We Will Not Be Silenced – The NObama Coalition Grows As Obama Treachery Surges To High Tide, Part I

It took years of work and lots of lectures but the NObama Coalition is in springtime growth. Our regular readers will recall our first rudimentary mentions of the need for and the emergence of a NObama Coalition (see Here, and Here, and Here).

Our argument has been that the Republicans must adopt an “I over E” mentality and realize they have a powerful Secret Weapon – Hillary Clinton. But the “E” people on the right rejected our arguments. Now some of the “I” people on the right have weighed in and a seed of understanding has been planted.

As the NObama Coalition grows, Barack Obama and his myriad treacheries grow exponentially as well. The picture is clarified. We know who will comprise the Nobama Coalition and what strategies Barack Obama and his Hopium Guzzlers will employ to overcome the will of the people. We’ll explain all the above below. For now, what all prospective partners in the NObama Coalition must realize is the utter bare truth of the Big Pink mantra:

Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

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In our two immediately previous articles we discussed “hustler’ Obama and how it all began with attacks on Hillary Clinton (“Hey Republicans, it all happened during the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008. Don’t you get it yet?“); and we discussed the “I over E” political strategy that we Democrats, who want the Democratic Party back and reject the Obama Dimocratic Party, and Republicans/conservatives must adopt if we are to successfully rid ourselves of Barack Obama ( I before E (one of our favorites, which means “Intelligence Over Emotion” in political strategy).

As we noted in that article some Republicans/conservatives will not be disuaded from “E”. We also noted that even at Free Republic some Republicans/conservatives understand the need for “I”.

Now some major Republican/conservative voices have weighed in on the side of “I”. Michelle Malkin understands the connections we see regarding the Black Panther Party, ACORN and what happened in 2008:

“Now, pair the Arizona announcement, the voter fraud-coddling revelation, and the racial double standard info with Adams’ testimony that Obama’s New Black Panther Party friends were allegedly pulling the same intimidation tactics against Hillary Clinton supporters:

….as the investigation unfolded, [Adams] said he discovered “indications” that the Black Panther Party was doing the “same thing” to supporters of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primary season in early 2008. He urged the commission to pursue testimony from other Justice officials to corroborate his story.

Now, pair the Arizona announcement, the voter fraud-coddling revelation, the racial double standard info, and Adams’ testimony that Obama’s New Black Panther Party friends were allegedly pulling the same intimidation tactics against Hillary Clinton supporters with my previous reporting on the DOJ giving corruptocrats Bill Richardson and Alan Mollohan passes…”

Gateway Pundit (with links to other websites) also weighs in and the discussion on the comments section reveals the rift between the “I” versus the “E”:

“A group of lifelong Democrats recently produced a compelling documentary allleging rampant voter fraud by the Obama campaign during the 2008 election. Doug Ross reported:

Referring to the controversial 2008 Democrat presidential primary, Carolyn Tackett asks, “Was Barack Obama selected rather than elected?.”

Fox & Friends had an explosive interview with Gigi Gaston, a writer/director who has made a documentary outlining the rampant voter fraud perpetrated by the Obama campaign during the 2008 primaries against Hillary Clinton. Gaston is a lifelong Democrat whose grandfather was a Democratic governor of Massachusetts…

Gaston is not some partisan hack but someone who cares deeply about the election process and democracy. Gaston presents compelling evidence in We Will Not Be Silenced that Barack Obama was selected by the DNC, not elected by the people.”

At HotAir the evidence of how long the allegations of intimidation against the Hillary Clinton campaign have been ignored by Obama loving Big Media is laid out:

“The campaign legal hotline has been flooded with calls containing specific accusations of irregularities and voter intimidation against the Obama campaign. This activity is undemocratic, probably illegal, and reflects a wanton disregard for the caucus process.”

Right Pundits has a summary post that all Republican/conservative “E” advocates should read:

“Regular readers will recall my two part interview with the film’s producer Bettina Viviano ( Part 1 & Part 2 ). Together with executive producer, John Siegel, a former campaign manager for Hillary Clinton, the documentary shows a pattern of fraud, dirty tricks and voter intimidation used by supporters of the Obama campaign. Their objective was to steal the Democrat nomination process.

Interviews with polling workers, precinct managers and others paint a disturbing picture of corruption and abuse, particularly during the Democrat caucuses. One of those interviewed in the film described a conference call prior to a caucus where instructions on how to manipulate the results were discussed. Other segments of the documentary show how at state party conferences, where delegates to the national convention were to be appointed, Hillary supporters were shouted down and ignored.

For nearly two years, the news media had ignored this crucial story. The recent revelations of Justice Department whistle blower, J. Christian Adams, now shows that there may well be a plan to cover up any vote fraud or intimidation cases that may cast a shadow of doubt on the election of Barack Obama. While Adams contends that the dismissal of the voter intimidation case against members of the New Black Panther Party was based on race, could the real reason be much deeper? A deliberate cover-up of any misdeeds by the Obama campaign or supporters?

At Red State a discussion of the silence of the lambs:

“Now we are learning there may be thousands more just like it. There appears to have been collusion among the Corrupt Media to not report it. These Hillary voters and campaign workers literally begged the media for attention and were ignored. The Corrupt Media was completely in the tank for getting Obama elected, and every American is now paying the price.

When you see a “journolist” you know the meme has been set and followed. Little old White ladies being accosted at voting booths across America, so that the “first” Black President could be elected – SHAMEFUL. Make no mistake, it will happen again in 2012, because the Obama Administration’s Justice Department will allow members of The New Black Panthers to have their billy clubs at the voting booth. What the Justice Department has wrought is an emboldened Black Panther’s Party who believe they are above the law–easy for them to believe…”

Red State also makes a call for Fox News to stay on the story and in prime time, not only the planned series on Sunday mornings:

“But conservatives should be just as outraged by this just as most democrats seem complacent about it. JadedbyPolitics mentions it from another perspective today and Fox finally ‘ran’ the story but also successfully buried it at the same time. When I saw the clip below (H/T Susan in Glendale) I had trouble verifying when the story even ran. Finally From a Fox & Friends story on Sunday 7/11/2010 – Even Fox seems to be determined to bury the news, because you can’t find the clip or even a headline on their site about it; just Alisyn’s blog entry that the story is going to run today.

Watch the clip. The film (still in post production) is produced by a Democrat, and all or most of the folks making allegations are Democrats. Apparently there were over 2,000 fraud or intimidation complaints against Obama’s primary activities that the MSM and DNC kept quiet somehow.[snip]

We need to throw a light on this. Get Fox to put up the F&F clip and date it.

I’m hoping that when producer Gigi Gaston finishes this film, it will support verification instead of just jerking my tears and producing outrage.

Nevertheless, we must spread the word on this. Double click the video to go to the actual Utube site and click ‘Embed’ to get the embed code to put this on your blog.”

Red State encourages its readers, as do we, to contact the producer of the segments on Fox & Friends and ask for more of the documentary to be shown (email address is Laura.Petti at FoxNews.com).

Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey is “skeptical”, but some of the comments in response are less so. The video of the Fox & Friends segment is also posted for viewing.



That vestigal organ of skepticism will fade rapidly as November approaches and the Obama strategy becomes clear. We refer the self-described skeptics to the article that Tim Russert on Meet The Press attacked us over. On June 15 2007’sObama’s Dirty Mud Politics” we described in detail David Axelrod’s and Obama’s history of sex smears and slime and why “Joe Biden was wrong about Obama. Obama is not clean– he’s dirty.”



The skeptics will learn the hard way:

“The Democratic Party is moving faster and more aggressively than in previous election years to dig up unflattering details about Republican challengers. In House races from New Jersey to Ohio to California, Democratic operatives are seizing on evidence of GOP candidates’ unpaid income taxes, property tax breaks and ties to financial firms that received taxpayer bailout money.”

Sex scandals is what Obama’s thugs are searching for. That is what Axelrod and Obama have always done. But the skeptics will learn that after it is too late.

“Jon Vogel, executive director of the DCCC, said Democrats are merely pointing out that some Republican recruits in competitive House races are “flawed candidates.”[snip]

Democratic leaders are trying to frame the November midterm elections not as a national referendum on the party in power but as local choices between two candidates.

We can win the contrast, but not the referendum,” Democratic strategist Steve Murphy said. “What is critical in this election cycle is for Democratic candidates to hold Republican candidates accountable for their views.”

Republicans see the Democrats’ strategy as a sign of weakness.

“When the issues are cutting against you, it is typical for a party in trouble to resort to other means,” said Ken Spain, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee. “With the unemployment rate unacceptably high and President Obama’s approval rating falling, they have nothing left to run on other than character assassination.”

It’s the politics of personal destruction. In 2007 we described and documented Obama’s rise as a sex smear ladder. Personal destruction is the Obama way. On Father’s Day 2007 we reported that it was the Obama campaign that anonymously circulated the Edwards $400 haircut story. It was on November 2009 that Big Media finally admitted what we reported years earlier and that it was the supposedly high minded Obama campaign that was behind that attack. And skeptics that doubt Obama knew about Edwards and his assorted loves, and remember that Axelrod used to work for Edwards, are not skeptics but dupes.

Every dirty trick will be deployed by Barack Obama and his thugs. Word.

Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

Puma P.A.C. lays it out for the skeptics and the dupes:

“And he and his gang will do it again too, if we let them. But this time, Pumas are still sounding the alarm. What happened with the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation cover-up, as well as Holder’s Justice Department’s alleged policy of not prosecuting Voting Rights Act complaints brought by citizens who happen to be white, suddenly has a larger context, a background, a backstory, and, crucially, a THEME. And the theme is: Barack Obama and his Movement will lie, cheat, and steal to win elections. Literally.

Hillary Clinton actually received MORE VOTES than obama in the Dem Primaries and Caucuses of 2008. Let that sink in. Every time you read or hear a media spokesperson refer to Clinton’s “bitter loss” or “incompetent campaign” or “hard-fought loss” to obama, please  click on this link to reassure yourself that YES, the media is shamelessly lying. Clinton did not suffer a “bitter loss.” She won for lord’s sake. What she did do, was finally throw in the towel on June 7, 2008 because she knew she couldn’t beat the DNC Machine. So she cut her losses and tried to salvage a worthy and valuable goal from the corrupt wreckage of the New Democratic Party, as shamefully redesigned by Axelrod, obama, Emanuel, Brazile, and Pelosi. That gang, with obama as their untouchable figurehead, tragically transformed the party of inclusive, idealistic, and all-American common sense liberalism into a Chicago style club of insider-only thugs who play disenfranchised groups off of each other, working only to keep us divided and hating each other so we’ll be distracted fighting for scraps from a government that no longer guarantees justice for all but instead payback with taxpayer cash for a few (and, yes, the “few” most certainly include the corporate interests that funded his campaign).

But not only did Clinton receive more votes; she also received them in a climate of corruption, intimidation, and blatant favoritism practiced by the media and the party referees; the Dem party  leadership and media honchos who had the hots for an obama presidency. In Nevada and Texas, the corruption and illegal activity by the obama campaign against Clinton voters at the polling places was so blatant and out of control that the Clinton Campaign officially registered a complaint with the DNC and requested an investigation into, among other things:

[snip]

Apparently some pretty big media outlets are FINALLY starting to understand what we’ve been trying to explain for years. As Hillbuzz says, “It is never the crime, but the coverup that does these people in. Democrats never bothered to coverup the voter fraud because the Media never talked about it and too few Americans were ever interested in it.

For those of us in the thick of things, paying attention, and screaming our heads off for what feels like forever to try to get the mainstream media to listen, two years feels like an eternity. But we said in June 2008, and again in November, and we say it almost every day: Pumas are in this for the long haul. We can’t rest, because every day new developments show just how right we were. New examples of obama incompetence make clear how we were right about how serious the consequences for our country and our democracy would be when the media cheerleaders facilitated the Emanuel-Axelrod-Dean Chicago style takeover of the Democratic National Committee.

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Every citizen who watches this video and learns about what really happened in 2008 needs to ask her or himself the same question: Which side am I on? You don’t “like” Hillary Clinton? Big whoop. You don’t “like” the Democratic Party, or the Republican Party, or CNN or Fox? Bigger whoop. This isn’t ABOUT Hillary Clinton. It isn’t about Glenn Beck or Ted Kennedy (well, actually it IS sort of about that jackass willing-to-bend-the-rules to get a proxy president for himself since he knew his chance was long gone). It’s about democracy and how the people who enforce the rules in a democracy must be held accountable by the organized and unified front of the single most important component of a government by the people: the Individual Voter. All American voters must be united against the sort of corruption and tyrannical acts undertaken by candidate Barack Obama and his campaign to win the presidency at all costs in 2008.”

November is part of the solution. The Obama strategy for November must be blocked and destroyed. We must continue to work. The truth shall rise. We will not be silenced.

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253 thoughts on “We Will Not Be Silenced – The NObama Coalition Grows As Obama Treachery Surges To High Tide, Part I

  1. We posted extensive excerpts from PUMA P.A.C. The entire post should be read:

    http://pumapac.org/2010/07/12/in-case-you-didnt-hear-us-the-first-time-well-repeat-obama-stole-the-2008-democratic-primaries/#comments

    Also, there are suggestions about emails:

    http://pumapac.org/2010/07/12/in-case-you-didnt-hear-us-the-first-time-well-repeat-obama-stole-the-2008-democratic-primaries/#comment-443782

    America Live w/ Megyn Kelly kelly@foxnews.com
    FOX & Friends friends@foxnews.com

    AND
    Bettina@Vivianofeldman.com. (THE PRODUCER OF THE DOCUMENTARY)
    I forwarded some links Dances posted yesterday and she got right back to me and said . . ” Anyone who knows more stories, please contact me. We can still shoot and add more footage. Thanks.”

    The documentary is still a work in progress.

    http://pumapac.org/2010/07/12/in-case-you-didnt-hear-us-the-first-time-well-repeat-obama-stole-the-2008-democratic-primaries/#comment-443783

    Note: This link takes you to the fraud topic at Greta’s. We need to keep bumping the topic to the top by commenting at this link too.

    http://gretawire.forums.foxnews.com/topic/obama-voter-fraud-during-primaries-exposed-by-democrat/page/2#post-1646859

  2. Good points. I’m already seeing the expected optimistic-on-Obama pieces, in like New Yorker magazine, and from E.J. Dionne, and of course, they are drivel pieces meant to shore up Obama’s obvious fall from grace.

    But he’s just SOOOO appallingly bad, so inept, that it’s impossible to cover it up with rose water.

  3. During the primaries, you saw a lot of folks who beleive in the “system” get discouraged when their own party leaders took a blind eye to all of the corruption. Most Dems I knew valued honesty and playing by the rules. Many of those are now PUMA’s or whatnot and those who didn’t stick by their guns gave themselves the convenient excuse that the Republicans did it, and dirty tricks win elections and that we must win at all costs.

    I disagree and always have, the ends do not justify the means especially when our girl would have beaten McCain by even more points at the polls and maybe taken a few more states in the process.

  4. ERIC HOLDER: NOT DOING WHAT HE SHOULD, AND DOING WHAT HE SHOULDN’T

    Holder: We need to free racist, weapon-carrying, voter-intimidating Black Panthers, because…because…hmmmm. Let me think about that.

    And then there’s the Arizona law suit. The NY Post writer give Hillary credit for carefully laying the responsibility for the law suit where it belongs.

    nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/behind_us_arizona_pure_politics_doTiHt4iEpjt4mlSMPMvlO

    Behind US v. Arizona: pure politics
    =============================

    By KRIS W. KOBACH
    Last Updated: 10:47 AM, July 12, 2010

    The Obama administration’s lawsuit against the state of Arizona offers a revealing window into the Holder Justice Department. And the picture isn’t pretty.

    Consider what we learned when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton first let the cat out of the bag and told us about it during an interview in Ecuador. Clinton showed who was sitting in the driver’s seat when it came to the Justice Department’s decision: “President Obama has spoken out against the law because he thinks that the federal government should be determining immigration policy. And the Justice Department, under his direction, will be bringing a lawsuit against the act.”

    The key words here are “under his direction.” In other words, the White House is calling the shots. The same political calculations that drove Obama to criticize the Arizona law in April also drove the filing of the suit. While that is fine for policy decisions in other executive departments, the litigation decisions of the Justice Department are different. Past administrations — both Republican and Democratic — have taken care to insulate these decisions from political forces.

    The reasons for doing so are obvious.

    The decision to file civil charges or to file a civil lawsuit should be based purely on the strength of the legal case against the defendant, not on politics. And when it comes to the Arizona law, the federal government’s case is a weak one.

    The Arizona law is a narrow measure that mirrors federal law — making the Justice Department’s preemption argument a difficult one, at best. Because other kinds of pre-emption don’t apply, the department can only win if it can show a conflict with federal law. But there is no federal statute that Arizona’s law conflicts with. The department’s legal filings don’t offer any answer to this fundamental problem.

    The opinions of the Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits of the US Court of Appeals (which are all of the circuits that have addressed the issue) also support the authority of Arizona to enact its law.

    So do the two relevant opinions of the US Supreme Court. Another obstacle for the Obama administration is the fact that the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel in 2002 authored an opinion holding that state police officers have the authority to arrest illegal aliens — the same authority underlying the Arizona law. Consequently, the department is arguing against its own previous opinion.

    On top of that, the department’s lawsuit was simply unnecessary. The ACLU and other organizations supporting open borders have already filed five suits, so the issue is being litigated.

    This leads to the unavoidable suspicion that the White House ordered the Justice Department to file the suit for purely political reasons.

    When one considers the Arizona lawsuit in contrast to last year’s Justice Department decision to drop the voter-intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party, the conclusion becomes inescapable. In the Black Panther case, the defendants had failed to answer the charges against them, and all the Department had to do was ask the judge for a default judgment. But the political appointees of the Holder Justice Department came in and ordered the career department attorneys to drop the case.

    So the department dropped a slam-dunk case and yet files a suit that is half-court shot. Neither decision makes sense if the law is guiding the department’s litigation decisions. But both decisions make perfect sense if political calculations are foremost.

    The lawsuit also shows that the Obama administration is devoting substantial department resources to stopping Arizona. The many lengthy filings suggest that many department attorneys are involved. Meanwhile, the flood of illegal-immigration crimes in the border states swells. When I served in the Ashcroft Justice Department in 2001-03, we were doing everything we could to reallocate department personnel and resources to fight those crimes and assist the border-state US Attorneys’ office.

    In contrast, the Obama administration is scaling back the prosecution of immigration cases and instead using those taxpayer-funded resources to stop a state that is trying to help. As long as politics are allowed to trump the law, such absurdities will only continue.

    &&&&&&
    Kris W. Kobach is a professor at the Univer sity of Missouri (Kansas City) School of Law. He served as Attorney General John Ashcroft’s counsel and chief adviser on immigration law during 2001-03 and co-authored Arizona’s im migration law. He’s a candidate for Kansas secretary of state.

  5. Yeeeeeeehaw Admin, keep the PUMA blogs working together to take the Fraud down!

    We have all waited so long for this information to get out!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May justice and Karma prevail.

    Great post!!!

  6. A little bit of Bill and what he and Hillary are up to:

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0710/Loyalty_tour_Georgia_edition.html?showall

    Bill Clinton’s lesson in politics and loyalty continues today, with the endorsement of Thurbert Baker for Governor of Georgia.

    From the email:

    Thurbert is a rare and special man with a life story that could only happen in America.

    Born with next to nothing, Thurbert Baker never forgot where he came from and spent his whole life quietly but firmly opening the doors of opportunity for millions of Georgians, opportunities he never had.

    If you give him the chance and elect Thurbert Baker your Governor, he will open those doors for millions more. You can count on that because he’s already done it.

    Baker’s running against former Governor Roy Barnes and two other Democrats, but he’s the one who stood by Hillary, and so he’ll get Bill’s endorsement. Full email after the jump.

  7. Democratic leaders are trying to frame the November midterm elections not as a national referendum on the party in power but as local choices between two candidates.

    “We can win the contrast, but not the referendum,” Democratic strategist Steve Murphy said. “What is critical in this election cycle is for Democratic candidates to hold Republican candidates accountable for their views.”
    ——————————
    That dog won’t hunt. Why? Because every vote for a democratic candidate in 2010 is a vote for Obama and his corrupt agenda. If you have any doubt about that, then look at how conservative democrats like Jim Webb voted on Obamacare. They abandoned their conservative principles, ignored the welfare of their constituents and bent over for Obama. Not at all what you would expect from a Marine hero. But that is precisely what happened. Tip O’Nell once said all politics is local. Well, not in 2008, 2010, or 2012–if we make it that far as a country. A vote for any democrat now is a vote for Obama. He owns the party lock, stock and barrel. Our goal is to make sure he and his party do not destroy the country our economy, our sovereignty and our security. Unfortunately, he is more than half the way there.

  8. Until Obama is openly challenged within his party, the above statement holds true. The only good democrat is a retired democrat. I never thought I would have to say that. But the differences between the New Democratic Party and the American People are irreconcilable and there is no mincing words about it. They are hell bent on destroying this country.

  9. Another homerun, admin.

    But I confess I’m beginning to get the jitters. No (in MSM) one has listened to us for the past two years? Why would anything change now? I just don’t trust the thugs.

    And anyone else hear the Mytchelle gave the keynote address at the NAACP and called out the tea party as racist?

    WTF?

    This is deliberately incendiary. WTF are they up to?

    I’m worried.

  10. There is a good discussion going on at Hot Air on the documentary.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2010/07/12/video-2008-primary-election-irregularities-alleged-in-new-documentary/

    SaraInItaly, a former Democrat is in the discussion bringing sanity. The entire discussion is interesting because it demonstrates the “I” versus “E” divide. Some Republicans/conservatives are getting the point of what we are saying in today’s article (explained simply as “I over E”) but others remain staunchly “E” and do not exert their brains.

    On the left side, we have to realize we have the same “I versus E” divide. Some Obama voters are people who identify with the Democratic party and they will vote “D” – these people are reachable to a certain extent and they are the ones who are drifting away and are horrified by what the Democratic Party has become. We estimate these people comprise from 21% to 39% of the party at the moment.

    But the idiot Hopium Guzzlers who voted for Obama are beyond reach. These are essentially people who are either so stupid or so befuddled that they actually think Obama is doing a great job. They have endless excuses for the lies and treacheries of Barack Obama. These people simply have to be defeated and crushed then ground into the earth.

