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February 17, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Hillary Clinton Wants To Accomplish On Her Trip Overseas

10 Exchange U.S. dollars for currency that's worth something

9 Win respect defeating Japan's top-ranked sumo wrestler

8 Shift world's perception of America from "hated" to "extremely disliked"

7 Personally thank all of her illegal campaign donors

6 Three words: stylish Indonesian pantsuits

5 Visit burial site of revered Chinese military leader, General Tso

4 Get drunk with that Japanese finance minister guy

3 Convince China to switch from lead-tainted products to mercury-tainted products

2 Catch Chinese screening of Benjamin Button entitled "The Strange Adventures of Freaky Grandpa Baby"

1 Pick up carton of duty-free smokes for Obama

February 16, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Abraham lincoln Would Say If He Were Alive Today

10 "Sup?"

9 "I see Madonna's still a slut"

8 "Who's that handsome sumbitch on the five?"

7 "Is that free Grand Slam deal still going on at Denny's?"

6 "I just changed my Facebook status update to, Tthe 'ol rail splitter is chillaxing'"

5 "How do I get on 'Dancing with the Stars'?"

4 "Okay, Obama, you're from Illinois, too. We get it!"

3 "Hey Phelps, don't Bogart the weed!"

2 "What's the deal with Joaquin Phoenix?"

1 "A Broadway play? Uhhh, no thanks. I'm good."

January 28, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Overheard at the Meeting Between Barack Obama and the Republicans

10 "I miss the Clinton administration when we'd meet at Hooters"

9 "Can we wrap this up? I've got tickets to the 4:30 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop"

8 "Smoke break!"

7 "You fellas really need to take it easy on the Old Spice"

6 "Mr. President: don't misunderestimate the Republicans"

5 "Another smoke break!"

4 "What was the deal with Aretha Franklin's hat?"

3 "About that tax the rich stuff -- you were joking, right?"

2 "Sir, it's refreshing to have a Chief Executive who speaks in complete sentences"

1 "Senator Craig's offering his stimulus package in the men's room"

January 27, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Ways Rod Blagojevich Can Improve His Image

10 Star in new television series, "America's Funniest Haircuts"

9 Quit politics and become a fat, lovable mall cop

8 Start pronouncing last name with Jerry Lewis-like "BLAGOOOYYYJEVICH"

7 Offer a senate seat with no money down, zero percent interest

6 Team up with John Malkovich and Erin Brockovich for hot Malkovich-Brockovich-Blagojevich sex tape

5 Change his name to Barod Obamavich

4 Safely land an Airbus on the Hudson River

3 I don't know...how about showing up for his impeachment trial?

2 Wear sexy dresses, high heels and say, "You Betcha!"

1 Uhhh...resign?

January 16, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Signs Obama's Getting Nervious

10 New slogan: "Yes we can... or maybe not, it's hard to say"

9 In moment of confusion, requested a $300 billion bailout from the bailout industry

8 He's up to not smoking three packs a day

7 Friends say he's looking frail, shaky and...no, that's McCain

6 He's so stressed, doctors say he's developing a Sanjay in his Gupta

5 Been walking around muttering, "What the hell have I gotten myself into?"

4 Offered Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, $100,000 to buy his old Senate seat back

3 Standing on White House roof screaming, "Save us, Superman!"

2 Sweating like Bill Clinton when Hillary comes home early

1 He demanded a recount

January 8, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Barack Obama Plans To Fix The Economy

10 Encourage tourists to throw spare change in the Grand Canyon

9 End our dependence on foreign owls

8 Sell New Mexico to Mexico

7 Put a little of that bailout money on the Ravens plus 3 at Tennessee. Come on! It's a mortal lock!

6 Rent out the moon for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs

5 Lotto our way out of this son-of-a-bitch

4 Appear on "Deal or No Deal" and hope to choose the right briefcase

3 Bail out the adult film industry -- not sure how it helps, but it can't hurt

2 Release O.J. from prison, have him steal America's money from China

1 Stop talkin' and start Obama-natin'!

January 7, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Overheard At The Presidents' Lunch

10 "Sorry, you're not on the list, Mr. Gore"

9 "If Hillary calls, I've been here since Monday"

8 "Laura! More Mountain Dew!"

7 "You guys wanna see, 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop'?"

6 "Call the nurse -- George swallowed a napkin ring!"

5 "Hey Barack, wanna go with us to Cabo in March? Oh that's right, you have to work!"

4 "Kissey kissey"

3 "Obama? I think he's downstairs smoking a butt"

2 "Did you ever see a monkey sneezing?"

1 "I hope Clinton's unbuckling his belt because he's full"

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Helpless, Busted, Shattered – Are You Feeling Obamaed On The Fourth Of July?

Just like the very first time certain chemicals were mixed to create a stink bomb, let’s coin a new word: Obamaed. Because it’s the beginning of a holiday weekend we will try to explain “Obamaed” in song as well as with examples from the news.

News Item:

“FDL has learned that in a last minute move, Nancy Pelosi sneaked language into the rule that the House is voting on tonight regarding war funding.

Embedded in the rule is the requirement that the House will vote on the deficit commission’s recommendations in the lame duck session if they pass the Senate.

The commission, co-chaired by Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, is packed with members who favor the raising the retirement age to 70, means testing, and private accounts. Many also support investing 20% of the Social Security trust fund in the stock market.

It’s ironic that yesterday Pelosi sent out press releases criticizing John Boehner for expressing the very same positions on cutting Social Security benefits that Jim Clyburn, Joe Biden and Steny Hoyer have. She’s putting this language into the rule in order to deflect responsibility from herself when it comes to the floor for a vote during a lame duck session, since without her approval that could never happen.

Pelosi knows full well what the committee wants to do. The fix is in.[snip]

Update II: The rule is only good for the 111th Congress — it expires Jan 5, 2011, so a lame duck Congress would have to vote on it.

This is a Barack Obama goal: the destruction of Social Security. Senior voters know Obama’s ultimate goal is to gut Social Security. That’s why elderly voters have abandoned the Obama Dimocratic Party and will do so again in the 2010 elections. Starting in 2007 we wrote that Obama was out to destroy Social Security.

Big Media supported and supports Barack Obama in his goal to destroy Social Security. During the primaries of 2008, Gail Collins was upset with Hillary Clinton because Hillary Clinton refused to join Barack Obama and Tim Russert and attack Social Security. Hillary, at one debate, when baited about Social Security “solutions” by Tim Russert replied “Well, I take everything off the table until we move toward fiscal responsibility…” Hillary refused to play Russert’s filthy game:

“The more substantive battle between Hillary and supposed non-candidate Russert was on the question of Social Security. Russert repeatedly demanded that Hillary and the other Democrats accept his formulations on Social Security which lead to “accepted” Social Security “solutions” by the wealthy elite of elites of Big Media.

Hillary, wise woman that she is, firmly focused on her wiser policy of ‘first things first’. First, you adopt fiscal responsibility – then you see the results of fiscal responsibility. Only after that post-fiscal responsibility accessment do you begin to devise solutions to the situation. Russert was a glum plum.

Russert and the elites of Big Media do not understand the need for the universality of Social Security. Presumably, Russert would rather raise the retirement age than raise taxes on all income – most of Russert’s income is not taxed for Social Security.

Russert, because he has a cushy job performed on padded chairs and in front of computer monitors, has no fear of retirement at the age of 80. For elite Big Media types the fear is forced retirement. Early retirement to Big Media elites is inconceivable. For a mine worker or a laborer, retirement is welcome relief from a life of punishing the body with hard work. When Russert discusses raising the retirement age he sees it as an actuarial shuffling. Hillary sees raising the retirement age in all its vast complexity in this diverse nation.”

Russert of course, got a sort of early retirement and Big Media stooge Barack Obama in the White House. Russert and his thugs attacked Hillary when she took “everything off the table”. Barack Obama, 100% contrary to Hillary Clinton – put everything on the table.



Obama put everything on the table, and attempted to dupe with weasel words against “privatization”. But Obama’s central goal to to kill Social Security.

Paul Krugman, when he was sane or honest, denounced Barack Obama and his noxious views on Social Security:



Obama Dimocrats like Nancy Pelosi and her elected clown posse, along with Big Blog Boys will assist Obama in his destruction of Social Security. This is no surprise to readers of Big Pink. But for Americans who care about Social Security – they are Obamaed.



News Item:

“Fears that the economic recovery is fizzling grew Thursday after the government and private sector issued weak reports on a number of fronts.

Unemployment claims are up, home sales are plunging without government incentives and manufacturing growth is slowing.

Meanwhile, 1.3 million people are without federal jobless benefits now that Congress adjourned for a weeklong Independence Day recess without passing an extension. [snip]

“We find the level and direction in jobless claims somewhat troubling and the increase is likely to feed double-dip fears,” said John Ryding, an economist at RDQ Economics in a note to clients.

New claims for benefits jumped by 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 472,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, which smooths fluctuations, rose to 466,500, its highest level since March.

Claims have remained stuck above 450,000 since the beginning of the year. Requests for unemployment benefits dropped steadily last year after reaching a peak of 651,000 in March 2009. Economists say they will feel more confident about sustained job growth when initial claims fall below 425,000.[snip]

The housing market is also weighing on the economy. The number of buyers who signed contracts to purchase homes tumbled 30 percent in May, the National Association of Realtors said. And construction spending declined 0.2 percent in May as residential building fell, the Commerce Department said.

Both were affected by the expiration of government incentives to buy homes. Buyers had until April 30 to sign sales contracts and qualify for tax credits.

The tax credit’s impact also showed up in the jobless claims report. Greater layoffs by construction firms fueled the increase, a Labor Department analyst said.”

Bill Clinton sums up the situation:

“Bill Clinton says that Americans won’t give President Obama and Democrats any credit for, well, anything until “they feel like winners.” That’s about as good a synopsis of the political environment as I’ve seen. Democrats can pass bills that are major, can claim that they’re major, can posture as if they are major, can message as if they are major — and … nothing. The gauges seem to be stuck.”

On jobs and the economy, Americans have been Obamaed.




News item:

“A second straight month of lackluster hiring by American businesses is sapping strength from the economic rebound.

The jobless rate fell to 9.5 percent in June, still far too high to signal a healthy economy. It came in slightly lower than the month before only because more than a half-million people gave up looking for work and were no longer counted as unemployed.

The private sector added just 83,000 jobs for the month. Looked at from that angle or almost any other, from a teetering housing market to falling factory orders, the recovery is limping along as it enters the year’s second half. And that is when the benefits of most of the government’s stimulus spending will begin to wear off.


Shattered lives:

“Overall, the nation’s total payroll actually shrank last month by 125,000, the first decline in six months, the Labor Department said Friday. The loss reflected the end of 225,000 temporary jobs helping the U.S. Census Bureau complete its 10-year head count.[snip]

And the government has mostly exhausted its realistic options for nudging the economy along faster.

Benchmark interest rates, which at low levels can encourage borrowing to spur economic growth, are already near zero. Republicans in Congress object to additional stimulus spending.

Unemployment is expected to stay above 9 percent through the midterm elections in November. And the Fed predicts joblessness could still be as high as 7.5 percent two years from now. [snip]

The jobless rate did come down in June from 9.7 percent the month before. But that was mainly because 652,000 people abandoned their job searches.

Even among Americans with secure jobs, confidence is fading. One gauge of consumer confidence fell in June to about 53, down nearly 10 points in a single month. And it’s well below the reading of 90 typically seen in a healthy economy.

Add to that jitters over Europe’s debts, an edgy stock market and cautious consumer spending, and the result is an economy essentially moving sideways. It’s no surprise that businesses are reviewing their orders and seeing no reason to add to payrolls.

Few big companies say they plan to step up hiring in the second half of the year. Most auto, airline and railroad companies, for example, say they expect little or no job growth, blaming weak demand.”

Obama still deceitful:

“Trying to put a positive outlook on the report, Obama said it showed that “we are headed in the right direction.” At the same time, he acknowledged there is a “great deal of work to do to repair the economy and get the American people back to work.”[snip]

All told, 14.6 million people were unemployed in June. An additional 11.2 million have given up their job searches or are working part-time but would prefer full-time work. That adds up to nearly 26 million Americans, and an “underemployment” rate of 16.5 percent.”

And then there are the Obama health scam deceits:

“Emergency rooms, the only choice for patients who can’t find care elsewhere, may grow even more crowded with longer wait times under the nation’s new health law.

That might come as a surprise to those who thought getting 32 million more people covered by health insurance would ease ER crowding.”

And the potential deceits:

“The Obama administration has not ruled out turning sick people away from an insurance program created by the new healthcare law to provide coverage for the uninsured.

Critics of the $5 billion high-risk pool program insist it will run out of money before Jan. 1, 2014. [snip]

Officials said the administration could also consider reducing benefits under the program, or redistributing funds between state pools. But they acknowledged turning some people away was also a possibility.[snip]

In addition, Popper said, many people won’t be able to afford to participate in the program since premiums will range between about $140 and $900 a month, depending on applicants’ age and where they live.”



Feeling Obamaed? Helpless? Busted? Shattered? Fear not – November will soon be here

“They are jaw-dropping numbers, not inconsistent with what you had been thinking — if anything more a confirmation of it. But the dramatic nature of the numbers brings the real world of politics crashing through what had been a most mellow evening.

The numbers were from the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, conducted June 17-21 among 1,000 adults by pollsters Peter Hart (a Democrat) and Bill McInturff (a Republican). Among the registered voters in the survey, Republicans led by 2 points on the generic congressional ballot test, 45 percent to 43 percent. This may not sound like a lot, given that Democrats now hold 59 percent of House seats. When this same poll was taken in June 2008, however, Democrats led by 19 points, 52 percent to 33 percent.

That drop-off should be enough to sober Democrats up, but the next set of data was even more chilling. [snip]

Hart and McInturff then looked at the change among the most-interested voters from the same survey in 2008. Although 2010 is a “down-shifting” election, from a high-turnout presidential year to a lower-turnout midterm year, one group was more interested in November than it was in 2008: those who had voted for Republican John McCain for president. And the groups that showed the largest decline in interest? Those who voted for Barack Obama — liberals, African-Americans, self-described Democrats, moderates, those living in either the Northeast or West, and younger voters 18 to 34 years of age. These are the “Holy Mackerel” numbers.[snip]

But when you home in on those people in this survey who are most likely to vote, the numbers are devastating. The NBC/WSJ survey, when combined with a previously released NPR study of likely voters in 70 competitive House districts by Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg and Republican Glen Bolger, point to an outcome for Democrats that is as serious as a heart attack. Make no mistake about it: There is a wave out there, and for Democrats, the House is, at best, teetering on the edge.[snip]

Still, the potential is here for a result that is proportional to some of the bigger postwar midterm wave elections. These kinds of waves are often ragged; almost always some candidates who looked dead somehow survive and others who were deemed safe get sucked down in the undertow. That’s the nature of these beasts. But the recent numbers confirm that trends first spotted late last summer have fully developed into at least a Category 3 or 4 hurricane.

Given how many House seats were newly won by Democrats in 2008 in GOP districts, and given that this election is leading into an all-important redistricting year, this reversal of fortune couldn’t have happened at a worse time for Democrats.”

In order to get a return of the Democrat Party of FDR, a party which fights for Social Security not for late night votes which lead to the death of Social Security, the Obama Dimocratic Party must be gutted like an Alaskan fish during a Hillary college job summer. Political Death, Doom, Destruction to the Obama Dimocratic Party if we are to drive Obama back to the Chicago swamps and resurrect the Democratic Party of FDR and Hillary Clinton. That newly resurrected party must be a party chastised and awake to its own abuses and not afraid to examine its own inconsistencies and own hypocrisies and its own failures and deceits.

The Obama Dimocratic Party must be destroyed. As of today it appears we will succeed in that aim. It’s gonna be hard out there for Dimocrats in November.



It’s hard out there for Obama Dimocrats:

“With four months to go before Election Day, voting intentions for the House remain closely divided, and neither party has gained or lost much ground over the course of 2010. However, Republicans are much more engaged in the coming election and more inclined to say they are certain to vote than are Democrats. This could translate into a sizable turnout advantage for the GOP in November that could transform an even race among registered voters into a solid victory for the Republicans.

Fully 56% of Republican voters say they are more enthusiastic about voting this year than in previous elections – the highest percentage of GOP voters expressing increased enthusiasm about voting in midterms dating back to 1994. [snip]

The Republican Party now holds about the same advantage in enthusiasm among its party’s voters that the Democratic Party held in June 2006 and the GOP had late in the 1994 campaign. Moreover, more Republicans than Democrats are now paying close attention to election news (64% vs. 50%). At this stage in previous midterms, news attentiveness was about the same for voters in both parties.[snip]

Currently, 77% of Republican voters say they are absolutely certain to vote compared with 65% of Democratic voters.[snip]

While Democrats have a substantial advantage among the least engaged group of voters – young people – Republicans have a large advantage among the age groups that are most committed to voting – those 50 and older.[snip]

Currently, Republicans have a slight edge over the Democrats among independent voters (44% to 36%). At this stage in 2006, independents backed the Democratic candidate in their district by a wide margin (47% to 32%).

Equally important, independents who say they will support the Republican candidate this November are much more engaged than those who favor the Democrat in their district. This pattern is evident across several measures – enthusiasm about voting, attentiveness to campaign news and intention to vote.[snip]

The high level of enthusiasm among Republican voters also is linked to strongly negative opinions about Barack Obama. Fully 62% of Republican voters who think of their vote as a vote against Obama are more enthusiastic about voting than in previous elections.”

Normal Americans are not the only ones feeling Obamaed. Saying “We’re heading in the right direction” only makes us all feel more Obamaed. Blagojevich too is angry at being Obamaed. Gulf coast citizens are angry at being Obamaed. Elected officials from the Gulf coast are increasingly aware of Obama’s deceits and are angry at being Obamaed. Those who had Obama hope about getting a job are angry about being Obamaed.

Don’t feel Obamaed. Enjoy the Fourth Of July weekend. November will be here soon.

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184 comments to Helpless, Busted, Shattered – Are You Feeling Obamaed On The Fourth Of July?

  • admin

    Craig Crawford is not Obamaed. Crawford hits a bunch of homers with this short comment. Crawford calls out the Obama Hopium Guzzlers:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/craig-crawford/our-war-president_b_630006.html

    Barack Obama beat Hillary Clinton as an anti-war candidate. But it was a lie that his supporters chose to ignore. Gen. David Petraeus’s congressional testimony on Tuesday makes clear that the Obama Administration is for more war, not less. He advocated more fighting in Afghanistan by loosening the rules of engagement, and all but erased the President’s faux deadline for exiting by next summer. It’s hard to image he would say such things without Obama’s tacit approval. Let’s face it, for whatever reason, Obama played his base for the fool, winning the Democratic Party nomination in 2008 by perpetuating a fraud.

  • SHV

    re:post…

    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.

  • basil9

    admin,

    Thanks for your brilliant posts. The previous one was out-of-the-park.

    BTW, anyone else hear about the EPA denying permits to 122 Texas companies, mostly oil and petro-chemical, of course.

    I hope Texans won’t sit quietly by and allowed their state to be obamed.

    I have been covering an industry on the verge of being shut down because enviro-wackos are pressing the EPA to deny its air permit renewal. The fools calling for this mostly live in another, affluent county and don’t give a sh!t about the horrific impact closing the company would have on the local economy. They just don’t give a damn. Just like their master.

  • wbboei

    I do not think the people at daily kos need or deserve social security. They have enough income earning years left to build a nest egg and can get a better rate of return. On the other hand, people over 50 do not have enough income earning years left to compensate for the loss of social security. They must be protected. There are a number of ways to do this but it must be phased in in some equitable manner. I am unconvinced that it needs to be done, but if I am wrong then current recipients must be red circled, and those within 15 years of retirement should be red circled as well under the current program. If you want to save money bring the troops home. That is what is killing us. This is the world’s battle so let the world fight it with their own tax dollars not ours. We get most of our oil in this hemisphere.

  • wbboei

    The Republicans should back away from this social security issue and let Obama Reid and Pelosi twist in the wind.

  • mj

    Everyone eventually needs their social security. Few Americans are immune. My upper middle class in-laws count their SS as a huge piece of their retirement income, as they should, they paid for it. None of us should accept SS benefit cuts, or a 70 year retirement age. It’s ridiculous.

    Daily kos, by the way, has ignored the deficit commission. It was FDL that reported on it. Daily Kos=Daily Obama.

  • turndownobama

    wbboei,

    Cynthia McKinney is a black Leftist who ran third party against Obama and McCain in 2008. Dunno how many votes she got.

    http://www.allthingscynthiamckinney.com/

  • wbboei

    Yes I remember that turndown. She was a senator for awhile and she had some trouble with the capital hill police. She had about as much right to be in congress as a skid row bum, jarrett, or jaws buddy. It is a mistake to put people like this in charge of our future. No it is more than a mistake. It is insane.

  • wbboei

    Everyone eventually needs their social security. Few Americans are immune. My upper middle class in-laws count their SS as a huge piece of their retirement income, as they should, they paid for it. None of us should accept SS benefit cuts, or a 70 year retirement age. It’s ridiculous.
    —————————–
    mj: I agree with you whole heartedly. You are on the side of the angels. The problem is the elites are not and social security is now on the chopping block. If this country is bankrupt then this is only the beginning. But sooner or later it will get round to the elites as well. They cannot ride the tiger indefinitely.

