Chelsea Clinton Honeymoon

America is to be forgiven for indulging in all things Chelsea Clinton these past few days. It’s been so long, at least a year and a half, that Americans have had anything to be happy about. So, the country is indulging itself, as will we, in a Chelsea Clinton Honeymoon. It’s a midsummer dream. Good news finally arrives.

This Sunday we will all be in search mode for anecdotes of The Wedding as well as pictures of the wedding. Already we have seen the shiny platinum colored ornamental waist cincture circling Chelsea’s wedding dress (designer: Vera Wang). We’ve also seen Hillary’s Oscar De LaRenta dress as well as many other dresses on Chelsea’s young friends. It’s such a relief to see event appropriate, age appropriate clothing on well mannered people dressed for the occasion – not a ceaseless parade of cocktail dresses accessorized with automotive parts found discounted at PeP Boys outlets everywhere.

In this midsummer Chelsea Clinton Honeymoon we give praise for the great weather enjoyed by Chelsea’s wedding party as well as the absence of certain people.

We simply could not have survived another day of you-know-who and you-know-what. We have no doubt that you-know-what screamed “who the hell do they think they are?” to you-know-who when she finally realized that her mailbox was not about to spew forth an invitation to certain festivities in upstate New York. We sort of felt sorry for you-know-who and his sleeves when you-know-what got through screaming and ripping vegetables out of the patch to throw at stinky you-know-who.

America his having a honeymoon respite courtesy of Chelsea. Thank you Chelsea. And thank you Bill and Hillary. The people of Rhinebeck celebrated:

“But on her wedding day on Saturday, even as the Clintons sought to shroud the event in secrecy, residents and onlookers here decided they were going to celebrate along with them, invited or not.

So despite confidentiality agreements, anonymous hotel reservations and a no-fly zone established over the area, this moneyed and normally subdued town turned into a Chelsea theme park, with shop windows filled with tributes to her, including one with a live model in a wedding dress having her makeup done.

A baseball team sent its mascot, dressed up as a raccoon, parading through town with a sign asking Ms. Clinton to marry him. Teenage boys chased after former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, seeking autographs. Young women passed out slices of pizza with “I do” written in pepperoni.”

Our national harlot, Sally Quinn headlined:

“Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky: Our national joy

Thank you Chelsea and Marc and Hillary and Bill for this midsummer sanity. We’re on a national honeymoon – until tomorrow – when we resume our regularly scheduled programming.

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166 thoughts on “Chelsea Clinton Honeymoon

  1. Sally Quinn’s article is, for once, pretty intelligent!

    She does ask (once again) the question whether the new couple, both of whom come from political families, will enter political life themselves. I think the answer to that is clearly “No”. However, they may raise children who will go into public life. There’s always that straw to hang onto.

  2. Alyson Camerodee had Gloria Alred and a lady named Alma taking about how the Clinton delegates were pressured into voting for Obama and how the DNC never released the number of votes Hillary got. They think that if the votes had been counted properly Hillay might of won. Allred goes on to show a pic of the gag she wore during the convention.

    I have to say Alyson is really shedding light on the convention.

    Now they are talking about how BP has been allowed to dump corexit into Gulf of Mexico.

    Admin: Great article and yes I think its getting hot in D.C. for the illegitimate President!

  3. Admin: It has been a long time that we’ve had anything to get excited about…I did enjoy anticipating the pics and wondering here on the Pink what was happening. The nasty pundits were kept out and it went off beautiful.

  4. Yes, we all rejoyce, that political was kept political, and private was kept private. Chelsea got the wedding she deserved. It was not over the top, it was not accompanied by boothes of commentator whispering every breath along the way. No camera was there giving real life feed back. For almost 2 hours the media sat there and speculated (Most of it wrong), and talked about nothing.

    Small town american with its guns and religion did us proud. A mixed religious wedding, with both of them enjoying their beliefs, who would have thought. Only the Clintons could pull this off.

  5. Hillary and Bill threw a classy, beautiful, “imitmate”wedding for their daughter with close friends and family invited to share the joy.

    The day was obviously all about Chelsea rather than using her to score political points.

    The Clintons have class…something you can’t buy, cheat, steal, or legislate to obtain.

  6. Amanpour on ABC this morning asking real questions…very interesting and it look like the quests were nervous. The guests were Brazoid, Krugman and Wills.

    She asked why Rangel has been targeted and not some other guy can’t remember the name…Will said it was because they want to do some serious tax restructure and they can’t do it with Rangel….sounds like the republicans are picks and choosing.

  7. #
    Southern Born
    August 1st, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Hillary and Bill threw a classy, beautiful, “imitmate”wedding for their daughter with close friends and family invited to share the joy.

    The day was obviously all about Chelsea rather than using her to score political points.

    The Clintons have class…something you can’t buy, cheat, steal, or legislate to obtain.
    ___________________________

    Exactly right, SB. And to think some people labeled her a Bully because of her assertive truth telling qualities.

  8. Chelsea Clinton’s Vera Wang wedding dress

    The past few weeks there have been much speculation over which designer Chelsea would choose for her wedding gown – Vera Wang or Oscar de la Renta. The big day has now passed, and we now know that Chelsea Clinton chose a gorgeous, romantic Vera Wang design for her wedding gown. Chelsea looked stunning as she walked down the aisle in her strapless ivory gown featuring a diagonally draped bodice, ball skirt made out of raw edged laser-cut swirling silk organza, and a train in silk tulle. A silver-jeweled embroidery accentuate her small waist, as a dramatic veil swept down her back, tying this picture-perfect look together.

    The new Mrs. Marc Mezvinsky kept her hair and face subtle, pairing simple, fresh makeup with an upswept hairstyle, as to not distract from the dramatic gown. In addition to her striking ensemble, Chelsea carried a bouquet in a monochromatic ivory, a new trend of the fall season.

    Not only did Vera Wang design this gown, but she was also present at the ceremony.

    http://www.examiner.com/x-13571-First-Lady-Style-Examiner~y2010m7d31-Chelsea-Clintons-Vera-Wang-wedding-dress-pictures

  9. poor baby…his nose is growing again…

    Obama says he deserves a grade of ‘incomplete’

    Sunday, August 1, 2010

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is giving himself a grade of “incomplete” for his presidency even though he says he has a “pretty good track record.”

    Obama tells CBS’ “Sunday Morning” that his grade is incomplete because the economy has yet to fully rebound.

    Still, Obama cites accomplishments – preventing a complete collapse of the economy, saving the financial markets and the auto industry, and passing the health care law.

    The president says he feels sometimes that his administration isn’t getting the credit it deserves, but he says that’s because Americans remain scared, angry and frustrated.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/01/AR2010080101007.html

  10. JanH
    August 1st, 2010 at 10:44 am
    “Americans remain scared, angry and frustrated”

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    He forgot to say “bitter.”
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    If he was honest, he would have said “Americans know that I am an ineffectual leader who cannot be trusted, therefore they remain scared, angry, and fustrated”.

  11. The similarities of what is and what could be abound between these two men: obama and putin

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    August 01, 2010

    Brave Russian Dissident Ignored by Obama White House

    By Kim Zigfeld

    A brave soul speaking truth to power in Russia was just arrested for blowing the lid off corruption there. But President Obama is not lifting a finger to help democracy and liberty take root in Russian soil. Two years ago, I wrote about an academic treatise produced by former Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov. It was an eye-opener for the entire world. But not, it seems, for President Obama.

    In meticulously documented fashion, Nemtsov undertook to review the performance of Vladimir Putin as President of Russia, as Putin’s first two terms in office were coming to an end. Across the board, Nemtsov found stunning failure combined with horrifying anti-democratic moves to conceal that failure from the general public.

    The results were earth-shaking in Russia. It was the first time a member of the Kremlin’s inner circle had publicly and directly challenged the legitimacy of the regime.

    Putin’s response to the monograph was hardly surprising: He banned it from bookstores in Russia. My blog La Russophobe, however, translated the work into English and, touting that translation, the New York Review of Books gave Nemtsov’s conclusions wide play in the Western media.

    Last month, Nemtsov came forward with an encore performance. Timed to be released with an international economic forum being held in Putin’s home city of St. Petersburg, the new work would update the prior conclusions and review the performance of Putin’s hand-picked successor Dmitri Medvedev. More important, the print run of this publication would be vastly larger, thanks to Nemtsov’s enhanced status as a central figure in the opposition political movement. National print distribution was planned.

    Putin’s response was surprising, even by Russian standards. He actually had his storm troopers seize and confiscate more than 100,000 copies of the publication before it could be distributed in St. Petersburg. Then, just days ago, Nemtsov was arrested while signing an autograph of the new volume on the streets of Moscow. The arrest was putatively a preemptive move to stop his participation in a public rally that was just getting underway, and that’s horrifying enough, but its ultimate goal may be silencing Nemtsov once and for all. The fate of writers like Anna Politkovskaya leaves no room for doubt regarding the seriousness of the Kremlin’s intentions.

    Indeed, the Putin regime has just adopted a draconian new law allowing the KGB to arrest anyone preemptively and hold them for two weeks without charges. And it’s considering reuniting the KGB apparatus broken up by Boris Yeltsin to prevent the horrifying abuses of the Soviet era.

    Naturally, La Russophobe could not resist translating this new material from Nemtsov as well, and we’ve done so. Perusing the material, one can readily understand why Putin would want to destroy it.

    Nemtsov names names, personal friends of Putin who were nobodies before he came to power and dollar billionaires afterwards. Timochenko, Kovalchuk, Rotenburg. All in the top 100 on the Forbes list of richest humans. Has the New York Times told you about their backgrounds? State-controlled Russian media certainly hasn’t. But Nemtsov lays out the full details of how Putin has peopled his regime with the families of his personal cadres.

    Nemstov cites devastating facts, for instance that objective international surveys show Russia dropped during the Putin years from the 82nd to the 146th country on earth in terms of corruption. Putin doubled the number of Kremlin bureaucrats during his terms in office, yet claims that only 1.5% of them take bribes each year!

    And Putin himself? He is quite literally building palaces where he can dwell in Tsar-like splendor — in a nation that does not rank in the top 125 countries of the world for life expectancy.

    Putin declared that his income for 2009 amounted to 3.9 million roubles ($125,000). On this income, our prime-minister was able to give a boy shepherd in the Tula region a wristwatch worth $10,500 only magically to be seen wearing a new model of the same a few days later. Medvedev, who declared that he earned 3.3 million roubles ($106,000) in 2009, owns a flat in the super-élite Zolotye Klyuchi apartment complex, where the maintenance charge alone is at least $5000 a month. The watch Medvedev wears costs $32,200. The president’s and the prime-minister’s suits come from Brioni and Kiton (these go for €5000-7000 a shot) and are what Russia’s billionaires prefer.

    Russia’s population declined by five million under Putin. Only twelve countries on the planet have a higher mortality rate. Nemtsov’s rhetoric is amazingly blunt by Russian standards for discussion of the Kremlin: “The Russian government does not care for its population. 1,600,000 babies are born every year while 2,100,000 people die.” Polls show two-thirds of Russians believe proper medical care is beyond their reach. Nemtsov lists a litany of social ills that Putin ignored while he was in power, turning his attention instead to projects like buzzing the American coastline with nuclear bombers.

    Nemtov also has harsh terms for the country’s economic performance. He asks plaintively: “What sort of economic monster has Putin actually built that it can produce both deep depression and high inflation simultaneously?” Just as Putin ignored social ills in favor of cold-war confrontation, he also ignored economic investment. Russia’s growth should have been far higher in the fat years of soaring oil prices, and it should have been far more resilient when the global slowdown took root. Yet, Russia’s economy was among the very worst affected.

    Putin’s main claim to fame has been pacifying the roiling Caucasus region, but Nemtsov shows that incidents of terrorism there are soaring once again, placing the world’s athletes in serious jeopardy if they travel to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympiad (Nemtsov also documents the shocking fraud and waste that is accompanying the building of the venues there, including the world’s most expensive highway). Indeed, Nemtsov argues, Putin may even be pleased by acts of terror, since he uses them to leverage further and further crackdowns on civil society.

    The rich are getting richer under Putin. Nemtsov writes: At the end of the 1990s, the income differentiation coefficient was 12-13, i.e. the average income of the richest 10% of the population was 12-13 times as great as the poorest 10%. By 2000, it was 16.9 times as great, an increase of over 20%! No greater income differentiation coefficient has ever been recorded in Russia’s modern history. The contribution of small enterprise to the country’s GDP is about the same at 13-15%. Compare this to the USA, where the figure is over 50% while in the euro zone it reaches over 60%. Virtually all Russian wealth, in other words, is controlled directly or indirectly by the state and its cronies.

    The two topics I most regret having been left out of Nemtsov’s analysis are the pandemic of racism that has swept over Russia since Putin took power and the terrifying spate of assassinations by the KGB cohorts of the Kremlin over which Putin has presided. Russia is worshipped by neo-Nazi throngs across the globe, and it has seen opposition leaders fall like dominoes to KGB attacks.

    Yet I can’t fault Nemtsov for staying away from these topics. He shows superhuman bravery in touching the third rail of Russian politics, the Caucasus, the topic that cost Anna Politkovskaya and Natalia Estemirova their lives. Virulent racism is genuinely popular in Slavic Russia, and those who dare to speak for democracy are easily cast as traitors, just as they were in Soviet times. Nemtsov can’t do much for democracy if he gets himself shot.