    Perhaps after November some of these idiot Hopium guzzlers will realize that Obama is not popular and anyone allied with him will go down. But many will continue to make excuses. These people are very ill informed, cannot read with any comprehension, and are frankly stupid. Many of them can be located at the link below, but it is interesting that even in that den of Hopium and stupidity some few know they are wrong (read the first comment at the link to see who their favorite enemy is 🙂 )

    http://www.fark.com/cgi/comments.pl?IDLink=5477381

  11. rgb44hrc
    July 12th, 2010 at 4:53 pm
    ERIC HOLDER: NOT DOING WHAT HE SHOULD, AND DOING WHAT HE SHOULDN’T

    Holder: We need to free racist, weapon-carrying, voter-intimidating Black Panthers, because…because…hmmmm. Let me think about that.

    And then there’s the Arizona law suit. The NY Post writer give Hillary credit for carefully laying the responsibility for the law suit where it belongs.

    nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/behind_us_arizona_pure_politics_doTiHt4iEpjt4mlSMPMvlO

    Behind US v. Arizona: pure politics
    ———————————–
    And to compound the folly, Holder is now talking about filing a racial profiling suit against Arizona. He says he made a command decision to file the prior suit because it was the stronger case. If by most accounts the first case is weak, then what does that say about the one he is now thinking about filing. Or is he thinking at all? What I like best about Eric is his most endearing quality: political stupidity. Do you suppose when it is all over he and Judge Gonzales could start a pool cleaning business, called Cabana Al and Associate LLC.

  12. If they think Obama is doing a good job, they’re not paying attention. Probably the same state of mind they had while voting for the Fraud.

  13. I just peeked over at Hot Air. I haven’t seen Sarah in Italy posting for awhile, so it’s good she’s still around. But the first thing I saw her comment was that “some PUMAS did vote for Obama”. By definition, PUMAs did not vote for Obama. PUMAS were not simply Hillary supporters, they were Hillary supporters who refused to vote for Obama. She knows better. Oy.

  14. I emailed Laura Petti and asked that someone access the blog here and pumapac for 2008 documentation of the atrocities against the voters in the primary.

  15. off topic but somethng to think about. I received this today and thought some would be interested….

    Only Israel –

  16. This whole discussion reminds me of the famous quote of a US Major reported by Peter Arnett following the American assault on Ban Tre in 1968: “It became necessary to destroy the town to save it”

    Unfortunately, the coup by the “New Democrats and Obama-its” have left real Dems with few other options…the problems is the same as it was/is in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, etc., the replacements are as bad or worse.

  17. Some Obama voters are people who identify with the Democratic party and they will vote “D” – these people are reachable to a certain extent and they are the ones who are drifting away and are horrified by what the Democratic Party has become. We estimate these people comprise from 21% to 39% of the party at the moment.
    ————————————————————————-
    Admim: you are absolutely correct. The political tide will turn when three (3) factors coalesce:

    1. the man (or woman)

    2. the message, and-

    3. the moment

    The Man, or in this case the Woman, is Hillary Clinton. There is no one else on the stage from either party who has the political acumen, the intellect and the problem solving ability that she does. Not even Gingrich. We look for those attributes in any president. In Mr. Obama they are conspicuous by their absence. We need them now in order to survive.

    The Message is this: true democrats know that Mr Obama has painted us into a corner on every important issue-from naional debt, to terrorism, to racial strife, to environmental protection. True democrats will not abide by a President who sanctions election fraud to perpetuate power. And true democrats categorically reject the self serving lies of Big Media.

    The Moment will soon be at hand. When the House falls to the other party, the political weakness of Obama will be exposed. Democrats will see first hand how unpopular he is, and how badly he has tarnished the party brand. They will see a resurgent Republican Party supported by the American People ready to fight him every step of the way. At that point, they will need an alternative to save the party and the country. They can only hope that is they ask Hillary she will agree. Based on how they treated her in 2998, she would be within her rights to say no. But she is above all a loyal American–unlike Obama.

  18. #
    SHV
    July 12th, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Unfortunately, the coup by the “New Democrats and Obama-its” have left real Dems with few other options…the problems is the same as it was/is in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, etc., the replacements are as bad or worse.
    ——-
    Yup. I feel the same way, but I am ready to burn the dang town to the ground if necessary, if it is the only way to get my party back. I am still hanging on to my Dem card unless Hillary decides to really get out of politics, then I will go Independent.

    I think of ‘Independent’ as a cherry picker, and that is what is needed until the politicians learn that they work for us, and clean up their act.

    No voting for speeches, no voting for fresh ideas, I will only support those with a voting record……a long record.

    New, fresh punks come a dime a dozen…better they do the underwear ads. 😉

  19. admin
    July 12th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    There is a good discussion going on at Hot Air on the documentary.
    —————————–

    Ed Morissey is way too harsh on Hillary and ignorant of what went on in the primary. Hillary is no saint assertion is not a defense for what Obama got away with.

  20. Some Obama voters are people who identify with the Democratic party and they will vote “D” – these people are reachable to a certain extent and they are the ones who are drifting away and are horrified by what the Democratic Party has become. We estimate these people comprise from 21% to 39% of the party at the moment.
    ————————————————————————-
    Admim: you are absolutely correct. The political tide will turn when three (3) factors coalesce:

    1. the man (or woman)

    2. the message, and-

    3. the moment

    The Man, or in this case the Woman, is Hillary Clinton. There is no one else on the stage from either party who has the political acumen, the intellect and the problem solving ability that she does. Not even Gingrich. We look for those virtues in any president. In Mr. Obama they are conspicuous by their absence. Our nation needs them now in order to survive.

    The Message is this: true democrats know that Mr Obama has painted us into a corner on every important issue-from naional debt, to terrorism, to racial strife, to environmental protection. True democrats will not abide by a President who sanctions election fraud to perpetuate power. And true democrats categorically reject the self serving lies of Big Media.

    The Moment will soon be at hand. When the House falls to the other party, the political weakness of Obama will be exposed. Democrats will see first hand how unpopular he is, and how badly he has tarnished the party brand. They will see a resurgent Republican Party supported by the American People ready to fight him every step of the way. At that point, they will need an alternative to save the party and the country. They can only hope that if they ask Hillary to run she will agree. Based on how they treated her in 2008, she would be within her rights to say no. But she is above all a loyal American–unlike Obama.

  21. I just peeked over at Hot Air. I haven’t seen Sarah in Italy posting for awhile, so it’s good she’s still around. But the first thing I saw her comment was that “some PUMAS did vote for Obama”. By definition, PUMAs did not vote for Obama. PUMAS were not simply Hillary supporters, they were Hillary supporters who refused to vote for Obama. She knows better. Oy.
    —————————————–
    That is axiomatic. When Obama and his thugs demanded unconditional surrender in the name of party unit, PUMAs responded Party Unity My Ass. Ergo, if they were really PUMAs, then by definition they did not vote for Obama.

  22. Carol
    July 12th, 2010 at 6:23 pm
    ——————-

    Thank you for that amazing video. It brought tears to my eyes.

  23. wbboei, I know, that’s why I’m surprised Sara in Italy said that. But I read more of her posts on Hot Air, and it sounds like maybe she’s become a republican in Italy, so maybe this “detail” doesn’t matter to her anymore, I don’t know.

  24. Yup. I feel the same way, but I am ready to burn the dang town to the ground if necessary, if it is the only way to get my party back.
    *********
    I basically feel the same way but the corruption and rot in both political parties is so extensive, I don’t see much change by voting the bums out. What will force political change is the coming social unrest. The combination of the massive redistribution of wealth over the past several decades combined with a tanking economy will cause change. The failure to extend unemployment cut 2 million more people off from a subsistence income. There is no plausible scenario where this population won’t continue to increase, rapidly. Compared to a similar situation in the early ’30s, this time around it won’t be an FDR but instead an increasingly more authoritarian, right wing/fundamentalist direction for the country, IMO.

  25. lorac–it was obvious from your prior posting that you understood that. I was simply agreeing with you.

  26. Until Obama is openly challenged within his party, the above statement holds true. The only good democrat is a retired democrat. I never thought I would have to say that. But the differences between the New Democratic Party and the American People are irreconcilable and there is no mincing words about it. They are hell bent on destroying this country.
    ————————————————————————————————

    Funny you should say this because I can remember Brazoid saying in order to save it, we need to destroy it. Maybe she wasn’t talking about the party….she was talking about the country.

  27. basil9, They are trying to start a race war…its going to happen…they are throwing gasoline on a fire.

    The key is WHY? The answer they want to destroy to country….they want the NOI to run it and that is why everyone is afraid of Obama. He has NOI connections or maybe even be kin to them.

  28. Thank you so much for that video Carol. I have passed it to over 200 of my atty associates and friends.
    ====================
    Yes JanH!!!! This has been building for the past few years. As I read in the Jerusalem Post today, Israel faces an international situation much like 1975 when the UN equated Zionism with racism. Jewish officials are fearful to travel to some foreign coutires like Britain for fear of arrest for so called “war crimes”, while a British Judge apparently dropped charges against some local Muslims b/c their actions were partly justifiable because of the Israaeli self defense Cast Lead operation!!!. This is another example of what a perverse world we are living in.

  29. confloyd,

    But they can not win a race war. The numbers are stacked aginst them, no? Don’t you think whites would finally wake up and defend themselves?

  30. I basically feel the same way but the corruption and rot in both political parties is so extensive, I don’t see much change by voting the bums out. What will force political change is the coming social unrest. The combination of the massive redistribution of wealth over the past several decades combined with a tanking economy will cause change. The failure to extend unemployment cut 2 million more people off from a subsistence income. There is no plausible scenario where this population won’t continue to increase, rapidly. Compared to a similar situation in the early ’30s, this time around it won’t be an FDR but instead an increasingly more authoritarian, right wing/fundamentalist direction for the country, IMO
    ————————————-
    Chris Hedges made the same prediction. The concomitant risk is that the people are swept into power are ruthless and manage the problem with no intention of solving it. This is a bit like the scene in the movie The Battle of The Bulge where the Panzer tank division general portrayed by actor Robert Shaw delights is delighted to find petrol so he can make endless war, while his insubordinate aid de camp prays that the war to end so he can return to his family and normal life. I have certain candidates in mind when I say that. This is yet another reason why we must have Hillary.

  31. The new cap is on…doesn’t look like its leaking.
    ————————————————
    Lets hope it works. Barack is watching too. Once he is sure it works he and Reggie Love will invite the engineer salvors to the Rose Garden for a beer summit with Michelle. She can tell them this is the first time she has been proud of her husband for earning the Nobel Prize for doing nothing.

  32. The new cap is on…doesn’t look like its leaking.
    **********
    That is a good thing, however, no leak is dependent on the weather in the Gulf, rough seas, high winds, etc. the recovery ships will have to disconnect and head to shore. The well will then be venting again. I guess that it is remotely possible that pressure testing of the well shows that it is intact down bore and they could shut off the flow. The key still is John Walker, the relief well and bottom kill.

  33. I really don’t see much difference in the behavior of the Rep and others who have had CDS for years and have blindly hung onto it without reason and the Obama Hopium guzzlers who will praise and cling to Obama for what ever reason.

    If the name Clinton is mentioned, they have been programed to spew hatred without even thinking about it and many don’t even know why they really hate the Clintons.

    The CDS Republicans as disgusting as the Messiah Democrats.

  34. confloyd,

    One other thing. People are NOT going to forget how the Holders’s, the Wright’s, the Squat’s, the Van Jones and the MO’s of this administration have insulted, abused and mocked them.

    Their race-baiting tactice will have repercussion for years, if not decades to come.

    Unfortunately, they won’t be the ones to suffer.

  35. basil9, I am beginning to think that they want a racial war during the voting in 10′. That would put this country in crisis and then they can take over.

    All the pics I see there is no oil coming out of the riser…of coarse there is two leaks…they aren’t telling us about.

  36. Has anyone seen what Mrs. Community Organizer said? Paint the entire Tea Party as racists. But apparently the racism by the Black Panthers doesn’t bother Mrs. Community Organizer.

    I am convinced these fools want to start a race war to get voters this election cycle. In Obama’s America, you are a racist until proven otherwise.

    I have no words of disgust for this woman and her husband and what they are trying to do this country.

  37. When is Mrs. NBPP coming to the coast?? If she comes and tries to claim credit I will vomit.

    Has anyone watched O’Reilly? He is saying it is dangerous for Hillary to run against Obama because the DNC/blacks will never throw Obama under the bus. If she loses she will always be known as a Pariah.I am sick of these pundits.

  38. SHV
    …Compared to a similar situation in the early ’30s, this time around it won’t be an FDR but instead an increasingly more authoritarian, right wing/fundamentalist direction for the country, IMO.

    ————–
    Yup, you and I are still on the same page. I can’t go that far either, and I will still give a thumbs up to Diane Feinstein no matter how mad Gonzotx (sp?) gets at me. 😉
    I have my principles and don’t think Rethugs have many good candidates running in my area…but I will slash and burn all I can, and vote for mostly centralist’s.

    If I end up only being able to vote for someone that is too far right wing…I will pick an independent.

  39. The new cap is on…doesn’t look like its leaking.
    ————
    I hope it works, but why the Hell didn’t BP put this cap on 80 some days ago before they killed the Gulf and everyone and thing living there???????????

    A$$wipes!

  40. The new cap is on…doesn’t look like its leaking.
    ********
    I am looking at the 12 live feed cameras…..the one labeled Skandi ROV 2 shows what I think is the top of the new stack and the vents are open with oil gushing out. I don’t think that they have hooked up the “production” ships yet. I read where they are going to be carefully pressure testing the well over the next 48 hours. If there is a break in the well pipe “down bore” the last thing that they want to do is blow out and fracture the strata down below.

  41. confloyd

    Has anyone watched O’Reilly? He is saying it is dangerous for Hillary to run against Obama because the DNC/blacks will never throw Obama under the bus.
    ———–
    Oh yea, like we should start taking O’Reiley as the genius he isn’t. Sure, Hillary should be a good little girl and not run against Obama, she should be afraid.

    Bill O’R are you saying that because Rethugs know they can’t win anything against Hillary?

    Weasels.

  42. Tim,

    Yes, I heard the nasty one’s remarks. How disgusting and divisive can these people be. They are classless, crass, horrid and malicious.

    When the backlash begins against those POS it’s going to hurt a lot of people who stupidly thought squat and Mrs. Squat were going to pay their rent and even the playing field, ie, clear the playing field by any means necessary. In the end they will not win but they’re poised to take us all down with them and when the reconfiguration takes place it’s going to be nothing like the America we have known until 2008. Squat and his supporters will be squashed and there will be a lot of ugliness in the country, even more so than today.

  43. And just to disclose, I support the Tea Party and have attended many with my neighbors, who are black.

    These loons in the WH have no idea the backlash that is comning on Nov 2, 2010.

  44. Whoa, lots of news suddenly on Drudge…Mort Zuckerman is saying he wrote one of Obama speeches.. and Michelle is telling blacks to “increase intensity”. Oh that will go over well with the Black Panther controversy going on right now…

  45. tim
    July 12th, 2010 at 9:27 pm
    And just to disclose, I support the Tea Party and have attended many with my neighbors, who are black.

    These loons in the WH have no idea the backlash that is comning on Nov 2, 2010.
    ________________________________________

    The House has investigatory powers and the SUBPOENAS WILL BE FLYING!!!

    🙂

  46. I respect Zuckerman but I am disappointed in him…Based on his op-ed’s he seems quite disappointed in Obama as well.

  47. pretty obvious money doesn’t buy any common sense.

    losers like Mort Zuckerman, Ed Koch now realise this shit now, when PUMAs figured it out early 2008. (and so many other fools like peggy noonan)

    if they couldn’t figure this out until 2 freaking years later, don’t know why anyone listens to any words these fools now say.

  48. If there is a race war, I hope we all do all we can to repeatedly say that it is not about race, it is about lawbreakers vs the law abiders. You do not riot because you are pissed. Rioting is not about race, it’s about being criminal!

  49. Did anyone watch Hannity? Some guy named Bob said the reason they should not prosecute the NBPP is because this was done to the blacks by whites forever…I dare we ask for those to be prosecuted…so now the blacks are going to get away with everything because they deserve it because our forefathers made them slaves???

    This Bob guy is a POS!

    I am sick of this administration…we have gone back on race relations 50 years…they are trying to incite rioting…thats what it is….Rove says this whole Ariz thing is to get the brown vote….he will need it to replace the white vote he won’t get….its going to get alot worse.

  50. bmo, I hope so, I am worried the teapartiers or the republicans will just try to get the peace back and they won’t prosecute anyone. That’s what I fear.

  51. confloyd
    July 12th, 2010 at 10:07 pm
    bmo, I hope so, I am worried the teapartiers or the republicans will just try to get the peace back and they won’t prosecute anyone. That’s what I fear.
    _____________________________________

    NAHhhhhhhhh … They can have 5 hearings going on at once. Just pick anything; Sestak, Arizona “won’t enforce laws until immigration reform”, failure to act on BP spill, Holder’s NPPGate …

  52. jbstonesfan
    July 12th, 2010 at 10:49 pm
    MO apparently firing up the NAACP ….it’s starting all over again just like the primaries.
    _____________________________________________

    Nobody’s going to fall for it this time except Obots.

  53. confloyd
    July 12th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Confloyd, if the repubs get either house or senate back, I am 1000% certain, the printers will break down with the number of supenoas that will be printed up.

  54. I just peeked over at Hot Air. I haven’t seen Sarah in Italy posting for awhile, so it’s good she’s still around. But the first thing I saw her comment was that “some PUMAS did vote for Obama”. By definition, PUMAs did not vote for Obama. PUMAS were not simply Hillary supporters, they were Hillary supporters who refused to vote for Obama.

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

    I haven’t read Hot Air, but the statment is not necessarily nonsense. PUMA was coined c. May 28, 2008 — meaning Hillary supporters who wanted her to fight in Denver, who kept fighting for her to get the nomination.

    After the nomination became final in Denver, some of those PUMAs went to McPalin (yay!), some stayed home, and some voted for Obama in November.

    If you like, you could say they were PUMAs till August then ceased to be PUMAs some time between August and November.

  55. tim said:
    if the repubs get either house or senate back, I am 1000% certain, the printers will break down with the number of supenoas that will be printed up.

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

    Now THAT’s a good effect. If they get one branch but not both, maybe we’ll get the investigations without the worst GOP legislation.

  56. confloyd, I watched O’Reilly as well and he did say that. But, in context it was after both he and Bernie Goldberg had said that [though a long shot] that it is conceivable that she would challenge in 2012. But there were givens; if the economy improves or another miracle that helps The Won, then she won’t challenge. But facing the financial armageddon that Bowles predicts, then she would run. But they said IF she ran and LOST then she would forever be a parriah. I agree with their assessments. And I pray that Hillary does run.

  57. Did anyone watch Hannity? Some guy named Bob said the reason they should not prosecute the NBPP is because this was done to the blacks by whites forever…I dare we ask for those to be prosecuted…so now the blacks are going to get away with everything because they deserve it because our forefathers made them slaves???

    This Bob guy is a POS!

    The “Bob guy” is BOB BECKEL. I think he was a campaign manager for some Democrat who ran for president, but I can’t remember who it was. Beckel is on the panel on Hannity often in the role of token Dem and he certainly can be a POS in his support of all things Obama/Dem.

  58. Exactly, Turndownobama.

    Hillary has been a pariah in their opinion forever. Around here when a Clinton is mentioned to “that group”, their CDS kicks into full mode. When you ask what policies of hers do you dislike so much, most often they can’t tell you. Why do they think Hillary is a pariah? They really don’t know…just that they are SUPPOSED to hate her.

    The MSM and REP trained them to hate a Clinton as surely as Pablov got his dogs to react in a certain way to a certain sound.

  59. #
    confloyd
    July 12th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    The rethugs are scared that Hillary will run…
    ————-

    I like your word, “rethugs”…so I have stolen it. 😉

  60. blowhim

    Michelle Obama Rouses NAACP Before Vote Condemning ‘Racist’ Elements of Tea Party

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/naacp-tea-party-civil-rights-group-considers-resolution/story?id=11144640
    ———-
    Big frickin’ mistake MO, bring it on girl. Don’t forget the Repugs have their bad boys too, and if ‘getting in their faces’ and combat boots and night sticks is the game…it is going to be another voting race riot.

    Dr. King must be rolling over in his grave with BO and MO at the helm.

    What a freakin’ nightmare.

  61. When a legendary civil rights lawyer calls Mr. Obama a race hustler and the actions of his justice department the worst violation of the voting rights act he has seen and a discredit to the memory of Dr. King, people of all races who care about the law and the country must take serious notice. If the NAACP still supports Obama at that point, then they will be widely perceived as a racist organization that does not respect the rule of law. In that case, they will become indistinguishable from ACORN, SEIU and NBBP. Thurgood Marshall argued the case of Brown vs. Board for the NAACP. Like Dr King, he believed in the rule of law. If he were living today, he would oppose the current leadership of the NAACP for precisely those reasons.

  62. BOB BECKEL.

    Oh, he is Hannity’s friend and he is in the tank for anything Democrat…he almost plays the part of Combs (sp) but Bob is nicer. Combs is a nerd and has a crush on Barry.

  63. Did anyone watch Hannity? Some guy named Bob said the reason they should not prosecute the NBPP is because this was done to the blacks by whites forever…I dare we ask for those to be prosecuted…so now the blacks are going to get away with everything because they deserve it because our forefathers made them slaves???
    ——————————————————————
    Well now that is an interesting argument. But what it leads to is this: if black vigilantes can intimidate white voters based on past history, then white vigilantes can do the same thing to black voters based on this history. I do not think Bob Beckel has not pondered the equities here or realized that he is condoning a serious violation of the Voting Rights Act. But when it comes to brains Bob has always been two french fries short of a happy meal. Which makes him a perfect soul mate for Sean now that Alan Colbms has gone on to greener pastures. All we need to hear from now is Michael Kinsley.

  64. wbb
    Ah, come on now. Beckle is only one french fry short and Colbms is just the torn paper from the straw.

  65. WTF
    Local news says in Oakland, CA…they will cut 80 cops if a deal isn’t struck, and if they are laid off, people need to post car crashes, robbery’s, etc online!!!!!!!!!!!!

