‘Call Them Racists’ – The New Racism And The Political Importance of JournoList JournoGate; JournoLister Ben Smith’s Delusions; And Scooter Libby

The “New Racism” like the New Black Panther Party is a political phony smear utilized to destroy political opponents. Likewise, the JournoList JournoGate story is important because it is the indisputable evidence of a “vast Hopium Guzzler conspiracy” – a Big Media CARTEL to destroy anyone who opposed and opposes Barack Obama by smearing them as “racists!”

No longer is racism confined to Eliza slavery narratives and segregation horror of dogs, water cannon, lynchings and rape. Now “racism” is shouted when a 25 year old African-American multi-multi-millionaire basketball player leaves the team and the team owner is upset thereby opening himself to the charge of being a “slave master” and the super rich player a “runaway slave”. The “New Racism” is a parody which dilutes actual racism.

The JournoList JournoGate scandal is also a worry to Superstar race-baiter Barack Obama. The loss of “good will” (to borrow from trademark law) associated with the negative term “racist”, the tarnishment and dilution of his weapon of choice for 2012 – the race card – makes it that much more likely that a challenge in 2012 will occur. If the race card loses its value entirely, a possible challenge from within the Democratic Party can emerge (we’ll have much more of this soon). No longer will African-American supporters be labeled “racists” or “self haters” or “racist enablers” for their courageous support of Hillary Clinton. White Hillary Supporters likewise can engage in political activity without the smear “racist” hurled. The race card wall is the only defense left for Barack Obama and his army of JouroList Hopium Guzzlers and the dreams of 2012.

The JournoList JournoGate is an indisputable fact about the Pro-Obama, Anti-Hillary, Anti-McCain/Palin Big Media bias during the primaries and the general election.

Some of the less than functioning are saying “so what” about the Dailycaller story. Their defense is that the JournoListers were known progressive op-ed people. But these dolts are clearly not reading the story with any precision. This sentence from the DailyCaller article should silence them if they have any honesty left or any brain cells functioning:

“Hayes urged his colleagues – especially the straight news reporters who were charged with covering the campaign in a neutral way – to bury the Wright scandal.”

The Big Media cartel is in coordinated defense mode even as the various Hopium Guzzling members employ the Sergeant Schultz defense “I know nothing!” When the JournoList JournoGate scandal began to unravel Ben Smith pretended as if it was all new to him even though he was a long time participant in JournoList. It was just like the W. Bush days when Tim Russert and other Big Media obfuscaters pretended they where not privy to secret facts about Scooter Libby. Tim Russert was “central to the CIA leak case” which involved Scooter Libby but Russert pretended he was Sergeant Schultz (Russert also pretended he was Sergeant Schultz during the Don Imus “ho” scandal).

Instead of telling the truth when the JournoList JournoGate scandal began to unravel with the Weigel scandal, Ben Smith played dumb to dumb down his readers:

“Weigel first had to apologize for a tweet expressing incomprehension of “bigots” who oppose same-sex marriage. He’s now apologized for intemperate, leaked emails sent to a large, private listserv started by his Washington Post colleage, Ezra Klein. [snip]

I quoted him in 2008 as the leading expert on strange Obama smears. He also comes from the Washington tradition of responsible, ideological reporting at places from Reason to The American Prospect that don’t require the sort of formal, careful neutrality that traditional newspaper reporters (like me) grew up with.[snip]

There’s a broader debate in journalism right now over whether reporters should strive for neutrality at all, or whether they should bring their own views and experiences into their writing. The Post’s Klein, Weigel, and Greg Sargent (along with the fired Dan Froomkin) are the latter model, along with those at newer outlets from TPM to the Breitbart empire. Most of the rest of the Post’s political reporters, and most of us at POLITICO, are the former. My personal view is that ideological and neutral journalism can flourish side by side, each going places the other is unwelcome, and each correcting for the other’s weaknesses. (And neutral reporters don’t have to be allergic to ideology: I’m on Journolist, Klein’s off-record listserv; I also get in on private conservative conversations when they’ll have me.)[snip]

One thing nobody argues is that publications should misrepresent and misidentify their own reporters.”

Ben Smith thinks he is objective? He has guzzled so much Hopium he can be classified by the DEA as a drug mule. Ben Smith did not report about JournoList until this week and did not tell his readers what they needed to know – facts he knew about back in 2008 and which he did not report in 2008. Ben Smith was on JournoList as were many of Politico’s supposedly “straight news” reporters but not one wrote in 2008 or ever about the strategy of JournoList participants to label as “racist” those who discussed Jeremiah Wright and were not duped by Obama’s “race speech” which did not answer any of the questions raised about Obama’s 20 years plus relationship with the toxic reverend.

Yesterday Ben Smith continued to deceive his readers and Politico continued to deceive their readers.

I was surprised to read on The Daily Caller yesterday that a POLITICO colleague of mine was among those “participated in outpourings of anger over how Obama had been treated in the media, and in some cases plotted to fix the damage.” [snip]

So I asked Zenilman, my former assistant on this blog, who left POLITICO in November 2008, what he’d written. He dredged up the e-mails, which came in response to others’ angry comments about ABC’s moderation of a presidential primary debate. (Carlson also sent them to VandeHei.) [snip]

The sloppy line in The Daily Caller, though, gets at a real, and reasonable, concern that I’ve heard from readers and commentators: A handful of POLITICO reporters, myself included, were members of the now-defunct listserv, which has been portrayed at times as a kind of cabal aimed at, among other goals, doing physical harm to Matt Drudge and Rush Limbaugh and destroying Fox News. (POLITICO was also the first publication to report on the list, much to the dismay of some of its participants, and that piece remains a useful explanation of what Journolist was.)

As I’ve written before, my view is that I’ll listen in on any conversation that I’m allowed to listen in on. [snip]

But I’m also sensitive to the perception from readers that, in particular, admission to a conversation itself reflects some kind of tacit stamp of ideological approval, though participating in that list certainly didn’t require any overt test. I asked POLITICO editor-in-chief John Harris for his thoughts on the question.

“I understand why people are troubled. The very fact that you’re let on suggests that they’re accepting you into a club,” he said, adding that he had not “seen anything on Journolist that compromises POLITICO.”

“I knew you were on it, I knew Mike Allen was on it,” he said. “It seemed appropriate to me to have you following a conversation where you might learn something germane,” he said, adding, that he understood, accurately, that we were there “more as observers than as participants in an ideological conversation.”

But Harris also said he agrees with Andrew Sullivan’s criticism of the list, which is more intellectual than ethical.

“[S]ocialized groupthink is not the answer to what’s wrong with the media. It’s what’s already wrong with the media,” Sullivan wrote.

Harris said he worried about “cliquishness” and “groupthink.”

“This is true for reporters and even for ideological commentators: You don’t play on one team or another — you play on your own team,” he said.

I don’t have particularly strong feelings on where and how ideologues should have conversations with one another, and it doesn’t seem like a terribly pressing issue. The list was free of the sort of effective coordination some critics allege, and many of its participants disagreed with one another bitterly, while others on the list mostly lurked silently. I can’t recall any substantive difference between what people wrote privately and publicly. Like many private e-mail conversations, it had no shortage of stray inflammatory and ill-advised comments, and many, many more mundane ones.

I’d add only one thing: I never found out any good secrets on Journolist. It wasn’t that kind of list. But to get the flavor of it, you can read conversation that mirrors it on Twitter. That platform — although it’s in principle open and democratic — in fact reflects more or less the same virtues of hashing out ideas and the dangers of the herd mentality.

Ben Smith is either delusional or a liar. He says he never found any “good secrets” at JournoList nor was he troubled by the “groupthink”. He apparently found nothing “germane”. But the fact remains that a coordinated campaign to label Hillary Supporters and any opponent of Barack Obama as “racists” – by the Left wing of the journalism establishment! – is one hellava story – if Ben Smith had reported it at the time of the “bitter and clingy” Pennsylvania primary!

