Raised By Wolves

Fathers (and Mothers) who at any point doubt their importance can look to 1600 Pennsylvania. Fathers (biological and otherwise, and we include father figures when there is no father present) or substitutes of some sort (of whatever gender) are needed. It’s great when the biological father is present – but if the guy is an irresponsible or abusive self-centered boob – call in a substitute.

Let’s look at two people for comparative purposes and look at their relationship with “daddy”.

His own wife says, “Barack spent so much time by himself that it was like he was raised by wolves.” Michelle of the “cold and ungrateful” scowl also has been “angry at his selfishness and careerism“. That’s the Barack Obama thus far hidden from the easily distracted.”

While many say Obama, despite being raised by wolves, grew up to be a well adjusted individual, we have to look at the evidence he has left behind, not what self-interested hacks delare. The evidence suggests otherwise. We believe the evidence suggests Obama learned to be a flim-flam back slapper type who did whatever helped him as a survival method when he was an boy. Now Obama has devolved into a cold, arrogant and aloof personality who does not care about anyone but himself. One example of this type of behavior and it’s political consequences, drawn from today’s Washington Post:

“The standard rule of midterm elections is that only the most reliable voters show up at the polls, so both parties have traditionally focused on the unglamorous and conventional work that turns out their bases. But this year, the Democrats are doubling down on registering and motivating newer voters — especially the 15 million heavily minority and young, who made it to the polls for the first time in the last presidential election.

“It’s a great experiment to see whether we can bring out voters whose only previous vote was in 2008,” said Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

The party’s overall budget for reaching new voters is more than twice as big as the $17 million it spent during the tumultuous 2006 midterm, which returned control of both houses of Congress to the Democrats.

Much about its “Vote 2010” effort has that way-back feel of two years ago: legions of canvassers going door-to-door, a stream of inspirational videos, an e-mail list of more than 13 million, and ads on Web sites including Latina.com, BlackPlanet.com, YELP.com and DailyCandy.

On Thursday, the 2008 presidential campaign’s surviving grassroots operation, now Organizing for America, unveiled a spiffy Web site where supporters can get customized information about voting rules and deadlines in their states. It takes but a few keystrokes to fill in a voter registration form that then requires only a signature and a stamp.[snip]

There does not seem to be a similar effort within the GOP. A spokesman would not discuss its operations and scoffed at the bet that Democrats are making this year. “When that announcement was made, it just wasn’t taken very credibly,” says Republican National Committee spokesman Doug Heye. “Those voters just aren’t going to be there this time.”

He’s not alone in thinking that.”

Nothing shocking in the above. Perhaps the investment is stupid and stupid is as stupid does. But perhaps there is a more wolfish explanation:

“Some veteran Democratic Party operatives are also skeptical that the $50 million investment will pay off — except, perhaps, in keeping the grassroots operation alive for Obama’s reelection bid two years from now. Some even suggest that the president’s team has put his long-term interests ahead of his party’s immediate struggle for survival.

“I have zero confidence that they’re heading in the right direction here,” says one longtime Democratic organizer who didn’t want to be quoted by name criticizing his party’s major midterm election initiative. Added another: “I think they’re going to come in for a very rude awakening. It’s going to be brutal.”

If that turns out to be the case, the doubters say, Democrats will wake up the morning of Nov. 3 wishing they had spent that $50 million on more traditional methods, like television ads, for reaching their base and persuading independents.”


It’s all about Obama. The wolf in president’s clothing.

The article details the level of anger, Dimocrats on Dimocrat violence and abuse. “I can’t tell you how much anger there is out there,” he said. “I have people ready to spit in my face.” The Obama re-election effort – let’s call this what it is because it has little to do with Dimocrats up for election in 2010 – will

“…embark on a massive new program this fall to register college students, including many who volunteered for Obama as high school students but were too young to vote.

It is working barbershops and beauty salons in African American communities, and organizing events around the World Cup to reach out to Latinos. Every Wednesday in California, party organizers and volunteers attend naturalization ceremonies.

But what will matter more than anything else, many Democrats say, is Obama himself. [snip]

So the party will try things his way.

Has Obama indeed reinvented the art and science of winning elections, or will 2008 turn out to have been a unique moment that suited the particular gifts of one politician? The Democrats are about to lay down $50 million to find out.”

Dimocrats are about to invest another $50 million in a Cult of Obama drum circle. It’s all about Obama. Goofballs like Jonathan Alter worry that their precious issues, whatever they are, can be rescued by Obama. These boobs don’t seem to realize that all Obama cares about is Obama. Alter writes:

“If the president can’t put the antigovernment, Tea Party types in their place now, when will he? The legacy of the American progressive tradition is on the line.”

Good-bye “American progressive tradition”. Goofballs like Alter think Obama gives a rat’s, um, tail about anything but himself and these boobs refuse to wake up and realize that all their precious traditions or core values or basic decencies don’t mean a damn thing to a boy raised by wolves.

Malicious Frank Rich has his own Obama delusions. Frank Rich loves the Obama 9/11 analogy in the flaccid Tuesday speech. Frank Rich loves the war analogy of the Gulf Oil battle. But Rich is limp with Obama’s “The buck stops elsewhere” meanderings. Still Rich is defending Obama. Rich defends Obama but with less and less conviction or principles. Frank Rich echoes goofball Jonathan Alter and his ‘lost tradition’ foolishness today:

In this 9/11, it’s not just the future of the gulf coast, energy policy or his presidency that’s in jeopardy. What’s also being tarred daily by the gushing oil is the very notion that government can accomplish anything. The current crisis in that faith predates this disaster. In the short history of the Obama White House, two of its most urgent projects, reducing unemployment and pacifying Afghanistan, have yet to yield persuasive results. The dividends on the third, health care reform, won’t be in the mail for years.

Given that record of incompletes, the government’s failure to police BP and the administration’s seeming impotence once disaster struck couldn’t have been more ill-timed. And there’s no miracle fix. Obama can’t play Aquaman in the gulf, he can’t coax a new jobs program out of a deficit-fixated Congress, and he can’t quit Harmid Karzai. Indeed, if the president had actually outlined new energy policies Tuesday night, they would have been dismissed as more empty promises from a government that can’t even measure the extent of the spill.

While Obama ended his speech with an exhortation for prayer, hope for divine intervention is no substitute for his own intercession.

Frank Rich does not understand that he has been so thoroughly bamboozled that he will not see the two obvious truths: Obama is not qualified to be president; Obama only cares about himself – not Frank Rich’s beliefs in government nor Alter’s “progressive traditions”. Obama was raised by wolves. Obama only cares about himself.

Frank Rich is quite the desperate man today. Rich has all the prescriptions for Obama written down. If only Obama gave a damn about America or Frank Rich’s dreams. Poor desperate, helpless boob that is Frankie boob:

The president must come clean and clean house not just because it’s right. He must rebuild confidence in his government for that inevitable day when the next crisis hits the fan. That would be Afghanistan, and the day is rapidly arriving. [snip]

The president’s shake-up of his own governance can’t wait, as tradition often has it, until after the next election. The Tea Party is at the barricades.

Frank Rich today reminded us of a desperate junkie, doing and saying anything for one more fix. One more shot of that drug. The perspiration has Rich’s suit soaked. His few hairs are matted down. The upper lip now covered in Nixonian dew. The forehead covered in droplets of sweat dropping down past his brows onto the massive belly. “Just one more shot of Hopium please – I nee, need itttt rreal bad— pleassse just one for shot to take away the pain…

We recall when not to long ago Frank Rich called them “teabaggers” and said they did not matter and they were nuts. Now, it’s “Tea Party” (check out today’s AP article) and the fear grows at the New York Times. Even Al Qaeda mocks Obama, the wolf boy, today.

Only now does Frank Rich worry about what it means to elect an unqualified boob who is a careerist and selfish. Frank Rich wants Obama to see the danger to government in the same way Alter warns Obama about the danger to “progressive traditions”.

But Obama doesn’t care. He was raised by wolves. His own daddy a preying wolf. His mommy abandoning the boy to wolves. A wolf boy abandoned by a wolf dad and a mother too busy to bother with the boy who learned to care only about himself.

Fathers and father figures take a lesson and learn from the wolf boy.

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Bill Clinton has a complex history with daddy. There were many “uncles” and such. Eventually one stayed to adopt Bill. Bill’s mother raised a wonderful son and eventually Bill had a substitute who became a true “dad” to Bill.

60 Minutes interviewed Bill Clinton and asked some difficult questions which give us clues as to what made Bill Clinton the boy, into Bill Clinton the man, and Bill Clinton the president:

“The 42nd president of the United States says he views his economic plan as the greatest accomplishment of his presidency.

