Festivus In July

It’s time for the airing of grievances, It’s time for feats of strength, Let others celebrate Christmas in July. It’s Festivus for the rest of us.

The origins of Festivus are not shrouded in the mists of time. We know exactly and with precision the origins of the effulgent holiday. We know the traditions. We honor the short lived traditions.



So throw away the distracting tinsel, grab the aluminum pole – it’s time for airing of the grievances and amazing feats of strength. Festivus is here.

Last week, Nancy Pelousy and Obama congressional Dimocrats, the very people who cheated and lied to drag Obama’s limp body accross the finish line in the 2008 primaries, began the airing of the grievances:House Democrats will air grievances to Obama” blared the Politico headline. It seems that the congressional Dimocrats are now aware that Obama only cares about himself and does not care about their reelection.

That was a rather tepid and late grievance. For a full fleged festive Festivus grievance we turned to scandal sheet Globe magazine:

“President Barack Obama is tangled in the mystery surrounding the murder of the gay choir director of his controversial Chicago church – and the slain man’s mother is demanding answers NOW! This week’s GLOBE blows the lid off the shocking scandal America can’t afford to ignore.”

Now that is surely a Festivus grievance. A mother of a dead gay son clamoring for answers to the murder. The Globe has aluminum pole popping Festivus grievances to air:

“Norma Jean Young speaks out about the murder of her son, Donald Young, former Choir director of Obama’s Church Trinity United in Chicago. Mrs. Young “What was the cause of my son’s death? I’m very suspicious that it may have been related to Obama.” “Donald and Obama were close friends.”

Asked who benefited from a cover-up, Norma says, “it could be anyone, including Obama.”

That is certainly a shocking airing of grievances. But Festivus should have some heart-warming stories of cheer. And what could be more heartwarming than a job promotion in these tough times? The uppity people at Uppity Woman warm our hearts with this lovely story:

In a comical move even for a czar-happy president who has rewarded dozens of cronies with distinguished titles, the White House has named the Obama’s personal Chicago cook as “Senior Policy Adviser for Healthy Food Initiatives.”

It’s no joke, even though is sounds like a bad one. The Chicago chef’s rapid ascension, reported this week by a conservative Washington D.C. newspaper, has been kept under the radar for the last month. Sam Kass went from being a 20-something, Windy City gourmet cook—privately paid by the Obama’s to feed them—to big-time White House adviser in a matter of months.

At first we thought the promotion was for “Obama’s personal Chicago crook” but we realized that it was a cook who was in this particular mix. Indeed, the cook in question, Sam Kass is quite a beauty (picture HERE). But he is a cook, not a chef as the uppity women seize the distinction and enlighten us all on this spontaneous Festivus. This particular cook is also named as one of “Barack’s Beauties” in a People magazine list.

But the news of the promotion for the lucky cook, was not the main news for those uppity people. The real story was about a dead woman and her living children (in contrast to the Globe story about the live woman with her dead son). It turns out that Charlotte McCourt proves that Festivus is also for the dead.

“Charlotte M. Tidwell McCourt, 84, of Pahrump, passed away July 8, 2010, after a long illness. She was born Dec. 25, 1925, in Wellington, Utah, and was a 40-year resident of Nevada. Charlotte held a zest for life and loved serving her family of five children; 20 grandchildren; and 65 great-grandchildren. She had been the wife of Patrick L. McCourt for 67 happy years. Active in her community, she assisted in many political figures’ campaign efforts. As an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Charlotte served as a leader in the Relief Society for over 20 years. She and her beloved husband also served a full-time mission in the Cabanatuan Mission in the Phillipines. Charlotte is survived by her husband, Patrick; children, Pat and Nellie McCourt, Dan and Lanny Shea, Bill and Marsha Sortor, David and Sherry d’Hulst, and Tom and Ann McMullin; and many grandchildren. A memorial service was held Saturday, July 10, at the LDS Chapel, 921 E. Wilson, in Pahrump. We believe that Mom would say she was mortified to have taken a large role in the election of Harry Reid to U.S. Congress. Let the record show Charlotte was displeased with his work. Please, in lieu of flowers, vote for another more worthy candidate.”

Ah, Festivus! It unites us all. Even those no longer among the quick are free to air grievances. The women at Women State joined in the Festivus airing of grievances with this video:



May we intrude with some Big Pink grievances? Well, perhaps not full fledged Festivus approved grievances, more like addenda to the record. This past May we wrote “Racist Americans Attack Mess-iah Obama”. We amused ourselves by making the case that if those who criticize Obama are racist, then those who called Hillary supporters “racists” during the primaries are racists themselves because they too are finally criticizing Obama. Now, without placing a feather in our cap, the scamps at the Dallas Tea Party have put our concept into a clever video:



Recall when we discussed in What Would Hillary Clinton Have Done? – America Thrown To The Wolves how Hillary would have handled the Gulf oil gusher? We wrote:

“We easily picture President Hillary Clinton touring the Gulf, for days, in a boat – gutting fish and those who stood in the way of immediate action. James Lee Witt would have received a phone call the very hour the Deepwater Horizon went bad. The armada against invading oil would have been organized from the start and the first speech a few days after the crisis began would have been comprehensive and effective.”

Well, guess what. Obama boob and overall oily Gulf incompetent Ken Salazar is still on the job when he should not be. But… without a word of thanks to Big Pink and at least 80 days late, James Lee Witt is now on the job. And apparently he is doing a wonderful job. That’s what they’re saying in the Gulf – oh and Jim Carville is celebrating Festivus (along with grievance airing Anderson Cooper) too and airing grievances:



Oh, we get no appreciation. Sigh. Grievance. Festivus.

And we have to Festivus grievance air on Dick Morris, specifically on his “post racial presidency” column. Morris declares:

“Now, Obama is letting his supporters strip away his image of a post-racial president by their increasingly racial rhetoric and his support for radical black activists.

Attorney General Eric Holder’s refusal to prosecute the Black Panthers so obviously guilty of racial intimidation at the Philadelphia polling places in 2008 is of a piece with the NAACP’s loud denunciation of the Tea Party movement as racists, likening it to the White Citizens Councils of the segregationist past. And the Obama Administration’s decision to sue to overturn the Arizona immigration law — despite the fact that Americans approve of the statute, and disapprove of the lawsuit to void it, by 59-28 — is an attempt to foundation his appeal to Latino voters in racial terms.

In a bid to increase enthusiasm and, therefore, turnout among minority voters, Barack Obama is sacrificing his white support and his non-racial image.”

Morris is wrong. Obama was stripped of the fake “post racial” fairy tale during the Henry Louis Gates race-baiting episode.



As we wrote in “Is Barack Obama A Racist?“:

“The fact that Obama was half-black and half-white didn’t matter much to anyone but Obama, Kakugawa says: “He made everything out like it was all racial.” On one occasion, Obama thought he’d gotten a bad break on the school basketball team because he was black. But Kakugawa recalls his father’s telling the teenager, “No, Barry, it’s not because you’re black. It’s because you missed two shots in a row.”

Now Obama Hopium Guzzlers describe anyone who opposes their Mess-iah as “racists”. But people criticize Obama not because he is black, but because he “missed two shots in a row.” Obama is a boob who race-baits to advance himself and when we point out he is a boob, the response is “racist”. Obama and his supporters make “everything out like it was all racial” but it is not. A boob is a boob, a thief is a thief, a jerk is a jerk, and color is irrelevant.

As Morris points out in his latest column, even Obama Dimocrats are airing grievances and approving less and less of Mess-iah:

“According to the FOX News/Opinion Dynamics poll, Obama’s job approval among Democrats has dropped from 84% two weeks ago (June 29-30) to 76% on July 13-14. At 76%, this level of job approval is below any the Fox News poll has ever recorded.

Why the collapse? Most likely it is due to liberal disappointment with the continuation of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the continued use of Guantanamo, Obama’s inability to cope with the oil spill, and his refusal to push immigration reform when he could have passed it before he lost his 60 vote majority. Undoubtedly, the renewed sluggishness in the economy is also playing its part.[snip]

But Obama is making his troubles worse by his insistence on focusing on his minority voters to the exclusion of even the white liberal electorate. Consider Obama’s decision to sue Arizona over its immigration law. The general electorate backs the Arizona statute by 59-29 according to the FOX News poll. But 38% of Democrats support it as well (50% oppose it). Obama’s refusal to prosecute the Black Panthers for voter intimidation after they stationed themselves outside a Philadelphia polling place in military uniforms with clubs also underscores the growing exclusion of whites of all stripes — including liberals — from the Obama base.”

Oh the spirit of Festivus is strong when we quote Dick Morris. And speaking of Black Panthers, the Washington Post ombudsman airs grievances:

“Thursday’s Post reported about a growing controversy over the Justice Department’s decision to scale down a voter-intimidation case against members of the New Black Panther Party. The story succinctly summarized the issues but left many readers with a question: What took you so long?

For months, readers have contacted the ombudsman wondering why The Post hasn’t been covering the case. The calls increased recently after competitors such as the New York Times and the Associated Press wrote stories. Fox News and right-wing bloggers have been pumping the story. Liberal bloggers have countered, accusing them of trying to manufacture a scandal.

But The Post has been virtually silent.”

Get to the truth. Investigate fully and get the results of the investigation fully aired to the public – where ever the chips may fall. The Ombudsman makes the point we fully endorse:

“The Post should never base coverage decisions on ideology, nor should it feel obligated to order stories simply because of blogosphere chatter from the right or the left.

But in this case, coverage is justified because it’s a controversy that screams for clarity that The Post should provide. If Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and his department are not colorblind in enforcing civil rights laws, they should be nailed. If the Commission on Civil Rights’ investigation is purely partisan, that should be revealed. If Adams is pursuing a right-wing agenda, he should be exposed.

National Editor Kevin Merida, who termed the controversy “significant,” said he wished The Post had written about it sooner. The delay was a result of limited staffing and a heavy volume of other news on the Justice Department beat, he said.

Better late than never. There’s plenty left to explore.”

There sure is plenty left to explore. Grievances should be investigated and fairly debunked or fairly confirmed. Maybe someday The Washington Post will discuss the 2008 primaries.



And there is this latest installment into the investigation:



There’s plenty left to Festivus grievance about. Obama’s dog on a separate jet to join Obama and Scowley on their latest vacation. As the uppity people note, “Imelda Obama” (we call her Mary Todd and “Scowley”) “do as I say, not as I do”.



What about that dress??? Were those oil stains or perspiration from all that alleged gardening? Oh, Festivus. The airing of the grievances is better than Dreidels or glittery ornaments on trees. As to gifts, this one is ready made for Festivus celebrants:



The Hopium addled will not enjoy this wonderful gift. As useful as this bumper sticker removal kit is, a much more needed invention is a “racist” label or “racist” resolution removal kit. A wayback machine to remove embarrassing YouTubes could be helpful as well to Hopium Guzzlers and race-baiters.

Festivus celebrants do not need gifts to enjoy the holiday. On Festivus grievances about the economy can be aired even as we know that it will take many years for the economy to recover with a boob at the helm. Jobs? Not with a boob at the helm – so just air your Festivus grievances. Air your Festivus grievances Obama endorsing and Obama loving Mort Zuckerman. Keep calling it “our economic Katrina” Mort. You bought him, you own him.

Air the grievances Obama lovin’ Charles Blow. Keep making excuses and keep deluding yourself that things will get better for the boob and that he will be reelected. Air the grievances you idiot blowhard:

“A CBS News poll released on Tuesday found that “a majority of Americans have a negative impression of the economy and expect the effects of the recession to linger for years.”

One of the most stinging findings: “Only 13 percent of Americans say Mr. Obama’s economic programs, among them the stimulus package, have helped them personally. Twenty-three percent say they have hurt, while 63 percent say they have had no effect.” Ouch. That’s an abysmal favorability return on an enormous financial investment.

A Gallup poll released on Friday found that satisfaction with the direction of the country among members of the president’s own party has dropped by a fourth since last month.

The BP disaster poisoned the waters of the gulf and sent saddening waves of tar balls and dead animals washing up onto its beaches. One of the president’s responses was to call for a moratorium on new deep-water drilling. Not cool, say gulf residents. An ABC News/Washington Post poll released on Wednesday found that 3 in 5 residents from the areas most affected disapproved of the moratorium and 7 in 10 disapproved of the government’s overall response to the disaster.

Polls continue to find that more people disapprove than approve of the Justice Department’s decision to sue over Arizona’s immigration law, a move that Hillary Clinton let slip was being made under Obama’s direction.

And, the N.A.A.C.P. scratched an old wound this week when it called on the Tea Party to expel racists from its ranks. The Tea Partiers protested — too much methinks — because the racism is a rap they can’t seem to beat.”

Continue to race-bait Charles Blow. Continue to think that Obama is sure to win in 2012. Continue to notice that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are not friends. Air your grievances. You will however not be invited to the wedding.

All those people who wrote silly stories about how Obama now controlled the Clintons and now Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton were part of the Obama Team, now have grievances to air. They were wrong. They will not be invited to the wedding. A lot of people will not be invited to the wedding. No Oprah, no Barack, no Doris. Air your grievances – it’s Festivus.

Air your grievances John Edwards, surely you have a bunch with more to come this and next year:

“Aaron Sorkin — best known for creating “The West Wing” — will make his feature directorial debut with a John Edwards biopic.

Sorkin’s adapting and producing Andrew Young’s “The Politician: An Insider’s Account of John Edwards’s Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal That Brought Him Down.” Project’s not yet set up at a studio.

Young, a longtime Edwards aide, gained notoriety during the 2008 presidential primary when he admitted — then later recanted — an affair with Edwards’ mistress Rielle Hunter and claimed Edwards’ child from that relationship as his own.”

Ah, the grievances of Festivus. But something is missing. Something is missing. Where are the feats of strength?

Oh, yes. The feats of strength.

Grab your aluminum polls. Here are the feats of strength:

Bill Clinton Has the Most Political Capital

Nearly half of voters (49 percent) would be less likely to vote for a candidate if President Obama campaigns for them. That’s 10 points higher than the number that would be more likely to vote for that candidate (39 percent).

It’s about the same for former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin: 51 percent would be less likely to vote for a candidate she backs and 37 percent more likely.

Former Republican presidential candidate and Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney also risks doing more harm than good: 31 percent of voters would be more likely and 39 percent less likely to vote for a candidate if Romney campaigns for them.

Only former President Bill Clinton receives an overall positive response. By 45-41 percent, voters would be more likely to vote for a Clinton-backed candidate, rather than less likely.

By 16 percentage points, independents are more inclined to vote for a candidate supported by Clinton (47 percent) than Obama (31 percent). Clinton also outperforms Palin among independents by 24 points.”

Whoa! Can you imagine what a Hillary Clinton endorsement is worth these days? Talk about feats of strength.

Sarah Palin is showing a feat of strength among Republicans too. Isn’t that just ducky. A woman in the lead in the Republican Party!

And Hillary. We’ll talk about her this coming week. Talk about feats of strength.

Happy Festivus Everybody!!!

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244 thoughts on “Festivus In July

  1. We never thought Democrats would do this.

    We posted the video in the article but we don’t want anyone to miss the second installment of the Fox & Friends series. Fox & Friends promises to keep the series going. Encourage them to do so. Here’s the Part II video:

  2. grab the aluminum pole – it’s time for airing of the grievances and amazing feats of strength. Festivus is here.

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    Happy Festivas, let the rants begin…

    …and now I am back to reading the Admins looooooooooooooooooooong awaited post.

  3. thank you admin for posting that second installment. I am so happy Fox is covering this.
    I mailed copies of that movie to the un-DNC, never got a damn response.

    And Go Sarah, she is doing great no matter how much the dying MSM tries to destroy her!

  4. Sorry, I gotta post as I read Admins wonderful post…I will forget half of the details by the time I am though if I don’t.
    ———
    Admin – It seems that the congressional Dimocrats are now aware that Obama only cares about himself and does not care about their reelection.

    …………………oh, so now they realize that Barry doesn’t give a RATsa$$ about them.

    Yet, that is the flippin’ excuse delegates gave us in Denver that instead of voting in the convention for the people they represented, Hillary voters, they would not get money nor support from the DNC in their reelection if they didn’t switch their votes to Obama!!!

    They bowed and we lost. November is payback Baby!

    This makes me livid!

