “perverse characterization of Israel” did indeed inform his Arab and Muslim listeners that Obama does indeed question the legitimacy of the Jewish state.

Yesterday, a revered liberal columnist and long ago, long time reporter for the Associated Press echoed Obama and his nod and a wink attacks on the legitimacy of the state of Israel. Helen Thomas spewed venom yesterday:

“White House press corps dean Helen Thomas — on the day that the White House hosted a Jewish Heritage Celebration, no less — said that Jews who live in Israel should “get the hell out of Palestine” and go “home.”

When asked where home was for Israeli Jews, Thomas offered “Poland, Germany… and America and everywhere else” that the founding generation of the State of Israel originally hailed.”



Helen Thomas put into blunt and stark words what Barack Obama implied in Cairo. Helen Thomas however is a mere piker in the hate Jews and hate Israel sweepstakes.

With repeated snubs of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, snubs which are sure to increase now that the Israelis have boarded the latest provocation ship, even Obama has been topped in the hate Jews/hate Israel sweepstakes he authorized with his Cairo speech.

We’re not referring to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who predates Helen Thomas and her solution to the Middle East conflicts:

“Iran’s hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that if Germany and Austria feel responsible for massacring Jews during World War II, a state of Israel should be established on their soil…

“You oppressed them, so give a part of Europe to the Zionist regime so they can establish any government they want. We would support it,” he said, according to a transcript of his original Farsi-language comments given to AFP.

“So, Germany and Austria, come and give one, two or any number of your provinces to the Zionist regime so they can create a country there which all of Europe will support and the problem will be solved at its root,” he said.

“Why do they insist on imposing themselves on other powers and creating a tumour so there is always tension and conflict?”

The clear winner in the latest sweepstakes of Jew-baiting and Israel-hating started by Barack Obama is the Turkish Ambassador Namik Tan:

As the crisis over a deadly Israeli commando raid on a vessel carrying Turkish activists continued to command the attention of top officials in Washington, Jerusalem, and Istanbul, Namik Tan, the Turkish ambassador to the United States, called Friday for engaging Hamas in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

But in an unfortunate turn of phrase, Tan twice said Friday that the militant Palestinian group, which the United States and Europe have designated a terrorist organization, is a necessary and important part of the “final solution” to the conflict.

“For a final solution, you cannot ignore Hamas. That’s what we are saying,” said Ambassador Namik Tan. “This is not the first time that we are trying to bring this into the discussion. We have told this to the Israelis, to our American friends, to our international interlocutors, everyone. How could you imagine a final solution without Hamas?”

Helen Thomas can apologize and Ambassador Tan can apologize and Barack Obama can tut tut all he wants. The Muslim behind the Ground Zero Triumph Mosque can deny his ‘Islam in triumph at World Trade Center Ground Zero’ intent all he wants and make all the excuses for his activities he wants:

“The imam behind a proposed mosque near Ground Zero is a prominent member of a group that helped sponsor the pro-Palestinian activists who clashed violently with Israeli commandos at sea this week.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is a key figure in Malaysian-based Perdana Global Peace Organization, according to its Website.

Perdana is the single biggest donor ($366,000) so far to the Free Gaza Movement, a key organizer of the six-ship flotilla that tried to break Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip Monday.”

We do not believe any of them.

Barack Obama started this latest wave of out in the open hate. Barack Obama is responsible for this latest outbreak of Jew-baiting and Israel hate.

Barack Obama is to blame.

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209 thoughts on “Barack Obama And The Final Solution

  1. Barack Obama is to blame.

    And so are the demon’s rats cohorts who installed him.

    I really do pray for Israel and America. We and they need it, we have an immature ignorant america and Israel -loathing fool in the WH.

  2. I don’t know about you guys and gals, but everyone I encounter in my business everyday, I talk to them (I own a couple of small businesses), and its like everyone is scared, they feel it in their guts, and are just stunned that the LSM does not, nor the fools in the WH or DC.

    I have never seen anything like it, I am over 60, and there is this sense of just forebrooding fear and its thick, and everyone I know, who are mainly conservative/moderate dems, and conservatives, feels it.

  3. I don’t know about you guys and gals, but everyone I encounter in my business everyday, I talk to them (I own a couple of small businesses), and its like everyone is scared, they feel it in their guts, and are just stunned that the LSM does not, nor the fools in the WH or DC.
    ———————–
    The elites try to dismiss the reaction as voter “anger”. That of course is a half lie. The reality again is it is fear, fear in the sense that most people can see no light at the end of the tunnel. Meanwhile, the elites never had it so good. They can buy anything they want now at bargain basement prices, just like they could in the Great Depression. Also, these are great times for the race baiters. Really great times.

    The frustrating part of this is the public at large remains comatose. We take great heart in the strongly against vs strongly for number which runs 2 to 1 against Obmama, and may narrow some as a result of this get out to vote effort now being orchestrated by the White House. We know that is the critical metric when it comes to elections because those are the people who vote and persuade others.

    But the public at large the sport is closer to a dead heat. After all we have seen half of this country still supports him. They watch this country and their future go up in smoke and say this is cool. Stay the course. How brain dead are they? Or is it merely a form of mental illness?

  4. Not one for conspiracy theories but reading Drudge last night about the Bilderburg stuff gives me pause. Just way too much non-reporting and lack of righteous anger by the lamestream media about so very many things. If cap and trade and A VAT goes through the middle class will be eradicated.

  5. wbboei
    June 5th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Yes, some of my longtime customers are JFK democrats, they are older than me, loved JFK. They are just stunned, just stunned at what is going on in the demon rats’s party.

    They can’t being themselves to register as Republicans, so many of them are staying registered dems, but voting straight for republicans and conservatives. Many of them were like me, voting for a republican for the first time in their dem. lives by voting for Sarah Palin and frankly they have no plans to vote for any democrat for a long time to come.

    The party that Bill Clinton built with fiscal discipline, etc, is gone.

  6. But the public at large the sport is closer to a dead heat. After all we have seen half of this country still supports him. They watch this country and their future go up in smoke and say this is cool. Stay the course. How brain dead are they? Or is it merely a form of mental illness
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    You do not need to study the history of the twentieth century to understand how a propaganda machine which reaches into every aspect of private life and plants subliminal messages can blind a population to its own interests, and induces a state of apathy which does what it is told without conscience or remorse. The evidence is right here in this country these polls.

  7. wbboei
    So what about those who saw through waffles from the get go. I remember being on or near CMU and Pitt during the primaries and as expected there was rabid bambi fever, but there were those who hadn’t drank the kool aid with whom I chatted at length. I was very impressed by their individuality.

  8. Personally I think it is their plan to break the country…this way they can make us do what we don’t want to do and that is to get rid of the constitution.

    Some folk even think they are hiding the money.

  9. further proof of Obama’s hatred for Israel… and pretty much most if not all of America’s allies
    h/t to HillBuzz

    This post states that Obama told Netanyahu not to come to D.C. to meet with him — it was not a decision made by Bibi because of the flotilla crisis at home. Obama didn’t want Netanyahu to be able to use the Whitehouse as a backdrop for any statement he might make. Nevermind that it was O.K. for Calderone to use the Whitehouse to bash Arizona. The One is going to, as promised, destroy all that is good and decent about our country and that includes severing ties with any other righteous and worthy democratic allies we may have had.

    http://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/2010/06/what-are-friends-for-obama-told-netanyahu-to-dont-come-to-us-to-tell-your-side-of-flotilla-story/

  10. 06/04/10 4:49 PM EDT
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s political operation is going door-to-door this weekend in more than a thousand cities to try to persuade the voters who helped elect him to turn out for Democrats in the midterm elections. The Democratic National Committee and Obama’s political arm, Organizing for America, say more than 16,000 volunteers plan to talk to first-time voters who cast ballots in 2008 but could stay home this year without the president on the ballot.

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

    Maybe it would be good to get some counter information out following these visits. Such as maybe a timeline about Obama and the oil spill, if someone has time to fill in the dates and details. Something like this:

    /date/ Obama names Salazar to /post/
    /date/ Obama names Birnbaum to /post/
    /date/ Birnbaum gives safety waiver to BP

    etc etc, showing Obama’s various appointees helping BP do risky things

    /date/ Jindal asks for /help/, Obama refuses
    etc

    /date/ Obama issues statement saying he has been on this “from day one”
    /date/ /someone else asks for help/, Obama refuses

  11. When are we going to impeach these jerks! Its appalling how they are treating Israel, no doubt Zbig is in on this along with Kissinger.

  12. Flotilla we con the world is at almost 600k views on you tube
    In case you missed it here is the link

  13. The We Con the World video has been viewed 500k in the last 24 hours.
    I am amazed that it hasn’t been removed from youtube due to some copy write law

  14. What is going to happen with the oil gusher is that both sides are going to politicize the disaster and nothing will get done but politics, meanwhile birds, fish, porpoises and all water species are going to die while our government tries to out do each other with accusations. I am sick of this, they need to do something about the animals dying, not just making the beach pretty for people, animals are dying.

  15. From the DailyBeast:

    The president was not only briefed on the real-time events of the spill, but also on just how bad it would be—and how hard it would be to plug the hole.
    ___________________________________________________

    So, why in the hell didn’t he marshall resources to contain the spill and protect the marshes?

  16. 10 % of the Obots wake up????

    Obama loses the Left: suddenly, it’s cool to bash Barack
    Europe still worships him and Washington’s Obamatrons remain smitten, but former supporters are turning on the President.

    Well, at least he’s still got Sir Paul McCartney. At the White House last week, the 67-year-old crooner was gushing in much the same manner as his own groupies did at Shea Stadium in 1965. “I’m a big fan, he’s a great guy,” McCartney told American critics of President Barack Obama. “So lay off him, he’s doing great.”

    Later, McCartney serenaded the First Lady with a rendition of Michelle and, receiving a prize from the Library of Congress, took a cheap shot at President George W Bush that was as unfunny as it was unoriginal. “After the last eight years, it’s great to have a president who knows what a library is.” Bush. Doesn’t read books. Stupid. Geddit?

    The problem for the President is that even if the former Beatle does speak for billions, the overwhelming majority of those are overseas. Polls show that around 10 per cent of those who voted for Obama in 2008 now disapprove of his performance and the heavy turnout of young people and black voters among the 69 million who back him will not be repeated again.

    McCartney’s banalities were an example of a transatlantic dissonance that is all too apparent these days. Whereas Europe is stuck in November 2008 and still hopelessly in love with Obama, Americans have got over the historic symbolism of it all and are now moving on as they live with the reality.

    That reality has now begun to dawn on some of Obama’s natural constituency – Hollywood and the Left. The “no drama Obama” demeanour that served him so well on the campaign trail is now becoming a liability.

    Bemoaning Obama’s passivity after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the director Spike Lee thundered: “He’s very calm, cool, collected. But, one time, go off! If there’s any one time to go off, this is it, because this is a disaster.”

    This is the same Spike Lee who once described Obama’s election as a “seismic” change that represented “a better day not only for the United States but for the world”.

    The ladies of The View, the liberal-dominated morning talk show moderated by Whoopi Goldberg, spent a lot of time last week sympathising with Mrs Obama about how difficult it must be to argue with a husband who never shows any fire or emotion.

    Even the liberal chattering classes are deserting Obama. Maureen Dowd of the New York Times jeered that his “Yes we can” slogan had been downgraded to “Will we ever?”, while fellow colunnist Frank Rich blasted his “recurrent tardiness in defining exactly what he wants done”.

    Perhaps Obama’s toughest critic over the BP oil slick has been James “Rajin’ Cajun” Carville, the mastermind of Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign and one of those Democrats who represents the beating heart of the party. He blasted Obama’s “political stupidity” and “hands off” attitude, concluding: “It seems the President is madder at his critics than he is at BP.”

    His point was proved when Robert Gibbs, Obama’s hyper-aggressive spokesman, responded: “I don’t think James understands all of what we’re doing. I don’t think James understood the facts.” Carville is a Louisiana native who had spent more time viewing the oil-soaked coastal wetlands than anyone in the White House.

    It is an irony of Obama’s presidency – which came into being because he was the unBush – that it shares some of the worst traits of his predecessor’s administration. Among these are insularity and a blinkered arrogance.

    The young Texans who seemed genetically incapable of viewing any criticism of George W Bush as less than treason may have gone but a similar cult has replaced them. The Obamatrons who now populate Washington have iPads under their arms and greet each other with fist bumps. Earnest, geeky types, they look upon anyone who does not worship Obama with pity – such a being must be too stupid or bigoted to know better.

    Obama has never been wracked by self-doubt and he is unusually self-contained for a politician. He seems not to need people or reassurance. In office, this is dangerous – he sometimes seems to be living in a cocoon.

    The White House’s attempts to deal criticisms of Obama’s detachment have been comical. First there was Obama’s own cringeworthy (and doubtless bogus) anecdote about his 11-year-old daughter Malia asking: “Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?” Then there was Gibbs illustrating Obama’s passionate concern for the people of the Gulf by relating that he had said “damn” and exhibited a “clenched jaw”.

    Perhaps their biggest problem is that it was not just McCartney’s dyed hair and 1960s songs that seemed so retro. His adulation of Obama struck the wrong chord because few outside the White House bubble are in that place any more. It is now permissible – even fashionable – to have a go at the man once hailed as the Messiah.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/7805775/Obama-loses-the-Left-suddenly-its-cool-to-bash-Barack.html

  17. never let a good tragedy go to waste
    Cap and trade making fat ass gore a member of the billionaires club is now all but assured
    we have been played

  18. henry:
    “Looks like Kucinich is no friend of Isreal either”

    Come on, because he is calling for an independent investigation?

    Does it have to be Israel All The Way with you guys? Anything Bibi says goes? Anything said against Bibi is racist? You’re to Bibi’s Israel what the lamestream media has been to o. Israel kool-aid drinkers.