    What are these people smoking? Oakland is a snake pit…no, thank God I don’t live there.

  66. I just remembered something. The NAACP lobbied for this case to be dropped. They have used their influence to excuse a crime that goes to the heart of what they once stood for. And they accepted a large sum of money from Soros to support Obama. In the process they have become a corrupt racist organization. That is tragic, as well as polarizing.

  67. TurndownObama – By definition, no PUMA voted for Obama. I realize that this website calls it “people united means action”, but all the other PUMA websites called it “party unity my ass” – meaning, PUMAs wouldn’t be uniting to vote for Obama. They voted for McCain, they stayed home, or they voted 3rd party. It sounds like your interpretation of PUMA is it lasted a short amount of time until the convention. Everywhere else, a PUMA did not vote for Obama, and they will always have the PUMA “badge” – there wasn’t some time limit. It referred to their vote.

  68. …or was it PUMAPAC that had the alternate definition of PUMA? If so, then I have no explanation of why you are confused about the fact that PUMAs by definition did not vote for Obama. 🙂

  69. 1. Slowly but surely the public is coming to a painful realization about Mr. Obama.

    2. They voted for Dr. King and what they got was Malcolm X. The black panther case proves it.

    3. The irony of this could hardly have been lost on Soros.

    4. Meanwhile Obama ally Malik Shabaaz of the NBPP is on record praising Osama bin Laden.

    5. This is hardly surprising. As we know, Birds of a feather flock together.

    6. Enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8uMM58a6SE

  70. PUMA as “Party Unity My Ass!” originated at Riverdaughter’s Confluence c. May 28. The term was immediately taken up by several different groups. Iirc Pumapac wanted to sound more respectable (they were getting registered as some sort of official organization) so they said it meant “People United Means ACtion” or something.

    PUMA as an attitude/movement/loose group is still going on, right here and elsewhere. Some PUMAs voted for McCain, some stayed home … some held their nose and voted for Obama, then went right on with PUMA activities to get him out in 2012.

    Some of those didn’t want four more years of GOP. Some wanted to let Obama show himself incompetent as Pres; if he’d lost to McCain he might have looked like a martyr and won the nomination again in 2012. Others had other reasons.

    (Me, I voted McPalin!)

  71. Fasten your seatbelts:

    Michelle Obama Rouses NAACP Before Vote Condemning ‘Racist’ Elements of Tea Party
    …In her speech, the first lady focused on the issue of childhood obesity and her “Let’s Move” initiative, but outside of her remarks, anti-Tea Party activism has been a key focus of the gathering, which conservative leaders say is driven solely by a political agenda. Tea Party members have used “racial epithets,” have verbally abused black members of Congress and threatened them, and protestors have engaged in “explicitly racist behavior” and “displayed signs and posters intended to degrade people of color generally and President Barack Obama specifically,” according to the proposed resolution. “We’re deeply concerned about elements that are trying to move the country back, trying to reverse progress that we’ve made,” NAACP spokeswoman Leila McDowell told ABC News. “We are asking that the law-abiding members of the Tea Party repudiate those racist elements, that they recognize the historic and present racist elements that are within the Tea Party movement.” The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, in coordination with 170 other groups, including labor unions, is planning a protest march in Washington, D.C., Oct. 10 as the next step in building momentum against the Tea Party. snip
    h t t p://abcnews.go.com/Politics/naacp-tea-party-civil-rights-group-considers-resolution/story?id=11144640

  72. Apparently any critisim against the Community Organizer is considered racist, gee where have I see that before?? 2008!

    ” Tea Party members have used “racial epithets,” have verbally abused black members of Congress and threatened them, and protestors have engaged in “explicitly racist behavior” and “displayed signs and posters intended to degrade people of color generally and President Barack Obama specifically,” according to the proposed resolution”

    Really? what freaking abuses, BreitBart offered 150K for any video for proof, and NONE WAS PRODUCED.

    as said by a poster above, I say Mrs.Community Organizer, bring it on. People are only going to be disgusted more and more. These fools are trying to inflame a race war. What an embarassment this disgusting woman is.

    People don’t have jobs because of this community organizer’s assisine policies and so people protest and for that these jokes in the WH are going to be attacking them as racist.

    Yep, bring this line of thinking on. People are damn sick of being called racists. MSM will no doubt cover this from a radical lefty point of view, alienating what is left of of their audience.

  73. tim: Apparently any critisim against the Community Organizer is considered racist….
    ———————————————————————————-
    Tim, you are prophetic. I was just returning to submit another article which implies just that. It also acknowledges the thorny issue that no evidence has surfaced to support the alleged Congressional Confrontation. Alleged by our elected officials no less.

    …According to the Kansas City Star, the NAACP resolution will accuse the groups of engaging in racist behavior by displaying signs “intended to degrade people of color generally and President Barack Obama specifically.” It will also accuse the activists of abusing black members of Congress — an apparent reference to an incident in March when Tea Party protesters allegedly hurled racial epithets at black lawmakers on Capitol Hill ahead of a health care vote. Tea Party members afterward challenged that account and no evidence was produced to show any racist actions.
    h t t p://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/07/12/naacp-considers-condemning-tea-party-racism/?test=latestnews

  74. Is anyone watching Fox&Friends….they just had on Glenn Beck who was saying that “Hillary Clinton said she was an early 20th century progressive” which Glenn said was the scariest thing he has ever heard a politician say. He is saying his show today is about Hillary and her progressiveness.
    Well I guess since Megan aired that video, the Foxy Friends have decided they’ve opened up a hornets nest and now they are desparately trying to close it….too bad Hillary has lots of supporters. LOL!
    I won’t get to watch Glenn slime Hillary today so I hope one of you will because we MUST know what they are planning.

  75. Mo says Blacks have to “increase their intensity.” She appears at a meeting of a the NAACP which is on the verge of passing a resolution calling the tea party racist.

    If white people across the country do not realize that this crew wants to squeeze and stamp out the white race in a quasi ‘jihad’ against the culture and citizens of this country they better start waking up.

    Could this be the beginning of MO’s Whity moment? Is this just the beginning of an increasingly visible and open anti-white racism?

    I tell you my blood is boiling at what is going on. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever be thinking about, muuch less posting about the “white” race as something that needed defending.

    Boy have things changed. I will take the old white wasp puritan based patriarchy anyday over this anti-woman, anti-country, antiwhite cultrue crew. I say bring it on, too. My Irish and German ancestors came from tribes who never flinched from a fight. Even though Mel’s the current poster child for race victims, Braveheart was one heck of a film and I hope to see a rallying of ethnic groups descended from Europeans and other countries rally to break the back of this disgusting racist regime.

    I am practically speechless. The NACCP, instead of passing a resolution to help people out of wotrk in the gulf, to clean up the gulf, to hel;p their fellow citizens and their homeland, want to pass resolutions against groups that have differing albeit NON-rascist views than they do.

    It is sickening. They will reap what they are sowing.

  76. basil9, I agree this is exactly what they are doing. This is going to be a race war until the fraud is out of office. We Hillary supporters will have to fight two wars…one against the NAACP types and the Rethugs. Watch what they are going to say about Hillary today. Gotta go to work, will catch up after 5 pm…Hope everyone has a good day and the cap stays on!

  77. Those tap shoes must be getting warn out by now…

    White House Now Says NASA Administrator Not Tasked with Muslim Outreach

    July 12, 2010

    The White House said today for the first time that National Aeronautic Space Administration administrator Charles Bolden was not tasked with reaching out to the Muslim world, as Bolden himself had claimed last week.

    “That was not his task, and that’s not the task of NASA,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said at today’s White House briefing.

    In an interview last week Bolden told Al Jazeera that when he became the NASA administrator, President Obama charged him with three things: “One, he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math; he wanted me to expand our international relationships; and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science and engineering — science, math and engineering.”

    Bolden’s comments were widely criticized by conservatives as undermining NASA’s mission.

    Gibbs comments today – that Bolden was not tasked with this charge from the president — came after the White House first defended the NASA administrator’s claim.

    White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said in a statement last week that “The President has always said that he wants NASA to engage with the world’s best scientists and engineers as we work together to push the boundaries of exploration. Meeting that mandate requires NASA to partner with countries around the world like Russia and Japan, as well as collaboration with Israel and with many Muslim-majority countries. The space race began as a global competition, but, today, it is a global collaboration.”

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2010/07/white-house-now-says-nasa-administrator-not-tasked-with-muslim-outreach.html

  78. Confidence in Obama reaches new low, Washington Post-ABC News poll finds

    By Dan Balz and Jon Cohen
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Tuesday, July 13, 2010

    Public confidence in President Obama has hit a new low, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll. Four months before midterm elections that will define the second half of his term, nearly six in 10 voters say they lack faith in the president to make the right decisions for the country, and a clear majority once again disapproves of how he is dealing with the economy.

    Regard for Obama is still higher than it is for members of Congress, but the gap has narrowed. About seven in 10 registered voters say they lack confidence in Democratic lawmakers and a similar proportion say so of Republican lawmakers.

    Overall, more than a third of voters polled — 36 percent — say they have no confidence or only some confidence in the president, congressional Democrats and congressional Republicans. Among independents, this disillusionment is higher still. About two-thirds of all voters say they are dissatisfied with or angry about the way the federal government is working.

    Such broad negative sentiments have spurred a potent anti-incumbent mood. Just 26 percent of registered voters say they are inclined to support their representative in the House this fall; 62 percent are inclined to look for someone new.

    Democrats nationally remain on the defensive as they seek to retain both houses of Congress this fall. Registered voters are closely divided on the question of whether they will back Republicans or Democrats in House races. Among those who say they are sure to cast ballots in November, 49 percent side with the GOP and 45 percent with Democrats.

    Overall, a slim majority of all voters say they would prefer Republican control of Congress so that the legislative branch would act as a check on the president’s policies. Those most likely to vote in the midterms prefer the GOP over continued Democratic rule by a sizable margin of 56 percent to 41 percent.

    Economic worries continue to frame the congressional campaigns. Almost all Americans rate the economy negatively, although compared with the depths of the recession in early 2009, far fewer now describe economic conditions as “poor.” Only about a quarter of all Americans think the economy is improving.

    Recent economic developments — a declining stock market, problems in the housing industry and an unemployment report showing only tepid job growth in the private sector — may have bruised the president’s ratings.

    Just 43 percent of all Americans now say they approve of the job Obama is doing on the economy, while 54 percent disapprove. Both are the worst, marginally, of his presidency. Even a third of Democrats give him negative marks here. And overall, intensity runs clearly against the president on the issue, with twice as many people rating him strongly negative as strongly positive.

    At the same time, Democrats generally continue to hold the edge over Republicans when it comes to dealing with the nation’s fragile economy. But that Democratic lead is slimmer than it was in 2006 before the party won back control of Congress. And among those most likely to vote this year, 39 percent trust the Democrats more and 40 percent the Republicans. About 17 percent of likely voters put their confidence in neither side.

    Public opinion is split down the middle on the question of whether the government should spend more money to stimulate the economy in a way that leads to job creation. Among those who support such new spending, 18 percent change their minds when asked what they think if such outlays could sharply increase the budget deficit. In that scenario, 57 percent opposed another round of spending.

    About six in 10 Democrats say they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who favors new government spending, while 55 percent of Republicans say they would be less likely to do so. Independent voters are divided on the question, with 41 percent more apt to oppose and 35 percent to support.

    On at least one issue pending in Congress there is broader agreement: A sizable majority says the government should extend unemployment benefits.

    Most Democrats and independents support increasing the time limit on government payments for jobless claims, and they are joined by 43 percent of Republicans. The notion clearly divides the GOP: Sixty percent of conservative Republicans oppose the idea, while 57 percent of moderate or liberal Republicans support it.

    Low marks on deficit

    On the question of Obama’s leadership, 42 percent of registered voters now say they have confidence that he will make the right decisions for the country, with 58 saying they do not. At the start of his presidency, about six in 10 expressed confidence in his decision-making.

    Obama’s overall job-approval rating stands at 50 percent, equaling his low point in Post-ABC polling; 47 percent disapprove of the job he is doing. For the first time in his presidency, those who strongly disapprove now significantly outnumber those who strongly approve.

    Among those who say they definitely will vote in November, 53 percent disapprove of the way he is handling his responsibilities.

    The president’s approval ratings reached a new low among whites, at 40 percent, with his positive marks dipping under 50 percent for the first time among white college-educated women.

    On the issues tested in the poll, Obama’s worst ratings come on his handling of the federal budget deficit, where 56 percent disapprove and 40 percent approve. He scores somewhat better on health-care reform (45 percent approve) and regulation of the financial industry (44 percent). His best marks come on his duties as commander in chief, with 55 percent approving.

    Obama’s overall standing puts him at about the same place President Bill Clinton was in the summer of 1994, a few months before Republicans captured the House and Senate in an electoral landslide.

    President Ronald Reagan, who also contended with a serious recession at the outset of his first term, was a little lower at this point in 1982, with a 46 percent to 45 percent split on his approval ratings. Republicans went on to lose about two dozen seats in the House that fall.

    Of course, Reagan and Clinton subsequently rebounded and went on to win reelection easily. Obama advisers find some hope from that history, even as the historical record foreshadows Democratic losses this November.

    The latest poll was conducted by conventional and cellular telephone Wednesday through Sunday among a random national sample of 1,288 adults including interviews with 1,151 registered voters. The results for the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/12/AR2010071205453.html?hpid=topnews

  79. The Fading Embers of the Obama Coalition

    By Marc A. Thiessen
    Tuesday, July 13, 2010

    With midterm elections less than four months away, Republicans are fired up and ready to go. But they are not the only ones upset with Barack Obama. The president has also angered many of the key Democratic constituencies he needs to keep control of the House and Senate, and now Democrats are blowing furiously on the fading embers of their electoral coalition, hoping to stave off disaster this November. In the process they are abdicating their responsibilities to govern — failing to pass a budget or any of their annual spending bills, while using their executive and legislative powers to appease their special interests instead. It is a far cry from the hope and change they promised two years ago.

    Take organized labor. Unions are incensed with Obama and congressional Democrats for their failure to deliver on key priorities such as card-check legislation. Gerry McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, complained earlier this year, “We can’t get anything done for the people we represent.” The White House made things worse by publicly ridiculing the AFL-CIO for supporting a primary challenge to Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), prompting the union to fire back: “Labor isn’t an arm of the Democratic Party.”

    To repair the breach, Democrats have turned their legislative agenda over to the unions. Instead of moving appropriations bills, they are pushing legislation that would shield unions from the campaign finance reporting requirements of the Disclose Act and force the unionization of public-safety workers in 21 states. And they have allowed the teachers unions to hijack the war funding bill for our troops, and the Teamsters to hijack the FAA authorization bill over a provision to make it easier to organize FedEx. Whether this will be enough to overcome the animosity of organized labor remains to be seen, but it can only feed the animosity of Americans who believe Congress is failing to do its job.

    Another disenchanted constituency is Hispanics. Latino support for Obama has dropped 12 points since the start of the year, as anger has grown over the Democrats’ failure to make immigration reform a priority. Instead of putting forward legislation, Obama delivered a speech this month in which he laid the blame for his failure to act on Republican demagoguery. Then last Tuesday, the administration filed a lawsuit in federal court to block Arizona’s immigration law. This was unnecessary, according to Kris Kobach, the former Justice Department official who helped draft the Arizona law, because the law was already being challenged by the ACLU and other groups: The issue was already tied up in the courts. The Justice Department doesn’t add anything by bringing its own lawsuit. These actions were designed to bolster Hispanic support, but they doomed any hope of bipartisan cooperation on immigration. Democrats appear more interested in posturing to win Hispanic votes than getting something accomplished for Hispanic voters. But the strategy may backfire if Latinos see through the charade, and the Arizona lawsuit ends up bringing down Democrats facing tough reelection battles in the West.

    The drop in Hispanic support is dwarfed by the astounding 36-point drop in support for Obama from one of the most reliable Democratic constituencies: Jewish voters. Jewish Americans are outraged with Obama, says former New York Mayor Ed Koch. And it’s not because Obama’s middle name is Hussein. Obama alienated many in the Jewish community by reaching out to Iran while relentlessly criticizing Israel. He excoriated Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for his plans to build new Jewish housing in East Jerusalem, raising concerns that he was abandoning long-standing U.S. policy that Jerusalem is the undivided capital of Israel. Then, Obama added insult to injury by humiliating Netanyahu in March, refusing to have a picture taken with him and leaving him waiting for over an hour at the White House while Obama had dinner with his family.

    Sensing the political damage, Obama has begun to backtrack. After opposing legislation to impose new sanctions on Iran for its nuclear program — a top legislative priority for Jewish groups — Obama suddenly reversed course and two weeks ago invited Jewish leaders to a White House ceremony where he signed the bill into law. Then last week Obama invited Netanyahu for an Oval Office photo op, heaping praise on the Israeli leader and declaring the bond between the United States and Israel is unbreakable.

    Jewish Americans may be forgiven for suspecting that Obama’s sudden enthusiasm for Israel has less to do with his desire for a two-state solution than his desire for a solution in two states — Florida and Pennsylvania — where Jewish voters and donors could play a critical role in tight Senate races. Bottom line: Republicans are riding a wave of voter enthusiasm, while Democrats are fighting a rip current of bitterness among many of their core constituencies. To avoid getting swept out to sea, they are pandering desperately. But for those they are trying to appease, it may be too little too late. And for the rest of America, it is a sad reminder that change we can believe in has given way to politics as usual.

    h t t p://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/12/AR2010071202539.html

  80. Great post admin! The problem has never been us. We all saw this coming, and by this, I mean an empty suit in the White House. The only comfort that we can take is that his boobery and that of the corrupt DNC is loudly coming to light now. And by God’s grace, this will be a span of only one term with Hillary assuming the mantle Jan 20, 2013…..

  81. JanH:
    The article you cite from Ha’aretz is interesting and revealing. In the middle of the article it is stated:

    “There are an estimated 45,000 Muslims in Malmo, or 15% of the city’s population. Many of them are Palestinians, Iraqis and Somalis, or come from the former Yugoslavia.
    But the problem is not just Muslims, and not just Malmo’s.
    A continent-wide study, conducted by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence at the University of Bielefeld in Germany, released in December 2009, found that that 45.7% of the Europeans surveyed agree somewhat or strongly with the following statement: “Israel is conducting a war of extermination against the Palestinians.” And 37.4% agreed with this statement: “Considering Israel’s policy, I can understand why people do not like Jews.” “

    The timing of this study is important, because it was right in the middle of the devastating Israeli attacks on Gaza, in retaliation for the bothersome shower of rockets attacks that had been going on in the other direction for 7 or 8 months. It was perhaps unwise for the Jews of Malmo to undertake a demonstration of any kind at this point in time.

    *****

    There is another recent article from Ha’aretz that should interest you, excerpts of which I will translate for you below. It certainly interests me, in any case, because it speaks of a proposal (by the Israeli right) to create a single secular state comprising all of Palestine with full citizenship for Palestinians – a proposal I myself espouse.

    *****

    “By Carlo Strenger, Ha’Aretz, Tel Aviv

    In an opinion published last June 2, Moshe Arens (former minister of the rightist party Likud) proposed seriously considering the option of a single state west of the Jordan, with attribution of full citizenship to the Palestinians. The single-state idea is defended by certain Palestinian intellectuals and is gaining popularity in the anti-Israeli European left, for whom this solution would only serve justice for the Palestinians. Within the Israeli extreme right, while this idea is at times expressed in the name of the Greater Israel and on theological bases, Arens defends this idea on other considerations, because this secular liberal has always professed equality for the Arabs of Israel.

    While the single-state solution is untenable, Arens proposal should be taken into consideration, if only because the windows of opportunity are currently closing on the two-state solution: No Israeli government has ever shown itself able to apply it, the Palestinians are beginning to turn away from it, and Israel may not be able to tear more than a hundred thousand colonists away from their homes.

    We must recognize that Israel has failed to grant equality to Israeli Arabs, because our state has always been committed to a Kulturkampf [clash of civilizations] that opposes it not only to its Arab citizens. At first look, Israeli elections concern the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; but actually, they are the reflection of the tensions internal to Israeli society: religious against secular, Ashkenazi against Sephardi Jews, Jews against Arabs.

    Arens’ idea leads to a real challenge, because Israel would become a de facto binational state and would have to give up the Jewish cultural hegemony to engage in a multicultural model organizing the coexistence among different world views, confessional identities, and ethnicities. The state would have to break with the Jewish religion and secularize itself according to the French or American model. Jews and Muslims would both have to accept that religion cannot interfere in state affairs, while religious institutions would have to be re-founded on voluntary and community bases. To avoid tensions between confessional and ethnic groups, as well as between religious and secular populations, the Swiss Confederation could serve as a model and ensure a maximum amount of cultural flexibility.

    Both Jews and Palestinians would have to commit to abandoning their fight for hegemony. Of course, the more attractive aspect of a negotiation to set up a single state would be a complex overhaul of the Middle East, since Arab rejection of an Israeli-Palestinian State on liberal principles would no longer have any meaning. Of course, Muslim extremists would continue to contest the presence of non-Muslims, but most of the Arabs in the country would feel much more at home in a binational State.

    I am still skeptical about the single State. It will be difficult to set up and I can hardly imagine a that a cohesive solution could emerge after a century of bloody conflicts, especially when we see a peaceful country like Belgium on the verge of scission. The economic inequalities, which are large in the Israel of today, might worsen and generate new problems.

    Yet, Moshe Arens is launching a true challenge. Firstly, we are close to the moment where the single state will be possible. Secondly, even if the two-state solution is finally applied, Israel will have to integrate certain elements constituting the single state. Israel must become a truly liberal and secular country where neither the dominant ethnic groups nor the subgroups try to impose their lifestyle on each other. It would then be reasonable to consider a federal structure, which is the only structure that can end the Kulterkampf Israel is conducting today.”

    *****

    Moshe Arens’ idea is one that I have supported for 30 years, once I became aware of the plight of Arabs within Israel, and that of Arab refugees. The complexities and challenges Strenger sees in this single secular state idea are real and perhaps daunting; but they have to be addressed.

  82. This is on Yahoo homepage

    Majority of Americans lack faith in Obama: poll
    AP Tue Jul 13, 12:58 am ET
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly 60 percent of American voters say they lack faith in President Barack Obama, according to a public opinion poll published on Tuesday.

