Fear And Loathing – The Meaning Of The Arizona Illegal Immigrants Law – It’s Not About 2010 Or 2012 (Plus Hillary Clinton, Rangel, And The View)

Why all the fear and loathing from Obama Dimocrats and allied organizations about the Arizona Illegal Immigrants Law? It’s not about 2010 or 2012. It’s about 2010, 2012, 2016, 2020, 2024, 2028, 2032, 2036, 2040 and beyond.

All the cockamamie “demographic destiny” projections/delusions into the future are imperiled by the Arizona law against illegal immigrants. As we pointed out repeatedly in our “Mistake In ’08” series of articles, Democrats, because of crackpot theories by prognosticators, assumed that the future lay with the new Obama Coalition and not the FDR Coalition (which included working class White people). What the Arizona law and the prospects of other states passing similar laws imperils is this warped theory.

Just imagine the torments Obama Dimocrats undergo every day knowing their God Has Bailed. Add to those torments the misery, the cold sweat fear, the dread and paralyzing fear about this: What if all the back-stabbing, all the race-baiting, all the sexism and misogyny, all the JournoList JournoGate collusions, corruptions, and betrayals, all the 10 years of planning, all the dreams and demographics went up in smoke? That’s what the crisis in Arizona is all about.

The “situation comedy” Obama coalition for organizing the Democratic Party for the future was and is an illusion. Now the likely loss of the gamble in favor of the Obama “situation comedy” coalition and abandonment of the FDR coalition (already discredited by polls about the November elections of 2010), has Obama Dimocrats in hysterics.

Senior citizens (who vote in great numbers in midterm elections as well as in all elections) have moved against Obama Dimocrats. “The White Working Class is moving against the Obama Dimocratic Party because the Obama Dimocratic Party opposes their interests.” Other large groups of Americans, particularly political independents, are also moving away from Obama Dimocrats. And for what?

Already, according to the census,

“The estimated time when whites will no longer make up the majority of Americans has been pushed back eight years — to 2050 — because the recession and stricter immigration policies have slowed the flow of foreigners into the U.S.”

The very popular Arizona illegal immigration law (the Arizona law is at 61% support; support for a Mexican border fence is now up to 68%; the percent of voters who say the political class does not care what they think is at 68% too), sure to be duplicated in many other states, threatens to de-accelerate the Obama Dimocrats dream of a “majority minority” country which supposedly would vote for Dimocrats for a thousand years. Again, this was always an illusion because while Latinos and African-Americans might have an “affinity” to vote for Dimocrats, that does not mean they will.

Young people grow older and change their views and African-Americans and Latinos are in many instances, particularly among seniors, socially conservative and just might turn Republican especially as Republicans increasingly court them and field candidates designed to woo these groups (notice the preponderance of women Republicans this year along with Indian-American candidates and Latino Rubio). Even the “creative clueless”, in-between gulps of Hopium, realize the reality of the foolishness they have inflicted on the once great Democratic Party of FDR:

“However, this also reveals a fundamental weakness of the Obama electoral coalition, especially during midterm elections. Turnout is way down during midterm elections, and there is no group where turnout declines during midterms more than it declines among young voters:”

What we are witnessing in the hysteria about the Arizona illegal immigration law is an illusion being seen as the illusion it is and the fear caused by their world falling apart.

No GOTV operation, however strong, can reverse trends on that massive scale. Whatever efforts OFA ends up making will only limit the amount of damage Democrats will suffer by basing their coalition on younger voters and irregular voters.”

Most everyone understands that short term at the very least the Arizona illegal immigrant law and the court decision will help the GOP. Even Jabba the Hut Matthews understands this obvious fact about the very popular Arizona illegal immigrant law:



Today the Arizona court ruling has been appealed to the Ninth Circuit and which ever side prevails will appeal to the Supreme Court. But the ultimate supreme court will be the American people in the elections of 2010 and beyond.

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The shrinking Obama “situation comedy” coalition and the likely doom facing Obama Dimocrats has forced Obama to try to appeal to the Hillary voters. That’s why Obama went on The View today for a dose of Hopium fueled love. We of course laughed ourselves silly when Obama confessed he was not invited to the Chelsea wedding.

Usually, as a perfunctory courtesy many people invite their “bosses” to weddings. Hillary and Bill Clinton could have easily coaxed Chelsea into extending an invitation along with a request to declare whether or not Obama would attend. The request could have been worded in such a way (“many arrangements for security and added costs, etc. etc.”) as to make it clear that it would be best he not attend. But, no invitation was extended. We laughed and laughed.

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Obama is the problem, Hillary is the solution.

“The persistence of Hillary – As secretary of state, Clinton has made an impression across the globe and spectrum.

If you want to find a harsh crowd for an American official, send him – or her – to Pakistan. That’s why reviews of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s stop in Islamabad during her latest dizzying tour of international trouble spots should make us take notice.

Drum roll for Hillary,” wrote Rizwan Ghani in the Pakistan Observer, “because she has hit a home run.”

Hillary, as she is known around the globe, does not earn accolades just for her cheerful smile. She is tough as nails. In fact, she’s much tougher than her boss, President Obama. And her mastery of complicated issues can leave observers’ jaws dangling from their hinges.

The Pakistani daily Dawn spoke of her “Iron fist in a velvet glove,” as it described her taking on Pakistani officials over tense problems, including Afghanistan, the Taliban, China-Pakistan nuclear cooperation, Indo-Pakistani water disputes, and so on.

And that was just one stop on the trip. In South Korea, she sent one of the strongest messages this administration has issued to Pyongyang, and then walked right up to the edge of the DMZ, within inches of nervous North Korean soldiers.

On Afghanistan, no U.S. official can deal more openly and effectively with President Hamid Karzai. And speaking of Afghanistan, remember that Rolling Stone article that got Gen. Stanley McChrystal fired? The piece showed his aides tearing down just about every administration official, but added, “Only Hillary Clinton receives good reviews from McChrystal’s inner circle.”

In fact, Clinton, who was supposed to ignite the flames of conservatives’ hatred, is becoming more popular every day across the political spectrum. [snip]

Since she electrified an audience in Beijing in 1995, declaring that “it is no longer acceptable to discuss women’s rights as separate from human rights,” her run for the presidency and her time as America’s top diplomat has helped girls everywhere aim higher and forced oppressors of women to deal with a woman if they want to speak with America. Her town-hall meetings around the world promote America’s values and human rights.

Clinton, whose approval ratings easily surpass those of the president and the vice president, has acted as something of a bad cop to Obama’s good cop. [snip]

In a Wall Street Journal column, former Delaware Gov. Pete du Pont, a Republican, listed Obama’s troubles and suggested Hillary could prove to be the Democrats’ savior – if not at the top of the ticket, perhaps as Obama’s running mate. (No comment from Biden on that.)[snip]

She would not run against an incumbent Democrat. But it’s too early to know how 2012 will look. If unemployment does not improve; if Obama’s ratings continue to slide; if Obama decides not to run – there are a lot of ifs. But remember, Hillary Clinton is still hitting home runs. And there’s always 2016.”

Who knows?

“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. [snip]

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.”

Internet polls are fairly useless, but what is clear is that Hillary Clinton is the best bet to a resurrect a Democratic Party and the FDR coalition. As we have repeatedly noted

“We have documented our case that (1) the White Working Class along with other core groups of the Democratic Party of FDR have been run out of the party by Barack Obama only to be replaced with a “situation comedy” coalition; (2) the Democratic Party had a chance in 2008 to heal the breach in the FDR coalition caused by Lyndon Johnson’s brave and correct signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act; (3) Hillary Clinton’s embrace by the White Working Class was the vehicle to heal that breach and Barack Obama would sunder the party to pieces; (4) the elections of 2009 and the Scott Brown election demonstrate the validity of our thesis; and that (5) the Obama Dimocratic Party is doomed to continued failure and the only solution is to reject Obama and his cult in favor of the FDR/Hillary Clinton coalition.”

Healing the breach between the White Working Class and African-Americans was the road to a long lasting Democratic majority. Add Latinos, women, and independents, which Hillary Clinton proved to be popular with in 2008 and the future was golden for Democrats. But instead the Barzinis of the party gifted Obama the nomination and not funny hilarity has ensued.

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As has the Culture of Corruption (this is not about Blagojevich today) which we have only begun to outline. Instead of draining the swamp, as promised by Nancy Pelousy it is a swamp feeding frenzy of corruption with Charlie Rangel as the latest example of corruption and tax cheating.



The swamp is not drained, but deals are cut still. The deals are cut to prevent a full airing of the scams which include tax cheating from the man who wrote tax legislation and rent controlled apartments for private use in a city in need of cheaper rent controlled apartment for the poor.

Like the toxic dispersants sprayed to hide Obama’s Katrina, Obama Dimocrats want to hide Rangel’s misdeeds with dispersant deals in order to avoid accountability in November. Sunshine is a disinfectant and that is why the deal are worked out in the shadows.

The work in the shadows will not hide the greater shadow cast over this November’s elections. The great shadow cast by the gifting of the Democratic nomination to JournoList protected and unvetted Barack Obama will cover the elections in 2010, 2012, 2016, 2020, 2024, 2028, 2032, 2036, 2040 and beyond.

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260 thoughts on “Fear And Loathing – The Meaning Of The Arizona Illegal Immigrants Law – It’s Not About 2010 Or 2012 (Plus Hillary Clinton, Rangel, And The View)

  1. Whatever one thinks about Afghanistan as a policy issue, the Left is leaving Obama too after years of silence and protection. It’s another Obama back slapping smile to manipulate the gullible and another failure to “follow up” (also, another example that Obama loves the lime light, not the work):

    http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2010/jul/27/obamas-legacy-afghanistan/

    Obama need not wonder about his legacy, even this early. It is already fixed, and in one word: Afghanistan. He took on what he made America’s longest war and what may turn out to be its most disastrous one.

    It is time for me to break a silence I have observed for over a year, against my better judgment. On June 30, 2009, I and eight other historians were invited to a dinner with President Obama and three of his staffers, to discuss what history could teach him about conducting the presidency. I was asked shortly after by several news media what went on there, and I replied that it was off the record. I have argued elsewhere that the imposition of secrecy to insure that the president gets “candid advice” is a cover for something else—making sure that what is said about the people’s business does not reach the people. But I went along this time, since the president said that he wanted this dinner to be a continuing thing, and I thought that revealing its first contents would jeopardize the continuation of a project that might be a source of information for him.

    But there has been no follow up on the first dinner, and certainly no sign that he learned anything from it. The only thing achieved has been the silencing of the main point the dinner guests tried to make—that pursuit of war in Afghanistan would be for him what Vietnam was to Lyndon Johnson. At least four or five of the nine stressed this. Nothing else rose to this level of seriousness or repeated concern.

    I will let others say what they want (some already have). But I will now reveal what I contributed that night. I told him that Richard Nixon had advised Ronald Reagan not to make too many public statements himself—let others speak on a daily basis, and save his appearances for big issues. Obama replied that he would speak less often in the future, but at the moment no one else in his administration could command the attention that he did. He added that Secretary Clinton had some ability to get the public’s ear, but she could not speak on domestic issues like the economy.

    When Obama said that he was surprised that the left was so critical of him, I said that it would continue to be critical so long as he issued signing statements before passage of a law. He asked which one I objected to, and I said that any are unconstitutional. At the end of the meal, he went around the table one time more to ask if there was a final bit of advice we would give. When my turn came, I joined those who had already warned him about an Afghanistan quagmire. I said that a government so corrupt and tribal and drug-based as Afghanistan’s could not be made stable. He replied that he was not naïve about the difficulties but he thought a realistic solution could be reached. I wanted to add “when pigs fly,” but restrained myself.

  2. No toxic corruption dispersants in the Rangel case:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100729/ap_on_go_co/us_rangel_ethics;_ylt=AmSHkpAqWcF_51Lkl3YtLGGs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNnNGJpaTA4BGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwNzI5L3VzX3JhbmdlbF9ldGhpY3MEY2NvZGUDbW9zdHBvcHVsYXIEY3BvcwMyBHBvcwM4BHB0A2hvbWVfY29rZQRzZWMDeW5fdG9wX3N0b3J5BHNsawNwYW5lbGhpdHNyYW4-

    House investigators accused veteran New York Rep. Charles Rangel of 13 violations of congressional ethics standards on Thursday, throwing a cloud over his four-decade political career and raising worries for fellow Democrats about the fall elections.

    The allegations — which include failure to report rental income from vacation property in the Dominican Republic and to report more than $600,000 in assets on his congressional financial disclosure statements — came as lawyers for Rangel and the House ethics committee worked on a plea deal.

    One was struck, people familiar with the talks said, but Republicans indicated it was too late.

    The deal between the lawyers will have little meaning if the committee members don’t approve it, and Republicans said at the proceeding they were insisting on going forward with a trial. The panel is evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans.

    “Mr. Rangel was given multiple opportunities to settle this matter. Instead, he chose to move forward to the public trial phase,” said Rep. Jo Bonner of Alabama, the senior Republican on the ethics panel

    Chairman Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., has made clear that she wants the committee to be unanimous — leaving little chance for agreement without Rangel capitulating on virtually all counts.

    Many Democrats had urged Rangel to settle the case to avoid the prospect of televised hearings right before November congressional elections that will determine which party controls Congress next year.[snip]

    The session set the stage for a committee trial, expected to be held in September. Democrats had hoped to avoid such a public confrontation as November elections approach.[snip]

    The 42-member Congressional Black Caucus has warned Democrats against a rush to judgment, and any lawmaker with a significant African-American constituency must consider whether it’s worth asking Rangel to quit.

    However, some Democratic House members in close races may think it’s more important to distance themselves from Rangel. They don’t want to have to answer negative Republican ads about Pelosi’s promise to wipe Congress clean of ethical misdeeds.

  3. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is one of my all time favorite books. I never laughed so hard in my life.

  4. The NY Times writing about Rangel said that his woes are a further encumbrance for Dems to retain the House.

    Sorry, Charlie. You’re no longer the Big Tuna.

  5. The Ninth Circuit will rubber stamp this decision. As noted yesterday the remedy must be found in the Supreme Court.

  6. admin
    July 29th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    (my inserted comments preceded by $$$)

    “Obama replied that he would speak less often in the future…”

    $$$ Is that a promise??? Isn’t that the only thing he does as “president”??

    but at the moment no one else in his administration could command the attention that he did. He added that Secretary Clinton had some ability to get the public’s ear, but she could not speak on domestic issues like the economy.

    $$$ Yeah, that little lady knows a thing or two.

  7. Admin,

    I’m a bit tired of saying brilliant post everytime you write, admin. Can we all just agree that admin, you are brilliant? That YOU should be writing for the WSJ or the Washington Post or the NYT instead of the idiots they have now?

    The ‘I told you so’s’ have been falling out of my head like water from the top of Niagra Falls to every Obot I know (and sadly, I know alot of them). But do you want to know what I REALLY want ot see? Who is going to call out Matthews, Olberman, Blitzer, Stephanopolous, Cafferty, Brazille, and every other asshat that TOLD US we were wrong about their messiah? Who will stand and ask them on national TV what happened to their savior? How were they ALL so wrong about Hillary, and should we ever believe them again?

    Asshats….

    2012 can’t GET here soon enough…..

    Hillary 2012

  8. Young people grow older and change their views and African-Americans and Latinos are in many instances, particularly among seniors, socially conservative and just might turn Republican especially as Republicans increasingly court them and field candidates designed to woo these groups (notice the preponderance of women Republicans this year along with Indian-American candidates and Latino Rubio
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    Can’t agree with this however. AA’s will vote over 90% for the Fraud if he runs in 2012. I don’t care if he is caught with his pants down smoking crack with Mayor Berry (who also got re-elected by an extremely wide AA margin after all his little trial’s and tribulations! ). Latinos, maybe 60%.

  9. GonzoTx, picture what happens if Republicans start to run more Rubios or more conservative Latinos:

    http://newledger.com/2010/07/gop-looks-for-support-from-latinos/

    As Latinos head to the polls this november and in 2012, Arizona’s illegal immigration law, the lack of any comprehensive immigration reform and a disappointing showing by the party they traditionally back may put their votes up for grabs as they choose which side of the aisle to support.

    As a group that political analysts now label swing voters, they could support a party that doesn’t care about them, uses them to score cheap political points and refuses to tackle immigration reform because it is opposed by parts of its base. Or they could vote Republican.

    As the population of Latinos in the US grows, they stand to become the ultimate swing vote. From Florida to Texas to California, the Latinos are becoming a significant percentage of the population and if they turn out to vote (which they don’t always do), they will wield an incredible amount of power in the voting booth. Granted, they do not all vote en masse for the same candidates, and the same party, but if either party can win support from the majority of the Latino community, they will set them selves up well for the future.

    Historically Latinos have supported Democrats, but as Ruben Navarrette mentioned, Democrats only seem to use them to “score cheap political points.” In order for the GOP to snatch away those votes, they need to sell a message that Latinos can support – “lower taxes, less government and greater personal responsibility” as well as faith and strong family values. In 2004, President Bush garnered a whopping 44% of the Latino vote, up 9% from 2000.

    In Texas, which faces a competitive election this November between Democrat Bill White and Republican Governor Rick Perry , the Governor is shooting for 50% of the Hispanic vote. In elections past, he’s won about one-third of the Lone Star State’s Latino population. Perry believes, “his message of creating jobs and conservative leadership will resound with the state’s largest minority constituency,” and sees this as an opportunity “to get a lot of new life into the Republican Party.” Just 10 years from now, Latinos will make up 50% of Texas’ population, a demographic that either party will need to secure in order to win at the ballot box.

    Republicans face a significant problem with the Latino community going forward, mainly due to actions like the recent Arizona illegal immigration crackdown. Many Latinos see this as racial profiling, singling them out, no matter what their immigration status. Instead of focusing the attention on those people here illegally, regardless of where they may be from, “they’ve cast the net so wide that they’ve entangled anyone with dark skin or a Spanish accent.” This makes many Latinos feel as if they are “perpetually on probation and that their loyalty is in question.” It also pushes away the middle-class Latinos that are the most likely to latch on to the low taxes, small government, family values message of the GOP.

    Democrats have their own problems with the Latino community, and Barack Obama is no exception. Navarrette asks a profound question, “what’s the point of continuing to vote for Democrats like Barack Obama who think that words speak louder than actions and good intentions count for everything?” So far this administration has done very little for Latinos, and when they’ve aired their frustrations to those in power, “they always get from liberals: a condescending lecture on how they don’t understand the real world of politics.”

    It seems that instead of working with Latinos to address their concerns, Democrats use them as a political wedge, especially on the immigration front. As the Washington Post put it, “the White House sees an opportunity to use the immigration debate to portray the GOP as hostile to Latinos in the hopes of scaring up votes in 2012.” If Democrats can turn around their failing perception in the Latino community, they might loose the traditional support they’ve enjoyed, and that could push them out of power for years to come.

  10. admin
    July 29th, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    SnookiGate:
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    He just READS what is on his teleprompter or the little note cards. Perfect example of what he reads he does not know or understand.

