Hillary Clinton Was Right – Barack Obama Is Not Ready And Has Not Even A Little Bit Of Dignity

Our lectures to Republicans work. Someone with brains at the RNC is listening. Hillary Clinton is the powerful Secret Weapon. Weapon deployed:



Deploy the really powerful weapon every time race-baiting is weaponized. Deploy the powerful weapon to expose JournoList JournoGate (remind everyone that Hillary Clinton was the first target of PINOs at JournoList, Sarah Palin was the second target of JournoList). Deploy the powerful weapon to educate the public that there were NO heroes on JournoList – only varying degrees of collaboration in protecting Barack Obama and targeting anyone who vied for votes.

The race-baiting is going to continue, the smearing by Obama and his JournoList creeps will continue, and Hillary is a target of Obama thugs already. The White House knows they have a weaponized Hillary Clinton on their hands and they are getting burned.



It’s ugly and getting uglier. Obama we mean. It’s hard out there for a pimp. Even Michelle Obama is dumping him for a trip to Spain, on his presumed birthday. Perhaps John Kerry will guest Obama on his floating tax dodge. Obama loves tax cheats (Geithner, Daschle) so there is no doubt he will berth at Kerry’s ‘I was for taxes before I was against taxes’ do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do boat, er, ship. Caught, Kerry now is ‘for taxes before I was against taxes.”

Indeed November Starts Now as the chess pieces are aligned on the board and Big Money takes center stage. David Soufflé knows Obama has fallen flat. In a conference today, Soufflé told Obama Dimocrats they are on their own in 2010.

After forcing tough votes on Obama Dimocrats in the House (Captain Crunch Cap n’ trade) in order to “save Obama”, House Dimocrats are abandoned as quickly as Obama’s dad dumped him. In the Senate Obama Dimocrats are going down too because of boob Obama. Young people are running away from their big mistake. Latinos are prepared to siesta too.

The political situation is so dire, Obama is pretending to have financial concerns about paying for his daughters’ college bills (don’t worry Barack, you’ll find another Rezko). Obama has so angered the electorate he doubling up on publicity stunts to pretend he too is sacrificing, that he is “not that far removed from what most Americans are going through.” Ha! So worried about the loss of voters, particularly voters Hillary Clinton appeals to, that Obama is going on an afternoon chat show.

“Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell advised President Barack Obama against appearing later this week on “The View,” encouraging the president instead to only do “serious shows.”

“I think the president should be accessible, should answer questions that aren’t pre-screened, but I think there should be a little bit of dignity to the presidency,” Rendell said during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Dignity? From Barack Obama? The guy who golfs? Ha!



Dignity? Dignity? Dignity?

“Here’s one thing Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pennsylvania) and Pat Buchanan (R-everywhere) agree on: Pres. Obama should not go on ‘The View.’

Rendell: I think there’s got to be a little bit of dignity to the presidency.

Mika Brzezinski: What are you saying, Ed?

Willie Geist: What a horrible insult to “The View.”

Rendell: I think there are some shows. I wouldn’t put him on “Jerry Springer,” too, right? … I think the president of the United States has to go on serious shows. And “The View” is, you can make a case that it’s a serious show, but it also rocks and rolls a little bit. I’m not sure he has to go on “The View” to be open to questions.”

Dignity? It’s like expecting Michelle Obama to wear something sensible, not cocktail dresses, at every opportunity.

Obama has no dignity. Obama is not ready. Hillary was right.

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163 thoughts on “Hillary Clinton Was Right – Barack Obama Is Not Ready And Has Not Even A Little Bit Of Dignity

  1. Hillary supporter Elton John’s interesting Gay perspective on the Arizona boycotts (the law will take effect this Thursday):

    http://azstarnet.com/article_f13019c4-9692-11df-a25d-001cc4c002e0.html

    Elton John didn’t mince words in slamming his fellow musicians for boycotting Arizona over the controversial SB 1070 immigration law. From the stage at his sold-out Tucson Arena concert Thursday night, John savored a few choice, not-so-family-friendly words:

    “We are all very pleased to be playing in Arizona. I have read that some of the artists won’t come here. They are (expletive)wits! Let’s face it: I still play in California, and as a gay man I have no legal rights whatsoever. So what’s the (expletive) with these people?”

    John has never been one to cave into political pressure from his musical colleagues. He ignored an artist boycott of Israel in June over the flotilla fiasco and played a show in Tel Aviv. He also played Rush Limbaugh’s latest wedding reception in early June, which drew the ire of gays and lesbians. Limbaugh is vehemently anti-gay marriage; John is married to his longtime partner David Furnish.

  2. Another hit admin! I remember when Obumbles went on the Tonight Show during the initial days of the healthcare ‘debate.’ All the Obots here thought it was so cool, he is talking directly to the people, they said. And I was able to stomach about 3 minutes of it. Oh how he adored the crowds preplanned adoration. That guy is seriously self absorbed.

    Did you hear how hesitant the gibbon was when asked if Hillary assured Obumbles he wasn’t running? That was orgasmic.

    The Obots here in Texas are starting to value work ethic. I told my Obot neighbor that the prez is taking 2 more vacations in August, one to Maine and one to Spain. His response? ‘Again?’ Its so interesting how Obots don’t really know WHAT he is doing. Only that he is appearing on TV all the time. So we have ourselves a reality show president. Asshats….

    Hillary 2012

  3. “The political situation is so dire, Obama is pretending to have financial concerns about paying for his daughters’ college bills (don’t worry Barack, you’ll find another Rezko). Obama has so angered the electorate he doubling up on publicity stunts to pretend he too is sacrificing, that he is “not that far removed from what most Americans are going through.””

    What a fraud! He’s worried about his daughters college tiution? He’s a multi-millionaire. He himself only went to the most elite private schools his entire academic career. His kids Chicago private school cost 50k in tution a year. But he’s worried about tution? He’s such a fricken liar.

    He must be losing his edge among women, hence the View. He knows wealthy elite women are his last base so the View ladies should be expected to lodge a bunch of softballs which BO loves.

  4. Bravo admin!

    I can just see the media going crazy over his appearance on the view. I’m also sure all other newsworthy events will come to a halt while the media pulls out all stops to cover his so-called birthday.

  5. Remember these committee members of th infamous 31 May 2008 R&BCommittee? Are any of these in elections this November? If so, let’s hunt the bad guys/gals down like the dirty dogs they are…..

    Co-Chairs – no endorsement
    Alexis Herman (co-chair, Washington , D.C. )
    James Roosevelt, Jr. (co-chair, Massachusetts ) Grandson of FDR

    Members – Clinton supporters (13)

    Hartina Flournay (DC)
    Donald Fowler (SC)
    Harold Ickes, Jr. (DC) GOOD GUY!!!!
    Alice Huffman (CA)
    Ben Johnson (DC)
    Elaine Kamarck (MA)
    Eric Kleinfeld (DC)
    Mona Pasquil (CA)
    Mame Reiley (VA)
    Garry Shay (CA)
    Elizabeth Smith (DC)
    Michael Steed (MD)
    Jaime Gonzalez, Jr. (TX)

    Members – Obama supporters (8)
    Martha Fuller Clark (NH)
    Carol Khare Fowler (SC)
    Janice Griffin (MD)
    Thomas Hynes (IL)
    Allan Katz (FL)
    Sharon Stroschein (SD)
    Sarah Swisher (IA)
    Everett Ward (NC)

    Members – no known endorsement (7) Yeah, right no known endorsement!#$$#@

    Donna Brazille (DC)
    Mark Brewer (MI)
    Ralph Dawson (NY)
    Yvonne Gates ( NV)
    Alice Germond (DC) – DNC Secretary
    David McDonald (WA)
    Jerome Wiley Segovia (VA

  6. For the first time in my adult life I am positively cringing and almost ready to claim citizenship from another country – say Canada 😉 so long as this fool is POTUS.

    I have never been able to tolerate any of those type shows – the Oprah’s the View, the Dr. Phil’s, unless I was in a mood for a quick nap and needed something to knock me out in a couple of minutes.

    the thought of the President of the U.S. appearing on the View is appalling. Maybe whatsherface- Hasselhoof- will throw him a curve ball.

  7. The stupid fool that now occupies the WH is so out of touch with the electorate, he actually thinks that the middle class watches that show….hell everyone is working two jobs…no one has time to watch it…just the little old ladies at the nursing homes watch this show.

    I know no one who watches that show and I’m a died in the wool Texas redneck and so are my friends.

    STupid is as stupid does!

  8. Obama ‘View’ of
    History Skips Scouts

    Obama will make history as the first sitting president on a daytime talk show when he visits ‘The View,’ and to do it he’ll miss the Boy Scouts’ Jamboree marking the group’s 100th anniversary

    YOU DECIDE: Is It the Right Call?
    ____________________________________________
    from Foxnews.com

  9. Greeeeeeeeeat post Admin!

    Rendell: I think there’s got to be a little bit of dignity to the presidency.

    ———
    Good that we need to LOWER the bar for Barry to try and qualify as a President.

    So many great lines in your post admin,

    “Dignity? It’s like expecting Michelle Obama to wear something sensible, not cocktail dresses, at every opportunity.”

  10. No tv cameras in the Blago trial, here is what went down today.

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/blago/

    (Jury’s job is next)

    Personally, from reading these court blogs, Blago is either going to skate or get off with a light sentence…that’s my guess.

    Doesn’t sound like the Prosecutors had a very strong case by leaving out most of their witnesses.

  11. Obama ‘View’ of
    History Skips Scouts
    Obama will make history as the first sitting president on a daytime talk show when he visits ‘The View,’ and to do it he’ll miss the Boy Scouts’ Jamboree marking the group’s 100th anniversary

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

    Now that’s interesting. There’s only one chance for the Jamboree, but the View show happens every day. So you’d think he could have gone to the Jamboree and done the View some other day.

    Unless this was the ONLY day the View ladies could spare for him. 😉

  12. Look what I found while looking up Ezra Klein for another reason! Quite ironic if you ask me…

    http://bucknakedpolitics.typepad.com/buck_naked_politics/2008/01/deconstructing.html

    January 06, 2008
    The Press & Hillary Clinton’s So-Called “Meltdown”

    by Damozel | Following up on D Cupples’ piece on the peril of letting debate sound bites fall too ringingly on your ears, at The American Prospect, Ezra Klein points out the way in which the half-baked opinions of members of the press evolve into media memes which, after sufficient reiteration, achieve the status of “facts.”

    It’s a bit astonishing to watch the real-time narrative construction that went on at last night’s debate. I must have heard the term “meltdown” in reference to Hillary 65 times. And I talked to reporters who would literally say, “I thought she did okay, but I just misjudged it” — the aggregate conclusion of the corps became some sort of objective, or at least agreed-upon, truth that the outliers measured themselves against. Very, very odd. Particularly because the part that much of the press liked least — her heated recitation of the programs she’s fought for — came off, to me, as one of her best moments. (Am. Prospect)

    What’s even more amazing is how the repetition of such fact-substitutes still persuades us, and when I say “us,” I mean “me.” I continually forget about this when I read the news. Thank God for video clips.

    But it does amaze me how an idea can—through mindless repetitious—begin to present itself as a “fact.” In a comment on Klein’s piece, Kevin Drum writes:

    “[P]ack journalism at work…isn’t pretty. Nickel version: If some other reporter says Hillary Clinton melted down because she displayed a flash of emotion in last night’s debate, then she melted down. After all, who are you going to believe, the spin room or your own lyin’ eyes?”…Am I feeling bitter? You bet. Not because Hillary Clinton seems more likely than not to lose — I can live with that pretty easily — but because of how she’s likely to lose. Because the press doesn’t like her. Because any time a woman raises her voice half a decibel she instantly becomes shrill. (Political Animal)

    [snip]

    I thought she seemed irked—she was, as The New York Times reported, being double-teamed. I don’t think she melted down or was especially shrill. In fact, she wasn’t shrill at all.

    But as Kevin Drum acknowledges, God forbid a woman show any signs of irritation when she’s being attacked. So here’s Jennifer Parker giving you her opinion framed as a prediction about what the “pundits” will say:

    She was bickering with Sen. Barack Obama about their differences on health insurance, and whether Obama’s plan leaves millions of Americans uninsured.

    And then she … well … she got angry.

    Frankly, I don’t even really understand what she was saying. What I was getting was how angry she is. Not about an issue, so much, as about the fact that Obama is beating her.

    The clip, I predict, will be played again and again and again.

    Pundits will say that her tone made male voters recoil. And led some female voters to sneer. (Political Punch, ABC News)

    ::Sigh::

    Chris Hayes at The Nation shared his thoughts on why journalists are essentially a flock of sheep, except of course when they’re being a pack of dogs.

    [W]hen you go to one of these events as a reporter, there’s part of you that’s aware that you don’t really belong there. You’re an outsider, standing on the edges observing the people who are there doing the actually stuff of politics: listening to a candidate, cheering, participating. So reporters run with that distance: they crack wise, they kibbitz in the back, they play up their detachment. That leads to coverage that is often weirdly condescending and removed from the experience of politics. I’m convinced that some of the worst features of campaign reporting emanate from the kinds of psychological defenses that reporters erect to deal with their insecurities. (The Nation)

    Which makes me wonder if it will not soon be time for the journalists through whom our version of the “facts” is filtered to become obsolete. Why bother with the middlemen at all if we’re getting our information filtered through their “insecurities”?

    Libby at The Newshoggers, re Hillary and her alleged “meltdown”:

    I didn’t watch the whole thing but I saw the ‘damning’ clip and she didn’t look that pissed to me. I thought she came across as more real and less calculating than usual. Impassioned and candid, almost. That’s what I would have reported, which is why I suppose the WaPo isn’t going to invite me to join their Washington bureau any time soon. Independent thought is not welcome under today’s journalistic ‘standards.’ (Newshoggers)

    Libby at Newshoggers again re: the suckitude of the press coverage. (After all, what good are they if they’re not any good at what they do?)

