Time To Gloat – Obama’s Failure Of Leadership Leads to Calls For A Real Leader

Today Barack Obama punished America with another tedious speech. This publicity stunt gusher of words was not about the gusher of oil from Obama’s Katrina but about immigration. It was a silly speech broken by the weight of oh so many flowery words which amounted to nothing.

Conservatives and Republicans (and even genuine illegal immigration rights advocates if they are honest about it) did not need to hear the speech because they knew it was sure to be Obama bunk. (Like the inaugural oath, Obama bungled today’s speech too but the tingles at MSNBC were still felt and the question of “birth” is still to be understood by Barack.)

Fools listened to Obama’s flowery words on immigration, but the real message for the wily was his opening statement. No, it was not about the latest rise in jobless claims. It was not about the “leading indicator” on the economy, Wall Street – submerged and the economy tanking. No, it was not that the oceans had receded and that the planet has healed either. Obama instead preferred to begin his remarks with sweet halcyon memories of the last time he was at that venue.

The last time Barack Obama spoke at Obama lovin’ American University in Washington D.C. was when the now defunct Ted Kennedy endorsed him as part of a long and well planned scheme to gift Barack Obama the Democratic nomination. Ted Kennedy, the Barzini of American politics, had planned that gift to Obama long ago but pretended he was on the sidelines. It was at American University that Ted Kennedy stuck the long unsheathed knife into the back of Hillary Clinton.

Why is that Ted Kennedy, sans Chappaquiddick memory, the key to today’s publicity stunt speech? Because Barack Obama feels the hot breath of fate catching up to his flim-flammery. That hot breath comes from the nostrils of Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton – and not in an amorous way. Today George W. Bush’s top communications aide lays out July 2010 reality:

“Former President Clinton bucked the White House in endorsing the challenger in Colorado’s Senate race. Mark McKinnon on why 42’s popularity is surging—while Obama may be the kiss of death this fall.[snip]

Straying from the playbook is bad enough, but it has to be a source of some frustration and teeth-gnashing for Obama’s inner circle that Bill Clinton has become a more popular campaign surrogate and endorser than their boss.[snip]

Love him or loathe him, Bubba inspires “The Real Thing”—brand loyalty.[snip]

Über-liberal Janeane Garofalo delivers a body blow: “I have to say I was surprised how disappointing the Obama administration has turned out to be.” And for the knockout: “I am more used to it now.” She’s not alone. Jon Stewart jabs David Axelrod: “Has government during this time proved itself competent?” And from Bob Herbert in The New York Times: Barack Obama and the Democrats “have wasted the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity handed to them in the 2008 election.”[snip]

So it won’t be a big surprise if Democrats, particularly in swing districts, prefer for Obama to stay in DC come fall.

But Bill Clinton will likely be in huge demand, as will Sarah Palin, his Republican counterpart, who has become a heavyweight endorser as well.”

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What was once dismissed as Big Pink lunacy is increasingly the conventional wisdom now. But that’s true about so many things these days. Let’s recall what we wrote back in 2009:

“While we don’t think Hillary Clinton will directly challenge Obama for the nomination in 2012, we do think it is the job of sensible Democrats and smart Hillary supporting websites to drive Obama from the 2012 race. It is also the job for American citizens who care about the country.”


Jut Jaw

Let’s also boot up a comment from an “insider” which we quoted earlier this year. The quote from the insidery guy:

“I do get the issues that others have about Daschle….but the fact remains that Obama’s political genius is being one of the best M&A guys in politics – morphing major pieces of the Daley machine into the Daschle machine into the Kennedy machine and into the Edwards machine. They are still trying to meld the Clinton franchise in, but that’s been difficult.”

You betcha it’s been difficult and now clearly not going to happen. As the Obama boobery and ceaseless incompetence so vividly demonstrated by Obama’s Katrina escalates, the Hillary Clinton 2012 articles flood forth like a Big Pink truth machine. For instance:

“Nearly six in ten voters nationwide — 57% — say President Barack Obama’s handling of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is either the same or worse than Bush’s handling of Katrina. This includes 34% who report Obama’s management of the disaster is comparable and 23% who view it as worse.”

While most Dimocrats (59%) still sip Hopium on this issue, Independents (63%) give Obama Bush-like or worse ratings. Almost one third of Independents believe Obama’s Katrina is worse (29%) than Bush’s Katrina and (34% think Obama=Bush). Independents (62% strongly disapprove or disapprove) of Obama’s Katrina response. They’ll remember in November.

Dimocrats will only put aside the Hopium cup after November, if and only if, there is doom and devastation in the election results.

For many, already it’s more than buyers’ remorse. It’s anger that instead of the limousine Ted Kennedy sold them they got an Edsel:

“Bad news for President Obama and congressional Democrats is common these days, but these results unveiled Tuesday are simply dismal. Asked to compare Obama to a car, one Iowan chose an Edsel: “Something that had a lot of hype, but failed to live up to expectations.” Another older man described Obama as “a wrecked Ferrari, something that looked great to many people, but was now ruined.”

“In August 2009, [our focus groups found] there was a wait-and-see attitude towards the president. That has changed,” summarized Gillespie. “There is not only growing concern about spending, debt and the direction of economy but creeping doubts about the president’s leadership abilities, which is probably a more troublesome concern to the White House and the president’s supporters.”

According to the Independents polled “…the manner in which President Obama responded to the oil spill made them more apprehensive about what would happen should a terrorist attack or foreign-policy crisis occur.”

There’s a lot of bad news for Obama and his juiced up Dimocrats:

“Independents are now thinking about the same issues that Republicans are, and their thinking is virtually indistinguishable from Republicans,” he said. “Independents are really engaged, they are really paying attention. That is not normal; usually independents are a little tuned out.”

He said that changes in independents’ perceptions of Obama can largely be attributed to a pair of key events. The first was the health-care legislation, “not the content but the way it was adopted. It was backroom politics, smoke-filled rooms, deals.”

The second was the Gulf: “They really looked at him and drew a different conclusion. They don’t see managerial experience; they started seeing that he hasn’t really managed the crisis.” The focus groups in Florida and Arkansas seemed most focused on the president’s response to the spill.[snip]

“You kept hearing words like ‘downhill,’ ‘bankrupt,’ ‘falling apart.’ There was no optimism or hope for the future. They have no reason to believe things will get better. . . . On Obama, they described him as ‘all style, no substance.’ They gave him credit for being a good speaker and charismatic, but characterized him as not coming through and not delivering.”

Um, “all style, no substance”. Anyone remember this?:

“President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform is meeting today as part of its efforts to craft recommendations by December on how best to address America’s red-ink problem. [snip]

Yet the president’s decision to establish a commission to address a problem he described as potentially catastrophic seems odd in light of his earlier criticism of commissions in general. As Ari Shapiro noted on National Public Radio today, the president mocked the notion of commissions to address problems back when he was a candidate.

Here’s Mr. Obama on September 18, 2008, not long after the economic collapse: “Senator McCain’s first answer to this economic crisis was – get ready for it – a commission. That’s Washington-speak for ‘we’ll get back to you later.'”

Folks, we don’t need a commission to spend a few years and a lot of taxpayer money to tell us what’s going on in our economy,” he continued. “We don’t need a commission to tell us gas prices are high or that you can’t pay your bills. We don’t need a commission to tell us you’re losing your jobs. We don’t need a commission to study this crisis, we need a President who will solve it – and that’s the kind of President I intend to be.”

Um, by Obama’s own flowery words he stands condemned – a failure of leadership. “We’ll get back to you later”.

“Still, as Shapiro notes, most commissions end up having little real world impact – much as then-candidate Obama suggested. (One notable exception is the Sept. 11 commission.) The deficit commission is just one of at least four commissions set up by the Obama White House: there are also commissions on the BP oil leak, nuclear power and potentially creating a museum of the American Latino.”

Hillary Hater Dick Morris does not miss the clues strewn about right in front of everyone, while Big Media wastes time fixated on Obama verbiage. Morris makes several points which we have made earlier and repeatedly: (1) Hillary and Bill coordinate; (2) 2010 will write the tale for 2012:

“A little bit of daylight has begun to emerge between the Clintons and President Obama. As the president’s ratings drop — recently, particularly among liberals — the first signs are beginning to show of distance between the former rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination.

As always with the Clintons, the signs are made evident by a carefully choreographed two-step in which they fill their separate roles, one as an outsider and the other as a loyal insider to the Obama Administration. But never doubt that everything these two do is coordinated and orchestrated.

On Bill’s end, there emerge faint signs of disagreement with the president. Commenting on the Gulf oil spill, the former president warned against ratcheting up the rhetoric against BP noting that it is that firm’s expertise upon which the Administration must rely to end the spill and terminate the slide in his ratings that it has triggered. More confrontationally, Bill has endorsed Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff for the Democratic Senate nomination in Colorado even as the Obama White House is strongly backing Michael Bennet, the Democratic Senator appointed to fill the seat vacated by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. For Bill Clinton to challenge Obama so overtly to a proxy battle in the Colorado Senate primary is, indeed, remarkable considering his wife’s role in the Administration.”

The Hillary Hate is strong with Dick Morris (a foolish addiction for Dick, and Republicans, if he truly wants to defeat Barack Obama) but he gets right the meaning of 2010:

“Hillary, as befits her position — but not necessarily her personality — is more demure. While she takes no shots at her boss and does not cross him in any way, she is gradually expanding her purview beyond the foreign affairs mandate of her job. It was Secretary of State Clinton who first released to the media the fact that Obama’s Justice Department would be suing the state of Arizona over their new anti-illegal immigration law. And it was also the Secretary of State who noted that she felt that rich people were not paying their “fair share” of taxes in the U.S., while carefully explaining that she was only expressing her personal views. Would Condi Rice have thusly spoken out? Or Madeline Albright? Or even Colin Powell?

Hillary’s forays into domestic policy issues come through her role as a former presidential candidate, not the most comfortable of hats to wear while working in the White House of one’s former adversary.

So…where will this lead? If Obama recovers his popularity and keeps control of Congress it won’t lead to anything. But should his drop continue and the Republicans win the 2010 elections, a groundswell could emerge for Hillary for the 2012 nomination. The Clintons’ moves indicate that they are fully aware of this possibility and want to be in a position to exploit it should the opportunity arise.

The more immediate impact, however, will likely be harsh and swift retaliation from the Obama White House, particularly against Bill for his Romanoff endorsement. These boys and girls come from Chicago where politics is played a little bit differently. Look for no more presidential missions to North Korea or Haiti for a while for the former president and for some strong indication of White House displeasure.”

Dick Morris must have missed the already hot war of attacks from Barack Obama against Bill and Hillary Clinton and the earlier counterattacks. Dick Morris is correct however about the Colorado race and Bill Clinton’s slap on Obama’s face with a dueling glove. It will be an Obama vs. Bill faceoff in Colorado. The White House was not informed of Bill Clinton’s endorsement of Romanoff and this lack of warning alone must have shocked the White House.

(Also, savor the true political brilliance of Bill Clinton: After single-handedly getting the nomination for Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas (the Big Blog Boys hated her and declared that her defeat would make them powers to be feared and that with her defeat a powerful message would be sent that they are to be feared and worshiped) Bill Clinton turns around and comes to the rescue at a crucial moment for their favorite in the Colorado race. Big Blog Boys are now on the same side as Bill Clinton against Barack Obama. Bill must have laughed his glasses off at that bit of jujitsu.)

So lovely and debonair has Bill Clinton’s deft Romanoff endorsement been that even the Hopium laced Politico was forced to explain and partially retract some of their truly dumb reporting.

“Bill Clinton’s stunning endorsement of an underdog insurgent running against the White House’s handpicked candidate in the Colorado senatorial primary should be proof that whatever the public perception may be of a united front between President Barack Obama and the former president, Clinton remains very much his own man – and his own political force.

The email Clinton sent out urging support for Andrew Romanoff went a long way toward undoing the impression Clinton had given – thanks to his rescue mission to Arkansas on behalf of Sen. Blanche Lincoln earlier this month – that he had become a reliable White House ally willing to do the heavy lifting in support of Obama’s favorite candidates.[snip]

In fact, even Clinton’s mission to Arkansas – contrary to some reports – was not on assignment, but as part of his own, long quest to repay favors to his wife’s presidential campaign. [snip]

Democrats with a close knowledge of the Clinton-Obama relationship declined to talk about it publicly, because both sides see the value of public harmony.[snip]

But it retains an intensely competitive edge. Obama’s criticism during the campaign of Clinton’s compromises when he was in office deeply rankled the former president. One former Clinton aide put a comparison of the men’s political skills bluntly: “He’s still the best. He’s better than Obama.””

That “impression” of subservience came from Politico, not Bill Clinton. Those reports of Bill on “assignment” came from Politico, not anyone with any sense. We await, without holding our breaths, the day that Politico retracts in toto the silly report called “Game Over, The Clintons Stand Alone“.

Dick Morris also has the correct insight into the recent Bill Clinton comments praising Barack Obama. Praising Barack Obama? In the same way Marc Anthony praised the treacherous Brutus and the “lean and hungry” Cassius – Bill Clinton praised Barack Obama. “For Brutus is an honorable man” says Bill, and a few scenes later Brutus Obama is chased out of the city and into oblivion.

From his little Obama praising skit, astute watchers of Bill Clinton will notice how Bill Clinton demands action (“blow up the well!”) from the action-less Barack. The “fire eating preacher” comparison to Obama can easily be construed as a Jeremiah Wright reference. The details from Bill Clinton on the Gulf situation (did you know about all the Vietnamese in the region Bill talks about?), the “ya gotta be who you are”, the repeated ‘I’m not second guessing anybody’, the talks about the skimmers from other countries is a total juxtaposition of what a real leader looks like and speaks like and knows from the callow fella this Barack creature is.

Indeed, so callow is Barack Obama that increasingly he is called a woman.

In some woman hating quarters, Barack Obama’s weakness and vanity and preening and self-absorption, and easily distracted airheaded-ness is seen as womanly. It’s a stupid lack of understanding about the human race. Some women are Obama-ish, some women are strong leaders like Hillary and Sarah Palin. Some black people are disgusting, some black people are wonderful. Some black people are arrogant [fill in the “uppity” attack from Big Blog White Boys here], some black people are humble and well adjusted. Some white people are disgusting, some white people are wonderful. Some white people are arrogant, some white people are humble and well adjusted. Repeated these sentences for all groups, all races, all genders, etc. etc.

But for some, Barack Obama, the weak and silly (let’s call weak and silly women Obamaish from now on), is now a woman:

“If Bill Clinton was our first black president, as Toni Morrison once proclaimed, then Barack Obama may be our first woman president. [snip]

No, I’m not calling Obama a girlie president. But . . . he may be suffering a rhetorical-testosterone deficit when it comes to dealing with crises, with which he has been richly endowed.[snip]

Women, inarguably, still are punished for failing to adhere to gender norms by acting “too masculine” or “not feminine enough.” In her fascinating study about “Hating Hillary,” Karlyn Kohrs Campbell details the ways our former first lady was chastised for the sin of talking like a lawyer and, by extension, “like a man.” [snip]

His lack of immediate, commanding action was perceived as a lack of leadership because, well, it was. When he finally addressed the nation on day 56 (!) of the crisis, Obama’s speech featured 13 percent passive-voice constructions, the highest level measured in any major presidential address this century, according to the Global Language Monitor, which tracks and analyzes language.”

Obama is Obama and that is his weakness. Bill Clinton is Bill Clinton and that is his strength. Hillary Clinton is Hillary Clinton and that is her strength. But in politics Bill and Hillary are on the same page and that page sure is interesting to read:

“Bubba is back, and that’s bad news for Barry

The current Clinton resurgence may or may not be the groundwork for a 2012 primary challenge of our beleaguered president. That will depend on when (and if) President Obama can pull himself out of his current skid.

But whether this is the start of Hillary’s revenge or just some flexing by the former first lady and her globetrotting husband, it’s still bad news for Obama. Americans may not be certain if they’re ready for a Republican president, but the chorus of regret over Hillary’s 2008 loss is deafening.

Obama, anointed as “our first female president” by Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker for his preference for talk over action, has proven himself passive and vain. His secretary of state, meanwhile, seems tough, decisive and a self-sacrificing team player.

The first 18 months of the Obama presidency have played perfectly to Hillary’s 2008 pitch: Obama is not man enough for the job, but she is.

Hillary was and is ready, Obama won’t be ready ever. “Talk about comprehensive, abstract solutions to concrete problems” and commissions and flowery speeches from Obama.

“It’s not just the 3 a.m. calls that Obama seems to struggle with. Whether it is an emerging crisis, like the explosion of an oil platform, or a long-standing problem, like the stalled American enterprise in Afghanistan, Obama prefers to let all the calls go to voicemail.

Obama likes to talk about comprehensive, abstract solutions to concrete problems. You say “border security” and he says “path to citizenship.” You say “plug the hole” and he says “global warming.” You say “unemployment” and he says “economic sustainability.”

It’s no wonder that in a poll by Rasmussen Reports, 57 percent said Hillary was qualified to be president compared with the 51 percent who said Obama has what it takes.”

And let’s never forget the “race speech” in which Obama distracted from the issues of his 20 years plus with Jeremiah Wright in order to emit a lecture on race relations. All the flowery words and speeches but no functioning, competent solutions. No wonder there is such a renaissance of Big Pinkism in the wider world of Big Media:

“We’ve felt a few tremors of ambition from the former first lady in Foggy Bottom.

She has stampeded the administration on announcing some topics near to her heart, particularly the awarding of partner benefits to gay federal employees and filing a federal lawsuit against Arizona’s illegal-immigration crackdown.

There has also been the occasional Clinton insider whispering to a friendly reporter about how the secretary is left out of the Obama inner circle and can’t overcome Obama’s aloofness.

Also note well where she has made her friends in the administration. She is chummy with the warriors — siding with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and keeping lots of channels open to the trigger pullers, including the recently ousted Gen. Stanley McChrystal.[snip]

When you heard Bill Clinton tell Wolf Blitzer that he felt bad for Obama about the pounding he was taking on the oil spill he might as well have been saying “I told you so.”

Bubba’s pitch two years ago was that Obama might make Democrats feel good, but that he couldn’t deliver.

When Clinton then suggested that it might be time to bring in the Navy to blow up the leaking oil riser and then dump a million tons of stone on the hole, he showed that there was another way to handle the situation than holding meetings on whose ass to kick.

Billy Jeff Clinton has been everywhere lately: Taking the heat for the administration’s effort to bribe Rep. Joe Sestak out of the Pennsylvania Senate primary. Saving Blanche Lincoln’s candidacy in Arkansas. Blowing his vuvuzela with Nelson Mandela in South Africa for the World Cup. Laughing off Valdimir Putin’s denials about the recent Russian spy bust.

But the big moment came when Bill endorsed former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, who is running a campaign to knock off Obama’s man, Sen. Michael Bennet.

Clinton’s endorsement came when Romanoff needed it most — just at the end of the fundraising cycle when Romanoff needed a boost to show he was viable against the White House-backed Bennet.

It was a neat play for Clinton. By lobbing a grenade into the race, he shows that he’s hip with the more “progressive” Romanoff and that he has his own mind on politics. Rather than just running Obama’s errands and trying to get people out of races as he did with Sestak, Clinton is bucking the system.

Just as he did in 2008, Bill is testing the limits of how hard he can hit Obama without causing a backlash.

If Obama continues to weaken, count on Bill to take heavier shots.”

And do we need to mention that both Blanche Lincoln and Andrew Romanoff endorsed Hillary over Obama in 2008?

Is it a farfetched notion? Not if we can drive Obama from the race by dealing political death, doom, and destruction to Obama and his Dimocrats in November. The task is easier today than it was when we first proposed it.


MichelleNoBelle

Barack and Scowly must be sent packing back to the swamps and slaughterhouses of Chicago. Both Barack and Scowly are aware of the danger to their endless parties and Versailles life. On June 17, 2009, Mark Halperin (now with Obama lovin’ MSNBC) wrote:

“He has a ferocious political operation that is thinking clearly everyday about avoiding a nomination fight and about re-election in 2012.”

A nomination fight in all likelihood will not be against Hillary Clinton. If Hillary Clinton decides to run in 2012 or 2016 it will not be for herself but for the country. After Obama has so debased the once great Democratic Party (now the Obama Dimocratic Party) it might be impossible to put the pieces together again into a coherent winning whole. But if anyone can do it, it is Hillary.

On the last day of last year we wrote, “The insanity will be stopped with sanity. It will begin with massive Dimocratic defeats in November 2010. The insanity will end with Hillary 2012.”