  11. admin
    July 29th, 2010 at 6:47 pm
    *************

    I still think 60% Latino for the Dem’s. I heard Gallup (the fraud poll) had Reid up in Nevada. The Repubs let this one go. Any other candidate could have beaten Reid, but this lady appears to be a Libertarian flake.

  12. I’m wondering why now? Why didn’t they go after Rangel before. None of these charges are new. His ethics have been in question for years.

  13. More Kudos for Hillary from her recent trip abroad — this time in relation to China:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703700904575391862120429050.html

    The U.S. Stands Up to China’s Bullying

    Hillary Clinton provoked an uproar last week when she said that a peaceful resolution to the South China Sea territorial dispute is in America’s “national interest.” China’s foreign ministry denounced those remarks as unwarranted American meddling and an attempt to “internationalize” a strictly regional problem. Notwithstanding Beijing’s protests, Mrs. Clinton’s diplomacy marks another step in a positive evolution of the Obama administration’s approach to Asia. [snip]

    That view animated President Obama’s disastrous “strategic reassurance” policy of his first year, in which Washington reassured Beijing that America would not contest its rise to great-power status. China smelled weakness and upped the ante, declaring the South China Sea a “core interest” and defining it as China’s territorial waters.

    Now Mrs. Clinton’s comments—and Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s move to restore military ties with Indonesia during his own Asia trip last week—make clear that the Obama team understands that China’s rise will not be the historical exception. Their new brand of principled realism is characterized by moves to balance China’s growing power and step up engagement with allies and partners—all without abandoning America’s values. [snip]

    That is why Mrs. Clinton’s approach is welcome, and long overdue. It is incumbent upon the U.S. to defend the established rules of conduct by which it expects China to abide. [snip]

    Meanwhile, Mrs. Clinton’s linkage of Southeast Asian security with liberal values was exactly right. [snip]

    Mrs. Clinton showed a deft and innovative diplomatic touch during her trip to Vietnam. Washington should continue the momentum by taking steps that demonstrate its abiding commitment to regional security. China’s belligerent response to the policy of “strategic reassurance” should teach the administration that Beijing respects power above all. Rather than reassuring a bellicose China, we should reassure our Asian friends by building the institutions necessary to carry out the secretary’s new policy.

  14. sure makes a person think about all the money that is wasted.
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    $50 million is chump change…tens of billions of $$ are “missing” in Iraq and billions of US “aid” dollars are being flown out of the Kabul airport by Afghan “Officials” to private overseas banking accounts. No problem for Pelosi and the Dems to approve another $33 billion for the Afghanistan rat-hole but $24 billion to help states pay for medicaid for all of the newly unemployed???? No f’ing way.

  15. gonzotx
    July 29th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    I heard Gallup (the fraud poll) had Reid up in Nevada. The Repubs let this one go. Any other candidate could have beaten Reid, but this lady appears to be a Libertarian flake.

    *****

    gonzotx, I share your sentiments about Nevada. I am skeptical of Sharron Angle, I don’t think she was the right candidate for the Republicans to run against Harry Reid. It’s a shame if Reid retains the seat, given that his seat should have been an easy win for the Repubs.

  16. Squat even lies about Snookie!

    One of the radio talk guys aired a clip of Squat speaking about the tanning tax and saying something to the extent that Snookie, kerry, and Boehner would be paying more for their tans or something like that.
    Point is, he KNEW who Snookie was a couple of weeks ago.

    BTW.

    I. LOVE. THIS POST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And I adore this excerpt!

    Just imagine the torments Obama Dimocrats undergo every day knowing their God Has Bailed. Add to those torments the misery, the cold sweat fear, the dread and paralyzing fear about this: What if all the back-stabbing, all the race-baiting, all the sexism and misogyny, all the JournoList JournoGate collusions, corruptions, and betrayals, all the 10 years of planning, all the dreams and demographics went up in smoke? That’s what the crisis in Arizona is all about.

    I am imagining away and getting a tingle up my leg thinking about it!

    😉

  17. an email i received today that got my attention
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    Hillary Clinton Was Right.

    Dear XXXXX,

    This is a hard thing for us to do. We hate to say it, but… Hillary Clinton was right. She was right about Barack Obama. She was right when she said that he wasn’t ready to act in a time of crisis; that he didn’t have what it took to do the job; that he wasn’t ready to be President. It hurts to say it, but Hillary Clinton was right, and if we’re going to acknowledge that, then we also have to understand that to stop this part-time president from doing further harm to our country, we can’t wait until November. We have to start now.

    Are you ready? Then go to NovemberStartsNow.com and pledge your name to victory in November. If you make that commitment, then we’ll make sure that you have the opportunity to do your part. And after you’ve signed up, forward this email to your friends, and tell them how important it is to make a stand against the Obama Administration. Don’t hesitate: take action today at NovemberStartsNow.com.

    Sincerely,

    Michael Steele
    Chairman, Republican National Committee

  18. “JanH
    “July 29th, 2010 at 7:19 pm
    “I’m wondering why now? Why didn’t they go after Rangel before. None of these charges are new. His ethics have been in question for years.”

    This was set in motion a while ago. I remember (sorry, no link) reading about Rangel’s rent-stabilized apartments shortly after the inauguration and thinking it was the O-team getting even with a Hillary supporter. They don’t trust anybody who wasn’t with them from the beginning.

  19. confloyd,

    I know that you and everyone else here will get on my case, but I kind of feel sorry for Rangel. It’s like he is being sacrificed now/being thrown under the bus. I’m just saying that this reeks of manipulation. I may not have liked some of the things he has done in the past, but I just find this very suspicious.

  20. “That is why Mrs. Clinton’s approach is welcome, and long overdue.”

    “Meanwhile, Mrs. Clinton’s linkage of Southeast Asian security with liberal values was exactly right.”

    “Mrs. Clinton showed a deft and innovative diplomatic touch during her trip to Vietnam.”

    ——————
    Fifth Dimension,

    That was a great article about Hillary. I bet obama just cringes everytime she is praised. He’s damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t…lol…

  21. JanH, NO I won’t get on you…he’s old and there’s no one on the committee that is looking into his illegal behavior that is any better….reminds me of Bill’s problem with Lewisky, the ones that were screaming the loudest had real girlfriends while their wives lay dying in a cancer bed…its all theatrics…yes I feel sorry for the old man too….they are railroading him and he knows it.

  22. I always liked Rangel and unlike his wife, he did support Hillary . Unfortunately, he too appears to be going down with the rest on Obama’s sinking ship.

  23. Admin,

    Please check your email. I have a question from the We Will Not Be Silenced people.

  24. I also really enjoyed the “Persistence of Hillary” excerpt that Admin had in the article. I mean…another article intimating Hillary 2012? I love it!

    On a related note, while I still don’t think Hillary will primary Obama for the party’s nomination in 2012, in the event that Hillary does decide to challenge him during the 2012 primaries, I have begun preparing my arguments in her defense. It is based on the following.

    1) On the tradition of incumbency leading to automatic re-nomination: The BOTs will undoubtedly make the argument that primarying a sitting President is “just not how things are done.” I would remind the BOTs however, that it was the BOTs themselves that preached a new politics in 2008. Even now Michelle Obama, when she writes to the OOFs at OFA, makes the case that “we need to work toward the CHANGE we want.” So, an argument by the BOTs that hinges on “maintaining the status quo”, when they fashioned themselves as proclaimers of change, is a bit ridiculous in my opinion. As far as I’m concerned….consider the introduction of primarying sitting Presidents, if they are not doing their job right, just another type of CHANGE they themselves advocated for.

    2) Also, this Democrat is far more concerned with the well-being of the PARTY, than I am with lining up monolithically behind any one single person. I mean, remember what political parties are all about again guys….they are supposed to be about the elected officials serving our interests, not the other way around. To me then, no one person, no matter who they are, can claim the mantle of party, if they are not serving the best interests of the larger group. There is too much multiplicity and diversity in ANY organization, let alone a national political party, for anyone to legitimately argue imo that the constituents should subsume those interests blindly just because it might conflict with some arcane sense of status quo. If the person at the helm is steering the ship toward wreckage, then it is up to the crew and passengers to make sure they fix the situation, and not just let the captain do whatever he or she wants, just because that’s “tradition.”

    3) Finally, we have seen what happens when a political party abandons its larger interests for the sake of totemic, “protect the leader at all costs” thinking. As an example — GWB. You’ll hear many Republicans now say “We didn’t like him that much either, he didn’t engender true Republican values”….which is all well and fine, but I have often wondered in response to such statements….”Why didn’t you primary him in 2004 then, if that’s how you felt? You guys should have fixed the situation, instead of just perpetuating and complicating it.” Similarly, Democrats could also learn a very important lesson here from the mistake Republicans made. Look what the Republicans’ inability to stand up for what they thought was right has cost them. Would Democrats be so quick to make the same mistake? I would hope not. No, it is time for people to take control of their leaders…and if their leaders are not working for what they want, then tradition or not, hold their leaders accountable for their incompetence.

    Bottom line: in this new era of politics, no candidate should expect automatic renomination anymore. Being nominated 4 years ago, contrary to common misperception, does not ENTITLE you to the same 4 years later. You have to show you are up to snuff, and if you are not…. then well, don’t expect retention, just on the basis of “because that’s how things are supposed to be done.”

  25. Yay! I finally have a new laptop and don’t need to type on an I-phone. My pinky on my right hand may now recover, I hope!

    I totally agree with this blogpost, most notably what the Democrats were trying to accomplish by quickly legalizing the illegals. It is sooo transparent that they were counting on millions of appreciative new voters to bolster their new, dynamic (ha!) coalition of new DemoRats in upcoming, contentious elections in the near term.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvSbQB6-UdY&feature=related

    Message to Democrats @ 2:20 : Go away, leave me alone, I can’t stand you no more!

  26. We all know that Rangel was instrumental in getting Hillary to run in 08′, but what I don’t remember is when did he backstab her? Did he just finally commit to Obama, if that’s the case they all did, but did he go for barack before she quit her campaign…I don’t remember!

  27. gmanedit

    July 29th, 2010 at 8:11 pm
    ———————-

    Thanks for the info. I wonder what Hillary thinks about all this.

  28. I heard today that Sestak would rather have MO campaigning for him than the “One”. I am not sure how to take that. I heard it on Fox today!

  29. I’m not sure if Rangel ever stabbed Hillary in the back, but I wouldn’t be surprised since so many played her.

  30. Celebrity diluted. Celebrity kills. The buck stops elsewhere. Read it and laugh:

    http://www.latimes.com/la-na-velcro-presidency-20100730,0,375806.story

    If Ronald Reagan was the classic Teflon president, Barack Obama is made of Velcro.

    Through two terms, Reagan eluded much of the responsibility for recession and foreign policy scandal. In less than two years, Obama has become ensnared in blame.

    Hoping to better insulate Obama, White House aides have sought to give other Cabinet officials a higher profile and additional public exposure. They are also crafting new ways to explain the president’s policies to a skeptical public.

    But Obama remains the colossus of his administration — to a point where trouble anywhere in the world is often his to solve.[snip]

    Instead, voters are measuring his presidency by a more immediate yardstick: Is he creating enough jobs? So far the verdict is no, and that has taken a toll on Obama’s approval ratings. Only 46% approve of Obama’s job performance, compared with 47% who disapprove, according to Gallup’s daily tracking poll.

    “I think the accomplishments are very significant, but I think most people would look at this and say, ‘What was the plan for jobs?’ ” said Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (D-N.D.). “The agenda he’s pushed here has been a very important agenda, but it hasn’t translated into dinner table conversations.”

    Reagan was able to glide past controversies with his popularity largely intact. He maintained his affable persona as a small-government advocate while seeming above the fray in his own administration.

    Reagan was untarnished by such calamities as the 1983 terrorist bombing of the Marines stationed in Beirut and scandals involving members of his administration. In the 1986 Iran-Contra affair, most of the blame fell on lieutenants.

    Obama lately has tried to rip off the Velcro veneer. In a revealing moment during the oil spill crisis, he reminded Americans that his powers aren’t “limitless.” He told residents in Grand Isle, La., that he is a flesh-and-blood president, not a comic-book superhero able to dive to the bottom of the sea and plug the hole.

    I can’t suck it up with a straw,” he said.

    But as a candidate in 2008, he set sky-high expectations about what he could achieve and what government could accomplish.

    Clinching the Democratic nomination two years ago, Obama described the moment as an epic breakthrough when “we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless” and “when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”

    Those towering goals remain a long way off. [snip]

    Unemployment has been rising — from 7.7% when Obama took office, to 9.5%. Last month, more than 2 million homes in the U.S. were in various stages of foreclosure — up from 1.7 million when Obama was sworn in.

    “Folks just aren’t in a mood to hand out gold stars when unemployment is hovering around 10%,” said Paul Begala, a Democratic pundit.

    Insulating the president from bad news has proved impossible. Other White Houses have tried doing so with more success. Reagan’s Cabinet officials often took the blame, shielding the boss.

    But the Obama administration is about one man. Obama is the White House’s chief spokesman, policy pitchman, fundraiser and negotiator. No Cabinet secretary has emerged as an adequate surrogate. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner is seen as a tepid public speaker; Energy Secretary Steven Chu is prone to long, wonky digressions and has rarely gone before the cameras during an oil spill crisis that he is working to end.

    So, more falls to Obama, reinforcing the Velcro effect: Everything sticks to him. He has opined on virtually everything in the hundreds of public statements he has made: nuclear arms treaties, basketball star LeBron James’ career plans; Chelsea Clinton’s wedding.

    Few audiences are off-limits. On Wednesday, he taped a spot on ABC’s “The View,” drawing a rebuke from Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell, who deemed the appearance unworthy of the presidency during tough times.

    “Stylistically he creates some of those problems,” Eddie Mahe, a Republican political strategist, said in an interview. “His favorite pronoun is ‘I.’ When you position yourself as being all things to all people, the ultimate controller and decision maker with the capacity to fix anything, you set yourself up to be blamed when it doesn’t get fixed or things happen.”

    A new White House strategy is to forgo talk of big policy changes that are easy to ridicule. Instead, aides want to market policies as more digestible pieces. So, rather than tout the healthcare package as a whole, advisors will talk about smaller parts that may be more appealing and understandable — such as barring insurers from denying coverage based on preexisting conditions.

    But at this stage, it may be late in the game to downsize either the president or his agenda.

    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.”

  31. I have zero sympathy for Charlie. He played the game big and he finally got caught, big.

    Only a New Yorker would understand the sheer greed that came from him having four rent-controlled apartments. Everyone in NYC knew it was illegal. He knew it was illegal. But he never did a damn thing to correct it over decades of taking millions of what he wasn;t entitled to.

    He deserves every lousy thing coming his way. He is a liar, an extortionist, a thief and at the end he threw HRC to the wolves for the sake of his blood.

    And this man wrote tax code! Anyone who committed the crimeds he has on his hands would have been locked up and the key thrown away.

    Nope. Charlie is just another skating-by-on-affirmative-action-pretty-boy who thought the stupid whites would never catch on to his schemes.

  32. Iirc Charlie Rangle was on tv shouting for Hillary to Get Out and get out NOW! He also admitted that he used pork money to BUY votes.
    He is a political snake in the grass; no pity for him!!!!!!

  33. Big Pink lawyers, would it be legal/feasible for individuals to sue the federal government for failing to keep citizens safe re: the border, the bombing attempts, the Fort Campbell terrorist shootings, etc? I am just thinking aloud, but as we all know, I am no lawyer.

  34. 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.”
    ********
    That is a pretty nasty comment from one of Obama’s top shills. I suspect that after the Nov. 2010 blood-bath, the movers and shakers will begin serious talk about how to dump this turkey. The bigger problem is that Obama is just a shill for the big corps. and they will just fund the next Rethug shill, ad nauseum.

  35. …it has been a long day…got one last comment to make…

    O did not get invited to Chelsea’s wedding because they did not want him there…simple as that…he is probably the last person Chelsea wanted and HER wedding…

    …he even had to make that about him when asked the question…his narcissim knows no bounds…

  36. I found this comment on Chelsea’s wedding to be pretty interesting…

    http://www.showbiz411.com/2010/07/30/some-real-details-about-chelsea-clintons-wedding

    Some Real Details About Chelsea Clinton’s Wedding

    I thought I’d stay out of the whole Chelsea Clinton wedding saga until I actually spoke to someone who knew what was going on. Almost everything that’s been reported, aside from the place and the designer of the wedding dress, has been wrong apparently.

    For one thing, the wedding costs around a million dollars. Much of it has to do with security and the Clintons putting all the guests up around town in various hotels near Rhinebeck, New York.

    “Five million dollars,” scoffed a mutual friend of Hillary Clinton and Marjorie Margolies Mezvinsky. “You don’t know Hillary. That would never happen.”

    Yep!!!! That’s our Hillary! Sensible, down-to-earth, even when she can afford to be otherwise! I mean, I’m sure she’s spoiling Chelsea for her big day, but at the same time, keeping everyone grounded and things in perspective..

    Some others might want to take a cue from Hillary as she leads by example…

  37. “confloyd
    “July 29th, 2010 at 9:30 pm
    “We all know that Rangel was instrumental in getting Hillary to run in 08′, but what I don’t remember is when did he backstab her? Did he just finally commit to Obama, if that’s the case they all did, but did he go for barack before she quit her campaign…I don’t remember!”

    I think at the end he was among those twisting her arm, but he appeared with her at the Mother’s Day fundraiser in New York City. For the O team, that meant he had a bull’s-eye on his back.

    Also: Technically, he has four apartments that are rent-stabilized, not rent-controlled (different classifications, different rules).

    I’m so pleased to be able to contribute something here!

    Also, I just watched the film “The Fall of the Republic” at John W. Smart’s place (johnwsmart.com/). It’s by Alex Jones—I know, I know (and he’s just wrong when he states that Gore claimed he invented the Internet)—but there’s a lot of interesting stuff about globalism and what Obama’s role is. Some respectable people are interviewed in it: G. Edward Griffin, William K. Black, Max Keiser, Webster Tarpley.

  38. I’m beginning to harden my feeling that Obama came about purely as a “anybody but the Clintons” stitch up job by certain quarters. I think there’s a handful who concocted this whole Obama persona lie just to get back at Bill and did not want a woman in the office, i’m beginning to think its that simple. They sold everyone a pup just for petty revenge on the Clintons.

    Except now, even they never realised how bad the guy actually would be and need the Clintons to save the party yet again. I suspect Gore, Edwards, Kennedy and Kerry and their ilk were behind all of this from the beginning. I would not be surprised that the clintonites realised too late who were behind all of this, thus the takedown of certain big names after the election since certainly fits payback and making sure they aint around to interfere next time.

    Obama is about to find out he has no friends come Nov.

    The Clintons know how to play the long game and they most certainly never forget or forgive treachery.

  39. MOP, They shouldn’t forget either…Hillary said she won’t forget her 18 million voters and why they voted for her and I still believe that today.

    I have often thought that myself, petty jeolousy….if we could prove this….the entire country has had to pay for their jeolousy….its sick, sick sick!