  5. This particular cook is also named as one of “Barack’s Beauties” in a People magazine list.

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    He is actually better looking than Larry Sinclair…………

  6. speaking of Larry Sinclair, my wife and I were at the grocery store, and near the checkout line, on Globe Magazine’s cover piece, Donald Young’s mom is accusing the community organizer and his mentor Rev Wright of going after and murdering her son because they were going to some man’s club in chicago together and apparently had a relationship together and they didn’t it to hinder the community organizer’s political path

    It was on the cover of Globe Magazine this week.

  7. Are the American People smart enough to figure this out? I keep asking that question, and the people I ask keep demurring.

    Turndown, I gave a couple thoughts in response to your question about color blind doctrine. See bottom of last blog.

    John Siegel is Pacific John whose report on caucus fraud in El Paso I posted a few weeks ago. It Houston it was worse. In Laredo where I was BOTs got violent and tore the door off the gymnasium building at one of our precincts while they waited for scared State Officials to open the caucus. Six squad cars were called in. Nice people they are.

  8. admin

    great post well worth the wait
    and in the spirit of the holiday I think I will buy a few copies of We will not be silenced and send it to a few select persons. Where can I buy it?

  9. I am so happy Fox and Friends was covering the caucus fraud today, I posted the video on my Facebook page,I hope others do the same and forward it to their friends.

  10. #
    henry
    July 17th, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    shadow
    have you a link for Fox and friends story you referenced?
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    Admin has posted it twice henry, once in the thread post, and in the second post by Admin above.

  11. To some people this matters people dying in the desert because our southern border is unprotected, but to skinny man barack it just gets in the way of stuffing his face with ice cream and vacationing in Maine, far from the oil soaked gulf shores where Michele invites the little people to vacation–and eat cake.
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    Immigrant deaths in Arizona desert soaring in July

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    PHOENIX (AP) – The number of deaths among illegal immigrants crossing the Arizona desert from Mexico is soaring so high this month that the medical examiner’s office that handles the bodies is using a refrigerated truck to store some of them, the chief examiner said Friday.

    The bodies of 40 illegal immigrants have been brought to the office of Pima County Medical Examiner Dr. Bruce Parks since July 1. At that rate, Parks said the deaths could top the single-month record of 68 in July 2005 since his office began tracking them in 2000.

    “Right now, at the halfway point of the month, to have so many is just a very bad sign,” he said. “It’s definitely on course to perhaps be the deadliest month of all time.”
    From Jan. 1 to July 15, the office has handled the bodies of 134 illegal immigrants, up from 93 at the same time last year and 102 in 2008. In 2007, when the office recorded the highest annual deaths of illegal immigrants, 140 bodies had been taken there through July 15.

    Parks said his office, which handles immigrant bodies from three counties, is currently storing roughly 250 bodies and had to start using a refrigerated truck because of the increase in immigrant deaths this month.

    He said many of the bodies seem to be coming from the desert southwest of Tucson, where it tends to be hotter than eastern parts of the border or the Tucson metro area.

    Authorities believe the high number of deaths are likely due to above-average and unrelenting heat in southern Arizona this month and ongoing tighter border security that pushes immigrants to more remote, rugged and dangerous terrain.
    Erik Pytlak, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said Tucson’s average nighttime lows in the first 15 days of July are the hottest for that period in recorded history.

    If nighttime temperatures don’t cool down enough, the human body doesn’t get a break from the daytime heat, which has hit 109 degrees in recent days in southern Arizona.

    “Instead of having one day of a lot of heat, you have day after day after day, and you have a steady stream of people in the desert – people start succumbing, unfortunately,” Pytlak said.

    He said if possible thunderstorms materialize over the weekend, that could lower temperatures. But if rain doesn’t fall and there’s cloud cover, the situation could get worse because clouds hold temperatures up at night, he said.

    While the bodies that go the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office don’t represent all the deaths on the Arizona border, the Border Patrol also is seeing the effects of the weather.

    “It does seem like the heat is really having a pretty significant impact right now,” Agent Colleen Agle said.
    Agle did not have statistics for July but said agents have been seeing “quite a few” deaths that appear heat-related.
    On Thursday, she said the Border Patrol responded to a call from a husband and wife from Mexico who were experiencing difficulties because of the heat. When agents got there, the 25-year-old man had died; his 22-year-old wife survived and will be taken back to Mexico.

    “Unfortunately, (agents) just didn’t get there in time,” she said, adding that finding immigrants in distress is often extremely difficult because of the vast and treacherous terrain. “It’s really sad when this happens. Even one death is too many for us.”

    Deaths among immigrants occur despite public service advertisements warning them of the dangers of the desert, and the efforts of humanitarian groups that man aid stations for immigrants in distress and 20 Border Patrol rescue beacons in remote areas of the desert that immigrants can activate if they need help.

    Border Patrol statistics for the entire U.S.-Mexico border show that deaths among illegal immigrants peaked at 492 in fiscal year 2005 and declined every year until last fiscal year, when they rose to 422.
    The Border Patrol says the agency rescued nearly 1,300 people last fiscal year.

  12. Shadowfax
    my bad
    thought you were referencing something newer

    I just watched the new trailer and I am curious as to why this is now getting attention. I remember seeing almost everything two years ago. So why now why is it getting attention?

  13. Feats of strength – even Clinton haters miss Clintons:

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-smith-20100715,0,923252.column

    Democrats are beginning to panic as we speed toward the midterm elections. They have good reason to get nervous as they ponder the spectacle — so unlikely a year or so ago — of being reduced once again to a minority in the House of Representatives. The deservedly repudiated Republicans miraculously stand to benefit from the anger of the dispossessed middle class.[snip]

    Rick Newman summed it up in a column a week ago: “The government’s potions are starting to wear off. The stimulus spending will gradually wind down over the next couple of years. The Fed has ended its biggest financial maneuver, meant to juice demand for bonds, stocks and other securities. After being extended once, the homebuyer tax credit has expired for good. And with the huge national debt becoming a problem in itself, Congress has begun to shut the door on further aid to the unemployed, strapped state governments, and other supplicants.”

    Meantime, the current occupant of the White House is looking more and more like Jimmy Carter, and we all know what happened to him. Ronald Reagan rode roughshod over his ambitions for a second term. Alas, the GOP has no Reagan-like figure to run against Mr. Obama. Sarah Palin? I guess I’d take her over Newt. The whole sour thing makes me wax nostalgic for, gulp, Bill Clinton. I’m not kidding.

  14. OMG.

    I just read what that witch Kathy Griffin just called Scott Brown’s daughters. She was CNN, and when Larry King put up Brown’s picture up, Griffin says, “oh that’s Scott Brown, his daughters are prostitutes.”

    This is a digusting piece of work of a human being.

  15. Howard Fineman airs grievances:

    http://www.newsweek.com/2010/07/16/obama-s-indie-crash.html

    Barack Obama did not descend from the clouds. Polling was involved, as were focus groups and the usual marketing machinery. You didn’t hear much about number crunching in 2008; you don’t hear much about it now. Obama couldn’t, and can’t, be seen as unsoiled and sui generis if his handlers talk too much about mechanics. But that does not mean they aren’t busy. In fact, they are nearly frantic, as Democrats face the possibility of losing not only the House but the Senate.

    Obama’s lead pollster, Joel Benenson, and veteran Democratic pollster Geoffrey Garin have zeroed in recently on one particular slice of the 2010 electorate: what Obama senior counselor David Axelrod calls “indie men”—independent male voters. Obama won over these voters in 2008, and they may be all that stands between Democrats and catastrophe this fall. But this time he’ll have to use a completely different strategy to lure them back.

    It’s easy enough to understand the arithmetic of the midterms. Republicans are united and motivated, if only by their almost pathological fear of the president. They will turn out. Staunch Democrats, by contrast, are long past the giddy high of Obama’s historic victory. Minorities and other liberals are disappointed by what they regard as Obama’s lack of zeal—and he isn’t on the ballot in any case. These deep-fried Democrats will not show up to vote at anywhere near the record levels of 2008, and neither will young and/or first-time voters, who rarely come out for midterms. So if Democrats are to avoid a wipe-out, they need to protect some of the big gains they made two years ago among self-described independents, who, in some polls, make up 40 percent of likely voters in November. And most independents (51 percent) are males. “They’re a significant number,” says Mark Mellman, the polltaker for Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, “and a decisive number.”

    As Butch Cassidy once asked, who are those guys? They don’t differ much from the country as a whole in income and education, though they are slightly younger on the average. They are overwhelmingly white (87 percent in the Benenson-Garin poll). There are few evangelical Christians among them, but more Catholics than in the overall electorate. Most important, they’re not a parliament of Solomons, respectfully weighing the platforms of the two parties. “They are highly disdainful of both parties,” Garin told me. “They kind of hate everybody in positions of power, including government and big corporations.” They do not like ideological rhetoric, and they focus on concrete results. In other words, they’re Americans, but more so.

    The Democrats’ support among this group has fallen to as low as 35 percent in some polls. The reasons are clear. They do not believe that Obama’s actions have produced results—and for these practical voters, nothing else matters. The $787 billion stimulus bill is widely regarded as an expensive, unfocused dud, even when measured against the cautious claims the Obama camp originally made for it. Health-care reform remains, for most voters, a 2,000-page, impenetrable, and largely irrelevant mystery. The BP oil spill has hurt Obama’s ability to fend off GOP charges that he’s ineffective as a leader.

    Democrats are hoping to win back this group with one strategy: attacking the Republicans, individually and as a group. Asked the standard generic question about which party’s congressional candidates they are likely to support in November, “indie males” prefer the GOP by a margin in the teens. But after pollsters bombard these voters with negative information about GOP proposals, the margin drops to only 2 percent. In the Dems’ favor is the fact that these voters believe, by 52 to 34 percent, that Obama is dealing with economic problems he mostly inherited. “They understand that most of this is not his fault,” Garin says.

    The plan is not to blame George W. Bush, or to seem to be blaming anyone about the past, but to warn that a return to the GOP brand—which isn’t popular either—would be a disaster. “The key is to be specific,” says Mellman. That means a lot of talk about how Republicans favor tax cuts for the rich, tax subsidies for global corporations, lax supervision of consumer banks—in other words, the familiar approach Democrats have used for decades. The goal, if not to win over these guys, is to keep them away from the polls. It is not a strategy for which Obama is temperamentally suited, but at this point it may be his only hope. Just don’t expect him to mention the polls.

  16. admin,

    the financial “reform” bill is POS. It will hurt small businesses like mine severely, small businesses don’t have compliance offices and armies of lawyers to figure out all this chitty new rules, it hurts us because we cannot afford to hire people for these damn useless rules, and only helps those big corporations who can afford to deal with these new useless regulations.

    Its usually me and my accountant who have spend even more time dealing with this nonsense, and all that solidifies in my mind is that I will not be hiring any new employees for the next couple of years.

  17. For the first time in close to 20 years, I am afraid of losing my business. I truely am. Everything they do they are doing to hurt the middle class and hurt the private sector.

    They tout that small businesses create 70% of the jobs, yet do everything damn possible to stifle and hurt any potential growth in small businesses. Every small business I work with or know the owners are petrified as to what chit is going to be thrown at them next. And the DeathCare is the most frightening of it all, the mandates, the taxes, who in their right minds is going to expand and hire people?

  18. tim
    sorry but you ain’t seen nothing yet– if they pass crap and trade it will destroy small businesses. But I guess thats the point. Mom and pop owned and operated will be crushed. Applebees and the like will completely dominate.

  19. admin,

    I don’t know how you do it, but you must have a batallion of research soldiers at your side. Either that or you are superhuman. Your ability to pull info and stats from all over the place and over a span of time is truly amazing.

  20. “Mom and pop owned and operated will be crushed.”

    henry, you nailed it. The Big Corporations are hoarding cash(and I don’t blame them), and small biz like mine don’t have much cash to hoard (we don’t have huge profit margins to begin with), but they will not hire at all and if they do its on a very temporary basis.

    No one is going to hire. I was planning on hiring a couple of people for the summer, but now that this finance “reform” POS bill has passed, I have no plans to hire, its much harder hire and then fire, rather than being sure the revenues are going to there to support those new hires, which I don’t see for the next couple of years.

  21. #
    henry
    July 17th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Shadowfax
    I am curious as to why this is now getting attention. I remember seeing almost everything two years ago. So why now why is it getting attention?
    ———–
    Henry, I was asking myself the same question and considering the time of year and the time of the show on very early Saturday morning, here is my conclusion.

    First – why wasn’t the caucus fraud story picked up by the media when all of us were passing this information on before the general election, back in 2008?

    MSM didn’t run it because they wanted Obama in the White House. The half black male was their hero and they didn’t want Hillary, the Clinton’s nor women running the country. Plain and simple.

    Why didn’t Fox run the story when we sent it to them too?
    Because they wanted Obama to run in the General election, they knew McPalin would not win against Hillary.

    Now, the second part of your question:
    Why run the story now?

    Running the story at the crack of dawn is a ‘trial balloon’ for Fox. See if the story gets legs, see how it goes down.
    If the story is hot, which it is………then why not run it closer to November when all the segments are released and possibly researched by Fox.

    Then, possibly expose it before the election, and use it for 2012 too.
    Showing the DNC, Obama and Democrats cheat in elections, even cheating to win from someone of their own party. This also fits in with backroom bills passed by congress.

    It also says this for Republicans:
    Republican media along with Democratic MSM had the story and refused to expose it.
    Neither party cares about the voters, the votes nor cheating.

    The Republican’s do not want to run against Hillary in 2012, she is their biggest threat and the Democratic Party with her running the show is the biggest threat they have.

  22. Shadowfax
    Guess you are right. I was just wondering if all it really ever takes is that one voice. In this case Megyn Kelley? I saw the panthers video two years ago most likely here. I remember emailing the video where the two women catch the bambi folks conspiring to game the caucus to every local and national outlet. Crickets. Then boom its every where. Which makes me wonder how it came to Kelley’s attention and why she dove on it.

  23. #
    JanH
    July 17th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    admin,

    I don’t know how you do it, but you must have a batallion of research soldiers at your side. Either that or you are superhuman. Your ability to pull info and stats from all over the place and over a span of time is truly amazing.
    ———–
    I agree with that!!!

  24. Henry
    Guess you are right. I was just wondering if all it really ever takes is that one voice. In this case Megyn Kelley? I saw the panthers video two years ago most likely here. I remember emailing the video where the two women catch the bambi folks conspiring to game the caucus to every local and national outlet. Crickets. Then boom its every where. Which makes me wonder how it came to Kelley’s attention and why she dove on it.
    ———–
    Prime time is the key.
    A show put on in the wee hours on Fox and Friends is like putting the 9-11 story on Craigslist in one area.

    That’s why God invented the internets…………to spread the word. Get it out there, it is not 1950 where we have to wait for Walter Cronkrite to tell us the news. Hopefully someone that is brave on primetime will run it…

    Remember how the poor students in Iran used twitter to get out the news and deaths in their protest………..it went viral.

  25. Bravo, admin!

    This is a rotflmfao post!

    What a riot!

    I LOVED that FESTIVUS clip and also the BO BS removal kit!

    I needed a laugh today and you gave me enough to get me through the next few days!

    😀

  26. Tim, perhaps you also noticed that CNN reporter Dana Bash died laughing when Griffin called Brown’s daughters prostitutes and CNN anchor stood there with a dumb look on his face, which is pretty normal for him.

  27. INSURERS PUSH PLANS THAT LIMIT CHOICES… DEVELOPING…

    Drudge is having it’s own Festivus and teasing like our Admin.

  28. What bothers me is that while it is great that at least one media outlet (Fox) is finally airing the cheating/stealing of votes from 2008, it seems that they aren’t willing to admit that they and other media outlets let this happen in the first place.

    This is twice now that Fox has interviewed people who helped in making this documentary and totally ignored their comments about the media’s responsibility here.

    Shame on Fox.

  29. I am curious, what is the fitting cocktail for Festivus?
    Sorry I am a firm believer that every holiday deserves an alcoholic beverage. I can’t even tell you how much bourbon I consume during rammadan

  30. henry
    July 17th, 2010 at 5:50 pm
    Shadowfax
    my bad
    thought you were referencing something newer

    I just watched the new trailer and I am curious as to why this is now getting attention. I remember seeing almost everything two years ago. So why now why is it getting attention?