Ben Smith pretends JournoList was a silly collection of Drudge and Limbaugh haters and killers but the story is much more nefarious than the strawman Smith builds then knocks down. We corrected the not functioning link in the Ben Smith article which he claims as some sort of badge of honor for Politico because they were “the first publication to report on the list”. What Ben Smith fails to mention is that that “report on the list” came in 2009 well after the information would have been useful to the Hillary Campaign and the McCain/Palin campaign.

The article from 2009, (written by Michael Calderone, who’s beat was the Media) which Ben Smith lauds is quite comic as a defense:

“For the past two years, several hundred left-leaning bloggers, political reporters, magazine writers, policy wonks and academics have talked stories and compared notes in an off-the-record online meeting space called JournoList.

Proof of a vast liberal media conspiracy?

Not at all, says Ezra Klein, the 24-year-old American Prospect blogging wunderkind who formed JournoList in February 2007. “Basically,” he says, “it’s just a list where journalists and policy wonks can discuss issues freely.” [snip]

But some of the journalists who participate in the online discussion say — off the record, of course — that it has been a great help in their work. On the record, The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin acknowledged that a Talk of the Town piece — he won’t say which one — got its start in part via a conversation on JournoList. And JLister Eric Alterman, The Nation writer and CUNY professor, said he’s seen discussions that start on the list seep into the world beyond. [snip]

Last April, criticism of ABC’s handling of a Democratic presidential debate took shape on JList before morphing into an open letter to the network, signed by more than 40 journalists and academics — many of whom are JList members.

But beyond these specific examples, it’s hard to trace JList’s influence in the media, because so few JListers are willing to talk on the record about it.

POLITICO contacted nearly three dozen current JList members for this story. The majority either declined to comment or didn’t respond to interview requests — and then returned to JList to post items on why they wouldn’t be talking to POLITICO about what goes on there.”

Calderone should have talked to Ben Smith, or Mike Allen, or Laura Rozen. To his credit, Calderone did disclose some of the JournoList members such as Allen and Smith. But Mike Allen who has been lauded repeatedly as the “most influential journalist in DC” never confessed the secrets of JournoList when it mattered. Indeed Calderone mostly focuses on the opinion writers of JournoList but downplays that “straight news reporters” were members of JournoList. These many “straight news reporters” failed to mention the “call them racists” strategy but neither Calderone, nor Smith, nor Allen thought that race-baiting was news.

We need a full list of the “straight news reporters” who failed to inform their readers of the pro-Obama race-baiting “call them racists” strategy that was deployed against Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton and John McCain and Sarah Palin:

“One byproduct of that secrecy: For all its high-profile membership — which includes Nobel Prize-winning columnist Paul Krugman; staffers from Newsweek, POLITICO, Huffington Post, The New Republic, The Nation and The New Yorker; policy wonks, academics and bloggers such as Klein and Matthew YglesiasJList itself has received almost no attention from the media.

A LexisNexis search for JournoList reveals exactly nothing.

As we noted in our previous article, the Head Kook of DailyKooks killed a newsworthy story about his friend and business partner Jerome Armstrong (both were involved in the politically equivalent variant of a “pump and dump” scheme which mimicked the real life stock “pump and dump” scam Armstrong was prosecuted over) using a listserve called Townhouse. The difference between Townhouse and JournoList is denied but the denial is an obvious lie:

“Several members volunteered that JList is unlike listservs such as Townhouse, the private, activist-oriented group formed by liberal blogger Matt Stoller.

“No one’s pushing an agenda,” said Toobin. [snip]

John Judis, a senior editor at The New Republic, described JList in an e-mail as “a virtual coffeehouse” where participants get a chance to talk and argue.[snip]

“It’s sort of a chance to float ideas and kind of toss them around, back and forth, and determine if they have any value,” said New Republic associate editor Eve Fairbanks, “and get people’s input on them before you put them on a blog.”

Indeed, the advantage of JList, members say, is that it provides a unique forum for getting in touch with historians and policy people who provide journalists with a knowledge base for articles and blog posts. [snip]

Alterman said it’s important that there are “people with genuine expertise” on the list.”

Comically, Calderone does discuss the JournoGate scandal to come:

“But what if all the private exchanges got leaked?

That’s been the subject of some JList conversation, too, as members discuss the Weekly Standard’s publication of a 2006 e-mail posted to the private China Security Listserv by diplomat Charles Freeman, who last week withdrew his name from consideration for a top intelligence job.

Michael Goldfarb, a former McCain staffer and conservative blogger who published the e-mail, was not part of the China list and therefore hadn’t agreed to any off-the-record rules.

Asked about the existence of conservative listservs, Goldfarb said they’re much less prevalent.

There is nothing comparable on the right. E-mail conversations among bloggers, journalists and experts on our side tend to be ad hoc,” Goldfarb said. “The JournoList thing always struck me as a little creepy.

Kaus, too, has seemed put off by the whole idea, once talking on BloggingHeads about how the list “seems contrary to the spirit of the Web.”

“You don’t want to create a whole separate, like, private blog that only the elite bloggers can go into, and then what you present to the public is sort of the propaganda you’ve decided to go public with,” Kaus argued.”

It’s creepy because it’s a CARTEL. A cartel, which like Townhouse, suppresses news. It’s a cartel which produces propaganda and suppresses news and information.

As to the “expertise”, that is a fiction. A law professor “expert” on JournoList suggested Fox News be suppressed with coercive government action on a list populated with those protected by the First Amendment. The “expertise” consisted of incorrect and silly understanding about cable television as opposed to broadcast television (and don’t miss Bloomberg’s Ryan Donmoyer’s hysteria and ahistorical musings).

The members of the Big Media Cartel that did not inform readers of the race-baiting JournoList should be fired. There is no excuse for those who failed to live up to the First Amendment responsibilities while enjoying First Amendment protection when they failed to report about the “call them racists” strategy.

“Hayes urged his colleagues – especially the straight news reporters who were charged with covering the campaign in a neutral way – to bury the Wright scandal.”

The list of those who should be fired is being compiled:

“ALLEGED JOURNALISTS WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES, UNKNOWN TO THEIR READERS AND LISTENERS, TO ADVANCE ONE CANDIDATE, TO SUPPRESS NEWS WHEN IT REFLECTED POORLY ON BARACK AND TO LAUNCH ATTACKS TO DISTRACT?

THAT’S NOT JOURNALISM. WE’VE SEEN THAT BEHAVIOR BEFORE — IN THE FILM “THE HUNTING OF THE PRESIDENT.”

WE PROPOSE AN IMMEDIATE STEP TO TAKE, MAKE A LIST.”

Ben Smith and fellow Hopium Guzzler might defend themselves with the “no news” about race-baiting “call them racists”, “ignore Wright” defense. But other Big Media outlets realize Ben Smith and the Hopium Guzzling he represents is wrong and violates the spirit of the First Amendment. Race baiting is news and it is wrong:

“Excerpts published Tuesday by a conservative online news site suggest that a group of journalists from the mainstream media discussed ways to shield Barack Obama from criticism during the 2008 presidential election.

Among the strategies put forward: call conservative critics racists.”

SORRY – WRONG AGAIN. It was Hillary Clinton supporters targeted by the “call them racists” strategy. Yes, the names the JournoList participants invoked were Fred Barnes and other Republicans, – but this occurred in the context of the Pennsylvania DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY. THE TARGET WAS THE HILLARY CLINTON CAMPAIGN. The race-baiting which we began to discuss long, long ago (see HERE for “the Obama campaign and its supporters, well-prepared to play the “race-baiter card” launched it with a vengeance when Obama ran into dire straits after his losses in New Hampshire and Nevada” article by Sean Wilentz) is ongoing:

“Now, conservative commentators are pointing to the JournoList excerpts as proof that the mainstream media collude to promote a liberal agenda, play the race card, and discredit conservative movements like the tea party.

“The [JournoList] is troubling,” says Jim Campbell, a political science professor at the State University of New York (SUNY) in Buffalo. “At one level it could be thought of as just colleagues throwing ideas out to one another, but from another standpoint it almost looks like collusion … where virtual talking points are shared and solidified in a group.”

That can’t be healthy for the country – or for the media, for that matter,” he says.