  40. Fifthe Dimension….FoxNews had that figure up to 5 million this afternoon….these guys are starving for the story….they are making it up again!

  41. Haven’t heard anything on this am’s TV about POTUS and his The View appearance.

  42. holdthemaccountable
    July 30th, 2010 at 6:07 am
    Haven’t heard anything on this am’s TV about POTUS and his The View appearance.

    It was another bust. They are trying to forget about it already. He seems to have reached the phase where he cannot do anything right. He has turned into the droning bore who uses “I” three times in every sentence. In another year O is going to be the most disliked man in the world, not hated because he is too lightweight for hate, but just intensely disliked for his shallowness, self absorption, and condescension.

  43. 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.”

  44. Here’s a right-wing journal take that won’t do Hillary any harm (I think the author is overly concerned about China’s ambitions):

    Hillary Clinton Changes America’s China Policy

    By Gordon G. Chang, author of The Coming Collapse of China, writer of a weekly column for Forbes.

    The Secretary of State pulls a 180 on Beijing.

    On Friday Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that the peaceful resolution of competing sovereignty claims to the South China Sea is a U.S. “national interest.” “The U.S. supports a collaborative diplomatic process by all claimants for resolving the various territorial disputes without coercion,” she said in Hanoi during a regional security conference, the Asean Regional Forum. “We oppose the use or threat of force by any claimant.”
    Beijing quickly reacted. Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi characterized Clinton’s comments as “an attack on China,” and in a sense he was right. China has claimed virtually all that body of water as its own. By doing so, Beijing has said it has sovereignty over the continental shelves of the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan and Vietnam. Most of China’s claims there are baseless, and some are ludicrous. That is perhaps why the Chinese have resorted to force to grab islands and islets from other claimants. China seized the western Paracels from Vietnam in 1974 and Mischief Reef from the Philippines in 1995.

    Beijing opted for the softer approach by signing a multi-nation code of conduct in 2002. It was seen as largely succeeding in its recent efforts to gain control by preventing other claimants from banding together. China had shrewdly maintained a policy of participating in only bilateral negotiations so that it could use its heft to maximum advantage.

    Yet it was nonetheless meeting resistance from nations in the region–especially Vietnam–and so it changed tack recently. When Jeffrey Bader, the top Asia official at the National Security Council, and James Steinberg, deputy secretary of state, traveled to Beijing in March, Chinese officials for the first time said the South China Sea was one of their country’s “core interests” and that they would brook no American interference there.

    Beijing has tried to paint Clinton’s words as the U.S. inserting itself into the region, but that could not be further from the truth. Up until now, Washington has been largely oblivious to Chinese attempts to make the South China Sea a “Chinese lake.” It ignored Beijing’s seizure of territory and even did little to protect ExxonMobil ( XOM – news – people ) when China, in 2008, tried to intimidate the company from entering into an exploration deal with PetroVietnam, the state energy company, in the South China Sea. In adjacent areas it has done virtually nothing to prevent China’s navy from harassing Japanese warships, as it did most recently in April, and to stop Chinese submarines from regularly violating Japanese waters, which they have been doing for most of this decade.

    In short, America looked like it was acceding to Chinese demands for control over the South China Sea. Beijing had overplayed its hand in recent months, however, and nations in the region were looking to oppose the Chinese. Nonetheless, all of them were seeking safety in numbers, with none wanting to aggravate Beijing by leading from the front.

    Up until now, the U.S. was reluctant to confront China as it waited for Beijing to assume a constructive role as a great power. The Chinese, however, interpreted Washington’s hope and patience as evidence of American weakness and decline. But in a few short sentences on Friday, Clinton changed that perception, both inside and outside China.

    Her South China Sea declaration has been called a “landmark” and a “pivot.” It is, and it may end up as the moment she redirected not only America’s China policy but the China policies of nations in the region.

    Beijing’s unimpeded advance to global domination has just hit resistance. And it’s about time.

  45. And here’s another Hillary for President opinion piece. I don’t think the author displays much political acumen, but it is interesting that this comes from an AA source:

    Beyond the Rhetoric – When Will Hillary Make Her Move?

    by Harry C. Alford, co-founder, President/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce®, NNPA Columnist

    (NNPA) – Common logic is that Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State and former First Lady, will once again run for the presidency in 2016. After all, that would follow current President Barack Obama assuming he will win another term in 2012. In 2012 Secretary Clinton will be 65 years old. That is significantly younger than the 69 she will be in 2016. Furthermore if President Obama fails in his re-election she would be facing a tough incumbent in 2016 and the chances of losing become far greater than succeeding someone of your own party.

    Make no mistake Secretary Clinton is a terribly competitive politician with ambition that exceeds the skies. Once decided she will relentlessly pursue the Presidency and her ever politically astute husband, former President Bill Clinton, will be right at her side along with an army of veterans from his former administration. Many of these veterans now work for the Obama administration but I am sure that many are growing wary of the very negative and nonproductive atmosphere right now. Given the signal, many will be more than happy to jump ship. In fact, some may be laying acts of sabotage to push along this possibility.

    President Obama is losing his base. The very strong independent segment of support is evaporating with each gaffe. The economy is not improving and may even dip once again. This alone will lose much of the independent block he enjoyed in election 2008. Hispanic voters are now less than excited about this presidency, as nothing constructive in terms of their direct issues is happening. This group has always been bi-partisan and has no problem going to the right if it appears that it is in their best interests. Then there is the Black segment of voters who still unwaveringly support President Obama solely based on the 50 percent of Black blood in his body.

    Ninety-six percent of Black voters still support President Obama even though they are getting very little for that support. One percent of the Stimulus Bill; remaining high incarcerations of young Blacks versus other groups; Black farmers are once again bamboozled; largesse programs that will bust our debt and continue to increase the deficit to the detriment of lower income citizens and on and on. Times have not improved for Blacks and sooner or later that support bubble is going to burst and the President’s unwavering Black loyalty will start to wither away.

    If independents, Hispanics and Blacks start to leave the Obama camp the Democratic Party will become toast. This fall the House and Senate are up for grabs and who would have thought it. You more than likely will see some new Black congressional members who will be Republicans and this will send a strong message. At the last Republican National Convention there were about 32 Black delegates. This season there were 37 Black candidates running for Congress. RNC Chairman Michael Steele has made that significant turnaround and offers an alternative to frustrated Blacks, i.e. capitalism.

    The Clinton Administration was strong on outreach to Black Americans. There were key people who were always engaged in our communities. The Obama Administration is anything but Black. Yes the first Black President is basically doing a white thing at the White House – so odd. Recently, the debacle on Civil Rights Activist Shirley Sherrod who was disgraced for no reason and pummeled by the Obama Administration with false charges was an indication of the naiveté this administration has when it comes to blackness. It was awful the way they bludgeoned this fine Black woman from Georgia based on the lies of a right-wing zealot. Don’t they consider the source on these matters? The Obama Administration seems to run from race as opposed to taking a leadership role.

    Bill and Hillary are certainly analyzing all of this. Their blind ambition sooner or later is going to kick in and they are going to seize the moment to the detriment of Obama’s tenure. There is no feud like a family feud and it is starting to form. Hillary was on her way in 2008 until this young cocky mulatto from Illinois upset the stage. She still burns from that setback and will be ever relentless the next time she jumps in, and she is going to jump in.

    When will that be? Here is my guess: Hillary will announce her resignation from Secretary of State in spring of 2011. She will announce her candidacy by June 2011 and will begin assembling an awesome army of supporters and donors to the detriment of the Obama camp. She will attempt to hurt Obama’s chances and hurt them real bad. Then she will pick up the democratic pieces and charge on. An opportunist will certainly seize a great opportunity.

    **********

    It is especially this last paragraph that I don’t agree with: why spring 2011? Why announce a presidential campaign in June 2011, when presidential campaigns will begin in earnest only in the fall, or even early in the election year (2012 in this case)? No, I think that Hillary’s “window of opportunity” will come later than that if it comes at all.

    Again, I say the main interest of the above article is that it comes from an AA source and expresses an impending disgruntlement of the AA community, in Hillary’s favor.

  46. moononpluto
    July 30th, 2010 at 4:42 am

    I’m beginning to harden my feeling that Obama came about purely as a “anybody but the Clintons” stitch up job by certain quarters. I think there’s a handful who concocted this whole Obama persona lie just to get back at Bill and did not want a woman in the office, i’m beginning to think its that simple. They sold everyone a pup just for petty revenge on the Clintons.

    Except now, even they never realised how bad the guy actually would be and need the Clintons to save the party yet again. I suspect Gore, Edwards, Kennedy and Kerry and their ilk were behind all of this from the beginning. I would not be surprised that the clintonites realised too late who were behind all of this, thus the takedown of certain big names after the election since certainly fits payback and making sure they aint around to interfere next time.

    Obama is about to find out he has no friends come Nov.

    The Clintons know how to play the long game and they most certainly never forget or forgive treachery.
    ___________________________

    I agree. And an absolutely dead on observation… except for this line: “and did not want a woman in the office”. No, not just any woman, just Hillary! And the only addition to your statement, the money man behind the malevolent Dems, George Soros. However, of late Soros has decided it’s in his best interest to change horses and support Hillary. The Rothschild’s won’t put up much longer with the failure of the billions promised by Soros coming to their treasure chests falling way short of the mark. So we are about to see a thankful change. A welcomed change for us… for a change.

  47. ShortTermer, your comment above about exploring legal remedies for the federal government’s failure to keep citizens safe is interesting. Course I am not a lawyer either so I have no understanding of the difficulties. What I do know is that we have no representation in our representative government. Voting one, or all, out of office is not the solution because the alternative candidate is just as controlled. A third, fourth or even fifth party would be in the best interest of democracy and the people but not in the best interest of the two parties that we have now, or the corporations which support them. So within the two parties, candidates are picked for us and any attempt to thwart the will of either party is met with escalating levels of opposition. But just think how many politicians and reporters had to break cover to keep Hillary from getting the nomination. And we should never forget their names.

    So I believe with you that we have to think “outside the box” to find solutions. Even if a class action stretches the limits of legality, if it can be even remotely legitimized we should attempt it. Just to start some real push back.

    Just think – Arizona can not protect its citizens from drug dealers, human traffickers, or even unfair competition in the job markets. Unfair competition in the job market, we have come to a new low haven’t we? Not too long ago an American worker would have rolled their eyes at the thought of needing to compete with an untrained illegal for a job but now everything is different. The forces that removed the labor and environmental provisions from NAFTA managed to reduce the American workers standard of living rather then lift the workers of other countries.

    When Ross Perot ran for president he said something like: bring home our standing army from Europe put them shoulder to shoulder along our southern border to stop illegal crossing. And he said if you pass NAFTA all you will hear is a giant sucking sound as good jobs leave our country. Ross Perot was made to seem a fool – still pavolov’s dogs will snicker when you mention his name. But he was right.
    Sometimes I just go on and on sorry.

  48. Iran starts feeling heat

    By Charles Krauthammer
    Friday, July 30, 2010; A21

    “They [the United States and Israel] have decided to attack at least two countries in the region in the next three months.”

    — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, July 26

    President Ahmadinejad has a penchant for the somewhat loony, as when last weekend he denounced Paul the Octopus, omniscient predictor of eight consecutive World Cup matches, as a symbol of decadence and purveyor of “Western propaganda and superstition.”

    But for all his clownishness, Ahmadinejad is nonetheless calculating and dangerous. What “two countries” was he talking about? They seem logically to be Lebanon and Syria. Hezbollah in Lebanon has armed itself with 50,000 rockets and made clear that it is in a position to start a war at any time. Fighting on this scale would immediately bring in Syria, which would in turn invite Iranian intervention in defense of its major Arab clients — and of the first Persian beachhead on the Mediterranean in 1,400 years.

    The idea that Israel, let alone the United States, has the slightest interest in starting a war on Israel’s north is crazy. But claims about imminent attacks are serious business in that region. In May 1967, the Soviet Union falsely told its client, Egypt, that Israel was preparing to attack Syria. These rumors set off a train of events — the mobilization of Arab armies, the southern blockade of Israel, the hasty signing of an inter-Arab military pact — that led to the Six-Day War.

    Ahmadinejad’s claim is not supported by a shred of evidence. So what is he up to?

    It is a sign that he is under serious pressure. Passage of weak U.N. sanctions was followed by unilateral sanctions by the United States, Canada, Australia and the European Union. Already, reports Reuters, Iran is experiencing a sharp drop in gasoline imports as Lloyd’s of London and other players refuse to insure the ships delivering them.

    Second, the Arab states are no longer just whispering their desire for the United States to militarily take out Iranian nuclear facilities. The United Arab Emirates’ ambassador to Washington said so openly at a conference three weeks ago.

    Shortly before the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Pat Buchanan famously said that the “only two groups” that wanted the United States to forcibly liberate Kuwait were “the Israeli Defense Ministry and its amen corner in the United States.” That was a stupid charge, contradicted by the fact that George H.W. Bush went to war leading more than 30 nations, including the largest U.S.-led coalition of Arab states ever assembled.

    Twenty years later, the libel returns in the form of the scurrilous suggestion that the only ones who want the United States to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities are Israel and its American supporters. The UAE ambassador is, as far as ascertainable, neither Israeli nor American nor Jewish. His publicly expressed desire for an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities speaks for the intense Arab fear, approaching panic, of Iran’s nuclear program and the urgent hope that the United States will take it out.

    Third, and perhaps even more troubling from Tehran’s point of view, are developments in the United States. Former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden suggested on Sunday that over time, in his view, a military strike is looking increasingly favorable compared to the alternatives. Hayden is no Obama insider, but Time reports (“An Attack on Iran: Back on the Table,” July 15) that high administration officials are once again considering the military option. This may reflect a new sense of urgency or merely be a bluff to make Tehran more pliable. But in either case, it suggests that after 18 months of failed engagement, the administration is hardening its line.

    The hardening is already having its effect. The Iranian regime is beginning to realize that even President Obama’s patience is limited — and that Iran may actually face a reckoning for its nuclear defiance.

    All this pressure would be enough to rattle a regime already unsteady and shorn of domestic legitimacy. Hence Ahmadinejad’s otherwise inscrutable warning about an Israeli attack on two countries. (Said Defense Minister Ehud Barak to Fox News: “Who is the second one?”) It is a pointed reminder to the world of Iran’s capacity to trigger, through Hezbollah and Syria, a regional conflagration.

    This is the kind of brinkmanship you get when leaders of a rogue regime are under growing pressure. The only hope to get them to reverse course is to relentlessly increase their feeling that, if they don’t, the Arab states, Israel, the Europeans and America will, one way or another, ensure that ruin is visited upon them.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/29/AR2010072904901.html

  49. White House backs ethics proceedings against Rangel

    By Michael O’Brien – 07/30/10

    The White House stressed the need on Friday for the ethics process to proceed in due course against fellow Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel (N.Y.).

    White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that the administration believed in letting ethics proceedings go forward against Rangel, who was formally charged on Thursday with 13 charges by the bipartisan House Ethics Committee.

    “There’s a bipartisan committee looking into some very serious charges,” Gibbs said during an interview on NBC’s “Today” show. “We think that’s the right step to take.”

    The administration has been largely silent so far on the charges against Rangel, whose impending trial has Democrats concerned that their precarious election-year situation could be worsened further with a messy ethics trial. Gibbs deflected most questions on Thursday about the case during his daily press briefing. Democrats swept into power in Congress in 2006 in part due to Republicans’ own ethics problems while in control of the House and Senate.

    “I feel confident that this party and this president have a record on ethics reform that we’re happy to put before the American people in November,” Gibbs said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

    There had been talk of Rangel cutting a deal with the ethics panel on Thursday, as some House Democrats called for his resignation. But Gibbs said that President Obama and other White House officials have stayed out of the process, and that it was up to Rangel and no one else to decide whether or not to strike a deal on the charges.

    “That’s not for us to decide,” the press secretary explained on NBC. “That’s for Congressman Rangel to decide.”

    Gibbs said that Obama and other top administration officials haven’t spoken to Rangel about the charges.

    Source:
    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/111823-white-house-backs-ethics-proceedings-against-rangel
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    So whether Rangel is guilty or not, he is to be thrown to the wolves so that obama and his twits can show how ethical they are. Never mind the crimes they have each committeed. He is to be their poster boy.

    Sorry, but whether you like Rangel or not, obama is trying to manipulate media focus away from his stumbles to this.

  50. How anyone can feel sorry for Rangel is shocking to me.

    He is everything wrong with American politis…been there too long…become corrupt…in it for all the wrong reasons at this point.

    People like Rangel, Frank and Schumer need to be gone!

  51. Carol,

    I’m not saying he isn’t corrupt, I’m just questioning the timing of all this. Why wasn’t he indicted long ago? Why now when the 2010 byelections are upon the people and obama is sinking fast?

    I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve what comes to him, I just think he is the “chosen crook” to climb on the altar and sacrifice himself for the idiot while the rest of the corrupt go on their merry way.

  52. HECKUVA JOB, BAMBI:

    Further economic malaise belies O’bama’s claim that his stimulus bill “did the job”.

    And yet he’s in Michigan today to trumpet how swimmingly things went with the government takeover of GM and Chrysler.

    yahoo.com/s/ap/20100730/ap_on_bi_go_ec_fi/us_economy

    Recovery loses speed as consumers turn cautious
    ======================

    By JEANNINE AVERSA, AP Economics Writer Jeannine Aversa, Ap Economics Writer – 2 mins ago
    WASHINGTON – The recovery lost momentum in the spring as growth slowed to a 2.4 percent pace, its most sluggish showing in nearly a year and too weak to drive down unemployment.

    Consumers spent less, companies slowed their restocking of shelves and the nation’s trade deficit dragged more on the economy in the April-to-June quarter. In a separate report, the Commerce Department said the recession was deeper than previously estimated.

    Together, the reports raise doubts about whether employers will hire enough and consumers will spend enough to invigorate the economy. As unemployment remains near double digits, Congress could feel pressure to pass more stimulus measures to speed the recovery. So far, Republicans and some Democrats have blocked additional spending because of their concerns about the size of the deficit.

    Investors reacted to the report with disappointment. Stock futures fell in the hour before the markets opened.

    The Commerce Department report released Friday did offer some encouraging. Businesses invested the most in 13 years on equipment and software during the second quarter. For the first time in two years, builders boosted spending on commercial projects. And home builders spent the most in 27 years, although many expect that to fade now that government homebuying tax credits have expired.

    The report also showed that the economy grew at a 3.7 percent pace in the first three months of this year. That was much better than the 2.7 percent pace estimated just a month ago.

    Still, the recovery has been losing power for two straight quarters. That raises concerns about whether it will fizzle out. Or worse, tip back into a “double-dip” recession.

    The economy began to grow in the third quarter of last year after having suffered the worst recession since the Great Depression. And in the following quarter the economy’s growth surged at a 5 percent pace, the high water mark of the rebound.

    Much of the expansion was driven by the government’s massive $862 billion stimulus package of tax cuts and increased spending. Also, companies helped energize growth with a burst of spending to replenish inventories that were cut down during the recession.

    Now, as those forces are fading, concerns are growing as to whether the private sector can boost spending and investment enough to keep the recovery afloat.