    In a way I’m surprised that the press corps has devolved into such a mindless flock of stenographers….Time was when a journalist would distinguish themselves in the field with original thinking, superior investigative skills and thoughtful prose. Today, the rule is enforced homogeneity which leaves no room to stand out in the bleating crowd. It just doesn’t make sense to me that a true reporter would settle for that kind of mediocrity, but I guess that’s the only way to keep a job these days. It’s too bad, because we all suffer when the press allows their role to be so diminished. (Newshoggers)

    And so….

    So Clinton’s flash of anger was a “meltdown” because the group of reporters collectively decided that it was. And they all reported on it the same way, because they knew to do otherwise would make put them outside the group. (The Carpetbagger Report:)

    Chris Hayes, btw is a bonus. He is, after all, as Admin pointed out earlier…the person who gave us the following “gem” in JournoGate:

    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.

    Oh, how they have fallen: Ezra Klein, having gone from 1) protesting half baked memes by the press becoming “facts” to 2) helping enable such behavior….and Chris Hayes, having gone from saying 1) “Pack Journalism isn’t pretty” to 2) saying that’s exactly what journalists should do.

    Their own words condemn them!

  13. Fifth Dimension
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    Which makes me wonder if it will not soon be time for the journalists through whom our version of the “facts” is filtered to become obsolete. Why bother with the middlemen at all if we’re getting our information filtered through their “insecurities”?
    ————————

    That says it all. I get the news on Big Pink, and if I don’t like what is said I can search elsewhere. I am free of allowing the outside world to form my opinions, when I know (through the internet)I have access to the videos myself, and I can now Judge for myself.

    I really wonder how much longer newspapers will last. I see most of my ads on TV and the computer. I am also questioning the objectivity of every reporter on TV, and I stop watching those who have an agenda.

  14. I do not accept his apology. And hopefully Bibi will not either.

    —————-

    Oliver Stone Apologizes for anti-Jewish Tirade

    Tuesday, July 27, 2010

    After claiming in a Sunday Times interview that Jews “control the media” and that Adolf Hitler must be understood “in context,” film director Oliver Stone apologized for his remarks Monday night.

    “In trying to make a broader historical point about the range of atrocities the Germans committed against many people, I made a clumsy association about the Holocaust, for which I am sorry and I regret,” Stone said in a statement released by his publicist. “Jews obviously do not control media or any other industry. The fact that the Holocaust is still a very important, vivid and current matter today is, in fact, a great credit to the very hard work of a broad coalition of people committed to the remembrance of this atrocity — and it was an atrocity.”

    Stone came under a torrent of criticism for his anti-Jewish tirade, which also included the claim that Hitler “did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people.”

    The American Jewish Committee called Stone’s characterization of Jews a “grotesque, toxic stereotype.”

    “For all of Stone’s progressive pretensions, his remark is no different from one of the drunken, Jew-hating rants of his fellow Hollywood celebrity, Mel Gibson,” the AJC said in a statement.

    Following Stone’s apology, the New York-based American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants said: “His apology was necessary and we accept it. But whether he acted out of sincerity or as a desperate response to the moral outcry at his comments is an open question. He must be judged by his future words and deeds.”

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/tirade.php

  15. Along the lines of confloyd at 5:25 (he actually thinks that the middle class watches that show)

    The salesman doesn’t know the territory

    Barack Obama is taking his teleprompter on the road again, this time with Detroit as the first stop on a magical mystery tour to prove that he is, too, still the messiah. He’s trying to persuade everybody that he really isn’t who he really is. snip Mr. Obama can’t fix what’s wrong with him with a recitation of what he’s done for America — the health care reform, the stimulus, the Wall Street regulatory bill — because most Americans don’t like what he’s done to America and have taken his measure and decided that he just can’t get it. Race has nothing to do with it snip
    h t t p://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jul/26/pruden-the-salesman-doesnt-know-the-territory/

  16. Stone’s vile comments should be the end of his career. Sadly, many of my fellow Jews in Hollywood will cover for him, as thye did for yrs for Gibson, so long as he turns a profit.

  17. Ed Rendell says Obama could face primary challenge over Afghanistan (apologies for the link to Huffington, and double apologies for a link to a Sam Stein piece)

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/27/rendell-obama-could-face_n_661172.html

    Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell predicted on Tuesday that if the president escalates America’s military involvement in Afghanistan he could very well face a primary challenger in 2012.

    In an overlooked “Morning Joe” segment on Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Democrat offered his distinct brand of eccentric, conversation-driving political foresight. He couched his statement about the possibility of a primary challenge by stressing that if Obama sticks to his current plans for Afghanistan — a reduced military presence beginning in July of 2011 — there would not be political insurrection within the party.

    But Rendell clearly opened up the conversation as to how much capital Obama is working with when it comes to foreign wars. And for perhaps the first time in the course of the Afghanistan debate, the specter was raised that Democrats will really take the president to task for a military commitment that is too long, too costly, or too heavy.

    PAT BUCHANAN: [Anti-Vietnam sentiment] drew an anti-war candidate, Eugene McCarthy, first into the New Hampshire primary, and after he did fairly well with 42%, it drew Robert Kennedy in against their own president, tore the Democratic Party apart, and led, of course, to a Republican era. If the president is still hanging in to Afghanistan in 2011, 2012, do you see an anti-war candidate coming out of the Democratic Party?

    ED RENDELL: It’s possible, Pat. It really depends on how far it deteriorates [emphasis mine]. But on the other hand, if troop withdrawal begins in 2011, if there’s some signs that we’re trying to get out of there, and I heard, I think you were talking about, if there are only 3,000 American troops, we still have a presence. But if we start to begin to reduce our presence, I think that’s probably enough to keep an anti-war candidate out of the race.”

    What I found so interesting about this is that this isn’t the first time I’ve heard that Obama could be primaried over Afghanistan.

    I was at a dinner party last summer and one of the Kennedy’s was there. It was right after we first learned that Obama wasn’t really behind the public option. People were expressing their disappointment with Obama on Health Care, and this Kennedy then said something about how “if Obama hasn’t withdrawn from Iraq or Afghanistan by the next election, Hillary could use that to challenge Obama.” I didn’t even bring up Hillary (though most people know my feelings), let alone even replacing him in 2012, but I did find it absolutely hilarious just how two steps away from “Well, maybe Hillary can save us” some Democrats really are! It comes through every now and then, moments on sanity, as I like to think of them LOL. Anyway, I just bit my tongue, smiled and walked away….

  18. Admin, I can’t remember if this has been posted here, and I don’t know if this is a significant story, but there is a lot of talk on various boards today about Riverhaven, a company owned by the Las Vegas Journal Review, who is suing numerous blog sites right and left for posting articles from that publication and others. Apparently the founder of Riverhaven, Steve Gibson, was an associate at Sidley Austin Law firm in Chicago the same year Obama worked there (1989) and the same time Michelle was an associate there. Coincidentally Gibson and Michelle both worked on intellectual property law during that time.

    This story is getting some attention because it looks more like a money shakedown scheme than actual copyright protection. I don’t know more about this story but it looks interesting so I thought I’d pass it along.

    Perhaps another shady character to add to the other shady associates of Obama?

    More info here http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100722/03152710320.shtml

  19. I have to throw in my two cents about media coverage of Chelsea’s wedding. Everyone should ignore stories about the wedding costing $2-5 million because no one with any involvement in the ceremony is the source for those stories. For example, one article estimated the Clintons would spend $100,000 for a media person to supply pix to a magazine. Are you kidding? With the family trying hard to keep this as private as possible, where does anyone get the crazy idea the Clintons would pay someone to supply a mag with photos??

  20. confloyd
    July 27th, 2010 at 9:10 pm
    ——————

    Wonderful pictures. This link is definitely a keeper.

  21. Aw-w! No matter how old or young we are, wouldn’t most of us give anything to have such wonderful pictures with our fathers especially those of us who lost our dads when we were so young.

    May the happy moments of Chelsea’s wedding day pass slowly, gathering lovely memories for her and her family.

  22. Nice photo collection or the Clintons. During the 80’s, Hillary was the income earner for the family and Bill, for most part, raised Chelsea. The POS Rethugs criticized Hillary unmercifully for being unfashionable, not a proper Governor’s Wife, a poor mother..blah..blah….She has been trashed for more than thirty years. No one can get used to that crap but she puts her head down and keeps pushing for what she thinks is right.

  23. He’s impotent too! 🙂 ‘Who is Obama?’ morphs into ‘what does Obama do?’ Our answer: He’s a boob. Obama is the problem, Hillary is the solution.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/simonheffer/7913468/If-President-Obama-carries-on-like-this-he-will-turn-into-a-lame-duck.html

    The shock about coming to America after an absence of four months is how, in that time, respect for and confidence in President Obama has slumped. It wasn’t good in March; now the effect of what one blogger has called his apparent “impotence” has taken hold. It is not clear what Mr Obama actually does. He isn’t engaged with the economy; he certainly isn’t engaged with foreign policy; he has abandoned hope of a climate change bill this year (and probably for ever); he has seen his health care bill into law, but America awaits news of how it will be implemented; he is under attack for a casual approach to illegal immigration, notably from the Mexican narco-state. He has only just girded himself to go campaigning for his party in the mid-term elections. Last Sunday was the 100-days-to-go mark, and the talk in politics here is of little else. Joe Biden, the vice-president, has been nominated as “campaigner in chief”. Why? What is the President doing?

    He appears to be reading the newspapers and the blogs and watching television. [snip]

    This immediate proof of mismanagement adds to the cumulative feeling on so many other fronts that Mr Obama and his team simply don’t understand governance. [snip]

    Unemployment is 9.5 per cent and forecast to stay there for the time being. There are three million more jobless than when Mr Obama came to power, and unemployment among teenagers is around 25 per cent. The very constituencies to which he made his greatest appeal – the young and the disadvantaged – still suffer. This is despite the $787 billion stimulus programme last year, much of which was sucked into America’s corrupt and inefficient local government system, or did favours for congressmen and senators, or provided wonderful pay days for trade unionists, or in some cases all three at once. The President sought the stimulus on the grounds that it would stop unemployment rising above 8 per cent; so that has been an expensive failure. All Mr Obama appears to have done is wave the money goodbye. Last week, trying not to sound provoked, Mr Bernanke announced that there was “unusual uncertainty” about economic recovery. The dollar fell against sterling and even the euro. [snip]

    One senses that the Democrats are talking down the likelihood of success in the mid-terms in order to look better if things go less badly than expected. It is possible that they could lose control of Congress, though that looks a close-run thing. They certainly won’t lose their Senate majority, though the Republicans should get sufficient seats to operate a filibuster against legislation they don’t like. A lame-duck Congress like that would emphasise the reality of a lame-duck president. On Wall Street, some former donors to the Democrats, so angry at what they perceive to be Mr Obama’s vindictive and ignorant attempts to re-regulate them, have stopped giving money to the party. Some are saying that if the mid-terms go badly then Hillary Clinton should resign as Secretary of State and declare her intention to seek the Democratic nomination in 2012. That is highly unlikely; but the fact that it is being talked about seriously in Mrs Clinton’s New York heartland ought to horrify the president.

    Last week an opinion poll reported that not only is Mr Obama less popular than Mrs Clinton (who by spending much time out of the country succeeds in seeming only vaguely associated with him), he is less popular than her husband, who is forbidden by the constitution from seeking the highest office again. President Clinton is much in demand for the mid-term campaign, but it will be interesting to see what sort of role his wife plays in it.

  24. Regarding the below story, maybe Obama is Batgirl! 🙂

    Lyrics:

    Batgirrrl, Batgirl! Batgirrrl, Batgirl!
    Where do you come from, where do you go?
    What is your scene, baby, we just gotta know.
    Batgirrrl, Batgirl! Batgirrrl, Batgirl!
    Are you a chick who fell in from outer space?
    Or are you real with a tender warm embrace?
    Yaaa, whose baby are you? Batgirrrl, Batgirl!
    Yaaa, whose baby are you? Batgirl!

  25. John Kerry jockeying for the soon to be vacant SOS position, asks the Obama administartion to begin talks with N.Korea. Of course, this is the same stumble-bum John Kerry who could have a yacht built in New Zealand send it to the state next door to his residence that waives sales tax on boats (in Kerry’s case a savings of $500,000) and still be humiliated and embarressed into paying the Tax because no one believed his Tax Dodge story!

    This is a man who raises questions about his own political and personal credibility, intent on brokering a Peace agreement between N.and S.Korea?
    ______________________________________

    Obama urged to engage in direct, high-level dialogue with N. Korea

    WASHINGTON, July 27 (Yonhap) — A senior U.S. senator Tuesday called on the Obama administration to engage in direct high-level dialogue with North Korea to break the impasse on nuclear talks and ease heightening tensions after the North’s sinking of a South Korean warship.

    Speaking to a forum here to mark the anniversary of the armistice signed at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, Senator John Kerry (D-MA), called for “engaging in direct, candid, high-level dialogue” with North Korea with the goal being “to test whether North Korea is prepared to take concrete steps to return to the path of denuclearization and peace.”

    Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also demanded that the Obama administration “remain equally ready to pursue a peaceful, negotiated solution to the underlying security challenges that have kept the Korean Peninsula locked in a Cold War for far too long, even as we are fully prepared to deter and defend against any North Korean aggression, a fact underscored by upcoming joint military exercises and the delay of the planned transfer of wartime operational control to South Korea.”

    The North’s torpedoing of the Cheonan that killed 46 South Korean sailors in the Yellow Sea in March shattered hopes for an early resumption of the nuclear talks, the last session of which was held in December 2008.

    Both Seoul and Washington have called on Pyongyang to forswear further provocations and demonstrate its denuclearization pledge before returning to the six-party talks, which the North has boycotted since early last year, when the U.N. Security Council imposed sanctions for Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile tests.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said last week that a new round of the nuclear talks “is not something we’re looking at yet,” citing no commitment by the North to halt provocative actions or forswear nuclear weapons.

    Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi demanded Friday that all parties concerned “turn the page” on the Cheonan incident toward an early revival of the six-party talks.

    North Korea insists on the removal of sanctions and the signing of a peace treaty to replace the armistice as conditions to returning to the six-party talks, involving the two Koreas, the U.S., China, Japan and Russia.

    A sustained diplomatic engagement still “remains the best way to convince North Korea to change its dangerous and destabilizing pattern of behavior,” Kerry said. “Strategic patience, the popular shorthand for the administration’s North Korea policy, must not be allowed to turn into strategic indifference.”

    “We must help illuminate the path to peace — making clear the ways in which South Korea, the United States, and other members of the six-party talks stand ready to address the North’s legitimate security concerns and assist in its economic revival provided that its ceases its hostile actions, take credible, verifiable steps to abandon once and for all its pursuit of nuclear weapons, and resume a good faith dialogue to address the many issues left unresolved when the Korean War ground to a halt 57 years ago,” the senator said.

    The State Department has officially dismissed as “inaccurate” reports of New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson flying to Pyongyang to discuss a possible breakthrough in U.S. relations with the North.

    State Department spokesman, Philip Crowley, recently said that the U.S. has no plans to invite North Korean chief nuclear envoy Kim Gye-gwan or any other North Korean officials.

    Discussions had been under way between Washington and Pyongyang in March over a possible visit to the U.S. by Kim, as China, host of the nuclear talks, at that time called on the U.S. to accept Kim to pave the way for the restart of the nuclear talks.

    Richardson, once nominated as commerce secretary by Obama, reportedly asked the president to allow his visit to Pyongyang in May at the North’s invitation amid the heightening tensions after the Cheonan incident.

    Richardson, who successfully negotiated the release of two American citizens held in North Korea in the 1990s, might also want to help release Aijalon Gomes, 30, of Boston, held for months for illegal entry.

    North Korea invited former U.S. President Bill Clinton to Pyongyang last August, and released two American journalists caught months earlier while on a reporting tour covering North Korean defectors.

    Clinton’s Pyongyang trip paved the way for a visit by Stephen Bosworth, U.S. special representative for North Korea policy, to the North Korean capital, the first high-level contact with the North under the Obama administration.

    http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2010/07/28/65/0301000000AEN20100728000500315F.HTML

  26. Thanks for linking the photo album of Bill and Chelsea; it brings emotions of all kinds.
    Barack thinks he is the cool Dad, but we – and more importantly, Chelsea – know better.
    POTUS will be at the Tasty Sub Shop around 1 pm today in Edison NJ for a round (kitchen?)table discussion regarding plight/relief for small businesses. Owner of the shop is hoping Obama will clear out early enough so that the shop can reopen by 3 pm. The shop has a large, devoted clientele. Meantime, ABC is advertising the upcoming Red White & View. Cute, no? In a separate broadcast matter, a TV crawl suggests that unemployment remains high because corporations are hoarding cash.
    Within this trip, BO will also squeeze in two Democratic fundraisers.
    Nothing so far about the Boy Scouts’ 100th anniversary. Of course there is no evidence that Barry ever was a Boy Scout.

    What do you all think of Claire McCaskill’s claim that many graves at Arlington are improperly marked. Looking for some diversion, hoping to create a new hot-button issue. Patriotic and all?

  27. Claire McCaskill wants her name associated with something else besides her love and devotion to Barack Obama. She’s got her eye on 2012 and her own re-election as well. O’ BO kinda threw her under the bus…no high level cabinet appointment or VP or any other fantasy she had back during the primaries and campaign.

    Arlington a “safe” hot button issue for her.

    Many in Missouri can hardly wait to vote AGAINST her. She has turned out to be a big disappointment.

  28. holdthemaccountable
    July 28th, 2010 at 6:31 am
    Thanks for linking the photo album of Bill and Chelsea; it brings emotions of all kinds.
    Barack thinks he is the cool Dad, but we – and more importantly, Chelsea – know better.
    ____________________________

    The photographs were lovely. The connection and affection between Chelsea and her Dad undeniable. 🙂 Thanks for posting them

  29. Mrs. Smith
    July 28th, 2010 at 6:29 am

    John Kerry jockeying for the soon to be vacant SOS position, asks the Obama administartion to begin talks with N.Korea.

    ——————

    Anyone who follows our Hillary into the SOS position is going to have HUGE shoes to fill. Kerry will be such a let down.

    North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Middle East…bambi gets a failure mark on all of them.

  30. Chelsea Clinton’s wedding will be a keep-it-quiet affair

    You’re cordially not invited: Chelsea Clinton and her fiance, Marc Mezvinsky, will get married Saturday in Rhinebeck, N.Y., but the details are being kept secret from even the guests.

    By Maria Puente, USA TODAY

    Chelsea Clinton is getting married this weekend — not that she thinks that’s any of your business. One of the most media-phobic children to live in the White House in years, Chelsea, now 30, will marry her longtime boyfriend — investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, 32, the son of two former Democratic members of Congress — Saturday at an old, recently restored Astor family palace in the quaintly antique town of Rhinebeck, N.Y.

    Probably.

    That’s all we know (sort of) so far, and all we may ever know if Chelsea gets her way. And we don’t even really know that, because this is not a White House wedding and Chelsea does not have to release any details. And she hasn’t.

    We don’t know for certain who’s coming (but probably not President Obama, and not Oprah), nor precisely how many (400 to 500 seems to be the most popular guess). We don’t know about the dress (maybe Vera Wang, maybe Oscar de la Renta, according to various media reports), we don’t know about the décor (air-conditioned tents already are up) or the menu or the music. Is the rehearsal dinner in a stone barn at a local estate, Grasmere, or at the nearby mansion of Clinton supporters Toni and Martin Sosnoff?

    We don’t even know who is officiating and whether the ceremony will be Jewish (he’s Jewish) or Methodist-Baptist (Chelsea’s parents) or some combination. Even guests are in the dark: They won’t get final instructions until just before the day.

    “It doesn’t mean that people won’t be curious,” says Millie Martini Bratten, editor in chief of BRIDES magazine. “Presidents are kind of like royalty for Americans, and we know a lot about this family. Maybe more than we should.”

    Even those who never had a good word to say about either Bill Clinton or Hillary Rodham Clinton can’t deny their success as the parents of Chelsea.

    Born in Arkansas, educated at Washington’s Sidwell Friends and at Stanford, polished at Oxford, Chelsea lives in New York City, formerly worked at a hedge fund, and just earned a master’s degree in public health at Columbia University.

    Once a silent, curly-haired mop-top in the White House bubble, she has grown into a poised, brainy, unflappable young woman with expertly blown-out tresses, her father’s ease and her mother’s steely resolve.

    But she’s still silent. She has never given an interview to anyone — not even in 2008, when she helped her mother campaign for president. Chelsea even turned down a 9-year-old reporter from Scholastic News who asked her something innocuous.

    “I don’t do interviews,” she said politely. (Chelsea is always polite.)

    So expect no dish from the bride.

    Same goes for her parents, including the usually loquacious former president, who has largely managed to keep from leaking any information about the wedding, except for a few drops having to do with him, such as his promise not to weep buckets while walking his only child down the aisle (“I am going to try not to cry,” he said during a recent trip to South Africa), and that Chelsea instructed him to lose 15 pounds to look his best while doing so (“She doesn’t think I’m in shape,” he joked to an audience in Washington in April).

    Even Mom under ‘strict orders’

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, however, has never lacked for message discipline.

    “My lips are sealed,” Clinton told NBC last weekend while on a grueling trip to Afghanistan, Pakistan, South Korea and Vietnam, where she accepted congratulations and gifts (white tablecloth and a gemstone portrait of mother and daughter during a 2000 visit to Vietnam) from officials in Hanoi.

    She didn’t display irritation that her important mission (the war and all that) was accompanied by intense interest in her daughter’s wedding; she even joked that traveling while also trying to organize a wedding betrays a lack of common sense.

    “I am under very strict orders not to talk about it, and I think for the right reasons, because it is her (wedding), and it is a family wedding,” Clinton explained to NBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “The people coming are her friends and people who have been meaningful in her life, as it should be.”

    So Mom and Dad aren’t dishing, either.

    As for the family of her fiancé (they met as teens but have been a couple only in recent years), his mother is former U.S. representative Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky of Pennsylvania, who was chased out of Congress in 1994 after just one term because she cast the deciding vote for President Clinton’s unpopular budget.

    Margolies-Mezvinsky is divorced from her son’s father, former representative Ed Mezvinsky of Iowa, a businessman convicted of fraud who served five years in a federal prison and was released in 2008. They’re not a chatty couple, at least about the wedding.

    Even usually blabby vendors — the florist, the caterer, the music director and the Boston-based wedding planner, Bryan Rafanelli, who has organized fundraisers for Hillary Clinton in the past — have failed to, well, blab.

    Is it really anyone’s business?

    So, hard as it is to believe in this era, Chelsea — one of the most famous people in the world, daughter of one of the most famous couples in the world — has managed to keep the wraps on her nuptials.

    “She proves it is possible,” says Betsy Gleick, executive editor of People magazine

    — which, like much of the local and national media, has been working hard to penetrate Chelsea’s defenses. “She’s been successful in keeping it a private event … and that is completely consistent with the way she has lived her life. She has always sought privacy.”

    So why then, if Chelsea so clearly wishes otherwise, are reporters sticking their noses into her business? Why the tacky speculation about how much it will cost ($2 million, according to an ABC News analysis; more than $3 million, according to the New York Daily News)? The taxpayers aren’t paying, so do Americans really care that Chelsea Clinton is getting married?

    “We at People are certainly very excited,” Gleick says cheerfully, adding that yes, many Americans do care. “A lot of us feel we watched her grow up, we remember her vividly as a gawky teenager, some of us feel sort of protective toward her. And everybody loves a wedding.”

    Besides, “every bride is a public figure on her wedding day,” Martini Bratten says. “She is a part of history as the daughter of a former president, even though she’s a private citizen, too.”

    And, of course, Rhinebeck really cares. “The whole town is atwitter,” says Brian Lange, a textile designer for Ralph Lauren’s Polo line, who shares a weekend house in Rhinebeck with his partner. “Everyone’s really excited — it’s great for Rhinebeck to have all these people coming in.”

    Local Chamber of Commerce director Nancy Amy says there’s no doubt the wedding has drawn more visitors than usual in recent weeks. “It’s going to be even busier in the fall,” she says. “It’s great! We’re thrilled they picked Rhinebeck, and we wish them a lot of love and joy.”

    Some businesses in town have spruced up, including the Beekman Arms, a well-regarded Rhinebeck inn where staffers have taken to hanging up on inquiring reporters. Deborah Belding, owner of The Rug Garden shop around the corner, says she has already benefited somewhat from wedding spending because she supplied new walk-off mats to the Beekman for the entrance.

    “It’s going to be a tremendous boon to the restaurants and the hotels — they’re all booked solid,” Belding says. “No matter what you think about (the Clintons), this is historic — that they would choose our town to host their daughter’s wedding.

    “This is really big.”

    Jim Langan, editor of the local Hudson Valley News, which covers Dutchess County, a leafy green and moderately blue Democratic stronghold about an hour by train from the Clintons’ home in Chappaqua, N.Y., says the town “regards this as a royal wedding — they are smoking hot about it.” But out-of-town reporters, some of whom are spending thousands to rent local homes for the wedding weekend, are driving the locals batty. Two Norwegian journalists were arrested over the weekend on trespassing charges when they tried to take pictures of the gate to the estate where the wedding is to be held.

    “I went into the Rhinebeck Deli the other day, and the guy behind the counter says this is getting crazy, that a guy from the New York Post wanted him to confirm or deny whether he was catering the wedding,” Langan says. “He said, ‘Not unless they want submarine sandwiches!’ ”

    Langan’s little weekly already has scooped the big dogs of the media, thanks to his sources among the landscapers, the guys installing the air conditioners and the office that issued permits for generators. He was first to report that the wedding would take place at Astor Courts, a 13,000-square-foot Beaux Arts pavilion on 50 acres that’s supposed to evoke Versailles. Now owned by a Clinton supporter, the estate was commissioned more than 100 years ago by John Jacob Astor IV (who died on the Titanic) and was designed by the great Stanford White, architect to the 19th-century robber barons. It’s a long way from the Clintons’ Arkansas.

    Langan also was first to publish some of the names on the purported guest list, based on sources, he said, who caught a glimpse of it. Besides Obama and Oprah, the names included Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Ted Turner and former British prime minister John Major. But wait: A Tory ex-PM is pals with Chelsea? Hmmm.

    An … ahem … Clinton conspiracy?

    So then the conservative magazine Human Events called some of these people and found that Oprah wasn’t invited, Spielberg and Streisand wouldn’t respond, and Turner isn’t going. Neither are the newly separated Al or Tipper Gore, though they were invited. And Obama’s spokesman says the president is not going, either. Which would make sense because it’s hard to stiff-arm the media if you have a sitting president at your wedding.

    Given the lack of confirmed facts about the wedding, it was possible for The Wall Street Journal (never a fan of the Clintons) to run a story last week mock questioning whether the whole wedding-in-Rhinebeck story was a vast Clinton conspiracy — a charade to distract the media from the “real” location of the nuptials, which might be Martha’s Vineyard. Except that was last summer’s rumored venue for the wedding — and look how that turned out.

    There’s no doubt in Langan’s mind the wedding will be in Rhinebeck; he says his staff will be all over the story on the big day.

    “We’ve got more moles in town than a vegetable garden,” he boasts.

    At least Chelsea doesn’t have to worry about paparazzi-draped helicopters hovering over the estate: Ex-presidents and secretaries of State command the kind of security that can enforce a no-fly zone. Will the Clintons release an official photo? The media, especially People, devoutly hope so. When President Bush’s daughter Jenna was married in 2008 at the family ranch in Texas, the White House issued an official photo of the couple afterward. But Dad was, after all, the sitting president.