“The fact that we were able to have 22 million jobs, and record home ownership, and lower interest rates of the people actually had the ability to do more things than ever before,” says Mr. Clinton. [snip]

“And international affairs, I regret that I didn’t succeed in getting Osama bin Laden. And equally, I’m sorry that I wasn’t able enough to convince the Israelis and the Palestinians to make peace.”

On a personal level, he says that his daughter, Chelsea’s, high school graduation was the best day he had in the White House: “When I saw what she had become and asked me to speak. And I talked about what it was like to be a parent, and how I felt about her. That’s probably the best day.”

Regrets? He’s had a few:

“That was just a simple day when I had to acknowledge to the people I loved most in the world that I had failed. I had done something bad. And I hadn’t felt I could tell them about it before,” recalls Mr. Clinton.

“And it was an awful, because there was no — it wasn’t about comparing what I had done or what was being done to me. It was just about facing up to my failure. It was a bad day. … All my bad personal days in the White House were related to what I thought were shortcomings of my own.”

But it was the days in Hope, or Hot Springs, both are revelatory names and places – that made Bill Clinton the man and the president he is today:

At the beginning of his 957-page book, Mr. Clinton says that he believes the roots of his successes and failures are directly linked to his years growing up in Arkansas. So 60 Minutes asked the former president to take us back to his home state to learn about the problems he had growing up.

On the front porch of boyhood house in Hope, Ark., Mr. Clinton told Rather about his stepfather, Roger Clinton, the second husband that his mother, Virginia Kelley, married. His nickname, says Mr. Clinton, was “Dude,” and he was an abusive alcoholic.

“I do not believe that she would have married him if he had ever abused her — before they got married. That’s something that happened afterwards,” says Mr. Clinton. “But you might say that – maybe mother liked guys that were a bit rakish. She probably thought she could tame them. They liked her.”

But Virginia couldn’t tame Roger Clinton or stop him from attacking her with his fists, a pair of scissors, and even shooting his gun at her.

“This sounds crazy but I never hated my stepfather, Roger Clinton. Even after he pulled the trigger in here, when he was drunk, even after he beat my mother — even after I got big enough to stop him from beating my mother,” says Mr. Clinton.”

All of that horror, and yet little Bill Clinton did not hate. Little Bill Clinton did not become a feral child. How? Why?

I had some understanding that he was a good man and couldn’t whip his drinking problem. And that he was full of demons that he couldn’t control it and he took it out in destructive, hateful ways. I hated what he did, but I never hated him.”

Mr. Clinton never told any of his friends what was going on at home. As he writes in his book, from his childhood into his adult years in politics, he has lived “two parallel lives” — the public one everyone knew about, and a dark secret one he says he says he never talked about.

“I don’t think I was conscious of it in the beginning. But at some point, when I had moved to Hot Springs, and we just kept having these violent incidents in our home, and I realized that I never talked about it,” recalls Mr. Clinton. “And as far as I know, nobody knew about it. I became aware it was a conscious decision that my mother and I had made to carry on. … Yeah, carry on, and just go on and try to make a normal life.”

No hate, carry on, understanding, parallel life – mostly good, some bad. At the foundational level however, we see Bill Clinton, demons and all, still a good boy who grew into a good man.

And Bill Clinton’s father – fathers? Listen to what Bill has to say. Understand, especially you parents, what Bill has to say:

“At Hope, the former president took 60 Minutes to the cemetery where both his mother and his biological father, William Jefferson Blythe, were buried – and told Rather why he always feels comfortable there.

“I never felt cemeteries were bad or morbid places. I think they’re places of homecoming and keep the ties going,” says Mr. Clinton.

Bill Clinton had two fathers: The abusive Roger Clinton, and Blythe, his biological father who died before Clinton was even born.

Mr. Clinton recalls Blythe’s death: “Mother came home here because she was pregnant with me. And he was coming down to get her and he was killed on a highway. His tire blew out on a wet highway and he was thrown into a drainage ditch in Missouri, and he was actually not injured all that badly but he was knocked out and he drowned in the ditch.”

It turns out Blythe was married three times before he met Mr. Clinton’s mother. But the former president wasn’t told that until after he was elected to the White House. He wasn’t told because his mother didn’t know either.

“You know, my mother was married five times to four men. Because she married my stepfather Roger Clinton twice, because they divorced once and then they remarried,” says Mr. Clinton, pointing out his mother’s grave. “My mother was widowed three times. She had a lot of sadness to her life. But she always carried on.”

So did Bill Clinton. While his mother was divorced from Roger Clinton, the former president decided to change his name legally to Clinton. Why did he keep the first and second names of his biological father, William Jefferson, but not the last name?

I think the fact that I was born without a father, and that I spent a lifetime trying to put together a picture of one also had a lot to do with how I turned out,” says Mr. Clinton. “Good and not so good. But I think on balance, more good than bad. But it had a lot to do with it.”

More good than bad. That painful history led to a lot of good for a lot of people. Let the saints judge the personal weaknesses. Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone. Bill cares. Putting People First. He tried and succeeded to make things better. He’s still working. He’s still making things better. It started when he was a little boy.

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Happy Fathers day to Dimocrats, Democrats, Republicans, Independents – to one and all.

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157 thoughts on “Raised By Wolves

  1. A wonderful essay Admin. NYT, and all these other useless crap media have nothing on blogs like this one.

  2. “Obama to keep heat on Barton ”

    You know, this idiot, and I mean the one in the WH, to him its all about chicago style politics, what the fool doesn’t realise, people have already figured him out. What a jackass! Now he is going to attack Joe Barton all the time, even though Barton has already retracted his idiotic apology/statement to BP?

    The idiocy of this asshat Obama and Twinkle toes Rahm knows no bounds. They are more interested in going after the repubs than helping the people in the gulf coast. Just when I thought my disgust of these damn demon’s rats people couldn’t go any lower, I read this.

  3. Love your post Admin, you always add so much to the knowledge I have and take it even further.

    Happy Father’s Dad to any dad’s out there.

    “Bill cares. Putting People First. He tried and succeeded to make things better. He’s still working. He’s still making things better. It started when he was a little boy. ”
    …And this is what Hillary sees in him, and why she would not leave him in times that were more painful and humiliating than most of us will ever experience.

    I live in a part of the country that is 99% Obama voters in the General Election. I also work in higher education and I can tell you, things are really quiet with the obots. They are not mooning over him, and getting them back to working for them will be next to impossible. Many students did work for him, mainly because his lobbyists paid pretty well.

    Another thing to remind the media, the first black (half black) male has already been pResident, so that is old news.

    Obama may have been raised by wolfs, but Barry himslef has now become a wolf, he has also shown the country’s youth that promises by some are just lies, and lack of experience is okay at the local fast food joint, but means disaster for a president and our country.
    I also think the parents that voted for Barry because their kids thought he was cool, something different in politics had better draw from their experience next time they throw away their vote.

  4. So, all the kids who were 16 when they voted for Obama in the Indiana primary and the Iowa caucus are now the targets of this next voting effort.

    They’re going to have to keep lowering the voting age to find suckers to vote for Obama and his agenda.

    Fourteen or fight!

  5. BA
    Don’t forget all the folks in jail that had the ‘opportunity’ to vote for Obama and the dead folks.

  6. Admin: That was a great contrast and comparison essay…it sure does show the real difference in their personalities.

  7. Holy Mary

    Did i miss this. Rats sinking ship leaving……..looks like even Rahm knows Obama’s fucked.

    Rahm Emanuel expected to quit White House
    Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, is expected to leave his job later this year after growing tired of the “idealism” of Barack Obama’s inner circle.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/7837686/Rahm-Emanuel-expected-to-quit-White-House.html

    Washington insiders say he will quit within six to eight months in frustration at their unwillingness to “bang heads together” to get policy pushed through.

    Mr Emanuel, 50, enjoys a good working relationship with Mr Obama but they are understood to have reached an understanding that differences over style mean he will serve only half the full four-year term.

  8. Question Admin, do you think there is any truth to the chatter about Hill moving to sec. of defense?

  9. This video link was posted on PUMApac by TT.

    URGENT!! BP Spill – Volcanic Tsunami And Poison Gas Alert!! (video)

    Bil Ryan , of Project Camelot/Avalon discusses the latest on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill with Dr Bill Deagle.

    Dr Deagle says there is a real danger we could see a tsunamia triggered by an underwater volcana that BP drilled into. He also talks about how this event could result in a mini ice age in europe due to disruption to the flow from the gulf stream. Also, Dr Deagle goes into the dangers of the gases being emitted from the sea floor.