JournoList: What is it?

The list was created by the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein and, and several hundred self-described liberals joined before it was shut down recently.[snip]

When conservatives were criticizing Mr. Obama for his connection to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright in 2008, some JournoList members discussed a counterstrategy.

The Daily Caller writes that Spencer Ackerman, then of the Washington Independent, “urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama’s relationship with Wright by changing the subject. Pick one of Obama’s conservative critics, Mr. Ackerman wrote, ‘Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares – and call them racists.’ “

The JournoList story is a great scoop for the Daily Caller, but doesn’t necessarily indicate a broader media conspiracy, says Mike Hoyt, editor of the Columbia Journalism Review. [snip]

To conservatives, a smoking gun

To some conservatives, however, the Daily Caller excerpts are a smoking gun, showing that the media is not a neutral arbiter in refereeing racial spitball fights like the one that has broken out between the NAACP and the tea party.

What the Daily Caller has unearthed proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that most media organizations are either complicit by participation in the treachery that is JournoList, or are guilty of sitting back and watching...,” writes conservative firebrand Andrew Breitbart.

Such criticisms are fair, says Professor Campbell at SUNY Buffalo.

“To some extent [some] media have been successful in [playing the race card],” he says. “You have people now talking about the tea party and others in terms of this race issue, and that in itself deflects from what the tea party people are really concerned about, which is out-of-control federal spending and excessive intrusion of government. To the extent that the press, even by suggesting that race is an issue, if it gets everybody talking about the tea party in those terms, they have been successful.”

At the same time, Campbell says, the race card may have been so overplayed that it no longer has much of an effect on how Americans think or act.

“I think a lot of people don’t take it very seriously anymore,” he says.”

Real racism is diluted and real racism victims are hurt by the race-baiting in defense of Chicago’s Barack Obama. The question which remains to be answered is whether indeed the race card has been so diluted that Obama cannot use it in 2012 or in a possible primary challenge.

That question remains to be answered (and we will attempt to answer it soon). What we do know now is that JournoList JournoGate helped kill the Jeremiah Wright story at a moment of great peril for Barack Obama. We do know that JournoList JournoGate had no qualms about government force against Fox News and that the alleged post racial America to be ushered in by Obama is now the all-racial-all-the-time cesspool many of us warned about (how long before Charlie Rangel, or his supporters, decides to race-bait?). We do know that the “Obamagasms” of election night 2008 by JournoGate JournoList turned many brains to “jelly” (Michael Tomasky – “I’m just jelly. Lord!).

We know that the latest JournoList JournoGate revelations about Sarah Palin involve Hillary Clinton:

“Ed Kilgore, managing editor of the Democratic Strategist blog, argued that journalists and others trying to help the Obama campaign should focus on Palin’s beliefs. “The criticism of her really, really needs to be ideological, not just about experience. If we concede she’s a ‘maverick,’ we will have done John McCain an enormous service. And let’s don’t concede the claim that [Hillary Clinton] supporters are likely to be very attracted to her,” Kilgore said.”

The very people who tried to kill the Wright story during the Pennsylvania Democratic primaries dared preach about what Hillary Supporters thought. The sexists and misogynists who race-baiting for Obama over Hillary then sought to claim that the McCain choice of Sarah Palin was “sexist. Sarah Palin knows these are “sick puppies” – Hillary needs to understand the same thing. Avi Zenilman, the Politico co-worker of Ben Smith, the one Ben Smith found no problem in participation in JournoList wrote:

“Zenilman of Politico, a purportedly nonpartisan journalist, weighed in with tactical advice: “The experience attack is a stupid one. It’s absolutely the wrong tack — the tack that McCain took when he was losing, and that Hillary and Biden took all primaries.” Zenilman said Wednesday he was offering “typical offhand political analysis.”

Some right-wing bloggers and left-wing idiots might delude themselves that this was all “political analysis” by opinion writers (of course you have to ignore the Chris Hayes quote from above). But this was news suppression and a cartel seeking to control the news Americans heard.

This left wing cartel was even more effective than the right wing imagines because these were the writers most Democrats voting in the Democratic primary read for their “news”. But it was not news. It was pro-Obama propaganda which hurt Hillary Clinton’s campaign and smeared Hillary Supporters all.

The right wing probably does not care about the smears against Hillary Supporters. But if we all don’t learn from the race-baiting of 2008, we’ll never get the leaders we need.

We don’t intend to forget, nor shut up about JournoGate and the race-baiting of 2008.

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  1. and the DNC goes into shit themselves mode. Incumbents in big big trouble.

    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/22/democrats-make-28-million-tv-buy/?src=twt&twt=nytimespolitics

    Democrats Make $28 Million TV Buy

    The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reserved television time in 40 districts across the country, including those of Representatives John M. Spratt Jr. of South Carolina, chairman of the Budget Committee, and Ike Skelton of Missouri, chairman of the Armed Services Committee. The committee also reserved time to help Representative Chet Edwards of Texas, who is seeking his 11th term in November and is among the party’s most vulnerable members.

    snip….

    Many of the 40 districts are represented by Democrats who have long been viewed as ripe for a Republican takeover, but others provide the first sign that the ranks of vulnerable Democrats may be deeper than previously acknowledged. The collection of districts is hardly set in stone, with Democrats able to add or subtract as the campaign goes along.

    snip……

    The 40 districts that Democrats selected, based on polling, candidate fund-raising and the strength of Republican opposition, include five seats in Ohio, four in Pennsylvania, three in Arizona and in Virginia, and two each in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, New York and Texas.

    Several of the decisions signal new signs of worry from Democratic Party leaders, including Representatives Stephanie Herseth Sandlin of South Dakota, Betty Sutton of Ohio, Allen Boyd of Florida, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Gerry E. Connolly of Virginia and Jerry McNerney of California.

    snip………..

    “If you want to get an idea of what the Democrats’ strategy is this fall, just follow the money,” said Ken Spain, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee. “The political environment has become so toxic that Democrats in Washington are gearing up to spend millions of dollars to defend what were once perceived as some of the most entrenched incumbents in Congress.”

  2. If the republicans take back the house, watch how fast Rangel retires for health reasons…………..

  3. GREAT article Admin. I spent a lot of time working with the Republican very large club here educating them about ACORN, sexism, misogyny, thievery, and thuggery during the primary of our Hillary. I really considered it a waste of time, but now not so much. Maybe some of it stuck.

    Cartel….as in drug cartel, money laundering cartel, and now journalism cartel. That answers a lot of questions.

    Thanks, admin.

  4. RE: last thread

    basement angel, there is no way I can change your ideology nor you mine. There is no way that dimocrats are about helping the ’small’ people with the Obama/Reid/Peolosi agenda of central planning. Period.

  5. Has anyone reported that Charlie Rangel is in deep do do about his ethics violations? Get out, Rangel. Get out NOW!!!!!!! Somebody please march him down an aisle gestapo style as he did our Hillary.

  6. Ms. Sherrod today on ABC said she was very upset at being called a racist…she said she worked her entire life working against racism.

    MS.SHERROD WELCOME TO HILLARY’S WORLD! She also gave her entire life working against racism…but they still do to this day call her a racist!

  7. and Ms Sherrod who is supposedly offered a job in civil rights, said that she would shut down Breitbarts biggovernment.com if she could.

    Obviously she’s big on that free speech thing.

  8. This left wing cartel was even more effective than the right wing imagines because these were the writers most Democrats voting in the Democratic primary read for their “news”. But it was not news. It was pro-Obama propaganda which hurt Hillary Clinton’s campaign and smeared Hillary Supporters all.

    The right wing probably does not care about the smears against Hillary Supporters. But if we all don’t learn from the race-baiting of 2008, we’ll never get the leaders we need.

    —–
    AWESOME FRICKIN’ POST ADMIN!!!!!!!!!!

    3 gun salute, high fives and Gold Stars galore!!!

  9. mop, guess I will just have to cancel her out on the Breitbart shut down thing.