    What will the Clinton-Mezvinsky wedding be like? Wedding planner Jung Lee of Fete, who recently visited Astor Courts for a client, says the estate and grounds on the Hudson River are spectacular, entirely suited for the wedding of presidential progeny.

    “Chelsea is very elegant and very understated, so I can’t imagine anything being over the top,” Lee says. “There are heavy hitters from Hollywood and major world leaders coming, so I think it will be impressive. … Given the Clinton context, this is probably an intimate wedding.”

    http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2010-07-28-1Achelsea28_CV_N.htm?csp=hf

  31. “Even Michelle Obama is dumping him for a trip to Spain, on his presumed birthday. Perhaps John Kerry will guest Obama on his floating tax dodge. Obama loves tax cheats (Geithner, Daschle) so there is no doubt he will berth at Kerry’s ‘I was for taxes before I was against taxes’ do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do boat, er, ship…”

    Every once in a while I read somewhere how dirty and mean-spirited and hateful politics is these days. But these observations are not dirty or mean-spirited or hateful. They are the plain, simple, unvarnished truth. And the only way we are going to fix things is to recognize the truth for what is…and confront it.

    Way to go, Hillaryis44!

  32. Mass. Legislature approves plan to bypass Electoral College
    By Martin Finucane, Globe Staff
    The Massachusetts Legislature has approved a new law intended to bypass the Electoral College system and ensure that the winner of the presidential election is determined by the national popular vote.
    • Poll: Do you think the Electoral College system should stay?
    “What we are submitting is the idea that the president should be selected by the majority of people in the United States of America,” Senator James B. Eldridge, an Acton Democrat, said before the Senate voted to enact the bill.
    Under the new bill, he said, “Every vote will be of the same weight across the country.”
    But Senate minority leader Richard Tisei said the state was meddling with a system that was “tried and true” since the founding of the country.
    “We’ve had a lot of bad ideas come through this chamber over the years, but this is going to be one of the worst ideas that has surfaced and actually garnered some support,” said Tisei, who is also the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor.
    The bill, which passed on a 28-to-9 vote, now heads to Democratic Governor Deval Patrick’s desk. The governor has said in the past that he supports the bill, said his spokeswoman Kim Haberlin.
    Under the law, which was enacted by the House last week, all 12 of the state’s electoral votes would be awarded to the candidate who receives the most votes nationally.
    Supporters are campaigning, state by state, to get such bills enacted. Once states accounting for a majority of the electoral votes (or 270 of 538) have enacted the laws, the candidate winning the most votes nationally would be assured a majority of Electoral College votes. That would hold true no matter how the other states vote and how their electoral votes are distributed.
    Illinois, New Jersey, Hawaii, Maryland, and Washington have already approved the legislation, according to the National Popular Vote campaign’s website. The new system would only go into effect once a sufficient number of states have passed laws that would make it work.
    The current Electoral College system is confusing and causes presidential candidates to focus unduly on a handful of battleground states, supporters say. They also say that the popular vote winner has lost in four of the nation’s 56 elections.
    Presidential candidates now “ignore wide swaths of the country” they consider strong blue or red states and focus their campaigning on contested states, Eldridge said. If the president were picked by national popular vote, he argued, candidates would spread their attention out more evenly.
    “That’s really what we’re talking about is making sure that every voter, no matter where they live, that they’re being reached out to,” he said.
    Opponents say the current system works. They are concerned about a possible scenario where Candidate X wins nationally, but Candidate Y has won in Massachusetts. In that case, all of the state’s 12 electoral votes would go to Candidate X, the candidate who was not supported by Massachusetts voters.
    Tisei also criticized the proponents for not following the normal procedures to seek a constitutional amendment.
    “The thing about this that bothers me the most is it’s so sneaky. This is the way that liberals do things a lot of times, very sneaky,” he said. “This is sort of an end run around the Constitution.”
    The measure passed both branches of the Legislature in 2008 but did not make it all the way through the process.
    http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2010/07/mass_legislatur.html

  33. #
    confloyd
    July 27th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Here are some great pics of the bride and her father….my favorite is the one on the raft…its shows Bill and Chelsea personality…notice where Hillary is sitting on the raft.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/galleries/father_of_the_bride__bill_and_chelsea_clinton/father_of_the_bride__bill_and_chelsea_clinton.html
    ——-

    These are awesome family photos of Chelsea, the Big Dawg and sometimes Hillary. Very sweet photos, Bill is gonna cry and so is Mama Hillary at the wedding…no doubt.

  34. For taxes before he was against taxes now he is for taxes:

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2010/07/sen_kerry_to_pa.html

    Senator John Kerry said today he will voluntarily cut a check to the state of Massachusetts for some $500,000 in sales tax for a yacht he purchased in Rhode Island earlier this year.

    “We’ve reached out to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue and made clear that, whether owed or not, we intend to pay the equivalent taxes as if the boat’s home-port were currently in Massachusetts,” Kerry said in a statement released this afternoon. “That payment is being made promptly.”

    Kerry has been dogged by questions in recent days by questions about whether he purposely tried to evade taxes in his home state by listing the $7 million yacht’s home berth as Newport, R.I., when he actually intended to use the boat at his summer home on Nantucket. His yacht purchase was first reported in the Boston Herald.

  35. I love the photo of Big Dawg and Chelsea in the rain and the one among the terracotta warriors. Every daughter needs to see the father’s eyes light up when she walks in the room – and Big Dawg’s do.

  36. It sure seems the media is getting irritated that they have not been able to penetrate the wedding planns..LOL! The once glowing stories of Chelsea have now turned a little snipey as these little snits don’t get their way. Apparently the whole town is on the same page with Chelsea and keeping the secrets safe. I applaude them. I am sick of these nosey reporters who do not report the truth…they spin it they way they want it to come out.. Fu(* them all. Chelsea doesn’t want a fishbowl wedding. She should be allowed the privacy she wants.

    John Kerry sucks….he really is a snot….I can’t believe I ever wanted this person for Potus.

  37. It’s pretty depressing…I have been hoping something would break and give us Hillary, but reading the blogs today….I think its not going to happen! I am down in the mouth about it.

  38. Journolist veers out of bounds

    [snip]

    Until recently, there was a semisecret, off-the-record organization called Journolist. It was a listserv, which is a bunch of people who sign up (if allowed) and then get the same e-mails and can reply to everybody on the list.

    Journolist was founded by Ezra Klein in early 2007, when he was 22 and working for the liberal publication The American Prospect. Klein continued running it when he went to The Washington Post in 2009. The Post is a mainstream publication, but Journolist was limited to those “from nonpartisan to liberal, center to left.”

    Klein determined who would get on Journolist — political reporters, academics, think tank members, left-wing bloggers — and it grew from a manageable 30 members to a pretty unmanageable 400. There was no censorship, but if Klein felt you had gone too far, he would tell you to stop it. You could be threatened with expulsion, but nobody was ever expelled.

    The first story revealing the existence of Journolist was printed by POLITICO in March 2009

    (long article…)

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0710/40308.html#ixzz0uzugoE6H

  39. confloyd

    …don’t let the turkey’s get you down, Hillary’s time will come…when she is ready for a do-over.

  40. Shadowfax, I sure hope so…afterall she won more votes than any candidate of either party in the history of our country…its clear people wanted Hillary and it would be a shame if she wasn’t the first female Potus.

  41. Under the [new MA state law] all 12 of the state’s electoral votes would be awarded to the candidate who receives the most votes nationally.
    Supporters are campaigning, state by state, to get such bills enacted. Once states accounting for a majority of the electoral votes (or 270 of 538) have enacted the laws, the candidate winning the most votes nationally would be assured a majority of Electoral College votes. That would hold true no matter how the other states vote and how their electoral votes are distributed.
    Illinois, New Jersey, Hawaii, Maryland, and Washington have already approved the legislation, according to the National Popular Vote campaign’s website. The new system would only go into effect once a sufficient number of states have passed laws that would make it work.

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

    Now that’s an interesting idea! Two problems:

    1. The current ‘battleground’ states may not go along, for obvious reasons, and they have a lot of Electoral Votes. Or, if most states do go along now, still there will be incentive later for one or more of them to ‘break ranks.’

    2. First catch your ‘national popular vote.’ The current system ’rounds things off’ in state-sized units. If the state as a whole is obviously going for Candidate A, then it doesn’t matter how many votes Candidate B got in District X in Podunk. But under the National Popular Vote system, it would matter. We’d have hanging chad recounts EVERYWHERE.

  42. the soon to be vacant SOS position

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

    Objection, Counselor!

    Where did THAT presentation-of-speculation-as-fact come from?

  43. #
    confloyd
    July 28th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Shadowfax, I sure hope so…afterall she won more votes than any candidate of either party in the history of our country…its clear people wanted Hillary and it would be a shame if she wasn’t the first female Potus.
    —–

    I think Hillary has to make sure she won’t be stabbed in the back by the DNC again……that the election won’t be rigged like last time.

    I will be very angry, angry, ANGRY if any other woman becomes the first woman President before our Hillary. I can’t even think about her being the second one, or I start screaming…

  44. F, F, F!!!!

    Judge blocks key parts of Arizona immigration law

    PHOENIX | Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:23pm EDT

    PHOENIX (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Wednesday blocked key parts of Arizona’s tough new immigration law, granting the Obama administration’s request for an injunction on grounds that immigration matters are the federal government’s responsibility.

    U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton agreed to an injunction on provisions including one that required a police officer to determine the immigration status of a person detained or arrested if the officer believes the person is not in the country legally.

    The Republican-controlled Arizona Legislature passed the law in April to try to stem the flow of illegal immigrants over the state’s border with Mexico and cut down on drug trafficking and crime — setting it on a collision course with the federal government.

  45. LA Times

    PHOENIX —
    A federal judge on Wednesday blocked the most controversial parts of Arizona’s immigration law from taking effect, delivering a last-minute victory to opponents of the crackdown.

    The overall law will still take effect Thursday, but without the provisions that angered opponents — including sections that required officers to check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws.

    The judge also put on hold parts of the law that required immigrants to carry their papers at all times, and made it illegal for undocumented workers to solicit employment in public places.

    U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton ruled that the controversial sections should be put on hold until the courts resolve the issues.

  46. [snip]

    Gov. Jan Brewer was giving a speech in Tucson Wednesday morning when news of the ruling broke, and was not immediately available for comment. Campaign spokesman Doug Cole said her staff was reviewing Bolton’s order and would be briefing the governor as soon as possible.

    Meanwhile, Rep. John Kavanagh, one of the co-sponsors of the bill, called Bolton’s ruling “very disappointing,” saying that she “went to the meat of the law.”

    “The decision is very disappointing,” Kavanagh said. “Those were major parts of the law that helped us battle illegal immigration. I assume that we will immediately appeal to the 9th Circuit (Court of Appeals).”

    Kavanagh said that the state remained committed to defending the law and seeing it enacted. “This is only the start of the legal battle.”

    Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/election/azelections/articles/2010/07/28/20100728arizona-immigration-law-court-ruling-brk28-ON.html#ixzz0v03elkKa

  47. It looks like the Arizona law got Obamasized….it all just chaos…which both parties are employing…our asses are COOKED!

  48. confloyd
    July 28th, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    It looks like the Arizona law got Obamasized….it all just chaos…which both parties are employing…our asses are COOKED!

    ——-
    What BS, someone breaks into a house, rapes or harms someone, can’t speak English and the officer can’t check to see if they are illegally in our country?

    Who’s darn country is this, anyways?????????

  49. Re Judge Bolton’s ruling on the Arizona law. There was some good material posted here recently about what she had said earlier and how it was reported in various MSM outlets. Some very misleading reports were made.

    So, better check sources before taking the current reports too seriously.

  50. Iirc the LA Times was one of the sources quoted recently with a very anti-Arizona slant on Bolton’s earlier remarks. Doesn’t Reuters pretty much go along with sources like LA Times?

    Don’t remember about azcentral.com

  51. Hm. If the MSM reports were to exaggerate Bolton’s ruling as bad as they exaggerated the law itself, then Arizona could play possum and let the bots declare victory and forget it. 😉

  52. lil ole grape
    July 28th, 2010 at 11:08 am
    Mass. Legislature approves plan to bypass Electoral College
    _________________________

    Another Deval Patrick monstrosity. Like his HC Plan failure.

    ___________________________________

    admin
    July 28th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    For taxes before he was against taxes now he is for taxes:

    Senator John Kerry said today he will voluntarily cut a check to the state of Massachusetts for some $500,000 in sales tax for a yacht he purchased in Rhode Island earlier this year.
    __________________________

    And to think we believed him when he said: “I’ll Fight for you!”

    An hour after election results were made public and Bush declared the winner; Kerry went to bed, kissed Teresa good night and turned out the light. End of story for this loser!

  53. turndown, I was posting various sites about the AZ ruling, first was AP. They all seem to say that the ‘meat’ of the AZ bill was shot down…or put on hold.

  54. July 28, 2010

    Clinton “burning up phone lines” to Middle East

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been “burning up the phone lines” the past five days to try and lay the groundwork for a transition from indirect to direct Israel-Palestinian peace talks, aides say.

    Clinton’s phone calls with Arab and Israeli leaders come in advance of a meeting Thursday of Arab foreign ministers to decide if they will give their blessing to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for direct talks with the Israelis, rather than U.S.-mediated proximity talks.

    U.S. officials are reluctant to raise expectations. A State Dempartment official said Wednesday that there have been no breakthroughs and Clinton is not pushing a timetable.

    “We have a full-court press underway to see if we can move to direct negotiations,” State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said. “We’re hopeful that the parties will reach this point, but I can’t pinpoint a particular day on the calendar.”