    The results of the Washington Post/ABC News poll are a reversal of what voters said at the start of Obama’s presidency 18 months ago when about 60 percent expressed confidence in his decision making.

    Confidence in Obama is at a new low but the poll found that his numbers are still higher than lawmakers of either major party four months ahead of the November congressional elections.

    Asked how much confidence they have in Obama to make the right decisions for the country’s future, 58 percent of respondents said “just some” or “none.”

    Sixty-eight percent expressed the same sentiments about Democrats in Congress and 72 percent said the same of Republicans.

    The Post said problems in the housing industry, sluggish job growth and other economic issues may have taken a toll on Obama’s approval rating.

    Just 43 percent of all Americans, including a third of Democrats, now say they approve of the job Obama is doing on the economy, while 54 percent disapprove.

    The survey also found wide anti-incumbent sentiment with 62 percent of voters saying they were not inclined to support their current representative.

    All 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for grabs in the November 2 election as well as 36 of the 100 Senate seats.

    Democrats now control both houses of Congress, but a slight majority of those polled said they would prefer to have Republicans in control to serve as a check on Obama’s policies.

    The poll of 1,288 people was conducted July 7-11 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

    (Reporting by JoAnne Allen; editing by Eric Beech)

  83. Good to see you Neetabug.

    That’s an odd choice of word in that poll. Obama is not a deity such that anyone should have “faith” in him. Clearly, what the poll is measuring is “trust”. And we know – Obama can’t be trusted neither by friend nor foe.

  84. Obama is not a deity? That is strange. Big media has been telling us the opposite for several years. Got so I half believed it. What other politician do you know that has this much iconography floating around? What other politician do you know that makes acceptance speeches amid greek colunns. What other politician do you know that can turn a conservative democrats into passionate supporters of big government, affirmative action, inestinguishable debt, and a man who by his own admission says “I refuse to wear that flag on my chest” and invents his own version of the presidential seal. He is either a god or a witch. But you know I have also had my moments of doubt as well. How could a diety let the gulf go to hell? How could a deity condone eggregious civil rights violations just because the perpetrators were black? How could a deity call a state racist, and deny it the right to protest itself from a flowtide of crime and a wave of invaders who are overhelming its safety nets such that other states who are not on the border and run by democrats are poised to do the same thing? Like all deities he works in mysterious ways. But I must say it bothered me because the best explanation I could come up with was that he is a racist, incompetent deity and that was not really satisfactory. So now that I know for sure he is not a deity I feel more at ease and realize that he is just a racist, incompetent, sociopathic politican and be done with it.

  85. Tea Party Preempts ‘Racist’ Resolution, Condemns ‘Bigoted’ NAACP

    A Tea Party group in Missouri, reacting to the NAACP’s plan to take up a resolution branding the conservative movement as “racist,” has drafted a resolution of its own condemning the civil rights group for reducing itself to a “bigoted” and “partisan attack dog organization.” SNIP St. Louis Tea Party organizer Bill Hennessy wrote on the group’s website Tuesday that the Tea Party stands for smaller government and fiscal responsibility, and accused the NAACP of abandoning black America. “When you look at the crime and poverty and family breakdown of the African-American community … you see a half-century of failure by the NAACP,” he wrote. “None of those persistent problems was caused by the Tea Party movement, yet the principles of the Tea Party are exactly what’s needed to wind down the multi-generational destruction in the African-American community. “The NAACP was once a vital weapon in the war against segregation and oppression. All that’s left is a bigoted and malicious shell that does far more harm than good for people who need a break,” he wrote. Fellow St. Louis Tea Party organizer Dana Loesch accused the NAACP of morphing into a political organization.
    “They no longer prioritize civil rights,” she told Fox News.
    h t t p://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/07/13/tea-party-preempts-racist-resolution-condemns-bigoted-naacp/

  86. jeswezey
    July 13th, 2010 at 9:27 am
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    Thank you for posting that article.

    “We must recognize that Israel has failed to grant equality to Israeli Arabs”

    1. It was my understanding that Israeli Arabs are protected by Israel’s democratic principles, and are afforded all the rights and privileges of Israeli citizenship. Arab women can vote, enjoy the same status as men (unlike many Arab countries), and have the right to be elected to public office.

    2. I agree that there is discrimination in other areas that need to be addressed, i.e. employment opportunities, mistrust, legal claims, etc,,,

    “The state would have to break with the Jewish religion and secularize itself according to the French or American model. Jews and Muslims would both have to accept that religion cannot interfere in state affairs, while religious institutions would have to be re-founded on voluntary and community bases.”

    1. While interesting in theory, it will never work. And not because Israel will refuse to adapt such an extreme change, but simply put, this is not what Abbas, Bashar al-Assad, Ahmadinejad, to name a few want. They want the complete destruction of Israel and it’s people. They want concessions without willing to give up anything in return. On any given day they threaten to start the final holy war to end all holy wars.

    So speculation aside, while Israel’s actions are far from perfect, and Aren’s ideas are definitely worth more study, I doubt very much that they will be considered.

  87. Mechelle is trying to get blacks revved up to vote in November. There won’t be a lot of interest because barry won’t be on the ticket. So they’re trying to get them involved by all the race baiting being done by the administration through the NBPP. I believe Glen Beck is having some kind of rally in August. I think the NBPP will try and stir up a violence and point the finger at tea-partiers. All this to get complacent democrats to come out in November. Don’t let them bait you! Don’t let them intimidate you. We will not be fooled again!!

  88. a third of Democrats, now say they approve of the job Obama is doing on the economy, while 54 percent disapprove.
    ————————-
    That is an interesting figure. I was sure it would be higher. If 2/3 of democrats do not approve of the job he is doing on the economy, if the economic skies are darkening, and if they lose congress, then why would anyone other than a deranged bot support him in 2012? They had better be thinking about that when they vote to reduce the role of superdelegates in the party by the end of summer. The problem with doing that is it will undermine the institutional interests of the party which benefit from the participation of politicians and other people who have a grasp of reality. They are the ones who can steer the party away from disaster when bad decisions by the dnc like calling america racist are alienating it from the American People. It is noteworthy that Racist Jim Clyburn is the author of this self defeating change in the rules.

  89. The drop in Hispanic support is dwarfed by the astounding 36-point drop in support for Obama from one of the most reliable Democratic constituencies: Jewish voters.
    ————————————–
    Jbstonesfan, Jan, Carol, et. al.–there you go. It is better that wisdom come late than not at all.

  90. Excerpt from Caroline Glick of the Jerusalem post:
    ================================================================

    “…………Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu just returned from yet another visit with US President Barack Obama. Although the background music was cheerful, from statements by both men it is clear that Obama is not a credible ally. He does not understand or accept the strategic logic behind the US alliance with Israel and will not support Israel in future armed conflicts.

    Indeed, in the face of the growing Iranian menace, Obama insists on limiting his interests to the irrelevant faux peace process with Fatah while allowing Iran and its proxies to run wild.

    What this means is that for better or for worse, under Obama the US is far less relevant than it was four years ago. And this frees Netanyahu to fight the coming war on Israel’s terms. Iran’s domestic troubles and the Arab world’s genuine fear of a nuclear armed Iran provide Israel with a rare opportunity to radically shift the balance of power in the region for the better. It is time for Netanyahu to lead………..”

  91. #
    orac
    July 13th, 2010 at 2:40 am

    TurndownObama – By definition, no PUMA voted for Obama. I realize that this website calls it “people united means action”, but all the other PUMA websites called it “party unity my ass” – meaning, PUMAs wouldn’t be uniting to vote for Obama. They voted for McCain, they stayed home, or they voted 3rd party. It sounds like your interpretation of PUMA is it lasted a short amount of time until the convention. Everywhere else, a PUMA did not vote for Obama, and they will always have the PUMA “badge” – there wasn’t some time limit. It referred to their vote.
    #
    lorac
    July 13th, 2010 at 2:46 am

    …or was it PUMAPAC that had the alternate definition of PUMA? If so, then I have no explanation of why you are confused about the fact that PUMAs by definition did not vote for Obama. 🙂
    —–

    Just catching up on the blog, sorry if this has already been answered.

    None of the PUMA sites were for voting for Barry at any point.

    PUMAs at PUMApac were 100% NO OBAMA every single day.

    Anyone that ended up voting for Obama in either election is not a PUMA…no other way to look at it.

  92. turndownobama
    July 13th, 2010 at 3:57 am

    … some held their nose and voted for Obama, then went right on with PUMA activities to get him out in 2012.

    ——-
    What???????????

    I don’t know anyone that did that, went ahead and voted for Obama after all they knew about his thuggery……….

    I wouldn’t think of these people as PUMAs…..sorry, but that is even worse than Obots that didn’t know how bad Obama was.

  93. confloyd
    July 13th, 2010 at 7:56 am

    This is going to be a race war until the fraud is out of office. We Hillary supporters will have to fight two wars…one against the NAACP types and the Rethugs.

    —–
    😆 Amen confloyd.

  94. Turndown-
    Pumapac wanted to sound more respectable (they were getting registered as some sort of official organization) so they said it meant “People United Means ACtion” or something.
    —–

    PUMApac is a PAC:

    “In the United States, a Political Action Committee, or PAC, is the name commonly given to a private group, regardless of size, organized to elect political candidates or to advance the outcome of a political issue or legislation.”

  95. PUMAS voting for obama…..NO WAY. I voted McCain and my partner wrote in Hillary Clinton. obama was NEVER an option. We all knew then what he was.

  96. jbstonesfan
    July 13th, 2010 at 11:30 am
    —————
    Good analysis. Bibi and Israel have given obama ample time to show their support. It’s not there and never will be while obama is in power. He is the most anti-Israel potus in U.S. history.

  97. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu just returned from yet another visit with US President Barack Obama. Although the background music was cheerful, from statements by both men it is clear that Obama is not a credible ally. He does not understand or accept the strategic logic behind the US alliance with Israel and will not support Israel in future armed conflicts.

    Indeed, in the face of the growing Iranian menace, Obama insists on limiting his interests to the irrelevant faux peace process with Fatah while allowing Iran and its proxies to run wild.

    What this means is that for better or for worse, under Obama the US is far less relevant than it was four years ago. And this frees Netanyahu to fight the coming war on Israel’s terms. Iran’s domestic troubles and the Arab world’s genuine fear of a nuclear armed Iran provide Israel with a rare opportunity to radically shift the balance of power in the region for the better. It is time for Netanyahu to lead…
    —————————————-
    Excellent strategic analysis. It is one of a hundred reasons why Hillary needs to make an important decision after November on whether to continue in her current role.

    Think of the Ruben James as a metaphor for the old democratic party, and U-boat as a metaphor for the new democratic party. Fortunately, there is still time to save the ship. But if democrats continue to go along with Obama, they will end up on the cold ocean floor.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxoZ4Xpx94c

  98. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/12/AR2010071205453.html?hpid%3Dtopnews&sub=AR

    60% have no confidence that O can do th right thing, this in the Washington Post, one who highly recommended him. What I would like to hear them say is Dam, we got it wrong, kick his butt out.

    The media can sit there and hand pick the news they want us to hear, but the voters have figured it out. The man does not have a plan, has never had a plan, and does not intend to get a plan.

    Just what we needed in the worst economic downturn in memorable history. Media got it wrong, and they should at least man/women up to it.

  99. As I mentioned above, it’s now on Drudge……..

    Oakland’s police chief is making some dire claims about what his force will and will not respond to if layoffs go as planned.

    Chief Anthony Batts listed exactly 44 situations that his officers will no longer respond to and they include grand theft, burglary, car wrecks, identity theft and vandalism. He says if you live and Oakland and one of the above happens to you, you need to let police know on-line.

    Some 80 officers were to be let go at midnight last night if a last-minute deal was not reached. That’s about ten percent of the work force.

    “I came her e to build an organization, not downsize one,” said Batts, who was given the top job in October.

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    What a mess…

  100. 13.07.10

    U.S. conservatives form new pro-Israel lobby group

    A group of leading American conservatives has set up a new group to attack President Obama over his “anti-Israel” stance, U.S. website Politico reports.

    By Haaretz Service

    Washington observers may feel there is no obvious shortage of pro-Israel lobbyists in the city – but a group of leading American conservatives thinks otherwise and has set up a new campaign group to attack President Obama over his “anti-Israel” stance, U.S. website Politico reports.

    The Emergency Committee for Israel presents a potent combination of Republican Party neoconservatives and Evangelical Christians. The new group’s board includes Weekly Standard Editor William Kristol and Gary Bauer, a former Republican presidential candidate who leads the group American Values, as well as Rachel Abrams, a conservative writer and activist.

    “We’re the pro-Israel wing of the pro-Israel community,” Politico quoted Kristol as saying. Bauer described the Obama presidency as “the most anti-Israel administration in the history of the United States.”

    Under U.S. law the group does not have to disclose the sources of its funding but has already raised enough to finance its first television advertisement, which launched a savage attack on Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democratic Senate candidate in Pennsylvania.

    The ad slammed Sestak for signing a letter criticizing Israel’s blockade of Gaza while declining to add his name to a defense of Israel circulated by powerful pro-Israel lobby AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee).

    The group also attacked Sestak for appearing at a fundraiser for the Council on American Islamic Relations, which it said was an “anti-Israel organization the FBI called a ‘front group for Hamas.”

    “Does Congressman Joe Sestak understand Israel is America’s ally?” the ad’s narrator asked.

    This is just the opening shot in what the Emergency Committee for Israel intends to be a series of ads to sway congressional races across the U.S.

    “We want to be hard-hitting; we want to get into the debate and shake things up and make some points in a firm way,” said Noah Pollak, the group’s executive director.

    Kristol said this group was inspired in part by another new group, the liberal J Street, which he said had shown the power of small organizations to influence the debate.

    “There are some who say they’re pro-Israel but aren’t really,” he said, referring to J Street. “Then there’s AIPAC, which is a wonderful organization, but one that’s very committed to working with the administration, so they pull some punches publicly.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/u-s-conservatives-form-new-pro-israel-lobby-group-1.301678

  101. Speaking of PUMAs, what ever happened to Will Bower, the Just Say No Deal coalition, are they still active?

  102. jeswezey
    July 13th, 2010 at 9:27 am

    I really disagree. A single state is not a solution ….it is the end of Israel. If the two parties could get along, there would already be 2 states living side by side in peace.

  103. This article pulls everything together in an excellent way. I appreciate that this site is not so ideologically biased that it could actually borrow from conservative websites, and find common ground. That is what it is all about, and that is what is going to defeat the Dimocratic party. Rants about rightwing talking points only serve the ranter.

    Maybe some true respect will surface between those on each side of the political divide when each side is proven to have a genuine interest in the integrity of our election process, even if their preferred agenda is rejected by an election defeat. After all, one defeat at election does not mean that the rejected ideas will not be tried sometime in the future, especially if their competing ideas have since been
    proven unworkable or they were outright failures.

  104. #
    ShortTermer
    July 13th, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Speaking of PUMAs, what ever happened to Will Bower, the Just Say No Deal coalition, are they still active?
    ——
    Yes, Will is still very active, was working on trying to change caucus voting and other things…
    As far as I know, he is on Facebook and sometimes on HuffPuff, wrote an open letter to get Hillary to run in 2012 last I saw.
    He is an awesome guy.

  105. Found it:

    Will Bower

    An Open Letter to Secretary Clinton: Save Us from Obama

    Madame Secretary Clinton,

    It’s time for you to save your party — and your country — from Barack Obama.

    You have been doing a remarkable job as Secretary of State, but now we need you as the new head of the Democratic Party … and as our next President of the United States.

    I know that it would be virtually unprecedented for a party nomination to be handed to a challenger over an incumbent, but it was unprecedented in 2008 when the party apparatus selected their then preferred candidate over the will and popular vote of the Democratic majority.

    You were the rightful candidate then, you are the rightful head of the Democratic Party today, and you would be taking your rightful place as the nominee and president you were meant to become.

    Every warning and critique you gave us in regard to Barack Obama has come to fruition. You were correct in every debate, in every political advertisement, and in every interview.

    We are where we are today because too many refused to listen to you.

    Only Smart Power can save us now, and you are the perfect person to bring us that much needed commodity. Just log into Facebook and you’ll see the numerous “Hillary Clinton for 2012” groups springing to new life. A multitude of your supporters are ready to bring about the change that was falsely promised by your opponent in 2008. You got more votes than he did in 2008, and you can get more votes than him again in 2012.

    One might warn you that this would only serve to divide the party, leaving the presidency open to takeover by the opposition. Because of your steadfastness during this past primary season, you were given that same warning then, but your party went on to victory all the same.

    We tried it their way then. Now, it’s time to try it your way.

    In the upcoming midterm elections of 2010, your party will pay the price for its lack of vision. There is little to stop that now. Once that happens, more of a balance will be restored, and both your party and your country will be ready to move forward once again — with you at the helm — to a truly better future.

    Thank you, Madame Secretary. We’ll be standing by.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/will-bower/an-open-letter-to-secreta_b_432274.html

  106. Carol
    July 13th, 2010 at 1:48 pm
    ————-

    LOL…in a few succinct sentences, you basically said what I was trying to above.

    Thank you.

  107. JanH:
    “1. It was my understanding that Israeli Arabs are protected by Israel’s democratic principles, and are afforded all the rights and privileges of Israeli citizenship.”
    While Arabs do have the right to vote, they cannot serve in the military and are not taxed. Since they are not taxed, they have no services like education or health. They is a general feeling of two populations living in apartheid. The result as far as participating in Israeli life is concerned is that the Arabs are 1/3 of the Israeli population but have only 4 representatives (out of 120) in the Knesset. The Arabs don’t do business with the Jews, and vice versa.

    2. I agree that there is discrimination in other areas that need to be addressed, i.e. employment opportunities, mistrust, legal claims, etc,,,

    “The state would have to break with the Jewish religion and secularize itself according to the French or American model. Jews and Muslims would both have to accept that religion cannot interfere in state affairs, while religious institutions would have to be re-founded on voluntary and community bases.”

    “1. While interesting in theory, it will never work. And not because Israel will refuse to adapt such an extreme change, but simply put, this is not what Abbas, Bashar al-Assad, Ahmadinejad, to name a few, want.”

    Of the 3 leaders you mention, the only pertinent one in the matter is Abbas, and I think he favors the idea, because the idea of an all-encompassing secular state is gaining ground among Palestinians.

    “They want the complete destruction of Israel and it’s people.”

    Ahmadinejad has called for the eradication of Israel as a state, which in fact would be accomplished if Israel transformed itself into a secular (and thus non-Jewish) state that included Palestinians on an equal footing. I’m not excusing Ahmadinejad here. I don’t like the guy either, he should butt out. But also, he’s not in a position to negotiate on behalf of the Palestinians, nor is Assad. The only ones that count are Abbas and Haniyeh.

    “So speculation aside, while Israel’s actions are far from perfect, and Arens’ ideas are definitely worth more study, I doubt very much that they will be considered.”

    So, JanH, we finally agree on something concerning Israel! I hope Arens’ ideas do gain traction in Israel, as well they might, not only because he is from the right end of the political spectrum, but because he was a former minister. What you doubt is what I hope…

  108. Disclaimer: I know lamecherry is a rightwing wacko but he/she sometimes comes up with brilliant insight.

    The latest is that Mort Zuckerman admitting he wrote a speech for BO is just the tip of the iceberg and the questions is how many other so-called journalists have crossed the freedom of the press line and fed Squat speeches about any number of subjects depending on the audience and the topic.

    If this isn’t proof of an illegal connection between the media and the whitehouse I don’t know what is.

    What’s worse, is LC claims Zuckerman sold out the jewish vote by crafting a message he knew squat could sell them while knowing all the while it wasn’t true.

    traitor.

  109. jeswezey
    July 13th, 2010 at 2:11 pm
    —————-

    Yes, but I can’t see that happening in my lifetime.

  110. Carol:

    “A single state is not a solution…. it is the end of Israel.”

    It is indeed the end of Israel as we have known it for 60 years, ie a Jewish state engaged in a Kulturkampf, as Strenger says, against the Arab/Muslim world. It would be the end of the apartheid.

    But that is the very reason why I think it is the only way to reach peace in Palestine.

    “If the two parties could get along, there would already be 2 states living side by side in peace.”

    There is a war on, and Israel has been on the one waging and winning that war for a long time now.

    If 2 states are created side by side, there will still be 1/3 of Israel’s population that is Arab and treated as second-class citizens because they are not Jewish. In other words, the war continues. This is why Strenger can say that the windows of opportunity for the 2-state solution are closing fast.

  111. What I would like above all to happen is for all the countries surrounding Israel to offer up land for the Palestinians. I do not believe that Israel should be the only one to do so.

    One thing I will never agree on though is splitting up Jerusalem.

  112. Joke from a PUMA friend…

    A Japanese doctor said, “Medicine in my country is so advanced that we took the kidney out of one man, put it in another, and have him looking for work in six weeks.”

    A German doctor said, “That’s nothing, we can take a lung out of one person, put it in another, and have him looking for work in four weeks.”

    A British doctor said, “In my country, medicine is so advanced that we can take half of a heart out of one person, put it in another, and have them both looking for work in two weeks.”

    A Chicago doctor, not to be outdone said, “You guys are way behind. We took a man with no brains out of Chicago, put him in the White House, and now half the country is looking for work.”

  113. Overall, more than a third of voters polled — 36 percent — say they have no confidence or only some confidence in the president, congressional Democrats and congressional Republicans. Among independents, this disillusionment is higher still. About two-thirds of all voters say they are dissatisfied with or angry about the way the federal government is working.

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

    Interesting grouping: “no confidence” is lumped with “some confidence.” That’s a negative slanting of the results — usually polls and media slant in favor of Obama.

  114. Asked how much confidence they have in Obama to make the right decisions for the country’s future, 58 percent of respondents said “just some” or “none.”

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

    Same lumping. That’s the kind of unfair slanting they usually reserve for Hillary or the Tea Party.

    Dare we hope the worm is turning and biting hand that’s running out of feed?

  115. 60% have no confidence that O can do th right thing, this in the Washington Post,

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

    That’s not an accurate representation of the figures, though the WP write-up does lend itself to such an impression. Actually they get it by lumping “no confidence” with “some confidence.”

    Unfair journalism is unfair journalism — even when Obama is the target, for once. (Or maybe it’s an accident.)