  • Shadowfax

    I have to step away from my computer before finishing the Admins post on how Barry and both parties want to raise the ss to 70.

    This has made my head want to explode.

    Only folks that have paid into it for decades and see mid sixies around the corner know how f@cking ridiculous this is. How few youngsters reach the age of 70 and continue to work full time, how beat up most human bodies are by then, and how keeping a job until you are 70 in a country where young is ideal and older means worthless………………………makes my blood boil.

  • Fifth Dimension

    ROFL, Ezra Klein is now claiming the Health Care Scam is popular.

    The Washington Post: More polls show health-care reform gaining popularity

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/06/more_polls_show_health-care_re.html

  • SHV

    The Dems aren’t subtle about telling people that they are going to get “Obamaed”….Larry Summers, Timmy Geithner, Ken Salazar, now Alan Simpson to “save” Social Security for the “lesser people”….also Ken Feinberg as “Claims Czar”..

    “BP “claims czar”: No compensation for most victims of oil spill”

    Kenneth Feinberg, appointed by the Obama administration to oversee distribution of a BP-financed escrow account for victims of the Gulf oil spill, has made clear that there will be sharp limitations on those who can receive compensation.

    Among those not entitled to compensation from the $20 billion fund, according to Feinberg, are fishermen who operated on a cash basis and tourism and home owners “not directly affected” by the oil spill. These sweeping exclusions will likely bar the majority of the spill’s victims from any compensation.
    (snip)
    Feinberg, who was appointed to his new post with the support of BP, noted in a recent interview that the fund was a “really helpful sign if you’re an investor.”
    In addition, the administration has expressly allowed BP to count the cost of cleanup against the escrow, “as well as judgments and settlements, natural resource damage costs, and state and local response costs,” according to a White House statement.
    (snip)

    That last statement is the financial “kiss of death” for the all of the “lesser people” who are being impoverished along the gulf coast.

  • turndownobama

    In addition, the administration has expressly allowed BP to count the cost of cleanup against the escrow, “as well as judgments and settlements, natural resource damage costs, and state and local response costs,” according to a White House statement.

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

    That’s Obama. Get a big headline and then change the fine print so it means nothing, or the opposite of what it claims.

  • JanH

    Oy Vey!

    ————-

    Bill Clinton can save the Democrats — and the Obama presidency!

    By Brent Budowsky – 07/02/10

    While this will cause some gnashing of teeth in the West Wing of the White House, and is one of the great ironies of our political age, former President William Jefferson Clinton is the one person in America who can save the Democratic Party from the kind of defeat in November that could destroy the Obama presidency.

    The best-case outcome for Democrats today is that if they don’t lose control of the House or the Senate, they will lose enough seats to make Washington completely ungovernable, and make the Obama agenda completely unpassable, and politically destroy the two years leading into the presidential campaign of 2012.

    If Senate Democrats were immobilized by the obstruction of filibuster when they had 60 votes, and had to leave town like Steve McQueen driving the getaway car, unable to pass jobless benefits before the Fourth of July, imagine what will happen when the next Congress convenes with fewer Democratic senators and Republicans become even more obstructionist as the 2012 campaign begins in January 2011!

    It is time for Democrats to play the Clinton card. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the most popular national political leader in either party right now. Former President Bill Clinton is the one national Democratic leader who can campaign in 50 states, rally the Democratic base, appeal to moderates and campaign in Southern states, border states and Midwestern states with real clout.

    The president and various Democrats can do some of these things. Only Bill Clinton can do all of them, with a message that will resonate with unhappy voters, which is this:

    “Don’t let them tell you that you can’t create jobs and grow the national economy and balance the budget at the time same. It can be done. I did it for eight years in the White House. I did it because in those days, even with Republicans attacking me and Hillary every day, they would do business in ways Republicans today will not.”

    Bill Clinton can make the case that needs to be made. That there are ways to create jobs when Democrats are willing to lead and Republicans are willing to work in good faith for the nation. That there are ways to balance the budget when Democrats are willing to lead and Republicans are willing to work in good faith for the nation.

    Bill Clinton can say, better than anyone, that President Obama has made every effort to work with Republicans, but they refuse. They obstruct. They filibuster. They do nothing. They say no to everything. This is why Democrats should be elected in November.

    Republicans should be defeated, Bill Clinton can argue, because they will turn Washington into an even more gridlocked town. They will make it impossible to get anything done. They will do nothing but hire more staff at taxpayer expense to abuse Republican committees in Congress to create even more partisan warfare that Americans detest, instead of creating more American jobs that voters demand.

    Only Bill Clinton can argue that he left the presidency as a Democrat with America at peace, the economy growing strong, the jobs created fast and the budget balanced completely.

    Only Bill Clinton can argue with real credibility and clout that Obama has tried to do the very things Clinton succeeded in doing, but is under relentless partisan attack by the party of no, using tactics of filibuster that were begun by reactionary senators during the dark years of segregation, determined to destroy the president from the day he was inaugurated, determined to destroy any hope of progress because these Republicans have moved so far to the extreme right that the only way they know is the politics of obstruction and destruction.

    Only Bill Clinton can carry this message for candidates in any state, in campaigns for the House and Senate: that voters should not reward Republicans who abuse power to obstruct progress on the issues that matter in the daily lives of the voters.

    Only Bill Clinton can argue in all 50 states that electing Republicans in 2010 will have the same result that took America from the balanced budgets and growing jobs of the Democratic Bill Clinton years to the massive deficits and scandalized economy of the Republican George W. Bush years, which Republicans would bring right back if they win in November.

    To Democrats, I say: Attacking John Boehner ain’t gonna help. Most Americans react to Boehner attacking Obama, and Obama attacking Boehner, the way Rhett Butler reacted to Scarlet O’Hara: Franky, my dear, they don’t give a damn. Voters want jobs, not name-calling.

    When Pew Research finds that 54 percent of the nation believes America remains in recession, and the pain of joblessness spreads throughout the land, Democratic public relations about “recovery summer” is a very bad plan.

    Democrats need Plan B, and Plan B is to bring in Daddy, the big gun who can argue with the credibility of history that Democrats are the party that creates jobs and balances budgets, while Republicans are the party that creates huge deficits and causes great recessions, which is what happened the last time they had power, only a few years ago.

    This may be the only move that would cause the foaming at the mouth on the Republican right and the gnashing of teeth in the Obama White House. But it’s the best play in town to save Democrats in Congress and strengthen President Obama for reelection in 2012, and oh boy, it would be fun to watch.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/national-party-news/106965-bill-clinton-can-save-the-democrats-and-the-obama-presidency

  • admin

    JanH, that’s a rib tickler article. Bill to the rescue, NOT. The problem is Obama and the solution is to rout Obama and Obamaism back to Chicago. Only then can Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party of FDR return.

    Here’s Bill Clinton’s remarks at the Byrd funeral:

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/07/bill-clinton-recalls-byrd-warm.html?wprss=44

    Former president Bill Clinton’s remarks at the funeral for West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd.

    Thank you. Thank you very much. Governor, all the members of Senator Byrd’s family, Mr. President, Mr. Vice President, Madam Speaker, Congressman Rahall and all the House members here, Senator Reid, Senator McConnell, all the senators, thank you, Senator Rockefeller and thank you, Vicki Kennedy.

    I’d also like to thank all the people here who at the time of his passing, or ever worked for Robert Byrd who helped him to succeed for the people of West Virginia. I thank them.

    And, I want to thank the Martin Luther King male chorus. They gave us a needed break from all these politicians talking up here.

    I want to say first that I come here to speak for two members my family. Hillary wanted to be here today and she paid her respects to Senator Byrd as he lay in state in the United States Senate before making a trip on behalf of our country to Central and Eastern Europe.

    I am grateful to Bob Byrd for many things, but one thing that no one has given enough attention to in my opinion today is that while he always wanted to be the best senator, and he always wanted to be the longest-serving senator, he wanted every other senator to be the best senator that he or she could be. And he helped Hillary a lot when she came to represent the people of New York. I am forever grateful for that.

    Now, everybody else has canonizing Senator Byrd. I would like to humanize him a little bit.

    Because I think it makes it more interesting and makes his service all the more important much. First of all, most people had to go all the way to Washington to become awed by, you might even say intimidated by Robert Byrd.

    Not me. I had advance experience before I got elected. [The first] time I ever ran for office, at the opening of campaign season in Arkansas, below the Waccamaw and Ozark mountains, which were once connected to the Appalachians, we had this big rally. And the year I started, don’t you know, Robert Byrd was the speaker.

    1974, April, I’ll never forget it. It was a beautiful spring night.

    And he gave one of those stem-winding speeches. And then he got up and he played the fiddle, and the crowd went crazy. And you know, in 1974, in a place like Arkansas or West Virginia, playing the fiddle was a whole lot better for your politics than playing the saxophone. So I am completely intimidated.

    And then all the candidates get to speak. They’re all limited to four or five minutes. Some went over. All the candidates for governor and every state officer. And then the members of the — people running for the House of Representatives, there were five of us. We were dead last. And I drew the short straw. I was dead last among them.

    By the time I got up to speak, it had been so long since Robert Byrd spoke, he was hungry again. And I realized, in my awed state, I couldn’t do that well. So I decided the only chance I had to be remembered was to give the shortest speech. I spoke for 80 seconds. And I won the primary. And I owed it to Robert Byrd.

    Now, when I was elected president, I knew that one of the things I needed to do before I took the oath of office was go to the Senate and pay my respects to Senator Byrd. In 1974, when I first met him, he had already been the leading authority on the institutional history of the Senate and the Senate rules for some years and he certainly was by the time I was
    about to become president. So I did that. And I got a copy of his history of the Senate, and his history of the Roman Senate. And I read them. And they’re, I’m proud to say, still on my bookshelf in my office in Harlem in New York City today because I was so profoundly impressed.

    Now, Robert Byrd was not without a sense of humor. For example, I was once ragging him about all the federal money he was hauling down to West Virginia. And it was bad for – I mean, I was from Arkansas. We weren’t much better off than you. We weren’t any better off than you. And every friend I had in Arkansas said, he’s just a senator. You’re sitting
    in the White House. We don’t get squat compared to what they get. What is the matter with you? I was getting the living daylights beat out of me about once a week.

    So I said to him, early in my first term, I said, you know, senator, if you pave every single inch of West Virginia, it’s going to be much harder to mine coal. And he smiled, and he said, the Constitution does not prohibit humble servants from delivering whatever they can to their constituents.

    But let me say something, seriously. He knew people who were elected to represent states and regions and political philosophies. We’re flesh and blood people, which means they would never be perfect. He knew they were subject to passion and anger. And when you make a decision, that’s important when you’re mad, there’s about an 80 percent chance
    you’ll make a mistake. And that’s why he thought the rules and the institution and the Constitution were so important. And he put them before everything, even what he wanted.

    I’ll never forget when we were trying to pass health care reform, in 1993 and ’94. Senator Byrd was a passionate supporter of the efforts we were making, just as he was of the efforts that President Obama has made. But we only had 55 votes, and we could not defeat a filibuster. And so I said, “Well, Senator, why don’t you just let me stick this on the
    budget, because that’s the only thing you can’t filibuster.” That violated something called the Byrd rule.

    They knew he was running the Senate. They just go ahead and named the rule for him. So the — and I said, “You know, you really ought to suspect suspend this, because the budget is going to be bankrupt if we don’t quit spending so much money on health care, and we can’t do it if we offer health care to everybody.”

    And he looked at me and he said, “That argument might have worked when you were a professor in law school. But you know as well as I do, it is substantively wrong.” He wouldn’t do it.

    Then in his defense, he turned right around, and he worked his heart out to break that filibuster, and he was trying till the very end not to get me to give up the fight, because he thought if we just tried, we could find some errant Republican who would make a mistake and vote with us. He would never give it up.

    The point I want to make is, he made a decision against his own interests, his own conviction, his own fight. And that’s one reason I thank God that he could go in his wheelchair in his most significant vote at the end of his service in the Senate and vote for health care reform and make it real law.

    Now, I will say this. If you want to get along with Senator Byrd, and you were having one of those constitutional differences, it was better for your long-term health if you lost the battle. I won the battle over the line-item veto. Oh, he hated the line-item veto. He hated the
    line-item veto with a passion that most people in West Virginia reserve for blood feuds, like the Hatfields and the McCoys.

    You would have thought the line-item veto had been killing members of the Byrd family for 100 years. It made his blood boil. You’ve never been lectured by anybody, Nick Rahall said that. Till Bob Byrd has lectured you, you have never known a lecture. I regret that every new president and every new member of Congress will never have the experience
    of being dressed down by Senator Robert Byrd.

    And I’ll be darned if he wasn’t right about that to the Supreme Court rule for him instead of me on the climb — on the line-item veto.

    All right?

    The point I want to make here is a serious one. He did as good a job for you as he could. As he — as far as he was concerned, there was no such thing as too much for West Virginia. But the one thing he would not do, even for you, is violate his sense of what was required to maintain the integrity of the Constitution and the integrity of the United
    States’ Senate so that America could go on when we were wrong, as well as right. So we would never be dependent on always being right.

    Let me just say, finally, it is common place to say that he was a self-made man, that he set an example of lifetime learning. He was the first, and as far as I know, maybe the only member of Congress to get a law degree while serving in the Congress. But he did more learning than that. And all you’ve got to do is look around this crowd today and listen
    to that music to remember.

    There are a lot of people who wrote these eulogies for Senator Byrd, and the newspapers, and I read a bunch of them. And they mentioned that he once had a fleeting association with the Ku Klux Klan. And what does that mean?

    I’ll tell what you it means. He was a country boy from the hills and hollers of West Virginia. He was trying to get elected. And maybe he did something he shouldn’t have done, and he spent the rest of his life making it up. And that’s what a good person does.

    There are no perfect people. There are certainly no perfect politicians. And so, yes, I’m glad he got a law degree. But by the time he got a law degree, he already knew more than 99 percent of the lawyers in America, anyway. The degree he got in human nature and human wisdom, the understanding that came to him by serving you and serving in the
    Senate, that’s the people from the hills and hollers of West Virginia, in their patriotism, they provided a disproportionate newspaper of the soldiers who fought for our independence from England. And they have provided a disproportionate number of the soldiers in every single solitary conflict since that time, whether they agreed or disagreed with the policy.

    The family feeling, the clan loyalty, the fanatic independence. The desire for a hand up, not a hand out. The willingness to fight when put into a corner. That has often got the people from whom Senator Byrd and I sprang in trouble. Because we didn’t keep learning and growing and understanding that all the African-Americans who have been left out and
    left down and lived for going to church and lived to see their kids get a better deal, and have their children sign up for the military when they’re needed. They’re just like we are.

    That all the Irish Catholics, the Scotch Irish used to fight. Everybody. The Italian immigrants, the people from Latin America who have come to our shores. The people from all over the world. Everybody who’s ever been let down and left out and ignored, and abused, or who’s got a terrible family story. We are all alike. That is the real education
    Robert Byrd got, and he lived it every day of his life in the United States Senate to make America a better, stronger place.

    So not long after, maybe right before Senator Byrd lost Erma, I said in a fleeting world of instant food and attention deficit disorder, he had proved, and so had she, that some people really do love each other till death do them part.

    I’ve been thinking about that today, thinking maybe we ought to amend the marriage vows and say that till death to us part and till death do bring us back together.

    I — I admired Senator Byrd; I liked him; I was grateful to him. I loved our arguments, and I loved our common causes. But most of all, I loved it that he had had the wisdom to believe that America was more important than any one individual, any one president, any one senator.

    That the rules, the institutions, the system had to enable us to keep forming a more perfect union through ups and downs and good times and bad.

    He has left us a precious gift. He fought a good fight. He kept the faith. He has finished his course, but not ours. If we really would honor him today and every day, we must remember his lessons, and live by them. Thank you.

  • Paula

    Here’s a nice story about the Clintons hosting a party for Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner.

    voices.washingtonpost.com/reliable-source/2010/07/rs-_huma_abedin.html

  • tim

    ” that’s a rib tickler article. Bill to the rescue, NOT. The problem is Obama and the solution is to rout Obama and Obamaism back to Chicago.”

    BC better not rescue this damn chicago-thuggery of an undemocratic party. This disgusting party needs to be defeated and defeated good. These nutballs need to be defeated this november. I have no plans to vote for any demon’s rat this year or for the comning years.

  • gonzotx

    Russert, because he has a cushy job performed on padded chairs and in front of computer monitors, has no fear of retirement at the age of 80. For elite Big Media types the fear is forced retirement. Early retirement to Big Media elites is inconceivable. For a mine worker or a laborer, retirement is welcome relief from a life of punishing the body with hard work. When Russert discusses raising the retirement age he sees it as an actuarial shuffling. Hillary sees raising the retirement age in all its vast complexity in this diverse nation.”
    **********************

    They stoled all the money from SS and now want to gut it.Amazing, but pathetic.

    The youngins want to invest in the stock market, well hows that going for you? We lost so much in 2001, after 4 years off I had to go back to work and will be one of those 70 year old nurses no doubt, and we weren’t in anything aggressive.I really am not bitter, can’t afford to be, but I lost anything I was going to leave my children, and that hurts.Every now and then I let myself fantasize of how it should have been, but not so much. Doesn’t do any good to look back, but boy I have learned a few lessons. Better to learn them early in life, but we didn’t have any money early. So go ahead children of the corn and invest in your future in the stock market. PT Barnum will be glad to take your money.

    Bill Clinton is a better man than I am a woman. After Byrd’s support for the Fraud, I just don’t know how he or Hillary do it.They really are special, and I could listen to him all day. He reminds me of my father, he could tell a story too.

  • Paula

    I love how Bill explains things. Whenever I listen to him, he always makes perfect sense.

  • mp

    Who is Brent Budowsky?

    Another BM guy who wants to report more on political crap?

    No! No! ….no saving the BO presidency!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • admin

    Paula, what is lots of fun with Bill Clinton’s speech today is the elbows digging right into Obama. Notice the retelling of the Clinton health care fight and how Bill notes he only had 55 votes in the Senate. Bill also reminds everyone, with Obama sitting right there, about the importance of the process and how parliamentary shenanigans are not the way to go.

    Another ha ha moment is when Bill talks about the argument for health care and how it can bankrupt the budget but that Byrd would not let him get around Senate rules or the Constitution. Obama must have gotten that dig.

    Bill also mocked “all the politicians” speaking and declares he will deliver more meaningful remarks. Obama was right there, forced to listen to Bill mock him in a very oblique manner.

  • admin

    Blagojevich tape insulting Obama:

  • gonzotx

    Blagojevich only wishes he still had that F*cking job now!

    I believe more than 52% Americans support the AZ bill. Maybe if there was truth in reporting and video and pics, stats were shown on all news shows, it would be 90%. But that would be wishful thinking, real news shows. Walter, we miss you. And now we have a president that says our borders are too vast to secure. Jesus, that’s his job, to protect the American citizens. Maybe Axelnazi should inform him of his duty. It’s not golfing, playing basketball, or even being entertained on our dime to Paul McCarthy and Beounce.I actually think he believes he died and went to Disneyland. Maybe we should send him on the big Red Boat and let him sail around the world for 2 years. Just back in time to see Hillary being inaugurated!

  • S

    what??? you guys aren’t all feeling “Recovery Summer”…maybe you have not heard…”we are going in the right direction” things are good…

    just caught some newsclips of the gulf…all the businesses are empty and the beaches are bare, except for the oil drenched sand…the bars are empty, especially compared to last years pictures where they were all jammed and hotels were packed…

    …our gulf coast is dying…polluted and toxic…and getting worse and worse everyday…but O is already bored with that story and hopscotched to another topic…no urgency, no interest…off his radar…whatever!

    …they are now saying there is an 80% chance that the oil is going to make it to the Florida Keys and Miami…

    …that is really going to help Florida’s economy…

    O has not even bothered to go to Arizona and get a first hand look at what they are complaining about there…how cartels are walking thru their backyards…hell, O has not even read the law they wrote for self protection, why bother going to one of the states he is supposed to protect…just give another speech…bla, bla, bla…

    …then the news flipped to about two thirds of the states in the good old USA are bankrupt and in massive debt to the tune of billions…like the once great state of California…today all the state workers salaries in CA were actually reduced to minimum wage…they interviewed a woman working at the DMV in Santa Monica who was making $20 and hour and the Guv just reduced her rate to $7.50 hour…

    …so what do the states do…they pass all the problems down to the local govt…and the local govt has to cut police, teachers, school programs, senior programs, etc…

    …the job market is brutal…demoralizing…demeaning…and nonexistent…in Florida, there are actually stories discouraging people from getting a college education because it won’t help you in the Florida market…now, that is what I call OBAMAED, certainly not Clintonian or JFKesque…

    OBAMAED IS the rush to the bottom…who is left out and sinks the fastest…

    but O and Biden just keep telling us everything is fine…we are just beginning “Recovery Summer” and oops, they have to go now, it’s the 4th of July…they have a party to go to! Party on!

  • SHV

    Obama was right there, forced to listen to Bill mock him in a very oblique manner.
    ********
    The biggest mock was that Bill wrote that speech and Obama has to have a 27yo boy write his speeches that he reads off of the TOTUS.

  • gonzotx

    Coked up!!! Ready to go!!!