    Israel is not America’s ally, it’s the reverse: America is Israel’s ally, ie Israel gets to do anything it wants and we must always praise Israel and defend its every deed and word.

    Is it permissible for Israelis to criticize Bibi? Because that is happening now.

    The left in Israel condemned the raid for the same reasons that Israel is getting the hammer worldwide. But it is not just the left. Even supporters of the action criticise the army for having prepared the opertion poorly, with too few and under-equipped men and poorly chosen tactics. From across the political spectrum, leaders are criticized for having evaluated the situation poorly. If one of the Turkish organizations is accused of being tied to terrorism, as was declared last week, the least that can be said is that it is strange to hear the soldiers say they “didn’t expect” to be put into such a dangerous situation. And then, the Israeli criticism continues, Why not have just let the flotilla dock at Gaza? Between August 2008 and April 2009, 5 ships had forced the blockade and the Israeli military let then do it. Since 2009, the military intercepted three ships with no major incident.

    This change of policy corresponds to the arrival of the Netanyahu government. It is not a matter of Israeli national security, dictated by the primal need of Israel to defend itself. Sharon’s centrist party, Kadima, said “If we had let the ships and anti-Israeli militants reach their destination, no one would have paid any attention to them and we would have been seen as allowing humanitarian aid pass through.”

    No one of you here can say Kadima is anti-Israeli or pro-terrorist, or lax on matters of Israel’s national security. For Haïm Ramon, whom I just quoted, it is just a matter of how Israel is seen in the world.

    Netanyahu is Israel’s Dubya, their trigger-happy PM. Under Sharon or Olmert, no arms would have reached Gaza but Israeli commandos would never have attacked civilian ships sailing in international waters under flags of allied countries. You’ve got to understand, Israel can do wrong.

    So can o. We’ve got plenty of criticism for o, and I agree with most of it. But some can be doled out to Israel too.

  19. jeswezey
    He calls for an investigation but also calls for sanctions against Isreal before said investigation is ever done.
    His wording intimates guilt.

  20. Thank you for this excellent post Admin. So many Americans do not know the history. They also do not know that the Jews were expelled fom neighboring Arab countries like Iran and Syria.

    There was a report on the news last night about some of the tea party candidates and how far right from center they are. Apparently the woman running in the repug primary in Nevada wants to dismantle social security. Harry Reid is hoping she wins becauses he feels that he can beat her.

    I thought Reid was history. The tea paarty may be squandering its enery and political capitol if they elect unelectable candidates.

  21. Of course Israel can do wrong, but in this case, they were provoked. I support Israel’s case in this instance. They are being deliberately jabbed and poked, and then when they respond, they are deemed the guilty party.

  22. What happens to the human messiahs is, they came up too fast, did not spend long enough at any one thing not only to learn the job, but to truly attach and interact with people. Lets face it, the group behind him had a plan, and all he had to do was follow it.

    That is until you reach the upper rings of the ladder, and you have to spend some time there, in a highly visible position.

    Bill Clinton was Gov of Arkansas twice, with a defeat inbetween. He had EXECUTIVE experience, and had also learned how to turn it around when it went bad, and how to win over the legislatures.

    It was obvious from the beginning that O had NO executive experience. Putting your head in the sand, and saying he does, saying it does not matter, saying hope and change matters, does not make it so.

    The Reps here are using the Hope and change message, thinking it will help their cause. However, too many in the country now realize that these words are beginning to sound shallow, and they feel a bitter taste in their mouths. I think all candidates should erase those words from their campaign speeches until we have forgotten what those words don’t mean.

    It is one thing to say your are a genius, and it is another to perform like one. We have a non performer at this point, and those who don’t want to recognize it, will go down with him.

  23. Carol — I agree with you. I like Sue Lowden, frankly though I don’t care, whoever wins, I will donate to, I want Harry Reid out and fired!

  24. Israel’s record as a nation is probably the most moral and ethical of any nation in modern history…..and that’s a fact.

  25. Carol
    I know many life long democrats who have given up on the entire system and they passionately shun the whole Tea Party movement as the depictions form CNN and newspapers have painted the movement in a very negative light. They most likely will just not vote at all in November. And unless you are addicted to politics it easy very easy to see how it that they feel the way they do. You work 40 to 50 hours a week spend 10 hours a week commuting, another 25 hours taking care of life’s basic needs. You flip on cnn or one of the networks and all you will here is something negative about the tea party. No time to search for the truth. In my area same with the local papers. You would think the Tea Party was grossly unAmerican if that was your only source of info.

  26. henry — I agree with you up to a certain point…. however, because of the Internet, many many lifelong dems I know (over 40+ years registered dems) no longer trust CNN or any MSM.

    So they are not as suspetible to the lies MSM tells. And what started it? the dem. primaries in 2008, these were staunch supporters of Hillary, travelled for her. They saw the bias so much, it wasn’t even bias at that point, it was outright propoganda and campaigning against Hillary.

    Remember the dem. primary in South Dakota? I have 2 friends who travelled to SD for that. And then on the day of that primary, CNN aka Obama’s campaign spread a rumor that Hillary had withdrawn, did CNN even bother to ask Hillary’s campaign? NO!

    Eventually they did, but the effect — suppress Hillary’s voters in SD, she won anyways.

    So, while people work, they also no longer believe what crap of lies they are sold. Many of them, me included, never believed that there was a bias in the media, after they saw what was done to hillary, millions upon millions believe it, after all they saw it up close and personal.

  27. tim
    I agree to an extent. Pre 2008 I always turned on Cnn when I got home from work and was doing my little life chores. I listened passively. It was the news and I thought I could I could trust it. FOX was pure evil then. Had I not been a New Yorker who supported Hillary during her Senate run I may have gotten stuck in the moment that was the waffles love. I am in Pittsburgh now and every article in the paper which borders on a critique of waffles in the local papers ends up justifying his actions and even making allowances for him. I am just saying if you are working , raising a family and taking care of general day to day things you don’t have a lot of time to sit and analyze every story. I even think his over the top affinity for the whole world of sports is a manipulation in and of itself. Joe average sports fan may not know anything about politics but they think he is the bomb because he’s so into major league sports.
    I read somewhere awhile ago that the most emails Arlen Specter ever got were about a black out of Steelers games on a cable system.

  28. Over 20 years of listening to anti-sematic sermons.

    http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=177507

    “Obama: Time to move forward”

    Frankly I have no sympathy for people like Ed Kock who bought that crock of lies sold to him. He can repent all he wants. As Dr. Maya Angelou always said, People always show themselves, its up to others if they want to see and believe it.

  29. I’m convinced the fool does not yet realise that “just words” are not just words, there is tremendous messaging behind it.

  30. jeswezey
    June 5th, 2010 at 1:55 pm
    The left in Israel condemned the raid for the same reasons that Israel is getting the hammer worldwide. But it is not just the left. Even supporters of the action criticise the army for having prepared the opertion poorly, with too few and under-equipped men and poorly chosen tactics. From across the political spectrum, leaders are criticized for having evaluated the situation poorly.

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

    Thanks for good sense.

    Hillary called for an investigation.

    It sounds like Donna Brazile is writing some defenses of the commandos: labelling even the mildest criticism or uncertainty as ‘hate’.

  31. I think everything about this coup has to be dissected.
    Why Robert Gibbs? I seriously doubt he was left to chance. He’s in many ways bambi’s b***- no sexism or offense against female dogs intended. But he has a stuff of young fit athletic people all around him but he has a pudgy, not attractive guy in this position. Why? Is it because he is nonthreatening? A little nerdy so he won’t be attacked. He comes off as clueless. Not the voice of a man who gave a speech with greek columns behind him.

  32. It has been extremely difficult as a supporter of Israel to sit and watch helplessly as the US has not become a so called “honest broker” but a dishonest broker opening the flood gate for the traditional anti-semites to be more emboldened than in recent memory. I blame first and foremost Obama, and a close second to the liberla Jews (of whom I was once a card carrying member) who financed and supported Obama from day one.
    I have been so stressed out since Hillary lost and have reached the point of being clinically depressed over what has unfolded. I hardly sleep 4 hrs a night and fear that Israel is in grave mortal danger . I appreciate most here who understand the real story and the travesty that we read and hear from the MSM on a daily basis.

  33. Heard Governor Huckabee say something last night that really rang true. Obama’s administration has been blaming everyting on Bush. Obama, you bought the cow, now you have to milk it. A year and a half in, it is no longer Bush’s fault.

  34. I just read what Liz Cheney about the defense of Israel, I am glad she is so strongly speaking out in the defense of Israel.

    Did Israel bungle the operation? Yes, they had intellegience that loonies were on that boat.

    Did Israel have every right to defend itself by making sure there were no weapons on that boat? Hell yes!

    Pretty sad there is more bashing of Israel than North Korea, which aggresively attacked a ship and 49 sailors died.

  35. I have come to respect Liz Cheney and even Dick Cheney as unlike Obama, they love America.

  36. Henry,

    are you familiar with this tea party candidate in Nevada?

    They reported that she made the comments re social security. Are you sayibng that is untrue?

  37. jbstonesfan
    June 5th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    You and me both. I used to throw things at my TV when Darth Vader came on. But now I realise, at least he didn’t hate America, they didn’t go around apologizing for us and our country.

    Now, I have to run to find my remote when the apologzing fool obama comes on TV and fight the tempatation to throw things at my TV.

    I like Liz Cheney more. Very articulate woman.

  38. jbstonesfan
    Don’t want to post a very poignant video here as I don’t know that it’s appropriate to this site but Hillbuzz has a great video at #55 on the open thread for today
    title is
    Pa Condell on the Ground Zero mosque

  39. Carol
    I am not familiar I was referring to how I see the Tea party perceived in my very small corner of western PA

  40. Carol — I listened to Sharron Angel? on Mark Levin’s show, she said she doesn’t want to get rid of SS, but reform it because it is broke, so the younger ones may need a different way, but the older generation who have paid into it the country needs figure out a way so it will still be there for them.

    I didn’t get the sense she wants to completley get rid of it. I support SS, but it does need to be reformed mainly so that it can be sustained. I don’t have answers on how, but I agree with anyone who realises that this program needs to be reformed and strenghtened so that it can last, at least for those who rely on it and will rely on it.

    Many of my customers are over 65, and they supplement their SS incomes, but there are many where that is their sole paycheck.

    The whole issue is tricky, but no I did not hear her in that interview that SS needs to be dismantled, she said reformed.

  41. Tim,
    The discussions about SS make me crazy,

    My generation of baby boomers PAID OUR WAY. WE CREATED A surplus IN ss. Any moron in government could see that the generation behind us was smaller and invest some of the surplus to cover the baby boomers. Our SS was literally blown up over Iraq. The Iraq war was fought with $ taken from the SS trust fund.

    Lets be honest and call a spade a spade. Our SS was used by the country for other purposes. My understanding is that the law allowing the gov to use these funds was passed during Clinton’s admin with a Repug congress.

  42. What I am trying to say is that SS doesn’t need to be “fixed”. The gov needs to stop stealing money from these funds.

    If the US can give $ to the Palestinians and every third world dictator it chooses, they should find the $ to replace these funds.

  43. Carol — yep. I frankly will have to work for much longer than I thought, my wife as well, the SS is not much.

    And the new DeathCare bill, well guess what? they use the SS funds to “balance” it. If the wars left anything, the DeathCare bill will completely gut the SS funs.

    This is what Paul Ryan was saying about “double counting”. The DeathCare bill will not only hurt middle class and seniors with their medicare, it is being financed by SS, they are siphoning $$ from it. And they were assuming that SS would not be in the red until 2014 at least, well it will be in the red by the end of this year.

    So, yes, seniors will be screwed, in 2 ways.

    Never in a million year did I think a PO$ like that fool in the WH destroy SS even faster than Bush. But he has, and he’s going to hurt so many millions of Americans in the process.

  44. This is why during Clinton years, there were some very very fiscally conservative repubs and dems (there were still some fiscally conservative dems then) who wanted to pass an amendendant so at the US govt would have to balance its budget every year.

    (Unlike now, there is no budget, can you even imagine?? NO budget! because its an election year) No family or business works like this!

    This would have prevented so much theft from SS funds, and other funds. That amendendent was defeated by only a couple of votes.

  45. jbstonesfan
    you are most welcome
    it was actually very funny when I heard Under My Bus the other day I had to get it to you(with apologies I like glee)

  46. These are the groups that obama chooses to align with…

    Gaza flotilla: Go back to Auschwitz

    By YAAKOV LAPPIN
    06/05/2010

    Organizer tells Gaza crowd: Everything is heading towards Islam.

    Radio messages sent from the Turkish Gaza flotilla to the Navy contained chilling anti-Semitic abuse, the IDF revealed on Friday when it released audio recordings of communications with the vessels.

    “You are approaching an area which is under a naval blockade,” a Navy radio operator said in a message broadcast to six ships taking part in the flotilla as they sailed on the Mediterranean Sea towards Gaza.

    “Shut up. Go back to Auschwitz,” a male voice said in reply. The message was broadcast to the Navy from one of the flotilla ships, the IDF confirmed on Saturday.

    “We’re helping the Arabs go against the US, don’t forget 9/11 guys”, a man said later on during the radio exchange.

    The IDF Spokesman’s Unit, which made the recording available on its official website, said the transmisisons were originally thought to have originated from the large Mavi Marmara ship, but could have also come from one of the accompanying vessels in the flotilla.

    “The Israeli Navy ship attempts to make contact with the ‘Defne Y’[one of the vessels in the flotilla] on channel 1-6. Other ships from the flotilla respond on the channel, without identifying themselves,” the IDF said on Saturday.

    http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=177566

  47. Carol
    June 5th, 2010 at 3:56 pm
    What I am trying to say is that SS doesn’t need to be “fixed”. The gov needs to stop stealing money from these funds.

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

    Yes. Hillary said the problem is not with SS but with the general fund, which has been borrowing money from the SS reserve and will have to start paying it back when the Boomers retire.