  116. A great new fresh smart face on FOX with her own 2 hr show Megyn Kelly.She cautioned guest and Hillary Hater Samantha Power.

    “The next time you come on this show have your facts straight”

    A truly super star for FOX.

  117. My prediction about Hillary. She won’t divide the party by making a challenge. The DNC would just cheat again as they did May 28, 2008.

    Unless, somehow, she lines up the same kind of backroom support that Obama had in 2008. If she gets that support — then SHE wouldn’t have to make the challenge. One of her supporters would challenge Obama* — as Gene McCarthy challenged LBJ in 1968, leading to LBJ dropping out and Humphrey picking up the pieces and getting the nomination.

    As SOS, she’s not supposed to be ‘in politics’ anyway, so in 2012 she could easily position herself as Gore (yay Gore!) did in 2008: elder statesperson, officially neutral, the obvious choice to be drafted as a peacemaking compromise.

    See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Party_(United_States)_presidential_primaries,_1968

    Dean for President! Nader for President!

    *or someone else would challenge Obama

  118. #

    #
    confloyd
    July 13th, 2010 at 7:24 am

    Is anyone watching Fox&Friends….they just had on Glenn Beck who was saying that “Hillary Clinton said she was an early 20th century progressive” which Glenn said was the scariest thing he has ever heard a politician say. He is saying his show today is about Hillary and her progressiveness.
    Well I guess since Megan aired that video, the Foxy Friends have decided they’ve opened up a hornets nest and now they are desparately trying to close it….too bad Hillary has lots of supporters. LOL!
    I won’t get to watch Glenn slime Hillary today so I hope one of you will because we MUST know what they are planning.

    Hillary called herself a modern progressive. But Glen Beck is a lunatic. He is referring to FDR here who he considered a huge socialist. My FIL is a huge Beck fan and he was telling me he now considers FDR a big flipping socialist based on Beck, all the while my FIL is enjoying retirement based in large part to his social security, and his wife is getting wonderful health care at a very good teaching hospital based almost completely on her Medicare. You have to understand, there are people in this country(Beck) who hate that we pool any of our money for basic needs like retirement insurance and old age health care.

  119. when they vote to reduce the role of superdelegates in the party by the end of summer. The problem with doing that is it will undermine the institutional interests of the party which benefit from the participation of politicians and other people who have a grasp of reality. [….] It is noteworthy that Racist Jim Clyburn is the author of this self defeating change in the rules.

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

    I expect they have got in mind some tweaking of the SD selection process that will make for more black SDs.

    What’s the term for people who don’t mind if the party loses just so they gain control of the party?

  120. I hope to God Hillary does run in 2012, anyone, ANYONE else is another waste of 4 years trying to clean up BO’s turds.

  121. No one controls the term ‘PUMA’. Anybody can use it to describe themselves, but I have not heard of anyone claiming it falsely.

    Arguing about definitions is always fun. I go by the original ‘party unity my ass’. (Even though Hillary herself chose unity over honesty.)

  122. (Even though Hillary herself chose unity over honesty.)

    I’m not going to touch that with a 10 foot pole.

  123. ADMIN!

    Please embed!!!!!!!!!!!

    Megyn Kelly tears Kirsten powers a new one over the DOJ’s handling of the NBPP case!

    Fireworks galore!

    http colon //video dot foxnews dot com/v/4281169/heated-debate-over-voter-intimidation-case?playlist_id=86858

  124. The Greta thread is still going at
    http://gretawire.forums.foxnews.com/topic/obama-voter-fraud-during-primaries-exposed-by-democrat/page/6

    From that thread:

    Everyone, please thank Alisyn Camerota at Fox & Friends Weekend for covering this story about the documentary, We Will Not Be Silenced 2008, which exposes caucus fraud in the Democrat primaries! You can write her at friends@foxnews.com and foxandfriends@foxnews.com. Her web page is http://tinyurl.com/2ca6hro She is also on Facebook if you are signed up there.

  125. #
    turndownobama
    July 13th, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Greta thread still going. posted some links from it. they’re in moderation
    —–
    I was just thinking of that thread, going over now…

  126. #
    turndownobama
    July 13th, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Greta thread still going. posted some links from it. they’re in moderation
    —–
    Could you post the link please, I am having trouble finding it.
    Thx

  127. I really hope Bill Clinton doesn’t go off and campaign for Obama’s congressional picks all that much–I hope it’s just a token amount of support because he’s a Democrat. The article said that Obama’s aides are making these plans–it doesn’t mean Bill will be available. Maybe that’s why he recently announced his involvment with rebuilding Haiti–his plans for the coming months might be quite different from where the Obama team thinks he should be spending his time.

  128. AmericanGal
    July 13th, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    I REALLY hope that is the case and I REALLY hope that he will be in Haiti for most of the fall!!!

  129. Yes, you did dahhhhhhling. Ariana married a rich ( in the closet) republican, so she could live in high style dahhhhhling.

  130. here is the megyn vs powers video someone had requested in an earlier post.

    apparently to a lefty like powers, people standing outside a poll with battons is no big issue, a civil rights celebrated democrat like Bartle Bull complaining is no big issue. How the hell is powers employed by a news agency like Fox?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzMUWuA-Rq4&

  131. Tim,

    I posted the link upthread from Fox news.

    Also, for anyone interested, here are some of MO’s outrageous statements at the NAACP taken directly from a transcript of her speech.

    So, for more than a century, the men and women of the NAACP have marched and protested. You have lobbied Presidents and fought unjust laws. You’ve stood up and sat in and risked life and limb so that African Americans could take their rightful places not just at lunch counters and on buses, but at universities and on battlefields — (applause) — and in hospitals and boardrooms; in Congress, the Supreme Court; and, yes, even the White House. (Applause.) Think about it — even the White House.

    So I know that I stand here today, and I know that my husband stands where he is today, because of this organization — (applause) — and because of the struggles and the sacrifices of all those who came before us.

    But I also know that their legacy isn’t an entitlement to be taken for granted. And I know it is not simply a gift to be enjoyed. Instead, it is an obligation to be fulfilled.

    And when so many of our children still attend crumbling schools, and a black child is still far more likely to go to prison than a white child, I think the founders of this organization would agree that our work is not yet done. (Applause.)

    When African American communities are still hit harder than just about anywhere by this economic downturn, and so many families are just barely scraping by, I think the founders would tell us that now is not the time to rest on our laurels.

    When stubborn inequalities still persist — in education and health, in income and wealth — I think those founders would urge us to increase our intensity, and to increase our discipline and our focus and keep fighting for a better future for our children and our grandchildren. (Applause.)

  132. I didn’t know the White House had launched it’s own propaganda site on the oil leak…is this a first for a presidential administration?

    h t t p://www.restorethegulf.gov/index.shtm

  133. JanH
    July 13th, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    oh no. I didn’t realise that, I didn’t get that warning, I wonder why its giving a warning now.

    Sorry about that.

  134. Dean is an asshat…I would vote for Mittens before that POS….He stabbed Hillary from the beginning…he is a far left nutcase.

  135. confloyd,

    My point was if Hillary is drafted as a peacmaking nominee, it would be because people like Dean challenged Obama. (Admin did a sarcastic article “Howard Dean for President” a while back.)

  136. crazy horse
    July 13th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Yes, you did dahhhhhhling. Ariana married a rich ( in the closet) republican, so she could live in high style dahhhhhling.

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

    Remember when Obama talked about bitter clingy low class people at a posh ‘closed to press’ California fundraiser and someone caught it on tape? That only got posted at HuffPo because Ariana didn’t catch it, because she was on a cruise on someone’s yacht.

  137. Yes, I remember that turndownobama. The Gettys were there also. You know BIG OIL GETTYS. Inherited BIG OIL money. I don’t really care about that, the money, it’s the hypocrisy that drives me bonkers.

  138. tim
    July 13th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    here is the megyn vs powers video someone had requested in an earlier post.
    ——-
    Loved the video, no virus…

    Go Megyn!!

  139. AmericanGal, regarding the articles about Bill Clinton campaigning for Obama election picks. These stories are clearly White House propaganda. The Obama Hopium Guzzlers were stunned when Bill Clinton endorsed Romanoff in Colorado as well as Bill’s latest intervention in the Georgia race (supporting a Hillary supporter).

    The narrative the White House pushed before those Bill endorsements was that Bill was Obama’s lapdog. After it became clear that Bill was a powerful political force greater than Obama a lot of Obama stenographers (Ben Smith at Politico) were forced to admit that the “lapdog” narrative did not reflect reality.

    Now the White House wants to get the old narrative going again. So, they invited a Bill Clinton scheduler to meet with Obama lackeys and immediately leaked the story to willing Big Media ears. The sources are all “Democratic officials familiar with the talks” which means “White House thugs and DNC Obama lackeys a.k.a. OFA.

    No doubt the Bill Clinton schedulers went to the meeting to find out what Obama priorities are – in other words they got more information from the talks than they provided. Now Bill Clinton knows what Obama wants and responded with a “get back to you someday”.

    The bottom line is that Bill will endorse Hillary supporters and collect future chits for Hillary, not Obama. The most Obama can do is beg for Bill to go where Obama is not wanted, which is just about everywhere. Bill will do as he pleases. When the Obama thugs talk to candidates the most they will be able to do is promise to try to get Bill to help. The candidates will soon get the message that Obama can only beg, Bill Clinton can deliver.

  140. Whoa, one of Obama’s own advisors is now talking (anonymous) to the press (and not in a good way):

    Obama faces growing credibility crisis
    By Edward Luce in Washington

    Published: July 13 2010 18:51 | Last updated: July 13 2010 18:51

    Robert Gibbs, Barack Obama’s chief spokesman, got into hot water this week for daring to speak the truth – that the Democrats could lose control of the House of Representatives in November. But it could be even worse than that.

    Contrary to pretty much every projection until now, Democratic control of the Senate is also starting to coming into question. While Mr Obama’s approval ratings have continued to fall, and now hover at dangerously close to 40 per cent according an ABC-Washington Post poll published on Tuesday, the fate of his former colleagues in the Senate looks even worse.

    EDITOR’S CHOICE
    In depth: The Obama presidency – May-23.Obama attacked over business regulation – Jul-12.Video: Donohue on business regulation – Jul-12.Global Insight: US financial reform – Jul-12.Obama taps Lew for budget office – Jul-13.Clive Crook: A president under attack – Jul-11..In the past few days polls have shown Republican challengers taking the lead over previously safe Democratic incumbents, such as Barbara Boxer in California and Russ Feingold in Wisconsin. Indeed, given the uniformly negative direction in the numbers, it is now quite possible the Republicans could win the Senate seats formerly held by both President Obama in Illinois, and Joe Biden, vice-president, in Delaware.

    Add to that the continuing woes of Harry Reid, the Senate Democratic majority leader, in Nevada, where the Republican party’s recent nomination of Sharron Angle, a far-right and highly eccentric Tea Party supporter, appear to have had no positive effect on Mr Reid’s prospects, and the Grand Old party has a good shot at taking control of both houses of Congress. Worse for Mr Obama, political scientists say that at this stage in the calendar, there is almost nothing he can do about it.

    “If you ask me where the silver lining is for President Obama, I have to say I cannot see one,” says Bill Galston, a former Clinton official, who has been predicting for months the Democrats could lose the House. “Just as BP’s failure to cap the well has been so damaging, Obama’s failure to cap unemployment will be his undoing. There is nothing he can do to affect the jobless rate before November.”

    The direction of the data could hardly be worse. According to Democracy Corps, a group headed by Stanley Greenberg, a liberal pollster who is a close friend of Rahm Emanuel, Mr Obama’s chief of staff, a majority of US citizens see Mr Obama as “too liberal”.

    Astonishingly, 55 per cent of citizens think Mr Obama is a “socialist” against only 39 per cent who do not share that diagnosis. The same poll shows 48 per cent support for Republicans against just 42 per cent for Democrats. The numbers are eerily similar to 2006, except that it was George W. Bush’s Republicans who were on the receiving end four years ago.

    “The bottom line here is that Americans don’t believe in President Obama’s leadership,” says Rob Shapiro, another former Clinton official and a supporter of Mr Obama. “He has to find some way between now and November of demonstrating that he is a leader who can command confidence and, short of a 9/11 event or an Oklahoma City bombing, I can’t think of how he could do that.”

    In private, informal advisors to Mr Obama are almost as negative. According to one, the US public’s loss of confidence in Mr Obama’s leadership is a factor above and beyond their dissatisfaction over the state of the real economy, which continues to slow as last year’s $787bn stimulus starts to run dry. The adviser, who asked to remain anonymous, said the public did not know what Mr Obama really believed. Examples include his lukewarm support last year for a public option in the healthcare bill and his equally lukewarm support today for a Senate bill that would extend unemployment insurance and aid state governments to keep teachers in their jobs.

    In both cases, Mr Obama has offered only token, negotiable, support. “I never thought I would say this, but even I’m unsure what President Obama really believes,” says the adviser. “Instead of outsourcing decisions to Congress, he should spell out his bottom line. That is what leaders are for.”

    Next week, Mr Obama is likely to sign a historic Wall Street re-regulation bill into law. Earlier this year he did the same for healthcare. But polls show the public either does not care, or even opposes these otherwise big reforms. “The longer this goes on, the more it looks like Obama wasted his first year on healthcare,” said the outside adviser. “It’s still the economy, stupid.”

    h t t p://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/434315b2-8ea6-11df-8a67-00144feab49a.html

  141. Thanks for the analysis on Bill Clinton Admin…It will be fascincating to see just how much (and for whom) Bill does campaign.

  142. “I never thought I would say this, but even I’m unsure what President Obama really believes,” says the adviser. “Instead of outsourcing decisions to Congress, he should spell out his bottom line. That is what leaders are for.”

    The community organizer’s loyalty is first and foremost to himself, America and her greatness can be thrown under the bus.

    The a$$hole has no core, its all about retribution and revenge, and redistribtion,

    why would anyone create new wealth for it to be then redistributed away, as is the community organizer’s goal?
    (every small business I know has no plans to hire or expand their biz.)

    He calls the US Constitution “fundamentally flawed”, why would he want to defend something he calls that.

    He cannot promote “American exceptionalism”, he cannot promote something he does not believe in.

  143. “Wall Street re-regulation bill into law.”

    This will start the beginning of the next great depression to hit this country. As a small biz owner, I can tell you, this is going to make it extremely hard to get credit for smaller businesses, it will restrict capital flow to the economy, while protecting every wall street firm, who will be bailed out with future tax payer’s money.

    This will start the next huge enormous dip down in the economy.

  144. OMG, this woman hates rethugs so much that she is blinded by the truth…heartbreaking! I don’t like them either, but the truth is the truth. Obama is a thug and so are his supporters. Obama has so hynotized the white guilt folks that they can’t see the forest for the trees.

    That was some kind of video!

  145. I hope this guy decides it is just too much trouble to continue on being Potus and he steps aside. Of coarse that will leave Biden which is better, but we really need Hillary.

  146. On July 29, 2008 the New Yorker magazine published a cover featuring Obama dressed as an Arab terrorist, and his wife as a domestic black power moll like Angela Davis. The cover drew a hailstorm of rebuke and cries of racism from big media, democrats and left wing groups. The cover told an essential truth about Obama which those groups were unprepared to accept at the time. They wanted to believe that he was the reincarnation of Dr. King, and a man of peace.

    The cover revealed two things: i) first, that he would play the race card against America–like Malcolm X did, and ii) that he would tilt American foreign policy away from our allies and toward nations that hate the US and its allies. In short, the cover was an omen and people at the time would not accept it.

    Now of course they have seen and as the saying goes, seeing is believing. The 36% drop in Jewish American support from the time of the election until now, indicates many of his strongest supporters who saw him as a foreign policy messiah have since come to their senses. Unfortunately, it has come too late. By the same token those who saw him as Dr. King have since learned that his is Malcolm X. His constant invocation of the race card, plus his use of radical left wing groups to spread his message plus his exhoneration of black on white violence, coupled with his wife’s hope that black crime would spread to white neighborhoods has eliminated all ambiguity in that area.

    What this means is that many people in high places seriously misjudged the man, and this country will pay the price for their stupidity. Soros wants to destroy this country and he has been explicit about it. He knew what he had in Obama, and saw him as a means to that end. Many others who bought the lie love this country but were simply stupid. As for the New Yorker Magazine editors they can take some comfort in knowing that what Milton said is true–that truth comes like a bastard into the world bringing ill fame to him who wrought her, but every day more people are waking up.

    Obama is probably a sociopath, too shallow to hold any firm political beliefs. But if you judge him by his behavior he is not Martin Luther King. He is Malcolm X. And the more failure befalls him the more this will become obvious.

  147. Anyone watching Hannity?

    I don’t know, call me crazy, but I am starting to think Hannity is beginning to fall in Clinton love…………..
    …………
    why, you ask?

    This is about the fourth evening, when he talks about the incompetence of Obama, like tonight, how Barry says he will not rest until he fixes the hole, fixes the Gulf economy…bla, bla, bla…

    Then, does Hannity say, “If Ronald Raygun were in office, he would do this, or that……..”

    Nope!

    He says, if Bill Clinton were President now, he would be down in the Gulf, with a wetsuit on, he would do what it takes to fix the problem.

    Man love???? Maybe. 😉

  148. Admin-
    Obama can only beg, Bill Clinton can deliver.
    ——-
    No kidding Admin.

    Bill is da man, and Barry is the punk in the empty suit.

  149. The New Yorker cover artist said the message was to make fun of the people who believed those things about Obama.

  150. Admin- since you are on the blog now, I have a serious question for you.
    Why do you think Greta or Hannity will not talk about the caucus fraud in the 2008 primary?
    Greta posted a thread on her site about it, it went for 6 pages of posts from people, most PUMAs and some Rethugs asking her to cover it.
    I sent this and so did others for over 2 years, to the Fox folks and MSM folks…no one, not one except Fox and Friends even bothered to talk about it.

    Do you think Greta is afraid? Afraid of the Obama Administration if she made an issue of it?

  151. Remember the 4 R’s

    RETRIBUTION

    RESTITUTION

    Please remember the 4 R,s that are the Obama agenda in his race for total control of our great Democracy.

    RETRIBUTION
    RESTITUTION
    REDISTRIBUTION
    REVOLUTION

    We need Hillary ASAP

  152. Doesn’t Greta’s husband work for democrats somehow….maybe she’s afraid of the Obama Inc. keeping her hubbie from working…which they WOULD do.

  153. The New Yorker cover artist said the message was to make fun of the people who believed those things about Obama.
    —————————
    Then the joke is on him. He told the truth whether he knew it or not. And, many a truth is said in jest.

  154. ShadowFax, there are so many outrages and scandals to cover that it is very difficult to decide which outrages and scandals to devote attention to. Every day a whole new category of horror pops up along with myriad sub-categories of horror. Every show has to make an editorial judgment as to what to cover and what to devote time to. We doubt Hannity or Greta are particularly scared of Obama or his thugs.

    Another aspect of the problem for many of these news outlets such as Hannity and Greta is that they all have to explain why they never paid attention to this issue for the past two years. A focus on the story means a lot of information that has to be provided to an audience that has never heard of this issue before.

    Readers of websites such as Puma P.A.C., Hillbuzz and here have the background knowledge to understand this story but many people have never heard of any of this before. So there is a lot of work for news outlets to do in order to make the story understandable. Part of why there was so much attention given to this story on right wing blogs is that they too had never heard of any of this. The smart ones understand why this is a salient issue and how it can help Republicans. But others think it might be a distraction from assaults on Obama on issues such as the economy and healthcare repeal.

    It could also be that Greta and Hannity are doing the stories they were scheduled to do before the Fox & Friends segment aired. As the Black Panther story, the NAACP story, the dirt digging stories, grow then Greta and Hannity might get the tie to the intimidation of Hillary Supporters story and get on the job.

    At the least a lot of people are now aware of this story and Youtube is forever. Let’s see what happens on Sunday and if the second segment airs and what effect that has.

  155. admin — not sure if you have read HillBuzz’s latest post, I think they will be appearing on Fox and Friends this saturday to discuss the fraud of 2008

  156. at this point, I am absolutely sure these fools in the WH and Oval office have not one clue what the hell they were doing. I never thought they would, but this is just getting to new heights.

    “Hot Air
    New White House talking point: Al Qaeda is racist “

  157. Thanks for your thoughts Admin, guess MY frustration didn’t consider the business end of their shows.

  158. In both cases, Mr Obama has offered only token, negotiable, support. “I never thought I would say this, but even I’m unsure what President Obama really believes,” says the adviser. “Instead of outsourcing decisions to Congress, he should spell out his bottom line. That is what leaders are for.”
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    SHV: further confirmation of your diagnosis Dr. It is easier for a blind man in a dark room to find a black cat that is not there than for an Obama advisor to figure out what Obama believes. In the final analysis Barack believes in nothing except what will benefit him, and is loyal to no one.

  159. Re ‘talking points.’ Just because something has been chosen as a ‘talking point’ does not mean it is untrue or invalid. It may have been chosen because it IS true and IS relevant.

    For instance, ‘Palin fought her own party … Earned an 80+ approval … Tamed the oil companies’ — all this is true.

  160. For those of you who wonder why Greta doesn’t pick up the primary fraud, maybe she feels she has a conflict as her husband, John Coale, travelled with Hillary and out of disgust support John McCain.

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    John Coale, a prominent Washington lawyer, husband of Fox TV host Greta Van Susteren and a supporter of Sen. Hillary Clinton, announced today that he was supporting John McCain for president. Coale, who traveled with Sen. Clinton, President Clinton and her family through out the primary season, complained of sexism, and said the Democratic Party is “being taken over by the moveon.org types” in an exclusive interview with Newsweek.com’s Tammy Haddad. He said he tried to prevent Clinton’s brother, Tony Rodham, from attending an August 18th meeting in Scranton, Pa. with McCain campaign surrogate Carly Fiorina. “I urged him not to go and told him it would embarrass his sister, but he has a mind of his own.” Coale says Mr. Rodham asked Ms. Fiorina “about McCain’s Supreme Court picks.”

    Read the whole story: Newsweek

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/01/leading-clinton-supporter_n_122951.html

  161. The minute Powers brought up Bush she was toast. Is that all they have as an argument?? Childish amateurs at best.

  162. Now for the laugh of the day…

    Nasty doesn’t want to be blown off her perch.