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  • confloyd

    admin, Wow, and thanks…I am very upset over the social security…unfortunately I am one of the lesser individuals that is going to depend on it. I have had to support my husband thru his sickness and saved NO money…the hospital I was working at really has no descent retirement program…so I am hoping that I can work as long as these pencil pushers think I can. Example tomorrow I work 24 straight hours without a place to rest, then go home for 10 and go back to work at a different site for 12…its the fourth of july weekend so the emergency room will be stock full of drunks and alzheimer patients. I doubt Monday when I get off I’ll be able to sleep because my knees will keep me awake. At this point, if I ran into one of these Kos kids I’d probably kick their asses right now.
    What is this crap that turncoat Biden agrees with the “ONE”, what the heck happen to Joe the working man’s friend…guess he decided he likes playing golf everyday and eating ice cream and smarting off to the people that actually works.

    Gonzo, I know how you feel, I will be dragging drunks on to the CT scanner until I keel over and die, hopefully unless they can find a cheaper younger person, which theyve been able to do.

  • confloyd

    gonzo, Wow, he was definitely on something…I ran across a phone pic of two lines of cocaine…the comment said that ran down where it came from since it was from a cell phone and it was in the WH, so who know this guy might be a coke head.

    I know one thing he needs to go back to the cesspool he came out of as Admin says.

    Admin: the eulogy that Bill game also kept talking about the constitution and how it must be followed as did Byrd…I think that was a dig too. We all no he does not follow the constitution and the speaker of the House said “what the constitution” and laughed.

    I think this social security gutting is what he promised the would do for the republicans and thats is why they all rolled over for him….we’ll see when they have the majority if they bring any charges against him…my guess they wont and they will all vote to gut social security…I just hope some blue dogs and then the republicans will have to show their true self.

  • wbboei

    Who is Brent Budowsky?
    ————————
    He looks like Freddie Kreuger from Nightmare on Elm Street. He was a legislative assistant to Senator Lloyd Bentsen whose claim to fame was telling Quale that he (Quale) was no Jack Kennedy. Brent has been caught passing off half cooked polling data to prove a point. He is not one to let a little thing like the truth stand in the way of a good story.

  • wbboei

    The Politics of Unemployment
    Bronwyn’s Harborclose
    Author: Bronwyn’s Harbor
    Name: Bronwyn’s Harbor Was My Valley

    Updates: Check out Larry Johnson’s excellent scorcher on unemployment earlier today, “Obama, Turd Polisher Extraordinaire.” Come by tomorrow for Larry Doyle’s always incisive examination of the latest unemployment report. (Additionally, below I’ve added more on the growing homeless problem directly related to unemployment.)

    Grim facts … “[T]here are nearly five unemployed people for every job opening, and nearly half of those have been out of work for at least six months (NYT)” … “15 million Americans” are looking for work … Employment-seekers declined “by 652,000″ in June (reflecting “people giving up on job-hunting and a reluctance to hire”) (LAT) … the U.S. “added just 83,000 private-sector jobs in June” and lost “125,000 jobs” (NYT)” … “unemployment claims rose by 13,000 to 472,000″ (NYT)” …

    Reading today’s unemployment reports led me to recall the day that a guy on Facebook suggested I take a quiz to determine if I’m a Tea Party type. The test proved that I’m in no way a Tea Party adherent. After all, how could I have passed since I’m a Hillary Clinton Democrat whose primary association with conservatives and libertarians is that we all find Barack Obama under-qualified to be president and overly focused on ideological instead of practical solutions? Where that all leaves me in deciding how I’m going to vote is a topic too complex for this post. But my Democratic leanings kick into gear regularly. For example, I am unhappy to note that the right is ridiculing Nancy Pelosi’s latest statements on unemployment benefits, but the right would do better to face some of the incredibly stupid and insensitive opinions of their own (see below). Here’s Nancy:

    [Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended] a jobless benefits extension against those who say it gives recipients little incentive to work. By her reasoning, those checks are helping give somebody a job.

    “It injects demand into the economy,” Pelosi said, arguing that when families have money to spend it keeps the economy churning. “It creates jobs faster than almost any other initiative you can name.”

    Pelosi said the aid has the “double benefit” of helping those who lost their jobs and acting as a “job creator” on the side. …

    See, this makes simple sense to me. I know it’s in vogue to ridicule Nancy at every opportunity, and conservative bloggers especially have had a fine time mocking Nancy’s statements above. However, I see it like this: If I get an unemployment check, I’m able to buy groceries and other goods, and my purchases benefit the stores and suppliers, along with all of their employees all along the way, clear back to the factories or farms that produce what I will buy. Obviously, this is NOT a long-term solution but it is a stop-gap that may keep families in their homes and with food on their tables. And it keeps businesses and their employees going.

    Then there’s Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle, Harry Reid’s opponent. Here’s a report on Angle’s recent television interview:

    Angle told Ralston that she would have joined Republicans who voted against extending unemployment benefits for people who’ve exhausted the usual ones. “They keep extending these unemployment benefits to the point where people are afraid to go out and get a job, because the job doesn’t pay as much as the unemployment benefit does,” Angle told him.

    Nevada has the nation’s worst unemployment, at 14 percent.

    Previously, Angle had said that as a senator, fostering growth in employment wouldn’t really be her problem. Last night, Ralston reminded Angle of this statement: “People ask me, ‘What are you going to do to develop jobs in your state?’ Well, that’s not my job as a U.S. senator, to bring industry to the state. That’s the lieutenant governor’s job. That’s your state senators and assemblymen’s job. That’s your secretary of state’s job to make a climate in this state. You all come.”

    Sharron, what do you propose for a middle-aged unemployed man to do? He’s getting a bit too old to be an attractive candidate. Statistically, he’s competing for every job opening against at least four or five other candidates. If he’s unlucky enough to live in an area where entire factories have shut down, he’s probably competing against dozens of other applicants. In the meantime, while he looks for any kind of job that pays a modest living wage, he has to keep a roof over his family’s heads, food on the table, utilities working, car running, and clothing suitable for interviews.

    * * * * *
    I haven’t seen many stories about growing numbers of homeless, but I wonder if this story about a huge 50-acre homeless camp in Obama’s home state of Hawaii isn’t being replicated across the nation as more and more of the unemployed fall through the cracks.

    From Huliq.com:

    [...]

    As City officials push homeless people off of the beaches and out of city parks, they [the homeless] are going to have to find other places to live. According to Doran J. Porter, executive director of the Affordable Housing and Homeless Alliance, homeless camps will continue to form to give these people a place to survive. Porter stated, “I don’t know why it would surprise anyone that they’ve found these places. You get kicked out of one place, you have to find somewhere else to survive the night. … And now their desperation is starting to show.”

    Scott Keopuhiwa, president of the Hawaii Youth Soccer Association [has] been told by several students who have used the bathrooms that they have seen homeless people trying to clean themselves in the sink. One child shared that she saw a naked homeless woman attempting to bathe in the sink.

    It was recognized that the problem of what to do with the homeless people was not being solved. Porter stated, “We’re not solving the problem. We’re just shuffling people from one spot to the other and we’re going to be seeing more of this.”

    I put this in the queue early today before I had to leave. I’ve done more digging on homelessness. Here’s a shocking article from a journalist in Las Vegas, Nevada — I hope that both Harry Reid and Sharron Angle see this from 8NewsNow.com:

    LAS VEGAS — More and more people in the Las Vegas valley are facing the increasing reality that they could become homeless. With no new jobs and unemployment running out, locals turned to services hoping to hold onto the one thing that could keep them off the streets.
    Harold Wheaton lost his security guard job 15 months ago. His last unemployment check came this week.

    “A year ago, I never would have believed it, because a year ago I was feeling the same way as most people; that things were going to get a lot better in the economy,” he said.

    Many of the 1,500 who came to Cox Pavilion asked themselves the same question: What were they doing here?

    The stigma of homeless as drug users or mentally ill now contrasts with the face of those now in danger of life on the streets. These people just can’t find a job and many are out of unemployment insurance benefits, including construction worker Rick Reynolds.

    “Relying on the VA for my medical, relying on welfare for my food, down here trying to get help with my rent till I get back to work,” he said.

    Government agencies and private charities lined up to help, but it’s a whole new experience for the long-term unemployed, not used to navigating through the charity process.

    “I thought, ‘This is for poor people,’ but all of a sudden, now I’m poor. I thought it would never happen to me. But now it has. It’s very humbling,” said Reynolds.

    The agencies and charities themselves are learning to adjust too. Many have programs targeting the chronically homeless, not those finding themselves facing poverty for the first time. … Read all.

    There are many more news stories on the growing problem of homelessness directly related to unemployment.

  • gonzotx

    Actress In Harry Potter Films Victim Of Likely Attempted Muslim “Honor” Murder
    —Ace
    You’d think that at least the celebrity angle would bring this to wide public attention.

    You’d be wrong.

    I write “likely” “honor” killing attempt because the media won’t say that’s why this young woman’s brother and father attacked her.

    But that’s how it looks.

    London Daily Mail:
    “As part of their bail conditions, [the father and brother accused in the attack and threats] have to abide by an 11pm to 6am curfew and must not travel to London or contact an unnamed man.”
    That last part – ‘contact an unnamed man’ gives the grisly clue to what triggered the murderous rage of the father and brother. The ‘unnamed man’ is clearly someone whom the young actress had been seeing. As a result of her association, the father and brother tried to kill her. In short, this was an attempted Muslim ‘honor killing’.

    But the Daily Mail flatly refuses to state this obvious fact. You can read the article from top to bottom but not a single word of it identifies the father and brother’s murderous attack for what it is – an attempted honor killing. It gets worse – the Daily Mail won’t even identify the father and brother as Muslim. Why? It’s because the Daily Mail, like the media worldwide, quakes in cowardly fear of offending the ‘religion of peace’. Even when that religion orders a father to mercilessly slaughter his own child – as happened in this grisly case – the Daily Mail still won’t print the truth about the Muslim faith.

    To state the obvious: Given the choice between “respecting” certain barbaric customs of the Islamist cult and protecting the basic rights and freedoms of citizens/women, the media finds this an easy call — but not in the direction you would think.

  • turndownobama

    gonzotx
    July 3rd, 2010 at 1:22 am

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    If the poster had some eggs, he’d have some ham and eggs, if he had some ham.

  • wbboei

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    By Bobby Eberle July 2, 2010 7:13 AM

    What a contrast! On the same day that Barack Obama decided to speak on “immigration reform,” twenty-one people were killed near the Arizona border as a result of a gun battle involving rival Mexican drug and illegal alien trafficking gangs. Obama talks about a need to reform the system, while ignoring the immediate problem at hand: violence on the America border. States like Arizona are being forced to take matters into their own hands because the federal government won’t do it’s job. And what’s the response of Obama’s government? Law suits. Obama is serious… just not serious about protecting the American people.

    Obama’s speech on Thursday was so outrageous… I don’t even know where to start. First, there is the whole notion of “immigration reform.” People are dying in Arizona and other border states. Parts of Arizona, as I’ve written recently, are being occupied by Mexican drug gangs. Our borders are not secure, and American citizens are fearful for their safety. But rather than step forward and say, “The federal government has been lacking, and the states should not have to step forward and do our job,” Obama instead uses the border security crisis to push for an overall plan that will grant citizenship to illegal aliens. Geez! Focus on the problem at hand! The fact that people dying because of drug violence or illegal alien trafficking is beyond politics! Protecting the American people should be Obama’s number one priority.

    Next, there were paragraphs and paragraphs in his speech about the value of immigrants… how immigrants like Albert Einstein helped build this country. So what?!?! All of that is feel-good filler. It’s completely irrelevant. No one disagrees that this is a country filled with immigrants. We all know immigrants built America, and as long as America is the shining example of freedom and opportunity, immigrants will want to come. However, that is not the point at all. The point is that we have a federal system of laws that get ignored. We have a system that no longer encourages people to BE American. What ever happened to being proud to be an American? Now, the liberals put more emphasis on being proud to be something else. Immigration is good… if the goal is to be an American and embrace the American way.

    Also, in his speech Obama again uses the ridiculous notion that we have to grant people amnesty because we surely can’t round up and deport all the illegal aliens already in the country. Basically he’s saying that since we’ve ignored our laws for so long, we need to give everyone a pass. Don’t fall for this argument! If we have secure borders and if we enforce our immigration laws, there will be no need for mass deportation. Obama talks about the costs of such a measure, but that’s just so he can get people to support his amnesty plan. If illegal aliens know that companies will not hire them because of fines and penalties, they will go home! Not a single one would need to be “rounded up” and deported if they knew we were serious about the issue. They would leave on their own.

    The pressing issue is border security. As FoxNews.com reports, on Thursday a “massive gun battle between rival drug and migrant trafficking gangs near the U.S. border Thursday left 21 people dead and at least six others wounded, prosecutors said.”

    Gangs often fight for control of trafficking routes and sometimes steal “shipments” of undocumented migrants from each other, but seldom have they staged such mass gun battles.

    Gang violence near the Arizona border has led to calls from officials in the U.S. state for greater control of the border and is one reason given for a controversial law passed in April requiring Arizona police to ask people about their immigration status in certain situations.
    Also this week, while Obama talks politics, the City Hall building in El Paso, Texas took gun fire from across the border. The gunfire was the result of more gang violence that is getting closer and closer to American soil.

    Several gunshots apparently fired from Juarez hit El Paso City Hall on Tuesday afternoon.

    No one was hurt, but nerves were rattled at City Hall in what is thought to be the first cross-border gunfire during a drug war that has engulfed Juarez since 2008.

    El Paso police spokesman Darrel Petry said investigators do not think City Hall was intentionally targeted but rather was struck by stray shots.

    “It does appear the rounds may have come from an incident in Juarez,” Petry said.
    Oh, in another bit of ridiculous news, since we are doing a round-up of all things insane with Obama, border security, and illegal immigration, a federal judge has rulled that “Mexico gets a say in one of the lawsuits challenging Arizona’s immigration enforcement law.” FoxNews.com reports that Mexico’s request was granted “to be allowed to file a legal brief supporting the challenge.”

    Mexico says it wants to defend its citizens’ rights and that the law would lead to racial profiling and hinder trade and tourism. It also says the law would hinder work against drug trafficking and related violence.
    Unbelievable! The law would hinder work against the gang violence? The gang violence is out of control and the law hasn’t even gone into effect yet! Mexico is protesting the law because it’s bad for business. Period.

    All in all, it’s been a crazy week for the border security issue. People are killed near Arizona. Shots are fired in El Paso. And Obama talks about a nation of immigrants and how we can’t deport people. Get a clue! Secure the borders and protect the American people!

  • TheRock

    Admin,
    I’m serious about that communications bullpen thing when Hillary is elected in ’12. I look forward to your posts as my primary nes source now.

    An idiot obot that I know was arguing with me a few months ago about how much better we are since McCain lost in terms of war calling him the war candidate. He said, ‘Remember in the campaign when McCain said he wanted to be in Iraq for 100 years?’ I’ll see him next week. I can’t wait. Asshat…..

  • Shadowfax

    I wish I were young so the idea of having to work until I am seventy would be so far off in the future I would have hope that someone, Hillary would come along and fix it. But, I am not that lucky.

    I swear to God, if they do screw with SS and make the age 70, I will stop paying any federal income tax until I get back all the money I have put into Social Security since I started working at 17 years old. They can haul this women off to jail, kicking and screaming…I will not shut up and be quiet about it.

    I am really depressed about this, having to destroy my party to get Obama out, to let in a party I have always, and still do hate. The Republican’s will kill SS and many other things I believe in. I curse the ground Obama walks on. If he pushes this SS age increase, he better watch out, all Hell will break lose.

  • henry

    The government forcing its citizens to invest in private companies against their will makes the question asked of Kagen about the gov’t making the people eat three servings of fruits and vegies a day rather pertinent.

    What happens to the disabled, the surviving dependents?

    To the money invested when an individual dies?

  • holdthemaccountable

    Am I feeling Obamaed?
    Yep. But not nearly so much as if I were currently uninsured with a pre-existing condition:
    Health law risks turning away sick
    By Julian Pecquet – 07/01/10 07:13 PM ET
    The Obama administration has not ruled out turning sick people away from an insurance program created by the new healthcare law to provide coverage for the uninsured. Critics of the $5 billion high-risk pool program insist it will run out of money before Jan. 1, 2014. That’s when the program sunsets and health plans can no longer discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions.
    Administration officials insist they can make changes to the program to ensure it lasts until 2014, and that it may not have to turn away sick people. Officials said the administration could also consider reducing benefits under the program, or redistributing funds between state pools. But they acknowledged turning some people away was also a possibility. “There’s a certain amount of money authorized in the statute, and we will do our best to make sure that that amount of money insures as many people as possible and does as much good as possible,” said Jay Angoff, director of the Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “I think it’s premature to say [what happens] when it’s gone.”
    The administration has not discussed asking Congress for more money down the line if the $5 billion runs out before Jan. 1, 2014. Uninsured sick people could start applying for participation in the high-risk insurance pools on Thursday.
    Healthcare experts of all stripes warned during the healthcare debate that $5 billion would likely not last until 2014. snip
    Still, he didn’t rule out that Families USA could press lawmakers to allocate more money in a few years if it looks like the program needs it. Each state has a certain budget allocation for its pool, and the first step to stay under budget would be to shift money around between states that don’t see a lot of applicants and those that do, said Richard Popper, deputy director of the Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at HHS. “If we have that situation where we have strong demand in one state and not as strong demand in another state, the secretary of HHS after a year or two has the authority to reallocate the funding,” said Popper, who used to run Maryland’s high-risk pool. “Along with that, we can work with the states to adjust their benefit structure, the deductibles, the co-pays, the overall plan structure to address some of those cost drivers, again to help the plan make it to 2014, when it will no longer be needed.” In addition, Popper said, many people won’t be able to afford to participate in the program since premiums will range between about $140 and $900 a month, depending on applicants’ age and where they live. HHS estimates that at least 200,000 people will be in the program at any one time. To be eligible, applicants have to be citizens or nationals of the United States or be lawfully present; have a pre-existing medical condition; and have been uninsured for at least six months before applying for the high-risk pool plan. “There are going to be meaningful premiums that are going to be required to stay in this plan — premiums in the hundreds of dollars every month,” Popper said. “There are a significant number of people out there with pre-existing conditions who are uninsured, but a significant number of those people … also have limited income. And some of them, while they may need this plan, the premiums may not be something they can afford.
    “We have that to think about as well,” he added. “But for those who can afford it, this is going to be a great, great plan.”
    If it looks like too many people are signing up — states will get monthly updates on how many people they can cover with the money they have left — there’s always the option of turning people down.
    The bill “does give the secretary authority to limit enrollment in the plan … nationally or on a state-by-state basis,” Popper said. “So that is present, but at this point, we’re starting with no one in the plan as of today … so we don’t see that happening anytime soon.”
    h t t p://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/106887-health-law-risks-turning-away-sick

  • lil ole grape

    Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation Announcement

    Office of the Spokesman
    Washington, DC
    July 3, 2010

    ________________________________________
    In a speech today, July 3, at the Schindler Factory Museum in Krakow, Poland, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the U.S. intention to contribute $15 million over five years to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, subject to Congressional authorization and appropriations. The World War II-era factory of Oskar Schindler, the German entrepreneur who saved hundreds of Jewish factory workers from the Holocaust and, Krakow, the closest major city to the camp and an important center of Jewish life before WWII, provide a meaningful setting for the U.S. announcement. The Secretary’s announcement of the anticipated U.S. contribution illustrates the significance of the Auschwitz-Birkenau site, helps commemorate the 1.1 million victims who perished there, and demonstrates America’s commitment to Holocaust education, remembrance, and research.

    U.S. Contribution

    *Subject to Congressional authorization and appropriations, the United States’ contribution of $15 million over five years will begin in FY 2012.

    *The U.S. contribution will help fund a €120 million endowment to preserve and safeguard the remains of the camp. Due to the temporary nature of the camp’s initial construction, the buildings and other artifacts at Auschwitz-Birkenau are in poor condition and in serious danger of irreversible deterioration.

    *The United States strongly encourages other nations who have not already done so to follow suit and to contribute to the Auschwitz-Birkenau fund to preserve the site for future generations.

    Importance of Auschwitz-Birkenau

    *The Auschwitz-Birkenau death and concentration camp is one of the most widely recognized symbols of racism, bigotry, and hatred where untold millions suffered unthinkable and heinous treatment under Nazi tyranny. While there are hundreds of other historically important camps and mass grave sites, Auschwitz-Birkenau has become a symbol of the Holocaust.

    *In 2009 alone, more than 1.3 million people from around the world visited the museum and memorial, among them survivors of Nazi persecution and their descendents, students, educators, and many who only for the first time learned of the horrors that went on at this infamous camp.

    *The preservation and continuation of Auschwitz-Birkenau is essential so that future generations can visit and understand how the world can never again allow a place of such hatred and persecution to exist. It is also an important educational tool to show those who doubt that the Holocaust ever existed that indeed, tragically, it did.

  • confloyd

    lil ol grape, I think this woman never rests. I hope she has a bedroom suite in that jet of hers…she needs it.
    She is such a gift to America, unlike the usurper currently occupying the WH. I just we could rid the house of the unseemly character of Nancy Pelosi. Why I was ever proud that we finally had a female speaker of the house.

  • Mrs. Smith

    lil ole grape
    July 3rd, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Thanks for posting the announcement- log.