Earlier this year, we also wrote:

The ideal situation, which will cause the sexists and misogynist to die or be killed, would be a Hillary Clinton versus Sarah Palin presidential battle in 2012. The sexists and misogynist will pleasure themselves with dreams of a “catfight” between two strong women. But for an America in desperate need of a philosophical battle, not an orgy of veiled and not so veiled sexual assaults such as Barack Obama waged in 2008, a Hillary Clinton versus Sarah Palin contest will illuminate. First Barack Obama must be forced off the political stage and back to the filth of Lake Michigan where he can extract new sums of money from the Chicago mob. On that first point Hillary Clinton supporters and Sarah Palin supporters can all agree – we have interests which coincide.

Geographic tectonic plates are shifting causing earthquakes and possibly volcanoes all over the world. Is there any doubt that political tectonic plates are moving as well? Aristotle warned us that “Nature abhors a vacuum.” In the vacuum of leadership America suffocates under today, a leader will emerge. That next leader will likely be a woman. If not, it will likely be a rough beast, slouching from Chicago.

2010 will foretell 2012.

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220 thoughts on “Time To Gloat – Obama’s Failure Of Leadership Leads to Calls For A Real Leader

  1. We wrote about a bit about Obama’s flip flop on commissions. The Obama flip-flops on commissions are flip-flops of flip-flops:

  2. However, he is going to want to pick his successor and I’m pretty sure that’s the battle we see brewing now. He’s going to want to beat Hillary one more time and deny her the presidency. Why? Because he doesn’t give a rat’s ass about the nation.
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    I agree he cares nothing about the nation. But I am skeptical that he will appoint a successor. It is not in the nature of charismatic leaders to have coattails. Fidel is the perfect example. He is famous for letting people think that someone is his successor, naming one and then pulling the rug out from under him. Charsimatics fear any successor, particularly one they selected. If the successor outshines the charismatic leader then his legacy is diminished. If the successor disappoints then his legacy is diminished as well. Once they have designated a successor, their power begins to ebb, so if they do it at all for reasons of expediency, they later move to destroy him. Other forms of leadership are different. They rely on succession planning. But not charismatic leaders. It is not in their genetic make up.

  3. good article as usual admin… NY post is reporting Chelsea’s wedding is going to be held at Astro Courts Rhinebeck NY.

  4. Oooooo Admin, I am just starting to read your post, this is a really good one and I am already getting shivers……

  5. However, he is going to want to pick his successor and I’m pretty sure that’s the battle we see brewing now. He’s going to want to beat Hillary one more time and deny her the presidency
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    After the “historic” mid-term elections of 2010, Obama will be a pariah for the remaining Democrats. He will be kicked to the curb.

  6. No one seems to be paying attention to the truly dull speech Obama gave on immigration today. The speech was designed to be a blockbuster (White House tried to build anticipation for it by announcing it early and plenty of dignitaries attended the dronefest). But as far as we can tell, few on Big Media are paying attention to the eye closer. One reaction of substance is here:

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-07-01/obama-immigration-speech-a-conventional-failure-/?cid=hp:exc

    The president stepped up Thursday to update his campaign promise of immigration reform. But Tunku Varadarajan says his words were banal, completely conventional, and full of empty rhetoric.

    When a president recites Emma Lazarus in a speech on immigration—and recites not merely a fragment or two but virtually the entire length of “the New Colossus”—one is inclined to conclude that his speech was written by someone who has just graduated from high school and has a young head brimming with social studies. This being President Obama, however, one can conclude that he will have written a fair portion of the speech himself, and, in so concluding, one would be struck forcefully by how banal the speech was. It was, if one can say such a thing, the acme of boilerplate, so utterly conventional was it in its narrative of American immigration. [snip]

    Predictably, he came out against an “amnesty” for illegal immigrants in this country, estimated at 11 million people. The president is a smart man and knows political suicide when he sees it. Equally predictably, he said that deportation of these people was not an option, such a course being “logistically impossible and wildly expensive.” Besides, “it would tear at the fabric of our society” and “disrupt our economy.” So, what do we do? We must “navigate” between the two poles of mass amnesty and mass deportation. Don’t you see?

    The speech was basically a thing of sops: In itself, it was a sop to the organized Latino lobby, which knows that nothing will happen before the November elections, and which knows, also, that next year—with likely GOP gains in Congress—nothing will happen either. (They are grasping, I understand, at Obama’s private hints that he will take care of the lobby, in some palliative way, in the lame-duck session of Congress in December.)

    The speech was also a sop to the unions, in its attack on businesses that seek to stay competitive by hiring illegal immigrants, thus circumventing a raft of government-mandated additions to the cost of doing business [snip]

    Obama concluded with the usual pro forma appeal for bipartisanship—an appeal that sounded particularly anemic today. Immigration reform, he said, “cannot pass without Republican votes.” That is true, and that is precisely why he won’t get them—especially not in the run up to an election that, Republicans hope, will knock the wind decisively from the Obama administration.

  7. admin…great ‘food for thought’ and info for all those ‘big blogs’ finally catching on and following your lead…(they will be going to your archives for ‘talking points’

    ‘Scowly’…good one!

  8. If Hillary does run in 2012 it will NOT be against Sarah Palin. Not going to happen.

    First and foremost, Palin does not have enough support among Repugs to run.

  9. This being President Obama, however, one can conclude that he will have written a fair portion of the speech himself,
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    WTF!!! Has Obama written anything other than some very bad poetry?

  10. Just watching CNN, has Admiral Thad Allen retired?? Suzanne Malveuax just congratulated him on his retirement…I thought he was the commander in charge of the Coast Guard.

  11. admin
    July 1st, 2010 at 4:52 pm
    No one seems to be paying attention to the truly dull speech Obama gave on immigration today. The speech was designed to be a blockbuster (White House tried to build anticipation for it by announcing it early and plenty of dignitaries attended the dronefest).
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    Excellent post.

    Your point at the top of the page, that Hillary seeking office is NOT for her personal gain, but to get shit done, for the country, is right on target.

    Does Hillary need the headache of being president?? Wouldn’t it be easier to just write a book and retire?

    But duty calls. THAT is her angle.

    as for today’s speech, the groaning and moaning at having to cover YET ANOTHER SPEECH, where nothing of substance will come to fruition, or any substantive commitments made, is too much for the press corps. “We give up. We can’t do it. We can’t pretend you are exciting, or that this crapola is newsworthy. We’re going on vacation.”

  12. Even Trump is calling for blowing up the well. He said the Russians have had to do it four times.

    Maybe Thad Allen needs to blown off.

  13. Ta da! Great, great post Admin.

    This is the time of the Clintons. No one is talked about more these day, no one outshines them.

    I don’t see Hillary running against Sarah either. She would do better as an Independent, not enough Repubs are going to let her be President.

  14. Admin- I have a question, when Hillary becomes President, can she change Barry’s Hell Care Bill to more of her bill but kicking out Big Pharma and the Insurance Thugs…revamp it?

  15. No one seems to be paying attention to the truly dull speech Obama gave on immigration today.

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    I read it, and thought, “…all the big build up to this?”

    I thought it was going to be announcing the law suit against Arizona, but no…just another basket of words leading nowhere.

  16. Commissions and BO flip-flopping….

    Of course he would now support the various commissions…..CREATE HIGHLY TAXER PAID JOBS for people who do NOT need them…same people, same mentality of people on these commissions etc etc…. wasting time and money commissions..

  17. admin — a superb article.

    Though I will admit, I wish there was a warning before those 2 pictures of the Mr. Community Organizer looking with his damn nose in the air, at Hillary.

    and Mrs.Finally proud to be American looking like the cold hearted arrogant twit she is.

  18. Nobody that I’ve heard in Louisiana is happy with Thad Allen performance on the Gulf Coast cleanup.

  19. I suspect BP does not want their well blown up, and when Bill says we don’t have to attack BP, but we may have to blow up the well, he is saying rather than bash BP in the press, while completely relying on them to fix the well, we could offer a tacit threat, we’ll blow up your well. I also suspect that he is saying, right now, the Navy could be studying other responses rather than just sitting around hoping BP gets it right. Thad Allen is following the President’s “plan” so I doubt he would agree with Bill. Also, many in the Navy are huge Clinton haters, so maybe Thad as well.

  20. Having waited so damn long to do anything about the oil spill, he is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. If he mandates that they blow it up now and it works, then Bill Clinton gets all the credit, and the people of the gulf ask why he waited so long and allowed so much damage to be done when he could have pushed for this very thing weeks ago.

  21. Obama is deadly serious about his awful deficit commission. They have various plans on cutting our social security and Medicare, and as of today, moving ss funds into the stock market. He will have all the Republican votes he needs on these measures, so everybody really needs to be watchful of this commission as it forces after election votes in the fall. They need to be opposed.

  22. he is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.

    ——-
    and he is so well deserving of both.

  23. Wow, that Bill Clinton video is devastating. “I did everything I could to defeat Obama. I wanted Hillary to be President.” LOL

  24. That Suzanne Malveaux has taken Wolfe Blizer place, she is so sickening with her Obama love. She was at the oil spill too making over Odumbo…sick,sick, sick!

  25. mj, if they start raiding ss and putting it in the stock market, there will rioting. I hope this does not happen.

    Obama has been placed there for some reason and I personally think it has to do with social security.

  26. Obviously the well can be blown up. BC doesn’t just spout unthinkable ideas. And he said, “it doesn’t have to be a nuclear bomb. I’ve seen reports that say that.” This means he has thought about this issue long and hard, and probably consulted with people. He also tells us, “there’s more oil in there than I would have dreamed of.” Obviouly, BP would not ask the government to blow up the well. They don’t want to lose the well.

  27. Confloyd, I don’t think Obama was “placed” there. The establishment Democrats simply selected him over Hillary, and then he won the election. But, yes, if you look at his campaign contributors, he was Wall Street’s it boy, far so more than Hill or McCain, so yes, I do think it has to do with out ss.

  28. #
    confloyd
    July 1st, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    mj, if they start raiding ss and putting it in the stock market, there will rioting. I hope this does not happen.

    Obama has been placed there for some reason and I personally think it has to do with social security.

    ————–

    They better start mass producing these buggers for the riots.

    Pitchforks for sale, cheap at $16

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  29. Admin – When Hillary wins, you need to be in the communications bullpen. Great post (as usual).

    Look for no more presidential missions to North Korea or Haiti for a while for the former president and for some strong indication of White House displeasure.

    That line struck me as quite funny. It is as if the author thinks that President Clinton NEEDS for Obumbles to give him things to do. Just the work he does with the Clinton Foundation keeps him in the spotlight doing good things around the world. And with the list of his endorsements that have already won, he is muscling his way back into the good graces of disilluisoned Democrats, bamboozled independents and moderate republicans to Hillary’s side.

    To Hillary’s credit, she is steadily proving why my support for her is correct – she works. And WHEN she works, she gets things done. Pictures of Obumbles golfing while so many are out of work are doing him no good, while SOS Clinton’s call sheet is a mile long.

    Clinton 2012

  30. Admin, great article. Every thing that you said during the primary is coming to fruition, unfortunately. BO has been a disaster for this country, as well as his incompetent administration, save Hillary and few others. I love reading your articles.

  31. I guess if/when the rethugs take over in 2010′ and Obama gets their help in screwing the folks out their social security and the healthcare scam is fruitless….Hillary will be able to shine like no other time in history.

    So lets get those rethugs in and give Obama enought rope to hang himself…the country will look for the one that should have been Potus.

  32. JOBS, JOBS, JOBS???

    Obama, master politician, pulls off yet another miracle!!!

    not.

    marketwatch.com/story/jobless-claims-climb-13000-to-472000-2010-07-01?dist=beforebell

    Jobless claims climb 13,000 to 472,000
    =================================

    By Jeffry Bartash, MarketWatch

    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The number of people filing first-time claims for unemployment benefits climbed 13,000 in the latest week to 472,000, indicating continued weakness in the labor market.

    Although claims have fallen 22% from one year ago, they are up 4% since the start of 2010, according to data from the Labor Department. Weekly claims typically would have to fall below 400,000 to signify improved hiring trends.

    “Weekly jobless claims continue to confound many economists and analysts that suggested robust hiring was set to occur in the spring,” said Dan Greenhaus, chief strategist at Miller Tabak & Co., in an email. “However, we are not solidly into the summer and claims remain at levels that almost nobody would have envisioned.”

    Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had expected initial claims to fall to 455,000. See our complete economic calendar and consensus forecast.

    The four-week average of initial claims — a better gauge of employment trends than the volatile weekly number – rose by 3,250 to 466,500, the highest level in almost three months. Read the full government report.

    The claims data, however, had little impact on the U.S. stock market as investors looked toward Friday’s monthly employment report, the best indicator of nationwide hiring trends.

    While claims tend to align with the economy over the longer term, the weekly data is prone to sharp fluctuations and is not directly tied to job growth. A clearer picture will emerge when the government releases its monthly employment report for June.

    The economy is expected to have added 110,000 jobs, excluding the departure of temporary Census workers from government payrolls. Census jobs have little effect on weekly claims data, economists say.

    The U.S. added about 433,000 regular jobs, an average of 87,000 a month, through the first four months of 2010 before full-time hiring nearly dried up in May. The drop-off alarmed investors and stoked concerns that the recovery was faltering.

    “Initial claims have moved broadly sideways since the beginning of this year, suggesting that despite a pick-up in hiring … firings remain elevated,” economist Theresa Chen of Barclays wrote.

    The number of workers who continue to receive unemployment checks, meanwhile, rose 43,000 to seasonally adjusted 4.62 million in the week ended June 19 – the latest data available.

    In the week ended June 12, about 4.92 million jobless workers received extended federal benefits, down from 5.30 million. The figures are not seasonally adjusted.

    Extended benefits are offered to some workers after they use up eligibility for state unemployment compensation, usually after 26 weeks. Congress has extended benefits for up to 99 weeks in the states hardest hit by the recession.

    The extension has already expired, however, and lawmakers have not been able to agree on a proposal to renew it. As result, thousands of workers who have exhausted regular benefits are no longer receiving extra cash. The Labor Department estimates 3.3 million people could lose extended benefits by the end of July if they are not renewed.

    Altogether, 9.29 million people were collecting some type of unemployment benefits in the week ended June 12.

    Some 8.2 million Americans lost their jobs during the height of the recession in 2008 and 2009 and many remain out of work. The lack of job growth has become a central issue between Democrats and Republicans as the fall congressional elections approach.

    At the end of May, the U.S. unemployment rate stood at 9.7%, just slightly below a 27-year peak.

  33. HOME SALES RECOVERING???

    Obama had a plan.

    It didn’t work.

    Pffffft.

    nytimes.com/2010/07/02/business/economy/02econ.html?hp

    Housing Data Signal Weak Economy
    ===========================

    By CHRISTINE HAUSER
    Published: July 1, 2010

    A record drop in pending home sales and a slowdown in the construction market contributed to a sluggish outlook for the economy Thursday, highlighting the significance of government stimulus measures and job growth.

    The economic indicators were the latest features that economists and analysts used to gauge the pace of the economic recovery. But all eyes are on the monthly employment figures scheduled for release Friday, which are expected to show a net loss of 125,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in June, and an unemployment rate of 9.8 percent, compared with 9.7 percent in May.

    According to new statistics, pending homes sales and construction both declined in May. In addition, figures showed that while manufacturers recorded some gains in June, the pace of activity in that sector slowed last month compared with May and also came in slightly below estimates.

    “The idea of a growth slowdown in the second half of 2010, a long-held belief of ours, is catching on as the data increasingly reinforces this idea,” said Dan Greenhaus, the chief economic strategist for Miller Tabak & Company.

    Reflecting on the housing figures, the National Association of Realtors’ chief economist, Lawrence Yun, said in a statement that job creation was one of the critical elements that would determine whether the housing market could grow without federal stimulus.

    The association said its index, which tracks pending home sales, fell in May, after the government tax credit for home buyers expired. The index for contracts signed in May fell by 30 percent, to 77.6, down from 110.9 in April. The index is down nearly 16 percent from where it stood in May 2009, the association said.

    The decline reversed three months of increases, as home buyers rushed to make use of the tax credit, put in place as part of a government stimulus measure to address the housing crisis. The May figure was also the lowest since the association started tracking such contract activity as a forward-looking indicator in 2001.

    “The key test on whether the housing market can stand on its own without stimulus medicine will depend critically on private sector job creation in the second half of the year,” Mr. Yun said.

    The association said the rush of home buyers who signed contracts by April had delayed many of the closings, and the extra time it takes to process short sales has also slowed the process. As a result, as many as 180,000 buyers who signed contracts by April 30 could have missed the June 30 deadline to complete the sale and qualify for the credit, the association said.

    But on Wednesday night, Congress approved legislation to extend the closing deadline until Sept. 30, meaning that buyers now have an extra three months to complete their purchases and therefore qualify for up to $8,000 in federal tax credits.

    “Demand has fallen off a cliff in the wake of the tax credit expiration,” said Mike Larson, real estate and interest rate analyst at Weiss Research, in a research note. “And with so many Americans unemployed or underemployed, the housing market is going to keep hurting,” he added.

    Ahead of the main jobs figures, a weekly employment indicator was no cause for optimism. Initial claims for unemployment benefits were higher last week, the second time in three weeks, the Labor Department said Thursday, a sign that layoffs are rising. It said new claims for jobless benefits rose by 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 472,000. Analysts had expected a small decline, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters.

    The construction sector will also depend on the labor market. Spending on construction in May fell just slightly, declining 0.2 percent after a 2.3 percent rise in April, the Commerce Department said. Analysts had forecast a 0.5 percent decline for May.

    Private, nonresidential spending fell 0.6 percent after a 0.8 percent rise the month before. Construction spending on new homes and apartments shrank 0.4 percent in May after a 5.0 percent spike in April. Public projects outlays increased 0.4 percent in May after rising 1.6 percent in April.

    Manufacturing has been one of the few bright spots in the economic recovery. In a survey representing 18 manufacturing industries, the Institute for Supply Management found that employment was still expanding in the sector but the rate of that growth slowed in June by about 2 percentage points compared with May.

    Thomas J. Duesterberg, chief executive of the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI, said that the institute’s statistics suggested there was anticipation that jobs would grow.

    “How much growth depends on what starts to happen in the next few months,” he said. “We need to see some further support from things like construction, consumer spending, and we are a little nervous about the export picture over all because Europe is weak an there are some early signs that China is slowing down.”

    Over all, the index used to measure manufacturing shrank by 3.5 percentage points to 56.2 in June, mainly because orders and production slowed down, the ISM said.

  34. However, he is going to want to pick his successor and I’m pretty sure that’s the battle we see brewing now. He’s going to want to beat Hillary one more time and deny her the presidency
    ********
    After the “historic” mid-term elections of 2010, Obama will be a pariah for the remaining Democrats. He will be kicked to the curb.
    ——————
    Correct: the key to this will be the blacks. They voted for him en masse because he was black, they saw him as a symbol of racial equality and they believed he would do things for them that a white candidate would not do.

    They were bamboozled. He has done nothing constructive for them. The health care bill is a snare and delusion. The immigration bill will undercut their wage rates. The jobs issue has barely been broached by the man who promised everyone the sun, the moon and the stars.

    Bill Clinton is more black than Obama will ever be. If you doubt that proposition, just remember who he turned to when he was in trouble. He turned to the black community because that is where he felt the most trust.

    Obama turns to the black community for very different reasons. He uses black people not as a shield but as a sword. The promiscuous use of the racist charge is a prime example of this. And he gives them nothing in return.

    He has proven to be a Chicago Politician with all that implies. Life for the average blacks in Chicago is not that good. Police harassment is a major problem. Poverty levels are high. That is the history they failed to read or heed.

    If the democratic party tanks in the mid terms, then he will be held responsible. It will be strong evidence that the country as a whole has turned against Obama. That will be the time for black democrats to look at their hole card.

    When that happens black deomocrats will not want to be left holding the bag. Nor will they want a Republican President and Congress in 2012. In fact they fear it, and fear is a great motivator. I think they too will look for an alternative.

    And the safest, most reliable alternative to them is Hillary. She stood by them even when they turned on her. That is the mark of a true friend. If they stick with Obama they will be throwing snake eyes.

    Somebody once said if we are to have our first black president let us be sure he is the right one. He was the wrong one, but they can redeem that error if they ask Hillary to run in 2012.

  35. Jan Brewster is on Greta right now. I love this woman.
    She is clear and speaks her mind. I don’t know about any of her policies, but concerning Arizona, she is dead on.
    She is talking about Bama’s speech today.