    AND, the first showings of the video was not about Sherrod, but about how those [NAACP] who champion working against the use of racism’s reaction to her story of using the same racist tactics against the white farmer, er cracker. It was all about their reaction and their celebration of her repeating her story. And few people are talking about that, just how badly she was treated.

  10. admin
    July 22nd, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    A video which borrows from Talking Heads:
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    I love this video!!!!!!!

  11. A seven minute phonecall for a black woman….but for Louis Gates and a white cop…a beer summit!!! hmmm, hmmmm exactly what is wrong with this woman coming to the WH for lunch?

  12. I had to share this email with you all. There was a picture that was soooo funny as well.
    Subject: New Chemical Element Discovered

    Discovery Announcement ~

    The densest element in the known Universe has been found!

    Pelosium:
    A major research institution has just announced the discovery of the densest element yet known to science. The new element has been named Pelosium. Pelosium has one neutron, 12 assistant neutrons, 75 deputy neutrons, and 224 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 311.
    These particles are held together by dark forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.
    The symbol of Pelosium is PU.
    Pelosium’s mass actually increases over time, as morons randomly interact with various elements in the atmosphere and become assistant deputy neutrons within the Pelosium molecule, leading to the formation of isodopes.
    This characteristic of moron-promotion leads some scientist to believe that Pelosium is formed whenever morons reach a certain quantity in concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as Critical Morass.
    When catalyzed with money, Pelosium activates CNNadnausium, an element that radiates orders of magnitude more energy, albeit as incoherent noise, since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons as Pelosium.

    THIS IS THE REASON THIS “LADY” HAS GOT TO BE KICKED OUT OF THE CONGRESS. KEEP THIS MOVING SO THAT MILLIONS WILL KNOW. THERE IS STRENGTH IN “PEOPLE POWER”.

  13. Has anyone seen this….

    A Wall Street Journal reporter attempting to interview an attorney involved in the corruption trial of former governor Rod Blagojevich was handcuffed by security officers this morning at the federal courthouse.

    Reporter Doug Belkin, who was in handcuffs and in an elevator with several court security officers, said he had been “interviewing an attorney.’’

    The security officers escorted the reporter up to lock-up.

    “I told him three times to back up and he didn’t,’’ the security officer, a deputy U.S. Marshal, said. “He put his hands on me.”

    The reporter was issued a misdemeanor citation and released. He’s expected to go before a Magistrate judge at a future date, according to the U.S. Marshals
    ————————————————————–

    Is this normal?? Is it against the law for a reporter to get a story/interview from a lawyer?? I wouldn’t think this would be something to lock someone up for?

  14. moononpluto
    July 22nd, 2010 at 6:26 pm
    WASHINGTON — A House investigative committee has charged New York Rep. Charles Rangel, the former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, with multiple ethics violations.
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    Boy! That sure happened fast…NOT!

  15. Outstanding post, admin.

    Re Rangle, another HRC backstabber bites the dust.

    I hoe she and Bill have memories as long as 44.

    Never give up. Never back down. Never forget what those SOB’s did.

  16. The POS is shameless. Check this quote. Yeah, right. This is what he did with Gatesgate, Van Jones, championing terrorists, protecting jihadists.

    Squat says (after throwing Vilsak under the bus and saying he jumped the gun);
    “I’ve told my team and I told my agencies that we have to make sure that we’re focusing on doing the right thing instead of what looks to be politically necessary at that very moment. We have to take our time and, and think these issues through,” Obama told Leamy.

    “If there’s a lesson to be drawn from this episode, it’s that rather than us jumping to conclusions and pointing fingers at each other, we should all look inward and try to examine what’s in our own hearts and, as a consequence, I think we will continue to make progress,” he said.

  17. WASHINGTON — A House investigative committee has charged New York Rep. Charles Rangel, the former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, with multiple ethics violations.
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    I doubt he has much in the way of a defense save to say others are doing it. Assuming it is not contested I say let the punishment fit the crime: expulsion.

  18. I am wondering who they want in that position….which is what this is all about….they need to put just the right person at the head of the ways and means committee. Otherwise why have they talked about this for 3 years.

  19. I have always considered Ben Smith to be one of the dullest knives in the drawer at Politico. He will assert alternative defenses. It seldom works because each defense cuts against the other. Nevertheless, it goes like this:

    1. I was not on the journo list myself

    2. But even if I was on that damn list somebody put me there without my consent.

    3. But even if I was there with my consent, I never read the emails.

    4. But even if I read the emails, that does not mean I agreed with them.

    5. But even if I agreed with their sentiments, I did not agree with playing the race card.

    6. But even if agreed with playing the race card it is okay because I know they are racists.

    7. But even if they are not racists I can call for a higher standard of journalism and say I have learned my lesson.

    My guess is that Ben was in this scheme up to his neck. I rather suspect that there are emails he wrote floating around that tie him in to it good and tight. He intellectualizes the problem by calling it two schools of journalism. Those who report the truth and those who say whatever they want. He makes no moral judgment. Indeed, he goes on to say he is comfortable with both schools. That is like saying I am comfortable with those who abide by the law and I am just as comfortable with those who do not. My sense is they have got the goods on him and he is scrambling to come up with a defense. But this is really an inside game with him. Those of us who read his columns over the years decided early on where he stood and it was never on the side of the truth. Plus, as I have said before Ben is dumber than owl shit.

  20. Heh, Megyn Kelly, the Fox attorney was talking with Bill O’R about Blago….

    Megan likes Blago too, and he asked her if she were on the jury would she find him guilty? She said, “Oh no, there is something so lovable about him. Bill grilled her on it, she didn’t back down, she likes Blago………..and so do I. Yea, maybe he is not honorable and all that. 😉

  21. Obama selectively uses the race bait card as either a shield or sword , yet, the so called journalists were calling his “victory” the first post racial presidency ever. Ironically, race realtions appear to be getting worse since he took office. You wonder how African Americans really feel knowing he used them as much as any other group.

  22. Rut ro

    Could this b Obama’s match

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=181961

    Is this man Obama’s worst nightmare?
    ‘The One’ may have met his match in emerging presidential candidate

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    Posted: July 21, 2010
    8:34 pm Eastern

    By Chelsea Schilling
    © 2010 WorldNetDaily

    He could be President Obama’s worst nightmare – a business mastermind, a natural problem solver and a black man of “substance” who says he would “take the race card off the table” in a challenge against Obama as the GOP presidential candidate in 2012.

    Read more…………..

  23. Outstanding post, Admin. Thank you once again for doing the hard work in order to keep us informed.

  24. #
    confloyd
    July 22nd, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    shadowfax, its that “bad boy” appeal! Did you see him singing Elvis songs??? LOL!
    ———
    I did confloyd. I also watched him on the Apprentice and even if he is a total bozo with technology, he had a nice side. Also saw his wife on Celebrity something, I liked her too.

    🙂

  25. Well, well, well. This is interesting. Democrat Jim Webb of Virgina pens an anti-affirmative action op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703724104575379630952309408.html

    Diversity and the Myth of White Privilege

    America still owes a debt to its black citizens, but government programs to help all ‘people of color’ are unfair. They should end.

    The anger over all this racism nonsense could unravel a lot of affirmative action programs. At the very least, it is an ugly political climate for Obama and the Dems. I’d say that Webb is trying to get out ahead of the breaking wave.

  26. No longer will African-American supporters be labeled “racists” or “self haters” or “racist enablers” for their courageous support of Hillary Clinton.

    I was called a racist by more white people in 2008 than should be allowed by law for supporting Hillary. I was called an Uncle Tom by more black people than there are in the New York Yellow pages for supporting Hillary. If there is any fiber of anybody that thinks that that treatment will be forgotten come ballot time, they have been living in a vacuum for the past 2 years. My benchmark number is 35%. Once his approval rating hits that, Hillary should pounce. Her challenging him at that time would immediately drop his numbers to less than Bush levels. His only response will be to scream racism and by then it wont work. Hillary 2012!!

    Great post (as usual), admin. Your posts spoil me. There is more relevant information in one of your posts than all the commentary all day on all the 24hr news channels…..