    Consumer spending, usually the lifeblood of economic activity, slowed in the second quarter. Such spending rose at an anemic 1.6 percent pace. That was down from a 1.9 percent pace in the first quarter and was the weakest showing since the end of last year.

    Instead, Americans saved more. They saved 6.2 percent of their disposable income in the second quarter, the highest share in a year.

    The 2.4 percent growth rate logged in the April-to-June quarter was slightly less than the 2.5 percent pace economists were forecasting. It was the weakest since a 1.6 percent pace in the third quarter of last year, when a record streak of four straight losing quarters came to an end.

    “The economy is growing but not enough to make most Americans happy. At this weak pace, it will take more time than many hoped for people to really feel the benefits of this upturn,” said Joel Naroff, president of Naroff Economic Advisors.

    In the revisions issued Friday, the government estimated that the economy shrank 2.6 percent last year — the steepest drop since 1946. That’s worse than the 2.4 percent decline originally estimated. The economy’s plunge underscores why the unemployment rate surged to 10.1 percent in October, a 26-year high.

    With the economy growing at a subpar speed, the current 9.5 percent unemployment rate is not expected to fall.

    It takes about 3 percent growth in gross domestic product just to create enough jobs to keep pace with the population increase.

    Growth would have to equal 5 percent for a full year to drive the unemployment rate down by 1 percentage point. Neither the Obama administration nor the Federal Reserve expect that to happen.

    Gross domestic product measures the value of all goods and services – from machinery to manicures – produced within the United States. It is the best gauge of the nation’s economic health.

    The weak economy leaves Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill vulnerable as they head into the November midterm elections. Democrats, who now control both chambers, have the most to lose. The gloomier outlook is also a liability for President Barack Obama.

    Consumer confidence is tumbling. The unemployed face fierce competition to find work. Those with jobs are seeing scant wage gains. Home values – often Americans’ single-biggest asset – are weak. That explains why consumers are not in a mood to spend lavishly like they usually do in the early stages of an economic recovery.

    It’s also a major reason why the pace of this recovery is considered feeble by historical standards. When the country was recovering from a severe recession in the early 1980s, for instance, the economy’s growth exceeded 7 percent for five quarters.

    However, there were some encouraging signs in terms of business spending.

    Spending by businesses on equipment and software increased at a blistering 21.9 percent pace in the second quarter. Builders boosted spending on commercial projects, such as office buildings and plants, at a 5.2 percent pace. And, home builders, who have cut spending for the last two quarters, ratcheted up their outlays at a hot 27.9 percent pace, the most in nearly 27 years. Still, with the expiration of the government’s homebuyer tax credit, housing activity has started to turn sluggish again.

    Looking ahead, though, businesses still aren’t showing signs of ramping up spending that would translate into the explosive kind of growth needed to drive down unemployment.

    Uncertain about the strength of the recovery, companies are sitting on record piles of cash, loath to use the money to hire new workers and expand operations. Caterpillar Inc., Dupont Co. and Microsoft Corp. are among companies reporting strong second-quarter earnings in the past two weeks yet they aren’t ready to bulk up their work forces.

    “There is a high degree of uncertainty. There is a recovery under way. It is going to be choppy,” said United States Steel Corp. Chairman and CEO John Surma earlier this week.

    Overall economic growth was bolstered in the second quarter by strong spending by the federal government. It boosted spending at a 9.2 percent pace, the most in a year. And, state and local governments, coping with budget shortfalls, increased their spending for the first time in a year.

  53. CAR SALESMAN-IN-CHIEF

    news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100730/ap_on_bi_ge/us_obama

    Obama to sell auto bailout good news in Michigan
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    By CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press Writer Charles Babington, Associated Press Writer – 21 mins ago
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is going to the heart of the U.S. auto industry to push an important election-year claim: his administration’s unpopular auto industry bailout has turned into an economic good-news story.

    With Americans facing a still-limping economy and potentially pivotal congressional elections in three months, the White House sees progress in the auto industry as a concrete area of improvement — and one with direct ties to the president’s own actions.

    To highlight that progress, which presidential aides believe has received too little attention, Obama will stop at three auto plants over the next several days, visiting General Motors and Chrysler factories in Michigan on Friday and a Ford facility in Chicago next Wednesday. Hoping to ratchet up public notice further, the White House also had the administration’s top auto officials brief reporters Thursday.

    Following the government-led bankruptcies of GM and Chrysler, the companies have shown signs of improvement.

    “You now have all those U.S. auto companies showing a profit. They’ve rehired 55,000 workers. We are going to get all the money back that we invested in those car companies,” Obama said in an interview aired Thursday on the ABC daytime talk show “The View.”

    He said the government is on track to recover all the taxpayer money his administration poured into GM, Chrysler, auto lenders and suppliers to avert a near-certain industrywide meltdown.

    However, the White House said that proclamation referred only to the $60 billion spent by the Obama administration, not the additional $25 billion funneled to the industry in 2008 under the Bush administration. The most recent government estimate found that taxpayers will lose $24.3 billion on the auto bailout.

    In a report on the status of the auto industry, the White House said failing to intervene would have led to the loss of nearly 1.1 million jobs. The auto industry has added 55,000 jobs in the year since the automotive bankruptcies, making it the strongest year of job growth in the industry since 1999.

    The administration pointed to several signs of progress: plans by GM and Chrysler to skip the typical summer shutdown of several auto plants to meet demand for hot-selling vehicles and the addition of shifts at GM, Chrysler and Ford Motor Co. plants. The report notes that the three companies are beginning to post profits.

    White House officials estimate that Detroit automakers could add 11,000 new jobs before the end of 2010.

    Obama planned a Friday visit to GM’s Hamtramck plant, which is planning to assemble the Chevrolet Volt rechargeable electric car. The plant is one of nine the automaker will keep open during the usual two-week summer shutdown.

    In nearby Detroit, Obama will tour Chrysler’s Jefferson North plant, which recently added a second shift of production, adding about 1,100 jobs. Next week, the president will visit the Chicago plant where Ford builds the Taurus sedan and plans to assemble a new Explorer sport utility vehicle.

    “An investment had to be made in the auto industry. Restructuring had to happen,” Obama’s spokesman, Robert Gibbs, told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “The auto industry for the first time in more than a decade, so there is good news” even though “the economic recovery certainly is fragile.”

    GM has repaid $6.7 billion that the government considered loans, with the remaining $43.3 billion converted into a 61 percent stake in the company. GM is expected to conduct an initial public offering of shares in the company later this year, a move that could help the government recoup some of its investment.

    United Auto Workers President Bob King said in a statement Thursday that GM would file paperwork in mid-August to start the process of selling stock to the public.

    Chrysler received about $15 billion in government help and was placed under control of Italian automaker Fiat as part of its bankruptcy. The company has repaid about half of the $4 billion loan portion of its aid and is considering a public stock offering sometime in 2011.

    Ron Bloom, the administration’s senior counselor for manufacturing policy, said it was unclear how long the government would hold ownership stakes in the companies. “We don’t like having this investment, but we’re not going to sell it at a fire sale,” he said.

  54. Hillary would actually win a primary challenge against Obama easily i think.

    Obama has lost any of that white base he had spectacularly and the latino’s will fall back behind the Clintons at the drop of a hat. They have always been Clinonites, not Obamites, Obama never won the latino’s in the primary. If all Obama has left by 2012 is the AA base, he knows he may as well not run again.

    The caucuses would not be able to be gamed like Obama did in 2008 as we would know exactly how they would operate and he certainly can’t run on that “hope and change” shit again, in fact i have a hard time seeing what he could run on, if everything falls apart as i think it will.

    When Hillary launches the challenge and it will come, Obama has nothing to stop her with, in fact the Dems may do the knifing before then. I mean who are the big sharks now in the Dem party, there is’nt any left, the old war horses are being slaughtered one by one. Gore has been neutralised along with Edwards, Biden’s a joke that no-one takes seriously, the Kennedy’s are politically dead, Pelosi will be politically finished in Nov along with Harry reid, so that leaves who exactly…..hmmmmm, Bill and Hill.

    That leaves Obama and the Clinton’s, i know where i’d put my money.

  55. …Ed Rendell on Fox this morning emphatically stating his opinion that Hillary will run in 2016 and become President of USA…

    …another voice putting it out there in the universe…whether it is 2012 or 2016…Hillary for Prez…the seeds get planted…

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

    also…so much for ‘Summer of Recovery or Recovery Summer’, whatever they called it, huh?

    news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100730/ap_on_bi_go_ec_fi/us_economy

    Recovery loses speed as consumers turn cautious

    WASHINGTON – The recovery lost momentum in the spring as growth slowed to a 2.4 percent pace, its most sluggish showing in nearly a year and too weak to drive down unemployment.

    Consumers spent less, companies slowed their restocking of shelves and the nation’s trade deficit dragged more on the economy in the April-to-June quarter. In a separate report, the Commerce Department said the recession was deeper than previously estimated.

    Together, the reports raise doubts about whether employers will hire enough and consumers will spend enough to invigorate the economy. As unemployment remains near double digits, Congress could feel pressure to pass more stimulus measures to speed the recovery. So far, Republicans and some Democrats have blocked additional spending because of their concerns about the size of the deficit.

    Investors reacted to the report with disappointment. Stock futures fell in the hour before the markets opened. However, losses moderated in morning trading after the University of Michigan/Reuters consumer sentiment index for July rose slightly more than expected.

    …article continure…

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

    guess that ‘stimulus’ money that provided the fake ‘Summer of Recovery’ that poofed up little ‘recovery’ bumps has been used up and reality is ‘seeping’ thru…

  56. Chelsea Clinton wedding: has the paparazzi met its match?

    July 30, 2010

    Chelsea Clinton seems an unlikely person to want a high-profile, $3-million dollar society wedding featuring 400 of her “closest friends.”

    The daughter of former U.S. President Bill Clinton and current U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea is certainly no stranger to life in the public eye. But after putting on a brave face during the Lewinsky scandal, and spending much of her awkward adolescence serving as the punchline for many cruel jokes, Chelsea opted for normalcy, leaving her White House notoriety and earning degrees at both Stanford and Oxford.

    She’s been so publicity-shy in recent years that it was a pleasant surprise to see her speaking out on behalf of her mother during the 2008 presidential campaign. It’s been more thrilling still to see what a well-adjusted, poised young woman Chelsea had become during her time away from the limelight.

    Her years of hard-won privacy clearly agreed with her, which makes it all the more distressing to see the current media frenzy surrounding her nuptials on July 31. Ever since Clinton announced her engagement to investment banker Marc Mezvinsky last November, speculation and rumours have been swirling around her big day: Would she wear Vera Wang or Oscar de la Renta? Would the ceremony take place on Martha’s Vineyard, or at the Astor Courts in Rhinebeck, N.Y.? Would Barack Obama and Barbra Steisand be on the list of VIP guests? Would the former president shed 15 pounds in time for the first dance with the new bride?

    The American northeast hasn’t been in a tizzy like this since the day Richard Nixon’s daughter walked down the aisle, so it’s no wonder the Clintons are using their considerable clout to keep tongue-wagging gawkers and the media in general at bay as Chelsea ties the knot. A week ago, two journalists were arrested after snapping photos on the Astor Estate grounds. Yesterday, New York magazine reported that the Federal Aviation Administration has outlawed all flights in the Rhineback village vicinity starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

    Will this deter the paparazzi, who have been known to use helicopters to swarm high-profile ceremonies? That’s what I’m hoping, at least. While everyone loves a lavish ceremony, and the media’s attempt to milk this “wedding of the millennium” item for all it’s worth is nothing if not predictable. But I can’t help feeling a little sorry for the bride-to-be. As one New York mag blogger recently observed, Chelsea’s nuptials are becoming “more reminiscent of a giant military operation than a wedding.”

    Isn’t it stressful enough getting married in front of 400 official guests?

    http://www.cbc.ca/arts/media/blogs/popculture/2010/07/chelsea-clinton-wedding-has-the-paparazzi-met-its-match.html

  57. JanH, I agree with you its highly suspicious of the timing. I know the republicans want this controversary to go right into November so they can exploit the fact that the dems are corrupt, so why would Obama allow this right now? Most President’s would have done this either a long time ago or at least put it off until after November…so why NOW???

    Sometimes you have to wonder about Obama, he enacts mostly republican laws and now he is gifting them Rangel just in time for the November elections.

    Now Fox is airing all of Obama’s speeches, why now? Several months ago they did not show them. I’ve seen two speeches in the last three days….WHY?

  58. It has been great watching many online albums of Chelsea…
    As for the cost…it is THEIR money and they can spend it the way they want to…

    Who knows…some of these things may be presents from various folks?

    I am most interested in:

    – If their ex white house pastry chef is going to do some special cake…
    – Who is going to sing.what band?
    – seeing just 1 picture of chelsea and her parents on that day….

  59. Rangel is getting his comeuppance because of the anti-incumbent mood throughout the country. I don’t see anything sinister in why he has to answer about his corruption now. Besides, this has been known about for months. Things must have been going on in the background with regards to all this. He deserves what he is about to get even if he supported Hillary somewhat. With friends like that, who needs enemies.

  60. admin
    July 30th, 2010 at 12:41 pm
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    Good for Mr. Alford. I just wish Ms. Boxer would have stumbled a little bit more once Mr. Alford rightfully attacked her condescending comments. He was right, and she was wrong.

  61. I sincerely hope I don’t have to listen to the “ONE” every morning on Fox telling lies..sickening!

  62. johnwsmart.com/2010/07/something-that-looks-less-crazy-all.html

    Wednesday, July 28, 2010
    Something that looks less crazy all the time…

    I am proud to report that the London based Telegraph reads this blog….hahahahaha…

    Seriously, this piece by Simon Heffer echoes many of my sentiments which are compiled here daily. Heffer asks a few times in the course of a few paragraphs – What is Obama doing? A pointed question well worth asking. Given the administration reaction to events like the hit piece Brietbart produced on Shirley Sherrod, Heffer answers by stating that the President apparently reads blogs (I’m over here, Barry!) and watches television. I don’t give Obama this much credit. My sense is he can’t be bothered with keeping on top of the internets and TV – what with golfing and vacationing on the agenda. Oh, and The View. Let’s not forget daytime chatter shows. Obama must do those. It’s his stool pigeon staff that is stuck figuring out what the evil ones at Fox are up to and then conjuring inept, knee jerk responses.
    My primary modifiers for Obama have evolved over time. Arrogant and duplicitous still apply. Increasingly, incompetent and silly have gained traction. Sorry to beat a dead horse as I have nothing whatsoever against horses before or after the glue factory but – The View???
    Silly.
    It has long seemed to me that regardless of Obama’s missteps – that have tanked his poll numbers – if the economy turned around all would be forgotten. I’m not even sure of this any more. A vast swatch of the electorate is in a perpetual state of disgust with Obama. And as Heffer points out, much of the monied class is turning- or already has turned – on him. He won by gaining the support of the much of Wall Street and combining it with nearly the entire Democratic Party and Independents. Independents and Wall Street are recoiling. The “Hillary’ wing of the Democratic party will not be back in 2012 if given the option of even a half decent Republican. For now, as far as 2012 is concerned, the most important group in this trifecta is the monied class. When they exit – it’s over. Obots may find this absurd, but most of them still think they financed Obama’s assent with a million small contributions. They are, of course, dead wrong. Obama won because corporate America wanted him to win.
    Additionally, Obama’s miscues on “cosmopolitan” issues – such as the Arizona immigration law – are piling up. The injunction of that law handed down today is, I suspect, an empty victory politically. The “cosmopolitans” are happy, no one else is. His administration suing in the first place adds to the impression that he is not one of us. A dangerous statement to make, I know. And one I do not literally agree with. Who we are is complex, after all. Yet, Obama either feels like a lightweight who doesn’t get it, or – on the occasion he comes across as competent – he applies that competency to contradict the majority. He does things people don’t want done. A suddenly zippy economy won’t blot out that impression. He’s some body’s President – he’s just not ours.
    Finally, the Democratic Left will have its day of reckoning when Iran is dealt with. It will be. Their President will oversee something (I don’t know what exactly – a military attack probably.) that they will find repellent. Then, once and for all, they will vanish from the ranks of Obama apologists. Most of them will simply vanish entirely. There will be no Dick Cheney and no B.P. to blame and blaming Obama will be too humiliating for many. This leaves Obama’s political cupboard nearly bare. Most black Americans will stick it out. I have no issue with this, and no one ought to expect anything else. Being the first bi-racial President is the one place Obama really matters. We’ve crossed that bridge. This is good. It’s just not enough, and never was.
    All of this adds up to another round of: Who in the Democratic Party can save the Democratic Party? The answer is becoming so self -evident I’m disinclined to even mention her name. The powerful Democrats who agreed to give Obama a chance – or loved him outright – will see a Gingrich or Romney or – lord help us – Huckabee Administration fast approaching and show Obama the door. Get Clinton to run or figure out a way to get Sarah Palin the GOP nomination and hope for the best with a second Obama term. The eventuality of these choices look less and less crazy by the day. I predict Draft Hillary movements will spring up in force sometime around 5pm pacific time on election night this year. (Side note: Clinton taking the SoS job looks increasingly like a stroke of genius. She is in the Obama administration, but not of the Obama Administration. She’s become her own phenomenon – immune from the flotsam and jetsam that remaining a senator or being vice president would have flung at her.)
    There are always ways for Presidents to revive their fortunes. Can Obama revive his? Sure. I guess. The trouble is he’s just not that skilled. He’s neither Bill Clinton or Ronald Reagan. Of all the nonsense shoved down our collective throats about Obama the most nonsensical was always that he was a great politician. He’s a lame politician, comfortable with adoring crowds, a sea of sycophants who will do the heavy lifting for him, and not much else.
    Ironically, his best course of action is to bank on Republican overreach. He needs the GOP to fail. He seems to know this. For the next 90 days – when he’s not on holiday – he’ll run hard against Bush, Cheney, Harold Stassen and anyone else with an R by their names. It might have a moderate effect here and there – but probably not much. Bill Clinton will matter far more this fall than Barack Obama. One thing is certain – it’s a big step down from being the master of hope and change less than 2 short years ago.

  63. Wow! Barbara Boxer also needs to find a new job….she is so far removed from the common man she couldn’t even understand what the man was telling her….kinda like Pelosi!

    I am for Rangel going to…don’t get me wrong about that!

  64. Now that I have a computer again, I have started to visit websites that I normally wouldn’t. Today, I wrote the following comment on a http://www2.tbo.com/content/2010/jul/30/300947/poll-crist-holds-small-lead-senate-race/c_0/#comments and received some response from people who obviously don’t support Hillary, but who are actually appreciative when Democrats stand against the current state of the Democratic party. I think it’s important that ordinary Americans of different political party affiliations understand that many in the Democratic party are just as concerned about the ineffective leadership, and misguided politics of the current administration. Giving them a little view into the opposition within the Democratic party will soften their own perceptions of Hillary Clinton, and anti-Obama Democrats in general. They want to know that there are honest Democrats who see the horrors emanating from the White House, and who are not so ideological to deny or ignore these problems. I would expect the same from them in return if it were the other way around. Obama may have torn down bridges between Democrats, but new bridges can be built with like minded people, and that is what will defeat the current batch of Demoncrats in November and beyond.