    The Spielberg movie Schindler’s List- according to recollections by some of the survivors was as close to a perfect re-creation of the death camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau. Liam Neeson’s characterization of Oskar Schindler using Jews to start a factory in Poland during the war is stunningly believable. Schindler witnesses the horrors endured by the Jews, and starts to save them.

    “Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.”

  • wbboei

    I see where the people behind Mrs Vanderbilt’s Precious Baby Boy (Anderson Cooper) feel that the sky is falling in because the Coast Guard has passed a safety prohibiting CNN and other big media reporters from getting withing 65 feet of safety and clean up operations. They go on to cite the maximum fine to be imposed for its violation. They feel this is an unwarranted infringement on their first amendment rights and they invite the public to feel outraged about it. The rule seems reasonable on its face, and it would be distracting and potentially dangerous to have these assholes trapsing through the area asking stupid questions and taking pictures. Just who do they think they are. If I had any confidence that CNN was on the level, I might ponder this matter further, but based on the kind of blatant bias and censorship we have seen from them I see not public interest in letting them roam freely through the disaster area. If they saw something embarrassing to Obama they would cover it up rather than report it, so I say it is fair and reasonable to enforce the rule against these propagandists.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Then you have an alternate fate:

    Christopher Hitchens Diagnosed with Cancer, Cancels Book Tour.

    http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/07/01/christopher-hitchens-diagnosed-with-cancer-cancels-book-tour/

  • wbboei

    NB: the last sentence. He is the one who needs to be destroyed politically for the country to survive.

    Charlie Cook: Doom
    Moe Lane
    Red State Blog
    ———–
    The NBC/WSJ poll (H/T: Michael Barone) shows a two point lead on the generic ballot for the GOP among registered voters. Worse – from the Democrats’ point of view – the surveyors found that the voters most enthusiastic about the upcoming election were 2008 McCain voters, while the ones least enthusiastic were 2008 Obama voters*. Coupling the two trends, Charlie concludes:

    …the recent numbers confirm that trends first spotted late last summer have fully developed into at least a Category 3 or 4 hurricane.

    Given how many House seats were newly won by Democrats in 2008 in GOP districts, and given that this election is leading into an all-important redistricting year, this reversal of fortune couldn’t have happened at a worse time for Democrats.

    Indeed. Speaking of redistricting – actually, speaking of Republican Congressional blowouts – the Republican Governors Association is well-positioned to dominate the November elections. This should be good news for insurgent Republican candidates hoping to catch Charlie Cook’s prophesied wave…

    Moe Lane

    *The Democrats are supposedly planning to counter this by pushing for 2008 Obama voters to return to the polls for 2010. This will do… pretty much nothing for beleaguered incumbent Democrats in districts that McCain won in 2008, but it will help Obama in 2012, which is really all that matters to the Democratic party right now.

    Crossposted to Moe Lane.

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    Charlie Cook is right, an earthquake is coming.
    throwback59 Friday, July 2nd at 11:22PM EDT (link)
    As a matter of fact “I feel the earth move.” And even though election day seems “So far away,” “You can close your eyes” and see it .Even “Fire and rain” won’t keep us away from the polls. After the election we’ll all wake up and think “How sweet it is.”
    For the democrats, of course “It’s too late.”

  • wbboei

    The question this should raise among democrats is whether Obama is more important than the party itself. If you ask racists like Jim Clyburn then the answer is obvious–screw whitey. But if you ask other democrats who care about party and country then the sweeping party losses in congress in November, and the allocation of party resources to saving Obama in 2012 raises this question: can the party afford to support a President who is such a liability to the party that he has to be kept off the campaign trail for fear that his name and presence will doom party candidates? Can they afford to support a President who is so out of touch with reality that he fails the basic test of governance and causes the county to slide into an abyss, while blaming all this on others? These questions will be ripe after November assuming there is a gotterdamerung.

  • wbboei

    It is jobs stupid.
    ———————

    Democrats’ Peril, GOP’s Challenge
    Wall Street Journal

    By NAFTALI BENDAVID

    Friday’s tepid employment report imperils Democrats who insist their recovery initiatives are on the right track, but also could pose a challenge for Republicans, who risk looking like they favor legislative inaction in the face of continued suffering.

    The stubbornly high joblessness ignited another round of debate over the Democrats’ current push to extend unemployment benefits and continue stimulus spending, an argument whose outcome could determine the results of the November elections.

    “People have lost confidence in what the Democrats are doing,” said Republican strategist David Winston. “But that is not enough of a reason to vote for Republicans. Republicans still have to answer the question, ‘Why us?’ ”

    Democrats have dubbed this “Recovery Summer,” with President Barack Obama traveling the country to highlight economic-stimulus spending. On Friday, Mr. Obama announced a push to bring broadband service to 66 communities, which he said would create 5,000 jobs.

    “We’re moving forward,” Mr. Obama said. “To every American who is looking for work, I promise you we are going to keep on doing everything that we can.”

    But such claims may resonate less amid fears that the recovery is slowing. In a recent Wall Street Journal/ NBC News poll, 50% of voters disapproved of Mr. Obama’s handling of the economy, while 46% approved.

    “The Democrats’ so-called ‘Recovery Summer’ is just an empty marketing slogan,” said Rep. Tom Price (R., Ga.).

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that nonfarm payrolls fell by 125,000 in June, partly due to the winding down of 225,000 temporary Census jobs. Private businesses created 83,000 jobs, less than many economists expected.

    Since Mr. Obama took office, Democrats and Republicans have engaged in a broad debate over the best way to reignite the economy. Democrats have pushed to spend money on job creation and aid to the unemployed, while Republicans have argued for cutting the deficit and reducing regulations.

    Republicans seem to be winning the argument for the moment, at least as far as the public is concerned. In the Journal/NBC poll, 63% of voters said lawmakers should worry more about keeping the deficit down, while 34% said they should worry more about boosting the economy.

    Sensing momentum, Republicans in recent days have aggressively blocked Democrats’ latest effort to extend unemployment benefits. Republicans also delayed earlier extensions, but ultimately those measures passed. This time, the Republicans appear more united.

    GOP candidates are also adopting the forceful position on unemployment benefits. Nevada U.S. Senate hopeful Sharron Angle said recently that she opposes extending the payments. California Senate nominee Carly Fiorina said she wouldn’t support the extension bill in its most recent version.

    Charlie Cook, editor of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, said Democrats’ options are limited. Passing new spending aimed at stimulating the economy is “politically untenable,” he said.

    Some Democrats say their party should push ahead with stimulus spending, regardless of deficits. “They can have a big deficit with high unemployment—which is what they have—or a high deficit with low unemployment,” said Democratic consultant Vic Fingerhut. “Right now, they have the worst of both worlds.”

    At the same time, the Republican stance carries risk. Democrats reacted to Friday’s job figures by saying Republicans are putting politics ahead of unemployed workers.

    And while voters say in opinion surveys that they want to reduce federal spending, they appear to oppose the ideas favored by some GOP candidates. In the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, 67% had at least some reservations about shuttering federal agencies such as the Department of Education.

    But Republicans believe they have the advantage, and on Friday they criticized Democratic lawmakers for such things as failing to produce a budget and taking a long summer break while the economy sputters.

    Democrats cautioned against reading too much into one employment report, and they noted that the economy is still growing after the worst recession in decades. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs wrote on Twitter that the economy lost 3 million private jobs in the last six months of 2008, just before Mr. Obama was sworn in, while 600,000 private jobs were created in the first six months of this year.

    Former Rep. Vin Weber (R., Minn.) said the Democrats’ problem is that the public’s mind is already made up about the economy.

    “At some point in the cycle, it’s too late to change basic perception about the macro condition of the political economy,” he said. “We’re right about there.”

    Write to Naftali Bendavid at naftali.bendavid

  • turndownobama

    Steele said Afganistan is a war of Obama’s CHOOSING, but people are saying Bush STARTED it in 2001. Does anyone have cites handy of Obama saying over and over that Iraq was a mistake because it distracted us from a war we should be having in Afganistan?

  • wbboei

    W-2 Form in 2011
    Ten thousand gotchas in the Obamacare bill your dimocratic senators and congressmen failed to read before they voted for it/
    ————————————————————————————————

    One of the surprises we’ll find come next year, is what follows – - a little “surprise” that 99% of us had no idea was included in the “new and improved” healthcare legislation . .. . the dupes, er, dopes, who backed this administration will be astonished!

    Starting in 2011, (next year folks), your W-2 tax form sent by your employer will be increased to show the value of whatever health insurance you are given by the company. It also states that this is “Non-Taxable-Income”, Wanna Bet. It does not matter if that’s a private concern or governmental body of some sort.

    If you’re retired?
    So what; your gross may go up by the amount of insurance you get. You will be required to pay taxes on a large sum of money that you have never seen. Take your tax form you just finished and see what $15,000 or $20,000 additional gross does to your tax debt.

    That’s what you’ll pay next year. For many, it also puts you into a new higher bracket so it’s even worse.

    This is how the government is going to buy insurance for the 15% that don’t have insurance and it’s only part of the tax increases.

    Not believing this??? Here is a research of the summaries…..

    On page 25 of 29: TITLE IX REVENUE PROVISIONS- SUBTITLE A: REVENUE OFFSET PROVISIONS – (sec. 9001, as modified by sec.10901) Sec.9002 “requires employers to include in the W-2 form of each employee the aggregate cost of applicable employer sponsored group health coverage that is excludable from the employees gross income.”

    Joan Pryde is the senior tax editor for the Kiplinger letters. Go to Kiplingers and read about 13 tax changes that could affect you.

    Number 3 is what is above.

    Why am I sending you this?
    The same reason I hope you forward this to every single person in your address book.

    People have the right to know the truth because an election is coming in November.

  • turndownobama

    More on media blackout – AC video

    “This is despite assurances from Thad Allen that there will be full transparency on all clean-up operations. Allen claims local officials were asking the Coast Guard to create a media-free buffer zone. However no media outlet — television, print, Internet or radio could find a single local official who requested the Coast Guard to ban media access to oil sludge sites on land or water. Since no local official requesting a no media zone can be found, it can only be assumed that the ban was requested by BP.

    If there is any time that First Amendment lawyers are needed — Now is the time, the gulf is the place and the defendant is the federal government.

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/ybenjamin/detail??blogid=150&entry_id=67132#ixzz0scP9s6px

  • SHV

    It’s Jobs stupid..part II
    *********
    A good summary of June data that won’t be reported by the OFM (Obama Fluffng Media)

    “US jobs report points to deepening slump”

    (snip)
    Obama has barely made an issue of the jobless benefit cutoff, focusing instead on demands that Congress pass a toothless financial regulatory bill tailored to the interests of Wall Street.

    On Friday, he responded to the new jobless numbers with a statement that recalls Herbert Hoover’s declaration in 1932 that “Prosperity is just around the corner.”

    “Make no mistake,” he declared, “we are headed in the right direction.” He added that “we are not headed there fast enough for most Americans.”

    This statement is a direct falsification of the economic reality, intended to deceive and politically disarm the population. It echoes Vice President Joseph Biden’s declaration last month that this is the “Recovery Summer.”

    The jobs report indicates that the economy is headed in the wrong direction, and may be slipping back to negative growth. To talk of the “right direction” under the present circumstances—with unemployment, home foreclosures and personal bankruptcies at post-war record levels, and wages, home values and retirement savings being decimated—is an insult to the intelligence of the American people.

    For those social layers whose interests Obama serves, however, things are going not at all badly. The banks are making near-record profits and rewarding their CEOs with multi-million-dollar pay packages, and corporations across the board are using mass unemployment to drive down wages and drive up labor productivity.

    An article by Brett Arends published June 29 on the MarketWatch web site notes: “Numbers published by the Federal Reserve a few weeks ago show that corporate profit margins have just hit record levels. Andrew Smithers, the well-regarded financial consultant and author of Wall Street Revalued, calculates from the Fed’s latest Flow of Funds report that corporate profit margins rocketed to 36 percent in the first quarter. Since records began in 1947 they have never been this high. The highest they got under Ronald Reagan was 30 percent.”
    (snip)

    http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/jul2010/jobs-j03.shtml

  • wbboei

    President Barack Hussein Failure. This news clip showing Obama promising the stimulus plan would work in 2009 and the subsequent poof a trillion dollars later that it has not, is more evidence that Obama has no aptitude when it comes to governance. The problem is in two parts: a perverse Soros agenda and a sometimes comical degree of incompetence, i.e. “I can run the country from the back of a golf cart”.
    ——————————————-
    http://video.foxnews.com/v/4269768/inside-the-unemployment-numbers?playlist_id=86918


  • wbboei

    If I got it right when Obama was told that we lost 125,000 jobs and he said we are on the right track just not getting there fast enough the thought went through my mind what we may have here is a more articulate version of Bush, equally out of touch with reality. He needs a chaperon–like TOTUS and a canned speech. When he speaks extemporaneously he says dumb things, or engages in double talk. Time for another well earned vacation, during which he will do no further harm we hope. Reggie Love will go with him and Michelle is furious about it. Michelle does furious quite well, in case you have not noticed.

  • ShortTermer

    From the last thread’s comments where an article was posted written by Geoffrey P Hunt who said, “…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.”

    This is it EXACTLY. Neither he nor Scowly are one of us, neither are they from our world! They do not feel our pain, though they cause plenty of it.

  • confloyd

    Personally, I think Anderson Cooper is at least trying to show what is happening out there…where’s FOX….they’ve not sent a single person down there.
    Many have tried to fly over…they won’t let them…WHY…because the spill is huge and it encompasses many miles…THATS WHY and Obama is letting them get away with it…it goes perfectly with his plan to destroy America.

  • wbboei

    SHV: Excellent article. This part caught my attention as well:

    In his article, entitled “The Three Biggest Lies About the Economy,” Arends cites statistics showing that the actual level of unemployment in the US is about 25 percent. He writes: “An analysis of data at the US Labor Department shows that there are 79 million men in America between the ages of 25 and 65. And nearly 18 million of them, or 22 percent, are out of work completely. (The rate in the 1950s was less than 10 percent). And that doesn’t even count those who are working part-time because they can’t get full-time work. Add those to the mix and about one in four men of prime working age lacks a full-time job.”

    To which Obama says we are on the right track. Just not getting there fast enough. He is out of touch with reality, and clearly marching to a different drum that has nothing whatsoever to do with the welfare of the American People. He is a pure corporate shill, yet he is well loved by millions who just don’t get it–and probably never will.

  • wbboei

    Personally, I think Anderson Cooper is at least trying to show what is happening out there…where’s FOX….they’ve not sent a single person down there.
    Many have tried to fly over…they won’t let them…WHY…because the spill is huge and it encompasses many miles…THATS WHY and Obama is letting them get away with it…it goes perfectly with his plan to destroy America.
    ——————-
    If Cooper and his employer were honest journalists, I might take their complaint more seriously than I do. But because they are in the bag for Obama, this is really a phony issue conjured up by his masters to cast CNN as fighting for the public right to know. Remember they still have access to the area, but they are being kept outside a 65 foot perimeter from where the critical action is occurring. To me that seems necessary and proper from a safety standpoint. The complaint on the other hand is not. It is complete posturing and it fails on the merits as far as I am concerned. They blew their credibility in 2008 and any claim they make in the name of journalism must be viewed with a jaundiced eye.

  • SHV

    SHV: Excellent article.
    *******
    The Trotsky-ites have done good articles highlighting Obama’s incompetence, dishonesty and subservience to the upper 0.5% of the American population. American corporations obtaining record profits by outsourcing, firing workers and depressing wadges is about as short-sighted as the BP managers who decided to save a few million dollars by cutting corners on the gulf oil well.

  • wbboei

    Just to recall for a second why I say that you may recall from a prior paper I sent you how prior to the 2008 election CNN hired marketing strategists to come up with pejorative words like polarizing, divisive etc. to use against Hillary, stacked their panels with pundits who hated the Clintons, and had their talking heads repeat those terms over and over and over again during the course of the primary campaign (like the words weapons of mass destruction), how they cut away on her speeches and lavish so much love on candidate Obama that it was damned near pornographic. They are a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL Time Warner, and you will see the identical behavior was exhibited by those entities which warrants the inference that the whole thing was corporate controlled. And when you see how corporate profits have risen while the overall economy has failed since Obama took office, well let us just say the plot thickens.

    That is why I say any claim Cooper makes in the name of honest journalism, and no matter how many times in the same clip they show that oil drenched bird which is indeed tragic indeed, the gravamen of their complaint must be viewed with a jaundiced eye. This is really an attempt to focus public outrage on BP rather than on the man who failed to protect the nation from the worst environmental disaster in its history–Obama.

  • wbboei

    The Trotsky-ites have done good articles highlighting Obama’s incompetence, dishonesty and subservience to the upper 0.5% of the American population. American corporations obtaining record profits by outsourcing, firing workers and depressing wadges is about as short-sighted as the BP managers who decided to save a few million dollars by cutting corners on the gulf oil well.
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    Exactly. It is a matter of corporate greed mixed with a fair amount of sheer stupidity. You might also say it is yet another example of the short term thinking which drives public corporations–quarter to quarter, as opposed to long term.

  • turndownobama

    Any ban on reporting about the oil spill does reflect on Obama. He has the executive power to override any such ban.

    Cover-up helps him as much as it helps BP. Imo they are together on this.

  • confloyd

    drudge has an article stating that the UN is calling for the end of the dollar…they want those sdr’s inotherwards the rembini (yen) to be the universal money. The article states the dollar fell on Friday against the Euro. The consensus after the G20 and the Bilderburg meet was that they were going to save the Euro and not the dollar.

    Things are just getting better by the minute.

  • Mrs. Smith

    “This is really an attempt to focus public outrage on BP rather than on the man who failed to protect the nation from the worst environmental disaster in its history–Obama.”
    ___________________

    good and valid point, wbb.

    If you are of a mind to take a 10 min coffee break and need a diversion for a few minutes. Here is a video of Bill Clinton eulogizing Sen Robert Bird at his memorial service with Obama and Biden in attendance. BC reading from very few notes mostly for mentioning special guests. Obama wondering how much longer is BC going to speak(?) about his personal experiences with Bird…until he realizes BC has worked in an unrehearsed positive note mentioning the HCR plan.

    (try full screen for the full effect)



  • wbboei

    SHV: yesterday, I asked you whether the left would support Obama and you said the hard left would not because they have got his number. The following excerpt from the article you posted up thread proves your point:
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    Obama has barely made an issue of the jobless benefit cutoff, focusing instead on demands that Congress pass a toothless financial regulatory bill tailored to the interests of Wall Street.

    On Friday, he responded to the new jobless numbers with a statement that recalls Herbert Hoover’s declaration in 1932 that “Prosperity is just around the corner.”

    “Make no mistake,” he declared, “we are headed in the right direction.” He added that “we are not headed there fast enough for most Americans.”

    This statement is a direct falsification of the economic reality, intended to deceive and politically disarm the population. It echoes Vice President Joseph Biden’s declaration last month that this is the “Recovery Summer.”

    The jobs report indicates that the economy is headed in the wrong direction, and may be slipping back to negative growth. To talk of the “right direction” under the present circumstances—with unemployment, home foreclosures and personal bankruptcies at post-war record levels, and wages, home values and retirement savings being decimated—is an insult to the intelligence of the American people.

    For those social layers whose interests Obama serves, however, things are going not at all badly. The banks are making near-record profits and rewarding their CEOs with multi-million-dollar pay packages, and corporations across the board are using mass unemployment to drive down wages and drive up labor productivity.
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    Now how do we get the idiots in the center left to wise up and stop behaving like rubes?

  • wbboei

    1. When Obama took the oath of office, he swore to support the constitution.

    2. In his inaugural address Obama promised to act in the best interests of the nation.

    3. He lied.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Oh Boy!

    Lookee here-

    During Clinton’s Byrd eulogy he mentions the huge amounts of pork (Federal dollars) Byrd bringing home the bacon to his W.VA. constituency. Also mentions, during his presidency, he didn’t get to bring home the pork to Arkansas until after Byrd stated his ‘Right’ to the pork/money under the Constitution. It didn’t resonate with me until I picked up this headline combined with Clinton’s underlying message, HELP your home state of Ill., moron.

    Obama knows how to be a thief, just not an American.

    “Illinois Stops Paying Its Bills, but Can’t Stop Digging Hole.”

    CHICAGO — Even by the standards of this deficit-ridden state, Illinois’s comptroller, Daniel W. Hynes, faces an ugly balance sheet. Precisely how ugly becomes clear when he beckons you into his office to examine his daily briefing memo.

    Illinois’s Cash Balance and Overdue Payments. He picks the papers off his desk and points to a figure in red: $5.01 billion.

    “This is what the state owes right now to schools, rehabilitation centers, child care, the state university — and it’s getting worse every single day,” he says in his downtown office.

    Mr. Hynes shakes his head. “This is not some esoteric budget issue; we are not paying bills for absolutely essential services,” he says. “That is obscene.”

    Now Illinois has shouldered to the fore, as its dysfunctional political class refuses to pay the state’s bills and refuses to take the painful steps — cuts and tax increases — to close a deficit of at least $12 billion, equal to nearly half the state’s budget.

    Then there is the spectacularly mismanaged pension system, which is at least 50 percent underfunded and, analysts warn, could push Illinois into insolvency if the economy fails to pick up.