    Actually ‘stealing’ may be a little strong. SS as you said accumulated a surplus, a reserve — and invested it. Investing means loaning money out on interest.

    Now instead of paying back what it borrowed, Congress wants to send its creditor (SS) to bankruptcy and take the rest of the reserve, and the current cash flow (SS taxes).

    SS hasn’t yet needed to call back money loaned from the reserve. The reserve is for periods when there may be more retirees than workers, but that hasn’t happened yet. (And with all these new immigrants, it may not happen.)

    See http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/STATS/table4a3.html
    Scroll down to current dates and see how much the reserve is growing.

  48. JanH
    I have been trying to learn more about the history of Isreal. At first in my explorations I was addled but the more I read the more I believe that America is only doing itself a favor by being an ally. I am terrified by the systematic opportunistic actions which have taken place in Europe over the last 10 years. I doubted the story of the mosque being built in lower Manhattan as I thought it was unfathomable. The fact that it is a reality scares the shite out of me. The erection of the building is like planting a flag on the moon or Iwo Jima. It is claiming victory and the territory. I am terrified that we are being taken over from within and by the time my nieces are of age the choices will be profoundly limited.

  49. I worry about Israel alienating its allies, to the point that its enemies WOULD dare to make a massive attack.

  50. henry
    June 5th, 2010 at 11:58 pm
    —————
    With obama in power, you are right to worry. Just look at what has happened since he began his reign of terror.

  51. turndown,

    Israel doesn’t have to do anything to alienate it’s allies. It is damned if it does and damned if it doesn’t. I know not everyone agrees, but Israel is fighting for the right to be. The Israelis have every right to stop arms from entering Gaza, but that seems to be a moot point. Arabs/terrorists world over, because of obama’s ignorance, now feel more empowered than ever before.

    Calls for the “final solution” and go back to “Auschwitz” are just the beginning.

  52. JanH
    We Con the World has rec’d more than 800k hits
    Another million or so and the media will have to acknowledge it

  53. Israel will use all of our military arsenal, including tactical nukes, if the Arabs/Muslims/Turks launch war on her. “Never Again” will Jews allow genocide to be committed against our people and homeland. America and other democratic countries must realize Israel is the canary in the coal mine; if she were to be destroyed, we would be the next in line. The radical Islamic agenda is world domination and subnission to Islam.

  54. We could solve our fiscal problems overnight if we got spending under control and imposed a substantial user fee on yacht owners who ply the navigable waters with an air of noblesse oblige and routinely hold up thousands of traffic commuters who travel on roads which intersect with those water and are forced to wait 5-10 minutes every day while the draw bridge is raised and then lowered. This wait frustrates the divers, and it produces significant pollution.

    Five hundred dollars per lift would seem like an equitable figure. And the elites would be glad to pay it since they are never selfish and are always looking for ways to contribute to the general will.

  55. Re Israel, I’m not talking about the substantive issues, but the rhetoric. It loses credibility.

  56. jbstonesfan
    Spent a lot of time reading about Isreal and the relationship to the rest of the world over the last week And I have to say unless you want to see your daughters, nieces, grand daughters becoming property of their men better get behind Isreal as it is the only thing providing any check on the perverse fundamentalism right now. Make calls to Ny Monday to stop the mosque at ground zero. Call the city council, call the senators, call the state legislature CALL THE TOURISM OFFICE. Call everyone you can think of. Stop the travesty before it results in a complete calamity.

  57. wbboei
    My biggest problem with cap and trade is that it is nothing but a money maker for the already rich. I fail to see how it will do anything but make gore richer.

  58. If the Jews and gays would boycott broadway in response to the mosque…. well you get the picture

  59. Anything that will make Gore richer, I’m for. He’ll use it for good environmental results.

  60. turndownobama
    such as his rediculous houseboat and private jet? He causes more of a carbon footprint in an afternoon than I will create in my entire life.

  61. Way long years ago, when paper recycling was just a theoretical dream that a few of us crazy environmentalists were pushing … we got called hypocrites for using regular paper to push it.

    If we’d had the money to make a pilot recycling project to show it could be done — we’d probably have been criticized for that, too.

  62. turndownobama
    how do you respond to the outrage from people that ethanol has resulted in a lack of foods for developing countries but no one give’s a rats ass that the use of corn syrup far exceeds the amount of corn to make fuel?

  63. When was way back then?
    I am 43 and when I was attending grade school I had a reverse paper route in a small steel town where we collected the papers twice per week and then stored them beneath the nunery(word?) until there was enough to take it elsewhere. That was late 70’s early eighties.
    Gore is repugnant to me. I was taught to be responsible was he?

  64. I am 66 and when we were working to get even the concept of paper recycling accepted (which led to the project you worked for) — we were called hypocrites for using regular paper just like everyone else instead of, as one critic said, making our own paper out of homegrown hemp.

  65. Full disclosure in 1978 there were no computer scans for coupons and as a little rug rat I would take all of the unused coupons from the Sunday paper and sell them to a small grocer in the neighborhood. Its pretty sick but I was only about 12 and I’d get about a penny for every coupon. I am now hanging my head in shame.

  66. Some people disapprove of workers’ conditions in ASia and work politically toward improving that. However, they go right on buying products from those countries.

    This does not make them hypocrites. It just means they’re using their time and money for the most impact.

  67. turndownobama
    I hope we can agree to disagree
    I think gore is a hypocrit
    I have either carried my groceries in my hands or used my own bag for more than 20years.
    Cap and trade pisses me off as I have parents who are retired and my father has COPD so a certain temperature is required in their home. They were and are not wealthy but they always paid taxes every year. Never got that 3k earned income credit. Both had to work as they had six children and both did. They had to change jobs as with six kids shit happens. End of story they worked they and their employers paid in to SS and as neither has a huge nest egg they counted on the ss checks. For them to have their utility bills go through the roof at this point in their lives really makes me angry. Obama said we will not be able to keep our homes at 68 or some degree. F You buddy you didn’t pay a penny for your elitist education my parents and people like them did. So let them have comfort in their August years.

  68. jbstonesfan
    I think Caroline Glick actually knows my new found boyfriend, Short guy who appears in the We con the World video with the great smile, Don’t say anything to her because he doesn’t know yet.

  69. jbstonesfan
    On a serious note I am a college educated person who really knew very little about Israel. As a very isolated and damaged little boy I read the Painted Bird by mistake which led me to weisel and levi and others. Needless to say I ended up pretty much studying the literature of the oppressed. The past few weeks I searched for info on Israel and history and the relationship with the rest of the world. I was inundated when I began my search. Where do you start? But as the week progressed I fell into your camp– that being Israel is the only thing between us and radical Islamic domination. I am 43 so the bizarre homophobia of allah didn’t scare me but the adoration I have for my three neices did. Fuck that.

  70. Really!!! That’s great!!! I have advised my wife and kids we will go to Israel next summer as my daughter will be 5 and hopefully be able to handle the long flight. I have been to Israel often since 1976, but my family has yet to go. When I was 15 I lived on a Kibbutz, later returned for summer in 78, and have been to numeroud Jewish Federation missions…one thing that strikes me everytime I go is how relaxed and safe I feel. Whether you are a Christian or Jew, you realize you are a land that has been the cornerstone of Judeo-Chrisitian beliefs for over 5k yrs.

  71. jbstones
    I feel like an ass I was joking(hoping) about the young man I found attractive in the video. Thus my statement he doesn’t know yet.

  72. This injunction motion should fail. In order to prevail plaintiff must prove irreparable harm will ensue if the law is put into effect and that plaintiff is likely to prevail in the underlying action. It will be hard to get an judge to stick his or her neck out and say yes to both of those propositions. They may whistle up some judicial hack to do it, but I doubt it.

    Sure as hell the ACLU is mixed up in this one. They fell through their asses for us in Denver, but here they burn the midnight oil. They are no different than their right wing counterparts who oppose the assault weapon ban on the contention that it is a slippery slope, and if they let this one get by it is only a matter of time before government takes away our hunting rifles. The slippery slope argument, always favored by the ACLU is just too . . .slippery. . . for me.

    New Challenge to Arizona Immigration Law
    June 5, 2010 – 3:10 PM | by: Lee Ross
    The timetable for federal court action on Arizona’s controversial new immigration law picked up considerably Friday as opponents of the measure are now asking a federal judge to issue an injunction stopping the law from taking effect as scheduled.

    Arizona officials are supposed to begin enforcing the law July 29 but the new court filing argues the law’s start date should be delayed until the underlying legal challenge attacking the “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act” is resolved.

    The injunction request comes from the ACLU and a handful of civil rights groups who are also challenging the law. Their filing means a federal judge will be required to make a legal assessment on the controversial law this summer.

    In their 44 page filing, the plaintiffs call the law an “unprecedented attempt by a single state to regulate immigration” and “a brazen and improper usurpation of the federal government’s constitutional role in immigration regulation.” Of greater importance to their injunction request, the groups argue the law, if it takes effect on July 29, will cause irreparable harm and will immediately cause their members to change their lives “out of fear that they will be subject to unlawful questioning, arrest, or detention.”

    The judge will have to determine the veracity of these claims and conclude that the law will cause immediate and irrevocable harm. An injunction order, rare but not unprecedented, would also likely include analysis that the plaintiffs are likely to prevail on their underlying lawsuit.

    There was no immediate response from Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s office to the new legal action

  73. Back when Obama was posing as a neo-lib, he used to talk about wanting gas prices to go up. I don’t think Gore did; do you have a cite quoting him?

  74. turndownobama
    people will have to get used to not keeping their thermostat at 689
    Michelle said something along the lines as well that mo one needed to make more than 50k per year

    THIS IS ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT ANNOYS ME
    Michelle acts like she is an elitist
    Where and how did she grow up
    How was her father able to pay for a Princeton Education for two children
    She was a legacy which gave her a silly advantage over every other applicant.
    She went to law school as did her husband
    Aren’t the scores for the bar available online?
    Isn’t it required so you can check on your lawyer?

  75. Yes, the Obamas are hypocrites. Obama turned his White House thermostat so far up that his staff complained “you could grow orchids.”

    Carter wanted us to keep the thermostats at not quite 72, and I’d expect Gore to say it also, but do you have evidence as to what Gore did say about it lately?

  76. Maybe I am a moron but the potential money which can be gleaned under cap and trade is in the billions
    And it is just trade offs
    A riddle rolled in a conundrum
    but its pretty simple and very disturbed
    I am against government control of just abouty everything(DMV) but no one should be making a profit while people turn their thermostats down.

    Another thing I am slightly under weight(good Genes) but I want fat ass gore and his chubby family to pay more taxes than I do as they breath more create more waste and are just damned painful to look at.

  77. Turndown, You say the Obama’s turned their thermostat up. Ok, so you must be talking about the winter time. if they turned it in the summertime it would be a cost savings. I want to make sure I understand what you are saying here.

    I imagine Obama doesn’t like being cold. I think he is sick.

  78. jan H
    We con the World video at almost 1 million hits
    sadly it’ll not be seen in Turkey
    ashttp://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article1483840.ece

  79. If I lived anywhere near NY today I would be protesting along with Pamela Guellar.

    So Obama is going to New Orleans every Friday….and still nothing done…he’s hiding how much oil is really out there and why aren’t they trying to save more birds?

  80. So now I find out that the govt. has a fund that has 1billion in it that has to be appropriated by congress. They are just now going to ask for it! WTF! What is this day 48 birds are dying by the droves and we are just now getting the money out of this oil spill trust fund, which BTW, BP will pay back, or at least they are supposed to.

    What is wrong with this picture—–Barcrack Odrama!

  81. confloyd
    go to the confluence
    long article about how bambi has known for weeks that the clean up woud take months

  82. SHe may have, not sure. Just watched Blanche Lincoln on CNN, she has aged 10years in the last few years. They showed Bill giving a very impassioned speech to keep her in. The union’s (Obama) has sent busloads of folks in from out of state saying ugly things about Lincoln. They have also spent 10 million on ads. The ads according to Blanche are all dirty politics….sound familiar???

    This is shaping up more like the blue dogs against the tree huggers…so far the tree huggers are winning…so will Hillary supporters they will be gone!

  83. Security tops agenda on Clinton’s Latin America trip

    June 6, 2010

    CNN) — Security issues will be a top item on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s agenda when she arrives in Latin America on Sunday, State Department officials said.

    Clinton is scheduled to land in Lima, Peru, on Sunday evening on the first leg of a four-day trip through the region, Assistant Secretary of State Arturo Valenzuela said at a briefing Friday.

    Valenzuela said Clinton will lead the United States delegation to the Organization of American States annual meeting Monday, where members are slated to vote on a declaration that calls for less military spending and more funding for economic development and social programs throughout the region.

    As she continues her travels through Ecuador, Colombia and Barbados, Clinton is expected to discuss a range of topics, including trade agreements and drug trafficking, with those countries’ leaders.

    She is scheduled to meet with Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa and give a speech in the country’s capital, Quito, on Tuesday.

    During her stop in Colombia on Wednesday, Clinton will meet with outgoing President Alvaro Uribe and both candidates vying for Colombia’s presidency. Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos and former Bogota Mayor Antanas Mockus will compete in a runoff election June 20, since neither candidate garnered more than 50 percent of the vote in last week’s elections.

    Valenzuela said Clinton’s Thursday visit to Barbados will include meetings with officials from the countries of the Caribbean. They are expected to continue discussions about crime, violence and drug trafficking that leaders held in a meeting in Washington last month, he said.

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/06/06/clinton.latin.america.trip/

  84. Ironically, had Blanche Lincoln not voted for DeathCare, she would have won.

    At this point, it seems this is the dem. primaries all over against, extreme radical lefties versus moderate Hillary dems.
    At this point in my humble opinion, the only way to get the dem. party back to its JFK moderate roots is to have even the moderate dems lose in the primaries and then have the extreme lefty lose in the general.