    Instead, I reserve my ire for Barack Obama. How is it possible that the White House is unwilling to lift a finger in support of Nemtsov’s publication? He should be an honored guest at the Oval Office, and American funds ought to be supporting the distribution of his work. It shouldn’t be left to volunteer bloggers like those at La Russophobe. And how is it possible that Obama, of all people, can turn a blind eye to race violence sweeping across Russia?

    Yet we see no leadership in this regard from Obama. Instead, we see him happily munching cheeseburgers with Putin’s puppet Medvedev, ignoring moves to recreate a KGB state, and in so doing helping him to cover up Nemtsov’s work and hasten the day when Nemtsov too will meet a dark figure in the foyer of his apartment building.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/08/brave_russian_dissident_ignore.html

  12. wbboei,

    Apologies if I seemed to suggest you were not a conspiracy nut. Of course these things move at their own pace and there are many factors that the O crowd does not control.

    However Obama did not have to make his ‘dignity/resign’ statement. He could have been more supportive or he could have kept quiet. I was addressing his reasons for this statement (and whatever slight nudges toward under the bus the rest of his crowd may have attempted, doubtless irrelevantly).

  13. Just saw a clip of Joy from the view complaining that the world does not seem to know the Presidents point of view. Joy you have to be kidding. The world found out his point of view is fiction. You boasted about his accomplishments. Most of his changes were gutless and quick fixes. The health care bill conveniently left our public option and competitive Drugs, he threw money at the economy with no understanding of it, or even making sure he kept track of it, so that when things were not changing enough he could fix it. He has no empathy for people, and there problems. The statement that he looks 15 years in advance was very telling. He needs to look at today, and a few months out. He cannot compromise, he is not consistent, and it just goes on and one.

    Where were you Joy, when they were not telling HRC side of the story. Oh that is right, your nose was you know where. Perhaps the shxx from that is clouding your vision now.

    Sorry, I just has to get that out.

    We don’t need to seek out and figure out the Presidents side and positon. He needs to be out selling it to American people. Obviously, he can campaign when he does not have a track record, and fraud and cheat the voters. But he cannot Lead, Joy, and too bad you cannot see that. Oh that is right, you are a comedian, and I forgot about that.

    I need to quit.

  14. wbboei,

    Apologies if I seemed to suggest you were not a conspiracy nut. Of course these things move at their own pace and there are many factors that the O crowd does not control.

    However Obama did not have to make his ‘dignity/resign’ statement. He could have been more supportive or he could have kept quiet. I was addressing his reasons for this statement (and whatever slight nudges toward under the bus the rest of his crowd may have attempted, doubtless irrelevantly).
    ——————————————
    No turndown. It is I that owe you an apology. I thought about it overnight, and you are right. These obamaites are working all the angles. I have seen this dynamic before in other venues. The man in charge is in trouble when the internal fight takes precedence over the external one. And, I remember like it was yesterday the story about Gloria putting on the mask at breakfast. The people who stole the election were brilliant. Except they forgot what Dylan Thomas said about rage rage against the dying of the night–do not go gently into that good night. As far as being a conspiracy nut, I am glad to be thought of as one just as long as I can back up what I say. I try to do that, and when I am successful that is the inevitable charge by the other side. It is a sign that we have drawn blood. It is when they ignore you that you know you are not in the target zone.

  15. omg I am getting bad– the quote is rage rage against the dying of the LIGHT–do not go gently into that good night.

  16. NewMexicoFan
    August 1st, 2010 at 12:04 pm
    Just saw a clip of Joy from the view complaining that the world does not seem to know the Presidents point of view. Joy you have to be kidding. The world found out his point of view is fiction. You boasted about his accomplishments. Most of his changes were gutless and quick fixes. The health care bill conveniently left our public option and competitive Drugs, he threw money at the economy with no understanding of it, or even making sure he kept track of it, so that when things were not changing enough he could fix it. He has no empathy for people, and there problems. The statement that he looks 15 years in advance was very telling. He needs to look at today, and a few months out. He cannot compromise, he is not consistent, and it just goes on and one.

    Where were you Joy, when they were not telling HRC side of the story. Oh that is right, your nose was you know where. Perhaps the shxx from that is clouding your vision now.

    Sorry, I just has to get that out.

    We don’t need to seek out and figure out the Presidents side and positon. He needs to be out selling it to American people. Obviously, he can campaign when he does not have a track record, and fraud and cheat the voters. But he cannot Lead, Joy, and too bad you cannot see that. Oh that is right, you are a comedian, and I forgot about that.

    I need to quit.

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    NewMexicoFan…good for you…

    I have another ‘beef’ to get off my chest about Joy Behar…first of all, the way she goes on and on defending O, she sounds like his mother…she makes him look even weaker than he is….she is so one sided and subjective that she comes across ridiculous…

    BUT…what really, really irked me this week, was Joy B continual need to inject herself into how the Clintons should have invited O so he could reject the invite…

    on the view, she insisted that the clintons were RUDE for not inviting O…and on her show, Joy B had the nerve to keep insisting that the Clintons should have invited O…even with everyone on the view and her own show disagreeing with her…on her show last night I heard Behar say “Hey Hillary, you work for O, you know what I mean”
    …as if because Hillary is part of O’s cabinet she owes him an invite to her daughter’s wedding…

    …Hey Joy, O works for US…not us here to worship him…

    …just who the hell does she think she is…back off Joy…you are a comedian…and not even a good one…she still is telling jokes at Bill Clinton’s expense…she still tells Monica jokes even with Barbara walters admonishing her…

    Joy, you are an idiot…you embarrass Italians…

  17. I’ll say this again…

    Fox and Friends had Gloria Alred on and another lady talking about the pressure from the Obama delegates during the convention….

    Fox also has some guy from Arizon who is speaking the truth about immigration…he said Bush put in 6000 troops on the border in SUPPORT ROLES only. It did not help and he goes on to say that the last administration that tried to rein in the border was Eisenhower…so this is how long the globalists have had control of our country…

  18. S when I got married, I did not invite my parents boss, nor was it even discussed. Yes, Joy is so busy toting Os point of view, she forgets to really see reality. It is not what the P thinks needs to be done, and how he views leadership. It is what voters think needs to be done, and how they view leadership. So seeing his side of things is not relavent.

    The issue of HRC inviting O to her daughters wedding is a stupid point, only a comedian could take interest in. Joy give it up.

  19. confloyd…I slept thru that fox and friends segment and missed it…hope someone can post it…

    right on, NMF

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    also, does anyone else find it curious that Sally Quinn seems to be buttering up the Clintons lately…for someone who hated them so much and always had a zinger for them…now she is writing about how great Hillary is as SOS and possibly switching with Biden and running as the VP, Chelsea’s lovely wedding, etc…

    …what does she have up her sleeve? could it be that behind the scenes, the whole O cabal has seen the light and see what an awful, inexperienced, selfish and ruthless leader he is, are they getting the picture that he is a one man show??…perhaps that their ‘experiement’ has failed and is taking us all down with him?? or is it more nefarious?

  20. On my continual reading of the wedding I found this from an article:
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    A guest told the New York Post that, for the first dance, the bride danced with her father to a Frank Sinatra number.

    “It was very touching, he was beaming, he was teary-eyed,” said the guest.

  21. S– Don’t like her discussion of switching with Biden. It probably has become obvious that he is failing, and she is the true leader (Hay Joy, did you hear that). They want to put her in to run the country as VP, so he can continue to do the things he is good at, which is nothing.

  22. Love the Honeymoon post and your humor is priceless Admin!!
    I hope someone is keeping a log of these gems 😉

    It’s such a relief to see event appropriate, age appropriate clothing on well mannered people dressed for the occasion – not a ceaseless parade of cocktail dresses accessorized with automotive parts found discounted at PeP Boys outlets everywhere.

    We sort of felt sorry for you-know-who and his sleeves when you-know-what got through screaming and ripping vegetables out of the patch to throw at stinky you-know-who.

  23. confloyd
    August 1st, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Alyson Camerodee had Gloria Alred and a lady named Alma taking about how the Clinton delegates were pressured into voting for Obama and how the DNC never released the number of votes Hillary got. They think that if the votes had been counted properly Hillay might of won. Allred goes on to show a pic of the gag she wore during the convention.

    I have to say Alyson is really shedding light on the convention.
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    Alyson is speaking out now? I rememeber this story from 2008…

    Link please, confloyd…

  24. Okay, reading down the posts I see that you are talking about today’s Fox and Friends, with Gloria on it….confloyd?

  25. anything with the HIllbuzz boys not having a post about the wedding. They’ve talked many times about how they campaigned with Chelsea during the 08 campaign, I figured that they would have had something nice to say today. I actually stopped going there for a while but figured I would check in today and was surprised to see nothing on the wedding.

  26. jtjames, They all for getting Palin nominated right now, but they never say anything bad about HRC.

  27. mp
    August 1st, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    the best close up photos of marc and bill:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/01/marc-mezvinsky-suit-by-ch_n_666562.html
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    Odd, that HuffPuff is so dang interested in the men’s suits and cuts off the photo (lg and good quality) of Chelsea with Bill.

    Sorry, but a suit is……….well a suit, hard to get excited on where the buttons and pockets are placed, but I would love to see a big photo of Bill and Chelsea, and Hillary to see THEM and their clothes.

  28. It just burns me up all over again to hear what they did at the convention to the Hillary delegates. Obama is the most disgusting President we’ve ever had…liar and a cheater…here he is calling Rangel’s sins horrible when his sins are soooo much worse!

  29. confloyd
    August 1st, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    shadowfax, here ya go!

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    THANK YOU CONFLOYD!!!!!!

  30. Shadowfax, I imagine that Huffpo and the rest are grasping for news stories of the wedding so they are digging up any little thing and making a story out of it…LOL!

  31. Yeah, they need to take Hillary’s pic off and put up Palin’s. I don’t begrudge them that they want Palin, afterall I voted for her the last time and if we don’t get Hillary in 12′, I definitely want Palin to be on the ticket because the thought of Mittens or Newt makes me sick. Of coarse Obama makes me way sicker!

  32. Confloyd

    I wonder if the Fox and Friends video isn’t up yet or if something is wrong with my computer, all I see is a black box, no video nor a play button. Do you see the video on that link? It isn’t on Youtube either.

  33. jtjames
    August 1st, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    I know confloyd but it bugs me, they should just start a palinbuzz site. Why keep it hillbuzz.
    ————
    I agree, they support Palin more than Hillary…or maybe they should call their site Pillarybuzz.

  34. admin you should warn us when we’re being set up for one of your infamous one-liners!

    French fries on the friggin keyboard!

    “not a ceaseless parade of cocktail dresses accessorized with automotive parts found discounted at PeP Boys outlets everywhere.”

    bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha

  35. Newmexicofan,

    Amen.

    ‘Small town american with its guns and religion did us proud. A mixed religious wedding, with both of them enjoying their beliefs, who would have thought. Only the Clintons could pull this off.’

  36. shadowfax, I could not find the video again on Fox & Friends site…I had to go into my history to get the link again….hopefully someone hasn’t told them to take it off…I hope not! You can’t trust the DNC or Obama!

  37. Shadowfax, I thought Alisyn said last week she was going to try and get someone from the DNC to come on the show…..no one has enough guts to do it….I like that lying Dean to come on, and let Allred talk to him.

  38. Hey, wbboei, thanks for all your remarks: by the way, that’s “Do not go gentle….”; “gentle” is used in the title and four of the six stanzas. Hang in there! Where would I be without you folks.

  39. So my family and I (all diehard Clinton fans) sat around the table last night and had a debate.

    1/ Would Hillary have been expected to ask Obama to be her V.P. if she had won the primary? Would there have been an uproar if she hadn’t asked him? And why was he able to get away with not asking her to be his V.P.?

    2/ Will Bill and Hillary be expected to campaign for obama in 2012?

    3/ Will obama ask her to be his V.P. running mate in 2012? Would she accept? Would the voters go for such a match?

    Needless to say, we debated these issues for hours and the only thing we all agreed on was that we prayed they would not be called upon to campaign for him.

  40. Give Hillbuzz a break. You might not like their chosen path, but they admire two intelligent, and capable women. Hillary being more educated, and experienced doesn’t translate into Sarah being a schlep. It is possible to hold beliefs taken from both ladies, and to believe that both would do the White House good.

    I would wholeheartedly support a Sarah Palin run for the presidency. I would do the same for a Hillary run, but since I don’t believe that she will challenge Obama, I hope Sarah Palin does.

  41. nobama, I do not mind the Hillbuzz boys at all, they fought long and hard for Hillary and still honor her…for that I’m greatful!

  42. nobama, If its not Hillary it must be Sarah….so the boyz are keeping the fire warm overthere just in case we have to jump in and make it a fire…and that’s great!

  43. JanH, #3, I will comment on….will the voters accept a VP place for Hillary in 2012′, NO if its a Sarah/Bachmann on the other ticket…if its a Obama/Hillary vs. Romney/Newt…you beta! I am not voting for the party of misogny….Sarah is the best candidate the rethugs have to offer. IF she’s not the top of the ticket, forget it.

    It’s a little trickier for the democrats because of Obama being our first black Potus (although he’s not very black), it will be hard for Hillary to put him out with the garbage on Monday morning…even though I would like nothing better.

    So its depends on Sarah and her rethugs!