  27. Posted by Lori Ziganto (Profile)
    Thursday, July 22nd at 7:00PM EDT
    15 Comments

    The most insidious form of media bias is deciding what to cover and, more importantly, what not to cover. The revelations uncovered by The Daily Caller in regard to Journolist have been damning on that front. The latest involve Sarah Palin and while anyone with a speck of honesty already realized that the media has been out to marginalize her from the very beginning, Journolist members took it to an even more egregious level. I know. I didn’t think that was possible either, but apparently it is.

    While it is obviously not unheard of for colleagues to discuss stories of the day, that wasn’t the case here. This was a group of reputed (or refudiated!) journalists colluding with openly leftist opinionators to not report the news, but to shape it. As evidenced in these postings to JournoList:

    Chris Hayes of the Nation wrote in with words of encouragement, and to ask for more talking points. “Keep the ideas coming! Have to go on TV to talk about this in a few min and need all the help I can get,” Hayes wrote.

    Time’s Joe Klein then linked to his own piece, parts of which he acknowledged came from strategy sessions on Journolist. “Here’s my attempt to incorporate the accumulated wisdom of this august list-serve community,” he wrote. And indeed Klein’s article contained arguments developed by his fellow Journolisters

    Worse, the goal of the framing of the narrative was to marginalize and diminish a woman by using her womanhood itself against her for political means. In fact, one member, Daniel Levy of the Century Foundation, referred to the list as Obama’s “non-official campaign” and admitted he believed it was their job to discredit Palin:

    This seems to me like an occasion when the non-official campaign has a big role to play in defining Palin, shaping the terms of the conversation and saying things that the official [Obama] campaign shouldn’t say – very hard-hitting stuff, including some of the things that people have been noting here – scare people about having this woefully inexperienced, no foreign policy/national security/right-wing christia wing-nut a heartbeat away ……

    That wasn’t even the worst of it.

    What followed was a clear attempt to, once again, Use the Women ™ under the guise of being For The Women ™ by playing up the perpetual victim-hood sexist trump card as a way to dehumanize and demean Sarah Palin and her accomplishments. How did they attempt to do this? An idea first proffered by Suzanne Nossell, ironically of Human Rights Watch. It was then enthusiastically agreed to by more on the list, showing a classic case of femisogyny from the Left:

    “I think it is and can be spun as a profoundly sexist pick. Women should feel umbrage at the idea that their votes can be attracted just by putting a woman, any woman, on the ticket no matter her qualifications or views.”

    Mother Jones’s Stein loved the idea. “That’s excellent! If enough people – people on this list? – write that the pick is sexist, you’ll have the networks debating it for days. And that negates the SINGLE thing Palin brings to the ticket,” he wrote.

    Another writer from Mother Jones, Nick Baumann, had this idea: “Say it with me: ‘Classic GOP Tokenism’.”

    The single thing she brings to the ticket — her fancy womb. Once again, liberal femisogynists reducing a woman to the sum of her girly parts only. All while hilariously claiming that they believe women should feel umbrage that their vote should be attracted merely by dint of a fellow woman on the ticket. Hello? That is their entire modus operandi! Even down to the Supreme Court. Aren’t we always supposed to be thrilled when, say, a woman is nominated for the Supreme Court merely because she’s a woman?

    This is how they ultimately will end up failing; their hypocrisy knows no bounds and is now incredibly transparent. The depth of their insane hatred for Sarah Palin has done more to expose their femisogyny than anything in my lifetime.

    Sarah Palin, with customary courage and straight-talk openness, spoke out about the media to the Daily Caller:

    “With the shackles off, I relish my freedom to call it like I see it, while starving the media beast that was devouring the false reports about me, my staff and my loved ones,” she said….

    “…The lamestream media is no longer a cornerstone of democracy in America. They need help. They need to regain their credibility and some respect. There are some pretty sick puppies in the industry today. They really need help,” Palin said.

    Sick puppies, indeed, as further evidenced by an earlier revelation regarding the more than disturbing desire of a JournoList member to watch Rush Limbaugh die in agony, while she “laughed loudly like a maniac.” What’s more, the list, comprised of mainly white males near as I can tell, indulged in the systematic patriarchal oppression (that’s right, faux feminists, I’m using your own term against you. Because you lie) of a woman merely because she didn’t suit their political agenda. An agenda that they used their positions as alleged journalists to further.

    While they may have succeeded in aiding Barack Obama to win the election, ultimately they will fail. In part, we can thank Sarah Palin for that. The woman they tried to destroy has actually hoisted them on their own petard, by exposing them for what they are – not journalists, but corrupt ideologues who will stop at nothing, not even personal destruction, to further an agenda.

    I, for one, thank her immensely.

  28. How is the common link between Journalist gate and Climate gate? In both cases, there was an active conspiracy to mislead the public to a predetermined political result and in each case it was there confidential emails between the co-conspirators that brought the whole thing crashing down on their heads.

    I have heard of double jeopardy, but this must be triple jeopardy for Klein. He needs to be cashiered. Ethically challenged. What I do not understand is how he got on the Council on Foreign Relations. My dog knows more about foreign relations than Klein does, and my dog never denied writing Primary Colors. So I will take my dog to little Joe any day of the week.

    And I don/t even have a dog. But Mrs Smith does and he is dog enough for both of us.

  29. Now that we know Klein is one of the journolist cabal, we can begin to figure out who some of the others are. If you saw that Matthews clip there is another pseudo journalist who is joining Klein in accusing Sarah et al of seditious libel. His name is Heilman. He and Halperin wrote the book Game Change which was designed to destroy everyone except Obama. Those two have been promised another book deal, Hence, Heilman has no honor,
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    Joe Klein: Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin are guilty of borderline sedition
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    After watching this twice, I’m inclined to call it one of the most perfect bits of self-parody that I’ve ever seen. The smugness, the laziness of the analysis — this would qualify as mindless, paint-by-numbers received wisdom even on a lefty blog — and of course the hypocrisy, from Heilemann moronically barking about the loaded meaning of a word he himself has used numerous times to Klein actually stooping to use a charge as loathed by free-speech advocates as sedition to indict Beck and Palin. This one’s got it all. Had Beck or Palin dropped the S-bomb on some lefty populist, it would be a five-alarm, all-hands-on-deck, left-wing media furor. Yet here’s Joe Klein, tossing it out almost playfully — and not for the first time — on Tingles’s weekly middlebrow talking points showcase, and no one bats an eye. What does ego look like when it’s unchecked by even the slightest shred of self-awareness? You’re about to find out. Click the image to watch.

  30. Ezra Klein of Journolist was something under 10 years old when Joe Klein published PRIMARY COLORS.

    For whatever Wikipedia is worth:

    Ezra Klein (born May 9, 1984) is an American blogger for the Washington Post and a columnist for Newsweek.[….]
    In February 2007 Klein created a Google Groups forum called “JournoList” for discussing politics and the news media. [….]
    Members of JournoList included, among others: Ezra Klein, Jeffrey Toobin, Eric Alterman, Paul Krugman, Joe Klein (no relation to Ezra Klein), [….]
    On June 25, 2010, Ezra Klein announced in his Washington Post blog that he would be terminating the Journolist group. This decision was instigated by fellow blogger Dave Weigel’s resignation from the Post following the public exposure of several of his Journolist emails about conservative media figures.[20][21]

  31. “To some extent [some] media have been successful in [playing the race card].” I don’t think this a very smart statement by this Prof. Campbell. Making the Tea Party debate all about race means Republicans can win without ever responding to the Tea Party’s demands. All that means is Republican control with big government ‘Bush-style’ and Bush-level deficits. That’s a success for the Jornolist scum? Its better for everyone if Republicans win on the Tea Party platform than on a racial backlash. Anyway, the Tea Party has done a good job capitalizing on the race controversy to push their message. I don’t think anyone is losing sight of Obama’s Quantum Deficits.

  32. admin

    thank you for posting “2010 year of the american woman”. i am working as a volunteer for kelly ayotte, one of the many women highlighted in that video.