    In the last five days, Clinton has spoken “multiple times” with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, twice with the Jordanian and Egyptian foreign ministers, as well as with the Saudi foreign minister, Qatari prime minister, Middle East Quartet envoy Tony Blair, EU foreign policy chief Baroness Catherine Ashton, and with Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell and the National Security Council throughout, the official said.

    She also met privately Monday with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who also met Tuesday with Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

    Both Abbas and Netanyahu have held what several sources say were genuinely positive meetings with President Barack Obama at the White House the past two months. Behind the scenes, Israeli officials are said to have been offering a series of unpublicized confidence-building steps to the Palestinians to try to persuade Abbas to to agree to direct talks.

    As yet unclear and very closely held is whether Netanyahu confidentially agreed with Obama to extend a partial West Bank settlement freeze set to expire in September. Publicly, Netanyahu has said he can’t extend the freeze without Abbas agreeing to direct talks.

    “It is a complicated chess game,” said former Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.), now president of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace, and a close ally of the administration on the peace process. “Abbas seeks more progress before direct negotiations even though he has received direct assurances from the president. Abbas does not want to be made to appear foolish and he is, in fact, hearing from certain Israelis that the Labor Party will bolt the coalition if there is no progress. He is gaming whether such internal pressure is advantageous for his negotiating position.”

    “The [Obama] administration will tolerate just so much,” Wexler continued, referring to Abbas holding out on direct negotiations. “Abbas needs to be careful he does not overplay his hand with the administration. … My personal opinion is Abbas is better off long-term relying on the president’s assurances, obtain immediate on-the-ground ‘good will’ gestures from Bibi, and test Bibi’s declaration of willingness to make serious concessions for peace.”

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/laurarozen/0710/Clinton_burning_up_phone_lines_to_Middle_East_.html

  55. I don’t have time to look at the coverage of Bolton’s earlier remarks which were postd here an article or two ago.

    I just remember some Arizona officials or journalists were quoted as disputing the MSM slant.

  56. Shadowfax
    July 28th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Chelsea Clinton Visits Vera Wang Before Wedding

    I LOVE that the Clinton’s are being so silent about the wedding and that Barry and MO are NOT GOING!!!!!!!!!!!
    _____________________________

    Here are my thoughts about the gown ensembles. I think De Le Renta did Chelsea’s wedding gown and Hillary’s MOB outfit… the bridesmaids done by Vera Wang…imo

    I like that they are using their supporters for this event- keeping the money rotating in circular fashion.

    Under considerably different circumstances, it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility if the President couldn’t make it to the wedding, it would be ok for the First Lady and children to attend without him…. BUT… why fix it if it isn’t broken? 🙄

  57. This will show that the DNC and Administration are really out of touch with reality!!!

    Dems seek to tie GOP to Tea Party movement
    By Michael O’Brien – 07/28/10 06:00 AM ET

    Democrats on Wednesday rolled out what they said was a major initiative to link Republicans to the Tea Party movement.

    The Democratic National Committee (DNC) will unveil a new campaign called the “Republican-Tea Party Contract With America,” a play on the Contract with America, the 1994 platform on which GOP candidates campaigned.

    The campaign will lay out “how the Tea Party is now the most potent force in Republican politics and … an institutionalized part of the Republican party,” said a DNC source.

    The campaign is meant to cast Republican candidates this fall as inextricably tied with the Tea Party movement, and is part of an effort by Democrats to underscore the difference between themselves and the GOP ahead of November’s elections.

    “They are one and the same. The positions espoused by the Tea Party is the governing platform of the Republican party,” the DNC source added. “And as voters make their choice this fall it’s important to understand what the Republican-Tea Party wants to do if elected.”

    By tying the GOP to the Tea Party movement, Democrats hope to portray Republicans as outside the mainstream and unfit to govern.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/111307-dems-tie-gop-to-activists-with-republican-tea-part-contract-with-america

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    Morons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  58. last week ET or The Insider or both had clips two nights in a row of Chelsea in NYC…she was so natural…hardly any make-up, dressed casual and walking in NY and actually hailing her own cab…what a great young lady…

    gosh, i remember that night at the Democratic Convention in NYC when Bill, Hill and Chelsea walked thru the tunnel at Madison Square Garden to come to the stage when Bill accepted the nomination…we could see them walking thru the tunnels on the big screens…she was the awkward young girl then with all that thick great wavy hair doing its own thing…

    …the place went crazy…for the whole family…time marches on faster than we realize…i could not believe that she is already 30…

  59. lil ole grape
    July 28th, 2010 at 11:08 am
    Mass. Legislature approves plan to bypass Electoral College
    _________________________

    Just remembered- Now that the Obama Camp cannot expect a repeat performance of the overwhelming boots on the ground presence of Move-On and/or the help of the now mostly scattered ACORN to the four winds in the next presidential election. I speculate the reason they prefer doing away with the electoral college is because they are now the sole owners of the Diebold Voting machines and have also hired it’s Chief Operating Officer as part of the purchase. They are in control of the (cheating) Diebold software that was investigated by activists in 2000.

    We’re not going to get blindsided again!!!!

  60. This is going to be fun. Just read this.

    WH let security breach happen

    Judge Napolitano just said and its reported that she has had an interview with Julian A of W@ikileaks. JA told him that he gave the docs to the White House for response two weeks ago. Never received a response.

    White House approved of Security Breach? Who at the WH received the Docs and who else did they give access to the docs?

  61. Well this Arizona thing is going to go down well….not. The republicans have just been handed a huge baseball bat to beat Democrats with.

    Obama’s Admin just told US states they will do nothing about illegal immigration.

    Talk about a shitstorm coming…..

  62. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN2822176520100728

    OMG

    California fiscal emergency declared by governor

    California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency over the state’s finances on Wednesday, raising pressure on lawmakers to negotiate a state budget that closes a $19 billion shortfall.

    In the declaration, Schwarzenegger ordered three days off without pay per month beginning in August for thousands of state employees to preserve the state’s cash to pay debt obligations, and for essential services.

    California’s budget is several weeks overdue and Schwarzenegger and top lawmakers are at an impasse over how to balance the state’s books.

    Analysts say it could be several more weeks before the Republican governor and leaders of the Democrat-led legislature reach an agreement, a delay that threatens to lower the state’s already weak credit rating, now hovering just a few notches above “junk” status.

    “Without a budget in place that addresses our $19 billion budget deficit, every day of delay brings California closer to a fiscal meltdown,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement.

    “Our cash situation leaves me no choice but to once again furlough state workers until the legislature produces a budget I can sign,” he wrote.

    Schwarzenegger’s declaration noted the state’s government is projected to run out of cash no later than October should its budget stalemate persist, as expected.

    California has a long history of nasty and lengthy budget battles. Last year, the fight over a spending plan dragged on so long the state controller had to issue IOUs instead of payments to vendors to conserve money for priority payments, including payments for education programs and for investors holding the state’s bonds.

    Schwarzenegger’s declaration noted State Controller John Chiang has said he could be forced to issue IOUs as early as next month because of the budget impasse.

    Schwarzenegger has proposed slashing spending to balance the state’s books, an approach rejected by Democratic lawmakers. Their leaders in the state Senate and Assembly are trying to draft a joint plan likely to include proposals for tax increases to rival the governor’s budget plan.

    By ordering furloughs, which he also did last year, Schwarzenegger is bringing pressure on state employee unions allied with Democratic lawmakers on the heels of losing a courtroom battle to cut state employees’ pay to the federal minimum wage to bolster the state’s finances.

    Schwarzenegger’s new furlough order was instantly condemned by labor officials as a political ploy.

    “To once again force state employees to take unpaid furloughs is just another punitive measure by Governor Schwarzenegger because he couldn’t impose minimum wage,” said Patty Velez, president the California Association of Professional Scientists.

  63. Quote of the day from another blog relating to this breaking news of the WH knowledge of the documents.

    “Sherrod? Oh yeah, while Obama sat around for two weeks knowing NATIONAL SECURITY documents were about to be published, he found the time to alertly fire Sherrod within hours, and to then alertly reverse himself.”

  64. lol, Babysitting jobs, you got to be kidding, those kids will never ever have a normal life let alone babysitting jobs.

    I find his “i feel your pain” basically downright insulting considering the expenditure he’s racking up.

  65. Jesus and we all thought Bush was an embarrassment……………………………….I don’t even know where to start with this one.

  66. the president was asked what he and wife Michelle are teaching their daughters, who are 12 and 9, about money.

    ——–
    Yea, I’m sure they have parents that have set great examples for them since BO and MO have spent like fools on the taxpayers dime.

  67. moononpluto
    July 28th, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    lol, Babysitting jobs, you got to be kidding, those kids will never ever have a normal life let alone babysitting jobs.
    _______________________

    Imagine the SS tied up on these foolish gigs 🙄

  68. Talk about crass! Mo’s BD card for squat includes a plea for donations.

    “So I’m putting together a birthday card that I would like you to sign,” it says. “Together with supporters — and me, Malia, Sasha, and Bo — we’ll wish him a happy birthday and let him know that we’re ready to take on the year ahead alongside him.”

    Clicking on the link — “Will you wish Barack a happy birthday with me?” – sends you to “MyBarackObama.com,” the Organizing for America Web site, which describes itself as “a project of the Democratic National Committee.”

    But typing in your name, address and E-mail, and hitting “Sign the Card” takes you directly to another page — a donation page, which states:

    “Thank you for standing alongside us, with the President. Now can you make a donation to help us take on the year ahead?” — and a disclaimer that funds would not go to political candidates.”

  69. Sheeesh!

    pm317, I lasted about 30 seconds and I couldn’t take any more.

    Like moononpluto, I’m at a loss for words.

  70. President Obama: I Wasn’t Invited to Chelsea Clinton’s Wedding

    By Mike Fleeman
    Wednesday July 28, 2010

    Here’s one less thing the Secret Service will need to worry about when Chelsea Clinton gets married this weekend.

    “I was not invited to the wedding,” President Barack Obama said on ABC’s The View, airing Thursday, “because I think Hillary and Bill, properly, want to keep this thing for Chelsea and her soon-to-be husband.”

    And that’ll work out well for everybody at Saturday’s ceremony, he joked, MSNBC reports.

    “You don’t want two presidents at one wedding!” Obama said. “All the secret service, guests going through (metal detectors), all the gifts being torn apart.”

    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20406108,00.html

  71. LOL, that translates as the Clinton’s “you can just F off if you think you are coming to this wedding after what you did”.

  72. #
    moononpluto
    July 28th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    LOL, that translates as the Clinton’s “you can just F off if you think you are coming to this wedding after what you did”.
    ——–

    All this time, I thought he was invited by declined because —–fill in the blank—-, but knowing that he wasn’t invited, well that is news to my ears.

    Yup, a big frickin’ slap in the face, and he has to be cool about it since he knows, they know he cheated in the election!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is the best news I have heard all month.

  73. He must have been so ticked off that the spotlight was taken off of him for even one second and transferred to the Clintons and Chelsea’s wedding.

  74. Shadowfax
    July 28th, 2010 at 1:37 pm
    So…what can Arizona do with their new ‘law’ with all this taken out????????????
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    Brewer said she was fine with it. She said they are regrouping for an appeal. It was expected.

  75. Shadowfax:

    A little more of Brewer’s reaction to the deletions:

    “Within an hour of the ruling, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who supports the new law, responded in an interview with the Associated Press: “It’s a temporary bump in the road,” Brewer said. “We will move forward and I’m sure that after consultation with our counsel we will appeal. The bottom line is we’ve known all along that it is the responsibility of the feds and they haven’t done their job, so we were going to help them do that.”

    http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/07/28/federal-judge-blocks-key-parts-of-arizonas-immigration-law/

  76. President Barack Obama made a visit to the ladies of “The View” Wednesday afternoon to tape an episode that airs Thursday. And although all five hosts were on hand with a variety of questions about his tactics for solving the administration’s biggest problems, there was a burning question the hosts could not resist asking: Will the president be at Chelsea Clinton’s wedding?

    Obama started out by joking, “You don’t want two presidents at one wedding! All the secret service, guests going through (metal detectors), all the gifts being torn apart …”

    Then host Barbara Walters asked directly if he was even invited to the nuptials, which are being held in upstate New York this weekend. The president said no.

    “I was not invited to the wedding,” he said. “because I think Hillary and Bill, properly, want to keep this thing for Chelsea and her soon-to-be husband.”

    Obama said he agreed with the sentiment and told the hosts and the audience, “Sorry, ya’ll probably will not be getting invited to Sasha’s wedding or Malia’s wedding, either.”

    The complete interview airs Thursday at 11 a.m. ET on ABC.

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

    “because I think Hillary and Bill, properly, want to keep ‘this thing’ for Chelsea and her soon-to-be husband.”

    “this thing”…you crude, arrogant______

    no, this man has not even one little bit of dignity…his narcissim knows no bounds…

    btw…”this thing” is not about you, O…and it has nothing to do with what you might or might not do…go do your fundraisers

  77. …this one is especially for you Shadowfax…I think the writer nails it…

    esquire.com/blogs/politics/rod-blagojevich-not-guilty

    Rod Blagojevich: Not Guilty
    July 28, 2010 at 12:28PM by John R. Bohrer

    It is impossible when covering a trial as a journalist not to start thinking like a juror. The jobs are not all that different to begin with: sifting facts, weighing sides, judging trustworthiness, trying to be objective about it all. But now that the Rod Blagojevich trial is over, John R. Bohrer can’t do any more of his in-depth, blow-by-blow reporting for The Politics Blog. (At least until there’s a verdict later this week.) So we asked to him write like a juror, instead.

    The moment that did it for me came last week, late in the scant two days of defense in the two-month trial of Rod Blagojevich. One of the assistant U.S. attorneys (aka ‘Bald Guy No. 1’) was cross-examining the ex-governor’s brother, Robert, talking hypotheticals. He wanted to know: Would it have been wrong for someone to walk into the governor’s office, drop a bag containing a hundred grand on the desk, and ask to be appointed to the Senate?