    _______________

    I believe that the primary voter fraud is getting attention now because the whistleblower lawyer who outed the Justice Department on the New Black Panther incident said on Fox that the during the 2008 primary there was a great deal of voter fraud committed against Hillary. I believe he also mentioned the sexism that she had to withstand. I think that the New Black Panther Party opened the door with his comments and Fox was very interested and picked up on the primary voter fraud as well.

  31. I believe he also mentioned the sexism that she had to withstand.
    _______________________

    Sorry, it was John Coale, Greta Van Susteran`s husband who left the democratic party when he saw first-hand how they treated Hillary. He travelled with her campaign people and when the Democrats stole the nomination he left and supported John Mccain. It was he who stated that he was sick about the sexism that Hillary was subjected to.

  32. andyp
    still don’t get the timing.
    why now why not last year or next year?
    Maybe I am just bitter as suddenly people go “my god did you hear what happened in phily”

    everything is cyclical I get that, but for me it is so strange to listen to the people that I bombarded with facts two years ago now saying something isn’t right.

    It just gives me a creepy sort of feeling.

  33. Paul Gigot of the Wall Street Journal reported that outgoing budget director asked business groups including the round table, chamber of commerces etc why they felt obama was anti business and to articulate their specific criticisms. What the White House got back was a 54 page indictment which Gigot felt was pretty harsh. The interviewer asked Gigot how can the democrats and Obama get back on the side of business. Gigot smiled and said that is what elections are for.

  34. henry: the answer andyp gave is perfect. There may be one other little factor here too, namely the upcoming election. If past is prologue the dims will try voter fraud and intimidation again in 2010 and 2012. With people like Shabazz it is to be expected. These pieces highlight the issue so when it happens again the public will say ah ha there they go again. It is the voting rights of the American People that Barack wants to steal, and these exposes undermine what little credibility he has left, except among those people who are too dumb to notice.

  35. The simple fact is that no matter how much we may go to Fox to get some of the news that the MSM refuses to air, the Republican’s and everyone on Fox are not going to air the caucus fraud unless it benifits Republicans.

    Yup, we are just a tool in their box of tricks to get back into the White House. The caucus fraud is only useful to Republicans for the following reasons.

    1- To show what crooks the Democrats are, the DNC and Obama

    2- To influence Independents to support the ‘good’ guys in the Republican party because THEY don’t cheat on women in their party, they just don’t vote for them and say they are not ready.

    3- The Republican’s think Hillary is more ‘capable’ than Obama, but giving too much credit to Hillary’s win in the primary would make her a more difficult candidate to beat in 2012…as if she isn’t already.

  36. Shadowfax

    #3 makes sense to me. But I’d have thought it all would have played out closer to November. Isn’t it a sad state of affairs that instead of trusting journalists I immediately look at how they are trying to manipulate me. I was a journalism major for a semester. Beaten over the head with who what when where and how and integrity.At least four classes were about ethics. The stuff gets pounded into your head. So I am disturbed that of the thousands of journalists employed by media only a few have exhibited any integrity.The question How do they sleep at night? fits when it comes to our media

  37. wbboei
    July 17th, 2010 at 8:21 pm
    henry: the answer andyp gave is perfect. There may be one other little factor here too, namely the upcoming election. If past is prologue the dims will try voter fraud and intimidation again in 2010 and 2012. With people like Shabazz it is to be expected. These pieces highlight the issue so when it happens again the public will say ah ha there they go again. It is the voting rights of the American People that Barack wants to steal, and these exposes undermine what little credibility he has left, except among those people who are too dumb to notice.
    __________________

    I agree. Back in 2008 while the lovefest for Obama was in full force it was not expedient to bring up the caucus fraud. Now that he has fallen off his perch, so to speak, it is acceptable. There is an election coming up and it never hurts to put people on notice that they are up against a corrupt group who will go to any extent to win.

  38. henry
    July 17th, 2010 at 8:11 pm
    andyp
    still don’t get the timing.
    why now why not last year or next year?
    Maybe I am just bitter as suddenly people go “my god did you hear what happened in phily”

    everything is cyclical I get that, but for me it is so strange to listen to the people that I bombarded with facts two years ago now saying something isn’t right.

    It just gives me a creepy sort of feeling.
    _______________

    It is not such a noble gesture. It is expedient for Fox to bring it to their followers` attention at this point.

  39. henry
    Journalism and intregity is dead in most of the media.

    You have the MSM supporting the Democrats point of view, and Fox supporting the Republican point of view.

    I watch Greta because she seems to give some from a Dem point of view, but even she is mainly supporting the Rethug point of view.

    We would all love to have one place that tells the dang truth, but until then, we have to cherry pick and cross reference everything to try and find the truth ourselves.

    Actually, isn’t that what PUMAs have been doing for the past two plus years? We are at least more experienced at it than most.

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  41. Shadowfax

    I just cannot believe that the entire journalism community could be complicent. I only watch Greta, Bret Baier(sp?), Megyn Kelley and Bill Hemmer. As long as greta isn’t discussing a missing child or linsay lohan’s latest escapades I found her top notch. Bret reminds me of the evening news when I was a child. Strikes me as direct honest and believable. I think Kelly is wicked smart with a lawyer brain. Hemmer is good but probably watch him more as he is eye candy.

  42. lets see, it appears the British are only getting more pissed at America, apparently there is a Margaret Thatcher movie coming out with Meryl Streep, and it will be a lefty hit piece on PM Thatcher, and the Thatcher family is livid over this.

  43. henry
    July 17th, 2010 at 8:57 pm
    Shadowfax

    I just cannot believe that the entire journalism community could be complicent. I only watch Greta, Bret Baier(sp?), Megyn Kelley and Bill Hemmer. As long as greta isn’t discussing a missing child or linsay lohan’s latest escapades I found her top notch. Bret reminds me of the evening news when I was a child. Strikes me as direct honest and believable. I think Kelly is wicked smart with a lawyer brain. Hemmer is good but probably watch him more as he is eye candy.
    ___________________

    I believe if Greta`s husband had not been involved in the Hillary Campaign, Greta would bring it up. The way Hillary was treated is also a very sore topic with her husband. They are both lawyers and she may consider bringing the primary voter fraud up as a topic to be discussed on her show to be a conflict of interest. Not sure, but just putting it out there.

  44. admin– like so many other posters, I too have to thank you again for all your hard work. I loved that last vidoe you just put up.

    No doubt this lady will not go on CNN, where they think its funny to call girls of a senator they don’t like “prostitutues” and the anchor laughs at this nonsense.

  45. andyp

    I remember how Greta handled the affair, In my opinion she was very professional and reminded her viewers over and over again to think for themselves. Wish i had possessed the prescience to have recorded, but there she was a commentator not a reporter being as fair as any one. I can think of at least ten times when she said essentially think for yourselves. Infuriates me that i can’t recall dates but she was basically calling the media out in saying think. It was after Super Tuesday and it happened several times during the primaries.

  46. I believe if Greta`s husband had not been involved in the Hillary Campaign, Greta would bring it up. The way Hillary was treated is also a very sore topic with her husband. They are both lawyers and she may consider bringing the primary voter fraud up as a topic to be discussed on her show to be a conflict of interest. Not sure, but just putting it out there.

    ————-
    Better to get a weigh in by the lawyers in the house…I am too bias and didn’t take the bar. 😉

  47. Shadowfax
    July 17th, 2010 at 9:11 pm
    I believe if Greta`s husband had not been involved in the Hillary Campaign, Greta would bring it up. The way Hillary was treated is also a very sore topic with her husband. They are both lawyers and she may consider bringing the primary voter fraud up as a topic to be discussed on her show to be a conflict of interest. Not sure, but just putting it out there.

    ————-
    Better to get a weigh in by the lawyers in the house…I am too bias and didn’t take the bar.
    ________________

    I am not a lawyer, but I think Greta is essentially decent and that she would have brought it up.

  48. Okay how did wwboei get the trademarks next to kahlua and baileys?
    ——————————
    The distiller saw the name Soros and immediately sought trademark protection.

  49. Well, I just ran across this little article about Greta and her husband by a Rethug.

    Funny how stories get all twisted when a big element is left out, either by misinformation or lack of it.

    When the general public is unaware of the caucus fraud in the primaries, even Greta and her husband were attacked for supporting McPalin after the primaries…dragging down Hillary, Bill, and Sarah all in one fell swoop.

    Here it is, by a nobody that claims to have done his research…(at least a nobody to me.)

    —-

    Black Helicopters: Van Susteren, Scientology and SarahPac

    It’s Friday and instead of posting yet another blog about government, I thought I’d change it up.

    This week I caught wind of an intriguing story about politics and friendships and simply couldn’t stop myself from doing some sleuthing to see if the story had any legs.

    Oh yeah it has legs and a big checkbook along with a devotion to L. Ron Hubbard.

    The black helicopter is about to depart…..are you getting on?

    (2/20/09) The media like every industry is highly competitive. Getting a highly sought after story or interview is ratings gold.

    So the question has to be asked; why has Fox News Greta Van Susteren been consistently striking it rich when it comes to getting exclusive interviews with Governor Palin?

    Van Susteren landed Palin’s first interview after she returned home from her Vice Presidential run in November and this past week Van Susteren landed the first public media appearance by the governor’s daughter and grandson.

    From snowmobiling and cooking moose hot dogs in Wasilla, to greeting racers at the end of the Iron Dog in Fairbanks, Van Susteren has had more one on one face time with Palin than most State commissioners.

    So what’s the reason?

    A theory emerged this week that Van Susteren’s husband, John Coale, a powerful Washington D.C. trial lawyer, is enamored by Palin and put up the cash to create SarahPac. Also, the fact that Van Susteren and her husband are strong followers of Scientology appears to add some sub text to the story line.

    The couple’s relationship to Scientology has been well covered in the media and on blogs. While at CNN, Van Susteren was accused of pressuring management to kill a story critical of scientology. Coale has represented the interests of the church in various lawsuits, including a suit against the makers of Ritalin.

    Coale is a big Democrat player and was a huge supporter of Sen. Hillary Clinton during the Democratic Primary. After Clinton lost in the primary, Coale complained of sexism, and said the Democratic Party was “being taken over by the moveon.org types” according to a Newsweek article.

    Why was Coale a Hillary supporter?

    During President Clinton’s terms, his administration was friendly towards Scientology as a bi-product of hanging with the Hollywood crowd.

    According to a 1998 New York Post article, President Bill Clinton promised John Travolta that the Administration would work with the German government to advance acceptance of Scientology in that country if Travolta would soften up his portrayal of the Clinton character in Primary Colors.

    Travolta is among Hollywood’s most tireless missionaries for Scientology.

    Afterwards, Clinton’s National Security Adviser Sandy Berger and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright met with German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel to urge his government to moderate its opposition to Scientology.

    On September 1, 2008 , Coale announced he was supporting John McCain for president. Now why would a Democratic supporter and high-level scientologist abruptly switch support to the McCain/Palin ticket?

    When Hillary Clinton lost her bid, Coale began looking for a candidate that would be friendly towards Scientology because Obama was not.

    While some of this can be debated, one thing cannot be; John Coale has become a close and personal friend of the governor.

    On October 22, 2008 the Baltimore Sun reported this blurb in their politics section:

    So there’s John P. Coale the big-time-Democratic-fundraiser-turned-Mc Caniac, in the spin room after last week’s presidential debate. Signs announce the various campaign surrogates offering their opinions on who’d won. He spots one with a familiar name; Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley.

    Coale, a trial lawyer, gave O’Malley a $500,000 loan in the waning days of his campaign for governor. Coale and the gov supported Hillary Clinton in the primary. But they haven’t seen eye to eye on the race since September, when Coale “came out,” as he puts it, for John McCain.

    So these two were not about to talk politics. Better to take up some less awkward topic, like that unusual lapel pin Coale was sporting. It was blue, with eight stars, representing the Big Dipper and the North Star.

    Coale said it was the Alaska flag.

    “Sarah Palin gave me this,” he told them.

    Coale has traveled with the McCain campaign and has spent time with Palin, whom he has found to be smart and fun to be around.

    But he got the pin from his wife, Fox newswoman Greta Van Susteren. She’d brought it back from a trip to Alaska and told her husband that Palin had given it to her to give to him. But Coale later found out the pin didn’t come from Palin. Van Susteren was just teasing Coale, who admits to being “enamored” of Palin.

    He still tells people the pin is “a gift from my girlfriend,” and he doesn’t mean Van Susteren. Is Greta OK with that? “She knows it,” he said.

    On January 7, 2009, the Washington Times quoted Coale in a story about how some non Obama supporters were leaving Washington D.C. to avoid the inauguration.

    “I am getting as far from D.C. as I can. I may go to Alaska and see Sarah,” says John Coale, referring to Mr. McCain’s Alaskan running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin.

    There certainly appears to be a real connection between Coale and Palin and it would appear that Van Susteren and Palin have forged a relationship that allows for special access.

    We attempted to review the Federal Election Commission data base to see if there was any Coale connection to SarahPac, however the groups first public disclosure doesn’t occur until April.

    http://www.andrewhalcro.com/van_susteren_scientology_and_sarahpac

  50. To the attorneys here I have a quick question— During the 08 campaign everyone was screaming about abortion and gay rights. A republican will destroy that and blah blah blah. Well I am not an attorney and at best I think I read a John Grishom novel a 100 years ago. To my very limited knowledge r v wade and the Texas sodomy case were decided on issues of privacy which is not mentioned in the constitution but common law and the rubber band clause gave lattitude and boom we have a right to privacy. Yet every freaking day the government is getting in my bedroom and my kitchen. Laws about trans fat and smoking and everything else. None of the govt’s business but am I wrong or all of these laws being sponsored by and pushed by the same people who are adamant about reproductive rights. My apolgies I am not that smart but if the government can tell me I can’t have trans fat because they are looking out for me seems to me r v wade and texas v somebody are kaputt. Am I wrong? Common law is the deal, right?

  51. My apolgies I am not that smart but if the government can tell me I can’t have trans fat because they are looking out for me seems to me r v wade and texas v somebody are kaputt. Am I wrong?

    ———
    henry, there is a big difference in some of the things you lump together as ‘private rights’.

    Rove vs Wade is not about privacy, if it were, women could go to some private doctor for an abortion and keep their medical history private…at least for now.

    The issue is the right to have that abortion in the first place, and all the entanglements of life, conception, sacred sperms and the position of religion in the middle of it.

    The issue of deciding if you can have trans-fat, smoke like a champ or whatever…last I looked, you still had the right to do all of those things. Beck and the right are making it sound like the food police will raid your refrig, but they are pushing the envelope on that one. It is more about labeling so at least you know more about what you eat and can make an informed choice.

    The gay issue I will leave for those that are more informed to comment. Some see it as a privacy issue, others a right to be themselves in society. Also gets into the marriage issue which also stumbles on religion again.

  52. Hopefully the RNC will get that video aired on some MSM outlets as it would be very effective(and it does not bad mouth Bill or Hillary).

  53. Shadowfax
    With all due respect I disagree. R v W has nothing to do with reproductive rights. All about privacy. I think pelosi may actually be the person to over turn r v wade. I am a simple guy but I was taught that all the Supreme Court does is evaluate cases based on precedent. I hope I am wrong but from my perspective the do gooders banning joe camel and happy meals are doing a greter diservice in the long run.

  54. AmericanGal, in the “malaise” video you posted, Brzezinski talks about how many, himself included, were enamored by Obama. No longer.

    Tim, in the Mort Zuckerman article what it all boils down to is that the business community does not trust Obama.

    Both Brzesinki and Zuckerman are saying what we knew to be true years ago.

  55. henry
    July 17th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Shadowfax
    With all due respect I disagree. R v W has nothing to do with reproductive rights. All about privacy.
    ———
    I think this is an important issue to discuss as a PUMA. I often think this is why it is so much easier for the guys at Hillbuzz to make the jump over to the right side then it is for many women that are feminists in the Dem part of the PUMA group, like I am.
    As much as I don’t like having to worry about Rove vs Wade being overturned, I do.

    Please go into specifics as to why you disagree with what I said, I am open to your ideas as a gay man. I am not gay, so I may not see it from your perspective.

  56. Shadowfax
    I apologize.

    But it just makes me want to scream when reproductive and gay rights are used as election tools.

    The issues are very similar. In that they are about privacy. Everyone gets so worked up every two years about abortion or gay rights or gun control. Maybe I am just an idiot but the Pelosi.reid obama cabal scares me a hell of a lot more than even the most extreme conservative, they are passing so many scary limiting laws that it almost feels like a horror film. Bloomberg is the worst.