    States cannot go bankrupt, technically, but signs of fiscal crackup are easy to see. Legislators left the capital this month without deciding how to pay 26 percent of the state budget. The governor proposes to borrow $3.5 billion to cover a year’s worth of pension payments, a step that would cost about $1 billion in interest. And every major rating agency has downgraded the state; Illinois now pays millions of dollars more to insure its debt than any other state in the nation.

    “Their pension is the most underfunded in the nation,” said Karen S. Krop, a senior director at Fitch Ratings. “They have not made significant cuts or raised revenues. There’s no state out there like this. They can’t grow their way out of this.”

    As the recession has swept over states and cities, it has laid bare economic weakness and shoddy fiscal practices. Only an infusion of federal stimulus money allowed many states to avert deep layoffs last year.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/03/business/economy/03illinois.html?_r=2&partner=MYWAY&ei=5065

  • confloyd

    Mrs. Smith,
    Good grief and we have a President that was right in the middle of the mess in Illinois…he can’t balance anything, let along the budget…oh thats right, they just don’t make one…that’s works.

    Is this what Obama spoke to King Abdullah about a few days ago??

    Syria posts Iranian radar atop tall Lebanese peak
    DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 3, 2010, 6:41 PM (GMT+02:00)Tags: Iranian-Syrian radar Lebanon Mt. Sannine US intelligence

    Iranian mobile radar, installed in LebanonSyria has posted the advanced early warning radar it received from Iran – not on its own soil but on the highest peak of neighboring Lebanon, according to debkafile’s military and intelligence sources. From Mount Sannine in central Lebanon, the new facility provides early warning against a possible surprise Israeli missile or aerial attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities and extends the span of Iranian and Syrian electronic surveillance to include Israeli air space the south and the eastern-central Mediterranean to the west.
    Friday, July 2, State Department spokesman Philip Crowley confirmed the Wall Street Journal’s disclosure that Iran had transfer of the high-tech radar to Syria. He said this move was of concern “due to Syria’s relationship with Hizballah,” adding “We don’t believe that Iran’s designs for the region are in Syria’s best interest.”
    According to our sources, there is nothing new in this disclosure. The new radar was deployed on Mt. Sannine ten months ago, complete with Iranian and Syrian radar operators. Hizballah was made responsible for guarding the facility and keeping approach roads clear, as well as bringing supplies to the Iranian-Syrian crews on the mountain. Syria trained the Lebanese Shiite extremists in the use of the anti-air missile batteries for securing the site.

    On July 12, 2008, debkafile first revealed that Hizballah had just commandeered the 7,880- foot Mt. Sannine northeast of Beirut at the behest of Tehran and Damascus, followed by Mount Barukh, which is half the height and situated in the Chouf Mountains much closer to South Lebanon (and the Israeli border).
    In late 2009, the radar position was put in there and Iranian mobile systems installed on Mt. Barukh – in line with the strategy agreed by Iran and Syria to extend their watch on Israel and the US Sixth Fleet.
    Israel’s leaders held back from interfering with the Iranian-Syrian-Hizballah seizure of these strategic positions across its northern border and the installation of an advanced Iranian radar facility, just as they have since avoided blocking Hizballah’s massive armament with smuggled Iranian and Syrian ballistic missiles.

    Washingtontoo turned a blind eye to this Iranian strategic outpost – until now. It was allowed to leak in the wake of the difficult conversation President Barack Obama had with Saudi King Abdullah at the White House Tuesday, June 29.
    He taxed the king with recent reports about Riyadh’s willingness to provide an air corridor for Israeli bombers bound for attacks on Iran’s nuclear facilities. But Abdullah declined to confirm or deny them and waved the subject aside.
    The belated disclosure of the Mt. Sannine facility was directed at the Saudi king, intended to warn him that Iran’s early warning electronic station in Lebanon had pre-empted the Israeli option of a surprise attack on its nuclear facilities. Riyadh would therefore be well advised to drop its plan to back an Israeli operation for disposing of their shared Iranian nuclear threat.

  • SHV

    Now how do we get the idiots in the center left to wise up and stop behaving like rubes?
    *********
    Left..center..right have lost their “meaning”… I was in college in the early 60s when those terms still had some meaning. Now we have one political party driven by corporate dollars. Tthe party differences are “street theater” to push the buttons of the party base. In the 60s, I was center-right..center-left depending on the issue..I haven’t change that much but the political spectrum has shifted so far right that I am, by today’s metric, on the wacky left.

    In the 60s, the right would be calling for revolution if the govt tapped phones, accessed personal records without a warrant..now it’s OK…The Dems are using the IRS to force people to give money to Health Insurance Companies…it’s nuts..The ultimate insanity is the right’s meme that Obama is a “Socialist”.

  • wbboei

    This video is seeks to prove that Obama is a Muslim. That is probably true. If it is I am not bothered by it one way or the other myself. Perhaps that is because I have Muslim friends who are fine people. What bothers me is this fact was hidden from the American People during the primary where if you will recall he complained of racism when that picture of him in Muslim garb surfaced. The only thing they talked about was the fact that he is black–as opposed to African American. It was like so many other things he said during the campaign which turned out to be total lies. So forget about this clumsy attempt to tie him to the 9/11 attack that is bunk. Think about it instead in terms of why the elites found it important to put a Muslim in the oval office at this point in time. In the grand scheme of things that may be more critical and outcome determinative than the fact that he is half white and half black.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=tCAffMSWSzY#t=28

  • wbboei

    Left..center..right have lost their “meaning”… I was in college in the early 60s when those terms still had some meaning. Now we have one political party driven by corporate dollars. Tthe party differences are “street theater” to push the buttons of the party base. In the 60s, I was center-right..center-left depending on the issue..I haven’t change that much but the political spectrum has shifted so far right that I am, by today’s metric, on the wacky left.
    ———————————-
    I do not know what I am at this point. What I do know is that for me at least there was more truth in that article by the Trotsky-ites than I see in the platform and public statements of either party, and that is a sad commentary on our political system. This Obama creep is not the one to get us through this mess, and with him at the helm it promises to be a long road ahead for millions of Americans.

    God I hope I am wrong.

  • Shadowfax

    holdthemaccountable
    July 3rd, 2010 at 6:16 am

    By Julian Pecquet – 07/01/10 07:13 PM ET
    The Obama administration has not ruled out turning sick people away from an insurance program created by the new healthcare law to provide coverage for the uninsured.

    —-
    Oh, I see…the uninsured that Obama passed his Hell Care Bill for, might only cover those uninsured that don’t need a doctor or medicine yet. Those that do need medical care are $hit out of luck. So everyone pays, but the sick are left out…but the sick can still pay for the coverage they can’t get???

  • Shadowfax

    #

    Bill Clinton is a better man than I am a woman. After Byrd’s support for the Fraud, I just don’t know how he or Hillary do it.They really are special, and I could listen to him all day. He reminds me of my father, he could tell a story too.
    #
    Paula
    July 2nd, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    I love how Bill explains things. Whenever I listen to him, he always makes perfect sense.
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    I agree with both of you, Bill is a true scholar, actually a Rhodes scholar.

    Not all ‘scholars’ are equal, some just have enough family money to keep going to school until they make a Ph.D…..then there’s people like Bill and Hillary that don’t have the big bucks, but actually gather knowledge and put it to great use.

  • Shadowfax

    Sorry, way behind on the blog and commenting as I go. (Sleeping in was a treat.)

    …………
    wbboei
    July 3rd, 2010 at 9:21 am

    I see where the people behind Mrs Vanderbilt’s Precious Baby Boy (Anderson Cooper) feel that the sky is falling in because the Coast Guard has passed a safety prohibiting CNN and other big media reporters from getting withing 65 feet of safety and clean up operations. They go on to cite the maximum fine to be imposed for its violation. They feel this is an unwarranted infringement on their first amendment rights and they invite the public to feel outraged about it. The rule seems reasonable on its face, and it would be distracting and potentially dangerous to have these assholes trapsing through the area asking stupid questions and taking pictures. Just who do they think they are. If I had any confidence that CNN was on the level, I might ponder this matter further, but based on the kind of blatant bias and censorship we have seen from them I see not public interest in letting them roam freely through the disaster area. If they saw something embarrassing to Obama they would cover it up rather than report it, so I say it is fair and reasonable to enforce the rule against these propagandists.
    ——

    Putting aside all the wrongs of CNN in the past 3 years, I have to give Anderson Cooper some credit for trying to cover the gulf gusher. He is one of the ONLY reporters trying to cover it. If you know of someone else that goes into the area, takes pictures and interviews the locals and puts it out there, please let me know.

  • wbboei

    Some people criticize Obama for not being transparent. Not me. He is so arrogant that he colludes with big business right out in the open in Starbucks coffee houses around Washington, rather than in the basement of the White House where he colluded with Big Pharma. He is very transparent in that sense–or perhaps blatant would be a better word.
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    By Michelle Malkin June 30, 2010 6:27 AM

    President Obama is finally uniting the left and the right — in joint opposition to his administration’s chronic sabotage of transparency and public disclosure rules. It won’t be long before liberals disillusioned by Dear Leader’s reveal-as-we-say-not-as-we-conceal policies link arms with me and join in on my 2-year-old chant: Obama lied, transparency died.

    Watchdog groups and Republicans on Capitol Hill want an investigation into hundreds of White House meetings with corporate lobbyists at D.C. coffee houses. K Street influence peddlers told The New York Times last week that they’ve met routinely with Team Obama officials over the past 18 months to discuss policy matters — at Starbucks, Caribou Coffee, even on a side lawn — with the express purpose of circumventing the public’s right to know.

    The Coffee House Ruse comes on top of the latest confession of White House non-disclosure from ex-Big Labor heavy Patrick Gaspard, Obama’s chief domestic policy adviser, who failed to report a $40,000 pension payment from his old employer, the Service Employees International Union in New York. If they keep this up, sunlight-avoiding Obama officials will soon be cast as the next “Twilight” vampires.

    “Lobbyists say some White House officials will agree to an initial meeting with a lobbyist and his client at the White House,” the Times’ once-zealous champions of Obama reported, “but then plan follow-up sessions at a site not subject to the visitors’ log.” Said one financial lobbyist who has met more than a half-dozen times off-campus with White House officials: “I’ll call and say, ‘I want to talk to you about X,’ and they’ll say, ‘Sure, let’s talk at Starbucks.’”

    You see: When Obama promised to “change the way Washington works,” what he really meant was changing here the usual Beltway backroom wheelers and dealers do their business. And when he talked about changing the “culture” in the nation’s capitol, what he really meant was just changing titles.

    In addition to carving out the Coffee House loophole and using personal e-mail accounts to communicate with the influence industry, White House officials have been advising lobbyists looking for administration jobs to de-register — shedding their K Street status — to get around Obama’s vaunted lobbyist hiring ban. With more than 40 ex-lobbyists working in the administration, Obama’s no-lobbyists executive order already has more holes in it than a moth-eaten crocheted sweater.

    The self-puffery of the double-talker-in-chief on disclosure ethics is inversely proportional to the amount of real transparency he has delivered. In January, irked by criticism of private health care meetings with Big Labor cronies at the Oval Office, Obama lectured Americans that “it is important to know that the promises we made about increased transparency we’ve executed here in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.” His legal counsel trumpeted the release of more than 25,000 White House visitor logs (many incomplete, vague and useless) as “a milestone in the president’s commitment to change Washington. The president believes that this and our many other transparency initiatives promote accountability and keep American democracy vital.” While Obama’s cabinet engaged in the same old precedented meetings with lobbyists, his propagandists patted themselves on the back for providing unprecedented access:

    “We are excited about the visitor records policy not only because we are breaking new ground for this administration but also because we are establishing a new standard for all future administrations. We know of no comparable initiative in the history of the White House.”

    Puff, puff, puff. The Obama administration’s incomparable hype and hypocrisy have at last proved too much for good-government liberals. Washington-based Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has asked the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to investigate and hold hearings on the Coffee House loophole. CREW head Melanie Sloan lambasted the Democratic White House: “This is what all the administration’s anti-lobbyist rhetoric gets you — less transparency. Rather than being open and clear about who is influencing White House policy, the White House is trying to hide who it’s really talking to. Even worse, the public is being suckered with lofty rhetoric about the evils of the same lobbyists White House officials are meeting with.”

    Now that citizen activists are staking out D.C. caffeine hot spots, the White House/special-interest trysts may soon be headed to Washington street corner hot dog stands and taquerias. Keep your eyes and ears open. The next cap-and-tax exemption or stimulus slush fund may be hammered out in a public restroom stall or on a Metro subway seat next to you. On the upside, coffee-gate is rousing slow-learning Americans from their Obama-as-Messiah stupor. The best part of waking up is reality in your cup.

    Read more: http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/2010/06/malkin-obamas-coffee-house-loophole.php#ixzz0se6eOBVr

  • wbboei

    Putting aside all the wrongs of CNN in the past 3 years, I have to give Anderson Cooper some credit for trying to cover the gulf gusher. He is one of the ONLY reporters trying to cover it. If you know of someone else that goes into the area, takes pictures and interviews the locals and puts it out there, please let me know.
    ————————–
    1. the local stations run rings around them

    2. re. cnn: falso in uno, falso in omnibus

  • Shadowfax

    wbboei
    July 3rd, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Putting aside all the wrongs of CNN in the past 3 years, I have to give Anderson Cooper some credit for trying to cover the gulf gusher. He is one of the ONLY reporters trying to cover it. If you know of someone else that goes into the area, takes pictures and interviews the locals and puts it out there, please let me know.
    ————————–
    1. the local stations run rings around them

    ———–
    I don’t know where you live, but here in California, the local stations hardly cover ANY of the Gulf story. Lucky if there is a mention of it at all. And I live in a big city.

  • Shadowfax

    Here is the video of what happened today to keep reporters 65 feet away, Anderson Cooper speaks for himself and I totally agree with him…




    !

  • holdthemaccountable

    This may be reasonable, but … Pentagon clearance?
    The Pentagon is cracking down on the U.S. military’s interaction with the media, tightening up the rules of engagement in the wake of the top general in Afghanistan losing his job for his comments in a magazine article. Defense Secretary Robert Gates issued an order late Friday telling military officials that they will need Pentagon clearance for interviews and other dealings with reporters. In the brief memo to military and civilian personnel worldwide and effective immediately, Gates tells officials to make sure they are not going out of bounds or unintentionally releasing information that the Pentagon wants to hold back. “I am concerned that the department has grown lax in how we engage with the media,” Gates wrote. “We have far too many people talking to the media outside of channels, sometimes providing information which is simply incorrect, out of proper context, unauthorized, or uninformed by the perspective of those who are most knowledgeable,” about how the information may fit into larger government operations or goals.
    h t t p://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/07/03/gates-orders-military-officials-pentagon-clearance-interviews/

  • Shadowfax

    I wonder if the media will fight back from being unable to interview soldiers without Pentagon clearance, from not being able to get close enough to the Gulf disaster to take photos of what is really going on there…media blackout.

    F transparency, get out your pitchfork…this is an outrage!

  • holdthemaccountable

    Sorry … one more. I cannot resist but promise to quit after this one.
    Barack Obama’s ‘politics as usual’ revealed by Rod Blagojevich trial
    snip
    Although “Blago”, the foul-mouthed bouffant buffoon, is the main attraction of the Chicago production, the former Illinois governor’s reluctant co-star is Barack Obama. The President forms part of the proceedings each day even though the judge has spared him a personal experience.
    snip It has also become clear from the trial that Obama wanted to make sure that Emil Jones, then President of the Illinois State Senate and the man Obama referred to as his “political godfather”, out of the seat. The former sewer inspector had taken Obama under his wing when he was a callow state senator but he had apparently now outlived his usefulness. Perhaps Obama did not want such a reminder of his past in Washington. Team Obama soon concluded that Blago was out of control and that the way he was dealing with the Senate vacancy could be extremely damaging to the President if he was too closely associated with it. So they pulled back and Jarrett took her White House job instead. Quite why the President who promised hope, change and transparency thought it proper to have been trying to ease his friend into his old Senate seat just days after he had won the White House has not been answered. There is no suggestion that what Obama was doing was anything illegal, improper or even out of the ordinary, at least in Illinois. He was simply engaging in politics as usual.

    Unfortunately, politics as usual is what Candidate Obama promised to bring to an end.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/7869928/Barack-Obamas-politics-as-usual-revealed-by-Rod-Blagojevich-trial.html

  • Shadowfax

    More on the 65 foot rule posted over on PUMApac (Zee)
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    The Coast Guard has put new restrictions in place across the Gulf Coast that prevent the public – including news photographers and reporters ….-from coming within 65 feet of any response vessels or booms on the water or on beaches.

    According to a news release from the Unified Command, violation of the “safety zone” rules can result in a civil penalty of up to $40,000, and could be classified as a Class D felony. Because booms are often placed more than 40 feet on the outside of islands or marsh grasses, the 65-foot rule could make it difficult to photograph and document the impacts of oil on land and wildlife, media representatives said.

    Matthew Hinton, a Times-Picayune photographer who has been on boats throughout Barataria Bay and Breton Sound in recent weeks, said it is already difficult to capture images of oiled birds when at the edge of the boom. Adding an additional 65-foot buffer would mean “You’d have to mount a telescope” to the camera to get a clear picture, he said.

    Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said he feels media access is important to getting the word out about the local impact of the spill, and said the Coast Guard’s safety measures were an “overreaction.”
    “I think somebody came up with a good reason of how to justify keeping the press away,” Nungesser said. “But guess what? That isn’t gonna keep us away. Anytime you all want, you all can come in there wherever we go, on our boats.”

    ———

    There is an absolute MEDIA BLACKOUT in the area. People are being arrested everywhere. Hotels in a 70-mile radius are completely sold out, yet, you don’t see any vans or reporters filming. It’s as if the entire area was under siege.

    James Fox has witnessed this and he basically just arrived. He says he saw multiple Chevron helicopters flying. He has not seen any military activity. It’s as if the oil companies had taken over. James expected to rent a plane to fly over it and that is not possible. The area above the oil spill is now a NO-FLY-ZONE.

  • Shadowfax

    holdthemaccountable
    July 3rd, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Sorry … one more. I cannot resist but promise to quit after this one.

    ————
    Go for it hold’um
    Good articles.

  • wbboei

    Here is the video of what happened today to keep reporters 65 feet away, Anderson Cooper speaks for himself and I totally agree with him…
    ————————
    The guy made his bones on Katrina, so he wants to do an encore here to raise his ratings. That is what this is all about. If they can be 65 feet away that is close enough for me. And, experience has shown that there is a partisan as well as a political motive for everything CNN does. Look at the way they vilified the tea parties, and had their reporters find the dumbest member of the group, stick a microphone in his face and get him to say something stupid. And schmarmy little Anderson is the one who coined the term tea bagger, and he of all people ought to know what that means. No Shadow, you can persuade me on other issues and you do but not here. CNN is not a legitimate news source. They were once but not now.

  • confloyd

    Mrs. Smith, Thanks for the video of Byrd’s eulogies. Did you happen to notice the body language displayed by Obama and Bitme?? They both are soooo jealous of him its unreal…I think that is the motivating factor in all the Clinton hate that has been going on for years…
    Did you also notice how many times the constitution was brought up by Bitme and Bill?? Especially Bill. I thought that little professor remark was directed totally at Obama because as soon as Bill said it….Obama looked down.

    I also noticed what Obama seemed to be telling Bill after the speech…it seemed to say either he was giving a shorter one or Bill had delivered a longer one.
    I also noticed the senators in the back, totally disengaged and talking amongst themselves while Bill was speaking, then when Obama spoke the camera zoomed in and cut out the senators gabbing in the background….what fools we have for senators! I also noticed Bitme said Bill Bradley left the senate for greener pastures, apparently it was funny because they all started laughing…I guess cheating the American taxpayer is real farking FUNNY!

  • confloyd

    wbboei, I watch CNN Anderson Cooper everynight for information on the oil spill, I get more info from him than anyone on TV. Granted CNN is in Odumbo’s pocket, but Anderson puts all folks on whether they are mad as hell or an Obama kool-aid drinker.
    I agree with Shadowfax, he is the only at least trying…hope he does win an award…then maybe the others will try harder to get real news to us.

  • JanH

    Hillary Clinton helps with Chelsea’s wedding plans online

    (AFP) – 4 hours ago

    KRAKOW, Poland — With her busy schedule as US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton admitted Saturday she uses the Internet to juggle her career and help with wedding plans for her only child, Chelsea.

    “Luckily we have email now. I can communicate and people can send me pictures of flower arrangements or other kinds of decisions,” she told Poland’s TVP Saturday during a visit to the southern Polish city of Krakow.

    Despite her hectic travel schedule, Clinton said she had “been able to fit in tastings and dress selections and all the other things the mother of the bride has to do.”

    Clinton also said her daughter and husband — former US president Bill Clinton — were very supportive of her work.

    Last November it emerged that Chelsea Clinton, 30, the Clinton’s only daughter, is to marry her long-time boyfriend, Marc Mezvinsky.

    “It’s a very happy time for my family. It truly is the most important thing in my life right now,” Clinton said of the wedding.

    Clinton is currently on a whirlwind tour of Ukraine, Poland and the Caucasus states.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jcrNUu__B2ffJ1nX2clnfXoLaaPA

  • JanH

    Hilary Clinton on US-Polish missile agreement


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  • turndownobama

    Obama has barely made an issue of the jobless benefit cutoff, focusing instead on demands that Congress pass a toothless financial regulatory bill tailored to the interests of Wall Street.