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) slammed White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs during Tuesday night’s House Democratic Caucus meeting for saying Sunday that Democrats could lose control of the House in November.

    http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=news-000003700161

    Come November 3rd, Nasty – you will be sent back to your corner with a dunce cap.

    (Insert Hillary’s great laugh…)

  163. Is that all they have as an argument??
    ————————————–
    There is no plausible argument that voter intimidation by uniformed jack boot wearing men with night sticks at voting polls which turns white people away is no big deal, or that a justice department which protects the perpetrator of if he is black is not an egregious violation of the spirit and letter of the Voting Rights Act. When journalists like Cynthia Tucker at the Atlanta Constitution tells us it is okay to for black men to intimidate white voters in predominantly black neighborhoods, she is advancing the Reginald Denny defense which was that it was okay for blacks to beat up an innocent white truck driver who happened to drive into their neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles. That argument is ridiculous on its face, and it cannot be reconciled with the rule of law. Powers sought to condone that intimidation by drawing misleading comparison to the Bush Administration, distorting the facts and falling on her sword.

    This is why teachers of trial practice tell students never defend an indefensible position, and concede that which you cannot keep so you appear to be reasonable to your target audience, in their case the jurors, in our case the viewing audience. Power may or may not be a fool, but by handling herself as she did she certainly came across as one watched the interview with an objective eye.

  164. Trouble In Paradise?

    1/ Speculations rise that dims will LOSE the SENATE.

    2/ Reid’s own seat is in trouble from a tea party candidate.

    3/ Whereupon Majority Leader Reid calls Obama a “weak leader”.

    4/ Speculations rise that dims will LOSE the HOUSE.

    5/ Whereupon Obama Press Secretary admits dims could lose the House

    6/ Whereupon faux Speaker Pelosi calls Gibbs “politically inept”.

    7/ Whereupon donors shut their wallets

  165. Re the Kristen Powers and Megyn Kelly interview video above. Kristen is the young woman who allowed herself to be objectified during her first appearances on air. First she said NBP did not intimadate anyone, but reverses herself later in the interview and states, ONE case and where were you and they during BUSH?
    Kristen is a beautiful woman but she has not one fleeting thought in her head except the far far left lunatic talking points. Everytime I have viewed her on tv, she uses the same tactic over and over and over. All she really wants to do is look pretty. There is no substance or logic to her mindless banter. She likes to talk over others.
    I often wonder where her mother is.
    Megyn ate her lunch.

  166. I am just hearing part of what they(Fox&Friends) are talking about BP blood money and the Lockerbee bomber being released. THere is a new scandel brewing. I wished I would have heard all of it, but feel by the time I get home from work you guys will of got the story out. Its not on Drudge yet, but this looks big…apparently several Senators are calling for an investigation. British Petroleum and the Lockerbee Bomber being released.

  167. I went on vacation and now I have job this week and I just can’t believe how politics is exploding right now….I can only imagine how the WH is right now…LOL! Obama can’t handle all this negative press.

    Apparently the prosecution has rested its case in the Blago trial. I wonder who Blago will call?
    The press is saying absolutely nothing about it, but what I read is that Fitz is on the Obama take.

  168. confloyd @ 6:22: I’m not following that one closely myself, but it’s been on TV for several days. Monday(?) Schumer and Menendez held a presser about it. They might have called for an investigation. Trying to make BP look worse.

    Here’s a blunt assessment of Obama/Dems status today:
    …In the past few days polls have shown Republican challengers taking the lead over previously safe Democratic incumbents, such as Barbara Boxer in California and Russ Feingold in Wisconsin. Indeed, given the uniformly negative direction in the numbers, it is now quite possible the Republicans could win the Senate seats formerly held by both President Obama in Illinois, and Joe Biden, vice-president, in Delaware. Add to that the continuing woes of Harry Reid, the Senate Democratic majority leader, in Nevada, where the Republican party’s recent nomination of Sharron Angle, a far-right and highly eccentric Tea Party supporter, appear to have had no positive effect on Mr Reid’s prospects, and the Grand Old party has a good shot at taking control of both houses of Congress. Worse for Mr Obama, political scientists say that at this stage in the calendar, there is almost nothing he can do about it.
    snip
    h t t p://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/434315b2-8ea6-11df-8a67-00144feab49a.html

    Except have someone like the NAACP throw a race card on the table! We all remember a similar tactic after Hillary won NH.
    Or, he could do what Hill/Bill suggested early on: get out of the kitchen.

  169. holdthemaccountable, Lets hope he takes Hill/Bill’s advice get out of the kitchen real early.

  170. I find it quiet unusual that the amount was 20 billion that Libya paid BP and this is the amount Obama wanted from BP for the Louisiana oil mess…something is not right with this.

  171. I heard on Fox a couple of days ago that the ideal ticket in 2012 for the teaparty folks is Jindal/Bachmann. I just heard that Bachmann has raised more money than Palin. hmmm, hmmm!

  172. jeswezey
    July 13th, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Look at the history. There had been Jews living in all the surrounding Arab states. They have been driven out…forced out…by the Arab majority.

  173. I raised this possibility before…..

    If the Rethigs take the House and the Senate….wouldn’t they be able to pass a law requiring documentation of qualifications to run for President? Then O would withdraw as he obviously can’t produce.

    Or would they NOT do that so that O would run as they see him as beatable whereas if they force him out, Hillary would run and they know they can’t beat her.

  174. I got this through another network. Has this been on the blog before? I don’t remember it. By the way, Team Hillary 2012 had reach 1,000 members.

    My Private Obama, Robert Kuttner
    We in the progressive community have projected our own visions onto Barack Obama ever since we first noticed him as a remarkable political novice. It was clear from the 2008 campaign that he was a basically a centrist and seeker of common ground. But sometimes a crisis makes a presidency. And history has seldom delivered a more graphic, teachable crisis than the one that Obama inherited. So we voted our hopes that events could compel Obama to govern as a progressive

    We are still waiting, and we are a cheap date. Throw us a few bones and we brim over with gratitude:

    On health reform: a brave speech to the House Democratic Caucus and some rare hands-on leadership with two outs in the ninth inning — and hey, we knew he had it in him. Finally, the real Obama! (But it didn’t really last.)

    Or a seemingly tougher line on BP, and the company meets Obama’s demand for $20 billion to pay claims (though the small print reveals that BP limits what it considers fair claims.)

    Or a reluctant firing of Gen. Stanley McChrystal (with a denial that it was for insubordination and a preservation of the general’s four-star retirement benefits).

    And some nice, isolated one-liners about the callous Republican refusal to extend unemployment insurance or support financial reform (oddly divorced from a larger narrative or strategy.)

    But even a dire economic crisis and a Republican blockade of needed remedies have not fundamentally altered the temperament, trajectory, or tactical instincts of this surprisingly aloof president. He has not been willing or able to use his office to move public opinion in a direction that favors more activism. Nor has Obama, for the most part, seized partisan and ideological opportunities that hapless Republicans and clueless corporate executives keep lobbing him like so many high, hanging curve balls.

    None of this has stopped the progressive community from trying to put words in Obama’s mouth. A superb example is William Pfaff’s short piece in the current New York Review of Books, “What Obama Should have Said to BP.”

    It includes these choice lines:

    I have…given orders that the American functions of this company be provisionally seized or placed in temporary receivership…In no circumstances will company, proprietary, or stockholder interest be given priority over measures to terminate this emergency and to safeguard the assets or interests of the United States public or government.
    Pfaff adds:

    He then could have concluded his speech by saying to his political opponents that any Republican or Democrat who wishes to run for office in November as an opponent of these Obama Administration crisis measures – and as a defender of BP corporate and stockholder interests – as against the national interest of the United States and redress of the damage that continues at this moment to be done to the United States and its citizens, would be more than welcome to do so.
    Quite so. As Drew Westen keeps observing, the voters admire leadership and toughness, especially in a crisis. They certainly don’t admire Obama’s feeble trademark, “If someone has a better idea, I’m happy to listen to it.” As presidential declarations of resolve go, this is on a par with taping a sign, “Kick Me,” to your rear end.

    In my imaginary speeches, Obama gets serious about the jobs crisis — and then dares Republicans to try to block his efforts to put Americans back to work. But Obama and his political advisers have convinced themselves that economically vulnerable people somehow care more about the abstraction of the public debt than the immediate threats to their livelihoods.

    Even if relentless conservative propaganda had moved public opinion in that direction, which in fact it has not, the job of a president is to educate. For the definitive refutation of the elite misreading of the public views of the deficits and debts, see the fine testimony of Larry Jacobs and Ben Page, two scrupulously insightful political scientists and public opinion scholars.

    But despite our hopes, Barack Obama is unlikely to offer bolder policies or give tougher speeches any time soon, even as threats of a double-dip recession and an electoral blowout in November loom. This is just not who he is. If the worst economic crisis in eight decades were going to change his assumptions about how to govern and how to lead, it would have done so by now.

    Come November, as Republicans break out champagne, the usual commentators will offer the usual alibis and silver linings.

    The party of the newly elected president always loses Congressional seats. Not always: viz. Roosevelt, 1934, or Bush II, 2002. The two men shared nothing, except resolve in a crisis. That should tell you something. Where’s Obama’s resolve?

    Having a smaller majority will force the Democrats to be more disciplined. This is delusional. Do you really think, with the loss of a working Democratic majority, that corporate New Dems and fiscally hawkish Blue Dog Dems will be more inclined to support their president? If anything, they will be emboldened to freelance at his expense.

    Losing one or more house of Congress will compel Obama to realize that he tried to govern too far to the left and to move closer to the Republicans. Too far to the left? Only in Limbaugh-land. And we’ve seen that there is no compromise with the Republicans. Unless you embrace their whole program, they vote you down.

    Even with big losses of House and Senate seats, there is plenty of time for Obama to recoup and win re-election in 2012. Maybe, but at the rate we are going, we face a long period of high unemployment, weakening defense of much that progressives hold dear, and a presidency increasingly under siege. The more protracted the economic slump, the easier it will be for even a lunatic-fringe Republican candidate to beat Obama.

    Now, who am I to second guess the cleverest politician to come along in decades? Well, I am old enough to remember the Vietnam era when the Best and the Brightest were just dead wrong, and the kids had a surer sense of American foreign policy than the experts. I have also watched Obama’s loyal opposition — people like Joseph Stiglitz, Paul Krugman, Elizabeth Warren, Sheila Bair — be proven right by events, again and again. So there are alternative paths, as there always are. But the White House has disdained them.

    And I’ve noticed that it is the populists among Democratic elected officials who are best defended against defeat in November. That tells you something, too. Why should the project of rallying the common people against elites in Washington, on Wall Street, and in the media, be ceded to the far right? But that is what this White House is doing.

    Progressives by nature are optimists. We believe that things could be better than they are, and that a decent society is worth fighting for. We’re hopeful, sometimes bordering on wishful. A counsel of despair is not our thing. We tend to look for the best in people. That’s why we keep playing Charlie Brown to Barack Obama’s Lucy.

    Obama was consistently underrated during the 2008 campaign. Nothing would make me happier than to say in six months that I was underrating him on July 4th, 2010, and to eat a big helping of crow.

    But I reluctantly conclude that whatever progressives might desire in our private visions of who Obama could yet be, he is who he is. It is like watching a needless accident in slow motion. Without a drastic and abrupt course correction, the missed opportunities will continue to accumulate this summer and fall. The whole country, not just the progressive movement, will pay dearly. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-kuttner/my-private-obama_b_635289.html

  175. Except have someone like the NAACP throw a race card on the table! We all remember a similar tactic after Hillary won NH.
    Or, he could do what Hill/Bill suggested early on: get out of the kitchen.
    ——————————————
    Highly counterproductive tactic in this environment. Blacks are a huge percentage of the democratic base which is why it worked there, but they are only 12% of the total population, or slightly more depending on how you count. Mr. Obama is not running in this election, although the democrats who are are viewed as his surrogates since they vote in lock step with his policies which are failing the nation. The race baiting by his party, and his allies who pose a clear and present danger to society, law and order will cause rational people of all races to realize he is more like Malcolm X than Dr. King. Also, by using race the way he does, he comes across as an incompetent job holder who uses race as an affirmative defense to charges of gross incompetence.

  176. NewMexicoFan
    July 14th, 2010 at 9:03 am
    I got this through another network. Has this been on the blog before? I don’t remember it. By the way, Team Hillary 2012 had reach 1,000 members.

    My Private Obama, Robert Kuttner

    ___________________________________________

    So basically Kuttner opines that Obama hasn’t been more forceful in his destruction of the USA and THAT’s why congressional dems are about to get their ass kicked?

    Riiiiiiiiiiiight.

  177. blowme0bama

    Something is happening out there. Where it will lead I am not sure. However Kuttner’s article to me is a crack in the O wall. They have to start blaming something or someone for what is happening.

  178. Today is Bastille Day — Liberté, égalité, fraternité!
    Vive La France!
    Vive Les États-Unis
    Vive Hillary Rodham Clinton!
    And All defenders of human rights!

  179. NewMexicoFan
    July 14th, 2010 at 9:41 am
    blowme0bama

    Something is happening out there. Where it will lead I am not sure. However Kuttner’s article to me is a crack in the O wall. They have to start blaming something or someone for what is happening.
    ___________________________________________

    They can’t handle the truth.

  180. If the Rethigs take the House and the Senate….wouldn’t they be able to pass a law requiring documentation of qualifications to run for President?
    *********
    They could and if they could get it passed a Dem. filibuster, Obama wouldn’t sign it into law, end of story. The Repubs could do it for show, however, with the economy going down again, I don’t think that voters would consider that a good use of time.

  181. What strikes me most about people like Kutter is not that he is a rube when it comes to Obama but how little grasp the young whippersnapper has of the political process itself. When a president has a substantial majority of seats in the House and close to a super majority in the Senate I do not see a republican blocade stopping him. What I see is a president who cannot control his own party because his policies are so out of touch with the American People that his party members do not relish the idea of facing the voters in November and paying for his failed attempts at governance and race baiting. Recent charges by congressional leaders that Obama is weak and his press secretary is politically inept confirm my suspicion. That is not to suggest that Reid and Pelosi are any better, but at least they are more exposed to reality because their minions are facing the execution and nothing so fixates the mind as the imminent prospect of being hanged. And that is what will happen to them for sure if they consent to the rule change and diminish the role of superdelegates, who are their one and only window on reality.

  182. July 14, 2010

    At Jewish outreach event, Clinton jokes about being MOTB

    Hillary Clinton hosted a reception Tuesday in honor of the U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat anti-Semitism Hannah Rosenthal.

    Some hundred Jewish leaders and heads of groups combating anti Semitism gathered in the State Department’s Ben Franklin room for the event. Among those who attended, Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, the Anti Defamation League’s Abraham Foxman, Michael Miller of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, the Orthodox Union’s Nathan Diament, Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.), the head of the Jewish Federation of Chicago, the head of the Holocaust Museum in Illinois, and “every living relative of” Rosenthal,” Cooper joked.

    Clinton noted to laughter that beyond their challenging day jobs, both she and Rosenthal are mothers of the brides this summer.

    “Now, I should add that we have many things in common, Hannah and I, but this summer we are MOTBs – Mother of the Brides – together,” Clinton said. “If you can survive being an MOTB, being the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism seems like a relief.”

    Cooper said the humor went over well. “’Never mind dealing with terrorism – dealing with planning a wedding,’” he paraphrased Clinton’s aside, saying it fit with the overall warm and emotional tone of the event.

    “It was a nice ‘outreach’ event,” the Orthodox Union’s Diament said.

    “As far as the points made there, all the right things were said, by Hannah Rosenthal and the Secretary, who indicated anti-Semitism is particularly challenging and keeps changing its forms,” Cooper said. “Hillary Clinton knows this issue. I think the references to Holocaust denial, and the check list of issues covered by the two of them, covered most of the ground.”

    “President Obama and I are determined to curb anti-Semitism and to work to prevent the isolation of Israel internationally,” Clinton said. “I have been very struck by how much fear there is in the world today and Hannah rightly pointed to that: economic fear that often causes people to say and do things that are not in keeping with our values; fear that the modern world is going to disrupt the kind of family culture and experience that people have traditionally held onto. So we know we have a big challenge ahead of us, but I was thrilled when Hannah agreed to take this position because she is someone who is indefatigable.”

    Cooper said he has urged President Obama to travel to Israel to deliver a similar outreach message to Israelis and the wider region.

    Last week, Obama received an invitation from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to come visit. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs later said Obama hopes to get there but a trip to Israel was probably not in the cards before the end of the year.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/laurarozen/0710/At_Jewish_outreach_event_Clinton_jokes_about_being_MOTB.html?showall

  183. I have no sympathy for the super Delegates. They sold their souls to the Devil, thinking that they could rule by committee, and that the President really only had to be elected to assure their success. They ignored all of the danger signals with this candidate, and voted against their constituants. They felt that encombance would assure their success, along with the hollow speeches, that people finally figured out had no relationship to reality.

    Yes, they are trying to paint a new reality, so they can justify what they did. But the small town folk have figured it out, and they understand that Fraudulant votes are the same no matter the party, or the color of your skin, and THEY WILL NOT BE SILENT.

    Voters are simple, and they expect honesty. I am one of those. I see little honesty in this administration.

  184. touching base…almost could not believe my ears this morning in the 7 AM hour…i was going thru channels for morning headlines and caught Dylan Ratigan on Morning Joe…Dylan Ratigan does not hold back and frankly does not care who he “offends”

    …this morning he referred to O as the “little boy” and said he is no match for billionare banksters…he then went on to say, paraphrasing, that when O (little boy) is confronted by billionare banksters, O just “bends over”

    …Mika and Joe and the rest of their O cheerleaders completely freaked out…they could not believe what Dylan said and they mumbled something about his words ‘offending’ – dylan said he does not care, he is “offended” by the continued corruption

    …if anyone has that clip, please post…no one even respects O – when it gets to the point that someone on MSNBC calls him the ‘little boy’ you know things are going downhill for O (if he is being called ‘little boy’ on the air, one can only imagine what people are saying off the record and behind closed doors)

    …and next week Blago gets to ‘defend’ himself…that should make next weeks news very interesting…

  185. Obama, Winfrey among guests invited for Chelsea Clinton’s wedding

    July 14: U.S. President Barack Obama and talk show queen Oprah Winfrey are among the guests invited to attend the wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Mark Mezvinsky.

    The guest list of the July 31 nuptials that will be held at Aster Court in the picturesque village of Rhinebeck, New York has been reported by the Hudson Valley News.

    Obama is expected to land at Stewart Airport in Newburgh, New York and take Marine One across the Hudson to Rhinebeck.

    Among the 500 A-list guests who will watch Chelsea walk down the aisle are singer Barbra Streisand, Kate Capshaw and Steven Speilberg, former Clinton advisor Harold Ickes, Clinton money man Terry McAuliffe, former British Prime Minister John Major, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, media moguls Ted Turner and long-time Clinton friend Denise Rich.

    Locals are preparing for a celebrity overload in the rural town, as Hollywood royalty and political powerhouses will join Former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to celebrate the marriage of their only daughter.

    http://news.oneindia.in/2010/07/14/obamawinfrey-among-guests-invited-for-chelsea-clintonswe.html

  186. oh, one more thing…in that same timeframe on Morning Joe this morning, they showed the clip of Megen Kelley and Kristen Powers…however they showed it to mock the shouting…when clueless Mika asked what is was about, Joe and Willie state it is about the NBP/DOJ issue

    …and Mika, Joe, Heismann, Tina Brown VERY QUICKLY CHANGED THE SUBJECT…THEY LOOKED LIKE A BUNCH OF FOOLS…afraid to acknowledge the topic…all giving each other those side glances and “knowing” looks…they would not go near the issue…

    what a disgusting joke these people are…they are so false…journalists, my —!

  187. Clinton join job creation meeting at White House

    WASHINGTON — The White House is seeking help from former President Bill Clinton in its efforts to create jobs.

    Clinton will join President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House on Wednesday for a meeting with business leaders. The White House says the meeting will focus on new ways to create jobs in the private sector. The leaders will also discuss ways to increase new investments in the clean energy industry.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gjZcoCwMazySUlSK4MMvOfVvfkggD9GUSS881

  188. If the Rethigs take the House and the Senate….wouldn’t they be able to pass a law requiring documentation of qualifications to run for President?
    *********
    They could and if they could get it passed a Dem. filibuster, Obama wouldn’t sign it into law, end of story. The Repubs could do it for show, however, with the economy going down again, I don’t think that voters would consider that a good use of time.
    ————
    The way to do this is state by state. Time it in such a way as to throw a monkey wrench into their plans. Hope the dims are foolish enough to reduce the role of superdelegates, so they have no maneuvering room. Repeal his legislation, but stay away from impeachment, since that would precipitate race riots led by race hustling demogogues like Dirty Al Sharpton, Shabaz Shabaz, and I regret to say the new leadership of the NAACP who abandoned the rule of law and the colorblind concept of equality preached by Dr. King, and turned to Malcolm X. That would be an effective and less risky way for the Republicans to pursue the matter, and it would keep the independents on board.

  189. oh, one more thing…in that same timeframe on Morning Joe this morning, they showed the clip of Megen Kelley and Kristen Powers…however they showed it to mock the shouting…when clueless Mika asked what is was about, Joe and Willie state it is about the NBP/DOJ issue

    …and Mika, Joe, Heismann, Tina Brown VERY QUICKLY CHANGED THE SUBJECT…THEY LOOKED LIKE A BUNCH OF FOOLS…afraid to acknowledge the topic…all giving each other those side glances and “knowing” looks…they would not go near the issue…

    what a disgusting joke these people are…they are so false…journalists, my —!
    ————————–
    I love it. Those furtive looks, the figeting, the earnest desire to change the subject and always one in their group who does not quite get it. Last time it was Joan Walsh, and Mika acted like the street smart moll (god how ghastly she looks through the rouge the lady that’s know as Lou) whereas this time Mika was the one wearing the dunce cap. The word for it is dissembling. This business of defending an indefensible president by people who are paid to do so gets old after awhile. And a little embarrassing too.

  190. Oprah Winfrey are among the guests
    ———————————-
    In that case might as well invite Carolyn Kennedy too. Was this not originally going to be a small intimate affair? If so, then it has changed, and if it has changed, then that may be a good omen for us, or no omen at all. I cannot read it myself.

  191. Or would they NOT do that so that O would run as they see him as beatable whereas if they force him out, Hillary would run and they know they can’t beat her.