    This catastrophe is only just starting to unfold. The worst is still to come.

    http://beforeitsnews.com/news/82/080/URGENT_BP_Spill_-_Volcanic_Tsunami_And_Poison_Gas_Alert_video.html

  10. Perhaps this is why Obama suggested prayer…well if its true, then he needs to tell the truth to the American people…people need to vacate the coastal regions.

  11. MJ,

    I’m not admin but Gates isn’t going to want to leave until the new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs is appointed in order to assure that he modifications to the military and their agenda are maintained.

  12. That may be but it’s well understood that Gates will not finish out the term and doesn’t want to.

  13. So, can we expect Hill to move over there when he leaves? That could be good for her. Look what she’s done with State. Those people adore her. Or, Obama’s admin could have her do things that will hurt her politically. Dunno. Anyone think it would be a good move for her?

  14. More truthful snark from Cinie:

    Our Keystone Kongress Ain’t Funny

    We’re being governed by a bunch of vengeful, incompetent, juvenile idiots. The whole lot of ‘em suck germ-filled hairballs. There’s just nothing I can see that they control that’s going right. And, even worse, none of it makes a lick of sense. Paul Krugman says now is not the time to worry about deficits. I agree, but I suspect for entirely different reasons. For him, I imagine his conclusions are the result of academic considerations. For millions of Americans like me, however, it’s personal. Life and death personal.

    We’re at war. More than one. We’re not sure why. THERE’S A BIG FUCKING HOLE IN THE OCEAN FLOOR SHOOTING OSSIFIED DINOSAUR GUTS INTO THE WATER AND POISONING THE ENVIRONMENT. There are no jobs. We wake up everyday to news testifying to that fact. Across the board, people looking for work are finding zilch. What jobs are available pay less than people previously made for the same positions, and require more work. And there are only a handful of those. People who once classified themselves as “professional” are now fighting tooth and nail with their grandkids and hundreds of other applicants over the last open Wal-Mart greeter or Happy Meal pusher position just to try to make ends meet. Needless to say, most who apply don’t get the job.

    At the same time, there are no more safety nets. Homeowners are upside down in their mortgages, savings are gone, cost prohibitive health insurance is tied to non-existent jobs, and I hear 401(k)’s are worthless. I wouldn’t know. I ain’t got one of those , neither.

    Instead of really addressing the real problems facing millions of citizens, our political leaders, flush with “campaign donations” and other shady-quasi-ethical-but-supposedly-not-illegal sources of income, play politics. And Rod Blagojevich is the only one on trial. Something is very wrong here.

    The Pretendident went to Ohio on Friday to tout the 10,000th temporary-by-nature “stimulus” project, or some such shit, laying those same lucky workers off for the day to accommodate his one hour, some say wrong headed, glad-handing, ribbon-cutting-, shmooz- and photo-op fest in the process. The Spokesmodel-in-Chief even cracked a few “this is a big (fill in the Biden-inspired blank) deal” jokes. In keeping with the “pad the rolls, fudge the numbers and lie” tradition that he and his Obministration have perfected, what the Man Behind the Curtain didn’t feel compelled to mention, however, was the 100,000 Ohioans whose unemployment (and possibly healthcare) benefits ran out yesterday.

    That’s because, while all this happy hoopla was going on, the Keystone Kongress was grandstanding and failing to extend unemployment benefits to all those lazy folks from sea to shining sea who should be subject to drug testing to qualify, and just ain’t looking hard enough for work anyway, in their opinion. Increases the deficit, doncha know? Besides, extending unemployment benefits is soooo unfair to all the other struggling Americans who still happen to have jobs. Maybe if they could get the banks to repay their TARP “loans” they wouldn’t be so concerned with “the deficit.” Hell, if they got all that money back, maybe they could use some of it to really “stimulate” the economy and create a few more jobs, ya think? Predictably, nobody talked about that, instead, they immediately embarked on their favorite pastime, pointing fingers and playing, “you did it, no, you did it!” like toddlers in the sandbox. However, I, and hopefully, the majority of those affected by their little reindeer games, are no longer buying it. No matter which side of the arbitrary invisible line in the sand they stand on, they all did it, and will keep doing it until they’re stopped.

    Unfortunately for us, the only way to stop them is to vote them out and replace them with scum-sucking bottom feeders just like them. The good news is that anti-incumbent poll results indicate that voters must know that, too. Which makes you wonder if South Carolina’s Alvin Greene’s win was the fluke or sabotage the pundits and politicians seem so hellbent on making it out to be. Perhaps the message is exactly what it seems; for all his faults, at least he’s not one of you.

    I’m no politician nor economist, I’m just one of the “small people” negatively affected by one or more of Big Brother’s policies, but I can’t help but believe that at least some of our current problems could be minimized if we just had some grownups in charge of something.

    Anything.

    Because, the reality is, they’re killing us here.

    Literally.

    And there doesn’t seem to be a damned thing we can do about it.

    And the press is not one damned bit better. They’re so stupid, they’re actually trying to tell us that it’s the pictures of the oil “spill“/snark, that might doom the ObiWon, not his woefully inadequate response to the ecological disaster, itself. That, and Linsay Lohan’s mom didn’t get her free ice cream.

    We are so screwed.

    http://beforeitsnews.com/news/82/080/URGENT_BP_Spill_-_Volcanic_Tsunami_And_Poison_Gas_Alert_video.html

  15. Huh? So he’s going for the high school kids –?

    After opening the East Coast to drilling, approving new drilling leases, approving mountaintop removals, appointing anti-medical marijuqna crusader to head of enforcement, voting for FISA — in general throwing liberal causes under the bus?

    I guess they can’t read.

  16. If Rahn is leaving in a few months, why not go now, just think of the relaxation and all Rahm…don’t wait..go now and please take Mr. Gibbs and Mr. Axelrod with you and please could you take Mrs. Jarrett too and her bosom buddies Samantha Power and Susan Rice. I know, I know you guys will miss your favorite partner Barrack, but we’ll be sending him soon. JUst give us a couple of months and you can have your messiah too!

  17. I also read over at TM that Haliburton bought an oil cleanup company just prior to the explosion and guess who is working the cleanup??? Your right its our wonderful costplus Haliburton….

    Is George Bush hiding in the bathroom at the WH or what? Its just like he NEVER left!

  18. Actually, confloyd, Haliburton was the contractor that built the well for bp. They told BP they needed to buil 20 something-or-other to secure the thing, but there was a mix up and BP only ordered up six, then Hali warned them it was a risk, and BP said it would take too long (a couple of days) and they wuld just go with the six. So, I wouldn’t be surprised they bought a clean up cmpany. LOL. Soory, I don’t remember the details, but these were in the emails back and forth from BP to Hali, someone posted them at some point. But I dunno maybe that was a fake story.

  19. Here’s the story, confloyd:

    blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2010/06/bp-emails-show-disregard-for-nightmare-well.html

  20. mj, Do you think Haliburton would have had time to actually purchase the cleanup company after they found out about the stabilizers…I don’t think so…there sure is alot of folks with primenitions running around Washington. LOL!!

  21. Are you freakin’ kidding me.
    I just got my ‘chores’ (dinner started :-)} done to sit down and watch 60 Minutes, to see the real skinny on the Gulf Oil Gusher…
    ……………
    ………….

    they decided to cover other news, Bernie Madoff’s domain left behind, Michael Jackson’s wealth now that he is dead, and people breaking in to Pelindaba (okay, that one is worth reporting).

    I guess 60 Minutes didn’t think the Gulf Oil Gusher was big enough news………….are they smoking crack these days or what???

  22. confloyd
    June 20th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    If Rahn is leaving in a few months, why not go now, just think of the relaxation and all Rahm…don’t wait..go now and please take Mr. Gibbs and Mr. Axelrod with you and please could you take Mrs. Jarrett too and her bosom buddies Samantha Power and Susan Rice.

    😆 Leave now and avoid the rush.

  23. The volcano link above presents a nightmare situation in which millions may perish if it were to happen. I could kiss my ass goodbye here in coastal F’ing Florida. No time to escape anywhere. There are no hills to run to. I hope this scenario is bogus.

    By the way, where were all those highly paid engineers who one would think would have voiced their disapproval of tapping this particular oil field? Also, if I understood what I heard in the video, this well gusher has an unending supply of oil. Will it ever run out on its own? Sounds to me like it never will. So if oil supplies are finite, how could this be? I have held the belief for some time now that oil is continuously created in the earth’s core, and that it is not created from decayed dinosaurs or plant life. I think that the oil companies, and different fields of science have been hoodwinking the public for many years in order to maintain an artificial idea of oil scarcity and corresponding inflated prices at the gas pumps that is simply not true.