    Posted by (TampaBayJoe) on 07/30/2010 at 09:39 am.

    As a registered Democrat and Clinton supporter, I’ll be voting against a corrupt Democratic party until they clean house nationally. Hillary was cheated, and now America is being harmed by a leftist cabal in Washington, which Hillary would have kept in check. My vote for Hillary did not count in 2008, and therefore, it will be a cold day in h3ll before the Democrats see another vote from me. As for Charlie Crist, Mr. Popularity blows with the wind, and he is only in it for himself regardless of his lame attempts to explain why he left the Republican party to run as an independent. I’ll vote Rubio to send a message to the Democrats who are rather dense when it comes to hearing what blue collar voters have to say. Get some sanity in fiscal spending, and some fairness to struggling taxpayers. Stop playing racial games while favoring one group over another. Repeal Obamacare with its unconstitutional public mandate. Start behaving like the FDR party of the past that has real concern for Americans. The Democratic leaders of today are destroying a party that was once worthwhile. The following was just a sample of some of the responses. What I found most interesting is that I was not attacked by any Democrats for my comment.

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    Posted by (felixthecat) on 07/30/2010 at 10:09 am.

    and the LOSER is the PEOPLE of the state of Floriduh!

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    Posted by (Junior_Mints) on 07/30/2010 at 10:11 am.

    If the rest of you libtards were more like TampaBayJoe, I’d actually have respect for you.

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    Posted by (IP_Freely) on 07/30/2010 at 10:12 am.

    I like Crist, but i happen to think that POLLS ARE TOTALLY USELESS!! So do any of you really think that pollsters calling 1,000 to 1,500 people at their homes is going to tell you who will win when 2,000,000 million people vote. There are Lies, there are Statistics, and then there are POLLS. THEY ARE ALL USED TO MAKE THINGS SEEM THE WAY PARTICULAR PEOPLE WANT THEM TO LOOK!!! What a waste!

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    Posted by (BrianA) on 07/30/2010 at 10:18 am.

    SO JuniorMint is a Hillary supporter…

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    Posted by (HowieKnowsItall) on 07/30/2010 at 10:20 am.

    Here, here!

    Great post Joe.

    You may get your wish in 12 anyway. If obozo doesn’t start producing and listening to the people, I believe there is a good chance your party will back Hillary to run…..

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    Posted by (HowieKnowsItall) on 07/30/2010 at 10:21 am.

    ….hell just froze over. I actually just viewed Hillary as a more favorable option…(GAG)!!

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  65. Notice that article about Chelsea’s wedding says there will be few if any celebs present. That makes a lot more sense. Why in the world would Chelsea invite Oprah to her wedding, as had been rumored??

  66. Just saw a video of Rangel stabbing Hillary in the back in the end…his support does not come from looking to see what candidate would be the best for America, but what the said candidate is willing to pay for his support….he needs to go and take Boxer, Feinstein and that idiot from Missouri with them (McCaskil).

    We need to clean out all these folks!

  67. Worst Bush Era Policies Becoming “the New Normal”:ACLU

    h t t p://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0729/aclu-report-obama-core-liberties/

  68. mp: As for the cost…it is THEIR money and they can spend it the way they want to…
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    Absolutely.
    During the 5 or 6 o’clock hour this morning on TV there was a report about Chelsea’s wedding. It included a rant about the cost of the tent and its opulence.
    I’ve never caught anything on TV about either of the two opulent tents erected on the WH lawn to satisfy whims of POTUS/FLOTUS. Of course in those cases, it was not their money….

  69. “We need to clean out all these folks!”

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    Yes. But my point all along has been that is Rangel the first and the last? Is he the sacrificial lamb this time around that bambi will point to as saying he has cleaned house
    and will continue to clean house AFTER his people are re-elected? After he is re-elected in 2012?

    Then again, if the voters vote out Boxer et al, will his slate be clean? The voters having done the job for him?

  70. Anthony Weiner is a close Hillary friend…he is getting married to her assisant Huma…Hillary gave a special party for them.

  71. JanH, I know its kinda scary, because these longtime faces of the dem party are cemented in our minds as standing up for us….well we sure know they didn’t in 08′, the stood up for themselves. I have watched a video of Boxer and the woman is taking the same “stupid” drug that Pelosi is taking….they sound the same..out of touch.

    Boxer is so stuck on herself, she allows no one to talk…she knows it all. BS the women has entrenched herself in that seat for so long she no longer represents anyone but herself.

    I also worry we could get some gosh-awful Rethug in there, or we could a Bambi lover in there…but there really isn’t any choice. They should get one term and if they don’t do what they promised…vote them out. That’s if the voting machines aren’t rigged!

  72. Rep. Anthony Weiner just went ballistic on the house floor over the 9-11 medical care the rethugs want to stop. He showed great courage…I was just trying to find out who he supported in 07′ and 08′.

    He seems to fight for some of the same things Hillary fought for so I was wondering.

  73. OMG, So that is Huma’s husband…well he is fantastic and he took no crap from those rethugs and Bambi sycophants. Well I guess I will add him to my FB page!

  74. Megan Kelly reports that Rosie O’Donnell and Sarah Palin agree – Obama on The View was a bad idea. Rosie suggests Oprah!

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/entertainment/post/2010/07/rosie-odonnell-sarah-palin-disapprove-of-obamas-view-visit/1

    Former View co-host Rosie O’Donnell didn’t think it was a great idea for President Barack Obama to chat up The View ladies.

    “I have mixed feelings about that,” said O’Donnell, 48, on her Sirius XM radio show Wednesday, the day before Obama’s episode aired. “I don’t really think sitting presidents should go do fluffy daytime TV shows. Maybe an hour on Oprah or something,” said O’Donnell, adding, “although I’m happy for them. That’s a good booking.”

    Sarah Palin also criticized the appearance. On Twitter yesterday, she wrote:

    “President w/no time to visit porous US/Mexican border to offer help to those risking life to secure us,but lotso’ time to chat on The View?”

  75. I agree with Sarah…he has time for chit-chat but no time for anything like Arizona, oil spill, jobs, economy, Afganistand…the list could go on and on….

    Although he did find time to fire Gen. McKrystal….a decorated soldier that fought for our freedom for 32 years….

  76. nobama, That was an interesting and funny link about Chelsea…I did not know her ring was one million…WOW! I personally don’t care how much they spend…think of the economy…at least the people working in this wedding are Americans…they did not outsource it.

  77. confloyd, I don’t care what they spend either. I just know that I would not be as extravagant if I were of means.

  78. thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-07-30/details-emerge-about-chelsea-clintons-wedding/?cid=hp:mainpromo1

    Bill Clinton leaves Gigi’s in Rhinebeck, NY on July 30, 2010. (Credit: Chris Wilson) Chris Wilson reports direct from the location on the building excitement in town. PLUS, The Daily Beast’s map of the exclusive events.

    About thirty minutes ago, Bill Clinton rolled into downtown Rhinebeck, got out of a black SUV, and was swarmed by people, including guy in a raccoon suit—the mascot for the Hudson Valley Renegades, the area’s minor league baseball team. More than a hundred civilian gawkers, various camera crews and journalists, and a smattering of State Troopers are gathered outside Gigi’s, the local restaurant he ducked into for lunch. People cheered him through the masses, and Bill wore a wide smile, shaking hands and enjoying his well-wishing crowd.

    The former President was dining with secret service agents and his brother Roger Clinton, but no celebrities. He had the gnochetti with spicy tomato sauce and Tuscan fries, Gigi’s chef Wilson Cufta tells The Daily Beast. “It was an honor– it was awesome. He came in the kitchen and said thank you, then went around and shook people’s hands. He was only here about 20 minutes.” When the President emerged, he pumped his fist to the crowd.

    With Astor Courts, the lavish site of Saturday’s nuptials, surrounded by security and covered by massive white tents, the Beekman Arms Inn has become the most accessible symbol of Chelsea and Marc’s ballyhooed union. The venerable hotel, where many wedding guests have booked rooms, is closed to the public for an unspecified “private party” tonight at 8 p.m., fueling speculation that it will host pre-wedding cocktails. (The Beekman is a short drive from Grasmere Estate, a refurbished stone barn believed to be the site of tonight’s rehearsal dinner, where the long gravel driveway is blocked by private security guards.) Meanwhile, rumor has it that a bus will pick up wedding guests at the Beekman on Saturday and ferry them to Astor Courts, where the ceremony is slated to begin at 6 pm—the traditional time for a black-tie wedding.

    Click here to view the Clinton’s Guest List Gallery.

    The Clintons had already made a sensational appearance in Rhinebeck, N.Y., yesterday, but it wasn’t exactly what the bored media hordes in this picturesque upstate hamlet were hoping for. Comedic false alarm: the First Couple being chased by photographers while blowing Vuvuzela-like party horns was local deejay Gary Kiernan and his wife, Sandy, wearing rubber Bill and Hillary masks.

    Kiernan was feeling bubbly after hitting a free champagne-and-cake party outside the Rug Garden carpet shop in honor of the world’s buzziest wedding, cruising the sidewalks and chewing on an Arturo Fuente cigar.

    “We’re hoping the Secret Service picks us up by mistake and takes us to the wedding,” said the cheeky Kiernan, who was hawking “Rhinebeck, N.Y.” t-shirts for $15 (there were no takers).

    Click below to enlarge the THE DAILY BEAST’S map of the Rhinebeck wedding weekend.

    While many storefronts proudly displayed banners and paintings congratulating Chelsea and hubby-to-be Marc Mezvinsky, the Rhinebeck Smoke Shoppe, where Kiernan procured his cigar, was a haven for locals trying to escape the incessant wedding hoopla that has brought a plague of pesky reporters, picture-snapping tourists and snarled traffic to this tiny town.

    “If the Clintons wanted do something for us, they’d offer to offset the costs of the wedding to this municipality, instead of leaving it to the taxpayers,” said Doug Warren, a highway supervisor from Red Hook, as he puffed on a Honduran Omar cigar. It has been rumored that Bill has ordered hand-rolled Cuban cigars for the celebration, though not from the Rhinebeck Smoke Shoppe. Judging from the other smoke shops in the area, and the copious smokers here, people in the Hudson Valley seem to enjoy fine tobaccos.

    Scott Dellamore, a schoolteacher from Rhinebeck, said the matrimonial madness has lately been haunting his dreams. “I had a dream last night that I ran into Chelsea on the street, and we had a sit-down. I said, ‘Your wedding is infringing on our freedom.’ She said, ‘I can get married wherever I want.’ So now this wedding has made it into my subconscious.”

    But not everyone in Rhinebeck is eager for the weekend to be over: Rug Garden owner Debbie Belding sees Chelsea’s big day as a welcome respite from the sour national mood. “The country has been in such a funk, I really think we need something to lift our spirits again,” she said. “We’re having fun!”

  79. The following is about immigration “rdeform” and it pisses me off to know that the Demonrats are scheming again, but we already knew that, didn’t we? I have also attached the first comment made about the article because I believe the commenter to be accurate in what he/she wrote.
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    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jul/29/memo-outlines-backdoor-amnesty-plan-for-obama/

    Memo outlines backdoor ‘amnesty’ plan
    Immigration staffers cite tools available without reform

    Associated Press PROTEST PARADE: Immigrant rights advocates march across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York to demand full repeal of Arizona’s new illegals law. The Obama administration is considering a backdoor approach to stop many deportations.
    By Stephen Dinan

    The Washington Times
    8:39 p.m., Thursday, July 29, 2010

    With Congress gridlocked on an immigration bill, the Obama administration is considering using a back door to stop deporting many illegal immigrants – what a draft government memo said could be “a non-legislative version of amnesty.”

    The memo, addressed to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas and written by four agency staffers, lists tools it says the administration has to “reduce the threat of removal” for many illegal immigrants who have run afoul of immigration authorities.

    “In the absence of comprehensive immigration reform, USCIS can extend benefits and/or protections to many individuals and groups by issuing new guidance and regulations, exercising discretion with regard to parole-in-place, deferred action and the issuance of Notices to Appear,” the staffers wrote in the memo, which was obtained by Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican.

    The memo suggests that in-depth discussions have occurred on how to keep many illegal immigrants in the country, which would be at least a temporary alternative to the proposals Democrats in Congress have made to legalize illegal immigrants.

    Chris Bentley, a USCIS spokesman, said drafting the memo doesn’t mean the agency has embraced the policy and “nobody should mistake deliberation and exchange of ideas for final decisions.”

    “As a matter of good government, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will discuss just about every issue that comes within the purview of the immigration system,” he said in an e-mail statement. “We continue to maintain that comprehensive bipartisan legislation, coupled with smart, effective enforcement, is the only solution to our nation’s immigration challenges.”

    He said the Homeland Security Department “will not grant deferred action or humanitarian parole to the nation’s entire illegal immigrant population.”

    The memo does talk about targeting specific groups of illegal immigrants.

    Mr. Grassley said it confirms his fears that the administration is trying an end-run around Congress.

    “This memo gives credence to our concerns that the administration will go to great lengths to circumvent Congress and unilaterally execute a backdoor amnesty plan,” Mr. Grassley said.

    The memo acknowledges some of the tools could be costly and might even require asking Congress for more money.

    At one point, the authors acknowledge that widespread use of “deferred action” – or using prosecutorial discretion not to deport someone – would be “a non-legislative version of ‘amnesty.’ ”

    The authors noted several options for deferred action, including targeting it to students who would be covered by the DREAM Act, a bill that’s been introduced in Congress.

    In testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 11, Mr. Mayorkas first said he was unaware of discussions to use these kinds of tools on a categorical basis, then later clarified that officials had talked about expanding the use of those powers.

    “I don’t know of any plans. I think we have discussed, as we always do, the tools available to us and whether the deployment of any of those tools could achieve a more fair and efficient use or application of the immigration law,” he said.

    He acknowledged, though, that he was not aware that those powers had ever been used before on a categorical basis.

    Sen. John Cornyn, the Texas Republican who queried Mr. Mayorkas on the subject, warned him against pursuing that strategy.

    “I think it would be a mistake for the administration to use administrative action, like deferred action on a categorical basis, to deal with a large number of people who are here without proper legal documents to regularize their status without Congress’ participation. I will just say that to you for what it’s worth,” Mr. Cornyn, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary immigration, border security and citizenship subcommittee, told Mr. Mayorkas.

    “The American public’s confidence in the federal government’s ability and commitment to enforce our immigration laws is at an all-time low,” Mr. Cornyn said in a statement. “This apparent step to circumvent Congress – and avoid a transparent debate on how to fix our broken immigration system – threatens to further erode public confidence in its government and makes it less likely we will ever reach consensus and pass credible border security and immigration reform.”

    After reports earlier this year that the agency was working on these sorts of plans, Senate Republicans, led by Mr. Grassley, have sent letters to President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano asking for details

    In one letter, the senators warned the president against making an end-run around congressional authority to write immigration rules, and asked for Mr. Obama to promise that he would not use the rules to grant mass pardons.

    Rosemary Jenks, government relations manager for NumbersUSA, an organization that advocates for stricter immigration limits, said the memo is “an outrageous usurpation of congressional authority. It is unconstitutional, and a slap in the face to the American people.”

    She said that the memo could explain why the push for an immigration bill has faltered in Congress.

    “This makes sense of the fact that [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid and [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and Obama are sitting back calmly content with not moving immigration reform this year – because they know Obama is trying to take care of it for them, without Democrats having to be tied down to a vote before the election,” she said.

    On the other side of the political spectrum, immigrant rights groups have demanded that Mr. Obama halt deportations until he secures a broad legalization bill from Congress – legislation that supporters call “comprehensive immigration reform” because it would tackle enforcement, some aspects of legal immigration and the status of illegal immigrants at the same time.

    Two senators earlier this year wrote asking the administration to use its powers to stop deporting students who might be eligible for the DREAM Act, which would allow illegal immigrant college students brought to the U.S. at a young age to gain legal status. The legislation has not been passed by Congress.

    Mr. Obama has rejected halting deportations, but his administration has been more careful about whom it pursues.

    According to new figures from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the administration has stepped up its efforts to deport illegal immigrants convicted of crimes, but removal of “non-criminal” illegal immigrants has slowed so far in fiscal 2010.
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    The Massachusetts Legislators just did away with the Electoral College and are opting for the popular vote…Why? So did a number of other States and they are doing it in a very sneaky way, they are not going through congress its actually an end run around our constitution. Magic number for them I believe is 270(majority number of Electoral votes when you add the number of states opting for this.) and it becomes law in the states that opted for it. So it actually makes sense to give amnesty to 12 -20 million illegals if your party is going for the popular vote. It will be major cities like LA, NYC, Chicago, Miami, that will decide in the future who is President. Our founding Fathers wisdom becomes more and more apparent. The person in Massachusetts behind this is a liberal Socialist State Senator Jamie Eldridge an Acton, MA Democrat (think white priviledge, leafy suburban neighborhood west of Boston who knows best for the rest of us). I am from MA and would have wanted to vote on this in a state ballot. Thats the way its trending folks go for broke, go for the popular vote, the Democrats are not waiting for November.

  80. …just one more…nice photos

    news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100730/ap_on_re_us/us_chelsea_s_wedding

    RHINEBECK, N.Y. – Bill Clinton made a long-anticipated appearance in the upstate New York village where his daughter is getting married, drawing crowds of onlookers Friday afternoon as preparations continued largely out of sight for the grand and secretive occasion.

    The former president, looking fit and relaxed in blue jeans and a black knit shirt, walked with security a few blocks north from the picturesque village’s main intersection to the restaurant Gigi Trattoria.

    To questions blurted from the huge crowd he attracted, Clinton rattled off easy answers.

    How are you?

    “We’re all fine.”

    “We love it here,” he said. “Chelsea loves the area as well.”

    How’s she doing?

    “She’s doing well.”

    Click to see a slide show of Chelsea through the years

    AP
    Chelsea Clinton is expected to marry her longtime boyfriend, investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, at a ceremony Saturday evening attended by 400 to 500 people at the grand Astor Courts, an estate on the scenic east bank of the Hudson River. Rumors had abounded for weeks leading up to Friday, including one that Rhinebeck was an elaborate decoy planned by the media-shy Chelsea and that the wedding would be elsewhere.

    The appearance of the former president put all the conspiracy talk to rest.

    Click image to see more photos of Rhinebeck, wedding anticipation

    And what does he think of his soon-to-be son-in-law?

    “I like him very much,” the popular Democrat said, picking up more people with each passing step. “I really do. I admire him. Hillary feels the same way.”

    That would be Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea’s mother, a former first lady and U.S. senator from New York, and the sitting secretary of state in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet.

    The sight of an ex-president captivated many in the crowd. For the record, Dutchess County, which contains Rhinebeck, voted for Clinton and Al Gore in 1996.

    “We thought it was great that he walked down here,” said Carol Chestney, of Rhinebeck. “He could have parked right outside. He looks great.”