    ——————

    And they know that if Obama wins again, he will continue enacting the GOP agenda.

  192. Carol and all, let us not forget that HRC had relationships with and constructed legislation with the people that were trying to throw her out of office. That is one of the things the O cannot figure out how to do, that HRC does well. I think this is a good sign.

  193. They can also refuse to come. In the present environment, that would not be wise. If O was running strong, and HRC forgotten, they would not even give her the time of day.

  194. Mornin’ Big Pink.

    One benefit of still holding on to my Dem card is a survey that I received in the mail yesterday.
    Dems wanting to know what is most important to voter, 14 items to pick from, rank in order, and one whole page on rating Barry’s performance, then the last page to donate of course.
    They even asked if Barry should run again in 2012.
    Yes, they did ask if I was a woman or man.

    Whoooooahhhhhhh, I let them have it!!

    Not just the check in the box evaluation, but notes all over 4 sheets telling them that Barry should not run in 2012 and that if they didn’t put Hillary in as the experienced President after all the caucus fraud and delegate intimidation plus, plus all the other stuff we all know about, they will never have my support again.

    I also told them to drop the suit against Arizona, support Israel like Hillary does……….I gave Barry a ‘terrible’ performance on ever thing. On the donate page, I put an ‘X’ though everything.

    This is the second survey I have ever gotten in my life.
    It felt good.

  195. Bristol Palin and Levi Johnson are getting married
    Can you beleive it?

    Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston are getting married
    By Holly Bailey
    Holly Bailey – Wed Jul 14, 8:30 am ET

    Ah, young love. After weeks of rumors, Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston tell Us Weekly they are getting married — with or without the approval of the bride’s mother, Sarah Palin.

    The pair say they reconnected about three months ago while working out a custody agreement for their 18-month-old son, Tripp. “I really thought we were over,” Johnston, 20, tells the magazine, which puts the formerly star-crossed lovers on the cover. But after a walk, Bristol says, she was stunned how different her former fiancé was. Later, Johnston texted her: “I miss you. I love you. I want to be with you again.” “I was in shock,” says Bristol, 19.

    According to the magazine, Johnston and Palin secretly got engaged two weeks ago. Perhaps that explains the public apology that Johnston issued last week via People magazine, for lying about the Palin family. (No word yet on what celebrity periodical will be catering the reception, but our money is on OK!)

    There’s still no word on how that was received, but maybe we have a clue: Bristol is only now telling her mom, via a tabloid magazine, that she’s getting married. “It is intimidating and scary just to think about what her reaction is going to be,” Bristol says. “Hopefully she will jump on board.”

    AP

    In a statement to NBC News on Wednesday morning, Sarah and Todd Palin said that they want what’s best for their kids and that “Bristol believes in redemption and forgiveness to a degree most of us struggle to put in practice in our daily lives.”

    CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post said that Bristol Palin was 20. She is 19.

  196. Whereupon Majority Leader Reid calls Obama a “weak leader”.

    Priceless, the boxer must have run out of kool aid.

  197. An interesting quote from Taipan—-

    Calling Out the Emperor

    Not everyone is blind to the human folly that passes for leadership. Some in China, for example, have their eyes wide open.

    “China’s leading credit rating agency,” the U.K. Telegraph reports, “has stripped America, Britain, Germany and France of their AAA ratings, accusing Anglo-Saxon competitors of ideological bias in [favor] of the West.”

    It was not that long ago that Turbo Timmy Geithner, the Wall Street sycophant currently occupying the post of U.S. Treasury Secretary, confidently swore that the United States would never lose its vaunted triple-A credit rating.

    Well guess what, Timmy. We’ve already lost it. The big Western ratings agencies may still maintain triple-A status for Uncle Sam, but that’s because they are more compromised than lung cancer researchers funded by Big Tobacco.

    It has taken a relative outsider – the Dagong Global Credit Rating Company – to be the first to point out that the emperor has no clothes.

    Destroyers of Wealth

    According to the old joke, one of the scariest phrases in the English language is: “We’re from the government, and we’re here to help.”

    One might now revise that phrase as, “We’re from the government, and we’re here to destroy you. We want you to put your faith in blind institutions and false promises… to let your hard-earned savings be ravaged by the locusts of inflation and the weasels of Wall Street… and if by any chance you have anything left when we’re done with you, we want to tax the tatters of your nest egg into oblivion.”

    It’s funny in some ways, but unfortunately no joke. We have seen with great clarity these past few years how the entire Western financial system is geared towards aiding and comforting the megabanks – a natural thing, given how money cozies up to power – at the direct blood expense of the rest of the nation.

    We have watched how Wall Street bankers, in cahoots with politically supported lenders, blew up the U.S. financial system, bled taxpayers dry to rescue themselves, and are now in the process of making themselves whole through backdoor asset inflation that ravages the system with ruthless efficiency. Our political leaders may be collectively dumb as fence posts, but the string pullers behind the scenes most certainly are not.

  198. IF THEY ONLY REALIZED HOW HYPOCRITAL THEY WERE

    Et tu, Clarence Page?

    Excerpt from him complaining about the Tea Party’s alleged racist ties, but not realizing what that implies about Obama and the NBPP.

    chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/ct-oped-0714-page-20100714,0,1331264.story

    Tea party organizers are outraged that their movement is being called racist by leaders of the NAACP. But as the old saying goes, we are judged by the company we keep as well as the enemies we make.

    [snip]

    Instead, they pride themselves on staying “grass roots” with lots of different organizations carrying the tea party name. But nobody is truly accountable for the national movement.

    That lack of accountability has its advantages. When you’re not obligated to come up with solutions, you can spend more time complaining about the problems. However, it does leave your national image at the mercy of whoever happens to show up at your rallies and catch media eyes and microphones with the most outrageous protest signs or sound bites, some of which may be racially tinged.

    Nonsense, say the tea party supporters I have interviewed at rallies and elsewhere. They’re offended anyone, including the NAACP, would make the accusation. After all, they point out there were numerous examples of similarly rude signs depicting President George W. Bush as Hitler, Stalin, Satan and the like during Bush’s eight years in the White House without much objection from left-progressive leaders. The tea partiers have a point.

    [snip]

  199. Why in hell would they invite Oprah???
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    Oh lots of reasons, none of which make sense to me. But others would say big tent, building a future constituency, etc. For Oprah they will need a very big tent and so will her dressmaker.

  200. NICE ANALOGY, BAWACK. WOOHOO, TEE HEE, WHAT A CUT UP…OBAMA’S SUGGESTION THAT WE SHOULD TAKE AWAY “THE KEYS” FROM HIM.

    Leave it to O’bama to make the perfect analogy about his own ineptitude. Shouldn’t have gone there, big guy. Here’s are the best excerpts, followed by the link and then the whole article from July 9th.

    “Now, if your teenager drives into a ditch — your car — bangs it up. Got to pay a lot of money to get it out. What do you do?” Mr. Obama asked at the fund-raiser, drawing chortles from the crowd. “You take the keys away.

    “These folks drove the economy into a ditch, and they want the keys back. And you’ve got to say the same thing to them that you say to your teenager: You can’t take the keys back, because you don’t know how to drive yet.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/09/us/politics/09obama.html

    Obama on the Tightrope
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    By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
    Published: July 8, 2010

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Standing on a sparkling clean factory floor, with a fleet of battery-powered trucks behind him, President Obama on Thursday confronted a challenge: how to reconcile the grim reality of 9.5 percent unemployment with the necessity of defending his economic policies in a midterm election year.

    He resolved it by blaming Republicans — and crediting himself. The nation is climbing out of a “vicious recession,” Mr. Obama said, the result of “a decade of irresponsibility.” He ended on an upbeat note, predicting, “We’re going to emerge stronger than we were before.”

    That imagery — a bleak past under former President George W. Bush, a rosy future that has yet to materialize — is the theme Mr. Obama will rely on as he seeks to preserve Democratic seats in a tough political climate. White House officials say the president will present voters a stark choice, one he laid out later Thursday at a fund-raiser for Robin Carnahan, the Democratic candidate for the Senate in Missouri.

    “It’s a choice,” he said, “between the policies that got us in this mess in the first place and the policies that are getting us out of this mess.”

    But making the case that his policies are “getting us out of this mess” may be easier said than done, especially in an economy that isn’t cooperating. Several economic indicators, most importantly tepid job growth, point to a far weaker recovery than Mr. Obama had hoped for, and some economists say the picture may worsen.

    “He’s correct that a recovery has begun,” said Mark Zandi, the chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, who has advised Democrats. “But the unfortunate thing is that the recovery is losing momentum, the rate of growth is slowing. From a raw political perspective, the hope for incumbents was that even though the economy was still tough, that all the trend lines would be moving in the right direction. At this point, that looks less likely.”

    So Mr. Obama is walking a fine line, making the case to voters that if they just stick with him, things will improve, even as he tries to ensure that political ownership of the downturn rests primarily with a predecessor who left office nearly 18 months ago.

    “It’s our responsibility now,” said David Axelrod, Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, “but let’s be clear about how we got into the mess we’re in. Cleaning up the mess is our responsibility. Creating it was theirs.”

    Thursday’s trip to Missouri was part of a two-day swing that will also take the president to Las Vegas, where he will again talk about the economy and campaign for Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic leader, who like Ms. Carnahan is facing a tough race.

    At the fund-raiser for Ms. Carnahan, the president invoked what is turning out to be one of his favorite election-season analogies, likening Republicans to teenagers’ learning to drive a car.

    “Now, if your teenager drives into a ditch — your car — bangs it up. Got to pay a lot of money to get it out. What do you do?” Mr. Obama asked at the fund-raiser, drawing chortles from the crowd. “You take the keys away.

    “These folks drove the economy into a ditch, and they want the keys back. And you’ve got to say the same thing to them that you say to your teenager: You can’t take the keys back, because you don’t know how to drive yet.”

    Still, the White House knows the president must do more than just blame Republicans, who with support from Tea Party activists are forcefully making the case that the administration has done little more than squander taxpayer money and create a more bloated and intrusive government.

    If Mr. Obama wants to retain his party’s majorities in Congress, he must persuade voters that his policies — in particular the $787 billion economic recovery act he signed into law shortly after taking office — are having a positive effect.

    That is one reason Mr. Obama spent Thursday morning touring Smith Electric Vehicles, a maker of battery-powered trucks. The company received a $32 million grant under the recovery act, and is using the money to sell its vehicles at a steep discount to some of the country’s best-known companies, like AT&T, Coca-Cola and Frito-Lay, with the hope of generating long-term business.

    Standing on the factory floor, with the trucks arrayed around him, Mr. Obama declared that he expected energy investments to generate 700,000 jobs over the next few years.

    Mr. Axelrod said voters could expect to see more such visits as the election nears. “He was standing in an exhibit of what a positive vision can do in terms of creating jobs,” Mr. Axelrod said, “and we’re going to continue to highlight the way forward.”

    Whether the message is getting through to a deeply skeptical public remains an open question. The public is “hypersensitive” to news about the economy, said Andrew Kohut, the president of the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan group in Washington that tracks public opinion.

    In a Pew survey last month, 33 percent of respondents said the recovery act had improved the nation’s job situation. But nearly twice that many — 60 percent — said it had not.

    “So far he’s gotten nowhere convincing people that his big programs have worked,” Mr. Kohut said. “You get only a third of the public, and it’s mostly Democrats, who think the stimulus has done something. It’s kind of a show-me mood.”

  201. CAN’T THESE GUYS DO ANYTHING RIGHT???

    The poorly constructed (ahem) “health care” bill…

    The looming “financial reform” bill…

    And this:

    nytimes.com/2010/07/01/business/energy-environment/01solar.html

    Loan Giants Threaten Energy-Efficiency Programs
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    By TODD WOODY
    Published: June 30, 2010

    SAN FRANCISCO — The Obama administration is devoting $150 million in stimulus money for programs that help homeowners install solar panels and other energy improvements, which they pay for over time on their property tax bills.

    At the same time, the two government-chartered agencies that buy and resell most home mortgages are threatening to derail the effort by warning that they might not accept loans for homes that take advantage of the special financing.

    The mixed messages have alarmed state officials and prompted many local governments to freeze their programs, which have been hailed as an innovative way to help homeowners afford the retrofitting of a house with solar panels, which can cost $30,000 or more before incentives.

    “The thing that is maddening is that this is having a real-life impact with companies laying off people and homeowners in limbo as all these projects are stalled,” said Clifford Rechtschaffen, a special assistant attorney general in California.

    Under the financing programs, a local government borrows money through bonds or other means, and then uses it to make loans to homeowners to cover the upfront costs of solar installations or other energy improvements. Each owner repays the loan over 20 years through a special property tax assessment, which stays with the home even if it is sold.

    The technique, known as Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, was pioneered by Berkeley, Calif., in 2008, and 22 states have authorized such programs, which are intended to make it easier and cheaper for homeowners to invest in energy efficiency.

    So far, only a few thousand people have used them.

    But the Energy Department wants to promote the programs — and give an economic boost to companies that install energy systems — through the $150 million in stimulus funds, which are intended to help communities cover setup and administrative costs.

    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government entities that guarantee more than half of the residential mortgages in the United States, have different priorities. They are worried that taxpayers will end up as losers if a homeowner defaults on a mortgage on a home that uses such creative financing. Typically, property taxes must be paid first from any proceeds on a foreclosed home.

    In letters sent to mortgage lenders on May 5, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac stated that energy-efficiency liens could not take priority over a mortgage. “The purpose of this industry letter is to remind seller/servicers that an energy-related lien may not be senior to any mortgage delivered to Freddie Mac,” wrote Patricia J. McClung, a Freddie Mac executive.

    However, the agencies did not offer guidance to mortgage lenders on how to handle properties that carry the energy liens. Backers of the programs fear that mortgage lenders, who depend on Fannie and Freddie to buy their home loans, will now start demanding that the entire lien be paid off before issuing a new loan.

    That is what happened to Deke DeKay of Healdsburg, Calif., when he sold a house in nearby Geyserville in May. Mr. DeKay, who had purchased the foreclosed home as an investment, put in new insulation and heating and cooling systems, financed by $11,000 from Sonoma County’s program.

    “We thought this would be an interesting way of upgrading the home’s energy efficiency without adding to the purchase price,” Mr. DeKay said. “Then right before the close of escrow, the bank discovered this stuff” Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac put out and refused to approve the loan without the assessment being paid off first.

    Now Mr. DeKay is worried about his own home, which carries a $25,500 lien for a five-kilowatt solar array installed last year. “If we ever want to refinance the house, it will be impossible for us to do that,” he said.

    State and local officials, including Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York, and some members of Congress have jumped into the fray, pressing the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie and Freddie, for clarification of its position on the financing programs.

    “The letters have had a devastating impact on PACE programs in California, placing at risk hundreds of millions of dollars of federal stimulus funding, hundreds of millions of dollars of state, local and private funding, and impacting California’s efforts to promote green jobs and greenhouse gas emissions reductions,” Ken Alex, a senior assistant attorney general in California, wrote in a June 22 letter to the housing agency.

    Cathy Zoi, an assistant secretary at the Energy Department, wrote to the agency in May to express concern that the apparent policy change would weaken the Obama administration’s renewable energy program.

    Fannie and Freddie did not respond to requests for comment.

    But Alfred Pollard, general counsel for the housing agency, said, “We are very cognizant of the concerns expressed in the communities regarding the PACE programs, and we are working expeditiously to respond to the communications we have received.”

    Local and state officials say that the energy liens are no different than other types of special property taxes, like those used to finance sidewalks and underground utilities. None of those have raised alarms at Fannie and Freddie.

    Ben Pearlman, a commissioner for Boulder County, Colo., said he was worried that treating the energy liens as loans could set a precedent that would undermine local governments’ ability to pay for municipal improvements through tax assessments.

    Mr. Pearlman noted that the county had financed energy-efficiency upgrades and solar installations for 600 homes so far, but he said that the county had suspended its residential program as a result of the Fannie and Freddie letters.

    “Because they touch so many mortgages in this country, it makes it impossible for us to proceed,” he said.

    The uncertainty has had ripple effects beyond homeowners. For example, after San Francisco suspended its program, Recurve, a local retrofitting company, was forced to temporarily lay off workers.

    “We lost almost a quarter of a million dollars’ worth of projects overnight,” said Matt Golden, Recurve’s president.

    Every PACE program has been affected, according to Cisco DeVries, who developed Berkeley’s project and now serves as president of Renewable Funding, an Oakland, Calif., company that devises and administers such programs for cities and counties.

    “Nobody wants to put a property owner in a position where they have a lender who feels they’ve violated their mortgage,” Mr. DeVries said.

    It is unknown how many homeowners have encountered such problems. But Rod Dole, Sonoma County’s treasurer and tax collector, said one lender declined to refinance a local PACE participant’s mortgage unless the assessment was paid off, and a title company had asked the same for a different refinancing.

    Mr. Dole said Sonoma County, which has enrolled 950 homes in PACE, has continued its program but now discloses the lender letters to homeowners. “We are anticipating a slowdown in interest due to the uncertainty,” he said.

    Katrina Wilhelm, who enrolled in the Sonoma program to finance the installation of a solar array at her 20-acre ranch in Santa Rosa, Calif., said she was unaware of the issue.

    “That’s unfortunate because part of the draw was that the loan goes with the property to the next owner so it can be a win all around, for me and the future buyers,” she said.

  202. DEMS vs. OMAMBA

    nytimes.com/2010/07/03/us/politics/03cong.html

    Budget Deficit and Wars’ Cost Draw Fire on the Home Front
    =================

    By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
    Published: July 2, 2010

    WASHINGTON — The debate in Congress over an $82 billion war spending bill has opened up a war of a different sort — a fierce clash between House Democrats and the Obama White House over two highly sensitive issues: the nation’s huge budget deficit and the lingering wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    To help entice liberal Democrats to approve $33 billion for military operations overseas that they do not support, House leaders added more than $20 billion in new domestic spending to the bill, including $10 billion to save teachers’ jobs. In the process, the House also voted to cut $800 million from President Obama’s marquee education initiatives.

    House Democrats, led by Representative David R. Obey of Wisconsin, the departing chairman of the Appropriations Committee, said redirecting the education money, including about $500 million from the competitive grant program called Race to the Top, was a small price to pay to avert as many as 140,000 teacher layoffs this year.

    But with the bill about to hit the floor, the White House threatened a veto, startling some Democratic lawmakers who said the administration had been slow to engage on the teacher job cuts. Administration officials said Mr. Obey had opposed Race to the Top from the outset and wanted to undermine the program before he retires.

    The battle illustrates a jam that the White House finds itself in four months before the midterm elections as it tries to show that it has the backbone to reduce the deficit, while trying to avoid getting bogged down in a protracted debate about the wars and simultaneously maneuvering to protect one of Mr. Obama’s signature programs.

    At a time when Congressional Democrats are bracing for a possible Republican onslaught in November and high unemployment is a major political liability, it was the cantankerous Mr. Obey whom the White House seemed to view as a more immediate threat on Thursday.

    “We will be spending, in this fiscal year, $167 billion on the war in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Mr. Obey declared on the House floor. “It is obvious to any but the most obtuse that that expenditure is killing our ability to finance a recovery of our own economy.”

    He also rejected the administration’s complaints about cuts.

    “People need to ask themselves one question: Are they interested in simply standing by and allowing teachers to be fired day after day for the next three months all around the country or are they willing to do something about it?” he said. House Democrat leaders, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, lined up behind Mr. Obey’s plan.

    Aides said that party leaders considered a number of other spending offsets proposed by the administration but that many proved problematic. Mr. Obey, they said, found ways to pay for saving the teacher jobs, as well as for Pell grant scholarships, border security, energy loans and the Gulf Coast oil spill response.

    With Democrats arguing among themselves, Republicans excoriated them for larding the war bill with domestic spending.

    Tommy Vietor, a White House spokesman, said that Mr. Obama had made clear his commitment to the Race for the Top program, and that House Democrats were posing a false choice.

    “We also agree that keeping teachers in schools and classrooms is critical,” Mr. Vietor said. “That’s why our team has proposed a number of different offsets that pay to keep teachers in the classroom. But we don’t think we need to rob Peter to pay Paul.”

    Mr. Vietor declined to identify the administration’s proposed offsets.

    Administration officials also noted that the House bill had little chance in the Senate — a point reinforced by a dozen Democratic senators who criticized Mr. Obey’s cuts in a letter on Friday to Senator Daniel K. Inouye, Democrat of Hawaii and chairman of the Appropriations Committee.

    “Although we commend the effort to provide funding for cash-strapped school districts so they may save educator jobs, this should not be done at the expense of these vital programs,” they wrote.

    And while those objections came from Democrats, a spokesman for the majority leader, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, blamed Republicans for blocking the teacher aid. “This proposal is contained in a package that is not going to get any Republican votes,” said the spokesman, Jim Manley.

    Senior White House officials have made clear that they want the House to approve the Senate version of the war spending bill, without adding new domestic initiatives, and to pursue separate legislation to prevent the teacher layoffs.

    Teachers’ unions, which have long been skeptical of the Race to the Top program, said they were stunned by the White House veto threat, which they said showed the administration favoring programs that benefit a few states over saving teacher jobs nationwide.

    “The issue here is the immediate need to avert draconian cuts,” said Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, “versus saving and preserving and insulating every single cent of a new discretionary program.”

    Joel I. Klein, the chancellor of the New York City school system, which is competing for Race to the Top money, said Congress should save the $800 million elsewhere, even if it meant cutting federal aid for schools with high-poverty students. “Here’s a chance with Race to the Top to really change the game,” he said. “Why would you take the money out of that?”

    Mr. Obey, however, said the cut approved by the House would leave $3.2 billion for the favored programs. “To suggest we are being unduly harsh is a joke,” he said.