  24. Shadowfax,

    This is just like the primaries when the news media would not leak any news about Obama’s connections until they had too. They’ve blocked the news coming out of Louisiana. We need Carville to get out there and start screaming again.

    I think they are hiding something…whether it was set up or a foreign government did it or just how bad it really is, which I think its the latter.

    I JUST DON’T LIKE SECRECY, it makes things worse by lying about it…I tried to teach my kids this, but Obama had no daddy so lying is easy for him.

    I know today on Fox News Sunday…someone was going to bring up the Jones Act and Chris completely changed the subject…something is up and media is in on it.

  25. The Gulf gusher is proving again that America has lost all it’s real journalists. When people like Anderson Cooper are the only reporters doing the story, we are in deep $hit.

  26. Shadowfax, I have been watching Anderson Cooper religiously, but you can tell by the expressions on his face when someone goes after the “one”, he is totally in the tank for Obama, but wants to win an emmy or something.

  27. Gee- such a hard Luck story regarding poor Rahm Emanuel’s problems. Sounds like alot of bunk to me! Emanuel probably didn’t get along with Soros and/or Brzezinski because they were directing him to do the impossible! So, Obama throws Rahm under the bus-

    Bring a hanky before reading. sniff!
    _______________________________________

    Rahm Emanuel expected to quit White House

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/7837686/Rahm-Emanuel-expected-to-quit-White-House.html

  28. The ultra lefties seem to hate Rahm…so there will be happiness in kool-aidville when this happens. LOL!

  29. I wonder when the bot-talking heads will wonder if Hillary will replace Rahm?

    Seems they have expected her to cover every other job in the administration. 😉

  30. This armada of ships sailing towards the red sea has 6000 marines…when they bring the marines…they mean business…

  31. http://still4hill.wordpress.com/2010/06/19/video-hillary-clintons-fathers-day-message/

    Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Secretary of State

    Washington, DC
    June 20, 2010
    Happy Father’s Day to all of our State Department dads here in Washington and everywhere around the world. We really appreciate all you do.You know, for many children, fathers are the guiding hand on the shoulder or the encouraging voice in the ear, no matter how old we are or how far we are from home we may be. And so today, we take the time to thank you for the years of care that go into nurturing the talents of your children.

    We owe so much to the parents who shape our values. And we at the State Department thank the fathers, and the mothers, who instilled in you the love of country, the sense of duty, the belief in public service that has led to a career of serving our nation.

    Many of you are juggling the demands of difficult jobs while raising your own children. And those of you on unaccompanied tours make hard sacrifices to create a better world for your children and children everywhere. So we just want to take a minute to tell you we appreciate your hard work and will continue to support you and your families in every way we can. To that end, I encourage all State Department fathers as well as mothers to take advantage of our family leave policies and request advanced annual or paid sick leave to help care for and bond with newborns or newly adopted children.

    You know, the next generation deserves every chance to pursue their dreams and fulfill their God-given potential. Your work on the job, but equally, if not more importantly at home, helps make that possible. And your example inspires others to follow in your footsteps and maybe even answer the call to service.

    So I thank you all for what you do, and I wish each and every one of the fathers a very Happy Father’s Day.

  32. I usually don’t post LaRouche stuff, but this one is dear to my heart, especially the last paragraph.

    LaRouche: BP Actions In Gulf Are An Act of War Against the United States
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    June 10, 2010 (LPAC)—”There is no question that the continuation of this problem in the Gulf, is expressly the warfare-like intention of the British Empire against the United States,” charged Lyndon LaRouche on June 8. LaRouche was referring to the utter failure of British Petroleum to deal seriously with the consequences of its own murderous negligence in the case of the Deepwater Horizon drilling station—including its ongoing lies about the size of the leakage, as well as its failure to mobilize anywhere near the resources required to mitigate the damage.

    The British are effectively carrying out warfare against the United States, LaRouche said. In addition, “the President is a complicit traitor to the United States in this war.”

    Obama’s traitorous behavior is demonstrated, first and foremost, by the fact that he has left the handling of the crisis in the hands of the British imperial company, refusing to exercise the sovereign powers of the United States government to expropriate them, and to take over the operations to save the United States population from further devastation of their livelihood.

    Thus, by his failure to act, Obama has left the British criminal in charge of the crime scene, and subjected the American people to more destruction. Like the British agent he is, the President refuses to defend the United States against British depradations.

    “Remember, BP is the personal asset of the British monarchy,” LaRouche added. “It’s an imperial, Anglo-Dutch imperial entity.” It is carrying out “a sabotage operation against the economy and people of the United States.”

    The conclusion is clear: “This President must go, and must go now! He’s unfit to be President, and those in elected office who support him, are not fit to be members of our government. They should git ‘n scat, right now!”

  33. I was a Reagan republican during my youth.
    I still have very strong conservative leanings.
    I donated and blogged for hill…
    thankfully H44 allows diversity and is inclusive.
    while juliettes views are very different she doesnt seem to be trolling and sure could learn something by hanging around so give her a chance.
    so she is a republican… that doesnt mean drive her off
    I would also welcome recovering obama supporters and give them space because they might need it

    this blogs comments are much stronger and interesting to read due to the varying viewpoints.
    thanks
    ———————————————-

    Juliette

    You really need to find another blog. You are obviously a Republican and not a Hillary supporter.

    Admin is extremely patient to try to educate you, but I think it’s a waste of all of our time.

    This is a site for Hillary supporters. Why are you here?

  34. Regarding the Rahm Emanuel story — does anyone know if this has been independently confirmed?

    Don’t get me wrong, if Rahm is leaving, that’s great…but the story is from the Telegraph (UK), a good but sometimes dubious source. I tried to confirm it, but it seems there are few articles on the matter, and pretty much all of them quote the Telegraph as their source of information.

    Maybe some of you had better luck finding out more about this? In any case, we’ll probably know more tomorrow.

  35. Posted by Moe Lane (Profile)
    Sunday, June 20th at 10:30AM EDT

    Democrats in Congress refused to pass a budget this year. Paul Ryan thinks that they’re doing this in order to justify passing a VAT: I think that they’re d0ing this because they don’t want to explain why they spend worse than drunken sailors*; these two opinions are not incompatible with each other.

    The White House plans to wait on trying to pass a cap-and-trade bill until after the elections, but before the 112th Congress takes office. This is incompatible with the Democrats’ breezy assurances that they’re going to do well in November; and I agree with Jim Geraghty that Republican nominees need to get Democratic incumbents on the record as to how they feel about this policy.

    Immigration reform? What’s that? Aside from the White House signing off on telling Ecuador about upcoming litigation before it bothers to tell American citizens, of course.

    Congressional Democrats do not want to repeat the debacle of the health care summit – and, yes, it was a debacle for Congressional Democrats; they were expecting to be able to run on passing Obamacare, and now they’re hoping that it doesn’t hurt them too badly – on any of these subjects.

    None of the above is my fault; or the fault of my political party; or the fault of my general ideology. Cowardice is the absence of bravery and resolution, and I can’t just go and take either quality from people and thus make them weak. This is a collective, yet personal failure on the part of the Democratic leadership, and while I will be no doubt actively hated for pointing all of this out… really, why should I care?

    Moe Lane

  36. I have speculated on the rumor that Hillary would become vp, and come up with half a dozen reasons why she should decline. But if you want to know the show stopper then ponder this. As previously noted, were she to do so, she would be forced to play the bad cop to his good cop. And that would allow the uber corrupt big media to revert back to exactly where they were during the campaign, which is to say they would beat her up while kissing his ass. Yes, these people are that bad, and worse. Really.

    As for the rumor that Hillary would become Secretary of Defense, I reject that suggestion as well. We would be better served by giving that job to a barbarian like Rahm. Before you knew it he would pushing every red button in the Pentagon and sending dead horse heads to our allies. A finer man you will never meet this side of Bedlam Mental Hospital.

    Finally, you will be happy to know that the Chinese Newspaper Sing Tao has a photo of Obama’s mother Stanley Ann Dunham, not quite in the altogether but damned close.

  37. Shadowfax
    June 20th, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    I wonder when the bot-talking heads will wonder if Hillary will replace Rahm?

    Seems they have expected her to cover every other job in the administration.

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

    She sells newspapers, too.

  38. Network TV spent the entire weekendwith BP Tony Hayward and his yacht. Still at it this morning. Plus ‘new’ revelation 100,000 bpd. Rarely in the latter reports is it mentioned that Congress has had that memo for a month. What potus did (ball game Fri, golf all Sat afternoon, Sunday = ?) is not on their radar. Nor is Rahm’s impending departure. Conclusion: LameStream is going all out to restore teh one.