  36. 1. Harry Truman: the buck stops here

    2. Barack Obama: keep that fucking buck away from me. It belongs to Bush. I need another well earned vacation.

  37. Jan Brewster (sp?) just said that since the Arizona law mirrors the Feds law, that if Obama doesn’t like the law, he should sue the Federal government and give Arizona the money won for border security. 😉

  38. Obama is not brilliant, no matter how many times that gets repeated:

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columns/Too-brilliant-to-fail-97425794.html

    An irresistible force is meeting an immovable object on the field of perception, and causing an odd sort of storm. The irresistible force is the growing idea that Obama has failed as a leader on a number of items: “Engagement” has failed; our allies are angry; the oil keeps gushing, his ideas are job killers; the recession goes on.[snip]

    David Brooks says, without fixing blame, that Obama has blown the most promising hand ever given a president. In the Hill, A.B. Stoddard is even more caustic: “Seventeen months into office, Obama is increasingly isolated — from his party, from American voters, and from the world.” People are losing their faith in his leadership, he is “so toxic in battlegrounds” that he cannot campaign for his candidates. “The country is more polarized than ever and Washington is even more a target for voter anger than it was under President Bush.”

    The immovable object is the conviction on the part of some who are also his critics that he is the smartest man who has ever held office, and is therefore too brilliant to fail. Citing his “shimmering intellect,” Richard Cohen is at a loss to explain why he hasn’t done anything with it.

    “Obama, for all his brilliance, has no real, felt understanding of management structures,” says Tina Brown, describing the failure to handle the oil disaster, without explaining what, beyond talking, Obama has been brilliant at. He can talk up a storm (though of late this has faltered), but so far his shimmering intellect has led him to think that aggressors can be tamed by making concessions; that he should expand the welfare state just as it is proving unworkable (and very unpopular with the American people); and into replicating to an exact degree every mistake made by George W. Bush in handling Katrina in 2005.

    Jonathan Alter blames this on Bush, while Cohen calls Obama a “sphinx,” and blames his unsettled childhood. No one advances the more likely conclusion: That Obama seems so much like their idea of brilliance that they assume it of him without too much evidence; or that their perception of brilliance — often no more than a verbal facility — isn’t much use in the world.

    Nor are degrees from the very best places. Presidents George Washington, Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln had next to no formal schooling, a failed haberdasher from flyover country saved West Europe from Josef Stalin, and one of the two most important presidents of the 20th century was an “amiable dunce” from Eureka College and Hollywood.

    There have been many good presidents, and their backgrounds are varied. But none has been a blogger, a pundit, an editor of the New Yorker, or a writer for Vanity Fair.

    When and how then does this president’s intellect shimmer? At meetings.

    He does seem a genius at chairing a forum, as at the “nuclear summit” in April, where the Washington Post claimed that he shone as a teacher, “calling on leaders to speak, embellish, oppose, and offer alternatives,” coaxing consensus and forging agreements among 45 countries at hand.

    The problem was that the value of these things was limited, as the attending countries weren’t menacing anyone, while Iran and Korea, who were not in attendance, went on happily building their bombs.

    He isn’t a sphinx, he’s a seminar leader who’s out of his element. And more and more out of his depth.

  39. Jan Brewster (sp?) just said that since the Arizona law mirrors the Feds law, that if Obama doesn’t like the law, he should sue the Federal government and give Arizona the money won for border security.
    ——————————-
    The English political philosopher Thomas Hobbs noted that life in the state of nature is nasty, brutish and short, and that the first obligation of government is to protect citizens from the palpable risk of violent death.

    Since the drug gangs murdered an Arizona rancher who took issue with their use of his land for the drug trade, and Obama=s response to the problem is to post signs rather than troops, I rather suspect that he has not read Hobbs.

    Yet another downside of a Harvard education. The main upside is they are the worlds biggest self promoters.

  40. Fantastic article…Some of my worst fears regarding Bill and Hillary becoming irrelevant under the Obama regime are slowly fading away as they both reemerge more popular than ever…the comeback kid and Hillary may have been cheated, but never defeated.

  41. Happy to see and hear Chelsea’s wedding is smoothly going forward. I especially liked the metaphorical comment mentioned for describing the Chelsea mystique.
    ______________________________

    “The media and public may demand to know more and celebrate it with more fanfare than Chelsea, the so called Garbo of presidential children, would like.”
    _________________________

    Chelsea doesn’t appear to be that hard to please or focus her attention on micro-managing her wedding. I think she is aware so many of her parents supporters have over the years watched her grow from a child to a beautiful woman inside and out. We/They would feel remiss not wishing her a wealth of happiness in her upcoming marriage on July 31st.

  42. The immovable object is the conviction on the part of some who are also his critics that he is the smartest man who has ever held office, and is therefore too brilliant to fail
    ————————————-
    This is not a case of first impression. Einstein was the greatest mathematician since Isaac Newton. Yet he could not drive a car. He found it too complicated. Therefore, people of sound and disposing mind did not allow him to drive a car–just because he was brilliant.

  43. 
    Noemie Emery: Too brilliant to fail
    By: Noemie Emery
    Examiner Columnist
    June 30, 2010

    An irresistible force is meeting an immovable object on the field of perception, and causing an odd sort of storm. The irresistible force is the growing idea that Obama has failed as a leader on a number of items: “Engagement” has failed; our allies are angry; the oil keeps gushing, his ideas are job killers; the recession goes on.

    His party lost three big elections under his guidance and seems poised for a drubbing. The harder he pushes the country’s laws leftward, the more its politics bend to the right.

    David Brooks says, without fixing blame, that Obama has blown the most promising hand ever given a president. In the Hill, A.B. Stoddard is even more caustic: “Seventeen months into office, Obama is increasingly isolated — from his party, from American voters, and from the world.” People are losing their faith in his leadership, he is “so toxic in battlegrounds” that he cannot campaign for his candidates. “The country is more polarized than ever and Washington is even more a target for voter anger than it was under President Bush.”

    The immovable object is the conviction on the part of some who are also his critics that he is the smartest man who has ever held office, and is therefore too brilliant to fail. Citing his “shimmering intellect,” Richard Cohen is at a loss to explain why he hasn’t done anything with it.

    “Obama, for all his brilliance, has no real, felt understanding of management structures,” says Tina Brown, describing the failure to handle the oil disaster, without explaining what, beyond talking, Obama has been brilliant at. He can talk up a storm (though of late this has faltered), but so far his shimmering intellect has led him to think that aggressors can be tamed by making concessions; that he should expand the welfare state just as it is proving unworkable (and very unpopular with the American people); and into replicating to an exact degree every mistake made by George W. Bush in handling Katrina in 2005.

    Jonathan Alter blames this on Bush, while Cohen calls Obama a “sphinx,” and blames his unsettled childhood. No one advances the more likely conclusion: That Obama seems so much like their idea of brilliance that they assume it of him without too much evidence; or that their perception of brilliance — often no more than a verbal facility — isn’t much use in the world.

    Nor are degrees from the very best places. Presidents George Washington, Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln had next to no formal schooling, a failed haberdasher from flyover country saved West Europe from Josef Stalin, and one of the two most important presidents of the 20th century was an “amiable dunce” from Eureka College and Hollywood.

    There have been many good presidents, and their backgrounds are varied. But none has been a blogger, a pundit, an editor of the New Yorker, or a writer for Vanity Fair.

    When and how then does this president’s intellect shimmer? At meetings.

    He does seem a genius at chairing a forum, as at the “nuclear summit” in April, where the Washington Post claimed that he shone as a teacher, “calling on leaders to speak, embellish, oppose, and offer alternatives,” coaxing consensus and forging agreements among 45 countries at hand.

    The problem was that the value of these things was limited, as the attending countries weren’t menacing anyone, while Iran and Korea, who were not in attendance, went on happily building their bombs.

    He isn’t a sphinx, he’s a seminar leader who’s out of his element. And more and more out of his depth.

    Examiner Columnist Noemie Emery is contributing editor to the Weekly Standard and author of “Great Expectation

    Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columns/Too-brilliant-to-fail-97425794.html#ixzz0sUOfwWFx

  44. “Cohen calls Obama a “sphinx,” and blames his unsettled childhood. No one advances the more likely conclusion: That Obama seems so much like their idea of brilliance that they assume it of him without too much evidence; or that their perception of brilliance — often no more than a verbal facility — isn’t much use in the world.”
    ___________________

    I have never met anyone who has had a perfect childhood. Yet people I know who overcame their childhood trials and tribulations was due to a residual sensitivity/insensitivity left after the encounter to pain, suffering and/or abandonment. A difficult childhood can make for a stronger individual if the mind is challenged by curiosity and the love of learning never abates.

    Obama has none of the qualities necessary for greatness. There is no danger of seeing himself enshrined in a hunk of rock at Mt. Rushmore.

  45. Brilliance is highly overrated as evidenced by BO. Brilliance is very limited without leadership ability and common sense. BO lacks both.

    True brilliance, accompanied by leadership and common sense, is evidenced by both of the Clintons. They ooze brilliance.

  46. Carol
    July 1st, 2010 at 5:11 pm
    If Hillary does run in 2012 it will NOT be against Sarah Palin. Not going to happen.

    First and foremost, Palin does not have enough support among Repugs to run.
    *******************

    If Sarah wants the I don’t care about polls. We all know, hell, they just put numbers out there for who ever is paying.There isn’t a Repub that draws the crowds like her, and, like Bill, her political nominees just keep winning.

    On another note, the AA’s will vote for the fool, 98%, down from 99%. Black is truly thicker than common sense.

  47. Nina Easton rewrites much of what we wrote (By Jove, they’re learning):

    http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/01/news/companies/Bill_Clinton_BP_crisis.fortune/index.htm

    He’s still got it. This week Bill Clinton showed an instinct for robust, inclusive leadership that the current White House occupant could use right now.

    I know, I know. POTUS 42 was supposed to shut up, stay out of sight, and avoid second-guessing his wife’s boss. After his ego blustered into oncoming traffic during Hillary’s heated primary race against Obama, the nation (like its new President) suffered from yet another bout of Bill Clinton fatigue. His job as the Secretary of State’s husband was to stick strictly within the confines of his foundation work.

    But with President Obama struggling to contain the political damage from the Gulf Oil spill, Clinton not only can’t help himself — he’s worth listening to.

    The conventional-wisdom rap on President Obama’s early reaction to the spill was that he didn’t emote enough. He didn’t feel the pain, Clinton-style, of all those whose livelihoods would be destroyed, whose pristine waters and wildlife would be drowned in black gunk.

    Clinton thinks this is a “bum rap” but offers a different — and more pointed — lesson to his young successor. “I think we ought to row in the same boat for a while… Let’s just fix the problem, and then we can hold everybody accountable and emote or not emote,” Clinton told CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer at the Fortune/Time/ CNN Global Economic Forum in Cape Town, South Africa.

    Since Obama’s first instinct after the oil spill was to “feel the blame” rather than “feel the pain,” those are pretty tart words. [snip]

    Great leaders don’t rush to blame. They instinctively look for solutions. [snip]

    Clinton demonstrates these same instincts. “The federal government’s position ought to be very straightforward,” he said. “The most important thing is to fix the leak — and anybody that can help us fix the leak, I’m for it. The second most important thing is to keep the oil away from the shores. The third most important thing is to minimize the damage when of the oil that reaches shores.

    “The fourth most important thing today is to figure out who did what wrong and hold them accountable — whether it was somebody in BP or somebody in the U.S. government. I’ll do that, but let’s do one, two, and three first… What people want is to fix the leak,” he said.

    Most of the public thinks Obama got that chronology backwards — which is one reason why his prime-time speech to rally the nation instead fell flat, prompting even Obama-supporters like the Huffington Post to dismiss his rhetoric as a “feeble call to action.”

    Carefully critiquing Obama

    Clinton suggested President Obama may need to deploy the U.S. Navy to blow up the well — with non-nuclear bombs — “and cover the leak with piles and piles and piles of rock and debris.” [snip]

    Clinton (being Clinton) cleverly wrapped his critique in a package of praise for Obama. You have to listen carefully, and sometimes read between the lines, to hear him break the no-second-guessing-the-President rule. For example, he applauded Obama for the decision to “finally” start taking help from other countries to stop the leak.

    He called Obama a “brilliant, articulate, and exceedingly empathetic person,” noting, “I did everything I could to defeat President Obama, and I wanted Hillary to win, but I think he’s done a better job than he’s given credit for.”

    The ex-President then veered toward the racial territory that got him in trouble during the presidential primary when he tried to explain Obama’s cool, detached leadership style: “When he went into politics, he didn’t want to sound like a fire-eating preacher for fear of being racially stereotyped.

    But mostly Clinton’s words were inclusive. Stopping to speak at the Global Forum in the midst of one of his many pro-presidency tours of Africa — a prime target of his foundation’s anti-poverty and health efforts — Clinton found an opportunity to praise a man that the White House prefers to blame: George W. Bush. The Republican president, says Clinton, deserves enormous credit for his Africa AIDS initiative, giving millions access to life-saving medicine.

    Clinton never shied away about attacking his political enemies — just as they showed equal vigor in assailing him. And despite his cross-the-aisle campaign promises like “end welfare as we know it,” he didn’t seriously reach out to Republicans until they trounced his party in the 1994 midterms.

    But he understood — if not always, at least often — the political limitations of blame. And the political self-interest of uniting a country to get something done.

  48. Some people are really enchanted by narcissists and narcissists are brilliant at convincing people that they dazzlingly smart.

    But Joe Cannon points out that smart people love being given the opportunity to strut their stuff and Obama has never done that. If he was brilliant, he wouldn’t be able to pass up the opportunity to publish a piece as impactful as Clinton’s Children Under the Law. If he was brilliant, as an attorney, he would be able to pass up the opportunity to try a suit as impactful as Lincoln’s Riverboat suit. The OFB discuss his brilliance but Red State writers thought Bush was brilliant as well. It’s just fancy unless it’s rooted in accomplishment.

    The thing I keep saying is that Obama has no accomplishments save self-promotion. He doesn’t do anything of his own volition that helps others. Literally. He had no significant legislation teed up and read to be signed into law when Illinois finally elected a Democratic governor. He had to be handed legislation written by other state senators in order to have a resume. As a US senator, his accomplishment is forcing lobbyists to stand when they eat with elected officials – or something along that line (as if dinner is the problem). As a law professor, nothing was published. As a civil rights attorney, he never led on a case much less set a precedent.

    He has no history of accomplishment and someone who hasn’t gotten stuff done by 48, isn’t going to start.

  49. wbboei:

    You are dreaming if you think Obama will ever lose his black support. He could have gay sex with Al Gore and David Duke in the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue on live TV and still have a 97% approval rating among black voters. Donna Brazille would be on CNN telling us how it was good for the party and the country.

    The good news is that Barack Obama is destroying the Democrat Party, probably for a generation.

  50. Gonzo,

    Black is truly thicker than common sense.

    That’s a completely racist statement. Disgusting. Revolting. Primitive.

  51. hwc,

    I have no idea how destroying the Democratic party for a generation is good news – especially on a site dedicated to electing Hillary Clinton to the White House.

    That’s just a ridiculous statement. You think the Republicans without any opposition are going to do anything but stampede us into poverty and war?

  52. I saw this yesterday, found the article @ American Thinker
    ************
    July 01, 2010

    July 01, 2010
    Rep. Pete Stark: the Borders are Secure and we are all idiots
    James Simpson

    Posted below is a revealing video of Rep. Fortney Pete Stark, (D-CA) at a recent town hall meeting with his constituents. To call him contemptuous would be an understatement. To their faces he smugly ridicules every single person who speaks up at this meeting. And he is an equal opportunity dispenser of disdain. Among the audience are representatives of practically every hyphenated-American in existence, and they all demand one thing: seal the border.

    His blasé response? “Our borders are quite secure, thank you.”

    Stark’s sneering, insulting attitude is the modern face of Progressivism. Actually, it has always been the face of progressivism, but progressives used to be a little more careful about showing it. As one of Congress’s most hardcore leftists, Stark is a prominent member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the website for which used to be linked to the Democratic Socialists of America site until WorldNetDaily exposed that fact in 1999. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was a member too, until that became an inconvenient truth.

    This is the guy who gave us the Stark Law, one of the most convoluted, impenetrable pieces of health regulation legislation out there. Criminalizes everyone and made deliberately vague so no one really is certain what it requires.

    It should be apparent from his absolute contempt of his constituents that he could care less what their concerns are about anything. The man is a hard Leftist, and like the rest of them, all about merrily wrecking our country from within. He deserves a lot more than mere retirement, but if he can be removed from office, perhaps at least he will be deterred from wreaking further havoc on us.

    Read some of the things he has said to people throughout his tenure. Simply incomprehensible, but it does reflect the political outlook of the virulently anti-American enclave from which he gets at least some of his support: Oakland, CA.

    Stark also brazenly defies the law by using a Maryland address as his primary residence for the tax advantages it provides, while claiming to actually live in San Lorenzo, CA, where he is registered to vote and must claim residency in order to represent the people of his district. The San Lorenzo home is owned by his in-laws and no one has ever seen him there. The House Ethics Committee initiated a probe of this violation in late 2008, but I can’t imagine it going anywhere.

    It should be apparent from videos like this, and the accumulated evidence since Democrats took back control of Congress in 2006, that Stark and his fellow Democrats have no interest in representing their country, but in doing whatever they want at our expense.

    One of the town hall participants observed that in 1972 candidate Stark criticized his opponent a 28 year incumbent for serving too long. Yet Stark is now the longest serving member of Congress among California Representatives, having held office for 38 years. When confronted about this, Stark blithely remarked that he had no intention to retire.

    Stark is a miserable excuse for a human being and a vicious anti-American. It is way past time for him to go, although I would be happy to support his indefinite continued existence as a dependent of the government: in jail, where he belongs.

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    July 01, 2010
    Rep. Pete Stark: the Borders are Secure and we are all idiots
    James Simpson

    Posted below is a revealing video of Rep. Fortney Pete Stark, (D-CA) at a recent town hall meeting with his constituents. To call him contemptuous would be an understatement. To their faces he smugly ridicules every single person who speaks up at this meeting. And he is an equal opportunity dispenser of disdain. Among the audience are representatives of practically every hyphenated-American in existence, and they all demand one thing: seal the border.

    His blasé response? “Our borders are quite secure, thank you.”

    Stark’s sneering, insulting attitude is the modern face of Progressivism. Actually, it has always been the face of progressivism, but progressives used to be a little more careful about showing it. As one of Congress’s most hardcore leftists, Stark is a prominent member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the website for which used to be linked to the Democratic Socialists of America site until WorldNetDaily exposed that fact in 1999. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was a member too, until that became an inconvenient truth.

    This is the guy who gave us the Stark Law, one of the most convoluted, impenetrable pieces of health regulation legislation out there. Criminalizes everyone and made deliberately vague so no one really is certain what it requires.

    It should be apparent from his absolute contempt of his constituents that he could care less what their concerns are about anything. The man is a hard Leftist, and like the rest of them, all about merrily wrecking our country from within. He deserves a lot more than mere retirement, but if he can be removed from office, perhaps at least he will be deterred from wreaking further havoc on us.

    Read some of the things he has said to people throughout his tenure. Simply incomprehensible, but it does reflect the political outlook of the virulently anti-American enclave from which he gets at least some of his support: Oakland, CA.

    Stark also brazenly defies the law by using a Maryland address as his primary residence for the tax advantages it provides, while claiming to actually live in San Lorenzo, CA, where he is registered to vote and must claim residency in order to represent the people of his district. The San Lorenzo home is owned by his in-laws and no one has ever seen him there. The House Ethics Committee initiated a probe of this violation in late 2008, but I can’t imagine it going anywhere.

    It should be apparent from videos like this, and the accumulated evidence since Democrats took back control of Congress in 2006, that Stark and his fellow Democrats have no interest in representing their country, but in doing whatever they want at our expense.

    One of the town hall participants observed that in 1972 candidate Stark criticized his opponent a 28 year incumbent for serving too long. Yet Stark is now the longest serving member of Congress among California Representatives, having held office for 38 years. When confronted about this, Stark blithely remarked that he had no intention to retire.

    Stark is a miserable excuse for a human being and a vicious anti-American. It is way past time for him to go, although I would be happy to support his indefinite continued existence as a dependent of the government: in jail, where he belongs.

  53. I suspect BP does not want their well blown up, and when Bill says we don’t have to attack BP, but we may have to blow up the well, he is saying rather than bash BP in the press, while completely relying on them to fix the well, we could offer a tacit threat, we’ll blow up your well.
    *********
    I was surprised that Clinton made the statement about “blowing” the well. Everything that I have read by geologists and oil “experts”, not connected with this well, is that trying to blow it up is “insane”. The geology under the Gulf is fragile with the oil and gas, under high pressure, contained under a Salt dome and ten other layers. Causing cracks in the geology over the oil/gas reservoir could create an unstoppable blow out.