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

    That’s Obama’s usual style. Get a headline for passing something that actually does nothing or does the opposite of what it claims.

    Still, that style has been used for a long time. The bankruptcy bill of 2005 — making it much harder for individuals to declare bankruptcy and keep their assets — was named “Reform and Consumer Protection” or something like that.

  • JanH

    Secretary Clinton Addresses Kyiv Polytechnic Institute Town Hall



  • confloyd

    Bless her heart for never taking her eyes off the problems we americans are experiencing while she juggles her own home responsibilites as mother of the bride…She is truly amazing!

    Thankgoodness for Hillary Clinton!

  • confloyd

    Think about this Obama gets pist off when we (american people) interrupt his ice cream outings with his daughters…think he would do what Hillary is doing???

  • TheRock

    Shout out to the Confluence for this. Words fail when it comes to the erosion of American rights done blatantly in front of our faces. We the voters had BETTER send a LOUD LOUD LOUD message in November or else there will be nothing left…….

    http://riverdaughter.wordpress.com/2010/07/03/transparency/#comment-491608

  • admin

    Van Morrison’s “Almost Independence Day”:

  • Shadowfax

    wbb
    No Shadow, you can persuade me on other issues and you do but not here. CNN is not a legitimate news source. They were once but not now.
    ———–
    I really am not trying to persuade you to admire or even watch Anderson Cooper, I am more interested in what is going on in the Gulf and the media being restricted.

    Since I am now watching Fox news to try and see the other side of what the MSM has been reporting, having to filter out the right wing bs has become second nature to me. Watching someone on the MSM that does try to report the news in the Gulf, is also something I filter and my memory isn’t that short.

  • Shadowfax

    The Big Dawg on CNN right now.

  • wbboei

    Rolling Stone has screwed the pooch for the rest of big media. This was foreseeable.
    ————————————————————————————-

    The Pentagon is cracking down on the U.S. military’s interaction with the media, tightening up the rules of engagement in the wake of the top general in Afghanistan losing his job for his comments in a magazine article.

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates issued an order late Friday telling military officials that they will need Pentagon clearance for interviews and other dealings with reporters.

    In the brief memo to military and civilian personnel worldwide and effective immediately, Gates tells officials to make sure they are not going out of bounds or unintentionally releasing information that the Pentagon wants to hold back.

    “I am concerned that the department has grown lax in how we engage with the media,” Gates wrote.

    “We have far too many people talking to the media outside of channels, sometimes providing information which is simply incorrect, out of proper context, unauthorized, or uninformed by the perspective of those who are most knowledgeable,” about how the information may fit into larger government operations or goals.

    Related Links
    Biden Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq Amid Political Impasse The order, first reported by The New York Times on its website Friday night, has been in the works since long before Gen. Stanley McChrystal stunned his bosses with criticism and complaints in a Rolling Stone article that his superiors did not know was coming.

    “We were not happy with the content, and we were not happy that we didn’t know about it,” Assistant Defense Secretary Douglas Wilson said this week.

    Nonetheless, Wilson promised that no “Iron Curtain” would fall between the Pentagon and the news media.

    The memo does not spell out exactly how the new directive will work but appears to require hundreds of thousands of officers to funnel interview requests through a small central office at the Pentagon.

    McChrystal told the Army this past week that he will retire. In the Rolling Stone article, the four-star general and some of his aides were quoted criticizing Obama’s war effort; McChrystal complained that he was backed into “an unsellable position” during last fall’s long White House deliberations on whether to add more troops.

    Leaks during that process infuriated Gates.

    Gates’ memo requires top department officials to tell Wilson’s office before interviews “or any other means of media and public engagement with possible national or international implications.”

    Gates warned in the memo that the leaking of classified information “is against the law, cannot be tolerated and will, when proven, lead to the prosecution of those found to be engaged in such activity.”

    Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said that Gates remains committed to open dealings with the media and that he has tried to impress on colleagues that “the press is not the enemy.”

    Indeed, Gates answers questions frequently and can be more revealing and plainspoken than many Cabinet officials or his own subordinates at the Pentagon.

    “It’s not designed in any way to limit our interaction or restrict it, or dampen it,” Morrell said of Gates’ order. “It is designed to get our department much more disciplined.”

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • Shadowfax

    OMG, listening to Bill, he is talking about Iraq, their elections and his idea of how to win an election (for Iraq) in the future………..this is what caught my attention……………Bill said, “There is always an election down the road, if you didn’t win this time, but honor the current administration, then you will be honored when you run again and win.”
    (Paraphrasing)

  • TheRock

    Shadowfax
    July 3rd, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks.

  • TheRock

    Shadowfax
    July 3rd, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Why can’t he still be president? Can we just do a voice vote to put him back in on Monday morning? He just spoke about the difficulties of having Iran as a nuclear state, and the difficulty in stopping them from becoming a nuclear state. And he did it in a way that I understood, and he did it without demonizing the Iranian people. Can’t we please have him back?

  • confloyd

    shadowfax, This is just too much…I think that sounds like a message to me…I am at work so I can’t get the video…please post it if you can. I am stuck with just 3 places I can read today…I can’t go to riverdaughter.

  • Shadowfax

    TheRock

    Why can’t he still be president? Can we just do a voice vote to put him back in on Monday morning? He just spoke about the difficulties of having Iran as a nuclear state, and the difficulty in stopping them from becoming a nuclear state. And he did it in a way that I understood, and he did it without demonizing the Iranian people. Can’t we please have him back?

    —–I know how you feel, Bill is soooooo knowledgeable and I trust his opinion. Did you hear Wolf B asking him to try and do a peace deal for the President, if he agrees. He didn’t feel comfortable with that question, and said he didn’t want to get in the middle of Obama and Hillary, or he would have Hell to pay. (paraphrasing again).
    #
    confloyd
    July 3rd, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    shadowfax, This is just too much…I think that sounds like a message to me…I am at work so I can’t get the video…please post it if you can. I am stuck with just 3 places I can read today…I can’t go to riverdaughter.
    ———
    He is still talking confloyd, I will see if I can find the speech after he finishes. Take care of yourself on this long working weekend.

  • TheRock

    He just put a huge dent in the unemployment problem with a program that doesn’t cost the taxpayers a cent. WHY ISN’T HE STILL THE PRESIDENT?!?!?!?!?!? I love that man……

  • Shadowfax

    Obama had better be watching this speech by Bill, he is talking about how to solve many of America’s problems. He is talking about the economy now and how to get people back to work.

  • JanH

    I used to be addicted to CNN when Bernard Shaw reported on the Gulf War and later became the anchor. I even used to like Wolfe Blitzer and Anderson Cooper at the beginning.
    I thought their coverage to be more fair and balanced back then. Maybe that was wishful thinking on my part.

    But things have changed so much since obama became a household name that I rarely tune in anymore.

    As far as Fox goes, I still try and catch Charles Krauthammer on Brett Baer’s show and Greta as well but that is all.

  • TheRock

    Shadowfax
    July 3rd, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    WITH PROGRAMS THAT DON’T DEMONIZE THE BANKS, DON’T COST THE TAXPAYERS MONEY AND GET THE COUNTRY BACK TO WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT IS WHAT A PRESIDENT SHOULD BE DOING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hate listening to him knowing that there is a complete asshat currently in the White House. The only person equal to or better than him is working at Foggy Bottom. HILLARY 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mrs. Smith

    Shadowfax
    July 3rd, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    The BC/Wolf Bitzer interview is a repeat. The interview is from a few days ago.

  • Shadowfax

    Yup Rock, I agree. Makes me feel so badly that all of our lives are in the dumper because of the jackass in the WhiteHouse that stole the primary from Hillary.

  • confloyd

    Shadowfax, Thanks for the thoughts of my job…I am working a 24 hours shift today…then will do 12 tomorrow and thankgoodness Tuesday is the dolphins and margaritas…its what is keeping walking on my sore knee. LOL! Sorry if I’ve mentioned this before.

  • Shadowfax

    The video of Bill has the part with ‘blowing up the leak’ in the Gulf that has gone around the nets for the last week.

    I can’t find a full version of this video of the entire speech.
    It was Wolf Bitzer, in The Situation Room. Bill was in South Africa.

    Please post for confloyd if anyone finds it.

  • turndownobama

    Er, Counselor….

    The defendant’s criminal record in long past, does not mean he is guilty of the current charge.

    And if he were guilty in the current matter — that would not mean that his opponent’s behavior was justified (ie banning all observation of the spill areas by all persons).

  • SHV

    Why can’t he still be president?
    *******
    Because of petty spite over FDR’s four terms??? The Presidential four year term was connected to unlimited eligibility for a reason and not because the Framers were stupid. As Eisenhower pointed out, the President is a lame duck for his second term. The only person affected by the 22nd Amendment was/is Bill Clinton…Just think how the history of this country might have changed if he had had a third term. No 911? No war in Iraq/Afghanistan? No bankrupting of the American Economy? No massive transfer of wealth to the upper 0.5%???

  • Mrs. Smith

    “Just think how the history of this country might have changed if he had had a third term. No 911? No war in Iraq/Afghanistan? No bankrupting of the American Economy? No massive transfer of wealth to the upper 0.5%???”
    ____________________________

    History did change when he was elected in 92′. Bush Sr thought he was a shoe-in and wasn’t paying attention to the electoral college and lost the election. What is happening now with our economy and unemployment would have begun happening in 92′ if Bush Sr had taken office. Fate/Divine Intervention gave us the Clintons.

    Breaking and eradicating the Middle Class has been a plan in play since the 80′s. The blueprint for the dissolution of the Middle Class lies within the Newt Gingrich’s PNAC Agreement.

  • SHV

    The video of Bill has the part with ‘blowing up the leak’ in the Gulf that has gone around the nets for the last week.
    ************


    and here:

    http://www.theoildrum.com/node/6687

    The “oildrum” link gives discussion why “blowing the leak” is a very last ditch thing and is very likely a very bad idea. One comment that Clinton made was that he did think that the Fed. Govt had anything that could stop the leak.

  • SHV

    oops too many links..re-post:

    The video of Bill has the part with ‘blowing up the leak’ in the Gulf that has gone around the nets for the last week.
    ************


  • SHV

    and here:

    http://www.theoildrum.com/node/6687

    The “oildrum” link gives discussion why “blowing the leak” is a very last ditch thing and is very likely a very bad idea. One comment that Clinton made was that he did think that the Fed. Govt had anything that could stop the leak.

  • Shadowfax

    SHV

    oops too many links..re-post:

    The video of Bill has the part with ‘blowing up the leak’ in the Gulf that has gone around the nets for the last week.
    ************



    ———-
    Yes, this is the blow up part, but the video before this, a long interview is what I can’t find. The part before this is on Iraq, Israel, economy, etc.

  • SHV

    but the video before this, a long interview is what I can’t find. The part before this is on Iraq, Israel, economy, etc.
    ********
    Ah..OK.. Likely it was scrubbed from youtube because the interview makes Obama look like an ignorant, clueless, fraud.

  • Shadowfax

    Giant oil skimmer being tested in Gulf
    Converted ship will try to pick up oil close to spill site through weekend

    NEW ORLEANS — A giant new skimmer started tests Saturday to show if it can help Gulf of Mexico cleanup crews working to block millions of gallons of oil from reaching land.

    The Taiwanese vessel dubbed A Whale, which its owners describe as the largest oil skimmer in the world, began testing just north of the Macondo Deepwater well site. An April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig there killed 11 workers and began what is now the largest oil spill in Gulf history.

    The vessel will cruise a 25-square-mile test site through Sunday, according to TMT Shipping, the company that created A Whale by retrofitting an oil tanker after the explosion sent millions of gallons of crude spilling into the Gulf.

    The U.S. Coast Guard, along with BP, are waiting to see if the vessel, which is 10 stories high and as long as 3 1/2 football fields, can live up to its makers’ promise of being able to process up to 21 million gallons of oil-fouled water a day.

    The ship works by taking in water through 12 vents, separating the oil and pumping the cleaned seawater back into the Gulf.
    Story: Oil-eating Whale or ‘white elephant’?

    A Whale is being tested close to the wellhead because officials believe it will be most effective where the oil is thickest rather than closer to shore.

    The ship arrived in the Gulf on Wednesday, but officials have wanted to test its capability as well as have the federal Environmental Protection Agency sign off on the water it will pump back into the gulf. Although the ship cleans most of the oil from seawater, trace amounts of crude remain.
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    The wait has frustrated some local officials, who say the mammoth skimmer would be a game-changer in preventing drifting streams of oil from washing ashore on vulnerable coastlines.

    During a Thursday tour of the inlet to Barataria Bay, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said it was exasperating to have A Whale anchored offshore instead of being put to immediate use.

    “They’ve used the war rhetoric,” Jindal said aboard a Louisiana state wildlife boat floating in oil-slicked waters near Grand Isle. “If this is really a war, they need to be using every resource that makes sense to fight

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38079601/ns/disaster_in_the_gulf/

  • Shadowfax

    SHV

    Ah..OK.. Likely it was scrubbed from youtube because the interview makes Obama look like an ignorant, clueless, fraud.
    ———
    True

  • confloyd

    Mrs. Smith,
    Breaking and eradicating the Middle Class has been a plan in play since the 80’s. The blueprint for the dissolution of the Middle Class lies within the Newt Gingrich’s PNAC Agreement
    ————————————
    All the comments I read elsewhere today are people worrying about what the democrats are doing to the middle class and they want to vote for Newt…if they really want to save the middle class they better figure out a way to get Hillary in against the wishes of the money people who know she will help us more than she will help them…bottom line she will do whats right for us. Their payday won’t be as big with Hillary as it is/was with Obama/Bush.

  • admin

    Transcript of Bill Clinton’s remarks regarding Iraq and Iran:

    http://edition.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1006/29/sitroom.01.html

    MALVEAUX: Former President Bill Clinton calls it the toughest issue the world faces right now, the very real threat of Iran building a nuclear bomb. Wolf Blitzer interviewed Clinton in South Africa at the CNN global forum which compensated the former president for his appearance. Here’s part of the conversation.

    BLITZER: Is there any way to stop Iran from building a nuclear bomb?

    CLINTON: I don’t know. I thought you were going to ask me something else. I thought you were going to say, is there any way to stop Iran from being influential in Iraq and the answer is, no, because of the number of Shia in the population and because they are neighbors and have got to get along. When they didn’t get along, they fought a war that was horrible for both of them, including child soldiers getting killed by the thousands. So they had to get along.

    BLITZER: On that point, there are some who say the big winner in Iraq right now so far is Iran.

    CLINTON: Could be. But if you look at the history of the Iraqis, even the Iraqi Shiite who have taken help from the Iranians, various elements in Iranian society, have shown a remarkable stubbornness when it came to preserving the sovereignty in their own decision making. So I don’t buy into this, if Iran has a relationship with Iraq, they will be in a tank with Iran every time an issue comes before the U.N. for the next 50 years. I just don’t buy that. On the bomb, I think that, first of all, let’s be honest. This is the toughest issue the world faces. The story of the massive demonstrations in France yesterday with the Iranian force — the pro democracy pro freedom forces and they were saying I wish you had tougher sanctions, look at where Iran has — Ahmadinejad had to steal this last election. The first when he won fair and square because the Iranians, when I was president, was the only country in the world that voted six times by a votes of two-thirds to 70 percent of the people they could vote for. The people wanted to be reconciled with the people of prepared for peace in the east with Israelis. They won the mayors, they won the parliamentary twice, they elected most progressive president twice. The problem is that under the constitution the other 30 to 33 percent is represented and they control the money for terrorism for security and foreign policy generally and they had the right to strike candidates for ballots and laws from the power of the parliament’s passing. So if we — if the sanctions don’t work, then the question is, could we stop them from having a bomb by taking military action? The answer to that is, probably but not certainly yes. Probably but not certainly because of the hallowed out — the North Korea on steroids.

    All of the stuff going on in the mountains, hard to reach. But what is the price of doing that? And what is the danger of there having a bomb? Keep in mind, if Iran had a bomb, first thing we need to be doing now is conducting vigorous diplomacy and saying look, you can get one of these but if you think you can use it and apologize and not be toast, you’re wrong. They have to know that if they ever use it, they are done. We have to know that if we take preemptive military action, then 70 percent of the people that want to be our friends may flip and become totally alienated. It is a hell of a hard problem. It’s the toughest problem in the world today. The major danger of Iran becoming a nuclear power, I believe, is that the physical material that they would have to amass to make these bombs would become the most — the juiciest target in the world for non- state actors who would like to have a suitcase nuclear bombs. And will the Iranians sell it to them? Will they give it to them? Can it be stolen? Can some corrupt person in the supply chain give it to some other group? And so I still think there is a chance, by the way, that we can not do it, but you’re going to have to cut a deal with everybody to keep them on the sanctions path and we’re going to have to show the Iranians repeatedly that there is a better way to a normal life with other countries. And we have fought a very delicate line because we don’t want to basically gut the forces of democracy and freedom by strengthening the reactionary forces in control by making a deal with them. On the other hand, if you can make a deal that would be enforceable, it would be worth doing. So it’s a terrible problem. I’m not prepared to say we can’t stop it. But I think you all need to know why it’s so hard. There are no good options here.

    BLITZER: What about a revolution in Iran? Is that out of the question?

    CLINTON: No, I don’t think it’s out of the question. But it would have to have, on the facts, you’d have to have either the defection of a significant portion of the military forces or you’d have to have all of those kids in the street at election time, a lot of them would have to be prepared to die. I mean, that’s just one of the two things that is going to happen. If the whole world saw large numbers of them dying, I think the government would not survive. The system would not survive. But keep in mind, it is a profoundly dysfunctional system because the Iranians are patriotic. None of them want us to bomb them. I say none; very, very few, even the ones that agree with us and don’t give a rip about Ahmadinejad and the Mullas. But they are in a system where they keep getting trapped. All their hopes for change are thwarted because of the religious constitution which lets the minority tale bite the majority dog on the things that the rest of the world cares most about.

    BLITZER: Final question, and this is just — this will be a tough one for the president but I know he’s got a good answer for it first of all, all of us want to wish you congratulations. Your daughter is about to get married and we wish you only, only happiness. You have to get ready, as the father of the bride to walk her down the aisle. Can you do that without crying?

    CLINTON: I don’t know and one of the rare arguments that I had with my daughter in high school, and they were rare, she always did great honor to our family. I looked at her and I said, you have to understand, I consider being president my second most important job. I think anybody who has ever had a child believes the best thing that ever happened to them. And I don’t know. But I’m profoundly grateful for not only her life but I like my son-in-law to be and I admire him very much. He’s a remarkable human being. So I feel very blessed. But I’m going to try not to cry because this is not about me. It’s not partly about me. I don’t even want to be mentioned in the story but I don’t want to stumble walking down the aisle. But I’m going to try. I might not be able to do it.

    BLITZER: I suspect you won’t. Congratulations Mr. President.

    CLINTON: Thank you.

  • admin

    Regarding that Bill Clinton “blow up the well” video – notice how Bill starts off at one point saying something like ‘to the extent Obama bears some responsibility’ and then he trails off and goes on to something else. It’s like a lawyer addressing the jury, making a point knowing the opposing counsel will object, but it does not matter because the seed of the idea has been planted.

  • SHV

    “I think anybody who has ever had a child believes the best thing that ever happened to them. And I don’t know. But I’m profoundly grateful for not only her life but I like my son-in-law to be and I admire him very much. He’s a remarkable human being. So I feel very blessed. But I’m going to try not to cry because this is not about me. It’s not partly about me. I don’t even want to be mentioned in the story but I don’t want to stumble walking down the aisle. But I’m going to try. I might not be able to do it.”
    *********
    Can you imagine the swill that would come out of Obama’s mouth if was asked a similar question? I don’t think that I have ever read a statement by Obama, referring to his wife and/or children, that I felt he had any human connection to them, at all. They are just “props” to be used for his personal drama.

  • Shadowfax

    Admin-
    Thanks for posting the text on Iran and Bill, there is also more of the interview where he talks about Israel and the economy…guess folks can only see it on tv.

  • wbboei

    Regarding that Bill Clinton “blow up the well” video – notice how Bill starts off at one point saying something like ‘to the extent Obama bears some responsibility’ and then he trails off and goes on to something else. It’s like a lawyer addressing the jury, making a point knowing the opposing counsel will object, but it does not matter because the seed of the idea has been planted
    ——————
    Not even a mess-i-ah can un-ring a bell once it has been rung.

  • wbboei

    Lamest espionage conspiracy…. ever.
    By Daniel Drezner

    There are many things that confuse me in life — Manhattan parking rituals, the proliferation of rotaries in Massachusetts, the appeal of most reality television, and so forth. I think I’m going to have to add the Russian spy ring to this list.

    Less than a week after Russian President Dmitri Medevedev’s burger date with U.S. President Barack Obama, the U.S. Justice Department has busted eight Russkies in an espionage ring so heinous, they’ve been charged with…. “conspiracy to act as unregistered agents of a foreign government.”

    Um…. so, in other words, the Russians are accused of some combination of illegal immigration and impersonating Jack Abramoff?

    Seriously, this story is the most bizarre foreign policy/international relations episode I’ve seen since the Sandy-Berger-let’s-stuff–classified-documents-down-my-pants episode.