    And this is what is going to most likely happen with Lincoln, she might lose in the primaries but she will absolutely lose in the General.

    I want the far lefty to beat Lincoln and then have that Halter candidate completely wiped out in the general.

    That is the only way to send a message that the dem. party has now been taken over by far lefties who will kick out anyone who is not an extreme lefty like them.

  85. Carol – that is just stunning. I will freely admit, I was a supporter of Israel, but I never realised the coordinated effort to go after Israel and purposefully suppress anything that is pro-Israel and hide anything that Hamas does.

    If I still relied on the LSM I would still believe their one-sided view of things.

  86. tim, I understand that strategy, but why would BC campaign so heartily then if that were true??

  87. I have no use anymore for Liz Cheney, when last week she questioned Bill Clinton’s part in offering that job to Sestak. She said Bill Clinton was of “questionable character”. I would trust BC any day before I would trust Dark Vader.

  88. It was truly amazing to see Juan Williams on Fox News Sunday say implicitely that Obama had NO skills for crisis management. He went on to say he was smart, but that he can’t manage the everyday crisis in the WH…Wow! Kristol almost fell out of his chair.

  89. JanH, While I was watching one of the shows, it was brought up that Iran is now threatening to escort the next flotilla into the Gaza strip, have you heard of it today???

  90. “She said Bill Clinton was of “questionable character”. ”

    Did Liz really say this? The video clip did not include it.

    I wish BC would just stay the hell away from this cuurent fool in the WH. Just stay away. Let Hillary do her job, go work on his charity. Just stay away, that BO stench is completely dragging his reputation down.

  91. confloyd
    June 6th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    ——————–
    I hadn’t heard that but I’m not surprised. They want to embarass Israel, destroy Israel, and above all stay in the limelight, turn the world against the Jewish people and incite extreme violence.

    This is all being carefully orchestrated and mirrors what Hitler’s minders put into place with big parades, hugely attended speeches, inhumanly marching Jugendbewegung (youth movement)and SS.

    In this case the setting is on water. Iran will have it’s photographers, it’s armed terrorist soldiers, and I believe this time will not have anything on board that could make them look like the ugly smugglers they are.

    In other words, the media will make this another t.v. movie action hero story with Israel as the bad guy.

  92. tim, I watched her say it personally. I will try to find it, but sometimes they cut the stuff they don’t want on you tube. We commented on it here on the 44 when it happened, so you can go back in the archives. It was the first weekend after the Bill Clinton/Sestak deal came out.

  93. tim,
    I know until she said that, I thought I liked her immensely because she sounded like she knew what she was doing, but I have a problem with anyone maligning BC.

  94. Just read this on Hillbuzz.

    Steven Chu got all of his expertise and academia from grants from guess who??? British Petroleum. Well here we have the fox watching the hen house again…good going Obama.

  95. confloyd, don’t worry about finding the clip, I believe you. I still like Liz Cheney. I just wish BC stayed the hell away from this mess, I supported this man, but the more he supports the fool in the WH, I cannot then support BC.

  96. Sting and nab…
    These two have been watched by the FEDS since 2006 and they are not releasing much info to the public yet…

    Two New Jersey men intent on killing American troops were arrested Saturday as they boarded flights to link up with a virulent jihadist group in Somalia, authorities said.

    The men, both North Jersey residents, were charged with conspiring to commit an act of international terrorism through a group tied to Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network, according to officials familiar with the details of the arrests.

    Mohamed Hamoud Alessa, 20, of North Bergen, and Carlos Eduardo “Omar” Almonte, 24, of Elmwood Park were apprehended at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens before they could board separate flights to Egypt, where they were to start journeys to Somalia. The men were arrested by teams of state and federal law-enforcement agents who have been investigating the pair since October 2006, according to the officials, who requested anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the operation publicly.

    http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/06/two_nj_men_arrested_for_terror.html

  97. Barry is talking out of his a$$ again……….

    Environmentalists, already peeved with the administration’s handling of the Gulf oil spill, are accusing President Obama of breaking his campaign pledge to end the slaughter of whales.

    The Obama administration is leading an effort within the International Whaling Commission to lift a 24-year international ban on commercial whaling for Japan, Norway and Iceland, the remaining three countries in the 88-member commission that still hunt whales.

    The administration argues that the new deal will save thousands of whales over the next decade by stopping the three countries from illegally exploiting loopholes in the moratorium.

    But environmentalists aren’t buying it.

    http://pumapac.org/2010/06/03/oilbama-thursday/#comments

    Environmentalists have been much to silent with BummerBarry…where are the pitchforks??????????

  98. Yes, some professor assigned Hillary the task of doing a paper on Alinsky. She worked with him but didn’t like him and refused when he offered her a job. She quit as soon as she finished her paper.

  99. Re Obama turning his thermostat high enough to grow orchids, I’m pretty sure this was in cold weather.

  100. Thank you alcina & admin. My late Dad was a WW2 Vet. I am so proud of him and the courage of that generation.

  101. Main Content
    More Thomas fallout – On Media: More Thomas falloutJune 06, 2010
    Categories:Blogs.More Thomas fallout
    Lanny Davis, the former special counsel to President Clinton and White House spokesman, and Sarah Palin add to the backlash after video circulated of Helen Thomas saying that Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and go back to Poland and Germany. The latest responses come the same day the agency that represents Thomas, Nine Speakers,dropped her as a client.

    Davis, not mincing words, dismissed Thomas’s apology as “not direct,” and — comparing her statements to “asking Blacks to return to African” – said that “Helen Thomas, who I used to consider a close friend and who I used to respect, has showed herself to be an anti-Semitic bigot.”

    And Palin, on her Twitter stream: “Helen Thomas press pals condone racist rant?Heaven forbid’esteemed’press corps represent society’s enlightened elite;Rest of us choose truth”

    Davis’s full statement:

    “Helen Thomas, who I used to consider a close friend and who I used to respect, has showed herself to be an anti-Semitic bigot. This is not about her disagreement about her criticisms of Israel. She has a right to criticize Israel and that is not the same as being an anti-Semite.

    However, her statement that Jews in Israel should leave Israel and go back to Poland or Germany is an ancient and well-known anti-Semitic stereotype of the Alien Jew not belonging in the ‘land of Israel’ — one that began 2600 years with the first tragic and violent diaspora of the Jews at the hands of the Romans.

    If she had asked all Blacks to go back to Africa, what would White House Correspondents Association position be as to whether she deserved White House press room credentials — much less a privileged honorary seat?

    Does anyone doubt that my friends Ann Compton, head of the WHCA, and Joe Lockhart, who believe in the First Amendment right of free expression as much as I do, would be as tolerant and protective of Helen’s privileges and honors in the White House press room as they appear to be if she had been asking Blacks to return to Africa? Or Native Americans to Asia and South America, from which they came 8,000or more years ago? I doubt it.

    Of course Helen has the right as a private citizen under the First Amendment to speak her mind, even as an anti-Jewish bigot – but not as a member, much less privileged member with a reserved seat, in the WH press corps.

    In my opinion, her apology was not direct and didn’t address the merits of her belief in the stereotype that Jews are aliens in Israel and don’t belong there. She should be at the least suspended from all privileges in the White House press room since bigots don’t merit such privileges. And I believe Hearst should consider a similar suspension of her position as a nationally-syndicated columnist until she owns up to her bigotry and apologizes for it.”

    Posted by Patrick Gavin 04:03 PM

  102. Carol,

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who is having such a hard time accepting Ms. Thomas’s apology.

  103. Clinton warns of likely Iranian ‘stunt’ ahead of UN sanctions vote

    By Lachlan Carmichael (AFP) –

    WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday she expects Iran will “pull some stunt in the next couple of days” as a UN vote on tough sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear program looms.

    Asked what she expects in the runup to a UN Security Council vote on sanctions on Tehran over its controversial nuclear program, Clinton said “I expect Iran to pull some stunt in the next couple of days.”

    Iran has in the past taken steps to “avoid being held accountable,” Clinton told reporters as she waited to depart on a Latin American trip.

    “I don’t think anybody should be surprised if they (Iran) try to divert attention once again from the unity within the Security Council,” the top US diplomat said.

    “I think we’ll see Iran say …’wait a minute, wait a minute look at what we’re going to do’ in a bid to thwart sanctions,” Clinton added. “They’ve consistently tried to avoid being held accountable.”

    Iran is already under three sets of UN sanctions for its refusal to suspend enrichment of uranium, which can be used as fuel for nuclear power stations and in atomic weapons.

    Senior US officials have said they are forging ahead with a resolution without Brazil and Turkey, two non-permanent Security Council members that brokered a nuclear fuel swap deal with Iran aimed at forestalling sanctions.

    Under the deal reached last month Iran committed to deposit 1,200 kilogrammes (2,640 pounds) of low-enriched uranium in Turkey in return for reactor fuel.

    But the accord drew a cool reaction from world powers led by the United States.

    Asked if she were worried about rotating council members and emerging powers Brazil and Turkey not backing sanctions, Clinton said: “We’ll wait and see what happens, but we have the votes.”

    Pressed as to whether she meant for passage of new Iran sanctions at the UN, Clinton said: “Yes.”

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Friday that his country will defend its rights even if a new sanctions resolution is imposed by the UN Security Council.

    “We are standing in the face of enemies. To defend the rights of the nation, we will pull out any resolutions from the mouth” of the enemies, the hardliner said in a speech marking the 21st death anniversary of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

    Last month the United States introduced a draft resolution to impose tough new UN sanctions on Iran for pursuing its controversial nuclear program, saying it had the support of the four other permanent veto-wielding Security Council members, Russia, China, Britain and France.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5ii7rW3QfelXiQ7noYn5PCU-lge-Q

  104. Jan,

    I am stunned by the lack of coverage of Helen Thomas and the lack of a strong response from prominent figures.

    This antisemitism and ignorance has to be exposed.

  105. Carol,

    It’s a very boxed in point of view. Here we have both the U.S. and Canada who are made up of a melting pot of immigrants. Should everyone go back to where their ancestors came from, who would be left?

  106. Jews have been in Israel a lot longer than Helen Thomas’s relatives have been in America……

    She can go to Hell.

  107. I never had any use for the Cheneys and still don’t. Dick Cheney’s push to relax regs on the oil industry is a big reason we’ve had the uncontained BP spill. He’s still Darth Vader in my book.

  108. Admin,

    May I ask for your brilliant research help on this -if anyone else is reading and could help me, I’d be grateful as well.

    I read an article on the job Hillary was doing as SoS, revitalizing the State Dept. Specifically, toward the end of the piece, there was a reference to Hillary have a debate with a staffer with whom she did not agree on polivy. The woman presented such a good argument, Hillary was convinced to give her what she asked for and also decided to promote her.

    I’m pretty sure the article came out in the last few months. I thought it was in WaPo but maybe not — I cannot find it anywhere.

    Help, please!! Trust me — it is for a very good cause!!

    Many thanks to you!

  109. Ani, the answer you seek (along with the links) is in this article:

    http://www.hillaryis44.org/2010/03/12/a-little-touch-of-hillary-clinton-in-the-night/

    Shamila Chaudary — a self-described “backbencher” — had toiled for years as a faceless expert on the Pakistan desk when one day she found herself invited to brief Clinton. Chaudary, 32, said the two sparred over whether it was prudent to engage non-governmental power centers in Pakistan, with Clinton expressing skepticism.

  110. JanH,
    I think Obama is desparate to change the subject off the oil spill…that’s why we had a terror arrest today for someone going off to perform Jihad training. Yes they need to be arrested, but why will it get more press than those poor birds, fish dying a horrible death.

  111. http://dailycaller.com/2010/06/06/helen-thomas-agent-dumps-her-after-anti-semetic-remark/

    Senior White House Press Corps member Helen Thomas may have apologized for her recent on-camera remarks calling on Jews to “get the hell out of Palestine” and go home to Europe, but her reputation seems beyond repair amid the abounding calls for her resignation.

    In the wake of the incident, Thomas’ agent Nine Speaker Inc. announced that it would no longer represent her.

    “It is with a heavy heart that Nine Speakers Inc. announces its resignation as the agent for Helen Thomas, Dean of the White House Press Corps,” wrote Diane Nine, agency president.

    “Ms. Thomas has had an esteemed career as a journalist, and she has been a trailblazer for women, helping others in her profession, and beyond. However, in light of recent events, Nine Speakers is no longer able to represent Ms. Thomas, nor can we condone her comments on the Middle East,” wrote Nine.

    Lanny Davis, who served as former president Bill Clinton’s White House counsel, said that Thomas should be stripped of her honors for having crossed the line of freedom of speech.

    “Helen Thomas, who I used to consider a close friend and who I used to respect, has showed herself to be an anti-Semitic bigot,” wrote Davis in a statement.. “She has a right to criticize Israel…. However, her statement that Jews in Israel should leave Israel and go back to Poland or Germany is an ancient and well-known anti-Semitic stereotype of the alien Jew not belonging in the land of Israel that began 2,600 years with the first tragic and violent Diaspora caused bythe Romans.”

  112. admin: Wow, another Clintonite speaking out against Obama’s agents. Carville and the old head of the DNC, can’t remember his name. There must be a civil war going on.

    I can’t help but wonder if Hillary truly believes that Iran will pull a stunt, I wonder why she left??

    I heard today that Iran guards were going to accompany the next flotilla ship…if thats true I hope Hillary is in DC when that happens because I don’t trust Bwack!

  113. The rest of the Lanny Davis statement:

    “Helen Thomas, who I used to consider a close friend and who I used to respect, has showed herself to be an anti-Semitic bigot,” wrote Davis in a statement.. “She has a right to criticize Israel…. However, her statement that Jews in Israel should leave Israel and go back to Poland or Germany is an ancient and well-known anti-Semitic stereotype of the alien Jew not belonging in the land of Israel that began 2,600 years with the first tragic and violent Diaspora caused by the Romans.”