  33. One has to wonder if those who manipulated with the race card feel anything akin to guilt for their actions. On all the news channels race, race, race.
    Seems like they have done far more harm to society at large. Who knows though maybe it is the intent. Who gave Briebert the video originally to begin with?
    Had to be someone who attended.

  34. Ezra Klein worked on coward dean’s campaign. Not to hard to connect the dots. What’s next the obama mailman gets appointed to be post master general

  35. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse…

    Beware the lame duck

    By Charles Krauthammer
    Friday, July 23, 2010

    Barack Obama’s considerable political capital, earned on Election Day 2008, is spent. Well spent, mind you, on the enactment of a highly ideological agenda of Obamacare, financial reform and a near-trillion-dollar stimulus that will significantly transform the country. But spent nonetheless. There’s nothing left with which to complete his social-democratic ambitions. This would have to await the renewed mandate that would come with a second inaugural.

    That’s why, as I suggested last week, nothing of major legislative consequence is likely to occur for the next 2 1/2 years. Except, as columnist Irwin Stelzer points out, for one constitutional loophole: a lame-duck Congress called back into session between the elections this November and the swearing-in of the 112th Congress next January.

    Leading Democrats are already considering this as a way to achieve even more liberal measures that many of their members dare not even talk about, let alone enact, on the eve of an election in which they face a widespread popular backlash to the already enacted elements of the Obama-Pelosi-Reid agenda.

    That backlash will express itself on Election Day and result, as most Democrats and Republicans currently expect, in major Democratic losses. It is still possible for the gaffe-happy Republicans to blow it. When the ranking GOP member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee publicly apologizes to the corporation that unleashed the worst oil spill in American history, you know the Republicans are capable of just about anything.

    But assuming the elections go as currently projected, Obama’s follow-on reforms are dead. Except for the fact that a lame-duck session, freezing in place the lopsided Democratic majorities of November 2008, would be populated by dozens of Democratic members who had lost reelection (in addition to those retiring). They could then vote for anything — including measures they today shun as the midterms approach and their seats are threatened — because they would have nothing to lose. They would be unemployed. And playing along with Obama might even brighten the prospects for, say, an ambassadorship to a sunny Caribbean isle.

    As John Fund reports in the Wall Street Journal, Sens. Jay Rockefeller, Kent Conrad and Tom Harkin are already looking forward to what they might get passed in a lame-duck session. Among the major items being considered are card check, budget-balancing through major tax hikes, and climate-change legislation involving heavy carbon taxes and regulation.

    Card check, which effectively abolishes the secret ballot in the workplace, is the fondest wish of a union movement to which Obama is highly beholden. Major tax hikes, possibly including a value-added tax, will undoubtedly be included in the recommendations of the president’s debt commission, which conveniently reports by Dec. 1. And carbon taxes would be the newest version of the cap-and-trade legislation that has repeatedly failed to pass the current Congress — but enough dead men walking in a lame-duck session might switch and vote to put it over the top.

    It’s a target-rich environment. The only thing holding the Democrats back would be shame, a Washington commodity in chronically short supply. To pass in a lame-duck session major legislation so unpopular that Democrats had no chance of passing it in regular session — after major Democratic losses signifying a withdrawal of the mandate implicitly granted in 2008 — would be an egregious violation of elementary democratic norms.

    Perhaps shame will constrain the Democrats. But that is not to be counted on. It didn’t stop them from pushing through a health-care reform the public didn’t want by means of “reconciliation” maneuvers and without a single Republican vote in either chamber — something unprecedented in American history for a reform of such scope and magnitude.

    How then to prevent a runaway lame-duck Congress? Bring the issue up now — applying the check-and-balance of the people’s will before it disappears the morning after Election Day. Every current member should be publicly asked: In the event you lose in November — a remote and deeply deplorable eventuality, but still not inconceivable — do you pledge to adhere to the will of the electorate and, in any lame-duck session of Congress, refuse to approve anything but the most routine legislation required to keep the government functioning?

    The Democrats could, of course, make the pledge today and break it tomorrow. Call me naive, but I can’t believe anyone would be that dishonorable.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/22/AR2010072204029.html

  36. I’m sorry, but as awful as this JournoList business was, I can’t see it as a cartel that could be prosecuted as such, so there’s no sense using that word. It was a forum, actually, and no one can fault anyone else for participating in a forum, for expressing their views, for urging others to act or think a certain way.

    What calls us to action here is the fact that so-called journalists were conspiring to slant and spin, quash or invent “news” in order to shove the public toward their own agenda. But here again, in order to take action, specific names would have to be linked up with specific ideas and traced through to the output in print or on the air.

    Hayes, for example, seems to be guilty of promoting the racism charges. We should pound his employer with mail calling for his head. He’s not a journalist and shouldn’t be employed as such.

    Hayes was not an editor-in-chief ordering about his troops. The others on the list had their own minds to make up. To the extent that they were subject to herd psychology, they were not journalists either. But that sort of thing is very hard to nail down. We would need a lot of specifics – an e-mail trail.

    Paul Krugman was on the list too. Does that make him guilty of anything? Did he follow Hayes’ urgings? Did he call us racists? He didn’t write anything about Jeremiah Wright; but then again, Wright didn’t concern Krugman in his field of expertise.

    JournoList doesn’t exist any more, and we’re not likely to find out much more about it. All the traces are gone. As a student of history, I certainly don’t suggest we forget this story; but there’s not much we can do about it.

  37. LOL! THey sure want to link Hillary with Soro’s, we all know she is involved with Soro’s and uses his political donations….the difference between Hillary/Soros and Obama/Soros, Obama has NO backbone and can be manipulated, Hillary doesn’t have that problem. Soro’s money is as good as anyone else’s when used properly.

  38. JournoList

    I have discussed this with others. They said that they did not see any difference between Fox news and this group. I however saw it differently. I don’t think people realized that journalists were actually getting to gether like this and plotting. With Fox news you know their slant. But this group was not overtly identified as being in the same camp, nor would one expect them to organize that that.

    We have laws again making agreement to fix prices and the name excapes me, maybe it it is colusion. I see this as a colusion to influence and fix the election to your point and view and to you financial benefit. One expects a certain slant from those in Fox employment. Who would have expected this from a a varied group not under the same employer.

  39. Race, race, race…………..isn’t there more to cover in the media?
    We all know it’s still around, some have it, most don’t. It’s a ploy, a dirty word and yet…….that’s all we get.

    Distraction
    Distraction
    Distraction

  40. Shadowfax
    July 23rd, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    If they didn’t talk about race in the news, what would they talk about? Hillary’s trip to Asia? The ongoing spill in the Gulf? Elizabeth Warren getting frozen out of the agency that protects consumers? Background on Elena Kagan and a discussion as to why Dianne Wood isn’t being confirmed as a Supreme? The gains of the euro on the dollar in trading over the past few weeks? C’mon Shadowfax, get a grip! The media knows that we don’t need to know what is going on in the world!!!!

    Asshats.

  41. theRock

    ‘get a grip’

    I would like to get a tight grip around their necks!

    Is the media bored with the Gulf disaster already? “Oh yea, that’s yesterday’s news…

    Maybe what is going on in congress with the ODems that know their majority is circling the drain and this is their last chance to pass crap. They should be watched like a hawk.

    Maybe all the aholes that were fixing the media coverage are frightened to say much, so they just keep screaming, RACE, RACE, RACE as the same frickin’ distraction.

    What about the people in the media that were not on that list, are they deaf, dumb and blind?

  42. Shadowfax, Didn’t they pass that horrid bank bill while we were arguing about Ms.Sherrod???

    Did you all see the pic of Hillary on Drudge? It has a pretty scary soldier staring in the window at her. Scary stuff!

  43. Polls: Both Clintons now more popular than Obama

    July 22, 2010 · D.K. Jamaal

    Most who follow politics are aware that Hillary Clinton’s approval ratings are sky-high, much higher than the man who once slammed her as “likeable enough” and too “polarizing” to win.

    A recent poll showed also that most Americans feel Hillary is more qualified for the Presidency than the current President, which, of course, was the crux of her now prescient argument against his candidacy.