    “[Rod] would tell the guy to pick up the money and walk out with it,” Rob shot back.

    That was surprising. The answer was not what the prosecutor had expected — it didn’t even address the question he had asked. He was trying to corner the Blagojeviches into admitting that it would have been wrong, then nailing them for engaging in something tantamount to it.

    But the government couldn’t close the deal. And that’s the main reason why I’m voting to acquit.

    Don’t get me wrong: I hate Rod Blagojevich. He is a blowhard and a jerk. A terrible governor who loved the spotlight more than he loved the people of Illinois. But is he a crook worthy of the federal penitentiary? Worthy of all these expenses to investigate, indict, and imprison him?

    I’ll hand it to the prosecution on one of these charges: It does seem like he stone-cold lied to the FBI when they questioned him about whether he mixed state business with fundraising. But what do you expect him to say? All these guys operate with a wink and a nod.

    But there were no bags of cash. Nobody got shoved up against a wall and had his pockets turned out. The government caught the Blagos talking deals on the phone, but in politics, that’s what you do. Hell, in any business, that’s what you do. And the prosecution has failed to show that the Blagojeviches did anything more than shoot the breeze. And when they even thought about doing more than that (and all the prosecution has proved are that they had those thoughts), their Ivy League lawyers assured them it was kosher — no crime to plot, only to act.

    The feds started looking into the governor in 2004. Four years of surveillance, of persecution and this is all they’ve got? I mean, I’m glad the guy is no longer governor, but who could withstand that kind of scrutiny and come out looking spotless? And the only reason, so they claim, that the government doesn’t have any hard evidence on him is that they had to swoop in before he could do any real damage — after four years of watching him, mind you. Give me a break!

    In his closing argument, Bald Guy No. 1 told us, “The governor of the state of Illinois cannot exchange taking some state action for some personal benefit like money or a campaign contribution. You do — that’s a bribe.” Except in no instance did the government prove that they made such agreements. Later, another prosecutor (Bald Guy No. 2) tells us that Blagojevich was smart enough to know not to explicitly make the ask.

    So the prosecution is telling us that legal fundraisers and legal campaign contributions don’t grease the wheels on tax-funded projects all over the country, every single day of the week? But that when the Blagos do it it’s a crime? Please.

    We came here with the impression that the governor was on a political crime spree. They impeached him in Springfield pretty quickly. He was a disgrace to our state, a blight on our body politic. We heard it over and over. He was dirty, and we all knew it.

    So we just waited for the prosecution to prove it to us jurors. That’s their job. But what did they deliver? The Blagojeviches saying naughty words — words that the Baldies won’t even say out loud — and making vengeful wishes that were never put into action. Embarrassing, yes. But crapmouth is not a crime.

    They indicted his brother. What for? He was around for four months. The government had been investigating Rod for as long as I went to college. Meanwhile, the actual convicted crooks who worked for this administration are getting off light, all because they got on the stand for the prosecution. And Robert Blagojevich, who lives in Nashville, gets collared for spending four months on his brother’s speed-dial. This all smacks of vindictiveness, not prosecution.

    Which is another reason why I’m voting to let the governor go. Could they have convinced me of a few crimes that he committed? You bet. But to throw the book at him like this, interpreting every fishy thing he did into a new scurrilous charge? Sure, much of it is close to criminal, but close isn’t good enough in law.

    I think that even the prosecutors know it. It seems like they’ve been losing confidence every day of this trial, especially in regard to convicting Robert, who barely merits a mention. There’s sort of a lame attempt to sully him during closing, when Bald Guy No. 1 says, “He lied to you. He could not admit that he knew what his brother was talking about was fundraising.” Yes, fundraising! Not kickbacks or cash bribes — because the prosecution knows it hasn’t proven that’s what was going on.

    I think it knows something else, too: They’ve lost me. At one point in the defense’s closing statement yesterday, Blago’s boisterous lawyer pointed at the prosecution and shouted, “Come on! These are the feds! And this is what they bring you? Come on!”

    One of those feds stood up and objected to being referred to directly. Not surprising. I wouldn’t want my name attached to this fiasco, either.

  78. Drudge has the headline “Operation Women: The View” with a photo of Obama sitting on a sofa surrounded by the women of that show. The article it links to talks about him wanting to take his message directly to the people and concludes that the appearance on The View gives Obama “a chance to try to reach out to female voters”.

    Hmmm, skittish about Hillary possibly mounting a challenge to him perhaps??

  79. So, Obama basically went on the View to let the world know “he wasn’t invited to the wedding..” and for anyone who cares, sit in the corner with him and sulk until it’s over. awwwwwh…. boo-hoo!

  80. The Good News just keeps on comin:
    ___________________________

    Too scared to force a traditional standing filibuster, today Obamacrats folded their tents and gave up on passing what they called a Comprehensive Energy Bill.

    Of course, this happened in the Senate, where American progress goes to die.

    Nancy Pelousy ushered cap-and-tax through the House last year, before the Obamacrats burned all of their goodwill with America by passing a bill forcing you to buy health insurance from the same corporate sharks who ruined health care in the first place.

    The central feature of their similarly disastrous energy bill was a cap on carbon dioxide emissions that would have taxed companies who emitted pollutants above and beyond the cap level.

    Good article:

    http://www.examiner.com/x-19823-PostPartisan-Examiner~y2010m7d22-FAIL-Obama-capandtax-climate-bill-bites-the-dust-in-Senate

  81. S

    I like your name, it’s easy to remember 🙂
    Thanks for posting this about Blago, I agree with most of it but we differ on if we like Blago or not…hehe.

    ———-
    The feds started looking into the governor in 2004. Four years of surveillance, of persecution and this is all they’ve got? I mean, I’m glad the guy is no longer governor, but who could withstand that kind of scrutiny and come out looking spotless? And the only reason, so they claim, that the government doesn’t have any hard evidence on him is that they had to swoop in before he could do any real damage — after four years of watching him, mind you. Give me a break!

    2 bald guys have no real evidence after 4 years of wire taps…what a joke. Blago lost his job over this, if the jury finds him ‘not guilty’, Blago should go after getting his job back and retribution for slander against his reputation.

    Probably the jury will find something small against him to please the Feds, but I hope they don’t just on principle.

    They could have put Rezko and Rahm on the stand if they really had a case, but no………..they caved in on that idea.

  82. #
    AmericanGal

    Drudge has the headline “Operation Women: The View” with a photo of Obama sitting on a sofa surrounded by the women of that show. The article it links to talks about him wanting to take his message directly to the people and concludes that the appearance on The View gives Obama “a chance to try to reach out to female voters”.

    Hmmm, skittish about Hillary possibly mounting a challenge to him perhaps??

    Mrs. Smith

    So, Obama basically went on the View to let the world know “he wasn’t invited to the wedding..” and for anyone who cares, sit in the corner with him and sulk until it’s over. awwwwwh…. boo-hoo!

    ——————
    If Barry went on the view to win over women that don’t support him, that would be PUMA women and Independent women. The fact that the Fraud wasn’t invited to Chelsea’s wedding is the best news we have heard of in almost 2 years.

    Cheaters don’t get invited to weddings, cheaters don’t get sympathy from women and men that know that he stole a primary election.
    Cheaters just get to go play golf and spend their Birthday without their family because they are jackasses.

    Kudos to the Clinton’s for not letting Barry attend!!!

  83. “Sherrod? Oh yeah, while Obama sat around for two weeks knowing NATIONAL SECURITY documents were about to be published, he found the time to alertly fire Sherrod within hours, and to then alertly reverse himself.”
    ————————————
    Now that is high prose. He is a very alert Messiah. Amen. Let us pray.

  84. I think this judge rendered a poor decision and I am sure it will be appealed. She claims that Arizona has a right to protect its borders but then she decides in weighing the equities that this right does not count. Three law enforcement officers killed tonight and the druge headline illegals free to roam Arizona tells the real story here. This judge has failed to protect the county and has done a disservice to the immigrants who came here legally. This is the kind of lawyer or in this case judge that I do not like. They live in an ivory tower and anything they say with the force of law has the smell of the lamp rather than the ring of reality to it. As I say, this case will be appealed–to the Supreme Court.

  85. I suspect that this decision will not sit well with the people of Arizona. In fact I think it will go over like a turd in a punch bowl. And when the scale of violence increases as surely it will with the drug gangs pushing further north every day this improvident decision will be blamed for what follows. We may even find that terrorist take advantage of what this judge has done. Obviously, I hope it never comes to that, but nature abhors a vaccum.

  86. It would not be irrational for a law enforcement officer in Arizona who was responsible for maintaining the peace to take one look at the violence raging on the southern side of the border and another look at this judges decision and another look at his or her family and say nope it just aint worth it anymore.

  87. Thank you for voting!
    Not sure — Maybe Arizona should wait until after the law takes effect to measure the impact of the judge’s ruling. 1% (854 votes)

    Yes — States have a right to protect their citizens, especially when the federal government fails to do so. Keep up the fight, Arizona. 97% (110,125 votes)

    No — Arizona’s fight raised America’s awareness of how it’s losing the illegal immigration battle. Time to accept the ruling and move on. 2% (2,551 votes)

    Other (post a comment) <1% (471 votes)

  88. The president hasn’t grown into the job – all that’s needed to beat him is a serious Republican, says Simon Heffer of Telegraph (UK)

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/simonheffer/7913468/If-President-Obama-carries-on-like-this-he-will-turn-into-a-lame-duck.html

    The shock about coming to America after an absence of four months is how, in that time, respect for and confidence in President Obama has slumped. It wasn’t good in March; now the effect of what one blogger has called his apparent “impotence” has taken hold. It is not clear what Mr Obama actually does. He isn’t engaged with the economy; he certainly isn’t engaged with foreign policy; he has abandoned hope of a climate change bill this year (and probably for ever); he has seen his health care bill into law, but America awaits news of how it will be implemented; he is under attack for a casual approach to illegal immigration, notably from the Mexican narco-state. He has only just girded himself to go campaigning for his party in the mid-term elections. Last Sunday was the 100-days-to-go mark, and the talk in politics here is of little else. Joe Biden, the vice-president, has been nominated as “campaigner in chief”. Why? What is the President doing

  89. TV clip (NBC) of Barry on why he chose The View: He had to choose a show which Michelle watches.
    Don’t two things come immediately to mind?
    Does the view air in Spain? (Or didn’t that vacation start yet … I really don’t know or care)
    What about Oprah?

  90. The only thing “genius” about Obama is how someone was able to mold Play Doh into an American president. Obama was a boob yesterday, he is a boob today, and my finely tuned Mr. Cleo psychic ability tells me that he will be a boob forever more. I wish that he would do America a big favor and R-E-S-I-G-N !!!!!!!

  91. There is a comment above that references Rendell saying that Obama may face a primary challenge if troops are not removed from Afghanistan. I suspect that some here were giddy with that pronouncement because most think his challenger, if that were to happen, would be Hillary. But the problem with that is that I don’t believe that Hillary would run under the banner of immediate withdrawal of the troops. I don’t think that any major candidate would do that since if Afghanistan was a haven for terrorists in the past, could you imagine what it would turn into if all foreign troops were to leave there? Some would think that peace would return, but I believe that the worse of the Taliban excesses would reappear, and that the country would immediately become another Somalia. I just don’t get the vibe that any real contender for the next president of the US will pull troops out quickly, and therefore, I don’t see Hillary as being the challenger to Obama based on a quick withdrawal from Afghanistan. We are stuck there for now. Now if all the top al-Queda leaders are snuffed out, things might turn for the better.

  92. Shadowfax, I must confess, Blago is a guilty pleasure of mine…and I am pulling for him…I felt from the beginning that he was set up by the chicago machine…I am not condoning the corruption, but curious how they zeroed in on him when they are all doing what he is accused of…and the timing of it all was very interesting…

    …he needs to get out of politics and into media or entertainment, or PR

  93. Clinton appointee disregards law and Constitution in support of meritless government arguments

    The argument is this, If the Federal government abdicates it’s Constitutional duties (which it has) which are to protect American borders and protect the American people, is a State within the Constitution if that State enforces Constitutional laws that the Federal government refuses to enforce?

    Clinton appointee Judge Susan Bolton is symptomatic of everything that is wrong with America. She has made herself complicit in the Federal government’s violation of the Constitution of the United States of America. We are no longer a nation of laws; we are now, a nation of progressive judicial rulings.(see article) Judge Bolden did not rule on the facts of Arizona’s immigration case nor did she rule on the law. Instead Judge Bolton ruled on the nonsensical “what if” arguments that the Barry Hussein Soetoro administration have been floating in the Progressive Leftwing Media.

    http://creatingorwellianworld-view-alaphiah.blogspot.com/2010/07/clinton-appointee-disregards-law-and.html

  94. This is snowballing becoming very hard to ignore.

    Support for Mexican Border Fence Up to 68%

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/immigration/support_for_mexican_border_fence_up_to_68

    Support for the building of a fence along the Mexican border has reached a new high, and voters are more confident than ever that illegal immigration can be stopped.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 68% of U.S. voters now believe the United States should continue to build a fence on the Mexican border. That’s up nine points from March when the Obama administration halted funding for the fence and the highest level of support ever.

    Just 21% oppose the continued building of the border fence.

    Support for the fence is strong across all demographic groups. But while 76% of Mainstream voters think the United States should continue to build the fence, 67% of the Political Class are opposed to it.

    Forty-seven percent (47%) of all voters believe it is possible to end illegal immigration. That’s up slightly from April of last year.

    Now only 36% do not think it is possible for the United States to prevent illegal immigrants from getting into the country. That’s down sixteen points since October 2008.

  95. Nobama, I think you are right….if Rendell is correct that if Obama doesn’t pull the troops out by next year he will get a primary challenge…it won’t be a challenge from Hillary, it would be more like a Howard Dean.

    Some smells fishy about that statement because everyone knows Hillary thinks we should be in Afganistan and if Obama had the wikileaks stuff for two weeks and still had Hillary deliver the goods to Karzai, well it smells real bad.