  39. People at Pumapac had various opinions of Juilette. Iirc most thought she was trolling.

    It’s good to get relevant issues brought up and answered. But I don’t think we need to spend much courtesy or TIME on someone who attacks Hillary’s marriage.

  40. Network TV spent the entire weekendwith BP Tony Hayward and his yacht. Still at it this morning. Plus ‘new’ revelation 100,000 bpd. Rarely in the latter reports is it mentioned that Congress has had that memo for a month.

    Congress had the BP memo for a month, for sure then Potus had it too. He did nothing, and kept lying for BP…does he even realize this is our country too….does he think we the peons shouldn’t be told anything?? Why doesn’t he just go home with Rahm, that would solve the worlds problems.

  41. Have now read “Raised by Wolves” and it’s a wonderful read. Such contrasts in how each dealt with adversity. That shows us who has good character, good judgment. Those of us old enough to have watched the Bill Clinton Presidency unfold already knew, but it is so good to have it in print alongside the Whiner who rode his mother’s singleness for all he was worth.

    It is so sad to hear that he’s mobilizing the same age groups again. Absolute sleaze, he is. Does not for one moment entertain the notion of accountability to the majority. Way back there was a saying “He’s so greasy. If he ever fell down, he’d slide right out of town.” We should be so lucky.

  42. sirmrks
    June 21st, 2010 at 2:23 am

    The difference is that you are a Hillary supporter…she appears not to be.

  43. I read this over at Webster Tarpley…he’s calling for antiwar democrat to primary Obama…who could that be…Howard Deaniac?? Does Soros still love him?? I bet so!

    So this tells me why Obama is out and about fixing all the loopholes he used against Hillary to cheat in the Primary and doing a better job of it because you betcha Dean knows where the loopholes are.

  44. “So, Obama throws Rahm under the bus-”

    ———————-

    At some point obama is going to throw the wrong person under the bus and open up a pandora of vicious retaliation.

    I can hope.

  45. confloyd
    June 20th, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    More news from the middle east…I think its touch and go now for Iran…

    ————————
    I’m still vague about the purpose of this armada. Is it a show of force? A potential faceoff? And why isn’t the international media all over this?

  46. I’m hearing stuff from British media that the environment agency has been called in as an american oilpipe is leaking into the english channel.

    Will these oil companyies ever learn.

  47. 6/11/10….BREAKING NEWS! Hawaii Elections Official: Obama not born here! JUNE 10, 2010 – SMOKING GUN?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wo3Aj2eqmS8

    Perhaps it will be easy. the fraud will be exposed and forced to resign.

    If proved true, what would be the penalty for politicians who knowingly assisted in perpetrating this fraud?

  48. The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 29% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-four percent (44%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15

    The president’s ratings fell following his speech last Tuesday night and reached new lows. However, the negative bounce appears to be over and the public perception of the president is back to where it’s been for months.

    ……………i think not, thats the Fri/Sat/Sun usual Dem weekend bounce.

  49. Over the weekend, I heard on WHYY, an NPR affiliate (which in 2008 – 2010 was unabashedly prObama), I heard a couple of people discussing the Resident’s Oval Office speech, and they were saying that the Oval Office setting seemed to diminish him, that he looked like some “skinny guy”, and that no wonder they opted not to use this setting earlier in his term. They noted that he was willing to use a faux-Oval Office setting in the 2008 campaign season, back when it didn’t matter.

    So further proof that the Left is abandoning the Chump-in-Chief.

  50. “thankfully H44 allows diversity and is inclusive.
    while juliettes views are very different she doesnt seem to be trolling and sure could learn something by hanging around so give her a chance.
    so she is a republican… that doesnt mean drive her off”

    juliette has not contributed again and she didn’t respond to admin’s rebuttals, so I tend to think she was indeed a troll. As such, her assertions were just a passing bother and we don’t have to try to shoo her away.

    Moreover, I agree with the above quote, that people with opinions not in line with ours should be welcome, especially if they are Republicans; otherwise, we are just dithering around talking amongst ourselves in a mutual bellybutton admiration circle jerk.

  51. Wish Fox would start running a late night news show similar to how Nightline began during the hostage crisis dedicated solely to the Gulf. Even if it were just online. Or maybe a good time for something like Drudge to evolve? Sickens me when I turn on the traditional news outlets and I hear so little about the tragedy but a wealth of info is presented regarding the Michael Jackson drama. How can any thinking person at the FCC even consider propping up those jokes?

  52. “…But the questions raised by the failure of the blind shear ram extend well beyond the Deepwater Horizon.

    An examination by The New York Times highlights the chasm between the oil industry’s assertions about the reliability of its blowout preventers and a more complex reality. It reveals that the federal agency charged with regulating offshore drilling, the Minerals Management Service, repeatedly declined to act on advice from its own experts on how it could minimize the risk of a blind shear ram failure.

    It also shows that the Obama administration failed to grapple with either the well-known weaknesses of blowout preventers or the sufficiency of the nation’s drilling regulations even as it made plans this spring to expand offshore oil exploration.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/21/us/21blowout.html?hp

  53. ABC article

    Obama has had two major messages for Congress in recent months: Keep the focus on jobs and the economy, and get serious about runaway spending.

    As national debt rises, new push to put focus on jobs and unemployment.
    His problem now is that they’re starting to listen to him on the second point — at the expense of the first.

    In a major shift in congressional politics, Democrats have developed a severe case of sticker shock, just as many of their colleagues press to prime the pump of the economy in time for the mid-term congressional elections.

    Now, even popular initiatives with widespread support — notably an extension in unemployment benefits for those who have been out of work for more than a year, plus $50 billion the White House is asking for to help avert state layoffs of teachers and law enforcement officials – are stalled inside Congress.

  54. The Bottom Line? Obama is not merely a thug. He is an ineffective one.

    Obama’s thuggery is useless in fighting spill
    By: MICHAEL BARONE
    Senior Political Analyst
    June 20, 2010

    Thuggery is unattractive. Ineffective thuggery even more so. Which may be one reason so many Americans have been reacting negatively to the response of Barack Obama and his administration to BP’s Gulf oil spill.

    Take Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s remark that he would keep his “boot on the neck” of BP, which brings to mind George Orwell’s definition of totalitarianism as “a boot stamping on a human face — forever.” Except that Salazar’s boot hasn’t gotten much in the way of results yet.

    Or consider Obama’s undoubtedly carefully considered statement to Matt Lauer that he was consulting with experts “so I know whose ass to kick.” Attacking others is a standard campaign tactic when you’re in political trouble, and certainly BP, which appears to have taken unwise shortcuts in the Gulf, is an attractive target.

    But you don’t always win arguments that way. The Obama White House gleefully took on Dick Cheney on the issue of terrorist interrogations. It turned out that more Americans agreed with Cheney’s stand, despite his low poll numbers, than Obama’s.

    Then there is Obama’s decision to impose a six-month moratorium on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf. This penalizes companies with better safety records than BP’s and will result in many advanced drilling rigs being sent to offshore oil fields abroad.

    The justification offered was an Interior Department report supposedly “peer reviewed” by “experts identified by the National Academy of Engineering.” But it turned out the drafts the experts saw didn’t include any recommendation for a moratorium. Eight of the cited experts have said they oppose the moratorium as more economically devastating than the oil spill and “counterproductive” to safety.

    This was blatant dishonesty by the administration, on an Orwellian scale. In defense of a policy that has all the earmarks of mindless panic, that penalizes firms and individuals guilty of no wrongdoing and that will worsen rather than improve our energy situation. Ineffective thuggery.

    And what about the decision not to waive the Jones Act, which bars foreign-flag vessels from coming to the aid of the Gulf cleanup? The Bush administration promptly waived it after Katrina in 2005. The Obama administration hasn’t and claims unconvincingly that, gee, there aren’t really any foreign vessels that could help.

    The more plausible explanation is that this is a sop to the maritime unions, part of the union movement that gave Obama and other Democrats $400 million in the 2008 campaign cycle. It’s the Chicago way: Dance with the girl that brung ya.

    Or the decision to deny Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposal to deploy barges to skim oil from the Gulf’s surface. Can’t do that until we see if they’ve got enough life preservers and fire equipment. That inspired blogger Rand Simberg to write a blog post he dated June 1, 1940: “The evacuation of British and French troops from the besieged French city of Dunkirk was halted today, over concerns that many of the private vessels that had been deployed for the task were unsafe for troop transport.”

    Finally, the $20 billion escrow fund that Obama pried out of the BP treasury at the White House when he talked for the first time, 57 days after the rig exploded, with BP Chairman Tony Hayward. It’s pleasing to think that those injured by BP will be paid off speedily, but House Republican Joe Barton had a point, though an impolitic one, when he called this a “shakedown.”