  57. Henry, this is an interesting read – Justice Ginsberg’s doubts about the Roe v. Wade decision:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/29/politics/ginsburg.html

    It was a telling choice of a quotation that underscored Judge Ginsburg’s own seemingly anomalous role as both an authentic heroine in the legal battle for women’s rights and a prominent critic of what many see as the crowning accomplishment of that battle, the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade that established a constitutional right to abortion.

    Her criticism of the 1973 decision, expressed over the years but most notably in a lecture at New York University Law School three months ago, has somewhat discomfited her home crowd of feminist lawyers and other leaders of the women’s movement. Sound bites suggesting that her commitment to abortion rights is something less than unwavering have been the inevitable result.

    The difference is not over the ultimate goal of a right to abortion fully anchored in the Constitution and secure against political undermining. Rather, Judge Ginsburg’s lecture reflects a long-running debate about whether that goal could have been better achieved by another route, as a matter both of constitutional doctrine and judicial strategy, and over what lessons to draw from the tortuous history of abortion rights in the 20 years since Roe v. Wade was decided.

    Judge Ginsburg’s critique of Roe v. Wade is twofold. First, she said in the New York University lecture, as she has written for years, the right to abortion might have been more secure had it been grounded in the concept of women’s right to equality rather than in the right to privacy. “The Roe decision might have been less of a storm center,” she said, had it “homed in more precisely on the women’s-equality dimension of the issue.”

    Given the fact that the right to privacy has become little more than a code word for abortion in current political discourse, it might appear startling to divorce abortion from privacy and seek a home for abortion rights elsewhere in the Constitution.

    But the equality argument for abortion rights — essentially the notion that women cannot participate in society equally with men without the ability to control their reproductive lives — was in fact part of the abortion-rights movement from its earliest years. An equality argument was among the arguments presented to the Court in Roe v. Wade.

    While Justice Harry A. Blackmun’s majority opinion took a different path, a theoretical debate continued in academic legal circles throughout the next decade. Judge Ginsburg, who as a litigator arguing cases before the Supreme Court had helped create the modern constitutional law of women’s equality, continued to press for equality.

    The argument at times became bitter because of a new element: the proposed equal rights amendment to the Constitution. Some leaders of the long and ultimately unsuccessful campaign for the amendment were concerned that too close a link between equality and abortion would pose a political threat to the E.R.A. by driving away potential supporters of the amendment who did not share the abortion-rights agenda.

    In any event, long after the equal rights amendment died and the argument faded into history, it was the Supreme Court itself that revived the equality basis for abortion rights in its ruling last year in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the Pennsylvania case in which the Court reaffirmed the right to abortion.

    Among the reasons that Justices Sandra Day O’Connor, Anthony M. Kennedy and David H. Souter gave in their opinion for adhering to the “core” of Roe v. Wade was a sentence that could have been written by Judge Ginsburg: “The ability of women to participate equally in the economic and social life of the nation has been facilitated by their ability to control their reproductive lives.”

    The second part of Judge Ginsburg’s critique concerns the scope of Roe v. Wade, and it is this part that has made some abortion-rights leaders, including Kate Michelman of the National Abortion Rights Action League, somewhat wary. Judge Ginsburg has argued that by issuing a broad ruling that swept most state abortion laws off the books, the Court created an inherently vulnerable precedent that led to a backlash and short-circuited a liberal trend then under way in the states.

    While her New York University lecture discussed Roe v. Wade specifically, her critique reflected a more general approach to judging and to the development of the law. “Measured motions seem to me right, in the main, for constitutional as well as common-law adjudication,” she said. “Doctrinal limbs too swiftly shaped, experience teaches, may prove unstable.” She praised the Court’s opinion last year in Planned Parenthood v. Casey for opening a “renewed dialogue” between the states and the Court.

    Marcy Wilder, senior staff lawyer for the abortion-rights league, said in an interview today, “When she says that Roe went too far and that Casey is progress, we have to know whether she’s saying that a lesser standard of protection for abortion is a better standard.” Ms. Wilder said it was far from clear historically that most states would have liberalized their abortion laws significantly on their own.

    Helen Neuborne, executive director of the NOW Legal Defense and Educational Fund, also took issue with the notion that a more gradual approach by the Court might have avoided political fallout from the anti-abortion side. There are many possible explanations for the events of the last 20 years, Ms. Neuborne said, including a failure by abortion-rights groups to protect their court victories by early grass-roots organizing.

    “These are very complicated issues,” Ms. Neuborne said. “She believes that incremental in the long run wins the race. Some of us want everything all the time, all the way. It’s a legitimate discussion. Her vision may be the vision of the future. Her gift may be to be able to build and hold the middle of the Court, to accomplish our goals in her style.”

    This somewhat abstract debate over style and approach will become concrete soon enough if Judge Ginsburg is confirmed. On abortion, for example, the Court has a substantial amount of unfinished business before it in defining the standard the Casey opinion adopted for judging state restrictions on abortion.

    The Court said last year that state regulations must not place an “undue burden” on women’s access to abortion. By the Court’s next term or soon after that, the Justices will be confronted with abortion regulations that have had full trials under the new standard and that pose the question of what burdens are actually “undue.”

    Judge Ginsburg’s written work leaves unclear how she will approach this second-generation abortion debate, and which abortion restrictions she would be most likely to strike down. Justice Byron R. White, to whose seat Judge Ginsburg has been named, never voted to strike down any.

  58. Shadowfax

    Again please I apologize. I just get upset and passionate. I wish one of the wicked smart attorneys was hanging out tonight and could direct you to the proper analysis of Roe v Wade or countless other cases that deal with when the government has to mind its own business and stay out of your womb your bedroom your diet whatever.

    The right to privacy isn’t about not being seen naked or being able to get an abortion without anyone knowing
    but rather it an assumption that there is a naturally born right to blah blah blah

    will let the smart lawyer guys express with their talents what I cannot

    I just think its scary when the way left passes law after law after law regulating how I live eventually these things come up in court.

  59. henry, I agree that women’s reproductive rights and gay rights are used as an anchor that ties many to the Democratic party.

    I would love nothing more than for the Republican party to say they will never overturn R vs W and they will accept gay rights for all.

    Both issues are tied to religious beliefs on the right, that’s one of their main pillars… and that’s just a fact.

    Some Republican presidents will look the other way, but I think that’s the most we can hope for on these two issues, that is what I think.

    ———–
    I still would like details on how R v W is a privacy issue and not a reproductive rights issue for women. I haven’t leaned anything yet, other than you disagree…

  60. admin
    just started reading article you posted but I am alredy annoyed withe the line “a constitutional right to abortion.”

    Sorry maybe I really am as dumb as that proverbial post but when did the Supreme Court say it was a right to be able to get an abortion. My shoddy education says nope never happened instead I learned that the government was supposed to mind its own business. Stay out of my womb my bedroom and so forth

    DID I MISREAD THE LAW?

  61. admin
    thanks great read

    I just get so frustrated. Somewhere there is a quote sort of like the road to hell is paved with …..

    The pelousy/reid/obama cabal passes all these laws that are just completely wrong and no one blinks an eye.

    Yet each law eats away a little more of personal liberty. No one gets upset cause its a good thing. Well ten years from know when he supreme court ,,,,,

  62. admin
    July 17th, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Henry, this is an interesting read – Justice Ginsberg’s doubts about the Roe v. Wade decision:

    ————-
    Thanks for that link Admin…..

    The idea was to first give equal rights to women, what a concept.
    Then make a permenant tie to women’s reproductive rights.

    Of course the ERA hasn’t passed in enough states to make women finally equal with men.

    Oh, please don’t get me started on the ERA……….. 😉

  63. Gack, sorry for the typos…I got all worked up thinking about women only having the right to vote in the constitution and still not being equal with men.

  64. Shadowfax
    July 17th, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    My comments about the Palin families newest development their daughter’s engagement to Levi Johnston was meant in a strategic sort of way.. We can agree to disagree, I suppose would be my best and final answer.

  65. Mrs. Smith, I didn’t link your log in name to my comment because I didn’t take it personally with you.

    As a single mom of a 26 year old son with raging hormones, I was looking though my own lens… 😉

  66. “As a single mom of a 26 year old son with raging hormones, I was looking though my own lens…”
    ______________________

    Well, there we have a common thread just multiply mine X 4 sons.

  67. “I have my hands full with just one, don’t know how you do it.”
    ___________________________

    I buy testosterone repellent by the gallon when it’s on Sale at K-Mart! 🙄

    Just kidding… Girls are harder and more expensive. I consider myself lucky.:)

  68. What a treat it is to come home and find the promised article by administrator.

    It’s been a stressful day and I’m looking forward to getting my mind off of “stuff” and read about the knock down, drag outs of politics!

  69. Mighty fine postin’, admin! In my opinion, the magic number is between 30 and 33%. If Obumbles falls to a 30% approval rating nation wide, that will be the moment for Hillary to strike. If that moment comes after the November elections, even better. Democrats will HAVE to look at other Democrats to vie for the nomination at that point. With her tireless work ethic during this bad time in the country, her intelligence and experience, and the threat to Democratic women that the Republicans will break the glass ceiling first, Hillary won’t even have to campaign TOO vigorously (not that I would stop her. Hell, not that I COULD stop her lol) to reach the nomination, and eventually, the White House. First things first, and that is getting these corrupt asshats out of the leadership and/or Congress as a whole. Starting with asshat Reid. Asshat….

  70. shadow said:
    Rove vs Wade is not about privacy, if it were, women could go to some private doctor for an abortion and keep their medical history private…at least for now.

    The issue is the right to have that abortion in the first place, and all the entanglements of life, conception, sacred sperms and the position of religion in the middle of it.

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

    The ‘privacy’ cited in WAde vs Roe is an obscure legal meaning of the term. I’ve forgotten just what it does mean, but it’s not the same as our current term which suggests ‘hidden’ or ‘secluded.’ It’s something to do with control of one’s own body.

  71. turndown, see Admins post:

    admin
    July 17th, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Henry, this is an interesting read – Justice Ginsberg’s doubts about the Roe v. Wade decision:

  72. Some Republican presidents will look the other way, but I think that’s the most we can hope for on these two issues, that is what I think.

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

    I have a wild hope for Palin. I think she is sincere in her pro-life attitude. It’s not her agenda, but what little she has done, has been PRACTICAL: giving pregnant women support and options to help care for their babies. AND SUPPORTING CONTRACEPTION and sex education in schools.

    It would fit her profile, if she became president, to take after the drug companies as she took after the oil companies — and force them to develop better contraceptives. (Also she could persuade some anti-abortion people to accept contraceptives.)

  73. Didn’t Hillary recently say something about abortion being a ‘fundamental human right’? At some conference in Canada a few weeks ago?

  74. turndownobama
    whoa got say you are way off the mark.

    R v Wade is about privacy cut and dry Read the case. The right to choose is a fabricated fairy tale.
    R v wade is about privacy and has very little to do with a woman making a choice about a pregneancy.

  75. Just catching up on the blog, making my way through Admin’s wonderful holiday treat, and wanted to mention something as I came across John Siegel’s interview with Fox and Friends.

    He did a great job, as did Gigi, but I hope, if any PUMAs are gonna be on FOX again, that someone mentions the letter that Hillary’s lawyer, Lyn Utrect wrote to the DNC. Lyn’s letter mentioned scores of charges against the Obama campaign — such as counting children as votes, counting votes that were on post-its, counting votes for Obama that were actually for Hillary, etc.

    I figure, since there is an audience now, I think it would be a good way to support the comments they are making, and also show that there was even worse things done in the caucuses. It would also help FOX to keep the pressure on the DNC to respond, if they can bring up the letter that Hillary’s campaign sent to the DNC.

    Anyway, just my two cents. No biggie if others don’t think this is a good idea, but just thought I’d put that out there…

    Now back to reading the blog…

  76. ADMIN
    With your wealth of knowledge and unparalled acumen with regards to the law. I would love a big pink version of Roe v wade and Lawrence v Texas decisions.

    Thank you in advance

  77. I can’t remember where I saw a good explanation of the difference between ‘privacy=seclusion, secrecy’ and ‘privacy=controlling one’s own body.’

    Oddly I associate it with an article about Caroline Kennedy and the NY Senate seat.

  78. turndown
    The right for a woman to elect to not have a child or the right for a man to have another man inside him are not and never have been rights

    Th SCUS has ruled over the years that there is a right to privacy. The opinions are great reads.

    Gaven Newsom is more of a threat to our constitution than a 100 thousand conservatives.

  79. So much for idiot Roger Cohen’s claim that Hillary’s only working on “Nagorno-Karabakh, disputed Ottoman crimes of World War I and, if she’s lucky, U.S. bases on Okinawa.”

    http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/07/201071842649336595.html

    Clinton in Pakistan for talks

    Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, has arrived in Islamabad for a two-day visit that will focus on economic aid and Pakistan’s role in the war in Afghanistan.

    Clinton will attend at least one public event in Islamabad on Sunday. Her talks on Monday will include several senior Pakistani officials, including Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the foreign minister.

    The US delegation is expected to press Pakistan to escalate its war against armed groups in the country’s northwest – particularly the so-called “Haqqani network” – supposedly the deadliest group operating in Afghanistan whose fighters often take sanctuary in Pakistan.

    Clinton will also likely press Pakistan on its role in “reconciliation” talks between anti-government fighters and the Afghan government. Some US officials suspect that Pakistan will encourage fighters with links to al-Qaeda to join the government.

    “For the United States, it is key that the Afghan government, and those Taliban elements who may join it, have no links to al-Qaeda, and that Afghanistan does not again become a base for al-Qaeda,” Teresita Schaffer, an analyst at the US-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, said.

    Hmm, I didn’t see any mention of the WH’s little boys being sent on behalf of the US to talk to Pakistan… 🙄

  80. From up yonder at Admin’s post:

    “The BP disaster poisoned the waters of the gulf and sent saddening waves of tar balls and dead animals washing up onto its beaches. ***One of the president’s responses was to call for a moratorium on new deep-water drilling.*** Not cool, say gulf residents. An ABC News/Washington Post poll released on Wednesday found that 3 in 5 residents from the areas most affected disapproved of the moratorium and 7 in 10 disapproved of the government’s overall response to the disaster.”

    ____________________________
    Not being cool is the least of it- How about if the spill was a deliberate act for reasons known only to Soros, Obama, Salazar and Hayward?

    I don’t know if I mentioned it here or not- I know I did say it privately though. (You can do the eye roll thing if you want), if anyone reading here still believes Soros hasn’t a hand in just about everything Obama does.

    Obama laid down the moratorium on the Gulf Oil rigs to free them up for Soros’ Off shore Brazilian Oil project. It wouldn’t surprise me to learn (if it could be done) that the Gulf Oil Spill was a grand scheme concocted between Soros, Obama, Salazar and BP adviser, Tony Haywood to accomplish just that- perhaps the duration of the spill was negotiable but when the Judge interfered (which, I agreed with) and reversed the ruling on the moratorium is when it became evident there was a backstory because of Obama’s reaction to the ruling. I looked deeper… and found a story at Bloomberg of Soros crying the blues because the oil rigs were sitting idle in the Gulf and not on their way to SA. I understand Soros did get a few rigs from I believe, Sweden and Iceland. And until just recently, first responders were actually allowed to do some serious work to begin mitigation of the poisonous oil with their skimmers.

    We know Haywood was relieved of his duties carrying the burden of his dirty work full on talking to reporters and inventing stories of the (non) progress of BP technicians because…. he was about to crack… Somebody has to get to him before he winds up dead and get the Truth from him before he is deep-sixed by the onerous sycophants who enlisted him in the first place, as the insider to get the job done for Soros and Obama, before it’s too late.

    Well, that’s one grievance out of the way- thanks, Admin-

  81. love the way you type in Democrapic blunderground in the browser and it just knows you want that DU place. Even it thinks its crap.

  82. I bet its not the only example Biden has of bad book-keeping……..laughing my ass off.

    Some embarrassment for Vice President Joe Biden, stemming from his 2008 presidential campaign — a $219,000 penalty from the Federal Election Commission for bad bookkeeping.

    The fine includes a deeply discounted flight aboard a private jet owned by a hedge fund.

    Biden spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander said in a statement: “Some repayment is commonplace after presidential campaign audits and the repayment ordered here is relatively small.”