    Hillary grows ever popular and more iconic daily, while more and more Obama voters suffer from buyer’s remorse and his approval ratings sink, dragging down with them the Democrat Party’s electoral prospects.

    Hillary ought to have ‘I told you so’ tattooed on her cankles.

    Joining Hillary at the dais for those who get the last laugh is her partner in crime, Bill Jefferson Clinton, who is now more popular than Obama as well.

    Obama allowed his campaign staff to promote the fantasy that Bill Clinton was one white sheet short of a Klan membership, constantly playing the race card against the Clintons to drive down their popularity and bury them forever.

    Fail.

    Obamacrats claimed a return to Clintonism in D.C. would mean a return to polarization and partisan division. Only he, Barack the Harmonious, could bridge the gap between Republicans and Democrats.

    In fact, the reason Bill Clinton is more popular than Obama is due to respect for the Clintons by independents and Republicans, who view Clintonism more favorably than Obama-nation according to this Gallup survey.

    This is the first time in Gallup that Clinton has registered better numbers than Obama. But as Obama fatigue grows in direct proportion to Clinton nostalgia, it surely will not be the last.

    After all, who wouldn’t want fiscal responsibility, budget surpluses, peace and prosperity versus endless bailouts masquerading as reform, massive debt, endless wars, and gross incompetence?

    If there’s one thing that’s now certain in politics, it’s that Clintonistas don’t die: they multiply. How’s that hopey changey celestial choirs stuff workin’ out for ya?

    http://www.examiner.com/x-19823-PostPartisan-Examiner~y2010m7d22-Polls-Both-Clintons-now-more-popular-than-Obama

  44. Govt shot down in flames

    Judge scoffs at pre-emption argument in AZ lawsuit

    It didn’t take long for federal judge Susan Bolton to zero in on the holes in the Obama administration’s argument in their lawsuit against Arizona and its new must-enforce policy on immigration violations. Bolton, a Democratic appointee, shot holes in the Department of Justice’s pre-emption argument immediately, and in a broader sense wondered why the federal government concerned itself at all over Arizona’s get-tough policy on illegal immigration: “Why can’t Arizona be as inhospitable as they wish to people who have entered or remained in the United States?” U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton asked in a pointed exchange with Deputy Solicitor General Edwin S. Kneedler. Her comment came during a rare federal court hearing in the Justice Department’s lawsuit against Arizona and Gov. Jan Brewer (R). Bolton, a Democratic appointee, also questioned a core part of the Justice Department’s argument that she should declare the law unconstitutional: that it is “preempted” by federal law because immigration enforcement is an exclusive federal prerogative. “How is there a preemption issue?” the judge asked. “I understand there may be other issues, but you’re arguing preemption. Where is the preemption if everybody who is arrested for some crime has their immigration status checked?”

    http://hotair.com/archives/2010/07/23/judge-scoffs-at-pre-emption-argument-in-az-lawsuit/

  45. “cap and trade” is dead for the year, if not the indefinite future.

    Senate Dems retreat on global warming
    By: Susan Ferrechio
    Chief Congressional Correspondent
    July 23, 2010
    Lacking the requisite 60 votes, Senate Democrats shelved plans to take up an aggressive energy and global warming bill before the August recess and will instead settle on a much smaller bill that deals with the Gulf oil spill and some smaller “green” initiatives.
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., broke the news to the Democratic caucus on Thursday that the bill he plans to write will not include a cap on carbon emissions, nor will it set a renewable energy standard.
    etc at
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/Senate-Dems-retreat-on-global-warming-1002853-99060364.html

  46. confloyd
    July 23rd, 2010 at 11:47 am
    LOL! THey sure want to link Hillary with Soro’s, we all know she is involved with Soro’s and uses his political donations….the difference between Hillary/Soros and Obama/Soros, Obama has NO backbone and can be manipulated, Hillary doesn’t have that problem. Soro’s money is as good as anyone else’s when used properly.

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

    Thank you for a very sensible post!

    Hillary and Bill AND GORE are all strong enough to take Soros donations for their causes and go on doing good work with it.

  47. I just had problems getting hillaryis44.org to come up. But finally it did. Did anyone else have this problem.

  48. No I had not had any problems….something must be coming out…seems like people check this blog by the groves all at once…as soon as anything Clinton happens!

  49. moononpluto
    July 23rd, 2010 at 1:21 pm
    Govt shot down in flames

    Judge scoffs at pre-emption argument in AZ lawsuit

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    poor bambi and his idiot circus must be having a hissy fit.

  50. It didn’t take long for federal judge Susan Bolton to zero in on the holes in the Obama administration’s argument in their lawsuit against Arizona and its new must-enforce policy on immigration violations. Bolton, a Democratic appointee, shot holes in the Department of Justice’s pre-emption argument immediately, and in a broader sense wondered why the federal government concerned itself at all over Arizona’s get-tough policy on illegal immigration: “Why can’t Arizona be as inhospitable as they wish to people who have entered or remained in the United States?” U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton asked in a pointed exchange with Deputy Solicitor General Edwin S. Kneedler. Her comment came during a rare federal court hearing in the Justice Department’s lawsuit against Arizona and Gov. Jan Brewer (R). Bolton, a Democratic appointee, also questioned a core part of the Justice Department’s argument that she should declare the law unconstitutional: that it is “preempted” by federal law because immigration enforcement is an exclusive federal prerogative. “How is there a preemption issue?” the judge asked. “I understand there may be other issues, but you’re arguing preemption. Where is the preemption if everybody who is arrested for some crime has their immigration status checked?”
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    If we were not dealing with a messiah whose word is holy writ, I would be tempted to say bad politics as well as bad law. Bad politics because getting expectations up by filing a lawsuit and then falling flat on your face in the court room is not good politics. Apart from that, these damn injunctions are hard to get. I remember a time when we got a federal judge from the DC ciruit out of bed in the middle of the night in the fond hope that he would issue one against the Department of the Army. He was still in his pajamas under the robe and he was not in alpha or beta brain wave mode, he was in theta, i.e. light sleep in the courtroom. It was then I learned the true meaning of the expression let sleeping dogs lie. Suffice it to say we did not get the tro/injunction. By contrast this federal judge in the Arizona case appears to be wide awake and has more questions for Holders man, than Holders man has answers which is never a good thing for him.

  51. TheRock
    July 23rd, 2010 at 12:29 pm
    Shadowfax
    July 23rd, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    If they didn’t talk about race in the news, what would they talk about? Hillary’s trip to Asia? The ongoing spill in the Gulf? Elizabeth Warren getting frozen out of the agency that protects consumers? Background on Elena Kagan and a discussion as to why Dianne Wood isn’t being confirmed as a Supreme? The gains of the euro on the dollar in trading over the past few weeks? C’mon Shadowfax, get a grip! The media knows that we don’t need to know what is going on in the world!!!!

    Asshats.
    **********************************************

    heck, the media can always switch to Mel Gibson…and play one of his tapes for unlimited filler…now that’s news we must know about every other segment…

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    JanH
    July 23rd, 2010 at 1:13 pm
    Polls: Both Clintons now more popular than Obama

    July 22, 2010 · D.K. Jamaal
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    love that article Jan posted above…D.K. Jamaal hits another one out of the park…

    *********************************************************

    after reading a few blogs all commenting on the race issue…cannot help but comment on “the dolt” Admin referred to in last thread…that ‘dolt’ she just does not seem to get it…sure, now she is criticizing O as he tanks and trying to bond again with positive Clintons posts…

    but she clings to her perception of ‘pumas and the unhinged fringe’ and she remains under the crazy idea that because BC is being ‘rehabilatated’ and as his popularity increases…all is forgotten…and hunky dorey…and she concludes that BC and HC will be O’s strongest advocates when the time comes…

    …this woman just does not get that PUMAS, tea party people, dems that have become independents, etc are not some ‘unhinged fringe’…we have fled the O nation…and we are not going back…and if that means leaving the dims and being called an independent, a puma, a tea partier…whatever label you choose…the result is the same…we are fleeing from the O dim party…and not coming back…

    …no, Ms Doltie…it has not all been forgotten…far from it…our time will come…

  52. Shadowfax
    July 23rd, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Amen to that. I look at these guys on Fox screaming about a left wing media bias as though Bush didn’t have it good during his years in office. I’m not saying that the news wasn’t a bit more critical of him, but the media dropped the ball on Torture, the wars, social security, gays and a large number of other issues where they didn’t ask the TOUGH questions.