    For there already are laws in place that insure that BP will be held responsible for damages and the company has said it will comply. So what we have is government transferring property from one party, an admittedly unattractive one, to others, not based on pre-existing laws but on decisions by one man, pay czar Kenneth Feinberg.

    Feinberg gets good reviews from everyone. But the Constitution does not command “no person . . . shall . . . be deprived of life, liberty or property, without due process of law except by the decision of a person as wise and capable as Kenneth Feinberg.” The Framers stopped at “due process of law.”

    Obama doesn’t. “If he sees any impropriety in politicians ordering executives about, upstaging the courts and threatening confiscation, he has not said so,” write the editors of the Economist, who then suggest that markets see Obama as “an American version of Vladimir Putin.” Except that Putin is an effective thug.

    Michael Barone, The Examiner’s senior political analyst, can be contacted at mbarone@washingtonexaminer.com. His columns appear Wednesday and Sunday, and his stories and blog posts appear on ExaminerPolitics.com.

    Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/Obama_s-thuggery-is-useless-in-fighting-spill-96684389.html#ixzz0rVJvQ1W5

  55. turndownobama

    Shadowfax

    I wonder when the bot-talking heads will wonder if Hillary will replace Rahm?

    Seems they have expected her to cover every other job in the administration.

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

    She sells newspapers, too.

    But she doesn’t sell kool-aid…

  56. henry
    June 21st, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Wish Fox would start running a late night news show similar to how Nightline began during the hostage crisis dedicated solely to the Gulf. Even if it were just online. Or maybe a good time for something like Drudge to evolve? Sickens me when I turn on the traditional news outlets and I hear so little about the tragedy

    ———
    It has been bothering me too, and it seems as though Fox has done very little to cover it…because they like Big Oil???

    60 Minutes hasn’t been covering it, because they are still controlled by the O’Administration?

    Thanks God for the internet or all of us would still be in the dark, and that’s probably why Barry wants to control the internet and cable news…so dear leader can control the spin.

    &%$#$@$$#@@!!Turds

  57. OMG Drudge thought the same thing I did about capturing that image on the video posted above, see the big headline on Drudge. (Not a BP poster though)

  58. sirmrks

    I am with you. There is a group here that THINKS they are ALL KNOWING and THINKS their way is the only truth, but alas, they are mistaken and forget, this is not their blog.They are the ones that need “education”. They have a very narrow window of tolerance. Kind of like a bigot I would say. Their words speak for themselves.
    ************

    “You really need to find another blog. You are obviously a Republican and not a Hillary supporter.

    Admin is extremely patient to try to educate you, but I think it’s a waste of all of our time.

    This is a site for Hillary supporters. Why are you here?”

  59. OMG…Wikileaks is releasing the video! OUr country can’t even find this idiot. He has over 250,000 pieces of highly classified military stuff. It is now being reported on CNN.

  60. My question for wiki is “where the hell were you when Obama was raping this country in 2008′.

  61. OK, I went back and read Juliette’s comments. I am not in sync with her, but I still feel there is a few on this site that feel superior and regularly make derogatory comments when others voice a dissenting thought. All I am saying, is I have noticed several regular bloggers blogging less and I miss them and wondered if this was part of the reason.

  62. Confloyd,

    What video is Wiki releasing? The guy who runs the site is a very sophisticated journalist that moves between countries. He’s doing important work right now. I hope he stays safe.

  63. THe enviromental protection agency has been called in because a pipeline is leaking in the English Channel….Ok just in recent days we had a spill in Alaska too.

    Looks like they’ve know about these leaks and have decided now to make them public so we can get cap and tax.

    Or this could be acts of terror…who knows with this administration that loves lying and covering stuff up.

  64. Its the video from an Afghanistan firefight where many civilians died by American hands…well I just as soon he release something besides our young men making mistakes in war…many of our kids have died by friendly fire too…its war…it happens…no one likes it.

    He apparently has things that will embarass the defense dept and the state dept.

    We don’t need this.

  65. For those of you interested, they are talking about it on FoxNews now…so it must be coming out…this one is supposed to be devastating.

  66. NewMexicoFan
    June 21st, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    This is what makes me mad about the republicans…they are mad that Obama did not appoint a republican to distribute the money because they appointed a democrat to distribute the 9/11 fund. He did a good job and should be able to do it again….what’s the problem with giving him this job too….I don’t get it.

  67. confloyd
    June 21st, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    There is no doubt it will be used for a slush fund also. it should have had A Dem and Rep together administer it and avoid the obvious.

  68. Boy, working too many hours, can’t spell. You know, have to work to pay for the illegals and billionaires.

  69. gonzotex, I agree, with this adminstration’s roots from Chicago “the shakedown city”, it would have been best. Obama seems to have a way to twist arms that has been unforeseen by previous administrations. I think Obama has dirt on everyone, how he got it is what I would like to know.

  70. #
    confloyd
    June 21st, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    shadowfax, I think I believe Kyl over this liar in chief, what about you??? LOL!
    —–

    I am pretty sure Barry wants to give a free pass to all illegals so they can work for ACORN, and he was probably dumb enough to say it to Kyl.

    Then again, Barry lies so much that what he says doesn’t mean anything anyway.

    Barry lied to Jan Brewster, said he would give her aid and details of that aid would come within 2 weeks. Instead she had to hear that Barry’s lawyers were going to sue Arizona from Hillary on a tv show on the other side of the planet…on that two week mark.

  71. More on why the d@mn rig blew up, short cuts and incompetency by BP and the MMS…

    Regulators Failed to Address Risks in Oil Rig Fail-Safe Device

    [snip]

    An examination by The New York Times highlights the chasm between the oil industry’s assertions about the reliability of its blowout preventers and a more complex reality. It reveals that the federal agency charged with regulating offshore drilling, the Minerals Management Service, repeatedly declined to act on advice from its own experts on how it could minimize the risk of a blind shear ram failure.

    It also shows that the Obama administration failed to grapple with either the well-known weaknesses of blowout preventers or the sufficiency of the nation’s drilling regulations even as it made plans this spring to expand offshore oil exploration.

    “What happened to all the stakeholders — Congress, environmental groups, industry, the government — all stakeholders involved were lulled into a sense of what has turned out to be false security,” David J. Hayes, the deputy interior secretary, said in an interview.

    Even in one significant instance where the Minerals Management Service did act, it appears to have neglected to enforce a rule that required oil companies to submit proof that their blind shear rams would in fact work.

    more http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/21/us/21blowout.html?ref=us

  72. Rig Worker Claims BP Knew of Leak in Emergency System Before Explosion
    By ROBERT MACKEY

    In an interview published online on Monday, a technician who worked on the Deepwater Horizon told the BBC that the rig’s blowout preventer, which failed to seal BP’s Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico after an explosion on April 20, was leaking fluid weeks before the accident.

    Tyrone Benton, who worked for a subcontractor on the rig, operating underwater robots, said in a video interview that he had spotted a leak in one of two control pods in the blowout preventer weeks before the explosion and notified BP and Transocean, the rig operator.

    [snip]

    “We saw a leak on the pod,” Mr. Benton told Hilary Andersson of the BBC, and “seeing the leak we informed the company men.” He added: “They have a control room where they could turn off that pod and turn on the other one, so that they don’t have to stop production.”

    To really fix the problem, Mr. Benton said, the company would have had to “stop production, bring the B.O.P. completely up and start working on it.” But, he said, that was not done.

    http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/21/rig-worker-claims-bp-knew-of-leak-in-emergency-system-before-explosion/

  73. Shadowfax @ 1:30 and others mentioning Kyl/immigration. This is currently lead story on foxnews.com:
    No. 2 Senate Republican draws gasps from Town Hall audience with claim that the president is refusing to secure the border until Congress reaches an immigration reform breakthrough.

  74. I saw 3 articles slamming Chelsea wedding as a donor benefit…OMG, the kid can’t even get married without the reporters making crap up….They say the whole DNC will be there…well that is her parents friends…at least some of them.

  75. Is Rahm Emanuel’s Rumored Departure a Sign Hillary Clinton will Run in 2012?

    June 21, 2010
    By Mondoreb

    Are Democrats ready for a Clinton-Obama rematch in 2012?

    The rumors are flying that Rahm Emanuel will leave the White House after the 2010 elections. Is this a sign that Hillary Clinton will challenge Barack Obama in 2012? There are other clues that the former First Lady wants a rematch of 2008’s bruising Democrat primary in 2012.

    http://deathby1000papercuts.com/2010/06/is-rahm-emanuels-rumored-departure-a-sign-hillary-clinton-will-run-in-2012/

  76. holdthemaccountable…can’t we get this jerk for lying or malfeasance or something…he needs to go.