    If she had asked all blacks to go back to Africa, what would the White House Correspondents Association’s position be as to whether she deserved White House press room credentials – much less a privileged honorary seat?” wrote Davis, referring to Thomas’ seat in the middle of the front row at the White House briefing room.

    “Does anyone doubt that my friends Ann Compton and Joe Lockhart, who believe in the First Amendment right of free expression as much as I do,would not be as tolerant and protective of Helen’s privileges and honors if she had been asking Blacks to return to Africa? Or Native Americans to Asia and South America, from which they came 8,000 or more years ago? I doubt it”, concluded Davis.

  114. Lanny Davis is right, Helen Thomas is an anti-Semite. An “apology by her is worthless; she said exactly what she believes. Sorta like Mel Gibson apologizing for his anti-Semitic rant because he was drunk, “really didn’t mean it.”

    Lanny needs to work on his history; “land of Israel that began 2,600 years with the first tragic and violent Diaspora caused by the Romans.”

    That was the Babylonian conquest of Judea in 586 BCE, the destruction of the First Temple and the mass deportation of Jews to Babylon. The First Roman-Jewish War was 66-73 CE; the Second Temple was destroyed by Titus leaving the Western Wall.

  115. Hi all, i haven’t posted in a while, needed the break after loosing my mom and to take the time
    to put my new business together (still working on that) I have how ever been lurking here on a daily
    basis still to keep up on the barakacircus act. at any rate… but what brings me out of my lurkdom tonight is
    after seeing this tonight i just had to expose it here…..

    according to this craigs list ad the DIMS are all out in the open about not needing the “old” base any longer…

    who’s surprised? (not me and i am sure you are not either) BOOTS ON THE GROUND ARE BEING ORGANIZED BIG TIME NOW!

    oh and check out the pay & compensation these “Organizer” positions are paying!! just where are they getting this kind of money????

    *****************The ad below here***************

    Bilingual Organizer Needed for Democratic Congressional Campaigns (Southeastern U.S. )
    Date: 2010-05-30, 1:27PM CDT
    Reply to: job-bnaxr-1766929478@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

    Changing demographics and shifts in the traditional base voters present great opportunities to pick up new seats for Democrats in Congress. The 2010 Democratic Campaign Management Program is looking for the next generation of progressive political organizers. Gain the hands-on experience you need to work in politics & organizing while working on a red-to-blue district with an emerging Democratic Hispanic base.

    Participants receive intensive training in political campaigning and experience organizing for a high-profile Democratic campaign. Participants will be paid as independent contractors, and will also receive: reimbursements for auto & cell phone. Housing is provided. The Program will begin early July and run thru first week of November. Applicants must be able to relocate and have a car & insurance, and bilingual English/Spanish speakers are needed in many portions of the District.

    Minorities & women are wholeheartedly encouraged to apply. Please apply ASAP for the July commencement of the DCMP by sending your resume, cover letter & at least 3 professional and/or academic references to: DemCampaigns@aol.com.

    * Location: Southeastern U.S.
    * Compensation: $400/week plus gas, cell, and living arrangements
    * This is a part-time job.
    * This is a contract job.
    * Principals only. Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.
    * Please, no phone calls about this job!
    * Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

    PostingID: 1766929478

  116. Hi all, i haven’t posted in a while, needed the break after loosing my mom and to take the time
    to put my new business together (still working on that) I have how ever been lurking here on a daily
    basis still to keep up on the barakacircus act. at any rate… but what brings me out of my lurkdom tonight is
    after seeing this tonight i just had to expose it here…..

    according to this craigs list ad the DIMS are all out in the open about not needing the “old” base any longer…

    who’s surprised? (not me and i am sure you are not either) BOOTS ON THE GROUND ARE BEING ORGANIZED BIG TIME NOW!

    oh and check out the pay & compensation these “Organizer” positions are paying!! just where are they getting this kind of money????

    *****************The ad below here***************

    Bilingual Organizer Needed for Democratic Congressional Campaigns (Southeastern U.S. )
    Date: 2010-05-30, 1:27PM CDT

    Changing demographics and shifts in the traditional base voters present great opportunities to pick up new seats for Democrats in Congress. The 2010 Democratic Campaign Management Program is looking for the next generation of progressive political organizers. Gain the hands-on experience you need to work in politics & organizing while working on a red-to-blue district with an emerging Democratic Hispanic base.

    Participants receive intensive training in political campaigning and experience organizing for a high-profile Democratic campaign. Participants will be paid as independent contractors, and will also receive: reimbursements for auto & cell phone. Housing is provided. The Program will begin early July and run thru first week of November. Applicants must be able to relocate and have a car & insurance, and bilingual English/Spanish speakers are needed in many portions of the District.

    Minorities & women are wholeheartedly encouraged to apply. Please apply ASAP for the July commencement of the DCMP by sending your resume, cover letter & at least 3 professional and/or academic references to: DemCampaigns @ a o l . c o m .

    * Location: Southeastern U.S.
    * Compensation: $400/week plus gas, cell, and living arrangements
    * This is a part-time job.
    * This is a contract job.
    * Principals only. Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.
    * Please, no phone calls about this job!
    * Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

    PostingID: 1766929478

  117. admin
    June 6th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Admin!!! You rock!! Thank you so very much for your kindness and for taking the time to help me.

    Your work is always so fabulous. Thank you for all you do.

  118. Dead birds are now washing up in Texas! This dispersant is deadly. They quit spraying from airplanes, now they are spraying as it flows out of the cap.

    They say they have been sucking up to 40% of the oil spewing from the cap…the only thing is is that the pics still look the same…nothing has changed. LIES, LIES and more LIES!

  119. U.S.’s $13 Trillion Debt Poised to Overtake GDP: Chart of Day – Bloomberg.com
    By Garfield Reynolds and Wes Goodman
    June 4 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama is poised to increase the U.S. debt to a level that exceeds the value of the nation’s annual economic output, a step toward what Bill Gross called a “debt super cycle.” The CHART OF THE DAY tracks U.S. gross domestic product and the government’s total debt, which rose past $13 trillion for the first time this month. The amount owed will surpass GDP in 2012, based on forecasts by the International Monetary Fund. The lower panel shows U.S. annual GDP growth as tracked by the IMF, which projects the world’s largest economy to expand at a slower pace than the 3.2 percent average during the past five decades. “Over the long term, interest rates on government debt will likely have to rise to attract investors,” said Hiroki Shimazu, a market economist in Tokyo at Nikko Cordial Securities Inc., a unit of Japan’s third-largest publicly traded bank. “That will be a big burden on the government and the people.”
    snip
    www dot bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601109&sid=aa0cI64Gx.4E&pos=15

  120. Hillary on the road again while Telebama is down to addressing High Schools.

    —————————————————-

    Travel Diary: “Wheels Up” With Secretary Clinton to Latin America and the Caribbean

    Posted: 06 Jun 2010 11:20 PM PDT

    Interactive Travel Map | Text the Secretary | Trip Page

    About the Author: Arturo A. Valenzuela serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs.

    Blogging from 30,000+ feet is the only way to go.

    I am with Secretary Clinton and the rest of the traveling party en route to Lima, Peru, the first stop on a four nation visit to Latin America and the Caribbean. This is the latest in a series of trips to Latin America the Secretary has made since taking office, reestablishing the strength of the U.S. partnership with our neighbors in the Americas. The great part is that we waste no time while traveling: the Secretary’s U.S. Air Force Boeing 757 functions as a mobile office. On board the flight with us are members of the press corps and several of the Secretary’s closest policy and public diplomacy advisors.

    We’ve got a busy week ahead.

    While in Lima, I’ll accompany Secretary Clinton at the General Assembly of the Organization of American States. We’ll also have the opportunity to meet with President Garcia while in Peru.

    On Tuesday morning, we’ll depart Lima en route to Quito, Ecuador. Following our meeting with President Correa, Secretary Clinton will make an important speech at a cultural center in Quito. The Secretary will lay out the broad outline of the Obama Administration’s policies towards the countries of the Americas. Visit http://www.state.gov for more details on how to tune in as we get closer.

    We’ll fly to Bogota, Colombia Tuesday evening. Wednesday morning, we’ll meet with the two Colombian presidential candidates — Juan Manuel Santos and Antonus Mockus. Secretary Clinton and I will also meet with current Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.

    The last stop of our visit will be Barbados. We’ll arrive late on Wednesday, and participate in a meeting of CARICOM nations of the Caribbean on Thursday. Secretary Clinton will have the opportunity to engage on our regional security partnership through the newly launched Caribbean Basin Security Initiative.

    Keep up with us while we’re on the road (and in the air!) via the Secretary’s Interactive Travel Map. Tweet me your questions, or text the Secretary directly. We’ll continue to blog throughout the week, so stay tuned to DipNote.

  121. ABM: Telebama is down to addressing High Schools.
    ————————————–
    Yes! Ain’t it neat?
    In another area of news, I’d been wondering if the tea party still possessed pizazz. Here’s a clue:
    A massive influx of cash from Tea Party supporters has vaulted Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle to the top of the U.S. Republican Senate primary race in Nevada, a major breakthrough in just six weeks. A Las Vegas Review Journal poll conducted by the Mason-Dixon polling firm puts Angle at 32 percent compared to 24 percent Las Vegas businessman Danny Tarkanian and 23 percent for former state Sen. Sue Lowden.But the volatility of the race means anything could change in the next two days before Tuesday’s primary election.
    www dot foxnews.com/politics/2010/06/06/bouyed-tea-party-support-angle-takes-lead-nevada-gop-senate-primary/?test=latestnews

  122. My apologies to all High Schools.I am sure they deserve visits from presidents for their accomplishments and their hard work to educate our young people.To them it is an honor and a reward.For Obama in these very troubling daily disasters I feel sure he is running and hiding from the demands and questions of the people and the poor excuse for what is left of the media.I am becoming alarmed about the drift of our comments away from the real goal of keeping Hillary ready for her run as #45.

    ABM90 We have her she is ready we need her so keep
    fighting for her to restore our place in History

  123. Djia: glad you are back. We have missed you. If the republicans do not have some under cover people in the dim ranks I would be surprised. It is becoming a game of espionage now, and this goes one step beyond Alinksky and his childish bullshit. Frankly this move goes beyond the text messaging and the rebuttal should be join the Obama hordes and help destroy American OR if you care about the country do not support the party animal who partied when he should have been saying the country OR do don’t waste your time with this incosequential crap go to the gulf and help. And the public needs to tell these young jackasses shame on you for supporting this big business shill.

  124. What do you do with a guy who has outworn his welcome on the world stage and has proven himself unequal to the task of running the country? You send him out to the high schools with telebama and a few trusted reporters in tow who can be counted upon to never ask him a tough question, to speak to the children.

    Just think of the pr advantages this offers to a man who is as weak, incompetent and publicity driven as Obama, i.e.–

    No tough questions, great photo ops, great place to hide. Two wars, a faltering economy, no jobs, environmental disasters, a broken border, a health care debacle, and this is how he spends his time. A total abdication of leadership.

    Awhile ago big media was getting itself twisted over whether high school athletes should wear uniforms or jackets plastered with business advertisements. Just to be cool, Mr Obama should show up at the school auditorium with a sports jacket which has BP, Goldman Sacks, General Electric, etc. so the children know who owns him–in case it is not obvious by now.

    At this point, only a blind fool could fall for this hope and change crap. The country has seen the elephant.

  125. Thanks Wbboei, I have still been here just haven’t been active.
    but Big Pink is still my #1 go to source of information 🙂

    I plan to be more active again come fall, this summer is going to be a busy
    one for me here.

    but i wouldn’t miss a day of admin’s articles and keeping my eye on your’s and others posts
    as well…. so informative!! Keep up the good deeds!

    D.

  126. djia

    Bilingual Organizer Needed for Democratic Congressional Campaigns (Southeastern U.S. )
    Date: 2010-05-30, 1:27PM CDT

    ———
    Sounds to me like a new Hispanic branch of ACORN.

    Similar to the ‘training’ that Ofraud/Axelbutt set up for 2008 for the buss traveling Obots to learn their ‘get in their faces’ way of running over voters.

  127. I found this link on Hillbuzz today concerning the anti-mosque rally in southern Manhattan yesterday.

    http://muslimsagainstsharia.blogspot.com/2010/06/demonstrators-say-no-to-mosque-at.html

    DEMONSTRATORS SAY “NO” TO MOSQUE AT GROUND ZERO

    BY: FERN SIDMAN

    “No mosque at Ground Zero” was the rallying cry of the day, as thousands of angry demonstrators gathered for a rally to oppose the proposed construction of a 13-story mosque just blocks away from the site of the 9/11 attacks. A palpable patriotism and zeal filled the air on Sunday afternoon, June 6th as Zucotti Park at the corner of Church and Liberty Streets in lower Manhattan was filled to capacity. Rally attendees who came from as far as Chicago and Los Angeles held signs saying, “Ground Zero is a War Memorial – No Mega Mosque here”, “You Can Build a Mosque at Ground Zero – When Can We Build a Synagogue in Mecca?”, “Pack Your Sharia and Get out”, “Mayor Bloomberg: This Mosque Has Radical Ties – and you still approve?” Hundreds of American flags blew in the summer breeze as speakers representing every walk of life condemned the notion of a mosque being erected near the site of the former World Trade Center’s twin towers.

    The Cordoba Initiative, headed by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, is the chief sponsor of the project that is to be called The Cordoba House, a name that refers to the city in Spain which, in the Middle Ages, was a center of Islamic culture and learning. Cordoba was also the seat of an Islamic caliphate in which Jews and Christians suffered under second-class dhimmi status and was the site of large-scale pogrom, perpetrated by Muslims, in the year 1011.

    The proposed mosque will be built at 45 Park Place, which is the site of a four story edifice built in 1857 and was a Burlington Coat retail store until 9/11, when part of the plane’s landing gear crashed through the roof. The building which currently houses a mosque will be razed to make room for the new structure. The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission could conceivably thwart the intended project if they determine that the building has historic status, thus rendering it a landmark. Elisabeth de Bourbon, a spokeswoman for the Landmarks Commission said a hearing is scheduled to take place on that very subject. New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has weighed in on the issue and has expressed support for the project.