    The relief wells and the “bottom kill” procedure are being done, not by BP, but by John Wright, a division of “Boots and Coots” company. Mr Wright has used the bottom kill technique on 40 run-away wells and has killed 40 wells.

    Also from my reading, this well is shot and likely BP ruined the oil/gas reservoir so that it isn’t cost effective to drill again in this area. Way to go BP!! and all of this in order to try and save a few million dollars.

  54. basement angel
    July 2nd, 2010 at 1:15 am

    We are all so glad you are here to lecture us. You have such a burden to bare with all your brilliance and arrogance. I just don’t know how you do it, day in and day out.

    It is not a racist statement, but an accurate one. Time will prove that. Can’t wait to hear your commentary come 2012!

  55. EDITORIAL: Blow up the oil well? |
    Some believe that’s the answer
    Appeared in print: Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010

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    Large corporations are not well thought of by many people today. They are believed to put profit far ahead of the public interest. But in the instance of a corporate-caused catastrophe such as the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, you would think that the public and the responsible corporation would share the same top priority: stopping the flow of oil as quickly and completely as possible.

    But that may not be so. British Petroleum may have a strong competing interest in preserving its Deepwater Horizon well for future use, and future profits.

    The company has not said as much. But consider this:

    Last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine carried a one-page interview with Christopher Brownfield, a former Navy submarine officer who is now a scholar of nuclear policy at Columbia University. Interviewer Deborah Solomon said, “You’re … among the newly emerging big-bang crowd that wants to blow up the leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico.”

    Brownfield replied: “I advocate the demolition of the well. It’s feasible to use nuclear explosives. The Russians did it four times with 100 percent success. But I fear the mere mention of the nuclear option has only given opponents and unnamed oil engineers a straw man to attack.”

    Solomon followed up: “I’m sure you’re aware that the energy secretary, Steven Chu, appears to be opposed to the idea of blowing up the well to bring it under control.”

    Brownfield said, “He seems to oppose using nuclear weapons. The approach I favor is a conventional demolition, not nuclear. Any combination of explosives that could be used to break the well and bury it under a lot of rock could be effective.”

    Solomon: “Why hasn’t that been done?”

    Brownfield: “I’m very skeptical about why we haven’t done it. I think the reason is that when the oil companies are in charge of bringing the solutions to the table, they are going to advocate solutions that allow them to continue recovering the oil.”

    That’s as far as this part of the interview went. But it was far enough to suggest that a) blowing up the well and burying it under rock would stop its current flow of oil and b) BP may not like the idea because it wants to preserve the well’s future viability, and profitability.

    If so, the government should take over the decision-making and give the first priority to the needs of the local environment and population.

    Reports in recent days reflect growing awareness that BP is tightly controlling the flow of information, just as a government would in a war zone. In this case, the company is fighting for its own future, which is understandable but not acceptable as a goal superior to that of minimizing damage to the Gulf region.

    James Carville, a native of Louisiana and a frequent guest commentator on CNN, is outraged by BP’s news management. He told The Times last week, “It’s absurd that we have any secrecy around this, and absurd that the government is going along with it.”

    Maybe President Obama is starting to listen. If so, it would be helpful to hear his administration’s view of the “big bang” proposal to shut down the well with explosives.

  56. #
    TheRock
    July 1st, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Hillary is brilliant. Obama? Closer to an asshat.

    —–
    Hehehe.

    If the hat fits………..

  57. It’s accurate to say that “black is thicker than common sense”?

    Racists always think they’re telling some great truth, but the fact of the matter is that common sense is unrelated to race.

    Go to Storm Front, racist.

  58. #
    gonzotx
    July 2nd, 2010 at 12:31 am

    That was weird. It should have read, If Sarah wants the nomination, it’s hers.
    ————
    I know Sarah draws crowds and has a real following, but I don’t think she has the majority of the Rethugs on her side. I think she has a very strong following of Independents and followers of the tea blend.

  59. Gonzo: Fortney Stark is a case of arrested development.

    His physical age is 64.

    His mental age is 11.

    Tough guy? No. Just a geriatric punk.
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    Pete Stark: Raving Lunatic
    Human Events, Jul 28, 2003 by Malkin, Michelle

    Rep. Fortney “Pete” Stark, (D.-Calif.), is the foul-mouthed poster boy for Liberal Double Standards.

    There he was on Capitol Hill last week, sounding more like Eminem than an eminent lawmaker, hurling epithets such as “fruitcake” and “c-ks-r” at Republicans during a mark-up session on pension funds legislation of all things.

    Most of the mainstream media coverage of the fracas has focused on the handling of the meeting by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas, who is accused by Democrats of summoning Capitol Hill police to the scene in order to prevent the minority from meeting in a committee library to discuss procedural objections.

    According to an official committee transcript, Stark physically taunted fellow Ways and Means Committee member Scott Mclnnis, (R.-Colo.), while Thomas attempted to hold a voice vote on the bill at hand. In response to Mclnnis’ demand that Thomas be quiet while the bill was being read, Stark blurted out: “(O)h, you think you are big enough to make me, you little wimp? Come on. Come over here and make me. I dare you.”

    Further goading Mclnnis, a married Republican gentleman, Stark lashed out: “You little fruitcake. You little fruitcake. I said you are a fruitcake.”

  60. There is always some joker like Pete Stark floating around. They have them in both parties. On the odds, people like George Miller tell others, yea Pete is a little nuts but he is right out there on the point position where we want him. I will pull him in when I need to. But for now, let him do his thing. Keep the other side off balance. Trouble is you can never keep morons like this guy under control. At some point he will do something really stupid and bring the whole house down around his ears. The best thing is to recognize him for the idiot he is and put him on a short leash. Give him some important assignment like counting paper clips. But by all means keep him out of harms way. This is why they have gag rules.

  61. This is why they have gag rules, restraining orders and when necessary straight jackets.

    I will make you a little bet. If the Republicans take the House, and they give Pelosi et. al. a little of their own medicine, there will come a point where Stark goes off the deep end and physically assaults someone. He has got the mark.

  62. This is not as far fetched as it sounds. There have been fist fights in congress over the years, and in the early days there were even duels– a charming old world custom of gentlemen, even better than the sabre scar of the Prussian master of the sword at Heidelberg. Dueling with black powder pistols settled scores neatly and cleanly. And when all else failed there was the Bowie knife which was popular in the land of mint julips where flamingos fly. But the pass time of gentlemen is not for people like Stark. He would be inclined to forsake the rules of Hoyle and bite his opponent’s leg off like a rabid dog.

  63. While the phrase “black is thicker than common sense” might not be the most pc way of expressing the thought, I beleive Gonzo is correct that AA’s will continue to support BO at rates of 90 percent and above, far higher than other dims.

    Why would that be if not for race-identification? BO is destroying the country, or doing his very best to and it seems most are finally waking up to that fact. His numbers have dropped with other dim groups but not with AA’s. It’s like they’re kids in an abusive home afraid to point the finger at their alcoholic parent.

    Problem is, they’re adults, not kids, (at least, the voters are) and they are responsible for their self-delusion. By not peeling away from BO, as others have done, they also reveal a reverse racism of their own. It is not pretty situation.

    Some on this site have mused that BO’s (s)election may be the worst thing that could have happened to AA’s in a generation and that race relations will suffer. Sadly, I think that theory is proving true.

  64. money.cnn.com/2010/07/01/news/companies/Bill_Clinton_BP_crisis.fortune/index.htm

    A leadership lesson from Bill Clinton

    By Nina Easton, senior editor at largeJuly 1, 2010: 2:56 PM ET

    FORTUNE — He’s still got it. This week Bill Clinton showed an instinct for robust, inclusive leadership that the current White House occupant could use right now.

    I know, I know. POTUS 42 was supposed to shut up, stay out of sight, and avoid second-guessing his wife’s boss. After his ego blustered into oncoming traffic during Hillary’s heated primary race against Obama, the nation (like its new President) suffered from yet another bout of Bill Clinton fatigue. His job as the Secretary of State’s husband was to stick strictly within the confines of his foundation work.
    But with President Obama struggling to contain the political damage from the Gulf Oil spill, Clinton not only can’t help himself — he’s worth listening to.

    The conventional-wisdom rap on President Obama’s early reaction to the spill was that he didn’t emote enough. He didn’t feel the pain, Clinton-style, of all those whose livelihoods would be destroyed, whose pristine waters and wildlife would be drowned in black gunk.

    Clinton thinks this is a “bum rap” but offers a different — and more pointed — lesson to his young successor. “I think we ought to row in the same boat for a while… Let’s just fix the problem, and then we can hold everybody accountable and emote or not emote,” Clinton told CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer at the Fortune/Time/ CNN Global Economic Forum in Cape Town, South Africa.

    Since Obama’s first instinct after the oil spill was to “feel the blame” rather than “feel the pain,” those are pretty tart words. No one wants to let BP (BP) management off the hook — for dangerously cutting corners, for a dismal safety record, for being forced into accepting financial responsibility. But the President’s initial focus on scolding BP consumed valuable White House energy while the oil gushed.

    Great leaders don’t rush to blame. They instinctively look for solutions. Rudy Giuliani rose from lame-duck New York mayor with a girlfriend problem to 9/11 hero when he took control of a crisis and instilled confidence that a ravaged city could move beyond a terrorist attack. He didn’t stop to blame faulty intelligence for letting it happen.

    0:00 /6:59Clinton: How to deal with BP spill (video clip)

    Clinton demonstrates these same instincts. “The federal government’s position ought to be very straightforward,” he said. “The most important thing is to fix the leak — and anybody that can help us fix the leak, I’m for it. The second most important thing is to keep the oil away from the shores. The third most important thing is to minimize the damage when of the oil that reaches shores.

    “The fourth most important thing today is to figure out who did what wrong and hold them accountable — whether it was somebody in BP or somebody in the U.S. government. I’ll do that, but let’s do one, two, and three first… What people want is to fix the leak,” he said.

    Most of the public thinks Obama got that chronology backwards — which is one reason why his prime-time speech to rally the nation instead fell flat, prompting even Obama-supporters like the Huffington Post to dismiss his rhetoric as a “feeble call to action.”

    Carefully critiquing Obama

    Clinton suggested President Obama may need to deploy the U.S. Navy to blow up the well — with non-nuclear bombs — “and cover the leak with piles and piles and piles of rock and debris.” But short of that, Clinton said, “we are dependent on the technical expertise of these people from BP. They had 11 of their folks killed on that explosion. The people that are working on this — whatever the managers did wrong or didn’t — they’re good people, they’re trying to do the right thing.”

    Clinton (being Clinton) cleverly wrapped his critique in a package of praise for Obama. You have to listen carefully, and sometimes read between the lines, to hear him break the no-second-guessing-the-President rule. For example, he applauded Obama for the decision to “finally” start taking help from other countries to stop the leak.

    He called Obama a “brilliant, articulate, and exceedingly empathetic person,” noting, “I did everything I could to defeat President Obama, and I wanted Hillary to win, but I think he’s done a better job than he’s given credit for.”

    The ex-President then veered toward the racial territory that got him in trouble during the presidential primary when he tried to explain Obama’s cool, detached leadership style: “When he went into politics, he didn’t want to sound like a fire-eating preacher for fear of being racially stereotyped.”

    But mostly Clinton’s words were inclusive. Stopping to speak at the Global Forum in the midst of one of his many pro-presidency tours of Africa — a prime target of his foundation’s anti-poverty and health efforts — Clinton found an opportunity to praise a man that the White House prefers to blame: George W. Bush. The Republican president, says Clinton, deserves enormous credit for his Africa AIDS initiative, giving millions access to life-saving medicine.

    Clinton never shied away about attacking his political enemies — just as they showed equal vigor in assailing him. And despite his cross-the-aisle campaign promises like “end welfare as we know it,” he didn’t seriously reach out to Republicans until they trounced his party in the 1994 midterms.

    But he understood — if not always, at least often — the political limitations of blame. And the political self-interest of uniting a country to get something done.

  65. The relief wells and the “bottom kill” procedure are being done, not by BP, but by John Wright, a division of “Boots and Coots” company. Mr Wright has used the bottom kill technique on 40 run-away wells and has killed 40 wells.

    —————————–

    Boots and Coots is the “oil spill clean up” company Haliburton bought just a few weeks before the oil spill….but if this guy does stop the leaking well….kudos to him and his team….

  66. just catching up…did not see Easton’s article posted above…

    it doesn’t hurt to hear it over and over again!

  67. Odumbo is going to announce a new jobs bill. It will use the 800 million for a jobs that will put in more broadband….I imagine that is a drop in the bucket. He will create 5000 jobs. He thinks more will be created by “TRICKLE DOWN”, I told you he is a republican. He bailed out the big companies, paid off all his donor companies with the other stimulus money and now the american people get 800 million…geez.

    I know that a couple of companies got some stimulus money here, they repaved a road that was paved just 1 year ago.

  68. Some guy on CNN did not like this broadband jobs bill that will only get broadband in Montana. This is BO’s answer to the joblessness? OMG, this guy is so out of touch its not even funny. He said we could be putting in more pipelines for folks in the north from the south so the folks in the north would not have to pay such high prices for heating oil.

    WHY HASN’T THAT BEEN DONE??? There is so much that could have been done with that stimulus and it was just blown on payola.

  69. Clinton starts former Soviet tour in Ukraine

    Friday, 2 July 2010

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, at the start of a five-nation tour of former communist states.

    The trip, announced over a month ago, is intended to reaffirm relations with ex-Soviet states, after a renewal of ties between Washington and Moscow.

    In Ukraine Mrs Clinton will meet media and civil society groups as well as senior officials.

    She will also visit Poland, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia.

    Washington is still readjusting to the election of the new President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, seen as being much more pro-Russian than his predecessor, the BBC’s David Stern reports from Kiev.

    Mrs Clinton is due to meet Mr Yanukovych as well as Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko.

    Press freedom

    She is also scheduled to meet former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who was defeated by Mr Yanukovych in a bitterly contested election earlier this year.

    Mrs Clinton will speak at a town hall meeting at Kiev Polytechnic University, and is expected to raise the issue of a perceived deterioration of press freedoms in the country.

    “The symbolism of Ukraine’s democratic progress still matters for the region and beyond, and [Mrs Clinton] will be highlighting our hopes for the protection and advancement of democracy in Ukraine,” assistant secretary of state Philip Gordon said ahead of the visit.

    Mr Gordon said he hoped that improved US ties with Russia would make diplomacy easier for countries such as Ukraine.

    “We want to get beyond the notion that European diplomacy and security is a zero-sum game and that countries in Central Europe need to choose whether they’re going to be pro-Russian or pro-American,” he said.

    In Azerbaijan and Armenia Mrs Clinton will push for a resolution of the region’s conflicts, and bolster US access to an overland route used for supplying troops to Afghanistan, our correspondent says.

    In Georgia Mrs Clinton will have to reassure officials that the government of embattled President Mikheil Saakashvili still has US support despite Washington’s attempt to improve relations with Russia, he adds.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/10484714.stm

  70. unbelievable…

    July 2, 2010 9:27 AM

    Scholars Rank Obama the 15th Best President

    A group of presidential scholars has ranked President Obama as the 15th best U.S. president of all time, a new survey shows, while his predecessor, President George W. Bush, is relegated to the bottom five.

    Mr. Obama also has an advantage in the rankings over President Ronald Reagan, who came in 18th, but President Bill Clinton beats them both in 13th place.

    The Siena College Research Institute’s Survey of U.S. Presidents, which has been conducted five times since 1982, asked 238 presidential scholars to rank the 43 U.S. presidents on a number of characteristics.

    The presidents were given rankings for six personal attributes (background, imagination, integrity, intelligence, luck and willingness to take risks), five forms of ability (compromising, executive, leadership, communication and overall), and eight areas of accomplishment (economic, other domestic affairs, working with Congress, party leadership, Supreme Court appointments, executive branch appointments, avoiding mistakes and foreign policy).

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt was ranked the best president ever, followed by Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

    While he has only been in office a year and a half, Mr. Obama was rated highly in areas such as imagination, communication and intelligence.

    By comparison, Mr. Bush was ranked 23rd when the survey was conducted in 2002, after his first year in office. This year, Mr. Bush was ranked 39th after receiving poor ratings in communication, foreign policy, intelligence, the economy and his ability to compromise. Mr. Bush’s best ranking came in the category of “luck,” for which he was rated the 18th best president.

    The four presidents who were ranked more poorly than Mr. Bush were Andrew Johnson, James Buchanan, Warren G. Harding, and Franklin Pierce.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20009531-503544.html

  71. JanH I heard that on the TV last night and was going to post it. How n the H did he get to be ranked 15th, based on what. Amazing! Were these same people on the noble prize committee?

  72. OK, so now I am beginning to question my judgement of Scholars. What I see lacking is Common Sense, and Scholars don’t seem to have any. Trumen and Clinton did. All of those other Presidence the lead also seem to have some, common sense. You don’t get that from a college.

  73. While the phrase “black is thicker than common sense” might not be the most pc way of expressing the thought, I beleive Gonzo is correct that AA’s will continue to support BO at rates of 90 percent and above, far higher than other dims.

    Why would that be if not for race-identification? BO is destroying the country, or doing his very best to and it seems most are finally waking up to that fact. His numbers have dropped with other dim groups but not with AA’s. It’s like they’re kids in an abusive home afraid to point the finger at their alcoholic parent.
    ————————————
    I think you have to differentiate between three different time periods.

    1. 2008: they bought the hope and change mantra hook line and sinker, as did others, only more so. (Note: do note however there were prominent exceptions, like Stephanie Tubbs Jones, who might have turned it around for Hillary at the Convention)

    2. present time: they can see him failing and the country turning against him. But there is no alternative within the Democratic Party. So they continue to support him for fear they will end up with a republican president. (Note: you can see how difficult this is for his supporters, by the pained looks on their faces when they find themselves the only ones supporting his policies when they have these focus groups. It really is the seven stages of denial.)

    3. 2012: there will come a point that black leaders recognize that if they do not switch then their political fortunes will sink with his. They will be blamed for the national failure which his incompetence and deviousness and perverse agenda causes. The emergence of black repulicans, drawn from the business and professional classes are the beginnings of this seismic shift. But it will only happen if Hillary runs, because there must not only be an alternative within the party but the alternative must be one they can trust. I think many of them trust her. Not the young hotheads who swallowed the Obama bait hook line and sinker, but those of mature judgment, who wanted to vote her in but were shouted down.

    You know I could be entirely wrong, or confusing what I hope will happen with what will happen. The question is when will thy jump ship. Let us hope for their sake as well as ours it is not too late. The notion that this jack ass is the 15th best president merely proves that he has shills in the upper echelons of academia. It is patently absurd.

  74. In order to reach the conclusion that Obama is our 15th best president you must assume either that his handling of the gulf situation was masterful, or that 29 prior presidents would have handled it worse. After all. that is the single greatest accomplishment of his first eighteen months, and the thing for which he is most likely to be remembered. But if you probe deeper you find other failures which undercut this ludicrous claim by scholars which has the smell of the lamp to it. There is no need to list them. We know what they are, and they number in the dozens.

  75. When it comes to scholars bear in mind what you are dealing with. These are people whose measure ideas not in terns of a scoreboard, a report card or a bottom line. In short, say what they might, their standards are not performance based. Rather they are based on nebulous criteria, such as whether the candidate is new, creative and exciting. The problem with those criteria is they do not win wars, balance a budget or put bread on the table. To put it crudely, these scholars have their head up their ass.

  76. Doris Kearnes Goodwin is a prime example of this. When she is not plagiarizing someone else’s words and getting caught she is busy promoting the Obama myth. Oh she goes through the motions of articulating criteria, but then she marshals the evidence in such a way as to promote him. Magic thinking masquerading as historical commentary.

  77. “While he has only been in office a year and a half, Mr. Obama was rated highly in areas such as imagination, communication and intelligence.”

    ————–

    “imagination, communication and intelligence” = pie in the sky/no accomplishments. This is a “virtual” potus whose successes manifest themselves in computer games only.

  78. If the American People cannot figure out that George Soros is Public Enemy No. 1. they deserve what they get. You find him everywhere the rights of American citizens are being undercut. This is perhaps the hundredth example. Yet most Americans do not even know who he is. But we do. He is Obama’s godfather.
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    Posted by Neil Stevens (Profile)
    Friday, July 2nd at 2:00AM EDT
    13 Comments

    I keep harping endlessly on the fact that Free Press wants centralized, nationalized media in America, and one logical consequence of their Internet plans is to have single payer Internet. Well, this isn’t a theoretical problem. Finland just implemented it. Quoth Boy Genius Report:

    Thanks to a new law that comes into effect today, every single citizen of Finland now has a legal right to a wired broadband connection with a minimum speed of 1Mbps.