  203. NAACP…national association for the advancement of colored people…

    huh? they are calling an undefined hodge podge of angry and vocal americans from all areas in the country a bunch of racists???

    how about the reverse racism…the fact that they are a mirror reflection of what they are complaining about…that they are labeling unknown people as racists based on a few people at a rally that carried signs?

    how come they get to refer to themselves as colored people? if anyone else uses that term they will be called a racist…

    does it not occur to the NAACP that they are offending many average people with that overarching attack…

    O has set race relations backwards…everything is racism…everything is black and white … no grey…no coming together, just wedges between us all…

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    wbboei up thread…yes, that Joan Walsh example was perfect…that is what happened

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    here is a short clip of dylan ratigan calling O ‘little boy’ this am on MJ

    weeseeyou.com/2010/07/14/video-msnbcs-dylan-ratigan-calls-president-obama-a-little-boy-on-morning-joe/

  204. For God’s sake they need to think about this before they vote to diminish the role of super delegates. Rudderless.
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    BREAKING RANKS WHEN THE HEAT IS ON–THAT IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN AMATEURS GO TO WAR
    Eric Erickson

    I have long maintained that while this administration is great at running campaigns, it is a miserable failure at actually running an administration. It has become rudderless with too many people competing to steer the ship.

    One minute Rahm Emanuel calls the shots. The next it is Valerie Jarrett or David Axelrod or Robert Gibbs. Then back to Rahm and over to Patrick Gaspard, etc.

    Save for Emanuel, we see a group of amateurs sailing the ship of state and fighting on the battlefield of policy and politics. And we are beginning to see what happens when the heat is on, the metaphorical bullets are flying, and the amateurs are in charge. They break ranks, cut, and run.

    And along the way, they are throwing the President of the United States under the bus.

    Consider three stories out today.

    Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats confronted White House official Dan Turton about Robert Gibbs’ less than helpful comments. Turton responded that Gibbs was speaking off the cuff. Gibbs has been back pedaling ever since.

    Compare Turton’s remarks to Nancy Pelosi’s face with an anonymous White House official who said Gibbs’ remarks were intentional — they were planned:

    A White House official, granted anonymity to speak candidly, said that Gibbs’ remark was an attempt to turn the midterms from a referendum on Obama

    As Chris Cilliza points out, it probably is “not a good thing if today’s Post/ABC poll numbers continue through the fall — into a choice between Democrats and Republicans.”

    And did Turton lie to Nancy Pelosi’s face or is the anonymous White House aide lying?

    Then there is this amazing article in the Financial Times. Advisors to the President are beginning to lash out at Barack Obama himself.

    In private, informal advisors to Mr Obama are almost as negative. According to one, the US public’s loss of confidence in Mr Obama’s leadership is a factor above and beyond their dissatisfaction over the state of the real economy, which continues to slow as last year’s $787bn stimulus starts to run dry. The adviser, who asked to remain anonymous, said the public did not know what Mr Obama really believed. Examples include his lukewarm support last year for a public option in the healthcare bill and his equally lukewarm support today for a Senate bill that would extend unemployment insurance and aid state governments to keep teachers in their jobs.

    It’s important to note the terminology here. An “informal advisor” is not in the White House, but is typically someone within the President’s kitchen cabinet — people he trusts to advise him.

    In other words, the barriers have been broken: the intelligentsia is now openly attacking him. Informal advisors are attacking him on background. Very, very soon we will see White House aides expressing their frustration once they realize firing at each other on the battlefield is a waste of time and going after the guy nominally in charge puts points on the board for their post-White House books.

    This is just delightful to behold. Too bad so much is at stake.

  205. A circular firing squad is what this is turning into–ready, shoot, aim. What a wonderful time to be . . . planning a wedding. As golf great Walter Hagen once observed it is important to smell the flowers, once in a while.

  206. JanH
    July 14th, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Clinton join job creation meeting at White House

    WASHINGTON — The White House is seeking help from former President Bill Clinton in its efforts to create jobs.

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    Another Clinton to the rescue?
    Too bad obots don’t see that the parents are called in every time the out of control ‘kids’ in the Whitehouse F up something else.

    This is disgusting…..BO and MO are a total waste and getting a free pass.

    Also, seems like Bill’s blow up the hole and his ideas to fix the economy were also watched seriously by Barry and his bros.

  207. wbboei 9:15 am: [race card is a] highly counterproductive tactic in this environment.
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    Good to know.

    I cannot resist sharing this headline at RCP:
    Dems’ Lament: It Wasn’t Supposed to Be Like This
    By Jonah Goldberg
    h t t p://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/07/14/gop_shouldnt_let_obamas_crisis_go_to_waste_106308.html

  208. SARAH PALIN’S FACEBOOK ENTRY

    The Charge of Racism: It’s Time to Bury the Divisive Politics of the Past
    Yesterday at 6:58pm
    I am saddened by the NAACP’s claim that patriotic Americans who stand up for the United States of America’s Constitutional rights are somehow “racists.” The charge that Tea Party Americans judge people by the color of their skin is false, appalling, and is a regressive and diversionary tactic to change the subject at hand.

    President Reagan called America’s past racism “a legacy of evil” against which we have seen the long struggle of minority citizens for equal rights. He condemned any sort of racism, as all good and decent people do today. He also called it a “point of pride for all Americans” that as a nation, we have successfully struggled to overcome this evil. Reagan rightly declared that “there is no room for racism, anti-Semitism, or other forms of ethnic and racial hatred in this country,” and he warned that we must never go back to the racism of our past.

    His words rang especially true in the immediate aftermath of the 2008 presidential election. It seemed that with the election of our first black president, our country had become a new “post-racial” society. As one writer in the Washington Post stated: “[Barack Obama’s] election isn’t just about a black president. It’s about a new America. The days of confrontational identity politics have come to an end.”

    We, as a united people, applauded that sentiment. We were proud of that progress. That’s why it is so sad to see that 18 months later, the NAACP is once again using the divisive language of the past to unfairly accuse the Tea Party movement of harboring “racist elements.”

    Having been on the receiving end of a similar spurious charge of racism (in a recent frivolous lawsuit which was finally dismissed by a federal judge), I know how Tea Party Americans feel to be falsely accused. To be unjustly accused of association with what Reagan so aptly called that “legacy of evil” is a traumatizing experience, and one of which the honest, freedom-loving patriots of the Tea Party movement are truly undeserving.

    On this subject, I can recommend the statement issued by a man I was proud to endorse, Tim Scott, the GOP candidate from South Carolina’s First Congressional District. Tim, poised to become the first African-American Republican Congressman from the former Confederacy since Reconstruction, is himself a sign of a hopeful, truly post-racial future for our country. It gives added meaning to his warning that “the NAACP is making a grave mistake in stereotyping a diverse group of Americans who care deeply about their country and who contribute their time, energy and resources to make a difference.”

    The only purpose of such an unfair accusation of racism is to dissuade good Americans from joining the Tea Party movement or listening to the common sense message of Tea Party Americans who simply want government to abide by our Constitution, live within its means, and not borrow and spend away our children’s futures. Red and yellow, black and white, this message is precious in all our sights. All decent Americans abhor racism. No one wants to be associated with any organization that is in any way racist in sentiment or origin. I certainly don’t want to be. Thankfully, the Tea Party movement is not racist or motivated by racism. It is motivated by love of country and all that is good and honest about our proud and diverse nation.

    Like President Reagan, Tea Party Americans believe that “the glory of this land has been its capacity for transcending the moral evils of our past.” Isn’t it time we put aside the divisive politics of the past once and for all and celebrate the fact that neither race nor gender is any longer a barrier to achieving success in America – even in achieving the highest office in the land?

    I just spent a few beautiful Alaskan days with some beautiful Americans in my husband’s birthplace – they are Todd’s family and they are Yupik Eskimo. In the decades that our families have blended, I have never heard one proud, patriotic member judge another member based on skin color. Both Todd and I were raised to measure a person according to their capacity and willingness to love, work, forgive, contribute, and show good character. We’re joined by the vast majority of Americans in this belief whereby we measure a man by his character, not his color. Because of amazing efforts and accomplishments by those who came before my generation, it is foreign to us to consider condemning or condoning anyone’s actions based on race or gender. Being with our diverse family in a melting pot that is a Native village just days ago reminded me of that.

    So to leave that remote village and return back to “modern civilization” only to hear of the NAACP’s resolution today suggesting that we Tea Party Americans don’t respect equality makes me sad for those who choose to divide these great United States. It is time to end the divisive politics.

    – Sarah Palin

  209. rgb44hrc
    July 14th, 2010 at 12:13 pm
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    “He was standing in an exhibit of what a positive vision can do in terms of creating jobs,” Mr. Axelrod said, “and we’re going to continue to highlight the way forward.”
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    And was there a halo effect? Were the celestial choirs backing him up?

  210. “Okay, I finally get it.
    EVERYONE is a racist except BO, MO and their friends.”

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    Yep! Just like the Tea Party is racist but the Black Panthers are pure.

  211. Obama enlists Bill Clinton’s aid on economy

    * Obama enlists help of Clinton to reach out to businesses

    * Polls show public mood on economy is souring

    * Business group accuses Obama of neglecting jobs

    * White House report: Stimulus created millions of jobs (Updates with White House reaction to Chamber’s letter)

    By Caren Bohan

    WASHINGTON, July 14 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama sought on Wednesday to lift sagging confidence in his economic stewardship by enlisting the help of predecessor Bill Clinton, as a leading business group issued a scathing critique of the administration’s policies.

    Clinton, who presided over the 1990s economic boom, was to join Obama at a White House meeting with business leaders at 2:35 p.m. Eastern time (1835 GMT) to encourage job creation and investment, including in clean energy.

    Obama also consulted investment guru Warren Buffett earlier in the Oval Office as he gathered views on how to boost growth, the White House said.

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a leading business group, issued a rebuke of Obama’s economic agenda, accusing him and his Democrats in Congress of neglecting job creation and hampering growth with burdensome regulatory and tax policies.

    Four months before the November congressional elections, Republicans have tried to paint Obama and his Democrats as anti-business.

    Obama is increasingly turning to former President Clinton to help win over voters and the business community.

    Clinton, seen by many in corporate America as sympathetic, has helped the White House by campaigning for Democratic candidates running in November’s elections.

    And Obama on Tuesday named former Clinton administration veteran Jack Lew as the White House budget chief to help cut the huge deficit.

    With unemployment stubbornly high, polls have reinforced Democrats’ fears of big losses in November.

    A survey by The Washington Post-ABC News showed 54 percent of Americans disapproved of Obama’s leadership on the economy. In a CBS News poll, only 40 percent of Americans said they approved of Obama’s handling of the economy.

    JOBS SAVED

    To counter such perceptions, the administration trumpeted an analysis from the White House Council of Economic Advisers that said government funding of clean energy, economic development, construction projects and other initiatives was spurring “co-investment” by the private sector. [ID:nN14180700]

    The report, unveiled by CEA Chairwoman Christina Romer and Vice President Joseph Biden, estimated that Obama’s $862 billion economic stimulus package had saved or created roughly 3 million jobs, and was on track to meet its goal of 3.5 million jobs by the end of this year.

    “The impact of the fiscal stimulus suggest that the (Recovery Act) has raised the level of GDP as of the second quarter of 2010, relative to what it otherwise would have been, by between 2.7 and 3.2 percent,” the report said.

    “Real GDP growth is expected to remain steady in the second half of 2010 and throughout 2011.”

    Republicans disputed the numbers and said Obama was letting Americans down.

    “No amount of Washington spin or fuzzy math can change the fact that the trillion-dollar ‘stimulus’ is failing by the Obama Administration’s own standards,” House of Representatives Republican Leader John Boehner said in a statement.

    An open letter from the Chamber of Commerce also threatened to overshadow the White House analysis. The Chamber’s letter gave Obama credit for stabilizing the economy and preventing another Great Depression.

    “But once accomplished, the congressional leadership and the administration took their eyes off the ball,” the letter said.

    “They neglected America’s number one priority — creating the more than 20 million jobs we need over the next 10 years for those who lost their jobs, have left the job market, or were cut to part-time status — as well as new entrants into our workforce.”

    White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said it was “ironic” the Chamber was criticizing Obama’s policies toward business, given corporate profits were up sharply in the United States.

    “The Chamber has a different approach to certain issues but we have different responsibilities,” he told a news briefing.

    The Chamber released the letter to coincide with its “Jobs for America” summit in Washington on Wednesday.

    A White House request to have senior Obama aide Valerie Jarrett address the event was declined because the offer came too late. The Chamber said the request arrived on Tuesday.

    High budget deficits are among the complaints business groups have lodged against the Obama administration. A healthcare overhaul, financial regulatory reform and proposals to cap carbon emissions are cited by some corporate chieftains as examples of regulatory overreach.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN1426836720100714

  212. Tom in Paine

    [snip]

    Yes, certainly Democrats could be in trouble, but what Gibbs didn’t say is that the reason the Democrats are in trouble is because of a politically inept, incompetent, dishonest, double dealing, double-talking, conviction-less president who has run Democratic party initiatives into the ground , been tepid and ineffective on every presidential level and has just about everyone disgusted with him even though for very different reasons.

    http://tominpaine.blogspot.com/2010/07/obama-officially-throws-democrats-under.html

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    Is this too long to make a bumper sticker out of?

  213. Chemical Dispersants and Crude Oil – Efficacy and Toxicity

    This is one longA$$ article on OilDrum that although very important made my mind go fuzzy… while I tried to read it……but here is the bottom line:

    Final comments

    Prolonging spilled crude oil’s exposure to offshore sea life increases environmental harms in ways we don’t understand very well, and these harms are probably much worse than we know. In my opinion there’s no silver lining among the tradeoffs, only trading off one bad against other bads.

    It’s remarkable to me how much people have discussed toxicity of dispersants, and how little people have discussed the toxicity of crude oil, which is high for people and many other organisms. We definitely need to learn whether dispersant allows the oil to degrade fast enough and in large enough quantities to offset damage done by spreading the oil through more of the environment for longer. But we also need a comparable public discussion of the toxicity of the oil to people, to habitats and animals along the shore, and to the myriad creatures of the Gulf of Mexico.

    http://www.theoildrum.com/node/6724#more

  214. Jan–I checked out this Caren Bohan and from what I can tell she fully appears to be a mouthpiece for the Administration. Not surprisingly, she was a lead correspondent and designated Reuters Obama groupie on the campaign trail. Also she is president elect of the White House Correspondents Association for next year–who are totally invested in Obama.

    What struck me about this piece is that it seeks to rebut the article which appeared in WashPo by Fareed last week which said that business leaders in general, and even those like Imelt who supported Obama. are now saying he is “anti business to the core”. She tries to limit the damage by suggesting that it is the Chamber and the Republicans who have affixed that label to him. But it is a virtual consensus among business leaders, and it relates to the oppressive degree of regulation which he is enacting in the financial area, taxing small business etc.

    She goes on to cite some eye wash in the letter about Obama stabilizing the economy when the stabilization she refers to was effected under Bush by fed officials, and what Obama has done since taking office is pile more inextinguishable debt on the fire. This article strikes me as a pass and a prayer. The fundamentals are warped. And, as noted earlier today, China has downgraded our bonds. No mention of that in this puff piece.

  215. A White House request to have senior Obama aide Valerie Jarrett address the event was declined because the offer came too late. The Chamber said the request arrived on Tuesday.
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    What could she possibly say that they would be interested in? This is how we do in in the Illinois Combine? Is that what they want to hear? If they lift the tax burden off of corporations, look out taxpayers. And look out states.

  216. If you find yourself on a sinking ship called the USS California, and if you are rational, which are you more likely to reach for to save yourself from drowning: an anchor named Boxer or a possible life ring named Fiorina? I realize there are those who would agree with the blogger at NQ who said although California is in dire trouble but she will vote for Boxer because Carly is not right for the job. That response is neither informative, nor rational but those kind of people are out there. No doubt she will vote for Obama again based on that same logic. It is magic thinking as opposed to accountability.
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    Posted by Neil Stevens (Profile)
    Wednesday, July 14th at 3:30PM EDT

    Certain critics either say or imply that Rasmussen Reports is skewed toward Republicans, just because this cycle he predicted early that the 2010 electorate would look nothing like that of 2008.

    But that’s not the same as having a partisan bias, and in fact, comparing the latest Rasmussen poll of the California Senate race with SurveyUSA hints there is no such partisan bias to be found.

    I say that because SurveyUSA is looking much better than Rasmussen for the Republican. SurveyUSA has Carly Fiorina ahead of Barbara Boxer 47-45 (MoE 4), winning independents 49-40. It’s a slim lead, with a 41% chance that Boxer’s actually up, but it’s a lead.

    Rasmussen’s outlook is much friendlier to Boxer, putting her up 49-42 (MoE 4.5). Interestingly enough, Rasmussen has Fiorina winning independents by even more than SurveyUSA does, 12 points.

    One big difference seems to be in the Democrats. SurveyUSA gives 83% of them to Boxer, but Rasmussen jumps that to 89. Up to a 12 point swing in that segment goes a long way toward explaining the overall swing from SurveyUSA’s R+2 to Rasmussen’s D+7.

    But after this poll, I don’t want to hear about how Rasmussen’s systematically skewing things toward the Republican. I just don’t want to hear it, because the evidence isn’t there. I mean, unless you want to say that the firm’s deliberately swinging things the other way sometimes to cover its tracks, at which point you’re basically accusing Rasmussen Reports of being another Research 2000, a charge that needs a lot more proof than a few good-for-the-Republicans poll here and there.

  217. Good link, Shadowfax. First, I wanted to highlight the last two paragraphs at the end. Then a nice comment.

    Shadowfax
    July 14th, 2010 at 2:57 pm
    Tom in Paine

    1.
    And candidates seeing positive results in distancing themselves from Obama would be a template for the Democrats in the 2012 presidential election because Obama cannot win re-election. And that winning strategy is to either convince Obama not to run in 2012, or assuming Obama refuses, for someone to mount a credible Democratic primary challenge and force the issue, which undoubtedly would make Obama the first incumbent president in history to lose the re-nomination of his party.

    Don’t think it cant happen, because it can. Obama’s latest approval rating is 46%. The bottom has fallen out with independents. Hardly anyone is happy with him. So don’t be surprised to see Obama’s approval rating under 40% by the 2012 presidential elections. And no one can get elected with that kind of disapproval. As Democrats who tie their fortunes to Obama this November will probably find out.

    2.
    Another Obamanible Precedency: the first un-renominated incumbent in the history of US! Genuinely anticipated!! But who are the 40-46% of FOOLS remaining?!!

  218. BY NOW, THE U.S. PUBLIC IS ONTO THE SHAM ACT

    80% of surveyed Americans think “Obama’s Financial Reform Bill” will be as good as his HealthScare Bill.

    noir.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601070&sid=aclRkBNnumYo

    Wall Street Fix Seen Ineffectual by Four out of Five in U.S.
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    By Rich Miller

    July 14 (Bloomberg) — Americans harbor doubts that a financial-regulation bill about to be passed by Congress will do what President Barack Obama says it will: help avoid another crisis and make their finances safer.

    Almost four out of five Americans surveyed in a Bloomberg National Poll this month say they have just a little or no confidence that the measure being championed by congressional Democrats will prevent or significantly soften a future crisis. More than three-quarters say they don’t have much or any confidence the proposal will make their savings and financial assets more secure.

    A plurality — 47 percent — says the bill will do more to protect the financial industry than consumers; 38 percent say consumers would benefit more.

    “Banks and the government are making out, not the ordinary person,” says Lenore Critzer, a 70-year-old retiree and poll participant who lives in Nelson, Ohio, about 40 miles from Cleveland. “We’re going to have another crisis and worse.”

    While skeptical about the bill’s benefits, Americans don’t want a return to the days before the financial markets suffered their biggest turmoil since the Great Depression: A plurality of respondents says they have become more supportive in recent months of tougher regulations. By a three-to-one margin, Americans have grown more favorable to stronger regulation rather than less. Even Republicans have become more inclined to stricter oversight.

    ‘A Farce’

    “What happened was a farce,” says Victor Bruno, a 58- year-old surgeon in Westfield, New Jersey. “These guys were just gambling with our money. Something needs to be done.”

    Americans are about evenly divided on the question of government regulation in general. Thirty-five percent of those polled see the need for more oversight, while a third prefer less; 30 percent say the current situation is adequate. In some other national polls before the crisis, a plurality favored less government regulation.

    A plurality of respondents age 55 and older — 39 percent – – still favors a smaller government role. Younger Americans don’t agree, with only a quarter of those under 35 in favor of less regulation.

    Skepticism about the financial bill, which may be approved this week, cuts across political party lines. Seven in 10 Democrats have little or no confidence the proposals will avert or significantly lessen the impact of another financial catastrophe; 68 percent doubt it will make their savings more secure.

    Revamping Oversight

    The proposed legislation reshapes oversight of Wall Street, creating a consumer bureau at the Federal Reserve, a council of regulators to monitor firms for risk to the financial system, and a mechanism for liquidating large institutions whose collapse would threaten the economy.

    Obama praised the overhaul as “the most comprehensive reform of Wall Street” since the Depression, telling reporters at the White House yesterday that the measure “will prevent a financial crisis like this from happening again, by protecting consumers against the unfair practices of credit card companies and mortgage lenders.”

    Americans say the restructuring won’t make much difference in the way Wall Street does business. Almost half of those polled say banks will make few if any changes in the way they act in response to the overhaul; another 22 percent expect only minor changes.

    “They’re just going to find a way around the new rules,” says Pamela Evans, 24, who lives in Everett, Washington, and has two jobs, at a building company and a check-cashing firm.

    Democrats More Optimistic

    Democrats have greater optimism that consumers will benefit more than the financial industry from the proposals, with 51 percent saying that will be the result. Just 28 percent of Republicans and 35 percent of independents agree.

    Most Americans reject any new government rescues of financial institutions, such as arranged for New York-based Citigroup Inc. and insurer American International Group Inc., according to the poll.

    They also oppose letting the market work and having the private sector deal with the consequences of any collapse.

    Half the respondents think the federal government should force a company to work its way out of any problems, including bankruptcy, through the courts.

    Down on Bailouts

    Almost 60 percent of respondents say the $700 billion plan that Congress passed in late 2008 to help the banks — the Troubled Asset Relief Program — was an unnecessary bailout.

    The Bloomberg National Poll was conducted July 9-12 for Bloomberg News by Selzer & Co. of Des Moines, Iowa. Based on interviews with 1,004 U.S. adults, the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

    “The mood of the American public is highly skeptical toward government and its ability to do right by the average person,” says J. Ann Selzer, president of the polling firm. “That explains some of the apparent contradiction in seeing a need for more regulation yet having little confidence that what is currently on the table will do much for consumers. They just feel they’ve been played and they don’t want to be fooled again.”

    To see the methodology and exact wording of the poll questions, click on the attachment tab at the top of the story.

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