    Imam Rauf insists that the $150 million project is meant to heal the wounds of 9/11. “We’ve approached the community because we want this to be an example of how we are cooperating with the members of the community, not only to provide services but also to build a discourse on how Muslims and non-Muslims can cooperate together to push back against the voice of extremism”, he said.

    Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy says there are more productive ways to fight Islamic extremism and has questions about the financing. According to reports, the building that occupies the site was purchased last year for $4.85 million in cash by Soho Properties, a real estate company run by Muslims. Imam Rauf, who is also the founder of the American Society for Muslim Advancement was an investor in that transaction.

    Dr. Jasser said that with such a financial commitment, there needs to be full disclosure about where the money is coming from. “There should be transparency about who those investors are; whether that money is coming from a domestic source or not, and if it’s coming from foreign interests we need to know, because I think that’s a liability, and it shows that there is another agenda rather than domestic security and tranquility” he said.

    Organized by such organizations as ‘Stop the Islamization of America’, Families of the 9/11 Victims, The New York City Firefighters, the Tea Party Activists of Brooklyn and Staten Island among other such groups, the rally goers stood in the scorching heat and listened to the impassioned words of the litany of speakers. “We’re not here today to condemn Muslims or Islam” said Pamela Geller, executive director of ‘Stop the Islamization of America’, “but we are here today to condemn the kind of mosque that will teach the very same radical ideology that gave birth to the 9/11 attacks”, she intoned. “Building a mosque just several blocks away from Ground Zero is an insult and an affront to every single person that was killed on 9/11, to their families, to the first responders and every concerned American who cherishes liberty, democracy and freedom” she continued.

    “3000 pairs of eyes are looking down at us today” declared James Lafferty of the Virginia Anti-Sharia Task Force who traveled to New York to speak at the rally. “We must stand together as a free people and tell the world that we will fight the imposition of Sharia law until our last breath. These evil, cowardly bastards who took the lives of those proud Americans on 9/11 will be remembered forever and this mosque which represents the triumph of Islamic fanaticism will not be built if we have anything to say”, he said. Mr. Lafferty received thunderous applause when he said, “The good people of the USA must also stand in solid unity with the Israel Defense Forces who are waging a war against Hamas terrorism as was evidenced several days ago when they intercepted a Turkish based flotilla of ships whose aim it was to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza. It is the IDF who is on the front lines in the battle against Islamic radicalism and we must support them”.

    Dr. Babu Suseelan, a Hindu human rights activist told the crowd, “We Hindus and Sikhs have a story to tell. Islamists killed 80 million of us since 700 AD and they continue to kill us. They destroyed 3000 glorious temples and built mosques over them. In the last 60 years, Islamists in Pakistan wiped out infidel Hindu and Sikh populations. At one time we represented 25% of the population and now we are less that 1%. Know this: The 9/11 mosque is not a symbol of understanding. It is a symbol of conquest. Imam Rauf is a master of Taqiyya, which is the use of deception to forward the agenda of Islam. What Faisal Shahzad failed to accomplish in Times Square on May 1st with overt jihad, Imam Rauf will succeed with stealth jihad.”

    “Not here! Not now!” was the resounding theme of the speech delivered by Jay Townsend, the GOP candidate of the US Senate from New York who will be challenging the incumbent Charles Schumer in the upcoming November elections. “The wounds have not healed, Imam”, he said. “And we cannot so soon forget. The hatred that spawned this assault on our sensibilities is still taught in too many of your mosques and inscribed into too many of your prayer rugs. Not here, not now, until you have excised the hatred that is inscribed in the school books of your impressionable young. Not here, not now, until you are willing to say that Israel has the right to exist, that the people of Israel have a right to a life absent of fear of a nuclear armed tyrant who denies the Holocaust” he declared.

    Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and a co-organizer of the rally referenced a June 5th article in the New York Post that said, “The imam behind a proposed mosque near Ground Zero is a prominent member of a group that helped sponsor the pro-Palestinian activists who clashed violently with Israeli commandos at sea this week. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is a key figure in Malaysian-based Perdana Global Peace Organization, according to its website. Perdana is the single biggest donor ($366,000) so far to the Free Gaza Movement, a key organizer of the six-ship flotilla that tried to break Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip Monday.”

    Members of the Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam (HRCARI) also made their presence known at the rally through their visual depiction of the heinous murders committed by radical Islamists around the globe. “We are glad that the speakers here today drew a distinction between the Islamic faith and those who commit murder in the name of Allah. We work with Muslims and ex-Muslim dissidents who oppose the pernicious ideology of radical Islam and we are an inclusive alliance of people of all religions and nationalities who cherish freedom” said Dr. Marvin Belsky, a retired internist.

    Responding to the remarks of the “Dean” of the White House Press Corps, 89 year old Helen Thomas who told a reporter on May 27th, following a celebration of Jewish Heritage Day at the White House that “the Jews should get the heck out of Palestine. The Palestinians are occupied by those who stole their land. They should go home to Poland and Germany, America, anywhere”, Dr. Belsky said, “Ms. Thomas is a disgrace to the White House press corps and she should have her press credentials revoked. She is a virulent anti-Semite that should be roundly condemned.”

    Other speakers included Anders Gravers of Stop the Islamization of Europe, Simon Deng, the Sudanese ex-slave and campaigner for human rights for Sudanese Christians, Richard Connerney, a philosophy professor at Pace University, Nonie Darwish, an Egyptian ex-Muslim and author of “Now They Call Me Infidel” and “Cruel and Unusual Punishment”, Nelly Braginskaya, a 9/11 family member who lost her son, Larry Savinkin, father of Vladimir Savinkin, 21 and president of the September 11th Family Group uniting 9/11 families from the Russian-American community, Dan Maloney, New York Director of the Gathering of Eagles organization and congressional candidate in District 4 in New York, Germano Rivera, who recovered remains on 9/11, Nabil Asaad and Dr. Esmat Zaklama, Coptic Christian human rights activists, Pamela Hall of SIOA-NY and a human righhts activiist, Herb London of the Hudson Institute, and Beverly Carlson of the Band of Mothers, among others.

    The rally organizers urged those in attendance today to continue their work against the mosque in their localities and they were exhorted to return for yet another rally in opposition to the mosque on September 10th. The rally concluded with the singing of “God Bless America”.

  128. Not sure if any of you believe in Builderberg or not, this was posted on Drudge:

    This years meeting…

    Bilderberg 2010: Final List of Participants

    http://www.prisonplanet.com/bilderberg-2010-final-list-of-participants.html

    Also, the video below the list is damn frightening. Saying that the Euro is not working and they are talking about having a war as a distraction. Israel attacking Iran with the sanction of the US.

    Yikes, yikes……….YIKES!!

    I hope it is all bs.

  129. More rally information that indicates that another rally against the mosque near ground zero.

    http://www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?page=protest6.7.10.htm

    Thousands Attend NY Protest Against Ground Zero Mosque

    June 7, 2010 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – The human rights group Stop Islamization of America [SIOA] sponsored an extremely well attended rally in lower Manhattan on June 6, to protest the planned construction of a large mosque overlooking Ground Zero.

    SIOA has long been active in defending human rights, religious liberty as well as ensuring preservation of freedom of speech against Islamic supremacist intimidation and attempts to make the United States compliant with Shari’a [Islamic law].

    The event was held at the corner of Church and Liberty Streets, near the site of the September 11, 2001 Muslim terrorist attack.

    Turnout was impressive, despite the last minute cancelling of a previously issued permit. Participants came from as far away as Washington state, California, Texas, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, South Carolina, Florida, and elsewhere. Many religious denominations were represented including Christians, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, atheists and Muslims of conscience.

    Police estimated the size of the crowd to be 5,000 but independent sources put the figure closer 10,000.

    Supporting groups included the Freedom Defense Initiative; ACT for America (ACT Manhattan chapter); Z Street; SIOE; No Mosque at Ground Zero; Staten Island Tea Party; American Bulldogs; VAST; the Center for Security Policy; Shalom International; the Unity Coalition for Israel; 911 Families; Indian American Intellectuals Forum; Veterans Against Jihad (VAJ); and Faith Freedom International.

    A large contingent of speakers addressed the group’s concerns including Pamela Geller Executive Director, SIOA and Robert Spencer, Associate Director, SIOA.

    Also giving voice to their concerns were C. Lee Hanson [lost his son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter on 9/11], Anders Gravers [of Stop Islamisation of Europe (SIOE)], Simon Deng [a Sudanese ex-slave and campaigner for human rights for Sudanese Christians], Richard Connerney [department oh philosophy, Pace University], James Lafferty [Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force], Nonie Darwish [ex-Muslim and author of Now They Call Me Infidel and Cruel and Usual Punishment, a book about Shari’a], Jay Townsend [GOP candidate for U.S. Senate], Nelly Braginskaya [9/11 Family Member who lost her son], Dr. Babu Suseelan [Hindu leader and human rights activist] Beverly Carlson [Founder of The Band of Mothers], Larry Savinkin [father of Vladimir Savinkin, President of September 11 Family Group, uniting 9/11 families from Russian-American community], Dan Maloney [NY Director of Gathering of Eagles and Congressional candidate, NY Dist. 4], Herbert London [Hudson Institute], Alan T. DeVona [PAPD WTC 9/11/01 Patrol Sergeant at the time of the terrorist attack]

    A common theme connected the speakers – that the proposed [and murkily funded] mosque is confrontational in the extreme and represents an insult to the Americans who were murdered there, as well as it being a manifestation of a radically intolerant belief system put forward by Islamists that is incompatible with the freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

    The event’s main organizers were SIOA executive director Pamela Geller [a popular blogger and columnist [http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com] and SIOA associate director Robert Spencer, the bestselling author and director of [JihadWatch.org]. Geller is the author (with Spencer) of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America (foreword by Ambassador John Bolton), coming July 27 from Simon & Schuster.

    Geller and Spencer announced that they would be hosting another rally against the Islamic supremacist mega-mosque in September, and again if construction begins on the project. They also announced today that they would be filing a lawsuit, petitioning that the Burlington Coat Factory, site of the proposed mega-mosque, be designated a war memorial in the spirit of Pearl Harbor and Gettysburg

    For further information, SIOA’s Face book page is located here – http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=110841015612178

    © 2010 PipeLineNews.org LLC. All rights reserved.

  130. Admin, I have a comment stuck in moderation. It’s another article about the anti-mosque rally held in lower Manhattan yesterday. There’s a link attached, and nothing bad within the article that would merit it to be in moderation. Can you please release it? Thanks in advance.

  131. WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday she thinks Iran will “pull some stunt” in the next few days because it expects further United Nations sanctions over its nuclear program.

    “They have consistently tried to avoid being held accountable,” Clinton told reporters before leaving on a trip to Latin America.

    The U.S. suspects Iran is enriching uranium to build a nuclear warhead. Tehran denies this and insists on its right to a peaceful nuclear power program.

    The U.S. hopes to bring a fourth sanctions resolution to a U.N. Security Council vote this week.

    On Sunday, Clinton said, “I fully expect Iran to pull some stunt in the next couple of days because they know that sanctions are on the way.”

    She added, “I think we will see something coming up in the next 24 to 48 hours where Iran says, ‘Wait a minute, wait a minute, look at what we’re going to do now.”

    Iran is just one of the issues Clinton will discuss with Latin American leaders during this week’s trip. She is expected to press Brazil, which opposes U.N. penalties against Iran, to switch sides.

    Brazil, an elected member of the U.N. Security Council, recently worked with Turkey to broker an agreement with Iran that would avert fresh penalties.

    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20100606/D9G622MG0.html

  132. Too bad her retirement announcement still subtly showed the typical leftie bias that Israel is the culprit when it comes to the lack of peace in the Middle East.

    A statement from Hearst Newspapers:

    HELEN THOMAS ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

    WASHINGTON, June 7, 2010 – Helen Thomas announced Monday that she is retiring, effective immediately.

    Her decision came after her controversial comments about Israel and the Palestinians were captured on videotape and widely disseminated on the Internet.

    Thomas later issued a statement: “I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians. They do not reflect my heart-felt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon.’’

    Thomas will mark her 90th birthday on Aug. 4.

     

  133. nomobama,

    Good but very sad at the same time that after all her years of working, the end comes like this.

  134. #
    JanH
    June 7th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    nomobama,

    Good but very sad at the same time that after all her years of working, the end comes like this.
    ———
    I agree, but maybe it’s not too late to learn a lesson at 90.

  135. Let me just say at the get go, I do not like Rangle….

    Another Obot strikes out against his bro in the White House…
    ——-

    Top Dem: Obama like Cheney on Iraq

    A senior House Democrat likened President Barack Obama to former Vice President Dick Cheney over his handling of the war in Iraq.

    Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), the former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee who’s been plagued by ethics investigations, compared the Democratic president to the former Republican vice president in an interview with the New York Daily News.

    Rangel blasted Obama for having stayed in Iraq to continue the war initiated by the preceding administration, accusing the president of being there for oil — a refrain leveled often by Democrats against Bush during the Iraq war.

    “We are trying to buy our friends there,” Rangel told the Daily News. “Stuff like that makes Cheney look good.”

    The veteran lawmaker is seeking reelection to his seat from the Harlem district he’s held since winning in 1970, making him one of the most senior Democrats in the House. He’s facing several primary challenges in the wake of ethics investigations into how he had reported some tax and income figures, as well as disclosure of corporate-funded trips.

    With that in mind, Rangel hammered away at the president in kicking off his reelection bid in the heavily Democratic district.

    “I challenge anyone to tell me we aren’t there because of the oil,” Rangel said of the U.S. engagement in Iraq. “The lack of an honest explanation [for the war] is consistent with Bush and Cheney.”