    Marybeth Cale, also of Rhinebeck, said: “It’s amazing, all this excitement. We’re thrilled that he’s here.”

    After lunch, Clinton slowly wound his way out of a restaurant, taking time to shake hands with the kitchen staff and customers, who took pictures of him with their cell phones. The restaurant’s owner said it would be impolite to reveal what he had for lunch.

    He emerged to an enthusiastic crowd of hundreds of people who shouted, “We love you!” and “Congratulations!” He took a moment to comfort a little girl who got jostled by the huge crowd but broke into a huge grin after the former president asked her name and whether she was all right.

    There are still mysteries.

    The VIP guest list is said to include such A-listers as Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and some of the Clintons’ powerful political allies, and the village was filling up with the curious hoping to catch a glimpse of an honored guest.

    “Maybe I’ll see someone, maybe I won’t,” said Rhinebeck resident Linda Gray, as she sat on a sidewalk bench and watched the hubbub. “I think the fun of the whole thing outweighs the traffic problems.”

    State troopers directed the growing number of cars driving through the village and were posted outside a private estate, just south of town, that is reportedly the site of the rehearsal dinner Friday night. SUVs with dark glass silently guarded long driveways to secluded estates along the winding rural roads outside the village.

    Andrea Alvin, who lives on the same road as Astor Courts, told The Associated Press that state police notified her three or four days ago that the road would be closed from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and gave her a sticker so she could get in and out. She came home Thursday to find a bottle of wine from the nearby Clinton Vineyards, courtesy of the wedding planner. It came with a note apologizing for any inconvenience and included a phone number to call if there were any problems.

    “I think it’s great. It’s a happy occasion,” she said. “It’s good publicity for the town. It’s just a weekend. What’s losing a weekend in the summer?”

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    how can anyone not love the Clintons…love them!

  81. Isn’t that nice a bottle of wine and visit from Bill himself…well you just can’t get any better than that. That’s the Clinton’s always taking everything in consideration…Obama wouldn’t do a thing about it and as a matter of fact I heard the last time he was in Hawaii, folks were tired of all the traffic problems LOL! Maybe he should learn etiquette from the folks from Arkansas…LOL!

  82. 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.”
    ********
    That is a pretty nasty comment from one of Obama’s top shills. I suspect that after the Nov. 2010 blood-bath, the movers and shakers will begin serious talk about how to dump this turkey. The bigger problem is that Obama is just a shill for the big corps. and they will just fund the next Rethug shill, ad nauseum.
    ————
    Mutiny is brewing on the good ship HMS Obama. Its bad. Red sky at morn, so naturally he wants to leave the wheel house and head for the lifeboat. But they wont let him. They say this is conduct unbecoming a captain. His defense is I am not a captain, I am a community organizer. The hostage discussions are now at impasse.

  83. The bottle of wine is great. What really impresses is something we wrote about earlier: Bill Clinton going into the kitchen to thank the workers and give his appreciation for the work they do. Bill always thanks the receptionists, secretaries, and the bands at events he attends.

    At many of the high falutin’ Democratic events we have attended the speakers talk about the workers and the “little people” but treat the waiters with a hoity toity attitude. Not Bill and Hillary. They talk the talk and walk the walk. Bill and Hillary talk about the workers and the ordinary citizen but they also treat the workers like kings.

  84. A follow-up to the comment just posted:

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/horseraceblog/2010/07/obamas_vanity_is_a_liability_f.html

    As early as February, 2009 – I fretted about the President’s continued courting of celebrity. Since those early days, it has become frustratingly apparent that his Administration’s way of dealing with the public is largely an extension of his campaign’s.

    Neither of them is wholly “rational.” You cannot explain how Obama the candidate or Obama the President communicates with the public by assuming that it is all a product of strategic thinking. A strategy implies a goal and a credible explanation as to why a particular action will help accomplish that goal. Too many of his activities are inexplicable by this language of strategic rationality. Recall the Summer of 2008 when candidate Obama seemed particularly weightless: the “Seal of Obama,” his European tour, his grandiose convention stage. There was something more to each of these than the simple determination that they were the best ways to spread his message to the masses.

    Ditto his choice to appear on The View. Celebrities go on The View. Movie stars and rock stars. Not sitting Presidents of the United States. You cannot explain his decision to appear there without acknowledging that it was, at least in part, about the thrill he gets from being treated like a movie star. This is not merely about public communication. This is also about vanity.[snip]

    Excessive vanity is common among Presidents. You must be vain to presume that you, and nobody else, should be the next President of the United States. Some Presidents are able to manage their vanity so that it is an asset. For other Presidents, vanity is a severe political handicap. Obama is falling into the latter category, which is somewhat of a surprise. His vanity surely helped generate the “audacity” he needed to snatch the Democratic party nomination from Hillary Clinton. Yet since he accomplished that amazing feat, his vanity has gone from a plus to a minus, creating two political problems for him that can be seen in the above clip.

    First, it induces him to do silly things like appear on The View. Such behavior does not help advance his message at all. The audience for this trite program is far too small to induce opinion changes in the mass public. And more importantly, it diminishes the President’s stature. His office is so important that he should not be appearing on programs such as this.

    Second, it strips him of a sense of self-awareness. This President, who was recently ranked as the eighth most intelligent President of all time (just behind of John Adams, co-author of the Declaration of Independence, and four spots ahead of George Washington, who successfully repelled an invasion by the greatest military power the world had ever seen to that point), seems unaware of the concept of irony. There is no other way to explain why he would say this after having become the first President to engage in a permanent electoral campaign:

    We shouldn’t be campaigning all the time. There is a time to campaign and there is a time to govern. What we’ve tried to do over the last 20 months is to govern. On health care or financial reform, right now we have a big debate about how to get small businesses more credit because they generate the jobs. When you feel as if every single initiative that we’re doing is subject to Washington politics instead of is this good for the country, that can be frustrating.

    The fact that he uttered these words on The View, a show politicians only frequent when they are desperately trolling for votes, makes it all the more remarkable.

    President Obama’s vanity is fast becoming a problem for the Democratic Party. Messages cannot be delivered without messengers. Ideas require expounders. Even if the former are sound, the latter can make them sound foolish. Obama ran for and won that party’s nomination based upon the claim that he could sell the party’s ideas to Americans who regularly hesitate to pull the lever for Democrats. He is failing to do that, and his vanity is one reason why.[snip]

    On top of that, unemployment is supposed to remain stubborningly high and the deficit will surely remain at unsustainable levels. All of this will make for difficult waters for Democratic party leaders to navigate. The party is going to need crafty, deft leadership if it hopes to avoid ceding further ground to the Republicans. I have my doubts that this President – overcome as he seems to be with self-adoration – can supply it. I’m guessing that many Democrats are starting to have similar worries.

  85. I am glad that most of the little town where Chelsea is getting married is having fun with the wedding…tonight should be the kickoff…hope we see a few pics!

  86. Request – Does anyone have a link to the Interview President Clinton did in South Africa with Wolf Blitzer? I specifically want the portion about his plan on stimulating the economy. The entire interview would also work. I think YouTube scrubbed it because it makes Obumbles look bad….. Thanks….

  87. I had just read that Jay Cost article and saw that Admin has already posted it…

    you know what amazes me…how all the media and pundits…the chris matthews and his ilk…how they all would go on and on about Bill being all about Bill…and Bill sucking the energy out of the room, bla, bla, bla…

    and then here comes O…the narcissist of all narcissists…the colossal narcissist…the narcissist not to be outdone by anyone…and suddenly none of those same people seem to notice the spectacle of O’s ego and narcissim…they just give him a pass…

    Jay Cost resonates…and he is right…

  88. Class acts the Clintons are…Obama NOT! Feet on the Oval office desk…Obama…sending the Churchell bust back…Obama….giving the Queen of England an Ipod with pics of his inauguration. Obama has no manners!

  89. http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matthew-balan/2010/07/30/cnn-picks-charles-sherrods-white-man-and-his-uncle-toms-remark

    CNN Picks Up on Charles Sherrod’s ‘White Man and His Uncle Toms’ Remark

    CNN’s Joe Johns surprisingly highlighted Charles Sherrod’s racially-charged comments about stopping “the white man and his Uncle Toms from stealing our elections” during a segment on Thursday’s Anderson Cooper 360. Johns also reported on the questions being raised by conservatives about how his wife Shirley Sherrod received her former position at the U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Anchor Anderson Cooper, after devoting some time to faulting himself for not pressing Mrs. Sherrod after she labeled conservative Andrew Breitbart a “vicious” racist during a July 22 interview, introduced the correspondent’s report: “There’s also a new aspect to the Shirley Sherrod story…Questions about her and her husband, Charles…keep bubbling up on some conservative blogs. The questions center around why and how Shirley Sherrod got appointed to her old job at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the first place, and whether her appointment was somehow connected to a settlement she received from the government in a race discrimination lawsuit.”
    SNIP-

  90. admin: Great videos…he is still so very popular and here’s Obama having to stump again just to get his numbers up so the democrats won’t replace him…LOL!

  91. It is wonderful to see how happy they (Clintons) are and miserable barry has become. Payback is a bitch as they say.

  92. admin:

    This edited version might work if you want to give it a try.

    The quality of the video and audio is great.

  93. Thanks Mrs. Smith for the video you posted, I wasn’t able to see the ones Admin posted…………..yes, Bill is swarmed and loved every where.

    Bill came to were I work in the Spring, can’t say were, but in the land of the obots, and he was swarmed in the same way, thousands wanted to get near him, and he loved it then as he does here.

    Bravo for the REAL Democrats that everyone loves no matter how much the ‘elites’ wanted to stamp the Clinton’s as ‘blue collar’, racists and old news…

  94. All-

    The video didn’t work at the click for me…

    but if you copy and paste it in the address box… voila- success!

  95. S,

    Thank you for those wonderful articles on the Clintons. 🙂

    Admin,

    Loved the videos of Bill Clinton. 🙂

  96. ABC evening news featured Chelsea as person of the week. A nice gesture and nearly free of digs.

  97. in spite of agreeing with that this is just chelsea’s day…I am reading every titbit I can find….sorry I cannot help myself…esepcially about who is not attending…except for the BO admitting of a non invite I do not know if some of those not attending got an invite…

    So far per the various press:….Rendall is not attending, nor is Bloomberg….Spielbergs are “unsure”

  98. On this day, on this weekend; it is so obvious that what goes around comes around.
    I cannot help but recall how Michelle criticized Hillary in a manner she is likely coming to regret right now. Something about who’s house is in order, and who’s house is not.
    Hillary’s exudes family joy.
    Michelle’s? Not so much.

    Yes every family has its ups and downs. But Michelle should have had enough class to leave the Clintons’ low moment alone. I for one am glad that she has the other end of the stick. Let us hope that it becomes a teachable moment for her; she’s way overdue.

  99. Israel to retaliate for Gaza rocket strike

    By Adrian Blomfield, LDT July 30, 2010

    Israel was preparing to start air strikes on Gaza after militants in the territory fired a rocket Friday into the Jewish city of Ashkelon, the first such attack in more than a year.

    The rocket was seen by some observers as an attempt to undermine the possible resumption of direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. It marked a significant escalation in attacks by Islamist groups based in Gaza on Israeli civilians.

    It came a day after Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo told Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian leader, that they would not stand in his way if he decided to talk to Israel face-to-face.

    Although it is not thought to have been behind the attack, Hamas – long a bitter rival of Mr Abbas’s secular Fatah party – criticised the Arab ministers. “They do not want to show that they’re shying away from their decisions, so they came up with a vague result, saying neither ‘yes’ nor ‘no’ to an immediate resumption of direct negotiations,” said Khaled Meshaal, the exiled leader of Hamas’s political wing.

    According to Israeli police, a Chinese-made Grad rocket hit a residential area of Ashkelon at 8.30am, damaging a nearby apartment block and destroying cars. There were no casualties. It was only the fourth such attack on Ashkelon since Israel ended its military offensive on Gaza in January last year.

    Since then, Hamas has refrained from launching rockets. Rivals, however, have not abided by the unofficial ceasefire, firing more than 100 rockets into Israel this year, killing one man.

    The latest attack was significant because the Grad carries a much heavier payload than the crudely-made Qassam rockets frequently used by militants in Gaza.

    http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Israel+retaliate+Gaza+rocket+strike/3343427/story.html

  100. I would not be surprised if “THAT ONE” suddenly does something tomorrow to grab the headlines!!!!

  101. Thanks for posting the videos of Bill in Rhinebeck!

    BTW, confloyd, I seriously doubt Chelsea’s ring cost $1 million. Remember, the actual cost of her wedding is nowhere near the projections, so the rumors of her ring cost are likely off as well.

  102. bambi’s appearance on the view reminds me of Molly Shannon’s Mary Catherine Gallaghers character on SNL.
    Superstar.

  103. Not sure how true this is…

    Inside Chelsea Clinton’s Wedding Weekend

    June 30, 2010

    Here comes the bride!

    Chelsea Clinton will say “I Do” to her beau of about five years, Marc Mezvinsky, 32, Saturday evening in bucolic Rhinebeck, New York.

    In anticipation of high-profile guests at the luxe wedding — estimated to cost $3 million — two helicopter landing pads have been installed at Astor Courts, the ultra-private Hudson riverfront estate where the nuptials will take place.

    Several other of the 500 attendees will have a more low-key arrival via bus. They’ll be picked up from local inns Saturday afternoon to be whisked away to the mansion, which is set back from the road with a long driveway protected by off-duty police officers.

    Chelsea, 30, and her parents Bill and Hillary won’t have too long of a commute.

    Despite reports they are bunking with the Andrea Colombel, the daughter of billionaire Clinton supporter George Soros, an insider tells UsMagazine: “The Clintons will all be staying at Astor Courts.”

    Colombel confirms to Us’ it’s “not true” the former president and Secretary of State ever planned to stay at her home, Glenburn. “We wish [Chelsea and Marc] the best,” she adds.

    Guests began to trickle into the Hudson Valley town ahead of the rehearsal dinner, set for Friday night in a barn at Grasmere. (Those not invited may be having cocktails at the sold-out Beekman Arms hotel, which closes at 8 p.m. for a private event.)

    An insider says local hotels haven’t even been given the names of who will be checking in.

    “When the guests arrive, they’ll tell the front desk the room number they were assigned and will get their room key. All of the guests received an email verification about their room,” says an insider at one of the completely-booked local hotels, paid for by the Clintons.

    Out-of-town attendees received a small box of chocolates from Samuel’s and wine from Clinton Vineyards.

    “It’s white, it’s called Tribute and it’s a Seyval Blanc. It’s the 2009 vintage,” Rita Flood, who works at Clinton Vineyards, tells Us. “It’s called Tribute for two reasons: one, initially, the owners called it Tribute to recognize the fact that they harvested their grapes on 9/11, and it was released in tribute of those who died in 9/11. And another tribute to honor the founder of Clinton Vineyards, Ben Feder.”

    Bill Clinton made his first public appearance in town Friday afternoon at Gigi’s Hudson Valley, which is one of the local caterers to provide food at the rehearsal dinner. Us witnessed secret service agents checking out the local restaurant Thursday night.

    Says Valerie LaRose, who runs The LaRose Bed & Breakfast up the road from Grasmere: “Grasmere and the barn is really nice. Catering trucks have been driving down the road for days. They all have tape covering the vendor names so you can’t tell who is coming and going. The only truck that wasn’t covered up was Gigi’s.”

    The rehearsal dinner space has been decorated “really simple,” says an insider.

    The wedding will happen early Saturday evening, around 6 p.m.

    “For a small town, this wedding is a big deal,” says Tarren Manfredi, an employee at Merriweather’s in downtown Rhinebeck, which has a sign in the window urging rumored guest Oprah to pick their handmade soap as her favorite things. “We’re so happy they came here.”

    http://www.usmagazine.com/healthylifestyle/news/inside-chelsea-clintons-wedding-weekend-2010307

  104. If Chelsea’s wedding costs 20 million. Who cares she deserves the utmost privacy that money can buy. The Clinton’s have donated far more than most and Bill using his status has generated hundred of millions in charity for his foundation, Katrina and Haiti relief. He didn’t have to do any of it. Shall we take a look at the charitable donations of the o’s?
    Congrats to Marc and Chelsea!

  105. Love all the photos out this week of Chelsea, Hillary, Bill and their friends.

    I hope we get a couple of public wedding shots after the wedding…tears and laughter.

  106. Out of curiosity– I got several emails this week from people very disturbed about mandatory volunteer work for anyone from age 12 to 42. Emails claimed that there is a bill before Congress that will make it a requirement in order to get financial aid for college for you or your offspring.
    No specifics cited but I remember the scowl saying her president would require that everyone do some volunteer work. Which just raises the question how much pro bono work did the waffles do when they actually had the right to practice law?
    Funny that no matter how much I tried to dissuade these people from voting for bambi or supporting his policies I got almost nowhere, but for some reason mandated charity makes their heads explode.

    My response was wow very unfair if you are going to make a kid who has already struggled to get to college be forced to give up valuable study time to fulfill an obligation– It kind of stacks the odds against your kid. Rich kid who doesn’t need a stuent loan gets more hours to study. Thus besting your kid.

  107. OK…did I miss something on the wedding rehearsal news? Was it this evening or yesterday??? or news is not available?

  108. I have to say, when I read more about those allegations about Gore, I did start to question them. So I’m not surprised there’s no prosecution.

  109. Paula, I was quoting an article that I read and saw a pic of the ring…it did not look like it would cost that much to me, but you know I still somehow believe the written word…maybe I should rethink that since the “journolist”, right?

  110. BTW, in one of the videos of Bill in Rhinebeck, an interviewer asks him if Chelsea will look beautiful tomorrow. He replies, “She looks beautiful every day.”

    Aw, what a sweet, devoted dad he is!

  111. confloyd, I knew that was from the article, and I didn’t mean to single you out, lol. I was picking on the media. 🙂

  112. “an interviewer asks him if Chelsea will look beautiful tomorrow.”

    That is a stupid question, what kind of a question is that?

  113. I have to remember the liars we deal with on a daily basis…I doubt the wedding costs that much. It does seem like the little town is enjoying their sudden vault into celebrity status…LOL! I wonder what the population of this little town is?

  114. Oh my the population is 3000! That’s the size of my little town…what would happen in this little town if something like that were to happen…pure mayhem…LOL!

  115. I know if that happened in my hometown, they would be thrilled. My hometown is in the county in Ohio that has the highest unemployment. It would give a real boost to them. I think this town is thrilled to have them, and thrilled to be chosen.

  116. NMF, That’s right, in my little town many stores have closed. It would be a boon to our little town and its great that they chose a little place like this.

    Am I getting this right that the wedding is all night tonight and tomorrow at 6pm the wedding takes place?? Wow, if this is true, its almost like one of those old fashioned Polish weddings that take place over a 3 day period…a real celebration….I love those!

  117. pm17, I was paraphrasing a bit, lol, but it was a silly question, agreed. That’s why I loved Bill’s answer.