  44. JanH, IF he doesn’t ask her….he will definitely need a brain scan this time…and will deserve to lose!

  45. THis country needs reforming and there’s really only two people that have enough guts to stand up and tell it the way it is and that is Hillary and Sarah….the rest are on the take.

  46. nomobama
    Give Hillbuzz a break. You might not like their chosen path, but they admire two intelligent, and capable women. Hillary being more educated, and experienced doesn’t translate into Sarah being a schlep. It is possible to hold beliefs taken from both ladies, and to believe that both would do the White House good.
    I would wholeheartedly support a Sarah Palin run for the presidency. I would do the same for a Hillary run, but since I don’t believe that she will challenge Obama, I hope Sarah Palin does.

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

    I agree! (Tho I haven’t read Hillbuzz lately.)

    As a Leftist, I disagree with many of Palin’s conservative ideas, but I’d vote for her ahead of just about any man in either party (except Gore). She would bring different things to the White House, but they would be good things. I’d love to see the RR led by someone with her common sense and honesty.

  47. Well, I just read something at Hillbuzz that has confused and irritated me about why this caucas fraud case has been brought up now. So tell me was it to dispell any rumors that the treatment of Hillary and the elevation of Obama was something the Rethugs managed to pull off.

    Well I’ve always thought that…but now after I read that by someone named Bev I’m more convinced that maybe the rethugs helped Obama get in office. He certainly hasn’t done one single thing for democrats. We certainly know that Mitch McConnell wanted Hillary for the SCOTUS, so that leads me to believe that the rethugs would like nothing more than to bury Hillary again…I won’t be a party to do that.

  48. That politico TURD – BEN SMITH – wrote a nasty article on the wedding……and he even brings up the nevada causus and the role Chels played…….

    Eff you Ben!!!!

  49. confloyd
    August 1st, 2010 at 6:06 pm
    Well, I just read something at Hillbuzz that has confused and irritated me about why this caucas fraud case has been brought up now. So tell me was it to dispell any rumors that the treatment of Hillary and the elevation of Obama was something the Rethugs managed to pull off
    _____________________

    Confloyd: Obama didn’t need the Republicans to steal the election from Hillary. He had ACORN and SEIU to do it for him. You saw from the Rules and Bylaws Committee Meeting what happened even at the Democratic Convention. Many Republicans voted for Obama because they bought into the hope and changey thing. The Republicans maybe even wanted Obama to win (especially if Rove had anything to do with it) because Rove at least knew Chicago (and Obama`s record) and he knew it would be easier to get rid of Obama than Hillary in 2010. However, Obama didn`t need the Republicans with all the help he had from the Democratic Association, the Rules and By-laws Committee, ACORN and SEIU. Even the vote rigging at the Convention. Obama had all the help he needed from his own party to steal it.

    Whatever mmotivation the Rebpulicans have for bringing up the fraud, I am glad they are doing so. I`am just glad that it is getting on the record. I don`t think it would hurt Hillary if she ran again, but it could potentially damage Obama as he and the Democratic Party are the ones looking bad.

  50. I don’t think that the Republicans were organized sufficiently in 2008 to do anything with regards to Hillary Clinton’s democratic nomination run. Sure, Rush Limbaugh had his operation chaos, or whatever he called it, but I have read conflicting comments in the past as to what transpired with Republicans involving themselves in Democratic primaries. Some say Republicans supported Obama in open primaries so that Hillary would be defeated and Obama would win the nomination, while others indicated that they voted for Hillary to deny Obama the nomination. In my opinion, Obama should be blamed on the Demonrats, and no one else. They foisted his candidacy on us, and they are the ones who should be held responsible. Many in the upper echelons of the party supported Obama, either publicly or privately. They need to suffer the consequences just as Republicans suffered the consequences for two George Bush administrations that damaged their brand.

    In the future, I hope that caucuses and open primaries are done away with. Independents should be able to choose which political party primary that they want to vote in, while Republicans and Democrats should only be allowed to vote in their respective party primaries.

  51. mp, Nobody cares what Ben Smith writes. His Clinton coverage is practically as bad as Dick Morris’. Remember when the Mark Halperin book came out about the 2008 campaign, and he wrote that silly article saying the Clintons were now all alone, with their political “machine” gone? Guess what, Ben, now they’re more popular than Obama.

  52. Paula
    August 1st, 2010 at 7:34 pm
    mp, Nobody cares what Ben Smith writes. His Clinton coverage is practically as bad as Dick Morris’. Remember when the Mark Halperin book came out about the 2008 campaign, and he wrote that silly article saying the Clintons were now all alone, with their political “machine” gone? Guess what, Ben, now they’re more popular than Obama.
    ______________

    I agree. When I read it a while ago, a lot of the comments were negative towards Ben Smith anyhow. Many were complemetary of the clintons. Some even questioned Ben Smith’s credability and pointed out that he was on the JournoList.

  53. That Sally Quinn column is a text book psychosis study. I loved one of the comments to it
    “I warmly remember during the last Presidential primary season, you and Harry Smith in a video berating Chelsea for not replying to an obnoxious question about her father’s sex life and mocking her for for her reticence. I wish your article would have evoked that long term support for the youngest Clinton – is the clip still available?

  54. andyp and nobama, I’m sorry…I am just super sensitive to the pain caused by the media, the DNC, Obama and whom ever else did this to Hillary because when they did this to Hillary they did it to us…the country is about to lose its ass because of this. Whoever took part in this injustice should have to live on the land in Afganistan for a couple of years as punishment.

    However, the republican MUST put in the RIGHT candidate to get my support, I’m not voting for anyone like Newt or Mittens. It’s Sarah or I’ll just stay home.

    I’ve just gotten real protective over the Clinton’s because if they would do what they did to Hillary and Sarah, these folks do not mind at all putting every single one of us in the street.

  55. Fox News gets front-row seat in White House press room; AP gets Thomas’ seat

    WASHINGTON August 1, 2010

    Fox News Channel has been granted a much-coveted front-row seat in the White House briefing room.

    The White House Correspondents Association also announced Sunday that The Associated Press’ reporter has been moved to the front-row center seat.

    That seat was long held by United Press International and Hearst News Service writer Helen Thomas. The 89-year-old Thomas abruptly resigned in June amid controversy over videotaped remarks she made calling on Israelis to get “out of Palestine.”

    Fox’s correspondent will be moved to the front-row seat that was held by the AP. National Public Radio’s correspondent will be moved to Fox’s old second-row seat.

    Fox’s upgrade is an acknowledgment of its “length of service and commitment,” the association’s board said.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=11301462

  56. Notyoursweetie0, love that comment! I can’t stand Sally Quinn, and what she writes now to try to suck up to the Clintons is worthless, in my book.

  57. confloyd
    August 1st, 2010 at 8:14 pm
    Ben Smith needs to get a life, he was one of the journolisters, wasn’t he???

    _____________
    Please don’t apologize. Everyone has to be remember what happened in 2008. I’m Canadian and it bothers me and you have to live with the repercussions in a way that I don’t. I think the hope is that you get rid of Obama in 2012. I know how America prospered under Bill Clinton and realize that the same could be happening again over Hillary. And yes, Ben Smith is one of the JournoListers and several people reminded him of that in the comment section and asked him why he thought he had any credibility to write about anything.

  58. turndown, I listened to Palin today and she sounds like Newt…LOL! I am just glad I know how she governed in Alaska or I might be turned off…she will get my vote again.

    The jerks like Ben Smith is trying to rob us of a female Potus…what’s wrong with these vagina hating guys anyway….they must hate their mothers.LOL!

  59. Re the GOP and 2008.

    Which GOP? Different Republicans did different things.

    The FL GOP gave Obama the FL votes by forcing FL Dems to hold their primary early which got them in trouble with the DNC. In the fall major GOP donors and news media held back ammunition they could have used against Obama. Early in the primaries, eg FL, some GOP voters really did organize to register Dem so they could vote in the Dem primary to stop Hillary. (Some thought Obama would be easier to beat, some were just Hillary haters from long back.)

    As the primaries went on imo some GOP voters began to appreciate Hillary and dislike Obama and hope she won the nomination in case the Dems won in Nov, as Obama would be a worse President.

    Considering the way the GOP bigwigs supported Obama in matters we know about, it’s not unreasonable that they secretly supported him during the primary too. Probably it was some of the SAME donors, giving sometimes to the GOP but this time to Obama, and also pulling strings.

  60. How convenient….whats the odds of those particular years vanishing.

    Last week, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the State Department released passport records of Stanley Ann Dunham, President Obama’s mother – but those records for the years surrounding Obama’s 1961 birth are missing.

    The State Department claims that a 1980s General Services Administration directive had resulted in the destruction of many passport applications and other “non-vital” passport records, including Dunham’s 1965 passport application and any other passports she may have applied for or held prior to 1965.

    Destroyed, then, would also be any records shedding light on whether Dunham did or did not travel out of the country around the time of Barack Obama’s birth.

    The claim made in the FOIA response letter that many passport records were destroyed during the 1980s comes despite a statement on the State Department website that claims Passport Services maintains U.S. passport records for passports issued from 1925 to the present.

    That records that were released, however, do contain interesting tidbits of new information about Obama’s mother, including the odd listing of two different dates and locations for her marriage to Obama’s Indonesian step-father, Loro Soetoro.

  61. so funny had to post this from another blog.

    It is truly amazing how many records pertaining to 0baMa have “disappeared.” Someone is going to have to rewrite that law of odds.

    0bamas’ hidden records: Why are these off limits?

    1 Certified copy of original birth certificate
    2 Columbia University transcripts
    3 Columbia thesis paper
    4 Campaign donor analysis requested by 7 major watchdog groups
    5 Harvard University transcripts
    6 Illinois State Senate records
    7 Illinois State Senate schedule
    8 Law practice client list and billing records/summary
    9 Locations and names of all half-siblings and step-mother
    10 Medical records (only the one page summary released so far)
    11 Occidental College Transcripts
    12 Parent’s marriage Certificate
    13 Record of baptism
    14 Selective Service registration records
    (Did Obama Actually Register for Selective Service?
    This supposed revelation of 0’s SS records has been debunked here and here.)
    15 Schedules for trips outside of the United States before 2007
    16 Passport records for all passports
    17 Scholarly articles
    18 SAT and LSAT test scores
    19 Access to his grandmother in Kenya
    20 List of all campaign workers that are lobbyists
    21 Punahou grade school records
    22 Noelani Kindergarten records are oddly missing from the the State of Hawaii Department of Education.
    23 Obama 1964 Divorce Papers – 13 Pages – Missing Pg 11
    24 Why isn’t Barack Obama still a member of the Illinois bar and where are all of the relevant documents?
    25 Why isn’t Michelle Obama still a member of the Illinois bar, after only about four years of practice, and where are all of the relevant documents?

    Anyone who cares about their country would be very concerned that a POTUS had hidden every scrap of information of his life that he possibly could.

  62. MOP, Why couldn’t we pass this information and request for information about our President to Wiki-leaks aka Julian Assange?? Surely if he is concerned about war, maybe he will be interested in the war that Obama has against the middle class of this country and how is running our country in to the abyss??

    I had heard the other day that Assange had information for the American people about the Gulf Oil Spill and BP…well my question is why haven’t we gotten it….

  63. MOP, Do we know anyone at all on this blog or others that has traveled out of the country on a passport during those years the State Dept. is claiming that the records are destroyed??If they have the record of a 1980 trip for Joe Blow, then why not Obama??? It’s a coverup…and it makes me sick!

  64. There is another blog which is ran by a woman and it has a big blue banner across the top of the blog and she is just irritating the crap out of me with her anti war stance and lets get the heck out of Afganistan…

  65. Ethics cases raise racial questions

    The politically charged decisions by veteran Democratic Reps. Charles Rangel of New York and Maxine Waters of California to force public trials by the House ethics committee are raising questions about race and whether black lawmakers face more scrutiny over allegations of ethical or criminal wrongdoing than their white colleagues.

    The controversy over the cases and the prospect of the first simultaneous ethics trials for multiple members in more than 30 years mark the biggest challenge for the ethics committee’s and the House’s ability to police its own members since the mid-1990s, when then-Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and other leaders from both parties found themselves hauled before the secretive panel.

    The question of whether black lawmakers are now being singled out for scrutiny has been simmering throughout the 111th Congress, with the Office of Congressional Ethics a focal point of the concerns. At one point earlier this year, all eight lawmakers under formal investigation by the House ethics committee, including Rangel and Waters, were black Democrats. All those investigations originated with the OCE, which can make recommendations — but take no final actions — on such cases.

    There’s a “dual standard, one for most members and one for African-Americans,” said one member of the Congressional Black Caucus, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    The member said it’s too easy for an outside group to damage someone’s reputation by filing a claim with OCE.

    “This is stacked against you once an accusation is made,” the lawmaker added. “You’re guilty until proven otherwise.”

    Rangel made his own referral to the ethics committee after news reports in 2008 that he improperly controlled four rent-stabilized units in a luxury Harlem building and had used official congressional letterhead to mail donor solicitations for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at the City College of New York. That case later expanded to include Rangel’s failure to pay taxes on rental income on a Dominican Island resort home, failure to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars in income on his annual disclosure form and his intervention on a tax break for a million-dollar donor to the Rangel Center.

    On Thursday, the ethics committee hit Rangel with a 13-count Statement of Violation after a nearly two-year probe into his finances and failed attempts to strike a deal to avert formal charges

    But the investigation that cost him his House Ways and Means Committee gavel grew out of an OCE-initiated probe. While five of the other black Democrats eyed in the same affair ended up facing no sanctions from the ethics committee, Rangel was admonished in February for improperly taking corporate-funded trips to the Caribbean in 2007 and 2008. In March, he took what he called a “leave of absence” as chairman of the committee.