    Here are the list of things that confuse me about this case:

    1) What, exactly, were the Russian agents allegedly trying to do? According to the New York Times:

    The suspects were directed to gather information on nuclear weapons, American policy toward Iran, C.I.A. leadership, Congressional politics and many other topics, prosecutors say. The Russian spies made contact with a former high-ranking American national security official and a nuclear weapons researcher, among others. But the charges did not include espionage, and it was unclear what secrets the suspected spy ring — which included five couples — actually managed to collect.

    Let’s ask a more basic question — is there anything that the Russians gathered from this enterprise that a well-trained analyst couldn’t have picked up by trolling the interwebs?

    2) Why were the arrests made now? Back to the Times:

    After years of F.B.I. surveillance, investigators decided to make the arrests last weekend, just days after an upbeat visit to President Obama by the Russian president, Dmitri A. Medvedev, one administration official said. Mr. Obama was not happy about the timing, but investigators feared some of their targets might flee, the official said.

    Based on the actual charges, there’s no justification for the timing — this is chump change. One is forced to assume that the FBI and DOJ know that other stuff is going on but can’t prove it. Which is fine if you’re willing to make that assumption.

    I normally think the Russians are being paranoid when they start devising conspiracies, but in this case, I have at least some sympathy.

    3. Anyone else gonna re-watch No Way Out? Because this sounds like a low-rent, more boring version of that movie.

    Seriously, I call on informed readers of this blog to offer some enlightenment on this episode, because it makes almost no sense to me.

    Developing….

    SHIRLEY SHEPARD/AFP/Getty Images

  • jbstonesfan

    Great article per usual administrator. I am more optimistic than at any time since beginning of the primaries that Hillary may very well end up back in the White House where she belongs.

  • confloyd

    wbboei, these arrests are bizarre to me too.
    Was to change the subject from the oil spill no doubt…what was going on at that time??? Blago trial??? Its all about keeping everyone off key.

  • confloyd

    admin, thanks for posting that interview by Blitzer…you he has so much more on the ball that Obama is mind boggling.

    I hate confess I just finished the Hillary/Obama part of Game Change…its really weird to read it now as Obama is flailing and according to this book Hillary had this idiot pegged right/correctly from the start. Its truly amazing that she knew exactly what he was made of….nothing and its still nothing. The only thing the man can do is campaign and everyone is tired of his speeches and he can’t stand defeat…he won’t run again…his ego won’t allow it.

    Hillary is one smart cookie though…its going to get very interesting after 2011′, maybe even before.

  • basement angel

    Confloyd,

    All you have to is look at his personal history of accomplishment to know that he isn’t going to do anything as president. People who get stuff done have accomplishments to their name, but Obama doesn’t have any.

    He didn’t do anything as President of the Harvard Law Review, except for one alleged unsigned note. He was an attorney at a Chicago law firm that focused on civil rights and didn’t lead on a single case. He was a state senator for seven years and has no accomplishments there either.

    He doesn’t *do* anything – that’s the fundamental truth of Obama. He takes the easiest route, which, for a president, is protecting corporate America and wealthy individuals. Now, as a state senator, he went to bat for the insurance companies, and the nuclear industry and for the Maytag management but no one can point to anything he did of his own volition for ordinary people.

    You don’t start getting things done when you turn 48 and get elected to the White House. If you’ve gotten that far without doing anything for anybody, you aren’t going to change once you are there. And he hasn’t.

    Saying that Obama doesn’t do anything for ordinary people is as truthful as saying that Obama can’t be trusted. He has no interest in anyone buy himself and he only works on his own behalf.

    I am predicting that he becomes our first billionaire ex-president. I have no doubt he thinks the Clintons are both total putzes for continuing to work and for earning as little as they have.

  • wbboei

    wbboei, these arrests are bizarre to me too.
    Was to change the subject from the oil spill no doubt…what was going on at that time??? Blago trial??? Its all about keeping everyone off key
    ——————–
    Connie: alot of people are asking the same question. I have known half a dozen FBI agents over the years. Some of them were excellent. I worked briefly with a security guy who was retired FBI and had been number 2 in charge of their office in charge of Soviet counter espionage in New York city. He was a great Irishman and a stand up guy. One day he and I were driving through mid town Manhattan and he inadvertently turned the wrong way down a one way street. One of New Yorks finest stopped him and gave him a big ticket. As we drove away he said I could have shown him my old FBI badge and probably gotten a pass but I do not operate that way. If he is still alive, I am wondering what the thinks about this episode, since his former department is involved. Yes, he was one of the good ones.

  • wbboei

    wbboei, these arrests are bizarre to me too.
    —————————–
    One final point. These questionable arrests are an acute embarrassment to Obama. Only a week before he and the Russian President were making woopie at a local hamburger stand. If he knew these arrests were imminent, he should have given his Russian counterpart some kind of heads up to save face. And if he did not know that they were imminent, then you have to wonder why his attorney general did not tell him as per sop. The impression I get is that Barack does not know how to manage his own bureaucracy. Maybe the Nobel Academy has a crash course of the subject for one of its prized students.

  • turndownobama

    “Just think how the history of this country might have changed if he had had a third term. No 911? No war in Iraq/Afghanistan? No bankrupting of the American Economy? No massive transfer of wealth to the upper 0.5%???”

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

    All those good results — if the 2000 election had not been stolen from Gore. It could have BEEN the third term of that good team.

  • SHV

    I am predicting that he becomes our first billionaire ex-president.
    ***********
    I don’t think money means much to Obama; I don’t think that his anti-social personality disorder works that way. I think that Michelle was the primary driving force behind the Rezko house deal and leveraging his high profile jobs into her Univ. of Chicago job an pay increases. She was/is very familiar with how Chicago/IL politics work. I can hear it now: “You are a US senator and we are still living in this sh*tty Condo???”

  • turndownobama

    The impression I get is that Barack does not know how to manage his own bureaucracy.

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

    That could explain a lot of things.

  • TheRock

    My president doesn’t have to STEAL Obumbles Mojo. He has enough of his own to last a few lifetimes…..

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-06-30/bill-clintons-hotter-than-barack-who-wants-obamas-endorsement/?cid=hp:mainpromo2

  • confloyd

    basement angel, Perhaps that 2 billion that the banks in Africa can’t figure how it got there is Barack’s???

    Wbboei, When was the last Russian spy capture? Were they just corporate spies??? If so, when have we started arresting corporate spies?

    Something is rotten in Denmark with this spy case, of coarse, we will never know cause old Barack has the judges, the justice dept and Scotus all wrapped up.

    The only people he is not fooling is most of the american people.

  • gonzotx

    SHV
    July 4th, 2010 at 1:48 am
    I am predicting that he becomes our first billionaire ex-president.
    ***********
    I don’t think money means much to Obama; I don’t think that his anti-social personality disorder works that way.
    *****************

    Really? Have you looked at his lifestyle since he has been gifted the Presidency? Billionaires only club. Just to pay for his golf fees he will need that much. This is no humble man. He got rich fast and I believe he relishes the lifestyle.

  • gonzotx

    turndownobama
    July 4th, 2010 at 1:40 am
    “Just think how the history of this country might have changed if he had had a third term. No 911? No war in Iraq/Afghanistan? No bankrupting of the American Economy? No massive transfer of wealth to the upper 0.5%???”

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

    All those good results — if the 2000 election had not been stolen from Gore. It could have BEEN the third term of that good team.
    ****************

    Gore would have found a way to F*ck it up.

  • TheRock

    Happy Fourth of July!! As bad as this country is right now, we have a chance to bring it back to where it use to be. It was founded on a solid foundation and if we can somehow regain that spirit, we will be okay…..

    IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776

    The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

    When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

    He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

    He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

    He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

    He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

    He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

    He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

    He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

    He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

    He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

    He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

    He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

    He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

    He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

    For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

    For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

    For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

    For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

    For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

    For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

    For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

    For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

    For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

    He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

    He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

    He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

    He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

    He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

    In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

    Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

    We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

  • confloyd

    wbboei, I read somewhere that they really arested Blago to early…if they’d of waited they might of snared Obama…

    Weren’t the spies suppose learn our lobby system? They probably did and hooked a very important person and before it all came out they arrested them so they could silence them…I’m really guessing here, LOL!

    It is suspicious though…it doesn’t to be a big crime they’ve committed, we seem cottle the muslim terrorist and throw the key away for corporate spying?? Since Obama came to power the world is upside down and inside out! Nothing is normal!

  • moononpluto

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/7869928/Barack-Obamas-politics-as-usual-revealed-by-Rod-Blagojevich-trial.html

    Barack Obama’s ‘politics as usual’ revealed by Rod Blagojevich trial
    Obama’s action in trying to ease his friend Valerie Jarrett into his old Senate seat will fuel cynicism about politics, argues Toby Harnden.

    In a year when Americans are arguably more cynical and disillusioned about politics than at any time since Watergate, the corruption trial of Rod Blagojevich is a sobering reminder of how its practitioners operate.

    Although “Blago”, the foul-mouthed bouffant buffoon, is the main attraction of the Chicago production, the former Illinois governor’s reluctant co-star is Barack Obama. The President forms part of the proceedings each day even though the judge has spared him a personal experience.

    Reports of the Blago trial cannot make comfortable reading for the White House for they provide what Mary Mitchell, the Chicago Sun-Times columnist, described as “an unfiltered look at how the sausage is made in Illinois”

    Illinois, of course, is the state that gave us President Obama. It is where he cut his teeth as a community organiser and where he first began to ascend the greasy pole of politics by taking his seat in the state senate.

    At issue in the Blago trial is whether the then governor was trying to sell the United States Senate seat that Obama ascended to in 2004 after his initial Republican opponent imploded.

    Blago had the power to appoint a new Senator when the seat was vacated because of Obama’s presidential election victory in November 2008. Clearly, he thought the seat was a valuable prize.

    “I got this thing and it’s f—— golden and I’m not just giving it up for f—— nothing,” he said in a conversation recorded by a federal wiretap. Blago’s instinct was that Obama – who he mockingly described as “this historic, f—— demi-god” – would be willing to pay to have his preferred choice be duly appointed.

    Read on………………………………..

  • confloyd

    wbboei, You still up?? I got interested in the spy case after you perked my interested. So I read all stories related to these spies. The young pretty one that the father is/was a KGB agent had a pretty interesting story.
    She knew many in the business community and rubbed shoulders with these two men…who are incidently playboys and she is gorgeous.
    Vincent Tchenguiz and Phillip Green..both hang out in the UK. After doing a Muckety search on them both I came across this interesting thing which may mean nothing.
    It goes like this the beautiful russian spy knows the business man Vincent Tchenguiz, he in turns owns or is affiliated with this company Masdar Clean Tech Fund, and an off shoot of that company according to Muckety is this company called Solyndra, Inc. which is associated with Barack Obama at WH.GOv. Which incidently is all GREEN TECH!
    I have no idea if these are connected but they show up like this on Muckety. I read that this Russian Spy had “rub shoulders” with this Vincent guy.
    Have fun it kept me awake here at work for a couple of more hours, LOL!

  • confloyd

    wbboei,
    Here’s the story that links Anna Chapman to these two playboys.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/7869515/Russian-spy-not-some-Mata-Hari.html

  • Mrs. Smith

    gonzotx
    July 4th, 2010 at 2:39 am
    All those good results — if the 2000 election had not been stolen from Gore. It could have BEEN the third term of that good team.
    ****************
    Gore would have found a way to F*ck it up
    _________________________________________
    gonzotx-

    If Gore was that easily bought by Soros, theres no telling the depth of corruption he would have sunk to had he been president. Tipper’s dumping her marriage to him after all these years is very telling. I don’t believe the masseuse story but I believe Tipper found out the potential scandal of corruption between Gore and Soros’ concocting scary, Climate Warming stories. She was probably disgusted at Al’s cowardice never standing up to Soros and telling him to get lost. After all, Al owes Soros big time for financing and distributing the movie, “An Inconvenient Truth” that made him a billionaire. Not so easy or convenient to tell the Truth after you’re involved with George Soros is it Al?

  • Mrs. Smith

    Actually, the masseuse story, I believe is the perfect cover-up story explaining the split between the Gores. None of the pieces to tahat puzzle make any sense. Gore a love crazed labrapoodle? The masseuse gives a minute by minute scripted account of Gore accosting her in his room? Bwahhaaa!

    Sometimes it’s easier to admit you misjudged a persons integrity rather than blindly defending them when all evidence overwhelmingly speaks otherwise. If Gore was innocent, he would have released a statement defending and explaining his position. It’s the way innocent people react to false charges… with vigor!

  • Mrs. Smith

    sorry-

    labrapoodle=labradoodle

  • Carol

    Vote and check out the poll results….astounding

    CBS Is Letting YOU Rate the President

    Everyone should get a shot at this. Takes all of fifteen seconds.

    First, I can’t believe CBS is actually doing this.

    Second, that they’re brave and honest enough to actually show the
    ongoing polling results. I’m thinking they won’t use this on the news
    broadcast, however.

    Take the poll yourself and when you submit your grading of how he is
    handling the top issues, a second page will come up showing you the
    current results of how America is voting. Remember, this isn’t Fox
    doing this. This is mostly people who watch CBS. That’s telling.

    DO THIS and pass it on.

    This is a CBS poll on Obama’s first year performance….

    I checked, it is really CBS webpage, I could not believe it either.

    Here’s your chance to grade the President!

    http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2010/01/19/politics/politicalhotsheet/entry6116297.shtml?tag=

  • Southern Born

    On CBS right now they are talking abaout Rhythm Road a diplomatic mission to let American music do the “talking” around the world where on any given day somewhere in the world there are those lining up to hate us.

    The State Department sends music groups around the world.

    In the interview, Hillary Clinton said that MUSIC CONVEYS AMERICAN VALUES BETTER THAN A SPEECH.

  • JanH

    IS HILLARY CLINTON RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IN 2012 ?


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  • Southern Born

    Wow! Jan. Thanks for posting that video about Hillary…just watched it again and again.

    Hillary Clinton is truly a remarkable woman.

    GO, Hillary 2012.

  • ABM90

    Head First or Feet First.Get him out of the WH.Just be swift and Gentle with him for he knows not what he
    do-eth.Keep up yhe great work Hillary and I will gladly be the first volunteer to escort you to your rightful place as CIC in the OO.

    Happy 4th to all ABM90

  • NewMexicoFan

    JanH

    All I can think, hearing that video, is FIRE THE SUPERDUDS as they got it wrong. The horrible part is they completely disregarded their constiuents, and voted against them. For that very act in a decmocracy, they should be FIRED. In Nov, we will see what happens to some of them.

  • basil9

    That poll is very telling, IMHO.

    Roughly 5 % gave him A across the board while nearly 70 percent gave him an F overall.

    Interesting.

    And the Kagan vote is an eye-opener as well. Something like 80+ % said she shouldn’t be confirmed. What’s up with these polls? Has the worm turned?

  • wbboei

    I voted in that CBS poll. I was encouraged by the results. In the opinion of most people Obama is solid F student. If this poll, from a non FOX News audience is any indication, the the public is starting to ignore big media lies and give the Messiah the grade he deserves. I guess I would be more encouraged about it if I were sure that wisdom has not come too late. He has wrecked our system in countless ways. The impact has yet to be felt.

    As for Hillary, I do not know yet whether she is running. But I am pretty sure she is positioning herself to run. Assuming that the dims lose congress, big media will try to lay the blame on the economy rather than Obama. But the public will not buy it. They took his promises to heart, gave him the tools and what he gave them back was empty rhetoric and failure.

    Big media will point to his historic accomplishments, like health care reform and now financial reform in an effort to seduce the unwary. But the public will recall how the threats and bribery which were used to pass those laws, the fact that no one bothered to read them, and will ask themselves the inevitable question is the cure worse than the disease. In the balance the answer is yes, so they will not be seduced by a misleading title like reform or phony polls.

    The pivotal question, of course, is whether the party elders having seen the disasters Obama has wrought and looking ahead t certain defeat in 2012 will tell him in the immortal words of middleweight boxer Roberto Duran–no mas and turn to Hillary. At this point that is an imponderable, but the likelihood of it seems to grow with each passing day.

  • birdgal

    Basil said, “And the Kagan vote is an eye-opener as well. Something like 80+ % said she shouldn’t be confirmed. What’s up with these polls? Has the worm turned?”

    ————————————————————————————–

    I was wondering the same thing- “Has the worm turned?”

  • JanH

    Southern Born,

    My heart tells me that Hillary should be potus and never give up. My brain tells me that obama’s thugs will never admit defeat and fight her all the way…sigh.

  • wbboei

    A recent article highlighted the incestuous relationship between Obama and big media in a very graphic way. It dealt with a number of issues de jour, such as where ABC News which Soros is heavily invested in, ran a piece on Kagen from an unidentified source who turns out to be one of her character witnesses heaping praise on her, featuring no critics and culminating in a schmary statement from the schmarmy Greek that if Kagen does not make it to the Supreme Court, she has a bright future at the comedy club. He makes you sick. On the oil spill more evidence of incest:

    a Matt Lauer: We’re seeing the blame game, a lot of blame going around. We’re seeing the villainization of the major corporation. We’re seeing the limit of our technology played out in front of our eyes. But on that live camera right there we’re seeing something else. We’re seeing our appetite for oil.

    b. Tom Browkaw: I think that the oil blow-out is a metaphor for our times. It’s complex. It’s everything that we’ve been told turned out not to be true. And it really is a signal to the rest of us that we’ve got to do something about energy in the future or we’re going to have these kinds of ecological disasters in waves coming year after year, decade after decade.

    c. Conclusion: the proximate cause of the oil damage was Obama. He refused foreign offers to mitigate and thwarted local authorities. See Carville comments, Jindal and local parish leaders. Laurer is a joke. But Brokaw was once a serious journalist. He claims the issue is complex. If we are talking about mitigation as opposed to capping the well or setting future policy then it really is not complex at all. Mitigation required only a simple yes to those offers and pleas. Hence this is an evasion, or more specifically an attempt to shield Obama, in a way they never would have shielded Bush. Reasonable minds can differ on whether Obama’s failure to act was a matter of cowardice or corruption. But this much is not in doubt: the Obama Administration knew from the beginning they had a disaster on their hands, therefore the political imperative to act was clear, and clearly not acted upon. (Note: one of the tried and true techniques of a propagandist is to take a specific question and elevate it to a level of abstraction that you can avoid answering it.)

  • wbboei

    My heart tells me that Hillary should be potus and never give up. My brain tells me that obama’s thugs will never admit defeat and fight her all the way…sigh
    —————————–
    Jan–these buffoons are pikers. If you compare their penny ante tactics to the pressure she faced as a young girl growing up under her tyrannical father and what she went on to achieve in spit=e of it, then you begin to see that this is just another challenge for her, and she loves challenges.

  • jeswezey

    “her tyrannical father”

    Oh come, now, that isn’t the way Hillary viewed her father. He was a tough cookie and didn’t know squat about girls and raised Hillary as a tomboy; he was also a staunch Republican, but then again Hillary was too until she graduated from Wellesley. I don’t think Hillary would ever describe her father as tyrannical.

  • jeswezey

    Here’s something from the BBC:

    Israel’s rocky friendship with Barack Obama

    By Jeremy Bowen
    BBC Middle East editor

    For many years Israel has enjoyed a close relationship with the USA, but after recent tensions many Israelis will be watching closely when their leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, meets Mr Obama in Washington on Tuesday.

    Benjamin Netanyahu does not have a great history with the occupants of the Oval Office.

    He got off to a bad start with Bill Clinton during his first term as Israel’s prime minister in the 1990s. After he lectured Mr Clinton about the Arab-Israeli conflict the president was not happy.

    “Who the heck does he think he is?” he expostulated. “Who’s the hecking superpower here?”

    Only according to the witness, a diplomat called Aaron Miller, he did not say “heck”.

    It is safe to say that Mr Netanyahu’s relations with President Obama have been disastrous.

    Unlike his predecessor, Mr Obama believes that some of Israel’s actions are part of the problem in the Middle East.

    He tried – and failed – for months last year to get the Israeli leader to order a complete freeze on the construction of homes for Jews in the occupied Palestinian territories.

    Tensions date back to Vice-President Biden’s troubled visit to Israel
    Then, while the US Vice-President Joe Biden was visiting, Israel announced a big expansion of Ramat Shlomo, a Jewish settlement in occupied east Jerusalem. The Americans were furious.

    So a few weeks later, when Mr Netanyahu (who spent part of his childhood in America) visited the White House, President Obama did not exactly welcome him as the prodigal son.

    It was not just settlements. Mr Netanyahu also lobbied US politicians, looking as if he was undermining the Obama administration on its home turf.

    To make matters worse, just before he was due in the Oval Office the prime minister gave an uncompromising speech to the leading Israeli lobby in the United States, which is called the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac).

    If anyone doubts the power of Israel’s friends in the US, they ought to sign up now for Aipac’s annual policy conference.