  118. I don’t know if the rest of you have noticed Marc’s eyes, he has really beautiful blue eyes…perfect match for Chelsea’s…all my kids have beautiful blue eyes but they all married brown eyed husbands…so I have a bunch of lovely grandchildren with hazel eyes. I am very partial to blue eyes.

  119. Paula, with the current media crop, stupidity is all we can expect.

    Chelsea resembles Hillary’s mom so much..

    All those rumors about millions of dollars for the wedding if true, people should be happy that someone could/would spend that kind of money in this economy.

  120. I just saw a video and an update…the rehearsal was at some old farmhouse….

    And they mentioned that they saw Roger Clinton and Marc’s Mum enter into that old in Rhinebeck where some guests will be staying……but no REAL PICS….

  121. There is no feud like a family feud and it is starting to form. Hillary was on her way in 2008 until this young cocky mulatto from Illinois upset the stage. She still burns from that setback and will be ever
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    YOUNG COCKY MULATTO…REALLY? WHO’S RACIST?…REALLY?

  122. This Alford guy…from the black chamber of commerce mentioning “cocky mulatto” is the same guy who confronted boxer!!!!

    How funny!!!!!

  123. FYI…I heard on CBS that Oprah was NOT invited…

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    all i can say is that Bill, Hill, and Chelsea exhude so much love and positive energy…not only are they all so brilliant, patriotic and good looking but they also just project warmth…our country and this world are so much richer and better because of the Clintons…they have given so much…(and had to put up with so much)

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    anyone notice how cold and bluntly O has thrown Rangel under the bus…every democrat should be on notice…if they don’t get how ruthless and self serving O is now…note to dims…watch your back…as soon as you are no longer useful to O…you are gone…

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    confloyd…I know this is superficial but i have not been able to see the color of Marc’s eyes in any of the photos…most photos i have seen are not close ups and he has his glasses on…pretty blue eyes certainly run in the clinton family…

  124. I understand that Maxine Waters is next on the hit list…apparently she’s too dumb to hold office…I don’t know, but its seems like they might be cleaning house…but I doubt it.

  125. Well, here is a welcome bit of news. We thought it would be just Chelsea and Marc, at least I did, as a couple plus the Clintons and the Medvinskys. It turns out Marc has 10 siblings…. (they’ve outdone the Jolie-Pitts!) 🙂

    “The siblings”

    “Chelsea Clinton isn’t just getting a husband. She’s getting a whole bunch of brothers and sisters in the bargain. Marc Mezvinsky has 10 siblings, several of whom are adopted.

    An article from House.gov explains that while a reporter in 1970, Ms. Margolies-Mezvinksy was covering a story on Korean orphans. She was apparently “so moved by the experience that she became the first single woman in the United States to adopt a foreign child, a Korean girl.”

    Again, according to House.gov, the family consists of “Margolies’s two children, Mezvinsky’s four children from a previous marriage, two sons born to them, and three Vietnamese boys whom they adopted together.”

    http://buzz.yahoo.com/buzzlog/93885?fp=1
    __________________________

    Celine Dion and Osmonds step aside… 🙂

  126. Marc M. appears to have quite a few siblings…about 6 or seven…some adopted from different nations….his mother adopted the first one as a single woman years before she got married…

    Kind of interesting for Chels.

  127. S, I love it Oprah was not invited…I just love it…apparently Chelsea really did do the guest list…maybe alot of school friends..which is quiet understandable. Real friends not the political ones that stab you in the back for money.

    Take it from me by the pics I’ve seen Marc is very handsome and has gorgeous blue eyes..if they have children Big Dog and Hillary will be happy to pass on their blue eyes.

  128. Mrs. Smith, I read that today…its seems Chelsea mother in law is some kind of a woman…no only did she help Bill pass difficult legislation but she has a soft heart for orphans…and Chelsea is marrying into a huge family. That is usually what happens with only children.

  129. If you wonder if America is into this wedding, now trending on Yahoo…gluten free diets..which is what Chelsea is on due to allergies….the world in definitely interested in Bill and Hillary’s daughter. She has grown up to be a wonderful woman.

    She had to endure many ugly things as a child from the rethugs…so now they just need to butt out.

  130. …a litttle more dish…

    people.com/people/article/0,,20406627,00.html

    No $3 Million Wedding for Chelsea – and Other Rumors Put to Rest
    By Liz McNeil

    Friday July 30, 2010 09:00 PM EDT

    The town of Rhinebeck, N.Y., is abuzz with preparations and news outlets are clamoring for details, but what’s really going on when it comes to the Saturday wedding of former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton and fiancé Marc Mezvinsky?

    PEOPLE tracked down some of the juiciest rumors and burning questions:


    
1. Could it really be costing $5 million?

    
Not even close. Sources close to the bride’s parents, who are paying for the wedding, cast recent tabloid “guesstimates” of a wedding budget between $3 million to $5 million as so grossly fabricated they are unworthy of comment. One longtime family friend said the wedding is not exceeding six figures – so in the hundreds-of-thousands dollar range, not millions.

    
 2. Any chance the Clintons are getting freebies for the wedding?

    Absolutely not. As Secretary of State, the mother of the bride would be guided not only by what is appropriate, but by the strict ethics rules that prohibit all executive branch employees from accepting gifts of more than $20 in value. And no, there can be no parsing of the value. A single source can give no more than a total of $50 worth of gifts in each calendar year. 


    3. Which celebs are going?

    The White House says that President Obama will not be attending, and Obama himself says that he didn’t even get an invite. Ditto Al Gore’s office, where a spokesperson said that President Clinton’s former VP would not be attending and neither would Tipper Gore. But, added the spokesperson, “They both wish the couple well and they share in the family’s excitement.”

    As for all that buzz about Oprah Winfrey being among the celebrity guests, a spokesperson for Winfrey’s production company, Harpo, told a HumanEvents.com blogger earlier this month: “Ms. Winfrey has not been invited to the wedding.” As Hillary Clinton put it last week, “It’s a family wedding and the people coming are [Chelsea’s] friends and people who have been meaningful in her life, as it should be.” Our money is on longtime Clinton pals Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen.


    4. What kinds of presents should the happy couple expect?
    A toaster oven or latte maker just doesn’t seem appropriate. As for a bridal registry – it’s a Secret Service-style mission. The couple used a fake name under the gift registry, reports the Washington Post, so even the shopping locations are a mystery.

    5. Could this all be a ruse to keep us away from the REAL wedding somewhere else?
    According to Jim Langan, editor of the Hudson Valley News, “If it is, it’s worthy of the Manhattan Project and an appearance by Oliver Stone, and it would be the most expensive head fake in history.”

  131. It was on CBS news clip..late evening….I caanot remember exactly where now because I am surfing and searching so much that I keep forgetting which articles/videos I have been to….

    I unashamedly admit that I am hooked on any news of this wedding….never thought I would be…

    For the most part everybody is saying nice things about her….

  132. Me too, mp, lol.

    BTW, the AP also now reports the costs are vastly overinflated.

    cbs6albany.com/news/wedding-1276721-cost-million.html

  133. I think the wedding is highly interesting as we are all Clinton fans…so their daughter’s wedding is interesting as we are all happy and hopeful for the new couple.

  134. I for one was thrilled to learn Chelsea will be surrounded by a huge extended family, people she can trust. The loyalty factor is huge in the political world. It was a pleasant surprise and I am happy for her.

  135. Of coarse the the Clinton haters want to add rubber to the “tax and spend” democrats…just BS and I am happy they will be stuck with a huge foot in their mouths.

  136. I’ve made a horrible mistake…I went to HuffPost for info about the wedding…does Ariana have some kind of test for meaness she gives all her employees before hiring them of what….what a bunch of mean, evious, hateful people that fill the halls of HuffPost. I won’t make that mistake again!

  137. mp, was those two photos at the beginning photos of Bill and Hill at the wedding…if so…they look so happy!

  138. Chelsea Clinton set to tie the knot
    (UKPA) – 9 minutes ago

    Bill Clinton has made a long-anticipated appearance in the New York village where his daughter is getting married, drawing crowds of onlookers as preparations continued largely out of sight for the grand and secretive occasion.

    In the evening, hundreds of people gathered outside the hotel where many of the guests are staying to catch a glimpse of the former president with his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    Shortly before 11pm local time, the Clintons exited a van arm-in-arm outside the Beekman Arms Hotel.

    The former first lady, in a long, green dress, waved to the cheering crowd waiting behind metal barricades outside and quickly went into the hotel.

    Earlier in the day, Bill Clinton, looking fit and relaxed in blue jeans and a black knit shirt, walked with security a few blocks north from the picturesque village’s main intersection to the restaurant Gigi Trattoria.

    Chelsea Clinton is expected to marry her long-time boyfriend, investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, at a ceremony on Saturday evening attended by 400 to 500 people at the grand Astor Courts, an estate on the scenic east bank of the Hudson River.

    And what does he think of his soon-to-be son-in-law?

    “I like him very much,” the popular Democrat said. “I really do. I admire him. Hillary feels the same way.”

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5gycFzx8zbK8W7E-U1kqoNZCPb30Q

  139. I love the dress too….

    BTW: There are going to be firewroks over the Hudson after the wedding reception tomorrow evening for those licky folks living nearby…

    I loved all the photo albums and the pics…but wish they had not included her ex – Klaus!

  140. Hillary and Bill look great in those photos…

    …when you think of how far ahead our country could have been in the hands of their competency and intelligence…and maturity…and instead we have gone backwards with O and all indicators are worse since O took over…

  141. It is a shame that O was selected and what he has done to this country in 20 short months when we coulda had Hillary…its just awful….

  142. Re Time Magazine about withdrawing from Afganistan. If anyone has time to look it up, there’s a great quote from Hillary from 2008 about prompt withdrawal from Iraq. (This was before the Surge started ‘working’.) She said long and loud and clear, that we don’t know what would happen to Iraq if we withdrew. There would be some good effects and some bad effects there. What we did know for sure is that it would be good for OUR troops and our budget. That’s the only thing we knew for sure, and the only thing we could control. (And, iirc, the most important thing for us.)

  143. gmanedit
    July 29th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    “JanH
    “July 29th, 2010 at 7:19 pm
    “I’m wondering why now? Why didn’t they go after Rangel before. None of these charges are new. His ethics have been in question for years.”

    This was set in motion a while ago. I remember (sorry, no link) reading about Rangel’s rent-stabilized apartments shortly after the inauguration and thinking it was the O-team getting even with a Hillary supporter.

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    Charges, even old charges, are getting brought up against a lot of Hillary supporters or potential supporters now…. Hm….

  144. JanH
    I kind of feel sorry for Rangel. It’s like he is being sacrificed now/being thrown under the bus. I’m just saying that this reeks of manipulation. I may not have liked some of the things he has done in the past, but I just find this very suspicious.

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

    Yep.

  145. Welcome, gmanedit, and thanks for a sensible, informative post!

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    gmanedit said:
    July 30th, 2010 at 2:47 am

    “confloyd said:
    “We all know that Rangel was instrumental in getting Hillary to run in 08′, but what I don’t remember is when did he backstab her? Did he just finally commit to Obama, if that’s the case they all did, but did he go for barack before she quit her campaign…I don’t remember!”

    gmanedit said:
    I think at the end he was among those twisting her arm, but he appeared with her at the Mother’s Day fundraiser in New York City. For the O team, that meant he had a bull’s-eye on his back.

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

    Rule of thumb: if the O team is going after someone, that person is probably a good guy and supporter of Hillary. The enemy of our enemy is our friend.

    As for ‘twisting her arm’, does this refer to people who walked down the aisle with her in Denver? Look, Hillary doesn’t let ANYONE twist her arm, or physically push her around. That’s nonsense.

  146. Re Afganistan, here’s another issue worth researching if anyone has time.

    Some bots keep saying it was a GOP president that ‘launched’ both wars, Iraq and Afganistan. Well, Bush may have technically ‘launched’ it, but it was Obama who has been saying for years that Afganistan was the ‘good war’ and we should move our troops there and the worst thing about the Iraq war was that it distracted us from Afganistan, etc etc.

    I wish someone would look up how many troops Bush sent, how much money Bush spent, on Afgan — and contrast how many and how much Obama has escalated it.

    Then maybe look at the war JFK ‘launched’ in Vietnam, and how much LBJ and Nixon escalated that one. Soon they ‘owned’ the war and everyone forgot and forgave JFK.

  147. Mrs. Smith
    However, of late Soros has decided it’s in his best interest to change horses and support Hillary. The Rothschild’s won’t put up much longer with the failure of the billions promised by Soros coming to their treasure chests falling way short of the mark. So we are about to see a thankful change. A welcomed change for us… for a change.

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

    That’s nice to hear. It would be even nicer to hear some evidence for it.

    So how long do you think they will maintain this alleged pro-Hillary direction?

  148. Unreported by the lame stream media as they creep into the bridegrooms family history is the fact that that the Mezvinskis also provided the children of their Vietnamese housekeeper with a quality education at a Quaker school. Where ya going to read that?

  149. So whether Rangel is guilty or not, he is to be thrown to the wolves so that obama and his twits can show how ethical they are. Never mind the crimes they have each committeed. He is to be their poster boy.

    Sorry, but whether you like Rangel or not, obama is trying to manipulate media focus away from his stumbles to this.

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    And they get to damage a once and future Hillary supporter.

    Let’s not help them.

  150. All these rumors about cost of Chelsea’s wedding and now of her ring — seem very unlikely to me! What evidence is there of any of them? Just gossip tabloid stuff.

    No one will go around wearing a ring so valuable that they’d be a target for muggers.

  151. henry said:
    How convenient is this “truth”?

    VERY CONVENIENT FOR THE POLLUTERS WHO WANT TO DISCREDIT GORE.

    Paula said:
    I have to say, when I read more about those allegations about Gore, I did start to question them. So I’m not surprised there’s no prosecution.

    GOOD FOR YOU.

  152. WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday called ethics charges against Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel “very troubling” and said he hopes the longtime lawmaker can end his career with dignity. Several House Democrats went further, flat-out urging the New York congressman to resign.

    “He’s somebody who’s at the end of his career,” Obama said in an interview that aired Friday on “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.” “I’m sure that what he wants is to be able to end his career with dignity. And my hope is that it happens.”

    Obama, speaking on the issue for the first time, praised the 20-term Rangel for serving his constituents well but called the more than one-dozen tax and disclosure charges against him “very troubling.”

    ……………………………………..

    Now we all know they wouldnt throw Rangel under the bus without a reason.

    I wonder if someone has more big goodies to disclose on Mr Rangel and that the Dems know something big is coming down the wire and want to get him out of the way before it destabalizes their whole fall campaign, i’d hold onto the info until closer to november and then drop the bomb, if i was going to do that.

    If he doesnt go, watch the dems drop the goods on him themselves, they’d eat themselves to survive right now.

    Something’s afoot.

  153. WASHINGTON (AP) – A House investigative panel has decided to charge Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California with ethics violations, raising the possibility of a second high-profile political trial this fall. People familiar with the investigation, who were not authorized to be quoted about unannounced charges, say the allegations could be announced next week. The House ethics committee declined Friday to make any public statement on the matter.

    Waters has been under investigation for a possible conflict of interest involving a bank that was seeking federal aid. Her husband owned stock in the bank.
    ……………………………………

    There is a lot of crap about to float in democratic circles, it would seem.

  154. A person close to the Rangel tells POLITICO the embattled Democrat “doesn’t give a damn about what the president thinks about this” and won’t step down…

    One member of the Congressional Black Caucus, also speaking on condition of anonymity, expressed bitterness that the president would turn publicly on Rangel, a decorated Korean War combat veteran.

    “Charlie Rangel has served our nation with honor and distinction for more than four decades — before I was born and the President was a twinkle in his parents’ eye,” the CBC member said of a career in public service dating back to Rangel’s days in the Army.

    “He should be treated with honor and respect,” the member said, referring to Rangel’s work promoting equal rights for African Americans. “In fact Mr. Rangel made my service in Congress and Mr. Obama’s presidency possible.”

    That’s a response to The One delivering the Corleone kiss of death to Rangel a few hours ago, natch. Exit question: How deep must the fracture be right now between the CBC and the Dem leadership if Maxine Waters is willing to force ethics back into the headlines by choosing a trial? She knows it’s poisonous for the party this close to the election and she’s doing it anyway. Amazing.

    …………………………………………………………………..

    Looks like the CBC aint to happy with Obama chucking his “brothers and sisters” under the bus. I can see these guys knifing “the one” right back.

  155. Glad to hear Rangle charged and Waters is next.Poor guy spent 40 yrs till-dipping with one hand and legislating with the other.He is a very common one armed bandit of the worst kind.His cohorts want him to retire with dignity.Our penal system is full of his ilk.Get rid of them all regardless of color or nationality.Operation “CLEAN SWEEP” starts now today and it must not fail.Hillary is our only hope for a steady hand determination and “GUTS”.The messiah needs to join Glenn Pecker to preserve the FOX fair and balanced comic show.
    Now I can sit back and enjoy the wedding news from our real “FIRST FAMILY”

  156. Now that Obama’s House of Cards has fallen; let the dominos winding their way through congressional corridors, fall where they may. [sniff]

  157. Amnesty By Executive Fiat

    http://spectator.org/blog/2010/07/30/amnesty-by-executive-fiat

    The Obama administration is considering it. The idea is to have the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) just start handing out green cards to illegals.

    USCIS, a part of the Obama administration, outlines the ideas in a draft memo that includes the possibility of issuing green cards to tens of thousands who entered the country illegally. “In the absence of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, CIS can extend benefits and/or protections to many individuals and groups by issuing new guidance and regulations,” the memo advises.

    “In the absence of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, CIS can extend benefits and/or protections to many individuals and groups by issuing new guidance and regulations,” the memo advises.

    It was prepared by senior aides for CIS Director Alejandro N. Mayorkas and made public by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), who last month asked President Obama for assurances that rumors of a reprieve for illegal immigrants were unfounded. “This memo gives credence to our concerns that the administration will go to great lengths to circumvent Congress and unilaterally execute a back-door amnesty plan,” Grassley told ProPublica, a non-profit investigative team.

    The Obama administration cannot legalize the entire illegal immigrant population this way, much less put them on a path to citizenship. But it is a democratically unaccountable start.

    ……………………………………………

    What are they on?

  158. So far, Big media is behaving themselves. Accolades abound to and for Chelsea. It’s like a breath of fresh air or a :

    “Chelsea Morning”
    Joni Mitchell 1969

  159. Jul 31, 2010

    Chelsea Clinton’s wedding weekend is underway

    Good morning! Although we weren’t invited to Chelsea Clinton’s wedding (the nerve!) we’re still watching all the festivities like a hawk. Arienne Thompson here to fill you in on the details so far. … Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former president Bill Clinton definitely had that proud parental glow as they emerged from Chelsea’s post-rehearsal dinner party at the Beekman Arms Inn last night. … There were a few boldfaced names (not quite A-list) spotted attending the dinner last night, too. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Clinton adviser Vernon Jordan and Entrpreneur/Elizabeth Hurley’s baby daddy Steve Bing.