    Do we see how this might hinder investment and innovation of Internet technology? No? Well, here’s some more evidence of how wrong it is that the FCC is going along the Free Press Communist path. Stratecast projects alarming revenue declines for ISPs should “strict non-discrimination” restrictions on service innovation and maintenance be enforced by the FCC. Eyeballing their chart, it appears to go from about $65 billion to $20 billion in only five years. When the industry has that much less money coming in, we users of the Internet will see that much less investment in the bandwidth and routing expansion and innovation we’ve come to rely upon, and will rely upon even more as we stream video over the Internet at an increasing rate.

    Stratecast suggests that very narrow regulations (which I should add would be far, far less than what Title II deem and pass reclassification will inspire) would result in only a small decline in revenue growth, leaving the industry at about $180 billion instead of $220 billion (again, just eyeballing their chart on page 15 of the report). This is why we need the Congress to act, stopping the FCC and putting in careful, narrowly tailored changes to the Telecommunications Act if we want narrow regulation of ISPs at all.

    We can do it, too. Free Press is beginning to lose allies. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International has sent a letter to the FCC disavowing its association with Free Press or any of its front groups, asking Free Press to remove the JRDF name from any of Free Press’s websites or other materials. Heh.

    Moving on to an organization I haven’t talked about much, the roving eye of BigGovernment.com has focused in on the Sunlight Foundation. Sunlight pretends to be nice and centrist, favoring open government through the power of new technology, but BG.com sees more than that: They’re now spreading the Free Press line attacking ISPs who oppose the radical Free Press Net Neutrality plan, while ignoring the constant consultations Free Press and organizations allied with it themselves get to make.

    Oh and lookie at what else BG.com found:

    It turns out, the Sunlight Foundation’s “research” is funded by organizations who just happen to have a direct interest in net neutrality regulations.

    Look at record:

    Google, which strongly favors government “neutrality” regulation, has given Sunlight nearly $100,000 during the past two years. And Google executive Kim Scott sits on Sunlight’s board of directors.

    George Soros is also exposed as lurking back there. It’s time anyone on the right started taking a good, hard look at Sunshine before having anything to do with the group going forward.

  79. See how Orwellian the Obama Administration is? “Free Press” is the name of an organization whose goal is to centralize and nationalize the media, so that at the end of the day there is no free press.

  80. Shadowfax
    July 2nd, 2010 at 1:47 am
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    gonzotx
    July 2nd, 2010 at 12:31 am

    That was weird. It should have read, If Sarah wants the nomination, it’s hers.
    ————
    I know Sarah draws crowds and has a real following, but I don’t think she has the majority of the Rethugs on her side. I think she has a very strong following of Independents and followers of the tea blend.
    **********************

    I admit that the power brokers of the Repub party don’t want Palin, but I believe the “people”, everyday Repubs, do. The power brokers are afraid of her because she really will not tow the party line against the people and good common sense. That is why she went after the Repubs in her own state who were in lock step with the oil companies.She had 85% approval ratings from both parties (I mean the people ) in Alaska. I still can not totally get over her leaving her governorship, though I understand why.

    And as far as my “racist” comment. Really? Please! My life, from my work and many years of being involved in basketball, I have been surrounded by AA’s. They talk to me everyday, and everyday the Fraud is the man, I guess they didn’t get the memo he is the first “woman” president. Black is thicker than anything, and you can take that to the bank. Call me racist, but I am calling it as it is. And I do not think that is a racist comment. Period!

  81. Freedom has cost too much blood and agony to be relinquished at the cheap price of rhetoric.

    Dr. Thomas Sowell

  82. Just a racist example…
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    NewsOne/BP POLL: Black Americans’ Approval Of Obama Flies In Face Of CNN

    By News One March 25, 2010 1:44 pm

    While CNN’s recently conducted a poll found that, for the first time, a majority of Americans disapprove of the job President Obama is doing, a NewsOne/Blackplanet poll revealed that those results doesn’t reflect the feelings of the Black community. We asked “Do you approve of President Obama’s job performance?” and of nearly 2,000 respondents, 90% said “Yes.” Meanwhile CNN’s poll found that only 46% of Americans approve, while 51% disapprove. It’s clear that while Obama has worked to enact his agenda and support for him has faltered in some circles, Black Americans continue to stand steadfast behind the president. Read more about the CNN poll below:

    Washington (CNN) – For the first time, a CNN poll has found that a majority of Americans disapprove of President Obama’s job performance.

    According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Monday, 51 percent of respondents disapprove of Obama’s job performance and 46 percent approve of it.

  83. : a fond tribute to Barack POTASS Obama and his trusty side kick in the ass AG Eric Before I Ask You Who Your Accomplices Are And Where They Will Strike Next Let Me Read Your Your Miranda Rights Holder:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esCdSLHles0&feature=related

    (P.S. Notice how Bill is playing this one. Also notice how we are being excluded from European security arrangements. I suspect they do not trust the muslim President of the United States.)
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    Putin Frowns
    John Bachelor
    No Quarter

    The FBI sweep of the Russian spy ring is a political gesture by POTUS and his frustrated and overwhelmed Attorney General, Eric Holder.

    No other purpose is served by rounding up a feckless posse of connivers. Are they KGB illegals from the SVR? Not the first question to answer.

    What is the purpose of bringing them in from the cold is the first question?

    My information is that POTUS has no explanation at this time.

    We are re-introduced to Moscow Center as a threat when it is not a major threat. Cybercrime, yes. Deep-cover spooks hanging out in Cambridge? Nyet.

    Even the facts about the New York agents add up to clumsy, passive, inert game-playing. Something wrong with this picture? Scott Shane, NYT, tells me that the reason they were not charged with espionage was that in ten years there is no evidence they ever handled classified documents or information, nor even sought such a thing. Strange spying? Or is it that they were hustling Moscow Center?

    Ten years of paychecks from the SVR and no work product that you cannot get from Facebook. A redhead who calls herself

    Anna Chapman (right) is a KGB spook? Cannot make this stuff up, unless it is all concocted as a scam on the SVR and the FBI. And how much did it cost the FBI in manpower to follow around Chapman?

    Moscow-Be00rlin Axis.
    The major story is that Moscow and Berlin have moved to construct an alliance that is potent, dynamic and ambitious. The alliance does include connection to Paris, London, Warsaw, but not Washington.
    Moscow promotes a new European security protocol that looks like NATO without Washington. Witty. The security arrangement between Berlin and Moscow can read as if the Non-Aggression PAct of 1939 has been updated to account for the oil and gas pipelines from Russia and the German banks paying for the development in Russia. Cozy and smart.

    Putin Disregards POTUS.
    Russian P.M. Putin measured POTUS as an ill-prepared and cranky adversary when they met for so-called breakfast in summer, 2009. Putin’s measure has not changed, and he has not endeavored to meet with POTUS since.
    Putin leaves Medvedev the chore of conversing through translators to the young POTUS at various meaningless events.

    There is no credible relationship between Moscow and Washington. Not on Iran. Not on Kyrgyzstan. Not on Georgia. Not on NATO. Putin has yet to show his hand on the spy ring brouhaha, however my expectation is that the retaliation will be measured.

    Putin disregards POTUS so completely that he does not need to show it more than once a year.

    Putin’s hand is strong and swift and chauvinistic. There will be blood. Meanwhile, Putin chooses to speak very softly.

    “In connection with the accusations issued by the US against a group of individuals in suspicion of intellig0000ence-gathering activity on behalf of Russia, we state that we are dealing with Russian citizens that at varying times ended up on the territory of the United States, and did not commit any actions directed against the interest of the United States,” Putin said. “We assume that they will be granted normal treatment in their places of detention, and that American authorities will guarantee them access to Russian consuls and attorney. We count on the American side’s due understanding in this question, based among other things on the positive character of the present stage in development of the Russian-American relations.”

    Putin and Clinton.
    No easy interpretation of the irony that Putin was meeting with Bill Clinton in Moscow when Putin gave out his frowning statement of disdain for the “US police” actions against the spy ring. Bill Clinton did not protest. Imagine another former president sitting by while the Russian boss slapped at the current administration’s national security operations against Russian spies? Clinton’s chuckling passivity at the moment of maximum disregard is a quiet puzzle.
    “You came to Moscow at a right time. Your police got out of control and grabbed some people,” Putin said, elciting a laugh from Clinton. “But this is just their job. I really expect that the positive that has been accumulated in the recent time in our international relations will not suffer, and I also hope that those people who value the Russian-American relations understand this in today’s situation as well.”

    ___________________________________________
    Editor’s Note: Originally published at the blog for The John Batchelor Show (schedule; podcasts).

    Echo 5 Items
    Admin

    creeper
    Oh, look! Unicorns!

    Oil spill? What oil spill? Economy, immigration, plummeting approval ratings? Stop paying attention to that stuff. There are spies among us!

  84. Boots and Coots is the “oil spill clean up” company Haliburton bought just a few weeks before the oil spill..
    *******
    Halliburton made an offer to buy B&C in early April…I think that the deal fell through or is on hold because of financial/fiduciary irregularities by the B&C board.

  85. Its really making me mad that the republicans have taken over the Catholic Church. I was reading another blog and there is a Catholic on there that says all liberals are of the devil and the antichrist…sick, sick, sick. Needless to say I corrected her. They are at this point going after Hillary Clinton, although they say that its Obama there are after. What a bunch of nutcases.

  86. The Obama Tax Trap
    How some Republicans are preparing to walk right into it.
    Wall Street Journal

    “‘Next year when I start presenting some very difficult choices to the country, I hope some of these folks who are hollering about deficits step up. Because I’m calling their bluff.”

    That was Barack Obama, the heretofore unknown deficit hawk, all but announcing the other day the tax trap that he’s been laying for Republicans. From what we hear about intra-GOP debates, more than a few will be happy to walk right into it.

    You don’t need a Mensa IQ to figure this one out. Obama’s plan has been to increase spending to new, and what he hopes will be permanent, heights. Then as the public and financial markets begin to fret about deficits and debt, he’ll claim that the debt is “unsustainable” and that the only “responsible” policy is to raise taxes.

    White House officials even talk privately about the galvanizing political benefit of a bond market crisis, which would force panicked Members of Congress to accept a big new value-added tax. The President’s two looming tax reports—one from his deficit commission and the other from Paul Volcker’s economic advisory group—are intended to propose a VAT and other tax options. Whatever their initial reception, the proposals will be there to be pulled from the shelf when the political moment is right.

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    Associated Press
    Voila, Mr. Obama will have established a new spend-and-tax policy architecture that has the feds taking from 25% to 30% of GDP, up from the roughly 21% modern average.

    ***
    This strategy explains why Mr. Obama is now starting to fret in public about deficits and debt. This week he even said reducing the debt will be “our project.” Funny how debt seemed a lower priority when he was urging Congress to pass $862 billion in stimulus and $1 trillion in new health-care subsidies.

    The Congressional Budget Office is contributing to this political drama by declaring this week that the “federal budget is on an unsustainable path.” Of course, but why? The biggest reason is that Medicare and Medicaid keep rising at two to three times the rate of everything else in the economy and, as CBO explains, will eventually take up every dollar of tax revenues raised, leaving no money for anything else, including national defense.

    “Slowing the growth rate of outlays for Medicare and Medicaid,” advises CBO, “is the central long term challenge for federal fiscal policy.” This is the same CBO that blessed ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion to 16 million more recipients.

    What CBO’s latest apocalyptic report doesn’t stress is what we’d call the more important deficit in its forecast: the growth deficit. CBO predicts an annual rate of GDP growth of 2.2%. Yet since 1959 the U.S. economy has grown at an average rate of 3%, and during the 1980s and 1990s it was closer to 3.5%. The compounding effect of restoring this faster pace of growth would mean far more net national wealth and would certainly make debt repayment easier.

    Even Mr. Obama’s current spending level of 25% of GDP would be more manageable if the slow economic recovery weren’t keeping tax revenue at unusual lows. In 2007, the economy threw off revenue of 18.5% of GDP. That fell to 14.8% in 2009 and may not be too much higher this year. The point is that there is no hope of balancing the federal budget without a return to higher levels of economic growth.

    This is where Republicans need to maneuver around Mr. Obama’s tax trap. He and his White House economists believe that taxes have little effect on growth so they can get revenues to 20% or 25% of GDP simply by raising tax rates or imposing a VAT. But if they’re wrong about the impact of those taxes on a still-fragile economy recovery, they could keep the economy on a subpar growth path for years to come. We think the last thing the U.S. economy needs at the moment—and the worst policy for the deficit—is the big tax increase that will hit on January 1 with the expiration of the Bush tax cuts.

    Yet we hear that even many Republicans are privately insisting that any extension of those Bush tax cuts must be “paid for” with other tax increases. Under Congress’s perverse budget rules, extending those tax cuts will “cost” the Treasury revenue, even though extending those tax rates would only prevent a tax increase.

    And because Congress still uses static revenue scoring—meaning no change in economic behavior from tax changes—the Joint Tax Committee thinks it will raise nearly $1 trillion over 10 years from the higher tax rates on incomes, dividends and capital gains. That’s highly improbable. After those tax rates were cut in 2003, total federal tax revenue increased by 44%, or $743 billion, from 2003-2007.

    In other words, Democrats have rigged the rules so that merely stopping a tax increase will be scored to increase the deficit. These are the same Democrats who haven’t “paid for” trillions of spending in the last four years, but watch them soon denounce Republicans as fiscally irresponsible merely for trying to stop a tax increase. Orwell would love modern Washington.

    If Republicans go along with this perverse pay-as-you-go logic, they will play into Mr. Obama’s hands. He’ll gladly offer to raise taxes on the wealthy in order to “pay for” extending the lower Bush rates on the middle class. Never mind that the tax increases on capital gains, dividends and income tax rates will do the most economic harm.

    ***
    Republicans need to break out of their rhetorical preoccupation with debt and deficits, focusing their political aim instead on spending and above all on reviving economic growth. They should hold the line against all tax increases and begin to consider a menu of tax cuts to make the U.S. more competitive, especially if the economy continues to underperform.

    Mr. Obama’s strategy of spending our way to prosperity clearly hasn’t worked, as the voters are coming to understand. But if the GOP policy response is merely to bemoan deficits, they will soon find themselves back at their historic stand as tax collectors for the welfare state. To avoid Mr. Obama’s tax trap, Republicans also need a growth agenda.

  87. This is what is going to kill the Democratic congress in Nov.

    Rassmussen
    Trust on Issues
    Voters Still Trust GOP More on Most Key Issues

    Voters trust Republicans more than Democrats on nine out of 10 key issues regularly tracked by Rasmussen Reports.

    The latest national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows voters trust Republicans more by a 48% to 39% margin on the economy, an issue that has consistently been the most important among voters for several years.

    Republicans have held the advantage on the economy since May of last year.

    Democrats still hold a slight edge over the GOP on another top issue, government ethics and corruption. While 33% of voters trust Democrats more on these issues, 29% trust Republicans more. However, the plurality (38%) is not sure which party to trust more. Democrats have held modest leads on the issue for five months after the parties were tied in January.

    Government ethics has twice edged out the economy in the past two years in terms of importance among voters.

    However, a Rasmussen video report shows that 40% of voters see the Obama administration as being less ethical than past administrations.

    Issue Democrats Republicans

    Education 41% 43%
    Health Care 40% 51%
    Economy 39% 48%
    Social Security 37% 46%
    Iraq 36% 45%
    Taxes 36% 52%
    Abortion 36% 46%
    Nat. Security 34% 51%
    Govt Ethics 33% 29%
    Immigration 32% 47%

    Now look at those figures on Health Care and Immigration and the Economy, if you can’t take a warning out of those then you must be blind.

  88. “SCHOLARS” RANK OBAMA #15??

    It appears these egg heads have a skewed view of the world from their ivory towers. I love this line:

    “While he has only been in office a year and a half, Mr. Obama was rated highly in areas such as imagination, communication and intelligence.”

    Yes:

    Imagination: Obama imagines he is still popular, he images he is effective and a strong leader, he imagines BP will clean up the spill eventually and untarnish his image, he imagines the stimulus worked and that people are returning to their jobs, and he imagines that the Obamacare bill kinda actually works, sort of.

    Communication: There’s no image problem that another speech can’t cure. Sure, there are press conferences only like once a year, and he won’t answer questions, even when confining it to friendly media plants. Of course, actually getting things right so that a PR campaign isn’t necessary was never under consideration, for any issue.

    Intellect: Ah yes, this towering Intellect of a Man. Perhaps the most brilliant person to ever roam the earth. Conversant in Einsteinian theory, advanced mathematics, fluent in 43 languages…Oh shoot, gimme a break. The talk of his masterful intellect has been exposed as a hollow sham. He can’t even keep his facts straight WITH a teleprompter.

  89. gonzotx
    Just for the record, I don’t think your comment was racist, I understood what you were trying to say.

    I think calling people a ‘racist’ these days, is more like a cuss word then actual proof that person intends to demean a certain race.

    Saying that most black voters, voted for Obama in 2008 and will keep him in office (the majority) no matter how bad his performance is, isn’t racist.

  90. $hitsticks, you should look at the photo on Drudge.

    Barry looks like he is aging before our own eyes. This job isn’t fun for him, the perks were not as he expected.

    Talk about his career has already peaked and is going downhill fast!

    He sure likes photos released of himself as a messiah…

  91. This is just horrible!

    LEE, Associated Press Writer Morgan Lee, Associated Press Writer – 1 hr 27 mins ago
    MEXICO CITY – A drug gang leader says he ordered the killing of a U.S. consulate worker because she gave visas to a rival gang in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, federal police said Friday.

    Jesus Ernesto Chavez, whose arrest was announced on Friday, leads a band of hit men for a street gang tied to the Juarez cartel, said Ramon Pequeno, the head of anti-narcotics for the Federal Police.

    Pequeno said Chavez ordered the March 13 attack that killed U.S. consulate employee Lesley Enriquez and her husband as they drove in the violent border city, and he said Chavez told police that Enriquez was targeted because she gave visas to a rival gang.

    A U.S. Embassy official said there would no immediate comment on the allegation.

    Enriquez, who was four months pregnant, and her husband, Arthur H. Redelfs, were killed when gunmen opened fire on their sport utility vehicle after they left a birthday party. Their 7-month-old daughter was found wailing in the back of the vehicle.

    Jorge Alberto Salcido, the husband of a Mexican employee of the consulate, also was killed by gunmen after leaving the same event in a separate vehicle.

    Chavez told police that gunmen opened fire on Salcido because the two cars were the same color and the hit men didn’t know which one Enriquez was in, Pequeno said.

    Pequeno said Chavez belongs to Barrio Azteca, a gang that works for the Juarez cartel on both sides of the border.

    The Juarez cartel’s turf war against the Sinaloa cartel has made Ciudad Juarez one of the deadliest cities in the world. More than 2,600 people were killed last year in the city of 1.3 million people across the border from El Paso, Texas

  92. I’m pretty sure Obama regrets being President, its quite clear he does not want to be there and his wife could’nt be any less interested if she tried. The invisible First Lady and for the first time, thats probably a good thing.

  93. 1. I want to like Bill Clinton, but why is he supporting the Peterson Catfood Commission to cut Social Security and Medicare?

    2. Admin, I come to this site several times a day to check the comments. Would it be possible to number them, so people could resume reading where they left off? Thanks.

  94. Very few people living near the border, go across anymore. It has simple gotten too dangerous. However, in Arizona, South of Tucson, gangs come across the boarder, rob homes, and them go back across the border again. I am some of this is happening in Souhern NM also.

  95. There is far more to golf, and the history of golf than the latest Tiger Woods scandal or how tough Pebble Beach played. Pebble Beach was always tough, and as for scandals they have always been there. Indeed, a man whose name is synonymous with golf in the 1960’s made Tiger look like a piker. I know this because I know the man who was the head pro at one of the country clubs in Las Vegas and used to pimp for this all american boy. I do not play the game anymore, because I cannot play it like I used to when I could make a fuller turn at the ball, and besides, these youngsters today are better than we were. Nevertheless my head is still full of stories about the game, and one of the most colorful characters the game ever produced was Ben Hogan. Bantum Ben, or the Hawk as he was 5’6″ of the toughest Texan you will ever meet. Half Irish, half Indian, and 100% Republican he was a border line genius, and the best ball striker the game ever produced, up to and including now. And the man had courage. He was damned near killed in an automobile accident, and battled back to still win tournaments. Originally with the MacGregor staff, and the persimmon drivers he designed are prized by collectors. He went on to form a golf company of his own and when he sold it to the Japanese, he stood at the podium, looked at the Japanese President who was bowing and smiling, and said to him in a low voice, I have just handed you the crown jewels. Don’t fuck it up. Looking at Moon’s posting above, the same admonition might well apply to the Republicans if the voters of this country elect to trust them again after the Bush debacle. For now we need them as allies, because the larger goal is to defeat Obama and the globalist interests he represents who are looking to feast on the bones of the American People.