    If you read how Blago worked, Obama works the same way.

  77. Shadowfax, Now we know his true feelings about Israel…OMG! They have to find something before this idiot does something really stupid…we have always been allies with Israel until now.

  78. admin
    June 20th, 2010 at 7:37 pm
    &&&&&&&&&

    Was that a photo of him “air kicking-ass”?

    People usually play “air guitar” because…they can’t actually play guitar.

    He is a goofy and silly man, as well as dangerous, deceitful.

    Oh yeah, he also SUCKS at golf. And that’s something he actuallys spends time practicing at.

  79. A must read!

    “Carbon Tax On Electricity To Send Prices Skyrocketing”

    Paul Joseph Watson
    Prison Planet.com
    Monday, June 21, 2010

  80. Another failed plan of the anointed One, only a
    25 BILLION dollar mistake so far….

    The Obama administration’s flagship effort to help people in danger of losing their homes is falling flat.

    More than a third of the 1.24 million borrowers who have enrolled in the $75 billion mortgage modification program have dropped out. That’s more than the 27 percent who have managed to have their loan payments reduced to help them keep their homes.

    Last month alone, 150,000 borrowers left the program — bringing the total to 436,000 who have exited since it began in March 2009.
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    Administration officials say borrowers will get help in other ways. But analysts fear the majority will still wind up in foreclosure.

    A major reason so many have fallen out of the program is the Obama administration initially pressured banks to sign up borrowers without insisting first on proof of their income. When banks later moved to collect the information, many troubled homeowners were disqualified or dropped out.

    Many borrowers complained that the banks lost their documents. The industry said borrowers weren’t sending back the necessary paperwork.

    Treasury officials have directed lenders to shift to a new system. They are now required to collect two recent pay stubs at the start of the process. Borrowers have to give the Internal Revenue Service permission to provide their most recent tax returns to lenders.

    The growing number of people leaving the program could lead to a new wave of foreclosures. If that happens, it could weaken the housing market and hold back the broader economic recovery.

    Most of those leaving the program were rejected during a trial period lasting at least three months. More than 6,300 dropped out after having their loans modified.

    Another 340,000 homeowners, or 27 percent of those who started the program, have received permanent loan modifications and are making payments on time.

    Experts say more borrowers are likely to drop out in the coming months. Some homeowners who owe more on their loans than their properties are worth are likely to conclude that paying an oversized mortgage simply isn’t worth the cost.

    Even after their loans are modified, many borrowers are simply stuck with too much debt — from car loans to home equity loans to credit cards.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37827936/ns/business-real_estate/

  81. confloyd, Don’t worry about those Internet stories on Chelsea’s wedding. When the whole thing is over, you’ll find out that a whole bunch of donors who expected to be invited weren’t – only ones who’ve been good friends of the family for years. Keep in mind, everyone who’s anyone in the Dem Party wants an invite. Since the guest list is 400, that’ll leave hundreds and hundreds of people disappointed.

    Also, Hillary is not challenging Obama in 2012. Period.

  82. The difference is that you are a Hillary supporter…she appears not to be.

    hehe that is a big difference…. kill the troll.

  83. shadowfax,
    This is just another thing that shows Obama maybe can get the money for things but he has no concept on how to set it up to work efficently for the people he got it for…look at the disaster in the gulf…he got BP to cough up the money, but has not performed the basics of the cleanup management. Its as though strong arming individual is his only ability.

    Kind of makes you wonder how he even got the nomination….I guess lots, and lots of money and then his handlers wanted to get him elected…apparently they don’t like governing.

  84. confloyd
    June 21st, 2010 at 3:12 pm
    I saw 3 articles slamming Chelsea wedding as a donor benefit…OMG, the kid can’t even get married without the reporters making crap up….They say the whole DNC will be there…well that is her parents friends…at least some of them.
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    F___ Big Media. Just F them. They’ve got a damned encyclopedia of genuine lawlessness associated with Obama they could investigate and write about. Ya know, actually do something good for the nation? Instead they make up complete BS about a matter that affects nobody other than the family and their guests.

    Just lame.

  85. Blowme, What really pisses me off is that these are blood suckers, sucking off money demonizing the Clinton’s…some have made fortunes doing so. I am so happy some of them have recently lost their asses….mostly its the left I think, coupled with the far right, all the wingnuts on both sides need their own party to screw up.

  86. What else is frickin’ new… (I guess that even MSNBC is reporting it!)

    Companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill are hiring a bevy of high-priced Washington lobbyists and consultants to help them weather the crisis, as investigations heat up and calls for policy changes intensify.

    BP, which has garnered the bulk of public attention and contempt for the spill, has assembled a formidable team of Democrats for its Washington lobbying and public-relations offensive. There is Tony Podesta, who heads one of the District’s leading lobbying firms; Jamie Gorelick, a top Justice Department official in the Clinton administration now at the law firm WilmerHale; Hilary Rosen, a former recording-industry lobbyist who heads the Washington office of the Brunswick Group, a public-relations consultancy; and Michael S. Berman of the Duberstein Group, who was a longtime aide to former vice president Walter F. Mondale before becoming a lobbyist.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37817700/ns/us_news-washington_post/

  87. I wondered why so many sites have articles about the Russians and their concern over the Gulf Oil gusher…now I see why:

    BP CEO Tony Hayward is expected to visit Russia soon to try to reassure President Dmitry Medvedev that the oil company is not on the brink of financial collapse as a result of the Gulf of Mexico spill, the Financial Times reported Wednesday.

    Russia and the U.S. are BP’s biggest areas of operation, with the former providing nearly 25 percent of the company’s oil.

    The FT reported that Hayward wants to meet Medvedev to reassure him that BP can withstand the liabilities from the spill and to discuss whether the company will sell some of its Russian assets to help fund the Gulf cleanup. The timing of the trip remains uncertain, it said.

    Word of Hayward’s trip comes a day after BP decided to shift responsibility for public response to the spill to one of the company’s top-ranking Americans, Bob Dudley.

    Dudley, the company’s managing director, will take over as BP’s point man on the spill response, reporting to Hayward, who has been widely criticized for tone-deaf comments and yachting amid the crisis.

    The Associated Press reports that Dudley is no stranger to tough situations, having protected his company’s interests in rough dealing in Russia even after he was barred from the country. Perhaps most importantly, he is a fresh face for the oil giant as it attempts to fix the spill and protect its future.

  88. all the wingnuts on both sides need their own party to screw up.
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    I said that for 15+ years during my apolitical period. Damned nuts on both sides shouting out the majority middle.

  89. Of course, busybody HuffPuff is interested in the details:

    New York Magazine has some new details about Chelsea Clinton’s upcoming wedding to Marc Mezvinsky. The nuptials will reportedly be held July 31–but supposedly not on Martha’s Vineyard and instead somewhere in New York:

    “The wedding planner will contact each guest directly a week in advance and let them know where it is,” says the fund-raiser, who speculated that the Hamptons are out because the L.I.E. can be a very long road. The smart money, then, is somewhere upstate, possibly in Westchester or Dutchess County–most likely on property owned by a Clinton supporter. “You really see who their closest friends are in this list,” says an insider. “It’s not a celebrity-driven wedding.”

    Former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe may have been helping out with the location’s selection. However, the bulk of the wedding planning is being taken on by Massachusetts event planner Bryan Rafanelli, who has been Hillary Clinton’s go-to guy. He’s also marrying Congressman Anthony Weiner to Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin. According to “bride-side sources” only 400 people will be invited–including donors, campaign, State Department, and Clinton Foundation staff, foreign dignitaries and both Clinton and Obama White House officials, but Chelsea says she must personally know every guest.

  90. After listening to Glenn Beck today…I realize why Nancy Pelosi wanted more security around her…its going to get alot uglier.

  91. I don’t have a tv at work nor a big enough roll of tinfoil to watch the Becksters.

    Let us know of anything Beck talks about that we don’t already know, confloyd.

  92. its going to get alot uglier.

    There is blood in the water and the sharks are hungry for the White House…with all it perks and freebies.

  93. Paula
    June 21st, 2010 at 4:34 pm
    Also, Hillary is not challenging Obama in 2012. Period.

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    Sigh. Probably not. But we can dream.

    And us dreamers are a bargaining chip for her.

  94. Shadowfax…he has the emails from Soros (center for american progress) on how to handle the gulf oil spill.

    John Podesta is part of the center and is raising cane with BP….John brother is a lobbiest that works for BP who is trying to help BP.

    Soros is behind this oil spill in order to take out his competitors and Obama is helping him…they have the emails…I hope I can post these clips tonight.