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/101669-rangel-likens-obama-to-cheney-over-handling-of-iraq
    ishing Corp., a subsisiary of News Communications, Inc.

  136. Iran has offered to escort the next Gazza Flotila with it’s Navy …this would certainly result in Israel sinking their ship and escalating into an all out war imo.

  137. GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip —
    The Israeli navy killed four Palestinian militants in diver suits off the coast of Gaza before dawn Monday, the Israeli military and Palestinian officials said.

    [snip]

    In Monday’s incident, a naval force spotted Palestinians in diving suits in the waters off Gaza and opened fire, the military said. It said its forces prevented an attack on Israeli targets, but did not provide any further details.

    (…..not much info. yet)

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fgw-israel-palestinians-20100607,0,4926775.story

  138. MoonOnPluto, good to see you. What are your thoughts on the Turkey/Israel situation? Any idea on what’s happening in Turkey?

  139. Poll: Obama’s support erodes among Latinos

    President Obama continues to lose support among Latinos, a sign of the impact of the continuing furor over immigration reform, while the president’s support among whites and blacks has remained constant in recent months, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.

    The poll, carried out in English and Spanish, shows that support among Latinos fell from 69% to 57% from January through May. During the same time frame, support among whites remained at 41% while African American support for the nation’s first black president was at 91%.

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/dcnow/2010/06/poll-obamas-support-erodes-among-latinos-.html

  140. Euro nears bottom vs dollar: Prechter

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The euro is likely to bottom out against the U.S. dollar within two weeks, based on strong near-term technical indicators, longtime market analyst Robert Prechter said on Monday.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE65633X20100607

    ——

    Wish I had the money “to take advantage of this crisis” by traveling in Europe, but I am flat broke and hoping not to get laidoff…

  141. For pete’s sake I worked all night, nothing was going on here, I take a nap and all hell breaks loose.
    I am glad Helen Thomas retired, but like you all its sad. She has kept many Potus’s feet to the fire when no one else would. It only took the muslim Potus to bring her down.

  142. Dems launch $125M health campaign

    Former Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle and Victoria Kennedy, the late senator’s wife, are expected to be named co-chairs this week of a $125 million campaign White House allies are rolling out to defend health reform amid growing signs the party is failing to get political traction on the issue.

    [snip]

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0610/38199.html#ixzz0qBwdG4RA

  143. shadowfax,

    This may seem dumb, but when they do these campaigns, where does the money come from to pay for them?

  144. I think there is a civil war in the dim party and Obama has lost his nuts…everyone is coming out against his policies. They must smell blood in the water.

    I don’t like Rangel either, but have enjoyed what he said.

  145. #
    JanH
    June 7th, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    shadowfax,

    This may seem dumb, but when they do these campaigns, where does the money come from to pay for them?

    —-

    This is what the article says:

    The estimated budget is $25 million a year, for five years. And Grossman has already begun raising money from unions, foundations and corporations.

    Barry backers.

  146. Oh its not good guys here, there is so much anger about here about that whole situation, I would not advise anyone connected with Israel to come here at present.

    The tv and media, newspapers are filled with anti israeli rhetoric. The war ships are postioned around the med coast.

    I will not comment directly because who knows what Govt dept is watching the internet.

    Suffice to say it aint helping that Govt is stirring it up. Istanbul and the embassy areas are on knifeedges.

  147. Great news from State Dept.

    —————————————————–Press Releases: M.State.Gov Mobile Site
    Mon, 07 Jun 2010 11:58:22 -0500

    M.State.Gov Mobile Site

    Office of the Spokesman
    Washington, DC

    June 7, 2010

    ——————————————————————————–

    The State Department is pleased to announce the launch of its new mobile site, http://m.state.gov. This site provides a collection of news releases from http://www.state.gov, optimized for mobile phones and other hand-held devices.

    m.state.gov features these categories of information:

    Top Stories from http://www.state.gov’s home page, as well as other recent releases;
    Secretary Clinton (to include her remarks, travel, and daily appointment schedule);
    Country Info (A-Z access to Background Notes);
    Daily Press Briefings; and
    More News (Fact sheets and other press releases)

    m.state.gov also links to the mobile site for the DipNote blog, and to http://www.state.gov, for those devices that are able to render the full site.

    Future enhancements will include photos, video, and PDFs, allowing you to access even more state.gov content on-the-go.

  148. moon,

    I’m not sure what you think, but I honestly believe that Turkey, Iran and their friends did this on purpose as a negative publicity event against Israel.

  149. djia
    June 7th, 2010 at 10:11 am
    Thanks Wbboei, I have still been here just haven’t been active.
    but Big Pink is still my #1 go to source of information
    &&&&&&&&

    Indeed, welcome back!

    “Information”? I thought we only provided “propaganda”… :^)

  150. HELEN THOMAS RESIGNS

    mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/07/an-end-for-helen-thomas-and-the-helen-thomas-rules/?hp

  151. USING HIS RESOURCES WISELY?

    Obama may not be able or willing to mobilize the government to stop the oil leak or clean up the spill, but don’t worry, there will be a huge marketing effort to sell… the health insurance bill!! Yeah, the one that’s already been passed. Seems that not enough people LOVE it.

    Tomorrow will be yet another dog and pony show, another reason for Mr. Competence to leave DC.

    And Obama will be making sure that those who voted for his crap legistlation will be blessed with his support and money. And by implication, those Dems who didn’t will be left out to dry.

    Enjoy the read:

    nytimes.com/2010/06/07/health/policy/07campaign.html?ref=politics

    White House and Allies Set to Build Up Health Law
    ==========================

    By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
    Published: June 6, 2010

    WASHINGTON — President Obama and his allies, concerned about deep skepticism over his landmark health care overhaul, are orchestrating an elaborate campaign to sell the public on the law, including a new tax-exempt group that will spend millions of dollars on advertising to beat back attacks on the measure and Democrats who voted for it.

    Americans will see the first evidence of the public relations offensive on Tuesday, when Mr. Obama travels to Wheaton, Md., to conduct a nationally televised question-and-answer session with older citizens to trumpet one of the law’s most popular features: $250 rebate checks to help Medicare beneficiaries pay for prescription drugs.

    The timing is no accident; the first batch of checks will be mailed on Thursday. But it is only an early hint of what is to come throughout the summer and fall, officials say, as other consumer-friendly provisions — a high-risk pool for hard-to-insure people, a Web site comparing coverage plans, tough new restrictions on insurers — take effect.

    At each of these “milestone moments,” as the White House calls them, Mr. Obama will weigh in, dipping back into a contentious debate that consumed much of the first year of his presidency. With Republicans campaigning on a theme of “repeal and replace” and casting the law as big government — and some Democrats trying to avoid talking about it — the strategy poses some political risks.

    “We’re under no illusion that people are completely sold on whether and how this will work,” said David Axelrod, Mr. Obama’s senior adviser. “He is very bullish on this, and he also understands that there is a great deal of skepticism, and that only by implementing this, and implementing it well, will people fully appreciate it. Along the way, there will be points where he is going to pick up that big megaphone.”

    The president will have plenty of help. A veritable army of outside groups — including an ambitious new initiative by Anita Dunn, Mr. Obama’s former communications director, and Andrew Grossman, a top Democratic strategist who spent 2009 coordinating advocacy groups in support of the overhaul — are orchestrating campaigns to echo the White House message.

    The Dunn-Grossman effort, a pair of related tax-exempt groups to be run by Mr. Grossman, hopes to raise $25 million from unions, foundations, corporations and Democratic donors to build a Washington-based operation with a staff of as many as 15 researchers, communications strategists and policy experts. They will run an advocacy campaign that will last until after the law is fully put into place in 2014.

    The education arm, the Health Information Center, will explain the law’s benefits, while the political arm, the Health Information Campaign, will try to influence the election debate. “When somebody attacks health care reform or uses health reform against a politician,” Mr. Grossman said, “there’s got to be an answer back.”

    Polls show that the public remains confused and deeply split over the health law. A CBS survey released last month found that 43 percent approved of the measure; 47 percent disapproved. Yet a Wall Street Journal poll last month found that 55 percent of Americans thought the law should be given a chance to work, versus 42 percent who wanted to repeal it and start over.

    “Right now you’ve got a kind of show-me attitude,” said John C. Rother, the top strategist for AARP, the retirees’ group, though he said the tenor of the debate was changing. “The tone around the time of enactment was a lot of anger and fear, and now what we’re getting are mostly questions.”

    The parties will cast the debate in stark terms. Republicans, who recently introduced their own version of a health bill, will cast “Obamacare” as wasteful spending and bloated government. Democrats, led by Mr. Obama, will cast Republicans as tools of the insurance industry who want to take away consumer protections, and will say they are open to fixing the law if it does not work.

    Mr. Obama gave his personal commitment to lawmakers who made tough votes for it that he would not abandon them at election time, and he intends to stand by his pledge. Mr. Axelrod said the president was eager to “campaign for folks who showed the courage to stand up,” adding, “I think he’ll do it with a special relish.”

    The president has also been intimately involved in planning the public relations rollout. Convinced that he had a top-notch team on substance but that his communications effort needed shoring up, Mr. Obama personally recruited Stephanie Cutter, an experienced Democratic communications strategist, to run the effort.

    Ms. Cutter has put together an assertive campaign; a central element will be the effort to reassure older citizens, who are more likely to vote and are among the groups most skeptical of the bill. On Tuesday, older Americans from around the country will phone in from “satellite town halls” to ask questions of the president, an event that will be shown live on C-Span.

    Those satellites will be coordinated by more than two dozen organizations, including unions and consumer groups, that support the law. Many are running information campaigns of their own — in at least one case, with direct participation from the Obama administration.

    AARP included an eight-page insert about the law in its newspaper, which is sent to 40 million people. Health Care for America Now, which fought for the law’s passage, has been distributing leaflets at high school and college graduations, and is planning its own election-season advertising campaign.

    Families USA, which advocates for universal health care, is putting on “road shows” in cities around the country, where officials from the federal Department of Health and Human Services and the agency that runs Medicare conduct presentations on important features of the legislation, said Ron Pollack, the group’s executive director.

    “Those events are intended to be media-centric,” Mr. Pollack said. “We devote a lot of time before and after to meet with editorial boards, to do radio and TV interviews and sit down with local reporters.”

    The administration runs the risk of being accused of political advocacy. When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent a pamphlet to 43 million Medicare beneficiaries explaining the new law, inquiries about it skyrocketed. The agency had been receiving an average of 150 to 200 calls a day; last week it was 30,000 a day, officials say.

    Republicans called the pamphlet propaganda. It mentions that young people up to age 26 can stay on their parents’ plans — information that critics say is not relevant to older Americans. Ms. Cutter says the government is simply doing its job.

    “There’s a landmark new law that remakes the entire health marketplace to work for the consumer, not the insurance company,” she said. “This is an administration-wide effort; the president is taking it very seriously. It’s the largest health reform effort since Medicare, it will be implemented over a series of years, and it’s important for consumers to be educated every step of the way.”

  152. THE “COMPETENCE ISSUE” IS RESONATING MORE LOUDLY…

    Ummmm…. told-ya-so.

    Money quote at the end:

    “There were warnings that Obama wasn’t prepared for the job. ‘The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training,’ a campaign rival said. That was Joe Biden.”

    nypost.com/p/news/local/slick_talk_aside_just_not_up_to_fphLDlAYpre5K2UxSEZNyK

    Slick talk aside, O’s just not up to the job
    ========================================

    Michael Goodwin
    Posted: 2:33 AM, June 6, 2010

    His message is wrong. He’s not showing enough anger. He’s lost control of the narrative. He’s a vic tim of bad luck and big oil.

    It’s excuse time in the fudge factory. President Obama is getting lots of cover and advice from his left-leaning media friends. Their ideas run the gamut from public relations to, well, public relations.

    Beyond the irony of journalists urging more spin from a politician, the really remarkable fact is that none dare consider the possibility that Obama is simply not up to the job. It is a scary thought, but evidence of consistent failure is overwhelming.

    The high point of his presidency came the day he took office. Since then, a majority of Americans has opposed virtually all his major policies and he has prevailed on several only because of large Democratic congressional advantages.

    The problems are growing, but he’s not. If he were, we’d see green shoots of improvement.

    Instead, the White House is going backwards at home and abroad and shows no ability to adjust. Like a cult, it interprets every reversal as proof of its righteousness and of others’ malignancy.

    What started out as a whiff of rookie incompetence has become a suffocating odor. It’s hard to find a single area where Obama’s policies are a convincing success.

    Friday’s poor jobs report, showing only 41,000 private-sector jobs added in May, helped send the stock market into a tailspin. Equally important to the actual number was the expectation it would be as high as 190,000.

    Obama and Vice President Joe Biden fed the expectation by predicting the report would be a good one. It was — if you count Census jobs. There were 400,000 of those, or about 90 percent of the total, suggesting Obama and Biden see no difference between a temporary government job and a permanent, private one.

    They ought to finally hear what employers have been telling them: Washington’s taxing, spending, borrowing and red tape are holding back job creation. Nearly 5 million Americans have been out of work for more than a year, a dismal record of long-term unemployment.

    But listening is not high on the White House agenda. Two people who have frequent contact with the administration told me recently that between Obama’s “arrogance,” as one put it, and his near-total reliance on his Chicago inner circle, as the other said, there is no welcome mat for dissent or fresh ideas.

    One was talking about the White House view of Israel, the other about its handling of terrorism. Both policies are a mess and have added to the danger of war in the Mideast and attacks at home.

    Meanwhile, over-promising and under-delivering is an administration habit. Russia and China, we’ve repeatedly been assured, have agreed to new sanctions on Iran, only they have not. And so the mad mullahs march unmolested toward The Bomb, the president’s internationalist engagement bid a certifiable bust.

    How about the pledge to be transparent and end politics as usual? The modified limited hangout on the unseemly job offers to Democratic primary candidates in Pennsylvania and Colorado marks the official death of those promises.