  96. Agreed that my state is in deep doo doo, and the CA congress is terrible at balancing and passing a yearly budget…….now the Terminator is ticked and state workers are on fire.

    —–

    Governor puts 200,000 state workers on minimum wage

    Roughly 200,000 state workers will receive minimum wage paychecks next month under terms of an order issued Thursday by the Schwarzenegger administration.

    According to a letter delivered to Controller John Chiang in late afternoon, July pay for most hourly state employees will be withheld to the minimum allowed by federal law – $7.25 an hour – and then restored once there’s a budget.

    Chiang, whose office cuts state paychecks, said Thursday that he won’t follow the order unless a court tells him to.

    Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2010/07/02/2864614/governor-puts-200000-state-workers.html#ixzz0sXoGZ6nt

  97. gonzo,

    Good documentation from the CNN poll.

    BTW, I also spent decades working with predominantly AA’s which is probably why I have no fear of the ‘racist’ label. Speaking the truth is not racist, it’s fact, just like the CNN poll which supported what I said about BO’s approval numbers dropping with other groups but not AA’s. Now THAT’s racist, IMHO.

    BTW, I am furious that BO would dare to call being an American a matter of faith and not of birth! He’s trying to equate citizenship with religion. It is disgusting and insulting. I have no problem with legal immigration but I do not beleive in granting American citizenship to illegal border crossers. Period.

    BO is so obviously against this country and trying, as MO said during the election, to rewrite our history, our traditions, our beliefs and our worldview. How people cannot see he is trying to pull the rug out from under the feet of all Americans who do not conform to his western-civilization-hating worldview is beyond me. I swear it’s beginning to feel like Americans are being herded (psychologically speaking) onto boxcars headed for a final solution, again, metaphorically speaking, which will overturn the constitution and impose alien standards on the country. Look at the DOJ dropping the black panther voter intimidation case! My question is why aren’t there more protests?

  98. Bill is giving one heck of a campaign speech right now for Senator Byrd. He used some of Hillary’s campaign slogans…hmmm, hmmmm!

  99. OMG, there is a unmanned space vehicle that is out of control…guess its going to crash somewhere…Its Russian!

  100. Dispersants flow into Gulf in ‘science experiment’

    New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) — Chemical dispersants keep flowing into the Gulf of Mexico at virtually unchanged levels despite the Environmental Protection Agency’s order to BP to “significantly” scale back, according to a CNN analysis of daily dispersant reports provided by the Deepwater Horizon Unified Command.

    When the May 26 directive was issued, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said dispersant use should be cut by 75 percent.

    Public statements at the time made by the EPA administrator gave the impression that federal officials were trying to cut down overall dispersant use.

    “We expect to see a substantial reduction in the overall amount of dispersant used,” Jackson said in May.

    Before May 26, BP used 25,689 gallons a day of the chemical dispersant Corexit. Since then, CNN’s analysis shows, the daily average of dispersant use has dropped to 23,250 gallons a day, a 9 percent decline.

    (more on CNN)

    Then to look at this dispersant, Corexit:

    Is Corexit Safe to Use?

    The short answer is “No!” Corexit is highly toxic to humans as well as marine life.

    The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified the 2-butoxyethanol in Corexit to be a causal agent in the health problems experienced by cleanup workers after the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill of respiratory, nervous system, liver, kidney and blood disorders.

    According to the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), Corexit 9500‘s “potential human bazard is: High.” It can cause central nervous system depression; nausea; unconsciousness; liver, kidney damage; and red blood cell hemolysis with repeated or prolonged exposure through inhalation or ingestion.

    Here is what the MSDS for Corexit EC9500A says about Accidental Release Measures:

    PERSONAL PRECAUTIONS :
    Restrict access to area as appropriate until clean-up operations are complete. Ensure clean-up is conducted by trained personnel only. Ventilate spill area if possible. Do not touch spilled material. Remove sources of ignition.

    Stop or reduce any leaks if it is safe to do so. Have emergency equipment (for fires, spills, leaks, etc.) readily available. Use personal protective equipment recommended in Section 8 (Exposure Controls/Personal Protection). Notify appropriate government, occupational health and safety and environmental authorities.

    RESPIRATORY PROTECTION :
    If significant mists, vapors or aerosols are generated an approved respirator is recommended. An organic vapor cartridge with dust/mist prefilter or supplied air may be used. In event of emergency or planned entry into unknown concentrations a positive pressure, full-facepiece SCBA should be used. If respiratory protection is required, institute a complete respiratory protection program including selection, fit testing, training, maintenance and inspection.

    HAND PROTECTION :
    Nitrile gloves, Viton# gloves, Polyvinyl alcohol gloves

    SKIN PROTECTION :
    Wear impervious apron and boots.

    On May 19, 2010 the EPA gave BP 24 hours to choose less toxic alternatives to Corexit, selected from the list of EPA-approved dispersants on the National Contingency Plan Product Schedule. BP was to begin applying the less toxic dispersants within 72 hours of EPA approval of their choices, but BP refused to change from Corexit, citing safety and availability concerns with alternatives.

    According to the EPA, Corexit is more toxic than dispersants made by several competitors and less effective in handling southern Louisiana crude. Not only is Corexit toxic to human and marine life, it helps keep spilled oil submerged. The quantities used in the Gulf will create unprecedented underwater damage to organisms.

    There are claims that Corexit is one of the most poisonous dispersants ever developed, that it is 4 times more toxic than crude oil, and 20 times more toxic than other dispersants, but only half as effective.

    ——-
    So far, hundreds of people have claims of getting sick from the oil in the gulf and some people let their children wade in the water.
    More reports of serious illness will spring forth from the Gulf as time goes on.

  101. Every Democratic presidential candidate in the saturated polling era has had 90%+ black support.

    Black people are Democrats, for better or worse.

    If Hillary ends up replacing Obama, she will in short order have 90%+ black support.

    You can take that to the bank.

  102. BTW, here’s the Squat quote from his immigration speech.

    “Being an American is not a matter of blood or birth, it’s a matter of faith,” President Obama declared at a speech he gave on immigration.

  103. “Being an American is not a matter of blood or birth, it’s a matter of faith,” hmm setting us up for his real birth certificate is he?

  104. defiantone,

    Good point but there has to be a capacity to differentiate between a constructive and a destructive leader regardless of their alleged political affiliation.

    Why aren’t AA’s showing the same percentage of disenchantment with BO as other dim groups?

  105. #
    moononpluto
    July 2nd, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Shadow are there any options, is it a case of cut paychecks or cut jobs?
    ——-
    Right now it is a showdown, but it might be illegal. There has to be some cuts, somewhere, and I am sure there will be more layoffs.
    Most workers have already taken furlough cuts on this last budget, just ended.
    Thousands of teachers have been laid off and not sure if they will be rehired in the Fall.

    I can’t disclose where I work but there have already been massive layoffs and after the new budget is passed, there will be more. I don’t work directly for the gov. I am still on furlough cuts, and making ends meet is nearly impossible.

    I plan to vote all the bums out in the Sacramento congress. They have a 2/3 vote needed to pass the budget, and it is a circus. We don’t have the tax income to pay for all the necessities and goodies, period.

  106. moononpluto,

    That crossed my mind, too.

    But what a friggin’ insult to Americans. Imagine if any leader from any other country had said that? Your national identity is almost as important as your gender, IMHO.

    And I include all gender identifiers from straight to
    androgynous.

  107. Shadowfax, Why are they still using it…it makes you wonder why since BO thousands are going to die along the coast…are they planning this or what??

    Has anyone seen Bill give that eulogy of Sen. Byrd??? I only caught a couple of minutes of it but he used Hillary’s slogan about being left behind or left out…Obama then shook his hand after that…looks like its going to be Hillary soon. I bet he is tired of working already.

  108. Every Democratic presidential candidate in the saturated polling era has had 90%+ black support.

    Black people are Democrats, for better or worse.

    If Hillary ends up replacing Obama, she will in short order have 90%+ black support.

    You can take that to the bank.
    ——————————-
    That is common wisdom. The real question is whether they would support Obama over Hillary at this point. Ate they impervious to his track record of failure and would vote for him solely along racial lines, or will they see that the Clintons have done more for them than Obama will ever do, and he has no roots in the civil rights movement. We know how they answered that question in 2008. How do you think they would answer that same question today, given his failure to perform?

  109. basil9
    July 2nd, 2010 at 1:18 pm
    defiantone,

    Good point but there has to be a capacity to differentiate between a constructive and a destructive leader regardless of their alleged political affiliation.

    Why aren’t AA’s showing the same percentage of disenchantment with BO as other dim groups
    ***********************
    Why aren’t AA’s showing the same percentage of disenchantment with BO as other dim groups
    ***************

    Why…hmmm. AA. Simple

  110. “Being an American is not a matter of blood or birth, it’s a matter of faith,” President Obama declared at a speech he gave on immigration.
    —————–
    No asshole. It is not a matter of faith. It is a matter of citizenship, as defined by law. This same crap wafted through his Cairo speech and it has no basis in reality. But there as here it is a dog whistle.

  111. “Being an American is not a matter of blood or birth, it’s a matter of faith,” President Obama declared at a speech he gave on immigration.
    ————————
    This kind of thinking has been prevalent in the left wing sector of the immigration bar. They reduce to concept of citizenship to a nullity and characterize those we call citizens to “the current occupants of the United States”, as if it were an open system. I have always believed that if you treat national borders as irrelevant then perforce you must treat private property rights as irrelevant too. However, the global elites are determined to protect those rights under the tenants of a new international law doctrine, that Sunstein and ohers are undoubtedly working on.

  112. confloyd
    Why are they still using it…it makes you wonder why since BO thousands are going to die along the coast…are they planning this or what??

    —-My best guess as to why they are still using the toxic dispersant – to sink the oil below the water level, so it doesn’t ‘look’ so bad from the surface. To ‘break it up’, not that, that does anything to eliminate it. Because they are idiots???? Because they don’t frickin’ care that they kill every living thing that comes in contact with it!!!

  113. According to the EPA, Corexit is more toxic than dispersants made by several competitors and less effective in handling southern Louisiana crude. Not only is Corexit toxic to human and marine life, it helps keep spilled oil submerged. The quantities used in the Gulf will create unprecedented underwater damage to organisms….
    *******
    “Submerged Oil Confirmed On Seabed Off Ala. Coast”

    “Bayou La Batre, Alabama – Alabama Conservation Commissioner Barnett Lawley says officials have found oil on the seabed just off the state’s coast, confirming fears that the Gulf oil spill could be doing more damage than is readily apparent from the surface.”
    (snip)
    Scientists have said the massive spill off the coast of Louisiana could be contaminating the seafloor as badly or even worse than surface waters, and the discovery by the state indicates those predictions could be correct.

    Large areas of oxygen-depleted water also have been found.”

    http://www.wkrg.com/gulf_oil_spill/article/submerged-oil-confirmed-on-seabed-off-ala.-coast/902567/Jul-01-2010_8-32-pm/

  114. Why arent there protests over the use of this corexit?? WHy aren’t the news casters saying anything. Why isn’t our Potus saying anything against its use???

    He’s probably getting a kickback from it.

  115. wbboei, Obama is trying to turn us into the Taliban united by some religion instead of by law.

    This is to bypass his absent birth certificate that supposedly got burned up in a house fire.

    If his birthright to america is faith, then he has failed worse than we think…he is selling this country little by little everyday to the Chinese and to the muslim nations.

  116. “Being an American is not a matter of blood or birth, it’s a matter of faith,”

    with that, you basically might as well open the borders if blood or birth don’t matter and let any old waif or stray waltz in.

    Without that blood or birth you have no identity and he needs to be pulled on that crock.

  117. he is selling this country little by little everyday to the Chinese and to the muslim nations.
    ******””
    Obama isn’t doing sh*t. It so easy to identify Obama as doing “this or that” but I have to keep reminding myself that Barack Obama is a corrupt sociopathic fraud who was appointed POTUS by the DNC and “big money”. By giving him credit for anything good or bad gives him credit that he doesn’t deserve. The thing that keeps me on track about Obama is reading transcripts of his “answers” to unplanned questions. The answers are usually a string of memorized “sound bites” that end up being jibberish. Today’s highlight: when asked about the poor jobs report…”We are headed in the right direction..just not fast enough”

  118. This is who will be running the space program soon, thanks to Obama.

    space.com – 1 hr 2 mins ago
    An unmanned Russian cargo ship has veered out of control near the International Space Station, sailing clear past the orbiting lab instead of docking on autopilot, as engineers on Earth struggle to determine what went wrong.

    The robotic cargo ship Progress 38 was slated to dock at the space station at 12:58 p.m. EDT (1658 GMT) but lost its navigational lock on the orbiting lab about 25 minutes before the rendezvous.

    “The Progress literally flew past the station, but at a safe distance from the outpost,” NASA commentator Rob Navias said. “The station crew reported seeing the Progress drift beyond their view, as they worked to reestablish telemetry with the spacecraft.”

    The Progress 38 spacecraft flew by the space station at a distance of several kilometers (a couple miles) away, posing no threat of impact. But because of its orbit, there may not be a second chance to dock the spacecraft by remote control today, Navias said.

    Known in Russia as Progress M-06M, the new Progress 38 spacecraft is packed with nearly 2.5 tons of fresh food, clothes, equipment and other supplies for the space station’s six-person crew. It launched Wednesday from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan,

    Packed aboard the spacecraft are 1,918 pounds (nearly 870 kg) of propellant for the station, 110 pounds (nearly 50 kg) of oxygen, 220 pounds (99 kg) of water and 2,667 (1,209 kg) pounds of dry cargo – which includes spare parts, science equipment and other supplies.

    Russia’s disposable Progress spacecraft are similar in appearance to the three-module Soyuz space taxis that ferry crews to and from the space station.

    Both vehicles have a propulsion and orbital module, however Progress vehicles do not have a crew-carrying module like the Soyuz ships. Instead, Progress vehicles are equipped with a propellant module to store fuel for the space station’s maneuvering thrusters

  119. SHV, he sounds like Gordon Brown during his time as British PM, it became a standing joke “I’m getting on with the job”

  120. These weirdos are coming out of the woodwork…saying things like social security is a ponzi sheme???? Who is getting that out???

  121. Red Hot and Blue. You wonder about those people who have no opinion. Do they have no brain as well? I am afraid to ask.
    ——————–
    Fox News Poll: Secure the Border First
    By Dana Blanton

    Published July 02, 2010
    | FoxNews.com

    Reuters

    June 12: Mexicans are seen damaging the U.S. border fence, during a protest on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez.

    A majority of American voters think the federal government should secure the country’s borders first, before Congress works on new immigration legislation.

    The Obama administration wants comprehensive immigration overhaul to come first, while Republican leaders are pushing for improved border security as the top priority.

    A Fox News poll released Friday asked American voters what should happen first: 59 percent think the government should secure the border first, while 30 percent think the priority should be new legislation.

    Large numbers of Republicans (72 percent) and independents (65 percent) support securing the border first. Views are fairly evenly split among Democrats, with a slim plurality putting border security (44 percent) before Congressional action (41 percent).

    The national telephone poll was conducted for Fox News by Opinion Dynamics Corp. among 900 registered voters from June 29 to June 30. For the total sample, the poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

    Some 19 percent of voters think the country’s borders are more secure today than they were five years ago, while 26 percent say they are less secure. Nearly half — 47 percent — say things haven’t changed in five years.

    Just over half of voters — 52 percent — favor Arizona’s new immigration law. That’s almost twice as many as the 27 percent who oppose it. Another 21 percent have no opinion.

    There’s a huge partisan divide on the new state law, which goes into effect at the end of July.

    Fully 73 percent of Republicans support the law, 43 percentage points more than the 30 percent of Democrats who do. Among independents, a 57 percent majority favors the legislation.

    Those living in the West (55 percent) and Midwest (54 percent) are a bit more likely to favor the law than those in the South (50 percent) and Northeast (49 percent).

    Few voters, however, see immigration as the country’s top issue: Only 4 percent cite it as the most important issue for President Obama to be working on right now. That’s far fewer than the number who say the priority should be the economy/jobs (32 percent), the Gulf oil spill (14 percent), the deficit (12 percent), health care (6 percent), and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (6 percent).

  122. Obama isn’t doing sh*t. It so easy to identify Obama as doing “this or that” but I have to keep reminding myself that Barack Obama is a corrupt sociopathic fraud who was appointed POTUS by the DNC and “big money”. By giving him credit for anything good or bad gives him credit that he doesn’t deserve. The thing that keeps me on track about Obama is reading transcripts of his “answers” to unplanned questions. The answers are usually a string of memorized “sound bites” that end up being jibberish. Today’s highlight: when asked about the poor jobs report…”We are headed in the right direction..just not fast enough”
    =====================================
    Correct: he is a puppet. And a puppet has no mind of its own. You must look to the string pullers to ascertain what a puppet like Obama is likely to do next.

  123. We must get out of the bad media induced habit of imputing leadership qualities to this asshole. He is a pawn in a larger scheme. If that were not the case then other community organizer ciphers with hidden pasts would have moved to the pinnacle of power in a year just as he did. There is a reason he is where he is right now and it is to move an agenda which is openly hostile to the interests of the American People, yet congenial to those of the string pullers.

  124. We must get out of the bad media induced habit of imputing leadership qualities to this asshole.
    ********
    It’s confusing the “symptom” (Obama) with the “disease” (?????). Obama is the very bad belly ache that you get when your Appendix bursts…the belly ache doesn’t kill you. All this crap that Obama is a socialist, secrete Muslin agent, etc…blah blah..is really annoying because it gives the man a lot more credit for intelligence, initiative, work ethic, etc than he deserves.

    The “real” far left despises Obama and aren’t afraid to call him a puppet, corporate hack and a fraud. The AA far left is especially virulent in it’s attacks on Obama.

  125. ‘No asshole. It is not a matter of faith. It is a matter of citizenship, as defined by law.’

    I confess nothing much the squat says registers with me anymore but that remark about Americans being defined by faith instead of birth or geography has me seeing red. It’s like saying it doesn’t matter who your parents are, your family is, where you went to school, what your job is or where you live.

    It’s removing all identifying individual traits from everyone and reducing us all to the generic person. I find it terrifying.

  126. Rasmussen Presidential Tracking this day has some good news for our Republic. After meandering around the various minus teens for some time now, it has deposited itself at minus 20 on the eve of the July 4th weekend. As the celebrations of the birth of this magnificent country draw near, I can think of no finer direction for potus. You see, President Obama, real Americans love this USA. Real Americans respect it. Real Americans protect it. And it may take them awhile, but Real Americans (most of them) have come to recognize the falsehood of your oath.

  127. Hey, the unemployment rate falls!!! Whoo hoo. Heckuva job, Obammie.

    Oh, 125,000 jobs lost in June.

    Never mind.

  128. MORE ON THE JOBS FRONT

    marketwatch.com/story/modest-private-job-hiring-in-june-2010-07-02

    Modest private sector hiring in June
    Jobless rate falls to 9.5% but even that isn’t good news

    By Greg Robb, MarketWatch
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) – The unemployment report released by the government on Friday wasn’t as grim as it might have been, but it still showed that the pace of the U.S. economic recovery has slowed in recent weeks.

    Total nonfarm payroll employment fell by 125,000 in June as the number of temporary census workers dropped by 225,000, according to the Labor Department. This is the first decline in nonfarm payrolls this year.

    There was only modest hiring of workers in the private sector in June.

    Private hiring edged up by a disappointing 83,000 in June from a revised 33,000 increase in May, originally reported as a 41,000 gain.

    Economists said the private sector has to create more than 150,000 jobs per month to make a serious dent in the unemployment rate.

    “We do not view this report as pointing to a double dip in the economy, but it does suggest a downshift in the pace of growth,” wrote the economic team at RDQ Economics in a note to clients.

    Stocks faltered in early trading on the weak report, but then regained their losses. The Dow Jones Industrial Average /quotes/comstock/10w!i:dji/delayed (DJIA 9,700, -32.50, -0.33%) was recently up 5 points to 9,737 points.

    Republicans pounced on the report as a sign of failure of President Obama’s economic policies. Obama countered that his administration has the economy headed in the right direction but not at a fast enough pace.

    Private payrolls have only averaged a 119,000 increase over the last three months.

    The private sector payrolls growth came in weaker than the 115,000 increase expected by economists surveyed by MarketWatch. See calendar of major U.S. indicators.

    The decline in total payroll was roughly in line with expectations.