    Waters’s case was referred by OCE to the ethics committee for further investigation as well, and a special four-member investigative subcommittee has found that the California Democrat violated as-yet-unspecified House rules.

    While the Statement of Alleged Violation against Waters has not yet been released, she has been under investigation by the ethics committee regarding reports that she intervened with the Treasury Department during the 2008 banking crisis on behalf of a minority bank in which her husband owned more than $250,000 in stock. The initial probe into Waters’s case was launched by OCE, which recommended that she undergo a full investigation by the ethics committee.

    Like Rangel, Waters has decided to contest the charges in a trial by a panel of ethics committee members. Both trials could start in September unless agreements are reached to end the proceedings, presenting an embattled Democratic majority with the spectacle of two senior black Democrats publicly battling with their colleagues over ethics violations in the midst of the midterm campaigns.

    Another black lawmaker, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) — a close Rangel confidant — has been caught up in an ongoing Justice Department criminal probe involving some of Queens’s most powerful politicians. Meeks has denied any wrongdoing, and, like Rangel, blamed his problems on the National Legal and Policy Center, a conservative watchdog group.

    And Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) has come under Justice Department investigation over his role in the Rod Blagojevich scandal. Blagojevich, the impeached Illinois governor, is awaiting a verdict in his trial on a host of federal corruption charges, including allegations that he tried to “sell” the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama after he was elected president. The then-governor was taped shortly before his arrest telling his chief of staff that a Jackson fundraiser had offered to raise $1.5 million for Blagojevich’s reelection campaign if the congressman were appointed to the Senate seat. Jackson has vehemently denied any impropriety.

    Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.), the only African-American in the Senate, was admonished by the Senate Ethics Committee last Nov. for making “incorrect, inconsistent, misleading or incomplete information” over his appointment by Blagojevich to Obama’s seat.”

    Other black Democrats who have found themselves in ethics or legal trouble in recent years include: former Rep. Frank Ballance (N.C.), who went to federal prison in 2005 after being convicted on federal fraud and money laundering charges; former Rep. Earl Hilliard (Ala.), who was found by the ethics committee in 2002 to have improper used campaign funds; and Rep. Corrine Brown (Fla.), who was investigated but cleared in 2000 over the gift of a car to her daughter and other allegations.

    “A lot of people have been raising concerns [about the OCE], and I support them,” House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) told The Hill newspaper in October. “At some point in the not-so-distant future, these concerns will have to be addressed.”

    In May, Rep. Marcia Fudge, a black Democrat from Ohio, and 19 other members of the CBC introduced a resolution to rein in the office, created in 2008 as part of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s drive to reduce corruption in Congress.

    In a statement on her resolution, Fudge said the OCE is “currently the accuser, judge and jury. This isn’t the case in the American justice system, and it shouldn’t be so in Congress.”

    Fudge’s chief of staff, Dawn Kelly Mobley, was admonished by the ethics committee earlier this year for “improperly communicating” with Carib News during the investigation into whether the organization used corporate funds to pay for Caribbean trips by CBC members, including Rangel, in 2007-08. The investigation was led Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), himself a member of the caucus.

    “House Democrats are paying a price for OCE’s focus on black lawmakers,” added a Democratic insider close to House leaders. “But that doesn’t change the fact that voters are going to see two African-Americans on trial in the House while they see no action against white members with ethical problems.”

    The racism charge, though, was rejected by Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, an ethics watchdog group, even as she acknowledged the current situation is bound to anger black lawmakers.

    “There are ethics problems within the CBC,” she said. “They have to acknowledge that.”

    Sloan noted that several white lawmakers, including Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) and Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.), are currently under investigation by federal and congressional investigators. Ensign is being investigated by the Senate Ethics Committee and the Justice Department over the fallout from an extramarital affair he had with the wife of a top aide, while Visclosky and his former chief of staff are being probed over their ties to a now-defunct lobbying firm raided by the feds last year.

    Two other white lawmakers, Reps. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) and Mark Souder (R-Ind.), resigned this year under ethical clouds. Massa left Congress after POLITICO reported he was under investigation by the ethics committee for sexually harassing male staffers, while Sounder quickly departed after admitting a long-running extramartial affair with a part-time aide. The findings from the Massa investigation have yet to be released by the ethics panel, although Massa is no longer within their jurisdiction.

    A four-member investigative subcommittee led by Reps. Gene Green (D-Texas) and Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) filed the 13-count complaint against Rangel. Green said Friday that the investigative subcommittee recommended a formal reprimand for Rangel, although he was later forced to retract his comments, saying that proposing an outcome “wasn’t our authority” on the subcommittee after a painful conversation with Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the ethics committee.

    Ten House Democrats have either fully or conditionally called for Rangel’s resignation, but the veteran lawmaker huddled with the CBC and members of the New York House delegation Friday and shows no signs of stepping down, even after the president said in an interview aired Sunday that the veteran Harlem lawmaker should end his career “with dignity.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0810/40533_Page3.html#ixzz0vPZ2eRKm

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

    Just wondering, how can Rangel end his career with dignity if it has been shown that he was a tax cheat, among other unsavory things? Dignity would have required dignified actions while in office. Crooks will never have dignity as it can’t be purchased. Dignity should be practiced whenever a politician is doing the work of the American people. If Rangel and any other corrupt politician are found to be guilty of what they are accused, they should be forced to resign immediately.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0810/40533_Page2.html#ixzz0vPYgiS00

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0810/40533.html#ixzz0vPXl4NBm

  66. Uh oh. The racism charges are starting. I knew it wouldn’t take long for this to happen.
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    Ethics cases raise racial questions (from Politico)

    The politically charged decisions by veteran Democratic Reps. Charles Rangel of New York and Maxine Waters of California to force public trials by the House ethics committee are raising questions about race and whether black lawmakers face more scrutiny over allegations of ethical or criminal wrongdoing than their white colleagues.

    The controversy over the cases and the prospect of the first simultaneous ethics trials for multiple members in more than 30 years mark the biggest challenge for the ethics committee’s and the House’s ability to police its own members since the mid-1990s, when then-Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and other leaders from both parties found themselves hauled before the secretive panel.

    The question of whether black lawmakers are now being singled out for scrutiny has been simmering throughout the 111th Congress, with the Office of Congressional Ethics a focal point of the concerns. At one point earlier this year, all eight lawmakers under formal investigation by the House ethics committee, including Rangel and Waters, were black Democrats. All those investigations originated with the OCE, which can make recommendations — but take no final actions — on such cases.

    There’s a “dual standard, one for most members and one for African-Americans,” said one member of the Congressional Black Caucus, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    The member said it’s too easy for an outside group to damage someone’s reputation by filing a claim with OCE.

    “This is stacked against you once an accusation is made,” the lawmaker added. “You’re guilty until proven otherwise.”

    Rangel made his own referral to the ethics committee after news reports in 2008 that he improperly controlled four rent-stabilized units in a luxury Harlem building and had used official congressional letterhead to mail donor solicitations for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at the City College of New York. That case later expanded to include Rangel’s failure to pay taxes on rental income on a Dominican Island resort home, failure to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars in income on his annual disclosure form and his intervention on a tax break for a million-dollar donor to the Rangel Center.

    On Thursday, the ethics committee hit Rangel with a 13-count Statement of Violation after a nearly two-year probe into his finances and failed attempts to strike a deal to avert formal charges

    But the investigation that cost him his House Ways and Means Committee gavel grew out of an OCE-initiated probe. While five of the other black Democrats eyed in the same affair ended up facing no sanctions from the ethics committee, Rangel was admonished in February for improperly taking corporate-funded trips to the Caribbean in 2007 and 2008. In March, he took what he called a “leave of absence” as chairman of the committee.

    Waters’s case was referred by OCE to the ethics committee for further investigation as well, and a special four-member investigative subcommittee has found that the California Democrat violated as-yet-unspecified House rules.

    While the Statement of Alleged Violation against Waters has not yet been released, she has been under investigation by the ethics committee regarding reports that she intervened with the Treasury Department during the 2008 banking crisis on behalf of a minority bank in which her husband owned more than $250,000 in stock. The initial probe into Waters’s case was launched by OCE, which recommended that she undergo a full investigation by the ethics committee.

    Like Rangel, Waters has decided to contest the charges in a trial by a panel of ethics committee members. Both trials could start in September unless agreements are reached to end the proceedings, presenting an embattled Democratic majority with the spectacle of two senior black Democrats publicly battling with their colleagues over ethics violations in the midst of the midterm campaigns.

    Another black lawmaker, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) — a close Rangel confidant — has been caught up in an ongoing Justice Department criminal probe involving some of Queens’s most powerful politicians. Meeks has denied any wrongdoing, and, like Rangel, blamed his problems on the National Legal and Policy Center, a conservative watchdog group.

    And Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) has come under Justice Department investigation over his role in the Rod Blagojevich scandal. Blagojevich, the impeached Illinois governor, is awaiting a verdict in his trial on a host of federal corruption charges, including allegations that he tried to “sell” the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama after he was elected president. The then-governor was taped shortly before his arrest telling his chief of staff that a Jackson fundraiser had offered to raise $1.5 million for Blagojevich’s reelection campaign if the congressman were appointed to the Senate seat. Jackson has vehemently denied any impropriety.

    Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.), the only African-American in the Senate, was admonished by the Senate Ethics Committee last Nov. for making “incorrect, inconsistent, misleading or incomplete information” over his appointment by Blagojevich to Obama’s seat.”

    Other black Democrats who have found themselves in ethics or legal trouble in recent years include: former Rep. Frank Ballance (N.C.), who went to federal prison in 2005 after being convicted on federal fraud and money laundering charges; former Rep. Earl Hilliard (Ala.), who was found by the ethics committee in 2002 to have improper used campaign funds; and Rep. Corrine Brown (Fla.), who was investigated but cleared in 2000 over the gift of a car to her daughter and other allegations.

    “A lot of people have been raising concerns [about the OCE], and I support them,” House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) told The Hill newspaper in October. “At some point in the not-so-distant future, these concerns will have to be addressed.”

    In May, Rep. Marcia Fudge, a black Democrat from Ohio, and 19 other members of the CBC introduced a resolution to rein in the office, created in 2008 as part of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s drive to reduce corruption in Congress.

    In a statement on her resolution, Fudge said the OCE is “currently the accuser, judge and jury. This isn’t the case in the American justice system, and it shouldn’t be so in Congress.”

    Fudge’s chief of staff, Dawn Kelly Mobley, was admonished by the ethics committee earlier this year for “improperly communicating” with Carib News during the investigation into whether the organization used corporate funds to pay for Caribbean trips by CBC members, including Rangel, in 2007-08. The investigation was led Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), himself a member of the caucus.

    “House Democrats are paying a price for OCE’s focus on black lawmakers,” added a Democratic insider close to House leaders. “But that doesn’t change the fact that voters are going to see two African-Americans on trial in the House while they see no action against white members with ethical problems.”

    The racism charge, though, was rejected by Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, an ethics watchdog group, even as she acknowledged the current situation is bound to anger black lawmakers.

    “There are ethics problems within the CBC,” she said. “They have to acknowledge that.”

    Sloan noted that several white lawmakers, including Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) and Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.), are currently under investigation by federal and congressional investigators. Ensign is being investigated by the Senate Ethics Committee and the Justice Department over the fallout from an extramarital affair he had with the wife of a top aide, while Visclosky and his former chief of staff are being probed over their ties to a now-defunct lobbying firm raided by the feds last year.

    Two other white lawmakers, Reps. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) and Mark Souder (R-Ind.), resigned this year under ethical clouds. Massa left Congress after POLITICO reported he was under investigation by the ethics committee for sexually harassing male staffers, while Sounder quickly departed after admitting a long-running extramartial affair with a part-time aide. The findings from the Massa investigation have yet to be released by the ethics panel, although Massa is no longer within their jurisdiction.

    A four-member investigative subcommittee led by Reps. Gene Green (D-Texas) and Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) filed the 13-count complaint against Rangel. Green said Friday that the investigative subcommittee recommended a formal reprimand for Rangel, although he was later forced to retract his comments, saying that proposing an outcome “wasn’t our authority” on the subcommittee after a painful conversation with Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the ethics committee.

    Ten House Democrats have either fully or conditionally called for Rangel’s resignation, but the veteran lawmaker huddled with the CBC and members of the New York House delegation Friday and shows no signs of stepping down, even after the president said in an interview aired Sunday that the veteran Harlem lawmaker should end his career “with dignity.”

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

    Just wondering, how can Rangel end his career with dignity if it has been shown that he was a tax cheat, among other unsavory things? Dignity would have required dignified actions while in office. Crooks will never have dignity as it can’t be purchased. Dignity should be practiced whenever a politician is doing the work of the American people. If Rangel and any other corrupt politician are found to be guilty of what they are accused, they should be forced to resign immediately.

  67. Well there is a shadow Wall Street guru we knew nothing about…we were all talking George Soros…well its not him…it this man named Larry Fink the ultimate Wall Streeter who is next in line if Geither gets the axe…he is Obama’s friend and he was also GWB’s friend and Hank Paulson. Fink is credited with saving the country’s finances in the 08′ disaster.

    Hillary’s financial guru was Paul Volcher which Obama thru under the bus….