    Some spectators were hoping to see Oprah Winfrey step out of a stretch limo for the Beekman Arms party, although there’s been no confirmation that she’s coming, or that she was even invited. … At the hotel, security cross-referenced Beekman Arms Inn guests’ names with photographs to avoid intruders. … One journalist in Rhinebeck says the excitement has reached fever pitch, and not all residents are amused.

    Meanwhile, the media is abuzz with profiles of Chelsea’s husband-to-be, investment banker Marc Mazvinsky, advice on interfaith marriage (she’s Methodist, he Jewish) and glowing praise of Chelsea herself as the “model” first daughter.

    And, there aren’t any photos moving of Chelsea or Marc from the weekend so far, which is be expected.

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/entertainment/post/2010/07/chelsea-clintons-wedding-weekend-is-underway/1

  160. moononpluto
    July 31st, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Amnesty By Executive Fiat

    http://spectator.org/blog/2010/07/30/amnesty-by-executive-fiat

    The Obama administration is considering it. The idea is to have the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) just start handing out green cards to illegals.
    ________________________________

    The idea (ALINSKY METHOD)is something that worked for a community organizer running for election in Chicago. The idea was to overwhelm the municipality and city services. Imagine the food stamp line, welfare apps, job apps…etc

    When municipal services are overwhelmed, we see the paralysis of cities and towns. This dynamic leads to the eventuality of general discord, leading to violent protests resulting in the disintegration of a functional society.

    Obama smells the coffee. Soros not returnng his calls would be his first indication the air of change has landed not on US citizens instead at 1600 Pennsy Av.

  161. Yesterday evening I was determined to watch one of the broadcast network ‘news’ shows. As I mentioned previously, ABC chose Chelsea ‘Person of the Week.’ So I watched Diane Sawyer for most of the 30 minutes, and for doing so, I discovered that tomorrow morning ABC is launching a new show “This Week with Christiane Amanpour.” It begins at 10 AM. Pelosi and Gates are the guests tomorrow. I saw a promo of each interview and might have planned to watch it if I were at home. Pelosi ducked the question featured, and I’m wondering if Ms. A will call her on it. ‘A’ did assume an air of authority and perhaps even integrity in the little I saw. Can we dream?

    Now back to the most pleasurable news we’ve had in a long time. Chelsea, Marc, Hillary, Bill.

  162. Hillary looked beautiful in her forest green gown. Looks like she’s added sunstreaks to her new casual hairdo…
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    JanH
    July 31st, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Mrs. Smith,

    What a lovely song tribute.
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    Thank YOU, Jan, for posting the many Chelsea/Marc videos we can’t just get enough of…kudos to you for the diligent surfing. We LOVE IT!

  163. lol…the media is resorting to pulling ideas out of a hat now. Kudos to Chelsea and her family for going the privacy route.

  164. The Rangle-Waters corruption business is quite odd..why now? and why was Obama told to stick the knife in Rangle? Both were early Hillary supporters and Waters came out and supported Hillary after the SC Primary and called BS on the ra*ism crap. The stuff on Rangle is nothing new and Waters has been on the CREW “Most Corrupt in Congress” list for years.
    Here is the ’08-’10 list of 15 most corrupt”

    * Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
    * Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL)
    * Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)
    * Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA)
    * Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)
    * Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)
    * Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA)
    * Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
    * Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D-WV)
    * Rep. John P. Murtha (D-PA) (deceased)
    * Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY)
    * Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA)
    * Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN)
    * Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
    * Rep. Don Young (R-AK)

  165. Hillary looked tan in the Green dress. I wonder if she had one of those spray tans done. She looks great. Those spray tans a lot healthier for you. I loved how the green gown flowed. Bill looked good also, but HRC was just beaming, and happy to see all the people.

    So much for HRC disappearing from the Public Scene.

  166. SHV
    July 31st, 2010 at 10:54 am
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    Bless you for asking the same questions as I am about Rangel et al.

  167. Unless of course the dims are really worried that Hillary could outshine and pose a challenge to bambi’s re-election. Maybe they are eliminating Hillary’s supporters one by one.

  168. The scene on the left has not changed much since the late 1960s and the same people play the same game and the same people fall for it. Only the names have been changed to protect the guilty. New York writer Tom Wolfe nailed them in his essays entitled Mau Mauing the Flackcatchers. Only the names have been changed to protect the guilty.

    1. Today they call themselves neo-libs whereas then Tom Wolfe called them radical chic. They are what they have always been. Radical chic refers to members of the economic and cultural elites adopting pet racial causes. John Kerry, Peter Lewis and the rest of the

    2. Today they call it Alinsky methods whereas then they called it Mau mauing. The term transcends race and means to attack or denounce vociferously, especially so as to intimidate: “In years past, [the civil rights leadership] … would mau-mau the government or the corporate sector or the white community” (Joseph Perkins).

    (Note: I rather suspect that this is the m.o. of that wall flower and racial healer Sherod and her SDS husband. And in her cause for justice she just happened to pick up $300,000 for herself in the service of that cause. Now she loses her job, but instead of suing her employer–the Obama Administration, she sues her employer. Ain’t fool’n nobody.)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radical_Chic_%26_Mau-Mauing_the_Flak_Catchers

  169. Help me to understand why anyone thought Ophrah would be invited to the wedding. The way she stabbed Hillary in the back. I don’t blame Chesea.

    Someone ask me if there were any black people invited to the wedding. I said the way Hillary was kicked to the curb by blacks to vote for a non experienced person because of the color of his skin amazes me.

    I said there might be some only the most loyal ones.

    I said if Stephnie Tubbs Jones were alive, she would be on the list.

    I am not sure about Jessie Jackson Sr. With his past
    i am not sure if Chelsea wanted him there

  170. Help me to understand why anyone thought Ophrah would be invited to the wedding
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    Barack’s spy.

  171. The Rangle-Waters corruption business is quite odd..why now?
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    Strange thing for me to say I know but try the benign explanation first. The Republicans were probably posed to make a campaign issue out of it nationally, under the heading the most ethical congress in history, or whatever that idiot wind speaker said awhile back. So the forces of evil simply moved to pre-empt the issue, so they could tell voters when we have problems we clean up the mess ourselves. If you pursue that issue to the limits of its logic they would all resign.

  172. pm317
    July 31st, 2010 at 11:23 am

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    I think this is my favorite article on this issue to date.

    Ms. Estrich nailed it!

  173. wbboei
    July 31st, 2010 at 11:34 am
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    It might have been a pre-emptive action, but the Repubs can still use it agains the dims for waiting so darn long to set this in motion.

    Secondly, I will be watching to see if any of bambi’s corrupt buddies get thrown under the bus.

  174. Jul 30, 2010

    Michelle Obama’s communications chief moving on

    First Lady Michelle Obama is losing her communications chief. The White House has just announced that Camille Johnston is leaving for a private-sector job. She’s heading for Siemens Corporation. She is the third high-level staffer to leave the first lady’s office, following former social secretary Desiree Rogers and former chief of staff Jackie Norris…

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2010/07/michelle-obamas-chief-of-staff-moving-on/1

  175. Groups rally against Fox seat in White House briefing room

    By Elise Viebeck – 07/31/10

    Two liberal groups are pushing against Fox News’ request for a seat in the White House briefing room.

    The decision to fill the front-row seat formerly held by UPI’s Helen Thomas will be made Sunday by the White House Correspondents Association. Fox, NPR and Bloomberg News are the three most serious contenders for the spot.

    CREDO Action, a mobile phone company that sponsors activist campaigns, started circulating an online petition Wednesday entitled ‘Help NPR beat Fox.’

    “FOX News is a right-wing propaganda outlet, not a legitimate news agency,” it reads. “It’s bad enough that we have to fight the constant smear campaigns and appeals to racial paranoia from FOX and the right-wing media. We can’t let them have the best seat in the White House press briefing room and the legitimacy that it confers.”

    MoveOn.org has since encouraged its members to support the petition, calling Fox News in a letter “a tool in the right-wing propaganda machine.”

    CREDO Action has said it has gathered more than 250,000 signatures since the petition launched.

    NPR released a statement Friday to clarify that it has “no position on the petitions.”

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/111993-groups-rally-against-fox-seat-in-white-house-briefing-room

  176. I was surprised that Vernon Jordan was there though….of coarse I don’t know the history between him and the family….Madelyn Albright I imagine is a close family friend.

    I don’t remember this much hoopla when Jenna Bush got married….I think it has everything to do with Hillary’s popularity and Chelsea being such a nice, sweet person.

    The Fox& Friends video was quiet funny. The video with someone screaming “Hillary you look beautiful” was good too. Things are looking good for Hillary 2012′ I think.

  177. Well now they have gone and blown my theory. Todays headline for that believe it or not rag the NYT says they (which I understand to mean the democrats) are moving away from expulsion and toward censure. I hope they do this by straight party line vote, but I know in my heart that if Barack weighs in Mr. Chippendale from Massachusetts and the crazy old maids from Maine will melt away and do anything he asks. If the Republicans can keep those three stooges in line they can still make a campaign issue on this. If past is prologue they will blow it. The other thing I sorry about, especially after seeing the list above, is that when it comes to corruption the Republicans have got their own skin in the game. But if they do anything less that send good time charlie wrangel packing they have breached their sworn duties and made a mockery of their oath.

  178. I am happy about the positive news about the wedding. The little “journolists” have kept their opinions to themselves for right now at least.

  179. CREDO Action, a mobile phone company that sponsors activist campaigns, started circulating an online petition Wednesday entitled ‘Help NPR beat Fox.’

    “FOX News is a right-wing propaganda outlet, not a legitimate news agency,” it reads. “It’s bad enough that we have to fight the constant smear campaigns and appeals to racial paranoia from FOX and the right-wing media. We can’t let them have the best seat in the White House press briefing room and the legitimacy that it confers.”

    MoveOn.org has since encouraged its members to support the petition, calling Fox News in a letter “a tool in the right-wing propaganda machine.”
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    So nice to see the little Nazis up in arms. Whatever became of their opposition to the Afghan War on moral grounds?

  180. JanH
    July 31st, 2010 at 11:56 am
    Jul 30, 2010

    Michelle Obama’s communications chief moving on
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    The communications chief knows exactly what is going on in the administration. It doesn’t look good for Obama if Camille Johnston is taking a job in the private sector. Could it be because she is afraid her most dreaded fears will be realized soon? Namely it won’t be long now before Obama joins the ranks of the hundreds of thousands he has left unemployed?

    Has sort of goolish zombie-like overtones…{{chill}}

  181. Mrs. Smith made a brilliant point to me this morning. It isn’t just that Hillary has experience. Recall how big media twisted that criterion into a claim that Obama had experience too because he spent a year in a Kenyan village when he was a child. It is the fact that she has a LIFETIME of relevant job related experience, and if you add in her husband you get two lifetimes of that. Do the American People at this point have enough common sense to see the value of that? Time will tell.

    Fifth Dimension: there is an argument for you. It isn’t just experience she would bring to the country as president in 2012. It is two lifetimes of job related experience and problem solving. That is, as the new age Human Resources geniuses say, the value proposition.

  182. My question is whether the American people will listen/be swayed and manipulated by the media again. Will the Black Panthers use thuggery again. Will the caucus system be fair for once. Will AA’s vote for obama no matter what.

  183. Will AA’s vote for obama no matter what?

    I can answer that one. YES. They will vote for Obama no matter what. They would vote for OJ Simpson no matter what. 90% or more.

  184. Jan H, Hillary is beautiful in that photo at the link you provided. She just looks magnificent–a woman in her prime…hope I look that good at that same age…

  185. Mrs. Smith,
    I hope your right…this communications specialist is leaving before 2 years is up, so can we expect he is going to QUIT…I hope so…this is too much job for a slacker!

  186. Still no more details from the wedding!!!

    Glad Vernon J. is there…he has been a FAMILY friend for a long long time….

  187. confloy says:

    “can we expect he is going to QUIT”

    That would be nice. However, at this point as long as he goes quickly is all I’m focused on. He may be removed because of some other issue. I don’t know. The main thing he is gone before his first term is up. I read something some time ago stating it would set a precedent if he is allowed to run for re-election, something that if he is reelected it would nullify the NBC’s clause in the Constitution. I’m not sure if that statement is accurate or true as it was stated on the web.

  188. I was surprised that Vernon Jordan was there though….of coarse I don’t know the history between him and the family….Madelyn Albright I imagine is a close family friend.

    ______________

    He has been a family friend almost forever. I first heard of him during the Monica situation. I believe that when the family went on holidays that year Vernon Jordan met them when they arrived. I believe they may have stayed with him. I suppose he is one of Chelsea`s favourite people, being such a stalwart friend to her parents.

  189. Well hey, he quit being a senator about 2 years into the job so what would be new about that, he seems to be a serial quitter.

  190. Chelsea’s cake will be vegan and gluten free…most of the menu was vegan with a slab of beef for the carnivores…………

    Roar………..I would be scarfing down the meat!

    My son was a vegan for a year when he fell in love with a vegan, it was the most difficult time eating around this couple since I am a carnivore. 😆

  191. I seriously don’t think he’ll run for re-election, this whole term of his seems geared to not bothering and Obama does not seem to want to be there anyway. Obama is a serial runaway slacker, the perpetual can’t be bothered. He just gives up at everything. I’m not seeing anything that convinces me he will run again for there will nothing for him to run on in 2012, certainly can’t do it on Hope and change, so what exactly would be left, because people in 2012 will be weighing up exactly what has changed.

    Obama will have to explain himself in 2012 if he did and he has no intention of being scrutinized.

  192. Soros not returnng [Obama’s} calls would be his first indication the air of change has landed not on US citizens instead at 1600 Pennsy Av.

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    Lovely thought. What evidence do we have of whose calls Soros is and is not returning?

  193. SHV said:
    The Rangle-Waters corruption business is quite odd..why now? and why was Obama told to stick the knife in Rangle? Both were early Hillary supporters and Waters came out and supported Hillary after the SC Primary and called BS on the ra*ism crap. The stuff on Rangle is nothing new and Waters has been on the CREW “Most Corrupt in Congress” list for years.

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    Excellent points. Murtha was a Hillary supporter too. Imo at that level things are so complicated that enemies can always find (or invent) something to charge someone with, or some old charges to bring out and make news (eg Spritzer in 2008).

    Obama going after these Hillary supporters now might fit with the articles from the other side talking about Hillary challenging Obama in 2012. Since the new DNC rules are still allowing quite a few Superdelegates, O may want individually eleminate these people who would be SDs and would support Hillary again. At least this will make it harder for them to speak out now encouraging Hillary to challenge.

  194. Mrs. Smith, TC has a very interesting article. It goes into BP and who actually owns it and how this person is related to the 08′ financial collapse…very interesting and has legs to the Obama’s WH.

  195. Mrs. Smith and Wbboei, We should have done an indepth study of this guy named Larry Fink…he makes Soros look like Mother Teresa!

  196. Just watching Fox talk about Barry on the View, I have no desire to watch the video of the show but they keep showing little snips on Fox and they were saying that BarryBoy did it to try and win back women that voted for him in the General election that he feels he has lost. Okay, let’s assume some women voted for him then that have turned against him for his crappy policies………we are not talking about PUMA women, we never voted for him in the first place, so who are those silly women that will chance their opinion of ineptness by watching him be folksie with the women on the View, sharing fuzzy stories of his family and answering nerf ball questions from all by one by the conservative woman?

    What a freakin’ insult to women for the Oadministration to think that this BS is gonna change women’s view of him and his terrible policies. Obama is an aHole that has destroyed the Democratic party with the help of the DNC thugs, Nasty, Deenie, Reid, Brazillenut and the others.

    He is going down for this corruption and stupidity!!!!!!!!
    I wish it was time to vote right now, waiting for November is like watching paint dry.

  197. wbboei
    The Rangle-Waters corruption business is quite odd..why now?
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    Strange thing for me to say I know but try the benign explanation first. The Republicans were probably posed to make a campaign issue out of it nationally

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    It’s not an either/or.

    People high in power (Obama, Clintons, anyone) didn’t gain that power by doing things for a single reason. They act when several reasons are all pointing toward the same action.

    Going after Rangle and Waters now has MANY benefits for O’s faction:

    1. It somewhat takes away the GOPs use of R and W (cf Sherrod, though that didn’t work out so well 😉

    2. It may remove them as Hillary SDs in 2012.

    3. It hampers or prevents them speaking out for Hillary now.

    4. It distracts the media from Obama failures in other areas (and from Journolist etc, since R and W are not rightwing targets).

    5. It distracts from talk about Hillary 2012, and dirties her by association.

    Surely many more behind the scenes benefits to them.

  198. I found this at yahoo answers as a comment but I think its truthful. I did not know corexit kills red blood cells, but I would not doubt it. Corexit is made in Illinois and Larry Fink owns the controlling interest in it..
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    s Larry Fink an example of free market capitalism and if so should people copy that example?
    A million shares in BP — he also owns the majority shares in Nalco

    BP is now famous — or rather infamous as having caused an oil spew that threatens Gulf residents with loss of jobs and much much more

    He also owns —– the corexit market share via Nalco

    Nalco is doing pretty well these days — oh sure it kills red blood cells and is more toxic than the oil itself — and it is illegal everywhere except the US but who cares if he is an example of free market capitalistic — Only a few million people will lose a few decades of their life and a rich person will end up being richer and isn’t that what is important ?

    Breath deeply your pension cheques won’t be coming to you

  199. turndownobama
    July 31st, 2010 at 3:29 pm
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    This is what I have been looking for. The reasons you gave make the most sense to me.

  200. It’s not an either/or.

    People high in power (Obama, Clintons, anyone) didn’t gain that power by doing things for a single reason. They act when several reasons are all pointing toward the same action.

    Going after Rangle and Waters now has MANY benefits for O’s faction:

    1. It somewhat takes away the GOPs use of R and W (cf Sherrod, though that didn’t work out so well

    2. It may remove them as Hillary SDs in 2012.

    3. It hampers or prevents them speaking out for Hillary now.

    4. It distracts the media from Obama failures in other areas (and from Journolist etc, since R and W are not rightwing targets).

    5. It distracts from talk about Hillary 2012, and dirties her by association.

    Surely many more behind the scenes benefits to them.
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    Could be but I doubt it. By this logic Obama controls the world, and not a leaf falls to the ground without his direction. I think he is an incompetent fool who has been propped up by media and finahcial until now and that is changing.

    This is just a soap opera and the end game here has already been decided: a severe reprimand. So they can still vote their conscience as superdelegates if it comes to that.

    This is a bad thing for Obama. Why? Because the public sees them as Obama supporters since they are both AA, Democrats and have supported his policies.

    And as far as a distraction, everything that detracts from a 24-7 laser focus on his incompetence is arguably a distaction, including brushing our teeth. I just think these things proceed at their own pace.

  201. turndown: please understand I am not saying I am not a conspiracy nut. But my conspiracies are on a grander scale. I am interested in the people who put him in there. I am right they are looking pretty stupid to their own peer group right now. shame. People give Obama far too much credit. It is ironic that people as smart as Jay Cost find it ironic that Obama was a genius on the campaign trail yet he cannot govern. His hypothetical is the problem. Like song says it never was you, Barack. It was big media and wall street. Given a level playing field it would have been over Super Tuesday.

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