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2010/07/bidens-2008-presidential-campaign-gets-hit-with-an-fec-fine/1

  83. turndownobama
    July 18th, 2010 at 2:16 am

    Yes, I agree with you. Palin is pro-life, but she never ever legislated her social beliefs, in 2008, I went thru all her legislative pieces and many of her speeches as a governor, her main thrust was fiscal discipline, smaller govt…. tea party themes.
    She lives her life the way she wants, and while she is pro-life, she doesn’t seem to be some zealot to legislate social beliefs.

    I completely support her.

    Now if was Huckabee, the man is a nut, a religious nut, way tooooo judgemental and would in a hearbeat want to leglislate social beliefs, I don’t trust this man.

  84. Now if people were smart, they’d nail the administration on this.

    Changing Stance, Administration Now Defends Insurance Mandate as a Tax

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/18/health/policy/18health.html?_r=1&ref=politics

    WASHINGTON — When Congress required most Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty, Democrats denied that they were creating a new tax. But in court, the Obama administration and its allies now defend the requirement as an exercise of the government’s “power to lay and collect taxes.”

    And that power, they say, is even more sweeping than the federal power to regulate interstate commerce.

    Administration officials say the tax argument is a linchpin of their legal case in defense of the health care overhaul and its individual mandate, now being challenged in court by more than 20 states and several private organizations.

    Under the legislation signed by President Obama in March, most Americans will have to maintain “minimum essential coverage” starting in 2014. Many people will be eligible for federal subsidies to help them pay premiums.

    In a brief defending the law, the Justice Department says the requirement for people to carry insurance or pay the penalty is “a valid exercise” of Congress’s power to impose taxes.

    Congress can use its taxing power “even for purposes that would exceed its powers under other provisions” of the Constitution, the department said. For more than a century, it added, the Supreme Court has held that Congress can tax activities that it could not reach by using its power to regulate commerce.

    While Congress was working on the health care legislation, Mr. Obama refused to accept the argument that a mandate to buy insurance, enforced by financial penalties, was equivalent to a tax.

    “For us to say that you’ve got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase,” the president said last September, in a spirited exchange with George Stephanopoulos on the ABC News program “This Week.”

    read on……………………….

  85. ____________________________
    Not being cool is the least of it- How about if the spill was a deliberate act for reasons known only to Soros, Obama, Salazar and Hayward?

    ————————-
    BY no means am I defending them but I do not think this was done by these folks…..if it was purposely done by any PERSONS then it was some local US gulf based bribed engineering team at the behest of another rival oil company like EXoon/Shell/Chevron in a bid to take over BP……

    Personally I think this was an accident or malfunction of the blowout preventor with different engineering opinions…based on how different companies could not come up with easy answers on how to fix this leak, all oil companies are guilty…

    As for pathetic US congress and BO Admin, there is a withhunt on UK/BP/Libya connections now as a major digression…..how come us companies EXXON/CHEVRON is doing business with Libya…..this has become a big US hypocrisy now….

  86. admin, this post is definitely worth the hype afforded to it!
    I hope we’ll all keep in mind the final thought which Alyson (?) of Fox & Friends WeWillNotBeSilenced coverage part II, announced: Obama campaign staffers have been invited to appear on part III.

  87. mp
    July 18th, 2010 at 9:39 am

    ____________________________
    Not being cool is the least of it- How about if the spill was a deliberate act for reasons known only to Soros, Obama, Salazar and Hayward?

    ————————-
    BY no means am I defending them but I do not think this was done by these folks….

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

    But of course Obama wouldn’t dive down there himself in a wetsuit. He sent his dog. That’s why he got a Portuguese Water Dog in the first place.

    It’s all planned from the beginning, you see. And they timed the spill for Obama’s first term, to make it harder for him to get a second term. That’s so they can bring in Soros’s illegitimate son who has been living in Argentina, commuting from there to the Secret Nazi Base on the moon.

  88. Changing Stance, Administration Now Defends Insurance Mandate as a Tax
    ———————————————————————-
    We pretty much figured they would tap their way through to this defense sooner or later. Yes, it undercuts their political position that this is not a tax and allows their opponents to paint them as hypocrites, liars and worse. One good video on u-tube can drive that point home. Politically, this is counterproductive for them.

    But what about the legal argument? Can this proposed mandate be fairly construed as a tax? The power to tax is broad and plenary. According to Black’s Law Dictionary, a tax is any burden imposed on individuals for the service and operation of the state. But by that definition, the government could direct individuals to pay any amount to any private entity for any purpose deemed to be in the service of the state even if the individual or business cannot afford it. And of course the power to tax is the power to destroy.

    The case law would be more informative on the point. But if the decision turns on that definition, then I think it is too broad to apply in this context. Furthermore, it conflicts with other provisions of the Constitution–rights reserved to the states. And this does not answer the threshold concern of whether Congress has the right to regulate economic inactivity which is what they are doing here.

    Indeed, it is one thing for government to levy upon the private wealth of individuals to raise an army in time of war, with the proceeds paid to government and quite another to use the power of government to compel them to buy private insurance.
    And while it is true that states mandate that people buy auto insurance as a condition of driving, they can avoid that obligation by rejecting the privilege to drive. To date no state has decreed that people must pay auto insurance whether or not they elect to drive–which is the case we are talking about here. And at no time that I am aware of has this exercise of state power been deemed a tax.

    In sum, I think this is a serious argument but the plaintiffs here can get around it. Does anyone here see it differently?

  89. ALL HAT NO CATTLE
    Kennie Boy Could Use A Good Ass Kicking

    Just turn me loose, let me straddle my old saddle
    Underneath the western skies.
    On my Cayuse, let me wander over yonder
    Till I see the mountains rise.

    I want to ride to the ridge where the west commences
    And gaze at the moon till I lose my senses
    And I can’t look at hovels and I can’t stand fences
    Don’t fence me in.

    . . . Pilgrim.
    ——————————————————–

    Lead Story
    Ken Salazar needs another ass-kicking
    By Michelle Malkin • July 16, 2010 10:42 AM

    When President Obama picked former Democrat Sen. Ken Salazar as his
    Interior Secretary last year, the Coloradan donned a 10-gallon hat and
    dubbed himself the “new sheriff in town.” But Cowboy Ken is the one
    who needs to be run out on a rail. In his continued quest to shut down
    offshore drilling, Salazar has run roughshod over scientific
    integrity, transparency, and the Gulf Coast economy.

    Two federal courts have batted down the White House-approved,
    Salazar-directed drilling moratorium. Outraged scientists — appointed
    by the Obama administration, mind you — blasted Salazar for
    doctoring their work and contradicting their conclusions to bolster
    his manufactured case for the sweeping six-month ban. Undaunted,
    Salazar conjured up a “revised” moratorium rubber-stamped by oil spill
    czar Michael Bromwich, who sheepishly admitted that the new ban was
    “roughly congruent with the original moratorium.”

    The sham changes would permit some drilling rigs to re-start
    operations – but only under onerous, fantasyland testing conditions
    that industry leaders say would be virtually impossible to meet. In
    short, Salazar’s “new” moratorium is a lot like Salazar himself: All
    hat, no cattle.

    The Interior Secretary then strode into the first hearing of the
    presidential oil spill commission this week to tell the panelists that
    he wanted their work to “inform” his book-cooked deepwater drilling
    ban. It was, essentially, Salazar guiding the dog-and-pony show
    participants to bark and neigh on command. The panelists were
    “stunned” by Salazar’s explicit expectation of policy support,
    according to hearing observers, because weighing in on the moratorium
    had not been a part of their original mandate.

    None of the panelists, conveniently enough, has actual technical
    expertise in deepwater drilling. So on what, exactly, can they
    “inform” Salazar? No doubt Salazar and his superiors at 1600
    Pennsylvania Avenue have soaked up the online anti-drilling rants of
    prominent oil spill panelist Frances Beinecke. She’s a leading
    official at the rabidly anti-corporate Natural Resources Defense
    Council, where she publicly called for offshore drilling bans five
    times over the past two months before snagging a seat on Obama’s
    “expert” panel. NRDC was one of the leading environmental lobbying
    voices pushing for the commission in the first placde. The eco-tail is
    wagging Team Obama’s dog.

    The good news is that not all the panelists are rolling over.
    Co-chairs William Reilly and Bob Graham absorbed an earful from local
    residents, small business owners, and public officials from the Gulf
    region this week. Louisiana Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu decried the
    economic devastation Salazar is overseeing: “Even the revised
    moratorium will force thousands of hardworking Louisianans and others
    along the Gulf Coast into the unemployment lines.” Lafourche Parish
    (La.) President Charlotte Randolph blasted the zero-risk tolerance
    mentality of Salazar and Beinecke, illustrating the folly behind the
    offshore drilling moratorium: If “safety” demands a blanket halt to
    deepwater drilling, she said, then all oil tanker traffic in the Gulf
    of Mexico should be halted, too. “An oil tanker is a four times
    greater risk of spilling its cargo than an oil well blowing out,”
    Randolph pointed out. “Tankers carrying 3 million barrels of oil
    traverse the Gulf daily en route to Houston.” That’s roughly the
    amount of oil BP spilled over the last three months.

    After the first hearing this week, Reilly openly challenged the White
    House foot-dragging on 33 oil rig safety assessments, wondering “why
    it’s going to take so long to convince people the existing rigs are
    safe.” For his part, Graham blasted the “disconnect between Washington
    and the Gulf region about the sense of urgency needed.”

    In Washington, at least one watchdog has pegged Salazar as a crooked
    shooter. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking
    Member Darrell Issa exposed the Interior Secretary’s serial
    obstructionism in a letter released Thursday on Salazar’s failure to
    comply with 45 document requests related to the feds’ post-spill
    response. “The lack of cooperation is appalling for an Administration
    that prides itself on transparency and openness with the American
    people,” Issa noted. “Indeed, it appears that the Administration is
    more concerned with hiding from the tough questions than answering
    them.”

    While Salazar ducks and dithers, deepwater oil drillers are canceling
    contracts or moving their rigs overseas – and American jobs along with
    them. Diamond Offshore moved one of its rigs to Egypt. Murphy Oil
    Company is also moving operations to the Congo. And Bloomberg News
    reported that “the number of offshore rigs operating in U.S. waters
    has plunged 71 percent to 16 from 56 before the blowout, according to
    surveys by Baker Hughes Inc.”

    The new sheriff’s in town alright — and he’s shooting the Gulf Coast
    economy in the foot, head, and heart. Heckuva job, Kenny.

  90. There is a battle going on within the Republican Party to oust the establishment Republicans who pretend to respect but secretly despise the tea party movement, or anything else that smacks of that messy little thing called democracy. The conservative bloggers are systematically outing these people some of whom are holed up in the senate. It is easy to figure out who they are if you study the players. They are in leadership positions, are tied in to big money, have been in Washington far too long and have a terminal case of Potomac Fever. They make a grand show of opposing Obama and then at the last minute they cave in. The republican grass roots are fighting the same battle that we are from the other side of the fence, against Obama and their own Quislings. This is why we need a new class of Republicans in the Senate, who have the intestinal fortitude to bring down Obama and to pressure the old war horses in their own party to get a spine.
    ———————————————————————————
    Senate Republicans To Tea Parties–Go To Hell
    Eric Erickson
    Red State Blog

    I told you a while back about a small group of Republican Senators sitting down for drinks at the Capitol Hill Club. They’d been to a tea party rally that day and were openly mocking the tea partiers. One of them, a guy tea partiers adore, seemed to hold them in open contempt at this table.

    Well, between the tea partiers and Jim DeMint, these Republican Senators are getting a lot of heartburn and are starting to speak out. One of the good old boys of the club who can speak freely because he’s on the outside lobbying in now is the former leader of the Senate Republicans, Trent Lott.

    Former Senate majority leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.), now a D.C. lobbyist, warned that a robust bloc of rabble-rousers spells further Senate dysfunction. “We don’t need a lot of Jim DeMint disciples,” Lott said in an interview. “As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them.”

    But Lott said he’s not expecting a tea-party sweep. “I still have faith in the visceral judgment of the American people,” he said.

    Oh, so Lott is rooting against us. So is Bob Bennett. Bennett says the GOP is going to lose Kentucky, Nevada, and Colorado because of the gosh-darn tea party activists.

    But don’t worry. After flying back from Colorado where he was out with Orrin Hatch helping Jane Norton raise money, John Cornyn said this:

    “The candidates are not ours to choose. . . . They’re the choice of the primary voters in the states, and I think we should respect their choices.”

  91. wbboei

    You have access to some very high and interesting sources. Sometimes I wish I could be a mouse in your pocket.

  92. The failure of the Obama Administration to prosecute sanctuary cities for violation of federal immigration law, coupled with their prosecution of Arizona for enforcing federal immigration law leads to one ineluctable conclusion: Obama supports illegal immigration. Conventional wisdom claims he is just playing politics and seeking to ingratiate himself to the Hispanic community, on the assumption that they too favor illegal immigration. But that discounts the seriousness of the problem. Over the course of time, this leads to a loss of national identity, a collapse of safety nets, and the Tragedy of the Commons–especially in a stagnant economy with high unemployment among citizens.

    The Tragedy of the Commons derives from a pamphlet produced by William Forster Lloyd in 1833. It hypothesizes a medieval land tract where herders are allowed to graze as many cows as they please. It is in each herder’s interest to put the next (and succeeding) cows he acquires onto the land, even if the carrying capacity of the common is exceeded and it is temporarily or permanently damaged for all as a result. The herder receives all of the benefits from an additional cow, while the damage to the common is shared by the entire group. If all herders make this individually rational economic decision, the common will be depleted or even destroyed to the detriment of all.

    Now that is where Obama’s policy of non enforcement leads. His godfather Soros favors Open Borders. And the consolidation of the economies of the NAFTA countries pushes in this direction. But it is a very bad thing for the American People. This video is excellent. Note especially the attorney leading the defense of the Arizona law. He is very sharp in my opinion.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tyQ1H7y1I4&feature=channel

  93. Admin: Great article…and it contained a bit about DOnald Young….hmmm, hmmm.

    I heard on the radio news while traveling yesterday…that just before Hillary’s visit to Afganistan they broke up another plot to blow her and her party up….geez I don’t know why it was not on the TV news? This according the the news on the radio was a close call. Now folks that’s twice.

  94. Facebook is such a great thing…I just read a comment of one of my daughters friends…this young man is out in the middle of the Indian Ocean somewhere in a undisclosed location defending our nation…he can hook up with his classmates while they go to their high school reunion.

    Sorry for the off subject comment, but I couldn’t help myself thinking our young men and young women so far away from home keeping us safe.

  95. wbboei
    Am insane for believing that the San Fran mayor and his ilk are more of a threat to individual freedoms than even the most right nut out there. Aren’t they in effect legislating away the right to privacy. I mean I think you are a dumb ass if you smoke a cigarette in a car with a kid, but should my government be able to tell me it is a crime if I do? If I accept that law how can I turn around and say nope can’t come near my womb or into my bedroom. Not an attorney but I am very curious.

  96. Henry–I like the sf mayor myself because he was a Hillary supporter. It is the politics of San Francisco which is hard to deal with. It is the politics of elitism. If you want to buy some family property on Nob Hill, Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill, Twin Peaks or Pacific Heights today–noooooooo problem, just as long as you have got a minimum of five million dollars. People in that income bracket have no concept of what life is like for ordinary Americans. Remember that argument between Hemmingway and F Scott Fitzgerald, where Papa told Fitz the rich are different because they have money and the author of the Great Gadsby responded its not just that, they are different. So what you get is a political choice between this leftist and that leftist. In New York City it is the trust fund babies like the Fabrgees who finance the politics. As a matter of fact they finance people like Dirty Al Sharpton and his ilk, but always behind the scenes. At one time, San Francisco could still produce good people like Feinstein but today the electorate is more international, richer and more out of touch with the real world. From the top of the Mark on the top of Nob Hill the world looks different.

  97. The problem with people who are that rich is they are insulated from the consequences of their own stupidity and they have the leverage to impose their will on others. It is a bad mix/

  98. Bret Hume on FoxSunday sucks…he just said Bill C really could not help the democrats very much…no one wants help from someone outside the administration…BS…Hume is a rethug…others thought Bill would be of help.

  99. Obama getting it from FoxNews Sunday for not going on vacation to the southern coast…Meanchelle told everyone to go the gulf while they went to Maine. LOL!