    Larry Fink is the power behind Obama…I get you all some links later after I do this patient..

  68. nobama the reason he can his a slap on the cheek for these is that they are all doing it…simple as that… Hillary was the only one following the rules and you see what they did to her..

  69. sea Clinton, Marc Mezvinsky wedding details: “Like a family wedding”

    Few guests will ever forget the sight at a certain wedding in Rhinebeck, N.Y., on Saturday night: A former president and the current secretary of state beaming as they balanced precariously in chairs hoisted above the dancing crowd.

    Other permanent memories: The bride, Chelsea Clinton, helping the minister remember the next line of verse when the breeze flipped his page over too soon. And then later, trading her silk strapless Vera Wang wedding gown for a slinkier little white number as she took the floor with her bridegroom, Marc Mezvinsky, for a cutely choreographed dance to “At Last.”

    The wedding party was formidable — a dozen bridesmaids and nearly as many groomsmen — and so too was security: Guests needed specially issued ID bracelets to board a bus to the ceremony. A few sharply dressed crashers who tried to blend in with the crowd were quickly rebuffed. The party raged until 4:30 a.m.

    But otherwise, the wedding of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s only child was noteworthy for being, you know, just a really nice wedding. Large? Definitely (about 400 guests). Lavish? Sure (though a longtime family friend scoffed at seven-figure estimates floating through the media). But not over-the-top, and not crammed with celebs.

    “It felt like a family wedding,” one guest said. “It didn’t feel like a big extravaganza.”

    Efforts to keep wedding plans under wraps may have failed, with leaks drawing hordes of journalists to the small Hudson River community this weekend — but even after the fact, the families kept a tight lid on most of the details.

    On Saturday night, the Clintons released a statement expressing their happiness, along with five radiant photos of the bride in her white silk organza and tulle gown with a crystal-encrusted belt — three with her groom, one of the couple with her parents and one of her dad walking her down the aisle. But that was about it. Want to see more of Hillary’s plum-colored Oscar de la Renta dress? Sorry, absolutely no more pics. And none on Facebook: Guests had to hand over cellphones and cameras.

    So we had to piece it together for ourselves from there.

    The outdoor ceremony at Astor Courts was dignified but lighthearted, a guest told us. Neither of the two celebrants — the Rev. William Shillady and Rabbi James Ponet — gave a formal sermon. Marc, 32 (a hedge-fund trader), and Chelsea, 30 (who is now pursuing a PhD at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service), laughed throughout, once when Chelsea seemingly dropped her groom’s ring. He broke a glass underfoot, in keeping with Jewish tradition, and they stood beneath an immense chuppah made of woven willow branches, white roses and hydrangeas.

    The reception was held on the same property — not inside the Beaux-Arts mansion, but in a solid tentlike structure erected for the occasion. An 18-piece ensemble from New York (the orchestra of Jim Valli, a Clinton rep confirmed) performed big-band music. Bill Clinton, with an adoring look on his face, danced with his daughter to “The Way You Look Tonight.” Later the Clinton parents danced together, with no fanfare and little attention, looking as ecstatic as they did at the 1993 inauguration. And yes, they also did the hora, which put Bill and Hillary up in the chairs; up too went the groom’s parents, ex-House members Ed Mezvinsky and Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky.

    The dinner: Catered by the St. Regis Hotel in New York, it was “okay,” a guest said — short ribs, Atlantic char, a vegetarian option, and gluten-free rolls. The gluten-intolerant bride also selected a gluten-free cake from La Tulipe.

    The flowers: roses and hydrangeas, all purpley-pinky-blue. It was a hue that corresponded with the attendants’ gowns, which we’re told were actually wedding gowns dyed a plummy color, after they couldn’t find a traditional bridesmaid-style gown they liked.

    The guests: C’mon, did you really think Oprah was going to be there? That’s the stupidest rumor we’ve ever heard. She didn’t even endorse Hillary for president, remember? And this was an insider’s-insiders crowd. Terry McAuliffe. Madeleine Albright. Lots from “Hillaryland”: Melanne Verveer, Maggie Williams, Capricia Marshall, Kelly Craighead. One of Chelsea’s ex-boyfriends from Stanford, Jeremy Kane, attended; however, her former beau Ian Klaus — so popular with her parents that they toasted him at his book party long after their breakup — was not in evidence. Only a few big donors — Alan Patricof and Steve Bing, but not Ron Burkle or Denise Rich. No James Carville, no Paul Begala. And for all the Clintons’ Hollywood connections, very few showbiz types: Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen were the biggest names. Barbra Streisand was not there; neither was Steven Spielberg.

    After the band wrapped up, guests moved to an after-party on the tennis courts, where a DJ played ’80s tunes and current Top-40 fare — you know, typical wedding stuff. Bill was on the dance floor; so was Hillary aide Huma Abedin with her new husband, Rep. Anthony Weiner.

    Bill gave one of the toasts, of course, saying that ever since his daughter had been old enough to formulate a thought, he had “been outnumbered” in his household, two to one. Now, with a son-in-law, he said, “the playing field is even. I have someone else on my side.” The kind of welcome that any old dad might give, at any old wedding.

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/reliable-source/2010/08/chelsea_clinton_marc_mezvinsky.html

  70. they are all doing it…simple as that… Hillary was the only one following the rules and you see what they did to her..

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

    Right. Starr couldn’t find anything wrong the Clintons had actually done. However the GOP still made years of investigations that made them LOOK bad.

    Same with most of the people on this ‘ethics’ list. Tax rules are complicated. Even if the person followed the rules, enemies can argue to smear them.

    Most of this is just a bunch of nonsense — we shouldn’t take it seriously.

  71. Mrs. Smith/Wbboei, We really need to get the scoop on this Larry Fink…I wonder what Webster Tarpley thinks of him???

  72. confloyd
    August 1st, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    shadowfax, I could not find the video again on Fox & Friends site…I had to go into my history to get the link again….hopefully someone hasn’t told them to take it off…I hope not! You can’t trust the DNC or Obama!
    confloyd
    August 1st, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Shadowfax, I thought Alisyn said last week she was going to try and get someone from the DNC to come on the show…..no one has enough guts to do it….I like that lying Dean to come on, and let Allred talk to

    ————-
    I tried again tonight and the box is still black, and you couldn’t get it again?
    Could it be scrubbed off their site?

    This could be serious if they took it off……….

  73. Shadowfax, I linked twice and just checked it, it plays for me…maybe your on somekind of watch list…ROTFLMAO!

    Try the link at 3:07

  74. inconsiderable wretch
    August 1st, 2010 at 4:00 pm
    Hey, wbboei, thanks for all your remarks: by the way, that’s “Do not go gentle….”; “gentle” is used in the title and four of the six stanzas. Hang in there! Where would I be without you folks.
    ———————
    thank you inconsiderable wretch. Of course you are right. Mea culpa. I though gentle and typed gently. I have not looked at that poem for over forty years, but I think that is even the title. So its about time I looked at it again:
    —————————————–

    Do not go gentle into that good night
    by Dylan Thomas

    Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
    Because their words had forked no lightning they
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
    Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
    And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
    Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    And you, my father, there on the sad height,
    Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
    Do not go gentle into that good night.
    Rage, rage against the dying of the ligh

  75. Thanks Confloyd, I was finally able to watch the video at 3:07.

    Totally awesome.
    Why is it, when Fox gets to the heart of what happened, they always cut the people off and say they are running out of time.

    One would think a fixed election full of corruption is important for voters to know about. One would also think that Greta, Hannity and others would pick up the story.

    I guess Fox really doesn’t care.

  76. Larry Fink is the owner of the company which uses corexit in the Gulf Coast. The company is based in Chicago. Also, Larry Fink is the major US owner of BP. I hope you get this link. Amy GOodman of Democracy Now is interviewing an EPA whistleblower. I don’t know how to paste it so I hope it is okay.

  77. Obama is to confirm that the US will end its combat mission in Iraq on schedule on August 31.

    …………………………..

    Now lets see how he uses it for his own selfish purposes, guarantee most of the boys will be sent off to Afghanistan. This must be what they intend to use for the Nov elections.

  78. There is a news story all over NY TV this morning about a Latino victimized by a hate crime. Only one report mentions that the assailant(s) are black. All the other coverage omits descriptions of the perps. Strange, isn’t it? How you gonna find the perp when you don’t know what he/she looks like???? More importantly, you’re gonna think the perps are white. You know, all that immigration has the ‘real’ ra-a-a-cists riled up.
    Evidently there have been a string of such crimes on Staten Island. The latest involves a young man, but there have been others. I present two articles from myfoxny.The July 27th one identifies the race of the perps. Today’s does not. Another huge disservice to America by the journolistas.

    Staten Island Bias Attack
    NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force 11th Investigation
    Updated: Monday, 02 Aug 2010, 5:48 AM EDT
    Published : Sunday, 01 Aug 2010, 5:16 PM EDT
    BY ADRIAN CARRASQUILLO
    MYFOXNY.COM – Elected officials and community leaders have gotten involved. An increased police presence is evident. And still, there was yet another hate crime against a hispanic male in Port Richmond on Staten Island. The attack happened early Saturday morning when a 17-year-old Mexican immigrant on his way home from work was beaten and robbed of $10 by a group of three young men who yelled anti-Mexican slurs, police said. The victim suffered a black eye, facial lacerations and bruises. He was treated and released from Richmond University Medical Center. The early-morning assault is being investigated by the NYPD’s Hates Crimes Task Force. It is the 11th time the task force has investigated an incident on the North Shore since April, most of them in Port Richmond. The latest attack has left residents shocked and fearful after an increased police presence in Port Richmond even saw a specialized unit made of hispanic officers dispatched to the area. Community leaders have also stepped in to ease racial tensions – apparently to little avail.
    “This morning’s beating is not only an act of violence, it is an act of defiance, which flies in the face of a community putting forth its best effort to create a peaceful and safe neighborhood. Targeting an underage youth is particularly disturbing and takes this violence to a deeper level,” said Rev. Terry Troia, speaking on behalf of Communities United for Respect and Trust, a coalition to grapple with Port Richmond’s recent problems. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said she plans to speak with Rev. Troia about getting more security cameras in the area, and about posssibly paying for them through a partnership of business owners, non-profits and government. The recent attacks reminded Ms. Quinn of similar incidents against gays and lesbians in her district in Lower Manhattan years ago. Those attacks stopped after the police also showed up in force, SILive.com reported. Mexican officials have also created an information line that for immigrants to contact if they are afraid to contact authorities directly. The number is 1-800-724-7264.

    and now, a report with link of an earlier similar crime on Staten Island:

    Mexico Reacts To Possible Hate Crime
    Published : Tuesday, 27 Jul 2010, 6:32 AM EDT
    NEW YORK (AP) — Police are investigating the assault on a Mexican immigrant on Staten Island as a possible hate crime. The Consulate of Mexico, in an e-mail to the Staten Island Advance Monday night, condemned the attack on the 40-year-old construction worker. Police say the victim was attacked by five men on Friday as he was walking from a soccer game in the Port Richmond section. They say the attackers, who were black, yelled racial slurs and then swung a scooter at the man’s head, breaking his jaw. snip
    h t t p://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/local_news/staten_island/Possible-Bias-Attack-On-Mexican-Immigrant-Staten-Island-20100727-apx

  79. Suckers…..its this sort of behaviour that turns supporters off.

    Obama supporters pay $30,000 each for dinner with the President, but he eats alone in another room

    The big spenders who shelled out $30,400 a head for dinner with President Obama at the Four Seasons restaurant and at Anna Wintour’s house didn’t actually break any bread with him.

    After starting Tuesday night at a dinner for 60 high-rolling Democratic supporters hosted by hedge-fund billionaire Marc Lasry, Obama headed to a private room at the Four Seasons to wolf down steak, potatoes and broccoli with two aides before heading to Wintour’s Greenwich Village home.

    Obama arrived at the Four Seasons at 5 p.m. Spies said he gave a short speech and schmoozed with 60 attendees, including Lasry and Joan Ganz Cooney, wife of Blackstone Group’s Pete Peterson, and ex-Martha Stewart CEO Sharon Patrick, sitting briefly at each table before dining alone.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/the_night_prez_dined_alone_xS1XNksXitc2Gbw49fjk4K

  80. In NY…now that is food for thought.

    56% in New York Favor Repeal of Health Care Bill (Rasmussen poll)

    Considering that NY is a really blue state and the independents favoring repeal, this is bad news for the Dems for the Nov elections.

  81. lol, Obama hits the lowest approval rating for any elected official ever in Oklahoma 17 year history of the poll. I’m guessing Oklahoma won’t be getting any presidential visits in the near future.

    http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=16&articleid=20100801_16_A10_Oklaho658879

    Obama’s Oklahoma Poll approval rating fell to 27 percent in July, the lowest for any elected official in the 17-year history of the survey.

    The previous low for an elected official was former Gov. David Walters’ 33 percent in both 1993 and 1994. The previous low for a president was Obama’s 36 percent in January of this year. Before that, it was President Bill Clinton’s 37 percent at the end of 1994.

    Reasons for the state’s discontent with the current chief executive range from the state of the economy to the belief that he’s planning to turn the country over to “his Muslim brothers.”

    The relative few who support Obama give him credit for tackling health care reform and doing the best possible job under difficult circumstances.

    “I don’t know if it’s totally inexperience,” said poll respondent Etta Martin of Glenpool. “It could be ignorance. But he has said and done so many things, I don’t believe he’s a loyal American. Unless (Obama) changes his attitude or he is voted out of office, we are in for a very bad time in this country.”