    TIMELINE: 2010 ISRAEL-US ROW
    9 Mar: Israel announces the building of 1,600 new homes in East Jerusalem during visit by US Vice-President Joe Biden.
    Mr Biden condemns the move
    11 Mar: Mr Biden says there must be no delay in resuming Mid-East peace talks, despite the row
    12 Mar: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the Israeli move is “deeply negative” for relations
    15 Mar: The US says it is waiting for a “formal response” from Israel to its proposals to show it is committed to Mid-East peace
    16 Mar: The US envoy to the Mid-East postpones a visit to Israel
    17 Mar: President Obama denies there is a crisis with Israel
    22 Mar: Hillary Clinton tells pro-Israel lobby group Aipac Israel has to make “difficult but necessary choices” if it wants peace with Palestinians.
    Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu tells Aipac Israel has a “right to build” in Jerusalem
    23 Mar: Mr Obama and Mr Netanyahu meet behind closed doors with no media access
    23 Mar: Jerusalem municipal government approves building of 20 new homes in East Jerusalem
    24 Mar: Mr Netanyahu ends Washington trip talking of a “golden” solution amid US silence

    Analysis: Foreboding in Mid-East
    Views from Israel
    Issues: Borders and settlements
    Take a look at their website, which boasts that it attracts half the Senate, a third of the House of Representatives and “countless Israeli and American policymakers and thought leaders”.

    I went to this year’s conference, in March, the one where Mr Netanyahu made his speech.

    It is held in a massive convention centre in Washington DC. The delegates, more than 7,000 of them, filled the kind of room that is usually measured in terms of football pitches.

    The delegates, and politicians, and “thought leaders” gave the Israeli PM a standing ovation when he said that Jerusalem was not a settlement, but Israel’s capital.

    To the White House, it looked as if Mr Netanyahu was rubbing salt into the wounds of the Ramat Shlomo affair.

    President Obama showed his displeasure by treating his guest, in the words of one Israeli newspaper, like the president of Equatorial Guinea.

    No video in time for Israel’s evening news. Not even a still photo. Mr Obama reportedly retreated entirely for a while to have a private dinner with his family.

    Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, admittedly no friend of the prime minister, said he left America “disgraced, isolated and altogether weaker… “.

    Cultural links

    So this time, Mr Netanyahu’s people say it is all going to be different. They have briefed that he will stay in the official guest quarters, Blair House, and that the row is now officially over.

    It is certainly the case that there is a symbiosis between Israel and the United States that can never exist between Washington and the Palestinians.

    It goes far deeper than the influence of Aipac – or even the $3bn (£2bn) a year the US gives Israel.

    Every American president declares himself a friend, but not all of them have been uncritical friends

    President Harry Truman in 1948 was a key supporter of Israel’s declaration of independence.

    There are ties of religion, and culture.

    Many Israelis have family in the United States. American leaders, including Joe Biden in that visit to Jerusalem that was hijacked by the settlement plan, speak of their love for Israel and the way they feel at home when they visit.

    But what seems to have happened under President Obama is an attempt to return to the kind of relationship that American used to have with Israel.

    Every American president declares himself a friend, but not all of them have been uncritical friends.

    The first President Bush had a serious spat with a hardline Israeli nationalist prime minister, Yitzhak Shamir, over Jewish settlements in the occupied territories.

    In the 1950s President Eisenhower forced Israel to withdraw from Egyptian territory seized in the Suez war.

    Once it was by no means automatic that America would veto criticism of Israel in the UN security council.

    And so on…

    Political times change. But some realities are constant, and one is that powerful countries like the United States will not act against what they believe to be their own interests.

    The Americans have said they will be warm but unrelenting in trying to extract something from their visitor that will persuade the Palestinians that it is worth going to yet another round of direct peace talks.

  • basil9

    wbboei,

    I love your analysis and your optimism but I do not believe the party elders will turn to HRC. In fact, the more time goes on and the more the results of the catastrophic 2008 selection with the refusal of both JM and HRC to tackle what they must have known was at the very least an incompetent and unqualified person and at the worst an evil, destructive anti-American fanatic come to the fore, the less confidence I have in any organized political group.

    The only ones I do have slight hope for are the Amercian people, as displayed in that CBS poll. But I doubt whether we have the means, the focus or the resolve to do what should be done – a complete repudiation of those in power.

    I also don’t know how that could be accomplished except by extreme measures. The system is broken. Not the constitution but the governance. I don’t see how it can be repaired. I also think many of us choose to write our own rose-colored glasses synopsis of the future, imagining it turning out how we want it to be rather than how it is. I plead guilty to that myself but, having always leaned toward cynicism, I have less faith than ever in anyone. There are no heros or sheros. Just petty humans trying to hold on to power.

  • basil9

    FWIW,

    That poll is from January, 2010!

  • neetabug

    wobbei

    I went on the H&R Block website to there alerts.

    This is what they are reporting

    They are saying the rumors are false on Healthcare. They will not be taxed

  • SHV

    The system is broken. Not the constitution but the governance. I don’t see how it can be repaired. I also think many of us choose to write our own rose-colored glasses synopsis of the future, imagining it turning out how we want it to be rather than how it is. I plead guilty to that myself but, having always leaned toward cynicism, I have less faith than ever in anyone. There are no heros or sheros. Just petty humans trying to hold on to power.
    ***********
    That pretty much sums up the situation…WTF do we do know??

    Prior to Obama being appointed President, no matter a persons “politics”, there was the next election and vote the bums out. Well Obama has pulled back the curtain to show us what is back stage. What we have been watching are the “stage plays, “Dems vs Repubs., “Librul vs Conserv., etc.; well now we see all of the Repub. and Dem. actors back stage clicking wine glassed with the international corporations and laughing their asses off at the fools who believe their “street theater”.

    Sorta reminds me of the 2000 election. A friend lives in a very wealthy area, ie. people have residences in Apsen, London, New York, Paris, etc. She was/is one of the few Dems. in that area. She would tell me about discussions at parties where, while clicking wine glasses, that people were quite happy about Bush winning and tax cuts, etc. but were confused as to why “working class” people would vote to cut taxes for the rich. I guess they were bemused by the stupidity of the “sheeple”.

  • SHV

    They are saying the rumors are false on Healthcare. They will not be taxed..
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    That is what I have read. But, as my mother used to say: “they are cutting the dog’s tail off one inch at a time”….I think that they are creating a reporting system and paper trail for future “taxable” income. The health care scam is a financial house of cards; even if the program makes it to 2019, after that it is a financial meltdown without huge injections of new revenue.

  • wbboei

    There are many counts in the indictment of Obama’s leadership, but none of them is more compelling than his failure to protect the country from the economic and environmental damage on the gulf oil spill. It is not the Katrina of disasters any more, it is Chernobyl. His big media supporters know this. They know that it has the potential to destroy his political capital. And they know that more than any other issue, it unites the interests of left, right and center. Since they cannot shout down the problem, or call the people who raise the issue racists, which is their preferred tactic, they must obfuscate. This may come up in the discussions you have with people you know who argue that this is not Obama’s fault. Here is what they will do to exonerate him, and here is how you attack it. Their line of defense will proceed upon two lines:

    1. The Issue Is Complex: the Obama lovers blur the line between: step i): mitigation, ii) step 2: capping the well, and iii) step 3: deciding on future policy. On mitigation, they dismiss any discussion of political accountability as a blame game. That is disingenuous. If Obama had accepted the offers of help and supported state efforts, rather than hiding behind the Jones Act, the disaster would have been mitigated. On capping the well, they present us with a dizzying array of contingencies and options, to support their argument that political accountability is elusive. On the issue of future policy, they elevate political accountability to a level of abstraction, and praise Obama’s speeches which provide convenient cover for the fact that when the moment of truth was at hand, he failed to act.

    2. Everyone Is To Blame: Eric Severaid once opined that to blame everyone is to blame no one, and so it is here. It is not Obama, it is us and our disgusting appetite for oil, it is Bush because he left behind a culture of corruption, it is BP because they elevated profit over safety, it is all the other hobgoblins their delusional minds can muster to cover up the essential truth and that is this. When Obama took the oath that cold day in January he swore to support the Constitution and to faithfully discharge the duties of his office. He breached that oath when he failed to do call in help in the beginning because as the evidence shows he knew at that point that he had a disaster on his hands. Yes, all these factors played some role in the disaster, but it was Obama’s failure that was the “proximate cause” of the disaster. And that is the position we must hold fast to, because it is the truth. (Note: the distinction between proximate cause and cause in fact applies in this context: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proximate_cause

    First, the Obama lovers avoid any discussion of political accountability by how Obama lovers Brokaw, Lauder, inter alia dismiss any of step 1 as a blame game because it implicates Obama and focu

    Then they divert public attention from political accountability to the turgid and contradictory science of capping the well, which is calculated to cause the public to accept the proposition that the problem is complicated. And then they move on tublic attention from the key political issue of accountability to the science of capping the well. is based on science which fails to provide a specific answer to the problem, and iii) step 3: which allows them to broaden the discussion to a level where his speeches give the illusion that the problem is being addressed.

  • wbboei

    sorry. Please discount the last two paragraghs–from an earlier draft. The first three paragraphs are what is important.

  • SHV

    “There are many counts in the indictment of Obama’s leadership, but none of them is more compelling than his failure to protect the country from the economic and environmental damage on the gulf oil spill…people you know who argue that this is not Obama’s fault”
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    Obama’s culpability is very simple….He appointed Ken Salazar as Sec. of Interior. That appointment was Obama saying that “I have been bought off by big coal, big oil and Steven Chu, with his $500 million research grant from BP was just confirmation, plus Chu was big Nuclear’s man in the WH.

    Ken Salazar was a critic of Bush/Cheney for being too restrictive on drilling.

  • ShortTermer

    From TeamHillary:


    I think it important to have the real history of Hillary’s 2008 run for President documented from original sources for future generations of girls [and boys] to know the truth of real history. Would anyone here wish to collaborate with me on a book for our daughters?

  • confloyd

    I one thing I say on Muckety.com is how all these crooks in D.C. are joined at the hip with this green energy and carbon credit scheme that they are trying to push thru…dem and rethug alike, however there maybe a handful that aren’t. Bill and Hillary aren’t and I couldn’t find anything to prove that they are. John Thune is in on it I think….one republican that isn’t is Sam Brownback.
    It very hard to follow on Muckety because there are so many offshoots of these companies but most are tied by together or at least have dealings with the defense dept. Its downright scary how all these folks have some sort of connection. This country is already a corporation and is NOT representative of the people. The people we’ve voted for to represent us…only do so as a cover to hijack our tax dollars to give to big business. There new scheme is green energy/carbon credits and I think the Russians were trying to get in on it…the spies.

  • wbboei

    Ken Salazar was a critic of Bush/Cheney for being too restrictive on drilling
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    Excellent point. One which the Sierra Club chooses to ignore. But I am shooting for the widest possible audience here. There are plenty of people who would say I have no problem with off shore drilling, as long as it is done safely. So the issue for me is not that he appointed an oil industry whore to a cabinet level position. My issue is his failure to respond to the disaster in a timely manner and thereby protect the nation, which is the duty of the president. Is there any connection between his appointment of Salazar and the failed government response which we can impute to Mr. Obama. At this point, we have other evidence such as his refusal to accept foreign offers of help, or to respond to local pleas for help. Those failures equate to benign neglect as a matter of law, and cowardice in high office. But if we can show a connection between Salazar and the failure to respond, then we are treading on the perimeter of an impeachable offense maybe.

  • wbboei

    One bad turn deserves another. Obama seeks to impose liability on American citizens for their inactivity, in the form of a failure to buy insurance, as per Obamacare. So we turn around and impose liability on him, for his inactivity in failing to prevent a gulf disaster. Yes, yes, I know, sovereign immunity, business judgment, etc. But he who seeks equity must do equity.

  • wbboei

    Some evidence, perhaps, that the big media whores are starting to second guess each other and recognize that their culture is broken. This says nothing however about the perverse influence of this generation of editors and the corporate forces behind them which is an even larger impediment to the truth. This particular quote is spot on and the credit for it goes to Somersby rather than Brooks: “Journalists will often fight to avoid “breaking a story,” if that story flies in the face of some prevailing mainstream press line.”
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    Daily Howler

    Quite conceivably, Dowd has done more than anyone else to create the journalistic culture Brooks criticized in last Friday’s column—a culture in which “the inner soap opera” has come center stage, “elevat[ing] the trivial over the important.” (Brooks: “Over the course of 50 years, what had once been considered the least important part of government became the most important.” See THE DAILY HOWLER, 6/30/10.) But Brooks and Dowd are employed by the same newspaper. It isn’t realistic to think that Brooks would trash-talk his colleague by name.

    That said, we do think Brooks took the easy way out in his three-part account of the fall of the west. How did we reach our current sad state? He blames cable news, and he blames the Net. But when it comes to real moral failure, the establishment press gets a pass. Once again, we review the three steps which produced our failed culture. The bracketed numbers are ours:

    BROOKS (6/25/10): During World War II and the years just after, a culture of reticence prevailed. The basic view was that human beings are sinful, flawed and fallen. What mattered most was whether people could overcome their flaws and do their duty as soldiers, politicians and public servants. Reporters suppressed private information and reported mostly—and maybe too gently—on public duties.

    [1] Then, in 1961, Theodore H. White began his “The Making of the President” book series. This series treated the people who worked inside the boiler rooms of government as the star players. It put the inner dramas at center stage.

    [2] Then, after Vietnam, an ethos of exposure swept the culture. The assumption among many journalists was that the establishment may seem upstanding, but there is a secret corruption deep down. It became the task of journalism to expose the underbelly of public life, to hunt for impurity, assuming that the dark hidden lives of public officials were more important than the official performances.

    [3] Then came cable, the Internet, and the profusion of media sources. Now you have outlets, shows and Web sites whose only real interest is the kvetching and inside baseball.

    In other words, over the course of 50 years, what had once been considered the least important part of government became the most important. These days, the inner soap opera is the most discussed and the most fraught arena of political life.

    In that account, Brooks’ own tribe (“journalists”) responded to the chaos of Vietnam; they may have over-reacted a tad, although Brooks doesn’t quite say that. But after Vietnam, the deluge! Along came those cable and Internet clowns! Sorry. Brooks’ own tribe, including Dowd, took the lead in enshrining that “inner soap opera”—in making it “the most discussed and the most fraught arena of political life.” Surely, Brooks could have noted this fact, without naming Maureen Dowd’s name.

    To his credit, Brooks is much more frank about this topic than most big-time journalists are. We thought his column was short, but constructive. But when it came to ultimate blame, even Brooks succumbed to temptation, leaving his high colleagues out. People! It’s easy to blame the last twenty years on cable TV and the Net. Why implicate the lofty penseurs who parade through the halls at the Times?

    While we’re batting Brooks around, why not note a few other omissions?

    In his column, Brooks described a slow transition from “the reticence ethos” (which ”had its flaws”) to “the exposure ethos” (which has “elevated the trivial”). That’s a perfectly decent way to frame the change of the past fifty years. But we can’t help recalling the other ethoses which have been on display in the past twelve years, as we’ve pounded away on our sprawling campus.

    Have we moved to an “exposure ethos?” Yes, we have. But just as Langston Hughes saw rivers, we’ve seen many other journalistic ethoses in that troubled time:

    We’ve seen the pseudo-psychiatric ethos, in which hapless scribes with nothing to say remember stale frameworks from Freud.

    We’ve seen the character divination ethos, in which journalists pretend they know how to character, despite their endless groaning failures in this area.

    We’ve seen the clownish prediction ethos, which dominates cable time-killing. (Just this week, we heard a sports talker explain why he has to predict college football games. All the research shows that listeners want predictions, he said.)

    We’ve seen the liar versus straight-talker ethos, in which journalists make up lies by their chosen liars and ignore major groaners by their chosen straight-talkers.

    We’ve seen the make up blatantly bogus facts and recite them as a group ethos.

    We’ve seen the ethos best expressed this way: The news is really a novel.

    We don’t blame Brooks for omitting these ethoses, and many others; he only had 800 words. That said, we were puzzled by one early part of this recent piece by Jay Rosen.

    At his PressThink blog, Rosen does careful, thoughtful, detailed work about the press corps’ instincts and practices. In this detailed post, he lists some of the elements which comprise “the actual ideology of the American press.” You can read Jay’s detailed post yourself to see his thoughts about press “ideology.” But early on, he quotes the late David Shaw, long-time media reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Shaw wrote the following in 1988. Fairly clearly, Jay seems to affirm it as accurate:

    SHAW (1988): The one thing a journalist prizes above all else in his professional life is a good, juicy story, and most good stories offer bad news—scandal, war, disaster, murder. Most journalists I know would rather write an expose than a flattering profile, regardless of whether their subject is liberal or conservative. That may reveal something unhealthy about journalists’ psyches, but it doesn’t say anything about their partisanship.

    Again, we think it’s fairly clear that Jay affirms that passage as basically accurate. We can’t imagine why.

    We wouldn’t necessarily criticize someone who authored such a thought in 1988. But how can anyone offer that description of the press corps in 2010? Does anyone think that journalists wanted to write exposes, not flattering profiles, of Candidate McCain in 1999 and 2000? (And in the years which followed, until perhaps 2007?) Of Candidate Bradley? In the years from 1998 through 2010, hasn’t it become fairly clear that Shaw’s idea, however strongly believed in 1988, is hard to sustain today?

    Let’s put “liberal” and “conservative” to the side. Hasn’t it become fairly clear that, as individuals and as a group, journalists don’t tend to treat all subjects the same? That they may be eager to write exposes of certain people at certain times, even as they’re eager to write flattering profiles of others? As he introduces Shaw’s remark, Jay notes something “most journalists will admit.” As he does, we’d have to say he misses one more ethos:

    ROSEN (6/14/10): Also involved is the one bias most journalists will admit to exhibiting (which doesn’t mean the only bias they have.) I refer to the love of a good story, and the glory of being credited for breaking that story, which causes them to look for revelations that will capture attention, provoke reactions and dominate a given news cycle.

    Most journalists will admit to one bias, Jay says—“the love of a good story, and the glory of being credited for breaking that story.”

    It’s true—most journalists will “admit” to that. But in the time we’ve been doing THE HOWLER, we’ve often seen a different “bias” expressed in the press corps’ conduct. Here it is: Journalists will often fight to avoid “breaking a story,” if that story flies in the face of some prevailing mainstream press line.

    That said, might we note that one last journalistic ethos? It’s the false confession ethos.

    In fact, journalists will “admit” to a lot of flaws. Over the years, we’ve noticed one thing about such admissions: When journalists admit to a certain flaw, they’re often concealing a deeper flaw, the actual flaw, which is much more offensive. This connects to one more basic ethos—the ethos of never telling the truth about the group’s real procedures.

    Shaw may have been sincere in 1988. When it comes to describing their own behaviors, journalists rarely are.

    David Brooks broke all the rules, talking about our broken press culture. But he only had 800 words. A great deal was left unsaid.

  • wbboei

    No Quarter: one of the commentors has a picture of POTUS in a Patton uniform and a quizzical look–priceless. I hope the Jewish contributors understand that they cannot protect Israel by granting or wittholding contributions, They have no idea what he is doing behind their backs. They need someone they can trust.
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    POTUS signs the Iran Sanctions Act reluctantly, slowly, petulantly, after resisting and stalling and complaining for more than a year. The Israelis waited.
    The Jewish contributors started holding back on checks to the DNC last February.

    Still, POTUS stalled. POTUS has ears only for Abdallah of Riyadh.

    Tehran will retaliate, but the Iran Sanctions Act is a genuine financial blow to the black-shirted IRGC gang and their Twelver posse, not the knuckle rap of the UN sanctions regime.

    POTUS continues to entertain the fantasy of making peace in Tehran sometime around 2012.

    POTUS is unhappy with being forced to sign the Iran Sanctions Act. Very unhappy.

  • wbboei

    Last week an army ranger testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in opposition to Kagen’s appointment to the Supreme Court. One of the things he mentioned in passing was that the Saudi government has endowed three chairs at Harvard. That gives them access and influence to the candidate selection process. After a lack luster undergraduate performance at Occidental and Columbia he landed at Harvard and was made President of the Harvard Law Review. During the campaign there were reports that a member of the Saudi royal family wrote a letter of recommendation on his behalf to Harvard. Soros and Breznesky are tied to the Saudis as well. And then there was that deep bow, which he has since tried to cover up with other deep bows to china and japan.

  • confloyd

    Wbboei, We know he in hip deep with the Saudis. He is deep with all the “deep pocket” people…that muckety chart is scary as heck…our government is overrun with these folks. I sticking with Hillary…a real democrat…if its rethug…its Sarah and Sam Brownback for me.

  • JanH

    Hillary Clinton arrived in Armenia


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  • JanH

    Hillary Clinton to visit Azerbaijan – CCTV 100704



  • JanH

    Clinton Urges Final Push For Karabakh Peace



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  • confloyd

    here you go…the combine at its finest!

    http://www.breauxlott.com/

  • confloyd

    Here you go, all the information needed on John Breaux.

    Obama’s Lobbying Rules: Daschle & John Breaux
    Posted on 11/12/2008 by katy
    In a pointed move Barack Obama banned lobbyists from donating to his White House transition. They are forbidden from helping his transition team in any area where they lobbied for clients in the last year. The rule only applies to registered lobbyists. Many in Washington aren’t registered, as they do not lobby federal officials on specific issues.

    Take two influential Democratic ex-Senators, Tom Daschle and John Breaux. Tom hangs his hat at Alston & Bird, alongside Bob Dole and ex-Medicare Chief Tom Scully. John Breaux works with Patton Boggs and has his own firm, The Breaux Lott Leadership Group.

    Tom Daschle is not a registered lobbyist, so he can help the Obama team in any capacity. John Breaux lobbied for companies representing most major industries, according to federal records. John Breaux could have a hard time finding a way to help Barack’s transition team, were he so inspired.

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