  100. Some thoughts on Hillary 2012 from Hill Buzz

    EricP:

    So, in my mind, Hillary has almost nothing to lose by challenging Obama in 2012. Some pundits have said her political career would be over if she tried to split the Democratic party, but I have two responses to that.

    First, I believe the November defeat of the Democratic party will be firm and fierce, and that alone will already split the Democratic party in two. Each faction will need a leader. I expect Obama to take the helm of the farther-left progressive faction, leaving the more conservative faction wide open for Hillary to take up the mantle. If this happens, she will appear as a champion of the conservative Democrats, rather than as a pariah.

    Second, assume that Hillary’s political career IS over if she challenges Obama… so what? If SoS is all the higher she can ever go, when the only remaining goal she cares about is being President, then why not take the chance? I also think she could still go back and win in New York, even after “backstabbing” Obama. Especially if the Democratic party is fractured. A lot of people have also suggested that she could run in 2016. I say not a chance. Let’s assume Obama wins re-election in 2012. The odds are HEAVILY against another Democrat winning election in 2016. Bush Senior won election after Reagan, but only because Reagan was so popular. Obama, if he manages to win in 2012, will not be so popular. Anti-Democrat sentiment would be running far too high for any Democrat to follow Obama in 2016. 2020 is out of the cards. She’ll be 72 by then, 73 by the time November rolls around. Basically the same age McCain was in 2008. Age will be a factor, and Hillary knows that.

    The only other scenario where Hillary might have a shot at the Presidency is if a Republican wins in 2012, and then Hillary runs in 2016. This is a viable possibility, but it’s a huge risk for Hillary for two reasons.

    First, Hillary cannot predict who might ultimately win for the Republicans. A strong Republican candidate is unlikely to be unseated midstream, and Hillary knows that.

    Second, there is no guarantee that a Republican will actually beat Obama in 2012, especially if it’s one of the soggy mayo sandwich Republicans. So hoping a Republican beats Obama in 2012 so that Hillary can run and win in 2016 seems like a big gamble for her.

    All scenarios laid out in front of me, it seems the one in which Hillary has the most control is

  101. 1. “The greatest scourge an angry heaven ever inflicted on an ungrateful heaven ever inflicted on an ungrateful and sinning people is an ignorant, corrupt or dependent judiciary”–Chief Justice John Marshall.

    2. Harvard Professor Elena Kagen, a friend of Mr. Obama, who dodged most important questions in during her dog and pony confirmation hearing is about to be confirmed with the lowest approval rating of any confirmed justice since those records were first kept.

    So who is a good judge. I think Judge Keene of the Superior Court of Los Angeles who was featured on the early episodes of divorce court was a superb judge. He presided over the Manson trial, and Ito could have learned a thing or two from him. I think Judge Marilyn Melang is a good judge and she is on television now. I think Judge Judy is the judge from hell. Yes, many of the litigants are Oprah types. But she treats they with such disrespect. Even worse, she voted for Obama. So how good is her judgment.

  102. wbboei

    Judge Judy is another one of those that voted for him, and now says she does not understand why people are so hard on him, as she did not expect him to do much, and the lame performance so far she felt was par for the course of most politicians.

    Amazing, for the leader of the free world she has such low standards.

  103. democrat1

    excellent. The only other scenario to be considered is the vice presidency. Again, the argument against it would be that the office is not worth a warm bucket of spit–or in the case of Biden–Ballentine’s Irish Whiskey served on the A-Train. But the bigger problem is she would get all the shit jobs, her public persona would be unfairly disparaged and degraded accordingly and that is no path to the presidency in 2016.

  104. Lots of good commentary and video in this blogpost.  The demorats are definitely writhing from the poison that is Barack Obama.  Some are even jumping ship, but the poison has been ingested, and they will suffee the consequences.

    Last week, I received a fundraising request from BO in the mail.  I knew something toxic was in the mailbox because of the odor that emanated from it was I approached.  After donning my hazard suit for just such an occasion, I quickly realized the problem.  Out of some perverse curiosity, I opened this envelope to read the following (my comments are in parenthesis)…

    Dear Fellow Democrat, (should be DINO now),

    Through your hard work (hardly), irrepressible voice (did the DNC listen to my recent call to them 😉 ) and unflinching courage (in opposing the Demorat party insanity) we have put America firmly on the path to a brighter (scarier), more prosperous (less secure) future.  (They need a better proof reader for punctuation.  this must have been written by BO himself).

    After years of struggle, every American is now guaranteed affordable health insurance that cannot be taken away when they get sick. (I didn’t realize that an enema given with a smile was their primary healthcare solution).  Every American is covered by the toughest consumer protections in history, and every American will benefit from lower costs for care.  (Funny, but a mandate for insurance ensures that I actually pay MUCH more on healthcare costs as I pay for insurance that I do NOT want nor currently have).

    Our economy has begun to recover (really now, by who’s standards?) after the worst financial crisis in 75 years. (Why not address the financial crisis on a more personal level like that which happens when a credit card company is permitted to charge a 29% interest rate?  It’s obscene and should be ILLEGAL).  Companies are beginning to hire (the federal government is not a company, and private companies continue to let people go), our neighbors are finding jobs (bullshit) and entrepreneurs are starting businesses to provide new goods and services (in China, India, and Brazil).

    We have lowered the cost of a college education (government doesn’t set tuition costs), so that more Americans (illegal aliens, too?) can gain the training and education they need (to compete in our own country against foreign nationals) to live happier, more productive and fulfulling lives (democrat utopia wet dreams).

    When I talked about change (blah blah blah) in my presidential campaign (keep your change), this is what I was talking about (the financial rape of the US taxpayer):  coming together (as long as you are anti-white) on behalf of the American people to solve (create) big problems and build (destroy) a stronger, more hopeful future for all.

    However, the 2010 election season is upon us (thank God!).  In less than six months the American people will go to the polls for the Congressional midterm elections (Hallelujah!).  Republican leaders (waaaahhh!) are campaigning on a pledge to repeal these accomplishments (since when is failure an accomplishment?), and many others (ditto), if (when) they gain majority control of Congress (change I can now believe in) in November.

    We cannot (MUST) let that happen.  We have come (gone way) too far.  We have worked (vacationed) too hard to return to the failed Republican (under a Democrat controlled Congress) policies that created this mess in the first place.

    That’s why I’m asking you to support the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) with a generous contribution today (what’s the matter, all your vaunted fundraising dry up?  Don’ hold your breath for a contribution from me)!

    As the official campaign arm of House Democrats (Demorats), the DCCC is the only committee dedicated to electing Democrats (Demorats) to the U.S. House of Representatives and they need your generous support (yawn).

    House Democrats (Demorats) have been at the forefront of my agenda for change (how unfortunate for them as they MUST now suffer the consequences).  Led by my good friend Speaker (soon to be x-Speaker) Nancy Pelosi (Pelousy), House Democrats (Demorats) have cast many courageous (OUTRAGEOUS!) votes in the face of a fierce and determined opposition (majority of the population).  They know they would be attacked by their Republican opponents (but didn’t count on the massive opposition of their constituents) for supporting my agenda for change (malaise and destruction) and that their voting records would be distorted (honestly highlighted by the people, not the MSM) beyond recognition (Demorat truths are lies) in the midterm campaign.  They were right (well, kudos to them on that point)!

    The special interests (crooks and thieves in Congress and the White House among others) that have shaped the status quo (and are currently doing so at warp speed) here in Washington are very strong and they are fighting tooth and nail (to get in on the government sponsored plunder) to protect their privileged positions.

    So, I’m asking (begging shamelessly) you to join me (that’s a good one!) and support the DCCC’s campaign (NEVER!) to maintain and strengthen our Democratic Majority in the House of Representatives, and to keep our agenda for change moving forward (wishful thinking on their part).

    The DCCC has the technical expertise, political experience and strategic perspective to lead the campaign to defend House Democrats (Demorats).  (They are thoroughly versed in how to steal elections, and corruption in general).  They also have an impressive record of success (fraud and corruption can result in success until people become wise to it).

    They have picked up more than 50 seats (many plus some wil now be lost) in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2006–a history-making achievememt (soon to be eclipsed by Republicans in 2010 if FAIR elections take place) especially since some of those 50 seats were in ruby-red districts (which will now revert back to ruby-red) during tough special elections.  They know what it takes to win (hahahaha!).  All they need are the financial resources (more like a million to one shot chance) to go toe-to-toe with their well-heeled (class slur) Republican opponents.

    I hope I can count on you to stand with me and support the DCCC at this critical moment (they’re on life support right now) in the 2010 campaign. (Sorry, Mr. President, but your HOPE has all but dried up).

    We have come far (one step forward, 100 steps back) and we have made significant strides on the road to change (how unfortunate for us all), but much work remains to be done (people, please vote against this DESTRUCTIVE change in 2010).

    With a strong Democratic Majority in the House (I pray not), we will continue to enact new Initiatives and redorms (reap destruction) to defend the middle class (create a serf class in pertuity)– to create millions of new jobs (in foreign lands) support small businesses (divest), and drive up wages (in China).  We will step up investments (with what?) in the education (miseducation) of our children and develop the clean energy technology (after allowing the destruction for political gain in the Gulf of Mexico) that must power our future (and rape your wallets); and we will take the steps necessary to protect the economy from reckless Wall Street abuses.  (It seems that Government abuse is what we currently need protection from).

    I cannot do this alone (thanks for small favors!).  I need a strong Democratic Majority in the House of Representatives as my partner in moving America forward (while we need government leaders to stop the insanity and turn back from this road of ruin).

    Let’s seize (it figures this word was used) this moment– to start anew (gasp), to carry the dream (wet) forward.  Stand with me, Speaker Pelosi (Pelousy) and the courageous (outrageous) Democrats (DemoRATS) in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Please support their campaigns with a generous contribution today (not on your life!)

    Thank you,

    Stinky

    P.S.  Blah. blah,  blah…
    ————————-

    I am going to return this mailing with a piece of clean toilet paper, and explain to them what they can do with it.  I have already phoned the number in the mailing (202-863-1500) to say that as a Democrat, I hope and pray that every Democrat loses in 2010, plus some more words of hope and change for the future.  They make me sick.
     

  105. democrat1
    July 18th, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Some thoughts on Hillary 2012 from Hill Buzz

    EricP:
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    My two cents on this comment from Hillbuzz.

    Hillbuzz jumped off the Hillary bus onto the Palin bus in a New York minute. They have waved the Republican flag like no other PUMA blog.

    I like the dudes at Hillbuzz but I take their advice on what is best for Hillary with a grain of salt.

  106. Judge Judy is another one of those that voted for him, and now says she does not understand why people are so hard on him, as she did not expect him to do much, and the lame performance so far she felt was par for the course of most politicians
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    NMF: If Judge Judy was as tough on herself as she is on the unfortunates who appear in her court room she would not say that. If she had a scintilla of honesty, she would admit on the record that she was misled and he failed to deliver. She would have no qualms about screaming that kind of thing from the bench at a pro se litigant in her court room. One of the great trial lawyers of the 1950s was Lloyd Paul Stryer. In his book The Art of Advocacy he describes a Judge who helped lead the reform movement in New York City at the turn of the century along with District Attorney William Traverse Jerome. Styker met this man at the tail end of his career and by then he had lost all the idealism of his youth and had become a menacing character. He hated the NYPD with a passion and was known to lower the shades in his court room before he pronounced a verdict. This is where judges can and sometime do become a problem. It can go to their head.

  107. Shame on Judge Judy; I had thought better of her until now.
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    I became aware of media bias, incompetence during the 1990’s and it remains a favorite topic for me; so in that light, here is:

    Ombudsman: Washington Post ‘Virtually Silent’ on Black Panther Case
    The Washington Post ombudsman on Sunday chided his newspaper for ignoring the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party, saying The Post remained “virtually silent” as the story developed in recent weeks. The newspaper carried a full-length news article about the case on Thursday. But ombudsman Andrew Alexander wrote that readers have been contacting him “for months” wondering what was taking so long for The Post to show interest in the controversy. “The Post didn’t cover it. Indeed, until Thursday’s story, The Post had written no news stories about the controversy this year,” Alexander wrote. “That’s prompted many readers to accuse The Post of a double standard.” Alexander wrote that while the newspaper should not feel obligated to cover stories “simply because of blogosphere chatter,” the Black Panther story merits attention. “Coverage is justified because it’s a controversy that screams for clarity that The Post should provide,” Alexander wrote. Snip
    h t t p://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/07/18/ombudsman-washington-post-virtually-silent-black-panther-case/

  108. Shadowfax, thanks for that input about Hillbuzz. I was thinking the same thing, but they (Hillbuzz) has fabulous scandalous newsbites about Obama and his minions, LOL!

    Citizen Well does too, thats why I go there…Saturday article at Lamecherry was quiet interesting.

    Admin: I certainly hope someone blows the choirboy story wide open!

    I wonder what the October surprise will be???

    We really need Obama to be impeached sometime soooooon!

  109. ADMIN
    Live bookmark not working for me in either Firefox or Internet Explorer – some messages say there is a problem with the code or the URL, but I don’t know what to do about that and whether the problem is in my browsers or on your site. The URL shows as http://feeds.feedburner.com/hillaryis44/PlBo
    Last feed received was “We will not be silenced” – been trying to get it to work ever since – is there something you can do about this? Is anyone else having this problem?
    Other feeds are working fine.

  110. RE: Judge Judy is another one of those that voted for him, and now says she does not understand why people are so hard on him, as she did not expect him to do much, and the lame performance so far she felt was par for the course of most politicians
    _____________________________________________________________________

    I interpret Judge Jugular Judy’s words as saying that The Won was/is an affirmative action POTUS – a token President. I think she is right.

  111. wbboei,

    Thank you very much for the judges’ cites on ‘colorblind’.

    Does anyone have any from Martin Luther King or some other black activist?

  112. I’ve heard that Odumbo isn’t going to the wedding…he did not go to Huma’s….has anyone heard whether he will or not???

  113. Confloyd, in the article we linked to an article on who is and who is not going to the wedding. It appears “Odumbo” will not attend.

    Lil Ole Grape, thanks for bringing the problem with the feed to our attention. It should be repaired now.

  114. “They have waved the Republican flag like no other PUMA blog.”

    I love reading HillBuzz, and find myself in the same position politically as them. NO, they are not repubs, they are conservative independents, socially liberal, but conservative in every other way. They were never liberals, but they were Hillary moderate dems.

    They don’t defend repubs, they do however defend conservative, founding principles of a smaller govt, indiv rights, fiscal responsibility, and adherenace to the US Constitution.

  115. admin: Thanks I will have to go back to that link.

    I see now they are saying there is possibly a bigger leak in the seafloor…didn’t we suspect that all along??? Obama is the concealer in theif aka liar in chief.

  116. http://www.aolnews.com/gulf-oil-spill/article/official-seep-found-near-bps-blown-out-oil-well/19558862?ncid=webmail

    This is a news story.

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    NEW ORLEANS (July 18) — BP and the Obama administration offered significantly differing views Sunday on whether the capped Gulf of Mexico oil well will have to be reopened, a contradiction that may be an effort by the oil giant to avoid blame if crude starts spewing again.

    Pilloried for nearly three months as it tried repeatedly to stop the leak, BP PLC capped the nearly mile-deep well Thursday and wants to keep it that way. The government’s plan, however, is to eventually pipe oil to the surface, which would ease pressure on the fragile well but would require up to three more days of oil spilling into the Gulf.

    “No one associated with this whole activity … wants to see any more oil flow into the Gulf of Mexico,” Doug Suttles, BP’s chief operating officer, said Sunday. “Right now we don’t have a target to return the well to flow.”

    Don’t Miss

    Liz Condo, Pool / AP
    Watch: Live Video of Spill
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    Full Coverage: AOL News
    Full Coverage: Politics Daily

    An administration official familiar with the spill oversight, however, told The Associated Press that a seep and possible methane were found near the busted oil well. The official spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because an announcement about the next steps had not been made yet.

    The concern all along – since pressure readings on the cap weren’t as high as expected – was a leak elsewhere in the wellbore, meaning the cap may have to be reopened to prevent the environmental disaster from becoming even worse and harder to fix.

    The official, who would not clarify what is seeping near the well, also said BP is not complying with the government’s demand for more monitoring.

    BP spokesman Mark Salt declined to comment on the allegation, but said “we continue to work very closely with all government scientists on this.”

    Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the Obama administration’s spill response chief, insisted Sunday that “nothing has changed” since Saturday, when he said oil would eventually be piped to surface ships. The government is overseeing BP’s work to stop the leak, which ultimately is to be plugged using a relief well.

    Allen decided to extend testing of the cap that had been scheduled to end Sunday, the official who spoke on condition of anonymity said. That means the oil will stay in the well for now as scientists continue run tests and monitor pressure readings. The official didn’t say how long that would take.

    Officials at the Department of Homeland Security referred questions to a statement issued by Allen; neither he nor BP officials could explain the apparent contradiction in plans.

    Suttles’ comments carved out an important piece of turf for BP: If Allen sticks with the containment plan and oil again pours forth into the Gulf, even briefly, it will be the government’s doing, not BP’s.

    The company very much wants to avoid a repeat of the live underwater video that showed millions of gallons of oil spewing from the blown well for weeks.

    “I can see why they’re pushing for keeping the cap on and shut in until the relief well is in place,” said Daniel Keeney, president of a Dallas-based public relations firm.

    The government wants to eliminate any chance of making matters worse, while BP is loath to lose the momentum it gained the moment it finally halted the leak, Keeney said.

    “They want to project being on the same team, but they have different end results that benefit each,” he said.

    Oil would have to be released under Allen’s plan, which would ease concerns that the capped reservoir might force its way out through another route. Those concerns stem from pressure readings in the cap that have been lower than expected.

    Scientists still aren’t sure whether the pressure readings mean a leak elsewhere in the well bore, possibly deep down in bedrock, which could make the seabed unstable. Oil would be have to be released into the water to relieve pressure and allow crews to hook up the ships, BP and Allen have said.

    So far, there have been no signs of a leak.

    “We’re not seeing any problems at this point with the shut-in,” Suttles said at a Sunday morning briefing.

    Allen said later Sunday that scientists and engineers would continue to evaluate and monitor the cap through acoustic, sonar and seismic readings.

    They’re looking to determine whether low pressure readings mean that more oil than expected poured into the Gulf of Mexico since the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig exploded April 20, killing 11 people and touching off one of America’s worst environment crises.

  117. confloyd, yes you are correct, the pipe was the smaller leak, there is a much bigger leak in the sea floor that no one is mentioning.

    If you wish to learn what this is all about, there is a oil explorer called Matt Simmons who explains it.

    here is the site where he was interviewed, he explains it in a very clear way

    http: // kingworldnews.com /kingworldnews/ Broadcast/ Broadcast.html

  118. Palestinian Authority head Abbas turns Obama down

    July 18, 2010

    Abbas’ way or no direct negotiations

    President Obama demanded that P.A. head Abbas turn to direct negotiations, but Abbas turned away from them. He demanded as the price for direct negotiations with Israel that Israel agree to 100% withdrawal including from annexed parts of its capital and that any concession that previous Israeli negotiators had offered in the context of their negotiations and their election be treated as permanent.

    Abbas had recently met with U.S. envoy Mitchell. Mitchell called their meeting “constructive” and “fruitful,” and began to achieve President Obama’s vision for comprehensive peace” (Arutz-7, 7/18/10).

    Direct negotiations permit less intrusion by interested third parties, more understanding, and less disavowal later. The Arabs want the State Dept. urging Israel make one-sided concessions to narrow the negotiations gap that the Arabs widen.

    Abbas also demanded that Israel freeze Jewish construction in the Territories and in eastern Jerusalem permanently. His one-sided, apartheid-like demands amount to Israeli surrender on major issues that are supposed to be negotiated, leaving Israel without negotiating cards. To put that in context, remember that Abbas’ broadcasters preach the duty of killing Jews, Abbas refuses to ever recognize a Jewish state, continues to demand that Israel be filled with Arabs sure to take it over with who knows what harm to the Jews, and his mentor Arafat preached the doctrine of using whatever territory Israel relinquishes as a base for conquering the rest.

    Some Israelis ask why should they pay to negotiate with aggressors whom they defeated. That sentiment would be more enforceable if Israel exercised its right to annex more territory whose legal status remains as unallocated parts of the Mandate to which Israel is chief heir and which Israel gained in self-defense and needs for secure borders against anticipated future Arab aggression.

    http://www.examiner.com/x-7095-NY-Israel-Conflict-Examiner~y2010m7d18-Palestinian-Authority-head-Abbas-turns-Obama-down

  119. there is a oil explorer called Matt Simmons
    *********
    Mr Simmons is an investment banker/stock speculator….”Simmons was motivated by the 1973 energy crisis to create an investment banking firm catering to oil companies”…..His wacko speculations about the “well” could also be motivated by his “short” position with BP stock.

  120. SHV
    July 18th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Yes, he is. But I was recommending the intreview with him to confloyd not for his oil speculations, but he did a pretty job of explaining the leak and how there is another leak in the sea floor, I was recommending his interview for his clear and simple explanations of what is happening with the oil leak

  121. tim
    I see we disagree on a couple of things, but that’s okay for both of us.

    ——–
    As far as the Hillbuzz boys, they lean farther to the conservative side of the center than I do, therefore, the reason for my opinion.
    ——–

    Matt Simmons who explains it.

    here is the site where he was interviewed, he explains it in a very clear way

    http: // kingworldnews.com /kingworldnews/ Broadcast/ Broadcast.html

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    Over on Oildrum, a very large number of bloggers there totally disagree with Simmons.

    The reality is still unknown as to if there are uncommon leaks, or similar to leaks that always exist.

    I hope Simmons is incorrect, but I have no idea. There is however, a real reason they are taking such care with the tests.

  122. “I see we disagree on a couple of things, but that’s okay for both of us.”

    Yes. Its all okay. 🙂

    had not learn of oil drum, I will have to read up on that. from what I understand there are cracks in the sea floor because the oil pressure is building up and so those cracks are getting bigger and leaking more oil, and unlike a pipe, those leaks from the sea floor cannot be sealed. Which is why I suspect BP is thinking of reopening the pipe for a few hours at a time until the relief well can drill down theere and empty the oil well already.

  123. tim,
    I totally think they’ve always know this…this has all been hidden…that’s why we can’t fly over or get close to the well…I image in water is black or red in a huge area around the rig.

    BP has been lying all along and doofcock in chief has been letting them get away with it.

  124. ADMIN, THANKS for fixing the feed … three of my friends also thank you!
    Not that we wouldn’t go to hell and back to get to this page, but the feed does make it easier!

  125. This was recently posted on Oildrum, don’t ask me what ‘seep’ is, I have no clue.
    ————
    Official: Seep found near BP’s blown out oil well

    By COLLEEN LONG and HARRY R. WEBER (AP) – 2 hours ago

    NEW ORLEANS — A federal official says scientists are concerned about a seep and possible methane near BP’s busted oil well in the Gulf of Mexico

    Both could be signs there are leaks in the well that’s been capped off for three days.

    The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because an announcement about the next steps had not been made yet.

    The official is familiar with the spill oversight but would not clarify what is seeping near the well. The official says BP is not complying with the government’s demand for more monitoring.

    THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

  126. wbboie
    I get where you are coming from with regards to is it Newsome Newcome I think Gavin is his firt name, but my point is we go down a very slippery slope when we allow the government to manage our lives. I am not an attorney but sometimes I think the do gooders with whose intentions I 99% of the time agree with are shooting themselves in the foot. I may be mistaken but I was under the impression that appellate and supreme court justices used precedence to determine legality. If we permit the gov’t to tell us to never eat trans fats or whatever the issue du jour is are we not paving the way to letting reproductive rights be mandated as well. When it comes down to it its about privacy and I just can not see how laws which dictate how one lives can be condoned if you agree with the premise that the government needs to stay out of the bedroom and out of the womb than you gotta also stand up and say this is wrong when it doesn’t feel so good. Leftist affluent wackos think it is fine for the federal government to dictate how under priviledged kids eat but heads pop off when discussing gay rights or reproductive issues.

  127. Henry
    I have mixed feeling about Gavin Newsome and his policies.

    Just remember that in the area of San Francisco (close to were I am, but not my voting area) are Nasty and a huge gay population.
    Gays in the area liked both of these people’s policies, and many of their constituents are not the elites.

  128. Shadowfax,
    If its BP saying that oil is seeping out of the seafloor near the well head…then it must be gushing out….just like they said it was only a 5000 gal leak, heck is was gushing one million gallons….BP likes to use a play on words just like our esteemed CIC does…

    You cannot trust BP…you cannot trust BO…they are one and the same.

  129. confloyd
    Don’t get me wrong, I don’t trust BO, Fat Allen nor BP. They have all failed and lied.

    I wish someone would take a tiny sub down with big lights and show us the truth.

    I always have the feeling things are much worse than the spin they report, just don’t know how bad it is.

    I have found myself wondering back over to CNN more and more, to see news on the Gulf that Fox doesn’t say much about. What’s up with that??

  130. Fox is afraid to get the filth of oil on their candidates at this point. LOL! We all know that the rethugs are on the oil tit, so they don’t want to remind the mindless of this little fact.

  131. Its funny that this seeping was on one of the blogs at 5am. I am sure people are watching these live cams 24/7. Now we hear there’s a break in the pipes on the sea floor. This is what they’ve been afraid of all along. If this blows out…the gusher that has been leaking will seem like it been coming out of a garden hose compared to this type of leak…

  132. JanH
    July 18th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    This may be my favorite one yet!
    ————-
    Love it!!! Someone needs to redo it in HD so it is sharp and clear.

    Hillary’s resume is unbeatable.

  133. The rethugs have no female that could out do Hillary in a debate, not sure if there are any men that could either. That’s what the rethugs are afraid of…its probably why Mittens hates her so…he/they want her eliminated before they would ever have to debate her…LOL! She’d kick all their butts.

    I am sure they were glad that no rethugs had to debate her in 08′.

  134. BP’s Deepwater Oil Spill – (Breaking) Anonymous Official Expresses Concern about Seeps and Pressure (and Open Thread)

    Posted by Heading Out on July 18, 2010 – 7:42pm

    Update: 9:00PM EDT Sunday: Admiral Allen has sent a letter to BP about seeps which have been detected “a distance from the well”, and indicates that BP needs to develop a plan for opening the choke valve as quickly as possible without damaging the well, in the event that hydrocarbon seepage near the well head is confirmed. This is what the letter says:

    Dear Mr. Dudley,

    My letter to you on July 16, 2010 extended the Well Integrity Test period contingent upon the completion of seismic surveys, robust monitoring for indications of leakage, and acoustic testing by the NOAA vessel PISCES in the immediate vicinity of the well head. Given the current observations from the test, including the detected seep a distance from the well and undetermined anomalies at the well head, monitoring of the seabed is of paramount importance during the test period. As a continued condition of the test, you are required to provide as a top priority access and coordination for the monitoring systems, which include seismic and sonar surface ships and subsea ROV and acoustic systems. When seeps are detected, you are directed to marshal resources, quickly investigate, and report findings to the government in no more than four hours. I direct you to provide me a written procedure for opening the choke valve as quickly as possible without damaging the well should hydrocarbon seepage near the well head be confirmed.

    As the National Incident Commander, I must remain abreast of the status of your source control efforts. Now that source control has evolved into a period beyond the expected 48 hour interval of the Well Integrity Test, I am requiring that you provide me a written update within 24 hours of your intentions going forward. I remain concerned that all potential options to eliminate the discharge of oil be pursued with utmost speed until I can be assured that no additional oil will spill from the Macondo Well.

    You may use your letter of 9 July as a basis for your update. Specifically, you must provide me your latest containment plan and schedule in the event that the Well Integrity Test is suspended, the status and completion timelines for all containment options currently under development, and details of any other viable source control options including hydraulic control that you are
    considering. You should highlight any points at which progress along one option will be impacted by resource trade-offs to achieve progress along another option. Include options for and impacts of continued twice-a day seismic testing versus once a day testing.

    As you develop the plans above, note that the primary method of securing the source is the relief well and this effort takes precedence. Therefore, I direct you to provide a detailed plan for the final stages of the relief well that specifically addresses the interaction of this schedule and any other activity that may potentially delay relief well completion.

    Have your representative provide results on the monitoring efforts and source control requirements described above during today’s BP and Government Science Team call at 8:00 PM CDT.

    Sincerely,

    THAD W. ALLEN

    http://www.theoildrum.com/node/6746#comments_top

  135. confloyd
    July 18th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    I would pay money to watch her debate any GOP candidate.
    ———-
    And I would be sitting right next to you, giving high fives and cheers to Hillary.
    The only one that could give Hillary a run for her money is………
    …………..
    ………….

    the Big Dawg 😉

  136. Shadowfax,
    I am not kidding, I think this is what is scaring them and making them feel “emasculated”! The poor babies are afraid of our girl, LOL!

    I’ve seen videos of those right wing senators trying to get one up on her during senate hearings and she always wins…I’ve never seen a video where she did not put them in their places with a smile. Have you?

    Well I hope we/she gets another chance at the bat…this time her staff will not fail her…she will know what corruption is out there.

  137. Shadowfax, Big Dawg is a southern gentleman…he knows he’d have to let the lady win…or he’d be sleeping on the couch…LOL!

  138. #
    confloyd
    July 18th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Shadowfax,
    I am not kidding, I think this is what is scaring them and making them feel “emasculated”! The poor babies are afraid of our girl, LOL!

    I’ve seen videos of those right wing senators trying to get one up on her during senate hearings and she always wins…I’ve never seen a video where she did not put them in their places with a smile. Have you?

    Well I hope we/she gets another chance at the bat…this time her staff will not fail her…she will know what corruption is out there.

    ————
    I know you aren’t kidding and Hillary is just down right brilliant. She never stops learning or pushing herself to do better.
    Everyone is afraid of running against Hillary, Obama was too, and the only way he ended up in the Whitehouse was by cheating.

    When Hillary runs again, she should only have PUMAs by her side. Admin would be a good one.
    I would love to be her delegate, come hell or high water no one this side of Hell would keep me from voting for her on the convention floor, and any cheating I saw would be put out in every mean possible, internet, MSM, Fox, Greta……….even Europe.

  139. #
    confloyd
    July 18th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Shadowfax, Big Dawg is a southern gentleman…he knows he’d have to let the lady win…or he’d be sleeping on the couch…LOL!
    —–
    I don’t know about that, I think Hillary and the big Dawg mix it up intellectually when they don’t agree. I think for the most part, they think as one.

  140. You remember during the debates…Hillary would come out with all these facts and what to do about them and then the moderator asked Obama what he would do…he always said he would do what Hillary said…LOL!! He didn’t even know what she was talking about. I can’t believe the country did not see thru that…

  141. confloyd
    Yup, I do remember that and I was amazed that obots didn’t realize how he never made one point that Hillary ‘learned’ from him.

  142. The one question I would have, when it comes to Hillary debating the GOP or anyone in the future, is how the media would treat her this time around. Remember when she debated obama and edwards?

    Will there be a continued imbalance and bias with the questions posed to her?

  143. JanH, There has not been any change in the media at all towards the Clintons.

    There was certainly an imbalance when she debated,but it never hurt her ability to win the debate…she simply had to work around the moderator..which she did masterfully.

    As I said a couple of threads ago, Hillary will have to fight on two fronts both times, the primary first and then as the nominee. She can do it…she just did not take in consideration the outright thugery of the Obama campaign…they won’t catch her off guard twice…of that I’m sure.

  144. Personally I think Big Dawg is separating the sheep from the goats now…he’s campaigning for a few loyal supporters.

  145. they won’t catch her off guard twice…of that I’m sure.

    ———- That’s for sure, and it will be up to every PUMA to guard the voting boots in their area from the thugs. I am going to buy pepper spray and take a cell phone and camera with me if she runs again.

    #
    confloyd
    July 18th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Personally I think Big Dawg is separating the sheep from the goats now…he’s campaigning for a few loyal supporters.

    Sheep from the goats 😆 You are too darn funny!

  146. confloyd, good idea! 😉 Two women with camera crews, they would know we were PUMAs by all the Hillary gear we were wearing…

  147. Shadowfax-

    Please pass along my condolences to Murphy and her family on the bereavement of her Father.

  148. Mrs. Smith, Looks like Finegold is the last honest man in the senate according to Tarpley…our legislatures are addicted to these derivities…they just can’t see how bad they are….we just need to get rid of these high stakes pokers games for the ultra-rich.