    Martin said she believes Obama is trying to start a “civil war.”

    “He came into office with a chip on his shoulder and hatred in his heart for this country,” she said.

    “I think he’s lousy. He ought to be impeached,” said Terry Hurst, who described herself as a conservative Democrat. “He’s un-American. He’s against Israel, and the Bible promises that who’s against Israel, he’s against.

  82. Voters now blame Obama for economic problems, he can no longer hide behind Bush. Its about time.

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/august_2010/48_blame_obama_for_bad_economy_47_blame_bush

    For the first since President Obama took office, voters see his policies as equally to blame with those of President George W. Bush for the country’s current economic problems.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters now think Obama’s policies are to blame for the continuing bad economy, up three points from last month. Forty-seven percent (47%) say the recession that began under Bush is at fault.

    With voters across the country expressing stronger belief that the economy is getting worse rather than better, these new findings spell potential bad news for Democratic candidates this fall. The president is already planning to limit his campaign appearances with candidates because of potential voter backlash.

    In June and last October, 45% blamed Obama’s policies for the country’s ongoing economic woes, the previous high finding on this question. The number who blame Bush is down from 62% in May 2009 when Rasmussen Reports first began tracking the question regularly. Only 27% faulted Obama at that time.

    As is often the case, Mainstream voters and the Political Class have wholly different viewpoints on this question. While 61% of Mainstream voters now blame Obama’s policies, 87% of the Political Class say the bad economy is due to the recession that began under Bush.

    Fifty-five percent (55%) of men blame Obama’s policies for the current economic problems, while 52% of women think Bush is the cause.

    Among voters not affiliated with either major party, Obama is now chiefly to blame by a 52% to 44% margin.

  83. Monday, August 2, 2010

    Rockets Meant for Israel Hit Jordan
    Jordanian man dies

    Five rockets meant for Israel hit Jordan, the Dead Sea and an area outside Eilat Monday, killing a Jordanian man in Aqaba.

    Three other Jordanians were injured in the attack, according to Haaretz.

    An Israeli official speculated that the Grad-type missile most likely came from the Sinai peninsula, though Egypt denies that possibility. “It is reasonable to assume that it came from the southern area,” the official said.

    In a similar incident in April, two rockets fired from Sinai hit both Eilat and Aqaba.

    As yet, no terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/rocket2.php

  84. Clinton wedding was picture perfect

    By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein | August 2, 2010

    What was all the fuss about?

    Chelsea Clinton, the only child of former president Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, married her longtime boyfriend Saturday and in the end the super-secret wedding in Rhinebeck, N.Y., went off without a hitch.

    “Quite honestly, a couple of things went really right, which made the experience even better,’’ said Bryan Rafanelli, the Boston-based event planner picked by the Clintons to orchestrate the day.

    One, he said, was the weather, which was spectacular all weekend. And another were the folks in Rhinebeck, who’d been kept in the dark about the Clinton wedding. Rafanelli admitted yesterday he wasn’t certain how the hubbub might be received.

    “But everyone was really great, including the neighbors,’’ he told us.

    It probably helped that Rafanelli went door to door before the wedding delivering bottles of wine to the neighbors, handing out 17 in all. He chose a crisp, light white produced by the nearby Clinton Vineyards. (Established in 1977, the vineyard is unrelated to the bride or her family.)

    “I do that whether I’m in Marblehead or Chatham,’’ Rafanelli told us. “That’s what we do. We want to be gracious to our clients’ neighbors as well.’’

    Chelsea wore Vera Wang while her beau, Marc Mezvinsky, was decked out in a tux designed by Burberry’s Christopher Bailey. The couple was married at sunset at Astor Courts estate, a sumptuous spread in Rhinebeck. Hundreds of guests, among them Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, D.C. influence peddler Vernon Jordan, and former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, were seated in rows of chairs on a lush green lawn overlooking the Hudson River.

    Rafanelli, who logged 53 room nights in Rhinebeck before the big day, and several more in New York City, said he was initially anxious about handling the wedding of a former first daughter. (Rafanelli, whose partner Mark Walsh once worked for Hillary Clinton, has done several fund-raisers and parties for the family in the past.)

    He said the bride and groom, along with Chelsea’s mom and dad and grandmother, were “totally running the ship’’ during the planning process, which began in December.

    “They articulated to me what they wanted — they wanted it outside, they wanted a tented wedding — and we went from there,’’ said Rafanelli, who arranged everything from the flowers (Boston’s Winston Flowers) and photographers (Boston’s Gigi de Manio was one of two) to the food, tent (Peterson Party Center of Winchester), linens (Boston’s Be Our Guest), music, valet company, and security.

    The wedding had been the subject of media interest for weeks. Security was extremely tight and a no-fly zone was imposed by the Federal Aviation Administration for several hours Saturday. Rafanelli said he and his vendors were bound by strict confidentiality.

    “I didn’t do anything with this family that I don’t do with all the other families I work with,’’ he said. “At the end of the day, people want their guests to experience how beautiful the flowers are, how great the music is, for the first time.’’

    In addition to the covert Clinton affair, Rafanelli has put together three other high-profile weddings this summer: He handled the opulent Marblehead wedding of Elizabeth Lynch, daughter of longtime Fidelity executive Peter Lynch; the wedding of New York congressman Anthony Weiner and Hillary Clinton’s longtime aide, Huma Abedin; and the Cape Cod nuptials of Boston attorney Jennifer Berylson, whose grandparents founded the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation, a Chestnut Hill-based charity that doles out $10 million in grants annually.

    http://www.boston.com/ae/celebrity/articles/2010/08/02/clinton_wedding_was_picture_perfect?mode=PF

  85. Chelsea Clinton’s Wedding Secrets Revealed

    Former President and First Daughter Danced to Frank Sinatra; Marc Mezvinsky’s Heartfelt Toast Was Most Memorable

    By LINSEY DAVIS and JENNIFER PEREIRA
    Aug. 2, 2010 —

    Despite rampant speculation, there were no fireworks and few celebrities at Saturday’s ceremony where Chelsea Clinton married longtime boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky. But, by all accounts, the Rhinebeck, N.Y., nuptials were a beautiful and private affair that left no guest disappointed.

    In front of about 400 of their family and friends, the bride and groom tied the knot in an interfaith ceremony. The wedding photos released by the family, dotted with floral gazebos and a harp, were from the pages of a fairytale.

    The former first daughter, 30, wore a strapless gown made of ivory silk with silver beading at the waist, designed by Vera Wang, a family friend. Chelsea changed into a second dress for the party.

    “She looked very much a modern princess in 2010 … the luminous skirt in organza and tool,” Brides magazine editor-and-chief Millie Martini Bratten said on “Good Morning America” today. “It was simple and chic and modern … and will stand the test of time.”

    Her slimmed-down dad, former president Bill Clinton, who lost more than 15 pounds for the event, was close to tears and bit his lip as he walked his only child down the aisle. Her mother, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, beamed in a full-length Oscar de la Renta fuchsia gown.

    Chelsea Clinton danced with her father to Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight,” and guests were on the dance floor until about 3 a.m. Sunday.

    For such a big wedding, very few details were leaked ahead of time, thanks in part to the couple’s wedding planner, Brian Rafanelli, who told the New York Times Sunday that he required confidentiality with all of his vendors.

    But the tight-lipped guests have finally opened up, including the bride’s uncle, Roger Clinton, who said his niece was a “beautiful woman and her husband is one of kind.”

    There were several memorable toasts, including a heartfelt one from the former president, but Mezvinsky stole the show.

    “Marc spoke so movingly about his love for Chelsea,” Daily Beast editor-and-chief Tina Brown said on “Good Morning America” today. “He locked eyes with her the whole time.”

    Mezvinsky talked about how blessed he was to have met Clinton, Daily Beast reporter Jacob Bernstein said, and how she had changed his life.

    Although their honeymoon destination is a closely guarded secret, the newlyweds spent Sunday night in the Pierre hotel in New York City, Brown said on “GMA.”

    Guests received gift bags filled with wine from a local vineyard, pretzels, peaches and a note from the bride and groom. Neighbors received a bottle of wine for their troubles, hand-delivered by Rafanelli.

    As far as who was there to witness it all, the big names the media had buzzed about for weeks — Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand and Steven Spielberg — were not in attendance, perhaps not even invited.

    “The funny thing about it was that the more they declared they wanted a private, really intimate family wedding, the more the rest of America wanted it to be something more than that,” Brown said. “They did not succumb to the celebrity hype.”

    Two longtime friends, actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, were among the prominent names who did make the guest list, which included Bill Clinton’s close friend and former White House adviser Vernon Jordan, and former Secretary of State Madeline Albright.

    The Astor Courts Estates, which was previously for sale and then taken off the market in preparation for the big day, is back on the market. Realtors hope the recent attention will attract a buyer to scoop up the $12 million historical estate.

    Brown said the joyous event came at a good time for the nation, which has been beat down by two wars and a crumbling economy.

    “We almost could erase the 10 years since and think ourselves back to that moment when we were all kind of better off [during the Clinton era],” Brown said.

    With toasting, dancing and all the wedding traditions, Bratten of Brides magazine said, America got a much-needed lift.

    “No matter what is going on in the world,” she said, “there is love.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/chelsea-clinton-marc-mezvinsky-wedding-photos-details/story?id=11304089

  86. does anyone else think it ‘curious’ ‘coincidental’ that the same weekend Bill is walking Chelsea down the aisle…O suddenly appears at a basketball game with his youngest daughter…for daddy-daughter date

    …give me a break!

  87. “.. the luminous skirt in organza and tool,” Brides magazine editor-and-chief Millie Martini Bratten said on “Good Morning America” today.”

    Holy crap, forgive my slight ageism here, but how old are the two ladies who wrote that? ‘Tool’ for tulle? (Maybe they have MO’s big belts on their mind) That’s what they get for *listening* instead of looking it up, much less knowing the correct spelling for that type of fabric. Or taking note of dozens of other reports. This came from abcnews? Where in the world are their editors? And I wouldn’t dream of describing Hillary’s pretty gown as fuchsia, a very bright pink purple, when it was a befitting darker elegant plum color.

    Congrats to the bride and groom, and I’m thrilled Hillary and Bill had a wonderful time. I hope they will both be able to celebrate grandchildren in the near future to complete the beautiful picture in life they so richly deserve. My two little grandkids are the absolute light of my life, I adore them to no end. I look forward to seeing the bliss on their faces when grandkids come next.

  88. Question: why has the DNC not done away with caucuses and why have they lowered the number of super delegates?

    We witnessed firsthand during the 2008 primary just how fraudulent and unfair the caucuses are, even if run legitiimately. Are they not lowering the number of Super Delegates so that no one else can make an endrun around them with the super delegate petition that we did for Hillary and win despite the DNC?

  89. “does anyone else think it ‘curious’ ‘coincidental’ that the same weekend Bill is walking Chelsea down the aisle…O suddenly appears at a basketball game with his youngest daughter…for daddy-daughter date …give me a break!”

    And is it at all surprising that BO scheduled an appearance on The View this week — of all weeks (– only it backfired!! LOL!)? Give me a break, indeed!!

  90. Enough with the complaints about Chelsea Clinton’s lavish wedding, writes National Review’s Jim Geraghty in a departure from fellow conservatives. The Clintons “gave $10 million to charity between 2001 and 2008,” he reasons, and “even if [they] were misers, this is their money. They only have one child; presuming Chelsea never divorces and remarries, this is it for them. Can you blame them for pulling out all the stops?” He then refutes a few different criticisms of the wedding, including one suggesting that such a sumptuous celebration is inappropriate during a recession:

    I gripe about the Kobe beef and quail-egg appetizers at Obama fundraisers, but that’s because he’s still a public servant living in public housing at the moment, and ostentatious displays of luxury from an elected leader during year three of a recession rankle. But Bill Clinton’s out of office and nobody elected Chelsea to anything. Chelsea’s never claimed to be a woman of the people, or salt of the earth, or humble, or anything. For most of her adult life, she’s lived her life and avoided the public spotlight. So if her parents can afford it, why shouldn’t she get the cake that costs more than some cars and pull out all the stops? He dismisses the idea that the left-wing media would have eviscerated Jenna Bush for a similarly ostentatious wedding. Asks Geraghty: “Don’t most media institutions give us enough to gripe about with what they do write, as opposed to what we’re certain they would have written in different circumstances?” Beyond that, he asks, “has Chelsea Clinton ever given us grief?” She has steered clear of the political limelight, save for “a few campaign stops with her mother,” and supporting her mother is hardly a strongly political statement.

  91. This should be a laugh

    Breaking News: Virginia AG Rules Police Can Check Immigration Status of Anyone Stopped or Arrested

    more details to follow.

    Can we expect the Govt to launch lawsuits against Virginia.

  92. The whole pack of cards is falling down round them, its like troops on every front.

    Sebelius dismisses ruling in Virginia suit against healthcare reform

    Health and Human Services Secretary (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius on Monday downplayed a federal judge’s decision allowing Virginia’s challenge to healthcare reform to continue, arguing it was merely a procedural move that has no bearing on the underlying issues.

    “We remain confident that the case is solid,” Sebelius told reporters during a phone call on the reform law’s effects on Medicare spending.

    Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, a liberal consumer group, echoed that message Monday, saying the ruling “has no effect on the validity of the health reform law.”

    http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/112151-sebelius-dismisses-ruling-in-virginia-suit-against-healthcare-reform

  93. I mean why would you do this, whats up with these people.

    The left’s narrative is that it is the right that is filled with racists. The Old Media helps the left further this fiction. Occasionally, though, we do get hints of the left’s racism in the Old Media and today we have one example in New York where the campaign of a sitting Democrat congressman outed a list of 80 Jewish campaign contributors of his opponent, a Republican.

    New York’s 13th District Congressman Mike McMahon fired his communications director this weekend after she published a list of 80 Jews that donated to Republican opponent Mike Grimm. The McMahon campaign denies it, of course, but the veiled implication — or maybe not so veiled — is that the Republican is dirty with “Jewish money.”

    “This is a United States congressman that’s segregating people out by their religion,” Republican Mike Grimm told reporters.

    McMahon dutifully claimed that he was “outraged” by his own staffer’s racist campaign scheme, but that isn’t enough for Republican Jewish Coalition Executive Director Matthew Brooks.

    “Congressman McMahon has fired his communications director, but what about the other staff involved? Who asked for that list to be compiled? Who approved that action? Congressman McMahon needs to do more than apologize for ‘inappropriate comments’ – he must be held accountable for actions that his campaign staff took to count Jews supporting his rival,” Brooks said. “I don’t think this is something that should be swept under the rug. Seeing such bigotry from a sitting congressman’s campaign is deeply troubling.”

  94. Black lawmakers irate over Rahm Emanuel’s $1.5 billion promise to Sen. Lincoln (backroom deals go on) (The CBC/Obama fallout continues)

    African-American lawmakers are irate that the Obama administration has promised Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) $1.5 billion in farm aid while claiming it can’t pay a landmark legal settlement with black farmers.

    Six members of the Congressional Black Caucus wrote to President Obama on Thursday calling on him to find a way to compensate black farmers who suffered discrimination in government loan programs during the 1980s and 1990s.

    The letter was spurred by behind-the-scenes deal-making in the Senate as part of an effort to pass small-business legislation.

    White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel promised Lincoln, who sponsored the provision, that the administration would find a way to pay out $1.5 million in disaster assistance to farmers while they wait for programs in the 2008 farm bill to be implemented.

    At the same time, the administration has told black farmers it lacks the funds to pay a $1.2 billion agreement they reached with the Department of Agriculture in 1999 to settle the Pigford class-action lawsuit.

    The agriculture disaster relief had been included in the small-business bill until Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pulled it at the last minute in a bid for GOP support.

    Members of the black caucus say that if the administration can find $1.5 billion within its administrative funds to pay mostly white farmers in Arkansas and other states, it should be able to pay black farmers who suffered discrimination.

    “The current hardships experienced by other farmers should not trump hardships placed on African Americans and Native Americans by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the past,” they wrote.

    The lawmakers say that Obama should also take administrative action to pay $3.4 billion the federal government promised to settle claims that it mismanaged Native American trust funds.

    Elouise Cobell is the lead plaintiff in the case against the Interior Department.

    “At every turn, the response provided for not funding these claims has been a lack of money available to fund the settlements,” the lawmakers wrote.

    The lawmakers said they became concerned after learning that Emanuel had promised to address the needs of other farmers with $1.5 billion in assistance.

    “As the CBC is well aware, ‘justice deferred is justice denied,’ ” the lawmakers wrote. “The black and Native American claimants across our nation have long waited for a fair settlement of their cases. The continued failure to fund these settlements has exacerbated an economic catastrophe for many of these individuals.”

    Democratic Reps. Barbara Lee (Calif.), G.K. Butterfield (N.C.), Artur Davis (Ala.), Bennie Thompson (Miss.), David Scott (Ga.) and Sanford Bishop (Ga.) signed the letter.

    Emanuel promised Lincoln that the president would take administrative action to pay $1.5 billion to help farmers waiting for assistance from the 2008 farm bill, as way to secure her support for the bill.

    “I don’t forget who I represent,” Lincoln told The Hill. “I’m willing to stand up to my caucus and everybody else to remind them who I represent. And I do represent farmers.”

    Despite deleting the disaster assistance for farmers, Reid failed to win any Republican votes to cut off debate on the business bill.

  95. moononpluto
    August 2nd, 2010 at 6:25 am

    Obama is to confirm that the US will end its combat mission in Iraq on schedule on August 31.

    …………………………..

    Now lets see how he uses it for his own selfish purposes, guarantee most of the boys will be sent off to Afghanistan.

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

    Or, knowing Obama and the media, he will get great headlines “OBAMA ENDS IRAQ (combat mission)” but he will really just change the paperwork so the same soldiers will be there doing the same things.

  96. ShortTermer
    Question: why has the DNC not done away with caucuses and why have they lowered the number of super delegates?

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    To make it even easier for Obama’s bullies in 2012, of course.

  97. Why is that Obama and his cronies can imagine a hate crime has been committed to a Mexican-American and a Afro-American, but he doesn’t think shooting rockets into Israel by Hamas is not a hate crime….the hypocrasy of this administration really irritates me.

  98. Well one thing for sure….Hillary suppporters now know in advance how to game the caucas system and we can do the very same thing as the NOI did for Obama…of coarse we will need to organize and we should be doing it right now and we’ll need a cool name like NOPOHS…Nation of Pist Off Hillary Supporters…LOL!

  99. ABC’s The View aired it most popular edition on Thursday, early viewing figures show.

    President Barack Obama’s appearance on the talkshow appealed to 6.59m, by far its highest-ever figure since its launch in 1997.

    …………………..

    6.5 million, he shouldnt have bothered, is that all that crappy show gets viewing figures for, all that hoopla for 6.5 million ….i’d cancel it.

  100. MOP, I like that Hillary’s Revenge Caucases….So I understand some folks over at Politico want Hillary to be BO’s VP and pull him across the finish line…

  101. The spin is only going to get worse and worse…

    In 2012 presidential election, Clinton vs. Palin?

    Given President Obama’s continuing troubles, the 2012 election could feature a Republican such as Sarah Palin going up against a different Democrat – Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    By John Hughes
    August 2, 2010
    Bar Harbor, Maine —

    When the presidential family – and Bo the dog – spent a summer weekend in Bar Harbor this July, Mainers were delighted. Despite Maine’s unpredictable weather, the days were sun-splashed and gorgeous. President Obama looked carefree as he and his family hiked, biked, boated, and tasted fresh lobster and ice cream. (He passed on blueberry but thought the coconut flavor was terrific.)

    But on the top floor of the waterfront hotel where the president stayed, newly refurbished and carpeted for the visit, with bulletproof windows installed, presidential aides could not have been cheery as they pondered the latest batch of polls and press clippings.

    In this summer of voter discontent, these sour signs heralded what has proved to be serious ongoing speculation about the president’s ability in 2012 to win a second term in office. It is a given that the out-of-power Republicans will do well, and the in-power Democrats will lose seats in the midterm elections this November.

    Even White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs admitted recently that “there’s no doubt there are enough seats in play that could cause Republicans to gain control” of the House. For what seemed a relatively obvious statement of the facts, he suffered – rather undeservedly – one of those overnight Washington political and media hullabaloos, as anxious Democrats scolded him for “going off message.”

    The trend lines support his statement. A slew of recent polls suggest declining confidence in the president and the Democrat-controlled Congress.

    During the president’s weekend retreat, The Sunday New York Times declared that the drop in the president’s approval ratings to almost 40 percent, along with Mr. Gibbs’s comment, “equals trouble for the president in 2012.” It published more than a page of critiques and advice from political figures.

    Donna Brazile, a longtime Democratic operative, and an almost daily defender of the president on CNN, suggested he has “created a gap between what his base and swing voters expect of him and what he actually delivers.” Now, she wrote, he must “couple the intensity of his rhetoric with the wonkish policy detail of his administration.”

    Former Clinton adviser Mark Penn wrote: “After the midterms, President Obama will likely face the same decision that President Clinton faced in 1994 – to stay the course on the left or return to the center. His choice could be the difference between a one-term presidency and four more years governing with the coalition that elected him.”

    Should Mr. Obama stumble further, there will be growing talk in political circles about an alternative Democratic contender for the presidency in 2012.

    Despite Hillary Rodham Clinton’s repeated disavowals, her name comes to the forefront. As secretary of State, she has carefully proved her loyalty to Obama. But she has built a solid reputation as an activist adviser in foreign affairs in her own right. Unfounded were fears that she would be a puppet foreign minister, overshadowed by Vice President Joe Biden and his longtime expertise in that area.

    In politics Ms. Clinton was a runner-up for the Democratic nomination the last time around and maintains a formidable following with critical female voters. She has proved able to minimize the “Bill problem,” even as her husband has proved helpful in Democratic politics and international affairs.

    So what of the Republican presidential candidates in 2012?

    Enter Sarah Palin, who topped a recent Gallup poll with a 76 percent favorable rating for possible Republican presidential contenders. Trailing her were former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal – in that order.

    Many political observers believe that while Ms. Palin is a significant force in Republican politics, particularly with the women she labels “Mama Grizzlies,” she is unlikely to win the presidency.

    But with voters in a restless mood, and current politics in a mercurial phase, who can rule out for certain a 2012 presidential campaign pitting Clinton against Palin?

    http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/John-Hughes/2010/0802/In-2012-presidential-election-Clinton-vs.-Palin

  102. Here a nice article on the wedding in the N.Y. Daily News.

    nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/08/02/2010-08-02_chelsea_wedding.html

    BTW, former Va. governor Doug Wilder calls on Obama to dump Biden and make Hillary VP. I have no doubt we’re going to be hearing a lot more of that.

  103. JanH, Thanks for posting the ABC article. 🙂

    BTW, I also learned from reading all the coverage that Chelsea is now pursuing a Ph.D. in public service at NYU. Good for her!

  104. There;s that name again……..i wonder why Obama is going to Chicago for his birthday…hmmmmmmm

    A new headache for Giannoulias? Another Rezko loan

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/2555870,CST-NWS-watchdogs02.article

    By February 2006, businessman and political fixer Tony Rezko was already politically radioactive, caught up in a federal investigation that would see him criminally charged by the end of that year.

    News reports had linked Rezko, a key adviser and campaign fund-raiser for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, to shady deals involving state pension funds — among the crimes that ultimately would send him to prison.

    This was the Tony Rezko who, looking for millions of dollars for a massive South Loop development, turned to Broadway Bank, owned by the family of Alexi Giannoulias. Giannoulias, the Democrat now running for U.S. Senate, had left his post as a senior loan officer at the Chicago bank in late 2005 to mount a successful campaign for Illinois state treasurer, though he still held an ownership stake in the bank.

    Rezko’s company asked. And Broadway Bank came through.

    On Feb. 14, 2006, newly obtained records show, the bank made a $22.75 million loan to a company called Riverside District Development LLC, whose owners, it turns out, included Rezko.

    You won’t find Rezko’s name on any documents filed in the public record in connection with the loan.

    But Rezko acknowledged his ownership stake in Riverside District Development to a federal judge about a year after the loan was made, according to a transcript of the court hearing.

    The loan could prove to be a political liability for Giannoulias as he campaigns against his Republican opponent, U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, for the Senate seat now held by Roland Burris. Not only does its disclosure come during the Senate campaign, but records show the loan was made while Broadway Bank was already having problems with an earlier loan to another Rezko company.

    read on…………………why can’t soap operas write shit like this.

  105. Rezko is like herpes to Obama, you can’t get rid of it, pops up when you don’t want it to, is all over your face and is a boil that needs continually lanced and usually is full of disgusting pus disguising something worse.

  106. If this has been posted before, I apologize. It came up on my Facebook today and I thought it interesting even if it needs to be updated just a little:

  107. Paula
    August 2nd, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Here a nice article on the wedding in the N.Y. Daily News.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/08/02/2010-08-02_chelsea_wedding.html
    ————————–

    Talking about Marc’s toast, now I want to know what he said and how he said it. But I guess you had to be there for that. Even the picture that has them together probably saying their vows, he is leaning forward a little and has an eagerness on his face that the photographer was well to capture.

  108. ShortTermer,

    That is one powerful ad. I am sure the dims will counter with a bush did this and bush did that one of their own.

  109. Right i’ll get the drinks, someone pop the corn and someone else get the ice cream for later, this is turning into a Obama clusterfuck day.

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/white-house/president-obama-vs-the-congres.html

    Obama vs the Congressional Black Caucus?

    President Obama’s relationship with members of the Congressional Black Caucus is being tested over a series of high-profile incidents, the latest of which is the ethics investigation into New York Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel.

    On Friday, Obama told CBS News that he believed it was time for Rangel to end his carer “with dignity”, adding: “I think Charlie Rangel served a very long time and served his constituents very well, but these allegations are very troubling.”

    A Politico story quoted a person close to Rangel saying that the congressman “doesn’t give a damn about what the president thinks about this.” And New York Gov. David Paterson, who is black and whose father came up in New York politics with Rangel, seemed to offer a thinly veiled criticism of Obama in a radio interview over the weekend.

    Paterson said he was “especially surprised when people from our own community” jump to conclusions before all the facts have been aired “because we’ve been the greatest victim of it for centuries.” (Worth noting: The White House discouraged Paterson from a reelection bid last year.)

    ………………Finally, the 2008 presidential primary fight between Obama and then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton still plays a role in how the president is perceived, sources suggested. Rangel and Hastings were well-known supporters of Clinton during the primary race, and, according to sources close to the group, there are lingering memories at work in the current relationship.