  95. Now we learn Soros is set to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the Gulf oil catastrophe. With Obama’s ‘moratorium’ and the Obama Admin’s general hostility to drilling, it’s reported many oil companies have already looked into with Brazil regarding a move those shores. And what is Soros principally invested in right now? Petrobras, the Brazilian state oil company.

    It’s all over the internet

    http://www.google.com/search?q=Soros%2C+Obama+and+BP+oil&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

  96. confloyd
    June 21st, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    THe enviromental protection agency has been called in because a pipeline is leaking in the English Channel….Ok just in recent days we had a spill in Alaska too.

    Looks like they’ve know about these leaks and have decided now to make them public so we can get cap and tax.

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    Or, the world has had a terrible wake-up call so now everyone is tightening up safety against another spill. Good for them!

    And/or, the media is now finding such matters newsworthy.

  97. turndown, your right! the oceans are going to be full of oil from our leak, so I guess they need to stop all the little ones or they can use this to push cap and tax…which is what they are doing.

  98. Con,
    You have testimony and e-mails between BP and Haliburton demonstrating it was a stupid, reckless action. Soros didn’t cause the explosion.

    Now, the government’s horrendous conduct subsequent to the spill, yeah, Soros could be involved in it. Need Barry’s blackberry for that.

  99. turndown

    Sigh. Probably not. But we can dream.

    And us dreamers are a bargaining chip for her.

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    Keep the dream alive, otherwise all we have is voting for the best of the worst.

  100. they can use this to push cap and tax…which is what they are doing.
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    exactly. More Big Media bullshit to get Barry his billion dollars out of a carbon exchange.

  101. gonzotx
    June 21st, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    OK, I went back and read Juliette’s comments. I am not in sync with her, but I still feel there is a few on this site that feel superior and regularly make derogatory comments when others voice a dissenting thought. All I am saying, is I have noticed several regular bloggers blogging less and I miss them and wondered if this was part of the reason.

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    Regulars sometimes have lives elsewhere too. 😉 Hope all goes well and they get back soon.

    Dissent on relevant issues needs to be heard and answered, as Admin is doing a great job of. Personal insults to Hillary and Bill need to be slammed imo; seeing something like that unanswered is likely to discourage good posters.

  102. This is what he is saying….that the Center for American Progress is really Potus…as soon as they call the WH does what they say to do and he has the emails to prove it….

    I am sick of this S.O.B., they promised him to live the high life while he is President and they would run things….plus they put Hillary in a place where she is so busy she can’t see whats happening…they ship her off to many places to get treaties that are never signed…I read that….very few of the treaties she has worked her butt off for has he signed.

  103. Confloyd,

    That’s in insane. That’s literally insane. Obama is a rightwing president governing frequently to the right of Bush. CAP is a liberal think tank/lobbying group who are fairly mainstream Democrats who oppose much of what Obama is doing.

    Glenn Beck is one of the most worthless, uninformed, hysterical clowns this country has ever needed to face down. Why are you watching him? He literally has nothing of value to say.

  104. confloyd
    So this tells me why Obama is out and about fixing all the loopholes he used against Hillary to cheat in the Primary and doing a better job of it because you betcha Dean knows where the loopholes are.

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    I haven’t had the stomach to look at Obama’s rule changes, but this makes sense. In 2012 he will be the incumbent and will not want grassroots challenges.

  105. Confloyd, Hill is very connected with CAP. People have even called it the official Hillary Clinton think tank.

  106. Frankly, I don’t get all the fear here about cap and trade. My only problem with it is it doesn’t go far enough. I prefer the straightforward carbon tax. But, I mean, Hill ran on cap and trade. Bill Clinton as President proposed a carbon tax and cap and trade. I don’t get the fear around here.

  107. confloyd

    One thing most of us are not used to since 2008 is listening to both sides of the media to try and get to the truth.

    Generally, Dems listen to the MSM while most of us realized early on that we were being hoodwinked by them in hopes that we would follow the anointed One.

    Many of us started watching Fox to get the ‘real’ news, mainly reporting the faults and flaws of Barry’s agenda vs the false promises he made while he ran against Hillary.

    One problem with this has been that as you listen to your opposing media stream, the right, just like most of the left these days…spins the news to prove their side is the honorable side.

    Beck may believe that he only tells the truth, but he is a spin doctor with a few clownesque traits. Try to keep grounded and research anything that sounds a little wacky.

  108. Beck is a pathological liar who is genuinely demented. He, like Limbaugh, is a sick nut and our nation is much worse off for their impact on our national discourse.

  109. basement angel
    June 21st, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Yes, but I would say the same is absolutely true of Olbermann and Matthews. That’s the problem with infotainment.

  110. mj

    Frankly, I don’t get all the fear here about cap and trade.
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    I can only speak for myself, but I fear anything that Obama, Pelosi and Reid want to pass without bipartisan approval. For example the Hell Care Bill. It is pay to play for Big Pharma and the Insurance Industries, not single payer heath care.

    I have nothing against green energy and reducing our dependency on petroleum, I just don’t think that is where the collected footprint tax will end up. I worry that this is another shakedown on the American tax payers at a time that most of us are either unemployed or worried that we will be laid off in this economy. If this were the era of Bill Clinton, with a great economy, I would be all for it.

    I just don’t trust Obama, that’s the bottom line.

  111. mj

    Shadowfax

    This is why I don’t watch the news. LOL
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    It is a maze to wade though, but I can’t resist. 😉

  112. Shadowfax
    June 21st, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Hmmm, you may get your bipartisan approval, though that means utterly nothing to me, since today’s Republican Party cares nothing about reducing spending if it can line the pockets of its campaign contributors. I think Scott Brown, the Maine girls and lindsay graham will be yes votes. I don’t favor cap and trade. I like the carbon tax. I’m just not afraid of cap and trade.

  113. mj
    June 21st, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Shadowfax
    June 21st, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Hmmm, you may get your bipartisan approval

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    You’re right, I was thinking in the ‘olden days’ when the folks that agreed were more in agreement on what the majority of American’s wanted……..now, it is all a crap shoot in congress.

  114. shadowfax, it’s awful. And, let’s face it, it’s all about money today. Just wait after the SC decision on campaign finance. It’s going to be worse.

  115. mj
    June 21st, 2010 at 6:04 pm
    Frankly, I don’t get all the fear here about cap and trade. My only problem with it is it doesn’t go far enough. I prefer the straightforward carbon tax. But, I mean, Hill ran on cap and trade. Bill Clinton as President proposed a carbon tax and cap and trade. I don’t get the fear around here.
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    First, the science behind climate change as being something caused by human activity is sketchy at best, and that’s being very generous. It has been demonstrated with equally rigorous discipline, that the extreme effects of warming, regardless of the source, have been hugely exaggerated. To arrange an entire economy around a very iffy theory is idiocy, in the extreme.

    Second, cap and trade makes everything more expensive for the middle class by making inefficient technolgies economically competitive with coal and oil. Only 2% of a barrel of oil is used to produce fuel.

    Third, cap and trade is simply a means to transfer the wealth of the middle class to the government and the companies such as Goldman Sachs, et al., who will sell the credits, create the exchanges, et cetera.

    Fourth, unless China and India were involved in such a scheme, it would have minisicule effect on the amount of carbon released by human activity anyway, that is even IF human generated carbon were affecting temperatures.

    I could go on and on, but the bottom line is that if AGW is not a plain fraud, it is a very shaky theory at best. You don’t go making everything in the world more expensive and intentionally utilize less efficient and productive energy sources on the basis of whim, which is all that AGW is at this point, a whim.

  116. It just baffles me that Cap and Trade will allow billions to be made off of the backs of hard working Americans. While gore jets around the world. I don’t care that he buys offsets. He still leaves a bigger carbon footprint in a month than I will in my life time. But its okay for him to enjoy because he buys an offset? Same thing with rock stars. I recycle, walk and use public transportation, carry my own shopping bags to the grocery store and only use the air conditioner when it is very hot. Cap and trade will cause everything to go up. How much for a movie ticket when the cost of keeping it cool escalates or groceries for that matter?

  117. I don’t believe that. I think climate change is real, and the science is sound.

    Solar, wind, these sorts of energies don’t have the down side of what’s happening in the gulf right now, or what routinely happens in coal mines.

    I think it will be a huge boon to the economy when we really move to alternative energies…see Brazil.

    I’m not afraid of moving away from oil and coal. I think it’s a good idea. My only problem with cap and trade is that it doesn’t go far enough, and it can be easily gamed. I, frankly, like clean air, and I like when things progress. That doesn’t scare me.

  118. Fine, mj, then you pay the tax and increased cost of living, but leave me out of it. I have no problem with that arrangement.

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