  149. Ombudsman: Washington Post ‘Virtually Silent’ on Black Panther Case
    The Washington Post ombudsman on Sunday chided his newspaper for ignoring the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party, saying The Post remained “virtually silent” as the story developed in recent weeks. The newspaper carried a full-length news article about the case on Thursday. But ombudsman Andrew Alexander wrote that readers have been contacting him “for months” wondering what was taking so long for The Post to show interest in the controversy. “The Post didn’t cover it. Indeed, until Thursday’s story, The Post had written no news stories about the controversy this year,” Alexander wrote. “That’s prompted many readers to accuse The Post of a double standard.” Alexander wrote that while the newspaper should not feel obligated to cover stories “simply because of blogosphere chatter,” the Black Panther story merits attention. “Coverage is justified because it’s a controversy that screams for clarity that The Post should provide,” Alexander wrote. Snip
    h t t p://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/07/18/ombudsman-washington-post-virtually-silent-black-panther-case/
    ======================================================
    Nice. A day late. A dollar short. But nice. One question or two: first,since when has the Post provided clarity on any controversy relating to Obama? Second, by what right do they presume to be the final arbiter on such matters after they sat on their ass thinking it would blow over? And third will examine the entire pattern and practice of voter fraud and intimidation which began in the primaries, continues through the general election, and threatens to vitiate the 2010 and 2012 elections? I doubt they will do that and the call we hear it tepid. The Post needs a real ombudsman who will tell it how it is. I think Admin could be a very effective Ombudsman, in which case I know the truth would get out. Think how much better their reporting would be if they had the kind of oversight and political wisdom Admin would provide.

  150. I don’t know if there are any black jack players out there but those who do play the game well tend to have a system which is designed to take advantage of the odds. You place your bet and the dealer gives you two cards face up. The dealer gives himself two cards one face up the other face down. Unless you have black jack he asks you whether you want more cards and your goal is to get as close to 21 as you can without going over in which case you bust. Typically, if you have 11 or less showing you ask for another card because even if you draw the highest card in the deck you will not go over 21. If you have more than 11 you look to what the dealer has showing and if it is a 4,5 or 6 you stand pat because the dealer must draw another card if he has 17 or less and with those cards showing the odds are he will go bust. If it is 7 or above and you have less that 17 you ask for another card, because the odds that his hole card will beat you and ties go to the dealer. If you are 17 or above you stand pat because the odds are with you. The people who win at black jack use systems like this, and they may also count cards but that is difficult because a good dealer will change decks on you. But these people still lose and when they do they leave that dealer and move to another table or figure their luck is cold and just go home.

    Now imagine a variant to the game of Liars Poker. This one is specially designed for Obama supporters. Each player gets five cards face down. On the back each card is a big grinning likeness of the Messiah and an Obama campaign promise. Each supporter places a bet based on that promise. Then the dealer turns over each of those cards, and if the promise has been kept by Obama the dealer pays the supporter and if the promise was broken the player pays the dealer. As the cards turn over we see one broken promise after another with a Mr. Yuck likeness. Initially, the supporter is disappointed, but eventually he realizes that the game is rigged. What do does the supporter then? Does he continue playing on the naive assumption that his luck will turn? Or does he realize the game is rigged and get out? The rational answer is obvious, save to say that in this game the coin of the realm is not money but credibility and the earnest desire to not be though of as a rube, who gets fleeced.

  151. I know nothing about the game of black jack myself, I never ever play it and this is simply what I have been told. But we all know about Mr. Obama, who never let a little thing like the truth stand in the way of a good story, and believes that the promises he makes are like pie crusts–made to be broken.

  152. I just read the Washington Post’s first installment of “Top Secret”. It shows how much money is being wasted on counterterriorism and one dept doesn’t work with the other and etc.

    It also goes on to say Obama is bracing for this tell all series.

    Well from what I have read so far…it would be easy for the crooks to scalp the taxpayers with companies that are owned by Senators, lobbiests and etc.

    Lets just say a certain Senator owned a cleaning business in a federal building…many ways to get on the taxpayer teet and no one would be the wiser..hmmm, hmmm…

  153. democrat1
    “Some thoughts on Hillary 2012 from Hill Buzz
    EricP:”

    I read that post on Hillbuzz and was thoroughly disgusted by it. This EricP has no insight and his analysis and prognosis was full of holes. But the disgusting part was the over 200 comments, many by out-and-out Hillary haters with nothing but nonsensical hyperbole to throw at her.

    Hillbuzz has declared itself generically conservative and is now totally in the tank for Sarah Palin. The readers are now all conservative, and everyone has branded o – and Hillary – as “socialists”, which is apparently the worst thing they can imagine.

    I attend the Hillbuzz comments regularly only because the writer is really a good writer and he has inside news from o’s home turf.

  154. Mrs. Smith
    “Obama-Dodd-Frank Financial Regulation Delays Derivatives Curbs until 2022!”

    Thanks for the video Mrs. Smith. This Webster Tarpley is a really sharp guy. Looks like an old guy, but he should have a future!

    For the record, it should be said that all the gambling stunts (derivatives, credit default swaps, etc.) where billionnaires make their billions are banned outside the US (Europe, Japan), which is why the big money is still on Wall Street and Euro-Japanese financial markets are “sluggish” (= conservative).

    This is probably the biggest reason o can’t do anything to reign in Wall Street: If the feds required full disclosure, re-installed Glass-Steagel, outlawed hedge funds, derivatives, credit default swaps, then the money would stop flowing around like mad on Wall Street, as it has for the past 30 years, and NY would no longer be the world’s financial capital. Wall Street would have to go back to making money the hard way – by investing prudently. This would be a collapse of another kind.

  155. Obama-Dodd-Frank Financial Regulation Delays Derivatives Curbs until 2022!

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

    That sounds like typical Obama! Get a good headline, for something that in the fine print says and does nothing (or the opposite of what it claims).

  156. I received a call from the DNC asking me to donate to the candidates here in Ohio.

    The woman went on to explain how the Republicans are lying about O. She said the lies were not true.

    I asked her what lies, she just kept saying the Repubs
    were lying and would i donate $125.00.
    I told her no way in H@@ would i ever donate or vote for a party that turned against Hillary the way they did.

    I also said the Democratic Party is just as bad or worse as the Republican Party.

    I told her to call up Obama and get it from him.

  157. Congressman Luis Gutierrez was interview on FOX this morning about immigration and santuary cities…oh, the contortions.

    Then they mentioned he was from Chicago and it all made sense!

  158. jeswezey
    July 19th, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Mrs. Smith

    Regarding the pussy Financial Reform Bill.

    If Dodd and Franks could get off the pipe long enough, they could have at least written in the Tobin Tax. And the **bill** wouldn’t have been a complete loser!

    If ever 2 Congressman deserved a Firing Squad, it’s those two-

  159. Reuters) – Chelsea Clinton’s hush-hush wedding may as well be classified but one thing is no secret: There will be tears.

    The only child of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will marry longtime boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky this month in a ceremony that has withstood leaks better than many secrets in Washington.

    “You should assume that if he makes it down the aisle in one piece it’s a major accomplishment,” Hillary Clinton said of her husband in comments to NBC broadcast Monday from Pakistan.

    “He is going to be so emotional, as am I, but we’re both looking forward to it and very happy about it,” she said.

    Local media have reported the wedding will take place on July 31 at an estate in Rhinebeck north of New York City and there is speculation the bride will wear Oscar de la Renta.

    “My lips are sealed,” Hillary Clinton said. “I am under very strict orders not to talk about it.”

    Chelsea Clinton, 29, who works at a New York hedge fund, has kept a low profile since her father left the White House in January 2001 but she campaigned for her mother during her unsuccessful run for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.

    Mezvinsky, 31, is an investment banker whose parents, Edward Mezvinsky and Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, are both former Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

    The guest list — rumored by New York media to include around 400 people — is among the closely guarded secrets. Hillary Clinton has a message for all those Clinton supporters who might be still hoping for an invite: “We love you all but this is her wedding.”

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE66I31420100719

  160. Not sure was his approval to disapproval went up 1.4 on RCP….maybe the capping of the well helped?

  161. Mrs. Smith
    July 19th, 2010 at 1:12 am

    Shadowfax-

    Please pass along my condolences to Murphy and her family on the bereavement of her Father.

    ——
    I passed your kind message on to Murphy.

  162. Mrs. Smith
    July 19th, 2010 at 1:15 am

    Admin- when you can, please post the video. Thanx 🙂

    Obama-Dodd-Frank Financial Regulation Delays Derivatives Curbs until 2022!

    ———-
    Amazing, while Wall Street plays poker, the taxpayers continue to bail out the banks when they fail to win at the table.
    They have a gambling habit with no consequences.
    Barack greases their hands and expects our respect for it…just like his dumbass Hell care bill.

    Pack up his bags and stuff him on the Lame Duck Train……November is right down the road and is gonna run over his administration.

  163. #
    JanH
    July 19th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Hillary’s In Town
    ——
    Thanks for all the Hillary videos you post to let us see our girl.

    Hillary looks awesome in this video, so Presidential.
    She flys nonstop around the world and is looking refreshed and so brilliant!!!!

  164. Beck, 46, says he has been diagnosed with macular dystrophy, and joked that the doctor told him, “You could go blind in the next year . . . or you might not.”

    Starts on 6:23 of the video (posted on Drudge)

    I didn’t post the link so Beck doesn’t show up as a video on the blog.

  165. I liked her in that black suit with the white pipping on the lapels and the pockets at the signing of that agreement for Pakistan. She added pearls for the neck and earrings, and who ever did her hair did a great job.

  166. Hillary does look very attractive and presidential. Has she lost weight as well as Bill for the wedding?

    Hillary Clinton is one classy lady!

  167. Carol
    July 19th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Don’t know if anyone posted this but Fox is advertising Hillary on Greta tonight.
    ——-
    Yeeeeehaw, thanks Carol.

  168. Blagojevich trial: Day 24 — THE DEFENSE BEGINS

    Today, Blago’s brother and others testify…

    Maybe tomorrow Blago will do his thing. I would pay to be there when Rob takes the stand. Rats, Chicago won’t let cameras in the court room. Sing Blago, sing!

  169. Bloody hell, is this what our officials have become. This is just awful.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2010/07/19/breitbart-hits-naacp-with-promised-video-of-racism/

    The NAACP is about to learn one of the most basic of all lessons in life — those who live in glass houses should avoid provoking a stone-throwing war. After the civil-rights organization threatened to issue a condemnation of Tea Party activism by equating it with racism (a position from which they ultimately retreated), Andrew Breitbart announced that he would publish at least one video of the NAACP itself cheering racism. Breitbart delivers on that promise today at Big Government, showing USDA official Shirley Sherrod explain to an appreciative NAACP audience in July 2009 how she deliberately withheld information from a white farmer in Georgia trying to save his land and his business:

    We are in possession of a video from in which Shirley Sherrod, USDA Georgia Director of Rural Development, speaks at the NAACP Freedom Fund dinner in Georgia. In her meandering speech to what appears to be an all-black audience, this federally appointed executive bureaucrat lays out in stark detail, that her federal duties are managed through the prism of race and class distinctions.

    In the first video, Sherrod describes how she racially discriminates against a white farmer. She describes how she is torn over how much she will choose to help him. And, she admits that she doesn’t do everything she can for him, because he is white. Eventually, her basic humanity informs that this white man is poor and needs help. But she decides that he should get help from “one of his own kind”. She refers him to a white lawyer.

    Sherrod’s racist tale is received by the NAACP audience with nodding approval and murmurs of recognition and agreement. Hardly the behavior of the group now holding itself up as the supreme judge of another groups’ racial tolerance.

  170. I wouldn’t wish that on even Beck…hope he can get some help!

    Mrs. Smith,

    I spewed my diet pepsi on the screen when you mention that Dodd and Frank need to get off the pipe long enough figure out the Tobin Tax. ROTFLMAO! You reckon that’s the problem?

    Why am I always at work when Hillary’s on the TV? I hope to watch it on line, hopefully the “village idiots” will be good tonight and stay home and not fight with each other…LOL!

    Mrs. Smith, Have you been looking into this expose from the Washington Post about “top secret america”. I wonder where they are taking this and WHY?

  171. Mop, the republicans are going to play hardball with this race issue…Bambi and Meanchelle are going to be outted as the racist they really are…there might even be a race war.

    Bill and Hillary let this go untouched…the republicans won’t.

  172. This is off subject, but I just wanted to share with all of you guys that my daughter is trying out for American Idol…I am excited we leave for Austin the first week in August!

  173. moononpluto
    July 19th, 2010 at 2:36 pm
    ————-
    That is absolutely disgusting. I hope it goes viral and that a few people lose there jobs over this.

    Then again, why am I so surprised?

  174. what needs to happen now is that every time the O caucus fraud story and the NBP story are discussed, DEMOCRATS must be asked if they heard or knew of any caucus problems or fraud or documentation during the primaries (and maybe include a clip of WWNBS documentary)…

    …the media needs to be asked if they ever got any of these press releases…the DNC needs to be pressured to make a statement and/or explain if they have documentation and awareness of the primary fraud of O’s camp against Hillary…if Dean has copies of all as stated…

    for example…over the weekend I was listening to the rountable on fox, they brought up the NBP story…everyone had their opinion…when they came to Juan Williams, he stated that he did not think it was a big story, but it should be looked into

    what i want to know is why FOX, with all the other investigation of Megan and the other clip above with Allie that Fox is doing to begin to expose and advance “we will not be silenced” WHY then would not Bret Beir ask Juan or everyone else if they have knowledge of the primary fraud…Juan should have been put on the spot when he pooh poohed NBP story…he should have been drilled on the primaries and news coming out about extensive fraud then…did he know of it? had he ever heard of it? etc

    the dots have got to be connected…and media and dems and DNC have to be called on WHAT THEY KNEW AND WHEN THEY KNEW IT…bottom line

    WHAT THEY KNEW AND WHEN THEY KNEW IT…Admin…there is a story in that for you to challenge…

    and in addition, what is the DNC doing to stop this from happening in the future at these rigged caucuses? that system needs to be scrubbed completely…otherwise, it can happen again and again…with rigged districts that give more delegates to minorities and the abuse of confusion and intimidation that they pulled off with chicago hardball cabal that screwed Hillary’s voters…

    THIS MUST BECOME AN ISSUE…not hidden … rip it open for all to see…

  175. Moon

    That’s deplorable, but I work with that attitude from “co-workers” on a daily basis. Thank God for Mr. Breitbart.

    Great article Admin, I have been off line for a few days.

    ***************
    wbboei
    July 18th, 2010 at 2:36 pm
    Henry–I like the sf mayor myself because he was a Hillary supporter. It is the politics of San Francisco which is hard to deal with. It is the politics of elitism.
    **********************

    I am afraid that support for Hillary in the past doesn’t play out for me anymore to support people who make horrendous other decisions. It’s not his job to sell or support sanctuary cities, it’s his job to uphold the law and explain it to his citizens in a way they can understand it….like # of murders, burglary’s, rapes of American citizens contributed to illegals…you get the picture. Many American citizens are dead because of his city’s policy.

  176. if they heard or knew of any caucus problems or fraud or documentation during the primaries (and maybe include a clip of WWNBS documentary)…

    …the media needs to be asked if they ever got any of these press releases…

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

    If we pressured for that at this stage — the media would quicklly bury the story again. THeir impulse would be to cya and protect their colleagues.

    It’s more important to get the storoy out: what the Obama people did and how to prevent it next time.

    Later — has there every been a successful push to get the media to criticize their own past behavior? Does anyone even criticize them except Somerbe at The Daily Howler?

  177. JanH
    July 17th, 2010 at 6:14 pm
    admin,

    I don’t know how you do it, but you must have a batallion of research soldiers at your side. Either that or you are superhuman. Your ability to pull info and stats from all over the place and over a span of time is truly amazing.
    &&&&&&&&&&

    Yet more grist for the rumor mill. In this case, you venture to guess that “admin” is a team. Here are some of the theories that may have been uttered about the mysterious “admin” (“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!!”):

    Multiple choice quiz:

    Admin is:
    a) a very smart man
    b) a very smart woman
    c) a Clintonista insider
    d) a supercomputer
    e) the world’s smartest dog
    f) a cat

  178. Well I’m booking my seat in here for November election night, time for us to have another big election party, this one is going to be a lot of fun.

  179. I for one am going to get plastered drunk if Obama’s old seat falls to the republicans, that would be the cherry on the cake for me in Nov.

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