    What’s less clear than the “why” behind the tensions between Obama and the CBC is the “what now?”.

    One party strategist familiar with the CBC painted the following doomsday scenario:

    “You have a bunch of ‘Front Liners and Blue Dogs — predominantly white members — calling for Rangel and Waters to step down, and the CBC digs in and defends them and goes after [Obama] and the party for not adequately defending them. This causes big drop in enthusiasm among African Americans for Democrats (coupled with bitterness with the Sherrod incident), and they stay home.”

  110. WASHINGTON — A House investigative panel has charged California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters with violating ethics rules.

    Waters, a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, would face a trial in the fall unless she negotiates a settlement.

    If the case goes to trial, Democrats would have the political headache of two ethics trials – one for Waters and another for Rep. Charles Rangel of New York. ….

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/02/AR2010080203479.html?hpid=topnews

    The charges against Waters, a 10-term California congresswoman, focus on whether she broke the rules in requesting federal help for a bank where her husband was a board member and owned stock. She immediately denied the charges.

    The House ethics committee’s announcement comes just days after it outlined 13 charges against Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., including failing to disclose assets and income, delayed payment of federal taxes and improper use of a subsidized New York apartment for his campaign office.

    Rangel, the former Ways and Means Committee chairman who has served for 40 years, faces a trial in the fall.

    Democrats face certain losses in the congressional elections, the first midterms for President Barack Obama, and the high-profile trials could further damage the party’s political standing.

    Republicans quickly jumped on the latest news. The GOP’s House campaign committee released a statement with the headline: “The Dirty Details: Ethics Office Reveals Waters Charges. Panel Has ‘Substantial Reason to Believe’ Dems Have Another Ethics Problem on Their Hands.”

    Waters is a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, which handled the recent rewrite of legislation that regulates financial institutions and has strong protections for consumers.

    …………….read on, there is 2 pages.

  111. Haha Obama did not get his way, activists furious.

    Democratic Party to Keep Controversial Superdelegates

    A reform effort to take away party bigwigs’ presidential-nominating power suffers a setback.

    Before 2008, your average American might not have known what a Democratic Party superdelegate was. But that year these mysterious party insiders became a feature of the daily news cycle as the fierce presidential-primary battle swept across the country. In a neck-and-neck race, the party confronted the very real possibility that these unelected delegates to its national convention might support Hillary Clinton in sufficient numbers to give her the nomination, despite Barack Obama’s slim but indisputable lead among pledged delegates, who are assigned by the results of state primaries and caucuses. The prospect of Democratic insiders taking the nomination away from the first African-American to qualify for it threatened to seriously damage party unity, and prompted a move to reform the Democrats’ nomination process.

    But recently a party committee quietly tossed out a plan to take nominating power away from the superdelegates—former presidents, current senators and Congress members, members of the Democratic National Committee, and other party luminaries such as labor leaders. The superdelegates currently have automatic seats at the convention and are free to vote for whichever presidential candidate they please.

    After Obama secured the party’s nomination, he urged the DNC to create a commission to examine superdelegates’ influence and other shortcomings in the nomination process. The Democratic Change Commission (whose members included Obama campaign manager David Plouffe, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, and House Majority Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina) took a tough stance. Superdelegates, it recommended, should be required to vote for a candidate assigned to them, based on the results of their state’s caucus or primary.

    But the rules committee took a dim view of this proposal. While endorsing recommendations to dilute the superdelegates’ influence (mostly by increasing the number of ordinary delegates), it quietly nixed the redefinition of their voting powers at it July 10 meeting. How quietly? Enough that even some members of the change commission hadn’t yet heard about it when NEWSWEEK spoke to them last week.

    “That’s going to be disappointing for a number of grassroots delegates across the country who worked very hard on this,” said one commissioner, Rebecca Prozan, an assistant district attorney in San Francisco. “We need to make sure that the candidates are out convincing voters in the cornfields of Iowa, the South, and Latino communities in Arizona, not spending time convincing superdelegates.”

    Activists are indeed unhappy with the development. “Any reform that allows superdelegates to overturn the vote and will of Democratic voters nationwide is not real reform,” said Charles Chamberlain, political director of Democracy for America, the reform group founded by former DNC chair Howard Dean.

    Why would the rules committee do such a thing? After all, the proposed reform would have allowed superdelegates to keep their convention seats and even to attend as nonvoting delegates if they couldn’t stomach the candidate they would have been assigned to represent. It ensured the active participation of party elites—whose engagement can be vital to the success of nominees and presidents alike—while guaranteeing that they could never mount a coup against the voters’ preferred candidate.

    “People ask: isn’t it enough for folks to have floor privileges and a hotel room and not have an actual vote?” says rules-committee co-chair James Roosevelt Jr., a grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. “The answer is: what you’re doing is creating two classes of delegates, people with the vote and people without the vote. Clearly, the people at the grassroots level should be the predominant voice. But if you don’t give elected officials a real voice, they are basically second-class citizens.”

    Political realities played a role as well, as any reforms have to be endorsed by the DNC, whose 447 members are all superdelegates. “The rules committee did not think that the full DNC would vote to take away their own voting rights,” says rules-committee member Elaine Kamarck, an expert on the presidential-nomination process at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government who has previously argued that superdelegates should be eliminated altogether. “It was always going to be difficult to pass this because you were asking a large group of people to vote against their own self-interest,” Kamarck adds. “Frankly, this was not a big enough issue with enough political pressure being put on the rules committee to accomplish that.”

    The result was a compromise, whereby superdelegates will keep their powers but will have their collective influence diluted from about 20 percent of voting delegates to about 15 percent. This has allowed the DNC to paper over the differences. “We’re proud of the work both the Democratic Change Commission and [the rules committee] have done to increase the overall impact and influence of the grassroots on the … nominating process,” the DNC press office replied by e-mail to a NEWSWEEK query. “Each took a different approach, but both took seriously the charge … to increase the power of the grassroots.”

    As reforms go, it’s fairly mild stuff. In effect, it turns the clock back to 1984, when 14 percent of convention ballots were in the hands of superdelegates. That’s a far cry from the 1972 and 1976 election cycles, when there were no superdelegates at all.

    As a practical matter, the changes are unlikely to mean much, at least for 2012, when President Obama will presumably not face a serious nomination challenge. Extremely close, protracted primary contests like the one in 2008 are rare events, and even in that race the superdelegates didn’t change the outcome.

    “My personal view was that the superdelegates were no longer a particularly important part of the nomination system,” says Kamarck, “and I supported the change commission’s views on this because of the public reaction I’d seen in 2008. But it’s kind of a moot point. Ever since 1984, the superdelegates have always followed the will of the voters, and that’s where they were in 2008.” She adds: “The number of superdelegates has been reduced by 5 percent, and that’s pretty good.”

    …………………..read on.

  112. The DNC rules committe defied Obama, I’m shocked. Looks like they do want to keep a back door to boot him out with.

  113. Paula
    August 2nd, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Here a nice article on the wedding in the N.Y. Daily News.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/08/02/2010-08-02_chelsea_wedding.html
    ————————–

    About Marc’s toast, now I want to know what he said and how he said it. But I guess you had to be there for that. Even the picture that has them together probably saying their vows, he is leaning forward a little and has an eagerness on his face that the photographer was well to capture.

  114. Paula
    August 2nd, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Here a nice article on the wedding in the N.Y. Daily News.

    nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/08/02/2010-08-02_chelsea_wedding.html
    ————————–

    About Marc’s toast, now I want to know what he said and how he said it. But I guess you had to be there for that. Even the picture that has them together probably saying their vows, he is leaning forward a little and has an eagerness on his face that the photographer was well to capture.

  115. moononpluto
    August 2nd, 2010 at 6:07 pm
    The DNC rules committe defied Obama, I’m shocked. Looks like they do want to keep a back door to boot him out with.
    _______________________

    Or steal the next primary.

  116. Blago trial update…

    Day four of deliberations has come and gone without a peep from the jury in Rod Blagojevich’s case.

    The 12-member jury has left for the day.

    We’ll be back on Tuesday.

  117. As a practical matter, the changes are unlikely to mean much, at least for 2012, when President Obama will presumably not face a serious nomination challenge. Extremely close, protracted primary contests like the one in 2008 are rare events, and even in that race the superdelegates didn’t change the outcome.

    “My personal view was that the superdelegates were no longer a particularly important part of the nomination system,” says Kamarck, “and I supported the change commission’s views on this because of the public reaction I’d seen in 2008. But it’s kind of a moot point. Ever since 1984, the superdelegates have always followed the will of the voters, and that’s where they were in 2008.” She adds: “The number of superdelegates has been reduced by 5 percent, and that’s pretty good.”

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    What are they SMOKIN at the DNC…are they so out of touch they don’t realize the superdelegates were the ones that appointed Obama…Olamo!

  118. They kept those superdelegates and the caucases so they can put some other idiot in there that no one wants…

  119. The folks that own both parties want to keep the “party of the people” in a weak condition and unable to vote in a “real” candidate…we did it once with Clinton and they masacured him for 8 years….they want us weak…thats the whole idea.

  120. Short Termer
    That is a powerful ad although it has a few lies in it….some of the original bail outs in this ad were GWB’s, so if the idiot in the WH had a brain he could counter it with the lies in it….but he won’t, he won’t address this at all!

  121. The DNC rules committe defied Obama, I’m shocked. Looks like they do want to keep a back door to boot him out with.
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    Moon I read this the same way that you do.

    To the DNC: “We should not worry too much when wisdom comes late because too often it never comes at all.”–Justice Frankfurter.

    Now that I have been nice let me say what I really feel. It is too late you ngmfs. You had the opportunity to save this country from a deeper disaster, but you let yourself get bribed by big campaign contributions–nearly a billion all totalled. Shame on all of you. But you are not the ones who will pay the price. It is the people who lost their jobs or their retirement that will pay for your sins. And if he were living today, Frankfurter quoted above would have said the same thing. He was a great jurist and he also knew that people behind the scenes are the string pullers in our political system. The big money people. If those people cared about the county it would be one thing. But all the money people really care about is money. I guess Kaine and his wife are no longer so hot for the metrosexual man, as she called Obama after Virginia. Forgive me by Kaine and his wife make The Hammer look respectable.

  122. Lazy SOB. Maybe you’d like to get off your ass and work and not spend every minute on the course.

    http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2010/07/16/obama-played-41-rounds-golf-president/

    Obama Has Shot 41 Rounds of Golf as President up to July 16th…..

    President Barack Obama has played a remarkable 41 rounds of golf since becoming president, easily outpacing his predecessor and possibly damaging his ability to portray himself in 2012 as a populist advocate of average folks.

    With the excursions lasting on average at least five hours, the president has devoted a total of more than 200 hours to golf, not counting time spent on the White House putting green. That’s the equivalent of twenty five eight-hour work days, or five work weeks spent smacking golf balls.

    The former community organizer’s 41 trips around the links – a standard of recreational activity well beyond the budgets of most Americans – compares to only 24 total outings for former President George W. Bush, according to statistics compiled by White House chronicler Mark Knoller of CBS News. Bush, whose golf outings were used to help deride him as a callow, lazy, rich boy, played his 24th and last round on Oct. 13, 2003, saying he was ending the practice out of respect for the families of Americans killed in Iraq.

    Since the April 20 explosion that killed 11 rig workers and started the Gulf oil spill, Obama has teed up seven times, according to White House Dossier’s count. This includes back to back sessions April 23 and 24 while on vacation at the Grove Park Resort & Spa in Asheville, NC, just days after the crisis began.

    Obama’s focus on golf borders on obsession. Startled reporters follow him out to the course in the motorcade in the broiling Washington heat and then wait in the air conditioning while he puts in 18 holes. Rarely does he play any less.

    On June 19, he dragged the 67 year old Vice President Biden onto the course for a sweltering 18 holes, calling into question whether he was trying to commit murder-by-golf in order to free the 2012 VP slot up for Hillary.

    From a period stretching from April 3 to May 22 of this year, the president went golfing eight of nine weekends. WOULD YOUR WIFE LET YOU DO THAT?? WOULD YOU LET YOUR HUSBAND? Michelle, what gives?

    He went out only once in June when, with the Gulf of Mexico slowly becoming the new U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve and accusations of presidential inattention at their height, White House image counselors appeared to think the golf needed scaling back. But he’s back with a vengeance, having made his way out on the course both weekends so far this month.

    Since he’s officially on vacation this weekend in Bar Harbor Maine, there appears to be little holding him back from heading out to the greens at least once.

    While on the course, Obama for the most part likes to keep it nice and light, often playing with a youngish crowd. No deep discussions of policy on the links.

    One of his companions on nearly every outing is Marvin Nicholson, the affable, White House trip director. Nicholson, a former “body man” to Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), is the perfect guy for getting away from it all, having worked as a golf caddy, a bartender, and in a windsurfing shop – where he met Kerry.

    Also generally on hand is David Katz, a former Obama campaign photographer.

    Emphatically not invited for the most part are members of Congress or senior White House aides.

    The White House is of course sensitive to the awkward look of the whole thing. A search of of the word “golf” on the White House page or the photo sharing site Flickr brings back only nine official White House photo results, three of which are neither of Obama nor golf. A search for “basketball,” the everyman’s game, brings back 39 photos.

    But who wants to be the White House official to tell the president to cut back on golf? Somebody with another job offer, one would presume.

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