    Then you have the self righteous ones that are just now saying ‘…well I always liked Hillary…’ lines on their shows. And since she can’t be critisized for the failings that Obumbles is demonstrating (laziness, race-baiting, incompetence, etc), its really hard for them to continue to raise him up over her. And with the mess in the Gulf (which is only going to get worse with the weather system that is moving into the area) which showed the majority of Americans (FINALLY) that Obozo is nothing more than an empty suit, the path to the White House for Hillary is starting to rear its head. When his approval rating hits 35% and Democrats don’t have either or both houses of Congress, what’s left of that trifling party will beg her to run again.

    President Clinton is laying the groundwork. I KNOW he is telling the people he is campaigning for ‘…remember this when my wife comes. I’m helping you keep your job…’ And the beautiful thing is, if they lose, Obumbles take the blame. After all, they were just being party loyalists when they advanced HIS agenda through Congress. There will be alot of people that owe him favors come Jan ’12.

    Hillay 2012

  53. wbboei
    July 23rd, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    It didn’t take long for federal judge Susan Bolton to zero in on the holes in the Obama administration’s argument in their lawsuit against Arizona and its new must-enforce policy on immigration violations.

    ———
    So, what chances do you think AZ has winning the case?
    60%?

  54. and if that means leaving the dims and being called an independent, a puma, a tea partier…whatever label you choose…the result is the same…we are fleeing from the O dim party…and not coming back…

    ——-
    Actually, this PUMA is going back as soon as Hillary is where she belongs, in the White House.

    If not, I will trade in my Dem card and go Cherry Picker, Independent.

  55. theRock

    YUP, on the self righteous right media pretending that they are the good guys now, that’s why confloyd and I call them rethugs.

    Yup, on Bill paving the way for Hillary to win AGAIN and kick the fraud to the curb.

  56. Yes, I wish that Drudge would take down that photo of the creep looking though the window, Hillary standing too close while the men are more protected from sight.

    It really makes me worry about her.

  57. Nope I haven’t forgotten what a bunch of devious bas*&rds the rethugs are, but they are useful at this point in time….LOL!

    As is Soro’s money, you just have to sprinkle holywater on it before you spend it…LOL!

  58. Lets see how many times has there been plots to kill her…too numerous to count! I felt better seeing Sec. Gates next to her…you know they don’t mess with men like they do WOMEN! Sad isn’t it, but I deal with it everyday I work….lots of misogny in the hospital from Dr.s and patients!

  59. The last time Barry went for a ‘vacation’ in Chicago was just before the Blago trial started.

    Now that closing arguments and the jury vote will start next week, guess who is going back to the hood…….

    Obama to tour Ford plant while in Chicago next week
    July 23, 2010 2:02 PM

    President Barack Obama will tour the Ford plant on the South Side next week as part of his previously announced visit to Chicago.

    The president will visit the Torrence Avenue plant Thursday to talk with workers about the auto industry and investing in energy-efficient vehicles. Ford officials recently announced plans to add 1,200 new jobs at the plant.

    Also Thursday as previously disclosed, Obama will headline a fundraiser for Alexi Giannoulias, a Democrat running to fill the U.S. Senate seat that was once occupied by Obama.

    [snip]

    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/07/obama-to-tour-ford-plant-while-in-chicago-next-week.html

  60. Shadowfax, It will be time to drop the little brown envelope then for Blago keeping his mouth shut…the ONE has to do his own drops now as he is the only one he can trust now!

  61. Story on Druge that SayItAin’tSo Joe says now that the congress has passed all the crap they can get though, it’s time to parrrrtay like it’s 1999.

    Drag out the beer, ice cream and supersoakers, their job is done and the top priority is campaigning.

  62. Shadowfax…just for clarification…

    note that i said…

    …we are fleeing from the O dim party…and not coming back…

    *************

    I do not know too many people who fled from O that plan on turning around and voting for him…in fact, I speak to a lot of people that voted for him that have voter’s remorse…they will not vote for him again…

    …I really do not go in for labels anymore…they have lost their meaning…as evidenced by so many discussions we have had here re: PINOS, RINOS, etc, etc, etc…

    …the importance and value is in being able to make an intelligent choice, not based on some blind loyalty to a fraud even if the fraud is running the party you thought you belonged to…things have changed…they are not what they were…we are in the process of rebuilding…and for me and I think most of us here, Hillary is the leader we want in power…(and Bill by her side)

    …this is far from what we have now with O and the current dims…this group can easily be confused with repubs…with all their secret deals, bailouts, continuation of bush policies, actual killing of jobs, etc…we need a clean sweep…I think i have read you say ‘throw them all out’…pretty sure it was you, maybe not…to clear the path for Hillary, they have to go…

  63. Confloyd, I don’t think Blago is being paid to keep his mouth shut, then again, I like him. 😉

    If anything, Obama may feel he has to prance around in his King’s cape to let the court know he is watching and his dirty tricks should stay under wraps.

    The real question I have, is why didn’t Fitzgerald put Rezko and Rahn the ballerina on the darn stand if they had such a strong case? Why were these bigger thugs protected????

    Blago talking now will do him more harm than good, he likes to talk, we all know that, and the prosecutors would love to grill him until he looks like a fool. If Blago can’t say, see…Obama and Rahm did it too, why am I the only one kicked out of my job and threatened with jail time when it is common practice in Chicago politics?

    Also, for someone that posted earlier on the blog about Blago not taking the stand implied that he was guilty, because anyone innocent would scream it from the rooftops………..Blago has been screaming his innocence from the get go, over and over…every interview, every show he has been on. The jury has already seen that on tv like the rest of us for the past year or whatever it’s been.

  64. S
    I am voting most of the bums out in both parties.

    I did say, if Hillary runs again, I will be a Clinton Democrat.
    I will never be a Rethug, but if she doesn’t run again…ever, I will turn into an Independent.

  65. turndownobama
    July 23rd, 2010 at 4:57 am

    In February 2007 Klein created a Google Groups forum called “JournoList” for discussing politics and the news media.

    &&&&&&&&&&

    Supreme Court’s Potter Stewart, regarding Hardcore JournoGraphy: “I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material but I know it when I see it.”

  66. Shadowfax, Your right about Fitz…why didn’t he put them on the stand…my guess they’d be under oath and if they lied…it could get sticky for the administration. It’s was all a set up anyway. It was all probably just static to keep off the scent of the real criminal activity going on in D.C.

  67. #
    confloyd
    July 23rd, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Shadowfax, Your right about Fitz…why didn’t he put them on the stand…my guess they’d be under oath and if they lied…it could get sticky for the administration. It’s was all a set up anyway. It was all probably just static to keep off the scent of the real criminal activity going on in D.C.
    ——-
    Yea, this doesn’t make sense to me unless Rezko and/or Rahm would strengthen Blago’s case if they talked. Fitz was a strong Hillary supporter and knows about the caucus fraud, someone high up in the PUMA world told me, so this makes no sense to me.

    Wbb and other lawyers want to weigh in on this?

  68. As for Journolist not being really a ‘cartel’ — I’m tempted to say that if they can call us ‘racists’ we can call them a ‘cartel’ if we want to. 😉

  69. The last time Barry went for a ‘vacation’ in Chicago was just before the Blago trial started.

    Now that closing arguments and the jury vote will start next week, guess who is going back to the hood…….
    _____________

    It is amazing. He always popped into Hawaii when the birth certificate issue reared its ugly head. I’m not saying I believe he is not eligible, but every time someone made a challenge in Hawaii, Obama just had to have a reason to visit. Every time something comes up which might tarnish his image a bit, or bring the focus on something he is not comfortable with, he magically finds a reason to appear.

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