  96. Hillary needs a good stalking horse to open the door, this is what i think will happen. Someone like Evan Bayh needs to do the immediate damage to open the door for her untainted.

  97. moononpluto
    July 29th, 2010 at 11:48 am
    Hillary needs a good stalking horse to open the door, this is what i think will happen. Someone like Evan Bayh needs to do the immediate damage to open the door for her untainted.

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

    1968 all over again?

    A couple of people challenged Pres Johnson; he withdrew; Humphrey picked up the pieces. And lost in November.

    I’d love to see that with Hillary as Humphrey, and Palin for the GOP, and Hillary win in November 2012 and appoint Palin as Sec of Energy. But one is about as fantastic as the other.

    Still — why did Hillary campaign so hard for Obama in fall 2008? Bill said later that the Dems were 5 to 1 to win before the bank crisis, and 30 to 1 after it. So why did Hillary spend more time and energy campaigning for Obama than other Democrats did?

    She had to give him some support so as not to look like a sore loser. But why so much?

    Just maybe … to conciliate the bots and to keep herself visible?

  98. Poll: Clinton Could Beat Obama in 2012 Presidential Primary

    by Paul Bedard
    Posted: July 28, 2010

    As President Obama continues to face grim comparisons to Jimmy Carter, due to the faltering economy and high unemployment rate, the issue of a Democratic presidential primary challenge to him in 2012 is starting to emerge. Just as Carter faced a challenge from the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, there’s a long-shot that Obama could face a challenger too.

    If he was to face a challenge, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is best poised to challenge him, according to a new Washington Whispers poll. Some 61 percent said Clinton, a 2008 primary challenger to Obama when she was a New York senator, could beat the president in a primary. [See a slide show of Obama’s inner circle.]

    Clinton, who’s very popular in her current role, has suggested that she doesn’t plan to serve two four-year terms as secretary of state and also that she doesn’t want to run for the presidency again. She is still trying to retire her 2008 campaign debt, reportedly at less than $1 million.

    In our Internet poll, conducted by Synovate-eNation, Clinton was the overwhelming choice to take on and beat Obama across every demographic when compared to four other prominent Democrats, including former Vice President Al Gore. She did very well among the poor, those aged 55-64, families with children, minorities, and the unemployed.

    If the economy and employment continue to tank, President Obama might find himself in a primary fight just as Jimmy Carter did in 1980. Which of the following Democrats could beat Obama in 2012?

    Hillary Clinton 61%

    Al Gore 12%

    New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson 12%

    Retired Gen. Wesley Clark 11%

    Sen. Al Franken 4%

    Source: The Synovate eNation Internet poll was conducted July 16-20 among 1,000 nationally representative households by global market research firm Synovate.

    http://politics.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2010/7/28/poll-clinton-could-beat-obama-in-2012-presidential-primary.html

  99. SHERROD TO SUE BREITBART, NOT THE PEOPLE WHO FIRED HER IMPROPERLY

    Is she being racist by going after the white man, not the black president’s staff?

    Hey, maybe she is racist after all!

    news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100729/ap_on_re_us/us_usda_racism_resignation

    Ousted USDA employee Sherrod plans to sue blogger
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    SAN DIEGO – Ousted Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod said Thursday she will sue a conservative blogger who posted an edited video of her making racially tinged remarks last week.

    The edited video posted by Andrew Breitbart led Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to ask Sherrod to resign, a decision he reconsidered after seeing the entire video of her March speech to a local NAACP group. In the full speech, Sherrod spoke of racial reconciliation and lessons she learned after initially hesitating to help a white farmer save his home.

    She said she doesn’t want an apology from Breitbart for posting the video that took her comments out of context, but told a crowd at the National Association of Black Journalists annual convention that she would “definitely sue.”

    Vilsack and President Barack Obama later called Sherrod to apologize for her hasty ouster. Vilsack has offered her a new job at the department, which she is still considering.

    “I have many, many questions before I can make a decision,” Sherrod told the group. “I don’t know what will happen from this day forward in terms of whether I’ll be back in the department or what I’ll do.”

    E-mails to Breitbart’s Web sites seeking comment were not immediately returned Thursday morning.

    Obama said Thursday morning on ABC’s daytime talk show “The View” that the incident shows racial tensions still exist in America.

    “There are still inequalities out there. There’s still discrimination out there,” Obama said. “But we’ve made progress.”

    Obama pinned much of the blame for the incident on a media culture that he said seeks out conflict and doesn’t always get the facts right. But he added, “A lot of people overreacted, including people in my administration.”

  100. JULY 24, 2010

    Where the JournoLists Roam (and Moan)

    LAS VEGAS — How nervous are liberals about the November election and how angry are they at conservatives? Plenty, to judge from this year’s Netroots Nation gathering of 2,000 liberal bloggers and activists.

    At last year’s Pittsburgh gathering, I saw a group of cheerful and upbeat folk assemble a full-fledged alternative convention for the Democratic Party. This year’s meeting, in contrast, is characterized by angst and confusion. In Pittsburgh, I was treated with civility and even kindness. This year, three liberal bloggers surrounded me with video cameras within minutes of my arrival. They followed me into the media room, endlessly repeating questions about my articles on ACORN. Finally, they had to be asked to leave by other reporters there.

    Signs that all is not well showed up in other places. Many of those in attendance openly expressed concern that President Obama is losing momentum in pushing their causes. “I’ve definitely never heard more cursing by speakers at a political conference than at Netroots Nation,” Philip Klein of the American Spectator told me. Markos Moulitsas, the founder of the liberal website DailyKos, railed against “bullshit Democrats” at last night’s kickoff event. He urged Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer to run in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in 2012, when moderate Democratic Senator Max Baucus will presumably be seeking re-election. Mr. Baucus is blamed by liberals for sinking the chances of a “public option” in this year’s health care bill.

    Mr. Moulitsas was preceded by Ed Schultz, the liberal host who appears daily on MSNBC. He divided his speech between appeals to liberals to “stick it” to “ruthless, callous, rotten-to-the core Republicans” and raging about his disappointment with the Obama administration. “The White House has a war room. I think they have a sissy room too,” he told attendees. At times he sounded like a spurned suitor. “I busted my ass for Obama,” he said. “He don’t come to Ed, he goes [and gives an interview] to Bret Baier on Fox News in my time slot.”

    Mr. Schultz charged that the Obama administration wasn’t using progressive media effectively. “I thought our network did a hell of a job fighting for health care,” he revealed, but mournfully admitted: “[The Obama White House] reacts to Fox, they don’t go to us. . . . We’re not winning right now, got to change some plays here.”

    Even Mr. Schultz’s attempts at softer moments seemed a bit off-key. He acknowledged the tragedy that Fox host Glenn Beck may be going blind, but only because “it’s a travesty he’s not going to see the country he’s trying to destroy.” The audience laughed, later gave Mr. Schultz a standing ovation and then departed for a late-night karaoke session sponsored by the Service Employees International Union.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703294904575385221258338304.html

  101. Why doesn’t Sherrod sue the NAACP, who hastily threw her under the bus along with the Obama administration? Especially, since it happened at an NAACP event.

    Again, is Sherrod selectively targeting people based on race?

  102. Bad News Getting Worse for Obama: Polls Show Losses Across Every Voter Group

    Wednesday, 28 Jul 2010

    Across nearly every voter demographic and policy area, President Barack Obama’s poll numbers are plunging at a rate that could prove catastrophic to Democrats’ hopes in the midterm elections, according to experts.

    Although it’s typical for a sitting president to lose seats during his first midterm elections, Obama’s falling numbers are particularly troublesome because his major legislative achievements seems to be accelerating the trend, several leading pollsters say.

    Obama’s drop in approval in his first 12 months, from the mid-60s to the low 50s — or less in some polls — is among the sharpest ever recorded for a newly elected president over his first year.

    More importantly for Republicans, recent polls show voters no longer are blaming the bad times on his predecessor.

    “Despite his legislative successes, Americans have been turning on Obama,” the Canadian magazine Maclean’s wrote this week. “Now, 18 months after his inauguration, fewer than half of Americans approve of his job performance, and he is almost as acidly unpopular among Republican voters as former President George W. Bush was with Democrats in his second term.

    “Most importantly, Obama has lost the crucial independent voters whose support helped propel him into the White House — slightly more than half disapprove of his job performance.”

    On Wednesday, veteran Democratic pollsters Patrick Caddell and Douglas Schoen wrote in The Wall Street Journal that “rather than being a unifier, Mr. Obama has divided America on the basis of race, class and partisanship. Moreover, his cynical approach to governance has encouraged his allies to pursue a similar strategy of racially divisive politics on his behalf.”

    Support for Obama has eroded among whites, independents, men, and most recently, Hispanics, who were part of the coalition that powered him to the White House in 2008.

    Some recent findings:

    An AP-Univision poll this week found that 57 percent of Hispanics still approve of Obama, but it revealed deep skepticism among the key Democratic voting bloc. Only 43 percent of Hispanics said Obama is meeting their needs, according to the poll, while 32 percent were unsure and 21 percent said he has done a poor job.
    A Reuters-Ipsos poll found that an overwhelming majority of Americans — 67 percent — do not think Obama has focused enough on creating jobs, compared with the administration’s emphasis on overhauling healthcare and rewriting the nation’s financial rules. Overall, only 34 percent approved of the president’s handling of the economy and jobs, while 46 percent rejected it as unsatisfactory.
    A CBS News poll this month found just 31 percent said the war in Afghanistan was going “very well” or “somewhat well,” while 41 percent said the war was going “somewhat badly” and another 21 percent said it was going “very badly.”
    A Zogby Interactive poll found no discernible bounce from passage of the financial overhaul bill setting up a new bureaucracy that will ostensibly better protect consumers. Obama’s approval rating among likely voters gained 1 point, up to 46 percent, while Republicans gained one point in their advantage over Democrats in voter party preference in the upcoming November Congressional elections.
    In that same Zogby poll, Obama also took a hit among African-Americans, the result of the administration’s inept handling of the storm over comments USDA official Shirley Sherrod made that were miscast as biased against whites. After the comments were found to have been misinterpreted, the administration tried to rehire Sherrod.
    Explaining his findings, pollster John Zogby said: “Our polling implies that what could have been a very good week for President Obama and the Democrats was neutralized by its handling of the Shirley Sherrod situation.

    “Both the president and his party gained support from independents, probably because they passed two popular measures, financial reform and an extension of unemployment benefits. However, the drop in support among African-Americans for both Obama and Democrats surely appears to be caused by the premature dismissal of Sherrod. Democrats cannot afford to lose these voters in November, so Obama had better make restoring their confidence in him a priority.”

    Other polls show Republican voters consistently more enthusiastic about voting this fall, as Democrats struggle to preserve their majorities in the House and Senate.

    A recent analysis in The Wall Street Journal of a year’s worth of Quinnipiac University poll data showed that large numbers of whites, men, and independents have deserted Obama since his election. His support among whites slid from 51 percent in July 2009 to 37 percent in July 2010, from 52 percent to 38 percent among independents, and from 54 percent to 39 percent among male voters overall.

    Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Polling Institute, told The Washington Times that the loss in support among these key groups is problematic for Obama but not surprising, given the drop in his overall approval ratings from 57 percent a year ago to their lowest levels now at 44 percent, according to Quinnipiac.

    “A year ago, if you had told me that his overall numbers were what they are, I would have suggested the places he’d lose support first would be independents, men, and whites. This isn’t rocket science,” Brown said. “This is just what happens to a Democratic president when his numbers come down overall.”

    http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/obama-polls-drop-economy-hispanics-independents-/2010/07/28/id/365902

  103. BIG PINK SHOWED OBAMA AS “THE JOKER”…AND ED RENDELL THINKS HE SHOULD APPEAR ON “SERIOUS” SHOWS.

    investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/541918/201007281900/An-Unserious-Presidency-On-View.aspx

    An Unserious Presidency On View
    ============================

    Leadership: As Americans suffer economically, President Obama golfs, vacations, campaigns, appears on a frivolous talk show — and vacations some more. Gee, don’t we have a war and other problems to attend to?

    Will history record that Barack Obama’s only great achievement as president was getting his golf handicap down to the teens? The president played more than two dozen rounds of golf in his first year in office — as many as George W. Bush did over his entire eight years.

    This week, he traveled to New York City to be swooned at on ABC’s daytime gal fluff-fest “The View.” It led Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell to remark, “I think there should be a little bit of dignity to the presidency… I think the president of the United States has to go on serious shows.”

    The city’s Transit Authority warned that between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. at least 32 bus lines in Manhattan and the Bronx “could be either severely delayed or detoured” as a result of the president’s trip.

    And while tying up traffic in the Big Apple, the president also headlined fundraisers at the Four Seasons Hotel and at a big donor’s home. This week has him on for two other moneymaking events for the Democratic National Committee too. He will soon travel to Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Austin for more.

    With the unemployment rate near double digits, in spite of over $800 billion in a misguided Keynesian stimulus, and two-thirds of Americans believing the country is headed in the wrong direction — that direction being global decline — the man elected on a platform of “Change” with a capital C seems to think his job is to neglect his job and have a blast.

    His vacation in Bar Harbor, Maine is followed by another vacation in that elitest of lefty locales, Martha’s Vineyard, where he can tee off on Mink Meadows, a “classic 1936 Wayne Stiles design” that “is a challenge to both novices and low-handicappers.”

    Next month, the first lady and nine-year-old Sasha will meet the king and queen of Spain on yet another vacation.

    At taxpayer expense, this president flies to Broadway to take the first lady on a date.

    Among the stars he’s summoned to the White House to play court jester are Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Emmylou Harris, Herbie Hancock, Elvis Costello, Jerry Seinfeld, “three of country music’s biggest acts” including Charley Pride, and earlier this month a Broadway cavalcade of stars that was “the sixth in a series of evenings celebrating the music that helped to shape America.”