    The nation’s unemployment rate fell to a seasonally adjusted 9.5% in June from 9.7% in May, according to a separate survey by the government of 60,000 households. Economists had been expecting the jobless rate to remain steady

    But the decline wasn’t particularly good news because it reflected 652,000 people dropping out of the labor force. Some of this was due to the census workers, as many are retirees and are not expected to look for more work. But the sizable drop also reflected some renewed gloom among the ranks of the unemployed, economists said.

    This is the second straight sharp monthly decline in the labor force. While unemployment fell by 350,000 to 14.6 million for June, employment also fell a sharp 301,000 to 139.1 million.

    The participation rate dropped by three-tenths of a percentage point, to 64.7%.

    An alternative measure of unemployment, which includes discouraged workers and those forced to work part-time because of the weak economy, inched lower to 16.5% from 16.6%.

    (SNIP)

  129. “Why aren’t AA’s showing the same percentage of disenchantment with BO as other dim groups?”

    What dim groups are you talking about? There has been no massive decline in support for Obama among Dimocrats. The dropoff in Obama’s approval has come from a decline in independent and Republican support.

    I’m sorry I don’t have a link to the articles, but I have read where polls indicate Obama still has 85%+ support from self-identified Democrats and 90%+ support from self-identified liberals. Those numbers are not demonstrably different from his support among black Americans, nor terribly surprising since most black Americans politically identify as liberal Democrats.

    Black voters voted en masse against George Bush and Ronald Reagan. That did not stop either from getting elected twice. The reason is because white folks still hold the golden ticket to the white house, whether you want to admit it or not.

    So the real question is when are WHITE liberals going to wake up and smell the coffee? And what’s their excuse?

  130. WILL HOLDER LOSE HIS JOB OVER BLACK PANTHER EXONNERATION? AND COULD THIS DRIVE OBAMA FROM OFFICE???

    Just askin’.

    pajamasmedia.com/richardfernandez/2010/07/01/and-justice-for-all/

    The salient thing about J. Christian Adams’s accusation that the Obama administration deliberately let off the New Black Panther Party after it engaged in voter intimidation is that, if true, it constitutes a pure exercise in the abuse of power. The other wrongs it represents — the perversion of the electoral process, the violation of civil rights — are secondary. The most serious allegation in the whole affair is that the certain officials countenanced a crime because they wanted to. The most concentrated expression of tyranny is malice in the service of caprice.

    Adams was a Department of Justice lawyer who resigned in disgust after “we were ordered to dismiss the case. I mean we were told drop the charges against the New Black Panther Party. It’s the easiest case I ever had at the Justice Department. It doesn’t get any easier than this. If this doesn’t constitute voter intimidation, nothing will. .. ”

    Like the recently concluded Robert Wone case — in which three gay men were acquitted of the murder of a man in their apartment — the New Black Panther incident pits a politically powerful minority against ordinary victims. The public is asked to understand the situation from the perspective of the underdog. What does it matter if men in New Black Party uniforms paced across a voting precinct? They’re just evening the score. Or so we are told. But in situations where the world’s largest midget fights the world’s smallest giant the “correct narrative” is no longer so obvious; just who is bigger is no longer clear and the system by rights should fall back on the law itself and ask itself “who really violated the law.”

    But the habits of political correctness are so ingrained that even this logical parachute fails to open. In the Wone case, even when the judge is inclined to find the stories of the three defendants preposterous, the word “guilty” can hardly be pronounced. The Washington Post reports that Judge “Leibovitz said she believed that the three defendants know who killed Wone, but that the prosecution failed to prove that they did. It came down to the reasonable doubt standard, she said.” The Wone case is singular for the questions that were not asked and the media coverage that never materialized. The Washington Post question and answer gives a flavor of what was left off the books:

    “I want to raise a bit of an uncomfortable topic. In the early stages of the investigation, the media reported that human semen (perhaps his own) was found on the body of Mr. Wone. I did not read anything about it once the trial started. Were the reports accurate? If so, was it raised at the trial, and what were the conclusions? …

    Keith Alexander: It is indeed a delicate question but a question I have been getting from readers via email and letters for weeks now. Yes, when the men were arrested in 2008 for obstruction of justice and conspiracy, prosecutors said Wone had been sexually assaulted. They based their conclusion on the fact that his own DNA was found on him, well, in his rectum area. Defense attorneys said Wone was never sexually assaulted and produced a medical expert during motions who said the Wone may have discharged the semen as he was dying. The government decided not to pursue the sexual assault theory primarily because this was a conspiracy trial, not a murder or sexual assault trial, so such details would have just distracted a jury from the actual case. So they agreed to leave it out, before the defense requested not to have a jury trial and instead allow the judge to hear the case.”
    &&&& END WASH-PO QUOTE &&&

    Despite the sensational elements in both the Black Panther and Robert Wone cases there has been very little media coverage of the incidents. Wikipedia notes that “Camille Paglia commented that the relative lack of news coverage for the crime ‘appears to be a blatant case of politically correct censorship’”. The Washington Post was asked about the empty media seats at the Wone trial. It was as if they had been forced to witness a plague.

    Washington, D.C.: Are you aware of 20/20 or Dateline doing an episode on this case? It would seem perfect for their audience.

    Keith Alexander: Dateline had a reserved seat in the courtroom during the trial, but I only saw someone in that seat a few times. So I really don’t know. Never saw anyone from 20/20.

    It was left to elements of the gay community to appoint themselves the strongest advocates of justice for Robert Wone. Some of them banded together to start the website Who Murdered Robert Wone? and the depth of their coverage, its professionalism and thoroughness, has put much of the MSM to shame. They at all events had not forgotten that they shared a common humanity with Robert Wone. Perhaps they were emboldened, and not a little empowered by the knowledge that in demanding justice for the victim, they could not be accused of the greater crime of homophobia. It is demotion of crime — even murder — to the shibboleths of political correctness that is the most remarkable aspect of both cases. Albert Camus had remarked on it before: “on the day when crime dons the apparel of innocence — through a curious transposition peculiar to our times — it is innocence that is called upon to justify itself.” Camus’ mistake was to believe this reversal was peculiar to Hitler or Stalin. It now threatens to become a fixture of the modern world.

    So though it is theoretically irrelevant, it is probably unfortunate that J. Christian Adams, the Justice Department lawyer who resigned over the mishandling of the New Black Panther case, is white. In our politically correct world, it would have been far better had he been black, because just as those who are seeking justice for Robert Wone are themselves gay, the case against voter intimidation would have been immeasurably strengthened if the complainants had been persons of color.

    The greatest damage that political correctness has inflicted on society is to make each of us forget that underneath the accidents of color, nationality and creed, that all of us are men. By dividing humanity into hyphenated buckets, each sequestered in its hate, the puppet masters have managed to set one against the other so thoroughly that the sharpers, wheeler-dealers and fixers can operate undisturbed. In a world where every one thinks of himself as white, black, gay, straight — we have forgotten that the real distinction is between who holds power and who does not. Nothing else matters. The Black Panthers and the three men who are suspected of killing Robert Wone are not impotent underdogs. On the contrary, they wield far more power than we, in our normal lives, could ever dispose of. God grant we never meet them, for if we do, we meet them alone. W.H. Auden, himself a homosexual man, understood that survival in hyphenation was impossible. He wrote:

    In the nightmare of the dark
    All the dogs of Europe bark,
    And the living nations wait,
    Each sequestered in its hate;

    Intellectual disgrace
    Stares from every human face,
    And the seas of pity lie
    Locked and frozen in each eye.

    Follow, poet, follow right
    To the bottom of the night,
    With your unconstraining voice
    Still persuade us to rejoice;

    With the farming of a verse
    Make a vineyard of the curse,
    Sing of human unsuccess
    In a rapture of distress;

    In the deserts of the heart
    Let the healing fountain start,
    In the prison of his days
    Teach the free man how to praise.

  131. [ At the site, many of these words are links. ]

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2010/07/01/climategates-death-rattle/
    The Pennsylvania State University’s investigation into allegations of misconduct by climate scientist Michael Mann found him innocent, specifically saying:

    … the Investigatory Committee determined that Dr. Michael E. Mann did not engage in, nor did he participate in, directly or indirectly, any actions that seriously deviated from accepted practices within the academic community for proposing, conducting, or reporting research, or other scholarly activities.

    Mann, as you may recall, was a key figure in the so-called Climategate fiasco, where leaked emails were purported to show scientists fixing data to make global warming evidence appear stronger. Since Day 1 of this I have been calling it a non-event, a manufactured controversy by global warming denialists trying to make enough noise to drown out any real talk on this topic. And time and time again I have been shown to be correct.

  132. confloyd
    July 2nd, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    The author thinks that Obumbles presence will add prestige to the event. I pee’ed a little because I laughed so hard at that……

  133. Shadowfax
    July 2nd, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    gonzotx
    Just for the record, I don’t think your comment was racist, I understood what you were trying to say.

    I think calling people a ‘racist’ these days, is more like a cuss word then actual proof that person intends to demean a certain race.

    Saying that most black voters, voted for Obama in 2008 and will keep him in office (the majority) no matter how bad his performance is, isn’t racist.

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

    You’re right. If it were ‘racist’ to say that some high percent of AA’s voted for Obama and would probably do it again — then all the polls would be ‘racist.’

    ‘Black is thicker than water’ is a punchy way of putting it — but it’s the AA’s bias that’s racist, not Gonzo’s description of that bias.

  134. Here it is and what they are going to do with social security after November…I just they have the commone sense that this new retirement age goes for everyone from the President on down.

    Friday, July 2, 2010

    LAST WEEK House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) bravely suggested that Congress should consider a higher retirement age for Social Security and more careful targeting of benefits to the neediest, as part of a plan to get the country’s long-term finances in order. Now House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) has had a common-sense outburst of his own on the issue. On Monday, he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he would favor raising the Social Security retirement age to 70, tying cost-of-living increases to the consumer price index rather than wage inflation and trimming benefits for retirees with substantial non-Social Security income. “We need to look at the American people and explain to them that we’re broke,” Mr. Boehner said. So there you have it: agreement in principle between leaders of the two parties in the House of Representatives on a key debt-reduction reform that was thought to be politically untouchable. Who says Washington is hopelessly polarized?

    To be sure, Mr. Boehner leavened this comment with another, which Democrats are rightly ridiculing, to the effect that pending financial reform legislation amounts to a nuclear attack on an “ant.” But that flap should not be allowed to detract from the wisdom of his statement on entitlements. Social Security is not as great a threat to the country’s long-term solvency as it was before the last major reform in 1983, nor is it as great a threat as health-care costs. But it’s not chopped liver, either. According to the Congressional Budget Office’s latest projections, published Wednesday, Social Security costs are on course to increase by 1.4 percentage points of gross domestic product by 2035 — largely due to the growth in the elderly population relative to the working-age population. The Social Security Trust Fund would be exhausted soon thereafter, the CBO reckons.

    Total savings from raising the retirement age would depend on how Congress does it. Under current law, the retirement age is 65 for workers born before 1938, rises in two-month increments until hitting 66 for workers born in 1943, holds at 66 for workers born between 1944 and 1954 — then rises again in two-month increments up to 67 for workers born in or after 1960. But suppose the age rose gradually to 67 for workers born between 1948 and 1953, and then continued increasing by two months per year until reaching 70 for workers born in 1971. The phase-in would avoid short-term harm to the economic recovery, give people plenty of time to adjust — and shrink Social Security outlays by nearly 1 percentage point of GDP by 2035, according to the CBO. Tweaking the cost-of-living adjustment formula, as Mr. Boehner suggests, would take care of most of the rest of the program’s projected growth.

    In short, Mr. Boehner and Mr. Hoyer are talking about sensible adjustments that would achieve significant debt reduction at modest social cost. Needless to say, some were quick to exploit their comments for political purposes. Some Republicans, Mr. Boehner included, took aim at a separate part of Mr. Hoyer’s speech in which Mr. Hoyer realistically discussed the need to raise revenue. For his part, House Democratic Whip James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) accused Mr. Boehner of wanting to slash Social Security to “pay for George Bush’s war and their failed policies of the past.” The truth is that the course Mr. Boehner and Mr. Hoyer courageously support would not only help reduce the country’s long-term debt but would also put Social Security on a sound financial footing for generations. Here’s hoping they can work together to make it happen, against the inevitable pushback from within their respective caucuses

  135. Obama and his “speaker” aka wicked witch of the west, Nasty Pelosi is working toward hanging Afganistan on Hillary….just like they did her war vote. It is already starting…they are going to have open debate on Afganistan.

  136. Obama is on record from summer of 2007 saying he wanted to move the US troops from Iraq to “the right battlefield in Pakistan and Afganistan.” [I’m quoting from memory.]

    This was not a mis-speak, it was in writing in a serious position paper composed with help his staff.

    (Hillary and Bush had to reassure Pakistan that we weren’t really going to invade them.)

  137. The “real” far left despises Obama and aren’t afraid to call him a puppet, corporate hack and a fraud.
    ——————————
    But they vote for him in lock step.

  138. #
    confloyd
    July 2nd, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Why arent there protests over the use of this corexit?? WHy aren’t the news casters saying anything. Why isn’t our Potus saying anything against its use???

    He’s probably getting a kickback from it.
    ——-
    Actually there was some protesting going on over at PUMApac, writing to Anderson Cooper (cause he is one of the only people reporting on the spill, down and dirty) and to Greta. Asking them to find out the facts vs the spin and report it.
    I took part, not sure what is going on in the Gulf area with protesting…

  139. I get so upset with these “racists” who say Mess-I-Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh Obama has not created jobs. That is a Republican lie. It is high time somebody called them on that. The Messiah has created 600,000 new jobs since January 2009!. QED. Well okay fine. And how much has he spent to do it? Since you do not want to answer let me tell you: $48 billion in stimulus moneys. Which means that he has spend a whopping $700,000 per job, many of which are slightly above minimum wage. Nice work Barack. Another notch in your belt. Another miracle.

  140. “When are WHITE liberals going to wake up and smell the coffee? And what’s their excuse.”

    They have none. They are idiots with no real-world experience most of whom wouldn’t last two second on a South Bronx or Paterson street.

    “white folks still hold the golden ticket to the white house,”

    Correction. White men. And I wouldn’t call it a golden ticket. At this point, thoug, I’d prefer anyone as POTUS who I felt cared about the entire country, or, at the very leaset, wasn’t he11-bent on destroying it.

    I never voted for Bush or agreed with most of his polices but at least he wasn’t attacking American culture and citizens the way the squat is.

    ‘There has been no massive decline in support for Obama among Dimocrats.’

    I was citing the poll Gonzo posted upthread which sampled all Americans.

  141. confloyd
    July 2nd, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    cnn cut the best of Bill Clinton’s eulogy out…those pissants.

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    pissants 😆

    I imagine all these tiny ants, in a circle around one blade of grass………

  142. Well I am finally convinced that Taylor Marsh is nutz and her hate of husbands that cheat takes over her whole way of thinking…she is definitely not fair and balanced.

  143. I just read the Kos kids are willing to raise the retirement age to 70 and they are also willing to have a social security test which is a way to ditch social security and they are also ready to put the money from social security in the stock market. If that happens then Wall st. can steal it.

  144. Admin: you are correct. There is a leadership vaccuum in government. And we have ten crises on our hands. His machine can think day and night how to avoid a nomination fight, but if it does not happen we will have a Republican President in 2012. An incumbent must defend his record and it cannot be defended with hot air. Personally, I think this disaster of a presidency will sink the ship of the democratic party. What emerges from the ashes is anyones guess.

  145. ““Being an American is not a matter of blood or birth, it’s a matter of faith,” President Obama declared at a speech he gave on immigration.”

    I’m glad I was not watching the ignorant Community Organizer when he said this, I would have thrown something at my TV and broken it.

  146. This is what Obama is going to do right after the 2010 elections…you can bet on it because Hoyer and Boehner are in lockstep as to what to do with social security…I am so pist right now I can’t even stand it. I am just going to quit paying my income tax and go tax exempt.

  147. lets see, I see Mr. Community Organizer recently gave John Boehner the finger at a speech in Wisconsin. (you know, the same one he gave Hillary and then Mccain)

    Can we please impeach and fire this child in the WH?

  148. We have to get Obama out of there and we must do this quickly, how I don’t know since all the judges are paid off and the rethugs aren’t even considering impeachment which could take forever. I hope the rethugs that get in are willing to do what is best for us…the middleclass.

  149. confloyd
    July 2nd, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Obama and his “speaker” aka wicked witch of the west, Nasty Pelosi is working toward hanging Afganistan on Hillary

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    The two lying meatheads are going to pin what part of Afghanistan on Hillary?

    Last I knew, Hillary was not Sec of Defense, nor a 4 star General, nor a commander, nor a cute lady in a camouflage pantsuit in the trenches.

    What a couple of idiots. Jeeze, so many idiots, so few accomplishments.

  150. Michael Steele is saying the war in afganistan can’t be won…their going to hang this on Hillary.

  151. #
    confloyd
    July 2nd, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Michael Steele is saying the war in afganistan can’t be won…their going to hang this on Hillary.
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    Oh, Michael Steele said it, he doesn’t know jack.

  152. I just know that Obama will not be able not to want to beat Hillary again…you could see that at the funeral today. Bill spoke first and then Obama and if you look on drudge you’ll see Biteme giving the “ONE” a big hug…sick…Bill was watching….apparently Biden has drank the kool-aid. We need Biden out of there too.

  153. confloyd
    July 2nd, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    agreed. I am seeing of these jerks who are more addicted to power than the welfare of America and Americans.

  154. Iran threatens oil routes as Obama signs tough new energy sanctions
    DEBKAfile Special Report July 2, 2010, 10:24 AM (GMT+02:00)Tags: Iranian Gen. Vahidi Obama US sanctions for Iran

    Obama signs first sanctions with biteA US-Iran showdown loomed closer early Friday, July 2, when president Barack Obama signed into law a series of energy sanctions, the toughest yet, for arresting Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Iran’s defense minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi warned that searches of its ships or planes would have “dire consequences” for world security and the Middle East in particular.

    The law drafted by Congress shuts US markets to firms that provide Iran with refined petroleum products, such as gasoline and jet fuel, invest in its energy sector, or provide financing, insurance or shipping services. Non-US banks doing business with blacklisted Iranian entities, primarily Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps organizations, will be banned from US markets.
    These measures complement and strengthen the new UN Security Council sanctions and European measures and will hit every Iranian. The oil-rich country Islamic Republic imports 40 percent of its refined oil needs because of its own inadequate refining capacity. Any investors in projects for developing this sector would be punishable under the new US law.
    Earlier, Gen. Vahidi warned world powers against implementing certain UN sanctions: “As regards inspection of (Iranian) ships, there are one or two countries which pursue the issue and have made some comments about it and this indicates that these people don’t pay any attention to security issues in the region and the world,” said

  155. Here is another one of Obama’s friends!

    Farrakhan Asks ‘Deceitful’ Jews to ‘Repair Damage to Blacks’

    by Hana Levi Julian
    Follow Israel news on and .

    Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan is turning to Jews and the gentiles whom they allegedly “influence” to help in the “repair” of his people.

    He did not specify how Jews “influence” the gentiles, nor which gentiles the Jews allegedly “influence.”

    Farrakhan, whose fiery anti-Semitic rhetoric in past years has never shied away from using blunt terms, wrote a back-handed ‘letter of appeal’ to Jewish groups across the religious spectrum last Thursday. Each group also received two books from the Nation of Islam Historical Research Team, which Farrakhan claimed provided documentation of “an undeniable record of Jewish anti-Black behavior.” The books, “The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews,” and “Jews Selling Blacks” allegedly prove the role of Jews in the slave trade and the Jim Crow laws.

    Since Jews during these periods were not in positions of power and had no country of their own, however, any possible allegations would have had to been made against specific individuals.

    “We could charge you with being the most deceitful so-called friend, while your history with us Farrakhan’s “anti-Semitism is obsessive, diabolical and unrestrained,” reaching “a new chapter in his ministry where scapegoating Jews is not just part of a message, but the message,” said the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in a statement issued Tuesday in response.

    Farrakhan has in the past referred to Judaism as a “gutter religion,” and Adolf Hitler as “wickedly great.”

    Case of Mistaken Identity in Israel

    But the cleric went even further on Saturday, telling a crowd of more than 5,000 people in Atlanta, Georgia that the State of Israel is populated by usurpers. Jews are not the true Biblical children of Israel, he claimed.

    Quoting his mentor, Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammad, Farrakhan said, “Almighty G-d Allah revealed…. the Black people of America are the real children of Israel and we are the choice of G-d and that unto us, He will deliver His Promise…This question says that somebody has usurped our position. This question says that somebody has taken the promise of G-d to the children of Israel and claimed it for themselves… To all of those who feel that the children of Israel are over in that place they call Israel, you are mistaken. To the Christian right who feel that if you bless Israel you will be blessed, but for over 60 years, that nation has not been blessed.