    The Gulf oil disaster is the clearest sign of an unsteady hand. While Obama can’t be blamed for the gushing well, he showed late and halfhearted recognition of the human and environmental cost, and still takes a distant approach. His three visits were little more than photo ops designed to quell criticism he’s too detached.

    A real leader would take control because that’s what a leader does. Yet even now, on the 47th day after the fire and explosion, BP remains responsible not only for plugging the leak, but also for protecting and cleaning the marshes, beaches and wildlife.

    The federal government should have assumed command and control of everything except the well, and billed BP for the cost. It didn’t because Obama doesn’t want to, or doesn’t realize he should. Either way, he’s not behaving like a president who gets it.

    There were warnings that Obama wasn’t prepared for the job.

    “The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training,” a campaign rival said. That was Joe Biden.

  153. MORE “COMPETENCY” QUESTIONS

    commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/rubin/307911

    You Don’t Want Him in a Foxhole with You
    ================

    Jennifer Rubin
    06.07.2010 – 8:42 AM

    Juan Williams — to the amazement of some of his co-panelists — let it rip on Fox News Sunday. The subject was nominally the Sestak and Romanoff scandals, but Williams found the bigger theme:

    JUAN WILLIAMS: I think the problem here is this is an administration that, as Hillary Clinton famously pointed out, you may not want to have answer the 3:00 a.m. call.

    These are guys who have tremendous vision about legislative achievements and specific things like health care, going forward on immigration, those difficult issues for America that America so far has failed to deal with.

    But when it comes to the crisis, when it comes to the gulf oil spill, the wars, the recession, they feel as if it’s being imposed upon them, rather than taking the helm. I think that’s what Americans are sensing right here. And I think it’s the source of their problem at the moment. Are you able to handle a crisis in a convincing way that inspires confidence? And so far, the president hasn’t done that.

    Now, some say he should just go into a rage. I don’t think that’s who Barack Obama is. I think he’s a pretty cool character, fairly analytical, and I think we all admire as part of the meritocracy in America. Those are people who are really smart. But you know what? They don’t know how to deal with this crisis, and I think lots of Americans therefore are blaming the president, fairly or unfairly.
    &&&&&&& END JUAN WILLIAMS QUOTE &&&&&&&

    Well, that’s sort of a problem, since we live in a world filled with crises. Frankly, that’s what being president is all about. The day-to-day issues and the mundane problems don’t make it to the president’s desk. And the crises that have occurred during this administration and with the president front and center — bombing attempts, incidents in the Middle East, a popular revolt in Honduras, the gulf spill — have been bungled.

    Even when the time frame for decision-making is not that tight, Obama has agonized and made things far worse. Recall the interminable Afghanistan seminars at the White House. Delay created the appearance of indecision, and the final announcement was a mishmash of the useful (more troops) and the destructive (a timeline). Then on the job scandal, Mara Liasson commented:

    “But the fact is that was a kind of ham-handed political act. It’s something that’s been done by every single administration in the past, to clear the field for an incumbent or a favored candidate. Then they proceeded to wait a very long time, an inexplicably long time, to explain what happened. And then when they did explain what happened, at least in Sestak, they didn’t answer all the questions. And it’s morphed — and we’ve all seen this movie before. It’s now morphed into this call for an investigation. And this is what happens in Washington.”

    Obama was comfortable when running for office, when he could get by on rhetoric and as a legislator — where no one is really responsible for anything. What he’s ill-equipped to do is govern and lead. Plenty of people are hired for jobs beyond their abilities and outside their areas of competence. Unfortunately, the damage done by placing someone of that ilk in the White House is grievous and in some cases irreversible

  154. Michael Goodwin was too busy trashing Hillary in the primaries to realize she was right about Obama from Day 1.

  155. Paula
    June 7th, 2010 at 4:18 pm
    Michael Goodwin was too busy trashing Hillary in the primaries to realize she was right about Obama from Day 1.
    &&&&&&&&&

    Good catch. I wasn’t aware.

    Another one of those people who earlier thought, “Obama, why the heck not?”, now think “Obama, what the heck??”.

  156. JanH, Goodwin in this case started off his editorial by listing the excuses made by left-leaning media types, but then he goes on to make the case that those excuses (e.g., “victim of bad luck”) are just tangential, that the real problem is Obama.

    Goodwin has been a good source of Obama criticism, although I am not sure what he was writing in 2008.

  157. WATCHING THE BIG MEDIA SUCKUPS TURN ON OBAMA

    realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/06/06/the_thrill_is_gone.html

    June 6, 2010
    The Thrill is Gone
    =================

    By Jack Kelly

    “I felt this thrill going up my leg,” MSNBC’s Chris Matthews famously said after hearing Barack Obama speak during the 2008 campaign.

    But after the president’s news conference May 27, the thrill was gone.

    “He has not acted like (the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico) is more important than something else like a fundraiser in California or an interview about basketball with Marv Albert,” Mr. Matthews said. “He doesn’t seem to be taking ownership.”

    The news conference was Mr. Obama’s first in 310 days. His performance makes it likely it’ll be at least that long before he holds another.

    The low point came when Mr. Obama professed not to know whether Elizabeth Birnbaum, the woman he appointed to head the Minerals Management Service, resigned or was fired. No one expects the president to don scuba tanks and plug the hole himself. But he at least ought to know what’s going on with his own people.

    “He came across as a beleaguered bureaucrat in damage control,” wrote Craig Crawford of Congressional Quarterly.

    The day after the news conference, the president went to Louisiana for the pro forma visit to show he cares. But Mr. Obama conducted it in so pro forma a manner that few of the gullible were gulled. He was on the ground just three hours — about as much time as he spends on the golf course when he’s playing just nine holes — before jetting off on his second vacation since the crisis began.

    The “story line” of the Obama presidency is “passivity, detachment, acquiescence and compromise,” said New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd.

    More ominous for Mr. Obama than the cooling ardor of formerly adoring fans in the news media is what happened when the president came to Pittsburgh Wednesday to make a speech. Democratic Sen. Bob Casey, Democratic Senate nominee Joe Sestak, and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Dan Onorato, who lives in Allegheny County, were all too busy to attend. Democratic Reps. Mike Doyle and Mark Critz, who represent portions of the area, also had other plans.

    When the president held his news conference, it appeared as if British Petroleum’s latest effort to plug the leak would succeed.

    “Make no mistake,” he said. “BP is operating at our direction. Every key decision and action they take must be approved by us in advance.”

    But now that the latest effort has failed, a different tune is being sung.

    “The Obama administration is taking steps to distance itself from BP and is dispatching Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to the Gulf to meet with federal and state prosecutors,” the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

    The threat of criminal prosecution has to be galling to BP executives, since over the last 20 years they donated more money to Mr. Obama than to any other politician. But as BP executives are learning to their sorrow, Barack Obama cannot be bought. He can only be rented.

    It’s doubtful these contributions played a role in the plans the Minerals Management Service had to give BP a safety award this year. But they do place a crimp in administration efforts to blame this crisis on former President Bush, as does the cozy relationship between BP’s public relations firm, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, and White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.

    Criminal prosecution may be warranted, if it turns out BP deliberately short-circuited safety procedures. But now the focus should be on limiting the damage. There the federal government has been notoriously lethargic. Particularly vexing has been the administration’s refusal to cut through the bureaucratic red tape that’s denied Gov. Bobby Jindal permission to build sand berms to protect Louisiana’s wetlands.

    “America is watching the president alternate between wringing his hands in helplessness and pointing his finger in blame when he should be solving the most pressing environmental problem America has faced in the past 50 years,” said political consultant Dick Morris. “The president acts like a spectator, interrupting his basketball games only to excoriate BP.”

    In retrospect, it ought not to be surprising that someone who never actually did anything before being elected president would respond to a crisis like a deer in headlights.

    “A gift for reading from a teleprompter is not the same as leadership,” noted Liz Cheney. Many liberals now agree.

  158. rgb44hrc,

    In 2008 he was attacking Hillary left and right. Sorry I just glimpsed the article and didn’t read it all the way through.

  159. I just had to post these comments from the leadership of
    Remarks With Peruvian President Alan Garcia Perez

    Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Secretary of StatePresidential Palace

    Lima, Peru

    June 7, 2010

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    PRESIDENT GARCIA: (Via interpreter) Ladies and gentlemen of the press, we would like to welcome the Secretary of State, Madam Hillary Clinton. We are very honored by her presence here and her visit is certainly proof that the U.S. is a friend to Peru. We are very excited by having the Secretary of State here for many reasons; first of all because she is a government official at the highest level from the United States, but beyond that because she is a woman, a woman who represents modernity, a woman who has fought a virtuous struggle for women’s rights for a very long time.

    I remember listening to her in Beijing, where I heard her say that the struggle for human rights is a struggle for women’s rights, and that the struggle for women’s rights is also a struggle for human rights. This is a phrase that shows us her dedication to the issue of women and other vulnerable populations. We know of the political history and her long struggle to achieve health care reform in the United States, a struggle that at times was misunderstood. However, it was thanks to those initial efforts that have been now been realized by President Obama that those important reforms were carried out.

    So we know that she has a calling to serve women, to serve the poor, to serve the people. And that is why we are very happy to have her here to show that this is – her presence here shows that our friendship will continue our friendship with Peru and the United States. I hope then that her presence ratifies the importance of this event here at the General Assemblythe Peruvian minister.She is welcomed everywhere as long as she leaves the messiah at a High School bach here.

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  160. Bears Dig in Heels: Dow Falls 115 to 2010 Low
    www dot foxbusiness.com/story/markets/futures-bounce-letdown-friday/

  161. Sorry about the errors in my comments.Having a bad day.It gets tougher keeping up with modern way of carrying on a discussion.

  162. Poll: BP Oil Spill Response Rated Worse than Katrina
    Most Favor Criminal Charges Against BP and Others Involved in the Gulf of Mexico Spill

    ANALYSIS By GARY LANGER
    June 7, 2010

    By more than a 2-to-1 margin, Americans support the pursuit of criminal charges in the nation’s worst oil spill, with increasing numbers calling it a major environmental disaster. Eight in 10 criticize the way BP’s handled it  and more people give the federal government’s response a negative rating than did the response to Hurricane Katrina.

    A month and a half after the spill began, 69 percent in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll rate the federal response negatively. That compares with a 62 negative rating for the response to Katrina two weeks after the August 2005 hurricane.

    BP’s response to the spill draws even broader criticism  81 percent rate it negatively. And 64 percent say the government should pursue criminal charges against BP and other companies involved in the spill, which has poured oil into the Gulf from a well 5,000 feet beneath the surface since an explosion and fire destroyed the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig April 20.

    The poll was conducted Thursday through Sunday, mostly before BP announced Sunday that a containment cap on the well was capturing a substantial portion of the gushing oil. Nonetheless, BP faces deep damage to its public image: Nearly three-quarters of Americans, 73 percent, see “unnecessary risks taken by BP and its drilling partners” as a significant factor in the spill.

    And amid fouled beaches, oiled wildlife and closed fisheries, there’s growing public dismay over the damage. Seventy-three percent now call the spill a major environmental disaster, up sharply from 55 percent in a Pew Research Center poll a month ago.

    Support for pursuit of criminal charges against BP and its partners rises to 71 percent among people who call the spill a major disaster. Similarly, 73 percent favor criminal charges among those who suspect that unnecessary risks were taken by BP and its partners.

    There’s sharp negative intensity in views of BP. Fifty-four percent give its response the lowest rating, “poor,” and 51 percent “strongly” favor examination of criminal charges against the company and its partners  both high levels of strong sentiment.

    BP Oil Spill: Partisanship & Federal Government Response

    Substantially fewer, by contrast, rate the federal government’s response as “poor,” 32 percent.

    There’s partisanship in views of the federal response, with Democrats less critical of the Democratic-led government. Nonetheless, even among Democrats, 56 percent rate the federal response negatively. That rises to 74 percent of independents and 81 percent of Republicans.

    Partisanship ran in precisely the opposite direction in views of the Katrina response under the Bush administration. Just 41 percent of Republicans rated that response negatively, compared to 64 percent of independents and 79 percent of Democrats.

    In addition to the 7-point difference in negative ratings of the federal response to the oil spill vs. Katrina, there’s a 10-point difference in positive ratings  28 percent for the government’s oil spill response, vs. 38 percent for its response to Katrina. That’s in part because 59 percent of Republicans rated the response to Katrina positively, while just 40 percent of Democrats say the same about the current oil spill response.

    All the same, there’s far less partisan division in concern about the spill’s effects: It’s seen as a major environmental disaster by seven in 10 Republicans and three-quarters of Democrats and independents alike.

    http://abcnews.go.com/PollingUnit/Media/poll-bp-oil-spill-rated-worse-katrina-criminal-charges/story?id=10846473

  163. The Gulf oil disaster is the clearest sign of an unsteady hand. While Obama can’t be blamed for the gushing well,

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    Yes he can.

    It was his appointed regulators who gave BP a waiver on their safety check — as well as blinking at other safety issues.

    After he had said “Drill BP drill” on the whole east coast.

    Yes he can be blamed.

    Yes he can.

  164. The Gulf oil disaster is the clearest sign of an unsteady hand. While Obama can’t be blamed for the gushing well,

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    Yes he can.

    It was his appointed regulators who gave BP a waiver on their safety check — as well as blinking at other safety issues.

    After he had said “Drill BP drill” on the whole east coast.

    Yes he can be blamed.

    Yes he can.

  165. confloyd
    June 7th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    For pete’s sake I worked all night, nothing was going on here, I take a nap and all hell breaks loose.
    I am glad Helen Thomas retired, but like you all its sad. She has kept many Potus’s feet to the fire when no one else would. It only took the muslim Potus to bring her down.

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    She refrained from the koolaid. Now she’s made one slip, and the koolaid drinkers magnified it to bring her down.

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