  104. CONTINUED…(didn’t realize it was 2 pages)

    Why so much luxury as so many suffer and there are so many monumental problems to solve? Because, according to the president, “part of what gets us through tough times is music, the arts, the ability to capture that essential kernel of ourselves, that part of us that sings even when times are hard.”

    Millions of Americans have little to sing about as they seek to re-enter the work force and earn a few kernels.

    Our present challenges demand more than a part-time president.

    His hand-picked commander in the war in Afghanistan, which candidate Obama said must be won, recently self-destructed, and has been followed by a hemorrhage of secret documents damaging the war effort. Former CIA director Michael Hayden this week said military action against Iran may soon be the only option.

    Domestically, the president has let the Gulf Coast oil cleanup effort be bungled by conflicts with the affected states, and he imposed a moratorium on oil drilling that has sparked popular discord among area residents whose livelihoods depend on oil.

    At a time when the entitlements of Social Security and Medicare are headed for a fiscal train wreck, he imposes a new entitlement in the form of ObamaCare. And he signs a Wall Street “reform” that strengthens rather than scraps the too-big-to-fail policy at the root of the financial crisis.

    Rather than working hard to solve problems — and perhaps knuckling down to re-assess his own failed policies — this president, in whom so many placed so much faith, is saddling us with new problems.

    But hey, thanks to the taxpayers, at least he’s leading the good life.

  105. Yes…it is an embarraqssment.
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    On another note, I was not too thrilled to learn the Clintons were staying at a Soros home for the wedding .

  106. #
    jbstonesfan
    July 29th, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    On another note, I was not too thrilled to learn the Clintons were staying at a Soros home for the wedding .
    ___________________________

    On the other hand, you can look at it this way- Soros has broken with Obama because he’s a fool, a failure and the laughing stock of the International Community. It would take someone of the caliber and experience of Bill Clinton to wrangle Soros who is agent to the DeRothchilds. And I believe that is exactly what BC is doing as we speak. (for our benefit)

  107. I do think Obama has broken with Soros….Soros was onboard with Bill during his administration….the Clintons can handle Soros…the republicans are trying to tie Soros to the Clintons. They’ve always been friends. Now I find it suspicious that Soros would be at the wedding and Obama not. We all know that Soros bankrolled Obama, so why the invite…of coarse its Chelsea that’s doing the inviting.

  108. We all know that Soros bankrolled Obama, so why the invite…of coarse its Chelsea that’s doing the inviting.

    ———–
    Maybe because it might be awkward to say,

    “Thanks for letting us use your house during the wedding, but sorry…you aren’t invited to the actual wedding”.

    😆

  109. #
    confloyd
    July 29th, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    I do think Obama has broken with Soros….Soros was onboard with Bill during his administration….the Clintons can handle Soros…the republicans are trying to tie Soros to the Clintons. They’ve always been friends. Now I find it suspicious that Soros would be at the wedding and Obama not. We all know that Soros bankrolled Obama, so why the invite…of coarse its Chelsea that’s doing the inviting.
    ________________________

    Why don’t you think Soros has broken with Obama?

  110. Blago update:

    After deliberating for just a few hours, jurors in Rod Blagojevich’s trial have made their first request: they want a transcript of the prosecution’s closing argument.

    After reading the note, the three prosecutors on the case looked at each other and laughed.

    The request will be denied, said Judge James Zagel, since closing arguments are not evidence.

    The 12-member jury’s request was sent to the judge in a note, which was referred to in open court this morning. The note asked for the government’s closing argument.

    In closing arguments, Prosecutor Chris Niewoehner extensively laid out the charges in the case with an explanation of each count and what evidence the prosecution believed proved their case.

    Zagel noted that the indictment in the case, which does go back with the jury, was complicated and repetitive.

    “If they are unable to work their way through this without the statements, I expect this issue to rise again,” Zagel said. “And I will deal with it.”

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/blago/

  111. CHICAGO – A so-called “jury watcher” at the Rod Blagojevich corruption trial is predicting the former governor will be acquitted on all 24 counts.

    Dr. John Nelson has attended the trial almost everyday. He says he’s been sitting-in because it’s historic, and it’s interesting to see the judicial process unfold in such a major case.

    Nelson believes Blagojevich will be acquitted because prosecutors couldn’t prove the former governor received any money in his efforts. He also thinks Robert Blagojevich will also be acquitted.

    Nelson added he was very impressed with Sam Adam, Jr., Blagojevich’s attorney.

    http://www.wgntv.com/news/blagojevich/wgntv-blagojevich-trial-jury-watcher-july28,0,209657.story

  112. #
    confloyd
    July 29th, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    confloyd- my don’t think should be a do think. I was wondering if you thought as I do- Soros wants Hillary as president and the reason why he offered his daughter’s home to the Clintons for Chelsea’s wedding. And of course, the gracious response would be to invite him to the gala. I wonder if the Bushes will be there? GHWB and Bushey? That would be a huge embarrassment to the Obamas. yes IF!

  113. jbstonesfan,

    I agree with you about Soros. And whether or not he has given up on obama or not, I am sure the Clintons are smart enough not to trust his flip-flopping manipulative ways.

    I believe it is Soros daughter’s house that the wedding is being held at?

  114. Mrs. Smith, Obama has NOT put in any of the lefties agenda aka Soros agenda. Mika is still pining for Obama so I could be wrong. There have been several comments about this on other blogs.

  115. could only manage to listen to the first few minutes of O on the View…first I had to really, really laugh out loud when he said the campaign should be over…and then thru in that he tries to set a tone for ‘agreeing to disagree’

    Is he freaking kidding me? he was in NYC and is on a rampage for fundraising and ‘campaigning’ and all he does is attack the opposition and even the left if he must….

    bt what really killed me…what really did it…was when I heard him using one Bill Clinton line after another…oh man, this guy is really something…

    anyone that followed Bill’c campaigning…especially the first time around…could hear O repeating Bill’s lines and concepts almost verbatim…just like O stole Hillary’s lines and policies during the primaries…

    I cannot stand what a fake this man is…every day he gets worse…

    …that article above ‘An Unserious Presidency On View’ got right to it…

  116. Wouldn’t we just love for the Bush’s to be there…hmm…that would be just too good. I bet the old man will be, there are several excepts in several books about HW Bush knowing CHelsea.

  117. So they’ve reprogramed the puppet/robot now, instead of Reagan he now is a Bill Clinton….ROTFLMAO!

  118. Mrs. Smith, If you put all your money on someone that was suppose to perform all the leftie wet dreams and they did not, perhaps the next time out of the gate I would chose the filly. The filly has enought sense to know it…don’t you think???

  119. I know this is probably naive, but if we spin and think about a possible Hillary campaign for 2012, how would obama be able to attack her or Bill after all they have done to prop him up?

  120. Janh, Exactly the way they’ve been doing for the past four days. CHelsea wedding cost 1.5 million extra every day that I listen to the news. First on Monday is was 2 million, yesterday it was 3 million and today Megan Kelly said it was 5 million…

    They are going to paint them to be republicans!

  121. jbstonesfan
    July 29th, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    On another note, I was not too thrilled to learn the Clintons were staying at a Soros home for the wedding .
    &&&&&&&&&

    Yes, but if Soros has part ownership of the bank that has your mortgage, you too might be statying “at a Soros home”.

  122. tvweek.com/blogs/tvbizwire/2010/07/jersey-what-on-the-view-presid.php

    TVBizwire
    Jersey What? On ‘The View,’ President Obama Says He Has No Idea Who Snooki Is — Even Though He’d Used her as Punchline Before NY Daily News
    According to several audience members at Wednesday’s taping of ABC’s “The View,” President Barack Obama drew a blank when asked about Snooki, the poof-haired cast member of MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” reports the New York Daily News.

    “I’m sorry, I don’t know who that is,” Obama said when he was asked about her.

    Still, he’d used her as a punchline for a joke at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in May, the story says. His joke: “This next provision is called the Jersey Shore-Up. It reads: The following individuals shall be excluded from the indoor tanning tax within this bill – Snooki, J-WOWW, the Situation, and House Minority Leader John Boehner.” (Guess his joke-writers know who Snooki is, of course.)

    Obama also said on the show that he wasn’t attending Chelsea Clinton’s wedding, joking that having two presidents there would cause the Secret Service to “unwrap all the gifts.” The interview will be broadcast on Thursday.

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

    SOMEONE needs to start a running list of all the LIES, CONTRADICTIONS AND PLAGERISM that come out of this guy’s mouth…

    this lie is inconsequential, but it is indicative of O’s character…such a fake…

    …he reminds me of the person who lies so much he cannot keep track of what he said or lied about before…”now what did I say about that one?”

    …without his teleprompter he is in trouble…

  123. A little fluff, but still interesting…

    The Clinton Coiffure

    by Susan Watters
    Wednesday July 28, 2010

    WASHINGTON — As Democratic darlings and Hollywood celebrities primp, preen and puff in anticipation of Chelsea Clinton’s wedding to Marc Mezvinsky on Saturday, one guest knows exactly what’s expected of her. For Isabelle Goetz, the 39-year-old French hairstylist who just bought Georgetown salon Okyo, the two-day celebration is all about making sure MOTB Hillary Rodham Clinton looks great.

    “I have an idea in my mind,” Goetz says of Clinton’s hairdo for the day, adding there’s no way she will divulge the details just yet — not even to the Secretary of State herself. “No, no, no. It’s too soon now. We live day by day. Whatever it is, it will be at the spur of the moment.”

    Goetz, Washington’s leading celebrity stylist who also tends the tresses of the likes of Sen. John Kerry and Queen Rania of Jordan when she’s in town, moved into her new salon June 1 and commutes from suburban Virginia on a navy blue Vespa LX. First thing most mornings, it’s parked outside Clinton’s house since one of her main claims to fame has been taking Hillary’s hair out of the headlines.

    “Somehow with Isabelle, Hillary’s hair is a nonissue. She found a look that works with her where you don’t focus on the hair,” says Claire Shipman, senior national correspondent for ABC’s “Good Morning America,” who is also a client.

    But the hairstylist hasn’t always been so lucky. In 2004, Kerry’s presidential campaign committee dodged questions about the campaign paying $1,000 to fly Goetz to Pittsburgh, where Kerry was appearing on “Meet The Press.” Two years later, the New York Post reported Hillary Clinton had spent $2,500 over two months during her Senate campaign for Goetz to tend her locks. (Goetz’s rate starts at $250 for a cut.)

    All Goetz will say of her peripatetic clientele is that “I have to be able to work anywhere, standing in halls and sometimes with no time at all.” She’s wearing a white cotton dress she bought in Saint-Tropez, where her husband of three years owns real estate, while a bisque-colored, leather holster slung cowgirl-style over one hip carries all her favorite tools — scissors, combs and brushes.

    The cowgirl image suits her, for in many ways Goetz is a pioneer in the Washington salon gold rush that started in the early Nineties. She was working at a salon in her hometown of Belfort, France, where she had been cutting hair since she was 15 and a half. When she was 21, she decided to go to the Paris Hair Show, where she filled out an application from an enterprising Washington salon owner looking for new talent to satisfy his growing client list. Goetz was one of eight French nationals recruited in 1993 by Sylvain Melloul, the then-owner of Visage Express, who brought them all to the U.S. under the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act.

    That same year, Bill Clinton bounced the whole concept of celebrity haircuts into the mainstream media. On an official trip to Los Angeles, traveling on Air Force One, Clinton delayed traffic at LAX airport for a $200 tarmac haircut by Beverly Hills celebrity stylist Cristophe. Bolstered by the international publicity, Cristophe opened a branch here. Five years later, Christophe hired Goetz, who first met Hillary Clinton when the then-First Lady turned to Visage Express’ Melloul for help after a $275 haircut from Frédéric Fekkai sparked renewed rounds of bad press.

    Through all the Sturm und Drang, Goetz has never lost her faith in the value of a good haircut. “A lot of women, when they watch the news, they get inspired by the hair and the fashion,” she says.

    ABC’s Shipman agrees. “I always feel bad for the men when they get slammed for their hair,” she says. “In television, male anchors have to think if their hair makes them look too stiff, too anchor-y. For women, there’s been such a long history of being willing to look too big and too plastic, it’s a little more accepted.”

    For many of her clients, the key to Goetz’ success is her high-octane energy.

    “Isabelle has this tomboy appeal. She hops off her motorcycle when she comes to my house to cut my hair, and she has a great presence. I don’t feel like I’m going to a celebrity hairstylist. Her look is always feminine, never screaming,” says Shipman, who met Goetz through her friend Evan Ryan, a former White House aide to Hillary Clinton, and current assistant to Vice President Joe Biden.

    Ryan, who has been going to Goetz since 1998, cites her own wedding experience sporting an Isabelle cut. “At my sister’s wedding, the person blow-drying hair stopped halfway through to ask where I got my hair done,” she recalls. “That happens to me all the time.”

    Last year, as Goetz began to think about leaving Cristophe and opening her own shop, she turned to Hillary Clinton for advice. “She thinks it’s important for the country that small businesses succeed,” says Goetz. “She told me questions to ask about my lease and gave me advice on everything.”

    As for Chelsea Clinton’s wedding in Rhinebeck, N.Y., Goetz says she she’ll probably be so busy looking after the MOTB that she won’t be able to tend to any of the other guests who are clients — unless they’re in the wedding party.

    “Like all weddings, it’s a very intense day,” she says. “The day of the wedding, you have to be out of your comfort zone.”

    http://www.wwd.com/eyescoop/the-clinton-coiffure-3197196?gnewsid=d9ac814666130124e9c0f9fb4c7a5110

  124. Dick Durbin said WHAT???????????

    “Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) said: “The man came in promising change. He has a higher profile than some presidents because of his youth, his race and the way he came to the White House with the message he brought in. It’s naive to believe he can step back and have some Cabinet secretary be the face of the oil spill. The buck stops with his office.”

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