    Farrakhan also denied that Jews were enslaved in Egypt, an historic fact that forms the basis for the traditional Judeo-Christian belief in the parting of the Sea of Reeds as they fled Egyptian slavery and began their trek through the desert, towards Israel, their Promised Land.

    “While the Jewish people have claimed the Biblical prophecy of Abraham’s children being lost and afflicted in a strange land, and many misguided Christians have repeated that claim, there is no historical record of Jews in bondage in Egypt for four centuries,” Farrakan said, adding that the prophecy instead refers to the Blacks in America. (IsraelNationalNews.com)

  156. TheRock, you are so funnny. Gonzotx, your definiton is spot on.

    Has anyone heard anything about something called dhimmitude as it related to what is contained in ObamaCare[sNot]? There was a discussion of this as I skimmed through another net entry. If I understood correctly, it was allowing muslims to escape being part and parcel of ObamaCare[sNot].Is this correct?

    Afghanistan is The One’s Vietnam. He can’t escape it no matter how hard he tries. For those who lived through the Vietnam era, feelings are still very much hardened in relation to the memories of that horrible conflict. And, no, Afghanistan can not be ‘won’ militarily, just ask the others who fought there for years. The terrain alone makes it unwinnable unless one would want it nuked off the face of the earth.

  157. Mega Politics: this is the problem that will drive Obama and his entourage into oblivion.
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    Obama, Turd Polisher Extraordinaire
    By Larry Johnson on July 2, 2010 at 12:45 PM in Current Affairs

    There is an expression in the Navy, “YOU CAN”T POLISH A TURD.” If you don’t believe me, give it a try. You can scrub and rub until your arms turn into spaghetti but all you will accomplish is smearing feces. Barack Obama has not learned that truth. Sorry to mix metaphors, but Barack ought to consider taking a land navigation course. Why? He insists we’re heading in the right direction (per Jake Tapper):

    Responding to the unemployment numbers out this morning, President Obama said that the nation is “headed in the right direction,” but added that “were’ not headed there fast enough.”

    “We are headed in the right direction,” the president said from Andrews Air Force base, “But, as I was reminded on a trip to Racine, Wisconsin, earlier this week, we’re not headed there fast enough for a lot of Americans. We’re not headed there fast enough for me, either. The recession dug us a hole of about 8 million jobs deep. And we continue to fight headwinds from volatile global markets. So we still have a great deal of work to do to repair the economy and get the American people back to work.”

    Get that child a compass! He considers that increased Federal debt, out of control Federal spending, more Government control over the private sector and higher taxes are signs that the economy is “headed in the right direction?” Jesus Christ! I know that men are prone to get lost when driving in unfamiliar territory because we refuse to ask for directions, but Obama needs to stop the damn car, consult a map and realize that he is following Thelma and Louise over the cliff of economic disaster.

    Let’s look at the facts:

    Contracts for pending sales of previously owned homes plunged a record 30 percent in May, far more than expected, after a popular tax credit expired at the end of the prior month, a survey from the National Association of Realtors showed on Thursday.

    The Realtors said its Pending Home Sales Index, based on contracts signed in May, fell to a record low 77.6 from 110.9 in April.

    If home sales are declining then you can be sure that the economic activity associated with home sales–purchases of new furnishings, remodeling, moving companies and real estate agents. Until this turns around there will be no significant job growth.

    Jobs?

    The US economy lost 125,000 jobs in June, more than economists had forecast, as thousands of temporary census jobs ended and private hiring grew less than expected.

    And though the unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to 9.5% from 9.7%, the lowest in a year, it was largely due to more people dropping out of the labor force.

    The report was the latest sign that the economic recovery may be faltering.

    Obama and his team keep trying to paint a happy face on a pile of dog shit. Only problem–dog shit is still dog shit. Until we are seeing the economy generating 100,000 new jobs per month we are not even going to keep pace with population growth. People dropping out of the economy, people who stop looking for jobs are not “stimulants” to the economy. Want further proof that the labor force is shrinking? Compare the June 2009 civilian labor force of 154,759,000 with the June 2010 force of 153,741,000. That means the U.S. labor force has dropped by more than 1 million people. Since we have not had a war or mass migration of folks leaving the US the only way the Feds can report the same level of unemployment today as they did one year ago is to remove a million human beings from the labor rolls. Let’s not forget that the U.S. population has grown over the last year and more potential workers are out there as well. Obama’s stimulus is not even keeping pace with the normal reproduction rate. Can’t hire that many folks as census workers.

    Government jobs are no solution. In fact, that arena, at least at the State and local levels, is shrinking:

    Layoffs are rising in the public sector, as states and local governments struggle to close persistent budget gaps. New York City approved a budget Tuesday that cuts about $1 billion in spending and would eliminate 5,300 jobs from the city’s 300,000-person work force.

    Oh, did I mention that the 7th largest economy in the world is putting its employees on minimum wage? From the Sacramento Bee:

    The Schwarzenegger administration today ordered State Controller John Chiang to reduce state worker pay for July to the federal minimum allowed by law — $7.25 an hour for most state workers.

    The instructions from the Department of Personnel Administration exclude roughly 37,000 state workers in six bargaining units that recently came to tentative labor agreements with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    Read more:

    Headed in the right direction? Yeah, I suppose, if your destination is the ruin of the United States.

    Ed Morrissey at Hot Air was able to find one appropriate visual encapsulating Obama’s delusional status. Obama is Kevin Bacon in Animal House:

    Does anyone have the link to Leslie Nielsen’s Nake Gun clip when he was ordering folks to move along, nothing happening while, in the background, all hell is breaking loose?

    Thanks Harp. Here you go:

  158. Michael Steele causes uproar with Afghan remarks

    (Reuters) – Republican Party leader Michael Steele faced heavy criticism and calls for his resignation on Friday after blaming President Barack Obama for the Afghanistan war and suggesting it could not be won.

    At a Republican fundraiser in Connecticut on Thursday, Steele was videotaped while criticizing Obama’s decision to bolster the Afghanistan war effort. The comments contradicted the stance of the party, which has consistently pushed for more troops and funding in Afghanistan.

    “This was a war of Obama’s choosing,” said Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee. “This is not something the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in.”

    Steele also called the recent resignation of Afghan war commander General Stanley McChrystal “comical” and made fun of Obama for deciding to increase the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

    “If he’s such a student of history, has he not understood that you know that’s the one thing you don’t do, is engage in a land war in Afghanistan?” Steele asked the crowd in a video promptly distributed by Democrats and posted on YouTube.

    “Because everyone who has tried, over a thousand years of history, has failed,” he said.

    The United States invaded Afghanistan under Republican President George W. Bush in retaliation for the September 11, 2001, attacks by al Qaeda, whose leaders had taken refuge there.

    The comments sparked a wave of criticism from Democrats and calls for Steele’s resignation, led by prominent Republican conservative columnist Bill Kristol.

    “Needless to say, the war in Afghanistan was not ‘a war of Obama’s choosing,'” Kristol said in a blog on the Weekly Standard magazine site. “It has been prosecuted by the United States under Presidents Bush and Obama. Republicans have consistently supported the effort.

    “There are, of course, those who think we should pull out of Afghanistan and they’re certainly entitled to make their case. But one of them shouldn’t be the chairman of the Republican Party.”

    Steele issued a statement trying to extricate himself from the controversy, saying Obama’s shift in the U.S. military focus from Iraq to Afghanistan means “this is his strategy.”

    “As we have learned throughout history, winning a war in Afghanistan is a difficult task. We must also remember that after the tragedy of September 11, 2001, it is also a necessary one,” Steele said. “The stakes are too high for us to accept anything but success in Afghanistan.”

    Democrats pounced on the comments by Steele, who is trying to help lead Republicans to major gains in November’s congressional elections.

    “It’s simply unconscionable that Michael Steele would undermine the morale of our troops when what they need is our support and encouragement,” said Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse.

    Steele has been embroiled in a series of controversies since taking over the party last year, including questions about lavish party spending and comments on topics ranging from race to abortion to conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh.

  159. Another Failed Presidency by Geoffrey Hunt
    By Geoffrey P. Hunt
    Barack Obama is on track to have the most spectacularly failed presidency since Woodrow Wilson.

    In the modern era, we’ve seen several failed presidencies–led by Jimmy Carter and LBJ. Failed presidents have one strong common trait– they are repudiated, in the vernacular, spat out. Of course, LBJ wisely took the exit ramp early, avoiding a shove into oncoming traffic by his own party. Richard Nixon indeed resigned in disgrace, yet his reputation as a statesman has been partially restored by his triumphant overture to China.

    George Bush Jr didn’t fail so much as he was perceived to have been too much of a patrician while being uncomfortable with his more conservative allies. Yet George Bush Sr is still perceived as a man of uncommon decency, loyal to the enduring American character of rugged self-determination, free markets, and generosity. George W will eventually be treated more kindly by historians as one whose potential was squashed by his own compromise of conservative principles, in some ways repeating the mistakes of his father, while ignoring many lessons in executive leadership he should have learned at Harvard Business School. Of course George W could never quite overcome being dogged from the outset by half of the nation convinced he was electorally illegitimate — thus aiding the resurgence of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party.

    But, Barack Obama is failing. Failing big. Failing fast. And failing everywhere: foreign policy, domestic initiatives, and most importantly, in forging connections with the American people. The incomparable Dorothy Rabinowitz in the Wall Street Journal put her finger on it: He is failing because he has no understanding of the American people, and may indeed loathe them. Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard says he is failing because he has lost control of his message, and is overexposed. Clarice Feldman of American Thinker produced a dispositive commentary showing that Obama is failing because fundamentally he is neither smart nor articulate; his intellectual dishonesty is conspicuous by its audacity and lack of shame.

    But, there is something more seriously wrong: How could a new president riding in on a wave of unprecedented promise and goodwill have forfeited his tenure and become a lame duck in six months? His poll ratings are in free fall. In generic balloting, the Republicans have now seized a five point advantage. This truly is unbelievable. What’s going on?

    No narrative. Obama doesn’t have a narrative. No, not a narrative about himself. He has a self-narrative, much of it fabricated, cleverly disguised or written by someone else. But this self-narrative is isolated and doesn’t connect with us. He doesn’t have an American narrative that draws upon the rest of us. All successful presidents have a narrative about the American character that intersects with their own where they display a command of history and reveal an authenticity at the core of their personality that resonates in a positive endearing way with the majority of Americans. We admire those presidents whose narratives not only touch our own, but who seem stronger, wiser, and smarter than we are. Presidents we admire are aspirational peers, even those whose politics don’t align exactly with our own: Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, Harry Truman, Ike, Reagan.

    But not this president. It’s not so much that he’s a phony, knows nothing about economics, is historically illiterate, and woefully small minded for the size of the task– all contributory of course. It’s that he’s not one of us. And whatever he is, his profile is fuzzy and devoid of content, like a cardboard cutout made from delaminated corrugated paper. Moreover, he doesn’t command our respect and is unable to appeal to our own common sense. His notions of right and wrong are repugnant and how things work just don’t add up. They are not existential. His descriptions of the world we live in don’t make sense and don’t correspond with our experience.

    In the meantime, while we’ve been struggling to take a measurement of this man, he’s dissed just about every one of us–financiers, energy producers, banks, insurance executives, police officers, doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, post office workers, and anybody else who has a non-green job. Expect Obama to lament at his last press conference in 2012: “For those of you I offended, I apologize. For those of you who were not offended, you just didn’t give me enough time; if only I’d had a second term, I could have offended you too.”

    Mercifully, the Founders at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 devised a useful remedy for such a desperate state–staggered terms for both houses of the legislature and the executive. An equally abominable Congress can get voted out next year. With a new Congress, there’s always hope of legislative gridlock until we vote for president again two short years after that.

    Yes, small presidents do fail, Barack Obama among them. The coyotes howl but the wagon train keeps rolling along.

    [editor’s note: The author is not the not the same person as Geoffrey P Hunt, who works at the Institute for Scientific Analysis as a senior research scientist.]

  160. The “real” far left despises Obama and aren’t afraid to call him a puppet, corporate hack and a fraud.
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    But they vote for him in lock step.
    ********
    They voted for Cynthia McKinney…The AA left despise Obama, JJ, Sharpton, et al.

  161. I’m sorry I don’t have a link to the articles, but I have read where polls indicate Obama still has 85%+ support from self-identified Democrats
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    There is no way those polls are accurate. No way.

  162. Michael Steele causes uproar with Afghan remarks…”“This was a war of Obama’s choosing,” said Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee. “This is not something the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in.”
    ********
    One of the few (only?) smart political moves that Steels has made as RNC chair. Obama slammed Bush/Cheney for ignoring the “Good War” and pledged to support the “Good War”….The only campaign promise that wasn’t a lie. Steels basically takes the position that Bush/Cheney were smart in not prosecuting an un-winnable war and Obama is a fool. The MSM is covering for Obama about how bad things are in Afghanistan. The war seems to be going into the shi**er quite quickly and Steele hung it on Obama. It funny to see the Dems and the wing-nuts on the same side supporting the fool at 1600 Penn. Ave.

  163. But, Barack Obama is failing. Failing big. Failing fast. And failing everywhere: foreign policy, domestic initiatives, and most importantly, in forging connections with the American people. The incomparable Dorothy Rabinowitz in the Wall Street Journal put her finger on it: He is failing because he has no understanding of the American people, and may indeed loathe them. Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard says he is failing because he has lost control of his message, and is overexposed. Clarice Feldman of American Thinker produced a dispositive commentary showing that Obama is failing because fundamentally he is neither smart nor articulate; his intellectual dishonesty is conspicuous by its audacity and lack of shame.

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    Very apt!

    Fslling and failing!!!!

  164. The “real” far left despises Obama and aren’t afraid to call him a puppet, corporate hack and a fraud.
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    But they vote for him in lock step.
    ********
    They voted for Cynthia McKinney…The AA left despise Obama, JJ, Sharpton, et al.
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    If this is correct then it is important. Are you saying the far left will not vote for Obama. That is the question I am trying to drill down to. Same with the blacks. I still do not have an answer to that question. I do not understand what Cynthia McKinney has to do with it. Is she an opponent of Obama? I know that both of these groups are bitching about him but talk is cheap. So again I ask, in your opinion, when election time rolls round will they vote against Obama or at least stay home. If that is true then it puts the lie to the polls that say 85% of the democrats still support him, which I think is wrong, but is being parlayed and pushed by media partisans who do not want their own world to come crashing down. Notice how these assholes do not have much to say about the job situation, and that is where the gravamen of the complaint against Obama will ultimately lie.

  165. “The AA left despise obama…”

    And who are AA left? Wright? Van jones? Holder? Farrakhan?

    I’m not familiar enough with politics to understand that.

  166. basil9

    This pretty much sums it up:

    But, Barack Obama is failing. Failing big. Failing fast. And failing everywhere: foreign policy, domestic initiatives, and most importantly, in forging connections with the American people.

    Clarice Feldman of American Thinker produced a dispositive commentary showing that Obama is failing because fundamentally he is neither smart nor articulate; his intellectual dishonesty is conspicuous by its audacity and lack of shame.

    His poll ratings are in free fall.

    He has a self-narrative, much of it fabricated, cleverly disguised or written by someone else.

  167. Are you saying the far left will not vote for Obama. That is the question I am trying to drill down to.


    The far left will vote for him over a Republican.

    Tons of them would vote for Hillary if she ran against him.

  168. If I were a member of the far left, and was sitting there watching what he is doing to undermine my values and destroy what I believe in then I will be damned if I would vote for him. I would not scruple to call him a corporate hack and a wolf in sheep’s clothing, but obviously I am not them. Apparently, many of them are like the Sierra Club who can call him a great environmental president while deploring the spectacle of black sand beaches. That degree of hypocracy is mindboggling, and causes those of us who are not true believers to feel that we were right about them all along, but for those who were true believers it must be much excruciatingly painful if they have any conscience at all.

  169. Just on MSNBC was Mark Halperin…lambasting Obama for taking toooo mmmannnnyyyy VACATIONS!!! He had half way nice things to say about Bill C. WTF is going on….????

  170. shadowfax…Jane Hamsher is really pist at Obama…I don’t think she will ever vote for him or a republican, but I bet she might vote for HIllary now…things are changing.

  171. “But, there is something more seriously wrong: How could a new president riding in on a wave of unprecedented promise and goodwill have forfeited his tenure and become a lame duck in six months? His poll ratings are in free fall. In generic balloting, the Republicans have now seized a five point advantage. This truly is unbelievable. What’s going on?”

    Seriously? who the heck is this writer? How the hell could people not see thru this ignorant fool in 2008?

    And thank you to whoever posted that Gov. Brewer video, that woman rocks!

    I loved it how she said, maybe the Fed. govt could use the money they are using to sue Arizona to instead get more border security to protect the people of Arizona.

  172. The far left will vote for him over a Republican.

    Tons of them would vote for Hillary if she ran against him.
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    Why would they not just stay home? He has betrayed them. Ergo they owe him nothing.

  173. Has anyone heard of H.Res. 1493…Obama’s latest screw job for the social security set….?

  174. confloyd — I have come to conclusion, these elitist media like to feel important, they like to feel they are the kingmakers and that what they say and their opinions will hold sway over other American’s opinions. Too bad they haven’t realised that most Americans can easily look up the internet the real news and get that news unfiltered.

    So, they go by trends, their loyalty is to themselves and Mr.Community Organizer. They will once in a while bash Mr. Community Organizer just to maintain their “credibility”, but these assholes like Mark Halperin are the same jerks who sold what remaining credibility they had for 5 million dollars to get a book deal to paint the Community Organizer in a good light, and sold that credibility for access.

    Remember they are always loyal to themselves and the Community Organizer, they throw a bashing bone once in a while so that they can somewhat hold on to their dwindling number of viewers/readers.

  175. Jane Hamsher is really pist at Obama…I don’t think she will ever vote for him or a republican, but I bet she might vote for HIllary now…things are changing.
    ————————–
    An honest pundit of the left. Class act. She stands by her values. Most people cave to power. That is what is wrong with the world.

  176. Jane is also giving Pooplosi a piece of her mind too. She is really fed up. Taylor Marsh SUCKS! She agrees with the new social security realignments…

    I guess I better get my pitchfork ready because it won’t be long before they do social security…Jane Hamsher said what they did today means that they can do this in the dead of night and the folks won’t know it happened…doesn’t that sound like Obama and Pelosi…both gutless.

  177. Orin Hatch has said he is voting against Kagan…he was the one who wanted Hillary in that position…all politics….alll the time…it means nothing, just sound bites.

  178. I guess I better get my pitchfork ready because it won’t be long before they do social security
    *********
    When Obama picked Alan Simpson to co-chair the committee, that was notification that the fix is in. Here is a transcript of an interview with Simpson and SS.

    “ALAN SIMPSON: We’re really working on solvency… the key is solvency

    ALEX LAWSON: What about adequacy? Are you focusing on adequacy as well?

    SIMPSON: Where do you come up with all the crap you come up with?

    SIMPSON: We’re trying to take care of the lesser people in society and do that in a way without getting into all the flash words you love dig up, like cutting Social Security, which is bullshit. We’re not cutting anything, we’re trying to make it solvent.
    (snip)

    http://fdlaction.firedoglake.com/2010/06/17/alan-simpson-cutting-social-security-benefits-to-take-care-of-the-lesser-people-in-society/

    So if you are one of the “lesser people” that is counting on receiving Social Security then you are likely screwed.

  179. What really makes me mad is that we the taxpayer can pay for bailout for the bankers who screwed up betting on derivities, and then those same ceo’s got huge bonuses. Yet those people whose taxes paid for that are going to have to work 5 years longer and be tested to see if we really need social security. I am just so mad about this and they’ve done so they can finish the job in the middle of the night.

    Once this is done I believe Obama will suddenly become sick and get out of office and leave Biteme in charge until the next election.

    This is just so sick!

  180. Mrs. Smith, Yes its 70, You tell me how a nurse will be able to lift these idiots when she/he is 70 years old??? Its a travesty! Not only do they want to do that, but they want to see if you can pass the test at 70 to need it…so if you own your own home…forget it…if you own a car…forget it…you will have to be living in the Ghetto to get it and only then.

  181. Pelosi who doesn’t vote came out today with a statement that funding for the war maybe cut off and that they wanted a detailed plan for the money…this is a slam against Hillary…Obama is probably not running, but I bet Dean is….It will be Dean against Hillary and thats why all the work is being done in those states that Obama won….

  182. I think we really need to worry about this Afganistan and how they are going to hang this on Hillary….

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